Metal News for March 13, 2008
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30 news articles posted on this day.
ANEW REVOLUTION, the Austin-based foursome which has been steadily building a name for itself within the metal community, has posted two songs from its upcoming debut album, "Rise", on the band's MySpace page. Check out the tracks "Done" and "N.M.E." at this location.
"Rise" is scheduled for releease on April 15 via Koch Records. An eleven-track album which includes the anthemic call-to-arms title track, "Rise", the introspective song "Let Go" and a cover of NEW ORDER's "True Faith", has already turned heads at radio, with 101X's music director Toby Ryan saying, "ANEW REVOLUTION combined compelling and intelligent music, with hooks bigger than Tom Cruise's psychosis." Another early supporter is WJJO, whose music director Ozz added, "ANR constantly get requested on JJO and they’ve proven to be a viable headliner in this market. These guys are for real." More...
New York hardcore legends MADBALL have issued the following update:
"We just got back from our third Australia trip since 2005, and it was a great time. We were lucky to have our friends in DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR along with us this time."
"Thanks to everyone in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth for coming out and making it such a success!"
"We've also just posted some European festival dates for this summer. There are more to come, and this is NOT the final tour schedule. We will be adding more dates soon, so check back!"
Upcoming MADBALL shows:
Apr. 05 - Superbowl Of Hardcore Brooklyn, New York
May 01 - Jera On Air Festival Ysselsteyn, Netherlands
May 03 - Puntpop Wuustwezel, Belgium
Jun. 20 - Hellfest Nantes, France
Jun. 21 - SummerblastFest Trier, Germany
Jun. 22 - Fields Of Rock Biddinghuzen, Netherlands
Jun. 27 - Mach1 Festival Montabaur, Germany
Jun. 28 - Vainstream Münster, Germany, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Jun. 29 - Graspop Dessel, Belgium
Jul. 03 - Rock For People Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic
Jul. 04 - With Full Force Roitzschjora, Germany
Drummer Sean Reinert of the reunited progressive metallers CYNIC, whose 1993 album "Focus" is regarded as a landmark release in the field of technical/progressive metal, has issued the following update:
"Many of you might be in the 'know' but for those of you who are unaware CYNIC has been booked for the Wacken [Open Air] festival in Germany this August. We will be filling in a few more dates around this for a small first run. We anticipate a full world tour to coincide with the release of the new CD this fall. Plans include Western Europe, USA and South America. Hopefully we can get to Japan!"
"For those of you who are interested in AEON SPOKE [Sean's other band, also featuring CYNIC's Paul Masvidal on guitar/vocals], we are currently writing/recording new material for a second release sometime in 2009. The current CD is availible for download as well as a T-shirt for purchase under the 'messages' tab on the website (www.aeonspoke.com)." More...
Unearth has teamed up with Myspace to bring you two exclusives. One is a trailer for their upcoming double disc DVD, "Alive From The Apocalypse", which will be released in Australia on 3/15, US & Canada on 3/18, and the UK & Europe on 3/20. You can view the trailer on MySpace or below.
The other exclusive is for a brand new video for our song "March Of The Mutes" from our last album, III: In The Eyes Of Fire.
Also, be sure to come and hang out with us on our upcoming tour in support of the DVD...
Here UNEARTH's Spring Tour dates with Bury Your Dead, As Blood Runs Black, My Children My Bride, and The Destro: More...
Nine Inch Nails mainman, Trent Reznor, issues the following update on his official website:
"First of all, a sincere THANK YOU for the response to 'Ghosts'. We are all amazed at the reaction for what we assumed would be a quiet curiosity in the NIN catalog. My faith in all of you has been restored - let's all go have coffee somewhere (my treat)!"
"Today we announce the expansion of the 'Ghosts' project into the visual world. This record began as an experiment with us using sound as a means to describe visuals. Early in the project we thought it would be interesting to see what the community could create / collaborate on as a reaction to the music we were making. We wanted to keep the canvas as blank as possible for you, hence the lack of descriptive song titles and the primarily textural artwork and packaging." More...
