Metal News for February 3, 2009
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26 news articles posted on this day.
Dubai-based death metal band NERVECELL has been confirmed to perform at the With Full Force Festival 2009, one of the biggest metal festivals in Europe alongside DIMMU BORGIR, HATEBREED, CARCASS, AMON AMARTH and many more taking place on 3-5 July, 2009 in Lobnitz, Germany.
Nervecell is also confirmed to perform in the Metal GDL Festival 2009, taking place on the 5th and 6th of June, 2009 in Portugal. Metal GDL is one of the leading metal festivals in Portugal and has featured DevilDriver, Krisiun and Hatesphere among others in the lineup last year.
This marks Nervecell's return to Europe and their first time playing many of the songs from their latest album "Preaching Venom" for that audience.
American death/thrash metal band Malevolent Creation will hit the east coast in late March. Supports for the Melbourne date are Killrazer, Separatist and Frankenbok. There has been no announcement for other states yet. The band will perform on the following dates:
27 Mar 2009 8:00P @ The Gaelic Sydney, New South Wales
28 Mar 2009 8:00P @ The Hi-Fi Melbourne, Victoria
29 Mar 2009 8:00P @ Rosies Brisbane, Queensland
On Monday February 9th, Skindred will be headlining a special, free WRXW-FM listener appreciation show at Club Fire in Jackson, MS.
Videos of the band performing live and unplugged at the Fox 101.7 studios in Santa Rosa, CA have surfaced online and can be viewed below. The videos are for performances of the songs "Pressure" and "Trouble." More...
108 has announced a number of spring tour dates:
04/17: San Diego, CA @ Che Cafe w/ Pulling Teeth, Lewd Acts, Skin Like Iron
04/18: Riverside, CA @ SOS Project w/ Pulling Teeth, Lewd Acts, Skin Like Iron
04/19: Berkeley, CA @ Gilman w/ Pulling Teeth, Lewd Acts, Skin Like Iron
04/20: Portland OR @ TBA w/ Pulling Teeth, Lewd Acts, Skin Like Iron
04/21: Vancouver, BC @ Sweat Shop w/ Pulling Teeth, Lewd Acts, Skin Like Iron
04/22: Seattle, WA @ Vera Project w/ Pulling Teeth, Lewd Acts, Skin Like Iron
04/24: Boston, MA @ ICC w/ Soul Control, I Rise
04/25: New York, NY @ Santos Party House w/ Have Heart, Cold World, Title Fight, Soul Control, I Rise
04/26: Doylestown, PA @ Moose Lodge w/ Soul Control, I Rise
04/27: Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head w/ Soul Control, I Rise
04/28: Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project w/ Soul Control, I Rise
04/29: Toronto, ON @ Adrift Clubhouse w/ Soul Control, I Rise
04/30: Romeo, MI @ Static Age w/ Soul Control, I Rise
05/01: Cincinnati, OH @ Warsaw Arena w/ Soul Control, I Rise
05/02: Chicago, IL @ Metro / Burning Fight Book Release w/ Unbroken, Disembodied, Trial, Killing Time, Reach the Sky, Damnation, Ringworm
05/03: Chicago, IL @ Metro / Burning Fight Book Release w/ Unbroken, Disembodied, Trial, Killing Time, Reach the Sky, Damnation, Ringworm
Finally, 108 will be recording their new EP for Deathwish soon. More news on that will be coming shortly.
Queensryche has issued the following statement about the departure of guitarist Mike Stone:
"Mike Stone has decided he will not be touring with Queensryche this spring. We will miss him. He is a wonderful player and has contributed to our lives musically and spiritually. We wish him the best and hope to see him succeed in everything he chooses to participate in. He adds this statement:
"After much consideration, I will not be joining Queensryche on the 2009 American Soldier Tour. I feel now is the time to focus on other musical endeavors, including my new band Speed X with Nick Catanese of Black Label Society. I would like to thank all of the Queensryche fans around the world for being nothing less than amazing to me during my time with the band. You have treated me like gold, and I will never forget it. It has been an honor to be a part of the Queensryche family, and I wish Geoff, Michael, Scott and Eddie nothing but the very best." - Mike Stone
Swedish death metal band Necrophobic has issued the following update about new shows and the recording of their upcoming album:
"We have 2 new shows coming up. The first one is in Växjö (Sweden)on March 27, where we haven't played since 1995, so we hope to fill Kaskaded in Folkets Park to the maximum. The next show after that will be in Germany on the Kings of Black Metal Festival, together with friends Watain, Mayhem and Dark Funeral among others. That massacre will be held in Giessen at Hessenhallen on April 18.
