Metal News for February 20, 2010
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26 news articles posted on this day.
Atlanta metal band Halcyon Way have confirmed tour plans with Fozzy in the UK in May 2010.
The tour will have the band performing four shows over three days in Scotland and England. The last day will feature a 2:00pm matinee and a 7:00pm evening show.
May 13 – Glasgow – Cathouse
May 14 – Nottingham – Rock City Basement
May 15 – London – The Relentless Garage (2 shows!)
“We’re big fans of the Fozzy and Stuck Mojo guys, so we’re really excited about hitting the road with them,” said lead guitarist Jon Bodan. Guitarist Zane Matthews agrees, “This is a huge opportunity for us to take our music to a bunch of new fans and branch out to the overseas market!” More...
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Wormhole Death Records recently announced the signing of The Conflitto. The band will enter the studio on May the 17th and the release is set for October 2010.
The band stated: "After five years spent actively in the scene, shared the stage with La Crisi, strength Approach and many more and 2 self-produced EPs we are proud to annunce that we are about to record our first full-lenght album with the indipendent label Worm Hole Death. The work will be called "Dusk Over The Nations," and will contain ten powerful songs of furious and experimental post-hardcore, inspired by bands as Refused, Converge, Dillinger Escape Plan, with many influences, rock fragments, instrumental doom/noise reflections and a real hardcore attitude. Our concept is about war, love, television, the end of human relationship in this no-tomorrow world."
Swedish hardcore metal band Misconduct has announced their signing to I Scream Records. the label comments, "We're excited to welcome Misconduct to our ever growing roster. Their new record 'One Step Closer' will be released this spring right before they'll be kicking off their European tour."
North Carolina thrash metal band Blatant Disarray has announced their signing to Tribunal Records. The band will release their new album, "Everyone Dies Alone," which was produced by John Custer and mixed and mastered by Jamie King, on March 16th. Tribunal Records will release "Everyone Dies Alone" online and on a CD, which will contain three bonus tracks not available on the digital release.
The tracklisting for "Everyone Dies Alone" [cover art] is as follows:
02. Down & Out
07. A Righteous Rant
08. Eye Fortune
10. Everyone Dies Alone
BONUS TRACKS (CD ONLY)
11. Nine Days Wonder
12. Number One Disaster
German metal band Eisregen has revealed a tenative tracklisting for their new album, "Schlangensonne," (or "Serpent Sun") , which is as follows:
02. Blute aus
04. Tod senkt sich herab
05. Auf ewig Ostfront
06. Das Allerschlimmste
09. Ernte den Untergang
10. Kai aus der Kiste
Ravens Creed has issued the following studio update:
"Jay and myself went through the songs we have been recording at TENKO for the second album (A conspiracy of...) that will be issued by the mighty Doomentia records once again. The tracks we have chosen are:
'Raped By The Graveyard'
'Five Witches Of Nine'
'Shoot The Wounded'
'The Wires Will Kill You'
'Kick To Kill'
'Unleash The Ratbashers'
'Taint The Robe With Torpid Feculence'"
"The album will be recorded by The Moot Group studios in Nottingham (same as Albion Thunder) by Johnny Carter and Paul Yeadon."
"We still need to secure a vocalist. the post is open to all, if you think you can do it, let us know."
Adagio has announced that Swedish singer Mats Levén (Ex Malmsteen/Thérion) will join Adagio for their upcoming European tour in support to Kamelot.
Stéphan comments, "Mats is an incredible singer and performer, with a tremendous technique. His unique tone, both aggressive and melodic, fits Adagio's music wondefully. So, we're very much looking forward to meeting all of you guys next month on the tour with Kamelot.....We're fuckin' impatient to share a dark musical moment with you!"
Polish black metal band Devilish Impressions has issued the following update regarding their new lineup:
"It's been quite a while since we've posted some news down here... Wonder why?... Simply because there wasn't really much to write about. Over the last year the band had been going through some shitty things such as tours' cancellations as well as subsequent line-up changes. It's time to announce now not only Cultus but also Turquoissa is no longer a part of Devilish Impressions. It has to be said, her commitment to the band's crusade was never a question yet for certain reasons it just wouldn't have worked that way any longer. Handling the bass duties was given to VRAATH while the synthesizers will be taken over by Quazarre in co-operation with other artists... Present line-up as follow: Quazarre - vocals/guitar/synth, Armers - guitar, Vraath - bass, Icanraz - drums." More...
