Metal News for February 5, 2010
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Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels have issued the following update about rescheduling a May tour date:
"We'd like to inform you that our headline concert in May will be postponed due to the band's newly scheduled tours and festivals. The gig will take place on the 11th of September 2010, with the same bands on the bill. The venue remains the same (Sin City, Athens, GR) and we'll be glad to see everyone there.
"'Till next time, Thrash Off"
According to Napalm Records, Arkona and Alestorm are going to partner up for the upcoming Paganfest tour. Click here to view a teaser of the upcoming shows.
Belgian metallers Thurisaz have issued the following update about entering the recording studio:
"Hey dear metal friends! Two weeks left before we enter the CCR studio to record our third full-album! With the help of the sound engineers Kris and Nik we'll start recording on February 15th. Normally all should be recorded @ the end of March 2010! Soon there will be more news about the cover, title and release date! This month we are looking forward to make our trip to Madrid to rejoin our friends Novembers Doom @ the gig in Ritmo Y Compas!"
Thursiaz also has the following upcoming tour dates:
2/20 Rockin Ricky fest, JOC Ieper (B)
2/21 Ritmo y Compas Madrid (E)
3/7 De Gaper Geluwe (B)
6/20 Oosthove (B)
10/16 OHK, Oostende (B) with Always Fallen and Izegrim
Swedish black metal act Valkyrja has issued the following brief update about their upcoming tour dates:
"Valkyrja will, alongside Dark Funeral and Zonaria, open the cunt of madness in Kulturhuset, Skövde, 5th of March. Valkyrja have also been confirmed for this year's Stonehenge Festival (Holland) 31st of July, alongside (among others) Incantation, General Surgery and Cattle Decapitation."
Sample Valkyrja tracks can also be streamed through their official MySpace page.
Hydra Head Records has announced Daughters' new, self-titled album, which will be released in North American on March 9, 2010.
Here's the "Daughters" tracklisting:
1. The Virgin
2. The First Supper
3. The Hit
4. The Theatre Goer
5. Our Queens (One Is Many, Many Are One)
6. The Dead Singer
7. Sweet Georgia Brom
8. The Unattractive, Portable Head
Watch Me Bleed have announced they will be co-headlining Austria's Hell over Vellach Festiavl, which takes place on July 23rd and 24th, 2010. More information on the festival can be found at this location. Watch Me Bleed also have the following upcoming tour dates:
3/12 2010 P.M.K. (Prepare for Blood - Tour) Innsbruck (AT)
4/2 2010 Kulturkeller (Prepare for Blood - Tour) Gleisdorf (AT)
4/3 2010 Alte Spinnerei (Festival) Traun (AT)
4/4 2010 Komma (Prepare for Blood - Tour) Wörgl (AT)
7/23 2010 Hell over Vellach - Open-Air Söbriach (AT)
7/24 2010 Escape Metalcorner (Prepare for Blood - Tour) Wien (AT)
VH1 has updated some of their previous "Behind The Music" episodes, including Metallica's for a new run on VH1 Classic starting Saturday, February 6. The shows pick up where the original "Behind The Music" left off with new interviews, live footage, and video clips that update the stories. You can check out Metallica's feature at 10 PM EST on February 6 with repeats several times as listed below.
02/06/2010 10:00 P Saturday
02/07/2010 11:00 P Sunday
02/08/2010 01:30 P Monday
02/08/2010 08:00 P Monday
02/08/2010 01:30 A Monday
02/09/2010 12:00 P Tuesday
02/09/2010 07:00 P Tuesday
02/09/2010 12:00 A Tuesday
02/11/2010 11:00 A Thursday
02/11/2010 10:00 P Thursday
02/11/2010 02:00 A Thursday
02/12/2010 07:00 P Friday
02/16/2010 07:00 P Tuesday
02/19/2010 06:00 P Friday
02/20/2010 02:00 P Saturday
Other artists getting the "remastered" treatment include Genesis, Motley Crue, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, and John Lennon.
Syrian heavy metal band The Hourglass reports that they've completed recording their latest EP and will begin mixing and mastering soon. Here's the full update from the band about it:
"Finally recording the EP finished. Today Bassem recorded the four songs in a row. We will add to it an edited track from Resurrection and the total number will be 5 songs. Production is great and HEAVY, as heavy as it can get. The Diamond Head and Loreena's covers sound amazing. Only one cello solo for one of the songs, then mixing and mastering and the album will be out."
Russian cyber metal act Illidiance has posted the first in a series of video studio diaries online from the recording of their upcoming album "Damage Theory." This video, which can be viewed below, shows the drum recording session.
