Metal News for December 1, 2010
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42 news articles posted on this day.
When a band so focused on occult concepts and sexual deviancy has already done a serial killer concept album, where's there to go next? Lilith of course, infamous sorceress and first wife of Adam. Cradle of Filth's latest symphonic metal album "Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa" puts the legendary character at the center of the music, surrounded by some of the fastest and heaviest sounds heard from the band in years. Cradle of Filth's guitarist Paul Allender recently spoke with Metalunderground.com about the recording of the album, the story behind the music, and the band's upcoming orchestral release "Midnight in the Labyrinth." More...
Cauldron front man Jason Decay will be participating in a live video chat this Monday, December 6th at 4PM EST on Earache's band new "Justin.TV" page. Jason Decay will be hanging out with fans and answering questions about the upcoming album, "Burning Fortune," as well as the band's upcoming shows with Volture. Fans can join the live chat at this location.
The Iniquity Descent, which features Vreth from Finntroll, released the "Trust the Serpent" EP on November 29th, 2010. The band is now streaming all four tracks from the new EP online via The Iniquity Descent's MySpace profile. The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Obedience Torn
2. Decimate, Disintegrate
3. Trust The Serpent
4. Asinine & Absurd
Hirax has posted a Japanese tour video diary online, which can be viewed in the clip below.
Cradle of Filth has posted a video clip online of front man Dani Filth answering questions after the release of the band's new album "Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa." The video clip can be viewed below.
Abysmal Dawn has posted a brief video clip taped during the recording of the band's new album "Leveling The Plane of Existence," which can be viewed below.
Metallica fan Lee Rekman flew from his home town of Perth to Sydney to "Get Close" with Metallica. Lee was given the opportunity to interview his favorite band and see the sold out show. A video clip of the event can be viewed below.
Maryland doom rock veterans Iron Man have announced that it has parted ways with vocalist Joe Donnelly. Iron Man have also revealed that they have replaced him with Dee Calhoun, formerly of Land Of Doom. According to the band, "Dee brings a very powerful and unique 'metal' voice to Iron Man's ever-evolving music."
Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler has posted the following update online in regards to Lamb Of God's future recording plans:
"It's going to take a minute, but hopefully February, we'll start knocking around ideas. I know there are a lot of ideas already. I think [guitarists] Willie [Adler] and Mark [Morton] have eight or nine really good long ideas of what they want to do. We are working with Josh Wilbur [producer] again and hoping by July, we will be in a studio somewhere, with songs written, kind of banging 'em out."
Swedish hard rockers Sparzanza have posted behind-the-scenes footage online from its recent music video shoot. The band filmed a video for the track "Follow Me" which is taken from the group's fifth album, "Folie A Cinq," which is set for release on February 9, 2011 through Spinefarm Records. You can view the footage below:
Century Media Records and Crowbar have posted a new teaser online to promote its forthcoming studio album "Sever the Wicked Hand." "Sever the Wicked Hand" is set for release on February 14th, 2011 through Century Media Records as an exclusive license from E1 Music who will handle the US release.
Here is the "Sever The Wicked Hand" tracklisting:
1. Isolation (Desperation)
2. Sever The Wicked Hand
3. Liquid Sky And Cold Black Earth
4. Let Me Mourn
5. The Cemetery Angels
6. As I Become One
7. A Farewell to Misery
8. Protectors Of The Shrine
9. I Only Deal In Truth
10. Echo An Eternity
11. Cleanse Me, Heal Me
Heaven Shall Burn guitarist Maik Weichert recently sat down with Finland's Kaaos TV for a video interview. You can view the interview below:
Texas alternative metal act Flyleaf has revealed details regarding its forthcoming album. The album, titled "Remember To Live," features seven re-recorded tracks from the band's back catalogue and is set for release on December 7, 2010 through A&M/Octone.
