Metal News for November 17, 2009
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Steel Panther has posted a live performance video of "Asian Hooker" from the Loud Park Festival in Tokyo, Japan, which you can check out below.
In related Steel Panther news, for this week only you can download "Death To All But Metal" for free on itunes. You can check it out here.
Vocalist Cam Pipes and guitarist Shane Clark of 3 Inches of Blood recently appeared for an interview on G4. The video clip of the interview can be viewed below.
Canada's Aeternam have issued the following update about the release of their new album:
"We are pleased to announce that the release date of 'Disciples of the Unseen' has officially been set to February 16th 2010 via Metal Blade Records! The album, produced by JeF Fortin (Badass studios) includes 10 songs and is described as 'one of the most interesting and unique albums of the year!'
"Preceding the album release, a bunch of t-shirts will soon be made available for purchase temporarly only for our fans in Quebec. In the meantime, feel free to take a peek at the designs right here."
New York metallers Amalgama have issued the following announcement about their upcoming activities:
"Back in the Saddle Again! My profuse apologies for such a blatant Aerosmith reference there in the subject line but we are BACK! After a bit of a hiatus this summer working on new songs and re-tooling our line-up Amalgama has begun the long and laborious process of lining up some shows for the end of 2009 and the beginning of 2010. We figured the end of the world is coming in 2012 so we are going to attempt to cram in as many shows as humanly possible from now until then.
"Between listening to both the new Megadeth AND Slayer records we booked the first official show lined up is going to be at Bogies right here in Albany, a 'right-before-Christmas' deal where the bands are going to be attempting to do some good for the local communities in the Capital District. More details will be forthcoming about it soon along with the bands sharing the bill with us.
"If you grace us with your prescience this December you will definitely be hearing some of the new tunes we have been diligently honing over the last few months (sweating through the summer and shivering throughout the fall) to road-test in front of some rabid metal fans."
Arch Enemy have announced two upcoming Greek tour dates this month. The details are as follows:
27-November-2009 @ Block 33 Club (ex Ydrogeios Club), Thessaloniki (Greece)
28-November-2009 @ Gagarin 205 Club, Athens (Greece)
Arch Enemy's European "Tyrants of Evil" tour dates are as follows:
01.12.09 ES – Madrid, Sala Heineken **
02.12.09 ES – Sevilla, Sala Q **
04.12.09 P – Almada/Lisboa, Incrivel Almadense. **
05.12.09 ES - Milwookis Metal Fest 2009 (Spain) Tickets
06.12.09 ES – Villava/Pamplona, Totem **
07.12.09 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz **
08.12.09 FR - Montpellier, Victoire 2 ** Tickets!
09.12.09 CH – Aarau, Kiff **
11.12.09 NL – Amsterdam, Melkweg *
12.12.09 D – Lengerich, Satans Convention / Festival *
13.12.09 NL – Rijssen, Lucky *
15.12.09 D – Hamburg, Markthalle *
16.12.09 D – Saarbrücken, Garage *
18.12.09 D – Andernach, JUZ Live Club ***
19.12.09 D – Leipzig, Hellraiser *
* + Destruction, Abigail Williams & Triosphere
** + Abigail Williams
*** + Abigail Williams & Triosphere
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week guitarist Matthew Bile of Walking Corpse Syndrome shares his story of an all ages mosh pit in Deer Lodge:
"Montana gets a bad rap for being so sparsely populated, and the small towns in Montana get an even worse rap. But we'll play most any place people want to see us. So when folks in Deer Lodge, where the state pen is located and our drummers are from, wanted to see us, we played a show. We rented a venue. Our friends and family ran sound and lights. And half the town showed up. The other half was busy trying to shut down the 'devil worshiping' music. It felt more like a state fair than a metal show. All ages there really is all ages, from babies up to great grandparents.
