Metal News for December 26, 2010
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8 news articles posted on this day.
Bendigo-based black metal band Infektion recently released their first official music video, for the track “Decaying Corpse of Martyr.” The band will be touring Victoria and New South Wales early next year with death metallers Anno Domini. Here are the latest Infektion tour dates:
FEB 10 - Newmarket Hotel, BENDIGO, Vic, AUSTRALIA
FEB 11 - Eastern Station Hotel, Ballarat, Vic, AUSTRALIA
FEB 12 - The Central Club, Richmond, Melbourne, Vic, AUSTRALIA
FEB 18 - Lewisham hotel, Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
FEB 19 - Cabbage Tree Hotel, Wollongong, NSW, AUSTRALIA
MAR 26 - The Valve Bar (18+), Tempe, NSW, AUSTRALIA
MAY 13 - Rosies Live, ROSIES LIVE brisbane, Q.L.D, AUSTRALIA
Check out the “Decaying Corpse of Martyr” music video below.
Footage has been posted online of Agalloch performing at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on December 22nd, 2010. The video for "Of Stone Wind And Pillor" can be viewed below, and the clip for "Bloodbirds" can be found after the jump.
Factory of Dreams has posted a video clip online showing the cover artwork for the band's new album "Melotronical," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"The 3rd album from Factory of Dreams is nearly complete and will be available for pre-order early January 2011 through Progrock Records. Check the short promo with the Cover! Both short promo, seen here, and full teaser (to be released in January) by Filip Walgraef. Promo tracks mastered by Chris Brown and mixed by Hugo."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Enter Nucleon
3. A Taste of Paradise
4. Protonic Stream
5. Into Oblivion
7. Back to Sleep
8. Whispering Eyes
9. Subatomic Tears
10. Dimension Crusher
11. Echoes from Earth
12. Something Calling me
Metaltitans.com has posted a video interview online with Psycroptic drummer Dave Haley. Footage from the interview can be viewed in the clip below.
Bassist Max Malmer of Sweden's Death Maze has issued the following brief update about the band beginning the recording process for a debut full-lenth album:
"Recordings! Hey! Tomorrow the recording of our first album will start, a first studio diary episode will soon be released and the album is due for the 3rd of March!"
In the meantime, you can also hear sample Death Maze songs available for streaming at this location.
Belgium's Eternal Darkness has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:
"Welcome to our new bassist! We are pleased to have among us a new member, who takes the place of bass in Eternal Darkness. His nickname is 'Scribbles.' His energy and sympathy brings a good mood already among us and we want to come back soon live in a new concept that may well surprise more than one. Soon, we count on your support!"
You can also check out the band's music through the Eternal Darkness MySpace page.
Ask any fan of gothic metal to name a band which the genre couldn't have survived without, and chances are you will always hear the name, Paradise Lost. They weren't always associated with this style though, after forming in the town of Halifax in 1988, the band were known for their death metal rooted sound, having been inspired by such extreme metal heroes as Celtic Frost and Kreator. Following the recording of two demo casettes, the band signed to Peaceville Records for the release of their first album, "Lost Paradise" in 1990, which featured more of a doom flavoured death metal sound than their later material. Although the album received mixed reviews from critics, fans loved it and their next album, "Gothic," proved to be an even bigger success, now being cited as one of the most influential metal albums of the 90s. "Gothic" saw a change in direction somewhat for the band, utilising female vocals and strings and along with the shift in style, the band changed labels when they signed to Music For Nations, through which they released their next album, "Shades Of God."
Paradise Lost were then able to achieve massive critical success once again, following the release of their fourth album, "Icon." Like, "Gothic," the album was considered a classic and helped the band gain chart success when it entered the German album charts at number 31. Another staple followed shortly afterwards in the form of, "Draconian Times," which is also considered one of the best albums not only from Paradise Lost, but of the goth metal genre. This record also enabled the band to perform in places they were previously unable to, such as South America and Australia. Despite the acclaim they had achieved with these albums, the group then shifted direction once again, taking much inspiration from synth pop bands like New Order and Depeche Mode. The first album to feature this sound, "One Second" proved to be a massive success in Europe, entering the top ten in the German and Swedish album charts. The synth pop influence seemed to be overwhelming the band somewhat, as many fans felt that the band had almost completely shed their metal influences on the subsequent albums, "Host" and "Believe In Nothing."
Unhappy with the control their label had over them, the group signed a new deal with GUN Records and began bringing back the metallic sounds of the past, while still retaining their new wave influence. This would mark their last album to feature such a mesh though, as they shed the synth pop stylings for their self-titled tenth studio album in 2005, much to the delight of fans and critics alike. Since then, Paradise Lost have continued to utilise the goth metal sound on their subsequent albums, "In Requiem" and most recently, "Faith Divies Us - Death Unites Us." The band are expected to begin work on a new studio album in the new year, along with rumours of a new DVD release. It seems that now, the band are deservedly recognised as one of the true kings in their respective genre, and one that has earned respect by not being afraid to experiment with their music and take risks, with some paying off more than others. More...
Jordanian thrash metal band Megapower has released a new single, "Divine temptation," on their Myspace page. The single was mixed in Horned Helmet Productions Studio, owned by one of Jordan's leading metal musicians and audio engineers, Muhannad Bursheh.
The single can also be downloaded from Jorzine directly.