Metal News for December 8, 2010
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31 news articles posted on this day.
The Hammerslag Vinterblot Festival will return in 2011. The extreme metal festival will once again be held in the city of Tønsberg, Norway, taking place on the 18th and 19th of February.
Bands confirmed so far include Taake, Urgehal, Svarttjern, Arvas, Framferd, Cutthroat, Zareptha, Concrete, Svikt and Kirkebrann.
KYLESA has announced a series of tour dates for next year, dubbed the "Spiral Shadow" Winter Tour 2011. Here are the latest tour dates:
Jan 13 The Earl Atlanta, GA
Jan 14 The Jinx Savannah, GA
Jan 15 Backbooth Orlando, FL
Jan 16 Brass Mug Tampa, FL
Jan 19 Kings Raleigh, NC
Jan 20 Black Cat Washington, DC
Jan 21 31st Street Pub Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 22 Wreck Room Toronto, ON
Jan 23 Time To Laugh Kingston, ON
Jan 24 Il Motore Montreal, QC
Jan 25 Great Scott Allston, MA
Jan 26 Santos Party House New York, NY
Jan 27 North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA
Jan 28 Blue Nile Harrisonburg, VA
Jan 29 Oasis Charleston, SC
These dates follow their previously announced dates with Clutch at the end of this year:
12/27 Richmond, VA – The National
12/28 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
12/29 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues
12/30 Cincinnati, OH – Bogarts
12/31 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Israel hasn't quite become known for producing black metal bands at this point, so Nature's Elements is something of an anamoly in the worldwide metal community. The group contributed two songs to a split album titled "New Shape/Ipos" earlier this year with fellow Israeli band Undivine Essence. Nature's Elements drummer Phenex filled me in on the history of the band, the death of former vocalist Ipos, and the recording of the split tracks. More...
Norway's Leprous has checked in from Munich with the following road report:
"We’re back in Germany! The village is called Munich, and the stage is named Backstage (?). Napalm Death has their tour bus parked alongside ours. It turns out we’re playing the same venue the same night. Luckily there’s more than one concert hall in this Backstage venue.
"Before the soundcheck we went downtown to check out their largest musical instruments store. It was huge! Øystein and TorO tried out leftie guitars, Einar bought some new instrument cables, Halvor drooled over some analog synths and invested in 10 shiny new picks while Tobias tried out every cymbal in the huge drum department, and ended up buying quite a few. Tobias’ cymbal adventure ate up our possible soundcheck time, so we had no soundcheck this night. But we had new cymbals, picks and cables! More...
Finnish melodic death metallers Omnium Gatherum have announced their upcoming album "New World Shadows" will see release via Lifeforce Records. The CD was recorded at Astia Studio 2 in Lappeenranta & OmG Studio in Karhula, Finland with Teemu Aalto, and was mixed and mastered at Unisound Studio in Örebro, Sweden by Dan Swanö
Regarding the material for the band forthcoming CD, Omnium Gatherum previously said in a statement, “This time we really put a lot of time and effort on the pre-production of the stuff. It’s going to be an epic and massive attack of ever-flowing stream of Finnish ‘melodic death metal,’ straight from the souls of black.”
The album has the following release dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland: February 4, 2011
Sweden, Finland, Hungary: February 9, 2011
Rest Of Europe: February 7, 2011
North America: March 1, 2011 More...
Cradle of Filth has issued the following statement about the band canceling a show in Ecuador:
"Everyone involved with the band, and especially the band themselves are deeply distressed over the cancellation of our show in Equador this Friday. This is the second time we have had to pull out of a concert in Equador (the last cancellation being due to airport closure as we were circling the runway!). Unfortunately this time has been due to several reasons, including severe weather conditions stranding half the band's crew, deep 'contractual' problems, plus flight-booking f**k-ups.
"It is a regrettable situation to be in, but unfortunately an impossible one at this particular time to rectify. Our sincere apologies go out to all the fans we have disappointed by this very well thought out decision, the band feeling even worse about it as we are all stuck in cold, redundant limbo for two days.
"As for the rest of our South American tour, all other shows are definitely on, the first being on the twelfth at the Teatro Metropol, in Bogotá, Colombia. This very Sunday. We can't wait, though once again, I 'd like to apologise to all our loyal, disappointed fans in Equador. We are so pissed off that this has had to happen.
"All the very best, A deeply annoyed Dani Filth."
