Metal News for October 25, 2013
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42 news articles posted on this day.
Picaporters has released the "Elefantes" album, which is now available for streaming online. Give it a listen below, or pick up your free download of the release right here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Hijo de Gaia 11:39
2. Emergiendo en Ondas 07:19
3. Idea RAM 04:52
4. Lluvia de Metal 05:12
5. Sol de Metal 07:46
6. Eclipse de Metal 03:09
7. Alternative Girl 02:02
8. Amantes Instantes 08:03
9. Rock and Roll 03:36 More...
Lithuanian act Awakening Sun has posted a video diary online from the band's "Wake Me Up" tour, which can be viewed below. You can also check out a teaser trailer for the band's "Imbalance" album at this location.
The Raven Autarchy has released the new album "Kaonashi," which is now available online for streaming. Check it out below or at The Raven Autarchy's Bandcamp page here. The track listing is as follows:
1. False Dichotomy 02:54
2. Anomalous Design 03:12
3. Anzu 03:47
4. Harmony of Contempt 03:36
5. Chronological Inconsistency 03:10
6. Epistemophobia 03:25
7. Accelerated Alteration 03:13
8. Kaonashi 03:34 More...
São Paulo's Seven Seals of the Apocalypse has posted "The Desert" EP online for streaming. Check it out in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
2. The Blood
3. The Desert Of My Life
4. After The Darkness
Front man Jørgen Munkeby of Norwegian blackjazz group Shining is currently featured on the latest episode of the official Danko Jones Podcast.
You can download the podcast for free on iTunes here, and listen along as Munkeby discusses everything from the group’s new release “One One One” to sharing a band name with another prominent metal act and more.
“During our days in Canada, Danko called me up and asked if I wanted to join him on his podcast,” Munkeby says. “Being a long-time fan of everything Danko — his music, his articles and his humor — I was more than happy to join. I think it turned out to be both a very fun and interesting podcast with some insightful discussions about music that I think our fans will enjoy.”
The band is now kicking off a European alongside The Ocean. A complete list of dates can be found below. More...
Boston-formed punk/thrash group Ramming Speed has decided to celebrate Halloween by bringing the party to you: the group has just announced a string of headlining tour dates kicking off on October 30th in Stanhope, N.J.
These dates will lead the band to the annual “Fest” festival in Gainesville, Florida where Ramming Speed will perform on November 3rd. A few days later, the band will embark on an east coast/midwest tour with Toxic Holocaust. Full dates can be found after the jump.
Last week, Ramming Speed performed at the CMJ Festival for the Metal Insider showcase and the Invisible Oranges after-party. The band also gave attendees a sneak peek at some new material! For those that were unable to experience it live, you can check it out for yourself below thanks to Pit Full of Shit. More...
The Canberra, Australia-based I Exist has unveiled a track from third album, “From Darkness,” which will be released digitally in North America on December 3rd. Check out “Lightning Curse” below.
“From Darkness” was recorded in Melbourne with Blood Duster’s Jason Fuller (King Parrot, Mindsnare) and mixed at South Carolina’s Jam Room by Jay Matheson and Kylesa’s Phillip Cope (Baroness, Black Tusk). More...
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The Gainesville, FL Pantera tribute band Good Friends And A Bottle Of Whiskey has uploaded its first episode of "Cooking Hostile," a ten minute comedic pastiche of cooking along to reworded Pantera, Anthrax and Suicidal Tendencies songs with their frontmen. Listen to the episode below.
The video features vocalist Joey Siler, drummer Gray Spengler, bassist KD McClellan and guitarist Allan Godfrey, along with several other guest musicians. On this same date the original "Cooking with Phil Anselmo" (Five Minutes on Low) will be shown at Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Film Festival in Texas. The original has reached over half a million views and has received two big thumbs up from Phil personally.
Dethklok mastermind Brendon Small is chock full of surprises this week— revealing the official "Metalocalypse: the Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera" soundtrack track listing, taking part in a Reddit AMA (thanks DethFans), and now Brendon can now reveal a 30-second “Making Of” featurette teaser from the deluxe edition of the official score soundtrack.
The teaser can be viewed below, courtesy of CraveOnline.com.
The deluxe edition “Making Of” featurette includes interviews with musicians and actors involved in the special and soundtrack, as well as information involving every step from the writing to recording process.
The deluxe edition of the "Metalocalypse: the Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera" soundtrack will also include the full libretto (the opera script in text form). The original score in regular format will be released on Tuesday, October 29thth via iTunes, but only the deluxe edition will be available two days early via this location on October 27th. More...
