Metal News for December 21, 2009
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41 news articles posted on this day.
California's Ancestors will be releasing a limited edition split 7" with Graveyard in January. Ancestors are now streaming a song online from the release titled "Antler Wings," which can be heard at their MySpace page.
Ancestors also have the following upcoming tour dates:
1/28 2010 Key Club w/ Saint Vitus WEST HOLLYWOOD
2/19 2010 Spaceland w/ Black Math Horseman Los Angeles, California
4/15 2010 Roadburn 2010 @ 013 Tilburg, Noord-Holland
Hail!, which includes Andreas Kisser from Sepultura, Ripper Owens from Judas Priest, and David Ellefson formerly of Megadeth, have announced their first U.S. shows. The shows will take place at BB Kings in New York City on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 and at Showcase Live in Foxborough, MA just outside Boston on Wednesday, January 27th. Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater will be joining Hail! for drum duties on the dates. “We can’t hold all the rabid fans off any longer,” said singer Tim “Ripper” Owens, “We only have a few days together on the east coast so we’re bringing it to you!”
Andreas Kisser also commented: “We’re really excited! Although it’s only a few shows, and obviously we’d love to play a full tour of the entire US, New York and Boston are two great cities to start with and the fans there are tremendous. Between Mike Portnoy playing drums with us and all the friends we know in this area (hint, hint) I’d ask Santa for a tent and start camping out now for my tickets! These shows are going to be sick!’
Battlelore has issued the following announcement about working on a new album to record in 2010:
"Hellos! Some news from Battlelore. We are currently on a gig break preparing for the new album. The studio is booked for June/July 2010. So new album should be out around October 2010.
"On the other news Tomi's other band Evemaster have just completed the audio-side of the new upcoming album called "III". So the album is recorded, mixed and mastered. Currently Timo (bass player of BLore) is working on the artwork for the album. Yesterday when the blizzard hit southern Finland we went out and took some cool photos for the cover artwork and promotional stuff. CHEERS!"
Swedish extreme metallers Shining have dropped off the upcoming "Evangelia Amerika" tour alongside Behemoth due to work visa issues. Lightning Swords of Death, who had previously been added to three of the tour dates, will now be taking Shining's place for the duration of the tour. The currently confirmed dates of the tour, which also features Septicflesh, are as follows: More...
Denmark's Behold The Treason are currently streaming a second preview track online from their new demo "The Blinding Deceiver." The song "Puke Princess," along with the previously uploaded "No Catharsis," can be heard at the band's MySpace page.
Behold The Treason also have the following upcoming tour dates:
12/23 2009 Musik og Juletræer Skanderborg, Midtjylland
1/8 2010 Café Von Hatten (fredagsjam) Randers, Midtjylland
1/30 2010 MUK 2010 Skanderborg, Midtjylland
4/16 2010 Rock Nielsen Aalborg, Nordjylland
8/6 2010 Skanderborg Festival Skanderborg, Midtjylland
Bloodstream Parade have posted two video clips online from their performance at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on December 12th alongside Hatebreed and Cannibal Corpse. The first clip can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.
Xasthur: 2005 Demo CD / 12" out February 23rd on Hydra Head!
Xasthur fan... And so, you're already overwhelmingly aware of the fact that no outfit or individual in the Black Metal community, absolutely no one, is capable of reflecting and drawing the listener in to such a near tangible presence of distress...
Hydrahead Records has annouced plans to release a Xasthur demo from 2005. The demo is comprised of two lost, completed demo tracks that were recorded prior to the time that Subliminal Genocide was, and in a sense these two previously unavailable recordings "come across like a much belated extension of 'Subliminal Genocide'," states the label.
Here is the 2005 Demo tracklisting:
1. Untitled 4/05 (7:02)
2. Untitled 5/05 (9:12)
Norwegian death metal act Cage of Torment, which features Emancer vocalist Gorbag, has begun recording the drum tracks for an upcoming EP. More information on the EP's release date and track listing will be announced as it is made available. Samples of Cage of Torment's music can be found at the band's official MySpace page.
Finnish folk metal band FINNTROLL has posted a sneak-peak for their upcoming video for the song “Solsagan” off their new album, “Nifelvind,” which will hit stores on February 22nd in Europe and on March 9th in the US. The new video was created by Vasara Films (Dark Tranquillity, Turisas) and will make its debut exclusively on MySpace on January 15th.
