Metal News for January 7, 2009
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29 news articles posted on this day.
Swedish metallers LAKE Of TEARS have issued the following update:
"For the first time ever, LAKE Of TEARS will play a show in Lebanon, at the Tantra Kaslik in Beirut on January 9, 2009. Opening bands are ARMORY, POSTMORTEM and ELEMENT 26. Tickets are on sale at Cheers club (Broumana) and Cherry's pub (Anthelias). The whole event will be broadcast on LebaneseBands.com."
Here are the upcoming LAKE Of TEARS shows:
Jan. 09 - Tantra Kaslik - Beirut, Lebanon
Jul. 18 - ProRock Festival - Kiev, Ukraine
Oct. 24 - Sundown Festival - Gaildorf, Germany
LAKE OF TEARS' latest album, "Moons and Mushrooms," was released in April 2007 via Dockyard 1. The follow-up to 2004's "Black Brick Road" was mixed by Christian Silver. The CD was issued in two editions — a normal version with eight tracks and a limited-edition digipack containing a cover of STATUS QUO's "Is There a Better Way" "played with the energy of a punk rock song!"
Johnston Iowa's Dirty Little Rabbits, the band featuring Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan will be releasing their debut EP, "Simon," on January 27th.
The band, which signed with THE END in October of 2008, will be celebrating with an album release show in New York City at Mercury Lounge on January 20th. Tickets for the show will be available at the door.
Details concerning the EP are as follows:
1. Poor Poor Woman with Her Head in the Oven
2. You Say
4. I'm So Beautiful
6. Same Mistakes
Following many months of inactivity, New York hardcore band Mind Piece has issued an update. Here's a statement from the group:
"It's been almost a year to the day since we played a show (a real show). There's been a lot of talk, there's been a lot of hype, a lot of misconceptions, and there have been a lot of questions. Something came to our attention within the past two weeks, pissed us off, and prompted us to write this blog. So here it is:
"Mind Piece started in July '06 with three members. We wrote the six song demo and worked on those songs for months before eventually inviting our vocalist into the band. There were a slew of things that started to slow the band down, right about the time we were finishing up our tour in November of '07 with Terror. The first was getting our name dragged into a particular problem between people in New York. Mind Piece as a band never had any crew affiliation. Some minor conflicts and disagreements between band members about shows and whatever else added to the tension. At the time two of us were in school full time (we bullshitted/convinced our professors to let us go on tour for a week and half and we still passed somehow), and one of us was eating cheese sandwiches and grits behind bars for a short time (show up to your court date kids). Because of all this we became discouraged with hardcore and as a band in general. We decided to go on a hiatus to deal with whatever bullshit we faced as a band as well as individually (finishing school, etc.).
"During this hiatus our vocalist tried to take over the band in a number of ways. We started seeing flyers listing Mind Piece and even 'Mind Piece (Last Show)' at an out of state show (a surprise to the three of us each time). This was among tons of other ridiculous bullshit, like him changing our name without telling us. Recently it's come to our attention that Mind Piece played a four-song set in Long Island, and apparently this Mind Piece cover band was preparing to play a winter tour. The three original members of Mind Piece weren't at this show, didn't play this show, and had no idea of this happening until after the fact. Our now former vocalist took our songs and played them behind our backs with other people.
"This leads us to say that the real Mind Piece is here to play music with and for our friends. We're not here for drama or to feed any of our egos. With that being said, the three original members of Mind Piece never actually stopped writing music, and we have a bunch of new material written. Whoever was in school is now graduated and whoever was in jail is now emancipated. Maybe we'll keep the name, maybe we won't, maybe fuck yourself.
"We'll be looking for a new vocalist in the very near future. MORE DETAILS TO COME. Questions, comments, concerns, and hate mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org"
Massachusetts straight edge hardcore band Beartrap has signed to Double Or Nothing Records. They will be releasing a 7"/CD pack due out late winter 2009. A track from the upcoming release has been posted on the Double or Nothing Records MySpace player.
