Metal News for March 10, 2011
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45 news articles posted on this day.
The World We Knew has posted a new studio video online to promote its forthcoming full length release. You can check out the video below:
The Word Alive has posted its new music online. The video was shot for the track "2012" and can be viewed in the player below.
Iowa-based modern metal act Slipknot has revealed its full summer festival touring schedule. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below. In other recent news; Slipknot announced that its original guitarist Donnie Steele will be joining the band as its new bass player. You can read a comment on Steele from the band at this location.
06/17 Athens, GRE – Sonisphere Festival
06/21 Sofia, BUL – Sonisphere Festival
06/24 Basel, SWI – Sonisphere Festival
06/25 Imola, ITA – Sonisphere Festival
06/26 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Metal Meeting
07/02 Helsinki, FIN – Sonisphere Festival
07/08 Amnesville, FRA – Sonisphere festival
07/09 Stockholm, SWE – Sonisphere Festival
07/10 Stevenage, UK – Knebworth House
09/25 Rio de Janiero, BRA – Rock In Rio Festival
Otep Shamaya has posted the folllowing statement online regarding her band's forthcoming studio album, titled "Atavist."
"This album is a return to the umbra, to the darkest parts of me. I am fortifying this fortress of sound with Cyclopean masonry. The language on my lips is forged from forbidden tongues 12 lifetimes old. I am the heart of the gorgon, the broken mind of the lunatic, the courage of the martyr, the voice of the insurrectionist, the agog of the alchemist, I am the defiance in the aching souls waiting for the flame, I am the mighty Minotaur raging against the labyrinths of isolation and sadness. There is a purposeful primal spirit to this record, a coded provocation to remember out connection to the infinite, to the mysterious, to each other."
Iowa based nine piece Slipknot has revealed that Donnie Steele, the band's original guitar player, will be joining the band as bass player on their forthcoming tour dates. Speaking on their decision to recruit Steele for the job, the band stated:
"Donnie was in the band at the very beginning, and rather than get an outsider, we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul to play with someone from within the family. Donnie was great friends with Paul and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate his memory than with someone who was there with us at the very beginning. The eight of us are looking forward to being onstage again and honoring Paul’s legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer."
Canadian heavy metal legends Anvil have revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Juggernaut Of Justice." You can check it out below. The album is scheduled to be released in North America on May 10th through The End Records. The title track from the album is available for free download by checking out The End Records' Spring sampler.
Hard rock act Art of Dying has posted a behind the scenes clip of the band working on the new album "Vices and Virtues," which is set to be released on March 22nd, 2011. You can check out the clip below.
North Texas death metallers The Famine have now dropped their second full-length album "The Architects of Guilt" through Solid State Records. Former bassist turned vocalist Nick Nowell spoke with me about the album, the state of the music scene, and how he tries to give his lyrics meaning.
Commenting on writing the new album, Nowell stated "I figure the world is full of enough death metal bands singing about decapitating women and mutilating their genitals. There are enough metal bands complaining about how their dad’s didn’t hug them enough and stuff like that, so I wanted to try to do something at least a little bit different."
Nick went on to speak about trying to be socially conscious with The Famine's music, parting ways with former vocalist Kris McCaddon, and the problems the band has faced by being labeled as "too Christian" by some and "not Christian enough" by others. More...
Attention Deficit Delirium is currently streaming a brand new track from the forthcoming Vicious Rumors album "Razorback Killers." The album is due out on April 5th via SPV/Steamhammer. Get your first listen to the song "Pearl of Wisdom" at this location. The band will also be performing a release show on April 21st in Santa Rosa, CA at Last Day.
The album's track listing is as follows:
3. Razorback Blade
4. Blood Stained Sunday
5. Pearl Of Wisdom
6. All I Want Is You
7. Axe To Grind
8. Let The Garden Burn
9. Rite Of Devastation
10. Deal With The Devil
Across The Sun has released a new behind-the-scenes video of the recording process for the band's new album, "Before the Night Takes Us." You can check out the video through Revolver Magazine at this location.
