Metal News for March 8, 2009
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33 news articles posted on this day.
With "This Is Who We Are," Grammy-nominated San Diego metalcore band AS I LAY DYING steps into new territory by releasing their first ever DVD consisting of a 3-DVD set produced and directed by Denise Korycki (Cannibal Corpse Centuries of Torment DVD) that provides viewers with live performances and a complete AS I LAY DYING audio/visual history.
As I Lay Dying vocalist Tim Lambesis comments:
"It's hard to believe that we've been a band for as long as we have yet have never released an official DVD documenting our first 7 years. As a result, we've included so much content that you hardly have to like our music to be entertained. With that said, it feels good knowing how many diehard fans over the years have supported our band and their simple enjoyment of our music has given us the chance to see the world!"
"This Is Who We Are" will be available everywhere April 14, 2009. Here are the details for each DVD: More...
Krisiun will be touring Australia and New Zealand for the first time next month, in support of their seventh studio album "Southern Storm." Support will come from Dawn of Azazel and others.
Here are the latest Krisiun Australian and New Zealand tour dates:
Apr 15th: Rosies, BRISBANE - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Defamer, Violent Green
Apr 16th: Brannigan’s Tavern, GOLD COAST - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Meatgrinder
Apr 17th: Manning Bar, SYDNEY (L/AA) - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Cemetary Urn, Killrazor, Anno Domini
Apr 18th: Ding Dong Lounge, MELBOURNE - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Cemetary Urn
Apr 22nd: Live on Light Square, ADELAIDE (L/AA) - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Tzun Tzu, Closed Casket
Apr 24th: Al’s Bar, CHRISTCHURCH w/ Dawn of Azazel, Tainted, Zerstiren, Flesh Gates
Apr 25th: Transmission Room, AUCKLAND (L/AA) - w/ Dawn of Azazel, Metal Tower, Carnal, Anabyss
Headbanger's Blog premiered the new Mastodon video, "Divination," this weekend online while the video premiered on MTV's Headbangers Ball as well. The video was helmed by Roboshobo, who also directed the video for "All Nightmare Long" from Metallica.
The clip depicts the band members on a rock n' roll mission, trudging through the frozen tundra. "We're climbing a mountain looking for a creature named Brent," guitarist Bill Kelliher told HeadbangersBlog.com. "We were mountaineers — explorers like in John Carpenters ‘The Thing.'"
"It's a really fun video," adds guitarist and vocalist Brent Hinds. "I'm an old caveman trapped in a block of ice. Explorers find me and they put the flying V [guitar] up to the ice and it melts me. I grab the guitar, do the solo and then I kill them."
"Divination" comes off Crack The Skye which hits stores on March 24th on Warner Bros Records. You can watch the video below. More...
In Panama City the girls dress in tiny bikinis, meet Bret at the pool, and find out they must watch children for the day. We learn that most of the girls have several kids of their own. Ashley speaks for the group when she says, “I may be a stripper on the weekends, but Monday through Friday I’m a Mom.” More...
Decapitated's Vogg has issued the following update regarding the search for new members:
"I was thinking about that for a long time and it’s really hard decision for me, but I have decided to continue this band and keep Decapitated alive. I know it will be not the same anymore but I want to try and I’m sure Witek and Covan will support me and will be happy about that"
"If anybody from drummers and vocalists feel that they can continue what Witek and Covan did and put all power, energy and live time for this band - contact me- email@example.com" More...
On March 12th, Rise Against will join the growing roster of artists to debut exclusively created music to Guitar Hero fans with the debut of "Death Blossoms" as downloadable content for Activision Publishing, Inc.'s Guitar Hero: World Tour.
The Guitar Hero alums, with "Prayer of the Refuge" and "Re-Education (Through Labor)" appearing in previous versions of Guitar Hero, complete the Rise Against Track Pack with "Audience of One," the hit single off the band's new album Appeal to Reason and "Ready to Fall," from their 2006 album "The Sufferer & The Witness."
Commemorating the release of the highly anticipated Rise Against Track Pack, virtual rockstars will have the unique opportunity to join Tim McIlrath on the digital stage for performances of Rise Against smash hits. For a chance to rock with the Chicago native in the Game with Fame on March 14th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM Central (11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific) in Guitar Hero World Tour on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, send a friend request to the gamertag GHRiseAgainst1. More...
