Metal News for November 20, 2009
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Atmospheric black metal band Wolves in the Throne Room and incredibly low-tempo French doom band Monarch will be touring Australia in February. Also joining the tour will be Melbourne-based Agents of Abhorrence. The tour dates are as follows:
19 Feb 2010 Fowlers Live, Adelaide, South Australia
20 Feb 2010 Arthouse Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria
21 Feb 2010 Venue TBC (Just Wolves & Monarch), Hobart, Tasmania
24 Feb 2010 Venue TBC, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
25 Feb 2010 Hi Fi Bar, Brisbane, Queensland
26 Feb 2010 Venue TBC, Sydney, New South Wales
27 Feb 2010 Hi Fi Bar, Melbourne, Victoria
28 Feb 2010 The National Hotel, Geelong, Victoria
Los Angeles’ female-fronted metal band Echoes of Eternity, whose sophomore album recently debuted on the Billboard Top New Artist “Heatseeker’s” chart at #134, comments on the band’s upcoming tour dates with label mates Hammerfall from Sweden:
“We're really excited to get on the road with the legendary Hammerfall. It's been over a year since we've hit the stage, and we can't wait to play As Shadows Burn live! We're going to be playing the West Coast leg of this tour, but we do have some things in the works to do a full tour that includes Canada and the East Coast. Looking forward to seeing all our friends and fans!”
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
03/27/10 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
03/28/10 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
03/30/10 House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
03/31/10 The Galaxy Theatre – Santa Ana, CA
04/01/10 U.B’s Bar – Mesa, AZ
04/02/10 The Rock – Tucson, AZ
04/04/10 Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
04/06/10 Trees – Dallas, TX
04/07/10 Emo’s – Austin, TX
04/08/10 Meridian – Houston, TX
German metallers Grind Inc. have issued the following announcement about signing to Bastardized Recordings:
"Dear GRIND INC. community, we proudly declare the new partnership with Germany's Bastardized Recordings! We are looking forward to the new collaboration and are glad about this decision for the new team death match and being part of this brilliant rooster. We thank those crazy bastards! Our new record is already in the making and will be spread early 2010."
Bastardized Recordings also commented: "Now we gonna blast your head off with some serious quality Death- Metal! We at Bastardized Recordings always have been fans of GRIND INC. since their beginning and have kept an eye on them ever since. And as soon as we heard that these guys are open for new label ideas to move another step forward, we contacted them directly. GRIND INC is currently recording the next, yet-untitled, record scheduled for an April 2010 release."
We, The Undersigned have issued the following road report from their Canadian "Off With Their Heads" tour:
"November 10th – Kilroy’s – Thunder Bay, ON. Ding Ding Ding! Tonight round 2 in Thunder Bay is going down literally 2 blocks down from Black Pirate’s Pub at Kilroy’s. Playing a Monday and Tuesday back-to-back is always risky but the rockers in T-Bay LOVE their live music so we had a decent handful out. The line-up tonight was the same as last night as from local openers which names escape me. We were also graced with the singer from Faceless Hulk, Ted, doing a 30 minute set of hip-hop songs. Strangely I was reminded of Eminem mixed with some Immortal Technique. Also, he took a nap during the set . I believe this was the manifestation of an inside joke involving Ted once missing his own set at an Edmonton bar because he fell asleep.
"Faceless Hulk kicks ass, if they come east spend the 7 or 8 dollars and go see them. Also, it was great to play with Endast again as they wrap up their west coast tour. These Jagr swigging hard rockers are a force to be reckoned with, look out Canada. Big James wants to pwn you!!! More...
U.K. death metallers Diamanthian have posted a promotional video online for their latest album "Arcana Doctrina," which was released earlier this month through Ossuary Industries. The video clip can be viewed below.
