Metal News for February 19, 2009
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Multi-platinum recording artist, producer, songwriter Kip Winger was recently presented with an honorary plaque and a historic United States of America flag by The Government of the United States.
In a surprise presentation ceremony during the taping of “Legends & Lyrics” General Harold Cross honored and praised Kip for his work on Winger lV.
The inscription on the plaque reads:
Department of Defense Seal
IN APPRECIATION OF RECORDING ARTIST
AND HIS MUSICAL COMPOSITION
"BLUE SUEDE SHOES"
HONORING THE SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
OF OUR UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES
AND THEIR FAMILIES.
OUR SINCERE THANKS,
GENERAL HAROLD CROSS
(FOUR STAR GENERAL)
The flag has historic significance as it was the last United States of America flag to fly over Forward Operating Base ,Kalso, located in Iskandaria, Iraq, 20 miles south of Baghdad. Before it was turned over to the Iraqis, FOB Kalso was the U.S. Army soldier’s broadband internet services facility in Iraq as well as a base to stop enemy activity in the Sunni Triangle.
WINGER IV’s [Shrapnel Records] concept and emphasis was on our Military and what it was like to be solider, form a soldiers perspective, leaving politics at the door. Kip had a vision to support the American troops that are standing ground in Iraq and elsewhere. “I had been doing solo shows at Military bases and in speaking with many of the soldiers, their stories touched me” explains Kip. “It was amazing to hear how far reaching our music was and how many soldiers have been moved by it, I was truly humbled by the stories”. Capturing the spirit, mood and reality from the perspective of the soldier. Songs like Right Up Ahead, M16 and Blue Suede Shoes were inspired songs seen though the eyes of a soldier at war.
The album artwork was handled by Ethan Van Sciver who wanted to put in his part for our Military – Sciver is a renowned DC Comic book artist and penciler who has contributed (among others) to Cyberfrog, New X-Men, The Flash: Iron Heights and Impulse. The “Guardian Of Freedom” album art depicts our Militaries finest protecting with guardian angels that are representative of our prayers we send.
Currently Kip is promoting his latest solo CD "From The Moon To The Sun" on MVD Audio and the soon to be released "Blackwood Creek" record. He recently completed his first orchestral piece for Ballet Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon Director of Morphoses Ballet Co. that will be used for San Francisco Ballet. The Musical world premier of Ghosts will be with The Tucson Symphony November 14th and 15th 2009. Kip and Reb Beach have also just began writing for a new WINGER release.
Orange County quintet Saosin have announced plans to headline the Hurley stage during the 2009 Vans Warped tour which kicks off in Pomona, CA on June 26th (full schedule below). This will be the fourth year the band has played the festival, the first back in 2004 before they signed to Capitol Records or recorded their critically acclaimed 2006 self-titled debut album. California fans will have a chance to see Saosin live before Warped Tour when they play the Bamboozle Left festival on April 5th in Irvine, CA. June will be a busy month for Saosin as they will also release their new studio album.
"We've always been stoked to be a part of Warped Tour and can't wait to play songs from the new record for all the kids that come out this year," said frontman Cove Reber.
Saosin have become road warriors over the last few years, touring the world relentlessly since the release of their first EP, 2003's Translating the Name. They have played 3 Vans Warped tours, 3 Rockstar Taste of Chaos tours, 2007's Projekt Revolution tour plus multiple headlining treks and supporting outings with such bands as AFI, Avenged Sevenfold, My Chemical Romance, Incubus, Taking Back Sunday, Underoath and many others. They've played gigs in Australia, Japan, Jakarta, Indonesia, Bali and Singapore. In that time, they've released 2 EP's, their debut full-length and Come Close, a live CD/DVD set.
Before heading out on tour with the Underoath last fall, Saosin partnered with global youth brand Hurley to record demos in the Hurley Costa Mesa, CA studio and allowed fans to be a part of the process through a real-time, multi-camera audio/video feed streamed on hurley.com. The band laid down 18 tracks during the self-produced Hurley sessions. Three of the new songs plus acoustic versions of an older track were made available on The Grey EP which was sold during the Underoath tour and exclusively at hurley.com. In January, the band teamed up with producer Butch Walker (Sevendust, Fall Out Boy, Pink) to finish the album in a studio in Malibu, CA and once again, opened the sessions to fans with Hurley through real-time streams on hurley.com. The final album which fans have been eagerly awaiting is expected to be released in June.
Saosin tour dates on the Vans Warped Tour 2009: More...
