Metal News for March 26, 2010
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Polish female fronted traditional heavy metal act Crystal Viper signed a new contract with AFM Records. "Yes, we can say Crystal Viper found new home at AFM Records! We are truly happy, as except being extremely serious, these guys have the same passion as we do: Heavy Metal. And that's what really matters!" stated Crystal Viper vocalist and guitarist Marta Gabriel.
The first Crystal Viper release on AFM will be the live album titled "Defenders Of The Magic Circle: Live In Germany," scheduled for release on June 4th, 2010. This summer the band will also enter recording studio to record their third album.
The upcoming Crystal Viper tour dates are as follows:
23-04-2010 - Keep It True Festival, Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany
08-05-2010 - MCK Myslowice, Silesia, Poland
19-06-2010 - Sofia, Bulgaria (venue t.b.a.)
24-07-2010 - Woodstock Open Air, Borkovany, Czech Republic
Swedish death metallers Revolting have posted two new songs online from their upcoming album "The Terror Threshold." You can hear the track "The Grip of Death" on the band's official MySpace page and the song "Trigger the Trap" is available for streaming on the Razorback Records MySpace page. The new album will feature nine new songs and eight bonus tracks from the unreleased "Bonesaw Leftovers" CD.
Judgement Day has issued a lengthy post-SXSW update. Here's an excerpt of it:
"In the end, did our dreams come true? I’d say the jury is still out. I dream of the day when a band can find its audience without going through the lawyers and record executives. I definitely doubt that we will come away from this year’s SXSW with the ability to sell out The Fillmore, but I do know this:
"We played on the streets of Austin all day long for three days straight and during that time there were not 5 minutes that went by without someone filming us. We may have been filmed over a thousand times. So far only one group has posted their video: NPR’s All Songs Considered. What will happen when everyone else posts?"
Read the full article at Judgement Day's blog.
Tennessee's The Showdown have announced they are currently putting the finishing touches on their upcoming full-length album. The new album will be released in the summer of 2010 via Solid State Records and the currently announced title is "Blood in the Gears." A solid release date has not yet been provided. You can check out sample The Showdown tracks at the band's MySpace page.
FUCK YOUR SHADOW FROM BEHIND was just added to three dates on the upcoming CARNIFEX European tour. Here are the tour dates:
11.06.10 GER-Jena F-Haus
14.06.10 AT-Vienna Arena
15.06.10 GER-München Feierwerk
Sick of it All has issued the following update about postponing their South American tour alongside Terror:
"Sorry to all our great South American fans, but the tour we had scheduled with Terror between late July and early August is to be rescheduled to a later date, probably in 2011. Our busy fall schedule in the US and Europe is preventing us from doing it later this year. Hopefully Terror will still be available to do it with us when we get the dates locked in, but we don't know for certain if the two band's schedules will line up exactly.
"We'd like to thank all of the promoters who took on the shows - everything was shaping up very nicely and their professionalism is obvious. We appreciate their willingness to bring us down to play South America again and we're eager to do so. It's important to make it clear that this is not a cancellation - we just have to move the tour to a different time. We'll post the new dates as they're confirmed. Please watch this space. Going to South America is always special for us and we can't wait for the next opportunity to play for all our fans there again."
Miami’s Thick as Blood has posted a new music video for "All Or Nothing," which can be viewed below. The video was directed by Brandon Stastny and shot during their recent “Mosh Lives II” tour with Emmure and Terror. “All or Nothing” is their 2nd video from their album “Embrace” which is out now. Thick As Blood hits the road on the North American “Wrath Of Sanity” Tour with Earth Crisis and First Blood next month, then head out to Europe in September for the “Hell On Earth” tour.
The upcoming Thick as Blood tour dates are as follows: More...
Metalsucks.net recently sat down with Thomas Gabriel Fisher, a.k.a. Tom G. Warrior, to discuss the dissolution of Celtic Frost, his new band Triptykon, and more. Here's an excerpt:
Metalsucks: I’m a fan of the Cold Lake album. It’s good for what it is, even though it’s not what fans might want from Celtic Frost. How did that album come about?
Thomas: You want me to explain that in a few minutes? This is such an absolutely complex process that led to an album so terrible. It’s absolutely impossible to explain.
Metalsucks: So you’re not a fan of the album?
