Metal News for November 26, 2009
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24 news articles posted on this day.
Dark Fortress has issued the following statement about appearing at the Ketzer Fest instead of the Eindhoven Metal Meeting:
"To clear things up: Dark Fortress will not play at the Eindhoven Metal Meeting on the 19th of December. Despite the rest of the line-up of the Finale in Black tour - Satyricon, Shining and Posthum - playing this show, we will play at Ketzer Fest in Essen/Germany this day instead. Hope to see you there!"
Norwegian metallers Aspera have signed a worldwide deal with InsideOut Music to release their debut album "Ripples" on January 25th, 2010. “The deal they offered us was perfect,” comments vocalist Atle. “It showed that their ideas for the band matched our goals and aspirations, and it was exactly the deal we wanted.”
“And we’re big fans of InsideOut,” adds guitarist Robin. “Look at the calibre of artists they’ve got! It’s a great label, we’ve always wanted to work with them, and they made us an offer we literally couldn’t refuse. It’s a great opportunity for us as a band.”
"Ripples" was mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden by Jens Bogren. Bogren commented on the album: “The debut album from Aspera is one of the best progressive metal albums I've heard in a looong time! Since 1992, to be exact! It was an honor helping the band getting the album the way they deserve." The album's title track is currently available for streaming at this location.
The track listing for "Ripples" is as follows:
3. Do I Dare?
5. Between Black & White
6. Catatonic Coma
7. Torn Apart
8. Traces Inside
10. The Purpose
Imperium Dekadenz are currently offering a new song from their upcoming album as a free download. The track "An Autumn Serenade" can be downloaded here. The new album "Procella Vadens" will be released through Season of Mist Records in Europe on January 18th and in the U.S. on January 26th.
Leaves' Eyes has posted the second studio report online from their time recording the album "Njord." The video clip can be viewed below.
British metal band BOLT THROWER has confirmed tour dates for spring 2010. The dates are as follows:
29/04/10 – NL – Enschede – Atak
30/04/10 – NL – Tilburg – 013
01/05/10 – UK – London – ULU
02/05/10 – IE – Dublin – Button Factory
03/05/10 – UK – Belfast – Limelight
04/05/10 – UK – Leeds – Rio´s
05/05/10 – UK – Wrexham – Central Station
06/05/10 – UK – Birmingham – Asylum
07/05/10 – FR – Paris – Trabendo
08/05/10 – FR – Lyon – C.C.O.
09/05/10 – BE – Antwerpen – Trix Zaal
11/05/10 – PL – Warsaw – Progresja
12/05/10 – CZ – Prag – Abataon
13/05/10 – DE – Dessau – Metal Fest
14/05/10 – AT – Mining – Metal Fest
15/05/10 – CH – Pratteln – Metal Fest
16/05/10 – LU – Luxemburg – Kulturfabrik More...
San Francisco metal band InACage has issued the following update on the progress of their new album:
"We would like to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!"
"We would also like to give you an update on our cd. We received the master copy this week and are happy with the results. It will be released in about 2 weeks."
By overwhelming demand, Them Crooked Vultures has announced second concerts in Sydney and Melbourne:
Jan 23, Melbourne, Festival Hall
Jan 27, Sydney, Hordern Pavilion
Pre-sale tickets to the new shows will be available via frontiertouring.com from 2pm AEDT on Wednesday 2 December. General on-sale tickets are available Friday 4 December at 9am.
BORKNAGAR’s upcoming album, "Universal," will be released on of February 22nd 2010 through Indie Recordings. Borknagar has unveiled the artwork and tracklisting for "Universal," which is as follows:
3. The Stir of Seasons
4. For a Thousand Years to Come
5. Abrasion Tide
8. My Domain (featuring guestvocals by I.C.S Vortex) More...
Dark Tranquillity, who had previously announced their Istanbul tour date was being moved to December 6th, have now issued the following update about switching the show back to its original date:
"Attention Turkish fans, please note that the Istanbul show has been moved back to December 2 again. In other words, the previously announced December 6 date is changed. So - this is the current situation: December 2 - Maçka Küçükçiftlik Park, Istanbul."
Greek extreme metal band ROTTING CHRIST has announced that their upcoming album will be titled "AEALO." Frontman Sakis explains, "AEALO is the transcription of the ancient Greek word ???O into the Latin alphabet. It means thrashing, catastrophe or destruction and reflects the musical and lyrical content of the album. The concept of 'AEALO' deals with the feelings of a warrior during a battle, therefore the album's title bears this sense of anger, fear and grief."
Florida metal band Ekotren has issued the following update regarding their new EP and CD release party:
"That's right everyone, we have posted one of our new songs 'Light To Shine' on Our Myspace, our new ep 'The Confessions OF Gladys White' will be available on the 28th of this month at our cd release party at 'The Spot' in Downtown Fort Myers, doors open at 7 pm, we have our friends From The Throne and In Whispers kicking off the party, and we cant wait to share our new music with our friends and family!" More...
