Metal News for December 13, 2011
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38 news articles posted on this day.
Meshuggah has announced a series of concerts dates confirmed for the U.K. in April of 2012. This will mark the first return to Britain since co-headlining the 2010 Bloodstock festival. The band had planned to release a new album this fall, but it has been pushed back to early next year. Check out some recent concert footage of Meshuggah below.
April 12 - Bristol, O2 Academy
April 13 - Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms
April 14 - Nottingham, Rock City
April 15 - Glasgow, Garage
April 17 - Manchester, Academy
April 18 - Norwich, Waterfront
April 19 - Brighton, Concorde 2
April 20 - London, Electric Ballroom More...
Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air will take place on June 29th and 30th, 2012 at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio. There will be a pre-fest that will take place on June 28th in Columbus as well. For any information about the WOM Open Air, refer to the venue's website. Bands that have confirmed are as follows:
Ancient Creation More...
Danish stoner metal band Plow is streaming it's entire new four-song EP "Bicentennial Picnic" online. The band, who started in 2009, already has one EP to it's credit which can be streamed at Bandcamp as well.
The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Exciter to play the floating festival:
"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival has reached the Canadian East Coast. Before turning the ship around, they dropped off a scouting party to explore this vast country. Given secret orders, they headed West to the nation's capital of Ottawa where they received a raving welcome. Are you all getting a little EXCITER yet?
"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!
"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean Majesty of the Seas from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012.
"Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service!"
The following 31 out of a total of 40 bands have been confirmed:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
MY DYING BRIDE
Portugal's Ava Inferi has posted a music video online for the song "The Living End," which was directed by Costin Chioreanu and taken off the band's "Onyx" album. Check out the video clip below.
The "Onyx" track listing is as follows:
2. The Living End
3. A Portal
6. The Heathen Island
7. By Candlelight & Mirrors
8. Venice (in Fog)
Norwegian act Trollfest has checked in from the studio with the following recording update about the new "Brumlebassen" album:
"Okay, first off, sorry for the lack of updates the last few days. It might look like we have taken a break, but hell no. We are more busy than ever. We have done shitloads the last few days and manage to record alot of different stuff! We are soon getting done with all the choirs!:) Let me hear you say 'Ahhhoooooo'....
"TrollBANK has recorded alot of trumpet during these days, he made Fanfare Ciocarlia sound like a kindergarden of small children playing flute for the first time.
"We have also received the drawings for the new album from Jonas Darnell, and it looks killer! Terje started working on the design today, and this will truly be the coolest TrollfesT cover in history! Cant wait to show it to the world!:)
"We have also had our good friend Trym Hagen visiting us. He recorded some really emotional vocallines for one of the new songs, it made us all feel sorry for poor old Brumlebassen.... Here is TrollBANK and Trym doing some minor changes to the lyrics before recording."
As we continue our constant quest to get the craziest mosh pit stories in all of metaldom, vocalist Patrick Hemer of German/French act Horizon got in touch with us to share a story of a headbanger who went just a bit too far. Check out Patrick's tale of a blood soaked pit below.
This took place when playing a festival in the south of France with the very first line-up of Horizon. As soon as we took to the stage, we noticed this guy in the audience, in the first row in front of our bass player, who was headbanging in the wildest, craziest and most violent way I’ve ever seen in my life. It looked unreal, almost supernatural. He seemed to move like a possessed dude in some horror movie. From the second song on, his face was covered with blood but he kept headbanging with the same superhuman energy until the end of the show, so I thought at this point that he might simply have hit his brow on the wedge just in front of him – there were no barricades between the stage and the crowd - and maybe he didn’t even notice it in the heat of the moment. Moreover, he obviously reached new heights of excitement every time a band member was getting close to him and we – stupid as we were – really did what it takes to give him the time of his life. Our roadies also had a great time and were totally bent over laughing.
Things suddenly got less funny and started getting scary when we saw the stage after the show, in the cold neon light. Instead of a few blood drops they imagined they would find behind the wedge near the place the guy stood, the roadies had found something that actually looked like a crime scene. There was a LOT of blood! This moron had been banging his head and his face on a wedge for 40 minutes in a row and nobody saw he was bleeding that much because of the stage lights and the black shirt he was wearing. Then someone said that a person who had lost that much blood might be unconscious somewhere and should immediately be brought to the hospital. So we asked the security whether there had been any problem with an injured member of the audience and they said no. We then had the promoters search every bathroom and every place of the festival area for a possible unconscious person. Nobody. We even asked the local newspaper the next morning to see if someone had been found during the night but, apparently, the bastard had managed to make his way back home despite his terrible state.