Thomas: I am extremely happy about this album in a way that, at least I have done the absolute worst I could possibly ever do in my entire lifetime – I’ve done that. So no matter how much I’m going to fail in the future, I will never sink that low again. No matter how many missteps and mistakes. Cold Lake is the absolute lower limit of whatever can come from my mind. So there it is, at least one positive thing that can come from it. It’s probably the worst album ever created in heavy music. I’m not saying that to be cynical. This is my honest opinion. I have to live with this. But I was the only guy from Celtic Frost, so I bear full responsibility, regardless of the facts behind it. And I’m accepting that responsibility. I’m not a coward. It is an utter piece of shit, and that’s not crass enough to describe it.More...
War metal band At War has launched a brand new website which features a library of streaming audio and video content as well as an archive of photos and show flyers spanning the band’s twenty-seven year history. The website can be found here. On March 30th the band’s latest album "Infidel" will be released as a limited edition of 500 vinyl LPs in a gatefold jacket as well as an extremely limited edition of 100 cassette tapes.
At War will also be making their first live Japanese appearances ever on March 27th and 28th at the Osaka True Thrash Festival alongside German thrashers Assassin and Japanese heavy metal act Metalucifer, amongst others. Sample At War tracks can also be heard at the band's MySpace page.
On Thursday, April 1st the new Lair of the Minotaur video will be unleashed via a premiere on Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog." The video is for "Evil Power," the title track to the band's upcoming fourth full-length release, and it was directed by Ryan Oliver of Deathblow Productions. Set for release April 13th on the band's own The Grind-House Records, "Evil Power" was recorded by Sanford Parker in the band's Chicago stomping grounds.
The upcoming Lair of the Minotaur tour dates are as follows:
4/16/2010 Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN w/ Coffinworm
4/17/2010 Peabody's - Cleveland, OH w/ Solopsist
4/18/2010 Sonar - Baltimore, MD w/ Revolta, Wolfnuke
4/19/2010 M Room - Philadelphia, PA w/ Ludicra, Tombs, Krallice
4/21/2010 The Charleston - Brooklyn, NY w/ The Binary Code, Elks
4/22/2010 Velvet Lounge - Washington DC w/ Ol Scratch, Admiral Browning
4/23/2010 Broadway Joe's - Buffalo, NY w/ Cattle Decapitation, Gaza
4/24/2010 The Summit - Columbus, OH w/ Fools Crown
Warbeast's debut album "Krush the Enemy" will be released April 27th on Philip H. Anselmo’s Housecore Records. The record features ten tracks and was also produce by Philip Anselmo. Vocalist Bruce Corbitt had the following to say about signing to Housecore Records and working with Philip on the production of the album:
"Warbeast is proud to be signed with Housecore Records. I like the fact that their expectations are high for what they want out of a band. They also have a way of creating this family vibe between the band and the label, while making it obvious that they believe in us. That is all the motivation we need to want to kick-some-ass for their label at all times. We wanted Philip to be our producer and to be involved in the creation of this album. Overall… Philip made it a very beneficial, but also a fun and memorable experience. Philip made this album even better… and that is what a Producer is supposed to do.”
Finnish metallers Amplifire are currently streaming three new sample tracks online from their upcoming album. The songs can be heard at the band's MySpace page. The as-yet-untitled new album was recorded at Tonebox studio. Information on the album's track listing and release date will be revealed as it is made available.
Slash is currently streaming a new song online titled “Nothing To Say,” which is off the upcoming self-titled album. The track, which features M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold on vocal, can be heard at the Slash MySpace page. The album will be out on April 6th and features guest vocalist from Ozzy Osbourne, Chris Cornell, Kid Rock and Myles Kennedy among others.
Catholicon has issued the following update about the re-release of their "Of Ages Past" album:
"The special digital-release version of 'Of Ages Past' is currently at the mastering lab being worked on by the legendary Brad Cobb, after an exhaustive three-month remix/reconstruction by Blasphyre. Every part of the album was taken apart and put back together, with some freshly re-amped guitar tracks, replaced and re-edited drum sounds, and the vocals re-recorded for one song (Faith of the Fallen). The track order may also wind up being a little different and we hope to have at least one bonus track that was left off of the original release version.
