Metal News for April 13, 2010
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32 news articles posted on this day.
Californian black metal band Haeresiarchs of Dis is currently streaming a new song online. The new track "Intent Succedaneum" can be heard through the Haeresiarchs of Dis MySpace page. The band also re-release their early demo "Dis" last month via Toadstool Productions. Several tracks from the demo can also be heard at the same location.
Norwegian black metal band Ragnarok has announced the following European tour dates:
23.04 - Leeds "Rios"
24.04 - London "Underworld" Infernal Damnation IV
25.04 - Exeter "Cavern"
26.04 - Glasgow "Ivory Blacks"
27.04 - Livepool ’’The Masque’’
28.04 - Wolver Hampton ’’The Varsity’’
29.04 - Ragnarök Festival ’’Ostbayernhalle’’
02.05 - Vienna (Austria) "Escape Metalcorner"
03.05 - Dresden (Germany) "Skullcrusher"
04.05 - Gdynia (Poland) "Ucho"
05.05 - Rostock (Germany) "Alte Zuckerfabrick"
08.05 - Ieper (Belgium) "JOC"
09.05 - Groningen (The Netherlands) "Vera Club"
12.05 - Darmstadt (Germany) "Steinbruch Theater"
German thrash metallers FATAL EMBRACE are ready to release their new album "The Empires Of Inhumanity." With Mathias Wendt in charge of the production, FATAL EMBRACE completed the recording of the new album at Music Lab Studio in Berlin. "The Empires Of Inhumanity," deals with the most extreme and horrible fears and pains of mankind, the deepest depths of the human soul, the eternal struggle between good and evil, the life consuming beast.
The tracklisting for "The Empires Of Inhumanity" is as follows:
01. (Intro) The Last Prayer
02. Wake The Dead
03. Nothing To Regret
04. Haunting Metal
05. Another Rotten Life
06. Empires Of Inhumanity
07. Into Your Face
08. Rapture For Disaster
09. The Prophecy
10. Way To Immortality
12. Killers (bonus track)
"The Empires Of Inhumanity" will be released June 4th and 7th via Metal Blade Records in Europe and on June 8th through Metal Blade in North America.
GWAR have today announced the latest series of exclusive concert appearances in support of their latest album, "Lust in Space."
"This is what we like to call the Tertiary Tornado Tour," said guitarist Balsac the Jaws of Death, reached today at the satellite Slave-Pit TV studios, located in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he and band-mate Oderus Urungus are preparing for the upcoming "Crack-a-Thon". "This is the tour where we hit all the places we missed the first time across the U.S., from a host of reasons ranging from bad weather, poor directions, or venereal diseases. Many people in these cities think they have escaped the wrath of GWAR, while others pray for our arrival. One thing is for sure...everybody's gonna die!" More...
Pittsburgh melodic metal band ICARUS WITCH has announced a change in their lead vocalist. In a statement from the band's official site they explained the situation:
"We are excited to announce yet another massive shift in our ranks as we welcome new vocalist Christopher Shaner to the ICARUS WITCH circle and part ways amicably with original vocalist, Matthew Bizilia. Matthew's contributions to the band have been immeasurable over the past six years. While this was a serious decision for both parties, professional differences of opinion led to the change. Bizilia is a phenomenal talent who will always be a part of the Witch family as we wish him much success on his future ventures."
Incoming vocalist and Erie, Pennsylvania native Shaner is a long time friend and collaborator of guitarist Quinn Lukas. Before Quinn moved to Pittsburgh to join ICARUS WITCH in 2006, he had worked on various musical projects with the singer. Much like the recent acquisition of second guitarist Ed Skero, the choice to add Christopher to the band was based on a combination of what he brings to the lineup personally, musically and professionally. His powerful vocal range, sense of harmony and intense work ethic are a perfect fit for the next phase of this band. Writing for the follow-up to Draw Down The Moon has already commenced with the new recruits and it promises to be the band's most diverse, melodic and epic release ever. More...
Portland death metal band Engorged has issued the following update:
"Engorged is indeed still at work on the new LP 'The House Of Cthulhu.' Time moves at a bizarre and disturbing pace in the strange dimensions that are used to record Engorged studio projects. While Engorged is focusing on wrapping up work on their long awaited 4th studio full length, no live appearances are currently scheduled."
