Metal News for February 13, 2009
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ROCK ON THE RANGE will return to Columbus, Ohio’s Crew Stadium Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2009. The 2009 line-up for the nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country will be highlighted by performances from some of rock’s biggest artists including Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn.
“We try to listen to our fans and they've been saying for years that we should play at Rock On The Range,” said Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe.
“We're really excited to play one of America's great rock festivals,” SLIPKNOT’s Corey Taylor says, “Being asked to headline Rock on the Range is an absolute pleasure! Columbus, Ohio has always been very good to us. The line-up looks great; the shows look fantastic. And I personally think it will be an absolute blast for everyone. See you in May!”
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, the two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event will feature a potent line-up of more than 35 bands. This year’s well-rounded mix of rock’s top artists also includes Shinedown, Buckcherry, The Used, Atreyu, Chevelle, Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Saliva, Blue October, Hoobastank, Black Stone Cherry, and many more.
This marks the third outing for the annual event, which drew 30,000 people in its inaugural year in 2007 and more than 55,000 people in 2008. Event features this year include the addition of a third stage, the Jägermeister Music Stage, on-stage fan platforms--for contest winners--and an expanded vendor village.
In 2009, ROCK ON THE RANGE will also increase their “Go Green” initiative via ROTR “Go Green,” an online portal that allows fans to recycle old cell phones and mp3 players for free tickets and ROTR memorabilia and official festival merchandise. ROTR is the first festival to have an on-line recycling trade-in rewards component. More information can be found at www.rotrgogreen.com.
Tickets for ROCK ON THE RANGE, as well as VIP Packages that include festival tickets, hotel accommodations and festival merchandise, go on sale Saturday, February 21 at 10:00 AM (ET) via www.rockontherange.com and www.ticketmaster.com, all local Ticketmaster outlets and at the Crew Stadium box office. Two-day ticket packages will start as low as $99.50.
Here's the complete Rock On The Range 2009 lineup: More...
Seether will be making appearances on Rockline Radio and FuseTV next week.
Seether will be the featured guests on ROCKLINE radio Monday, February 16 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. You can call in and chat with Seether toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com.
You can also catch a half hour block of videos from Seether this coming week on Fuse’s Loaded on Tuesday, February 17 at 4pm ET on Fuse TV.
Billboard.com reports: Heaven And Hell, the band featuring the post-Ozzy Osbourne members of Black Sabbath, will release its first album under that name, "The Devil You Know," April 28 on Rhino.
The set is Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice's first studio release since the 1992 Sabbath album "Dehumanizer," and was preceded by three new songs on the recent compilation "Black Sabbath: The Dio Years."
Song titles include "Bible Black," "Rock & Roll Angel," "Breaking Into Heaven," "Atom & Evil" and "Eating the Cannibals."
Iommi told Billboard last summer that "it really is Black Sabbath, whatever we do," but said the artists had chosen to tour as Heaven And Hell "so everyone knows what they're getting [and] so people won't expect to hear 'Iron Man' and all those songs. We've done them for so many years, it's nice to do just all the stuff with did with Ronnie again."
Thunderstone has posted a new song, "Star," on their MySpace player, from their new, yet named album. "Star" showcases the band at its heaviest so far and features guest vocals from Amorphis frontman Tomi Joutsen. The song will also be released on Playground Music’s "Dark Playground" compilation, available for free at the Finnish Metal Expo 13th and 14th February. More new on the release will be revealed in the future.
In the meantime, you can also check out their most recent studio video below. More...
Frontiers Records has announced the European release of GREAT WHITE's brand new studio album “Rising” on March 13, 2009.
Long time members Jack Russell (vocals), Mark Kendall (lead guitar), Audie Desbrow (drums), Michael Lardie (guitar, keyboards) with new bassist Scott Snyder (ex RAMOS) have spent the last few months in the studio writing and recording new songs. “I think had we done this record back in the day it would hold up to anything we've ever done and also fit perfectly” says guitar player Mark Kendall. “When we make music with Jack singing and me playing guitar along with Michael Lardie, it's going to sound like Great White no matter what era.”
