Metal News for January 9, 2010
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30 news articles posted on this day.
New York and Texas based death metal band The Famine has issued the following update regarding the departure of their vocalist Chris Mcaddon:
"The Famine has parted ways with vocalist Chris McCaddon. The tyranny of distance is at times an insurmountable obstacle to behold. We love Chris as a brother and respectfully wish him the best in all of his future endeavors. In addition, The Famine is very excited to announce that Nick Nowell will lead us down this dark and dusty road as our new singer, and we couldn't be any more excited to welcome his range and abilities into The Famine in such an important capacity and at such an important time in our journey of pillage and conquest. In other news, we are hard at work in our metal bunker, doing our best to write a sophomore record the likes of which have never been heard by any ears, mortal or otherwise. Stay tuned for more big Famine news very soon, and may the metal be with you."
Melbourne thrashers Demolition are hard at work on their new album, with some of the first details released. According to a recent Myspace bulletin, the album will be 11 tracks with 2 off their previous "Strike Force EP." Rhythm guitars have mostly been recorded with D standard tuning being the band’s new choice, with solos, bass, vocals and drums still to come. You can check out a couple new songs on the band's MySpace page.
The band will also be hitting the stage on January 22nd at the HiFi in Melbourne. Orpheus and Elrazor will be joining them, as well as some others still to be announced.
Facedown Records has decided not to hold a Facedown Fest this year in 2010. Here's the statement from the label:
"With much consideration and due to many different factors we have decided to take a break on Facedown Fest this spring. Our headlining bands have great upcoming opportunities that conflict with the timing of Facedown Fest among other scheduling difficulties. We don’t want to ever put together a Facedown Fest that’s lacking all of the members of the Family, so we decided to postpone it for the time being. We apologize to those who look forward to coming out to beautiful Southern California and we assure you that we will make it happen again as soon as possible. Even though Facedown Fest won’t be taking place in the spring, 2010 is shaping up to be an incredible year for Facedown and our bands. We will be having a Facedown tour going out in the Spring of  that is dedicated to the young / new faces on the label, our established bands will have some very exciting tours they’ll be announcing soon, and Facedown will have 'Facedown Days' at several of the Summer festivals this year. We will keep you posted on all of that as we can."
Canadian metallers The Catalyst have issued the following update about seeking a new drummer:
"To all our fans, for many of you this is old news already, but we are actively seeking a new drummer. Our good friend Denis Potapov decided to pursue other objectives and we wish him the best of luck in all his future endeavors. We remain close friends with him, and we want to thank him in advance for agreeing to help us out with our February 5th gig with the mighty SLAVES ON DOPE!
"That being said, we are kicking this search into high gear now. We are currently searching for a talented, experienced drummer with the necessary drive, will, and equipment to tour on a serious level. We are looking for someone who is professional about his/her craft and willing to take this on as a full-time gig. As many of you know, we have a full album ready to be dropped soon, and we plan to tour heavily in support of it.
"Even if you are not from the Montreal area, please feel free to contact us if the gig interests you. You can always contact us through MySpace, or send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to playing with anyone interested in the gig! Thanks!"
Brazilian metallers The Ordher have issued the following update about touring Mexico:
"The Ordher is proud to announce that band is gonna be in Mexico next February for some shows. Band have confirmed the 'Kill The Betrayers Mexican Tour,' from 25th to 28th of February in 4 Mexican cities, beside Mexican Death Metal band Evil Entourage. It will be the first shows of The Ordher in North America, all band members are really excited for the shows."
