Metal News for January 31, 2010
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20 news articles posted on this day.
Dallas progressive doom metal band Elliott's Keep has issued the following update:
"The writing of our new album is completed. All that remains is finalizing the arrangements for the last two tracks. We are pleased to confirm that the album will again be released on Brainticket Records and we send out our thanks to the mighty John Perez for his ongoing support. The album’s title will be 'Sine Qua Non,' which is Latin for 'without this nothing' – which means, 'without this part of my life, the rest would be meaningless.' The album will be comprised of 9 tracks and will run approximately 65 minutes. We will return to Nomad Studios in the late spring to record again with J.T. Longoria for a late summer/fall 2010 release date. We will be debuting 3 or 4 of the new tracks at the Dallas Doom Daze III festival in April. We are extremely excited about 'Sine Qua Non' and look forward to hearing your response to the new songs."
Belgian experimental hardcore band Worms Feed has signed with Anchors Aweigh Records and will be releasing their latest album, "Still So Much to Waste." You can pre-order the CD now here or check them out on the band's MySpace page.
These Arms Are Snakes recently announced that they have disbanding after nearly seven years together. The band has issued the following update regarding the matter:
"It's with a heavy heart we tell you that These Arms Are Snakes is no more. It's been a great run and we'd like to send out a very hearty 'Thank You' to everyone that we've worked with or anyone that we've toured with; anyone that lent us a floor, towed our van and/or trailer, lent a van, given us a listen, downloaded our records prior to their coming out, bought our shit, or asked us where our band name came from (Hey, writers, a simple google search prior to the interview goes pretty far. No joke. You should try it.); everyone who cooked us food, made habanero-infused tequila, had a safety meeting with us, let Steve gyrate all over you, had to live with any of us, made us pay shitloads of money to get off your punk label, got us into LOST, found Steve drunkenly wandering the streets of Tokyo alone, played Madlibs in the van (plural nouns), lost money promoting one of our shows, took Chris to the hospital, put up with our drunken sorry asses, got into a fight with us, etc. etc…
"This band could not have been possible without all of you. We sincerely thank you."
TAAS 2002 - 2009"
Zero Mentality has posted their latest music video for "Electric Lips." The video was directed by Sebastian Niehoff Björn Prenzel. Check it out below.
Zero Mentality's "Electric Lips" Music Video:
Polish metal band Crionics has posted a new track, entitled "Scapegoat," from the upcoming EP "N.O.I.R" had been posted on the band's MySpace page. "N.O.I.R." will be out right before the summer this year. The band will soon start working on the full-lenghth album. The recording sessions are being planned for July and August this year.
Upcoming "Aealo Tour 2010" dates with ROTTING CHRIST, LOST SOUL, CRIONICS, NAUMACHIA, STRANDHOGG are as follows:
15.04.2010 (POL) Bialystok / Gwint
16.04.2010 (POL) Lublin / Graffiti
17.04.2010 (POL) Rzeszów / Pod Palma
18.04.2010 (POL) Kraków / Loch Ness
19.04.2010 (POL) Katowice / Mega Club
20.04.2010 (POL) Wroclaw / Madness
21.04.2010 (POL) Lódz / Dekompresja
22.04.2010 (POL) Bydgoszcz / Estrada
23.04.2010 (POL) Szczecin / Slowianin
24.04.2010 (POL) Gdynia / Ucho
25.04.2010 (POL) Poznan / Blue Note
Dutch metal band Fuelblooded has posted a music video for their song "The End Starts Here" online. The song comes off their new album "Off The Face Of The Earth." Watch the video out below:
Swedish blackened death metal band Apostasy has uploaded four new songs from their upcoming album, "Nuclear Messiah," to their MySpace page. The songs uploaded are "The Blacker The Blood," "Horns," "Nuclear Messiah," and "The Man With A Thousand Faces."