"We've also noticed that there's an inverse relationship between size of town and intensity of mosh pit. The less stuff there is to do, the crazier the kids get. And Deer Lodge kids took home the trophy. There were no fewer than 4 mosh pits going on, segregated by age group (high school, junior high, and middle school) and gender (a chick pit is a sight to behold). It was a like a scene out of that movie Fight Club, with punches thrown, pile drivers driven, and even a kid slammed into a garbage can and kicked across the floor. I almost stopped the show because I was getting a little sick watching the mayhem, but not for a single second did I see the smiles leave their faces."
Swedish death metallers Hypocrisy have issued the following statement in regards to their tour with Ensiferum and their current troubles with U.S. immigration:
“We regretfully have to officially announce the cancellation of our tour in North America. We’ve tried everything so far and it seems like the process will take longer than expected for one of the members in the band. We will try to come back as soon as possible, as we want to show our US fans that we care for them and we are ready to play the new songs live!”
Previously Hypocrisy had been in holding mode, fully expecting to join the tour that was already in progress at a later date. In an earlier statement the band explained their situation:
“Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are forced to stay home until U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services process and authorize our working visas. This is the first time the band has faced a situation like this and it’s extremely frustrating, as well as depressing, since the last thing we want to do is disappoint our loyal fans who have waited years to see us live in the US. We filed for our visas with plenty of time, but as some probably don’t know, the US government has changed its rules when it comes to visas issued to artists so it’s become tougher. Even if we have already toured the US numerous times.”
Hypocirsy had enlisted the help of Children of Bodom guitarist/frontman Alexi Laiho to temporarily fill the vacant 2nd guitarist spot on this tour alongside Ensiferum, Ex Deo, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle.
Misery Index has issued the following statement about preparing to enter the recording studio:
"Greetings all, we are happy to say the hibernation has paid off, and we have roughly 9 songs in preparation for the January recording of our 4th full length, to be recorded at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore, Maryland beginning January 2nd, 2010. These are the guys that mixed and mastered 'Traitors,' so we are excited to do the entire project there this time around. We will have more details on that in the coming weeks.
"In the meantime, we are pleased to announce, at long last, our discography collection of splits and EPS, entitled 'Pulling Out The Nails' (after the first song the band wrote). It will feature 30 tracks, and include ALL non-album material from 2001-2008, including the Overthrow and Dissent EPs, as well as the splits with Structure of Lies, Commit Suicide, Mumakil, and Bathtub Shitter, the Hang em' High 7", live tracks, bonus covers etc. The compilation was remastered by Scott Hull this year, and will be available in January on cd through our own Anarchos records imprint, and on double vinyl through Power It Up (Germany) soon after. This cd will also include an extensive 24 page booklet of details, notes, pictures, and an all-time list of all the shows we have performed. We hope its the final representation of the various incarnations of the band in the past 8 years. Til then, more news soon!"
Blackened death metallers Acheron will release their new music video for the song “I am Heathen," which is off their new album “The Final Conflict: Last Days Of God," this Saturday, November 21st, 2009. This is the first professionally filmed music video the band has done in their 20 plus years of existence.
Band front man Vincent Crowley explains the concept behind the video: “The video is about embracing the life of being a Heathen. Many people struggle with what is wrong or right, good or evil. When they go against the norm, the guilt eats away at them. Heathens don’t have negative feeling about embracing their true nature. Temptation doesn’t weaken us because in the end we control it! Lots of the symbolism in the video shows just that.”
Amorphis will release their first-ever live DVD in the spring of 2010, in time for the band's 20th anniversary. The full-length gig will be filmed this coming Friday, November 20, at Club Teatria in Oulu/Finland. In addition to this live show, the DVD will include plenty of bonus material.
Having recently returned from a five-week European tour which included venues in London, Paris, Sofia, and various German towns, Amorphis are currently on the road in Finland. Esa Holopainen comments: "After our successful European tour, it feels good to return to the Finnish stages. And it's great to notice that our 'home folks' have not forgotten us. See you at the shows!"
Greek metallers Anorimoi have posted a new studio recording video online, which can be viewed below. Samples of Anorimoi's music can also be found at their official MySpace page.