“The new album for me was extension of the affection we have for playing music together” says Michael Lardie, “I believe the songs are a bit more introspective true to life experience for us, not all the songs were written as we went into the studio, so I feel there is a freshness to the tracks as a result.”
According to singer Jack Russell, “The band is in great shape and everyone is excited about the new year. We can't wait to tour and play some of the new music live. Our new bass player Scott is a great guy who can really play. The stuff he wrote to our new music is awesome!”
Just like the previous album, "Rising", was mixed, produced, and engineered by Michael Lardie. The new cd rocks from start to finish and shows the band’s maturity in writing amazing Rock anthems, killer Blues numbers, melodic mid-tempos and heartfelt ballads.
Amidst the news of Metallica's Grammy wins, we failed to report that Robert Plant and Alison Krauss also won five Grammy awards at the 51st annual Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Staples Center. Then again, the wins were not in metal categories - they included album of the year for the Rounder project "Raising Sand," record of the year for "Please Read The Letter," pop collaboration with vocals for "Rich Woman," best country collaboration with vocals for "Killing the Blues," and best contemporary folk/Americana album.
"We are thrilled and very grateful to everybody who is excited for us," Krauss said. "I'm bewildered," Plant said. "In the old days we would have called this selling out -- but it's a good way to spend a Sunday."
Krauss and Plant performed both "Rich Woman" and "Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On)" during the show.
Plant and Krauss later confirmed that the will be doing another album together.
Ryan Frederiksen (guitarist for Narrows and These Arms Are Snakes) has completed the artwork for the long awaited Narrows' "New Distances" album, which can be seen here. Additionally, Narrows' "New Distances" CD/LP audio player is online now featuring songs "Chambered" and "Newly Restored."
Be sure to check it out now at the link below.
Lastly, you can check out the live video for "Chambered" by Jodie Cox (the other awesome guitarist for Narrows) below. More...
Spanish metal band Dark Moor has announced three upcoming tour dates in France. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
3/12 - Lyon, Rhône-Alpes, France - Le Lyon´s Hall
3/13 - Eloyes, Lorraine, France - Espace Culturel
3/14 - Chambery, France - La Brasserie du Mont Blanc
Metal Blade records has issued the following statement about Autumn streaming their new album online:
"Altitude, the new album by female fronted Dutch rockers, AUTUMN, will be available everywhere on March 3rd. To celebrate this event, Metal Blade, MySpace and AUTUMN have decided to post the new album in it's entirety on the band's MySpace site for a limited period!
"Please click HERE and explore the dynamics and beauty of Altitude! Altitude marks the debut for outstanding singing talent Marjan Welman."
The album's track list is as follows:
1. Paradise Nox
2. Liquid Under Film Noir
5. The Heart Demands
6. A Minor Dance
7. Cascade (For A Day)
8. Horizon Line
9. Sulphur Rodents
10. Answers Never Questioned
12. One Word Reminder
Pittsburgh's sci-fi instrumental rock duo Zombi are currently streaming their entire new album "Spirit Animal" online. The album can be heard here.
British hard rock legends Deep Purple has confirmed a tour of South America beginning next week. You can check out the tour schedule below.
20 - Luna Park- Buenos Aires, Argentina
21 - Cosquin Rock Festival - Cordoba, Argentina
22 - Luna Park - Buenos Aires, Argentina
24 - Arena Puerto Montt - Puerto Montt, Chile
26 - Teatro Caopolican - Santiago, Chile
28 - TBA Antofagasta, Chile
2 - Teatro Bourbon - Porto Alegre, Brazil
3 - Teatro Bourbon - Porto Alegre, Brazil
5 - Floripa Music Hall - Florianopolis, Brazil
6 - Via Funchal - Sao Paulo, Brazil
7 - Via Funchal - Sao Paulo, Brazil
German thrash metal legends Kreator has posted their new video online for the title track of their latest album, "Hordes Of Chaos." You can check it out below. The video will make its television debut tomorrow on Headbangers Ball between the hours of 2 and 3AM. More...
American heavy metal outfit Lamb Of God has posted their new video online for the song "Set To Fail." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands forthcoming fifth studio album, "Wrath" which will be released on February 24th. More...
