Metal News for February 17, 2011
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Video footage has been posted online from Stone Sour's recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. The band performed its latest single "Hesitate," which can be streamed below:
Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring founding Sepultura members Max and Igor Cavalera, has posted a new song online for streaming. The song, titled "Blunt Force Trauma," is the title track of the group's forthcoming new album which is set for release on March 28, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. You can stream the track in the player below:
Between the Buried nnd Me Vocalist Tommy Rogers/Thomas Giles has revealed the dates for his forthcoming solo tour in support of his newly released studio album, "Pulse." Support on the mini-tour will come from Steven Brodsky of Cave In as well as Braveyoung. You can view the dates below.
Mar. 30 - Charlotte, NC - Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
Mar. 31 - Norfolk, VA - Jewish Mother
Apr. 01 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
Apr. 02 - New York, NY - Santos Party House
Apr. 03 - Providence, RI - The Met
California alternative metal act Avenged Sevenfold has revealed the dates for its forthcoming "Avenged Sevenfold: Welcome To The Family Tour." Support on the trek will come from Three Days Grace, Bullet For My Valentine and Sevendust. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
Apr. 22 - Bossier City, LA - Century Tel Center
Apr. 23 - Little Rock, AR - Edgefest @ Arkansas State Fairgrounds
Apr. 25 - Cape Girardeau, MO - Show Me Center
Apr. 26 - Peoria, IL - Peoria Civic Center
Apr. 27 - Rockford, IL - MetroCentre
Apr. 29 - Wilkes-Barre, PA - Mohegan Sun Arena
Apr. 30 - Newark, NJ - Prudential Center
May 03 - Springfield, MA - Mass Mutual Center
May 07 - Charlotte, NC - Carolina Rebellion @ Metrolina Expo
May 09 - Orlando, FL - UCF Arena
May 10 - Pensacola, FL - Pensacola Civic Center
May 11 - Lafayette, LA - Cajundome
May 13 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheater
May 14 - Wichita, KS - InTrust Bank Center
May 15 - Des Moines, IA - Lazerfest @ Ntnl Balloon Classic Launch Field
May 17 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Amphitheatre
May 18 - San Antonio, TX - Illusions Theater - Alamo Dome
May 21 - Columbus, OH - Rock on the Range @ Crew Stadium
European metal act Midnattsol has posted a new video trailer online to promote its forthcoming full length album "The Metamorphosis Melody." "The Metamorphosis Melody" is due for release on on March 25, 2011. The trailer can be viewed below.
Wino is one of the most revered voices of doom metal. As the frontman for one of the oldest metal bands St. Vitus, Wino has carved out a famous name for his pure, honest angst-ridden lyrics. About to go on the Metalliance Tour with St. Vitus, he wanted to put in some time with his solo acoustic music, hot on the heels of his release "Adrift." I got to have a quick chat with Wino before he set out on his solo tour with Scott Kelly to talk about how doom and acoustic goes together. More...
Illogicist has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming album:
"Hello there, I have some news about the upcoming Illogicist album; I'm now working on the mix, and I think it would be ready in a month. The title will be 'The Unconsciousness of Living.'
"I think I will be able to post a rough mixed song in a couple of weeks. Thanks for your support!"
You can also check out the Travis Smith created artwork for "The Unconsciousness of Living" at this location.
Finland's Azaghal has checked in with the following update about new live shows and upcoming releases:
"Live rituals and audio terror! It has been a while since the last update, so there's quite a lot to inform you about. First of all, Azaghal will play live in Russia for the first time ever and will participate Volh Black Metal Fest in Moscow on mid-April. In addition we are negotiating about 3 possible additional gigs in the country.
"Also Italy is about to get it's doze of Black Terror Metal, as we have confirmed a gig in Genova on May 28th.
"The debut album Mustamaa will be re-release as a limited edition 2cd, double 3 panel digifile with 16 pages booklet through helvete.ru. Limited to 496 copies. The exact release date is yet undecided but as soon as we know, you know! Azaghal/Pogost/Decayed split cd will be released on yet undecided date through Cold Breath Of Silence."
Denver's Havok is set to drop a new thrash bomb on the world titled "Time Is Up" on March 29th through Candlelight Records. To give fans a taste of the upcoming release, Havok recently premiered the new song "Scumbag in Disguise" through Metalunderground.com at this location.
