Metal News for April 12, 2010
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Bullet For My Valentine has posted the music video for the song "Your Betrayal" off the their April 27th release, "Fever." View the video here.
"Fever" was produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Good Charlotte) and recorded in both Wales and Los Angeles. "Fever" is the follow up to 2008’s "Scream Aim Fire" which has sold over one million copies worldwide and debuted at #4 on The Billboard album chart.
Knoxville, Tennessee's WHITECHAPEL have just released the new track "The Darkest Day of Man," off of the bands 3rd full-length release, "A New Era of Corruption," which is due out on June 8th. Listen to the track on the band's MySpace page.
Guitarist and founding member Alex Wade comments, "The first single we have released from the new album A New Era of Corruption is titled 'The Darkest Day of Man'. We played it live during our overseas touring at the beginning of this year in Australia and the UK and were getting a great response from the crowd for it. I feel this song perfectly demonstrates how we have progressed as a band musically and in our song writing, but have not stepped away from our signature Whitechapel sound.” More...
THE GHOST INSIDE has posted a new track, "Chrono" (featuring ex-Bury Your Dead vocalist Mat Bruso), from their new album, "Returners," which is set for a June 8th release.
Aaron (guitars) comments, “I thought awhile about what I wanted the music to sound like for this record. I stressed on it until I finally got to the point of not caring. I was so worried about what it was going to sound like that I forgot to just have fun with it. I finally just told myself that if I wrote a part that I liked, then I would keep it regardless of what genre it might fit into. It was ultimately a great decision because after that I started writing tons of parts that I thought were awesome. The record ended up coming together really fast. There's a lot of variety on Returners. I hope you dig it!" More...
Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following statement about the band's recent 20th anniversary shows and working on a new album:
"Swollen feet! If you guys been on a plane for 15 hours+ you might have experienced it. Fucking disgusting! Maybe it's something that comes with age, anyhoo....I went to the pharmacy and got special flying socks, and problem is gone! Some words of advice, right? Beware of them jell-o feet! Lamest beginning of any of my ‘blogs’, right...thank you very much...
"Got back home last night from the 6 shows we did celebrating 20 years as a band. Let's see, Stockholm (went OK), Essen (Great), Paris (Great), Holland (off show...horrible!), London (AMAZING!), NYC (Good), LA (OK). Overall it was a fantastic little trip for all of us, we had a blast. Played 3 hour shows, started with the whole ‘Blackwater park’ album from start to finish, then a little 10 minute break, and a second set consisting of: Forest of October, Advent, April ethereal, The moor, Wreath, Hope leaves, Harlequin forest and The lotus eater.
"Crowd was great on all shows, apart from Holland (I mean, some peeps seemed to like us and cheers to them, but we're really ignored AND some TWAT threw a beer in my chest. Same TWAT later posted in the guestbook that he's actually a fan, and ‘couldn't believe I could throw 40 yards, sorry, love you guys’ Haha! What a TWAT!!! The ‘OK’ and ‘Good’ comments above are based on our personal overall feel on stage, some of these shows we're plagued with bad stage sound which always makes it a lot more difficult. And we're also quite picky I guess. Either way, crowds for all the 6 anniversary shows we're amazing, these were all sold out shows which was a plus.
"Playing the Royal Albert Hall in London is the biggest feather in my rock hat so far. Wow! Just Wow! We took pictures just like Deep Purple did on the 1969 Concerto album. Geeks! Met a bunch of lovely people, thank you for making this trip so memorable for us. We'd meant to have one night in some pub here in Stockholm, downing a few pints, but it ‘escalated’ into some of the biggest shows we've ever done. More...
TAPROOT is set to team up with Yahoo! Music for the premiere of their new music video “Fractured (Everything I Said Was True)” off their new album, "Plead The Fifth." The music video will be made available at this location.
In addition to the video premiere, VicTorV has released an “In the Studio” exclusive video with TAPROOT. The footage includes interviews with each band member and debuts new music, giving an inside look at the band’s album, "Plead The Fifth," before it hits stores on May 11th. The video can be seen below:
Burial Vault has issued the following update about finishing the recording for their new album "Ekpyrosis:"
"Ladies and Gentlemen, after a couple of eventful weeks, there is a bunch of news. When we posted the last blog, we started the pre-production for our forthcoming album. Right now we've just finished the actual recordings at the Soundlodge. Under the watchful eyes of producer Jörg Uken, it took us eight busy days to finish our stuff. It was worth it, because the eight tracks sound like hell! We uploaded a teaser for our album 'Ekpyrosis' as a little appetizer. Check it out!