The album was produced by Daniel Castleman, who has worked with the likes of As I Lay Dying, Winds of Plague, Impending Doom, and many more. In support of the release, Across The Sun will be joining Atticus Clothing's The Young and Restless Tour, which also features Our Last Night, Attila, Arsonists Get All the Girls, Armor For The Broken, and Vanna.
A listing of the upcoming Across the Sun tour dates can be found here.
Dallas, Texas electronic deathcore act The Browning entered the studio last weekend to begin recording the band's full-length debut album. The Browning is holed up at Random Awesome Studios in Bay City, Michigan with producer Josh Schroeder to record the as-yet untitled album, which is due to be released later this year on Earache Records.
Drummer Noah Robertson comments: "Hey guys, it's Noah here from The Browning! We survived the journey from Texas to Michigan! We're up here at Random Awesome Studios recording the new album and it's sounding killer!!! We can't wait for everyone to hear this new material. The songs are heavier, the electronics are evolved, and the overall sound has come a long way since the first recordings.
"It's day four in the studio and we've already got a lot of work done so far, so the process is going really smoothly and the tones we are getting are unreal! When it's all said and done, this new album is going to change lives and melt faces! We've posted some studio updates on our YouTube channel and we're going to be posting a lot more soon... Stay tuned!"
You can also check out the band's first studio video update below. More...
Theory of a Deadman's Tyler Connolly and Dean Back have checked in from the studio with a video update to discuss the band's upcoming Avalanche tour. You can check out the video clip below.
A listing of upcoming Avalance tour dates is also available at this location.
SPV has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with A Pale Horse Named Death:
"SPV is pleased to announce that A Pale Horse Named Death, the new band lead by Life of Agony's Sal Abruscato have signed a worldwide recording contract with Steamhammer/SPV. Their debut album entitled 'And Hell Will Follow Me' is currently scheduled for release in June 2011.
"Sal Abruscato was born in Brooklyn, NY Started playing drums at age 10. He is the co-founder of Type O Negative with Peter Steele and performed on Slow, Deep & Hard, Origin Of The Feces, Bloody Kisses and various best of and soundtracks. Sal is the drummer for Life Of Agony and performed on River Runs Red, Ugly, River Runs Again, Broken Valley. Additional projects include Supermassiv & My Mortality. He is now the singer, songwriter and guitarist for A Pale Horse Named Death."
Sal Abruscato had the following to say about signing with SPV/Steamhammer: "I am so stoked about joining SPV, I'm Looking forward to a fruitful and successful relationship with such a reputable label as SPV"
The band's live lineup includes Sal Abruscato (Life of Agony) on guitars and vocals, drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Seventh Void), Bobby Hambel (Biohazard) on guitar, Matt Brown (Supermassiv, Seventh Void) also on guitars, and Eric Morgan on bass.
Alex Leblanc, the vocalist of Montreal, Quebec based death metal outfit Neuraxis has checked in from the band's tour with Deicide and Belphegor with an update on how the trek has been going so far. His message reads as follows:
"The Deicide tour has been going more than great. We knew it would be a good tour for us, but so far, it has exceeded all our expectations. The response from the fans has been amazing. All the bands on this tour are super-friendly and we are having fun every night with all of them. I even drank blood with Helmuth from Belphegor... yeah, it's that crazy!"
Once the band's tour with Deicide has finished, the group will be hitting the road once again to support Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura.
Xtreem Music has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Rottrevore:
"Xtreem Music is incredibly proud to announce the signing of recently reformed legendary U.S. masters of the heaviest death metal Rottrevore!
"Over the past 16 years a lot has happened with Chris Weber (vocals/ guitarist), Chris Free (bass) and Christian Easley (drums). The band was on a hiatus for almost all of the years from Dec 1995 - Dec 2010. The unreleased tracks, which there are 10 of them, were actually preserved by Chris Weber and were only recently tapped into to reconstruct in Dec 2010. Four of those songs are now going to be recorded and they have the old feel from back when with a new modern feel for today. They have the old school chainsaw guitar rhythms, which they are known for, but also a more technical and of course heavy approach to ensure that they keep the heart of Rottrevore alive.
