Metal News for February 8, 2011
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We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week, Devon Graves of Psychotic Waltz, The Shadow Theory, and Deadsoul Tribe tells a story of the most fearsome pit he's ever witnessed:
Since I personally do not relate to the moshing part of metal, here is the only story I can offer. It was somewhere around 1990. Slayer was performing at the massive Los Angeles Forum. Every seat in the house was sold out. The entire floor section which is the size of a basketball court was one huge mosh pit! I have friends who like to mosh, but seeing this sight, they were scared to death. This was a truly frightening sight to behold. In retrospect, I must say I long for the days that a metal band could sell out an entire sports arena. But the moshing is just too violent and negative for me and is something I can live without.
All I can say is: at least it was a Slayer pit. They are always insane, and that one sounds like it was epic.
The Shadow Theory just released their first studio album, "Behind the Black Veil," in North America this past January. The album tells a horror story of a man who wakes from one nightmare into another, until he can no longer tell where the dream ends and reality begins, or if he was ever dreaming at all. "The Sound of Flies" from the new album can be heard at the band's MySpace page.
Pyschotic Waltz will be embarking on the "Power of Metal" tour this month alongside Thaurorod, Symphony X, Nevermore, and Mercenary.
Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.
Metalinjection.net has posted a video report from the 70,000 tons of metal festival. You can check out the footage from the cruise in the clip below.
U.K. based black metal act Abalam has checked in with the following announcement about streaming a new song online:
"Abalam returns from whence it came... New track up now! 'And All Shall Burn' up now for your aural displeasure and disgust. Hail Satan..."
You can listen to the new song "And All Shall Burn" via the official Abalam MySpace profile.
Tesseract will be releasing the new album "One" on March 22nd, 2011 through Century Media Records. The band has now posted a teaser trailer for the upcoming music video for "Nascent," which can be viewed below.
Trollfest recently inked a deal with NoiseArt Records and booking agency Rock the Nation. The band has today previewed the artwork and track listing for the forthcoming album, "En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral," which is due for release in April. The artwork can be viewed here.
Commenting on the concept of the album and the artwork, the band had this to say:
"Just like our second album 'Brakebein,' 'En Kvest For Den Hellige Gral' is also a concept album, which this time centres on the story of five Trolls who set out on a quest to find the Holy Grail that will reputedly deliver all the Trolls from a horrible famine. Exactly how it will do this is not by some heaven sent miracle, but by providing an endless food source in the shape of the hordes of Christians who will come searching for the Holy Grail themselves! As you can imagine, this rather 'unholy' quest is a somewhat beer-fuelled, blood-soaked adventure in typical Troll tradition! And if you want to know what happens next to the brave questers, there is an epilogue in the form of bonus track on the digi pack edition.
"When it came to actually illustrating the story of our five brave and adventurous Trolls for 'En Kvest For Den Hellige Gralm' there was only one choice we could possibly make, and that was Jonas Darnell. Ever since he created the evil Iron Duck for our 'Villanden' album, Jonas has been bringing the characters of the TrollfesT universe to life through his art. It then falls to Terje Johnsen to design and put together all of Jonas’ wonderful creations into a spectacular package. Terje has been part of the TrollfesT crew since Brakebein, and his work has earned him the honorary title of 'Andy WarTroll'."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Die Verdammte Hungersnot
3. Die Berüchtiges Bande
5. Der Sündenbock Gegalte
8. Jevnes med Jorden
9. En gammel Trollsti
10. Epilog (Bonus Track Digi Pack)
The track “Die Verdammte Hungersnot” from the new album can be heard on the band’s MySpace page at this location.
Chain Reaction has posted a music video online for the song "Twinge," which is from the band's album "Cutthroat Melodies." You can check out the video clip below.
