Metal News for February 10, 2009
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Translation Loss Records has announced the addition of Columbus, Ohio’s STRUCK BY LIGHTNING to their roster.
Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING features Gregory Lahm (previously of Mouth Of The Architect) on vocals and guitars, accompanying by Travis Kline, Mike Leach and John Peters. Encompassing the aggression and punk slathering of His Hero Is Gone and Disfear with the progressive rock acrobatics of Mastodon and Big Business, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING create ferocious and hairsplitting aggression, according to the label.
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING will be recording their Translation Loss debut with highly acclaimed producer and engineer Chris Common at Red Room Recording (These Arms Are Snakes, Mouth Of The Architect, Book of Black Earth) in May of 2009 and will see a late summer release.
You can check out some demo tracks from their upcoming Translation Loss debut on the band's MySpace page.
Warbringer has issued the following update about finishing the recording of their new album:
"WARBRINGER became road warriors over the course of the past year. The band spent the entire year on the road, hitting nearly every location you could imagine, in support of their Century Media debut, War Without End. Now the band has completed work on their sophomore effort and are on the road with Soilwork, Darkane and Swallow The Sun.
"WARBRINGER spent their break from the road locked inside Sharkbite Studios working with axe man/producer extraordinaire Gary Holt (Exodus) on the new album, which will be mixed by Zack Ohren (All Shall Perish, Suffocation) and is scheduled for release on May 19, 2009. Fans can expect to hear several new tunes from the record live as WARBRINGER plays with Soilwork and then on the band’s upcoming stint with Kreator and Exodus.....
"John Laux comments: “We are proud to announce that we have finished all the tracking for our next album! We want to thank all of our fans for supporting our music and for all the outspoken interest in our next record. Without a doubt this is the heaviest WARBRINGER production to date. Expect nothing less than some brutal, punishing, faster than hell metal with that classy Old-School touch. More...
Birds of Prey has issued the following update about their upcoming studio album:
"BIRDS OF PREY (Erik Larson - guitars, Bo Leslie - guitars, Ben Hogg - vocals, Summer Welch - bass, Dave Witte - drums) have completed work on their third full-length album, The Hellpreacher. The Hellpreacher, a full concept album that tells the story of an inmate-turned-priest, is set for a April 28th North American release date (May 4th internationally.)
"The Hellpreacher, the follow-up album to last year's Sulfur & Semen, was recorded last fall at Sniper Studio in North Carolina. Advance song titles include: "As The Field Mice Play", "Tempt The Disciples", "False Prophet", "The Owl Closes In", and "Giving Up The Ghost". Preview tracks taken from The Hellpreacher will be posted on the BIRDS OF PREY MySpace page."
This Or The Apocalypse has announced an upcoming U.S. tour alongside Arise and Ruin. The tour dates are as follows: More...
Left To Vanish has announced a short string of upcoming tour dates. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
2/14 2009 @ The Moose Lodge w/ Veil of Maya, After The Burial Doylestown, Pennsylvania
2/21 2009 @ Brunswick Zone Turnersville, New Jersey
3/21 2009 @ The Sonar w/ DARKEST HOUR Baltimore, Maryland
4/17 2009 @ The New England Metal/Hardcore Fest Day 1 @ The Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
Four-piece metalcore act The Acacia Strain have been moshing their way across the globe since releasing their latest album “Continent” last August. Amidst a heavy touring schedule, the band made a one-night only pit stop on Dec. 28, 2008 in their home state of Massachusetts to film a special show for an upcoming DVD release. While the exact details of the DVD haven't yet been solidified, frontman Vincent Bennett graciously answered a few of our questions about the DVD filming, the importance of visualizing music, and what lies ahead for the band. More...
Swedish two man metal act Horns of Anguish got signed to Kampas Records last year and saw the release of their first demo "Everlasting Apathy." The band is currently writing an upcoming full length studio album, as yet unnamed, and will begin recording at the end of March. More...
German thrash metal legends Destruction will once again be taking part in the tribute show honouring the late Sodom drummer Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek. The show will be headlined by Sodom and include performances from Destruction, Tankard, Assassin, Darkness, Holy Moses, Paradox, The Protectors, Blackfire and Wortmord. A message from Destruction mainman Schmier reads as follows:
"If this phone call would have happened earlier, all this painful confusion would have never taken place. Sodom and Destruction have both been on tour lately, I guess that did lead to a couple of misunderstandings that are all solved now.
