Metal News for February 19, 2010
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Mono kicked off their European tour today. Here are the latest tour dates:
19-02-10 Orpheum Extra - Graz (Aus)
20-02-10 Menza Pri Koritu - Ljubljana (Slo)
21-02-10 Arena - Vienna (Aus)
22-02-10 A38 - Budapest (Hun)
23-02-10 Teatar Itd - Zagreb (Cro)
24-02-10 Living Room - Belgrade (Ser)
25-02-10 Mkc - Skopje (Mac)
26-02-10 Eightball Club - Thessaloniki (Gre)
27-02-10 Myga Athens - (Gre)
02-03-10 Circolo Degli Artisti - Rome (Ita)
03-03-10 Lokomotiv Club - Bologna (Ita)
04-03-10 Magnolia - Milan (Ita)
05-03-10 L' Epicerie Moderne - Lyon (Fra)
06-03-10 Sala Be Cool - Barcelona (Spa)
07-03-10 Sala Stereo - Murcia (Spa)
09-03-10 Musicbox - Lisbon (Por)
10-03-10 Serralves - Porto (Por)
11-03-10 Salon Teatro - Santiago De Compostela (Spa)
12-03-10 Santana 27 - Bilbao (Spa)
13-03-10 Le Sans Reserve - Perigeux (Fra)
14-03-10 La Maroquinerie - Paris (Fra)
15-03-10 The Scala - London (Uk)
16-03-10 The Asylum - Birmingham (Uk)
17-03-10 Oran Mor - Glasgow (Sco)
18-03-10 Brudenell Social Club - Leeds (Uk)
20-03-10 Les Trinitaires - Metz (Fra)
21-03-10 Doornroosje - Nijmegen (Net)
22-03-10 Het Depot - Leuven (Bel)
23-03-10 Fzw - Dortmund (Ger)
24-03-10 Debaser - Malmo (Swe)
25-03-10 Strand - Stockholm (Swe)
26-03-10 Umea Open Festival - Umea (Swe)
28-03-10 Nosturi - Helsinki (Fin)
29-03-10 Plink Plonk - Tartu (Est)
30-03-10 Gertrudes 101 - Riga (Lat)
31-03-10 Mulen Ruzas - Vilnius (Lit)
01-04-10 Cba Warsaw - (Pol)
02-04-10 Blue Note - Poznan (Pol)
03-04-10 Hebbel Theatre - Berlin (Ger)
04-04-10 Palac Akropolis - Prague (Cze)
Five Finger Death Punch has issued the following update about a Canadian tour with Korn:
"Knuckleheads of Canada: The moment you all have been waiting for! Tickets for our Canadian tour with Korn go on sale TOMORROW, February 20th! This is our first Canadian tour, and we can't F-ing wait - especially since it's with our good friends and legends, Korn. We will see you soon, Canada!!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
3/26 Anchorage, AK @ Dena'ina Convention Center
3/27 Anchorage, AK @ Dena'ina Convention Center
3/29 Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
3/31 Calbary, AB @ Big Four Building
4/1 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Centre
4/2 Regina, SK @ Agribition
4/3 Winnipeg, MB @ Winnipeg Convention Centre
4/6 Toronto, ON @ The Arrow Hall
Brisbane-based sludge/metal band The Surrogate recently announced that they are disbanding. The band played a final show and hopes to still record their new songs for release.
The band commented on the break up:
"For those of us who have followed our progress it’s no secret that we’ve had a hard time holding down a firm line-up for more than a year, with various members bailing out to travel the world or simply not working out. When the last line-up fell apart in early 2009, it was just Geno and myself left. Given that we were the dudes that started the band together, we decided that so long as it was us two, The Surrogate would be able to exist as such. However, after taking some time off over the holiday period, and with interstate album recording and having already been planned for 2010, Geno has decided that The Surrogate presents a level of commitment that he is no longer enthused by. As such, our riff machine is gone, and the band is done. No point in beating a dead horse."