"From the studio, we can report that all drums, guitars, lead guitars and the bass have now been recorded and tomorrow it's time for the demonic vocals to be recorded. As you may already have read on several music news pages and net magazines, the title of the new beast will be "Death To All". The album will be released on April 27. More info will follow..."
Candlelight Records has issued the following statement about signing Norwegian band Susperia:
"Philadelphia: Candlelight today confirms the worldwide signing of Susperia. Currently finishing work on their fifth album, the band recently announced a string of early spring UK dates that will kick off what is expected to be a busy year for the popular Norwegian metal band. “Ten years and still the same five guys,” exclaims vocalist Athera of the band’s long commitment to their music. “We have worked nearly two years on this material, perfecting it for your pleasure and our devoted fans. It will take you back to the early days with melancholic riffing and dark emotional vocals. It’s a perfect blend of everything Susperia has been and become.”
“A blend of thrash metal drawing on influences that include Sepultura, Anthrax, and Testament,” says Allmusic. com of Susperia’s now highly regarded sound. The popular music portal continues its early 2005 review noting “their songs are melodic yet intense and forceful, and shredding guitars are the rule.” Formed in 1998 by drummer Tjodalv (then of Dimmu Borgir) and guitarist Cyrus (then of Satyricon/Old Man’s Child), the band released their debut, Predominance, via Nuclear Blast in 2001. The band’s much-acclaimed second album, Vindication, followed in 2003. Signing with Norwegian-based Tabu Records (with release in the US via Candlelight Records) in 2004, the band released their third album, Unlimited, later that year. Brave Words Bloody Knuckles called the album, “a scorcher from start to finish, on par with Testament classic The Gathering.” More...
Avenged Sevenfold has added new tour dates to their current tour with Buckcherry, Papa Roach and Saving Abel! The additional dates are as follows:
3/20, 2009 Utica, NY Utica Auditorium
3/23, 2009 Columbus, GA Columbus Civic Center
3/26, 2009 Johnson city, TN Freedom Hall
3/27, 2009 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena
3/30, 2009 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
Minsk has begun work on their third full-length and follow-up album "The Ritual Fires Of Abandonment." The album, titled "Echoes In The Movement Of Stone," is being recorded at Volume Studios with the band's Sanford Parker producing the effort. "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" is expected to see a summer 2009 release date via Relapse Records.
Additionally, Minsk has announced a number of regional shows for late-February, touring alongside Sweet Cobra. The band will also be performing as part of Roadburn 2009 in the Netherlands in April. Minsk will appear along with Neurosis, Baroness, Saint Vitus, Cathedral, Mono and many more at this already-sold-out festival. A complete listing of Minsk tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.
02/26 Lansing, MI @ Mac's w/ If He Dies He Dies
02/27 Creve Coeur, IL @ American Legion w/ Sweet Cobra
02/28 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge w/ Sweet Cobra, Yakuza
02/29 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn w/ Sweet Cobra, The Gates Of Slumber
04/23 Tilburg, Netherlands @ Roadburn Festival
Bay Area thrash legends Forbidden has posted the following message online regarding the bands reunion album:
Time for a quick news bit about what's upcoming. We're going to be laying down some tracks on a couple of new Forbidden tunes next week with Tim Narducci co-producing it with the band. We've been working on a gang of new material for a few months and we wanted to get the first taste out as soon as we could find the time. It's important for us to let our fans (who may be the most patient in the world!) in on what we've been at this whole time. We can tell you only this much....it's KILLER! Tim's going to do a great job of capturing our new energy and we're stoked as Hell!
"It's been great working with the other guys this closely again. There is still so much more work to be done! The thing we all realize is, it's best to take our time and not rush the stuff. That would be a dis-service to the ones who have been waiting. It's funny, so many opinions are thrown at us weekly about what the material 'should' sound like. The fact is- it's taking on a life of it's own. We can never really go in the Way Back Machine and sound just like the kids that recorded Forbidden Evil. As cool as that record was, we would be regressing a bit to do such a thing. This stuff is more in the vein as Twisted Into Form with our experiences over the last 20 years wrapped into it. Heavy, Melodic, Thrashy, Technical , Forbidden!!! It's a blast. More...
Nine Inch Nails has announced that they will be performing at the Bonnaroo Festival on June 13, 2009 in Manchester, TN. Tickets go on sale February 17th at noon EST.
