Metal News for March 12, 2010
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Wendy Dio has issued the following new health update about Ronnie James Dio, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer:
"Well, now it has been Ronnie’s 7th chemo, another cat scan and another endoscopy, and the results are good – the main tumor has shrunk considerably, and our visits to Houston are now every three weeks instead of every two weeks.
"Ronnie and Vinny went down to the studio to have a listen and see how the DVD is coming along, NOT to overdub anything as presumed by Hoss2112 or Shattered 73 on the Blabbermouth rants. I was very annoyed to read these comments, and if they were truly fans of Ronnie’s, they would know #1) that Ronnie is a SINGER and does not need to overdub a live show, and #2) He would never cheat his fans by overdubbing a Live DVD. I will not be showing these comments to Ronnie, as I know they would hurt and upset him as they did me. He has been going to the REHEARSAL studio to sing, not the recording studio!
"Ronnie’s cousin Rock (from The Rods, who used to be in Elf with him) flew in from New York to visit Ronnie for a week and they enjoyed spending some time together, going to the movies and taking walks, and Ronnie and Rock went to the studio to master Rock’s new album, which Ronnie sings a track on. And Craig Goldy will be coming over to start writing new songs with Ronnie next week. It will be great to see him again, as he has been away touring with the British band Budgie.
"That’s all I can think of right now until the next update. God bless you all and we are still reading all the wonderful cards and letters."
Swedish death metal band Laethora, which features Dark Tranquility guitarist Niklas Sundin, has issued the following update about streaming a new song online from their upcoming second album:
"Hi all, the wait has been long, but we're finally getting closer to unleashing our second magnum opus 'The light in which we all burn.' The release date is set to May 11, but you can already now pre-order the limited edition CD & t- shirt bundle through the Omega order. The shirt design is exclusive and won't be for sale anywhere else. In addition to the already published 'Humanae,' the track 'A.S.K.E.' is now uploaded to our MySpace page.
"Mastered by Peter In de Betou, 'The Light In Which We All Burn' is an epic thirteen-track album taking into account all of the members' eclectic tastes in music, featuring violent and powerful death/grind metal performed with intense passion and ferocity. From the opening calm-before-the-storm beginning of 'Ekpyrosis' to the thrashing rage of 'World Deluge' and the open-chord ecstasy of 'Humanae,' the album truly shines in its diversity and dedication. The instrumentation is flawlessly executed with an organic and vibrant approach far from today's sterile extreme metal delivery."
"The Light In Which We All Burn" track listing is as follows::
2. I as Infernal
4. World Deluge
5. A New Day
7. The Sightless
10. Cast to Ruin
11. To the Point
12. Damnable Doctrine
Panic Cell has signed to Undergroove Records and will be releasing their debut album, "Fire It Up," for the label next month. Produced by Will Maya (Breed 77/ The Answer), according to frontman Luke Bell, "Fire It Up" is "the most honest, hard worked and important album we’ve written to date."
You can listen to the brand new track "Unbroken" at the band's MySpace page.
Panic Cell will tour in April with Life Of Agony and in the UK with labelmates GU Medicine
Strange Flesh has issued the following update about pushing back the release date for their new album "In doG We Lust:"
"As of right now the cd release date will be pushed back a few weeks. It's simply a case of too much being done by too few people and in order to present the cd right, a few things had to change. Won't be long though as it's a minor thing. We'd like to say new guitarist Brett is kicking much ass, as is vocalist Chris. He's digging the promotion you could say.
"Finally got that key to the executive washroom. The online store MIGHT be up by this weekend. It's ready to roll with just a few additions to be made. The main website is up and running with a more streamlined, easier to figure out look. We do have some tentative local(Va Beach) shows lined up and we'll announce those soon. Safe to say however, our focus will soon turn to the next album which we're already discussing now. Rumor is-we're heading to Texas and the southeast in the summer!"