The currently announced dates are as follows:
2/25 2010 Salon Logia Masonica Piedras Negras/MEX
2/26 2010 Lando Live Music Bar Toluca/MEX
2/27 2010 t.b.a. Mexico City/MEX
2/28 2010 Ibex Rock Bar Monterrey/MEX
Germany's Suidakra has added on a string of North American dates to their upcoming tour in Spain and Portugal. Suidakra's complete list of upcoming tour dates is as follows:
03.02.2010 Santiago de Compostela (ES) - TNT Bar
04.02.2010 Santander (ES) - Heaven D.C.
05.02.2010 Vigo (ES) - Mondo
06.02.2010 Vila Real (PT) - UNDERFEST Winter Edition
07.02.2010 Benavente, Lisboa (PT) - Side B
08.03.2010 New York, NY (US) - B.B. Kings
10.03.2010 Montreal, QC (CA) - Les Foufounes Electriques
13.03.2010 Toronto, ON (CA) - Wreck Room
14.03.2010 Chicago, IL (US) - Bottom Lounge
01.05.2010 Rieden/Oberpfalz (DE) - Ragnarök Festival 2010
22.05.2010 London (UK) - Underworld
Finnish "love metalers" H.I.M. have just released a new video for "Heartkiller," the first single off their upcoming album "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice." The new album, which was produced by Matt Squire (The Used, Saosin, All Time Low), will be the HIM's seventh full length record over their 13 year career. You can check out the music video below:
H.I.M. frontman Ville Valo recently sat down with Metal Hammer magazine to discuss the forthcoming album saying, "Lyrically, it's the most sexual [album], the most horny one, we've ever made. The horny and the horned. Like the IMPALED NAZARENE song. It's got that and a sense of immediacy: 'I want it now, now, now.' It's not about being poetic or forlorn about something that is about to happen, it's actually about something that is happening at this very moment in time."
He added, "I like the immediacy of it. There's a lot of information put in short songs and they don't let go. That was the whole vibe for me. You should have seen me working the vocals out in the middle of the night, amongst my taxidermy owls in the tower screaming my guts out, unable to stop until 9:00 a.m. and then sleeping on a couch for two hours before starting again. So the whole process of the album is very close to that mental boner that just didn't go away."
"Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice" will hit stores in the U.S. on February 9th. Here's the complete tracklisting:
1. In Venere Veritas
2. Scared to Death"
4. Dying Song
5. Disarm Me (With Your Loneliness)
6. Love, the Hardest Way
7. Katherine Wheel
8. In the Arms of Rain
9. Ode to Solitude
10. Shatter Me With Hope
11. Acoustic Funeral (For Love in Limbo)
12. Like St. Valentine
13. The Foreboding Sense of Impending Happiness
Swedish melodic metal band Slumber has issued the following update:
"Tomorrow we leave the stone cold walls of Stockholm and venture deep in to the natural habitat of inbred little town of Skara for four weeks of recording."
"Never in my life have I with such pride and energy tackled a huge challenge like this. This album has turned out to be immensely complex to create but extremely rewarding if done focused and right. The album is becoming a journey many of you will never, EVER forget. I know the samples on our myspace site might confuse some of you. Every day the songs are heavily changing to create a very dynamic context. So please don't 'worry,' once you hear the album you will recognize its massive voyage nature."
Danish modern metal band MNEMIC has uploaded their entire new album "Sons Of The System" to the bands official MySpace profile for an exclusive pre-listening until January 15, 2010, which is also the official release date of the album.
German metal band Sacred Steel has announced the following European tour dates:
22.01.2010 - Stockholm (SWE) - Gula Villan (Stockholm University)
23.01.2010 - Sandviken (SWE) - Bryggeriet Metalclub
19.02.2010 - Arnsberg-Oeventrop (GER) - Schützenhalle
20.02.2010 - Kerkrade (NL) - The Rock Temple
06.03.2010 - Esslingen (GER) - Komma
20.03.2010 - Konken (GER) - Festhalle
Chicago blackened death metal band Black September has issued the following update:
"The last few months have seemed silent, but we have been hard at work preparing the new songs for the upcoming LP. We have officially found a new drummer that will be recording with us for the new album due out later this year. We plan on recording with at Bricktop Studios who recorded our latest releases The Sermon of Vengeance and Hordes of Flesh and Bone. The writing process is almost finished and we will plan on recording sometime in the coming months. Prepare for war."
Finnish symphonic metal band Throes of Dawn has issued the following update:
"We have settled a release date for our fifth album 'The Great Fleet of Echoes.' The album will be released 19th of February in the Finnish Metal Expo. We are also very pleased to announce that the album is released both as a digipack CD and a 12" double vinyl lp with a 24-bit mastering and two bonus songs."
