Metal News for January 4, 2010
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28 news articles posted on this day.
I recently had the chance to interview Jesse Leach and Nick Sollecito of The Empire Shall Fall, vocalist and bassist respectfully. This was my first e-mail interview and I thought it’d be much more difficult than it actually was. Fortunately, Nick and Jesse were very prompt and professional. Also, for those who do not know, The Empire Shall Fall is the experimental/metal band featuring former Killswitch Engage front man, Jesse Leach on vocals, Nick Sollecito on bass, guitarists Jake Davenport and Marcus de Lisle and drummer Jeff Pitts. More...
Chevelle has announced a number of new U.S. tour dates to their previously announced February run. Check out the latest Chevelle tour dates below:
February 4, 2010 - Erie, Pennsylvania, Tullio Arena
February 5, 2010 - Albany, New York, Washington Avenue Armory
February 6, 2010 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wachovia Center
February 8, 2010 - Boston, Massachusetts, House of Blues - Boston
February 9, 2010 - New York, New York, The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza
February 10, 2010 - Providence, Rhode Island, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
February 12, 2010 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Electric Factory
February 15, 2010 - Columbus, Ohio, Lifestyles Communities Pavilion
February 16, 2010 - Royal Oak, Michigan, Royal Oak Music Theatre
February 17, 2010 - Fort Wayne, Indiana, Piere’s
February 19, 2010 - Indianapolis, Indiana, Egyptian Room at Murat Center
February 20, 2010 - Chicago, Illinois, Riviera Theatre
February 21, 2010 - Waterloo, Iowa, McElroy Auditorium
February 23, 2010 - Rapid City, South Dakota, Barnet Arena
February 24, 2010 - Fargo, North Dakota, The Venue
February 26, 2010 - Sioux City, Iowa, Convention Center
February 27, 2010 - Grand Island, Nebraska, Heartland Arena
Australian death metal band Cemetary Urn will launch their new album by performing at The Tote Hotel in Collingwood on February 6. The band, who feature in their ranks members of bands such as Sadistik Execution, Blood Duster and Guild of Destruction, will perform alongside Urgrund, Destruktor and Order of Orias under the "Southern Sign Ritual" banner of Blackart Productions.
Cemetary Urn came together in 2006 and performed 17 shows across the U.S. in 2008 with such bands as Gospel Of The Horns, Blood Feast, Obiesance, Morbosidad and many more extreme black metal acts. For more information and to check out their music, check out their MySpace page.
Finland's Shear has issued the following brief update about streaming a new song online from their new EP "In Solitude:"
"Due to the amazing amount of positive feedback, we decided to upload a new song to MySpace - this is our way of saying thanks for the support guys! The new song is called 'Scorched' and is the second track from the In Solitude EP. Hope you enjoy it!"
3 Inches of Blood has posted two video clips online of their performance on Fuel TV's The Daily Habit show. The video clip for the song "Call of The Hammer" can be viewed below and the clip of "Silent Killer" can be found after the jump.
As was previously reported, James "The Rev" Sullivan of Avenged Sevenfold was found dead in his home on December 28th. Avenged Sevenfold has now issued the following statement from the Sullivan family:
"Message from the Sullivan family: We would like to thank all of Jimmy’s fans for the heartfelt comments that have been posted – it is comforting to know that his genius and antics were appreciated and that he was loved so much. Our hearts are broken – he was much too young to fall. February 9, 1981 – December 28, 2009. Óg agus saor go deo (forever young and free)
"Barbara & Joe, Kelly & Katie & the extended Sullivan family"
DevilDriver has posted two video blogs from their Australian tour. The first clip can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.
Canada's Kataklysm has posted a new video web episode where the band discusses their upcoming tour dates. The video clip can be viewed below.
Chicago's Weekend Nachos has issued the following update about releasing a new album:
"Yo, we have a new record coming out in a few months. As always, expect something different. Don't ask about pressing info because I will not respond. A rough preview recording will be coming soon. You'll be able to order the record directly from us whenever it comes out."
Samples of Weekend Nachos' music are also available for streaming at their MySpace page.
Australian metallers Eyefear have issued the following update about recording a new album:
"Greetings, 09 is now over and what a year it has been for Eyefear, we have seen the arrivals of 2 very talented guy's Evan and Seb join the band and we played more shows this year than we have in the last 5! The only thing missing was a trip overseas and yes we did get very close to playing at ProgPower Scandinavia but unfortunately it wasn't to be.
