Metal News for March 30, 2007
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Supergroup Hellyeah have released their first video, for "You Wouldn't Know" online. You can check it out on YouTube or below. The band shot the video in February in The Clubhouse parking lot in Dallas, Texas and requested fans to take part.
HellYeah's self-titled debut will be released on April 10 via Epic Records. HellYeah were recently confirmed as part of Korn's Family Values 2007 Tour alongside Evanescense, Atreyu, Flyleaf and Trivium. More...
The first live appearance of epic pagan metallers CROM will take place on May 19 when they support DARK FORTRESS in Landshut, Germany, hometown of both bands.
Walter (Crom) Grosse, sole member of the band, and himself a former member of DARK FORTRESS, has put together a live lineup that includes DARK FORTRESS members Draug on bass, Seraph on drums and backing vocals, and Asvargr on guitars.
Commented Grosse “It’s particularly fitting that the first gig should take place supporting my former band. We are all old, and very close, friends and everyone wants to make this a very special event for family, friends and fans alike”.
The gig will take place at the Alte Kaserne, Liesl-Karlstadt-Weg 4, 84036 Landshut, Germany. The complete running order being CROM, DARK AGE, THE VISION BLEAK and DARK FORTRESS, who plan to film their own set for future possible release on DVD. Doors open at 20:00 for a 20:30 start.
CROM’s latest album Vengeance, is nearing completion, and includes artwork by Belgian fantasy artist Kris Verwimp. Two tracks from the album can be heard on the bands website www.croms-revenge.de. Together with DARK FORTRESS vocalist Azathoth, Grosse also has a Black Metal side project SINDECADE, which recently released the Terrorcrowned MCD, a track from which can be heard on the band’s official MySpace page.
Following the departure of Mord and Goatpromoter Lava due to other commitments, Norwegian Black Metallers DEAD TO THIS WORLD have announced that Kvitrafn (Jotunspor, ex Gorgoroth) will be taking over drumming duties for the recording of the new album.
Iscariah, front-man and founder member of DEAD TO THIS WORLD commented “I'm very satisfied with the fact that Kvitrafn will be lending his abilities to this album. Even though it's unfortunate that the others had to part with the band, it was still a necessary move. In fact, because of this, recording will start at a much earlier date than was originally anticipated!"
Iscariah (Necrophagia, ex-Immortal) originally created DEAD TO THIS WORLD as a solo project in 2002, producing a three-track demo in 2005, which was limited to 150 copies and available only for promotional purposes. A limited edition 7” of the demo was later released on Iron Pegasus Records, whilst Hearse Records released a split 7” with AUDIOPAIN in 2007. Tracks from both these releases can be heard on the band’s official MySpace page.
More information on the forthcoming album, which promises to remain true to the speed/thrash/black underground, will be available shortly.
Demonical's debut album, "Servants of the Unlight", will be released on Friday April 27th through Cyclone Empire. The band will celebrate this by doing two exclusive rituals as support for swedish death masters Grave. The dates are:
27.04 2007 Sweden - Gothenburg - Club Nocturnal
28.04 2007 Norway - Oslo - Club Maiden
AM CONSPIRACY, the new Florida-based project featuring former DROWNING POOL vocalist Jason "Gong" Jones, has posted a new track, entitled "Far", on its MySpace page.
Commented the group: "[We are] so thrilled to introduce our single 'Far'. Please don't expect it to be as heavy as our other demo songs. We have extremely heavy tracks that will be included on the CD, but we want to show you guys our versitility! Believe [us], we still rock hard! Jason has progressed into a multi-faceted vocalist and songwriter! The band has not comprimised themselves in any way for anybody. This is the music we all wanted to create and give to you! No bullshit, no lies, it's all from the heart and we hope you feel it too!"
AM CONSPIRACY recently inked a deal with Corporate Punishment Records. The group's as-yet-untitled debut record, produced by Rae Dileo (FILTER, ARMY OF ANYONE), will hit stores on July 17. More...