Vocalist David Sanchez recently shared his thoughts with me on the progression of the band's sound since the "Burn" album, along with the song writing process for "Time Is Up." Read on to get some insight into the 10 upcoming tracks from Havok and how the band differs from the rest of the players on the thrash field. More...
As Third String Productions enters a 7th year of promoting festivals in North Texas, the organization has teamed up with Sumerian Records to present the 2011 South By So What?! music festival. South By So What?! began in 2007 as a multi-stage music festival showcasing the majority of the all-ages bands that would be making the trek to SXSW. This year's festival will be held at The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, TX on Saturday, March 19th and headlined by Sumerian artist Asking Alexandria.
The support acts include: Emmure, Whitechapel, Enter Shikari, Dance Gavin Dance, The Faceless, The Acacia Strain, Chiodos, Veil of Maya, Animals As Leaders, the recently reunited Gatsby's American Dream, Iwrestledabearonce, Miss May I, Chelsea Grin, Evergreen Terrace, Kill Matriarch, T-Mills, Lower Than Atlantis, Of Mice & Men, In Fear And Faith, I Set My Friends On Fire, Sleeping With Sirens, Upon A Burning Body, Abandon All Ships, Woe Is Me, The Color Morale, I Declare War, For All Those Sleeping, Just Like Vinyl, Close To Home, The Amity Affliction, and more still to be announced.
For additional details on the festival check out this location.
Intergalactic heavy-metal warlords GWAR and fellow all-caps organization PETA2 have announced (or, actually, are announcing right now...) yet another alliance aimed at the furtherance of animal rights, namely an animal's right as a superior species to not have his skin ripped of him to make clothing for inferior humans, unless of course GWAR decides different. This message shall be imparted to the human race through the production of another GWAR/PETA video, in follow-up to last years "Fight Humans Not Dogs" piece (which can be viewed at this location).
This wildly successful infomercial resulted in more humans fighting than ever before, and was nominated for a "Peggy", which is basically the "Oscar" of infomercials, eventually losing to Billy Mays, who accepted posthumously.
PETA2's Dan Shannon, Director of Youth Outreach and Campaigns, had this to say--"PETA is thrilled to be working with GWAR to raise awareness about the cruel ways that animals raised for their fur are treated. Like our previous collaboration with them, Fight Humans Not Animals, this collaboration will aim to turn a few heads"
GWAR's Oderus Urungus "said" this-- "GWAR is titillated to be working with GWAR, in this, the latest thing that GWAR is doing. We'll be providing the humans with an alternative to animal fur, and also helping improve the hygiene of this country's vast prison industry, in a collaboration that is sure to rip off a few heads."
The video is set to begin production at GWAR's shadowy "Slave Pit" next month. GWAR is currently wrapping up the North American leg of the "Bloody Tour of Horror" with a spate of shows on the east coast of the U.S.A. The upcoming GWAR tour dates are as follows:
Thu/Feb-17 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Fri/Feb-18 Allentown PA @ Crocodile Rock
Sat/Feb-19 Millvale PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
Sun/Feb-20 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Mon/Feb-21 Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
Tue/Feb-22 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Wed/Feb-23 Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel
Thu/Feb-24 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Fri/Feb-25 Richmond, VA @ The National
Pennsylvania stoner/doom rockers Backwoods Payback has announced a 17-date U.S. tour next month with labe lmates Lo Pan. The loudness will begin March 9th in Baltimore, Maryland and will include two appearances as part of this year's SXSW music conference in Austin, Texas. Backwoods Payback will be touring in support of the band's Small Stone Recordings debut, which is set for release later this spring.
Comments guitarist/vocalist Mike Cummings of the new record and upcoming dates: "The new, as yet untitled, record is dark and ugly, but smooth in all the right places. I think live is where these songs are going to hit the hardest. We've been doing this for long enough that each stop on a tour isn't just a show anymore. It's a full blown party; a gathering of friends old and new. This tour should be no different, save for the fact that now we are flying the Small Stone flag, and are stoked to be doing so!"
