Metal News for December 19, 2010
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31 news articles posted on this day.
A new video interview has been posted online between Warbringer vocalist John Kevill and Aniruddh Bansal of Metal Assualt. The interview was conducted during the band's December 17, 2010 performance in Los Angeles. You can view the video interview below:
French avant-garde fusionists The Algorithm have posted two new songs online from its new demo. The songs "Vector v2.0" and "Continuity" have been added to The Algorithm's official Myspace page. The Algorithm blend intense progressive metal with free form jazz, neo-classical and electronica to create a sound that is completely unique. You can stream the new songs at this location.
The Algorithm's last full length "The Doppler Effect" was self-released in 2009.
German goth metal act Xandria have announced the addition of Manuela Kraller as its new, permanent vocalist. Manuela Kraller commented on joining Xandria by saying:
"My musical life started very late, at the age of 23. In a choir in Finland I discovered singing for me and since then it became my passion. I began to take classical singing lessons, sang in church and gospel choirs and soon I was asked to be a solo singer in choirs, at churchly and also at private occasions. But as I have grown up with metal and rock music I soon wanted to combine it with my classical background. So I started singing rock and metal songs with a friend and also wrote own songs for the first time. Soon after that I joined a metal band called Nagor Mar (Switzerland) and I also became a singer in the German band Haggard, where I had great experiences on stage and on tour. And now a 'new age' has begun for me and I am very pleased to be the new singer of Xandria!"
Swedish dark metallers Anachronaeon, which features members in the black metal band Eyecult, has posted a teaser trailer about the concept of their forthcoming album called "The Ethereal Throne," to be released in 2011 by the Russian label Stygian Crypt Productions.
According to the band, "'The Ethereal Throne' takes a dive into the dark religious mind of a serial killer, and follows his inner struggle on this musical journey between the boundaries of epic heavy metal and blasting extreme metal."
Watch the album trailer below:
Russian heavy/progressive metallers MAVRIN will introduce their sixth studio album “My Freedom” in Moscow on December 18th, 2010. Special quests at the CD release party include Jeronimas Milius, vocalist of Lithuanian heavy metal band SOUL STEALER and Russian folk singer Alevtina. “My Freedom” was released on November 15, 2010 in digibook format via CD Maximum. The Digibook edition consists of 10 songs and two videos for the song “Soothe My Sorrows.”
The tracklisting for “My Freedom” is as follows:
02. My Time
03. My Freedom
05. New Day
06. My Sky
07. Fallen Star
09. Show Time
10. Soothe My Sorrows
Watch their official video for the song "Soothe My Sorrows" below:
Sonic Prophecy has issued the following update welcoming their new drummer:
"Sonic Prophecy would like to introduce our latest member of the Sonic Prophecy family Jeff Dreher! He is one bad ass drummer and we look forward to many epic nights of Metal! Also, album is just about finished. We have had the opportunity to get 3 of our songs on the album mixed by metal legend Andy LaRocque! This album is sure to be Epic!"
For more information about the band and samples, check out their Reverbnation page.
British progressive rock act Porcupine Tree has announced through its official website that it is in the early stages of creating its own official iPhone/iPad app. The statement reads;
"PT are in the process of developing an official App for iPhone and iPad for release around Feb/March (and maybe later also for Android). It's heading towards being something quite unique, watch this space for more news soon..."
In other news, it has also been announced that Porcupine Tree are nominated for a U.S. Grammy. The band are nominated in the "best surround sound mix" category. This is the second time in the band's career that it has been up for this award, the first time losing out to The Beatles. The awards presentation is set to take place in mid Febraury.