Zoroaster, who recently entered Atlanta’s Living Room Studios to begin the recording of the new album "Matador," has issued the following update about their van being stolen:
"SOME ASSHOLE STOLE OUR VAN!!!!!!!!! ..Our White, 2000 Ford E350 Passenger Van was stolen from our rehearsal studio , 3-11-10, early morning!!! Not that anyone may see it, but beware Atlanta bands that rehearse with us, that the upper lot is where it was parked!! It still has not been recovered!!!"
The band's new album "Matador" is expected to be released this July through E1 Music.
Southern Lord is the latest label to release a free compilation on Amazon.com. You can download their “Resurrection” sampler, which includes an exclusive Sunn 0))) track “Isengard (Chopped And Screwed).”
Here's the free Southern Lord “Resurrection” sampler tracklisting:
1. Wino "Release Me" (5:53)
2. Pelican "Embedding The Moss" (7:44)
3. Eagle Twin "Murder Of..." (12:08)
4. Wolves In The Throne Room "Wanderer Above The Sea Of Fog" (10:33)
5. Black Cobra "Omniscient" (3:17)
6. The Accused "The Splatterbeast" (2:37)
7. Orcustus "Asphyxiokenisis" (3:51)
8. Black Breath "Murder" (4:12)
9. Virulence "Blank Stare" (5:44)
10. Earth "Junkyard Priest (Live In Vienna)" (8:23)
11. Sunn O))) "Isengard (Chopped And Screwed)" (6:51)
Like Nuclear Blast's free compilation, however, it may only be available to those in the U.S.
In related news, Southern Lord recently slashed prices at their online store, with most CDs now $10 and double CDs and package deals reduced as well.
Tarot has revealed the tracklisting for their new album, "Gravity Of Light," which will be released on April 23rd in Europe. The tracklisting is as follows:
01. Satan Is Dead
02. Hell Knows
04. Pilot Of All Dreams
05. Magic And Technology
06. Calling Down The Rain
07. Caught In The Deadlights
08. I Walk Forever
09. Sleep In The Dark
New Jersey pirate thrash metal band SWASHBUCKLE has posted the third episode of the recently launched first season of "Ask The Admiral" - a conceptual series of video clips in which singer & bass player Admiral Nobeard talks about the most recent metal records, but also gives the audience the chance to submit questions. watch the third episode below:
New York death metal band IMMOLATION has posted the second video trailer for the brand new album "Majesty And Decay." Check it out below:
Atmospheric doom metallers BATTLEFIELDS will kick off a short string of US shows on March 13th in support of their latest full-length album "Thresholds Of Imbalance" released last year. The tour begins in Minneapolis at Triple Rock with A Storm Of Light and will run through 11 cities, including three appearances at SXSW in Austin, TX, before coming to a close in Fargo, ND on March 27th.
BATTLEFIELDS 2010 US tour dates are as follows:
3/13/2010 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN w/ A Storm of Light
3/14/2010 Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL w/ Junius
3/15/2010 Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA w/ Junius
3/16/2010 Mojo’s - Columbia, MI w/ Junius
3/17/2010 Downtown Music - Little Rock, AR w/ Junius
3/18/2010 Rock Island Live - Wichita, KS w/ Junius
3/20/2010 Plush (SXSW) - Austin, TX
3/20/2010 The Metropolis (SXSW) - Austin, TX
3/21/2010 Red 7 (SXSW) - Austin, TX
3/22/2010 Super Happy Fun Land - Houston, TX
3/23/2010 Bear’s - Shreveport, LA w/ Junius
3/24/2010 The Muse - Nashville, TN w/ Junius & Black Cobra
3/25/2010 Jackpot Saloon - Lawrence, KS
3/26/2010 The Syd - Sioux City, IA
3/27/2010 The Aquarium - Eurolaunch! Fargo, ND
"Thresholds Of Imbalance" was recorded at The Devil's Workshop in Minnesota with drummer/engineer Rob Schmidt and was mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance Audio.