Gene Hoglan’s drumming style adds a distinctive intricacy and complexity to Fear Factory, already evident in his other seminal collaborations: Strapping Young Lad, Dark Angel, Death and Testament. The ever-present irony and humour of Hoglan’s style is reflected in his playing on the recorded albums of Dethklok from the series Metalocalypse, The intensity of Hoglan’s drumming is buttressed by the constancy and accuracy of his ferocious double kick rhythms, executed to blistering tempos. Touring Australia with Fear Factory, Hoglan reflects on the early influence of Slayer, working with Devin Townsend, blast beats and the satirical element of metal. More...
Dubai-based promoter Center Stage Management (CSM) has announced they will not be organizing any events in the United Arab Emirates in the year 2010. The annual festivals, which include, Desert Rock, Desert Rhythm, Urban Desert & Back 2 School Festival, are postponed until further notice, in an effort to extend the reach of the company. The much-awaited and renowned Desert Rock Festival is usually held in March every year since its inception in 2004.
Jackie Wartanian, Managing Director, explains “this decision was not taken lightly and was well-thought-through with my team in my company’s best interest. It marks the beginning of a new era for CSM, a human-sized yet international entertainment-specialized company, which I’ve chosen to grow beyond UAE boundaries. I have focused uniquely on the Middle East in the past 10 years, which has positioned CSM to build a credible and reputable name; it’s now time to take it to another level. We’ve always taken pride in producing top-quality events which is why in order to develop my company in a professional manner (to equal its standards), we will to focus on our international projects and artist management, until further notice.”
German science fiction themed death metallers Mammutant have posted a video clip online of a live performance for the song "Warmonger," which is off their 2006 album "New World Disorder." The video clip can be viewed below.
U.K. thrashers Dyinise have checked in with the following update about parting ways with their guitarist and finishing a new demo album:
"Hi, Chris here. Just a quick check in to let you all know whats the latest with the band. most of our friends will know that Faz left about 3-4 weeks ago. We are still good friends and there's no bad feelings. He just decided that the band wasn't for him anymore. We've had a lot of interest from potentials but we just haven't found the right person to take on that second lead guitar sound we need. At the moment anyway.... So if you know any shredders (6 or 7 string) tell 'em to give us a call.
"Also you may know that we finished our 2nd demo cd and now were ready with the art, print and package to send the album of to the record companies. We had some really positive feed back from the last cd, So with this one being much finer recording, Heavier, more influences, we hope they may want to talk more.
"Some of you have asked us about the Slayer cover we said we were going to do, truth is we recorded it but it may be just one of those things you only get to hear if you get close and personal with the band. We haven't put it up for everyone to hear only as we didn't want to get involved in the legal/copyright stuff that's involved with doing a cover like that. Even with a man down were playing more and more gigs and even looking into doing a few shows London way."
Norwegian metallers Keep Of Kalessin have issued the following update about appearing on stamps made by the Norwegian Royal Mail:
"As one of the artists in Melodi Grand Prix 2010, the Norwegian Royal Mail has made stamps with Keep Of Kalessin on them. This is normally only done with the royal family or historic figures. The band got the official news and was also delivered the stamps at a small get-together in the home of Per Sundnes (the MGP host) on Friday February 5th with all the other MGP 2010 finalists. This is a big surprise and a huge step for metal in Norway."
Machines Of Grace has issued the following update about the band's upcoming activity:
"Hi Everyone - Just a quick update on what's happening in the world of Machines of Grace! Our drummer Jeff is gearing up for the first Trans Siberian Orchestra Spring tour, so we're looking at hitting the road this summer and fall when his TSO schedule is less demanding. As news develops on this, we'll keep you all posted.
