Metal News for January 31, 2011
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Judgement Day is current in the studio recording their new, acoustic album, which follows up their latest release, "Peacocks/Pink Monsters." Here's an update from the band:
"Greetings from Sea Ranch,
DAY ONE of work on our new acoustic record went excitingly well. We got the studio all set up and running at The Barn and had some epic fireside jams on some of the new material as well as some oldtime blues standards. Jon has been experimenting with deadening his regular drum kit as well as playing buckets and other pieces of percussion. He seems to be really inspired. We all are!
"We’re super lucky to have Riki Feldmann with us. Not only did he fix the house electrical power and assemble the entire studio, he has also been shooting a ton of photos and videos which, like all of his work, look incredible. This week will be well-documented for sure.
"If you’re interested in following the recording process, you can do so on Twitter at http://twitter.com/stringmetal. We’ll be posting stuff there all week in addition to our daily Facebook posts."
Dan Mitchell of one-man metal band Autumns Eyes has issued the following update following having surgery on his hand:
"Many of you had some questions about a surgery I was supposed to have. Well Im happy to report I finally got it done today. It was a fairly complex procedure where they knocked me out to remove a growth that was buried deep and attached to nerves in my right hand. They put my arm inside a giant block that looks like swiss cheese to prevent movement and keep it elevated. 4-6 weeks of recovery and hopefully I’ll be back to normal! Once Im healed up I can go back to finishing all the new material for Autumns Eyes, which Im extremely anxious to get started on. The only downside right now is having to use my left hand for EVERYthing…so now let the perverted jokes begin…"
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tokyo Blade have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Thousand Men Strong," on March 18th through Fastball Music. The album was produced by Chris Tsangarides, who has previously worked with the likes of Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Anvil amongst others. The track listing for the album is as follows:
"Thousand Men Strong"
"Forged In Hell’s Fire"
"Heading Down The Road"
"Condemned To Fire"
"Night Of The Blade"
With ladies like Angela Gossow and Vibeke Stene fronting bands with primarily male members, the heavy metal scene has shown that women can just be as bad ass as men. While the female fronted band has gone from curiosity to accepted member of the metal kingdom, heavier acts still tend toward having mostly men among their ranks. Breaking that trend are a few groups that buck the established norm and bust out the girl power. With this week’s edition of the Unearthing the Metal Underground column we’ll take a look at three bands that rock out 100% wang free.
Kittie is probably the most well known group to feature only women handling the instruments and vocals, but there are plenty of all-girl bands that show up the kittens in terms of brutality. There’s no purr and all claws to be found in Greece’s Astarte, which leans heavily towards the black metal side of the spectrum.
Currently signed to Avantgare Records, Astarte has released five full-length albums so far, and even managed to catch Dimmu Borgir’s attention. Symphonic black metal icon Shagrath appeared in a guest spot on the “Ring of Sorrow” song off the band’s “Sirens” album. To get started with this all-girl act you can check out the video for the “Mutter Astarte” track, the collaboration with Shagrath, and the song “Black Mighty Gods” in the clips below.
