Metal News for March 15, 2011
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Hansi Kürsch, the frontman of German power metal outfit Blind Guardian has posted a message online discussing the band's recent tour. He also discusses the future of his side project, Demonds & Wizards. His message reads as follows:
"Another year, another message. Here, as promised a little while ago, the ultimate report about what we were dealing with the past few months and what to expect for the upcoming year. I assume everyone reading these lines has had a chance to discover At the Edge of Time and hopefully still enjoys it as much as we do. The very positive feedback we have gotten worldwide is of course a strong motivation for us. As said at other places before, we consider this album as the perfect connection between new and old. It contains a little bit of everything but still has a strong musical thread running throughout and offers us many options for our next projects.
"It is no surprise when I tell you that the next journey will certainly lead us into an even more classical direction. There will be a few more trips to Prague necessary to finalize all orchestral recordings for our classical project but all things must come to an end eventually. The result of the stuff we have already recorded keeps me in a very good and optimistic mood, even though I consider the wait until the project’s completion very painful. Charlie (Bauerfeind) and I nonetheless will start working on the first vocal recordings during the next days. Since we will be interrupted by quite a lot of upcoming shows I would be happy if I were to find myself in a position to finish the first five songs vocalwise before the year is over. It is challenging stuff for everyone. One fine day, all of a sudden, when no one expects it, I will announce its completion. Certainly not within the next twelve months, but one very, very fine day.
From one long-term project to another. As we had time to share some serious moments with each other during the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise (somewhere on the oceans of time) Jon (Schaffer; Iced Earth) and I had finally found the chance to put our minds together for a possible next Demons & Wizards album. We cheerfully simultaneously announced our wish to start working on it as quickly as possible. Although time is an issue for both of us we nonetheless decided to start songwriting together during the European summer festival season when Jon will be in Europe for Iced Earth performances. During that season we will use every possible moment to complete as much material as possible. To guarantee a good-mood-songwriting feeling I have already saved some good bottles of red wine and a smaller amount of Johnny Walker black label in our studio. Things are still in the mist but we are about to recognize structures of a busy future. More...
Polish death metal veterans Vader haved announced that they have begun recording their new studio album. A message from the group reads as follows:
"We started new recordings in Hertz Studios in Bialystok. We spent the whole afternoon being setting up drum kit, testing new skins and cymbals. There was also time to familiarize with new architecture of lately much rebuilded studio. Day One in production of Welcome To The Morbid Reich. We plan to record nine-ten fresh songs and three bonus pieces: redux of one old Vader classic (which is gonna be added to the refreshed live set for summer) and two cover songs (those will be kinda surprise for many for sure).
"Spider also prepared few songs for the record and this will be his debut in Vader as a composer. There will be several studio reports available soon. The first episode should be ready by the end of March. You will be informed about the progress of the album. Welcome to the new world of the Morbid Reich!"
British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost have announced that their forthcoming show in London, at which they will perform their album, "Draconian Times" in it's entirety, will be filmed for a future DVD release.
A message from the band reads as follows:
"We have some very exciting news today! The upcoming show in London for the Draconian Times tour is now going to be filmed for a brand new live DVD! If you haven't already got your tickets for this show, make sure you pick some up now and come join in for a once-in-a-lifetime show made even more unique!"
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories from metal shows. In this week's edition of Pit Stories, vocalist/guitarist Eric Horner from Throne of Malediction shares a story of a groupie cat fight:
I had a fun time at a Cradle of Filth/Nachtmystium show at The Knitting Factory, February 12th, in Spokane Washington. Seeing killer bands in my local area and gaining VIP access (along with my key player, Nick), thanks to Blake from Nachtmystium, were highlights. While watching and filming Cradle of Filth play in the VIP section, a few ladies decided to duke it out. One of them was a lady that was hanging out with me and the band members earlier. It was quite a surreal sight, seeing a brawl, with a great band playing. Kind of made my show better, to say the least.
I took some video of the scene. Along with other footage from the show. I am not sure why they even battled, but it was kind of interesting, unexpected, scene. There were hair extensions laying about afterward. The VIP section had a blast swinging them about and fashioning fake beards from the hair pieces. I also heard there was a fight in the pit around the same time. Must have been the metal-hungry crowd in Spokane, Washington. I want to thank the bands for stopping out!
You can check out several Throne of Malediction songs available for streaming or free download through the band's Revernation page.
Be sure to check back next Tuesday for more pit stories.
