Metal News for February 2, 2010
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Dark Hound has posted their recently completed demo for free download on bandcamp.com. Downloading the demo also comes with the music video for "Paint It White."
Here's the demo tracklisting:
1. Paint It White
2. One Deadly Blow
3. The Indifference of Good Men
Bad Acid Trip will be playing their first show in quite a while and will be playing some brand new songs. In fact, they will be playing all the songs from their upcoming album before it is even released.
2631 Whittier Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023
Doors @ 8, $8, and it'll wrap by 11 pm
The Carrier has announced some East Coast tour dates for this Spring:
03/04: Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up w/ Blacklisted, Gods And Queens, The First Annual
03/12: Washington, D.C. @ Electric Maid
03/13: Greensboro, NC @ Legitimate Business
03/14: Lexington, SC @ Roundhill Community Center
03/15: Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
03/16: Tampa, FL @ Transitions
03/17: Atlanta, GA @ 585 Wells
03/18: Johnson City, TN @ Hideaway
03/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Bushwick Studios
The band is currently hard at work recording their new album, to be released in the future on Deathwish. A vinyl reissue of their "One Year Later" album was recently released via Deathwish.
108's "18.61" CD/LP is coming soon. A release date and Pre-ordering information will be announced shortly.
"18.61" comes from the 61st couplet of the 18th section of Bhagavad Gita.
Ishvarah sarva-bhutaanaam, hridesh-'rjuna-tishthati
bhraamayan sarva-bhutaani, yantra-rudhaani maayayaa
"The controller of all
Lies at the heart of the machine
And connects it's wires
To the living being who is under it's spell."
Recorded over a frigid weekend in Boston, MA in the analog domain of Alex Garcia Rivera (ex-Give Up The Ghost) and later mixed by Kurt Ballou (Converge), 108 has returned with their latest album, "18.61."
Swedish metallers Amon Amarth have announced they will perform at the Sonisphere Switzerland festival on June 18th in Jonschwil. The other confirmed bands for the festival include Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, Anthrax, DevilDriver, and Motorhead.
Amon Amarth's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
6/18 (CH) JONSCHWIL / Sonisphere Festival
6/25 (D) DISCHINGEN / Rock Am Haertsfeldsee
6/27 (Be) DESSELT / Graspop Metal Meeting
Texas death metallers Decrepitaph have issued the following update about releasing a new split album with Anatomia:
"We will be teaming up with the mighty Doom/Death kings Anatomia for a split 7" that will be coming out on Letargo Records in a couple months! This is a very cool label that has put out LP versions of Wombbath and Purtenance. Our song is already completed and Anatomia are finishing up their tracks very soon. We will update more on this soon! Cover art has been found! Thanks! Ok, more news coming!"
Sample Decrepitaph tracks can be heard through the band's MySpace page.
Killswitch Engage has posted the fourth entry in their South American tour video series online. The new video clip can be viewed below.
Vocalist Einar Solberg of Norwegian metal act Leprous has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming live shows on their own and as the supporting band for solo artist Ihsahn:
"Good news to all our fans in the US! Leprous are playing at this years Prog Power USA! This is the first Leprous show ever in the US, so make sure not to miss it!! More Ihsahn shows! In addition to Hellfest in France and Brutal assault in the Czech republic, Ihsahn (with Leprous as his backing band) are going to perform at Wacken open air (!!) in Germany and at The Inferno festival in Oslo, Norway."
More information on the Prog Power USA Festival can be found at this location.
French metallers Nightmare have been confirmed to perform at the Dutch Dokk'em Open Air Festival, which takes place on June 11th and 12th, 2010. More information on the festival can be found here. Other confirmed bands include Stream of Passion, Manic Movement, Skeptical Minds, Dyath-Leen, and ReVamp.
Nightrage have posted a brief teaser video online for their upcoming Greek tour dates. The video clip can be viewed below.
