Metal News for February 18, 2009
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28 news articles posted on this day.
On March 31, 2009, Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen will release "Adios...Puta Madres," a 13-track live audio CD featuring performances from Ministry's Final World Tour, "C U LaTouR 2008," recorded over the course of the band's 75-city global farewell jaunt which kicked off March 25, 2008 in Spokane, WA and concluded with two final sell-out shows in Dublin, Ireland on July 19, 2008. "Adios...Puta Madres" features performances recorded in Serbia, Warsaw, Los Angeles, Chicago, Germany, Czech Republic, and Slovakia, to name a few.
"We had a blast on the final tour and this CD really captures the heart of Ministry live," said Jourgensen, who personally mixed the recordings last fall at 13th Planet Studios alongside his touring front-of-house engineer Michihiro Tanikawa, as well as engineer John Bilberry.
Ministry's all-star line-up for the 2008 "C U LaTouR" featured Ministry's founder Jourgensen joined onstage by guitarists Tommy Victor (Prong) and Sin Quirin (Revolting Cocks), keyboardist John Bechdel (Prong, AoTW, False Icons), Static X's Tony Campos on bass, drummer AAron Rossi (Prong), and Fear Factory/Ascension of the Watchers vocalist Burton C. Bell as Special Featured Guest. Most of the performing musicians in the Ministry line-up for the final tour are also recording artists on Jourgensen's 13th Planet Records.
Jourgensen plans to release a follow-up Rocumetary of the tour entitled "Fuchi Requiem" later this year, featuring candid footage that follows the band from rehearsals throughout the entirety of its C U LaTouR, with additional on-camera interviews with the band and crew.
Ministry gems including "Khyber Pass," "Just One Fix," the Grammy-nominated "Lieslieslies," "Life is Good" and "Let's Go" will be included. A full CD track listing is as follows: More...
Australian unhinged metallers Kunvuk have set “Immute: What Follows The Feeding of Jackals” as the title of their forthcoming debut LP. The album is currently slated for release in July of 2009 and is set to be released as a two-disc digipack edition. The first disc will contain 10 new compositions rallying from the brink of insanity to the pinnacle of clarity. Coupled with this will be a second disc which will be a reconstructed, rerecorded, remixed and remastered version of the band's demo EP “The Gone Mekanik Anticipation Demonstration.” The album will be self-funded and self-released via the band’s own label, The Light of Damnation Records.
For anyone eager to hear the new material before the disc drops, you can catch the band live at Club Blink in Sydney, Australia on March 6th. They will be video-taping this show for future release.
Killswitch Engage are the latest band to be confirmed for this summer's blockbuster Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour which will be co-headlined by Slayer and Marilyn Manson. Also on the bill will be All That Remains, Cannibal Corpse, God Forbid, Behemoth, Trivium, Bullet For My Valentine, Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel and Job For A Cowboy.
The tour dates are as follows:
July 10 -Marysville, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 11 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 12 - San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Pavilion
July 14 - Seattle, WA @ White River Amphitheater
July 17 - Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
July 18 - Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
July 19 - Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
July 21 - Kansas City, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheater
July 22 - St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 24 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheater
July 25 - Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Centre
July 26 - Chicago, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
July 28 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater
July 29 - Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
July 31 - Cleveland, OH @ Blossom Music Center
August 1 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Post Gazette Pavilion
August 2 - Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 4 - Boston, MA @ Tweeter Center
August 6 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Virginia Beach Amphitheater
August 7 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 8 - Hartford, CT @ New England Dodge Music Center
August 9 - Washington, DC @ Nissan Pavilion
August 11 - Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
August 12 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
August 14 - Dallas, TX @ Superpages.com Center
August 15 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 16 - San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
German black metal band Agathodaimon has issued the following statement about streaming a new song online:
"The countdown has started- only 30 days left until our new album PHOENIX will be released (20th march)
To give you a little pre-taste of what’s to come, we already uploaded a new song to our MySpace page!
“Heliopolis” will be the opener of the album, and is also featured on the CD-compilation of the upcoming issue of german Metal Hammer (probably also the next Legacy magazine). Check it out and let us know about your opinion on our myspace-page!
"And don’t forget; we’ve never been a band where one song sounds like the other, so we’ll be uploading some samples of more songs as the release date gets closer, to give you a better insight on what PHOENIX will sound like.
"By the way, we’re building a street- and e-team; should you be interested in supporting the band, drop a mail to email@example.com and let us know how you’d like to spread the word! The most active people will receive signed CD’s, rare/exclusive merchandise, meet&greet with the band etc."
German pagan metal band Wolfchant has issued the following statement about their upcoming album:
"It's done! The recordings for "Determined Damnation" are finished. During the next days, Uwe Lulis will work on the choirs and mix and master the album. We can tell you that our expectations are surpassed! The sound of our upcoming album will blow you down.
