Metal News for December 16, 2009
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42 news articles posted on this day.
Dutch folk metal band Conorach has issued the following update:
"Since the release of 'Tales from the Tavern,' we’ve steadily been working on new material.
Although we are not ready to record a full-length album yet, we want to record some of this new stuff to give you a sample of what you can expect when (mind you, not if!) we release a second full-length."
"So in early January, we’ll be spending a day at our own rehearsal studio to record one or two of the new songs. Dave Schinkel (who aided us with the vocal recordings for 'Tales from the Tavern') will be our studio engineer and make sure everything will run smoothly."
"We aim to have some samples (or maybe a full song) made available somewhere in February 2010. We’ll keep you posted on how things are going so make sure to check back once a while!"
Finnish metal band BLACK SUN AEON is heading to studio 6.12. to start the recording of the 2nd album "ROUTA." The album is the follow up of their debut album, entitled "DARKNESS WALKS BESIDE ME." According to the band the new album, "will be a double album and a theme album about Finnish winter. Cold, Dark and beautiful!"
"Studio blog will be posted to the myspace site and updated as fast as I am able :). Not very good with those kind of stuff but I will do my best. I have totally 16-18 songs, drums, bass, all guitars, keyboards, percussions, main vocals and production in my hands so might be distracted sometimes when it comes to the blog :)"
Finnish unsigned melodic death metal Blind Stare has parted ways with bassist Kalle Lahti. The band comments, "After a long and fruitful history together, Kalle has decided to move on. There are no hostilities whatsoever and our ways separate in very neutral and friendly mood. We thank Kalle for everything he's done for the band - both musically and mentally, you've been one hell of an entertainer! Best wishes for future endeavors and remember: hold your beer up high!"
"We have not yet fully activated in finding a new bass player, but if you're interested and feel that you have enough urge to become our new one, do let us know!"
The cover artwork for Einherjer Rising's upcoming album, "Berserk," has been revealed. The artwork was done by artist Craig Granato (USA) exclusively for Einherjer Rising.
Einherjer Rising comments, "I would like to thank Mr. Craig Granato for his great and sincere effort in making the illustration. It is a perfectly executed representation of my image for the album cover. This artwork will definitely strengthen the whole album atmosphere yet more"
German metal band Forever It Shall Be has issued the following update:
"We finally are ready to reveal our new record "SONIC DEATH SQUAD!" The album will be released via Maintain Records/Twilight Distribution in the first quarter of 2010 and will contain 12 tracks."
"The cover art and whole album layout was done by Justin Osbourne for Slasher Design and it turned out just amazing! To get you in the mood, you can NOW listen & download the titletrack in our myspace player."
Alabama metal band MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE has posted a studio update video online. The band is currently recording their second album at Glow In The Dark Studios in Atlanta Georgia with Matt Goldman (Underoath, The Chariot, Third Day). The footage includes a tour of the studio and clips of upcoming tracks on the new album. Watch the footage below:
Electronic Arts and Double Fine Productions have announced the release date for "Hammer of Infinite Fate," the second downloadable content pack for the heavy metal-themed, third person action game, "Brütal Legend." "Hammer of Infinite Fate" introduces a series of new skins, weapon upgrades, multiplayer maps and unlockable achievements for players of the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of the game. The DLC pack will be available on Xbox LIVE on December 17th for 480 MS Points and for $4.99 on the Sony PlayStation Network.
Read the full article at Crispygamer.com.
"LAWSON: WHITE HEAT" feature-length action comedy adventure featuring members of RAVAGE now available online for FREE at this location.
"LAWSON: WHITE HEAT" is a feature-length action comedy adventure featuring cameos by Metal Blade Records Recording artists RAVAGE and produced by former Ravage members John 'The Ogre' Koziol, Barry Delahanty, and Tommy Grimaldi. The film made it's theatrical debut at a sold-out midnight screening at The Kendall Theater in Cambridge, MA on May 2nd.
A short documentary on the making-of can be seen here. The star of the film, Mike Egan, will also appear in the forthcoming video for Ravage's song "Grapes Of Wrath," which is currently in post-production. The film's producers are currently at work on a cartoon series which will feature characters from the film. More...
