Metal News for March 22, 2009
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28 news articles posted on this day.
Frontiers Records has announced the signing of Italian progressive metal band PATHOSRAY for the release of their upcoming second album, “Sunless Skies.”
Bassist Fabio D’Amore commented: “We're all really happy and excited about the new album and the way how our sound evolved during these 2 years. The new recording deals, with Frontiers Records and Soundholic, will surely give "Sunless Skies" an extra value with the possibility to reach new fans and spreading our music in the best way possible! We're extremely pleased to have the possibility to work with such respectable companies, also thanks to the amazing job that Intromental Management is doing for us!“
In connection with the upcoming release, set for May 25 in Europe and June 9 in USA on Frontiers/Super D, PATHOSRAY has been confirmed to play ProgPower Scandinavia Festival (alongside Pretty Maids, Freak Kitchen, Mercenary and more) in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 25th, 2009.
“2009 couldn't have started better than this” said drummer Ivan Moni Bidin on behalf of the band, “the excitement for the invitation to play at Prog Power Scandinavia in Denmark, with such big names, will give us the strength to keep improving and set up the best show possible!”
The final tracklisting of “Sunless Skies” includes:
Crown Of Thorns
Behind The Shadows
In Your Arms
Sons Of The Sunless Sky
The Coldest Lullaby
For the Last Time (bonus track)
Metal group Seventh Angel are currently recording their new studio album, "The Dust Of Years" which is set to be released later this year. An update from vocalist/guitarist Ian Arkley has checked in with the following album update:
"We have recorded most of the rhythm guitar tracks now and some other bits and pieces. We are very pleased with how this album is shaping up and Greg (Chandler, producer) is doing an amazing job. It has been a very long day and my brain will no longer function properly so goodnight."
Another DVD preview has been posted online In honor of AS I LAY DYING's upcoming release, "This is Who We Are" (out 4/14/09), has been made available online. Check out this clip viewable exclusively at TheGauntlet.com.
More exclusive clips will be going up between now and April 14th.
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal legends Praying Mantis has posted a new song online entitled "Witch Hunt." You can check it out by heading to their official Myspace page. The song will be appearing on the bands forthcoming new album, "Sanctuary" which will be released in June of this year through Frontiers Records.
In Orlando, Mindy is the first to breakdown and begin crying. She informs the remaining girls that she is afraid and doesn’t want to get hurt. Also, I believe the stress of recently reaching the age of adulthood is weighing on her. More...
Portland, Oregon thrash n’ roll quartet STONECREEP will release their fourth independent studio album next month. The album, entitled “The Deathmarch Crushes On,” is an eight-song melodic metal affair produced by Stephan Hawkes (Shelter Red; The Days, The Nights). The band will kick off the album’s release with a 17-date tour of the western U.S. Another U.S. tour will follow in the late summer of 2009.
Guitarist/vocalist Matt Litton had this to say about the album: “It’s got a little something for everybody. There’s fast, thrashy stuff; slower, heavier material as well as mellower, more ballady-type songs which is something that’s kinda new for us. We experimented with some acoustic instrumental things and we’re really happy with the album as a whole.”
The album will be available for purchase on the band’s website, as well as CD Baby.com.
The latest Stonecreep tour dates are as follows: More...
Will Haven has been forced to cancel their upcoming European run and will instead focus on writing and recording the follow up to "The Hierophant" a statement from the band regarding the decision reads as follows:
"This has not been an easy decision... We're very sorry to announce that, due to not having a bass player, lack of funding, an injured guitarist, and our overall financial instability, Will Haven has been forced to cancel our upcoming April / May European tour.
"We know how crazy lucky we are to have the opportunity to play overseas. Our touring lineup is currently in shambles with Mike, Rey (who usually fills in for Mike), and Pag all unable to go. Plus, we would be looking at serious financial losses and setbacks if we try to go out now.