"There was never any intention to argue about this event in any case! Tom and myself have a friendship since 25 years. The lack of communication via third parties did lead to some turbulent misinterpreting.
"I would like to point out, that we have moved our North American anniversary tour to play at this event. It was always very important to us. We have confirmed our participation already in late 2008. As some may remember, Chris toured with us before on the Eternal Devastation tour in 1986 when our drummer Tommy left the band. Since that day we were real mates! More...
The Gaahl fronted version of Gorgoroth has issued the following statement about a recent show being canceled:
"Gorgoroth was set to headline Frostbite Festival in Lahti, Finland this past Saturday with full-blown production, however, due to weather conditions in Oslo, we were forced to cancel. Mayhem and Cradle of Filth had to cancel their shows the same day as well. We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused people who traveled from all corners of the world to witness this special event."
Canadian hard rockers Helix have issued the following update about their original line-up reuniting to record an AC/DC cover song:
"I’ve been getting a lot of mail commenting on the band (from the No Rest for the Wicked line-up) is getting back together to record “IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE TOP IF YOU WANNA ROCK AND ROLL”. This week there were good vibes all ‘round.
"Fritz (Greg Hinz) came in to lay down the drum tracks on Sunday. His common law wife Brenda Sherred, who is also one of our closest friends, came along to spend the day with Lynda back at Planet Helix. They brought along the new addition to their family-Tanner-a puppy Labrador Retriever-to keep Harmony occupied as well.
"The tracks went quickly and well. Fritz was in his glory and you could tell he was having a blast. Gord and Aaron were also all smiles at the prospect of recording someone they grew up as kids listening to. After the session Fritz and I headed back to Planet Helix for supper and to catch the first half of the Super bowl game. More...
Shai Hulud has issued the following statement about their recent shows in Japan:
"Shai Hulud is home and recovering from a spectacular week-long Japanese excursion, the highlight of which was our performance at Pump Up The Volume Fest in Kawasaki. A huge thanks must be given to Daiki and Alliance Trax for bringing us over, as well as our tour mates in Parkway Drive and Crystal Lake, and the following bands we met up with along the way: Endzweck, FC Five, FORDIRELIFESAKE, Trash Talk, Carpathian, and Doggie Hoodz. Lastly, thanks to all the kids that came and sang along, it is much appreciated."
Shai Hulud will be taking part in the "How To Power Clean Everything" tour alongside Stick To Your Guns, In Fear and Faith, and Stray From The Path. The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows: More...
American power metal band Kamelot has issued the following update about writing new material:
"To the Kamelot Nation United !!
"Greetings from Elverum, Norway, its the final day of the Ottertepp Sessions, the first of 4 writing sessions for Kamelot's next full length album. Well we can now reveal the location of the cabin here in Norway, it belongs to Lord Teksnes and is located in Sørskogbygda Norway.
"The cabin has been the perfect place for our first taste of the new songs and direction for the songwriting. We would like to thank Lord Teksnes for the cabin and also all the Norwegian Press that visited us while working up here.
"We would also like to thank Tommi, Sami and all at Nokia for their support with the Royal Artist Club. This is just the beginning of many exciting blogs we hope to bring you guys in the coming months. See you all at the live shows coming up in the coming days!"
Italian gothic metal act Lacuna Coil are the latest band to be confirmed for Germany's Wacken Open Air festival. The festival is sold out and will take place between July 30th- August 1st.
The lineup for Wacken is now as follows: AMON AMARTH, BORKNAGAR, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CALLEJON, CATHEDRAL, DRAGONFORCE, EINHERJER, EPICA, GWAR, HAMMERFALL, HEAVEN AND HELL, IN EXTREMO, IN FLAMES, KAMPFAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW, KORPIKLAANI, LACUNA COIL, MACHINE HEAD, MOTÖRHEAD, NAPALM DEATH, NEVERMORE, AXEL RUDI PELL, SARKE, TESTAMENT, TRISTANIA, TURISAS, WALLS OF JERICHO, WHIPLASH
Avenged Sevenfold has added in additional tour dates along with Buckcherry and Papa Roach. The extra dates are as follows:
3/19, 2009 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
3/21, 2009 Hersey, PA Giant Center
3/28, 2009 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center
4/03, 2009 Grand Island, NE Heartland Event Center
4/04, 2009 Topeka, KS Topeka Event Center
4/07, 2009 Belton, TX Belton County Expo Center
4/09, 2009 Amarillo, TX Amarillo civic Center
4/11, 2009 Las Cruces, NM Pan America Center
4/13, 2009 Prescott Valley, AZ Toyota Center
Heaven And Hell has revealed that their forthcoming studio album will be entitled, "The Devil You Know" and will be released through Rhino Records on April 28th. Some of the song titles include "Atom And Evil," "Eating The Cannibals," "Bible Black" and "Breaking Into Heaven."