Lebanese gothic metal band Winter's Embrace has uploaded the new, unmastered version of "Calling Out My Name" online. You can check it out on the band's Reverb Nation page.
Nine Inch Nails has posted yet another video from their trek down under on the Soundwave festival. The latest video sees all of Dillinger Escape Plan join Nine Inch Nails on stage for a show-closing performance of "Wish," live in Perth, Australia on March 2nd, 2008. The video was once again filmed by Rob Sheridan with the Canon 5D Mark II with audio mix by Blumpy. You can watch the video below. More...
New Zealand's Saving Grace has issued the following update welcoming their new drummer, Simon Power:
"Today we are proud to officially announce the newest member of the SG family. Our new drummer... Simon Power."
"We are blessed to have such a talented musician step up to replace one of our best friends and long time members Ben Davidson who has parted ways with SG after 3 great years." More...
Swiss industrial/black metal band Samael just released their ninth full length album "Above" on March 6th. The band's front man Vorph chatted with Metalunderground about the musical direction of the new album, their upcoming U.S. tour alongside Carcass, and the band's influences throughout the years. More...
Reunited Dutch death metal group Asphyx has revealed that they have completed the recording of their forthcoming new studio album, "Death...The Brutal Way." A message from the band reads:
"Asphyx has finished all recordings today. It sounds killer! Now it's Dan Swanö's turn to give this masterpiece a hell of a sound in his Unisoundkitchen of doom. Mick Koopman is busy with the cover and the lay-out. So finally the release of the new album is coming near!"
Metallica has been forced to cancel their show in Stockholm, Sweden tonight after frontman James Hetfield was taken to hospital with an illness. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Tonight's second show in Stockholm has been cancelled due to James falling ill and receiving medical attention at the hospital. The show WILL be rescheduled sometime this spring, so keep watching this space for more details. We apologize to all our fans who have travelled from near and far and we look forward to coming back soon."
Tim "Ripper" Owens, the former singer of Judas Priest and Iced Earth as well as the current vocalist for Beyond Fear and Yngwie Malmsteen, has announced a series of solo shows in Mexico this May, to coincide with the release of his debut solo album, "Play My Game."
The tour dates are as follows:
7 - Reynosa, Mexico
8 - Monterrey, Mexico
9 - Saltillo, Mexico
10 - San Luis Potosi, Mexico
14 - Aguascalientes, Mexico
15 - Leon, Mexico
16 - Queretaro, Mexico
17 - Mexicoico City, Mexico
21 - Puebla, Mexico
22 - Veracruz, Mexico
23 - Merida, Mexico
24 - Cancun, Mexico
Amon Amarth has issued the following statement about changing the venue for their show in Paris on March 10th:
"Due to crime the venue in Paris has temporarily closed down, our show has been forced to move.
Ukrainian Black Metallers Balfor have added a second guitarist to their original three-man line up. Former Unerase guitarist Agnarr has started rehearsing with the band and according to vocalist/guitarist Thorgeir is already up to speed with Balfor’s material. “Agnarr is a highly trained and skilled guitarist, with a real instinct for music, so he got the feel of what we wanted straight away”, said the front man. “When we were recording material for our new album, we realized that the fuller sound we had developed was going to need an additional guitarist in order for us to be able to reproduce it live. It also takes some of the pressure off me on stage. Singing and playing at the same time is one thing, but when you want to give the audience a less static show, and communicate with them at the same time, it doesn’t always work too well, so a second guitarist is the perfect solution for us."
U.K. based band Holy Rage, featuring former Judas Priest vocalist Al Atkins, is currently streaming a new song online. The track "Give Them Hell" can be heard on the band's official MySpace page.