The band's tour dates are as follows:
3/09/2011 Golden West Café - Baltimore, MD
3/10/2011 Krug's Place - Frederick, MD
3/11/2011 Slim's - Raleigh, NC
3/12/2011 Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge - Atlanta, GA
3/13/2011 The Nick - Birmingham, AL
3/14/2011 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
3/15/2011 The Ten Eleven - San Antonio, TX
3/17/2011 The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK w/ Tombs, Castevet
3/18/2011 Headhunter's (back patio) - Austin, TX [SXSW date]
3/20/2011 Headhnter's - Austin, TX [SXSW date]
3/20/2011 Rudyard's - Houston, TX
3/21/2011 The Hi Tone - Memphis, TN
3/22/2011 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
3/23/2011 The Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN
3/24/2011 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
3/25/2011 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI
3/26/2011 South Park Tavern - Dayton, OH
3/27/2011 Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
Sick New Orleans grindcore crew Flesh Parade is giving the band's latest creation "Dirty Sweet" a proper coming out party February 19th at Siberia.
The support for the show has been changed around, but is now solid with Omean, The Devil's Rain, and Iron Giant. Flesh Parade's show often draw many of their loyal fans and longtime friends in the punk and metal scenes, packing out the house. You can read a review of the new album here.
Lazarus A.D. has posted the sixth episode online chronicling the recording process for "Black Rivers Flow" at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI with Chris Djuricic. You can check out the clip below.
You can also view the previously uploaded fifth recording video at this location.
North American extreme metal act Saetith has confirmed the band will be visiting the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico for a headlining live show. The event is set to take place in the capital city, San Juan, PR on March 5, 2011 at La Respuesta Theater.
In addition, Saetith will also be releasing a new line of merchandise that will be made available at this event and on the band's official online merch store afterward. Additional tour dates are expected to be announced soon.
You can also listen to sample Saetith tracks available for streaming through the band's MySpace profile.
Christian metalcore quintet I, The Breather has issued the following brief announcement about canceling the band's final two tour dates due to vehicle issues:
"We will not be able to attend the last two tour dates of our current tour due to van problems. We are very sorry for people who wanted to see us... We will be back very soon! God bless!
"Amidst all the bad news today, there is good news! Our music video 'Forgiven' is featured alongside All That Remains on Mevio! Just scroll down and check out our music video at this location."
Horseback will see the dual release of the "Impale Golden Horn" and "Forbidden Planet" albums packaged together as "The Gorgon Tongue." This two-disc set will be released on May 10th, 2011.
"Impale Golden Horn," Jenks Miller’s 2007 solo debut as Horseback, was previously released on CD via Burly Time / Holidays for Quince and is now out-of-print. Horseback’s Relapse debut "The Invisible Mountain" is streaming in its entirety at this location.
"The Invisible Mountain" was released last August and appeared on many year-end lists among rock and metal critics (Stereogum, Decibel, Verbicide, All Music Guide, OMG Vinyl, and BrooklynVegan).
Germany's Kromlek has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming album "Finis Terrae:"
"The Maya were terribly wrong! The end of the world will befall us in 2011 – in fact by the concentrated impact of a 13 headed hydra. The most diversified band of the pagan metal sector sounds apocalyptical fanfares for the cardinal onslaught against convention and genre-sullenness. The congenial sextet around polarizer and ideologist-in-chief Mr. Alphavarg presents an album of variety and complexity that is simply unique and incomparable.
"All powers of the forerunner album 'Sr...dt' have not been simply cultivated but pitchforked into higher spheres. Genre borders will be overrun and every skeptic will be forced to devotional hush by an overwhelming kaleidoscope of epic melodies, bombastic moments and impressive profound and plurivalent lyrics about the forthcoming end of the world.
"With his concept Mr. Alphavarg reveals a real superlative of his previous work. Beside the traditional languages used – namely German, English and Swedish – there are ground-breaking pamphlets in Sanskrit, Latin, Arabian and many more. Furthermore, for two songs the six apocalyptical horse riders are accompanied by famous supporters.
"World-exclusively for 'Finis Terræ' Mark and Joris of Heidevolk sing in German for the very first time! Moreover Equilibrium’s mastermind, René Berthiaume, participates as vocalist for the first time as well. More aggressive, more melodic and harder than ever before this album definitely proves the potential to enthuse and inspire listeners all over the world and far beyond the pagan metal genre? 'Finis Terræ' is really an end time soundtrack you just have to call your own!"
The album's track listing is as follows: More...