Evile has issued the following statement about touring the U.S. in March:
"That's right, it's about time it happened, after 2 years of nearly getting it sorted then being let down time and time again we are finally confirmed for a USA tour. We will be supporting the mighty KREATOR on their Hordes of Chaos Part II tour so we get a chance to bring Infected Nations over the seas at last! The support bands change quite a lot so here's all the details, we are on all the dates."
3/03 - Jaxx, West Springfield, VA
3/04 - The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
3/05 - The Palladium (MA), Worcester, MA
3/06 - Nokia Theater, New York, NY
3/07 - Club Soda, Montreal, QUE
3/08 - Imperial de Quebec, Quebec City, QUE
3/09 - Opera House, Toronto, ONT
3/10 - Peabody's Cleveland, OH
3/11 - Blondie's, Detroit, MI
3/12 - The Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
3/13 - Rave, Milwaukee, WI
3/14 - Block Station 4, St Paul, MN
3/16 - Bluebird Theater, Denver, CO
3/18 - Corazon, Seattle, WA
3/19 - Rickshaw Theater, Vancouver, BC
3/20 - Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
3/21 - Slim's, San Francisco, CA
3/23 - House of Blues, West Hollywood, CA
3/24 - House of Blues, San Diego, CA
3/25 - The Rock, Tucson, AZ
3/27 - Emo's Alternative Lounging, Austin, TX
3/28 - Meridian, Houston, TX
3/30 - The Club at Firestone, Orlando, FL
3/31 - The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
The varying line-ups for the dates are as follows: More...
Finland's Swallow the Sun have announced their latest album "New Moon" has official landed on the U.S. charts. During it's first week in the United States the album is sitting at position #148 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, which lists albums by artists who have never appeared in the top 100 of The Billboard 200 chart. Samples of Swallow the Sun's music can be found at their MySpace page.
Riffmag has posted a video interview online with Portugal's ThanatoSchizO at the Ermal Festival 2009. The video clip can be viewed below.
Black metallers Hoarfrost have issued the following recap of their EP release show and announcement about upcoming activity:
"It would appear that Old Father Winter is looking upon Winnipeg in a favourable light, since the first skiff of snow fell only just last night - well over a month late. Why, up until last week, geese were still only beginning to make their way south, which is indeed quite strange. I wonder if the bears have even begun to hibernate, or if it's not quite cold enough yet? More on the subject of ‘hibernation’ later.
"This past Saturday, HOARFROST had the distinguished honour of releasing our debut EP in front of our - to be completely frank - fucking awesome fans and friends (aka The Frost Legion) at CFR Church in Osborne Village. The night was a resounding success, with something like 50+ CDs sold and a subsequent inundation of support and positive feedback from those in attendance. You guys are awesome! Special thanks (as always) to our gracious host Bill Gillis from CFR as well as Grand Master (the grand masterminds behind this show) and Armoured Assault (our iron-clad body-guards and show openers). I don't recall a moment there wasn't a mosh pit during out set! More...
Dr. Mikannibal of Japanese metallers Sigh is sharing her Habanero Gyudon recipe with the world in the new cookbook "Hellbent For Cooking: The Heavy Metal Cookbook." The book, which was put together by Annick "Morbid Chef" Giroux, is now available from Bazillion Points Books. "Hellbent For Cooking" features 101 entries from 32 countries and includes entries from bands such as Thin Lizzy, Anthrax, Destruction, Possessed, Obituary, Accept, Doro, Gwar, Toxic Holocaust, EyeHateGod, Saint Vitus, Amebix, Melechesh, Cauldron, Uriah Heep, and more. About 30% of the entries are vegetarian. More info on the cookbook can be found at this location.
Strange Flesh has issued the following update about recording new material starting in early December:
"First and foremost, from Strange Flesh and crew to all of you-Happy Thanksgiving and be safe in those annual riots called black Friday. Just an announcement to say that this coming Tuesday, the ol' fleshers will start drum pre-production and we're expected to officially start recording Saturday, Dec. 5th. We bought heaters for the new studio and with a favorable December, we expect to have the drums done in a week or so. Then rhythm guitars (2 per side, layered and panned at 100 and 80 percent). Then bass. Then acoustic, harmony, and lead guitars. Finally vocals and backups. Its gonna be a killer album and after we get it finalized, we'll start booking shows (local/regional/national). Guitarist auditions will ramp up after the holidays. Thanks."
I've avoided writing any sort of giving thanks Thanksgiving message for years, but since we're doing more personal op-eds and columns these days, I figured "why the hell not." Besides, I really am thankful for all who have helped me along this 8+ year journey of Metalunderground.com, directly and indirectly.