Video footage has been posted online of Finnish folk metal act Finntroll performing at the Peganfest at the O2 Islington Academy in London, England on March 8th, 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.
Venezuela's Noctis Imperium has issued the following update about planning a European tour in April:
"Noctis Imperium have announced that in April they will begin their first tour in the old continent; European Imperium 2010, as support for the release of their upcoming EP, entitled Nihil. In this run, the band will be visiting Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, Belgium, Holland and Poland, playing around 20 dates that soon will be announced in detail.
"Nihil is just a sample of the hard work Noctis Imperium have been doing so far, it contains songs from the band's upcoming full length, The age of the golden dawn, which features the drumming of legendary Nick Barker (ex-Dimmu borgir, Testament, currently in Lock up), plus some unreleased and live extra tracks, recorded during some of their shows in 2009. This time, the band will be working once again with drummer Jorge 'Pepino' González (from Venezuelan prog rock band Mojo Pojo), who was also with the band during their 'Venezuela Tour 2009,' and who also recorded some tracks for Nihil. Noctis Imperium will be dedicating this year to fully promote said EP, and soon will be revealing the details of it's international release and distribution."
Sweden's As You Drown has issued the following update about rescheduling their March 13th tour date:
"Since the show in Hamm tomorrow (Saturday March 13th) has been canceled, we will be playing at the K19 in Kassel instead - with Vader and Divine Chaos as usual. Come down to bleed, drink, smoke and mosh with us - it will be worth your time."
The upcoming As You Drown tour dates are as follows:
3/12 2010 Vera Groningen, NL
3/13 2010 K19 Kassel, DE
3/14 2010 Roxy Concerts Flensburg, DE
3/16 2010 The Rock Copenhagen, DK
3/17 2010 Virus Örebro, SWE
3/18 2010 Cozmoz Borlänge, SWE
3/19 2010 Parken Gothenburg, SWE
3/20 2010 The Cave Stockholm, SWE
4/30 2010 Neurotic Deathfest w/ Napalm Death, Carcass, Immolation, Dying Fetus, Aborted Tilburg, NL
6/10 2010 Death Feast Open Air w/ Suffocation, Dying Fetus, Necrophagist and more Hünxe, DE
Finland's Claws has issued the following statement about writing new material for an upcoming album:
"Claws has started writing material for the follow up album to 'Absorbed in the Nethervoid.' It seems that the new stuff will be darker with thicker cryptic atmosphere than ever! It is heavily inspired by bands/albums like 'Soulside Journey' from Darkthrone, God Macabre, 'An Evil Shade of Grey' from Cemetary, Necros Christos to mention a few... and of course Crematory (Swe)! It is not sure yet what label will release the new album but negotiations with a few labels are already in process. More news later!"
You can also catch sample Claws tracks at the band's MySpace page.
San Francisco Bay Area thrash act Death Angel and melodic tech-deathsters Arsis will be playing two free all ages shows this April presented by Scion. In order to attend make sure you RSVP at this location. Space is limited and based on a first come first serve basis. The details of the shows are as follows:
4/13 The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
4/14 The Roxy – Hollywood, CA
Heaven Ablaze has issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer:
"Heaven Ablaze welcomes Matt Ashton (Design for Dying, Days of Dishonor, Bloodvenom) as the new drummer for the Blaze, we have been working with Matt for a bit now and feel his Attitude and Experience is just what we've been waiting and looking for...Matt brings to the table years of experience not just with drumming but also with the business and bands. We look forward to the future with this new line-up....Stay Brutal and See you in the Fucken Pit"
Heaven Ablaze also has the following upcoming tour dates:
3/12 2010 The Brunnie w/ Disgust, Bathed In Blood, Psyanide St Thomas, Ontario
4/8 2010 The Music Hall w/ POWERGLOVE & BATTLESOUL London, Ontario
4/10 2010 Hard Luck Bar w/ Deamon, Killitorous, Cuff, Serene Molestation Toronto, Ontario
Metallica has issued the following announcement about adding on a final "Big Four" tour date:
"Sonisphere Update - The Last Big Four Announcement. Bucharest, Romania Added! We promised you one more Sonisphere date, so here you have it! The Sonisphere Festival will be hitting Bucharest, Romania on June 26, 2010 at Romexpo. 'The Big Four' (that's 'Tallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax) will be there, along with our friends Heaven & Hell. For more info, check out this location. Tickets are on sale now."
