Metal News for February 22, 2010
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36 news articles posted on this day.
2 Sides 2 Die has revealed the tracklisting of their upcoming new album, due out this summer. Recording begins in March and the final product will be done by May/June.
The band comments on what you can expect in terms of musical direction: "The chaos of Crutch of the Weak Willed will be there. The sadness and heaviness of Dark Days Ahead will be there. Even old school Method to the Madness Ep. The sounds will be there. However, Synth will be added to 2 of these songs to make for a more "gothic" feel. This record is going to please fans, and make a shitload of new ones."
Here's the tracklisting
1. Better off dead.
2. A Question of Guilt
3. So you Know
4. Fatal Flaw
6. Autumn's Ashes
7. Wrong Impression
8. Bury Me
9. Side Lines
10. Bloody Tears
11. Holy Grail
More info and in depth studio interviews with Zach and the Crew will be posted online in the coming weeks.
Swiss pagan metal band Eluveitie has checked in with the following tour update:
"We have added 2 additional shows to the routing of our upcoming US-Tour - those gigs will be without Amon Amarth but with Eluveitie headlining!
April 7th - Ramona Mainstage, Ramona, CA
April 20th - Peabody's, Cleveland, OH
"Also we are confirmed for the Rocking Chair Festival in Vevey, Switzerland, on the 26th of March.
"We hope to see you there!
"And last but not least - the new album is out, so get your hands on it if you didn't do so yet!"
Here are the upcoming Amon Amarth tour dates: More...
Guitarist and songwriter Ivar Bjornson and the members of Enslaved have issued their second studio report on their new album:
"First of all I would like - on behalf of the whole band - to thank everybody out there for the massive feedback and support you’ve shown since we started spreading the news of recording a new album. A lot of interesting questions came in for the video Q & A. People have commented both on Facebook and Myspace – we’ve chosen to take that as a compliment and an inspiration!
"There will be another round of Q & As compiled from questions sent in by everyone wishing to do so – it will be announced when another round of question-harvesting is due. Also, someone mentioned that they would like to see these studio reports in a video version. We have something for you too! As we are recording, we are also filming quite a lot - from the actual recordings in the studio, as well as around the studio discussing gear, bringing along the camera for the occasional trip to the pub for beer sampling, celebrating [keyboard player] Herbrand [Larsen]’s birthday with Demonaz [of IMMORTAL] and other friends, filming trips to festivals, and on tour while the album is being made. It is all going to be some kind of ‘behind the scenes’ thing that we will release in connection with the release. More details on that later. More...
Swedish death metallers Nirvana 2002 have announced that all original members will reunite for their first ever performance outside of Sweden at this year’s Maryland Deathfest. Nirvana 2002 will perform on Sunday, May 30th during the weekend-long festival that’s held every year in Baltimore, MD. Additional festival details, including the complete line-up, can be found here.
Nirvana 2002 recently saw the release of "Recording 89-91," a collection of almost all of the band’s recorded works including previously unreleased songs and a new remix of their demo "Disembodied Spirits." The release is currently streaming in its entirety at this location.
Florida extreme metallers Order of Ennead recorded their upcoming album "An Examination Of Being" at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with producer Mark Lewis. The new album is due to be released on April 20th in North America and April 26th in Europe. A new track from the release titled "The Concept of Our Extinction" can be heard at the band's MySpace page.
Order of Ennead vocalist/guitarist Kevin Quirion has posted the following track-by-track explanation of the lyrics for the new album:
"I know most people don't read lyrics these days, but this is for the ones who do. Order Of Ennead's new album, 'An Examination of Being', wasn't intended to be a concept album, but since all of the subject matter is on the same topic it lends itself to being one. Below is a brief description of the lyrical content. More...
Brazilian death metallers The Ordher have issued the following update about canceling their upcoming Mexican tour dates:
"We're really sorry to inform to all Mexican maniacs that The Ordher will not be able to be there this week for the 4 shows that were booked in Piedras Negras, Toluca, Ciudad de Mexico and Monterrey. The reason is that we did not get all the papers to make Visa to enter Mexico, we've been worked on that on the last 3 weeks in cooperation of our friends of Evil Entourage, but unfortunately it did not work and so we're not able to enter the country. However, we're already working to get all the papers to get Visa and so to re schedule this tour as soon as possible. Thanks for the support we have got from all Mexican fans on these last weeks, we will meet soon!!"