Gibson got an exclusive preview of the new black metal documentary "Until The Light Takes Us." Here's an excerpt of their reactions:
"...the new documentary Until The Light Takes Us tackles church burnings, the occult and, even, murder to craft a captivating film that’s essential for both black metal aficionados as well as viewers who are curious about the scene and would like a well-constructed overview of Norway’s cultural and musical makeup.
"However instead of just focusing on the scandalous details, Until The Light Takes Us hones in on the Norwegian black metal subculture itself and centers around members of Mayhem, Burzum and Darkthrone—and features detailed interviews with members from each of these acts, so you’re able to hear about the history of the scene from the artists who helped pioneer it themselves. Additionally the film addresses why this scene found traction in Norway and captures the darkness and isolation of the country via striking cinematography and visuals."
"...Although the media has chosen to focus on the more sensational and controversial aspects of the movement, Until The Light Takes Us manages to humanize these musicians and put into context exactly what catalyzed the brutal metal riffs and equally brutal actions that transpired during the nineties."
Read the full article at Gibson.com.
Tennessee's WHITECHAPEL has announced that they will be in the studio on December 27th to January 31st with producer Jason Suecof (Trivium, All That Remains, The Black Dahlia Murder, Chimaira, DevilDriver). WHITECHAPEL are set to record the follow up to the band's last album, "This is Exile," at Jason's Orlando, FL based Audiohammer Studios. Guitarist and founding member Alex Wade comments, "We're really excited to announce that we will be hitting the studio in January with a producer who needs no introduction, Jason Suecof. Suecof has produced some of the most brutal metal albums to date and we are excited for him to get his hands on our new material to make it the heaviest music we've created thus far." More...
Texas/Georgia death metal outfit VASAELETH have completed work on their debut album, “Crypt Born And Tethered To Ruin.” An MP3 of the opening track, "Wrathful Deities," can be heard here and on the Vasaeleth MySpace page. The album is expected to be released in mid-February via Profound Lore Records
The tracklisting for “Crypt Born And Tethered To Ruin” [cover art] is as follows:
1. Wrathful Deities
2. Figures Of Chained Spirits
3. Curse Seeping Through Flesh
4. Gateways To The Cemetery Of Being
5. Poisoned Tongue
6. Spirit Of Noxious Miasmas
7. Adorned Ad Iridescent
8. Crypt Born And Tethered To Ruin
View an image with the lyrics at this location.
Floridian extreme metallers Order Of Ennead have finished recording their second album. The band has set "An Examination Of Being" as the title for the new album. "An Examination Of Being" was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis, who also produced the band's 2008 self-titled debut.
Lead guitarist John Li comments: "So what can I say about this new album? In my honest opinion, it's much heavier and darker than our self-titled debut, more cohesive, thematic, melodic, but not completely over the top. In a nutshell, the works. To me, the songs sound totally different than the demos and I was blown away after the songs began to take form. They sound BIG. The recording process went as smooth as ever and the results were spectacular, due in part to the genius of our producer/engineer Mark Lewis. He's got an ear like a bat and can spot an out of tune guitar a mile away; a real no-bullshit kind of guy who can really get it done in there. Kev's guitars sound heavy as hell, Steve's drums are tight and powerful, and I must say at the risk of tooting my own horn, I played some great stuff as well (shameless, I know)."
Footage of Order Of Ennead in the studio can also be viewed below. More...
Metallica has added Lyon, France to their touring schedule on May 23. Here's what the band had to say about it:
"It's been well over ten years, so we are really looking forward to heading back to Lyon, France for our first show at Halle Tony Garnier since 1996! We will be there May 23, 2010 with tickets on sale December 23, 2009. Met Clubbers, you know the drill . . . check www.metclub.com for pre-sale info."
The band still plans to announce re are a few more shows, but here are the latest Metallica tour dates, including the just-announced Swiss Sonisphere date:
Jan 19 - Lima, Peru - Estadio San Marcos - On Sale Now
Jan 21 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - River Plate Stadium - On Sale Dec 10
Jan 22 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - River Plate Stadium - On Sale Now
Jan 26 - Santiago, Chile - Club Hipico - On Sale Now
Jan 28 - Porto Alegre, Brazil - Zequinha Stadium - On Sale Dec 3
Jan 30 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Morumbi Stadium - On Sale Dec 1
Jan 31 - Sao Paulo, Brazil - Morumbi Stadium - On Sale Dec 14
Mar 1 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Estadio Tres de Marzo - On Sale Dec 5
Mar 3 - Monterrey, Mexico - Estadio Universitario - On Sale Dec 5
Mar 5 - Guatemala City, Guatemala - Estadio Mateo Flores - On Sale Dec 3
Mar 7 - San Jose, Costa Rica - Saprissa Stadium - SOLD OUT!