Germany's Into Darkness has issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer:
"Heya Dudes and Girls. Sadly Drummer 'Ba:ni' Peter decided to leave the Band around Christmas 2009. So after some thinking back and forth, we decided to call longtime Candidate Robert Witzel from Boiling Blood if he´d help us out. After having been in touch with Robert for a year +, it seemed logical to ask him to fill into Peters shoes. And so it was done! So from now on Robert plays in both Bands Into Darkness and Boiling Blood.
"We wish Peter a nice continuation with his musical career and will keep in touch of course. Also we thank him for having played first guitars and later on Drums with Into Darkness. You´ll be sadly missed...but at least we have more beers for us now. So my Dear Into Darkness Amateurs here we go! Mr. Robert Witzel on drums applause!"
Swedish power/heavy metal band Dream Evil has launched a new trailer as a promotion for their latest release, In The Night. They also announced that In The Night has reached #53 on the Swedish sales charts. It was not specified exactly which sales chart they achieved that rank in.
“ ‘In The Night’ is available as CD, Digital Download and also as Limited Edition Mediabook CD with alternate cover artwork, extended booklet, two bonus tracks (‘Good Nightmare’ and ‘The Return’) as well as an exclusive patch!
“Dream Evil are currently on tour promoting ‘In The Night’ on shows with Stratovarius and Tracedawn... Dream Evil’s drummer, Pat Power, quickly checked in as follows:
"Finally the roads are seeing Dream Evil again! The tour has been amazing so far! The crowd is wild and the metal anthems run like thunder, crushing all non-believers! People in the cities salute our arrival with mighty roars. Hail all the fans who join our crusade! Hope to see you out there too! Until then, metal forever!
“ ‘In The Night’ was once again produced at Sweden’s Studio Fredman (Dimmu Borgir, In Flames, HammerFall, etc.), which is owned by Dream Evil axeman Fredrik Nordström, and the stunning artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes / www.abstrata.net (Arch Enemy, Firewind, Krisiun etc.).”
The band has added the songs ‘Band Your Head’ and ‘Immortal’ on their MySpace page."
Here are all the exact upcoming Dream Evil dates:
Dream Evil + Stratovarius & Tracedawn:
SA 06.02.2010 Lund (Sweden) – Mejeriet
SU 07.02.2010 Göteborg (Sweden) – Brew House
MO 08.02.2010 Oslo (Norway) – Rockefeller
TU 09.02.2010 Stockholm (Sweden) – Klubben
Dream Evil - Festivals 2010:
SA 14.08.2010 Catton Hall Derby (UK) – Bloodstock Open Air
SA 28.08.2010: Rijssen (NL) – Elsrock Festival
Engineer Records is putting on a benefit gig at Rochester Skate Park in support of the skate park at Unit 1, Airport Ind. Est, Laker Rd, Rochester, ME1 3QX which is run as a charity for the kids of Kent and South East UK to have a safe environment for skating and alternative sports events. The charity has a five year lease to pay to the local council.
Directions and info at www.unit1skatepark.co.uk. The event takes place on Saturday 13th February 2010 from 7pm to midnight.
Bands playing include Kyoto Drive, The Startover, My So Called Life, SpeakYourHeart, Call Off The Search and The Separation.
Also included in the event will be a Skateboarding competition, filming and interviews by 3rider.tv and free CDs from Engineer Records for everyone attending, cheap records stall, food and drink, etc.
There is a £5 entry fee. All proceeds to the skate park.
Long Distance Calling has been confirmed to support Katatonia on their recently announced New Night Over Europe Tour 2010. "We are very happy to hit the road with KATATONIA and are looking forward to spread our music over Europe," commented the band.
New Night Over Europe Tour 2010 featuring KATATONIA, Long Distance Calling and one other band to be announced:
03.03. Hamburg (D) – Logo
04.03. Köln (D) – Luxor
05.03. Nijmegen (NL) – Doornroosje
06.03. Amstelveen (NL) – P60
07.03. Vosselaar (B) – Biebob
09.03. Manchester (UK) – Academy 3
10.03. Nottingham (UK) – Rock City Basement
11.03. London (UK) – Garage
13.03. Cardiff (UK) – Barfly
14.03. Wolverhampton (UK) – Little Civic
15.03. Luxemburg (LUX) – Kulturfabrik
16.03. Paris (F) – Nouveau Casino
17.03. Niort (F) – Camij
18.03. Barcelona (E) – Apolo 2
19.03. Madrid (E) – Ramdall
22.03. Lyon (F) – CCO Villeurbanne
23.03. Solothurn (CH) – Kofmehl
24.03. Milan (IT) – Alcatraz
25.03. Roma (IT) – Alpheus
26.03. Cervia (IT) – Rockplanet
27.03. Ljubljaja (SLO) – Gala Hala
28.03. Wien (A) – Szene
29.03. Budapest (HU) – Durer Kert
30.03. Prague (CZ) – Exit Chmelnice
31.03. Krakow (PL) – Rotunda
01.04. Warsaw (PL) – Stodola
02.04. Berlin (D) – Lido
03.04. Bochum (D) – Zeche
04.04. Leipzig (D) – Conne Island
05.04. Frankfurt (D) – Batschkapp
06.04. Munich (D) – Backstage Hall
Check out some of Long Distance Calling's music on their MySpace page.
Boston’s ASHERS, fronted by Mark Civitarese of THE UNSEEN (Hellcat Records), has signed to Thorp Records.
Ashers became a band as a result of the chemistry discovered between Mark and Billy Brown of CRASH AND BURN (Thorp Recs) and DEADLY SINS, two bands that became synonymous with the creativity of the Boston scene. Mark and Bill constantly found themselves contributing to each other’s projects and finally decided to begin a proper full time band together. Ashers plays a combination of hardcore, dirty rock, anthemic punk, and metal that creates a new flavor altogether for fans of aggressive music.
Check out the Ashers signing video below:
Thorp Records founder, Andy King, explained his thoughts on Ashers, "I've known Mark as kind of an over-the-phone friend since 2005. We used to chat all the time just about music and Boston bands in general. We always talked about trying to find a way to work together with The Unseen, but it just never materialized. When he let me hear what he was doing with Ashers, I was blown away by the guttural ferocity of the music and the uniqueness of the sound and the aesthetic approach. Knowing that Bill Brown was involved, served to brand the sound as even more distinct and noteworthy."
In January, Swedish metal band Soilwork began studio work for their next album. They’ve now released footage of Dirk Verbeuren – drummer – recording a track for said album. Chec out the video below.
Perth-based metal band Dyscord is hitting the road in support of their new album, "Tirades," out February 19th through their new label Stomp Entertainment. The album was mixed by Jason Seucof (Chimaira, Job For A Cowboy, Black Dahlia Murder) and mastered by Alan Douches in New York.
“Behold,” the first single from the album, is up on their Myspace player.
You can catch Dyscord on the following Austrialian / New Zealand tour dates:
19/2: Amplifier Bar, Perth (Dyscord Album Launch)
20/2: Leederville HQ (All Ages Dyscord album launch)
3/3: Bar Medusa, Wellington (Meshuggah Afterparty)
4/3: Live Bar, Auckland (Meshuggah Afterparty)
5/3: Red Eye Bar, Whangarei (with Dawn Of Azazel)
6/3: Zeebeedees, Christchurch (All Ages)
6/3: Al’s Bar, Christchurch
11/3: The National Hotel, Geelong
12/3: The Esplanade Hotel, Melbourne
13/3: The Pier Hotel, Frankston
18/3: The Bass Bar, Wagga Wagga
23/3:The Chilli Lounge, Wyong (All Ages)
26/3: The Factory, Sydney (Licensed/ All Ages)
27/3: Fowlers, Adelaide Mini Fest (Licensed/ All Ages)
Them Crooked Vultures has been confirmed for an appearance at this year's Rock Am Ring/Rock Am Park festivals June 4th-6th 2010. Tickets on sale now at tickets-per-post.de.
The band is also set to perform at London's Royal Albert Hall on Monday, March 22nd as part of the 10-night line up to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Teenage Cancer Trust. Tickets on sale now at teenagecancertrust.com.
As previously reported, Them Crooked Vultures will be the musical guest on Saturday Night Live February 6th. Tune in to NBC at 11:30/10:30c to catch the performance.
The latest Them Crooked Vultures shows are as follows:
2/6 - Saturday Night Live
2/8 - New York City - Roseland
2/10 - Charlotte, NC, Fillmore
2/11 - Atlanta, GA, Tabernacle3/22 London - London's Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust
4/16 - Coachella
Tonight’s concert at The Rave in Milwaukee, Wisconsin featuring EPICA, THREAT SIGNAL and BLACKGUARD will be streamed live via TheRaveLive.com beginning at 6 p.m. PACIFIC/ 8 p.m. CENTRAL / 9:00 p.m. EASTERN.
To access the free live concert stream:
1) Click on this link
2) Click on the "Free Signup" button at the upper right of the page
3) Choose the "Fan" option and fill out the information
4) Sign in and click the "Live Webcast" tab and you're all set!
5) Mac users may need to download the Windows Media plugin Flip4Mac to watch
UPDATE: There is a rebroadcast planned for Saturday, February 6th at noon CST (1pm ET / 6pm GMT / 7pm CET).
Live and behind-the-scenes video footage from the current tour can be viewed here.
In other band news, read drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek’s tour diary and his adventures with frozen urine here (click on “EPICA’S US Tour Diary” in the upper left-hand corner).
Boston’s own SHADOWS FALL will be appearing on Fuel TV’s “The Daily Habit” today, Friday February 5th at 9:00 PM EST (6:00 PM PST). Check your local listings for Fuel TV and see what channel “The Daily Habit” airs on in your market. "The Daily Habit" is FUEL TV’s first original daily series, telecast weeknights at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm PT) while re-airing later in the evening at 12:00 am ET (9:00 pm PT), and the following weekday at 2:30 pm ET (11:30 am PT) and 5:30 pm ET (2:30 pm PT). “The Daily Habit” encompasses the world of the action sports enthusiast, mixing the best in pop culture with today’s top action sports personalities, cutting-edge music, product reviews, and comedy.
SHADOWS FALL performed their first single from their latest album RETRIBUTION “Still I Rise” as well as a blistering cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Bark at the Moon.”
SHADOWS FALL is currently on the road in the United States with Five Finger Death Punch, God Forbid and 2 Cents. When their United States tour wraps up, the band is headed north for their first ever headlining tour of Canada before heading out on this summer’s incarnation of the RockStar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival on the Jagermeister stage alongside Hatebreed, Chimaira, and Winds of Plague.
Here are the lates Shadows Fall tour dates: More...
Anvil has announced the following Japanese tour dates:
April 19 - Club Quattro - Tokyo, Japan
April 20 - Club Quattro - Tokyo, Japan
April 21 - Club Quattro - Osaka, Japan
April 22 - Club Quattro - Hiroshima, Japan
Norwegian metal band Purified in Blood are set to release their second full-length album, entitled "Under Black Skies," in the Spring. The tracklisting is as follows:
01. Summoning Storms
03. Death Priest
04. Under Den Svarte Himmel
05. Beneath the Pyre
06. Mouth of Doom
07. The Covenant Fall
08. End is Now
09. Flesh and Frost
11. Blood Drenched
Norway's The Wretched End, a project with Samoth (Emperor/Zyklon) and Cosmo (Mindgrinder), has issued the following studio update:
"Quick update! Cosmo finished the bass tracks last week. Now we’re finishing up lyrics and working on vocal arrangements. Cosmo will be handling the vocals. The pre-prod arrangements sounds very good. We’ll be back at Stand Studio soon to finalize the recordings."
Swedish metal band Hostile Cell has issued the following recording update:
"9 songs have been mixed so far and this new album is everything I hoped for and thought it would be. It's heavy, melodic, aggressive, melancholic and pop at the same time. It will kick your ASSES!"
Denmark's crushing sludge beast THE PSYKE PROJECT recently signed an international booking deal with London based First Contact Agency. In March they'll team up with the psychedelic black metal group NACHTMYSTIUM to tour the UK plus a few dates in Belgium, Germany, Denmark and last the Inferno Festival in Norway. The tour dates are as follows:
19/03/10 - Fighting Cocks, Kingston , UK .
21/03/10 - The Croft, Bristol , UK .
22/03/10 - Central Station, Wrexham , UK .
23/03/10 - Moho Live, Manchester . UK .
24/03/10 - Ivory Blacks, Glasgow , UK .
25/03/10 - The Well, Leeds , UK .
26/03/10 - Rock City Basement, Nottingham , UK .
27/03/10 - Islington Academy 2, London , UK .
28/03/10 - Engine Room, Brighton , UK .
29/03/10 - The Frontline, Ghent , Belgium .
30/03/10 - Markthalle , Hamburg , Germany .
31/03/10 - The Rock, Copenhagen , Denmark .
01/04/10 - Inferno Fest, John Dee, Oslo , Norway
Swedish modern metallers Solution .45 have just revealed the title and tracklist of their upcoming debut album. The record, entitled "For Aeons Past," will be released April 9th in Europe. The tracklisting is as follows:
01. The Close Beyond
02. Gravitational Lensing
03. Through Night-Kingdomed Gates
04. For Aeons Past
05. Lethean Tears
06. Bladed Vaults
08. On Embered Fields Adust
09. Into Shadow
10. Clandestinity Now
Mastic Scum has issued the following end of tour update:
"We are back from Funeral Nation Tour 2010! Yes, we survived this fucking crusade! This tour was really awesome, unbelievable! All venues was heavy crowded and got a great atmosphere, every day! It was such an experience for us to play in Balkan countries like Romania, Bulgaria, Greece & Serbia and to see that metal is united!"