Here is the "Remember To Live" tracklisting:
1. Amy Says
2. Arise (Ben Moody Mix)
3. Believe In Dreams
4. Dear My Closest Friend
5. Justice & Mercy (Violent Love Version)
6. Light In Your Eyes
U.K traditional doom metal act Electric Wizard has revealed the North American release date for its forthcoming studio album. The seventh studio album from the band, titled "Black Masses," is set for release in North America on January 18, 2011 through Rise Above Records.
Here is the "Black Masses" tracklisting:
1. Black Mass
2. Venus in Furs
3. Night Child
4. Patterns of Evil
5. Satyr IX
6. Turn Off Your Mind
7. Scorpio Curse
8. Crypt of Drugula
Vancouver, Canada's premier heavy metal act 3 Inches of Blood have confirmed its appearance for the forthcoming edition of the Manitoba Metalfest. Manitoba Metalfest 2011 is set take place between March 24th, 25th and 26th, 2011 at the Park Theatre and the Zoo in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Thursday, March 24 at the Park Theatre (all ages $15)
3 INCHES OF BLOOD
Friday, March 25 at the Zoo (18+ $20)
3 INCHES OF BLOOD
LEGION OF LIQUOR
Saturday, March 26 at the Zoo (18+ $20)
FUCK THE MIDDLE EAST (S.O.D. tribute)
Amalgama has checked in with the following update about the band's activity:
"Just a quick update from what's happening here in Amalgama as we look towards 2011 and prepare to bury 2010. A couple big shows coming up for us, starting with December 12th here in Albany at Bogies as we open up for Taproot. The show kicks off at 7:00pm and you can get tickets by responding directly to this email or picking them up day of show at the door. Don' forget to RSVP if you're in the area and plan on coming! This promises to be a badass show.
"Additionally, we'll be on another show here at the Washington Avenue Armory in downtown Albany on January 15th. Ourselves along with 9 other great regional groups will be performing on the FYE Theater stage. This particular show is just the second in a series of concerts being organized by Ralph Renna, local hero and someone who is thoroughly intertwined in Amalgama-lore (he gave us our first shot onstage back in 2006). Tickets are available at all FYE locations as well as the Armory box office. The opportunities keep coming as we build steam heading into 2011 as a real live force once again. More...
Sweden's Mustasch has announced the following upcoming Swedish and Finnish live shows in 2010 and 2011:
12/3 2010 The Green Man Fagersta, SWEDEN
12/4 2010 Högfjällshotellet Sälen, SWEDEN
12/10 2010 S2 Borlänge, SWEDEN
12/11 2010 Gisleparken Gislaved, SWEDEN
12/17 2010 Casa Bar Nossebro, SWEDEN
12/18 2010 Maxim Gävle, SWEDEN
2/12 2011 Lapland Tattoo Weekend Tornio, FINLAND
3/2 2011 Cirkus Stockholm, SWEDEN
3/11 2011 Lisebergshallen Göteborg, SWEDEN
Stray From The Path is embarking on an east coast U.S. tour today alongside Cancer Bats and The Chariot. Following the run, Stray From The Path will also head out on a stint of headlining shows. Tom (guitars) comments on the upcoming shows:
"We are very excited to be on tour with The Chariot and The Cancer Bats. We admire both bands very much as far as creativity, energy and both of their outstanding careers. Both bands have such an intense live show its going to be a huge privilege to see them every single night. As far as our show goes, you can expect a longer set, all from Make Your Own History. We will be playing almost the entire record on that tour. Also on this tour, we will be participating in the Toys For Tots program. It's is a program that is run by the United States Marine Corp that collects new, unwrapped toys during the holiday season and distributes them to needy families. Every December, we try to go to a Toys for Tots drive in New York City and donate toys for the kids. Since this year we will be on tour, we figured instead of missing that drive, we will do our own.
"The whole tour with The Chariot we will be accepting unwrapped, unopened toys for this drive and at the end of the tour, we will bring them to the Toys For Tots office in Garden City, New York. Every person that brings in an unwrapped and un-open toy will receive a raffle ticket for a free Stray From The Path shirt (that will be given away during our set) and a 1" Stray From The Path pin as a token of our appreciation for helping out. A lot of families are less fortunate during the holiday season, so it is up to us and to all of you to help make it special. More...