Beartrap's latest tour dates are as follows:
Jan 8 The PSwarehouse Atlanta, Georgia
Jan 9 Blackbox Collective Orlando, Florida
Jan 10 688 Skatepark Clearwater, Florida
Jan 11 Solid Sound Studios Pompano Beach, Florida
Jan 12 The Kickstand Gainesville
Jan 13 Cave 9 Birmingham, Alabama
Jan 14 Tupelo Tupelo, Mississippi
Jan 15 The Warehouse East Ridge, Tennessee
Jan 16 Dolarhyde House nashville, Tennessee
Jan 17 Chicago Chicago, Illinois
Jan 18 The 1151 Indianapolis, Indiana
Jan 19 The Brickhouse St. Albans, West Virginia
Jan 20 The Vineyard Kent, Ohio
Jan 21 The Roboto Project Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
Jan 22 Buffalo Buffalo, New York
Jan 23 Connecticut Wallingford, Connecticut
Jan 24 Artist Underground Cafe Richmond, Virginia
Jan 25 Newark Delaware Tba Newark, Delaware
Feb 1 Cafe Metropolis Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
The Acacia Strain vocalist Vincent Bennett recently did an interview with website Metal Sucks in which he expressed his distaste that the band has been labeled "deathcore." An excerpt from the interview follows:
Metal Sucks: What do you think about the “deathcore” label? Do you think it describes The Acacia Strain? Do you embrace the term or is it a “dirty word?”
Vincent Bennett: I have said it a couple of times: deathcore is the new nu-metal. You see the same kids and the same ethic. It sucks. And if anyone calls us “deathcore” then I might do something very bad to them. We aren’t deathcore. We are heavy. Any band that calls THEMSELVES deathcore should not be writing music. It just goes to show you that the weak minded need to label things.
Read the full article at Metal Sucks.
Chicago deathcore band OCEANO has parted ways with founding member and guitarist, Jeremy Caroll and plans to continue on with their upcoming tours as a 4-piece act. Vocalist, Adam Warren released this statement on the matter:
"As many of you may have, or have not noticed, our guitarist Jeremy was recently taken off the Oceano page. This is because as of this week, the decision was made to part ways with long time/original member.
"For those who seem to care, here is a summary of WHY this decision was made: (This is the FULL, NO BULLSHIT reasoning and explanation on this matter so PLEASE don't waste your time asking us about it.)
"Within our past few tours tension had seemingly grew above that of a typical level for a band touring the country cramped in a van. Over the past months certain members of the band we're beginning to really "butt heads" and clash with Jeremy on a personality level, to a point where tour was almost becoming more of a burden to deal with the stress levels and having to diffuse each others frustrations from this. Things apparently increased to the point of taking such action. Atop that, it was felt that coming from a professional level he did not represent the band well at times when it counted most. More...
Electro-Industrial metal band Static-X has issued the following update about "Cult Of Static," their upcoming album:
Happy New Year everyone! I am excited to announce our new CD, entitled "Cult of Static", will be released on March 17th. I started writing a year ago in January 2008 after coming home from the long tour for "Cannibal." The past year has been quite a blur; between writing and recording the new cd and releasing the "Cannibal Killers Live" dvd I've kept very busy.
I know you are all going to love this new record. It has everything you have come to expect from Static-X... and more. This is the most epic record we've ever made, it has the most crushing guitar tone I've ever had, and we even got Dave Mustaine of Megadeth to play a guitar solo on a new version of the song "Lunatic." Tony, Koichi, Nick, and myself put everything we had into recording this cd.
I can hardly believe it's been a decade since the release of our first CD, "Wisconsin Death Trip," and we're still going strong thanks to all of you! The title "Cult of Static" is meant to be a big thank-you to everyone who has supported us through the years. I'm looking forward to seeing you all on the upcoming world tour. Check back here for details.
SOiL is currently recording thier new album at Groovemaster Recording Studios (Chicago, IL) with Grammy Nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind, Finger Eleven). This marks SOiL's 5th studio album and the third album Johnny K has produced for the band including "Scars" and "Re.De.Fine". The album is currently untitled and is tentatively scheduled for a spring 2009 release. SOiL promises this album to be the most unique and diverse to date. Studio pics are now up in the myspace photo section.
