Metal News for April 10, 2009
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26 news articles posted on this day.
Multi-Platinum rock band Great White celebrated the 25th anniversary of the band's inception with the release of "Back To The Rythm" in 2006. The band's new record, "Rising," which is due out on April 21 via Shrapnel Records, is their second studio recording in ten years and features 11 new compositions penned by the band.
Here are the latest Great White tour dates:
Fri 04/24/09 - Atlanta, GA @ Wild Bill's
Sat 04/25/09 - Leesburg, FL @ Bike Rally
Sat 05/02/09 - Laredo, TX @ Ride & Share
Fri 05/15/09 - Yucaipa, CA @ Angels Roadhouse
Sat 05/16/09 - San Diego, CA @ 4TH and B
Fri 05/22/09 - Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
Sat 05/23/09 - Parker, AZ @ Blue Water Resort
Sat 05/30/09 - Waterloo, IA @ Waterloo Days
Sat 06/06/09 - Geuda Springs, KS @ Mid America Drag Way
Sat 06/13/09 - Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads
Fri 06/19/09 - Elko, NV @ Rumble in the Rubies
Sat 06/19/09 - Newtown, ND @ 4 Bears Casino
Sat 06/27/09 - Des Moines, IA @ KGGO Summer Jam
Thu 07/02/09 - La Crosse, WI @ Riverfest
Sun 07/12/09 - Pryor, OK @ Rocklahoma
Fri 07/17/09 - Great Falls, MT @ Club Big House
Sat 07/18/09 - Idaho Falls, ID @ Sandy Downs Race Track
Sun 07/19/09 - Alpine, WY @ Bull Moose Saloon
Fri 07/24/09 - Royalton, MN @ Half Way Jam
Sat 08/01/09 - Redwood Falls, MN @ Redwood County Fair
Thur 08/13/09 - San Juan Capistrano, CA @ Coach House
Fri 08/14/09 - Agoura, CA @ Canyon Club
Sat 08/15/09 - Lake Elsinore, CA @ Rockfest 2009 Storm Stadium
Thurs 08/20/09 - Bristol, VA @ Food City Family Race Night
Fri 08/21/09 - Glen Flora, WI @ Northwood Rock Rally
Sat 08/22/09 - Algona, IA @ Rock Gone Wild
Black Elk's quick assault on the West Coast kicks off this Tuesday. They'll barrel down the Pacific Coast and back, dropping six shows in five days and joining forces with Made Out of Babies, Intronaut, Kylesa and more along the way.
4/14/2009 The Comet - Seattle, WA w/ Made Out of Babies, Madraso, The Family Curse
4/15/2009 Satyricon - Portland, OR w/ Made Out of Babies
4/16/2009 The Fire Escape - Citrus Heights, CA w/ Made Out of Babies
4/17/2009 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
4/18/2009 The Stork Club - Oakland, CA w/ Kylesa, Intronaut (Day Show/2pm)
4/18/2009 Blue Lagoon - Santa Cruz, CA (Night Show)
MetalSucks recently conducted a revealing interview with WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM drummer Aaron Weaver. Weaver talked to us about Wolves In the Throne Room’s recently released third album "Black Cascade," and dispelled some myths about the oft-misunderstood eco-spiritualism that guides the band. Other topics of discussion: Is Scion a minion of Satan? Should we fear wheat? Answers to these questions and many more in the interview. An excerpt follows:
MetalSucks: Did you or the band have difficulties with Scion? Did you catch any flack for your relationship with them?
Weaver: ... I think that a Scion concert has an occult aspect to it. I think it's a very dark one. I think that even though the people involved I'm sure are very well intentioned and just have the idea that "Isn't it great that we can hook up these bands with this money? Isn't it great that we can put on a free concert?" I think that fundamentally there is something very negative that is going on. I think that in a very real way that is truly Satanic. I do believe that there are dark forces that you could characterize as Luciferian or Satanic that have influence over the world, and I think that being a part of a Scion sponsored festival, you're in a very real way making a deal with the devil. I believe that to be true. We debated a great deal within the band on whether or not we should take part in such an event. It's a classic example of one of those compromises that you make. We're pretty financially humble people. We were trying to decide how we are going to afford to buy our plane tickets back from Europe. Right as we were trying to crunch the numbers, we got an e-mail offering us this festival. They would buy our plane tickets and give us a bunch of money with rock star treatment. We decided to do it and make that deal with the devil. It's not something that we intend on doing in the future. I think that playing a corporate sponsored event is a pretty intense compromise for a band like ours to make. It's very obvious to me that the corporate world is trying to find some new way to sell products. Obviously television commercials don't work anymore. People are way more sophisticated and savvy than they were a few generations ago. I just don't want to be a part of helping the corporate world to figure out how to convince people to buy stuff.
