Metal News for March 8, 2010
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Czech grindcore band Onanizer will be arriving in Australia mid week ahead of their 8-stop Australian tour, which kicks off in Perth on Friday night (March 12, 2010). The tour will see the band playing alongside names such as Psycroptic, Backyard Mortuary, The Kill and Arterial Hermmorage.
Here are the latest ONANIZER Australian tour dates:
12th Mar @ The Castle, Perth
13th Mar @ Squatter’s Arms Hotel, Adelaide
14th Mar @ The Arthouse, Melbourne
18th Mar @ The Brisbane Hotel, Hobart
19th Mar @ The Pavillion, Launceston
20th Mar @ Town & Country Hotel, Sydney
21st Mar @ Town & Country Hotel, Sydney
23rd Mar @ TBC, Brisbane
Portugal's Annihilation recently finished the recording sessions for their upcoming debut full-length album "Against The Storm," which took place at Brugo Sound Studios in Lisbon. The band is now streaming two new tracks online from the new album. The songs "Tortured With Hate" and "Illusions Of A Mirage" can be heard via the official Annihilation MySpace page.
UPDATE: Dragonforce has since issued a statement confirming the split with their vocalist.
Roadrunner Records posted a statement earlier today that Dragonforce had officially parted ways with their vocalist ZP Theart and then also posted up an audition page for new vocalists to apply. Both the story and the audition page have since been removed, which calls into question whether the split actually occurred. More information on the status of the band will be announced as it is made available. The statement from Roadrunner, which has since been removed, read as follows:
DragonForce have split with lead singer ZP Theart. The band issued the following statement, regarding the matter:
“It is with great regret that DragonForce announce a parting of the ways with singer ZP Theart. This is due to insurmountable differences of musical opinion but the rest of the band sincerely wishes ZP great success with his future projects.”
While the creative core members have begun writing the fifth album, they have also started a worldwide search for a new vocalist. “We are looking for a powerful, melodic singer to write a new chapter of DragonForce with us." said guitarist Herman Li.
Anyone wishing to audition for the vacant position should apply following the instructions right here.
Extreme is releasing their "Take Us Alive" live CD and DVD on Frontiers Records April 23rd in Europe and May 4th in the U.S. In 2008, following a 13 year hiatus, the band returned to the stage for their "Take Us Alive" world tour, which encompassed 75 cities and multiple continents in support of their new record, "Saudades de Rock."
The performance was recorded on the last night of their tour at the House of Blues August 8, 2009 in Extreme’s hometown of Boston, MA . “We wanted to do something really special for our hometown fans that were there for us since the beginning… the club days,” states guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. “It was the last night of the tour and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than by bringing it back to where it all started… Boston.”
The concert showcases material from all five Extreme albums and the DVD will contain 4 unreleased bonus videos from their latest record "Saudades de Rock." Videos include the songs “King of the Ladies," “Interface," “Run,” and “Ghost.” The videos were produced by Nuno Bettencourt. “This DVD/CD is a culmination of all the years we played together and the chemistry the four of us put out live,” explains Bettencourt.
The concert track listing is as follows: Decadence Dance, Comfortably Dumb, Rest in Peace, It ('s a Monster), Star, Tell me Something I Don’t Know, Medley - Kid Ego - Little Girls -Teachers Pet, Play With Me, Midnight Express, More Than Words, Ghost, Cupid’s Dead, Take us Alive, Flight of the Wounded Bumblebee, Get the Funk Out, Am I Ever Gonna Change, Hole Hearted.
New York hardcore act Sick Of It All will be releasing their new offering "Based On A True Story" worldwide through Century Media Records on April 20th, 2010. The band is currently streaming a new track “Death or Jail” at this location. A new video for the track will be shot with directors Mike Pecci and Ian McFarland (Fear Factory, Meshuggah) in the coming weeks.
Armand (drums) further states: “We wrote the song 'Death or Jail’ about friends of ours that broke away and ended up following a path that led them to self-destruction or incarceration. We all know people who have made these huge mistakes and it's a really difficult thing to explain, especially when they come from the same place and common background. They don't just turn their backs on their friends because it's as if they're turning their backs on themselves, shutting themselves into a reality that can offer nothing but stress, violence and wickedness. Thank goodness we had the outlet of hardcore to help us vent our frustrations, or we all might have found ourselves in a similar place. This song is dedicated to those friends that we wish could have made better choices.”
