Metal News for October 14, 2009
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Swedish metallers Hypocrisy have enlisted Children of Bodom guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho for their upcoming North American tour. Alexi has agreed to temporarily fill the currently vacant guitarist spot on their tour alongside Ensiferum, Hypocrisy, Ex Deo, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle
Hypocrisy mainman Peter Tagtgren commented: “We’re very happy to bring Alexi along on this tour and that he’s helping us out with filling the 2nd guitarist position. Funny, the first Children of Bodom show was a support gig for Hypocrisy. Since then me and Alexi have become very good friends. I’ve helped him with producing and he's helped me by contributing a guitar solo on one of my records with my other band Pain. There will be no shortage of alcohol on this tour that’s for sure.”
The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
The title, artwork and full tracklisting of RUINS' forthcoming third album have finally been disclosed. Recorded, mixed, and mastered at Red Planet and Crawlspace Studios, "Front The Final Foes" offers eight new compositions of "eerily daunting yet thoroughly modern blackness, astutely conceived and precisely delivered," and is set for an October 30th release via Debemur Morti Productions.
The tracklisting for "Front The Final Foes" is as follows:
1. Breath Of Void
2. The Sum Of Your Loss
3. Cult Rapture
5. Front The Final Foes
6. Hallways Of The Always
7. Keeping This Crown
8. With These Winged Words
Two tracks are now available on the band's Myspace page for streaming.
In March 2008, four musicians got together for a one-night show, to recall a few musical memories from times past at club in Vancouver, B.C.
The band was Caustic Thought, and the show was a reunion through songs of an earlier decade.
No one expected what would happen next.
They wrote a few songs, laid 'em down in a couple studios in their hometown, and mixed and mastered them. They built the MySpace page, added their friends and released the album online and hoped someone was listening. Seems like just another group of independent artists proactively using the technology and resources that are so readily available these days, waiting for a band with a little business sense to take advantage.
But these aren't any ordinary musicians. More...
Atreyu has posted a new music video online for the song "Storm To Pass," which can be viewed below. The track is from Atreyu's upcoming album "Congregation of the Damned." The new album is currently set for an October 27th release date.
The full track listing for "Congregation of the Damned" is as follows:
Stop! Before It’s Too Late and We’ve Destroyed it All
Bleeding is a Luxury
Congregation of The Damned
Black Days Begin
Storm to Pass
You Were King Now You’re Unconscious
Wait For You More...
New Mexico metallers Kryoburn, who announced the loss of their bassist in August and their keyboardist in September, have now issued the following statement about potentially breaking up:
"There once was a dream. The dream of making a living being in Kryoburn. Since then, many people have joined, and quit, once full of passion and total opposite the next day. I guess society has a stronger position in people's lives, grow up, go to school, get a job, get married, have kids, chase paper 'money' and retire and die. We have gone through managers that 'believed' in the band and band members that supposedly 'believed' in the band. Now, the very foundation of Kryoburn is almost non-existent. The band is on the verge of extinction. If this does occur, I want to be the first to say that I am sorry to fans for letting you down, I am sorry to the friends that we let down, I am sorry to the fans in Carlsbad that we let you down. I hope I do not have to say this soon, or ever for that matter. I have put my heart and soul into this band for 13 plus years and I would love to see it go on and kick more ass than ever, which I think this new record can do. But it's up to someone else as of now. Thanks for keeping up with the band, I appreciate it. I'll keep everyone informed. Thanks."
It's been five years since our Welsh blooded kings of chaos Hecate Enthroned graced the UK black metal underground with "Redimus," an immaculately matched, malignant hybrid of "Kings of Chaos" era death metal and the symphonic black gloss of "Slaughter of Innocence." After sensing an eerie quiet on the western front and hoping that they hadn't squirmed too far into obscurity Charlotte was lucky enough to catch up with Dylan and discuss the band's emerging plans for a new album. More...
Shadows Fall have announced that they are seeking fan-shot photos of the band performing on their current tour with Five Finger Death Punch to put together an online photo album. Fans can e-mail any photos they have taken to this address: email@example.com.
Germany's Mirror of Deception have announced that they are currently rehearsing songs for their upcoming fourth album, which will be recorded in Spring 2010 and released via Cyclone Empire. Mirror of Deception also have the following two upcoming tour dates:
11/7 GER - Stuttgart - Club Zentral
12/26 GER - Tübingen - Bierkeller
Reactivated Swedish atmospheric black metallers Algaion have announced their third upcoming effort will be titled “Exthros” (meaning ‘Enemy’ in Greek). “Exthros” was recorded at Helltower Studio by Algaion drummer Robert Eng and the mastering duties were handled by Simon Söderberg at Mayfire Studio. The album cover artwork can be viewed here.