Close Your Eyes has teamed up with Alternative Press to stream forthcoming album, "Line In The Sand," in its entirety.
The stream will be available at this location through Sunday, October 27th. You can also catch the band live:
w/ Gideon, Sworn In, Altar
10/25 – Midland, TX @ The Pine Box
10/26 – Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
10/27 – Yuma, AZ @ Jefe’s Venue
10/28 – Canoga Park, CA @ Cobalt Café
10/29 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
10/30 – Las Vegas, NV @ Ultra Violet Studios
11/7 – Joplin, MO @ Solace
11/8 – Rockford, IL @ Millennium Center
11/9 – Newport, KY @ Thompson House
11/11 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
11/12 – Evansville, IN @ The Hatch
11/13 – Columbus, OH @ Kobo’s Live
11/14 – Chattanooga, TN @ The Warehouse
11/15 – Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
11/16 – Memphis, TN @ The Abbey
11/17 – Florence, AL @ The End
11/18 – Metairie, LA @ Cypress Hall
11/19 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
11/20 – Houston, TX @ Walter’s Downtown
11/21 – Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
11/22 – Abilene, TX @ Billiards Backroom More...
Denver's Havok has posted the following message online about missing tonight's tour date due to the least metal of all breakdowns - that of a vehicular variety:
"We regret to inform you that due to vehicle issues beyond our control, we WILL NOT make tonight's show in Spartanburg, SC with Soulfly. We are so sorry and will try to make up the date next year!! Little Rock, AR... See you tomorrow."
Killswitch Engage has released a video clip for the song "Always," which can be viewed below, and front man Jesse Leach comments:
"We’ve just release a special short film created by our friends McFarland & Pecci for our song 'Always.' This song is a unique one on the record and I wanted the video to really stand out, to mean something. My hope is when people watch this video, it impacts them enough to cause them to stop and contemplate their own lives."
Philly's epic metal outfit Surgeon has confirmed an upcoming Fall tour in support of second full-length release, "Chemical Reign."
On November 14th, Surgeon will traverse south to converge with the cohorts in Midnight Eye for the week-long run, kicking the tour off in Washington, DC that evening supporting the mighty Absu.
The following six nights will see Surgeon and Midnight Eye rolling through Richmond, Harrisonburg, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Boston where the tour comes to an end on November 20th.
11/14/2013 The Pinch - Washington, DC w/ Absu, D.O.C.
11/15/2013 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA (matinee) w/ RAVN, Throne of Carrion
11/16/2013 Crayola House - Harrisonburg, VA
11/17/2013 Charm City Art Space - Baltimore, MD w/ Brothers Kardell, Snakefist
11/18/2013 Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA w/ Dirt Worshipper, Skeleton Hands
11/19/2013 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Throoat, Blackout
11/20/2013 O'briens - Boston, MA More...
Montreal, QC wreck n'roll metal band Trainwreck Architect has teamed up with Bravewords.com to premiere the band's latest track "The Door Slams Shut." Listen to the track right here.
The song is off the band's forthcoming debut album "Traits of The Sick," which is set for release on November 12th.
Mastered by Jeff Waters of Annihilator, the release features an eclectic mix of thrash, classic metal, and rock along with creative lyricism on the idea of humans being human and never willing to be completely satisfied. The track listing is as follows:
1. Comatose Era (intro)
2. The Culprit
3. Die Like A Legend
4. The Door Slams Shut
5. Deadbeat Beatdown
6. Rabid Psychotic Relapse
7. As Killers Breathe
8. Dream Pariah
9. The Narcissist
10. Feed Them Bullets
December 6th will be a great day for Ewigheim fans: on this day, the band's new album "Nachruf" will be officially released via Massacre Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Zwischen Menschen
2. Die Augen Zu
3. Am Meer
5. Ein Nachruf
7. Falsches Herz
8. Liebes Lied
9. Glück Im Unglück
10. Wenn Es Am Schönsten Ist
11. Sanctum Imperium (Bonus Track - Digipak & LP, featuring Eisregen's M. Roth)
"Nachruf" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Markus Stock at Klangschiede Studio E. The album will also be available as limited edition digipak (numbered and limited to 2000 units) and Deathlight Records will release the LP version, which is limited to 300 units. More...
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about Eisregen postponing the release of the band's new album:
"Unfortunately there has been an error during the production of all formats of the new Eisregen album 'Todestage' so the complete edition has to be re-manufactured.