"'The Hierophant' has been out for almost 2 years now, and we haven't finished any new material. Our goal here is to regroup, finish writing the new songs, and save up enough money to do this RIGHT. We owe that to our friends and fans.
"Again sorry to our friends, fans, the clubs, promoters, and to Jerkov Booking who faithfully put so much effort into this. We will make this up to you very soon!"
Devildriver has announced a run of the United States to promote the release of their forthcoming new studio album, "Pray For Villains" which will be released later this year.
The initial tour dates are as follows:
April 9 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
April 28 - The Marquee - Tulsa, OK
April 30 - Southgate House - Newport, KY
May 1 - Al Rosa - Columbus, OH
May 2 - Harpo’s - Detroit, MI
May 7 - Peabody’s Downunder - Cleveland, OH
May 8 - The Emerson Theater - Indianapolis, IN
May 15 - Sokol Hall - Omaha, NE
May 16 - Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO
May 17 - Gator's Bar And Grill - Farmington, NM
Wisconsin based death metal band Face of Ruin released a self-titled EP in October of 2008 and are currently writing new material for a full-length release. Face of Ruin's guitarist Brian spoke with me at length about how the band's sound has changed since they started and what's going on in their local scene. More...
Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following recap after their recent Norwegian tour:
"Just a little ramble about the Norwegian tour we just completed.
"Can you believe this thing was backed up by Rikskonserter? Which is basically what I understand a company financed directly by the government. Fantastic! We had a blast, did 8 shows and all of them went well.
"Apparently it was one of the most succesful tours in the history of Rikskonserter which is saying quite a lot. Oslo was amazing. We had Ihsahn come play with us and he was amazing! His first show. I know he was a little nervous but I couldn't tell. He did great.
"Bergen completely killed! Awesome crowd! Had a little bar run with Grutle from Enslaved and King from Gorgoroth. We all got a bit wasted and Fred dissapeared.... More...
Experimental dark ambient band Astra Autisma has posted a new song online titled "Mourning Veil of Frozen Tears." The song can be heard on the band's official MySpace page.
Gothic metal band Edenbridge have issued the following announcement about their upcoming album release date:
"On April 27 our first fanshop only album "LiveEarthDream" will see the light of day ! It will be limited to 1000 copies and is only available in our shop !
"Here you can order "LiveEarthDream."
"All orders coming in and paid till April 20 will be signed by us !!! All preorders will be shipped from April 27 on.
"For a short period we offer our back catalog for a special price in our shop so be fast and use the advantage of combined shipping!"
Experimental black metal act Zebulon Kosted has announced the following upcoming tour dates in the U.S. and Canada:
4/1 2009 ZACC Basement Missoula, Montana
5/22 2009 The Underground Calgary, Alberta
5/23 2009 The Cretin Hop w/ Throne of Malediction, Age of Nefilim and Doom Lit Sky Spokane, Washington
5/24 2009 Squid & Ink Seattle, Washington
5/25 2009 Plan B w/ Transient, Anon Remora, and Honduran Portland, Oregon
5/26 2009 The Samurai Duck Eugene, Oregon
5/27 2009 The Golden Trapper Keeper Lodge w/ Al Qaeda and Droughter San Francisco, California
5/28 2009 TBA w/ Al Qaeda Oakland, California
5/29 2009 Rituals in the Shadows Private Party w/ Tomhet Valencia, California
5/30 2009 The High Maintenance Bar Las Vegas, Nevada
5/31 2009 The Old Curtis Street Bar Denver, Colorado
German power metal band Primal Fear have announced that their upcoming album "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead" will be released on May 22nd in Europe and June 7th in North America. The track listing for the album will be as follows:
01. Before the Devil knows you`re Dead
02. Riding the Eagle
03. Six Times Dead (16.6)
04. Black Rain
05. Under the Radar
06. 5.0 /Torn
09. No Smoke without Fire
10. Night after Night
11. Smith & Wesson
12. The Exorcist
13. Hands of Time
The limited edition will also include the following two exclusive bonus tracks:
14. Cry Havoc
Finnish hard rockers The Black League have issued the following announcement about postponing the release of their upcoming album "Ghost Brothel:"
"As if only to make a point, the release of THE BLACK LEAGUE'S new album has been postponed by another month.. But - believe you me - the shitcake's in the oven... and this time we even have a set date for it: April 15th, 2009! To access some more clips of the new album, go to Edel Records.
