Metal News for February 13, 2011
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British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have picked up the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance this year with their song, "El Dorado," which comes from their latest studio album, "The Final Frontier." The band won the award despite competition from Slayer, Korn, Megadeth and Lamb Of God. Also bringing home an award was supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, who won the prize for Best Hard Rock Performance with their song, "New Fang," Canadian rock legend Neil Young won claimed the Best Rock Song title with, "Angry World" and Jeff Beck, who won the award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance with "Hammerhead."
Internationally based atmospheric/symphonic blackened death metal band Haemic has announced plans to write a full length album, set for release in late June/Early July. A demo song, "Graveyard," has been posted on youtube and can be heard below:
Guitarist Ray Heberer (also of Reclusive Forest Council) commented that: "This project has some great composing work going on. Right now I'm just learning the songs and recording rough black metal quality versions. Haemic is really different and inspiring, I think people will enjoy it." More...
Godhate is officially turning 20 this year, and in celebration of the anniversary the band will be re-releasing old material as well as previously unreleased demos. The band has posted a brief video clip online detailing upcoming 20th anniversary plans, which can be viewed below.
Vintundra has issued the following announcement about streaming the band's "Urnacht" demo online:
"Finally, our Demo 'Urnacht' (engl.: primordial night) is out now! You can listen to the whole thing on Myspace. After we announced the demo in December several technical difficulties occurred and we had to re-record two songs. Finally we are done and we are very happy with the result.
"'Urnacht' will be available as a vinyl style CD. More info’s on hat will come soon. We are eagerly looking forward to the next couple of concerts and can’t wait to trash the stages."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Das Heulen der Dämonen über der Wüste von Thule
2. Havtrollens Hämnd
4. Die wiederkehrenden Geister der ehrlosen Toten am Fuße des Berges der Morgendämmerung
German metallers Black Shore have announced a series of upcoming European festival appearances. The band's currently confirmed festival shows are as follows:
25. Feb. - Alcoholocaust - Wien, AT - Vardlokkur, Myrd, Ravnesort
11. Mar. - Sternenhallenfestival - Bambi Galore, Hamburg - Eis, Skardus, Hamleypa, Allmacht
23. Apr. - Rocktower Festival - MUK, Lübeck - Blood Feast, Dew Scented, Subway to Sally
29. Apr. - Ragnarök Festival - Lichtenfels - Enslaved, Twilight of the Gods, Shining
19. Aug. - Barther Metal Open Air - Barth - Horna, Skyforger, Ondskapt, Myrd, Heimdalls Wacht
27. Aug. - Wolfsmond Festival - Nazza - Nastrandir, Ctulu, Goatcult
Croatian based black metal act Ophidian Forest has posted the song "Messiah Of The Trees" online, which is off the band's 2010 album "Plains." You can listen to the song in the clip below.
Ophidian Forest guitarist Zaragil also recently took part in a series of interviews for Metalunderground.com dealing with the subject of religious "unblack" metal. You can check out Zargil's interview here.
Bassist Rex Brown (Down) recently announced his departure from the new project Arms of the Sun. Vocalist Lance Harvill has now issued the following statement about Rex's departure:
"We have had a situation where we could never see eye to eye concerning the business and creative sides of the band. I love Rex as a friend but if I say it's red he sees it as blue. It doesn't make either of us right or wrong but the songs were written long before Rex ever joined this band, so not getting to make executive decisions over certain creative aspects of the band created a problem for me.
"It's understandable, you have the rockstar in the band who has earned his stripes and carries the attitude to go with it, and you have me as the maniacal writer, who can pretty much go with the flow about many things, but when it comes to the art and how it is made and sold I feel I should have somewhat of a say. We get along great as friends, but like I said before, we share two separate visions for where a band should go. Much love to him, his beautiful family, and his music endeavors."
Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem have announced that they have parted company with guitarist Silmaeth. Replacing him in the band will be Teloch, known for his work with Nidingr, God Seed, and Ov Hell. A statement from Mayhem front man Atilla Csihar reads:
"Mayhem have decided to step forward and invite Teloch into the Mayhem Brotherhood, replacing Silmaeth on guitars. Teloch is a long-time friend and a great guitarist. Mayhem would like to thank Silmaeth for his full dedication towards the band for the last two years, we wish him all success in his musical career!"
