Metal News for November 14, 2011
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L.A. act Dia De Los Muertos has announced a string of upcoming Mexican tour dates this coming December. The band has now posted a teaser trailer for the tour, which can be viewed below. You can also find information on upcoming Dia De Los Muertos shows through the band's Facebook profile here.
Death Angel is one of the great underdog stories of American metal. Arguably the "baby band" of the San Francisco Bay Area thrash explosion, their initial late '80s lineup formed even before some members could legally vote or purchase a Hustler. After three cult classic studio albums, an early '90s breakup threatened to consign Death Angel to footnote status in rock history - if not for the resurgence in popularity of old school thrash over a decade later.
With a reinforced lineup and a youthful energy undiminished by time, the band firmly planted itself back on the metal map in the 21st century, via indie giant Nuclear Blast Records. Death Angel then faced perhaps their toughest challenge to date when founding members Andy Galeon (drums) and Dennis Pepa (bass) departed, leaving a gaping wound that providence would see healed by the recruitment of newcomers Will Carroll and Damien Sisson. "The two white boys in the band," frontman Mark Osegueda has joked, referencing the group's collective Filipino heritage. The resulting studio album, 2010's "Relentless Retribution," is a defiant roar of triumph that led to a furious worldwide touring campaign - all leading up to a coveted opening slot on one of the most anticipated American metal tours of 2011 with New York legends Anthrax and fellow Bay Area crushers Testament.
On Veteran's Day - or so-dubbed "National Metal Day" - I sat down in Worcester, Massachusetts with guitarist Ted Aguilar, who joined the band upon its initial 21st century reunion and has since proven an integral member. More...
What better place to spend 11/11/11 than Atlantic City? Okay, maybe Las Vegas, Miami, etc… Anyway, we ended up in A.C. to test the gambling gods on the roulette table and have some fun. Last minute (a week prior) Motley Crue singer, Vince Neil, scheduled two solo shows for the night. This was never part of the original plan, but you know…when in Vegas (I mean Atlantic City): Go to the Vince Neil show. More...
Every Monday we take a look at three bands in the metal underground that deserve to be heard by a wider audience.
While normally the various bands unearthed are all grouped together by sub-genre or geographical location, this week we’re headed into slightly different territory to examine three bands that don’t necessarily share a similar sound. Instead, these three groups all have a common thread in that they are highly prolific artists with many releases under their belts, but somehow still haven’t managed to become highly known in the metal community.
Check out the music of Root, Transmetal, and Senmuth below and decide for yourself if you’d like to join these band’s relatively small but loyal fanbases.
This Czech Republic act is a bit of a cult hit in the underground, developing its own unique sound that isn’t quite black metal or avant-garde or ambient or anything else, but has echoes of all those styles and more.
Root has a solid nine full-length releases under its belt scattered throughout a 20+ year history, having just dropped the new album “Heritage of Satan” (reviewed here). Until recently, Root was almost completely unknown by fans of European dark metal acts, only starting to see more exposure after a series of re-releases through I Hate Records in 2008.
For more info on Root, head over to the band’s official website here, or listen to a sampling of songs off “The Temple in the Underworld” and “The Book” below.
Last Wednesday Wolves in the Throne Room graced Helsinki with their presence, and brought a bit of that relaxed West Coast vibe to a country very familiar with their love for nature. Aaron sat down with me and explained about the phenomenon of Black Metal in the public eye; the importance of identity, culture, and tradition; as well as what has driven Wolves in the Throne Room down this path to Europe and the alchemy of it all. More...
Vildhjarta has posted a brief teaser video online for the upcoming "Dagger" music video, which can be viewed below. "Dagger" comes off the new album "Måsstaden," due out on November 28th in Europe and November 29th in North America via Century Media Records. You can also check out the previously posted "Benblåst" video here.
