Metal News for October 13, 2008
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26 news articles posted on this day.
Hungarian symphonic black metal band SEAR BLISS will celebrate its 15th anniversary with a huge show in Budapest, Avalon Club on the 29th of November 2008. Beside the current members of the band, the original line up (Phantoms era) will be on stage once again after 11 years. The band is currently writing the material for the their seventh album, which will be recorded and released next year.
Ohio's At The Throne Of Judgement has re-formed, albeit on a "part-time" basis. As you may recall, the band broke up in late-2007 after one release with Rise Records. The group explains:
"We are not going to be a full-time band (full-time meaning we drop everything just to tour the country). However, we will go back to being a part-time band.
"As you know, we are spread out all over the place because all of us attend different colleges in different cities and states. So this isn't going to be easy, and it's definitely going to take a little bit of time. But we feel like we still have to create some siq james wether or not we tour.
"What we plan on doing is writing a new album (which we have already started on). Brad is living in Nashville for school. With him being the main writer in the band and him living so far away we had to work out a new way for our writing process. Lately we have been laying out what we want to do with this album. We have decided to do a concept album. Eric has already written outlines for the entire album, and FYI it is gnarly.
"We have been working on some ideas, and brad has been tracking some of them. We're going to do some pre'production ourselves once we get a few songs done and then enter the studio soon after to record so we can post them! Remember, we are in the beginning process of all this, But I can assure you there WILL be another ATTOJ album!"
KINGDOM OF SORROW saw the premiere of their brand new video for "Lead The Ghosts Astray" last weekend exclusively via Headbangersblog.com, and now viewable below. The second video from the band's debut self-titled album was lensed by director Kevin Custer and also premiered on MTV2's Headbanger's Ball thos past Saturday.
KINGDOM OF SORROW recently kicked-off a three month North American tour with GWAR and label-mates TOXIC HOLOCAUST. This tour will take the band to over 70 cities all across Canada and the U.S. A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.
Here are the latest KINGDOM OF SORROW tour dates: More...
For The Fallen Dreams has announced the addition of singer Dylan Richter to their line-up. The band has issued the following statement:
"As you all know, For the Fallen Dreams has been touring non-stop since January, after the release of our debut record, 'Changes.' The band has done plenty of amazing tours and shows, and have met countless amounts of new people/friends. In the past year the band has seen a few member changes, and most recently with front man, Chad Ruhlig.
"Chad has parted ways with FTFD on mutual terms. Both FTFD and Chad agreed that it was in everyone's best interest to move on. Chad was a good frontman and a good friend. There are no hard feelings whatsoever and we wish Chad the best of luck with his future plans.
"With that said, we are extremely excited to announce our new vocalist, Dylan Richter. We feel that with the new record coming up, things are only going to look up for the band. We are currently writing new material for our sophomore release on Rise Records. We're very excited to get the ball rolling with this record. The band still has big plans for the rest of 2008, including a European/UK tour with The Warriors, as well as an Australian tour in December supporting The Red Shore. 2009 is shaping up to become the biggest year for the band yet."
"Shadowheart", the new album by Finnish Rock'n'Troll stalwarts KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI can now be streamed for one week at the band's MySpace site.
First impressions of their new video "Jäässä Varttunut" have been posted there as well showing highly interesting behind the scenes footage, interviews with the band members and explains the story behind the song. The full clip will be premiered at the band's MySpace on October 20, 2008.
"Shadowheart" will be released on the following dates:
FINLAND: Wednesday, October 15, 2008.
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / BENELUX / ITALY: Friday, October 17, 2008.
UK / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / NORWAY / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, October 20, 2008.
SPAIN / PORTUGAL: Tuesday, October 21, 2008.
SWEDEN / HUNGARY: Wednesday, October 22, 2008.