Audio samples of all 12 tracks that are set to appear on "A Sense Of Purpose", the new album from Swedish metallers IN FLAMES, are available for streaming at Play.com. Due on April 1 (April 7 in most of Europe via Nuclear Blast), the follow-up to 2006's "Come Clarity" was recorded at the band's own IF Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden and was mixed by Toby Wright (METALLICA, SLAYER). The group received assistance during the vocal-recording sessions from producer Daniel Bergstrand, who previously produced the vocals on "Reroute To Remain", "Soundtrack To Your Escape" and "Come Clarity". All artwork for the album was created by Alex Pardee for ZeroFriends. Alex also created the artwork for the first single, "The Mirror's Truth".
IN FLAMES, CHILDREN OF BODOM, JOB FOR A COWBOY and HIGH ON FIRE will play this year's Gigantour in North America beginning mid-April and running through the end of May. Headlining the trek will be MEGADETH.
IN FLAMES will sign copies of "A Sense Of Purpose" on Friday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Bengans (Stigbergstorget 1) in Göteborg, and on April 5 at 3 p.m. at Bengans (Drottninggatan 20) in Stockholm.
For more information, go to this location.
Danish metallers PYRAMAZE, whose current recording lineup includes ICED EARTH singer Matt Barlow, have issued the following update:
"The work on our new album, 'Immortal,' was completed today at 11 AM in Denmark. We are extremely happy with the outcome, and we are now ready to share a few clips with all of you loyal fans who have waited patiently for a little taste of the new stuff. We therefore give you two clips of the new album, with a length that is good enough to give you a fair feel for the songs."
"Immortal" track listing:
02. Year of the Phoenix (mp3 clip)
03. Ghost Light
04. Touched by the Mara
05. A Beautiful Death
06. Legacy in a Rhyme
07. Caramon's Poem (mp3 clip)
08. The Highland
09. Shadow of the Beast
10. March through an Endless Rain More...
Dark new Day, the band featuring Clint Lowery (guitar; ex-KORN touring member, SEVENDUST) Troy McLawhorn (guitar; EVANESCENCE, ex-DOUBLE DRIVE), Clint's brother Corey Lowery (bass; ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) Brett Hestla (vocals; ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) and Will Hunt (drums; EVANESCENCE, ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) has called it quits according to a blog posted (which is now deleted from their MySpace) by drummer Will Hunt. The end of the band is apparently due to their label, Warner Bros., not being able to make a timely decision on the band and the release of their new studio album.
The band completed their second album in December and had been reportedly "working on a release date" in January.
In May last year Evanescence "borrowed" drummer Will Hunt and guitarist Troy McLawhorn to tour with them. Vocalist Clint Lowery also did a stint as a touring guitarist with Korn later in the year.
Swedish metallers IN FLAMES will sign copies of their new album, "A Sense Of Purpose", on Friday, April 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Bengans (Stigbergstorget 1) in Göteborg, and on April 5 at 3 p.m. at Bengans (Drottninggatan 20) in Stockholm.
For more information, go to this location.
Motherstone's new album will be released on June 1st 2008. This expected work from the Roman metal band, currently busy in studio sessions, will be released under Temple Of Noise Records and will be introduced to the Roman audience on the same day at the Jailbreak rock club in Rome when Motherstone will share the stage with Exilia.
A video is anticipated in late May prior to the release of the album, whose artwork, title, concept and tracklist are still top secret. All that has been revealed is that the album should contain contain 13 tracks.
Milwaukee hardcore band Eyes To The Sky have posted MP3s from their soon to be released Seventh Dagger Records debut full-length "All Bets Are Off" on their MySpace page. The new album's track listing is as follows:
2. Stronger Than All
3. Truth in Death
4. Stay Gold
5. My Life (The Few, The Proud)
8. xFinal Fightx
9. All Bets Are Off
10. Live & Die Honor
Reactivated '80s rockers WARRANT will hit the road this summer with the band's most successful lineup, consisting of vocalist Jani Lane, guitarists Joey Allen and Erik Turner, bassist Jerry Dixon and drummer Steven Sweet. The trek, also featuring CINDERELLA, will launch at the Rocklahoma festival and will also include an appearance at the Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 17.
