Metal News for February 15, 2011
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San Diego metallers Cage have announced the worldwide release of their first ever DVD, "The Rise to Power." The package is a 2 disc DVD set packed full of material and will be released on March 15th 2011 in Europe through Music Buy Mail and through Heavy Metal Media for North America and the rest of the world. In April, a Blu-Ray version will also be available.
Disc 1 features their entire performance at Progpower X in Atlanta Georgia, USA. Disc 2 features footage from various festivals and performances around the world as well as backstage and on tour clips. Also on disc 2, are five unreleased audio tracks including one off of their upcoming brand new CD.
Cage is currently in the studio finishing the band's follow-up to "Science of Annihilation," which is due out 2nd quarter of 2011. Cage is also booking dates to tour Europe in May 2011 in support of the DVD and upcoming new CD release. Guitarist Steven Brogden and Bassist Pete Stone have also recently joined the band.
Iceland's Solstafir is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming Eistnaflug festival, which is set to take place from July 7th - 9th, 2011. You can find additional details on the festival at this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
Ask the Slave
Benny Crespo's Gang
Secrets of the Moon
The Monolith Deathcult
U.K. black metal band Abalam has issued the following brief update about posting a new track online:
"New Abalam track over at myspazz now.... Blackened noise hatred 'Through the Hall of Twisted Mirrors.' You'll fuckin hate it.....Ave!"
You can check out the new song "Through the Hall of Twisted Mirrors," along with the previously uploaded "And All Shall Burn," through the official Abalam MySpace page.
Chicago deathcore heavyweights Oceano will be participating in Alternative Press magazine's free, all-ages party at Emo's in Austin, TX on Saturday, March 19th. The party, taking place during this year's SXSW festival features handpicked acts from the Alternative Press "100 Bands You Need To Know In 2011" issue and The AP Tour. You can view the show flyer here. For additional info, including a full list of bands, go to this location. Details are as follows:
Saturday, March 19 - 12-6 pm
Alternative Press Free, All Ages SXSW Party
603 Red River St
Austin, TX, 78701
Oceano also has the following upcoming tour dates with Carnifex, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza, and Within the Ruins:
3/31 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
4/1 Tempe, AZ @ Underground
4/2 Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
4/3 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
4/4 Kansas City, MO @ El Torreon
4/6 St Paul, MN @ Station 4
4/7 Milwaukee, WI @ Miramar Theatre
4/8 Chicago, IL @ Mojoe's
4/9 Toledo, OH @ The Jamboree
4/10 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
4/11 Grand Rapids, MI @ MXTP
4/12 London, ON @ Call The Office
4/13 Toronto, ON @ Annex Wreckroom
4/14 Montreal, QC @ Underworld
4/15 Quebec City, QC @ L'Octobre
4/16 Worcester, MA @ New England Metal & Hardcore Fest
4/17 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
4/18 Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
4/19 Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
4/20 St Petersburg @ The State Theatre
4/21 Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Rocketown
4/23 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
4/27 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
4/28 Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place
4/29 East Rutherford, NJ @ Bamboozle
5/1 Louisville, KY @ Expo Five
5/2 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
5/3 Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
5/6 Fort Worth, TX @ TomCats West
5/7 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
5/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
5/11 Reno, NV @ The Alley
PCM has posted a video interview online with In This Moment while the band was out on the Music As A Weapon tour with Korn and Disturbed. You can check out the video clip below.
Metal Warzone conducted an interview with bassist Sami Hinkka of Ensiferum at the Keyclub in Hollywood. You can check out the first segment of the video interview in the clip below, and find the second half in the video after the jump.
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week our Pit Story comes from Alex Oden of Black Epiphany and Mortiferous Scorn. Alex shared the following tale of fans taking the party just a bit too far at the Ranch Bowl in Omaha:
I think the craziest thing I’ve ever seen in concert was at this club in Omaha called the Ranch Bowl. I’m on stage and I look up and there were kids jumping on stage running around and diving off. At one point there must have been ten or fifteen kids on stage running into us and everything on stage.
I had to guard my amp and guitars from them while still trying to play music. Finally some security got up there and started getting the majority of the fans off the stage. Then towards the end of that same show I looked out into the middle of the mosh pit and see a guy hanging from the rafters on the ceiling. The Ranch Bowl in Omaha was by far my favorite place to play.
