Metal News for February 4, 2010
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28 news articles posted on this day.
Unearth will team up with Veil of Maya and Armed for Apocalypse on a ten-date cross country run on their way to meet up for the start of the Atticus Metal Tour 2.
Unearth's pre-Atticus headlining tour dates with Veil of Maya and Armed for Apocalypse are as follows:
Feb 20 - Lost Horizon, Syracuse NY
Feb 21 - Mr. Smalls Theatre. Millvale PA
Feb 23 - Headliners Music Hall, Louisville KY
Feb 24 - New Daisy Theater, Memphis TN
Feb 25 - Mojos, Columbia MO
Feb 26 - The Village, Little Rock AR
Feb 27 - Bricktown Live, Oklahoma City OK
Feb 28 - Cotton Club, Lubbock TX
Mar 1 - Sunshine Theater, Albuquerque NM w/Killswitch Engage, Devil Wears Prada and Dark Tranquility
Mar 2 - The Rock, Tucson AZ
The latest Atticus Metal Tour 2 dates, featuring Unearth with Stick to Your Guns, Veil of Maya, the Ghost Inside, Carnifex are below. Special guests throughout the tour include Darkest Hour, Stray From the Path and Your Demise. More...
Cars on Fire will be touring the U.K. with Fightstar this month. Here are the latest tour dates:
9-Feb-10 Brighton Concorde 2
10-Feb-10 Wolves Wulfrun Hall
12-Feb-10 Sheffield Corporation
13-Feb-10 Edinburgh Studio 24
14-Feb-10 Liverpool Academy 2
16-Feb-10 Norwich Waterfront
17-Feb-10 London Heaven
Russian Circles is preparing for the band's first tour to Europe since 2008, now in support of their album "Geneva." Speaking of the album and how it translates into the live setting, the band commented: "We went out of our way to make it sound nasty, not lo-fi," Sullivan explained. "But rough around the edges, so it sounds more like a live record."
More dates should be expected for this trip overseas, especially with bassist Brian Cook no longer sharing his time with the now defunct These Arms Are Snakes. Currently Russian Circles have only one U.S. show booked: a free show in Iowa. Here are the latest tour dates:
Feb. 6 -- Grinnell, Iowa -- Grinnell College/Main Hall
March 5 -- Kortrijk, BEL -- De Kreun
March 6 -- Dortmund, GER -- FZW
March 7 -- Karlsruhe, GER -- Jubez
March 9 -- Lausanne, SWI -- Le Romandie
March 10 -- Lyon, FRA -- GRND ZERO
March 13 -- Madrid, SPA -- Siroco
March 14 -- Lisbon, POR -- Santiago Alquimista
March 16 -- Porto, SPA -- Plano B
March 17 -- San Sebastien, SPA -- Mogambo
March 18 -- Montpellier, FRA -- Baloard
March 20 -- Zurich, SWI -- Rote Fabrik/Clubraum
March 21 -- Zagreb, CRO -- GRAZ Teater
March 22 -- LjubLjana, SLO -- Menza Pri Kuritu
March 24 -- Vienna, AUS -- Arena
March 25 -- Prague, CZE -- Matrix Club
March 26 -- Leipzig, GER -- Zoro
March 27 -- Berlin, GER -- Magnet
March 28 -- Poznan, POL -- Pod Minoga
March 29 -- Gydnia, POL -- Ucho Club
April 4 -- Copenhagen, DEN -- Lades
April 6 -- Hamburg, GER -- Hafenklang
April 8 -- Bristol, UK -- Thekla
April 9 -- Leeds, UK -- The Well/Brudenell
April 11 -- Glasgow, UK -- Nice N Sleazy
April 12 -- Nottingham, UK -- Rock City Basement
April 13 -- London, UK -- Underworld
April 15 -- Tilbur, HOL -- Roadburn Festival
April 17 -- Athens, GRE -- Rodeo Club
UK's Holy Rage has issued the following update regarding recent changes in their lineup:
"At the beginning of the year Al Atkins (Orignal Founding Member, Singer of Judas Priest) began writing new material with help from other ideas of two other song writers. A scheduled upcoming release of the Holy Rage Debut Album (Yet to be named) these two song writers have announce that they both want to play in the new line up of Holy Rage. After listening to these songs that have been written and rehearsing for the first time the live act sounds heavier and it seems that the band has played together forever!"
