Metal News for December 2, 2010
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39 news articles posted on this day.
Swedish progressive death metal act Scar Symmetry has posted a new tour diary online taken from its North American tour. You can view the tour diary below:
U.K. based black metal band Onsetcold has issued the following brief update about recording new material:
"Onsetcold will be recording a new album/EP over the next few months, release date will be given in about a month or so. Do expect it to be cosmic grinding blackened Epic extreme brutal shit etc..."
In the mean time, you can also check out Onsetcold tracks through the band's MySpace profile.
Finland's Omnium Gatherum has issued the following announcement about working on a new album:
"Howdy OmG'sters, finally some big news on the OmG album front. The 5th OG album is now finally mixed & mastered, ready an' willing & it's a classic! Expect more news about the release date & everything coming in few days.
"Dan Swanö did amazing job on mixing/mastering and even sang some heavenly clean vox to the album, expect nothing more but the best music ever! More on this case soon, so stay tuned on the OmG-Channel!"
Turkish black metal act Satanized has posted a music video online for the song "Infernal Torment," which can be viewed below.
Swedish metallers Apostasy have checked in with the following announcement about inking a record deal to release their new album "Nuclear Messiah" in April of 2011:
"We have been offered a deal with Swedish Sony Music label Rambo and thus our third album Nuclear Messiah will be released in April. Currently we are working on finishing the design for the album and so far it is going smoothly, until then, make sure to listen to our teaser here on myspace."
Batillus has checked in with the following update about performing the band's final live show of 2010:
"Let us destroy what’s left of your holiday cheer on Saturday, December 11th at the Charleston in Brooklyn along with Cough, Naam, and Sea of Bones. We’ve been looking forward to this one for a while; quality lineup + recent tours + new albums = great show with lots of people.
"It’s the last show we have planned until March, so if you’ve been among the missing lately, come on out and reaffirm your pagan values in the electrifying smelliness of Brooklyn’s grottiest basement.?"
The promotional poster for the show can be found here.
Hellfighter, the band formed by ex-members of U.K. thrashers Xentrix, has completed work on its debut album, "Damnation's Wings." In a recent interview Kristian Havard (guitar) talked about the making of the album:
"In some ways we have revisited the bands and sounds that we loved as kids: Bands like Maiden, Priest, Forbidden, Testament, Anthrax, but really we've just made the sort of record that we want to hear today. Everyone in the band and at the record label is very excited about, Damnation's Wings. It's taken a little while longer than we had hoped to complete the writing and recording process but we didn't want to compromise on anything. The end result is something we're extremely proud of. Most of all we're looking forward to getting out on the road to promote the album."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Tower of Sin
2. A Lesser God
3. Legacy of Hate
4. Faith in Lies
5. Damnation's Wings
6. Revolution Within
8. Bring Only Pain
Cilice has posted a video clip online for the song "Mental Breakdown," which features the band's new vocalist Bryan Ramage. The clip can be viewed below.
Most Precious Blood has revealed that on February 1, 2011, it will release its forthcoming new album "Do Not Resuscitate." The follow up to 2005's "Merciless" will feature the following, final tracklisting:
1. A Danger To Myself And Others
2. Shut The Fuck Up, Jailbreak
3. Meth Mites
4. Blame It On Altered Beast
5. Stuart Is A Dead Man Walking
6. Upstate Ghost
7. Enthusiastic Eugenicist
8. Functional Autist
9. Graveyard Postcards
10. Of Scattered Ants That Swarm Together
11. Animal Mother
12. Do Not Resuscitate
German extreme metal act The Very End has posted behind the scenes footage taken from its first music video online for its upcoming studio album. The new album, titled "Mercy & Misery," is set for release on January 25, 2011 in the U.S. through SPV / E1 Music. "Mercy & Misery" was produced by The Very End and Waldemar Sorychta. You can view the behind-the-scenes footage for "A Hole In The Sun" below:
"Mercy & Misery" tracklisting:
2. Ball And Chain
3. The Leper
4. Rat Nation
5. Dead Is The New Alive
6. Letters To The Living
7. A Hole In The Sun
8. For All Things Undone
9. Immigrant Song (LED ZEPPELIN cover)
10. Three Zero Nine
Australian melodic hardcore act Parkway Drive has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of North America. Support on the tour will come from Set Your Goals, The Ghost Inside and The Warriors. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