"Everyone had so much fun playing together that we didn't want it to end," says the group. "We started writing together and the songs started flowing like we never stopped. We wound up writing and recording an album that stands up to anything we've ever done. We're really proud of the music and excited for people to hear it."
On the heels of "Pantheon Of The Lesser," their second album for Important Records, and subsequent features in Decibel, Metal Maniacs, and Terrorizer, Portland, Maine quartet OCEAN is joining Virginia trio SALOME (featuring members of AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED) for a night of epic doom February 15 at Brooklyn, New York's Public Assembly (formerly Galapagos) as part of the third installment of Pitchfork's monthly SHOW NO MERCY Showcase. (The first two events were headlined by Nachtmystium/Velnius and Skeletonwitch/Cannabis Corpse, respectively.)
OCEAN and SALOME will be joined by Boston riff rockers RIFF CANNON and Brooklyn's own icy minimalist doom crew BATILLUS. Future SHOW NO MERCY events will include Tombs, Crucifier, Wetnurse, Krieg, and Krallice, among others.
Each month, artist SELDON HUNT (Neurosis, Khanate, Jesu, Isis, etc.) will create original SHOW NO MERCY flyer designs. The series is organized by BRANDON STOSUY, who writes Pitchfork's monthly metal column, SHOW NO MERCY.
Chicago metal act KASTASYDE has released the finalized itinerary for their upcoming U.S. tour. The tour dates are as follows:
Feb. 20 @ Tornado’s – Cedar Rapids, IA
Feb. 22 @ The Cork Club – Fort Collins, CO
Feb. 23 @ Cervantes – Denver, CO
Feb. 25 @ Knickerbockers – Lincoln, NE
Feb. 26 @ Kathy’s Pub – Rochester, MN
Feb. 27 @ The Back Bar – Janesville, WI
Feb. 28 @ Indian Berry’s – Bay City, MI
Mar. 01 @ The Ritz – Warren, MI
Mar. 02 @ Birdy’s – Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 05 @ The Lost Horizon – Syracuse, NY
Mar. 06 @ Broadway Joe’s – Buffalo, NY
Mar. 07 @ The Haunt – Ithaca, NY
Mar. 13 @ Memories – Chicago, IL
Commented vocalist Jarrett Roberts, “Alright everyone, the tour starts next week in Cedar Rapids and we can’t be more excited! We’ve been rehearsing nonstop so that we can bring our best game on the road with us. The shows are gonna be intense, so make sure you’re ready for a night of heavy music insanity with Kastasyde!”
The tour will be part of AFM Entertainment’s “The Indie Metal Invasion Tour” and will also feature THE 2ND SYSTEM from Saginaw, Michigan.
KASTASYDE recently released three new songs which can be heard on their Myspace page. The tracks “True Agony,” “Beyond Repair,” and “Trainwreck” were recorded this past summer at Studio One in Racine, WI with engineer Chris Djuric. Following the tour, the band plans to return to the studio to record their second full-length album.
KASTASYDE’s debut full-length, 2005’s “Hundred Hollow Words” can be purchased online at Open Grave Records.
Finnish metal band Embraze has announced that they will no longer continue. A message from the band reads as follows: "Hanging up the Instruments...
"Embraze has come to the end of the road; we have decided to call it quits. The decision was made together as a band, and we want to throw one more gig and finish the story of Embraze with style.
"Lots of water has streamed in River Kiiminkijoki in the past 15 years, when children have become so-called grown-ups. We've experienced moments of joy and success just as well as some setbacks, line-up changes and battles with record labels. Despite the energy-consuming setbacks, however, we have prevailed and made a long career. More...
