Metal News for October 11, 2010
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Bitter End will be staying around Texas and playing a few shows around the state in the coming weeks. December will see the band touring the East Coast touring with Madball. After that stint, they will head over to the West Coast where they will meet up with Alpha and Omega.
Bitter End is touring in support of their latest full length, "Guilty As Charged," which is available on Deathwish Inc.
Here are the latest Bitter End tour dates:
10/28: Austin, TX @ Mohawk w/ Bad Brains
11/07: San Antonio, TX @ Ten Eleven w/ Cruel Hand, Backtrack, Hardside
11/20: Houston, TX @ Walters On Washington w/ Iron Age, Powertrip, Mammoth Grinder, & more
12/09: Miami, FL @ Vagabond w/ Madball
12/10: Tampa, FL @ Orpheum w/ Madball
12/11: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade w/ Madball
12/12: Raleigh, NC @ Brewery w/ Madball
12/13: Huntington, WV @ Shamrocks w/ Madball
12/14: Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar w/ Madball
12/15: Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon w/ Madball
12/16: Philadelphia, PA @ Barbary w/ Madball
12/17: Albany, NY @ Bogies w/ Madball
12/18: Providence, RI @ Jerkys w/ Madball
12/19: New York City, NY @ Studio At Webster Hall w/ Madball
12/20: Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
12/21: Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
12/22: Dallas, TX @ The Nightmare
01/02: Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction w/ Alpha And Omega
01/03: San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe w/ Alpha And Omega
01/04: San Francisco, CA @ TBA
01/05: Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Project w/ Alpha And Omega
01/06: Fresno, CA @ The CYC w/ Alpha And Omega
01/07: Bakersfield, CA @ TBA w/ Alpha And Omega
01/08: Mesa, AZ @ Nile Underground w/ Alpha And Omega
Montreal, Canada heavy metal act Priestess has announced the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of the United States. The tour is in support of the band's latest studio album "Prior to the Fire."
Priestess U.S. eadline tour dates:
Nov. 06 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
Nov. 07 - Allston, MA - Great Scott
Nov. 09 - Washington, DC - DC9
Nov. 10 - Asheville, NC - Stella Blue
Nov. 11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
Nov. 12 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
Nov. 14 - Covington, KY - The Mad Hatter
Nov. 15 - Cleveland, OH - Pirate's Cove @ Peabody's
Nov. 16 - Pittsburgh, PA - 31st Street Pub
Nov. 17 - Columbus, OH - Skully's
Nov. 19 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
INTRONAUT is scheduled to unleash "Valley of Smoke" tomorrow, October 12th, via Century Media Records. But the album is currently available for streaming in its entirety on MetalSucks.net.
"Valley of Smoke" will go on sale tomorrow everywhere but you still have the opportunity to preorder the album and receive an exclusive t-shirt from CMDistro.com.
Death Angel has shot a music video for their first single, "Truce" off the new release, "Relentless Retribution," on Nuclear Blast Records. Director Robert Sexton, (Soulfly, The Dwarves, Mondo Generator, AMEN) directed the video in Hollywood this past week. Sexton directed their previous video for "Dethroned," which you can see below.
Greek metal band RandomWalk has posted their track "The Light" on YouTube as a preview of their new album, "Absolution." The new album will be the band's sophomore effort and is due out on October 29th via I For An I records. "Absolution" was mastered by Waldemar Sorychta (Grip Inc., Despair, Tiamat, Rotting Christ etc.) and Dennis Koehne (Tiamat, Tristania, Witchbreed etc.). Check out the song below:
Massachusetts metal act Shadows Fall has posted a trailer for its forthcoming live DVD titled "Madness In Manila: Shadows Fall Live In The Philippines 2009." The new DVD is set for release on October 25, 2010 through Everblack Industries/Ferret Music.
