Metal News for February 12, 2010
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Indiana based death metal band VISCERAL THRONE has just signed a multi-album contract with Brutal Bands. VISCERAL THRONE is currently booking shows and writing material for their debut full length album. With the writing process about half way complete, VISCERAL THRONE plans to enter the studio later this year.
Brutal Bands founder Scott Ellingboe comments, "I just recently found out about this band a few weeks ago. After listening through just half of one song on their myspace page, I knew this was a band to take interest in. I’m really excited to welcome this newer band to our growing roster." More...
German metal band GOLDUST has released their first song of their upcoming album, "Destroyer | Borderlines," entitled "Passage." Listen to it at this location.
Italian metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse has posted a new song, entitled "Thru Our Scars," on their MySpace page. The song comes off their new album, "Mafia," which is set for a 18/05/2010 release date via Willowtip Records.
Italian power metal band Elvenking has issued the following update:
"American/German top producer Dennis Ward (Angra, Pink Cream 69, Primal Fear, etc) will produce Elvenking new album. The recordings will start on March 20th at Piranha studios in Karsdolf (Germany). Mat Sinner (Primal Fear, Sinner) will also take the role of executive producer in the whole process. A possible release date for the new album can be expected in September 2010."
"On the live side we confirm Elvenking will play at the Italian Headbangers Fest with other 10 Italian bands like DGM, Secret Sphere, Trick or Treat and many other great ones. Here are the dates:
April 24th @ STAZIONE BIRRA - ROMA
April 25th @ MATRIOSKA – MODENA"
Santa Cruz, CA technical death metal band BRAIN DRILL has posted the new track "Monumental Failure" on their MySpace page.
Bassist Ivan Munguia comments; "Monumental Failure has a couple of the most mosh inducing riffs on the new album Quantum Catastrophe, but it also showcases the direction we are heading in terms of songwriting. Monumental Failure was one of the first songs written for the Quantum Catastrophe so in a way, we're easing listeners into some of the more complex songs that we wrote." More...
Regain Records has posted a new song from Belgium black metal band Enthroned on their MySpace page entitled "The Vitalized Shell." The song comes off their upcoming album, "Pentagrammaton," will be released on March 22nd.
UK pagan black metal band Wodensthrone has announced their signing to Candlelight Records.
The band comments, "Wodensthrone are very excited to be working with Candlelight Records; a label that has always embraced quality black metal and pioneered many artists we hold in high esteem. To be on the same label as one of our biggest influences, Emperor, is an incredible and humbling achievement for us. We hope this new alliance with one of metal’s most recognisable labels will take us to a new level in our musical careers and give us the opportunity to expose our art to a wider audience and finally take our live performances beyond the shores of Albion. The band hope this is the start of a lasting relationship with Candlelight and we are convinced that UK Black Metal is heading for a renaissance under their banner."
Epica lives up to their name, being a live powerhouse that few bands can compare to. It's obvious that this is a band that has a special chemistry together and love what they do. I was fortunate enough to be able to sit down with guitarist and band founder Mark Jansen to talk about Epica, its future and the new project by a former bandmate of his. More...
After three years, ANDREW W.K. fans can finally experience the "lost" third album from the party rocker. Previously released in Japan and Korea in 2006, "Close Calls with Brick Walls" will officially become available in the United States on March 23rd, 2010, being released by STEEV MIKE, as a special two album package (the original "Close Calls with Brick Walls" on one disc, and an additional CD called "Mother of Mankind," containing rare and unreleased material).
"Close Calls with Brick Walls" was recorded in multiple sessions throughout 2004 and 2005, using the full Andrew W.K. touring band for the first time. With a full instrumental band, the new album includes exciting new performances, styles, and rhythms. The lyrics are more complex although still very playful, and Andrew’s voice has grown into something much more distinct and expressive.
