Metal News for February 10, 2011
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48 news articles posted on this day.
Mark "Barney" Greenway, lead vocalist of British grindcore legends Napalm Death, has checked in with a message regarding the band's forthcoming new studio album, their first since 2009's, "Time Waits For No Slave." The message reads as follows:
"We will be starting more or less from scratch making a new album and will record in May. Don't read that wrong — it doesn't take us that much time to get our stuff together, it's just that Russ Russell, our producer, has his hands full until May. It does seem a while since Time Waits…, but we recorded the previous few albums in quick succession so thought we'd hold back for a change. Time can indeed fucking wait." More...
Swedish melodic death metal outfit Amon Amarth has announced that the band will be embarking on a headlining tour of the United States this April. The tour will feature Amon Amarth performing two sets every night, one consisting of the new album "Surtur Rising" in full.
Elaborated drummer Fredrik Andersson: "We're really excited about the upcoming album, Surtur Rising. And what better way to showcase it by playing the full album on our first US tour for Surtur Rising?! It's definitely a unique opportunity for our fans because not only will the album be performed live but a second set with material from our previous albums will take place. We want our fans to really experience Amon Amarth."
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Speaking recently to Rolling Stone, Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett revealed that the band would be entering the studio in May to record a new project. "We want to record it in two weeks," guitarist Kirk Hammett tells Rolling Stone.
He went on to state, "We had planned on doing it in March, but we pushed it back to May. I don't want to give too much away, but it's not really 100 percent a Metallica record. It's a recording project, let's put it that way. Without getting too deep into it, it's more a recording project than a bona fide Metallica album. Whether or not we can pull it off in just two weeks remains to be seen."
Read the full article at Rolling Stone.
The Marin Independent Journal is reporting that Steven Wiig, who was previously the personal assistant to Metallica's Lars Ulrich, is suing Ulrich and claiming years of unpaid overtime. According to the suit, Wiig is seeking unspecified damages over allegations of both federal and state labor violations. Both Lars Ulrich and Team Tours are named in the lawsuit. The Martin Independent Journal stated:
Wiig claims he worked up to 70 hours a week while Ulrich was in Marin and up to 80 hours a week while Metallica was on tour.
"Wiig was essentially on call twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week," his Los Angeles-based lawyers, Alan Harris and David Zelenski, said in the complaint.
Wiig said he was paid $1,730.76 every two weeks, or $45,000 a year, and had an oral agreement for annual bonuses.
Wiig said he did not receive bonuses in 2006 and 2008, and when he left the job in February 2009, he was not paid for the accumulated overtime he was owed. Wiig says he received a "partial bonus" of $20,000 in December 2010.
Metallica also recently announced plans to enter the recording studio to record the follow-up to "Death Magnetic."
Read the full article at Marin Independent Journal.
Spain's Darkness By Oath has issued the following update about the band's upcoming album:
"Hi there: Just a little update about what's going on at the DBO camp. We're still working on the new album, and work's improving sound-wise and when it comes to the sons themselves too, so we are really happy about how it's getting into form, and really confident about the final result.
"We are working on a new myspace design as you read this. Hopefully it will be able in some weeks or so. The cover artwork (done by Nahikari - Auryn digital) is mostly finished and looks great. We will reveal it when the time is right you'll have to wait a little longer though.
"The new album title will be 'Near Death Experience,' and you'll find songs like, 'Fallen angel of death,' 'Last emotion,' 'NDE,' 'In an obscure eternity' to name a few.
"Apart from this, there would be some guest appearences in this our third album, some well known names and talented musicians that we really admire. It's fucking great to have them in our album!! We're eager to let you know who they are, but won't do yet, haha :P Well, that's it by now, have a nice weekend everyone! Rock on!"
Within Temptation has posted a new video update online featuring guitarist Robert Westerholt discussing the band's upcoming album "The Unforgiving" and the single "Faster." You can check out the video clip below.
Heathendom has posted a music video online for the title track off the band's new album "The Symbolist." You can check out the new music video in the clip below.
Oshkosh, Wisconsin based metal act The End Result is streaming several songs online. You can check out the tracks "Any Last Words," "I in SIST," "Teacher," "Fading Away," "Tommy Lee Jones," and "Dinner For Two" via the band's MySpace profile. You can also check out a video of the band performing "Dinner For Two" in the video clip below.