Mar 8 - Panama City, Panama - Plaza Figali - On Sale Dec 1 at Ticket Plus Stores
Mar 10 - Bogota, Colombia - Park Simon Bolivar - On Sale Now
Mar 12 - Caracas, Venezuela - La Rinconada - On Sale Now
Mar 14 - San Juan, Puerto Rico - Coliseo de Puerto Rico - On Sale Dec 5
Apr 13 - Oslo, Norway - Telenor Arena - SOLD OUT!
Apr 14 - Oslo, Norway - Telenor Arena - SOLD OUT!
Apr 17 - Riga, Latvia - Riga Arena - On Sale Dec 7
Apr 18 - Riga, Latvia - Riga Arena - On Sale Dec 7
Apr 20 - Vilnius, Lithuania - Siemens Arena - On Sale Dec 7
Apr 24 - Moscow, Russia - SK Olimpiisky - On Sale Dec 1
Apr 25 - Moscow, Russia - SK Olimpiisky - On Sale Dec 1
May 11 - Belfast, Ireland - Odyssey Arena - SOLD OUT!
May 12 - Belfast, Ireland - Odyssey Arena - SOLD OUT!
May 14 - Budapest, Hungary - Puskas Ferenc Stadium - On Sale Dec 15
May 16 - Zagreb, Croatia - Hippodrome - On Sale Dec 18
May 18 - Lisbon, Portugal - Pavilhao Atlantico - On Sale Dec 12
May 23 - Lyon, France - Halle Tony Garnier - On Sale Dec. 23
Jun 16 - Warsaw, Poland - Sonisphere - Bemowo Airport - On Sale Dec 10
Jun 18 - Zurich, Switzerland - Sonisphere - Jonschwil Degenaupark - On Sale Dec 21
Jun 19 - Prague, Czech Republic - Sonisphere - Mimon Airport - On Sale Dec 12
In a recent post on his official website, Varg Vikernes, the mastermind behind the one man black metal band Burzum, revealed that the new album from Burzum, entitled "Belus" will be released on March 8th through Byelobog Productions. He also revealed the album cover, which you can check out below. The album is named after the ancient European god of light and innocence and deals with the legends of the deity.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Lukans Renkespill (Lukan's Scheme)
2. Belus' Død (Belus' Death)
3. Glemselens Elv (The River Of Forgetfulness)
4. Kaimadalthas' Nedstigning (Kaimadalthas' Descent)
5. Besøk Til Kelio (Visit to Kelio)
6. Alvenes Dans (Elven Dance)
7. Alvegavene (The Elven Gifts)
8. Sverddans (Sword Dance)
9. Keliohesten (The Kelio Horse)
10. Morgenrøde (Dawn's Red)
11. Belus' Tilbakekomst (Belus' Return) More...
American thrash metal legends Exodus have revealed that the title of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition." The title is a reference to the bands last album of original material, "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A." Exodus are currently in the studio recording the new album with producer Andy Sneap, who has worked with them before on "Exhibit A" and "Shovel Headed Kill Machine." Fans can expect, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" to hit the shelves in Spring of next year through Nuclear Blast Records.
Polish death metallers Azarath have parted ways with their vocalist / bassist Bruno. In a brief statement the band stated that Bruno left the band to "focus on his private life." Azarath will continue on with Necrosodom (Anima Damnata, ex-Thunderbolt, ex-Throneum) as their new bass player and vocalist.
Iced Earth mainman Jon Schaffer has announced a new project/solo album that he's been working on the last several months called Sons of Liberty, which he will be unveiling and talking about this Friday (December 18) on the Alex Jones show. Schaffer will be in the studio with Alex on Friday December 18th at 2pm CST. The show is broadcast from 11am to 3pm CST to over 80 stations nation wide. To find a station near you, check here or stream it LIVE for free from Infowars.com. Prison Planet members can watch the interview from PrisonPlanet.TV.
On Friday, December 18th, Schaffer will also launch a new website, www.sons-of-liberty.net, where you will be able to download and listen to this new album for free as well as purchase a high-resolution version.