British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have filmed a new music video for the song "The Sound Of Violence." A making-of video has been posted online via YouTube and can be viewed below. The song comes from the band's latest record, "Sounds Of Violence" which is out now and is the group's first studio album since the 2007 comeback record, "Killing Peace."
British thrashers Evile have completed a U.K. headlining tour, which was the first run of shows on their home soil since spending months on the road in North America in 2010. Evile lead guitarist OL DRAKE looks back on the UK shows:
"Just got back from our short headline tour of the UK. We had a great time and it was a very successful run. Thank you to every single person who came out and supported Evile and all the other bands! I've never seen so many people running/flying towards me whilst I'm playing. It's very, very difficult to play our songs whilst watching for bodies flying towards you."
Evile is also this month's "Artist of the Month" on Rock Band Network. Lead guitarist Ol Drake is also the latest artist to be spotlighted in the Xbox LIVE "Game with Fame" program. The guitarist will be on Rock Band 3 on Xbox Live tonight (Thursday, 17th February), challenging fans from all over the world to join him in playing the latest tracks from the likes of Evile, Oceano, Cauldron, and more.
Ol Drake comments: "I'm about to take part in Xbox LIVE's 'Game with Fame' on Rock Band 3 thanks to the wonderful people at Harmonix and Microsoft. It will be between 5pm and 8pm EST [10pm to 1am GMT] today. I warn you, I'm not very good. None of this 'Expert' business for me, I just thought it would be cool to play and chat to some Evile fans who play Rock Band 3!"
For your chance to play your favorite tracks from Rock Band 3 and the Rock Band Network with Ol Drake, sign in to Xbox Live tonight from 5pm to 8pm EST (10pm to 1am UK time). He will be playing with the Gamertag EvileOlDrake. For more information, head to this location.
SearchNDestroy.net has posted a video interview online with Ensiferum, which was shot in Mexico City on January 22nd, 2011. You can check out the video clip below.
Italy's Last Warden has issued the following update from the recording studio:
"Studio report: We have reached the sixth month of registration. Eddy has completed
more than half of the songs solos flawlessly and creative, very often in fact at the time of recording, new ideas are introduced in the songs. Unfortunately, for logistical reasons due to the method we have chosen to get the most out of sound, can affect only a few hours a week, but on the other hand the results are explosive!"
You can also check out footage from the studio below.
Swedish industrial metallers Pain have issued the following update about new live shows and working on a new album:
"Hello Painheads! More and more pieces are falling into place, and as we are finishing the work with the new Pain album we are ready to announce the first show dates for 2011.
2011-06-19 - Myötätuulirock - Vantaa – Finland
2011-06-25 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel – Belgium
"More dates are already booked but not ready to get official yet. And even more dates including a mini tour and a longer headline tour are in the planning stage and will be announced as soon as the organizers give us the go sign.
"2011 will be an awesome year for Pain and we're really looking forward to see you this summer and play the new songs live! Stay tuned."
Greek/German heavy metal act Mystic Prophecy is entering the studio once more. For the coming months Mystic Prophecy will be recording the band's 7th studio album entitled "Raven Lord." The album is going to be the first release with new drummer Claudio Sisto, who joined Mystic Prophecy in June 2010. "Raven Lord" will be released on October 28th, 2011 through Massacre records. During the same period the band is planning on touring and hitting most festival stages around Europe.
Recordings will take place in Prophecy Music Factory studios and production duties will be handled by R.D. Liapakis with the rest of the band. There will be 11 songs on the album, and artwork will be delivered by Jonas Kawalek who has worked with the band in the past for the "Satanic Curses" album.
Commenting on the creative process of the new album, band main man R.D. Liapakis stated:
"Mystic Prophecy is now more than ever in a turning point in their history. Fireangel overcame our expectations and our fans have shown us their support in the best possible way. The tour we did with Stratovarius gave the band the chance to get a very good sense of unity and groove which is generated by every member contributing to whole which finally is presented to the fans. This is what will make a difference in our upcoming album.
"The feeling of unity, amongst us, enhances the effect we bring out. More power, more feeling, more combined ideas, more diversity, but all in the thread that goes through it all which is Mystic Prophecy. Two minds work better than one, so imagine all five of us contributing equally to the final result. I am confident that we'll do our best to express what's in our souls and hope the fans like it. Up till now we seem to have a common ground so this album will only enforce this bond with our fans and help us create new ones."