Finnish metallers Children of Bodom are set to release the new album "Relentless Reckless Forever" on March 8th, 2011. The band has now posted a streaming online of the new song "Ugly" off the upcoming album, which can be heard through the official Children of Bodom Facebook page.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Not My Funeral
2. Shovel Knockout
3. Roundtrip to Hell and Back
4. Pussyfoot Miss Suicide
5. Relentless Reckless Forever
7. Cry of the Nihilist
8. Was It Worth It?
9. Northpole Throwdown
10. Party All the Time
As was previously announced, Lighting Swords of Death will be joining Master on an upcoming U.S. tour. The band will join Master's tour on March 4th in Brooklyn, New York and march through 30 cities throughout the country before winding down on April 3rd in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The band will be joined by Ohio thrashers Mobile Deathcamp on select dates.
Commented vocalist Autarch of the journey: "This is a pilgrimage reaching many places in our own country we have yet to poison with our gospel. We shall bring them the great gnosis of kaos, death and ecstasy. We will teach them to strangle the mundane with intestines of the apathetic."
The currently announced dates are as follows:
3/04/2011 Europa - Brooklyn, NY w/ Strong Intention
3/05/2011 Diablo - Buffalo, NY w/ Strong Intention
3/05/2011 Montage Music Hall - Rochester, NY (late show) w/ Strong Intention
3/06/2011 Popeye's - Peekskill, NY w/ Strong Intention
w/ Master, Mobile Deathcamp
3/07/2011 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
3/08/2011 The Summit - Columbus, OH
3/09/2011 Macs - Lansing, MI
3/10/2011 Vollrath Tavern - Indianapolis, IN
3/11/2011 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
3/12/2011 Fubar - St Louis, MO
3/13/2011 The Bourbon Theater - Lincoln, NE
3/14/2011 The Marquis - Denver, CO
3/15/2011 Club Vegas - Ogden, UT
3/16/2011 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
3/17/2011 Branx - Portland, OR
3/18/2011 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
3/19/2011 The Metaphor - Escondido, CA
3/20/2011 The Blvd. - Hollywood, CA
3/21/2011 Ub's - Mesa, AZ
3/22/2011 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
3/23/2011 Emo's - Austin, TX
w/ Master/ Mobile Deathcamp
3/24/2011 The Rail Club - Ft Worth, TX
3/25/2011 007 Rock Bar - San Antonio, TX
3/26/2011 Walter's - Houston, TX
3/27/2011 Rouge - Fayetteville, AR
3/28/2011 The Muse - Nashville, TN
3/29/2011 Hideaway - Johnson City, TN
3/30/2011 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
3/31/2011 Tremont Music - Charlotte, NC
4/01/2011 Club 306 - Roanoke, VA
4/02/2011 Mojo 13 - Wilmington, DE
4/03/2011 31 Street Pub - Pittsburgh, PA
Chalk up a metal chick for Hef!
Playboy mag's February 2011 Playmate Kylie Johnson, a California girl, cites As Blood Runs Black as one of her favorite bands in this month's issue, the band announced.
In her bio, she lists as her "musical passion": "Metalcore screamo bands like As Blood Runs Black and Miss May I never fail to thrill me."
She adds: "I’m very rock-and-roll, but I’m also very romantic. I’m always spreading the love–always! All I want to do is cuddle all day and convince you not to go to work the next morning. Let’s romance each other.”
The Los Angeles-based band, meanwhile, will release it's new album "Instinct" March 15 and is currently out on The Atticus Metal Tour with Darkest Hour, Born of Osiris and The Human Abstract.
Lech (drums) and Nick (bass) said: "We don't think anyone truly understands how much the odds were really against us. It felt like we were stuck in quicksand. The harder we tried to pull ourselves out, the further we sank. It came to a point where we felt alone and betrayed. It was like everybody around us wrote us off and everyone else expected us to give up. But in reality, it just fueled our drive to get this record done and to give our fans what they truly deserve and have so patiently waited for. That is essentially what this new album is about, overcoming obstacles and following your instincts.