Korn frontman Jonathan Davis has posted some new experimental solo material online. More information will be made available as further details are announced. In the meantime, three new solo tracks are available for streaming below:
Jacksonville, Florida alternative metal act Cold has posted a new song online. The new track, titled "Wicked World," is taken from the band's forthcoming full length album "Superfiction" which is set for release on June 28th, 2011. You can listen to the new track below:
Stray From The Path has posted some new footage from the road online. You can view the touring clip below:
Upcoming Stray From The Path tour dates:
02/13 London, ON – London Music Hall Lounge
02/14 Barrie, ON – Baia Nightclub
02/15 Ottawa, ON – Maverick’s
02/16 Quebec City, QC – Agitee
02/17 Trois-Riveres, QC – Rock Cafe Le Stage
02/18 Montreal, QC – Underworld
02/19 Toronto, ON – Wreckroom
American progressive deathcore act All Shall Perish has posted new studio footage online filmed during the recording of its forthcoming new album. The album is set to feature twelve songs which are being mixed by Zach Ohren. You can view the studio clip below:
Knoxville, Tennessee female-fronted metalcore act Straight Line Stitch has posted a new video trailer online to promote its forthcoming full length album. The new album, titled "The Fight of our Lives," is planned for a March, 2011 release. You can view the album trailer below:
North Texas death metal outfit The Famine has posted a video trailer online to promote its forthcoming full length album "The Architects of Guilt." "The Architects of Guilt" is set for release on February 15, 2011. You can check out the trailer below:
Russian cyber metal act Illidiance has announced the following upcoming tour dates throughout the month of February:
06 Feb St.Petersburg, Ru, Orlandina club
17 Feb Belgorod, Ru, HARD PARTY club
18 Feb Kharkov, UA, Zhara club
19 Feb Kiev, UA, Lenin Club
20 Feb Starobelsk, UA, MegaDance club
22 Feb Lugansk, UA, TBA
23 Feb Donetsk, UA, Detroit club
24 Feb Zaporozhye, UA, OCM club
25 Feb Odessa, UA, Copyright club
26 Feb Simpheropol, UA, Concert Hall
27 Feb Nikolaev, UA, Veter Svobody club
Swedish melodic metal act Bloodbound is set to release its fourth album, "Unholy Cross," on March 18th through Germany's AFM Records. The "Unholy Cross" track listing can be viewed below.
2. Drop The Bomb
3. The Ones We Left Behind
4. Reflections Of Evil
5. In For The Kill
6. Together We Fight
7. The Dark Side Of Life
8. Brothers Of War
9. Message From Hell
10. In The Dead Of Night
11. Unholy Cross
The Amenta has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming release "Vo1d," which can be viewed below.
You can also catch the band live on the following dates:
March 26 - Valve Bar, Tempe, Sydney
April 01 - The Arthouse, Melbourne
April 02 - The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (AA)
April 02 -The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart (18+)
April 03 - The Pelly Bar, Frankston
April 08 - The Bass Bar, Wagga Wagga
April 09 - The Maram, Canberra
April 15 - Rosies, Brisbane
April 29 – Club LED, Newcastle, NSW
April 30 - The Gaelic Theatre, Sydney
June 10 - 12th - Perth, WA – TBA
Swedish metal act Arch Enemy has posted a new video update online for its forthcoming new album "Khaos Legions." This will mark the band's first studio album of all new material since 2007's "Rise Of The Tyrant." The band is currently still recording the album at Sweet Spot Studios in Sweden. You can view the studio update below:
Hamatom has issued the following update about appearing at the 2011 edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival:
"Hello Freaks, Yes, Yes, Yes! Hamatom on WACK! Now it's official. This year we have the great pleasure of playing on the biggest heavy metal festival in the world.
"For us it is a childhood dream come true, and we can hardly expect it to be summer at last. The exact date and our season, we give you course through time. Until then, we simply look forward to a great show in the north."
Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.
The official lineup and dates for the 4th annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival has finally been announced. Confirming much of what was leaked last week, DISTURBED, GODSMACK and MEGADETH will headline the main stage, joined by MACHINE HEAD, IN FLAMES, TRIVIUM, and many more bands. The tour will make a 26 date trek across the country beginning on July 9th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Go to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.
This summer’s mainstage artists, DISTURBED, GODSMACK, and MEGADETH, will be joined by a mix of the best hard rock and metal artists of today. IN FLAMES, MACHINE HEAD and TRIVIUM have grown through the ranks to now perform on the mainstage in rotating slots throughout the tour.
The JAGERMEISTER stage will feature UNEARTH, KINGDOM OF SORROW, RED FANG, and the winners of JAGERMEISTER Battle of the Bands. The Extreme Stage will spotlight SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL SHALL PERISH and STRAIGHT LINE STITCH.
