Metal News for January 3, 2011
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Los Angeles extreme metal band DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS has announced "Satánico Dramático" as the title to their first full-length album, set for worldwide digital release on February 23, 2011.
"Satánico Dramático" is the follow-up to 2005's self-titled "Day Of The Dead" EP (reviewed here), which was mixed by Roy Z. (Rob Halford, Judas Priest, Bruce Dickinson) and released on Cinismo Records.
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS is:
Loana dP Valencia - Vocals
Alfonso Pinzon - Drums
Andres Jaramillo - Guitars
Adrian Villanueva - Guitars
Alejandro Corredor - Bass
You can hear some of the band's music on their MySpace page.
When it comes to American metal strongholds, New York, California, and Florida never escape mention, but Texas remains the wild card. Not only has the state produced a number of influential bands, but the fan base is famously strong. It's true that no scene is what it used to be, but Texas continues to turn out new and varied acts whose names reach far beyond its borders. San Antonio Metal Examiner Jacob Holmes did the first round up for Metal Underground, but it's a big state and there's still a lot of ground to cover.
Guitarist Wes Weaver has become something of a Texas metal folk hero in the last twenty years. Operating out of Houston, he co-founded Dark Reign in the early '90s, which soon morphed into the much-loved death metal juggernaut known as Imprecation. The band made a name for itself as a cult phenomenon, but they never broke out into the larger arena and finally disbanded. In the meantime, Weaver continued to boost the Texas scene with his venerable radio show, and he also appeared in the short-lived Infernal Dominion, which was regarded as a departure from his classic brand of crepitus death metal.
In 2004, the Texas metal community was surprised to hear that Weaver was spearheading a new band called Blaspherian. Their approach was a pummeling return to the Imprecation model, and the debut EP, "Allegiance to the Will of Damnation," was the antidote to an increasingly stagnant Houston scene.
Like most veteran metal musicians, Blaspherian eschewed the current standard of soulless digital production in favor of a traditional analog soundscape. There are no typewriter drums or varnished guitar tones here; Blaspherian specializes in the booming, fuzzed-out death marches that reveal the blackened heart of true death metal. The riffs are efficient and linear even at the fastest moments, and nothing about the writing is rushed or overplayed. Chords hang, drums rumble, and evil all but drips from the speakers.
Blaspherian is important not only as a revival band, but because it points back directly to the groups that sired it. If younger fans are inspired to dig into the vaults of Texas' metal history, then "Allegiance to the Will of Damnation" has succeeded in its mission. The band makes semi-regular live appearances around the the state in the name of converting newcomers and flying the flag for the best days of death metal.
Coldworker has issued the following update about recording new material:
"The holidays are over and today the recordings of the third album continued at our friend Johan Berglund's place where the guitars will be recorded.
"After Christmas some final adjustments were made to the drum files and yesterday they were finalized and distributed to Johan. One track has already gotten some temporary guitars and has been sent to a special guest that hopefully will have time to participate in the recording in some way... More info about that another time."
Photos from the recording sessions can also be found at this location.
Kryoburn has posted a music video online for the song "Broken Hero," which is off the band's new album "Three Years Eclipsed." The video clip can be viewed below.
Hadean Records has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Germany's Phobiatic:
"Happy New Year Everyone, We’re officially back at it in full force for 2011, this is going to be a big year for us! We’ve signed our first band from outside of Canada recently, German Metal Titans….PHOBIATIC! To bring in the new year, ourselves and some artists from the Hadean Family will be compiling a list of our favorite releases and news from 2010 for everyone's enjoyment, look for that shortly!"
You can also check out Phobiatic's music through the band's MySpace page.