In October 2008, Kivimetsän Druidi will tour their native Finland including an album release gig with Korpiklaani and Battlelore, followed by a European live premiere on the 1st of November at Ultima Ratio Festival (www.ultimaratio-festival.de) in Oberhausen, Germany. Afterwards they will embark on a massive European tour in November / December 2008 with Korpiklaani, Battlelore and Falchion. See below for the exact dates:
Here are the latest KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI tour dates:
01.11. GER – Oberhausen, Ultima Ratio Festival (with Turisas, Secrets Of The Moon, Kampfar, Koldbrann, XVI Dark Centuries etc.)*
* exclusive fan-package incl. festival ticket, free entry to Ultima Ratio Halloween Party, 2 overnight stays at the 3.5 star hotel Best Western Park Hotel / Oberhausen including breakfast, bus shuttle from hotel to festival and back & more available NOW at www.rock-voyager.com.
Here are the latest Finnish Fire Tour 2008 dates, featuring Korpiklaani, Battlelore, Kivimetsän Druidi, and Falchion: More...
Former Atreyu bassist Chris Thomson and former Bleeding Through drummer Marc Jackson have teamed with vocalist Steven Miller and guitarist Keith Dival to form Crushed on You. Several demo tracks from their upcoming five track EP are available here.
While Crushed on You is not a metal band, you can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.
Due to scheduling conflicts, the Testament gig set for November 9th in New Zealand has been cancelled.
Here are the latest Testament tour dates (more to be added; all dates subject to change):
Testament in Mexico:
10/27/08 – Arena Monterrey - Monterrey, Mexico
10/29/08 – VFG Arena - Guadalajara, Mexico
10/30/08 – Auditorium Siglo XXI - Puebla, Mexico
10/31/08 – Sportspalace - Mexico City, Mexico
"Priest Feast Tour 2009" featuring Judas Priest, Megadeth and Testament
02/13/09 Sheffield Arena - UK
02/14/09 Birmingham LG Arena - UK
02/16/09 Glasgow SECC Hall 4 - UK
02/17/09 Manchester Arena - UK
02/18/09 Nottingham Arena - UK
02/20/09 Cardiff Arena - UK
02/21/09 Wembley Arena - UK
03/10/09 Palasharp - Milan, Italy
Australian death thrashers Gospel Of The Horns has announced their breakup. Guitarist Mark Howitzer has posted the following message online:
"After 16 years of beer, sweat and hell, I have decided to bring Gospel Of The Horns to an end. We would like to thank the many friends we have made around the world during our journey... and hail to Darragh from Invictus for his unending support. He has given Gospel every opportunity to drive our thrashing mayhem out to all. The time is right to move on to new horizons and we are content in knowing that we have given everything we had in our arsenal. Our final show will be on the 7th of December with Grave in our hometown of Melbourne. This show will be one hell of a mighty occasion!"
AC/DC frontman, Brian Johnson has recently spoke about the bands controversial decision to release their new studioalbum, "Black Ice" exclusively through Wal-Mart stores in North America.
"Maybe I'm just being old fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless 'em, it's going to kill music if they're not careful," 61-year-old singer Brian Johnson told Reuters. "It's a monster, this thing. It just worries me. And I'm sure they're just doing it all in the interest of making as much cash as possible. Let's put it this way, it's certainly not for the love, let's get that out of the way, right away."
Johnson also pointed out that Wal-Mart has been very loyal to AC/DC over the years, so the band had no problem giving the retailer an exclusive. "A lot of people were saying 'Ah man, you're going to the big Wal-Mart, you're selling out,'" Johnson said. "Wal-Mart were the only big store to stock all of our albums, every single one of them, and they've never deviated. And they sold AC/DC shirts and pajamas for kids, which we thought was really cool."
1980's rockers Lizzy Borden has been announced as the support for Finnish monster metallers Lordi in North America next month. After which they will be heading to Europe to do some shows before Christmas.
The tour dates are as follows:
November 12 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
November 13 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
November 22 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
November 23 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
December 6 - Essen, Germany - Turock
December 9 - Frankfurt, Germany - Die Halle
December 10 - Glowgow, Poland - Mayday
December 12 - Zaragoza, Spain - Centro Civico Delicias
December 13 - Palencia, Spain - Fronton Eras de Santa Marina
December 18 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
December 19 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Sticky Fingers
December 20 - Lubeck, Germany - Treibsand
British metallers Cradle Of Filth has posted a behind the scenes look at their brand new video, "Honey And Sulphur" online. You can check it out below.
