Metal News for April 14, 2010
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37 news articles posted on this day.
Port Elgin, Ontario melodic metalcore band from Beyond Purgatory has posted their self-titled EP on their Pure Volume page.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Is This Our Fate?
3. Heaven Holds No Sinners
4. Appeal To Impurity
Beyond Purgatory is:
Brian Leslie - Vocals
Sean Best - Guitar
Cole Rolland - Guitar
Brad Bastine - Drums More...
Atlanta thrash metal band ANGER WITHIN has announced that they have signed with SATANICA RECORDS. The label is based out of New Zealand. The band's self-released 2008 demo "26," will be re-released internationally, as an EP with bonus tracks under SATANICA RECORDS. In addition, ANGER WITHIN is also finishing up new material at Virtual Adrenaline Studios. THe new album is tentatively titled "Fiction To Reality," which will also be released through SATANICA RECORDS, as an EP.
ANGER WITHIN's frontman, Wulf, comments, "Everyone in Anger Within is extremely excited to collaborate with Satanica Records! We feel that Satanica will help bring Anger Within's music, to an international level, & expose us to an all new audience. Not since 2003, & the re-release of the "New Nation" demo, (on the now defunct Frozen Music Label,) have we had any label put in the faith, time, or effort, stepped up to the plate, & take Anger Within under their wing. We plan on working hard for the label, & hope that any success, can lead to a domestic US record deal with somebody! With that said, we excited to finally have our foot in the door, & are very honored to have this opportunity to work with Xan & Satanica Records!"
British thrashers Sworn Amongst are ready to hit the stage for the first time in over a year. Sworn Amongst will play their first gig in nearly a year when they kick off their UK “Systematically Exploited” Tour on April 17 in Peterborough. This tour will mark the start of the band’s touring in support of their recent full length release, Severance. Most dates will include support by Rising Records label mates Abadden.
Sworn Amongst’s drummer Jonny Harper had this to say about the tour, “The response to the Severance album has been mega! Now we just want to get out there and deliver Severance to audiences.” The dates will see the band members playing in their hometowns of Hull and Derby as they make their way around the UK.
The following dates have been confirmed:
Apr 17 2010 - Club Revolution (The Park) - Peterborough
Apr 18 2010 - The Riverside - Selby - w/ While She Sleeps
Apr 20 2010 - The Well (Josephs Well)- Leeds
Apr 21 2010 - The Parish - Huddersfield
Apr 22 2010 - The Leopard - Doncaster
Apr 23 2010 - Old Cock - Halifax
Apr 24 2010 - The Bell - Derby
Apr 27 2010 - Trillians – Newcastle
Apr 28 2010 - The Snooty Fox - Wakefield
Apr 29 2010 - The Hat Factory – Luton
Apr 30 2010 - Railway Club - Watford
May 14 2010 - The Duke Of Wellington - Lincoln
May 15 2010 - Portland Arms - Cambridge
May 21 2010 - The Lamp - Hull
May 22 2010 - The Gasworks - Bradford
May 26 2010 - The Face Bar - Reading
May 27 2010 - The Nags Head - High Wycombe
May 28 2010 - The Inn On The Square - Barnstaple
German metal band ENEMY OF THE SUN has posted a new song, "Another End Of The Rainbow," online at this location. The song comes off their new album, "Caedium," which will be released on May 28th in Europe through Massacre Records.
After the release of their debut EP, Montana based metal act Throne of Malediction is currently hard at work on a full-length album tentatively titled "Seasons of Death." Throne of Malediction is fronted by husband and wife duo Eric and Jessica Horner, who also work on a side project together titled Irreverent Soul.
The entire band sat down with me for a video interview at a live show in Great Falls, in which the members discussed their musical influences, receiving permission from Carpathian Forest to include a cover song on their album, and their addition to an "Anti-Christmas" compilation album. More...
New Jersey's pirate thrashers SWASHBUCKLE have recently parted ways with drummer Captain Crashride. A new replacement has already been found with a guy called Bootsmann Collins.
