Metal News for December 11, 2009
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32 news articles posted on this day.
While you may have read it in today's "Rockstar Ramblings," here's the official statement about Axl Roses' run-in with the paparazi at LAX airport:
"Axl Rose, lead singer for the legendary rock group Guns N' Roses, was unhurt last evening when he was accosted by an unruly group of paparazzi at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).
"At the time of the incident, Mr. Rose was en-route to Taipei, Taiwan, to kick-off Guns N' Roses’ tour of Southeast Asia including shows in Taiwan, Korea and Japan.
"Mr. Rose, who was about to enter a security checkpoint at LAX when the altercation took place, was approached by a group of unchecked and unruly photographers who became aggressive with the singer and female members of the traveling group.
"Mr. Rose was not injured during the unprovoked attack and was able to board his flight without further incident."
Los Angeles metal band 16 has announced the dates for a two-week headlining European tour starting in mid-March. This is the legendary band’s first-ever European tour. Joining 16 for this run will be Italy’s ORANGE MAN THEORY. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more to be announced soon.
Additionally, 16 will be performing a hometown show this weekend alongside EYEHATEGOD. The band has also been confirmed for the 2010 Maryland Death Fest and France’s Hellfest. A listing of 16 tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.
California metal band WINDS OF PLAGUE continue their extensive worldwide touring schedule in support of the highly acclaimed "The Great Stone War" in 2010 with another headliner dubbed the "Never Say Die! Tour." This massive, month-long trek, which kicks off on Jan. 23rd, also features labelmates Despised Icon alongside For Today, Stray From The Path and The World We Knew.
Johnny (vocals) further states: “We have just passed the halfway mark on ‘The California Love’ tour and already the tour has proven to be a massive success, as well as a very memorable moment in WINDS OF PLAGUE history. This has been our first sole headliner, which is nerve racking in itself, but the WOP Soldiers have been strong in numbers and have been some of the most insane shows we have played to date. It’s been awesome to get back into some smaller clubs that we have played while we were coming up and re-visit our roots. This tour also marks the debut of keyboardist Alana Potocnik to the band. Alana's positive attitude and hungry work ethic is a breath of fresh air, with her talent and creative writing abilities new material will be nothing short of epic. With our return to Southern California for the December Decimation Fest still on the horizon, ‘The California Love’ tour will go down in our history as some of the best times of our lives and we thank our fans for making it all possible. More...
Frontiers Records has announced the release of Norwegian glam metal band WIG WAM’s new album, “Non Stop Rock and Roll,” for January 29th in Europe (excluding Norway) and February 9th in the USA.
“Non Stop Rock And Roll” offers twelve "fresh sounding, breathtaking songs, that wears the guitars on it’s sleeves, still showing a more mature and less cheesy band," according to the label.
The tracklisting for "Non Stop Rock and Roll" consists of:
Do Ya Wanna Taste It
Walls Come Down
Man In the Moon
Still I’m Burning
All You Wanted
Non Stop Rock And Roll
Rocket Through My Heart
Gotta Get It On
"Gotta Get It On" is a bonus track for Europe and USA and is only available in the first edition in digipak.
WIG WAM will bring their live performances on the road in 2010. In the meantime, you can check out some of their music on the band's MySpace page.
The new video from the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, “Bend It Like Bender,” has been posted online and can be viewed below. The song comes off the group’s new album, “Addicted”, which was met with worldwide critical praise and debuted at #2 on the Billboard Heatseakers chart.
Townsend further states: "The video for 'Bend It Like Bender' was directed by none other than the mighty Konrad Palkewicz, who directed 'Almost Again' by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, and 'Coast' off of Ki. It's an all animated affair that is not nearly as 'puffy' as the song, it's a mini movie with his incredible skills once again making my music seem much more poignant than it really is. I've seen some clips and it’s crazy good."
