Metal News for February 26, 2010
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Godless have revealed the cover artwork for their new EP "Therianthopic Lust," which can be viewed here. The band also issued the following statement about the EP:
"The new Godless EP entitled 'Therianthopic Lust' will be released soon on the mighty 'Sabbath's Fire Rec' (France). The EP will be released as a limited tape version; only for the true underground fans worldwide. As we stated before; 'Sabbath's Fire' is a true underground label which have released material from the best true underground bands as Akitsa(Can), Marblebog(Hun), Sombre Chemin(Fra), Ornaments Of Sin(Fra), Bilskirnir(Ger), Hunok(Hun), Striborg(Aus), Satanic Warmaster(Fin) and so on. Will be more than a pleasure to be part of Sabbath's Fire and to be among all their comrades."
Haste The Day has posted a few video updates from the studio of late. Their "Dreamer (Digital Exclusive)" will be available online March 2nd. You can catch up with the first three updates below.
Santa Cruz progressive metal band Scryer has released their latest EP, entitled "Pointless Dissent and Several Lost Causes" for free download.
The band also release their first EP, "Necessary Evils," for free download. "Necessary Evils" was recorded by Sam Pura at the Panda Studios with artwork by Joey Leccese. Here is the tracklisting for "Necessary Evils":
Israeli melodic extreme metal band WINTERHORDE has posted two brand new songs online, "Tenth Wave" and "The Martyr and Deliverance." The songs can be heard on their Myspace page. The tracks come off WINTERHORDE's sophomore full-length album "Underwatermoon," which will be released later in the year through an unknown label.
"Underwatermoon," a conceptual album based on the story written by WINTERHORDE's bass player and co-founder Celestial, was recorded partly with German producer V.Santura (DARK FORTRESS,TRYPTIKON,OBSCURA) and Morgenrrot, WINTERHORDE's keyboards player. Mixed and mastered by V.Santura at Woodshed Studio, LA,Germany. Artwork for "Underwatermoon" was created by Gustavo Sazes of Abstrata Studio (ARCH ENEMY,OLD MAN'S CHILD, KRUSIUM). More...
Illinois-based extreme metallers NACHTMYSTIUM, led by mastermind Blake Judd, have entered Volume Studios (RWAKE, MINSK, LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR, PELICAN) in Chicago with producer Sanford Parker (MINSK) to begin recording their new album, "Addicts: Black Meddle Pt. II". They have also enlisted the talents of Wrest (LEVIATHAN, LURKER OF CHALICE, TWILIGHT) to lay down all drum tracks, as well as Will Lindsay (WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, MIDDIAN) to handle the bass duties on the CD.
Blake Judd comments, "Our love for post-rock and industrial (a la MINISTRY, KILLING JOKE, etc.) is even more present this time around. We're hoping to make a record that will continue to push extreme music into uncharted territories."
NACHTMYSTIUM has been confirmed for this year's Roadburn festival, set to take place April 15-18, 2010 at the 013 and Midi Theatre venues in Tilburg, Holland.
Fan-filmed video footage of ANAAL NATHRAKH performing the song "In the Constellation of the Black Widow" on February 5, 2010 at Rio's in Leeds, United Kingdom can be viewed below (courtesy of Dave Ingham a.k.a. YouTube user "triptykon").
UK metal band October File has posted a new track, entitled "Dredge," from their new album "Our Souls To You" on their MySpace page. October File has announced the release of their third album “Our Souls To You” for the 5th April 2010 via Candlelight Records.
Bassist Steve Beatty comments, “We spent a year writing and rehearsing, taking our time and arguing intensely about this and that and we feel its been worth it. Its also the first time we have been able to complete the whole process with a stable and complete line up. This recording was time wasting idiot free! It shows, it’s a collective effort with everyone bringing their talents and suggestions into the mix. We took our time and wrote what we feel is a varied album, so many records seem to be ten of the same songs these days, we wanted so much to avoid this, we want the listener to let the album unfold in its own way. Enjoy every last drop of bile”.
Altar of Plagues has confirmed the final dates for their April/May European tour, which will also include their debut in Finland. The band has recently completed work on their latest EP "Tides" and is set for release via Burning World Records on March 17th. Writing for the bands second album, and Candlelight Records debut, has begun with recording to commence in the Fall.