Amalgama has issued the following statement about the passing of Dimebag Darrel and John Lennon:
"If you happen to take a look at a newspaper or watch a bit of news today you'll see the coverage of the anniversary of the death of John Lennon who was gunned down outside his apartment 30 years ago. December 8th is a day that many people can remember exactly where they were when they heard John Lennon had been killed, be it driving home from work or even watching Monday Night Football when it was announced over the air. As we all pause to remember someone who left such an indelible impact on the music world we here in Amalgama also want to remember another musician who was taken from the world too early: Dimebag Darrell.
"Obviously in the metal community he is well known as the guitarist for Pantera as well as Damageplan, his band he formed with brother Vinne Paul following Pantera's unraveling. Perhaps Dimebag didn't touch as many people as Lennon did but you can't take away the impact he has had on the music world and all the aspiring guitar players he influenced. Last night during rehearsal, Ray came in wearing his 'Vulgar Display of Power' shirt with the brutal black & white image of a man getting punched in the face plastered across the front.
"It kicked off a conversation between us on the most difficult Pantera songs to play and reflecting on how insanely awesome of a shredder Dime was. Not many players with such raw talent come through this world and Dimebag was one of them. So, knock back a few drinks tonight in his memory (and then maybe go play 'Imagine' by John Lennon, just to be fair)."
Insision has issued the following update about leaving Dental Records and joining the Sevared Records roster:
“Sevared Records is one of the fastest growing Death Metal labels in the world and it feels good to find a label that stays true to and value classic brutal Death Metal. Also a big f*** off to goes to Dental Records, that wasted four years of our lives, time and energy..."
Sevared Records also commented: “Sevared Records is very honored to sign the mighty INSISION!! I personally have been a huge fan of this incredible band since the 1st MCD. I'm extremely excited to release the new MCD and the following full length CD, I know these Brutal Death Metal veterans will crush every fan of Brutal Death Metal skulls in! And finally get the recognition of Brutality they deserve! And as they say 'The Dead Live On' In 2011!"
The band has issued the following update about recording new material: More...
Believer has just finished tracking its second release for Metal Blade Records. The recording will be mixed by Kevin Gutierrez at Assembly Line Studios and produced by Trauma Team Productions. Vocalist Kurt Bachman commented:
"We decided to bring back some of the orchestral feel of Dimensions by utilizing more layered guitars, keys and melody with different vocal arrangements. There is still the 'Believer' sound, but the musical progression continues for us."
Keyboardist Jeff King also commented: "We revamped our writing and recording process so that everyone could work at their peak times. We also spent a lot of time finding the right combinations of gear to achieve the sounds we wanted. Each Believer album has had its own sound that distinguishes it from the preceding album, and this project is no different in that respect. You still have the core elements that make it recognizable as Believer, but the guitar tone is heavier, the songs are tighter and musically it seems more refined."
Japan's rock experimentalists Boris have announced a new DVD to drop this January. Set for release via Southern Lord on January 18, 2011, the "Live In Japan" DVD was filmed in Tokyo at the final show of the band's 2008 Smile world tour. The DVD features a full set of eleven Boris originals captured at Daikanyama Unit, as well as three bonus videos from a set at the Shibuya Club Quattro. The track listing is as follows:
1. Flower Sun Rain
3. Laser Beam
6. Floor Shaker
8. My Neighbor Satan
9. Ka Re Ha Te Ta Sa Ki - No One's Grieve
10. You Were Holding An Umbrella
11. " "
Bonus Tracks From Shibuya Club Quattro:
12. Tokyo Wonder Land
13. A Bao A Qu
3 Inches of Blood is gearing up for a tour alongside Eluveitie, Holy Grail, and System Divide this February in support of the band's latest offering "Here Waits Thy Doom." 3 Inches of Blood has also announced an additional set of headlining dates leading into the February trek. The upcoming tour dates are as follows:
1/26 - Neurolux - Boise, ID
1/28 - Bourbon Theatre - Lincoln, NE
1/29 - Mojo's - Columbia, MO
1/30 - The Bluebird Nightclub - Bloomington, IN
1/31 - Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
w/ Eluveitie, Holy Grail and System Divide
2/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
2/2 New York, NY @ The Gramercy Theater
2/3 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
2/4 Quebec City, QC @ Cercle
2/5 Montreal, QC @ Le National
2/6 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
2/8 Chicago, IL @ The Bottom Lounge
2/9 St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
2/10 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
2/11 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
2/12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound
2/14 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2/15 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
2/16 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
2/17 San Francisco, CA @ Slims
2/18 Hollywood, CA @ The Key Club
2/19 Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theater
2/21 San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
2/22 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
2/24 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
2/25 Orlando, FL @ Firestone Live
2/26 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Rob Halford, vocalist of heavy metal legends Judas Priest, commented on the forthcoming retirement of Judas Priest after nearly 40 years. Halford commented by saying:
"Well, they do say that all good things come to an end and that's probably the case in this case. But I'm delighted that, of course, the Halford [solo project] band is gonna be storming forward in the metal future, and that's gotta be good news.
