Metal News for March 24, 2011
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For the latest of the horribly hilarious (or hilariously horrible?) mashups, we have Slipknot and Justin Bieber combining for "Psychosocial Baby." If you really like it, you can even download it here (just don't admit it if you want to keep your metal cred or dignity).
It's been nearly a year since the prog laced death metal atom bomb "Curse of the Red River" was dropped on the world, and for much of that time North American fans were denied the chance to see Barren Earth rock the songs live. That oversight was rectified with the Finnish Metal Tour 2, in which the super group was finally able to alternate between destroying fan's ear drums with blasting death metal and then soothing things over with melodic proggy passages.
Barren Earth keyboardist Kasper Martenson found the time to chat with me about the tour as the band worked its way through the U.S. and Canada with fellow acts Finntroll, Rotten Sound, and Ensiferum.
During our talk, Kasper discussed hitting the road in the U.S. for the first time with the band, gearing up to record a sophomore album, and the direction Barren Earth will be going with new music in the future. More...
Arsonists Get All The Girls is gearing up to unleash the new album "Motherland" and is now giving fans a taste of the new music. The first single from the album, entitled "Avdotya," is now streaming online at the band's official Facebook page here.
The band will also be hitting the road in support of "Motherland," headlining the "Return to Motherland" tour with support coming from A Plea For Purging, Lionheart, The Contortionist, and Volumes. The dates are as follows:
04/18 Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel
04/21 Lancaster, PA - Launch Music Conference
04/22 Virginia Beach, VA - Club Relevant
04/23 Wilmington, DE - The Harmony Grange Hall
04/25 London, ON - London Music Hall
04/27 Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
04/28 Montreal, QC - Underworld
04/30 Albany, NY - Bogies
05/01 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
05/02 Lynchburg, VA - Tree Of Life
05/03 Greenville, SC - The Channel
05/04 Fayetteville, NC - The Rockshop
05/05 Loganville, GA - The Movement
05/06 Columbus, GA - Gallery 13
05/07 Shreveport, LA - 516 Soundstage
05/08 Fort Worth, TX - The Aardvark
05/09 Corpus Christi, TX - House Of Rock
05/10 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
05/11 Albuquerque, NM - El Rey Theater
05/13 Mesa, AZ - The Underground
Noisecreep.com is hosting an exclusive premiere of the track "Murderball" from the new Vicisious Rumors album "Razorback Killers." The album is due out April 5th on SPV/Steamhammer. Get your first listen to "Murderball" by heading over to this location.
The band has also announced an upcoming CD release show. The show is scheduled for April 21st in Santa Rosa, CA at Last Day. More info can be found at the band's website here.
Guitarist and main songwriter Vicious Rumors commented: "The older we get the more wicked Vicious Rumors sound. We've definitely not slowed down - quite the opposite - have even more drive. Our fans won't see a single Vicious Rumors show where we don't go to our limits and beyond."
The album's track listing is as follows:
3. Razorback Blade
4. Blood Stained Sunday
5. Pearl Of Wisdom
6. All I Want Is You
7. Axe To Grind
8. Let The Garden Burn
9. Rite Of Devastation
10. Deal With The Devil
German power metal act Gamma Ray will be releasing a new collection titled "Skeletons & Majesties." Set for release in the U.S. and Canada on May 31st via Armoury Records/Eagle Rock Entertainment, "Skeletons & Majesties" is a collection of songs Gamma Ray gathered from previous albums represented in two completely different styles.
The first two tracks are the "Skeletons," featuring brand new versions of some of Gamma Ray's songs rarely played live, including "Hold Your Ground" (from the "Heading For Tomorrow" album) and "Brothers" (from the "Insanity And Genius" album).
The second section, "Majesties," is where the band displays two more new versions of rarities, "Send Me A Sign" (originally on the "Powerplant" release) and "Rebellion In Dreamland" (originally on "Land Of The Free"), both performed in a new acoustic presentation.
Additionally, Gamma Ray has also included some bonus tracks, including the rare song "Wannabees" - previously only released on the "To The Metal!" 7’" - as well as an extended version of "Brothers."