Weaver: That's a good example. That's the physical dimension of it: the economics and the business aspect. I'm not going to discount the occult level. I can just feel it. I can feel the energy flowing around that kind of thing, and it doesn't feel good at all.
MetalSucks: So would you denigrate another band that is involved with it or doesn't have the same pit of the stomach occult feeling about it?
Weaver: No. One of the reasons we played it, apart from our own selfish financial gain, was because Neurosis was playing the festival. They're huge idols of ours. They're a band that we think is really inspiring and always been very uncompromising. So it was kind of like if everyone was jumping off the cliff, we might as well do it as well.
MetalSucks: You played one with Nachtmystium as well in Los Angeles, right?
Weaver: That would be Scion number 2 for us. To answer your question: no I'm not going to pass judgment on other bands for doing whatever they want to do. I think that I mentioned earlier that is one of the things we try to take very seriously is not passing judgment on anyone or passing judgment on any choices that people make. The choices we made and the vision we have is for us, if other people are interested in it or agree with it or are inspired by it, that's great. It's not our goal to be on some sort of high horse and look down on anyone else. That's the exact opposite of where we are coming from. I never want to give the impression that we are on this kind of high horse. We're making compromises just like everyone else and we're just doing the best that we can.
Read the full article at MetalSucks.net.
Promoter Soundworks touring has announced the support bands to take part on Morbid Angel’s Australia/NZ tour - their first in 13 years - in May/June. Here are the supporting bands announced:
Sat May 30th - Transmission Room, Auckland w/ Dawn Of Azazel and Vassafor
Mon June 1st - Billboards Nightclub, Melbourne w/ The Ocularis Infernum and Aphotic Dawn
Wed June 3rd - Capitol, Perth w/ Malignant Monster and Nails Of Imposition
Fri June 5th - The Metro, Sydney w/ Daemon Foetal Harvest and Infinitum
Mon June 8th - The Hifi, Brisbane w/ Vomitor and Empyrean
Tickets are fast running out, however some still remain at the following vendors:
Auckland - www.ticketek.co.nz, www.undertheradar.co.nz, Real Groovy
Melbourne - www.ticketek.com.au, www.moshtix.com, www.billboard.webtickets.com.au
Perth - www.moshtix.com, 78 Records, Mills Records
Sydney - www.ticketek.com.au, www.themetrotheatre.com.au
Brisbane - www.oztix.com, www.hifi.com.au/brisbane
Decibel Magazine is currently streaming Stinking Lizaveta's entire new album, "Sacrifice and Bliss," on their Deciblog.
Stinking Lizaveta is currently shredding Europe and will start their U.S. campaign in May with Darsombra. Here are their latest tour dates:
w/ End of Level Boss
Fri Apr 10th Berlin Germany @ Schokoladen More...
Donnie Hamzik, the original drummer for MANOWAR, will be on tour with the band in 2009. MANOWAR and special guests HolyHell will be headlining some of Europe's major metal festivals, including their very own Magic Circle Festival III at the Loreley on the Rhine River in Germany on Saturday, July 18, 2009.
Finnish thrash metal band, Burden A.D., has parted ways with vocalist Eero Haula. The band has issued the following comments on their line up situation:
“When we needed a new vocalist some time ago we asked him to try out and he had what we wanted. Unfortunately E. Haula always had a busy schedule and fit us in when he could but lately could not find much time at all between his record label & promotion agency and Burden A.D. Therefore we had to part ways. E. Haula has left on good terms and we wish him the best for the future. So what is our new line-up then? A. Niemi will now do the vocals and J. Makkonen is our new monster guitarist. So please come to see us on stage in Tampere next Thursday, it will be our first show with this new line-up! Stay brutal!”
Throne of Malediction have posted a new music video for the song "Sands," which comes off their debut EP titled "EP One." The video can be viewed below. More...
W.A.S.P. has just announced the following European festival appearances:
06/19 - Hellfest - Clisson, France
06/20 - Metalway - Zaragoza, Spain
06/26 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, Belgium
06/27 - Bang Your Head!!! - Balingen, Germany
06/29 - Rockwave - Malakasa, Greece
07/09 - Rockweekend - Kilafors, Sweden
07/10 - Norway Rock - Kvinesdal, Norway
07/11 - Rockharz - Harz, Germany
Belgian metallers Willow's Whisper have issued the following update about canceling their upcoming appearances due to losing their drummer:
"Theo has decided to leave the band, right at the time we just were sounding like one group again, and we felt ready to hit the road. At this moment we really don't feel like putting energy again in finding a new drummer and learning him the songs. The planned concerts are cancelled. So we decided to freeze the Willow's Whisper project. We will still be active making music, but don't know yet if it will be under this name/concept.