California thrashers Détente have announced they will be performing with Onslaught for their "back to school night" in Oslo, Norway on May 21st. Onslaught will play their original 1986 set while Detente will perform material from both "Recognize No Authority" and the upcoming "Decline." Detente's other upcoming tour dates are as follows:
4/29 Tilburg (Netherlands) The Little Devil
4/30 Antwerp (Belgium) De Rots
5/1 Frankfurt (Germany) Die Halle
5/2 Eindhoven (Netherlands) The Rambler
5/6 Hamburg (Germany) Hafenklang
5/7 Ludwigsfelde (Germany) N.V.A Club
5/8 Berlin (Germany) Amnesie
Fuck the Facts have posted the new song "Loss Upon Loss" from their upcoming "Unnamed" EP on their MySpace page. The band has also announced the following upcoming tour dates in support of the new EP:
2/19 2010 The Serbian Centre Sudbury, Ontario
2/20 2010 AKA Kingston, Ontario
3/5 2010 Jailbreak Roma
3/6 2010 La Scintilla Modena
3/7 2010 tba Milano
3/8 2010 Dynamo Werk 21 Zürich
3/9 2010 Sopa Box Bar Nancy
3/10 2010 De Rots Antwerpen
3/11 2010 Little Devil Club Tilburg
3/12 2010 Az Mullheim
3/13 2010 Alte Meirei Kiel
3/14 2010 1000Fryd Aalborg
3/15 2010 Funhouse Oslo
3/16 2010 Underjorden Goteborg
3/17 2010 Bergendalska Gården/Musikhuset Vaxjo
3/18 2010 Dödsmaskinen Copenhagen
3/19 2010 AJZ Neobrandenbourg
3/20 2010 Kopi Berlin
3/21 2010 tba Gottingen
3/22 2010 Zoro Leipzig
3/23 2010 AZ Conni Dresden
3/24 2010 CRK Wroclaw
3/25 2010 Triangel Club Namestovo
3/26 2010 Bogota Ostrava
3/27 2010 Modra Vopice Prague
3/28 2010 Club Pod Lampou Plzen
3/29 2010 U Teutora Club Zlin
3/30 2010 Nova Pekaren Nitra
3/31 2010 Escape Metalcorner Wien
4/1 2010 K.L.E.T. Ptuj
4/2 2010 Pieffe Factory Gorizia
4/3 2010 Boulevard Cattolica
4/23 2010 The Alex Brantford, Ontario
4/24 2010 Hard Luck Bar Toronto, Ontario
5/29 2010 Maryland Deathfest Baltimore, Maryland
Portuguese folk metallers Gwydion have announced their new album "Horn Triskelion" is set to be released on April 9, 2010 via SMP/Trollzorn Records. The cover artwork for the album can be viewed at this location. "Horn Triskelion" was recorded and produced by Fernando Matias in the Urban Insect Studios in Portugal, and mixed and mastered by Børge Finstad at Toproom Studios in Norway. The artwork was created by Jan Yrlund from Darkgrove Designs. The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. The Departure
2. Fara I Viking
3. From Hel To Asgard
4. Ofiússa (A Terra Das Serpentes)
5. Mead Of Poetry
6. Triskelion Horde Is Nigh
7. Odhinn’s Cult
8. At The Sumbel
9. Cold Tempered
10. The Terror Of The Northern
11. Six Trials To Become A Beerzerker
A teaser trailer for the new album can also be viewed below. More...
Germany's Rage has issued the following update about streaming a new song online from their upcoming album:
"Only few days left till the release of the new RAGE album 'Strings To A Web' – on February, 5th, this new masterpiece of the legendary formation will be in stores. Don’t miss to get a copy of the limited edition digibook, which includes along the regular album, a special 15 track Live DVD with their Wacken show 2009 featuring guests like Hansi (Blind Guardian) and Schmier (Destruction). Another new track is on the band’s MySpace page – enjoy the orchestral hymn 'Empty Hollow,' click here."
A teaser trailer for "Strings To A Web" can also be viewed below.
