Metal News for March 10, 2009
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30 news articles posted on this day.
Bieler Bros. Records has announced the signing of Sweden’s DEATHSTARS. Their North American debut, “Night Electric Night,” will be in stores on May 19th with tour dates soon to follow.
Following a sold-out show in Cologne, Germany that saw the band showered in woman's under garments and a wild after party that lead to bassist, Skinny Disco performing a strip-tease before passing out; The Deathstars have checked in with their first journal entry since signing to Bieler Bros. Records: More...
Recent signees to Spare Change Records, Long Island, New York's Burning The Memory is readying their new album for an April release. "So Long The Dreamer" will be available April 7th, 2009. In the meantime, check them out at their MySpace page.
Moroccan progressive thrash/death metal band ATMOSPHEAR recently uploaded a new song titled "Darkness Overtown" to their official MySpace page.
Sun of the Blind's "Skullreader," which was three years in the making and created by Zhaaral (better known or his militancy in the obscure DARKSPACE collective), is being readied for an April release via Avantgarde Music.
With Zhaaral taking care of all compositions, singing and instrumentations, it is pretty clear that Zhaaral is the raison d'etre of Sun of the Blind, although an important value-add in the last steps of his quest was provided by Roberto of Monumentum, who adorned the dark spine of Skullreader with various synthetic textures and samplings.
Two songs from "Skullreader" are now up on the band's Myspace player.
Head over to HeadBangersBall.com this Thursday, March 12th, to watch the world premiere of the new music video for Dope's single "6 6 Sick" off of their highly anticipated album No Regrets. The band has released a video teaser for fans to get a snippet of what to expect from the Dale "Rage" Resteghini (Mudvayne, Shadows Fall) and Kevin Custer (Kingdom Of Sorrow, Gas Light Anthem, Hatebreed) directed video. "6 6 Sick" will get its television debut on Saturday night's episode of the Headbanger's Ball.
Layered with the signature sound that defines the band, "No Regrets" is a showcase in musicianship and songwriting that the band has honed over the years. The album, their fifth album, is the Chicago band's first for E1 Music (formerly known as KOCH Records). The album features a guest spot by Zakk Wylde on the first single, "Addiction."
Look for "No Regrets" in stores and all digital outlets starting Tuesday, March 10th. More...
Metallica frontman James Hetfield was recently taken to hospital after suffering from a stomach bug. A message from him reads as follows:
"James here, alive, at about 80% but getting better. I want to say sorry for missing the second Stockholm gig on Sunday due to illness. The cause/diagnosis at the hospital was narrowed down to either a 24 hr virus or a bad oyster...yes, hate to admit, an oyster could have taken me down.
"I acknowledge and apologize for any inconvenience this has caused fans who had travelled near and far for the show. I had done everything possible to make it, and was at the point of falling if I stood up. On a lighter note since my illness, the support band 'Swedish Oyster Cult' will be thrown off the tour. More Cowbell?...More barf bagz!!
"Thanx for your understanding and support. It's not without notice from the whole 'Tallica Touring Family.
"With Love and Respect, James 'papa het'."
Heavy metal icon King Diamond has checked in with a message regarding future material, DVD releases and more. It reads as follows:
"As you all know 80% of the original MERCYFUL FATE line-up (King Diamond, Hank Shermann, Michael Denner and Timi Hansen) re-recorded with present MF drummer Bjarne T. Holm two ultimate Mercy classics for the upcoming METALLICA: Guitar Hero game. For those who aren’t into gaming it’s interesting to know that those two songs (‘Evil’ and ‘Curse Of The Pharaohs’) will be released on iTunes round mid April.
"Also interesting to know that Andy LaRocque mastered these two tracks for a possible EP-picture, released by Metal Blade and Massacre.
"At this moment we are working on both Mercyful Fate and King Diamond DVD’s. Both releases will contain two DVD’s and it will be worth the wait as it has some very exclusive content which surely no one outside the band has ever seen.
"We have been working on the following concerts. Please note content of the DVD’s might change. Concerts mentioned here might after all not appear on the DVD. More...
Australian blackened thrash band Razor of Occam have uploaded a second song titled "Day Of Wrath" from their upcoming album "Homage to Martyrs" on their official MySpace page.
"Homage To Martyrs" was recorded at Necromorbus studios Sweden (Watain, Aversa Sefira, Mörk Gryning) and produced by Tore Stjerna.