Kampfar has issued the following announcement about a listening session for the band's upcoming album:
"19 March we will all gather in Arnhem for an exclusive pre-listening session of Mare. The album will be played in regular intervals throughout the night, and you can enjoy it with your choice of fine beers, whiskies, akkevit and other goodies. Some merchandise will be on sale, incl. rare out of print items.
"The whole band will be present, so join us in celebrating the release of this new direction of the band. Note that there will be limited space inside, but we aim to make it as enjoyable as possible for everybody."
You can hear the title track from "Mare" at this location. "Mare" is set for release on April 5 through Napalm Records and has the following track listing:
New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front have posted the title track to their new record "My Life My Way" through Lambgoat. You can listen to the new song at this location. "My Life My Way" is currently set to be released on March 4th/March 22nd, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Agnostic Front's Roger Miret also recently took part in a live video chat with fans. You can watch footage of the live chat online at this location. The album's track listing will be as follows:
1. City Street
2. More Than a Memory
3. Us Against the World
4. My Life My Way
5. That’s Life
6. Self Pride
7. Until the Day I Die
8. Now and Forever
9. The Sacrifice
10. A Mi Manera
11. Your Worst Enemy
12. Empty Dreams
13. Time Has Come
We, The Undersigned has posted a blog online detailing the band's recent tour dates in Canada. An excerpt from the blog follows:
"February 9th - Mad Hatters, Montreal QC (with Endast): Tonight was our very first show since the summer of 2010 and I cannot tell you how excited we were to hit the stage and make some organized noise for the masses. Preperation for this cross country tour has been a bit stressful so we are badly in need of releasing the tension through some cathartic heavy metal! And that we did mes amis. Mad Hatters was packed from wall to wall (thanks to our good buddies ENDAST) so we cranked up the tube amps and plowed through our 7-song set. It was clear that we missed the sensation of excitement and adrenaline that comes from a We, The Undersigned performance. Despite our 8-month break, the mission has not been forgotten. Awesome show!
"As our 3rd cross Canada tour begins, we would like to give a huge shout out to our new Super Friend, Mr. Josh Ingram. He has decided to help us out by playing drums with us every night! He's a rockin dude so when you come out to our show, be sure to send him some love and creep on his facebook.
"We would also like to thank our sponsors for the tour: Jagermeister, D-Tox, Red Tentacle, Diminished Fifth Record, and The Outlook Agency.
"February 11th - The Highland, North Bay ON: For our first North Bay show ever we found ourselves at a venue that was basically somebody's upstairs transformed into a rock hall. This was cool because there were no rules, but it was also a bit sketchy because there were NO RULES! It's been a while since I've been subjected to that much tabacco smoke (etc etc) but it made me thankful that no one can smoke in bars nowadays. More...
California female-fronted black metal act Divination of the Damned has posted footage of the band performing "Into the Endless Peril of Torment and Suffering." You can check out the video clip below.
Pegazus has issued the following announcement about shooting a new music video:
"We have just finished the video-shoot for the first clip taken from the new album 'In Metal We Trust.' 'Haunting Me' will be the first video we will present to you soon!
"We will give you more updates tomorrow concerning the release date for the clip and for now enjoy the screen shots we can present to you already (more pics in the photo area here) A huge thanks goes out to Aaron McLoughlin and his crew for the incredible work they have done!"
The band is also set to release the album "In Metal We Trust" on April 15th, 2011 through Black Leather Records. The track listing for the new album 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
Burden of Grief has announced several upcoming German tour dates and festival appearances. You can check out the listing of cities and venues below:
09.04.2011 - (GER) Bad Rappenau - Mühltalhalle (Building A Force Festival)
21.05.2011 - (GER) Neuss - Haus der Jugend (Metal Night Neuss)
29.05.2011 - (GER) Dessau - Metalfest Open Air
17.06.2011 - (GER) Ahnsbeck - Break The Ground Open Air
18.06.2011 - (GER) Dragensdorf - Dragensdorf Rockt Open Air
10.09.2011 - (GER) Barleben - Metal Embrace Open Air
24.09.2011 - (GER) Kassel - Kulturfabrik Salzmann w/ Asphyx
29.10.2011 - (GER) Hannover - Musikzentrum (Metalshock Festival)
Galar has issued the following update about adding on three upcoming Norwegian tour dates:
"We will do three Norwegian shows in April/May:
Elm street, Oslo: 19 April
Ungdomsklubben Bizarre, Bergen: 29 April
Garage, Bergen (Dark Essence Festival): 7 Mai
"We are available for foreign shows this year as well. Booking: please get in touch at: galarmetal[NOSPAM]gmail.com."
