Metal News for February 17, 2009
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27 news articles posted on this day.
Sri Lankan black metal band Funeral In Heaven has released a new single and fan video.
"Janaani Janmabhumisca Svargadapi Gariyasi" is a narration inspired by the famous "Vijitha Pura Satana" (Duttagamini(161-137 BC)-Elara war) and dedicated to the 10 of the greatest warriors in Sri Lankan history; Nandhimitra, Suranimala, Bharana, Mahasona, Theraputtabhya, Gotahbaya, Gotaimbara, Vasabha, Velusumana and Phussadeva. This is also the slowest of the band's compositions so far, which also lyrically carries Sanskrit text. This track is one of the many chapters from the concept debut album, which is focused on primarily the war, The ambiances conjured were under a specific theme and concept, the commencement and ending of the great "Vijitha Pura Satana." Soundscapes have been used according to the authentic chronicle, e.g. The "chatura?ga senawa" which literally translates to the four divisions of the army, "ath, as, riya, paabala" (elephants, infantry, chariots, cavalry).
The track is available for listening and download at the band's MySpace page.
Amila Galapaththi has put together a video of Funeral In Heaven's live performance of "The Winds Of Uva" at SN/CN along with a couple of other animated and photographs with the purpose of emphasizing the message of the song.
The band comments on the video: "This video was completely edited by Amila and he indeed has done a great fucking job on it! We of Funeral In Heaven are euphoric about the connection which is visible here between the listener/fan and the band. The visual images and graphics he has used to emphasize his own version of the picture he drew for himself inspired by the lyrics, music and theme are just fucking amazing. Every single image he has used (cheesy or non we don't care) symbolizes his own thoughts which almost completely resembles our own, when we created this song." More...
Southern rockers Clutch will be entering Magpie Cage Studios in Baltimore, Maryland on March 20th to record a brand new studio album. Producing the record will be J. Robbins, who produced Clutch's 2005 album "Robot Hive/Exodus." The album is scheduled to be released on June 30th through Weathermaker Records.
American heavy metal act Lamb Of God has posted their forthcoming new album, "Wrath" online for fans to listen to. The album will be released next week on February 24th in North America. The first song to be released from the album is "Set To Fail." You can listen to "Wrath" by heading to the bands official Myspace page.
Dubai-based death metallers NERVECELL are confirmed for three headlining shows live in Dubai prior to the band's Desert Rock Festival performance set to take place on March 6, 2009.
The band is really looking forward to tear down the home stages back to back and plans to continue touring outside the U.A.E. through the rest of the year in support of their latest release, "Preaching Venom." Here are the three headlining dates announced:
27.2.2009 - Touch Bar, Four Points Sheraton (Rock Nation) - 12 midnight
28.2.2009 - Jimmy Dix Club, Movenpick Hotel (Metal Asylum) - 10 pm
28.2.2009 - Submarine Club, Dhow Palace Hotel (The Strong South Event) - 12 midnight
Stinking Lizaveta has announced a run of European tour dates in March and April. The second leg is with End of Level Boss. Here are the latest Stinking Lizaveta European tour dates:
03/14/09 Portsmouth, United Kingdom @ The Edge of the Wedge
03/15/09 Newcastle, United Kingdom @ Tyne Bar
03/16/09 Edinburgh, United Kingdon @ The GRV
03/17/09 Glasgow United Kingdom @ Bloc Bar
03/18/09 London United Kingdom @ The Windmill More...
Sunday, February 22nd will see the basement at the Esplanade Hotel in St Kilda play host to nine local prog bands, all in the name of helping raise money for victims of last week's Victorian bushfires.
Headlining the night will be Five Star Prison Cell in a rare Melbourne performance, alongside Rook, The Violet Flames, Tim McMillan Band, Bellusira and Rincon, all of whom will be playing at the Espy's Rock The Bay festival in early March.
Rounding out the full day of music, which begins at 1:00pm, will be Nyssa Bradsworth, Lesha and a special acoustic performance by Jed Wright and Appleberry from Engine Three Seven.
Entry is a donation of $5 or more and all money raised will go to the Red Cross Bushfire Appeal, which has already raised over $100 million for victims of the worst natural disaster in this country's history.
