Metal News for April 13, 2011
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44 news articles posted on this day.
Evergreen Terrace, unlike most metalcore/hardcore acts, has been around for more than a decade. With five albums and five other releases to date, the Jacksonville five-piece has little to prove among seasoned listeners and are actively getting to younger listeners by way of touring with bands like Asking Alexandria, Chiodos, Emmure, and Miss May I on the Reckless and Relentless tour.
On their stop in Nashville, TN at The Cannery on April 12th (after the show was moved from Rocketown with much controversy,) the charismatic guitarist Josh James caught up with MetalUnderground.com to shed some light on a whole assortment of things from side projects to new album plans, and from touring tips to food tips. More...
Exhorder has tapped New Orleans bass player Jorge Caicedo for the upcoming tour with Rigor Mortis. Exhorder was planning initially planning on having one guitar player play bass instead, but many feared the songs would not sound the same.
Jorge, from The Great Void and Built to Destroy, will be joining Exhorder in the place of recently deceased Frankie Sparcello for the shows in Fort Worth, Texas, at The Rail Club on April 15th, Austin, Texas at Emo’s on April 16th, and New Orleans, Louisiana, at The Hangar on April 17th (where Frankie’s memorial was held on April 3rd). He may also be playing with the band at Maryland Death Fest in late May. Jorge claimed he is “very excited about it.” He has not had much time to prepare and has been learning Exhorder’s bass lines for just over a week, but the band and people who know him have every confidence in his abilities as a musician.
Sweden's In Solitude has announced that the band's Metal Blade debut will be titled "The World.The Flesh.The Devil." The album is due out on May 24th, and the cover artwork can be viewed below, which consists of shadowy portrait chosen from a collection of images by artist Jesse Peper.
The band commented on the artwork, "At first, we had a very hard time trying to make our world and our material visual as an album cover. A few collaborations were made, thousands of ideas were put on test, but sadly enough, we were never satisfied. But as we came across the exceptional and amazing world of Jesse Peper, and the specific shadow portrait you see on the cover (not to forget the ones that live within its pages), it was as if we all remembered something. Like out of a dream, or distant memory. Of a face that told us to step into this darkness; the darkness in which the seeds of In Solitude grow and bloom. And with Jesse Peper we certainly came closer. And we are always coming closer; further away and closer home. And the cover depicts our guide, on burning paths."
"The World.The Flesh.The Devil" track listing:
1. The World, The Flesh, The Devil
2. We Were Never Here
3. Serpents Are Rising
4. Poisoned, Blessed, and Burned
6. To Her Darkness
7. Dance of the Adversary
8. On Burning Paths
Sweden's Wolf has launched a brand new track titled "Vicious Companions" from the band's upcoming new album "Legions Of Bastards" online. You can check out the song by heading over to the band's Facebook page The band also commented:
"Metal heads worldwide - enjoy the opening track of 'Legions of Bastards!' The perfect track for beer drinking and head banging, although maybe not at the same time. On April 29 we also have a release party in Dortmund (Germany) where we will play some tunes at the renowned metal pub Die Burg, so come out, drink tons of beer with us and behave like legions of bastards! We would also like to thank the awesome guys at Rock Hard Magazine for making 'Legions of Bastards' album of the month!"
The album has the following release dates:
GERMANY / AUSTRIA / SWITZERLAND / NORWAY: Friday, April 22, 2011
UK / BENELUX / FRANCE / GREECE / DENMARK / PORTUGAL / REST OF EUROPE: Monday, April 25, 2011
NORTH AMERICA / SPAIN / ITALY: Tuesday, April 26, 2011
SWEDEN / FINLAND / HUNGARY: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND: Friday, April 29, 2011
U.K. based metal act Cyanide Serenity has revealed that Divine Heresy's Travis Neal will be coming on as the band's new singer.
The band issued the following statement: "We are incredibly delighted to announce Travis as our new singer, we are hoping this will be the end of constant changing of vocalists, we have a lot of bad luck in this area and hope we can move on without any more setbacks. Travis is an exceptional singer and has an incredible scream, he is the ideal candidate alongside Matt and we cannot wait to hit the stage with him!"
Cyanide Serenity will re-record the 2011 album "Consume Me" next month with Travis. The band has also released the titled track of "Consume Me" as a teaser of what to expect. The song can be heard in the clip below.
Art of Dying has posted behind the scenes footage from the shooting of the video "Die Trying," which is from the band's debut album "Vices and Virtues." You can check out the clip below.
Footage of the band on the Avalanche tour is also available at this location.