"Thanks for all your support!"
Sacramento's TESLA has announced summer European tour dates in support of the release of their successful come back album “Forever More” The tour dates are as follows:
06/11 - Belfast, UK - Spring & Airbrake
06/13 - Dublin, Eire - O2 (Classic Rock Festival)*
06/14 - Donington, UK - Download Festival
06/15 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
06/17 - Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
06/18 - London, UK - Islington Academy
06/20 - Paris, France - La Boule Noir
06/21 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
06/23 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz 2
06/24 - Madrid, Spain - Heineken
06/26 - Zaragoza, Spain - Metalway Festival
06/27 - Balingen, Germany - Bang Your Head/Milan, Italy - Gods of Metal Festival**
06/30 - Bochum, Germany - Matrix
07/01 - Hamburg, Germany - Knust
07/07 - Aschaffenberg, Germany - ColosSaal
07/08 - Munich, Germany - Metropolis
07/10 - Kerkade, Holland - Rocktemple
07/11 - Zoetermeer, Holland - Boerderij
07/12 - Bospop Festival, Holland
* With Whitesnake, Journey and Def Leppard
** Two shows in one day More...
Italian female-fronted quartet Exilia have posted a new music video for the song "Are You Breathing?" which comes off their latest album "My Own Army." The album was released on February 20th via AFM Records. The video can be viewed below. More...
Ahab has issued the following statement about a string of September tour dates alongside Dornenreich:
"Once again I'm proud to announce:
"Austrian Black Metal-legends DORNENREICH invited AHAB to join their Nachtreisen-Tour. The captain decided to change his course with the Pequod and follow the trails of Dornenreich.
"So you'll be able to see THE CALL OF THE WRETCHED SEA and the live-permiere of THE DIVINITY OF OCEANS at once. AHAB's finally back in german waters! Be sure to get your tickets, soon! There'll be only limited amounts."
The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Connecticut's Sacred Oath have posted a new music video online for the song "Counting Zeros," which comes off their most recent self-titled album. The video can be viewed below. More...
Lady Mourning, the band featuring Angel Blake guitarist Marko Tervonen, has posted a new demo teaser online. The song can be be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Scotland’s Man Must Die has announced a weeks worth of European tour dates alongside Macabre and Japanische Kampfhorspiele. These dates will begin in early June and conclude with a performance as part of Death Fest Open Air in Hünxe, Germany. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.
Man Must Die have recently completed work on their brand new full-length "No Tolerance For Imperfection." The follow up to their Relapse debut "The Human Condition" is set for a July 7th North American release date, July 13th internationally and is the first album to feature new drummer Matt Holland.
6/4 Hengelo, Netherlands Metropool
6/5 Breda, Netherlands Mezz
6/6 Adelsheim, Germany Live Factory
6/7 Paris, France La Locomotive
6/8 Pratteln, Switzerland Z7
6/9 München, Germany Feierwerk
6/10 Leipzig, Germany Hellraiser
6/11 Hünxe, Germany Death Fest Open Air
The Cape Cod Times has reported the following story about a former police officer urinating on fans at a Metallica concert:
In a plea deal, former Brewster police officer Joseph Houston pleaded guilty yesterday in Boston Municipal Court to several charges associated with his actions at a Metallica concert in January.
Houston was in court for two separate cases stemming from the Jan. 18 incident. He was scheduled for trial for trespassing because he re-entered TD Banknorth Garden after being thrown out of the concert by security personnel and MBTA Transit Police. He was also to be arraigned on assault and battery and a felony charge of open and gross lewdness.
According to a Brewster Police Department investigation, witnesses said Houston consumed a half-dozen beers at a bar before the concert. He then physically and verbally harassed a family that had traveled to Boston from out of state and were seated in the row in front of Houston and his brothers.
Houston pulled down his pants, exposed his penis and urinated on a man's shirt, seat and the floor beside him, according to what the family told police. With his penis still exposed, Houston lunged at the man's sister, according to the Brewster police investigation.
Yesterday, Houston agreed to admit to sufficient facts and a finding of guilty on the trespassing charge and the assault and battery charge, but he avoided the felony charge of open and gross lewdness and pleaded to a lesser charge of assault and indecent exposure.
Read the full article at Cape Cod Times.
California metallers Crescent Shield are currently streaming the new song "Tides Of Fire" online from their upcoming album "The Stars Of Never Seen." The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page. "The Stars Of Never Seen" is set to be released through Cruz del Sur Music on May 11th in Europe and June 2nd in North America.