The Project Hate has issued the following update about finishing recording the guest vocals for their upcoming album:
"Just got the final guest vocals and fuck me sideways this is some insane shit. I have the deepest respect for this vocalist and he’s actually been wanting to participate for quite some time, meaning he’s harassed me more often than I have harassed him about doing vocals. And the shit he pulled off… Well, you will get some unexpected shit on this masterpiece, that’s for sure. Both vocal wise and music wise. Thanx to everyone who chipped in and made this my life’s work. You guys are the best. And no, I won’t reveal any names just yet but be sure you’ll find out in a bit…
"Oh, and I worked my way thru the 6th track today (working with all the vocals, that is) and will do the last one tomorrow morning. Fucken unbelievable that all the vocals are now done… Dan will spend the coming few days sorting the mix for everything and I’ll continue with the corrections for a week or so. It’s real close now and I’m fucken ecstatic about this shit."
Sweden's Torture Division has issued the following update about their recent shows and plans for recording:
"You all know we have been busy doing some gigs following up our first trilogy (and the Christmas EP). Next weekend is the third and final gig in a little over a month and after that we are back to composing for the next trilogy. Yes, it will all be available for free on our site as soon as anything’s completed, as always. We already have the concept thought out and it’ll be interesting to see if you notice it somewhere down the line. There’s some riffs and ideas lying around that we can start to work into songs now when we are finished with the planned gigs. The army of three are looking forward to compose some new death metal for all of you and the plans are to get the 2nd trilogy out in 2009. We’ll do our best to make sure that happens.
"In the meantime, purchase the CD that Abyss Records are releasing any day now and keep an eye out for the LP on Vic Records. Stay tuned, fucko’s."
Blessed By A Broken Heart is finally back home after completing their Terminatour of the United States and Canada. The screamo turned hair metal band released their second album, “Pedal To The Medal,” in 2008, and since then have been on the road promoting the album. But it hasn’t been an easy trip. Arrests, stolen laptops, and a trip to the emergency room put a few kinks in the plans for these fun-loving musicians.
In fact, my original interview with bassist Tyler Hoare was put on hold when lead vocalist Tony Gambino was rushed to the hospital with what appeared to be meningitis. Fortunately, doctors determined Tony actually just had a bad reaction to antibiotics, and was released in time to finish the tour, and I finished up part two of my interview with him a few days later. More...
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has checked in with a message about current Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick. It reads as follows:
"I just wrote about 6-700 words about Chris' birthday and the past few days, and the frickin page disappeared when I wanted to spell check it.
"So, if this isn't as colorful as my usual posts, its because there is a big black cloud over my head right now shoot lightning bolts at the computer, and the sound of thunder while I play and replay me sticking my foot through the laptop screen!
"Anyway, as y'all know, Chris Broderick turned 39 yesterday, and I am so proud of this guy. I mean, I watch him play on stage and everyday he gets better and better. We are aware of the reviews, and we still are trying to have a perfect show, so if you think that you have seen a good one, just wait until he starts to feel 100% and then after that, once I start to feel we are at 100%. More...
Diamond Head, the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal band championed by many thrash metal legends, will making their way down to Australia for some shows for the first time in their career next month. A message from the band reads as follows:
"This is the first time that the band have ever played any Australian dates and needless to say they are all looking forward to these festival dates.
Saturday, April 11th
Rock Out Festival
Queensland Raceway, Ipswich, Australia.
On Stage 5.30pm
Saturday, April 18th
Rock Out Festival
Eastern Creek Raceway, Australia
On Stage 5.00pm
Saturday, April 25th
Rock Out Festival
Calder Park Raceway, Kailor, Australia
On Stage 5.30pm
"Finally, Aussie fans will have their appetites for hard-hitting, uncompromising, unrelenting hard rock and heavy metal satisfied on a scale never seen before on the East Coast of Australia. For three days fans can live and breathe their passion for blistering guitars, pounding drum rhythms, and intense screaming vocals. Acts include GIRLSCHOOL, ROSE TATTOO, CRIMSON FIRE, SAKKUTH, FIXER, SCARLET SINS, THE RADIATORS, MORTAL SIN, VANISHING POINT, INK, DOUBLE DRAGON, EYEFEAR, THE AMENTA, EARTH with more international and local acts to be announced shortly. Acts subject to change per the promoters discretion. The Brisbane and Melbourne venues will have camping facilities on-site - including three day festival passes – so fans can experience a European style musical journey without leaving the heart of the action."
