Metal News for December 7, 2009
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39 news articles posted on this day.
French Melodic Power metallers HEAVENLY have announced that they will release their new album, "Carpe Diem," on December 18th.
The tracklisting for "Carpe Diem" [cover art] is as follows:
01. Carpe Diem
02. Lost In Your Eyes
05. A Better Me
06. Ashen Paradise
07. The Face Of The Truth
08. Ode To Joy
09. Save Our Souls
Swiss hard rock band SHAKRA has announced their new singer, John Prakesh:
"After many weeks of intensive searching for a new singer, we are now very happy to announce that we finally found our new frontman. It is the Swiss guy JOHN PRAKESH who originates in India! John lives in Zuzwil(SG), is 30 years old and was the lead singer of the Hardrock band 'Prakesh' up to now."
"John has left behind more than 100 competitors (some of them very prominent) and impressed us in many ways! On one hand, we are totally delighted with the sound of John's voice and his singing skills. On the other hand, he is a really nice, open-minded guy with a good sense of humor! We have now worked with John in the Studio as well as in the rehearsal room, and also had some longer conversations. We couldn't be happier when looking ahead into the future! Welcome JOHN PRAKESH!" More...
German metal band Crematory has posted a new song, entitled "Infinity," on their MySpace page. The song comes off their upcoming album, "Infinity," which will be released in February via Massacre Records.
Swedish metal band Supreme Majesty has announced their new keyboardist, Tommy Fälth [picture], with the following message:
"Finally the hunt for the right force behind the keyboard is over. The band would like to welcome Tommy Fälth (Isildurs Bane, Money Joe) to the tight nest, with his fresh and cool westcoast mind. Tommy has played together with artists like Janne Schaffer, Ebbot, Peter LeMarc, Johan Johansson, Stefan Sundström, Mr Soul, Lars Demian among others... Immediate during the first rehearsal Supreme Majesty was stunned and impressed by his talent, that obviously is so god damn hard to find around this globe. His skills of perfomance, looking cool, writing songs, and being a good friend, make him one of us!"
"Some songs is already written, and stay tuned. See you around pretty people!"
Due to unforeseen circumstances Destruction was forced to pull out of Screamfest and their scheduled sideshows across Australia. Florida based death metal band Malevolent Creation has been chosen to replace Destruction at Screamfest and Metal Month early next year.
Destruction will no longer be appearing at the Screamfest festival or their scheduled sideshows. For sideshow refunds contact your place of purchase.
Los Angeles metallers Holy Grail have announced they will be performing a "welcome home" show on Friday, December 11th in Hollywood, California. The all ages show will take place at the Whisky A Go Go. Samples of Holy Grail's music can be found at their official MySpace page.
French metal band Manigance has revealed the tracklisting for their upcoming album. The tracklisting is as follows:
02. Sentiers De La peur
03. L'ombre D'Hier
04. Larme De L'Univers
06. Trafiquant D'Âmes
08. Dernier Allié
09. Chant De Bataille
12. Rêves Brisés
German metal band DARK FORTRESS has launched another new song on their MySpace page, entitled “The Valley.” The Song comes off their upcoming album “Ylem.”
“Ylem” will be released on the following dates:
GERMANY, AUSTRIA, and SWITZERLAND: January 22nd, 2010
EUROPE: January 25th, 2010
USA: February 9th, 2010
German metal band Endstille has issued the following update:
"Zingultus is the new and fixed vocalist of Endstille. We send a big hail to our brother Lugubrem! He made the European Tour possible. His blood and his power turnes the stage into something really special. Thank you!"
The title track for "Hanukkah Gone Metal," Gods of Fire's metal record about the festival of lights, has been posted online. Check it out below, and hear more of God of Fire's music on their MySpace page.
The lyrics, as posted on YouTube, are as follows:
On the first night of Hanukkah, I received a mighty dreidel
On the second night of Hanukkah, I received a little latke
On the third night of Hanukkah I did receive the mystical treasure of gelt
On the fourth night of Hanukkah I did receive the sadness of oversided socks
I must see
What it will be!
Hanukkah Gone Metal!
The festival of lights
Hanukkah Gone Metal!
Are you ready for your eight crazy nights?
On the fifth night of Hanukkah I received a golden yarmulke
On the sixth night of Hanukkah I received Judah's steel sword
On the seventh night of Hanukkah I did receive a Menorrah constructed of bones
On the eighth and final night of it all I received...