"Due to this reason the release date of the new album by the German deathsters has to be delayed to November 15th, 2013. All other album formats (limited and numbered DVD size Digipak, CD and gatefold 2-LP vinyl) will be released as announced."
The band also recently issued a track-by-track breakdown of the album, which can be found at this location.
Bloodgod is a new death metal band from the Netherlands, featuring ex-members of Hymir, Cenotaph / Player (Slayer tribute band) and Nuestros Derechos / Agents of Entropy.
On November 2nd, 2013 Bloodgod will release debut EP "Pseudologia Phantastica" at the Big Ass Metal Fest part 2 in the band's hometown of Utrecht.
The EP was recorded and mixed by Quintijn Verhoef at Studio Independent Recordings (Incarnate, Led Astray, T.C.F., Terzij De Horde, Divine Sins, The Fifth Alliance, etc). It contains three death metal infused songs on which the memers of Bloodgod let their imagination run free, hence the title "Pseudologia Phantastica." More...
Niclas Engelin, Fredrik Stenberg, Daniel Bergstrand and Peter Iwers recently recorded some fun footage to salute the new breed of Turkish metal with Pitch Black Process rising from the band formerly known as Affliction.
"Hand of God?” is the band’s first album under the name of Pitch Black Process, and it was recorded, mixed, and produced by Daniel Bergstrand at Dugout Studios. Mastering was handled by Thomas Eberger at Stockholm Mastering, Sweden. The album features the song “Deceiver,” which emerged by a collaboration with Pitch Black Process and Niclas Engelin of In Flames and Engel.
Clutch has set a November 26th release date for the double vinyl picture disc set "Earth Rocker Live" via Weathermaker Music.
The second LP consists of live versions of the same tracks in the same sequence as the original. This is not a live recording of one show: the individual tracks of the live version were recorded at different shows throughout the band's May 2013 US tour: Houston and San Antonio (TX), Lincoln (NE), Indianapolis (IN) and Fargo (ND).
Clutch will kick off the next leg of the "Earth Rocker" World Tour tonight in Hampton Beach, NH, immediately followed by a festival appearance in Virginia Beach, VA at "Localpalooza." These tour dates run through November 23rd in Detroit, MI. Clutch will then hit the road for annual holiday shows and continue on tour through January 18th in Huntington, WV. More...
On October 28th, Hellthrasher Productions will release a vinyl version of "Aura Damage," the second full-length album from Polish blackened death metal quartet Hell United.
The 12' LP will be available in a limited edition of 300 black copies coming in a gatefold sleeve, designed by Bartek Kurzok. The track listing will feature all the songs previously available on the CD edition as well as an exclusive bonus track – the cover version of Metallica's "Fight Fire with Fire."
Apostle of Plague
Let Sleeping Dogs Lie
In Odore Sanctitatis
Totality Of I
Fight Fire with Fire More...
America's electro-metal band The Browning has finished shooting a music video for the track "Fifth Kind," which is taken from the new album "Hypernova."
The Browning traveled to the deep south of Savannah, Georgia to film the video for "Fifth Kind" at an old monastery in the middle of the woods. The video was produced and directed by Frankie Nasso and Jess Orsburn of Nova Entertainment.
Get a sneak peek at the upcoming music video, including exclusive behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with the band, in the player below.
The Browning is on tour now in the USA in support of "Hypernova," with a European tour due to kick off in November. Dates are available after the jump. More...
The Italian one-man band Hesperia has signed a multi-album deal with Sleaszy Rider Records. The project's 4th album "Spiritvs Italicvs" will be released on the 12th of November. The band comments:
"This album is the third part of the concept about Virgilio's Eneide started by Hesperia with the first album in the end of the '90s. It is also a manifesto about the ancient Italic spirit, and it has been recorded in Pievefavera castle, a medieval castle/village built on the ruins of the ancient Roman town Faveria, near the Sibillini Mountians. The first 77 copies will contain a little golden branch of laurel."
"We're having such a great time rehearsing this 'Old School' set, we've decided to play it on every one of our upcoming tour dates," announced Slayer's Kerry King.
Holed up in Las Vegas rehearsing for a five-week North American tour that kicks off at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino tonight, Slayer has been rehearsing many of the band's most classic and fan-favorite songs, all of which were originally written and released between the group's inception and the 1990 disc "Seasons In The Abyss."
Slayer's "Old School Slayer Night" set will include tracks from 1983's "Show No Mercy," 1985's "Hell Awaits," the genre-defining "Reign In Blood" (1986), 1988's "South of Heaven," and "Seasons in the Abyss." More...