"Now it's time for YOU to show us you CARE! Go buy the damn thing, ye bastards!!!
"A second (and bloody official!) album release party is also scheduled for April 17th, in the intimate setting of ravintola LEPAKKOMIES in Rock City, Kallio, Helsinki! So you have two days to get acquainted with the new material before the gig! Better make a pre-order then..."
Thrash metal band Suicidal Angels has issued the following recording update:
"Suicidal Angels are happy to report that everything rolled well and the new album recording sessions are now over! The band entered the studio on Thursday, March 5, 2009 and spent two weeks recording the successor to their debut album, “Eternal Domination” (2007), in a nice little town near Munich, Germany. Under the watchful eyes of producer R.D. Liapakis and sound engineer Christian Schmid, Suicidal Angels blew life into 11 fast and technical thrash tunes, paying the utmost attention in being as professional as possible, regarding the recording procedure.
"Comments Tim (guitars): “The new tracks combine speed, aggression and thought provoking lyrics that we hope will please all thrash fans. The new album will come out soon and we can’t wait to hit the road to present it to all thrash maniacs out there”. More...
Canadian death metal band Bloodshoteye has issue the following update about their upcoming album:
"Whats up everyone just wanted to give you an update on whats going on in the BSE camp as of late. Jer left for Calgary in Febuary and we were lucky enough to find a killer replacment right away, so steppin up on bass duties now is Jay Lesperance from "Kill List" / "Shot Down Stars" (RIP).
"To anyone who's patiently been waiting for our follow up album to 2006's, "An Unrelenting Assault", the wait is almost over!! We recorded in Windsor,ON at Spectre Sound Studio, where we recorded 2004's "Without Any Remorse". The album is being mixed (as I type) by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, The Agonist, The Plasmarifle) and will be mastered by Pierre Remillard (Cryptopsy, Ion Dissonance, Misery Index).
"I know the "thing to say" for bands putting out new albums is that this one is our most mature, heaviest, tightest, most brutal thing we've done todate... So I said it! and I mean it!! the vocals are straight up heavy as FUCK! the drums are fast and tight as FUCK! and we thought to ourselves what the FUCK lets throw some rip, roarin solos into the mix, so Jamie shredded with the best on this album! We hope to have it released by the summer on Galy Records, keep an eye out for updates and new tracks in the near future."
The track list for "Expect The Unexpected" will be as follows:
1. Killing Time
2. There Will Be Blood
3. Better Off Dead
4. Fill The Graves
5. Critical Condition
6. Just Another Casualty
7. Columbian Necktie
8. Prophet Of Doom
9. The Slaughterhouse Romance
Melbourne thrash/power metal outfit Anarion, has released a new track from their forthcoming new album "Beneath it All" on their Myspace page. The band is currently organizing a release date for the new album at the moment.
Artwork from "Beneath it All" was created by Travis Smith (Nevermore, Opeth, Devin Townsend, Strapping Young Lad).
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith has denied that Iron Maiden will be calling it a day after they release their next studio album. Last year, bass player and founder Steve Harris stated: "We’ve always said we’re only going to do 15 albums; we’re coming up to it. There’s going to be an ending point."
However Adrian Smith has refuted this claim recently with the claim that: "We’ll carry on. The great thing is that there’s clearly a huge audience out there waiting to hear what we’re going to do right now; and in the real world that’s not a very common situation so you have to appreciate it."
Iron Maiden are expected to take a break after they finish their tour and then enter the studio to record their fifteenth studio album, which should be released in time for the bands 35th anniversary next year.
Fightnews.com is reporting:
Where will Philip Anselmo of the platinum-selling world renowned, PANTERA and DOWN, be partying loud and proud? Where will Jim Lampley of HBO fame be the master emcee? Answer: The Kronk Foundation’s mega fundraiser. It will be Metro Detroit’s biggest bash, and it will pack quite a punch.
It will be a great, fun-filled event - loaded with celebrities, good food, even better wine and all sorts of goodies at a live and silent auction. But act quickly: The tickets are going fast.
If you want to assuage your guilt, remember this - it’s for fabulous cause: The Kronk Gym and the good work it does. More...
The continuous verbal battle between Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillain and Ritchie Blackmore, formerly of Deep Purple and Rainbow, shows no sign of stopping after Blackmoore's lawyers have hit back over the claims that Blackmoore asked to be removed from T-Shirts bearing the image of the classic Deep Purple album "Machine Head." A statement from the lawyers reads as follows:
"In an interview he gave to a music website recently, Ian Gillan made a number of comments about Ritchie Blackmore that twisted facts and which require setting the record straight.
"Gillan remarked that Ritchie sued his former manager to have his image removed from Machine Head t-shirts being sold at Deep Purple concerts and that the judge thought the issue stupid. Nothing could be further from the truth. Ritchie sued his former manager for access to books and accounts, as well as money due him. When it was disclosed during the lawsuit that the Machine Head t-shirts were being sold at concerts, Ritchie simply asked to be paid, just like all the others on the shirt. Ritchie's image was then removed from the t-shirt, apparently to avoid paying him - something that is particularly offensive, as this disassociated him from his most acclaimed work. Contrary to what Gillan says, the judge, far from thinking the whole affair stupid, sided with Ritchie on every motion, from beginning to end. Readers are welcome to examine the court record for themselves (Blackmore v. Thames Talent Publishing, Ltd., Thames Overtures, Ltd. and Bruce Payne 01 Civ. 5521 (E.D.N.Y.)).
"Contrary to what Gillan said about Ritchie's financial demands to stay with Deep Purple, Ritchie in fact wanted to leave Deep Purple to pursue other interests, but when he announced that he wanted to leave, the record company made him a financial offer to stay with the band to complete a tour and to make the album that became Come Hell Or High Water. Gillan should get his facts straight before he talks to anyone.
"Ritchie frankly is amazed at Gillan's childish comments on other issues he discussed in the interview. Hasn't the time come for him to act like an adult?"
You an read the interview in question with Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillain at RockPages.
Netherlands based extreme metal group Detonation has announced that they will be hitting the studio next month to record their brand new studio album. A message from the band reads as follows:
"We had a blast in the UK during the past week! Despite two shows being canceled we did have a couple a very nice shows and one hell of a good time. Major thanks go out to the guys from Bloodshot Dawn, especially to Josh, who have been so kind to accommodate us, help us book the shows and support us on every one of them! Thanks as well to all other bands that supported us as well as everyone that showed up on the show, we hoped you guys enjoyed the new songs!
"New songs are also what we'll be focusing on the upcoming period. We have a fair amount of new material finished and will most likely hit the studios next month to record a couple of new songs. These recordings will mainly be to see how the new songs and line-up work out in de studios, but if they turn out well we might put something here on MySpace as well. Stay tuned for updates."
Guns N Roses has announced that DJ Ashba, guitarist with Sixx:AM and Beautiful Creatures, has entered the band to replace Robin Finck, who is currently touring with Nine Inch Nails.
"DJ 's a gifted, energetic guitarist that Guns N' Roses is proud to have on board!!" exclaims Axl Rose. "We're very excited to have the opportunity to work together. Guns' radar has silently been aware of DJ's presence for quite some time! He brings a fresh approach to our particular brand of mayhem, expanding the tapestry of Guns N' Roses live. Once DJ's name was in the hat, the hat disappeared!!"
"It's an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of a band that I have always loved and respected," said DJ Ashba. "I'm looking forward to working with Axl, who is not only one of the few great frontmen of our generation, but a true artist."
Former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'Anno was recently interviewed by Australia's PyroMusic.net. He discussed a number of things including a new solo album, the influence of punk and his autobiography. You can read some excerpts of the interview below:
Pyromusic.net: I understand you have a new album in the works - what is the latest on that?
Paul Di'Anno: "We started to record it last year in Germany, but have since had some business problems associated with the production company involved with this project, so I may start another new album quite soon now. At the moment I am just concentrating on touring, as this is taking up 100% of my time right now."
Pyromusic.net: You were at the forefront of the creation of heavy metal as we know it today. What was it like in England playing metal when punk was the big thing and what was it like to see the music grow?
Paul Di'Anno: "It was in fact great for me as I was a fan of both metal and punk and very much into the punk attitude... somehow or other that seemed to shine through in the early Maiden days. We survived well throughout the punk period."
Read the full article at PyroMusic.net.
Metallica has posted a message online discussing their forthcoming trip to Mexico. It reads as follows:
"Ten years is way too long, so needless to say, we can't wait to get back to Mexico City on June 6 at Foro Sol for an outdoor show. Pre-sale tickets through Banamex go on sale on March 30 at 11:00 AM local time with the regular ticket sale starting at 11:00 AM locally on April 1. Met Club members should check www.metclub.com for pre-sale info. More info on who will be with us that night to come."
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has issued a tour update from Paris, France. You can check it out below:
"Well, we are within a week of ending the tour for the Priest Feast. Oddly enough, I have not spent any time with the guys from JUDAS PRIEST, whereas Shawn (Drover - drums) has been hanging with them almost every day. It is so amusing to me to see my guys, guys that I really admire, get excited again about being out on the road or meeting someone. I guess I have just gotten to the point where people like Glenn Tipton and KK Downing are my peers and contemporaries, and we tip our hats to each other.
"I would never in my life think that as a kid looking at the back of a record cover, some 30-plus years ago, I would have a friend that would actually be one of the pictures on the back of a record I had once held in my sweaty teen-age mitts. I also had the pleasure of re-telling the story about how my brother-in-law, Bob Wilkie (RIP and may God have mercy on his soul) who was a 6’4” Scottish man, that was the Chief of Police in Stanton, California, had walked in on his son and I listening to “Sad Wings of Destiny” and felt it necessary to double up his fist, rear back and punch me in the face. Of course I was just 15 and probably a total of 100 pounds. This is the way that the Jehovah’s Witnesses in my family dealt with things around my house and family growing up.
"Although it didn’t soften the blow, it sure felt empowering to stand up and say, 'I am fucking metal! I have been metal since the first time I got punched in the face by my brother-in-law, and you see why people sometimes call the police what they do. I don’t really like calling the police pigs, unless they are pigs, and then I would quote the famous singer from the PLAASMATICS, (RIP, too W.O.W.) Wendy O. Williams, who said, 'A pig is a pig and that’s that.' I find it hard to believe that Gar Samuelson our first drummer was with Wendy, because we all thought she was incredible and certainly well endowed. This happened the time we toured with MOTÖRHEAD and the Plasmatics obviously back when Gar and Chris were still in Megadeth. More...
Norwegian doom metal band Syrach has announced the following change to an upcoming tour date:
"we will like to inform you about some things concerning our small european tour:
"first of all, the show at the ROCK CITY in Uster (CH), has been moved to FRIDAY 17TH of April
"we are also proud to announce a Leipzig show on thursday 16th og April, at the Club Lagerhof. be sure to note these changes in your callendars.
"we are looking forward to see you all!"
Canadian band Gross Misconduct has issued the following announcement about an upcoming show with The Haunted:
"We are super stoked to play this show and thank everyone who made it possible. We will have tons of new merch, so come check them shits out!"
The line-up will be as follows:
April 7 at the Commodore, Vancouver
Doors: 7 pm
Show: 8 pm