Metal News for March 18, 2009
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36 news articles posted on this day.
UNEARTH is teaming up with Artificial Army to shoot a video for their song "Grave of Opportunity" from their latest album, "The March," on Thursday March 19th. The video is set for release during their North American tour with Testament and Lazarus A.D., which kicks off in Seattle on May 2nd.
Vocalist Trevor Phipps comments, "This video will be a lot different than any of our other videos. We are looking to mix things up and not just make the same old boring ass videos most everyone else makes. It might rule and it might suck. My money is on ruling."
Here are the latest UNEARTH tour dates with Testament and Lazarus A.D.: More...
Amon Amarth has confirmed more dates on the Latin American tour:
May 05 Buenos Aires, Argentina - The End
May 07 Santiago de Chile, Chile - Teatro Novedades
May 10 Sao Paulo, Brazil - Citibank Hall
May 12 Caracas, Venezuela - venue TBA
May 14 Bogota, Colombia - Teatro metropol
May 17 Mexico City, Mexico - Circo Volador
More shows to be added.
Here is a list of upcoming Amon Amarth tour dates: More...
SAHG has found a new drummer and issued the following update:
"After a long search we finally got ourselves a new drummer! His name is Thomas Lønnheim, and things work very well with him.
"The last 4-5 months we have been working on new songs, and the outlines of the next album is now slowly taking shape. It will soon be time to start planning the practical details."
Currently four festival appearances have been confirmed:
April 8, 2009 - Norway, Oslo, Inferno Festival
May 22, 2009 - Germany, Aurich, Wacken Rocks Festival
May 23, 2009 - Germany, Kreuth, Wacken Rocks Festival
July 11, 2009 - Norway Rock Festival
Pain, featuring Hypocrisy's Peter Tägtgren, will be recording the video for the song "Monkey Business" on March 23 and 24 when they play at Zenith in Paris, France.
"Monkey Business" comes off of Pain's 2008 album, "Cynic Paradise."
German gothic metal band CORONATUS has annonced a few live shows. The dates are as follows:
17.05.2009 Ludwigsburg, Rockfabrik w/ Eigensinn
18.10.2009 Wieze (BE), Metal Female Voices Fest w/ t.b.a.
24.10.1009 Friedewald, MetalFest w/ t.b.a.
30.01.2010 Stuttgart-Botnang, Intus w/ t.b.a.
Swedish blackened death metal band Godphobia has signed to Noisehead Records for the release of their new album, “As Maggots Crawl.”
Godphobia was formed 2006 in Stockholm, Sweden and released their first album “On Your Knees” in 2007.
You can check out some of Godphobia's material on their MySpace page.
Tickets are now on sale for the fifth annual Los Angeles Murderfest, set to take place May 9-10, 2009 at the Knitting Factory in Hollywood, California. Visit losangelesmurderfest.com for information on how to buy tickets.
Recent additions to the line-up include SKARP, RECIPROCAL, DESTROYED IN SECONDS. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:
Saturday, May 9th: More...
The Dutch melodic metal band EDGE OF ANGER has confirmed today that they will continue under the name EDGE OF SERENITY.
Frontman Wietze Halma had this to say about this decision: "We experienced lately more and more problems, as more bands used the name Edge Of Anger, and this resulted in all kind of confusions. As a band, we felt that this was a good moment to do something about this, as we are just joined by 2 new band members ( Jaco Dekker and Noud Smeets ) and about to release our debut-album this Spring via our new label Romulus X Records. So, it was 'now, or never.' We are proud of our new name EDGE OF SERENITY and cannot wait to reveal more details about our upcoming debut album 'The Chaos Theory' and start touring !"
Metal Blade Records has announced that they have signed up Boston based group Ravage to their label. Speaking about the signing, vocalist Al Ravage said:
"Everyone in the band is thrilled to have the opportunity to have our music released by a record company that is not only one of the greatest heavy metal record labels ever, but also a label that is currently home to many of our favorite bands (such as Lizzy Borden, Cannibal Corpse, King Diamond etc). Metal Blade has released some of the classic metal albums of all time and Ravage welcomes the opportunity to make our own mark on the scene. Only Brian and Metal Blade had the guts to put this deal together with a band that has never bowed to trends or used gimmickry to fit in, a band that has always forged ahead toward fresh musical ground in the face of those who wanted us to become some sort of goofy retro-act or clone of whatever was hip. So on behalf of the band, I’d like to thank all the fans in the local scene, national scene and abroad who have stuck by us thus far, the promoters who’ve dared book us, the small labels who dared release our early work, those in the press who dared stand up to the feeble-minded trendmakers, the [few] DJ’s who’ve played us, and all the great bands we’ve played with. This is just another step on a long road as we continue our mission to put out some quality, no-bullshit, heavy metal music that real metalheads can be proud of. Keep headbangin’ with us and RAVAGE IN PEACE!!!"
Mircea Gabriel Eftemie, guitarist of Danish metal group Mnemic has checked in with an update regarding the band and its forthcoming new album It reads as follows:
"It’s been too damn long since the last update, which I must apologize for. First of all, a really late Happy New Year from the lads in Mnemic to all of you reading this. It’s about time we rise from the dormancy and break the silence to give you all an update from the Mnemic camp!
"Since we took a break from touring in 2008 - and apart from playing a few shows with Metallica (yes, I still mention this ’cause I’m damn proud of it!) - things have been quite productive. We have definitely not been lazy, that’s for sure. As we recharged our batteries in this break, we also felt the hunger for creativity and started writing new material. Already I can confirm that we have 11 brand new songs written and we are still a long way from finishing. The plan is, of course, to write as many songs as possible until we are 110% satisfied with all the material. For now, the title of the new album is set as Sons Of The System. More...
Thrash band After All has announced that they will be playing two shows with Forbidden. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
5/29, Uden (NL), De Pul
6/1, London (UK), Underworld
Swedish death metallers The Project Hate have issued the following update about their upcoming album:
"Yet another step closer to finishing up this album…
"Just came home from Swanö where we made the last corrections. Now there’s but a few small things left for him to fix before I get the second and supposed to be final mix so I can check everything so closely it’ll drive me insane. This will take but a few days. We came up with some fantastic shit today as well, stuff I have been thinking about for a while and now it fell into place.
"Now we are real close to wrapping this bastard up…"
Arsis guitarist Jim Malone has checked with a message for their fans regarding why the band has had to drop off their scheduled tours with Carcass and The Faceless. His message reads as follows:
"I owe more than a few people an apology at this time.
"Over the past few months Arsis has had to drop off two tours and the fault lies on my shoulders. Those who know me know that moderation is a concept that I am not familiar with. Ever since my late teens, I have moved from one self-destructive behavior to another and it has finally taken its toll on my body and mind. I seem to take everything I do to an unhealthy extreme. This leads us to the reason for dropping off tours with both The Faceless and Carcass.
"Without going into too many details, let’s just say that there is no healthy way to lose 100 pounds in 4 months, as I did late last year. To say that I have been dealing with some issues would be an understatement. These issues have not only affected the basic functions of my body, but also my mood and ability to make rational decisions. Fortunately, I have many supportive people in my life and I have been taking strides to get things back under control. I have been making my best effort as of late and I feel stronger everyday. I think I will come out this a wiser person and be able to run my life better than ever.
"Look for Arsis to be back on the road soon with a possible headliner to make up for lost time. My apologies to our booking agent, our record label, our fans, and anyone who has been effected by my poor decisions."
The southern Wisconsin quintet Luna Mortis recently conducted an interview with Kurt Baron on Madison's 94.1 WJJO hard rock radio station. A video of the interview can be viewed below. More...
Tom Fischer, founder of the legendary metal bands Celtic Frost and Hellhammer, has checked in with an update on his forthcoming new band, Triptykon. His message reads as follows:
"Of course my own opinion is biased, and of course I am not really entitled to rate the results of our own work. But it is difficult not to emerge from our sessions at Triptykon's rehearsal bunker deeply intoxicated by the heaviness of the dark, overwhelming, and morbid miasma that is the riffs of 'The Prolonging'. Although the path towards completion is still significant, be it for this new song, its title and lyrics, or the album proper it will appear on, it all transpires as it should. It is as it has to be."
German thrash metal legends Destruction are currently touring North America along with Krisiun and Mantic Ritual. The band has unfortunately had to announce however, that their show in Calgary, Alberta, Canada will not go ahead as planned. A message from the band reads as follows:
"The Calgary show is cancelled due the lack of equipment. First of all the show got moved from the Warehouse to the Underground! No agreement with the band, no PA, no lights! The band is disappointed and really sorry about that situation, as everybody tried to find a solution to make the show happen. Sorry folks but without equipment a metal concert is not possible."
Frank Hannon, guitarist of the hard rock band Tesla, has revealed that he recently suffered an arm injury in Los Angeles. A message from Hannon reads as follows:
"Hey everyone, thanks for the 'feel better' vibes!! Actually, I did fall down in Atlanta and fractured the radial bone in my elbow. Luckily I have been able to do play guitar and do the Tesla shows with some pain. But the reason I was going to reschedule the Los Angeles FHB show was because the doctor told me not to lift any equipment and put extra pressure on my arm for 6-8 weeks.
"Well, there's a good possibility that the Whisky A Go Go may provide FHB with backline of Marshall amps and drums so I won't have to lift and haul my gear, and be able to play the show!! So please stay tuned there is a chance we will play that show Thursday, March 26th in Hollywood."
British heavy metal group Panic Cell has posted a new video online documenting the recording of their forthcoming third studio album. You can check it out below. The album currently is yet to be titled but more details on the record will be revealed shortly. More...
British thrash metal legends Sabbat has announced that they will have to cancel their performance at the upcoming Hammerfest show in Wales due to guitarist Andy Sneap being needed to complete the new Megadeth album. A message posted via their official Myspace says:
"It is with regret we have to announce we are having to cancel our Hammerfest appearance at Pontins Prestatyn on the 25th April due to Andy's schedule being moved forward producing the new Megadeth album in California.
"He now returns to San Diego on April 10th to begin the final month of tracking, returning to the UK to mix for June deadline.
"Apologies for this, but the day job has to come first."
Nuclear Blast Records has announced that Annotations Of An Autopsy are the latest band to be signed to the label. The band will be entering the recording studio soon to record the follow up to their last album, "Before The Throne Of Infection." A message from the band states:
"We are extremely excited to be part of the Nuclear Blast family alongside so many of our favourite bands such as Decrepit Birth, Psycroptic, Dimmu Borgir, Suffocation and tons more. We feel with a force like NB now in our corner along with our longtime UK label Siege Of Amida records. Nothing can stand in our way, this opens up a whole lot of new doors for us. We will be going into the studio in April to record our follow up album to 2008's Before The Throne Of Infection, which will be released mid 09 via Siege Of Amida Records in the UK and Nuclear Blast worldwide."
Swedish metal group In Flames has posted a new video online documenting the making of the bands music video for "Alias." You can check it out below. A message from the band reads:
"To gear up for the premiere of the brand new video for 'Delight And Angers' on March 25th at 10 AM (CET), we can now give you a glimpse of how the video for 'Alias' was made." More...
The reunited New Jersey thrash metal band Whiplash has posted a new video online, showing the band recording the new song, "Feeding Frenzy" which will be featured on their forthcoming new studio album, "Unborn Again." You can check it out below. "Unborn Again" will be released through Pulverized Records on July 15th. More...
New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front has announced that Pokey Mo, the former drummer of fellow hardcore legends Leeway, has joined the band on a full time basis. A statement from lead vocalist Roger Miret reads: "The band is extremely happy to welcome Pokey to the fold. He's a pro and we look forward to having him as a part of the band!"
Agnostic Front will be doing one final run of North America to support their latest album, "Warriors" which will feature the following tour dates:
1 - Valentines Upstairs – Albany, NY
2 - Diesel – Pittsburgh, PA
3 - Grog Shop – Cleveland, OH
4 - Macs – Lansing, MI
5 - Subterranean – Chicago, IL
6 - Triple Rock Social Club – Minneapolis, MN
7 - Sokol Underground – Omaha, NE
8 - Bluebird – Saint Louis, MO
9 - Uncle Pleasants – Louisville, KY
10 - The Brickhouse – St. Albans, WV
11 - Otto Bar – Baltimore, MD
12 - Anchors Up – Haverhill, MA
Legendary black metal band Mayhem will be embarking on a tour of North America this along with Marduk, Cephalic Carnage and Withered. The band has announced two touring guitarists to assist them on the trek, after their guitarist Blasphemer departed in April of last year. The Mayhem touring lineup is as follows:
Attila Csihar: vocals
Morfeus: live guitar
+S+: live guitar
As previously reported, Whitesnake will be the special guests for Judas Priest on their upcoming tour of North America. A message from Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale reads: "The US is our home and it is a priority for us to achieve the same success here as we have throughout the rest of the world. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to play here again. We have a studio new album Good To Be Bad that we are incredibly proud of and we’ll be prominently featuring songs from that along with all the songs everyone knows by heart."
In other news, Judas Priest has announced that they will be performing their classic album, "British Steel" in full on the upcoming tour, instead of next year.
The Judas Priest/Whitesnake tour dates are as follows: More...
French death metal group Gojira will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America later this year and will be joined on the trek by The Chariot and Car Bomb.
The tour dates are as follows:
1 - Springfield, VA - Jaxx
2 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
3 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore at The TLA
4 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
6 - New York, NY - Blender Theatre at Gramercy
7 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
8 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
9 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
10 - Chicago, IL - Logan Square Auditorium
11 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
14 - Murray, UT - Murray Theater
17 - Vancouver, BC - Richards On Richards
18 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
19 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
21 - San Francisco, CA - Slims
22 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
24 - Hollywood, CA - The Key Club
Killswitch Engage has announced that they will be releasing their brand new studio album this year on June 23rd. The album remains untitled so far but details on the record are expected to be released shortly. Stay tuned for updates.
EX DEO’s Maurizio Iacono checks in with the following update:
"I’m now back home after quite a long journey to Canada (to record the rest of my vocals for EX DEO) and Belgium with Kataklysm for some good beers and a good time (headlining the Maximum Metal & Hardcore Festival). It was killer! Meeting up with old friends is always fun times.
"From there I flew to Belgrade, Serbia where I filmed the video for the title track 'Romulus.' The set up was extremely pro. Stanimir 'Staca' Lukic and Ivan did such an amazing job and paid attention to every single detail. To recreate Rome and the story of Romulus and Remus was a big challenge, but I think we nailed it and the ideas behind it are incredible. Expect an epic feel, like the movie '300' for the texture... A big thank you to all the film crew and the actors!
"I’m also glad to say the album is complete! J-f, Steph , Max, Francois and Jo did a fantastic job. I can’t thank you enough for the dedication for a project so close to my heart (it’s a part of us all now!). The sound is in your face, huge and with so much feeling it will grab you instantly.
"This is some of the best material we have ever written as a band and a completely different outlook and feel then what we have done before. Expect anthem after anthem!"
Here is the tracklisting for "Romulus:" More...
AVA INFERI's third album "Blood of Bacchus", is set for a May 25th release on Season Of Mist Records.
Freshly back home after a one month European tour with Tiamat and The 69 Eyes, AVA INFERI recently issued the following statement:
"The Hellhounds... Veni, vidi, vici!
"Finally back, or perhaps I should state the opposite? Although I definitely don't miss my bunker in the bus, I must say that we had a good blast over the three weeks this tour was running...a good and healthy experience indeed. I would like to thank all the parts involved, including Tiamat and the Helsinki Vampires (aka The 69 Eyes), the magnificent Hellhounds crew, all agents and organizers and obviously ALL the fans who gave us such great reception on our 1st (out of many!) tour. You all rule!
"From our lengthy (approx 47 min) start in Hamburg and Germany (eight shows or so in good old Germany!), throughout Poland (you guys were fantastic!!), Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, Switzerland (Lausanne in our hearts), Austria, France and the UK, we had a respectable success, meeting and greeting with new (and old) fans and getting contacts and friends for life. Bless you all! We will be back!
"Things getting slowly back to normal here though, and thankfully it is a beautiful weather here these days so rest comes easy. This means all should be set for what seems to be an interesting and hardworking spring time for us. "Blood of Bacchus" is around the corner, and considering the feedbacks we got all over Europe on our pre-listening sessions, we are in for a bigger bang this time. It's a new dawn in the name of Gothic Doom done Ava-style.
"So when will the album be released then you ask? The date has been set for the 25th of May and we will celebrate hard on the 30th, while playing the mighty Wave Gothic Treffen in Leipzig, Germany. Join us all there for some wine and some good time.
"Well, I got things to do now, so I'm heading off into the sun for some refreshments and... oh yeah, a photoshoot. Continuing would only lead to ranting anyways ;)"
NJ heavy metallers, Overlorde, have announced the return of Bobby "Leather Lungs" Lucas as their new vocalist. The band is anxious to begin working on material for their follow-up to "RETURN OF THE SNOW GIANT."
Bobby comments on his return to Overlorde, "I couldn't be happier about returning to OVERLORDE. Our release, 'RETURN OF THE SNOW GIANT', is some of my best work ever and I plan on giving the next album 110%." I have been through some tough times and battled illness and tragedy in my life over the past 3 years, but I have come through it a much stronger person. I feel better than ever, and my voice is stronger than it's ever been in the 24 years that I've been a vocalist! Mark, John, and Dave are like family to me and it feels like I never left the group.I also want to thank them and the fans for sticking by me and making it all worthwhile! Cheers everyone!"
Portugal progressive death metallers, Grimlet, have issued the following update about their new album, "Grim Perceptions:"
"The new debut album, 'GRIM PERCEPTIONS,' is now finished. Recorded at EchoSystem Studio in Barcelos (pt) by Rui Santos & Bruno Gonçalves. Mixed by Daniel Cardoso & Pedro Mendes at UltraSound Studios in Braga (pt). Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios in Sweden." More...
New York City thrashers, Castrofate, have just uploaded a new unmixed version of their song "Flying Blind" to their MySpace page. The song originally appeared on their latest album, "Cataclysmic Insanity." According to the band the song is, "From the recording sessions with John Rup (Magus Beast) and Ross the Boss (Manowar) at the production helm (TWIN TERROR PRODUCTIONS)."
Castrofate’s current line-up on the recordings is as follows:
Dan Castro - vocals and guitars
John Orsi - bass
Jaimen Shinn - drums
French black metallers, NIRNAETH, have released a new song, "My Misanthropy," from their upcoming album, "Splendour Of The Abyss," on their MySpace page. NIRNAETH will performing with NUNSLAUGHTER and SATHANAS on March 21 at the Miroiterie in Paris.
Pennsylvania based band Zao has announced that their new album "Awake?" will be released on 5/5/2009 via Ferret Music.
The track listing for album will be as follows: More...
Los Angeles based hardcore band Terror have posted a music video online for their song "Rise Of The Poisoned Youth." The video can be viewed below. More...
French metal band, Spheric Universe Experience, has posted a new song, "Down Memory Lane," on their MySpace page.
"Down Memory Lane" is from Spheric Universe Experience’s new album, "Unreal," which has a release date of May 19 through Sensory Records. More...