The previously announced charity auction for Deftones bassist Chi Cheng went live earlier in the week. Chi has been in a semi-conscious state since being involved in a horrific accident in November 2008, and his family has accumulated an overwhelming amount of medical bills that insurance does not entirely cover. It is Deftones' mission to raise significant funds to help ensure Chi's recovery by playing two very special benefit shows in Hollywood on 11/19 and 11/20, and also by launching a benefit auction in conjunction with CharityBuzz.com.
More information has been revealed on the stuff being auctioned. The auction features many special items generously donated by an array of Deftones' friends including Metallica, System of a Down, Blink 182, HIM, Slayer and many more.
Some highlights include:
-A day in the studio with Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 to produce a track for your band
-Flyaway to Helsinki, Finland to attend HIM's sold-out New Year's Eve show. Includes meet-and-greet with the band, round-trip flight, and hotel for two nights.
-Signed ESP guitar from Metallica
-John Dolmayan's (System of a Down) personal Tama drum kit, autographed by John
-Signed gear from Deftones
-Signed Slayer motorcycle helmet autographed by members of Slayer
-Pair of three-day general admission and VIP passes to Coachella Festival 2010
-Autographed ESP guitar from My Chemical Romance
In addition to the items already launched today, another batch of items will launch next Tuesday, November 24th. The auction can be found at CharityBuzz.com/BenefitforChi and will conclude on December 8th.
Echoterra has issued the following statement about revealing the cover artwork for their new "In Your Eyes" EP:
"Here is the artwork for the In Your Eyes EP; this mini album will feature our new singer Melissa Ferlaak on the 3 re-recorded songs from our debut cd: In Your Eyes, A Tear of Her Heart, and Say, Try, Lie, Die. The EP will also feature an orchestral version of Bear Mountain, a song that will be featured on our next full length album. The Echoterra Overture will also be included. Release date will be in the spring of 2010."
Scale The Summit have announced they will be supporting Between the Buried and Me on a North American tour along with Cynic and The Devin Townsend Project.
Guitarist Chris Letchford commented: "We're touring with Between The Buried And Me, Cynic and Devin Townsend! We have been wanting to tour with Between The Buried And Me for years now. The second I heard news of Cynic reforming and hearing their amazing new album, I never thought a package like this would come together, very glad their back! Then there is Devin Townsend. The last time I saw Devin play was with Strapping Young Lad when I was 16, which was over 9 years ago! Never would have thought we'd tour together. This tour is not one you'll want to miss. Best tour of 2010 by far!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
1/8 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
1/9 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
1/10 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
1/11 Houston, TX @ Meridian
1/12 Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar (Big Room)
1/13 San Antonio, TX @ The White Rabbit
1/15 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
1/16 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/17 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
1/18 San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
1/20 Denver, CO @ Cervantes
1/22 Louisville, KY @ Headliners Music Hall
1/23 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
1/24 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
1/25 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's Downunder
1/26 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
1/27 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
1/28 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
1/29 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
1/30 New York, NY @ The Fillmore - Irving Plaza
1/31 Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
2/1 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
2/3 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
2/6 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
Front man Jamey Paul Luna of Los Angeles metallers Holy Grail has issued the following statement from the road:
"The tour has been ripping so far, only 3 shows in and the crowds are getting better and better. 3IOB and Saviours are slaying it down and total bros, can't wait to see what kind of insanity strikes upon us next!"