We’ll never know what the guy was on, to be so frenzied and indestructible but we imagine there must be someone somewhere now who’s wearing concert memories in the form of battle scars on his face. Definitely Metal!
Check back in again next week to find our latest pit story shared by metal fans and musicians.
If one were to ask the average person who Chuck Schuldiner is, there's a fair chance that the response would be little more than a blank stare. However, if one asked a dedicated metal fan who he was, they would instantly retort in detail that he was one of the most innovative musicians in the history of metal, whose passing ten years ago today affected them on a massive scale and whose band, Death, changed the face of extreme music forever.
Born in Long Island, New York on May 13th 1967 as Charles Michael Schuldiner, both of his parents were teachers, which perhaps influenced his strong performance in school before he decided to drop out (though he later regretted doing so.) Chuck Schuldiner the musician was born at the age of nine, in circumstances just as harsh as the music he would become known for, when his parents bought him a guitar, in an effort to appease the sadness he felt of his brothers death, who was only sixteen years old when he passed away. Though starting with a classical guitar, he expressed distaste for the type of music he was being taught and was on the verge of putting the instrument down alltogether, when his parents bought him an electric guitar, something he greeted with a much greater sense of enthusiasm, practicing every day of the week (though he was reportedly limited to three hours a day on school nights.)
When he was sixteen himself, he formed Death, initially under the name Mantas, along with guitarist Rick Rozz and drummer/vocalist Kam Lee. He briefly abandoned the band, in favour of moving to Toronto to join Slaughter, though soon recanted and returned to Florida to continue Death. The group went through a number of lineup changes before signing with Combat Records, at which time Death merely consisted of Schuldiner and drummer Chris Reifert. Despite only consisting of two members, Death released their first album, "Scream Bloody Gore" in 1987, which was immediately hailed as one of the finest extreme metal albums of the time, and seen by many today to be one of the first "true" death metal albums, clearly defining the sound for the first time. While many acclaimed debut albums cast a shadow over their respective artists, this was not to be the case with Death as practically every album they released was hailed as a masterpiece, or at least as excellent. Through his work with the band, Schuldiner garnered the tag, "The Father of Death Metal," although he himself played down his role in the genre and praised other musicians in the death metal scene. More...
Kaotoxin records will be releasing Gronibard's "Satanic Tuning Club Turbo!" on LP this coming January 30th, 2012. Not only is this a re-release of the band's 2003 MCD "Satanic Tuning Club," but it comes with 15 bonus including previously unreleased (studio, live, acoustic) and remastered material. The following four editions will be available:
"Ultra gay" : "Gay edition" + test pressing, 5 autographed and hand-numbered copies only available through auction on eBay as of January 31st.
"Gay" : transparent red 12" LP, limited to 100 hand-numbered copies, coming with a special bonus item, exclusively available through Kaotoxin's web shop at this location.
"Bi" : transparent clear 12" LP, limited to 100 hand-numbered copies.
"Hetero" : regular black 12" LP.
Kaotoxin has now revealed the special bonus item included with the "Gay" and "Ultra Gay" editions will be a 2 track 7" x 5" rectangular picture flexi disc. The standard edition artwork is available below, while the picture flexi disc version's art can be found after the jump.
The release will be accompanied by a line of merchandise (t-shirts, girlies and sweat-shirts), only available through pre-order, with pre-orders beginning this Monday. More...
Greece's Sorrows Path has issued the following brief announcement about recording a new album during the summer/fall of 2012:
"Sorrows Path booked Fragile Studios in Athens, Greece in order to record the sophomore album between August and October 2012 with producer Vangelis Yalamas!
"The follower of 'The Rough Path of Nihilism' will be out late 2012 by German Rock it up Records! Doom rules eternally..."
For more on Sorrows Path and to check out music available for streaming online, navigate your browser to the band's MySpace page here.
San Diego area band Pathology will be embarking on a 2-week headlining west coast headlining tour in January. The quintet is touring in support of the band's latest album, "Awaken to the Suffering," released in September on Victory. The tour sees the band rejoined by vocalist Jonathan Huber, who sat out on the band’s recent U.S. tour with Grave and Blood Red Throne due to a leg injury.