Old school death metal act Incantation has confirmed its first headlining tour through Poland. The tour starts May 1 and runs through May 8th. Polish black metal troupe Christ Agony will provide support.
Incantation front man and founder, John McEntee comments:
"With great honor we are proud to announce that we are doing our first headlining tour of Poland. Our first time playing Poland was back in 2007 as part of the Blitzkrieg 4 Tour 2007 with the killer line up of Vader, Krisiun , Rotting Christ and my other band Funerus. This will be the first time we can play our full sent for all of our long time diehard Polish supporters, something we have been looking forward to for many years.
Poland has always been good to us. From the band's inception back in 1989 we have always had massive support for the Polish underground, but have had lots of problems making it over there to preform for one reason or another. Finally over 20 years after the formation of the band we will do our first headlining tour. It will be great to see our old school friend along with many new fans alike.
The tour will be with the legendary Polish band Christ Agony. This is one of Poland's greatest and most well-respected bands. Anyone that knows anything about the Polish underground black death metal scene will agree. It will be great to play along side them every night!
We look forward to seeing all you sick Polish Incantation supporters. We have a great set list that we are working on for the tour and we can't wait to spill our guts out for you guys every night.
Also, some of the Polish shows will be recorded (video and audio) and if the recordings quality comes out good we hope to use them for a live record and DVD sometime late this year.
With all this great Polish news I also want to say that we are also playing the Neurotic Death Fest this year and it is a absolute honor to be apart of this amazing fest. We want to thanks the promoter for including us on this awesome fest. Along side some of my personal favorite bands! We look forward to seeing all our Dutch supporters there, it will be a kick ass time."
Incantation will appear at Neurotic Death Fest 2011 on April 29th before heading to Poland.
Traditonal metallers Twisted Tower Dire have completed their fifth full-length recording "Make It Dark." Cruz Del Sur Music will release the album on May 3, 2011. TTD tapped UK artist Martin Hanford (Slough Feg, Bal Sagoth, Warhammer) for the album's cover art.
Due to the traffic-related death of vocalist Tony Taylor on February 6, 2010, The Virginia band went on hiatus after their 2007 release "Netherworlds." Johnny Aune (Viper) replaced the fallen Taylor. TTD's current lineup also includes bassist Jim Hunter (Revelation, October 31, While Heaven Wept), drummer Mark Stauffer (Krass Judgement) and guitarists Scott Waldrop (While Heaven Wept) and Dave Boyd (Volture).
After premiering the new song "Red Rain" through Metalunderground.com, Cypherseer is now streaming the band's entire new album "Origins" online. Head over to Metal Army's website here and get your first listen to "Origins."
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. The Curse
3. Dying Force
4. Faith Renounced
6. From the Womb
7. Soul Sacrifice
8. Red Rain
9. Infinite Trance
10. Lost, Plagued and Redefined
11. As I Embrace the End
Guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy, Firewind) is partnering up with Guitar Center for an upcoming “Sessions” event. This three hour instructional seminar will take place on Thursday, April 21st at Guitar Center Hollywood beginning at 7PM. This is a free event, but space is limited so be sure to get there early so you don't miss out on this very intimate evening. Fans can expect to see Gus perform his favorite riffs, participate in a Q+A segment, and autograph signing. For additional information visit this location.
Gus G. states: “I'm very excited about coming to Guitar Center in Hollywood later this month cause while I've done various clinics and workshops in Europe and Japan, this is going to be the first one in the U.S. for me! When they presented me with the 'Sessions' idea I thought it was a great way to meet some fans at a more intimate environment, play some stuff for them, answer questions and actually get to meet them. I will definitely be playing material from Ozzy and Firewind albums and hopefully I'll meet lots of you down there. Remember, this is going to be a free entrance event! See you soon.”
Guitar Center Sessions is a music and education based initiative that features informative and provocative discussions, along with hands-on tutorials by the industry’s most respected artists. Serving as an inspirational incubator for musicians, Sessions provides an opportunity to network with their peers and gain insight and knowledge from their musical influences in a comfortable and intimate setting.
Today the fine folks at Gun Shy Assassin play host to an exclusive premiere of "Nuclear Self Eradication" from U.K. based metal outfit Xearth. "Nuclear Self Eradication" is the eighth track off the band's upcoming new studio offering "II," set for release in North America via Candlelight Records on May 3rd, 2011. Head over here to listen to the song.
Said bassist Chris Clark of the song: "'Nuclear Self Eradication' is one of the most brutal and aggressive offerings from II. As heavy as it is technical, it offers a definitive guide to the key elements and ideology of Xerath. The track also features a guest solo from Daath guitarist, Emil Werstler."
