Metal News for March 13, 2010
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Several months into the process of recording their long awaited debut album, progressive black metal band Ne Obliviscaris have released another studio video diary, this one focusing on the process of recording guitars. The band comments:
“Hey Everyone, we’ve just uploaded another studio video diary, this one showcasing the process of recording guitars for the album. The video also features an interview with lead guitarist Benjamin Baret on what it’s like to be a “frog in oz” (with special commentary on our love of metal pies and Utes); Cygnus taking the guitar reins; engineer Troy McCosker working REALLY hard & much more.“
Haste The Day has posted the fourth installment of their video blogs from the studio online now. You can check out the video, covering more bass and drum work, below.
You can catch up on the three previous webisodes here.
Haste The Day's "Dreamer (Digital Exclusive)" is available online now at Amazon MP3 and iTunes.
Thorny Bleeder has announced the signing of Montreal metal band Special Ops. In their third album, “Through The Heart of The Infidel,” produced by award winning producer & mixer Glen Robinson (Voivod, The Ramones, AC/DC, Gwar, Queensryche, Nashville Pussy) along with the engineering and production talents of Kevin Jardine (Slaves on Dope, Monarchy), Special Ops captures ten tracks that display a fusion of the members’ diverse cultures.
From Akbar’s intricate native Middle Eastern influence of guitar finger picking/strumming to Abe’s unique blend of North American street-style vocal delivery, backed by a well-armed rhythm section of Waldo Thornhill’s thumping bass and drummer Clarence McGillacutty’s pounding fury, Special Ops have unleashed a direct hit to follow up their award nominated independent release “Phase 2: Amidst The Madness.”
You can download an MP3 of the song "Pressure" off of "Through the Heart Of The Infidel."
WISHDOOM has been confirmed for the UP THE HAMMERS VI FESTIVAL, along with RUTHLESS (USA), WHILE HEAVEN WEPT (USA), JAGUAR (UK), MARTYR (NL) and EMERALD (CH). The festival takes place March 11-12 in 2011. More...
More Deftones live dates have been announced in May and June. Here are the new dates:
May 1 - Frisco, TX - KDGE Edgefest @ Pizza Hut Parkon
June 19 - Scheessel, GER - Hurricane Festival
June 20 - Newhausen ob Eck, GER - Southside Festival
As previously reported, the band recently posted their video for "Rocket Skates" online, the first single off their upcoming album "Diamond Eyes," due out on May 18th. You can still download an MP3 of that song here as well.
Germany's Defeated Sanity has updated their upcoming tour schedule with the following string of dates:
3/27 2010 Alte Feuerwache Treptow Berlin, Germany
5/1 2010 Neurotic Deathfest Tilburg, Holland
5/2 2010 SWR Metalfest Barroselas, Portugal
5/4 2010 Le Sporting Les Landes-Genusson, France
5/5 2010 Lyon’s Hall Lyon, France
5/6 2010 Kiff Aarau, Switzerland
5/7 2010 Collosseum Club Kosice, Slovakia
5/8 2010 Chmelnice Prague, Czech Republic
5/21 2010 Prophecy Of Death @ Bambi Galore Hamburg, Germany
6/5 2010 Bang Cock Deathfest Bangkok, Thailand
6/10 2010 Deathfeast Open Air Hünxe, Germany
11/13 2010 Goremageddon Festival Görlitz, Germany
Swedish metallers Katatonia have checked in from the road with a new tour blog on Ultimate-guitar.com. An excerpt from the tour blog follows:
"The Preparations… As you probably know by know, we have two new session members in the band - Per 'Sodomizer' Eriksson on guitar which you might be familiar to some being the lead guitarist in Bloodbath and also the live guitar tech for Katatonia. Then we have a local bloke from Stockholm called Niklas 'Nille' Sandin on bass. What these guys both had in common when boarding the Katatonic ship was the big task of learning a minimum of 25 songs for us get this machinery rolling again. What made it a bit more complicated at this point was that we didn't have a place to rehearse any of this stuff. It might sound weird, but the truth is that we haven't had our own practice room since sometime back in the 90's and the few times we did rehearse in 2000's we mostly sneaked into other band's hangouts or went up to Avesta where the Norrman brothers could borrow a room, but with their departure from the band that room would also be gone. It took us about two months of actively hunting for a new place until we scored one in a suburb outside Stockholm that we contracted for 2010.