"Now we have to tell you some other stuff. Right after the recordings, our guitarist Klaas left by mutual agreement. Because of his new job-situation, he is no longer able to take an active part in the band. We want to thank him for all his work that he put into the band and also the great live shows and his effort on 'Ekpyrosis'."
The track listing for "Ekpyrosis" is as follows:
1. Periodic Destruction
3. Dominate God's Creation
4. Genesis. Trinity. Carnage
5. Icon Of Indignity
6. The Embodiment Of Animosity
7. Weapon Without A Choice
8. Those Things Which Were Thought Can Never Be Unthought
NEVERMORE have returned with their new full-length release, "The Obsidian Conspiracy," which is set for June 8th North American release and May 31st European release. A new video featuring audio clips spanning the entire new album can be seen below:
Against the Plagues has posted a music video online for the song "Great Are The Eyed," which can be viewed below. The clip was filmed in Miami with directors Eduardo and Gregg Alvarez from Elephas Production. "Great Are The Eyed" comes off the band’s new album “Decoding the Mainframe,” which was released in Europe on March 31st via Dutch label Vic Records.
The band commented: “This is our first official video clip. It was filmed during the winter time in the Miami area. We chose the song 'Great are the Eyed' because we feel that it best represents the essence of our music (extreme, melodic, speedy, powerful riffs, etc.) During the filming, we chose 3 different locations and spent a few days to create this video ; this included a great deal of involvement coming from Elephas Production directors Eduardo and Gregg and their their awesome crew
"Our goal was to give the listeners bit more than what they have been used to as far as Against the Plagues goes. The video presents the band with our strongest line-up. But over all, we thought it would be fun to create simple and solid metal video that would accompany our album Decoding the Mainframe. We thank the fans and we hope you enjoy the album along with our new video."
New Jersey progressive death metallers The Binary Code have announced a string of tour dates this Spring. The tour is in support of their recent digital-only full length debut album, "Suspension of Disbelief." The Binary Code will embark on a series of dates starting on May 1st. The Northeast tour dates will see them playing alongside Lair of the Minotaur, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Total Fucking Destruction and The Gloominous Doom.
The band just finished recording and mixing a new 3-song EP that will see a release later this Spring or Summer.
Spring tour dates:
April 21st - Brooklyn, NY @ The Charleston w/ Lair of the Minotaur, Elks
May 1st - Hamburg, PA @ Behler-Hein Legion Hall w/ Rumpelstiltskin Grinder, Total Fucking Destruction, The Gloominous Doom (The Gloominous Doom CD release show)
May 5th - Branford, CT @ Bix's Cafe w/ The Gloominous Doom
May 6th - Suffield, CT @ Shamrock Cafe w/ The Gloominous Doom, Hivesmasher
May 7th - Woodmere, NY @ The Backstage w/ The Gloominous Doom
May 8th - New London, CT @ El N Gee Club w/ The Gloominous Doom *early show starts at 5pm, all ages*
May 9th - Trenton, NJ @ Championship Lounge w/ The Gloominous Doom
May 10th - New York, NY @ Lit Lounge w/ The Gloominous Doom
Godless Rising has announced that the band's third album "Trumpet of Triumph" will be released on May 25th, 2010. "Trumpet of Triumph" was produced at the Triad Recording Complex and mastered at Nettleingham Audio. The band issued the following statement about the album:
"A timeless synthesis of warring death metal, nuclear black metal, and simply Evil speed metal, Trumpet of Triumph is the first Godless Rising album to feature Onward six-string sorcerer Toby Knapp, with ex-Vital Remains vocalist Jeff Gruslin continuing to exhort the hordes with his hellish throat. Grab hold and blow the Trumpet of Triumph!"
Sample Godless Rising tracks can be heard at the band's MySpace page.