"I've been doing this now for close to 40 years and it's a real thrill to think that I'm part of the roots of it all. Not just myself — many, many other people have been responsible for putting the whole heavy metal scene onto the map. It's as strong now as it's ever been."
Canada's Wdnfra has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"You heard me right everyone, we are now looking for a new bassist. We could get into the details but we won't, it's just time for a change. We wish Jo Good luck in his future project(s) and we had a good time in the past with him filling the bass duty. So yeah! while we are searching for our new guy, we are writing new songs and ideas and are trying to find new ways to promote and manage the band with the Cd Sales and all! Here's basically what we're looking for with the new guy:
-Needs to be talented
-Have a Passport (or able to) with no criminal case so we can tour anytime.
-Have a passion for Heavy Metal
-Knows how to play Super Smash Bros Melee. (we're not kidding!)
-Has to speak french so the chemistry is perfect (English is a plus)
-Having is own professional gear is a plus but we can work on that.
-Being able to practice 3-4 times a week and help us pay our local (Per Month place 24/7)
-The will and eager to just go out there and destroy!
"We are really hoping to find our new guy soon so we can move forward with this as we're planning an European tour for next summer and the eventual recording of a second album. More...
Swedish melodic death metal pioneers At The Gates, who reformed in 2008 for a string of festival appearances, have announced that they will be playing more shows in 2011. The currently scheduled dates include appearances at Metaltown festival in Sweden and Tuska Open Air in Finland. The band commented:
"At The Gates will do a limited run of select shows in 2011. Simply put, we had the time of our lives during the 2008 reunion and have decided to do a couple more shows. Although we won't be touring extensively, and we stick to the initial promise of not making any more music. Please check our homepage and MySpace for updates."
The currently announced shows are as follows, with more expected to be announced soon:
6/17 2011 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metaltown
7/22 2011 - Helsinki, Finland - Tuska Open Air
Thunderbolt has issued the following announcement about signing a record deal with Rock It Up Records for the release of the "Dung Idols" album: "Record deal! We have signed a new record deal with Rock it Up Records from Germany! 'Dung Idols' will be available in Europe, USA and Japan in February/mars 2011:-) Hell yeah!" You can also check out Thunderbolt's music through the band's MySpace page.
Austrian metal band Dornenreich has announced the following upcoming European tour dates:
2/10 Backstage Halle München, Bayern, GERMANY
2/11 Volxhaus Klagenfurt, Kärnten, AUSTRIA
2/12 Szene Wien, Wien, AUSTRIA
2/13 Z-Bau Nürnberg, Bayern, GERMANY
2/14 Puschkin Club Dresden, Sachsen, GERMANY
2/15 K17 Berlin, Berlin, GERMANY
2/16 Turock Essen, Nordrhein, GERMANY
2/17 ExHaus Trier, Rheinland, GERMANY
2/18 Haus 11 Stuttgart, Baden-Würt, GERMANY
2/19 Rock City Uster, Zürich, SWITZERLAND
4/16 Kings Of Black Metal Giessen, Hessen, GERMANY
Lifelover has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album in February:
"The master for our new album as well as the layout for both the standard CD and the LP-edition
(which will come with a poster) have now been delivered to Prophecy Productions!
"The album clocks in at around 55 minutes and features 14 tracks. Right now it looks like February 14th, 2011 will be the release date for this piece of twisted music. So make sure to put down the date in your notebooks, or whatever you use, haha!
"More news to come soon! Hang in there folks! Thanks for the support!"
Nailboard Records has issued the following statement about signing Estonian metal act Ceremonial Perfection:
"Nailboard Records is proud to announce the January 11th, 2011 release of the debut album of the up-and-coming Estonian melodic death metal band Ceremonial Perfection. To support the release, the band will embark upon a 15-day tour of Poland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.
"Ceremonial Perfection is an emergent five-piece from Tallinn, Estonia, formed in late 2007. The band´s ascent is impressive, especially considering the members´ average age of below 20. In a mere three years they have played extensively in Estonia, while also managing a scattering of performances abroad, including a successful two-and-a-half-week tour of Russia, sharing stages with Finland´s massively renowned Norther. The melodic foundation of the band´s music is suffused in heavy riffs and atmospheric keys, thus making the concordant essence of their songs embraceable both by headbangers as well as those wholly unfamiliar with metal. More...