As previously announced, Across Tundras has signed with Neurot Recordings for the release of the band's newest full-length opus. The cover artwork can be viewed at this location.
The seven-song album, entitled "Sage," is now officially confirmed for North American release on May 17th, 2011. Neurot label owner, Neurosis’ Steve Von Till, exposes a bit of insight on the new album: "Lurking somewhere between unearthed, aged, haunted Americana and the psychedelic sludge scraped from the edges of the cosmos, Across Tundras’ new artifact Sage explores new territory, that while at once, rooted in history, and soaked firmly in the rich soil they cultivate, rises above the arcane to the sound of what will become."
The "Sage" track listing is as follows:
1. In the Name of River Grand
2. Hijo de Desierto
3. Buried Arrows
4. The Book of Truth
5. Tchulu Junction
6. Mean Season Movin’ On
7. Shunka Sapa
The band also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
American death metal veterans Hate Eternal has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Phoenix Amongst The Ashes." You can check it out below. The record will be released through Metal Blade Records on May 10th. The band has also revealed the track listing for the album which is as follows:
2. The Eternal Ruler
3. Thorns of Acacia
4. Haunting Abound
5. The Art of Redemption
6. Phoenix Amongst the Ashes
9. Lake Ablaze
10. The Fire of Resurrection More...
American death metal veterans Exhumed have revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "All Guts, No Glory," which will be released in North America on July 5th. You can check out the artwork below. This will be the group's first album since 2003's, "Anatomy Is Destiny." The band has also revealed the track listing for the record which is as follows:
1. All Guts, No Glory
2. As Hammer To Anvil
3. Your Funeral, My Feast
4. Through Cadaver Eyes
5. Death Knell
6. Distorted And Twisted To Form
7. I Rot Within
8. Dis-assembly Line
11. So Let it Be Rotten…So Let it Be Done More...
The Very End has checked in with the following update about guitarist René Bogdanski missing upcoming live shows due to illness:
"The Very End's first official video clip, shot by Filmefahrer Pictures for the song 'A Hole In The Sun,' hasn't only been watched online more than 20.000 times since its premiere 4 weeks ago (Keep on watching, folks!!), but the current issue of Germany's #1 metal magazine, Rock Hard, includes a DVD featuring the clip!
"Guitarist René Bogdanski has unfortunately been struck by an infect. Doctors say the therapy will last for approximately one to one and a half months, so obviously he will not be able to perform on stage in Herne on march 18th. The Very End is happy to temporarily add Dennis Baron (Final Depravity, Deus Inversus, Harasai) to their ranks, who will shred the 6-string at the Herne show."
The band's upcoming live shows are as follows:
March 18th, 2011 - Herne (GER), Heisterkamp (+ Menerra, Punch'n'Judy, Sanity's Eclipse)
April 8th, 2011 - Ingolstadt (GER), Paradox (+ Symbolic, Worhsip, Rotting Empire)
April 30th, 2011 - Aalen (GER), Rock It (+ Apophis, Anubis)
May 13th, 2011 - Ahaus (GER), Logo (+ Hatedotcom, Crossplane, Nihilion and support)
May 14th, 2011 - Essen (GER), Zeche Carl (+ Motorjesus, Night In Gales, Grind Inc, Harasai, Final Depravity, Diaroe)
May 20th, 2011 - Wermelskirchen (GER), Bahndamm (+ Morgoth & support)
May 21st, 2011 - Bremen (GER), Tower (+ Morgoth & support)
July 1st, 2011 - Essen (GER), Turock (+ Sacred Reich)
September 24th, 2011 - Bochum (GER), Matrix (+ Failed Perfection and support)
October 14th, 2011 - Den Haag (NL), Paard von Troje (+ Carach Angren, The Dead Normality)
October 22nd, 2011 - Hagen (GER), Werkhof
November 12th, 2011 - Duisburg (GER), Mühle (+ Warfield Within, Into Darkness, Aardvarks, Blood Of God)
Japan’s Gallhammer has completed work on its third studio album, titled "The End," to be released April 25th on Peaceville Records. Founding member Vivian Slaughter (bass/vocals) describes the overall album direction as "strange and psychedelic experimental sounds of doom."