“Right now is the calm before the storm. With Instinct about to be released, our schedule for 2011 is finally filling up fast. This year we're going to be focusing on playing shows worldwide. We can't express how amazing it feels to have Instinct finally completed. It's even better to know that we will be back out on the road once again playing shows and hanging out with all our old friends and making new ones along the way. This is looking to be an exciting year for us and we can't wait to get it started.
“Instinct has the same elements that made Allegiance unique, with new flavors and a fresh take on what's current in todays scene. Hit up our social sites now to get your hands on the limited pre-order options we have available as they are very limited. Thanks again to all of our fans for allowing us the opportunity to continue this band and further our legacy. We'll see you on the road!"
Here are their current tour dates:
2/25-Washington, DC @ 930 Club (DH CD RELEASE SHOW!)
* 2/26-Virginia Beach, VA @ Skate High
* 2/27-Greensboro, NC @ Greene St
* 2/28-Pittsburgh, PA @ Diesel
* 3/01-Joliet (Chicagoland), IL @ Mojoes w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/02-St. Louis, MO @ Pop's w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/03-Covington, KY @ The Madhatter w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/04-Detroit, MI @ Harpos w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/05-Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/06-St. Paul, MN @ The Station w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/07-Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
* 3/08-Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
* 3/09-Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
* 3/10-Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Sound w/ NORMA JEAN, STICK TO YOUR GUNS
* 3/11-Reno, NV @ The Alley
* 3/12-Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
* 3/13-Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
* 3/14-Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
* 3/15-Boise, ID @ The Venue
* 3/17-Santa Clara, @ The Avalon w/ SLEEPING GIANT
* 3/18-Modesto, CA @ Seasons Hall w/ SLEEPING GIANT
* 3/19-Anaheim, CA @ The Grove - CALIFORNIA METALFEST V w/ AS I LAY DYING, SUICIDE SILENCE, WINDS OF PLAGUE, SLEEPING GIANT
* 3/20-Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
* 3/22-Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
* 3/23-Bloomington, IL @ Castle Theatre
* 3/24-Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
* 3/25-Dayton, OH @ The Attic w/ IN THE MIDST OF LIONS
* 3/26-Lancaster, PA @ Chameleon Club w/ THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
* 3/27-Albany, NY @ Northern Lights w/ THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
Titans Eve has issued the following statement regarding the band's upcoming album:
"Hey metal heads! The weekend is coming and I figured it was time to shed some light on our new concept album Life Apocalypse.
"Imagine you died and came back to life except you cant remember your old life, and everyone you loved and all that you cared for has been lost. That is the basis of our new concept album a concept based on a yet to be disclosed character and the power of the human spirit pushing it to its absolute limit. For as long as I can remember people have been awaiting end time dates set up by prophets and calenders. However many people fail to see that the Apocalypse comes to us all at sometime or another in our personal lives, and that could be in the form of anything that devastates a person enough for them to choose between life or death.
"The songs are sounding powerful and epic as hell. I really am beyond excited to get tracking in April.
"I want to keep you all in the loop on the progress of Life Apocalypse, So every week I will fill you in on more of what is going on and how each song is shaping up. Thank you for all the support!!! keep supporting METAL!"
Coldspell has issued the following brief statement about posting new performance footage online: "Here we have a new ColdSpell live clip from the show last weekend at Dunckers Kompani! Long Live RocknRoll." You can check out the clip below.
The band is set to release the new album "Out From The Cold" on February 25th through Escape Music. The track listing is as follows:
2. Run For Your Life
3. One In A Million
4. Six Feet Under
6. Save Our Souls
7. The King
9. Seven Wonders
10. Angel Eyes
11. Heading For Tomorrow
12. Out From The Cold
Bodies in Barbwire has checked in with the following update about recording new material:
"Hails! Been working on new tracks and so far have 4 tracks done with guitars and currently working on new track #5 and drum programming. The new tracks offer everything from fast shreds to slow crunching riffs to even slower Brutal slams! Ive been trying different methods and recording techniques on these as well to raise the quality of the sound a bit. I will be doing exhale gutturals as normal but will be using inhales on these new tracks as well to give the tracks more depth. So far everything is sounding pretty good.
"Just cant wait to get you guys to lay some ears on the evolution and next step of BiB's Brutality! If you guys have a Facebook make sure you add BiB on there because I update BiB's Facebook almost hourly. Much respect to all my bros and bands who rep BiB! Keep Supporting you sickos!"
