Metal News for March 9, 2011
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Thin Lizzy is set to take the USA by storm with upcoming tour dates in late March and early April. The trek will include stops in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Toronto, Detroit, and Chicago, and will also include a live appearance on the popular radio show, Rockline, on March 23rd, which will run from 11:30 pm to 1:00 am EST. Thin Lizzy's current line-up includes such "Lynott era" Lizzy veterans as Scott Gorham (guitar), Brian Downey (drums), and Darren Wharton (keyboards), as well as singer/guitarist Ricky Warwick, bassist Marco Mendoza, and Def Leppard guitarist Vivian Campbell.
Thin Lizzy became one of rock's top bands during the 1970's, on the strength of Lynott's poetic yet tough lyrics, and the highly influential dual guitar attack of Gorham and which ever second guitarist he was paired up with at the time (Brian Robertson, the late Gary Moore, Snowy White, or John Sykes). Lizzy split up in 1983, before Lynott passed away in 1986. But with Lizzy being either consistently name checked as an influence or having their songs covered by other bands, the group's stature has remained at the forefront of rock over the years. And now, US fans will be able to experience the Lizzy legend once more on the concert stage.
Here are the confirmed Thin Lizzy tour dates:
03/24/2011 Jim Thorpe, PA. Penn's Peak
03/25/2011 New York, NY. Best Buy Theatre
03/26/2011 Uncasville, CT. Mohegan Sun Casino Wolf's Den
03/27/2011 Sayreville, NJ. Starland Ballroom
03/29/2011 Glenside, PA. Keswick Theatre
03/30/2011 Toronto, ON. Canada Sound Academy
03/31/2011 Detroit, MI. Sound Board at Motor City Casino Hotel
04/01/2011 Chicago, IL. Vic Theatre
With the release of his solo debut, "Metalusion" (due out April 5th), guitarist Glen Drover, best known for his precision and power playing with Megadeth and Eidolon, "blends the venom and attack of modern metal and the technically demanding musicianship that defines the classic jazz-rock genre."
The instrumental, 10-track album features five original compositions and metallic- edged interpretations of material composed by musical giants Frank Zappa, Al DiMeola and Jean-Luc Ponty.
"Metalusion" presents a side of Drover's musical identity that the metal community has rarely witnessed, while boasting diverse yet highly cohesive tracks. "Each song should sound as though it was meant to be included on the record," says Drover. "Nothing should seem as though it's out of place."
Assisting Drover are a number of special guests, including Nevermore's power metal/prog metal guitarist Jeff Loomis, Opeth's and Talisman's axe man Fredrik Åkesson, veteran Steve Smyth of the Bay Area's Forbidden, Ohm's guitar hero, Chris Poland (Megadeth) and classical metal master Vinnie Moore of UFO.
Here's the tracklisting for "Metalusion":
1. Ground Zero Special Guests - Chris Poland and Vinnie Moore
2. Frozen Dream Special Guest - Steve Smyth
3. Egyptian Danza [Al DiMeola Cover]
4. Colors Of Infinity
5. Illusions Of Starlight
6. Don't Let The World Pass You By [Jean-Luc Ponty Cover] - Special Guest - Fredrik Akesson
7. Mirage [Jean-Luc Ponty Cover] - Special Guest - Jeff Loomis
9. The Purple Lagoon [Frank Zappa Cover]
10. Filthy Habits [Frank Zappa Cover]
Gilles "The Heavy Metal Cook" Lartigot has posted a video interview online with with Maurizio Iacono from Kataklysm, which was recorded in Paris in January, 2011. You can check out the first part of the interview below, and find the second half after the jump (the interview includes English subtitles).
