Metal News for November 27, 2011
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24 news articles posted on this day.
Argentinian folk metal band Triddana has checked in with the following brief announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"The band is complete! Welcome to Ranz, our new drummer! Tomorrow we will announce the first show of Triddana!
"New Website at this location! All songs available for download! Soon we'll be sharing with you our new pics, clothing and lots more!"
For more details on Triddana and to keep up-to-date on the band's latest activity, head over to the official Triddana Facebook profile here.
Ministry is set to drop the new album "Relapse" through 13th Planet Records on March 3rd, 2012. The band has now posted a fourth making-of clip online for the album, which can be viewed below. You can also find the previously posted third video blog online by heading over to this location.
Footage has made its way online of Monuments performing an instrumental headlining set at The Lounge Bar in Alton on November 12th, 2011. You can check out the clip below, or find a previously posted instrumental clip for the song "The Uncollective" by heading over here.
German act Abstract Virus is currently streaming the entire "Reborn" album online. You can check out the release through the player below.
The "Reborn" track listing is as follows:
1. Humanity's Last Breath
2. E [ I ] E
5. Death Is Life
6. Anthem Of Insanity
9. Control More...
Sweden's One Without has posted an official music video for the track "Nothing to You" from the new album "Sweet Relief" through the band's Youtube channel. You can check out the video clip below.
One Without also has the following upcoming tour dates with Dead By April:
8-Dec UK Manchester Academy
9-Dec UK Glasgow ABC2
10-Dec UK Newcastle Academy
11-Dec UK Birmingham The Institute
12-Dec UK London The Garage
13-Dec UK Southampton Joiners
14-Dec BE Hasselt Muziekodroom
15-Dec DE Munich Backstage Club
16-Dec DE Cologne Underground
17-Dec DE Hamburg Molotow
18-Dec NL Amersfort Kelder
19-Dec DE Frankfurt Batschkapp
20-Dec DE Berlin Comet Club
21-Dec DE Stuttgart Universum
22-Dec AT Vienna 3Raum/Arena
Death is just the beginning, so says the title of Nuclear Blast’s compilation series. In the case of The Goregrowler’s Ball 5, death was just the beginning on Friday. Once Sunday, the third and final day of the fest arrived, many were feeling death was never ending. After three days of having one’s body blasted by the hardest, fastest and loudest music known to man, a headache or two afflicted more than one of the band members and ticket purchasers. Due to little seating, the vendors claimed most of the seating inside, many found a curb or fence to rest their ailing backs and feet.
Those taking in all three days were not about to give in to their fatigue, though. While just about everyone took occasional retreats to the parking lot to recharge at their cars (and party), most third-day attendees hung in to the very end. These metal warriors conjured the strength to bang bodies (even after massive bruising) one more time during Suffocation’s closing set.
Unfortunately, the number of purchases at the door was significantly less than the first two days. Hirax and Brutal Truth made climatic performances. Even before taking in our first act of the day, The Goregrowler’s Ball lone stoner/doom band, Pill Crusher, we felt something was amiss. According to a post on promoter Aaron Mendiola’s Facebook page, Sunday continued the trend of the previous days with a headcount fewer than 100 paying customers. The number of band members, vendors and sponsors gave the false impression of more money being exchanged. Because of the poor turn out, bands weren’t paid, a custom guitar was taken away from its raffle and raffle ticket holders weren’t refunded their money, and bands cancelled. More...
Pyramaze has checked in with the following announcement about a new band lineup and plans to commence recording a new album:
"Pyramaze are proud to announce that Michael Kammeyer's (guitars) replacement is in fact our longtime producer and very good friend Jacob Hansen (Invocator, Anubis Gate, Beyond Twilight). It seemed so natural to us to bring Jacob on board, given that he has always felt like an extra member of the band anyways. He has been with us since the beginning, producing, mixing and mastering 'Melancholy Beast' and 'Legend of the Bonecarver,' and mixing and mastering 'Immortal.'
"It's no secret that Michael was the main songwriter in Pyramaze, as well as the backbone of the band in every conceivable way. However with our new lineup that also consists of original members Morten Gade (Wuthering Heights) and Jonah W. (Structure of Inhumanity, Echoterra), longtime lead guitarist Toke S. and new vocalist Urban breed (Tad Morose), we have split up the songwriting duties, and pledge to put our hearts and souls into this new album and the future of Pyramaze.
