Metal News for December 27, 2009
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21 news articles posted on this day.
Mårten Hagström, guitarist for Sweden’s technical extremists MESHUGGAH, checked in about the band’s first-ever DVD, "Alive," produced and directed by Ian McFarland of Killswitch Productions:
"So we finally got around to making a live DVD. People have been asking us to make one for ages it seems, so we guess it was about time. It was quite a different experience to have all those cameras around for those shows but in the end, we feel it really came out great in a ‘not so flashy but more toward the gritty’ type of way. More true to what we are about. Capturing what a MESHUGGAH show is like. For real... without the trimmings, so to speak... just the way both us and Ian wanted it. Enjoy!"
Check out the official trailer below:
"Alive" will be a 2-disc set with a DVD and audio CD, scheduled for release in the U.S. and Canada on February 9th, 2010. The DVD is comprised of live concert footage of the band performing tracks off their Billboard Top 200-charting 2008 release, "obZen," and their time-tested career staples shot during MESHUGGAH’s 2009 North American tour and 2008’s performance at the Loudpark Festival in Tokyo. The result is a visceral, visual abduction into the band’s metric insanity-in-action. Gracefully interlacing the live tracks are behind-the-scenes vignettes shot in black and white that give Alive a concert film feel that is unlike many of the live DVDs currently on the market.
Contents of the Alive concert film include: More...
Detroit death metal band Red I Flight has posted a new song, entitled "Waves," on their MySpace page.
Catch the band at the following upcoming "Wintour" tour dates:
01/15 - The End of Wintour @ PREMIER CONCERT THEATRE - CHESTERFIELD, Michigan
01/16 - The End of Wintour @ VENUE CHANGE. MORE INFO SOON. - SANDUSKY, Ohio
01/29 - The End of Wintour @ Static Age - ROMEO, Michigan
02/06 - The End of Wintour @ YESTERDAYS - WHEELING, West Virginia
02/20 - The End of Wintour @ THE PORTAGE COMMUNITY CENTER - PORTAGE, Michigan
02/21 - The End of Wintour @ THE LANSING COMMUNITY CENTER - LANSING, Michigan
Minneapolis metal band Venia has issued the following updates:
"1. We are working hard on a new 7" ... Details on that effort sometime soon.
2. We have a new record out now if you didn't know. Grab "Frozen Hands."
3. We have tour left over merch up on our page now.
4. New EXCLUSIVE b&i records venia long sleeve available now.
5. New tour dates coming soon!"
Turkish metal band Decimation has unleashed a brand new song, entitled "Peripheral Profligacy of Transcendental Lower World," which comes off of their upcoming 2nd album, "Anthems of an Empyreal Dominion." Listen to the track on their MySpace page.
The tracklisting for "Anthems of an Empyreal Dominion" is as follows:
01. Exercising the Ancient Reign (intro)
02. Sardonic Equilibrium Decree Humiliating Imkhullu
03. Peripheral Profligacy of Transcendental Lower World
04. Nocturnal Chaos
05. Martyring the Ethereal Patriarch
06. Profane Councils of a Higher Debauchery
07. Uncircumscribed Delinquency at the Gates of Anu
08. Entering the Celestial Ruins
09. Summoning the Hordes of Ghoul Chapel Dæmons
10. Gospels in the Exile of the Omnipotent
The band is currently looking for a label to ink a proper deal for the album, which is expected to be released in early 2010. More...
UK metal band THE BLACKOUT has issued the following message regarding the cancellation of their upcoming New Years Eve show:
"Due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, the venue and promoters of the NYE show at Drift in the City have canceled the event. We do apologize, tickets are refundable from ticket outlets where purchased. Sorry guys. Come to our cardiff show and we will apologize wholeheartedly!"
New Jersey unsigned progressive instrumental metal band The Hsu-nami has posted a Christmas cover of the song "Carol of the Bells" on their MySpace page.
Upcoming The Hsu-nami shows are as follows:
01/16 - The Stone Pony - "Verity in Stereo" CD Release party - Asbury Park, New Jersey
02/05 - Don Hill’s - “WE LOVE RICE” vol.3 - New York City, New York
02/06 - Berrie Center 10 year anniversary - Mahwah, New Jersey
04/04 - Sakura-Con Anime Festival - Seattle, Washington
05/28 - TKNY - New York City, New York
05/30 - Passport2Taiwan Fest - Union Square Park - New York City, New York
08/01 - Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre - Long Island, New York
Inpsychobleedia, a side project of Marc Rizzo (Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy), has posted a video for their song "Blind Leads The Blind" online. Watch the video below:
New Jersey unsigned progressive power metal band Structure of Inhumanity, which is a project of keybaordist Jonah W. (Pyramaze, Written In Blood, Echoterra, Avian), has announced that they will be shooting two videos on January 9th and 10th with acclaimed director Scott Hansen in Virginia Beach, VA for the songs "Red Ashes" and "The Ruin."
