Metal News for February 2, 2011
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45 news articles posted on this day.
New York City hardcore act Madball and MetalInjection.net have just posted the brand new music video for the song "All or Nothing," which is cut from the band’s 2010 release, "Empire." You can check out the clip below. The filming took place in NYC’s lower east side and at Southpaw in Brooklyn on Friday, November 26th. The video was edited and directed by Michael Distelkamp, with co-direction by Freddy Cricien for Black N’ Blue Productions in association with Convoy Films.
Dutch metal act Massive Assault recenlty announced the band had finished the mixing process for the band's upcoming MCD "Slayer." Massive Assault has also now posted the cover artwork online for the release, which can be viewed here. A video clip of Massive Assault performing a new song from "Slayer" can be viewed below.
Finnish progressive death metal act Barren Earth has issued the following announcement about the band's Tulsa tour date being canceled due to weather conditions:
"Damned weather! It looks like tomorrow's show in Tulsa, Oklahoma is being canceled because of the harsh conditions the blizzard is bringing. The way from Louisville to Tulsa is just too dangerous and the roads are closed. We'll be back soon!"
Barren Earth also recently posted a tour blog online from the band's North American shows, which can be found here.
Finnish melodic metal act Omnium Gatherum is in the process of dropping the new opus "New World Shadows," which is the follow-up to the band's previous album "The Redshift." Solidifying the album's place in Finnish metal history, "New World Shadows" features guest spots from Niilo Sevänen of Insomnium and the legendary Dan Swano.
Omnium Gatherum guitar player Markus Vanhala filled me in on the band signing to Lifeforce Records for the new album release, the band's prog rock influences, and an upcoming string of tour dates in Europe with Rotting Christ. More...
Born of Osiris has announced that the band's new album "The Discovery" is set for a March 22nd release and the new track, “Follow The Signs,” is available exclusively at iTunes here. The new album's artwork can also be viewed through the band's MySpace profile at this location.
Lee McKinney (guitars) states: "The track, 'Follow The Signs' is a song we've done a lot of experimenting with. We recorded it a couple different times, once in demo form with Misha Mansoor of Periphery, and once again on The Discovery. This version has a different structure than we originally planned for, but we like the way it has progressed. It's one of the more straight forward songs on the album, and the ending gives an idea of how we've stepped up the guitar work for this effort. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. Enjoy."
Clandestine is set to drop the new album "The Invalid" on February 15th, 2011. In support of the new album, Clandestine has posted a music video online for the song "Disappear In You" through Metalinjection.net. You can check out the clip below.
BrooklynVegan has posted a brand new track from Weedeater's upcoming new full-length "Jason... The Dragon" for the public's recreational enjoyment. The new song "Mancoon" can be heard at this location. "Jason... The Dragon" will be unleashed on March 15, 2011 via Southern Lord Recordings. The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:
2/18/2011 Soapbox - Wilmington, NC w/ ASG
2/19/2011 Casbah @ Tremont - Charlotte, NC w/ ASG
2/20/2011 Casbah - Durham, NC w/ ASG
2/21/2011 Strange Matter - Richmond VA, w/ ASG
2/22/2011 Sonar - Baltimore, MD w/ ASG
2/23/2011 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA w/ ASG
2/24/2011 Santos Party House - New York, NY w/ ASG
2/25/2011 The Met - Pawtucket, RI w/ ASG
2/26/2011 Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
2/27/2011 Wreck Room - Toronto, ON
2/28/2011 Magic Stick - Detroit, MI w/ Zoroaster
3/01/2011 Abbey Pub - Chicago, IL w/ Zoroaster
3/02/2011 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN w/ Zoroaster
3/03/2011 Jackpot - Lawrence, KS w/ Zoroaster
3/04/2011 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO w/ Zoroaster
3/05/2011 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Zoroaster
3/06/2011 Shredder - Boise, ID w/ Zoroaster
3/07/2011 Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ Zoroaster
3/08/2011 Rotture - Portland, OR w/ Zoroaster
3/10/2011 Café Coda - Chico, CA w/ Zoroaster
3/11/2011 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA w/ Zoroaster
3/12/2011 Ruby Room - San Diego, CA w/ Zoroaster
3/13/2011 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
3/14/2011 Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ w/ Zoroaster, Wildildlife
3/15/2011 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Zoroaster
3/18/2011 SXSW @ Dirty Dog - Austin, TX
3/19/2011 Korova - San Antonio, TX w/ Zoroaster
3/20/2011 Siberia - New Orleans, LA w/ Zoroaster
3/21/2011 Newby's Too - Panama City Beach, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/22/2011 Orpheum - Tampa, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/23/2011 Backbooth - Orlando, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/24/2011 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/ Zoroaster
3/25/2011 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC w/ Zoroaster
3/26/2011 The Jinx - Savannah, GA w/ Zoroaster
The Daily Rock has posted a video interview online with Straight Line Stich vocalist Alexis Brown, which was conducted before the band’s show at The House Of Blues in Chicago, IL. You can check out the clip below.