Brazilian black metallers Via Crucis have announced they are currently in the process of working on an as-yet-untitled follow up to their debut demo. Further details on the track listing and recording process will be announced as it is made available. The band is also currently streaming two sample tracks online titled "Day of Blood" and "Total Armageddon," which can be heard through the Via Crucis MySpace page.
New Jersey thrashers Whiplash have issued the following update about canceling all upcoming live shows due to pending legal problems:
"Pending legal issues are hindering Whiplash from continuing any and all performances. We are thankful to all who have followed the band throughout the course of our journey and deeply regret having to make this announcement. The pride and life that you have breathed into us over the years will never be forgotten. No one will ever take that away. Thank you so much."
You can also check out Whiplash tracks at the band's MySpace page.
"We are proud to announce the release of our 3rd full-length album entitled 'Intrinsic Indecency!' Our friend Tony Koehl did the artwork and we hope you dig it as much as we do! The album will contain 11 crushing new tracks plus a re-recorded version of 'Cannibal Obsession' from our debut album 'Abominable,' the complete track list looks like this:
1. Anal Apoptosis
2. Lacerate Sever Burn
3. Misplaced Mastectomy
4. Intrinsic Indecency
5. Drenched In Diarrhea
6. Carnivorous Crackpipe Consumption
7. If you can’t fuck it, duct it
8. Methamatics Of Panic
9. Cannibal Obsession
10. Pulmonary Insemination
11. 2 S.H.C.
"Guitar, bass and vocals were recorded at Sour Mash Studios by Dave Snow. Unfortunately we had some problems while recording the drums, so we had our friend Guido Wyss (Enigmatik, Lysergic Sunshine) record session drums for this album. For live shows and future albums we still have our regular drummer Ruppi. The album was mastered at Iguana Studios in Germany by Christoph Brandes (Necrophagist, Deadborn) Listen to two brand new tracks off the album on our myspace page! More...
Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance has issued the following statement about the band's now deceased drummer Jimmy "The Rev" being voted best drummer at the Revolver Golden God Awards:
"On Thursday night Jimmy the Rev was voted Best Drummer at the Revolver Golden God Awards. It is an extremely bitter sweet honor. We know all of our fans and friends have always and will foREVer hold him in this regard and for that we thank you. The ceremony is to air on May 22nd on VH1 Classic. Much love."
Crystal Viper has issued the following update about appearing at this year's edition of the German Metal Forces festival:
"We are thrilled to announce, that we will share the stage with our NWOBHM heroes Diamond Head and Blitzkrieg, as well with the Swedish Old School headbangers Enorcer and many other great bands at the mighty Metal Forces Festival in Lorrach, Germany! Be there! WE ARE METAL NATION!"
More information at the festival can be found at this location. Crystal Viper's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
4/23 2010 Keep It True Festival Konigshofen, Germany
5/8 2010 MCK Myslowice Myslowice, Poland
7/24 2010 Woodstock Open Air Borkovany, Czech Republic
10/2 2010 Blue Box Hall Sofia, Bulgaria
11/27 2010 Metal Forces Festival Lorrac
Washington, D.C. based act Darkest Hour has signed with E1 Music in North America, joining artists such as Hatebreed, High On Fire, Overkill, among others. The band will enter the studio to record new material to be released early next year. "We couldn't be more excited to announce that Darkest Hour has found a new home with E1 Music," says founding guitarist Mike Schleibaum. Formed in 1995, the band has seen their share of experiences over the years. "When we started the band we were just a couple of rejects with one collective dream, rock the world with our bastard combination of punk and metal!"
Schleibaum continues, "It has truly been the ride of a lifetime. From playing our first punk shows in the basements of Washington DC to touring all over the world, the band has really grown up across generations of punk, metal, and hardcore kids."
After spending nearly a decade with Victory records, the band looks forward to the next chapter in their already full impact history. Schleibaum concludes, "It's time for the next metamorphosis: enter our new partners, the good people at E1 Music. We have been hard at work on our E1 debut for months now. More news will follow but rest assured we have found a new home with E1 and can't wait to open the next chapter!"
E1's VP of metal Scott Givens adds, "Adding Darkest Hour to the ever growing E1 Metal roster shows the company’s continued commitment to the genre. They are an amazing band with an amazing future."
