Metal News for November 29, 2009
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27 news articles posted on this day.
Michigan metallers Satyrasis has issued the following statement about parting ways with their drummer:
"Object Permanence: the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be seen, heard, or touched. This kiddies is our term of the day......or probably, the next decade. You will have to learn to develop it in the instance of this band from here on out. To start things off, Jake Bryan has quite perplexingly decided to run straight out from left field and quit the band. Details are erroneous, but we can say with much certainty that if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck....chances are it drummed for us and it ended badly. We have, thankfully, been informed that a better band has already been formed, which will be reprieving you from us, as soon as you die from holding your breath.
"With the posturing over with, let me be quite frank with the supermassive legion that is our fanbase........We're idiots, the lot of us. If you know us, you know this already. We make bad decisions so much, you'd think it makes us cum....... It doesn't. Shortsightedness, unneeded pressure & sacrifice, trusting those unworthy of trust, taking seriously those who are habitually insincere. The Zit has (finally) popped.
"Sadly, short of the miraculous.....we will be confining ourselves to the back of bus.....and since it's Satyrasis, it's a pretty short bus. We won't be too concerned with much else besides perusing exploits that don't involve whatever it is that metal bands are becoming in 2010 or the standards by which those bands are judged. This is not a Requiem for a Satyrasis....yet. And we'll be sure to let you know when it is. Until then.....object permanence is key."
Spare Change Records artists BURNING THE MEMORY have entered The Wild Arctic Studios once again, to begin production on their yet untitled follow up release. A webisode has been uploaded to their YouTube channel and can be seen below.
Dark Tranquillity has now announced a their first ever show in Tunisia. "We always enjoy traveling and bringing our music to new places, so we're very much looking forward to this event," commented the band. Here's the show details:
Date: December 12
Venue: La Coupole d'el Menzah, Tunis
Local support will come from Carthagods.
Progressive black metal band Ne Obliviscaris has posted video footage from their time in the recording studios this month. The band has already laid down drums and bass for their debut full length due out in 2010.
Death metallers Hate Eternal have been thorugh some rough times, but nothing can stop them from continuing to rock the house when they play. Currently on the Decimation of the Nation 2 Tour alongside Cannibal Corpse and Hatebreed, the Floridians take the stage nightly and tear it up with crushing metal and techincal wizardry on their respective intruments. I had a chance to talk to Erik Rutan, guitarist and vocalist about the loss of bassist Jared Anderson, an upcoming album and how he got so damn good at guitar. During the interview, Hatebreed was on stage not far away, and the walls of the club were very thin. Fortunately, I transcribed the interview which is below the video. More...
Debemur Morti Productions has issued the following announcement about Archgoat pushing back the release date of their anniversary box set to late December:
"As many of you already know, an Archgoat anniversary release has been in the works for the past couple of months. Initially scheduled to be unleashed in October, the complexity of this very special box set has prevented us from meeting that rather-optimistic original deadline. Nevertheless, we're pleased to announce that the wait will soon be over ... and it will be worth it! Celebrating 20 years of perversion, 'The Aeon Of The Angelslaying Darkness' assembles 40 despicable incantations spanning the entire recording career of Finland's most blasphemous spawn!"
The track listing is as follows : More...
Indian suicidal black metal act Cry is currently offering the 2009 demo "Eternal Screams of Silence" as a free download. The four song demo can be found at this this location. The track listing for the demo is as follows:
2. In Dreams of Depression (Instrumental)
3. Hand Full of Scars
The tracks can also be heard at Cry's MySpace page.
Netherbird had previously announced they were seeking fan submissions for a guitar solo on their upcoming cover of “Nepenthe” by Sentenced. The band has now issued the following statement about allowing fans to vote on the top four solo submissions:
"Greetings, the response for our solo/lead challenge has been massive and we are damn proud for all the great contributions! Solos are interesting since they can be done in so many ways and combine technique and feeling and it is damn hard to pick a winner, so we need your help friends! Below you find the four candidates, make a comment where you state which one you like the most and then we will count the votes on December the 10th and the one with most votes gets included!