You can view the trailer below:
The DVD tracklisting is as follows:
1. The Light That Blinds
3. Failure Of The Devout
4. Crushing Belial
5. Burning The Lives
6. A Public Execution
7. Casting Shade
8. Destroyer Of Senses
9. What Drives The Weak
10. The Power of I and I
11. Enlightened By The Cold
12. Thoughts Without Words
13. Inspiration On Demand
15. The Great Collapse
Starting today AOLMUSIC.com is hosting a full album listening party for ANGRA'S "Aqua," which is in stores tomorrow on SPV/Steamhammer. You can listen to the entire album here.
This is ANGRA'S first new album in four years, following up their 2006 release, "Aurora Consurgens." The album will be available in three formats: a standard jewel case edition, a double LP edition that includes 3 bonus tracks, and it will be available as a digital download.
ANGRA guitarist Rafael Bittencourt recently spoke about the concept and recording of "AQUA":
"We wanted a title that would describe in a very concise way, that concept. 'Aqua' is the Latin word for water and summarizes the whole idea behind the Shakespearean play and our feelings at this remarkable moment.
"Although this album sounds very different then our previous album 'Aurora Consurgens,' there are not many musical differences between 'AQUA' and our last three albums. We tried to keep the idea of combining metal with progressive, classic, Brazilian, ethnic, pop and many other styles. The big difference is that this time we were really hit by inspiration. So we wrote almost thirty good songs, and we ended up picking the best ten out of the big list. All the atmosphere of companionship and teamwork was captured in the tracks. We really helped each other on every detail and that's what made the songs so powerful and special.
"Another important difference is that the drummer Ricardo Confessori is back in the band. This was only possible because, after the recording sessions of the Bittencourt Project's Brainworms where he performed on a couple of tracks. Since then, we have regained our trust and friendship. We had a few rehearsals with ANGRA where he jammed around songs from the old and new era of the band. Also, we presented some new ideas for him to arrange and he showed that he had kept his creativity and graceful musicianship. We had good laughs remembering things we've done together in the past and how the Brazilian-mixed kind grooves were a very significant quality of our pre-Rebirth Era.
"So, 'AQUA' represents where we are now. And we hope that it will be remembered as one of our great classic albums, because it was done with great passion, focus and dedication. We expect that every detail of these carefully crafted new songs may help you out through your own times of change. So, get prepared to dive deep into an ocean of new sensations and float away with the various liquid atmospheres that keep changing as you listen through and it will always keep changing as you listen to it more times. Welcome to the revolving waters of 'AQUA!'"
Iconic black metal act Immortal is the first band to be confirmed for next year's edition of the Bang Your Head!!! festival. Bang Your Head is set to take place July 15th and 16th, 2011 in Balingen, Germany.
Montreal, Canada metal act Blackguard has announced its signing with Victory Records. The band's new album is planned for release on February 15, 2011. The new album was recorded at different locations, including Chris Donaldson's [Cryptopsy] home studio, Badass studios with producer Jef Fortin and Silver Wing studios.
Blackguard's debut album, "Profugus Mortis", was released in March 2009 in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records and April 2009 in North America through Sumerian Records.
Evocation has posted a new studio video report online. The video documents the recording of the song "Sweet Obsession" off their upcoming album "The Formation of Apocalyptic." Watch the video below:
Austrian symphonic power metal band Visions Of Atlantis has issued the following update:
"There is a lot going on in the VoA-camp at the moment and everyone's quite busy preparing for the upcoming Album... And one thing at first: RECORDINGS ARE FINISHED, EVERYTHING DONE!"
"The Guys and Girl did a great job over the last months (yes, we where taking a lot of time for recording) and it was worth every single second of the Work as the result just sounds amazing!"
"So, what`s the plan now? Mixing and Mastering are starting now and will be finished very soon. Also very soon we will tell the world the exact release date and of course Album Title."
"Also expect a complete new myspace-design with Album-Cover, new Promo Pics and more and more in November! At the moment the band is preparing the show for next week Metal Female Voices Fest in Belgium, October 23rd. Would be great meeting some of you there maybe!"
"As promised: VoA will return with a thunderclap in early 2011, be prepared for weekly news now as the main-work is done and there`s time again for all other things besides recording!"