Misery Index has posted the first preview track, “Carrion Call," from their forthcoming "Heirs To Thievery" album online now via the band’s MySpace page. "Heirs To Thievery" was recorded at Wright Way Studios just outside Baltimore, MD and is set for a May 11th North American release date.
The band has just announced a month-long US tour in support of "Heirs To Thievery" that will kick-off in early May. Misery Index will join label-mates Dying Fetus along with Arsis, Annotations of an Autopsy, and Conducting From The Grave for this tour that will also include a stop at the California Metalfest on May 15th in Pomona, CA . A complete listing of tour dates and cities can be found below. More...
Just For Fun
The Central Iowa City View website has posted a story online about 25 people who aren't running for governor of Iowa but should be. Somehow Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot made the list. An excerpt from the article can be viewed below.
Shawn Crahan, one of the Slipknot guys, loves his native state and has lots of ideas on how to attract young people. (He’s 40.) He’s smart, thoughtful and creative, and he understands the Iowa culture — and what’s right and what’s wrong about it. He’d be an exciting leader. Who wouldn’t want to boast that the governor has a band called Dirty Little Rabbits. Besides, when dealing with the Legislature, he simply could put on his clown mask — so he could fit right in.
Read the full article at City View.
Black Tusk will join forces with Pentagram for a run of Southern U.S. tour dates around the release of their Relapse debut "Taste The Sin." This tour will kick-off in Raleigh , NC and include a stop in Black Tusk’s hometown of Savannah, GA just prior to "Taste The Sin’s" May 25th release date.
The upcoming Black Tusk tour dates are as follows:
***All dates from April 12 thru 14 w/ WEEDEATER, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING***
4/12 Washington, DC DC9
4/13 Frederick , MD Krug’s Place
4/14 Richmond , VA The Triple
***All dates from May 21 thru 29 w/ PENTAGRAM***
5/21 Raleigh , NC Volume 11 Tavern
5/22 Savannah , GA The Jinx
5/23 Orlando, FL The Backbooth
5/27 New Orleans , LA The Hanger
5/28 Nashville , TN The End
5/29 Newport , KY Southgate House
***All dates from June 5 thru 9 w/ EYEHATEGOD***
6/5 Raleigh , NC Volume 11 Tavern
6/6 Louisville , KY Headliners
6/9 Richmond , VA Alley Katz
Abriosis guitarist Taylor Lipton has checked in with a new update:
"Hey just posted a batch of new group photos including our new Vocalist Kris, and not as new Bass player Ryan. We are working together great, chipping away at the completion of our upcoming album. Can't wait to play live again but here's a link to the myspace photos if you feel like taking a look: Abriosis New Line-Up 2010"
Here we are, week five and Bret Michaels is still around, in honor of this achievement let’s go old school this week which means any time you hear the word AWESOME it’s bottoms up.
This week’s episode begins with Bret outside of the boardroom showing his dance moves to the women’s team. When the guys show up Bret is happy he wasn’t in the boardroom, and able to sit outside and drink. Bret is feeling ecstatic. More...
Finnish folk metallers Finntroll are presenting their brand new video for the song “Under Bergets Rot” from their most recent album, “Nifelvind,” which has topped several European charts in February 2010!
Greek gothic black metal band NIGHTFALL has announced their signing to Metal Blade Records. NIGHTFALL, who formed in 1991, will be releasing "Astron Black & The Thirty Tyrants" through Metal Blade Records later this year.
Mainman Efthimis Karadimas has announced the new line-up of NIGHTFALL as follows:
Efthimis Karadimas (vocals)
Evan Hensley (guitars)
Stathis Kassios (keyboards)
Jörg Uken (drums) More...
Transilvanivan Heavy Metal band POWERWOLF has uploaded a video from the running "Bible Of The Beast tour" online. Watch the video of the song "In Blood We Trust" below:
New York City thrash metal band COMBAT began writing their new album last summer. Instead of looking for a studio to record, they decided to build one. Combat built a recording/rehearsal studio called DEADFOOT STUDIOS.
