Metal News for October 17, 2009
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While Dream Theater was in Europe touring overseas, they shot a brand new video from "Black Clouds & Silver Linings" for "Wither" with director Ramon Boutsevith. Stay tuned for a sneak peak in the coming weeks.
In related news, you can enter to win a signed animation cell from the "Forsaken" video from the band's last Roadrunner release "Systematic Chaos."
Producer Mat Sinner checked in from the recording sessions of the highly anticipated album featuring vocalist Michael Kiske and American singer Amanda Somerville (Avantasia). "We finished the songwriting for 12 original new songs – no covers .... and a week ago, we’ve started the final recordings! Everything looks cool and the song material is amazing!"
Most of the songs are written by Mat Sinner together with Magnus Karlsson (co-producer & guitarist). More songwriting contributions come from former "After Forever" guitarist Sander Gommans, Amanda Somerville (Arise, A Thousand Suns, Set Afire) and two outstanding symphonic songs written by Mat Sinner with keyboard maestro Jimmy Kresic (End Of The Road, Devil In Her Heart). Some more song titles can be revealed for the moment: "Silence, Don't Walk Away," "Rain," "Nothing Left To Say," "If I Had A Wish," "One Night Burning" and "Second Chance."
"We’re recording in two studios at the moment" says Mat. "Magnus is recording guitars at his own Stuntguitar Studios in Sweden and I’m working at the Audiospezialist Studio in Germany with drummer Martin Schmidt (ex-Atrocity, RMC Band) and keyboarder Jimmy Kresic (Voodoo Circle). After the Primal Fear European Tour, we will start with the vocal and choir recordings and I’m really looking forward to be a part of this progress. This album is a big challenge and it sounds already like something really special for me, in a time when we face a so many releases every month. Sander Gommans will join the team and will add some lead guitars and we’re talking to two more prominent musicians for a guest appearance."
Achim Koehler (Primal Fear, Edguy) was chosen to mix and master the album at Indiscreet Studios for a spring release on Frontiers Records.
Dutch heavy/folk metal band Conorach has announced a few upcoming shows:
Oct 24 2009 - De Piek Vlissingen, Zeeland,NL w/ TOKYO BLADE !
Nov 27 2009 - Panddemonium Antwerp, Antwerp,BEL
Nov 28 2009 - OJC Comeet Someren, NL
If you can't make any of those shows, you can check out some of their music on their MySpace page.
Heathen metallers Hauk have posted a music video online for the song "Hookers and Blow." The video can be viewed below. "Hookers and Blow" is off Hauk's most recent album "The Path of Ice," which was released on October 10th through Baldur Rising Music. Samples of Hauk's music can be found at their official MySpace page. More...
Danish metallers Mnemic have begun mixing their fourth studio album "Sons of the System," for a January 18th release via Nuclear Blast Records.
Guitarist Mircea Eftemie states: "We’ve currently nailed five songs out of 15 and we are continuing to nail one song per day, so on later this week the album will be completed – good times. Some extra song titles for you gays’n'gals: 'Elongated Sporadic Bursts', 'Hero(in)', 'Within'… and as you can see from the pictures we are having lots of fun here at the Antfarm Studios – we did also nail a bunch of alcohol with these songs.
"What can I say, the material is really diverse, the most diverse we have ever made, and I know it sounds cliche to say that, but it really is. We have different inspiration sources nowadays, we are of course still a metal band, but we actually listen to a lot more than just metal. That aspect has contributed to the eclectic and diverse material of this new album.
"One more thing that is totally cliche to say; its going to be the best album of 2010 and its going to be the best production Tue Madsen has ever made…. oh yeah!."
Enslaved has been announced as artists in residence for Roadburn Festival 2010, which will take place April 15-18 in Tilburg, Holland. Enslaved will be playing the Thursday.
