Metal News for November 24, 2009
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We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week IMPIOUS drummer Mike Norén shares a story from a show they played in Germany:
"We did a show with Cataract at Markthalle in Hamburg back in 2005. I stood next to the stage and watched the entire Cataract set; I was really into the 'With Triumph Comes Loss' album at that time. And on the last song 'Reborn from Fire' I ran right out on stage, threw myself head first towards the monitors, grabbed them just before my head was about to smash into them and did a front flip right off stage. I remember my feet smashing into these German kids’ heads right before my entire bodyweight came slamming down on top of them. After the show a kid came up to me and told me in broken English/German how I 'put my foot in his head.' It was great fun."
I'm not so sure that kid has such fond memories of that night as Mike does! Perhaps it was lost in translation, but no blood, no foul.
Impious' new album "Death Domination" was just released in North America this week and will see an Asian release on December 23rd. You can check out some of their music here.
Check back every Tuesday for a new tale from the mosh pit.
As we near Black Friday, the busiest Christmas shopping day of the year, many retailers and online stores have announced a variety of special deals. Many of these deals offer metal and hard rock albums at greatly reduced prices. As more Black Friday ads are announced we will continue to update this page with the most recent information. The current metal deals are as follows: More...
Machine Head have added an extra five European dates to their upcoming "The Black Procession" tour. The tour kicks off January 23rd, 2010 and also features Hatebreed, Bleeding Through, and All Shall Perish. The extra dates are as follows:
2/17 - U.K., Newport - Newport Centre
2/22 - U.K., Leeds - Leeds Academy
2/25 - U.K., Newcastle - Newcastle Academy
2/28 - Ireland, Dublin - Olympia
3/1 - Ireland, Belfast - Georges Market
Swedish "horror-doom" metallers Skeletal Spectre are currently streaming a new song online. The title track from their upcoming album "Tomb Coven" can now be heard at the band's official MySpace page. Although no specific release date has been announced, Skeletal Spectre have revealed that "Tomb Coven" will be released sometime within the next two weeks via Razorback Recordings.
Ratt have announced they are canceling their two U.K. headline dates at London's Islington Academy on December 1st and Wolverhampton Civic Hall on December 3rd. The Islington Academy show has been rescheduled for July 8, and the band are still on the bill at Hard Rock Hell III on December 4.
Australian metallers Vanishing Point have announced they are currently in the recording studio working on their upcoming 5th album. The as-yet-untitled album will be released some time in 2010.
Napalm Records have announced the signing of New Jersey rockers Monster Magnet. The band is currently writing new material to record in January.
Commented front man Dave Wyndorf: “I'm really looking forward to joining the roster at Napalm Records and working with them on future endeavors. Our plan is to record our next studio album with Matt Hyde starting in January, for a release early this summer. And with a new album comes a new run or two of live shows! Stay tuned - we're comin' to your town!”
Markus Riedler, Napalm Records Managing Director also stated: ”It is an honor to cooperate with a scene icon such as Dave Wyndorf! He’s very enthusiastic, full of energy and together, we want to rock through the coming years! The new album will be killer and fans should make sure to check out the high-energy live show of the band! 2010 will be the year of Monster Magnet!”
Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Black Tusk:
"Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Savannah, GA’s Black Tusk. Black Tusk formed in 2005 and saw the release of their debut full-length, Passage Through Purgatory, last year via Hyperrealist. Black Tusk has most recently released a series of split 7”s including those with ASG, The Holy Mountain, and Fight Amp. Audio samples taken from these releases can be heard now via the band’s MySpace page."
Black Tusk are currently rounding out a run of dates with Black Cobra in the eastern US. Photos from the band’s recent New York show can be viewed here. Upon returning home, Black Tusk will begin writing for their Relapse debut for an expected spring 2010 release date.
Black Tusk commented on the signing: “It’s awesome to be on a label with so many bands that have helped shaped our tastes and with a staff that treats like family. We’re stoked to get this next record out and we have a bunch of tours in the works so keep an eye out.”