Black Epiphany is currently in the process of recording a new full-length album. You can also download the band's "Mocking the Dead" album for free at this location. Alex Oden also recently conducted an interview with Metalunderground.com, which can be found here.
Be sure to check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.
Black Breath has announced an upcoming rash of live attacks in North America for the coming months, kicking off with the Scion Rock Fest in Pomona, California March 5th alongside label mates Nails, as well as Morbid Angel, Integrity, Obituary, Bastard Noise, Atheist, and more.
Black Breath has also now announced a return trip to Massachusetts' God City Studios (Converge, Trap Them, The Secret, Disfear) to have Kurt Ballou again put the Black Breath sound to tape for a second full-length album. To once again be released via Southern Lord Recordings, more info on the album and recording updates will be issued over the coming weeks.
The upcoming Black Breath tour dates are as follows:
3/05/2011 The Glass House - Pomona, CA @ Scion Rock Fest
3/16/2011 Albion House - Chicago, IL
3/17/2011 Revolution - Toledo, OH
3/18/2011 Sugar City - Buffalo, NY
3/19/2011 PA's Lounge - Boston, MA
4/02/2011 The Studio At Webster Hall - New York, NY w/ Ken Mode
4/03/2011 Warren Legion Hall - Warren, NJ w/ Ken Mode
4/04/2011 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ Ken Mode
4/05/2011 Chestnut House - Louisville, KY
4/06/2011 Fubar Lounge - St. Louis, MO
4/07/2011 Scion Lab - Kansas City, MO
4/08/2011 Blast O Mat - Denver, CO
German Gothic metal act Denight has issued the following announcement about providing a track for the upcoming "Gothic Romance Vol. 4" sampler album:
"We are very proud to be featured on the Gothic Romance Vol. 4 Sampler with our song 'The Core.' The sampler is released by zyx music / Golden Core Records. Beneath us the sampler contains the Bands Paradise Lost, Mono Inc., Love Like Blood, Nightwish, Megaherz, Sirenia, Lacrimas Profundere, Theatre of Tragedy, Letzte Instanz, Schandmaul and many more."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Paradise Lost - Your Own Reality
2. Mono Inc. - In My Darkest Hour
3. Bury Me Deep - The Pain
4. Angelzoom - These Arms Of Mine
5. Leaves' Eyes - Norwegian Lovesongs
6. A Spell Inside - Waiting
7. Golden Apes - Windlands
8. Love Like Blood - Remember
9. Secret Discovery - Broken
10. Traumtaenzer - Die Wahrheit
11. Liv Kristine - Love In Grey
12. Nightwish - Walking In The Air
13. Megaherz - Mein Gral
14. Teufel - Alles Nur Ein Traum
15. The House Of Usher - To Whatever End
1. Sirenia - Save Me From Myself
2. Imperia - Broken Wings
3. Lacrimas Profundere - Dead Heart Serenade
4. Theatre Of Tragedy - Venus
5. Whispers In The Shadow - Blessed In Disguise
6. Exit To Eden - Remember
7. The Cold - Just For Tonight
8. Schöngeist - Nie Mehr Allein
9. Scream Silence - Euphoria
10. Denight - The Core
11. Destroid - Let Me Leave
12. Sinamore - Darkness Of Day
13. Letzte Instantz - Dein Licht
14. Schandmaul - Prinzessin
15. Edenbridge - Eternity
Spanish death metal act Avulsed has issued the following update about the band's plans for its 20th anniversary:
"2011 is the year! The year of the 20th anniversary of Avulsed, the most constant & veteran death metal band from Spain, formed back in August 1991, being the most active live band not only within Spain, but also around the world (4 Euro-tours, Russia, USA, Japan, Mexico, South & Central America...), always carrying the flag of the most genuine death metal. Having spawned 5 full length albums, 3 demos, 2 EP's and other releases making a total of 10 CD's & a DVD, the band feels stronger than ever and of course ready to prepare something special to commemorate these 20 years surviving trends & fashions and never wimping out!