Germany's Mirror of Deception has issued the following announcement about performing an anniversary show on December 4th, 2010:
"Only a few days left until our anniversary show at Manufaktur in Schorndorf (near Stuttgart/ Germany). The date is Saturday, the 4th of December 2010 and we look forward to celebrate with you, our former band members, our brothers Dreaming and our secret special guest!"
You can also check out sample Mirror of Deception tracks via the band's MySpace profile.
Canadian heavy metallers Cauldron recently finished work on their new studio album, "Burning Fortune," which is due to be released via Earache Records on February 14th in Europe and February 15th in North America. Cauldron has now posted a third video clip online from the recording sessions of the new album, which can be viewed below. This video clip introduces the album's producer Jameson Elliot at Rogue Studios in Toronto.
Amon Amarth has issued the following update about the band's new album and announcement about new tour dates:
"We have set 'Surtur Rising' as the title for our upcoming album. It will be released spring 2011. At the moment we are wrapping up the last bits of recording and everything is sounding good so far. More details will follow soon! Three more shows have been confirmed for next year, they are: 18.MAY (DE) HAMBURG / Grosse Freiheit 36, 21.MAY (DE) KÖLN / E-Werk, and 24.MAY (DE) MUNICH / Tonhalle."
The upcoming Amon Amarth tour dates in 2011 are as follows: More...
Lancaster, PA’s This Or The Apocalypse has announced a headlining U.S. this December and January. The first section of the tour (Dec 26th-Jan 4th) also features An Early Ending, Deception of a Ghost, and Where the Ocean Meets The Sky. The second portion of the tour (Jan 5th-Jan 16th) includes Destruction of a Rose, An Early Ending, and Deception of a Ghost.
The band is currently on the road with Chimaira's "Blue Collar Brawler Tour." Other bands supporitng the run are Impending Doom and Daath. "This or the Apocalypse is going to be playing a lot of new crowds and we couldn't be any more excited about it,” states vocalist Ricky Armellino. “This tour is a really cool mix of bands that we've been familiar with and fans of for a long time; definitely an incredible way to end the year for us. See you all out there!”
The band's upcoming shows are as follows: More...
I The Breather is set to release the debut full-length album, "These Are My Sins," on December 7th through Sumerian Records. The group will kick off the touring cycle for the new release in Los Angeles on December 2nd with As Blood Runs Black, Thick As Blood, Burning The Masses, In The Midst of Lions and King Conquer. The entire tour schedule can be found here.
Morgan Wright (drums) states: "I am very excited for this upcoming tour with As Blood Runs Black. This tour is allowing us to play for a new audience, and play some venues and cities we’ve never played before. This is a very metal tour, so our set list is composed of our heaviest and most energetic songs. Our live show never takes a break and remains aggressive from start to finish. We’re definitely pumped to be apart of this tour.
"Our debut album These Are My Sins comes out this December 7th. All the songs that are in our set list on this tour will be on that CD. So if you like what you hear, please pick up a copy! There is also still a little bit of time left to order one of the specially priced pre-order bundle packages that can be found on our MySpace page. More...
Footage has been posted online of Katatonia performing at The Trocadero in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in September, 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.
Asking Alexandria has partnered up with Alternative Press to present an exclusive look into the new video for the track "A Prophecy," which was shot by director Robby Starbuck (August Burns Red, Silverstein). The behind the scenes video clip can be viewed below. Ben Bruce (guitars) describes the process behind the video shoot:
"From 6PM through until 6AM the following morning. One of the most grueling and punishing 12 hours of my life. The video shoot for 'A Prophecy' tested our physical and mental stability. We shot the video in the backroads of downtown LA. Rain machines, fire, cold weather and freezing water conditions in strangers pools were just some of the things we had to endure through out the video shoot. We were all very sick whilst shooting this due to the extreme conditions we were asked to perform in. Blisters on our feet, growling, empty stomachs and lots of make up and hairspray that spent less time where it was intended draining into our mouths due to the rain, but it was all worth going through. The video shoot was quite the experience, and we can't wait to show the world how it has come out." More...