The band further commented on what some members are doing:
"However idle hands never rest, and Geno and myself have a new project going with some mates called Ironhide. Check us out in the top friends if you dig Converge/Misery Signals. Geno’s on guitar, I’m having a scream. I can’t imagine it being the most serious of touring/recording bands, but who knows what the future holds! With any luck I will be drumming out more thunderously epic post-metal tunes with a new bunch of dudes in the not-too-distant future."
Hard rockers Whitesnake have inked a record deal with Frontiers Records. David Coverdale and band are gearing up for their latest endeavour and have already started composing new material.
“We are off to a very good start, with the new songs taking positive shape. It feels good, fresh and exciting,” explains Coverdale. "As always, we want to take it to the next level. I feel that with the last album we achieved a strong Whitesnake ‘cocktail’ that comfortably embraced & mixed all the previous musical aspects & styles of the band’s history, while taking our identity a little further, all on one album."
Coverdale said the production team for the new album will most likely be the Brutal Brothers, or Los Bros Brutalos, who also handled the recording of "Good To Be Bad."
Floridia extreme metallers Order of Ennead recently finished recording their new album "An Examination Of Being" and have made the first new track available for streaming. The new song, titled "The Concept of Our Extinction," can be heard at the band's MySpace page. The band is also filming a music video for the song, which is being directed and produced by Advanced Media.
Order Of Ennead vocalist/guitarist Kevin Quirion comments: "Alright, now's the time that everyone can hear what we've been working on. This track deals with the acceptance and coping of our eventual passing. The word 'our' is meant as everyone individually and not as a mass extinction because all we are doing is just awaiting our end. See you on tour."
"An Examination Of Being" was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis and is due to be released on April 20th in North America and April 26th in Europe.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. The Concept of Our Extinction
2. The Scriptures of Purification
3. Lies Upon the Lips of Judas
4. This Mortal Journey
5. ...In the Mirror
6. An Examination of Being
7. Conduits to Eternity
8. A Portal to Rapture
9. A Betrayal of Self
Earache Records has issued the following announcement about Your Demise playing Modern Warfare 2 with fans on Xbox Live this coming Tuesday, February 23rd:
"Your Demise don't just excel in obliterating audiences at each date of their ongoing North American tour, but they also excel at totally pwning Modern Warfare 2 players over Xbox Live. If you think you've got what it takes to counter the destructive tactics of the UK's finest hardcore export then get to your Xbox 360 console and send a friend request to 'EaracheRecords.' On Tuesday, February 23rd at 3pm EST, people on the 'EaracheRecords' friends list will have the opportunity to play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with Your emise. If chosen, you could win cool prizes and the proud distinction of being virtually laid to waste by Your Demise. This is a chance that doesn't come by often so make sure you're an Xbox Live friend of 'Earache Records' and get online at 3pm EST this Tuesday to join the action."
Brazilian metallers Angra entered the Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday, February 17th. Angra are currently recording their seventh studio album, and the first one after the return of their drummer Ricardo Confessori. This album will be the first time the band will handle the production on their own. Angra have announced they are currently in the process of recording drums, and video reports are expected to be posted online soon.
Swedish death metal super group Bloodbath has issued the following update about appearing at the Tuska festival:
"So, the time has come to announce what will be the fifth and final show for 2010 – Finland’s Tuska open air metal festival! Bloodbath is set to appear at the Inferno stage III at 7.45 pm on June 3rd. We look forward to each and everyone of these five festivals and we hope, no matter where you live, that you’ll have the chance to come out and bang your head with us on either, some or all of them. Get ready for the summer bloodbath!"
Bloodbath's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
5/21 2010 Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen, Germany
6/20 2010 Hellfest Clisson, France
6/27 2010 Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel, Belgium
7/3 2010 Tuska Open Air Helsinki, Finland
8/13 2010 Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall, UK
Chemical Fingerprint has issued the following update about working on a new album:
"OK first things first Ricky, Derrick and Ken want to welcome our new bassist Tyson to the band! We have been forming this band and writing songs for a little over a year taking things slow making sure we do this right. Now on to the CD. People have been wanting to hear new stuff from CFP well just like everything else we've been taking our time but soon (hopefully by the 1st) we will be adding 2 to 3 new songs one of the songs being entitled 'In Ashes.'
