Metal News for November 21, 2009
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27 news articles posted on this day.
Cave In, who is releasing the previously vinyl-only Planets of Old on CD, with a bonus DVD shot during their Great Scott comeback set, has premiered a sneak peak video from that DVD. Check it out below, courtesy of The Boston Phoenix.
Read the full article at The Boston Phoenix.
We've got two new giveaways up (full details on our new contests page).
First up, Metalunderground.com and AEG Live are giving away a pair of tickets to each the Nashville, Tennessee (1/31) and Atlanta, Georgia (Feb 1) "American Carnage" shows, featuring Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament.
Slayer & Megadeth
Nashville Municipal Auditorium
On sale Fri, Nov. 20th
Slayer & Megadeth
The Arena at Gwinnett
On sale Fri, Nov. 20th
Next up, in celebration of Saosin’s recent release, "In Search of Solid Ground," the band and MetalUnderground.com want to hook up one lucky winner with a major prize pack, including a Fender Squire Bass, Ibanez Electric Guitar, Gibson Les Paul Electric Guitar, and an Evans Drumhead, all signed and played by the members in the "Changing" music video. Enter now for your chance to win this incredible prize at this location. All entries must be received by Decmeber 18, 2009.
Saosin is currently headlining the Pac Sun tour through December. Check out their MySpace Page to find out when they will be in a city near you!
Get the details on how to enter to win in these contests here.
And don't forget to enter to win a rare Killswitch Engage-themed guitar, skinned in the art of their latest self-titled album, in that contest that is still accepting entries.
Denmark's The Kandidate, featuring Jacob Bredahl on vocals, has revealed the cover art and tracklist to their upcoming album, "Until We Are Outnumbered." The album will be unleashed in January 2010 via Napalm Records.
Here's the tracklisting for The Kandidate's "Until We Are Outnumbered" album:
1. Strength Through Diversity
2. Give Up All Hope
3. Shut 'Em Up
4. Distress and Decay
5. In Hell
6. ...We Conform to the Unrighteous
7. Live a Lie
8. The Kill
10. Yours Truly
In the meantime, you can check out a couple of songs on the band's MySpace player.
In a recent message on his official website, Burzum mastermind Varg Vikernes has spoken with regards to the recent accusations of racism and homophobia he has received after his last update, as well as Burzum's forthcoming new album, "The White God." His latest message reads as follows:
"When I speak through www.burzum.org I always imagine that I speak only to Burzum fans. If not a Burzum fan, why would you visit this site? Judging from the response to the A Burzum Story: Part X - The White God, this is not the case. Or maybe it is, in which case I have a whole lot of fans in the media.
"When these apparent Burzum fans in the media report the news that Burzum will release another album, the reaction is kind of weird. Most of them have been honourable enough to both print the whole article, or at least most of it, and tell their readers where they got the news from. This is correct and lawful journalism, when dealing with copyrighted material. Hurray to you for that. More...
In a recent message to the fans, Biff Byford, the lead vocalist of British heavy metal legends Saxon has revealed that the band has begun work on their next studio album. The message reads as follows:
"Just like to say thanks to everybody for coming to see us on the second tour of the UK this year - packed houses and crazy fans - a really great tour. Special thanks to our Canadian brothers ANVIL for rocking with us (has anybody got Lips playing D&L on YouTube yet) and SUIDAKRA.
"A very special thanks to our crew who looked after all three bands, keeping it all on time. It can be a nightmare if things don’t run smooth on tour.
"OK, RiffKing - we will announce the top five winners and there prizes next week - one a week until we get to number 1.
"We are starting writing songs for the next album next week. Also mixing all the live recordings.. Heavy Metal Thunder - The Movie, Wacken 2004, 2007, 2009 and Sheffield. Also listening to old recordings and mixing them. More...