Tesseract is set to release the new album "One" on March 22nd, 2011 through Century Media Records. The band also just returned from a 2nd trip to India, where the group played for thousands at Springfest. You can check out footage from Tesseract's trek to India below.
Dutch act Toxocara has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer and recording a new album:
"We are pleased to announce that we can welcome William Vlierman to our (black) Regiment! Romeo Gerrits couldn’t combine Toxocara with his nowadays activities, so he decided to leave Toxocara. We wish him all the best in the future and thank him for his effort!
"William has been the drummer for the Dutch Thrash/Death metal bands Altar and I.N.R.I. for years and also drums for Visionary666. His first hammering facts will be heard on the next Toxocara CD. We will start recording in April this year. The CD will again be released through Twilight-Vertrieb."
Some of the announced song titles are as follows:
Confessions of The Black Regiment
Holodomor (Massacre and disembodiment of the Ukraine Population)
The Chinese Chronicles
Towards The Perpetual Labyrinth
Tougher Than All Men (All shall Fail)
Canadian heavy metal Cauldron has stormed into the world of Rock Band with a new track, "All Or Nothing," which is available to download now for Xbox 360. Cauldron is preparing for the release of the band's new album "Burning Fortune," which hits stores on February 14th in Europe and February 15th in North America.
Hear and play along to the brand new track before the album's release by heading to the official page on the Rock Band Network at this location. Cauldron also has the following upcoming live shows:
Feb. 11 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee's
Feb. 12 - St. Catharines, ON - Mikado's
Feb. 18 - Ottawa, ON - Maverick's
Feb. 19 - Montreal, QC - Katacombes
Feb. 24 - Quebec, QC - Scanner Club
Feb. 25 - Moncton, NB - The Manhattan
Feb. 26 - Dartmouth, NS - CD Heaven (early in-store show)
Feb. 26 - Halifax, NS - Gus' Pub
Feb. 28 - Fredericton, NB - The Capital
Australian act Pegazus has announced the new album "In Metal We Trust" will be released on April 15th, 2011 through Black Leather Records. The band is now streaming samples of the new songs "Road Warrior" and "Haunting Me" online, which can be heard here.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Metal Messiah
2. Road Warrior
3. Old Skool Metal Dayz
4. We Live To Rock
5. Haunting Me
6. Eye For An Eye
7. Ghost Rider
8. Metal Gods
9. End Of The World
10. Death Or Glory
11. Old Skool Metal Dayz
Los Angeles traditional metal act White Wizzard has announced the return of vocalist Wyatt Anderson. Affectionately known as "The Screamin' Demon," Anderson previously appeared on the band's sophomore release, "Over The Top" and has rejoined the band as the full-time front man. He replaces Peter Ellis, whose U.S. visa issues prevented him from participating in any long term recording or touring plans. Wyatt Anderson is currently recording vocals for the band's next release and will be a part of the band's 2011 world tour.
Jon Leon commented on the reunion: "I am happy to announce that vocalist Wyatt Anderson has rejoined White Wizzard. I want to first and foremost thank Peter Ellis for giving us his all during the last few months. He is a great guy and we wish him all the best. I am sure he will find a great band and he will always be a part of us.
"In the end Wyatt and I were able to find a way to make it work. It is what the fans have asked for as well. We know we had something special with Wyatt singing and myself writing, and we want to progress on that chemistry and keep moving forward. We found a way to work around some obstacles so we can pick up where we left off. Over the Top was an album we are both proud of. We are now recording the follow up due out early summer. We plan massive touring in 2011 as well. Thanks to our fans and I am proud and happy to say the screamin' demon is back."