Altar of Plagues European tour dates are as follows:
04/17 - (NL) Roadburn Festival, Tilburg
04/21 - (FI) Dante’s Highlight, Helsinki
04/22 - (FI) Lutakko, Jyväskylä
04/23 - (BE) De Kruen, Kortrijk
04/24 - (BE) Magasin 4, Brussels
04/25 - (NL) ACU, Utrecht
04/26 - (D) TBC, Hamburg
04/27 - (DK) Lades, Copenhagen
04/28 - (D) TBC, Berlin
04/29 - (D) Zoro, Leipzig
04/30 - (PL) Asymmetry Festival, Wroclaw
05/01 (CZ) - TBC, Praha
05/02 (AT) - Arena Wien, Austria
Danish black metal band HORNED ALMIGHTY has announced their signing to Candlelight Records and are preparing to enter the studio to record their fourth album, tentatively entitled “Necro Spirituals.”
The band comments, “It is with great pride we announce that we have signed a deal with the almighty Candlelight Records. Having released seminal albums by Emperor, Havohej and many others and having been one of the forerunners on the underground metal scene for so many years, Candlelight Records is the perfect home for Horned Almighty and our filthy brand of Blackened Metal.”
“We will enter the studio in April to puke our fourth album entitled 'Necro Spirituals' onto tape. The effort will yet again be mixed and mastered by Jacob Bredahl who did a phenomenal job on our last album.”
Swedish death metal band The Gardnerz are currently working on their upcoming debut album entitled “The System of Nature.” According to the band, "The title is taken from the 18-centery philosopher Baron d'Holbachs book with the same name. The album will consist of twelve songs, ten originals and two cover songs, Volcano – Bloody Vengeance and Winter – Servants of the warsmen."
"The lyrics deal with philosophical ideas and random rants about the strange ways of man. With song titles like Flaw in the axiom, Shift in thought, Your final solution, Born to consume, The art of suffering and so on."
The band has posted two raw mixes of songs from their upcoming album on their MySpace page
The band's current lineup is as follows:
Vocals - Niclas Ankarbranth (Vandöd, d.josef band)
Guitar - Wilhelm Lindh (Ex-Tristitia)
Bass - Francisco Martín (Inner Sanctvm, Bells Fright)
Drums – Juan Pablo Donoso (Sadism, Thornafire)
New York doom metallers Unearthly Trance will begin work on their follow-up album to Electrocution this weekend in New York, New York. This will be the trio’s fifth studio album, entitled "V."
UNEARTHLY TRANCE will begin recording at SIR studios with engineer Sanford Parker overseeing the skeletal creation of the recording. The band will then continue to self-record with additional help from trusted experts along the way. "V" will feature artwork by Glyn Scrawled and is expected to see a late spring release date.
Swedish symphonic metal band THERION has just announced their upcoming tour plans. The band is currently busy recording their new album, "Sitra Ahra," which is tentatively scheduled for a June 2010 release.
THERION "Sitra Ahra Live 2010" tour dates are as follows:
04.06.2010 Mexico City, Circo Volador (MEX)
05.06.2010 Mexico City, Circo Volador (MEX)
06.06.2010 Guadalajara, Teatro Diana (MEX)
25.06.2010 Dessel, Graspop Open Air (B)
10.07.2010 Ballenstedt, Rock Harz Open Air (D)
29.10.2010 Tilburg, O13 (NL)
30.10.2010 Groningen, Oosterpoort (NL)
31.10.2010 London, Sheperds Bush Empire (UK)
01.11.2010 Antwerp, Hof ter Loo (B)
02.11.2010 Lille, Aeronef (F)
03.11.2010 Paris, Elysée Montmartre (F)
04.11.2010 Frankfurt, Batschkapp (D)
05.11.2010 Zlin, Masters of Rock Cafe (CZ)
06.11.2010 Vienna, Szene (A)
07.11.2010 Zagreb, Boogallo Club (HR)
08.11.2010 Ljubljana, Kino Siska Club (SLO)
09.11.2010 Milan, Alcatraz (I)
10.11.2010 Lyon, Transbordeur (F)
11.11.2010 Toulouse, Le Phare (F)
12.11.2010 Barcelona, Razzmatazz (ES)
13.11.2010 Madrid, La Riviera (ES)
14.11.2010 Limoges CC John Lennon (F)
15.11.2010 Strasbourg, La Laiterie (F)
17.11.2010 Belgrade, Odeon (YU)
18.11.2010 Sofia, Hr.Botev Sports Hall (BUL)
19.11.2010 Saloniki, Tba (GR)
20.11.2010 Athens, Fuzz Club (GR)
Swedish black metal kings WATAIN just completed their fourth full-length album, after two months at Necromorbus Studio.