Nightrage has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Prong will be joining up with Soulfly on their U.S. tour this Spring. Also on the bill are Incite and Rotting Corpse. Prong's Tommy Victor joined Soulfly in the studio last November to lend his vocals to the song "Lethal Injection." The track will be released on the upcoming Soufly album "Omen" on May 4, 2010. The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows:
3/2 2010 - Scout Bar - San Antonio TX
3/3 2010 - Scout Bar - Houston TX
3/6 2010 - Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale FL
3/7 2010 - Firestone Live - Orlando FL
3/8 2010 - State Theater - St. Pete FL
3/9 2010 - The Loft - Atlanta GA
3/11 2010 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville NJ
3/12 2010 - The Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale NY
3/13 2010 - The Royal Plaza Trade Center - Fitchburg MA
3/19 2010 - Peabody's - Cleveland OH
3/20 2010 - Al Rosa Villa - Columbus OH
3/23 2010 - Midland Theatre - Kansas City MO
Alabama death metallers Grave Ritual, formerly known as Meathole Infection, have issued the following update about recording a new full-length album:
"Hello... the title for the full length will be 'Euphoric Hymns from the Altar of Death.' Drum tracks were completed today for it. Here is the track listing:
1. Sink into the Grave
2. Drenched in Madness
3. Evoke the Realm of Tormenting Blasphemy
5. Grotesque Summoning
6. Bestial Nomadic Conquest
8. Abysmal Rotting
9. Beyond Diabolus
10. Cannibal Rising
11. Morbid Aura of Desolation
"We will begin recording guitars and vocals this week and hopefully be through in the next couple of weeks. Vagelis (Necrovorous, Embrace of Thorns, etc) will be handling the mixing and mastering in March, so expect the release sometime soon after that. Also Rafal Kruszyk will be doing the cover and back cover artwork and Schmudenhaven will be doing a few pieces for the layout. More news as it comes."
Morten Veland of Sirenia has created a new solo project titled Mortemia. The band will be releasing their first debut full-length "Misere Mortem" will be released in the U.S. on March 9th, 2010 and in Europe on March 1st, 2010. Mortemia are currently streaming a sample track from the new album titled "The One I Once Was" via their MySpace page.
Swedish extreme metallers Shining have issued the following update about parting ways with their bassist:
"Just to let everyone know that Larsen has officially left Shining so that he can concentrate on his studies. He has been a great asset to the band during his time with us, and a good companion, and we wish him well for the future. A new bass player has already been chosen, and we will be announcing more about this shortly."
Shining have the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Norwegian gothic metallers Sirenia have announced they will perform at the “kRock u Maibutnye" festival, which takes place on May 21st and 22nd in Kherson, Ukraine. Sirenia also have the following upcoming tour dates:
2/28 2010 Circo Volador Mexico City, Mexico
3/2 2010 Teatro Metro Bogotá, Colombia
3/3 2010 Teatro Matacandelas Medellin, Colombia
3/5 2010 Superrock Buenos Aires, Argentina
3/6 2010 Carioca Club São Paulo, Brazil
3/7 2010 Club Recreativo Caxiense Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
4/24 2010 Hi Fi Brisbane Brisbane, Australia
4/26 2010 Metro Theatre Sydney, Australia
4/27 2010 Billboard The Venue Melbourne, Australia
5/21 2010 Festival “kRock u Maibutnye” Kherson, Ukraine
Polish death metallers Vader has issued the following statement about adding on new tour dates:
"Vader has finally confirmed the entire tour schedule of the upcoming 'Blitzkrieg 5 Tour 2010.' Seven new dates (covering mostly Scandinavia and northern part of Germany) have been added to the previously announced tour schedule. The entire gig's list can be viewed in the tour dates below. It's going to be the third part of the band's European tournee promoting their 'Necropolis' album, released last year under the wings of Nuclear Blast. During the first two legs of the campaign Vader appeared on the 'Funeral Nation Tour' in Europe with Marduk. The band's current line up features new guitarist Marek Pajak, who replaced Vogg some time ago. During the upcoming 'Blitzkrieg 5 Tour 2010' Vader will be supported by the young and very talented bands As You Drown and Divine Chaos."
