Metal News for February 21, 2008
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Japan’s COFFINS, who will be performing at this year’s Maryland Deathfest, will team up with Canada’s THE ENDLESS BLOCKADE for the following dates in May:
May 16 - Boston, MA @ Papercut Zine Library w/ Raw Radar War, Scapegoat, Noosebomb
May 17 - New York, NY @ ABC No Rio (matinee show) w/ ASRA, The Communion
May 17 - New York, NY @ T.B.A. (evening show)
May 18 - Philadelphia, PA @ T.B.A.
May 20 - Richmond, VA @ Nara w/ Juice Tyme
May 21 - Allentown, PA @ Jan’s Room w/ Fistula, Tile
May 22 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Roboto Project w/ Hellnation
Creator-Destructor Records has announced the signing of Southern California's Mirror of Dead Faces. Hailing from Riverside, CA, Mirror of Dead Faces blends a brutal assault of melodic thrash and pummeling death metal not for the faint of heart.
Currently, the band is hard at work at writing their debut full-length, which will be recorded in April and ready for a devastating June release. Stay tuned for more updates on Mirror of Dead Faces, including heavy west coast touring shortly after the production of the new album.
IMPALED have lined up the following upcoming shows:
February 29 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
March 7 - Eugene, OR @ Samurai Duck
March 8 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon w/ Splatterhouse, Funerot
March 9 - Seattle, WA @ CHAC Lower Loung w/ Splatterhouse
March 21 - Santa Cruz, CA @ 418 Club w/ All Shall Perish, Brain Drill
March 28 - San Francisco, CA @ Annie’s Social Club w/ M.O.D.
April 19/20 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory (Murderfest)
May 25 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar (Maryland Deathfest)
July 20 - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club (Central Illinois Metalfest)
Vocalist Francis Mark of the Long Island post-hardcore act FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES has issued the following update:
"For anyone who will be attending the Soundwave festival in Brisbane [on February 23], I am sorry but I cannot be there. The band flew to Australia yesterday but I have to stay back in New York for a few days. This is due to a very sad event in my personal life. I am sorry and I thank you for your understanding. I'll be meeting the band in Sydney where we will start the tour. We are not cancelling any other shows, just Brisbane."
Formed in 2000, FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES became known for their bruising live shows and for deftly marrying melody to the punishing, aggressive hardcore sound. The band released their first album, "Too Bad You're Beautiful", on Ferret in 2001 that went on to sell over 100,000 copies. The band signed to Vagrant in 2003 and released "The Fiction We Live" (over 150,000 sold), followed by "Abandon Your Friends". More...
Massachusetts metallers SHADOWS FALL will reissue their Century Media debut, "Of One Blood", on April 15.
Commented SHADOWS FALL frontman Brian Fair: "It is almost impossible to believe that it has been nearly a decade since these songs were laid down at Planet Z. Zeuss had barely finished putting together the studio and we had barely finished writing these songs, but here we where recording our debut for Century Media. It was a very hectic time as the band was getting to know each other and our sound was evolving constantly."
"This record captures that sense of urgency and exploration and was the groundwork to everything we would go on to accomplish. We never imagined where we would find ourselves today." More...
UK melodic power metallers POWER QUEST have announced the following worldwide release dates for their new album, "Master Of Illusion:"
March 26th - Japan/SE Asia (via Marquee/Avalon)
April 25th - Europe (via Napalm)
May 13th - North America (via Napalm)
For more info and a sound clip of "Human Machine," click here.
"Master Of Illusion" features guest appearances from PAGAN'S MIND guitarist Jorn Viggo Lofstad and THRESHOLD keyboardist Richard West on the song 'Human Machine'.
Finnish metallers TERÄSBETONI are competing in the Finnish national pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Their chosen track is called "Missä miehet ratsastaa" and it was composed by the band's vocalist/bassist, Jarkko Ahola.
Listen to the song in streaming audio at this location.
In Finland there will be three semifinal rounds in the national pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest, including the third one on February 22, which will feature TERÄSBETONI. The songs to be performed in each round will be introduced for first time to the public on the preceding Monday on the radio station Radio Suomi. From the semifinals, eight songs will be selected to the Finnish finals, which will be held on March 1 at Kulttuuritalo in Helsinki. The winner will then represent Finland in the Eurovision Song Contest starting on May 20 in Belgrade, Serbia. More...
Swedish folk metallers SKALD have issued the following update:
"We are proud to say that SKALD has signed a new record deal with Unexploded Records for two full-length albums. Hopefully, this deal will also involve a limited pressing of vinyls and finally, we PROMISE you that t-shirts will be made."
"As you may or may not know, we have already begun our work for our first full-length, which is yet untitled. We will once more venture to Studio Eclipse for the recordings, but this time, we aim for a thicker and more natural sound. Expect our arrival when we have somewhere around 11-13 songs ready. Furthermore, Emil G. Koverot will once again handle the violins." More...