Townsend will join genre visionaries Between The Buried and Me, Cynic and Scale The Summit for a massive North American trek which kicks off January 8th. Dates for Europe and Australia are in the works, but you can already look forward to:
13th-15th August 2010 (UK) Catton Hall, Walton-On-Trent, Derbyshire – Bloodstock Open Air
Devin Townsend Project's "Bend It Like Bender" Music Video:
Suicide Records has announced the signing of Gothernburg death metal band Ruined Soul. Ruined Soul is currently in the studio recording their new album, "My Dying Day," which is planned to hit the streets in late April 2010. Until then, you can check out some of their music on the band's MySpace player.
Alice In Chains have added on a second tour date in Atlanta at the Tabernacle on February 26th. Tickets can be found at this location. Alice in Chains have the following upcoming tour dates:
12/11 2009 KXTE’s Holiday Havoc @ The Joint Las Vegas, Nevada
12/12 2009 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas @ Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City, California
2/2 2010 Orpheum Theatre Vancouver, British Columbia
2/4 2010 Paramount Theatre Seattle, Washington
2/5 2010 Paramount Theatre Seattle, Washington
2/6 2010 Salem Armory Salem, Oregon
2/8 2010 Knitting Factory Boise, Idaho
2/10 2010 Knitting Factory Reno, Nevada
2/11 2010 Fox Theatre Oakland, California
2/17 2010 Dodge Theatre Phoenix, Arizona
2/19 2010 Fillmore Denver, Colorado
2/21 2010 Midland Theatre Kansas City, Missouri
2/22 2010 Pageant St. Louis, Missouri
2/23 2010 Louisville Palace Louisville, Kentucky
2/25 2010 Tabernacle Atlanta, Georgia
2/26 2010 Tabernacle Atlanta, Georgia
2/27 2010 House of Blues Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3/1 2010 Municipal Auditorium Nashville, Tennessee
3/2 2010 Fillmore Charlotte, North Carolina
3/3 2010 DAR Constitution Hall Washington, DC, Washington DC
3/5 2010 The National Richmond, Virginia
3/6 2010 Foxwoods Mashantucket, Connecticut
3/8 2010 Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT New York, New York
3/9 2010 Terminal 5 New York, New York
3/12 2010 Borgata Atlantic City, New Jersey
3/13 2010 Tower Theatre Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3/14 2010 Orpheum Theatre Boston, Massachusetts
3/16 2010 Metropolis Montreal, Quebec
3/17 2010 Sound Academy Toronto, Ontario
3/19 2010 Fillmore Detroit, Michigan
3/20 2010 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, Illinois
3/21 2010 Roy Wilkens Auditorium Minneapolis, Minnesota
Bassist Alex Webster of Cannibal Corpse has issued the following road report:
"Today we're in Maplewood, Minn., which is basically a suburb of Minneapolis/St. Paul. We just finished a four-show run through central Canada as part of the Decimation of the Nation 2 tour, consisting of Calgary, Edmonton, Sakatoon and Winnipeg. The shows were fantastic, as we've come to expect from that part of the world—there are some truly raging audiences up there.
"We've been to central Canada before, but never in the winter ... it's definitely full-on cold up there this time of year! We checked the temperature in Sakatoon, and it was -24 degrees Fahrenheit (-31 degrees centigrade). Today in Minnesota it's around 10 degrees, and it actually feels warm compared to where we just were!
"Now that we're back in the States, we'll be playing throughout the Midwest before heading back into Canada for a third time to play Toronto and Montreal. It will be our first show in Toronto for this tour cycle, so we're really looking forward to that, and Montreal is always incredible. After that we'll be heading down the East Coast for a few more shows before the tour comes to an end. It has been a killer tour so far, and we're sure the last few dates (Worcester, New York, Philly) will really end things on a high note. This will probably be my last update on the road for this year, but I might check back to do a year-end review. Thanks for reading, and hope you all have a great holiday season."
