Metal News for March 27, 2009
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27 news articles posted on this day.
DJ Meatwad from the uniquely diverse radio station "Head Case Radio" recently had the opportunity to interview Dan from Autumns Eyes. Topics such as the future of Autumns Eyes, live shows, new albums, and more are the focus of this 8 minute interview, which you can listen to or download here.
Saudi melodic death core/metal band BREEZE OF THE DYING has uploaded a new song to their official MySpace page. The song, "Enter Virus," is from the band's upcoming EP.
Finland's Eternal Tears of Sorrow has named their sixth album as "Children of the Dark Waters" (cover).
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Children of the Dark Waters (Act II)
2. Baptized by the Blood of Angels
3. Tears of Autumn Rain
4. Summon the Wild
5. Sea of Whispers
6. Midnight Bird
7. Diary of Demonic Dreams
8. When the Darkest Night Falls
9. Nocturne Thule
Reunited New Jersey thrashers WHIPLASH have completed tracking the much anticipated "Unborn Again" full-length album at Mozart Studio with world-renowned engineer / producer Harris Johns (Sodom, Kreator, Helloween, Sepultura, etc) and are set to fly to Berlin on April 13, 2009 where the mixing and mastering process will take place at Spiderhouse Studio.
The album artwork and final tracklisting will be announced shortly.
In other news, WHIPLASH has been confirmed for this year's Jalometalli Metal music festival, set to take place August 14-15, 2009 at Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will introduce an additional stage this year dedicated to up and coming bands.
The third stage, sponsored by Deathcote Records, will be located at Chasers Nightclub, located behind the Palladium on the corner of Martin Luther King and Commercial streets. The main festival will be taking place at the Palladium.
“There are so many great bands and not enough time to get all of them on during the course of two days,” said festival co-organizer Sott Lee. “Adding a third stage is a great way for us to showcase some of the developing bands and it’s a terrific opportunity for these bands to play alongside some of today’s top metal and hardcore bands.”
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will take place on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, with the Atticus pre-party on Thursday, April 16. This year’s event is presented by Randall Amplifiers, Washburn Guitars and Eden Electronics. Metal Blade Records will present the main stage. Prosthetic Records will present the second stage.
The Atticus-sponsored pre-party will be a unique event that will be combining film and music, kicking off with a screening of official film sponsor Anchor Bay's film "Crowley," co-written by none other than Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson. The provocative supernatural thriller is the tale of a virtual reality experiment gone wrong, sending the soul of the British occultist Aleister Crowley into the body of a shy university professor. But even as Crowley creates all-new orgies of depraved pleasures and black magic, he is now preparing to unleash the ultimate occult event upon the world. Also showing is "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," a sometimes revealing, sometimes hilarious documentary about the legendary Canadian metal band. The movie follows best friends Robb Reiner and Lips as they make a pact to rock together forever. Their band, Anvil, hailed as the "demi-gods of Canadian metal, " influenced a musical generation that includes Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, despite never hitting the big time. Following a calamitous European tour, Lips and Robb, now in their fifties, set off to record their 13th album in one last attempt to fulfill their boyhood dreams. The film will be followed by a performance by the band itself. The pre-party will also be held at the Palladium. Admission is free with a weekend pass or $15 for non-ticket holders.
Prices this year are $40 for Friday, $45 for Saturday or $79 for a 2-day ticket that also includes free admission to the kick off party on Thursday. Tickets are available at all Strawberries, FYE Stores, online at tickets.com or by calling (800) 477-6849. Tickets are available now.
Bands scheduled to perform this year include: More...
LAETHORA, the Swedish death/grind band featuring DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist Niklas Sundin, has finished recording its second album, "The Light In Which We All Burn." The album will be ready for a late spring/early summer release.
LAETHORA comments , "Some previous statements have included information about Roberto Laghi, whom we've previously worked with, and that he would be doing the mixing of the album. This will not be the case. Due to illness and other unfortunate events delaying the recording process, we made the decision to do the mixing ourselves. Both Roberto and we were a bit sad that we couldn't work together again, but sometimes one cannot foresee life's odd interventions. To say the least, this recording process has been more than strenuous, but as they say; when the going gets tough, the tough get going..." More...