Schaffer further comments: "My desire is for Sons of Liberty to become part of a much larger movement that is happening around the world. This new website will be a think-tank containing lots of interesting web-links, book and movie recommendations, and much more. This will be an ongoing process, so check back often.
"I am very proud to be invited to Alex Jones’ show and I feel this is the perfect place for me to reveal the first Sons of Liberty album entitled “Brush-fires of the Mind.
"This is about the message and not the messenger. This is a project that I encourage you to copy and share with your friends.
"I care very much about what is happening in our world, we’ve been steamrolling down this road for a long time, so I assure you this is not a politically biased message. I’m hoping to set a few brush-fires in the minds of the listeners with this one. So please, check it out, do the research and get involved!"
AC/DC are taking their Black Ice world tour back to Europe in 2010. Their currently confirmed dates are as follows:
16-May-2010 - Bucharest, Romania - Piata Constitutiei
19-May-2010 - Udine, Italy - Stadio Friuli
22-May-2010 - Wels, Austria - Air Field
25-May-2010 - Hannover, Germany - Messe
13-Jun-2010 - Stuttgart, Germany - Cannstatter Wasen
15-Jun-2010 - Nice,France -Parc des Sports Charles Ehrmann
18-Jun-2010 - Paris, France - Stade De France
20-Jun-2010 - Dresden, Germany - Ostrahege
22-Jun-2010 - Berlin, Germany - Olympic Stadium
Alice In Chains has added on an extra tour date at the Palladium in Hollywood on February 13th. Alice in Chains also have the following upcoming tour dates:
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
2/13 2010 Palladium Hollywood, 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
Virginia based technical melodic death metallers Arsis have announced the shooting of the first video for their upcoming album "Starve For The Devil."
Commented the band:
"This month we willing be filming a video for 'Forced To Rock.' The video will be produced and directed by metal video impresarios My Good Eye productions (you may be familiar with their work with such bands as The Red Chord, Goatwhore, The Black Dahlia Murder etc.). The filming will take place in New York; the video for the last album was shot in West Virginia and I really don't feel like being chased by dogs or falling through any floors this time. Our goal with this video and new album is to remind metal fans (and possibly ourselves) why we have metal and music in general is our lives. While we wanted to make a serious artistic statement we also just wanted to have fun. In the name of Satan, we are forced to rock!"
Dutch metallers Cirrha Niva have issued the following update about two of their band members appearing at the Friends of Rock Festival:
"We'd like to inform you of a very special festival that will take place NEXT SUNDAY DECEMBER 20 in Plein ‘79, a venue in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL). For this festival bands are torn apart and their members must form a new band playing metal/hardrock covers. Cirrha Niva’s Rob Willemse & Daniël Huijben will be playing there in two separate bands: Rob’s band is called WAM! (abbrev for Wolfgang Amadeus Metal) and consists members of Fuelblooded, The Smelly Cats & Nightsnake they play songs from Dio, Iron Maiden, Metal Church, Whitesnake, Motorhead and more.
"Daniël’s band is called Bereklauw. He plays with members from Sweet Amber & Velvet Johnson some songs from Twisted Sister, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and more... The festival starts at 3 PM (c.e.t.), and you are more than welcome. More info (in Dutch) at this location."
Fear Factory began filming their first video for their upcoming new album, "Mechanize" today in Los Angeles, California. The band have been working with directors Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci on the music video for the song, "Fear Campaign."
Ian McFarland says about the video: "What excites us about this song is the building and releasing of energy. We are planning to present a visual overload of images that will keep the viewer glued to the screen. The hope is to dissect the word 'fear' and to make a piece of art that will not only capture the power of the song and but the true intensity of Fear Factory."
Speaking about the song's lyrical concept, lead singer Burton C. Bell commented: "It was not necessary to camouflage the insanity of the world of today within a science fiction setting like we've done in the past. The world today has become the world that writers predicted long ago. The controlling authorities are constantly, and successfully, utilizing fear tactics to control the masses. Fear is control."
New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front has announced that they will be reuniting their original lineup of Roger Miret, Vinnie Stigma, Rob Kabula and Dave Jones for their upcoming U.S. tour. The tour is in support of the recent re-release of the bands debut EP and full length album, "United Blood" and "Victim In Pain."
Vocalist Roger Miret states: "We haven’t played together since ’84, this is the CLASSIC lineup together again doing vintage AF songs and some classics. We couldn’t be more excited to do this!"