Factory of Dreams has announced it's new album "Melotronical" will be released later this year through Progrock Records. The band has now issued the following update about posting the cover artwork online:
"Here's a little taste of Melotronical's booklet (only available with the full cd). Around some 13 breathtaking images created specifically for the album. Check a sample right here, and these are just a few of the available art..."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Enter Nucleon
3. A Taste of Paradise
4. Protonic Stream
5. Into Oblivion
7. Back to Sleep
8. Whispering Eyes
9. Subatomic Tears
10. Dimension Crusher
11. Echoes from Earth
12. Something Calling me
Swedish alternative metal act Cult of Luna has posted some new footage from the recording studio online. The video is simply titled "writing session, no 1" with no other details being given at this time. You can view the footage below:
Welsh metal act Funeral For A Friend has posted a new trailer online to promote its forthcoming live DVD release. The new DVD was filmed at the band's July 23rd, 2010 performance O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.
Benedictum has announced that it will be releasing its third full length album "Dominion" on March 8, 2011 in North America through Frontiers Records. The new CD will feature the following tracklisting:
Here is the "Dominion" tracklisting:
2. At The Gates
4. Grind It
5. Prodigal Son
6. The Shadowlands
7. Beautiful Pain
8. Dark Heart
10. Loud Silence
12. Sanctuary (bonus track)
13. Overture/The Temples of Syrinx (bonus track)
Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following update online, on which he comments on the band's forthcoming slot opening for Iron Maiden in Chile.
"There's no one bigger than Iron Maiden in South America. I've seen the DVD footage of their shows down in that part of the world, and to actually get to open for them ANYWHERE is amazing! But down there? Absolutely spectacular!
"We'll be playing Santiago with my heroes — a band whose songs we were covering at backyard parties — in front of 65,000 people! Suddenly we all got a big second wind! Stoked beyond belief is an understatement!"
Exodus will open for Iron Maiden on April 10, 2011 at Estadio Nacional in Santiago, Chile.
Ozzy Osbourne's latest studio album "Scream" has been certified as having gold status by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) for sales in excess of 40,000 copies.
"Scream" moved 81,000 units in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart. It has since sold around 250,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Iron Lamb has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming debut full length "The Original Sin." "The Original Sin" is set to be released in early to mid 2011 through Pulverised Records. The tracklisting for the effort is as follows:
1. (Carved Out Of) Rotten Wood
2. The Original Sin
3. Dubious Preacher
5. Iron Lamb
7. Our Demise
8. I Don't Like You
9. I Don't Wanna Be Like You
10. Dead Inside
Skinlab has nanounced that it has once again parted ways with guitarist Mike Roberts. Skinlab bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel posted the following update on the situation:
"We've basically been contemplating our next move, having recently parted ways again with our brother Mike Roberts.
"Things have been pretty rough the last year, not having a solid lineup to get out on the road and support our latest album, 'The Scars Between Us'... We basically had to make a drastic decision to continue on our quest for a permanent guitarist.
"As much as we loved having Mike back in the band, it became obvious to both of us that his schedule and family obligations would not allow him to participate in touring. While we were hoping to jump back on track and write/tour/record together, it just wasn't working. It was a shitty decision to make on both ends, but we wish nothing but the best for Mike and his family."
American metal veterans Corrosion of Conformity have revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of Europe. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
Apr. 14 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
Apr. 15 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Roadburn
Apr. 16 - Bremen, Germany - Tower
Apr. 17 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
Apr. 19 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
Apr. 20 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk
Apr. 21 - Athens, Greece - An Club
Apr. 22 - Mezzago (MI), Italy - Bloom
Apr. 23 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Dudefest-Jubez
Apr. 25 - Bristol, UK - Bierkeller
Apr. 26 - London, UK - Underworld
Apr. 28 - Manchester, UK - Moho
Apr. 29 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
Apr. 30 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
May 01 - Deventer, Netherlands - Burgerweeshuis
Just For Fun
The Black Satans are a Norwegian black metal band from Finland. This parody black metal band has some videos. The band comments on their "The Satanic Darkness" video, "This music video made by The Black Satans was shot in the mountains of wintery Norway during the darkest time of the year, except that it was in Finland and in midsummer."