Metallica has posted the video for their next single, "Broken, Beated, and Scarred," online on their official website along with the following message:
"We're having so much fun out on the road that we thought, hey, why not film it for the video of our next single? So we invited our good friend Wayne Isham and his crew to join us for a few shows in California in December of 2008 . . . Ontario and Fresno to be exact. We go way back with Wayne (several vids from the "Black" album up through "Frantic" and the "Cunning Stunts" DVD) and as always, Wayne rocked it!
"So enjoy . . . and just in case you're interested, more info about the single release of this song here."
Wolves In The Throne Room has announced more headlining US tour dates, featuring Krallice and/or Storm of Light and other bands on select dates as support. Here are the latest tour dates:
5/13/2009 Marquis Theatre - Denver, CO w/ Krallice
5/14/2009 The Picador - Iowa City, IA w/ Krallice
5/15/2009 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
5/16/2009 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/17/2009 Casbah - Hamilton, ON w/ A Storm of Light, Krallice
5/18/2009 Wreck Room - Toronto, ON w/ Thrones, Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/19/2009 La Sala Rosa - Montreal, QC w/ Thrones, Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/21/2009 Great Scott - Allston, MA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/22/2009 Europa - Brooklyn, NY w/ Thrones, A Storm of Light
5/23/2009 Sonar - Baltimore, MD - as part of Maryland Deathfest
5/24/2009 Club Hell - Providence, RI w/ A Storm of Light
5/25/2009 Wallingford American Legion - Wallingford, CT w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/26/2009 The Studio at Webster Hall - New York, NY w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
5/28/2009 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light [6 PM show]
5/28/2009 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light [10 PM show]
5/29/2009 Gallery 5 - Richmond, VA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light, Forensics
5/30/2009 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
6/01/2009 Caledonia - Athens, GA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
6/02/2009 The Earl - Atlanta, GA w/ Krallice, A Storm of Light
Frontiers Records, Europe’s premier label for melodic, progressive, and hard rock, has secured an exclusive North American distribution deal with Super D Independent Distribution (SDID).
The first four releases - Jeff Scott Soto (JSS), Jimi Jamison, Wetton/Downes Icon, and White Lion – will arrive on April 7, followed by several additional titles each month.
“Frontiers has built a reputation as the top label for Melodic and Progressive rock and Metal,” said Bryan Mechutan, US Label Manager. “We are excited to finally have a domestic office and solid North American distribution. In addition to making titles more readily available to fans, we are looking forward opportunity to grow and expand Frontiers.”
Melbourne’s Decrepit Sun has updated their myspace page with an update on the recording of their debut album, "Violent.Aggressive."
"Just an update for our good mates that have supported us over the last couple of years and for any newcomers jumping on the wagon. We are currently in the process of recording our new album - originaly planned to be finished by about this time! Rather than rush the album, weve decided to take this year and focus our efforts on creating a debut that exceeds our current reputation and sound!
"We’ve booked for late April to begin tracking at Melbourne Records with Ren Parisi - recorded our previous TEN KNUCKLE TAUNT ep. last year.
"Melbourne Records were an integral part in crafting our sound from our last session, we are confident and excited to be working with them again.
"Some pre-production tracks have been demo’d with our brother in drunkin’ mayhem Hayden Oliver of Strict Vincent - he makes a heavy band, sound heavier!and its sounding bloody heavy.
"The album has been titled, VIOLENT.AGGRESSIVE , the tracks however are yet to be confirmed. We hope to post some video of the sessions and possibly some early releases as they are completed - keep a keen eye on the space for updates. Gigs will be scattered throughout the year as not to dissrupt the progression of the album - we will be around and will update on a full tour of the album (national with the possibility of NZ) closer to the its completion."