You can watch the making-of “Solsagan” video below:
Polish metal band Terminal has announced the signing to Revolution Records. The band signed a 2 album agreement.
Originating from Zielona Góra (western Poland) the band recently finished recordings of their debut album "Tree Of Lie." The album was recorded in Recpublica Studios. The album features guest appearance of world class drummer Virgil Donati (Planet X, Derek Sherinian Band). Several songs will also feature saxophone, violin and cello. Artwork is just being created by Mentalporn (Deathstars, Behemoth)
"Tree Of Lie" will be out on 26th of February. The tracklisting is as follows:
01. The Beginning
03. Mind Destruction
04. Together Apart
05. Behind The Mask
06. Brand New Sin
07. Deep Inside
08. The Maze
09. Evil Machine
10. Tree Of Lie
11. Game Of War
12. The End More...
Swedish metallers Ereb Altor have posted a video clip online of their performance of the Bathory cover "Home of Once Brave." The video clip, which can be viewed below, was recorded at the Dutch Doom Days 2009 festival.
Dark Sanctuary's self-titled album has become a two-artist project, with world famous Spanish illustrator Victoria Francés doing all he visuals and Dark Sanctuary doing all the music. "Dark Sanctuary" will be available through Victoria's books publishing company as a 48 page color 17x24 size book, while Avantgarde Music will handle all the CD physical and audio digital distribution. The CD is due out on January 15, 2010.
Vocalist Kobi Fahri of Orphaned Land has issued the following statement about streaming a new album sample online at the band's MySpace page:
"Hello there to all the warriors of light! For those of you who don't know, each year the longest night of the year happens at Dec. 21st and from this day on the nights get shorter while the days get longer. On a spiritual level this symbolizes the resurrection of the light and the death of darkness (the opposite happens at every June 21st).
"Since our new album 'The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR' is a concept album about the warrior of light, we decided to share with you another short track titled – 'Va'yehi Or' (in Hebrew - let there be light) - please note that our album is 78.22min long and these are just small tastes of the whole journey - 'The crimson touch of hope still fights, through the veil truth doth shine - let there be light!'"
“The Never Ending Way Of ORwarriOR” will be released on January 25th (February 9th in the US) via Century Media.
Dutch black metal band Cirith Gorgor has begun the search for a new guitarist. The band is looking for the following requirements:
"Once again we are looking for a new guitarist."
"Candidates should be willing to rehearse regularly and, therefore, preferably reside in the south-east of The Netherlands. (Stage) experience, own equipment, plus 100% motivation and dedication are obligatory."
"Interested? Mail to email@example.com. Booked gigs will not be cancelled."
Dutch metallers The 11th Hour have been confirmed for the Doom Shall Rise Festival, which will take place on April 9th and 10th, 2010 in Göppingen, Germany. More information on the festival can be found at this location. The complete line-up is as follows:
40 Watt Sun (UK)
Grieving Age (SAUDI ARABIA)
Iron Man (USA)
Jex Thoth (USA)
Magma Rise (HUN)
Mourning Beloveth (IRE)
Rituals of the Oak (AUS)
The 11th Hour (NL)
Swedish black metallers VALKYRJA have uploaded the first song, "Oceans To Dust," off their upcoming new album, "Contamination," on their MySpace page. "Contamination" was recorded at Necromorbus Studios (Deströyer 666, Watain) with Tore Stjerna at the helm.
The band comments on "Contamination," "The two years which have passed since the ‘The Invocation of Demise' session has been a hectic period of composing, crafting and some line-up changes. During this last summer VALKYRJA manifested the second album. There were no doubts that we would return to Necromorbus Studio, again with Tore Stjerna as producer, and the outcome of this session formed an abominable weapon. January 2010 Metal Blade Records will unleash this dweller of the underworld – by far the strongest material thus far - namely Contamination, a mark of violent and dark Metal for the predator and beast of opposition within man." More...