"With the calendar already saying February 1st, we now had one month to go until the tour kick off, so we booked the four following weekends to spend the time jamming it all out and also taking the opportunity to finally look over the big picture. You know, it's no secret we have a lot of keyboards and atmosphere on our albums, but we never had the chance to play them back live making our performance a bit dry, hollow and definitely missing some magic. Since the new album is our most electronic and atmospheric driven album to this date a solution was mandatory, so we decided that everything a keyboard player would normally do we'd invest in new gear and incorporate into backtracks and get the full production with us on the road to be able to take that further step up the ladder. More...
Lady S of Russian female-fronted black metal act Nocra has checked in with the following update about the band's new material:
"Well, here a few words about Nocra's new sound. In the end of December I started work with new songs for EP. But I was totally disappointed by sound. Of course it was cold/raw and etc. but it was dead sound without soul. I understand that need to find where roots of my problem. But problem was in digital technology. Yes, today its very easy to create digital home studio without a lot of money. Computer, microphone and a lot of VST plugins. But ...this sound did not give a pleasure for ears.
"So I decided to take a break with recording before I will get necessary tools. Yes it required a lot of money but I am glad about sound quality. Recording is still not completed but now ready first song which was recorded only with professional HQ analog tools. Some what I used : tube amp and tube pedal for guitars, large diaphragm condenser microphones, analog mixer and tube ultragain for true warm sound. Yes this songs sounds quieter than digital but I am not wanted to use compressors for high loudness to save original amplitude of sound . And here NO ONE post FX, no equalizers - so nothing what changed original sound - only real honest sound as can be listen before recording . Hope you're enjoy it!"
New Jersey metallers Operatika, who are currently in the process of writing an upcoming full-length album, have announced they will be performing two upcoming live shows in New York. The details of the tour dates are as follows:
4/8 2010 BLENDER THEATER AT GRAMERCY OPENING FOR FINNTROLL New York, NY, New York
5/22 2010 The Chance Poughkeepsie, New York
You can also check out sample Operatika tracks via the band's official MySpace page.
Warrior Soul has posted a music video online for the song "Bad News Rock and Roll Boyfriend," which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the clip:
"The video was directed by longtime Warrior Soul film director Adam Dubin who has previously directed two classic music videos for the band, 'Downtown' and 'The Wasteland.' It was great working with the Dub again. It's like going back to the scene of the crime! Warrior Soul's first show on their latest Euro tour will be in March 25 in Hamburg. The tour will take the band across Germany, The Netherlands and U.K. in support of their European CD release Destroy The War Machine."
Swedish black metal band SETHERIAL will hit the road with Impiety. The tour dates are as follows:
10.04-DE - Hessen @ KOBM Festival
11.04-DE - Berlin @ K17
12.04 - TBA
13.04-DE - Hamburg @ Markthalle
14.04-BE - Antwerpen @ De Rots
15.04-NL - Zaandam @ De Kade
16.04-DE - Greifswald @ Juz Klex
17.04-DE - Leipzig @ Hellraiser
18.04 - IT - Lonato @ Olden Live Club
19.04 - TBA
20.04 - AU - Vienna @ Escape Metalcorner
21.04 - HU - Budapest @ Blue Hell
22.04 - RO - Baia Mare @ tbc
23.04 - RO - Bucharest @ tbc
24.04 - UK - Hastings @ The Gallows
25.04 - UK - Nottingham @ The Central
26.04 - UK - London @ Purple Turtle
27.04 - UK - Bristol @ The Bierkeller
28.04 - TBA
29.04 - SP - Madrid @ tba
30.04 - SP - Coruna @ tba
01.05 - PT - Barroselas @ SWR Festival....
Los Angeles traditional heavy metal band WHITE WIZZARD has shared their thoughts on the upcoming UK tour, taking in this weekend's 3pm "Stage Two - Hammer Hounds Part I" Saturday slot at Hammerfest II and supporting EDGUY.
Lead singer Wyatt 'Screamin' Demon' Anderson comments, "I'm really excited about heading over to the U.K, to play Hammerfest and doing the tour with EDGUY! Can't wait to see some of the bands at Hammerfest as well, especially ICED EARTH and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, as I've been a fan of both for quite a long time! As with EDGUY, I'm really looking forward to the tour, getting to share the stage with such a great band! So, with that being said, get ready for the Wizzard to rock your asses off! See you all in a few days!" More...
Swiss power metal band Rizon has issued the following update:
"Rizon has a new female singer. Because Franziska decided to leave the band because of private reasons, we were looking the last few month for a new female singer.... and we succeeded now!