Mayhem has been confirmed tol perform at this year's edition of the Eindhoven Metal Meeting on December 17th, 2010. Other bands on the bill are Moonspell, Immortal, Rotting Christ, Severe Torture, Finntroll, Pestilence, Exodus, and many more.
The Eindhoven Metal Metting will take place on both Friday 17th and Saturday 18th, 2010 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. More information on the festival can be found through this location.
The Shadow Theory, which features Devon Graves from Deadsoul Tribe and Psychotic Waltz, will release its first studio album "Behind the Black Veil" on January 25th, 2011 in North America. The concept album tells a horror story of a man who wakes from one nightmare into another, until he can no longer tell where the dream ends and reality begins, or if he was ever dreaming at all. "The Sound of Flies" from the new album can be heard at the band's MySpace page.
The "Behind the Black Veils" track listing is as follows:
1. I Open Up My Eyes (7:04)
2. The Sound of Flies (4:40)
3. Ghostride (5:32)
4. Welcome (5:02)
5. By the Crossroads (5:35)
6. Selebrate (3:17)
7. Snakeskin (3:48)
8. Sleepwalking (5:17)
9. The Black Cradle (5:15)
10. A Candle in the Gallery (3:57)
11. A Symphony of Shadows (7:55)
Swedish heavy metallers Enforcer are currently on the road in Europe with Australian rockers Airbourne, but due to an illness in the Airbourne band, tomorrow night's (Thursday, December 2nd) show in London, UK has had to be postponed. Enforcer will instead be playing a headlining show on its own. The new show takes place at the Purple Turtle in London, with support from Black Spiders and Cavity Search. You can view a flyer for the new show at this location.
The band's remaining tour dates are as follows:
12/2 - London, UK - Purple Turtle (without AIRBOURNE)
12/4 - Glasgow, UK - Barrowland
12/5 - Belfast, UK - Ulster Hall
12/7 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia
12/9 - Manchester, UK - Academy
12/10 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
The organizers of the Summer Breeze 2011 festival have issued the following statement about confirming Arch Enemy:
"They belong to the most popular and important bands in the entire metal scene, they are regularly found on the covers of European magazines thanks to their attractive blond front woman Angela Gossow, and they release killer album after killer album.We're talking about Arch Enemy! Their last studio album, 'Rise Of The Tyrant', was released over three years ago, but this hasn't diminished the Swedish-German collaboration's popularity in the least. Quite the contrary, as in the meantime the band led by guitar virtuoso Michael Amott have even foud the time and boldness to conquer such exotic places as the Maldives.
"Being able to prevail on stage in a place like that, it will be an easy feat for them to bring Summer Breeze 2011 crumbling down with their textbook melodic death metal. By the way, the band are feverishly working on a new album, which will hopefully have been released by August 2011. More...
Evoken has issued the following announcement about the band's final U.S. shows of the year:
"Just a quick reminder, this weekend will be our final 2 shows for the U.S. until a new album. Our show on December 4th with Goreaphobia, will be a special set before closing the cast iron gates. We will be performing 1 track, from each release, in chronological order. from 'Shades of Night Descending' to the newly released Split CD."
The details are as follows:
Friday - December 3, 2010 at Cherry Street Station
491 North Cherry St. Ext. Wallingford, CT 06492
Doors open 8pm; 21 + to enter; $10
EVOKEN featuring IPSISSIMUS, IRON HAND, NACHZEHRER, and MORTIFICA
Saturday - December 4, 2010 at Brooklyn Fireproof
119 Ingraham Street Brooklyn, NY
Doors at 6pm; 21+ to enter; $10
Goreaphobia, Evoken, Mutant Supremacy, Hessian, and Pilgrim.
