Metal News for February 23, 2009
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28 news articles posted on this day.
Swedish melodic heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE have inked a Japanese licensing deal with KING RECORDS for the release of their sixth full-length album, "Dark Hours."
LION'S SHARE will release its new album in Europe and North America on March 24 via Blistering Records. The follow-up to 2007's "Emotional Coma" was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (OPETH, SYMPHONY X, PARADISE LOST, AMON AMARTH) and features guest appearances by SYMPHONY X guitarist Mike Romeo (guest solo on "Behind The Curtain"), and drummers Conny Pettersson (from Earache Records death metal act ANATA) and Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK).
Here is the complete "Dark Hours" track listing:
1. Judas Must Die
2. Phantom Rider
3. Demon In Your Mind
4. Heavy Cross To Bear
5. The Bottomless Pit
6. Full Metal Jacket
7. The Presidio 27
8. Barker Ranch
9. Napalm Nights
10. Space Scam
11. Behind The Curtain
12. King Of All The Kings (bonus track)
The band states: "The new songs are simply awesome and everybody that has heard it thinks it's our best album to date. The red thread lyric-wise on this album is that all songs are about things that happened in the late Sixties; a decade known for many good things. However, we're not describing the happy times of the Sixties: We give you the 'Dark Hours'. Musically, it's more straight-forward and faster than ever. The songs are filled with energy and great hooks."
A free download of the first single “Judas Must Die” is available at this location.
I wasn't so sure from the initial announcement that the Nine Inch Nails and Janes Addiction tour was a done deal, but apparently it is. Trent Reznor has confirmed it and stated that tour dates will be announced shortly.
The tour, which will celebrate the band's 20th anniversary, is expected to go worldwide, but with less production than their Lights In The Sky tour. Nine Inch Nails is expected to go on hiatus for an unknown duration after the tour.
Heavy Artillery Records has issued the following statement about signing French death metal act The Seven Gates:
"Marching into the new year with guns blazing, HEAVY ARTILLERY is pleased to announce the addition of French death metal masters THE SEVEN GATES to its roster of exclusive artists. Following the release of two critically acclaimed demos, THE SEVEN GATES prepare to unleash their debut album "Angel of Suffering" in the United States on May 12th and in Europe on June 2nd 2009.
"Born from the ashes of revered French underground metal acts Daemonium, Akhenaton and late 80’s French death metal pioneers Mutilated, THE SEVEN GATES began their assault in 2006 with the release of their “All is In All” demo. In 2007 the band followed up with a self-released EP entitled Ghenna’s Sword, gaining THE SEVEN GATES praise from the European metal press and earning them a spot on several “Best of 2007” lists in many of the Europe’s leading metal publications. That same year, the bands’ first tour evoked frenzied interest from fans and further praise from the press, rousing the attention of New York’s HEAVY ARTILLERY RECORDS who quickly offered the band a place on their roster.
"Angel of Suffering delivers 10 tracks of old-school death metal with an endless supply of hooks, masterful musicianship and a sufficient dose of pure fucking evil, sure to please fans of early Deicide, Morbid Angel and Entombed."
Drowning Pool is streaming two songs from their upcoming live CD "Loudest Common Denominator," which is due out March 3rd. You can check em out here. The album will also feature two exclusive acoustic versions of the songs "37 Stitches" and "Shame."
The band has also streamed a trailer for the effort, which you can view below. More...
Spanish thrash metal band, AGGRESSION, has announced that their debut album with XTREEM MUSIC is nearing completion and will be entitled "MoshPirit." Cover artwork can be seen here.
"MoshPirit" features 9 tracks, five of which are being rerecorded from the band's debut MCD called "Thrashing Your Brain." The debut album will be recorded in Barcelona, at Axtudios by Mr Ax, and the mix & mastering of the album will be handled by Erik Monsonis.
New York power metal band, Gothic Knights, has issued the following message welcoming their new keyboardist, Jared Sloan:
"Keyboardist extraordinaire, Jared Sloan has joined the ranks of Gothic Knights. For the past several months Jared has been working with the band on new material as well as preparing past material for live shows. His skill and influences in classic and progressive power metal as well black metal allows Gothic Knights to bring forth new elements in creativity and live performance. Gothic Knights are currently finishing up the final tracks to their next CD release 'Reflections from the Other Side.'"