Regarding how it feels performing with Jani Lane once again, Sweet told the Artisan News Service, "It's freaking bizarre." Allen added, "It's like a time warp." Sweet continued, "It brings back a lot of memories obviously. Joey and I have been back in the band for the last three years without Jani, so it's like a new old thing again."
Asked if the band has plans of getting back into the studio together to write new material, Sweet said, "Not immediately, but we're already working on new ideas and probably by the end of the year, once things slow down with travel, that we'll get back in and start putting some things down."
BURY YOUR DEAD will release their new self-titled album on March 18th through Victory Records. Tracks from the release are currently streaming at the band's myspace page.
The release will feature the following tracklisting: 'Sympathy Orchestra', 'Disposably Yours', 'Fever Dream', 'Infidels Hymn', 'Angel With A Dirty Face', 'Hands To Hide The Shame', 'Wombdisease', 'A Devils Ransom', 'Dust To Dust', 'Fools Gold', 'Year One'.
The new album features new vocalist Myke Terry (formerly of CASSIUS), and was recorded at Florida’s Audiohammer Studios, the exact studio where their previous release Beauty And The Breakdown was recorded.
Bury Your Dead also brought back producer Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, GOD FORBID), continuing with the theme of tradition.
Drummer Mark Castillo previously commented on the new material, stating: “All I have to say is the new Bury Your Dead isn't what people are going to expect. You really have to hear this.”
Back from hiatus, Swedish label Stormbringer Records reports:
"After being on hiatus for a couple of years, Stormbringer Records is back with another release lined up for 2008 - a 7" with US legends HIRAX!
This will contain the very first recording the band did, the classic 1984 demo recording. The 7" will be on colored vinyl, come with an insert with photos from original Hirax guitarist Bob Savage's own collection and include liner notes written by Laurent Ramadier from Snakepit Magazine. Stay tuned for more info!"
Reuters reports: Actress Valerie Bertinelli has said her ex-husband Eddie Van Halen is not in rehab, but she declined to say exactly what is ailing the rock guitarist, People.com reported on Wednesday.
"The reports about him being in rehab are wrong. Eddie is sober," Bertinelli said at a New York luncheon hosted by cable TV's Hallmark Channel, according to the Web site of celebrity magazine People.
This month rock band VAN HALEN, which Eddie co-founded with his brother Alex, canceled it's tour dates until April 19th and said the 53 year-old guitarist is undergoing medical tests. But the band has not divulged details of his illness.
In the 1990s, Eddie Van Halen had hip replacement surgery and was treated for oral cancer. He also has battled alcohol abuse with a stint in rehab, which led to current speculation about a return to treatment.
Bertinelli on Wednesday said "he's being proactive about his illness" but declined to be more specific.
Van Halen had a string of hits including 'Runnin' With The Devil' and 'Panama' starting in the late 1970s. In August the group unveiled plans for its current 25-city North American tour that began in September 2007.
In its first week the new Nine Inch Nails 36-track instrumental album "Ghosts I-IV" had a total of 781,917 transactions, which includes free and paid downloads as well as orders for the physical copy, resulting in $1,619,420 USD. The 2,500 copies of the ultra deluxe edition of the album, which sold for $300, sold out in three days.
"Ghosts I-IV" will see a physical release on April 8th.
Florida progressive metal act AGHORA is currently seeking a drummer to accompany the group to the studio for the recording sessions for band's third full-length CD for Season of Mist. Interested drummers can contact AGHORA at email@example.com or through their Myspace page.
Requirement: Must send video performance of solo drumming and performing either "1316" or "Atmas Heave" from AGHORA's "Formless" album. Also if you have any recordings please send them. Must have experience in studio.