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Black metal act Cvltvs Mortem, formerly known as Sonic Devastation, has issued the following update about recording a new album:
"It's been a while since we posted an update of any sort formally, so it seems appropriate to fill everyone in on happenings within the Cvltvs camp! Recording is underway officially after some delay which actually worked out to our advantage due to another song or two coming together in the 'downtime' that we're very pleased with! The upcoming 2010 release from us will have 10 tracks, 5 of which are the songs that have been on our page for some time in demo form and not available to the public for that reason. The 5 new tracks added to them have turned out incredible! Lyrics and titles to those tracks are still pending and being written along the way. Originally, we contemplated re-recording just the older 5 tracks as an EP to release for the fans to finally be able to have copies of the finished versions of those songs and then work toward a completely new slab of material for a full length release at a later date. During these passed months, a brand new set of 5 songs emerged and we felt that the appropriate thing to do was to just add those 5 new tracks to the recording process of the 5 older songs for a full length release. (Confusing, isn't it?) More...
Italy's Exilia have announced they will play at the "Santa Goes Stage Diving 7" show in St. Martin, Austria, on December 19th. More information on the show can be found at this location. Exilia's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
12/19 Santa Goes Stage Diving 7 (NEW!!) ST. MARTIN/RAAB (AT)
12/26 MUSIC CLUB COMO
1/30 2010 Fabriggli BUCHS (CH)
2/5 2010 Palazzo Granaio (IT) Settimo Milanese, Milano
Swedish black metallers Marduk have changed several dates and venues for their upcoming European "Funeral Nation 2010" tour. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
1/08 GER Leipzig/Hellraiser
1/09 CZ Brno/Faval
1/10 SK Nitra/Nova Pekaren
1/11 A Vienna/Viper Room
1/12 HUN Györ/Red Rocket Music Pub
1/13 ROM Cluj Napoca/Irish & Music Pub
1/14 ROM Bucarest/Studio Martin
1/15 BUL Sofia/Blue Box
1/16 GRE Thessaloniki/Mylos
1/17 GRE Athens/Sin city
1/19 SER Belgrad/SKC
1/20 CRO Zagreb/Mochvara
1/21 ITA Ronchi dei Legionari/ Rock Club live
1/22 A Innsbruck/Hafen
1/23 GER Köln/Underground
1/24 BEL Vosselaar/Biebob
1/25 HOL Nijmegen/Doornroosje
1/26 HOL Zwolle/Hedon
1/27 HOL Rotterdam/Baroeg
1/28 UK London/Underworld
1/29 UK Birmingham/Asylum
1/30 UK Cardiff/Millenium Music Hall
1/31 UK Bristol/Bierkeller
2/02 IRE Dublin/Whelans
2/03 IRE Belfast/The limelight
2/04 SCO Glasgow/Classic Grand
2/05 UK Leeds/Rios
2/06 UK Leicester/Retribution
2/07 UK Manchester/Moho Live
German technical death metallers Obscura will extend the "Cosmogenesis Worldtour" with a second leg to the USA. With Black Dahlia Murder, Augury, and Hatesphere they will play the last US tour supporting the "Cosmogenesis" record. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
2/24 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
2/25 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
2/26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL The Culture Room
2/27 Orlando, FL The Social
3/1 Houston, TX Meridian
3/2 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
3/3 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
3/5 Tucson, AZ The Rock
3/6 Los Angeles, CA Ultra Violet
3/7 San Francisco, CA Slims
3/8 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
3/9 Seattle, WA El Corazon
3/10 Boise, ID The Venue
3/12 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
3/13 Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck
3/14 Des Moines, IA People's Court
3/15 St. Paul, MN Station 4
3/16 Chicago, IL Metro
3/18 Washington, DC Rock N Roll Hotel
3/19 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
3/20 New York, NY Santo's Party House
3/21 Cambridge, MA Middle East
3/22 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
3/23 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
3/24 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
Slipknot have posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming short film "Snuff," which is taken from their album "All Hope Is Gone." The video clip can be viewed below.
Slayer, Testament, and Megadeth will be kicking off their 26 date "American Carnage" North American tour on January 18th, 2010 in Seattle, WA. Members of all three bands have appeared in a promotional video clip for the tour, which can be viewed below.