Lord Ahriman of Swedish black metal act Dark Funeral has checked in with the following update:
"I’m sorry for the long silence since the last update. Due to various reasons we were forced to halt the pre-production we begun working on in the studio some months ago.
"Chaq Mol and I have however continued to write and trying out new material, but instead of doing it in the studio, with a producer, we have been demoing new stuff in my very own home studio (damn, I need a name for it… any suggestions?).
"Anyway, things have been going rather slow but definitely steady forward. More...
Finnish metal act Stratovarius will be heading out on a North American tour in September. There is currently no word on who the support act will be.
The tour dates are as follows:
16 - New York, NY - Nokia Theater
18 - Toronto, ON - Opera House
19 - Quebec City, QC - Imperial de Quebec
20 - Montreal, QC - Medley
21 - Boston, MA - Middle East
23 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
24 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
25 - Mokena, IL - Pearl Room
27 - Winnipeg, MB - Garrick Centre
28 - Regina, SK - The Riddell at University
29 - Calgary, AB - Warehouse
30 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite Room
2 - Vancouver, BC - Plaza Club
3 - Victoria, BC - Sugar
4 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
6 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom at the Regency
7 - Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
Machine Head's frontman Robb Flynn has posted a lengthy update online. The post reads as follows: "Drank my first sip of the Sizzurp the other night, I gotta say man, I was lovin' the Sizzurp. If you're not a wigger like me, and don't know what Sizzurp is, Wikipedia that shit, the explanation is hysterical. New wine I'm digging too, The Prisoner by a winery called Orin Swift out of Napa ($35)... good shit! Loving Chopin Polish Potato vodka too, kinda hard to find, but rockin'!
"Hope everyone had a cool holidays and New Year's. The fam and I had a good one ourselves. Had my wife's 16 family members and my Mom for some Christmas dinner at our house... ham, scalloped potatoes, some green beans, and lots of egg nog and XO Cognac... mmmm, man... sprinkle a little pumpkin spice on that shit... fuckin' great!
"We're out with METALLICA right now in America (that's right bitches! Main support to METALL-I-FUCKIN'-CA in America!) and we're super stoked about it! Most of those shows have been pretty sweet, so far Washington D.C. was hands-down the rowdiest crowd, with Milwaukee and Newark #2 a close second. They usually let all the Met-Club people in early and they have been treating us really well; very receptive to what we're doing, and it was cool starting to get to see and know some of them after a while. Tons of them went to multiple shows and manned the same spot on the barrier night after night. The stage is cool too. Having played in the corner of a room for over half of my life, it took some getting used to playing in-the-round, or, 'in-the-rectangle' if you wanna get technical. First night in L.A. was a disaster, but after that we got it down. We definitely command it now, and we *have* to command it. If we don't, it's so easy to just get lost up on that giant stage, and lose the attention of an audience who, for the most part, have never even heard of us. THE SWORD dudes are cool, had a couple good hang nights with them. Kind of a weird vibe on the tour as a whole though, but stage crew and Metalli-camp is totally fuckin' cool. More...
British goth metal legends Paradise Lost are currently recording their brand new studio album and have posted some video updates online which you can check out below. Vocalist Nick Holmes says: “The album as yet untitled will feature around 10 tracks, among the titles are 'First Light', 'As Horizons End', 'Faith Divides Us, Death Unites Us', 'Frailty' and 'My Last Regret' - these are subject to change without notice!
"We are very happy with Rhys Fulbers work on the last album [In Requiem], but after working on 3 albums together we decided it was time to go for a different approach. After hearing the work he did with our Anatomy Of Melancholy Live DVD we decided that Jens Bogren was the man for the job." More...
Swedish black metal act Rimfrost has signed a record deal with Season Of Mist Records. Speaking on the signing, the band states: "We have been playing for six years and since our first demo-recording we have always had our eyes on Season Of Mist. Finally we've got the chance to work with this heavy-weight label in the black metal scene. We signed our first contract three years ago with a German underground label, but since being signed there confronted us with completely unforeseen negative consequences, we decided to sign off due to serious disagreements. Season of Mist gives us fucking great vibrations now: we look forward to work with an elite, professional label that we can grow strong with. Let the cooperation between Rimfrost and Season Of Mist begin!"
Rimfrost will release their new album later this year. The album title will be revealed nearer the time of release.