Florida-based extreme metallers Hate Eternal have just confirmed a European tour in support of their forthcoming release on Metal Blade Records. The tour kicks off April 29th in Wurzburg, Germany and will run through May 20th ending in Leipzig, Germany. Joining the band on tour will be Obscura, Beneath The Massacre, and Defiled. The dates are as follows:
29.04.11 Germany Wurzburg @ Posthalle
30.04.11 Holland Tilburg @ Neurotic Death Fest
01.05.11 UK Bristol @ the Fleece
02.05.11 UK Manchester @ Moho Live
03.05.11 UK London @ Underworld
04.05.11 Belgium Vosselaar @ Biebob
07.05.11 Spain A Corona @ Sala Ola Green
12.05.11 Italy Rome @ Blackout Club
13.05.11 Italy Romano Sesia @ Rock N Roll Arena
14.05.11 Slovenia Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
15.05.11 Austria Wien @ Arena
16.05.11 Germany München @ Feierwerk
17.05.11 Slovakia Bratislava @ Randal
18.05.11 Poland Krakow @ Rotunda
19.05.11 Germany Berlin @ Cassiopeia
20.05.11 Germany Leipzig @ Theaterfabrik
The band recently entered frontman Erik Rutan's own Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL to begin recording the new studio album. J.J. Hrubovcak has been added as the band's bassist.
Commented Rutan: "The band has been locked up in Mana Recording Studios doing pre-production for the past two months, finishing up songs that we have been writing over the last year in between tours and albums that I've produced, and we feel we have come up with one of Hate Eternal's heaviest, most twisted, evil, melodic, and insane albums yet.
"It was my goal to expand upon what the band has done in the past, and add new dynamics and twists to the traditional, dissonant Hate Eternal style, yet keep it in the same vein. It took the three of us really pushing ourselves, and digging deep into the essence of who we are as musicians and writers and players to create something very unique and special. We cannot wait for everyone to hear what we have in store."
Abstinenz has been confirmed to performing at this year's edition of the Wolfsmond Festival, which is set to take place on August 26th and 27th. You can check out additional details on the festival at this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
Neuraxis is now streaming the new album "Asylon" in its entirety through Stereokiller.com Check it out at this location. “Asylon” will be released in North America next Tuesday, February 15th, 2011.
“Asylon” was recorded at Wildsound Studio with producer Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Last Felony, The Agonist). The cover art was created by artist Dennis Sibeijn of Damnengine Artwork, who worked with the band on their previous album, “The Thin Line Between,” as well with Job For A Cowboy, Chimaira and more. The track listing is:
3. Savior and Destroyer
4. By The Flesh
10. Left To Devour
Awake has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows and releasing a new album:
"Hi there! For those of you who have not yet joined us over on Facebook you may have missed that our next gig is this Saturday 12th February. We are taking over The Portland arms in Cambridge with support from the high energy A Deeper Dreed and Smokescreen. Get there early, do not miss a thing. Doors are at 8pm.
"After this gig we will be concentrating on getting our new album 'Into the Storm' released, more news on that and the year ahead to follow soon. Don't forget you can join our mailing list on our main page, be sure to get all the news first. As always a huge thanks for the support & see some of you Saturday."
Burial Vault has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"Dear friends, like most of you have noticed already, the band will leave Daniel in the near future. That his decision is anything but an easy one, everyone should be aware of who knows him. His work takes him, but so much in demand that could lead to longer term problems in settling his time with the band and his job. So he took his decision out of respect towards the band and we all have great respect for it.
"We would like to take this opportunity once again to thank Daniel for the great time. He is with us have gone through the recordings of three CDs, but most of all, we have a lot of brilliant performances played together and had an unforgettable time. Things like our concert series 'Addicted To Death,' would never have occurred without it rolling.
"He will be remembered as our friend definitely weighed and not disappear from our environment. Then we will be watching! Who wants to live to experience Daniel again in Action, which can make it next weekend in Hanover and Hamburg! We count on you!
"PS. our new drummer will be announced in a few days ago announced the same place."
Mercenary is set to release the new album "Metamorphosis" in North America on March 29th through Prosthetic Records. The band has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song from the album online:
"Check out the new track 'In a River of Madness,' exclusively available for streaming from our Facebook page. This is one dark, angry, fast & epic S.o.B.! Listen to In a River of Madness here!"
The "Metamorphosis" track listing is as follows:
1. Through The Eyes Of The Devil
2. The Follower
3. In A River Of Madness
5. Velvet Lies
6. In Bloodred Shades
7. Shades Of Grey
8. On The Edge Of Sanity
9. Black Brigade
10. Incorporate Your Demons (bonus track)
Listenable Records has issued the following announcement about signing a record deal with Panzerchrist for the release of an upcoming album:
"Danish war merchants Panzerchrist have agreed on a new series of tactics with Listenable corps and are unleashing their new assault to this miserable world 'Regiment Ragnarok' on April 18th. Both parties are chuffed about the new strategy.
