Metal News for March 21, 2008
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27 news articles posted on this day.
TODESBONDEN, the atmospheric doom metal band founded by Laurie Ann Haus (AUTUMN TEARS, EPHEMERAL SUN, NEST, ex-RAIN FELL WITHIN, GARDEN OF SHADOWS), will be releasing their new album, "Sleep Now, Quiet Forest," via Prophecy North America on June 24th, 2008. According to a press release, the album "is an exotic blend of world music, symphonic classical music, and epic metal, fronted by versatile female vocals reminiscent of Celtic, folk, operatic and modern styles. Produced by Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, DAYLIGHT DIES, PAIN OF SALVATION), Sleep Now, Quiet Forest is a diverse album that touches on different time periods yet is held together by a uniformly epic, fantasy feeling. Appealing to fans of THERION and DEAD CAN DANCE."
Tracklisting for "Sleep Now, Quiet Forest" is as follows: "Surrender To The Sea," "Surya Namaskara," "Trianon," "Aengus Óg Fiddle," "Fading Empire," "Ghost Of The Crescent Moon," "Flow My Tears," "Sailing Alone," "Lullaby," "Battle Of Kadesh," "Sleep Now, Quiet Forest."
For more info visit here.
Deathwish Inc. has officially added Narrows to their roster. The group features Dave Verellen (Botch), Rob Moran (Unbroken, Some Girls), Ryan Fredereksen (These Arms Are Snakes), Jodie Cox (Tropics), and Sam Stothers (Makeout Boys). Deathwish will soon release the band's 7" EP, to be followed by a new full-length later this year. An MP3 of the song "Life Vests Float, Kids Don't" from the EP can be downloaded here.
Apiary and Oblige will team up for a brief spring tour. Here are the tour dates so far:
3/28 Modesto, CA @ Two Zero Nine Arena
3/29 Grants Pass, OR @ The Trove
3/31 Seattle, WA @ The Central
4/1 Portland, OR @ Rock And Roll Pizza
4/2 Tacoma, WA @ Viaduct
4/3 Spokane Valley, WA @ The Slaughterhouse
4/5 Twin Falls, ID @ The Ranch
4/6 Pueblo, CO @ Phils Radiator
4/7 Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November
4/8 Colorado Springs, CO @ The Black Sheep
4/9 Denver, CO @ The Kingdom of Doom
4/10 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
Lewd Acts will tour the West Coast during the remainder of this month. Here are the tour dates:
3/22 Fresno, CA @ The Exit w/ Ceremony, Life Long Tragedy, more
3/23 Shasta Lake, CA @ Curtis' Garage w/ Scared to Death, more
3/24 Bremerton, WA @ Retard City w/ Hit the Bricks, The Flex, more
3/25 Tacoma, WA @ The Viaduct w/ I Quit, Braineaters, Ill Intent, more
3/26 Vancouver, WA @ Pistols Skate Shop w/ Brain Eaters, Building Failure
3/27 Boise, ID @ The Myrtle Morgue
3/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Light Books w/ Eagle Twin
3/30 Redwood City, CA @ Oddstad Art Gallery w/ Violent Minds, more
Progressive metal band Sphere of Souls have revamped their lineup and announced the addition of lead guitarist Alex Rosenhof of Picture of the Moon and drummer Milan Ridderhof, formerly of Daisy Vain. Alex and Milan replace former members Anand Mahangoe and Ruud van Diepen respectively, who left the band in early 2007.
The new Sphere of Souls line-up is currently rehearsing material from the band’s 2006 debut "From the Ashes...," released by Lion Music. Material for a second album is also in the works and the band will resume live work within the next few months.
UK metallers Awake have been confirmed as guests on the UK leg of Magnum’s May 2008 European tour - dates below. Awake will also be appearing at the Dokkem Open Air Festival Holland, Cambridge Rock Festival, UK and the East Riding Rock Festival, UK.