Vocalist and mastermind E. comments, "I am now holding in my hand the final master tape of what might be the most dynamic and charged WATAIN release ever recorded. May the gods unto which it is written be pleased! We are very much looking forward to share this rich feast with our followers, whom we know have been hungering for a very long time. All I can say is that it will be worth the wait. We raise our cups unto all of you whose patience and support have been constant during the three fiery years since the release of 'Sworn to the Dark,' and look forward to set the night aflame with you again soon!"
The unveiling of WATAIN's fourth album will take place on June 7th.
Brazilian metallers Dreadnox are currently streaming a new track online. The song "Echoes at Midnight" can be heard through their official MySpace page. "Echoes at Midnight" is off the band's upcoming album "Dance of Ignorance." The track listing for the album will be as follows:
1. Fight With the Light
3. Echoes at Midnight
4. Go On
6. All is Not Lost
7. Dance of Ignorance
9. Sinners in Paradise
10. Impromptu No. 1
11. Waiting for the Sun
12. Battle & Honor (bonus track)
Dutch pagan folk metallers Heidevolk will release their new album "Uit Oude Grond" on March 26th in Europe and April 6th in the rest of the world. A trailer for the new album can be viewed below, and the new track "Dondergod" can also be heard through the band's MySpace page.
Heidevolk also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Finland's Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about baritone opera vocalist Markus Nieminen making a guest appearance on their upcoming album:
"We are proud to announce that professional opera singer, baritone Markus Nieminen is going to visit on our next album. Markus have been singing for example in Vienna State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Sempreoper in Dresden, operahouses in Basil and St. Gallen and in Volksopera Vienna. Amberian Dawn likes to experience with different kind of styles of music. So, on next album of AD, there's going to be one classical piece (a walz) on which Heidi's going to duet with Markus. We are expecting the most special and stunning AD song so far."
You can catch several sample Amberian Dawn tracks at their MySpace page.
Canadian thrashers Evil Survives have announced their second full-length album will be titled "Powerkiller." The new album will be officially released through War on Music Records on March 26th, 2010. Sample Evil Survives tracks are currently available for streaming via their MySpace page. The band will also be playing a show in support of the new release alongside Brutal Truth and Malefaction. The details are as follows:
3/27 2010 w/ Brutal Truth, Malefaction, HHC, EQ Winnipeg, Manitoba
Revocation will join Cattle Decapitation for a string of western U.S. tour dates in mid-May. These dates will immediately follow-up Revocation's European run as part of the "Thrash and Burn European Tour" with Dying Fetus and Man Must Die. Revocation will also be taking part in "Extreme The Dojo Vol. 23," a three-date Japanese tour with Behemoth and Job For A Cowboy. A listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon. The band is currently touring in support of the new album "Existence Is Futile." The album is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. More...
Alice In Chains have announced they are adding an extra tour date on April 23rd, 2010 at the 99x Live X show in Ft. Myers, Florida. The upcoming Alice In Chains tour dates are as follows:
2/26 2010 Tabernacle - SOLD OUT Atlanta, Georgia
2/27 2010 House of Blues - SOLD OUT Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
3/1 2010 Municipal Auditorium - SOLD OUT Nashville, Tennessee
3/2 2010 Fillmore - SOLD OUT Charlotte, North Carolina
3/3 2010 DAR Constitution Hall - SOLD OUT Washington, DC, Washington DC
3/5 2010 The National - SOLD OUT Richmond, Virginia
3/6 2010 Foxwoods - SOLD OUT Mashantucket, Connecticut
3/8 2010 Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT New York, New York
3/9 2010 Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT New York, New York
3/12 2010 Borgata - SOLD OUT Atlantic City, New Jersey
3/13 2010 Tower Theatre - SOLD OUT Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3/14 2010 Orpheum Theatre - SOLD OUT Boston, Massachusetts
3/16 2010 Metropolis - SOLD OUT Montreal, Quebec
3/17 2010 Sound Academy - SOLD OUT Toronto, Ontario
3/19 2010 Fillmore - SOLD OUT Detroit, Michigan
3/20 2010 Aragon Ballroom - SOLD OUT Chicago, Illinois
3/21 2010 Roy Wilkens Auditorium Minneapolis, Minnesota
4/23 2010 Live X @ City of Palms Park Ft. Myers, Florida
5/19 2010 Glen Falls Civic Center Glen Falls, New York
5/23 2010 MMRBQ @ Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ, New Jersey
Japanese doom metallers Church of Misery have announced they will be parting ways with their guitarist Tom Sutton after their U.K. tour in April/May. Tom Sutton has now issued the following statement about departing the band:
'Hi, everybody. Tom here. It's been a while since I've written, and this time, I come with some news of changes. I'm sorry to tell everyone that my time with Church Of Misery will soon be coming to an end. Ever since a tour we did in Europe in 2008, I've had an incredibly strong intuition that I would be moving somewhere in Europe in the near future, and that time has now arrived. It was during that tour that I realized how much I missed the western world. I've been in Japan for 10 years now, and as the song says, 'my spirit is crying for leaving'. So, this coming European/UK tour will be my last with the band, and from May I'll be living in London.