Metallica has issued the following announcement about adding on extra European tour dates:
"Good morning and welcome to today's tour date update. We're happy to announce that after over ten years, we will be returning to Budapest, Hungary for a show at the Puskas Ferenc Stadium on May 14, 2010, a very long overdue visit for sure! Tickets go on sale Tuesday, December 15 at 9:00 AM. Jumping over to the Sonisphere Festival front, we have quite the show to tell you about... 'Tallica, Heaven and Hell, Slayer, Anthrax and Mastodon all on one night! Hope you can join us in Prague, Czech Republic at the Mimon Airport on June 19, 2010 for this one. Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 12 at 9:00 AM."
Metallica's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Horse The Band has posted a teaser trailer online for their new DVD "We Flooded It and There's Yoghurt Everywhere AKA 48 Hours in Ukraine," which can be viewed below.
Vocalist Horn of German death metal act Jack Slater has issued the following statement about performing guest vocals on the upcoming Guerrilla album:
"Hey there, our friends from German death thrash band 'Guerrilla' are releasing their new album 'Kickstart Revolution' as a download album in January 2010. I did a guest appearance on one song called 'Plagueraiser,' which you can prelisten on their MySpace Page now, so go and check it out if you like!"
Mastodon have announced they will be joining Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, and more on the Sonisphere Festival in 2010 on the following dates:
6/16 2010 Bemowo Airport - Warsaw, POL
6/19 2010 Mimon Airport - Prague, CZE
Norwegian metallers Keep of Kalessin have posted a second video report from the studio recording sessions of their upcoming album, which is scheduled for a May, 2010 release. The video clip can be viewed below.
Tennessee metallers The Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza have posted a studio report from the recording sessions of their new album "Danza III: The Series Of Unfortunate Events" online through Metalinjection.net. The video clip can be viewed below. Pre-production tracks from the album can also be heard at the band's MySpace page.
Five Finger Death Punch has added on an extra show to their upcoming U.S. Winter Tour with Shadows Fall. The extra date will take place on February 9th in Jacksonville, NC at Hooligan's. Their other upcoming tour dates are as follows:
1/21 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
1/22 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
1/23 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
1/24 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
1/26 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
1/27 McAllen, TX @ McAllen Convention Center
1/29 Dallas,TX @ House of Blues
1/30 New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
1/31 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
2/2 Nashville,TN @ Cannery Ballroom
2/3 Grenville, SC @ Handle Bar
2/5 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
2/6 Worcester, MA @ Palladium
2/8 Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club
2/12 Flint, MI @ Machine Shop
2/13 Dayton, OH McGuffy’s House of Rock
2/14 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
2/16 Rapid City, SD @ Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
2/17 Billings, MT @ Shrine Auditorium
2/19 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
2/20 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
2/21 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Serbian metallers Disdained have issued the following update about focusing on their side projects during the winter months:
"By the end of 2009, Disdained accomplished among the rest, 2 European Tours & recorded the second full-length album this year, so it was a very busy & hard working year for all of us. For this winter, we will be more or less 'inactive', basically just taking some 'time-off' from our primary band, until Spring/Summer 2010 when we plan to hit the road again in order to promote our new album.
"However, be sure to check out our side projects/bands, and expect more updates (concerts, releases, new material, etc…) from them during this winter: Branislav – BANE (Black Metal), Zoltan – PRY (Alter/Metal), Stevan – KOLAPS (Hardcore), Dusan – CFP (Rap), Milos – SYNESIS ABSORPTION (Death Metal). Be sure to add them as your friends, comments are welcome!"
Italy's Eat Me Clown have announced they will be hosting a release party for their upcoming debut album "The Chosen One." The show will take place on Friday, January 8th, 2010 at the Nail Fixed Music Pub in Vedelago, Treviso. "The Chosen One" will be released through UKDivision Records. The album was recorded at Westlink Studios between February and March 2009, with production handled by Ale Paolucci. The mastering was done at WestWestSideMusic by Alan Douches (Unearth, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Black Dahlia Murder). Samples of Eat Me Clown's music can be heard at their MySpace page.