Here are the UK tour dates in support of Magnum:
07/5/08 Bristol Academy UK
08/5/08 Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall UK
09/5/08 Newcastle Academy
10/5/08 Oxford Academy
11/5/08 Manchester Academy
12/5/08 Sheffield Academy
Tyr has confirmed the new release dates of their upcoming album, "Land," which also will be available as a digipak that includes a bonus DVD, "Live At Wacken." The release will drop on the following dates:
May 28 – FIN
May 30 – GAS, Benelux, FRA, ITA, SWE
June 02 – EU
June 10 – USA / CAN
"A distinctive trademark that sets TÝR appart from most other bands of the "Viking Metal" genre is the autheticism of their music: "Traditional music dating back to the Vikings, that is not preserved anywhere else in the world, not even in Iceland, is passed on in an oral tradition here and it is still alive and well. That is what we build our music on and draw great inspiration from" explains Heri Joensen, singer and guitarist of TYR
Almost every song on "Land" is based on Faroese or Norwegian lore, and is revetted in the garb of the Folk Metal genre. Its approach unmistakenly creates a very true Viking Metal.
Traditional Faroese lyrics mark tracks such as "Gátu Ríma", "Fípan Fagra" and "Lokka Táttur", and "Gandkvæði Tróndar", which is a poem by J.H.O. Djurhuus about the Faroese chieftain Tróndur, who fought against the dying of the old beliefs and for the independence of the Faroes. "Sinklars Vísa" is a Norwegian traditional song based on the true story of Scottish mercenaries killed when trying to disturbe the peace in Norway.
While most lyrics contain traditional stories about the Norse pantheon and the Viking age, some topics are more earthbound: "Ocean" explores the reasons why Scandinavians sailed westwards to the Faroes, a question that to this day remains unanswered by historians and archeologists alike. And "Valkyrjan" tackles the unheroic side of war, reflecting on the feelings of futility men face on the battlefield.
Musically "Land" guards the essence of that most sacred to TÝR: Heroic Viking Metal, highly influenced by Scandinavian traditionals and combined with contemporary metal.
Land hits the streets on 30 May and will be available as regular jewel case edition and a limited edition deluxe digipack including a bonus DVD of the very memorable gig at Wacken Open Air.
Red I Flight, Across Five Aprils, Secret Lives of the Freemasons, and Fallen From The Sky will team up for the "Young Bucks Tour" next month. Here are the tour dates:
4/3 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/4 Jacksonville, FL @ the Pit
4/5 Homestead, FL @ Lifepoint Church
4/6 Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
4/7 Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
4/8 Pensacola, FL @ the Red Door
4/11 Metairie, LA @ High Ground
4/14 Cape Girardeau, MO @ the Enchanted Forest
4/16 Warren, MI @ the Ritz
4/17 Cleveland, OH @ Peabodys
4/18 Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
4/19 Lemoyne, PA @ Championship
4/20 Lowell, MA @ Vpac.
4/21 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
4/22 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
4/23 Providence, RI @ Club Hell
4/24 Rockville Center, NY @ Vibe Lounge
4/25 South Hackensack, NJ @ School Of Rock
Germany's long-reigning metal queen, DORO PESCH kicked off her North American tour on March 20th at Jokers, in Philadelphia, PA. The concert represented something of a homecoming for her backing band (Johnny Dee, drums; Nick Douglas, Bass, Joe Taylor, guitar) who all currently reside in (or were originally from) the surrounding NJ-Philly area. Locomotive labelmates FATAL SMILE (from Sweden) opened the show. DORO makes stops in Virginia, upstate New York and New York City before hitting Toronto, on March 25th.
The April 25 concert in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from DISFEAR — the Swedish "crust rock" outfit featuring former AT THE GATES/THE CROWN vocalist Tomas Lindberg and ex-ENTOMBED guitarist Ulf "Uffe" Cederlund — has sold out and a second, late show has been added. This Montreal date falls towards the end of DISFEAR's upcoming North American headlining tour in support of the band's recent release "Live the Storm". Joining DISFEAR on this tour on various dates are friends PARASYTIC, ATAKKE, THE DREAM IS DEAD, YAKUZA, TRAP THEM, and more. This Metal Maniacs- and Lambgoat-sponsored tour also includes a performance at the annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival for DISFEAR.