With Seraina, we have a young talented new singer who brings a lot of motivation and is blessed with a great voice!"
"We are now writing and arranging new songs for the upcoming album!"
Ragnarok has announced the following April UK shows:
23.04 - Leeds "Rios"
24.04 - London "Underworld" Infernal Damnation IV
25.04 - Exeter "Cavern"
26.04 - Glasgow "Ivory Blacks"
27.04 - TBA (UK) "TBA"
Finnish metal band Memoira has issued the following studio update:
"Me and Kati hit the studio yesterday and she did some vocals! Everything went simply great and we will be looking forward to do the rest of the songs."
Hail of Bullets has issued the following studio update:
"So we are almost finished with the sessions for the new Hail of Bullets studio album. We've been pretty busy these past few months, especially Ed who was and still is working his ass off handling all recording and editing chores. But we're not too far removed from finishing all the work! Martin will do vocals in a few weeks at Excess Studios where we also recorded the drums last month. Everything else was recorded at Ed’s home studio, the aptly named Warbunker. Mixing and mastering will once again be in the capable hands of mister Dan Swanö, crushing heaviness guaranteed!"
UK extreme metal band Imperial Vengeance has issued the following update:
"The eager-eyed fellows amongst you will have course noticed we have a new video up on YouTube for your pleasure and distraction. Those who haven't cast your gaze in its' direction yet, be sure to give it 5 minutes of your time. A word of warning though to our friends who prefer their metal grim/frostbitten/ brutal etc. - the video shows IV in a much lighter mode than is of our usual persuasion- so view with a sense of humour. (You never know you might even just like it.)"
"A little news on the creative front, a total of ten songs have now been outlined for the 'The Gas Light Arias,' (A few titles to moisten your collective palette: 'The Black Heart of Empire,' 'The Black Idol,' 'Veiled Threats Over Cocktails,' 'The Voice of Thelema,' 'A Prelude to Four,' 'The Ghost Light' and 'Out Went the Candle-And We Were Left, Darkling'); and we are delighted to reveal that the darkly Victorian flavour akin to the 'Aristocratic Sex Magick' mood on ATGDOTS is set to the max. The orchestrations, arrangements and lyrical meanderings are flying along at the moment, and whilst we have temporarily retreated from the trenches of WW1 to the dark drawing-rooms of the imagination, the horror prevails...." More...
German metal band EISREGEN has announced the following tour dates:
03.09.10 Nauen, "Rock for Roots" Festival
04.09.10 Hamburg, "Logo"
11.09.10 Kaiserslautern, "Kammgarn"
17.09.10 Geiselwind, "Music Hall"
18.09.10 Bochum, "Ruhrcongresshalle"
24.09.10 Stuttgart, "LKA Longhorn"
25.09.10 AT - Wien, "Gasometer"
02.10.10 Bischofswerda, "East Club"
08.10.10 AT - Salzburg, "Rockhouse"
09.10.10 München, "Backstage"
15.10.10 Memmingen, "Kaminwerk"
22.10.10 Darmstadt, "Steinbruchtheater"
23.10.10 Hannover, "Musikzentrum"
06.11.10 CH- Zürich, "Dynamo"
13.11.10 Leipzig, "Halle 5/Werk II"
20.11.10 Ottweiler, "Club Schulz"
Black metallers Sons of Fenris have posted a video clip online of their live performance at the Satanic Ritual Festival in Lorraine, France. The footage can be viewed below.
Vocalist Jape of Finland's To/Die/For has issued the following update about the band finishing the writing for a new album:
"Hey you Immortals. All songs for the To/Die/For's 6th album are composed. Songs are only waiting to be recorded. There is also gonna be a couple of songs which Jape and Tonmi did together in early 90´s with their band called Mary-Ann. Angelica song,which is on TO/DIE/FOR epilogue from the past best of...album will be fixed too. More low guitars and more 'balls' are gonna be there. Some songs are named but we have no name for the album yet.
"If the idea which we created lately will work (about how to handle money/labels,studio costs etc.) we can record the whole album in june/july i guess. But next days will tell us a lot so let´s just fucking wait. Before that Jape von Crow will have studio session with Sundown Sindrome in Germany between 28th.april to 8th.May. Sundown Sindrome´s first album will be released also in 2010. The rest of year 2010 is gonna be busy! but enjoyable.....hopefully!"