The track listing for "Måsstaden" is as follows:
3. Eternal Golden Monk
7. Phobon Nika
8. Måsstadens Nationalsång
9. When No One Walks With You
10. All These Feelings
13. The Lone Deranger
After their successful gigs at this year's Bang Your Head Festival and Headbangers Open Air, Swedish heavy metal killers Portrait will return to mainland Europe to support English thrashers Evile on the "Five Serpents Tour 2012." Dr. Living Dead complete the line-up, and the tour dates are as follows:
10/01/12 – CZ – Prague - Modra Vopice *
11/01/12 – HU – Budapest – Club 202 *
12/01/12 – PL – Katowice – Mega Club *
13/01/12 – PL – Warsaw – Progresja
14/01/12 – PL – Bydgoszcz – Estrada
15/01/12 – DE – Rostock – Alte Zuckerfabrik
17/01/12 – DE – München – Backstage
18/01/12 – IT – Milan – Bitte Club
19/01/12 – DE – Aalen – Rock It
20/01/12 – DE – Wangen – Jugendhaus
21/01/12 – CH – Aarau – Kiff
22/01/12 – DE – Köln – Werkstatt
24/01/12 – FR – Paris – La Scene Bastille
25/01/12 – DE – Weinheim – Café Central
26/01/12 – NL – Tilburg – 013
27/01/12 – NL – Enschede – Atak
28/01/12 – DK – Randers – Midwinter Meltdown
29/01/12 – DE – Hamburg – Hafenklang
31/01/12 – DE – Osnabrück – Bastard Club
01/02/12 – DE – Saarbrücken – Garage
02/02/12 – DE – Braunschweig – Schweinebarmann
03/02/12 – BE – Vosselaar – Biebob
04/02/12 – DE – Bamberg – Live Club
05/02/12 – DE – Siegen - Vortex
* without DR. LIVING DEAD
Chilean thrashers Warchest have announced that they are starting work on their second music video, this time for the song "Contradiction," which comes off their debut album "Aftershock."
The recordings are set for next Saturday, November 19th, and the video production will be done by 100i, the same company that worked on the previous music video "Aftershock." The video is expected to be released in December
Chris (guitar/vocals) commented about the video: "We are exited to work on this music video for the song 'Contradiction,' it is very special for us because is the track that always gets the best response from the crowd every time we have played it live. We believe this video production it will helps us even more that it did the first one 'aftershock,' We have been preparing this release for a while now with Max and Aldo from the 100i video company, and everything is set for this great production."
You can listen to the song "Contradiction" in the clip below. More...
Comedy metal group Big Stall has made its new album "American Terrorist" available online for streaming, which can be heard via the player below or by heading over to the Big Stall Bandcamp page.
According to the band, "American Terrorist" is a tastelessly comedic look at the American Revolution, the events with which Big Stall has taken extreme liberties in retelling.
Death metal band Demisery is independently releasing its debut studio album, "Hive of Mutation," worldwide today. Canada’s Gord Olson has teamed up with American “Stone King” Keith Merrow to form the old school death metal inspired project.
"Hive of Mutation" is available as a limited edition CD through this location, with digital downloads available soon through major online music outlets. A teaser for the album can be viewed below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Hive of Mutation
2. Vicious Stabbing
3. The Enlightener
4. I, Warlord
6. Within the Shadow
7. Insurmountable Devastation
8. What You Have Become
9. The Revenant
10. Flattening of Emotions (Death cover)
11. Whisper Thy Judgement More...
Spanish prog/death metal act Continuo Renacer has posted a song online from the band's recently released second album "The Great Escape." You can check out the album's title track in the player available below, or find more information on the band via the Continuo Renacer MySpace page here.
Rise Records metalcore act Attack Attack! has posted a music video online for the song "Last Breath," which can be viewed below. The clip was shot during a performance at this year's Vans Warped tour and was directed by Joey Creel.
Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkesson was interviewed by MetalFanzine.net when the band played Baltimore, at the tail end of a tour in support of Opeth's latest CD, "Heritage." Fredrik discusses his favorite "Heritage" tracks, his early influences on guitar (including Ace Frehley, Angus Young, Michael Schenker and Yngwie Malmsteen), working in a factory as a teenager to afford to buy himself an amplifier, and more.
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of GWAR performing unmasked in Portland Oregon on November 9th in honor of Cory "Flattus Maximus" Smoot, who passed away earlier this month. You can check out the clip below.
A formal statement from GWAR's lead singer Dave Brockie about Smoot's death is also available by heading over here.
The full 40+ minute set from Doomriders at Austin's Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 at Red 7 on November 4th has been posted online:
"Life's Blood," the new album from North Carolina's Widow is available now via Pure Steel Records. Starting today you can stream the entire album courtesy of AOL Music. Head over to this location to check out "Life's Blood."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Lady Twilight (4:09)
2. Blood In Dreams (4:49)
3. Take Hold of the Night (3:39)
4. Another Fallen Angel (5:10)
5. Embrace It (4:23)
6. Behind the Light (3:26)
7. The Burning Ones (3:12)
8. Live Beyond (5:01)
9. Judgment Day (3:46)
10. I Scream for Ice Queen (4:17)
11. Remembering (3:45)
12. The One I Know (2:50)
Lowell, MA based act My Missing Half has posted a new video clip online for the song "Fade Away," which can be viewed in the player below. You can also check out more information on My Missing Half by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Zonaria has officially finished the mixing process for the band's new album. Bassist Max Malmer commented on the album:
"After recording for quite a long time, we are happy to be able to say that the final master of our third album is completed. A lot of meticulous work has been put into the songs, and because of that
"I believe that this is the best record that the band has ever produced so far! We want to specially thank Jonas Kjellgren, Per Nilsson, and Ronnie Björnström for their help with production and mixing of the album."