Dutch black metal band Carach Angren has issued the following update about revealing the cover artwork for their new album:
"We are very proud to present you the cover artwork for 'Death Came Through a Phantom Ship' which will be released on 26.02.2010 worldwide! The album cover was created by Erik Wijnands. You can also listen to first full track of the album 'The Sighting Is A Portent Of Doom' on our myspace player. At this point major thanks goes to our label Maddening Media, Negakinu photography and Rob! More info will follow tomorrow!"
The Devil Wears Prada will join Killswitch Engage on their Winter U.S. tour as direct support beginning Thursday, February 4, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. Sweden's Dark Tranquility will open on all dates, and the tour will keep the threesome on the road over a six-week-plus period. With more dates to be announced, the confirmed itinerary for The Devil Wears Prada as direct support on the Killswitch Engage U.S. tour are as follows:
2/4 House of Blues, Boston, MA
2/5 House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ
2/8 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
2/10 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
2/11 Amos Southend, Charlotte, NC
2/12 Sonar, Baltimore, MD
2/13 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
2/15 House of Blues, Chicago, IL
2/18 First Avenue Loop Station, Minneapolis, MN
2/19 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI
2/20 Royal Oak Theatre, Royal Oak, MI
2/21 Egyptian Room, Indianapolis, IN
2/23 Cain's Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
2/25 Warehouse Live, Houston, TX
2/26 Paladium Ballroom, Dallas, TX
3/1 Sunshine Theatre, Albuquerque, NM
3/3 House of Blues, Las Vegas,NV
3/5 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
3/6 The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
3/7 Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, CA
3/9 Roseland Ballroom, Portland, OR
3/10 Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
3/12 Great Salt Air, Magna, UT
3/13 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
3/14 The Midland by AMC, Kansas City, MO
3/15 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
3/18 Irving Plaza, New York, NY
3/19 Irving Plaza, New York, NY
3/21 The Dome, Wallingford, CT
Denmark's Behold The Treason are currently streaming the new song "No Catharsis" online through their MySpace page. The band issued the following statement about the song:
"The track 'No Catharsis' from our new DEMO 'The Blinding Deceiver', is now available for free listening. We've had the entire DEMO re-mastered, and all vocals have been re-recorded - I felt I could do a much better job with the vocals, and I'm definitely happy with the result of the new recording! The DEMO will be available for purchasing soon, through the band."
Behold The Treason also has the following upcoming tour dates:
12/23 2009 Musik og Juletræer Skanderborg, Midtjylland
1/8 2010 Café Von Hatten (fredagsjam) Randers, Midtjylland
1/30 2010 MUK 2010 Skanderborg, Midtjylland
4/16 2010 Rock Nielsen Aalborg, Nordjylland
8/6 2010 Skanderborg Festival Skanderborg, Midtjylland
Texas metallers Chemical Fingerprint have issued the following update about writing and recording new material:
"We tried out a bass player stitch has been friends with for a lil while and hopefully all will work out and we will definitely know by next month. Once the band is full our sound will be complete and nothing will be missing. We have wrote 2 new songs in the past few weeks and the whole band agrees that the sound is getting better with each tune. Hopefully any fans or future fans will agree and dig our sound. We will be recording a live demo really soon at Mad Puppet recordings. Once we have a full albums worth of songs we will record and we can't wait til that time comes.
"We will also have cover songs on our live demo so please keep your eyes peeled for that. hopefully if all works out we will have a demo and album out by early next year and if we are a full band things will flow better for us and it is too bad that there isn't many places in the Dallas / Fort Worth area for metal shows. Most local metal bands are playing sports bars so we will probably be there or out of town but we miss playing shows so we are looking forward to it!"
Ex Deo, the ancient Roman themed arsenal lead by Kataklysm front man Maurizio Iacono, recently returned home after making their North American debut alongside Enisferum and Blackguard. Performance footage from the their show at The Medley in Montreal on December 3rd can be viewed below.