Conspires To... has announced its upcoming album will be titled "Redemption," and the artwork is currently available for viewing at this location. The band has now announced that the "Redemption" track listing will be as follows:
3. The Path To Redemption
4. Falling Down
5. Voice In The Storm
7. Soul Destroyer
8. Death or Dishonour
9. From the Deep
10. Kill The King
11. New Born Day
Minushuman has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming album:
"Hi there dudes, today’s the big day: Mobo (Conkrete studio) just ended the mix & master of the new album, and we can say this is sounding… heavy as f*ck!
"He did some kind of giant piece of work once again. We love you dude! Can’t wait to share all this brand new material with you guys. Stay tuned, we’re getting close… Hell Yeah."
You can also check out Metalunderground.com's recent interview with Minushuman at this location.
Nuclear Blast Records is currently offering a sampler album as a free digital download through Amazon.com. You can download all fifteen tracks from the sampler at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Bleed Meshuggah
2. Gateways (Edit) Dimmu Borgir
3. Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us (without intro) Hell
4. Deathstar Before the Dawn
5. Empyreal Sylosis
6. A Mi Manera Agnostic Front
7. Hisingen Blues Graveyard
8. The Price Destruction
9. Big Time Game Hunting Condemned?
10. Ukon Wacka (featuring Tuomari Nurmio) Korpiklaani
11. The End Of It All (edit) Sirenia
12. Impaled Upon The Tongue Of Sathan Belphegor
13. Sea Of Fate Rhapsody Of Fire
14. Dying For An Angel Avantasia
15. Forsaken At The Gates Forbidden
Dream Atlantic has posted a music video online for the song "Vixens," which is off the band's album "Gunslingers." You can check out the clip below.
Symptom 7 has posted a video clip online of the band performing the new song "Darkness Eternal" at the Ace of Clubs of NYC. You can check out the clip below.
NightShade will release the band's new album “Lost In Motion” in the U.S. on April 26th, 2011, and in Europe on May 13th, 2011. The release will be followed by a lengthy U.S. tour. "Lost in Motion" was produced by Fredrik Nordstrom and Henrik Udd, and fans can listen to a two minute teaser of the new album at the NightShade Facebook page. The cover artwork can be viewed below.
The track listing for “Lost In Motion” is as follows:
1. Unleash The Rage
3. Winner (or Not)
4. Lose Your Friends
5. The Depths Of Memory
6. A Dream. A Choice. A War.
7. FInal Crop
8. If You Don’t Have A Pawn In Your Game, You’re Guaranteed To Fail
9. You Can’t See Through My Eyes
NightShade's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Much like last year, Prosthetic Records will be well represented at Austin's South By Southwest Festival next week. Although the label does not have an official showcase or party, there are six bands from the roster playing multiple shows throughout the week.
The Acacia Strain, Animals as Leaders, The Funeral Pyre, Last Chance to Reason, Trap Them, and latest signing Junius will all be playing showcases and/or day parties throughout the week. Prosthetic will also be giving frequent Twitter updates on SXSW showcases throughout the week at this location. The upcoming Prosthetic shows at SXSW are as follows:
The Acacia Strain
3/18 NE Metal & Hardcore Fest Does Austin @ Emo's Annex, 5:10
Animals As Leaders
3/17 Sumerian Showcase @ Habana Bar Backyard, 10PM
3/19 Alternative Press Party @ Emo's TBA
The Funeral Pyre
3/18 NE Metal & Hardcore Fest Does Austin @ Emo's Annex, 1:10
3/18 Power of the Riff @ ND Studios, 3:30
3/18 Mylene Sheath Showcase @ Valhalla, Midnight
3/20 Radar Recordings & Giant Steps Prod. Present 'Goodbye Southby' @ Emo's, 9pm
Last Chance to Reason
3/20 @ Dirty Dog Bar
3/17 Full Metal Texas @ Emo's, 4:05pm
3/18 Power of the Riff@ ND Studios, 2pm
3/18 NE Metal and Hardcore Fest Does Austin @ Emo's Annex, 3:50pm
3/19 Thrasher Deathmatch @ Scoot Inn, 5pm
After posting the new song "Overlord" online, Jag Panzer has again teamed up with Noisecreep.com to reveal the music video for the song "Burn." You can check out the music video clip below.