Since the initial 2006 release of "Close Calls with Brick Walls," Andrew’s career has moved in all sorts of surprising directions. He did a lot of things that were unexpected, yet offered little in the way of explanation for behavior that, on one level, seemed quite natural and, on another, entirely unnatural. Instead of promoting and touring the album in the U.S., he went on a lecture tour as an inspirational new-age motivational speaker. He cut his hair. It grew back. He stepped out of his dirty whites and into a tailored suit to model for gentleman’s magazines like Esquire and V-Man, he produced a Grammy-nominated album for reggae artist, Lee "Scratch" Perry, opened a night club in New York (Santos Party House) and became the host of the Cartoon Network game show, Destroy Build Destroy. He recorded a solo piano album and went on tour with a classical string quartet.
Wisconsin's Downside has posted a new music video online for the song "Voices," which is off their upcoming single. The video clip can be viewed below.
Devin Townsend just completed a North American trek with Between The Buried and Me, Cynic, and Scale The Summit. This was Townsend’s first tour in a number of years and the first in support of his new offering, "Addicted," which debuted at #168 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #2 on the Billboard Heatseakers chart.
Townsend checks in with the following report in regards to the success of the tour and his plans for the remainder of the year. He states: “Tour one in the can! Man, what a heck of an experience. I had gone back into touring with a certain amount of trepidation. 'will I flake? Can I do this without the 'persona? Is this life going to wipe me out?' but as is with most things, you never know until you're 'in it'. After a week of tumultuous shows (click tracks through front of house, monitor problems, broken guitars, etc.) I began to realize that really NOTHING has changed since Ozzfest for me. I'm still the same cheeseball performer, but now my voice is clear and I have the realization that I am honored to do this, and I really missed it. I love playing for people, and to finally represent all the emotions that go into my work, as opposed to just one or two is a dream come true and one that I don't take lightly.
“The audiences were great, supportive and forgiving of the initial technical glitches. The opportunity to connect with folks who have supported me for so long is an incredibly rewarding experience. The tour itself was magnificent with many shows that were sold out or close to it, and for my 'reintroduction' to the touring life, I could not have asked for better people to share the experience with. More...
Detroit, MI metallers And Hell Followed With will be touring alongside Within the Ruins. The tour begins today in Two Rivers, WI and commences at the end of the month. The confirmed dates are as follows:
2/12 - Two Rivers, WI @ The Behringer Room (No WTR)
2/13 - Buffalo, Minnesota @ The Vault
2/15 - St. Louis, Missouri @ Fubar
2/16 - East Ridge, Tennessee @ The Warehouse
2/17 - Corbin, Kentucky @ Corbin Technology Center
2/18 - Windsor, Ontario @ Warhaus Community Center
2/19 - Southgate, Michigan @ The Modern Exchange
2/20 - Jackson, Michigan @ Club 789
2/21 - Charleroi, Pennsylvania @ Club Octane
2/22 - Wilmington, Delaware @ Mojo 13
2/23 - Metuchen, New Jersey @ FA Hall
2/24 - Ashland VFW - Ashland, Massachusetts
2/25 - Herkimer, New York - The Inferno Lounge
And Hell Followed With have also announced a new tour that will find them playing alongside Rose Funeral and Wretched. Guitarist Kyle McIlmurray chimed in with some brief words on how much the band is looking forward to playing in new places on this tour: "We're all pretty damn excited to hit a lot of states we've never been to on this tour. We're totally stoked to play for new crowds and see fresh faces every night - new friends will definitely be made all over the place. We're especially thrilled about going out with Rose Funeral and Wretched. They're 2 of our favorites for sure." More...
Abacabb are currently out on the road headlining the "Hot Dice On Black Ice Tour" featuring Upon A Burning Body. The tour just hit Texas and will be in California this weekend. Following the tour the band will enter the studio with producer Will Putney at the Machine Shop in New Jersey and will have a new album to be released sometime this Summer. More information on the album's title and release date will be announced as it is made available.
