Metal News for February 18, 2008
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41 news articles posted on this day.
Texas band Horde Casket has signed a record deal with Pathologically Explicit Recordings. Expect their new full-length release out this summer. You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.
Hate Eternal has just announced that they will head out on the road for a headlining tour with support coming from Soilent Green, and Skeletonwitch. This tour preceeds their previously announced Fury And Flames European Tour 2008 with Cephalic Carnage and Skeletonwitch.
Hate Eternal's "Fury and Flames" is available everywhere February 19th 2008.
Here are the newly announced HATE ETERNAL U.S. tour dates: More...
Finnish heavy metal pioneers TAROT have made the trailer for their upcoming Tarot Live DVD available for download.
Check out the footage, directed by Harri Mielonen, at this location.
The new DVD is due out sometime this spring. Further updates as details surface.
Norwegian progressive extreme metallers ANSUR have unveiled the artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming new album.
Warring Factions was recorded and produced by the band. It's release (via Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records) is imminent.
The tracklisting: 'The Tunguska Incident', 'Sierra Day', 'Phobos Anomaly', 'An Exercise In Depth Of Field', 'At His Wit's End', 'Cloudscaper', 'Prime warring Eschatologist'.
PAIN are supporting NIGHTWISH on their European Tour from February until April 2008.
Says Pain, "What ever happens on tour stays on tour? Fuck that!"
"On this blog we'll keep you updated with news and share what ever happens during the tour. Everything you read or see on this blog is exclusively uncensored. Similarities with now living persons is total coincidence."
The Netherlands’ FONDLECORPSE have posted the following update:
“The rumour has been going for a while now and its true we are a full band, we have joined forces with Ronald van Kleef on drums and are talking to a second guitarist to finish off the live line-up of FONDLECORPSE. We are currently gearing up to put together a setlist and practising. It will be some time before we go public with gigs since we first need to become a well oiled machine, but the setlist will cover ALL releases, fan favorittes like “Fucked Stabbed And Eaten” and “Death Through Feedingtube” WILL be played live also! The invasion is about to start……… and so it begins.”
"Nightlife", the new video from the North Carolina-based melodic metal band WIDOW, can be viewed here. The clip was directed by Blake Faucette from "Series" DVD.
Since the release of their first album "Midnight Strikes", Raleigh, North Carolina-based melodic metallers WIDOW represented a sort of melting-pot of the '80s hard rock / heavy metal culture and the modernity of melodic death metal mainly expressed by their fast guitar-riffing and vocals. Lyric-wise they always liked to play with werewolves and witches burnt at stakes, with the great tradition of '80s horror movies ("Basket Case" and the such), movies that in a moment were vulgarly despised as "B movies" but which in the end, have influenced a whole generation of young Americans.
With "Nightlife", WIDOW goes even further back into American hard rock history, back to the late '70s, dragging their inspiration from the most-glamorous big city nights! More...
New York's UNEARTHLY TRANCE will release its new album, "Electrocution", on March 18 via Relapse Records (March 24 internationally). The CD was recorded with Sanford Parker at his Volume Recording Studios (PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS, RWAKE, MINSK) in Chicago, IL.
"Electrocution" track listing:
01. Chaos Star
02. God Is A Beast
03. The Dust Will Never Settle
05. The Scum Is In Orbit
06. Religious Slaves
07. Burn You Insane
08. Distant Roads Overgrown
Check out the songs "Chaos Star" and "Diseased" on the band's MySpace page.
CHILDREN OF BODOM's video for the new single "Blooddrunk" can be viewed below. The clip, which was produced by Katapult Filmproduktion, was shot in the former Nazi barracks in Krampnitz in the vicinity of Berlin, Germany, where the Russian army was stationed before the German reunion.
Check out pictures from the video shoot at this location.
Spinefarm Records will release a digipack version of CHILDREN OF BODOM's new album, "Blooddrunk", on April 9. The set will include a bonus DVD featuring the songs mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, the "Blooddrunk" video, a "making-of-the-video" segment, and a photo gallery. In addition, the CD will feature CHILDREN OF BODOM's cover of STAN JONES' "Ghost Riders In The Sky" as a bonus track. More...
A new NEBULA demo track, entitled "The Dagger", is available for streaming on the group's MySpace page. The song is one of ten tracks that the California rockers recorded at The Pass studios in Los Angeles.
NEBULA recently posted a video for the song "Loose Cannon" on YouTube. Watch the clip here.
NEBULA last year announced the addition of drummer Rob Oswald (KARMA TO BURN, MONDO GENERATOR) to the group's ranks.
NEBULA's latest album, "Apollo", was released in 2006 via Liquor and Poker. The CD was produced by Daniel Rey (RAMONES, MISFITS, L7) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (THE MARS VOLTA, SONIC YOUTH, FRANZ FERDINAND). More...