Italian progressive metal act Ready, Set, Fall has posted its new music video online. The video was shot with directors Andrea Larosa and Davide Valentino for the track "Skyscrapers." You can check out the video below:
Canadian traditional heavy metal act Cauldron has posted the first single online from its forthcoming studio album "Burning Fortune." Cauldron's new album "Burning Fortune" is due to be released on Earache Records on February 14th in Europe and February 15th in North America. You can check out the song "All or Nothing" below:
Canadian extreme metallers The Agonist have posted a new video blog online from its recent North American tour with Otep. You can view the video below:
American metalcore act August Burns Red has posted a new tour recap video online documenting its recent trip overseas to Australia and New Zealand. You can view the tour video below:
Defunt American melodic metalcore act Still Remains has announced that it will be doing a special one-off reunion performance during Haste The Day‘s forthcoming final show. The event is set to take place at the Egyptian Room at the Old National Center in Indianapolis, IN on March 11th, 2011 alongside Mychildren Mybride, The Chariot and A Plea For Purging.
Still Remains annnounced its decision to disband in March of 2008.
Haste the Day's "Farewell" tour dates can be viewed below:
01/28 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
01/29 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
01/30 Wichita, KS – Oz Cafe
01/31 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre
02/01 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
02/03 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
02/04 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
02/05 Orangevale, CA – The Boardwalk
02/07 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
02/08 San Diego, CA – Soma Sidestage
02/09 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theatre
02/11 Lubbock, TX – JAKE’S Sports Cafe
02/12 Dallas, TX – The Door
02/13 Austin, TX – Emo’s
02/14 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
02/15 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
02/16 Pensacola, FL – American Legion Post 33
02/18 St. Petersburg, FL – State Theatre
02/19 Orlando, FL – The Social
02/20 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
02/21 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco
02/22 Memphis, TN – New Daisy Theatre
02/23 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
02/24 Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge
02/25 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Down Under
02/26 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
02/27 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar
03/01 Montreal, QC – Underworld
03/02 London, ON – Rum Runners/London Music Hall
03/03 Toronto, ON – The Annex Wreck Room
03/04 Syracuse, NY – The Lost Horizon
03/05 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
03/06 New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre
03/07 Richmond, VA – Canal Club
03/09 Columbus, OH – The Basement
03/10 Louisville, KY – Expo Five
03/11 Indianapolis, IN - Old National Center
Death/grind hybrid act Oceano has added new dates to its forthcoming headline tour, dubbed as the "Contaminating The Coast Tour." Support on the trek will come from For The Fallen Dreams, Upon A Burning Body, The Great Commission and I The Breather with the new dates also featuring direct support from Bleeding Through. You can view list of updated dates, cities and venues below:
01/07 Albuquerque, NM – Fusion Factory
01/08 Las Cruces, NM – Mikey’s Place
01/09 Mesa, AZ – Underground
01/10 Tucson, AZ – Skrappy’s
01/11 Lancaster, CA – Cedar Center
01/12 Las Vegas, NV – The Box Office
01/13 Ogden, UT – The Basement
01/14 Boise, ID – Mardi Gras
01/15 Reno, NV – The Alley
01/16 Soledad, CA – The Castle
01/17 Sacramento, CA – Luigi’s
01/18 Stockton, CA – Plea For Peace
01/19 Ventura, CA – Knights of Columbus
01/21 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction (feat. Bleeding Through)
02/22 San Diego, CA – Soma (feat. Bleeding Through)
Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen has confirmed that she will be appearing at the forthcoming edition of the Summer Breeze festival. Summer Breeze 2011 is set to take place between August 18th, 19th and 20th, 2011 in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.
The confirmed line-up now includes:
HAIL OF BULLETS
Scotting pirate metal act Alestorm has posted the following update online:
"It is my very great pleasure to announce that on January 10th Alestorm will be heading to the studio to record our third album, which we're gonna call 'Back Through Time'. It's gonna be an epic adventure through piratical badassery in 11 tracks, with more drunken singalong anthems than you can shake a stick at. There will be songs about midgets. There will be songs about Wisconsin. There will be songs about travelling through time to kill Vikings. And, of course, loads of songs about pirates doing what they do best; kicking your ass and stealing your wenches!
"Lasse Lammert will once again be at the helm of the production, at his LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany. We'll be there for about a month (one week of recording, three weeks of alcohol abuse), and we're hopefully looking at a release in early summer, in time for us to kick your asses with these songs at all the festivals.
