Metal News for February 25, 2010
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32 news articles posted on this day.
Mastodon will be making an extra Sonisphere Festival appearance in Athens, Greece on June 24th, 2010. More information on the festival can be found at this location. Mastodon's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
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 PThe 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
5/8 2010 THE MISSING LINK Oakland, California
5/8 2010 The Missing Link Oakland, 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
6/24 2010 Terra Vibe Park Athens
Norwegian black/folk metal band FAANEFJELL has uploaded the first song, "Hedningens Time," from their new album to their MySpace page. Their upcoming album is entitled "Trollmarsj" and is scheduled to be released this Spring 2010 via Mayhem Music.
AC/DC set a new audience record at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium, reports Kathy McCabe in the “Daily Telegraph.” At noon on Monday, February 22nd, the band had sold 212,729 tickets for their three concerts at the stadium compared with 211,747 for U2’s Vertigo tour in 2006. The gross for the Sydney shows is expected to be over $25 million, with another $4 million in merchandising.
In related news, AC/DC’s Black Ice leaped up twelve places on the ARIA Charts to #11. Their first collection of older tracks “Backtracks” is up twenty-two places to #36, their first live album “Live” is up forty-three places to #46, and their first No.1 album from 1980 “Back in Black” also climbed twenty-two places to #57, and lastly they re-enter at #97 with “The Razors Edge,” their 1990 No. 3 album.
HEAVENWOOD has posted a new pre-production track, entitled "Morning Glory Clouds (In Manus Tuas Domine)" on their MySpace page. The song comes off their upcoming album
Swedish melodic death metallers The Cold Existence have issued the following update about parting ways with their drummer and working on a new album:
"We just wanted to let you people out there know about what´s happening on the TCE camp! Joakim decided to leave this band to concentrate more on his other band Nox Aurea. There is no hard feelings between the band and Joakim for this and we wish him good luck with his other bands.
"We are in the middle of the writings for our new album that will be released on Pulverised Records later this year and PTR Derenius from Swedish band Maleficio will contribute with his drumming on this album. Basisst Peter Laustsen have played together with PTR several years before and can promise that his skills will give the band the little extra we are looking for."
Wisconsin's champions of thrash, Lazarus A.D., have unleashed their new video for the track "Absolute Power" from their critically acclaimed debut album, "The Onslaught." The video, like their other two, was directed by Jason Meudt and Emmet Austin of Vision 4 Films.
Jeff Paulick comments, "Yeah it was cold when we shot this video. But the bright side was we had plenty of beer, weed and good friends around to help make it a good time. The guys at Vision4Films always take care of us and I think this video is our best yet. I hope everyone enjoys watching the behind the scenes footage. We can't wait to see everyone on the upcoming Kreator tour. We hope you guys tear the fucking roof of the place during our set."
Watch the new video for "Absolute Power" below and the "making of" segments parts 1 and 2 can be seen on the band's youtube channel.
Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler has teamed with producer Josh Wilbur (Atreyu, Avenged Sevenfold) to produce the new album from the band This or the Apocalypse, which is due out this Spring on Good Fight Music. This or the Apocalypse signed to LifeForce Records and released their first commercial debut, "Monuments", in September 2007 in the US and the rest of the world the following month.
Chris Adler had the following to say about the working with This or the Apocalypse on the production of their new record: “I've been wanting to produce a band other than my own for a while now, but never found one that inspired me quite enough to jump in. It's an exhaustive process to commit your creativity and focus to someone else. Most bands that are noticed today do one thing really well, or are known for a particular direction. Few combine as many elements as seamlessly as This or the Apocalypse. This record is intense to say the least. It feels like a landmark music moment. Time will tell, but I'm obviously pretty f'n psyched.”
Vocalist Ricky Armellino also commented: “Normally when you meet people in Adler's position, the last thing on their mind is finding new music or even listening to it. Chris still finds the time. He's full of music and got a ton of energy; I feel like getting him into the writing/ recording process for the new album was an incredible circumstance for us. From day one we've been shooting back and forth demos, lyric sheets, home recordings of White Lion songs and developing a lot of ideas together. Josh Wilbur's an incredible vocal producer and his recordings are organic, huge, and a cut above anything you hear in the genre, so getting him in the mix was a huge blessing for the project. These guys are family to us now and we can't wait to get this monster on the shelves.”