"We hope all enjoyed contributing even if you didn't get picked this time around! You are truly amazing and we are damn fortunate to have friends such as YOU! So give these guys (yeah, sadly not a single contribution from a female guitarist but we hope that will change if do something like this another time!) a go and pick your favorite!"
The submissions can be found below. More...
Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following report of their recent Japanese and Australian tour dates:
"Just got back from the little trek-trippie-trip to Japan and Australia. Had a WONDERFUL time! Japan was awesome! We only played 2 shows, Tokyo and Osaka and both were real nice. We were so jetlagged it was insane, I can't remember ever being that tired.
"Burrn! magazine wanted to have a brief photosession with us right before we stepped onstage in Tokyo. I saw one of those photos and they were quite possibly the worst we've ever looked. Ever! 5 faces that just looked like ‘fuck off, lemme sleep you fucking BITCH!’ Insanely funny. To the point where our soundman wanted it signed. I think he's gonna frame it and put it up on his toilet wall.
"I was also given a price presented to me by Burrn! magazine as the readers had voted me as the ‘Best songwriter of 2008’. Normally I don't care for these type of things, but I couldn't help being happy about that. I actually give a fuck when people like my songs, yes I do. Again...a massive ‘LOVE YA!’ from me to you!
"Japan is such a wonderful, ‘strange’ place to be. I defied my jetlag immediately after landing and went straight out record shopping with my buddy Koji from RR Japan. Recofan and Disc union in Shibuya, spent...not too much actually. Turns out the dude who works at Recofan was a fan of the band. So he gave me some records for free even. Got the first, super rare Quiet Riot Lp (with Randy Rhoads) that was only released in Japan from him. Thanks dude! More...
Australian death metallers Impetuous Ritual are currently streaming two new songs online from their debut album "Relentless Execution Of Ceremonial Excrescence." The tracks "Convoluting Unto Despondent Anachronism" and "Ceremonial Disembowelment" can be heard at the band's official MySpace page.
Austrian melodic death metallers Devanic have issued the following announcement about seeking a new guitarist:
"Devanic is searching again for a new guitarist, after some months of working together with Erik the band decided that it doesn't make sense to go any further. So, if you are a lead guitarist and willing to compose and work on new material, don't hesitate to get in contact! Keep it metal, stay Devanic!"
Austrian black metallers Valfeanor will be releasing their sophomore album "Noreia" through Black Tower Productions. The track listing for the album is as follows:
2. Christian Eclipse
4. A Wintry Sea
5. Glacially Ancient Existence
7. Aeon Der Schatten
8. Soil of Wisdom
9. Region des Nebels und des Regens
Samples of Valfeanor's music can be found at their MySpace page.
Polish metallers In Twilight's Embrace have issued the following announcement about entering the recording studio in December:
"Ladies and gentlemen, long time no speak, so we will put it as plain as possible: We will be entering the studio in the very beginning of December in order to track the sophomore In Twilight’s Embrace record to be released in 2010. In the first place, we’ll be heading for JET Studio in Northern Poland to record drums. Soon afterwards we’ll be hitting Warsaw to work on guitars and bass with a good friend of ours, Marcin Czajka at helm.
"The vocals will be tracked in our hometown, Poznan, with Migdal within the walls of his Mobile Studio. The entire album will be mixed by another long-time pal - Vlad at Aesthetic Studio. The release details, track listing, as well as the info on the actual label, are to be revealed later next year. Be prepared for a real heavy fucker and total obliteration. That’s it."
Jerusalem based extreme metal band Arallu has posted a teaser trailer online for their upcoming DVD release "The Ultimate War." The video clip can be viewed below.
Ex-W.A.S.P. and Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Darrell Roberts has now launched a new band titled Sintanic. "I mean no disrespect to anyone I have worked with in the past because I regret nothing! It was invaluable, a learning experience, and I thank you all for the opportunity, BUT it was really time to let my creative side roam free and record my music.Hope you enjoy it!" commented Darrell. Sample Sintanic tracks can be found at this location.