American heavy metal outfit Mastodon has announced that they will be heading Down Under in January to perform on the Big Day out tour, and has announced two headlining off dates as well. The band may add more dates nearer the future but the initial headlining off dates are as follows:
January 21 - Roundhouse - Sydney, Australia
January 28 - The Palace - Melbourne, Australia
Season of Mist has announced the signing of avant-garde black metallers SHINING. "VI / Klagopsalmer," the Swedes' sixth studio album, will be released in North America on next February 9th. The artwork was designed by WATAIN frontman Erik Danielsson.
As previously reported, SHINING will tour the US with SEPTICFLESH and BEHEMOTH in January. The latest tour dates are as follows, with more to be announced:
January 7 - Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
January 8 - W. Springfield, VA - Jaxx
January 9 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
January 10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
January 11 - Tampa, FL - State Theatre
January 13 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
January 15 - Tucson, AZ - The Rock
January 16 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
January 17 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
January 18 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
January 19 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
January 21 - Calgary, AB - Republik
January 22 - Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
January 23 - Regina, SK - The District
January 24 - Winnipeg, MB - WECC
January 25 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
January 26 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
January 27 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
January 28 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
January 30 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre
Germany's Agathodaimon have issued the following statement about working on a new album:
"We just started the first phase of songwriting for our upcoming, yet untitled sixth album. It's too early to say how it will sound like, but: Expect the unexpected.
"Concerning gigs, we won't take a full break, but slow down a little for the next weeks... but there's already a bunch of concerts in the making, some of them probably still taking place in 2009. For further information please check the upcoming show section! More news to come soon!"
Agathodaimon's currently confirmed dates are as follows:
12/27 New Evil X-Mas Mühltal, Steinbruchtheater, Hessen
1/9 2010 Boro’s Rockshow Radio Darmstadt, Hessen
5/1 2010 Ragnarök-Festival Rieden/Kreuth, Ostbayernhalle, Bayern
Christian metallers August Burns Red have issued the following update about a U.S. tour and releasing a Christmas single:
"Hello friends! Today happens to be the last day of our tour in Europe with Bring Me The Horizon and A Day To Remember. We’ve had a terrific time traveling the continent with this tour package, selling out clubs across the board, and meeting lots of new and incredible people along the way. That said, it’s time for August Burns Red to return to the United States where we will immediately begin a tour with Underoath and Emery! The tour starts in Raleigh, NC on Nov. 22nd, and runs through Thanksgiving before winding down in New Orleans on Dec. 17th. You do not want to miss the opportunity to see this show!
"With the help of CI Records, August Burns Red is proud to announce a limited edition Christmas single featuring our previously unreleased version of O Come, O Come, Emanuel along with our rendition of Carol of the Bells. The single is limited to just 1000 copies and won’t last long! To make it even more collectible, 400 copies will be pressed on Green vinyl, 400 copies on Red vinyl, and just 200 copies on split Red and Green vinyl. Preorder your copy at CI Record’s Webstore."
August Burns Red's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Sweden's Entombed, who had previously announced their shows in Colombia were being canceled, have now issued the following update about finding a new venue:
"NEWSALERT BOGOTA, WE HAVE A SHOW!! A few minutes ago we got confirmed that YES, we can play a show tonight, Saturday, Nov 21. The information we have for the venue is as follows: ALCALA BAR Calle 6 Sur, #71D - 77, piso 2
"If you did buy a ticket for our previously announced show in Bogota or Armenia, bring your ticket stub and get in for FREE. If you have not yet bought a ticket, we have heard that the cover charge to get in is: 20 000 PESOS.
"The capacity for the bar is 150, so if you are planning to go...start running :) There are 4 other bands playing and we will finish the night and go on stage at 9pm, we have been told that the bar closes at 3am. PLENTY OF TIME TO COME AND HANG OUT WITH US!!!"
Five Finger Death Punch has issued the following announcement about canceling their shows in Hamburg and Munster:
"Tonight's show with Shadows Fall in Munster and tomorrow night's show in Hamburg have been canceled due to illness. We apologize to all our fans who will miss these two shows- it's very unfortunate timing. The rest of the tour dates are unaffected."
