Metal News for November 19, 2009
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Former Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch and his band are in Nashville recording their next album with Grammy-nominated producer Rob Graves (RED, Pillar). The album is targeted for completion February 2010, with a release shortly thereafter on his Driven Music Group label (with distribution through Ryko/Warner Music Group).
“The production on our new record is going awesome with Rob Graves,” said Welch. “Our goal is to get the record completely mixed and mastered by the first part of February, and released immediately thereafter. My band is together, helping with the recording, and we will be ready for a full U.S. tour beginning early next year.”
Earlier this year, HEAD announced that he had chosen his bandmates—Michael Valentine (bass); Scott Von Heldt (guitars); Ralph Patlan (guitars); Brian Ruedy (keyboards, programming) and Dan Johnson (drums). The band toured lightly in 2009; but is ready to hit the road full time in 2010.
In 2007, HEAD penned a New York Times best-selling (non-fiction) autobiography, “Save Me From Myself” (Harper Collins). HEAD’s debut album, also entitled SAVE ME FROM MYSELF, was released on September 9, 2008 with Driven Music Group, through Ryko Distribution/Warner Music Group, Word Entertainment (Christian market), and Warner Music International (ADA Global—Canada). The album debuted at #13 on Billboard’s “Top Hard Rock Albums” chart, and continues to impact the market.
The Showdown has issued the following announcement about canceling their remaining tour dates with Impending Doom and Oh, Sleeper:
"To all our fans... We are truly sorry that we must drop off the Impending Doom/ Oh Sleeper tour. At the very last minute our drummer, Yogi, has had some serious family issues that need his attention. We were looking forward to tearing up the asphalt with friends from the bands as well as tearing riffs for our fans. We have kept a steady tour schedule all year long and plan to kick right back into it once our record is finished by February of next year. We appreciate all who have offered their support, thoughts, and prayers while Yogi goes through this tough time. See you back on the road in a few months."
Ohio's Rose Funeral are heading back on the road with Polish death metal band Vader. Label mates Lazarus A.D. will also be on board for a few dates of this trek and among other bands on the tour are Decrepit Birth, Warbringer, Augury and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky. Tickets can be acquired at this location. Rose Funeral's tour dates are as follows:
12/03 Louisville, KY Bulldog café
Tour w/ Vader
12/04 Johnson City, TN Stage 5
12/05 Tulsa, OK Marquee
12/06 San Antonio, TX Scout Bar
12/07 Houston, TX Scout Bar
12/08 Nashville, TN The Muse
12/09 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
12/10 Virginia Beach, VA Gil's Bar and Grill
12/11 Raleigh, NC Volume 11
12/12 Cheswick, PA Ches-A-Rena
12/13 Philadelphia, PA The Trocadaro
12/14 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar and Grill
12/15 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock Café
Belgian metallers Suicide of Demons, which features drummer Johan Nunez of Nightrage, has posted a teaser trailer online for their latest album "Before Our Eyes." The video clip can be viewed below.
Sweden's Therion has checked in with the following update:
"It has been a long time since you have heard anything new from Therion now, so I thought I should give a few updates.
"As you may or may not know, Therion is in progress of recording a new album. As usual, Therion is being very secretive about the entire process, but I will reveal some details:
"A new studio has been built for most of the recording of this album. The mix, and a few recordings, will be done at another studio - 'A truly legendary studio!' according to Chris. Expect something spectacular, even by Therion's standards!
"The recording will continue for the rest of the year, and probably also through January.
"Also, a new website is still in the making. We are hacking away using the Symfony Framework. If you want to contribute, drop me a line. It is quite fun and easy."
Dutch female fronted band Delain has posted a tour diary online detailing their recent tour dates. Excerpts from the diary follows:
"Tour diary day 1, November 12th, Prague. It's the first day of our five week European tour with Sonata Arctica. Yesterday we left from Holland for our longest tour so far. We picked up the band Winterborn on the way, they will be our bus mates this tour. Right now we're in the catering room of Club Roxy, waiting for our sound check in 10 minutes. I'm looking forward to the show and I'm very curious for the respond of the Sonata fans. We'll see tonight, and of course I'll let you all know! More...
Roadrunner Records has posted a new video interview online with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson and keyboardist Per Wiberg of Opeth. The video clip can be viewed below.
California's Agenda of Swine have posted a brand new track titled “Rooted In Spite” online now via their MySpace page. The previously unreleased track was recorded for a split 7” that is due out next year. Agenda Of Swine released their debut album, "Waves of Human Suffering," last year via Relapse.