The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Testament / Dragonlord guitarist Eric Peterson has announced he will be making a live in-store appearance on January 23rd, 2010, at Raptor Guitars in Phoenix, Arizona. The appearance will take place from 1:00pm - 2:30pm. Additional details about the Raptor Guitars store can be found at this location.
Tokyo Blade have announced they will release their "Tokyo Blade - Live In Germany" DVD on January 21st, 2010 via Razar Ice Records. Pre-Sales are available now at this location. Footage for the DVD was filmed at Germany's Keep It True festival in 2008. The release will also include a bonus disc of material with additional live footage and previously unreleased photo galleries.
The track listing for the DVD is as follows:
1. Intro - The Killer
3. Lightning Strikes
4. Midnight Rendezvous
5. Death On Main St.
6. Dead Of The Night
7. Attack, Attack
8. Monkeys Blood
9. Long Live Rock and Roll
10. If Heaven Is Hell
11. Night Of The Blade
The organisers of the Sonisphere festival in Switzerland have announced the first batch of bands that will perform at the event. The biggest news is that the festival will feature the "Big Four" of thrash metal, Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, along with two other huge names in heavy metal, Motorhead and Heaven & Hell. The event will take place on June 18th at Degenaupark in Wil/Jonschwil.
British thrashers EVILE have revealed the identity of their new bassist, who joins the band following the tragic and untimely death of their late bassist, Mike Alexander. Mike Alexander passed away on October 5th, 2009 while the band was on tour in Sweden.
EVILE members Matt Drake, Ol Drake and Ben Carter have released the following statement:
"This has been one of the most bizarre and surreal tasks we've ever had to undertake. It isn't like Mike has decided to leave the band and we're simply finding a new bass player, he was taken from us, and we were forced to replace him. In effect we had to look for a new Mike, but that would never happen. He was one of a kind, and we'll never forget him.
"We had hundreds upon hundreds of emails from bass players from around the world (though we can only realistically have a bassist from the UK), and we want to thank everyone for taking the time out to contact us, and the people who came to jam with us. We only had a certain amount of time to actually audition/jam with bass players before the upcoming tours, to get time in for rehearsing the songs, getting visas sorted etc.
"Our new bass player goes by the name Joel Graham. He's an excellent, experienced bass player, and a really nice guy. We'd all appreciate it if you gave him a warm welcome to the band, as this must be a bizarre situation for him to be in also. We'll be getting some photos taken with him soon so you can see us with Joel, we just wanted to get the news out there that we have a new bassist, and that we thank each and every person for auditioning. Mike would be honoured at the amount of respect and admiration you expressed to us through contacting us."
EVILE is set to kick off a headlining European tour in January. The "Infecting Nations" tour will start with a run of UK shows, before the band heads off to mainland Europe. Joining EVILE on the tour will be American thrashers WARBRINGER and Israel's THE FADING.
The full Infecting Nations tour dates are as follows:
14.01.10 Cardiff, UK - Barfly
15.01.10 Wrexham, UK - Central Station
16.01.10 York, UK - Fibbers
17.01.10 Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
18.01.10 Newcastle, UK - University
20.01.10 Manchester, UK - Academy 3
21.01.10 Nottingham, UK - Rock City
22.01.10 Leeds, UK - Rios
23.01.10 Bristol, UK - Thekla
24.01.10 London, UK - The Underworld
25.01.10 Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall
27.01.10 Tilburg, Holland - O13
28.01.10 Kerkrade, Holland - Rocktempel
29.01.10 Aarau, Switzerland - KIFF
30.01.10 Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice
31.01.10 Saarbrucken, Germany - Garage
01.02.10 Munich, Germany - Backstage
02.02.10 Milan, Italy - Zoe Club
04.02.10 Barcelona, Spain - Be Cool
05.02.10 Madrid, Spain - Ritmo & Compas
06.02.10 Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro Corroios
07.02.10 Irun, Spain - Tunk
09.02.10 Luynes, France - Korigan
10.02.10 Paris, France - Glaz'Art
11.02.10 Braunschweig, Germany - B58
12.02.10 Osnabruck, Germany - Bastard Club
13.02.10 Chemnitz, Germany - Talschock
14.02.10 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
16.02.10 Dudingen, Switzerland - Bad Bonn
17.02.10 Wangen, Germany - Jugendhaus
18.02.10 Nurnberg, Germany - Z-Bau
19.02.10 Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
20.02.10 Essen, Germany - Turock
Drummer Troy Young was found dead in his Brooklyn, NY apartment on December 11th. The musician, who had worked with Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato in the band Spylacopa, was shot in the left shoulder and then the bullet passed through his heart. No arrests have been made yet as the NYPD investigates. Stay tuned for further details.
