Metal News for February 20, 2011
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22 news articles posted on this day.
Knoxville, Tennessee female-fronted metalcore act Straight Line Stitch has posted a new video trailer online to promote its forthcoming full length album. The video features behind the scenes footage from the band's recent music video shoot. The new album, titled "The Fight of our Lives," is planned for a March, 2011 release. You can view the album trailer below:
American metalcore act Underoath has revealed the dates for its upcoming mini-tour of Australia. Joining them on the trek will be A Day To Remember and local support on select dates. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues for the mini-tour below.
05/08 Perth, AUS – Astor Theater
05/10 Adelaide, AUS – HQ
05/12 Melbourne, AUS – Festival Hall
05/13 Sydney, AUS – Luna Park Bigtop
05/15 Brisbane, AUS – The Tivoli
05/17 Coolangatta, AUS – Coolangatta Hotel
Mose Giganticus has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of the United States. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
03/05 Blackwood, NJ – Savage School of Rock
03/10 Morgantown, WV – 123 Music Hall
03/11 Johnson City, TN – Hideaway
03/12 Chattanooga, TN – JJ Bohemia’s
03/13 Atlanta, GA – Under the Couch @ Georgia Tech
03/14 Hattiesburg, MS – The Tavern
03/16 Austin, TX – Headhunters (SXSW)
03/18 Austin, TX – Plush (early show)
03/22 Nashville, TN – Little Hamilton
03/23 Knoxville, TN – Poison Lawn
03/24 Lexington, KY – Cosmic Charlies
03/26 Columbus, OH – Cafe Bourbon St
03/28 Meadeville, PA – Allegheny College
Tennessee metal band ACROSS TUNDRAS has announced their signing with Neurot Recordings.
Stated Neurot/Neurosis' Steve Von Till on the signing, "It is with great honor that Neurot Recordings welcomes Across Tundras to our home. Their past releases have shown immense dedication to spirit and commitment to growth and sonic evolution. Those are traits that we admire and look for when declaring kinship among those also on the quest for emotional release through sound."
ACROSS TUNDRAS' Tanner Olson this week also made a statement on their induction into Neurot's family, "The opportunity to stand alongside such a talented and driven group of artists and musicians is something we have been working along time for. Neurot Recordings releases the most inspired and original music out there, and its a huge compliment that they see us as kindred musical spirits. Eternal gratitude to the Neurot family for believing in us and giving a proper home to our nomadic sounds."
Parkway Drive has revealed the dates for its forthcoming tour of Australia. Support on the trek will come from You Me At Six, Bleeding Through, The Wonder Years and Confession. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
05/18 Brisbane, AUS – Riverstage
05/19 Byron Bay, AUS – High School
05/20 Sydney, AUS – Hordern Pavilion
05/21 Newcastle, AUS – Panthers
05/22 Wollongong, AUS – WIN Entertainment Centre
05/25 Melbourne, AUS – Festival Hall
05/27 Perth, AUS – Challenge Stadium
05/28 Adelaide, AUS – Uni Grounds
Baltimore, MD based metal band Rest Among Ruins has replaced bassist Nathan Heavel and are currently auditioning guitarists to replace Henry Kaldre. The band has issued the following update regarding the situation:
"We've been under the radar for some time now so I figured I'd post an update on the happenings in RAR camp. A LOT has happened since we last checked in so I'll try my best to fit it all in here. In October, Nate decided to part ways with RAR due to time commitments in other areas of his life including work, his other music project with me (Vestascension), and his regular body building competitions. This was a definite speed bump for us as we all loved working with Nate (whilst admiring his stunningly chiseled features and curiously hairless arms). But we decided that this should not and would not slow us down! So we did some auditioning and found ourselves a new bass player, whom we will announce soon ;) Moving on. In November, we finished writing the album AND finished tracking pre-production. So in December, we kicked into high gear and began tracking drums for the album and then guitars and bass in January. Everything was going great! Then about two weeks ago we got hit with a MAJOR curve ball when Henry decided to quit the band midway through tracking guitars. Yeah, baffling, we know. In fact, there are still little 'WTF!?' thought-bubbles following us around everywhere. Very inconvenient in rooms with low ceilings. But regardless of our new cloudy appendages, we've decided that this WILL NOT slow us down." More...