Abacabb have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Born of Osiris has posted a music video online for the song "Now Arise" from their sophomore album "A Higher Place." The video clip can be viewed below.
Born of Osiris also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Swiss electronic metallers Breach The Void (previously known as Etna) have signed with Coroner Records for the release of their debut album scheduled for May/June 2010. Breach The Void was formed by drummer Alex Anxionna (former Sybreed). The band just finished the mastering process at Antfarm Studio by Tue Madsen (Dark Tranquillity, Mnemic, The Haunted). Further information on the album title, track listing, and release dates will be announced soon. The sample track "Propagate" can be heard at Breach The Void's MySpace page.
Having just completed a run in the UK/Europe, Richmond, VA's Municpal Waste are headed straight back onto the road this March for a number of dates in South America. "South America has always been on our list of places to spread the Waste," says guitarist Ryan Waste. "I know how passionate the crowds are about heavy music down there and we're going to deliver. I'm prepared for some wild shows to ensue."
The full list of South American dates is as follows:
3/5 2010 @ Sindicato de Industria Y Comercio, Guadalajara, Mexico
3/6 2010 @ Circo Volador, Mexico City, Mexico
3/7 2010 @ Teatro Metro, Bogota, Colombia
3/10 2010 @ Barranco Bar, Lima, Peru
3/11 2010 @ Teatro Novedades, Santiago, Chile
3/12 2010 @ Hammer Rock Bar, Campinas, Brazil
3/13 2010 @ Clash Club, Sao Paulo, Brazil
3/14 2010 @ Teatro Odisseia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Christian rockers Stryper have issued the following update about preparing to record a new album:
"Wow! Typically (and historically) speaking, a new Stryper record comes out every 2-3 years. I'm pleased to announce shocking news - we are starting pre-production at the end of February (of this year) and we begin recording the 2nd week of March (of this year)! We will have a new record completed by early May 2010 and we will be planning for a release later in the year!!!
"I don't want to say too much at this time but I will write an update by next week describing what we're going to do and I can tell you this - it won't be what anyone expects and it will show a completely different side to Stryper that the world has never heard before. Let the controversy begin........... The band is incredibly excited about this project and the label is equally as excited... Great things ahead!"
Indian thrash/death metal act Inner Sanctum has posted a new video online of drummer Abhinav performing the drum segment for a new, as-yet-untitled song. The video clip can be viewed below.
Philadelphia, PA’s Rumpelstiltskin Grinder will join death metal act Deceased for a run of west coast dates in August. These dates will begin on August 6th in Las Vegas, NV and will mark the first time Deceased has played many of these cities in 25 years. Rumpelstiltskin Grinder is touring in support of their recent release, "Living For Death, Destroying The Rest." The new album is currently streaming online now in its entirety at this location.
The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Blackened death metallers Acheron have officially added two new guitarists, Art Taylor and Eric Stewart, to the band. Taylor came to Acheron from Wehrwolfe and Stewart was in Mangled Faith and Infernal Faith. Both guitarists also previously worked together in a King Diamond/Mercyful Fate tribute band titled Them.
Founder and front man Vincent Crowley said “This band has gone through an evolutionary process since day one. It just gets better and better as time moves on. We were very pleased with the last album The Final Conflict: Last Days of God and knew we really needed two killer guitarists who lived in our general area to work on the next Acheron releases. Art who had already been working with us, introduced me to Eric. Those two together are a force to be reckoned with! We can’t wait to unleash some new studio recordings to the fans.”
Vincent Crowley also commented on the departure of previous guitarist Maximus Otworth: “Max did a great job while working with us and we only wish him the best of luck. He’s a talented young guitarist that he has a lot to offer the Metal world.”