The organisers of Germany's Wacken Open Air festival has announced that British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have been confirmed as one of the headlining acts for next year's edition of the event. This will be Iron Maiden's second time performing at the festival and will be the bands only show in Germany in 2010. The festival will be held in Wacken between August 5th-7th.
Iron Maiden bass player and founder Steve Harris stated: "We had a fantastic time playing at Wacken last year so when we decided to play a few festivals in Europe next Summer it seemed a great idea to return. What could be better in Germany than to play again to the 75,000 true metalheads who go to Wacken!"
UNEARTH has covered Pantera's "Sand Blasted Skin" and posted the song on their MySpace player for streaming.
UNEARTH is currently finishing up a 40+ date Winter tour with HATEBREED, CANNIBAL CORPSE, HATE ETERNAL and BORN OF OSIRIS. Five dates remain:
12/16 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
12/17 Montreal, QC Metropolis
12/18 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
12/19 Worcester, MA The Palladium no Born Of Osiris
12/20 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Chevelle has posted the video of their recent performance of "Letter From A Thief" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check out the video below.
New York hardcore legends Biohazard has announced that they will be hitting the studio next month to record their first album since 2005's "Means To An End." The new album will feature the bands original lineup of Evan Seinfeld, Billy Graziadei, Bobby Hambel and Danny Schuler. This will be the first time the original lineup have recorded together since the 1996 album, "State Of The World Address." The new album will be released in the summer of 2010, with a world tour planned to kick off in April.
Bass player/vocalist Evan Seinfeld states: "Biohazard and our four diverse, yet equal and integral parts converge upon our LA Underground Sound studio and resurrect our patented ‘meat grinder’ writing process. Each guy brings something - riffs, lyrics, concepts, songs, melodies, chants - and we get in a room and hammer it out. I have personally missed this process over the last years but having Bobby back in the band has brought back some extra fire that has helped remind all of us what the Brooklyn style is all about. The process is exhausting, humbling, magical and empowering all at the same time. One of the songs we wrote in our first ‘round’ of this battle, ‘Vengeance Is Mine’, we just played in all of Europe, London, and Moscow and went over so well live, that I am sure we are on the right track."
Australian metal outfit Parkway Drive has announced that they will be heading to Europe next year for a headlining tour. Joining them on the tour will be Canadian metallers Despised Icon and Winds Of Plague. A message from Despised Icon reads as follows:
"We’ll be back in Europe in April and May with PARKWAY DRIVE And WINDS OF PLAGUE! It’ll be our first time touring all of Scandinavia. We’ll also be playing in Estonia, Latvia and Slovakia for the first time and will be part of the Groezrock Festival with BAD RELIGION and PENNYWISE. Get stoked!"
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Between The Buried And Me has announced a lengthy headlining tour of North America which will kick off at the beginning of next month. This will be in support of the bands highly acclaimed new album, "The Great Misdirect" which is available now through Victory Records. Support on the trek will come the legendary Cynic, as well as Devin Townsend Project and Scale The Summit.
The tour dates are as follows:
January 8 - Nashville, TN - Rocketown
January 9 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
January 10 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
January 11 - Houston, TX - Meridian
January 12 - Dallas, TX - The Prophet Bar (Big room)
January 13 - San Antonio, TX - The White Rabbit
January 15 - Tempe, AZ - The Clubhouse
January 16 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
January 17 - West Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
January 18 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
January 20 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
January 22 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
January 23 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
January 24 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
January 25 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s Downunder
January 26 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
January 27 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
January 28 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
January 29 - Clifton Park, NY - Northern Lights
January 30 - New York, NY - The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza
January 31 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
February 1 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
February 3 - St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
February 4 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
February 5 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre
February 6 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
Canadian heavy metal outfit Anvil has announced that they will be performing a special rendition of Jewish holiday song, "Hannukah! Hannukah!" for CBC's upcoming The Hour Holiday Special. The show will air at 9:00pm on December 21st, with a repeat of the show being aired on December 24th at 11:00pm.