You can also check out Galar's music through the band's official MySpace page at this location.
Orange Goblin has issued the following announcement about lining up U.S. shows:
"We are very happy to announce that Orange Goblin will be returning to the US to celebrate their 15th Anniversary with a full nationwide tour in May and June. Support on all dates (with the exception of Maryland Death Fest and Chicago) comes from Indianapolis doom metal heroes The Gates of Slumber and Brooklyn’s heavy psych-freaks NAAM.
"These tour dates will coincide with the US re-release of the first five Orange Goblin albums, recorded on Rise Above Records and made available in the US through Metal Blade. They will also be available as a limited edition box-set."
The dates are as follows:
5/28 – Santos Party House, New York City, NY
5/29 – Maryland Death Fest@ Sonar, Baltimore, MD
5/31 – Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte, NC
6/1 – The Earl, Atlanta, GA
6/2 – One Eyed Jacks, New Orleans, LA
6/3 – Liquid Sludge Festival @ Scoot Inn, Austin, TX
6/4 – Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
6/5 – Clubhouse, Tempe, AZ
6/6 – Troubadour, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA
6/7 – Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA
6/9 – Dante’s, Portland, OR
6/10 – Studio Seven, Seattle, WA
6/11 – Alehorn Fest @ Double Door, Chicago, IL
Born of Osiris has announced a string of upcoming Canadian tour dates alongside August Burns Red, Set Your Goals, and Texas in July. The currently announced dates are as follows:
Mar 31 - Quebec City QC @ Imperial de Quebec
Apr 1 - London ON @ London Music Hall
Apr 2 - Ottawa ON @ Capital Music Hall
Apr 3 - Sudbury ON @ Jubilee Music Center
Apr 5 - Winnipeg MB @ Garrick Center
Apr 6 - Saskatoon SK @ Louis
Apr 7 - Edmonton AL @ Starlite Room
Apr 8 - Calgary AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Apr 9 - Vancouver BC @ Rickshaw Theater
Megadeth's David Ellefson has checked in with the following announcement about a new "Big Four" show in Germany:
"If you've been following along, you know that the 'Big Four' of Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and Metallica already have two shows scheduled in Europe in July... well, the party is expanding! We're here today to tell you about an addition to the European vacation with a show in Gelsenkirchen, Germany at the Veltins Arena on July 2, 2011.
"Tickets go on sale on Saturday, February 19 at 9:00 a.m. local time at this location. Presale for Megadethfan club members takes place Friday, February 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time at theCyber Army. Not a member yet? No problem! Enlist today!"
Saxon has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's scheduled Australian shows:
"Dear fans, we are unfortunately forced to cancel our Australia trip due scheduling problems with the new album recordings.
"We apologize for canceling but due to the bad weather conditions we had in the UK during the recording sessions we have suffered various delays and we can't just drop the production and leave - we have producers booked and mix engineers waiting to finish the album, which is titled 'Call To Arms.'
"We have looked at this from all sides, but too many people are involved so we have made the choice to finish the album and we apologize again. We hope you can understand that we have not made this decision lightly."
You can also check out a podcast of Saxon in the studio at this location.
Greek black metallers Naer Mataron have checked in with the following announcement about joining the Witching Hour roster:
"We’re proud to announce that cult Greek Naer Materaon signed to Witching Hour. The recording session of new album 'ZHTO O OANATOE' will begin in May 2011 in Greece and later on the mixing and mastering will be done in Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated).
"The releases date is tentatively scheduled for September 2011. The band is currently working on the songs and planning spring and summer touring schedule."
Additional details on the new album's specific release date and track listing will be announced as they are made available.