The title and release date for the new album are expected to be announced shortly. More details on Zonaria are available through the band's website here.
Kill The Klown has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming "The Show Could Be Your Execution" album. You can check out the trailer below. The band also commented:
"The Show Could Be Your Execution contains 10 tracks of pure thrash metal with hardcore attitude. The CD will be out the 2nd December 2011 with Crash&Burn Records and distributed in Europe by Masterpiece Distribution, Twilight Distribution and EMP. Check it out!"
French band Betraying the Martyrs has posted an official music video online for the song "Tapestry of Me," which is available in the player below. For more Betraying the Martyrs, check out the previously posted "Man Made Disaster" clip at this location.
Betraying the Martyrs also has upcoming tour dates with Born of Osiris and Veil of Maya, with full details available here.
German act Dark Suns has checked in with the following announcement about postponing the release of the new "Orange" album:
"Release date postponed... Sorry ladies & gentlemen, we just got the news... due to schedule reasons 'Orange' will be out one week later, on December 2nd!"
You can check out a teaser trailer for the "Orange" album at this location, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Eight Quiet Minutes
5. Not Enough Fingers
7. That Is Why They All Hate You in Hell
American heavy metal veterans Machine Head have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America in January, in support of their seventh studio album, "Unto The Locust." Joining them on the trek will be Suicide Silence, Darkest Hour and Rise To Remain.
The tour dates are as follows:
January 15 - Denver, CO - Summit Music Hall
January 17 - Sauget, IL - Pop’s
January 19 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
January 20 - Milwaukee, WI - Rave Ballroom
January 21 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre
January 22 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
January 24 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall
January 26 - Portland, ME - State Theatre
January 27 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
January 28 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
January 29 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
January 31 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
February 1 - Baltimore, MD - Ram’s Head Live
February 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
February 3 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
February 4 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
February 6 - Norfolk, VA - NorVA Theatre
February 7 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
February 8 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
February 10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
February 11 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
February 12 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
February 13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues
February 15 - Farmington, NM - Top Deck
February 16 - Tuscon, AZ - Rialto Theatre
February 17 - Hollywood, CA - Avalon
February 18 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
After splitting with vocalist Chity Somapala, Power Quest has now issued the following update about recruiting a new front man:
"Powerquest is pleased to finally reveal the identity of their new frontman, so please welcome Colin Callanan to the Power Quest family! Colin, 31, is from Galway, Ireland and will make his live debut with the band in Wakefield on November 27th. The show will be streamed live on the web! Previously Colin has been heard fronting his own projects Dark Crystal and Karuna. You can check out Karuna here."
Steve Williams also commented, "We are thrilled to welcome Colin into the band. He impressed each and every one of us at his audition a couple of months back, and he really understands what Power Quest is all about. His voice and personality are exactly what we have been looking for. Welcome aboard brother!"
Colin added, "I'm really happy to be joining PQ! I've been following the band since their very first demo release and have already been singing PQ songs for many years to help me keep my vocal skills up to scratch. I've always thought it would be great to get the opportunity to sing with an internationally acclaimed outfit such as Power Quest, and was really glad when I got the invite from Steve to come over and jam with the band to see how the chemistry is. Well it was really cool hanging out with the PQ family over those days, and I tried to give them a good blast of my voice in the rehearsal room so they could see if my technique and style was what the band is after. We both agree it's a good match, and I'm really enthusiastic about being the new voice of PQ and offering as much as I can to the band on the old songs, as well as working with the guys to write new material together. I look forward to many gigs and tours, and plenty of craic as we say in Ireland!"
Swedish traditional metal band RAM is streaming the new track "Defiant" from the forthcoming release "Death." The album is due out on January 27, 2011 (G/A/S), January 30, 2011 (Rest of Europe) and January 21, 2011 (North America) through Metal Blade Records. The album marks the first release for RAM since the release of "Lightbringer" in 2009.
Check out "Defiant" here: More...