Holy Grail is currently on tour alongside 3 Inches of Blood and Saviors. They still have the following tour dates remaining:
11/21 Beat Kitchen w/ 3 Inches of Blood & Saviours Chicago, Illinois
11/22 Cactus Club w/ 3 Inches of Blood & Saviours Milwaukee, Wisconsin
11/24 The Marquee w/ 3 Inches of Blood & Saviours Tulsa, Oklahoma
11/25 Rubber Gloves w/ 3 Inches of Blood & Saviours Denton, Texas
11/27 Gator’s w/ 3 Inches of Blood & Saviours Farmington, New Mexico
11/28 The Rock w/ 3 Inches of Blood & Saviours Tucson, Arizona
11/29 The Farm w/ 3 Inches of Blood & Saviours Las Vegas, Nevada
12/1 Chain Reaction w/ 3 Inches of Blood & Saviours Anaheim, California
12/2 Vet’s Hall w/ 3 Inches of Blood & Saviours Santa Cruz, California
12/4 WOW Hall w/ 3 Inches of Blood & Saviours Eugene, Oregon
12/5 Hawthorne Theatre w/ 3 Inches of Blood & Saviours Portland, Oregon
12/11 Whisky A Go Go Hollywood, California
Kongh has issued the following update about signing a record deal with Seventh Rule:
"We're very glad to announce that our most recent album 'Shadows of the Shapeless' is soon being released in the US. Taking care of the release will be the good folks over at Seventh Rule Recordings (Buried At Sea, Akimbo, Sweet Cobra, Indian etc). The album will come in a different packaging than the euro version, and will be available in early March. More info soon."
Seventh Rule also commented: "Seventh Rule Recordings proudly welcomes Scandinavian doom lords Kongh to its eccentric family. Hailing from Sweden, Kongh brings doom metal with a progressive melting pot of ideas whose origins stem from the spirit of their godfathers -- Melvins, Yob, and Candlemass. The follow-up to their critically acclaimed 'Counting Heartbeats' debut, 'Shadows of the Shapeless' will be released by Seventh Rule to the North American region in early 2010. 'Shadows of the Shapeless' was recorded and mixed in Sweden by Peter Lundin and mastered by Peter In de Betou (Entombed, Meshuggah). Kongh will be touring throughout 2010, including dates in Europe and the United States."
Sample tracks from “Shadows of the Shapeless” can be found at this location.
Australian melodic power metal band Black Majesty have announced "In Your Honour" as the title of their upcoming album. Roland Grapow will mix the album at Grapow studios in Slovakia. Some of the new song titles include: "Far Beyond," "Millenium," "Further than Insane," "End of Time," and "Break these Chains." The album is scheduled to be released in early 2010 through Limb Music.
You can also catch Black Majesty live on the following dates:
12/4 SWITCH NIGHT CLUB, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
1/1 2010 Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia - SCREAMFEST DOWNUNDER Sydney, AUSTRALIA, New South Wales
1/3 2010 Bilboard - BLACK MAJESTY, CYNIC & EDGUY. Melbourne, AUSTRALIA., Victoria
1/5 2010 Fowlers Live * All Ages - BLACK MAJESTY, CYNIC & EDGUY. Adelaide, AUSTRALIA, South Australia
2/6 2010 Jakarta Sound & Music Expo 2010, Indonesia Jakarta, INDONESIA
Sabaton has issued the following announcement about signing to Nuclear Blast:
"After 10 years as a band and 4 albums we have decided what the next step in the evolution of Sabaton will be. A contract with the biggest Heavy Metal label in the world has been signed and the next album will be released by Nuclear Blast in the spring of 2010."
Nuclear Blast also commented: “Nuclear Blast is very stoked to announce another great signing: SABATON - one of the most promising upcoming bands in heavy metal these days! Although they have already released four great albums, they are still unknown to the majority of the metal legions - which is a shame! We noticed the band's potential to become one of the leaders of nowadays metal scene - especially by visiting their festival appearances and club shows. Together Nuclear Blast and SABATON are prepared for the next step to bring the band on a much higher level! Watch out for their new album in spring 2010!”
The Human Abstract has issued the following announcement about parting ways with their vocalist:
"Ladies and Gentleman! Fans, old and new! Dragons and warlords of the great mystical abyss! Oh... and Steven Seagal!
"It is time we update you on some very important news. First and foremost, The Human Abstract will no longer be working with Nathan Ells. We want to wish Nathan the very best in his future endeavors. With that being said, we are now looking for our new lead singer. To clue everyone in, our new singer must be into Chuck Norris, Van Damme and most importantly Steven Seagal movies. We will be holding public auditions, so if you have what it takes please reach us at THAvocalistsearch@gmail.com and we will respond to you with more information. But that’s not all!