Other than the previously announced Down, the only other relatively heavy (stress on "relatively") band that has been announced is Coheed and Cambria. More bands are to be announced, however. You can see the current lineup here.
Toronto heavy metal heroes CAULDRON, who recently signed a multi-album, worldwide deal with Earache Records, have uploaded a new track to their MySpace page. The track, "Chained Up In Chains" comes off the band's debut album, "CHAINED TO THE NITE."
"CHAINED TO THE NITE" is due to be released on April 6th and contains the following tracks:
01. Young And Hungry
02. Conjure The Mass
03. Chained Up In Chains
04. The Leaven / Fermenting Enchantress
05. Dreams Die Young
06. Bound To The Stake
07. Witch Trail
08. Midnite Hour
09. Chains Around Heaven More...
Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about a new video from Tombs:
"Brooklyn, NYs TOMBS see the premiere of their first video from their forthcoming Relapse debut Winter Hours, for album-opener “Gossamer”, online here. The “Gossamer” video was shot in Brooklyn with director Kevin Custer (KINGDOM OF SORROW, TESTAMENT, SOULJA BOY) for Toaster In The Tub. Winter Hours will see a February 17th North American release date, February 23rd internationally.
"TOMBS have recently kicked-off a week of east coast dates with label-mates DYSRHYTHMIA in support of Winter Hours. The band will also host a Winter Hours record release show on February 21st in Brooklyn, NY. A complete listing of TOMBS tour dates can be found in the tour section with more to be announced soon.
"TOMBS have posted a number of preview tracks from Winter Hours online now via the band’s MySpace page including “Gossamer”, “The Divide”, and “Beneath The Toxic Jungle”.
Relapse Records has issued the following update about Burnt By The Sun recording a new album:
"BURNT BY THE SUN (Mike Olender – vocals, Dave Witte – drums, John Adubato – guitar, Nick Hale – guitar, Ted Patterson – bass) have entered Trax East Recording Studios in New Jersey to begin work on their long-awaited third full-length album, Heart Of Darkness. Heart Of Darkness, the follow-up to 2003’s The Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good, is being recorded with producer Eric Rachel (HATEBREED, THE RED CHORD, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, A LIFE ONCE LOST). A late spring / early summer release date is expected.
Although previously announced by various outlets, rock legends AC/DC will not be performing at this years Wrestlemania event. The bands publicist has stated that at the time of the show, the band will be busy on their European tour. Two AC/DC songs will still be featured at the event though as the speakers will be blasting "War Machine" and "Shoot To Thrill" throughout the night. Wrestlemania takes place on April 5th at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas which is the second time the show will be held in Houston, after Wrestlemania 17 was held at the Reliant Astrodome on April 1st 2001.
Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about an upcoming CD/DVD from Rotting Christ:
"The monster DVD ROTTING CHRIST fans have been yearning for for ages will finally hit the stores on February 23rd! On "Non Serviam - A 20 Year Apocryphal Story" ROTTING CHRIST have gathered their most popular and classic songs including some rare treats to celebrate their special 20th anniversary show in their hometown Athens in front of a fanatic audience in December 2007.
"Completing the package is a bonus DVD filled with extra footage from the "Sanctus Diavolos" and "Theogonia" tours, an interview with frontman Sakis telling the story of the band, bootlegs live videos, promotional clips and much more. Last but not least, these 5 hours of video are backed by two audio CD's taking up 25 tracks from the Athens show plus seven exclusive tracks recorded live in February 2007 at B-Live in Larisa, Greece.
"To get a foretaste of this big baby, you can watch the "Nemecic" song here."
Jason Bittner of Shadows Fall has issued the following recording update:
"DRUMS HAVE BEGUN FOR NEW SHAD ALBUM!!!!! However it's too bad I can't even tell you what the name of it is going to be because we haven't figured that one out yet!!!
"Anyhow, I moved into our old stomping grounds PLANET -Z recording in Hadley, MA with our ever present 6th member Zeuss patiently watching me load my menagerie of drums inside! "Is your kit bigger this time??" he asked, I then laughed because technically it's smaller.........I dropped off a few cymbals!! He just sighed, and proceeded to find every mike available in Massachusetts in order to capture every nuance of my Tama Starclassic BBE kit. This is the first time I'm not recording with my "old-faithful" blue sparkle birch kit, but so far we are in amazement on how good the Birch/bubinga hybrid kit sounds. AMAZING!!! Deep, resonant, and the tones are killer. I can't tell you how psyched I am over this record. The Shad camp has been through a lot over the last year, and I think it shows in this record..........the songs are a little more on the darker,angry side..........lots of heaviness, lots of crazy guitar, and LOTS of room for me to have some fun. There is no doubt in my mind that this will be the best performance of my career, so far, and i owe that to my guys for bringing me incredible riffs to write killer drum parts to. More...