The 2011 ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL will also feature ROCKSTAR METAL MULISHA JUMP TEAM, the World’s Greatest Freestyle Motocross team.
“Strap yourself in and hold on tight, cuz this ride goes reeeeeal fassst this summer,” exclaims GODSMACK vocalist Sully Erna. “Godsmack/Disturbed, Mayhem Festival!! Can't Fu@?kin' wait!!!”
Mainstage guitarist Dan Donnegan of DISTURBED emotes, “DISTURBED is looking forward to being part of the biggest summer tour in the U.S. this year. It's been years since we shared the stage with GODSMACK and we've been wanting to team up with them and join forces for a longtime. MEGADETH has been a big inspiration to us and we are looking forward to the other bands rounding out what seems to be a solid bill.” More...
Nevada based act Deon Neon has posted a music video online for the song "Downwinder," which is off the band's latest self-titled EP. You can check out the video clip for "Downwinder" below.
Portland, Oregon progressive metal act Across The Sun has posted its new single online. The track, titled "Song for the Hopeless," is taken from the band's forthcoming album "Before The Night Takes Us" which is set for release on March 15th, 2011 through Metal Blade Records. You can check out "Song for the Hopeless" below.
The album's tracklisting is as follows:
1. Tipping The Scales
2. Song for the Hopeless
4. Descent & Discovery
5. Ghost of Grandeur
6. Before the Night Takes Us
7. A Moment of Clarity
8. Blessing in Disguise
9. In the Face of Adversity
10. Belay My Judgment
David Ellefson recently answered a series of interview questions for Rocketqueen-susi.de about re-joining Megadeth and the band taking part in the "Big 4" show in Bulgaria. Excerpts from the interview can be found below.
Rocket Queen: In September 2009 the new Megadeth Album "Endgame" was released and you re-joined Megadeth back in february 2010. Did it take a long time for you to say yes I will rejoin the band... Have you had sleepless nights because of that? I am sure that you and David resolved your former disputes amicably back then. Or was it hard to get back to the old days in lets say some days/weeks?
David: Dave and I had been talking for several years and that helped us form a friendship we never really had before, mostly because we weren’t in a band together during that time and distracted by the business of running a band. I guess that just took what it took for it to transform and happen.
Rocket Queen: Lots of things are going on with Megadeth at the moment. So lets start with your thoughts on the latest album "Endgame?" What are your identations on this album? And which song do you like most on this album and why?
David: It has some really good material on it and it is produced and played really well. It has a modern edge which is a good progression for the band’s sound. I’m looking forward to recording the next disc this year and seeing how that modern sound evolves with the vintage aspect the fans have come to know of how Dave and I play together, too. I think it will capture a classic sound and create yet another new chapter for the band moving forward now.More...
Read the full article at Rocket Queen.
Swedish melodic death metal act Amon Amarth has posted a new song online, taken from its forthcoming album "Surtur Rising." The track, titled "War of the Gods," is available for streaming in the player below. "Surtur Rising" will be released in North America on March 29, 2011 through Metal Blade Records.
Norway's Vreid has issued the following brief update about performing at the 2011 edition of the Oya Festivalen, which will also include appearances from Bring Me The Horizon and Comeback Kid:
"This seems to become one hell of a festival summer. We are proud to announce that we have been invited to play at Norway's most prestigious Festival; Øya Festivalen 10-14 August. More info at
You can also check out Vreid's recently uploaded music video for the song "The Sound of the River" at this location.
Finnish act The Nibiruan has issued the following announcement about entering the recording studio:
"Hey hey! It's been far too long since our last update so I decided to give you guys some info on what we are up to right now. We were basically really busy through out the whole autumn writing songs and just planning our next move and now we are finally making something happen! As some of you might know we entered the studio last weekend to record some new stuff and man has it been a blast.
"Everything has worked out better than we anticipated and we now have recorded the drums and almost all of the guitars to our upcoming release. We will continue recording vocals, bass, some keyboards (cool, huh?) and the lead guitars during this week and I hope that in a month or so we'll have something new for your hungry ears!