As I Lay Dying has announced a new string of Australian tour dates in March and April. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
3/28 2010 Amplifier Perth, AU
3/29 2010 Enigma Bar Adelaide, AU
3/30 2010 Corner Hotel Melbourne, AU
3/31 2010 Annandale Hotel Sydney, AU
4/1 2010 Cambridge Hotel Newcastle, AU
4/3 2010 Easterfest Toowoomba, AU
Baltimore, MD's Misery Index has extended their February / March tour to cover the south-eastern United States. Joining Misery Index on this leg will be Florida's Gigan. A listing of tour dates and cities can be found below.
Misery Index recently recorded their follow-up album to 2008's "Traitors." The new record, "Heirs To Thievery," was recorded at Wright Way Studios with engineer Steve Wright. The album is set for a May 11th North American release date, May 17th internationally.
The upcoming Misery Index tour dates are as follows: More...
Shadows Fall recently recorded a cover version of "Bark at the Moon" by Ozzy Osbourne. The band has now posted a music video online for the track, which can be viewed below.
Mortemia, the new solo band from Morten Veland of Sirenia, has posted a video online for the song "The One I Once Was." The song is off Mortemia's upcoming album "Misere Mortem," which will be released in the U.S. on March 9th, 2010 and in Europe on March 1st, 2010 (February 26th in Germany and Sweden) via Napalm Records. The video clip can be viewed below.
Finnish cello-rockers Apocalyptica just announced a summer debut for their latest metal-inspired creation. The new album will follow up their 2007 release "Worlds Collide." Dave Lombardo of Slayer, along with several other surprise guest musicians, are set to participate on this 7th studio album.
Classically trained cellists Eicca Toppinen, Paavo Lötjönen, Perttu Kivilaakso and drummer Mikko Sirén are currently putting finishing touches on the album and gearing up for their February invasion of Kaapelitehdas, Finland’s metal expo. By early March the band will return to Los Angeles and prepare to unveil the album on an international stage.
Apocalyptica also has the following upcoming tour dates:
2/20/10 FI – Helsinki – Kaapelitehdas (Finnish Metal Expo)
3/11/10 FI – Savonlinna – Savonlinnasali
3/12/10 FI – Lahti – Sibeliustalo
3/13/10 FI – Kuopio – Musiikkikeskus
3/19/10 FI – Levi - Hullu Poro Areena
3/20/10 FI – Oulu – Teatria
3/21/10 FI – Seinäjoki – Rytmikorjaamo
3/22/10 FI – Turku – Konserttitalo
3/23/10 FI – Tampere – Tampere-talo
3/24/10 FI – Hämeenlinna – Verkatehdas
3/28/10 UA – Dnepropetrovsk – Sport Palace
3/30/10 UA – Odessa – Sport Palace
3/31/10 UA – Kiev – Port Palace
4/2/10 BY – Minsk - Palace of Republic
This week, Megadeth shockingly announced that James Lomenzo would be leaving Megadeth. Even more surprising would be former Megadeth bassist and co-founder David "Jr." Ellefson to return to Megadeth. Already, James Lomenzo has his mind set on another project. More...
In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad has parted ways with the band. Strömblad issued the following statement about the decision:
“I have decided it is best for me to leave In Flames and to quit the band permanently. The last 17 years have been a blast, and I am proud to have been part of this great journey, with the most talented and amazing people anyone can wish to have the privilege to work with. I’m also the luckiest guy in the world, to have the BEST fans in the world, who have been supporting me during my difficult times. It means the world to me, and I’m determined to fight and defeat my demons once and for all.... and by the help from you guys, I’m on my way. I’m far from done with music, metal, or whatever my direction is taking me, so be sure to hear from me in the future. May the Force be with you!"
In Flames also issued the following statement:
"We are losing a great guitar player and musician, but in order to keep a very dear friend this is probably for the best. If this feels right for Jesper we are behind him 100% on his decision. It is way too early to speculate about the future and possible replacements and things like that. However, we can assure you that In Flames will continue as a band, release albums and tour the world. The door to In Flames is always open to Jesper. We are, and will always be behind Jesper 100% on his way to recovery.”
