Metal News for December 18, 2009
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New Jersey melodic death metal band Dystrophy spent the last six months writing songs for their full length album. The band is currently in the studio recording with Ryan Jones (Wetnurse, ANS, Seasick) and has given the following update:
"All guitar, drum and bass tracks are DONE! We've been in the studio for the last month recording and we're about halfway through vocals today."
"Burden's Tom Murphy is in doing guest vocals!"
Tunisian progressive metal band MYRATH has inked a worldwide deal with Nightmare Records for release of the band's for third album, entitled "Desert Call," on January 26th, 2010. The worldwide deal excludes Europe where the album is being released through XIII Bis Records.
The "Desert Call" tracklisting is as follows:
01. Forever And A Day
02. Tempests Of Sorrows
03. Desert Call
05. Silent Cries
07. Ironic Destiny
08. No Turning Back
09. Empty World
11. Hard Times (Exclusive Bonus Track)
Germany's new melodic/power/folk/progressive metal hope ORDEN OGAN will be release their new album, "Easton Hope," on January 22nd.
The band has uploaded a new sample track, "Nobody Leaves," on their MySpace page.
ORDEN OGAN have also been confirmed for Wacken Open Air 2010.
Florida's Thick As blood has announced the following North American tour dates, dubbed the "MOSH LIVES II TOUR:"
1/22 - Montreal, QC @ Tulipe
1/23 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
1/24 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
1/25 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
1/26 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
1/27 - Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
1/28 - Chicago, IL @ Jaguar Club
1/29 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
1/30 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
1/31 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave
2/03 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/04 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
2/05 - Santa Cruz, CA @ Vet's Hall
2/06 - San Diego, CA @ Soma
2/07 - Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
2/09 - El Paso, TX @ Chic's
2/10 - Austin, TX @ Emo’s
2/11 - McAllen, TX @ Incubator
2/12 - Houston, TX @ Meridian
2/13 - Dallas, TX @ The Door
2/14 - Little Rock, AR @ The Village
2/15 - Pensacola, FL @ American Legion
2/16 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
2/17 - Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
2/18 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
2/19 - Raleigh, NC @ Brewery
2/20 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
2/21 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Manchester’s OCEANSIZE have just launched the their brand-new EPK. Head over to their MySpace page and check out some interesting insights with Mike Vennart (Guitar/Lead Vocals) and Gambler (Guitar/Keyboards).
Just hover above the artwork of the upcoming “Home & Minor”-EP that you find in the header of the page and see which parts you can click on. All the windows are filled with interesting content like i.e. a live-clip for “Unfamiliar” from their 3DVD+4CD box set “Feed To Feed,” two teaser-clips for their current “Home & Minor” EP, a clip for the song “Legal Teens” as well as two parts of their brand-new EPK.
Last, but not least the band will soon hit the UK for another bunch of dates. Here are the latest:
January Thurs 28 Liverpool Masque
January Fri 29 Dundee Fat Sams (early curfew)
January Sat 30 Aberdeen Tunnels
Sun 31 Glasgow King Tuts
February Tues 2 Manchester Academy 3
February Wed 3 London Heaven
February Thurs 4 Cardiff Barfly
February Fri 5 Nottingham Seven
Chevelle has announced a number of new U.S. tour dates:
December 19, 2009 - Riverside, CA, The Coussoulis Arena at Cal State San Bernardino
February 4, 2010 - Erie, Pennsylvania, Tullio Arena
February 5, 2010 - Albany, New York, Washington Avenue Armory
February 6, 2010 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wachovia Center
February 8, 2010 - Boston, Massachusetts, House of Blues - Boston
February 9, 2010 - New York, New York, The Fillmore NY @ Irving Plaza
February 10, 2010 - Providence, Rhode Island, Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
February 12, 2010 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Electric Factory
February 15, 2010 - Columbus, Ohio, Lifestyles Communities Pavilion
February 16, 2010 - Royal Oak, Michigan, Royal Oak Music Theatre
Bleeding Through has posted two new videos online from the recording sessions of their upcoming album. The first video can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.
Borknagar has posted the third in a series of studio videos from the recording sessions of their upcoming album "Universal," which can be viewed below. "Universal" will be released on February 22nd, 2010 through Indie Recordings.