Gojira has announced the following 2009 European summer festival appearances:
6/12 SKABAZAC festival (France)
6/19 KOBETASONIC festival (Spain)
6/20 HELLFEST festival (France)
6/26 TUSKA OPEN AIR FEST (fin)
6/27 GRASPOP Festival (Belgium)
7/03 ROSKILDE (Danemark)
7/05 EUROCKENNES de BELFORT (France)
7/18 DOUR festival (Belgium)
7/27 ATHENS festival (Greece)
8/01 ROCKENSTOCK festival (France)
Disturbed has announced a string of 2009 Canadian tour dates alongside Skindred and All That Remains. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
5/25/09 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
5/26/09 - Toronto, ON - Ricoh Coliseum
5/27/09 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
5/29/09 - Moncton, NB - Moncton Coliseum
5/30/09 - Halifax, NS - Halifax Forum Arena
6/1/09 - Quebec City, QC - Agora
6/2/09 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
6/3/09 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum
Florida metallers The Absence have issued the following announcement about replacing Lazarus A.D. on the final three shows of the Amon Amarth tour:
"Hey there kids, Amon Amarth is touring the U.S. and Lazuraus AD aparently can not play the last three dates of that tour and we have been asked to do those shows. We will be playing the Atlanta, Orlando and Ft. Lauderdale shows. We hope to see you there head banging and thrashing your faces off!"
Heart Of Steel Records has issued the following announcement about signing Greek / German metal band Winters Dawn:
"Heart Of Steel Records is proud to announce the latest member of our family: WINTERS DAWN
"Winters Dawn were formed in Greece during 1998, and - after various line-up changes – they recorded their first Mini-CD "Nitro" in late 2003. Although, in the meantime, singer Stelios "Theo" relocated to Germany, the band recorded, during 2008, their full-length debut-album called “The Winter Is Dawning”, which is now ready for an official worldwide release thru’ Heart Of Steel Records... .."The Winter Is Dawning" is a perfect mix of US Power Metal a la Savatage / Crimson Glory / Riot (“Thundersteel” era) and Jag Panzer, enforced by brilliant and emotional melodies that are carrying this special “old-school” Metal touch. There are also moments of thunderous breakings when songs are getting even wilder thanks to selective Speed Metal touches a la early Agent Steel and Annihilator... ..That is why 3 excellent guitar-players and “icons” in the Metal genre like Jeff Waters (of Annihilator), Theodore Ziras and Chris Caffery believed in the band and recorded 5 incredible solos on the album!.. ..As usual for all of our releases, the Cd will have a de-luxe full-color booklet with lyrics & pics... ..Release-date: early May 2009."
Swiss band Mumakil are currently streaming their new album and Relapse debut "Behold The Failure" in its entirety at this location. "Behold The Failure" will see its North American release date on Tuesday, March 31st followed by an international release on Monday, April 6th.
Cradle of Filth and Blind Guardian have been confirmed for the 2009 Bloodstock Festival. The organizers of the festival have issued the following statement:
"The Bloodstock team are delighted to announce that both BLIND GUARDIAN and CRADLE OF FILTH have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2009. The pair will co-headline one day of the festival and the event will mark the ONLY UK shows of 2009 for both bands!
"Following Blind Guardian’s unfortunate cancellation in 2007, the Bloodstock Open Air team have responded to constant demand from the festival’s core fans and brought the band back to Bloodstock at the earliest possible opportunity.
"Neither Cradle Of Filth nor Blind Guardian will need any introduction to metal fans. Both are leaders in their genres, and both have built long and successful careers through hard work, dedication, a refusal to compromise and, of course, some very fine metal music along the way."
High On Fire have been confirmed to play at the 2009 Bonnaroo Music Festival. The Festival will take place in Manchester, TN on June 14th. Other confirmed bands include Nine Inch Nails, Shadows Fall, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. More information on the festival can be found here.