Norwegian black metallers SATYRICON have issued the following update:
"It is with great pleasure we confirm that SATYRICON will be back in Russia after the awesome trip in October 2006. This time a show in Kiev, Ukraine has been added as well and this will be our first visit there ever. Our Russian friends have a tendency of showing up in great numbers and we hope for just the same in Ukraine!"
SATYRICON book the following shows:
Mar. 08 - Katowice, POL - Metalmania (Spodek)
Mar. 21 - Oslo, NOR - Inferno Festival
May 16 - St Petersburg, RUS - Club Port
May 17 - Moscow, RUS - Club Tochka
May 18 - Kiev, UA - [to be announced]
Jun. 21 - Nantes, FRA - Hellfest
Jul. 19 - Spital am Semmering, AUT - Kaltenbach Open Air
Aug. 16 - Oulu, FIN - Jallometalli Festival More...
Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS schedule the following dates:
Mar. 09 - Bremen, Germany - AWD Dome
Apr. 10 - Saint Petersburg, Russia - Ice Palace
Apr. 12 - Rostov On - Don, Russia - Palace Of Sports
Apr. 13 - Samara, Russia - MTL Arena
Apr. 14 - Kazan, Russia - Tatneft Arena
Apr. 16 - Novosibirsk, Russia - Sport Palace
Apr. 18 - Krasnoyarsk, Russia - Sport Palace
Apr. 20 - Vladivistok, Russia - Fesco Hall
Apr. 21 - Habarovsk, Russia - Platinum Arena
Apr. 22 - Komsomolsk On Amur, Russia - Sport Palace Metallurg
Apr. 23 - Novokuznetsk, Russia - Sport Palace
Apr. 24 - Ekaterinburg, Russia - Sport Palace
Apr. 25 - Moscow, Russia - Vasilyevskiy Spusk
Aug. 24 - Wolpertshausen - Germany - Air Field Hohenlohe
Aug. 31 - Goiânia, Brazil - Ginasio Goiania Arena
Sep. 04 - Manaus, Brazil - Arena Amadeu Teixeira
Oct. 25 - Strasbourg, France – [to be announced]
Florida metallers, Dead Mens Dreams, issue the following update on their website:
"Dead Mens Dreams entered Mana Recording Studios this past weekend to redo vocals on a few songs and remix the whole “The Dead Are Dreaming” album. The new mix is incredible!!!!! DMD will be hitting Fuller Sound in two weeks to master the CD. The next email you get from us will have a link to listen to samples of the whole CD and pre order the CD. "
Dead Mens Dreams are scheduled to play the following shows:
03/01/2008 - The Doghouse (Edgewater) - w/ Fields Of Glass
03/08/2008 - The Haven (Orlando) - w/ Gargamel!
04/19/2008 - The Dungeon (Orlando) - w/ Tranquilizer
VITAL REMAINS have lined up the following upcoming tour dates:
March 26 - New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
March 27 - Boston, MA @ The Middle East (downstairs)
March 28 - Hawthorne, NY @ Victors
March 29 - Albany, NY @ Upper Deck
March 30 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
April 1 - Bowling Green, OH @ Howards Club H
April 2 - Lansing, MI @ Macs
April 3 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuks
April 4 - Mokena, IL @ Pearl Room
April 5 - South Bend, IN @ Elvas
April 6 - Indianapolis, IN @ Zanies
April 7 - St.Paul, MN @ Station 4
April 8 - Cedar Rapids, IA @ The Picador
April 9 - Tulsa, OK @ Otherside
April 10 - Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
April 11 - Denver, CO @ Majestic
April 12 Ogden, UT @ Kamikazes
April 13 - Portland, OR @ Rock n Roll Pizza
April 14 - Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
April 15 - Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
April 16 - Reno, NV @ Island Oasis
April 17 - Modesto, CA @ Fat Cats
April 18 - Fresno, CA @ Exit
April 19 - Los Angeles, CA @ Knitting Factory (Murderfest)
April 20 - Farmington, NM @ Gators
April 25 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Metalcore Fest)
Most venue sites list MONSTROSITY and DEMIRICOUS as support.
New Jersey hardcore band Second To None will play a reunion/benefit show on March 30th at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, New Jersey. All proceeds from the show will go to the family of five year-old Mya Lin Terry, who is battling cancer. Terry is the daughter of former Fury Of Five member, Mike Terror. Doors open at 5pm and admission $15. Shattered Realm, NJ Bloodline, and A Day Of Pigs are also slated to perform.
Montreal based 3 Mile Scream have announced more headlining dates in support of their Corporate Punishment debut, "A Prelude To Our Demise." 3 Mile Scream's debut album, which was produced by Jean-Francois Dagenais, of Kataklysm, has prompted a plethora of critical acclaim from critics and fans.