"We want to formally announce greater news! We are working hand in hand with A.J. Minette on this next record which is well in the works. A.J. was the original guitarist alongside Dean for the band. Mr. Minette will be part of the writing force and will serve as producer for the third album. We are tremendously excited to be working together again. A.J. wanted to add, 'Let me be the first to say…FIRST POST. NO ONE CARES. VAN FLIP'. More...
Whip is currently streaming a live and unmixed version of the song "Bloodlust Deficit" online. The track can be heard at the band's MySpace page. Whip have announced they will be uploading another version of the song at a later date.
Australian metallers Be'lakor have issued the following announcement about signing to Kolony Records:
"Hey everyone, We are very happy to officially announce that Be'lakor has signed with Italy's Kolony Records, for the European release of Stone's Reach. The CDs are being printed in Europe, with essentially the same artwork/booklet. Official release date is 30/11/09. This signing represents another big step for the band, giving Be'lakor European distribution and new promotional channels. We're thrilled to have reached this agreement with Kolony! Thanks to the great support that we have received from our fans in Europe! Hopefully soon we will be able to come across and play some shows for you."
Abraxas, the new death metal band featuring Makoto Mizoguchi (Hate Eternal) on guitar and bass, Mike Hrubovcak (Monstrosity) on vocals and Lance Wright (Vile) on drums, will see the release of its debut EP, "Wretched Existence," on December 15th via Relapse Records.
"The Wretched Existence" will feature artwork from Drew Elliott and is currently available for pre-order at this location. Abraxas are currently streaming three of the EP’s four tracks online now via the band’s MySpace page. The band is currently writing for their first full-length album, due out in 2010.
Norway's She Said Destroy has posted a new studio recording blog online. Excerpts from the blog follow:
"Today is when the distorted guitars happened, a high point for me as I am in many ways similar to Macaulay Culkin in the 'Black and White' video. Only much, much less cute. There is something primitively satisfying in cranking up a big amp as loud as you want. We had a few good references to compare our sound to, and after a lot of tweaking and crawling around with microphone stands we finally ended up with the massive, roaring sound that we wanted. The one that we have been geekily talking about for the last six months, possibly while wearing unfashionable clothes and being very, very uninteresting to non-guitarists.
"The day also saw us recording some bass overdubs, mostly effects. We thought it was a good idea to hook up all the fuzz pedals and amps that we had, and have DC play through it all at the same time. It sounded pretty awesome. Another mic blown. My rhythm guitars are all done now, which is nice. We are now completely on schedule, which has probably never happened in the history of recording music, but I'm sure I can do something about that tomorrow, when I am doing all the clean guitars. More...
PitCam.tv has posted a video interview with the members of Chicago's Trouble. The video clip can be viewed below.
Hail!, the band comprised of Andreas Kisser from Sepultura, Ripper Owens from Judas Priest, David Ellefson formerly of Megadeth, and Paul Bostaph from Slayer, has issued the following report from Lebanon:
"We're here! After several months of planning and 25 hour flights, we arrived in Lebanon last night. Long flights but we made it and everybody is in good spirits. Our hosts from RockRing, Roy Naufal and Maher Mardini, were very excited to greet us and I'm not sure they actually thought we were real. LOL It took a lot of work to pull this all together and it's proof that when everybody works together as a team, good things result. The hotel is really nice, large suites overlooking downtown and the ocean. The layout of the coastline is very similar to Santa Monica/Malibu.
"We went out to dinner with our 'entourage' and had a nice meal and nice conversation as we were warmly welcomed with open arms. After dinner we went to a small rock bar and the drinking continued. After a few rounds we moved to another bar and did some shots of Jagermeister and more beers. It was great to have Paul out with us - he's obviously a ridonkulous drummer and a great guy. He understands our HAIL! mentality and fit in immediately. Welcome aboard mate! We got a 3:00 am tour of the city and coast and (after a brief yack stop for one of our local friends LOL) we got back to the hotel where Andreas and I chilled on the balcony with some more beers until about 5:00. Beautiful evening. More...
Greek black metallers Naer Mataron, who recently finished their "Apocalypse of the Ancient Ones" South American tour, have announced they will be playing the following two upcoming shows:
1/22/2010 Thessaloniki, Harley Club w/CORPUS CHRISTII, SERPENTINE CREATION, ATHOS
1/23/2010 Athens, Sin City w/CORPUS CHRISTII, GOSPELL OF GRIEF
Polish technical death metal band DECAPITATED is back with a new line-up. To open the new chapter in the band’s history, DECAPITATED will embark on a co-headlining U.K. tour with label mates KATAKLYSM in February 2010 with the following line-up: Rafa Piotrowski – Vocals; Waclaw “Vogg” Kieltyka – Guitars; Filip “Henrich” Ha?ucha – Bass; Kerim “Krimh” Lechner – Drums.
States DECAPITATED guitarist / songwriter / founding member Vogg:
“I am really happy to announce this short message for all DECAPITATED fans: As you all know, two years after the tragedies we had to suffer, I decided to continue the band. There’s no sense in stopping this amazing thing we built up so many years ago together with Witek [Witold Kieltyka, drummer, R.I.P.] , Sauron [Wojciech Wisowicz, the band’s first lead singer], Martin [Marcin Rygiel, the band’s first bassist] and Covan [Adrian Kowanek, second vocalist, still recovering from injuries]. We chose to do our first tour in the U.K. because we have only good memories from this place and we are sure that you guys will support us… We need you!! I am very pleased to announce the new killer line-up of DECAPITATED: Kerim ‘Krimh‘ Lechner on drums – he’s a new blood, very talented and used to playing in bands like THORNS OF IVY and TONE INTIMACY; amazing Rafa? Piotrowski comes from bands like KETHA and FORGOTTEN SOULS and will take over vocal duties; masterous Filip “Heinrich” Ha?ucha from VESENIA, ROOTWATER, UNSUN and MASACHIST will be destroying the bass! See you all soon! We honestly can’t wait!”
DECAPITATED & KATAKLYSM U.K. tour dates
01 Feb - UK - Birmingham - 02 Academy 2
02 Feb - UK - Glasgow - Ivory Blacks
03 Feb - UK - Manchester - Moho Live
04 Feb - UK - Bristol - Blerkeller
05 Feb - UK - Reading - Sub89
06 Feb - UK - Leeds - Rios
07 Feb - UK - Wrexham - Central Station
08 Feb - UK - London - 02 Academy Islington* (*No Kataklysm)
DECAPITATED’s 2010 Australian tour dates and Metalfest Open Air festival appearances are as follows:
2010 Australian Tour Dates
April 1, 2010 The Transmission Room - Auckland, NZ
April 2, 2010 The Esplanade Hotel - Melbourne, AUS
April 3, 2010 The Gaelic Club - Sydney, AUS
April 4, 2010 The Hi Fi Bar - Brisbane, AUS
April 5, 2010 Fowlers Live - Adelaide, AUS
April 6, 2010 Black Betty’s - Perth, AUS
2010 European Festivals
May 13, 2010 METALFEST OPEN AIR AUSTRIA - Mining
May 14, 2010 METALFEST OPEN AIR SWITZERLAND - Pratteln
May 15, 2010 METALFEST OPEN AIR GERMANY - Dessau
May 22, 2010 METALFEST OPEN AIR HUNGARY – Budapest
May 23, 2010 METALFEST OPEN AIR CZECH REPUBLIC – Pilsen
A North American tour is on the horizon for the Summer of 2010.