"Burn" is off the band's "The Scourge of the Light" album, which was released on March 8th, 2011. The track listing is as follows:
1. Condemned to Fight
2. The Setting of the Sun
3. Bringing on the End
4. Call to Arms
7. Let It Out
10. The Book of Kells
On May 16th, Australian act Circles is set to register the band's presence on the international metal radar with the release of a debut EP titled "The Compass." The EP will see release through Basick Records.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with got-djent.com drummer Dave Hunter comments: “We’re just really excited to get the music out through Basick and to be working with them. They’ve got the same vision as us and the future looks very exciting. There are lots of things on the horizon, lots of things to do. No time to waste. And we can’t wait to get this going.” You can read the full interview with Circles at this location.
The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. The Frontline
2. Clouds Are Gathering
3. ACT III
4. Eye Embedded
5. The Design
Pennsylvania stoner/doom rockers Backwoods Payback, who are slated to kick off their tour with label mates Lo Pan tomorrow, have been forced to pull out of much of the trek due to a medical emergency. The band will play the first four shows of the tour but will be unable to continue past March 12.
Said guitarist/vocalist Mike Cummings in an official statement: "It is with heavy hearts that we are forced to drop off our tour to and from SXSW with our brothers Lo Pan, but due to a serious medical emergency we will be unable to continue past March 12. We are deeply sorry to be missing these shows and the hang sessions that always follow. Seems like the motto has never rang more true than now......we drop out to live."
Backwoods Payback tour dates w/ Lo Pan
3/09/2011 Golden West Café - Baltimore, MD
3/10/2011 Krug's Place - Frederick, MD
3/11/2011 Slim's - Raleigh, NC
3/12/2011 Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge - Atlanta, GA
Lo Pan Continues without Backwoods Payback
3/13/2011 The Nick - Birmingham, AL
3/14/2011 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
3/15/2011 The Ten Eleven - San Antonio, TX
3/17/2011 The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK w/ Tombs, Castevet
3/18/2011 Headhunter's (back patio) - Austin, TX [SXSW date]
3/20/2011 Headhnter's - Austin, TX [SXSW date]
3/20/2011 Rudyard's - Houston, TX
3/21/2011 The Hi Tone - Memphis, TN
3/22/2011 Fubar - St. Louis, MO
3/23/2011 The Melody Inn - Indianapolis, IN
3/24/2011 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
3/25/2011 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI
3/26/2011 South Park Tavern - Dayton, OH
3/27/2011 Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
Backwoods Payback will be release the band's Small Stone Recordings debut later this spring. Stay tuned for additional details.
Portugal's Holocausto Canibal has issued the following announcement about guest musicians appearing on the band's upcoming album:
"The next Holocausto Canibal album, titled 'Gorefilia,' will feature a guest appearance by Fuse from Portuguese hip hop act Dealema. More special guests, to be announced soon! Grind on!"
The band had also previously commented on "Gorefilia:"
"As you probably can guess, this concept album involves sexual arousal and gratification towards sexual behavior that is atypical and extreme. As always you can expect self-torture, bizarre love and loads of sperm tainted with blood.
"Musically some big changes are expected, however the band is still commited to Death Metal and Grind. The recording process will happen at 213 Studios [Heavenwood, Grunt] and handled by Bruno Silva. Mix and Mastering process will take place at Hertz Studios [Behemoth, Vader, Dead Infection, Decapitated, Severe Torture]."