3 Mile Scream is currently putting the finishing touches on their sophomore album, "A Glimpse of Hope," which is being produced by Cryptopsy guitarist Christian Donaldson, who recently produced The Agonist's debut album.
3 Mile Scream frontman Matt McGachy was recently announced as the new frontman for death metal legends Cryptopsy and is currently recording vocals for the group's upcoming new album, "The Unspoken King", which will surface through Century Media this spring.
3 Mile Scream's Chad Archibald (Arise and Ruin) directed video for the track "Our Blackened Sun" can be viewed on YouTube or below.
Here are the latest 3 MileScream headlining tour dates:
Feb 22 2008 Haliburton, Ont @ Northwood Tavern w/ Wolves of Anson
Feb 23 2008 Peterborough, Ont @ Underdog w/ Wolves of Anson More...
Orlando, Florida's Imperial is currently in search of a new bassist. According to the band, "all requirements will be addressed via email before a tryout." Interested parties should contact vocalist Dale Dupree here.
Notorious Death Metal savages Deicide have uploaded a preview of the song "In the Eyes of God," taken from the forthcoming album 'Till Death Do Us Part', to the band's Myspace page.
A release date of April 28th in Europe and May 13th in the US has been set for 'Till Death Do Us Part'.
The full tracklisting for "Till Death Us Do Part" runs as follows:
01. The Beginning of the End
02. Till Death Do Us Part
03. Hate of All Hatreds
04. In the Eyes of God
05. Worthless Misery
06. Severed Ties
07. Not As Long As We Both Shall Live
08. Angel of Agony
09. Horror in the Halls of Stone
10. The End of the Beginning
For more Deicide info click here.
It's not exactly the kind of publicity that I'd want for Metal Underground.com or for metal as a whole, but the question has been eating away at me since first reading about the man arrested for making death threats against Korn and then recently trading emails with the author of this article, who links the timelines of the reported threats made against Korn online (before those made on the FBI's site) to that of the postings and ultimate banning of the infamous Metalunderground.com reader and commenter LordAgony.
Adrian McCoy, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty in federal court last Friday to threatening the band.
The prosecutor told ABC23 that McCoy made threats on a metal underground-related Web site in January of 2006. While metalunderground.com did not confirm if McCoy made threats against Korn on their site, one user using the name, LordAgony, was kicked off the site at that time for making threats against the band, saying he wanted the band destroyed.
The reality is that I have no way of knowing who this Adrian McCoy is. Things look like they are adding up, but the question remains: is Adrian McCoy the LordAgony who posted (and trolled) on Metalunderground.com a couple years ago?
I was, in fact, contacted by the FBI sometime last year regarding "threats made toward someone on Metalunderground.com." They did not state who was making the threats or who the threats were against. I did not think much of it at the time. The call actually seemed a little fishy, so I wasn't even sure it was legit, and I have since misplaced the agents' names. In any case, I told them that I had no other information but the poster's screen name and IP address linked to the posts. No further information was ever requested or furnished (not even the IP addresses). They wouldn't need it if the perpetrator was foolish enough to make such threats on the FBI's web site.
I recently revisted some of LordAgony's comments and did a reverse DNS lookup on several of the IP Addresses, and while some would not resolve completely, most did point to California.
But back to the topic of making threats on the FBI's web site. That's the part that I just don't get, and it leads me to believe this person had really lost touch with reality or was reaching out for help/trying to get caught. Seriously, who goes to the FBI's web site to threaten a band? We could be dealing with a seriously delusional Nathan Gale-type personality here.
I have many reasons for bringing this topic up here on Metalunderground.com. Pure curiosity is a big one. Is Adrian McCoy LordAgony? It's a neat bit of trivia from Metal Underground.com's past at the very least.
I also wanted to assure our readers that their privacy was maintained despite my tongue-in-cheek comment in the comments of this article that "I've sent all server logs to the FBI." Clearly other commenters recognize the animosity shown towards Korn (for their music) by many readers of this site, and my comment was simply in jest. As I said, no information was furnished (or requested) to the FBI or any other branch of law enforcement.
There are a couple morals to this story. First, you are always accountable for your actions, even if you think you are "anonymous." Some people do and say things online that they would never say in person. Even though the chances are slim, just remember you may be called on your words one day. Second, it's a reminder - one that I had to make recently in another thread - that we will not tolerate personal attacks on this site. I try not to be a heavy-handed moderator and I let quite a bit of stuff slide here, but there is a line and crossing it will result in being banned from Metal Underground.com.
Back to my curiosity about the matter. I've been told that Metal Underground.com was mentioned by name on TV broadcasts on this topic, but have not heard any such newscasts directly. If anyone has more information linking Adrian McCoy to Metalunderground.com and/or LordAgony, please send me links by posting them here or via the contact form. Videos of mentions in newscasts would be awesome. I'll offer up a small reward for the best sources reported.
Stay metal, and stay civil! :-) More...