Here is a statement from "The Screamin' Demon" himself:
"Sometimes, people have to take a step back to gain perspective of their lives. That's what I did. I didn't see myself getting what I had always wanted out of a band at the level that White Wizzard was. I didn't like being told what to do, not realizing that it was not only for the benefit of the band, but also for my benefit. Once I had stepped back, though, I began to see that I WAS getting what I had always wanted, it was just coming at a slower rate than what I had expected. Most people who dream of being in a professional band, spend their lives in pursuit of that dream, and never even come close; and I had just given it up. Fortunately, there is a silver lining to this story. White Wizzard and I have reconciled our differences, and I am proud to say that I will once again be handling the vocal duties. This is going to be an exciting time for all in the White Wizzard camp, and I look forward to seeing all of you fans out there once again."
Waylander has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio in July:
"Greetings all, it's been a while but hopefully this update won't disappoint. We've managed to survive the ice and snow putting our energies into the creation of the new songs, which are ticking along nicely. We have decided to entitle the new album, Kindred Spirits. It will contain 8 or 9 songs and will be recorded in Foel Studios in Wales on the first 2 weeks of July. The likes of Napalm Death, Electric Wizard and Primordial have recorded albums there so we're more than pleased with our choice. The studio is set amid stunning scenery and is owned by Dave Anderson [Hawkwind]. With several of us being big Hawkwind fans, well, you can say we're a touch on the excited side.
"Once again, Listenable will release the album, some time around November is the plan. We're talking with a few tour promoters so hopefully we'll get something booked and give you all the chance to experience us in the live arena. Again, I call for anyone who is a promoter, knows a promoter or even has a contact for a promoter to send us a message. We're determined to play in as many places and as often as we can manage with this album but as we represent ourselves, it isn't always easy.
"A touch of sad news to finish. This will be Hugh's last album with us as he's moving to London to attend music college which begins in September. He will continue to write and record with us until we enter Foel and hopefully we'll organize a farewell gig for him before he leaves for college.
"So, we need a replacement and are accepting applications now, Please no time wasters. Drop me a line at email@example.com The much delayed Honour Amongst Chaos shirts are getting closer. I will put it up here just as soon as they're ready. That's all for now, take care all."
Ontario, Canada based act My Shadow has issued the following announcement about returning to the stage for a live performance in March:
"March 23rd, Rainbow, Ottawa, Ontario. It's official, My Shadow will be back on stage on March 23rd at The Rainbow in Ottawa. We are really happy to share the stage with Chariots of the Gods. Those guys are freaking good and we couldn't be more proud to do this long overdue show with them. Be there! Be loud!"
You can also check out My Shadow's music through the band's official MySpace profile.
Swiss band Omophagia has issued the following announcement about the release date for the band's debut album:
"It is my big pleasure to officially announce the release-date of our debut album Guilt By Nescience. The release party will take place on 14 May 2011 at the i45 in Zug. Moreover, we have the great pleasure to announce that Carnal Decay will release their forthcoming album the same evening. But this is not the whole story: Not only will Disavowed (NL) headline this show but also will we be supported by Arkhan (CH) and Mastication Of Brutality Uncontrolled (DE)!
"We feel honored to have the opportunity to release our first album with such talented and well-known artists. Already now, we’re craving for this to happen! Thanks to MehSuff who will organize everything!
"In the meantime, we will do the finishing of the recordings, artwork and new merch. The Hertz studio is booked for march. They will do the mixing and mastering for us, and the artwork and merch is almost completed. So, everything is on schedule in order to be ready for the 14 May.
"We did two gigs with our drummer Lehmä since he has returned from Singapore. He did an amazing job at this two concerts, especially if you respect that he weren't able to practice on real drums for about a half a year. It feels really good to have our good friend back in the band and that we are looking forward to playing many upcoming shows together again.
"By the way, we have updated our photo gallery. You can have a look at it at here. We will add more pictures soon, for example those of our gig from yesterday. In this spirit, have a good weekend and we will see us on 14 May 2011 at i45 in Zug (don't miss that!!!)."
Swedish occult rock outfit Graveyard has announced the band will be revealing the artwork for the new album "Hisingen Blues" in stages. Graveyard has now revealed the second part of the cover artwork, which can be viewed here.