Los Angeles black metallers THE FUNERAL PYRE have just completed a week of west coast shows, which started with their friends, EARLY GRAVES and met up with label mates, LIGHT THIS CITY for four of their final five farewell shows. As previously announced, THE FUNERAL PYRE will release their new album, “Vultures At Dawn,” on June 8, 2010 via PROSTHETIC RECORDS. The album was recorded by Adam Campbell at Awkward Studios, mixed by Ryan Butler (Landmine Marathon, Misery Index, Phobia) at Arcane Digital and was mastered by Dave Shirk (Incantation, Nile, Today Is The Day) of Sonorous Mastering. Artist Justin Barlett (Trap Them, Sunn0))), Intronaut) is handling the album’s artwork.
Vocalist John Strachan commented on the shows, “It was a great time playing the final Light This City shows. It’s sad to say that's finally over, but we're glad we were a part of it. Good luck to all of them. We are also heading out on a summer tour with our friends in Early Graves.”....
Norwegian Metal band TRIOSPHERE has signed with AFM Records. TRIOSPHERE's second album, “The Road Less Travelled,” will be released on May 28 via AFM Records. Two new songs are also currently streaming on the band's MySpace page.
San Francisco Bay Area thrashers, DEATH ANGEL, have uploaded their second written studio blog at this location.
DEATH ANGEL has been holed up in their Oakland, California studio for the past few months writing songs for their next Nuclear Blast release. The band are currently at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER) tracking the new record, tentatively scheduled for a September of 2010 release.
Philadelphia based black metal band Woe has issued the following update about beginning the recording of a new album:
"The recording of 'Quietly, Undramatically' begins on Sunday at noon. With the exception of Matt Moore's leads, we expect to have all of the drums and guitars done by the end of the day on Monday. In preparation for this, Evan and I played through the entire album last night. It's 8 songs and clocks in somewhere around 40 minutes. Every song is likely to make it into our live repertoire."
Two video clips of new material being performed live can also be viewed below. More...
Bibleblack has announced the track "I Am Legion" will soon be available for download through the Rock Band Network. A teaser trailer of the Rock Band version of the track can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement:
"We are proud to announce that the song 'I am Legion' taken from the Bibleblack debut album 'The Black Swan Epilogue' will be available for download at Rock Band Network in the next few days according to Metalcharter. We would like to express our gratitude to David at Metalcharter and Roel at Vic Records for making this happen. Get the game, Join the Legion, Become bibleblack!"
Update: Katatonia has officially announced a North American tour this fall with Finland's Swallow the Sun and Israel's Orphaned Land.
Tour dates are as follows:
Sept. 08 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
Sept. 09 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
Sept. 10 New York, NY - The Gramercy Theatre
Sept. 11 Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Sept. 12 Montreal, QC - Petit Campus
Sept. 13 Toronto, ON - The Opera House
Sept. 14 Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
Sept. 15 Detroit, MI - Blondie’s
Sept. 16 Milwaukee, WI - Rave
Sept. 17 Chicago, IL - Reggie Rock Club
Sept. 18 St Paul, MN - Station 4
Sept. 21 Seattle, WA - El Corazon
Sept. 22 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre
Sept. 23 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
Sept. 24 San Francisco, CA - The Parkside
Sept. 25 Santa Anna, CA - Galaxy Theatre
Sept. 26 Hollywood, CA - Whiskey a Go Go
Sept. 27 Mesa, AZ - UB’s Bar
Sept. 28 Tuscan, AZ - The Rock
Sept. 30 Dallas, TX - Trees
Oct. 01 Austin, TX - Emo’s Alternative Lounging
Oct. 02 Houston, TX - The Warsaw
Oct. 04 Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Oct. 05 Louisville, KY - Uncle Pleasants
Oct. 06 Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
Oct. 07 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow will be making a guest appearance on The MetalEater Radio Show this Friday night (April 16) to discuss what the band are currently working on, as well as their spring/summer touring schedule.
To tune in or for information on radio schedule, visit www.metaleater.com.
Astral Doors guitarist Martin Haglund has announced he is officially leaving the band. Martin issued the following statement about his departure:
"This decision has not been easy to make, but its needed. I have reached a point where I feel I have to focus more on my kids and support them in their hobbies and interests, by doing that I´m not able to give Astral Doors 100%. I don´t want to be the one that´s holding the band back so I let go. I will continue playing, writing and record music but on a more suitable level. I´ll keep the metal flowing that´s for sure. Being a member of Astral Doors has given me experiences and memories that I´ll bring to the grave. I am truly proud of my time in Astral Doors and what we have accomplished and brought to the hard-rock scene. Thanks and hugs to all of you! Now Astral Doors will reload and hit you harder then ever!"
Vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson also commented:
"Martin is a great guy and we wish him all the best. He did a great job with the mixing of our previous album that's for sure. Hope the job he did with that album will open a lot of doors for him as a producer. Astral Doors will not bring in a new guitar player in the band to replace Martin: Joachim Nordlund (the founder of Astral Doors, together with Johan Lindstedt and Nils Patrik Johansson) will from now on handle all guitars himself."
Leaves' Eyes has issued the following update about appearing at the 2010 edition of the Kaliakra Rock festival in Bulgaria:
"Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity will perform for the first time in Bulgaria! Both bands are playing at the Kaliakra Rock Fest in Kavarna, Bulgaria, where also bands like Tarja, Accept, Kreator, Doro, Sodom, Annihilator, Voivod, Korpiklaani, Epica, and Primal Fear are confirmed. This is the date: 23.07.2010 - Kaliakra Rock Fest 2010 / Kavarna, Bulgaria."
You can find more information at the festival at this location.
U.K. power metallers Power Quest have issued the following update about the title of their upcoming fifth album:
"We can now reveal that the forthcoming fifth Power Quest record will be titled 'Blood Alliance.' Work on the new material continues apace and the songs that have been demoed so far are sounding awesome and true to the PQ tradition of catchy, melodic metal.
"Thanks to everyone who applied for the vacant guitarist position in the band. We had a huge amount of applicants from all over the world and unfortunately couldn't reply to each and every one of you.Those shortlisted for audition have been informed via email and we look forward to seeing you on May 2nd in Derby."
Greece's Sorrowful Angels has issued the following recap of their recent tour dates with Katatonia:
"We would like to thank everybody and everyone that made the 2 shows with Katatonia, Sirenia and Daylight Misery in Athens and Thessaloniki so unique. It has been a great experience to all of us. We would also like to thank the guys from Sirenia and Katatonia for being such great people and helped us out in any of the problems that occurred. Wish you all the best to the rest of your tours!"
Sorrowful Angels still has the following upcoming live shows:
6/19 2010 Darkest Summers Night II Chalkida , Kastro (GR)
7/31 2010 MetaLmorphosiS Festival 2010 Nicosia / Cyprus (CY)
Mors Principium Est vocalist, Ville Viljanen, has checked in with the following update:
"Yeah yeah, it's been a while since last time updated, but there hasn't been anything to update.
Anyways. We are writing new material. Have been writing for a long time allready, but it's not so easy to get something ready. Couple of songs are kinda ready music wise, but no vocal parts yet.
"And this is especially for those people who are asking are we still alive or not and when is our next album coming out. Well, I don't want to sound rude, but if a band still has gigs to play, doesn't that mean that the band is alive???
"And about the album. I will not promise anything, because I can't. I really don't know when do we have enough songs ready and also once we have about 4-5 songs ready, then we will start to negotiate with various record labels and that also may take a while. Sooo, IF we are really lucky, we could have a new album out at the end of the year 2010, but I personally think, that 2011 sounds more realistic. But like I said, I can not promise anything. We'll just have to wait and see how things go.
"Until next time,ciao!"
Amalgama has posted footage online from their current recording sessions, which can be viewed after the jump. The band also issued the following statement about their studio sessions:
"We spend weeks agonizing over clever email subject lines when we want to deliver some type new update to you, and today is no different. Feast your eyes on our latest update from our most recent studio session at North Albany Studios (sorry, New Jersey. You'll be the locale for the next round of sessions) with sound engineer and producer John Spomer at the board. Justin spent considerable time gearing up and honing in on the best drum takes for this EP and the finished product will reflect his diligence to the 4 songs slated for release.
"As we've done in previous sessions, vocalist John plays along on guitar as we record the drums and you can see a bit of that in the clip we're hosting on YouTube. The room we were in was massive: concrete floors, sheet rock and gigantic windows and a wood ceiling so the huge room sound you'll hear on the finished product will be natural and epic sounding.