"It took a lot of time, but we are happy with the outcome. 'The Great Fleet of Echoes' is a clear expansion in the bands songwriting. Showing more versatile, progressive and melodic approach into the gloom and melancholy our music reflects. A Firm and logical step forward." More...
U.K. based blackened death metal band Detrimentum has issued the following update:
"Detrimentum have finished writing 8 tracks (guitars only) for their second album. Our aim is to focus on recording the album this year as professionally as possible and we’re currently looking at the studios Bolt Thrower and Vader have recorded their recent albums in."
"The right person will be able to contribute bass lines/lyrics for the album. Vocals styles preferred are varied black/death metal mix. We’re open minded to singing in styles similar to Opeth. Any location is ok but must have transport and decent bass equipment. We currently rehearse twice a month in the Birmingham area." More...
New York thrash metal band CASTROFATE has announced their new drummer as SEAN KELLY. Sean will make his live debut at the band's new CD, "iHuman," listening party on March 20th in Queens, NY at Zona Ocult. The CD listening party features a 1 hour performance by the band, which will be filmed for a DVD. The all ages show will cost $10.
The band comments, "Sean is a killer drummer and is psyched to jump into the band's rigorous touring schedule after the 'iHuman' album is released, as well as record on future albums! For the 'iHuman' tour, the band plans to tour in a lot MORE than just 8 countries this time!"
Pictures of the new drummer can be seen here.
California melodic death metal band Dark Haven has issued the following studio update:
"So I am going into the studio here in about 30 minutes. Just got a new mix for a song off our upcoming album called 'Shades of Ivory,' and wow, this thing is fucking screaming now.
We're going to work on getting the rest of the songs up to par today and tomorrow, and do some last minute vocal and guitar tracking next week to change a few things. Other than that, we are getting extremely close to a finished, BRUTAL, product! So we hope you are all as excited as we are for 'Fallout,' it's been a long time coming people, and it will soon become a reality."
San Francisco metal band InACage has issued the following update:
"We are proud to announce that our new EP 'Remains' is now available @ the Los Gatos Public Library! A special thank you to the entire staff! Los Gatos rocks! It will also be available soon through the Santa Clara County Public Library in weeks ahead! More info to follow."
"We hope you will help support our cause and purchase the EP ($5.00). 15 % of each album sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society. As some of you are aware, Darren Reinholz (our guitar player and bro) mixes chemo therapies for a living @ Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley (the same hospital I was born at). My grandfather currently has it in his spine, Stephanie's grandfather died from it in 2008 and we have had more family and friends than we care to count who have either had it @ one time or another or have unfortunately passed away from it. We hate the hell out of it! It runs deep. The other reason is that we would like to at least break even so we can record another album towards the end of the year. HAHA! In fact, we already have quite a bit of new material in the works!"
German metal band Ruins has issued the following updates:
"1. The 'Chambers Of Perversion' LP will undergo some updates. The cover is done yet and looks very bestial and fitting. Thanks to Mark Riddick again for putting such an effort into this band! Furthermore two more songs will be done and send to the label to be included onto that LP. Expect some satanic aggression around the spring of 2010!"
"2. 'Chambers Of Perversion' will be released on tape in Germany through Dying Victims Productions. Three different colours of the tape will be done incl. the first 33 copies being die-hard editions in fucking pink! These will have a little suprise on it."
"3. RU-I-NS has agreed to do another split-EP on 'Fistbang Records' from Greece again. Recordings will be done in February 2010 for this."
"4. The long lost recording to the 'Impalement Rites' demo is re-activated and RU-I-NS is re-writing the lyrics for this piece again. Vocal tracks should be recorded in the middle of February 2010."
Finnish metal band Tracedawn has issued the following tour update:
"We are now in Antwerp Belgium. Hehe Played our first show yesterday in Bochum, and we are happy that we have already played our spinal tap show of the tour so we don't have to worry about that anymore! When Perttu hit the stage, the audience greeted him with a nice BOOO. The night ended in a nice sparkling wine party and we got our well deserved rest from a hard day of traveling."