A video of 3 Inches of Blood performing with Slipknot's Joey Jordison live has been posted online on YouTube.com. The video was recorded in New York City a few weeks back as they performed "Trial of Champions." For high quality versions of this video, check out Roadrunner's video page. More...
Artwork for Norwegian melodic black metallers DIMMU BORGIR's upcoming album, In Sorte Diaboli - which is scheduled for an April 24th release in North America - has been banned by retailers. The slipcover artwork can be viewed at the end of this article.
The North American version of the "The Serpentine Offering" single will be available for digital download at iTunes.com beginning April 3rd (not March 30th as previously stated) and will include the following three songs: "The Serpentine Offering," "The Serpentine Offering" (Video Edit), and an instrumental version of "The Heretic Hammer" as an EXCLUSIVE track. More...
Two new songs from Rochester hardcore/metal band Achilles, "We Are Fixtures" and "The Cold Floor," from the upcoming full length "Hospice" have been posted on the band's MySpace page. "Hospice" officially comes out on May 8th.
A brand new LAKE OF TEARS track, entitled "Last Purple Sky", will be posted on the band's MySpace page this Sunday, April 1. The song comes off the Swedish band's new album, "Moons and Mushrooms", due on April 23 via Dockyard 1. The follow-up to 2004's "Black Brick Road" was mixed by Christian Silver. Check out the CD artwork at this location. The album will be released in two editions — a normal version with eight tracks and a limited-edition digipack containing a cover of STATUS QUO's "Is There A Better Way" "played with the energy of a punk rock song!"
Video footage of 22-year-old heavy metal singer Ari Koivunen performing two Finnish metal/hard rock classics on the national TV talent show "Idols" last night (Thursday, March 29) has been posted online on YouTube:
Ari Koivunen was one of two contestants who advanced to the show's final, which will be broadcast live on MTV3 from the Helsinki Ice Hall next Friday, April 4.
Former NIGHTWISH singer Tarja Turunen was the guest judge on last night's program.
Ari is from Lahti, the Finnish town that has given birth to such metal acts as PROFANE OMEN, BEFORE THE DAWN and ENTWINE. One of his hobbies is "Hevikaraoke" (Finnish "heavy metal" karaoke); in 2005 he won the Finnish karaoke championships. Among his favorite bands are IRON MAIDEN, RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, DIO, PROFANE OMEN and HELLOWEEN.
Watch previous Ari Koivunen "Idols" performances:
IRON MAIDEN's "The Evil That Men Do": video
DEEP PURPLE's "Perfect Strangers": video
WHITESNAKE's "Here I Go Again": video
STRATOVARIUS' "Hunting High And Low": video
LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock and Roll": video More...
Magus Beast announce the following details about the two-day event, Brooklyn Metalfest:
"It is with Great Pleasure that we announce the Second annual BROOKLYN METALFEST to take place at the Hook on Friday June 22nd and Saturday June 23rd. This year’s event will be a TWO-DAY FESTIVAL with the first band hitting the stage at 7pm on Friday and at 12 noon on Saturday. Admission will be $15 dollars for single day tickets and $20 for two day passes. There will also be a FREE BBQ for all paid admissions (FREE FOOD ONLY).
This year’s festival is really shaping up to be a killer event. We have added ROSS THE BOSS - former guitarist of metal legend MANOWAR and the DICTATORS) playing a full Manowar set, SEVEN WITCHES – featuring Jack Frost (Savatage, Speed, Bronx Casket Co) and former Hades/Non-Fiction Lead Singer Alan Tecchio, and BRAND NEW SIN – who will be spending the Spring touring with Type O Negative. Also highlighted on the bill are Queens based Metal Veterans MAGUS BEAST and Long Island’s own, CONSTRICTED. LMP Recording artists and Brooklyn Natives ZANDELLE will be performing in support of their latest release as well as New Jersey Power Metallers OVERLORDE will be playing their first show in 2 years, and their first NYC tri-state area show since the December 2004 release of its critically acclaimed CD titled RETURN OF THE SNOW GIANT. Some of the other bands that have been confirmed include: SKULLSHIFTER, VICTIM OF PAIN, TWILIGHT ODYSSEY, BORGO PASS, DEVILS ISLAND, CASTROFATE, ILLUSION OF FATE, DISBELIEVER, AUDIBLE THOUGHT, CHICAGO TYPEWRITER, AND MANY MORE! More...
Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL have lined up the following festival appearances:
May 25 - Rock Hard Festival - Gelsenkirchen, Germany
May 26 - Springbreak Festival - Kalmar, Sweden
May 27 - Rock Sound Festival - Huttwil, Swizerland
May 30 - Liseberg - Göteborg, Sweden
June 23 - Bang Your Head Festival - Balingen, Germany
June 24 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
June 25 - Peace & Love Festival - Borlängen, Sweden
July 15 - Masters of Rock - Vizovice, Czech Republic
July 28 - Sjuhäradsrocken - Ulricehamn, Sweden
Sweden's WOLF has issued the following statement:
"WOLF are sorry to anounce that [we] have to cancel the dates with CELTIC FROST and KREATOR March 31 - April 3. Niklas Stålvind has got an infection on the vocal chords and must keep quiet for at least a few weeks to avoid serious damage to his voice. The band are looking forward to do the U.K. tour with THE HAUNTED April 25 – May 7. We were VERY much looking forward to the dates with these heroes of ours but Niklas' voice got worse and we had to drop out. We apologize to all fans, bands, promoters etc. that are affected."
WOLF recently announced plans to release its latest album, "The Black Flame", on vinyl. The Swedish underground label Blackcave Records, under license from Century Media, is putting out a limited edition of 500 copies through the Blackcave mailorder. The LP is signed and numbered by the band.
Finnish modern death metallers OMNIUM GATHERUM have uploaded their video for the song "Into Sea" to YouTube. The track comes off the group's new album, "Stuck Here on Snakes Way", due on April 2 via Candlelight Records (one day later in North America). The CD was recorded during November-December 2006 at Southeast Studios in Karhula, Finland with producer Teemu Aalto. An eight-minute video clip documenting the recording sessions for the album has been posted online at this location. Check out audio samples on the band's MySpace page.
"Stuck Here on Snakes Way" marks the band's first release with brand new vocalist Jukka Pelkonen, who joined the group in May 2006. More...
Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR will embark on a European headlining tour in October/November. Dubbed "The Invaluable Darkness Tour 2007", the trek will feature Sweden's AMON AMARTH in the direct-support slot. Confirmed dates are as follows:
Sep. 23 - Amsterdam - Paradiso (NL)
Sep. 24 - Tilburg - 013 (NL)
Sep. 25 - Cologne - E-Werk (DE)
Sep. 26 - Brussels - AB (BE)
Oct. 04 - Paris - Elysee Montmartre (FR)
Oct. 06 - Marseille - Le Moulin (FR)
Oct. 07 - Barcrelona - Razzmatazz 2 (ES)
Oct. 09 - Lisbon - Coliseum (PO)
Oct. 10 - Madrid - Joy Eslava (ES)
Oct. 11 - Bergara - Sala Jam (ES)
Oct. 13 - Pratteln - Z7 (CH)
Oct. 14 - Milan - Alcatraz (IT)
Oct. 15 - Ljubljana - Exhibition Hall (SI)
Oct. 16 - Vienna - Planet Music (AT)
Oct. 17 - Budapest - Petofi Csarnok (HU)
Oct. 19 - Prague - Retro (CZ)
Oct. 20 - Warsaw - Progresja (PO)
Oct. 21 - Berlin - Columbiahalle (DE)
Oct. 22 - Hamburg - Docks (DE)
Oct. 23 - Wiesbaden - Schlachthof (DE)
Oct. 25 - München - Georg Elser Halle (DE)
Oct. 26 - Leipzig - Werk II (DE)
Oct. 27 - Stuttgart - Nuclear Blast Festival (DE)
Oct. 29 - Copenhagen - Store Vega (DK)
Oct. 30 - Lund - Mejeriet (SE)
Nov. 01 - Helsinki - House Of Culture (FI)
Nov. 02 - Oulu - Tearia (FI)
Nov. 04 - Stockholm - Arenan (SE)
Nov. 05 - Gothenburg - Tragarn (SE)
Nov. 06 - Oslo - Sentrum Scene (NO)
Italian death metallers HOUR OF PENANCE have inked a deal with Unique Leader Records. The band's recently completed "Promo 2007" EP, recorded and mixed at 16th Cellar Studios with producer Stefano Saul Morabito, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track listing for the effort is as follows:
02. Slavery In A Deaf Decay
03. Hierarchy Of The Fools
An MP3 of "Misconception" can be downloaded at this location.
