Metal News for March 4, 2009
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37 news articles posted on this day.
Dutch death metal band Thanatos are currently streaming the songs "Justified Genocide," "Upwards Spiritual Evolution," and "They Feed on Fear" on their official MySpace page. The band also issued the following statement explaining some of the lyrics on their upcoming album:
“To avoid any unnecessary controversy we’ve chosen to explain some of the lyrics on our upcoming new album ‘Justified Genocide’ to be released on Deity Down Records (March 16th 2009 EU/world, April 8th Germany/Austria/Switzerland, April 6th 2009 UK/Ireland). Our lyrics simply deal with either historical events or morbid fantasies but since touching upon certain topics already seems reason enough for certain people to brand a band as Nazis –which we obviously are not! – we have decided to do this, so here we go
"They Feed On Fear ....
"Our leaders use people’s fear for war and terrorist attacks to set more rules, so they can control our lives even more. A total invasion of our privacy based on fear. The chance of getting hit by a meteor is 1,000 times bigger than to fall victim to a terrorist attack. Big brother is watching you…....
"Destruction. Chaos. Creation.....
"A little fantasy/Sci-fi tale about an alien super race out to destroy humanity simply because they feel superior. Sounds familiar? Hmmz, makes you wonder if aliens are religious as well?!.... More...
Metalocalypse co-creator Brendon Small has issued an update on the new season of Metalocalyse, the next Dethklok album, and his participation in Rock School. Here's the update:
"I'm so incredibly busy right now writing producing DETHKLOK SEASON III and finishing the DETHALBUM II that I needed to take what may be the coolest vacation I will have taken. I'll be playing a few select cities on the east cost with Paul Green's ROCK SCHOOL- if you haven't seen the documentary check it out.
"It'll basically be me and a bunch of bad ass 11- 17 year olds playing music that I really dig- and sure we'll throw in a couple dethklok song to tide you over until the next tour/album. I should remind everybody this isn't a dethklok show- Just me and some kids having a blast!
"If you come early I will be doing a Q & A with fans (totally open to the public)
"One of these bands will play (and I'm told they're great)
"Tragedy: A Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees. Playing DC, NYC, Philly, and Foxboro
Misstallica: All girl tribute to Metallica, playing NYC
Queen Diamond: All girl tribute to King Diamond, playing philly
"and then me and the ROCK SCHOOL kids play.
"I really hope to see you guys there!
"I am really looking fwd to just shutting up and playing some guitar!
Here are the dates and venues: More...
Earache Records has issued the following statement about the upcoming Bonded By Blood U.S. tour dates:
"Pomona, CA thrash phenoms, BONDED BY BLOOD are hitting the road starting THIS FRIDAY for their first full national tour with EXMORTUS and WITCHAVEN. It's a lineup so deadly, your soul will be swallowed.
"When reached for a quote, all that BONDED BY BLOOD vocalist, Jose "Aladdin" Barrales had time to say was "Packing my shit, so sorry if this is short. This is going to be long and tiring, but so much fun." Who can blame him for a short quote? This will be the band's first run that covers the entire United States. The band's going to have to pack more than usual and bring the thrash to many different places they've never seen before.
"While the band is busy packing and getting ready for some quality time on the road, here are the dates for BONDED BY BLOOD with EXMORTUS and WITCHAVEN on the "Masters of Disaster" tour:" More...
Warbringer has issued a tour report for the end of February. Here's what they had to say:
"Hey everyone! We've only out few weeks and we already seen the tortures of the damned. We drove across the USA, starting with a 5 hour long blizzard in Flagstaff AZ and in a matter of days we were kicking of the tour at JAXX in Virgina.
"It looked like we would be strange fit but we feel right at home sharing the road and the stage with Fins Swallow the Sun and the Sweds in Darkane and Soilwork. Alot of great things can be said about the all bands and crew were on the road with.
"The last 2 weeks left us pretty haggard, our singer devoleped and nasty cause of Bronchitis which only got worse in the cold weather and was spread to the rest of us. We only have just begun treatment with proper drugs in the last few days. Canada thank you for a simple and cheap health care system! We are all back in good health and spirit.