REX of Combat comments, "We are in the final stages of preparing to track a new classics album in our brand new, self built, recording and rehearsal studio. It will be a launching pad for our music from now on, and the plan is to record other acts as well. We have an odd mix of old vintage analog and digital gear, which should give anything recorded there a very distinct sound as compared to the standard digital mixes coming out these days. Sure there's 'brutal' but we're putting 'heavy' back on top."
New York's Crucifist has issued the following statement about dropping off the previously confirmed show on April 13th with Ludicra and Krallice:
"Unfortunately Crucifist will be unable to play the Ludicra / Krallice show tomorrow (4/13) at the bug jar, however stepping in will be necrochasm (old school death metal with Ron and John from Crucifist)."
You can check out Crucifist's music through the band's MySpace page. Crucifist still has the following upcoming live show:
4/17 2010 Union Pool Brooklyn, New York
God Dethroned have checked in from the road with the following tour report:
"Hey dudes, We're 10 days into the tour, time for a little heads up. Killfest, Overkill's 25th anniversary US tour is doing very well. The tour has a strong line up with some very established names, as well as a number of 'newer' bands who's popularity is growing very strong recently. That, and the amount of die hard Overkill fans showing up every night has made the turn-outs great so far.
"There has been a great atmosphere between the bands, a lot of drunken nonsense going on, but every band is very professional, and it has made this tour extremely easy going and a lot of fun. We are having a great time and we're also extremely happy to see a lot of new fans, and old ones. We hope to see you somewhere on the road in the next coming weeks!"
God Dethroned's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Killswitch Engage has posted two video clips online from their recent appearance in New York City, which can be found below. The band also issued the following statement about the footage:
"Killswitch Engage wanted to share with you some footage that was recently shot at the Irving Plaza shows in New York City. First, there's an awesome behind-the-scenes video shot at sound check on the first night featuring Adam, Joel & Mike jamming out a unique version of 'Prelude,' the opener track on the debut album. Second, the final song of the set was 'Fixation on the Darkness,' featuring Jesse Leach on vocals – and you can see that on YouTube as well."
New Mexico's Kryoburn is currently streaming a new song online entitled "Broken Hero," which is off the band's album "Three Years Eclipsed." The track can be heard through the band's MySpace page. Kryoburn also issued the following statement about the song:
"The first single off of our upcoming release Three Years Eclipsed is up and running right now. For all of you who have waited and waited, and waited here is finally a track for you to jam out to. Also you can purchase the single at all of the fine retailers of MP3's online Itunes, Amazon etc...... Let us know what you think and thanks for all the support!"
Norwegian metallers Leprous have announced they will again be performing as the backing band for solo artist Ihsahn, this time at the 2010 edition Hole in the Sky festival. The festival will take place in Bergen, Norway and additional details can be found at this location.
The upcoming Leprous tour dates are as follows:
5/6 2010 The Rock Copenhagen, Hovedstaden
6/18 2010 Hellfest - As Ihsahn’s backingband Clisson, Pays de la Loire
7/2 2010 Tuska Festival - As Ihsahn’s backing band Helsinki
8/6 2010 Wacken - As Ihsahn’s backing band Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein
8/13 2010 Brutal Assault - As Ihsahn’s backing band JAROMER
8/19 2010 Electric Ballrom, Camden - As Ihsahn’s backing band London, London and South East
8/19 2010 Electric Ballrom, Camden - Regular Leprous show London, London and South East
8/21 2010 Slottsskogen goes progressive Gothenburg
8/27 2010 Hole in the Sky Festival - As Ihsahns backing band Bergen, Hordaland
9/9 2010 ProgPower USA Atlanta, Georgia
10/3 2010 ProgPower Europe Baarlo
10/29 2010 O13 Tilburg, Noord-Brabant
10/30 2010 Oosterpoort Groningen, Groningen
10/31 2010 Sheperds Bush Empire London, London and South East
11/1 2010 Hof ter Loo Antwerp, Antwerp
11/2 2010 Aeronef Lille, Nord-Pas-de-Calais
11/3 2010 Elysée Montmartre Paris, Ile-de-France
11/4 2010 Batschkapp Frankfurt, Hessen
11/5 2010 Masters of Rock Cafe Zlin
11/6 2010 Szene Vienna, Wien
11/7 2010 Boogallo Club Zagreb
11/8 2010 Kino Siska Club Ljubljana
11/9 2010 Alcatraz Milan, Milano
11/10 2010 Transbordeur Lyon, Rhône-Alpes
11/11 2010 La Phare Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées
11/12 2010 Razzmatazz1 Barcelona, Barcelona
11/13 2010 La Riviera Madrid, Madrid
11/14 2010 Limoges CC John Lennon, Limousin
11/15 2010 La Laiterie Strasbourg, Alsace
11/17 2010 Odeon Belgrade
11/18 2010 Hr.Botev Sports Hall Sofia
11/19 2010 TBA Thessaloniki
11/20 2010 Fuzz Club Athens
11/24 2010 Z7 Pratteln, Basle-Country
11/25 2010 Backstage Munich
11/26 2010 DK Vlavska Prague
11/27 2010 Almassy Ter Budapest
11/28 2010 Club Studio Krakow
11/29 2010 Stodola Warsaw
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine has checked in with the following update about finishing his new book:
"Droogies! Wow! What a week! I have been running and gunning since we got back from this tour. From the tour bus to the studio to my house, and add in two funerals, several Doctors' appointments, a trip to the Dentist, therapist, and a priest and that was my first week back.