The upcoming Metallica tour dates are as follows: More...
The Order of Apollyon has issued the following update about streaming two new songs online:
"All Hailz Devotees. Two songs from the upcoming album 'The Flesh' are now available at this location: 'Word' and 'Never.' The European release is scheduled for April the 26th 2010. Feel free to promote us and help spread the Word by adding these songs to your profiles. The band's first live performance will happen on the 5th of Jully at MetalCamp festival in Slovenia. True servants will be rewarded. Judgement is upon us. Join The Order."
Howl has debuted the first tracks "Jezebel" and its intro piece "Asherah" from their forthcoming full-length album, "Full Of Hell," online now via the band's MySpace page. "Full Of Hell" is set for a May 11th North American release date and May 17th internationally.
Howl recorded the new album in January at Machine With Magnets studios with engineer Keith Souza. The release also features original artwork from Ryan Begley that will be expanded to a gatefold LP for its vinyl release.
Additionally, Howl kick-off a two-week US tour this weekend, working their way to and from Austin, TX for the annual South By Southwest Music Festival. The band has also been confirmed for New England Metal and Hardcore Fest and Maryland Deathfest taking place later this spring. A listing of confirmed HOWL tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon. More...
Psychometry has issued the following update about finishing their new album and streaming two new tracks online:
"The Four Points is finished. A very special thank you to Bert Fackler for working tirelessly to bring our collective artistic vision to life. We have uploaded 'Smoke' and 'Descent' to show the album's broad range. Get ready for much more very soon!"
The two new songs can be heard at Psychometry's official MySpace page.
Remember those classic metal days when clean vocals and production that was just right ruled the metal industry? Whatever happened to the classic sounds like that of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Black Sabboth, WASP, and other of the essentials? Fortunately, this particular sound has gained some uprising again. Icarus Witch is a classical metal/rock band from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. I sat down with Bassist Jason Myers, who is also the tour manager as well. Icarus Witch continues to tour with Paul Di'Anno the original vocalist for Iron Maiden. More...
It has almost been thirty years since the completion of one (if not the most important) metal albums in history. When you listen to modern Iron Maiden music, then listen to anything from the first two albums, you can tell right away that there is a completely different tone. Indeed, Paul Di’Anno has always regarded himself as “Punk.” Inadvertently though, Di’Anno back then, set up a bridge between an unprecedented blend between punk and thrash in this New Wave of British Heavy Metal. This has influenced all modern day thrash bands way before the explosion of eastern thrash metal. More...