You can catch Cradle Of Filth live next year with Satyricon on the following dates:
January 15 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
January 16 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
January 17 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
January 20 - Sound Academy - Toronto, ON
January 21 - House Of Blues - Cleveland, OH
January 23 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
January 24 - Eagles Club/The Rave/Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
January 25 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL
January 28 - Gothic Theatre - Englewood, CO
February 2 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
February 3 - Showbox at the Market - Seattle, WA
February 10 - The Grand Ballroom At the Regency February Center - San Francisco, CA
February 11 - The Music Box at Fonda - Hollywood, CA
February 17 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
February 18 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
February 20 - Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
February 21 - The Club - Orlando, FL
February 28 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA More...
Eric Chun, drummer of New York death metallers, Eden A.D., has left the band. Chun issues the following explanation for his departure:
"I come w/ much love to tell you all that I am stepping down as drummer for Eden a.d."
"It's been a great ride all these years, making and playing music, bonding with scenemates. I've got nothing but love for everyone who has supported us and all the bands that struggled and battled in the scene with us. Most of all, I love my bandmates and there are no hard feelings that are the reason for me leaving. I know that's typical bullshit in a public statement even if it's not true, but it's the truth here--ask anyone in the band." More...
Former Marilyn Manson bassist Brad Stewart (stage named Gidget Gein) was found dead in his home earlier this week. No official cause of death has been announced, but friends of Stewart stated it was from a drug overdose. Stewart was fired from Marilyn Manson due to drug absue issues, being replaced by Twiggy Ramirez, and also recently did a stint in rehab.
Finnish metal band Lordi has unveiled the cover art for their upcoming album Deadache, which will be released on the 28th of October. The cover can be viewed below. More...
Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles has reported that Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon has finally recovered from the illness that caused many show cancellations and changes.
After weeks of speculation which saw the final four dates of the American tour wiped away, followed by the cancellation of their Moscow debut, Nightwish management has expounded on the situation exclusively to BW&BK, thanking fans for their sympathy, well wishes and support. "Anette is already 100% recovered. She was performing with Pain (Peter Tägtgren, also of Hypocrisy) here in Helsinki at Tavastia Club last Thursday (Oct. 9th)... a killer show!"
Read the full article at Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles.
Chicago doom metallers, Novembers Doom, have parted ways with their drummer, Joe Nunez. The band has issued the following statement on the situation:
"Due to reasons both personal and musical, we regret to announce the departure of drummer Joe Nunez. Joe was an integral part of Novembers Doom for nearly ten years, and while his presence and camaraderie will be missed, unfortunately the time had come to part ways. We wish Joe all the best with whatever personal and musical endeavors he pursues in the future." More...
British grind metal band, BURNING SKIES, are forced to cancel all upcoming shows and tours at least until the end of the year. BURNING SKIES singer, Merv, was attacked on Friday. A press release from their label discusses the situation:
"Whilst on the floor he had his leg twisted 180 degrees and repeatedly stamped on. The doctors said he nearly lost his leg and he could take 6 months to recover. He's in the hospital at the moment and no one is really sure when he'll be able to leave."
Dutch hardcore metal act Born From Pain has posted the following message online:
"Alright, there are three more weeks to go until Survival will be released. EMP has a special package online that can be pre-ordered. It's the Survival CD with a limited edition "Under False Flag" design shirt which is available through EMP with this order only. The package is only 16,99!
"We are doing three special shows in two days to celebrate the release of Survival. We chose two cult record stores for the special in-house gigs: Coretex in Berlin, Germany and De Rots in Antwerp, Belgium. There will be limited room so make sure you're there in time!!! Of course the third show will be at our old stompin' ground Smiley's in Brunssum, keeping the tradition as our release show venue in Holland intact... and to us it's always special to play back home. Also, very limited room, so show up in time!
* October 31st Coretex - Berlin (Kreuzberg) - starts at 20.00, free entrance!