Swizterland's Requiem has issued the following update about the recording process for a new album:
"Thank whomsoever for Pro Tools...Andy Classen and Reto edited all drum parts and fixed final arrangements for the upcoming guitar recordings. A lot of new creative ideas has been transformed into the final blasting and grooving drum sounds. Very promising...definitely...
"Andy Classen will prepare everything technically tomorrow for the final drum edits and the build-up of the guitar equipment when Phil arrives on Friday. That's all for now. A lot more interesting parts (mainly guitars and vocals) are still to wait in the wings. Take care everybody. Cheers for now 'til tomorrow."
Sweden's Circle of Chaos has issued the following announcement about performing at the 2011 edition of the Bremer Metal Festival: "Latest news. Circle of Chaos has confirmed the play at the Bremer Metal Festival in Bremen, Germany on Saturday the 19th, 2011. More info coming soon. Stay metal!" The upcoming Circle of Chaos tour dates are as follows:
1/13 Blues Club Meisenfrei Bremen, GERMANY
1/14 Club 99 /w Embodying the End (GER) Lübeck, S-H, GERMANY
1/15 Juki42 /w Embodying the End (GER) Ahrensburg, S-H, GERMANY
3/4 Pandemonium Pub /w Influence (PL) Szczecin, Zachodniop, POLAND
3/5 Pub U Brody /w Influence (PL) Wegorzyno, Zachodniop, POLAND
4/22 Bambi Galore /w Black out Beauty (LUX), An apple a day (LUX), Embodying the End (GER) Hamburg, HH Billste, GERMANY
4/23 JUZ Kleix /w Black out Beauty (LUX), An apple a day (LUX), Embodying the End (GER) Greifswald, Mecklenbur, GERMANY
11/19 Bremer Metal Festival Bremen, Neustadt, GERMANY
London-based traditional metallers, Neuronspoiler, have released their debut E.P., "No One's Safe," featuring five original songs, including one instrumental. "No One's Safe" was recorded at London's Monster Trax studios with producer Misha Nikolic (Mike Terrana, John West) with original artwork by Dan Kelby. The band comments on the album's subject matter, "The lyrics touch on subjects familiar to everyone, such as the lifelong search for people who understand you, and the feeling of isolation from a society that wants you to conform. "
The tracklisting for "No One's Safe" is as follows:
1. The Outcry
2. Lost Brother
4. Updated Subjugation
5. Words, Words, Words
Spanish thrashers DESECRATION have posted a preview of their first album "Lords of Misery" online at their MySpace page and their Reverbnation page. "Lords of Misery" was recorded at the Moontower studios (Graveyard, OUIJA) of Rubí (Barcelona) and was produced by Javier Félez. "Lords of Misery" artwork is being done by Cesar Valladares and the CD will be made by Buen Ritmo. Desecration expects to have "Lord of Misery" CD available before the end of this year 2010.
Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of New York death metal band In The Casket's other song slated for a compilation release. The track is titled "Good Luck and Go Fuck Yourself" and will be appearing on a compilation put together by Ralph Renna of Capitalundergroundradio.com, which is slated for a January release. The compilation will feature 40 bands from the area.
You can listen to "Good Luck and Go Fuck Yourself" below or download it here (right click and "Save Target As...").
In The Casket recently posted another single for streaming, "Win Her Over with Chloroform," which will also appear on a yet-titled compilation next year.
In The Casket plans to have a full length album complete for Spring of 2011 as well. The band's next show is December 10 at The Alcove.
Russian female fronted black metal act Nocra is currently streaming a new song online. The newly uploaded track "In My Dreams" can be heard through the official Nocra MySpace apge. You can also check out the previously uploaded video for the song "Broken Wings" below. More...
Swiss folk metallers Eluveitie have issued the following update about upcoming live shows:
"Don't forget about our upcoming headline show at the Pentorama in Amriswil / CH, next Friday December 10th! Tickets are still available and we'll make sure it'll be worth your while. Support will come from ELIS & Asaviga!
"Also we are glad that our 'Everything Remains' World Tour is finally taking us back to Greece... on March 19th, 2011 we will play the AnClub in Athens! Tickets will be available shortly."