"The term heavy metal obviously has some connotations of seriousness but we always manage to keep it hilarious and fun with whatever we do, as evident by the fun that we had during the session on a whole. You won't see us running around in corpse paint and waving around upside down crosses anytime soon! So we hope you enjoy the latest update; send it around to all your friends and don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube page if you have an account. The benefit is getting an update of our latest video delivered directly to your inbox as soon as it's posted online." More...
Vocalist Dez Fafara of DevilDriver has issued the following statement about the band beginning the recording process for their new album:
"High Everyone! Tracking of drums begins tomorrow at Sonic Ranch! I've just finished the DevilDriver demos and am leaving for El Paso within days! This record is intense! Full of raw emotion! The players have stepped up there game and are bringing new flavor to the tunes. Even though were not releasing till next year, I'm happy to inform ya this music is blistering! DevilDriver on steroids! HAIL!"
Hortus Animae vocalist Martyr Lucifer has announced he has begun recording his debut solo album. The album's working title is "Farewell To Graveland" and the line-up is as follows, with additional guests to be announced later:
Martyr Lucifer - Vocals, Synth & Programming
Arke - Guitars (Opposite Sides)
Evgeniy "Vrolok" Antonenko - Bass (Nokturnal Mortum)
Bless - Piano & Keyboards (Hortus Animae)
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums (Paradise Lost, Cradle Of Filth, At The Gates, etc.)
Grom - Drums (Hortus Animae, Ancient, DoomSword, etc.)
Further details on the track listing, release date, and sample songs will be announced as they are made available.
Sybreed has issued the following statement about touring alongside the Deathstars and making an appearance at the Download festival:
"Dear all, some of you were desperately asking us to soon visit England. Indeed we haven't been playing there yet, which is a pretty odd thing for a European band. However, ladies and gentlemen, we have the pleasure to announce our participation to the Deathstars show in United Kingdom as direct support: let’s say it should be some great orgy of glam, darkness and metal. The dates have been already posted here, so feel free to check them. We hope to see you there, as well as for the gig we will perform at the Download Fest in Donington on the 12th of June."
Sybreed's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
4/23 2010 Salle du Totem - Festival “VS Metal Sound” Sion
4/29 2010 Warning festival 2 - Le Scarabée Chambery
4/30 2010 Grooverial Metal Fest - Heineken City Center Madrid
5/15 2010 EVE Saint Martin d’Hères - campus universitaire de Grenoble. Grenoble
5/22 2010 Club Orlandina - w/th Dagoba St.Petersburg
5/23 2010 Club Tochka - w/th Dagoba Moscow
5/28 2010 Yukon Collombey
5/29 2010 L’ Undertown Meyrin
6/12 2010 Download Festival - Donington Park Castle Donington
6/19 2010 O2 Academy Islington - w/th DEATHSTARS London
6/20 2010 O2 Academy 2 - w/th DEATHSTARS Birmingham
6/21 2010 O2 Academy 2 - w/th DEATHSTARS Liverpool
6/22 2010 O2 Academy 2 - w/th DEATHSTARS Newcastle
6/23 2010 O2 ABC - w/th DEATHSTARS Glasgow
7/8 2010 Norway Rock Festival Kvinesdal
8/12 2010 BRUTAL ASSAULT 2010 /12-14 August JAROMER - Old Army Fortress JOSEFOV
8/21 2010 Venoge Festival Penthalaz
Sep 3 2010 Biubstock Festival Geneva (Chancy)
Aeon has announced that the band's upcoming album "Path Of Fire" is set for release May 21st/24th in Europe and May 25th in the U.S. via Metal Blade Records.
Comments guitarist Zeb Nilsson: “We talked to Erik about this idea on the tour we did with Hate Eternal, and he really felt like doing it too, so here we are. Of course he did a great job, the guitars came out HUGE! And this production has more of a classical death metal feel to it, more organic and dynamic than most modern productions out there today. I couldn’t be happier with the way it all came out.”
Guitarist Daniel Dlimi also commented on the cover art of Path Of Fire: “I created this symbol/badge that for me reflects life, death and the path you have chosen to live your life by. It’s about whatever you want to chain yourself to 10 commandments or live free after your own conscience and will.”
The "Path of Fire" track listing is as follows:
1. Forgiveness Denied
2. Kill Them All
4. Abomination To God
5. Total Kristus Inversus
6. Of Fire
7. I Will Burn
8. Suffer The Soul
9. The Sacrament
10. Liar In The Name Of God
11. God Of War
Turkish metal act Carnophage has issued the following statement about the band canceling all upcoming U.S. shows:
"Sometimes it’s really hard to overcome the situations if there are dependent variables exist out of your control. Almost for every European underground band, US tour is a childhood dream. And it stays as a dream for most of them since traveling overseas is not the same shit as traveling on the same mainland.