Swedish Viking death metal horde Unleashed have uploaded the title track for their upcoming release "As Yggdrasil Trembles." The song is available for streamign via their MySpace page. "As Yggdrasil Trembles" will be released on March 19th (Europe) and April 6th (North America).
The upcoming Unleashed tour dates are as follows:
3/20 2010 MINUS 30° Festival Luleå
5/8 2010 Walpurgis Metal Days Hauzenberg
7/2 2010 With Full Force Open Air Leipzig
8/7 2010 Wacken Open Air Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein
8/18 2010 Summer Breeze Festival Dinkelsbühl
U.K. metallers Warpath have announced that their track "Life Unworthy of Life" is now available for downloading on Rock Band for the XBOX 360. A video clip preview of the Rock Band version of the track can be viewed below. You can also hear the song at the official Warpath MySpace page. The upcoming Warpath tour dates are as follows:
3/27 2010 TRUE THRASH FEST - Day I Osaka, Japan
3/28 2010 TRUE THRASH FEST - Day II Osaka, Japan
4/6 2010 The Meze Lounge - Headlining Newport, UK
7/2 2010 The Snooty Fox - Headlining Wakefield, UK
7/3 2010Hobos - Headlining Bridgend, Wales
7/9 2010 C103 The Rock Show - Headlining Plymouth, UK
7/15 2010 The Central - Headlining Nottingham, UK More...
Front man Achamoth of German black metal act Infernal Rites has issued the following update about upcoming releases:
"Well, some new Releases in 2010. After the Release of 'Lord Of Wisdom,' I`m working on next album 'Blackthorns,' well some tracks are recorded, but I want to use more time in it. Then in summer, I want to release 'Infernal Possessions' - a compilation with rare demo tracks, and new recordings of old songs, a new track - completely a Compilation between the Years 1993 - 2010. This will be released as FREE Download again. Hope you like it!
"Than a Split with INFERNAL NATURE, (HAIL to you Bro Ferum!!!) and a German compilation called 'Sturmglanz' here u have the cover art, what will be used to 90%. That Compilation will be limited in 100 Pieces. Well, some people ask me, why I release LoW as free download. Here`s the simple answer: More...
New York hardcore act Sick Of It All are set to release their new album "Based On A True Story" via Century Media Records on April 20th, 2010. The cover artwork for the album can now be viewed here.
The "Based on a True Story" track listing is as follows:
1. Death Or Jail (2:51)
2. The Divide (2:50)
3. Dominated (2:09)
4. A Month Of Sundays (2:34)
5. Braveheart (0:45)
6. Bent Outta Shape (1:53)
7. Lowest Common Denominator (2:18)
8. Good Cop (2:29)
9. Lifeline (2:33)
10. Watch It Burn (2:34)
11. Waiting For The Day (2:25)
12. Long As She's Standing (2:34)
13. Nobody Rules (2:29)
14. Dirty Money (2:57)
You can also catch Sick Of It All live on the following dates: More...
After 25 years, 12 albums, over 2,500 shows, over 16 million albums sold worldwide, Tesla is planning a new live album entitled "Alive In Europe." The band has toured Europe after the successful release of their latest studio opus "Forever More" on Frontiers Records. "Alive In Europe" was recorded at various locations during the European shows in the summer of 2009 and is slated for an April 23, 2010 release.
"Alive In Europe" is filled with live songs including all the band’s classics such as “Modern Day Cowboy,” “Signs,” "What You Give,” "Little Suzi," and songs from the latest release such as the single “I Wanna Live,” the album title track and more. The complete tracklisting is as follows:
I Wanna Live
Modern Day Cowboy
What a Shame
What You Give
The Way It Is
Into the Now
Triptykon has announced their first concerts in Japan. These shows will be part of the Extreme The Dojo Vol. 25 tour, and Triptykon will play as double-headliners with Nile. The special guest for these concerts will be German group Obscura.
The Extreme The Dojo Vol. 25 dates are:
June 2, 2010: Osaka, Club Quattro
June 3, 2010: Nagoya, Club Quattro
June 4, 2010: Tokyo, O-East
Tom Gabriel Warrior comments: "In 2007, Japan was the setting for some of Celtic Frost's most extraordinary concerts ever. I am thus truly delighted to return and grateful that we will get a chance to perform Triptykon's mass of darkness there so early on in the band's career."
Triptykon has also been confirmed to headline the Jalometalli Festival in Oulu, Finland, on August 14, 2010.