Tampa, FL groove death metal Six Feet Under has revealed the cover art for their 3rd installment of the band's cover series, "Graveyard Classics 3," due out on Metal Blade Records on January 15th/18th 2010. "Graveyard Classics 3" was recorded at D.O.I. Digital Audio in Tampa, FL, was mixed at Audiohammer Studios by Mark Lewis, and was produced by Chris Barnes.
Here's what the godfather of gore and death Chris Barnes has to say about the band's latest chapter in the Graveyard Classics chain:
“We went about picking the tracks for this installment of Graveyard Classics by really just trying to search out songs from early on in our musical upbringing, as well as tracks from when we were just fans of heavy music, before we started playing in a band. Once again choosing songs that have really stuck with us over the years, also choosing the songs that we felt would sound interesting when played in the SFU 'death groove' style." More...
Poughkeepsie, NY based metalcore band SHAI HULUD will be touring Europe in February and March of 2010. Support comes from TO KILL and ENDWELL.
SHAI HULUD with TO KILL, and ENDWELL
26/02/10 – IT - Mezzago - Bloom
27/02/10 – IT - Montecchio Maggiore (VI) - Yourban
28/02/10 – DE – Stuttgart - Juha West
01/03/10 – DE – München - Feierwerk
03/03/10 – PL - Katowice - Cogitatur
04/03/10 – DE - Berlin - Cassiopeia
06/03/10 – NL - Goes - 't Beest
07/03/10 – UK - High Wycombe - The Nags Head
08/03/10 – UK – Bristol - The Croft
09/03/10 - UK - Leeds - The Well
10/03/10 – UK - Manchester - Moho
11/03/10 - UK - London - Purple Turtle
12/03/10 – DE - Trier - Ex-Haus
13/03/10 – CH – Will - Dance of Days Festival @ Gare de Lion
14/03/10 – FR – Dijon - Les Tanneries
15/03/10 – DE - Frankfurt - O 25
16/03/10 – BE - Mechelen - JC Metteko
17/03/10 – DE - Hamburg - Hafenklang
18/03/10 – DE - Erfurt - Unikum
21/03/10 – IT - Rome - Locanda Atlantide
Mutiny Within has posted two new songs on their MySpace page. The songs, entitled "Year Of Affliction" and "Oblivion," come off their upcoming debut self titled album, "Mutiny Within," which will be released in 2010 via Roadrunner Records. "Oblivion" features guest vocals performed by Justin Hill from Sikth.
"We just posted 2 more tracks from our album on our myspace! "Year Of Affliction" and "Oblivion" (Guest vocals on "Oblivion" performed by Justin Hill from Sikth)"
Hatesphere has issued the following update regarding their upcoming US tour dates:
"No need to say that we look very much forward to this! We can’t wait to finally meet all you American fans!"
The band has also announced a new drummer. The band has issued the following update:
"Things happen fast in this world – and after having suffered back problems for a long time Dennis finally had to throw in the towel. So the US-tour not only marks the first time for us over there – it also marks the first tour with our new drummer, Mike Park, who many of you know from his work with fellow Danish metallers Mercenary. Mike has already had his live debut with us on our three shows in late November, and we are more than happy to have him joining our ranks! Welcome in the band!" More...
Orden Ogan has posted a video studio update blog regarding the progres of their upcoming album, "Easton Hope," which will be release in 2010 through AFM Records. Watch the update below:
Extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have added the following headlining dates to their schedule during the KREATOR North American tour:
03/13/10 Club Soda – Montreal, QC - CANADA - Kataklysm Headlining
03/18/10 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
03/19/10 Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC – CANADA
03/20/10 Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
03/21/10 Slim’s - San Francisco, CA
03/22/10 Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV - Kataklysm Headlining
03/23/10 House of Blues - Hollywood, CA
03/24/10 House of Blues - San Diego, CA
03/25/10 The Rock - - Tucson, AZ
03/27/10 Emo's - Austin, TX
03/28/10 Meridian - Houston, TX
03/30/10 The Club at Firestone - Orlando, FL
03/31/10 The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
04/01/10 Gil’s Bar & Grill – Virginia Beach, VA - Kataklysm Headlining
04/02/10 Crazy Donkey – Farmingdale, NY - Kataklysm Headlining
Triptykon, the new band formed by former Celtic Frost/Hellhammer mainman Tom G. Fischer, has announced that their own record label, Prowling Death Records has entered into a distribution deal with Century Media Records. As a result of the partnership, the bands debut album, "Eparistera Daimones" will be released on March 22nd in Europe and North America.