German power metallers Crystallion have announced that they have canceled their show in Dachau on January 16th due to organization problems with the venue. Crystallion will still be playing their previously scheduled show on February 13th, 2010 at the Casino Rockbar in St. Johann. Samples of Crystallion's music can also be found at their MySpace page.
Swedish black metallers Dark Funeral have announced they will be making their Australian live debut at the Screamfest in Sydney on January 1st, 2010. Dark Funeral's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
01/01 Enmore Theatre, Sydney, Australia
04/01 Billboard The Venue, Melbourne, Australia (W/Rotting Christ)
05/03 SE Skövde - Valhall
06/03 SE Malmö - KB (Tickets: http://www/eventim/se)
08/03 DE Hamburg - Markthalle
09/03 DE Hannover - Musikzentrum
10/03 DE Bochum - Zeche
11/03 NL Dordrecht - Bibelot
12/03 UK Leeds - Rios (+ Akercocke)
13/03 UK North Wales - HAMMERFEST / Pontins Holiday Park
14/03 UK Nottingham - Rescue Rooms (+ Akercocke)
15/03 UK London - Underworld (+ Akercocke)
16/03 NL Zwolle - Hedon
17/03 DE Köln - Essigfabrik
18/03 BE Vosselaar - Biebob
19/03 FR Strasbourg - La Laiterie
20/03 CH Pratteln - Z7
21/03 FR Limoges - CC John Lennon
23/03 ES Madrid - Penelope
24/03 ES Alicante - Stereo
25/03 ES Barcelona - Salamandra 1
26/03 FR Marseille - Le Jas Rod
27/03 FR Annecy - Le Brise Glace
28/03 FR Paris - L'Elysee Montmartre
30/03 IT Rome - Alpheus
31/03 IT Milan - Magazzini Generali
01/04 SLO Ljubljana - TBC
02/04 CR Zagreb - Bogaloo Club
03/04 SVK Bratislava - Randal
04/04 CZ Zlin - Masters Of Rock Cafe
05/04 DE München - Backstage
06/04 DE Nürnberg - Hirsch
07/04 DE Mühltal bei Darmstadt - Steinbruch Theater
09/04 DE Jena - F-Haus
10/04 DE Berlin - H/O/F/ 23
Darkest Hour has posted footage online from their European tour, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the clip:
"Hey Everyone! Were just weeks away from our Euro tour with Kataklysm, Belphagor, Suicide Angels, and Resistance. We couldn’t be more stoked! With that in mind check out this little video road dog Tito Picon put together himself. It’s from our last Euro Thrash and Burn tour! See you all in the pit soon!"
Pittsburgh's Crown the Lost has issued the following update about writing new material and upcoming live shows:
"Whoa ho ho, Good lord that was lame. Our bad.
"Anyway, much ado about everything in the CTL camp, as we are gearing up for our next show (and first since August) with the mighty While Heaven Wept, Argus, and Crucifist. It is on Friday, January 8th @ the 31st Street Pub in Pittsburgh and since the Steelers probably won't make the playoffs, attendance should be solid. That is, unless a snowstorm hits the 'Burgh. Please come out if you can - everyone rocks pretty hard on this bill.
"In regards to the aforementioned show, we will be playing a couple new jams, since that's what we've been up to: working on new jams. We're about 95% completed with the writing for album #3 and to avoid making the stock statement that every other band makes (i.e. 'This is our strongest material to date!'), we'll just say this: our enthusiasm for the new songs cannot be contained, harnassed or measured. We hope you'll feel the same come 2010..."