Check out their latest video "The Satan Of Hell" and two others, "The Mutilation of Christ" and "The Satanic Darkness," below:
German act Sodom has been thrashing out across the world for nearly a full 30 years now, most recently finishing the "In War and Pieces" album, which is due out January 11th in North American. 2010 was a bit of a tumultous year for the band, seeing the departure of drummer Bobby Schottkowski and the postponing of a scheduled U.S. tour. Sodom Front man Tom Angelripper recently spoke with me about the release of the new album, replacing Bobby with a new drummer, and the band's plans to head back over to North America. More...
Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has announced that he has begun recording a new project along with Spock's Beard and Transatlantic member Neal Morse, Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse, Dixie Dregs bass player Dave LaRue and singer Casey McPherson of Alpha Rev and Endochine fame.
Speaking on the project, Portnoy stated: "It's a new year and time for new beginnings... (today) I start 2011 Project #1 (of many more to come): MP, Steve Morse, Neal Morse, Dave LaRue and Casey McPherson... the musical potential is off the charts! Very exciting indeed..."
Dutch act Detonation has issued the following announcement about band lineup changes:
"We have some good and some sad news! Sad news first...we parted ways with 3 band members recently. Danny and Michiel have gone on to seek their fame and fortune with God Dethroned and Prostitute Disfigurement. Due to their busy schedules it was impossible to keep playing in Detonation. However, we parted as friends and wish them good luck and much success in these bands.
"Also, after 12 years in Detonation Otto has decided to leave the band. His busy schedule with Delain prohibited his 100% focus and attention for Detonation, and as he did not think this was fair towards us, he respectfully gave up his role as bass player for Detonation. We will miss Otto as a friend and also wish him much success with Delain! More...
Sonata Arctica has posted the eighth part online of a video series chronicling the bands time touring in Latin America. The video clip can be viewed below.
You can also check out part 7 of the video series at this location.
Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura has posted a new message online, detailing some of their plans for the new year. The posting reads as follows:
"Hello Sepultura fans! Happy New Year!
This is going to be one busy year for the band. Next week the guys fly to USA to visit NAMM and to play a couple shows in California. Special-limited-edition-supercool-exclusive-tshirts on sale on both shows. More...
Greek thrash metal outfit Suicidal Angels has posted their new music video online for the song, "Beggar Of Scorn." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's recently released second studio album, "Dead Again," which is available now. More...
Swedish black metal legion Watain has issued the following tour recap and end-of-year update:
"North and South America have now been left in ashes, and with that the Lawless Darkness Tour 2010 is over. Hail to those who made it possible, and those who made it even more triumphant. North: Watain Disciples USA, Goatwhore, Black Anvil, Decibel Magazine, Liz and Dave at Earsplit, Jimmy and the Duff's crew, Josh at Dean Guitars, Engl Amps, Black Witchery, Negative Plane, Averse Sefira, Hod. South: Arma Productions, Hells Angels Antofagasta, Careloco and The Chilean Watain Militia, Kythrone, the mighty Mortuary Drape, the Tumba crew, and all those whose presence strengthened us along the long and winding road through hell and back. You know who you are. A special mention to S.L of The Devil's Blood who took on the lead guitar duties in North America; hail brother! Finally, a thunderous salute to our iron crew, without whom none of this would have been possible.
To view a clip from Swedish TV (with English subtitles) about Watain's appearance at the Sweden Rock festival in June earlier this year, check out this location. The concert was aired on the Swedish national radio program P3-Live on Thursday December 23rd.
Finland's Gotham O.D. has issued the following update about starting the pre-production for new material:
"Gotham O.D has started the pre-production in preparation for forthcoming releases. The band published their second album, Disbeliever in March 2010 and toured their home country actively making almost 30 shows last year. The band has no intentions to lay and rest, instead they head out towards new adventures.