You can also check out Xerath's cover of the Michael Jackson song "Speed Demon" by heading to this location.
Mexican doom rockers Maligno have posted a music video online for the song "Shine," which can be viewed below. The video was filmed in Monterrey, Mexico and was directed by Adrix Gaal. "Shine" is off the band's upcoming 3rd album "The Funeral Domine" to be released on April 29th.
"The Funeral Domine" track listing:
1. The Beginning
3. Great White Throne
6. The Curse
7. Emperors Fall
8. Coffin of Dreams
9. We Shall Descend
Metal Underground recently reported on the North American tour dates for Forbidden, Havok, Revocation and White Wizzard. Los Angeles metal traditionalists White Wizzard are set to play their first shows since the return of vocalist Wyatt Anderson.
White Wizzard bassist and founding member Jon Leon comments:
"I am very excited to be touring with Forbidden. Forbidden was my favorite band of the Bay Area thrash/metal scene back in the day when I was a kid. I also hold them in the highest regard in musicianship, song writing and technical ability.
"Their first three albums, "Forbidden Evil," "Twisted Into Form," and "Distortion" were all big influences on me and inspired me to want to be a musician. I saw many a show back then, and there was no band in that scene that could pull off a live show better than Forbidden. Russ is one of the few GREAT singers in metal history and he is the best of ALL TIME in the history of thrash. That includes the so called "Big Four."
"I was so bummed they split in the late '90s, and when they reunited I went up to the Bay Area to see them and it was still magic. I have seen them twice since and they are just getting better and better.
"It is great to go open for a band I respect so much and the best part will be being able to watch their set every night!! Forbidden is a special band and it is great they are back making music and touring again. We are very thrilled to be along for the ride this time."
Sweden's Fullforce has announced the band's debut album "One" will be released on June 28th in North America and June 20th in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer. Fullforce was formed in 2009 and now consists of members Mike Andersson (Cloudscape, Vocals), Stefan Elmgren (ex Hammerfall, Guitars), Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, ex Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Drums), CJ Grimmark (ex Narnia, Guitars) and Tommy Larsson (ex Heed, Bass).
Mike Andersson commented on the signing: "After being in contact with a few interested labels during these last months, we are happy to announce the decision of becoming a part of the SPV family! SPV is a label with great Metal tradition and it's an honor for Fullforce to join forces with them for the release of our debut album 'One.' In SPV we see a good vision and a great future for Fullforce…this is the best thing that could have happened to us!"
Olly Hahn of SPV also commented, "There are always reservations regarding bands with ex-members of well known bands but with Fullforce it's different. I think that a lot of people will be very surprised when their hear the songs. It's great to have the band on our roster and I'm sure that there is a bright future for the band."
The "One" track listing is as follows:
1. Mythomaniac (4:02)
2. None Of Your Concern (3:35)
3. Heart And Soul (3:31)
4. Oblivion (4:53)
5. Open Your Eyes (4:25)
6. Rain (4:33)
7. Suffering In Silence (3:06)
8. Walls Of Secrets (4:33)
9. Father spirit (4:51)
10. Bleed (5:07)
11. Into The Cradle (5:01)
Leaves' Eyes has posted a sample of the title track off the band's new album "Meredead." You can check out the track by heading over to the Leaves' Eyes MySpace page. Liv Kristine also commented on the song:
"Dear Leaves' Eyes fans, you can have a pre-listen to the title track 'Meredead' from the upcoming Leaves Eyes album, which will be out 22 April! Here comes the title track of our fourth full-length album! Firstly, let me explain the title, which is my own word-creation: To my grammatical knowledge, 'Meredead' could mean 'dead by the sea', 'or the deadly sea'. Poetically, we could add some imagination and lyrical sound and say 'Sea of Death.' Secondly, the word 'Meredead' sums up some of the themes rooted in my lyrics on the album.
"Now you may ask, why sing in Old-English? Since my Old-English studies I've taken great interest in both Old-English poetry and grammar. I just felt that this song required Old-English lyrics, and an Old-English 'sound,' moreover, it needed this historical feel! Old-English or Anglo-Saxon is an early form of the English language that was spoken and written by Angeln, Sachsen and Jüten (Germanic tribes, called Anglo-Saxons) and their descendants in parts of what are now England and southeastern Scotland between at least the mid-5th century and the mid-12th century. Although, for me, it meant digging my nose into my Old-English books for weeks (and buying even more at Amazon), I feel that it was really worth it, moreover, it made so much fun! For me, having Norwegian and Danish parents and grand-parents, it's even more interesting that from the 9th century, Old-English experienced heavy influence from Old Norse, a member of the related North Germanic group of languages.