"Michael's shoes are big ones to fill, (literally) and in doing so we feel that we are honoring his legacy to the best of our abilities. Before Michael and Niels (bass) had announced their departures from the band, we had already arranged to have Jacob mix the new album, so the transition has gone smoothly to say the least.
"We want to thank our fans for standing by us through all of our hardships, and we promise to deliver the best album we can. We love you all!"
Oklahoma City deathcore act Evita Awaits has checked in with the following update about entering the studio in January to record a new EP:
"Zach Smiley & Brett Alexander of Commotio Cordis, and Micah Hutson of 2X4 will be in the studio with us in January to record guest vocals on our new song 'Anthem (The Only Way Out)!'
"We will also have all of our friends from the Oklahoma and Texas scene in there to record gang chant vocals with us! We are so excited for all of you to hear our EP! We will keep you all updated!"
You can check out the band's music and find more information by heading over to the Evita Awaits Facebook profile here.
Asgeir Mickelson has issued the following announcement about recruiting ICS Vortex and Trym for his God Of Atheists band:
"I’m proud to announce that ICS Vortex will be singing for my God Of Atheists project. Drums were recorded by Trym (Emperor, Zyklon, Enslaved), and the rhythm guitars were recorded by me (solos will be done by someone a lot better than me…).
"God Of Atheists is the extreme metal project which I wrote most of the music for in 2008. One song was originally written for Borknagar back in 2004 but was never finished so I rewrote it and it’s now way too brutal for Borknagar’s style. The over all style is kind of 'Norwegian black metal done death metal.' It’s brutal but also very melodic.
"Both Mr. Vortex and I are looking forward to work on this album the upcoming months, and I’m sure Vortex’ awesome vocal style will add a new dimension to the songs. I just need to write some venomous lyrics first… Thankfully there’s a lot of venom in my head…
"And, if you like a project with Trym, Vortex and me, I think you will like the other musicians who’ve agreed to play on it. Exciting times!"
Cleveland metallers Alternate Reality have released a video for their song "The King That Never Was," which can be found after the jump. The track will appear on the band's forthcoming EP scheduled for release in 2012. The music video was filmed on location at historic Squire's Castle in Willoughby Hills, Ohio between July and November of 2011. Destructor vocalist and guitarist Dave Overkill has a staring role in the video as the character Mordred.
"I'm extremely excited to unleash our new music video onto the world," says vocalist Steve Delchin, who plays the role of King Arthur in the video. "It's about the legend of King Arthur and his quest for the Kingdom of Metal."
"The fact that we have two lawyers in the band is definitely unique," comments guitarist Bob Delchin, who also hosts the long-running "This Is Metal" show on Cleveland State University's WCSB radio station. "Our new video certainly has a legal flavor to it. A number of the actors appearing in the video enjoy careers in the legal field as lawyers, paralegals, and secretaries."
Alternate Reality's new video features special guest appearances from members of the Cleveland rock and metal community. In addition to Dave Overkill as Mordred, the video also includes Chris E. (CELLBOUND) as the evil Pagan Warrior, Dan Ullrich (PINCH POINT) as Sir Lancelot and Bill Peters (Auburn Records) as The Wicked Necromancer.
As Dave Overkill comments, "This video has it all! Tons of swords, blood, killing, medieval wizardry, and beautiful women clad in warrior gear. Talk about metal! My son, Hunter, even makes a guest appearance as the archer,and he lays a serious hurt on the warrior princesses."
"I had a great time shooting the video back in July," says Auburn Records president Bill Peters, "not the least of which included being escorted to Squire's Castle in a special luxury limo. Everyone thought I was an extra for The Avengers movie when some of the limo photos leaked out, which happened to be filming here in Cleveland at the same time, but in fact I was really going to the secret ALTERNATE REALITY video shoot. For anyone who has ever wanted to see me don a wizard outfit and cast magical spells (laughs), this is the video for you!" More...
U.S. metal act Soulless has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist:
"It is with heavy hearts and raised pints that Soulless announce the departure of long time guitarist, eternal boozing companion and life long shredder Jim Corrick. After spending the better part of the past ten years melting faces and crushing kegs, Jim has decided to move on to greener hop fields. Jim will join the band for their shows December 23rd in Parma, OH and January 13th in Cleveland, and from there will ride off on his trusty steed directly into the Forbidden Zone to seek his future. Filling the void will be long time north coast axe master Matt Sorg (Blood of Christ, From the Depths, Decrepit, Beyond Fear, Ringworm).