"We want to thank everyone whos come out and supported us so far, regardless of our health the shows have all been killer.
"We learned that even if your in Wisconsion, the crowd will go nuts if your filming a music video. Our last challenge was flying 4/5ths of the band from Edmonten Canada to Atlanta Georgia for the Scion Metal Fest.
"The show was completely fucking killer, and the same morning we flew back to Vancover were regretably we had to cancel our set because Ben, our Van and Trailer, and a few members of Swallow the Sun blew a tire and got stuck in the snow on the way back from Prince Albert in the Canadian Rockies!
"Thanks to some good fortune they meet a trucker who miraculously pulled our van and trailer out of a snowbank. they made it a half hour after doors and we let swallow the sun play our set slot because we will be back with Kreator and Exodus in just a few weeks!
"Hope to see more familiar faces on the road! were playing alot of new, brutal fucking songs. There are plenty of dates to go..."
THE PLIGHT will be main support to CANCER BATS for their UK/Ireland tour this April/May 2009 tour dates. Here are the dates:
April 22 Brighton, Engine Rooms
April 26 Colchester, Arts Centre
April 27 Oxford, Academy
April 28 Cardiff, Barfly
April 29 Glasgow, ABC2
April 30 Leeds, The Cockpit
May 01 Stoke, Sugarmill
May 02 Nottingham, Rock City
May 03 Manchester, Academy 3
May 04 Birmingham, Academy 2
May 05 Bristol, Academy 2
May 06 Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
May 07 London, Underworld
Minnesota based metal band, Seventh Calling, has revealed the cover artwork, designed by Rainer Kalwitz, for their new album, "Deliverance."
The tracklisting for "Deliverance" is as follows:
01. Perfect Silence
02. Blood of the Divine
06. Soul Eater
07. Test of Time
08. Fates Hammer
11. Rising Against
12. Locked Inside
Chimaira has announced three headlining gigs in between days on the Music As A Weapon 4 tour. Here are the headlining tour dates:
03.27.09 Farmington, NM - Gators (feat. Spineshank)
04.09.09 Knoxville, TN - Valarium (feat. Suffocation, Whitechapel, Veil of Maya)
04.19.09 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground (feat. Suicide Silence)
Tickets for the Farmington date are on sale now.
In related news, the band posted the following update from their current tour: More...
Italian blackend death metal band, Nalvage, has posted a new song on their MySpace page. The song, "Postmortem Dominion," is taken from their upcoming album, "Worship Dehumanization."
Austrian brutal death metal band, Mastic Scum, has issued the following message welcoming their new vocalist Maggo Wenzel:
"There is a new shouter in Mastic Scum, we welcome 'Maggo' in the band! We know us since years in a good frienship and are happy to work together now, he is the perfect match for Mastic Scum! 'Maggo' is also active in Inzest (Deathcore), Tristwood (Industrial Metal) and Watch Me Bleed (Trash/Hardcore)."
Mastic Scum had parted ways with their old vocalist, "Will," due to musical differences. More...
Pittsburgh metallers, Icarus Witch, have issued the following update:
"Icarus Witch is back in the studio for pre-production on our 4th CD. Writing and demoing new music for the follow up to 2007's 'Songs For The Lost' is not a simple task, as we always strive to better ourselves and grow as songwriters while still staying true to our initial vision. No song or album titles just yet, but the music is finally sounding the way we've always wanted it to."
ANEW REVOLUTION have announced the following spring US tour dates:
03/17 - Scout Bar w/ (hed)P.E. - Beaumont, Texas
03/18 - Scout Bar w/ (hed)P.E. - Houston, Texas
03/19 - Scout Bar w/ (hed)P.E. - San Antonio, Texas
03/21 - Firewater w/ (hed)P.E. - Dallas, Texas
03/26 - The Rock (Headline Show) - Minneapolis, Minnesota
03/27 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, Illinois
03/28 - Revolutions (Headline Show) - Neenah, Wisconsin
03/31 - Underground (Headline Show) - Sandusky, Ohio
04/01 - Miss Q’s - Fort Wayne, Indiana
04/02 - Scatz (Headline Show) - Middleton, Wisconsin
04/03 - Harry’s Hideaway (Headline Show) - Lima, Ohio
04/07 - Crocodile Rock (Headline Show) - Allentown, PA
04/17 - Rockstarz - Ft. Myers, Florida
Swedish metallers, Altair, have issued the following message regarding the departure of their guitarist Martin Ström:
"After 2½ years of thrashing, our "new guy" Martin Ström has decided to leave the band to focus on softer kinds of music. No hard feelings, though - we still hang out and drink together!" More...