"In the interim, we've got some cool stuff going on. We've signed a distribution deal with Loudtrax in Canada, so shortly the MOG CD will be available at most retail stores throughout Canada. We've also signed a deal with SAOL/CMM in Germany which will allow for distribution of our CD throughout all of Europe and the UK. As these companies push our music out, there will be a whole new wave of interviews and reviews to watch for. We also have something REALLY big in the works with one of the world's major guitar magazines, but it's a little too early to spill the beans on this one. Once it becomes official we'll let you all know so you can check it out.
"Speaking of magazines, Machines of Grace is featured in the current issue of 22nd Century Rock magazine, which is North America's #1 independent rock magazine. 22nd Century Rock did an interview with our vocalist Zak Stevens and gave us a 2 page spread right in the front of their magazine, which is available on news stands all over the place! More...
Vulcano has issued the following update about recruiting a new vocalist:
"It's with great pleasure that we would like to announce that Vulcano has now a new singer, our long-time friend : Luiz Carlos Louzada also known for his work with extreme bands such as Chemical Disaster, Repulsão Explicita, K.O.V., White Frogs, Hierarchical Punishment, Predatory, Preguh, Chaosmaster, etc. He also recorded the three bonus tracks for the reissue of the LIVE! album back in 1998. A true Brazilian legend indeed.
"Angel had to leave the band because of other priorities he has in his life. Thanks for all those years in Vulcano. We wish you the best, you deserve the best brother. European tour coming soon!!!"
Sample Vulcano tracks can be heard through their MySpace page.
Brazilian metallers Angra entered the Norcal Studios in São Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday, February 17th to record their upcoming full-length album. Angra has posted two video reports from the studio, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the videos:
"The whole composition and recording process of the new Angra album is being filmed, and these videos will be periodically released on the band's channel on YouTube. The first 2 chapters are already online, showing how was the pre-production and composition of the songs. You'll be able to hear first hand lots of samples from the new songs, so check them out! Right now the band is in the Norcal Studios, and drums are being recorded." More...
London metallers De Profundis are the latest band to be confirmed for the Infernal Damnation VII festival, which takes place at London's Camden Underworld on Saturday, April 24th, 2010. Other confirmed bands for the festival include: Ragnarok, Negura Bunget, Necro Ritual, Fen, Episode 13,The Way Of Purity, and Iceni. The promotional poster for the Infernal Damnation VII festival can be viewed here.
Florida power metallers Kamelot, who are currently in the studio recording a new full-length album, have issued the following update about appearing at the 2010 edition of the Tuska Festival:
"Kamelot is happy to announce that we will be seeing our Finnish friends in July, as we will be appearing at the Tuska Festival which runs from July 2nd - 4th, 2010! We will be joining such greats as Megadeth, Testament, Devin Townsend, Tarot - the list goes on and on - check out the Tuska web site for full details. Tickets go on sale March 1, 2010!"
Norwegian gothic metallers Theatre of Tragedy have announced their previously scheduled show in Madrid on March 19th has been moved to Bilbao at the Rock Star Club due to a decision by the Spanish promoter. Theatre of Tragedy's upcoming "Forever Is The World" tour dates are as follows:
06.03.2010 Stavanger, Folken (Nor)
12.03.2010 Berlin, K17 (GER)
13.03.2010 Sittard, Fenix (NL)
14.03.2010 London, Underworld (UK)
15.03.2010 Paris, La Scene Bastille (F)
16.03.2010 Frankfurt, Batschkapp (GER)
17.03.2010 Marseille, Le Poste À Galene (F)
18.03.2010 Barcelona, Salamandra (E)
19.03.2010 Bilbao, Rock Star (E)
20.03.2010 Lisbon, Cine Teatro Corroios (PT)
German metallers Disbelief have posted a series of photographs online from their recent "Hell Goes On Tour" trek with Lay Down Rotten and Gorilla Monsoon. The pictures can be found at this location. Disbelief are set to release their new album "Heal" on April 23rd, 2010. The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:
3/12 2010 MUSIC HALL Autohof Strohofer Geiselwind
3/20 2010 Deep Rock Festival Westhausen
6/12 2010 Chronical Moshers Fest REICHENBACH
8/13 2010 Devils Night Altenfelden Bei Linz (AT)
The Finnish power metal sextet Celesty has recruited Tony Turunen as their new lead vocalist.