As was previously announced, Across the Sun will be appearing on the Atticus Clothing "Young and Restless" tour with Attila. The band has now announced additional shows before and after the tour. The upcoming Across the Sun tour dates are as follows:
03/12 Boise, ID Brawl Studios
03/13 Cheyenne, WY Forum 619
03/14 Greeley, CO The Atlas Theatre
03/15 Gallop, NM The Juggernaut
03/18 Austin, TX SXSW
Atticus Clothing "The Young and Restless" Tour w/ Our Last Night, Attila, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor For The Broken
03/19 Oklahoma City, OK Conservatory
03/20 Shreveport, LA Media Star Entertainment
03/21 Fort Worth, TX The Aardvark
03/23 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad
03/24 Tempe, AZ The Club House Music Venue
03/25 Las Vegas, NV Area 702
03/26 Las Vegas, NV Desert Breeze Skatepark – eXtreme Thing Sports/Music Festival
Tour w/ Our Last Night, Attila, Arsonists Get All The Girls, A Bullet For Pretty Boy, Armor For The Broken
03/27 Anaheim, CA Chain Reaction
03/28 Victorville, CA VVEC
03/30 Sacramento, CA Ace of Spades
03/31 Portland, OR Branx
04/02 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
04/05 Colorado Springs, CO The Black Sheep
04/06 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
04/07 Minneapolis, MN Beat Coffee House
04/08 Portage, IN Camelot Arena
04/09 Madison, WI The Loft
04/10 Joliet, IL Mojoes
04/11 My. Clemens, MI Hayloft More...
Metal Sanaz has posted a video interview online with the members of Cerebellion, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Watch the Cerebellion interview with Metal Sanaz! It was shot in West Hollywood. We discussed Inalienable, the making of our music video, our influences, and The Grammy Awards!?. Metal Sanaz was a gracious host and a super cool person. We are very grateful for the work she does for the metal community."
Cerebellion's music video for "Not the Final Destination" is also available for viewing at this location.
British thrashers Evile have been confirmed to play at this year's High Voltage festival, which takes place on July 23rd and 24th at Victoria Park in London, UK. Evile was also among the latest bands to be recently announced for the UK's Download festival, as well as Masters of Rock in the Czech Republic.
Evile bassist Joel Graham comments: "It's awesome to be added to the High Voltage festival - for the name Evile to be on the same poster that contains the such legendary names of Judas Priest, Jethro Tull, Dream Theater and Queensryche is an absolute mind f**k... It's amazing. More than a couple of us in Evile are prog fans so I'm sure we'll be hanging around the Prog Stage a lot.
"For me personally, I became a huge Jethro Tull fan after doing a deal with my father; he agreed to take me to see Anthrax when I was about 11, if in return he could take me to see Tull around the same time, so he got me hooked. Ol (Drake) also has a very uncanny likeness to a young Ian Anderson, so I'm hoping they bump into each other over the weekend."
You can visit Evile's artist page on the High Voltage website at this location.
Eyes of Noctum has issued the following announcement about completing the recording process for the band's upcoming album:
"Hey everyone! Just a quick update. Our new album Narcoma is now finished and is waiting to be mastered. We're also finalizing the artwork at the moment.
"The album should be out later this year, and right now we're in the process of booking some shows. Will let you know as soon as something comes up, so you can come rock out with us. Thank you for all of the support."
You can also check out the band's previously uploaded studio video diary at this location.
Swedish heavy metal outfit Soilwork has announced that they have been forced to cancel their planned tour of North America with Symphony X and Nevermore. Drummer Dirk Verbeuren has issued the following statement: "Due to recurring issues with a herniated disc in his lower back requiring a prolonged period of resting and healing, our guitarist Peter Wichers is forced to sit out this spring’s North American tour with Symphony X and Nevermore. We did consider hiring a fill-in guitar player, but we’ve decided to stick together as a band and out of respect for our fans, to cancel our participation in the tour. Our apologies to those of you who were hoping to see us. If all goes well, Peter should be healed and ready to hit the road in time for the summer festivals."
Californian thrashers Bonded By Blood kick off their European tour with Lazarus A.D. tonight, Wednesday March 8th in London, UK. Both bands will co-headline the tour, which will hit 14 countries. The shows will be Bonded By Blood's first appearances in Europe with their new frontman, Mauro Gonzalez.