Thy Will Be Done has completed the recording of their next album, titled "In Ancient Of Days" and tentatively slated for spring release via Stillborn Records. Like its predecessor, the effort was produced, engineered, and mixed by Zeuss (Shadows Fall) at Planet Z Recording in Hadley, MA with Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed serving as executive producer. The band elaborates:
"Collectively we feel that we've just written music that we'd like to hear ourselves and we think some others will dig it; we were just eager to add fresh material and ideas to our repertoire. One thing we hope is (that) no matter where the listener is; wherever they are on their path of life — (that) there's going to be so many layers to the lyrics and music for everyone to gain something from. When making music, that's the main purpose. We're hoping that people will turn on that music and get inspiration.
"...And as promised, this album will be the most radio-friendly, cookie-cutter, chock full o' the same clean crooning chorus in every song, that from the first note you'll be sure to scream, 'SELL OUTS!' Afterall, we've decided to merge Rapcore and Funk Polka to make our sound. It proves to be the 'Easy Listening Favorite of 2009.' Oh yeah, and we've got 9 breakdowns in every song and we've managed to add 14 'Bass Drops' to each one of those tunes!
"In all honesty, I will tell you this: Long Live The Riff! We'll have more information and will be posting new material soon. Be well and thanks again to everyone who has been supporting us and to all our new friends and family."
Fucked Up played at the Independent in San Francisco the other night. Jello Biafra jumped on stage for the encore to sing "Blitzkrieg Bop" with them. You can watch a video of the song below, courtesy of Umlaut. More...
Reign Supreme will be headed out on tour with Madball and Call to Preserve this March. This tour will be followed by a European tour with 50 Lions (Australia), marking Reign Supreme's first trip to Europe. Last but not least, they have been added to this years Bamboozle East Festival, happening on May 3rd in East Rutherford, NJ.
Reign Supreme's "Testing the Limits of Infinite" will surface soon Deathwish Inc.
Here are the latest Reign Supreme tour dates: More...
Black metal legends Mayhem has announced a large number of tour dates for North America this year. Joining them will be Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation and Withered.
The tour schedule is now as follows:
May 21 - New York, NY - The Fillmore at Irving Plaza
May 22 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
May 23 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
May 24 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone
May 26 - Houston, TX - Numbers
May 27 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
May 29 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
May 30 - Tempe, AZ - Clubhouse
May 31 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
June 2 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
June 3 - San Francisco, CA - DNA
June 4 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
June 5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
June 6 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House
June 7 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
June 9 - St Paul, MN - Station 4
June 11 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
June 12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
June 13 - Detroit, MI - The Majestic Theater
June 14 - Toronto, ON - The Opera House
June 15 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques
The_Network has announced a couple of show in Puerto Rico. Here are the dates and venues:
March 6 - SOS Burger, Catano, Puerto Rico
March 7 - Taller Ce, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
New Jersey based metal act God Forbid has posted their entire new album, "Earthsblood" online at their official Myspace page. You can check it out by clicking here. The album will be released on February 16th in Europe and February 24th in North America through Century Media Records.
Wachington DC based grindcore act, Magrudergrind has posted some new song online at the bands official Myspace page. You can check it out by clicking here. The songs will appear on a new album due to be released later this year through Willowtip Records.
Canadian metallers The Agonist has announced the initial dates of their tour of the United States. The tour is support of their forthcoming new album, "Lullabies For A Dormant Mind" which will be released on March 10th via Century Media Records.
The tour dates are as follows:
March (with DANCE CLUB MASSACRE)
13 - Doug's Rockhouse - Aurora, Michigan
14 - Static Age - Romeo, Michigan
15 - Gamer’s Paradise - Flint, Michigan
16 - The Juke Box - Rochester, New York
18 - Club Octane - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
19 - Jennie’s - Asbury Park, New Jersey
20 - Soldiers Memorial Theatre - St. Albans, West Virginia
21 - The Armory - Owensboro, Kentucky
Reunited rock legends Alice In Chains has posted another video update from the studio online. You can check it out below. The band are currently in the studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz working on their first studio album since 1996. More...
Reunited heavy rockers Great White has announced that they are currently mixing their new album, which is entitled, "Rising." No word on a release date has been announced so far however.
The tracklisting is as follows:
"All Or Nothin'
"I Don't Mind"
"Is It Enough"
"Down On The Level"
"Only You Can Do"
"Let's Spend The Night Together"