American groove death metal band SIX FEET UNDER has announced the following "Octoberdeath European Tour 2010" tour dates with Master:
22/10/10 – IT – Recanati – Extra Club
23/10/10 – IT – Pinarella Di Cervia – Rock Planet
24/10/10 – IT – Roma – Alpheus
25/10/10 – IT – Goriza – Pieffe Factory
27/10/10 – FR – Lynes/Marseille – Le Korigan
28/10/10 – ES – Barcelona – Razzmatazz 2
29/10/10 – ES – Madrid – Ritmo & Compas
30/10/10 – PT – Corroios/Lisboa – Cine Teatro Corrios
31/10/10 – ES – Bergara – Jam
Slovenian thrash metal band NEGLIGENCE celebrate the release of their second full-length this week and have uploaded another track, "The Q Box," off "Coordinates Of Confusion" on YouTube. The same site is currently streaming "The Mind Decay," the first single taken off the new album "Coordinates Of Confusion." Also on the site is the official music video for "Warmachine," taken off the bands debut album "Options Off A Trapped Mind." Watch the video below:
German extreme metal band NEAERA has posted the second song, "In Defiance," off their upcoming new album "Forging The Eclipse." Watch it below:
Dutch death metallers GOD DETHRONED have launched a landing page for their upcoming new album "Under The Sign Of The Iron Cross." The page features the title track of their upcoming album, also embedded below.
Comments singer/guitarist Henri Sattler on the title track, "The 1905 Schlieffen Plan made by the Prussian Count von Schlieffen after England signed the previous Entente Cordiale in 1904 with France. The plan was based on a battle between Hannibal and the Roman army in 216 B.C. that was later modified and eventually failed when put into practice. It remains uncertain if the changes to the Schlieffen Plan or the plan itself was the reason for not being successful."
Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall of the Swedish metal band FALCONER has issued the following update:
"Recording time is coming up. Most songs for the next FALCONER album are written and rehearsed soon as the studio time is drawing nearer, starting to feel a bit stressed! The album will be mixed in the end of January so I'd guess we're up for a late spring release."
"The title of the new album will be 'Armod' and will be completely sung in Swedish except for the bonus tracks that will simply be English versions of the best (according to us) new songs. This time we have concentrated on the traditional folk side of our music including more traditional folk songs (the majority of the material is still our own), more fiddles and flutes. Be calm, the horrid sound of accordions will firmly be left behind!" More...
Norwegian black metal fiends, 1349, who are co-headlining the "Weltenbrand World Tour" with Tom Warrior's TRIPTYKON, have launched a tour diary on the blog section of their Myspace page. Read an excerpt of the diary below:
"1349 are in Canada. We had a terrific night in Montreal last night; the show was fiery and the crowd seemed to revel in dark ecstasy. We also got to experience a particularly powerful show by Triptykon, which fueled us up for our own performance. Voivod’s own hometown is always a boost! We bring the killer-vibe with us to The Wreck Room in Toronto tonight, where we know that 1349 has a strong following. The band has had several great shows in this town, but tonight happens to be the first where Frost gets to meet the Toronto-crowd."
"Yesterday even saw the live-premiere of the song Pandemonium Was Bells, and we are happy to state that it went down really well with the audience. The song might appear in our live-set every now and then when the stars are right…but there are a few other gems in store for you as well." More...
Israeli metal veterans Orphaned Land has announced that they will be filming two shows at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv, Israel for a new DVD release. The shows will take place on December 9th and 10th and will feature a special guest on each night. The first night will see the group joined on stage by Paradise Lost guitarist Greg Mackintosh and the second will feature a guest spot from Israeli singer Yehuda Poliker.
Austin, Texas based heavy metal outfit The Sword has announced that they have amicably split with drummer Trivett Wingo. As a result of this, all of the band's scheduled tour dates have been cancelled.
A message from the band reads as follows: “We wish Trivett nothing but the best, and it is with heavy hearts that we bid him farewell. He is a phenomenal musician and has been an integral part of this band’s success. He helped to lay the foundation that we will continue to build upon, and we wouldn’t be where we are without him. We wish he could continue the adventure with us, but we understand that the life of a touring musician is not for everyone. It’s been a hell of a ride, and we’re sad to see this part of the journey end. The show must go on, though, and we'll be back on the road as soon as humanly possible.”
