Metal News for February 3, 2010
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A number of classic Sydney heavy metal bands have recently had their material re-released through online media distributor Quarterpipe Records. The company, who has been re-releasing recorded works of many Sydney metal bands from the 80’s & 90’s, has just uploaded material from bands such as Lazarus, Pokket Foxx, Sulkus and Godspeed.
The label's online catalogue also includes material from the likes of Eulogy, Cell Structure, Enticer and the still revered thrashers Addictive. For more information, visit quarterpiperecords.com.
Bitter End are currently locked up at Origin Sound hard at work on their upcoming full length, "Guilty As Charged." The guys checked in with a couple of studio videos, which you can check out below.
Worm Hole Death has announced the signing of IVS Primae, whose members are currently locked away in their headquarters in Rome (QUADRARO BASEMENT) to create their debut album under the label.
Formed in Roma, July 2006, Ivs Primae Noctis is the industrial / blackmetal / ambient project born from the collaboration between the producers Lou Chano and Rough and the hc/electro/noise screamo performer Miss Violetta Beauregarde. The band is also known in the underground scene for the bloody gore acts made together with the suspension/fakir crew Freaks Bloody Tricks.
The band stated: "The purpose is to push to the extreme the most obscure, depressive and nihilistic influences of each member of the crew. The project developes with the help and support of numerous external collaborations such as Kommander L., Wertham, Fuzzy, A. Julius, F. Conte, Lvpvs Infestvs, Metal Carter, Scarful..."
Check out some of the band's music on their MySpace player.
The Funeral Pyre has issued the following recording studio update:
"So, we have 8 songs tracked (drums only) and are shooting for the end of this week to wrap all of the drums up. Then, we'll start the guitars and proceed from there. I can give you two song titles, one of which we've played live, 'Vultures' and 'Monolith' are two tracks that will be on the record. We're still mulling over what the name of the record will be... We're not sure when it will be released, but that news is to come."
Canadian metal band Thine Eyes Bleed has issued the following update:
"First and foremost we are still a band and have not called it a day. Our biggest task in doing this was to once again find the right 5th man. We have had a rotating guitarist for far too long. Don't get me wrong we have been fortunate in having some talented people fill the slot. When we began putting the wheels back on the truck, so to speak, we made the decision to find someone closer to home, both musically and regionally."
"Jimmy Reid will always be our brother. We love and miss him and have nothing but respect for him. That being said we have found someone else to fill the void. With that we welcome Nigel Curley (Excruciating Thoughts, Ataxia) into the mix. We been jamming with Nigel for the past few months and working on new stuff. We have a bunch of new material ready to go." More...
Connecticut's Wrench in the Works has posted a new song on their MySpace page entitled "Project AK-47."
The band comments on the origin and lyrics of the song, "This past Cornerstone Festival we learned about the ministry Project AK-47 (bases in TN) and what they are all about. It really just hit close to home for us as a band and we felt a Godly calling to support them and bring awareness to people. Even to the point of us writing a song called 'Project AK-47' on our new record which is inspired about the ministry."
"Basically the calling Project AK-47 has is to save child soldiers in southeast Asia(over 300,000 kids) who have been kidnapped, orphaned or deceitfully recruited to serve as soldiers in government armies or drug cartels. For $7 you can save a child through this ministry. Just think about what you were doing at age 7 or your little brother or sister or nephew or niece and then think about yourself or them training with a machine gun. To have your freedom taken away and to be forced to into oppression. It makes my stomach turn to think about what these kids go through in the fear they must face everyday. Love Jesus or hate Jesus you still can't deny that this is wrong and needs change."
Citing personal differences between the 2 parties, Chicago-based deathcore act Oceano has parted ways with guitarist Andrew Mikhail. Oceano has stated that all of their 2010 commitments will be kept, including the recording and release of their followup to their 2009 debut "Depths." More information on who the band recruits as a replacement will be announced as it is made available. The music video for Oceano's "A Mandatory Sacrifice" can also be viewed below. More...
San Francisco progressive metal band Hammers Of Misfortune has posted a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's famous "Freebird" on their MySpace page. The song can also be downloaded here.
The version was produced and arranged by John C., for Guy Overfelt's Trans Am project. Recorded by Justin Weis at Trakworx, Jan. 2010.
The lineup for the recording was as follows:
Aesop Dekker - drums
John Cobbett - guitar, bass
Sigrid Sheie - piano, organ, flute
Jesse Quattro - vocals
Jackie Gratz - cello
Catherine Gratz - oboe
Ukrainian black metallers Balfor will be making their appearance as one of the headliners in this year’s edition of RockMaraton Festival 2010. The RockMaraton Festival is a seven-day metal festival which begins on the 5th of July 2010 and will end on the 11th of July 2010. The list of headliners confirmed so far is as follows:
More information on the festival can be found at this location.
Norway's Lamented Souls, which features I.C.S. Vortex on vocals, has posted a series of photos online from the Metal Merchants 2010 festival. The photographs, which were taken by Svein Erik Nomeland, can be found here. Lamented Souls are also currently streaming an as-yet-untitled new track online via their MySpace page.
Swiss death metal band Amagortis has just signed a multi-album contract with US label Brutal Bands. After having self-released their debut album "Abominable" and their second album "Pre-Natal Cannibalism" through Fastbeast Entertainment, Amagortis are back in the studio recording their third full-length album "Intrinsic Indecency" to be released this summer. "Intrinsic Indecency" will contain 11 new tracks as well as a re-recorded version of the song "Cannibal Obsession" from their debut album. The band is currently recording guitars and bass with producer and sound technician Dave Snow, who will be mixing the album as well.
Amagortis vocalist Pascal had this to say: "We are extremely happy and excited about this deal, since some of our absolute favorites are now our label mates! A big thanks goes out to Scott for this opportunity!!!"
Brutal Bands founder Scott Ellingboe adds: "I've been watching this band since their first album 'Abominable,' and was impressed by the band's progression on 'Pre-Natal Cannibalism.' Having seen this band live, I know they can deliver the brutality, and they will be a perfect fit with our roster."
New York metallers Amalgama have issued the following update about playing a free show on March 3rd:
"Amalgama will be headlining a Free show at Savannah's (The Dublin Underground) in downtown Albany on Wednesday March 3rd. The show is sponsored by 104.9 The Edge, part of the ongoing 'Capital Underground Live' concert series hosted by Ralph Renna. Joining us on the bill are Troy-based Tides of Tangiers and Schaghticoke (don't ask us how to pronounce that) rockers Medusa Oblongata.
"The show kicks off at 8pm and it's our first gig after round one of our upcoming recording sessions and looks to be a good time. We'll most likely be debuting a host of new Amalgama tunes that will be on the new CD so if you want a sneak peek of what's to come from us you definitely can't miss this show! (There is a distinct possibility of some of this show being filmed for possible release in the near future - either on the web or DVD release so if any of you want your mug on camera don't miss this one!). More...
Finnish blackened death metallers Coprolith have announced they will be supporting Den Saakaldte and Pantheon I at Dante's Highlight in Helsinki on April 9th. Coprolith have the following upcoming live shows:
2/12 2010 Darkside Club Helsinki
4/9 2010 Dante`s Highlight Helsinki
Samples of Coprolith's music are also currently available for streaming via their MySpace page.
Katatonia has issued the following brief update about adding on new tour dates to their upcoming tour:
"We’re happy to announce that we’ve added a few gigs in a couple of territories we’ve never or seldom previously visited. The new dates include Bordeaux (France), Tel Aviv (Israel), Sofia (bulgaria), St Petersburg (Russia) and Moscow (Russia)."
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
3/3 2010 Logo Hamburg, Germany
3/4 2010 Luxor Cologne, Germany
3/5 2010 Doornroosje SOLD OUT Nijmegen, Netherlands
3/6 2010 P60 Amstelveen, Netherlands
3/7 2010 Biebop Vosselaar, Belgium
3/9 2010 Manchester Academy 3 Manchester, UK
3/10 2010 Rock City Basement Nottingham, UK
3/11 2010 Garage London, UK
3/12 2010 Hammerfest II Prestatyn, UK
3/13 2010 Barfly Cardiff, UK
3/14 2010 Little Civic Wolverhampton, UK
3/15 2010 Kulturfabrik Luxemburg, Luxemburg
3/16 2010 Noveau Casino Paris, France
3/17 2010 Camij Nijort, France
3/18 2010 Apolo 2 Barcelona, Spain
3/19 2010 Ramdall Madrid, Spain
3/20 2010 Espace Tatry Bordeaux, France
3/22 2010 CCO Villeurbanne Lyon, France
3/23 2010 Kofmehl Solothurn, Switzerland
3/24 2010 Alcatraz Milano, Italy
3/25 2010 Alpheus Rome, Italy
3/26 2010 Rockplanet Cervia, Italy
3/27 2010 Gala Hala Ljubljana, Slovenia
3/28 2010 Scene Vienna, Austria
3/29 2010 Dürer Kert Budapest, Hungary
3/30 2010 Exit Chmelnice Prague, Czech
3/31 2010 Rotunda Krakow, Poland
4/1 2010 Stodola Warsaw, Poland
4/2 2010 Lido Lido, Berlin
4/3 2010 Zeche Bochum, Germany
4/4 2010 Conne Island Leipzig, Germany
4/5 2010 Batschkapp Frankfurt, Germany
4/6 2010 Backstage Munich, Germany
4/8 2010 Hristo Botev Hall Sofia, Bulgaria
4/10 2010 Principal Club Theater Thessaloniki, Greece
4/11 2010 Gagarin 205 Athens, Greece
4/13 2010 Barby Tel Aviv, Israel
4/15 2010 Plan B Moscow, Russia
4/16 2010 Venue TBC St. Petersburg, Russia
5/21 2010 Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen, Germany
6/20 2010 Hellfest Clisson, France
Spanish black metal act Kathaarsys has posted a video clip for their song "The Advent of Madness," which was put together by Jesus Leis Castro. The video clip can be viewed below. "The Advent of Madness" is off the band's 2009 album "Anonymous Ballad."
Sweden's Los Sin Nombre has issued the following update about appearing at the Linköping Metal Massacre 4 festival:
"Los Sin Nombre can proudly say that we are booked for the festival. It will be incredibly fun to play in our hometown again. We know we have a large fan base here, so we expect full houses, much beer and many metal heads. Other bands that are booked (more to come soon) Hardcore Superstars, The Haunted, Bullet, Algiaon, and Abramis Brama. Hope to see you there."
More information on the festival can be found at this location.
Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine has issued the following update about the band's upcoming activity:
"Droogies! For the last few weeks I have been telling you about a huge project coming up. Well, yesterday I submitted our work for approval and it was approved, so very soon we will be able to say 'what' this very big announcement is. Rest assured it involves a new song that I have just recently written, with more co-writing from Chris Broderick. It's another aggressive, complicated Megadeth track, and I will give you more details as soon as I can. I was looking at the top 100 albums on Amazon in the Thrash category and we have 16 records in the Top 100 on their site. What a great feeling!
"You also no doubt saw all of the tour dates coming in for 2010, which promises to be an extensive touring year. We are planning on (in no particular order - but this is close) doing the R.I.P. tour all of March with our dear friends in Exodus and Testament, which is progressing, then to South America in April, then Europe in June and early July, then Canada in late July, then the States in August with Slayer, then back to the Pacific Rim after that and HOPEFULLY Australia and New Zealand again. We are trying to make our "Pac Rim Tours" always include New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea.
"Hopefully we will soon be playing in China (and surrounding areas like Hong Kong, Taipei, and Taiwan), and also in Malaysia (of course we would need the government's permission because we have been banned from playing in Malaysia because of a Satanic ritual where someone painted Megadeth at a crime scene and the government blamed us and banned us). More to follow..."
Vocalist Mat Maurer of Australia's Mortal Sin has issued the following update about the band working on new material:
"To all our fans, sorry I have not been on here in a while, it's been a busy couple of months since we got back from our South American tour, which was very satisfying but incredibly hard. Many thanks to all the metalheads who came to our shows, you made us feel very welcome and supported our music way more than we could have ever imagined. Thank you. To all the organizers, promoters and town folk, we really appreciate all the work you put into making the tour a success for Mortal Sin. We certainly hope we can make our way back to your beautiful countries again sometime soon!
"2010 arrived and Mortal Sin decided it was about fucking time we got our arses into gear and started writing some songs for a new album. We are notoriously slow writers, but many of you who may have heard the new song 'Deny' that we have been road testing at our shows, will agree that we could be onto something special here. Like many thrash bands we feel strongly about our thrash roots and want to create an album of pure thrash. If we could combine Kreator's 'Hordes of Chaos,' Testament's 'Formation of the Damnation' and Overkill's newie 'Ironbound' into a huge melting pot, that would be the kind of album we wanna make!! More...
Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels have issued the following post-tour recap:
"Back from the Kataklysm tour...and back from the European blizzards! After a couple of days of relaxation, we are finally socially active again! It was a tiresome month for us, exciting as it may was.
"With this statement, we would like to thank and salute all the bands that gave us the honor of sharing the stage with them. Resistance from Belgium, our newly found brothers in arms from the U.S. Darkest Hour, the black/death masters extraordinaire Belphegor, and the Canadian death storm Kataklysm. All in all, was an amazing tour, full of important experiences for us, with ups and downs, but we managed to pull it off successfully. We were up on stage every night, bringing chaos along with you, the most important part of this tour, the fans. And here, we'd like to thank all of you crazy thrashers (and not) out there, that cheered for us and supported us in every way possible. More...
Canada's Catalyst has issued the following announcement about streaming an upcoming live show online:
"This Friday (February 5th) we will be playing with The Returning and almighty Slaves on Dope! in Montreal at Cafe Chaos, if you cannot make the show or are not in the surrounding area we have a live webcast of the show for you to watch at this location."
Samples of The Catalyst's music can be heard via their MySpace page.
The Gates of Slumber have posted footage online of their performance at Peabody's in Cleveland, Ohio, on January 28th, 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.
Benediction has issued the following update about recruiting Nicholas Barker as their touring drummer:
"Well, we start gigging again soon but there will be a slight change in line up for this years dates. Neil Hutton will not be drumming with us this year (except for Saturday may 1st show in London with Bolt Thrower where he will be behind the kit). As personal reasons dictate that he is unable to do so. So as usual we have dragged in our good friend Nicholas Barker to smash the kit up behind us. Nick has been a close friend for years and has shared the stage with us on numerous occasions over the last decade. Nicholas will be banned from doing blast beats with us though !!!!! So turn up and enjoy the shows this year."
Former Kyuss singer John Garcia has announced that he'll be touring and playing Kyuss songs. Since Kyuss, Garcia's musical projects include Sloburn, Unida and John's most recent band Hermano, plus side projects with The Crystal Method, Danko Jones and countless others who embraced the singer from the Southern California desert.
Why? Kyuss, the inventors of Desert Rock, have been in the last ten years much more popular than when they were still around in the early nineties. So, due to massive public demand over the years to play songs from his old cult band Kyuss, John finally made the decision to give the fans what they want. He will do this unique project with a few hand selected musicians.
The last couple of years John Garcia thought often about reviving his Kyuss-legacy on stage. The more he thought about it, the more he really wanted to do this. John commented: "I don't want to do this just for myself, but especially for the fans. Both for the ones that have seen Kyuss live back in the days, and especially for the ones who haven't had that chance. This could be as close as they could get to the real thing. Please bear in mind that this could be a one-off unique opportunity!"
So that being said, the Garcia Plays Kyuss-project (alias GPK) was born. Garcia, accompanied by these fine selection of musicians, Bruno Fevery (guitar), Jacques de Haard (bass) and Rob Snijders (drums), will head out to play all Kyuss set.
John Garcia (born in San Manuel, Arizona, September 4, 1970) is a vocalist who has been a member of Kyuss, Slo Burn, Unida and Hermano. His vocals have become synonymous with modern stoner rock and the desert rock sound. While still in high school, Garcia help start Kyuss (originally known as Sons of Kyuss) in 1989 with guitarist Josh Homme. The band produced five albums in total, all of which featured Garcia on vocals.
In October 1995, just three months after releasing what could be argued as their breakthrough album "...And The Circus Leaves Town" (thanks to MTV airplay), Kyuss broke up. Their last recording was a 10" vinyl on the now defunct label Man's Ruin Records, which was later re-released on a split CD with Homme's soon to be famous project Queens of the Stone Age. The band has been on an indefinite hiatus ever since and has reached a legendary status, influencing thousands of new young (rock)bands. Read more about Kyuss and check out some videos in our recent "Sunday Old School" feature.
Here's a video announcement from Garcia:
Here are the GARCIA plays KYUSS tour dates:
Fr 28.05.10 DUBLIN Andrews Theatre
Sa 29.05.10 GENT Vooruit
So 30.05.10 AMSTERDAM Melkweg
Di 01.06.10 K?LN Underground
Mi 02.06.10 LUZERN Schuur
Do 03.06.10 ARAU Kiff
Fr 04.06.10 BOLOGNA Estragon
Sa 05.06.10 M?NCHEN Feierwerk
So 06.06-10 WIEN Arena
Di 08.06.10 BERLIN Festsaal Kreuzberg
Mi 09.06.10 KOBENHAVN Loppen
Do 10.06.10 HAMBURG ?bel & Gef?hrlich
Fr 11.06.10 FRANKFURT Batchkapp
Finland's Soulgrind have announced that their upcoming album "The Tuoni Pathway" will be released on March 5th, 2010 via Femme Metal Records UK. Two new tracks from the album are also currently available for streaming online. The new songs "The Call of the Dancing Waters" and "Rain Before the Dawn" can be heard via Soulgrind's official MySpace page.
TROLLFEST, the Oslo-based black metallers who describe their music as True Norwegian Balkan Black Metal, recently entered the Strand Studio in Oslo to record the band’s fourth full-length album and have released an update on the proceedings via a video. In what has become something of a tradition with TROLLFEST, the whole recording process is once again being filmed by Manskow Productions and the first update contains interviews with various band members, as well as clips from the studio that give a taste of what can be expected from the new album. The band will be looking for a new label to release the album. The video can be seen on the band’s MySpace page. More...
The Ocean's upcoming two albums are going to be entitled "Heliocentric" and "Anthropocentric." They are due for April and October 2010 releases. The concept at the base of both albums is a critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles.
While the songs, art and lyrics of Heliocentric tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view and its effects on Christian belief from medieval times to Darwin and Dawkins, "Anthropocentric" challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the earth is at the center of the universe. More...
Twinspirits and OnStage Booking are pleased to announce the second leg of "Italy In Progress Tour," which will kick off in April 2010. the tour dates are as follows:
01/04/2010 "GENOVA in progress 2010" Mep Disco – Sestri Levante (GENOVA)
02/04/2010 "ALESSANDRIA in progress 2010" Mephisto – Lu Monferrato (ALESSANDRIA)
03/04 /2010 "REGGIO EMILIA in progress 2010" Corallo - Scandiano (REGGIO EMILIA)
04/04/2010 "COMO in progress 2010" Motorockas – Mozzate (COMO)
05/04/2010 "VENEZIA in progress 2010" Revolver/Fuorigiri – S.Dona' di Piave (VENEZIA)
In these shows Twinspirits will play songs from their new album "The Forbidden City", released by Lion Music in September 2009.
Melbourne’s Scar the Surface recently announced the band's signing to Norwegian label Ovis Records, joining fellow Melbourne metal band Nothing on the roster. The band commented:
"We are proud as punch to announce that Scar the Surface have recently signed to Ovis Records DA. It’s something that we as a band and as individuals have long aimed for, and to be apart of a label that is as passionate about their music as we are is further cause to party and we’re looking forward to working with the Ovis family from here onwards."
Check out some of the band's music on their MySpace player.
Sepultura has issued a short update following their shows with Metallica, as well as a video and tons of photos. Here's the update:
"So... METALLICA and SEPULTURA. What can we say? First off, thanks to the fans for the amazing response. No words to describe. Thanks to Metallica & crew for the amazing shows. And if you were not there, you missed one hell of a show.
"Here's James Hetfield who won't let me lie:"
Astral Doors are currently streaming a new song online from their recently released full-length album "Requiem Of Time." The track "Testament of Rock" can be heard via the official Astral Doors MySpace page. The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:
4/30 2010 SIGURDSG. 25 (with Hellfueled) Västerås
5/29 2010 THE ROCK TEMPLE Kerkrade
7/3 2010 PEACE AND LOVE FESTIVAL Borlänge
Swedish death metallers Nominon have issued the following update about upcoming tour dates:
"The wait is over, the unhallowed hordes are gathering once again... Nominon will finally return to the live scene during May to celebrate the release of the fourth album 'Monumentomb' (to be out March 23rd through Deathgasm RDS). On this Swedish crusade of destruction the guys will have direct support coming from the genuine Spanish coffin robbers Graveyard. Additional support acts to be announced later."
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
5/7 SUNDSVALL - Club Deströyer
5/8 JÖNKÖPING - Zaragon Rock Club
5/9 GÖTEBORG - Club Centurion
Columbian black metal act Asbel has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming album "The Dark The Withered." The video clip can be viewed below.