“We’re all very excited to hit the road together again in January,” states drummer Dave Astor. “We are playing some songs on this tour that we have not played yet. We’re also getting in some smaller California markets that we’re excited to develop and bring the slaughter. We’re looking forward to seeing old and new friends.”
Pathology's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
1/13 El Divan de Alicia – Tijuana, Mexico
1/14 The Riff Haus – Fullerton, CA w/ Warbringer
1/15 118 Live - Simi Valley, CA w/ Abigail Williams, Inherit Disease
1/16 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ Gortuary
1/18 O’Sullivan’s Pub – Santa Maria, CA w/ Halo of Gunfire
1/19 The Chinatown Youth Center – Fresno, CA
1/20 The Pioneer - Santa Cruz, CA
1/22 Gilman Street – Berkeley, CA w/ Impaled
1/24 The Workshop – Ceres, CA
1/25 The Alley – Sparks, NV
1/26 Hypnotic – Las Vegas, NV w/ Cerebral Incubation
1/27 Chasers – Scottsdale, AZ
1/28 Electric Ladyland – Ocean Beach, CA w/ Gortuary
2/4 El Circo Volador – Mexico City, Mexico w/ Obituary and Rigor Mortis
Born in 2009 on the ashes of French metalcore band Draftdown, The Prestige is a quartet from Paris which plays a mix between chaotic hardcore, intense punk, metal, and rock under a constant injection of adrenaline.
The debut album from the band will be out in early Spring 2012 and was produced and recorded by Guyom Pavesi (Die On Monday, Headcharger, The Locomotive Sound Corporation) and Amaury Sauvé (As We Draw, Birds in Row, Comity) at Moulin de Favry (France). Mixing and mastering were handled at Riddarborgen Studios (Sweden) by Magnus Lindberg (August Burns Red, Cult of Luna).
Vocalist Johan Lindstrand from One Man Army and the Undead Quartet has issued the following announcement about the band going on hiatus for an indefinite amount of time:
"Hi there everyone! Just some tiny words concerning the next chapter of The Army: This band will now take a break. For how long I don't know. All I know is that I will put all my energy into making the reunion with The Crown truly amazing for everyone concerned.
"Probably for the next couple of months or year depending on what happens. One man army will return when the time is right but for now we'll put general Grim in the closet. Both me and the rest of The Army would like to thank all of you for supporting us throughout the years.
"It's been vey joyful. All our albums lives on and so do we. We will come back. Mark my words. Be patient."
Drummer Charlie Zeleny (Blotted Science) has performed the ultimate drum solo entitled "Drumageddon" up an entire multi-floor building in Brooklyn, NYC from the street to roof in one continuous take using a single HD camera in tow. Charlie Z shredded drums through multiple floors & hallways of the building without stopping using multiple Protools rigs and 4 separate complete drumsets along with stage hands moving parts of drumsets along with him between locations in the 7+ minute video, available below. A press release about the video reads as follows:
"This Ultimate Drum Solo featured drummer Charlie Z improvising everything from bombastic Rock Drumming, Latin Jazz Fusion and Gospel Chops R&B Shredding to fast Drum N Bass and Progressive Metal drum solos. The grand finale is on Charlie Z's gigantic 40 Piece Drumset on top of the graffiti stricken roof overlooking the Empire State Building and the NYC Skyline.
"All the cutting edge camera work was filmed by breakout Director Chris Ott of Evil Dog Films and all the epic sound was captured by master Engineer Brian Penny of Three Egg Studios along with logistical experts Jason Rutherford and Freddy Nightliker of Cablesmith and Bryan Kane, Three Egg Studio owner and lead singer of the indie rock powerhouse Bone Gunn. More...
Tacoma, WA's Czar (not to be confused with the Illinois act of the same name), has released a new album titled "Old Haunts." The entire release is now available online for streaming via Czar's Bandcamp page or through the player below.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Never Shoot the Pilot
3. Le Tenia
5. Clay Pigeon
6. Sluts for Satan More...
Steel Panther has gotten into the festive holiday mood by providing its own raunchy spin on "The 12 Days of Christmas." Check out what the Panthers got for Christmas in the video clip below.
