Metal News for November 12, 2009
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32 news articles posted on this day.
Bobby. B, Soulfly bassist, checked in from the studio with an update on the new Soulfly record as well as more personal matters:
"Stoppin by for a quick second to say hello! Its been a real busy year for us and as I write this we're all finally back home in our collective home cities relaxing and packing up to head into the studio in L.A. this Friday to begin recording the new SF record! We've been playing together better than ever in recent times and we're all really excited to get to work on the new shit!!!! I've been *thinking* about doing some sort of video diary on my mac from the studio sessions to kinda keep everyone in the loop and possibly post them up like once a week on my MYSPACE page but I have yet to make up my mind.. Other than that.. Talks of more touring in the new year but Im not sure yet..
"My wife Joy and I are expecting our first baby, a son due Febuary 4th!!!!! Ryder Lee Burns is his name and Im so fucking excited / scared / nervous I can barely stand it!!!! He'll be a little rocker for sure! He's already been to 3 Primer 55 shows and 5 Soulfly shows and he's not even here yet! Needless to say I'll be taking the month of Febuary off to be at home with him and my wife.. So I hope I wont be missing any of the Soulfly tours but what can ya do..."
Vocalist Christopher Bowes of Alestorm has issued the following statement about the band's show in Orlando being canceled:
"Hey dudes, bad news.
"Due to logistical issues beyond anybody's control, the show in Orlando on the 14th had to be canceled. Major fucking bummer, cos we were all looking forward for a bit of a party Florida-style. We'll be back down that part of the world at some point, so don't worry. We're gonna spend a day or two chillin' in New Orleans instead, so if you can make it come along and we'll all get fucked up on Bourbon Street! Sorry again."
Polish death metallers Dormant Ordeal have issued the following update about parting ways with their guitarist and streaming their new demo album online:
"Over the last few months we intensively worked on new songs and ideas, yet at the same time we were improving the old ones, already checked on local stages. In the meantime, we parted ways with our guitarist, Piotr. This decision, somehow risky, eventually turned out to be pretty good move, which upgraded our level of intensive precision. Most of all, this October and November we recorded our first promotional release 'More to Come.' This material was entirely recorded and mastered by the band itself in improvised studio located in our rehearsal room. Successful mixture of imagination and determination faithfully reflects Dormant Ordeal's current condition. Please, take a moment to listen to our new release."
Hod bassist Derrick Rivers has announced his departure from the band to focus his efforts on battling cancer. Vocalist Beer Reebs shares the following information about Rivers, as well as other Hod happenings:
“Our original bassist Dirty Derrick has been battling cancer and thus far has been successful. However, he was recently informed that it had come back in his liver and possibly his lungs and will begin treatment for it again within a few weeks. He’s decided in the interest of his health, that he will be hanging up the bass to focus on taking care of himself. Although the band hates to see him go we all completely understand and support his decision to do so. His last performance with Hod will be this Saturday, November 14th, at The Goregrowler's Ball 3 in San Antonio, TX at The Rock Bottom Tattoo Bar. Taking Dirty Derek's place on the bludgeoning four strings will be Trans Am from the Austin, TX based grindcore band, Pleasant Valley. His first live performance with Hod will be Saturday December 5th at Downtown Music in Littlerock, AR with Deadbird and Vore.
“In other Hod news, I’m pleased to announce that the band is four songs into the second full length album and follow up to Serpent. It is scheduled for recording in early 2010 and set to be recorded at Raging Steel Fury Studios in Austin, TX by Ignitor/Agony Column guitarist Stuart 'Batlord' Lawrence. It is set to be mixed and mastered at Sweden's Necromorbus Studios and released by Ibex Moon Records. Finally, 2010 also has some heavy show activity coming up. We have shows lined up with bands like Gravehill, Godless Rising, Blaspherian, and legendary crossover band D.R.I., to name a few.”
Danish death metallers The Cleansing have issued the following announcement about appearing at the Metal Magic Festival in 2010:
"We are proud to announce that The Cleansing will play at next years Metal Magic Festival! The festival is held in Fredericia, Denmark. See info below. The Cleansing will perform Friday. There will be a lot of live activity in 2010, and a lot of shows before Metal Magic festival. More info on that as we know more! METAL MAGIC FESTIVAL -PART III July 08+09+10, 2010 3 days, 2 stages, 20 bands."
Although Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler took to the stage with The Joe Perry Project recently to perform "Walk This Way" and announced he was not, contrary to rumours, leaving the band, it would appear that Aerosmith's problems are still far from over. Joe Perry has told Billboard.com that Tyler "never said he was leaving the band" but that that the singer "said he wanted two years off to do his other projects," which has created some tension and problems within the group.
