Metal News for March 1, 2009
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23 news articles posted on this day.
Swiss modern metal maniacs SYBREED are gearing up to hit the studio for their successor to "Antares," which should be released later this year on LISTENABLE RECORDS. Vocals and drums will be recorded at the SDF studios in Lausanne, guitars and bass will be tracked at the Drone studio in Geneve, recordings should be finished by the end of March/April. The album will be mixed in May by no other than Rhys Fulber (Fear Factory Obsolete/Digimortal, Paradise lost,…). Recordings will be in hands once again. By mastermind Drop and David Blanc.
This is what the band had to say about the musical direction of the record:
“The new record will have more groove, be a lot heavier, technical and definitely darker than Antares. From a musical point of view it’s a mixture of New Wave, Industrial rock and Extreme metal, a mixture we baptized ourselves as 'Death Wave,' which stands for being very aggressive and melodic at the same time, we have taken our influences from our first two albums and added a lot more new elements, to spice everything up to the next level. In any case, you can expect nothing less but a very professional and personal album, that will derail many conceptions of what people call metal, or even modern metal.”
Hailing from the Central Russian region of Tatarstan, ALKONOST is another pagan metal highlight from the former Soviet Union. ALKONOST will tour Europe in order to support their upcoming European releases of their last studio album "Put Nepojdennyj" (In English: "The Path We've Never Walked On'). Masha Scream from ARKONA does guest vocals on the album, and its produced by Arkona's Lazar.
The second ALKNOST album, "Between The Worlds," will be released by Vic Records April 2 as well. European distribution will done by PLASTIC HEAD and their partners per country.
ALKONOST also will take part in the largest European folk/pagan/viking metal open-air festival, the well known Ragnarok festival. The festival will take place in Lichtenfels, Germany, April the 17th and 18th. ALKNOST was one of the very first pagan metal bands, they are around for over 13 years. And after ARKONA, ALKONOST is the second Russian pagan metal band that will tour Europe.
The European tour dates in April are:
10.4.09 Holland, Roermond
11.4.09 Belgium, Antwerp, PandDemonium
12.4.09 Poland, Warsaw, Metal Cave,
13.4.09 Poland, Torun
14.4.09 Czech Republic, Ostrava, Slovanský Bál Prostor
15.4.09 Slovakia, Banska Bystrica
16.4.09 Czech Republic, Brno, Melodka
17.4.09 Czech Republic, Praha
18.4.09 Germany, Lichtenfels
19.4.09 Hungary, Budapest
20.4.09 Slovenia, Ljubljana, Orto Bar
Rising Records has announced the signing of Irish metallers Sinocence. The band's debut album, "Scar Obscura," will be released on May 18, 2009. In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.
Head over to Believer's official site BelieverBand.net, to check out an exclusive video clip taken while Howard Jones of Cesspool Recordings/Killswitch Engage was in the studio with the Believer guys laying down his vocals for the track The Brave, off the upcoming release Gabriel (out 3/17). Gabriel will also feature guest appearances by Joe Rico (Sacrifice), CKY/World Under Blood guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller, and Rocky Gray (Evanescence, Soul Embrace, Living Sacrifice).
Don't forget to head over to the band's MySpace page to check out the track "Focused Lethality" off "Gabriel." Video footage of how the artwork for Gabriel was created can still be found on Decibel Magazine's site. Check it out if you haven't already, as viewers will be able to see in the video that the cover image (outside of the logo and album title) were COMPLETELY generated outside of Photoshop with a real model, real paint and even real horns.
As the bus travels to Alabama, Taya lets all know she has just won Penthouse Pet of The Year. Big Beverly is sitting next to her, stunned that Bret would be interested in any girl who takes off her clothes. More...
Noise black metallers from Sri Lanka, Plecto Aliquem Capite are in the process of releasing a split release with Belgium drone/black metal project, Yhdarl.
Buddhika from P.A.C. Comments; "Mastering of the two tracks is already done. These two tracks will fuck your mind up. The track that Yhdarl will be contributing is titled "Morbid Conciousness," which is a 25min portrait of bleakness, More good news on the way"
"Atrocities," Plecto Aliquem Capite's online released EP has been reviewed on Hierophant-nox.