Speaking on his new role, Teloch said: "After many years in the Norwegian metal scene, doing all sorts of extreme metal in numerous bands, I finally hit the bulls-eye and joined my old friends in Mayhem!"
Drawn and Quartered has checked in with the following update about the mixing process for the band's upcoming new album:
"Feeding hell's furnace! The mixing is complete for the newest Drawn and Quartered recording! Recorded and mixed at the Autopsy oom, with Jesse O'donnell. With a Monolitchi tone, devastating drum performance, utterly crushing bass and vocal tracks, thunderous riffs and frenetic guitar leads this is definitely a move in the right direction for the band. After locking themselves for two years in the rehearsal studio with a metronome, the band is in lock step.
"The songs span several years in development as the band finds a new a haunting new sound as a stripped down three piece. The album is chock full of epic moments, various infectious breaks and twisted guitar solos. The band is working on artwork, and a label to release with. We'd like to see this one in vinyl, as well. We're planning some select live appearances around the country, serious bookers can contact us on Facebook."
Swiss metallers Samael have posted a second video clip from the studio during the band's time recording the upcoming album "Lux Mundi." You can check out the footage below. Samael also commented on the clip:
"The second episode of the studio report has been uploaded! This is other footage from Sergey Ulyanov (who did the 'Black Hole' video) edited with the sound of a new song 'Soul Invictus.' 'Lux Mundi' will be released through Nuclear Blast in Europe and through Musikvertrieb in Switzerland on the 29th of April. In America it will be released on the 3rd of May through Season Of Mist."
The previously uploaded first studio report from the "Lux Mundi" recording sessions can be found here.
Finnish act Maveth has issued the following statement about the release of the band's new album:
"Blasphemous Satanic Death Metal Obscurity! Nuclear Winter Records from Greece has just released our new CD 'Breath of an Abomination.' This release features 'Of Serpent and Shadow' and 'Impious Servant' albums (8 songs, 38 minutes playing time) with all new artwork from Daniel Selfdesecrator. To celebrate this release there will be new t-shirt out soon!"
You can check out the cover artwork for "Breath of an Abomination" here. The band also recently announced an appearance at the upcoming Hammer Open Air festival. Details are available at this location.
As many people are aware, February is Black History Month in the United States of America. Always one to respect cultures and take part in something, we here at MetalUnderground.com are dedicating this month to the history of Black Metal. We will be looking at some of the biggest names in the genre, those who helped to shape it and some of the promising younger black metal bands in the underground.
It seems every genre of music has it’s great storytellers. Country music has Johnny Cash, folk rock has Bob Dylan, Hip-Hop has Slick Rick and heavy metal? We have King Diamond. King Diamond, (born Kim Bendrix Petersen in Copenhagen, Denmark,) and his image have become one of the iconic staples of metal music, being one of the first heavy metal performers to popularise the black and white face paint which is so common today, particularly in black metal, a genre which King helped launch with his previous band, Mercyful Fate, as well as his eponymous band, which he launched in 1985 with the single, "No Presents For Christmas."
Following the single’s release, the King Diamond band released their first album, "Fatal Portrait," on which five of the songs told a short story about a spirit being imprisoned in a candle. The album is notable for being only one of two King Diamond albums that are not complete concept albums. It gained the band a following, which strengthened tenfold when the group released their next studio album, "Abigail," widely considered to be the best album King Diamond has recorded. This album was solely dedicated to telling the story of a young couple who arrive at a mansion and discover the macabre history the house possesses. A new album followed the next year, simply entitled, "Them," which contained the song, "Welcome Home," perhaps the band’s most well known song, not least for it’s inclusion in the Kevin Smith comedy film, "Clerks 2." A sequel named, “Conspiracy” was released in 1989. Both albums were well received by fans but garnered a lukewarm reception from critics and were the last King Diamond albums recorded with drummer Mikkey Dee, now a member of Motorhead. More...
Some video footage of Forbidden performing Chalice of Blood, rejoined by drummer Paul Bostaph on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise has been posted online.
American alternative metal act Fear Factory has revealed the dates for its forthcoming U.S. tour. The new dates are set to make up ones that were lost when the band canceled the same tour several months ago. You can view the new dates below:
6/01 Tempe, AZ – The Club House
6/02 El Paso, TX – Club 101
6/03 Fort Worth, TX – The Rail Club
6/04 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee Theater
6/05 Amarillo, TX – The Sorority House
6/07 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
6/08 Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater
6/09 Tucson, AZ – DV8 Nightclub
6/10 West Hollywood, CA – Whisky A Go Go
6/11 San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
U.K. hardcore act Your Demise has posted the second video online in a new tour video series. You can view the video below:
Baltimore metal act Pulling Teeth has revealed details for its forthcoming split album with Converge side-project Irons. The new six track split, titled "Grey Saviour," will be released in both MP3 and 12" LP formats through Deathwish Inc. You can view the album's tracklisting below:
1. Irons – Letting Go
2. Irons – Light Bringer’s End
3. Irons – All Life Needs Death
4. Irons – Sky Funeral
5. Pulling Teeth – Generals Of Dark Hymns
6. Pulling Teeth – Dismissed In Time (remix)
Christian heavy metal veterans Stryper have announced the following dates for its forthcoming headline tour of the United States.
Mar. 02 - Seattle, WA - El Corazón
Mar. 03 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
Mar. 05 - Santa Clara, CA - Avalon Nightclub
Mar. 08 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
Mar. 09 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia LA Live
Mar. 11 - Las Vegas, NV - Santa Fe Station Casino
Mar. 13 - Lubbock, TX - Jake's Sports Cafe
Mar. 14 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Mar. 15 - San Antonio, TX - Backstage Live
Mar. 16 - Dallas, TX - Trees
American hard rock act The Damned Things, which features members of Fall Out Boy (Joe Trohman, Andy Hurley), Anthrax (Scott Ian, Rob Caggiano) and Every Time I Die (Keith Buckley, Josh Newton), has been added to the following North American dates, headlined by Volbeat.
Mar 25 - Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
Mar 26 - Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall
Mar 27 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Mar 29 - Denver, CO @ Gothic Theater
Mar 30 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Apr 01 - Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theater
Apr 02 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
Apr 03 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Apr 05 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Apr 06 - Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Apr 08 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
Apr 09 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Apr 10 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Apr 11 - Mesa, AZ @ Mesa Amphitheatre
Apr 13 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
Apr 14 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
Black Sabbath/Heaven & Hell bass player Geezer Butler has shot down rumours that the four original members of Black Sabbath will be reuniting for a series of tour dates and a new studio album. His brief message was as follows:
"I would like to make it clear, because of mounting speculation and rumours, that there will be definitely NO reunion of all four original members of Black Sabbath, whether to record an album or to tour."
The rumours flared up last month when Ozzy Osbourne told ABC News that the four original members were in talks about a new tour and possibly an album, though he stressed nothing was definite as of yet, stating: "the problem that we have is that if we do an album and it's anything less than where we left off, it's gonna be a big anti-climax."
American thrash metal legends Slayer have announced that guitarist Jeff Hanneman will be unable to participate in the band's forthcoming tour, as he is currently at home recovering from arm surgery, after he contracted a serious infection, most likely from a spider bite.
He is expected to make a full recovery but will still need several skin grafts. As a result of this, the band has decided to bring in a guest guitarist for the tour, to avoid cancelling any more tour dates, though who the guitarist is has yet to be revealed.
"Jeff is our brother, we've all been friends and together as a band for almost 30 years," said Araya, "so we're all just crushed by this."
"After everything that happened last year," King added, "we all agreed that we just can't let our fans down again," referring to Araya's severe back and neck pain that prompted his January 2010 surgery, unfortunately leading to the band's postponement or cancellation of numerous shows in 2009 and 2010. "So we will tour as planned. But I'll tell you, we can't wait for Jeff to get better and get his ass back on the road."