"Over the years Chris Weber had pursued instrumental solo projects, Chris Free had played bass for a few bands, very technical ones to say the least and Christian Easley had started his own band, Pulsepherion in 1999 which lasted until 2005.
"Rottrevore have now reformed and have been pushing themselves to the limit to still bring you the some of the heaviest music ever made. Through musical progression and the likeness to chainsaw guitars, distorted bass, guttural vocals and thunderous drums, they are now working on releasing their first 4 song mini CD release since 1993. The recording for them will be handled by no other than Erik Rutan at his own of Mana Recording studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. The recording dates are scheduled for late March 2011 and the release should be in late summer, early fall. More...
Seattle, Washington based metal outfit Trap Them has posted the band's new album, "Darker Handcraft" online for streaming. You can check it out by heading to NPR.org.
The album is out now on vinyl, but won't be released on CD and digital formats until March 15th in North America. Due to popular demand, the vinyl is currently being repressed on black, a transparent green and on a red and yellow mixed wax; the green and red/yellow mix are limited to 100 copies each.
The band recorded "Darker Handcraft" at Godcity Studio with Kurt Ballou (Converge, Disfear, Black Breath). The album artwork and layout was done by Justin Bartlett (Sunn 0))), The Funeral Pyre).
Within the Ruins has announced that the band will be debuting an EP titled "Omen" just months after the release of the full length "Invade." The new EP "Omen" will feature two new tracks and two cover songs - including Metallica’s "Fight Fire With Fire" and Kansas' "Carry On My Wayward Son." The EP will be released digitally and on 7" vinyl in April, 2011 and is being recorded at Dreadcore Studios in Michigan with Joshua Wickman.
Guitarist Joe Cocchi commented on the cover tracks: "Of course, Metallica was up there on the list, and after spending some time going through their discography we thought ‘Fight Fire With Fire’ would suit us best. It's a fun song, fast as fuck, and a bit challenging. It's also not as popular as a lot of their other songs. We wanted to choose a Metallica song that no one's really done before.
"The Kansas song was a whole different story as you can imagine. I don't think it's something that anyone would expect us to do, which is why we chose it. We spent a good amount of time arranging the song and attempting to add some new elements to it without completely 'butchering' it. It's definitely going to be a challenge for us, but that's the point after all. We're really excited about this project."
A video update of the band working on the new EP is also available at this location.
Klone has announced a series of upcoming tour dates in support of the band's "Black Days' album. The next leg of the tour sees the band heading across Europe opening for King's X. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
08 Apr 11 Newcastle (UK) Academy 2
09 Apr 11 Manchester (UK) Academy 3
10 Apr 11 Wolverhampton (UK) Wulfrun Hall
12 Apr 11 London (UK) Electric Ballroom
13 Apr 11 Savigny le Temple (FR) L'Empreinte
15 Apr 11 Aschaffenburg (DE) Colos Saal
16 Apr 11 Bochum (DE) Zeche
17 Apr 11 Hamburg (DE) Knust
19 Apr 11 MÃ¼nchen (DE) 59:1
20 Apr 11 Ludwigsburg (DE) Rockfabrik
22 Apr 11 Aarau (CH) Kiff
23 Apr 11 Lyon (FR) Ninkasi Kao
26 Apr 11 Nancy (FR) MAI
27 Apr 11 Esch-sur-Alzette (LX) Kultufabrik
29 Apr 11 Wilhelmshaven (DE) Pumpwerk
30 Apr 11 Zoetermeer (NL) Boerderij
01 May 11 Eindhoven (NL) Effenaar
Beside the tour with King's X, Klone will also play the following gigs:
26 Mar 11 Massy (FR) Espace Paul Baillart
07 Apr 11 Roubaix (FR) Hotel de la Musique
24 Apr 11 Chaulnes (FR) Chaulnes Metal Fest
17 Jun 11 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
Klone's music video for the song "Give Up The Rest" is also available for viewing at this location.