Pantheist has issued the following update about seeking a new guitarist:
"Pantheist is still looking for a second guitar player after last Saturday's unsuccessful auditions. Pantheist are a signed, London-based underground band. Rooted in heavy metal, Pantheist cross-over into 70's prog rock (King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Eloy), atmospheric doom/death (Anathema, Paradise Lost, Thergothon, Unholy) and explore byzantine, middle-eastern and Asian scales. So far we have 4 CD releases which have received great reviews internationally and routinely play in the UK and Europe.
"We are looking for a replacement for guitarist Pete Benjamin (Akercocke, Corpsing, For the Blind). You must be capable of both rhythm and lead guitar, have your own equipment suitable for live performances and be willing to commit to at least 3 rehearsals a month in London, England. Confidence, live and recording experience are necessary and skills in other instruments are highly welcome. If you feel you are the right person for the job, contact the band at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our Myspace site."
Boris has posted a video teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Japanese Heavy Rock Hits Vol.3" 7" single. The video clip can be viewed below.
Alice In Chains has issued the following statement about performing the Almost Acoustic Christmas on December 12th:
Apparently, twenty-five cities just wasn't enough for Megadeth and Slayer on their upcoming "American Carnage" North American tour which kicks off on January 18 in Seattle. The co-headliners announced today that one more date has been added to the itinerary - the bands will play Glens Falls Civic Center in Glens Falls, New York on February 12.
Yesterday, Slayer and Megadeth announced that they will tour the U.S. together for the first time in nearly two decades, with Testament as special guest. The now 26-date trek will include the six "Canadian Carnage" dates that had been postponed earlier this month due to Slayer vocalist/bassist Tom Araya's back problem. According to Slayer's manager, Rick Sales, "Tom continues to recover and is improving more and more every day, so I think by the time January 18 rolls around, he'll be ready for some carnage."
Confirmed dates for the "American Carnage" tour are as follows: More...
German metallers Caliban have announced their tour date in Reading on November 18th has been canceled by the promoter. No reason was given for the cancellation. Caliban still has the following upcoming tour dates:
11/17 Academy 2 Newcastle
11/19 Relentless Garage London
11/20 Batofar Paris
12/12 Plan B Club Moscow
12/13 Glav Club St. Petersburg
12/26 Markthalle Hamburg
12/27 L’entrepot Bruegge
12/28 X Herford
12/29 Z7 Pratteln
12/30 LKA Stuttgart
Finnish metallers Dead Shape Figure have announced they will be playing a special New Years Eve show at Dantes Highlight in Helsinki on December 31st. Samples of Dead Shape Figure's music can be found at their official MySpace page.
Vocalist Koen Romeijn of Netherlands based death/thrash metal group Detonation has issued the following recording update:
"Last Sunday I finished recording all the vocals. It took a little longer than planned, but the result is very satisfying I must say. It's definitely another step forward after my vocal performance on 'Emission Phase', and a slightly more aggressive tone, which suits the new/more brutal direction we are heading with Detonation. So we're pretty much finished with the recordings. (except for 1 or 2 guitar leads) That means Harry van Breda will start the mixing soon. Can't wait to hear it! Expect some samples to arrive in the not-too-far distance."
Evile has issued the following announcement about changing the venue for their Newcastle tour date on January 18th:
"Seems a mistake has been made somewhere and the Newcastle date on the January tour will NOT be at the university, it will be at the ACADEMY 2. If you're planning on going to this let people know the news and we'll see you there! Cheers. Tickets available at this location."
Gunfire 76 has issued the following statement about their canceled show in Kirksville:
"We were giving, Larry Dryden / Dryden Entertainment from Hannibal, MO, the promoter of the show a chance to honor his commitment but it seems that won't be happening - so here is the truth to why the show was canceled.
"When you start booking a tour you normally go to former promoters you have worked with and ask them if they want a show. Larry said yes, and contracts were sent. The original show was set for Springfield, IL. A little while after the show was confirmed a friend of Gunfire 76 contacted the band's manager and told him that the venue had shut down. Our agent contacted Larry to see if this was true - it was - and Larry said he was working on moving the show.