Dying Fetus will headline the third installment of the “Thrash And Burn" tour as it returns to Europe in early April. Joining Dying Fetus for this month-long tour is Origin, Beneath the Massacre, Revocation, and Man Must Die. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
4/9 Karlsruhe, Germany Substage
4/10 Essen, Germany Turock
4/11 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
4/13 Copenhagen, Denmark The Rock
4/14 Berlin, Germany S036
4/15 Nitra, Slovakia Nova Pekaren
4/16 Leipzing, Germany Theaterfabrik
4/17 Wurzburg, Germany Posthalle
4/18 Wien, Austria Arena
4/19 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk
4/20 Graz, Austria Seifenfabrik
4/21 Bologna, Italy Estragon
4/22 Milan, Italy Tunnel
4/23 Erstfeld, Switzerland Transilvania Live
4/24 Savigny, France Le Temple Emprunte
4/25 Rennes, France Ubu
4/26 Gent, Belgium Minus One
4/27 London, UK Underworld
4/28 Newport, UK TJ’s
4/29 Manchester, UK Club Academy
4/30 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy
Finland's Excalion have announced their new album "High Time" will be released on January 29th, 2010. The cover artwork for the album can be found here. The album was recorded at Studio Watercastle in Jyväskylä from August to October of 2009.
The track listing for "High Time" will be as follows:
1. Enter A Life
2. From Somewhere To Anywhere
3. Sun Stones
4. The Flags In Line
5. Bring On The Storm
6. The Shroud
10. A Walk On A Broken Road
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of Italy's Exilia performing an unplugged set in Stuttgart. The video clip can be viewed below.
Finnish death metallers Falchion have officially called it quits. The band issued the following brief statement on their MySpace blog regarding the break up:
"Falchion has decided to quit, as there is no time, motivation nor energy to get any further with the band and therefore the members of the band will carry on in different musical projects from now on."
Three sample Falchion tracks can still be heard at their official MySpace page.
Hatebreed have updated their remaining 2009 and early 2010 tours with the following upcoming dates:
With Cannibal Corpse, Unearth, Born Of Osiris, and Hate Eternal:
12/16 Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
12/17 Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
12/18 New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
12/19 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
12/20 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory (last Philly show til 2011)
With The Acacia Strain, The Casualties, Crowbar, Thy Will Be Done, and The World We Knew:
12/26 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
12/27 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
12/28 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
12/29 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
12/30 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater More...
Swedish death 'n roll act Helltrain have announced they will be playing the House of Metal Festival in Umeå, Sweden, which takes place on March 6th, 2010. The other confirmed bands include Behemoth, Lamb of God, and Hypocrisy. More information on the festival can be found here.
Leaves' Eyes have announced they will headline the ROFA Christmas Festival in Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg on December 20th, 2009. The other confirmed bands for the festival include Powerwolf, Kissing Dyamite, Elevate, Metusa, Enrichment, and Maradona. More information on the show can be found at this location.
Orphaned Land has issued the following update about streaming a new album sample online:
"Hello there to all the warriors of light! Orphaned Land is working very hard these days to promote the new album 'The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR.' We're doing a lot of interviews and media news and symbolically it is the only time of the year where the 3 Abrahamic religions are celebrating a holiday at the same time.
"We are taking a small break here to congratulate our Christian fans for Christmas, our Muslim fans for the beginning of the new Muslim year and our Jewish fans - happy Hanukah!
And above all - to the metalheads all around there - the metal scene is a great example to people, leaders and politicians of how to create a global language, how to accept one another despite our differences, and above all and because of that - we are proud to be metalheads! May this synergy and time of unification grow in us to learn and to understand each other better in the Middle East and all over the world. Thy name shall be henceforth ORwarriOR Peace, Shalom, Salam.
"As a first teaser track for the band’s new album 'The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR' the song 'Sapari' has also been launched, so check out our MySpace player!"
Porcupine Tree have announced they will be making a live appearance in Mexico City on April 14th, 2010. Tickets for the show will go on sale on Thursday, 24th December at this location. Porcupine Tree's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
12/21 2009 Mood Indigo (festival) MUMBAI
2/5 2010 The Tivoli BRISBANE
2/6 2010 Enmore Theatre SYDNEY
2/7 2010 Palace Theatre MELBOURNE
4/14 2010 José Cuervo Salón MEXICO CITY
Mexican death metallers Rottenness have issued the following statement about playing the Central Illinois Metal Fest 2010:
"Hey cabrones!!! We have the second festival confirmed: CENTRAL ILLINOIS METAL FEST 2010!! Its fukin great that we have again the chance to play at this brutal fest one more time (we didnt this year, so we have one more time to bring the tequila hehe) with a great line up and with great friends..... so please support this festival!! support teh bands and the organization!! Let's crank some tequila shots next july cabrones!!! Stay sick and brutal!!"