"Which brings us to 2010. At the moment we are taking a few weeks off and we will begin writing for the new album. We are also organizing some very special shows which I really do hope we can pull off because I think they are way overdue but more on this later. As for the direction of the new album well, all I can say for now is expect something even darker than The Unseen. One element i really would like to add to the new album is a little more speed but time will tell.
"Screamfest was an absolute blast and was great hanging out with all the bands. I think we played our best show for quite some time and the crowd was simply amazing. Thank you so much for your support. A big thank you to Just Say Rock for not only having us on the bill but for putting on a very good festival that was very professionally run. Last but not least we would like to thank you all for your support, it has been a great year and you all play a big part."
Italy's Hour of Penance has issued the following statement about their upcoming album:
"Hour of Penance have set 'Paradogma' as title of his fourth upcoming album to be released on March 2nd 2010 through Unique Leader Records worldwide. Cover art is being completed by Gyula Havancsàk, the artist who worked with band as Annihilator and Destruction to mention a few. 'Paradogma' has been recorded at 16th Cellar studios with producer Stefano Morabito and mastered at Hertz Studios in Poland. Tracklist and final details to be announced soon. Hour of Penance is : Giulio Moschini - Guitars, Mauro Mercurio - Drums, Silvano Leone - Bass, Francesco Paoli - Vocals."
One-woman black metal band Ilkim Oulanem has contributed the track "Boslugun les ruhlari" to a compilation of Turkey based metal bands. The "Türkiye'den Metal Compilation" is currently available as a free download at this location. The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Conchadors "March Of Metal"
2. Conchadors "The Dog"
3. Pagan "Elenyr"
4. Moribund Oblivion "Like A Falling Haze"
5. Metalium "Behind The Power -Part -I-"
6. Metalium "Behind The Power-Part -II-"
7. Diken "Asla Vazgeçme"
8. Radical Noise "Governmentality"
9. Witchtrap "Dreams From Hell"
10. Pentagram "No One Wins The Fight"
11. Kramp "Tek Basina"
12. D'arch "Kiyamet"
13. Ilkim Oulanem "Boslugun les ruhlari"
14. Almora "Iyiler Siyah Giyer"
15. Pickpocket "Vazgeç"
16. Catafalgue "Seasons"
17. Groza "Geride Kalan Yillarim"
Arkansas metallers Living Sacrifice have posted a new song online from their upcoming album "The Infinite Order." The new track "Organized Lie" is currently available for streaming via the band's MySpace page. "The Infinite Order" is currently set to be released on January 26th, 2010.
Living Sacrifice also have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Otargos have issued the following update about finishing the recording sessions for their upcoming album:
"Otargos has finished the recording session at BST STUDIO. The next Otargos album is now in process, mastering and mixing shall be realized also at BST STUDIO. Final result shall be really intense, more than ever in Otargos history. We are quite satisfied of BST job. Be patient, the first track 'Cloning the Divine' of this new opus will be unveiled with a video clip during 2010!"
Samples of Otargos' music can also be heard at their MySpace page.
France's Reverence have announced they will be providing a song for an upcoming Enslaved tribute album. The album, titled "Önd - A Tribute To Enslaved," will be released through Pictonian Records in collaboration with Enslaved. Twenty bands will provide twenty cover songs for the album. The other currently confirmed bands to appear on the tribute album include Vreid, Odem Arcarum, Asmodee, Dordeduh, Sael, and Island. More information on the release date and additional bands to appear on the album will be announced as it is made available.
New Jersey hard rockers The Infinite Staircase have posted a new widget online which features a variety of song samples and live video clips. The widget can be found below.
Front man Peter Wiwczarek of Polish death metal band Vader has issued the following update about the band's upcoming touring activity:
"Hell-o all VaderManiax! On behalf of Vader commando I would like to wish You extremely metal year 2010! Let it be a fulfillment of your dreams and expectations!!! I also take the occasion to briefly summarize the past year 2009...It was another hard-working year in our career. We played nearly 150 gigs! It was also a time of trial for the new line up of the band and... we passed the exam, just because 'when there's a WILL, there's a WAY!' The band was well received by both European and US Fans (worth to mention that in the US we played nearly 40 gigs closing the year 2009). But of course, the most important for us is a new record deal with mighty Nuclear Blast and the new album 'Necropolis.'
"The album was released in the end of August (Europe) and September (the US) and immediately gained a huge number of supporters- both among diehard Vader's maniacs and also large amount of new Fans. Thank You for this! I'm so sorry to say that our 'favorite' Internet instigators and trolls (I am talking here mainly to our Polish countrymen ...) didn't see band's collapse and downfall. Vader still exists and 'Necropolis' is just the beginning!