Malevolent Creation recently announced an appearance at the upcoming Death Feast Open Air festival. The band has now updated it's European "Invidious Dominion" tour schedule with the following dates:
01.04.2011 DK Aarhus – Royal Metal Fest
02.04.2011 DE Rostock – Alte Zuckerfabrik
03.04.2011 DE Osnabrück – Bastard Club
05.04.2011 IT Milano – Tunnel
06.04.2011 IT Rom – Init
07.04.2011 IT Vicenza – Mac 2
09.04.2011 BE Opwijk - Nijdrop
10.04.2011 UK London – Underworld
11.04.2011 UK Wrexham - Central Station *NEW*
12.04.2011 UK Glasgow – Ivory Blacks
13.04.2011 IE Dublin – Crawdaddy
14.04.2011 UK Derby – Old Bell
15.04.2011 NL Dordrecht – Bibelot
16.04.2011 FR Dunkerque – Les 4 Écluses
17.04.2011 FR Rennes – Mondo Bizarro
21.04.2011 DE Goslar – JUZ B6
23.04.2011 NO Oslo – Inferno Fest
24.04.2011 DE Flensburg – Roxy
25.04.2011 NL Venlo – Poppodium Perron 55
26.04.2011 FR Grenoble - L'Amperage *NEW*
27.04.2011 FR Montpellier – Secret Place
28.04.2011 ES Badalona - Estraperlp Club
29.04.2011 ES Valencia - XY Rock
30.04.2011 PT Barrosellas – SWR Barrosellas Metalfest XIV
17.06.2011 FR Clisson - Hellfest
23.-25.06.2011 DE Germany - Death Feast Open Air
Australian act Pegazus is set to release the new album "In Metal We Trust" on April 15th, 2011 through Black Leather Records. The band has issued the following brief update about streaming new material from the album online:
"Today, we have uploaded the 4th new sample from new album 'In Metal We Trust' -> 'Old Skool Metal Dayz' Enjoy!"
You can check out the four currently uploaded samples from the new album through the band's MySpace page. The track listing for the new album is as follows:
1. Metal Messiah
2. Road Warrior
3. Old Skool Metal Dayz
4. We Live To Rock
5. Haunting Me
6. Eye For An Eye
7. Ghost Rider
8. Metal Gods
9. End Of The World
10. Death Or Glory
11. Old Skool Metal Dayz
Earlier this week, Slovenian metallers Bleeding Fist announced the departure of drummer Alex "Krieg Maschine" Destradi. The band has now checked in with the following brief update about recruiting a new drummer:
"Latest from the Conclave - February 10, 2011 The new drummer of the Bleeding Fist's Conclave is Lexecutioner. Inhale the Black Wind of Satan!"
Italian act Bejelit has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming live shows:
"Bejelit is pleased to announce that April 17 we will play at Rock'nRoll Arena as opening-act for one of three dates of the axes of heavy metal German Italian tour to support their latest studio effort 'to a web Strings'... you're talking about the RAGE!"
The band's upcoming dates are as follows:
February 20: Ornavasso (VB) + Many more
March 18: Burn Out - Vergiate (VA) + Anthologies
April 8: Barn Building - Settimo Milanese (MI) + Many more
April 17: Rock'n Roll Arena - Romagnano Sesia (NO) + Rage Golem
April 30: Rock'n Roll Arezzo - Arezzo (AR)
You can also check out Bejelit's video for the song "Saint From Beyond" at this location.
Bethlehem has posted 2004 rehearsal footage online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:
"This is an instrumental Re-Room Live Version of 'Mein Kuss erstickt im Imperativ,' taken from the 'Schatten aus der Alexander Welt' album in 2003. The sound isn't postproceeded and just is presenting the raw re-room power of these days back in 2004. The vid was done in an old World War II bunker in Krefeld/Germany."
Spain's Diabulus in Musica has checked in with the following update about entering the studio to record a new album:
"In the studio! It's time to record! We finished the pre-production of our 2nd album last week and we are about to finish the drum recordings. Xabi has done a great job! We will post a video report of the drum recordings very soon, so keep updated! Next week it will be time for Alex to record the bass guitars."