"Once you hear this track you be hooked we promise! And by May or June we will be releasing our self titled CD 9 to 10 tracks of kick ass, again we promise! The cover and artwork is being done by renowned metal graphics artist Travis Smith who has done work for Skinlab, Opeth, Death, Nevermore, Brian Head Welch, Malevolent Creation, Suffocation, Soilwork, Strapping Young Lad and many more! We are so excited. As for shows we a trying to get all the recording done so that we can at least have a sampler for fans that come to our 1st show. Check back for updates."
Swedish melodic death metallers Dark Tranquillity are currently streaming their entire new album "We Are The Void" online. The album can be heard through the band's MySpace page until Friday, February 26th. The release dates for the album are as follows:
Sweden: February 24, 2010
Germany / Austria / Switzerland / Benelux / Italy / Australia: February 26, 2010
UK / France / Greece / Denmark / Norway / Rest of Europe: March 1, 2010
Spain / Portugal: March 2, 2010
Finland / Hungary: March 3, 2010
NORTH AMERICA: March 9, 2010
Dark Tranquillity also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Underground comedy/metal band Psychostick has announced that they will take part in the Parental Advisory Tour with Green Jelly and Nashville Pussy. The tour kicks off in Orlando, FL, on March 25th and will run through June 7th.
“Our fans have been suggesting a tour with Green Jelly since forever,” says Psychostick vocalist Rob “Rawrb” Kersey. “Having Nashville Pussy headline the whole thing will only make this tour even better. We’re looking forward to the run and think our fans will really dig it.”
This tour marks the debut of Psychostick’s new bassist, Matt Kyzmeck. “Billy Rymer, the drummer from Dillinger Escape Plan, recommended Matt to us,” says Psychostick drummer Alex Preiss. “He [Matt] passed with flying colors and we're very excited to bring him aboard!” Former bassist Jimmy Grant left Psychostick in December 2009 for undisclosed reasons.
Best known for the song “Beer Is Good…. And Stuff,” Psychostick spent much of 2009 on tour promoting their latest album, “Sandwich.” The band released a video for “Girl Directions” in December 2009. Plans for after the Parental Advisory Tour are simple – more touring. Here are the latest Psychostick tour dates:
March 22: Sauget, IL @ Pops
March 23: Atlanta, GA @ TBA
March 24: Jacksonville, FL @ Brewster's Pit More...
Finnish folk metallers Ensiferum have announced they will be appearing at Germany's Waldbrand Open Air festival. The festival takes place at the Messeplatz in Helmstedt from June 24th - 26th. Additional information on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts include Bloodwork, Bloodshed, Metal Witch, Damnation Defaced, Heretic Soul, and Kambrium.
Fuck The Facts has issued the following update about finishing their "Unnamed" EP:
"After many hours of cutting, folding, sticking & packing we finally have all copies of our new 'Unnamed' 7" ready to go. Here's a quick look at the Fuck the Facts DIY grindcore machine at work. The 'Unnamed' 7" is limited to 500 copies (400 black & 100 clear) & will be available at both our shows this weekend in Sudbury & Kingston. Pre-orders will begin being shipped on Monday."
The details of the release shows are as follows:
2/19 in SUDBURY, ON w/ Drowned In Viscera, The Prosthetic Hearts, Catharcyst, Overlord, Aftermath Of A Nightmare @ The Serbian Centre (231 Bloor St)
2/20 in KINGSTON, ON w/ Barn Burner @ AKA, (75 Queen St)
The Tomahawk Festival, which was set to take place on March 13th, 2010 in Germany, has official been canceled. The organizers of the festival posted a message on their website citing poor ticket sales as the reason for the cancellation. More info on the festival can be found at this location. Obituary and Persefone, who were scheduled to perform at the festival, will still play on March 13th, 2010 instead at the N8 Club in Osnabruck.