"Playing with Church has been absolutely one of the greatest thrills of my entire life, so I want to thank them so much for the opportunity they gave me, and I really want to thank you guys for coming to gigs and being so cool to us everywhere we go. It's been amazing. So, see you on tour. It'll be sweaty as always!"
Bay area thrashers Heathen have added several extra dates to their upcoming European tour in support of their new album "The Evolution of Chaos." The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
30-4 B Vosselaar Biebob
1-5 D Essen Turock
3-5 D Hamburg Logo
5-5 CH Aarau Kiff
6-5 IT Gorizia Pieffe Factory
8-5 IT Milan Club 71
9-5 SLO Maribor Stuk
11-5 A Vienna Viper Room
12-5 D Ingolstadt Paradox
13-5 D Siegen Vortex
14-5 NL Rotterdam Baroeg
15-5 NL Sneek Bolwerk
16-5 NL Tilburg 013
Roadrunner Records will release a digital EP soundtrack for the upcoming God of War 3 game titled "God of War: Blood & Metal." The EP will be released March 2nd as a part of the God of War 3 Ultimate Edition, and will feature five exclusive unreleased songs from Killswitch Engage, Dream Theater, Trivium, Opeth, and Taking Dawn. A voucher code will be included with the game for fans to download the EP. The EP will also be available as an MP3 download through the usual online outlets. Brief samples of each of the tracks can now be streamed at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Killswitch Engage – My Obsession
2. Trivium – Shattering The Skies Above
3. Dream Theater – Raw Dog
4. Taking Dawn – This Is Madness
5. Opeth – The Throat Of Winter
6. Mutiny Within – The End
Dying Fetus has issued the following announcement about seeking fan input on their set list for their upcoming tour dates:
"You heard right, in preparation for Thrash and Burn we're giving YOU a chance to pick your favorite songs from 'Descend Into Depravity' to hear live! Leave a comment at this location and we'll pick the top two most popular songs to include in the set each night! Get your votes in before March 20th and come see us, Origin, Beneath the Massacre, Revocation, and Man Must Die at Thrash and Burn this spring!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
4/9 Karlsruhe, Germany Substage
4/10 Essen, Germany Turock
4/11 Hamburg, Germany Markthalle
4/13 Copenhagen, Denmark The Rock
4/14 Berlin, Germany S036
4/15 Nitra, Slovakia Nova Pekaren
4/16 Leipzing, Germany Theaterfabrik
4/17 Wurzburg, Germany Posthalle
4/18 Wien, Austria Arena
4/19 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk
4/20 Graz, Austria Seifenfabrik
4/21 Bologna, Italy Estragon
4/22 Milan, Italy Tunnel
4/23 Erstfeld, Switzerland Transilvania Live
4/24 Savigny, France Le Temple Emprunte
4/25 Rennes, France Ubu
4/26 Gent, Belgium Minus One
4/27 London, UK Underworld
4/28 Newport, UK TJ's
4/29 Manchester, UK Club Academy
4/30 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy
5/1 Tilburg, Netherlands O13 as part of Neurotic Death Fest
5/2 Barroselas, Portugal SWR Metalfest
Fuck The Facts is currently offering a free MP3 download of the song "La Tete Hors De L'eau," which is from the new "Unnamed" 7" EP. The track can be downloaded through this location. Fuck The Facts also has the following upcoming tour dates:
3/5 2010 Jailbreak Roma
3/6 2010 Atlantide Bologna
3/7 2010 Rock N’ Roll Arena Romagnano Sesia
3/8 2010 Dynamo Werk 21 Zürich
3/9 2010 Sopa Box Bar Nancy
3/10 2010 De Rots Antwerpen
3/11 2010 Little Devil Club Tilburg
3/12 2010 Az Mullheim
3/13 2010 Alte Meirei Kiel
3/14 2010 1000Fryd Aalborg
3/15 2010 Funhouse Oslo
3/16 2010 Underjorden Goteborg
3/17 2010 Bergendalska Gården/Musikhuset Vaxjo
3/18 2010 Dödsmaskinen Copenhagen
3/19 2010 AJZ Neobrandenbourg
3/20 2010 Kopi Berlin
3/21 2010 CONTACT TO BOOK Somewhere
3/22 2010 Zoro Leipzig
3/23 2010 AZ Conni Dresden
3/24 2010 CRK Wroclaw
3/25 2010 Triangel Club Namestovo
3/26 2010 Bogota Ostrava
3/27 2010 Modra Vopice Prague
3/28 2010 Club Pod Lampou Plzen
3/29 2010 U Teutora Club Zlin
3/30 2010 Frankie Club Nitra
3/31 2010 Escape Metalcorner Wien
4/1 2010 K.L.E.T. Ptuj
4/2 2010 Pieffe Factory Gorizia
4/3 2010 Boulevard Cattolica
4/23 2010 The Alex Brantford, Ontario
4/24 2010 Hard Luck Bar Toronto, Ontario
5/29 2010 Maryland Deathfest Baltimore, Maryland
Finnish fantasy metallers Kivimetsan Druidi recently finished recording their new album “Betrayal, Justice, Revenge," which will be released via Century Media Records The artwork for the album can be viewed at this location. The fist pressing of the album will also contain new bonus tracks.