"The End" was recorded at Void)))Lab, Tokyo, in October 2010, and mastered in Oslo in February 2011 by Vivian and Maniac (Skitliv, ex-Mayhem). The track listing is as follows:
1. The End
2. Rubbish CG202
5. Entropy G35
As was previously announced, Terror will be co-headlining alongside Stick To Your Guns for a series of tour dates with support from Trapped Under Ice, Close Your Eyes, and Your Demise. More dates have now been added to the North American tour. The currently announced dates are as follows:
4/2/11 US VA Richmond The Canal Club
4/13/11 US NY Albany Bogies
4/14/11 US NY Buffalo Mohawk Place
4/15/11 US MA Worcester The Palladium
4/16/11 CA QC Gatineau St-Als
4/17/11 CA QC Montreal La Tulipe
4/18/11 CA QC Quebec Le Cercle
4/19/11 CA ON Toronto The Annex Wreck Room
4/20/11 US MI Detroit Magic Stick
4/21/11 US IA Iowa City Blue Moose Tap House
4/22/11 US MN Minneapolis Triple Rock
4/23/11 US NE Omaha Sokol Underground
4/24/11 US SD Rapid City Dublin Square
4/26/11 US ID Boise Mardi Gras Events
4/27/11 US WA Seattle Chop Suey
4/28/11 US OR Portland Branx
4/29/11 US NV Sparks The Alley
4/30/11 US CA Oakland Metro Operahouse
5/1/11 US CA Canoga Park Cobalt Café
5/2/11 US CA San Diego Soma Sidestage
5/3/11 US CA Anaheim Chain Reaction
5/4/11 US AZ Mesa The Nile
5/5/11 US NM Albuquerque Launchpad
5/6/11 US CO Denver Marquis Theater
5/7/11 US KS Wichita Eagles Lodge
5/8/11 US TX Dallas Trees
5/9/11 US TX San Antonio White Rabbit
5/10/11 US TX Houston Warehouse Live
5/11/11 US AR Little Rock Downtown Music Hall
5/12/11 US GA Atlanta The Masquerade
5/13/11 US FL Tampa The Orpheum
5/14/11 US FL Ft. Lauderdale Rockettown
5/15/11 US FL Jacksonville Jack Rabbits
5/16/11 US NC Raleigh The Brewery
5/17/11 US KY Corbin Corbin Tech Center
5/18/11 US MO St. Louis Fubar
5/19/11 US IL Chicago Bottom Lounge
5/20/11 US WI Milwaukee The Rave
5/21/11 US OH Cleveland Heights Grog Shop
5/22/11 US MD Baltimore Sonar Club Stage
5/23/11 US WV Huntington Hybar
5/24/11 US VA Virginia Beach Skate High
5/25/11 US NY Syracuse Lost Horizon
5/26/11 US NJ Clifton Dingbatz
As Blood Runs Black has now released the band's new album "Instinct" through Mediaskare Records. In support of the new release, the band is touring across the U.S. on the Atticus Metal Tour with Darkest Hour, Born of Osiris, and The Human Abstract. Sleeping Giant will be special guests during the west coast dates of the tour. For additional information and tour dates visit the band's Facebook page at this location.
Drummer Lech states: "No words can even express the excitement of finally having a new record out. It's been a long, brutal and bumpy road. It feels good to finally step over that hurdle. It's great to see all our hard work is paying off. The turnouts and participation on the 'Atticus Metal Tour' have been strong and the feedback/response we've been receiving has far exceeded our expectations. This type of thing doesn't happen too often to bands in similar situations. We owe it all to our fans! They've allowed us to put the past behind us and gave us the chance to continue and further our legacy. We would like to thank them all for this blessing and opportunity because without them, we wouldn't have a dream to live.
“With Instinct finally done we can now project our energy towards playing shows and touring the world. Be sure to catch us on tour, and don't be afraid to come hangout and introduce yourself. See you on the road!"
During a recent stop in Baltimore, MD, Trap Them vocalist Ryan McKenney intervened when a heckler starting abusing the band and the crowd. You can check out footage of the event, recorded by Metalinjection.net, in the player below.
The Haunted will be dropping "Unseen" in Europe on March 21st and in North America on March 22nd. The band has now teamed up with Metalsucks.net to stream all the songs from "Unseen" online. Head over to this location to listen to the new album.
You can also check out the trailer for the album by clicking here. The track listing for the upcoming release is as follows:
1. Never Better
2. No Ghost
3. Catch 22
7. The Skull
8. Ocean Park
9. The City
11. All Ends Well
Season of Mist, in collaboration with Greyhaze Records, will be releasing the debut album from Nader Sadek on May 16th in Europe and May 17th in North America.