The winners of the Summer Slaughter Battle of the Bands events that were held accross Australia on Friday night have been posted online by promoter Soundworks Touring. The competition was held to determine the opening support act at each of the five national shows.
Here are the results:
NSW - Dred (myspace.com/dredmetal)
QLD - Signal The Firing Squad (myspace.com/signalthefiringsquad)
SA - Closed Casket (myspace.com/closedcasketmetal)
WA - Gallows For Grace (myspace.com/gallowsforgrace)
VIC - A Million Dead Birds Laughing (myspace.com/amdbl) More...
German metalcore band Maroon has announced their first 2009 summer festival dates. They will be playing the WITH FULL FORCE once again this year, as well as the Vainstream Rockfest, Rock Area Festival and Sucks'N'Summer Festival. Additional festival appearances are expected to be announced soon.
Puscifer, one of the side projects of Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan, has vaguely announced on their website that they are planning a stop at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, CA on April 4th, 2009 as a follow-up to their debut shows.
Avery's Descent, a metal from Montreal, Canada, are in the midst of pounding out their first studio album after the band has been in the mix of the Montreal metal scene for the past four years.
The band was recently seen this past weekend playing a show for a hometown crowd and sounded absolutely destructive with a great stage presence to boot. They are currently recording in the studio of Uplift Productions and the man at the reigns of that operation is none other than Kevin Jardine (Slaves on Dope, The Monarchy). Their album is set to launch in the summer of 2009.
Italian goth metal act Lacuna Coil has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming new studio album, "Shallow Life." The album is scheduled to be released on April 20th in Europe and the day after in North America. The band will also be taking part in this years edition of the Music As A Weapon tour along with Chimaira, Killswitch Engage and headliners, Disturbed.
The tracklisting for "Shallow Life" is as follows:
"I Won't Tell You"
"I'm Not Afraid"
"I Like It"
Danish thrashers The Burning have issued the following statement about streaming a new song on their MySpace page:
"We have posted a new song "Evangelical Cannibal" on our page... This one is a fucking monster, hope you enjoy!! "Evangelical Cannibal" is the 8th song on the new album, and we feel it shows a little of everything we are doing on the new album..."
Swedish metallers The Legion have issued the following statement about the release of their upcoming album:
"We are proud to announce the release of our third album “A Bliss to Suffer” through Listenable Records on the 27th of April. Entirely produced by us band members ourselves at Art Decay Studio during a series of sessions in 2007 and 2008, this onslaught displays the relentless speed and severe brutality of previous efforts blended together with strangely atmospheric and epic elements, taking our lethal concoctions to new heights. We wouldn’t brag without a good reason – this thing will kill you.
"In other news, vocalist Martinsson is back as a permanent member after commitments elsewhere, and celebrates the return with a never-ending row of ghastly shrieks all through the album.
"Last but not least, there is now an official The Legion MySpace site up and running at. This is the only MySpace channel with 100% valid and verified information straight from the band. Excerpts from “A Bliss to Suffer” will be available for streaming listening as soon as possible."
Rob Zombie, who recently announced that he would be delaying his new studio album to focus on directing, has issued the following announcement about beginning the filming of the Halloween sequel:
"Tomorrow we officially start shooting H2. Although we sort of started on Friday with a couple scenes. I'll update with a few exclusive pics from the set on Tuesday. Wish us luck, it's going to be crazy."
Children of Bodom bassist Henri Samuli Seppälä recently conducted an interview with the website Female First in which he states that the band is working on a cover album. Excerpts from the interview are below:
FF: How are you enjoying being in the UK again?
H: Yeah, we love it; it's getting better all the time... when we stated coming here about four years ago it was only in very small places and now it's much bigger. I just came outside and saw the huge line; it's pretty amazing! It's a little grey outside though.
FF: I know it's freezing! It's been snowing too, is it snowing where you've come from?
H: It's freezing there as well yeah, but it's been sunny there too.
FF: Are you going to be releasing any new material this year?
H: Hum, I don't know. I don't know if it's supposed to be a secret... [FF: You can tell us, we won't tell anyone!] there's a plan to release a cover album because we've done a lot of covers in the past; it should be out this fall or next fall.
Read the full article at Female First.