The track listing for the album is as follows: More...
Sweden's Netherbird has issued the following update about signing to Scarecrow Recordings:
"We now proudly announce that we have signed for Scarecrow Recordings, a new and very interesting Swedish label that pays a lot of attention to the needs of both musicians and listeners! We will release our next album, Monument Black Colossal during late spring and we will also have a nice surprise for you all as a result of this new collaboration."
The track listing for "Monument Black Colossal" will be as follows:
1. Looming Majesty (intro)
2. White Noise Sky in Overdrive
3. The Faraway View (interludium)
4. A Shadow in the Garden of Darkness
5. Strindbergian Fire
6. The Weight of Vapour
7. At the Bottom of the Crystal Artery
8. In the Eyes of Time
9. Across the Chasm
Italian metallers OverMaster have announced their debut full-length album will be entitled "Madness of War." The new album is set to be released worldwide on April 23rd through Cruz Del Sur Music. "Madness of War" was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Fear Studio during the crossover into 2010. You can also check out three sample OverMaster tracks at the band's official MySpace page.
Dutch metallers Cirrha Niva have been confirmed to perform at the 2010 edition of the Belgian Alcatraz Metal Festival, which will take place on August 7th. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts for the festival include Kreator, Epica, Moonspell, Pretty Maids, Lizzy Borden, Raven, and Evile.
Texas metallers Vesperian Sorrow have checked in from the studio with the following recording update:
"Well we have completed all the tracking of the drums for the new album. We will start on guitars this following week after we do some drum editing. Kristoph did a fantastic job on the drums, the fastest and tightest he has performed to date. We should have the guitars set up by mid-week and start the tracking process afterward. Stay Tuned!"
Sample Vesperian Sorrow tracks can be heard through the band's MySpace page.
Reactivated death metallers Pestilence will be heading off on their first U.S. tour in 16 years. The 17 date trek will kick off in Baltimore as part of the Maryland Deathfest at Sonar on May 30th and close at the Gramercy Theater in New York City on June 17th. Support will be provided by Warbringer, Vital Remains, Enfold Darkness, and Sacrificial Slaughter.
The currently announced dates are as follows:
5/30/2010 Sonar - Baltimore, MD (as part of Maryland Deathfest)*
5/31/2010 Club Mosaic - Chattanooga, TN **
6/01/2010 The Bar - New Orleans, LA **
6/02/2010 Emo's - Austin, TX
6/03/2010 Ridglea Theater - Ft. Worth, TX
6/04/2010 Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
6/05/2010 Club Red - Tempe, AZ
6/06/2010 Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
6/07/2010 Ultra Violet - Los Angeles, CA
6/08/2010 DNA Lounge - San Francisco, CA
6/09/2010 Satyricon - Portland, OR
6/10/2010 Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
6/13/2010 Station 4 - St Paul, MN
6/14/2010 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
6/15/2010 Mod Club Theater - Toronto, ON **
6/16/2010 Les Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC **
6/17/2010 Gramercy Theater - New York, NY
* Pestilence only
** No Warbringer
Canada's Derelict has posted a video clip online of their performance of the song "Polarized," which was recorded at a show in Drummondville. The footage can be viewed below.
Handful of Hate has issued the following statement thanking fans for their support on their recent tour dates in Spain:
"After to gigs in Valencia and Barcelona the band wants to thank all supporters, promoters and friends who helped us during these two days in Spain. It has been an amazing experience and after Satan Lives Festival in 2007 to come back to Spain has been one of the greatest experience ever! We thank you guys and we hope in June, when we'll come in Spain two plays two or maybe three more gigs to meet you all!"
The upcoming Handful Of Hate tour dates are as follows:
3/20 2010 Sequanian fest II Montbeliard (France) @ atelier des môles
4/9 2010 Totem Club Vicenza (Italy)
4/17 2010 Circolo Culturale Twilight Reggio Emilia (Italy)
4/23 2010 Blue Rose Saloon Milano (Italy)
4/24 2010 Funeral-Forces-Fest @ Ohrakel - Ingolstadt, Germany, 85051
6/12 2010 Sala El Lago, Madrid (Spain)
10/27 2010 The Gaff Camden, London (UK)
Italy's Aborym entered the Fear No One Studios on February 19th, 2010 to begin recording their 5th album. The band has now posted a video clip online from the recording sessions, which can be viewed below.