"Aerosmith wants to work," says Perry, who Tweeted earlier in the week that the band was "positively looking for a new singer to work with." He adds, "the band's been playing together for 40 years. It's a really powerful rock band, and I don't want to see it just go to waste and I don't think any of the other guys do, either. We're gonna work and we're gonna do something -- I'm not exactly sure what yet, but the band's too good to let it sit around. We're not going to wait for Steven."
Perry says he's had one conference call during the past week with bandmates Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer, but they have not made any firm decisions about anything -- including working with another singer while Tyler is pursuing his outside endeavors. "We're waiting for things to kind of settle down, and then we'll figure out what we're gonna do. Anything is possible," the guitarist says.
Recent Mediaskare recording artists Hundredth issued an update on their new album and guitarist:
"It's been a while since we updated everyone with what's been happening. So, we wanna bring you up to date...
"Our debut album When Will We Surrender is recorded, mixed, and mastered and will release in early 2010. In the interim, we have posted a track from the album called "Catalysts." We think it gives a good sample of what the album is about and what it sounds like without giving too much away. There are quite a few surprises on the album, so get stoked on it!
"We have been looking for a guitarist for the better part of 2009 and are glad to say we have finally found an awesome fit. Our long-time friend Andrew "PeeWee" Minervini has stepped up to the plate is now playing guitar for us full-time.
"We are all beyond stoked on the new addition and can't wait to see what the future holds. Thanks to everyone who emailed us about the position, I'm sorry if we didn't get around to answering all of the e-mails, but we truly appreciate your interest."
The band is current on the TOUR UP FROM THE FLOOR UP with A Plea for Purging and Venia. Here are the latest tour dates:
Nov 12, 2009 @ 8:00P - Gallery 13 - Columbus, Georgia
Nov 13, 2009 @ 8:00P - Murray Hill Theatre - Jacksonville, Florida
Nov 14, 2009 @ 8:00P - The 7 Venue - Douglasville, Georgia
Nov 15, 2009 @ 8:00P - The Warehouse - East Ridge, Tennessee
Nov 16, 2009 @ 8:00P - The Coup - Clarksville, Tennessee
Nov 17, 2009 @ 8:00P - Resurgence - Evansville, Indiana
Nov 18, 2009 @ 8:00P - The Soundstage - Conway, Arkansas
Nov 19, 2009 @ 8:00P - The Neon - Springfield, Missouri
Nov 20, 2009 @ 8:00P - Dows Conference Center - Storm Lake, Iowa
Nov 21, 2009 @ 8:00P - The Vault - Buffalo, Minnesota
Canadian metallers The Catalyst have issued the following update about parting ways with their drummer:
"Some sad news to report today from The Catalyst. Our current drummer, Denis Potapov, has decided to leave the band for personal reasons. He will play his last show with us November 25, 2009 @ Cafe Chaos and the best part is that IT'S FREE! So come on down and watch Denis play with The Catalyst one last time. It was fun brother and you will be missed! We wish him the best of luck with all his future endeavors. As well, Simon McKay from The Agonist will be helping us out on the drums for some upcoming shows, always appreciated, stay tuned for more details.
"With that being said, we will be holding drummer auditions as of right now. If you think you have the intensity and skill to play our music, as well as the proper gear and full time commitment to a touring band, then please do not hesitate to email us immediately: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Myspace. Thank you all for the support up until now. Things will only get bigger and better."
The Ordher has just finished their European Funeral Nation tour alongside Fleshgod Apocalypse, Vader, and Marduk. The Ordher has also posted a series of video clips from their performances on the tour, which can be viewed below. More...
U.K. black metallers Winterfylleth have issued the following announcement about signing to Candlelight Records:
"After quite a few months of sorting things out we can now publicly confirm that we have now officially signed to the awesome Candlelight Records to handle our next 3 albums. We have demoed most of what will become the next album, entitled 'The Mercian Sphere' and we hope to have it ready and out by mid next year. Thanks to everyone for all your support over the past few years you know who you are! Heres to good things in the future! Hail Heritage!"
Canada's Endast has posted the fifth video blog from their "Blue Skies Tour 2009," which can be viewed below.