Pictures from the tour can be seen on their Facebook page.
To commemorate Kataklysm's fifteen years of technical death metal goodness, Nuclear Blast has recognized them with an honorary award. In this day of age, many bands move from between labels, but Kataklysm has had a relationship with Nuclear Blast for 15 years. More...
Ratt has announced April 20, 2010 as the release date for their Loud & Proud debut album, "Infestation," an 11-song opus that is their first studio record in 11 years. The first single, “Best of Me,” is scheduled to impact rock radio on February 21. The song is available at all digital stores.
There’s been a flurry of activity in the Ratt camp in the past few years. Vocalist Stephen Pearcy has returned to the fold and the band has since signed to Loud & Proud/Roadrunner.
“We wanted this to be like something that we would have written right after [1984’s] Out of the Cellar,” Pearcy said. “We definitely went back to basics with the mindset of a band with a lot of excitement and some great songs to get out.” Infestation was produced by Elvis Baskette (Chevelle, Alter Bridge.) in the helmer’s Virginia studio, marking the first time the band has recorded outside of Los Angeles.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
Eat Me Up Alive
Best of Me
A Little Too Much
Look Out Below
As Good as it Gets
Garden of Eden
Take a Big Bite
Take Me Home
Don’t Let Go
Check out the first single, "Best of Me" right here:
Egyptian black metallers ODIOUS are still in the studio for the recording of their second album. They will be finished soon and the album, entitled “Skin Age,” will see a 2010 release.
The band also announced their newest member, rhythm guitarist Ezz El-din Taher.
Dark Tranquillity's ninth studio album launches March 9, 2010 in the United States. "We Are The Void" is the follow up to 2008's "Fiction." metalsucks.net has given the opportunity for fans to speak their mind; simply put they can ask Mikael Stanne (Lead Singer) anything they can come up with.
Thoughts while watching the Grammy’s and wondering if Lady Gaga’s performance was influenced by Poison’s first album Look What The Cat Dragged In…
Congratulations to Rob Halford and Judas Priest for their Grammy win. Anyone else disappointed Halford wasn’t draped in leather when he accepted the award?...
Speaking of leather, despite matching leather jackets and pants it is difficult to listen to Bon Jovi and not think, so are these guys Country for good?...
Should Anthony Kiedis every leave Red Hot Chile Peppers I believe Taboo from Black Eyed Peas could probably make a seamless transition…
No surprise here when Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver) jointed T-Pain, Jamie Foxx and friends on stage. We are months away from a press release stating Slash is the fourth Jonas brother…
All dressed up and only the Grammy’s to attend, Alice Cooper presented the Grammy for best rock album. There should be a rule that Cooper can only dress as stage “Alice” or be wearing a golf polo shirt…
Watching Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day) accepting a Grammy solidified him as the only rocker with a head three times the size of his body…
Non Grammy Thoughts of the week…
Steven Tyler is threatening to sue Aerosmith in an attempt to block the band from hiring a new lead singer. Leaked rumors indicate that Billy Idol has been approached by the band. Two questions: 1. Does Idol get to play Rebel Yell with the band? 2. Generally speaking, does the band feel they have to replace Tyler with someone the exact same age?...
D.J. Ashba (Guns N’ Rosses, Sixx A.M.) was recently kicked out of a Canadian hotel for smoking cigarettes. In an interview this week Ashba went on to say he was shocked by the attitude and anger expressed from “An old woman with Tina Turner like hair”. D.J., it is Canada, eleven months out of the year it is winter. It is cold. These are angry people. Step away from the hotel, and button up, it is going to be okay…
The line-up for Slash’s new album officially includes Fergie (Black Eyed Peas), Ozzy Osbourne, Adam Levine (Maroon 5), Kid Rock, and many others. Given the wide range of talent I have to wonder why Slash neglected to give this up and comer I keep hearing about named Billy Idol a shot…
Finally, VH1 has a reality show titled Rock N Roll Fantasy Camp in production. The cast includes many rock and pop stars including Lemmy, Ace Frehley (Kiss), and of course, Bret Michaels. Anyone interested? Episodes to include segments on picking out bandanas, writing multiple hooks with the word “party”, and learning how to use the word “Awesome” as a noun, verb, adjective, and adverb – all in the same sentence…