Diabulus in Musica tracks are also currently available for streaming through the band's official MySpace profile.
Video game publisher Activision has announced the discontinuation of the Guitar Hero series due to declining sales. The series started in 2005 and generated billions of dollars in sales, paving the way for other popular music franchises such as Rock Band and dozens of spin-offs for PCs and mobile devices.
According to MSNBC.com Activision made the decision, "due to continued declines in the music genre, the company will disband Activision Publishing's 'Guitar Hero' business unit and discontinue development on its 'Guitar Hero' game for 2011... These decisions are based on the desire to focus on the greatest opportunities that the company currently has to create the world's best interactive entertainment experiences."
Heavenwood has posted a new song online titled "Fading Sun," which is off the band's upcoming album "Abyss Masterpiece." You can hear the song in the clip below, and the band also commented:
"Dear friends around the world, time to watch and listen via Youtube to our new 'Fading Sun' from 'Abyss Masterpiece,' the new album to be released March 14th by Listenable Records. 'Autumn inspiring my deepest desires, To fall as flowers do from this room without a view...'"
German thrash metal act Destruction has posted the fifth trailer for its upcoming album "Day Of Reckoning," which can be viewed below. “Day Of Reckoning” is set to be unleashed on February 18, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Technical metal act The Helix Nebula has posted a new, as-yet-untitled, demo track on the band's official Facebook page. The Helix Nebula commented on the demo by saying:
"Just finished the rough master of the second track. My mind hurts and I don't want to see another wav file for at least 24 hours, BUT the song sounds pretty angry. Tek-az-fuk even."
You can check out the untitled new demo at this location.
Generation Kill has announced its signing with Season of Mist. The signing comes in time for the band to release its debut album, expected to hit store shelves later in the year. Generation Kill features in its ranks Exodus front man Rob Dukes. The band commented on the signing by saying:
"The writing team of Rob Dukes and Rob Moschetti are glad to be working with Season of Mist for the Generation Kill debut album. This release is the most diverse project that either of the two have been a part of.
"This is an honest, no holds barred album containing various styles of music. In a way, it is a bit of a selfish record. We wrote the kind of material that we like. You can't please everybody, so you might as well please yourself. Honestly, that's what true art is. FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION."
Welsh post-hardcore act Funeral For A Friend has released its new music video for the track "Sixteen." The song appears on the band's forthcoming new album "Welcome Home Armageddon." "Welcome Home Armageddon" is currently planned for a March 15th, 2011 release date through Good Fight Music. You can view the new video and the album's track listing below.
1. This Side Of Brightness
2. Old Hymns
3. Front Row Seats To The End of The World
6. Spinning Over The Island
7. Man Alive
8. Owls (Are Watching)
9. Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don’t
11. Broken Foundation
12. Welcome Home Armageddon
American hardcore/deathcore act Emmure has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Solar Flare Homicide" which is taken from its forthcoming studio album. The new album, titled "Speaker of the Dead," is set for release on February 15, 2011 through Victory Records. You can check out the music video below:
American deathcore act Dr. Acula has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Who You Gonna Call?" which is set to appear on the band's forthcoming album "Slander." "Slander" is set for release on February 15, 2011 through Victory Records. You can view the music video below:
American metalcore act For Today has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of Australia. Support on the trek will come from For All Eternity. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
03/24 Melbourne, AUS – The Pony
03/25 Mt. Gambier, AUS – Old Goal
03/26 Adelaide, AUS – The Underground
03/27 Melbourne, AUS – Mustard Tree
03/29 Bendigo, AUS – Musicman Megastore
03/30 Newcastle, AUS – Great Northern
03/31 Sydney, AUS – Hot Damn
04/01 Sydney, AUS – Campbelltown
04/02 Brisbane, AUS – Redcliffe PCYC (early show)
04/02 Brisbane, AUS – Thriller
04/03 Gold Coast, AUS – Expressive Grounds
Los Angeles, California post-hardcore act Letlive. has announced its signing with Epitaph Records. The band also revealed that the label will be re-releasing its latest album "Fake History" with bonus tracks on April 12th, 2011. The band's newest music video, for the track "The Sick, Sick, 6.8 Billion," can be viewed below along with the "Fake History" re-issue track listing.