"Matt is a long time friend, incredible player and a drinking champion. We're thrilled that circumstances are allowing him to join us in Soulless. He's a perfect fit and we plan on getting busy with him as soon as possible, teaching him our material and beginning the songwriting process for our next full length."
Commented Jim on his departure: “Sadly, my time in Soulless is up. This would have been an easier decision if Chris, Jim, Dave, and Wayne weren't such god-damned rippers! It's time for someone else to forge ahead with this metal juggernaut; I'm glad to hear my good friend Matt Sorg is stepping in to continue the assault...I can't think of anyone else better suited for the task. Good luck brothers...thrash 'til death!”
Matt Sorg had this to say about joining the band: "Its great to be joining Cleveland's best Metal band! I've been in bands with Chris Dora for over 17 years now and I'm glad to keep that going! I've known all these guys forever and I'm excited to get to Thrash with them!"
Soulless is currently working in Bad Back studios with producers David Johnson and Snacks Mahone putting the final touches on the band's latest opus, “In Death's Grip," which should be out in early 2012. You can next catch Soulless live at the Third Annual WJCU Holiday Benefit Concert for the Cleveland Food Bank on Friday, December 23rd at the Hive in Parma, Ohio.
Astral Doors has announced upcoming European live shows early next year with Riotgod. The currently announced dates are as follows, with more expected to be announced shortly:
24.02.2012 Siegburg, Kubana
25.02.2012 Frankfurt, Musikkeller
26.02.2012 Karlsruhe, Stadtmitte
27.02.2012 Ingolstadt, Eventhalle Westpark
28.02.2012 Wien, Viper Room
04.03.2012 Geiselwind Strohofer Eventcenter
07.03.2012 Hamburg, Logo
08.03.2012 Berlin, K17
Astral Doors is now also confirmed for the Swedish Metal Festival, Skogsröjet, to be held on August 10th and 11th. More details on the festival are available here. In other recent Astral Doors news, the band's latest album "Jerusalem" will see its official North American release on January 31st, 2011.
Sweden's Deathdestruction has uploaded the fifth in a series of video tour blogs online from the band's time on the road in Europe supporting Hammerfall. Check out the fifth tour video blog below, or check out the fourth episode by heading over here.
Seattle, Washington's A Sense of Gravity has posted a new vocal version of the song "Lord Voldemort" online, which features the band's new vocalist. You can listen to the song in the player below. A Sense of Gravity also commented on the track:
"Introducing our newest member, vocalist C.J. Jenkins! This track showcases his extreme vocals, but we will have plenty of tracks in the future with him on clean vocals as well.
"We've also rerecorded David's guitar solo as well as the keyboard unison, played by our keyboardist Brandon Morris. Enjoy!"
Oregon based metal act Dusks Embrace has posted a video clip online for the song "Behind Our Silence Wall," which is taken off the band's "The Twilight Enigma" album. You can check out the clip below, and the band also commented:
"If you haven't seen our music video, check it out and let us know what you think! Also, we've been thinking about having another one made. But we don't know which song to use. Any ideas?
"We're playing out first show in a while with Beyond The Red Horizon, Forged In Flame, Polkadot Cadaver, Arkona, and Korpiklaani! The show is December 5th, so come out and show your support Portland!"
Melodic/power metal act The Sacrificed, which recently signed to Roxx Records, has now posted a promo sampler online for the band's upcoming album "III." You can check out the teaser after the jump. "III" follows-up the band's previous albums "2012" and "The Da Vinci Hoax" and will see release on January 31st, 2012.
Swedish act One By One has uploaded footage from the band's recent live performance at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg. You can check out the clip of "No Need To Be Afraid" in the player below. One By One also recently uploaded a music video for the song "Burn," which is still available online at this location.
3 Inches of Blood entered Vogville Studios yesterday to begin recording the band's fifth full-length album. The group has now checked in with the following brief recap of the first day's recording:
"DAY ONE in the studio was FUCKING EXCELLENT! Ash truly beat the shit out of his drums, and he's going to do it again tomorrow! This calls for a beer!
"Justin just listened to 'The View' by Lou Reed and Metallica, and now he can't stop singing 'I am the stew, I am the bread bowl.'"
For more of the latest 3 Inches of Blood recording updates and to check out photos uploaded from the studio, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
As was previously announced, Greek act Persona Non Grata will be releasing the band's second album “Quantum Leap” on December 9th, 2011 via Massacre Records. Persona Non Grata is now streaming a track off the upcoming release via the Massacre Records Facebook page. Navigate to this page to check out the song "Imaginative Mind."