02/11 San Diego, CA – Soma
02/12 Pomona, CA – The Glass House
02/13 SF, CA – The DNA Lounge
02/15 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
02/16 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound
02/17 Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre
02/18 Kansas City, MO – Beaumont Club
02/19 St. Louis, MO – Pops
02/20 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
02/21 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
02/22 Pontiac, MI – Clutch Cargos
02/23 London, ON – London Music Hall
02/24 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
02/25 Montreal, QC – The Olympia
02/26 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
02/27 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
02/28 Worcester, MA – The Palladium
03/01 Baltimore, MD – Sonar
03/02 Richmond, VA – Hat Factory
03/03 Charlotte, NC – Tremont Music Hall
03/04 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
03/06 Austin, TX – Emo’s
03/07 Houston, TX – House of Blues
03/08 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
03/09 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
03/11 Phoenix, AZ – The Nile
03/12 Los Angeles, CA – House of Blues
Former Chimaira bassist Jim LaMarca has issued the following statement regarding his decision to leave the band:
"I would like to thank the Chimaira fans world wide for their endless support. Those who have met me in person and or online know that I have tried to make contact with as many of you as I possibly could. I can’t express enough how much it was a pleasure for me to meet all of you.
"I started playing in bands over 22 years ago starting with Sacrifix, then Skipline, to Not So Blah (N.S.B.), Switched and getting an opportunity of a lifetime to join Chimaira. I had an incredible time being a part of Chimaira. This experience has provided me to live a lifestyle that I always dreamed of having.
"The band Chimaira has meant a great deal to me. I made a promise to my dear friend Matt Nemec after he passed away, that I would never give up on pursuing my dreams, and because of Chimaira I was able to do that. For that I will always be in debt to this band.
"I would like to thank a few important people that have been so supportive of my musical ventures. My parents gave me the tools to be successful, Mom and Dad without you guys I would have never been able to do any of this. My brother Michael P. LaMarca, thank you for selling Sacrifix Merch and throwing up on the display. My brother Anthony, thanks for the most beautiful nieces. Ed Gandolf for having the patience to see that I at least had rhythm and that I had the balls to play that first show in your parents basement on New Years Eve. Matt Vasiliou and Matt Nemec (R.I.P.), thank you for sharing the good old days with me.
"I am excited to now be able to focus my efforts on my company, Straight Razor Entertainment, which will be focus on developing bands and artists. Look for further details either facebook.com/jimlamarca or on Twiiter @jimlamarcatwitt.
"The future is uncertain for me with the touring lifestyle, 22 years of playing music and I am still not done playing. You will be able to see me perform with Tenafly Viper, which will be playing shows regionally.
"Last, thank you Alayna (my wife) for supporting me with all my decisions and now having to put up with me being home now.
Peace and love."
Bring Me The Horizon has revealed the dates for its forthcoming 2011 headline tour of the United Kingdom. Support on the trek will come from Parkway Drive, The Devil Wears Prada and Architects. You can view the full list of confirmed dates, cities and venues below:
04/22 Manchester, UK – Apollo
04/23 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy 1
04/24 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy
04/26 Nottingham, UK – Rock City
04/27 Southampton, UK – Guildhall
04/28 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 1
04/29 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy 1
04/30 London, UK – O2 Brixton Academy
Times Of Grace, the new project between Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, has posted its first music video online for its debut album "The Hymn of a Broken Man." The new album is expected in stores on January 18th, 2011. You can view the video for "Strength In Numbers" below:
In response to the Motley Crue/Poison 2011 tour Bret Michaels admits that his pre-mature announcement may have been a “pipe dream”. Vince Neil commented, saying it was “wishful thinking” at best. Is it just me or are these two being way too nice to each other? I smell another reality show. Ladies and gentlemen it’s VH1 Rock of Hair starring Vince Neil and Bret Michaels, watch as the two compete for well used girls, camera time, and dollars to go toward their next plastic surgery session… More...