Danish death metal band Exmortem has issued the following statement about making an appearance at this year's SPOT festival in Denmark:
"Exmortem is proud to announce that we will play at this years SPOT festival in Aarhus, Denmark. The biggest music business festival in northern Europe. The festival will take place in may 2009 and we will have a lot more news on this event later.
"About SPOT: Around 100 upcoming Danish and Nordic bands and artists with international ambitions will play concerts in central Aarhus. Conferences and seminars on current issues in the music business. Over 1000 Danish and international representatives from the music business: record companies, publishers, bookers, concert organizers, media, etc."
In Flames has issued the following update about a new single and music video:
"We can now reveal that the 3rd single taken from the latest IN FLAMES album ”A Sense Of Purpose” will be “Delight & Angers”. The new video will be premiered exclusively on the band's MySpace page on MARCH 25th at 10:00 am CET.
"The video is once again directed and produced by Patric Ullaeus, who has made quite a few In Flames videos in the past; “Take This Life”,” My Sweet Shadow “, “The Quite Place” and “Alias” just to mention a few. The cover art for the single is once again made by the amazing Alex Pardee. Stay tuned for news about the release date/track list/artwork for the single. So…mark MARCH 25th @ 10:00am CET in your diaries to be the first to see the new video!
"In Flames are currently out touring and are right now in Japan for three headline shows. This follows the VERY successful Australia and South American Tours. Straight after this the band will embark on a Eastern European headline Tour."
Season Of Mist Records has issued the following announcement about signing the bands Atheist and Gnostic:
"Season of Mist is immensely proud to announce that ATHEIST and GNOSTIC just inked a deal with our label! After CYNIC, that's two more technical US death metal legends we are welcoming to our roster. Here's drummer Steve Flynn's comment: "We're absolutely thrilled that, as of today, both Gnostic and Atheist are officially signed to Season of Mist! Gnostic's debut CD "Engineering the Rule" will be released before the summer and Atheist's yet untitled CD, will be released later in the year. Season really stepped up to the plate to get this done, for this is also a highly unique situation for technical death metal. Three members of Gnostic are also in Atheist. With me on drums for both bands, Chris Baker on lead guitar for both and Jonathan Thompson on bass for Gnostic and guitar for Atheist, these signings represent very significant personal milestones for everybody involved. For me, the Gnostic debut CD is the first, and ONLY, new project I've been involved with since Atheist's "Unquestionable Presence" in 1992. For Kelly Shaefer and me it is the first time that we will collaborate on new Atheist material, also since 1992's "Unquestionable Presence".
"We'll be bringing in our old friend and Atheist bassist Tony Choy for writing and touring as well. Signing both bands is also a unique coup for Season of Mist and indicative of their cutting-edge attitude. Both bands will be touring together in 2009 in the US and Europe, which means that we will be pulling double duty every night!!"
Kiss On Fire has issued the following statement about the possibility of Kiss releasing a bootleg album:
"Rumor has it that Mercury Records will release a Kiss CD in the series "Authorized Bootleg" in late May. This is said to feature the show from Nashville Municipal Auditorium that was played February 9th 1988."
Bay Area natives Skinlab are the latest band to be added to this years edition of the Rockstar Energy Mayhem festival which also features Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Cannibal Corpse and Behemoth amongst others. The band has also confirmed the release date for their brand new studio album. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Hey what's up everyone,
"We are very proud to announce that we've been invited by Jägermeister to play at the opening Kick-Off show of the 2009 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival on July 10th in Sacramento, CA at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre.
