Metal News for December 6, 2009
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26 news articles posted on this day.
Australian metal band A Red Dawn has issued the following update regarding their recent lineup changes:
"So, as you should already know, since Adam and Greg left A Red Dawn we haven't really played a lot of shows with our new line up. And with good reason."
"Picking up the pieces where Adam and Greg left off was not an easy task as it is not exactly easy to replace musicians of that calibre. Fortunately for us, Batterz and Peaky came along to fill those massive shoes and have not only done us proud with their live performances, they have also brought a new energy and enthusiasm to the bands writing and recording efforts." More...
Texas based metal band ANEW REVOLUTION has posted a tour video/new music teaser online. The video can be watched below.
New Brunswick, Canada based thrashers RUSTED DAWN has announced their signing to Diminished Fifth Records.
Diminished Fifth Records' owner Josh Hogan comments, “We are incredibly excited to get behind this album and to help expose these killer tunes to the masses. Not only is Rusted Dawn a great addition to the growing and diverse D5R family but there is no doubt that they are one of the hardest working bands out east and anyone who knows D5R knows that hard work is integral to us!” More...
Torture Squad has issued the following update on the recording of their new album:
"The drums are already recorded and meanwhile TORTURE SQUAD can announce a working title for the new album: 'EQUILIBRIUM'"
"We also got three song titles for you:
'Holiday in Abu Ghraib'
Netherlands based death metal band VICTIMIZER have signed to DEITY DOWN RECORDS. The band’s full-length album, "Tales Of Loss And New Found Serenity," will be released in July of 2010.
VICTIMIZER's current lineup is as follows:
CHRIS - Bass
ANDREW - Guitars
NIELS - Vocals (TOXOCARA)
RICHARD Guitars and Backing Vocals (THE BULLHAMMERS)
ROMEO - Drums (TOXOCARA) More...
Norwegian black metal band DJEVEL, who was born from the ashes of Ljå, has a new vocalist, Erlend, and the first track with his vocals are now online at this location.
Parkway Drive has announced the following Australian tour dates, entitled the "Sick Summer Tour:"
Dec 11 Cairns PCYC, Cairns AA
Dec 12 Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville AA
Dec 13 Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre, Mackay AA
Dec 15 Darwin Entertainment Centre, Darwin AA
Dec 17 Albany PCYC, Albany AA
Dec 18 Naturaliste Community Centre Sports Stadium, Dunsborough AA
Dec 19 Eaton Community College PAC Centre, Eaton AA
Dec 20 QE2 Centre, Geraldton AA
Dec 22 Alice Springs Youth Centre, Alice Springs AA
Jan 22 Twin Towns, Gold Coast AA
Jan 23 Lake Kawana Centre, Sunshine Coast AA
Jan 24 Centenary State High School, Toowoomba AA
Jan 27 Panthers, Port Macquarie AA
Jan 28 Bateau Bay PCYC, Bateau Bay AA
Jan 29 Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sutherland AA
Jan 30 Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre, Shoalhaven AA
Jan 31 Panthers, Penrith AA
Feb 3 Cooma Multi Function Centre, Cooma AA
Feb 4 Wodonga Civic Centre, Wodonga AA
Feb 5 Leisure Centre, Kangaroo Flat AA
Feb 6 MS Fest, Launceston AA
Feb 7 Pier Live, Frankston 18+
Converge has announced the following Australian tour dates with support from Philadelphia's Genghis Tron:
March 16 Amplifier, Perth
March 17 Fowlers, Adelaide
March 18 Corner, Melbourne
March 19 Manning Bar, Sydney
March 20 Hi Fi, Brisbane
The French progressive metalcore band Mindslaved’s last EP, "T(h)ree," is available in free download at this location. The EP was recorded and mixed by Franck Hueso (Hacride, Mistaken Element, Klone) and features Adrien Grousset from Hacride.
The tracklisting for "T(h)ree" is as follows:
01. Seek For Yourself [7:14]
02. Ischiopagus [7:29]
03. Blinded [7:05]
04. T(h)ree [8:51]
The Handshake Murders have posted a video update on their MySpace page, which can also be seen below. They are currently in the middle of pre-production for the follow up to their 2007 Goodfellow Records debut "Usurper."
Ukrainian metallers SEMARGL have finished recording their new full-length album, "Ordo Bellictum Satanas," for an early 2010 release via German label Twilight Vertrieb. The recording sessions for the fourth SEMARGL's CD took place at Blacklight Recording Studio in Kiev. Guest musicians on this album include: Jonny Maudling (BAL-SAGOTH, MY DYING BRIDE), Nera (DARZAMAT), Iscariah (IMMORTAL, DEAD TO THIS WORLD, NECROPHAGIA), Novy (DIES IRAE, BEHEMOTH, VADER), Vrangsinn (CARPATHIAN FOREST, NATTEFROST).
Swedish band TRIDENT, featuring Johan Norman (Soul Reaper, ex-Dissection), Tobias Sidegård (Necrophobic), Jonas Blom (Grief Of Emerald), Alexander Friberg (Necrophobic) and Ewo Solvelius, has finished recording their debut album entitled “World Destruction.” The album will see the light of day at the 22nd of March 2010 via REGAIN RECORDS.
In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's music on their MySpace player.
Washington, DC hardcore/punk band Scream has announced a hometown show at the Black Cat with their original lineup, which includes Pete Stahl who is also the vocalist for Goatsnake. Here's the show details:
Sunday, Dec 20, 2009 - The Black Cat Backstage, Washington, DC w/ Dykstra
Tickets: $12; doors: 9pm
Arch Enemy are the latest band to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Wacken Open Air Festival. The festival will take place August 5-7, 2010 in Wacken, Germany. Arch Enemy will perform on the 6th of August. The list of currently confirmed bands is as follows:
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
The Devil's Blood
New York metallers Crucifist have announced they will embark on a U.S. "mini-tour" in January of 2010. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
1/6/10 - Cleveland @ Now That's Class with Maledicere, Dios Mio
1/7/10 - Pittsburgh @ The Smiling Moose w/TBA
1/8/10 - Pittsburgh @ 31st St. Pub w/While Heaven Wept, Argus, Crown the Lost
1/9/10 - Philadelphia @ JR's Bar w/Born of Thunder, Hessian
1/10/10 - Brooklyn @ The Knitting Factory w/KRALLICE, Ancient Wound
1/11/10 - Boston @ O'Brien's Pub w/Born of Thunder, Deathamphetamine
California thrashers Détente have posted a live video clip online from their 2008 performance of the song "Losers" at Black Castle in Los Angeles. The clip can be viewed below.
Turkey based, one-woman black metal band Ilkim Oulanem has released a split album with Columbia's Storm of Darkness. The track "Blasphemous Attack" from Storm of Darkness and "Boþluðun Leþ Ruhlarý" from Ilkim Oulanem can both be heard at this location. The track listing for the split is as follows:
2. Boþluðun Leþ Ruhlarý
4. Asil Varoluþ
Storm of Darkness
5. Under The Storm
6. The Storm Of The Pagan Land
7. Lejos Del Paraiso Terrenal
8. Blasphemous Attack
Leaves' Eyes recently finished their "Beauty and the Beast" European tour with Atrocity. Vocalist Alexander Krull issued the following statement about the tour: "We had a great time on tour even that we had two shows every night, we still had fun on stage. The whole atmosphere on tour was totally relaxed, many thanks to our crew and all the other bands which played with us and did a fabulous job!"
Krull also commented on the vocal chord problems experienced by the band's female vocalist Liv Kristine during a portion of the tour: "It were hard times for Liv who is normally always in good condition. Instead of canceling and to stop touring for all people involved, she decided to go on! Liv is a great fighter, went on stage and gave everything she could. Respect, not every artist would do the same. Of course she especially was very saddened at this evening in Luxemburg and it would not have been possible without the help and support of the fans!”
Leaves' Eyes also have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Vocalist Warrel Dane of Nevermore has announced he will be making his live solo debut on December 19th, 2009. Dane will be accompanied by Matt Wicklund of God Forbid on guitar. The show will take place at Studio Seven (110 South Horton) in Seattle, WA. Support will come from Sword of Judgment, Torture Box, Headshot, and Asema. The promotional poster for the show can also be found at this location.
Outloud has issued the following road report after their warm up show in Athens:
"Hi guys, well, our first show at Revenge of Rock in Athens was a huge success! Great turnout and a good time had by all. Pics to come soon. Meanwhile, more thanks to Stamadis of Revenge of Rock and Jack Daniels' team for the help and support! We love you guys! And thanks to each and everyone of you who came. Your support means alot to us! We'll see you at the next show! Next stop: Hania, Crete!
"All the best, OUTLOUD"
Outloud still has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
After four months in the studio Greek extreme metallers Rotting Christ have finished recording their new album, which will be titled "Aealo." Rotting Christ issued the following statement about the album:
"A title inspired from the ancient Greek word ???O which means Thresh-destruction. An distinctive twisted album that is drawing from the bands country’s ancient heritage that translate this rich history into the universal language of Metal. A concept album that is refered on the feelings of a warrior during a battle. Yes in the end you feel like you were on a real battle…So strong the atmosphere of war. It is a concept album that is refered on the feelings of a warrior during a battle…The anger the fear the grief…feelings that anyone can have when he tries to survive during a battle! Hey nothing to do with a right wind-nazi ideology …It is exactly the opposite! When you end up with the listening you feel like you escaped from a battle! You will hate war!"
"Aealo" includes guest performances from Alan A. Nemtheanga, Diamanda Galas, and Magus Wampyr Daoloth. The album is set to be released in February of 2010.
Idaho's Allanon are streaming a sample track online from their EP recording sessions. A sample of the rough demo version of "Embrace The Flames" can be heard at this location. Allanon are currently in the process of recording their new EP "Born On The BattleField." More information on the EP's release date and track listing will be announced as it becomes available.
Australian metallers Be'lakor, who recently signed to Kolony Records, have issued the following statement about their first live show of 2010:
"On Saturday January 9th, 2010, Be'lakor will take to the stage at The Arthouse in Melbourne. Also playing on the night will be three of Melbourne's best rising bands in melodic metal - Arbrynth, Rainshadow and Okera. This gig promises to be an amazing evening of dark, moving and melodic music, brought to you by White Noise Productions. Be'lakor's set will be over an hour long... with a few surprises in store. There are also plans to launch a new t-shirt design on the night (more news on that soon!) So, tell your friends, and hopefully we'll see you there on the night!"
Be'lakor released their album "Stones Reach" in Europe on November 30th, 2009.
Since my first “real” news posting had to do with the unfortunate news of Ronnie James Dio's stomach cancer, I thought it might make some karmic sense if my first Sunday Old School posting had something to do with the the remarkable frontman.
I suspect a lot of people my age (36 years young) are like me in that the first time they ever heard of Dio was in seeing the phrase “OZZY RULES! DIO DROOLS!” scrawled on a wooden desk in junior high or high school. That's naturally a reference to the fact that Dio had replaced Ozzy Osbourne as the singer for Black Sabbath, following Ozzy's firing in 1979.
Dio would serve as Sabbath's lead vocalist on the seminal albums “Heaven & Hell,” “Mob Rules” and “Live Evil” before parting ways with Sabbath until 1991 when he rejoined the band for “Dehumanizer.” Another parting of the ways lasted until 2006, when his version of Sabbath reformed under the moniker Heaven & Hell and recorded new tracks for a greatest hits CD, as well as “Live from Radio City Music Hall” in 2007, and a new studio album, “The Devil You Know” in 2009.
Beginning with 1983's “Holy Diver,” he racked up plenty of album sales and accolades with his own band, Dio.
But there's an important chapter of Dio's professional career that seems to get at best a cursory glance among a lot of metalheads I know, which is unfortunate, because it seems to me to be very much a transformative time for one of metal's most powerful vocalists.
I am, of course, talking about his time in Rainbow, the post-Deep Purple band formed by guitar-god Ritchie Blackmore in the mid-1970s.
Blackmore had departed Deep Purple after arguments about the more “funky” direction that singer David Coverdale and bassist Glenn Hughes were taking the band in. In search of a new singer and band, he didn't have to look far.
Elf, which featured Dio on vocals, had been touring as a supporting act for Deep Purple. Blackmore essentially grafted himself into the band, renaming it and collaborating with Dio to write the tracks for the appropriately named “Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow.”
The song most everyone remembers from that 1975 album is “Man on the Silver Mountain,” with its son-of-“Smoke on the Water” riff and powerful delivery by Dio declaring himself a medieval metal prophet. It's become such a staple in the Dio arsenal that it's easy to forget how much of a milestone it is for the singer. Compare the supernatural lyrics with the somewhat more pedestrian (if equally well-performed) lyrics of tracks like Elf's “Carolina County Ball,” and you'll see what I mean.
That's hardly the only great one, though. The album also features “16th Century Greensleeves,” which would seem to be a precursor to Blackmore's later career, as well as the superb Quartermass cover “Black Sheep of the Family.”
By Rainbow's next album, 1976's “Rising,” Blackmore had fired everyone but Dio from the band and, if you ask me, the replacement keyboardist, Tony Carey and bassist Jimmy Bain (who'd later play with Dio in the 1980s) aren't completely up to snuff. It's this incarnation of Rainbow's weakest album, though tracks like the opener, “Tarot Woman” and the huge 8-minute closer “Stargazer” still hold up well.
The band had a return to glory with 1978's “Long Live Rock 'n' Roll,” which featured bass contributions from future Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath bassist Bob Daisley. The disc, which does feature some of the medieval and experimental sounds featured on the previous two studio albums (a live album, “On Stage,” was released in 1977), there's a surprising amount of pure blues-rock stomp this go-round, especially on the title track. “L.A. Connection” reminds me a bit of the bluesier side of the Doors, while “Sensitive to Light” is just a good-time rocker of the finest sort. Meanwhile, the darker lyrical themes Dio would go on to explore in Sabbath are on full display in the creepy Middle Eastern-sounding “Gates of Babylon.” The album's finest hour, though, comes with the speedy “Kill the King.”
Dio left the band in 1979 following a dispute with Blackmore over the guitarist's desire to take the band in a more “commercial” direction, which he ultimately did with vocalists like Joe Lynn Turner and Graham Bonnet.
If you ask me, though, the Dio era is a golden era for Rainbow, as well as the moment that one of metal's finest discovered his true voice and calling. As I and other metal fans await news of the ailing singer's condition, I take some measure of comfort in his “Man on the Silver Mountain” declaration that “You'll never stop me burning.”
May it be so.
Carolina County Ball (with Elf)
Lebanese metalers Blood Ink have put a new sample online for download here. You can also check out a teaser for their new album below.
KEEL will unleash their brand new album “Streets Of Rock & Roll” ” on January 29, 2010 in Europe and February 9th in the USA on Frontiers Records.
The new recording contains twelve new rock anthems in the tradition of KEEL’s classic “The Final Frontier,” “KEEL,” and “Lay Down The Law” albums: commercial Hard Rock featuring the twin-guitar attack of Marc Ferrari and Bryan Jay, drummer Dwain Miller and bassist Geno Arce’s rock solid groove, Ron Keel’s powerful vocals, and a collection of songs which the band feels is their best ever.
“We are not re-inventing our style – 'Streets Of Rock & Roll' is a perfect follow-up to our previous albums,” says Ron Keel presenting the new album. “The only real evolution is in the quality of the songwriting, musicianship, and production; the excitement and energy of the reunion really ignited our creativity and Marc, Bryan, and I were able to collaborate as a songwriting team like we’ve never done before. One characteristic this album shares with our classic releases is diversity – there are power anthems, relentless metal, and commercial hard rock. Some of the songs are designed to make you pump your fist and stomp your feet, some have lyrical content that is a little deeper and aims for the heart. There is a power ballad, 'Does Anybody Believe' which I think is an instant classic and will be a very important song for us, one of those rare compositions that capture magic and translates it into words and music.”
KEEL first exploded onto the scene when “The Right To Rock,” their major label debut produced by Gene Simmons of KISS, became the fastest-selling debut album in A&M Records’ history. Frontiers Records will commemorate the 25th anniversary of this historic release with “The Right To Rock: 25th Anniversary Edition” simultaneously with “Streets Of Rock & Roll”. This newly remastered edition adds two bonus tracks: “Easier Said than Done (Remix)” and a newly recorded version of the immortal Metal anthem “The Right to Rock.” For this recording, KEEL invited their fans to participate via the internet – KEELaholics could download a guide track, sing along with the chorus, and send in an MP3 to be blended with the all-star chorus of the song which also features Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt, Quiet Riot), Lez Warner (The Cult), Ron Mancuso (Beggars & Thieves) and other members of the Las Vegas rock scene (even Graham Russell from Air Supply joined in).
In 2009 KEEL regrouped with festival appearances across the U.S. at Rocklahoma, the M3 Festival, the South Texas Rock Festival, and the MidWest RockFest in addition to sold-out headline shows in Hollywood and Phoenix. The excitement and energy of these shows and the fans’ response fuelled the creative fires that spawned “Streets Of Rock & Roll” and led to the band’s union with Frontiers Records. “We’re working on festival dates in the U.S. and Europe for 2010 and we’re ready to rock when opportunity knocks” explains Ron, adding “I can’t emphasize enough how much depends on sales – the more copies of “Streets Of Rock & Roll” and “The Right To Rock: 25th Anniversary Edition” we sell, the more attractive we are to concert promoters and venues who can help us get back on stage where we belong – so we’re hoping that fans of commercial hard rock will embrace these albums and add them to their collection.”
The new album was produced by Pat Regan (KISS, Deep Purple, Warrant, and many others) and features guest background vocals by Jaime St. James (Black N Blue, Warrant) and Paul Shortino, who produced and recorded Ron’s lead vocal tracks.
“The feeling in the band is triumphant,” concludes Ron Keel. ”We’ve been back together for over a year now, we’ve got some great shows under our belt, and the new album is finished and ready for release. We are thankful to all the fans for the incredible response to the reunion, and we’re very proud of our new music. We can move forward with the confidence that we’ve accomplished a lot of our goals and done it on our own terms.”
KEEL is confident that Hard Rock fans everywhere are going to feel right at home on the “Streets Of Rock & Roll”, and plans are underway to promote this new release with shows around the world in the year to come.