Testament has issued the following statement about plans for an upcoming live album:
"For 20 years, the Dynamo Open Air Festival -- originally held in 1986 to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Dynamo rock club in Eindhoven, Holland -- was one of metal's most important annual events, peaking in 1995 when 118,000 fans packed the grounds of an abandoned Dutch military airport to see four dozen acts play on three different stages over three June days.
"In 1987, though, Dynamo was still in its infancy. For that matter, so was the performer who would leave the biggest mark on the event that year -- Bay Area thrashers Testament. After their debut album, "The Legacy," made instant waves worldwide, the group was invited to make their European debut at the second Dynamo festival.
"After a "warm-up" show at the 300-capacity Dynamo club the night before, Testament took the stage on a rainy June 8 and floored the 14,000 fans in attendance with an aggressive, fiery 45-minute set that showcased much of the material on "The Legacy." Five songs from their performance were captured on the EP "Live at Eindhoven," which was issued as a cassette and a 12" LP. However, the band's full set was never released officially -- until now. More...
Greece power groove metal band Spitback has been selected for a spot on the Metal Head Radio TV "Febuary Edition" as the feature band. The band's new video "BOOSTER" will be broadcasted all Febuary here.
Spitback was formed by guitarist George Vlachavas in 2003 and are influenced by bay area thrash, Slayer, Pantera, Biohazard, Clawfinger and many other metal and hardcore bands.
George Vlachavas - Guitars
Nick Zografos - Drums
Arti - Vocals
Mits Pondius - Bass
You can get more information about them in the interview they did here as well.
Brazilian black/death metal band Amaduscias, has released their single entitled "Only One Nation." You can currently listen to two new songs on their MySpace page as well.
Bitter End has issued an update on recent ongoings, from writing new material to their upcoming tour and more. Here's the update from Daniel:
"Bitter End has not been very active since we got home from tour last summer, so I figured I would give everyone who is interested a few updates on what we are up to?
"In case you didn-t know, last summer we released a 3 song 7- on Deathwish/Malfunction, and now we are starting the process of writing a new LP which will be released on Deathwish Inc. before 2010 hopefully. Everything is in the beginning stages, but all of us are excited about some of the new ideas that have been thrown around at practice.
"We are going to spend the next few months playing locally and writing the LP, but we will be making the 24 hour drive out to play Richmond, VA for United Blood Festival (March 27th and 28th). In May we are psyched to be doing two weeks of shows in Europe with True Colors. The tour is almost completely booked, and the dates are posted below. The rest of the summer is still up in the air, but dates with Have Heart, Shipwreck, and Foundation are in the works."
Here are the latest BITTER END Eurepean tour dates with TRUE COLORS: More...
Before Converge heads into the studio to record their new album, they will be playing a handful of shows (some were previously announced). Here are the latest tour dates:
02/28: Atlanta, GA @ Scion Rock Festival w/ Mastodon, Neurosis, High On Fire, Boris, and more
03/23: Allston, MA @ ICC Church w/ Ceremony, Rise and Fall, Pulling Teeth, Coliseum
03/24: Buffalo, NY @ Mohawk Place w/ Ceremony, Coliseum, Rise And Fall, Pulling Teeth
03/25: Cleveland, OH @ The Grog Shop w/ Ceremony, Coliseum, Rise And Fall, Pulling Teeth
03/26: Lemoyne, PA @ Championship w/ Ceremony, Rise and Fall, Pulling Teeth, Coliseum
03/27: Brooklyn, NY @ Europa w/ Ceremony, Coliseum, Rise And Fall, Pulling Teeth
03/28: Richmond, VA @ United Blood Festival w/ Ceremony, Coliseum, Rise And Fall, Pulling Teeth, and more
03/29: Philadelphia, PA @ The Church w/ Ceremony, Pulling Teeth, Coliseum, Genghis Tron
05/01: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Night show, details soon
05/01: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean Matinee show, details soon
05/03: Chicago, IL @ Burning Fight Book Release Show w/ Unbroken, Threadbare, Reach The Sky, etc.
British heavy metal legends Saxon are the latest act to be confirmed for the South Texas Rock Fest which will be held in San Antonio, Texas between May 22nd and May 24th. Also on the bill are Queensryche, Dangerous Toys, Days Of The New, Helix, The Rods, Seven Mary Three and Sponge. More bands are expected to be announced soon.