High On Fire has issued the following announcement about hosting the upcoming episode of MTV2's Headbangers Ball:
"Tune into MTV2 Monday morning to catch High on fire hosting the entire episode of Headbanger’s ball discussing their forthcoming new album, 'Snakes of the Divine.' Also premiering Overkill video 'Bring Me the Night” and Kittie's 'Sorrow I Know.'"
Headbanger's Ball has moved from Saturdays to Mondays. The show now airs at which airs every Monday at 3a/c.
New Mexico metallers Kryoburn have posted a two part webisode online where they discuss the band and answer fan submitted questions. The first clip can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.
Ludicra were previously scheduled to support Mayhem on a North American tour. After the tour was canceled Ludicra announced they were rescheduling the dates to play on their own. The band has now issued the following update about the de-canceled tour:
"We are able to now release the first date of the De-cancelation tour, April 1 in Portland. This is not a hoax. The dates are shaping up, and the whole tour is almost ready to confirm and announce. We will also soon have the pleasure of opening for Pentagram with our old friends Slough Feg in San Francisco on March 24. Physical copies of the new record have landed in our hands and we are very pleased with them. We hope you will be, too."
Selfmadegod Records has announced the signing of Japanese grindcore band Unholy Grave. The Polish label will release the new studio album entitled "Grind Killers," which was recorded live in a Dutch studio in September 2008 during Unholy Grave’s European tour, and remastered in February 2009. "Grind Killers" will be released in March of 2010 as a digipak. Samples from the album can be heard at the Unholy Grave MySpace page.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
3. Buried Terror
4. Pay The Price?
5. Media’s Story
6. Death By Terror
7. Free From Fear
9. We Are Human
11. Morbid Dark Angels
12. Little Bastards
13. Blind Barrier
14. Missing Children
16. Beat On The Brat
17. No Racial Superiority
18. Maniacal Discharge
19. Deadly Terror
20. Terror After Terror
21. Freedom To Eat
22. Grind Faith
Swiss metallers Sybreed have issued the following update about the Japanese and North American release dates for their new album:
"Greeting Folks, a quick news to inform our Japanese fans that The Pulse of Awakening is about to be unleashed in their homeland on the 24th of March 2010, through the label Spiritual Beast. This version will feature a bonus track, previously unreleased, called 'Flesh Doll For Sale.' Hope you will enjoy it! And for our American fans, the North American release will be announced shortly...Domo arigato gozaimasu!"
Sybreed also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Sweden's Unanimated have announced they will be appearing at the 2010 edition of the Nacht der Drohenden Schatten VIII Festival festival. The festival is set to take place in Speyer, Germany on February 27th, 2010. Other confirmed bands include Ofermod, Christicide, Dusken, Pest, Nefastt, and Malhkebre. More information on the festival can be found at this location.
Portland metallers Ealdath have issued the following update about finishing the mixing for their new full-length album:
"...the ancient oath. We are very close to having the final mix, almost 2 years later. Huge thanks to Billy Anderson for bringing this recording back to life! Currently working on the layout for the cd/lp should see release in the next 3 months. We have also been hard at work on the new record. A release show will happen once we have a release date for the record. 'til death!"
A sample Ealdath track is available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.
Providence, RI's Howl has unveiled the artwork from the forthcoming Relapse debut album "Full Of Hell." The artwork was designed by Ryan Begley and can be seen here. "Full Of Hell" was recorded at Machine With Magnets studios with engineer Keith Souza and will see a May 2010 release date. Additional album details, including audio samples, will be made available shortly.
Howl has announced a run of dates to and from Austin, TX for SXSW with Philadelphia's Javenlina. This tour will kick off on March 13th in Richmond, VA and also include guests Tombs, Bison B.C., Withered, and more on select dates.