"Expect the album to finally hit iTunes (and the rest of cyberspace music retailing) sometime in the second quarter of 2010. While we fully stand behind the CD release version (and only the real CD has the extra box set DVD-ROM!); we realize that today there are simply people who don't buy CDs any more. Rather than ignore this growing (now the largest, actually) market; we've finally decided to do something special for them.
"Our second and third albums (Death Throes and Treatise) have been available through iTunes for some years now. Our former digital provider (Crystal Clear) has decided to close it's doors and the albums may have dropped off of most digital provider's websites for the time being. These accounts were transferred to a new provider and they will be back up soon. We were originally going to pull the albums during this transition; but as we have no firm agreement on a possible remix/remaster of the albums at this time, we will allow the original masters to stay available for the near future. More...
Finnish gothic metal act Charon is currently streaming a new demo track online. The demo version of the new song "The Cure" can be heard at the official Charon MySpace page. Charon also announced last month that they had parted ways with guitarist Pasi Sipilä and will continue on playing live shows as a quartet.
On the heels of their recent release "Passiondale," Metal Blade Records has extended their contract with Dutch death metal act God Dethroned. The band will be campaigning across North America, supporting Overkills' 25th Anniversary Killfest tour throughout April. The tour starts April 1st in Philadelphia at the Trocadero.
Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel comments, "We are very happy to continue our long and great relationship with God Dethroned. We've been working with the band and Henri for over a decade and we look forward to more great music from them in the future!"
Henri Sattler, God Dethroned guitarist and vocalist adds, "Once you're in it, you're in it for life, the head of Metal Blade in Europe once said to me. It was already a dream come true to sign our first deal with the label back in '97, and now 13 years later we just put our signature on our third contract with them. It's just as exciting as it was back then and we're very proud of earning their trust and support after all these years. We are halfway through the writing process for a new album, which we will record starting end of May. First, we'll play on the Killfest tour in the U.S. supporting Overkill together with label mates Woe of Tyrants and many other great bands. Abigail Williams' axeman Ian Jekelis will take over touring duties for Susan, with whom we parted ways last January. We will announce the name of our new shredder right before we play our first European festival in May."
Swiss Gothic act Lacrimosa are set to release a 20th anniversary album entitled "Schattenspiel" on May 7th, 2010. The track listing for the album will be as follows:
1. 1990 Seele in Not (Urversion) 5:54
2. 1990 Requiem (Urversion) 6:54
3. 1990 Seelenübertritt 4:33
4. 1990 Schuld und Sühne 4:21
5. 1992 Dreht Euch 2:14
6. 1993 Dem Ende entgegen 4:53
7. 1994 Schakal (Urversion) 9:15
8. 1994 Vermächtnis der Sonne (Urversion) 4:44
9. 2002 Ein Hauch von Menschlichkeit (Late Night Remix) 3:56
10. 2003 Morgen 5:24
11. 2003 Schönheit straft jedes Gefühl 8:07
12. 2004 Ein Fest für die Verlorenen 8:24
13. 2005 Mantiquor 6:33
14. 2006 Der Verlust 4:34
15. 2007 Déjà vu 5:56
16. 2010 Sellador 5:26
17. 2010 Ohne Dich ist alles nichts 6:04
Leaves' Eyes has issued the following update about their European tour:
"Yesterday the kick off show of the European tour of Leaves' Eyes together with Kamelot and Adagio took place in Charleroi, Belgium. This was also the live debut of the new Leaves' Eyes drummer Roland Navratil. Roland joined Leaves' Eyes and also Atrocity after the bands decided to continue without former drummer Seven Antonopoulos. Both bands wish Seven all the best for the future, and welcomes the Austrian drummer Roland Navratil, who played in the past with bands like Edenbridge, Sirenity and Dignity!"
Roland Navratil also commented: “First of all I like the diversity of both bands, Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes. I listen to a lot of different music and was blown away by the 'Werk 80' CD of Atrocity. So called 'Female fronted' metal bands where always a favorite kind of music of myself, too. That’s why I know a lot about Liv and her music and the band Leaves' Eyes. I love to play songs like 'Elegy,' 'Emerald Island' or the new smasher “At Heaven’s End”! The first time I met Alex was years ago when Atrocity played in Vienna. I met them and Liv again back in 2005 when I was playing in Germany. As I was on the 'Beauty and the Beast.' Tour as a session drummer for Sirenia, it was very cool to tour with both bands, Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes. I was excited as they asked me, if I would like to play with them because we had a lot of fun on tour last fall. The rehearsals went great and now I am looking forward to share the stages together! Keep on rockin´! See you on tour!"