"We would like to thank Uwe for his hospitality and his excellent work. Unfortunately we have to announce that Chrigel didn't manage it to take part concerning time reasons, but we shift that to the next album and hope that it will work then."
The track listing is as follow:
1. Determination Begins
2. World In Ice
3. Until The End
4. Determined Damnation
5. In War
6. Fate Of The Fighting Man
7. Kein Engel Hört Dich Flehen
8. A Raven's Flight
9. Never Too Drunk
10. Schwerter Der Erde
11. Auf Blut Gebaut
12. Under The Wolves Banner
Finnish gothic metal band Entwine has issued the following statement about a U.K. release date for their latest album:
"Entwine will be celebrating a 10-year recording career with the UK release on April 6th of their latest/sixth studio album, ‘Painstained’ – already Top 10 in their native Finland.
"Produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa, noted for his work with 69 Eyes, Apocalyptica & HIM, the record sees the band delivering some of their strongest, most memorable songs to date – the likes of ‘Dying Moan’, ‘Caught By Desire’ and first single / video ‘Strife’.
"‘Painstained’ will be the first Entwine album to be granted an official release in the UK, and the way is now clear for the five to follow up this outing with a run of UK shows."
Brazilian band U-Ganga has issued the following statement about the recording of their upcoming album:
"Volume 3: Caos, Carma, Conceito" is the title of new U-GANGA's album. The album will bring the following tracklist: “Zona Árida”; “P.A.X.”; “Encruzilhada”; “Meus Velhos Olhos De Enxergar O Mal (2 Lobos)”; “Iso 666”; “Velas”; “Asas Negras”; “Sua Lei, Minha Lei”; “Milenar”; “O Primeiro Inquilino”; “Fronteiras Da Tolerância”. There will also be two other tunes to be finished in studio.
"U-GANGA is already in Brasilia - capital of Brazil - recording the album at Orbis Studios with the famous Brazilian producer Riti Santiago (winner of the Brazilian MTV's EMA). The band will be locked there for one week. Riti Santiago will also take care of the mixing. The mastering will be made in Europe by a famous international producer - the band will reveal his name on the next weeks. More...
Dutch metal band Delain is currently streaming online the title track of their upcoming album "April Rain." The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
The album's track listing is as follows:
01. April Rain
02. Stay Forever
04. Control the Storm
05. On the other side
06. Virtue and Vice
07. Go Away
08. Start Swimming
10. I’ll reach you
11. Nothing Left
The Lancaster, Pennsylvania based post-metal act Century announced that they were recently rejoined by original drummer Grant McFarland and bassist Ricky Armellino, the respective drummer and vocalist of fellow Lancaster act This Or The Apocalypse. Additionally, the group has announced the addition of guitarist Todd Mogle to its ranks.
Century has also started work on the follow-up to "Black Ocean", and promises both "an exercise in futuristic sonic annihilation" and a "bold step forward stylistically." The as-yet-untitled CD is tentatively scheduled for a fall release. In the meantime, the band will play select regional dates — including an appearance at April's New England Metal and Hardcore Festival — and continue working on the video for "Black Ocean" track "Monolith", a continuation of the clip for the album's title track. The band also plans to record a cover of SEAL's "Kiss From A Rose" for an upcoming anniversary compilation to be released by Tribunal Records.
"I'm extremely excited to play New England Metal and Hardcore Festival," says CENTURY frontman Carson Slovak, "and I hope people walk away from the experience thinking I'm really, really cool."
The 2009 Metal Female Voices Festival will take place on October 17th in Wieze, Belgium. The current bands confirmed for the festival are as follows:
New York metal legends Brutal Truth has posted the title track from their forthcoming new studio album, "Evolution Through Revolution" online. You can check it out by heading to the bands official Myspace page. The album will be released on April 14th in North America with an international release date of April 20th set too.
Devildriver bassist Jon Miller has checked in with some updates regarding the band and its activities. The statement reads as follows: "Hi everyone, this is Miller.
"I just wanted to touch base with you guys and let it be known that I am back in Santa Barbara. The band has been practicing not only in the rehearsal room but also in the bowling lanes. We have a very important bowling match against LAMB OF GOD while we are in Australia and we CANNOT lose. We already took out UNDEROATH in dodgeball so DevilDriver needs to be 2 for 2 in competive athletics. We leave tomorrow for our first show in Brisbane and I really must express that this is one of the tours that I have looked forward to the most in my musical career. I can't wait to meet and visit with our Australian fan base. See you soon!!!!!!!!!"
Swedish heavy metal act Sonic Syndicate has posted a new video online for the song "Powershift." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands latest studio album, "Love And Other Disasters." More...