Roadburn states: "We are thrilled to announce that Norway’s Enslaved will be our artists in residence for next years Roadburn Festival, set to be held from April 15 – 18, 2010 at both the 013 venue and Midi Theatre in Tilburg – Holland. Enslaved have been groundbreaking metal pioneers for almost 20 years. Since their Viking-metal inception, the band has been forging a connection between black metal and prog, arriving at an incredible melange of heavy psych and modern metal. Enslaved embodies the experimental, dark and psychedelic aspect of Roadburn, and we have invited them as our artists in residence – a premiere for Roadburn - for our 2010 festival. Enslaved, and various band members, will be doing several special shows during the festival.
Guitarist Ivar Bjørnson comments: “This show will pan towards the latter day Enslaved and will consist of a set list specially put together for Roadburn; emphasizing the heavy, the psychedelic and not but least – the visual aspect of what Enslaved is today. Be prepared for a surprise or two!”
Enslaved / Shining (NO) will be the main headliner of Roadburn Festival 2010, playing their 90-minute Armageddon Concerto on Saturday, April 17th. Composed by Enslaved’s Ivar Bjørnson and Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby and arranged together with the band members, Bjørnson describes the Armageddon Concerto as “an experience of a life time. Prog, doom, jazz, extreme metal, northern mythology, science fiction –this is going to be massive.”
The festival also features Dream of an Opium Eater, Trinacria, Mouth of the Architect, YOB, Triptykon, Altar of Plagues and many others. For more information, visit www.roadburn.com.
Meshuggah has announced on their web site that a live DVD will be released in early 2010. More information will be announced soon.
Meshuggah will be going on tour in 2010. Here is the list of tour dates:
Jan. 16 Copenhagen, Denmark - Danish Metal Awards
Feb. 20 Brisbane, Australia - RNA Showgrounds
Feb. 21 Sydney, Australia - Eastern Creek Raceway
Feb. 26 Melbourne, Australia - Showgrounds
Feb. 27 Adelaide, Australia - Bonython Park
Mar. 01 Perth, Australia - Steel Blue Oval
Mar. 03 Wellington, New Zealand - SFBH
Mar. 04 Auckland, New Zealand - Transmission Room
Finland's Evemaster has checked in with the following album update:
"Dan (Swanö that is) has been working on the mix of 2 songs for a week or so and finally today we've come to conclusion that everything sounds fucken awesome. So, now Dan knows which way to go with the rest of the tracks and I think that the album mix and master will be ready towards the end of this week.
"First 2 songs Dan has been working on are 'Enter' and 'New Age Dawns.' Dan added his vocals on 'New Age Dawns' and I must say that he sounds brilliant and I feel so frigging honoured to have him perform on a song composed by myself. Can't wait for the album closer 'Absolution' to feature his vocals.
"The hunt for a record label will start soon. I have such strong faith on this album that I don't think finding a good label to work with should be too big a problem. We'll live and see.
"Another update coming when the album is done. I'll probably make some video teaser as well when all is sorted out."
Suspyre has posted the following message:
"All three of our albums are available for digital download on various sites.
Check Suspyre out on iTunes -- all three of our albums are there.
If you're a Rhapsody user, "A Great Divide" and "When Time Fades..." are both available for instant streaming.
And of course, there's always Amazon.com.
If you're more into CDs, you can get them (as well as shirts) at our online store.
Thanks for your support!"
Amberian Dawn cancelled yesterday's (October 16th) show at Escape in Veenendaal, NL due to vocalist Heidi Parviainen's crow throat.
Amberian Dawn will be joining Epica on tour. Scheduled dates are as follows:
Oct. 21 Vevey, Switzerland - Rocking Chair
Oct. 22 Munich, Germany - Backstage
Oct. 23 Prague Czech Republic
Oct. 24 Zlin, Czech Republic - Masters of Rock Cafe
Oct. 25 Vienna, Austria - Szene
Oct. 27 Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
Oct. 29 Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
Oct. 30 Santana, Spain - Bilbao
Oct. 31 Madrid, Spain - Sala Penelope
Nov. 01 Lisbon, Portugal - Incrivel Almadense
Nov. 03 Toulouse, France - Bikini
Nov. 04 Lyon, France - Transbordeur
Nov. 05 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
Nov. 06 Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
Nov. 07 Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
Just a few weeks away from playing the Femme Metal Fest, Scarecrown are preparing for their first ever UK gig, and after the success of 'Letters From The Darkness', they're in for a warm welcome from UK fans. Antonella, Andrea and Grave discuss gigging, recording and the success of 'Letters...'. More...