"During the 1st half of 2011, a total of 18 songs taken from all their albums, will be re-recorded for a CD entitled 'Fleshcube.' Instead of just doing a compilation with the original recordings (that would be too easy & cheap), the band decided to re-record all these songs with the current line-up, the current guitar sound (way heavier than before), their current drummer (who has empowered the playing of the songs) and in general, the usual modifications that each song suffers after being played for years and years. In resume, it'll be an album with only the best songs of the band. No fillers, just classics! A special limited edition will be released, most probably a box containing a double CD, exclusive shirt, stickers, photos and other goodies, limited to the first ones to come, but it's still undecided how it'll be. We'll keep you informed!
"Needless to say that Avulsed will be presenting 'Fleshcube' after its release, planned sometime after summer, playing all these killer songs, while still working on the composition of new tunes for their 6th full length album tentatively to be recorded in 2012 with the working title of 'Ritual Zombi,' a title written in Spanish, but perfectly understandable in English too, which not only in tribute to Death, of course, but also will serve to introduce the zombie element into Avulsed's lyrics to make them not just brutal, gore & macabre, but fucking horrifying as well.
"Also, 2011 means the first agreement ever made between Avulsed and a management. Stigia Promotions & Management will handled, from now on, all negotiations regarding shows & tours for the band, so if anyone is interested in booking Avulsed on their city or festival, please, get in touch directly with: email@example.com More...
A new video clip has been posted online with footage from the Jagermeister Music Tour, which features Buckcherry, All That Remains, Hellyeah, and The Damned Things. The clip can be viewed below, and the remaining tour dates are as follows:
Tuesday, February 15 New York, NY Best Buy Theater
Wednesday, February 16 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Friday, February 18 Albany, NY Northern Lights
Saturday, February 19 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Sunday, February 20 Portland, ME The State Theater
Tuesday, February 22 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore *
Wednesday, February 23 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live *
Thursday, February 24 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle *
*All That Remains will not be performing on these shows.
Greyhaze Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Brazil's Desalmado:
"Greyhaze Records is proud to announce the signing of Brazilian grindcore band Desalmado into its roster. The signing involves the worldwide vinyl release of their well-acclaimed debut EP 'Hereditas' as well as the release of a full-length album. The upcoming LP features a guest appearance by Marcus D’Angelo of Claustrofobia. These will be Desalmado’s first releases outside of their home country of Brazil and will take place in the spring and summer, respectively. More news regarding titles, artwork, and track listings will be revealed soon.
"Formed in 2004 under the name of El Fuego, the band has always been very active, playing gigs throughout Sao Paulo and surrounding cities. From its very inception, Desalmado took on a solid approach towards grindcore, but at the same time not being tied to any single musical style. In 2005 the group put out its first demo which led to the release of its 2006 self-titled debut album. Despite being a simple production, the album was very well received by fans in the local scene and beyond. Only 200 copies were made and the album is currently out of print. In 2008 Desalmado released its highly anticipated ‘Hereditas,’ EP which was recorded by the current lineup.
"Desalmado is now putting the finishing touches on their upcoming full length album. There are also plans for solid touring in Brazil, USA, and Europe."
Says guitarist Bruno Leandro: “We’re totally stoked with our partnership with Greyhaze. Above all, we wanted to work with a label that respected our music and opinions. We achieved that with Greyhaze and are working together on our first official release.”
You can also check out the video for the song "Hereditas" below. More...
Los Angeles act Clandestine is currently streaming the entire new album "The Invalid" online through AOL Music. You can listen to all ten tracks from the album at this location. You can also check out the music video for the song "Disappear In You" here. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Disappear in You
3. Silent Sin
7. Dead to the World
8. Phantom Pain
9. The Invalid
Kataklysm has begun the process of putting together elements for the band's upcoming 20th anniversary DVD. Titled "The Iron Will: 20 Years Determined," this documentary will begin with the band’s inception in 1991 and tell the story behind Kataklysm's history. Director & producer Tommy Jones (Lamb Of God, Soilwork, Death Angel) will catch the band’s heartbeat on the road and to put the memories together. Expected release date is Spring 2011.
The DVD will also include interviews with a wide range of characters, including the band’s first front man Sylvain Houde, who sang on the first three Katakalysm albums. A single and a video clip for the title track “The Iron Will” will be recorded this summer. The massive content of the DVD will include Kataklysm’s upcoming headlining show at Summer Breeze Open Air in Germany.