The confirmed dates for the Blitzkrieg 5 Tour 2010 are as follows:
23.02.2010 (GER) Rostock / Alte Zuckerfabrik
24.02.2010 (GER) Hamburg / Markthalle
25.02.2010 (BEL) Vosselaar / Biebob
26.02.2010 (FR) Paris / Glazart
27.02.2010 (UK) Colchester / Colchester Arts
28.02.2010 (UK) Bristol / Bierkeller
01.03.2010 (UK) London / Underworld
03.03.2010 (IRE) Belfast / Limelight
04.03.2010 (IRE) Dublin / Whelans
05.03.2010 (UK) Glasgow / Ivory Blacks
06.03.2010 (UK) Leeds / The Well
07.03.2010 (UK) Nottingham / The Central
10.03.2010 (HOL) Zaandam / De Kade
11.03.2010 (HOL) Breda / Mezzo
12.03.2010 (HOL) Groningen / Vera
13.03.2010 (GER) Hamm / Alfred Fischer Halle
14.03.2010 (GER) Flensburg / Roxy
16.03.2010 (DEN) Copenhagen / The Rock
17.03.2010 (SWE) Orebro / Virus
18.03.2010 (SWE) Borlange / Cozmos
19.03.2010 (SWE) Gothenburg / Sticky Fingers
20.03.2010 (SWE) Stockholm / The Cave
Bobby "BattleLord" of Idaho metallers Allanon has issued the following update about the band's upcoming demo:
"We decided to go back with 'Born On The BattleField' for our demo so see more updates about that coming, now on to other news we recently just got our rehearsal room all setup for some nice jams (just need to sound proof that shit). Also we are still looking for a key player hit us up about details on that. Last but not least if you didn't read the last blog post then you wont know whats going on this will clear things up. All our recordings got deleted some how so we have to start all over. This happened about a week ago but since then we've been occupied with a few things and what not so we are starting up on the demo again tomorrow, so have this demo maybe out later then expected. Also we may have an old member rejoining if things go smooth. More updates on the demo soon!"
Australian metallers Black Majesty have issued the following update about headlining the Bla Bla Bla Festival:
"Black Majesty will headline the 'Bla Bla Bla' Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia on the 21st of February 2010. This marks Black Majesty’s first ever performance on Indonesian soil, with a full headline set spanning selections from the band's entire back catalogue. With over 40 bands scheduled to appear at the festival on the 20th and the 21st of February, this promises to be an amazing time for all who attend!"
More information on the Bla Bla Bla Festival can be found at this location.
Relapse Records has issued the following update about the line-up for their South By Southwest label showcase show:
"Relapse Records is proud to announce the details for its 2010 South by Southwest (SXSW) label showcase. This showcase, presented in part with Roxwel.com, will be held at Red 7(611 E. 7th St., Austin, TX) on Wednesday, March 17th. This all ages event will be open to the public as well as SXSW badge and wristband holders.
"This year's line-up includes the legendary Voivod (Quebec, Canada) in their first Texas show in over six years, comedian Brian Posehn (Los Angeles, CA), Tombs (Brooklyn, NY), Graves of Valor (Florence, SC), Howl (Providence, RI), Mammoth Grinder (Austin, TX) and Kill The Client (Dallas, TX). Additional details, including set times, will be announced shortly."
Ohio's Inside We Die have announced they will be adding a cover song to their live set list. The band is currently seeking fan input on a specific song to put their own spin on. Fans can leave feedback about what cover song they want to hear at this location. Sample Inside We Die tracks can also be heard via their official MySpace page.
German death metallers Lifeless have been confirmed to perform at the NRW Deathfest 2010, which will take place on the 17th and 18th of September in Wermelskirchen, Germany. More information on the festival can be found at this location. The other confirmed bands include Haemorrhage, Putridity, Necropsy, Boiler, By Brute Force, Extinctionist, Tacheless, and Chuck Noize.
Project Zooom has issued the following update about streaming a new track online:
"Head Rush is a new tune just uploaded here. 'No Mercy' is one added in the last couple weeks. It is my intent to create pieces that were unlike some of the tunes here, yet still retain the signature sound. I wanted the pieces to have a more live as well as raw feel. Both the leads on the songs were done in one take to highlight this. Music is an extension of what I am and what I feel. The pain, the sorrow, the anger and the joy. I want to experience it all and let it out all my demons as well as the angels. It's this arena I live and breath. Thank you for reading and listening."
For the past 20 years, While Heaven Wept has kept some sort of presence in the metal underground. The mastermind behind the band is guitarist/songwriter Tom Phillips, who also used to do vocals and keyboard work on the previous albums. The band just recently released their third studio album, “Vast Oceans Lachrymose,” which has the band embracing their thrash roots and pushing themselves further away from the doom metal moniker that was stamped on the band in their early years. In a recent interview with Metal Underground, Phillips discussed the band’s new album, his negative views of the band being labeled power metal, the hardships that have been caused by illegal downloading, and much more. More...
German metallers Sniper have just released their new four song EP "Plasmodium," which is a teaser for their upcoming third full-length album "To the Marrow." The "Plasmodium" EP has now been made available as a free download, which can be located here. Samples of Sniper's music are also available for streaming via their official MySpace page.
