Metal News for March 18, 2011
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Swedish extreme heavy metal act Arch Enemy has posted photos from the band’s recent showcase in Wermelskirchen, Germany, as the group kicked off the campaign for its forthcoming studio album, "Khaos Legions." The album is due out later this year on Century Media Records.
The photos from the March 14th gig at the AJZ Bahndamm can be seen on the official Arch Enemy Facebook page at this location. 150 die-hard fans and journalists from all over Europe witnessed the worldwide premiere of two new songs from the upcoming album.
Guitarist Michael Amott stated, "Normally, an 'industry'/media show is a quite stiff and slightly boring affair, not so this time! We invited 150 Arch Enemy fans to join us via our Facebook page and voilà - it was ON! We had a blast ripping through the two new songs for the first time on stage, and judging by the crowd reaction - they were feeling it too! A big thanks to all involved; the Century Media crew, AJZ Bahndamm crew, the journalists and of course the amazing fans! This was a perfect start to the Khaos Legions campaign!"
The cover artwork for the upcoming album is also available for viewing by clicking here.
Maryland hard rockers Clutch have teamed up with MetalSucks.net to premiere an acoustic version of the track "Tight Like That." Taken from the band's self-titled 1995 release, this version of "Tight Like That" is part of "Basket of Eggs," the 10 song new music bonus CD which will be included with the April 26th release of Clutch's deluxe, double disc, 25 song reissue of "Blast Tyrant."
You can check out the song by heading over to this location. The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:
5/20 Reading, PA @ Reverb
5/21 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
5/23 Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
5/24 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
5/25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
5/26 Jacksonville, FL @ Free Bird Live
5/27 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
5/28 Greenville, SC @ The Handlebar
5/29 Huntington, WV @ V Club
Bullet Tooth recording artist NightShade is on track to drop the new album “Lost In Motion” in the U.S. on April 26th, 2011. The band's new multi-genre influenced album was birthed in the famed Studio Fredman under the supervision of the legendary Fredrik Nordstrom. As fans get ready for the new release, vocalist Wayne Hudspath, guitarist Bastien Deleule, and guitarist Paul Fuzinski discussed the creation of "Lost In Motion" with Metalunderground.com.
Commenting on the many sounds to be found on the disc, Wayne stated "Well we definitely wanted to incorporate a wide variation of styles into this album. All of the songs are written with very little to almost no repetition. We treated each song very individually, but still wanted to keep a strong theme throughout the album. As a new listener, one would expect to hear a range from melodic death metal and deathcore to hardcore and electronic sounds. From start to finish you can definitely count on a unique experience."
Below you can find the band's run-down on NightShade's history, explanation on getting signed to Bullet Tooth, and thoughts on bringing together different musical influences while writing songs. More...
Scottish pirate metal act Alestorm has posted a new song online titled "Shipwrecked," which can be heard through the Napalm Records Facebook page. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album "Back Through Time." The artwork for the album can be viewed below.
"Back Through Time" will hit the streets and Seven Seas on:
03.06.2011 G/A/S, Benelux, ITA
06.06.2011 Rest of Europe
Noisecreep.com is hosting Cypher Seer's new video for the song "Dying Force." The song is taken from the band's soon to be released album "Origins." You can check out the video clip below.
Band founder Sergio Ribeiro commented on the video:
"The song Dying Force is about humanity's self indulgence, which ultimately will lead us to self destruction. In the video we wanted to convey that message by showing a young woman losing something so precious that everyone seems to take for granted - our eyesight. Later in the video she regains her vision, by the hands of 'The Creator', as a second opportunity to lead a more humble and caring life, but eventually she falls back to old habits and loses her sight for good.
"The video's concept, direction and shooting was a joint effort by Marco Bobadilla and Michael Goncalves with some direction from us. The video was shot at an abandoned children's psych ward in Staten Island, NY - although it doesn't show, the live performance portion of the video was shot in blaring heat, and the acting part of the video was shot in frigid cold."
Blackguard is set to release the new album "Firefight" on March 29th, 2011. The band has now posted a music video online for the title track, which can be viewed below.