"In no particular order, here's the songtitles that we've got penned for the album:
The Sunk'n Norwegian
Shipwrecked (Pure Dead Banjaxed)
Back Through Time
Death Throes Of The Terrorsquid
Scraping The Barrel
"Of course these are all possibly subject to change, if we go crazy in the studio. There will inevitably also be a silly digipak version with a bunch of daft covers as bonus tracks as well, the exact details of which we'll announce at a later date."
Original Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins has posted the following statement online in reponse to Judas Priest announcing its retirement tour, dubbed as the "Epitaph" tour. You can read the statement below:
"News coming in from the Judas Priest camp is that they will be doing a farewell tour next year in 2011, which will be a sad event for thousands of their fans worldwide.
"It was forty years ago when I first formed Judas Priest alongside 18-year-old K.K. Downing and Ian Hill - doesn't time fly past you when you're not looking? — and after four years fronting them, I left, to be replaced by Rob [Halford]. I have watched them grow into the metal gods that they are and can honestly say they deserve everything they have achieved over this time and they will leave us a legacy of great memories and brilliant metal anthems. I wish them all the luck with their 'Epitaph' farewell tour."
Death metal legends Morbid Angel have confirmed that it will be taking part in the forthcoming Wacken Open Air festival. Wacken 2011 is set to take place between August 4th, 5th and 6th in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
The confirmed line-up now includes:
BLAAS OF GLORY
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CRADLE OF FILTH
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
RHAPSODY OF FIRE
SUBWAY TO SALLY
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
Buffalo, New York-based quintet featuring MALEVOLENT CREATION singer Brett Hoffmann, DOWN THE DRAIN has posted two new songs, "The Joining" and "Seeds Of Victory," on their ReverbNation page. The tracks come from their upcoming album "Seeds Of Victory," which was formerly entitled "Ground Pounder," is tentatively due for release in early 2011 via an as-yet-undetermined record label.
"Back Of Your Hand", the first-ever official video from DOWN THE DRAIN, was filmed on August 29, 2008 at The Red Eye Saloon in Lackawanna, New York. The music video can be viewed below:
Vocalist Peter of Italian black metal act Blaze of Sorrow has checked in with the following brief update about the release of the band's upcoming album:
"New Album: The new Blaze Of Sorrow album called 'Eterno Tramonto' is going to be released in January 2011 by Naturmacth Productions. Best Regards."
In the mean time, you can also check out sample Blaze of Sorrow songs available for streaming, including an "Eterno Tramonto" sample, through the band's MySpace profile.
UK based melodic power metal crew Power Quest has completed the new album "Blood Alliance," which will be released in Japan on January 19th via Marquee/Avalon. The European release is expected towards the end of March, with the USA release in early April.
Keyboardist and PQ founder Steve Williams had this to say: "Well it has been a long time coming but finally the 5th PQ album is done and I don't think I have ever been so excited about releasing an album. All the guys have given 110% to this record and I'm proud of them all. Its without doubt the heaviest PQ album yet but without sacrificing the PQ melodic tradition. I just can't wait for you all to hear it!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Battle Stations
2. Rising Anew
6. Better Days
7. Crunching the Numbers
8. Only in my Dreams
9. Blood Alliance
10. City of Lies
11. Time to Burn (Japanese bonus track)
Coldworker has issued the following end-of-year update and announcement about recording a new album:
"Brand new website - brand new album! 2010 has been one sort of a silent year for Coldworker, but we have been busy writing and rehearsing new songs. Actually, the recording of the third album starts pretty much right now.
"We've redesigned the website a little bit to tone down the 'Rotting Paradise' feeling of it and we've started a studio diary that you can follow through the recordings of the new album.
"Also you should follow Coldworker at Twitter and 'like' us on Facebook. Enjoy the new website and check in often for updates in the studio diary"
Sweden's Unleashed has issued the following statement about celebrating the winter solstice the Viking way:
"Warriors! The time has come for the celebration of the winter solstice, one of the most important traditions for the Viking. Come Tuesday the 21st, we decorate the great world tree Yggdrasil, and drink toasts to our friends and kin. And by night fall we gather around the stones and blot to our dead ones like so many times before.