Southern California's Sacrificial Slaughter has released it's first new material since 2009's "Spontaneous Suicide." The band has teamed up with Oklahoma City brutal thrashers Enfuneration to release a split ten-track album. The track listing for each band is as follows:
1. Reign Of The Hammer
2. 80 Proof Justice
3. Ruthless & Truthless
4. Compound Fracture
5. Acid Reflux
6. Insidious Domain
7. Bearing Their Scars
8. Stygian Darkness
9. Endless Suffering
10. Grieving Process Denied More...
German power metal band Iron Savior is streaming the new track "R.U. Ready" from the upcoming album "The Landing" (heard below). The album is due for release on November 18, 2011 through AFM Records.
The song will be active for the next 24 hours, as the band's plan to stream one new track each day until the release of the album continues.
The track listing for "The Landing" is:
2. The Savior
4. March Of Doom
5. Heavy Metal Never Dies
6. Moment In Time
7. Hall Of The Heroes
8. R. U. Ready
9. Faster Than All
10. Before The Pain
11. No Guts No Glory
Check out the track here:
POV Recordings has posted footage online of a full Tesseract set in Charlotte, NC while the band was supporting Between the Buried and Me. You can check out the footage below. POV Recordings also commented:
"Check out TesseracT playing a full set in support of Between the Buried and Me on the Saints & Sinners tour. Filmed from directly behind the soundboard. Make sure to check these guys out, buy their albums, merch, and go to their shows. Well worth it!
"Many thanks go out to James Monteith of TesseracT for setting everything up and making sure everything went smoothly."
RAMMSTEIN will bring their brand new live production to North America this spring for 21 dates kicking off April 20 in Ft. Lauderdale. Tickets for the tour, presented by Live Nation, will go on sale beginning Friday, Nov. 18 and will be available at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.
Demand for Rammstein's pyrotechnic-laden performances has been so great in Europe, where they regularly play capacity level soccer stadiums, the band spent nearly a full decade without setting foot on North American shores. In December 2010, the sextet returned to North America for two sold out shows including a performance at Madison Square Garden. Rammstein followed with a 9-day trek of major North American cities in Spring 2011.
The tour announcement comes on the heels of news of the band's first retrospective release, "Made In Germany 1995 - 2011," which will be available in North America (through a distribution deal between Universal Germany and Vagrant Records) on Dec. 13. Rammstein recently released "Mein Land," a new four-track digital single that features two new songs: the title track and "Vergiss uns Nicht" as well as remixes from BossHoss and Mogwai. A video directed by Jonas Akerlund for "Mein Land" can be seen here. Rammstein's most recent full-length album, "Liebe Ist Für Alle Da," debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200 in October 2009.
Here are RAMMSTEIN's Made In Germany 1995-2011 North American Tour dates:
April 20 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BankAtlantic Center On Sale Nov. 18
April 21 - Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum On Sale Nov. 18
April 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena On Sale Nov. 19
April 25 - Baltimore, MD @ 1st Mariner Arena On Sale Nov. 18
April 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center On Sale Nov. 18
April 28 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum On Sale Nov. 18
April 29 - Worcester, MA @ DCU Center On Sale Nov. 19
May 1 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre On Sale Nov. 26
May 3 - Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans Arena On Sale Dec. 3
May 4 - Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena On Sale Nov. 19
May 6 - Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills On Sale Nov. 18
May 8 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center On Sale Dec. 5
May 10 - Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre On Sale Nov. 25
May 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena On Sale Nov. 25
May 14 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome On Sale Dec. 3
May 17 - Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center On Sale Nov. 19
May 18 - Glendale, AZ @ Jobing.com Arena On Sale Dec. 3
May 20 - Denver, CO @ Denver Coliseum On Sale Nov. 19
May 22 - Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center On Sale Nov. 18
May 24 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center On Sale Dec. 3
May 25 - Houston, TX @ Toyota Center On Sale Nov. 19
After previously streaming the entire "Era" release online, Australian instrumental act Sam Locke has posted a new demo song online titled "Crossing The Barrier." The song, which is available below, will be appearing on an upcoming new full-length album.
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of In Solitude performing live on November 11th, 2011 as the support act for The Devil's Blood at Vera Groningen. You can check out the video clip below, or find Metalunderground.com's review of the In Solitude album "The World.The Flesh.The Devil" here.
Metal Sanaz recently conducted a video interview with Megadeth's David Ellefson, which can be viewed below. In the clip David Ellefson talks about the new album "Th1rt3en" and upcoming Megadeth shows.