Spin me a winner baby
Fry it up
You know I'm gonna make you rich baby
Walk a mile in my shoes
I want a golden yarmulke
I want Judah's steel sword
Gimme my mighty Menorrah made of bones
On the eighth night, I DEMAND METAL!!!
Hanukkah Gone Metal!
Are you ready for your eight crazy nights?
Hanukkah Gone Metal!
The festival of lights
Hanukkah Gone Metal!
The festival of lights
Hanukkah Gone Metal!
Are you ready for your eight crazy nights?
Tampa based death metal band Obituary has issued the following update:
"We just landed in Miami International Airport after returning from our shows in Brazil. See photo of us updating the website watching Monday Night Foorball. We had a sick time in South America and we want to thank all of the fans that came out to support Obituary. We can't wait to get back and throw down again. We should have the rescheduled shows that were canceled posted on our website soon. Check back soon for the rescheduled shows."
"Also, Obituary will be playing a concert in Tampa, Florida at the Crow Bar in Ybor City. The date is presently scheduled for January 8th. We will keep you posted. "
Italian hard rock band Exilia has issued the following comments on their upcoming European acoustic shows:
"EXILIA made a career out of playing loud, angry rock & roll––loud and angry enough that placing the band in the unplugged setting has, until now, seemed unthinkable!"
"But the risk has paid off because there is nothing more metal then their acoustic set!" More...
Italian thrash metal band Alkoholizer has announced the signing to Punishment 18 Records. their debut album, "Drunk Or Dead...," was released on October 10, 2009. The tracklisting for their debut album, "Drunk Or Dead...," is as follows:
02. Pay With Your Blood
03. Sardinian Beer
04. Age Of Misery
05. Alcoholic Metal
06. Kill Without Remorse
08. Sick Orthopedic
09. Thrash Metal
10. Drinking Till Death
Scarab issues the following update regarding their recent signing to Osmose Productions and their new album:
"Scarab would like to announce the official signing for 'Blinding the Masses' album on Osmose Productions as an introductory plan of our message across the world. It is about time that we spread awareness of the evil grounds around us, proving that it will give us nothing but absolute weakness and failure."
"Scarab's music is neither about hate nor about an act of Redemption but In fact a subject matter that has affected the world for centuries, rather a spiritual healing within thy self away from such demonic possessions. We do hold the key to positive thinking 'Ankh' and 'Eye for Sanity'" More...
New Jersey progressive death metallers THE BINARY CODE have posted a performance video from drummer Umar Fahim on Youtube. In the video, the sticksman plays a brand-new song during the recording sessions for the band’s upcoming debut, Suspension of Disbelief (which will be released digitally via MetalSucks on December 15, 2009).
Catch THE BINARY CODE on the Metal As Art Tour alongside Revocation and Hypno5e at the following dates:
January 6 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
January 7 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
January 8 Buffalo, NY Broadway Joe’s
January 9 Akron, OH Annabell’s Bar and Lounge – FREE
January 10 Mt. Clemons, MI Hayloft
January 11 Chicago, IL Empty Bottle – FREE
January 12 St. Louis, MO Fubar (w/ LYE BY MISTAKE)
January 13 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic Lounge
January 14 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
January 15 Dallas, TX The Lounge on Elm
January 16 San Antonio, TX Zombies
January 17 Austin, TX Red 7
January 18 Amarillo, TX War Legion
January 19 Gallup, NM Juggernaut
January 20 TBA
January 21 Los Angeles, CA Ultraviolet
January 22 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
January 23 Santa Cruz, CA The Parish
January 24 Sparks, NV New Oasis
January 25 Portland, OR Ash Street Saloon
January 26 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
January 27 Spokane, WA The Cretin Hop
January 28 Boise, ID Gusto’s Bar
January 29 Salt Lake City, UT The Outer Rim
January 30 Denver, CO Old Curtis Street Bar
January 31 Lawrence, KS Replay Lounge
February 1 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
February 2 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
February 3 Nashville, TN The Muse
February 4 Cincinnati, OH Dirty Jacks
February 5 Baltimore, MD Sidebar
February 6 Trenton, NJ The Championship More...
Greek modern melodeath metallers The Fallen Within have announced the shooting of their first video for the song "Sound Of Destruction" included in their brand new album, "Intoxicated," out on December 14th via Coroner Records.
The album was recorded and produced by Bob Katsionis from FIREWIND, mixed and mastered by Ahti Kortelainen at Tico Tico Studio in Finland.
