Metal News for March 24, 2009
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28 news articles posted on this day.
The Chicago Tribune reports: The Killers and Tool are expected to fill out the headlining slots for the fifth annual Lollapalooza festival Aug. 7-9 in Grant Park.
Multiple industry sources confirmed over the weekend at the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, that the two bands will join headliners the Beastie Boys, Depeche Mode and Jane's Addiction, plus Kings of Leon.
Read the full article at Chicago Tribune.
California based black metal band Hæresiarchs of Dis released their debut album "Overture" in 2008. The band's front man Cernunnos spoke with me about the album's concept, his views on musical expression, and the plan for a new upcoming full length album. More...
Kingdom of Sorrow has posted a new version of the video for their song "Lead Into Demise" from their debut self-titled album. The video can be viewed below. More...
German metal band U.D.O. has issued the following update about recording a new album and upcoming tour dates:
"U.D.O. are in studio at the moment to record the "Mastercutor" successor. The album title will be probably "Dominator" and the release date is August 21st 2009 on AFM RECORDS. Beforehand there is the release of the limited single "Infected" on June 26th planned. The single includes beside the title track 2 non album tracks and 2 live songs. On the same day U.D.O. will play on the well-known BANG YOUR HEAD festival in Balingen as co-headliner.
"It is also planned to introduce the complete new album to the public the first time on the BANG YOUR HEAD festival (not live on stage but the studio tracks). This will happen in the context of a signing session...
22.05. D - Kreuth/Tannenhausen - Wacken Rocks
23.05. D - Kreuth/Tannenhausen - Wacken Rocks
11.06. E - Toledo - Monsters Of Rock 1984 Reloaded
13.06. D - Mainz - Messegelaende (with DER W.)
19.06. CH - Zell - Open Quer
20.06. CZ - Letohrad - Festival
26.06. D - Balingen - Bang Your Head (with JOURNEY)
10.07. S - Herrgård - Rockweekend
11.07. N - Kvinesdal - Norway Rock Festival
08.08. FIN - Pien-Sulkava - Harvester Rock Festival
"In late 2009 there will follow a indoor tour through the USA, Europe, South America and Japan."
The Eternal will head out for their world tour later this week. Here's an update from the band:
“A big thanks to all those that came and supported us on the Australian Leg of our ‘Kartika’ world tour! This weekend we will be in Japan for the first time before heading to Europe for the third time since 2004. This tour will also see our first visits to the USA, Canada & Mexico. We have been added to 4 dates of the Tarja (ex-Nightwish) tour in America/Canada and we have just been added to the Anathema show in Mexico City, so this tour will truly have some special moments for us.
"We hope we see some of you on the road over the next two months but until then please keep up to date with us at our tour blog."
Here are the latest tour dates: More...
Jon Schaffer and IcedEarth.com got together on March 13, 2009 for an update on the band's forthcoming live DVD as well Jon's plans for the immediate future.
The audio interview can be downloaded here (mp3 format, 8.4 MB). The main talking points of the interview are outlined below.
Regarding the immediate plans for ICED EARTH:
JS: “Well, right now I’m wrapping up the post-production for the, “FESTIVALS OF THE WICKED” DVD which I expect will come out late Summer or Fall of this year. I don’t know that for sure, it depends on when we wrap things up, but that’s the plan. That’s the next project.
“ICED EARTH is going to be taking some downtime. I’ve been very, very busy. I haven’t taken any kind of vacation in six years and I have been non-stop ICED EARTH for three-and-a-half years - from the beginning of the writing of both of these records through the recording, the touring – and there has been a lot of touring…it’s just time. I need to step back from it a little bit. And I’ve got other things planned for this year which I’ll be announcing in due course, but my goals are for right now are to get the DVD finished and (then) to get away completely – no cell phones, no e-mail, no contact with the outside world, just me and my family at a very nice isolated place, no music business, no nothing, and it’s going to be awesome. That’s going to be cool and I plan to come back completely recharged and ready to kill.”
Regarding the kind of projects Jon will be working on after returning from vacation: More...
In 2008, OzProg.com brought together a bunch of bands from Melbourne and Sydney to showcase the burgeoning field of Australian progressive rock. The inaugural Prog Fest concert in Melbourne was a huge success.