The track listing for "Betrayal, Justice, Revenge" will be as follows:
1. Lament for the Fallen
2. Aesis Lilim
3. Seawitch and the Sorcerer
4. The Visitor
5. Manalan Vartija
7. Chant of the Winged One
8. Of Betrayal
9. Desolation: White Wolf
11. Where Hope and Daylight Die
New Jersey progressive metal band Ferox Canorus has issued the following update:
"A few months ago we lost our singer/guitarist and Chris Colalillo, then keyboardist, took on double-duty and began singing the lead vocals as well. So there is a big discrepancy between the band's sound a few months ago and the way we sound now. The line up is stripped down (from 5 members to 4) but we actually sound better than ever. All the old recordings and most of the live videos of us out there are actually with our old singer, Ivan."
"Soon enough the EP will be finished. I just need to finish recording the guitars. The new lineup is working out great and the recordings reflect how well we work together as a team. I am super-excited that the EP is finally closing in on seeing the light of day and I can't wait to introduce everyone out there to our new and much improved sound." More...
Dillinger Escape Plan will premiere their new music video fro "Farewell, Mona Lisa" on Monday, March 1st at 4pm-5pm EST on Justin.tv. You can sign up for an account there to chat with the band live. The song is off the band's upcoming album, "Option Paralysis," due out on March 22nd in Europe and March 23rd in the US. Check out a teaser from the music video below:
The band also recently announce they'll be playing the Vive Latino Fest in Mexico City in Mexico City on April 24. Details and tickets can be found here.
The band recently posted a free download of their new song, "Rocket Skates," which is off their upcoming album entitled "Diamond Eyes," due out on May 18th.
The organisers of the French metal festival Hellfest has announced the last additions to the event's lineup. The already hugely impressive lineup will now also feature Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Saxon, Slayer, Deftones, Airbourne, Fear Factory, Carcass, Fields Of Nephilm, Infectious Grooves, Stone Sour, Hypocrisy, Exodus, Annihilator, Devin Townsend Project, Mass Hysteria, Doom, Dillinger Escape Plan, As I Lay Dying, Unearth, Tamtrum, Electric Mary Vulcain, Kalisia and Blaspheme. The festival will be held in Clisson from June 18th-20th.
The organisers of Belgium's Graspop Metal Meeting festival has announced that four more bands have now been added to the lineup. The biggest announcement is that Aerosmith will be headlining the event on the friday. Also joining them that day will be reunited California grungers Stone Temple Pilots. Industrial metal legends Fear Factory will be performing at the festival and so will Atlanta based metal outfit Mastodon, who are still touring in support of their critically acclaimed album, "Crack The Skye."
The lineup (in no particular order) is now as follows: More...
Brazilian metal legends Sepultura has announced that they will be heading to the United Kingdom this July for a string of tour dates in support of their latest studio album, "A-Lex." No word has been given yet on whether Crowbar will be a part of the British tour, though they have been performing with Sepultura on their other European dates.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
In episode three of Celebrity Fit club, Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) is disappointed at his weight loss, telling the judges “I even took three days off drinking”. Bach’s quandary is now whether to continue drinking or just stop eating entirely. This may quickly turn into a semi-Survivor show where we watch to see how long Sebastian survives on red wine alone… More...
Fozzy, the heavy metal band featuring wrestling superstar Chris Jericho and members of Stuck Mojo, has announced a headlining show in New York City. This will take place at BB King's on April 28th and will feature support from ZO2 and Razer. Tickets go on sale March 1st.