"I highly recommend having a look at the book 'The Cambridge Old English Reader' by R. Marsden. PS: I was amazed that my dear friend and great inspiration in classical singing, Maite Itoiz (Elfenthal), managed to sing her Old-English parts straight away, without any phonetic explanations from me! Well done! Thank you, Maite!"
The recently posted music video for "To France" can also be found at this location.
Inmoria has announced several upcoming shows in Sweden in support of the band's new album. The details are as follows, with more to be announced soon:
Thursday 26 May - Harry B James, Stockholm
Friday 27 May - Wasteland, Gavle
Saturday 28 May - TBC
You can also check out the teaser trailer for the new album "A Farewell to Nothing: The Diary Part 1" here.
British heavy metal veterans Orange Goblin have announced that they will be entering the studio this August to record their seventh studio album, which is expected to be released through Candlelight Records in March of next year.
Some of the song titles for the new album include "Red Tide Rising," "The Fog," "The Filthy & The Few," and "Bishop's Wolf." More details on the album will be revealed as soon as they are available.
Black metal act Theosophy has announced the band's new album "In the Kingdom of North" will be released through No Colours Records in September of 2011. The tentative track listing for the album is as follows:
1. In a night storm, in a blizzard
2. Tunguska syndrom
3. I am twilight
4. In the kingdom of North
5. The land of frozen hills
6. When I shall die
7. Black month
8. Sons of the great abyss
10. The time of new horizons
You can also listen to the band's music by heading over to the official Theosophy MySpace page.
Cerebral Bore has posted a video for "Maniacal Miscreation," the title track from the band's debut album. The Scottish death metal band used Phil Berridge of Creative Junkie Media to direct the video. Berridge is responsible for the band's first video "The Bald Cadaver."
Cerebral Bore front woman Simone "Som" Pluimers comments:
"Shooting the video for 'Maniacal Miscreation' was great but very cold; you can see the blood pulling out of our white, freezing faces. Compared to the video for 'The Bald Cadaver', we were done within no time, as we all knew what to do and what to expect.
"For the ones who have seen our new music video, you can already see what it is about. Basically to put it between short lines, it's about a 'tar man' who is the maniacal miscreation. Also, you might have noticed there are again photos in the video as we did in 'The Bald Cadaver' - we try not to have too serious videos, so a laugh is needed on its time! This time we put down a contest on Facebook: 'Get your grandparents in our new music video'. The people you see on the photos are: Susan Boyle (we, again, needed something Scottish in it for a laugh), Putrid Pile (Shaun)'s grandpa, and two others I can't remember the names of.
"It was a good laugh and you might see 'making of' footage of the video soon or on an upcoming DVD somewhere in the future! We hope you all enjoy our video."
Drummer Allan Mcdibet adds:
"It was cold, a bitch to shoot. But it was fucking awesome!"
"Maniacal Miscreation" is now available in Europe through Earache Records. North American fans can purchase the album on June 7th, 2011 or purchase it through iTunes.
Read about the filming of "Maniacal Miscreation."
Frost Despair has announced its new album will be titled "The God Delusion." The track listing for the album will be as follows:
1. The Dark Ages
2. God Delusion
4. Splendor War
5. Dark Bachiana
6. The Final Breath
7. At The Gates
You can also check out the music video for "Splendor War" by heading over to this location.
As We Fight has posted a new song online titled "Shattered," which will be appearing on the band's split album "Ebola" with The Psyke Project. The split will be released on May 2nd, and the new song can be heard in the player below. The release will also see the return of the As We Fight's original singer Laurits Medom, who has announced his return after three years absence, and the album was produced by Jacob Bredahl (The Burning, Hatesphere).
Titans Eve has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitar player for the band's upcoming live shows:
"Jared Ramsay has joined Titans Eve as the third guitar player for their North American Tour and the future. Were happy to welcome him!"
Titans Eve will be heading across the U.S. and Canada in support of "The Divine Equal." Details on the tour dates can be found at this location.
Charm Designer has issued the following announcement about performing at the upcoming Dragones del Metal Fest in Venezuela:
"Hey everyone! We just wanted to share with you the latest news, and that is the confirmation of our band visiting Venezuela for the first time ever for the Dragones del Metal Fest that will take place next July in Caracas.
"These are great news for us and we can't wait to be there already! That's it for now...and sure, we'll keep you well informed about these awesome news...rock on!"
Additional details on the festival are available at this location.