We, The Undersigned has posted a new blog online detailing the band's recent tour dates. An excerpt from the blow follows:
"As I mentioned in the previous entry, our friend from ninjaspy Tim has graciously let us stay with him in Vancouver since we have a few days off. As it happens Tim and his roomate have quite an extensive VHS collection and the WTU Clan are quickly becoming old-school junkies. Sooooo we spent the next 3 days watching Arnold Sweartznegger (?) and Sly Stalone movies, some of which include Commando, Judge Dredd, Total Recall, Die Hard 3, True Lies, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Ace Venture 2, 12 Monkeys and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's amazing watching the movies from the 80's and 90's depict what the 'future' was supposed to be like. My only regret was that we didn't get to watch 'The 6th Day,' another Arnold classic.
"We all managed to get out and about and did a bit of shopping. I hit up a hippie store and bought some organic soap and spent way to much $ in a used record store. The coolest musical acquisition would have to be the Live Matthew Good double CD that is amazing! Tonight (Feb 23rd) we rock a bar in downtown Vancouver called Funky Winkerbeans. Best venue name ever? More...
Becoming The Archetype has posted a teaser trailer online for the new album "Celestial Completion," which will be available in stores and online March 29th through Solid State Records. You can check out the teaser below.
The band also recently posted studio footage online, which can be found at this location.
Avant-garde metal act Unexpect has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online:
"Let the trumpets and horn sections reveling on the summit of the Kilimanjaro bellow a deafening roar! We're finally proud to present a song from our upcoming album! The track 'Orange Vigilantes' will be available in streaming from now on.
"As a gift to you, oh patient listeners, you'll be able to download it for free until March 31. Here is the link with the stream/download & lyrics. Don't hesitate to spread the word anywhere your tentacles can reach!
"The new album will be titled 'Fables of the Sleepless Empire' and has been masterly recorded, mixed and mastered at Jef Fortin's Badass Studio. Cover artwork and actual release date shall be announced soon! More to come as the flies buzz off."
Germany's Hackneyed recently signed to Lifeforce Records for the release of the band's upcoming third full-length album. Hackneyed has now announced an appearance at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze festival in Dinkelsbühl.
The Summer Breeze fest will be taking place from August 18th - 20th, 2011. Additional details on the festival are available at this location. Other confirmed bands include Deadlock, As I Lay Dying, God Dethroned, Arch Enemy, Enslaved, and many more.
Cult of Erinyes has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming full-length album:
"Cult of Erinyes is proud to announce that the first full length of the entity, named 'A Place to Call My Unknown,' will be released by the French label Les Acteurs de L'ombre Productions. Passion, devotion and a strong vision are what we were looking for in a label and that's precisely what we found in Les Acteurs de L'ombre Productions.
"The label believes in the Cult since the very beginning of the band, even before Golgotha was recorded; it's the sign Les Acteurs de L'ombre understand the essence of Cult of Erinyes more than anybody else, us excepted. The album will be released at the end of April. You'll find the cover (created by David Delander 'Strangehalos') and the track list below."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Call No Truce
4. A Thousand Torments
6. Velvet Oppression
7. Black Eyelids
8. Thou Art Not
9. Last Light Fading
Finnish symphonic metal outfit Nightwish has announced that the band has decided to postpone recording due to lead singer Anette Olzon's recent injury, in which she broke some of her ribs. A message from Olzon reads as follows:
"Today me, Ewo (Pohjola, Nightwish Manager) and Tuomas (Holopainen, Nightwish leader/keyboardist) decided that its better if I rest the whole month and get in shape so I can do the vocals super good, and have booked my vocal recordings from April 4th instead, in another studio in Finland. This is really good cause no one will be happy if the album doesn't sound perfect. And we don't have any hurry since the album has plenty of time to get mastered and ready still.
"So I´ll rest and rest and hopefully soon be able to move a bit more. I have now been lying down for a week and even if I cant do anything it is of course quite boring.
"Yesterday something happened that might have been good. I lied down and just turned to the right and it 'popped' really loud from the ribs and I could feel the bones move. After that I feel I can breathe a bit easier so maybe the bones were 'put in their places' and can start to heal now. I really do hope so!"
Jackson Guitars will be hosting one hour meet and greets with David Ellefson and Chris Broderick of Megadeth during the European Carnage Tour. All appearances in the dates below will be from 12:00-1:00pm.