* November 1st - De Rots - Antwerp - starts at 15.00, free entrance!
* November 11th - Smiley's - Brunssum (Limburg) - starts at 19.00, 7 euro (other bands: HUMAN DEMISE, CHEAP THRILLS, BLOODTRIAL, BLADE and ORSON SPARKS)
Don't miss out! Limited Survival packs for Survival available only at these shows!"
Dutch metallers Detonation has posted the following message online:
"We are very proud and excited to announce that Michiel van der Plicht (ex-PROSTITUTE DISFIGUREMENT, TOXOCARA) has decided to join Detonation permanently.
"We are positive that his skills will help bring the band to a new and even more powerful level. More...
Timesonline.co.uk is reporting:
The long awaited new studio album from AC/DC – Black Ice will be released on Monday 20 October and is the first full-length studio album of all-new material since the release of Stiff Upper Lip in 2000.
The album is also the band's debut recording for Columbia Records. Produced by Brendan O'Brien at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Black Ice premieres 15 new AC/DC compositions and performances including the album's first single, 'Rock 'N' Roll Train'. In support of Black Ice, AC/DC will embark on a major world tour, the group's first since 2001, beginning in late October and hitting the UK in early 2009. More...
Def Leppard has been forced to cancel their scheduled shows in India this month. No official reason has been given for the cancellations but many believe it is due to the recent attacks on churches in the country. The band will likely be rescheduling the concerts for next year.
A post from the band reads as follows: "We are sorry to report that due to unforeseen circumstances, the two shows in India (scheduled to take place on October 17 and 19 in Bangalore and Mumbai) have been cancelled. We apologize to our Indian fans and hope to be able to make up for it in the future."
Finnish metallers Children Of Bodom has announced two signing sessions in England to help promote their new single, "Smile Pretty For The Devil" which comes from the bands latest album, "Blooddrunk." You can meet and greet the band at the following locations.
1 - Zavvi , 14-16 Oxford Street, London W1D 1AR
9 - Zavvi, Arndale Centre, Unit MSU1, New Cannon Street, Manchester M4 3AJ
Children Of Bodom will be heading to the U.K. this December to perform the opening slot on Slipknot's "All Hope Is Gone" tour which also features Machine Head.
GN'RDaily.com, The GUNS N' ROSES Newswire is reporting:
Chinese Democracy has now entered the public lexicon as ‘promise that never delivers’, but in November Guns N’ Roses will finally drop its embattled sixth album. FasterLouderFasterLouder has received confirmation from Universal Music Australia that it is indeed on its way, although an exact release date has not been set.
The (multi)-million dollar question, though, is will it be worth the wait? Chinese Democracy certainly has a cracking back-story. Axl Rose began work on the album way back in 1994, allegedly chalking up more than $13 million in production costs along the way. A long list of executives and producers has been called in to steer Rose towards completion, but the frontman has been distracted by lengthy lawsuits and personal upsets. The album has been so shrouded in secrecy that an American blogger who leaked some of its tracks in August was arrested and charged.
Read the full article at this location.
Swedish black metal act Dark Funeral has uploaded a trailer for their new DVD, "Attera Orbis Terrarum- Part II" online. You can check it out below.
The DVD focuses on the bands South American tours with concert footage from Brazil, Argentina and Gautemala along with bootleg/fan footage. More...
Chimaira has uploaded a new webisode which documents the recording of the bands new studio album. You can check it out below. More...
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has posted the following update online:
"How is yer weekend my lovelies? I am having the best time ever! Andy and I started recording some guitar parts and we were going over some lyrics and thanks to our beloved webmaster, I was able to immediately make my point with our correct approved versions of the Megadeth lyrics. And just so you know how dedicated this webmaster is, he is going to go over all of the lyrics again to make sure that we still have the latest and greatest versions of all your favorite Megadeth songs and their lyrics.
"We are nearing the end of Shawn's stay until he comes back to start jamming with me and Chris, and he has been non-stop help the whole time. I want to start my own 'Shawn appreciation thank you thread'; but I won't because I know you guys will. Is this guy the coolest or what? More...