AGHORA's second album, "Formless" was produced in part by Neil Kernon (QUEENSRŸCHE, NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE).
The band's self-titled first album (2000) was recorded in 1999 with the help of Sean Malone and Sean Reinert, both former/current members of CYNIC.
League City/Houston, TX based thrash/death metal band Vehement has entered the recording studio in Houston, Texas to cut a new six-song demo that will be produced by Willie Adler from Lamb of God. Jordan boasts, “I’m really excited! Lamb of God is a huge influence on us and it is like a dream come true to have Willie Adler working with us in the studio.” From there the band will head over to Los Angeles for the mix-down with veteran producer Barry Conley (Black Label Society, Zakk Wylde, Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Bill Dooley (New Found Glory, Motley Crue, Zakk Wylde) who will be handling the mastering. Song titles you can expect on this upcoming recording include; “The Omniscient,” “Retribution,” “Devil Trigger,” and “Edge of Reason.” A full-scale US tour is in preparation for this summer.
Vehement has recently performed several sold-out shows throughout the Houston area as well as the recent Texas Metal Fest 2008 alongside such modern-metal greats as Devil Driver, Napalm Death, Walls of Jericho, 36 CrazyFists, and Divine Heresy.
Season of Mist records issues the following press release:
"After 20 years in the metal scene, ATROX mark the occasion with their 5th album 'Binocular.' Their new delight takes you through the twilight zone between Progressive Rock and Avantgarde Metal. "Binocular" shows an important change in the vocal department and an extensive use of electronics and computers. Atmospheric and energetic, groove based arrangements and catchy melodies wrapped up in a metallic symbiosis."
"Tracklisting is as follows:"
2. No Coil for Tesla
4. Headrush Helmet
7. Tight Tie
9. Castle for Clowns
New York-based dark/aggressive/progressive metal project GWYNBLEIDD has issued the following update:
"GWYNBLEIDD has announce it’s first ever international shows. On April 23rd we will be at the Annex Wreckroom in Toronto, Ontario with headliners KALMAH. Also on April 25th they will take part in the Sudbury Metal Feast"
"In related news, we’re also set to accompany Ballet Deviare in it’s newest production Memento Mori on May 23-25th, 2008 at the Baruch Performing Arts Center in New York City. As part of the production, Gwynbleidd will perform The Awakening and a new piece entitled Thawing Innocence (performed live for the first time), as well as provide occasional but inevitable moments of sonic discord and ambience. Visit our website a to get your tickets now and don’t forget to use the discount code: MM2008." More...
A brand-new TEXTURES song, entitled "Old Days Born Anew", has been made available for download at VS-Webzine.com. The track comes off the Dutch metal band's upcoming third album, "Silhouettes", which will be released on April 21 via Listenable Records.
The cover artwork for "Silhouettes" can be viewed at this location. The CD was recorded at Split Second Sound studio with the group's guitarist Jochem Jacobs in the producer's chair. Jacobs previously oversaw the recording process for TEXTURES' last CD, "Drawing Circles". More...
American power metal band VAINGLORY, fronted by vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN) and featuring lead guitar virtuoso Corbin King, has inked a deal with Locomotive Records. The group is hard at work recording the follow-up to 2007's self-titled "Vainglory" CD for a July 2008 release. The new album is tetatively titled "Manifesting Destiny" and will contain 11 "bone-crushing, devastatingly heavy tracks," according to a press release. "The sound of this CD will be a bit different than the previous in that the songs are heavier, tougher, the choruses bigger, and feature the best performances from all the bandmembers."
Joining King and French in the band's current lineup are bassist Chris Banja and new drummer Mike Oliviero.
VAINGLORY's self-titled CD was released in Europe in April 2007 via MTM Music. More...