Holocoaster, the new band featuring ex-Therion drummer Petter Karlsson, have announced they are currently in the studio working on new material. The band is actively seeking a new record label to release the upcoming album. No title or release date has been announced yet, but more details will be revealed as they become available.
Vocalist Mikael Aronsson of Swedish death metal band My Own Grave has issued the following announcement about touring alongside Demonical and Deathbound:
"In February we'll head out on the open, icy winter roads of Europe together with fellow madmen of Demonical and Deathbound. The madness will, I believe, be of epic proportions. Come out if you dare, and support the metal of death!! Check the poster below for dates and venues."
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
2/12 2010 Snövit Stockholm
2/13 2010 Ungdomens Hus Fredericia
2/14 2010 Bastard Club Osnabrück
2/15 2010 Little Devil Tilburg
2/17 2010 De Verlichte Geest Roeselare
2/18 2010 Das Haus Neuss
2/19 2010 Gleis 3 Annaberg-Buchholz
2/20 2010 Club Zentral Stuttgart
2/21 2010 Dynamo Werk 21 Zürich
2/22 2010 The Jack Hole Vicenza
2/23 2010 Channel Zero Ljubljana
2/24 2010 Toxic Music Club Pecs
2/25 2010 Zeljeznicar Zagreb
2/26 2010 Kawarna Slavonice
2/27 2010 Hellraiser Leipzig
2/28 2010 Klex Greifswald
Former Iron Maiden front man and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has issued the following statement about canceled European tour dates:
"On behalf of myself and the tour promoter and the two touring bands and tour manager. This is a statement concerning the cancellation of some shows at the end of the Eastern European tour. Due to extreme flu sickness of my band, myself, the tour promoter and tour manager (and our support band who were traveling on the tour bus with us) it was just impossible for the tour to be completed.
"We would like to apologize to all of our fans and the various promoters involved and we shall find a way (when we are all well again) to re-schedule those dates that were canceled. Very sorry for this unfortunate situation, but it was something that we had no way of controlling this."
Guitarist Ralf of Dutch metallers Persistense has issued the following statement about their show last night:
"Damn...after some great shows the last couple of weeks we did another gig last night. That gig definitely will be remembered as our worst show ever! Everything that could go wrong, actually did go wrong...and pretty bad too! When we entered the stage we found out that there were no cymbalstandards anymore. The first band of the evening had already gone home and took all their cymbalstandards with them! The result was we had to wait for half an hour for some new standards to arrive.
"Finally we could start off. We always begin our shows with an intro which is played on a cd player. Unfortunately the sound engineer must have fallen asleep cause after the intro he forgot to hit the 'stop' button. That didn't sound very pretty cause we already took off with our first song. Result; Chaos all over the place!
"Normally such things doesn't matter. We get over it pretty quickly and give our best. However, due to the really bad sound on stage we never got into our playing. Personally I didn't hear shit and I fucked up big time! Made some incomprehensible mistakes which I never made before and half way the show I felt like a sack of shit trying to play the guitar ;-) Lucky for me I'm long haired so I could cover my face ;-) Still we really tried to make the best out of it but yesterday it just didn't pay off. Sometimes everyone just has a complete off day! Next time we strike back!!!"
California death metallers Reciprocal have issued the following recap of their record release show:
"First off, thank you to all the fans who came out to support. You guys all helped make it a memorable night in the Reciprocal story. The show was fucking awesome. On a night with Dethklok playing just minutes away, Municipal Waste playing a block away, and a free metal/porn show across the street at Hustler, we expected it to be dead. But you the FANS delivered and packed the place. Thanks again to everyone who came out.
"All the local opener bands were bad ass. Enthraller ripped it up. Abysmal Dawn and Vehemence were fuckin sick. Thanks to Charles from AD for getting us on the show. The only bad part of the night was the crooks at the Whisky taking money from the bands for their merch sales, FUCK THEM! Overall it was truly a night to remember."