To top it off, the final track on the EP is another version of "Rebellion In Dreamland," this time karaoke style. The band has launched a special contest, where the group will be integrating a "choir" of fans' voices on the upcoming album version of the song. Diehards and wailers can take part in the competition by submitting a recording of their version of the song via physical demo submission or digital sound file. Full details are available at this location. More...
Seventh Rule Records has issued the following announcement about signing Atriarch:
"Seventh Rule welcomes Cascadian deathrock ensemble Atriarch to its stormy roster. Hailing from Portland, OR, vocalist Lenny Smith describes Atriarch as 'a living entity comprised of four parts, offering catharsis through sonic ritual where there is no god, there is no devil; there is an all encompassing force that connects all living things.'
"Comprised of members from Graves At Sea, Trees, Final Conflict, and Get Hustle, Seventh Rule will release 'Forever the End,' the first full length by Atriarch, in the coming summer months. 'Forever the End' was tracked in Portland with the help of William Holloway then mixed and mastered by Greg Wilkinson (Ludicra, Asunder, Saviors) at Earhammer Studios in Oakland, CA. In the meantime you can hear a track from 'Forever the End' at the Seventh Rule Facebook Page."
Atriarch's current tour dates are as follows:
3/24 San Francisco, CA @ El Rio w/ Dispirit + Alaric
3/25 Oakland,CA @ First Church of the Buzzard w/ Embers + Headless Lizzy HIP + Vastum
3/26 San Jose, CA @ Born Dead House
3/27 Eureka, CA @ Facement
4/2 Seattle, WA @ Highline
4/8 Portland, OR @ Blackwater
Bulgarian death metal band Enthrallment has checked in with the following brief announcement about entering the recording studio to work on an upcoming full-length album:
"Enthrallment in the studio. The band is recording a new album called 'The People From The Lands Of Vit.' Nine sick death metal songs, coming to destroy your mind!"
Information on the track listing and release date will be announced as it is made available. In the mean time, you can check out several Enthrallment tracks available for streaming by heading over to the band's official MySpace page.
Swedish act Slodust has checked in with the following update about recording new material and streaming tracks online from the band's debut album:
"Hey hey friends, we want to give you an update on whats up in SloLand. We are going back to the studio for guitar recording next week (30/3). And some other great news, Denniz is gonna help us out with the vocals on the record! We are very happy and thankful that he's gonna take the time to help us out, its gonna be insane! Well, that's all for now... stay metal!
"PS: we put up our 1st album here for you guys to listen to if you haven't heard it in the wait for something new."
Canada's Ovif is currently streaming the band's entire 2008 debut album "Devast" online. You can check out all the tracks from the album at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Psycho Carnage
2. Serving The Cowards
8. Dimension Insane
Howl recently filmed footage for the first video from the "Full Of Hell" album this past weekend in Brooklyn, NY. The video for "Heavenless" was directed by Alex and Charlie Scharfman for Scharfman Productions. Exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the video shoot can be seen now via the Howl Facebook page at this location, including the special effects make-up process and making of prosthetic heads. Additional behind-the-scenes footage will be posted shortly and a video premiere is expected in the next couple of weeks.
Howl also has the following upcoming tour dates:
March 24 Worcester, MA Palladium
March 25 New York, NY Irving Plaza
March 26 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
March 27 Joliet, IL Mojoe's
March 28 Merriam, KS Aftershock
March 29 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
March 31 Portland, OR Roseland
April 1 Seattle, WA El Corazon
April 2 Sparks, NV The Alley
April 3 San Francisco, CA Mezzanine
April 4 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
April 5 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
April 6 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse (w/ ST. VITUS, CROWBAR)
April 7 Lubbock, TX Jake's (w/ ST. VITUS, CROWBAR)
Haemorrhage has posted the first preview track, titled "Flesh-Devouring Pandemia," off the band's new full-length album "Hospital Carnage." You can check out the song on the band's Facebook page. "Hospital Carnage," the follow-up to 2006's "Apology For Pathology," is set for a May 24th North American release date (May 30th internationally). The cover artwork can be viewed below.
Haemorrhage recorded "Hospital Carnage" at VRS Studios with Samuel Ruiz. The album was mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound. The band also recently shot a video for the track "Traumaggedon," with video stills and a premiere date to be announced shortly.
Light Bearer has posted a song online titled "Primum Movens," which is off the band's new album "Lapsus." You can check out the song below. Light Bearer was formed in 2010 from the ashes of U.K. post-metal and hardcore bands Fall of Efrafa and Dungeons.
Suidakra has posted a video clip online of the band performing the song "Stone Of The Seven Suns" live, which is off the new album "Book of Dowth." You can check out the clip below.
Emery has posted a trailer online for the band's upcoming album "We Do What We Want," which can be viewed below. The new album is set for release on March 29th. You can also check out the new song "Scissors" by heading over to this location.
Italian metal act Warocracy has issued the following announcement about releasing a debut full-length album:
"Hey folks! First of all, we would like to thank all people and all our friends which support and follow us. We are on the way to get out with our first full-length, still with no name. It’ll be out maybe on May or June 2011 with our Promo three tracks and other new killer material.
"We hope that will have a special guest on CD, especially on one track and production. 'Black Waves of Styx,' 'War of The Mortals,' and 'Unexpected End' will be recorded and mastered in best ways, especially drum tracks will be recorded by our new drummer, Francesco 'Storm' Borrelli. For now it’s all. Cheers mates and thank again!"
Becoming the Archetype has posted a third studio video blog online from the band's time recording the new album "Celestial Completion" with Matt Goldman at Glow In The Dark Studios. You can check out the clip below, or watch the previously uploaded second video clip at this location. "Celestial Completion" will be available in stores and online on March 29th.
Since the release of the band's debut album "In Hatreds Flame" in July 2008, Exmoruts has kept busy touring and gigging relentlessly with bands such as label mates Vektor and L.A. black thrashers Witchaven. After suffering a temporary setback with the departure of former front man Balmore during early 2010, the band rebounded quickly with lead guitar shredder Conan taking over on vocals and the addition of new guitarist Sean Redline.
The short break from the band's busy live schedule also provided the act with the time needed to complete material for the upcoming sophomore album entitled "Beyond the Fall of Time." The death-thrash quartet entered Black Static Studio in Los Angeles to begin recording "Beyond the Fall of Time," tentatively scheduled for release during late summer 2011 on Heavy Artillery Records.
Drummer Mario Moreno had this to say about the new line-up and progress in the studio to date:
"We’ve been at Black Static Studios for nine days now and we feel that we couldn’t have picked a better studio to capture the new material. The line-up change during early 2010 set our original recording plans back by several months so we’re excited to finally be recording this album. With the new line-up of Conan on vocals and the addition of Sean Redline on second guitar the band is at its strongest ever. We’re really happy with the new material and the heavier sound. Sean has contributed a lot of great ideas to the album overall and Conan will finally get to showcase his vocals."
You can listen to the demo versions of "Destroy" and "Entombed with the Pharaohs" from the upcoming album at this location.
Norwegian band The Konsortium has issued the following announcement about releasing a debut album in June:
"June 23rd it is... Our debut album will be released in Europe on June 23rd. More news regarding the U.S. release date, track list, cover art, merch, etc. will be posted by the end of April. Enden er nær!"
You can also check out a medley of samples from the upcoming album by heading over to the band's official MySpace music profile.
British crossover thrashers SSS recently finished recording their forthcoming new album, which is due to be released later this year on Earache Records.
The new album, titled "Problems to the Answer," was recorded at Whitewood Studios in the band's home town of Liverpool and is produced by Rob Whitely along with SSS bassist Mark Magill.
SSS frontman Foxy explains the title of the new album:
"The title Problems to the Answer gives outspoken practical solutions to problems faced in everyday life. External factors shape not only today, but yesterday and into tomorrow. SSS attempts to provide answers - for better or worse - in our most vicious recording to date."
SSS have been documenting the creation of the new album as it happens. Check out the updates and photos from the recording of the album at the band's official blog at this location.
Scottish death metal act Cerebral Bore is preparing for a headlining performance at "A Day of Sonic Obliteration" this Sunday, 27th March in London, UK. The band will be celebrating the upcoming Earache Records release of the debut album, "Maniacal Miscreation," with a show at the Purple Turtle, featuring plenty of tracks off the new album.
Cerebral Bore guitarist Paul McGuire comments:
"This Sunday we're headlining an all-dayer at the Purple Turtle in Camden. It's our first show since we signed to Earache and we are chuffed to be doing it in London! Always a good reception and up-for-it gig-goers. It will be good to see some of the other bands on the bill that we are already familiar with, especially Dead Beyond Buried. London, prepare to be repeatedly jabbed in the face by a live dose of Maniacal Miscreation!"
You can view the flyer for A Day of Sonic Obliteration at this location. "Maniacal Miscreation" is due to be released on April 11th in Europe and June 7th in North America. Cerebral Bore also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Noctem has announced that the band's new album will be titled "Oblivion." You can check out the cover artwork after the jump, and the band also commented:
"The second part from the trilogy that started with 'Divinity' is going to be the hardest, fastest and darkest opus from the band until the date. The album has been produced by Daniel Cardoso (Angelus Apatrida, Ava Inferi, Anneke Van Giersbergen) and recorded in the Ultrasound Studios 2 from Portugal.
"The cover has been created by Marcelo Vasco, brazilian designer who worked with Noctem in the Divinity's cover and also worked before with bands like Dimmu Borgir, Dark Funeral, Satyricon, Belphegor, Gorgoroth and many more. Oblivion is going to be released worldwide through Rising Records. These are the dates you must remember! Pre-release in Spain: 25 /04/ 2011 (Signed limited tour edition) & Worldwide release: 13/06/2011. The band will start presenting the album on the road in the first assault of their Spanish tour from the end of April!"
The "Oblivion" track listing is as follows:
1. Popol Vuh
2. The arrival of the false gods
3. Universal disorder
4. Abnegation and brutality
6. Sons of Hun-vucub
7. Seeking the ruin of souls
10. A borning winged snake
11. Oblivion More...
After previously announcing an appearance at the Wild Metal fest, Tristania has now issued the following update about playing the upcoming Atlanterhavsrock festival:
"Today it was confirmed that Tristania are going to headline the Atlanterhavsrock Festival 2011 in Averøy near Kristiansund in Norway on May 7th. This is the second summer festival confirmed for Tristania in 2011.
"Tristania are delighted to announce their return to Trondheim for the first time since 2005. Trondheim is the third biggest city in Norway, and the band will play on the venue Blæst on Friday May 6th. Local support will be announced on a later stage."
Additional details on the Atlanterhavsrock festival are available at this location.
Dornenreich has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming European tour dates. You can check out the trailer below.
The band's upcoming tour dates with Alcest are as follows:
12.04.2011 PL - Poznan / Pod Minoga
13.04.2011 DE - Hamburg / Marx
15.04.2011 DE - Köln / Werkstatt
16.04.2011 DE - Giessen / Kings of Black Metal-Festival
17.04.2011 DE - Osnabrück / Bastard Club
19.04.2011 SW - Göteborg / Fängelset
20.04.2011 NO - Oslo / Inferno-Festival
22.04.2011 FR - Lille / La Chimere
23.04.2011 UK - London / Infernal Damnation-Festival
24.04.2011 FR - Marange-Silvange / Black Druids-Festival
THE 2011 METALLIANCE TOUR will have to move their Chicago show this Sunday due to recent gang-related activity in the vicinity of the venue. The city has imposed a seven day hold on the venue's operations license forcing the show to a new venue called BADA BREW (802 Theodore Street). The show will go on as scheduled. All tickets will be honored.
THE 2011 METALLIANCE TOUR has enjoyed early success with two sold out shows on it's inaugural run thus far. Headlined by HELMET, ST VITUS and CROWBAR and supported by metal heavyweights KYLESA, RED FANG, HOWL and THE ATLAS MOTH on all dates.
Here are the remaining Metalliance 2011 Tour dates:
03/25/11 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza **VIP TICKETS SOLD OUT**
03/26/11 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
03/27/11 Joliet, IL @ BADA BREW
03/28/11 Merriam, KS @ Aftershock (No Helmet)
03/29/11 Denver, CO @ The Summit
03/31/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
04/01/11 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
04/03/11 San Francisco, CA @ Mezzanine
04/04/11 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
04/05/11 Hollywood, CA @ House Of Blues
HELMET is performing their 1992 platinum-selling release of "Meantime" in its entirety.
Paradise Lost recently announced the cancellation of the band's upcoming Paris show. The group has now issued the following announcement about rescheduling the show:
"New Paris Gig Announced! The new date will be the 3rd April at the Bataclan in Paris, we apologize to anyone who finds this new date inconvenient but we had to do this or the show may have been canceled. We really hope everyone can join us at the revised date & venue for the last gig on this tour! If you have any issues with your tickets, please speak to the person you purchased them from. Thanks."
Vocalist Nick Holmes also commented:
"After the success of the Bochum show selling out we are pleased to be able to announce a last-minute extra date in Cologne at the Luxor on Wed 30th March. As many of you know this date was originally intended to be the Elysee Montmatre show in Paris. Unfortunately, as you are probably aware by now, there was a fire at the Elysee Montmatre which we are all deeply saddened by because we've had many good times there in the past and we're looking forward to playing there again at some point in the future. Despite this tragedy we have managed to arrange an alternative Parisian show at the Bataclan on the 3rd of April. For anyone who wasn't able to buy tickets for Bochum we hope you can join us on the 30th in Koln and celebrate these gigs with us!"
Sorrowful Angels has made the "Omens" EP available as a free download. You can get the tracks at this location. The band also commented:
"Dear friends, this is a sample of our upcoming album, called 'Omens.' We are truly excited on the final output so we couldn't wait and had to share a couple of tunes with you. 'Mistress of Desire' and 'Unspeakable Cult' are 2 tracks taken from the 'Omens' album which is due to be released and we are pleased to include in this EP.
"You will notice that there's also two covers included. 'Mourn' is a track by the Norwegian band Apoptygma Berzerk, which we decided to record after holding a stable position in our live play lists for so long.
"As an extra bonus, there's a cover we did on the Swedish electro band - Code 64 'Deviant,' which will be included on their Deviant single EP. You can always share your thoughts and opinions on our official website, myspace, facebook and twitter. Just a final word to all of you, is a big THANK YOU for supporting us all this time and to assure you that there's much more to come..."
Leaves' Eyes has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Heilig's Blechle Open Air festival:
"The South Rocks! This is the motto of the Heilig's Blechle Open Air which will start its' first round. The event provides a mixture of metal, rock and gothic music. The location, an airfield near Stuttgart, offers an easy access and camping on the site.
"On Friday there will be a warm-up show in Renningen with acts like Watch Me Bleed. On Saturday there will be: Morphosys (Death Metal), Necroid (Death Metal), St'. Zion (Alternative/ Metal), Breschdleng (Hardcore), Loaders (Metal), Leaves Eyes (Symphonic Gothic Metal), Undertow (Dark /Metal /Thrash) and Atrocity (Death / Gothic Metal) as the headliner."
Italy's Bejelit has announced the departure of guitarist Daniele Genugu. The band has already recruited Jacopo Bersan as a replacement guitar player. Bejelit commented on the lineup change:
"The band and all the staff thank Daniele for this adventure and give best wishes to him for his return in his storical band Killin' Kind. The new official website of the band will be online soon."
The upcoming Bejelit tour dates are as follows:
3 April: Layne Staley Tribute Day Benefit Show - Rock'n Roll Arena - Romagnano Sesia (NO)
8 April: Metal Generation Fest - Palazzo Granaio - Settimo Milanese (MI)
17 April: Opening act for Rage - Rock'n Roll Arena - Romagnano Sesia (NO)
28 April: Urban Club - Perugia (PG) + Strider
21 May: Padiglione 51, Collegno (TO) + Spidkilz and guests
4 June: Manoir Pub, St Maurice (CH) + Frozen Sword
11-17 July: Metal Camp - Tolmin (Slovenia)
5 August: Crazy Mama Pub - Budapest (HU) + Guest
6 August: Arena Festival - Beregovo (Ukraine)
Syrach has checked in with the following update about the pre-production process for the band's new album:
"We have now finalized the recording of our pre-production, and will focus on rehearsing the new material with the next album in mind. So far we have 7 songs ready for the next album, with a total of approx 65 minutes of doom! we will now rehearse all songs properly and get them all into the right sound and vibe,with Jan Åge's masterful drumming.
"Hopefully we'll start recording the new album sometime during the summer, and have it ready by fall. All we can promise, though, is a kick ass Syrach album...
"This will be the first official recording with guitarist Andrea, bass player Øystein, and drummer Jan Åge. However this is a newline-up from the other albums, expect no less than great doom in the true veins of Syrach!"
Veteran heavy metal act Tarot has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the re-recorded version of "Wings Of Darkness." You can view the video in the player below.
The Gathering has revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of South America. You can view the currently announced list of dates, cities and venues below with more expected to be announced shortly.
June 24 - Lima, Peru - Auditorio Derrama Majesterial
June 26 - La Paz, Bolivia - Teatro 16 de Julio
June 28 - Santiago, Chile - Teatro Caupolican
June 30 - Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Colegiales
July 05 - Bogota, Colombia - Teatro Libre
A new video interview has been posted online between Evile and Planetmost where the band talk about its forthcoming new album. You can check out the interview below.
ReVamp has posted a new tour report from its recent overseas trip with Epica. You can view the report in the video below.
Stillwell has revealed the tracklisting for its forthcoming debut album "Dirtbag." "Dirtbag" is set for release on May 10, 2011 through Nu Day Records. You can view the album's tracklisting below.
1. On & Poppin'
2. You Can't Stop Me
3. Mr. Yellow #5
5. Golden Ticket
6. Surrounded By Liars
7. Magnetic Daze
8. It's All Good
9. Don't Get It Twisted
10. Whole Lotta Love (Led Zeppelin cover)
11. Fast Forward
12. They All Had Their Hands Up
14. Street Metal
A new entertaining video interview with High on Fire's Matt Pike and Soundwave TV has been posted online. You can view the interview in the player below.
A new video interview between Ill Nino and CraveMetal.com has been posted online. You can check out the interview in the player below.
Audio has been posted online featuring Periphery's cover of the classic Metallica track "One." The song is featured on the "THQ Homefront" soundtrack. You can check out the cover in the player below.
American progressive metal act Mastodon has posted projection film clips online to promote the band's new live CD/DVD set "Mastodon: Live At The Aragon." "Live At The Aragon" was released on March 15, 2011 through Reprise Records. The two disc set was filmed and recorded during the band's October 17, 2009 concert at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago, Illinois and features a performance of the "Crack The Skye" album in its entirety. You can view the projection film below.
Gore-metal veterans Exhumed have revealed the dates for its upcoming North American headline tour. Support on the trek will come from Macabre, Cephalic Carnage and Withered. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
07/25 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave Bar
07/26 St Paul, MN – Station 4
07/27 Winnipeg, MB – The Royal Albert Arms
07/28 Regina, SK – The Exchange
07/29 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
07/30 Calgary, AB – The Distillery
07/31 Kelowna, BC – Sapphire Nightclub
08/01 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
08/02 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
08/03 Portland, OR – Branx
08/04 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
08/05 Sparks, NV – The Alley
08/06 Las Vegas, NV – The Cheyenne Saloon
08/07 Hollywood, CA – Key Club