"Hisingen Blues" is set to be released March 25, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. The 7“ picture vinyl single of "Hisingen Blues" (including the non-album track "Granny And Davis") will be out February 25, 2011. You can check out the title track at the bands official MySpace profile here.
Guitarist/vocalist Brian Gamblin of Canada's Titan's Eve has checked in with the following comments on the release of the band's new album and upcoming tour dates:
"How the hell is everyone doin! I want to say thank you to everyone for listening to our tunes and all the amazing reviews!
"The response to our debut album has been a great honor for us. We are currently booking 4 tours and they will be up soon! We got 2 tours of Canada for the spring and then in August we are touring the bad ass lands of the United States for 5 weeks! we are also embarking on a 1 month tour of south America in December. This is just a small taste of what is to come, we are going to have another Album for you all this summer and If you liked The Divine Equal than this is going to blow your mind.
"Metal to us is beyond sacred and we are so humbled that the metal community has taken Titans Eve in. Thank you all very much."
Available for the first time in North America as non-imports, Sabaton’s first four full-length albums will be re-issued by Nuclear Blast on April 14th, 2011. 2007’s "Metalizer (Re-Armed)," will include four bonus tracks (one live track, a demo track, and a Judas Priest cover) plus a bonus CD of the complete demo track collection for band’s first recording effort, Fist For Fight.
Sabaton bassist Pär Sundström commented on the album:
“When we recorded Metalizer, we had some songs that were written in the studio. ‘7734’ was one of them. The song is basically a hymn about the battle of metalheads which are - in the beginning - few in number and they finally become 7,734. We saw the number written on a calculator upside down which spelled ‘HELL,’ so we named it that way. Also during the recording sessions for Metalizer, we were asked to do a few cover songs. We did (amongst a few others) the cover of Judas Priest’s ‘Jawbreaker,’ which was one of the songs we felt we could do well and still keep the original touch of it. The day before we entered the studio to start recording ‘Fist For Fight,’ I remember sitting at Joakim’s place and having some beers. That evening, the song ‘Hellrider’ was written simply by chance since it was not intended to be recorded. ‘Hellrider’ then became a standing song in all the future live sets of SABATON and even today, we play it.”
The track listing for Metalizer (Re-Armed) is as follows:
5. Burn Your Crosses
7. Endless Nights
8. Hail To The King
11. Masters Of The World More...
In black metal, an album involving themes of religion is about as original as lyrics about Satanism and corpse paint. However, The Meads Of Asphodel brings an intelligent perspective to the life of Jesus Christ with “The Murder Of Jesus The Jew" (reviewed here). A title that is surrounded by music that is far from linear, incorporating everything from Broadway-style interludes to lengthy instrumentals to infectious acoustic numbers. It’s off-putting, guaranteed to offend many people, and is one of the best albums to come from the genre in years.
I recently had the pleasure of talking to frontman Metatron in late January about the amount of research involved in such a lofty concept, his views on religion, and the possibility of live shows in the future. We spoke for almost an hour and much of it is presented here. It’s lengthy, but worth the read for those that want a little more insight into not only “The Murder Of Jesus The Jew,” but the man behind its lyrical creation. Trust me though; this interview isn’t for the faint of heart or those that put their beliefs into any religious body. More...
LastDayHere has posted a music video online for the song "This Time," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"The puzzle is complete From Pieces Created developed the story we never knew it's out there - this journey that started years ago, when we released our 1st album. We met so many wonderful people that shared their stories with us. And now we realize that behind every door is a story and we learned that how strongly the music can connect all those together. Throughout our music we told our story. And we are completing From Pieces Created with this last piece - the video for the song 'This Time!'
"After Saved From Falling and Hide, we are proudly presenting This Time to you all! Thank you all for being our inspiration and to write the LastDayHere story with us. We are looking forward to opening new chapters."