French one-man black metal act Alost is currently streaming several sample tracks online. The songs "666 Vs. 66seX," "Kronik Mekanikus," and more can be heard at Alost's official MySpace page.
Finnish folk metal band Kivimetsän Druidi has issued the following statement about working on a new album:
"We had absolutely great time at Metal Female Voices Fest in Wieze, Belgium. We'd like to say thank you to you all! To the festival organization & promoters and especially to our awesome audience! You made this gig an unforgettable one for us!
"We hope to see you all soon again! And we also have news to you: We are in the studio recording our second album that should be released in April 2010.
"All the best from Finland: Leeni-Maria, Joni, Antti, Rinksa, Simo & Atte"
An Handful of Dust has signed with Rising Works Records for the release of their third album, "Nu Emotional Injection," which will be released in 2010. An Handful of Dust is an italian alternative metal band from Tarcento (Udine). Born in the 2000, moving across thrash metal and prog melodies, the band developed towards something more alternative, with various influences.
In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's music on their MySpace page.
Swedish black metal band Rev 16:8 has posted a music video online for the song "Flame Salvation" which is off their most recent album "Grand Tidal Rave." The video clip can be viewed below. More...
Greek metallers Tardive Dyskinesia released their new album "The Sea of See Through Skins" on October 12th via Coroner Records. A full preview of the entire album is available for streaming through the Coroner Records website.
Annotations of an Autopsy have revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming album "The Reign of Darkness," which can be viewed at this location. The artwork was done by Par Oloffson. "Reign Of Darkness" was recorded a Foel studio, Wales and was mixed by Erik Rutan at Mana Studios, Florida. The album is set to be released in early 2010. The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. And so it begins...
2. In snakes i bathe
3. Born dead
4. Bone crown (ft Erik Rutan)
6. catastrophic hybridization
7. VII: The Horror, The Destruction...
8. Impale the sun
9. Portrait of souls
11. Into the black slumber
You can also catch Annotations of an Autopsy live on the following dates: More...
Sweden's Infernal has issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer:
"Finally, after a longer search for drummers, and going through several applicants, we have now found the guy to do the job for the next couple of tracks. Whether this is a session job only, or long time thing, is up for time to tell.
"The guy in question is Carl from the Norwegian bands RECOVERY INJECTION and ASTAROTH, and we believe that he can do the job as good as our previous drummer. We'll start working for real with him and the new songs in about a month.
"In the meantime, here's a very, very rough version of the whole track of 'Killing Christ', that was earlier posted as a 45- second snippet at this location. However, it is both untight and not fully professionally performed, but this is what is the cool thing with the net, you can post stuff, that might not be up to album standards, that you never ever would hear unless of the Internet. However, of course, This track will be recorded 100% professionally for both the next demo, and the full length album coming in 2010."
Cradle Of Filth front man Dani Filth has issued the following band update:
"Greetings to all you merchants of menace and skinny villainesses, Dani here again with a belated update on all things fantastic and filthy;
"At the time of writing, September is almost through, with skies fire-paved and a gorgeous Indian Summer settling like a phoenix on the East coast of England, the last few weeks finding me extremely busy with the trivialities of being at home and working in a band at the same time. Thus creativity has flourished under this wonderful boon and the first ideas for a new Cradle album have started to creep and crawl in the far-flung shadows of our combined imaginations. Bearing in mind we have merely the skeletal structures of a few songs laid out, that Autumnal vibe is already spreading like a mist, and the tunes are sounding very malefic indeed. Very much like the 'Godspeed...' album thrust up a gear.