Endast still has the following upcoming tour dates:
11/18 Ford Plant Brantford, Ontario
11/19 THE BOVINE! Toronto, Ontario
11/20 Ajax Legion Ajax, Ontario
11/21 Dekcuf Ottawa, Ontario
Power Quest has issued the following statement about upcoming tour dates in December:
"We are pleased to announce that we will be back on the road in December, playing 4 dates with Michael Schenker Group! PQ are going to be opening up proceedings each night so if you are coming along to see us...make sure you get there early or you might miss it! We are also working on a headline show for December 19th as well......more news on this when we have it in. See you on the road!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
12/16 Manchester Academy
12/17 Sheffield Academy
12/18 JB's Dudley
12/20 Bristol Academy
German metallers Atargatis have announced they are canceling their previously confirmed performance alongside Battlelore on November 14th in Langquaid. Atargatis have announced they will spend the remainder of the year writing new material for an upcoming album.
Tomorrow (Friday, November 13), you can challenge members of Trivium to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The event will take place from 1:pm to 2:30pm EST with Paolo Gregoletto (bass), Matt Heafy (vocals/guitar) and Corey Beaulieu (guitar) of Trivium.
To participate, make sure your Xbox Live Gold membership is current and send a friend request to "MadSkill Kenny." Then, be ready to play at least one-half hour before the event starts and don't forget your headset. If you get a game invite, get ready to Fame Frag.
Dark Funeral has issued the following announcement about posting a widget online featuring samples of all the tracks from their upcoming album "Angelus Exuro pro Eternus:"
"With only 6 days left until our new masterpiece 'Angelus Exuro pro Eternus' hits the stores (Nov 18th), we are hereby proud to offer you all a 90sec (1:30min) previews of each and every song that appears on the new album. Two tracks, 'Stigmata' and 'My Funeral' can be streamed in it’s entirely though. We hope this will give you at least some kind of hint of what an amazing album we have to offer you this time around. Please note, the clips start 60sec into the songs."
The widget can be found below. More...
Chthonic frontman, Freddy Lim, has checked in with the following blog:
"Our flight just went thru a horrifying turbulent flow that shook the whole plane. In the cabin it's full of the cracking sound . I opened the curtain, looked out the window and all I saw is the wing flipping like the bird's. I closed the curtain right away because I know it doesn't help to see this kind of thing. Dani was worried that the wing is gonna be broken and so are the equipments on the plane, and probably a lot of passengers share his concern. I found out that none of on-seat screens on my row was working as the left side of the screen was shaking and the middle part only had noise. Some screens to my right worked but the headphone jack did not. The head pillow on my seat lost a screw so didn't work either. Nobody expected this plane to survive this turbulent flow. Jesse was writing spell on his palm and I was saying goodbye to my family and friends in my mind already... 10+ minutes later, turbulent flow was finally over and our plane was still in one piece and flying us from London to New York lol. Why didn't we just fly back to Taipei directly? Itinerary constantly changes as the tour schedule got more and more complicated. I really wished I could've flown form Scotland to Taipei directly.
So our flight ended up like this: Glasgow -> London -> New York -> stay overnight -> Tokyo -> Taipei
* I fell asleep afterward on that flight and woke up - twice! - from nightmares about crash landing..."
Germany's Dawn of Destiny has issued the following update about parting ways with their drummer:
"After nearly half a year, we are sorry to announce that we have separated ourselves from our drummer Patrick. We got to know Patrick as a very nice person and a good drummer, but still had to choose this path. We thank Patrick for the last few months, his commitment and wish him well in his musical and personal future all the best!"
Seth Peters of Dead Horse Trauma has issued the following update about changing the venue for their upcoming "Infestation" CD release party on November 28th:
"Hey all, just a quick update on Dead Horse Trauma's CD release party in Lake View, IA. The concert has been moved due to circumstances beyond our control. Conveniently the show has been moved just right across the street. That’s right, were playing inside town hall. It will be on the second floor of the community building DIRECTLY ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE AMERICAN LEGION. Signs will be posted so no worries on how to find the concert hall. This will be the only change to the concert, same great line-up, same great price, and a great opportunity to see the finest talent around. So know that I've explained that, let’s get down to how this took place.
"Have you ever been discriminated against because of your age or who you are? We obviously have. There was an agreement made between our booking agent and the Lake View American Legion Hall to rent out their building; the price was given, the agreement was made, and the date was set. I go visit the venue and check out the aesthetics, still no problem. Then they start seeing the posters and see the media coverage and now there's an issue. Here's what they came at me with: Issue 1.) Alcohol....to which we replied no problem, dry party, we will serve cookies and milk if that pleases you...Issue 2,) Too many people...to which we replied, ‘what is the fire marshal code on the building...’...they had the nerve to tell me they didn't know, which makes any event that they hold there AGAINST THE LAW, yet they continue to hold their own events.... so they have someone come and take measurements telling us that they would know immediately by putting the measurements into a formula provided by the fire marshal himself. More...