Romanian act Era Decay is currently streaming the band's new "Deathtrap" EP online. You can check out the tracks from the EP at this location. The track listing is as follows:
6. World's Decay
Slovenian metallers Bleeding Fist have checked in with the following announcement about posting the cover artwork online for the band's new album:
"Here you can see the reveled front cover artwork from the upcoming hymn of the insane entitled Devil's Ferox which will be released on May 31, 2011! The original artwork is work of Imperial Sickness; the final cover make-over is work of Infernal K."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Monuments Desecration
2. Devil’s Ferox
3. Force the Dead to Confess
4. Pillars of Black Enlightenment
5. Black and Violet (Death SS tribute)
Finnish act Kypck has issued the following update about streaming another song online from the band's new album:
"Another song from Nizhe now online! The music player of Kypck's Myspace has just been updated with another full sample song from the new album Nizhe. The song is Chuzhoi (Stranger). We hope you'll like it friends!"
Kypck also recently announced a string of Russian and Finnish club shows. You can find details on the shows here.
Vocalist Einar Solberg of Norwegian act Leprous has issued the following announcement about the group acting as solo artist Ihsahn's backing band in Japan:
"Leprous and Ihsahn to play in Japan for the very first time! We're very proud to announce that Leprous will visit Japan in May! We'll perform at the Kabuto Metal Festival first in Osaka, Japan on May 21st 2011 and then the following day in Tokyo, Japan. Also on the same two days, Leprous will be performing at the same festival as the backing band for Ihsahn."
Leprous also recently began recording a follow-up album to the band's 2009 release "Tall Poppy Syndrome."
Kampfar's new album "Mare" was produced by Peter Tägtgren at the Abyss Studio and is set for release through Nuclear Blast on March 25th in Europe and April 5th in North America. The band has now announced that a limited edition vinyl version of "Mare" will be released as well.
The white vinyl edition of the new album will be released through Nuclear Blast on March 25th, 2011. The cover artwork of the release, which will be limited to 150 copies, can be heard at this location.
Lyon, France based act Flashfalcon has announced the "Voracious Appetite, Venomous Bite" release will be reissued in February 2011 by Deadlight Entertainment. “Voracious Appetite Venomous Bite” was initially released on Nicotine Records (Ashtones).
The album contains 12 tracks recorded at Rock On Studio by Johnny Cat and mastered at Studio DOC by Glenn Robinson (AC/DC, Ramones, Iggy Pop). You can check out samples from the album available for streaming at this location.
Adam Darski, best known to his fans as "Nergal," the frontman of Polish blackened death metal outfit Behemoth, has been forced to return to the hospital as a result of an infection.
"The patient was taken to hospital again because he did not take care of himself," Dr. Maria Bieniaszewska, assistant professor in the Department of Hematology at Uniwersyteckie Centrum Kliniczne (UCK) in Gdansk, told Polish site Fakt.pl.
It is not known whether the infection will affect the adoption of a bone marrow transplant. This procedure took place in late December and it's unclear how long Nergal will now have to stay in hospital. In his condition, when the immune system is weakened, such infections may even threaten life.
Bassist Martin Schulman of Swedish death metal band Demonical has issued the following update about appearing at an upcoming festival in India:
"It is with great delight we can announce that Demonical will hit the Underground Unleashed Festival 2011 in Darjeeling, India, on Friday 30 September.
"The festival will be followed by additional massacres in India, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore under the 'Asian Death Infernal' banner."
Rebellion recently announced plans to continue one as a band after parting ways with three members. The group has now issued the following update about recruiting a new guitarist:
"Rebellion with new guitarist! After three members left the band last December, now a replacement for ex-guitarist Uwe Lulis has been found! The new one is Oliver Geibig, who already produced the album Born A Rebel for the band and has been playing for years along with Tomi Göttlich in the Hard Rock band The Magic of Radio and Schlammbein.
"To get to know him, questions can be asked for a first small interview on www.rebellion.st! Currently, Rebellion are looking for a further guitarist and a drummer to complete the line up once again."
Nightfall has announced it will be supporting Cradle of Filth live on April 8th at the Fuzz Club in Athens. Member Efthimis Karadimas has commented on the upcoming performance:
"It's been a long time since our last show. It is a great chance to perform our latest release Astron Black & the Thirty Tyrants (Metal Blade records) live from start to end. It’s gonna be like a concept appearance in the spirit of ancient Greek tragedy play. I am glad that the promoters accepted it without pushing for more time on stage. At this moment it is important to present this very album without any references to the older stuff and it would be impossible to do if we had to play alone. After all, Astron Black & the Thirty Tyrants is the reason why Nightfall are here right now."
Additional details on the show can be found here.