"This feels awesome!" Tony admits. "This is a new and interesting challenge for me. I'm eagerly waiting to see what the future holds for me and the band."
Dozens of singers applied for the position, but in the end the decision was easy and unambiguous. "He's not only a great singer, but also a talented lead vocalist with a very powerful stage presence. Plus he's a great guy!" summarizes drummer and composer Jere Luokkamäki.
Celsty's search for a new vocalist began in December. Even if the band was sure who they wanted, the new vocalist had to wait for the confirmation until February. "A good friend of mine mentioned that Celesty was looking for a new lead vocalist. Since I had listened a lot to their latest album Vendetta, I decided to apply for the position." Tony explains. "Of course I hoped they'd choose me, but I was still surprised when the band invited me to meet them in a studio. Eventually I recorded vocals for three songs in January. After some time, which actually felt reeeaaally long, the band welcomed me to be their new singer."
"I feel positive about the future, and I already have lots of ideas for the band. I will do my best and be creative, both in the studio and during live shows. My expectations for the band are extremely high!" says Tony, whose first live show with Celesty will be in March.
From Ashes Rise, who broke up in 2005, has resurfaced in Portland with news of live dates to come.
In celebration of this news, From Ashes Rise and Jade Tree have unearthed a recording that demonstrates the band's renowned on-stage intensity at its apex. Recorded during the spring of 2005 in Los Angeles by Adam Lindsay-Smith, "Live Hell" features 13 of the band's best songs that capture From Ashes Rise in their prime.
"Live Hell" is a limited pressing of 500 and will be shipped from the Jade Tree eStore on 3/23. The first 75 customers will receive a free From Ashes Rise embroidered patch. An MP3 download of the album will be included with each LP.
The digital download is available today from Jade Tree only and from iTunes and digital music stores worldwide on 2/23.
The "Live Hell" tracklisting is as follows:
2. Hell in the Darkness
4. All in due time
6. The Noise
7. The Mandate
8. So say the wise
9. Moths to the Flame
10. The Final Goodbye
13. The Widow More...
Prosthetic Records has issued the following update about releasing a new album from Norwegian black metallers 1349:
"Prosthetic Records is proud to announce the release of the brand new album from Norwegian black metal legends 1349 in North America via an agreement with Indie Recordings. The new album, which promises a return to their more traditional raw, yet technical black metal sound, is slated for an April 27, 2010 release. In support of the yet to be titled record, the band will be supporting Cannibal Corpse in April and May along with Skeletonwitch and Lecherous Nocturne. (Note, 1349 are not on the last week of the tour; the following are only dates featuring 1349.) More information regarding the release, as well as 1349 headline dates will be announced in the coming weeks....."
1349's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
4/20 Firestone- Orlando, FL
4/21 Masquerade- Atlanta, GA
4/22 Volume 11 Tavern- Raleigh, NC
4/23 JAXX- Springfield, VA
4/24 Palladium (New England Metal Fest)- Worcester, MA
4/25 Crazy Donkey- Long Island, NY
4/27 Club Soda- Montreal, QC
4/28 Opera House- Toronto, OB
4/29 House of Blues- Chicago, IL
4/30 Eagles Club- Milwaukee, WI
5/1 Station 4- St. Paul, MN
5/2 Granada Theater- Lawrence, KS
5/3 Gothic Theatre- Denver, CO
5/5 Slim's- San Francisco, CA
5/6 House Of Blues- Los Angeles, CA
Kamelot has issued the following update from the recording studio:
"As Kamelot continues to finish their upcoming CD, the special guests are finishing their parts on the record. Simone Simons from the symphonic metal band 'Epica' recently recorded her vocal parts that will be featured on Kamelot's forthcoming CD. Simone joins Kamelot vocalist Khan on the band's newest ballad 'House On A Hill' as well the title track of the band's new album. More special guests to be announced soon! Kamelot will embark on a World Tour starting this March in Europe and will be debuting several new songs from the new CD. Release date to be announced..."