New York progressive metal veterans DREAM THEATER will take their PROGRESSIVE NATION tour back on the road for its second incarnation with a run through America and Canada in July/Aug 2009.
In addition to a headlining set by DREAM THEATER, this year's package will feature the ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA as well PAIN OF SALVATION and BEARDFISH.
PROGRESSIVE NATION was created by DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and its inaugural run in 2008 also featured OPETH, BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME and THREE. More...
Experimental metal band Ulver has issued the following statement about playing at the upcoming Norwegian Festival of Literature:
"The Norwegian Festival of Literature proudly presents: ULVER LIVE AT MAIHAUGSALEN, LILLEHAMMER, SATURDAY MAY 30 2009
"Once amongst the pioneers of Norwegian black metal, now living legends of dark experimental music, ULVER are today one of Norway's most acclaimed international artists. While remaining something of a secret treasure back home, a long series of strong releases, most recently the album Shadows of the Sun (2007), has earned them a unique status worldwide.
"ULVER have since their first album been exclusively a studio band. This being their first live performance in 15 years, the concert at Lillehammer is a historic event. More...
Napalm Death has announced that they will be touring North America alongside Toxic Holocaust, Kataklysm, Abigail Williams, and Trap Them. The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:
4/10 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
4/11 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
4/12 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
4/13 Cincinnati, OH @ The Madhatter
4/14 Rochester, NY @ TBA
4/15 Sudbury, ON @ Serbian Center
4/17 Worcester, MA @ New England Metal Fest
4/18 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon
4/19 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
4/20 Virginia Beach, VA @ TBA
4/21 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/22 Nashville, TN @ TBA
4/23 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
4/24 Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
4/26 Austin, TX @ Emo's
4/27 Houston, TX @ Meridian
4/28 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
4/29 Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
4/30 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
5/01 Tucson, AZ @ TBA
5/02 San Diego, CA @ Soma
5/03 Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
5/04 San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
5/05 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
5/06 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
5/08 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
5/09 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
5/10 Des Moines, IA @ TBA
5/11 Milwaukee, WI @ TBA
5/12 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/13 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
5/14 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
5/15 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
5/16 Ottawa, ON @ Babylon
5/17 Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
5/18 Quebec City, QC @ Imperial
Norwegian melodic black metal band Old Man's Child is currently streaming the new song "Slaves of the World" on their official MySpace page. The track comes from their upcoming full length studio album, which is as yet untitled. The band has announced that the album will be released in 2009, but has not yet set an official release date.
Zoroaster is currently offering a new track for download titled "White Dwarf" off their upcoming album "Voice of Saturn." The new song can be downloaded here.
Germany's Bang Your Head Open Air Festival 2009 has confirmed Exodus as the latest band to play. The show is set to take place on June 26th and 27th at Messegelände Balingen. Other confirmed bands include Blind Guardian, W.A.S.P., Sodom, Voivod, Powerwolf, Alestorm, and Sacred Reich.
Reunited Christian thrash metal outfit Believer has posted the first single from their comeback album, "Gabriel" online. The song is called "Focused Lethality" and be heard by visiting the bands official Myspace page.
The tracklisting for "Gabriel" is as follows:
2. A Moment In Prime
5. History of Decline
6. The Need for Conflict
7. Focused Lethality
8. Shut Out the Sun
9. The Brave
10. Nonsense Medicated Decay
Former Sepultura frontman and current leader of Soulfly Max Cavalera will appear as the host of the L.C.H.C. (Liberty City Hardcore) radio station in the new video game, "Grand Theft Auto IV: The Lost And Damned" Rockstar Games revealed today. The radio station will include some more metal songs this time around, including "I Cum Blood" by Cannibal Corpse, Bathory's "Call From The Grave", Entombed's "Drowned" and "Fear Of Napalm" by Terrorizer. The Classic Rock station will also be updated to include "Wild Side" by Motley Crue and "Wheels Of Steel" by Saxon amongst others. You can check out a sample of the new stations and DJ by heading to the games official website.
Reunited American heavy metal act Spineshank are the latest band to be added to this year's edition of the Music As A Weapon tour. Headlining the festival will be Disturbed and they will be joined by Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil and Chimaira as well as Suicide Silence and Bury Your Dead.
