Metal News for March 2, 2009
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Sydney-based metal band Darker Half has uploaded three tracks from their upcoming album “Duality” to their MySpace player. The album is due for release on March 9th, and the band is currently touring in support of it.
Here are the upcoming Darker Half gigs:
6th March 2009
The Eternal @ The Arthouse, Melbourne
w/ Darker Half, A State Of Flux and Divine Ascension
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $12.
14th Mar 2009
Darker Half @ Stepp Inn, Fortitude Valley
w/ Metallurgy, Canniblast, Dreamscape Measurement, 13 Black Fridays and Nyvosis
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $15.
20th March 2009
The Eternal @ The Sandringham Hotel, Sydney
w/ Darker Half and Destend
Tickets available at the door 8pm, $12.
21st March 2009
Darker Half @ The Vic, Orange
w/ From Winters Grace, Art of Deception and Radioactive Attack
Doors open at 7pm, Free Entry.
28th Mar 2009
Darker Half @ The Basement, Canberra
w/ TBA and TBA
Tickets available at the door 8pm.
Metal Blade recently announced the signing of Swedish black metal band VALKYRJA. The band formed in 2004 and released the five-track "Funeral Voices" in 2005.
The band went through some line-up changes over the years and recorded its debut album, "The Invocation Of Demise," at Necromorbus Studios (Watain, Deströyer 666, RAZOR OF OCCAM) in March and April of 2007. It was unleashed upon mankind in September of the same year via Northern Silence Productions.
By the end of 2008 VALKYRJA signed a multiple album deal with Metal Blade Records.
Comments VALKYRJA: "The band sees the work with these allies as an opportunity to spread their crafts even further and on a larger scale. The Swedes have thus far already marked both studio and live performances with a brutal and aggressive signet, leaving no-one unaware of what the band can deliver. Territories stand not yet ravished by the plague and famine that is VALKYRJA, a fact this collaboration will change - a seal in Blood, Fire and Death."
In the beginning of 2009 the band is busy writing and rehearsing new songs for their second full-length. VALKYRJA plan to record at Necromorbus once again.
Metal Blade Records will re-issue "The Invocation Of Demise" in June 2009 with new artwork and booklet, giving the album the worldwide credit it deserves.
Excerpts from "The Invocation Of Demise" can be found here.
Femme Metal Records recently announced the signing of female-fronted folk/goth metal band Lyriel for the release of their third album. The German band's new album is expected to be released later this year. In the meantime, you can check out some of their material on their MySpace page.
Nine Inch Nails has posted a live video of "Letting You" shot from the stage at Soundwave Festival in Brisbane, Australia on February 21, 2009. You can watch the video below. The video was filmed by Rob Sheridan with the Canon 5D Mark II and audio mix by Blumpy. More...
Brooklyn, New York death metal band, Severed, have posted a complete live performance on Metal Injection. The video footage is from a show at The Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY on 02/08/09.
Katatonia has issued the following announcement about making an appearance at Sweden's Minus 30 Festival:
"We’re aware of the fact that Sweden doesn’t seem to get a hell lot of Katatonia on the live front and it’s been bloody ages ago we were up in the north (Umeå - 15 years ago, Sundsvall - 5 years ago), so now the time has come to head even farther north and visit another city for the first time at the festival Minus 30 Grader @ Kulturenshus, Luleå on March 14th."
Georgia metallers Baroness have issued the following update about new dates and working on new material:
"We will be playing a string of shows in the UK and Europe before Roadburn Festival in April. There will be more posted in the following weeks.. (including Spain and Poland!). So, please check back.
"Also, we are in the midst of writing a new album. We are working hard and are very excited about the material. More news to come..."
The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Spinal Tap, the group created for the movie "This Is Spinal Tap," will be hitting in the road this year, but not in the manner that the public might be expecting. Actors Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer who played the on-screen rockers will be touring as themselves without the wigs or the costumes, but will be performing the songs acoustically.
"We've never gone out as ourselves," Shearer said Monday during a webcast teleconference at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. "It's interesting; after playing characters all these years, we're having meetings trying to figure out who WE are...We have to ask ourselves, 'What would WE do?'"