March 13 MuzTorg Basseyna Street, Kiev, Ukraine
March 15 Muztorg-Tagan 115172 Krashnoholmskaya naberezhnaya 3, bldg 1 Moscow, Russia
March 28 Madrid Musical Alberto Aguilera 50, Madrid 28015, Spain
March 29 Rock Box Alfredo Vicenti 44, Laroruna 15005, Spain
March 30 Muifex Professor Francisco Gentil Lote 1A, 2620-096 Lisbon Portugual
April 1 Auvisa Via Sergia, 86, Barcelona 08301, Spain
April 9 Musik Messe Jackson Exhibit Booth, Frankfurt, Germany
David Ellefson also recently conducted an interview with Bravewords.com about his bass clinics. You can check out the highlights at this location.
Canadian heavy metal heroes Anvil have posted a new song online entitled, "Juggernaut Of Justice." You can download the song for free by picking up The End Records' Spring sampler, which also features tracks from Danzig and Helloween, amongst others. The song is the title track from Anvil's forthcoming fourteenth studio album, which will be released via The End on May 10th in North America.
American sludge metal outfit Weedeater has posted the entire new studio album "Jason... The Dragon" online. You can check it out by heading to the group's official Myspace page.
The album will be available to listen to until it is released in North America, which will be on March 15th through Southern Lord Records. You can also catch Weedeater live on the following dates:
3/11/2011 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/12/2011 Ruby Room - San Diego, CA w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/13/2011 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA w/ Zoroaster, Red Fang
3/14/2011 Yucca Tap Room - Tempe, AZ w/ Zoroaster, Wildildlife, Kvelertak
3/15/2011 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/17/2011 Scoot Inn - Austin TX @ Converse and Thrasher's Death Match [day show]
3/18/2011 Dirty Dog - Austin, TX @ SXSW Metalliance Tour SXSW stop [night show]
3/19/2011 Korova - San Antonio, TX w/ Zoroaster, Kvelertak
3/20/2011 Siberia - New Orleans, LA w/ Zoroaster
3/21/2011 Newby's Too - Panama City Beach, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/22/2011 Orpheum - Tampa, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/23/2011 Backbooth - Orlando, FL w/ Zoroaster
3/24/2011 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/ Zoroaster
3/25/2011 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC w/ Zoroaster
3/26/2011 The Jinx - Savannah, GA w/ Zoroaster
American thrash metal legends Exodus have confirmed that they will be performing at the Metal Hammer Festival in Katowice, Poland on August 10th, where they will serve as one of the main support acts for British metal gods, Judas Priest.
Guitarist Gary Holt commented on the situation with the following post:
"I can't believe that after getting to play with Iron Miaden in Chile, now we can announce that we will be sharing the stage with Judas Priest in Poland! How much better can it get? Two shows with two of our biggest heroes! Now if only I can select the set for them… I can dream, can't I?! It's gonna be awesome; to say we're excited is an understatement."
New Jersey based metal outfit Tombs has announced that the band has completed work on a new full-length studio album, "Path Of Totality," which will be released in North America on June 7th.
The album is the follow-up to the "Winter Hours" release and was recorded at Elmwood Recording studios in Dallas, TX with engineer John Congleton (Baroness, Explosions In The Sky, Blackmountain, ST. Vincent.)
You can also find a listing of upcoming Tombs tour dates at this location.
German thrash metal veterans Assassin have posted a new song online entitled, "I Like Cola." The song is being premiered exclusively by Noisecreep.com and can be heard by clicking here.
The new track will appear on the band's uphcoming fourth studio album, "Breaking The Silence," which will be released on March 29th in North America through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Breaking The Silence
2. Raise In The Dark
4. Turf War
5. Destroy The State
6. No Fear
7. Kill Or Be Killed
8. Real Friends
9. Strike Back
10. I Like Cola
Swedish viking influenced death metal group Amon Amarth has posted another new song online from the band's highly anticipated new studio album, "Surter Rising." You can check out the song "For Victory Or Death" by heading to Germany's Metal Hammer magazine website.
"Surtur Rising" is scheduled to be released in North America on March 29th and was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Fascination Street Studios Örebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and bears cover art by Tom Thiel. You can also check out the previously uploaded song "War of the Gods" at this location.