Greek metallers Tardive Dyskinesia have announced they will be heading out on a European tour with Pro-Pain. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
21.04.2010 NIEDERHOFEN (D) Disco Y
22.04.2010 WIEN (AT) Viper Room
23.04.2010 BRUNECK (ITA) Ufo Club
24.04.2010 STEINDORF AM OSSIACHER SEE (AT) Pillersaal
25.04.2010 ZIZERS (CH) Event Stage
26.04.2010 MONTHEY (CH) Pont Rouge
27.04.2010 STUTTGART (D) Die Rohre
28.04.2010 COLMAR (FR) Le Grillen
29.04.2010 RUESSELSHEIM (D) Das Rind
30.04.2010 HAMELN (D) Regenbogen
01.05.2010 SNEEK (NL) Bolwerk
03.05.2010 DUBLIN (IRE) Fibber Magees
04.05.2010 LONDON (UK) The Purple Turtle
05.05.2010 ROTTERDAM (NL) Baroeg
06.05.2010 ROSTOCK (D) Alte Zuckerfabrik
07.05.2010 BRANDENBURG (D) HdO
08.05.2010 MAGDEBURG (D) H.O.T. / Alte Bude
09.05.2010 BERLIN (D) K17
10.05.2010 HAMBURG (D) Logo
11.05.2010 OSNABRUECK (D) Bastard Club
12.05.2010 KOBLENZ (D) Circus Maximus
14.05.2010 ESSEN (D) Turock
Swedish melodic death metallers The Cold Existence, who recently parted ways with their drummer and canceled their planned tour with Chain Reaction, have issued the following update about going on hold for an indefinite amount of time:
"We have come to the conclusion that we need to put Tce on hold for undecided time. The main reason for this is that we feel we have working really hard for many years now and the band will not really move forward. The members have other bands/projects to put the energy in. So at the moment the best for the band and it´s members is to put it on hold.
"Maybe in the future if the right kinda label show it´s interesst and support in the band we might will continue where we took off. Thanks to all people, labels and bands we working with through the years."
You can hear sample The Cold Existence tracks at their MySpace page.
Finland's Kiuas is currently streaming a new track online titled "The Visionary," which is from the band's forthcoming album "Lustdriven." The song can be heard at this location. "Lustdriven" is set to be released on March 31st in Finland, April 26th in the U.K. A North American and Japanese release date has not been set at this time.
The upcoming Kiuas tour dates are as follows:
31.03.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Helsinki (Unplugged)
31.03.2010 Tavastia, Helsinki (ALBUM RELEASE PARTY)
01.04.2010 Henry's Pub, Kuopio
02.04.2010 Kairo, Kotka
09.04.2010 Lutakko, Jyväskylä
10.04.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Oulu (Unplugged)
10.04.2010 Nuclear Nightclub, Oulu
16.04.2010 Bluepool, Forssa
17.04.2010 Rytmikatti, Kouvola
23.04.2010 Yo-talo, Tampere
29.04.2010 Levykauppa Äx, Turku (Unplugged)
29.04.2010 Klubi, Turku
30.04.2010 Dante's Highlight, Helsinki
19.06.2010 Myötätuulirock 2010, Vantaa
31.07.2010 Kuopiorock 2010, Kuopio
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Steel Panther has posted a video clip online wishing everyone in the U.K. a happy Mother's Day, in their own special way. The footage can be viewed below.
Steel Panther is headed off to the U.K. for three tour dates in March. Before the mini-tour the band members will be answering fan questions via a MySpace web chat on Wednesday, March 17th. To submit a question to the band ahead of the web-chat you can add your question at this location.
Steel Panther's U.K. tour dates are as follows:
3/18 2010 - O2 Academy Newcastle
3/19 2010 - Brixton Academy London
3/20 2010 - O2 Academy Sheffield
One of the tightest and most innovative bands from the Chicago scene, Blood of the Tyrant, is set to conquer the Midwest. From playing House shows in Dekalb to co-headlining at The Empty Bottle, Blood of the Tyrant has established themselves as the biggest name in progressive metal within the city of Chicago. Having already encountered Chris in person on four separate occasions, I felt that it was time to conduct an interview. More...
Chile's Criminal has posted the music video for the song "Incubus" off their 2009 album "White Hell." The video was directed by Carlos Toro of Abysmo Producciones in Chile (www.abysmo.cl). Watch the video below:
Dutch metal band Delain has issued the following update welcoming their new bassist:
"We would like to introduce to you with pride our new fulltime Delain-member, Otto ‘the baron’ Schimmelpenninck van der Oije (Detonation), who will replace Rob on the bass. We are very happy to welcome Otto to the Delain family. Starting from our upcoming UK tour, he will join Delain live on stage. We will update our member profiles soon. Until then, you can get to know Otto by visiting his myspace."