"For those of you who have started the Yule celebrations around the 13th of December you have my utmost respect! (This was the approximate date of the winter solstice according to the Julian calendar before the year 1753 in Sweden). Continuing the ancient tradition of our forefathers, we now light the Yule fires on the 21st. Raise your horns and goblets and blot to those alike, and to prosperity in the coming year! Hail Odin! Hail Thor! It is MIDVINTERBLOT! Have an amazing Yule season!"
Unleashed also recently announced there has been a change of venue for the March 7th, 2011 Paganfest tour. The show will now take place at Rosenhof in Osnabrück, Germany. The upcoming Paganfest shows are as follows: More...
Brazil's Shadowside has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent European tour with W.A.S.P:
"Photos and video from the European tour with W.A.S.P. online! After 30 amazing shows in several European countries, we are back home! As we get ready to record the new album, we now leave you with lots of pictures and a video taken from the Lithuania show in December 2010. Have fun... and we'll bring more rocking news very soon!"
You can also check out a video clip of Shadowside performing live during the tour below.
Anger As Art has checked in with the following end-of-year band update:
"Hey everyone - I want to take this time to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Or Happy Hannukah, or Kwanzaa, or whatever your reason for celebrating the season. To anyone who doesn't appreciate why we celebrate it - oh well. Denny's will be open. Go celebrate alone with the other bittermen. you know who you are.
"Speaking of bitter - I wanted to let you all know that beginning in 2011, Anger as Art will begin de-emphasizing our my space page - and begin to build our face book page. It is online over there right now - go look for Anger As Art on face book. Simple reason? Not necessarily that FB has taken over the market share so strongly. The best example I can give is that it took me 44 minutes from the time I logged in to be able to get to the blog to type a new one. My space's servers are too slow. That, and the fact that they allow so many people who do not understand html (myself included) to make their pages so individual that the average 5 to 7 year old computer cannot handle the upgrades.
"Sometimes these techhies are a little too smart for their own good - not realizing that progress on that level leaves a lot of people way behind - and in a bad economy, maybe the priority is paying the rent, not buying a new computer every 6 months. But... face book is where you will find the daily updates, blogs, tour announcements, recording info, etc. as well as blogs / opinions from each of the members, or even our record company. This page will always be here... but much like our traditional www.angerasart.com page, it will not be updated regularly. Much like all of you, we have busy lives - and using my space has become a lot like reading a 3 day old newspaper. While you were turning the pages - the world was turning. And there was nothing more annoying than logging on to any metal band's page and having a comment with soundbytes blaring some really bad hip hop or emo over your music. Delete, delete, delete. More...
Persistense has checked in with the following recap of recent tour dates in Germany:
"Last two days in Germany were absolutely amazing! We’ve played two great shows in both Rheine and Emsdetten. First of all a big thanks to the guys from New World Depression and the Rockini organization who had arranged everything perfectly. We couldn’t have asked for more.
"And then the audience; Both shows were fully packed with metal people and the way you have supported us was simply amazing! This is what metal is all about. From the heart! During these two days we’ve met some very nice people and we really hope we can come back to play for you guys again. Horns up."
Swiss act Requiem has issued the following announcement about mixing the band's new album "Within Darkened Disorder:"
"Day 12, Stage One Studio (Germ) with producer Andy Classen (Krisiun, Belphegor, Legion of the Dmanded and more) - December 19th, 2010.
"As we are currently mixing our new album 'Within Darkened Disorder' we just wanted to give you a little glimpse behind the curtain and about the development of our new record that will be released in early 2011. All the daily recording blogs are assembled in this blog. Additionally see some pictures at the same location. More pictures can be seen in an album in the photo section here. Cheers!"
