Metal News for November 15, 2008
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23 news articles posted on this day.
Momentous battles. Dragons. Epic journeys spanning across the Kingdom of Rhovanian and beyond. And no, we’re not talking about a certain Hollywood adaptation slated for a two-part release in 2011 and 2012, respectively.
This year’s Tolkien fix is from Battlelore on their latest full-length album, "The Last Alliance," their fifth through the Napalm Records label.
Hailing from Lappeenranta, Finland, Battlelore has stockpiled their own musical quest with lyrical imagery invoked by the many detailed works of a literary giant, while offering both a whistful and dramatic plain of fantasy metal.
Since their inception in 1999 and their 2002 major label debut "... Where the Shadows Lie," Battlelore has always been a band for the fans, whilst luring a steadily increasing number of would-be critics through sweeping soundscapes and atmospheric rhythms. More...
Former Vader and Behemoth bassist Marcin "Novy" Nowak has become a member of the Polish thrash/death metal band Virgin Snatch. The band will be releasing it's fourth album on November 17th through Mystic Production which is entitled, "Act Of Grace."
Reunited grunge legends Alice In Chains has posted a third video update of themselves working on their brand new studio album. You can check it out below. The album will be the first to feature vocalist William DuVall who has filled the shoes of the bands legendary late lead singer Layne Staley who tragically passed away in 2002. More...
Syracuse, New York band Freya, featuring Karl Buechner of Earth Crisis, has announced the addition of three new members to their band. Joining the group is Brendon Flynn (War Of Attrition) on guitar, John Sullivan (War Of Attrition) on guitar, and Graham Mitchell (ex-The Red Death) on drums.
Meanwhile, the group has debuted a new pre-production track, which can be heard here.
Gallup, New Mexico band BLOODLINE has officially signed to Stepping Stone Records. Newly reconfigured as a power trio, this band is currently performing all over the U.S.
BLOODLINE started back in 1998, based out of Gallup, NM near the great Navajo Nation. The current line-up consists of Loren Anthony (bass/vocals), Virgil Wilson (guitar) and Curtis "Wizh" Yazza (drums).
BLOODLINE has been touring regionally throughout the southwest and southern west coast region for several years, and now their first national tour has carried them all across the United States - everywhere from L.A.'s Whiskey-A-Go-Go to the front steps of the Nations Capitol. BLOODLINE is honored to have represented not only Native Americans in Washington, D.C., but also on many reservations with its power driven, "take-on-the-world" metal performances.
With their recent signing to STEPPING STONE RECORDS out of Flagstaff, AZ, BLOODLINE has proven to stand its ground with a sound of its own; they are currently in rotation on 83 stations across the U.S. and Canada and counting, and has expanded to include XM radio and Sirius radio.
Johnny Truant, who recently announced they will be disbanding, has been replaced by Your Demise on the U.K. leg of the All That Remains / The Haunted tour.
The tour package currently looks like this:
THE HAUNTED and ALL THAT REMAINS CO-HEADLINE EUROPEAN TOUR 2009
with Your Demise as support:
Jan 17 - UK Nottingham Rescue rooms
Jan 19 - UK Birmingham Academy
Jan 20 - UK Glasgow Garage
Jan 21 - UK Manchester Academy
Jan 23 - UK Brighton Concorde 2
Jan 24 - UK London London Astoria 2 More...
Chimaira has posted the following update on the recording of their followup to their latest album, "Ressurection":
"So we are moving pretty fast. Rob and Matt only have 2 songs left to track on guitar, 1 song will be particularly irksome for them i’m sure. Jim and Chris each have about 4 done and i have 2 completed.
"Expect a webisode this weekend along with more updates.
"Other than that i have been busy working on all of the packaging ideas for the release. even though it’s not until April, everything has to be planned now to ensure it all comes out on time."
Irish extreme metallers For Ruin has finished working on a ten track demo for their new album. The band has posted the following update:
"The new album is about 40 minutes faster-than-before music with all the hooks, aggression and harmonies of before and will have a production to match the quality of the songs. There are two instrumental songs in there; one is in the vein of 'December' while the other is probably the most aggressive For Ruin song written to date. Songwriting duties are shared among the band this time around and some of the working titled include, 'Deluge,' 'In Suffering,' 'Elysium' and 'Recoil.' Recording is scheduled to begin on January 3 2009 in Cork with Alwyn Walker of Komodo Studios as the on-location producer for the album."
Dead To This World, the band formed by former Immortal bassist Iscariah, as posted the following message online:
"Kvitrafn (drums) has decided to part ways with Dead To This World due to other commitments. New addition for upcoming live assaults in 2009 is m:A Fog (BLACK FLAME, SLAVIA, GLORIOR BELLI). Live dates will be made official soon."
Body Of Scars guitarist, Randy Davis has posted the following studio update online:
"We are actually going to play a show next Saturday (November 22nd) at Joes Grotto (we go on at 9:30) with three other kickass Arizona bands... so be there as it will be the last show of the year for us as we need to get out of the studio for a night!
"After the show, we finally start guitar tracks and things should start rolling after that. We dropped a few songs and added a few songs, the count right now is 16 for the disc. Scheduling conflicts, hour long drives to the studio, work, family, holidays, gas prices and everything else had really slowed the drum tracking almost to a stop considering we started tracking drums in June. But with great pride and relief, drums are done!! Everyone is very excited on the outcome of Rikards Professional playing, Engineering and overall drum tones on this beast of a CD. We just hope everyone else likes this disc as much as we do. We are still pushing for an late Jan or early February release."
Sebastian Bach has posted the following message online:
"Greetings from Nashville, Tennessee! We have been completely ensconced in the studio here for the last week, woodshedding in a big way, writing and demoing our asses off. I am happy to say that the writing team of Jeffrey Steele, Vicky McGehee, and myself, the team that brought you 'Battle With The Bottle', have been been locked in Jeffrey's studio, with our intention being to come up with a full album sometime in the near future.
"Since the ending of Gone Country 2, we now have between 10 and 15 songs 'under construction,' and we will not stop writing/demoing until we all feel we have a killer record. We all love the song 'Battle With The Bottle', but that is only the beginning. We are in the midst of assembling a whole new team down here in Nashville that will be able to bring a song to the radio, which we did not have at the time of filming Gone Country 2. More...
Stuck Mojo/Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward recently did an interview with Hard Rock Magazine France during which he was asked about the Stuck Mojo song, "Country Road." You can read an excerpt below:
Hard Rock: Can you tell us more about the 'Country Road' song? Is it a cover of the classic John Denver song? I must admit that I don't really know this traditional country song, but listening to it on the internet, the only strong similarity I could find between both songs would be the steel pedal guitar playing, since both the lyrics – except for a small part of the ending chorus – and the melodies have nothing to do with John Denver's song, at least not exactly. So, is it your own version of this song or has it nothing to do with it? Was it a song that just inspired you and from which you drew a few elements to write a very specific song? It really sounds different from the rest of the album, it even doesn't sound as if Lord Nelson was singing it. Is it Rich on the vocals?
Rich Ward: "I took the chorus from the original John Denver song and built an entirely new song around it. I sing the first verse and Lord Nelson on the second verse. The idea for recording the song came from a request that my mother made over 10 years ago. On some level, I'm sure my Mom was proud of me for teaching myself to play guitar and for sticking with it, but she never understood the music I chose to play. You know, in her mind NOISE! For the longest time she would ask me, 'Could you just play a song I know?' I asked her what song she would like for me to play and she said, 'How about Country Road by John Denver?' I agreed to learn and play it for her the next time I came home for a visit. So for the next 7 or 8 years, every time I would come home, she would ask me if I had learned the song. After all these years, I finally realized that for my Mom, it was more about living up to my word, my commitment, than it was about playing the song for her. Keeping your word means a lot to my Mom and I'm glad that I can finally keep my promise and play her the song she loves so much. As for Lord's connection to the song, his mother died of cancer when he was young, so he wrote the second verse as a tribute to her."
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Soilwork will be doing a final tour to support their latest album, "Sworn To A Great Divide" and has decided to allow their fans to choose the bands setlist for their upcoming American tour. The closing date is December 12th and you can vote by clicking here.
Dillinger Escape Plan has posted the following update:
“We’re wrapping up a DVD, a documentary on early years DILLINGER, from the beginning, all the way through the end of the Calculating Infinity cycle, which is gonna be really cool for the ten of you out there who weren’t in elementary school when this band started. For everyone else, it’ll be a history lesson well worth watching, to see how this beast got started.