"Skinlab will be the second band of the day and will be playing on the Jägermeister Mobile Stage... be sure to get there early and represent.
"To say we're excited is an understatement, Jägermeister have always been very supportive of Skinlab... we're fuckin stoked and couldn't come with better timing!
"We're close to signing a deal that should have the new album in stores July 7th EVERYWHERE... we will also selling them at our both as well as signings autograms at the Jägerworld Tent for those of you down with Skinlab... see you in the pit!!"
Revolution Renaissance has issued the following statement about making a new MP3 available for free download:
"As the Worldwide Release of "Age of Aquarius" is getting closer, we would like to give you another gift, a new song called "Ghost of Fallen Grace". It is once again DRM free high quality MP3 that you can use anyway you please. You can listen and / or download it at this location. We hope you like it and we also want to thank you for your great support, your kind emails, and your encouragement. It means a lot to us."
American heavy metal group Lamb Of God has entered the Billboard charts at number two with their brand new studio album, "Wrath" after selling over 68,000 copies of the album in its first week. The album has also debuted at number one on the Canadian album charts. Stay tuned for more news on how well the band has been doing with "Wrath."
Straight Line Stitch has issued the following update about filming two new music videos:
"Hey, Seth here with SLS. So we just finished up a hella long headlining tour that just ended in southern CA. This tour was indeed a killer time. We did the first half with our friends in Occam's Razor and finished it out with our new pals in Flatline. Other than touring with some killer bands we got to see some old friends and make new ones along the way. Thanks to all of you who came out to a show on this past tour...we love you all and we will see ya very soon.
"Gotta give a huge shout-out to the kind folk over at 1st Amendment Tattoo in Temecula, CA for hooking all of us up with some killer tattoos. Looking forward to seeing you all again real soon.
"Since we are here in LA right now we are going to shoot 2 videos in the morning. We are for sure shooting the vid for What You Do To Me...we are still in the process of figuring out what song to do the 2nd vid for. It will be as much of a surprise to all of you as it is for us.
"We head home in 2 days for some much need R&R. Then we head right back out again on the 19th. Starting in Mississippi with Trivium. Looking forward to getting back out on the road to kick it with all of ya!!"
Power metal band Blind Guardian has been working on their brand new studio album. A message from lead vocalist Hansi Kürsch reads as follows:
"We have already accomplished eight new songs. What can I say about these songs? They rule, of course. You want a more precise description? Impossible. All I can say is that each and every song is 100% Blind Guardian, which naturally means there is a wild bunch of different things going on from time to time (always?). According to atmospheres: we have everything from the more Nightfallish 'Curse My Name', to the Scriptish 'Wheel Of Time'. In comparison to A Twist In The Myth the lyrical direction will be more on the fantasy side as you most probably can figure out by these titles. The song 'Sacred' will give you an idea about the quality and the direction of the songs. We have mixed modern elements with traditional ones throughout the whole songs. We may need two or three more tracks before we can call it a complete album, but being that far in the song-writing process we nevertheless have made first plans for a production start in September or October 2009. Apart from song-writing we will be heavily engaged in preproduction activities and in playing festivals during the next months. As a majority of the new songs seem to demand a sort of 'live' atmosphere, we consider it to be good idea breathing in some real 'live' air before we will finally get lost in the Twilight Hall Studios again. In accordance to these events I can promise you some surprising songs (though most probably no new ones) and a nice stage set up. In total we are not going to play more than ten shows, I would think. I am sure they all will turn out to be a great blast and a unique experience for everyone joining us."
Faith No More began rehersals today for their upcoming reunion tour of Europe. In a brief statement via his Twitter account, bass player Billy Gould said: "Bass gear goes into rehearsal room (this morning, Wednesday March 4th), and we officially get started. Playing old songs for the first time in 10 years! Crazy shit." In a brief message shortly after he added, ""By the way, US shows are not out of the question." Stay tuned for more details as they develop.
Prog metal band band Threshold has issued the following announcement about upcoming U.K. tour dates:
"Threshold will play tour dates in England, Holland and Belgium in the spring as they continue to promote their latest studio album Dead Reckoning.