Arch Enemy has issued the following recap of their performance in Manila:
"Great, the typhoon has parked his violent core far off the coast above the ocean. Which means our flights are on and nobody is in danger coming to the show. Our first gig in Manila is going to happen! And it comes with a giant bat and pyros (probably no license, haha..) Our promoters from Pulp magazine are taking very good care of us. Nice hotel, way too much food and lot of excitement about the show tomorrow. We are the first European metal band to stir up some live madness over here. Damn. Its about time!
"Michael and Daniel doing a signing for Dean Guitars / Pearl Drums before the show. Next day will be a very early flight and a show in Hong Kong. So I sleep most of the day.. Kinda refilling my batteries for the next 36 hours of sleep depravity to come. I am totally awake and ready to do this show. I wanna see the giant bat in action. It blows a lot of smoke during 'My Apocalypse'. Funny shit!"
Videos from Arch Enemy's performance in Manila can also be viewed below: More...
Swedish melodic death metallers Dark Tranquillity have extended their upcoming Russian tour to three dates. The details are as follows:
12/18 - Club Tochka, Moscow
12/19 - Glavclub, St. Petersburg
12/20 - Club Reactor, Minsk
Sweden's Enforcer has issued the following announcement about entering the recording studio:
"Next Friday, the 27th of November we will enter the studio to record our second full-length album with producer Rikard Löfgren at Leon Music. The album will be called DIAMONDS and if everything goes according to the plans it will be out worldwide in late April. We will be ready to hit the road once again to meet all of you maniacs around the globe."
Enforcer has also posted a series of fan filmed video clips from their "Curse the Light" world tour, which can be viewed below. More...
Five Finger Death Punch has issued the following statement about canceling their appearance tonight, November 19th, in Gothenburg:
"Unfortunately, Five Finger Death Punch will not be performing tonight, November 19 in Gothenburg. Zoltan has been violently ill all day with nausea and vertigo. Due to his condition, he was unable to travel last night. We apologize to all our amazing Swedish fans, and we hope to be back next year to make it up to you. He is just now starting to feel better, so we plan on traveling to Copenhagen and playing tomorrow night at The Rock. Shadows Fall will perform as scheduled."
Gallows, who recently canceled their remaining tour dates with AFI in the United States, have now announced two Australian shows in February of 2010. The details are as follows:
2/23 2010 Luna Park Big Top, Sydney
2/24 2010 Festival Hall, Melbourne
Italian metallers Haemophagus have issued the following update about releasing their new album "Slaves to the Necromancer:"
"Haemophagus' first full-length album is currently being printed and it'll be available within a few days. The album will be released in two different versions: the first one is the self-produced version, limited to 300 copies with the Ignorant Worm recs logo; the other one is coming out on Despise the Sun recs in 500 copies with alternate graphics. Contact us or Despise the Sun recs via myspace or email ( email@example.com ) for pre-orders and trades."
San Francisco metallers Heathen have announced their upcoming album "Evolution of Chaos" will be released January 25th, 2010 in Europe and March 31st, 2010 in the U.S. A release date in Japan is forthcoming. The band has announced they are putting together a European tour in support of the new album. Dates will be announced as they become available.
Metallica has issued the following update about adding more South American tour dates:
"As part of our ongoing effort to test your geography, we're back this morning to fill you in on four additional South American shows coming up in January of 2010. We cannot wait to head back to Argentina, Chile, and Brazil . . . ten years is waaaaay tooooo long as the last time we visited was in the spring of 1999. So we'll see you in Buenos Aries, Santiago, Porto Alegre, and Sao Paulo very soon!
January 21 - Buenos Aries, Argentina - River Plate Stadium - On Sale December 10
January 26 - Santiago, Chile - Club Hipico - On Sale November 24
January 28 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Zequinha Stadium - On Sale December 3
January 30 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Morumbi Stadium - On Sale December 1
"Met Club members should check here for information about special pre-sales. You guessed it . . . there are indeed a few more shows in the works in Latin America and Europe for the first part of next year. As always, keep checking here and we will let you know as soon as all the details are confirmed."
Bloodstock Open Air has confirmed a further two acts for next years festival. After being forced to pull out in 2009, the organizers have confirmed Gwar will be making an appearance. The Grammy-nominated Scumdogs Of The Universe will be flying in from Antarctica to unleash hell on all in attendance. Frontmonster Oderus Urungus warns us of the impending orgy of bodily fluids, nuclear waste and all manner of murder and vulgarity:
"Greetings people of Earth, it is I, ODERUS URUNGUS, lead singer of the Bloodiest band in metal history, the mighty GWAR! And it is with a sense of toe-curling delight and impending DOOM that I announce the addition of the GWAR to the mammoth BLOODSTOCK Open Air Metal Festival to be held this summer in England. Thats right, from the frozen depths of Antarctica, GWAR brings what BLOODSTOCK needs...BLOOD! Prepare yourself for the most colossal, disgusting, and completely politically incorrect show in metal history! We'll bring the swords, you bring the bodies, and together we shall turn the slam-pit into a seething mass of DEATH not seen in Europe since the fall of Berlin! GWAR is playing BLOODSTOCK...and may the Pope choke on it!"
Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani will also be bringing their band of merry metal to Derby this summer for their only UK appearance of 2010. The band commented: More...
California death metallers A Band of Orcs has launched a new Youtube channel. The channel features music videos from the band's debut EP "WarChiefs of the Apocalypse" as well as live performance footage.
Slowmotion Apocalypse have issued the following announcement about streaming three new tracks on their official MySpace page:
"From today on and until December 5th you can listen to 3 new songs from the new album 'Mothra'!!! Starting from this week and for 3 weeks, we will upload 3 new songs every week on our profile until ALL the album will be on-line so you will taste it before the party... so stay tuned!"
Germany's Suidakra have announced the following upcoming tour dates in Spain and Portugal:
2/3 Santiago de Compostela (ES) - TNT Bar
2/4 Santander (ES) - Heaven DC Club
2/5 Vigo (ES)- tbc.
2/6 Vila Real (PT) – UNDERFEST - Winter Edition
2/7 Lisbon (PT) SIDE B
Greek black metallers Naer Mataron have issued the following recap of their "Apocalypse of the Ancient Ones" tour:
"After two months on the road in South America, the 'Apocalypse of the Ancient Ones' Tour is an awesome memory of the past. The difficulties on this tour were great and without the brutal support of the Sudamerican crowd nothing would have come to this end. At this point we want to specially thank our promoter Juan Diabolus from Shadows Productions. In addition the band had enough time to conceive and create new material for the upcoming album. Those who attended our shows in this tour had the chance to get a taste of this impending black metal storm: the new song 'Faceless Wrath of Oblivion'."
BEFORE THERE WAS ROSALYN has released the music video for “The Warrior” online, which you can watch below. BEFORE THERE WAS ROSALYN recently released their Victory debut, "The Furhrer: An Allegory of a History of Deception," on October 26th, 2009. The album tells the tail of a bold and emotional journey into the heart of a humanity left to its own devices.
Israel's progressive folk metal band Orphaned Land will release their fourth studio album, "The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR," in Europe on January 25, 2010 and in the U.S. on February 9 via Century Media Records. The album was mixed by Steven Wilson, who is also responsible for several keyboard parts on the new CD.
"The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR" track listing:
Part I: Godfrey's Cordial – An ORphan's Life
02. From Broken Vessels
03. Bereft In The Abyss
04. The Path Part 1 – Treading Through Darkness
05. The Path Part 2 – The Pilgrimage To Or Shalem
06. Olat Ha'tamid
Part II: Lips Acquire stains – The WarriOR Awakens
07. The Warrior
08. His Leaf Shall Not Wither
09. Disciples Of The Sacred Oath II
10. New Jerusalem
11. Vayehi Or
12. M I ?
Part III: Barakah – Enlightening The Cimmerian
14. Codeword: uprising
15. In Thy Never Ending Way (Epilogue) More...
U.K. black metallers Abalam have posted a new song online titled "Tourniquet." The track is currently available for streaming at the band's MySpace page. Abalam are set to release their debut album "Thy Eternal Sin" on January 31st, 2010.
Pittsburgh metallers Icarus Witch have issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"After what seems like an eternity, the drummer search has thankfully ended. Icarus Witch are proud to announce Steve Johnson as our newest addition to the inner circle, or as he so eloquently puts it himself, the 'next and last drummer for the Witch.' We came into contact with Steve after he saw our performance opening for Heaven & Hell and Coheed & Cambria in Cleveland on August 22. Thanks to the wonders of myspace, we soon became friends with the Ohio native and when he found out we had a position open for full-time drummer, he came down to Pittsburgh and nailed his audition.
"We would like to thank everyone who tried out for the spot and came from as far away as Florida to give it a shot. Also, many thanks go out to Tristan Triggs and Keith Hurka for filling in on the throne until we were able to secure our full-time, time keeper.
"A veteran of the Cleveland metal underground, Steve comes from a traditional heavy metal / hard rock drumming background, something that we felt was essential for a long term fit. Also, he is a heavy hitter, a showman, owns couple cargo trailers, and he brings Yuengling to the sessions. What more can you ask for?"
Russian female fronted black metal band Nocra have announced their debut full-length album will be titled "Enlightened by Death." The album is currently set for a January 12th release date through Beneath The Fog Productions. Samples of Nocra's music can be heard at their official MySpace page.