Fischer comments: "I am very pleased about continuing my long-standing and very constructive affiliation with Century Media Records. After the demise of Celtic Frost, I was looking for continuity in every other aspect of my life, and the cooperation between Prowling Death Records Ltd. and Century Media Records has in the past already provided an outstanding platform for releases by Hellhammer (the Demon Entrails demo reissue album, 2008) and Celtic Frost (Monotheist, 2006)."
The tracklisting for the album is as follows:
"Abyss Within My Soul"
"In Shrouds Decayed"
"A Thousand Lies"
Canadian modern metallers Threat Signal have updated their tour schedule with the following upcoming dates:
1/26 2010 Jaxx Nightclub Springfield VA
1/27 2010 Trocadero Theater Philadelphia PA
1/29 2010 The Blender Theater at Gramercy New York NY
1/30 2010 The Palladium Worcester MA
1/31 2010 Club Soda Montréal QC Canada
2/1 2010 The MOD Club Toronto ON Canada
2/2 2010 BLONDIES Detroit MI
2/3 2010 Peabody's Cleveland OH
2/4 2010 Logan Square Auditorium Chicago IL
2/5 2010 The Rave Milwaukee WI
2/6 2010 Station 4 Saint Paul MN
2/8 2010 The Royal Albert Arms Winnipeg MB Canada
2/10 2010 Starlite Room Edmonton AB Canada
2/11 2010 The Warehouse Calgary AB Canada
2/13 2010 Sugar Nightclub Victoria BC Canada
2/14 2010 El Corazon Seattle WA
2/15 2010 Hawthorne Theatre Portland OR
2/17 2010 Slim's San Francisco CA
2/18 2010 House of Blues Sunset Strip West Hollywood CA
2/19 2010 UB's Bar Mesa AZ
2/20 2010 The Rock Tucson AZ
2/21 2010 The Juggernaut Gallup NM
2/22 2010 BlueBird Theater Denver CO
2/23 2010 Marquee Tulsa OK
2/24 2010 Scout Bar Houston Houston TX
2/25 2010 Scout Bar San Antonio San Antonio TX
2/27 2010 Volume 11 Raleigh NC
2/28 2010 The Masquerade Atlanta GA
3/2 2010 The Muse Nashville TN
3/4 2010 Phoenix Hill Tavern Louisville KY
3/5 2010 Broadway Joe's Buffalo NY
3/6 2010 Electric Company Utica NY
Swedish metallers Carnal Forge have issued the following statement about streaming the new song "Blood War" on their MySpace page:
"Finally 'Blood War' has been added to our official Myspace! We've had some problems with rights issues for some reason, so we haven't been able to upload any songs for a while here, but now the problem seems to be solved! Enjoy!"
A behind-the-scenes video from the filming of the upcoming "Blood War" music video can also be found below. More...
It had been previously announced that Lightning Swords of Death would be joining Behemoth and Septicflesh for three dates of their Evangelia Amerika tour in 2010. The band has now announced they will be joining Behemoth for their entire run of tour dates. Lightning Swords Of Death's Metal Blade Records debut album will rear its head sometime during the spring of 2010. In anticipation of this album's release, the band will be touring the western and southern U.S. during March of 2010 with Kreator, Kataklysm, Evile and Lazarus A.D.
Lightning Swords of Death's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
German industrial metal outfit Rammstein have posted online their new music video for the song "Ich Tu Dir Weh," which is the follow-up to their controversial "Pussy" music video. The new video clip can be viewed at this location or below. "Ich Tu Dir Weh" is off Rammstein's latest album "Liebe ist für alle da." In a throwback to their infamous "Pussy" video there is, of course, a dildo involved.
German metallers Death of Desire are currently streaming two new preview tracks online from their recent recording sessions. The songs "Frozen" and "Into The Void" can be heard at Death of Desire's official MySpace page. The band has also announced they will release 300 limited collector's edition singles containing both of the tracks in 2010. Each single will be signed with blood by the band members.