Howl has just kicked off an eastern US tour with Skeletonwitch. This tour also includes Iron Age as well as guests Doomriders and Black Tusk on select dates. Howl will also be taking part in the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Fest as well as Maryland Deathfest. A complete listing of Howl tour dates can be found below. More...
Swedish black metallers Marduk have issued the following update about their upcoming tour plans:
"The band has currently returned to Sweden and are rehearsing and preparing in for upcoming tours. Tour dates for South America has been been announced. Go to tour section to check the dates of the upcoming Deathmarch. We are proud to announce that Marduk will be appearing in some European fests such as: Hellfest Festival in Clisson France, as well as the Rockharz Open Air Festival in Germany and House of Metal Festival in Umeå, Sweden on the 5th of March."
The South American dates are as follows: More...
World Under Blood, the melodic death metal side project featuring CKY guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller alongside Tim Yeung (Divine Heresy) on drums, Risha Eryavec (ex-Decrepit Birth) on bass, and Luke Jaeger (ex-Sleep Terror) on guitar, recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records. Deron Miller has now issued the following update about the band's upcoming album:
"Hey, just finishing up lyrics for a few of the songs. They're turning out great. I started writing them weeks ago, and I realized that the work I was doing was awful, so I scrapped them all and got re-focused. I'm very satisfied now. the 3 tentative WUB titles I have right now are 'Revere's Tears' about a guy that discovers the cure for cancer, is found dead, but then returns of course. 'I Can't Stand His Name,' and 'Purgatory Dormitory' are the others and i cant wait until this record comes out. 'Knife Beats Gun' and 'Stab Happy' are long gone...they were drunken concepts haha.
"I've been listening to the new Overkill CD A LOT and the song 'Ironbound' has been on repeat since i got it. you have to go get this record its fucking amazing. the best metal record of the last decade for sure. I talked to Risha and he is doing well. His personal problems are ironed out...he is still with us. I'm flying to Florida on the 28th to finish this album. it will be done tracking on march 5th so help me god. I guarantee nothing but my best always."
Providence, Rhode Island progressive metallic hardcore band THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL has announced a string of upcoming live dates for February/March 2010.
THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL recently released their debut full-length, "Awaken," via guitarist Nick Sollecito's own Angle Side Side Records.
THE EMPIRE SHALL FALL will be hitting the road at the end of this month and rampaging through the Northeast with Hull, Ravage, and more. The tour dates are as follows:
Feb 26: Endicott, NY / The Downtown Quarterback
Feb 27: Worcester, MA / Ralph's Diner / Rock Your Face Off (festival), with Ravage, Widow Sunday, Acaro, etc
Mar 5: Philly, PA / Mill Creek Tavern / with Hull and We Thieves
Mar 6: Staten Island, NY / Dock St w/ TBA
Tennessee doom metal band PLACE OF SKULLS has entered Lakeside Studios in Knoxville, TN on January, 25 to record their as-yet-untitled new album. Five songs completed thus far are titled as follows:
"As A Dog Returns"
"Breath Of Life"
"Though He Stay Me"
Check out a quick studio clip below:
Slayer reports that a new "Big Four" Sonisphere date has been confirmed. Slayer will be joined by Megadeth, Anthrax, and Metallica at Sonisphere Greece on June 24th. Tickets go on sale next Monday, February 22nd. Check here for details.
Check out the latest listing of Slayer tour dates below, including their other Sonisphere appearances: More...
Kansas metal band Origin has issued the following update:
"Origin and Extreme Management Group, Inc. are proud to announce the first set of dates for Origin's 2010 spring/summer tour campaign. Origin will be visiting Australia and New Zealand for the first time ever and will also be returning to Europe. We can not wait to return to our European friends and fans, and look forward to meeting new people in Australia and New Zealand."
"As it's been speculated elsewhere, James Lee is no longer a part or Origin. After 9 plus years with the band, it unfortunately came time for Lee and Origin to part ways."