The band comments, "Ahoy scallywags and asshats! There's been a bit of a change in the 'buckle rank as of late. We have recently parted ways with drummer Captain Crashride. He brought us five years of service and utter shenanigans, and we wish him nothing but the best in combating that extreme outbreak of scurvy. With that being said, we now have a new drummer stepping up to fill the boots and more so to speak, and that man be none other than Bootsmann Collins. He's a fucking killer drummer and quite the retarded pirate. So we couldn't be more stoked to have him aboard. So please give him a warm welcome with yar internet shit-talk and utter disgust for everything piratical. We wouldn't have it any other way. Eat a bowl of fuck! Love, Admiral Nobeard. P.S. Check out the bootsmann's other band as well - WE ALL HAVE DAY JOBS Tootles!" More...
Germany's Burial Vault has issued the following update about their guitarist Alexander Petri returning to the band:
"Hey folks, we received some questions about our current situation due to our last blog. 'Is the band running into mischief? Are there any problems concerning to the Metalfest?' We can answer all these questions with: 'No.' We want to announce that Alexander 'Wolle' Petri has just rejoined the band.
"After he quit the band in September 2009, he realized very quick how much he missed to play music. Recently, he joined forces with our fellows Hate Embraced. When it became clear that Klaas was going to leave the band, we talked with Alexander about a possible reunion. He agreed and now the new old line-up is going to destroy the Metalfest!
"To all fans of Hate Embraced: It might be interesting for you to hear that Alexander will be playing the upcoming Hate Embraced-shows. With these shows he wants to do some farewell performances to the audience. And now we just want to say: See you soon at the Metalfest!"
Mastodon will be taking part in several of Europe’s summer festivals as well as playing a few upcoming headlining shows. The invasion will begin at the Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park Festivals, which occurs June 4th-6th, 2010 in Germany. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
6/4-6 GER Rock Am Ring/Rock Im Park
6/7 NET Utrecht, Tivoli (Headlining show)
6/8 NET Zoetermeer, Boerderij (Headlining show)
6/10 NOR Oslo, Norwegian Wood Festival
6/11 SWE Solvesborg, Sweden Rock Festival
6/12 DEN Copenhagen, Copenhell Festival
6/16 POL Warsaw Bemowo airport, Sonisphere Festival
6/18 SWI Wil nr. Zurich Degenaupark, Sonisphere Festival
6/19 CZ Mimon nr Prague, Sonisphere Festival
6/23 BUL Sofia, Levski Stadium, Sonisphere Festival
6/24 GRE Athens, Terra Vibe Park, Sonisphere Festival
6/25 TUR Istanbul. Inonu Stadium, Sonisphere Festival
6/26 BEL Dessel, Graspop Metal Meeting Festival
6/27 ROM Bucharest, La Catarg. Sonisphere Festival
6/29 RUS Moscow, B1 Maximum (Headlining show)
7/1 SWE Borlange, Peace and Love Festival
7/3 FIN Helsinki, Tuska Festival
Zoroaster has posted a music video online for the song "White Dwarf," which can be viewed below. The track is off the band’s 2009 LP "Voice of Saturn." Directed by the band’s longtime friend and roadie / light tech, Nick Hood, the “White Dwarf” video was filmed on location at both the Plaza Theater and Thunderbox Rehearsal Studios in the band’s hometown of Atlanta, GA.
Zoroaster is currently ensconced in Atlanta’s Living Room Studios putting the finishing touches on its new album "Matador." The trio is working with producer Sanford Parker on the record, which will be mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room in Chicago, IL. Matador’s drums and bass were laid to tape at Atlanta’s Glow in the Dark Studios.
Vanishing Point has issued the following update about working on a new album:
"Hey guys.... Ok so things have been a bit quite in the land of Vanishing Point at the moment, and that's because we're firmly locked away writing album no.5 So far there's about 8 pre production songs and they're sounding very very cool. Soon we will discuss who will produce the album and different studios to record in. At the moment there is no album title or artwork.