Swedish metallers Demonical have updated their 2010 festival schedule with the following appearances:
04.06 2010 GER - Protzen - Protzen Open Air
08.07 2010 SLO - Tolmin - Metalcamp
10.07 2010 GER - Torgau - In Flammen Open Air
12.08 2010 GER - Bad Berka - Party San Open Air
Dez Fafara of DevilDriver has issued the following statement about planning a string of U.S. tour dates:
"Greetings from Switzerland.
"Here's a quick update for everyone, DevilDriver is hitting the United States for a Headline run starting Jan 7 till feb 13!!! This tour will be what you've all been asking us to do! 'Put a heavy metal package together!' The bands coming along for the ride are ALL fucking Heavy metal bands! We are putting the final dates together now, stay tuned for a list of Bands and Dates to come within days!"
Specific dates and venues will be updated as they are announced.
Evile have added on a series of new European tour dates. Their currently confirmed dates are as follows:
12/7 MIKE ALEXANDER Memorial Show - Rios Leeds
12/8 MIKE ALEXANDER Memorial Show - Underworld London
The following dates are alongside Warbringer and The Fading:
1/14 CARDIFF, Barfly - UK
1/15 WREXHAM, Central Station - UK
1/16 YORK, Fibbers - UK
1/17 GLASGOW, Cathouse - UK
1/18 NEWCASTLE, University - UK
1/20 MANCHESTER, Academy 3 - UK
1/21 NOTTINGHAM, Rock City - UK
1/22 LEEDS, Rio's - UK
1/23 BRISTOL, Thekla - UK
1/24 LONDON, Underworld - UK
1/25 WOLVERHAMPTON, Civic Hall - UK
1/27 TILBURG, O13 - NL
1/28 KERKRADE, Rocktempel - NL
1/29 AARAU, KiFF - CH
1/30 PRAGUE, Exit Chmelnice - CZ
1/31 SAARBRÜCKEN, Garage - D More...
Martin Desharnais of Forgotten Tales has issued the following recording update:
"After a short break, I finally started the recording of the guitar tracks. The rhythm parts of the first song are now complete and everything went very smoothly. I was in very good shape and in full possession of my ability. Here is a video of my performance."
God Dethroned has announced that the Oldenbang Festival has been canceled. The band will still be playing at the Backstage in Munich on November 14th. God Dethroned's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
11/12 AT -- Rockhouse Salzburg
11/13 AT -- Kwadrat Klagenfurt
11/14 DE -- Backstage Munich
11/28 DE -- Thrash Inferno Giessen
12/12 DE -- Satan’s Convention Lengerich
Bassist Peter Iwers of In Flames has added an extra Oslo autograph signing session during the band's upcoming European tour. The currently confirmed dates for the signing sessions are as follows:
11/18 - Niederlenz, Switzerland Musik Produktiv Schweiz
11/19 - Milano, Italy Rock'n Roll Milano
12/8 - München, Germany Just Music München Hanauer Straße 91
12/9 - Bochum-Wattenscheid, Germany Beyer´s Music GmbH Kantstraße 26
12/11 - Stockholm - Sweden Musikbörsen Stockholm, Fridhemsplan
12/13 - Oslo - Norway Myhrbraaten Musikk AS
12/14 - Malmö - Sweden Musikbörsen Malmö
Metalitalia.com has posted a new video interview online with guitarist Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström and drummer Daniel Liljekvist of Katatonia. The video, which can be viewed below, discusses the band's latest album "Night is the New Day."
Kittie have previously announced they will be touring Europe in support of their latest album "In The Black." Kittie have now updated their tour schedule with the following dates:
1/2 2010 Franzis Wetzler
1/3 2010 Hafenklang Hamburg
1/5 2010 Vega Jr. Copenhagen
1/6 2010 Magnet Berlin
1/7 2010 Underground Cologne
1/8 2010 Die Stadtmitte Karlsruhe
1/9 2010 Rock Planet Ravenna
1/10 2010 Salzhaus Winterthur
1/12 2010 Trabendo Paris
1/13 2010 De Kade Zaandam
1/14 2010 Bibelot Dorndrecht
1/15 2010 Jc De Klinker Aarschot
1/16 2010 Rios Leeds
1/17 2010 Academy 2 Newcastle
1/19 2010 Sublive Reading
1/20 2010 Moho Live Manchester
1/21 2010 Sugarmill Stoke
1/22 2010 Academy 2 Birmingham
1/23 2010 Underworld London
1/24 2010 Chords Poole
Newly formed Dutch death metallers The Exalted, featuring guitarist Fredde Assault of Massive Assault and vocalist Carl Christ (ex-Massive Assault), have announced they will be re-recording several songs to be released. In the mean time samples of their current music can be found at their official MySpace page.
