Metal News for February 7, 2009
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16 news articles posted on this day.
British power metal band DragonForce have just made the following updates to their Ultra Beatdown tour:
"Due to the overwheming demand, another show in Kawasaki, Japan has been added. More festivals are also confirmed as part of the Ultra Beatdown Summer Festival Tour. A change of venue to the Hamburg show is also listed below:
Feb 21st 2009 - Hamburg, Germany - Grunspan (moved from Knust)
Mar 29th 2009 - Kawasaki, Japan - Club Cita
Jun 12th 2009 - Burgum, Netherlands - Waldrock Festival
June 5th - 7th 2008 - Germany - Rock Am Ring
June 5th - 7th 2008 - Germany -Rock Am Park
Devildriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer has issued an update about the recording of the band's fourth album, noting that the drums and bass are now compelte. Here's what he had to say:
"I am very happy to report to all of you that the new DevilDirver is coming along very nicely. Working with Logan Mader has been an ultimate pleasure. He has done a great job capturing a sound that represents DevilDriver better than ever. Drums and bass are all done. I started recording solos yesterday and hope to have them done by the end of the week. I can tell you that this record is full of guitar solos. Way more than any other record we have ever done. I personally feel a heightened sense of pride with this record. We all put more effort than ever into this one and it is definitely paying off. I can not wait for all of you to hear it."
The Deftones have been confirmed to appear at Bamboozle Left on April 5th at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA. Tickets are on-sale at 10am this Saturday at thebamboozle.com.
With the announcement of their appearance on Bamboozle, they felt the need to address Chi Cheng's condition and related news:
"First, Chi. Our fallen comrade has not made significant progress as of late, but continues to fight on from his accident. Doctors are working feverishly to return our brother to us, and we continue to hold out hope and faith that Chi returns to the life he has waiting for him and can join us on stage once again.
"For everyone that knows Chi, knows that he never wanted down time. Chi always wanted to keep working and never slow down, which is why we feel confident in returning to the stage at Bamboozle in April. Chi would want it, and we want to make sure we're keeping his legacy alive.
"Back in 1999, Chi had to leave the band for a brief moment and our closefriend Sergio Vega filled in to keep the train moving. 10 years later, Sergio is going to step in once again while Chi is down. Sergio is family to us, and had received Chi's blessing before, so without a doubt we know that if Chi could tell us now, he would give us his blessing again.
"In the meantime, we continue work on our record, and as for Bamboozle, we felt like we needed to poke our heads up for a quick breath before we buckle down and get this record finished... So we'll see you all in Irvine."
TESTAMENT will be signing autographs at select shows on the upcoming Priest Feast and headline shows. With each purchase of band merch at the gig you will receive a wristband (limited to the first 50 fans). The schedule will be posted at the merch booth showing when you should return to meet the band and get an autograph.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, Interloper Records has two new releases coming out. First is Harpoon with their new release "Double Gnarly/Triple Suicide," featuring 12 songs of grind and thrash guitars over a relentless drum machine attack. Mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer, Agoraphobic Nosebleed), this release is available on CD or LP with a digital download card.
Next they have Rabid Rabbit and their debut self-titled release. Recorded by the band, with each song mixed by a different engineer and but together and mastered by Carl Saff, this release is available in LP format with beautiful packaging with has been hand made by the band. You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.
Apocalyptica is working on their tour plans for 2009. They have announced a few festival appearances this summer with more to follow. Prior to that, however, the band plans to tour Russia, The Baltics, Poland and the Czech Republic.
Here are the latest Apocalyptica tour dates according to the band's MySpace page:
Apr 7 2009 8:00P - MTL Arena Samara
Apr 9 2009 8:00P - Concert Hall Rostov
Apr 10 2009 8:00P - Center Concert Hall Krasnodar
Apr 12 2009 8:00P - B1 Maximum Club Moscow
Apr 13 2009 8:00P - Jubileeny St. Petersburg
Apr 14 2009 8:00P - Arena Riga
Apr 15 2009 8:00P - UPA Vilnius
Apr 16 2009 8:00P - Stodola Club Warsaw
Apr 18 2009 8:00P - Novesta Zlin
Apr 19 2009 8:00P - Bonver Arena Ostrava
Apr 20 2009 8:00P - Incheba Arena Prague
Jun 5 2009 8:00P - Sauna Open Air Tampere
Aug 9 2009 8:00P - M’era Luna Festival Hildesheim
Aug 16 2009 8:00P - Bloodstock Open Air Derbyshire
Aug 23 2009 8:00P - Highfield Festival Stausee Hohenfelden
Aug 29 2009 8:00P - Krock U Maybutne Festival Kherson
Swedish metal band Apostasy has issued the following update about recording a new album:
"Hello out there brohters and sisters!, I have a little studio update for ya..ll! Mathias and Ludvig are in this moment in the studio and recording the guitars for the coming album! Everything is working out fine and it looks like we are keeping the time schedule so far. stay tuned for some crazy studio videos! rock on all the best/Fredde"
Norwegian stoner metal band Krakow has issued the following update about recording their debut album:
"We are currently on day 4, and things are going great. We1re done with the basic on 7 tracks, and right now we are working on a 10 minute instrumental song, which is gonna be killer! We will start working on some vocals later today, and tomorrow we will record Coronated King and do more vocals.