The Tracklisting for "Intoxicated" is as follows:
01. My Vanity
02. Sound of Destruction
03. Pain Right Under
04. I Am Hate
06. Endless Reality
08. Last Breath
09. The Great Fall
10. Timeworn More...
Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we highlight a new group of bands that aren’t signed to a major label and are making a name for themselves in the underground. This week I’ll be delving into three Montana bands on opposite ends of the spectrum, ranging from death metal to thrash to groove. More...
U.K. metallers Awake have issued the following update about preparing to record a new album:
"Hello! Now then, first things first. We had a great time on our mini-tour with Magnum. We played some great shows around England and got some good responses from the crowds, thanks to all of you who came along and supported us.
"In terms of the album, we are getting closer to recording it. The new material is now pretty much finished, with just a few things to sort out. We will be entering a studio for pre-production (to get an idea of how the songs sound recorded to a decent standard) in January, and if all goes well we should be recording the album proper in the following months. So, we are aiming for a spring/summer release."
Swedish melodic death metallers Dark Tranquillity have finished the recordings of their ninth studio album “We Are The Void," which is going to be released via Century Media Records on the following dates:
Sweden: February 24, 2010
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux / Italy / Australia: February 26, 2010
UK / France / Greece / Denmark / Norway / Rest of Europe: March 1, 2010
Spain / Portugal: March 2, 2010
Finland / Hungary: March 3, 2010
North America: March 9, 2010
A new studio recording video for the album can also be viewed below.
High on Fire vocalist Matt Pike recently conducted a video interview with the Full Metal Jackie show at the Hollywood Palladium. The video clip of the interview can be viewed below.
Swedish metallers Impious have posted a series of still photographs online from the recording of their upcoming music video for the track "Dead Awakening." The photos can be viewed at this location. "Dead Awakening" is from the band's latest album "Death Domination," which was released in the U.S. on November 24th.
Vocalist Einar Solberg of Norwegian metallers Leprous has issued the following update about appearing at the ProgPower Europe 2010 festival:
"We are delighted to announce that Leprous has been invited to ProgPower Europe 2010 in The Netherlands the first weekend in October (the exact date for the Leprous show hasn't been set yet)! This will be the first chance ever for the Dutch audience to witness a Leprous-show! We hope to see you all there! For more info, check out this location."
Leprous have also announced they will be performing as the backing band for solo artist Ihsahn at the Hellfest Festival in Clisson, France. Hellfest will take place from June 18th - 20th 2010.
Front man Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth has issued the following recap of their "Watershed" world tour:
"Sexual goat licker! Isn't that one of the ‘best’ stage names ever? I think the band is called Pagan rites and they're (obviously) from Sweden. Why do I tell you this? No reason....we just happened to talk about this band in the cab back from the airport.
"That's it folks!! The Watershed world tour is now officially OVER! We finished off with 2 shows in Greece. One in Thessaloniki and one in Athens. Both were great and a worthy finale for a tour that's lasted over 19 months and I'd guess far beyond 200 shows. All over the world. We've played in territories we've never been before. Like Russia & the Middle east. Made a lot of friends, met a lot of psychos, seen some crazy stuff, done some crazy stuff too!
"Endless hours in airports, to the point that we've made friends with bartenders all over the world. ‘Hey, you guys again??’. Endless hours in shuttles, hotels, backstage rooms, backstage (funky) toilets, bars, coffee shops (not me), taxi cabs, buses, bunks, in the gutter! More...
Czech Republic death metallers Pandemia have posted a video report online from their time recording "Feet Of Anger" at Stage One studio with Andy Classen. The video clip can be viewed below. "Feet Of Anger" was released on October 16th through War Anthem Records.
Shadows Fall has issued the following statement about planning a 2010 winter tour alongside Five Finger Death Punch, Throwdown, and 2 Cents:
"Today, Shadows Fall is pleased to announce their upcoming 2010 US Winter tour. Shadows Fall will be on the road January 21 through February 20, 2010 with Five Finger Death Punch, Throwdown, and 2 Cents. This tour will be everything you expect and more out of a hard hitting metal show and as an added bonus for the ladies, the first 100 women to line up at each show will get in absolutely free. Tickets will be going on sale this weekend.
"Shadows Fall tour this past fall was one of the most successful hard rock tours of the season and they have another amazing run scheduled for this winter as they are going out with Five Finger Death Punch and 2 Cents for a second time. In addition one of metal’s most exciting melodic bands, Throwdown, has been added into the mix. Make sure to catch what is going to be on the hottest tours this winter!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows, with more to be added soon: More...