"At the moment things look mighty fine, the show here in Hof Ter Lo is gonna kick ass tonight!!!"
Sydney based thrash/hardcore band Intrepid has announced that they are breaking up. The following short message was posted on their Myspace page.
"Howdy folks its been a while since we posted on here, Happy New Year to all and all the best for the year! We have some news for ya all! Intrepid has decided to call it a day, it has been a fun few years and will be greatly missed but we decided that we have to move on and try different things! Thanx to all u people that supported us and come down to our shows we really appreciated it and we had a blast! Keep checking the site every now and then cos one of us just might have some new projects etc to keep u informed with!http://www.myspace.com/adriftfordays - keep an eye out for Adfrift For Days coming to you soon! Peace out!"
France's AOSOTH formed as a side-project of MkM, of the essential French black metal horde Antaeus. The new album, "Ashes of Angels," is their first for Polish label Agonia Records. The album was recorded by the band members themselves at BST Studio (Vorkreist, Antaeus, Hell Militia, The One).
The "Ashes of Angels" [artwork] tracklisting is as follows:
01. Songs Without Lungs
02. Ashes of Angels
03. Path of Twisted Light
04. Embrace and Enlightment
06. Summon The Dead
07. Cries Out the Heaven
08. Communion Through Pain
10. Inner War (Antaeus cover)
Next week, a five-pack of songs from Alice In Chains will be added to the Rock Band Music Store of downloadable content for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and Wii. "Alice In Chains Pack 02" will feature "Your Decision" and "Last of My Kind" from the new album, "Black Gives Way to Blue," as well as classic Alice In Chains songs "Grind," "Heaven Beside You," and "We Die Young."
The pack will be available beginning January 12 for Xbox 360 and Wii, and January 14 on Playstation 3.
At the end of their European tour Isis played their last show at FritzClub in Berlin. As encore they played Celestial and invited Mika Rättö, singer for Circle who were opening. Two clips of this performance have made their way online. Check them out below.
Bassist Jon Miller of DevilDriver has issued the following statement about their upcoming tour dates with Suffocation and Goatwhore:
"2010! here we come! Hi, we are sitting in north Hollywood ready to embark on our 5 week North American run with Suffocation, Goatwhore and Thy Will Be Done. We are gonna run through the set a couple of and then our bus will pick us up and we will head to Dez's house to BBQ poolside. I am really looking forward to this tour. I am a fan of all the bands on the bill and I know that this will be a good time. I have been enjoying our Christmas break since we got back from Australian tour. I highly recommend seeing Avatar in 3-D. See ya the road!"
Fuck The Facts have posted footage online from the recording sessions for their upcoming EP, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the video clip:
"Recording of our new 'UNNAMED' 7" EP is now complete and has been sent off to be pressed! Drums were tracked on Nov 15th @ Raven Street Studios by Dave Sarazin, with everything else being recorded in our own home studio. The mix was handled by our long time friend Craig Boychuk @ CB Audio (he also recorded, mixed & mastered our last album 'Disgorge Mexico') and was final mastered by Alan Douches @ West West Side in December. Here's some behind the scenes studio footage."
Norway's Gaia Epicus have announced that they track listing for their new album "Dark Secrets" will be as follows:
1. Beyond the universe
3. Lost forever
4. Mirror of truth
5. Bounded by blood
6. Ode to the past
8. The raven
9. Behind these walls
10. Falling into the abyss
11. Dark secrets
12. Last chance
More information on the album artwork and release date will be announced as it is made available. Samples of the band's music can be found at the Gaia Epicus MySpace page.
Guitarist/Vocalist IT (Tony Särkkä) of Swedish black bands Abruptum and Ophthalamia has issued the following statement about releasing an autobiography:
"My final contribution to this 'non-extraordinary reality' will be a book about my life. For all these years I have chosen to stay silent, out of the 'spotlights' and now that I finally will vanish into shadows eternally; the time has come to let you know the truth. You will hardly find any material out there coming straight from my mind, as I refused interviews and contact with the 'outside.'