Plans are also in the works for the band to film a video clip for the track "The Final War (Battle Actium)," which is taken from Ex Deo's debut album "Romulus." The video will be shot once again by director Ivan Colic and producer Stanimir Lucik in Belgrade, Serbia. The filming will take place in early January 2010 and will be released in the month of Mars (March) to celebrate Mars, the ancient Roman god of war.
Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono: “After much discussion with the director Ivan Collic we decided to go with ‘The Final War (Battle Actium)’ as the next video clip for Romulus. I love the song ‘In Her Dark Embrace’, which was initially the planned video track, but we’ve decided to bring the whole production one step higher and film ‘The Final War (Battle Actium)’. The story line is amazing for this song and we will be able to capture not only Roman battle scenes and all the blood you want, but also the true story behind the war that turned Rome from a republic into an Empire. We’re going full force with this one!” More...
Gallows has issued the following announcement about canceling tonight's (December 11th) show at The Crypt in Hastings:
"We're very sorry to announce that we're going to have to cancel tonights show in Hastings. Steph is unwell and has been told by doctors that he should not play tonight. We are planning to reschedule this show for early next year for which all your tickets will be valid and we promise not to disappoint. We will announce a new date in the next few days. Thank you for your understanding."
Gallows still have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Katatonia has issued the following statement about adding on Greek dates to their upcoming European tour:
"Greece has been added to the New Night Over Europe Spring tour 2010. The Two new dates are Saturday 10th April at the Principal Club Theater in Thessaloniki and Sunday 11th April at Gagarin 205 in Athens. The support bands on these two shows are exclusive for Greece and not part of the of rest of the European tour: Enslaved (Co-headliners), Astral Aeon (Local support) and Sorrowful Angels (Local support)."
Katatonia's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Finland's Pressure Points will release their debut album "Remorses to Remember" through Firebox Records on January 15th in Finland and January 29th worldwide. You can pre-order the album at this location. Pressure Points are also currently streaming two songs from the album online. The tracks "Atonement" and "Edge of Endurance" can be heard at their official MySpace page.
Pressure Points will be hosting pre-listening parties for "Remorses to Remember" on the following dates:
07.01.2010 - Jyväskylä, Inferno
08.01.2010 - Helsinki, Bar Bäkkäri
09.01.2010 - Tampere, Inferno
Pressure Points also have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Finland's Barren Earth released their EP “Our Twilight” on November 9th in Europe and November 17th in the US through Peaceville Records. The band has now announced that their debut full-length album will be titled "The Curse Of The Red River." The new album will be released on the following dates:
March 8th - Europe
March 10th - Finland
April 6th - USA
German progressive power metal band Blind Guardian has announced the following European tour dates for 2010:
2010-09-24 - Holland - Tilburg - O13
2010-09-25 - Belgium - Deinze - Brielpoort
2010-09-26 - England - London - Sheperd's Bush
2010-09-28 - France - Paris - Elysee Montmartre
2010-10-01 - Germany - Ludwigsburg - Arena
2010-10-02 - Germany - Trier - Arena
2010-10-03 - Germany - Langen - Stadthalle
2010-10-05 - Germany - Bremen - Pier 2
2010-10-06 - Germany - Hamburg - Sporthalle
2010-10-08 - Germany - Bamberg - Jako Arena
2010-10-09 - Germany - Duesseldorf - Philippshalle
2010-10-10 - Germany - Munich - Zenith
2010-10-12 - Italy - Rome - Atlantico
2010-10-13 - Italy - Milan - Alcatraz
2010-10-15 - Switzerland - Pratteln - Z7
2010-10-16 - Austria - Vienna - Gasometer
2010-10-17 - Czech Republic - Brno - Fleda
2010-10-20 - Germany - Berlin - Huxley's
2010-10-21 - Germany - Osnabrueck - Halle Gartlage
2010-10-30 - Russia - St. Petersburg - Glav Club
2010-10-31 - Russia - Moscow - B1-Maximum Club
2010-11-05 - Spain - Madrid - La Riviera
2010-11-06 - Spain - Barcelona - St. Jordi Club More...