HOUR OF PENANCE previously released two albums through the Xtreem Music label: "Pageantry for Martyrs" (2005) and "Disturbance" (2003 ).
HOUR OF PENANCE is:
Giulio Moschini – guitars
Mauro Mercurio – drums
Silvano Leone – bass
Francesco Paoli - vocals
An e-card for CARNAL FORGE's upcoming sixth album, "Testify for My Victims", has been made available at this location. Due in May via Candlelight Records, the follow-up to 2004's "Aren't You Dead Yet?" was recorded, mixed and mastered over a four-and-a-half-month period and was produced by CARNAL FORGE.
"Testify for My Victims" track listing:
01. Testify For My Victims
02. Burning Eden
03. Numb (The Dead)
04. Godsend Gods End
05. End Game
06. Questions Pertaining The Ownership Of My Mind
07. Freedom By Mutilation
09. No Longer Bleeding
10. Biological Waste Matter
11. Lost Legion
12. Ante Mori
Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL and NAGLFAR appear to be teaming up for a North American tour later this year, with DAATH also on the bill. The first date to be released is as follows:
October 12 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
To tie in with the release of their forthcoming album 'Antichrist' released on May 28th, UK death-metal giants Akercocke have launched a treasure hunt with a twist - The Antichrist Code. This is a unique digital phenomenon that asks fans to take part in a quest that is both challenging and confounding, with the reward of seeking a unique grand prize.
Avid Akercocke devotees will be guided around the depths of the internet, through sites such as Myspace and YouTube with their skills of discovery put firmly to the test at every stage. By following clues and unearthing conclusions relating to Akercocke, fans will take part in a rare pursuit that will present them face-to-face with a dazzling and satisfying result!
The hunt to crack the Antichrist code begins on www.myspace.com/akercockeantichrist, follow the first clue now and embark on this journey of discovery!
More dates have been released for AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE’s upcoming tour with GODHEAD:
May 5 - Minneapolis, NM @ First Avenue
May 8 - Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s
May 9 - St Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
May 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
May 15 - St Petersburg, FL @ St Theater
May 16 - Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
May 18 - Jacksonville, FL @ NC Hooligan-s
May 19 - Fayetteville, NC @ Jester’s
May 20 - Towson, MD @ Recher Theatre
May 22 - New York, NY @ Rebel
May 23 - West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
May 24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
May 25 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
May 26 - Detroit, MI @ I-Rock
May 27 - Toledo, OH @ Club Bijou
May 29 - Buffalo, NY @ Icon
May 30 - Columbus, OH @ Al Rosa Villa
June 1 - Chicago, IL @ Pearl Room
June 2 - Madison, WI @ Level 8
Sweden's Disfear will enter the studio this summer to record their next album for Relapse Records.
The still-untitled full-length effort will be recorded in August with Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou at his Godcity studio in Salem, MA. Working song titles include: "Deadweight", "In Exodus", "Failure", "The Cage", and "Testament."