VOLBEAT unleashes their second U.S. album, "Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood," March 17th on Mascot Records U.S.A. This new rock-a-billy metal masterpiece arrives on the tail end of their successful 2008 release "Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil." They will support this release with a month long tour with multi-platinum Finnish band Nightwish in May 2009. Tour dates are listed below.
The title "Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood" refers to a story that connects seven of the thirteen (official) songs on the album: "Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood," "Find That Soul," "Maybellene I Hofteholder," "Still Counting," "Back To Prom," "Light A Way and A Broken Man And The Dawn." It's a tale about a travelling band whose leader is a man that once got shot in the desert and left for dead. During the band's tour he went on a mission to find the mysterious killer that put seven bullets in his body. While travelling from city to city the band ends up in a small town called Ten House City performing for just a handful of people in the local bar. The songs offer observations of the people in the rundown venue, made by the bandleader. This storyline will continue to be a connecting theme and developed as VOLBEAT writes future albums.
Here are the latest Volbeat tour dates in support of Nightwish: More...
Bret Hoffmann (Malevolent Creation) has posted his first music video with his band Down the Drain on their MySpace page, also viewable below. The video is for the song "Back Of My Hand." The band's second CD, "Ground Pounder," is finish snd is awaiting release.
You can check out the video below and additional songs on the band's MySpace player.
Dave Jones aka DJX, formerly of the Agnostic Front "Victim In Pain" lineup will be playing with his old NJ punk-hardcore band Mental Abuse at L'Amours in Staten Island on Saturday February 21st. The 80's hardcore legends have been reactivated and will be supporting Cycle Of Pain, the brainchild of journeyman bassist John "J.D." DeServio of Black Label Society.
Nigthshade has issued the following update about canceling an upcoming show in Chicago:
"Rick Scythe here, I'm sorry to inform you that Nightshade will NOT be able to perform this Saturday night at Metal Shakers due to health reasons. I came down with what I thought was a bad cold over the weekend, but then when the symptoms got worse over the week I went to the doctor and it turned out I have pneumonia.
"I am so sorry to report this. I wanted to kick my 'cold' all week, but I can barely breath right now, much less sing. We still hope that people will go out and show their support for the fantastic, Asskicker! as well as the other bands on the bill.
"I'll be fine, but just not in time for the show. I really wish this wasn't the case, but it is. We'll keep you posted with our next plans and hope to reschedule something soon."
Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about Agoraphobic Nosebleed streaming a new song online:
"AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED has posted the first preview track from their long-awaited new album Agorapocalypse. Album-opener "Agorapocalypse Now", can be heard online now via the band's MySpace page. Agorapocalypse is scheduled for a CD, LP, and limited-edition, mailorder-only long box CD set release on April 14th in North American, April 20th internationally.
"AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED recorded Agorapocalypse's 13 tracks at Visceral Sound studios. This is also the first AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED record to feature new vocalist Kat (SALOME) who joined the band in 2007, the band is rounded out by J. Randall, Scott Hull, and Richard Johnson."
Dokken has announced that they are adding in extra dates in Texas and California for their upcoming U.S. tour. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
2/20 - Grissley Rose - Denver, Colorado (with TRIXTER)
2/21 - Club Red - Tempe, Arizona
2/26 - Canyon Club - Aurora Hills, California
2/27 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, California
2/28 - Santa Fe Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada
3/4 - Scout Bar - San Antonio, Texas
3/5 - Scout Bar - Beaumont, Texas
3/6 - Scout Bar - Houston, Texas
3/7 - Borderfest Hildago, Texas
Gothic metallers Evereve have issued the following update about recording a new album:
"Once again it's time to give you an update on our state of affairs. The recordings of our 3-Song-cycle are in full swing. Drums, bass & guitars are done and already sound more than promising. You'll find some pictures of the sessions on our MySpace-site.
"Unfortunately we weren't able to pull off the vocal- sessions in January, but we have started in the meanwhile. At the same time, sound-wiz Joerg Huettner works on the "synthesized" parts of our vision. His first takes are already "on tape" as well, so that we expect to have all the ingredients for our EverEve-coctail somewhen in march/april. As mentioned before, we have incorporated a whole scope of new and different influences again.
Lyric-wise, "E-Mission" ties in with the songs of "Tried&Failed" which will be continued and re-imagined. With regards to content, the three songs "Revelation", "Reborn", and "Regret" are inspired by Dante Alighieri's "Devine Comedy".
"P.S.: To sweeten the waiting period we have a special treat for you: Marin C and MZ's long-awaited side-project "Ape Einstein" made its first steps toward the light of existence. You can visit the homepage.
"We will keep you posted as usual! Keep a stiff upper lip."