"In OTHER news: VP's guitarists Chris Porcianko, Tommy Vucur and Adrian Alimic are on the "artists" page of Ibanez' 2010 catalog. Grab a copy of the catalog at your local music store. The boys are loving their new guitars and can't wait to hit the studio with them.
"ALSO... VP's drummer Christian Nativo has signed up with Vic Firth drumsticks and Remo drumskins. So there you have it guys.....In the mean time there's a live track uploaded on our myspace and facebook music players recorded live from Sydney a while back."
SPV/STEAMHAMMER has announced the planned release of ICED EARTH’S "Box of the Wicked" on May 18th. This exclusive set is limited 2,500 copies in the U.S. and will retail at a low price of under $40. The "Box of the Wicked" includes the digipak version of 2007’s "Framing Armageddon," the digipak single of "Overture of the Wicked," the digipak version of 2008’s "The Crucible of Man," the digipak single of "I Walk Among You" and a bonus CD featuring a re-recorded version of "A Charge to Keep" from "Framing Armageddon" with Matt Barlow on vocals and three previously unreleased live tracks from the 2008 Graspop Festival in Belgium. Also included is a high quality 12-page booklet with never before seen photos and liner notes, as well as an exclusive poster. Details and track listings are as follows: More...
Ohio's Mouth of the Architect are set to release a new EP entitled "The Violence Beneath" on April 27th. The four tracks on the mini-release encompass over 32 minutes. You can check out the opening title track Hear the opening/title track at the band's MySpace page.
The track listing for "The Violence Beneath" is as follows:
1. The Violence Beneath
2. Buried Hopes
4. In Your Eyes
The band also has the following upcoming European tour dates:
4/15/2010 The 013 - Tilburg, Netherlands
4/16/2010 Trinitaires - Metz, France
4/17/2010 Glazart - Paris, France
4/18/2010 Le St. Ex - Bordeaux, France
4/19/2010 Rocksound - Barcelona, Spain
4/20/2010 Ritmos & Compas - Madrid, Spain
4/21/2010 The Musicbox - Lissabon, Portugal
4/22/2010 Porto-Rio - Porto, Portugal
4/24/2010 Secret Place - Montpellier, France
4/25/2010 Tunnel - Milano, Italy
4/26/2010 Farm - Bologna, Italy
4/27/2010 Channel Zero - Ljubljana, Ljubljana
4/28/2010 Feierwerk - Munchen, Germany
4/29/2010 Durer Kert - Budapest, Hungary
4/30/2010 007 - Prague, Czech Republic
5/01/2010 Tabacka Kulturfabric - Kosice, Slovenia
5/02/2010 Firlej / ODA Firlej - Wroclaw, Poland
5/03/2010 AJZ - Chemnitz, Germany
5/04/2010 Schlachthof - Wiesbaden, Germany
5/05/2010 Stumpf - Hanover, Germany
6/06/2010 Alter Stattbahnhof - Schweinfurt, Germany
5/07/2010 Cafe Nova - Essen, Germany
5/08/2010 Les 4 Ecluses - Dunkerque, France
5/09/2010 Corporation - Sheffield, England
5/10/2010 The Well - Leeds, England
5/11/2010 The Croft - Bristol, England
5/12/2010 Underworld - London, England
5/13/2010 *TBA - Marbehan, Belgium
5/27/2010 WZRD Radio - Chicago, IL
5/29/2010 Triple Rock Social Club - Minneapolis, MN
5/30/2010 The Cactus Club - Milwaukee, WI
Spanish grindcore act Rato Raro has come to an agreement with Xtreem Music for the release of the band's second full-length album "AcideTHC," which will contain 18 tracks. The album is scheduled for release during the first half of May. In the mean time you can hear several sample tracks off the new album at Rato Raro's official MySpace page.