Reciprocal's self-titled album was released on November 19th.
Secret Sphere have announced they will be playing alongside Gamma Ray and Freedom Call on the "To The Metal" European tour. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
2/06 - Dock's - Hamburg, Germany
2/07 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium
2/09 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
2/10 - Le Trabendo - Paris, France
2/12 - Sala Totem - Navarra, Spain
2/13 - La Riviera - Madrid, Spain
2/14 - Sala Apolo - Barcelona, Spain
2/16 - Magazzini Generali - Mailand, Italy
2/19 - Gagarin 205 - Athens, Greece
2/20 - Block 33 - Thessaloniki, Greece
2/21 - Blue Box Club - Sofia, Bulgaria
2/23 - SKC - Belgrade, Serbia
2/24 - Boogaloo - Zagreb, Croatia
2/26 - Sport Hall - Presov, Slovakia
2/27 - MSK Centrum - Ziad Nad Hronom, Slovakia
2/28 - PKO - Bratislava, Slovakia
3/12 - H2O Halle - Reichenbach, Germany
3/13 - Kaminwerk - Memmingen, Germany
3/14 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
3/16 - Garage - Saarbrucken, Germany
3/18 - Stadthalle Langen - Langen, Germany
3/19 - Stadthalle Lichenfels - Lichtenfels, Germany
3/20 - [to be announced] - Prague, Czech Republic
UK metallers The Rotted have issued the following announcement about parting ways with their guitarist:
"The Rotted and Gian Pyres have parted ways this week. Gian was with The Rotted from the start and made some great contributions to the album 'Get Dead Or Die Trying' but now its time for us to go our separate ways. Music and people change over time and there are no hard feelings and no shit between anyone involved! Gian is still actively involved in some other bands and will be back soon! Watch this space... The Rotted will continue as a four piece for the Alestorm tour and other shows in December and January before auditioning new guitarists for album two in 2010."
Denmark's Illdisposed is currently streaming a new track online. The song "To Those Who Walk Behind Me," which is off their latest album "To Those Who Walk Behind Us," can be heard at the band's official MySpace page.
Illdisposed also has the following upcoming tour dates:
12/2 Roxy Flensburg (DE)
12/3 Alte Zuckerfabrik Rostock (DE)
12/4 k17 Berlin (DE)
12/5 Hellraiser Leipzig (DE)
12/6 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg (DE)
12/7 Club Vaudeville Lindau (DE)
12/8 Posthallen Würzburg (DE)
12/9 Viper Room Wien (A)
12/10 Stereo Club Klagenfurt (A)
12/11 East Club Bischofswerda (DE)
4/17 2010 The Rock Copenhagen (DK)
The Haunted has announced that they've been nominated for a Danish Metal Award for their latest album, "Versus," in the category of "Best International Metal Album." The other nominees are:
GOJIRA: The Way of All Flesh
MASTODON: Crack the Skye
THE HAUNTED: Versus
HEAVEN & HELL: The Devil You Know
SATYRICON: The Age of Nero
The Danish Metal Awards takes place January 16, 2010 at Amager Bio, Copenhagen, Denmark. Tickets are 290 Danish kroner can be purchased at Billetnet.dk.
Melbourne’s jazz metal fusionists Alarum have posted an update on the band's recording and live activities:
“Well it’s about time we did an update…
“‘Natural Causes’ is well underway in the studio; we’re recording with Theron Rennison at Rennisound studios. Drums are done and we’re mid way through guitars. Album will be finished by the end of the year for an early 2010 release…yes it’s been a long time coming and yes we’ll be making sure it’s well worth the wait.
“2009 has seen us return to the live scene with the addition of our live guitarist Ryan Williams supporting Death Angel/Armored Saint, shows around Melbourne and a recent trip to Adelaide for Against The Grain. (click here for live review!)
“We thought we’d get out there and play a few other places we haven’t been to for ages.”