The tour dates are as follows:
April 17: Vancouver, B.C. (Center for the Performing Arts)
April 19: Portland, Ore. (Keller Auditorium)
April 20: Seattle (Paramount Theatre)
April 22: Oakland, Calif. (Paramount Theatre)
April 23: Santa Barbara, Calif. (Santa Barbara County Bowl)
April 26: Los Angeles (The Wiltern)
April 27: Phoenix, Ariz. (Dodge Theatre)
April 29: Denver (Paramount Theatre)
May 1: Houston, Texas (Jesse H, Jones Hall)
May 2: Dallas (Nokia Theatre)
May 4: Jacksonville, Fla. Florida Theatre)
May 5: Miami (The Fillmore)
May 6: Orlando, Fla, (Hard Rock Live)
May 8: St. Petersburg, Fla. (Mahaffey Theatre)
May 9: Atlanta (Fox Theatre)
May 10: Nashville (Ryman Auditorium)
May 12: Baltimore (Lyric Opera House)
May 13: Washington, D.C. (Warner Theatre)
May 14: Philadelphia (Keswick Theatre)
May 17: Columbus, Ohio (Palace Theatre)
May 19: Cleveland, Ohio (State Theatre)
May 21: Toronto (Massey Hall)
May 22: Mashantucket, Conn. (MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods)
May 23: Boston (The Wilbur Theatre)
May 24: Atlantic City, N.J. (Music Box at The Borgata)
May 26: New York (Beacon Theatre)
May 27: New York (Beacon Theatre)
May 29: Detroit (Fox Theatre)
May 30: Chicago (Chicago Theatre)
May 31: Milwaukee, Wis. (Riverside Theatre)
Read the full article at Billboard.com.
In a special announcement made today, Motley Crue revealed that they will be performing their classic album, "Dr. Feelgood" fron start to finish this year on the Crue Fest 2 tour. The album was their first to take the number one spot on the Billboard charts and is celebrating its twentieth anniverssary this year. The band state the image of the tour will be based around the album and they will reveal alot more tour details at a press conference on March 16th in New York City.
Portugese gothic metal band Moonspell are the latest band to be confirmed for the Bloodstock Open Air festival this year. The event will be held at Catton Hall in Derbyshire, England and takes place between August 14th and 16th.
The lineup for the festival is now as follows:
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Million Dollar Reload
Barry Sparks, bass player with heavy metal band Dokken, has posted an update rearding the bands activities. His message reads as follows:
"Hello! Well it seems 2009 is going so fast already! Geez, slow down! anyhow, I am back out with Dokken! The gigs in Colorado and Arizona were great! I actually think the band has never played better. In a few days we head out to California and also Texas soon. If you don’t have the new CD Lightning Strikes Again pick it up, I am very proud of it and its real rockin’ too! Also TED NUGENT has released Sweden Rocks a live DVD from our European tour in 2006. a great live recording! Check out my custom made basses at Sparksguitars.com, I love them! Thanks for stopping by!"
German power metal band Edguy will be heading to North America in September of this year for a tour in support of their latest album, "Tinnitus Sanctus." Support on the tour will come from Luna Mortis and Epicurean.
The tour dates are as follows:
5 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
6 - Club Soda - Montreal, QC
9 - The Blender Theater (at Gramercy) - New York, NY
11 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
12 - Peabody’s - Cleveland, OH
13 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
15 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
16 - Royal Albert Arms - Winnipeg, MB
17 - The Riddell Center (at Univ. of Regina) - Regina, SK
19 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB
20 - Warehouse - Calgary, AB
21 - Plaza Club - Vancouver, BC
23 - Sugar Nightclub - Victoria, BC
24 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
25 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
27 - Slims - San Francisco, CA
28 - Jumping Turtle - San Marcos, CA
29 - The Key Club - Hollywood, CA
Switzerland's Mumakill are current streaming a second track online from their upcoming album "Behold the Failure." The new song "Without Grief" and the previously uploaded "Brothers in Slavery" can be heard on the band's official MySpace page.
Amon Amarth has issued the following update about their current European tour:
"The long awaited European tour has finally come and we can't wait to play a full set featuring songs from Twilight Of The Thunder God for our European fans. We're really looking forward to being part of the "Full of Hate" festival tour with so many great bands; Obituary, Legion of the Damned & Keep of Kalessin + the special guests at selected shows.
"We've got a bit of a different setlist planned for this tour so we're looking forward playing some songs we haven't done live very often. Obviously some songs from the latest album, but also some older ones!
"The upcoming months we've got a pretty busy schedule. Following the European tour, we'll be heading back to the US to play in most of the states we didn't get to do last year. We'll also be performing for the first time in South America. Afterwards we have a number of festival appearances throughout Europe and after that we'll most likely have a break for a while and if we do any shows it will be in places we don't get to play very often. More...
Burnt By The Sun has posted a second video of their recording sessions for their upcoming album "Heart of Darkness." The video can be viewed below. More...
Finnish folk metal band Kivimetsän Druidi has issued the following announcement about streaming new songs online:
"With the release of their stunning debut album “Shadowheart” in 2008 and highly successful European touring campaigns with country mates Korpiklaani, Battlelore as well as several much celebrated festival appearances, Finnish symphonic folk metal sensation KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI have shot straight to the forefront of the genre.