After a handful of self-released EP’s and a couple of East Coast tours, Lancaster PA's March to Victory is preparing for the release of their Born of Chaos Records debut. Due out February 22th, the album “Frostburg 666” is "a seamless blend of death metal, black metal, and thrash," according to the label.
The band is also preparing to embark on a U.S. tour this summer. More details are to be announced.
Rev Theory, whose "Loaded Gun" webisode we premiered yesterday, has also recently released a new webisode that documents the recording of their song "The Fire." The song is featured on the band's forthcoming album "Justice," which hits stores on February 15th. "The whole premise behind 'The Fire' is kind of about a twisted relationship", remarked bassist Matty McCloskey when asked about the meaning of "The Fire."
Lead Guitarist Rikki Lixx talks about the recording process, "We just spent most of the day recording drum tracks for 'The Fire.' We did about 100 takes, but it came out and things are looking good."
Serbian extreme metal act Bane has announced the following dates for its forthcoming European tour.
3/02 - Club AG - Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina
3/03 - Club Akademija - Belgrade, Serbia
3/04 - Club Roland Garros - Cluj Napoca, Romania
3/05 - The Cage Club - Bucharest, Romania
3/06 - Usmivka Bar - Varna, Bulgaria
3/07 - Elias Canetti Hall - Ruse, Bulgaria
3/08 - The Box Club - Sofia, Bulgaria
3/09 - Seven Sins Club - Athens, Greece
3/10 - Club Castro - Skopje, Macedonia
3/11 - Club Route 66 - Novi Sad, Serbia
3/12 - Club Infinity - Kikinda, Serbia
American deathcore act Upon A Burning Body has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headline tour of the United States. Support on the trek will come from The Color Morale, I The Breather and Like Moths To Flames. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
04/19 Farmington, NM – Top Deck
04/21 Amarillo, TX – Midnight Rodeo
04/22 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
04/23 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music
04/24 Pratville, AL – The Blue Iguana Bar
04/25 Tampa, FL – Orpheum
04/26 Pompano Beach, FL – Rocketown
04/27 Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits
04/29 Altoona, PA – The Archway Center
04/30 Lemoyne, PA – The Championship
05/02 Allentown, PA – Crocodile Rock
05/03 Pittsburgh, PA – Club AE
05/04 Toledo, OH – Frankie’s Inner City
05/05 Grand Rapids, MI – MXTP
05/06 Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre
05/07 Joliet, IL – Mojoes
American metalcore act Darkest Hour has posted some behind the scenes footage from the studio online. The band is preparing to release its new album, titled "The Human Romance," on February 22, 2011 through E1 Entertainment. You can view the short teaser clip below:
Las Vegas deathcore act Molotov Solution has posted the following video update online from the band's time in the recording studio working on new material:
French Canadian technical death metal act Neuraxis has posted another new song online taken from its forthcoming full length album. The song, titled "Savior And Destroyer," is from the album "Asylon" which will see its release on February 15, 2011 through Prosthetic Records. You can access a stream of the new song through the Bravewords official website. You can view the album's tracklisting below:
3. Savior And Destroyer
4. By The Flesh
10. Left To Devour
American/British supergroup Orbs have announced dates for their second ever tour together as a band. Orbs features members of Between the Buried and Me, Cradle of Filth, Fear Before the March of Flames (aka Fear Before), and Abigail Williams. You can view the band's forthcoming tour dates below:
03/15 Wichita, KS – Oz Cafe
03/16 Tulsa, OK – The Marquee
03/18 Houston, TX – The Studio (feat. Enter Shikari)
03/20 San Antonio, TX – Korova
03/22 Mesa, AZ – The Underground
03/23 Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction
03/27 Seattle, WA – El Corazon
03/28 Spokane, WA – The A Club Ballroom
03/30 Boise, ID – The Venue
03/31 Salt Lake City, UT – Club Vegas
04/01 Greeley, CO – The Atlas Theater
04/02 Boulder, CO – Club 156
India based death metal act Exhumation has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The new album, titled "Consider This," will be released as a free download at this location starting on March 7, 2011. The album's tracklisting is as follows:
1. All That Is
2. Blood-Drenched Flags
3. Black Plague
4. Worship Thyself
5. Consider This
6. Hell Forbid
7. Absolute Power Now
8. Alpha Omega
Nightwish keyboardist/songwriter Tuomas Holopainen has posted the following update online:
"In the excitement of Yuletide magic I wrote there would be secrets revealed at the end of January. There are big things happening within and around the Nightwish camp but the Big Boys and Bosses just sent me an ultimatum to keep my mouth shut for a couple more months, or I would wake up with a horse's head in my bed.