The upcoming Leaves' Eyes tour dates are as follows: More...
Shadows Fall recently appeared on Fuel TV's "Ask a Band" to answer a series of questions about the history of the band. The first clip can be viewed below and the rest can be found after the jump.
Greece's Daylight Misery has issued the following update about streaming a new song online which features a guest appearance by Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ:
"Greetings! Finally our debut album Depressive Icons will be available on the first days of April so stay tuned for updates! For the time being, there is a brand new track in the Myspace player called Infinity and it is taken from this album. This song is very special for us cause it includes a guest appearance by Sakis Tolis of Rotting Christ so we will wait for your comments! Hope you will enjoy the track and see you on stage in Thessaloniki and Athens on April 10 & 11 supporting Katatonia / Sirenia."
Denmark's Svartsot has posted two new songs online. the songs, "På Odden af hans hedenske Sværd" and "Kromandens Datter," can be heard on the band's MySpace page. The songs come off of their latest album, "Mulmets Viser."
Van Canto has posted the music video for their song "Last Night of the Kings." the song comes off their latest album, "Tribe of Force." Watch the video below:
Canadian blackened death metal band NECRONOMICON has announced their signing to Napalm Records The band’s new album, “The Return of the Witch,” is scheduled for a release in early June.
Rob the Witch comments on the signing, "The band is very happy to finally join forces with the people at Napalm Records. I feel a good vibe in working with the label and am anxious to bring our music to the metal fans around the world. Working on this band for so many years makes me appreciate even more when people believe in our talent, and it's encouraging to know that we'll have a solid team behind us. We look forward to new ventures and meeting die hard and new fans alike on the road."
TRISTANIA has announced their signing to Napalm Records.
The band comments, “We're happy to say that Tristania has reunited forces with Napalm Records. Tristania is back where it all started 13 years ago, and we are looking forward to work together with Napalm again. Our new album is completely recorded, and at the moment only mixing and mastering remains. We are totally enthusiastic about it, and feel that this album will appeal to those of you who have followed us through the years. True to tradition, the new album will also bring along several surprises and elements that are new in our musical universe. Five different singers will appear on the album, and we have already announced that Pete Johansen contributes with his brilliant violin play - for the first time since World of Glass in 2001. We are really looking forward to share this album with you guys. The album title will be revealed soon!"
Guitarist Mikey Cross of Las Vegas rockers Taking Dawn has issued the following road report from their European tour with Airbourne:
"So far we have played 18 shows all over Europe on the Airbourne tour. They have been pretty fuckin amazing! The badass motherfuckers over here really like to rock! Hopefully when we go back home the USA can keep up!"
"Last night was Amsterdam which was one of the highlights of the trip. I don't know if anyone has ever been to the red light district but what a crazy fuckin place! You walk down the allies and there are windows with hookers in each of them in lingerie. They are usually signaling you over to them for a little sucky fucky. The locals told us we can do pretty much whatever we want with them for 50 Euros. WHAT A DEAL!!!! Hookers in Vegas are a lot more than that! Unfortunately we decided to pass on the sucky fucky this time. Something about seeing a dude go into a room and come out 5 minutes later for another dude to go in just us realize it was probably not the best idea. Besides that..we didn't want to give the hookers all the STDs we got on tour… it wouldn't be fair to them. They are respectable women! Well most of them are respectable women.. except for the ones in the transexual ally.. they are respectable half-women. We were lucky enough to walk down that ally first and I was lucky enough for one of the trannies to show me their dick. As big and wonderful as it was I decided to pass. These bitches were built like fuckin Rambo and we didn't want to get raped… thats not how you want to go out." More...
Order Of Ennead has posted the music video for "The Concept Of Our Extinction" online. The track comes off of their second album, "An Examination Of Being," which will be released in late April/early May through Earache Records. The video was filmed by Advanced Media. Watch it below:
New Jersey progressive metal band Ferox Canorus has posted a demo of a new song, entitled "Freedom," on their MySpace page. The song features keyboardist Chris Colalillo on vocals. The track comes off their upcoming EP.
The website for the 2010 edition of Iceland's Antichristian festival has been updated to announce the festival is canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. No additional information on the cancellation was listed. The festival was set to take place on Friday April 9th and Saturday April 10th and the lineup included Solstafir, Beneath, Atrum, Severed Crotch, Bastard, Gone Postal, Chao, Svartidauði and Gruesome Glory. Information on ticket refunds can be found at this location.
German black metal band LANTLÔS, the main sphere of activity of Herbst, has announced their signing to Prophecy Records. Herbst comments, "For years, it has been my wish for LANTLÔS to find a home with Prophecy. It is just amazing that it worked out now. I am now on a label alongside bands such as Tenhi, Silencer, Bethlehem, and Secrets Of The Moon, and that gives me great pleasure."
LANTLÔS' second album, ".neon" will be released via Prophecy in the near future.
Dutch pagan folk metallers Heidevolk have issued the following update about streaming a new instrumental track online from their new album:
"Yes, finally after the endless wait the new Heidevolk album is available in Europe. So, run to the stores and treat yourself on a nice and diverse folk metal album on this beautiful Friday. You can also order the album online at the Heidevolk Webshop or at NapalmRecords.com.
"The release in US/CAN is scheduled for April 6th. To celebrate the European CD release, Heidevolk uploaded 'Alvermans Wraak' to the bands official MySpace. 'Alvermans Wraak' is a instrumental song that will give you a view of the song diversity of the new album. More updates concerning summer festivals and tour will follow soon!"
TOMBS has announced more spring tour dates in support of their "Winter Hours" album. The band is currently on tour working their way to and from South By Southwest in Austin, TX. TOMBS will then join LUDICRA and KRALLICE for a handful of shows in the north east. The Brooklyn trio has also been confirmed for Maryland Deathfest and Ithaca Underground's Big Day In fest. A listing of confirmed tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon.
"Winter Hours" is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. TOMBS' first video from "Winter Hours," for album-opener "Gossamer," can be seen below:
Spanish black metal act Gothmog released their debut full-length album "A Step in the Dark" in early 2009 and then parted ways with their vocalist a few months later. The band has now issued the following update about solidifying their new lineup:
"New line up! Finally the search is over. We are proud to present Elias Redón 'Modgud' as a singer and Jose Antonio Quiles 'Aspherion' as keyboardist. Already there are some live dates where we may show to you all the most powerful line up we have ever had. And many more are coming soon."
Sample Gothmog tracks from their debut album can be heard here. The upcoming Gothmog tour dates are as follows:
4/3 2010 - Death Generation Fest. - (Elche)
4/17 2010 - Concentración Motera - (Novelda)
5/1 2010 - Sala Stereo - (Alicante)
New York metal band Endwell has issued the following update:
"First off we want EVERYONE who made our European Tour a success! It was a blast we can barely describe how much fun we had with the bands and people we met. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you SHAI HULUD (Fox, Covey, Mike, Steve, Tim) & TO KILL (Jai, Josh, Camilla, Fausto, Ugo & Tadzio) also The Man BARON BODNAR, Nanouk @ Avocado Booking, everyone at Imperial and of course our driver ODI and tour manager ONDRA!"
"Moving on were extremely excited to announce that we've just begun writing for our new full-length. This will be our 3rd album and 2nd with Mediaskare/Century Media. Were beyond stoked to say the least. I'm not going to start talking about how the album is going to sound because quite frankly were not even sure yet. What I will say is that it's going to be the BEST ENDWELL material to date and it's going to surprise a lot of people. The underground is pretty stagnant right now with every band falling into a niche or sub-genre grouped together with other bands, Therefore, it's our goal to step out of that. We don't want to be pigeonholed. It seems lately that people aren't willing to take many chances and musical creativity has fallen victim to that, so we want to bring something new to the table."
Wisdom In Chains played their last show of their European tour this week in Berlin, Germany. The band will be returning to Europe to tour in June & July and is also slated to play the 2010 Black N Blue Bowl on May 15th in New York City.
This past week Kiss announced a Kiss themed coffeehouse to be built in Melbourne, Australia. Given the graduation from action figures, iPod applications, and coffins this seems like a good time to propose other ventures for some of our other eighties rockers. More...
High quality video footage of Sacred Reich performing a cover of Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" has been posted online. The performance is from March 6, 2010 at Circo Volador in Mexico City, Mexico can be viewed below.