American black metal cult Profanatica today streams the entirety of the forthcoming album "Thy Kingdom Cum," which can be heard in the player below courtesy of Terrorizer magazine.
The band's third album overall, "Thy Kingdom Cum" is set for international release on November 26th via Hells Headbangers on both CD and LP formats. The track listing is as follows:
2. Foul The Air With Blasphemy
3. Denounce Him
4. False Doctrina
5. Definite Atonement
6. Thy Kingdom Cum
7. Ropes of Hatred
8. Water to Blood More...
Vancouver's Anciients has added more headlining dates for the band's forthcoming North American tour.
The tour, which started on October 9th with Tesseract in Vancouver BC, is running for two months and includes a second trek support Sepultura. New tour dates include Pittsburgh, LA, and Tucson, a show in West Chester, PA with Orange Goblin and Holy Grail, and a new show in Portland, OR with Lord Dying.
Anciients is touring in support of debut album, "Heart of Oak" (available for streaming below). Catch the band live: More...
Only two weeks ago, Nightwish announced plans to continue as a six-piece band featuring Floor Jansen (vocalist) and Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) as a full-time members.
During the promotion trip for the upcoming live / tour documentary DVD "Showtime, Storytime" (due out on November 29th), Nuclear Blast Records filmed the following trailer, featuring Tuomas Holopainen talking about their new family members:
D.C. area metal band A Sound of Thunder announced that the band is working on a new album entitled "The Lesser Key of Solomon." The fourth full length release will be accompanied by a deluxe hardcover book. The album will be another conceptual release, but a darker more story driven album delving into the supernatural and occult themes. The release date has not been announced, however its expected to be available in 2014.
Production duties for "The Lessor Key of Solomon" will once again be handled by Kevin '131' Gutierrez at Assembly Line Studios "assuring the razor sharp, skull crushing sound you've come to expect from A Sound of Thunder.
On the heels of a very successful crowd funding campaign for the 2013 release "Time's Arrow" (see review here), the band has launched another for the new release. It features a very comprehensive rewards system, including the ability to have the band record a cover song of your choice and executive producer privileges for the album. Head over to this location to make a pledge.
A video launching the campaign can be seen here: More...
We are just days away from the release of Noctum's new album "Final Sacrifice" on October 29th via Metal Blade Records.
Now the full album is available for streaming online in the player below, courtesy of Bloody-Disgusting.com.
"Final Sacrifice" is a fictional horror story where each song communicates a portion of the overall narrative. You can also watch a lyric video for the track "Temple of the Living Dead" at this location. More...
After a brief hiatus due to line-up changes, the power trio Aathma will enter the studio this weekend to record a brand new song, consisting of two parts, which will be released soon as a split EP along with another band that will be announced shortly.
This recording will also feature the band's new drummer, Alex. The band comments:
"Alex is bringing fresh ideas to our music and we can't be any more excited about that. This will probably be the rawest and most spontaneous piece we've ever written. That´s the reason why we don't want to waste a second to record it in order to follow in early seventies band´s footsteps.”
This EP will be the follow-up to Aathma's previous albums ("The Call of Shiva" in 2009 and “Decline… Towers of Silence” in 2011). More...
The new album of the legendary Brazilian metal icons Sepultura, "The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart," is out now.
Together with Metal Hammer UK, the band is now streaming the new album from today on until Friday, November 1st, 2013.
The album was recorded with renowned producer Ross Robinson, who worked with Sepultura on the landmark 1996 release "Roots," and co-produced by Steve Evetts, who previously worked on Sepultura’s "Roorback" (2003), the "Revolusongs" EP (2002), and "Nation" (2001).
Italian symphonic metal act Teodasia posted a new music video for the track "Land of Memories." The song appears on the new EP "Reflections," which was self-released earlier this month. The EP marks the first release for new vocalist Giulia Rubino (Eliseum), who replaced Priscilla Fiazza.
Check out "Land of Memories" here:
Killer Be Killed has aligned with Nuclear Blast Entertainment to release the group’s debut record in 2014. Nuclear Blast comments:
"The mystique-fogged collection is the result of writing sessions, creative and philosophical conversations and an eventual studio lockdown in Los Angeles. All of this has been heretofore hidden from the public, save for interview tidbits that relentlessly drove the heavy music community’s anticipation to a fever pitch.