Norway's Angst Skvadron have announced they will be releasing a limited edition 10" album titled "Valium Holocaust" through Folter Records in January, 2010. The album will include one previously unreleased track and three remixed songs from the upcoming album "Sweet Poison." The track listing will be as follows:
1. Posttraumatic Stress Syndrome
2. Valium Holocaust
3. The Eye Among The Stars
4. Please Stop (Outro)
The track "The Eye Among The Stars" is currently available for streaming at the Folter Records MySpace page.
Los Angeles metallers Redemption have announced the following two upcoming U.S. tour dates:
2/4 2010 The Whiskey a Go Go Los Angeles, California
2/5 2010 TBD Phoenix (Mesa), Arizona
Redemption also commented on the dates:
"Happy Thanksgiving to everybody (apologies to our non-US fans for whom that has no relevance...in which case have a great weekend!) I'm very pleased to report that the first of hopefully a few stretches of live shows both in the US and Europe (if things come together as we hope) are ready to announce. Redemption will headline the world famous Whiskey-a-Gogo on Los Angeles' renowned Sunset Strip on February 4th, 2010. Tickets are on sale now and are a paltry $16! We will be playing in Mesa, a suburb of Phoenix, Arizona, on February 5th, also headlining. Exact venue details will be announced here as soon as they are available.
"We hope to play a third date in February in Northern California, but no date has been set. These will in all likelihood be the only headlining shows we play in the states in 2010, so they will feature our longest set times of any domestic performance next year. We are extremely excited to get out and play for you all, and to showcase some of our new CD, Snowfall on Judgment Day. More news as it becomes available. And thank you, as always, for your interest and support!"
Ov Hell, the new band from Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir) and King (God Seed, I, Sahg, ex-Gorgoroth) has completed work on the band's first studio album. "The Underworld Regime" is due in early February 2010 via Indie Recordings. The tracks were recorded at Earshot Studio and feature Shagrath on vocals, King on bass, Frost (Satyricon) on drums, Ice Dale (Enslaved) on guitar, and Teloch (Nidingr, God Seed) on guitar.
"The Underworld Regime" was produced by Herbrand Larsen and mastered in Livingroom studios by Espen Berg and Shagrath, under the influence of the swine flu and Streptococcus, November 2009. King wrote all of the music for the album, while Shagrath wrote all lyrics with contributions from Silenoz and Sarah Owens. The Underworld Regime track listing is as follows:
1. Devil’s Harlot
2. Post Modern Sadist
4. Perpetual Night
6. Acts of Sin
7. Krigsatte Faner
8. Hill Norge
Two rough-mix sample tracks from "The Underworld Regime" can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Porcupine Tree has issued the following statement Steven Wilson mixing the upcoming Orphaned Land album:
"Steven Wilson recently played keyboards and mixed the fourth album by Israeli progressive metal band Orphaned Land. For those who have never heard the band, they are perhaps best described as what Opeth might sound like if they had come from the Middle East instead of Scandanavia. The music has a similar scope and degree of layered sophistication. But the sound of Orphaned Land is very much inspired by their roots, sung in English, Hebrew and Arabic, and featuring many traditional middle eastern instruments. The album The Never Ending Way of ORwarriOR is an ambitious and impressive 75 minute conceptual piece combining heavy music and breathtaking beauty. It is released by Century Media in several editions on 9th February 2010 in the US and 25th January 25th in Europe."
Louisiana-based experimental metal quartet Tetrafusion have announced their upcoming album will be titled "Altered State." The cover artwork for the album can be found at this location. The track listing for the album, which is set to be released sometime in 2010, will be as follows:
1. Collage of the Present
3. Last Chance
4. The Deserter
5. Altered State (instrumental)
7. Tears of the Past
Sonic Syndicate has just finished the Swedish leg of their tour and are about to embark on their headlining dates in the UK. The band has recently posted a full tour blog online, which can be found here. Excerpts from the blog follow:
"Hej Sweden! From all of us here at Sonic Syndicate thank you so much to every single person who came and saw us on the 'Burning Down Your City' Sweden tour supporting Takida. Every show has been fantastic and it has been beyond words to meet all of the fans and see the power, support and love for the first time. Once again... ... YOU ROCK!
