Metal News for December 10, 2009
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Victorian blackened doom metallers Wood of Suicides will be releasing their self-titled album on the December 12, 2009 via Australian label Katzenjammer Records. You can hear one of the new tracks on the band's MySpace player.
Here's the tracklisting for "Woods od Suicides":
1. The Wood of Suicides (14:14)
2. Epiphany (Soliloquy) (14:39)
3. The House On Hollows Hill (15:19)
Dark Hound, the band of our very own Frank Serafine (aka Progressivity_In_All), featuring former Ex Nihilo band members, recently posted up three new songs on their MySpace player. The band also recently posted a live video from their Halloween peformance, which you can watch below.
Thursday December 17th Earache is throwing a free Xmas party at The Purple Turtle (Crowndale Road, Camden Town, London, United Kingdom). The lineup includes:
NEAL KAY (DJ)
LADY STARLIGHT (DJ)
MUTANT featuring OL DRAKE
TALITA TWOSHOES (DJ)
Texas metallers Divine Eve have announced their new four song EP will be titled "Vengeful and Obstinate." The EP is currently set to be released in the U.S. on January 19th, 2010 via Ibex Moon Records. Divine Eve have also announced they plan to record a new full-length album sometime in 2010. The band will be touring South America in January in support of Incantation. The current dates are as follows: More...
As was previously reported, Ronnie James Dio has been diagnosed with stomach cancer. Wendy Dio has issued the following update about Ronnie's first chemotherapy treatment:
"Well, it has been a very exhausting month – after all the never ending tests in Los Angeles, we flew to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and as soon as we arrived, we got a call from the MD Anderson Hospital that they had an appointment for us with the doctor we originally wanted, so we then flew to Houston to the clinic, and of course MORE tests, but Ronnie finished receiving his first chemo treatment on Wednesday, and all is going very well.
"I would like to thank Tony Martell from the T.J. Martell Foundation, Dr. Stuart Aaronson from Mount Sinai, Lindsay Brown and Mike Carden from Eagle Records, and our very own Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, for all your help in getting us into MD Anderson, and also our friends Geezer and Gloria Butler, who flew to Houston to be with Ronnie while he had his chemo.
"Ronnie and I are totally overwhelmed by the amount of well wishes that we have received from friends and fans - we are reading them all. Some make us laugh, some make us cry, but all of them are so filled with love that it gives us so much support and makes Ronnie even more determined to fight this battle and win. Thank you all for the positive energy and prayers."
UFC fighter Clay "the Carpenter" Guida will be wearing a custom designed shirt featuring Iron Maiden mascot Eddie during his cage-entrance at UFC 107 this weekend at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. You can check a photo of the shirt here.
Read the full article at Cage Potato.
Italian power metallers Secret Sphere entered Authoma Studios on December 6th to begin recording their sixth album "Archetype." The band will spend two months working on the CD, which is being produced by guitarist Aldo Lonobile and Federico Pennazzato. The album will be mastered at Massive Arts Studio, while the artwork will be handled by Gustavo Savez.
Comments guitarist Aldo Lonobile: "The musical direction will keep strongly the Secret Sphere trademark, with lots of melodies, orchestration and heavy riffs and great solos. It's not a big departure from what we have done in the past, but we feel that we've integrated some new elements that enhance upon everything we've ever done, making this one of our (if not THE) strongest albums to date. Some of the song titles are 'Mr. Sin', 'All In A Moment' and 'The Scars That You Can't See'. We're ready to deliver a great album, and show you what our new members Marco [Pastorino; rhythm guitars] and Gabriele [Ciaccia; keyboards and piano] can bring to our music."
Secret Sphere will be the opening act on the upcoming Gamm Ray "To The Metal" European tour with Freedome Call. The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Sorrowful Angels are currently putting together a Greek mini-tour in 2010. The currently announced dates are as follows, with more to be announced soon:
1/17 @ 4 Epoxes - Crete, Chania (TBA)
1/31 @ Sin CIty - Athens - (Elysion, Dimlight)
Samples of Sorrowful Angel's music can also be found at their official MySpace page.
So Much To Fear has posted a video clip of their performance of the song "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath at The Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura, California. The video clip can be viewed below.
Israeli metallers Salem have signed a record deal with Pulverised Records. Salem's latest and 7th full-length album will be titled “Playing God And Other Short Stories." The band is currently in the mixing process for the album.
Salem issued the following statement about signing: "We are thrilled to join the Pulverised team. The label is very attentive to our needs and puts us as a top priority act. It is something we have been yearning for years. We feel confident that together we can achieve goals that have alluded us in the past few years. The band's 7th album 'Playing God' is scheduled to be released mid 2010 and will include 12 scorching new tracks from the band, one of which is the head-turning cover of Bob Marley's 'Exodus'."
Comments Pulverised Records A&R Manager Calvin: “Personally, I have been a SALEM fan for a good number of years and this is definitely a dream coming true, to be able to work hand-in-hand with one of my favourite bands. The SALEM guys are all about pure dedication, as well as very meticulous and professional in every aspect. We are very anxious to see what new grounds SALEM will break this time with the new album!”
Mastodon's latest album "Crack The Skye" has landed on spot #3 of Time's top 10 albums of 2009. "Crack The Skye" was the only metal album to make the list. Time had this to say about about the album:
The band name doesn't inspire confidence. Nor does the warlock-strewn album cover. Nor the fact that Crack the Skye is the last of a four-album cycle about Earth's elements. But before you sneer, "Hello, Cleveland," listen to Mastodon's thunderous, disciplined and expansive brand of metal. There are plenty of bass-drum carpet-bombings, and "The Czar," a four-part ode to Rasputin — O.K., go ahead: "Hello, Cleveland!" — has all the whiplash rhythm shifts of vintage Metallica. But the album also has nods to European folk, free jazz and prog rock, and as produced by Brendan O'Brien (Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam), it fronts a brawny sound that doesn't overwhelm the clarity of individual notes. Chuckle at lyrics about "the space-time paradigm" if you must, but the ambition and tenacity of Mastodon's music makes Crack the Skye sonically unforgettable.
The other artists on the list included Brad Paisley, Dirty Projectors, Miranda Lambert, Phoenix, The-Dream, Raekwon, Grizzly Bear, The Avett Brothers, and Lady Gaga.
Triptykon, the new band formed by former Celtic Frost and Hellhammer mastermind Thomas G. Fischer, is currently streaming two new songs online. The tracks "Abyss Within My Soul" and "A Thousand Lies" can be heard at Triptykon's official MySpace page. Triptykon are expected to release their debut album "Eparistera Daimones" in 2010.
A Day To Remember recently filmed a brand new music video for the song "I'm Made Of Wax, Larry, What Are You Made Of?" as a follow-up to their last video for "The Downfall Of Us All," which was released earlier this year. The video was filmed in Orlando, Florida this past week and will be released in early 2010. A Day To Remember also have the following upcoming tour dates:
12/27 Dr. Pepper Arena - Unsilent Night 3 w/ Senses Fail and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Breathe Frisco, Texas
12/27 Unsilent Night 3 @ Dr Pepper Arena Frisco, Texas
2/20 2010 SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL @ RNA Showgrounds Brisbane
2/21 2010 SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL @ Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney
2/26 2010 SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL @ Royal Melbourne Showgrounds Melbourne
2/27 2010 SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL @ Bonython Park Oval Adelaide
3/1 2010 SOUNDWAVE FESTIVAL @ Bassendean Oval Perth
3/4 2010 Hatch w/ Enter Shikari and Escape The Fate Osaka, Osaka
3/5 2010 Diamond Hall w/ Enter Shikari and Escape The Fate Nagoya, Aichi
3/6 2010 Studio Coast w/ Enter Shikari and Escape The Fate Tokyo, Tokyo
3/9 2010 Academy 2 w/ Architects Newcastle
3/10 2010 Glasgow ABC w/ Architects Glasgow, Scotland
3/11 2010 Academy 1 w/ Architects Manchester
3/12 2010 The Forum w/ Architects London
3/13 2010 The Anson Rooms w/ Architects Bristol, Southwest
3/14 2010 O2 Academy Birmingham w/ Architects Birmingham
3/15 2010 Portsmouth Pyramids Centre w/ Architects Southsea, South
German viking metallers Varg are set to release their new album "Blutaar" Jan. 29th 2010. Varg is currently streaming a new sample track from the album online. The song "Viel Feind Viel Ehr" can be heard at Varg's MySpace page.
Varg also have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Bassist Peter Berg of Swedish metallers Machinery has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"Gooooood news! Its Christmas and Machinery got the best gift of them all. A new drummer! We would like to welcome Dennis Ekdahl (Raised Fist, Siebenburgen + more) What can i say? He is a GREAT drummer and fits Machinery like a glow!! And also a really GREAT guy! Today I'm a happy bass player! Cheers folks!"
A video trailer for "Sons Of The System," the fourth album by Danish modern metallers MNEMIC, has been posted online and is viewable below. The song “Diesel Uterus" is available for streaming on MNEMIC‘s MySpace page.
"Sons Of The System" was recorded at MNEMIC's own studio and at the Antfarm facility in Aarhus, Denmark with Danish producer Tue Madsen (Halford, Kataklysm, Behemoth) who also worked with MNEMIC on 2003’s Mechanical Spin Phenomena and 2004’s "The Audio Injected Soul."
The album will be released in North America on January 26th, 2010. The track listing for "Sons Of The System" is as follows:
1. Sons Of The System
4. The Erasing
5. Climbing Towards Stars
6. March Of The Tripods
9. Elongated Sporadic Bursts
13. Sons Of The System Remix By Leætherstrip (exclusive to North America)
There is also a worldwide iTunes exlusive track entitled "Judgement Journey."
Dark Tranquillity will perform at the Bandit Rock Awards in Stockholm, Sweden on January 29th. The band will premier one of their new songs from their upcoming "We Are The Void" album at the show. More info on the Bandit Rock Awards can be found at this location. “We Are The Void" will be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:
Sweden: February 24, 2010
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux / Italy / Australia: February 26, 2010
UK / France / Greece / Denmark / Norway / Rest of Europe: March 1, 2010
Spain / Portugal: March 2, 2010
Finland / Hungary: March 3, 2010
North America: March 9, 2010
Hardtimes.ca conducted a video interview with Derelict at their show in Montreal on Nov 27th in support of Revocation and The Last Felony. The video interview can be viewed below and footage from Derelict's set can be found after the jump.
New York's Hanzel und Gretyl have announced the final U.S. dates for their "World Fukken Tour 2009." The currently confirmed shows are as follows:
12/11 - DINGBATZ- Clifton, NJ
12/12 - STERLING ROCK ROOM- Allentown, PA
12/13 - CALIFORNIA BREW HAUS- Rochester, NY
12/19 - STIMULATE @ Crash Mansion- New York, NY
Oregon folk metallers Oakhelm have issued the following statement about finishing work on their upcoming second full-length album:
"Almost done... This has taken forever, but we're finally mastering our second full length with Justin Weiss at Trackworx at the end of December. The artwork is coming along as well, so at this point we're hoping for a release around Feb. or March 2010. Thanks for all the support, hopefully we won't have any more big delays..."
Orange Goblin has issued the following update about line-up changes in their upcoming Christmas show on December 19th:
"It is with great sadness that we have to inform you that due to circumstances beyond the bands control, SOLACE will NOT be performing at the Orange Goblin show at The Scala, London on Saturday 19th December 2009.