Orange Goblin has issued the following statement about changing the date and venue for their February show alongside Saint Vitus:
"Please note that the Saint Vitus and Orange Goblin show that was scheduled to take place at The Scala, London on Wednesday 10th February 2010, has now been changed. The show will now take place at The Islington Academy, London, on Wednseday 3rd February 2010. Saint Vitus will headline on what will be their first and ONLY show in the UK for 20 years. Orange Goblin will appear as special guests for this show only. Opening at Islington Academy will be Centurions Ghost who are supporting Saint Vitus on the rest of the tour."
Canadian true metal warriors, Savage Blade announced the addition of our two new band members, Chris Killeen (Accident Scene, Circle the Wagons, Ravenhead) and Mike Hodsall (Noble Five, Circle the Wagons, Eugene's Axe). "Chris is an experienced, hard-hitting dynamic drummer," the band comments, "and Mike brings monster chops, big volume and an even bigger stage presence to the fold." With the lineup complete, Savage Blade has begun rehearsals and is working with veteran production company, PB PRO Audio, in developing the live show they plan to bring to fans at home and abroad.
The band's latest album, "We Are The Hammer," just recently received and international CD release via Pure Steel Records. Re-mastered for CD by Rocco Stellmacher, the album has hit hard with metal fans around the world, garnering rave reviews and receiving steadily-increasing underground support and broadcast airplay.
"Savage Blade have kicked out a massive debut album," says Andreas Lorenz of Pure Steel Records. "From first note to last, this album breathes the true spirit of classic heavy metal, with playing and songwriting skills that stand on the same level as many legendary 80's metal bands. We see a bright future with Savage Blade, and look forward to forging a successful partnership, and delivering their premium brand of vintage-style metal to the masses."
In addition to being available directly from the band's web site, the CD is available at fine music stores everywhere. "We Are The Hammer" is distributed by the following:
North America: Century Media
Russia: Metalism Records
Great Britain: PHD UK
Italy: Masterpiece / Andromeda
Greece: Sonic Age, Steel Gallery
France: Seasons Of Mist
Sweden: Border Music
South America: Hart, Bertus
Taiwan, China: Rock Empire
Japan: Disk Union, Rockk Stakk Records
After their three week tour in support of Absu, Norwegian extreme metallers Pantheon I have confirmed that they will be heading for Russia in December to play two dates. One date includes an appearance at the Black Winter Fest in Moscow alongside Gothminsters, Trail of Tears, and Magenta. The details are as follows:
12/4 – Black Winter Fest, XO Club, Moscow
12/5 - Rocco Club, Nizhny Novgorod
“We would have liked to have been able to play a few dates around Eastern Europe at the same time, but there wasn’t really enough time to set everything up before the end of the year; hopefully next year sometime”, explained vocalist/guitarist Kvebek. “However, we’re very much looking forward to visiting Russia. Our guitarist Sagstad was there recently with Trollfest, and he had a great time, but for the rest of us it will be a first."
Pantheon I's third full-length album “Worlds I Create” was released at the end of July on Candlelight Records, and includes guest vocals from Katatonia front man Jonas Renkse on the track “Ascending." The band recently debuted the video for “Serpent Christ," which can also be viewed below. More...
The Gates of Slumber has posted a music video online for the track "The Doom of Aceldama," which is off their latest album "Hymns of Blood and Thunder." The video can be viewed below. Footage for "The Doom of Aceldama" was taken during the recording sessions for the album.
Only a couple years ago there was this unheard of group of kids from the virtually unheard of town of Temple, TX that loaded up in a van and headed out to RCA Records in New York City in the hopes of being signed. RCA may have passed on the then Passerby, but it wasn’t very long until Octane Records signed the band and Flyleaf was born. Their second full-length album, "Memento Mori," has just hit stores and expectations for this group that has experienced what can only be called a whirlwind of success are high. I recently spoke with Flyleaf bassist Pat Seals about "Memento Mori" and the history of this small-town Christian band, and discovered that not only is he very down to earth, he may just be sitting on a budding career as a comedian. More...