"The guys start to record new material already in February, and in charge of production is Kai 'Hiili' Hiilesmaa, known from collaboration with Poisonblack, The Man-Eating Tree, The 69Eyes, HIM, Sentenced and Apocalyptica, to mention a few."
Bassist Martin Schulman of Swedish death metal band Demonical has issued the following update about the band appearing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze festival:
"We can hereby unleash the first battle for 2011, this being the Summer Breeze Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, August 18 - 20. Other bands and allies taking part in the massacre includes Interment, Bolt Thrower, Destruction, Marduk, Vomitory etc. More dates tba soon."
Additional details on the 2011 Summer Breeze festival can be found at this location.
Ava Inferi has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:
"To 2011! The year one! Although Roman Castevet linked 1966 and a birth to this very phrase, we in Ava Inferi forged the same praise into our own symbolic terms for this newly charged Year. With the magick rites of ONYX soon pouring over us, we definitely sense a year of potent transformation. From cocoon to butterfly, or winged beast if you will, our impact is most certain impending.
"And what could a better time then now, whilst the new year still struggles to get up on its feet, to announce a new member to our Coven(?!) It is with great confidence and satisfaction we announce our new 4 string Doomster, namely: Joana Messias. We are very excited to commence the live sessions with her on board, knowing there will be a deeper and heavier contribution to our wall of sound! So lets all raise the chalice to this new dawn of AI: To 2011! The year one!"
Ava Inferi has also announced the following upcoming "Onyx" release parties:
Saturday, February 19 - Side-B, Benavente (PT)
Saturday, February 26 - Vagos CER, Aveiro (PT)
Saturday, March 5 - Fnac Algarve Shopping (special semi-acoustic showcase) & Marginalia Bar, Portimao (PT)
Italy's Bury Me At Dawn has issued the following update about parting ways with the band's guitarist:
"Dear fans, the new year has already signed us. BMAD and our guitarist Luciano, for personal reason have decided to part. This month we will be playing without a second guitar and after the gigs we have booked in January we will decide if to continue the 4 of us or seek a new guitarist.
"We wish the best of luck to our brother Luciano that has been with us for over 2 years sharing shows, good times and bad times. Here are the shows we have this month, come and check us out if your in the area:
"Froz'n'Furious Tour @ Centro Giovanile Pippostage w/ Punchine + Burning The Ocean + Day Shine Rising + Despair On Hope Bolzano, Trentino, ITALY
"Froz'n'Furious Tour @ INK Pippo Stage w/ Punchline + Burning The Ocean + Day Shine Rising + Old Hate Innsbruck, AUSTRIA
"Metalcore Fest @ Bulldog Genova, GE, ITALY."
French act Nocturnal Depression has issued the following update about the band's upcoming activity in 2011:
"We would like to thank all people supporting us during the Mexican Tour and also for their works Rebel Entertainment Productions. We hope to come back there. Some gigs are at work for 2011 : Genoa (Italy), Metz (France). We'll be back to the Northen Lights Festival in Reichenthal in Austria on 25th June 2011. Lot of bands are already confirmed (check their official website).
"Svig and Negation Tour on April 2011 is almost booked. We just waiting for all confirmations and last gigs before announce it. We will play during the Black Lake Metal Fest V with such bands like Funeral Winds.
"We got no news nor answer from Funeral Industries / Galgenstrang Productions concerning the release of 'The Cult of Negation' Lp version. Nocturnal Depression is working on the 'Spleen Black Metal' CD actually. An advance song is played during the gigs, it's called 'L'Isolement' from the french Poetry Lamartine. Also we get some remarks concerning the fact that we play Nargaroth's 'Seven Tears...' song. Make it clear : We got the permission of the compositor for performing it. On the official webshop, you will find a new offer for the new Nocturnal Depression Shirt entitled 'They' + digipack 'The Cult of Negation.' Spread the Negation..."