Arsis is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 2010 edition of the California Metal Festival, which takes place from May 15th - 16th in Pomona. More info about the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed bands on the roster include Bleeding Through, Fear Factory, Job For A Cowboy, Whitechapel, Dying Fetus, Decrepit Birth, Cattle Decapitation, Misery Index, Annotations of an Autopsy, and Gaza.
Dark Funeral has issued the following update about canceling their previously scheduled tour date on March 10th in Germany:
"Ave everyone! We just found out that the show in Bochum, Germany, on March 10th has been canceled. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may case you, but it's totally out of our control. Hopefully all of you who had planned to come and see us there can make it instead to Köln and Essigfabrik on the 17th. Tonight we play the Markthalle, and we're definitely going to unleash Hell over Hamburg!"
The upcoming Dark Funeral tour dates are as follows: More...
German metallers Defeated Sanity have announced a series of upcoming European tour dates. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
3/27 2010 Alte Feuerwache Treptow Berlin, Germany
5/1 2010 Neurotic Deathfest Tilburg, Holland
5/2 2010 SWR Metalfest Barroselas, Portugal
5/4 2010 Venue changed, tbc Nantes, France
5/5 2010 Lyon’s Hall Lyon, France
5/6 2010 Kiff Aarau, Switzerland
5/7 2010 Collosseum Club Kosice, Slovakia
5/8 2010 Chmelnice Prague, Czech Republic
5/21 2010 Prophecy Of Death @ Bambi Galore Hamburg, Germany
6/10 2010 Deathfeast Open Air Hünxe, Germany
11/13 2010 Goremageddon Festival Görlitz, Germany
Futures End has issued the following update about performing a bay area charity show:
"Futures End's only SF bay area performance this year! Futures End will be doing a special show right here at home in the SF Bay Area on Sunday March 21st at Vinnie's in Concord. This unique show is to raise money for Guitars Not Guns, a charity that provides kids with musical instruments and lessons. There will be several bands as well as guest musicians, food, raffles, and killer music."
The promotional poster for the show can be viewed here. Other confirmed acts include The Venting Machine, Led Graffiti, and Two Friends.
Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following announcement about appearing with guitarist Fredrik Åkesson for signing sessions at the Musikmesse gathering in Germany:
"Hallo! Wie gehts? Ich bin Mikael aus Opeth, Ich liebe dich. Mein hund ist dunkelblau! Bist du verheiratet? That's some proper words of wisdom right THERE!
"Just a quick note to say that me and Fred the Almighty will sign some autographs and answer some questions at the PRS guitars booth at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt/Germany on both the 26th and 27th of March. Then of course we have the 20th anniversary shows coming up. Busy times but good times. Hope all is well!"
More info on the Musikmesse gathering can be found at this location.
In a recent interview with About.com, Testament frontman Chuck Billy spoke on the status of the next Testament album, as well as revealing the latest goings on with his thrash supergroup, Dublin Death Patrol. An excerpt from the chat reads as follows:
Q: What's the status of your next studio CD?
A: "We've been working on it since October. We weren't really planning to tour this year. We passed on a summer tour, but then American Carnage came up and we took it. We decided to do the tour, then come home and finish the record. We had hoped to get the record out by the end of the year."
Q: Will there be another Dublin Death Patrol CD?
A: "There's almost a whole record of material written now. We're just trying to schedule it. Testament will be focused on getting our record done, and I'll also be trying to get Dublin Death Patrol done as well. Now even more of our friends from Dublin are coming out of the woodwork and are ready to play. It's growing. It's going to be interesting."
Read the full article at About.com.
High On Fire released their latest album "Snakes For The Divine" on February 23rd, 2010. The band has now posted a video clip online where they discuss the making of the new album, which can be viewed below.
Former Iron Maiden vocalist and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has issued the following update about appearing at the Hard Rock Hell IV Festival:
"This December 2010 Paul Dianno will be playing his first UK show for many years at The Hard Rock Hell IV Festival. at Pontin's in Prestayn, North Wales from December 3-5. Di'Anno will be doing a special set, featuring songs from the first two Iron Maiden albums: 'Iron Maiden' & 'Killers' as a celebration of the 30th Anniversary."
Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts include Skid Row, Pretty Boy Floyd, Diamond Head, L.A. Guns, and Tank.
Sweden's Wolverine is currently in the studio recording an upcoming full-length album titled "Communication Lost." The band has posted the third video diary from the recording studio, which can be viewed below.