Belgium's Crimson Falls has issued the following statement about seeking a new drummer:
"Our drummer Sigi Loots has decided to leave Crimson Falls. Sigi was one of the founding members of the band, being with us since spring 2002. After 7,5 years investing lots of time and effort in the band Sigi couldn’t bring up enough motivation any longer to keep his input in the band on the same level. Sigi will play his last show with us on 19.12.2009 at the Negasonic in Aalst, so make sure you’re there to give Sigi a nice goodbye-show! We regret Sigi's decision but we want to thank him for everything he did for the band during these past years & we are grateful for everything we achieved with him. We couldn’t have done it without you!
"Sigi’s departure doesn’t mean the end of Crimson Falls; not at all. The four remaining members are ready to keep this train going more than ever! Friso Van Wijck (ex-Polluted Inheritance, Strych.Nine) will step in as a temporary replacement for Sigi. This means that we won't have to cancel any show! So you can still come over and mosh with us on the following occasions: More...
Russian cyber-metal act Illidiance have begun recording their upcoming album, which will be titled "Damage Theory." Illidiance has issued the following statement about the new album:
"This LP will consist of 11 catchy and powerful tracks, including the re-recorded material from EP 'Synthetic Breed.' At the moment band is recording the drum and guitar parts at PowerSound Studios. (same as where EP 'Synthetic Breed' was recorded) A.Karelin - one of the most famous sound producers in CIS (worked with Korea, Amatory, Perimeter, Stigmata...) is engaged to make this album sounds strong as 'elephant tits' and catchy as hell.
"At the same time some guest appearances are working on their parts for 'DAMAGE THEORY,' they're: Tony JJ (ex-Mnemic / IconInMe), Guitar virtuoso from UK- Mick Priestley (The Green River Project), Adam Adsinner (HATE), and one of world's leading Cyber-Punks Kendji Sirotori (Japan). Illidiance intends to finish the tracking session to New Year party."
Sweden's Scarpoint has checked in with the following statement about auditioning a new guitarist:
"Hey fuckers! Last night we had an extremely good evening. First we had a productive meeting with our management and got some really good news. Later that evening we had a guitar player doing an audition. Man, that was really cool to be able to play the new songs for the first time as a band. He did a really solid job and we'll keep trying him for a while. So look out for some dates in the upcoming weeks.
"This week is followed by meetings and more meetings. Things are going in the right direction and I´m certain that you will be able to read some really cool news shortly. Stay twisted fuckers!!"
Secrets of the Moon have announced that Germany's "The Devil's Breath" festival has been canceled due to health issues with the local promoter. More information on the festival can be found at this location. Secrets of the Moon will still be playing the Hellfest Open Air on June 19, 2010 in Clisson, France.
Finland's Soulgrind has posted a video teaser trailer online for their upcoming album "The Tuoni Pathway," which can be viewed below. The album is set to be released in April 2010 through Femme Metal Records UK.
80's crossover thrash band Uncle Slam's debut album, "Say Uncle" (1988), is being worked on and slated for reissue in January 2010. "Say Uncle" was originally released on LP and cassette and featured ex-Suicidal Tendencies drummer, Amery Smith.
The album was produced by metal veteran Randy Burns who is known for his work on metal classics such as "Peace Sells…Who’s Buying?" (Megadeth), "Extreme Aggression" (Kreator), "Darkness Descends" (Dark Angel), "Survive" (Nuclear Assault) and "Seven Churches" (Possessed).
"Say Uncle" also features the timeless illustrations by Michael Seiff (Suicidal Tendencies, No Mercy, Excel and Wasted Youth). Before disbanding in the mid 90's UNCLE SLAM eventually released three albums ("Say Uncle," "Will Work For Food" and "When God Dies").
Divebomb Records will be releasing this long lost classic on CD for the first time outside Japan. It has been remastered by none other than Jamie King at The Basement Studios.
Katatonia has issued the following statement about their upcoming "New Night Over Europe" tour:
"It’s been a while since we were roaming the European roads on eight wheels, but as of today we can proudly announce the confirmed dates for the New Night Over Europe 2010 spring tour which will run from early March through April. Support bands to be confirmed. Keep checking out the tour section for updates as we may schedule a few more gigs here and there. Ticket links for all dates will be up there soon. We’re excited and we hope you are too. See you at the shows!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Melbourne’s Dreadnaught has released the last of four music videos from the band's self-titled LP released earlier this year. Check out the video for “10 Times the Pain” below.