Norwegian Black Metallers Den Saakaldte have inked a record deal with Pulverised Records for the release of the band’s third album. Work has already commenced on writing and preparation of new material, with the album scheduled for a 2010 release.
Den Saakaldte also recently announced plans to release two new versions of their first album, “Øl, Mørke og Depresjon”, which was originally released in early 2008 on Eerie Art Records. The new versions will appear both in Digipack format and Gatefold LP. Both formats will include bonus tracks not previously available together and artwork by Sykelig, and will be released on Aesthetic Death Records by the end of 2009.
Below you can see fan-filmed footage of Den Saakaldte performing “Samma Skrot Samma Korn” live at Party San 2009. More...
Arch Enemy has posted a series of video clips online from their recent Hong Kong show, which can be viewed below. The band has also issued the following road report:
"Oh yeah, South East Asia is an adventure. For example: Finding food for Vegetarians who do not like fish-based sauces. Whale meat anybody?? And they love to label their foods with funny words. Engrish from hell. Here are our impressions from Kowloon, Beijing, Seoul and Jakarta: 21-October-2009 @ Hitec Auditorium - Kowloon (Hong Kong) Bleak and grey from the outside: Kowloon. Concrete jungle. But - we managed to make it all cozy inside the venue. Rainbow colors over heavy shredding. More...
Dutch prog metallers Cirrha Niva have announced they will be making an appearance on an upcoming Christmas album titled "A Very Progressive Christmas." Melodic Revolution Records has issued the following statement about the album:
"Melodic Revolution Records is proud to release its first Holiday CD A Very Progressive Christmas. A Very Progressive Christmas Vol. 1. is a holiday series of songs that will stir emotions and inspire us all. Featuring some of the finest independent and international prog bands performing music with a progressive holiday flair. This CD is an eclectic mix of traditional classic holiday music such as: We Three Kings by Kurt Tischer of Temple 8; thematic music by Legend (Holy King) and prog metalers Cirrha Niva (Golan Heights) which features a guest appearance by Yuval Kramer from the Israeli band Amaseffer as well as other interpretations of the holiday season in true prog fashion."
Dark Fortress have issued the following statement about streaming a new song online from their upcoming album:
"Contrary to the last Dark Fortress album 'Eidolon,' 'Ylem' is not strictly a concept album; however, most songs have a common theme - invocations of the death principle from different perspectives. 'Ylem' is the term for the state of the elements before the Big Bang; in alchemy, it refers to the primordial matter from which all elements were created. The return to a state of 'Ylem' automatically signifies the end of everything that exists now. There is a spark of life in every living cell, but also a seed of entropy and death. The insignificance of the feeble evolutionary detour that is man is evident, for our future is clear: we will be nothing but dust and bones on a scorched, lifeless rock waiting to be devoured by the sun. This vision is also the basis of Stephen Lenfestey's artwork for the album.
"Dark Fortress recorded in V Santura's (guitars, also guitars in Triptykon and Noneuclid, and former live-guitarist for Celtic Frost) Woodshed studio without any outside influences or distractions.
"For a first taste the band has revamped their myspace and based it on the aforementioned artwork as well as launched the title track of the album. However, more songs will be revealed soon, as the band will be playing several on their upcoming tour with Satyricon, Shining and Posthum in December." More...
Dark Funeral has issued the following update about the release dates for their new album:
"Ave everyone. It has just come to our attention that the release dates for our new album 'ANGELUS EXURO PRO ETERNUS' vary a lot throughout the world. We actually though November the 18th was the deal, but apparently we were wrong, sorry for this! Anyway, to clear up some of the confusion this has caused, we have managed to the following information to share with you.
"The release dates in Europe vary between November 18th to 27th. The album is in stores in some countries, while in others it will be released No later than Nov 27th. Please check with your local record dealer what exact date that is set for YOUR country. US release is apparently set to January 26th !
"REST OF THE WORLD - LICENSEES Still tba – as soon as we have further info we’ll let you know!"