Maryland funeral doom metal act Epistle has issued the following update about their upcoming full-length album:
"Yet again I must apologize for the excessive amount of extra time that I have taken to release the full-length 'Requiem For A Fallen Soul.' There has actually been a complete re-tooling of the material on the album. With the ever shifting drummers coming and going there have been many inconsistencies within the sound of the different tracks. This most recent re-tooling will feature the drumming of one Torin Blatt, 'Kabraxis' who drummed on the 'Monoliths of Ancient Times' Demo. The new updated and dare I say final track listing will be as shown:
1. Eternal Chime the Mourning Bell
2. Silent Lies the Churchyard
3. Streams of Eternal Blood
5. The Wanderer
6. Requiem for A Fallen Soul
"The Sound on the album will be far closer to the typical Funeral Doom style then the Demo was. I am very pleased with the cohesive sound of the new track listing and very pleased with the more typical murky Funeral Doom sound being achieved. All that really remains are recording of the Keyboard layers, as well as the Vocals. Also some songs still have a few guitar and bass sections that need to be added. Hopefully this album will be released in good time. A song Clip will be posted to the myspace for Streams of Eternal Blood as soon as the track is ready. Thank you for your Patience and Keep it Heavy."
Swedish death metal act Morbus Chron has issued the following update about their upcoming releases:
"What is up. It has been a while. But we're back, more disgusting than ever! 2010 is gonna be a fine year for Death metal, with at least 2 Morbus Chron releases. Demo will be out some time in February on Dybbuck Records. We'll make a big announcement for this... Long awaited demo-tape. It's been too fucking long. But better late than never. AND! Most of the material is done for the full-length as well. So await a putrid and horrific album-release on Pulverised in a near future!"
Sample Morbus Chron tracks can be heard through their MySpace page.
Swedish metal act Sabaton has posted the sixth entry in a series of video reports from their time in the Abyss studios recording their upcoming album "Coat of Arms." The new video clip, which shows the recording of backing vocals, can be viewed below.
German viking metallers Varg have issued the following statement about imposter websites making fake blog entries in their name:
"Hello fans and friends, a few agitators have been a reflection of our website and write blog entries in our name and various other rubbish. The only official news from Varg will get under this location (official website) and here (official MySpace page). We have no other home pages, so please do not believe this FAKE pages. From this crap, we allow ourselves to be sure not to spoil the mood! See you soon!"
Woods of Desolation has issued the following update about preparing to enter the recording studio:
"I am glad to announce that Woods of Desolation will enter the studio late February to begin recording the 2nd, as yet untitled, full-length album due for release in 2010. Unfortunately, Desolate will not be featured on this release due to other commitments, but has been replaced by Sorrow aka Tim of Austere/Grey Waters, who will also take over the drumming position from myself. February will also see the release of a new t-shirt & patches via Eisenwald. Keep an eye here for more news to follow at a later date!"
You can also check out some of Woods of Desolation's music at their MySpace page.
New England bred post-hardcore outfit Vanna will be hitting the road with metalcore group Gwen Stacy beginning February 19 through March 12.
Touring in support of their latest release, "A New Hope," out now on Epitaph Records, Vanna recently departed amicably with their former singer Chris Preece and recruited Boston native Davey Muise to fill the position.
“Davey has brought new life to the band...along with the energy we've always needed,” says co-vocalist/guitarist Evan Pharmakis. “He has a deeper more mature tone to his voice, and a true passion for what Vanna is and where we are going.”