Nine Inch Nails has posted about 405GB of HD footage online from three stops on their Lights in the Sky tour. The footage was recorded with multiple consumer HDV cameras during three shows, and can be downloaded via bit torrent:
This is raw, unedited, un-color-corrected HD footage, which will be primarily of interest to advanced users, who may wish to attempt to edit it together into something (more on that here).
CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho has scheduled the following signing sessions at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show (which is being held January 15-18 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California):
Friday, January 16:
* Rock House @ Music Sales Booth 3400 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 17:
* EMG @ Booth 4850 at 12:00 p.m.
* ESP Guitars: 2:30-3:00 p.m.
Important: The NAMM show is NOT open to the public. The only attendees are NAMM member companies and their invited guests.
The U.S. branch of Spinefarm Records will release the following CHILDREN OF BODOM titles on limited-edition picture disc vinyl on January 13, 2009:
* "Blooddrunk" (2008)
* "Tokyo Warhearts" (2006)
* "Are You Dead Yet?" (2005)
* "Follow the Reaper (2000)
* "Hatebreeder" (1999)
* "Something Wild" (1997)
Sanders Gommans of After Forever has come out with news about his new project Hate Death Kill in a new interview with Sheila Doki. Sanders claims that the musical style of HDK can be described as thrash, progressive, or even death metal. He says that the musical style for this music wasn't suited to After Forever's formula that makes After Forever what it is, so that's why he made this separate project. It's not symphonic at all, according to him. Interestingly enough, before Sanders came into an accident that had to put After Forever into a halt, he wrote material for the HDK album System Overload, which is set to be released on February 23rd. Below, you can view the interview in two parts.
The first full-length album from the British heavy metal pioneers Heaven and Hell since 1995's "Forbidden" is set to be released somewhere in late April of this year under the name Heaven and Hell. In addition to the fact that the album is to have 10 tracks such as "Rock N' Roll Jesus," "Neverwhere," "Breaking into Heaven," "Bible Black," and "Atom & Evil," the band has revealed that they're producing it alongside engineer Mike Exeter (who also produced Iommi's "Fuse" album). There's no word of whether there's going to be a Japanese bonus track. Joe Slieger had some commentary concerning Japanese bonus tracks, which can be read here. He'd also like you to look further into Classic Rock's interview with him for more details.
Ironclad Recordings has issued the following statement about The Classic Struggle seeking a new drummer:
"The Classic Struggle regrets to inform everyone that our friend, brother, and drummer, Tyler Solnosky has decided to leave the band due to personal reasons. We, as a band, support Tyler in this decision.
TCS is currently seeking a drummer, willing to tour "full time" and accept the possibility of relocating to the Myrtle Beach, SC, area to record future albums.
We will be reviewing videos of drumming ability, including TCS music. Our follow up album will be written upon acquiring a stellar drummer. Applicants will be asked to play songs from both Bring Back the Glory & Feel Like Hell.
We sincerely appreciate every ones support."
Ex-Necrophobic guitarist David Parland has created a new MySpace page detailing a new project he is working on. He issued the following statement:
"To begin with, the main reason with this Myspace website is of course nothing other than to provide you with information about what I am up to...
Since I literally have been out of the scene for some good time and living under a rock (wasting even my own creativity and a lot of time), I for some strange reason feel NOW is the time to restart everything. Why exactly now I do not know, but I work on 'if it feels right...it is right.'
So the main reason for me reaching out again right now is because of the new music band/project I am creating. This is right now in the making. There is sadly not too much I can reveal at this moment, other than 1) it will be a return to more of a Death metal style with Black and Thrash metal influences. but it will be brutal and Catchy and very melodic. 2) Tomas Asklund (ex.DARK FUNERAL/DISSECTION/INFERNAL is the drummer and other core member, and right now we are in the songwriting process).
We will put up excerpts from the coming demo here in a couple of weeks, so check back later for this. This will be followed by an album in late 2009, with around 8-9 tracks. More...
Norwegian act Sirenia has posted a new video online for the song "The Path To Decay," which can be viewed below. The band issued the following statement about the video:
"We had a great time in Gothenburg shooting a brand new video for the song The Path to Decay, taken from our upcoming album. We worked with producer Patric Ullaeus who has a big name in the scene, producing videos for many great metal acts. We are very satisfied with the end result and we look forward to share the video with all of you" More...