While the music industry is often reviled, there are a lot of people working their asses off for sub-executive level salaries to make stuff happen for the bands. Nine times out of ten, publicists are the ones who get us set up with exclusive coverage and access to the bands themselves, all the while juggling a million things at once. I can relate. Thank you all for working with us on so many mutually rewarding and beneficial projects, and for your patience when things are sometimes slow moving or hard to nail down (because you know how swamped we are too probably), and being cool people to work with.
We've got a killer staff this year - the best staff ever - who have helped bring you all the latest news daily, review tons of releases, gain more insight into bands through interviews and show reports, and help you discover new music with some of our latest columns and countless other ways. We've added many excellent writers and our senior staffers have all been steadily improving their writing over time, even those who are not writers by trade. So thanks to all of you for your efforts and making this site better than I ever imagined and of a quality that I am proud.
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Uruguay based dark symphonic metallers Upon Shadows are currently offering two previous demo albums as free downloads. The band's 2003 self-titled demo can be found at this location and their 2009 "The Circle of Time" demo can be downloaded here.
Front man Joe Di Taranto of Canadian metallers Warmachine will be making an interview appearance on the Michigan radio show "Butcher Shop." The show will take place on WKUF-LP 94.3 FM this Friday, Nov. 27th @ 9:30PM EST. You can also hear a stream of the interview at this location.
New Jersey black metal band Mortum has issued the following update on their MySpace page regarding their upcoming EP, album, and new songs:
"We just uploaded two new tracks, 'Lost and Empty' and 'Prophesizing the Fall of Mankind.' These songs have been on the page before but these are newly-recorded versions that will be on our upcoming EP 'Beyond Which Darkness Holds Secret... Hopefully to be released in early 2010."
"We decided to re-record our EP from last year due to some errors in the recordings themselves. Originally we planned on recording our full length album 'Awakening of the Primordial Spirit' but decided to go for an EP instead. However the Awakening title will be used for our debut full length." More...
Hour Of Penance are currently in the processing of recording their new album for a 2010 release through Unique Leader Records. Guitarist Guilio Moschini commented on the album:
"Hour of Penance will complete tracking of their new album at 16th Cellar Studios in Rome and in the next days the band will start mixing at the same studio. Just thought it was time to give you guys an update regarding what's going on in the Hour of Penance camp. We've finally finished tracking all the instruments for the new album and we will start mixing it at the end of this week with Stefano Morabito at the mixing desk. Production-wise this album is already beyond what we have done with 'The Vile Conception,' so we're definitely satisfied with the results we're achieving so far and I'm sure you will be with me once you'll hear it! Once we have finished with the mixing we will send the new album to the Hertz Studios in Poland, where legendary bands like Behemoth, Decapitated, Vader and Hate have worked, for the mastering...easy to say that we're thrilled to work with the guys of Hertz studios, and we're sure that this will help the album to sound even better. Expect a killer Hour of Penance album to be released in 2010!"
Live video footage has been posted online of Mantic Ritual performing the song "Souls" with new vocalist/guitarist Dave Watson. The video clip can be viewed below. "Souls" is off the band's 2009 debut album "Executioner."
Mantic Ritual guitarist Jeff Potts commented: “‘Souls’ has been a standard in our set list and it's really grown on us since we started touring a lot this year. The song originally debuted 3 years ago in a VFW in Monaca, near Pittsburgh in February of 2006. While it was written before Dave [Watson] joined the band, he did mix the first demo of it [when the band was still called Meltdown]. We have two new songs in our live set. One is called ‘The Faceless God’ and the other is ‘Descent To Dawn.’ We also have a new cover song in our arsenal! Showing that we can write and play better than ever is important. Also, we just feel that it's been far too long since we've had some new material in the set. We've all had some ideas lately and we're excited to get back into writing mode.” More...
Swedish extreme metallers Shining have completed work on their seventh album and have revealed the cover artwork. Scheduled for release on Indie Recordings in March/April 2010, the 6-track album will have the title “Shining VII - FÖDD FÖRLORARE” (Born Loser). The track listing is as follows:
1. Förtvivlan, Min Arvedel
2. Tiden Läker Inga Sår
3. Människa O'Avskyvärda Människa
4. Tillsammans Är Vi Allt
5. I Nattens Timma
According to founder and front man Niklas Kvarforth (Skitliv), with “Född Förlorare” Shining will “take a deep dive into the darkest of all musical genres you could imagine." Making guest appearances on the album are Erik Danielsson (Watain), Peter Bjargo (Arcana), and Nordman.
Shining is due to tour Europe with Satyricon in December, and confirmed that they will be appearing at the Metalfest Open Air Festivals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in May 2010. The band is currently waiting for the work permit and visa approvals that will enable them to join the US tour with Behemoth in January, and will announce dates as soon as approvals have been confirmed.