U.K. hardcore act Your Demise has posted the fourth video online in a new tour video series. You can view the video below:
Brazilian doomsters LACRYMA SANGUINE have posted a video online of their live performance of the song "One Last Kiss" from their show at Rock Cordel, in Fortaleza, Brazil. "One Last Kiss" is one of the tracks from the EP As The Autumn Ends released in 2008 via Killzone Records (US). Lacryma Sanguine are currently in the process of recording their debut album. Watch the video below:
British traditional metallers Neuronspoiler, have released a video for "Words, Words, Words," a track off their 2010 E.P. "No One's Safe." The video features live footage recorded at The Purple Turtle in Camden mixed with material from the controversial 2009 movie, "The Yes Men Fix the World." "No One's Safe" was recorded at London's Monster Trax studios and produced by Misha Nikolic (Mike Terrana, John West).
Speaking about the collaboration with The Yes Men, guitarist David Del Cid said, "We might do a different kind of art from what [The Yes Men] do but we share the same ideals of rebellion against these power-hungry, hypocrite institutions that want to take everything from us, we just express it in a different way with music." Neuronspoiler's drummer, Tim Barclay said, "This track ["Words, Words, Words"] is all about people talking on and on without it really meaning anything, so when David showed the rest of us this film he'd seen which was all about cutting through the vacuous rubbish of all these big business spokesmen, it just seemed such a perfect fit. We're so excited that they were happy for us to use the footage."
Willowtip has announced the signing of Dallas’ BARING TEETH. Their debut album, "Atrophy," will be released in early Summer 2011.
The band comments: "We are thrilled to be working with Willowtip. We have been fans of the label for years and are excited to be part of such a great lineup of bands."
BARING TEETH is comprised of Andrew Hawkins (guitar/vocals), Scott Addison (bass/vocals), and Jason Roe (drums). The band's sound melds progressive, technical death metal with strong atmospheric doom and avant-garde influences such as Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Deathspell Omega, Playing Enemy, and KEN Mode.
Videos, audio samples, and more information on BARING TEETH can be found on the band's official web site.
Negura Bunget's live DVD/2CD/boxset "Focul Viu" has been postponed for two weeks in Europe. The release dates for North America are not affected though. "Focul Viu" will now be released on the following dates:
March 25th (in Germany/Austria)
March 28th (in other European countries)
April 5th (in North America)
Swedish metal outfit Pain has announced a series of tour dates in Europe in support of their forthcoming new studio album which will be released on June 3rd through Nuclear Blast Records. The confirmed tour dates are as follows:
May 27 – P!pl Club – Moscow, Russia
May 28 – Glav Club – St Petersburg, Russia
June 19 – Myötätuulirock – Vantaa, Finland
June 25 – Graspop Metal Meeting – Dessel, Belgium
October 5 – Markthalle – Hamburg, Germany
October 6 – Lido – Berlin, Germany
October 7 – Hellraiser – Leipzig, Germany
October 8 – Masters of Rock Café – Zlin, Czech Republic
October 11 – Backstage – Munich, Germany
October 12 – Dynamo – Zürich, Switzerland
October 13 – Bloom – Mezzago, Italy
October 14 – New Age – Roncade, Italy
October 15 – UFO Club – Brunico, Italy
October 16 – Rockfabrik – Ludwigsburg, Germany
October 18 – La Laiterie – Strasbourg, France
October 19 – Colos-Saal – Aschaffenburg, Germany
October 20 – Underground – Köln, Germany
October 21 – Helling – Utrecht, Netherlands
October 22 – Trix – Antwerpen, Belgium
October 23 – Nor – Heerlen, Netherlands
October 25 – Divan du Monde – Paris, France
October 26 – Ninkasi Kao – Lyon, France
October 27 – Le Phare Club – Toulouse, France
October 28 – Salamandra 1 – Barcelona, Spain
October 29 – Sala Stereo – Murcia, Spain
October 30 – Caracol – Madrid, Spain
November 1 – Hard Club – Porto, Portugal
November 2 – Cine Teatro Corroios – Lisboa, Portugal
The first two albums by A Forest Of Stars, "The Corpse Of Rebirth" and "Opportunistic Thieves Of Spring," have up to now only been available via a few specialized mail-orders. On April 11th (April 8th in Germany and Austria), they are going to see a re-release via Lupus Lounge / Prophecy Productions. Both albums will come in elaborate Digibooks with bonus material. Further information on these releases and on ways of pre-ordering soon.
Swedish act Spazmosity has announced the band has entered Studio Souless to begin the recording process of three upcoming songs. Additional details on the track's titles and release will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can listen to several sample Spazmosity songs through the band's official MySpace profile.
Spazmoisty's drummer was also involved in a motorcycle accident in November of 2010, which prevented the band from performing live or recording new material until now.
Throne of Malediction performed an acoustic set for a cancer benefit show on February 19th, 2011. You can check out a clip of the band performing at the benefit below, and Throne of Malediction also commented:
"Eric and Jessica from Montana USA metal band, Throne of Malediction performing a one-time acoustic set/Cancer benefit. Three songs in this video: 1.Lemonheads cover 2.Original song#2, 3.Rita at the Boiler Room in Kalispell, MT."
Elizabeth Rawwwr has posted a new video interview online with the members of System Divide, which was conducted at the Glass House in Pomona. You can check out the clip below.
Sylvan Realm had previously announced the band's new album "The Lodge of Transcendence" would be released on March 1st, 2011. The band has now issued the following announcement about moving up the release date:
"The new sylvan realm album - the lodge of transcendence is now officially released! Something happened that was never expected especially in the world of music, the new album ran ahead of schedule and is now out.
"If you would like to order the album costs are $13 for people in USA, Canada, and Mexico.
and for everyone else the cost is $16.00 the prices include shipping. If you wish to order a copy send me a message and I will give you the pay pal info."
You can also check out a song from the new album, titled "Disappear Into The Landscape," at this location.
Sweden's Valkyrja has issued the following update about upcoming festival appearances:
"Two additional festival appearances in Germany are confirmed. Beside - the already announced Ragnarok Festival (29-30 of April), the fires shall shine in hungry frenzy at Gahlen Moscht Metal Open Air (09-12 of June), and Barther Metal Open Air (19-20 of August).
"Ketzer Records has received all necessary layouts for upcoming merchandise. Some self financed merchandise should surface about the same time, closer details to follow shortly. Expect some anticipated additions in the nowadays quite slim merchandise section.
"After leaving several mails unanswered due to uncertainties, we can finally announce the coming of 'Contamination' as a 12" DLP vinyl edition, released through one of the most vicious labels to date; namely World Terror Committee. More info will follow within a near future as more specific details unfold, but rest assure - it'll have been worth the wait."
Medieval folk metallers Jaldaboath have issued the following announcement about recording a ne EP to see release later this year:
"Sir Jaldaboath has recently recorded the calls to arms for the Knight's team in the online gaming extravaganza that is Pirates, Vikings and Knights 2! You can download and play this wholesome game and kill your enemies whilst not even venturing onto the field of battle - furthermore, 'tis all for free! So, get on yer 'orse and sally forth to this location where work is underway on the new update (due for release very soon).
"In other news - Jaldaboath are working on a new as-yet-untitled EP to be released mid 2011 as a free download and very limited edition CD!"
You can also check out Jaldaboath's video for "Hark the Herald" here.
Germany's Vagabond has checked in with the following announcement about offering three tracks online as free MP3 downloads:
"Hi there, we have full-length and high-quality mp3s of our songs Black Utopia, Kill Her, and Pure Hate online!
"Visit our Myspace-Side for free Download. And let us know if you like the songs.
You can stream snippets of the songs or download the entire tracks through the band's MySpace page here.
"Wanderlust," the debut offering by Finnr's Cane, is "without a doubt one of 2010's most underrated Post-Black Metal albums," according to Prophecy Productions. For this reason, the label will re-releasing the album on April 11th (April 8th in Germany and Austria).
This new edition with bonus material will come in a multi-page Digipak with a new artwork. Further information on this release and on ways of pre-ordering soon. You can also check out two songs from the "Wanderlust" album, titled "Snowfall" and "The Hope For Spring," through the band's MySpace profile.
As many people are aware, February is Black History Month in the United States of America. Always one to respect cultures and take part in something, we here at MetalUnderground.com are dedicating this month to the history of Black Metal. We will be looking at some of the biggest names in the genre, those who helped to shape it, and some of the promising younger black metal bands in the underground.
The Emperor is dead, long live the Emperor! Or at least that’s how the rallying cry goes these days, and with good reason. Bands like Immortal and Marduk may still be churning out albums in our current decade, but if there is one name synonymous with black metal, it is Emperor. In honor of black metal history month, we previously looked at two bands that influenced early black metal (Sodom and King Diamond), and now we’ll delve into the heart of the subject with a band that represents the core ideals and sounds of the genre.
Despite having only recorded four main studio albums, the last of which came out a full decade ago, Emperor is still one of the most widely known, widely respected, and widely requested black metal bands in existence. The group of kids from Norway who became Emperor probably had no idea what they were going to eventually birth when they started putting together rasping screams and freezing cold atmosphere. Emperor has left a lasting mark on the world of extreme metal, and not just for fans of Norwegian black metal. More...