1. Le Prologue
2. The Sick, Sick, 6.8 Billion
3. Renegade ‘86
4. Enemigos / Enemies
5. Casino Columbus
7. Homeless Jazz
8. We, The Pros Of Con
9. H. Ledger
10. Over Being Under
11. Day 54
12. Hollywood, And She Did*
13. Lemon Party*
14. This Mime (A Sex Symbol)*
American nu-metal act Slaves On Dope has posted some new video footage from its recent touring. You can view the tour documentary below:
Rise & Fall has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline run of the Eastern United States. Support on the trek will come from Masakari. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
05/08 Providence, RI – Club Hell
05/09 Albany, NY – Bogies
05/10 Garden City, NY – Ethical Humanist Society
05/11 Baltimore, MD – CCAS
05/12 Richmond, CA – Warehouse
05/13 Philadelphia, PA – Broad Street Ministry
05/14 New York, NY – TBA
Lazarus A.D. has teamed up with Metalinjection.net to post the fifth of six episodes chronicling the recording process for "Black Rivers Flow" at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI with Chris Djuricic. The video clip can be viewed below.
Southern doom/groove metal act King Giant has recently completed and released its second music video from the band's debut full-length "Southern Darkness." The video was shot for the track "Solace." You can view the new music video below:
Pennsylvania metal act Sinister Realm has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The album, titled "The Crystal Eye," will see its release in late May on Shadow Kingdom Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below:
1. Winds of Vengeance
2. The Shroud of Misery
3. With Swords Held High
4. The Crystal Eye
5. At the Hands of the Tormentor
6. Signal the Earth
7. Battle for the Sinister Realm
8. The Tower is Burning
Sylosis has posted some new footage from the studio online. The footage was captured during the recording of the band's new album "Edge of the Earth." "Edge of the Earth" is set for release on March 11th, 2011 via Nuclear Blast. You can view the studio footage below:
The album's tracklisting is as follows:
2. Sands Of Time
4. Empyreal (Part 2)
5. A Serpents Tongue
7. Kingdom Of Solitude
8. Where The Sky Ends
11. Altered States Of Consciousness
12. Beyond The Resurrected
14. From The Edge Of The Earth
Austrian symphonic metal act Visions of Atlantis has posted a new trailer online to promote its forthcoming new album "Delta." You can view the video trailer below:
Here is the "Delta" track listing:
1. Black River Delta
3. New Dawn
4. Where Daylight Fails
5. Conquest Of Others
6. Twist Of Fate
7. Elegy Of Existence
10. Gravitate Towards Fatality
Visions of Atlantis also recently announced an appearance at the upcoming 2011 edition of the Metalcamp Festival. Details can be found here.
Irish heavy metallers Darkest Era have posted a new studio dairy video online. The video documents the band's time recording its Metal Blade Records debut "The Last Caress of Light." You can view the studio footage below:
Coldworker drummer Anders Jackobson has posted the following recording update online and announcement about the title of the band's new album:
"There's often talk about 'the difficult second album.' Well, history has told me time and again that the third album is usually the most memorable in a band's discography.
"We have all put more than 100% each into this album, writing songs that will stand out on their own as well as have a natural place on the album, spending many hours in three different recording studios just to get the best out of ourselves and so on.
"The album is definitively 'the next step' for Coldworker, with developed song-writing and performances that are the best we can muster. It's really a band effort as all five members of the band have written songs, and like wise all five of us have opinions about what the final album should be. We still have, alas friendly, arguments about the mix and the track order, but at least we have decided upon a title: the album will be called 'The Doomsayer's Call'."
You can also check out footage of the band performing the new song "Becoming the Stench" at this location.
Sacramento, California metal act Devastator has announced that it will be changing its name to Blessed Curse. The band offered the following explanation:
"Due to the ever-increasing number of bands deciding to use the name Devastator, and '.....tor' bands in general that have been springing up these days we've concluded that it is best for our band to stand out from the pack as much as possible, apart from our music alone. This new name fits our band to the letter because of our extensive history of being a band from an area where there is not much of anything for a music scene and having to travel to build any kind of fanbase, life on the road, all the ups and downs and in betweens of being in a metal band.
"Also, about a year ago we were fortunate to meet a local fan of our band for many years named Clark Webb, who is now wielding rhythm guitar with us, making our band officially no longer a trio and making us an even more powerful force to be reckoned with in the metal music world."