Dream Theater have announced that drummer Mike Portnoy will be making two upcoming in-store Australian appearances. The details are as follows:
12/5 2009 2:00pm
610-612 Canterbury Rd, Belmore
Dec 8 2009 4:00pm
529-535 High Street, Northcote
Ex Deo, the Roman themed band led by Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono, wants to assure everyone that they will still be playing the last week of shows on the Ensiferum tour, starting November 29th until December 5th. As previously reported, the band had to officially pull out of the rest of the tour due to visa matters beyond their control. Commented Maurizio:
"Hello friends, I’m sending this message to reassure everyone that EX DEO will in fact be present on the last week of the ENSIFERUM tour, starting this Sunday. We have received many e-mails and messages from concerned fans that aren’t sure that we will show up. Although we are disappointed as well that HYPOCRISY could not make it, you should not be worried regarding the new Roman legion. EX DEO will be present and in combat mode. Hail to you all!"
The dates are as follows:
11/29/09 Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
11/30/09 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
12/01/09 The Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
12/02/09 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
12/03/09 Le Medley – Montreal, QC – CANADA
12/04/09 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
12/05/09 The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza – New York, NY
Swiss metallers Female Nose Breaker have recently recorded three new promo songs which they are offering as a free download. The tracks can be downloaded at this location. The band has also posted a new promo video, filmed at Mountains Of Death 9, which can be viewed below.
Gorgoroth have announced they will embark on a European mini-tour in April 2010 in support of their latest album "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt." The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
09.04.2010 - Belgium, Vosselaar @ Biebob
10.04.2010 - Holland, Rotterdam @ Baroeg
11.04.2010 - France, Paris @ Trabendo
12.04.2010 - Germany, Hamburg @ Marx
13.04.2010 - Germany, Cologne @ Underground
14.04.2010 - Germany, Ludwigsburg @ Rockfabrik
15.04.2010 - Italy, Milan @ Magazzini Generali
16.04.2010 - Germany, Osnabrück @ N8
17.04.2010 - Germany, Glauchau @ Alte Spinnerei
Austrian metallers Hollenthon have issued the following statement about playing two shows on December 19th:
"Hi girls and boys, we're happy to say that we will play at the after party of the EINDHOVEN METAL MEETING late at night on the 19.12.09!!! We also play @ the FROSTROCK in Kuurne (belgium) wich is also on the 19.12.09!!! So don't wonder, its not a mistake in our gig date section. Cheers and hope to see you in Kuurne or Eindhoven."
Impious have announced that their new album "Death Domination" will see an Asian release on December 23rd. The Asian version will also feature a previously unreleased song titled "The Reapers End." The entire album "Death Domination," with the exception of the new track "The Reapers End," is currently available for streaming at this location.
Dutch thrash/death metal band Izegrim has issued the following update about recording a new album in August of 2010:
"We are proud to announce that we will be working together with Jörg Uken from the Soundlodge Studio in Germany to record and mix our upcoming full-length. Izegrim will enter the studio on 7 August, where we will be recording our new propaganda for several weeks. Jörg Uken worked together with God Dethroned ('Toxic Touch' and 'Passiondale') and Dew-Scented ('Incinerate'), just to name a few. Planned release date has been set for early December 2010."
Canadian extreme metal outfit Katklysm will be direct support to German thrashers Kreator on their headlining North American tour this upcoming March, dubbed the “Hordes of Chaos Part II” tour.
Kataklysm frontman Maurizio Iacono commented: "Growing up on thrash and speed metal, Kreator was always on the top of my playlist. I would call them the European Slayer! Well all of us in Kataklysm are fans so I can’t express how happy we are to have been offered this tour with this legendary band! It’s safe to say that we will be bringing a strong and heavy hitting set list. Let there be blood!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
3/18 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
3/19 - Vancouver, BC @ Ricksaw Theater
3/20 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
3/21 - San Fransisco, CA @ Slim's
3/23 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
3/24 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
3/25 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
3/27 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
3/28 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
3/30 - Orlando, FL @ The Club at Firestone
3/31 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Shadows Fall have announced that their previously scheduled home town holiday show on December 26th, 2009 has been canceled. The band listed unforeseen family commitments as the reason for the cancellation. Tickets can be refunded at the point of purchase.
Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda, who were the subject of the documentary "Heavy Metal in Baghdad" and currently reside in the United States, have announced they will be releasing their new EP "Only The Dead See The End Of The War" on March 9th, 2010. Acrassicauda are currently offering the song "Garden Of Stones" from the EP as a free MP3 download. The song can be found at this location.
"Only The Dead See The End Of The War" was recorded at Spin Studios in Long Island City, NY with Nik Chinboukas. Alex Skolnick of Testament assisted the band with production and Josh Wilbur mixed the EP.
New Jersey hard rockers The Infinite Staircase have issued the following announcement about upcoming shows and writing new material:
"So it's been a while since we've given any kind of 'big' ongoing update (and I know, most of you are probably happy about that) - well, let's see what we got going here... First of all, the Holidays are upon us and we wish a happy, healthy, merry and metal season to one and all. To Help Celebrate the Holidays The Infinite Staircase will be doing several things...
"1) We will be donating several hundred copies of our debut album The Road Less Taken to organizations who bring needed items to the Troops serving overseas for the Holidays; among many items listed, music is one of them and we hope that our little bit of effort will help some brave soldier in some way and help show our appreciation for what they are doing for us and our great country. We strongly urge everyone, no matter what your view on the war may be, please do what you can to help make these brave men and women feel your love this Holiday Season.
"2) We will be celebrating Thanksgiving Early with our (BELATED) CD RELEASE PARTY THIS WEDNESDAY - THANKSGIVING EVE at L'AMOUR (Located at 2354 Arthur Kill Road - Staten Island, New York) More...
We, The Undersigned have issued the following fifth tour blog from their current "Off With Their Heads" tour:
"November 16th – The Kelowna Club – Kelowna, BC. Oh what a night! As previously mentioned, we decided to drive over night to Kelowna. Desipte the fact that we met up with a snow storm in the mountains of Alberta, with the help of a little bit of shift-work driving, I found myself waking up in what the Tim’s employee told me was Kamloops, BC around noon. Not bad! One motivation behind the night-time drive was to ensure that when we begin our 4-day trek back to Halifax, we’re ready.
"Our first show in British Columbia this time around is in Kelowna. I was once informed by Ottawa’s 'Fuck The Facts' that Kelowna has a lot of passionate music lovers, or so-says their song named after the city. I think we proved their theory because we (er...i mean.... Ninjaspy) filled this small community center and had the craziest pits we’ve seen all tour for both ours as well as NS’s set. Thanks Kelowna for losing your freakin’ minds!!! Can’t wait to come back.
"Something that deserves mentioning about this night is that I took a huge bail during our 2nd song of our set, Pangea Mind. I fell right on my ass and had my guitar signal cut out. As any professional would (lol!), I got my guitar working just in time to hit an A-minor and scream 'Disipate!!!'. That’s what I get for trying to pull off the 'Eddie Vedder' power jumps. Amazing show, sold some shirts/cd’s, got to see my longtime friend Charlie Robichaud. Looking foward to the remainder of our BC dates... More...
Swedish metallers Aeon have issued the following statement about canceling their upcoming tour date with Mayhem and rescheduling a new date on their own:
"We got some bad news. The gig with Mayhem and Godphobia in Östersund 2009-11-28 has been canceled. We are still waiting for details about this. However, since the cancellation has nothing to do with Aeon, we have decided to throw you a show here in Östersund anyway. This gig has nothing to do with the Mayhem show so the tickets you may have bought for that show will be re-funded by the booking agency and this show will cost 80:- at the door. No pre-sale will be available due to the short notice. Information about refunding your Mayhem tickets will be sent thru email from the booking agency and details will be found at this location in a moment. The local black metal act Denicalis will support us this evening.
"28.11.2009 Aeon + Denicalis @ Gamla Tingshuset Östersund Price: 80:- at the door Doors open 19:00 and first band on stage 20:00 After the show, we will continue the night at Plaza for some party (18+) PS. We might treat you with a new song this evening…"
Canadian metallers Endast have posted the final video tour blog from their "Blue Skies 2009 Tour." The video clip can be viewed below.
