Metal News for February 22, 2009
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21 news articles posted on this day.
Boston thrashers, Ravage, have issued the following update regarding the filming of their upcoming music video, "Grapes Of Wrath:"
"Tonight we filmed the performance footage for a new music video we are doing for the song 'Grapes Of Wrath' from the forth-coming full-length. We are working with famed filmmaker John 'Johnny Kubrick' Koziol, who is one of the minds behind the forthcoming action comedy film 'Lawson: White Heat' which should be out later this year, and he also has worked on an Agnostic Front video and our 'Nightcrawler' video - which also should be fixed up and rereleased when the full-length comes out. The video features both a story-line as well as performance footage so it should be pretty cool when it's all said n' done. " More...
Ohio's Woe of Tyrants are currently debuting their video for "Break the Fangs of the Wicked" at this location. The video was directed by Jake Beemer with Siege Media and filmed at the Majestic Theatre in Chillicothe, OH.
Vocalist Chris Catanzaro explains the video and its concept, "We were very honored to have the opportunity to work with Jake and the crew of Siege Media on our first video for the new record, 'Kingdom of Might.' The song is entitled 'Break the Fangs of the Wicked,' and despite being one of our most popular live songs, Fangs was chosen due to the fact that it successfully culminates the diversity and overall theme of the entire record. The video was shot in our hometown of Chillicothe, OH at the legendary Majestic Theater. We were fortunate enough to have some close, and very talented, friends come out to serve as the performers in the video. The storyline follows the song in that the song is about rising above negativity and evil and going back to square one in our love for our fellow person. We felt this was an important message to convey amidst a genre that speaks death almost constantly, and thanks to the professionalism of the crew we are very confident that it is going to turn out even better than we initially expected!" More...
GOD DETHRONED's new album, "Passiondale," is a concept album about the battle of Passendale around the city of the same name in World War I.
GOD DETHRONED frontman, Henri Sattler, explains how he came up with the story and the concept:
"It says Passendale on the street sign. The little village with its huge Tyne Cot cemetery and memorial centre. I passed it many times on the way to Isaac (Delahaye, our former guitar player) for another of our notorious drinking sessions in Ypres not far from the French border. I got really impressed by how this town breathes World War I. The numerous cemeteries, the Menin Gate with its daily last post ceremony since 1929 with the exception of just one day during a bombardment in World War II, the buildings that have been rebuilt in their original state and definitely all the English, Irish and Scottish people that visit Ypres every weekend, probably because one of their relatives died there during the war. During the night at the bars & pubs they tended to get really drunk and sang louder than the barman could crank up the stereo set! It’s during these times that I got inspired by the Great War and decided to write a concept album about it. Ypres and Passendale were the center of war activities during the war with around 900,000 casualties compared to 9 million worldwide. I realized how harsh it must have been there during those 4 years. Passchendaele was the official name of the little village during the war, but since the English speaking armies couldn’t pronounce that, they nicknamed it to: Passiondale." More...
Bombworks Records has issued the following statement about inking a record deal with Divulgence:
"Bombworks Records announces the signing of Divulgence. Hailing from Greenville, SC, Divulgence roars onto the scene with a base of thrash spiced up with black metal and an occasional death metal leaning to bring a fresh sound to the extreme metal world. The band is very young, with each member 18 years old or less, but the band knows how to bring the metal and supply rifftastic technicality amidst speedy brutality. The band has been playing together for nearly 1 year and recently recorded a 3-song demo which garnered the attention of Bombworks Records. The band has an intense live show and will be seen at the Bombworks' sponsored Day of Metal Stage at Cornerstone Festival in July. Divulgence is writing more material and has plans to record a full length later this year. With influences as wide-ranging as Carcass, Arsis, Crimson Moonlight, Antestor, 1349, and Living Sacrifice, Divulgence is ready to represent the new generation of extreme metal. Check out the band and a couple of songs from their demo at their MySpace page."
Members of Rise Against, Ignite, Death By Stereo and Reach The Sky have announced the formation of Nations Afire. The band includes by Chris Chasse - who also formed Last of the Believers - and Brett Rasmussen (Ignite), Todd Hennig (ex-Death By Stereo), Nik Hill (Ignite) and vocalist Steve Ludwig.
According to their Myspace page, their first show will be Bamboozle Left (California) followed shortly by the Groezrock Festival in Belgium, and a European tour.
The band is currently finishing the song writing process and hitting the studio this month. They plan on releasing an album in March/April. You can find more details - but no music yet - on their Myspace page. More...
Spanish prog-metallers NAHEMAH have finished the recordings to the follow-up of their critically acclaimed Lifeforce Records debut "The Second Philosophy" and are currently in the process of mixing and mastering the new effort entitled "A New Constellation." According to their label, Lifeforce Records, on the new album you'll find more ethereal, spiritual and experimental songs taking to a step higher the characteristic and emotive style of NahemaH.