The Ocean released their latest album "Heliocentric" on April 13th, 2010. To celebrate the album's release, The Ocean's Robin Staps has filmed short video clips that describe in detail the lyrical and musical concepts behind the songs on "Heliocentric." The first clip can be viewed below and the rest can be found after the jump.
Suicide Silence is set to release a new single for the song “Disengage” on April 20th. This will feature the album version and a special remix courtesy of Big Chocolate (aka, Cameron Argon of Disfiguring the Goddess & Burning the Masses). A sample of the remix can be heard on the video clip below. This single will be issued only in digital and a 7” blue vinyl format, with artwork done by Joshua Belanger. The band also recently shot a new video for “Disengage” with director Thomas Mignone, which is set to debut online sometime next month.
Italian doom act Ufomammut has announced the band's new album "Eve" is to be released worldwide on May 5th via Supernatural Cat Records. Ufomammut has stated the concept of Eve was initially inspired by Pink Floyd's "Meddle" album. "The idea was to work on a long song and some satellites" the band commented. "Then we started in playing this song that was growing and developing bigger and bigger. And it was like we were reaching something new; a different knowledge. So I got the feeling we had to move it around something that was about freedom; the idea of rebellion, of fighting to reach something important, and peculiar."
The official release date, the number of tracks, the overall timing of the whole album, the number of formats the album will be presented in and just about every other aspect of the release are tied into the story of Eve. The band comments: "The concept of Eve was cool because cause you can read it on both sides, like the Ouroboros; a serpent circle eating itself. When all the other numeric things we came out together it all sounded like it was fate, it had to be done."
A teaser video for the album can be viewed below.
Australia's Captain Cleanoff has issued the following update about releasing a new split album:
"Just a quick update to let you know our next release will be a split 7" with our good friends The Kill. We have discussed doing this for the last five or so years so it's good to see it's finally happening. This will be a split label release with Blast As Fuck (Aus), Psychotherapy (Cz) & Give Praise (US). We are hoping to have these before MDF but we'll have to wait and see. More info to follow."
Several Captain Cleanoff tracks are also available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.
Dutch metallers Cirrha Niva have issued the following announcement about parting ways with their drummer Tommy White:
"Dear friends, we have a sad announcement to make: drummer Tommy White is forced to leave Cirrha Niva due to health problems. Although it didn’t came as a surprise to us we still feel very sad about it. We can only accept his carefully considered decision and wish Tommy a quick recovery. We really hope sometimes, someday, Tom’s health will allow him to pick up the drumsticks again and form or join a new band…this band will not only gain a kick-ass tight drummer but also a wonderful person. Good luck mate! Cirrha Niva will NOT cancel any gigs.
"Temporary drummer Eelco van der Meer who has played most of the recent gigs, will help us out for the time being. In the meantime Cirrha Niva is urgently seeking for a new talented drummer. So if you are a kick-ass drummer yourself or you know someone who is…contact the band at cirrhaniva [at] home.nl"
Tommy has also written a personal note in which he explains his decision: More...
Swedish progressive metallers Darkwater will start recording their second album next week. Joining them on the album is Simon Andersson (ex. Pain of Salvation) on bass. The as-yet-untitled album will be mixed this summer by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, and is planned for a fall 2010 release through Ulterium Records.
Henrik Båth of Darkwater comments: "We're thrilled and eager to head into the studio and record our second album. Our debut album was received so much better than we could have hoped for, but still we feel that we can top it. We've got some great material ready to be recorded, and with the addition of Simon Andersson on bass as well as Fredrik Nordström for the mixing of the album everything feels right. We're definitely ready to take everything to the next level with this release."
You can also check out sample Darkwater tracks at the band's MySpace page.