Indianapolis, Indiana based blackened sludge metal act Coffinworm has completed work on the debut album “When All Became None." The album was recorded with the aid of Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Yob, Yakuza, Twilight, Krieg etc.) within the confines of Semaphore Studios and will be released in April, 2010. Profound Lore records has issued the following statement about the new album:
"The blasphemy and depravity that Coffinworm conjure is something that mirrors a diabolical mix of the sludge doom distortion madness of bands such as Eyehategod and Unearthly Trance, along with an added mix of unholy black metal to heighten the overall aesthetic, and of course giving a nod of respect to such old-school luminaries as Celtic Frost/Hellhamer, Bathory, and Autopsy respectively.
"Look for Coffinworm to bring their perversity at SXSW this year as they will bring nothing but destruction to the stage hosting the Profound Lore/20 Buck Spin showcase on March 19th. As well, Coffinworm have also been confirmed for a few other shows during SXSW. More details surrounding these other shows will be revealed shortly."
The track listing for “When All Became None” is as follows:
1. Blood Born Doom
2. Start Saving For Your Funeral
3. Strip Nude For Your Killer
4. Spitting In Infinity’s Asshole
5. High On The Reek Of Your Burning Remains
6. The Sadistic Rites Of Count Tabernacula
Enthroned has issued the following update about canceling their appearance at the "Bad Vibrations Over Munster" festival:
"Hi folks, Its with deep regrets deep regrets I have to inform you, that we have been forced to cancel Enthroned's appearance at 'Bad Vibrations over Munster' fest this next April. It seems that the anti-fascist organization 'Antifa' cannot make the difference between a Nazi/ fascist concentration and a non-political black metal festival with NO NSBM band or ideas involved!
"We received this mail today from the local organizer : 'Hey man, bad news about the gig in Münster on 03.04. The venue has canceled my event because of a threat of Antifa and I switched to Helvete Club Oberhausen. The owner of Sputnikhalle Münster don't want to make any contracts, nor give me any assurance for 03.04. Besides I wanted to offer both concerts (Bad Vibrations over Münster I and II) as a combi-ticket. So now I can't guarantee for an financial success. Not even that this event will take place, because I can't have any contract with the venue. I am afraid I must cancel this gig. It will be the first time I cancel a published event. I am very sorry about it.'
"No use to say that this kind of action is just lame and in some sort of way laughable coming from an organization which promotes anti-fascism through fascist acts..."
Norwegian metallers Borknagar released their new album "Universal" today, February 22nd. The band has now posted a new e-card online that features sample tracks and the cover artwork for the album. The e-card can be found at this location.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
3. The Stir of Seasons
4. For a Thousand Years to Come
5. Abrasion Tide
8. My Domain (featuring guestvocals by I.C.S Vortex)
Swedish metallers Inmoria have posted a new music video online for the song "In My Dreams." The video clip can be viewed below.
Mastodon have announced they will be playing the Missing Link Festival in Oakland, California on May 8th 2010 at the Fox Theater. The other confirmed bands for the festival include Between the Buried and Me, High on Fire, Baroness, Priestess, Valient Thorr, Black Cobra, and Bison B.C. Mastodon also have the following upcoming tour dates:
2/23 2010 Rock City Nottingham
2/24 2010 Roundhouse London
3/1 2010 Estadio Tres de Marzo Guadalajara
3/3 2010 Estadio Universitario Monterrey
3/5 2010 Estadio Mateo Flores Guatemala City
3/7 2010 Saprissa Stadium SOLD OUT San Jose
3/8 2010 Plaza Figali Panama City
3/10 2010 Park Simon Bolivar Bogota
3/12 2010 La Rinconada Caracas
3/13 2010 Coliseo de Puerto Rico San Juan
4/16 2010 Music Farm Charleston, South Carolina
4/17 2010 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, North Carolina
4/18 2010 The National Richmond, Virginia