"Killer Be Killed is comprised of guitarists Max Cavalera and Greg Puciato, bassist Troy Sanders - all of whom share vocal duties - together with drummer David Elitch. The album was produced/mixed by Josh Wilbur."
“It’s a bit of Sabbath-y doom, a bit of thrash, a bit of hardcore and punk,” Puciato explains, searching for the right words to describe something unique.
“This is a very special project. It’s a one of a kind thing, with a lot of potential,” asserts Cavalera. “The album is a mix of heavy, fast and melodic songs.”
Featuring lead vocal contributions and lyrics from Puciato, Cavalera, and Sanders, the aggressive assemblage of songs run the gamut from crowd-inciting brutality and jagged basement show style carnage to melodic, off-kilter hooks. Sanders jokingly described the band as “a perfect blend of a legend, a freak, a beast and a wookie.” More...
Looks like February will be bedazzled by a rather black sun when occult outfit In Solitude will embark on a 19-date European trek supporting Cradle of Filth on the band's co-headlining tour with Behemoth. Support on this tour also comes from Inquisition and Svarttjern.
In Solitude from Uppsala, Sweden is out now with third effort "Sister." Currently In Solitude is touring North America supporting Watain.
Behemoth meanwhile will release new album "The Satanist" in 2014. Frontman Nergal comments: “We are immensely proud to start promotion of 'The Satanist' on the release date of the album in such a noble company. It's been a while since we toured Europe for the last time… The wolf pack grew stronger and hungrier and with new opus and stage production we have so much more to offer. This European crusade will be the catalyst of 2 years long tour so keep your eyes open!”
Vocalist Dani Filth of Cradle of Filth also comments: “We are very much looking forward to touring with Behemoth et al, as I think the combined line-up for these momentous shows is definitely very killer. Prepare for some riotous shows immersed in such esteemed dark company, as Cradle traverses an Old Skool tour programme set against a viscerally visual backdrop of nocturnal metal supremacy. In other words, be there or be squared. Pinhead-style!” More...
Swedish doom act Grand Magus has posted the first video report on the upcoming new album, the follow up to last year's offering "The Hunt" (see review here). The yet untitled release is targeted for release in 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The first report is from drummer Ludwig Witt, who introduces you to the studio and describes his drum kit.
Check out the video here:
Italian progressive Metal band Rustfield is streaming the new track "Waxhopes." The song appears on the upcoming debut LP "Kingdom of Rust," which is set for a December 6th release via Massacre Records.
The album features guest appearances from: John Macaluso (Symphony X, ex Y.J. Malmsteen) on drums, Federica De Boni (White Skull) on vocals, Douglas R. Docker (Docker’s Guild, ex Biloxi) on keyboards.
Andrea Rampa: vocals, keyboards & synths.
Davide Ronfetto: guitars, vocals, programming.
Alessandro Spagnuolo: bass & double bass.
Luca Spagnuolo: electric & classic guitar.
Salvo Amato: drums & percussions More...
Swiss melodic metal act Crystal Ball released a music video for the new track "Eternal Flame." The song will appear on the band's forthcoming seventh LP "Dawnbreaker," which is set to drop on November 29th via Massacre Records.
The album is the first studio release for vocalist Steven Mageney, who joined the band in 2012, replacing long time vocalist Mark Sweeney (Wolfpakk). The track listing for the album is:
2. Break of Dawn
3. Anyone Can Be a Hero
4. The Brothers Were Right
5. Eternal Flame
6. Skin to Skin
7. Walls Fall Down
8. Back for Good
9. Power Pack
11. Sun Came Out More...
Austrian death metal act Outrage, featuring Ex-Evocation bassist Manuel Berger on guitar, is streaming the new track "At the Abyss." The song appears on the band's upcoming sophomore full length release "Brutal Human Bastard," which is out on November 29th via Massacre Records.
Check out "At the Abyss" here:
London blackened death metallers Lvcifyre will release their second full-length album, entitled "Svn Eater," on January 21st via Dark Descent Records. Lvcifyre signed with Dark Descent last year for the release of "Svn Eater" on vinyl, CD and digital formats. The album's title track is now streaming below. Artwork for "Svn Eater" will be courtesy of Timo Ketola.
Shadow Kingdom Records is proud to unearth some completely obscure and virtually unknown 80's Italian doom metal from Run After To. A split release entitled "Run After To/Gjinn and Djinn," that includes the band's lone 1988 self-titled EP and the 1985 "Gjinn and Djinn" demo, will be introduced to the world on January 7th. The songs have been remastered and the CD package contains some amazing band photos and a complete biography.