American hard rock act Hellyeah has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Better Man" and is taken from the band's latest studio album "Stampede." You can view the video below:
Atlanta, Georgia metal act Becoming the Archetype has revealed details regarding its forthcoming new album. The new album, titled "Celestial Completion," is set for release on March 29th through Solid State Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below:
1. The Resonant Frequency of Flesh
2. The Magnetic Sky
3. Internal Illumination
4. Path of the Beam
5. Music of the Spheres: Requiem Aeternam Part I (instrumental)
6. Elemental Wrath: Requiem Aeternam Part II
7. Xenosynthesis: Requiem Aeternam Part III
8. Invisible Creature (instrumental)
9. Cardiac Rebellion
11. Breathing Light
Milan, Italy modern metal act Exilia has posted the following statement online in regards to its forthcoming new studio album "Decode."
"['Decode' is] something real, something that cannot be contained in a commercial box. Music is my way to express myself and I get inspired by many music styles, writing and combining different genres to find the right code to decypher the sound I hear in my head. "I can't put any limits to it, our music is universal and does not belong to any system."
"Decode" is currently planned for release in May.
North Texas death metal outfit The Famine has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Ad Mortem" which is taken from the forthcoming full length album "The Architects of Guilt." "The Architects of Guilt" is set for release on February 15, 2011. You can check out the music video below:
Danish metal act The Burning has announced that it has parted ways with bassist Thue Moller. The band commented on Moller's departure by saying;
"Thue has been struggling with tinnitus for a while, and, unfortunately, it has only been getting worse, and his doctor now advises him to quit music altogether. We are very sad to see him go, and we hope he will get better soon.
"The band seeks a new dedicated, experienced replacement, that can step into a band with high tour activity. It's less important if you playing style is fast, technical or heavy and basic, as long as you pound that thing with everything you've got, can let loose, and have no problem being away from home."
California metal act Devildriver has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Dead To Rights" which is set to appear on the band's forthcoming full length album "Beast." "Beast" will see its release on February 22, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. You can view the video and the "Beast" tracklisting below:
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1. Dead To Rights (4:53)
2. Bring The Fight (To The Floor) (3:33)
3. Hardened (5:46)
4. Shitlist (4:04)
5. Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened) (4:20)
6. You Make Me Sick (5:18)
7. Coldblooded (4:06)
8. Blur (4:58)
9. The Blame Game (4:00)
10. Black Soul Choir (16 HORSEPOWER cover) (5:07)
11. Crowns Of Creation (4:55)
12. Lend Myself To The Night (4:01)
Guitarist/vocalist James Farwell of Vancouver, Canada heavy metal act Bison B.C. has posted the following statement online in regards to the band being refused entry into the United States to play a special one-off show with Eyehategod in Seattle:
"Due to our vicious plot to undermine the American economy and to destroy the citizens of the United States of America's belief in freedom and baseball or whatever, we weren't allowed to cross that fascinating imaginary line. More likely due to a fucking clerical error somewhere in Corporate America, the fine people at Homeland Security had no choice but to keep Americans secure from us dirty fucking Canadians. But fear not my fellow poser Canadians, we will get our fucking paper work in order soon enough and be down destroying things before you can say, 'Does Celine Dion shit in the fucking woods?!,' and yes indeed she does. Peace on Earth."
In related news, Bison B.C. is currently in the studio penning the follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed "Dark Ages" full-length. Further details are expected to be revealed soon. "Dark Ages" was released in 2010 through Metal Blade Records.
See what I did there? Clever stuff, eh? Anyway, Death Angel is out doing a club tour across North America to support their newest studio full length, “Relentless Retribution,” supported by Lazarus A.D., Bonded by Blood, Early Man and Hexen. They stopped by Chicago on February 9, and already had a couple strikes against them before they even took the stage. But more on that later. Lazarus A.D. was supposed to be second on the bill but had van problems and didn’t make it to Chicago; an obvious bummer all around for obvious reasons, and it especially sucked for your correspondent, since I love me some Lazarus A.D. Hexen and Early Man were also replaced by a couple local Chicago bands. Enough preamble, let’s talk about what actually happened. More...