Metal News for April 14, 2009
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32 news articles posted on this day.
The Syracuse, N.Y.-based UNHOLY, who will support Earth Crisis and Walls of Jericho on a national tour next month, have posted the Aeron Alfrey-designed cover art for their Prosthetic Records debut, "New Life Behind Closed Eyes," on their MySpace page.
"The cover as well as the interior art has really captured the mood of the lyrical content of our new record," says guitarist Jonathan Dennison. "Aeron went above and beyond bring these ideas to life."
The album, in stores May 12th, features the following track listing:
1. Seeker Immortal (currently streaming)
2. Children of Eternal Sleep
3. These Wounds Never Heal
4. Into The Flesh Of Another
5. The Blinding Light
6. Look To The Blood
7. No Faith
8. The Followers
9. Behind The Veil Of Darkness
10. New Life Behind Closed Eyes
The follow-up to 2007's "Blood of the Medusa" (Lambgoat Records), "New Life Behind Closed Eyes" was recorded at Syracuse's Moresound Studios (ED GEIN) and sees new vocalist Billy Price paint a scathing portrait of mankind's failures and shortcomings. The album's concept, written by Dennison, revolves around an end-time narrative of the final days of humanity delivered by its own hand.
UNHOLY will support All That Remains tomorrow night (Apr. 15) at Lost Horizon in Syracuse and perform at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Saturday (Apr. 18). The band's tour with Earth Crisis kicks off May 2 in Fredericksburg, VA. More...
The Swedish heavy metal band Dawn of Silence has signed a deal with the Swedish record label GMR MUSIC GROUP, who will release the band's upcoming sophomore album, entitled "Wicked Saint or Righteous Sinner," in 2009.
The band's debut album, "Moment of Weakness," was released in 2006 by Metal Heaven records.
"Wicked Saint or Righteous Sinner" is recorded and mixed in Black Lodge Studio by Jonas Kjellgren ( Scar Symmetry ) and will include 10 songs:
Chasing a Ghost
Escape the Night
Release Me (From Myself)
In Quest for Life
Cage of Fear
Away from Heaven
Shadow of Guilt
CA BECKSTON will create the cover artwork.
The album's release date and other info regarding this release will be announced soon. In the meantime, you can listen to some songs from "Wicked Saint or Righteous Sinner" at their MySpace site.
Dutch metal band, Pestilence, has posted a new song to their official MySpace page. “Devouring Frenzy” is the last of 3 songs that the band has added before the release of “Resurrection Macabre” on April 28th.
The new album was recorded in Denmark, with producer Jacob Hansen. The new incarnation of Pestilence consists of original band member Patrick Mameli, the American bass wizard Tony Choy (Atheist, Cynic, a.o.) and powerhouse drummer Peter Wildoer (Arch Enemy, Darkane, a.o.). Guitar player Patrick Uterwijk will join the band for the live shows. More...
It's a bit late, but a live video from Austrian Death Machine's performance around Christmas last year has been posted online. You can watch their performance of "Jingle All The Way" below. More...
Frontiers Records has issued the following announcement about Praying Mantis releasing a new album:
"Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release on the new Praying Mantis studio album entitled “Sanctuary” on June 5th 2009 in Europe and July 14th in the USA. The album will be exclusively presented at the Bush Hall in London, UK on May 3rd 2009 with a special pre-listening session and “Welcome back” concert. More dates and festivals are in the works!"
Vocalist Chris Troy also made the following statement about the album:
“Hard to believe but Mantis have been in existence for over thirty years. Quite incredible really that we are still there releasing albums and maturing nicely. This also coincides with the 30th anniversary since the inception of NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal). Iron Maiden have obviously made it and just as importantly have managed to stay up there for this long time. Well done lads! By the way the album title "Sanctuary" has no relationship to them!! However we do share some history and maybe this album will put us up there with them. More...
Kylesa and Intronaut have been confirmed as support for Mastodon at their upcoming "secret" show in Albuquerque on April 15th. The show will take place at the Launchpad (618 Central Ave SW) at 7:00 PM.
White Lion’s “Bang Your Head Festival 2005” DVD, available in the Unites States via Frontiers Records, captures a momentous and spontaneous moment in the popular melodic metal band’s career.
“’White Lion Bang Your Head 2005’ was something that never was meant to be, but somehow happened,” said vocalist/band leader Mike Tramp.