You can also find Megadeth's music video for "Public Enemy No. 1" at this location. The track listing for "Th1rt3en" is:
1. Sudden Death
2. Public Enemy No. 1
3. Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)
4. We The People
5. Guns, Drugs & Money
6. Never Dead
7. New World Order
8. Fast Lane
9. Black Swan
11. Millenium Of The Blind
12. Deadly Nightshade
Amberian Dawn has checked in with the following album update and request for fans to guess which guest musicians will appear on the release:
"We have always used guesting vocalists and musicians on our albums. This new forthcoming album is not making an exception. We're managed to get some really interesting people to contribute their talent on this new album.
"The next Amberian Dawn album is coming out in early 2012. The exact release date, cover art etc. will be announced shortly after this competition ends.
"Now we are having a contest on Facebook. All you need to do is guess who the guesting vocalist or the musician is. From all valid entries with a correct answer, one winner selected at random will receive a signed poster and signed new CD as soon as it's going to be released. The candidates in this competition are:
Roy Khan (Kamelot etc.)
Timo Kotipelto (Stratovarius)
Simone Simons (Epica)
Jens Johansson (Stratovarius, Yngwie Malmsteen etc.)
"To enter this competition, go to our official Facebook site or straight to the poll here. You only need to vote for either a guesting vocalist or guesting musician. You can vote only once. The winner will be contacted directly via Facebook."
German power metal band Primal Fear unveiled the album artwork for the upcoming release "Unbreakable." The full artwork, seen below, was created by Jobert Mello. "Unbreakable" is scheduled for release in January 2012 through Frontiers Records.
In addition, the band's first single and video for "Bad Guys Wear Black" will be released on December 5, 2011.
The track listing for "Unbreakable" (order not official) is as follows:
1. Blaze Of Glory Marching Again
2. And There Was Silence Of The Night
4. Give 'Em Hell
5. Born Again
6. Where Angels Die
7. Bad Guys Wear Black
8. Strike Metal Nation
10. Raise Some Hell
For a sound byte of "Bad Guys Wear Black" please visit Frontiers Records at this location and scroll to the bottom of the news story.
Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation has posted the eleventh episode of a behind the scenes vlog series from the band's current tour in Europe in support of the LP "The Unforgiving." In this video, vocalist Sharon den Adel shows the tour bus.
Check out the video here:
After previously reviealing the artwork for the upcoming new album "The Doomsayer's Call," Coldworker has now issued the following update about the album's release:
"The release date for 'The Doomsayer's Call' has been set: the third Coldworker album will be released February 13, 2012. Better late than never, right?
"To celebrate this we have decided to unleash the first taste from the album, also the first song written for it, 'Violent Society.' Listen to it on myspace, or on youtube (link below) Now share the hell out of this song!" More...
In a recent interview with 107.7 The Bone's Nikki Blakk, Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy frontman Max Cavalera revealed that he is currently working on his autobiography with journalist Joel McIver, who has previously written books about such bands as Motorhead and Metallica. Cavalera also revealed in the interview that the foreword to the book will be written by Foo Fighters frontman/former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl. You can watch the interview below. More...
Canadaian avant garde metal band Voivod posted the first episode in a new webisode series entitled "Optical Vortex" designed to inform the fans on the happenings of the band. In this first episode Michel "Away" Langevin states that Voivod will enter the studio in January to begin recording its new album to be released in the summer of 2012.
Check out the video here:
Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala participated in an online chat with fans on Friday, November 11, 2011. The entire session was posted up on YouTube. Metal Underground was on hand for the event and was able to have some questions answered over the course of the hour.
In answer to Metal Underground's question "Will we see anything new from Tarot or Northern Kings?", Marco stated that there is talk of a new Northern Kings album, but nothing that will be done until after the current commitments with Nightwish are over. As for Tarot, there is nothing in the works. However, they may perform shows at larger festivals where Nightwish is playing, but there is nothing planned.
In answer to Metal Underground's question "On Imaginareum, how much singing do you do?", Marco stated that he sings about as much as he did on "Dark Passion Play," but it is spread over the entire album more. He did more parts of songs then whole songs.
Check out the video here:
U.K. doom metal legends Cathedral are streaming the new track "Sabbadaius Sabbatum," which is a b-side from the B-Side to forthcoming limited edition vinyl only 12" single "A New Ice Age" released via Rise Above Records.
Special Editions of this release will only be available exclusively from the band's Farewell show at London's Kentish Town Forum on Saturday Dec 3rd 2011. Special editions are limited to 100 copies white vinyl and 200 copies transparent blue, both of which include an A2 art poster by Dave Patchett.
Check out the song here:
Footage has been posted online of Forbidden's Craig Locicero interviewing protesters and participants at Occupy Oakland before a live show. You can check out the footage below.
In other Forbidden news, the band also recently announced the recruitment of drummer Sasha Horn, with full details available at this location.