Katatonia has checked in from the road with a new tour report on Ultimate-Guitar.com. An excerpt from the blog follows:
"Hey folks, this is Nille from Katatonia. Like Mr. Sodomizer I´ll introduce myself so you´ll know what kinda of a bloke I am. Through the recent years I´ve met Jonas Renkse through their tour manager Ronnie who I once played in a band with called Amaran. This was back in 2006. In the beginning of December last year I received an mail from Jonas asking if I was interested in playing some bass for Katatonia. It didn´t take long before I agreed to take on the challenge. With a lot of songs to learn and little time to do it, I started to rehearse the songs be ear straight away. Tour started pretty much straight away and here´s my view of the week I´m covering in our band tour diary...
"Monday 22 of March (Lyon, France): I can recall waking up in the tour bus soaked in sweat as usual. It tends to get a bit hot upstairs. I don´t really know why but I guess that the air conditioning fucks up occasionally. Being all dizzy I headed my way to the venue which was located just beside the bus. I soon realized that the stage was good and that it had the potential to become a great gig. With some mini pizza slices and some soda in my stomach I was off to sound check. I soon learned that my bass guitar needed to be adjusted so this evening I had to play with Jonas´ bass which he was kind enough to lend to me as backup throughout the whole tour. Its the same Mayones bass he uses for his other band ´Bloodbath´. Short after the sound check everyone was really hungry and was eager to get their teethes in something good. More...
Australian death metallers Portal have announced they will be touring the U.S. in May. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
5/14 2010 Oasis Club Los Angeles, California
5/15 2010 Thee Parkside San Francisco, California
5/18 2010 Club Satyricon Portland, Oregon
5/19 2010 The Funhouse Seattle, Washington
5/23 2010 Now That’s Class Cleveland, Ohio
5/24 2010 Mohawk Place Buffalo, New York
5/25 2010 Great Scott Boston, Massachusetts
5/26 2010 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, New York
5/27 2010 Kung Fu Neck Tie Philidelphia, Pennsylvania
5/29 2010 Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
Privateer has posted a music video online for the song "Origami," which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the video:
"We are proud to present you our new video Origami. We live and die drowned in endless statistics. Our existence has become no more than numbers. For many people we represent no more than our ID number or our birth date. Our lives are piled up in heaps of documents, printouts and certificates - we live on paper and very often paper is all that's left after we're gone. Our existence in this world ends, as our death certificate is signed. A paper existence in a world stuffed with paper. We see and describe the reality through the data we have gathered. We leave behind the paper curtain of bureaucracy and education. The shapes of reality turn into patterns. Our life is Origami."
Germany's Rabenwolf has posted a new studio video report online, which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the footage:
"We are pleased to present you the report on the studio recording the first album, Raven-Wolf! We hope that a good insight into our work for our time in the studio to give! Among the new recordings, we will post another video for you to report on our progress! At this point we want to thank you for your endless support! Have fun with the video."
Singapore based metallers Rudra have issued the following update about the title of their upcoming album:
"Greetings. The third chapter in the trilogy is titled 'Brahmavidya: Immortal I' with 11 tracks, and is well on it's way to completion with drums and guitars already tracked, and recording shall be completed by the end of April. Release date shall be announced soon!"
Rudra also has the following upcoming live show:
4/17 2010 Black Revelations 2010 - Home Club Singapore, South
Bring Me The Horizon will be embarking on a string of U.K. club gigs with support from Cancer Bats and Tek-One. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
9/21 Oxford, Academy 2
9/22 Norwich, Waterfront
9/23 Birmingham, Academy 2
9/24 Glasgow, Garage
9/25 Leeds, Cockpit
9/27 Manchester, Club Academy
9/28 Colchester, Arts Centre
9/29 Brighton, Concorde 2
9/30 Exeter, Lemon Grove
10/1 London, The Garage (Cancer Bats not supporting)
Dark Tranquillity has announced a Portland, Oregon, date on May 29 at the Hawthorne Theatre as part of the upcoming North American tour with Threat Signal and Mutiny Within.