Disfear guitarist Bjorn Pettersson (the band is rounded out by drummer Marcus Andersson, bassist Henke Frykman, vocalist Tomas Lindberg, and former Entombed guitarist Ulf Cederlund) offers: "We are still in a writing process but the album will possibly contain 9 to 10 songs. 10 songs have been demo tracked and are under development now together with Kurt. This will also be our first recording with Ulf on second guitar, even though he has toured with us previously."
New York City’s UNSANE have announced the following upcoming tour dates with 400 BLOWS and MOUTH OF THE ARCHITECT:
May 18 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
May 19 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Khyber
May 20 - Providence, RI @ The Livingroom
May 21 - Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East
May 23 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
May 24 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
May 25 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
May 26 - Iowa City, IA @ The Picador
May 27 - St. Louis, MO @ Creepy Crawl
May 28 - Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
May 30 - Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
June 2 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
June 5 - San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
June 7 - Los Angeles, CA @ Spaceland
June 8 - San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Austrian symphonic black metal DORNENREICH has extended its contract with Prophecy Productions for a further three albums. The band is currently working on material for its new album, entitled "In Luft Geritzt" ("Carved in Air").
Commented the band: "For 'In Luft Geritzt' we will be recording eleven tracks: ten tracks that will form the album, and one that will only be included as a bonus on the first edition. The writing process is nearly finished by now, and we will try to feature additional new songs in the set-list of concerts to come. We have also already gathered specific ideas for the artwork, and the lyrics are also coming forth, promising to be more concise than ever before. We will see... and this most probably in spring 2008."
DORNENREICH's fifth studio album, "Durch den Traum", was released last year via Prophecy.
Victory Records, Inc. has established a tour booking department, adding to the company's current, forward thinking structure.
"With many record companies in a state of contraction it is exciting for us to be continually building and adding new divisions. This newly established department will book live performances, tours and events for our artists that are without booking agent representation. It will also work hand in hand with our artists that do have booking representation and their managers to optimize and enhance anything related to touring and performing. Personally, I am very excited about this from a grass roots perspective. All of the best selling artists in our history started off by playing the smallest of clubs, VFW halls, people's basements, coffee houses etc. Touring and performing at that level is the catalyst of artist development. It is also how true, long-standing, meaningful fan bases are built. By establishing a tour booking department, we can be 100% hands on in guiding the organic development of many of our young artists which a standalone booking agency may not yet be able to justify bringing on," said Tony Brummel, Victory's Founder.
The department will be started by Josh Lacey who has worked with a variety of artists including Thousand Foot Krutch, rapper Blaze and Victory artists The Junior Varsity, June and Voodoo Glow Skulls amongst others.
"We are already interviewing other candidates to join this new department. I expect it to blossom like many other areas we have branched into over the years," says Brummel.
Gaza will be on the road in late-April and early-May. Here are the tour dates:
dates w/ Apiary, The Destro
4/20 Denver, Colorado @ Monkey Mania
4/21 Lee's summit, MO @ Lakeland Community Center W/ The Destro
4/22 Wichita, KA @ The Electric Snake W/ The Destro
4/23 Johnston, IA @ The House Of Blewis
4/24 Lansing, MI @ Macs
4/25 Rochester, NY @ The Penney Arcade
4/26 Doylestown, PA @ Siren Records
4/28 Worcester, MA @ New England Metal Fest
4/29 Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Community Center
4/30 Nashua, NH @ Nashua American Legion W/ The_NetWork
5/1 Portland, ME @ The Station w/ The_Network
5/2 Dover, NH @ Brickhouse W/ The_Network
5/3 Lowell, MA @ UMASS Lowell w/ The_Network, Taste of Silver
5/4 Montclair, NJ @ United Methodist Church w/ The_Network
5/5 Gloversville, NY @ Fuck The Cold Fest W/ The Banner, Emmure, The_Network
5/6 Memphis, TN @ TBA
5/7 Tulsa, OK @ The Pink Eye
5/8 Amarillo, TX @ The Pigeon Hole W/ The Dead See
5/9 Albuquerque, NM @ Superhausen
Vancouver's Go It Alone has completed work on their new full-length, "Histories." Comprised of eleven tracks, the album will be available on May 15th via Rivalry Records. According to the label, the effort "combines Go It Alone's brand of melodic hardcore with a darker, heavier sound a la Damnation AD."