New Jersey instrumental metal act Angel Vivaldi has posted a new music video online for the song "A Mercurian Summer," which is taken off the "Universal Language" EP. Check out the video clip below, or find more details on Angel Vivaldi via Facebook.
The "Universal Language" track listing is as follows:
1. A Venutian Spring
2. A Mercurian Summer
3. An Erisian Autumn
4. A Martian Winter
Dead Icons has checked in with the following brief announcement about streaming a new song online from the band's upcoming "Condemned" album:
"You can now listen to our new song 'Folding Aces' on our BandPage tab! Check it out and let us know what you think!"
"Condemned" is set for release on January 24, 2012 and the track listing is as follows:
1. Folding Aces
2. The Longer You Wait
4. No Pain Goes Unpunished
6. Life Of Uncertainty
7. True Potential
10. Everything Has A Price
11. The Curse
12. Sincerely More...
U.K. based act Invocation has posted a new track online titled "Ab Aeterno," which is available for streaming via the SoundCloud player below.
Invocation also recently posted the band's debut, self-titled EP online for streaming. Check out the tracks from the release by heading over to the Invocation Bandcamp page here.
The Psyke Project has posted a music video online for the song "Only I Remain," which was shot during the band's tour supporting the "Ebola" split release. Check out the music video below, or streaming the entire "Ebola" release by heading over to this location.
The "Ebola" track listing is as follows:
1. We Came From Earth
3. This Road To Hell
4. Only I Remain
5. A 1000 Frozen Bodies
6. This Road To Hell (radio edit)
Sri Lankan based depressive black metal act Dhishti recently released the new single "Neecha Paapa." The track is now available for streaming online via the player below. For more on Dhishti, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Ontario's In The Act of Violence has posted a new official music video online for the track "Place To Hide." Check out the video clip below. To hear more In The Act of Violence music available for streaming, head over to the band's official Facebook profile at this locaiton.
Flippen Music has posted a new video interview online with Serianna, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:
"Check out Chris and Kris from Serianna discuss the origin of the band name, upcoming music videos, strip clubs, and more! The debut album 'Inheritors' is out NOW and on iTunes for just $7.99."
Periphery is currently holed up in the studio recording a new album, and the band has now checked in with a new video update showing off the drum recording process. Check out the clip below, or find Periphery's last studio video blog clicking here.
Winds of Genocide, which signed to Pulverised Records earlier this month, has now posted the track "Into the Darkness of Eternal Nuclear Winter" online for streaming, which can be heard below. The band also commented:
"This track from our new recording and the upcoming split CD with Abigail is now available for FREE download. Check it out if you haven't, feel free to download it and share it!"
Greece's Acherontas is teaming up with Nightbringer to release a split entitled "The Ruins of Edom" this coming March, 2012 via Agonia Records. Acherontas commented on the upcoming release:
"It was a matter of time before two of the most dedicated occult black metal bands united their forces to unleash a masterpiece of true darkness.
"The recording, out on 22.03.2012, will be a celebration of the spring equinox; available as a 10EP vinyl and digipack CD. Limited t-shirt in all sizes will acompany the release."
For more on Acherontas and to listen to music available for streaming, head over to the band's MySpace music profile.
Power metal act Katagory V has posted the new songs "Far Too Long" and "I Am Change" online, which will appear on the band's upcoming fifth album "Resurrect the Insurgence." You can check out "I Am Change" in the player below, or find both tracks via the band's Reverbnation page.
Comments bassist Dustin Mitchell: "We know it has been rather quiet in the Katagory V camp, and many have been wondering when the new album will be released, but rest assured we are still fighting the good fight, and the new album will be delivered in good time. However, it has been difficult to nail down a release date in the current state of the industry with the constant changes abound. Never the less, we are still alive!
"A few months back we uploaded a new song from the upcoming album 'Resurrect The Insurgence,' which was completed earlier this year with the help of producer Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69, ANGRA, PRIMAL FEAR), and felt it was time to throw out another musical morsel from the new album out there for everyone to test drive. More...
Josh Young from Astral Winter and Daniel Kuzmanovski of Perpetual Dawn have teamed up to record a cover of "Sleeping Stars" by Wintersun. You can check out their interpretation of the track below.
Astral Winter also recently released a cover of "Frog's Theme" from the Chrono Trigger video game, which can be found here.