Coroner Records has issued the following announcement about releasing an album of Studio Ghibli metal cover songs:
"Coroner Records is really proud to announce the upcoming release of a new album of extreme metal covers of Studio Ghibli songs entitled 'Princess Ghibli.' The project called 'Imaginary Flying Machines' (from the title of a short film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, which is exclusively shown daily at the Ghibli Museum) puts together bands from Europe and Japan (Disarmonia Mundi, Blood Stain Child, Destrage, Living Corpse and Neroargento) that reinterpret 12 very famous songs taken from the films produced by Studio Ghibli, bringing the soundtracks that have made ??dream many fans of Miyazaki in a new musical dimension, more aggressive and faster, without ever losing the melody and the magical atmospheres typical of the original versions.
"The album has been recorded, produced and mixed by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Destrage, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Stigma, etc...) and mastered by Alessandro Vanara. The album will be released on April 13th Worldwide by Coroner Records (except for Japan, where is released by Media Factory - Overlap Record) in Digital Download on iTunes, Amazon and the most important digital distributors."
A video teaser can be viewed below, and the track listing for "Imaginary Flying Machines - Princess Ghibli" is as follows:
1. Tonari No Totoro (My Neighbor Totoro) - Disarmonia Mundi feat. Sophia Aslanidou
2. Kimi Wo Nosete (Laputa:Castle In The Sky) - Disarmonia Mundi feat. Yoko Hallelujah
3. Teru No Uta (Tales From Earthsea) - Blood Stain Child feat. Ettore Rigotti
4. Gake No Ue No Ponyo (Ponyo On The Cliff) - Destrage feat. Yoko Hallelujah
5. Mononoke Hime (Princess Mononoke) - Living Corpse feat Yoko Hallelujah
6. Country Road (Whisper Of The Heart) - Disarmonia Mundi feat. Sophia Aslanidou
7. Itsumo Nandodemo (Spirited Away) - Blood Stain Child feat. Claudio Ravinale
8. Arrietty's Song (Japanese version) (The Borrower Arrietty) - Disarmonia Mundi feat. Sophia Aslanidou
9. Yasashisa Ni Tsutsumaretanara (Kiki's Delivery Service) - Destrage feat. Yoko Hallelujah
10. Toki niwa Mukashi no hanashio (Porco Rosso) - Disarmonia Mundi feat. Yoko Hallelujah
11. Sanpo (My Neighbor Totoro) - Living Corpse feat. Yoko Hallelujah
12. Nausicaa requiem (Nausicaa Of The Valley Of The Wind) - Neroargento feat. Yoko Hallelujah More...
Metalunderground.com is premiering a new song from California progressive heavy metal/hard rock band Faithsedge. The song "World Keeps Falling Down," off the band's upcoming self-titled debut full length album, can be heard in the player below. "Faithsedge," which is due out April 19th via Scarlet Records, was mastered by Tom Baker of Precision Mastering (Judas Priest/Motley Crue).
Faithsedge was started by singer/songwriter Giancarlo Floridia in Huntington Beach, California, in early 2009 and also features Alex De Rosso who played guitars with Dokken in addition to drummer Tony Morra and producer/bass player Fabrizio Grossi.
Here's the complete tracklisting for "Faithsedge":
1. Another Chance
2. There's Still Hope
3. Let It End This Way
4. World Keeps Falling Down
5. Even If
6. Hold On
7. Take You Away
8. Somewhere In Your Heart
9. That's What Happened To Us
11. When It Rains
Swedish melodic death metal veterans In Flames has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Sounds Of A Playground Fading." You can check it out below. The record will be released on the following dates:
Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Norway: Friday, June 17th
UK/Benelux/France/Greece/Denmark/Portugal/Rest of Europe: Monday, June 20th
Spain/Italy: Tuesday, June 21st
North America: Tuesday, June 21st
Finland/Hungary: Wednesday, June 22nd
Australia/New Zealand: Friday, June 24th
The band has also revealed the tracklisting for the album which is as follows:
1. Sounds Of A Playground Fading
2. Deliver Us
3. All For Me
4. The Puzzle
5. Fear Is The Weakness
6. Where The Dead Ships Dwell
7. The Attic
8. Darker Times
10. Enter Tragedy
11. Jester’s Door
12. A New Dawn
13. Liberation More...
Update: the tribute album is now available for download!
As April 14th draws near, Metalunderground.com will be paying tribute to the late Peter Steele, whose iconic vocal talents in Type O Negative helped shape the musical landscape for a generation of music lovers. The anniversary of Peter’s passing will see the release of “All For None, None For All: A Tribute to Peter Steele,” which includes twelve cover tracks graciously donated by underground bands from across the world and from various genres of metal. In memory of Peter’s own various covers, each song provides a unique interpretation on Type O Negative or Carnivore.