"Thus reading about me in books, on the net, magazines or when watching various documentaries; I hope you kept in mind that not much of the information given has had any valid or real essence. There has always been so many distractions, falseness, lies, distortions to whom I have been and what I've done that the time has finally come to set things straight once and for all. As always I work in my own pace and there is no deadline to this work, but material is been gathered in heaps. Also note that this book will hardly focus on my musical career, but my entire life. There is a time when even legends turn into myths..."
Germany's Lacrimas Profundere have announced they will be supporting The 69 Eyes on their upcoming "Back in Blood" tour. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
1/30 2010 Z7 Pratteln
2/1 2010 Backstage Munich
2/2 2010 Longhorn Stuttgart
2/3 2010 Batschkapp Frankfurt
2/4 2010 Hirsch Nuremberg
2/5 2010 Strasse E Dresden
2/6 2010 Live Music Hall Cologne
2/7 2010 Zeche Bochum
2/8 2010 Musikzentrum Hannover
Lacuna Coil have announced that the support acts for their upcoming European headline tour will be Dirty Little Rabbits (featuring Shawn “Clown” Crahan from Slipknot) and the Gothic rock act Dommin. Dirty Little Rabbits will be direct support to Lacuna Coil on 7 shows, while Dommin will perform for all shows on the tour.
Lacuna Coil are touring in support of their new album “Shallow Life" on the following dates:
29.01.2010 (IRL) Dublin - The Academy (w/ Dirty Little Rabbits)
31.01.2010 (UK) Manchester - The Manchester Academy (w/ Dirty Little Rabbits)
01.02.2010 (UK) Birmingham - O2 Academy (w/ Dirty Little Rabbits)
02.02.2010 (UK) Glasgow - The ABC (w/ Dirty Little Rabbits)
04.02.2010 (UK) Bristol - O2 Academy (w/ Dirty Little Rabbits)
05.02.2010 (UK) London - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (w/ Dirty Little Rabbits)
07.02.2010 (NL) Eindhoven - Effenaar
08.02.2010 (F) Paris – Bataclan (w/ Dirty Little Rabbits)
09.02.2010 (B) Borgerhout - Trix Hall
11.02.2010 (DK) Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
12.02.2010 (SE) Gothenburg - Brewhouse
13.02.2010 (N) Oslo - John Dee
15.02.2010 (SF) Helsinki - Nosturi
17.02.2010 (SE) Stockholm - Gota Kallare
18.02.2010 (SE) Malmö - KB
20.02.2010 (D) Berlin - Columbia Club
21.02.2010 (D) Hamburg - Knust
22.02.2010 (D) Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
24.02.2010 (D) Cologne - Essigfabrik
25.02.2010 (D) Karlsruhe - Substage
26.02.2010 (D) Munich - Backstage Halle
28.02.2010 (A) Vienna - Arena
01.03.2010 (CH) Zuerich - Dynamo
02.03.2010 (I) Milan - Alcatraz
04.03.2010 (I) Bologna - Estragon
05.03.2010 (I) Rome - Atlantico
06.03.2010 (I) Treviso - New Age
Leverage has posted a video blog online from their "Circus Colossus" Finnish tour, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the video:
"Hey you! Check out some sights & sounds from our Circus Colossus Finnish tour 2009 here. We would like to thank each and everyone of you who came to see us play during our November and December 2009 gigs. We had a blast and we hope you did, too! See you in 2010!!"
Porcupine Tree have announced they will be returning to the U.S. for a string of tour dates in support of their latest album "The Incident" in April. Porcupine Tree's upcoming world tour dates are as follows:
2/5 2010 The Tivoli BRISBANE
2/6 2010 Enmore Theatre SYDNEY
2/7 2010 Palace Theatre MELBOURNE
4/14 2010 Teatro Metropolitan MEXICO CITY
4/20 2010 House of Blues DALLAS
4/21 2010 House of Blues HOUSTON
4/23 2010 House of Blues ORLANDO
4/24 2010 The Fillmore MIAMI
4/27 2010 Tabernacle ATLANTA
4/28 2010 Amos’s Southend CHARLOTTE
4/30 2010 Riviera CHICAGO
5/1 2010 Bogart’s CINCINNATI
10/14 2010 Royal Albert Hall LONDON