Game developers Activision have revealed some screenshots of the highly anticipated new video game, Guitar Hero: Metallica, which will feature over 45 songs from Metallica themselves as well as the likes of Foo Fighters, Queen, Diamond Head and Motorhead. You can check out the new screenshots at this location.
Iconic KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has discussed the process of making the new KISS album with Pagina12 in a recent interview. An excerpt from the chat reads as follows:
"We are making a new album produced by PAUL STANLEY, because I do not have the patience to get into a studio and stay there for six months. Who better than Paul for that? The idea is to make the record quickly, like we did at the time of Destroyer, Rock And Roll Over and Love Gun. But we must be prepared, so we are now working on songs when we have time. Maybe in March we will go in a studio and recorded two or three songs. The idea is to work well, little by little, we can not spend too much time in the studio, it has to be fast."
American heavy metal act Chimaira has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming new studio album, "The Infection" which will be released on April 21st in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.
The tracklisting is as follows:
"The Venom Inside"
"Frozen In Time"
"Secrets Of The Dead"
"The Disappearing Sun"
"On Broken Glass"
"Destroy And Dominate"
"Try To Survive"
"The Heart Of It All"
British gods of Grindcore Napalm Death has completed work on a new music video for the title track of their new album, "Time Waits For No Slave." A posting from frontman Barney Greenway reads as follows:
"We have shot a new video for 'Time Waits For No Slave' this week and it encompass all the features of a dour, sterile, product-driven world and the sheer joy of freeing up your mind and appreciating the simplicity of the world evolving around you rather than flogging yourself to death all the time to get ahead. It’s being done in Norwich (Eastern UK) with Tom Blyth, who you might not have heard of. But he was in a really old UK hardcore band called GOOBER PATROL. We saw his work and he really seems to understand the art of protest without the cheesiness or cliché. We look forward to seeing you all soon."
Viking metal favourites Amon Amarth has announced some more tour dates on their trek across the United States in April. Joining them on the bill will be Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch and Lazarus A.D.
The tour schedule is now as follows:
April 10 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee (New Show)
April 11 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
April 12 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theatre
April 14 - St. Louis, MO - Pops
April 15 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
April 16 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
April 17 - San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
April 18 - Houston, TX - Meridian
April 20 - Louisville, KY - Headliners
April 21 - Cleveland, OH - Peabodys
April 22 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
April 23 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
April 24 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
April 25 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
April 26 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
April 27 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock (New Show)
April 28 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVA
April 29 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
April 30 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
May 1 - Orlando, FL - Club Firestone
May 2 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution (New Show)
This year, the United States will host their own Golden Gods Awards ceremony in an event that will be broadcast on MTV2 on May 2nd. The ceremony itself will take place on April 7th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California. It's already shaping up to be quite a show which boasts appearances from Motorhead's iconic mainman Lemmy, Testament members Eric Peterson and Chuck Billy, WWE Superstar CM Punk, rock legend Glen Danzig, Metalocaypse creator Brendon Small and many others plus performances from Killswitch Engage, All That Remains, Hatebreed, Suicide Silence and a special guest who's yet to be confirmed. To top things off, heavy metal loving comedian Brian Posehn will be hosting the show. One award winner already confirmed is Mr. Ozzy Osbourne who will take home the Lifetime Achievement award.
AFM records has issued the following announcement about an upcoming album from German pagan metal band Black Messiah:
"On March, 20, 2009, Black Messiah will release their second album on AFM Records. After their successful AFM debut "Of Myths And Legends," the band just finished the work on the new album "First War Of The World" which will include 13 Songs of high-class Pagan Metal.
"The release party of the new Black Messiah album will take place at the “Turock” Club in Essen (Germany). At this evening, Black Messiah will rock the stage with Heidevolk (NL) und Helfahrt (D)."
The cover art for the album can be viewed here.
Shadows Fall has posted a new video online of their time at the 2009 NAMM Convention. The video can be viewed below. More...
Sepultura has issued the following statement about canceling their show tonight in Slovenia:
"We are very sorry to inform that the Sepultura concert in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on February 17th, was canceled. The local promoter informed us by e-mail two days ago that the venue would change for this show, and when the band and crew arrived in Slovenia to check the venue, no specs on the rider were respected, and that made the show impossible to be made. The band's crew did all they could, but it is simply impossible.