New York thrashers Castrofate have issued the following recording update:
"Hey everyone, just an update on what's going on, we'll be in Florida tomorrow working with James Murphy in pre-production for the new album. The focus right now is doing this record which is pretty much costing everything the band has right now, so we've had to put off playing shows until the record is finished. We've had some offers to open up for bands like Life of Agony and Otep in some ballrooms, and although I don't feel we'd fit with any of those kinds of bands, we always wanna play shows no matter who's on the bill, but unfortunately we couldn't afford those shows, everything's going into this new record. Following the record we'll be shooting a few music videos, and booking tours for the rest of 2010 and into 2011. So that's whats going on right now, working hard on the new music. See you all on tour next year!!"
Deathriders have announced they will be making a live interview appearance on HeadbangersFM. The interview will broadcast this upcoming Friday (Nov 20) at 19.45 CET. The broadcast can be heard at this location.
French metallers Hacride have posted footage online from their performance at the 2009 Metal Ride Festival. The first video can be viewed below and the second video can be found after the jump.
Ohio extreme metallers System Divide, which features members of Aborted, Malignancy, and Antenora, have inked a record deal with Metal Blade. System Divide has already completed a video for the song "The Apex Doctrine" off the bands current EP, which will also be on the System Divide’s full-length Metal Blade debut. A trailer for the video can be viewed below. System Divide's upcoming full-length album will be titled "Conscious Sedation."
Vocalist Sven De Caluwe comments: “We couldn't be more thrilled to be part of the Metal Blade roster, a label that has been pushing the boundaries of extreme music and putting lots of great new acts in the spot light. We know System Divide is in the hands of a competent team of driven music FANS in the first place who believe in what we do, and we're going to give them their money's worth!! We are completing the songwriting for our first album The Conscious Sedation and are about to enter the studio to start tracking by the end of the month, for those who checked out our EP, get ready for some surprises and more extreme modern metal madness! Rock 'n roll!!” More...
Swedish black metallers Valkyrja have announced their upcoming album will be titled "Contamination." The album was recorded in June and July of 2009 in Necromorbus Studio. "Contamination" will be released on January 18th in Europe and January 19th in North America via Metal Blade. The track listing is as follows:
2. Oceans to Dust
3. Catharsis (Contaminate the Earth)
4. Solstice in Withdrawal
5. Laments of the Destroyed
6. Ambience of the Dead
7. The Womb of Disease
8. Welcoming Worms
9. A Cursed Seed in the World
10. The Adversarial Incentive Within All
Isis have announced that their tour date in Milan, IT on November 23rd has switched venues. The show will now take place at the Tunnel due to the previous venue being shut down due to fire security issues.
Isis has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
"Closure" will be the new single from Ahoora's upcoming third album, "Awkward Diary." The single will be available for free download on November 25th. After "Crimson Baby," "Closure" marks the second single off our their soon-to-be-released third album.
In a recent message to the band's fans, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has spoken in a highly critical manner of Roadrunner Records, the label of which Megadeth is currently signed to. The full message reads as follows:
"I hope that everyone that is in a band and has been watching how things have transpired are taking notes. This record has been out for weeks and weeks, and no radio play from the radio person at Roadrunner, nothing. Zero.
"But that should be expected; this is the same guy I HAD TO ASK to get me interviews. Talk about a Gomer moment!
"Now, I am going to be forced to rely on my own radio station to play Megadeth, but that's ok, I seem to be doing the label's job everyday, in every city, and I am used to it after these last two records. More...
Alice In Chains has posted a new teaser video online for their forthcoming music video, "Your Decision." You can check it out below. The song is the third track from the bands new album, "Black Gives Way To Blue" to receive the music video treatment following on from, "A Looking In View" and "Check My Brain." Expect the video to debut on December 1st. More...
New York death metal legends Suffocation has announced that they will be touring as the direct support act to Devildriver on a North American tour next year. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Suffocation is very excited to be touring with DevilDriver. We know this will be an incredible tour, and encourage the fans to come out and see this amazing lineup!"
The initial tour dates are as follows: More...
BREAKING NEWS: This week starts with rumors swirling of an Aerosmith break-up and Steven Tyler considering auditioning for Velvet Revolver, more to come as this story develops… More...