Karnivool are currently in Melbourne, Australia entering the final mixing stages on the follow up to their debut album, "Themata." The band is currently plotting a late summer/fall release.
Rumours are beginning to spread that Van Halen will following in the footsteps of Aerosmith and Metallica and will be releasing their own version of the popular video game, Guitar Hero. Apparantly a source close to developer Activision claims that the game will be released around November time. Stay tuned for more details.
German death metal group Common Grave has posted their new music video online for the song "Casualty." You can check it out below. The video was shot over the course of last years Summer Slaughter tour which also featured bands such as Necrophagist, Beneath The Massacre, Dying Fetus amongst others. More...
Armored Saint and Death Angel co-headlined a show at Hollywood's Key Club last friday. A report from Armored Saint bassist Joey Vera reads as follows: "All I can say is 'Holy Shit'. Thank you everyone who came and SOLD OUT the Key Club in Hollywood last night. You guys are just amazing and you made it a treat for us to play for you again. Also thanks to those of you who traveled far and wide. You all rule! The band is really sore today but we're off to Australia with Death Angel for some more ass kicking. We leave tonight. Thanks for a great send off! More stuff on the way when we return."
Epica has revealed that drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek has completed recording the drum tracks for the bands new studio album. The band has posted some videos online documenting the drum recording. You can check them out below. More...
British thrash metal legends Onslaught has added a performance at the Rock City Open Air festival in Romania this year to their growing list of festival appearances. Guitarist Nige Rockett comments: "We're very pleased to announce Onslaught have been confirmed to play at Rock City Open Air festival at Fetesti, Romania on Friday, August 21st. This is gonna be an awesome and crazy event if our last visit to Romania was anything to go by. We met some wonderful people and made some real good friends, definately one of my most memorable and special experiences with Onslaught and I really cant wait to return."
Rumours are circulating that the reunited Van Halen will be teaming up with fellow rock legends Guns N Roses for a co-headlining stadium world tour. Neither camp has commented on the rumours yet. More details will be revealed as they are announced.
The concert of British heavy metal group IRON MAIDEN in Bogotá, Saturday (March 7th), became the scene of heavy unrest and riots.
Trouble started when a group of fans climbed the fence that seperated the VIP space from the general public, and reportedly managed to get as close as 30 meters from the stage.
Later on, those that hadn't conquered a ticket began causing troubles in the area around the Parque Simón Bolivar, where the concert was held. More...
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich has revealed that he illegally downloaded Death Magnetic after it leaked ahead of the official release date last year.
Speaking to US DJ Eddie Trunk on VH1’s That Metal Show, Ulrich said “I sat there myself and downloaded 'Death Magnetic' from the Internet just to try it."
"I was like, 'Wow, this is how it works.' I figured if there is anybody that has a right to download 'Death Magnetic' for free, it's me. I sat there one night at my house with about six of my friends and a bottle of wine. We found it - this was like two or three days after Death Magnetic leaked. I was like, 'You know what? I've gotta try this.' So we sat there, and thirty minutes later, I had 'Death Magnetic' in my computer. It was kind of bizarre."
German heavy metal group Brainstorm has revealed that they are coming close to finishing writing for their new album. A message from the band reads as follows: "Hi Brainiacs,
"After some time of silence here is an update of what we are doing right now and where you can meet us live on stage in 2009.
"We have intensively been working on new songs. Milan and me wrote tons of riffs and we are in the final stages of songwriting right now. The new songs sound killer and they even still grow every time we rehearse. Watch out for more news here soon.
"Besides this, here are some more live dates for your kind attention (** = new dates): More...
Metallica has announced that several more bands will be joining them at their show at Marlay Park in Dublin, Ireland on August 1st. Among the newly confirmed bands are Irish rock legends Thin Lizzy and grunge icons Alice In Chains in addition to Lamb Of God, Mastodon, The Sword and Avenged Sevenfold. Tickets go on sale Tuesday and are priced at 76.50 Euros.
A video of New York thrash metal legends Anthrax jamming on the song "Bring The Noise" in an acoustic fashion along with legendary Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, has been posted online by guitarist Scott Ian. You can check it out below. More...