Drummer Carlos Regalado comments:
"Bonded By Blood is finally returning to Europe to do a proper tour! We are so excited to finally finish what we started back in '09 with Fueled By Fire when we ran into troubles and had to cancel the remainder of the tour and disappoint so many fans.
"This time we are part of a co-headlining tour with Lazarus A.D.; both of us just shared the stage on a Death Angel US tour, and together we're hitting plenty of countries and mashing tons more faces! With the addition of our new singer Mauro Gonzalez, we are ready now more than ever and can't wait to see familiar faces and make some new friends and party down! See you on the killing road..."
You can check out a recent Bonded By Blood show report from Metalunderground.com here, or catch the band live on the following dates:
Mar. 09 - London, UK - Academy 2
Mar. 10 - Bristol, UK - Area 81
Mar. 11 - Milton Keynes, UK - Crauford Arms
Mar. 12 - Leeds, UK - The Well
Mar. 13 - Glasgow, UK - Ivory Blacks
Mar. 14 - Nottingham, UK - The Maze
Mar. 15 - Southampton, UK - Joiners
Mar. 16 - Norwich, UK - Metal Lust @ The Brickmakers
Mar. 17 - Wiesbaden, Germany - Schlachthof
Mar. 18 - Zürich, Switzerland - Dynamo
Mar. 19 - Prague, Czech Republic - Modra Vopice
Mar. 20 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Orto Bar
Mar. 21 - Vienna, Austria - 3Raum/Arena
Mar. 22 - Bologna, Italy - Lazzaretto
Mar. 23 - Barcelona, Spain - Mephisto
Mar. 24 - Madrid, Spain - Hebe
Mar. 25 - Paris, France - Paris Extreme
Mar. 26 - Bilbao, Spain - Santana 27 Black
Mar. 27 - Porto, Portugal - Porto Rio
Mar. 29 - Hamburg, Germany - Headcrush
Mar. 30 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Merleyn
Mar. 31 - Copenhagen, Denmark - The Rock
Apr. 01 - Cologne, Germany - The Underground
Apr. 02 - Bruges, Belgium - JH Comma
German technical death metallers Obscura have posted another new song online from their upcoming album "Omnivium." You can stream the new song "Vortex Omnivium" by heading over to the band's official MySpace page.
"Omnivium" is set for release on March 29th, 2011 and the track listing is as follows:
2. Vortex Omnivium
3. Ocean Gateways
4. Euclidean Elements
5. Prismal Dawn
6. Celestial Spheres
8. A Transcendental Serenade
Obscura has also been releasing the interior art panels from the album. You can check out the most recently uploaded art panel at this location.
As was previously announced, former Alice in Chains member Mike Starr was found dead in Salt Lake City on March 8th.
Artisan News Service has now posted a video online that features Sgt. Shawn Josephson discussing Starr's death. You can listen to Sgt. Josephson in the clip below.
Amaranthe has posted the cover artwork online for the band's upcoming debut full-length album. You can check out the artwork below.
The track listing for the album will be as follows:
1. Leave Everything Behind
3. 1.000.000 Lightyears
5. My Transition
8. Call Out My Name
9. Enter The Maze
10. Director's Cut
11. Act Of Desperation
You can also check out the band's recently posted video for "Hunger" at this location.
Descend Into Despair has issued the following update about working on a new EP:
"Working on an EP: Vanity Devotion will be Descend into Despair's next material, it will contain four tracks (one of which instrumental) and an intro.
"The overall quality shall be superior to the first material. The launch date is still unknown but we are all working hard to create something memorable."
The band also recently announced the recruitment of a new keyboard player.
Sweden's Descend released a new single titled "The Life Delusion" on March 7th, 2011. The band has now made the song available for streaming through the Supernova Records website. You can listen to the single at this location. The cover artwork for the single can also be viewed below.