Homage to Martyrs track listing:
1. Altar Of Corruption
2. Bite Of Dogmata
3. Day Of Wrath
4. Heat Of Battle
5. Immortal Code
6. Pattern On The Stone
7. Flame Bearers
8. Shadow Of The Cross
Mastodon has announced an in-store signing session in Atlanta to celebrate the release of their album "Crack the Skye." The details for the session are as follows:
Tuesday March 24th, 8:30pm
1154-A Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Phone: (404) 215-9511
Charleston based metallers Till Doomsday are currently streaming three new tracks online. The songs "Voice Of Treason," "When Angels Turn To Ashes," and "The Seven Plagues" can be heard on the band's official MySpace page.
A389/Chainsaw Safety Records has posted a free 25 song sampler online, featuring current and upcoming tracks by: GEHENNA, PULLING TEETH, RAWRADARWAR, INTEGRITY, GRAY GHOST, ROT IN HELL, DEATHCYCLE, DEFEATIST, PALA, STEEL NATION, RINGWORM, DISNIHIL, SPLITTING HEADACHE, TRAPPED UNDER ICE, GUT INSTINCT, CELEBRITY MURDERS, DIE YOUNG, DIRTY MONEY, DAY OF MOURNING, IN COLD BLOOD, FRIGHTENER, THE HORROR, ROSES NEVER FADE, COBRA NOIR AND OAK.
Orlando metallers, Dead Mens Dreams, have posted a live video cover of Iron Maiden’s "Wasted Years." The fan video footage was taken at City Limits on March 7th 2009. The video can be seen at this location.
Inferna Profundus Records has issued the following statement about Argharus finishing the recording of their debut album:
"The first full-length, queerly entitled album of Šiauliai black metal mafia ARGHARUS will be released as summer begins. "Pleištas" is a result of creation, nurtured for two years, and consists of seven “nasty” pieces. The last tasks of album recording and mixing are in the process at present.
"One of its “abominations” from the upcoming "Pleištas" ARGHARUS will introduce in its MySpace soon. Album design artwork is committed to “Badger Art” design studio. "Pleištas" appears as a 6 panel digipack."
Inferna Profundus Records has issued the following announcement about Lithuanian black metal band Poccolus releasing a new album:
"The newest Inferna Profundus release is “Ragana”, the album of legendary POCCOLUS. It will be a synthesis of a demo recording of 1994 and some creation, which was never recorded in studio – the re-released album will include two POCCOLUS’ pieces that were performed in Latvian Black Friday concert in 1997.
"Album re-mastering tasks have been done by POCCOLUS leader Munis. “Ragana” appears in a classical format with a 12 page booklet."
Hate Ammo has issued the following update about finishing the drum tracks for their upcoming album:
"Today was a good day. Drums are done! Morgan nailed all tracks within ten-eleven hours. So tomorrow we start recording guitars. time to get new stings, check tubes and stuff in the amp and get a massive wall of guitars!"
The 2009 Bloodstock Open Air Festival will take place from August 14th - 16th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England. The Bloodstock Open Air website has been updated to state that thrash act Kreator will be added to the bill. The currently confirmed line-up is as follows: More...
Danish death metal band Illdisposed has posted a video clip online of the song "A Child Is Missing," which was performed at the 2008 edition of the With Full Force Open Air festival. The video can be viewed below. More...
Sister Sin has issued the following update about looking for a new bass player and recording a tribute track:
"Aargh..Its been a slow start to this year, still havent found a suitable bass player that match our superior band, keep those applications coming to: email@example.com. We do got some good news for ya. We're hitting the studio next week to record a brand new track called "BEAT EM DOWN" sort of a tribute to the late great Gothenburg boxing champ Ingemar "Ingo" Johansson who passed away in January. Watch out for the song to premiere at Myspace shortly! Got some festivals booked for summer and our webshop just re-opened with tons of new shirts n shit!!!"
Finnish metallers Noumena have issued the following announcement about writing new material:
"It's been quite a while since the last sign of life, but we're here. Noumena has enjoyed a torpor or winter sleep for a couple of months. We are - after all - from a town with zoo, so I guess we just aped some bear habits... Seriously and actually, we decided to have some time off from Noumena.
"Now the hibernation is over. We have been writing new material and already 5 songs have been rehearsed. Sounds promising! Because of this creative phase we will play only few and selected gigs in near future. Festival gigs are welcome, so remember to push the promoters and festivals in Finland and abroad to book Noumena.
"Btw. Noumena will reach age of 10 this year (spring to be precise). We might figure out something special for you metalheads, so be alert! All the best, Hannu and rest of the Noumena molos"
Deathwish/Malfunction along with Six Feet Under Records have produced "MMIX," their most ambitious and ridiculous free digital sampler to date. "MMIX" features 19 songs (15 unreleased) and two behind the scenes videos from some of the most anticipated hardcore/punk/metal releases of the 2009. Many of these songs/videos have never heard/seen before by anyone, anywhere before.