Rising Records has issued the following announcement about the guest musicians appearing on the upcoming In Cold Blood album:
"Guitar icon and heavy metal legend Jeff Waters from Annihilator has laid down a shredding solo for the upcoming In Cold Blood CD, 'A Flawless Escape.'
"The album will feature also Death Metal Warrior Giulio Moschini from Hour of Penance, giving a touch of evil on a song."
The album is set for release later this year through Rising Records. Additional details will be announced as they are made available.
Californian thrashers Bonded By Blood are currently on the road in Europe with fellow thrashers Lazarus A.D. for a co-headlining tour. Bonded By Blood bassist Jerry Garcia has posted the following update from the road:
"Well it's been 10 days now since we landed in Europe. I was excited to return here and do an actual tour this time around! The tour has been great thus far... Minus a few bumps on the road here and there. Luckily everything has been sorted out and we seem to be back in full throttle for the next few weeks.
"Apparently there has been many things going on across the globe in the past week or so; watching footage of the tsunami in Japan was something that I will never, ever forget... My thoughts go out to the Japanese that were affected by these events.
"I love the UK, it reminds me a lot of the States but with a different atmosphere. The shows have been pretty great, especially in Leeds and in Glasgow! Thank you for the good times, UK!
"Tonight is our first night here in Germany. So far the hospitality has been great and I'm glad to be out of the UK and explore new countries! Thank you to everyone that has come out to see us over the past 9 days, you guys kick ass!" More...
"Woods 4: The Green Album," the latest album from Canadian blackened doom merchants Woods of Ypres, has just been re-issued in Europe and is due to hit North America on Tuesday, March 22nd. Founding member and front man David Gold recently took some time to discuss the writing process for the album. Gold commented:
"A year from the day I arrived back in Canada, July 2009, we were in the studio with a new band, two tours already behind us, and we were recording W4: The Green Album. By the fall and another tour later, we were signed to Earache Records. Now, March 2011, The Green Album gets a worldwide release, less than two years since we started writing it and less than four years since I first said 'fuck it all' and moved to Seoul. What can I say? The plan? It was just so crazy that it worked!
"The Green Album was certainly the only album I knew how to write as it was the only thing still preoccupying what was left of my heart and brain at the time and I'm thankful that something good could come of it all, after all. The 16 songs of the album tell the story through the stages of such a journey that inevitably gets a whole lot worse before it gets any better. What starts with total life-changing devastation ends with the arrival of spring again and the promise of summer. If nothing else at all, at the time, it was enough. More...
The Cleansing has issued the following announcement about revealing the cover artwork for the band's upcoming album:
"Attention all bangers! The cover artwork for our forthcoming album Feeding the Inevitable can be viewed below. Artwork was done by Remy C. from Headsplit Design.
"As stated earlier the follow-up to 2009's Poisoned Legacy will be released through US label Deepsend Records in the spring. Right now we are waiting for a release date for this fucker! More news will follow soon! Get ready to be crushed!"
The "Feeding the Inevitable" track list is as follows:
1. The Promethean Promise
2. Third Eye Starring
3. Your Flesh, Your Curse
4. A Cheating Progression
5. Hour of Decadence
6. Processed for Contamination
7. Law of Reciprocity
8. Two Days
Phoenix metallers Hemoptysis have announced that their debut album "Misanthropic Slaughter" is now available for streaming in it's entirety via the bands new bandcamp page at this location.
"Misanthropic Slaughter" was produced by Grammy Award winner, Ryan Greene (Megadeth, NOFX, Alice Cooper) and will be available in stores throughout Europe via Rock It Up / IceWarrior Records in late April, 2011.
You can also check out Metalunderground.com's interview with Hemoptysis at this location.
Age of Woe has checked in with the following update about finishing the band's debut album:
"Ulf Blomberg at HoBo Records is now done mastering our debut. Everyone involved is extremely happy with the result and it sounds amazing. A huge thanks to Ulf.
"Now we are ready to get these out there in the shape of vinyl and plastic. We have some great plans lined up in terms of gigs and we really hope that we can get the debut out soon. We will announce more news in a while."