Godless has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Sabbath Fire Records:
"Godless have been signed by 'Sabbath's Fire Records'(France)! More Info regarding the Release will be available soon! 'Sabbath's Fire' is a true underground label which have released material from the best true underground Bands as Akitsa(Can), Marblebog(Hun), Sombre Chemin(Fra), Ornaments Of Sin(Fra), Bilskirnir(Ger), Hunok(Hun), Striborg(Aus), Satanic Warmaster(Fin) and so on. Will be more than a pleasure to be part of Sabbath's Fire and to be among all their comrades."
Sample Godless tracks can be heard at their MySpace page.
Legendary Swedish death metal outfit At The Gates will release a three DVD set entitled, "The Flames Of The End" through Earache Records on February 22nd of next year. The DVD set includes:
Disc 1: Under A Serpent Sun - The Story of At The Gates - a brand new documentary with a running time of over 2 hours, detailing the band's entire career with exclusive interviews and footage, filmed and directed by guitarist Anders Bjorler.
Disc 2: Purgatory Unleashed - Live at Wacken - a 75-minute live set from the band's reunion set at the Wacken festival in 2008 in front of 100,000 people.
Disc 3: Only the Dead Are Smiling - 26 rare and archive live performances of the band playing in locations around the globe from 1991 - 2008. More...
In a recent update, Armored Saint bass player Joey Vera revealed more details about what will be Armored Saint's first studio album in ten years including it's name and when fans can expect it. The message reads as follows:
"After six weeks, the new Armored Saint record is done. Well, not entirely….we still have to have it mastered which should be done in the next two weeks. So technically, there’s plenty of time for more arbitrary bouts of stress. But all of the tunes have been recorded and mixed. And I have the dark circles under my eyes to prove it!
"As the producer of the record, I did in fact work very long and hard on this. But I didn’t work alone. Everyone involved worked their asses off. Gonzo, John, Phil and Jeff all came in and gave it everything. Engineer Bryan Carlstrom and his assistant John Nuss were the work horses who kept up the pace in this session which for the most part meant putting in 12 – 14 hour days. I can’t say enough about Bryan, Nuss and Annette Cisneros from Tranzformer Studios in Burbank. This is a first class operation and to boot, they all gave heart and soul into the project which these days you just cannot even pay for. We are in much debt with them. Truly wonderful people.
"The result is just amazing, and I may be hasty when I say that this may be our best record ever. But all dopes in bands say that right? Well this time I think it’s true and although my reasons may be purely personal, I still deem it truth. The songs are great and it sounds great. The title of our new record is La Raza which means, The Race. More...
Norway's Inquested has issued the following update regarding the addition of their new bassist:
"Early this year we parted company with Sondre and were left with no one to handle the bass. There is no bad blood and we are still friends. It was just one of those things that needed to be done. Been nice working with you Sondre. We had some good try outs but went for Sondres brother Håvard, which we had played with before, many years down the line. He helped us out for a while playing some really good shows with us. As that happens he also plays with Soulscarred so we knew we couldn't keep him forever. Thanks a lot for the good work Håvard!" More...
The traditional Raskas Joulu (Heavy Christmas) tour is on the road again already for the fifth time. The Raskas Joulu project consists of many well known Finnish metal musicians who will perform classic Christmas songs in their own style.