"We would like to thank Rob for his years of dedication, musical craftmanship and the good times we had throughout the years. Rob’s official last show with delain will be at the Mezz in Breda."
Californian blackened death metal band DEFICIENT CREATION signed a deal with SFC Records in order to release their debut full-length "In Ode To Apocalypse". Nine devastating tracks will capture your souls and shatter it to pieces. Artwork for this album was made by Par Oloffson.
Cameron (guitarist of Deficient Creation) comments, "We're finally going to be hitting the studio to continue and finnish up tracking and mastering. We're really excited to finally have a release and to be working with SFC. Expect the album sometime in may-june 2010."
A trailer for Slash’s new self-titled solo record has been posted online. The album will be out on April 6th and features guest vocalist from Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Kid Rock and Myles Kennedy among others.
The first single “By the Sword” features vocals from Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother and is streaming on MySpace.
Trustkill has announced the signing of North Carolina metal/hardcore band DECEPTION OF A GHOST. Deception of a Ghost has been booking their own headlining tours all over the US. Guitarist and vocalist Buddy commented,"We just figured out from the start, we can't wait for people to make this happen for us, they don't care, we can do this on our own, shit really pays off!" The band armed with this DIY ethic has set out and played with Iwrestledabearonce, For The Fallen Dreams, In Fear And Faith, Vanna, Memphis May Fire, Stray From The Path, Stick To Your Guns, Greeley Estates, and more.
A collaboration of clean vocal melodies and thick screams blended with an onslaught of breakdowns and their triple harmony guitar attack is what shapes and molds their sound. Their freshly recorded album entitled “Speak up, You're Not Alone” was recorded with Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, For Today, He Is Legend) and will be released on Trustkill Records Summer 2010.
You can check out a few songs from the forthcoming debut album on the band's Myspace player.
The band commented on the signing to Trustkill:
"To sign with Trustkill records and saying its a dream come true is an understatement for me. They have the bands that made me me wanna play music that we all looked up to and were influenced by. Now to say we are a part of that is nothing more than unreal. To me it's more than a dream its a sense of accomplishment. We have all caught ourselves in the van going to shows and saying "Can you believe we just signed to Trustkill" Yea this is a dream but I'm finally awake this time!" - Buddy
"I’ve written songs about following your dreams. I’ve been to countless shows and said “Wow, I want to do that.” and I've always said I will do what makes me feel alive. Music makes me feel what no one seems to feel anymore and I never thought something of this magnitude would come our way. Trustkill Records has sparked a flame that will burn forever in my heart for this industry. I may be young, but I can firmly say that I hold a dream and will never let go." - Blake
"We are all super stoked to be apart of the Trustkill family. We wanted to find a label that really believed in our music and wanted to push the record hard and Trustkill is just as excited to as we are to get the ball rolling." - Bryan
The band was previously signed to Forsaken Records and released their debut self-titled album in 2008.
Brooklynvegan.com is offering 108's "18.61," the title track off their new album, for free download. The album will be in stores April 13th. In other news, Rob Fish recently announced his involvement in Eshas a new project featuring Aaron Edge (Iamthethorn, Himsa, etc), and you can also download an MP3 of their song "Your Empty Dying Days."
Read the full article at Booklynvegan.com.
In week four of Celebrity Fit Club we finally get to see Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) in true form, that is to say, the anger finally appears. The best comparison I see is looking at Skid Row’s self titled debut album versus the follow-up, Slave to The Grind, going from “I Remember You” to “The Threat,” a sweet ballad to destruction. In this episode Bach goes from 0 to 100 in a matter of minutes, hitting cameras, getting in the face of female teammates, and dropping fifty F-bombs in less than five minutes. Nice to have you back Sebastian… More...