Finnish band Nightwish has announced the release information for their upcoming album "Made in Hong Kong (And Various Other Places)" and unveiled the cover art (viewable here), which can be viewed below. The band made the following statement:
"New Nightwish release is out at March 2009. MCD was recorded during still continuing "Dark Passion Play World Tour". Release include also bonus-DVD with material from Israel to South-America, directed by Ville Lipiäinen. Tracklist of MCD will be published later."
Antigama have posted first preview track, "Disconnected", from their fifth album "Warning". "Disconnected" can be heard online now via the band's official MySpace. "Warning" will see its North American release on March 3rd 2009 (March 2nd internationally) via Relapse Records.
"Warning" was recorded in their hometown Warsaw at Progresja Sound Studio, with producer Szymon Czech (Third Degree, Nyia, Vesania, Unsun). The album consists of 16 tracks, some of the titles are: "Disconnected", "Jealousy", "City", "Sequenzia Dellamorte", "Empty Room", "Orange Pills", "Black Planet".
Additionally the band have just finished working on their new video for track "Disconnected". The video was shot in Progresja Club, Warsaw, with director and producer Bartek Rogalewicz in December 2008. Premiere of the video is set for February 2009.
Catch Antigama in January on two Polish shows with Napalm Death, Splitter and Pigsty and upcoming European tour with Fuck The Facts and Dr Doom. A complete listing of confirmed dates can be found below. More...
Pennsylvania based metal act War of Ages has issued the following statement about needing fans for an upcoming video shoot:
"We'll be shooting our 2nd music video "All Consuming Fire" from our newest release "Arise and Conquer". We want this video to show our appreciation to all of you! If it wasn't for all of your dedication we would not be where we are today. So thank you soo much!! **Come on Saturday February 7th at Forward Hall, the video shoot will start at 7pm.
**This will be a FREE video shoot!!! Everyone is invited!! Lace up those dancing shoes and come represent your scene. We want to see everyone from all over.
**Most of all we want to dedicate this to our local hardcore and metal scene! Everyone come out and lets have some fun. Come prepared to sing along.
Information is listed below: More...
Greensboro, North Carolina's To Speak Of Wolves has officially joined the Tragic Hero Records roster. According to the group, "Tragic Hero has brought you bands such as A Skylit Drive, Alesana, and more! We're stoked to be a part of the family."
The band's new EP, "Following Voices," will hit stores on January 13th. Several tracks from the release can be heard here.
According to Denmark's TV 2 VIP, King Diamond has told BT.dk that there is a good chance that a new studio album from his classic heavy metal act Mercyful Fate will surface at some point in the not-too-distant future.
"Hank [Shermann, guitar] has written songs [for the proposed Mercyful Fate CD]. And he is ready for our new masterpiece," King Diamond is quoted as saying.
Almost ten years has passed since Mercyful Fate released their last studio album, "9."
UPDATE: Blabbermouth.net has an article refuting these claims, with King Diamond saying that "at least half the article was false." Furthermore, King Diamond states that in order to write new material, Mercyful Fate's recording contracts have to be renegotiated first.
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.
Slayer guitarist Kerry King will be appearing at the Anaheim Supercross event on Saturday the 17th of this month. He will be doing a meet and greet at the Jagermeister Pit Area at the Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California at 4PM.
Miami, Florida based Poison The Well has completed work on their latest album, "II/III" which was produced by Steve Evetts. The album will be released on January 20th and is made up of unreleased songs from the "Versions" sessions.
The tracklisting is as follows:
Heaven And Hell has announced some more European tour dates for this year. Included in the schedule is an appearance at Britain's Download Festival. More bands will be announced for the festival soon.