Continuing the Lost Relics archive series, Heaven And Hell Records plan to release Thunderstick material later this year that has never before been issued on CD.
The release will include both the "Feel Like Rock 'n' Roll?" EP from ’83 and the "Beauty And The Beast" full length from ’84. Both of these N.W.O.B.H.M classics are fully re-mastered for this release and will include plenty of bonus material, band history and extensive ECD photo gallery.
For those who may not be familiar with the infamous Barry ‘Thunderstick’ Graham, he played a leading role in the infancy of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal in the late 1970s. More...
Keyboardist Steve Williams of Power Quest recently hosted a podcast in which he discusses the band's upcoming album "Blood Alliance" and answers fan submitted questions. You can listen to the podcast in the clip below.
"Blood Alliance" has the following release dates:
Spain, Finland, Sweden: March 23
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: March 25
Rest of Europe: March 28
USA, Canada: April 5
A teaser trailer for the album is available for viewing at this location.
Hardcore punk legends Bad Brains have announced that they have begun work on a new studio album, their first since 2007's comeback record, "Build A Nation." A message from bassist Darryl Jennifer reads as follows:
"Working on new album! We're pleased to announce that we have recently been holed up in upstate NY working on new material for a 2011 release. Stand by for the 'realist' we have ever written.
"The album is said to be channeling progressive elements and Megaforce expects us to release the album in late-summer 2011."
Greek act Septicflesh has posted a video teaser online for the band's upcoming new album "The Great Mass." The video clip is available below.
"The Great Mass" is scheduled for release on April 18th, 2011, and you can also check out Metalunderground.com's review of the album at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Vampire from Nazareth
2. A Great Mass of Death
3. Pyramid God
4. Five-Pointed Star
5. Oceans of Grey
6. The Undead Keep Dreaming
9. Mad Architect
Glam metal veterans Poison have announced that they will be releasing a new two disc compilation album entitled, "A Double Dose" on May 3rd. The album will feature thirty five songs, which are as follows:
Talk Dirty To Me
I Want Action
I Won't Forget You
Look What The Cat Dragged In
Nothin' But A Good Time
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Your Mama Don't Dance
Rock And Roll All Nite
Ride The Wind
Something To Believe In
Life Goes On
The Last Song
We're An American Band
So Tell Me Why
No More Lookin' Back [live]
Can't You See
Look But You Can't Touch
Until You Suffer Some (Fire And Ice)
Bastard Son Of A Thousand Blues
Lay Your Body Down
(Flesh & Blood) Sacrifice
What I Like About You
Love On The Rocks
Face The Hangman
Livin' For The Minute
Cover Of The Rolling Stone
Poor Boy Blues
Canadian all female heavy metal outfit Kittie has announced that the band has completed writing material for an upcoming studio album, the group's first since 2009's, "Into The Black." A message from Kittie reads as follows:
"Pretty sure we're done writing for the new album! Fairly positive this is the most pissed-off-sounding record we have ever had!"
In the meantime, the band has posted a live video online for their song, "My Plague." You can check it out below.
As was previously announced, Morbid Angel has set "Illud Divinum Insanus" as the title of the band's forthcoming album. The album has been scheduled for release on June 6th, 2011 in Europe and June 7th, 2011 in North America. This will be Morbid Angel's eighth studio album, and the first since front man David Vincent rejoined the fold.