Front man Maurizio Iacono shares:
"This is something that we are doing first for ourselves to look back at the long and hard road traveled and to be grateful that twenty years later, this band is stronger than ever and still means something in the music world. It’s an accomplishment to exist this long and this DVD is dedicated to our fans who solely kept us alive in this destructive and turbulent scene. I decided to scrap my book idea (it was taking way too long and time is of the essence) and instead tell our story on The Iron Will in detail to get things off my chest once and for all. We’ve been the underdogs for so long and looking back, this is a good a place to be."
The upcoming Kataklysm tour dates are as follows:
2/24 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
2/25 Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
2/26 Harpo's - Detroit, MI
2/27 Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
2/28 Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB– CANADA
3/02 Starlite - Edmonton, AB – CANADA
3/03 Lake City Bowl - Kelowna, B.C. – CANADA
3/04 Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
3/05 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
3/06 Branx - Portland, OR
3/07 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
3/08 The Whisky - Hollywood, CA
3/09 Soma - San Diego, CA
3/10 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
3/11 El Cien - Amarillo, TX
3/12 Ridglea Theatre - Ft. Worth, TX
3/13 White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
3/15 State Theater - St Petersburg, FL
3/16 Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
3/17 Jaxx - Springfield, VA
3/18 Al Rosa Villa - Columbus, OH
3/19 Evening Star Music Hall - Niagara Falls, NY
3/20 Club Soda – Montreal, QC – CANADA
Spanish act Edhellen has issued the following announcement about recording a new song:
"Hi everyone! We are pleased to announce that next February 28 we will travel back to Valencia to record an unreleased track with our current singer, Alvaro Karvac. The song, which you have already heard some concerts will be part of a compilation being prepared by the Studies Fireworks, with the participation of other groups in the metal scene as Delirion Valencia, Quelonio, Opera Magna or Sylvania. We are very pleased to be part of the project and will keep you informed of any developments. A hug from the whole band."
Edhellen also recently announced recruiting new vocalist Alvaro Karvac.
Mercenary has issued the following announcement about streaming the band's entire new "Metamorphosis" album online:
"Here it is ladies and gents! Exclusive streaming of the whole of our new 'Metamorphosis' album via our good friends Metal Hammer Germany! The stream will be available this week only. Spread the word! Listen to the whole album here!"
The "Metamorphosis" track listing is as follows:
1. Through The Eyes Of The Devil
2. The Follower
3. In A River Of Madness
5. Velvet Lies
6. In Bloodred Shades
7. Shades Of Grey
8. On The Edge Of Sanity
9. Black Brigade
10. Incorporate Your Demons (bonus track)
Elvenpath has issued the following update about the band's upcoming new album:
"Dear friends of steel, after months of labor I can now announce that work on our new album is almost finished. A few more days until it will be sent off for manufacturing.
"Nine songs await you, an awesome production forged once again by the skillful hands of Kai Stahlenberg (Kohlekeller Studios), a few guest appearances by Uwe Lulis (Rebellion) and Quimby Lewis (Skullview) and a beautiful cover artwork by Markus Vesper which you can already behold at our website.
"Our new album, simply entitled 'Elvenpath,' will be released on March 26th - and on that day we'll also play our release show. The place to be is the Elfer Music Club in Frankfurt, our buddies Dragonsfire will play with us and admission will be no more than 5 euros. So come along, we want to rock and celebrate together with you!"
Australian act Pegazus has been confirmed for Czech Republic's Metal Fest, which takes place from June 3rd - 5th, 2011 in Pilsen. You can find additional details on the festival at this location. Pegazus is also set to release the new album "In Metal We Trust" on April 15th, 2011 through Black Leather Records. The album's track listing 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
Sweden's One Without has posted a video clip online with footage of the band performing with Evergrey in Europe in December, 2010. You can check out the clip below.
Germany's Ctulu has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Ragnarok Festival:
"Two new intrigues have been schemed and will lead Ctulu...
"1. ...to the second cooperation with the Ragnarök Festival! Here the stage shall get destroyed with none less than Enslaved (N), Kampfar (N), Twilight of the Gods (IRL/N/S), Catamenia (FIN), Thyrfing (S) and many more!