Sweden's GrandExit has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio:
"Hello! We've got a new myspace design thanks to 11frames! We've got some more news, so here it is: We're entering Castillo Sound (Bloodbath, Katatonia, Opeth etc.) the 17th of January to start the recordings of our next full-length. This is our forth record in total (the two first under the band name
'Vicious') - so we're indeed starting to know what the hell we're doing.
"You know we like the variety in metal - this one will be alot more exciting and weird than the last one and for sure a lot harder. We've got some new really cool ideas that will make us stand out a bit extra, the production will be special for sure. It feels fresh as hell.
"More death metal, more intense melodies and awesome rhythm dynamics. It will hopefully be ready in March/April sometime and we'll see how we'll release it, on our own or with a label. Listen to a pre-recording of 'Box Of Glass,' one song that will appear on the future album, on myspace! Later dudes and gals!"
Edge of Serenity has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist and writing a new album:
"Dutch melodic metal band Edge of Serenity proudly announces that guitarist Michael Hansen has joined the band. Michael Hansen is no stranger to the band, as he played together with bassist Mark Brekelmans in several other bands and projects. Michael is, next to being a very good friend of mine, a very talented guitar player and also a very good composer. From the first second he joined the band he is heavily involved in the writing process of the last tracks that are being written for the album.
"Edge of Serenity is currently rounding up the writing process for their second album which will be heavier, faster, groovier and more melodic and technical than the band’s 2009 debut album The Chaos Theory. The yet untitled album will be released worldwide in 2011. The band will also play a lot of shows that year to support the release."
Rotten Sound recently announced a string of European tour dates in April with The Kandidate. The band has now issued the following brief update about appearing at the Obscene Extreme festival:
"Obscene Extreme 2011! We are really happy to be part of Obscene Extreme's outstanding lineup this year! Check the link at this location for more information."
The festival takes place in the Czech Republic from July 7th - 9th, 2011. Other confirmed bands for the festival include:
Instinct of Survival
Switzerland's Amagortis has issued the following update about the band's touring activity for the coming months:
"Welcome to our brand new myspace design, we're finally back after myspace went all shitty on us! Let us know what you think of it.
"Thanks as fuck to everyone who showed up last weekend at HBB's New Year Show! We had an awesome party and the new year couldn't start better for Amagortis! Big cheers goes out to all of you! In other news, we are happy to announce that we will be working together with dirty & weird music, who will be handling our booking in the future.
"We are currently confirmed for the Death Feast Open Air in Hünxe Germany, where we will be appearing alongside such heavyweights as Gorguts, Morgoth, Misery Index and Devourment - we're proud to be the first Swiss band appearing at DFOA. We will also be playing the Eisenwahn and der Eisenbahn as well as a few other European festivals to be announced soon! For August and September we are planning a 3-4 week tour with Gorgasm and Defeated Sanity, which will be blasting eardrums all over Europe!"
Marduk has checked in with the following update on the band's recent and upcoming activity:
"As Marduk's 20th year is coming to an end, we can reflect over the triumphant crusade that keeps marching on, and the foundation that stands. As mentioned earlier a monument of the first 2 decades of Marduk in the form of a box set is to be released next year. More news regarding that will be posted early next year.
"The band is currently preparing for the coming of 2011. First of Marduk will be appearing at the 70,000 tons of metal cruise. This 4 day trip will be seeing Marduk playing 2 shows with complete different set list each night. In connection with the cruise Marduk will also be reaching Central America. As have been posted earlier the march will be reaching Honduras and Guatemala. Its with great satisfaction we now also can announce a show in Costa Rica.
"On this see of rats shall we set our throne! With delight we can hereby announce 2 Swedish shows for next year. First of Marduk will be appearing in Strömstad on February the 26th together with Mayhem and Nifelheim. Don't miss out on that event. In July Marduk will also be appearing at the Getaway Rock Open Air festival in Gävle. The event taking place between the 7-9 of July. Marduk is confirmed for the Summer Breeze Open Air Festival in Dinkelsbühl, Germany. The Festival is taking place between the 18-20 of August 2011."