Sonic Syndicate is the latest act to be confirmed for the Metaltown 2010 festival, which will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden from June 18th - 19th, 2010. Other confirmed bands for the festival include Rammstein, In Flames, Bullet For My Valentine, Kreator, Dark Tranquillity, Nile, Sabaton, Finntroll, and Cynic. More information on the festival can be found at this location.
British thrashers EVILE are currently tearing their way around Europe on a headlining European tour. The "Infecting Nations" tour has seen EVILE perform a string of shows up and down the UK, with the band now in mainland Europe. Joining EVILE on the tour are American thrashers WARBRINGER and Israel's THE FADING. This is also EVILE's first tour with their new bassist, JOEL GRAHAM, who joined the band following the tragic death of their original bassist, MIKE ALEXANDER.
EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE reports from the road, "The tour is going great. We're getting along brilliantly with Warbringer and The Fading and it's just a general good feeling all around. I'm glad we're out with really friendly people, as I was dubious about going out so soon after our recent tragedy, but it's going good. Myself and Kevill have been playing Street Fighter 2 non-stop. I'm always Ryu, he's always Blanka. It is an epic battle. More...
American progressive metal band SHADOW GALLERY has premiered their new music video for "Gold Dust" (in its radio edit version), which can be viewed below. The song comes from their new album "Digital Ghosts," which was released October 26th, 2009 via InsideOutMusic in Europe. The album features the line-up of Brendt Allman, Carl Cadden-James, Gary Wehrkamp, Joe Nevolo and new addition Brian Ashland. The clip includes both live and location footage and features a cameo by Will Smith Sr. father of movie actor Will Smith. The video was filmed by Rick Berk and directed by SHADOW GALLERY bassist Carl Cadden-James.
Ozzy Osbourne has just published his tell-all autobiography called "I Am Ozzy," a rambling chronicle of his drug- and alcohol-fueled music career that spans decades. Ozzy visited “Good Day LA” to talk about his new book and what’s happening in his life today. Check out the video below:
You can also catch Ozzy at the following book signings:
Tuesday February 2nd
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm BOOK SOUP at 8818 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Wednesday February 3rd
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm BARNES AND NOBLE at 7881 Edinger Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
Germany's Emergency Gate has issued the following update:
"Our new album will be called 'The Nemesis Construct' and will be released on April 30th 2010. The artwork will be done by Raf W. who already worked for Metallica, Slayer, Iron Maiden, Soulfly and many more."
Helix has posted their new music video for "Make ‘Em Dance" online. The song comes off their upcoming album entitled "Vagabond Bones." The video was directed by: Francis Coral-Mellon. Watch the video below:
German metal band Grave Digger has issued the following update:
"Last weekend, we've been at the TLC studio, Cologne /Pulheim to put down the first song ideas of the upcoming album. Holy shit, what a blast! Although we only got the first compositions on the list, you can imagine the direction of the songs. Let's call it TYPICAL GRAVE DIGGER!"
"Once again you'll get the full monty, but spiced with some tiny little finesse. After all that stress within the last year, finally we had the chance to leave the ballast behind and rock it off our chest. Axel and Jens put down some awesome riff ideas, which will be hammered to real hot steel within the next 3 months."
"At the middle of May, we'll be at the Principal studio once again, let the Resetti Brothers (never change a winning team) produce the new album."
San Francisco's LIGHT THIS CITY is regrouping for four farewell shows in April. The band has been dormant since mid 2008, before the release of their final record, the critically acclaimed, "Stormchaser."
The farewell concert dates are as follows:
April 8 Thee Parkside, San Francisco (w/ Comadre, The Funeral Pyre, Early Graves)
April 9 The CYC, Fresno (w/ Azathoth, The Funeral Pyre, TBA)
April 10 Chain Reaction, Anaheim (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Antagonist, Early Graves)
April 11 The Blvd, Los Angeles (w/ The Funeral Pyre, Gypsy Hawk, Atour Heels)
Drummer Ben Murray commented; "It has been just about two years since Light This City came home from the Death Angel tour and decided to call it quits. Needless to say, it has been an exciting and interesting two years since we put a stop to the band, and since June of 2008 everyone in Light This City has started brand new awesome musical endeavors. That being said, we always knew we would get together one last time to thrash with all our amazing fans up and down California. That time has come, and we are extremely excited to announce four 'Final' Light This City shows. These should all be absolutely killer, and we expect all our west coast fans to be there! We will play a good amount of 'Stormchaser' songs as well as all the bangers from 'Facing the Thousand' and 'Remains of the Gods.' Since we didn't play any shows in support of 'Stormchaser,' this will be the best chance for all of you metalheads in California to come rage with us while we bust out these songs! Hope to see you all there!!"