You can listen to the song "No Remorse" on the Age of Woe MySpace profile.
Spanish death metallers Graveyard will be releasing a new mini-CD entitled "The Altar Of Sculpted Skulls," which will include four new tracks and two re-recorded old songs. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Altar Of Sculpted Skulls
2. An Epitaph Written In Blood
4. Cult Of The Shadows
5. Howl Of The Black Death (originally featured on 7" Split)
6. Ritual (originally featured on the debut "Into The Mausoleum"EP)
"The Altar Of Scultped Skulls" was produced by Graveyard axe-man J. Bastard with the entire effort recorded, mixed, and mastered at Moontower Studios. The album artwork cover, which can be viewed below, was conceived by Horror / Gore illustrator Matt Carr of Putrid Gore Art, who had previously worked with bands such as Autopsy, Impetigo, Hooded Menace, etc. An official release date will be announced soon.
Dark Moor has issued the following statement regarding the recent disaster in Japan:
"Dark Moor wants to express its deep and truly condolences to all Japanese people, those directly involved or affected by this global catastrophe which has filled our hearts with pain and suffering.
"The whole world is greatly impressed with the Japanese culture on how they are dealing with such a huge disaster. Our thoughts, now, go out to Japanese people from all over the world to encourage them to overcome this calamity.
"We would like to manifest our sincere love and affection to the entire Japanese Dark Moor community who, enthusiastically, has supported us so zealous throughout the years."
Metalunderground.com contributor Joe Henley was also in Japan performing live shows with his band when the earthquake occurred. You can check out Joe's report on the events at this location.
Mysteriarch has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player:
"We would like to welcome guitarist A. Morbid (Deep-pression, Final Thoughts, Hanging Garden (USA), Happy Days, Nostalgie, Photophobia, Secretly in Pain, The Fourth Eye, Transitus Mortalis, Withering Night) as the newest member of the band. We look forward to working with him and spewing our seeds of aversion upon mankind!"
You can also check out Mysteriarch's music by heading over to the band's official MySpace music profile.
Art of Dying will be releasing the new album "Vices and Virtues" on March 22nd, 2011. The band has now issued the following announcement about streaming the entire album online:
"Breaking news! Listen to Vices and Virtues in it's entirety now! We are streaming our entire album today on Facebook!
"Listen to 'Vices and Virtues' from top to bottom here! And don't forget to pre-order your copy on itunes! We are so excited to be able to do this for our fans. See you on the road!"
You can also check out footage of the band in the recording studio at this location.
Uruguay based act Upon Shadows has issued the following announcement about keyboardist Tamara Picardo contributing for an upcoming Beltane track:
"I'm pleased to announce my participation on keyboards, in the Beltane new song 'Yet Again.' I wanted to give the thanks to Beltane for giving me the oportunity to participate in this great new song. Was a real pleasure to collaborate with such a good musicians and I hope to be able to do more participation with them...
"Beltane, New Zealand's longest running Black Metal band, are due to release an interim single from their upcoming 5th album (and 21st CD!) due to be released in June. The song is called 'Yet Again' and will be released as a free download/stream track on their Reverb Nation / Myspace / Facebook pages on March 19th.
"The song features the drums of Chris Warhead from Abazagorath (USA) & the Keyboards of Tamara Picardo from Upon Shadows (Uruguay). Beltane's previous releases are available from Satanica Productions together with 150+ other original metal bands of all sub-genres."
Kingdom Come will be releasing "Rendered Waters" in North America on April 5th, 2011. The band has now posted a brief video clip online thanking fans for their support, which can be viewed below.
The track listing for the album and information on streaming a song from the upcoming release is available at this location.
Brazilian act Frost Despair has posted a music video online for the song "Splendor War." You can check out the video clip in the player below.
Blackened death metal outfit Wolvhammer has lost the band's frontman Ryan Mckern. Wolvhammer is currently on tour, traveling down to play at SXSW in Austin, Texas, tonight at the Free Day Party. The vocalist/guitarist was replaced by vocalist Adam Clemans of Iron Thrones and guitarist Jeff Wilson formerly of Nachtmystium.
Ryan Mckern claims the reasons behind the change: “I moved to New Orleans this year as I have been going back and forth from Minneapolis to Louisiana to work with my project The Guilt Of…with Mike IX Williams [EyeHateGod and Arson Anthem vocalist]. Wolvhammer was a great way to be creative while I had to temporarily leave New Orleans in 2009. During my time in the band I wrote two EP’s and an album and did five tours, while commuting to NOLA for The Guilt Of…which got a writeup in Decibel Magazine. When I discussed wanting to do both Wolvhammer and new projects in new Orleans, the band decided to fire me. They are performing all new material and the two songs from “Black Marketeers” that I didn’t write. My picture is still being used in some press for their tour. But I wish them the best but would like to also say I expect new sounds and not what I did for them on previous albums. Fans of Wolvhammer can be on the lookout for some solo black metal songs I have coming out soon.” More...
This week Duff McKagan (Loaded, ex-Guns N Roses) put to rest the rumor that Guns N Roses will be reuniting for next year’s Super Bowl. Even I knew that. Everyone knows there won’t be a football season next year… More...
Scottish hard rock act Nazareth has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming full length album. The new album, titled "big Dogz," is set for release on May 10, 2011 through Eagle Rock Entertainment/earMusic. You can view the album's tracklisting below.
1. Big Dog's Gonna Howl
3. When Jesus Comes To Save The World Again
5. No Mean Monster
6. Time And Tide
8. The Toast
9. Watch Your Back
Video has surfaced online that features All That Remains vocalist Phil Labonte's recent appearance on CNN television talking about the recent disasters in Japan. All That Remains was performing in Tokyo the night of the recent Earthquake.
Dream Theater Keyboardist Jordan Rudess has posted a "musical message" online to the people of Japan, following the country's recent string of natural disaters. You can view Rudess' "musical message" in the player below.
Finnish melodic metal act Children of Bodom has revealed the chart positions for its 2011 studio album "Relentless Reckless Forever." The album sold just under 11,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 42 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band's previous CD, 2008's "Blooddrunk", sold 19,000 units in its first week to land at No. 22. "Relentless Reckless Forever" was certified gold in the band's home country for first-day sales of over 10,000 copies.
"Relentless Reckless Forever" first-week chart positions:
Germany : #20
Anvil's new single "Juggernaut Of Justice" has been posted online through the band's official YouTube channell and can be streamed below. "Juggernaut Of Justice" is taken off of the band's forthcoming studio album of the same name, which will see its release on May 10, 2011 through The End Records.
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Melodic Deathcore act All My Friends At Sea and Lemon Smashle has posted a cover online of the hit viral pop song "Friday" by Rebecca Black. You can stream the metallized version by All My Friends At Sea below and for those that are brave enough, the original has also been posted although listening is not recommended.
Testament Guitarist Alex Skolnick has posted a new trailer online to promote his forthcoming solo/Alex Skolnick Trio album "Veritas." "Veritas" is set to be released on March 29, 2011. You can view the trailer below.
AC/DC has posted a new trailer online to promote its forthcoming live concert DVD titled "Live At River Plate." The set is planned for release on May 10, 2011 through Columbia Records and will feature the following tracklisting;
1. Rock N Roll Train
2. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
3. Back In Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
6. Shot Down In Flames
8. Black Ice
9. The Jack
10. Hells Bells
11. Shoot To Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Dog Eat Dog
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let There Be Rock
18. Highway To Hell
19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy has announced the dates for his upcoming European meet-and-greet tour. You caa view the full list of dates, cities and venues in the player below.
April 10 - Adams Drumworld - CC Het Loo, Tessenderlo
April 11 - Ottava - Roma, Italy
April 12 - Cherubini - Roma, Italy
April 13 - Musik Produktiv Schweiz AG - Niederlenz AG, Switzerland
April 14 - Thomann - Burgebrach, Germany
April 15 - Session Music - Frankfurt, Germany
American hard rock act Extreme has posted the following statement online in repsonse to the recent disasters taking place in Japan.
"We are painfully shocked and devastated from the earthquake/tsunami disaster that has rocked your beautiful and precious country. The images we are seeing are heartbreaking. We hope that each and every one of you are OK and that your friends and loved ones are safe. Extreme has always considered Japan our home away from home and we will remain united in support during this difficult tragedy."
Vicious Rumors has posted another new song online from its forthcoming album "Razorback Killers." The album is due out on April 5th via SPV/Steamhammer. You can stream the track "Axe To Grind" using the Soundclod player below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
3. Razorback Blade
4. Blood Stained Sunday
5. Pearl Of Wisdom
6. All I Want Is You
7. Axe To Grind
8. Let The Garden Burn
9. Rite Of Devastation
10. Deal With The Devil
Canadian metal act Joe Thrasher has posted a new album teaser online and has also revealed the final tracklisting for its upcoming "Cries Of War" album. You view the teaser and final tracklisting below.
1. Cries of War
3. Hell Hounds
5. Life Erodes
6. This Is A test
7. Metal Til You Puke
8. Out for Blood
9. We Are The Ones
10. Canadian Metal
A new video interview has been posted online between Slayer and Soundwave TV. You can check out the video interview in the player below.
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine has posted the following update online regarding his recent trip to the hospital and having to cut the band's March 16th performance in St. Petersburg, Russia short.
"Last night I was getting ready for the concert, and two hours before the show, I started to feel like I had a hernia, or more like I had been hit in the groin.
"I told my tour manager that I needed a doctor and that there was no way I was going to get through this on my own; that I thought it might be in my best interest to consider canceling the show.
"Now I rarely, if ever cancel shows, and after 45 minutes of prayer with my loving wife and sweating like a dog, I was told to pee for the doctors. They then explained that there was blood in my urine. I was mad; I would say pissed, but that is an obvious pun.
"So they gave me an IV, and analgesic, and an anti-inflammatory injection. The next hour is kinda blurry, but I woke up and David [Ellefson, Megadeth bassist] was holding my hand and praying over me, and even Tom [Araya] and Dave [Lombardo] from Slayer came in to check on me, so I knew I was gonna be OK.
"And to anyone that thinks Tom and I are still opposed, I feel sorry for you.
"Anyway, when I woke up, they said that there was so many people outside of the venue still, that they could hold the show for 30 additional minutes, and I said, 'Guys, I am OK, and we can do this.'
"Well, the doctors were not amused at all.
"But then again, they have never met the likes of one Dave Mustaine. More...
Christian hard rock act Stryper performed a cover of the classic Black Sabbath track "Heaven and Hell" during its March 15, 2011 performance at the Backstage Live venue in San Antonio, Texas. A recorded version of the cover also appears on Stryper's recent covers album titled "The Covering." You view the live footage below.
The Accused has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Hemline" which appears on the group's 2009 album "The Curse Of Martha Splatterhead." You can view the video in the player below.
A new tour report from Danish death metal act Mercenary has been posted online. You can check out the report, couresty of bassist René Pedersen, in the player below.
Metalcore act The World We Knew has revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming full length album "Death Dealer." The album is currently planned for a summer release through the band's new label home the Blkheart Group. You can view the album's tracklisting below.
1. Hopeless Hero
2. Death Dealer
3. The Endless
4. Grand Destroyer
6. Against All Odds
7. Ground Zero
8. Judgment Day
9. Secrets Don’t Make Friends
Thrash metal veterans Death Angel have revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of South East Asian. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues for the mini-tour below.
04/30 Manila, PHL – Pulp Summer Slam
05/02 Bangkok, THA – AP Park
05/04 Taipei, TAI – Wall Live House
05/06 Kuala Lumpur, MAL – Number One Cafe
05/07 Bandung, IND – Score! Ciwalk
05/08 Jakarta, IND – Bulungan Outdoor
Born of Osiris has posted a new teaser online to promote its forthcoming full length album "The Discovery." "The Discovery" will arrive in stores on March 22, 2011 through Sumerian Records. you can view the album teaser below.