The group made history in with two Top 10 singles from its 1987 sophomore album “Pride” and developed a following that would stay with them through two more albums that did not fair as well commercially. White Lion disbanded in 1991.
Eight years later, Tramp re-formed White Lion with a new lineup and released two albums.
After a 2005 American tour, White Lion made the decision to dissolve the band. Then a call came in that the group could not resist.
“I was sitting at home in Melbourne, Australia, and a call came in from Germany, asking me if White Lion wanted to be the surprise guest on the Bang Your Head Festival the following Saturday - only 4 days away,” Tramp said. “The next couple hours I called around the world locating the other boys, talking to travel agents, and what have you. How the hell were we to pull this off? But somehow we did.”
The band arrived at the festival – one of Europe’s largest metal festivals - and spent four hours holed up in a dressing room so no one could see them.
“We took the stage to a thunderous roar from the massive head-banging crowd, and leapt into our set of classic White Lion favorites,” Tramp said. “The show was a one of kind and we never really understood what was going until many hours later, when we would gather our thoughts and kick back at the hotel. We had accomplished something in four days that usually takes us months to prepare, and we hadn’t even rehearsed or had any of our own crew with us. It was brave but it was also very refreshing.”
The band hadn’t known about the video recording of the concerts until months later. When Tramp had a chance to see it, he knew that magical show had to be released.
“It took longer to get it done than anticipated, but finally it is here and it hasn't lost any of the magic and power that took place in June 2005 at the BYH festival,” he said.
The set list is the same as the concert and the DVD also features bonus tracks from the USA tour and a full length interview with Mike Tramp from the following year’s Bang Your Head festival 2006 where Mike Tramp explains how it all came together.
White Lion released a new studio album, “Return of the Pride,” last year on Frontiers.
The track listing for Bang Your Head Festival 2005 is: More...
Opeth have posted footage online of their performance of the song "The Lotus Eater" from their most recent album "Watershed." The song was played at a 2009 live show in Chile. The video can be viewed below. More...
Avant-doom band Khanate's final album, "Clean Hands Go Foul," will be released on May 26th on Hydra Head Records. "Clean Hands Go Foul" has been made available on black, gold, and vanilla bean swirl vinyl starting NOW through BlueCollarDistro.com and upon its release, the initial 1000 copies of the CD edition will include the limited DVD release "End: Capture & Release Live DVD."
Here is the "Clean Hands Go Foul" tracklisting:
1. WINGS FROM SPINE (6:47) (download a sample)
2. CLEAN MY HEART (11:05)
3. IN THAT CORNER (9:13)
4. EVERY GOD DAMN THING (32:52)
Dutch death metal band The Lucifer Principle have posted a new video online for the song "Graveyard Ave," which comes from their upcoming album "Welcome to Bloodshed." The video can be viewed below.
"Welcome to Bloodshed" will be released on May 15th and the track listing will be as follows:
1. Born In Bloodshed
2. Death Resort
5. Graveyard Ave
7. Bond Of Supremacy
8. Nullification Of Life
9. The Burial More...
Finnish metallers Spiritus Mortis are currently streaming their entire new album "The God Behind The God" on their MySpace page. The album is currently set for a May 13th release via Firebox Records.
Mexican death metallers Infinitum Obscure have issued the following update about entering the recording studio:
"Black clouds begin to suffocate the skies!!! The recording studio has been booked...
"INFINITUM OBSCURE will begin recording drums tracks for their 2nd full length album entitled "Infra Ater Caela" on May 29th, 2009 in Los Angeles California, with none other than producer/..engineer Bill Metoyer.
"Infra Ater Caela will be released in CD format by Deathgasm Records (USA) and on 12 inch vinyl format by Blood Harvest Records (Sweden) More information coming soon, now it's time to prepare for the arrival of Death!"
Bill, the drummer of NY metal band, Malstrom, has issued the following statement regarding the ending of his band:
"Well folks, after 7 years, a demo, two records, and dozens of shows it's time for me to hang up this project. Having spent the past 3.5 years dealing with a never ending plague of lineup changes, it is painfully obvious that there isn't really support out there to learn this music, let alone take it out on the road and perform it. Nonetheless, we'd like to thank all the folks who've helped us out over the years including band members, radio stations, webzines, promoters, studios, other bands, and friends coming out to our shows (when we were playing them) over the past few years. Whether or not any of us goes on to better things, it was fun the few times things were working with this project." More...