Florida black metal band Kult Ov Azazel has issued the following announcement about streaming two new songs online:
"The North American release date for Destroying The Sacred is June 2, 2009. To our knowledge there is no European distribution at this point. We have streamed another song titled Gutting Religious Heritage on the Myspace page. You can also hear the song Conquer & Decimate there as well. We have added interviews from 2008 with Satan’s Sadist and Funeral March Zine at the website (www.kultovazazel.com).
"We are also offering an advance track of Conquer & Decimate to all metal broadcast & internet radio shows for play. Contact email@example.com and we'll reply back with the download link. Include a link to your radio show in the email. No link, no reply. The mp3 is high quality audio (320 kbps, 44.1 KHz, Stereo) made in the studio from the master disc.
"Destroying The Sacred is also our last contracted album with Arctic Music. It’s been a great working with them on the past four albums but our contractual obligations are done and we are now on the hunt for a new label. Labels interested in working with Kult ov Azazel can contact firstname.lastname@example.org."
Danish folk metallers Svartsot, who recently had several members leave the band, have issued the following announcement about securing a new line up:
"After having been in contact with a few vocalists and trying one or two of them out, we have finally found one just two weeks before the first show with the new line up! The new man is Thor Bager of Disintergrated (DK) who only had a week to prepare himself for the first rehearsal. We have just held a rehearsal weekend with him and he has settled quite well into the band already.
"We can also announce that drummer Danni Lyse Jelsgaard has now joined the band on a permanent basis. Work on the new material has already started, and we will concentrate on this over the next few months. We hope to enter the studio as soon as the material is ready and all the formal procedures have been sorted. We'd like to thank everyone who has contacted us, both fans and musicians, for your support. Cheers, and stay folk metal!"
Battlefields has issued the following announcement about the release date of their upcoming album:
"The exclusive Translation Loss Mail-order Preorders have just gone up for the BATTLEFIELDS "THRESHOLDS OF IMBALANCE" record which is slated for a March 31st release!
"Preorder the exclusive t-shirt and cd combo for $25 (postage paid within the USA, foreign shipping options are available!) or you can pre-order the gorgeous 6 panel digi CD by itself!"
The album cover can be viewed here.
French black metal band NIRNAETH revealed the title and tracklisting for its next album.
Here is the tracklisting for "Splendour of the Abyss":
1. My Misanthropy
2. Let Me Inside
3. The Encounter
5. Spirit Elimination
7. Grace Beyond The Flesh
9. Place Of Solace
You can watch a video studio report that contains extracts of the new material below. More...
SUSPYRE, a progressive metal band from New Jersey, announces after an entire year of auditions that they have a new drummer, GABE MARSHALL.
Gabe discusses joining Suspyre, "As well as being phenomenal musicians, they’re a blast to hang out with. The vibe is great and the shows are going to be killer!" More...
New Jersey metal act Dark Empire has revealed that they have parted ways with vocalist Jens Carlsson. A message from the bands guitarist Mark Moliti reads as follows:
"This decision was a long time coming and it was a hard one to make, since Jens is a great dude to work with. With him living in Sweden and the rest of us in the New Jersey, it is impossible to do any kind of gigging, which is something we need to make this band continue. This was a mutual decision and there are no hard feelings at all. We wish Jens the best in his endeavors with Persuader and Savage Circus. As for a replacement, since I am already writing new material, we would like to find one as soon as possible. We're most interested in a singer with an abrasive or hard rock quality to their voice, and of course, must be living in or willing to commute or relocate to the northern New Jersey/NYC area.
"Send any audio or video samples to our MySpace page: www.myspace.com/darkempireband"
A posting from Jens Carlsson himself reads: "After a long consideration, we in the band made the decision for me to step down as singer for Dark Empire. For Matt and the guys to push the band forward, live appearences are essential and the fact that I live in Sweden was becoming a bigger and bigger problem. I also have Persuader and Savage Circus who need attention as well. There are no hard feelings, but something had to be done about the situation. I wish the guys in DE all the best, and you fans out there, keep on rocking!"