Underoath has been writing material for a new album as of late and will enter the studio next month to track the effort. The band will record in Atlanta, GA for five weeks with Matt Goldman (As Cities Burn, Copeland) and Adam Dutkiewicz (of Killswitch Engage) engineering and producing. The group comments:
"Those dudes are some of the best guys to work with in music period. We have eight songs done right now and they are coming along really well. Some of the heaviest stuff we have ever written, as well as some of the most experimental. I think you will all enjoy it when it's done and we'll be making sure to keep all of you in the loop."
Deflore has posted their second song from their new album, "Egodrive," on their MySpace. The song is entitled "Servo." "Egodrive," is due out on Subsound Records in March 2008.
As previously reported, Deflore also has a song on Neuroprison's free compilation called "Neurosounds VOL 1: Stones From The Sky." The compilation featured is a double CD complete with artwork and it is available for download for free here.
Hard Times have recently interviewed with Ontario, Canada hardcore/metal band Of The First Born Son last week and they've posted the video interview on-line here. You can check out some of Of The First Born Son's material on their MySpace page.
Lifeforce Records and Lifeforce Records America have announced the addition of Danish metal act THE PSYKE PROJECT to their roster. Their Lifeforce debut "Apnea", which will be released June 30th within Europe and July 8th in North America, was produced by Tue Madsen (Himsa, Raunchy, Mnemic, Aborted, August Burns Red) and demonstrates an overwhelming connection to extreme music and is the epitome of the ever expanding and evolving musical outlook for Lifeforce Records.
"Apnea" is nominated as best Danish hardrock album for the this year Danish Music Awards to be held on Saturday, February 23rd. You can check out the DMA Myspace profile here.
Rasmus Sejersen of The Psyke Project comments: "We are very pleased to announce that we have signed a world wide record deal with the well respected and ground-breaking metal label Lifeforce (Germany/US). We've been listening to Lifeforce artists since we were kids so we are happy to be a part of the family."
Formed in 2001 in Copenhagen, Denmark, THE PSYKE PROJECT has been nominated for four Danish Metal Awards in 2005 (best: album, live act, debut album, web site) as well as having accolades bestowed upon them for previous records by the likes of Terrorizer, Metal Hammer, Rocksound and Kerrang to name a few. Their main motivation for playing this type of music emerges from a profound love for the dark and brutal sound of hardcore and the sincerity and honesty in the statements made by most bands from this scene. THE PSYKE PROJECT seeks to create an intense chaotic sound mixed with heavy riffs and beautiful epic passages.
French metallers, Gojira, issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"Having completed more than 220 shows in order to promote the much acclaimed 'From Mars to Sirius' album, GOJIRA are now about to finish up the writing of their much awaited new full length to be released in Autumn 2008."
"The band will lock themselves in the studio from April to June."
"The new and yet untitled album will include all new original material and will be released by French label MONSLIP / WARNER in France and LISTENABLE Records and various licensors in other territories."
"The band will immediately embark on a series of major tours in Europe and throughout the U.S. right after the release. More info soon."
SUIDAKRA is gearing up for the release of a DVD / CD Best Of package entitled "13 Years Of Celtic Wartunes". It will be released on April 25th. The DVD will feature Suidakra's 2007 performance at the Wacken Open Air and an acoustic show, while the CD will feature re-mastered and newly recorded songs.
Suidakra will play the following west coast dates on the upcoming Pagafest Tour in the US, also featuring ENSIFERUM, TURISAS, TYR and ELUVEITIE:
5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
6 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
7 - Orangevale, CA - The Boardwalk
8 - Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
9 - Santa Clara, CA - The Avalon
10 - Long Beach, CA - The Vault
STREAM OF PASSION has announced the following dates:
April 11 - Kasteel, - Alphen a/d Rijn, Holland
April 12 - Tournai ProgFest - Tournai, Belgium
April 13 - Spirit of 66 - Verviers, Belgium
April 18 - De Kade - Zaandaam, Holland
April 24 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Holland
April 25 - Fenix - Sittard, Holland More...