The number of acts on this year's festival has quadrupled from six to 24 on a two-city, three-day, multi-stage Prog Fest. The fest will comprise shows in Canberra and Sydney on the weekend of May 15th–17th, 2009.
The Basement in Canberra will play host to Ne Obliviscaris (VIC), Eleventh He Reaches London (WA), Aeon Of Horus, sleepmakeswaves (NSW), Mushroom Giant (VIC), ...Like Foxes and HEIRS (VIC) on Friday, May 15th, before 23 bands from all over Australia are crammed into the Annandale Hotel in Sydney over two huge days on May 16th and 17th. The full Sydney line-up includes: More...
German metalcore band Maroon has had to postpone their two planned shows St.Petersburg and Moscow until June.
The band still has a number of records release shows planned, which are as follows:
April 17, 2009 - Hamburg (D) @ Headcräsh / release show
April 18, 2009 - Nordhausen (D) @ venue tba / very special release show!
April 24, 2009 - Essen (D) @ Turock / release show
April 25,2009 - Stuttgart (D) @ Landespavillon / release show
May 9, 2009 – Berlin (D) @ Live at Dot / release show
As previously reported, Maroon just 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.
Mastodon will take part in an in-store signing session and performance in Atlanta, Georgia on Tuesday, March 24 at 8:30 p.m. at Criminal Records. The band will be promoting their new album, "Crack the Skye," which hit stores today on Reprise Records. The set will also be streamed live on Mastodon's Ustream channel and then archived on their official site for those people who miss it.
Every Time I Die has issued the following update about recording a new album:
"we start recording today with steve evetts. you know that name is a palindrome? like that they might be giants record "I Palindrome I" which wasnt really a palindrome but it was clever in the same way that evetts isnt his real last name but it is steve pronounced backwards. is it clear i drove 21 hours? we got in last night from buffalo. 47 hours straight shot to orange county to start the new record today with evetts steve in anaheim. i listened to the same 5 howard sterns because the music on my ipod sucks and i would rather hear richard christie prank tradio than make the band suffer through the entire counting crows catalogue because while they're one of my favorite bands, the rest of the guys dont agree.
"i dont want to give away too much about this record in terms of the direction we're moving with it, but someone on absolutepunk.net said i could shit into a mic and they'd listen so they kind of ruined our big surprise. its basically just going to be one session of me "dropping the kids off at the pool" with 8 remixes. 6 of them dance versions using pro tools, vocoders and pitch shifters. another one with guest vocals by someone from a band that has neon slime merchandise at hot topic and then of course the original. whatever sells. we will be videotaping basically the entire process, posting portions on here and portions on our modlife site which will be open shortly. also, rather than trashing un-used lyrics like i normally do, ive held onto them. as i go through and rewrite and revise while here, ill be posting some of them so you guys can see the process rather than just the product. is that pretentious? maybe it is. fuck it maybe i wont do that. i dont know yet. its like "hey hobo's, did you find a nice crouton in my trash? thats cool, i dont need it. i got a box of croutons". yea i think im gonna scratch that idea. More...
Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie have posted a new video online for the song "Omnos" from their upcoming album "Evocation I: The Arcane Dominion," which is set to be released on April 11th via Nuclear Blast. The video can be viewed below. More...
German death metal band Disbelief have issued the following announcement about gaining a new guitarist:
"We are happy to announce that our search for a new guitarist was successful: ALEJANDRO VARELA from Spain will join DISBELIEF to do all the upcoming shows!! He kicked our asses during the rehearsals and is a really nice guy!!
"Of course it means a big step for him concerning the distance, but he is willing to take the risk and we will support him in any way!! The following months we will use to let everything grow and to built a new DISBELIEF-basement!! WELCOME TO DISBELIEF, ALEX!!"
Heaven And Hell has posted the first song from their forthcoming new studio album, "The Devil You Know" online. You can check out the song, "Bible Black" by heading to this location. "The Devil You Know" will be released on April 28th through Rhino Records. This will be the first studio album featuring the lineup of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinnie Appice since 1992's "Dehumanizer."
California based metallers Society 1 have issued the following update about adding on a second guitar player:
"Mike Greenfield (Hemlock, Deteriorot) has joined Society 1 as a second guitar player completing the current line up consisting of Matt The Lord Zane (Vocals), Dirt Von Karloff ( Bass), Eric Franklin (Guitars) and Alpheus Underhill IV (Drums). During the recording of the bands yet to be officially named new release it became apparent that two guitar players were going to be required to recreate the songs live. Greenfield auditioned and was asked to join after only one rehearsal."