Morbid Angel has now announced a string of upcoming tour dates in support of the release. The currently announced shows are as follows, with more to be announced soon:
21 May 11 Osaka (JP) Hatch (Dark Day Festival)
22 May 11 Tokyo (JP) Studio Coast (Dark Day Festival)
25 May 11 Singapore (SG) Tba
27 May 11 Melbourne (AU) The Hifi
28 May 11 Sydney (AU) The Manning Bar
09 Jun 11 Sölvesborg (SE) Sweden Rock Festival
17 Jun 11 Clisson (FR) Hellfest
18 Jun 11 København (DK) Copenhell
05 Aug 11 Wacken (DE) Wacken Open Air
06 Aug 11 Calvão (PT) Vagos Open Air
11 Aug 11 Jaromer (CZ) Brutal Assault
12 Aug 11 Schlotheim (DE) Flugplatz Obermehler (Party.San Open Air)
14 Aug 11 Walton-on-Trent (UK) Bloodstock
American extreme metal outfit Origin has announced that Skinless vocalist Jason Keyser has taken over the role as the band's new lead singer. Keyser will be making his debut with the band on the forthcoming North American tour with Vital Remains, Hate Eternal and Abysmal Dawn. The tour dates are as follows:
June 15 - Emo's – Austin, TX
June 16 - Sorority House – Amarillo, TX
June 17 - The Marquis Theatre – Denver, CO
June 19 - The Clubhouse – Tempe, AZ
June 20 - The Key Club – Hollywood, CA
June 21 - Slim's – San Francisco, CA
June 22 - The Alley – Sparks, NV
June 24 - Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
June 25 - Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, BC
June 26 - Lake City Bowl – Kelowna, BC
June 27 - The Distillery – Calgary, AB
June 28 - Pawn Shop – Edmonton, AB
June 30 - The Exchange – Regina, SK
July 1 - Royal Albert Arms – Winnipeg, MB
July 2 - Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
July 3 - The Annex – Madison, WI
July 5 - Reggie's Rock Club – Chicago, IL
July 6 - Peabody's – Cleveland, OH
July 7 - Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
July 8 - Les Foufounes Electriques – Montreal, QC
July 9 - The Palladium – Worcester, MA
July 10 - Santo's Party House – New York, NY
July 13 - The Oasis – Charleston, SC
July 14 - Firestone Live – Orlando, FL
Philadelphia's Aggressive Disorder has checked in with the following update about the band working on new material:
"How's it going?? Just wanted to let everyone know that A.D. is pleased to say the new material is coming along great.Their will be something for everyone. From the old school thrash to the more classical. We couldn't be happier.
"As for the followers we can only say thanks so much for your support & following. Some of the songs are already streaming here as well. From The Killing Floor to Razorblads, this is our best effort to date. So keep checking back for more info & as always keep it heavy & keep it loud!"
The band also recently recruited a new bassist. A statement from Aggressive Disorder can be found here.
German metal outfit Hackneyed has announced that the band has signed a new record deal with Lifeforce Records, who will be releasing the third Hackneyed studio album this Summer. A message from the band reads as follows:
"The news about our new deal with Lifeforce Records reached us straight in the studio, where we currently record our third album. We are very psyched and happy about our new partnership with Lifeforce Records – a label with a great reputation, history and a very nice roster, we are proud to be part of now. We are very happy to be part of such great family now."
Norwegian Gothic metal act Tristania has announced that the band will be appearing at this year's edition of the upcoming Wild Metal Festival in Cancun, Mexico. The festival is set to take place from June 2nd - June 5th, 2011. Tristania's appearance will take place on the 4th.
Additional details on the Mexican festival can be found at this location. You can also check out Tristania's music video for the song "Year of the Rat," which is off the band's latest album "Rubicon," by clicking here.
American hard rock performer and movie director Rob Zombie has denied the recent rumours that he will be directing, "The Dirt," the movie about glam metal legends Motley Crue, which has been in development hell for a few years. A video interview with Undercover can be viewed below. More...
Pegazus has uploaded a new sample track online from the group's upcoming album "In Metal We Trust." You can listen to the clip from "Ghost Rider" by navigating band's official MySpace profile.
The new album "In Metal We Trust" is set for release on April 15th, 2011. The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Metal Messiah
2. Road Warrior
3. Old Skool Metal Dayz
4. We Live To Rock
5. Haunting Me
6. Eye For An Eye
7. Ghost Rider
8. Metal Gods
9. End Of The World
10. Death Or Glory
11. Old Skool Metal Dayz
The band also recently posted a music video online for the song "The Haunting," which can be viewed at this location.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has announced that he will be unable to perform with the band at the scheduled concerts this July, as he and his wife Pearl are expecting their first child together.
Taking his place for the shows will be Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, who commented on the job with the following Twitter post:
"Yes, I will replace Scott Ian in July, his wife will have a child at the time... about 8 shows, including Sonisphere, Big 4."