Polish black metal band Behemoth has issued the following update about acquiring new European management:
"We’re proud to announce that Rock The Nation has just signed a management contract with Behemoth and from now on will represent the band in the territory of Europe (excluding Poland).
"Commented Sinje, the head of RTN “We’re glad to welcome the diabolical brigade of front-demon Nergal, which is a solid locked bolt of titan not only on the map of Polish death metal, but also a predominant valuable of the international extreme music scene for years, on board of the RTN management!”
Nothingface has broken their silence and announced that they are in the studio writing and recording new material and have posted new studio footage. They also have plans to re-release their debut album. Here's the update from the band:
"Hey there boys and girls, its 2009, and just like we promised, here come's some new Nothingface goodies!!!! The band is at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore MD for the next 2 weeks writing and recording. There will be new studio footage posted every few days (if not every day), so keep checking back!
"We have posted high definition versions of all the video's ('Ether' video coming soon...) on Youtube, as well as the videos from the writing sessions from last year. Check them all out right from our Myspace page.
"Oh yeah, we now have 'Twitter' feed. We'll be updating it as we go, sending you the good stuff right from the studio. Check it out at www.twitter.com/nothingface1. And last, but not least, we are putting the finishing touch's on the re-release of our very first album (pre- Pacifier)!! This was the one that started it all and got us our first record deal. It's been re-mastered and the new artwork is almost finished (its SICK!!!). We are working out a deal for a limited edition 'Vinyl' release of the album as well, so get ready..." More...
Three more bands have been confirmed for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival this year. The most surprising of which is Texas based boogie rock legends ZZ Top. Also added to the bill are Killswitch Engage aswell as shock rock legend Marilyn Manson.
The lineup for the Download festival is now as follows:
NY metallers, TOMBS, have announced a two-week tour with PELICAN. The Tour covers the western U.S. and including a stop at SXSW in Austin, TX. This tour will also include DREDG on the first part of the tour, followed by WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM on the later half.
TOMBS are touring in support of the forthcoming album and Relapse debut "Winter Hours." "Winter Hours" will be released on February 17th for North American and February 23rd internationally. The band recently premiered the first video from "Winter Hours," for album opener "Gossamer," online now via Pitchfork.TV. More...
CHAVIS RECORDS recording artist BULLETBOYS have announced the first leg of the ROAD TO NOWHERE 2009 Tour. BULLETBOYS, featuring members Marq Torien, Ryche Green, Michael Thomas, and returning original member Lonnie Vincent will kickoff the tour in El Paso, TX on February 21st at Take II with very special guests SWIRL. SWIRL will support the BULLETBOYS on this leg of the tour. More...
Germany's WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH has released the first track, "They Come In Shoals," from their new album, "In Shoals," on their MySpace page. "In Shoals", will be released on April 27th in Europe and on April 28th in the US. More...
Australia's best black metal act, DESTRÖYER 666, has finished recording their fifth album, which is due out later this year.
The band issues the following statement hinting at the sound of the album, "Older, more embittered, more cynical, tried and tested, trusted and true, the new album is simply that. Unrepentant, without remorse or regret. We make no apologies and ask no quarter." More...
Dutch metallers, God Dethroned, have announced the tracklisting for their new album, "Passiondale," which will be released on April 28th. The album is a concept album about the horrors and life in France during WWI. Vocalist & guitarist Henri Sattler describes "Passiondale" as "a fast, brutal & epic soundtrack to a war movie." More details about the album will be released soon.
The track listing for "Passiondale" is as follows:
1. The Cross of Sacrifice
2. Under a Darkening Sky
3. No Man’s Land
4. Poison Fog
5. Drowning in Mud
7. No Survivors
8. Behind Enemy Lines
9. Fallen Empires
10. Artifacts of the Great War
New England one man band Autumns Eyes has recently started offering five albums for free download in celebration of the band's 10th anniversary. The project also recently shot a music video for the song "Feast of the Dead" in a classic slasher movie style. Autumns Eyes mastermind Dan spoke with me about the band's recent activity and his take on the horror movie genre. More...
Swedish metal act Evergrey has announced a string of headlining shows throughout Europe this year. Joining them on the tour will be Novembre.