A track from the effort entitled "Rapture" can be downloaded here.
After many nights of drunken debauchery at Sonic Pump studios, where they certainly overstayed their welcome, FINNTROLL are proud to bring North America another fine example of their trademark blackened pagan folk metal on April 24. The band has posted "Korpens Saga" on their MySpace page, a track taken from their forthcoming album Ur Jordens Djup online.
Under the guidance of producer extraordinaire Nino Laurenne, who has similarly assisted goth legends Nightwish and Amorphis, FINNTROLL have crafted their most consistent concoction of cavernous chaos yet, including a 13-minute closer. The effort is drenched in atmosphere, guitarists Skrymer and Routa creating a maelstrom of metal mayhem amidst the pull and sway of pagan polka.
Ur Jordens Djup marks a unique chapter for the band with a new vocalist who will be making his live North American debut in September on a full U.S. tour (see below for dates). With former vocalist Wilska’s departure in 2006, the remaining members scoured their native homeland for a suitable replacement, only to stumble upon the like-minded and equally inebriated Vreth. After a few pints, a number of wild practice sessions, and a covert initiation rite, FINNTROLL welcomed Vreth with open arms.
Here is FINNTROLL's Headlining US Tour schedule: More...
With the release of their debut album "Themata" just weeks away, Karnivool have posted a new live video for their first single, the title track, "Themata". The video was filmed in the bands' native Austrailia and is DVD quality. Viewers can check the video out here and then preview the album at this location.
"Themata" hits stores April 10th.
Launch Radio Networks reports: NINE INCH NAILS frontman Trent Reznor told Gigwise.com that the concept behind his upcoming "Year Zero" album was partially inspired by his feelings toward the Bush administration. Reznor explained, "I really wanted to focus on something that was at the forefront of my consciousness which is, as an American, I'm appalled by the behavior of our government, the direction that it has taken and the direction that it's taken everyone else in the world and its arrogance. I decided to write an essay about where the world might be if we continue down the path that we're on with a neo-con-esque government doing whatever it pleases."
"Year Zero" is set 15 years in the future, when a totalitarian right-wing government has taken over the U.S. and is possibly putting drugs in the water supply to sedate the populace while it wages religious war. Reznor added, "There are no concepts in the story that aren't rooted in things that already are happening."
Reznor previously expressed his unhappiness with the current government in "The Hand That Feeds" from 2005's "With Teeth".
"Year Zero" is due out on April 17.
Cradle of Filth have released an "Easter" e-card featuring a music player with a number of their songs as well as a download of "Dirge Inferno."
Cradle of Filth recently wrapped up a six-week US tour with 3 Inches of Blood and The 69 Eyes.
Just a week after announcing their upcoming US tour, the Deftones have expanded the itinerary, adding two-nighters in Dallas, San Antonio, Cleveland and Washington, DC, as well as shows in Houston, Nashville, Detroit, the Los Angeles area and St. Louis, MO.
The alt-metal rockers, who are currently in the midst of an extensive European jaunt, will begin their US run May 11 in Mesa, AZ. Other double-shots on the schedule include Albuquerque, New Orleans, and Salt Lake City. Dates, which so far take the band through June, are listed below.
Japanese hard-rockers Dir En Grey and Seattle trio The Fall of Troy, which has a new album due May 1, will open the shows.
The Deftones are touring behind their fifth studio album, "Saturday Night Wrist," which was released last October. The second single from the set, "Mein," is streaming at the group's MySpace page.
Here are the latest Deftones tour dates with Dir En Grey and The Fall of Troy in support: More...