This Will Destroy You line up the following winter/spring 2008 west coast tour dates:
Feb 20 2008 8:00P - Mink w/ Lymbyc Systym Houston, Texas
Feb 21 2008 9:00P - Mohawk w/ Lymbyc Systym Austin, Texas
Feb 22 2008 9:00P - Lola's w/ Lymbyc Systym & Mom Fort Worth, Texas
Feb 23 2008 9:00P - Monk's w/ Lymbyc Systym & Mom Abilene, Texas
Feb 24 2008 8:00P - Launchpad w/Lymbyc Systym Albuquerque, New Mexico
Feb 26 2008 6:00P - Zia Records Tempe, Arizona
Feb 26 2008 9:00P - Modified Arts w/ Lymbyc Systym Phoenix, Arizona
Feb 27 2008 8:00P - Solar Culture Gallery w/ Lymbyc Systym Tuscon, Arizona
Feb 28 2008 4:00P - UCLA RADIO INTERVIEW Los Angeles, California
Feb 28 2008 9:00P - Silverlake Lounge w/What Made Milwaukee Famous, Tulsa Los Angeles, California
Feb 29 2008 8:00P - The Egg @ Academy Of Art University w/ Make Amends San Francisco, California
Mar 1 2008 8:00P - Satellite Lounge w/ Helio Sequence Reno, Nevada
Mar 2 2008 8:00P - Kilby Court w/ Our Dark Horse Salt Lake City, Utah
Mar 3 2008 8:00P - Hi-Dive w/Autokinoton Denver, Colorado
Mar 4 2008 8:00P - Black Sheep Colorado Springs, Colorado
Mar 5 2008 8:00P - RecordBar w/Actors&Actresses Kansas City, Missouri
Mar 6 2008 8:00P - The Marquee Tulsa, Oklahoma
Mar 7 2008 9:00P - Rubber Gloves Denton, Texas
Mar 9 2008 8:00P - House on Swiss Dallas, Texas
Mar 16 2008 8:00P - SXSW Radar Records Showcase at RED 7 w/ Caspian, Portugal The Man, Circle Takes The Square & more... Austin, Texas
Their European tour dates are as follows:
29.03.08 Fernelmont (B), Rhaaa Lovely Festival
30.03.08 Den Bosch (NL), W2 w/EF
31.03.08 Karlsruhe (D), Jubez w/Lack
02.04.08 Heidelberg (D), Karlstorbahnhof
03.04.08 Athens (GR), AN Club
04.04.08 Köln (D), MTC w/Tephra
05.04.08 Brussels (B), Vk
06.04.08 Sheffield (GB), Corporation
07.04.08 Brighton (GB), Engine Rooms
08.04.08 Exeter (GB), Cavern
09.04.08 Stoke (GB), Underground
10.04.08 London (GB), Islington Bar Academy w/Devil Sold His Soul
11.04.08 Dublin (IRE), Whelans
12.04.08 Esch-Sur-Alzette (LUX), OOFO Fest @ Kulturfabrik
13.04.08 Paris (F), Le Fleche D´or
14.04.08 Lyon (F), Sonic
15.04.08 Geneva (CH) - Le Kab w/Sleeping People
17.04.08 Milano (I), Leoncavallo
18.04.08 Roma (I), Traffic
19.04.08 München (D), Glockenbachwerkstatt
20.04.08 Fulda (D), Kulturkeller w/Long Distance Calling
21.04.08 Hamburg (D), Hafenklang
22.04.08 Berlin (D), Café Zapata
23.04.08 Münster (D), Gleis 22
24.04.08 Duisburg (D), Steinbruch
25.04.08 Frankfurt (D), Elfer w/Tephra
26.04.08 Graz (A), Forum Stadtpark
27.04.08 Praha (CZ), Klub 007
28.04.08 Leipzig (D), Café Panam
29.04.08 Copenhagen (DK), Loppen
30.04.08 Stockholm (S), Kagalbanan w/Boris
01.05.08 Göteborg (S), Pusterviskbaren
02.05.08 Oslo (N), Bla
03.05.08 Trollhättan (S), Magasin 15
05.05.08 Haarlem (NL), Bevrijdingspop Haarlem
Italian metallers, Putridity, issue the following update on their Myspace page:
"We are happy to say that we have change a new amazing singer!!!!!! He has a very awesome killer vox!!!!!!"
"He is Paolo from Corpse Fucking Art - ex Gorefuck - Indecent Excision"
"You can hear it in next gigs and in our new tracks coming soon!!!!!"
You can view a picture of the new line up here.
Massachusetts’ DYSENTERY line up the following upcoming shows:
February 22 - Winthrop, MA @ ATNFAC House
March 12 - Manchester, NH @ Rocko’s w/ Impending Doom
March 15 - Brooklyn, NY @ Lucky 13 Saloon w/ Waking the Cadaver
April 7 - Haverhill, MA @ Welfare Records w/ Terminally Your Aborted Ghost
August 9/10 - Providence, RI @ New England Deathfest
INCANTATION line up the following upcoming “festival” appearances:
March 1 - Baltimore, MD @ The Blackhole (Murderland Metal Massacre)
March 8 - Brooklyn, NY @ Europa (Pure Fucking Darkness Festival)
March 14 -Allentown, PA @ The Sterling Hotel (March Metal Massacre)
May 17 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasant’s (Mayhem In May)
July 12 - Kalamazoo, MI @ Redrum (Michigan Extreme Metal Fest)
July 19 - Urbana, IL @ Canopy Club (Central Illinois Metalfest)
MUNICIPAL WASTE have lined up the following tour dates for next month:
March 7 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 w/ Soilent Green, Iron Lung
March 8 - Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway w/ Iron Lung
March 10 - Houston, TX @ Meridian Red Room w/ Iron Lung, Pretty Little Flower
March 11 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Naked Ray Gun, Cancerbats
March 12 - Dallas, TX @ Red Blood Club w/ The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Iron Lung
March 13 - Austin, TX @ SXSW Relapse Showcase w/ High On Fire, Genghis Tron, Coliseum
March 14 - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ Annihilation Time, Clockcleaner, Iron Lung, Paint It Black
March 15 - Austin, TX @ SXSW w/ The Breeders, Fucked Up, Annihilation Time, Pissed Jeans, Matt and Kim, Brian Posehn, Jeanane Garolfalo
March 16 - San Antonio, TX @ The Crossing
March 18 - Pensacola, FL @ Sluggos w/ Iron Lung
March 19 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre w/ Torche, Iron Lung
March 20 - Gainesville FL Common Grounds w/ Iron Lung
March 21 - Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Iron Lung
March 22 - Richmond, VA @ Canal Club w/ Iron Lung, Coliseum, Battlemaster
Vancouver, British Columbia hard rock band NEUROSONIC have scheduled the following signing sessions (note: each appearance will also include a short acoustic performance):
Feb. 25 - FYE (3222 M St. NW) - Washington, DC at 6:00pm
Feb. 26 - FYE (10101 Brook Rd.) - Glen Allen, VA at 5:30pm
Feb. 27 - FYE (4200 Portsmouth Blvd.) - Chesapeake, VA at 5:30pm
NEUROSONIC is currently on the road in North America as the support act for PUDDLE OF MUDD.
ENEMY OF THE SUN, the German band featuring guitarist Waldemar Sorychta — also former member of GRIP INC./DESPAIR and producer for such bands as LACUNA COIL and MOONSPELL — schedule the following dates:
Jun. 28-29 - D-Schloss Holte, Serengeti-Festival
Jul. 06 - D-Rojitzschora, With Full Force
Jul. 31 - Aug. 2 - D-Wacken, Wacken Open Air
Aug. 8-9 - D-Dragensdorf, Dragensdorf rockt
Aug. 14-16 - D-Dinkelsbühl, Summer Breeze Open Air
Aug. 22-23 - D-Hameln, Joch'n Roll-Fest More...
German power metallers GRAVE DIGGER have issued the following update:
"We are back from our first songwriting session from the Graveyard studios in Holland. The chemistry with Thilo was really cool and we were very creative that seven song structures have come out. METAL. Now we just have to file in these ideas before we go back to the Graveyard studio in April again."
"With the new album we will finish the concept of the 'Trilogy' which we started with 'Rheingold' and continued with 'Liberty or Death'."
"Next week we are visiting the U.S. for our promo shows in New York. As far we know, the advance sales are running very well and therefore we are planning to play in the 'wild west' as well."
"We are also on stage in South America and they will stretch from July 29, 2008 through August 4, 2008. Confirmed shows are up till now August 2 in Sao Paulo at Citibank Hall."
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based metallers 3 INCHES OF BLOOD will play a free show for Vice/Scion on March 5 at the Showcase Theater in Corona, California. Support at the gig will come from TOXIC HOLOCAUST.
For more information, click here.
Fan-filmed video footage of 3 INCHES OF BLOOD performing the song "Wykydtron" on January 25, 2008 in Houston, texas can be viewed below (courtesy of RDRenfro).
Woozyfly.com conducted an interview with guitarist Shane Clark and bassist Nick Cates of 3 INCHES OF BLOOD in New York City prior to the band's show at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill. They discussed such topics as their forthcoming video for the song "Trial of Champions" as well as the clip for "The Goatrider's Horde" being named one of the "Headbanger's Ball" Top 20 videos.
Watch the interview at Buckshot's Bonanza.
3 INCHES OF BLOOD recruited drummer Ash Pearson (SOUND OF THE SWARM, JUST CAUSE) for the tour with THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, HATE ETERNAL and DECREPIT BIRTH. Pearson joined the group as the replacement for Alexei Rodriguez, who was unceremoniously dismissed from the band after he landed in a physical confrontation with SAXON drummer Nigel Glockler at the Hard Rock Hell festival in England this past November.
3 INCHES OF BLOOD has been added to Metal Hammer's Defenders Of The Faith tour. Running from April 23 to April 26, the tour also features OPETH, ARCH ENEMY and DEVILDRIVER.
The dates are as follows:
April 23 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy
April 24 - Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands,
April 25 - Manchester, UK @ Academy,
April 26 - London, UK @ Academy
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On October 9, 2007, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD released an exclusive digital-only three-song EP, "Trial of Champions". The EP features the title track, B-side "Key to Oblivion" and "In the Time of Job When Mannon Was a Yippie", a unique interpretation of the song originally performed by LUCIFER'S FRIEND. "Key to Oblivion" is a B-side track from the recording sessions for their recent Roadrunner Records full-length release, "Fire Up the Blades", produced by Joey Jordison (SLIPKNOT). The digital-only EP can be found via iTunes and other online outlets.
Lemi, Finland-based heavy metal quartet STAM1NA has topped the Finnish album chart with its third effort, "Raja", which came out on February 13 through Sakara Records. The CD was recorded at Purple Fly studio in the band's hometown. Production duties were handled by Janne Joutsenniemi, whose legendary band STONE was one of the STAM1NA's biggest influences. Miitri Aaltonen, who produced the first two STAM1NA albums, mixed the new CD.
Regarding the band's collaboration with Janne Joutsenniemi, STAM1NA guitarist/vocalist Antti "Hyrde" Hyyrynen previously said, "This is a match made in heaven and a big step for the band. Janne will most certainly bring his own thing to this album. Let's [put] it this way: The mustard machine is still the same but Janne changes our diapers."
Hyyrynen continued: "About the lyrical part I can say that again we search, explore and try both our and boundaries of humanity. During the last few years we have tried our limits and probably gone even beyond them."
STAM1NA was formed in 1996 and has released two albums so far: "Stam1na" (2005) and "Uudet Kymmenen Käskyä" (2006), which landed at No. 3 on the Finnish album chart and received the 2006 Emma award for "Best Metal Album".
Veteran San Francisco Bay Area metallers EXODUS clashed with the in-house security during their headlining performance on February 16, 2008 at The Pearl Room in Mokena, Illinois after a fan was allegedly thrown out of the venue "for no good reason."
A Last.fm user by the name of "Fosster3567" describes the incident in the following way: "The last band of the night was well worth the wait. EXODUS caused a huge stir in the Pearl Room. All was fine until about three songs into their set when a fan jumped up on stage and stage-dived. This was fine with the band, they even headbanged next to him. But security felt otherwise and kicked the kid out. EXODUS stopped playing 'Children of a Worthless God' immediately. They shouted at security to let the kid back in and even told the security guard who kicked the kid out to get the fuck out. When they didn't, EXODUS' singer [Rob Dukes] shouted, 'Hey, I'm stage-diving. Kick me the fuck out, big boy.' He jumped into the crowd. When he got back on stage, he commanded the audience all stage-dive. This is when the place turned into total chaos. Audience members were running on stage by the dozen and we were all enjoying the fuck out of ourselves. Then, Pearl Room's management shut off their mics and amps. The singer was arguing with the manager for a few minutes. Luckily, EXODUS was allowed to continue their set, although no one else could stage dive. They were awesome live and played all the fan favorites."
Watch video footage of the incident below.
EXODUS is in the middle of a North American tour in support of its latest album, "The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A", that will culminate in a hometown show in San Francisco on February 24 at Slim's. More...
SONATA ARCTICA have issued the following update:
"In addition to the already announced Wacken Open Air, several further summer festivals have been confirmed for Sonata Arctica. See the complete summer festival schedule of 2008 below:
6-8 - Sauna Open Air - Tampere, Finland
20 - Monsters Of Rock - Zaragoza, Spain
21 - Hellfest - Clisson, France
27-29 - Tuska Open Air - Helsinki, Finland
28 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
10-13 - Masters Of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
11 - Evolution Festival - Milan, Italy
31- August 2 - Wacken Open Air - Wacken, Germany
Please note that in some cases the dates can change if the festival takes longer than one day and no specific date has been announced for the band, yet. More festivals will be announced as soon as they are confirmed."
METALLICA have issued the following update:
"This time in English... we're psyched that our friends in MACHINE HEAD have said 'yes' to more fun and games following the good times that were had by all at Wembley last summer. They will play with us in Chorzow, Poland and Prague, Czech Republic for the two headlining shows on the first part of our summer European vacation. The remaining dates in May and June are festivals with tons of other cool bands. As usual, there's more to come..."
Upcoming confirmed Metallica tour dates include:
May 28 - Chorzow, Poland - Slaski Stadium
May 30 - Landgraaf, Netherlands - Pinkpop
May 31 - Madrid, Spain - Electric Weekend
June 3 - Prague, Czech Republic - Slavia Stadium
June 5 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock In Rio Lisboa
June 7 - Nürburgring, Germany - Rock Am Ring
June 8 - Nürnberg, Germany - Rock Im Park
June 13 - Manchester, Tennessee - Bonnaroo Music Festival
July 16 - Bergen, Norway - Koengen
July 18 - St. Petersburg, Russia - SKK Hall
July 22 - Bologna, Italy - Parco Nord
July 25 - Sofia, Bulgaria - Vasil Levski
METAL CHURCH have issued the following update:
"Due to personal reasons, Jay Reynolds (guitars) has left Metal Church. We thank him for his contributions to the band, and wish him all the best in future endeavors. Jay's replacement has not been decided upon yet, but it will be announced when a decision has been reached."