So far Egyptian-born artist Nader Sadek was mostly known as the designer responsible for the stage imagery on Mayhem's 2009 U.S. tour, but he decided to delve deeper into the metal world by forming his own project. He then teamed up with Rune Eriksen (AVA INFERI, AURA NOIR, ex MAYHEM), Steve Tucker (ex MORBID ANGEL), and Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY) to create a death metal project under his own name.
The artist recently commented on "In the Flesh", Nader Sadek's debut: "We created a monstrous machine of an art piece that I believe will shock the senses and open people's minds. The hybrid of influences is by far one of the most unique works to have come out in recent memory. Flo's attack resembles machinery inside a tank on a battlefield, while still being able to lucratively reproduce the sound of hive of knives swarming and tearing skin to vapor. Each hit and bang is strategically and intelligently placed. Building on top are the mind bending guitars of Rune, which quickly stab razor-like, shredding the inner layers of the skin with palm muted aggression and psychopathic minor chords, creating a sculpture of flesh and metallic bone. Flowing into the bloodstream of this skeleton immortal life is injected though the burning voice of a god, Steve performs with aggression and anger unheard before. I am truly proud of this creation and grateful to my new brothers. I cannot wait for it to be unleashed onto the world!"
"Being part of this first album was something amazing!" drummer Flo Mounier adds. "It's always great working with professionals to create music that's new and different. Rune, Steve and Nader have become good buddies in the process and we look forward to writing new stuff under the Nader Sadek name. That fact that all our backgrounds in life and music are so different enables us to create uniqueness!"
The track listing is as follows:
3. Of this Flesh (Novus Deus)
4. Exhaust Capacitor
6. Rusted Skin
7. Mechanic Idolatry
9. Nigredo in Necromance More...
French extreme metal outfit Gojira has announced that the band is currently at work on both a live DVD, and the next full length studio album. A message from the band reads as follows:
"We are currently working on a live DVD with important bonus section: The Way Of All Flesh From The Inside, the Sea Shepherd EP, (a non profit operation with a lot of people involved is a bit complicated to wrap, but we're getting there and we promise to release these songs soon).
"We're also composing a new album! We've written pretty much half of it, and we are very excited by this new material. It's a big step for us. These songs are original and a good reflection of what we are today.
"We are so focused on these things, that sometimes we forget to communicate with you guys, but we'll try to post more updates from now on. Big thanks to all of you for your patience and support. Cheers from the practice room!"
Gore metal pioneers Necrophagia will be back with a new album on May 16th (one day later in North America). "Deathtrip 69," the band's fifth official full-length was recorded at Last House On The Left Studios in Ohio, USA. The recording was produced by Killjoy and guitarist Boris Randall. The cover concept and title track are based on the "Manson Family" ordeal of the late 1960's. You can check out the cover below.
The "Deathtrip 69" track listing is as follows:
1. Naturan Demonto
2. Beast with Feral Claws
3. Tomb with a View
4. Suffering Comes in Sixes
5. A Funeral for Solange
7. Bleeding Eyes of the Eternally Damned
8. Trick R' Treat (The Last Halloween)
9. Deathtrip 69
10. Death Valley 69
British heavy metal legends Iron Maiden have announced that they will be releasing a new compilation album entitled, "From Fear To Eternity: The Best Of 1990-2010." As the title suggests, this collection will feature songs which span from 1990's, "No Prayer For The Dying" through to 2010's, "The Final Frontier." You can check out the artwork below. The compilation will span two discs and feature the following songs:
1. The Wicker Man
2. Holy Smoke
3. El Dorado
5. Different World
6. Man On The Edge (Live)
7. The Reincarnation Of Benjamin Breeg
8. Blood Brothers
10. Sign Of The Cross (Live)
11. Brave New World
12. Fear Of The Dark (Live)
1. Be Quick Or Be Dead
3. No More Lies
4. Coming Home
5. The Clansman (Live)
6. For The Greater Good of God
7. These Colours Don't Run)
8. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
9. Afraid To Shoot Strangers
10. Dance Of Death
11. When The Wild Wind Blows More...
Metal Blade Records has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Intensus:
"Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of Intensus, an exciting and unique recording project masterminded by multi-instrumentalist Eli Litwin, drummer of Knife the Glitter, Burden, Normal Love and others. A resident of Philadelphia for many years, Litwin has been active in the local metal and underground rock scenes, as well as the avant-garde/improvised music scene. Through merging and reinterpreting these dynamic scenes, the vision for Intensus was born: an improvised extreme metal album with one goal in mind—intensity.
"The first, self-titled Intensus album features vocals from Tommy Rogers (Between the Buried and Me), Robert Meadows (A Life Once Lost), Jesse Korman (The Number Twelve Looks Like You), Chris Alfano (East of the Wall / Postman Syndrome), Jerry Jones (Trophy Scars), Travis Weinand (Burden / Tetsuo), Evan Moore (Gypsy Wig / Birth Screams), and Ruston Grosse. Also featured on the album, Alex Nagle (Satanized / ex-Normal Love) and Jason Herrmann (Burden / Tetsuo) lend their guitar shredding skills for 2 incredible solos."
Eli Litwin comments: "It is an incredible honor to be signed with Metal Blade Records. Cannibal Corpse’s The Bleeding was one of the first metal albums I ever heard so I feel as though things have really come full circle. I am beyond excited that such an important and influential label will be releasing my music to the world."
Guest vocalist Tommy Rogers of Between The Buried And Me, comments: "Working on the Intensus record was a breath of fresh air. It was nice to take a totally different approach to writing and recording. When Eli sent me the songs he told me he had written a lot of the material through improv. So I decided to take the same route and write/record the vocals on the fly. It was a very exciting experience. My motivation: let go and destroy my fucking voice. This music is truly intense and I'm very happy to be a part of it." More...
Long Island, NY’s Misery released "Evil is Crowned" on February 15th, 2011. The album was recorded at Systems 2 Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY and was mastered at Manhattan’s world-famous Sterling Sound. Production credits on Evil is Crowned go to Joey Z of Life of Agony. The album was released through Super Metal Records.
Misery has now announced upcoming New York performances this spring. The band is also planning on announcing a few upcoming New Jersey performances as well. Those shows will be announced as they are confirmed. The currently announced shows are as follow:
Manhattan, NY - April 23rd @ Fontana's
New Hyde Park, NY - May 6th @ Dublin Pub
Brooklyn, NY - May 7th @ The Trash Bar
Brooklyn, NY - June 3rd @ Production Lounge
Music lesson web site www.PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring guitar and bass lesson videos with Mike Schleibaum, Paul Burnette, and Mike "Lonestar" Carrigan from Darkest Hour. The following lessons are now available:
Bass warm up exercises
Beyond the Life You Know
Savor the Kill
The Last Dance Massacre
The Last Dance Massacre Part 2
The World Engulfed In Flames
Your Every Day Disaster
A preview lesson of "Beyond the Life you Know" is available for viewing at this location.
Norwegian musical mastermind Ihsahn (formerly of Emperor) will be making a U.K. festival appearance at the upcoming Bloodstock Open Air. Ihsahn will be appearing on the Ronnie James Dio stage.
"I have strong musical bonds to the UK, both as fan and artist" declares Ihsahn. “I played my first UK show back in 1993 but this will be my first open-air appearance and I’m really looking forward to it.”
The festival takes place from August 12th - 14th and additional details are available at the Bloodstock website here. Ihsahn also recently announced he has contributed guest vocals to the Devin Townsend album "Deconstruction."
Although the 2011 Jägermeister Music Tour featuring Buckcherry recently wrapped up its U.S. run, there’s still plenty of rock left to share. This week, there are not one, buttwo episodes of JägerTV. You can check out the two video clips with headliners Buckcherry below.
David Ellefson of Megadeth has checked in from Moscow with a video update from the European Carnage tour. You can check out the video clip below.
David Ellefson and Chris Broderick also have a series of upcoming meet and greet sessions. Details can be found at this location.
Danish metal act Illdisposed has announced a series of upcoming tour dates in support of the band's new album "There Is Light (But It's Not For Me)." The updates list of tour dates is as follows:
01.04. DK Svendborg - Harders
02.04. DK Roskilde - Gimle
08.04. DK Lyngby - Templet
09.04. DK Copenhagen - The Rock
15.04. DK Kolding - Pitstop
16.04. DK Sønderborg - Sønderborghus
20.04. DK Frederikshavn - Det Musiske Hus
21.04. NO Stavanger - Tribute
22.04. NO Kristiansand - På Hjørnet
23.04. NO Oslo - Inferno Fest
28.04. DK Aarhus - Voxhall
29.04. DK Randers - Tante Olga
30.04. DK Odense - Posten
13.05. DE Rostock - Zuckerfabrik
16.05. DE Berlin - Cassiopeia
17.05. DE Marburg - KFZ
18.05. DE Weinheim - Cafe Central
19.05. DE Stuttgart - JUHA West
20.05. CH Bern - ISC Club
21.05. AT Millstatt - Bergwerk
24.05. SLO Ljubljana - Menza Pri Koritu
25.05. AT Vienna - Viper Room
26.05. AT Graz - Explosiv
16.07. DE Rotenburg Wümme - Metal Splash Open Air
The band is also currently streaming a new song from the album online titled "Heaven Forbid." Details can be found at this location.
Inmoria has issued the following announcement signing a record deal for the digital release of the band's upcoming album:
"We are pleased to confirm that we now have signed a worldwide deal with Metalbox Recordings (England) for the digital release of our second studioalbum: 'A Farewell To Nothing – The Diary Part I' (The physical release of the album will be handled by Rock It Up Records GMBH). Release date May/June 2011 (TBC)."
The teaser trailer for the new album "A Farewell to Nothing - The Diary Part I" is also available for viewing at this location.
Greek power metal outfit Firewind has posted a new music video online for the song "Embrace The Sun." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's latest studio album, "Days Of Defiance," which is out now through Century media Records.
Guitarist Hiro of Japanese act Metal Safari has checked in with the following update about the band's condition after the recent disaster in Japan:
"Thank you everyone for giving me message. Us Metal Safari members are all OK. But the earthquake didn't stop yet. I'm careful. Now we can't use electric power for 3 hours 2 times area by area.
"That's not a problem for me. I want to cooperate with economy in power consumption with pleasure. The people of the disaster areas are having big problems now. Please help them. I'll inform you more again. Later."
You can also check out Metal Safari's music by heading over to the band's MySpace profile.
Visions of Atlantis has checked in with the following update about appearing at the Hell Over Vellach 2011 festival:
"Hey Guys and Girls! Visions of Atlantis is confirmed for this year's edition of Austrian Hell Over Vellach Festival which will take place from the 22nd to 23rd of July 2011 in Obervellach.
"Follow the link at this location to get more information about the festival. Stay tuned, VoA :-)"
You can also check out the band's music video for "New Dawn" by clicking here. "New Dawn" is off the band's latest album "Delta," which was released on March 15th in North America.
After five years, Dragonland's fifth album and follow up to 2006's "Astronomy" is nearing completion. The album is set to be recorded at Hansen Studios starting May 31st. Guitarist Olof Mörck commented on the twelve songs to be recorded:
"After 5 years of doing concepts, writing lyrics and composing we are seeing the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel! After 'Astronomy' we knew we needed to explore our music further not to risk becoming a band that releases music every year cast in the same mold, so the idea from the beginning was; what would it be like with a metal album based in fantasy that respects the literary genre, that actually tries to be mature and that enriches said fantasy world with inspiration from millenias of human mythology? To make a neoclassical album filled with overly bombastic clichés of steel clad warriors was out of the question - instead we explored the themes and sounds around various fantasy movies, new and old, and also countless computer RPG soundtracks to infuse the musical aspect with a genuine fantasy feel, and as previously stated heaps and stacks of tomes on every mythological tale from Gilgamesh to the Aeneid provided a genuine and credible backdrop to the story.
"The album is genuinely a concept album in every aspect, and we will collaborate with some truly gifted artists who are experts in this genre to bring our world to life visually - more on that soon.
Prepare yourself to be engulfed in a world of enchanting phantasy and songs of swirling magic later this year!"
Dragonland also recently signed to AFM Records. The statement from the band can be found here.
Swedish heavy metal outfit Grand Magus has announced that the band has been forced to cancel a planned European tour with Grave Digger, after drummer Sebastian was hospitalized with blood clots in his leg. A message from the band reads as follows:
"It is with deep sadness we deliver the the news that Grand Magus drummer Sebastian has been afflicted with deep vein thrombosis - blood clots in the deep veins of the legs. The immediate effect of this is that he can't play at all because of the pain and swelling. However, this is a serious condition that must be treated immediately to avoid that the clots travels to the lungs. He's in hospital at the moment and will initially be treated via injections and pills with anti-coagulation medicine. For the duration of the treatment he'll have to be checked daily at the hospital. Anti-coagulation medicine also has dangerous side effects, most obvious that bleeding or blows to the body must be avoided at all costs, since the blood won't stop flowing. In the case of internal bleeding it could be lethal.
"Grand Magus wish to extend their deepest apologies to all who were looking forward to bang their heads to Magus during this european tour, and also to Grave Digger. This is a terrible situation, but really a case of Force Majeure and not something that can be solved in any other way due to the circumstances."
The organiser's of Great Britain's Damnation Festival has announced the first batch of bands for this year's event. Polish death metal veterans Decapitated will be performing their only show in the U.K. at the festival, where they will be joined by crust punk legends Doom, progressive rock outfit Amplifier and blackened doom metal band, Dragged Into The Sunlight. The event will be held at Leeds Union University on Bonfire Night, Saturday, November 5th.
Former Skid Row vocalist Sebastian Bach has posted another message online, updating fans on the progress of his new studio album, which is expected to be released this Summer through Frontiers Reords. His message reads as follows:
"Today we begin recording the bass guitar on the record! This record will be the first I have ever done as a 3 piece. Nick Sterling is a monster bass player & if anyone else played on the record I would just say 'play it like Nick did', so hey why not let the man himself handle the low end. Maybe the back cover will feature us 3 in Kimonos ala Rush 2112. I can see it now hahaha! Everything is sounding killer!"
The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced that three more bands have been confirmed for this year's event. The biggest announcement comes in the form of The Darkness, who have recently reunited and are expected to be releasing a new album by the end of the year.
Also confirmed for festival are Funeral For A Friend and Kverlatak. The event takes place at Donington Castle from June 10th - 12th and will feature the following lineup: More...
Swedish heavy metal outfit Hammerfall has announced that the band will be releasing the brand new studio album, "Infected" on May 20th. The album consists eleven songs, and the limited first edition will also include a bonus DVD with unreleased video material of five of the "Infected" tracks. The record was produced by James Michael, who has previously worked with the likes of Motley Crue and the Scorpions.
"James helped us create something that was new and exciting while still in the line of our heritage," Oscar Dronjak, guitar player and founder of the band, explains.
“Never before have we sounded this fresh and up to date without losing the essence of what HammerFall is all about: Pure 'Infected' Heavy Metal!” comments vocalist and frontman Joacim Cans.
"You will experience us like you've never done before! We've got a lot of fresh influences shining through in the music, but everything you love about HammerFall will still be there," says Oscar. "This is HammerFall in 2011, the legend has been reborn!"
Kvohst, vocalist of the British/Norwegian black metal act Code, has left the band. Code guitarist Aort has posted the following statement online, announcing the departure:
"With regret, I would like to announce that Kvohst has left Code in order to concentrate on his own music with Hexvessel and vocals with Dodheimsgard. I, of course, wish him all the best for the future and extend my thanks for 10 years of pleasurable and productive work together.
"This is not the end, but hopefully a shift in course to fresh destinations.
"I have been working with a great new musical lineup over the last half a year or so to really hone where the new album will be heading. I have been working on this new album for the last two years and we all believe very strongly in it's potential as a dynamic follow-up to 'Resplendent Grotesque'.
"How this will be realised vocally is not clear at the moment. There are many questions that remain unanswered... but there are irons in fires. The one certainty is that I am as determined as I have ever been and I will put the same unflinching soul and dedication into the future as I have with both of our albums to date. I also have new projects afoot which will up the ante in terms of brutality and darkness so please keep your eyes peeled for more information.
"Thanks, as ever, to all those who find a home within Code's musical endeavours… Your continued support is always massively appreciated."
Devin Townsend has posted the following statement online announcing plans to release a new live concert DVD as well as a new box set:
"So this intense period of time that has resulted in the four albums of the Devin Townsend Project, as well as a new band, and a bevy of other things is cresting at the end of this year in some VERY special shows!
"I will be performing each album in its entirety for a DVD as well as album release to coincide with the boxset. These shows are very exclusive and will be held in special venues in the U.K., and seating will be limited. The tickets will go on sale soon and it's best to reserve if you want to be a part of this.
"I have been planning these shows with the new management and we believe that this year will end in some pretty special ways. Preparations have begun now, and we would love you to be a part of it."
The Crimson Armada has posted the following update online, announcing the replacements for its recently departed Drummer and Guitarist.
"Hey guys. Just wanted to fill in everyone with the obvious lineup change and clear up any confusion regarding new members. We have recruited Brandon McMaster (formerly of Sleeping with Sirens) on guitar and Jordan Matz (formerly of Like Moths to Flames) on drums. Josh and David left the band earlier this year on mutual terms and with zero hard feelings.