Earache Records has announced the signing of Singapore grindcore band WORMROT.
WORMROT is a three-piece band formed in 2007 by school friends Arif (vocals) and Rasyid (guitars) joined by drummer Fitri, WORMROT.
WORMROT recorded a number of EPs and splits, before recording their debut full-length album, "ABUSE." Originally released by Scrotum Jus Records in May 2009, Earache Records will re-issue "ABUSE" with a 34 track bonus disc of demos and unreleased material, in all of its punishing glory on April 12th, 2010, before WORMROT kick off a European tour. View the "ABUSE" album cover at this location. More...
Newly formed metal band THE HIGH CONFESSIONS has announced their signing to Relapse Records. THE HIGH CONFESSIONS features Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and noted recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG and STEREOLAB).
THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will release their Relapse debut, "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions," this summer.
New Jersey hardcore band ENDER has announced their signing to Eulogy Recordings. Their debut album "This Is Revenge" was recently recorded at Treehouse Studios (Jersey City, NJ) and produced by Weston Kleinknecht. "This Is Revenge" will be released on Eulogy Recordings in the spring. They are currently planning tours to support the album.
Drummer Danny Lavarco comments, "We are very excited to announce that we have signed with Eulogy Recordings. We join the ranks of such great bands they have put out over the years and are stoked to be a part of the Eulogy family. We wanted a label that would absolutely love our band, and Eulogy definitely was the right route to take. We will be announcing a release date for our album soon, and as well as a bunch of tours we are currently working on right now. We will also have a bunch of new merch to go along with it. We are excited to work with John and the rest of the staff over at Eulogy! We thank everyone for their support over the 1 year we have been a band and it's all because of you guys that this is all happening for us. We can't wait to get the album out and see everyone on the road!" More...
Naples, Florida metal band King Conquer has officially joined the Mediaskare Records family. According to the band, "We're extremly stoked to be apart of the Mediaskare Family." The label comments, "We're really excited to have signed such a hard working band. We have a lot of plans for them this year and all our other bands, this is a new year for Mediaskare and we are coming full force." King Conquer's full length album will be recorded in April 2010 at Undercity Recordings in California and will be released in Fall of 2010.
Mudvayne has posted their new music video for "Beautiful and Strange." The video has been banned from TV and is the first in a three-part series, with the video for "Scream With Me" being the last installment. Watch the video Below
Saosin will return to the road in the U.S. this month after spending time touring South East Asia in support of their sophomore release "In Search Of Solid Ground," which was released on Sep. 8th, 2009. The Orange County based quintet will headline the bill with support from Maylene and The Sons of Disaster, which started in Bakersfield, CA on February 18th and will finish up in Pomona, CA on March 21st. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
2/23 Indianapolis, IN Emerson Theater
2/24 Sauget, IL Pop’s
2/25 Covington, KY The Mad Hatter
2/26 Chicago, IL Cubby Bear
2/27 Detroit, MI Shelter
2/28 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
3/2 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
3/3 Cambridge, MA Harper’s Ferry
3/4 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
3/5 Providence, RI Jerky’s Live Music Hall
3/6 Baltimore, MD Ottobar
3/7 Virginia Beach, VA Skate High
3/9 Richmond, VA Canal Club
3/10 Louisville, KY Headliner’s Music Hall
3/11 Nashville, TN Exit/In
3/12 Johnson City, TN Capone’s
3/13 South Columbia, SC St. Patricks Day at Five Points
3/14 Greensboro, SC Greene Street
3/17 Denver, CO Keggs and Eggs
3/18 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
3/19 Tuscon, AZ Club Congress
3/20 San Bernardino, CA Stinger’s Bar and Nightclub
3/21 Pomona, CA Glass House
The 2010 edition of the Metal Fest Open Air Austria will take place from May 12th - 15th, 2010 More information on the festival can be found at this location. The currently confirmed line up for the festival is as follows:
Twilight of The Gods
Six Feet Under
Legion of the Damned
Brooklyn, NY's Tombs have announced a string of spring tour dates taking them to and from Austin, TX for South By Southwest. The band will kick things off in Richmond, VA, teaming up with label-mates Howl, Black Tusk, and Graves of Valor on select dates. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below. Tombs are touring in support of their new album Winter Hours, which is currently streaming in its entirety at this location.