"Of course there is all of the work that we are doing here at Megadeth.com, with the Megadeth Fan Club, Megadeth Radio, TheLiveLine.com, the Studio and Mustaine Music Academy, my new book, 'MUSTAINE: A heavy Metal Memoir,' and anything else I can sink my teeth in to, just in case I get bored in-between tours. But you know all of that. So, I want to tell you that we are getting ready to leave for our most expansive and longest ever Megadeth Tour in South and Central America.
"I am still deciding if we are going to have meet and greets down there because, as you can prolly guess, not everyone in the MFC is a fan, and LA may have pretty much sealed it for everyone else. I mean I know that the M&G attendees read the instructions that say ONLY ONE THING, and sadly most of them completely disregard them, ultimately ruining it for us all. Then there is the getting pawed at (which I hate!), which can only be made up for with the good humor upon hearing their excuses why they should be different from all of you Droogs with honor - who can read. What would you do? More...
Former Iron Maiden vocalist and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has updated his tour schedule with the following European and Australian dates:
4/13 2010 Gorodskoy Dvoretz Kultury Chernigov, Ukraine
4/15 2010 Ukrainskiy Teatre Odessa, Ukraine
4/16 2010 ’Amigo’ club Kherson, Ukraine
4/29 2010 L’ampli Billère, L’ampl, France
4/30 2010 Les Abattoirs Bourgoin Jallieu, France
5/1 2010 Pub Le Moulin Santeny , France
5/2 2010 L’Orange Bleue Vitry le François, France
5/6 2010 Le Cylindre Besançon, France
5/7 2010 Le Forum Vaureal, France
5/8 2010 La Niche Dommarien, France
5/18 2010 Mylos club Thessaloniki, Greece
5/20 2010 Patra Stones Club Patra, Greece
5/21 2010 Athens Rodeo Club Athens, Greece
5/22 2010 Notos Club Chania, Crete
5/28 2010 V.I.P. Tickets for: Meet & Greet @ 8pm Remedy, Paceville, Malta
5/29 2010 Trade Fair Grounds Naxxar, Malta
6/17 2010 Bar On The Hill Newcastle, Australia
6/18 2010 Waves Wollongong, Australian
6/19 2010 Gaelic Theatre Sydney, Australian
6/20 2010 ANU Canberra, Australian
6/24 2010 The Espy Melbourne, Australian
6/25 2010 Republic Bar Hobart, Australian
6/26 2010 Fowlers Live Adelelaide, Australian
6/27 2010 Amplifier Perth, Australian
6/29 2010 Rosies Live Brisbane, Australian
7/1 2010 Al’s Bar Christchurch, New Zealand
7/2 2010 Bodega Wellington, New Zealand
7/3 2010 Thirsty Dog Auckland, New Zealand
7/8 2010 Warmup Party (Guest) Rockweekend Fest Soderhamn, Sweden
7/9 2010 Rockweekend Festival Soderhamn, Sweden
7/16 2010 Music for Emergency Cenate di Sotto (BG) Italy
7/17 2010 Rockplanet Pinarella di Cervia (RA), Italy
7/21 2010 Musik A Manosque Festival Manosque, France
7/24 2010 Palagnedra Openair Festival Palagnedra, Switzerland
7/30 2010 Eventi Metallici Festival Baratili, Sardinia,
7/31 2010 Eventi Metallici Festival Sorso, Sardinia
9/11 2010 Muszla Koncertowa w Parku Saskim Lublin, Poland
10/21 2010 Waerdse Tempel Heerhugowaard, Netherlands
10/22 2010 TBA Netherlands
10/23 2010 Sporthal De Speelbrink Wijhe, Netherlands
10/28 2010 TBA Mini Tour Europe
10/29 2010 TBA Mini Tour Europe
10/30 2010 TBA Mini Tour Europe
10/31 2010 TBA Mini Tour Europe
12/4 2010 Hard Rock Hell IV Festival Pontin’s in Prestayn, North Wales
New Hampshire black metal band Vintage Flesh has posted a music video online for the song "Portals of Confusion," which can be viewed below. The song was on both their latest album "The Eyes that Glared at my Agonies" and the band's earlier "Succulent Morsels" demo.