According to the record label, Persona Non Grata's second album will "offer progressive metal at a high level and won’t disappoint fans of bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X or Fates Warning."
The "Quantum Leap" track listing is as follows:
1. Imaginative Mind
2. Lend Me A Hand
3. Evil Feelings
4. 9 AM News
5. Redemption Of Sins
10. Journey Ends
11. Journey's End
Swedish act In Flames has been announced as the headlining act for the upcoming Wacken Open Air Festival 2012, which will take place from August 2nd - 4th in Germany. A video clip has now been posted online of In Flames' Anders Friden discussing the upcoming appearance. Check out the clip after the jump, or by heading over here. For more info on the upcoming Wacken 2012, click here.
Solace of Requiem has checked in with the following recap of recent tour dates:
"What a great tour! Solace of Requiem would like to thank all the people responsible for the Believe In Nothing Tour 2011 and the No End To Suffering Tour 2011. Especially Mike, Michael & Boni (Boner) @ BCP Agency. 'When's Dinner Boner?' Dieter (Heavy D) the soundman, Conny the merch girl, Erik & Vomitory, Neils & Prostitute Disfigurement, Karsten & Disbelief and Patrick & Xiom.
"A big thanks to Ondrej, Luigi and all the other amazing promoters. Another big thanks goes to Tortharry, Tales Of Deleria and all the other great support bands for the tour. Many thanks to Claudia Brüggenkamp @ Stage Secrets Management, Nathanella @ Photomusic, Hellbangeuse Live Photography, Daniel Horlbogen @ Live Frenzy, Anja @ Captive Imagery, Tomáš Šrejber and all the other great photographers & videographers that filmed SOR.
"Please visit our Photos Page to see some of their photos and links to see their entire photo albums. A video from Paris is above. The sound quality is to be expected from a live concert captured on a handheld camera, but it was such an absolutely amazing show that it has been proudly added to the site.
"Last but not least.... Thank you to all the fans who supported us! This tour was incredible and we owe it all to the metal fans of Europe. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH!" More...
Voodoo Six has checked in with the following statement about postponing two live shows due to illness:
"Unfortunately we have had to postpone 2 shows on the current tour - Glasgow 26th and Leeds 27th November. This is due to Luke catching a throat and chest infection.
"He has been ordered to rest for a couple of days so the tour will resume on 29th November at The Borderline, London. The shows will be rescheduled for next year."
Details on rescheduled dates will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out the recently posted Voodoo Six music video for "Falling Knives" at this location.
Canadian viking thrash band Talamyus has a new album, "Raven's Call to Annihilation," and has uploaded the title track of it to YouTube. Talamyus is also streaming other material from the new album and two of it's other releases on it's Bandcamp page. More...
If you lived in Southern California during 1983 to present day there is a very good chance you have played for a band named L.A. Guns. I demand a VH1 Classic documentary on this phenomenon. I already have the title: "Eight is Enough: The story of nine albums and eight lead singers.”
This is the story of L.A. Guns.
To start we need to get the administrative part out of the way. Instead of populating every other sentence with a line-up change, here we go.
We will refer to the “Classic Line Up” of L.A. Guns as Phil Lewis, Tracii Guns, Mick Cripps, Kelly Nickels, Steve Riley. The “Steve Riley L.A. Guns” a.k.a. L.A. Guns #1 as Phil Lewis, Stacey Blades, Scott Griffin, Steve Riley and the “Tracii Guns L.A. Guns” a.k.a. L.A. Guns #2 as Jizzy Pearl, Tracii Guns, Doni Gray, Jeremy Guns. Recently Jizzy Pearl has left Tracii’s version of L.A. Guns, being replaced by Dilana Robichaux. So now the story is “Nine Lives: Nine albums, nine lead singers”.
Need a comprehensive list of lead singers? Why not, here they are: Phil Lewis, Jizzy pearl, Paul Black, Axl Rose, Michael Jagosz, Chris Van Dahl, Ralph Saenz, Marty Casey.
And finally other members (non lead singers) that at one time were members of L.A. Guns: Nickey Alexander, Ole Beich, Rob Gardner, Robert Stoddard, Michael Gershima, Johnny Crypt, Brent Muscat, Muddy, Keff Ratcliffe, Adam Hamilton, Keri Kelli, Scott Griffin, Kenny Kweens, Chad Stewart, Alec Bauer, Danny Nordahl.
Push the paper to the side and let’s see if we can figure out how this band bio grew to the size of a phone book. More...