A second trailer has now been posted online with clips from each of the songs on the tribute, in order to give past and future Peter Steele fans a chance to get acquainted with the bands honoring his legacy. The teaser trailer can be found below. An interactive version of the album’s digital booklet, created by Dan Mitchell of Beneath the Woods studio, is also available for all to view at this location.
The anniversary of the death of an icon is a bittersweet one. While we may never get to hear what Peter had in store for us next, we can still remember him and retrace the steps he already took on his musical career. Commenting on his passing a year ago, Tennessee’s Dark Hound added “Never bowing to be what anybody else wanted him to be, Peter forged his own way and his own style and sound, something every musician should hope to accomplish. That spirit and his music will continue to inspire us and countless bands to come. R.I.P. Peter Steele, thank you for what you've left us.”
“All For None, None For All: A Tribute to Peter Steele” will be available on April 14th, 2011 in digital format with a PDF booklet for $3 (three U.S. dollars), which is solely to cover the cost of mechanical licensing and transaction fees. Any remaining money left over will be given to charity. In addition, free desktop and iPhone wallpapers based on the cover artwork will be made available for anyone to download.
The artwork can be viewed below, and the album’s track listing is as follows:
1. Auvernia - I Don't Wanna Be Me
2. Fairytale Abuse - Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)
3. Stabbingback - Halloween in Heaven
4. Emancer - Girlfriend's Girlfriend
5. Dead Shape Figure - Dead Again
6. Enthrope - Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)
7. Dark Hound - Life is Killing Me
8. A Band of Orcs - Green Man
9. In.Verno - Everything Dies
10. Blind Greed - Christian Woman
11. Revilement - Sex and Violence
12. Autumns Eyes - Love You To Death
While performing a concert in the Netherlands, American heavy metal veterans Manowar paid tribute to their former drummer, Scott Columbus, who died on April 4th at the age of 54. An excerpt reads as follows:
"I'm sure by now all of you have heard that we lost Scott Columbus this week; he passed away just a few days ago. I can only tell you there's a lot of rumors on the Internet flying around because people have nothing better to do with their fucking boring lives than to stir up shit and create rumors 'cause their lives have no fucking meaning. But I can tell you the truth, and the truth is this - Scott Columbus was our brother and your brother in metal. He was a father, and he was a friend. And he was a great musician, and he was a great guy. And he had a heart of gold. And he liked to drink beer, and he certainly liked this country a hell of a lot.
"Scott Columbus will never be forgotten, his memory will live on because he was one of those rare people. And heavy metal will never die as long as we all stick together. More...
A new book, "For Those About To Cook - We Sauté You," is being readied for release and is now available for pre-order. The first 500 pre-orders will be listed as Supporting Vocals in the book and on the website. Those who pre-order after May 7 will have their names listed on the website only. This is as thanks to those who contribute to make this book happen.
If you live within the 48 continental United States or in the United Kingdom, you can pre-order on the web shop. If you DON'T live in this area, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org they'll talk about how you can get on the list of Supporting Vocals too.
"For Those About To Cook" is a collection of recipes, anecdotes and pictures from musicians and music industry personnel. With contributions from numerous musical genres and countries, this is truly a multi-genre and multi-ethnic collector's cookbook. Readers will be presented with recipes ranging from appetizers to full course meals and desserts. "For Those About To Cook" is more than a cookbook: it is also a fan collectible as it includes short informative biographies, high quality pictures of the artists (mostly in a kitchen setting), pictures of the food and, in some cases, a quote about why the recipe or food is important to the contributor.
Readers and fans will gain an insider's view into the lifestyle and habits of the artists and bands; a sort of backstage pass or behind-the-scenes look into the lives of their favorite artists far from the stage and the studio.
The author, Bruce Moore is a regular weekly contributor to PureGrainAudio, and has been published in various national and international music magazines including HM Magazine, Thrash Magazine, Crave, Sick Drummer, and The Gauntlet.
British hard rock legends Deep purple has announced that they will be performing a short headlining tour of their native United Kingdom, as part of their "The Songs That Built Rock" tour, which sees the band performing with a 38 piece orchestra.
The British tour dates are as follows:
November 26th - Glasgow SECC
November 27th - Birmingham LG Arena
November 29th - Manchester MEN Arena
Novemeber 30th - London O2 Arena
Swedish progressive death metal outfit Scar Symmetry has posted a trailer online for their forthcoming new studio album, "The Unseen Empire." You can check it out below. The album will be released on April 15th through Nuclear Blast Records and is the second to feature new singers Lars Palmqvist & Roberth Karlsson. More...