"These are very exciting times for Holy Rage so this is the announcement of the new line up for Holy Rage as of February 4th 2010."
"The new Line Up of Holy Rage consists of: - Al Atkins (Lead Vocalist), Chris Johnson (Guitars), Mick Hales (Drums) with new members Vince Oregan (Guitars formerly of Bob Catley/Eden) and Steve Mercy (Bass, Vocals formerly of Abigails Mercy)"
"Holy Rage would like to extend Previous member Scott Dallow (Bass Player) all the best in his future endeavours. Holy Rage wishes to thank him for his past contributions."
Norwegian black metal band Sarkom has announces the following tour dates with Shining and Svarttjern:
05/03 - Germany, Oberhausen - Helvete
06/03 - Germany, Erfurth - From Hell
07/03 - Netherlands, Rotterdam - Baroeg
08/03 - Belgia, Biebob - Vosselaar
09/03 - France, Strasbourg - Laiterie
11/03 - Germany, München - Metropolis
12/03 - Germany, Annaberg-Bucholz - Gleis 3
13/03 - Germany, Berlin - K17
14/03 - Switzerland, Zürich - Dynamo
Chicago blackened industrial metal band DEFCON have signed a new deal with Bit Riot Records and are ready to release their new album entitled "Flat Black Philosophy" on March 16th.
Vocalist brendan7 comments on the contractual partnership, "Finally, after weighing many options, Bit Riot has gracefully joined us in our quest to spread our message of despair and nothingness. This day brings us closer to the final end."
"Things have stayed dark in our lives and have not gotten better since the winter of scorn and solitude. We are now continuing on our path and will be heading out to spread our message of darkness, and hopelessness."
Montreal extreme metal band ION DISSONANCE are currently at .357 Productions with Ion guitar player, Antoine Lussier at the production helm. The new album is tentatively set for an early summer release.
Vocalist Kevin states, “So we are currently wrapping up our third week in the studio. The drum tracks have been completed and we are now halfway through recording guitars. Everything is going a hell of a lot better than we could ever expect. As a result, we are all stoked beyond belief at how retarded these new tracks sound."
“Have you ever noticed that every band recording lately tends to release the exact same quote? ‘This recording is the best ever put out, and the songs are the best ever written, and blah blah blah.’ Well, we want to switch it up a little bit and mention that this recording will be what you make it out to be." More...
New York progressive dark metal band Grey Skies Fallen has issued the following update:
"Well, the latest stretch of band turmoil seems to have passed, and we are now getting 4 songs ready to record an EP. Of course the EP will be available only digitally, as it is the year 2010, and I don't want boxes of unsold CD's in my garage anymore! Track listing: The Grand Scheme of Things Forever and a Day, Faces, Names By the Wayside. As far as when this will be released, let's just file it under the 'sort-of soon' category."
Italian metal band Fleshgod Apocalypse has issued the following update:
"We finally finished the recording session of the new EP! Right now, after the first listenings of this new one we decided that the best thing to do is not saying anything as anticipation. Yes, it will be '[more] epic than ever, faster and violent'…bla bla… but we do believe that everything can sound reductive for these new songs. This material is ours but yours as well, that’s why we don’t want/need to influence your opinions in some way. We’ll upload a new song in few days so keep your eyes open! By now, we can show you the new masterpiece of Marco Hasmann!" More...
New York metal band Architect has issued the following update:
"We started writing our new record. it doesn't have a title. it doesn't have anything yet. its just a baby of an idea, but it is already potent as hell. We are two songs in and already i feel like a 'structure fire' inside."
A video of Cynic playing the new song "Wheels Within Wheels" live at the Trocadero in Philadelphia on January 31, 2010 has made its way online. Check it out below.