Gorath has parted ways with their drummer and issues the following update welcoming his replacement:
"New blood joins the ranks of Gorath. After some years of spreading the plague K. Deleener got replaced by B. Vanderheyden - Known from other bands such as Ill Fares the Land and Storm Upon the Masses."
Gorath's current line up is as follows:
F. Dupont (guitars/vocals)
B. Put (guitars)
D. Grondelaers (bass)
B. Vanderheyden (drums)
In 1989, four young men who enjoyed playing Dungeons And Dragons would form a band that has since gone one to become a huge influence on thousands upon thousands of musicians, particularly in the doom and stoner areas of metal. Vocalist John Garcia, guitarist Josh Homme, bass player Chris Cockrell and drummer Brant Bjork formed the band with the original name of Sons Of Kyuss and released their debut EP of the same name in 1989. This would be the bands only release with Cockrell, as he was replaced by Nick Oliveri soon afterwards. The band shortened their name to Kyuss and developed a large following in their home state of California, where they would perform regularly at parties in isolated areas of southern California. These would become known as "generator parties" and included the use of gasoline-powered generators to provide electricity for the equipment.
The band released their first full length album, "Wretch" in 1991 after signing with Dali Records. Several of these songs wre re-recorded versions of songs from the "Sons Of Kyuss" EP that was released two years previous. Many felt the album was a poor showing of the band, owing to the lack of money and production skills. The band were able achieve critical acclaim with their next album however, when they released "Blues For The Red Sun" in June 1992. The success of the album allowed the band to tour as support to Metallica (who had just released the mainstream smash hit Black Album at the time) and perform with other notable bands such as The Obsessed. Nick Oliveri was not part of the touring cycle however, after he left the band shortly following the albums completion, being replaced by Scott Reeder. Kyuss continued their success by signing with major label, Elektra and releasing the classic "Welcome To Sky Valley" album (the album is self-titled, but fans refer to the record by this name.)
Kyuss would suffer the loss of another band member after this album was released, when original drummer Brant Bjork quit the band, citing bad relations between band members and a hatred for touring. Alfredo Hernández stepped in as his replacement and this incarnation of the band recorded their fourth and sadly final album, "...And The Circus Leaves Town," in 1995. The album was once again seen as a masterpiece from critics, particularly the outstanding cover of the Yawning Man song, "Catamaran," but failed to become as commericially successful as the bands previous release. In October of that year, Kyuss decided to call it a day. Ever since their demise, the band has been offered on numerous occassions to reform, although it seems highly unlikely due to the success of guitarist Homme's post-Kyuss band, Queens Of The Stone Age (which also featured Nick Oliveri for a time.) More...
New York doom metallers Unearthly Trance are currently in the process of finishing the rehearsals for their upcoming album. The band has posted a brief video clip online of drummer Darren Verni in a pre-production rehearsal session, which can be viewed below.
German metallers Satyrnine have posted the third in their series of studio recording videos online. The video clip can be viewed below.
Swedish black metal band SHINING has announced the following March headlining dates:
03/05 - Helvete, Oberhausen (DE)
03/06 - From Hell, Erfurth, (DE)
03/07 - Baroeg, Rotterdam (NL)
03/08 - Biebob, Vosellar (BE)
03/09 - Laiterie, Strasbourg (FR)
03/11 – Metropolis, Munich (DE)
03/12 – Gleis, Annaberg-Bucholz (DE)
03/13 – K17, Berlin (DE)
03/14 – Dynamo, Zurich (CH)
Antigama has issued the following announcement about parting ways with their vocalist Patryk
"Hello! First of all, big apologies for the long silence from the Antigama's camp. Finally, the right time has come to share some cool news with you all. After very successful '1944' shows in the Warsaw Rising Museum in August 2009 we parted our ways with our singer Patryk. We want to thank Patryk for everything he's done for us since the start of our work with him and wish him only the best in the his other music projects. At the moment Antigama is busy making new songs for the upcoming new album and a couple of split releases destined for the release in 2010. On the new recordings you'll hear... Lucas, our original singer. We're more than happy that Lucas will help Antigama again and make vocals for the new album. We're very excited about it all. More news about the recordings and some brand new songs will appear soon at our website... At the moment you can check out the song 'Not True' from our album 'Warning.' This version is with Lucas on vocals. Enjoy!"
Muenster, Germany hardcore metal band GOLDUST has announced their signing to Let It Burn Records. The band comments about their signing: "After longstanding support from numerous underground record labels, GOLDUST are now happy to announce that we got the chance to release our new full length DESTROYER | BORDERLINES through one of Germany's longest running Hardcore labels, LET IT BURN Records. We couldn't be more pleased about how everything has developed for us as a band and we're excited about the possibility to cooperate with a well-placed label like LET IT BURN."
GOLDUST will release "DESTROYER | BORDERLINES" on April 2, 2010. The album will feature 12 songs.
Dead Horse Trauma have issued the following end-of-year update:
"Hey, hope you had a great Holiday season. We just wanted to let you know what's been going on w/ us.
"1st: The 2010 Snow Ball: January 8th, we are playing this HUGE show w/ Destrophy, Mindrite, Index Case, and The Boston Hellmask at Peoples Court right here in Des Moines. It will be the first time that these 5 bands will share a stage making it a totally kick-ass line-up. This will be Destrophy's first show in Iowa since being signed by Victory Records. Mindrite will be debuting some new material off of their upcoming CD coming out soon. Index Case will also be debuting some new material and this will be The Boston Hellmask's first show in a while. All of these bands put on a hell of a show and this is sure to be packed, so to avoid having to wait outside in the cold, we are selling tickets in advance. Send us a message to GET YOUR TICKET, and we'll either mail them or personally deliver them to you. They're only $10 (vs. $15 at the door) so click here and GET YOURS NOW!
"2nd: Dead Horse Trauma will be featured as one of the the program's first bands of 2010 on Unsigned and Unleashed on Rock108 JANUARY 2nd (starts @ 11:59pm). We will be discussing some of the things we've been working on and some of what we have planned for 2010. Call 1-800-234-KFMW while we're on the air and show love. 3rd: You can buy our new CD, Infestation via iTunes or CDbaby. Get it now!"
Egyptian themed metallers Dendura have issued the following update about re-recording the album "New Life" with their new line-up:
"Hello everyone from Dendura! We hope you are all enjoying the holiday season. We wanted to get everybody up to speed with what is happening with Dendura. We will begin tracking in January for our re-release of 'New Life' with the newest lineup. Our plan is to have the album ready to re-release by late spring 2010. Also in the spring/summer 2010 we will be getting back out to do shows. We can't wait to get out and play for our fans again!!! Upon the re-release of 'New Life' we will also be working towards the completion of the Neil Kernon album that is currently on hold due to financial reasons. We will be working diligently to raise money along with our album sales to get this album done in 2011.
"Lastly thank you for your patience during this slow period for us. We really appreciate having fans like you all and we are working hard to get you what you deserve - new music from Dendura!"
Slovenian metallers Inmate have posted a video message to fans about their upcoming activity, which can be viewed below. Inmate also issued the following end-of-year recap:
"After our last concert in 2008, the only wish that we had for the upcoming year was to find a proper front man, who would complete the missing part of our brotherhood. From time to time there were hidden doubts in us all. But we still managed to support each other and trusted our beliefs and plans. We knew it. We knew the year 2009 will be something better and greater for us ... And there were many times when words like – 'The year 2009 will be one of the happiest years for us' - echoed among us.
"And here we are... At the end of our most successful year ... A new soul mate, Mike, joined the band. We never even expected to get such a powerful brother to our front line. Everything is different on stage since he grabbed the Inmate's microphone. We all hope you've noticed that we are much more relaxed on the stage, and even when we watch video clips of our performances, we still cannot believe it. This is INMATE - a secret picture in our heads that became a reality. We are used to set goals for every upcoming year and our only wish for the next year is to catch just a fragment of our live energy and make one of the best metal records of all time out of it. It is a huge plan for a small band, but our history proves that strength is always rewarded and that we are determined to achieve our goals. More...
Norwegian metallers Pantheon I have been confirmed for the Summer Breeze 2010 festival, which will take place from August 19th - 21st in Dinkelsbuehl, Germany. More information about the festival can be found at this location. The currently confirmed line-up is as follows:
Children of Bodom
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Hail of Bullets
Long Distance Calling
My Dying Bride
Subway to Sally
Swallow the Sun
The Devil's Blood
War From a Harlots Mouth
We Butter the Bread with Butter
German metallers Antichrist have announced they are currently recording four new tracks titled "Realm of Damnation," "Satan's Servant," "Hails and Horns," and "Unending Cold." Demo versions of three of the tracks can be heard at Antichrist's MySpace page. Antichrist also have the following upcoming tour dates:
2/6 2010 U:M:P: 4 Rheinland-Pfalz
3/26 2010 M8 Mainz Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz
APE recently premiered their first music video for the song "It's Not" off of "Survival Of The Fittest," released in March 2009. The storyline is by Everett Mason, Galen Wier, Mike Sousa, Jordan Milgrom with editing by Justin McConnell and Jordan Milgrom and directed by Jordan Milgrom. The intro is quite entertaining, so check it out below.