"Live the Storm" was released on January 22 in North America (January 28 internationally) via Relapse Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Misanthropic Generation" was recorded with CONVERGE guitarist Kurt Ballou at his Godcity Studios in Salem, MA and includes 10 all new songs from the band.
Wisconsin metalcore band, Misery Signals, have completed work on their brand new record. Misery Signals will be making the long trip back to the states only to turn right back around and go to Europe with August Burns Red and Emmure. Upon returning from their Euro dates, they will begin a U.S./Canada run with As I Lay Dying. All info for all upcoming dates can be found here.
For up to date info on the bands new record stay tuned and also check out their MySpace page.
German death metallers OBSCURA have uploaded rough-mix versions of the tracks from their forthcoming three-track promo CD, recorded by Victor Bullok (DARK FORTRESS; CELTIC FROST touring member).
The songs available for streaming at this location are as follows:
01. The Anticosmos Overload
02. Choir of Spirits
OBSCURA recently announced the addition of former NECROPHAGIST guitarist Christian Muenzner to the group's ranks.
The band's new lineup is as follows:
Steffen Kummerer - Guitar, Vocals
Christian Muenzner (ex-NECROPHAGIST) - Guitar
Jeroen Paul Thesseling (ex-PESTILENCE) - Bass
Hannes Grossmann (ex-NECROPHAGIST) - Drums
DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco-based black metal band featuring Eric Peterson (guitar, vocals; TESTAMENT), Gian Pyres (guitar; ex-CRADLE OF FILTH), Derrick Ramirez (bass), Lyle Livingston (keys) and Jon Allen (drums; SADUS, ex-TESTAMENT), has scheduled the following dates:
April 17 - Walnut Creek, CA - Betty's Rock Bar
April 18 - Corona, CA - Angels Sports Bar
April 19 - Apple Valley, CA - Angels Roadhouse
April 20 - Bakersfield, CA - The Dome
DRAGONLORD's sophomore album, "Black Wings of Destiny", was released in the U.S. in October 2005 via Escapi Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Rapture" (Spitfire Records) was recorded and mixed by Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, DIMMU BORGIR, ARCH ENEMY) at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden.
HAIL OF BULLETS, the new band featuring GOREFEST drummer Ed Warby, THANATOS guitarists Stephan Gebédi and Paul Baayens, former PESTILENCE/ASPHYX singer Martin Van Drunen and former HOUWITSER bass player Theo van Eekelen, has posted the third and final part of the "behind-the-scenes" studio video trilogy. In the latest clip, which you can view here, you can see "gruntmaster Martin van Drunen laying down some vocals and we can also see Theo van Eekelen torturing the mighty thunderbass!"
HAIL OF BULLETS has set "…Of Frost And War" as the title of its debut album, due in Europe on May 19 (except in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, where it will arrive three days earlier) via Metal Blade Records. The CD was recorded in February/March of 2008 at Excess Studios in Rotterdam, Holland and was mixed and mastered in Sweden by Dan Swanö of EDGE OF SANITY fame.
"…Of Frost And War" will be available as a limited first-edition digipak CD including a bonus track and special pop-up packaging. After this first edition is sold out, there will only be a regular jewelcase edition without the bonus track available, so be quick! The album will be released on vinyl, too." More...
MERCILESS DEATH annihilated the unsuspecting masses in early 2007 with their scorching debut "Evil in the Night". Eager to keep fans banging their heads, thrash metal purveyors MERCILESS DEATH have set a release date for their highly anticipated sophomore effort entitled "Realm of Terror", which will be unleashed on May 20. Gracing the cover of "Realm of Terror" will be artwork be legendary metal artist Andreas Marschall, whose talents have been displayed on classic albums by such bands as SODOM, KING DIAMOND, DESTRUCTION and OBITUARY. And once again Heavy Artillery Records will be pulling out all the stops with limited edition vinyl featuring a full color gatefold jacket, inner sleeve, deluxe 24” x 24” poster and limited colored vinyl.
MERCILESS DEATH will land on European soil for the first time with an exclusive appearance at the upcoming Keep It True X festival on April 4. This historic event marks the tenth installment of the legendary festival and is celebrated with exclusive early material sets by JAG PANZER, MANILLA ROAD, HELSTAR, OMEN, TITAN FORCE, and ATTACKER, amongst others.
For more information, visit their MySpace page.
Legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE will embark on a 20th-anniversary U.S. tour in May. Support on the trek will come from MONSTROSITY, ABYSMAL DAWN and STRONG INTENTION.
So far the following dates have been announced:
May 08 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 09 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero (w/ OBITUARY, DYING FETUS, ORIGIN)
May 26 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11 Tavern
May 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
New York death metallers, Blood Obsession, issue the following update on their MySpace page:
"Blood Obsession will be entering the studio soon to record a five song demo of completely new material. While still firmly in the jaws of Death Metal, this demo will showcase our extensive influence of Black Metal, Thrash and especially Doom Metal. The tracklist as of now is as follows:"
"1. Fuck Me Father (For I Have Sinned)
2. Unnecessary Hysterectomy
3. Iron and Ash
4. Post-Mortem Molestation
5. Slaughter in Valhalla"
"With the new demo, we hope to attract the attention of a decent label willing to help us release our full length CD 'Raped and Consumed' later this year." More...
ICED EARTH will be performing at the VIA DE LA PLATA FESTIVAL in Madirid, Spain on July 11. Iron Maiden and Slayer are also on the bill. More ICED EARTH tour dates for 2008 are in the works, so stayed tuned for upcoming announcements.
As previously reported, ICED EARTH will be appearing at the following 2008 festivals:
May 2 - Chicago Powerfest (USA)
May 9 - Centre de Foire, Quebec City (Canada) - NIGHTWISH special guest
June 20 - Fields of Rock (Holland)
June 21 - Hellfest (France)
June 27 - Bang Your Head (Germany)
June 28 - Graspop Metal Meeting (Belgium)
June 29 - Gods of Metal (Italy)
July 5 - Metal Camp, (Slovenia)
July 11 - Via De La Planta (Spain)
August 16 - Bloodstock (UK)
September 27 - ProgPower USA (USA)
Recently reunited Swedish thrash metal band GUILLOTINE has signed to Pulverised Records for a brand new album. Consisting of members from the legendary NOCTURNAL RITES, the new album is currently untitled but work is in progress and should see the light of day for a late 2008 release.
GENGHIS TRON was in a freak van accident yesterday and, although all passengers are OK, the band’s van and trailer are in need of serious repair forcing the band to cancel their shows in Butler, PA last night and Philadelphia, PA tonight.
Genghis Tron issued the following statement this morning regarding the accident: “"Deja vu. For the second time in Genghis Tron's career we got into a pretty harrowing car accident. Yesterday afternoon while driving on I-71 in Ohio, the rear right wheel of our van decided to jump ship. We spun out across three lanes of busy traffic and landed in a ditch in the median. Somehow we managed to avoid all other cars and luckily no one was injured, but our van and trailer have certainly seen better days.”
“We've set up a paypal donation button on our MySpace page to help us get back on the road in time for next week's tour with Converge. You can also send donations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Every little bit helps... thanks in advance and make sure your tires aren't dickwads like ours! “ More...
Stereogum has premiered the viral version of The Sword's new video for "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians." The video is set in a post-apocalyptic world, thousands of years after the end of human civilization. A new race is born - one that has no idea that man had once ruled. The directors, Mike Colao and Josh Litwhiler, used a technique called "rotoscoping", where they traced over live-action film movement, frame by frame. The result is a visually captivating look into what could be the future of the human race as we know it.
Yesterday also marked the release of the band's two-song, 10" picture disc. Although already sold out through Kemado, you can purchase the songs on iTunes.
Here are The Sword's Gods of the Earth Tour dates: More...
Bristol based thrashers Seregon have posted the following message via Myspace:
"Just to let people know the venue has change for are gig this saturday in london.
will now be held at Bedford Park address below:
BEDFORD PARK, 223 STREATHAM HIGH ROAD
Sorry about this
Seregon will soon be commencing the writing and recording of their second CD, the follow up to the acclaimed "Kingdom Of The Blind" EP.
As previously reported, BLIND GUARDIAN frontman Hansi Kürsch appears on the NEVERLAND debut album, "Reversing Time", on the track 'To Lose The Sun'. He has issued the following statement:
"I suppose some of you have already noticed my appearance on the upcoming Neverland album Reversing Time, which is going to be released by AFM Records on February 29th. Neverland is an interesting project by our Turkish friends DREAMTONE and the great Greek vocalist Iris Mavraki. So it is no surprise, that on the album there is some great stuff to discover. Check it out.""
Dubai-based death/thrash metal band NERVECELL has been confirmed as the support act for VADER on April 11 in Cairo, Egypt. This will mark NERVECELL's second appearance in Egypt as the group had previously headlined Egypt Metal Festival in March 2007.
Check out a flyer for the show at this location.
Swedish hard rockers EUROPE have scheduled the following dates:
Mar. 28 - Sport Palace - Minsk, Belarus
Apr. 19 - Extremusika 2008 en Recinto Hipico de Caceres - Caceres, Spain
May 31 - Kopervik Festival - Karmoy, Norway
Jun. 06 - Rocksound Festival - Huttwil, Switzerland
Jun. 27 - Stadsfesten - Skellefteå, Sweden
Jul. 23 - Villa Pisani - Venice, Italy
Jul. 26 - Piazza del Popolo - Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Aug. 08 - Cloetta Center - Linköping, Sweden (w/ DEEP PURPLE)
Aug. 09 - Oja Slottsruin - Ystad, Sweden (w/ DEEP PURPLE) More...
CELTIC FROST mainman Tom Gabriel Fischer has posted this message on his official blog:
"Last August, I began working as an assistant to HR Giger and his wife, Carmen.
"In the course of my work for Giger, I spent this past Monday at the stunning Giger Museum in Gruyères in the French part of Switzerland, together with Carmen and André, one of the other assistants. We were there to discuss the events planned for the occasion of the ten-year anniversary of the museum in June 2008. It was a very long day, and before we embarked on the two-hour drive back to Zurich in the cold and rainy night, Carmen invited me to complete my collection of Giger books from the stocks of the museum shop.
"I am extremely hesitant in situations like these, because I know that Giger's immense generosity has been taken advantage of unfairly far too many times in the past. I view my work for Giger not as a chance to gain as much as possible from him but rather as an opportunity to reciprocate for his friendship and his incredible mentorship of our band at a time when hardly anybody else believed in us. But Carmen insisted, and even though I am still looking for quite a few Giger books, I eventually took only two, a softback and a hardback.
"We arrived back at Giger's home sometime before 1AM on Tuesday morning. I intended to leave for my own home immediately, but Carmen took my books and said she would ask Giger to sign them. Again, even though I know that Giger is usually awake and active throughout the night, I was very reluctant about disturbing him. The books were a gift enough as it was. Once more, Carmen insisted and disappeared with the books. When she came back, she said: 'Look in the hardback. He hardly ever writes something like that.' I was stunned. Giger had penned a deeply touching personal dedication which left me utterly speechless.
"I have admired his art ever since I was a child. He is truly one of the most extraordinary human beings I have ever known. And the same applies to Carmen and his American agent, Les Barany."
According to Christian Metal News, a new black metal documentary, entitled Light in Darkness - Nemesis Divina, is currently in the works. However, what separates this documentary from countless others that have explored black metal's controversial aspects is that the focus is not on the satanic spectra of the genre, but the opposite - the Christian concept of black metal. Producer Stefan Rydehed, who recently finished completed work on the Pure Fucking Mayhem documentary, which focused on the Norwegian black metal band MAYHEM, and David Nilsson have set their sights on the Scandinavian Christian scene, with particular focus on such bands as CRIMSON MOONLIGHT, ADMONISH and FROSTHARDR.
Rydehed comments: "The topic is very interesting because the genre has a major contradiction because it has evolved from the Satanic black metal and there have been death threats, church arsons, murders and so on but never have there been a documentary about the Christian bands and their point of view of the music genre."
A trailer of this documentary is available below: More...