With the strange name came some strange songs as well. These old dusty recordings are literally impossible to find except for a low quality upload on YouTube. Fans of old 80's Doom Metal like Paul Chain Violet Theatre, Black Hole, and Death SS will absolutely love this package. Finally, there was some confusion about the history of the song "Occultism," which is a Run After To original. Paul Chain heard the song, loved it, re-recorded it, and made his own version of it.
Stream a couple of selections from the reissued Run After To release below, or head over to Shadow Kingdom's bandcamp page.
German power metal band Primal Fear - featuring vocalist Ralf Scheepers (Ex-Gamma Ray) and bassist Mat Sinner (Sinner/Silent Force) - have announced that the new single will be entitled "When Death Comes Knocking." The single will be released December 3rd via Frontiers Records (see cover art below). In addition, the band filmed a new music video for the track along with a second clip for another new track entitled "King for a Day."
The songs will appear on the upcoming new release "Delivering the Black," which is targeted for release in January through Frontiers. The album will feature 12 songs including two epic tracks and a ballad. One song "Born With a Broken Heart," will feature a guest vocal appearance by Leaves Eyes' vocalist Liv Kristine.
New Jersey devils Hammer Fight will release their debut full-length album, "Chug of War," on November 12th via Horror Gore Pain Death Productions. "Chug of War," which follows the band's 2011 untitled EP, was recorded by Bobby Torres at The Machine Shop in Belleville, NJ.
Artwork for the album came from a collaboration between Hammer Fight bassist/vocalist Drew Murphy and Buz Hasson, tattoo artist and co-creator of the comic book The Living Corpse. Guitarist Todd Stern comments on "Chug of War":
"It's something we've all been looking forward to putting out forever. A record that isn't here to compete sonically with the current state of metal affairs. Rather than taking a crack at being the heaviest, the darkest, or the fastest... we aimed for a record that would serve as the catalyst that helps transform your boring day into a good fucking time. Listen loud, rock hard, and have FUN kids. That's what counts most..."
This initial release will be limited to only 500 copies. Pre-orders for the CD and a CD + t-shirt bundle are available from the band's web store. In support of "Chug of War," Hammer Fight has announced the 10-date Chug of Tour Volume 2 tour, which kicks off November 14th in Philadelphia. Dates are as follows:
11/14 - Philadelphia, PA - The M Room
11/15 - Richmond, VA - The Compound
11/16 - Chesapeake, VA - Rodger's Sports Pub
11/17 - Raleigh, NC - Slim's
11/18 - Nashville, TN - TBA
11/19 - Columbus, OH - The Shrunken Head
11/20 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
11/21 - Akron, OH - Annabelle's Lounge
11/22 - Erie, PA - The Beer Mug
11/23 - Asbury Park, NJ - The Saint
German symphonic metal act Xandria announced the departure of vocalist Manuela Kraller from the band. Kraller took over for departing vocalist Lisa Middlehauve in 2009 and sang on the latest LP "Neverworld's Dream" (see review here). According to the vocalist, her reasons for departure were to follow a different musical path.
The announcement reads: "Hello everyone! Probably to a big surprise for everyone in here, we are announcing Dianne van Giersbergen to be our new lead singer! Dianne, 28 years old and from the Netherlands, might be known to many from her Dutch band Ex Libris.
"At the same time, Dianne's arrival means the departure of Manuela Kraller, who regrettably decided to continue a different musical path. Certainly, that was a big shock to all of us hearing Manu say she wanted to try other things. With major regrets we had to let her go. Not an easy task to deal with, whilst the goal was untouchable: To continue the musical journey we had taken with "Neverworld's End". But: We are very happy to have found THE new voice and face in Xandria who will continue this fantastic ride, our last album "Neverworld's End" had taken us to. And we are yet to sail way, way further with Dianne now!
"Manuela thanks all fans and us in a personal statement: 'After three years with the boys in Xandria, I decided to follow a different path and go my own musical way.' Manuela leaves with regret but also full of gratitude, thanking Xandria and fans for the time together and being grateful for the 'wonderful moments in mutual tours and shows.' She is 'wishing Dianne and band all the very best for the future!.'
"Last weekend's shows in Leipzig, Germany and in Pratteln (Switzerland) at the 'Masters of Symphonic Metal' Festival have been the last concerts for Manu performing together with Xandria. We will certainly miss Manuela! We are also thankful for the magical time we shared and wish her all the best for the future! More...