"The tour is presented by Powerplay Rock & Metal Magazine, and starts with three Benelux dates in Uden, Vosselaar and Zandam supported by Belgian band Beyond The Labyrinth.
"Threshold will then return to the UK for a headline performance at Rotherham Rocks, followed by a House of Progression night in Kingston and a double headline show with progressive rockers Galahad in Poole. The Rotherham and Kingston shows will include Kyrbgrinder fronted by Threshold drummer Johanne James."
The complete set of tour dates is as follows:
01 May 2009: De Pul, Uden, Netherlands
02 May 2009: Biebob, Vosselaar, Belgium
03 May 2009: De Kade, Zaandam, Netherlands
08 May 2009: Rotherham Rocks, Rotherham, UK
09 May 2009: House Of Progression @ The Peel, Kingston, UK
10 May 2009: Mr Kyps, Poole, UK
Benji Webbe, lead singer of Welsh ragga metal band Skindred has checked in from the road with the following update:
"Well we waited for an opportunity to return to the USA as we haven’t toured in America since we did the American Rampage tour in 2007 when Roots Rock Riot first was released, and this past Disturbed tour was well worth the wait. Arena tours are always an incredible experience as we have been a band that plays in punk rock sweaty clubs all over the world but opening up for Disturbed at these sold out massive venues has been amazing.
"From the start of the tour all the guys in Disturbed and their crew were so good to us, there wasn't a bad egg among them, we all got along splendid and it was great to see this team all pulling n the same direction for the one vision: and that was to ROCK!
"David, Dan, Mike and John all were great to us, no matter what you think of this band I know from first hand they are gentlemen, I dug the band before but now the level of respect for them has gone up 100%. Some bands who are not half the size of Disturbed treat the support acts like shit, but there was none of that crap on this tour at all.
"We played some 27 dates on the tour, from the first night in Milwaukee to the last in Scranton.
Every night we made new fans and entertained old ones, after performing the shows we all would go down and meet people and hang at the merchandise stand, I know that we love meeting people and answering peoples questions, like Are you from Jamaica ? and I love 7 Dust “Hay LJ what’s it like to have Clint back in the band?” Standing there with a complete strangers arm around you whilst their mate attempts 5 times to take a picture with a shitty camera phone, your jaw starts to ache from holding the same pose, while they struggle with their horrible Motor roller razor to take our photograph! The American crowds love to rock and so do we. I just really hope we get back to the states soon and play club venues of every town we played at because we all had such a rocking time and we are itching to get back and do a full set instead of the 30 minute opening slot, it just was not enough time. More...
Norway's Trail of Tears has issued the following announcement about the release date for their upcoming album:
"We are very excited to announce the release dates for our new album "Bloodstained Endurance"! The album will be released by Napalm Records on the following dates:
May 27th: Finland, Spain
May 29th: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Sweden
June 1st: Rest of Europe
June 2nd: USA/Canada
A picture of the album cover can be viewed here.
Metal Hammer has recognized Metalunderground.com by nominating us for "Best Multimedia Metal Portal," noting our photo gallery in particular. Personally, I think we compete with the best in their news and reviews category as well, but I could be biased. :-) Perhaps that's the intent with the use of the term "portal," as we do our best to cover it all here: metal news, interviews, reviews, bands database, photo gallery and more. Please head over to their site and leave your comments in support of Metalunderground.com and tell them what you think about the site overall! Thanks to Metal Hammer for the recognition, the Metalunderground.com staff for all their hard work, and to our readers for their support!
Winners will be announced April 6, 2009.