Wingo himself states: “It is with deep sadness that I am announcing my departure from The Sword. After nearly seven years and some of the most amazing adventures of a lifetime, I have arrived at a place where I am physically and emotionally unable to continue on as part of The Sword. If I could go any further, I would as I love the music and JD, Bryan and Kyle are people that I deeply respect, but I have reached a point where I just can’t do this anymore. I would like to thank the wonderful people who made this experience what it has been: the fans, the people that I have worked and all of the bands and musicians that have inspired me over the years. I thank you and apologize for any disappointment that this may cause anyone, not least of which The Sword.”
British heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne will be touring North America once again in january, where he will be joined by the equally recognisable, Slash (Velvet Revolver/former Guns N Roses guitarist.) Tickets are expected to go on sale through Ticketmaster this week.
The initial tour dates are as follows (more to be announced shortly):
January 16 – Omaha, NE – Qwest Center
January 22 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
February 1 - Universal City, CA - Gibson Amphitheatre
February 3 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion
February 5 - Tacoma Dome - Tacoma, WA
February 14 - i wireless Center - Moline, IL
Norwegian progressive black metal outfit Enslaved has entered the Billboard Heatseekers (New Artists) chart at number sixteen after selling around 1,400 copies of their new studio album, "Axioma Ethica Odini." The album also reached number 40 in the Current Hard Music Albums chart, and number 72 on the Independent Current Albums chart.
Guitarist/songwriter Ivar Bjørnson has checked in from the road in Europe with their reaction to the news: "We received news last week of the great first week sales in the US with accompanying chart positions. Most important is the fact that we out-did our own previous achievements (with 2008’s Vertebrae) in the US market. We’re not competing with anything else than our own ambitions. We want to express our sincere appreciation to the wonderful people at Nuclear Blast US for their relentless efforts in promoting Enslaved, as this is also their achievement!"
Do a little digging and you’ll find a metal scene in just about every country around the developed world. So it should come as no surprise that there is, in fact, a thriving underground swell of support for the dark arts known broadly as metal in South Korea. From the southern port city of Busan to the sprawling capital of Seoul, metal lives in the southern portion of the Korean peninsula. Here’s a look at three of the bands keeping the scene alive and growing in Seoul.
Melodic black metal band Oathean is one of, if not the longest running metal act in South Korea. Oathean was founded in 1993 as a death metal band, then known as Odin, and didn’t adopt its current sound until 1997. A year later the band released its first album under the Oathean moniker, “The Eyes of Tremendous Sorrow.” Since then, Oathean has released four more full-length albums, the latest a self-titled effort that came out this past summer. Oathean enjoyed a brief glimpse of broad exposure in 2005 when their album, “Falling Away into the Grave of Nothingness,” was released in North America via The End records. All other Oathean records bar their debut have been released on band founder, vocalist, and guitarist Do So Kim’s own label, Jusin Productions, marketed as the first extreme metal label in South Korea.
Kim is also the man who brings many of the major touring metal bands to Seoul, as well as being the driving force behind the Asia Metal Festival ongoing series of concerts featuring bands from around Asia and further abroad. What’s more, he is the owner of a rock and metal bar in the trendy Hongdae district of the city, Sapiens 7, and he also owns a large concert hall located in the Sangsangmadang building in the same area, making him an all but indispensable part of the local metal scene as both a promoter and performer.
Oathean’s sound incorporates traditional Korean instruments and, at times, haunting operatic backing vocals into lengthy compositions inspired by the likes of Dissection and Emperor to create a truly compelling mix of Scandinavian and Korean soundscapes. The band has toured to Taiwan and Japan several times, and shared the stage with the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Kreator, and Graveworm. Oathean currently has a lengthy European tour in support of their latest release in the planning stages, their first sojourn to the continent in the band’s history.