Doomriders has just announced a US tour with Red Sparrows. Doomriders complete tour schedule is as follows:
02/10: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade w/ Skeletonwitch
02/11: Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy w/ Skeletonwitch
02/17: Boston, MA @ The Great Scott w/ Skeletonwitch, Howl, Iron Age
02/20: Hartford, CT @ The Webster: Underground w/ Skeletonwitch, Howl, Iron Age
03/29: Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room w/ Red Sparowes
03/30: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad w/ Red Sparowes
04/01: Dallas, TX @ Lola’s w/ Red Sparowes
04/02: Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/ Red Sparowes
04/03: Houston, TX @ Rudyard's w/ Red Sparowes
04/05: Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon w/ Red Sparowes
04/08: Orlando, FL @ The Social w/ Red Sparowes
04/09: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl w/ Red Sparowes
04/10: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 w/ Red Sparowes
04/11: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel w/ Red Sparowes
04/13: NYC, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Red Sparowes
04/14: NYC, NY @ Mercury Lounge w/ Red Sparowes
04/15: Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East w/ Red Sparowes
04/16: Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa w/ Red Sparowes
04/17: Toronto, ON @ The Garrison w/ Red Sparowes
American metal band SUICIDE SILENCE has posted footage from their performances in Fuel TV studios last month. Watch the footage below:
Fuel TV – “Wake Up”
Fuel TV – "Lifted"
Atlanta progressive metal band Halcyon Way has completed the tracking for their new CD, to be released in late Spring through Nightmare Records.
The album was produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Svartsot) and guitarist Jon Bodan. Drums were engineered by Mike Froedge (doubleDrive, Bloodsimple, Speed X) at Open Sky Studios in Atlanta. Lammert is mixing the album at his studio, LSD-Tonstudio in Germany. The new release is the follow-up to the critically acclaimed debut by the band, "A Manifesto For Domination." It features the debut of new vocalist Steve Braun (Ashent, Siloam), as well as a guest appearance by Pamela Moore of Queensryche fame. More...
Italy's The Mad Shepherd has posted their latest demo "DEMOlition" online for free download here. Just follow the link below and wait until you can download it by clicking a button. You can read our recent review of "DEMOlition" here.
H.I.M. has added a new date to the US Tour on April 6th at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI. Tickets to that show are available here.
H.I.M.'s San Diego, CA show on April 25th has now been moved to April 22nd. More information can be found here.
H.I.M.'s seventh full-length album, "Screamworks: Love in Theory and Practice," will hit stores in the U.S. on February 9th
The upcoming tour dates with We Are the Fallen are as follows: More...
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Vancouver, BC metal band NYLITHIA posted a video of their version of the Super Mario Castle Theme last year, which has been making rounds on social sites of late. Check out the video below.
Not just a gimmick band, however, Nylithia released their debut full-length last year and plans to record another this year. Check out some of their music on the band's MySpace page. Here are the upcoming shows that the band has announced:
Feb 25 2010 @ 8:00P - Red Room w/ BRUTAL TRUTH & INFERNAL MAJESTY Vancouver, British Columbia
Feb 26 2010 @ 8:00P - Evolution w/ Reaver Victoria, British Columbia
Feb 27 2010 @ 8:00P - Club Pauloburger Cumberland/Mt.Washington, British Columbia
Apr 10 2010 @ 8:00P - Fernridge Hall Langley, British Columbia
May 18 2010 @ 8:00P - The Rickshaw Theatre w/ HYPOCRISY Vancouver, British Columbia
Limited Access Records recently announced the signing of Italy's Spellbound Dazzle.
Back in August 2009 the boys from the mountainous region around Cortina d’Ampezzo met legendary producer Siggi Bemm (Tiamat, Kreator, Lacuna Coil) at his Woodhouse Studios in Hagen, Germany to work on the production of a fantastic album. The album does not fit into any scheme, as SPELLBOUND DAZZLE “combines modern metal groove with classic hard rock, add progressive elements and garnish the result with Folk and Polka rhythms.” For Siggi Bemm “Unreal Fairy Tales” is simply “the best album of the past 10 years!”
Check out some songs from “Unreal Fairy Tales” for yourself on the band's MySpace player or check out a song in the widget below.
The Greek metal band Need has released their first music video from the new album, "Siamese God," which came out in December last year. Check out the video for "War/ning" below.
The entire album of "Siamese God" is currently streaming in full on the MySpace player here. The tracklisting of the album is as follows:
1. Rainy Pieces Of Hell
3. Lie Before You Sleep
4. Flesh Machines
5. Siamese God
9. The Lesson
This winter, Lazarus A.D. once again teamed up with Vision 4 Films to shoot their next video. "Absolute Power" will premiere sometime before their upcoming tour with Kreator, Voivod, Nachtmystium and Evile. The video is a bit different than their last two in that it has a bit of a story line.