British thrash band Seventh Angel have announced that they have finished recording all rhythm guitars and clean guitars for their upcoming album. The recording of the new album is taking place in The Priory in Birmingham with Greg Chandler of Esoteric and is set to be released in April through Bombworks Records.
Finnish viking metal band Ensiferum has issued the following update about the release about their upcoming fourth studio album:
"The release date has been confirmed as 9th September (some countries will differ slightly). There will be more information on the new album soon!"
Norwegian death metal band Blood Red Throne have finished recording their fifth studio album "Souls of Damnation," which will be released to coincide with the band's 10th anniversary. The cover art for the album can be viewed here.
The limited edition first pressing of "Souls of Damnation" will include two bonus tracks, plus a special bonus DVD featuring an exclusive new interview with the band.
"Souls of Damnation" is due to be released by Earache Records on June 1st in Europe and June 30th in the USA. The full track listing for the album is as follows:
01. The Light, The Hate
03. Your Cold Flesh
04. Human Fraud
06. Throne Of Damnation
07. Prove Yourself Dead
08. Not Turgenjev, But Close
09. Ten Steps Of Purgatory
10. Manifest Of Lies*
11. Affiliated With The Suffering*
(* limited edition bonus tracks)
Swedish black metal band IXXI have announced that they have finished the recording for their new album "Elect Darkness" and that it is now available world wide through Candlelight Records.
New York City metal band, BRUTAL TRUTH, has announced a number of North American tour dates in support of their forthcoming full-length "Evolution Through Revolution." BRUTAL TRUTH has also posted a second preview track, "Sugar Daddy," taken from the album "Evolution Through Revolution," on their MySpace page, along with the album's title track, "Evolution Through Revolution." BRUTAL TRUTH's new album will see an April 14th North American release date (April 20th internationally). More...
UK metallers, Therapy?, have announced a series of UK tour dates in support of their latest album "Crooked Timber." The tour dates are as follows:
05/03 - NEWCASTLE - 02 Academy 2
05/04 - GLASGOW - ABC 2
05/05 - LONDON - 02 Academy Islington
05/14 - DERRY - Nerve Centre
05/15 - DUBLIN - Academy
New Jersey folk metal band, Windfaerer, has issued a statement regarding the recording of their demo:
"The recording process of this demo is going quite well. It's being handled by Bobby Torres at Frightbox Studios--the man works well. So far after two sessions we have already laid most of the instruments down for the two songs. They are coming out amazing! All that is left are the vocals, mixing and mastering."
"We're releasing a two-song demo of two of the first songs written for this project. Their titles are:
1. In the Wake of War
2. The Great Fire" More...
Concorde Faceripper, guitarist of reunited British comedy thrash metal group Lawnmower Deth, has checked in with a message regaarding the bands recent confirmation for this years Download Festival. The message reads as follows:
"Well fuck me, if this isn't the most bizzare blog that I'll ever post, but we can now confirm that we will be playing Download 2009 !
"We think it's Stage 3 early doors Saturday, but how mad is that??
"Think we can pull of the biggest fish dance in Lawnmower history? Well we'll give it a good go. More...
Fieldy will be signing copies of his shocking tell-all autobiography, "Got The Life," this Wednesday March 25th at the following Barnes & Noble in San Diego.