"Recently our fan art buzz has gone through the roof! Shout outs to all of the super cool dedicated Sonic fans who have sent in their photos of their Sonic tattoos! We think this is the incredible and they all look GREAT! We will soon be making a brand new Sonic Syndicate Fan Club so if you would like your tattoos or fan art featured in it please send your photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org" More...
Boston based death metallers The Summoned have issued the following statement thanking their fans:
"We would like to thank our friends and family who helped us made it possible to share the same stage with awesome national acts such as Dyng Fetus, The Faceless, and Beneath the Massacre to name a few. We'd also like to thank everyone who came out to the show and show their support. Without you guys, the show wouldn't be as crazy! A few friends that we would like to thank: Ashley for helping us big time, the dudes:P, Brian and Sarah, Greg, Nick, Tom, Art, Laura, Ida, John, Matt, Larry, Angel, Dana, Mike, Keenan, Sam and Joe, and many others. Any names we forgot mention we apologize deeply. You know who you are and we will not forget you. Last of all, thank you to all the people who threw down for us! cheers and take care. We will keep on going thanks to you guys. Until next time!"
The Summoned still have the following upcoming tour dates:
12/6 Bloodfest w/Mummified In Circuitry, Anomia, Under Lying Truth, & More Worcester, Massachusetts
1/16 2010 Mill Street Brews - The Summoned w/Anomia, Welcome The Tide, & More w/ Anomia Southbridge, Massachusetts
To some people, the Midlands born five-piece Judas Priest were the first heavy metal band, being as they were the first band to actually embrace the term "heavy metal." Whether you agree or not, they are certainly one of the most important bands in the history of metal. No other band has had the longevity of Judas Priest and arguably no other band has had the heart and passion that Priest have had with them since 1969. The band first consisted of guitarist KK Downing, bass player Ian Hill, lead vocalist Al Atkins and drummer John Ellis and went on to support the likes of Thin Lizzy, Budgie and Trapeze under this lineup. Eventually, Hill brought in his girlfriend's brother Rob Halford to replace Atkins and Ellis was replaced with John Hinch. The band once again toured supporting Budgie and developed such a following that they were able to headline shows in other countries such as Norway and Germany. Once the band signed to Gull Records, the label suggested they add another musician and the band chose guitarist Glen Tipton to become one of the pioneers of the twin guitar sound along with bands like Wishbone Ash. After the recording of their first album, "Rocka Rolla," the band would use a series of session drummers for their next albums, "Sad Wings Of Destiny" and "Sin After Sin" and settled on drummer Les Binks after touring in support of the latter record.
The band went on to record "Stained Class" and "Killing Machine" (known in North America as "Hell Bent For Leather") with Les Binks before he left the band and was replaced with drummer Dave Holland, who would stay with the band for their next six studio albums and one live record. The band struck gold in 1980 when they released "British Steel," which is considered one of, if not the greatest, heavy metal album of all time. The album contained the hit singles, "Breaking The Law," "Living After Midnight" and "United" and helped the band to achieve worldwide rock stardom. The band would continue their success with a series of critically acclaimed albums such as "Point Of Entry," "Screaming For Vengeance" and "Defenders Of The Faith." Their next album, "Turbo" was met with mixed reviews due to its use of synthesisers and the record after that, "Ram It Down" was considered to be a small step up from "Turbo," though the band's popularity began to wane at this point. However, after replacing Dave Holland with former Racer X drummer Scott Travis, the band reclaimed their spot at the top of the heavy metal pile with the outstanding, "Painkiller."
Despite the success of the album, frontman Rob Halford would leave the band after a dispute with the band's record label and formed the band Fight, before going to form the industrial metal outfit 2wo and the heavy metal band Halford. Judas Priest themselves took a long break before recruiting vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens, who was previously the lead singer of a Judas Priest tribute band. With Owens, the band released the albums "Jugulator" and "Demolition" which were met with mixed reviews. In 2003, Rob Halford returned to the band and Owens replaced Matt Barlow as the lead vocalist of American power metal band Iced Earth. With Halford back on board, the band recorded the critically acclaimed "Angel Of Retribution" album and toured the world extensively before releasing the ambitious, 2-CD concept album, "Nostradamus" in 2008. Without a doubt, Judas Priest are as creative, passionate and dedicated today as they were fourty years ago and they've shown no signs of stopping this trend. All hail the Metal Gods! More...