"On these tours, please welcome to the stage Mica (Maniac) Meneke (Sol Asunder, Ontogeny, The Faceless, Legion Victorious) on vocals. We are confident that Origin will raise the bar in 2010. We have a few surprises in store, so get ready."
Polish death/thrash metal band Ajdath has issued the following statement regarding the departure of their drummer:
"Our drummer Marcin is officially not playing in AJDATH anymore. we would like to thank him for the almost 2 years history in AJDATH and we would like to wish him all the luck with his new project Driller. Radek 'Calm hatchery' 'Tehace' will record the drums of AJDATH's new album. We are looking for new drummer to join the band so if you think you got all what it takes please contact us."
The band can be contacted through their MySpace page.
MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE's new video for "On Wings of Integrity" can be seen below:
The song is off their latest album "Unbreakable." The band is currently working on their follow-up to "Unbreakable." The band has posted video blogs from the studio, which can be seen on YouTube.
Swedish melodic death metal band Dark Tranquillity's vocalist, Mikael Stanne, has checked in with the following report from the road, “Sitting here in beautifully cold Minneapolis trying to get the hangover out of my system. Fargo yesterday was as barren and cold as I remember it from the Cohen brother’s movie. Amazing crowd though and we celebrated accordingly. So far this tour has been amazing for us. We are now two weeks in and we are only just getting started. Amazing venues and huge crowds. Obviously we are struggling with winning over some of the fans of Killswitch Engage and The Devil Wears Prada, but so far I have been positively surprised as to how many are at first skeptical only to two songs in go nuts in the pit. It's a beautiful thing to behold from the stage."
“We have been playing two new songs in the set and they have really got the room moving every single night. I am really looking forward to doing way more of the new album material as we are near release date. Since this is just the start of a very long touring cycle we are really excited to see that the album is getting rave reviews and the friends we've played it to really love it. It seems to generate a lot of heated discussion too, which I view as a good sign. With such a diverse album we are bound to hear all kinds of comments and we always welcome that. Bring on the love/hate fest!”
DARK TRANQUILLITY’s new album, "We Are The Void," is set for a March 9th U.S. release.
Belgian grindcore band LENG TCH'E has announced their signing to Season of Mist. The "razorgrind" band just finished recording their upcoming album at Parlour Studio in Kettering, UK with producer Russ Russell.
"We are very delighted and proud to be joining Season of Mist", bassist Nicolas comments. "Being added to the same roster as Morbid Angel, Dillinger Escape Plan, Mayhem, Cynic and other greats is a huge opportunity and extremely motivating and exciting.
"Leng Tch'e clearly needs a label with an open mind when it comes to extreme music, Season of Mist definitely meets this criterion. That's why we feel it's a compliment that Season of Mist owner Michael Berberian absolutely loved the new Leng Tch'e material. This, together with his modern and realistic vision on the music industry, made him the obvious choice to be working with." More...
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE have posted the second episode of their studio blog. The band's 'yet untitled' effort is set to be released in June 2010 via Lifeforce (Europe/ World) and newly formed label Goodfight Entertainment (North America). Watch the episode II below:
This Or The Apocalypse is currently tracking the follow up to their debut album "Monuments" (2008) for Lifeforce Records. Recording is taking place at Spin Studios in New York with Josh Wilbur (Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold) and Chris Adler (of Lamb Of God) at the helm.
The past weekend Axl and the new Guns N Roses rolled into New York for a couple surprise shows. Going on late, and then partying for, as Axl was quoted, “As long as it takes”, it is clear Rose hasn’t changed much from the Use Your Illusion days. However, I was quite shocked to see Axl rocking the Fedora hat with the bandana, a bold move few can pull off. Add in the trademark oversized aviator shades and Axl becomes a first ballot inductee for the Cranium Accessories Hall of Fame, joining Bret Michaels and Hulk Hogan (first time ballot inductees in the bandana category)… More...