4/20 2010 Ram’s Head Baltimore, Maryland
4/21 2010 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey
4/22 2010 Webster Theater Hartford, Connecticut
4/23 2010 The Palladium - NEW ENGLAND METAL FEST Worcester, Massachusetts
4/24 2010 Higher Ground Burlington, Vermont
4/26 2010 The Palace Theater Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4/27 2010 Water Street Rochester, New York
4/29 2010 The Orbit Room Grand Rapids, Michigan
4/30 2010 The Vogue Indianapolis, Indiana
5/1 2010 The Blue Note Columbia, Missouri
5/3 2010 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque, New Mexico
5/4 2010 Rialto Theater Tucson, Arizona
5/5 2010 House Of Blues San Diego, California
5/7 2010 Fox Theater Pomona, California
5/9 2010 Knitting Factory Reno, Nevada
5/10 2010 McDonald Theatre Eugene, Oregon
5/11 2010 Knitting Factory Spokane, Washington
5/13 2010 Shrine Auditorium BIllings, Montana
5/14 2010 The Venue Fargo, North Dakota
5/15 2010 Sokol Auditorium Omaha, Nebraska
5/16 2010 Liberty Hall Lawrence, Kansas
5/18 2010 Orpheum Theater Madison, Wisconsin
5/19 2010 Canopy Club Urbana, Illinois
5/20 2010 Minglewood Hall Memphis, Tennessee
5/21 2010 Valarium Knoxville, Tennessee
5/22 2010 Buster’s Lexington, Kentucky
5/23 2010 Rock On The Range Columbus, Ohio
6/16 2010 Bemowo Airport Warsaw
6/18 2010 Jonschwill Degenaupark Zurich
6/19 2010 Mimon Airport Prague
French metallers Sael have announced that their new album "The 6th Extinction" will be released on April 30th, 2010 via Pictonian Records. Sael is also currently streaming a new song from the album titled "Priest Of Nothingness" online. The track can be heard via the official Pictonian Records MySpace page.
Finnish metallers Amorphis have updated their upcoming European tour schedule with the following dates:
3/26 2010 Club HeVen Järvenpää
3/27 2010 Tapper Tallinn
3/31 2010 Puikkari Kuopio
4/1 2010 Lutakko Jyväskylä
4/2 2010 Finlandia-klubi Lahti
4/3 2010 Drunk’n Monkey Salo
4/10 2010 Nosturi Helsinki
4/24 2010 Hullu Poro Areena Levi
6/19 2010 Myötätuulirock Vantaa
7/3 2010 With Full Force Löbnitz
7/3 2010 Unirock Open Air Istanbul
7/18 2010 Ilosaarirock Joensuu
8/6 2010 W:O:A Wacken
8/7 2010 Vagos Open Air Calvão
8/14 2010 Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall/Derbyshire
Vocalist Michael Kern of Swiss metal act Carnal Decay has issued the following statement about recruiting a session bassist for their upcoming Russian tour dates:
"Hey Peeps. We'll have Big N. aka Nasar aka Fatboy Slim on the session bass with us for our Russian dates next weekend! He is playing bass instead of Michael because Michael wasn't able to sit silly on his ass and had to break his fucking arm! Pictures of the X-rays in the my pics section. We just had 2 rehearsals and things worked out pretty smooth so we're looking forward to our shows in Russia with him! So from Russia with love....."
Carnal Decay's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Catholicon has issued the following statement about canceling two previously announced remixed albums:
"I'd reported earlier on the possibility of two of our earlier releases (The Death Throes of Christianity and Treatise on the Abyss) possibly getting a much anticipated remix and limited vinyl release. I've since excised those posts. I'm sad to report that these will not be happening, and our apologies go out to some of our fans and distros whom have commented, emailed us, or inquired on this possibility in the last month or so. It would have been cool. We couldn't get a unanimous approval on it (but got close). Well, life goes on, and this post will not be one to lament over what might have been.
"I believe there is an upside to every situation; and the upside to this one is that since these 2 items have been taken off of my docket for the year, it frees up more of our limited financial and time resources to work on new projects and new material. So while folks may not get to hear what some fresh production would do toward 're-imagining' two albums that we've all heard before; it does bring us closer to hearing something new instead. We'll hopefully be posting soon on what some of that will be; and what to expect in the future. Cheers."
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have announced they will be performing two Chinese tour dates in July. Chtonic's upcoming shows are as follows:
2/28 2010 JUSTICE FOR ALL concert. Pingtung, Taiwan Pingtung
3/13 2010 MEGA PORT FESTIVAL, Kaohsiung, Taiwan Kaohsiung
7/2 2010 LMA. Macao, China Macao
7/3 2010 HIDDEN AGENDA. Hong Kong, China Hong Kong
Canada's Derelict has posted online the three songs of the "Unspoken Words Trilogy." The tracks "Demonizing," "Never Reborn," and "Surrounded By Decline" are available for streaming through their official MySpace page. Derelict also has the following upcoming tour dates:
3/19 2010 Clyde’s Pointe-Claire, Quebec
5/6 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ Foggy Notions Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario
5/7 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ Kilroy’s Thunder Bay, Ontario
5/8 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ The Zoo Winnipeg, Manitoba
5/14 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ Vern’s Calgary, Alberta
5/16 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ The Taphouse St-Albert, Alberta
5/20 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ Better Than Fred’s Grande Prairie, Alberta
5/21 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ venue tba Prince George, British Columbia
5/22 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ The Longhouse Williams Lake, British Columbia
5/23 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ Squamish Valley 12.5 Mile Squamish, British Columbia
5/24 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ The Funhouse Abbotsford, British Columbia
5/28 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ venue TBA Vancouver, British Columbia
5/29 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ Pogue Mahone Kamloops, British Columbia
6/1 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ Voodoo’s Penticton, British Columbia
6/2 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ venue tba Lethbridge, Alberta
6/8 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ SLYM Youth Center Sioux Lookout, Ontario
6/9 2010 NORTHERN SHORES TOUR @ Black Pirates Pub Thunder Bay, Ontario
German thrashers Destruction have posted a live video clip online for the song "The Butcher Strikes back," which is off their new DVD "A Savage Symphony - the History of Annihilation." The video clip can be viewed below.
Down has posted a video clip online of their performance of the song "Lifer" at the 2009 edition of the "With Full Force" festival. The video clip, which also features a brief interview segment, can be viewed below.
Meinl Percussion have announced they will be releasing a signature timbale set for Dragonforce Drummer Dave Mackintosh. Meinl Percussion issued the following statement about the release:
“DragonForce drummer Dave Mackintosh wanted a distinctive sound for his Signature Attack Timbales. Here’s what we did: We made a pair of 8” diameter timbale shells with a depth of 9” and 11” respectively. This creates a distinctive and tightly matched interval 'dialogue.' The Dave Mackintosh’s Signature Attack Timbales are easily mounted on a rack, drum set, or any standard L-rod.”
The signature timable set can be viewed at this location.
Unsigned Massachusetts progressive death metal has posted a seven minute album teaser their MySpace page.
Frozen's current lineup is as follows:
Kenny Benda - Vocals (Beyond the Embrace)
Mike Abdow - Guitars (Tempus Mori)
Jon Morency - Bass
Peter Rutcho - Keyboards (Vomitron, Graveheart, Armory)
Colin Conway - Drums, Vocals (Cannae)
New York thrash metal band Castrofate has posted a video of James Murphy, of Death, recording bass tracks for their upcoming album that James Murphy is currently producing. Watch the video below:
Unsigned Florida metal band FROM THE THRONE has posted a new song on their MySpace page entitled "Dynasty." The track comes from their upcoming EP, "After Subversion," which was mixed and mastered by James Murphy. The five song EP will be released in March.
Former Fozzy guitarist Mike Martin recently spoke to Noisecreep regarding his split with the band and explained why he felt he is no longer a member. Speaking to the site he said:
"I have received many messages concerning my status with Chris Jericho's band Fozzy and my involvement with the new album. I am no longer with the band as a member. I did not quit nor leave on any terms of mutual dissatisfaction based on unrealistic expectations. Fozzy's management informed me in August of 2009 that the band wanted to make a change to the touring line up. This, I believe, is due to a personal falling out between me and one of the band members over business matters. Their decision, I understand and respect, and will leave any personal matters to remain private. I appreciate all the mail I've received from fans wanting to know what happened and wishing me well."
An interview that Fozzy singer Chris Jericho did with Noisecreep can be viewed below:
Read the full article at Noisecreep.
French progressive metal band HACRIDE has parted ways with original drummer Olivier Laffond and are welcoming new member Mike Roponus (OM MANI) into their ranks.
HACRIDE vocalist Samuel Bourreau explains, "We've been using Mike 's services over the past few months because of Olivier's wife pregnancy. It was originally supposed to be a temporary situation but he decided to quit the band to focus on his new family responsabilities which we perfectly understand. It feels a bit weird for us because we have had the same stable line-up since the band's birth. On top of being a great friend Mike has proved to be one of the best drummer known to us. We are glad to have him as a full member of HACRIDE." More...
New Orleans based supergroup Down has announced that they will be releasing their new live DVD/CD set "Diary Of A Mad Band" on March 23rd through E1 Music. The DVD features over two hours of footage including a full live concert and a documentary. Stay tuned for further details.