"We have another major update coming soon as well, and we are really pumped up about it though it still remains a secret. Keep checking out the website - I'll try to post some footage and pictures from the recordings during this week."
Capital Chaos has posted a video interview online with Josh Scogin of The Chariot, which was filmed during the 2011 Winterizer Tour at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, California. The video clip can be viewed below.
Accept's Wolf Hoffmann has posted a video clip online unveiling his new Jackson Flying V guitar before shooting the "Teutonic Terror" music video. Check out the footage in the video clip below.
Gorath has posted footage online of the band performing in Oostende, Belgium on January 29th, 2011. You can check out the liver performance in the video clip below.
Sweden's Blood Mortized recently announced that the band's "Bestial" EP will be released as a limited edition cassette tape version through Nocturnal Blood Records. The band has now issued the following brief update about recording a bonus song for the EP:
"Biazzi, Parkkila & one more guy (who will handle the second guitar...) will invade Eskilstuna this weekend to record a bonus song for the Bestial EP.
"And, if all goes well the new Blood Mortized line-up will start to rehearse soon and that can only mean: Stay tuned for Blood Mortized live!"
The Defiled has posted a music video online for the song "Call To Arms," which is off the band's "Grave Times" album. You can check out the video clip below.
Germany's Into Darkness has posted a video clip online of the band performing the song "Divine Temptation" live. You can check out the video clip below.
Arizona thrashers Hemoptysis have announced that beginning on Jan 31, 2011, their debut album "Misanthropic Slaughter" will be available for pre-order at this location. As an added bonus, the band will be sending a Hemoptysis guitar pick, and autographed 5x7 photo of the band with every pre-order.
Hemoptysis vocalist Masaki Murashita Commented: "We're extremely happy to offer our fans old, and new, the opportunity to purchase the new album, and throw in a few extras as a show of our appreciation for all of their support, with the picks, autographed photos, and of course an album that we're all very proud of."
"Misanthropic Slaughter" will be released on Tuesday, March 8th. You can also check out a recent video interview with Hemopytsis here.
Oppu Laine, bassist and founding member of Barren Earth (ex-Amorphis) has issued the following commented on the band's North American tour:
"I have to say that I am totally stoked about the upcoming tour in North America with Barren Earth. Not only because this is our first tour in the U.S. and Canada, but also because it's our first full tour altogether. We've done some gigs in Finland and it's been really great, but never a full tour. Touring five weeks with Barren Earth and all the other cool bands on the bill must be an absolute test… but I just cannot wait!! So, get yer asses to the shows and witness some of the greatest actual Finnish metal acts alive. See you and let's get cursed!!"
The updated list of tour dates is as follows:
Jan 31, 2011 - Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone
Feb 1, 2011 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Feb 2, 2011 - Louisville, KY @ Headliner's Music Hall
Feb 3, 2011 - Tulsa, OK @ Marquee
Feb 4, 2011 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
Feb 5, 2011 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Tomcats
Feb 7, 2011 - Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
Feb 8, 2011 - Los Angeles, CA @ Key Club
Feb 9, 2011 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
Feb 10, 2011 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
Feb 11, 2011 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Feb 12, 2011 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Feb 14, 2011 - Calgary, AB @ The Republik
Feb 15, 2011 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
Feb 16, 2011 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
Feb 17, 2011 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Osbourne Village Inn
Feb 18, 2011 - Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
Feb 19, 2011 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
Feb 20, 2011 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
Feb 21, 2011 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Feb 22, 2011 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Feb 23, 2011 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
Feb 24, 2011 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Feb 25, 2011 - Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Feb 26, 2011 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Feb 27, 2011 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
Mar 1, 2011 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero
Mar 2, 2011 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Mar 3, 2011 - Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah
Mar 4, 2011 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
The 2011 Metalliance Tour will be supported by metal heavyweights Kylesa, Red Fang, Howl, and The Atlas Moth on all dates. Dates have now officially been announced. The tour features headlining bands Helmet, Saint Vitus, and Crowbar for its inaugural line up. "We are glad to be part of this tour; I think it's a great bill. The bands I have heard so far each have a strong musical identity as opposed to so much of the generic, lowest common denominator music out there," says Helmet front man Page Hamilton.