The confirmed dates so far are as follows:
May 11 Raleigh, NC - Volume 11 Tavern
May 12 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 13 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
May 14 Farmingdale, NY - The Crazy Donkey
May 16 Allston, MA - Harper's Ferry
May 17 Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
May 19 Quebec City, QC - Theatre Imperial
May 20 Torondo, ON - Opera House
May 21 Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
May 23 Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret
May 24 Regina, SK - The Exchange
May 25 Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
May 26 Calgary, AB - The Republik
May 29 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
May 31 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Jun. 01 West Hollywood, CA - Key Club
Krypteria's guitarist, producer and founding member Chris Siemons is forced to hang up his live guitar for the time being.
His health problems, which had already caused the group to cancel their German tour last October, unfortunately have taken a turn for the worse. Therefore, his doctor insisted on Chris avoiding any activity that might potentially aggravate the situation and lead to permanent bodily damages let alone paralysis.
Beginning with Krypteria's performance at the "Go to Gö" festival this Friday, Olli Singer (ex-Lolita Nace) will take over live guitar duties for Chris Siemons.
Chris Siemons: "Olli is a phenomenal guitarist and a great guy, who fits in perfectly with us. And while I'll dearly miss performing on stage, I am more than confident that Olli will do a wonderful job filling in for me live."
Drummer S.C. Kuschnerus: "Krypteria's original line-up will not undergo any changes. However, Chris will focus on the management aspects of the band to a greater extent than ever. And thanks to his enormous expertise in that field it will only make Krypteria a stronger entity."
Besides working on the upcoming Krypteria album with his band mates Chris is facing a lengthy rehabilitation process which ideally will help him avoid surgery, improve his health substantially and eventually may allow him to return to the stage.
Upcoming Krypteria shows: More...
Amaranthe has posted the following new tour blog online through Crank It Up about their current tour dates with Kamelot:
"Hey all, Olof from Amaranthe checking in from Tampere Finland, in the middle of our Scandinavian tour with Kamelot. This is mainly a swedish site, but I will keep it in English for our international readers. This is Amaranthe's first ever tour, and it couldn't really have gone better so far! We started out in our hometown of Gothenburg, playing a packed Trädgårn, not bad for our second gig ever! Our clean singers, Jake and Elize have been out on the road for more than two weeks with Kamelot, and after seeing them perform on big stages together with Kamelot, it was nice to finally to join them on the trek!
"To kick things off properly we ended the first night by bringing the Kamelot dudes to our favourite local bar, Rockbaren. After a late night and an early morning plus some travleing we found ourselves in the very awesome venue Tyrol in Stockholm, constructed to imitate the interior of an alp cabin - but an alp cabin that can fit 1500 people :)
"Stockholm crowd was great as well, and it's quite fun to see the look on people's faces as we take on the stage and more and more singers walks on. At this point we are unknown to most people, and we are all really enjoying convincing people that Amaranthe is the best thing since sliced bread - you don't really get anything for free, but it makes it all the more exciting when you finally get that crowd roaring. Also here we had a pretty awesome after party at the classic rockbar Anchor bar, after being picked up in style with a long white limousine, cheers to the Holmqvist brothers from Djurgården hockey team for that! More...
Australian metal act Woods of Desolation has posted two new tracks online for streaming, which are both off the band's upcoming as-yet-untitled album. The new songs "Torn Beyond Reason" and "Darker Days" can be heard at the official Woods of Desolation MySpace page. More details on the album's title and track listing will be announced as they are made available.
Sweden's Death Maze is currently streaming two new songs online from the band's latest unnamed promo EP. The songs "Where Odium Grows" and "Beyond Life" can now be heard at the official Death Maze MySpace page.
Death Maze also has the following upcoming tour dates:
4/17 2010 Klubben - Fryshuset Stockholm, Stockholms län
5/14 2010 Moshapocalypse - Teen Dream Göteborg, Västra Götalands län
5/22 2010 Ume-Metal Open Air Umeå,
REQUIEM will enter Stage One Studio in Borgentreich, Germany in December 2010 with longtime producer Andy Classen (KRISIUN, BELPHEGOR, LEGION OF THE DAMNED, DEW-SCENTED, DISBELIEF amongst others ) to begin recording the follow-up to last year's "Infiltrate... Obliterate... Dominate," tentatively titled "Within Darkened Disorder."