3/13 Richmond, VA Plaza Bowl (w/ HOWL, JAVELINA)
3/14 Nashville, TN Little Hamilton
3/15 Birmingham, AL Magic City Wholesale (w/ GRAVES OF VALOR)
3/16 Houston, TX Walter's On Washington (w/ GRAVES OF VALOR)
3/17 Austin, TX Red 7 (as part of the Relapse Records 2010 SXSW Showcase)
3/18 New Orleans, LA Checkpoint Charlie's (w/ BLACK TUSK, GRAVES OF VALOR)
3/19 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn (w/ GRAVES OF VALOR)
3/20 Florence, SC Irby's (w/ GRAVES OF VALOR)
4/18 Burlington, VT 242 Main (w/ GODS & QUEENS)
5/30 Baltimore, MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Death Fest)
Norwegian death metal act Cage of Torment has officially parted ways with their vocalist Gorbag (also of black metal band Emancer). The band has not announced a replacement vocalist at this time and the demo that was planned for a 2010 release is delayed indefinitely until a new vocalist is found. Cage of Torment will still continue on as a three piece for the foreseeable future. Sample Cage of Torment tracks can be heard at the band's official MySpace page.
Suicide Silence has added three Texas shows in addition to the South by So What festival in Frisco, TX on March 14th.
Mar. 13 Lubbock, TX - Jake's
Mar. 15 Houston, TX - Scout Bar
Mar. 16 San Antonio, TX - Scout Bar
Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition." You can check it out below. The album was produced by Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with Megadeth, Testament and Onslaught, as well as on previous Exodus albums and will be released on May 7th in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.
Speaking on the artwork, founder and guitarist Gary Holt stated: "We wanted to portray the violence of man at its finest, so we started with our own version of the Leonardo da Vinci sketch [of Vitruvian Man], but done the ‘Exodus’ way! I was pointed in the direction of Colin Larks of Rainsong Design for the cover and he killed it! To me, the artwork represents man and his affinity for bloodshed, ignorance, and all-around ability to be led like sheep to the slaughter. The image fits the songs on this record perfectly. The whole layout is going to as sick as the record itself!" More...
California thrashers Defiance will be playing a free show at the Rasputin's Records store in Mountain View, California on Friday March 12th at 6pm. Following the show Defiance will also host a signing session for fans.
The upcoming Defiance tour dates are as follows:
3/12 2010 Rasputin’s Records Mountain View, California
3/18 2010 The Whiskey Hollywood, California (with Warbringer)
4/10 2010 Blank Club San Jose, California
Japanese doom metallers Church of Misery have announced they will be embarking on a short U.K. tour alongside Cathedral and Gates of Slumber. After the tour the band's guitarist Tom Sutton will also be parting ways with the band. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
4/26 : Manchester Academy 3/ England
4/27 : Dublin The Village / Ireland
4/28 : Belfast Limelight / N.Ireland
4/29 : London ULU / England
4/30 : Glasgow King Tut's / Scotland
5/01 : Birmingham Academy 2 / England
Austrian metallers Edenbridge recently finished the recording of their 7th studio album, entitled "Solitaire," which will be released in May 2010. The band has now issued the following update about parting ways with their bassist:
"Simon Holzknecht has left Edenbridge due to personal reasons! Edenbridge wish him all the best for the future! Passion, personality, live experience and of course playing technique. If you think you can bring all this, you should not hesitate to apply for the vacant bass player position in Edenbridge! Your application with photo goes to email@example.com."
Sample Edenbridge tracks are available for streaming via their MySpace page.
Vocalist A.Lundr of atmospheric black metal act Panopticon has issued the following update about the band's upcoming releases:
"Friends, it's been a long time and I feel the need to let you guys know what I have been so busy with. After our hand fasting this fall,my wife Bekah and I traveled through Sweden and Norway, hiking and camping in the vast forests,mountains, and coastal areas of Scandinavia. We returned refreshed and with a renewed perspective. I spent much of the time since then writing and touring with Seidr, mixing the (now in the process of being mastered) ‘on the subject of mortality’ and getting ready for what is to come. I know some of you feel that I have a tendency to take on more that I can handle, so what follows will certainly fuel your fire.
"In march: Panopticon:collapse lpx2(at press!!) limited to 500 copies on color vinyl in a gatefold lp with new artwork, this record features a bonus track with guest vocals by Rob ‘the Baron’ Miller of the legendary AMEBIX. Out on Flenser Records in March. Pre-order up soon. More...
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'anno has announced that he will be touring Russia, Belarus, and the Ukraine in April. The currently announced dates are as follows:
9/04 Plan B, Moscow, Russia
10/04 West World Club, Minsk, Russia
11/04 Konzertniy Zal GrGU, Grodno, Belarus
12/04 TBA, Brest Belarus
13/04 Gorodskoy Dvoretz Kultury, Chernogov, Ukraine
15/04 Ukrainskiy Theatre, Odessa, Ukraine
16/04 TBA, Ukraine
17/04 TBA, Russia
18/04 TBA, Russia
Vader has issued the following update about changing two upcoming tour dates:
"With shows in Rostock and Hamburg Vader and the guest acts kicked off 'Blitzkrieg 5 Tour 2010.' The tour will last for over thee weeks from now. However, there have been two important changes in the previously announced tour schedule. The Tomahavk Festival scheduled for March 13 has been officially canceled due to a sluggish ticket sales. On this day (March 13) you can see Vader in Kassel (K-19). The show in Gothenburg scheduled for March 19 has been moved to a different location (Parten instead of previously announced Sticky Fingers). During the currently running tour Vader is going to present a different live set (compared to 'Funeral Nation Tour 2009 and 2010'). Right after the tour in Europe the band will appear on another tour in the US together with Overkill. Then, Vader will hit the road under the flag of 'Unholy Titans Tour 2010.' In the end of May Vader will attack the East on a tour covering Russia, Belorus, the Ukraine and Asia. More info will follow soon."
Vader's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Venien, co-creator of the California black metal act Von, has issued the following update about releasing an album titled "Tribal Blood" through his new band Von Venien:
"Von Music Group is scheduled to start recordings for the debut album from the band Von Venien entitled Tribal Blood. Von Venien was created by Venien, the co-creator of the black metal band VON and owner of the independent record label Von Music Group. The debut album, Tribal Blood is tentatively scheduled to be released in Mid November, with a June release date of the title track Tribal Blood as a single release with a few special extras. Venien respects the raw essence of the band he helped create and pledges to inflict a raw, brutal, and tribal ritual for those that have for so long been longing for the black coming of Venien to arrive, he is coming this cold winter."
As was previously announced, Drummer Erik Thyselius of Swedish metal act Scarpoint will be filling in for Alexander Svenningson of Dead By April. Erik has now issued the following update:
"Hey fuckers!! Sitting on the train on my way down to Gothenburg. Am a bit pissed since Sweden lost against Slovakia in the Olympic icehockey game but I´m really looking forward to todays rehearsal with Dead By April (here on refered as DBA). As soon as I get to Gothenburg I´m going to my PDP and Sabian office to pick up my kit and the other stuff that I´m gonna use during this trip. For all of you drum nerds, usually I have a lot of different cymbals and stuff when I play, this time I had to take away a lot of cymbals cause I will not use them and it would just be additional weight to the already heavy drum cases and hardware.
"After we´ve picked up my stuff we´ll be heading straight to the DBA rehearsing room for a couple of hours of rehearsal. Will get back later on with that report. Until then as always, Stay twisted fuckers!!"
Drummer Dante X-X from Swedish act Slodust has issued the following update about finishing the recording for the band's new album:
"Hey friends!!! We`re going back into the studio next week to complete the album. This past weeks we've worked on some super new material so we always working friends. This song is NOT going to be on the record. The shape and form on the songs is not even half done, and as always, Slodust is never gonna put out something official that were not 100% satisfied with. So, as I said, we already have some more ideas for the 'next' record... Stay tuned for the next album...and the one after that... PS: The record is no longer untitled......stay tuned."