"2. ...to officially collaborate with Leder Weigel who shall deliver the band with high class leather armour in the future. Watch out for the next shows to witness!"
You can also check out Ctulu's music through the band's MySpace page.
Suidakra will be embarking on the "Scream For Violence" tour alongside Onslaught and Debauchery at the end of March and throughout April. The finalized tour dates are as follows:
31.03.11 GER Hamburg - Markthalle
01.04.11 DK Arhus - Voxhall
02.04.11 SE Göteborg - Parken
03.04.11 SE Stockholm - Huset
06.04.11 FI Turku - Klubi
07.04.11 FI Helsinki - DOM
08.04.11 FI Tampere - tba
09.04.11 ET Tallin - Tapper
10.04.11 LW Riga - Melna Piektdiena
11.04.11 LT Vilnius - Club New York
13.04.11 PL Katowice - Megaclub tickets
14.04.11 CZ Prag - Exit Chmelnice
15.04.11 AT Vienna - Escape Metalcorner
16.04.11 GER München - Backstage
17.04.11 CH Pratteln - Z7
19.04.11 GER Darmstadt - Steinbruch Theater
20.04.11 GER Osnabrück - Bastard Club
21.04.11 GER Essen - Turock
22.04.11 BL Vosselar - Biebob
23.04.11 NL Estrado - Harderwijk
Germany's Rabenwolf has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's lead guitarist and bassist:
"Sad news after a long time, Hexra (lead guitar) and Allsvartur (bass) decided to leave Rabenwolf. Both were there since the founding. Thank you for this great time we spent together and rocked together!
"The two are obviously not just going quietly, but the confirmed concerts and of course deny the release party with us. Because for us it still goes on, we are looking for worthy replacements - a lead guitarist and a bassist.
"Do you live experiences and perhaps even knowledge of the songwriting and the mood for nation-wide presence? If you are interested in playing with Rabenwolf, then please sign up at: firstname.lastname@example.org."
Ava Inferi has posted a music video online for the song "Majesty," which can be viewed below. “Finally the first clip from 'Onyx' is ready!" mastermind Rune Eriksen comments. “It was indeed an inspiring process to be a part of, and once again Costin (Chioreanu, camera/director/editor) did an amazing job to capture these essences unto film. I believe that the mysterious surroundings and the heavy atmosphere on the locations did wonders to the feeling and the vibe of the video too. It was almost like something greater was with us those days in early February. Something which guided us and gave us the inspiration we needed. All in true, vintage Hammer fashion.
"I would like to extend a deep gratitude to those who did their share for this filming to go on as planned: Valeriu Catalineanu, Corina Craja, Vlad Lordache, Florin Ene, Alexandru Barbulescu, Andy Ionescu & Ghita Adrian. They all worked hard for this video to unfold the way it did. Last, but certainly not least, a very special salute goes to Mr. Costin Chioreanu & Twilight13 Media, who did an amazing job during the events, and whose dedication, determination and hard work resulted in something truly special (again). We are eternally grateful! From the deep wintry forests of Samurcasi and the haunted ruins of Chiajna Monastery, 'Majesty' is hereby presented."
Director Costin adds: “For me, to make 'Majesty' was a real challenge. But when you have really special artists to work with, the true art reveals. It's by far the most intense video I ever made, spiritually speaking. And that was mostly caused by the intense sharing of artistic thoughts and visions between Rune, Carmen and me and my crew. It was a deep chemistry there, and that is the best air for an artist to breathe."
Turkey based black metal act Ehrimen has issued the following update about recording new songs for an upcoming album release:
"We are changing are none-album-made band history soon. We started recording our new songs and also we are negotiating with a label from Europe for our upcoming album, we should be signed soon. We will let you know other details about our album as well as songs and label pretty soon!"
You can also check out Ehrimen's music through the band's official MySpace page.
Blackened death metal act Belphegor has issued that following statement in regards to canceling eleven shows on the band's upcoming tour with Deicide:
"Due to circumstances beyond the band’s control we are being forced to cancel eleven shows, since we were initially not given the green light to enter the country. We were promised that we would be fine two weeks ago, but still all the members were not got their stuff. We all tried everything to make it happen, so it’s a terrible situation. We were waiting, sharp and ready to rumble and kick serious ass, but couldn’t do anything.