New Hampshire metallers, the_Network, have announced that they will be hitting the road with Australia's Robotosauras for April and May. This will be the band's first ever trek to Australia. the_Network’s has recently released a split with UK's Throats called "Notes from the Turncoat Campaign."
the_Network's tour dates are as follows:
03/06 - Catano, PR - SOS Burger
03/07 - TBA, PR - TBA
03/08 - Rio Piedras, PR - Taller Ce
04/07 - Haverhill, MA - Anchors Up w/ Trap Them and Furnace
04/23 - Adelaide, South Australia - Adelaide Uni
04/24 - Melbourne, Victoria - Arthouse w/ The Abandonment
04/25 - Melbourne, Victoria - Pony
04/26 - Melbourne, Victoria - Catfood Press
04/28 - Sydney, New South Wales - Dirty Shirlows
04/29 - Sydney, New South Wales - Hermanns
05/01 - Brisbane, Queensland - Rosie’s live w/ A Secret Death
05/02 - Brisbane, Queensland - Ahimsa House w/ A Secret Death
UK metallers, Alestorm, have announced the following north American tour dates with TYR and Suidakra:
3/4 - Houston, TX @ Walter's on Washington
3/5 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
3/6 - Dallas, TX @ Ridglea Theater
3/7 - Tulsa, OK @ The Marquee
3/9 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
3/10 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
3/11 - San Marcos, CA @ The Jumping Turtle
3/12 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
3/13 - San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
3/14 - Portland, OR @ Satyricon
3/15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
3/16 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
3/17 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
3/18 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
3/19 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
3/20 - Mokena, IL @ The Pearl Room / Capone's
3/21 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
3/22 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
3/23 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
3/24 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
3/25 - Rochester, NY @ The Penny Arcade
3/26 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub
3/27 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
3/28 - Allentown, PA @ The Sterling Hotel
3/29 - New York, NY @ High Line Ballroom
3/30 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Nine Inch Nails has posted a live video performing "Wish," where they were joined on stage by Ben and Greg from Dillinger Escape Plan, live in Adelaide, Australia, February 28th, 2009. The footage was filmed by Rob Sheridan with a Canon 5d Mark II and audio mixed by Blumpy. More...
Melbourne stoner/doom metal band Worms of the Earth has announced their final live appearance, for April 17th at The Arthouse in Melbourne, two months after the band announced their break up. The gig will be on the Melbourne leg of the Love Below Tour, which features Queensland band A Secret Death, along with Hopeless and Concrete Street.
About the break-up, the band commented:
"ANYWAYS, so, we’ve decided to call it quits. No biggie, some bands have a certain chemistry to them and rather than fucking around with replacing members and messing with that personality or whatever you wanna call it we just figured we’d call it a day. We have some shows coming up, including this one at The Arthouse on Saturday Feb 7th!
"Splits are still available (Split EP with The Surrogate). Get them through Pete at test subject’s myspace, there’s a link in our top friends on Myspace. Pete rules and it’s a bummer that this is the second band I’ve been in that’s broken up after he’s put out a record of ours.
"Also, from here on out, all our merch is ten bucks. Shirts are ten bucks, cheaper if you buy them with a record at the shows or something. I know it seems a bit rich bands selling stuff at all when they’re over, but we sort of want to pay someone back for some things they did for us, so, you’re not just lining our pockets if that helps. If you want one it’ll be a tenner plus whatever postage, get in contact with Cam here.
"If you’ve come seen us and stuff or are going to at this final show, thanks a fucking zillion and one times, seriously. This band’s been a totally new experience for me, I wasn’t really sure what I was getting into when I did it apart from playing music I dug with people who were rad, and yeah… it’s been a fucking blast. I’ve played so many new places and met so many new, cool people in this band, and we’ve all had so much fucking fun, so, thanks heaps. Hopefully we’ll catch you around at some shows and of course we’re all playing in other bands and shit. Cheers!”
Here's the show info:
17th April 2009
A Secret Death @ East Brunswick Club, Melbourne
w/ Hopeless, The Seduction, Worms of the Earth (Final Show Ever) and Concrete Street
Tickets available at the door 8pm.
Greek metal band, NIGHTRAGE, is currently in the studio to record their 4th studio album entitled "Wearing A Martyr's Crown" with long time friend Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman. Nordtröm recorded NIGHTRAGE's first two albums "Sweet Vengeance" and "Descent Into Chaos" and the band is thrilled to work with him again.