Sydney’s Havoc completed work on their debut EP last month and have posted the songs online for streaming. Recorded at Freefall Studios in Sydney, the three track release will be digital-only until the physical copies become available early in 2011.
Also in 2011, the band will be making their way interstate with shows planned for Melbourne, ACT and Queensland.
Here's the EP's tracklisting:
1. Shallow Man
3. Pay the Price
In the meantime, have a listen to all three of the songs on the band's MySpace page.
Progressive metal act Dream Theater, which has recruited a new drummer but yet to formally announce who has taken the position after the departure of long time member Mike Portnoy, has entered the studio to record new material. Dream Theater's John Petrucci issued the following brief update from his twitter account: "First day in the studio and the dawn of a new era for DT. Can't wait to get the music flowing."
In other Dream Theater news, Mike Portnoy recently posted a message on his official forum stating that after leaving Avenged Sevenfold he had attempted to re-join the band but was refused by the other members. Additional details on the new Dream Theater material and any upcoming projects from Mike Portnoy will be announced as they are made available.
As We Fight has entered the Dead Rat Studio in Aarhus with producer Jacob Bredahl (The Burning, Hatesphere, Horned Almighty), where the band will record five songs for full-length split album with The Psyke Project. The split will be released under the name "Ebola" in April 2011. The release will see the return of As We Fight's original singer Laurits Medom, who has announced his return after three years absence. It also means that the band says goodbye to Esben Hansen.
The band states: "After three albums, we are pleased to avoid the traditional release process and explore new opportunities with The Psyke Project in connection with the Ebola collaboration. We have furthermore focused on a more rock and dynamic approach to the music. Visit the Ebola platform in order to receive more information about the upcoming split release with As We Fight and The Psyke Project."
Sylosis is set to release the new album "Edge of the Earth" on March 11th, 2011 via Nuclear Blast. The cover artwork for the album can be viewed at this location. The "Edge of the Earth" track listing is as follows:
2. Sands Of Time
4. Empyreal (Part 2)
5. A Serpents Tongue
7. Kingdom Of Solitude
8. Where The Sky Ends
11. Altered States Of Consciousness
12. Beyond The Resurrected
14. From The Edge Of The Earth
Germany's Eis recently announced it would be re-releasing the "Patina" and "Kainsmal" albums. The band has now issued the following announcement about posting new songs online from the re-release versions:
"We have just uploaded four songs from the 'Patina' and 'Kainsmal' re-releases, out 7th of January on Lupus Lounge.
"Both re-releases feature the original album version plus a reworked 2011 version with new guitar tracks, new mix and new mastering done by Markus Stock/Studio E. The releases are rounded up by a revised artwork and liner notes. 'Kainsmal' features an unreleased bonus track, the self-titled song of Carpathian Forest."
You can check out the tracks at this location.
Omnium Gatherum has posted a video clip online for the new song "Soul Journeys," which can be viewed below. The track is off the band's upcoming album "New World Shadows."
"New World Shadows" is set for release via Lifeforce Records on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 4, 2011
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: February 9, 2011
Rest Of Europe: February 7, 2011
North America: March 1, 2011
Hemoptysis' full length debut record, "Misanthropic Slaughter," will be released on Tuesday, March 8th. Stay tuned for further info.
If you are in Arizona, you can see the band at the "Misanthropic Slaughter" preview show on Friday, January 7th at The Clubhouse. Hemoptysis will be playing new songs from “Misanthropic Slaughter” and there will be giveaways from Morley, InTune Guitar Picks and Coffincase! It’s an all ages show and $12 at the door. Nathan Gearhart of Vehemence will be entertaining fans through the night. $10 presale tickets are available here.
British heavy metal outfit Quarterblind has posted their new music video online for the song, "When The Dead Walk The Streets." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's second studio album, "The Root Of Affliction," which is available now. More...