"A New Constellation" is set for a late May release in Europe and July in North America.
In the meantime you can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.
DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara has posted an update from down under, where they recently kicked off their touring:
"Fuck yes its a goodtime Down under! We Arrived day before yesterday and caught some needed rest after more than 24 hours of travel. Played in Brisbane last night to a massive crowd and tore the place Apart !
The pit was massive , they love there Metal down here man !
"We shared a dressing room with Unearth who we know well, Drank wine with 36 crazyfist played some new DD for Em, hung out with Lamb, lacuna , inflames ..... Its like fuckin metal Summer camp here! We wished Randy from Lamb happy birthday onstage during the wretched Pit, always good having birthdays on the road with friends. Woke up at 7, caught breakfast, we fly at 11 to Sydney, land, drop off our shit at the hotel , then off to the festival to do press all day and bring the thunder tonight! Hail !!!!!"
Australian black metal band Fearscape, who recently signed a record deal with Bombworks records to release their debut album "Scent of Divine Blood," has issued the following update about a bonus track:
"We said there was another surprise to come for the new Bombworks release of Scent of Divine Blood, and here it is...
"The bonus track on the album will be called Nightmare Hymn and is currently in production with guest drummer Jayson Sherlock (inExordium, Altera Enigma). Be prepared for Fearscape as you have never heard it before!"
Swedish super death metal group Bloodbath has issued the following announcement about being unable to play any live shows in 2009:
"Unfortunately, we’ve to announce that Bloodbath must pass this summer’s festival season. Mike and Axe have both confirmed they’re too occupied with Opeth and can not commit to any live shows with Bloodbath until 2010, the earliest. Recruiting live replacements for Mike and Axe have been considered, but is right now not going to be possible for technical aspects and neither appropriate for obvious reasons. So for now, we simply have to hope for more luck and better timing next year if Bloodbath shall return to the stage. With that said, we would like to thank all promoters who’s shown a great interest in Bloodbath performing at their shows and we’d also like to send our apologies to our fans for not meeting your expectations this time."
German band Grave Digger has issued the following announcement about parting ways with their guitarist:
"Dear Grave Digger Fans,
"We are very sad to inform you that we have separated from Thilo Herrmann.
"After all the euphoria about the second guitarist in the beginning, first doubts regarding the current situation of the band started showing up bit by bit.
"There were many different things, starting with the free room on the stage and going on to musical aspects, that have been observed by every old member of the band independently and which finally made us feel that we would have to separate from Thilo. This decision has been made by common consent and on behalf of the whole band. It does not have to do with any interpersonal problems or the like. In fact we took it very hard to separate from that really nice guy that Thilo is.
"Grave Digger has been a well-attuned team for a very long time and according to expectations it’s hard for a new musician to become integrated. Where previously a well practised team performed on the stage we were not able to pal up to a sixth man.
"As for Thilo we wish him all the best for his musical and private future."
Nightrage has issued the following announcement about entering the recording studio tomorrow:
"So the time has finally come to record the new NIGHTRAGE album, and after a year of hard work on the album we"ll enter the legendary Studio Fredman tomorrow to record 11 songs plus one Japanese bonus. For NIGHTRAGE, the style of this record represents a journey back to the first couple of albums, but it's in no way a step back musically; there are some quite interesting arrangements on this album, the songs are straightforward and in-your-face, and it features both searing melodies and sheer brutality. All in all, it"s a clear nod back to when the Gothenburg melodic death metal sound was at its peak, in "94-"98 (something we think a lot of people will agree with us on). Expect more news and also a studio report and video clips from the studio soon!"
Swedish power metal band Narnia has issued the following statement about their upcoming album:
"We are happy to announce that our new album, which has the working title "COURSE OF A GENERATION", will be released in Europe by Massacre Records on July 24th 2009. Details about other territiories will follow later on.
"We're very excited about this record which is our 6th studio-album. We promise that it will by far be the most intense record we have ever made. Count on very melodic up tempo compositions driven my the most aggressive foundation in our history. All drums, rhythm guitars, keyboards and some vocals have been recorded and the bass is being tracked as we speak!
"We suggest that You contact Your local concert promoters and request Narnia for a show in the summer/fall/winter of 2009. Hope to see You on the road."
Norwegian power metal band Gaia Epicus has issued the following statement about working a new album:
"It has only been a few months since the release of "Damnation" but the plans for album number 5 is already in progress. Thomas has already written around 7-8 songs for the next album and a few song titles are "Beyond the universe", "The Raven", "Lost Forever" and "Behind these walls".
"The album will be called "Dark Secrets" and is scheduled for a release in the fall. Cover painting will once again be done by J.P Fournier."
Metallica has been touring the country promoting the new album “Death Magnetic” over the past four months, and the tour is their first in 5 years. The excitement was palpable in the arena, with the audience cheering every techie and roadie during the set changes. The excitement was warranted, and the wait was well worth it. More...
Defunct Finnish metal act Sentenced has issued a statement regarding the death of guitarist Miika Tenkula. It reads as follows: "Sentenced mourn the loss of Miika Tenkula, a dear friend, a truly remarkable artist and musician, and the very soul of what used to be Sentenced. Rest now, brother - in your music and our hearts you will live forever."
An official tribute video has been posted online and can be viewed below. More...
There's so much to see in London. Marble Arch, the London Eye, Tower Bridge and on this night, two of the greatest thrash metal bands to ever grace the stage. New Jersey legends Overkill and Bay Area gods Exodus are kicking off their European tour and look set to destroy every city and every country they invade and tonight it's London's turn. The show took place at the infamous Islington Academy and was booked as part of the Hellfire Festival. More...
Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire has announced some tour dates in March and April:
March 20 @ Ernie November w/ Deadspeak in Cheyenne, Wyoming
March 21 @ Kirby's Beer Store w/Dead Commuter in Wichita, Kansas
March 22 w/ Canyons @ Their House in Marshall, Missouri
March 23 w/ SACAEA @ the Warehouse in Nashville, Tennessee
March 24 Gamers Hangout w/ A Silent Crime Scene, TBA in Leesville, Louisiana
March 25 TMMC club house w/ Pretty Little Flower, Dissent in Houston, Texas
March 26 @ Rock Bottom w/ Elitist, TBA in San Antonio, Texas
March 27 tba- W/Elitist, Texas
March 28 10th Ave. Deli w/ Elitist in Amarillo, Texas
March 29 @Larimer Lounge; Girls Rock! Benefit w/ Elitist in Denver, Colorado
May 15-17 MIDWEST FUCK FEST in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
On May 15, 2009 the only Fear Dark Festival of this year will take place at club De Kelder in Amersfoort, Holland. The first band announced is Miseration (S), with Christian Älvestam (ex-Scar Symmetry) on vocals and guitarist Jani Stefanovic (Mehida, ex-Sins Of Omission).
After being one-half of the popular screamo band From First to Last, Travis Richter (guitars/vocals) and Derek Bloom (drums) have purposefully set aside their knack for mainstream success with their new band The Color of Violence. "Youthanize," as the title implies, is a grinding, surf-y testament to the wit, irony and artistry of two musicians working without restrictions or expectations. The album is due out April 7th on Epitaph.
"The premise of the band was to be spontaneous and lighthearted while at the same time making intense music." says Richter. “I feel like the whole mood of punk music has changed. Or maybe it hasn’t and I have just romanticized the hell out of the whole thing. Either way, I look at the early 80’s punk movement, even just on the west coast, there is so much diversity, from bands like the Weirdos to Black Flag to Bad Religion to X. Take it worldwide and you get bands like GISM, Siouxsie Sioux or the creatures, Nina Hagen, etc. I don’t see that anywhere now. That boldness, that excitement, that diversity. I’m not saying that we are on the level of any of those musicians, because we aren’t, all I mean is that this record isn’t a chugga-chugga blah-blah fuck me I’m angry kind of record. We tried to improv just about everything on the spot in the studio and tried to bring more to the table than the status quo for the genre. At its heart I feel like this is a punk record in that sense.”
According to Epitaph Records, "Youthanize" takes you back to an early era of grindcore/screamo and presents it with an almost indie sophistication. Tracks like "God Gave Me Deeze Nutz," "Christina, Christina," "Me and My Enormous Spirtitual Erection," and the cover of the Pixies’ anthem "Rock Music" take unconventional guitar riffs, brutal production and unpredictable arrangements to create an unsettling and completely modern listen.
“It may not be groundbreaking, and it may not sell any copies, but we tried to be ourselves and experiment,” concludes Richter, “and were all really happy with the way it turned out, so fuck it.”
Motley Crue has announced that they will be releasing a DVD of last year's Crue Fest event on March 24th through Universal. The DVD will include a full concert from Motley Crue recorded at the Molson Amphitheatre in Toronto, Ontario aswell as tracks from Papa Roach, Buckcherry, Trapt and Sixx:Am. Crue Fest will be launched again this year with Motley Crue expected to give more details on the tour on March 16th.
Burning Skies is seeking a new drummer. Here's the post from the band:
"Unfortunately Phil's, rather unexpectedly, decided to step down from the drum throne. His heart isn't in it anymore and we wish him well. We're all pretty stunned at the moment so i'm just going to keep it short and sweet.
"Obviously we're in need of a new sticksman and we're going to get the ball rolling as we have quite a few dates and tours in the pipeline. If you think you're the right guy/gal for the job then drop us a line. Video of you playing would be appreciated and if it's any of our songs then even better. Either contact us here or on email@example.com."