The latest Music As A Weapon 2009 tour dates are as follows:
March 20 - Madison, WI @ Alliance Energy Center
March 21 - Waterloo, IA @ McCelroy Arena
March 23 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Ford Center
March 25 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
March 28 - Phoenix, AZ @ Jobbing.com Arena
March 29 - Albuquerque, NM @ Tingley Auditorium
March 31 - Dallas, TX @ Nokia Theatre More...
The Eyes of a Traitor were all set to release their debut album on Feb. 2, until the distributor they had lined up fell through. Pinnacle Distribution – one of the UK's largest independent music distributors – fell victim to the rough economic times. But before disappointment had time to set in, Warner Brothers stepped up to the challenge and “A Clear Perception” will now hit store shelves Feb. 23 in the UK, with a North American release date of March 10.
Guitarist Steve Whitworth doesn't think the delay will have much effect on the Hertfordshire -based act's 10-track debut. More...
Finnish metallers Amorphis has revealed the brand new artwork and track listing of their forthcoming album "Skyforger." The album is due on May 29 in Europe (tentatively this summer in North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
"Skyforger" track listing:
2. Silver Bride
3. From the Heaven of My Heart
4. Sky is Mine
5. Majestic Beast
6. My Sun
7. Highest Star
9. Course of Fate
10. From Earth I Rose More...
Heavy rock iconoclasts MASTODON will release their new album, "Crack the Skye" on March 24, 2009. However, hardcore fans will have the opportunity to pre-order a very special Deluxe Limited “Tunnel Book” Edition of "Crack the Skye" online only via the band’s website.
This super-deluxe version of "Crack the Skye" will come housed in a hard box case featuring a third dimension worm hole design that will contain exclusive and additional album art by long-time Mastodon artist, Paul Romano. The special package will include the full-length "Crack the Skye" album on CD, plus a DVD containing The Making of "Crack the Skye" with photo gallery, track by track band commentary and more by director Jimmy Hubbard. More...
Speaking recently with Fox News, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil revealed that the band has signed a new ten year contract which includes three more albums and four tours. You can check out the report at this location.
Kobra Kai, the metal band feature current and ex-members of Shadows Fall, All That Remains, Fates Warning, and Dark Day Sunday have announced a few shows. According to the band, "If you are a promoter or just someone who wants to throw one hell of a party, contact our people over at road to rehab management at email@example.com and book Kobra Kai for your venue or keg party."
Here are the latest shows:
2/28 Northampton, MA @ City Sports
3/6 Chicopee, MA @ Maximum Capacity
The group's line-up includes:
Mark Lopes – vocals (Dark Day Sunday, Hellspeak)
Jon Donais – guitar (Shadows Fall)
Frank Aresti – guitar (Fates Warning, Dark Day Sunday)
Matt Bachand – bass (Shadows Fall)
Mike Bartlett – drums (ex–All That Remains)
Manassas, Virginia metal band Krass Judgement is looking for a lead guitarist to step in and join the band. Here's the update from the band:
"Krass Judgement is looking for a new lead guitarist! The band is looking for someone that is dedicated and willing to practice at least twice a week at our practice space in Manassas. We usually play 2-4 shows a month. Anyone interested in joining the band needs to be willing to travel. The band does play 3 day weekends when we are able to, usually in the summer time. We are also looking for someone that is able to pitch in with band expenses such as gas, merchandise, hotel rooms and rent on our practice space.
"Krass Judgement is a well established band that has been playing for over 10 years. We have a large fan base in Northern Va. as well as Richmond, Virginia Beach and New York. The band is constantly working hard to expand ourselves farther up and down the east coast. So far we have played in West Va., Maryland, PA, Delaware, New York, North Carolina and Tennessee. As a band we have also played with numerous National Acts: Metal Church, Overkill, Sodom, Celtic Frost, Deicide, Napalm Death, Finntroll, Obituary, In This Moment and Testament to name a few.
"With the above being said only the serious, dedicated and financially able need to respond! If you are interested in auditioning, then hit us up here and we will set up a time to meet with you at our practice in Manassas."