The band comments on their progress, "The songwriting process is still going on finishing the instrumental arrangements. Lyrics and vocal arrangements will be done prior to the next European tour in November 2010. An early 2011 via Twilight Vertrieb is expected. More updates concerning the new album will be announced soon."
"This will be the first recordings with REQUIEM's new lineup: Phil Klauser (guitar), Ralf Winzer Garcia (vocals/bass) and Reto Crola (drums)." More...
Judgement Day has released their new album, "Peacocks/Pink Monsters" worldwide through a number of digital stores including the official Judgement Day Store (use code "ihavethepower" to get 20% off the instant download). In doing so, they've also posted a number of new songs online for streaming in addition to their previously released "Cobra Strike." The new songs available for streaming in full are:
Zombie Rodeo Clown
Peacocks / Pink Monsters
You can check them out here.
Hypnosis has issued the following update regarding new music on their MySpace page:
"Our myspace player has been completely relaunched, and you can now listen to 2 brand new songs (demo version), 'Coming Undone' & 'Kill The Machine,' that will appear on our next album, set to be recorded before the end of the year!"
Keyboard player Richard Rietdijk has left TEXTURES to pursue other interests. In a statement to the band’s fans he had to say the following:
"After 10 awesome years playing synths in the band, I've decided to leave Textures. There are other projects (music and other) I've been wanting to do for a while now and currently the time and effort it takes to be in the band is in the way of me achieving those."
"I want to thank all you fans for your continued support and making this journey as awesome as it has been. I got the rare opportunity to travel and meet the most awesome people from all over the world and appreciate the sustained contacts online. I hope all of you will continue supporting this hardworking band. They earn every bit of it. Their next album will blow your socks off, believe me!"
"To the guys (including the crew) I'd like to say it's been an absolute honor and a privilege to have been in this band, seeing and helping it grow from this small local band to the phenomenon it is now. It will take a while to get used to not doing this with you guys anymore, and I'll cherish the friendship we have forever. I wish you guys well in all your future endeavors. You're going to be just fine. This decade has been one hell of a ride! THANK YOU!"
The band commented on Richard’s departure:
"After 10 very great years, it is sadly finally so...our synths & samples-maestro is leaving. We will miss Richard a lot, especially his laugh and his awesome humour."
After Eric left a few months ago, of course we began to think more about our future times and everything we do along the way. Things change all the time! For everyone."
"We know Richard will have a great time doing the other things he really loves, but meanwhile our tourbus is going to keep hitting the road we are unstoppable!"
"So Textures will live on of course, we are in the middle of writing a new album and at the same time we are keeping our eyes open for a new keyboard player! So keep 'em coming folks!! The band is contemplating how to fill Richard’s place within TEXTURES."
Bassist/vocalist Pat Henry of New Jersey pirate metal band Swashbuckle has issued the following studio update:
"'Buckle drum tracks for 'Crime Always Pays' will be finished tonight. Starting on guitars/bass this week. This record is moving along awesomely. This record is the equivalent of being punched in the face by a metal-squid wearing boxing gloves made of brass and iron, whilst reading many leatherbound volumes."
Drowning Pool has launched a new webstore at DrowningPool.com where you can pre-order the band's new album and some deluxe packages. Each package comes with an instant download of a new song "Turn So Cold" you can't hear anywhere else. The self-titled album will be released on April 27, 2010.
In related band news, Drowning Pool will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn on Monday April 26, 2010 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the Internet for the broadcast go to www.RocklineRadio.com This broadcast will be available for two weeks on the Rockline website beginning the evening of the day following the show.
Deftones released their new music video for "Diamond Eyes" online. "Diamond Eyes" is the title track and first single off the band's May 4th release and can be pre-ordered here. Check out the "Diamond Eyes" music video below: