Metal News for March 26, 2009
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Recent Norwegian Grammy winners Enslaved will be direct support for Opeth on their upcoming North American tour. The 23-show stint will launch on May 1st on Sayreville, New Jersey and end on May 27th in Washington D.C.
Ivar Bjørnson, Enslaved’s songwriter and guitarist comments:
"I am stoked that we are going out with Opeth. We have been admirers of Opeth's work for years, specially the direction of their newer works. This is great news for us to take back to our loyal fans and friends in North America at this point; the reception for our newest album 'Vertebrae' has been fantastic and unforgettable. We can't wait to present the songs live; we promise you won't be let down! Finally, we wish to express our sincere gratitude to Opeth for giving us this opportunity."
Headlining shows in late May/early June will soon be announced. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Scar Symmetry has announced a mini-tour through the Netherlands, Belgium and France on Easter weekend. Along for the ride is Textures, Fuelblooded and Before the Dawn. Dates are as follows:
Apr. 08 Eindhoven, NL - Dyanamo w/ Before the Dawn and Fuelblooded
April 09 Haarlem, NL - Patronaat w/ Before the Dawn and Fuelblooded
Apr. 10 Vosselaar, B - Biebob w/ Before the Dawn and Textures
Apr. 11 Chaulnes, FR - Chaulnes w/ Before the Dawn, Textures, Adagio and many more
Scar Symmetry will also appear at the Rock Dayz Festival, Legacy Fest and Graspop this spring.
The Bronc, WRRC FM, located at Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey will be conducting an interview with Mutiny Within tomorrow (March 27) at noon. For anyone in NJ, listening from your stereo, turn your dial to 107.7 FM. Otherwise, visit http://comm.rider.edu/thebronc to stream the broadcast live. Just click "Listen Live" and select your media player of choice. To call in and ask the band a question or request a song, dial (609) 896 - 5211.
Jerry Cantrell will appear in a supergroup alongside Perry Farrell, Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer, Don Was, and Billy Bragg to perform at the Road Recovery Benefit Concert 2009 at Nokia Theater in NYC on May 1. The event is in honor of Wayne Kramer of MC5 and benefits Road Recovery, an organization dedicated to helping young people battle addiction.
The emcee will be Matt Pinfield. Also appearing are Joan As Police Woman, Ours, Miggs, Crazy James, and more surprise guests.
LACUNA COIL has returned with the massively anticipated, new full-length release, "Shallow Life," which is set for an April 21st North American release. The album was recorded with acclaimed producer Don Gilmore (Avril Lavigne, Linkin Park, Pearl Jam) at the famed NRG Studios in Los Angeles. The group recently completed a new video for the Active Rock smash hit “Spellbound” that was shot in their hometown of Milan, Italy. The clip was directed by Saku, produced by Apnea Film and wardrobe was provided by Dolce & Gabbana.
You can watch the music video for “Spellbound” at ArtistDirect.com.
Cristina Scabbia (vocals) comments: “Hello to all the rockers out there. We're currently in Denver on the ‘Music as a Weapon IV’ tour and we're having a great time. It's just amazing for us to be able to test some of the new songs in front of so many new people and to see such great reactions.
“We had a great time shooting the video for ‘Spellbound’ and it also marks our first time working with acclaimed Italian director Saku in a location that's really peculiar. It was filmed in a very fashionable place: the restaurant ‘Gold’ located in Milan, Italy, which is owned by the fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana, who kindly gave us the permission to film over there!
The location provides the perfect atmosphere to express the ‘Shallow Life’ theme. Everything is really shiny and ‘bling bling’ and the band is performing in the middle of a golden room full of mirrors and giant chandeliers.”
LACUNA COIL will be performing some new material on this spring’s “Music As A Weapon IV” festival. LACUNA COIL joins such hard rock titans as Disturbed and Killswitch Engage crisscrossing the U.S. before finishing May 16th. The 38-city “Music As A Weapon IV” fest marks the group’s first run of North America in almost two years.
Daath has announced that they will not be able to play at the House of Blues show in California on their upcoming tour with Cynic and Dragonforce. The band issued the following statement about the cancelation:
"Apparently Disney doesn’t like us very much. We don’t know why, because they wouldn’t tell us but we know they don’t. And how do we know they don’t? Because they kicked us off the April 15th Anaheim House Of Blues show. I’m not going to bother justifying ourselves in light of this. Only thing I can do is give a sincere apology to any of our fans who spent money to come and see us. We will be back in the area very soon I promise."
The band will continue on the Cynic / Dragonforce tour with their appearance April 17th in Boise, Idaho at Knitting Factory and continue for the duration of the tour.
Montreal based avant-garde metallers Unexpect have issued the following update about recording a new album:
"We'll officially start recording our new album on April 14 with Jef Fortin in Badass Studio.Can't wait for you to hear what our minds had to say this time...
"...and we just set up an official youtube channel where we'll regroup all unexpect related videos we find or post. Check it out !"
Polish female fronted metal band Crystal Viper is the latest band confirmed for the 2009 Magic Circle Festival, which will take place on Saturday, July 18 in Loreley, Germany. The other confirmed bands so far are Manowar, Metalforce, and Holyhell.
Cradle of Filth has issued the following statement about canceling their scheduled March 28th appearance at the German Tomahawk Festival:
"Attention to those who have bought tickets to the Tomahawk Festival
"Due to circumstances beyond our control we have been prevented from performing at the Tomahawk Festival this weekend.
"Anyone who has already bought tickets and is unhappy about this should contact the promoter of the event. We are very sad if we have disappointed anyone as would never have wished to do that.
"Please accept our sincere apologies and we shall see you on our European tour."
Tooth and Nail Records will release Emery's new album "...In Shallow Seas We Sail" on June 2nd.
The tracklisting for "...In Shallow Seas We Sail" is as follows:
1. Cutthroat Collapse
2. Curbside Goodbye
3. Inside Our Skin
4. Churches and Serial Killers
5. Butcher's Mouth
6. In Shallow Seas We Sail
7. The Poor and the Prevalent
8. The Smile, The Face
9. A Sin To Hold On To
10. Piggy Bank Lies
11. Edge of the World
12. Dear Death Part 1
13. Dear Death Part 2
Blistering Records has announced the signing of German melofic metal band Saidian. Their third album and Blistering Records debut, entitled "Evercircle," is due out May 29, 2009.
Founded in 2004 things moved rapidly in the Saidian camp as the guys released their debut album, "For Those Who Walked The Path Forlorn" the following year. This record was promoted by a full European tour with Jon Oliva's Pain. The Savatage mastermind liked the band so much he contributed guest vocals on their following album, "Phoenix," which was released in September 2006. Hitting the club and festival circuit, Saidian's meteoric rise peaked with an earth shaking performance at the first Magic Circle Festival in summer 2007 (also documented on the Magic Circle Festival DVD Vol. 1).
Now with the strongest lineup to date the band cut its new album, "Evercircle." The recording took place between March and September of 2008 with the talents of German producer Axel Heckert, (now also Saidian's live engineer). "Evercircle" showcases a broader musical spectrum for Saidian including a mix of headbanging anthems, melodic rockers, powerful ballads and the band's first cover song, the 1981 hit, “Tokyo” from the German hard rock band of the same name (later known as Craaft).
Saidian has a couple of upcoming shows, including:
May 23 Rockfabrik (Club 2), Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
May 31 Kutival Open Air, Bretten/ Gölshausen, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Behemoth has issued the following update about a signing session at the Musikmesse trade show in Germany:
"Behemoth’s Orion, Seth and Nergal will take part in a signing session at the the ESP booth on April 4 at the Musikmesse Frankfurt 2009 fair in Frankfurt, Germany. Signing will take place at 3.15 pm. For more information go here.
"Musikmesse is the world's leading trade fair for the world of music (similar to the U.S. NAMM show, which takes place in California). It showcases musical gear companies from around the globe. There you will find a complete range of products with everything required for making music, not to mention countless workshops, concerts, demonstrations and discussion events."
Machine Head has issued the following announcement about their upcoming summer festival appearances:
"Summer festival season is right around the corner, and Machine Head have been confirmed for numerous shows across Europe, including headlining Wacken Open Air 2009, Storas Festival, Nova Rock and Tokaj Festival, as well as co-headlining with Marilyn Manson at Kobetasonik and Hellfest! The Head will also be playing Sonisphere UK, Spain and Finland, Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park, playing with Korn in Berlin and Slipknot in Madrid... and there's even more to come! Check the Tours page for up-to-the-minute details, and stay tuned for more!"
Sweden's Hate Ammo have issued the following brief update about the recording of their upcoming debut album:
"Studio day four
"So, Henke hooked up his gear in the studio on wednesday. we just check the sounds and stuff, no recording at all, unfortunally we had some trouble with the guitars."
Photos of the band in the studio can be viewed here.
Polish death metallers Vader have issued the following update about the recording of their new album "Necropolis:"
"Hi Everybody!!!! Greetings from Hertz Studios!!!! We just finished first week of recordings! 11 drum tracks chosen for the upcoming album "Necropolis" are done. 9 of them will be available on every standard edition. Two of the songs we're gonna keep as bonuses or to play on VADERs official MySpace site...yet in Summer time. Wanna know any titles? Here we go: "Anger", "Dark Heart", "When We Arrive", "Devilized" or "We Are Horde...". There will be also new versions of "Rise Of The Undead" and "Impure" included. "Necropolis" is kinda mix of the atmosphere of "De Profundis" album and aggression known from "Litany"...We recorded tracks which are even more brutal. Here You will find some pictures taken last week in Hertz Studios during drum session. The new video rapport called "Secrets of the Force" will be available too. The progress of recordings, more pics and next part of video rapport will be set on VADERs MySpace soon. STAY VADERIZED!!!!!"
Finland power metal band, Amoral, has announced that their new album, "Show Your Colors," will have an American release date of June 9th through Spinefarm USA/Fontana Records.
The tracklisting for "Show Your Colors" is as follows:
01. Random Words
03. A Shade of Gray
04. Year of the Suckerpunch
05. Perfection Design
06. Sex N' Satan
07. Song for the Stubborn
09. Gave Up Easy
10. Last October
Ventura, CA death metallers, Fatalist, are in the studio recording "The Depths of Inhumanity," (cover) their debut album for Ibex Moon Records. Guitarist/vocalist Neil Burkdoll (Dirty Dead, ex-Stump) issues the following update from the studio, "We have been recording four new songs that will be added to the seven songs that make up the Loss recording. These 11 songs will clock in around 45 minutes and will be released as the The Depths of Inhumanity album for Ibex Moon Records. The four new songs have a little more variety to them and we feel they round out the album pretty well. Right now, all we have left is the guitar solos and the mixing and mastering to do on these new songs. The recording is being done by me with input from guitarist/vocalist Wes Caley (ex-Exhumed, ex-Uphill Battle) once again and I’ll be mixing and mastering as well. We know it has been a long time and we hope to get the album out in the near future."
Guitarist Craig Locicero of the thrash metal band, Forbidden, has issued the following update about his experiences writing new material with new guitarist Steve Smyth (Nevermore, Testament, Dragonlord):
"First off, we've been crazed busy offer the last couple of months! Multiple levels of work and play going on around here. Getting ready for our California dates that start tomorrow at the Key Club in Hollywood and end with a home show Blow-out in San Jose at the Voodoo Lounge. That has turned into the priority for now. Obviously first and foremost Steve Smyth being the 'New Dude' and getting up to speed was important. He and I had been working on Skype a few days a week for the last few months before he finally arrived here from London last week. That prepared Steve to walk in and play the older songs with conviction and purpose." More...
Portuguese female-fronted metal band, Witchbreed, formed by bassist Ares (ex-MOONSPELL, DEEPSKIN) and guitarist Dikk (ex-DEEPSKIN), will release their debut album on June 29th. Entitled "Heretic Rapture," the album was produced, mixed and mastered by Waldemar Sorychta (LACUNA COIL, THE GATHERING, SAMAEL, TIAMAT, MOONSPELL). More...
The celebration of Anthrax's 25th anniversary is about to begin in earnest, as Anthrax, recognized as one of the founders of thrash metal, with worldwide sales in excess of ten million copies, will bring its brand of New York metal to Oklahoma when they kick off the third annual, four-day Rocklahoma Festival set for July 9 - 12 in Pryor, Oklahoma. Anthrax will headline the festival's July 9 opening night.
"We want to start the HEAVY DAY at Rocklahoma," said Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, "and after we play nothing but heavy f%#*ing metal, Oklahoma will never be the same."
Anthrax's Rocklahoma 2009 Festival appearance will be in support of the band's first new studio album in six years, "Worship Music," scheduled for a summer release, and the May 12 release of the limited edition, three-record vinyl reissue of the band's first album, "Fistful of Metal," which originally came out twenty-five years ago. "Worship Music" will mark the studio debut of new singer Dan Nelson who joins long-time members Benante and Scott Ian (rhythm guitar), Frank Bello (bass) and Rob Caggiano (lead guitar).
The Rocklahoma festival will be Anthrax's only North American concert appearance until they launch their own major trek here later this year. The Rocklahoma organizers will announce the full July 9 talent lineup next week.
Iron Maiden's "Flight 666" movie will be making a theatrical appearance for one day only on April 21, 2009. Book tickets at your local cinema or check listings here.
This is an opportunity to see the movie on the big screen in digital Hi Definition with 5.1 surround sound - making you feel you were there in the middle of all the action. "Flight 666" was directed by Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen of the award-winning Banger Productions team (Metal; A Headbangers story and Global Metal).
Flight 666 documents the first leg of Maiden’s legendary SOMEWHERE BACK IN TIME WORLD TOUR, which took them 50,000 miles round the planet playing 23 concerts on five continents in just 45 days. One of the stars of the movie is the band’s customised Boeing 757, Ed Force One, which carried the band, all their crew 12 tons of stage equipment and was piloted by Airline Captain and singer Bruce Dickinson. The movie gives a close up inside the scenes look at what happened on and off stage, when Maiden gave full access to the film crew for the first time ever, and contains some of the most spectacular live footage yet seen of Maiden. If you want to know what it is like to be part of the most adventurous tour in Rock history, you can’t miss seeing this. Taking you from Mumbai to Santiago, LA to Sydney, Tokyo to San Paolo and all points between, through exhaustion and fan pandemonium, travelling with band and crew on the plane, to and from shows, in the bar and during leisure time, this really is Access All Areas. More...
New York progressive metal band Dream Theater will take their Progressive Nation tour overseas for the first time with a run through Europe and the UK throughout Sept, Oct and Nov of 2009.
Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy comments: “After the excitement of putting together two very cool PROGRESSIVE NATION packages for North America, I knew it was time to bring the concept overseas and share some of these other great bands with our amazing fans throughout Europe and the UK."
Joining the tour will be Opeth from Stockholm Sweden. Vocalist/Guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt commented: "Once my man "The Port" suggested they're going to bring PROGRESSIVE NATION over to Europe, I more or less begged him to get us on it, haha! We had such a great time doing it in North America and it did many great things for us as a band. It's fair to say that I can't wait to get going with this one. It will be a blast, believe me!!”
Los Angeles band Bigelf and Canadian band Unexpect will also be on the bill.
Opeth has issued the following update about their 2009 summer festival appearances:
"Opeth will play the annual Download festival in Donington, UK. Other bands on the bill is Korn, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Slipknot, Faith no more, Marilyn Manson just to mention a few...
"Opeth will also appear at the Lowland festival in the Netherlands. All summer festival dates can be viewed below:
5/29 - Gelsenkirchen (Dortmund) Rock Hard Festival - GER
5/30 - Leipzig Wave Gothik - GER
5/31 - Wiesbaden Schlachthof - GER More...
Pain, the band featuring Hypocrisy frontman Peter Tagtren, has issued the following tour report:
"Hello painheads, since the last update we have been very busy. When we were in Köln we realized that our friends in HammerFall and Sabaton were playing at the same time in the same city. So, when we went off stage we jumped into a cab to go to the other venue to see the HammerFall show and to meet them and have a party afterwards. Sabaton did the same thing and went to our arena after their show. When we finally came back to our bus outside the Palladium i met the girl who was making the painting of me and it was ready and looked really good! Sabaton has just left and had left us a bottle with some wierd strong and spicy booze that made people scream and vomit... I think that was a revenge of what we did to them some time ago, haha......
"The we have done shows in Lingen, Karlsruhe and Erfurt. In Karlsruhe Peter did a very special treatment to a birthday cake... As i can’t show it here on MySpace, you have to watch it on our tourblog. Everything has been extremely good and the audience has treated us very well. When we arrived in Paris we stayed there for three days and did two shows. As stated here before, we shot the video for ”Monkey Business” at those two shows and got the best help and treatment from the French fans that we could ever get. I am sure the video will turn out great and all of you who where there and aticipated – you will all be in the video. Thank you!...
"Today we arrived in Munich and we will stay here for three days and have a show here tomorrow. It was snowing on our way to Munich this morning.
"As always, our tour blog is open..."
Swedish death metal band The Project Hate has issued the following update about completing the recording for their upcoming album:
"THE ALBUM IS COMPLETED!
"That’s right… And we have a huge update coming your way asap, we just need to work with some stuff before it happens - but hang in here. It will be worth the wait. And yes, we will give you teasers and whatnot when the time is right. Same goes for album title and everything else that comes with this fantastic album. Just stay tuned.
"Hate has never been a stronger force."