Philadelphia, PA area metal band Power Theory has announced their new drummer as Chris Smith (After Glow, Tears of the Departed). The band plans to have local live shows in December and January, in which they will also record 4 or 5 songs for a live EP to showcase Chris’s "Metal Machine Drumming." The band will also be recording drum tracks for their next full length album “An Axe to Grind” set to be released in Summer/Fall 2011.
“It will be an injustice to the fans not to record a few our heavier songs with Chris’s drumming and see how much tighter and heavier the material becomes, plus it’ll be a little live teaser before to the new one” quotes guitarist BB Ballinger.
The band would also like to acknowledge and thank Infernal Opera drummer Michael Alberque for his help keeping the backline while our search for a permanent drummer took place.
Sickdrummer.com has uploaded footage of Enslaved performing the song "Ethica Odini" on November 26th, 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.
Chicago deathcore act Oceano has announced it will be embarked on the upcoming "Contaminating the Coast" tour. The tour, which is sponsored by AMP magazine, will run throughout January and includes support from For the Fallen Dreams, Upon a Burning Body, The Great Commission, and I The Breather. The full list of dates and venues for the tour will be announced shortly.
You can view the "Contaminating The Coast" tour flyer at this location. Oceano's new album "Contagion" landed the Chicago band at number 163 on the Billboard Current Artist Chart in its first week of release. The band also debuted on the Billboard Heatseekers chart at number 3.
Soulgrind has posted a trailer online for the upcoming video of the band recording "The Tuoni Pathway," which can be viewed below. Soulgrind also commented on the clip:
"This is the trailer from Soulgrind rockument to be released on March 2011. Rokcument is an hour and a half journey into the life of Soulgrind during recordings of the new album, partying and friendship among the band and friends. Filmed between Aug 2009 - Aug 2010."
Earth has completed work on the band's upcoming full-length album "Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1," which will be released via Southern Lord Recordings in February, 2011. Joining founding guitarist and band front man Dylan Carlson and percussionist Adrienne Davies, the album lineup this time around also includes cellist Lori Goldston (Nirvana, David Byrne, Black Cat Orchestra, Laura Veirs) and Karl Blau (K Records, Laura Veirs, Microphones) on electric bass. The album was recorded in Seattle's Avast Studios in April and July of 2010.
The cover artwork can be viewed at this location, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Old Black
2. Father Midnight
3. Descent To The Zenith
4. Hell’s Winter
5. Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light 1
Lebanon's Kimaera has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"Kimaera parts ways with longtime bassist! After a whole decade of dedication to Kimaera, we are sorry to announce that one of the very few remaining original members, the longtime bassist Wissam Abiad decided to part ways with the band, due to his own personal reasons. Your musicianship, brotherhood and drunkenness will be missed, we wish you all the best..."
The band is also streaming several songs online via the Kimaera MySpace page.
Sickdrummer.com has posted footage online of Dimmu Borgir performing the song "Gateways" on November 26th, 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.
Kamelot guitarist/founder Thomas Youngblood and drummer Casey Grillo are set to host the coming week's edition of MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" on Monday, December 6th (technically Tuesday morning at 3:00 AM). You can also check out the video for "Hunter's Season" in the clip below.
Crimfall has issued the following announcement about finishing a new album:
"We are currently holding the mastered version of our second album in our hands. Mastering was done by our dear neighbor Jens Bogren @ Fascination Street. And it sounds awesome. Brutal and HUGE! Actually it was already mastered few weeks back, but we made a little changes to the cd-texts yesterday and did not want to tell these news until it was 100% ready."
You can also check out Crimfall's music via the band's MySpace profile.
Tankard has posted a music video online for the song "Rules For Fools," which is off the band's upcoming album "Vol(l)ume 14>" The video clip can be viewed below. "Vol(l)ume 14" is set for release on December 17th, 2010.
Soilwork has checked in from its European tour with a video tour diary, which can be viewed below.
Onslaught is set to release the new album "Sounds Of Violence" through AFM Records on January 28th in Europe and February 8th in North America. The band has now issued the following update about streaming new songs from the album online:
"Hi people. Hope you are all well and feeling very metal! Just like to let you know that samples of the 2 new single tracks 'The Sound of Violence / Bomber' are now streaming here on our Myspace page. Release date is Dec 17th, The tracks are now available for pre-order from: here."