PopMarket is a new deals site that covers Sony's entire catalog incuding Columbia, Epic, Jive, Nashville, Rca and more. The site will be featuring some deals on premium sets that may interest metalheads over the next two days, February 17th and 18th:
Today at noon (ET), they'll be featuring AC/DC's "Backtracks Collectors box set." Normally sold for $199, you can pick it up here for just $99. The box set includes:
- 3 CD's, 2 DVD's, and 1 LP of rarities
- A 164 page high production quality hardcover photo book
- Memorabilia from the Band’s earliest days of touring
- ALL OF THIS COMES IN A WORKING AMP
Tomorrow's sale, starting at 12pm ET on Friday, February 18th, will be for Lamb of God's "Super Deluxe Hourglass Box Set." Normally selling for $699.99, it will be $300 off at $399. Here's what it comes with:
- The 3 CD Anthology
- The Vinyl Box Set
- The USB Box Set
- The Art of Lamb of God Book
- Mark Morton Signature Series Jackson Dominion D2 Guitar
- 4x6 Pure American Metal Flag
- An Hourglass Sticker
- A signed 8x10 photo
Go here to check them out and order. All sales are offered on a first come, first served basis.
My Inner Burning is preparing to release the band's second full-length album, “Eleven Scars,” which will see a March 22nd North American release via SPV/Steamhammer. Metalunderground.com is premiering the song “Demons” off this upcoming effort, which you can hear below.
“Eleven Scars” follows the My Inner Burning 2009 debut self-titled album. “Eleven Scars” sounds groovier and a little darker than the act's first self-titled release. Guitarist Torsten Sauerbrey explains the reasoning behind the darker sound by commented, “Probably the many concerts we’ve played since, and the stronger influence of our vocalist Becky, who penned the occasionally rather sinister lyrics.”
“Eleven Scars” sees Becky Gaber deliver eleven incisive stories – a clear reference to the album title – about broken friendship, unhappy love and other relationship dramas. “Eleven Scars” is no concept album,” says Sauerbrey, “but the record’s lyrics definitely have a central theme.”
Here's the tracklisting for My Inner Burning's "Eleven Scars":
4. For the Last Time
5. When I'm Gone
7. Done With Denial
8. Gone Wrong
9. Enemy of Mine
10. New Breed
“Eleven Scars” was recorded at the Metal Sound studio in Osterode/Harz and mixed by Sauerbrey.
Kevin Lyman has had a hand in the creation of Warped Tour and Mayhem Festival, to name just a few of the noteworthy projects he has been involved with over the past two-plus decades. Starting out as a club promoter in Los Angeles, his idea to have a yearly outdoor summer festival conducted in parking lots with Warped Tour has turned into one of the most well-known tours out there today. Along with John Reese, Lyman started the Rockstar Mayhem Festival a few years back to give the spotlight to metal and hard rock acts.
This year’s line-up is a powerhouse, with headliners Godsmack, Disturbed, and Megadeth on tap, as well as Machine Head, In Flames, and Trivium supporting. I had the chance to talk to Lyman in early February about the semantics of running a major festival, the process behind choosing acts, and the possibility of taking the festival overseas in the near future. More...
Hard rock veteran and former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach has posted the following update online:
"Just had the greatest talk with my producer Bob Marlette. We are on exactly the same page with the new CD! He agrees with me that tracks 1-7 out of the 13 demos are pretty much done.
"I have lived with these songs for over a year now and the songs have to be real good if I'm still digging them a year later! I have an open mind, though, to whatever magic occurs between Nick Sterling, Bobby Jarzombek [drums], Bob Marlette and myself.
"We start the next record in Los Angeles, California this Monday! I could not be happier."
California extreme metal act Winds of Plague has posted a new video trailer online to promote its forthcoming studio album "Against The World." You can view the clip below. "Against The World" is set for release on April 19, 2011 through Century Media Records.
Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson has provided the following video tours of his "Ed Force One" Boeing 757 Aircraft, which he pilots and uses to fly the band to all of its international tour destinations. You can view the three clips below:
British extreme metal act Cradle Of Filth recently performed its new single "One Foul Step From The Abyss" on The Daily Habit. You can view the band's performance in the player below:
Death of Desire has revealed the track listing for its forthcoming studio album. The new album, titled "ANTIhuman," includes Mayhem Drummer Hellhammer and was recorded at the TME Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio with producer/engineer Steve Tucker. You can view the album's track listing below:
2. Black Flame
4. Into The Void
7. Inner Sanctum
8. Progenies Of Doom
Los Angeles metal act All Hail the Yeti has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Suicide Woods" and can be streamed below. The song is included on the band's debut five-song EP, "Trees On Fire With Songs Of Blood."