Superskum has posted a video interview online with with Gus Rios of Malevolent Creation, which was recorded in Denver, Colorado. You can check out the video clip below.
Malevolent Creation also has a string of European tour dates coming up. Details can be found here.
Nightrage has just finished work on 15 pre-production songs for an upcoming "yet untitled" album, and the band is looking forward to entering the studio to start recording in June.
Mastermind Marios Iliopoulos commented about the recording process:
"This time we have chosen a different approach in the recording process. All drums, bass, and guitars will be recorded at Zero Gravity Studios in Athens, Greece. Some of you might remember, this location was the set for our latest video 'Wearing A Martyr’s Crown.'
"On this record we want to break up the monotony of the typical Scandinavian weather/scenery and head to one of the most beautiful countries this band has ever played. So once again, Greece is our destination!
"Antony will head into Arcane Digital Recording (located in sunny Chandler, Arizona USA) with our good friend Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon, Misery Index, Phobia, Exhumed) for the vocal recordings. Another first for the band, trying out an American studio will be an interesting change. But for those of you who know Ryan’s work, you can expect the result to be old school and punishing.
"Of course, our album would not be complete without the help from our longtime producer Fredrik Nordstrom (Dimmu Borgir, Opeth, In Flames, The Haunted, Exhumation, Firewind), who will drum edit, reamp, mix and master the album in Studio Fredman. We trust our long time friend Fredrik will do an amazing job once again. He’s been stunned by the quality of our new songs and is looking forward to working with us again.
"We also have some very important guest musicians contributing to the album as well."
The new album will be released via Lifeforce Records in Europe and North America (release dates to be revealed soon) and Floga Records from Greece will be releasing the album as limited vinyl edition.
Danish metal outfit Anubis Gate has announced that the band has found itself a new lead vocalist in the form of Henrik Fevre. Speaking about the change in singers, the band stated:
"With Jacob's ever more demanding schedule as a first class producer Jacob found it hard to have the time and keep his heart in the band. We fully respect his decision and reasons to leave and want to thank Jacob for being with us for an amazing couple of albums. We are still very good friends and Jacob is still involved in shaping the new album in his capacity as the best producer in metal. We wish Jacob nothing but the best in his future career.
"Anubis Gate has always been blessed with great singers. The decision to have Henrik take over vocal duties is a natural one for us. Henrik is the one that for a big part shaped the vocal melodies and lyrics of Anubis Gate and when Torben had to bow out of the gigs we did in support of A Perfect Forever it was Henrik who sang those gigs. Henrik has also had several songs on our albums where he performed lead vocals. Most notably 'Take Me Home' on the Andromeda Unchained album. So we knew beforehand it would work out great, which it certainly has." More...
Finnish heavy metal outfit Children Of Bodom has already earned a gold record in the band's native country for the recently released album, "Relentless Reckless Forever." The album sold over 10,000 copies on release day in Finland and is available everywhere now (except Australia where it will be released this Friday) through Spinefarm Records.
"Relentless Reckless Forever" was also recently named the most anticipated album of 2011 in Metalunderground.com's "Best of 2010" awards.
American death metal legends Morbid Angel have revealed that the name of their highly anticipated new studio album will be "Illud Divinum Insanus." The record will be released through Season Of Mist Records in Europe June 6th and in North America on June 7th.
A single from the album, "Nevermore," will also be released on vinyl. "Illud Divinum Insanus" will be Morbid Angel's first album 2003's, "Heretic" and will be the first official release from the band not to feature drummer Pete Sandoval, who is currently recovering from back surgery, though he is still a member of the band. Taking his place for the time being is Tim Yeung, who is best known for his work with Hate Eternal and Divine Heresey.
Los Angeles, California based hardcore outfit Terror has uploaded a new music video online for the song, "Return To Strength." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's latest studio album "Keepers Of The Faith," which was released last September through Century Media Records.