"Paul has moved to a luxury apartment on the dockside quay in Ipswich, the apocalyptic vision of a reddened sun split by the thin silhouettes of bobbing yacht masts, highly inspirational, tempering his writing with furious abandonment. In the meantime Martin is hard at work on his practice kit back in the Czech Republic, providing the midi backbone to Paul's initial structures, which are then later embellished by guitars and keyboards. Luckily Dave lives in spitting distance of Paul's new gaff, so he's in partnership with the basic skeleton of every track, which is then flown past Ashley (who has just moved this week from Phoenix to LA...), who then goes all symphonic on it's rugged ass. Things therefore are moving well towards our new, as-yet-untitled album, with a possible studio start date of early January to be ringed in all gothic diaries. Bring it on! More...
California death metallers Reciprocal have issued the following statement about self-releasing their new album:
"Reciprocal and Unique Leader have decided to part ways. Without getting into the dirt of the situation, everyone should know that the split was mutual. This will not affect our progress and we are more determined than ever! We would like to thank our fans who faithfully stuck by us through the delay of our albums release.
"We are going be putting our Self-Titled Debut album out independently on Nov 19th! It will be available worldwide on all major digital distributors (I-tunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, ect...) Hard copies will be available via our official website and will also be available in stores in the near future.
"The same day as the albums release we will be playing at the world famous Whisky A-Go-Go in Hollywood CA, where you can purchase the album for the first time. Other bands on the bill include Vehemence, Abysmal Dawn, Enthraller and more. This is a landmark date for Reciprocal and we hope to see all our freinds and fans at the show to celebrate with us. Two new songs, 'Hopeless' and 'Wrath,' are streaming here on our MySpace page."
The track listing for "Reciprocal" will be as follows: More...
German metallers Sacred Steel have posted a "making of" video from their time in the studio recording their new album "Carnage Victory." The video clip can be viewed below. Sacred Steel will be having an album release party alongside Watch Me Bleed on October 22nd at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg. More...
Florida metallers Savatage have issued the following statement about asking fans to take a moment to remember their former guitarist Criss Olivia, who was killed in a car accident 16 years ago today:
"As most of you know, on October 17, 1993, the members of Savatage lost a brother, many people lost a friend, and the world lost a truly gifted musician. Please spare a thought for Criss Oliva and those who loved him today... may he rest in peace here, and rock hard with the angels up there!"
Sweden's Scarpoint has checked in with the following studio recording update:
"Yesterday was probably the last day in the studio. I rearranged and mixed the last song and are gonna take the weekend to listen to the record to see if there are anything left to do.
"Next week I'll be start editing all the video recording that we made, some 5 hours of raw material that I will try to edit in to a nice 'making off' movie. BUT I'm very interested in hearing what you want to see, let me know!!
"So have a great weekend and remember to: Stay twisted fuckers!!!"
Austrian metal band HOLLENTHON has posted the song, "Tyrants and Wraiths," at this location. The song comes off the new MCD, "Tyrants and Wraiths," which includes 4 songs and 2 live videos and will be released on October 30th.
HOLLENTHON "Tripe Headliner Tour" dates with ENDSTILLE and GOD DETHRONED are as follows:
23.10.09 NL - Enschede / Atak
24.10.09 DE - Essen / Turock
25.10.09 NL - Breda / Mezz
27.10.09 CH - Pratteln / Z7
28.10.09 IT - Milano / Club 71
30.10.09 ES - Barcelona / Sala Mephisto
31.10.09 ES - Madrid / Sala Ritmo y Compas
01.11.09 ES - Vitoria-Gasteiz / Jimmy Jazz club
02.11.09 FR - Paris / Glaz'Art
04.11.09 DE - Neukirchen / Sägewerk
05.11.09 DE - Braunschweig / JUZ B58
06.11.09 DK - Aalborg / Aalborg Metal Fest
07.11.09 DE - Flensburg / Roxys
08.11.09 DE - Mühltal bei Darmstadt / Steinbruch Theater
09.11.09 DE - Köln / Werkstatt
10.11.09 BE - Vosselaar / Biebob
11.11.09 DE - Neunkirchen / Club Cäsar
12.11.09 AT - Salzburg / Rockhouse
13.11.09 AT - Klagenfurt / Kwadrat
14.11.09 DE - München / Backstage
German progressive thrash metal band Enemy of the Sun has issued the following studio update:
"The production of the second album is in full swing. As has happened before, the band has too many songs and no filler that could easily be discarded. And that's a good thing. So far things are shaping up to be heavy and slightly unusual. Which is also a good thing. There's also an album title floating around, but we can't tell you quite yet..."