Debemur Morti Productions has issued the following announcement about members of Blut Aus Nord forming a new band called 777:
"From members of austere underground legends BLUT AUS NORD comes 777, an Industrial Black Metal project spawned from the darkest realms of existential decay. On their debut album, released this Spring through Debemur Morti Productions, the band will unleash a putrescent and monochromatic aural universe composed of bleak pessimism, disharmony and human failure.
"Prepare to witness the ascension of perverted spirituality… "
Oklahoma's hard rock quartet, Crooked X will play on the second stage at Disturbed's Music As A Weapon IV Tour-a music, tattoo, and lifestyle festival-presented by Samsung Mobile and powered by Sprint. Crooked X will rock The Ernie Ball Second Stage, which will be officially sponsored by multi-city battle of the bands organization Headbang For the Highway, a 38-city, nine-week trek, which kicks off March 20th in Madison, WI. "I would go to this show even if we weren't playing. These are some of our favorite bands. What a great opportunity," says Jesse Cooper, lead guitarist. "I'm so stoked to go on the Music As A Weapon Tour. I'm excited to see Killswitch Engage and Suicide Silence. It's gonna be an experience for sure," adds Forrest French, lead vocals.
Recently, the 15-year-old shredders appeared on their own mini MTV rockumentary, "Rock N Roll Dream," which documented their real-life Cinderella story about four young boys catapulting from a Coweta, OK (population 7,000) garage band to opening for KISS in front of 35,000 screaming fans in Stockholm, Sweden. These events led to CX signing with EMI via McGhee Proffer Media (MPM) in August of 2008, all this within the span of nine months.
Their self-titled 10-song debut for EMI (in stores now), was helmed by hit producers Spencer Proffer (Tina Turner, Quiet Riot, WASP) and Michael Wagener (Metallica, Ozzy, Poison). Standout tracks on the new album include "Gone," "Time Is Now," "You Gotta Bleed," and "Adrenaline." The track "Nightmare," was featured in the successful Rock Band video game while "Gone" and "Rock N Roll Dream" are available as downloadable content for the game. The success of their debut landed them their first national late night TV appearance on ABC's JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE, where they showcased new single "Gone" in addition to fan favorite "Rock N Roll Dream." More...
Swedish metal act In Flames has decided to cancel their tour of the United Kingdom and the Republic Of Ireland due to personal issues. A statement from the band reads as follows: "We are very sad to announce that the UK and Ireland tour will not happen as planned.
"As you already know, Jesper is currently at an alcohol rehabilitation clinic and is taking some time off to get better. Peter is about to become a dad.
"We obviously knew about Peter becoming a dad and originally planned to have a replacement bassist, but with the recent events surrounding Jesper we simply feel that it is not fair on the fans to see a completely different lineup, which in our eyes is not In Flames.
"Again, sorry to make any UK & Irish fans disappointed and we hope to make it up to you very soon!"
This April will see the Snocore head out on the road in an event that will be headlined by Static-X and will also feature Saliva, Burn Halo and The Flood.
The tour dates are as follows:
April 1 - Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
April 11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
April 13 - Augusta, GA @ The Country Club
April 17 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
April 18 - Hampton Beach, NH @ Hampton Beach Casino
April 22 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
April 27 - Chicago, IL @ The House of Blues
April 29 - Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
May 3 - Las Vegas, NV @ The House of Blues
May 6 - San Francisco, CA @ The Grand Ballroom
Threat Signal has posted the first in what will apparantly be a series of video diaries online chronicling the making of their new album. You can check it out below. This video focuses on guitarist Adam Weber recording the tracks for rhythm guitar. More...
Former Judas Priest and Iced Earth frontman, Tim "Ripper" Owens will be releasing his first solo album this May, entitled "Play My Game." The album boasts a large number of guest musicians including Jeff Loomis of Nevermore, Vinny Appiece of Heaven And Hell, Megadeth's James Lomenzo, Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, former Megadeth/current F5 bassist David Ellefson, Michael Wilton of Queensryche and many more.
Says Owens: "I’ve gotten better as a songwriter. And I also write songs that the fans can really get into and get their fist pounding in the air. I’ve always been a great fan of the Black Sabbath line-up featuring Ronnie James Dio, and I love Judas Priest. Both bands delivered records that are straight forward and go directly to the bloodstream – which also happens to be my compositional approach."
The release dates for "Play My Game" are as follows:
Germany / Austria / Switzerland: May 15th
UK / rest of Europe: May 18th
USA / Canada: May 19th
Polish black metal favourites Behemoth has entered the studio to begin work on a brand new studio album. New drummer Daniel Bergstrand comments: "The drums from beyond hell are miked up and ready to get whipped. I’m super happy with what we got so far... a lethal Polish bulldozer! I’m sure you guys will dig it! The drums are going to be tracked here in Radio Gdansk during next two weeks and after that I will start mixing them and get them ready for the final mix that will happen somewhere around May. We used 22 channels for the drums, it sounds very organic and natural and at the same time, VERY much in your face with a lot of attack. The room in this studio is amazing so the 2 ambience microphones that we've got are playing a big roll in the over all sound. Prepared to get blown away by the final result!!! Cheers!"