"Next thing we know the show is moved to Kirksville, MO - around 2 1/2 hours away. This does a few things, changes the band's drive time - and changes the routing of the tour. Due to the original show being in Springfield, we did not book a Chicago show - because you don't want shows that close together in the same vicinity. Now that the show was in Kirksville - we could have booked a Chicago show - but it was too late. More...
Kittie have posted a promo commercial online for their latest album "In The Black," which can be viewed below. "In The Black" was released in the U.S. on September 15th and in Europe on October 23rd.
The Synaptic Dissent has issued the following statement about streaming a new song titled "1227" online:
"Finally, a new track. Been quite some time. This song has a very special place to me and I'm very happy to finally get even a rough track of it. If it sounds familiar its cuz its a variation of 'a Spoke in the rings ov Saturn' mixed with other parts of songs off the upcoming album. In the track you will hear a few little noises hums and whatnot. Most were unintentional but I gotta thing for weird noises and background stuff like that. It needs a little more tweaking and eventually a master, but Ive heard way worse on myspace so I have no problem posting it. Enjoy and please be critical."
Heavy Artillery Records label mates Exmortus and Vektor are teaming up to spread their brand of progressive thrash metal across the United States with the Winter Mayhem Tour. Today also marks the release date of "Black Future," the debut album from Phoenix, AZ futuristic thrashers Vektor.
The currently confirmed Winter Mayhem tour dates are as follows: More...
After watching their superb performance at the Femme Metal Fest, I caught up with Kieren, Kat and Cris of hAND to talk about the experience of playing the festival. More...
The Femme Metal Fest 2009, the first of what is set to be an annual event, was a huge success, with a great turnout and amazing performances. Before the Femme Metal Festival had even started, anticipation was running high outside the Asylum in Birmingham, where I took the opportunity to ask my fellow festival-ers who they were looking forward to watching. Unsurprisingly, symphonic metal band Delain came out on top, with everyone I asked excited at the prospect of witnessing their first ever UK gig. More...
Australian metallers Woods of Desolation have issued the following statement about their new EP:
"Simply titled "Sorh" (meaning Sorrow in Modern English) this new EP (with Desolate of Austere on vocals) features 3 tracks + intro of raw, atmospheric black metal. A new path has been carved for Woods of Desolation, the cold void growing ever closer, unveiling the only true answer: 'Misery will await, alike the seasons and the tide, So Shall Death await' This MCD comes with a deluxe full colour digisleeve package with a printed inner-pocket!"
The track listing for "Sorh" is as follows:
2. The Leaden Sky Torn
3. Enshrouded By Solitude
4. Within The Crimson Tide
After 6 years of existence, Melbourne’s Ne Obliviscaris entered Pony Music recording studio in Melbourne on October 29 to start recording their highly anticipated debut album. The band have released the following update:
“Hey everyone! Well, the first couple weeks have absolutely flown by and so far so good! Dan did a fantastic job recording drums, and we’re now in the middle of recording bass with Brendan. In other great news, after being out of the country since early August, our lead guitarist Benjamin Baret will be returning to Australia (from France) on November 13 just in time to begin recording guitars from December 1. Make sure you keep an eye on our myspace/facebook/forum for regular studio updates, and hopefully we’ll be posting up some video as well to give you all an in depth look at how the album is coming along! – NeO”
Polish black metal outfit Behemoth will be heading back to North America in January of next year for a headlining tour in support of their latest album, "Evangelion." Support on the trek will come from Greek natives Septic Flesh and Swedish band, Shining. Tickets will go on sale on November 20th.
The tour dates are as follows (more to follow soon): More...
British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost has posted their new music video online for the song, "The Rise Of Denial." You can check it out below. The song is the second to be made into a video from their latest album, "Faith Divides Us... Death Unites Us," following the title track. More...
Young British thrash metal outfit Evile will be teaming up with their American thrash peers Warbringer and Israeli band The Fading for their first tour since the tragic passing of bass player Mike Alexander last month. The tour will kick off in January in the United Kingdom and will make it's way across the rest of Europe from there.