Swedish doom/death metal act The Gardnerz has inked a record deal with Abyss Records for the release of the band's debut full-length album "System of Nature," which is set for a 2011 release date. The album features guest solos by Thomas Ahlgren (Deranged, Pandemonium) on the tracks "Born to Consume" and "Incident," along with backing vocals by Joel Sundin on "Lady in the Grave." The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Art Of Suffering
2. Lady In The Grave
3. Your Final Solution
4. Born To Consume
6. Shift In Thought
7. Flaw In The Axiom
8. More Or Less
10. Maybe It's Time
11. Bloody Vengeance (Vulcano Cover)
12. Servants Of The Warsmen (Winter Cover) More...
Gorgoroth has issued the following update about the band's "Blackfest Over X-Mass" European tour alongside Belphegor and Impiety:
"After having completed the 2nd leg of the 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt' tour in November, Gorgoroth will return to Continental Europe at the end of December 2010 for 'Blackfest Over X-Mass 2010,' an unholy five concert tour of Germany and Austria with Belphegor and Impiety. The tour will take place in the period of 26.12.10-30.12.10. These are the only five Gorgoroth concerts to take place during the end of December 2010/beginning of January 2011."
The dates are as follows:
26.12.2010 - Germany, Essen @ Turock
27.12.2010 - Germany, Berlin @ C-Club
28.12.2010 - Germany, Leipzig @ Theater-Fabrik-Sachsen
29.12.2010 - Austria, Vienna @ Szene
30.12.2010 - Germany, Augsburg @ Kantine
Amaranthe has checked in with the following announcement about performing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Metal Female Voices festival in Belgium:
"Hey all! We've just been confirmed to play at the Metal Female Voices fest in Belgium, which will takes place in Wieze, between October 21-23 2011! The fest takes place indoors at the Oktoberhallen, and the show is going to be huge with 4000+ capacity, cool lighting and lasers etc, so do not miss!"
Former TROUBLE drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson has issued the following statement about the passing of original Saint Vitus drummer Armando Acosta:
"Sadly, it has been confirmed that the original drummer for Saint Vitus, Armando Acosta, passed on Thanksgiving Day (November 25) at the age of 58. I had scheduled an interview with Henry Vasquez (current Saint Vitus drummer) for this Monday's show before anyone had known of the passing. Therefore, this Monday's (December 6th) edition will be a memorial for the late Armando Acosta. The interview with Vasquez will be re-scheduled for a later date."
"Armando was one of my dear friends from Saint Vitus. The last time I saw Armando was when he ate dinner at my house after a Saint Vitus show in Chicago. He had a very kind heart and was funny. I'm saddened by this news. He will be very missed by so many. May he rest in peace."
"Heady Metal With Jeff Olson" airs on Monday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. EST exclusively for Metal Messiah Radio with the podcasts available the following day at the show's website. The encore runs on Saturdays from 8 to 10 a.m.
Swedish alternative metal band Machinae Supremacy has posted a 2004-2006 compilation entitled "Fury" for free download on their web site. The songs are available as .mp3 and .flac files. This material pre-dates their signing with Pinefarm Records (Nightwish) in 2006. You can check out more of their music on the band's MySpace page as well.
British hard rock legends UFO has announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America next year in support of their forthcoming new studio album, which is expected to be released in June 2011.
The initial tour dates are as follows (more to be announced shortly):
May 11 - Baltimore, MD - Bourbon Street
May 13 - New York, NY - BB Kings
May 14 - Foxboro, MA (Boston) - The Showcase Live
May 20 - Chicago, IL - The Arcada Theater
May 21 - Chicago, IL - The Aracada Theater
British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming fifth studio album, "Sounds Of Violence." You can check it out below. The album will be released through AFM Records on January 28th in Europe and February 8th in North America. A special single from the album is to be released for digital download on December 17th, which will feature a cover of the Motorhead classic, "Bomber," as well as the title track from the new album. Money made from the single will go to the Help The Heroes charity, which helps wounded soldiers who are returning from the Middle East.
Speaking on the decision, guitarist and founder Nige Rockett stated: "The demand and advance pre-orders for the 'Bomber' / 'The Sound of Violence' single have been so totally amazing that we have decided that all our profits from this release should be well worthwhile donating to a very special charity, namely Help For Heroes.