Pop punk band Sum 41, who has been known to play some Metallica in the past as well as some heavier original material, recently played a number of classic Metallica songs (and cover) live and posted up four new videos of them, including "Master Of Puppets," "For Whom The Bell Tolls," "Stone Cold Crazy," and a medley of other Metallica songs. Unlike some other bands covering metal classics, they've actually done an admirable job. Check out the first video below, with more after the jump.
Pelican has announced that their song "Drought" (from the "Australasia" album) is featured in the new Woody Harrelson movie "The Messenger."
In other band news, Pelican is featured on the cover of the latest issue of Rock A Rolla magazine. The issue also contains a interview with Greg Anderson in regards to the upcoming Goatsnake show at Roadburn in 2010.
Frontiers Records has announced the signing of Bruce Kulick for the European release of “BK3,” his third solo album, on January 29, 2010.
Kulick, who first gained notoriety as a member of Meat Loaf's “Bat Out Of Hell” touring band, may be best known for his twelve years (1984-1996) as lead guitarist of KISS, during which time he appeared on nine gold, two platinum and one multi-platinum KISS albums. It is, however, the wealth of experience he has gained in his 13 post-KISS years that shines through on “BK3.”
The album takes listeners for quite a ride over its twelve songs... from the frenetic and anger-fuelled "Fate" (co-written by Kevin Churko, known for his work with Ozzy Osbourne), to the philosophical and uplifting "Life." Never one to mind sharing the spotlight with other talented musicians, Kulick invited several guest artists to appear on “BK3”, including Gene Simmons of KISS on the anthemic "Ain't Gonna Die," Doug Fieger (lead vocalist of The Knack) on the soon-to-be pop classic "Dirty Girl," Tobias Sammett (Edguy, Avantasia) and Eric Singer (KISS) on the fierce "I'm The Animal," Nick Simmons (son of Gene) on "Hand of the King", former Union cohort John Corabi on the moody "No Friend Of Mine" and guitar legend Steve Lukather (Toto) on the exciting instrumental "Between The Lines."
"Many albums lack cohesion with different vocalists, but I know that my guitar playing is the glue on BK3," Kulick says. "There was the clear goal of making absolutely the best record that I could put together. I feel like this is my Revenge."
“BK3” includes the following tracks:
Ain’t Gonna Die (featuring Gene Simmons)
No Friend of Mine (featuring John Corabi)
Hand of the King (featuring Nick Simmons)
Dirty Girl (featuring Doug Fieger)
I'm The Animal (featuring Tobias Sammet and Eric Singer)
And I Know
Between The Lines (featuring Steve Lukather)
Skydome (from the BK CD “Audiodog”) - Exclusive Bonus Track for Europe
Bruce plans to take “BK3” to his fans through as many avenues as possible, including live concerts, appearances at KISS Expos and media.
Burnhill Union Records, the Chicago, Illinois-based label started earlier this year by partners Kym Affinito, Randy Kertz and Shaun Glass (ex-SOIL/current DIRGE WITHIN guitarist), has inked a deal with E1 Distribution.
The combination of marketing experience, pure love for music and understanding of the process of making, releasing and promoting records from the inside out is what makes Burnhill Union an effective artist-friendly label. “The thing with the music business changing as it has is that there are no rules anymore,” says Kertz. “Someone who has vision and who has experience can combine forces with other people to get the music they like heard. That’s what we’re doing.”
“E1 is happy to welcome Burnhill Union Records to the family and are thrilled that this young up-and-coming label has chosen us to be their partners,” states Michael Rosenberg, President of E1 EntertainmentDistribution U.S.
Burnhill Union Records‘ premiere release, a self-titled effort by AM CONSPIRACY, the new band led by former DROWNING POOL singer Jason “Gong” Jones, will arrive on January 12, 2010.