California metalcore outfit Earth From Above has just released their freshman digi-pack album, "Numbered With The Transgressors," on Strike First Records. There are two samples tracks on their Myspace.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Redeemer: Greater Love
5. Vital Signs of a Rude Awakening
6. An Abstract Struggle
7. Redeemed: From The Wastes
8. Numbered with the Transgressors
9. Death of Ignorance
10. The Antidote
Finnish thrash band National Napalm Syndicate are currently streaming their entire new album "Devolution of Species" on their MySpace page. The album will continue to be available until April 22nd, when it will be officially released through Violent Journey Records.
The track listing for "Devolution of Species" will be as follows:
1. Aching Hunger
2. Fist in the Air
3. Dancing Days
4. Funeral Pyre
6. Die My Bride
7. Bite the Bullet
8. According To You
9. Burden of Truth
10. The One You Warned Me Of
11. The Mob Rules
German power metal band Domain is currently streaming online the new song "Circle of Give and Take" from their latest album "The Chronicles Of Love, Hate And Sorrow." The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Massachusetts band Killswitch Engage have announced that upcoming fourth studio album through Roadrunner Records will be self-titled. The album, produced by Brendan O'Brien (AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine) and co-produced by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz, will hit stores on June 30.
Some of the working track titles for the album include "Reckoning," "The Forgotten," "Light in a Darkened World" and "Starting Over." Vocalist Howard Jones commented on the album by saying, "It was time for us to step outside of our comfort zone and try something a little different with this record. It definitely still sounds like us, but we needed to be refreshed and take things a little further." The singer also comments on the album being the band's second self-titled effort of its career, saying, "When we all couldn't agree on an album title, someone suggested we just keep it self-titled and we all pretty much agreed...gives it the feeling of a fresh new beginning."
Killswitch Engage have been playing the tentatively titled "Light in a Darkened World" during their set on the Music As A Weapon Tour, where they are serving as main support to Disturbed. The band also performed the song as the opening act of the first annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards, which were held on Tuesday, April 7 in Los Angeles.
Illinois black metallers Nachtmystium have issued the following announcement about the release date for their upcoming EP:
"We're proud to announce that we've licensed our own new EP, "Doomsday Derelicts" from our N. American label, Century Media, to be released on our own in-house label Battle Kommand Records for release in North America! The CD will be at press shortly and we anticipate a release date of May 5th, 2009. This will be a limited edition release, and there will be a mail-order only version with additional items included. More news on those details will come soon....
"Cover art added in the "Misc." folder of our pictures session, since Myspace is refusing to let me add the picture into this blog currently for some reason...
"Release info below:
"Doomsday Derelicts" EP Recorded at Electrical Audio - Chicago, IL Engineered by Sanford Parker, May, 2008 More...
New York based Goes Cube are currently streaming the song "The Only Daughter" from their upcoming album "Another Day Has Passed" on their MySpace page. The album is set to be released on May 12th through The End Records.
Brooklyn metallers Gwynbleidd have issued the following announcement about the release date of their upcoming album:
"The Gwynbleidd debut full length album Nostalgia has been scheduled for official release on April 23rd, 2009. New songs from the album have been posted to our myspace page as well as at www.gwynbleidd.com.
"You can now pre-order the album here."
Given Chuck Schuldiner’s profound influence on the death metal genre, which some say he created, I was looking forward to this local tribute to the work of this legendary guitarist who died far too young in 2001. If nothing else, we got to see some local talent with a guarantee of some good cover songs at The Cobalt, one of the few Vancouver venues dedicated to the metal and hardcore music scene. More...
Napalm Records has issued the following announcement about Stream Of Passion acquiring a new drummer:
"After many years of great musical collaboration, Stream of Passion and drummer Davy Mickers decided to part ways. Due to personal reasons, Davy took this step as he needs to devote more of his time to his family. Thus, he could not longer give Stream of Passion 100% of his energy. The band members wish him much happiness on this new journey in his life!
"Stream of Passion is thrilled to present their fans with their new drummer: Martijn Peters. Martijn earned his extraordinary skills by playing and touring with bands like novAct, Backwater and Stentorian. He joined Stream of Passion just in time to play with them on the upcoming dates in support of their highly anticipated new album “The Flame Within”.
"In addition, Stream of Passion relaunched their MySpace site and a new song – entitled “When you hurt me the most” – is available for the fans’ listening pleasure."