Swedish thrash metal band The Law has issued the following update:
"We are hard at work in THE LAW's camp. Currently we are recording an E.P. and a new song, 'Simplify,' will be showcased here on myspace when it's done. We are just waiting for Toby to finish the vocal parts and then we'll send it for mastering. The E.P. will feature two new songs and a revisited version of 'Distort' from out debut CD and a few covers. We are negotiating with our label about the details as we speak. The stuff we've done so far sounds amazing."
"In other news: We're also finding time for rehearsals since we'll visit Denmark for the first time in march, playing 'The Rock' in Copenhagen. It'll be a blast for sure! Also we'll be shredding Trollhättan and Karlstad to pieces shortly before that."
New Jersey black metal band Mortum has issued the following update on their upcoming EP:
"As of now we are about done with the completion of our next anticipated release 'Beyond Which Darkness Holds Secret' EP. It has been over TWO years since we actually released material but the wait will be over soon. There are 3 tracks from the EP up on our page for streaming and more to come soon. We are hoping to get the EP out by June or possibly earlier."
"Our next show isn't for another month or so but it is on March 25th at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ. Bands and other info TBA. Hopefully we'll schedule some more in the upcoming future."
Unsigned Florida death metal band Masticator has recruited two new members and has posted a new single, "Burn Their Bodies," on their MySpace page. The band has also announced the following shows:
02/27 - Revolution - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
03/20 - Area 7 - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Swedish melodic metal band Audiovision will release their second album "Focus" in Europe and North America on April 23rd through Ulterium Records. The album was produced and mixed by Erik Mårtensson [W.E.T., Eclipse] and mastered by Micke Lind [DIO, Candlemass, Talisman].
The "Focus" tracklisting is as follows:
02. Keep the fire burning
03. We are not alone
04. The son will come
05. You are the reason
06. Fruit of love
07. We will go
08. I will belong to you
09. The way
10. The gate
The official release party for "Focus" will be held at The Cave Rock Club in Sundbyberg, Sweden on April 24th together with the bands House of Shakira and Mercury Fang.
American thrash metal veterans Hirax has posted a new music video online for the song, "El Rostro de la Muerte" (The Face Of Death.) You can check it out below. The song is the title track from their latest studio album which was released last year and is the band's first viral music video. More...
Shock rock legend Alice Cooper will be teaming up with movie-making monster Rob Zombie this April when the two head out on a co-headlining tour of North America together beginning April 26th at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, MB.
Rob Zombie commented, "The dream or nightmare comes true! Me and The Coop have been talking about touring together for about 15 years and finally the moment is here. This will be without a doubt a Rock ‘N’ Roll Spooktacular for all the Cool Ghouls."
Alice Cooper added, "I'm looking forward to these concerts with Rob. It's sort of like Dracula vs. Frankenstein, we're like this generation’s classic monsters. When we're not onstage frightening audiences, we'll be backstage trying to scare each other."
Tickets go on sale February 23rd - stay tuned for tour dates.
BerserkerfoX has announced details for the band's debut full legnth album, titled "History.Altar.Ashes" and set to be released through Ovis Records.
"History.Altar.Ashes" features nine original tracks produced, recorded, engineered and mastered by BerserkerfoX. The LP will be released in two formats via Ovis Records DA; a digital download pack available at Amazon, iTunes and over 1000 online stores, with a full-colour digipak available via BerserkerfoX directly and Ovis Records’ BigCartel sites.
Here is the "History.Altar.Ashes" tracklisting:
1. Self Professed Kings
2. Ashes of Solace
3. Flag of Blood
6. Coloured by Blood
7. Within The I’s Mind
8. Before the Door of Irresolution
9. No Prodigy
In themeantime, check out some of the band's music on their MySpace player.
New Hampshire based metallers Archaic Eclipse have issued the following brief update about recruiting a new drummer:
"We would like to welcome our new drummer, Phil Sica to our band. Phil is also the drummer for the Hampton Falls Melodic Death Metal band, Excrecor. Go to this location if you would like to check them out!"
You can check out sample Archaic Eclipse tracks available for streaming via their MySpace page.
Californian black metal band Haeresiarchs of Dis is set to re-release the early demo "Dis" via Toadstool Productions in March of 2010. The band is currently streaming three songs online from the demo album. The tracks "Chaos Plague," "Wolfmoon," and "Black Prophecies" can be heard via the official Haeresiarchs of Dis MySpace page.
Canadian metallers Endast have posted a new web episode online titled "A Day in the Life of Endast." The video clip can be viewed below.