The tour dates are as follows:
5 - Bogota, Colombia - Coliseo el Campin
7 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Luna Park
8 - Santiago, Chile - Velodromo
10 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Chevrolet Hall
13 - Brasilia, Brazil - Ginadsio Nilson Nelson
15 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
16 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Credicard Hall
17 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Citibank Hall Rio
30 - Moscow, Russia - B1
31 - Moscow, Russia - B1
2 - Helsinki, Finland - Icehall
4 - Oslo, Norway - Spektrum
6 - Sölvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock Festival
8 - Giessen, Germany - Hessenhallen
9 - Berlin, Germany - Zitadelle
10 - Bamburg, Germany - Jakoarena
12 - Donnington, England - Download Festival
13 - Bergum, Holland - Waldrock Festival
14 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Europahalle
16 - Bonn, Germany - Museumsplatz
17 - Zürich, Switzerland - Volkshaus
19 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
26 - Dessel, Belgium - Graspop Festival
27 - Milan, Italy - Gods Of Metal
British heavy metal act Orange Goblin has posted the following message online:
"Orange Goblin regret that plans to record a new album in May have been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Complications beyond the bands control have meant that we have fallen behind schedule with the writing process and a decision was made to put the recording back to ensure that we deliver the best album possible. Sanford Parker will still be in the producers chair when we do hit the studio. We apologise to the fans but can assure them that it will be worth the wait! We will keep people updated with the progress and when we plan to re-schedule the release for. With this in mind there are no plans for any touring being made at the moment either."
Children Of Bodom will be doing a full tour of the United Kingdom next month where they will also be joined by death metal legends Cannibal Corpse and fellow countrymen Diablo.
The tour dates are as follows:
14 - ABC - Glasgow, Scotland
15 - UEA - Norwich, England
16 - Academy 2 - Manchester, England
17 - Rock City - Nottingham, England
19 - Forum - London, England
Death metal legends Deicide have signed a new record deal with Century Media Records, it has been revealed. The band are currently working on a new album and are planning to have it released by the summer.
In other news, the band has reunited with respected death metal guitarists Jack Owen (former Cannibal Corpse) and Ralph Santolla (Obituary, Death, former Iced Earth.) More...
Switzerland's MUMAKIL have recently posted a brand new track, “Brothers In Slavery,” from their forthcoming Relapse debut "Behold The Failure" online now via the band's MySpace. "Behold The Failure" is set for a March 31st North American release date (April 6th internationally).
"Behold The Failure," the follow-up to MUMAKIL's debut full-length Customized Warfare, was recorded in the band's hometown of Geneva. Advance song titles from this 27-song effort include “Doomed,”,“Black Sheep,” “Wish You The Worst,” “Mass Murder Institution,” and “Pigs On Fire.”
Additionally, MUMAKIL has begun lining up 2009 tour dates in support of "Behold The Failure." A listing of dates and cities can be found below with more to be announced soon. MUMAKIL has also recently released three new tracks via the Relapse Records Slimewave 7” series and CD compilation. For more information on this series, click here.
Here are the latest 2009 MUMAKIL tour dates:
February 7 Annecy, France Salle des Fetes
February 28 Dijon, France Les Tanneries
June 19 Sursee, Switzerland Kulturwerk 118 (w/ MACHETAZO)
July 18 Gent, Belgium Frontline (w/ AGATHOCIES)
September 11 Zurich, Switzerland Meh Suff Fest
New Orleans based supergroup Down will embark on a headlining tour next month across North America. Also on the bill will be Evil Army and Weedeater.
The tour dates are as follows:
February 15 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
February 17 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Hall
February 18 - Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Event Centre
February 20 - Winnipeg, MB - Burton Cummings Theater
February 21 - Fargo, ND - The Venue
February 22 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave.
February 24 - Traverse City, MI - Streeter's
February 25 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
February 26 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop
February 28 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
March 1 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
March 2 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland
March 4 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
March 5 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
March 6 - Nashville, TN - The Cannery
March 8 - New Orleans, LA - Southport Music Hall
March 9 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
March 11 - San Antonio, TX - The Scout Bar
March 12 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
March 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
March 15 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
March 17 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theater
March 18 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
March 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
March 20 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom
American heavy metal act Lamb Of God will be releasing their fifth studio album, "Wrath" on February 24th via Epic Records and has revealed the tracklisting for the album.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. The Passing
2. In Your Words
3. Set To Fail
5. Fake Messiah
7. Broken Hands
8. Dead Seeds
9. Everything To Nothing
10. Choke Sermon