Swedish metallers Death Breath have announced they are officially finished with their fourth studio session recording material for an upcoming release. An un-mixed preview of the new song “Obsessed By Sodomy," along with several previously uploaded tracks from earlier recording sessions, can be heard via the official Death Breath MySpace Page. Further details on the new album's title and release date will be announced as they are made available.
Portuguese death metal act Decrepidemic has been confirmed for the upcoming TattoDeathFest 2010, which will take place in Milan, Italy. The festival, which occurs on May 15th, will be the band's first live appearance in Italy. More info on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed bands include Vomit the Soul, Mass Infection, Holocausto Cannibal, Septycal Gorge, Putridity, Blasphemer, Bowel Stew, Murder Therapy, Nefertum, and Logic of Denial.
Swedish metallers Godhate released their new album "Equal In The Eyes Of Death" on January 25th, 2010. The band has now posted a new teaser trailer online for the album, which can be viewed below.
Kentucky based rockers Hydrogyn have posted a second video blog online with the band discussing the making of the new album "Judgement." The footage can be viewed below.
Sweden's Scarpoint has issued the following update about recruiting fill-in bassist André Skaug for two upcoming live shows:
"Hey fuckers! We added a new live date, we are playing at Debaser Slussen in Stockholm on the 29th of march. Chris is going on a well deserved vacation. So for the next 2 gigs we asked André Skaug of Clawfinger and he feels stoked about it and will be doing the 2 shows with us. More news will follow in a couple of days! Stay tuned and stay twisted fuckers!!"
The upcoming Scarpoint tour dates are as follows:
3/26 2010 The Cave ( w/ Sterbhaus) Sunbyberg, Stockholms län
3/29 2010 Debaser Slussen Stockholm, Stockholms län
4/30 2010 Pub Anchor Stockholm, Stockholms län
5/1 2010 Pub Anchor Stockholm, Stockholms län
5/8 2010 Nalen Stockholm, Stockholms län
Hell Militia, the French metal act featuring Secrets of the Moon bassist LSK, is set to release a new album titled "Last Station on the Road to Death." The band's second full-length album will be released via Debemur Morti Productions on April 30th, 2010. Two new songs from the album can be heard at this location.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Always the same
2. Born without light
3. Unshakable faith
4. Et inferno ego
5. The ultimate deception
6. Fili diaboli
7. Shoot knife strangle beat & crucify
8. The pig that became a god
9. Last station on the road to death
In 1996, Apocalyptica released their debut studio album, "Plays Metallica by Four Cellos," and the metal world would never again view cellos the same way. Apocalptica was no one-trick pony, however. They upped the ante and quality massively on "Inquisition Symphony" and branched out to cover other metal bands plus three original compositions. By their third album, the band was producing primarily original material, still heavy and still on four cellos.
While Apocalyptica has since broken out of the underground, it took them years to do so even while piggybacking on the success of metal gods like Metallica, finally securing a decent North American record deal and touring the U.S. after they had four albums under their belt. Yet, their success has opened doors to more classically trained musicians to explore the heavier side of their instruments and contribute to the heavy metal community in their own ways. If Apocalyptica did not start by covering Metallica, one might wonder how heavy a band of celloists could possibly sound. Not only do they pull it off in the studio, but they put on a live performance that rivals that of their idols.
Today I will introduce you to three underground bands that employ extensive use of bowed instruments, primarily the cello and violin. Not only does the inclusion of these instruments give the music a unique feel, but the musicians themselves being more classically trained has its own impact on the compositions as well. Let's get started: More...
German black metal outfit Der Weg Einer Freiheit recently signed with Viva Hate Records to reissue their debut album on CD and LP in May 2010. The album contains all of the tracks off their self-released debut (which was sold out within 4 weeks) plus a bonus track never before released and an alternate artwork.
All drums will be professionally recorded by Der Weg Einer Freiheit’s new band member Christian Bass and the band is currently in the process of setting up some live shows.
UK black metal band Hecate Enthroned has issued the following studio update:
"Recording has now finished on the new album, Dean finished his vocals last weekend, where Nigel and Andy also finished off some final guitar work, leaving only the mixing and mastering to be done. The mix down will begin very soon and the tracks are already sounding very big, very heavy and very epic. Release will then depend on which label we sign with and as to when will be the most appropriate time for release. We will keep you informed on here with any progress made and how the new album is sounding. Art work is being drawn up with a tentative album title of 'Virulent Rapture.'"
Every Time I Die has unveiled a new video for "After One Quarter of a Revolution" from their recently released album, "New Junk Aesthetic." The two minute video is compiled of clips from a show at The White Rabbit in San Antonio, TX.
Watch "After One Quarter of a Revolution" below:
Not only does Hypno5e have a tough name to pronounce, but this French experimental Metal band writes some pretty challenging music - as far away from Power Metal as it gets. Taking this type of metal on the road can be challenging for both bands and fans, but Bassist/vocalist Gredin Le Fourbe assures us that it was well played and well received. He recently took the time to answer some questions about their recent Metal as Art Tour, their music and how the band name is really pronounced. More...
Solace of Requiem has revealed new details surrounding their new album, "The Great Awakening," which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Andy Classen at Stage One Studio in Germany. The cover art was done by Gragoth and Luciferium War Graphics.
The tracklisting for "The Great Awakening" is as follows:
1. Transcending The Archaic
3. Divine Punishment
5. Those Born To Suffer
6. Perspective From The Tesseract
7. Scourge Of Wills
8. Arctic Reflections
9. Homage To Shiva
Songs from the new album can be heard here
CIRCLE II CIRCLE, featuring former Savatage singer Zak Stevens, has just started recording their 5th album. The album, entitled "Consequence Of Power," will be the band's 2nd concept album. The album is expected to be released in Fall 2010.
A nine-minute highlight video from Faith No More's set at the Soundwave Festival on March 1, 2010 in Perth, Western Australia has been posted online. It's pretty decent quality sound and footage, so check it out below.
Steel Maid, which features members of Ravage, Ritual Steel, and Ivory Tower, has recently signed to German label Karthago Records. Their new self-titled album will be released as CD and Vinyl on March 24th.
The tracklisting for the album is as follows:
3. Metal War
4. Hellwings Of Fire
5. Die Fast
8. The Falling Angel
Listen to album samples at the soundcheck section of the band's website.
Boston thrash metal band Ravage has issued the following update:
"As for us, we will be playing a couple of more local shows including a hometown show to benefit the homeless at My Honey Fitz in Malden MA on March 20th. It will be the first time we have played inside the actual Malden city limits in many years. I think it will be our first Malden show since the infamous shows at TJ's Roadhouse back in 2000. We are also playing special April Fools Metal Thursdays show at Ralph's Diner in Worcester MA on April 1st."
"We also hope to make up some of the southwest shows we missed during last fall's US tour. We'll be appearing at Thrashmagedon 2 in Albuquerue NM on May 1st and details on any other shows will be announced soon."
"We are working on new material and hope to begin recording some time in the summer."
"In other news..."
"Check out the forthcoming album from STEEL MAID - featuring members of RAVAGE, RITUAL STEEL, and IVORY TOWER. It was recorded over the last 2 years and will finally be released on CD and Vinyl by Karthago Records in April. You can now hear clips from all the tracks at www.steel-maid.de in the soundcheck section."
"Ravage bassist Rich Berte is recording a demo with his thrash band Rich Berte's LETHAL DESIGN - which should be available soon."
"Former Ravage bassist Mike Gignac's band RIPFENCE recently finished recording and should have an album coming out soon."
"Ravage drummer Pete Webber has joined Colorado thrashers HAVOK and will be playing on tour with them this spring. We wish him the best of luck as he heads out on an extensive stint opening for Primal Fear and Hammerfall."
"Drummer Dan Kowal (of Rich Berte's LETHAL DESIGN) has been named as a fill-in at the drum position. Check out his other band SKULLHAMMER who also have an album coming soon."
Pennsylvania metal band Ethereal Collapse has posted a new live video of the "The Promethean Ethic," which was filmed at their March 5th show. Watch the video below:
AS I LAY DYING has just announced a show in New Zealand for their upcoming tour nearing the end of March. The New Zealand show will take place on March 26th at the Transmission Room in Auckland. The band will also take part at this year's Toowooba Easterfest on April 3rd.
Here are the latest As I Lay Dying Australia and New Zealand tour dates:
Friday 26th March Transmission Room Auckland, NZ
Sunday 28th March Amplifier Perth
Monday 29th March Enigma Adelaide
Tuesday 30th March Corner Hotel Melbourne
Wednesday 31st March Annandale Hotel Sydney
Thursday 1st April Cambridge Hotel Newcastle
Saturday 3rd April Easterfest (Christian festival) Toowoomba