Finnish metal band Stratovarius has announced that their upcoming album "Polaris" will be released on May 26, 2009. The artwork for "Polaris" can be viewed here. The track listing for the album will be as follows:
1. Deep Unknown
2. Falling Star
3. King of Nothing
5. Winter Skies
6. Forever Is Today
7. Higher We Go
8. Somehow Precious
9. Emancipation suite: I Dusk
10. Emancipation suite: II Dawn
11. When Mountains Fall
A new UNANIMATED song has been posted on their label's MySpace page. The track is called "Serpents Curse" from UNANIMATED's upcoming album "In The Light Of Darkness," which will be released in April via Regain Records.
Italian brutal death metal band, Fleshgod Apocalypse, has issued the following update regarding the departure of their drummer, Francesco Struglia:
"With this statement we have to announce the split with the drummer Francesco Struglia. Hope the best for him with his job and music careers. Considering how important is the presence of a stable drummer instead of sessions, we decided during the last months to move on and give a new shape to the band. Since Francesco Paoli handled the arrangement of all drum parts (check the new video) and I (Paolo) wrote all the lyrics for the album “Oracles”, the best thing it seemed to do was start on playing what each one of us did for the album." More...
As I Lay Dying is set to release their 3 DVD set "This Is Who We Are" on April 14th, 2009. The band has posted a widget online that hosts clips from the upcoming DVD set, which can be viewed below. More...
Process of Guilt has announced that they will be the main supporting act for the first date on A Storm Of Light's upcoming tour. The show will take place on Friday April 3rd at Teatro Novo Independente de Oeiras in Lisbon, Portugal.
A Storm Of Light's current confirmed tour dates are as follows:
Phoenix death metal band, Fall of Empyrean, has signed to Germany's Grau Records. The band issues the following message regarding the signing:
"Fall of Empyrean is pleased to finally announce that we have signed with Germany's Grau Records, home of Longing for Dawn, Mourning Beloveth, Mael Mordha, and others."
"Our first album for Grau will be our oft-delayed third full-length, A Life Spent Dying. There is no official release date yet, but we hope to announce that in the near future. "
Hollywood hair metal dreamers Steel Panther have launched an all out attack on the pop mainstream with their newest video “Death to All But Metal”. Asserting their alpha male dominance with plenty of hairspray, spandex, and sick stage moves, Steel Panther have taken shots against anyone NOT flying the hair metal flag. Kanye West, Madonna, and 50-Cent are among the superstars targeted by lead singer Michael Starr’s wrath in the clip.
“Death to All But Metal” is an homage to Van Halen’s classic “Hot For Teacher” video and also features a cameo by smart mouth comedienne Sarah Silverman as the school principal.
Steel Panther’s new album, Feel The Steel, hits stores on 6/9/2009.
You can check out Steel Panther’s new video for “Death To All But Metal” below: More...
Karnivool has completed mixing their upcoming, currently untitled, sophomore album. The album is currently slated for a summer release via Bieler Bros. Records. More details are set to surface soon.
The Haunted has been confirmed for the Emmabodafestivalen in Sweden. Here are the details:
EMMABODAFESTIVALEN (Emmaboda, Sweden)
30 July - 1 August 2009
The band is getting ready to embark on their North American tour soon, which runs through April and features The Agonist and Merauder. There has been no word yet on a replacement for Nachtmystium, who were forced to drop off when frontman Blake Judd broke his leg.
Here are the latest dates for that tour: More...
Jacknife singer, Joe Ortiz, has checked in with the following update:
"Whats up metal heads!! We have been out of the loop for a bit, but now we are back and ready to fuckin JAM!! Mike Miller formerly of A Dozen Furies is now pulling drumming duties and we are fuckin stoked to have him. We have begun writing new songs for our next album 'METAL FACE.' We will be playing our first show in 6 mnths on May 1st @ the Skillman St. Pub in Dallas with Five Empty Chambers, Embrace The Embers, Fist Full Of War & Sky Cries Genocide."
"Come close the bar with us, we will be playing some tunes from every one of our albums!! We may even debut some new shit!!"
"See you there."