Agathodaimon has issued the following update about their upcoming album "Phoenix:"
"Time for some news again! We uploaded a new song snippet, this time you'll get to hear the first minutes of "Alone In The Dark (Death Angel's Shadow)" on our MySpace page. This song is one of the bonus tracks of the limited digipack edition of PHOENIX, so preorder now before they're gone! Did we mention already that it's a 6 page-digipack, features 14 tracks with a playing time of more than 72 minutes, and a booklet of 20 pages?
"We also promised to reveal the tracklist, so here we go:
Ghost Of A Soul
Time Is The Fire
To Our Ashes
Amongst The Vultures
Throughout The Fields Of Unshaded Grace
Grey Whisper More...
Australian Christian death metal band Mortification has issued the following update about completing work on their new album:
"Firstly, thank you to all our supporters who sent mails and were praying for our State of Victoria here in Australia during the recent wave of bushfires. The fires are now under control. We are safe here in the city but the fires came close. Currently 5000 Victorians who have either lost their homes or were evacuated are in camps around the state. So far the death toll looks as high as 300 and thousands have lost their homes. It is the worst disaster in this State's history. So far within Australia over 100 Million Dollars has been raised from donations to help those directly affected by the fires that raged through the hottest week in Victorian State History. Please keep praying for those who have lost everything including entire families dead.
"Onto brighter news… This month we finalise the Mortification Recording of the new Studio Album "the evil addiction destroying machine". The Album is sounding Intense and Ripping! Well pleased with three years of hard work now coming to completion with "the evil addiction destroying machine.' More...
Pantheon I’s vocalist/guitarist Andrè Kvebek (ex-1349) is set to join up with vocalist Abominor (Norkrim), bass player Shezmou (The All Seeing I) and drummer Sathan (Twisted Autumn Darkness) to form a new project under the name of SVARTELDER..
Kvebek, who will use the stage name Tjalve for the new project, is currently finishing work on the next PANTHEON I album, and will begin writing material for SVARTELDER as soon as that is finished. Commented the guitarist:
“SVARTELDER was originally started in 2005 by Abominor, but got shelved for a few years due to other commitments. He was talking to me about starting it up again recently and asked if I was interested, and I liked the idea of being given free rein to write whatever I wanted musically, while he concentrated on the lyrics. At the moment, the plan is to record eight songs in total, which will include a handful that I had already written, and that were waiting for the right project to come along. I think it’s going to be very interesting for all those involved, and we’re all very keen to start rehearsing as soon as possible. SVARTELDER, which in the ancient Norsk Language means “Blackfires”, was chosen as a name to symbolise the flame of uncompromising old-style black metal, that the band aim to keep alive with their music."
Maryland metallers Odin's Court have issued the following update about finishing the writing for their new album:
"Odin's Court has completed writing the music for the next CD, and the lyrics are in progress. Matt, John, and Craig have started practicing to get the rhythm section down, using Matt's new D2C Studios."
The 2009 Wave Gothik Treffen festival will take place from May 29th - June 1st in Leipzig, Germany. The current confirmed bands for the festival are as follows: More...
Boston's sludge/doom metal act Grief has announced that they will be parting ways. A message from the band reads as follows:
"I’m sorry to announce that Grief is no longer playing. We have disbanded or whatever. The last show we played was the Wien Arena in Vienna Austria (I think I spelled those things right) our reasons for disbanding are our reasons. We have chosen not to get into it but it may or may not include the following reasons:
"- Jeff has finally become Rip Van Winkle and will be asleep for the next 50 years.
"- Ray has finally eaten so much that he can not fit out of the door to his house and is unable to leave home. More...
Florida based death metal legends Obituary has completed the mixing for their new studio album. Lead vocalist John Tardy has checked in with the following message:
"We have been so busy finishing up this new Obituary album and getting ready to leave for Europe in a few days that I just have not had time to do it. The good news is, last night, we finished up the mixing and we are done. It came out really sick and I cannot wait for you guys to hear it...it is heavy!!!!!!!
"Like I said, we now focus on heading to Europe for our Full Of Hate tour that runs pretty much the month of March! It should be a good time and I hope you all can come out and see us."
Megadeth are currently touring Europe along with Judas Priest and Testament. Drummer Shawn Drover has checked in with the following update:
"So I got my wish upon arriving in Stockholm yesterday, and that was to see some SNOW!!!!!! I took a good walk with James yesterday exploring the city a little bit and did witness a few good strong snow flurries, so you know that put a smile on my face The 1 thing that did suck yesterday, was that I did not see my Friend Niklas Stalvind from a great Swedish band called WOLF. He was nice enough to drop off their new c.d. for me with our crew. (Sorry Nik - we will catch up next time)
"Tonight we perform in Gothenburg, which is another great city, and since I have not been here since September 2004 (right before I joined Megadeth) I am certainly looking forward to finally performing here. As well, I am hearing that a few local friends may be stopping by, so it promises to be a fun evening."
"Omnipotent Unknown" will be the title for EINHERJER RISING's upcoming full-length album. "Omnipotent Unknown" will be a musical assault of experimental black metal with bits from other influences like death and folk metal. Eight versatile tracks will be featured on the record with the possibility of adding a cover song as a nineth track. Lyrically, the album focuses on barbaric mythological themes and symbolism.
"Omnipotent Unknown" will be the first release under the band's new name EINHERJER RISING after being known as Phex from 2001 to 2007. It will also be very obvious that the musical style of the album is totally different from that of the band's previous full-length "Transfixion (2005)."
The new album will be recorded, mixed and mastered at Muhannad Bursheh's personal recording studio; "The Phexagon Studio." Official recording sessions will start on Sunday, March 1, 2009. All instruments and vocals will be recorded by Muhannad B., yet the album will feature a few guest musicians to do some additional touches - their names will be revealed as the recording is in progress. "Omnipotent Unknown" will feature a variety of instruments: electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drums, flute, violin, percussion, synth and keys, and of course vocals.
A studio report was added on the band's official website, which reveals the latest updates in the recording/mixing process of the album.
LACUNA COIL is set to release their new album "Shallow Life" on April 21 in North America. The record was produced by the legendary Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, Hollywood Undead) at NRG Studios in North Hollywood, CA and features the first single "Spellbound," which made its debut on Sirius-XM Satellite Radio's Liquid Metal. The track is now available via the band's MySpace page.
As previously reported, LACUNA COIL is also set to hit the road for their first North American tour since 2007 as part of the Music As A Weapon IV package, alongside Disturbed, Killswitch Engage and Chimaira. The tour also features a second stage (Suicide Silence, Spineshank, Bury Your Dead), tattoo convention and lifestyle festival. As a bonus for European fans who won't have an opportunity to check out this trek, LACUNA COIL will be making "Spellbound" available for digital purchase in Europe on March 20th, the kick-off date for Music As A Weapon IV.
Toxik are currently recorded a further five songs for their reunion album which is due out later this year. The band has posted a brief video update which can be viewed below. The band are also working on a DVD which will contain a documentary as well as new material and other features. More...
Heaven And Hell, the band consisting of the "Dio-era" Black Sabbath lineup, has revealed the tracklisting for their debut album, "The Devil You Know," which will be released via Rhino Records on April 28th.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Atom & Evil
3. Bible Black
4. Double The Pain
5. Rock & Roll Angel
6. The Turn Of The Screw
7. Eating The Cannibals
8. Follow The Tears
10. Breaking into Heaven
In the same interview where the infamous rock frontman Axl Rose gave a scathing opinion on former band mate Slash, he gave some interesting, though short and sharp answers regarding the next Guns N Roses album. You can check out some excerpts of the interview below.
Q: When's the next album?
A: "Have no idea and don't care. Hopefully, we'll be working 'Chinese' for a good bit. Of course there's the same idiots that have been around forever already demanding release dates."
Q: How much material is there?
A: "Not as much as Baz [SEBASTIAN BACH] thinks he heard! Really, it doesn't matter. If things go well enough, we'd like to get another out at some point in our lifetimes."
Q: Is anything finished?
A: "Depends how you look at it."
Q: How do you look at it?
A: "Not something we've focused on."
Q: You're not saying much.
A: "You got that? What I can say is if you don't like this, then you probably won't like that. Same people, lots more approaches, bit meaner in places and darker in some. Robin does a really great Stevie Ray Vaughan-type solo on one track."
Read the full article at Spinner.com.
Ohio five piece Skeletonwitch has uploaded their new music video for the song "Sacrifice For The Slaughtergod." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands latest album, "Beyond The Permafrost." More...
Jonathan Cohen from Billboard.com is reporting:
Atlanta-based MASTODON have a strange story to tell on their new seven song, 50-minute heavy metal opus, Crack The Skye. And the best way to hear the whole twisted tale will be live and direct: the band plans to perform the album, due March 24, in its entirety on their upcoming tour.
The complete album performance is something new for the group, says bassist Bill Kelliher, but "there's something about (Crack The Skye) where it would be weird to leave a song out. We'll incorporate a whole stage show, which will hopefully make it even more exciting for kids to come see and more visually stimulating." The band is also hoping to make a short movie from all the songs, which Kelliher hopes will be Mastodon's version of The Wall.
The trek begins at Coachella in mid-April, after which Mastodon heads to Europe to support METALLICA. But hometown Moastodon fans will get a preview tomorrow night (February 28) when the band headlines a free, 40-band heavy metal festival at Atlanta's Masquerade nightclub, produced by the car company Scion.
Read the full article at Billboard.
New York's death metal legends Suffocation has added some more shows to their lengthy tour of North America this year. Joining them throughout the whole tour will be Veil Of Maya and Whitechapel.
The tour schedule is now as follows:
with Whitechapel, Beneath The Massacre, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya
March 14 - Jaxx – Springfield, VA
March 15 - The Norva - Norfolk, VA
March 16 - The Soapbox – Wilmington, NC
March 17 - Volume 11 – Raleigh, NC
March 18 - Matthew’s Bar & Grill – Birmingham, AL
March 20 - Grant Street Hall – Lafayette, LA
March 21 - Ridglea Theatre – Ft. Worth, TX (with CARCASS, SUICIDE SILENCE)
March 22 - House of Rock – Corpus Christi, TX
March 23 - The Zoo – Amarillo, TX
March 24 - Chic’s Bar and Billiards – El Paso, TX
March 26 - The Crossing – Palmdale, CA
March 27 - The Marquee Theater – Phoenix, AZ (Arizona Metal Fest)
with Whitechapel, Decrepit Birth, Veil Of Maya, Psycroptic
March 28 - The Grove – Anaheim, CA (California Metal Fest)
March 29 - The Boardwalk – Sacramento, CA
March 30 - Modesto Virtual – Modesto, CA
March 31 - House of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
April 1 - Club Sound – Salt Lake City, UT
April 2 - The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
April 3 - Tequila Jungle – Lubbock, TX
April 4 - Red Seven – Austin, TX
April 5 - El Cine Rey Theatre – McAllen, TX
April 6 - Java Jazz – Houston, TX
April 7 - The Village – Little Rock, AR
April 8 - The Muse – Nashville, TN
April 9 - The Valarium – Knoxville, TN (with CHIMAIRA)
April 10 - Emerson Theatre – Indianapolis, IN
April 11 - The Loft – Madison, WI
April 12 - The Pearl Room – Mokena, IL
April 14 - Crazy Donkey – Long Island, NY
April 15 - Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
April 16 - Le Medley – Montreal, QC (with THE HAUNTED, NACHTMYSTIUM, INTRONAUT)
April 17 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA (New England Metal Fest)
April 18 - Crocodile Rock Café – Allentown, PA
Death metal legends Cannibal Corpse has posted the video for the title track of their latest album, "Evisceration Plague" online. You can check it out below. The video is the first to promote the album and was directed by Dale Resteghini who has worked with a variety of artists from Hatebreed to Cypress Hill. More...