Brazilian metallers DROWNED will embark on their first-ever European tour, dubbed the "Old World Violence Tour", on March 6 in Mainz, Germany. The 26-date trek will include stops in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Switzerland and The Netherlands, and DROWNED will share stages with such bands as NOBODY'S FEAR, INDYUS, BLOODHUNT, BLEAK PROSPECTS, ESCEYPE and BOLIING BLOOD.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Mar. 06 - Mainz, Germany - Caveau Club
Mar. 07 - Aschaffenburg, Germany – JuZ Illingen
Mar. 08 - Illingen, Germany - JuZ Illingen
Mar. 09 - Darmstadt, Germany - Goldene Krone
Mar. 11 - Bayreuth, Germany - [to be announced]
Mar. 13 - Praha, Czech Rep. - Exit Chmelnice
Mar. 14 - Marienberg, Germany - Zeppelin
Mar. 15 - Halle, Germany - [to be announced]
Mar. 16 - Oldenburg, Germany – Amadeus
Mar. 18 - Mülheim, Germany - AZ Mülheim
Mar. 19 - Liège, Belgium - Carlo Levi
Mar. 20 - Antwerpen, Belgium - De Rots
Mar. 21 - Halberstadt, Germany - Salut e.V.
Mar. 22 - Gelsenkirchen, Germany - Jugendheim Villa
Mar. 28 - Teplice, Czech Republic – RC Bozak
Mar. 29 - Meissen Germany - Hafenstraße
Mar. 30 - Wachenroth, Germany - Toxicity
Apr. 01 - Munich, Germany - Feierwerk München
Apr. 02 - Bad Mitterndorf, Austria - Take Five
Apr. 03 - Dornbirn, Austria - Café Schlachthaus
Apr. 04 - Uster, Switzerland - Rock City
Apr. 05 - Sion, Switzerland – Mean Machine
Apr. 06 - Genève – Switzerland - Piment Rouge
Apr. 10 - Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany - [to be announced]
Apr. 11 - Ingolstadt, Germany - Paradox
Apr. 12 - Waldsassen, Germany – Pauli’s Blue Oyster Bar
DROWNED's most recent album, "Bio-Violence", was released in 2006 via Cogumelo Records.
South Carolina-based technical death metallers NILE have cancelled their previously announced February 20 concert in Santiago, Chile. "The promoter has, at the last minute, refused to pay the band as agreed," the group says in a statement. "The band is VERY disappointed, and if there was ANY way to still put on the show, I assure you they would do it! It's just not possible for them to fly the whole band and their gear to and from Chile, play the show and handle all living expenses out of their personal bank accounts. We hope the opportunity comes again for NILE to play in Chile, as they were very excited about this show. Please understand that if there was any way for NILE to still do this show, they would do it in a heartbeat. We all sincerely apologize to the fans who have patiently waited for NILE to come to their country." More...
Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY have scheduled four dates in Finland in April. The details are as follows:
April 18 - Mikkeli, Finland @ Vaakuna
April 20 - Helsinki, Finland @ Tavastia
April 21 - Turku, Finland @ Klubi
April 22 - Jyväskylä, Finland @ Lutakko
DARK TRANQUILLTY was honored in the "Metal" category at Sweden's annual Manifestgalan awards, which recognizes fantastic music and musicians from independent record labels. DARK TRANQUILLTY received the award for its latest album, "Fiction", which was released in April 2007 via Century Media Records. The CD was mixed by Tue Madsen (HIMSA, THE HAUNTED) and "encompasses all of the elements on which the band built their career: thought-provoking lyrics, shredding guitar work, captivating melodies and sheer brutality," according to a press release. More...
Amorphis' latest album, "Silent Waters," and 2006's "Eclipse" have both been certified gold status for the sales of 15,000 copies each in Finland. The gold discs, presented to the band members at the Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki on February 15, 2008, are the first ever in the almost 18-year history of Amorphis. As guitarist Esa Holopainen stated at the presentation: “a minor occasion for the music industry, but a major achievement for us!”
This year's ProgPower UK, which was scheduled for March 28-29 in Bristol, England, has been cancelled. The following message has been posted on wwwww.progpoweruk.com:
"This is the hardest decision we have ever had to make, but it is with great regret that we have had to cancel ProgPower UK III.
"We have made no secret of the financial difficulties that have dogged our first two years, which is why we made a significant number of changes for year three. However, ticket sales have been extremely poor and, as a result, there is no way we can stage the festival without losing a substantial amount of money – again.
"This decision has not been taken lightly and we are fully aware of both the disappointment and inconvenience it will cause. However, we simply cannot afford to keep pumping money into ProgPower UK and we can assure you that we are as disappointed about this as you no doubt are.
"As a result of this, ProgPower UK LLP will cease trading with immediate effect.
"Ticket holders who purchased tickets via cheque or Paypal through the ProgPowerUK website will be refunded by the method through which the tickets were purchased. This will be done within twenty-eight days.
"If you purchased tickets at Bristol Ticket Shop, please contact them directly for a refund.
"Please direct any enquiries to email@example.com All enquiries will be dealt with, but please be patient.
"We would like to sincerely thank everyone who has supported us over the past three years, and also thank Rene Janssen and his team giving us the opportunity to make ProgPower UK a reality.
"The ProgPower UK Team"
The following bands were scheduled to perform at ProgPower UK:
Diablo Swing Orchestra
The Danish metal act will be direct support for legendary Bay Area thrashers Death Angel on their European tour in April 2008 and will use the opportunity to present you their new album “Architect Of Lies” live.
Tour dates with Death Angel, Demolition and Extrema are as follows:
Apr. 02 Utrecht, NL - Tivoli
Apr. 03 Osnabrück, D - N8
Apr. 04 Rotterdam, NL - Baroeg
Apr. 05 Eindhoven, NL - Dynamo Club
Apr. 06 Vosselaar, B- Biebob
Apr. 07 Lindau, D - Vaudeville
Apr. 09 Budapestm HUN - A38 Ship
Apr. 10 Wien, AT - Planet
Apr. 11 Pratteln, CH - Z7
Apr. 12 Piacenza, IT - Fillmore
Apr. 13 Rome, IT - Alpheus
Apr. 15 London, UK - The Underworld
Apr. 16 Nottingham, UK - Junction 7
Apr. 17 Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks
Apr. 18 Wolverhampton, UK - Civic
Apr. 19 Essen, D - Turock
Apr. 20 Leipzig, D - Hellraiser
Apr. 23 Hamburg, D - Markthalle
Apr. 24 Berlin, D - K17
Apr. 25 Adelsheim, D - Livefactory More...
San Diego-based metallers AS I LAY DYING will embark on a Canadian headlining tour with support from MISERY SIGNALS, AUGUST BURNS RED and EVERGREEN TERRACE.
Commented guitarist Phil Sgrosso: "We are very excited to be doing a national tour in Canada this spring. We haven't hit a lot of those markets since Taste of Chaos back in 2006. Along with the other bands on the tour, it should be a very energetic show every night. The last time we did a club headline tour in Canada was in the spring of 2005 with THROWDOWN, ALL THAT REMAINS, and WINTER SOLSTICE. It's been a long time. Our shows will definitely be a lot more intimate than what we did on the more festival-style shows. Moshing, crowd surfing, stage diving. I'm sure that will all be taking place more frequently on this tour!"
The dates are as follows:
Apr. 29 - Vancouver, BC - Croation Cultural Center
Apr. 30 - Kelowna, BC - The Habitat
May 01 - Calgary, AB - MacEwan Ballroom
May 03 - Edmonton, AB - Starlite
May 04 - Regina, SK - Distrikt
May 05 - Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick
May 13 - London, ON - The Embassy
May 14 - Toronto, ON - The Phoenix Theatre
May 15 - Ottawa, ON - Babylon
May 16 - Montreal, QC - Le National
May 17 - Quebec City, QC - Anti Sk8 Parc
A four-minute backstage interview with AS I LAY DYING conducted by Altitude's metal show "Metalogy" can be viewed below. The band discusses the trials of working with Adam Dutkiewicz from KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on their new record, their biggest pet peeves, their last meal, and why they hate "I Love New York" so much, among other topics.
AS I LAY DYING received a Grammy nomination in the "Best Metal Performance" category for "Nothing Left", the first single from the band's newest release, "An Ocean Between Us".
AS I LAY DYING recently completed a video for the band’s new track "The Sound Of Truth". The clip, a sequel to the story in the video for "Nothing Left", was filmed in Los Angeles while the band was between tours. It was directed by Brian Thompson. More...
Danish drummer Morten Løwe Sørensen (THE ARCANE ORDER, SUBMISSION, SLUGS) will fill in for SOILWORK's Dirk Verbeuren at the Swedish band's shows in Tallinn, Estonia on February 20 and Riga, Latvia on February 21. According to a posting on THE ARCANE ORDER's web site, "Dirk is having some visa problems which are expected to be solved soon."
SOILWORK recently parted ways with guitarist Ola Frenning.
It was felt that Ola resisted the demands of the road and found it difficult to come to terms with the amount of touring scheduled.
"Sworn To A Great Divide" is SOILWORK's fastest seller and the live demand for the band is growing. They intend to play everywhere and fulfill the album's potential.
Vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid says: "It was a very difficult decision to make because Ola has been our friend and bandmate for a very long time."
The decision will not affect any of SOILWORK's plans. Guitarist David Andersson is filling in on the band's Finnish/Baltic tour as well as the "Scum Of The Earth" U.S. tour with THROWDOWN. The band will then tour Australia, Japan and Southeast Asia before returning to Europe for festivals and a headlining U.S. tour in the fall.
Boston-based hardcore/metal band BURY YOUR DEAD has issued the following statement:
"On Saturday night, February 16th, BURY YOUR DEAD guitarist Eric Ellis was a victim of a random attack by six individuals following the band's set at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eric was held at gunpoint while the men hit him multiple times with a baseball bat and hammer. Previous reports of a robbery are false, as the Milwaukee police department has classified it as a 'gang initiation.' Despite suffering what others would consider serious injuries, Eric and the rest of BURY YOUR DEAD will move forward and continue with their tour alongside HELLYEAH and take that into their headlining run with EMMURE, THE WARRIORS, and WITH BLOOD COMES CLEANSING."
Added the band: "It will take more than this to stop BURY YOUR DEAD. We'll see you soon."
Never ones to dwell on the past, Boston natives BURY YOUR DEAD are forging ahead to the future with new vocalist Myke Terry (formerly of CASSIUS) in tow. The band recently returned to Florida's Audiohammer Studios, the exact facility where their previous release, "Beauty and the Breakdown", was recorded. BURY YOUR DEAD also brought back producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, GOD FORBID), continuing with the theme of tradition. BURY YOUR DEAD drummer Mark Castillo previously stated, "All I have to say is the new BURY YOUR DEAD isn't what people are going to expect. You really have to hear this."
The Italian symphonic metal band Ivory Moon has announced the departure of their female vocalist Cecilia Serra. "There are no hard feelings involved," the band commented, "Cecilia has decided to focus on her family and studies. Ivory Moon wants to take the opportunity to thank Cecilia for all her great work in the band the last years, and wish her all the best for the future."
The new female vocalist in Ivory Moon is Elisa Pezzuto, a very talented singer that has been inloved in musical activities all her life, in everything from medieval music, gospel to modern rock. You can view a photo of Elisa here.
Demon Hunter will launch their "Stronger Than Hell Tour" this summer in support of the band's brand new album for Solid State Records, Storm The Gates Of Hell.
"The Stronger Than Hell Tour will definitely be an amazing experience for everyone involved," said singer Ryan Clark, who co-founded Demon Hunter with his guitarist brother Don shortly before the release of their self-titled debut album in 2002. "We can't wait to play some new material and get to know more of our amazing fans."
"I can't tell you how excited we are to get back out there on the road and play some new songs along with the crowd favorites," added Don, who recently attended the 2008 Grammy Awards as a nominee in the graphic design / packaging category (Ryan Clark was nominated last year and the year before).
The Stronger Than Hell Tour will feature special guest Living Sacrifice, the legendary metal band whose alumnus went on to join bands like Evanescence and P.O.D. This will be their first tour since reuniting.
The tour lineup is rounded out by Demon Hunter's labelmates in Oh, Sleeper as well as The Famine (featuring former Demon Hunter guitarist Chris McCaddon) and North Carolina's Advent.
"The members of Demon Hunter are ecstatic about the lineup," said Ryan Clark. "It features many of our old friends in both reunited and amazing new bands. For us, it's a bit of a family reunion."
Demon Hunter recently completed a video for "Carry Me Down," the second single from Storm The Gates Of Hell. The group was named one of "10 Artists to Watch" by AOL Music and featured on the cover of Revolver for their 2006 "Christian Metal" story. Demon Hunter's fans are some of the most dedicated in heavy metal. Check out their MySpace page to see the Demon Hunter logo tattoos that adorn many of their bodies.
Here are the latest "Stronger Than Hell" tour dates featuring Demon Hunter, Living Sacrifice, Oh, Sleeper, The Famine and Advent: More...
Polish metallers CRIONICS have issued the following update:
"After a short, month[-long] break we already can present you tentative plans for 2008. In the beginning of April, CRIONICS will play about 10 concerts in Russia as headliner. It will be during sixth edition of 'Metal Spirit Resurrection Tour'. After return from Russia, just after a while band is going on next, already third blasphemous 'Rebel Angels Tour'. Because of delayed release date of 'Neuthrone', first part of 'Rebel' was before new material was introduced to Polish maniax, so this time, our set will include mainly songs from last album, and as usual we will prepare interesting cover song also. Afterwards, CRIONICS is going to the East again, this time to headline in Belarus and Ukraine. Last gigs before holidays are going to be during Balkan tour, which is planned with three other bands, we'll give all details soon. We won't take a rest during this summer again, we're planning to perform on some festivals in Europe, we'll give the dates shortly. Working on new album has been started, so finishing of 'Neuthrone's follower is also predicted on holidays as well. For the first time we want to make album's preproduction also. First plans for autumn will be long promised, pretty long European tour during which we also are going to visit i.a. Germany, Holland, France, UK, Portugal, Italy and Switzerland."
CRIONICS' latest album, "NeuThrone", was released in July via Candlelight Records. The recording session took place at Zed Studio in Olkusz, Poland with the very talented Tomasz Zalewski, who recorded the most recent albums by THY DISEASE, TOTEM, and HORRORSCOPE, among many others. The follow-up to 2005's "Armageddon's Evolution" contains 10 compositions and one bonus track. The cover and layout art was done by Michal "Czecza" Czekaj (not Jacek Wisniewski, as was the case in the past).
MTUK metal 'zine recently conducted an interview with vocalist Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill and guitarist Ciáran MacUiliam of the Irish dark metal masters PRIMORDIAL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
MTUK: One thing that really makes PRIMORDIAL somewhat unique is the fact that you have been playing for such a long time, with (correct me if I'm wrong) no line-up changes. Very few bands can claim such a feat. How do things stay so harmonious within PRIMORDIAL's ranks, I am sure many would like to know the secret of your longevity?
Alan: Well, there have been a few, but not many. I think, well, we have been in this band for 17 years and didn't start it as friends, we became acquaintances, haha. No, we became friends over the years and we didn't approach things as a lot of bands do, like agreeing to rehearse Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and we must book band meetings and you must wear this, blah blah. No rules and no regulations and because we didn't make any money from it — we do a bit now, every now and again, but it's never a big deal or anything like that. We never set out or sat down and asked what are we going to do to sell the most amount of records or anything like that. What happens just happens; we don't have a grand plan. Well, he might (pointing at guitarist Ciáran MacUiliam and laughing). I try and impress this on people but they don't believe me that we don't sit down and go here's the album, here's the plan for it. We are free from a lot of the pressures that other bands face, I can see that some have to tour and have to play festivals and record new albums but we never have had to do all that. It's just kind of Irish, a bare-knuckle kind of attitude. If there is a problem, we can always work it out, there's no primadonnas, you don't take it personally, there's no fragile egos and rock stars in this band.
MTUK: Onto the new album and the obvious question, how would you say the band have evolved between the recording of it and previous album "The Gathering Wilderness"?
Alan: You learn a bit more every time you record, and I think this time we had a more definite idea of what we wanted to do as regards to the gear, the studio that we picked. It helped that Chris and Dave who owned the studio we were recording in were the same age as us.
Ciáran: With this album, we had a week off during the recording so we could listen back to what we had played. We could perhaps think that's gone on a little bit too long we could do something with it. In the past, it has been, "We have two weeks, let's go and record it all the way through." This time we had a little more space.
Alan: It helped not being in Dublin we recorded this in North Wales. You got up in the morning and recorded from noon till 2AM every day. You had your breaks but it was just us free of interruption so we could just focus on what we were doing. It made a huge difference. And as he said, the time between the recording and the editing, overdubs and the mixing was a huge help. We did everything in 13 days, recording, mixing all of it. Well, if BLACK SABBATH can do it in three days, we can at least do it in four times that. I mean, what's the point? There's no point in fucking around. The overall feeling is more important than is that bass drum like this blah, blah, blah? Well, OK, we worked a bit harder with this, this time round but the point being you are not striving for perfection; flaws give character.
MTUK: One thing I would guess that does concern is piracy. What are your opinions on downloading and how would you imagine it affects you? I would have thought most PRIMORDIAL fans would accept nothing less than the finished product and preferably buy the vinyl too.
Alan: There is that perception about me, as Blabbermouth took this quote from me out of context. I was talking about the pros and cons, but they printed just what I said about the cons, so I get all this, if it wasn't for downloading I would never have heard of your band. In the modern age, with MySpace and all that getting your songs out there and downloading is important. I think the concept that if you own a shop and I go in there and take something and don't pay for it and walk out, you are going to go, "You better pay for that." The fact is the record label gives us money, which is like a loan that we have to repay in sales and if everyone just gets it for free, it just doesn't work like that. The thing is I also understand that people who otherwise wouldn't be able to hear the band download it and then go and buy the album. That is what didn't get put across on Blabbermouth.
Read the full article at metalteamuk.
Canadian death metallers KATAKLYSM have unveiled the cover artwork of their new album, "Prevail", at this location. The band decided to "immortalize" the character that was featured on the cover of their last CD, "In the Arms of Devastation", and have him re-appear as the main character — dubbed "The Heartbeast" — on "Prevail".
Commented vocalist Maurizio Iacono: "We had so [much] killer feedback on the artwork but especially on the character that we decided to keep him as the band's fifth band member... kinda like IRON MAIDEN did with 'Eddie.'"
"Prevail" was mixed at AudioHammer Studios in Orlando, Florida with producer Jason Suecof and is scheduled for release via Nuclear Blast Records on May 23 (Europe) and May 27 (North America). The CD will feature guest solo appearances by Pat O'Brien (CANNIBAL CORPSE), Dave Linsk (OVERKILL) and producer and guitar shredder Jason Suecof himself. The band promises "a monstrous album that will pummel you from start to finish."
Legendary Chicago doomsters TROUBLE have announced that Norway's SAHG and Germany's GORILLA MONSOON will support the band on their upcoming European dates in April. The acts replace DRAGONLORD and COVERED CALL, who have both dropped off the tour.
April (with ICARUS WITCH)
2 - RPMs Rock Club - Bridgeville, PA
3 - Jigsaw Saloon - Cleveland, Ohio
4 - Doug's American Grill & Bar - Aurora, IL
5 - Nite Cap - Chicago, IL
April (with Sahg, Gorilla Monsoon)
8 - Estragon - Bologna, Italy
9 - New Age - Treviso, Italy
10 - Rohstofflager - Zürich, Switzerland
11 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium
12 - Turock - Essen, Germany
13 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
15 - Musikzentrum - Hannover, Germany
16 - Batschkapp - Frankfurt, Germany
17 - Roxy - Saarbrücken, Germany
18 - O13 - Tilburg, Netherlands (Trouble only)
20 - Dingwalls - London, England
15 - Metal Rock Fest - Lillehammer, Norway
16 - Jalometalli Festival - Oulu, Finland
On February 12th, Trouble's long out-of-print 1996 classic doom album, Plastic Green Head, was reissued by Escapi Music. Digitally re-mastered with brand new liner notes, it also contains an extremely rare exclusive bonus DVD of a live performance in Hamburg, Germany from 1996.