Providence, RI’s Howl recently entered Machine With Magnets studios with engineer Keith Souza to record their first full-length album. The as-yet-untitled record will see a spring 2010 release via Relapse Records. Some advance track titles include “Horns Of Steel” and “The Day of Rest." Additional album information and studio footage will be made available shortly.
Howl will also join Skeletonwitch on their upcoming eastern US tour. This tour will kick-off on February 17th in Massachusetts and also include Iron Age as well as guests Doomriders and Black Tusk on select dates. A listing of tour dates and cities can be found below. More...
Swedish progressive metal act, Katatonia, has announced a contest in conjunction with Omerch Ltd. to celebrate the Winter Solstice, the longest day in the Northern Hemisphere, when "night becomes the new day." More...
California progressive death metal band Reciprocal has posted a new track, "Zombiopsy," on the MySpace page. The song comes off their self-titled album, which was released on November 19th, 2009.
UK metal band Mithras has announced hte search for a live rhythm guitarist. The band explains what they are looking for:
"We're looking for someone who is familiar with our material with a decent level of live show experience. Applicants must have their own professional level guitar equipment and be able to travel to the midlands to rehearse. They must also be a resident of the UK and hold a full passport. We use two different guitar tunings A# and drop C# (detailed on the Mithras forum in the FAQ section)." More...
Swedish metal band All Ends has issued the following studio update:
"We wish we could give you all of the songs as a Christmas present on myspace... We're so fucking proud over the songs, and i just want the world to hear them."
"I can with all my heart say that this is a special one and some of you guys will fall in love and some of you fans out there will not understand it at all, the songs are a new step for us and this will make us a really interesting live-act in the future...."
"We have some business stuff we need to take care of, when that's done i will give you a release date asap. Yesterday we recorded the vocals on a great song, the piano on this song is played by a guy who's been in this business for over 30 years." More...
Seattle metal band The Helm has announced the following east coast tour dates with Syracuse's Oak and Bone:
12/27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Stolen Sleeves Collective
12/28 - TBA
12/29 - Boston, MA @ Unit 11 (Allston)
12/30 - Burlington, VT @ 242 Main St.
12/31 - Rochester, NY @ Flying Squirrel Community Space
01/01 - Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon w/ Black S.S., Forfeit, many more
01/02 - Philly, PA @ address TBA
01/03 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
Providence, RI progressive metallic hardcore ragers THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL (featuring ex-Killswitch Engage throat Jesse Leach on vocals) have posted a new video diary on youtube. Watch it below.
The video is the first installment in a series of behind the scenes footage created by the band’s close friend Kyle Regan that documents THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL’s experience releasing their debut LP, "Awaken," via guitarist Nick Sollecito’s Angle Side Side Records.
THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL has also just finished shooting a video for “Lords of War,” another track off "Awaken". The release date is in early March. More...
Athens, Georgia-based melodic metal band THEOCRACY has recorded a version of the classic christmas track "Angels from the realms of glory." Listen to the track at the bands MySpace profile.
The official video NeMesyz's song "Time" has been posted online and can be viewed below. The song is off the band's new EP "Phase Zero" and a high quality version of the video is also included on the CD for playback on your computer.
Avantgarde Music has announced the signing of the U.K.'s experimental black metal band, Lyrinx. No further details about the signing or upcoming releases were detailed, but you can check out the band's music on their MySpace page.
Prior to the release of their newest album "Tribe of Force," Van Canto's vocalists will be performing on German television on 07 January. You can catch the band's performance on Pro7's "Die große Comedy Wintershow" at 20:15.
The organisers of the British leg of the Sonisphere festival has announced five more bands for next year's edition of the event. Industrial metal legends Fear Factory will be on the bill for the festival as will Placebo, Papa Roach, Bring Me The Horizon and former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins, who will be performing a spoken word set. Previously confirmed bands for the event include Anthrax, Slayer, Motley Crue, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Alice Cooper, The Cult and headliners Iron Maiden and Rammstein. More bands are expected to be confirmed shortly. The festival will be held at Knebworth from July 30th to August 1st and anyone who purchases a ticket for the U.K. show before December 31st will receive a free ticket to the Sonisphere Festival in Poland, which features the "Big Four" of thrash metal (Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer) as well as Behemoth and Mastodon.