Texas black/war metal cult BAHIMIRON have just finished their second album (and first for Moribund), "Southern Nihilism". Reports drummer Blaash, "I am pleased to announce that Bahimiron's Southern Nihilism is now entirely recorded, with nine tracks clocking in between 40-45 minutes. We still need to mix and master it, and this should be done by the end of next month at the latest, barring suicides/homicides/nuklear carnage. As a band, we are very content with the amount of depression and violence this album conveys - we have a wide mangleation of material from a six-minute droning suicide song to a three-minute cut-your-goddamn-gutz-out type of songs, and all the blood and pukeage in between."
A release date for Bahimiron's "Southern Nihilism" shall be announced soon.
Sweden's GRAVE have announced the following tour dates for Russia:
5 - Gorod - Moscow
6 - City - Voronezh
8 - Podzemka - Rostov-on-Don
10 - Generator - Toljatti
11 - Agava - Ufa
12 - KZ im.Lavrova - Ekaterinburg
13 - DK Ordzho - Magnitogorsk
14 - Podval - Samara
The Swedish sleaze/glam/hard rock band DANGER will hit the road again and has scheduled the following tour dates to rock the United Kingdom:
April 18 The Varsity Wolverhampton
April 19 Glitter Trip London
April 20 Engine Rooms Brighton
May 2 Bar Monsta London
May 3 Wildside Nottingham
DANGER is the new sleaze/glam hard rock sensation from Sweden. In 2 years time they have released 4 CD singles and played an overwhelming amount of shows in Sweden in a short period. This was followed recently with a very successful tour through Germany and Holland.
Currently the band is writing and recording new material and more shows will be added as well. A huge tour through Europe is planned for late 2008.
Germany's female-fronted gothic metal band Krypteria are currently working on their next album. The follow-up to 2007's "Bloodangel's Cry" is set to be released by the end of 2008. According to drummer S.C. Kuschnerus, they'll be "bringing everything AND the kitchen sink " on the new album.
One Man Army and the Undead Quartet has posted the following message on the band's official web site:
"We want to thank all of those who sent their guitarist applications to us. There were like 50 people applying for the job but of course there can be only one. Cool dedicated people from all around the globe showed interest. You know who you are!! THANK YOU!!!
"Although it seems like the whole planet wants to play with us we have decided to get a guy that lives nearby and is able to hang out with us as well as rehearse on regular basis. A guy that we knew from before and that has helped us out on several occasions with different Army related stuff. The guy is named Mattias Bolander and is a great choice for us. He is extremely talented as well as a great friend and is 110% dedicated in what we do. May he be happy and healthy in The Army for a long long time. And if you wanna know more about Mattias please visit the band section."
Singlive UK has invited Sonata Arctica vocalist, Tony Kakko, to perform two of his songs with 320 singers at The Sage Gateshead on Saturday 19th April 2008. "Sing the Classics and Classics Rock" will be performed at 3:00 pm and a second show at 7:30 pm.
For more information please check www.singliveuk.com.
This event takes place prior to Sonata Arctica's upcoming UK tour. Dates are as follows:
Apr. 12 London - Carling Academy Islington
Apr. 22 Leeds - Rio's
Apr. 23 Glasgow - Garage
Apr. 25 Sheffield - Corporation
Apr. 26 Dublin - Button Factory
Apr. 27 Dudley - JB's
Finntroll has announced on their web site that they have been forced to cancel their performance at the Pestpop festival, set to take place in Wieze, Belgium on April 12th. No reason was given for the cancellation.
You can catch Finntroll at the upcoming festivals:
Apr. 25 Haugesund, NOR - Karmøygeddon Metal Festival
May 30 Zagreb, CRO - Zagreb Metal Fest
May 31 Belgrade, SER - Legacy Fest
Jun. 07 Schmerikon Am See, SWI - Fiesta Pagana Festival
Jul. 05 Tolmin, SLO - Metalcamp
Dark Tranquillity have confirmed their first four US headline shows on the Arch enemy tour with Divine Heresy and Firewind. More dates to be announced.
Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows:
May 12 So. Burlington, VT - Higher Ground, Lounge
May 18 Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Down Under
May 22 Regina, SK - The Distrikt
May 28 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
Upcoming tour dates with Arch Enemy: More...