"If you are from Ljubljana, you know the Orto Club, which is in fact a very nice Club, but the technical specs of the venue are not even close to what the band needs to do a show.
"Unfortunately we depend on local people to make things done, but when they do not do their job properly we have to suffer consequences. We are all very sorry and we hope to come back in our European Tour and bring this show back to Slovenia, as we always do every tour."
Rolling Stone is reporting that the cover of "Guitar Hero: Metallica" has misspelled "Lynyrd Skynyrd" as "Lynyrd Skynrd." The game cover can be viewed here. An excerpt from the article reads:
"Sadly, it seems the Southern rock heroes have lost a Y in their band name — haven’t they lost enough already? Even the (properly) misspelled Mercyful Fate get their name handled correctly, and the oft-mangled Mastodon pass the fact-checking test. It doesn’t mean that Skynyrd’s bluesy kiss-off “Tuesday’s Gone” will be any less fun to play, though."
Other bands confirmed for the game are as follows: More...
Read the full article at Rolling Stone.
Nebraska band Paria has issued the following statement about their upcoming album:
"The disease that infiltrates the current trend in music has been diagnosed, and the prescribed treatment is upcoming Paria release, The Barnacle Cordious. Care, detail, consternation and collective intuition lay the foundation for what will prove to be Paria's most respected album to date.
"Knee jerk reactions are the intention of this record, whether or not anyone agrees that these reactions are good ones, this album stands on its own. I'm fully prepared to defend that notion," guitarist John Claus said about the effort.
"Paria is aware of the importance of improvement and honing new skills, and while statements such as these may remain trite, The Barnacle Cordious is anything but cliché.
The Barnacle Cordious track listing: More...
Los Angeles based metallers Skumlove have posted a new video online of their time in the recording studio. The video can be viewed below. More...
After a few fill-in vocalist and multiple tryouts, Saints Never Surrender has filled their vocalist position. The new permanent vocalist, Dylan Johnstone, is the former front man of Canadian Hardcore band, Means. "We are all really excited to have Dylan join us" says the band "he filled in for a tour last year, and things just felt right." Dylan's first tour will start Feb 20th, 2009 as Saints Never Surrender hits the road with Hundredth.
The latest tour dates are as follows: More...
Devildriver frontman Dez Fafara has posted an update where he talks about rehearsing for tour and that he's working on the album art and layout as well as packaging for a special edition with video footage of the making of "Pray for Villains":
"Its raining like Hell here and Im hold up in my house with my Doberman Bacchus watching the fireplace glow listening to Hank III . This is wine weather so Im gonna crack open a bottle soon , and settle into relax mode. Our tour manager flys in at 3 , but do to weather I hope He gets in cause ain't nobody flying in the skies above Us right now.
"Rehersal for Australia is later on today and tomorrow then we fly out for some kick ass shows down under with alot of other bands that we've either toured with or hung out with.
"It will be good to see old friends and get the fuck onstage to whoop Ass !.
"I'm working on the art for the record , finishing writing out all the lyrics , putting the concept together for Pray for Villians as well as the Art and packaging for the special edition with the "making of" filmed by Dan in HD, Working on putting together tours for the year and Art for all the new merch for tour as well as web."
ARCH ENEMY have not only announced a Latin American tour for April-May, but will also be returning to European stages in May 2009 with labelmates Mercenary as support on some dates.
The 2009 "Summer Tyanny" European tour dates are as follows:
21-May-2009 @ Metal Dayz Festival (Switzerland)
22-May-2009 @ Legacy Fest (Germany)
23-May-2009 @ Summer Nights Festival (Austria)
24-May-2009 Zagreb, Croatia @ Boogalo (Support Act: Mercenary)
26-May-2009 Budapest, Hungary @ Diesel (Support Act: Mercenary)
28-May-2009 Rome, Italy @ Blackout (Support Act: Mercenary)
29-May-2009 Roncade, Italy @ New Age Club (Support Act: Mercenary)
30-May-2009 Pinarella di Cervia, Italy @ Rock Planet (Support Act: Mercenary)
09-July-2009 @ Kvinesdal Rock Festival (Norway)
11-July-2009 @ Rock Harz Open Air (Germany)
12-July-2009 @ Masters Of Rock (Czech Republic)
18-July-2009 @ Open Air - Kiev (Ukraine)
24-July-2009 @ Zwarte Cross Festival (The Netherlands)