Canada's Kick Axe has announced the following Janaury 2010 Canadian tour dates:
01/28 - Winnipeg, Manitoba - Silverado's
01/29 - Regina, Saskatchewan - Casino
01/30 - Calgary, Alberta - Deerfoot Casino
The Sword has issued the following update regarding the progress of their new album:
"We're nearing completion of the writing process for our upcoming third album. Recording is planned for early 2010 to be preceded by a short regional tour showcasing the new songs. More transmissions as they are received... "
Metalunderground.com columnist David S. Grant (aka Rockstar_Scribbler) has released his latest book, "Rock Stars: The rise, fall, and rise of 80s glam frontmen into pop culture." "Rock Stars" is a look back and forward with the glam metal singers from the eighties. Accompanied by illustrations of each singer (courtesy of by Joel Gwidt), "Rock Stars" takes a tongue-in-cheek look at both the careers and music created during this time.
Here are some excerpts from the book:
"...Wearing tight acid washed jeans, Jon Bon Jovi made no qualms about putting "pop" back into rock. Videos focused on his ass made it appear there was an unspoken jeans rivalry between Jon and Joe Elliot of Def Lepard..."
"...I have to rethink everything regarding Rob Halford since he came out of the closet, turning from ferocious front man of Judas Priest to fierce. In hindsight there were signs. The video for "Hot Rockin" was pretty much just a bunch of guys working out in a gym. Hello!!..."
"...Sebastian Bach and Skid Row made music for the kids smoking cigarettes behind the school. Music for the kids that owned denim jackets, but didn't have the money for fancy patches (instead, forced to scribble SKID ROW across the back with a black Sharpie). Essentially, Sebastian Bach made music for the bad kid in The Breakfast Club..."
The book features twenty-eight mini-profiles detailing strengths, weaknesses, and X factors ranging from Kip Winger's hair, David Lee Roth's use of the microphone, to Bret Michaels reality series comeback. Think Behind The Music on cocaine.
Syracuse NY hardcore legends EARTH CRISIS have posted the entire concert that they performed at The Lost Horizon in Syracuse NY earlier this year. It available for viewing at the UVTV website or on iTunes or right here (below).
The setlist for the show is as follows:
1. Against The Current
2. All Out War
3. Forged in the Flames
4. Wrath of Sanity
5. No Allegiance
6. Forced March
7. End Begins
8. To Ashes
9. Gommorah's Season
10. Born from Pain
11. To The Death
"To The Death" was released on May 5 via Century Media Records (April 20 in Europe). The self-produced CD was recorded at Castle Recording Studios in Utica, New York and was mixed by Tue Madsen (HEAVEN SHALL BURN, DARK TRANQUILLITY, MOONSPELL, THE HAUNTED). Artwork for the effort was handled by Paul Romano (MASTODON, GODFLESH). The band has also partnered with PETA and plans to stay active within the animal liberation scene.
Guitarist Scott Crouse told Revolver magazine about the new CD, "We aren't purposely trying to recapture the past, but I think we have harnessed some of the fire that set us apart from the pack early on. It's great being able to look back on our previous work and see what aspects have stood the tests of time; not many bands have that luxury."
At LAX, Axl Rose (GUNS N ROSES) got into a scuffle with a paparazzo that ended up with a few bloodied participants. Even with Rose flying to Taiwan there is still concern about whether he will be in the mood to perform, a question that had been raised earlier in the week when the rest of the band flew to the gig without the singer. It’s time to set the GNR Tour odds: 2:1 one gig is played; 3:1 the Asian tour is completed without incident and/or cancellations; 5:1 GNR makes it to their Canadian leg of the tour; 1:1 Axl self destructs at some point during the tour. Technically, for those that had self destruction, you can now collect your winnings… More...