Japanese hardcore band AGGRESSIVE DOGS has announced a few U.S. tour dates around the inaugural installment of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
AGRRESSIVE DOGS just released their brand new record, "Aoki Garou," which features Loudness bassist, Yamashita, as well as aforementioned Agnostic Front members. "Aoki Garou" was mixed by none other than Zeuss, at his Massachusetts’ based Planet Z Recordings, and produced by Alan Douches at West West Side.
Japan’s Defstar Records also just released a 25th Anniversary tribute album, dedicated to AGGRESSIVE DOGS, which features tracks from the band’s catalogue, all covered by the finest hardcore acts today: Sick of it All, Agnostic Front, Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Kingdom of Sorrow, Icepick), Stigma, Loyal to the Grave and more.
The upcoming US dates with AGGRESSIVE DOGS are as follows:
4/16 – Albany, NY- Boogie’s - w/Crowns of Kings, Heal these Wounds and more
4/17 - Worcester, MA – New England Metal and Hardcore Festival w/ Lamb of God, The Acacia Strain and more
4/19 - Centerville, MA – Fraternal Lodge - w/Thy Will Be Done and more
Finnish metal band Norther has announced that Aleksi Sihvonen will be taking over their vocal duties. An MP3 of Aleksi performing the song "Frozen Angel" can be heard here. The band issued the following statement about recruiting the vocalist:
"After a hard search for a new vocalist we are honored to announce Aleksi Sihvonen as our new lead singer. He is a creative and diverse vocalist with loads of experience. He will surely add new input to the band with his talent and variable singing styles, and most importantly: his personality fits to the band perfectly.
"Besides this we have recruited, our old friend, Daniel Freyberg as live guitarist to complete our team. We also want to thank all of you worldwide who applied for the new vocalist spot!
"We hereby welcome our great new guys, Aleksi and Daniel, to the band and we will present you the fresh NORTHER line-up live soon!" More...
German metallers Nocturnal have announced that their upcoming album "Violent Revenge" will be released via Displeased Records on June 15th.
The track listing will be as follows:
2. Atomic Warfare
3. Slaughter Command
4. Death Is The Answer
5. Beast Of Hades
7. Dark Rat Eyes
8. Swarm Of Insects
9. Creation Of The Possessed
10. Hells Forces
Darkest Hour has issued the following statement about their upcoming album and touring schedule:
"Darkest Hour, the Washington D.C. powerhouse metal quintet, will proudly release their fifth full-length record, The Eternal Return, June 23, 2009 on Victory Records. The band tapped producer Brian McTernan (Senses Fail, Thrice, From Autumn to Ashes) and recorded at his Baltimore, MD-based Salad Days Studio. Guitarist Mike Schleibaum comments, “To put it simply, this is a metal record made by dudes who have dedicated half of our lives to aggressive, unrelenting music.”
“It’s been a long road, but we have finally completed work on our new record, The Eternal Return,” added Schleibaum. “I am very proud of the hard work and passion that both the band and producer Brian McTernan poured into this. After 14 years, we’ve decided there’s no reason to put out DARKEST HOUR records other then for ourselves and for the people that love this band. This record has no hidden agenda, no pop hit, or stylistic departure to broaden the fan base. Rather, it is a sick thrash, speed, melodic, metal record! It feels like it has all the aggression and speed of our Hidden Hands… record, the melody and songwriting of Undoing Ruin, and the technicality and musicianship of Deliver Us. We encourage anyone who has loved our records in the past or present to check it out. And if you’ve never found something that’s connected with you in a DARKEST HOUR record before, then take some time to listen to this one, because this is a defining DARKEST HOUR record… We look forward to playing new songs on our upcoming European tour with Bleeding Through and on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour! See ya in the pit!”
"Fans will surely not be let down by this upcoming album, and prior to its release in the states, DARKEST HOUR will head over to Europe on the Thrash and Burn Tour on a co-headlining stint with Bleeding Through, with support from Beneath the Massacre, Carnifex and more. More...
Zao has released a second song from their upcoming album "Awake?" on their
The track listing for album will be as follows:
1. 1,000,000 Outstretched Arms Of Nothing
3. The Eyes Behind The Throne
4. Human Cattle Masses Marching Forward
5. Romance Of The Southern Spirit
6. What Will You Find?
8. Quiet Passenger Pt. 1
10. Quiet Passenger Pt. 2/The World Caved In
Chimaira has posted a short teaser trailer for the upcoming DVD "The Making of The Infection," which will be released with special editions of "The Infection," due out April 21. The video clip features guitarist Rob Arnold talking about the band's place in metal and their approach on the new album. You can watch the video clip below: More...