Here is the complete tracklisting:
1. In The Shadow Of God - The Hope Conspiracy
2. Chambered - Narrows
3. Nightcrawlers - Lewd Acts
4. Last Wave - Coliseum
5. Breaking Out - Victims
6. Slipping Away - Reign Supreme
7. Flesh and Below - Trap Them
8. Lies - Nails
9. Coyotenia - Rot in Hell
10. Divide - Mother of Mercy
11. Spirals - Carpathian
12. Forever Is Destroyed - 108
13. Culture - Ressurection
14. Walter Miller Jr. - End of a Year
15. Do You Like To Slam Dance? - Doomriders
16. Bloodwolves - Pulling Teeth
17. Learn To Love The Lie - Integrity
18. Bitter Cold - Supermachiner
19. Heavy Blood (Empty Version) - J. Bannon
You can download the Deathwish Spring 2009 Sampler free from the following links:
Check out the back cover art for a special discount in the Deathwish Estore, valid through the month of March.
Lamb Of God are currently touring around the globe in support of their acclaimed new studio album, "Wrath." Drummer Chris Adler has checked in with the following message for fans:
"Tonight we are in Jakarta , Indonesia . Tomorrow is the last show of the first leg of the ‘Wrath’ tour. I can’t express in words how things have changed for us in the past 6 weeks. Wrath has debuted at #2. We are literally astonished. With the economy brittle and an abundance of copycat artists, we were able to shock the music world and pull off what no one else has done. To get a better understanding, the record industry has declined 30% since our last album, Sacrament, debuted in August 2006, yet we prevailed and outsold that record….with a new record that is brutal slap to the face of all popular music. I could not be more proud of the band for making the record we wanted, but more importantly you, the friends and family of this band, are the ones that made it a reality. The credit is yours. The revolution is ours.
"This is a triumph not only for us, but for metal. I look at it as objectively as possible - this is not about us in Lamb of God, this is the tide turning against the sing-song, look-alike pretty-boy industry. It’s unreal to be a part of, and at the moment leading, the charge in this important direction. I rejoice in the dent we have created in the establishment, but it never could have happened without you. I mean that. This is the time for us all to raise a glass to each other and understand that together we are dictating the future of real music. I can’t tell you how amazing that is to me. I now look forward to the future of music and the evolution of metal. Nu Metal is officially dead, and we can all hopefully begin look forward to cute teenage girls no longer being exploited with jingles written in back rooms by old men with music formulas. Together we’ve shocked the world, and we are proud and honored to have your support. This is your victory as much as it is ours. We are lucky you have our back!
The reunited Netherlands based death metal band Asphyx has lined up a series of shows in Europe to promote the release of their forthcoming new album, "Death...The Brutal Way." You can check out a demo version of the albums title track at their official Myspace account.
The tour dates are as follows:
April 4 - Zürich, Switzerland - The Dynamo Club
April 18 - Paderborn, Germany - Metal Inferno Festival @ Kulturwerkstatt
April 25 - Barcelona, Spain - Battlefield Metal Fest
May 23 - Baltimore, MA - Maryland Deathfest
June 6 - Thessaloniki, Greece - Harley Bar Live Stage
June 7 - Athens, Greece - An Club
June 13 - Hünxe, Germany - Deathfeast Open Air
July 3 - Roitzschjora, Germany - With Full Force Festival
July 24 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Unholy Fest
August 15 - Oulu, Finland - Jalometalli Festival @ Club Teatria
September 5 - Pavia, Italy - Thunder Road Club
September 19 - Berlin, Germany - TBA
Athera (Pal Mathieson) - vocalist with Norwegian band SUSPERIA was rushed into Akershus Universitetssykehus Hospital in Lørenskog, Norway on the morning of March 9th suffering from acute stomach pains and heavy bleeding. Initial tests revealed that the singer had suffered a heart attack caused by a damaged blood vessel. Athera is currently in the intensive care unit under close observation, while further tests are carried out. He is expected to remain hospitalized for the foreseeable future. At this moment future plans including touring commitments remain unchanged, until a full diagnosis of his condition has been confirmed.
Athera recently completed vocals on Susperia's fifth studio album, which is due for an early summer release through the band's new label Candlelight Records.
The band worked continuously throughout 2008 on the album which Athera described as "going back to the early days with the melancholic riffing and dark emotional vocals and coming all the way through to today, with a perfect blend of everything Susperia has been and become".
Korn's lead vocalist Jonathan Davis recently did an interview with the Pulse Of Radio. During the conversation, the topic of the reunion of old friends Limp Bizkit was brought up. Here's what he had to say on the matter:
"I just hope Fred just isn't an asshole like he usually is. We'll see what happens, hopefully Fred's got it together, 'cause there was one time when Fred was a really cool guy.
"The fame hit and went to his head. So I miss the old Fred," he added. "He was my buddy. So maybe he's humbled now and if he's like that then I'd definitely hang with him and be friends with him again."
Both bands will be performing at the UK's Download Festival this year and Limp Bizkit aare currently a big rumour for the Family Values tour.
Austria's Nova Rock Festival has announced some more big names for this years edition of the festival. In addition to the already confirmed big names such as Metallica and Slipknot, the organizers have confirmed that Faith No More, Nine Inch Nails, Dimmu Borgir and Dir En Grey will now also be performing at the event. The festivities take place between June 19th - 21st in Pannonia Fields in Burgenland, which near the Hungarian and Slovak borders.
A Motley Crue concert in Hershey, Pennsylvania resulted in the arrest of eleven people last Sunday night. Nineteen charges were pressed against the offenders, including six for disorderly conduct, four for public drunkenness, three for underage drinking, two for trespassing and single counts of possession of marijuana, possession of drugs, aggravated assault and resisting arrest.
After his four applications for parole were denied, Varg Vikernes (Count Grishnackh) formerly of Burzum was finally told he will be released from prison after 16 years incarcerated.
Vikerenes was serving a 23-year sentence for the murder of Oystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous), guitarist of Mayhem and owner of Deathlike Silence Productions record label that Burzum was signed to. Varg was also convicted for setting fire to three churches.
Varg says that he is "...ready for society..." and has been for many years. He told Dagbladet newspaper, "I have learned from my mistakes and become older. Now I just want to be together with my family...I have barely seen my [18-month old] son since he came into the world. Even though I hear his voice on the phone almost every day, it is very tough to not be present while he is growing up." Varg regularly left the prison for the past couple of years to visit his mother, wife, 16-year-old daughter and young son in Tromso, Norway, the town where the prison is located.
While some, like the Justice Ministry, fear that he will not be able to adjust to life on the outside, Vikerenes said, "I look forward [to] the day that I could work on my farm, create music, write books and be with my family around the clock---and live a normal life." When asked by VG newspaper about if a "normal life" involves communication with Neo-Nazi groups he formerly endorsed, Vikernes said he "...[hasn't] been in contact with them for a long time."
Varg may have been paroled earlier, but was denied the second time he applied because the Justice Ministry claimed he escaped prison in 2003.
Varg will join his family in Bo, Norway, where he recently purchased a farm. Once he has been released, he is required to check in with the authorities every two weeks, and then after some time, every month.
A decision has been reached in the case regarding who is entitled to use the band name Gorgoroth between guitarist Infernus and previous members Gaahl and King Ov Hell.
Oslo City District Court has today (Tuesday, March 10th) delivered a verdict on the main question in the Gorgoroth trademark case, which took place at the end of January 2009.
The court has decided that King Ov Hell's trademark registration #243365 of the band name Gorgoroth is NOT valid and shall therefore be deleted. More...
Young UK hardcore/rock band The Blackout recently signed to Epitaph Records..
"The Blackout have delivered an amazing record" states Epitaph president and owner Brett Gurewitz, "and they fit perfectly alongside many of our bands. I'm thrilled to have them on the label."
Sean Smith (vocals) had this to say: "The band are over the moon to be on Epitaph. It's an honor for us to be asked by them. We were offered billions of pounds by other labels but we knew Epitaph was the label for us. We love their ethics and we are also fans of many of the records they have put out. Epitaph is our new home and it feels warm and cozy".
Epitaph will release the band's second album, "The Best In Town" on May 25th 2009 in Europe and June 23rd 2009 in the US, just a few days before the band embarks on the Warped Tour. More...
American glam rockers Twisted Sister have been announced as the new headliner for the Australian east coast’s Rockout Festival, that will be hitting up Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in April. Also recently added to the line-up includes Rose Tattoo, Black Majesty and Five Star Prison Cell. More acts will be added in the weeks leading up to the festival.
Tickets are on sale now to the general public at Ticketek. For information on tickets and locations, visit rockoutfestivals.com.au.
Here are the festival dates:
10th–12th April - Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, QLD
17th–19th April - Eastern Creek Raceway, NSW
24th–26th April - Calder Park Raceway, VIC
The lineup so far is as follows: More...