Dreadnaught will wrap up the year with a festering Christmas party also featuring Frankenbok, Switchblade (Syd), Teramaze, The Plague Black and Internal Nightmare. Here are the details:
18th Dec 2009
Dreadnaught @ East Brunswick Club, Brunswick
w/ Frankenbok, Switchblade, Teramaze, A Plague Black and Internal Nightmare
Tickets available at the door 7:30pm, $15.
3 Inches of Blood has issued the following statement about vocalist Cam Pipes having a bag stolen in Santa Cruz:
"Attn: Santa Cruz Area: Cam’s bag was stolen from the dressing room last night at The Veterans Hall in Santa Cruz. Cam wants his shit back! and we know who did it.. his name is 'Ariel (DeHaviland)' Here is the description of the guy: tall, blue eyes, shaved head, stalky, star tattoo in the middle of chest and hand and tattoo's on knuckles, wrist & shoulder. Anyways if you know this guy, or can get our stuff back, consider yourself set for life with us! Please contact us at: email@example.com if you have any information."
Guitarist Michael Amott of Arch Enemy will be making an in-store appearance at the Musik Produktiv store in Ibbenbüren, Germany on December 12th at 17:00 / 5PM CET. More information on the store can be found at this location.
Arch Enemy also have the following upcoming European tour dates:
07.12.09 ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz
08.12.09 FR - Montpellier, Victoire 2
09.12.09 CH – Aarau, Kiff
11.12.09 NL – Amsterdam, Melkweg
12.12.09 D – Lengerich, Satans Convention / Festival
13.12.09 NL – Rijssen, Lucky
15.12.09 D – Hamburg, Markthalle
16.12.09 D – Saarbrücken, Garage
18.12.09 D – Andernach, JUZ Live Club
19.12.09 D – Leipzig, Hellraiser
Eyefear has posted a video online of their performance of the song "Always Reasons" at the Australian Metal Awards. The video clip can be viewed below.
Futures End has issued the following statement about changing the cover artwork for the "Memoirs of a Broken Man" album:
"From time to time, mistakes are made during the madness of the creation, recording, mixing, mastering, and pressing of an album that lead to changes that must be made after the release of the album. We made the mistake of hiring an artist to create our album art that has decided to alter our agreement after the first 1000 copies were pressed. We will not name the artist as we do not wish to give him any press whatsoever for his work, but will say that when it looked to him like we were on the verge of a successful worldwide release, he chose to take legal action in order to extort more money from the band and our label.
"Every effort has been made in order to reach a friendly and amicable settlement so that we may continue to use his work on the cover of our record but he has refused any sort of communication short of a mediation in which he plans to punish us financially for our decision to remove his signature from the cover of the album. Why would we remove his signature? Well, it sat in the lower right corner of the CD and in order to make the work fit the proper dimensions of the CD booklet, it had to be cropped out. His signature was very large and upon cropping the work, it left little bits and pieces of his signature that looked like little weeds growing out of the corner of the cover so the decision was made to remove it completely. We were told by the artist that we had the freedom to alter this work in order to make an actual cover out of the work we had paid him to do and never thought twice about it. More...
Florida power metallers Kamelot have announced they will perform at Portugal's Vagos Open Air Festival on August 7th, 2010. More information on the festival can be found at this location. Kamelot also have the following upcoming tour dates:
3/25 2010 Le Coliseum Charleroi
3/26 2010 O13 Tilburg
3/27 2010 Paradiso Amsterdam
3/28 2010 Koko London
3/31 2010 Elysee Montmartre Paris
4/1 2010 Z7 Kulturfabrik Pratteln
4/2 2010 Rockstore Montpellier
4/3 2010 Salamandra 1 Barcelona
4/4 2010 La Riviera Madrid
4/7 2010 FZW Dortmund
4/8 2010 Live Music Hall Köln
4/9 2010 Markthalle Hamburg
4/10 2010 Trädgårn Gothenburg
4/11 2010 Tyrol Stockholm
4/13 2010 Nosturi Helsinki
4/14 2010 Pakkahuon Tampere
4/16 2010 Sentrum Scene Oslo Oslo
4/17 2010 Sentrum Scene Oslo Oslo
8/7 2010 Vagos Open Air Vagos
Suicide Silence has posted a second remixed song online. The remixed version of "Genocide," along with the previously uploaded "Bludgeoned To Death," can be heard at the band's Facebook page. "Genocide" is from the band's latest album "No Time To Bleed."