Swedish folk metal act King of Asgard has issued the following announcement about the artist who will be handling the cover art for the band's upcoming album:
"The cover artwork for the upcoming debut album of King of Asgard will be done by multi talented illustrator, comic creator and designer for gaming/animation industry; Ola Larsson. He's been working on the cover since February and we've seen some sketches along the way and they have all been awesome and following our concept!
"Ola Larsson is a long time friend of the band so it was an easy choice as he agreed on our proposal. He's been doing some cover art/designs in the past as well for bands such as; Cranium(swe), Traumatic, Seance, Thy Primordial, Necrony, Indungeon, Darkcreed etc. So, there's some great art coming in short... be sure!"
Craig Locicero, guitarist for the reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers FORBIDDEN, has been chronicling the band’s time at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California while recording their as-yet-untitled fifth studio album. The below is his fifth studio update offering additional commentary on some of the songs that will appear on the upcoming album:
"Thursday March 18th: This was the day for 'Hopenosis.' I really love this song - it was the second one written and we demoed it, too. The new version sounded dick-dog tight! That song really has a hypnotizing feel to it and is very intricate in its picking. We spent the day just making sure it was right. After that, we left a little early for another ear break."
"Friday March 19th: I knew this was going to be a challenging day for me because we needed to track ‘Forsaken At The Gates,' by far our fastest song from top to bottom! It never lays back or breaks down. All 210 bpm all the way through! It actually was a little easier than I thought, but NOT easy at all! I love pushing myself like that and I think this song is a thrash barrage like never we've never done before. Fuck, it's a killer!" More...
The U.S. military has been using heavy metal in their fight against the Taliban in Afghanistan, according the Associated Press. Here's an excerpt of the article:
US special forces have a novel weapon in the fight to expel Taliban from a desolate and war-weary farming community in southern Afghanistan -- heavy metal music.
When insurgents open fire in Marjah, an armoured vehicle wired up to powerful speakers blasts out country, heavy metal and rock music so loudly it can be heard up to two kilometres (one mile) away.
The playlist has been hand-selected to annoy the Taliban, according to one US special forces officer.
"Taliban hate that music," said the sergeant involved in covert psychological operations, or "psy ops", in the area in Helmand province.
In fact, this is not a "novel weapon," as special ops have been using these tactics for years. This part was priceless though:
"How effective the method is in sending the Taliban running for cover is difficult to tell, but local children certainly don't like it -- many of them cover their ears from the onslaught of loud bass guitars and drums."
Read the full article at Associated Press.
The new anticipated Hydrogyn Album is nearing completion. In this video update, Jeff Westlake announces that there will be multiple tracks in the studio album worldwide because of an abundance of an excess of tracks recorded. Also, Jeff Young has announced via Facebook that he is "Heading out to an old rundown shack of of a house for Julie's album cover photo shoot... Migz rolls in from NYC tomorrow for some serious drum tracking madness... it might get LOUD!" Jeff Westlake's wife, Julie will be the one who gets to be included in the Judgment cover art. Jeff Westlake has also added that there will be tours coming up with the new and revamped lineup.