The tour dates are as follows:
January 14 - Cardiff, UK - Barfly
January 15 - Wrexham, UK - Central Station
January 16 - York, UK - Fibbers
January 17 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
January 18 - Newcastle, UK - University
January 20 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
January 21 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
January 22 - Leeds, UK - Rios
January 23 - Bristol, UK - Thekla
January 24 - London, UK - The Underworld
January 25 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall
January 27 - Tilburg, Holland - O13
January 28 - Kerkrade, Holland - Rocktempel
January 29 - Aarau, Switzerland - KIFF
January 30 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice
January 31 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Garage
February 1 - Munich, Germany - Backstage
February 2 - Milan, Italy - Zoe Club
February 4 - Barcelona, Spain - Be Cool
February 5 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo & Compas
February 6 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro Corroios
February 7 - Irun, Spain - Tunk
February 9 - Luynes, France - Korigan
February 10 - Paris, France - Glaz'Art
February 11 - Braunschweig, Germany - B58
February 12 - Osnabruck, Germany - Bastard Club
February 13 - Chemnitz, Germany - Talschock
February 14 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
February 16 - Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
February 17 - Wangen, Germany - Jugendhaus
February 18 - Nurnberg, Germany - Z-Bau
February 19 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
February 20 - Essen, Germany - Turock
Isis has announced Soundwave sideshows around Australia. Faith No More, My Chemical Romance, Placebo, The Weakerthans, Clutch and Jane’s Addiction w/ Rolo Tomassi have all been announced as sideshows as well. The Isis tour dates are as follows:
THURSDAY FEB 18 – BRISBANE, THE HI-FI
TUESDAY FEB 23 – SYDNEY, MANNING BAR
THURSDAY FEB 25 – MELBOURNE, CORNER HOTEL
In other Soundwave news, Glassjaw has been announced as the 8th band and Maximum The Hormone has pulled out of the tour due to their drummer going to hospital in a serious condition.
Disbelief, Lay Down Rotten and Gorilla Monsoon will be hitting the road in the new year on the "HELL GOES ON TOUR" 2010. Here are the latest tour dates:
13.01.2010 BREMEN (D) TOWER
14.01.2010 LUDWIGSBURG (D) Rockfabrik
15.01.2010 SIEGEN (D) Blue Box
16.01.2010 ESSEN (D) Turock
17.01.2010 INGOLSTADT (D) Paradox
18.01.2010 WIEN (AT) Viper Room
19.01.2010 NUERNBURG (D) Z-Bau
20.01.2010 JENA (D) Rosenkeller
23.01.2010 BISCHOFSWERDA (D) East Club
Soulfly, the band featuring former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, has revealed that their new album will be released in the first quarter of next year and that the record's current working title is, "Omen." The band has been working with producer Logan Mader who has previously worked with Cavalera on the Cavalera Conspiracy album. Some of the song titles set to appear on the album include:
"Off With Their Heads"
"Bloodbath And Beyond"
"Rise Of The Fallen"
"Rise Of The Fallen"
TNA (Total Nonstop Action) wrestling has partnered with Otep to use their song, "Smash The Control Machine" as the theme song to their next pay per view event, "Final Resolution." The show will take place in Orlando, Florida and will be held on the 20th of December. You can watch a preview for the event below. More...
Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano recently spoke with I Heart Guitar about a number of topics, which of course included the mystery of whether or not former Anthrax vocalist John Bush will return to the band and the new Anthrax album, "Worship Music" which was shelved after the band split with lead singer Dan Nelson. Some excerpts are as follows:
I Heart Guitar: I guess the big question people want to know the answer for is, is John Bush singing at these performances (Soundwave Festival)?
Rob Caggiano: "Yes he is!"
I Heart Guitar: Cool! I feel like a jerk asking this question because you've probably heard it a million times lately, but is he coming back on board for good, or is this an extended one-off?
Caggiano: "Nothing's really official right now. Honestly I can't really give a definite answer on that. It's looking really good. It's feeling really good and the shows we played were amazing so far. And it looks like he's going to sing on the record. So we're just kinda taking it one day at a time and hoping for the best, but right now everything's really positive and everything feels great!" More...