Here are the Gwen Stacy and Vanna tour dates:
Feb 13 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Feb 19 – Kansas City, MO – The El Torreon
Feb 20 – Colorado Springs, CO – Stargazers Theater
Feb 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound at The Venue
Feb 22 – Boise, ID – The Venue
Feb 23 – Spokane, WA – The Blvd
Feb 24 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Feb 25 – Portland, OR – Satyricon
Feb 27 – Stockton, CA – Plea For Peace Center
Feb 28 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
March 1 – Bakersfield, CA – Jerry’s Pizza
March 2 – Palmdale, CA – The Crossing
March 3 – Canoga Park, CA – Cobalt Café
March 5 – Tempe, AZ – 23 West
March 7 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
March 8 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock
March 9 – Houston, TX – The Junction
March 10 – Plano, TX – Eisenbergs
March 11 – Oklahoma City, OK – Conservatory
March 12 – Russellville, AK – The Journey Church
When thinking about the history of thrash metal, one usually always thinks of the Bay Area in the United States first, followed quickly by the thrash scene on the East Coast. But there was another scene in the 1980s that was just as important, namely the one in Germany. Much like America has it's "Big Four" of thrash (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer), Germany has it's "Three Kings" who consist of Sodom, Kreator and our featured band of the day, Destruction. Destruction were formed in the town of Weil am Rhein under the name of Knight Of Demon in 1982 but (wisely) decided to change their name to Destruction two years later. During this year they were able to release an EP entitled, "Sentance Of Death" through Steamhammer Records before releasing their debut full length album, "Infernal Overkill" in 1985. The band was originally a trio but added a second guitarist in the form of Harry Wilkens, with whom they recorded another two albums, a live record and an EP before lead singer and bass player Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer was asked to leave the band due to creative differences. He would respond by forming the band Headhunter.
After splitting with Schmier, the band found themselves going through a terrible period commercially, having lost their record label support in favour of grunge music, the band had to self- finance and self-release their new albums. Eventually, Schmier was asked back into the band and the reunited team of Schmier and guitarist Mike Hilfiger, along with drummer Sven Vormann, were able to secure a deal with Germany's Nuclear Blast Records, releasing several highly acclaimed studio albums ever since such as "All Hell Breaks Loose," "The Antichrist" and most recently, "D.E.V.O.L.U.T.I.O.N." Destruction still tour the world today, appearing at many of the big European festivals and heading out on headlining tours of their own. More...
Finnish progressive thrash metal band Abysmalia has issued the following studio update:
"It's been a while since we've updated any news regarding... well, anything. As you all probably are aware of, we are putting the finishing touches upon the recording now as we speak, and we thought of keeping you all informed about the upcoming material. So, here we have a new song uploaded on MySpace-website. We thought it would be just another act of idiocy to just upload an aggregation of songs - even though each of them are once again more or less different from each other and therefore making a collage would've served the purpose a bit better - so out of mere desire for irritation, we decided to put this particular song on display. The upcoming album is not going to sound like this song copy/pasted for the rest of its length, this just is a nice little songie with some additional insanity threwn over the top, so... whether you wish to enjoy it or not, OUR COMAS RECEDE! The rest of the album will be out after 1-40 weeks - plus some additional sugar-coated cheesiness before that, so stay alert at all times."
Megadeth are currently busy rehearsing for their upcoming tour with fellow thrash legends Testament and Exodus, during which they will be performing their 1990 classic album, "Rust In Peace" in full. A message from lead vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine reads as follows:
"Rust In Peace rehearsal are going pretty good. We are sorting out some new gear, organizing the stuff we've got, hot-rodding everything, and deciding on several aspects of the show. Of course we realize that RIP was approximately 45 minutes long, and our show is longer than that, that we are going to need to keep several other classics in the show as well as our favorite new songs too.
"So far we went over 'Holy Wars', 'Hangar 18', 'Tornado of Souls', 'Take No Prisoners', 'Five Magics', and 'Poison Was The Cure'. I am letting a DAT run in the background for serendipity in case I have a moment where I come up with something new and it doesn't slip away if I don't record it.
"It may sound strange to hear that we are going over the songs that we already know, but this is a pivotal record in heavy metal and it didn't become that way by playing what we think is right. We have all been under the microscope and we have found several things that we have improved on, as well as learning the new RIP songs, and I can't stop smiling while we are playing. More...