A new book will soon be released entitled "Rick Rubin:In The Studio" which looks at one of the most celebrated record producers of all time. The book will look at some of the most important and groundbreaking albums of all time which Rubin produced and will contain features on the likes of Metallica, Slayer, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, System Of A Down, Audioslave and Danzig amongst others. The book is expected to be released this summer.
Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura are currently touring across Europe in support of their latest album, "A-Lex." A new video has been posted online which features interviews with vocalist Derrick Green and guitarist Andreas Kisser aswell as backstage footage. You can check it out below. More...
Australian power metal legends Pegazus have set to play a come back show in Melbourne on March 7th at the Central Club in Richmond, Victoria. The upcoming Melbourne show will follow the success of the band's last headlining show, the Metal on Metal festival in Sydney on January 31st, 2009.
The Melbourne show will not only see the triumphant return of Pegazus back on stage in their hometown in almost 2 years, but will also see the return of the band's original frontman, Justin Fleming.
Pegazus guitarist, Johnny Stoj informs us all of the news on the bands Myspace page.
"We are very pleased to confirm that the original Pegazus frontman Justin Fleming has returned to the band. Justin has been spending most of his time since leaving the band acting and singing on stage and screen so we are very excited to have his stage presence and huge voice drive Pegazus forward like never before!"
Support comes from Snakes of Eden and Grimlock.
Tickets are $15. Doors open at 8pm.
7th March 2009
Pegazus @ The Central Club, Richmond
w/Snakes of Eden & Grimlock
Tickets available at the door.
German metal band Obscura has posted their entire new album, "Cosmogenesis" online for everyone to listen to. You can check it out by heading to www.obscuracosmogenesis.com. The album was released in North America on February 17th and will be released internationally on February 23rd. They will be embarking on their first ever North American tour this year as support to death metal legends Cannibal Corpse.
Montreal, Quebec metallers The Agonist has lined up some more tour dates along with Salt The Wound and Woe of Tyrants. This is in support of the bands forthcoming new studio album, "Lullabies For A Dormant Mind" which will be released on March 10th.
The tour schedule is now as follows:
27 - Club Absinthe - Hamilton, Ontario
8 - Underworld - Montreal, Quebec (album launch party)
March (with DANCE CLUB MASSACRE)
13 - Doug's Rockhouse - Aurora, Michigan
14 - Static Age - Romeo, Michigan
15 - Gamer’s Paradise - Flint, Michigan
16 - The Juke Box - Rochester, New York
18 - Club Octane - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
19 - Jennie’s - Asbury Park, New Jersey
20 - Soldiers Memorial Theatre - St. Albans, West Virginia
21 - The Armory - Owensboro, Kentucky
March (with WOE THE TYRANTS and SALT THE WOUND)
31 - The Muse - Nashville, Tennessee
1 - The Coup - Clarksville, Tennessee
3 - Big Daddy’s - Tallahassee, Florida
4 - The Brass Mug - Tampa, Florida
6 - Gallery 13 - Columbus, Georgia
7 - Swayze’s - Marietta, Georgia
8 - Ground Zero - Spartanburg, South Carolina
9 - The Refuge - Fredericksburg, Virginia
10 - Plan B - Danville, Virginia
11 - Club Relevant - Virginia Beach, Virginia
14 - The Europa - Brooklyn, New York
15 - The Haunt - Yonkers, New York
16 - The Lost Horizon - Syracuse, New York
Tampa, Florida based metal act Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky has posted another new song online entitled, "10,000 Sermons, 1 Solution." The song comes from the bands forthcoming new studio album, "The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry" which is scheduled to be released on April 3rd in Europe with a North American release planned for May. You can listen to the new song at the bands official Myspace page.
Heavy metal gods Black Sabbath will be re-releasing their classic album, "Paranoid" on April 6th. The new, expanded edition will feature three discs of material including the album, previously unreleased tracks, the extremely rare 1974 Quadrophonic mix of the album aswell as booklets telling the story behind each Black Sabbath album, previously unseen photographs and more.
American rockers Stereomud have announced that they will be reforming with plans to release a new album. They have already written two new songs entitled, "Skeletons" and "Burn." These songs are expected to be posted online soon. The band originally broke up in 2003 and were perhaps best known for contributing the song "End Of Everything" to the WWF/E which would be used as the theme music for wrestler, Raven.