Alice In Chains has announced that they've finished recording their upcoming new album, which is tentatively due in September. Here's the update from the band:
"As most of you who have been paying attention have already figured out, the new Alice In Chains album is finally complete. We've been in the studio since October, and since it all began we celebrated 6 major holidays, elected a new President of the United States, crowned new World Series and Super Bowl champs, endured fires, earthquakes, & blackouts in and around Los Angeles, took a 2 1/2 week break to go to Australia, and to cap it all off, William & Jerry finally euthanized their beards.
"This long, arduous process is complete, and although there's still a lot of work to be done, the songs are in the can and that's the most important thing.
"So what can I tell you when I look back on the last six months?
"I can tell you that the monotony of 12 to 16 hour days in the studio can be broken up by multiple costumes and hair styles, hours and hours of dice games, any sort of dialogue delivered in a heavily accentuated southern drawl, and a slew of special guests dropping by the studio.
"Most of all I can tell you that some amazing songs were written and recorded. From the heaviest riff-dripping gut puncher to the most sadly beautiful song I think this band has ever recorded, I honestly believe that this album will return Alice In Chains to the top of the hard rock heap.
"So now the next few months are dedicated to things like album artwork, lining up interviews and press, shooting videos, planning tours, and figuring out whether to bury Jerry and William's beards at sea or donate them to science.
"Hopefully these new songs will strike a chord and make a similar impact on all of you out there that were moved by this band in the first place. These songs have definitely done that with me, and frankly I'm getting pretty sick and tired of loving this stuff alone, so I can’t wait for it to be released so it'll become your favorite record of 2009 and we can discuss it at the shows.
"So clear a slot in your CD shelf and schedule maternity leave from work in September, because the long drought will be over soon..."
Guitarist, Ol Drake, of UK thrash metal band, Evile, has issued the following update regarding the replacement for Warpath on their upcoming tour with Mutant:
"On Sun 12th Apr Warpath let us know they have to pull out of our tour (which starts Wed 15th Apr) due to their lead guitarist being 'indirectly involved in a motorcycle accident' on the 8th. We wish them all the best and hope he has a speedy recovery."
"We only had 2/3 days to find a replacement band." More...
Florida's Jon Oliva's Pain has announces the following European tour dates:
05/23 - Pratteln, CH, Z7 Metal Dayz Festival
05/24 - Wörgl, AT, Komma (acoustic show)
05/26 - Frankfurt, DE, Sinkkasten (acoustic show)
05/27 - Dortmund, DE, Garageland (acoustic show)
05/29 - Kerkrade, NL, The Rock Temple
05/30 - Gelsenkirchen, DE, Rock Hard Festival
05/31 - Zoetermeer, NL, Boerderij
06/02 - Hamburg, DE, Ballroom (acoustic show)
06/04 - Copenhagen, DK, The Rock
06/05 - Sölvesborg, SE, Sweden Rock Festival
06/06 - Flensburg, DE, Roxy
06/08 - Prague, CZ, Exit Club
06/10 - Budapest, HU, Hungary
06/12 - Ankara, TR, TBA
06/13 - Istanbul, TR, Studio Live
06/14 - Sibiu, RO, Rockin Transilvania Festival
06/16 - Belgrade, SRB, SKC
06/18 - Munich, DE, Backstage (acoustic show)
06/20 - Kleinwenkheim, DE, Queens of Metal Festival
06/21 - Zaragoza, ES, Metalway Festival
06/23 - Niederkrüchten, DE, Pitch Black (acoustic show)
06/25 - Balingen, DE, Bang Your Head Festival
06/26 - Dessel, BE, Graspop Metal Meeting
06/27 - Helsinki, FI, Tuska Festival More...
Swedish metallers, Lake of Tears, has signed to AFM Records. The label issues the following statement about the signing:
"We are very happy to welcome the Swedish cult band LAKE OF TEARS on AFM Records! With their unique, versatile sound the band has convinced critics and fans alike, lately with their 2007 effort 'Moons And Mushrooms.' A new LAKE OF TEARS album is already in the making and you can expect a release by the end of the year."