Exhumed has just completed recording "All Guts, No Glory," the follow-up to 2003’s "Anatomy Is Destiny," at Arcane Digital Recordings in Arizona with engineer Ryan Butler (MISERY INDEX) and at Trench Studios with John Haddad (ABYSMAL DAWN, INTRONAUT).
The new album "All Guts, No Glory" is currently being mixed and mastered at Mana Recording Studios by Brian Elliott (GRAVES OF VALOR). Additional details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out songs currently available from the band through the Exhumed MySpace page.
American death metal legends Deicide has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "To Hell With God." You can check it out below. The album is scheduled to be released on February 15th through Century Media Records and will feature the following songs: More...
Cradle of Filth has already released a video for the song "Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned)," and the band has now decided to let fans choose which track from the new album "Darkly, Darkly Venus Aversa" will next be turned into a music video.
Front man Dani Filth explains, "we are really happy with the way that the first video, for Forgive Me Father (I Have Sinned), but couldn’t decide which track would best so we thought we’d let the fans decide as we trust their judgement totally..."
A poll has been set up at this location, which lists all the tracks from the album. The final choice will be made at the end of this year with the new video being filmed in January.
Nominees for Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance in the 53rd annual Grammy awards have been announced.
Best Hard Rock Performance
Alice in Chains: "A Looking In View"
Ozzy Osbourne: "Let Me Hear You Scream"
Soundgarden: "Black Rain"
Stone Temple Pilots: "Between the Lines"
Them Crooked Vultures: "New Fang"
Best Metal Performance
Iron Maiden: "El Dorado"
Korn: "Let the Guilt Go"
Lamb of God: "In Your Words"
Megadeth: "Sudden Death"
Slayer: "World Painted Blood"
It’s the second nomination in a row for Alice in Chains, Lamb of God, Megadeth and Slayer. Maiden has been nominated twice before but never won. Ozzy has won Best Metal performance twice. Soundgarden won both awards in 1995. Slayer and Korn have two awards each and Stone Temple Pilots have one.
The award ceremony takes place on February 13 in Los Angeles, with the rock and metal awards traditionally held in a lower-key venue than the main televised event.
Last year’s Best Hard Rock Grammy went to AC/DC for "War Machine," which won over Alice in Chains’ "Check My Brain," Linkin Park’s "What I’ve Done," Metallica’s "Unforgiven III" and Nickelback’s "Burn it to the Ground." The Best Metal Performance was won by Judas Priest for "Dissident Aggressor," which was up against Lamb of God’s "Set to Fail," Megadeth’s "Headcrusher," Ministry’s "Senor Peligro" and Slayer’s "Hate Worldwide."
Read the full article at RockAAA.com.
U.K. based black metal act Necronoclast has issued the following announcement about finishing the recording of a new album titled "Ashes:"
"Long time, no update. Necronoclast has been active in the shadows, preparing some upcoming assaults. Recording and mixing has been completed for the new Necronoclast album, entitled 'Ashes.' The album is currently being mastered, and the cover art is being created.
"Some additional new material has also been recorded for a couple of upcoming split releases, also due next year. More info including 'Ashes' cover art and release dates will be available soon."
Finland's Amorphis has issued the following announcement about streaming "Forging the Land of the Thousand Lakes" through Nuclear Blast Records on Friday, December 3rd:
"Nuclear Blast Records invites you all to the brand new online streaming room! The first concert stream on the new service will be Amorphis' Forging The Land of Thousand Lakes, to be this Friday, December 3, and the location is here.
"1st Streaming Time: 5:00pm (Central European Time) for Europe, 2nd Streaming Time: 3:30pm (Pacific) / 6:30pm (Eastern) for North America.
"With the year drawing to a close, it's also time for the annual Finnish Metal Awards. Last year Amorphis won the title for Best Cover Artwork, second place for Best Album and fourth among Best Bands; Tomi Joutsen was voted Best Vocalist and Esa Holopainen finished fourth place in the Best Instrumentalist category. To cast your votes for 2010, please click here (scroll down the page for the category listing in English and Finnish)."
Leaves' Eyes has checked in with the following update about playing at the 2011 edition of Belgium's Metal Female Voices festival:
"Leaves' Eyes will return to MFVF in 2011! We are happy to announce that Leaves' Eyes is confirmed to play on saturday 22nd at MFVF in Wieze/Belgium. The set list will include also material from the upcoming record."