Bay Area thrash metal veterans Forbidden have posted another new song online from their forthcoming new studio album, "Omega Wave." You can check it out by heading to their official Myspace. The album will be released in Europe on October 22nd and on October 26th in North America. This will be their first studio album since 1997's, "Green."
Guitarist Craig Locicero stated: "Being able to easily describe a song like ‘Dragging My Casket’ is damn near impossible. The lyrical concept was originally brought in by Matt. That in itself is a little bit different for us. He was inspired by the lyrical content that Russ and I had up to that point. Matt sees the world a little bit differently then the rest of us, myself in particular. He came into practice with some lyrics pointed with puzzlement towards people that believe humanity is headed towards it's own undoing. Not that he doesn't think it's a possibility, but Matt just won't go there for the most part. He wondered how a person with a family and a kid that loves life as much as I do could hold all of this knowledge as closely as I do without getting depressed. Hell, I do not even know!
"That got Russ and I into thinking about it and we took Matt's seed and planted it. How can you describe these feelings of overwhelming despair that so many people feel today? We imagined what a young person that's barely had a chance to experience life feels with all of the information over-load that we have today. Between the lies and the truth are billions of opinions that make a sea of uneasiness. It's tough living these days. ‘Dragging My Casket’ tries to paint that picture. There are so many emotions that one gets while trying to digest all of this regurgitated information and make our own opinion and interpretations of this reality. It tells that story from one persons point of view. In my mind, that is a young person trying to figure out were they fit in today's chaotic society.
"Musically, ‘Dragging My Casket’ song twists and turns more then any other Forbidden song to date. It's faster, more melodic, heavier, thrashier, dark and beautiful all at different points. Vocally, Russ sounds incredible and really gets into his part as the story unfolds. It's amazing to listen to one man sing starting on 1 and jumping to 10 like no other singer! Some of the best stuff he's ever done is on Omega Wave and this is the centerpiece of the record.
"I guess I could have just said ‘Dragging My Casket’ is a fucking epic!”
UPDATE: The duration of this full album stream has expired. The Crown's "Doomsday King" is out now.
After disbanding in 2004, Swedish melodic death metal band The Crown has returned, signing to Century Media this year for their new album, "Doomsday King." The new album was released in Europe on September 27th and comes out in North America this week, on October 12th. From today through Friday, you can hear "Doomsday King" in its entirety exclusively right here on Metalunderground.com. Check it out in the player below.
Three of the original founding members are still in the band: Marko Tervonen (guitar), Magnus Olsfelt (bass) and Janne Saarenpää (drums). The band now features Jonas Stålhammar (of God Macabre) taking over vocal duties from Johan Lindstrand.
The tracklisting for "Doomsday King" is as follows:
1. Doomsday King
2. Angel Of Death 1839
3. Age Of Iron
4. The Tempter And The Bible Black
5. Soul Slasher
6. Blood O.D.
7. Through Eyes Of Oblivion
8. Desolation Domain
9. From The Ashes I Shall Return
10. He Who Rises In Might - From Darkness To Light
Andy Boulton, guitarist of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tokyo Blade has posted a video message online discussing the band's forthcoming new studio album, "1000 Men Strong." You can check it out below. The record is expected to be released in February and was produced by Chris Tsangarides. More...
Shock rocker turned movie director Rob Zombie has announced that he will be performing a few shows in the United Kingdom this February for the first time in twelve years. Supporting Zombie and his band which includes Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison and former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5, will be ragga metal outfit Skindred and Revoker. Tickets will go on sale October 15th and will cost £26. 50 regionally and £29.50 in London.
Speaking on the tour, Zombie said: "I am thrilled to be finally heading back to the UK. I have been away far too long, but trust me it will be worth the wait. The band is in top form and completely ready to destroy."
The tour dates are as follows:
February 16 - London, UK - O2 Academy Brixton
February 17 - Manchester, UK - Academy
February 18 - Newcastle, UK - O2 Academy
February 20 - Glasgow, UK - O2 Academy
February 21 - Leeds, UK - O2 Academy
February 22 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy
Madball is undoubtedly one of the hardest working bands in the world of hardcore. Having start when lead singer Freddy Cricien (aka Freddy Madball) was only nine years old, they have made a name for themselves as true legends of hardcore music. I was lucky enough to ask Freddy a few questions lately about the new album, "Empire," the situation with drummer Jay Weinberg and what he thinks of the modern day hardcore scene. More...