"Boston's kings of Rock, ROADSAW will now be main support. The bill also features Centurions Ghost, Sons of Merrick and we are very happy to announce the addition of HONKEYFINGER!!! People may be familiar with Mr. Honkeyfinger as he guested on the track 'Beginner's Guide To Suicide' on the last OG album 'Healing Through Fire'! Honkeyfinger is the one man band from the bowels of the earth, erupting molten fuzz lapsteel, screaming harmonica riffs and desperate bestial howling in a scorching hot cocktail of heavy raw blues power. The Honkeyfinger sound hotwires the electric freak rock of vintage Beefheart, Blue Cheer, ZZTop, and Black Sabbath into a jumping, lurching monster. Boiling up the ghosts of Bukka White, Leadbelly and John Lee Hooker with the bones of the country blues, laced with the acid fried heaviosity of the Buttholes Surfers - this is the thick stinking soup that Mr.Honkeyfinger serves.
"Tickets for this show are selling out fast and numbers available on the door will be limited so to avoid disappointment please purchase yours in advance at this location or via The Scala box office (020 7833 2022)"
Sweden's Bursting Veins has issued the following update about writing new material:
"Hey there people! As you may or may not know, it's X-mas soon! We are gonna take a little break 'til January to write some new material and planning for '10.
"However, when we return we will present some good news hopefully and start to book gigs again so you guys can hear some new stuff and party with us again! Well, Bursting Veins wish you guys a great x-mas and a happy new year in advance! On Friday the 18th we will bring you a gift in shape of a new song here on myspace! Be sure to check it out and leave us a comment 'bout it! Stay classy folks! Se y'all i 2010!"
Finland's Deathbound are set to release their new album "Non Compos Mentis" via Dynamic Arts Records on January 27th, 2010. Two sample tracks from the album can be heard at Deathbound's MySpace page. Deathbound has also issued the following statement about performing a series of shows in Finland:
"In January we are going to do some shows here in Finland with Totalt Jävla Mörker from Sweden, and it`s going to be a great warm up to us before the 'Accession to the throne' tour in February starts. A good friend of ours 'Mikko Hannuksela' (ex Enochian Crescent & Cartilage) will be handling the bass duties on these gigs with us as a session member:
27.1.2010 Tampere, Vastavirta
28.1.2010 Helsinki, Tavastia
29.1.2010 Turku, TVO
30.1.2010 Pori, Baarikaappi
"More Finnish dates will be revealed later..."
UK metal band Tides of Virtue has announced their signing to Transcend Records. The band will release their new album, "Malevolence," in May 2010.
"We stoked to be able to announce today that we have signed to UK Label TRANSCEND RECORDS. We are really looking forward to working closely with the team at Transcend and are all super stoked to part of their roster." More...
North Carolina metal band DAYLIGHT DIES have issued the following update regarding work for their new album:
"All may have been quiet for a while on these pages, but it has not been quiet on the writing front. We are currently focused on writing new material for the next release and will be able to comment on it once we’re further along."
German metal band Emergency Gate has signed a record deal with Twilight Zone Records. The Band will enter the Dreamscape Studios in Munich on the 22nd of December, in order to record their upcoming album.
Italian horror-themed deathcore band STIGMA recently entered Fear Studio to record the followup to 2008’s “When Midnight Strikes!,” due out next year via Pivotal Rockordings. The album, which is being produced by BRING ME THE HORIZON guitarist Jona Weinhofen, will be mixed by Scott Atkins (BEHEMOTH, CRADLE OF FILTH, SYLOSIS, GAMMA BOMB) and will feature guest appearances from Jamie Hope (THE RED SHORE) and Jon Hunt (Ex-DEAD TO FALL). A video blog documenting the initial phases of the recording process is available below:
Michigan metal band Red I Flight has issued the following update:
"So we are currently working on recording two new tracks. 'This is progress' and 'WAVES' will be posted on our page soon. Drums and guitars were recorded during this past week."
"Our bass player got in to a car accident last night, all for the love of music. Vocals are today, so the songs should be up soon."
THE BINARY CODE is preparing to release their debut full-length album, "Suspension of Disbelief," this month and has given Metalunderground.com an exclusive preview of "The Story." "The Story" is the seventh track off of the new album and can be heard below.