The tracklisting for the CD is as follows: 'Plastic Green Head', 'The Eye', 'Flowers', 'Porpoise Song', 'Opium Eater', 'Hear The Earth', 'Another Day', 'Requiem', 'Below Me', 'Long Shadows Fall','Tomorrow Never Knows', 'Till The End Of Time'.
The bonus live DVD contains the following tracks: 'The Sleeper', 'Fear', 'Plastic Green Head', 'Opium Eater', 'Long Shadows Fall', 'Psychotic Reaction'.
Recently, METAL Injection had the pleasure of interviewing Keith and Jordan Buckley of EVERY TIME I DIE. The interview, peppered with sarcasm, is available now at this location.
During the interview, Keith was asked to talk about what has become a very controversial clip on the internet of him performing a cover of PANTERA's Walk with FALL OUT BOY. After joking around a bit, Keith said point blank: "If you're against people playing music with friends, then I don't even know what you're doing in music at all."
You really can't argue with that logic. Watch the full interview here.
Italian metallers ELDRITCH have issued the following update:
"We feel bad to announce that Eldritch won't perform at the Italian Gods of Metal fest in Milan, on March 1st. It wasn't in the intentions of the band, because a Gods Of Metal fest (Italian or international) is always an important event that the band would never renounce to."
"A couple of months ago, when LiveInItaly contacted the band, they didn't know the exact position on the bill, so Eldritch approved. Only a few days later they've been told that they've been called as a replacement for LABYRINTH, and with a big surprise, to play at 13:30 in the first afternoon!"
"The band sent a few emails to LiveInItaly asking for the reasons, but have never recieved any answer. The band never expected to play as headliners, but not even in the early position they've been billed for!!" More...
Canadian technical death metallers MARTYR filmed their April 6th gig at Imperial de Quebec in Quebec City, QC for an upcoming DVD release, entitled Havoc in Quebec City.
The band have issued the following update on the DVD, due later this year via Galy Records.
Says the band:
- Concert editing
- Audio mixing and mastering
- Bonus songs selection
- Bonus footage selection
- Photos selections
- Interviews (band members and guests)
- Bonus features editing (documentary and extra footage)
- Subtitles translation
About to be completed in a few days:
- English subtitles integration
- DVD authoring (selection menus)
- Cover & DVD layout design
Release date will be announced in a few weeks.
ASSAILANT, the Umeå, Sweden-based band featuring guitarist Oscar Norberg ("little brother" of Emil of PERSUADER/SAVAGE CIRCUS fame and Nils Norberg of NOCTURNAL RITES), will release its sophomore album, "Wicked Dream", on March 24 via Dockyard 1. According to a press release, the new CD "is not only more mature than its predecessor but it shows a band that has clearly found its own path in metal, very melodic yet really hard, sprinkled with influences of rock, death metal and thrash. Crown of the album is the ballad 'Eternal'."
Check out the cover artwork at this location.
Virginia metallers, Apothys, issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"Through close consideration and high demand from fans, Eventide Summoning has replaced Cacophony Rising on the Promo CD."
"The drums are now recorded for all three songs. The sound quality is spectacular! We can hear every single piece of Mason Grimm's kit and it is so thick and heavy. This is the exact sound we are looking for. Micah, the producer at Final Symphony Studios, is very easy to work with and is very knowledgable on what he does. We took pictures and they will be added to this blog very soon. This weekend coming up we will be recording the guitars, solos, bass, and vocals. See you in another week!"
UFO has scheduled the following U.S. dates:
Apr. 09 - Baltimore, MD - The Thunderdome
Apr. 10 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Apr. 11 - Sayreville, NY - Starland Ballroom
Apr. 12 - New York, NY - B.B. King's
Apr. 13 - Akron, OH - Tangiers
Apr. 15 - Pittsburgh, PN - Rex Theater
Apr. 16 - Nashville, TN - Wildhorse Saloon
Apr. 17 - Milwaukee, WI - Potawatomi Casino
Apr. 18 - Medina, MN - Medina Entertainment Center
Apr. 19 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
Apr. 21 - Sauget, IL - Pops
Apr. 22 - Oklahoma City, OK - [to be announced]
Apr. 23 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
Apr. 24 - San Antonio, TX - Hemisfair Park
Apr. 26 - Las Vegas, NV - Boulder Station Casino
Apr. 27 - Ventura, CA - Magestic Ventura Theater
Apr. 28 - Phoenix, AZ - The Clubhouse
Apr. 30 - San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
May 01 - Santa Ana, CA - Coach House
May 02 - West Hollywood, CA - Key Club
May 03 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
May 04 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
May 06 - Northern California - [to be announced]
May 07 - Seattle, WA - El Curazon
May 08 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
May 09 - Coeur Dàlene, ID - The Grail
A brand new ILLDISPOSED track, entitled "Like Cancer", is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The song comes off the Danish metallers' 10th album, "The Prestige", due on March 28 via AFM Records (april in the U.S. via Locomotive Records). The CD was mixed at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with Fredrik Nordström and features cover artwork by Mattias Norén.
"The Prestige" track listing:
01. Let Go
02. The Tension
03. Weak Is Your God
04. Working Class Zero
05. A Song Of Myself
06. Like Cancer
07. Love Is Tasted Bitter
08. She Knows
09. A Child Is Missing
10. The Key To My Salvation
11. ...Your Devoted Slave
12. Ich Bin Verloren In Berlin More...
Greek extreme metallers ROTTING CHRIST have scheduled the following dates:
Mar. 13 - ITA Bari @ Nordwind
Mar. 14 - ITA Pescara @ Rock House
Mar. 15 - ITA Albignasengo (PD) @ Country star
Mar. 16 - ITA Roma @ Jailbreak
May 16 - GRE Ptolemaida @ TBA
May 17 - GRE Alexandroupolis @ Domus
May 18 - GRE Kavala @ Jazz Rock
May 29 - CHI Conception @ TBA
May 30 - CHI Santiago @ TBA
May 31 - ARG Buenos Aires @ TBA
Jun. 01 - PAR Asuncion @ TBA
Jun. 03 - PER Lima @ TBA
Jun. 04 - COL Bogota @ TBA
Jun. 05 - COL Manizales @ TBA
Jun. 06 - COL Rio Negro @ TBA
Jun. 07 - EQU Quito @ TBA
Jun. 08 - VEN Caracas @ TBA
Polish extreme metallers VADER have issued the following update:
"VADER are currently finishing works on their 25-anniversary album. Piotr 'Peter' Wiwczarek (guitars, vocals) did some last corrections here and there and now Wieslawscy brothers (Hertz Studio) are hard at work to transform it into whole thing. We have been waiting quite a long for some intros and other tracks made by Siegmar (VESANIA) but they are ready finally! Only mastering and layout design left to finish the product. The album will be released in the end of May via Regain Records."
Commented Peter: "I may inform you officially about the title of anniversary VADER album, which is 'XXV'... like 25 years of extreme metal!! I can also show to you the cover of the album made by Jacek Wisniewski. The overall style is old VADER, like as well. That's because, what's included... what can I discover at the moment? Total time of the album (or better: double album) in regular version is 96 minutes of total massacre!!!! There will be also special edition with additional 16 minutes, which gives total time 112 minutes (!!!). The other bonus is DVD (yes!!!! The third record!!) with several never-released-before old live shots recorded from VHS tapes!!! I wished to inform you today, just to prepare You for what's coming, which songs from VADER's first album, 'The Ultimate Incantation', were chosen: 'Chaos', 'Vicious Circle', 'Crucified Ones', 'Dark Age' and 'Reign-Carrion'. More details soon.... By the way!!! Don't forget about our upcoming tours: in South America, which is gonna be last part of 'Impressions In Blood' world tour. In April in Europe we start a special tour, where You can hear mostly old hits from beginning of VADER's career."
SuperNova Records Recording Artist Christine Is Seeking a dedicated, versatile and talented drummer for both studio and live. "Their debut album "Christine" has quickly become an underground favorite since it's release in late 2007. Their Intense live performance on Today Is The Day's "Axis Of Eden" tour brought them critical acclaim, marking "Badasser" as of the most heavy, progressive, and truly inventive records of the year," says the label. Christine is Based in Nashville, Tennessee. Please contact Devin or John at myspace.com/christine or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lifeforce Records is proud to announce the signing of a multiple album deal with French melodic Death Metal band DESTINITY. The band's first worldwide (excluding France) release via Lifeforce Records will be their album "The Inside" which was previously released through Rupture Music in France only. "The Inside" was recorded, mixed and mastered in August 2007 with Jacob Hansen (Mercenary, Raunchy, Deadlock).
DESTINITY, who is currently on the road with DEW-SCENTED (Nuclear Blast) and SEVERE TORTURE (Earache Records), was formed in 1996 and released 3 albums with Adipocere Records.
"The Inside" is set to be released on April 28th in Europe and June 24th in the US/ Canada.
You can listen to the track "Enemy Process" taken from the upcoming album on the band's MySpace page.
Here are the latest DESTINITY tour dates: More...
Swedish metallers IN FLAMES have announced three headlining shows on "off" days during this year's Gigantour, which is scheduled to kick off in North America mid-April and run through the end of May. Headlining the trek will be MEGADETH, with additional support from CHILDREN OF BODOM, JOB FOR A COWBOY and HIGH ON FIRE.
IN FLAMES headlining shows:
Apr. 18 - Little Rock, AR - The Village (w/ JOB FOR A COWBOY)
Apr. 24 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory (w/ CHILDREN OF BODOM)
May 02 - Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall (w/ JOB FOR A COWBOY)
IN FLAMES recently inked a deal with Koch Records for the North American release of the group's new album, "A Sense of Purpose". Due on April 1 (April 7 in most of Europe via Nuclear Blast), the follow-up to 2006's "Come Clarity" was recorded at the band's own IF Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden and was mixed by Toby Wright (METALLICA, SLAYER). The group received assistance during the vocal-recording sessions from producer Daniel Bergstrand, who previously produced the vocals on "Reroute To Remain", "Soundtrack To Your Escape" and "Come Clarity". All artwork for the album was created by Alex Pardee for ZeroFriends. Alex also created the artwork for the first single, "The Mirror's Truth".