Alveran Records is proud to announce the official signing of Milwaukee straight edge band, Eyes To The Sky, to a two-album worldwide deal. Formed in 2004, the group has previously released material through Seventh Dagger Records and Funeral Verse Records. Here's what the band has to say about the deal:
"We are extremely excited about this worldwide deal and our future with Alveran Records, Europe's largest and most respected hardcore label. We're very proud to be a part of a label that has released material from some of today's most important and influential hardcore acts such as Shattered Realm, Icepick, Unearth, and Bury Your Dead. Thanks to all of our friends, family, past labels, and everyone who has helped us take this band this far, it's a dream come true! Expect big things coming from Eyes To The Sky in the next year!"
The group is currently wrapping up writing and plans to enter studio to record their Alveran Records debut album this summer.
Photographer Peter Beste, who released a documentary/photo album titled "True Norwegian Black Metal," has posted a series of pictures online from his recent Copenhagen exhibit. Peter issued the following short statement about the pictures:
"I've finally edited my photos from my joint solo show (and afterparty) with Icelandic artist Jonannes Atli Hinriksson exhibition in Copenhagen. Enjoy!"
War of Ages released a video for "All Consuming Fire," a song from their latest album "Arise and Conquer."
War of Ages will be playing the Facedown Fest, which is a inexpensive and fun festival. Metal Underground has that information for you here.
See the video for "All Consuming Fire" after the jump. More...
Blood Red Throne has recently finished recording their latest album "Souls of Damnation," and they have released one song from that album, "The Light, The Hate" on their Myspace, to "give fans a preview of the carnage to come."
Guitarist DØD comments on the track:
"'The Light, The Hate' was one of the first songs I wrote for the new album. It has it all. Fast parts, groovy parts and a nice lead. This will definitely be in our live set!"
The limited edition first pressing of "Souls of Damnation" will include two bonus tracks, plus a special bonus DVD featuring an exclusive new interview with the band and an in-depth studio diary, documenting the recording process of the album. It will be released on June 30th.
Progressive rockers Porcupine Tree has announced a string of headlining tour dates in North America. Joining them on the bill will be King's X, Bigelf and on select dates, That 1 Guy.
The tour dates are as follows:
September 15 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theater
September 16 - Portland, OR - Roseland
September 18 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield
September 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
September 21 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
September 22 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theater
September 24 - Ny, NY - Terminal 5
September 26 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
September 27 - Boston, MA - House Of Blues
September 29 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
September 30 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Greek thrash metal group Suicidal Angels has announced that their guitarist Themis has had to quit the group due to personal responsibilities. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Unfortunately after 4 years Themis was forced to leave the band.
"His rather increased responsibilities on his work as a trainee cardiologist didn’t let him the appropriate time to follow on tours and the schedule of the band. He is leaving as a very close friend of the band and one of the best partners that we had through these last 4 years. More...
SIGH mainman Mirai Kawashima has been posting a series of blogs from the studio exclusively on MetalSucks. The band is currently recording their new album, "Scenes from Hell," for The End Records, and Mirai has just posted his fourth blog entry in which he talks about female singer Dr. Mikannibal's bizarre dietary habits and recording practices, including a nude photo of the latter. An excerpt follows:
"OK, this time I’d like to talk a little bit about Dr. Mikannibal’s favorite foods first. As we reported before, her preference of foods is slightly different from others. Just take a look at the above photo of the noodles with those giant worms. She eats anything from gross bugs to bull’s penis. She even keeps hundreds of cockroaches to eat! Well, at first she was keeping them as a bait for her pet Gecko, but now they’re her important protein suppliers. According to her, “Roaches taste just like a shrimp.” Don’t get me wrong, this ain’t a Japanese culture or anything, it’s just her!
"People may think these are nothing but a shock tactics, but I assure you they’re not. She sings in nude and she eats those gross things. However, I am not sure about the last rule, 'Don’t masturbate during the recording'.”
You can view the nude photo, her food, and the rest of the blog entry here.
In a recent update, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine announced that Megadeth will be hitting the road this year in what will be a huge tour with another band. Although he didn't specify which band, he stated it could lead to the end of a potential feud, which has resulted in many rumours about who they will be touring with as in the past, Mustaine has feuded with Slayer, Metallica, Suicidal Tendencies, Phil Anselmo and more. The message from Mustaine reads as follows:
"Today is the 9th of April and I have agreed to doing something last night that I am sure a lot of people are going to be very excited about, and something that I had hoped would one day lead to another one of the potential feuds going away for good, if not for a long while.
"I can't confirm the band or the dates yet, and I have to go get my youngster up for school. Rest assured, as soon as we are ready to announce it, you will be one of the first to know. Check here at the official Megadeth Forums, the Killing Road pages, and here at TheLIVEline.com. More...