The vocalists of the Raskas Joulu 2009 tour are:
J. Ahola (Teräsbetoni, Northern Kings)
Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings, Sapattivuosi)
Ilja Jalkanen (Kiuas)
Ari Koivunen (solo, Amoral)
J-P Leppäluoto (Charon, Harmaja, Northern Kings)
Antony Parviainen (Machine Men)
Tommi "Tuple" Salmela (Tarot)
The tour dates are as follows:
Nov 24 Private Christmas Party, Vantaa (J. Ahola, Ari, Ilja)
Nov 27 Night Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä (Antony, Tuple, Ilja)
Nov 28 Puustelli, Nivala (Antony, Tuple, Ilja)
Dec 04 Raahe-Sali, Raahe (Ari, Tuple, JP)
Dec 05 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki (Ari, Tuple, JP)
Dec 10 Puijonsarvi, Kuopio (Marco, Tuple, Ari, Ilja)
Dec 11 Bar'n'Night Vaakuna, Mikkeli (Antony, Ari, Ilja)
Dec 12 Rikala-Sali, Salo (Antony, J. Ahola, Ilja)
Dec 16 Klubi, Turku (Marco, Tuple, JP)
Dec 17 YO-Talo, Tampere (Marco, J. Ahola, JP)
Dec 18 Nosturi, Helsinki at 18:45, no age limit (Marco, J. Ahola, JP, Ilja, Ari)
Dec 18 Nosturi, Helsinki at 21:30, age limit 18 years (Marco, J. Ahola, JP, Ilja, Tuple, Antony)
Dec 19 Osmantupa, Eura (Marco, J. Ahola, Ilja)
Dec 26 Puustelli, Alavus (JP, Tuple, Antony)
The band's lineup consists of:
Erkka Korhonen - Guitars & backing vocals, musical director
Tuomas Wäinölä - Guitars
Mirka Rantanen - Drums
Erkki Silvennoinen - Bass
Vili Ollila - Keyboards
Check out some of their music on the Raskas Joulu Myspace player.
BARONESS has announced the first dates for their European headlining tour in support of "Blue Record." This tour will kick-off on January 18th in The Netherlands, working its way through the mainland and UK. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more details to be announced shortly.
Additionally, BARONESS has announced that they will join ISIS for a three-day Japanese tour in early April. This run of dates will follow the band’s first Australian tour where they will be touring as part of the Soundwave Festival with JANE’S ADDICTION, FAITH NO MORE and many more.
BARONESS kick-off their US headlining tour last week in Washington, DC. Guests on this month-long tour include EARTHLESS, TORCHE, PIG DESTROYER, US CHRISTMAS, IRON AGE and more.
BARONESS recently premiered the first video from "Blue Record," for the track "A Horse Called Golgotha," online, which you can watch below. The "A Horse Called Golgotha" video was lensed in the band’s hometown of Savannah, Georgia with director Joshua Green for The Distillery Collective.
Here are the latest BARONESS tour dates: More...
Drummer Brian Tichy (FOREIGNER, BILLY IDOL, OZZY OSBOURNE, VELVET REVOLVER) and bassist Michael "Denim" Devin (KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD) have joined LYNCH MOB as the band's new touring rhythm section.
Commented Tichy: "It will be fun to get loud and powerful with George [Lynch], Oni [Logan] and Denim as I've always been a fan and I'd be a liar if I was to say I didn't attempt to learn all his rhythms and leads on 'Tooth and Nail' [DOKKEN] in high school when I was 16! C'mon, he was tearing it up! I was obsessed with guitar back then, as I am now, and he was one of the cats... Well, he still is as so many people nowadays were influenced by him.”
"George is so cool that he came over my house with a little rig and he, myself and Denim had two days of jammin’ the tunes in my bedroom turned drum room. There was barely any space but we had a great time. Total high school vibe! I should have gotten a picture."
Here are the upcoming LYNCH MOB shows:
Nov. 27 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues (w/ DOKKEN)
Nov. 28 - San Diego, CA - The 4th and B (w/ DOKKEN)
Nov. 29 - Anaheim, CA - House Of Blues (w/ DOKKEN)
Dec. 12 - Las Vegas, NV - Feelgoods
Jan. 23 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Manifesto
Jan. 24 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Hard Rock Cafe
Audio samples songs that appear on LYNCH MOB's comeback album, "Smoke And Mirrors," are available for download at the Frontiers website.
The CD was released in Europe on September 18 (October 13 in the U.S.) via Frontiers Records.
LYNCH MOB's recording lineup on "Smoke And Mirrors" included Logan and Lynch alongside bassist Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) and drummer Scot Coogan (BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, ACE FREHLEY).