Heavy metal legend King Diamond will be a part of the forthcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica video game as a playable character aswell as having the song "Evil" from his old band Mercyful Fate included in the game. Speaking on the game he said: "It's been absolutely amazing to be a part of this Guitar Hero experience. It was quite a trip to re-record the song 'Evil' almost 25 years after the original recording took place. The end result with four out of the five original musicians turned out so much better than I would ever have hoped for. Seeing my animated character take form was totally eerie in a very good way. It's so strange to see yourself animated in such perfect detail - cross bone microphone, Eye necklace and all. This game looks and sounds METAL all the way. HORNS UP!!!"
Drummer Bill of NY metallers, Malstrom, has issued the following update:
"While on downtime dealing with the multiple lineup issues we've been having over the past few months while we retool and re-gear for 2009, I've been working with Malstrom alumnus and co-founder Mike Capasso on a new record he has been writing over the past two years. Today I tracked drums for it, and I can now safely say, it'll be a behemoth of a record when it's completed! We're tracking with Kurt Legee (responsible for tracking our Obligated by Obscurity record, as well as guitarist for the criminally unknown and fantastic rock band System Noise) at his Williamsburg based studio Lucid Production. So far this project is featuring three tracks including a mammoth epic clocking in at over 27 minutes. I'll be passing along more details as this project develops, so stay tuned!"
"In Malstrom related news, we will be announcing some major lineup news hopefully over the course of next month, but for now we can announce we are gearing up to take on 2009 with a vengeance to make up our absence for most of 2008!"
A new video has been posted online which shows Lamb Of God guitarist Mark Morton and vocalist Randy Blythe discussing each song from their new studio album, "Wrath." You can check it out below. The album was released today in Europe and will be released in North America tomorrow. More...
Canadian rock band Danko Jones has posted their new video online for the song "Sugar High" which comes off their new B-Sides compilation, available now. You can check out the video below. More...
Megadeth are currently touring Europe alongside Judas Priest and Testament as part of this years Priest Feast. Drummer Shawn Drover has checked in with the following update:
"Day two of our two day off break here in Dortmund, Germany and I have to say it is certainly well deserved. It is always beneficial to 'recharge the batteries' which mostly for me just consists of getting a lot of sleep, and watching movies and/or TV shows I have downloaded from my iTunes. I had heard that a TV sitcom called 30 Rock was quite funny from a few different sources, so I purchased five episodes on my iTunes and watched them for the first time last night - I thought they were absolutely hilarious, so now of course I will purchase all the episodes today. For me, being our here in different countries, I crave the thing's I enjoy at home, so things like this bring a big smile to my face."
Melbourne’s The Red Shore has decided to pull out of the inaugural Australian Summer Slaughter Tour, scheduled for March 2009.
Here is an official statement from the band:
“We regret to inform our Australian fans and also the fans of the Summer Slaughter tour, that due to various reasons, The Red Shore will no longer be able to participate in the tour. Throughout the last few months we felt that certain circumstances pertaining to the tour did not suit the band and this coupled with some ongoing medical problems with some of our members and some financial constraint simply means that opting out of this tour was the best thing for the band at this point in time. We hope you will all still go to the shows and support both Aussie Metal and Metal worldwide. Thanks.”
Local openers will be announced on Monday, February 23, after the Battle Of Bands results have been decided.
The Australian Summer Slaughter 2009 Tour features Necrophagist, Dying Fetus, Aborted and The Faceless, plus the local openers to be announced. They are playing on the following dates:
Fri March 13th @ The Manning Bar , Sydney (Lic / AA)
Sat March 14th @ The Red Room, Brisbane (Lic / AA)
Sun March 15th @ Fowlers Live, Adelaide (Lic / AA)
Mon March 16th @ Club Capitol, Perth (18+)
Tue March 17th @ The Corner Hotel, Melbourne (18+)
Knut posted the following update on their MySpace recently:
"it's been a while since we came up with an update. nothing much as we're still busy writing material, at a rather slow pace admittedly (but how long did keelhaul take??)... no shows or tours planned during this process, except for the odd event (stay tuned but avoid offering). merchandise such as cds, limited terraformer lps and boy/girl shirts & hooded sweaters can be ordered to us directly; we also carry a few copies of the 3-cd "falling down" complication featuring the one and only new knut track available on earth and elsewhere. ask for details, sizes and prices: email@example.com
"Last but not least, division records is planning a reissue of challenger (long gone) in vinyl with gatefold sleeve. more on this asap."