"Panzerchrist was formed in 1994 as a result of band General Michael Enevoldsen wanting to make even more hard hitting music than what he already did with the band he left, Illdisposed. Now with 5 critically acclaimed albums and the 6th just around the corner, 2011 will be the year Panzerchrist turns it's devastating artillery from your speakers to your face, and play live for the first time in 11 years. Check new battlefield locations: 2 Ap – Arhus DK – Voxhall, 9 July – Frederik, 7000, Dk – Metal Magic Festival, 12 Aug – Erfurt, TH, DE- Partysan
"The band is currently gearing up for combat, it will be the most brutal mission they will once again successfully accomplish, never mind the number of victims, victory is at hand."
Wizard is set to release the band's ninth studio album "...of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes" on March 25th, 2011 through Massacre Records. You can now check out a preview of a new song from the upcoming album, titled "Bletzer," at this location.
Wizard also has the following upcoming tour dates:
24-03-2011 - Cork, Ireland
25-03-2011 - Dublin, Ireland
08-04-2011 - Kulturbunker, Koln, Mulheim, Germany
09-04-2011 - Very Easy Festival, Stadskanaal, Holland
25-06-2011 - Noc Plna Hvezd Festival, Trinec, Czech Republic
German four piece thrash act The Prophecy 23 has announced a string of upcoming tour dates, including an appearance at the Wacken Open Air Festival. The currently announced shows are as follows:
27.02.2011 Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik (w/Deadlock)
25.03.2001 Neckarsulm, Gleis 3
02.04.2011 Wiesloch, Last Winternight Festival
30.04.2011 Heilbronn, Bürgerhauskeller Circle Of Silence - Release Show
04.-06.08.2011 Wacken Open Air
Ava Inferi has checked in with the following announcement about shooting a new music video for the song "Majesty:"
"Back in PT after a great and highly interesting weekend in Bucharest, Romania, where Carmen and myself were present during the filming for the track 'Majesty,' the first video off the forthcoming album.
"The video is visualized and directed by Costin Chioreanu, Twilight13 Media and in pure AI fashion the video is an 'occult journey' through nature, secret arts and magic. The video will premier within the coming weeks through all our channels and all relevant medias. Some screen-shots from what was captured on film deep in the dark Romanian forests during these few last weeks can be viewed here."
Sacred Oath has issued the following announcement about recording new tracks for an upcoming EP release:
"Rob Thorne is back in the studio finishing 3 tracks that weren't completed in time for World On Fire. The band is considering a possible EP release tentatively titled 'Thrash Inc.' - a reference to the popular Sacred Oath newsletter from the early days back in 1986. 'Posers Must Die' was written by original bassist and founding member Pete Altieri and features him as guest vocalist on the recording.
"'Burn Away' is a recently written number put together by drummer Kenny Evans, and the third track - 'Over the Edge' - was originally written by Thorne for the Darkness Visible album. A fourth song - 'Wicked Ways' - was finished and mastered in December and is included as a bonus track on the band's forthcoming vinyl release of World On Fire through Germany's Metalizer Records."
Amalgama has checked in with the following update about the band's fifth anniversary:
"A strange and exciting thing crept up on us this past January and quietly slipped by without much acknowledgment by everyone here in Amalgama: our 5 year anniversary. January 7th, 2006 was our very first appearance onstage as a band at the Hudson Duster, and it was an intimidating gig. After spending a week or so jamming on many of the songs that were eventually recorded for our first album When the Dust Settles we headed to Troy for our first show. The Duster's reputation was well documented as a hard-ass metal and hardcore club among Capital District metal fans so we felt a lot of pressure heading up the ladder to the stage area (an interesting set-up that we have yet to encounter again). So here we sit looking back 5 years, 2 EPs, 1 LP, 2 live releases and another LP and live EP in the works (read on for more about that). Thank you to all who has supported us over the years by buying our releases and coming to our shows.
"After a few months of back and forth correspondence with our friends at 91.5fm WRPI we have finally settled on a date for our next on-air live performance during their Wednesday Night Live program. Twice before we've had the privilege of being featured on the station (documented on our 2 live releases 'Live from WRPI' in 2007 and 'Heed the Horns: Still Alive from WRPI' in 2008) so making our return to the show is pretty damn exciting. If you'd like to tune in to the show on Wednesday night just spin your radio dial to 91.5fm (time TBA) OR if you're out of the immediate broadcast area you can hear the show online.