"How about recent news from the band's camp? Guitarist Marek Pajak known from the Polish band Esqarial will join Vader on the upcoming tour with Marduk in January. Vogg who played with us during the last year is going to hit the road with his great band Decapitated. We wish Him all the best for the future, another crushing album of 'Decaps' and would like to thank for a great time He spent with Vader. Let the Power be with You, Brother! In mid February we kick off a tour in the UK, Ireland and Benelux. Right after the tour we hit the road again, appearing on US KillFest together with Overkill....Once again THANK YOU for a great 2009! Stay Metal!"
London rockers Voodoo Six are currently streaming a sample of the song "Something From You" off their upcoming new album at this location. Band founder and bass guitarist Tony Newton issued the following statement about choosing to stream the song on Facebook instead of their official website:
“We have been fortunate to have toured the world with bands such as Iron Maiden, Dio, and Extreme, and also played some of the largest festivals across the UK and Europe, as well as our own headline tours, and that opportunity has brought us a loyal growing fan base around the world. So rather than posting the songs on our official site, we thought we would expose them in a forum where the fans can discuss and tell us what they think – without it being filtered or moderated.”
A New Definition has posted a video clip online of their performance at Pierre's Night Club in Fort Wayne, Indiana, opening for Janus, Tantric, and Five Finger Death Punch. The video clip can be viewed below.
Swedish metallers Aeon have issued the following update about parting ways with their bassist:
"We have spoken to Victor Brandt and we have come to realize from both parts that Aeon will need more time from a bass player than he can give us. The geographical issue with having Victor living in Oslo was of course one contributing factor to this realization. Victor told us that he is not sure anymore if he can give us what we need, and he don't wanna hinder us from doing what we need to do. So we´ll thank him for his short time as a member and give a big welcome to the guy who played with us on our last gigs here in Sweden, Marcus Edvardsson (Souldrainer / Santification) whom will from now on be our new member in Aeon.
"We all know Marcus since way back and we all get along well, and last but not least he is one hell of a guy to handle the bass for us. Really heavy and distinct playing, and great stage-presence which suits us perfect."
Johan of Swedish death/thrash metallers One Man Army and the Undead Quartet has checked in with the following update:
"Hello everyone out there!
"I hope you all had a great 2009 and will have an even better 2010.
"2010 will mark the beginning of a new era for us. With a brand new line up we will record a brand new album.
"Yesterday, the 3rd of January we kinda woke up after a couple of months of silence and rest. It has been great to just relax all this time and not thinking of anything else but to recharge the batteries. But at one point you need to get back on track:-)
"We actually went to the rehearsalroom and picked up 2 brand new songs written by Jonas [guitars]. They sound pretty different to what we have done before and they feel great. Time will tell how they will sound with vocals but I have a lot of cool stuff in mind.
We already have like 3-4 songs to work with at the moment so we will definitely be ready to record in a couple of months.
"I hope you will join us on another ride."
Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity guitarist Mathias Röderer has left both bands for family reasons. Atrocity comments: "Matze has been a part of ATROCITY from the beginning and did music with the band for more than 20 years. Both bands wish him the best for his future!"
Sander van der Meer of Dutch death metal band Cypher will take up the place on second guitar for both Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity.
Romanian metal band Negura Bunget has to announce the recordings for the new album, "Vîrstele pamîntului," have been finalized. The mixing and mastering of the album will be completed in the following weeks. The recording was done at Negura MUSIC studio, under the supervision of sound engineer Mihai Toma.
The tracklisting is as follows:
2. dacia hiperboreana
4. ochiul Inimii
5. chei de roua
6. tara de dincolo de negura
8. arborele lumii
9. întoarcerea amurgului
The album will be released by code666 Records on March 26th in a special limited edition: handmade woodbox, roped and filled with the very earth of the place it comes from.
Swedish metal band The Law has issued the following update:
"Many things have happened since we last talked. We have recorded a new track entitled 'High on Power' with the Big balls productions-crew, who will release the track on a compilation disc this summer (with other splendid acts such as TORTURE DIVISION, INVASION, THE GENERALS, KARENSDAG etc etc). I SO wish you could here this new piece since it really gives you an idea of what the upcoming disc will be like. Our plan is to record the follow-up to 'Distorted anthems' in late 2010. 'Intricate thrash and heavy metal' may be a fitting description to our upcoming mayhem."
"In other news, we are currently booking gigs with the magnificent mosh machine F.K.Ü., and so far a couple of swedish and danish gigs are planned - and we'll head out in february/march this year! Can't fucking wait. More info on this will of course be presented here when it's all official! "
California melodic death metal band Dark Haven has issued the following update:
"We hope you had a safe new year's eve, we had a BLAST!"
"Although 2009 was a tough year for Dark Haven, we ended on a high note, playing some great shows in the second half of the year. We played with Bury Your Dead and Zao, both shows taking place at the Vault in our home town of Temecula. We also played with Cage at a great venue in Ramona called the Romona Mainstage. We also finished tracking for our full length album Fallout, and finished most of the mixing. We are stronger and healthier then ever as a band, having found permanent members to replace Kent and Amy (there identities will be disclosed soon!). Check out a show soon, trust me you will be blown away by our new line up!" More...
90s heavy metal band Frozen Doberman has announced that the band has reformed and is set to play a reunion show at Sydney’s Manning Bar on March 13th alongside bands such as Hellmen, Nunbait, The Celibate Rifles and more in an event titled the "Monster Sessions."
Formed in late 1989, Frozen Doberman burst onto the Sydney Metal Scene in the 90’s. Releasing two EP’s and an album, the trash metal quartet played support to some of the world’s biggest metal bands including Sepultura and Motorhead as well as touring nationally up until the bands split sometime around 1996/7.
In December 2009, the band released a nine track collection on iTunes and currently hold plans to re-release both their 1991 EP Dying Phase and the 1994 debut album "Bonsai" in 2010.
Here are the show details:
13th March 2010
MONSTER SESSIONS @ The Manning Bar, Sydney
w/ Frozen Doberman, The Celibate Rifles, Tweezer, Throwdown, Depression, Daredevil, Lunarcide, Happy Hate Me Nots, Hellmenn, Lime Spiders, The Hard Ons and Nunbait.
Tickets available from Moshtix, proceeds will be donated towards Multiple Sclerosis research.
You can check out some of the band's music on their MySpace page.
North Carolina christian metal band The Ascendicate has issued the following update:
"Hey everybody. Hope ya'll had a nice holiday season. I just thought i would let everyone know whats going on with The Ascendicate. As you may have noticed we havnt been doing much lately. Part of the reason for that is that we are all so busy around the holidays that we usually dont schedule shows but also because we are searching for a new drummer. Yes, Chris has hung up the sticks. There are no hard feelings or anything of the sort. Chris remains a good friend to all of us but he just felt like it was time for him to move on to other things. So that leaves us in search for a drummer. If you or anyone you know would be interested in an audition just contact us through myspace and we will schedule something."
Toronto hard rock/metal band APE has posted a statement about another Toronto band, A Primitive Evolution, using the acronym "A.P.E." Here's the statement and warning to fans:
"We think it is necessary to clear something up. APE and A.P.E. are in fact two different bands. Understandably this is very confusing. Two rock bands from Toronto with the same name. To add to the confusion, our name is derived from an acronym as well, however now we now simply go by APE. We assure everyone that this confusion is entirely not our fault. Another band called A Primitive Evolution is playing under the name A.P.E. A few months ago we contacted the band A Primitive Evolution to let them know that APE is already taken and suggested that they go by their full name since their acronym is our band name. But our emails have been ignored. We think there is a simple solution to this. They should go by their full name A Primitive Evolution and we should continue with our name APE that we have been playing under since 2001. After all, if you are an original band don’t you want to have your own identity? We don’t believe A Primitive Evolution purposely stole our name, we think it was an accident. We even think the skull in their logo that we also use in our logo is just a coincidence. It seems that the problem now is that they are in too deep to change or start over. A Primitive Evolution just did and album that is called A.P.E. (our debut album is also called APE released in 2007) and they probably have our name all over their merchandise as well. So rather than update their name to one that is original, it seems as if their plan is to ignore us and hope we go away without making a stink. Not going to happen. Regardless of which band you are a fan of we want all of you to know that we had the name first and that putting periods between each letter of our band name doesn’t make it original. Anyone who sees their posters can see that A.P.E. is always in big letters and you have to squint to see that it actually stands for something. We felt the need to post this after receiving countless emails and phone calls of disappointed APE fans paying a cover charge to see the wrong band. We wouldn’t have posted this unless we believed we are 100 percent in the right. To all you independent bands out there, protect what is yours."