More information on the festival can be found at this location.
Singapore based metallers Rudra have posted a music video online for the track "Hymns From The Blazing Chariot," which can be viewed below. The video, which was directed by Jacen Tan, is a re-imagination of the ancient Sanskrit text "The Bhagavad Gita."
The Black Dahlia Murder has issued the following update about letting fans vote on the set list for their upcoming winter and spring tour dates:
"Hello kiddies, we in The Black Dahlia Murder are reaching out to you, the fans: Vote for what songs you would like to hear on our upcoming tours! Comment this blog with your two favorite songs from each of our four metal blade albums… that’s eight songs in total… no more, no less. We will be accepting submissions until midnight, eastern standard time on December 25th… late votes will NOT be accepted! We reserve the right to disqualify any comments with multiples or any other funny business that we deem ‘undude’. So have fun, pick out those BDM favorites you’ve been dying to hear, and we shall see you bastards on the road this winter/spring!"
The Black Dahlia Murder have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Unleashed has issued the following statement about their upcoming 10th album:
"Warriors!!! As the winter solstice occurs on Monday the 21st this year, the 'blot' begins on the darkest hour, at midnight, Sunday the 20th. Let's drink to family and kindred! And let's make a special toast to our dead! The evening before midnight is also perfect for decoration of the great world tree Yggdrasil symobolizing our cosmology and Mother Earth. She, senses troubled times ahead.....so perhaps it would be wise to make a special toast to Mother Earth on the night of the Midvinterblot. Battalions of the world, get ready! 'AS YGGDRASIL TREMBLES'....is the name of our 10th full length album to be released early next year. We wish you all a great Yule time and an amazing Midvinterblot come Sunday night. "
The season for giving and receiving is upon us. This week we look at what the 80’s glam gods are asking for this year…
Bret Michaels (POISON): A bandana (preferably blue) that alerts Bret when there’s a reality show opportunity near by.
Jon Bon Jovi (BON JOVI): Jeans (skinny, tears above and below the knees, medium wash).
Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW): Tickle me Elmo.
Steve Tyler (AEROSMITH): A band.
Sammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOT): A bottle of tequila, wrapped.
Vince Neil (MOTLEY CRUE): A Radio Flyer 2900 red wagon to carry all the cash made this past year.
Gene Simmons (KISS): To have Christmas renamed KISSmas.
Ted Nugent: Guns, raw meat, gun powder…oh, wait this is Ted’s weekly shopping list.
David Coverdale (WHITESNAKE): Once again make large hair and album sales go hand in hand.
Axl Rose (GUNS N ROSES): The option to do what he wants despite contractual obligations and pending legal proceedings. Also, a Tickle me Elmo.
David Lee Roth (VAN HALEN): A straight answer from the Van Halen brothers.
Jani Lane (WARRANT): For 2009 to end ASAP.
Kip Winger (WINGER): Hair dye for his chest AND buttons for his shirts.
Lita Ford: A new bed.
Josh Todd: A new tattoo.
Dee Snider: World anarchy in the name of peace and metal.
Los Angeles based black metal contingent, Lightning Swords Of Death, will be joining up with Polish legends, and now label mates, Behemoth for three west coast shows during the Evangelia Amerika tour in 2010. Lightning Swords Of Death vocalist, Autarch, comments on the Behemoth dates, "Regarding our dates with Behemoth, attendees can expect to find themselves victim to the horror of true and agonizing ritual abuse."
LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH tour w/ BEHEMOTH, Septicflesh
01/15 Tuscon, AZ The Rock
01/16 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
01/17 San Francisco, CA Slim's More...
Sweden's Bursting Veins are currently streaming the title track online from their upcoming EP "Phoenix." The track can be heard at Bursting Veins' official MySpace page. The band also issued the following statement about the track:
"Hey y'all! We are proud to present you with a new song from our upcoming Ep! It's the title track 'Phoenix,' and we hope u guys enjoy it as musch as we did making it! Don't be shy to hit us up with some comments about it!! Have merry x-mas, and a metal new year!!!"
U.K. metallers Threshold have uploaded audio clips of all 24 songs from their box set "Paradox - The Singles Collection." The set marks 20 years of Threshold and contains 8 singles with rare b-sides and a 20 page booklet. The audio clips can be heard at this location.
