Metal News for December 25, 2011
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10 news articles posted on this day.
Alternative metal is probably the loosest tag of any metal sub-genre, which is what makes it so alternative I suppose. Nevertheless, today Sunday Old School looks at Life Of Agony, an alternative metal band from Brooklyn, New York. Life Of Agony was formed in 1989 by singer Keith Caputo, guitarist Joey Z and bass player Alan Robert, who went through a number of drummers before settling with Sal Abruscato, a founding member of the gothic metal band, Type O Negative. The group slogged it out for four years before signing a record deal with Roadrunner, who were also home to Type O Negative. Through the label, the band released their debut album, "River Runs Red" in October of 1993. The album was critically praised and in time has become known as one of the finest records in the entire Roadrunner catalogue, gaining popularity through singles such as, "This Time" and "Through And Through."
A more emotional direction was employed on the group’s next studio album, "Ugly," which was released in 1995. The album was once again highly praised and was notable for featuring a cover of the Simple Minds hit, "Don’t You (Forget About Me,)" as well as a cover of Bob Marley’s, "Redemption Song" on the special edition of the album. Shortly after "Ugly’s" release, Abruscato announced that he was leaving the band and was replaced by Dan Richardson, formerly of the bands Pro-Pain and Crumbsuckers. With their new drummer in tow, Life Of Agony recorded and released their third album, "Soul Searching Sun" in 1997, but were dealt a major blow when Caputo announced his resignation from the group, claiming his heart was no longer in to the type of music Life Of Agony wrote. The band soldiered on, initially recruiting former Ugly Kid Joe vocalist Whitfield Crane, but parted company with the singer when they began working on a new album. After toying with the idea of Robert switching to vocals and guitar and bringing in Stuck Mojo bassist Corey Lowery, Life Of Agony decided to simply call it a day, feeling that the band couldn’t continue properly without Caputo. More...
Hammerslag Vinterblot 2012, which once again takes place in Tonsberg, Norway, has been announced for February 17-18, 2012. Nocturnal Breed recently dropped off the bill and will be replaced by Iskald. Here's the latest line-up:
February 17, 2012
Framferd (extended set)
Gospel of Grief
February 18, 2012
Alternativ News has posted a video clip online of Betraying the Martyrs performing an acoustic version of "Man Made Disaster" in a Parisian cafe. You can watch the footage below, or find the band's music video for the same track at this location.
Metalunderground.com also recently talked with Betraying the Martyrs as the band was beginning a run of U.S. shows. Check out the full chat here.
Japanese guitarist Taka Minamino, now residing in Los Angeles, has posted a song online from his second album "Blood Rain." The album was recently released online via iTunes. Check out the track "Woke Up Dead" in the player below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Woke Up Dead
2. Lost Forever
3. Mercy Of Evil
4. Set Me Free
5. BloodRain Intro
6. Blood Rain
7. All My Days Alive
8. Thy Postremus Velum
Netherlands based act Lord Volture has posted a music video online for "Hearts of Steel," which can be viewed below. The song is taken from the "Beast Of Thunder" (2010) album, featuring Jeff Waters from Annihilator. Lord Volture also commented:
"Everyone has been so good to us throughout the past year, supporting us in so many ways. To show our heart-felt appreciation of the positive feedback we so kindly received from different parts of the world, we'd like to offer all of you a special Christmas treat. Although dispersed across the globe, we are all united through our Hearts... Of... STEEL"
Swedish act DeathDestruction has posted the ninth and final tour video diary online from the band's time supporting Hammerfall. Check out the road report video in the player below, or find some of the previously posted footage here.
Danish act Defecto has issued the following announcement about offering the band's debut EP as a free download:
"Check it out guys & gals - we're featuring as Band of the Week over at Calles Rock Corner here. He's doing a great job of reviewing & promoting local bands, so go give him a like if you're interested in discovering new, cool underground rock/metal.
"In addition, we're bringing you a sort of late 'Christmas gift:' A complete download of our EP including artwork! Share it with your friends & family at this location."
You can also check out the previously posted music video for the "Excluded" track by clicking here.
Italy's Ignition Code is wishing fans a merry Christmas with a metal cover version of the classic "Last Christmas." Check out the song in the player below, or catch the latest on Ignition Code by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Visions of Atlantis has issued the following update on the band's activity working on a new album:
"Visions of Atlantis hopes that you're all celebrating Christmas like all and you can be together with you're beloved ones.....or at least with you family ;-)
"As already posted earlier VoA is already working on the pre-production for the upcoming, yet untitled, 5th Album which will see the light of the day in early summer 2012!
"For our ever-growing Facebook-Community we held a little X-Mas competition over the last weeks with many people participating and 1 lucky winner each week, congratulations once again.
"We also added a new event on Facebook which is called 'Monthly Bandpoll' and the second edition is running at the moment. We will ask our fans one question every month and are very interested in what they think, this time it's about the Visions of Atlantis Cover Artworks and which one they prefer. The first edition was about the favourite Album in general, btw our third release Trinity made it! More...
Nervecell has checked in with the following update/recap after the band's recent European tour dates with Morbid Angel:
"Now that we've all arrived home safe we would like to thank all our fans & friends who came out and supported Nervecell during the last month on this European/UK Autumn 2011 Tour. We had a blast playing to you all every night and we look forward to returning to Europe again for more chaos in 2012!
"An extra special thanks goes out to our good friends in Benighted & Necrophobic. It was a pleasure and a killer experience sharing the stage / tour bus with you dudes and together supporting the Death Metal Legends themselves Morbid Angel night after night! We will be posting lots of cool photos from the tour so stay tuned!
"We received a great live review by METAL HAMMER MAGAZINE UK for our London show @ Islington Academy (8 out of 10). Read it here."