"The USA immigration forms are approved so now we have new visa interviews at the USA embassy in Vienna at the beginning of next week. Now we have re-schedule the flights to make it happen. We will now start the tour in Chicago, IL at Reggie’s on the 26th. We want to apologize to the demons and everyone who's bought a ticket to see us tear the stage with Deicide. See you in Chicago!”
Belphegor will be direct support to Deicide on the “God Is Dead – To Hell With God Tour” this February. The trek is sponsored by Bloody-Disgusting.com and also features Blackguard, Neuraxis, and Pathology. Tour dates are as follows:
02/26/11 Reggie Rock Club - Chicago, IL
02/27/11 Blondie's - Detroit, MI
02/28/11 Headliner's Music Hall - Louisville, KY
03/01/11 The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
03/02/11 Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
03/04/11 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
03/05/11 Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
03/06/11 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
03/07/11 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
03/08/11 The Key Club - Hollywood, CA
03/09/11 Brick By Brick - San Diego, CA
03/10/11 The Clubhouse - Tempe, AZ
03/11/11 The War Legion Underground – Amarillo, TX
03/12/11 Rail Club – Ft. Worth, TX
03/13/11 Numbers – Houston, TX
03/15/11 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL More...
Manowar's Joey DeMaio has posted a brief video clip online with a message to the band's Italian, French, Belgian, and Swiss fans. You can check out the video below.
Dew Scented has checked in with the following road report from the band's current European tour dates:
"It was cool to be back at Rotterdam's Baroeg! Dew-Scented played there quite a bit in the early years, so it was fun to be back and it became a solid and pretty packed show as well. Only 2 gigs left on this tour...time flies right now! Off to Belgium next...Hasselt (not Antwerpen, as initially scheduled!) today!"
The upcoming Dew Scented tour dates are as follows:
2/15 Muziekodroom Hasselt Hasselt, Limburg, BELGIUM
2/16 Musikzentrum Hannover, GERMANY
4/23 Musik und Kongresshalle / Rocktower Festival Lübeck, GERMANY
New Zealand's Beltane and Montana based metal act Throne of Malediction have collaborated together on the new song "All Hail Bazalgette!" The track is now available both for streaming and as a free download through this location.
Throne of Malediction recently re-recorded its debut full-length album "Ceremonial Blood," which is set for release later this year. The band's front man Eric Horner also recently took part in a series of interviews regarding religious "unblack" metal for Metalunderground.com. You can check out Eric's interview on the subject here.
Argentina based folk metal band Tengwar has posted the cover artwork online for the band's upcoming album "The Halfling Forth Shall Stand." You can check out the artwork below. The band also commented on the album and artwork:
"The Halfling Forth Shall Stand is the first part of a conceptual work concerning the matters of J.R.R. Tolkien's famous trilogy. More than an hour of mighty Celtic and Medieval rooted folk metal in an astonishing epic trip along the realms of Middle-Earth.
"Front Cover artwork by Kris Verwimp (Arkona, Suidakra, etc), desing by Valgorth The Hammmerblaze (Lost Horizon, Black Majesty, Skiltron, etc). Original Logo by Adrián Gutiérrez/Thorvi Fairstone.
"Rise your horn up! Let your axe and sword be sharpened! Come and join the fellowship!"
Norwegian death metal act Blood Red Throne has issued the following announcement about splitting with Earache Records and writing material for an upcoming album:
"Blood Red Throne looking for label... Earache and BloodRedThrone have decided to end business together. The band is almost finished writing material for a new album and seek a professional and serious label!"
Blood Red Throne also has the following upcoming summer festival appearances:
6/3 Wild Fest Festival Cancun, Quintana R, MEXICO
6/4 Circo Volador Mexico City, Mexico, MC
8/12 Brutal Assault Festival Jaromer, Hradec Krá, CZECH REPUBLIC
Germany's The Very End has posted a music video online for the song "A Hole in the Sun," which is off the band's recently released album "Mercy & Misery." You can check out the video clip below.
A teaser trailer for the new album "Mercy & Misery" is also available for viewing at this location.
Australian black metal act Midnight Odyssey has checked in with the following brief update about the band's upcoming album:
"What a busy start to the year. The next album, 'Funerals From The Astral Sphere,' will be available very soon. Also, for those who haven't already noticed, the new website is up and running."
Midnight Odyssey also announced the band will be contributing to an Emperor tribute album titled "In Honour of Icon E." You can check out details on the tribute to Emperor at this location.
British heavy metal legends Saxon have announced that they will be naming their forthcoming new studio album, "Call To Arms."
Although no further details have been revealed about the record, the band is currently recording the album in Brighton, England and has confirmed that Deep Purple keyboard player Don Airey will be making a special guest appearance.
Saxon also recently posted a video update from the recording studio, which can be found here.
In The Midst of Lions has revealed the dates for its forthcoming co-headline tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from This Or The Apocalypse, Your Memorial and No Bragging Rights. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
03/07 Fargo, ND – The Aquarium
03/08 Grand Rapids, MN – The Ground Floor
03/09 Sioux Falls, SD – Bonnies Bar
03/10 Wichita, KS – Eagles Lodge
03/11 Waco, TX – VLC Waco
03/13 Montgomery, AL – Lakewood Center
03/15 Linthicum, MD – St Christophers
03/16 Richmond, VA – Jaxx
03/17 Lynchburg, VA – Crosspoint Venue
03/18 Virginia Beach, VA – Club Relevant
03/19 Lemoyne, PA – Championship
03/20 Toledo, OH – Frankie’s
03/21 Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar
03/22 Portage, IN – Camelot Arena
03/23 Springfield, IL – Blacksheep Cafe
American metalcore act Darkest Hour has posted some behind the scenes footage online. The band is preparing to release its new album, titled "The Human Romance," on February 22, 2011 through E1 Entertainment. You can view the short teaser clip below:
U.K. hardcore act Your Demise has posted the third video online in a new tour video series. You can view the video below:
Hard rock veteran, and former vocalist of Skid Row, Sebastian Bach has announced his signing with Italy's Frontiers Records. Sebastian Bach commented on the signing by saying:
"I would like to sincerely thank all at Frontiers Records for their support and belief in me, my band and the new tunes. Expect an album full of high-energy rock 'n' roll with kick-ass clean and clear vocals, along with me laying down the craziest screams I have recorded in my life thus far...
"To all of the rockers of the world, thank you for letting me create killer music for the past two decades, and all I can say is, we are just warming up, mothertruckers!"
American hard rock act Queens Of The Stone Age has announced that the band will embark on a run of small club shows this coming spring during which it will perform the 1998 self-titled debut in its entirety along with some B-sides and rarities. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
Mar. 18 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
Mar. 19 - Birmingham, AL - Workplay Soundstage
Mar. 20 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
Mar. 21 - Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
Mar. 23 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Mar. 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
Mar. 25 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
Mar. 26 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues
Mar. 27 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Mar. 29 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
Mar. 30 - Cleveland OH - House Of Blues
Mar. 31 - Indianapolis, IN - Vogue
Apr. 01 - Chicago, IL - The Riv
Apr. 02 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
Apr. 04 - Des Moines, IA - Val Air Ballroom
Apr. 05 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
Apr. 06 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
Apr. 08 - Denver, CO - Ogden
Apr. 11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
American progressive metal act Mastodon has posted a full performance clip online to promote its forthcoming new live CD/DVD set "Mastodon: Live At The Aragon." "Live At The Aragon" is set for release on March 15, 2011 through Reprise Records. The two disc set was filmed and recorded during the band's October 17, 2009 concert at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois and features a performance of the "Crack The Skye" album in its entirety. You can view the "Oblivion" performance below:
Job For A Cowboy vocalist Johnny Davy has posted the following update online:
"It felt like a long time since we last got together to write new material. After collaborating in the snow of Boston, we're now recording our second EP. It feels good to be in Florida with Jason, Ron and Eyal of Audiohammer studios. JFAC 2.0 is on the way."
Job For A Cowboy has also reported that the band has entered Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Jason Suecof to record the as-yet-untitled EP. An early Summer release through Metal Blade Records is expected.
A second video trailer has been posted online from the forthcoming Cannibal Corpse DVD "Global Evisceration." The clip is taken from the documentary and live portions of the new DVD which is set for release on March 15, 2011 through Metal Blade Records. You can view the preview clip below: