Metal News for March 23, 2009
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Maroon has posted a new song, "Stay Brutal," on their MySpace page. The song is off their upcoming album, "Order," which is due out on April 17th in Germany and April 20th in the rest of Europe.
Metal Blade Records has issued the following announcement about signing Swedish metal band As You Drown:
"Metal Blade Records is proud to announce the signing of AS YOU DROWN from Borås, Sweden!
"Delivering some of the most memorable, intense and catchy Death Metal to date, AS YOU DROWN was born to combine the speed and brutality of the modern Death Metal scene with the atmosphere and catchy songwriting of its old-school predecessor. Adding a number of outside influences, the result is an always raging - yet always changing, storm of anger, brutality and finesse. Their debut album will surely appeal to fans of such artists as Decapitated, Cannibal Corpse, Behemoth or Job For A Cowboy, but should also be able to catch the attention of almost any fan of brutal, creative and honest Metal – ranging from those who enjoy the surgical precision of Meshuggah to those who get their fill from blasting death legends like Morbid Angel.
"The band comments the signing as follows: “We are proud to announce that we have signed a deal with Metal Blade Records, who will be releasing our debut album this summer! It's an honour for us to join a roster that includes many of our favourite bands, and we intend to make the most of this. When the album is released we will be looking to take this chaos machinery of ours out on the road, so look out for AS YOU DROWN in the near future!”
"AS YOU DROWN was formed in Borås, Sweden in the winter of 2003/2004 under the name of ETHEREAL when the average age of the band was only 17 years. The future belongs to AS YOU DROWN!"
German extreme metallers Neaera have posted the album cover for their upcoming release here. The band also issued the following update about the album:
"We are happy to finally be able to bring you the artwork for our upcoming record OMNICIDE - CREATION UNLEASHED.
"We want to say a huge THANK YOU to our friend Terje Johnsen who once again did an amazing job in illustrating and visualizing the essentials of this record and creating a mood that fits the music perfectly!
"OMNICIDE - CREATION UNLEASHED will be released on May 22nd. There will be an exclusive record release show including many specials at the SPUTNIKHALLE in Münster on May 29th. Joining us in the carnage will be our friends of DEADLOCK, END OF DAYS and VERSUS THE THRONE ( ex-BLOOD SPENCER ).
"You can get tickets at ticketmaster.de and at all official ticket sale offices!"
Kayo Dot has issued the following update about working on a new album:
"We are in the process of finishing up the writing and rehearsing of a new album for Hydra Head Industries, to be recorded this summer with Randall Dunn! This album will feature Toby Driver on bass guitar, Mia Matsumiya on violin and guitar (gasp!), Terran Olson on keyboards, Dan means on sax, David Bodie on percussion, and special guest Tim Byrnes on trumpet (whom you may know from Tartar Lamb, The Friendly Bears, Hazel-Rah, or Candiria). We'll be touring out to Seattle and back for the recording in June and July, premiering this new music (and also playing old material).
"We have also just completed the recording/mixing of the brand new, maudlin of the Well fan-funded reunion record (to be released for FREE online within the next couple weeks)! "We" meaning almost all the old members of MOTW (Toby Driver, Terran Olson, Sam Gutterman, Greg Massi, Josh Seipp-Williams, Jason Byron) along with Kayo Dot members Mia Matsumiya and David Bodie! So it's like a combo record of the two bands, cool!!!! Look here for the release info very soon."
Prong has announced that they will be embarking on a "Worst of the Worst" tour across Europe in May and June of 2009. The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
LIVARKAHIL, a newcomer in the French metal scene, has signed a recording deal with Thundering Records. Mixing death metal tones to a music coming in straight descendance from bands such as DEVILDRIVER or FEAR FACTORY, LIVARKAHIL is ready to release their debut album "First Act of Violence" in April/May 2009.
In the meantime, check them out on their MySpace page.
Finnish thrash metal pioneers National Napalm Syndicate recently inked a deal with Violent Journey Records. The group's new album “Devolution Of The Species” is slated for an April 22 release, and an advance demo track, "Aching Hunger", is currently streaming on their Myspace player.
National Napalm Syndicate guitarist Jukka Kyrö comments: "I am happy to have signed with Violent Journey Records. I have seen first hand how hard the label works for their artists. It's refreshing these days to find a label that believes totally in the power of great honest metal music. And besides the owner of the label was our first singer back in 1986! So he might have a idea what we are all about."
Here's the “Devolution Of The Species” tracklisting:
1. Aching Hunger
2. Fist In The Air
3. Dancing Days
4. Funeral Pyre
6. Die My Bride
7. Bite The Bullet
8. According To You
9. Burden Of Truth
10. The One You Warned Me Of
11. The Mob Rules (featuring T.Käsmä and Kepa Salmirinne from Zero Nine)
French metallers DARKNESS DYNAMITE have welcomed Julien Granger as their new drummer with the following statement, "His reputation gained over the years led us quite easily to this choice. Four Question Marks, Today Is The Day... Julien is the perfect guy to fill the duty and to make sure the drums will be beaten the hard way! Check him out on tour soon!"
French death metal band, BLOODY SIGN, is recording their third album, "Chaos Echoes," at DownTown Studio in Strasbourg with Didier Houbre for a late 2009 release. The CD will contain seven songs, an intro/outro, and a "few more surprises," according to a press release.
"Chaos Echoes" will be mixed in April at Rape Of Harmonies in Germany by Angel Of Disease. Song titles set to appear on the CD include "Primordial Sound," "For the Unknown," "Chord Temple," and "Tongues of Shadows."
Translation Loss Records has announced the signing of Provo, Utah’s GODS REVOLVER. Translation Loss will release the band’s new untitled full length in early 2010, which the band is currently writing. The band will be handling the recording duties themselves while mastering will be completed by Super 8 Studios (Fight Amp, High On Fire, Intronaut).
GODS REVOLVER features singer Reid Rouse, drummer Adam Loucks, bassist Elliot Secrist, guitarists Jon Larsen and Trey Gardner.
You can check out some of their material on the band's MySpace page.
Indianapolis doom metal band, THE GATES OF SLUMBER, will be embarking on a two week tour this summer with ZOROASTER and SERPENTCULT. The tour dates are as follows:
08/01 - Chicago, IL @ Now That’s Class
08/02 - Lansing, MI @ Mac’s Bar
08/03 - Toronto, ON @ The Wreckroom
08/04 - Ottawa, ON @ Rainbow Bistro
08/05 - Montreal, ON @ Katacombes
08/06 - Danbury, CT @ Billy Baloney’s
08/07 - Boston, MA @ O’Brien’s Pub
08/08 - Baltimore, MD @ Talking Head Club
08/09 - New York, NY @ The Studio at Webster Hall
08/10 - Doyelstown, PA @ The Moose Lodge #1284
08/11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Howler’s Café
08/12 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
08/13 - Columbus, OH @ Ravari Room
08/14 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theater
Lair of the Minotaur will be playing several shows in the coming months including a special Scion FREE show in LA and support dates in New York and Chicago for Mayhem and Marduk. They will also be making an appearance at the upcoming Maryland Death Fest. Here are the latest Lair of the Minotaur tour dates:
Tue April 7 - Knitting Factory,Hollywood, CA w/ Brutal Truth (free show!)
Fri, May 8 - Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN, Templars of Doom Fest w/ Gates of Slumber, Midnight + many more
Fri May 20 - Howler’s, Pittsburgh, PAw/ tba
Thu May, 21 - The Filmore, New York, NY w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cephalic Carnage, Cattle Decapitation, Withered / 16+ / EARLY SHOW / 5PM
Fri May, 22 - PA’s Lounge,Boston, MA w/ Antigama & Complete Failure / 21+
Sat May, 23 - The M Room, Philadelphia, PA w/ Woe, Bastard Sapling / 21+
Sun May, 24 - Sonar,Baltimore, MD, Maryland Deathfest w/ Pestilence, Aura Noir, Sigh, Abscess, Wolves In The Throne Room, Trap Them + many more / ALL AGES
Thu June, 11 - House of Blues, Chicago, IL w/ Mayhem, Marduk, Cattle Decapitation, Withered / ALL AGES / EARLY SHOW / 4PM
UK's Antimatter has posted the track "The Power Of Love" from the "Live At @An Club" live album on their MySpace page.
Antimatter European tour dates are as follows:
04/10 - Paris, France (Klub)
04/11 - Antwerp, Belgium (De Rots)
04/12 - Venlo, Netherlands (Perron 55)
04/13 - Cologne, Germany (MTC)
04/14 - Frankfurt, Germany (Die Halle)
04/16 - Krakow, Poland (Lizard King)
04/17 - Vienna, Austria (Escape)
04/18 - Aarau, Switzerland (Kiff)
Spastic grind band The Color of Violence has posted a brand new track from their upcoming album "Youthanize." Head over to the band's MySpace page to listen to "Christina, Christina."
"Youthanize" will be in stores on April 7.
NY metal band, She Is A Liar, has issued the following update regarding the departure of their drummer:
"Due to some unfortunate events, we have recently parted ways with our drummer. We wish him the best and and hope that he succeeds in whatever he chooses to do. With that said, we are looking for a drummer to fill his shoes. It's quite obvious what our needs in a drummer are and we need someone to fulfill those needs. If you feel up to it, give us your contact info and we can set something up. Thanks a lot people and we will be seeing you soon!"
Crocell have completed a music video for "Behind the Veil," the opening song from their new album, "The God We Drowned." Check it out here.
Crocell has also issued the following update:
"We're working on writing songs for our next album right now and have completed a handful of songs that we're very satisfied with. We're gonna give you a preview of some of the stuff we're working on, so stay tuned! There'll be a lot of new, very cool merchandise available very soon as well."
The video for "If I Were King," the first single from Queensrÿche's highly anticipated new album "American Soldier," made its worldwide debut today on Military.com. The military community site, 10 million members strong, will also feature a podcast interview with lead singer Geoff Tate as well as an op-ed column that he wrote exclusively for the site.
The video for "If I Were King" was directed by J. Andrew Colletti and Jonathan Williams and addresses the same themes of loss and healing that are the focus of the track. The song was written based on an interview Tate conducted with Sean Lenahan, a veteran of U.S conflicts in Somalia and Kosovo.
"Military.com is the perfect place to premiere the 'If I Were King' video and we are proud to be involved with the site," says Tate. "I hope their members can find a connection to the song and video. The whole album is a tribute to the soldiers, told in their own words, sometimes using their own voices, and I hope it will spark discussion within this community."
"American Soldier" features a dozen songs inspired by numerous interviews with veterans conducted by Tate, who was intent on telling their story using their words. After speaking with soldiers who served in various conflicts - from World War II to Iraq - Tate turned their firsthand experiences from the frontlines into an unflinching musical examination of war from the soldier's perspective.
For the first time Black Tide will tour Australia, in support of Florida's Trivium.
Wednesday, May 13th — The Tivoli, Brisbane (All ages)
www.ticketek.com.au 132 849, Rockinghorse Records and Kill The Music.
Thursday, May 14th — UNSW Roundhouse, Sydney (Licensed all ages)
www.ticketek.com.au 132 849 and Utopia.
Friday, May 15th — Palace Theatre, Melbourne (18+)
www.ticketek.com.au 132 849 and Missing Link.
Sunday, May 17th — HQ, Adelaide (Licensed all ages)
www.ticketek.com.au 132 849 and www.venuetix.com.au.
Tuesday, May 19th — Capitol, Perth (18+)
www.moshtix.com.au, www.bocs.com.au, 78 Records, Mills Records and Planet.
Multi-national heavy death rock/gothic anarcho punk band CROSS STITCHED EYES has announced a run of European tour dates. Here are the latest tour dates:
26.03.2009 AZ MUELHEIM Muelheim GERMANY + Alpinist (Ger) **
27.03.2009 ACU Utrecht HOLLAND *
28.03.2009 CARLO LEVI Antverp BELGIUM **
29.03.2009 THE JUNCTION Bristol UK + A Heads (UK) + Jesus Bruiser (UK) *
30.03.2009 SATAN'S HOLLOW Manchester UK **
31.03.2009 THE PACKHORSE Leeds UK *
01.04.2009 NAVIGATION Nottingham UK *
02.04.2009 GROSVENOR London UK + Beginning of the End , Left for Dead (UK) **
03.04.2009 VENUE TBA Paris FRANCE + Retcher (UK), Gasmask Terror (Fra.) *
04.04.2009 LES TANNERIES Dijon FRANCE + Bloody Phoenix (US) 20 M.of.C (Fra) **
05.04.2009 DAY OFF - GERMANY **
06.04.2009 KORN Hannover GERMANY + La Casa Fantom (Oslo) **
07.04.2009 CRASSPUB Chemnitz GERMANY *
08.04.2009 KÖPI + M:40 / End of All (S) Berlin GERMANY **
09.04.2009 ZORO + M:40 / End of All (S) Leipzig GERMANY **
10.04.2009 STÖRTEBEKER Hamburg GERMANY **
11.04.2009 BOB FESTIVAL + The Restarts (UK) Citizen Fish (UK) Apokalipstix (Ger) + more Bremen GERMANY **
** RUIN NATION
The band's new LP with CD "Coranach" came out today, March 23th via Alternative Tentacles.
NJ metal band, Skies Devoured, has issued a statement concerning the formation of a new project by its members:
"Yes, a new band is emerging from the ashes of Skies Devoured. It is still forming, recording, writing, conceptualizing, nonetheless existent. Michael and JP are now involved in Windfaerer."
"Michael has been writing music for this for years, but nothing has been established until now. They are currently recording a two-song demo and are aiming to write a full-length for the near future."
For more information about the band check out their MySpace page.
Norwegian gothic metal band Sirenia recently brought on their new front woman Ailyn and released their latest studio album "The 13th Floor" on January 23rd. Guitarist and founding member Morten Veland spoke with Metalunderground about the latest album, the band's upcoming tour schedule, and his plans to release a side project. More...
Norwegian black metal band Troll, featuring Ex-Dimmu Borgir member Nagash, have announced a string of 2009 tour dates in April. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
4/1 2009 TNT Santiago de Compostela
4/2 2009 MetalPoint Porto
4/3 2009 Side B Club Benavente (Lisboa)
4/4 2009 Casa das Atochas A Coruña
4/11 2009 Inferno Metal Festival (Rockefeller Music Hall) Oslo
Chicago based hard rockers Soil has announced that they have signed a new European record deal with AFM Records. A message from the label states: "Fans can be doubly pleased because the new Soil album will be released at the end of May! Soon more info on this." Some of the song titles set to appear on the as-yet untitled new album include, "Surrounded," "Picture Perfect" and "Like It Is."
Swedish black metallers The Legion are currently streaming a new song titled "A Curse For The Dead" on their official MySpace page. The track is from their upcoming album "A Bliss To Suffer," which is set to be released on April 27th through Listenable Records.
Stillborn Records has announced the signing of Long Island metalcore band, The World We Knew. The band just wrapped up recording "To the Wolves," their debut for the label (their second disc overall). The 11 track album is set for a June 30, 2009 release.
Label owner, and Hatebreed/Kingdom of Sorrow frontman, Jamey Jasta commented, "These guys have been paying their dues for quite some time and have made a really killer album that I am excited to put out on Stillborn."
The band remarked, "The five of us are extremely excited to be working with Jamey and the Stillborn crew. Our debut full length "To The Wolves" hits stores on June 30th and we are proud to say that it will be part of one of the strongest catalogs in hardcore and heavy metal today"
You can check out the new track, "Hellbound " from "To the Wolves," at stillbornrecords.com now.
The World We Knew are touring with LIFERUINER (Uprising) and SUFFOKATE (Mediaskare) this spring. Here are the tour dates: More...
Former Gorgoroth members Gaahl and King Ov Hell has announced that they will now be using the moniker of God Seed. The band has also signed to Indie Recordings and will be releasing their debut album in the later part of this year. King Ov Hell states: "The past 18 months has been a struggle on many levels. Therefore I’m very excited about God Seed - even on a personal level. Hopefully this will lead to growth to me personally and for the band as a whole. It’s time to use my energy on something that wants to live, rather than to use my energy on something that wants to die and be part of my past!!!"
The Black Dahlia Murder has announced that they will be releasing a two disc DVD later this year. The DVD will be entitled, "Majesty" and will see a release in May. The two disc set will feature plenty of live footage as well as a documentary on the band. More details will be revealed soon.
Metallica has added several more shows to their tour schedule for North America later this year. A message from the band reads as follows: "European Summer Vacation, part 2,347 will end on August 2, so that can only mean one thing ... more dates in the US and Canada! We just rocked Austin at SXSW and are super psyched that we'll be back in North America visiting our friends in the Fall as the World Magnetic Tour keeps rolling on. We had an amazing time on the last run in '08 and early '09 and we are so ready to do it again!
"Tickets go on sale either April 4 or April 11 - please see dates below and keep watching here for more information about on sale times and support acts. Met Clubbers, check metclub.com for more info on pre-sales."
The North American tour schedule is now as follows: More...
German death thashers, DESPISE & CONQUER, (featuring former members of Stormgarde and Paranoiz) have uploaded all of the songs from the new promo cd on their MySpace page.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Die For Something
2. Resistance Is Futile
3. Casting Skin
The promo cd was produced by Sascha Risseler at Total Recall Studios and mastered by Dan Swanö at Unisound Studios.
Serbian progressive death metal band, Disdained, has posted a new track, "Synthetic Divinity," on their MySpace page. The song is a demo version that will be rerecorded for the album. The demo was recorded & mixed by Disdained's Zoltan Simon at his home in February, the drums were programmed by Zoltan Simon, music, arrangements, guitars and vocals were done by guitarist Branislav Panic, and the lyics were written by former singer Tara Kerac.
NJ progressive metal band, Ferox Canorus, has issued the following update regarding the departure of guitarist/vocalist Ivan Ocampo:
"It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce a recent vacancy in the band: Ivan Ocampo, who has been pulling double duty for the band on vocals and guitar, has announced he needs to leave on personal reasons. Whether Ivan will make a return to the fold is unknown, but he has left on good terms. Although he was an important piece to the puzzle and it will be tough filling his shows, Ferox Canorus will go on. We wish you the best for the future!" More...
Brisbane symphonic black metal band Empyrean had some band equipment stolen at their Brisbane show on Friday night supporting Satyricon.
“Some complete fucktards decided to walk out with my basket filled with cables (Instrument, Speaker and Power cables); my amp pedal and my wireless at the gig on friday night supporting Satyricon at the Arena. This shit fucking sucks…
"Regardless, if you see a Peavey JSX Pedal on sale in Brisbane that has the washers exposed and a Shure Wireless system, send me through a message (on Myspace): it’s mine. This shit does happen folks, make sure someone is always looking after your equipment, especially in older venues”
If you have any information regarding the theft, contact the band on their MySpace at myspace.com/empyreanband.