Here is the updated address for the Barnes & Noble signing:
BARNES & NOBLE
10775 Westview Parkway
San Diego, CA 92126
Starting May 19, THE WEIGHT OF THE WORLD TOUR will kick-off in Waterloo, Ontario. The tour features headliners Misery Signals, alongside Haste The Day, Dead And Divine, Architects, and
Sights & Sounds. The latest tour dates are as follows:
May 19 - Fubar Nightclub - Waterloo, ON, CAN
May 20 - The MOD Club - Toronto, ON, CAN
May 21 - Call The Office London, ON, CAN
May 22 - Johnny B’s - Whitby, ON, CAN
May 23 - The Chubby Pickle - Windsor, ON, CAN
May 24 - Red Rooster - Burlington, ON, CAN
May 25 - The Jubilee Centre - Sudbury, ON, CAN
May 28 - Garrick Centre at The Marlborough - Winnipeg, MB, CAN
May 29 - The Exchange - Regina, Saskatchewan
May 30 - The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB, CAN
May 31 - Better Than Fred’s - Grand Prairie, AB, CAN
June 2 - Habitat - Kelowna, BC, CAN
June 3 - The Plaza Club - Vancouver, BC, CAN
June 4 - Sugar Nightclub - Victoria, BC, CAN
June 5 - Nanaimo Royal Canadian Legion - Nanaimo, BC, CAN (without Haste The Day)
June 6 - Avalanche Bar & Grill - Courtenay, BC, CAN (without Haste The Day)
June 7 - Merlin’s - Whistler, BC, CAN
June 9 - The Warehouse - Calgary, AB, CAN
June 10 - University Ballroom - Student Union - Lethbridge, AB, CAN
June 11 - Louis’ Pub - Saskatoon, SK, CAN
June 13 - C2 (formerly Warp 9) - Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
June 15 - Level 3 - St. Catharine’s, ON, CAN
June 17 - Underworld - Montreal, PQ, CAN
June 18 - The Casbah at The Imperial Theatre - Quebec City, PQ, CAN (without Haste The Day)
June 19 - Babylon - Ottawa, ON, CAN (without Haste The Day)
June 20 - Time to Laugh Comedy Club - Kingston, ON, CAN (without Haste The Day)
Avenged Sevenfold has announced what sounds like a one-off date with Korn, The Used and Burn Halo at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, MI on May 15, 2009. Ticketing information will be announced soon.
The commercial for the first ever Epiphone Revolver Golden Gods Awards has been posted online. You can check it out below. The commercial features such metal legends as Ronnie James Dio, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian and Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul. The show will be held on April 7th in Los Angeles, California and will be hosted by metal loving comedian Brian Posehn. The show will also boast performances from Megadeth and Suicide Silence amongst others. In addition, the ceremony will feature special appearances from the likes of Motorhead mainman Lemmy, WWE Superstar CM Punk, Korn frontman Jonathan Davis and Metalocalypse mastermind Brendon Small among many others. More...
The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further eight bands for this years lineup. Two of Sweden's most acclaimed metal bands, Opeth and Meshuggah, have been added to the bill as well as Japanese rockers Dir En Grey. The underground British thrash metal jokers Lawnmower Deth have also been confirmed. American rock group Five Finger Death Punch will be appearing at the event as will Velvet Revolver/Ex-Guns N Roses bass player Duff McKagen with his new band Loaded. You Me At Six and Roadrunner Records latest signing, Steadlur.
The lineup for the festival is now as follows:
Faith No More
Black Stone Cherry
Five Finger Death Punch
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Dir En Grey
Karma To Burn
Mikael Akerfeldt, of Opeth fame, has recently posted a blog on his MySpace page asking for help from anyone and everyone in locating hard to find records. To see the extensive list of records that might well shine some light on the legendary frontman's influences read the entire blog at this location. An excerpt from the blog follows:
Got a massive repsonse on the last blog, and lots of suggestions where to find the Freddy Lindquist ”Menu” Lp. Yet I forgot to mention I’m only after the original 1st pressing, not Cd’s, counterfeits or reissued vinyl. Yes I’m anal like that….! Anyways, got me thinking…why don’t I list all the albums I’m after??? Maybe you’d stumble upon something by “accident” that I’d be interested in?
"Basically I’ve been a record collection for years and despite my travels around the globe there’s still a bunch of records that I haven’t found. And on top of that I never have enough spare time to wander round the record shops these days. Oh, and there aren’t many of them around either any more for that matter.
"I’m not looking for gifts, I will pay good money for some of these records and I insist on paying for these should you find them, OK? No gifts please!! Just to get that outta the way… Obviously if you help me out I’ll treat you to tickets and backstage passes when Opeth comes to a city near you…no problemo!
"Secondly, again, I’m only looking for original 1st pressings, no CD’s, reissues or anything like that. I will list the Lp’s divided into countries where the bands were from, so that it might be easier to track down domestic artists if you live in the specific country…who knows?
"Email me here if you find something or got questions. Also, the better the condition, the better the dough I’ll cough up for ‘em.
"And, thanks in advance, help an ol’ music junkie out will ya???"
Read the full article at Mikael Akerfeldt's MySpace blog.