Alarum has currently announced the following live shows:
4th December 2009 - Alarum @ Monstrothic, Brisbane
w/ Born from the Ashes, Silver Ocean Storm and Hung
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $15.
11st Dec 2009 - Lord @ Gaelic Club, Sydney
w/ Alarum, Darker Half and Backyard Mortuary
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $15. Free copy of LORD’s "Set in Stone" if you pre-purchase at Moshtix.
12th Dec 2009 - Lord @ Espy Gershwin Room, St Kilda
w/ Alarum, Divine Ascension, Toehider and Winterstorm
Tickets at the door 8pm, $15.
Hate Eternal has issued the following update about their show times on their current tour with Cannibal Corpse and Hatebreed:
"Hey Everyone, We are on at 6:30 PM every night on the Hatebreed, Cannibal Corpse tour. A lot of people have been missing us because of various info given. Please show up early and come support us and get your fix of brutal death metal, Hate Eternal style. We apologize to all the fans that have missed us,we shall see you soon! Thanks a lot, Metal!"
Sweden's Entombed have issued the following announcement about canceling their shows in Colombia:
"We just arrived in Bogota, all super excited to be here, when we received some BAD NEWS. Both shows here in Colombia are CANCELED. We really don't have any further information about the reason behind this, as we just heard a few minutes ago, but we wanted to let you know straight away.
"BUT, WE ARE FUCKING HERE and we wanna hook up with you guys anyway. We are trying to get something fun in the works for Saturday & Sunday. Maybe YOU can HELP us to come up with CRAZY fun ideas. Hang out in a great bar? Any place to jam? You got big garage to jam in? HELP US OUT, we are here for YOU! We are NOT here to just sit in a hotel and rot!
"Once again we NEED YOU HELP & SUGGESTIONS!"
Blackened death metallers Acheron have posted a new music video for the song “I am Heathen," which is off their latest album “The Final Conflict: Last Days Of God." The video clip can be viewed below.
Skeletonwitch has issued the following recap of their recent tour dates with The Black Dahlia Murder, Children of Bodom, and Toxic Holocaust:
"After more than 15,000 miles, 8 stitches, and countless beers... we're back from tour. We've had a few days to chill out and finally face the hangover that 60 days of partying kept putting off. Now, a huge thank you is in order: It was an unforgettable experience. Seeing the Canadian Rockies..... that was a first......seeing 3/5 of The Black Dahlia Murder Naked.........well.....we never wanted that to happen. But I suppose you take the good with the bad!
"Thanks to Children of Bodom, The Black Dahlia Murder, Toxic Holocaust, Trap Them, and all of the crew. We had an absolutely killer time and every single person involved couldn't have been cooler. Thanks brothers! Most importantly we would like to thank everyone who came out to the shows and partied with us! Without YOU we could not do this. (And trust me....we're really fucked if we can't do this! It's all we know!) The support is massively and genuinely appreciated. Thanks for the good times and we hope to see you on the road again soon.
"Up next is European decimation w/ Toxic Holocaust and Goatwhore! Fucking stoked!!"
Skeletonwitch has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
New Jersey thrash veterans Overkill are gearing up to unleash their latest album "Ironbound" in January 2010 through E1/Koch Records in North America and Nuclear Blast Records throughout the rest of the world. The band will soon be celebrating their 25th anniversary of releasing albums, having put out their debut full-length back in 1985. Overkill vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth shared with me some of the experiences he's had over those 25 years and how they've all culminated into "Ironbound." More...
Tonight's Headbangers Ball on MTV2 at 2 AM ET/PT will feature Valient Thorr and the following lineup of videos:
Valient Thorr - "Tomorrow Police"
Isis - "20 Minutes/ 40 Years"
Miss May I - "Forgive and Forget"
Otep - "Smash The Control Machine"
Converge - "Axe To Fall"
Echoes the Fall - "Break Away"
Janus - "Eyesore"