British hard rock legends Def Leppard has posted a new song online entitled, "Undefeated." You can check it out below. The song received it's premire on the UK's Planet Rock radio station and will appear as one of three new studio tracks on the group's forthcoming new live album, "Mirrorball," which will be released this Summer, though an exact release date has yet to be confirmed. More...
American progressive heavy metal veterans Queensryche has revealed the front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Dedicated To Chaos," which will be released through Roadrunner/Loud & Proud Records on June 28th. You can check it out below. This will be the band's first album since 2009's, "American Soldier" and marks the thirtieth anniversary of the group. More...
American death metal legends Deicide has announced some additional dates for their forthcoming, "God Is Dead - To Hell With God" European tour, which also includes Belphegor, Hour of Penance and The Amenta.
The tour schedule is now as follows:
June 17 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Copenhell Festival *
June 18 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Metal Town *
June 23 - Rotterdam /Holland - Baroeg
June 24 - Drachten/ Holland - Iduna
June 25 - London, UK - London Deathfest at the Underworld
June 26 - Plymouth, UK - The White Rabbit
June 27 - Liverpool, UK - The Masque
June 28 - Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
June 29 - Namur, Belgium - Cinex
June 30 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
July 1 - Winterhur, Switzerland - Gaswerk
July 2 - Kassel, Germany - Salzmann Factory
July 3 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice
July 4 - Katowize, Poland - Mega Club **
July 5 - Poznan, Poland - Eskulap Club or Blue Note tba
July 6 - Bremen, Germany - Tivoli
July 7 - Koeln, Germany - Essigfabrik
July 8 - Torgau, Germany - In Flammen Festival
July 9 - Salzburg, Austria - Rock Haus
July 10 - Rossiglione (Genova), Italy - Metal Valley Open Air
July 11 - Bari, Italy - Target Club
July 12 - Pinarella di Cervia (Ravenna), Italy - Rock Planet
July 14 - Tokaj, Hungary - Hegyalja Festival
July 15 - Kosice, Slovakia - Collosseum Club
July 16 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metal Camp*
July 17 - Wuerzburg, Germany - Posthalle **
* Deicide only
** No Belphegor
Swedish metal act Hostile Cell has announced that the group has disbanded and the members are now involved with new projects. A message from band member Martin Söderqvist reads as follows:
"As you may have suspected from the lack of updates, Hostile Cell is no more. After releasing two albums and having a lot of fun in this band I guess we all felt that the time we put into it didn't give the results we wanted.
"Johan and Eric are jamming on some new songs, and we'll see what that will turn into. Per is fully focusing on his awesome surf-rock band Sixkiller They are in the studio right now creating some cool shit.
"I'm the permanent bassist for the hard rock band Debbie Ray. We're going into the studio on April 26th to record three new songs."
European progressive metal act Arcturus has announced that it has pulled out of the forthcoming ProgPower USA XII festival. The band posted the following statement online;
"Arcturus still suffer from hibernation sickness, and due to outdated parts we deeply regret to inform you: We are canceling ProgPower USA. This lack of maintenance is entirely our own fault, and sincere apologies go out to the promoter and all ticket holders, especially those of you who had planned to travel far."
Festival promoter Glenn Harveston has since announced that Arcturus is being replaced with former Emperor frontman Ihsahn. A statement from Harveston is available below.
"I have no idea what the hell that [Arcturus] statement means. I'm not going to try and figure it out either, as I have wasted enough time and effort on that 'band' already. In the meantime, I would like to personally thank Ihsahn for taking the slot. His professionalism in this situation is greatly appreciated."
American nu-metal/rap-metal veterans Limp Bizkit have revealed the dates for its upcoming summer tour of Europe. You can view the full list of announced dates, cities and venues below.
06/24 Basel, SWI – Sonisphere Festival
06/25 Mannheim, GER – SAP Arena
06/27 Oberhausen, GER – Koenig-Pilsener Arena
06/28 Munich, GER – Tollwood Festival
07/01 Arras, FRA – Main Square Festival
07/02 Sullingen, GER – Reload Festival
07/04 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
07/08 Liege, BEL – Les Ardentes Festival
07/10 Knebworth, UK – Sonisphere Festival
07/12 Codroipo, ITA – Villa Manin
Book Of Black Earth have revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming new album, titled "The Cold Testament." The new full length album is set to be released on May 24, 2011 through Prosthetic Records. Here’s how the effort will run:
1. Weight Of The World
2. Cross Contamination
4. Irritating Spectre
6. Research And Destroy
7. Road Dogs From Hell
8. I See Demons
Asking Alexandria recently performed "Someone, Somewhere" and "Closure" on the Jimmy Kimmel Live program. You can check out both performances below.