Here are the latest Metalliance 2011 Tour dates:
03/17/11 Dallas, TX @ Southside Music Hall
03/18/11 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog / SXSW
03/19/11 New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks
03/20/11 St Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
03/21/11 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
03/22/11 Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
03/23/11 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
03/24/11 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
03/25/11 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
03/26/11 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
03/27/11 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
03/29/11 Denver, CO @ The Summit
03/31/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
04/01/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/03/11 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
04/05/11 Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues More...
Danish death metal band Death Comes Pale has released the 2009 EP, "Through Carrion Eyes," digitally through Danish label Gateway Music. An e-card where streaming of the entire EP is possible can be accessed here.
The track listing for "Through Carrion Eyes" is as follows:
1. Primal Supremacy
2. Serpent Of Eden
3. Eclipse Of The Dead
4. The Heretical Storm
The band is currently working on a new release, which is scheduled to be recorded in the summer/fall of 2011.
Montreal's Derelict has issued the following announcement about posting the artwork and booklet online for the band's "Unspoken Words" album:
"We’re happy to announce that the entire Unspoken Words booklet is available for download in digital form at this link.
"We hope all of you who have digital copies of the album will check this out to get a look at the concept artwork and lyrics. The booklet also now comes automatically with digital purchases of Unspoken Words made here, which is the most affordable place to pick up the album. Individual tracks are only 50 cents. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for NEW stuff from Derelict. Peace!"
Insidead will be dropping the new album "Chaos Elecdead" on April 29th, 2011 through Massacre Records. The band has now posted a video clip online for the title track, which can be viewed below. You can also check out the previously posted trailer for the album here.
Suidakra has posted the cover artwork online for the band's upcoming album "Book of Dowth," which can be viewed at this location. The band also commented on the new album:
"Our new album 'Book Of Dowth' will be released on March 25th. Shortly after we will embark on a European tour with label mates Onslaught and Debauchery. Cover and track list of 'Book Of Dowth' have been unveiled now and soon we will also present their video clip for the track Dowth 2059."
The "Book of Dowth" track listing is as follows:
1. Over Nine Waves
2. Dowth 2059
4. Biróg’s Oath
5. Mag Mell
6. The Dark Mound
8. Stone Of The Seven Suns
9. Fury Fomoraigh
10. Otherworlds Collide
11. Rise Of Taliesin(classical re-arranged version)
12. When Eternity Echoes(classical re-arranged version)
13. Official Video Clip “Dowth 2059”
lldisposed is set to release the new album "There Is Light (But It's Not For Me)," on March 25th through Massacre Records. The band has now issued the following brief announcement about the album's artwork:
"We can finally present the front cover artwork for There is light (but it's not for me). It's created by Lasse Hoile who also did the cover art for 1-800 Vindication and Burn Me Wicked."
You can check out the artwork for "There is Light (But It's Not For Me)" at this location.
Cavalera Conspiracy, the act featuring founding Sepultura members Max and Igor Cavalera, has revealed the details of the special edition of the band's forthcoming new album, "Blunt Force Trauma." The special edition will feature three bonus tracks, including a cover of the Black Sabbath classic, "Electric Funeral," as well as a bonus DVD which will feature the band's entire performance at Les Eurockéennes Festival in Belfort, France, plus the music video for the song, "Sanctuary." The special edition track listing is as follows:
Special Edition CD/DVD:
"I Speak Hate"
"Blunt Force Trauma"
"Jihad Joe" *
"Electric Funeral" *
(*Bonus tracks) More...