The track listing for the album will be as follows:
2. That Time Is Nigh
3. Theos Tou Aimatos
4. We Are The Enemy
5. The Last Of Cursed Days
6. Nature Our Slave
7. Ruach Adversi
8. This Is Our Temple
9. Sign Of Evil Existence / The Era Of Satan Rising
10. House Of War
Acheron has announced they will be playing at the New Jersey Deathfest this Sunday, October 18th. The promotional poster for the festival can be found here. The Deathfest occurs over three days at the following locations:
10/16 HARTLEYS - NORTH ARLINGTON, New Jersey
10/17 DINGBATZ - CLIFTON, New Jersey
10/18 DINGBATZ - CLIFTON, New Jersey
Andromeda has posted a live video online from their performance at the 2009 Progpower Europe. The video clip can be viewed below. More...
Dark Tranquillity has issued the following announcement about the Hellflame Festival being canceled:
"We hereby inform you that our show at the Hellflame festival is cancelled. Here is the official statement from the band and The Agency Group, our booking agent - Unfortunately, the promoter of Hellflame festival has gone dark. He is not responding to any attempts of communication and has not lived up to his end of the agreement in terms of making the necessary travel arrangements and so forth, which leaves us to believe that he is not intending to go through with the show.
"It is very frustrating for us that people will show up at the door expecting a DT performance without being informed of the situation and we want to do what we can to avoid this. We apologize to our German fans for any inconvenience and hope that we get the chance to meet you this December instead at the Darkness over X-mas tour."
Defiance is currently streaming a new song online from their upcoming album "The Prophecy." The track "Eschaton" can be heard at the band's official MySpace page. The new Defiance album will be released on October 19th in Europe and October 20th in the US by Candlelight Records.
Norwegian gothic black metal band Devar has announced they will be holding a record release party at the Garage in Bergen on October 15th with support from Betatt. The show is in celebration of their new album "Alternate Endings." The sample track "The Dirge" from the new album can be found at Devar's official MySpace page.
Vampirefreaks.com has posted a new video interview with vocalist Tommy Victor of Prong. The video clip of the interview can be viewed below. More...
German thrash metal legends Kreator will shoot a video clip for "Destroy What Destroys You", a song off their latest release "Hordes Of Chaos," during their show with Exodus at Espacio Broadway in Santiago del Chile, this Saturday, October 17th.
Says frontman Mille Petrozza: "To shoot a video clip in Santiago del Chile is like a dream come true for us! Kreator has had a very special relationship with the Chilean metalheads since day one! We are really looking foreward to capture the magic, that has been present every time we played the city! Vamos people from Chile! Let's show the rest of the world that Santiago is one of the most metal citys on earth!!! We'll see you on Saturday."
Shadows Fall have announced the following two extra U.K. headlining shows with support from MagnaCult:
12/1 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
12/2 Colchester Arts Centre
Shadows Fall also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Finland's Swallow the Sun are currently streaming a new song titled "These Woods Breathe Evil" at their official MySpace page. The track is from the band's upcoming album "New Moon," which will be released on the following dates:
Markus, Steffen, and Micha of German metallers Watch Me Bleed have announced they will be making a guest appearance on the Internet Radio show Metal-Only.de on Friday, October 16th. The band will be discussing their upcoming record "Souldrinker," which is set to be released on October 23rd.
New York death metallers Xvart have issued the following announcement about their drummer facing assault charges:
"I just got a call from Ian. This is not a joke! Ian caught some emo kid making out with his girlfriend so he punched him several times in the face. With the last punch, the scenester fell on a desk and broke his jaw. He lost two of his teeth. Ian is being threatened with a lawsuit of $20,000. It's either that or he has to pay about $475 for the little shit's medical bills. Even though, this may cost Ian a shitload of money, I'm sure we can all agree that emo cocksucker deserved it! Ian was also tackled by some fucking fat pig cop, well after Ian bashed the scenecter faggot's face in."
Los Angeles based keyboardist Kristen Randall has parted with Winds of Plague after two years with the band. Randall commented:
"I have decided to leave my current position as keyboardist with Winds of Plague and I’d like to personally thank each member of the band, as well as all of our fans. These experiences we shared have been such a huge part of my life the past couple years and I will cherish that forever. I wish the band the best of luck in their future endeavors. As for myself, music is my deepest passion and I look forward to working with musicians who have the same work ethic and honorable disposition.”
Upcoming events featuring Kristen Randall include TLC’s tatoo documentary LA Ink with Kat Von D, which will be aired in February 2010. Kristen Randall is also featured on the upcoming cover of Rebel Ink as well as an extensive spread in the Dec/Jan issue of Inked Magazine. The issue hits streets on December 15th.
Alice in Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian have joined forces to create a new rock bar and performance space in Las Vegas. They plan to launch the venue, Dead Man's Hand, in November.