The tour dates are as follows:
3 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
4 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
5 - Zoetermeer, Netherlands - Boerderij
7 - London, UK - Underworld
8 - Paris, France - Nouvieau Casino
10 - Bergara, Spain - Sala Jam
11 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Caracol
12 - Barcelona, Spain - Mephisto
14 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
15 - Goriza, Slovakia - Mostovna Nova
17 - Budapest, Hungary - Diesel
18 - Beograd, Serbia - SKC
19 - Vienna, Austria - Szene
20 - Frankfurt, Germany - Batschkapp
Heavy metal legends Iron Maiden won the award for Best Live Act at the Brit Awards last night, which is the biggest awards show in British music. The band couldn't be there in person to collect the award due to being on tour but thanked their fans in a video message. You can check out the message below.
Frontman Bruce Dickinson says: "We couldn’t keep this entire show on the road without our fans. They’re the people that keep this band alive. And I do hope that Eddie doesn’t get too jealous." More...
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has posted a tour update from their current run of Europe along with Judas Priest and Testament. His message reads as follows: "So far the tour, and this overall trip has been beyond words!
"The beauty and the majesty of the Emerald Isle, and her people, in both countries was breathtaking.
"We had heard that the weather was going to be shite, but I reminded everyone of my close friends, that are in on my little bizzaro moments, like when the sun comes out here, whenever I come to the UK. If even for just one second. More...
Scottish pirate metallers Alestorm will be embarking on a headlining tour of Great Britain this April to support their forthcoming new studio album, "Black Sails At Midnight."
The tour dates are as follows:
24-25 - Prestatyn, Wales - Hammerfest
26 - Dudley, England - JB's
27 - Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
28 - Edinburgh, Scotland - Studio 24
29 - Nottingham, England - venue tba
30 - Leeds, England - Rio's
1 - Milton Keynes, England - The Pitz
2 - Petersborough, England - The Park
3 - London, England - Underworld
American heavy metallers Lizzy Borden has announced that they are searching for a new guitarist. Applicants must live in the Los Angeles area and must be able for travel and rehersal. If you're interested in the position then you can contact the band through their official Myspace page.
Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine has been announced as the headline act for a very special show at London's famous Royal Albert Hall to support the Teenage Cancer Trust. Joining them on the bill will be Fightstar and The Blackout. Tickets go on sale tomorrow.
Frontman Matt Tuck says: "It's a real honor to be headlining for Teenage Cancer Trust this year. Many of our fans are a similar age to the young people that Teenage Cancer Trust supports. So it's really hit home for us that having cancer at such a crucial time in a young person's life must be devastating. We are proud to be involved and hope the concerts raise as much money as possible for their incredible work."
British fans seeking to know who will be supporting rock legends Motorhead on their tour of Britain later this year won't be disapointed as all girl heavy metal group Girlschool has been confirmed to be the bands main support.
The tour dates are as follows:
November 11 - Plymouth, UK - Pavilion
November 12 - Bristol, UK - Colsten Hall
November 13 - Newport, UK - Centre
November 15 - Swindon, UK - Oasis
November 16 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Concert Hall
November 17 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
November 19 - Glasgow, UK - Academy
November 20 - Leeds, UK - Academy
November 21 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
November 23 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
November 24 - Southend, UK - Cliffs Pavilion
November 25 - Portsmouth, UK - Guildhall
November 27 - Bournemonth, UK - Solent Hall
November 28 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
November 29 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall
Cryogen released their new EP, "Psalms of Deceit," online as a "pay what you want" download this Tuesday, February 17th. You can download the EP through CRYOGEN’s online music store.
Cryogen comments: “We’re leaving it up to our fans to decide what the album is worth.”
The band states more formally:
"The main distribution method of this EP will be through our website, http://www.cryogenband.com/music. We are offering our fans the opportunity to pay what they want for our new EP. That includes paying nothing. We’re leaving that decision up to each individual, and we’re happy to be the first extreme metal band to do that.
"We feel that this is the future of music distribution and that there is no better time to do this than right now. While record labels sit in fear of losing sales to piracy, we believe it’s up to independent bands, like CRYOGEN, to help pave a new way of distributing music.
"We hope you enjoy the music,
German metal band Rough Silk is planning to reunite for their 20th band anniversary and release a new album. Mastermind Ferdy Doernberg teamed up with André Hort (bass), Mike Mandel (guitars) and Alex Wenn (drums), who are young and hungry musicians from the Hanover area, to bring fresh blood and enthusiasm into the band and most important to bring back more metal into ROUGH SILK's sound again. The new line-up and album will start a new era for the band, hence their choice of names for the new album: "A New Beginning." Additionally, all Rough Silk albums will be re-released this summer, remixed and remastered and featuring bonus tracks.
You can check out the new era and listen to tracks like the straight forward "Reborn To Wait" and the heavy but melodic "Temple Of Evil" on the band's Myspace player.
"A New Beginning" will be released on March 23, 2009.