As previously reported, vocalist Runny Munroe recently checked in with the following update:
"As we start recording the new songs I want to take a moment and answer a few questions that we get over and over. The first one is when people ask if Metal Church is a christian band. The name started when Kurdt lived in an apartment in San Francisco and everyone came there to play. They nicknamed it the Metal Church and that is where the band name came from. We are not secular although Metal Church has always tried to write thought provoking lyrics about life, money, war, politics etc. Things we can all identify with.
There have always been many people that compare me to the previous singers. I know there are fans that prefer David Wayne or Mike Howe and I accept that there will always be the comparison because that is life. We each have our own styles. I have to say that I was a Metal Church fan. I remember cranking the car stereo and singing to 'Gods Of Wrath' at the top of my lungs wishing someday that would be me. Not many people can realize their dreams so I am grateful for where I am both as a fan like yourselves and as a member of such a great band that has stayed true to their music. If you are a David Wayne fan, Mike Howe fan or a Ronny Munroe fan it doesn't matter because you are a Metal Church fan and that is all I care about.
Kurdt (Vanderhoof) is and always will be the soul behind the music. He is a quiet talent that has been given many labels. I hear over and over Metal Church being one of the pioneers of thrash. Mr. Kurdt Vanderhoof is a musical genius in my opinion but the label I want to give him is that he is a great guy and good friend.
It is is our nature to resist change and Metal Church has had its share of change. Metal Church has also stayed true and as I see the younger fans banging their heads to our music just like I did at their age and I know all is good in this world. Metal is here to stay and is being kept alive by the fans and now by their children. How F*ing cool is that? Being a parent myself I know it is hard to find things to have in common with your teenager but this music has built that bridge.
So as we record the new music that will be released this year we do this for you the fans and for the love of the music. We look forward to seeing you all on the road this year. It will be a very busy year both in Europe and the US. I hope we can get to South America as well. The tour is currently being planned so if you want to see us in your town let us know."
Samael have confirmed their appearance on Vader's anniversary gig at the Stodola Club in Warsaw on August 30th.
The following message was posted on the official Vader web site:
"This is definitely one of those bands that in the 90's together with VADER were fighting in the name of European metal music scene! It was a pretty long negotiation process but finally we succeeded in inviting SAMAEL to Poland in August! It was my big dream, to see them in Warsaw. Their history many times intersected with VADER's history... I will never forget their fantastic appearance on S'thrash'ydlo festival, many years ago. It was a big thing at that time! I also remember very well our crazy trip to Russia... No Internet, only letters, flyers, demo tapes exchanged by mail... what a time! Besides, I have always been a great fan of this band! (Mariusz Kmiolek - Massive Music). SAMAEL still belong to the metal elite. Their recent studio album "Solar Soul" released in 2007 via Nuclear Blast turned out to be a great success of the band. Perfect at a studio, perfect on live, those great musicians guarantee another great show on VADER's anniversary!"
Vader are currently finishing works on their 25-anniversary album, entitled "XXV." The album will be released at the end of May via Regain Records.
Norther's new album, "N", has hit the #5 position in Finnish charts. The band comments on their web site: "This is our best position on the list so far and we are of course very pleased! :)"
"N" will be released through Century Media Records on the following dates:
Feb. 22 Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, BeNeLux
Feb. 25 UK, France, Denmark, Greece, Norway
Feb. 26 Spain, Portugal
Feb. 29 Sweden, Hungary
The CD was recorded and produced by longtime partner Anssi Kippo (Children of Bodom) at Astia Studios and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (Dark Tranquillity, Arch Enemy, In Flames) at Studio Fredman in Sweden.
The track listing for "N" is as follows: More...
Behemoth has recently finished filming their new video for the song "At The Left Hand Ov God." The clip was produced by acclaimed Polish director Dariusz Szermanowicz and Group 13. The making of the video has been posted at this location. Also, photos from the video shoot are availabe at www.behemoth.pl in the Visuals/Misc section.
In other news, the band has just finished their second leg of their "European Apostasy" tour which covered UK, France, Spain and Portugal.
The band comments: "We've just come back home...Exhausted but satisfied! It was extremely successful trek I have to say. Shows in London, Lisbon, Limoges and Nantes in France and especially the one in Paris, which we filmed for upcoming DVD were probably our best performances EVER. I'm so fuckin' happy we managed to catch that memorable night on cameras, so we can share it with fans in the nearest future! Also, I'd like to send my regards to both opening bands: Suicide Silence and Devilish Impressions for being great companions! We are taking some time off now, enjoy few weeks of well deserved rest before we hit the road again...Inferno festival and US tour are next! Get ready for some more darkness to come!"
Behemoth are set to make their much anticipated return to North America this spring on "The Invaluable Darkness Tour Part 2" with Dimmu Borgir. The month-long trek, which kicks off on April 2, also features Keep of Kalessin.