The digital-only release of "Suspension of Disbelief" will be available December 15, 2009 from Metalsucks.net. Preorders are being taken now at this location. The album will cost only $5.00, or $15.00 with one of four different t-shirt designs (Shipping is free within the U.S.)
The complete tracklisting for "Suspension of Disbelief" is as follows:
1. Suspension of Disbelief (Part I & II)
2. Mechanical Seas
3. Ghost Planet
5. the Story
6. Human Condition
7. Awaiting Necropolis
8. Void II
During the shows between Christmas and New Year's Eve, Clutch will be performing the entire "Clutch" self titled album, as well as some other songs, commemorating the 15th anniversary of teh release.
The band also announce that their New Year's Eve show will be filmed for a DVD and they will be giving away loads of stuff at that show. The first 500 people through door will receive a free Clutch t-shirt commemorating the gig and the next 1,000 through the door will get a free copy of the Full Fathom Five Live CD.
Here are the latest Clutch tour dates:
Dec 27, 2009 @ 8:00P - Amos Southend Charlotte, North Carolina
Dec 28, 2009 @ 8:00P - 9:30 Club Washington DC, Washington DC
Dec 29, 2009 @ 8:00P - Northern Lights Clifton Park, New York
Dec 30, 2009 @ 8:00P - House of Blues Boston, Massachusetts
Dec 31, 2009 @ 8:00P - Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey
Feb 17, 2010 @ 8:00P - King’s Arms Auckland
Feb 19, 2010 @ 8:00P - The Zoo Brisbane
Feb 20, 2010 @ 12:00P - Soundwave Festival @ RNA Showgrounds Brisbane
Feb 21, 2010 @ 12:00P - Soundwave Festival @ Eastern Creek Raceway Sydney
Feb 24, 2010 @ 8:00P - Gaelic Theatre Sydney
Feb 25, 2010 @ 8:00P - Prince Bandroom Melbourne
Feb 26, 2010 @ 12:00P - Soundwave Festival @ Showgrounds Melbourne
Feb 27, 2010 @ 12:00P - Soundwave Festival @ Bonython Park Adelaide
Mar 1, 2010 @ 12:00P - Soundwave Festival @ Steel Blue Oval Perth
Mar 2, 2010 @ 8:00P - Amplifier Perth
U.K. black metallers Primitive Graven Image have announced their upcoming album will be titled "Celebrating Impending Chaos." The cover artwork for the album can be viewed here. The band also issued the following statement about the album:
"Hails guys! Our second album, 'Celebrating Impending Chaos' is finally ready to go. Expect an early 2010 release. The new album has turned out to be a hellish and schizophrenic affair. We have taken the catchy black riffing of our debut album, 'Traversing the Awesome Night', chewed it up and projectile vomited it back out at inhuman speed. Our love for 70s prog and 80s thrash can be heard breathlessly trying to keep up. Before anything could escape, we took the finished tracks to Mr. Russ Russell's place where he did a fine job of mixing and mastering the thing."
The track listing will be as follows:
1. Into the Godless Chambers
2. The March of the Cattle
3. Kings of Infinite Space
4. Towards Infinite Planes
5. War 'til Death
6. March Onward/Celebrating Impending Chaos
7. Wandering Through the Wood
8. A Gruesome Relic of Death and Decay
Guitarist Alex Bouks of Pennsylvania death metal act Goreaphobia has announced he will be appearing live on the Ursinus College Radio program, Last Rights. The webcast-only radio program can be heard at this location. The interview will take place on Thursday, December 10th at 9:00 PM EST.
New York death metallers Immolation have chosen "Majesty and Decay" as the title of their 8th full-length album. "Majesty and Decay" will be released on March 9th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records. Cover art will be revealed on December 25th on the bands Myspace page.
The track listing is as follows:
2. The Purge
3. A Token Of Malice
4. Majesty And Decay
5. Divine Code
6. In Human Form
7. A Glorious Epoch
9. A Thunderous Consequence
10. The Rapture of Ghosts
11. Power And Shame
12. The Comfort of Cowards