PROSTHETIC RECORDS recently reissued the band's first record, 2004's self released, "The Hero Cycle." You can order it, as well as the rest of the band's catalog and other merch, here at the PROSTHETIC webshop.
Swedish video game power metal band Game Over has issued the following update:
"A lot has happened in the Game Over camp lately but we decided not to inform you of the current situation until things were stable."
"The most important news right now is that we have a new vocalist! His name is Marcus Carlén but his stage name is going to be Juggler. He’s an educated musician who used to be a guitarist but discovered his vocal talent only a few years ago. Juggler now works as a professional singer and does hotel shows among other things. If you can’t wait to hear him, check out his other band Cheap Superheroes where he’s one of two lead vocalists or his personal MySpace." More...
Every week we talk with bands all over the world as they share some of their favourite stories involving metal's answer to line dancing, the mosh pit. This week, Seregon frontman James Moore told us of a new use for shoes.
"We played a show in Bristol and everyone was going apeshit, broken glass, faces, bodies and shoes flying around etc. I see one guy who gets shoved so hard he flys into the wall and his arm smashes through several pint glasses and heads straight back into the pit fist in the air with blood pissing out of his arm. The same pit with shoes flying around, one guy who is walking around pumping his fist in the air catches a shoe, then starts hitting people with the shoe all around him and then concentrates on the bloodied thrasher, quite simply the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen!"
Check back every Tuesday for more tales from the pit.
Wollongong based progressive metal/rock band The Sacred Truth has posted a band update on their album recording and upcoming live show:
"The EP was part one of a concept story about an unnamed character beset by tragic events and his eventual downward spiral into depression and darkness. Now, the album will essentially be 'part two' a sequel which will tie the storyline together and have listeners intrigued form start to finish.
"Although very challenging, the idea of writing an album in the vein of great artists such as Pink Floyd who released the concept albums The Wall and Dark Side Of The Moon is a very rewarding experience and will hopefully give the listener an opportunity to connect with the charecter and follow the story somewhat like you would reading a novel or watching a movie."
11th Feb 2010
The Sacred Truth @ The Oxford Tavern, Wollongong
w/ Helm and Mind At Large
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $10.
For more information and to check out some of the band's music, visit their MySpace page.
New Jersey progressive death metal outfit THE BINARY CODE are currently on tour with Relapse tech-thrashers Revocation and French experimentalists Hypno5e on the 2010 Metal As Art Tour, and took some time out of their hectic schedule to check in from the road.
Guitarist Jesse Zuretti writes, “We've just rounded the turnpoint to begin our trek back east! From the very start of tour we knew we were going to have a good time."
"As I'm sure some of you may have heard, we were in a pretty bad van accident just a few days into the tour. The guy whom hit us was found responsible in full for the accident, and rightfully so. Nevertheless, our drummer, Umar (along with our wizardly manager), pulled it together and found a way for us to continue the tour in a minivan rental. If I might add, we also would've been homebound if it weren't for Hypno5e and Revocation sharing gear and stow space." More...
Guitarist Silenoz of Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR recently spoke to U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2007's In Sorte Diaboli.
"The words that come to mind, if we should even try and attempt at describing (the new material) at this point, would be something like: grand, huge, epic and primal," he said. "It has this eerie and haunting feel to it. Atmosphere and ambience!
He continued, "It's hard to say anything distinct or speak objectively about the new material when you're in the middle of the writing process — we're too close to it at this stage — but we'd be lying if we said it's not good. We're very confident in the new material and we believe it'll raise a few eyebrows. We might even have to trim our own!"
Regarding why the wait between albums seems to be getting longer for DIMMU BORGIR, Silenoz said, "Because we want the next album to be a better and stronger one. We're more critical of each process and we take the time it needs. Quality is, at the end of the day, in the eye of the beholder, but once we start rushing things, like trying to write music while on tour to speed things up — forget about it. We've tried it before and it didn't work. We focus 110 percent on one thing at a time. Plus, if we'd release an album every year, where would the expectation be? Where would the excitement be?"