Metal News for March 21, 2011
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30 news articles posted on this day.
The upcoming third full-length album from Born of Osiris, titled "The Discovery," is set to hit stores everywhere tomorrow (March 22nd) and the effort was mixed by acclaimed producer Jason Seucof (All That Remains, Trivium).
For the next 24 hours, the band will be streaming each of the tracks from the new album online via Facebook. You can check out "The Discovery" by heading over to this location. A teaser trailer for the album can be found here.
Born of Osiris is currently co-headlining the third annual “Atticus Metal” tour with Darkest Hour. As Blood Runs Black and The Human Abstract round out the bill. The entire touring schedule is also available through the band's Facebook page.
Sweden's One Without has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"After only a few weeks in the band, Joseph decided that he needed to focus on other things in his life, and that he simply wouldn't have the time and ambition to be a part of One Without. We thank him for taking the time, and we truly are sorry that it didn't work out as he's an awesome drummer, a wonderful person and a great friend!
"In the past weeks since he left the band we have been trying out different drummers, but we have not yet found what we are looking for in a drummer. Now the position as drummer in OW is open for auditions!
"If you are a skilled drummer and want to be part of One Without, don't hesitate to contact us and tell us a bit about yourself! And if possible, please include links or sound clips of you playing. Send your info to this e-mail: email@example.com."
One Without also recently released a new single titled "Om Du Var Här" through iTunes.
Spanish death metal act Apostles of Perversion will be releasing a new album titled "Meeting of Atrocities" through Pathologically Explicit Recordings in April, 2011. You can check out the cover artwork and promotional flyer for the release below.
Dutch symphonic metal outfit Within Temptation has posted a second in a trilogy of short films online. The new movie, "Sinéad," can be viewed below. A message from the band reads as follows:
"The second short film is online now!
"We’re excited to reveal the second short film to you, titled 'Sinéad'! After having released the first one, 'Mother Maiden', this second short film gives you more insight into the story of The Unforgiving.
"As you might know, this short film as well as the other short films and the music videos are featured on the Special Edition of The Unforgiving, which will be released this coming weekend!
"This Special Edition also contains the music videos of 'Where Is The Edge' and 'Utopia' and the names of everyone who joined our Facebook campaign in December 2010. Of course those names are also featured on the special poster in the digipack, as announced earlier. Enjoy!" More...
Reunited stoner metal outfit Sleep has announced that the band will be performing three shows in North America this June, following a successful reunion tour last year.
The currently announced tour dates are as follows:
June 22 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
June 24 - Calgary, AB - Sled Island Festival
June 26 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
German Celtic metal outfit Suidakra has posted three new songs online for free streaming, which you can listen to by heading to the band's official Facebook page.
The three new songs, "Balor," "Dowth 2059," and "Biróg’s Oath," will all appear on the band's new studio album, "Book Of Dowth," which is to be released on March 25th through AFM Records.
You can also check out the previously uploaded music video for the song "Dowth 2059" by heading over to this location.
German metal act Kromlek has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming album "Finis Terrae." You can check out the teaser trailer below.
Straight Line Stitch is set to release the new album "The Fight Of Our Lives" on March 22nd, 2010. The entire new album is now available for streaming through AOL Music at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Tear Down The Sky
3. Laughing In The Rearview
4. Cold Front
5. No Tomorrow
6. Bar Room Brawl
7. One Reason
8. Never Surrender
9. Living Dead
10. Sound Of Silence
11. Ashes In The Wind
Within the Ruins is currently recording a 7" EP titled "Omen," and the band has now released a second studio update video to give the fans a glimpse into the recording process. You can check out the clip below.
The previously uploaded first studio video update is available at this location.
Beltane has posted the new song "Yet Again" online, which features the drums of Chris Warhead from Abazagorath and the keyboards of Tamara Picardo from Upon Shadows. You can check out the new track by heading over to the Beltane Facebook page.