"Anyway we’re not gonna distress more by explaining the difficulties of being an extreme metal band. Due to the withdrawals of sponsors, we have to cancel the US trip since the road expenses are ridiculous for a five men band. We feel sorry for our fans and friends in States but we had no chance left besides cancellation. We also thank Matt from CIM and Mike from LVDF for their interest. Being a part of both fests would be great since the lineups are amazing! We hope to play in States soon but it seems that’s the not the right time.
"Stay sick and keep supporting CIM and LVDF cause it’s not easy to organize fests like these which contain the sickest bands on the scene."
Carnophage still has the following upcoming European tour dates: More...
German metallers Death of Desire have issued the following announcement about appearing in a documentary and working on a new album:
"Death of Desire will participate in the international Black Metal documentary 'Out of the Black' by William Shackleford and the acclaimed director Stefan Rydehed, whose works such as 'Pure Fucking Mayhem' and 'Cult of Aggression' explain the history of the legendary band Mayhem and the history of Black Metal. As for the upcoming album cover we have recruited the cannibal murderer Nico Claux as the official artist."
Death of Desire demo tracks can be heard through the band's official MySpace page.
Germany's Finsterforst has checked in with the following update about appearing at Croatia's upcoming Jotunheim festival:
"Good day brothers! As most of you have heard, we are searching for a new vocalist since some time now. At June the 19th, there will be the first pagan metal festival in Croatia. We were asked to participate in this unique event and decided to take this opportunity to prove that we are more than alive!
"At Jotunheim Festival we are going to conquer the stage with our session vocalist Olli and one hell of a load of endless booze! This will be the first gig for us since long time...and...the first one in Croatia as well. So prepare for a huge party all night long! For more information check out this location. See you there brothers!"
Other confirmed acts for the festival include Thyrfing, Vreid, Borhnolm, Menhir, and Manegarm.
Sweden's Netherbird has posted another teaser trailer online for their upcoming second full-length album "Monument Black Colossal." The video clip can be viewed below. "Monument Black Colossal" is currently scheduled to be released by Scarecrow Recordings before the summer of 2010.
Guitarist Allen Tvedebrink of The Kandidate has issued the following statement about the band performing at the 2010 edition of the START Festival:
"We have been added to the bill of the underground festival START, which takes place at Vesterbro in Copenhagen from June 10th to 12th (we are scheduled for Thursday the 10th at 23.15). It's a pretty cool festival, especially if you want to discover new and interesting acts. This will be kind of a rehearsal for some cool stuff we have in the pipeline and it will mark yet another new chapter in the story of The Kandidate. Will be cool!"
Further details on the festival can be found at this location.
Melodic metal act Fallen Martyr is currently offering one of their tracks as a free MP3 download. The song "All In," which is from their latest EP "The Six Roots of True Will," can be downloaded for free through Pure Grain Audio. You can also hear other sample tracks from the EP via the Fallen Martyr MySpace page.
German black metallers Haradwaith are currently streaming a second track online from their upcoming album "Creating Hell." A rough mix of the new song "Reconstruction of Chaos," along with the previously uploaded "Thoughts of Exit" can be heard through the band's MySpace page.
Haradwaith can also bee seen live on the following upcoming dates:
5/1 2010 Metal Bash NEU WULMSTORF bei Hamburg, Hamburg
7/9 2010 In Flammen Open Air Torgau, Sachsen
10/29 2010 Halloweenfest winsen/luhe, Niedersachsen
Finnish metal act Standard Coil Company has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:
"After a long search, we have finally found a new singer to join us. Welcome Joonas Suomaa, also known from The Bleedout! We're also writing and rehearsing some new material at the moment, and probably entering the studio as soon as it's possible."
You can also check out Standard Coil Company tracks through the band's MySpace page.
The new album from MUSICA DIABLO, the project of SEPULTURA’s Derrick Green, will be released on May 28th. There will also be the single “Lifeless” available for a special price. “Lifeless” will be launched on iTunes for the unique price of €0.69 and has a different cover than the album.
The artwork was created by Gustavo Sazes who also worked for Arch Enemy, Oldman’s Child, God Forbid and others.