ALICE IN CHAINS has announced dates for a North American tour set to kick off at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver on February 2nd. Tickets go on sale December 4th and 5th – fans can get more info at aliceinchains.com. The band is touring in support of its critically acclaimed new album "Black Gives Way To Blue" (Virgin/EMI), which entered Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart at No. 5, with first-week sales exceeding 126,000 copies.
The band’s electrifying set list will spotlight classic hits and new favorites, including new single "Your Decision," which impacts radio on December 7th. The band recently shot a video for the song with director Stephen Schuster, who they previously worked with on the video for "A Looking In View."
Los Angeles-based fans can catch the band performing at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas show at the Gibson Amphitheatre on December 12. Tickets will go on sale Saturday, November 21 and proceeds will benefit two local charities, Para Los Ninos and the Al Wooten Jr. Heritage Center. On November 24th, the band will also perform three songs acoustically for a special Yahoo! Maximum Performance, which can be seen on Yahoo! Music.
The band (guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez) is currently touring Europe and recently performed on the UK television show "Later ... With Jools Holland." The international dates followed a sold-out U.S. buzz tour and performances on "The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien" and back-to-back nights on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." All three shows saw AIC perform chart-topping lead single "Check My Brain," which hit No. 1 on the Modern, Active and Rock formats and was hailed by Spin magazine as "one of the catchiest songs of Alice In Chains' history."
The latest Alice In Chains tour dates are as follows:
Nov. 20 Antwerp, Belgium Trix Zaal
Nov. 21 Weisbaden, Germany Schlachthof
Nov. 23 Dortmund, Germany FZW
Nov. 24 Prague, Czech Rep. Lucerna
Nov. 25 Warsaw, Poland Stodola
Nov. 27 Budapest, Hungary Petofi Csarnok
Nov. 29 Vienna, Austria Gasometer
Nov. 30 Munich, Germany Thearterfabrick
Dec. 2 Milan, Italy Alcatraz
Dec. 3 Fribourg, Switzerland Fri-Son
Dec. 4 Paris, France Bataclan
Dec. 6 Nottingham, UK Rock City
Dec. 7 London, UK Brixton Academy
Dec. 11 Las Vegas, NV The Joint (KXTE radio show)
Dec. 12 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre (KROQ Acoustic Xmas)
Feb. 2 Vancouver, BC Orpheum Theatre
Feb. 4 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre
Feb. 6 Salem, OR Salem Armory
Feb. 11 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre
Feb. 17 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
Feb. 19 Denver, CO Fillmore
Feb. 21 Kansas City, MO Midland
Feb. 22 St. Louis, MO Pageant
Feb. 23 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace
Feb. 25 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
Feb. 27 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
Mar 1 Nashville, TN Municipal Auditorium
Mar 2 Charlotte, NC Fillmore
Mar 3 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
Mar 5 Richmond, VA The National
Mar 6 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods
Mar 8 New York, NY Terminal 5
Mar 12 Atlantic, City, NJ Borgata
Mar 13 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
Mar 14 Boston, MA Orpheum
Mar 16 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Mar 17 Toronto, ONT Sound Academy
Mar 19 Detroit, MI Fillmore State Theatre
Mar 20 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
Mar 21 St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkens Auditorium
Dio's European tour has been cancelled after Ronnie was taken ill. "Ronnie has been hospitalized and we are waiting for further news," explains Ronnie's wife/manager, Wendy Dio. No further information is available at this time.
English black metal band EIBON LA FURIES, which was created by Lord Eibon Blackwood around his interests in the Victorian occult and infernal Brigantia, has inked a worldwide deal with the Italian label Code666 Records.
Lord Eibon comments, "Code666 is a label that is well respected within the metal genre for working with avant-garde, experimental and original metal bands, and their pedigree for releasing quality albums is impeccable. We are honored by Code666's belief in our brand of Victoriana occult-inspired progressive black metal and to join an already propitious roster of bands on the label. Work has already begun on the debut album with the working title 'The Blood of the Realm', an atmospheric and unique examination of the Victoriana occult underworld, exploring the depths of truths, lies and legends of this forward thinking time (and some of its larger-than-life characters)."
"The Blood of the Realm" is scheduled for a March 2010 relelease.
Fresh after cleaning up at the 2009 Australian Metal Awards, Tasmania’s Psycroptic has posted a teaser for their upcoming DVD release, "Initiation."
Set to be released early 2010, the DVD was recorded live in Melbourne at the conclusion of their Australian tour in December 2008, and also features tour journals and various other live footage from the bands jaunts around the world.