The first round of bands has been confirmed for the 2009 Central Illinois Metalfest, which will take place on July 31st and August 1st in Urbana. The following bands have been announced:
PUTRID PILE (WI)
FUCK THE FACTS (CANADA)
SECRET OF THE SEVEN THUNDERS (IL)
NECROTIC DISGORGEMENT (OH)
RUMPLESTILTSKIN GRINDER (PA)
DREAMING DEAD (CA)
HUMAN FILLETED (IN)
Bay Area based thrash band Hatchet has posted the following message online regarding the hunt for new members:
"Hatchet is now actively seeking a new permanent vocalist and or bass player to re-complete our lineup. We are looking for talented, serious musicians, who can be 100% dedicated to our band.
"Vocalist needs to be confident in their ability to front our band as well as match the style and range of our previous singer. Bassist needs to have pro gear and confidence in playing our material. (Our main influences vocal and music wise are SLAYER, EXODUS and TESTAMENT). More...
New Orleans based supergroup Down has been confirmed for this year's edition of the Bonnaroo Festival in Manchester, Tennesee. They will be joining other huge names from Bruce Springsteen to the Beastie Boys. You can check out all the confirmed bands for this years event at this location.
British grindcore legends Napalm Death has entered the German Album Sales chart at number ninety five with their brand new studio album, "Time Waits For No Slave." This is the first time Napalm Death has had chart success. The album will be released in North America on February the tenth.
Former Celtic Frost mainman and current Triptykon leader, Tom Fischer has checked in with the following report:
"We played CELTIC FROST's 'Babylon Fell' for the first time with Triptykon yesterday evening. I last performed this song with Celtic Frost on the tour to support the Into The Pandemonium album, an eternity ago. Many years later, I attempted to add 'Babylon Fell' to the resurrected Celtic Frost's live repertoire for the concerts and festival appearances that were planned to complement the Monotheist tour in 2008. I had relearned the song in late 2007 and transcribed arrangement and tabs for Martin. Alas, it was never to happen. By that time, Celtic Frost was no longer a band that played music but rather a congregation of enemies, and I ended up practicing 'Babylon Fell' on my own at our rehearsal room.
"It was to take another year until I was finally able to play 'Babylon Fell' with a band. After a couple of trial run-throughs, Triptykon made the song come truly alive. It served to make an already very strong rehearsal session even more exceptional. Triptykon's growing repertoire of original material had never sounded so heavy and organic before, and playing 'Dethroned Emperor' and 'Babylon Fell' alongside made the experience almost intoxicating. After the months spent assembling this group and the framework around it in the face of a variety of significant obstacles, a session like last night's reinforces commitment and confidence infinitely.
"Triptykon's debut album will be dark, heavy, and fiercely unique."
In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad has entered a rehab facility due to a battle with alcoholism. A post from the band reads as follows:
"As some may or may not know, (founding member/guitarist) Jesper (Strömblad) has struggled for some time with alcoholic abuse, and decided to sit this one out (South America/Australia/Japan) in order to seek help and focus on rehabilitation and all that comes with it.
"We all talked about it and together with Jesper we chose to ask our longtime friend Niclas Engelin (ENGEL), who helped us before, to complete the tour.
"We are all sad that it needed to come to this, but health comes first.
"Thanx for your understanding."
I had the rare opportunity to chat with each of the current members of Alestorm at Studio 24 in Edinburgh, Scotland, recently, before a small show they played for the locals. Vocalist / keyboardist Christopher Bowes and guitarist Dani Evans were most eager to spin yarns of their voyages, but Ian Wilson and a gentleman that I believe was their drum technician also contributed to the highly amusing and irreverent discussion that follows. More...
Egyptian metalcore band DESTINY IN CHAINS has released their new EP, "I have Waited My Whole Life," online for free download. You can get it from Reverb Nation among other places.
You can also download their previous EP, "DemoniZed," here still.
Denver thrashers Havok have issued the following statement about filming a DVD in February:
"For all of you that don't know...
"You MUST be at the Marquis on Tuesday, Feb 10th. We will be filming the show for a Music Video/DVD. Be a part of history and be at this show!
"Message us for tickets."