Swiss gothic act Lacrimosa has announced two new festival appearances as well as a string of upcoming Russian dates. Lacrimosa's currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:
5/23 2010 Leipzig / Wave Gotik Treffen, Germany
5/30 2010 Saint Petersburg / DK Lensoveta
6/1 2010 Krasnodar / DK ZhD
6/2 2010 Rostov-On-Don / Dom Ofitserov
6/4 2010 Moscow / 1Rock
6/6 2010 Samara / ODO
6/8 2010 Ekaterinburg / Dvorets Molodezhi (Youth Palace
July 18th 2010 Zlin / Masters Of Rock Festival, Czech Republic
As was previously reported, former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has re-joined the band for their upcoming tour. Ellefson has now issued the following statement about preparing for the tour:
"Greetings Droogies, Rattleheads and Everyone Around the World! It is great to be back in Megadeth! As you can imagine, it's been quite a week getting back in the saddle with a gazillion things to get a handle on before we hit the road. We are rehearsing for the upcoming 'Rust In Peace' 20th Anniversary tour this week at Vic's Garage, and I must say, the songs are ripping! Dave and I sound like we haven't missed a beat. We have a special style we've created together over the years and it just fell right back into place instantly. I've definitely missed his ferocious guitar playing....no one does it quite like him.
"Chris Broderick is a fantastic player and Shawn Drover lays down a nice pocket that keeps the songs sounding like the records, which makes them a treat to play to. Overall, the studio is a great hang and kind of like a music boot camp with guitars, amps and drums at our disposal so we can always be playing and working on tunes.
"As always, there are gear needs to sort out before a tour, especially with music this demanding and particular. The crew is working very hard to get the details in order now to ensure an amazing show.
"I want to thank you all for your overwhelming support, congratulations and excitement on my return back with the band and I look forward to seeing you all at the upcoming shows. Be ready for 'The Punishment Due'!"
Porcupine Tree has added two additional tour dates in Mexico. The extra dates are April 9th in Monterrey at Escenica, and April 11th in Guadalajara, at Teatro Diana. Porcupine Tree's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
4/9 2010 Escenica Monterrey, Nuevo León
4/11 2010 Teatro Diana Guadalajara
4/13 2010 Teatro Metropolitan Mexico City
4/14 2010 Teatro Metropolitan Mexico City
4/17 2010 COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL Indio, California
4/20 2010 House of Blues DALLAS
4/21 2010 House of Blues HOUSTON
4/23 2010 House of Blues ORLANDO
4/24 2010 The Fillmore MIAMI
4/25 2010 Tampa Theater Tampa, Florida
4/27 2010 Tabernacle ATLANTA
4/28 2010 Amos’s Southend CHARLOTTE
4/30 2010 Riviera CHICAGO
5/1 2010 Bogart’s CINCINNATI
5/6 2010 Capitole Du Quebec Quebec City, Quebec
5/7 2010 Place De Arts Montreal, Quebec
5/8 2010 Sound Academy Toronto, Ontario
10/14 2010 Royal Albert Hall LONDON
North Carolina band The Demonstration recently released a metal-inspired cover of Lady GaGa's "Bad Romance." This week Lady GaGa gave a nod and a link to the band efforts on her official Twitter stating: "Death metal with ice dancing + high fashion you get the Monster Ball."
Since then the story has been picked up by MTV News among other sites.
The cover can be heard on The Demonstration's MySpace page and is expected to be part of a release scheduled for later this year.
American thrash metal legends Exodus has announced that they have been forced to delay the release of their new studio album, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" once again. The album will now be released on May 7th. You can check out a demo of a new song entitled, "Good Riddance" below. More...
In an interview this week Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) leaked out that the band will play the album "Slippery When Wet" in its entirety during their next tour. He then went on to say that when they don’t play this album they will play "Lost Highway" or "The Circle" from start to finish. For those holding tickets to a Bon Jovi show, this is referred to as Bon Jovi Roulette… More...