"As many of you will have read previously, there is a Battalion fighting out in Afghanistan that use Onslaught as their official combat call sign. Over the past months we have been in regular communication and feel extremely proud of these guys and all the other brave troops that put their lives on the line every day to try and make this world a safer place to live in... it was definitely an easy choice of charity for us to make."
"Help For Heroes was founded by Bryn and Emma Parry in October 2007 out of a desire to help the wounded Servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. The message of the charity is simple: We are strictly non political and non critical; we simply want to help. We believe that anyone who volunteers to serve in time of war, knowing that they may risk all, is a hero. These are ordinary people doing extraordinary things and some of them are living with the consequences of their service for life. We may not be able to prevent our soldiers from being wounded, but together we can help them get better."
The tracklisting for the album is as follows: More...
Florida death metal band The Evil Amidst announced today that they have added Bass player Sean Tibbetts (Kamelot). Sean Tibbetts will remain in Kamelot
The Evil Amidst Guitarist Gio Geraca comments, "Sean has been a long time friend and he is an amazing bass player, he is a big fan of our music and has decided to put his talents to use for any future tours and recordings for us ...his classical style of powermetal should add to the ever expanding sound of The Evil Amidst. "
After I bought my ticket to the Sacred Worlds and Songs Divine Tour I realized I had never seen Blind Guardian play live, which in turn sparked some questions: would I have to recite Gimli’s entire family tree to get my ticket from will call? Would the audience be acting out the grand tales Blind Guardian spins in real-time? Would I need a suit of armor? A battle axe? Should I ride my war horse or would my lighter travelling mare be better suited to the evening? Fortunately all my questions would be answered by the great bards…
I arrived just as opening act Seven Kingdoms was getting rolling. Hailing from Orlando, Florida these power and speed metal troubadours have the chops and desire to be quite good, even though silky vocalist Sabrina V could use a couple semesters in the Angela Gossow School of Stage Presence for Women. The songs ranged from overwrought to outstanding; set closer “Seven Kingdoms” was the standout as the eponymous tune was Maiden-meets-Yngwie-meets-Doro fun, and Seven Kingdoms was warmly appreciated by the already full house. More...
American death metal veterans Six Feet Under has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned tour of Europe, which was scheduled to begin this month. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Circumstances and events beyond our control has forced the cancellation of our December tour in Europe. We are deeply aware of the burden this puts on our loyal fans and we apologize. We live to play in front of our fans and our commitment to our European fans could not be stronger. You have always been there for Six Feet Under and we do not take that for Granted. You are important to us! In April 2011 we will do a tour of Europe to support our new DVD, Wake The Night! Live In Germany. We will make up as many of these canceled dates as possible while adding many more. Thank you for understanding but more importantly, thanks for supporting Six Feet Under."
Stuff.co.nz has issued the following report:
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was convicted of cannabis possession in a Tauranga court this morning. It is the first time Rudd has been convicted of a drug offence, SunLive website reported.
Police discovered the drugs when they executed a search warrant on Rudd's launch at the Tauranga Bridge Marina on October 7th. Inside they found 25 grams of cannabis and a further two grams of cannabis at another location on the boat.
Rudd's lawyer, Craig Tuck, asked community magistrate Robyn Paterson to discharge him without conviction because the "low level" offence could hinder his chances of travelling internationally. More...
Read the full article at Stuff.co.nz.
Its quite amazing how in the span of just one hour you can go from sitting in a friend’s basement drinking beers to being one of the lucky few in attendance at an exclusive "secret show." My Friday evening on November 27th certainly wasn't planned to go in that direction, but as soon as the text message was received proclaiming that 3 Inches of Blood and Alexisonfire would be performing a secret show under different names in a small, 300 person venue, myself and a few friends were rushed out the door and began our frantic journey into downtown Vancouver, which would transform into one of the best concert memories in my lifetime. Sound eerily similar to the movie "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist?" I hope not. More...