Diabolical has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent tour dates with Interment and Urn:
"We are back after two weeks on the road doing 11 gigs with URN and INTERMENT. It was a great tour, and we wish to express our gratitude to Dreamtide for a great organization, URN and INTERMENT for a good time, the crew, the promoters, and of course all the people coming to the concerts!
"Uploaded various photos on the sites today. If you have anything related to the tour such as live footage etc., feel free to get in touch."
Irish act For Ruin has checked in with the following update about recent and upcoming activity:
"This week has been dogged by shitty weather in this part of the world and it took our drummer Pete three attempts/cancellations to fly to Ireland from Europe to rehearse and play this week - but hopefully the bad luck is over now... We have 3 new songs more or less complete and will most likely be performing a brand new track 'Mere Mortals' for the 1st time anywhere this coming Friday at the Cork show if all goes well.
"Our plans for the early part of 2011 so far are pretty well laid out. We will be making an announcement regarding Last Light in the very near future (good news!); we'd hoped to be in the position to announce something this week but a few things have delayed us so, again, watch this space!
"We have some ideas for the new songs that will hopefully come to fruition, as well as a few surprises if all goes well. The new material so far is a continuation of the Last Light style with some variety in terms of pace in one of the songs (probably the final song on the next album) and the speed and heaviness that featured throughout Last Light will be maintained in all others. Last Light featured a couple of 'older' songs but everything on the next record will be brand new, nothing re-visited from older times. More...
Sweden's Katatonia has issued the following announcement about upcoming South American tour dates:
"There's been quite a few rumours going on about us touring South America and we're very happy to announce that those rumours are true! We're all very excited and can't wait to get our asses over and enjoy all the good things South America has to offer. Tour dates are as follows and ticket links will be up soon."
Feb 20th – Mexico, Mexico City, Circo Volador
Feb 22nd – Columbia, Bogota. Teatro La Mama
Feb 24th – Chile, Santiago de Chile, Teatro La Cupula
Feb 25th – Argentina, Buenos Aires, Roxy Live
Feb 26th – Uruguay, Montevideo, VENUE TBC
Feb 28th – Brasil, Sao Paolo, Hangar 110
American power metal band CIRCLE II CIRCLE, featuring vocalist Zak Stevens of Savatage fame, are currently touring through the Midwest US, which is in support of their latest album "Consequence Of Power." The band will play Kenosha, Wisconsin tonight on their way to the final two shows in Chicago and Cleveland.
Stated Zak Stevens from the road this week, "We're still cruising along playing shows in the Midwest in Ohio, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota in November and December to finish off our initial world tour in support of our new CD Consequence Of Power. We'll be touring out across the U.S. supporting the new album throughout 2011. We're looking forward to seeing all our fans across the country in the coming year and we're very excited about the worldwide response to the new record."
Remaining CIRCLE II CIRCLE Midwest US tour dates are as follows:
12/04/2010 Hattrix Bar - Kenosha, WI
12/10/2010 Nitecap Chicago - Chicago, IL
12/16/2010 The Phantasy Nite Club - Cleveland, OH
The organisers of Graspop Metal Meeting, the biggest heavy metal festival in Belgium, has announced several more bands for next year's edition of the event. Among the newly confirmed acts are Sepultura, Iced Earth, Terror, Arch Enemy and Soilwork. The festival will take place in Dessel from June 24th-26th.
The lineup is now as follows:
The Damned Things
Masters Of Reality
Heaven Shall Burn
The Black Dahlia Murder
Dimebag Darrell would have celebrated his 44th birthday this past August, no doubt surrounded by friends and family, the love of his life Rita Haney, and his big brother Vinnie.
Black tooth grins would have been downed, and more than a few fireworks probably would have been shot up into the sky and at unsuspecting revelers. It would have been a true celebration of life, because, as the man himself often said, that’s the kind of fun Dime had. But six years ago to the day that lifelong celebration, along with the lives of four other members of the global metal family, was cut tragically short. By now we all know the story, there’s no sense in reliving the grisly details. Dime wouldn’t want us to dwell on the way he died; he would want us to focus on the way he lived.
To a person, everyone who came into contact with Dimebag Darrell as he made his way around the world several times over playing the music he loved was made to feel like an equal, like a friend. With Dime, there were no walls between the fans and the musicians, between crew and band. There was only kinship and a common love of music and having the best time humanly possible. Even those of us who never met the man felt like we knew him from watching the Pantera home videos and seeing him exude one hundred percent uninhibited enthusiasm on stage each and every night and completely unfiltered, boyish joy off stage when he partied with his brothers by blood and by metal, the hardest drinking band in the business, Pantera. More...