"Ivar Peersen (Enslaved) entered the studio today, with new ideas and constructive criticism. He will also be a part of the mixing of the album.
"I have to say, working with Iver Sandøy (Manngard) has been a great experience, he has a lot of great ideas, and is easy to work with."
Swedish metal band Ram has issued the following update about "Lightbringer," their upcoming album:
"Compared to 'Forced Entry' the 'Lightbringer' album is a step in manydirections for us. Forced Entry was a very straight forward (in RAM terms) Heavy Metal album, Lightbringer is more concept orientated and it displays an array of different themes that are noticeable in songwriting, lyrics and throughout the production.
"Including a horror mantra that features Mexican poet Adelaida Caballero performing one of her profound, surrealistic and magick poems, this album offers hard and heavy but quite unorthodox Heavy Metal songs that feature many twists and different parts, along with melancholic and very melodic pieces. E from the infamous Black Metal band Watain is featured on one track which is A Modern Heavy Black Metal track and he lays down some Sinister vocals indeed. Something as unusual as a metal horror opera, 'The Elixir' features a macabre tale in vein of Edgar Allan Poes work. Our most epic track to date and also the longest RAM song ever recorded is a song about the Battle at Suomussalmi in 1939 during the Finnish winter war."
The track listing is as follows: More...
At The Gates has issued the following statement about seeking out fan footage for an upcoming DVD release:
"We are currently working on collecting material for an upcoming DVD. What we need now is recordings from master source preferably 1990-1996.
"Regarding these old recordings: It could be crappy VHS/Video8/SVHS etc - Just as long as it's YOUR recording! As we can't bootleg an existing bootleg without permission, we need the original source. So, spread the word that we are interested in getting in touch with people who sit on original material.
"It could be live shows, interviews (radio, fanzines etc...) Also footage from inside/outside venues is welcome. You will get credit of course.. If you have material in your possession that is yours, please contact us through the form below. Sincerely, AT THE GATES.
"Click here to get in touch with us. Please use this method instead of MySpace messaging system."
A documentary showing the making of Autumns Eyes first music video "Feast Of the Dead" has been posted. The short clip features behind the scenes footage of this legendary low budget Halloween horror smash. You can check it out below.
Lamb of God will be holding a listening party for their upcoming new album, "Wrath," on Thursday, February 19, 2009 head out to Reno's Chop shop in Dallas, Texas. You will also have the chance to win rare Lamb of God autographed memorabilia. The party starts at 8:30pm and includes $1.50 draft beer and Jagermeister specials.
Reno's Chop Shop
210 N Crowdus St
Dallas, TX 75226
THE ETERNAL is set to embark on a world tour that is also taking in Japan, Mexico, Europe and North America, The Eternal kick it off with an Australian tour in February/March, prior to the previously announced European dates. The tour is in support of THE ETERNAL’s latest album "Kartika," which was released in November 2008.
Tour dates, support, and venue details of the newly announced Australian shows are below: More...
Two of Serj Tankian's video have been selected as winners of awards from the Music Video Production Association:
Best Video Produced for Under $25,000: Ara Soudjian of Xapnet Productions for Serj Tankian "Money"
Rock: Tony Petrossian of Rockhard Films for Serj Tankian "Empty Walls"
You can check out all the winners for the various categories here.
Welsh metal legion ANTERIOR has posted an update about what's going on in the band:
"As you have seen on our MySpace page, after months of searching we have finally found a drummer. Our new sticksman is Andrew Cairns, Andrew did a great job on our recent UK jaunt with All That Remains and The Haunted and has now become a full time member of ANTERIOR. We are very pleased to have him in the fold and we feel that he is a great addition to the band. We are now a complete five piece again and cannot wait for the next appearance as a new band at Hellfire Festival in London soon!
"We have added a good array of new live photos from the recent ATR/Haunted tour on our MySpace so go check it out. Thanks to all of the photographers for the shots, great work!"
ANTERIOR is also busy writing the follow-up to their 2007 Metal Blade debut, "The Age Of Silence."
”We are back in writing mode ready to record our new record. We will be recording the album at Grindstone Studios with the mighty Scott Atkins (Sylosis, Romeo Must Die, Madman Is Absolute) and are aiming to have the record out for late summer 2009 with some exciting and fast material to entice your ear drums. For sounds and previous work from Grindstone check out myspace.com/scottaxegrinder. We are really excited to once again be a complete band and will have a new album and touring schedule within the coming months so keep checking back for updates.”
Dutch death metal band Thanatos has issued the following update about their upcoming album:
"The artwork for ‘JUSTIFIED GENOCIDE', the new full-length by Dutch veteran Death / Thrash quartet THANATOS, created by the band’s bass player MARCO DE BRUIN, is done.
"DEITY DOWN RECORDS' release dates for this album, the fifth one in the band's 25 year long career are now set to April 6 2009 (UK/Ireland) and March 15 (EU/World). ‘JUSTIFIED GENOCIDE’ will be the successor to ‘Undead.Unholy.Divine’ (Black Lotus Records 2004).
"On ‘JUSTIFIED GENOCIDE’, founding member Stephan Gebédi (guitars/vocals, guitars in Hail of Bullets), Marco de Bruin, Paul Baayens (guitars, Hail of Bullets, Asphyx) and Yuri Rinkel (drums, Melechesh) will have the following titles on display: More...