American progressive metal act Between The Buried And Me has added a new batch of dates to its announced tour of Europe. The tour, which features support from Animals as Leaders, will now run in the following order.
09/02 Paris, FRA – Maroquinerie
09/03 Zurich, SWI – Dynamo Werk 21
09/04 Munich, GER – Backstage Halle
09/06 Rome, ITA – Jailbreak Club
09/07 Pinarella, ITA – Di Cervia
09/09 Istanbul, TUR – Unirock Festival
09/10 Tel Aviv, ISR – Barby
09/11 Bratislava, SLO – Randall Club
09/12 Wein, AUT – Chelsea
09/13 Prague, CZE – Republic Rock Café
09/14 Berlin, GER – Magnet
09/15 Hamburg, GER – Logo
09/16 Amsterdam, NET – Melkweg
09/17 Koln, GER – Underground
09/18 Antwerp, BEL – Trix
09/20 London, UK – Underworld
09/21 London, UK – Underworld
09/22 Manchester, UK – Moho Live
09/23 Glasgow, UK – King Tuts
09/24 Leeds, UK – Cockpit
09/25 Birmingham, UK – Academy 3
09/26 Bristol, UK – Academy 2
09/27 Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
09/28 Helsinki, FIN – Nosturi
09/29 St. Petersburg, RUS – Kosmanavt
09/30 Moscow, RUS – Plan B
Boston thrash metal act Revocation has announced the dates for its upcoming North American tour. Other bands appearing on the bill include White Wizzard, Forbidden and Havok. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
06/09 Hollywood, CA – The Whisky
06/11 Sparks, NV – The Alley
06/12 Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theater
06/13 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
06/14 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theater
06/15 Kelowna, BC – Sapphire Nightclub
06/16 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop
06/17 Regina, SK – Riddell Centre
06/18 Winnipeg, MB – Royal Albert Arms
06/20 Milwaukee, WI – Mad Planet
06/21 Chicago, IL – Reggie’s Rock Club
06/22 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
06/23 Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
06/24 Trenton, NJ – Championship Bar And Grill
06/25 Columbus, OH – Al Rosa Villa
06/26 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
06/27 Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
06/29 Denver, CO – The Marquis Theatre
06/30 Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad
07/01 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
07/02 Escondido, CA – JT’s Limelight
American deathcore act The Crimson Armada has posted its final "Conviction" studio blog online. You can take a look at the footage below.
American death metal act The Famine has posted the following statement online, detailing its decision to disband.
"The Famine never should have existed. I don’t mean that like when a jealous brother screams ‘I wish you were never born!’ at his little sister. What I mean is that we came together as a group of married thirty-somethings with kids and small businesses. Our singer lived on the other side of the country. It was a cumbersome proposition, but we made it work. Most of you are familiar with the fire that claimed most of our equipment and the departure of our vocalist about a year ago. We should have never been able to make our last record, but we did. This brings us to the present day.
"As of this past Saturday, The Famine is no more. In my mind, bands break up because Courtney Love kills their singer or because they can’t stand each other. Neither of those circumstances is descriptive of our situation. For us, life simply got in the way, as it often does. There is a medical emergency in my family, and I’ll be moving to Los Angeles in August to care for a loved one in his final days.
"Mark and Andy both have families for which they are the breadwinners, and Jon has been putting off going to graduate school. Instead of trying to simultaneously satiate Mark‘s drive and Andy‘s inability to tour and my distance from the band and Jon‘s webbed toes (sorry, Jon), we came together and decided as a group that it is time to lay The Famine to rest.
"Words cannot express how thankful we all are to have had these experiences, and without those of you who are reading this right now, none of this would have been possible. So, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all of you for the support and kindness you have shown us for the past four years.
"Thank you for allowing us in to your lives, and for giving us the opportunity to connect, even though most of us have never met. You’ll see us around. You might not see the same faces or the same names, but I know that music means too much to all of us to let it die with this moniker. So, this is goodbye for now."
The Famine's Nick Nowell also recently conducted an interview with Metalunderground.com. You can read the interview at this location.
American deathcore act Job For A Cowboy has posted some new drum cam footage online. The footage contains the rehearsal of a new track titled "Signature Of Starving Power." The track is taken from the band's forthcoming EP "Gloom." You can view the footage below.