"On Oct 13, Waldemar and Daniel will start tracking the drums. "
German metal band War From A Harlots Mouth has posted a new song on their MySpace page entitled "Spineless." The track comes from their upcoming 5 way split with The Acacia Strain, This or the Apocalypse, Fact, and Aggressive Dogs, which is entitled "Pentagon.3." The split will be released on October 21st.
The tracklisting for "Pentagon.3" [cover] is as follows:
01. the acacia strain - terminated
02. the acacia strain - the hills have eyes
03. aggressive dogs - hiden
04. aggressive dogs - providence
05. fact - for those about to rock (we salute you)
06. fact - letter to...
07. this or the apocalypse - lamnidae
08. this or the apocalypse - in wolves
09. war from a harlots mouth - spineless
10. war from a harlots mouth - uptown girl 2009 (jap edit)
New York City metal band Letalis has issued the following update:
"Letallis is seeking a new guitarist, bassist, and drummer. Must be experienced/ dedicated and able to participate in new material development for an upcoming album and shows in the New York City area. I need new members who are well versed in metal, but can play other styles (mainly a guitarist and drummer), and a bass player who can keep up with the demand of the guitars. I’m currently writing a new record and need members who are interested in being creative and coming up with some new sounds. Everything from death metal to jazz and way more. Dynamics in music is very important and I want to make sure we have it. An absolute must is people who love the whole process of a band, writing, promoting and playing shows. You need to have drive. Excepting ages 17-29. In your response please include your background and your experience."
"You can either message me on this account or e-mail me at email@example.com"
Desolate has announced the addition of drummer, Sebastian Creulls, to their band. The band comments:
"We are excited to introduce our new drummer, Sebastian Creulls, into the Desolate family. Sebastian hails from Argentina and having been in several bands there, and here in the states, he brings 15 years of experience to the table. We've been writing new music and are diligently rehearsing together to create some amazing new material. We would like to wish our former drummer, Al, the best of luck in all his future endeavors."
Tonight's Headbangers Ball on MTV2 at 2 AM ET/PT will feature All That Remains discussing metal songs added to the Rock Band video game and the following lineup of videos:
Confide - "Such Great Heights"
Godsmack - "I Stand Alone"
Bullet for My Valentine - "Waking the Demon"
Children Of Bodom - "Are You Dead Yet?"
Lacuna Coil - "Closer"
All That Remains - "Two Weeks"
Lamb of God - "Laid to Rest"
Revolution Renaissance, who recently signed a three-album deal with Napalm Records, has announced that they've parted with the bass player Justin Biggs and the keyboard player Michael Khalilov. The band states:
"During the recordings of 'Age of Aquarius' it became evident to everybody that Revolution Renaissance was not the right band for the guys. Justin is more of a trash guy and Mike expected the music to be something totally different.
"Out of these reasons the decision has been made that it is better to go seprate ways. Both are great guys and the remaining members Timo Tolkki, Gus Monsanto and Bruno Agra wish them well and best of luck on their musical endeavours. Check out the new album of Mike's band Empyreon from iTunes and Justin's band Descend."
The remaining members have been writing songs for many months now and you can expect the follow up to "Age of Aquarius" sometime next year.