Grave Digger has announced it will be releasing a live CD/DVD two disc set titled "The Clans Are Still Marching (Live At Wacken 2010)." The CD/DVD combo is currently set to drop on March 7th, 2011 through Napalm Records. Grave Digger has now posted the artwork online for the DVD, which can be viewed here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Intro: Scotland The Brave (feat. Bauluy Muluy Pipes & Drums Band)
2. Scotland United
3. The Dark Of The Sun
4. William Wallace (Braveheart)
5. The Bruce
6. The Battle Of Flodden
7. The Ballad Of Mary (feat. Doro)
8. The Truth
9. Cry For Freedom
10. Killing Time
11. Rebellion (feat. Hansi Kürsch)
12. Culloden Muir
13. Ballad Of A Hangman
15. Heavy Metal Breakdown More...
Seattle based black metal act Inquinok has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online from the band's upcoming third album:
"I am proud to announce that we have posted a brand new Inquinok song entitled 'Tormented Skies.' This is a sample of what's to come with the 3rd Inquinok album, but expect a good amount of variety with the songs as with our previous releases.
"In other news this song features the return of the drummer that appeared on our first album (Entranced by Twilight's Gaze) now being known as Xorn and will be taking on the drums and possibly some keyboard parts as well for the 3rd yet unnamed album. Stay tuned for any updates, new song uploads, etc. and thanks for all the support over the years, it is much appreciated."
The new song "Tormented Skies" can be heard at this location.
French experimental/industrial act Life's Decay has issued the following statement about streaming several songs online from the band's back catalog:
"Greetings greetings, we are in a new MySpace era. Very confusing at the beginning but we got used to it.. now.. it is in fact a little better then before. Except that MySpace is the s l o w e s t website we know. I hope that they will fix that. Our thought is that MySpace is also currently suffering of too much of things here and there, mostly adverts. They should be more minimalist, more in a 'Google' style.
"Anyway, this post is to inform you that we made a brand new Life's Decay profile, everything has been updated and adapted to the new MySpace website. We also uploaded new music tracks (from older albums) and a video (vintage Life's Decay era). So, take a look at our profile, we hope that you will find it slightly |________| Thank you for reading."
Dutch death metal act Massive Assault has posted a video clip online of the band performing the song "The Rival Believer" live at Beukfeest. You can check out the footage below.
Even if some bands from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal aren't as well remembered as others, some of them are still able to write songs that easily classics of the movement. No greater example is there of this than Blitzkrieg, who formed in the city of Leicester in 1980. The group quickly signed to Neat Records, who championed the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal by signing a number of other bands from the movement, including Venom, Raven and Tygers Of Pan Tang. Through the label, the band were able to release their first single, "Buried Alive" in 1981, though in later years, greater attention was brought to the singles B-side, the eponymous "Blitzkrieg," after it was covered by Metallica. Unfortunately, the band decided to call it a day after the single's release and the members went on to join different projects, the most notable of which was singer Brian Ross who had stints with such other bands as Satan and Avenger.
Following these other tenures, Ross decided to bring Blitzkrieg back in 1984, together with original guitarist Jim Sirotto and new members Mick Proctor, Mick Moore and Sean Harris, who had all performed in a number of other noticable British heavy metal bands. With this lineup, the band were finally able to release full length album, which came in the form of 1985's, "A Time Of Changes." The record was well received by fans and was noticable for it's re-recording of their self-titled song, as well as "Pull The Trigger," a song written by the band, Satan but was never used on any of their releases. It would be six years before Blitzkrieg released a new album, but at last in 1991, "Ten Years Of Blitzkrieg" was released, much to the delight of long time fans.
However, the band soon found themselves without a label and soldiered on until Neat Records re-emerged in 1995 and immediately signed the band to a three album deal, the first release of which was "Unholy Trinity," which had actually been recorded in 1992. Two more albums, "Ten" and "The Misfits Of Avalon" followed and both were well received by heavy metal fans worldwide, but in 1998, Brian Ross suffered from a serious car injury and the future of Blitzkrieg was placed in doubt once again. Lightning war was never stopped by automobile accidents however, and before long Ross resurrected the band once again, eventually releasing a new album in 2002 entitled, "Absolute Power." The band are still going strong today, performing at concerts and festivals worldwide, and still producing new albums, with their most recent effort being 2007's, "Theatre Of The Damned." More...