The track listing for the set is as follows:
1. Paradox (radio version)
2. Conceal The Face
3. Shifting Sands
1. Sunseeker (radio version)
2. Fist Of Tongues
3. Half Way Home More...
Slipknot have posted a new video online for the song "Snuff," which has been described as more of a short movie than a music video. The clip premiered at Noisecreep but you can check it out below. This is the fourth song from Slipknot's latest album, "All Hope Is Gone" to be released as a single, following "Psychosocial," "Dead Memories" and "Sulfur." More...
Ozzy Osbourne has revealed that his next studio album, the first with new guitarist Gus G. of Firewind fame, will be released in the summer of next year, probably around June time. The album will be entitled, "Soul Sucka" and features a song of the same name. Two more revealed song titles for the album include "Let It Die" and "Diggin' Me Down." Stay tuned for further details.
Blabbermouth.net has uploaded exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from the recording sessions for the new ACCEPT album, which are taking place at Backstage studio in Derbyshire, England with acclaimed British producer and SABBAT guitarist Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, EXODUS, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE). The six-and-a-half-minute clip, which includes interview footage with Sneap and members of the band, as well as audio samples of the group's new material, can be viewed below.
ACCEPT's as-yet-untitled effort, which will mark the recording debut of the band's new singer, Mark Tornillo (ex-TT QUICK), will include around 12 songs and will be mixed at Backstage in January. A mid-2010 release via an as-yet-undetermined record label is expected.
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.net.
For a limited time only, you can download an MP3 of "Burn," the newest track from Rob Zombie's upcoming album "Hellbilly Deluxe 2," which hits stores on February 2, 2010 through Roadrunner Records.
American thrash metal legends Slayer are the latest band to be confirmed for next years edition of the Wacken Open Air, which will be held from August 5th -7th in Wacken, Germany. Other bands already confirmed for the event are Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Cannibal Corpse, Arch Enemy and many more. Another band will be announced for the event tomorrow.
Jeff Young, the former guitar player for Megadeth during the band's "So Far... So Good... So What?" era, has posted a message online in which he revealed his feelings towards Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine and his use of the media. The message reads as follows:
"Hey Mega fans, won't spend much time on this.
"However, one of my guitar students brought in a recent issue of Guitar World magazine containing some simply insane dialog from the man, the myth, the legend (in his own mind), Mustaine.
"Over the years, this tragic cat has made a hobby of dissing, exaggerating and just plain lying on some level about nearly every talented musician that has passed through his dysfunctional little ensemble. Literally, spitting in the face of the very folks that covered for his drugged out, sloppy-ass wanking and helped make him successful. More...
In addition to the recently announced U.S. dates with Between the Buried and Me and Cynic, DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT has announced Australian tour dates. Fans Down Under can already look forward to the following dates:
12.03.2010 (AUS) Brisbane - The Hi-Fi
13.03.2010 (AUS) Sydney - Enmore Theatre
14.03.2010 (AUS) Melbourne - Billboard
16.03.2010 (AUS) Adelaide - Fowlers
18.03.2010 (AUS) Perth - Metro Fremantle
Devin Townsend has also announced a new series of video shorts entitled “Deep Thoughts With Devin Townsend” (not to be taken too seriously). The first installments, “Hot Sex” and “Infinity” can be seen below.
As the title says, Death Audio have scored the opening spot for the main stage at Soundwave 2010 in Melbourne. The band commented on their Myspace blog:
"Death Audio will be sharing the stage with some of the best bands that have ever walked the planet this year at Soundwave 2010. Just to name a few; Faith No More, Him, Trivium, Anthrax, Messhugah, and many more top acts. Death Audio will be opening up the main stage with a killer set of brutality and melody!
"We would like to thanks Soundwave touring, Triple j Unearth, Triple J Full Metal Racket, Triple J short Fast and Loud, and all the people that have made this opportunity possible for Death Audio.
"Soundwave in Melbourne has unfortunately sold out, but we have heard rumour of 300 tickets that will be release soon. So get onto www.soundwavefestival.com and keep up with the news. We will also be giving you more details on the show closer to the date."