Keelhaul has embarked on their latest tour in support of their latest release, "Triumphant Return To Obscurity." You can stream Keelhaul's "Triumphant Return to Obscurity" in its entirety here.
Here is the "Triumphant Return to Obscurity" tracklisting:
1. Pass the Lampshade (free MP3 available from Brooklyn Vegan)
2. Glorious Car Activities
3. Everything's a Napkin
4. High Seas Viking Eulogy
5. THC for one
6. The Subtle Sound of an Empty Milkshake
7. El Matador
8. Kirby Wurm
9. Bandolero de Perros De Maiz
10. Waiting for the Moon to Speak
11. Brady's Lament
The band has already played the first few shows with Corrosion of Conformity and continues throughout the month and into November with Russian Circles and Call Me Lightning. Here are those tour dates: More...
Total Guitar is offering a free download of Apocalyptica's "At The Gates Of Manala" among other tracks for their free track Friday. You can see the full list of song for streaming and download here.
Apocalyptica is currently on tour in Europe through October and into early November.
Iranian progressive metal band Angband has posted three new songs from their upcoming album “Visions of the Seeker” on their Myspace page. The new album will be released on October 29th via Pure Steel Records. The band is also filming a music video for the song “Forsaken Dream”.
The tracklisting for “Visions of the Seeker” is as follows:
1. Forgotten Glory
2. Blind Anger
3. Battle for...
4. The Seeker
5. Easy to Believe
6. Forsaken Dream
7. Truth of Life
8. Fate & the Fear
9. Astral Hallucinations
Spanish metal band Bleed The Man has issued the following update regarding the departure of their bassist and drummer:
“Due to personal reasons the bassist Francisco J. Delgado is no longer part of Bleed The Man band. Our best wishes are with him and we hope that the future deserves him good luck. Bleed The Man."
The band's announced a new line-up with a new add. The drummer M.A. Riutort has stepped out from behind his kit to assume bass guitar and Arturo Fernandez has become the new Bleed The Man's official drummer. Arturo (ex-Hatelevel, Inner Sight) has previously done shows with Bleed The Man but now he's involved one hundred per cent with the band. "Arturo is one of the best drummers around and he'll bring us more freedom when touring and writing in the future. This big change is really exciting for us all!" More...
British heavy metal icons Judas Priest has had their song, "The Hellion" featured in a new commercial for the Honda Odyssey mini-van. You can check it out below. The song appears on the album, "Screaming For Vengeance" and is recognised as the intro to the classic Judas Priest song, "Electric Eye." More...
Crossover thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies has posted a new a new promotional video online for their forthcoming North American tour. You can check it out below. The tour is in support of their new studio album, "Join The Army/Déjà Vu" which is a collection of re-recorded songs from the band's back catalogue. More...
German power metal legends Helloween has posted their new music video online for the song, "Are You Metal?" You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's forthcoming new studio album, "7 Sinners" which is expected to be released on October 31st. More...
The South African metal scene mourns the loss of a great artist in the metal community.
Nazar Berezovsky, lead guitarist of Warthane, tragically died in a car accident in the early hours of the morning on October 8th 2010 on his way home from a gig at the Doors Nightclub.
In the short space of 7 days, not only Nazar but: Pat O’Gorman (Unwritten Friday, Kinky Robot) and Rowan Ferreira (Unlisted) were sadly taken from us, reportedly all due to road accident deaths. Everyone who has heard the news has been left severely affected and it’s extremely heartbreaking that we’ve lost 3 amazingly talented, young men.
We’re still at a loss for words to explain this terrible sequence of events. All we can say is that their legacies will live on through their art and never be forgotten. RIP Pat, Rowan and Nazar.
Our deepest and most sincere condolences to their friends and family.