Guitarist Olof Mörck comments, "So the time has finally come to record the new NIGHTRAGE album, and after a year of hard work on the album we'll enter the legendary Studio Fredman tomorrow to record 11 songs plus one Japanese bonus. For NIGHTRAGE, the style of this record represents a journey back to the first couple of albums, but it's in no way a step back musically; there are some quite interesting arrangements on this album, the songs are straightforward and in-your-face, and it features both searing melodies and sheer brutality. All in all, it's a clear nod back to when the Gothenburg melodic death metal sound was at its peak, in '94-'98 (something we think a lot of people will agree with us on). Expect more news and also a studio report and video clips from the studio soon!" More...
German thrash metal legends Destruction will be teaming up with Krisiun and Mantic Ritual for a tour of North America which kicks off tomorrow and Destruction has announced a special contest for the fans to meet the band.
"If you wanna meet Schmier (vocals, bass), Mike (Sifringer; guitar) and Marc (Reign; drums) backstage, then just send us a mail with your name, the show you wanna attend and the reason why exactly you should win."
If you would like to enter, click here.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Kansas based death metal group Origin will be heading out on a tour of Europe next month to support their latest release, "Antithesis." No word on who the support act has been released yet.
The tour dates are as follows:
24 - Leipzig, Germany - Scheddel
25 - Munchen, Germany - Feierwerk
26 - Pinerella Di Cervia, Italy - Rock Planet
30 - Tilburg, Netherlands - Little Devil
1 - Essen, Germany Turock
2 - Barroselas, Portugal - SWR Barroselas Metalfest
3 - Leeds, United Kingdom - Leeds Met Student Union (as part of UK Death Fest)
4 - Belfast, Ireland - Auntie Annie’s
5 - Dublin, Ireland - Fibber Magees
6 - Bristol, United Kingdom - The Croft
7 - London, United Kingdom - Barfly
8 - Oostende, Belgium - Jeugdhuis OHK
9 - Odense, Denmark - Posten Metal Fest
10 - Rostock, Germany - Zwischenbau
11 - Prague, Czech Republic - Black Pes Club
12 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Tancirna
13 - Spisska, Slovakia - Nova Ves
14 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Orto Bar
15 - Millstatt, Austria - Bergwerk
16 - Delemont, Switzerland - Sas Music Club
17 - Martigny, Switzerland - Les Caves De Manoir
Lamb Of God fans in Vancouver, British Columbia will have the opportunity to meet the band on April 8th when the band stop by at Scrape Records. The band will be there between two and three in the afternoon to sign autographs and take pictures with fans.
Netherlands based symphonic metal band Epica has begun recording their new studio album. A message from the band reads as follows: "Yesterday we arrived at the Gate studio in Wolfsburg, Germany to record the new full length studio album. Ariën (van Weesenbeek) is doing great so far. The beast already nailed five songs; he's been drumming for about 12 hours today!" More...
Heavy metal supergroup Fozzy, which features members of Stuck Mojo as well as wrestling superstar Chris Jericho, has signed a new record deal with Riot! Entertainment, through which they will be releasing their new album "Chasing The Grail" which is expected to be released early this summer.
"This is without a doubt one of the highlights of my life and my business career for Fozzy to be Riot's first fully international signing," Riot CEO/owner John Howarth said. "I have no doubt that this album will do well and truly break Fozzy as a major international artist. The early interest has been incredible and we are looking at going with the best partners the world over, be it partnerships with other labels or distributors, we are keen to talk to companies who see the potential. I am really looking forward to this album and for this to be the start of a long working relationship."
"I'm very excited to know that the new Fozzy record is going to be released by John Howarth and Riot," Chris Jericho said. "Riot was by far the biggest supporter of Fozzy's last album All That Remains and did everything they could to spread the Fozzpel not only across Australia , but around the world as well. As a result ATR was by far our most successful album to date. To make this partnership even more exciting is the fact that we have written the absolute best album that we have ever done. This album will see Fozzy reaching new heights and breaking down more barriers to show all fans of heavy rock and heavy metal exactly who we are as a band. 2009 is the year of the Fozz!"
Deicide has reportedly postponed their visit to Australia and New Zealand in April as a result of scheduling conflicts with the recording of the new studio album. The band has apologized for the delay but assure fans that they will be heading Down Under in October of this year. The purchased tickets will still be valid for the rescheduled shows.