"While the band is currently only confirmed for a selected number of dates (see below), KIVIMETSÄN DRUIDI now entice you to visit their revamped MySpace profile and enjoy the entire “Shadowheart” album. Every week the band will launch one of the album’s tracks on the MySpace page."
See below for exact posting-timeline:
Jäässä Varttunut March 5th
Halls of Shadowheart March 12th
Pedon Loitsu March 19th
Burden March 26th
The Tyrant April 5th
Tiarnách – Verinummi April 12th
Verivala April 19th
Korpin Laulu April 26th
Mustan Valtikan Aika May 2nd
Brazilian doom band Desolate Ways are working on the production of their third album, which is being recorded in Nitro Sound Solutions studio and being produced by Roger Fingle.
This new release will feature Josie, the female vocalist of the Brazilian dark metal band A Sorrowful Dream, who will sing on the track 'Winter'.
About the invitation to take part on this album Josie comments: "I loved receiving the invitation to be part of Desolate Ways' new album. It's a great honour. Both bands, A Sorrowful Dream and Desolate Ways, are long time friends and already played together several times in Brazil and we always admired their music. Having the opportunity to contribute for their forthcoming album makes me feel very flattered and anxious for the result. Even both bands playing similar genres, there is a huge difference between our music, which makes everything more interesting. I hope to give a good contribution to one of the most important bands of the genre in our country, and which will definitely present another work made with extreme competence and quality."
German death metal band Disbelief has issued the following statement about canceling their appearance at the Netherland's Muya Festival:
"We are sorry to announce that DISBELIEF is not able to do the MUYA-festival!!! It was not possible for us to find a second guitarist who could help us for this show!!
"Unfortunately Jonas Khalil is also busy with SACRED STEEL, so there was no other possibilty!! We really tried hard - thanx to the local promoter Kai who understands our situation! All the best for the MUYA-festival and maybe we can do another show together!! Sorry again, Joe and DISBELIEF"
The recently reunited Faith No More has been confirmed as the third headlining act for this years edition of Britain's Download Festival. This will be a part of their European tour which is the bands first tour in eleven years.
The lineup is now as follows:
Faith No More
Metal group Nachtmystium has been removed by the organizers of the Scion Rock Fest after being accused of being a National Socialist band. A message from group member Blake Judd reads as follows:
“Nachtmystium has sad news today with a once-again recurring issue surfacing from the wake of our past. We’ve been forced, at the request of the promoters and the folks at Scion / Toyota, to pull out of the Scion Rock Fest, scheduled for Saturday, February 28. This news came to us just this past Tuesday and was very disheartening to say the least. A troubling, and unjustly-applied notion that we are, or ever have been, in any way, a ‘Nazi’ band or a political band on any level, is completely absurd and we are disgusted that there is someone out there who really believes we are of this ilk. It made it as far as the sponsors of this event’s desks, and now we are forced to pull out of it after some political threatening on the part of these ridiculously uneducated person/people who have caused this ruckus.
"We’d like to make light of at least one aspect of this situation and use the opportunity to once again clear the air - we are, IN NO WAY, a ‘Nazi’ band. We do NOT support such groups, political beliefs or bands that are affiliated with that world. We have canceled tours in the past and dodged working with bands and people BECAUSE they had these ideologies and we never wanted to be affiliated with it. Yet, here we are, a metal band whose members are more like hippies than your typical leather-clad metal maniacs, and we’re being falsely accused of this association once again. We will be taking legal action against the people who slandered us in this situation, and in the future will file defamation / slander charges against any person or organization who attempts to prevent us from performing anywhere, especially in the United States. We are as offended by this as someone might be at the notion of a Nazi band playing a big corporate-sponsored festival. So - let it be known loud and clear for the LAST TIME, we ARE NOT a Nazi band, ARE NOT political, are certainly NOT racists and DO NOT support that world or any band, person or business affiliated with it.
"My deepest apologies to all of our friends, fans and people who have worked on and supported us being a part of this festival, we are sorry for these awful circumstances and you can be certain this will not defeat us."
German metal act Primal Fear has begun recording their new studio album and will be posting a series of video reports to show fans how it's being made. You can check out the first video below. A message from the band reads: "We will start today with a series of 16.6 Studio Reports... during the next days, you can watch 5 different studio reports from the 16.6 sessions on our MySpace page and the official website - enjoy!" More...
Nige Rockett, guitarist with the reunited British thrash metal legends Onslaught, has posted a message informing Irish fans of the bands plans to play there. The post reads as follows:
"Hi Ladies / Guys,
"Onslaught are coming back to Ireland!! We will be visiting all our friends in the North and the South on the weekend of August 28th / 29th.
"Firstly we play Belfast for the first time in 18 years at The Spring & Airbrake on Friday, August 28th. Then on Saturday, August 29th we head South to play at the Low End Festival in Waterford. More...
Atlanta, Georgia based heavy metal group Mastodon has announced a headlining tour of North America beginning in April. The tour is in support of their forthcoming new studio effort, "Crack The Skye." Support on the tour will come from Kylesa and Intronaut.
The tour dates are as follows:
10 - Workplay Theater - Birmingham, AL
11 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
13 - Granada Theater - Lawrence, KS
14 - Fox Theatre - Boulder, CO
16 - Martini Ranch - Phoenix, AZ
18 - Coachella - Indio, CA
19 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
21 - Hawthorne Theatre - Portland, OR
22 - Neumo’s - Seattle, WA
23 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
24 - MacEwen Ballroom - Calgary, AB
25 - Starlite Ballroom - Edmonton, AB
26 - The Odeon - Saskatoon, SK
28 - The Garrick - Winnipeg, MB
29 - Fine Line Music Hall - Minneapolis, MN
30 - Metro - Chicago, IL
1 - Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
2 - Beachland Ballroom - Cleveland, OH
4 - Le National - Montreal, QC
5 - Opera House - Toronto, ON
7 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
8 - TLA - Philadelphia, PA
9 - Fillmore @ Irving Plaza - New York, NY
10 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
12 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
13 - Cat’s Cradle - Carbarro, NC
14 - Orange Peel - Ashville, NC
15 - Center Stage - Atlanta, GA
GRAVE has announced a number of live appearances in 2009. Here are the latest dates:
07 Mar, 2009 - Chas Metal Attack 3 @ Circo, Volador Mexico City, MEX
18 Apr, 2009 - Nordfest @ Spegelsalen, Stadshuset,
28 Apr, 2009 - Gagarin 205 Athens Greece
29 Apr, 2009 - Mylos Apothiki, Thessaloniki Greece
02 May, 2009 - Walpurgis Metal days @ Bürgerpark Hauzenberg, Germany
14 Aug, 2009 - Summerbreeze Open Air, Dinkelsbühl, Germany
American metallers Lamb Of God has entered the Australian album charts at number 8 with their latest studio offering, "Wrath." The album has been promoted with the music video for the song "Set To Fail" aswell as a huge contest and online campaign. You can buy it in stores everywhere today.
Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy recently revealed a one minute sample of new material when he appeared on New York's Q104.3 FM. You can check it out below. The new album remains untitled for now and will be released this summer through Roadrunner Records. More...
Netherlands based death metal act Pestilence has posted another new song from their forthcoming new studio album, "Resurrection" online. You can check out the song "Devouring Frenzy" by heading to the bands official Myspace.
Danish thrash metal act The Burning has posted their new music video online for the song "Eight Legged Omen." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands latest album "Reawakening" which was released last week through Massacre Records. More...
Swedish thrash metal band The Haunted has revealed the details about a forthcoming two disc compilation album entitled "Warning Shots." The first disc will consist of songs from their albums "The Haunted," "The Haunted Made Me Do It" and "One Kill Wonder" and the second will be comprised of rarities and unreleased songs. The albums booklet will contain an interview with bass player Jonas Bjorler in which he discusses the bands early days.
The tracklisting for "Warning Shots" is as follows:
1. Hate Song
3. Shadow World
6. One Kill Wonder
7. Under the Surface
8. In vein
9. Hollow Ground
11. Dark Intentions
12. Bury Your Dead
1. Ritual ('One Kill Wonder' session track)
2. Creed ('One Kill Wonder' session track)
3. Well of Souls (Candlemass cover)
4. Eclipse ('The Haunted Made Me Do It' session track)
5. Choke Hold (live)
6. Leech (live)
7. Three Times (live)
8. Undead (demo)*
9. Shattered (demo) (from 'Statements of Intent' compilation)
10. Undead (Death & 1/2 Prod.
11. Now You Know (Death & 1/2 Prod.
12. Blood Rust (Death & 1/2 Prod.
* previously unreleased
ARCHITECT's album, "Ghost Of The Saltwater Machines" (Black Market Activities/MetalBlade) was released in November of 2008.
Two more trailers for the forthcoming Guitar Hero: Metallica video game have been posted online. You can check them both out below. One of the trailers shows off Motorhead mainman Lemmy and the other demonstrates metal legend King Diamond who are both playable characters in the game. More...
Polish black metal act Behemoth are currently recording their brand new studio album to be released later this year. The band have posted a new video showing them recording the album which you can check out below. More...