"We’re writing new songs. They will be here soon. When I say soon, I mean DEP time, but soon nevertheless even factoring in DEP time….and I promise you, these songs are gonna make each and every one of you make The Face"
Underground metallers Mammoth Grinder will be heading out on a North American tour beginning at the end of December.
The tour dates are as follows:
December 27 - Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
December 28 - Orlando, FL @ This Is For You Fest
January 1 - Richmond, VA @ Nara Sushi
January 3 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio
January 3 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Charleston
January 5 - West Berlin, NJ @ The Fly Trap
January 6 - Parkersburg, WV @ Lubeck Civic Center
January 8 - Louisville, KY @ Skull Alley
January 9 - Nashville, TN @ Gingerbread House
January 11 - Tupelo, MS @ Lifeblood Skateshop
Black metal legends Mayhem will be touring the United States in May of next year to celebrate the bands 25th anniversary. Joining them on the trek will be Swedish metallers Marduk. No dates have been confirmed just yet but both bands will be performing at the Maryland Deathfest which takes place from May 22nd to May 24th.
German metallers Rage will be releasing a new EP entitled, "Gib Dich Nie Auf" on January 16th as part of a boxed set which also includes the bands latest studio album, "Carved In Stone." The EP contains German versions of the songs, "Never Give Up" and "Full Moon" aswell as a brand new song entitled, "Home" and also features two bonus tracks and a video clip.
The tracklisting for, "Gib Dich Nie Auf" is as follows:
1. Gib Dich Nie Auf (Edit – German version of “Never Give Up”)
2. Vollmond (German version of “Full Moon”)
3. Never Give Up
4. Terrified (taken from the album “Nuclear Blast Allstars - Into The Light”)
5. Lord Of The Flies (orchestral version)
6. Home (new song)
+ enhanced video clip “Refuge” (recorded live @ Wacken Open Air 2007)
Brother Von Doom will be heading out on a North American tour shortly and will be joined by Woe Of Tyrants and This Or The Apocalypse.
The tour dates are as follows:
November 27 - East Ridge, TN @ Warehouse Venue
November 29 - Claremore, OK @ King of Clubs
November 30 - Dallas, TX @ Molly’s
December 1 - Abilene, TX @ Rose Park Activity Building
December 2 - Austin, TX @ Red Seven
December 3 - Corpus Christi, TX @ The Compound
December 4 - Houston, TX @ Java Jazz (w/ August Burns Red)
December 6 - Pensacola, FL @ The Red Door
December 7 - Jacksonville, FL @ Fuel
December 8 - Augusta, GA @ Sector 7G
December 10 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Peppermint Beach Club
December 11 - Annapolis, MD @ Knights of Columbus
December 12 - Rockville, NY @ The Vibe Lounge
Killswitch Engage is the first band to be confirmed for Disturbed's "Music As A Weapon" tour which will kick off next year, likely around March. No more acts have been confirmed for the huge tour yet but stay tuned for updates. Disturbed launches the tour every time they release a new album and in the past has featured other big names such as Stone Sour and Drowning Pool.
Rumours are currently beginning to spread that death metal legends Suffocation will be teaming up with British grindcore gods Napalm Death for a North American tour in the Spring of next year. Both bands will have new albums released in the early part of next year aswell, as Suffocation will be releasing their new studio album, "Blood Oath" through Nuclear Blast Records and Napalm Death will be releasing their fourteenth studio album, "Time Waits For No Slave" which is expected to be released in February. More details will be announced as soon as they are confirmed.
For the first time in their career, Opeth will appear in Russia. On February 20th the Swedish progressive metallers will play in Moscow and on the 21st they appear at St. Port Club in St. Petersburg.
Brazilian metal legends Sepultura will be heading to Manila, Philippines for a show on November 29th. No venue has been confirmed yet but it is expected to be announced soon. As previously reported, Sepultura premiered a new song at the Latin Grammy's on Thursday entitled, "We've Lost You." You can check out the footage below. Their new album, "A-Lex" is scheduled to be released on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Brasil: January 23rd
UK, Scandinavia, rest of Europe: January 26th
USA, Canada: January 27th More...
New Orleans based supergroup Down will apparantly be relesing two DVDs next year. The first will be a documentary on the bands reunion, new album and world tour and the second will be a live DVD filmed at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City (Tokyo) on October 18th - 19th. No release dates have been confirmed yet. The band are currently on tour but are building material to record a fourth studio album with.