Norma Jean has written six tracks for their next album, now titled "The AntiMother." According to the band, "The songs are very different (as always) but it's still us and it's still heavy. I can't even explain how excited we are about releasing this Monster."
The group has also revealed that they be writing a song with Page Hamilton (of Helmet noteriety) for the effort.
Solid State Records will release "The AntiMother" late this summer.
Select members of Dead To Fall were arrested for drug charges in Tennessee on Valentine's Day. Dead To Fall had the following to say about the incident:
"On our way to eat at the local soup kitchen for the homeless, various members of our band were detained after a local 'super cop' used his hawk-like vision to notice a lack of proper seatbelt usage. In a baffling twist of events, the officer speculated that out of the five of us sketchy looking dudes that live in the van, one or more of us could have been 'reefering.' After being questioned and searched, we were charged, processed, and released in time to still perform later that evening in Louisville, KY."
The band will resume their "Arthropodan Eroticism" tour with Winds of Plague, Impending Doom, and With Dead Hands Rising.
Assuming they are not unjustly incarcerated, Dead To Fall will be playing their sobering brand of party metal along Kingdom of Sorrow, Turmoil, and Thy Will Be Done. The dates are as follows:
2/27 Worcester, MA @ Palladium (upstairs)
2/28 Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
2/29 Philadelphia, PA @ North Side Bar
2/1 Albany, NY @ Valentines
2/2 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
2/4 Toronto, ONT @ El Macombo
2/5 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
2/7 Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
Dead To Fall's fourth full-length, Are You Serious?, will be released February 19th ovia Victory Records.
DEATH ANGEL have issued the following update:
"Here are last week's metal radio numbers and radio tracking report for the new Death Angel record, Killing Season:
Report Date: 02/12/08
-- FMQB: #1 Most Added with 58 adds, debut at #19 with 86 spins.
-- CMJ Loud: #2 Most Added with 131 adds, debut at #28.
-- Sirius Radio: #2 Hard Attack - Most Requested.
Thanks to everyone that gave us spins and requests! Keep it coming!"
As previously reported, Death Angel's new album, Killing Season, can now be streamed in it’s entirety at the group's MySpace page. The stream will last from February 15th until the 22nd.
An e-card for "Killing Season" can be accessed at this location. Due on February 26, 2008 via Nuclear Blast Records, the CD was recorded at Studio 606 in Northridge, California with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with FOO FIGHTERS, RUSH, VELVET REVOLVER, SHADOWS FALL and STONE SOUR, among other acts.
Killing Season tracklisting: 'Lord Of Hate', 'Sonic Beatdown', 'Dethroned', 'Carnival Justice', 'Buried Alive', 'Soulless', 'The Noose', 'When Worlds Collide', 'God Vs God', 'Steal The Crown', 'Resurrection Machine'.
OBITUARY guitarist Ralph Santolla has issued the following update:
"I recently played a few guest spots for some friends and I thought I'd let y'all know what they are, and when/where you can get them.
First off, I played a solo on my friend Todd Grubbs' new instrumental CD, Time, Space And The Electric. Todd is a guitarist based here in Tampa. He writes creative, quirky music, and I was happy to be a part of his record. He's also one of the coolest guys in music. I played a Strat with single coil pickups and a scalloped fretboard straight into a Peavey 5150II head. I have to say that the solo I played on his record is among my favorte things I've ever done. That album is available now through CDBaby, Guitar Nine, etc. It's also available through www.toddgrubbs.com or myspace/toddgrubbs. 20th Century Guitar called it 'a rare work of sonic art.' Way to go, Todd!
Next up is HOLY MOSES. We just did five weeks in Europe with Holy Moses and AVATAR. Holy Moses asked me if I would add a bit of guitar to their new album, and again, I was happy to help out. We recorded my parts in a freezing cold dressing room in Switzerland, but it came out really good. I played several leads sort of in the guitar style I play in DEICIDE, although a bit more melodic. That record will be out later this year, and also features the recording debut of Frank Watkins on lead guitar!!! WOO!!
Lastly, but cetainly not leastly, I was honored to be asked to contribute a few leads to the new JON OLIVA'S PAIN CD, Global Warning. Jon is a legend around here, a longtime hero of mine, and a major influence on me musically. I've wanted to do something with him since I was about 17 years old, and I finally got my chance. I did 3-4 solos on, I think, 2 songs, and the guys seemed to be happy with my work. That also comes out soon, and I'm hoping to get onstage a few times with JOP this year in Europe and the U.S. Thanks to Jon, Matt, and Chris for having me on your record!
Obituary has a little down time before South America and the summer festivals, so I'm finally working on my new guitar album, and my band STARE with Johnny Laennarts. More on that soon..."