Guitarist Dan Gapen comments: “We just shot the new video for our next single 'Absolute Power.' I would say it was fun but to be honest it was cold, windy and rainy the day of the shoot and I froze my ass off. All I have to say is this fucking video better come out sweet or I’m kicking the directors ass…haha! I think when it’s done, everyone will like how it turned out. Jason & Emmitt from Vision4Films are pros at what they do, we can’t say thank you enough. We look forward to seeing everyone on the upcoming Spring tour w/ Kreator and Voivod!”
The first of two making-of clips is live now at www.youtube.com/lazarusadband. The guys will be hitting the road this Spring with metal legends Kreator and Voivod along with newcomers Nachtmystium and Evile. Here are the tour dates: More...
British metal outfit Anterior has announced that they have found a permanent drummer in newcomer James Cook. A message from the band reads as follows:
"After a long time searching we have finally found a new drummer. If any of you saw us play in December the fine gentlemen behind the kit will now be joining the band full time. We would like to welcome James Cook into the band and are very excited to see what he adds to the fold. He did a great job on our December tour with only a few rehearsals beforehand. He is a great guy and an exceptional musician.
"On this note we are still writing for the album and cannot wait to see what James can add to the new material. We will be going into the studio in a few months time to record our second album to be released later this year on Metal Blade Records.
"Thank you all for your love and support, we hope to see you on the road very soon. Keep checking back for updates."
Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has announced that after the negative reaction to the plan of naming his new studio album, "Soul Sucka," he's going to allow the fans to pick it's name. Speaking to VH1, Ozzy said:
"This time, before I even announce what I'm going to call it, I'm going to get a list of names and post it on my website and find out which people like the best."
Stay tuned for further details.
You can now download Drowning Pool's "Feel Like I Do" for free. Just enter your e-mail address in the widget below and your download will be sent to you.
Swedish screenings of the At The Gates documentary "Under A Serpent Sun" have been announced. Here are the latest screenings:
Stockholm - February 15 - 20:15
Bio Rio - Horntullsstrand 3
Free tickets available at Sound Pollution (Gamla Stan)
Gothenburg - February 18 - 20:30
Bio Roy - Avenyn
Free tickets available at Bengans (Stigbergstorget)
(The Gothenburg poster incorrectly states "Monday" but it should be "Thursday" the 18th)
WINGER has announced the second leg of European tour dates:
19/03/10 Leknes, Norway - Lekneshallen (small sports arena)
20/03/10 Norway/Denmark - Rock the Boat
22/03/10 Bristol, England - Academy 2
23/03/10 Portmouth, England - Wedgewood Rooms
24/03/10 Manchester, England - Academy 3
26/03/10 Dudley, England - JB's
27/03/10 Belfast, Northern Ireland - Spring & Airbrake
28/03/10 Glasgow, Scotland - Cathouse
30/03/10 Newcastle, England - Academy 2
31/03/10 Leeds, England - Rio's
02/04/10 Sheffield, England - Corporation
03/04/10 Nottingham, England - Rock City
04/04/10 London, England - Islington Academy
06/04/10 Bochum, Germany - Matrix
07/04/10 Berlin, Germany - Columbia Club
08/04/10 Munich, Germany - Backstage
10/04/10 Achaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
In related news Kip Winger and Reb Beach have recently recorded their participation to THAT METAL SHOW on VH1. The show will be aired on April 3rd 2010 at 11.00 PM.
Florida based heavy metal outfit Trivium has announced that their long time friend Nick Augusto has been hired as the permanent replacement for former drummer Travis Smith. A statement from frontman Matt Heafy reads:
"We’re really happy to have our good friend and fellow Floridian Nick Augusto join the Trivium family. Nick’s drumming is very technical and diverse and he brings a real intense energy to the band and we can’t wait for everyone to hear the new song, ‘Shattering the Skies Above', that we just recorded with Nick. I think it’s the best Trivium recording we’ve ever done; it’s raw, full of energy and I think Nick’s drumming really pushed us to a new level." More...
Unearth has posted a new video for the song "‘Crow Killer," which is off the band’s latest album "The March." The clip is a new version of the live video Unearth shot back in 2009 as a part of their bonus DVD that was released with the special edition of "The March." The video can be viewed below.
Maryland metallers Bloodbourne have posted a video clip online of their performance of the song "Brass to the Face," which is off their "Your Own Demise" album. The video clip can be viewed below.