The currently confirmed acts include: Amaranthe, Leaves' Eyes, Therion, Draconian, Hanging Doll, Visions of Atlantis, Midnattsol, Echoterra, Benedictum, Nemhain, Deadlock, Trail of Tears, and Stream of Passion.
Judgement Day has announced that their next album will be an acoustic experimental affair. Read their update below for details and their latest live dates:
"Judgement Day has always been a bit of an experiment. On Dark Opus we experimented with running the violin and cello through giant Mesa stacks. On Peacocks/Pink Monsters we tried running them through as many different crazy effects pedals as we could get our hands on. On the Out of the Abyss 7? we experimented with recording live. Every time that we try something new we end up learning a ton, not just about the new technique, but about playing together and being musicians. So now it’s time to make some more music and again we’re going to try something new.
"Our next record is going to be totally acoustic, but way different from our previous acoustic EP’s, because Jon going to play percussion. Instead of a playing his traditional drum kit, he’s working on putting together a super-sweet acoustic kit and with paint buckets and other percussive items. We’ve already written about 4 new songs and we’re hoping to write 10 or 15 more in the next couple of months. Of the songs that we have so far two are super-fast metal shredders, one is kind of punk-country and the other one is more slow-grooving and reserved. Our plan is to do all of the recording in a week at the end of January in a barn up on the northern coast of California. We’ve already booked The Barn so we’re pretty committed to keeping this on schedule. More...
Swedish prog/alternative metal band Pain Of Salvation will be traveling to India on tour in January. The band has confirmed they are going to play at IIM Lucknow on Jan 22nd and IIT Madras’s Saarang Open Air Theatre festival on Jan 29th.
Pain Of Salvation released their latest album, "Road Salt One," in May. They describe their latest work as a mix of metal, pop, funk, disco, blues, goth and folk with Arabian and Oriental influences plus other more or less extreme musical styles into a homogeneous whole.
Reunited technical death metal outfit Atheist has announced that they will be heading to Europe for a series of shows in April, in support of their new studio album, "Jupiter." Joining them on the tour will be fellow death metal veterans, Exhumed. A message from Atheist frontman Kelly Schaefer reads as follows:
"Greetings everyone, thank you all for the overwhelming support of our new album, Jupiter. We are humbled by all of the nice things being said about the new stuff and cannot wait to bring it to the stage. So now it's time to come pull some faces off in Europe on our first headlining run in support of the new album! And we are stoked to share the tour with the boys from Exhumed. We are able to play a few places we have never been before so we are all very excited about that, as well as the fact that we of course have some fun new shit to play live - the songs from Jupiter along with songs from all three prior albums. See you all on tour in 2011!"
The tour dates are as follows: More...
In a recent talk with Billboard.com, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison stated that the band had begun work on their next studio album, their first without bassist Paul Gray, who passed away earlier this year. However, Slipknot's lead vocalist, Corey Taylor has a different take on the matter. After reading Jordison's comments, Taylor stated:
"Before anyone gets the wrong idea, let me be clear. I have NO PLANS to make a new Slipknot album any time soon. Shows? Maybe. Album? No. As for Joey's comments, he took that on himself to say that in print. I can think of 5 people in this band who haven't written/heard a thing."
For over 25 years GWAR has been touring the world, showcasing its unique brand of shock-thrash that made GWAR one of the biggest names in the entire metal underground. From its humble beginnings in Richmond, Virginia GWAR has travelled across the Earth adding to its ever growing fan base. From appearances in the early 90's on television programs such as The Joan Rivers Show, Jerry Springer and the Beavis & Butthead cartoon to more recent appearances on Fox News and The Jimmy Falon Show, GWAR has slowly built up its thrash metal stronghold and have earned its reputation of having the best, and bloodiest, live show in all of music.
On Monday, November 29th, 2010 GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus kidnapped Metalunderground.com writer Cody B from right off the streets of Vancouver and forced him to conduct an interview in order to promote GWAR's 25th anniversary. Cody hasn't been seen since, but Oderus Urungus was kind enough to send us the tape. What a nice guy! More...