"I truly am very sorry about needing to keep future plans and sights still in secrecy. The purpose is not to annoy anybody or cause a carefully planned hype over the matter. Due to the changes in the schedule, things will be revealed later during the spring. The recordings continue.
"I'm off to E-Major Studios next weekend to put together all the files for the orchestral and choir sessions in London. I'm in daily contact with Mr. Pip Williams, going over the arrangements and new ideas for the songs. The demos he has sent me sound simply otherworldly! Beautiful, twisted, tribal and cinematic stuff. And with a theme album coming up, the mood changes seem to be more present than ever before.
"Yup, it still is the Burton-Gaiman-Dali — amusement park we are about to enter. More coming up once the mobsters grant me permission."
Funeral doom metal act Colosseum has announced the release of its third and final album, titled "Chapter 3: Parasomnia," on March 25, 2011. The album is being released in honor of the band's vocalist, Juhani Palomaki, who passed away only a few weeks after the album recordings were completed.
Here is the "Chapter 3: Parasomnia" track listing:
1. Dilapidation and Death
2. Questioning Existence
3. Passage To Eternity
4. On The Strand Of Nightmares
The full list of bands and dates for which they will appear has been announced for the forthcoming New England Metal And Hardcore Festival. The 2011 edition of the event is set to take place between Thursday April 14, Friday April 15, and Saturday April 16 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachussets. The festival lineup is as follows:
Thursday, April 14:
OUR LAST NIGHT
STRAY FROM THE PATH
ARSONISTS GET ALL THE GIRLS
BULLET FOR PRETTY BOY
ARMOR FOR THE BROKEN
THIS OR THE APOCALYPSE
I THE BREATHER
ACROSS THE SUN
TOO LATE THE HERO
A PLEA FOR PURGING
THE CRIMSON ARMADA
Chris Adler of Richmond, Virginia metal act Lamb of God has announced that he will be taking part in a U.S. drum clinic tour. The tour is being sponsored by Mapex and will feature Adler performing exclusively on Mapex's newly released Black Panther "Blaster" drum set. The dates for the drum clinic tour can be viewed below:
Feb. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT - Backbeats Drum Shop
Mar. 02 - Bellevue, WA - Donn Bennett Drum Studio
Mar. 03 - Fresno, CA - Bentley’s Drum Shop
Mar. 06 - San Antonio, TX - Jeff Ryder Drum Shop
Mar. 07 - Nashville, TN - Forks Drum Closet
Mar. 08 - Kansas City, MO - Explorers Percussion
Mar. 09 - Memphis, TN - Memphis Drum Shop
Mar. 10 - Kenner, LA - Ray Fransen Drum Shop
Mar. 14 - Plainview, NY - Original Long Island Drum Center
Mar. 15 - Portland, ME - Drum Shop
Mar. 16 - Hollywood, FL - Resurrection Drums
Swiss hard rock veterans Gotthard have announced that they plan on continuing the band, following the tragic death of Steve Lee. A statement posted online states:
"After the tragic accident of our friend and singer Steve Lee, who died October, 5 2010 in the USA, we withdrew ourselves until after the new year and took a break. Now we are back again with plans for the future and a difficult task to fulfill. After the very emotional days after Steve's death, it was important for us to first of all try and cope with the pain, give it a place to rest and find ourselves again. And so we sat down in the new year and tried to look at the new situation 'soberly.' It was obvious to all of us very quickly that we had to go on — Gotthard is not a job for us, Gotthard IS OUR LIFE!!
"Of course it can only go on if we are lucky to find the right guy. We're not only searching for a voice which can bring our songs alive again…. we are looking much more for a singer who also humanly fits with us — with the Gotthard family! For all of us it's a big challenge and it will not be easy at all. But we have good faith and we do what we do best — make music!
"A big thank you to all the fans. Your concern, cards, e-mails and entries in the guestbook have given us the supporting power to deal with what has happened better and to gather new courage for the future."