Germany's Farewell to Arms, which recently signed to the Massacre Records roster, has now posted an electronic press kit online to introduce the band to new fans. Check out the clip below, which features the band discussing its history and sound.
Farewell to Arms will be entering Weltraumstudios in Munich this coming Spring to record a new full-length album. To check out the latest with the band, head over to the Farewell to Arms Facebook page.
Three decades of waiting are finally over! British thrash masters Onslaught will cross the Atlantic for their first ever North American tour. The band is scheduled for a three-week tour performing an exclusive set list spanning through all studio albums such as "Power From Hell," "The Force," "In Search Of Sanity," "Killing Peace," and the latest release "Sounds Of Violence."
Coming along on tour is the new black/thrash metal outfit M-Pire of Evil, an all ex-Venom supergroup featuring Demolition man, Antton Lant and Venom's founding member Jeff "Mantas" Dunn. M-Pire will be presenting its own material as well as performing classic Venom songs. Bay area thrashers Evil Dead will joining this unholy package for some devastating dates on the US West Coast.
Onslaught's Nige Rockett comments: "Good Morning America. Here we are at very long last! Onslaught are super fucking stoked to announce our début tour of the mighty USofA and Canada. It's been one hell of a long time coming, but we are now finally bringing the Scream For Violence tour to North America for 20 shows in March and April 2012. Just as we did in Europe, the UK and South America, we'll be thrashing it up with a brutal 90 minute set featuring tracks off all five Onslaught studio albums. We can't fucking wait guys. This is the Sound of Violence!"
These are the first confirmed dates: More...
Female-fronted act Pythia has posted a video clip online for the new single "Betray my Heart," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"We are delighted to bring to you our video for the new single 'Betray My Heart.' We hope you like it! The single is available in CD and 7" vinyl formats from the Pythia shop at this location and also downloadable from Monday 19th December from Itunes."
Pythia's upcoming new album "The Serpent's Curse" is currently set to drop on February 27th, 2012. More...
German band Crystallion has issued the following update about delays in the recording process for a new album:
"Finishing new album delayed! Due to necessary reconstruction works in the studio and our producer's illness-caused retreat from all projects we won't be able to finish recording sessions until spring!
"Our new producer Sebastian Pracher won't be able to work on our stuff until January/February since he is involved in numerous other projects. We'll keep you updated!"
Nowray's Syrach has checked in with the following update about the recording process for a new album:
"We have now completed the guitar tracks for the next album, and due to some health issues, the bass will be done on the weekend of 16th-18th of December. This is keeping us fairly good up to our schedule.
"The album will be concisting of seven dark and heavy grooving tunes. We are hoping on a 2012 release of the material, but we'll see when we are ready with the music.
"There are much desicions still to be made about mixing, artwork and so on. Keep in touch, and have a wicked x-mas!"
Further details will be revealed as they are made available. For more info on Syrach, head over to the band's MySpace music page.
Italian alternative metal outfit Lacuna Coil has posted a new music video online for the song, "Trip The Darkness." You can check it out below. The song is the first single from the group's forthcoming new studio album, "Dark Adrenaline," which will be released through Century Media Records on January 24th. More...
After having released numerous splits, demos and EP's, Mexican death metal band Ominous Crucifix is gearing up to drop it's first full-length via FDA Rekotz. The track listing of the album, titled "The Spell of Damnation," follows below along with a teaser sampler of the release.
01. Third Day Resurrection
02. Putrid Purity
03. Primitive Sin
04. Defiling The Altars Of An Abcent God
05. Secular Omens Of Doom
06. Church Of Death
07. The Spell Of Damnation
08. Repulsive Sanctification Of The Absurd More...
Oakland doom/drone band Swamp Witch is streaming the entire B-side of it's new album "Gnosis." You can go listen to it by heading over to this location. Below is a recent video of one of Swamp Witch's live gigs in the bay area, featuring two songs that compose the entire second half of the set. More...
French doom metal band Fatum Elisum recently released it's second album, "Homo Nihilis," and has posted a teaser for the album online. It's the first new material since the band's eponymous debut, and was issued via Aesthetic Death records. Check out Fatum Elisum's MySpace page to hear a few more tracks available for streaming. More...
Whorediezel is streaming it's entire new nine song, self-titled demo album online. The band is a side project from Aiwass, who is also in another Hungarian stoner rock band named Urania.