You can also check out sample Slodust tracks through their MySpace page.
FALLEN MARTYR has announced they will take part on the Most Infernal Of Hails Tour with Indianola Records artist Acirema. The band is currently on the METAL AS ART second leg with Starring Janet Leigh, and is starting to become a touring machine. Here are the latest Fallen Martyr tour dates:
Most Infernal Of Hails Tour with Acirema:
3/16 – Washington DC @ The Asylum
3/18 – Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
3/19 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Club Relevant
3/20 – Wilson, NC @ Luna Bean
3/22 – Fayetteville, NC @ Jesters Pub
3/23 – Murfreesboro, NC @ Zakks Coffeehouse
3/24 – Jacksonville, NC @ Hooligans
3/25 – Wilmington, NC @ Luckys Pub
3/26 – Burlington, NC @ The Raven
3/27 – Greensboro, NC @ Backdoor Skatepark
3/28 – Beaufort, SC @ House of Tunes Music Hall
3/31 – Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
4/1 – Dallas, TX @ Skillman Street Bar
4/2 – Denton, TC @ The Boiler Room
4/3 – Dallas, TX @ Bills Records $FREE, in store promo$
4/4 – Houston, TX @ The Jet Lounge
4/6 – Tallahassee, FL @ Big Daddy’s
4/7 – Orlando, FL @ Liquid Scrips
4/9 – Columbus, GA @ Gallery 13 w/ Within The Ruins, I Am Abomination
Remaining METAL AS ART tour w/ Starring Janet Leigh
2/26 – Oneonta, NY @ Foothills Pac
2/27 – Burlington, VT @ Daybreak Community Church
2/28 – Manchester, NH @ Ground Zero
3/3 – Danbury, CT @ City Ale House
3/4 – New York, NY @ Fontana’s TONES OF DEATH SHOW
American rock legends Aerosmith have announced that they will be heading across the pond this summer to perform a string of headlining shows in Europe and the United Kingdom. "Back by popular demand with more spit and fire than ever before, we're coming across the pond and parting the waters as we go." says lead singer Steven Tyler.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Rhino Records has announced that a new "greatest hits" collection from the legendary Pantera will be released on March 30th. The record is entitled, "1990-2000: A Decade Of Domination" and will be available only at Walmart stores. The collection features remastered versions of the following songs:
Cowboys From Hell
Mouth For War
5 Minutes Alone
Drag The Waters
Revolution Is My Name
New York Hardcore legends Madball have announced that they have signed a new European deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The band are expected to release a new studio album this year, their first since 2007's "Infiltrate The System."
Vocalist Freddy Cricien (AKA Freddy Madball) commented: "I'm very proud to announce that we have signed with Nuclear Blast, for Europe and it's various territories. We are entering a new and very important chapter in our lives/career, and I know this is the right home for us in Europe...without a doubt! I feel that all the folks at NB genuinely understand and respect our history, longevity, legacy, etc. I also know they believe in our future,in what we still have to offer.. Which will manifest itself in our new album coming out this year! Not to mention, it is an honor and privilege to be label mates with the legendary Agnostic Front. We have not shared a label together since our first release on In Effect/Relativity in 1989. Not only are they family, literally, but they are also an inspiration to all of us in the Hardcore world and beyond! Looking forward to a new year, new label, and new record! See you on tour!"
Nuclear Blast A&R representative Jaap Wagemaker added: "Today it is with great honor to announce the signing of NY Hardcore legends Madball to the Nuclear Blast roster. They started out as one of the most innovative bands of the scene, became one of the most influential ones and easily stood the test of time. Just like Agnostic Front, Madball always were and ever will be nothing but a legend and an unstoppable force! We are excited and extremely proud to be working with and for Freddy and the boys in Europe! Be aware, the new album will strike - the knife will get deeper again!"
Sydney metal band Buried In Verona are back from Sweden from recording with Fredrik Nordstrom. They blogged, “The guitar tone is a killer and the bass fatter than John Candy (RIP).” Three new tracks from the sessions have been posted on the band's MySpace page.