Beltane also recently recorded four new songs in an outdoor graveyard location to mark the autumn equinox. The tracks will be combined with the previously recorded Summer solstice songs and the new track "Yet Again" for Beltane's upcoming fifth full-length album.
Additional details on the title, track listing, and cover artwork for the band's fifth album will be announced as they are made available.
The week of May 30th sees the re-release of two albums which form the cornerstone of Ozzy’s career as a solo artist: "Blizzard of Ozz" and "Diary of a Madman."
These definitive versions of 1980's "Blizzard of Ozz" (with previously unreleased bonus tracks) and 1981's "Diary of a Madman" will be available individually on vinyl or CD, or together in a limited edition 30th Anniversary deluxe collector's box set.
The box set containing a 100-page coffee table book, a two-sided wall-size poster, a precise and detailed full-size replica of Ozzy's iconic gold cross that he has worn for 30 years, and the "Thirty Years After The Blizzard" DVD – which chronicles Ozzy’s years with Randy Rhoads and features previously unseen performance footage filmed in 1981 and 1982. All versions have been restored and remastered from the original analog sources by George Marino.
Southern California's The Devastated, which features past members of Impending Doom and Oblige, has been hard at work crafting the band's first album. The band is currently wrapping up tracking with producer Chris Eck, and mixing later this month with Daniel Castleman at Lambesis Studios in San Diego, CA. The Devastated has now signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records.
The Devastated states: "We are proud to announce our signing to Century Media Records. The backing and tremendous sense of family is that of which we have always hoped for in a label. We knew almost immediately that this was the perfect fit. We can't wait to release the record and get out on the road. Expect the unexpected and stay tuned to our facebook page for constant updates."
To get a taste of what The Devastated is all about, head over to the group's official Facebook page to hear a rough version of the song "Pseudo Smile Campaign."
The Devastated is also set to hit the road with Suicide Silence as part of the Black Dynamite Tour. Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker had the following to say about the band: "The Devastated is the heaviest thing to hit the Earth since the asteroids that killed off the dinosaurs." Additional support will come from I Declare War and dates can be found below.
3/27/11 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Downtown Brew
3/28/11 - Lancaster, CA - Mango Tango
3/29/11 - Orangevale, CA - Boardwalk
3/30/11 - Chico, CA - Senator Theatre
3/31/11 - Reno, NV - The Alley
4/01/11 - Bakersfield, CA - Jerry's Pizza
Canadian death thrashers Death Toll Rising will be embarking on a two week Canadian tour this spring entitled "Defecation Across the Western Nation." The band hits the road in continuation of last year's self-released full-length album, "Defecation Suffocation." Joining the band on the second portion of the tour will be Painkiller Records act Reverend Kill from Calgary.
"We are really stoked to be doing these dates in western Canada, we are going to be playing some places that we have never been before. Our album has been out for almost a year now so its great to be able to come to new cities after our name has been out there for a while," commented guitarist Drew Copland.
He went on to add, "Being on the road also also gives us a chance to test out some newer material that we've been working on since the album's release, so you can expect at least a couple brand new tunes to be unleashed."
The currently announced dates are as follows: More...
The Haunted has posted another teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Unseen," which can be viewed below. "Unseen" is set for release in Europe on March 21st and in North America on March 22nd.
The Haunted is also currently streaming the entire new album online. Details on streaming the new tracks are available here.
Moscow based funeral doom band Abstract Spirit has now finished work on an upcoming album titled "Horror Vacui." The new album is currently scheduled for a May, 2011 release through Solitude Productions.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Beyond Closed Century
2. Post Mortem
4. Vigilae Mortuorum (interludium)
5. Without Me Dead Tomorrow
6. Atrophy of Ideology
7. Horror Vacui
Paris based act Arkan is streaming a new song online from the band's upcoming album "Salam," which will see release on April 18th through Season of Mist. You can now check out a new song from the album, titled "Inner Slaves," by heading over to Radiometal.com at this location.
"Salam" is Arkan's second full-length album and follow-up to "Hilal." The album will feature a guest appearance by Kobi Farhi of Orphaned Land. The track listing is as follows:
2. Inner Slaves
3. Deus Vult’ (feat. Kobi Farhi)
4. Blind Devotion
5. Jerusalem – Sufferpolis
6. Beyond Sacred Rules
7. Common Ground
8. Sweet Opium
10. Call From Within
11. Lightened Heart
12. The Eight Doors Of Jannah
13. Amaloun Jadid II
Vader bassist Tomasz "Reyash" Rejek announced last month that he was leaving the band. Vader has now issued the following statement about the split and about recruiting a new drummer:
"Hail to all Vadermaniax!!! I decided to write this - a little bit untimely - news to correct Reyash's official stance on leaving the band on Blabbermouth. I decided to thank Reyash for over two-year's cooperation in January 2011 and it was solely my decision. The decision was made on his recent behaviour only and definitely not due to his 'personal reasons.'
"Reyash is a great mate but this isn't enough to be the part of Vader. What's funny is that my expectations are really not that high as it might seem from the personal changes in the band throughout the recent years. Vader is appreciated by you just because of us keeping the style, sincerity and quality regardless the so-called public opinion. Reyash knew that he was to play till the end of the season (promotion of 'Necropolis') and his staying in the band depended exclusively on his work during the past two years. I can't understand his trying to give a good account of himself in this situation, the more so because it is insincere. More...
On March 24th, Sweden's Grave will kick off the "Metal Chainsaw Massacre" European tour
at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Other bands to appear on the bill include Obituary and Pathology. The dates are as follows:
3/24 – LUDWIGSBURG, DE @ ROCKFABRIK
3/25 – PARIS, FR @ ELYSEE MONTMARTRE (PARIS EXTREME FEST)
3/27 – COLOGNE, DE @ WERKSTATT
3/29 – MUNICH, DE @ BACKSTAGE HALL
3/30 – BOCHUM, DE @ MATRIX
3/31 – HAARLEM, NL @ PATRONAAT
4/1 – OLDENBURG, DE @ AMADEUS
4/2 – AARHUS, DK @ VOX HALL (ROYAL METAL FEST)
4/7 – HELSINKI, FI @ NOSTURI
4/8 – RIGA, LV @ MELNAPIEKTDIENA
4/9 – VILNIUS, LA @ PROPAGANDA
4/12 – KRAKOW, PL @ KWADRAT
4/13 – WARSAW, PL @ PROGRESJA
4/14 – BERLIN, DE @ K17
4/15 – LEIPZIG, DE @ HELLRAISER
4/16 – PRAGUE, CZ @ ROCK CAFE
4/17 – BRATISLAVA, SK @ MAJASTIC MUSIC CLUB
4/19 – BOLOGNA, IT @ ESTRAGON
4/20 – MONTPELLIER, FR @ SECRET PLACE
4/21 – LLEIDA, ES @ COTTON CLUB
4/22 – VALENCIA, ES @ DURANGO ROCK CLUB
4/23 – GRANADA, ES @ SALA HYPNOSIS
4/24 – MADRID, ES @ SALA HEINEKEN
4/25 – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, ES @ SALA CAPITOL
4/28 – VEVEY, CH @ ROCKING CHAIR
4/30 – TILBURG, NL @ 013 (NEUROTIC DEATHFEST)
Grave also has the following upcoming Summer festival: More...
Chicago's Bloodiest is set to release the new album "Descent" in North American on March 29th through Relapse Records. The album was recorded with engineer Sanford Parker at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio studios in Chicago.
Bloodiest is now streaming a new track from "Descent" online, titled "Slave Rule." You can check out the new track "Slave Rule" by heading over to the band's official Facebook page.
The band also recently posted another new track online, titled "Fallen." The song is available for streaming at this location.
Becoming the Archetype will be releasing the new album "Celestial Completion" on March 29th through Solid State Records. The band has now teamed up with Noisecreep.com to stream a new song off the album, titled "Path of the Beam," online at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Resonant Frequency of Flesh
2. The Magnetic Sky
3. Internal Illumination
4. Path of the Beam
5. Music of the Spheres: Requiem Aeternam Part I (instrumental)
6. Elemental Wrath: Requiem Aeternam Part II
7. Xenosynthesis: Requiem Aeternam Part III
8. Invisible Creature (instrumental)
9. Cardiac Rebellion
11. Breathing Light
You can also check out a studio video clip from Becoming the Archetype recording the album by navigating here.
Death Wolf, which recently changed its name from Devils Whorehouse and signed to Regain Records, is now streaming two new songs online.
You can check out the new tracks "Circle of Abomination" and "Morning Czar Shineth" by heading over to the Death Wolf Facebook page at this location.
The full track listing and information on the band's upcoming full-length album will be released shortly. Death Wolf's statement about changing names and signing to Relapse can also be found here.
Portuguese metal act Heavenwood has scheduled two showcases for introducing the new "Abyss Masterpiece" album, which was released last March 14th in Portugal, and March 18th in Europe via Listenable Records. The album is set to drop on May 3rd 2011 in North America through eOne Distribution. Heavenwood commented on the upcoming showcases:
"The band shall present five versions to some of the new songs of the new album and signing autographs for friends and fans in two separate occasions. First date due March 27 at the auditorium of FNAC store in Norte Shopping, Matosinhos, Portugal and session starts at 9:30pm. Second date is April 2 at the auditorium of FNAC store in Guimarães Shopping, Guimarães, Portugal, starting hour at 10pm. Meanwhile the first dates for the 'Abyssus Convucatum Est Tour 2011' shall be revealed very soon."
In other news, "Winter Slave" and "Leonor," two new tracks taken from "Abyss Masterpiece" are available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The follow-up to 2008's "Redemption" was produced by Ricardo Dias and Heavenwood and was mixed and mastered by Kristian "Kohle" Kohlmannslehner at Kohlekeller Studios, Germany.
Finnish prog/death metal ensemble Barren Earth has wrapped up the band’s first ever North American tour, the “Finnish Metal Tour 2,” in February and March. The group was also awarded “Newcomer of the Year” at the Finnish Metal Awards and “Debut of the Year” at the Metal Storm Awards.
Barren Earth bassist, Olli-Pekka Laine, stated, "Barren Earth’s first tour happened recently in US and Canada. Besides the good times we had among the group members and the other bands on the bill, it was fantastic to sense the positive vibrations from audiences all over North America. When we entered the stage to play the first gig in Orlando, we really didn't know what to expect. But since then, until the last show in Raleigh, audiences didn't let us down even once. I truly hope that the feeling was mutual. Thanks to all the people who appeared at the gigs!
"During the tour we found out that Barren Earth has been ranked to the #1 newcomer of the year in Finnish Metal Awards. That evening we had a real reason to do some epic celebration... Another day we received an e-mail from our manager, where he told that our first album Curse of the Red River has won the Best Debut Album category in our Metal Storm Awards 2010. Another good reason to throw up an insane party! More...
Stormwarrior and Legion of the Damned have been confirmed for Germany's Bang Your Head festival. The upcoming festival will take place on July 15th and July 16th at the Messegelände in Balingen.
For further information on the festival, visit this location.
Other confirmed bands include: Desaster, Crystal Viper, Accept, Helloween, Immortal, Lordi, Amorphis, Death Angel, Asphyx, and more.
Korpius has issued the following announcement about shooting a new music video:
"We shot the video for 'Awaking Terror' this weekend with Chad and Phil from Black Fawn Films. These guys are great and the result will be killer. Expect the video to drop in a week or two on Youtube. We'll keep you posted.
"Our brand new album 'Shades of Black' is available right now on iTunes. Pre-orders for the physical version are also available through the Maple Metal Records distro here and will be available at the album launch show on April 1st at Bar le Magog, Sherbrooke."
The band also posted a sample track online from "Shades of Black." Details on hearing the song are available at this location.
Footage has been posted online of Megadeth's David Ellefson appearing at a recent Hartke Bass Amp clinic in NYC. You can check out the clip below.
David Ellefson has also announced several upcoming European meet and greet sessions. Details can be found at this location.
Swedish death metal act Nominon has checked in with the following announcement about working on a new album:
"Thanks to Piotr, Marcin, Grezgorz, Damien & and all True Death skulls that showed up at the Silesian Death Attack in Zabrze, Poland March 5th. You guys are simply the sickest. Hell Fucking Death!
"Now the band will continue to work on new material for the fifth album that is set to be recorded late this year for a early 2012 release. Nominon will start doing some pre-production for the album within the next couple of months and we'll certainly keep you all posted. The band has also been asked to participate on numerous split 7" EP's as well, so when something is confirmed we'll tell you all about it.
"The planned gig April 1st in Stralsund, Germany has been cancelled due to problems with having live shows at the planned venue. So for now Nominon are set to play the following shows;
"Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen Thursday March 31st with Undergang, Göteborg, Sweden @ Truckstop Alaska Saturday April 2nd with Stench, Satanarchy and more, Växjö, Sweden @ Palladium Saturday April 30th with the occult act Witchgrave and Wrench. More...
British heavy metal outfit Sylosis has posted a new music video online for the song, "Empyreal." You can check it out below. The song comes from the band's newly released sophomore album, "Edge Of The Earth," which is available through Nuclear Blast Records.
A Perfect Circle will tour North America for the first time in six years, kicking off the band's 2011 tour dates with a headlining performance at Rock on the Range in Columbus, Ohio on May 22nd. The band returned from their self-imposed hiatus in the fall of 2010 for a handful of intimate Western U.S. dates, which sold out within a minute of going on sale.
Here are the latest A Perfect Circle tour dates:
May 22 - Columbus, OH @ Rock on the Range
June 29 - Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
June 30 - Kent, WA @ Showare Center
July 2 - Gibbons, AL @ Boonstock Festival
July 4 - Winnipeg, MB @ Centennial Concert Hall
July 6 - St. Paul, MN @ Roy Wilkins Auditorium
July 8 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
July 9 - Toronto, ON @ Edgefest
July 12 - Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
July 13 - New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
July 15 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
July 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ Penn's Landing - Festival Pier
July 17 - Washington, DC @ Constitution Hall
July 19 - Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre
July 20 - Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
July 22 - San Antonio, TX @ Freeman Coliseum
July 23 - Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
July 25 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
July 28 - Los Angeles, CA @ Gibson Amphitheater
July 29 - Sacramento, CA @ Memorial Auditorium
July 30 - Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre
August 2 - Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 9 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week we'll dig into three rocking outfits all hailing from The Republic of Ireland.
Great Britain may be more well known for their heavy metal, but a short trip West finds that the Republic of Ireland has just as strong a heavy metal background. One could even argue that the Irish metal underground is much more varied than the British, boasting a large number of thrash, black, death and in particular doom metal bands. This week we’ll be taking a look at three of the country’s lesser known bands.
Proudly claiming themselves to be the world’s only Gaelic doom metal band, Dublin’s Mael Mordha, who take their name from the King of Leinster who led a gruesome rebellion against the High King of Ireland, Brian Ború in 998, formed exactly one thousand years after their namesake’s revolt. They signed with German label, Grau in 2005 and released their first full length album, "Cluain Tarbh" the same year, along with a split record with fellow Irishmen Primordial. Since then, the band has released two more studio albums, with the most recent being, "Manannan" in 2010.
Mael Mordha - "The Serpent And The Black Lake"
Mael Mordha - "Godless Commune Of Sodom"