"Both of them decided that a career in full time touring was not for them and are pursuing other non-musical endeavors. Again, this is NO bad blood between us (some of us actually all still live together off tour). We are really excited to have Brandon and Jordan and to continue on the new direction for TCA.
"This change in lineup does not affect our style or ANY of our material at all. David and Josh’s decision to leave the band was thought out as far back as early fall 2010 before the Miss May I tour. We wish them the best and are stoked to move on with the new and improved Crimson lineup."
Austrailian metalcore act Parkway Drive has revealed the dates for its upcoming headline tour of Europe. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
06/10 Interlaken, SWI – Greenfield
06/11 Munster, GER – Vainstream
06/12 Trier, GER – Never Say Die! Open Air
06/13 St. Petersburg, RUS – Glav Club
06/14 Moscow, RUS – Tochka Club
06/15 Ekaterinburg, RUS – TeleClub
06/17 Scheessel, GER – Hurricane
06/18 Gothenburg, SWE – Metal Town
06/19 Nuehausen, GER – Southside
06/21 Dublin, IRE – The Academy
06/22 Belfast, IRE – The Speakeast
06/24 Dessel, BEL – Graspop Festival
06/25 Imola, ITA – Sonisphere Festival
06/26 Badalona, SPA – Estraperlo Club
06/28 Mallorca, SPA – Sala Assaig
06/29 A Coruna, SPA – Sala Ola Green
07/01 Roskilde, DEN – Roskilde Fest
07/02 Park Brakkenstein, NET – Forta Rock
07/03 Roitzschjora, GER – With Full Force Festival
07/04 Hradec Kralove, CZE – Rock For People
07/06 Bucharest, ROM – Fabrica
07/10 Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere Festival
07/11 Ljubljana, SLO – Orto Bar
07/13 Tokaj, HUN – Hegyalja Fest
Parkway Drive was also nominated in the "Best Breakthrough" category of the Metal Hammer Golden God 2011 awards.
A new Protest the Hero song titled "The Reign of Unending Terror" has been posted online for streaming. The song is taken from the band's forthcoming full length album "Scurrilous" which is set to hit store shelves on March 22, 2011 through Vagrant Records. You can check out the new song in the player below. You read the Metalunderground.com review for "Scurrilous" at this location.
Crown the Lost has posted never before seen behind-the-scenes footage of the recording process for the forthcoming album, "Cold Pestilent Hope." The video footage was shot during March - August 2010 and edited by Mike Marsh.
The band recently posted the official music video for the song "Separate Blood From Waste."
Swedish melodic metallers In Flames have scheduled several off-dates from their upcoming appearance on the 2011 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival. Support on the special shows will come from Trivium, Kingdom Of Sorrow, and Straight Line Stitch. You can view the dates, cities and venues in the list below.
07/18 Omaha, NE – Sokol Auditorium
07/25 Niagara Falls, NY – Rapids Theater
07/26 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights
08/01 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
While She Sleeps has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Be(lie)ve" and can be viewed in the player below.
The new single from heavy metal veterans Pentagram has been posted online. The new single, titled "Treat Me Right," is available for streaming below and is taken from the band's forthcoming full-length and Metal Blade Records debut "Last Rites." The album is set to be released on April 12th, 2011 through Metal Blade Records.
Miami, Florida progressive hardcore act Capsule has revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of the United States. You can view the list of dates, cities and venues below.
03/20 Chicago, IL – Kostner House
03/21 Grand Rapids, MI – DAAC
03/22 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
03/23 Pittsburgh, PA – TBA
03/24 Bethlehem, PA – St.Bernards
03/25 New York City ,NY – The Acheron
03/26 Boston, MA – O’Briens
03/27 New York City, NY – Silent Barn
03/28 Philadelphia, PA – Marvelous Records
03/29 Baltimore, MD – The Bell Foundry
03/30 Washington, DC – Corpse Fortress
03/31 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
04/01 Greensboro, NC – Legitimate Business
04/02 Harrisonburg, VA – Macrock (Blue Nile)
04/03 Chapel Hill, NC – The Resevoir
04/04 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern
After The Burial has posted a new remix of its track "Pi" online. You listen to the song in the player below. The band commented on the track by saying:
"'Pi' was written and recorded only a few days before the completion of the Master copy, at around 10 am, with a couple of serious hangovers. Justin and I had talked about having a classical guitar intro into some sort of heavier riffage, but we weren't quite sure what that was exactly going to be."