The bar will feature none of the trendy décor, snobby attitude and outlandish prices so prevalent in Vegas. Instead, Dead Man's Hand will favor grit over glitz, providing customers great music, cool atmosphere and affordable drinks all year long.
"We want this to be a place that we would want to hang out in," Ian says. "There's a huge segment of the music audience that likes to go out but doesn't want to go to places that only play Lil Wayne and Lady Gaga and charge $750 for a bottle of vodka. We want to be the opposite of that."
"I always wanted to have a cool joint with some friends that would be a great place to go at night," adds Cantrell, "It's close to Los Angeles, and a lot of cool bands and people hit Vegas. We wanted to make a fun place for everybody to hang." More...
Slayer has announced that the deluxe edition of their upcoming new album, "World Painted Blood," will contain a horror short inspired by their lyrical themes. Enter Metalocalypse director and big-time Slayer fan Mark Brooks who created a 20-minute DVD titled Playing with Dolls, a 12-episode video-graphic novel that will be included exclusively in Slayer's "World Painted Blood" Deluxe Edition, out November 3 in tandem with the "World Painted Blood" Standard Edition. Inspired by the songs on "World Painted Blood" - in particular, Jeff Hanneman's "Playing With Dolls" from which the horror short takes its title - the film blends elements of animation and still-photography into a visual style similar to that of a graphic novel.
A trailer for the short has just been posted at www.slayer.net The soundtrack for the "Playing With Dolls" short features clips from all 11 of the songs on World Painted Blood; in addition, the music bed for Episode #7 is taken from "Atrocity Vendor," a new song that is not on the album.
"It's not live action and it's not animated," Brooks explains. "It's a weird hybrid of the two, and I haven't seen a lot of things done this way."
The press release goes on to describe the concept further:
"No mere music video, Playing with Dolls is a stark, 12-part nightmare that breathes corrupt life into Slayer's latest syllabus of stalkers, psychopaths and serial killers, merging their aberrant psyches into the supremely focused desire of a single, merciless malcontent. A methodical distillation of one man's lethal frenzy, the film follows the gruesome outbursts of a nameless protagonist. He is not an indiscriminate murder junkie, but rather a highly creative snuff-artist with a deeply personal sense of purpose - a man for whom murder is the only conceivable way forward. With a black heart hardened by tragedy, he chooses his victims carefully. His methods are as grisly and varied as they are poetic."
"It's a little weirder than your regular blood n' guts type thing," Brooks says of the storyline, "which I think is a reflection of Slayer's music."
But make no mistake: There will be blood, and plenty of it. As the real-life boyfriend of one of the film's "victims" told Brooks after a private screening, "I almost threw up while I watching that. And I think that's a compliment."
Slayer started recording World Painted Blood, the band's 10th studio album, last October in a Los Angeles studio with producer Greg Feldeman, and completed it this past May. Recording World Painted Blood was a unique experience for Slayer who has historically begun the recording process with all songs written and fully rehearsed. This time, they did the bulk of writing and song development while in the studio. According to drummer Dave Lombardo, "On this record, we worked a lot more collectively, we were more attentive to each other's ideas and willing to try them, which only benefited the album."
World Painted Blood is, indeed a Slayer album, and consequently deals with topics such as death and destruction, war, serial killers, and the Apocalypse. "Psychopathy Red," leaked online a year ago, was inspired by the heinous Russian serial killer Andrei Chikatilo, aka the Rostov Ripper, who confessed to brutally murdering 56 children. "Beauty Through Order" (Kerry King: "one of Jeff's songs, it has a very heavy 'do me' intro to it then explodes with a really cool vibe,") "Unit 731," "Playing With Dolls" (Lombardo: an awesome track, great song structure, great vibe"), "Public Display of Dismemberment," and "Americon," a King composition. Of "Americon," King explains, "It's about what I think the rest of the world thinks of America. We may not be big on a lot of people's lists, but I don't care what you think of my government, of my economy, or whatever. I live here and this is one of the best places that I've ever found to live. So f*#k you if you don't like it."
Log onto www.slayer.net to view the trailer for the "Playing With Dolls" graphic novel, and to pre-order your copy of World Painted Blood.
BARONESS will play a free MySpace secret show in Asheville on Friday, October 16, with special guests Coliseum. The show is an all-ages show and entry is on a first-come, first served basis.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Doors @ 7:00 PM
@ Stella Blue
31 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Also, over the next year if you are one of the first 20 people with the new Citi Forward by MySpace card, you will automatically be able to skip the line. You can learn more about the card here.
Former Iron Maiden and Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley has been confirmed to be a part of the Hellfire Festival which will take place at the Birmingham NEC in England between November 6-8. He is replacing British thrash metal outfit Evile, who have cancelled all their shows following the death of bass player Mike Alexander, who sadly passed away on October 5th. Other bands on the bill include Saxon, Anvil, CKY, My Dying Bride and Electric Eel Shock.
Hardcore metal outfit Converge has posted their brand new studio album, "Axe To Fall" online. You can check out the record in full by heading over to the bands official Myspace page. The album will be released on October 20th through Epitaph Records and will be the bands first stuio album since 2006's, "No Heroes."
Chicago deathcore heavyweights OCEANO is preparing for their first ever tour of Europe at the end of this month. OCEANO will take part in the Never Say Die Club Tour 2009 with ARCHITECTS, DESPISED ICON, HORSE THE BAND, AS BLOOD RUNS BLACK, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE and THE GHOST INSIDE, first performing six shows in the UK before making their way around mainland Europe.
OCEANO guitarist ANDREW MIKHAIL comments:
"I can speak for the whole band when I say that we are all MORE than excited to be touring the UK and Europe finally. Never Say Die is a pretty diverse tour with tons of great bands, including our good friends Despised Icon that will tear shit up EVERY night. So, to those of you overseas, make sure to get out to the shows early to catch every band's set! Till then, lets have a good time and don't forget to GET PISSED!"
Catch OCEANO in Europe with ARCHITECTS, DESPISED ICON, HORSE THE BAND, AS
BLOOD RUNS BLACK, IWRESTLEDABEARONCE and THE GHOST INSIDE at the following
30.10.09 UK, Brighton @ Concorde 2
31.10.09 UK, Birmingham @ Academy 2
01.11.09 UK, Sheffield @ Corporation
02.11.09 UK, Glasgow @ The Arches
03.11.09 UK, Manchester @ Academy 2
04.11.09 UK, London @ The Electric Ballroom
05.11.09 Germany, Münster @ Sputnikhalle
06.11.09 Germany, Hamburg @ Markthalle
07.11.09 Germany, Köln @ Essigfabrik
08.11.09 Netherlands, Eindhoven @ Effenaar
09.11.09 Luxembourg, Esch-Alzette @ Kulturfabrik
10.11.09 Switzerland, Solothurn @ Kulturfabrik Kofmehl
11.11.09 Germany, München @ Backstage
12.11.09 Austria, Wien @ Arena
13.11.09 Slovenia, Ljubljana @ Kino Siska
14.11.09 Italy, Cesena @ Vidia Club
15.11.09 Italy, Roncede @ New Age Club
16.11.09 Germany, Schweinfurt @ Alter Stattbahnhof
17.11.09 Czech Rep, Prague @ Abaton
18.11.09 Germany, Berlin @ SO36
19.11.09 Germany, Kalrsruhe @ Substage
20.11.09 Germany, Leipzig @ Conne Island
21.11.09 Belgium, Hasselt @ Muziekodroom More...
While still being on the road with All That Remains in North America, LACUNA COIL announces the UK and Ireland dates for their upcoming European tour in 2010:
29.01.2010 (IRL) Dublin – The Academy
31.01.2010 (UK) Manchester – The Manchester
01.02.2010 (UK) Birmingham - O2 Academy
02.02.2010 (UK) Glasgow - The ABC
04.02.2010 (UK) Bristol - O2 Academy
05.02.2010 (UK) London - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
More dates to be announced soon!
Andrea Ferro and LACUNA COIL are excited to play Europe:
“Finally Europe!!! We are proud to announce the headliner tour in Europe, it took a while to organize it but finally everything seems to be in place. We are really happy to visit all our fans and friends and we're preparing a really special show! We will bring the "Shallow Life" songs and themes alongside some of our classic songs and some surprises. The tour will start in the UK and will spread over Europe, more details to come soon, stay tuned!”
The band recently release a digital only “I Like It” single. In order to see where people coming from completely different genres were able get the song, three unique artists were approached to remix “I Like It” for the single: More...
American rock legends KISS have enetered the Billboard album charts at number two with their first studio album in eleven years, "Sonic Boom." The record sold around 104,485 copies in it's first week of release. The album has also entered the German album charts at number four, the Dutch album charts at number thirteen and the British album chart at number fourteen.
British extreme metal legends Venom has annnounced that they will be heading to Mexico and South American for a headlining tour in December. A statement from the bands management reads as follows:
"We started looking into the possibility of organising a Venom tour in South America a couple of years back, Venom have a massive following in Latin America, and now that the bands Agent has organised a fantastic tour with the promoters, the band immediately agreed to take time out from recording the new album to start their rehearsals for the tour."
The tour dates are as follows: More...
American heavy metal outfit Mastodon has announced that they will be recording their upcoming show in Chicago (which takes place Saturday October 17th) for a future live DVD and CD. The release is expected to hit the shelves sometime next year. Stay tuned for more details.