"In addition to our live broadcast on the 16th we will be headlining at Valentine's the following Saturday, February 19th. This is our first headlining hometown show in a while and it's at one of our favorite spots in the Capital District. Way back in 2006 Valentine's was the location of our second show EVER so it's a homecoming of sorts. Just a couple of young kids playing loud music at a club where we couldn't even drink because we weren't old enough yet. We've come a long way and we'll hope you come and share the experience with us; you can RSVP here."
Slow Burn Records is the latest label to release a free compilation on Amazon.com, featuring a range of dark and heavy experimental/post metal bands from their roster. Here's the complete tracklisting for the "Slow Burn Records Compilation 2010":
1. A Cold Dead Body "Collapse" (4:40)
2. Somnolent "Emptiness Beyond the Horizon" (3:48)
3. Talbot "Observer X" (8:25)
4. The Deadists "Infinite Self" (6:16)
5. Catacombe "Anna-Liisa" (7:50)
6. The Death of Her Money "Enguelades" (6:14)
7. Fading Waves "Megapolis Depression" (5:12)
8. Steny Lda "O-M-G" (6:55)
9. Starchitect "No It" (8:06)
10. Catacombe "Supernova" (7:53)
11. A Cold Dead Body "Divinity" (8:10)
New Jersey based thrash metal veterans Whiplash have posted a new video trailer online for their forthcoming tour in Europe, which will include three shows in the United Kingdom. You can check it out below. The band will be performing the "Power And Pain" album in full on the tour. Frontman Tony Porato stated:
"Power And Pain was released soon after the birth of thrash. It is well-respected by not only the Whiplash followers, but also by our fellow thrash innovators of the day. That release is most likely the most appreciated of all the Whiplash albums to date. For that reason, I have decided to bring Power And Pain back to the people live in 2011!!!"
The band's tour schedule is as follows:
March 17 - Manchester, UK - Academy 3
March 18 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
March 19 - London, UK - O2 Academy
April 16 - Milan, Italy - Carlito's Way
June 4 - San Francisco, CA - Slaughter By The Water Fest
June 18 - Clisson, France - Hellfest More...
American death metal legends Deicide have posted a new video trailer online for their forthcoming new studio album, "To Hell With God." You can check it out below. This will be the band's first album since 2008's, "Til Death Do Us Part" and will be released through Century Media Records on February 15th.
Cavalera Conspiracy, the band featuring founding Sepultura members Max and Igor Cavalera, has posted a new song online for free download. You can get the song, "Killing Inside" by heading to the official Roadrunner Records website and signing up to the label's mailing list.
The song will appear on the group's forthcoming new second album, "Blunt Force Trauma," which will be released on March 28th in Europe and March 29th in North America.
Germany folk metallers Neun Welten have checked in with the following recap of the band's recent live shows:
"Back from our first live-shows! On last Thursday and Saturday we played our first shows since such a very, very long time...with new songs and also our new line-up! Thanks to all those, who went to our concerts in Leipzig and Berlin and made both evenings so great and exciting for us!
Sydney, Australia based extreme metal act The Amenta will join Deicide, Belphegor, and Hour Of Penance for the "To Hell With God, God Is Dead" European Tour. The currently announced dates are as follows, with more to be added soon:
17 June - Copenhagen / Denmark @ Copenhell Festival*
18 June – Gothenburg / Sweden @ Metal Town*
23 June – Rotterdam /Holland @ Baroeg
24 June – Drachten/ Holland @ Iduna
25 June – London / UK @ London Deathfest at the Underworld
26 June – Plymouth / UK @ The White Rabbit
27 June – Liverpool / UK @ The Masque
28 June – Nottingham / UK @ Rescue Rooms
29 June – Namur / Belgium @ Cinex
30 June – Lyon / France @ Ninkasi Kao
01 July – Winterhur / Switzerland @ Gaswerk
02 July – Kassel / Germany @ Salzmann Factory
03 July – Prague / Czech Republic @ Exit Chmelnice
04 July – Katowize / Poland @ Mega Club^
05 July – Poznan / Poland @ Eskulap Club or Blue Note tba
06 July – Bremen / Germany @ Tivoli
07 July – Koeln / Germany @ Essigfabrik
08 July – Torgau / Germany @ In Flammen Festival
Suidakra recently posted a music video online for the song "Dowth 2059," which is off the band's forthcoming album "Book of Dowth." The group has now announced the following upcoming tour dates in support of the album:
Spain Mini-Tour 2011 with Equilibrium, support: Northland
04.03.2011 Barcelona (ES) - Mephisto
05.03.2011 Bilbao (ES) - Bilborock
06.03.2011 Madrid (ES) - Caracol
12.03.2011 Würzburg (DE) - Triskhellion Festkvällar I / Posthalle
Scream For Violence European Tour 2011 with Onslaught, Debauchery
31.03.2011 GER Hamburg - Markthalle
01.04.2011 DK Arhus - Voxhall
02.04.2011 SE Göteborg - Parken
03.04.2011 SE Stockholm - Huset
06.04.2011 FI Turku - Klubi
07.04.2011 FI Helsinki - DOM
08.04.2011 FI Tampere - tba
09.04.2011 ET Tallin - Tapper
10.04.2011 LW Riga - Melna Piektdiena
11.04.2011 LT Vilnius - Club New York
13.04.2011 PL Katowice - Megaclub tickets
14.04.2011 CZ Prag - Exit Chmelnice
15.04.2011 AT Vienna - Escape Metalcorner
16.04.2011 GER München - Backstage
17.04.2011 CH Pratteln - Z7
19.04.2011 GER Darmstadt - Steinbruch Theater
20.04.2011 GER Osnabrück - Bastard Club
21.04.2011 GER Essen - Turock
22.04.2011 BL Vosselar - Biebob
17.06.2011 Ahnsbeck / Celle (DE) - Break the Ground 3
25.06.2011 Duisburg (DE) - Rage against Racism Open Air
22./23.07.2011 GER Bexbach - Utopion Gelände - Feuerfänger Festival
04.-06.08.2011 Wacken (DE) - Wacken Open Air 2011
13./14.08.2011 BY Rechytsa, Metal Crowd Festival
17.09.2011 Fürth (DE) - Fimbul Festival 2011 / Stadthalle
Ireland Mini-Tour 2011 with Sirocco
22.09.2011 Cork (IRE) - An Cruiscin Lan
23.09.2011 Dublin (IRE) - Fibber Magees
24.09.2011 Belfast (IRE) - tba
Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura have posted a new webisode online which chronicles the recording of their forthcoming new album. You can check it out below. The album is expected to be released sometime this Spring and will be their first record for their new record label, Nuclear Blast.
Described as "progressive metal-core with a lot of shifts," The Murder & The Harlot has been making some noise up and down the eastern seaboard recently. Willing to play any venue (see question #4 below), the band have been touring constantly, but still found time to release the debut studio full length, "These Hands Wrote The Bastard In Me" on January 11, 2011.
James, who plays bass, was kind enough to take the time to answer some questions via email (interview after the jump), and if you like what you read you can find out more, hear some of the band's music, and check upcoming show information at The Murder & The Harlot's MySpace Page. More...
American deathcore act Dr. Acula has posted song samples online to promote its forthcoming new album "Slander." "Slander" is set for release on February 15, 2011 through Victory Records. You can view the video teaser below:
Cradle of Filth vocalist Dani Filth has posted the following North American tour update online:
"Ahoy ye abhorrent landlubbers!
"Our royal Ship of Fools has once again crashed upon the welcome rocks of America, only to find it in the steely grip of one of the worst winters on record. Everywhere are freezing, once-scorching desert towns reduced to frozen tundras. Even the tumbleweed in the streets is rolling frozen, and everywhere there are queues and chaos.
"On our first day off Countess Alkaline (our new keyboardist/backing singer), somehow managed to get locked inside a Best Buy store when [the] power was suddenly cut off, and between Houston and Dallas the going on the interstate was so bad due to the ice and blizzard, that the traffic had to halt mid flow. In fact, the Dallas show was close to being cancelled due to attendance fears, indeed on arrival the whole road to the venue was frozen over with a glassy sheet of black ice.
"I had to use my luggage as a makeshift bobsleigh just to get to the door before it was salted! That said it did make for a surreal few days with both the Houston and Dallas shows being really intense affairs and the fans diehard. All the bands on this Creatures From The Black Abyss tour are awesome live too, Turisas, battle metal's most heathen, having played with us for a one off in Mexico City a few days before, airing material from their latest album' Daniel Lioneye make for an eclectic mix of black metal and hardcore with a manic spin (two members moonlighting from gothwampas H.I.M), whilst main supports Nachtmystium are hook laden and dirty and occult ridden thrash through and through.
"So imagine having to play after that lot! Still, the show has only just begun, so people are just beginning to acknowledge one another and teething troubles are still being plucked at. And 'the Crewdle' (our stalwart band of sea-hardened lackeys) are outdoing themselves with the handling of the stage show each and every night, building the laboratory that will feed the monsters. Indeed, the first day in Houston saw the band muck in with some scenery painting, I myself managed to pebble-dash someone's Mustang tailgate, as the wind was pretty erratic and I was out spraying Geoff and Jane our touring skeletons.
"Unfortunately, both some of the Crew(dle) and the band have contracted some sort of stomach virus in Mexico (myself included), rendering the topic of conversation these past few days to who has cramps and who doesn't, who has poo-ed the most times and with which consistency and people fart-testing their deepest fear- that of shitting oneself on stage or in bed. Fortunately myself I have since been three days solid."
Canadian hardcore punk act Comeback Kid has posted a new live music video online. The video was shot for the track "G.M. Vincent & I" which appears on the band's latest album "SYMPTOMS + CURES." "SYMPTOMS + CURES" is available through Victory Records. You can view the live music video below:
American deathcore act Dr. Acula has posted a teaser clip online to promote its forthcoming new music video for "Who You Gonna Call." The new single is taken from the band's forthcoming new album "Slander" which is set for release on February 15, 2011 through Victory Records. You can view the video teaser below:
Hertfordshire, U.K. melodic hardcore act Lower Than Atlantis has announced its signing with Sumerian Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its new full length album "World Record" on April 19th, 2011. Lower Than Atlantis vocalist Mike Duce commented on the singing by saying:
"We’re extremely excited to be working with Sumerian Records. We met the team briefly at some rubbish club we were playing in London and we all seem to be on the same page. It's every bands dream to have an album released (and to tour) in America and for this band, the dream’s come true twice because both our album’s are hitting U.S. shores at once.
"We can't wait to show some American’s what this band’s all about and to just have a good time fucking around, meeting new people and getting pissed out of our heads on Budweiser! We also have the Sumerian guys to thank for making it possible for us broke fuckers to tour the states and even luckier for our first tour being the ‘Reckless And Relentless‘ tour. We’re kind of the odd band out on the bill being a more punky/rock British band as opposed to our heavier U.S. touring buds, but I guess this is just a chance for us to win over some new fans.
"We've done it before, and we'll do it again. Lock up your daughters, wives, sisters, aunts, etc. See you all soon."
Les Claypool, bassist of progressive rock act Primus, has issued the following update on the band's 2011 plans:
"Hello there folks. First off I just want to say how fantastic it is seeing the support that has been put forth for my brother and his family. Little Matthew is plugging away and though he has got a long way to go, it appears he is a tough little fellow with a lot of heart. Keep your eyes peeled for a special show in his honor and for his benefit in the Santa Cruz area in the near future.
"Since the New Year’s Shows there has been a lot of speculation about my new four string bass that I was sporting. What I played at those shows was a semi-finished prototype bass that I designed and had built by my old pal Dan Maloney. I've known Dan since high school and in fact it was he that drove all of us to my first concert: Rush, Hemispheres Tour, Cow Palace. I slammed three beers and threw up in the parking lot. Those were the days. Dan is also known in our camp as the guy that built my banjo bass or “"he Banji." More...
Mick Box, guitarist for British hard rock veterans Uriah Heep, has posted the following statement online regarding he passing of guitar legend Gary Moore:
"On Sunday it was very sad to read that Gary Moore had died. I was most upset, as I have known Gary for many years, and he is a wonderful guitarist and friend. He will be sadly missed, but he leaves us with a wonderful legacy of music, and my heart goes out to his family. Rest in peace, my friend!"
U.K. doom metal act My Dying Bride has revealed the dates for its forthcoming 20th anniversary tour. You can view the list of dates, cities and venues below:
May 18 - London, UK - The Electric Ballroom
May 19 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
May 20 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfrun Hall
Finnish melodic death metal act Mygrain has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Trapped In An Hourglass" which is taken from the band's self-titled album. You can view the video below:
German metal act Deadlock has revealed the dates for its forthcoming "Bizarro World" record release tour. "Bizarro World" is set for release on February 25, 2011 through Lifeforce Records. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
24/02/2011 – Köln - Underground
25/02/2011 – Jena - F-Haus
26/02/2011 – München - Backstage
27/02/2011 – Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
28/02/2011 – Frankfurt - Nachtleben
Seattle progressive metal act Nevermore has revealed the dates for its forthcoming headine tour of Australia. The tour is in support of the band's latest album "The Obsidian Conspiracy." You can ivew the full list of dates, cities and venues below:
June 09 - The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, Australia
June 10 - Billboard, Melbourne, Australia
June 11 - Manning Bar, Sydney, Australia
June 12 - Fowlers Live, Adelaide, Australia
June 13 - Rosemount, Perth, Australia
A video trailer has been posted online from the forthcoming Cannibal Corpse DVD "Global Evisceration" that features the band meeting Reverend Jesse Jackson in Belgium. The clip is taken from the documentary portion of the new DVD which is set for release on March 15, 2011 through Metal Blade Records. You can view the preview clip below:
German metal act Debauchery has revealed the title of its forthcoming full length album. The new album has been titled "Germany's Next Death Metal" which is meant as a parody of "America's Next Top Model." The new album will see its release on March 25, 2011 through AFM Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below:
1. The Unbroken
2. Zombie Blitzkrieg
3. Warmachines At War
4. Animal Holocaust
5. Bloodslaughter Onslaught
6. Germany's Next Death Metal
7. School Shooter
8. Death Will Entertain
9. Armed For Apocalypse
10. Genocider Overkill
11. Killing Is Our Culture
12. School's Out (bonus track)
Canadian hardcore act Cancer Bats has been announced as one of the nominees in the "Rock Album of the Year" category at the 2011 Juno Awards. The Junos are the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy Awards and showcase Canadian bands and artists exclusively. The award ceremony has been active since 1970. The band shares its nomination with fellow Canadians Die Mannequin, Finger Eleven, Hail the Villain and Mathew Good. The awards ceremony is set to take place on March 27, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
According to reports made on British news and celebrity site Mirror.co.uk, legendary Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore passed away due to a suspected heart attack, a postmortem revealed on Monday, February 7, 2011. Moore had passed in his sleep Sunday morning, hours after checking into the five-star Kempinski Hotel in Estepona on the Costa del Sol, Spain. He was 58 years old. A Spanish police spokesman said today;
"Mr. Moore died of natural causes and his death is not in any way suspicious. An investigating magistrate has opened a standard inquiry to determine the exact cause of death."
Read the full article at Mirror UK.
Irish hard rock act Therapy? has posted the following statement online in response to the passing of Gary Moore:
"Just heard the very sad news that Gary Moore has passed away. The Belfast-born guitar legend was a big inspiration for myself growing up in Northern Ireland, both for his work with Thin Lizzy and his very successful solo career.
"We had the pleasure of meeting Gary and his band last summer at the Pinkpop Classic festival in Holland. After watching their (killer) show, we were introduced and Gary came over to our dressing room and chatted away to us. He was everything you'd want a hero to be… laid back, modest and very genuine, with a cool sense of humour.
"Our condolences go out to his family, friends and bandmates."
American progressive metal act Mastodon has posted a video trailer online to promote its new live CD/DVD set "Mastodon: Live At The Aragon." "Live At The Aragon" is set for release on March 15, 2011 through Reprise Records. The two disc set was filmed and recorded during the band's October 17, 2009 concert at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois and features a performance of the "Crack The Skye" album in its entirety.
The tracklisting is as follows:
4. The Czar
5. Ghost of Karelia
6. Crack The Skye
7. The Last Baron
8. Circle of Cysquatch
9. Aqua Dementia
10. Where Strides The Behemoth
11. Mother Puncher
12. The Bit (MELVINS cover)
American hardcore act Bury Your Dead has posted the first video in a series of webisodes featuring behind-the-scenes footage the studio. The footage documents the recording sessions for the band's new album "Mosh & Roll." You can view the video below: