Metal News for April 15, 2011
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35 news articles posted on this day.
French act Benighted dips into the psyche of a serial killer, with predictably violent and extreme results, in the band's latest death/grind offering "Asylum Cave." Besides the members of the five-piece themselves, "Asylum Cave" also sees guest spots from Sven de Caluwé of Aborted and Mike Majewski of Devourment.
Benighted vocalist Julien Truchan shared the madness of the serial killer's mind with Metalunderground.com, explaining how the band has changed over the last decade, the group's refusal to pay attention to musical trends, and recording at Kohlekeller Studio in Germany. More...
As was previously announced, Septicflesh will be touring North America alongside Children of Bodom, Obscura, and Devin Townsend in support of the new album "The Great Mass."
Guitarist Christos Antoniou had this to say about their upcoming tour: "It is an honor to play on a tour with so many talented musicians. The bands included in the package are unique. Also, we are very anxious to return to USA and present to the American audience our new material live. Join us, in a Great Mass of Death."
The current tour schedule is as follows:
June 24 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
June 25 San Francisco, CA Slim's
June 26 Portland, OR Roseland
June 27 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
June 28 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
June 30 Calgary, AB MacEwan Ballroom
July 2 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Events Center
July 3 Saskatoon, SK Odeon
July 4 Winnipeg, MB Garrick Center
July 5 St. Paul, MN Station Four
July 6 Chicago, IL House of Blues
July 8 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
July 9 Orlando, FL BeachamTheater
July 10 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
July 12 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls
July 13 Norfolk, VA The Norva
July 14 Springfield, VA Jaxx
July 15 Springfield, VA Jaxx
July 16 New York, NY Best Buy Theatre
July 17 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero Theatre
July 19 Worcester, PA Palladium
July 21 Halifax, NS Multipurpose Centre (No Devin Townsend, this date only)
July 23 Toronto, ONT Downsview Park (* as part of Heavy TO w/ Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Slayer, etc.)
July 24 Montreal, QC Parc Jean-Drapeau (* as part of Heavy MTL w/ KISS, Motörhead, etc.)
Noisecreep.com is currently streaming a new song from the upcoming Faithsedge self-titled debut album. The album is set to be released this coming Tuesday, April 19th on Scarlet Records. Get your first listen to the song "Let It End This Way" by heading over to this location.
MetalUnderground.com also recently premiered the track "World Keeps Falling Down," which can you listen to by clicking here.
Faithsedge is a heavy metal/hard rock/progressive project started by singer/songwriter Giancarlo Florida in Huntington Beach, California, in early 2009. Giancarlo has previously worked with renowned producers such as Mike Talanca (David Bowie/Foreigner) and Juan Croucier (X-Ratt), among others.
Norwegian metal outfit Exeloume has inked a deal with ViciSolum Productions to release the band's new album "Fairytale of Perversion" on May 13th, 2011.
The album was produced by Rune Stavensli (Keep of Kalessin, Bloodthorn), mixed/mastered by Dan Swanö (Dissection, Asphyx, Katatonia, Opeth), and also features guest lead guitar by Andy LaRoque (King Diamond), guest vocals by Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity), and artwork by Ed Repka (Death, Atheist, Megadeth, Venom).
To check out Exeloume's music, head over to the band's MySpace music profile at this location.
News wires across the globe were quick to pick up the report that Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne owed a reported 1.7 million dollars in taxes to the Internal Revenue Service. The Osbourne's reportedly have paid this debt that was, in their words, news to them. It’s too bad because that is obviously a lot of money. Other ways they could have spent 1.7 million dollars:
Sharon could slip the 1.7 to Donald Trump as a political “donation” in hopes of becoming his running mate for the next Presidential election…
Pay for a billboard over Hollywood’s Sunset strip and hire Randy “Macho Man” Savage to promote Jani Lane’s new EP. Lane has a new EP coming soon that will be a free download with a choice to pay. Let’s make this happen. Lane and Savage side by side over West Hollywood. Lane needs to get back to making music and Savage needs to get back to selling consumer products. How does this benefit Ozzy? Probably doesn’t, but let’s assume Sharon has a crush on Randy Savage, if so, call it an early Christmas present. For more information go to www.stepintoaslimjim.com... More...
Taletellers is less than a week away from releasing the new album "Radicalizer" on Metalville Records. The band has now teamed up with SkullsnBones.com for a full album listening party along with along with an exclusive CD giveaway. You can check out the entire new album by heading over to this location.
The artwork for "Radicalizer" was once again designed by Mark Wilkinson and can be viewed below.
Hatebreed vocalist Jamey Jasta has announced that on July 26, 2011 he will release his debut solo album, titled "Jasta." The album, which is being released through eOne music, is set to feature guest appearances from members of Lamb Of God, As I Lay Dying, All That Remains, Early Graves and The Funeral Pyre as well as Zakk Wylde. You can view a trailer for the album below.
Vancouver, Canada heavy metallers 3 Inches of Blood have posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "12:34" and was made of backstage and live footage taken from the band's recent touring. You can view the video in the player below.
Swedish death metal supergroup Bloodbath has released a short video trailer in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming live DVD release, "Bloodbath Over Bloodstock." You can check out the trailer below.
The deluxe mediabook-packaged release will feature Bloodbath’s August 2010 set from the famed Bloodstock Festival, consisting of songs from "The Fathomless Mastery," as well as other classics and fan favorites. The full package will also include a 16-page booklet and a wealth of extras, featuring bonus footage taken from PartySan festival in 2008, as well as extensive band member interviews. "Bloodbath Over Bloodstock" will hit stores on April 25th on Peaceville Records.
Haemorrhage's brand new video for "Flesh-Devouring Pandemia," taken from the band's forthcoming album "Hospital Carnage," can be viewed now at MetalSucks.net. Head over to this location to watch the video. Haemorrhage has also recently filmed a video for the track "Traumaggedon," which will be released shortly.
"Hospital Carnage," the follow-up to 2006's "Apology For Pathology," is set for a May 24th North American release date (May 30th internationally). "Hospital Carnage" will be available on CD, LP and digitally. The deluxe digital version of the album includes bonus tracks and a digital booklet and is available for pre-order through iTunes. The album art, as designed by the band's guitarist / vocalist Luisma, can also be viewed online here.
Haemorrhage recorded "Hospital Carnage" at VRS Studios with Samuel Ruiz. The album was mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound.
Footage has been posted online of David Ellefson of Megadeth appearing at a Hartke Bass clinic in the Netherlands. You can check it out below.
The most recent video clip from David Ellefson's "Rock Shop" series is also still available for viewing here.
Finland's Pressure Points has issued the following update about parting ways with guitarist Juho Suortti:
"Juho Suortti, our long-time friend and fellow musician, has decided to leave Pressure Points. Juho has gone through some major changes in his life and felt he could not continue with the band anymore. The news was shocking, as it came out of the blue, but now it is time to look forward.
"Every black cloud has a silver lining indeed: Juho's departure gave us a chance to think about the line-up from a new perspective. We have now agreed to begin the search for a new singer-guitarist. Primarily we are looking for a leading clean vocalist with good guitar skills. We expect the person to be passionate about singing and creating vocal arrangements. Having artistic vision and songwriting skills is an advantage. Joining the band requires commitment and devotion, as we are looking for a permanent member, not a session musician. We practice in Heinola once or twice a month during the weekends, and do gigs quite often.
"Nearly all the material is written for the second album. It is in our plans to head for the studio soon after we have found the new member. Negotiations with different labels about the publishing are proceeding. We have played over 100 gigs and recently toured with Nile abroad. So this is the real deal."
You can check out the band's music by heading over to official Pressure Points MySpace page.
Brutal Truth (featuring Kevin Sharp on vocals, Dan Lilker on bass, Richard Hoak on drums, and Erik Burke handling guitar duties) has completed work on the band's brand new full-length album, which will be titled "End Time."
Brutal Truth recorded "End Time" with Doug White at Watchmen Studios in Lockport, NY. The self-produced album was mixed by Jason P.C. at Goatsound Studios and is currently being mastered by Scott Hull at Visceral Sound.
Advance song titles taken from End Time include: "Celebratory Gunfire," "Crawling Man Blues," "Old World Order," "Killing Planet Earth," "Gut-Check," "Addicted," "Drink Up," and "Control Room." The new album "End Time" is expected to see a late summer 2011 release date and additional album information will be made available shortly.
Revocation has recently completed work on the band's new album, titled "Chaos of Forms." The band recorded "Chaos of Forms" at Damage Studios in Southbridge, Massachusetts with engineer Pete Rutcho. The follow-up to the band's break-through Relapse debut "Existence Is Futile" will feature 12 new tracks totaling a little over 45 minutes in length. An August 2011 release date is expected with additional album information to be posted soon.
Revocation will join Forbidden, White Wizzard, and Havok for a month-long North American tour this summer. This tour will kick-off on June 9th in Hollywood, CA hitting select cities across the U.S. and Canada. Revocation will also appear as part of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival this weekend in Worcester, MA as well as the Rochester Metal Fest and Hostile City Deathfest later this summer. The upcoming tour dates are listed below.
REVOCATION Tour Dates:
April 16 Worcester, MA Palladium (as part of New England Metal And Hardcore Festival)
May 1 Allston, MA Great Scotts (w/ HOLY GRAIL, CAULDRON)
May 13 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall (as part of Rochester Metal Fest)
May 21 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar and Grill
***All dates from June 9 thru July 2 w/ FORBIDDEN, WHITE WIZARD, HAVOK***
June 9 Hollywood, CA The Whiskey
June 11 Sparks, NV The Alley
June 12 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
June 13 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
June 14 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
June 15 Kelowna, BC Sapphire Nightclub
June 16 Edmonton, AB The Pawn Shop
June 17 Regina, SK Riddel Center
June 18 Winnipeg, MB Royal Albert Arms
June 20 Milwaukee, WI Mad Planet
June 21 Chicago, IL Reggies
June 22 Cleveland, OH Peabody's
June 23 Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
June 24 Trenton, NJ Championship Bar and Grill
June 25 Columbus, OH Al Rosa Villa
June 26 St. Louis, MO Fubar
June 27 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club
June 29 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
June 30 Albuquerque, NM Launch Pad
July 1 Tempe, AZ The Clubhouse
July 2 Escondido, CA JT's Limelight
August 30 Philadelphia, PA The Asylum Arena (as part of Hostile City Deathfest)
Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of power metal band Solar Fragment's title track off their upcoming album, "In Our Hands." You can stream the song in the player below. "In Our Hands," which is the follow up to the band's debut album "A Spark Of Deity," is due out on April 19th via Scarlet Records.
With vocalist Robert Leger's performance on "A Spark Of Deity" being compared to Blind Guardian's Hansi Kürsch, they have joined forces on the track "Inside The Circle" on this new album, making it an obvious highlight of this new album.
Here's the complete tracklisting for Solar Fragment's "In Our Hands" album:
1. In Our Hands
2. With Empty Eyes
3. Inside The Circle
4. At The Harbor
5. Race The Seas
6. Come Hell Or High Water
8. Moana's Return
9. The March Of The Golems
10. Once Again
Noisecreep previously premiered "Come Hell or High Water," which you can listen to here.
Brazil female-fronted power metal band Shadowside has posted behind-the-scenes studio footage from the band’s recent recording sessions of the forthcoming album, "Inner Monster Out." The new footage, which contains a sneak peek at the record’s opening track, “Gag Order”, can be seen below:
"Inner Monster Out," Shadowside’s third studio album, is slated for a digital release on June 7th, courtesy of SHP Records.
The track list for Inner Monster Out is…
1. Gag Order
2. Angel with Horns
4. In the Name of Love
5. Inner Monster Out (featuring Björn "Speed" Strid, Mikael Stanne, and Niklas Isfeldt)
6. I'm Your Mind
7. My Disrupted Reality
8. A Smile Upon Death
9. Whatever Our Fortune
11. Waste of Life
After the upgrade to the Rock Band Network a few weeks back, things are starting to pick up steam again with new songs becoming available. Although this week's lineup isn't as full as in past months, there are still quite a few tracks for the headbanging inclined to help celebrate the weekend in true metal fashion. Besides RBN regulars Amberian Dawn and Evile, there are also new offerings on the way from Tesseeract for the Xbox 360, as well as material from Heaven Shall Burn and Within the Ruins for the PS3.
Here are the new tracks, including the non-metal songs, added today to the Xbox 360 edition of the Rock Band Network:
Amberian Dawn - "Lost Soul"
Mafia Track Suit - "Forest for the Trees"
Parry Gripp - "Spaghetti Cat (I Weep For You)"
TesseracT - "Deception - Concealing Fate Part Two"
TesseracT - "Deception - Concealing Fate Part Two (2x Bass Pedal)"
Twin Atlantic - "Audience and Audio"
Madlife - "Money"
Rose of Jericho - "Find Beauty"
Quartered - "Africa (RB3 Version)"
Lazarus AD - "Thou Shalt Not Fear"
Bioshaft - "Payback (Come On)"
These tracks will hit the PlayStation 3 version on April 19th:
Dance Gavin Dance - "Lemon Meringue Tie"
Heaven Shall Burn - "Endzeit"
Within the Ruins - "Feast or Famine"
Amberian Dawn - "Snowmaiden"
Stan Bush - "Til All Are One"
Evile - "Plague to End All Plagues"
Widespread Panic - "Surprise Valley (Live)"
Sea Wolf - "You're a Wolf"
The B.O.L.T. - "Genius"
Ballyhoo! - "Paper Dolls"
Dutch experimental black metal band Aderlating has posted a new song, "Black Emperor At The Temple's Gate," on soundcloud. The track comes from Aderlating's upcoming album "Spear of Gold and Seraphim Bone (Part One)," which will be released on April 22nd. The album's artwork can be viewed below.
Gothic metal act Pythia has issued the following update about completing work on the band's upcoming album:
"Hi folks! We are very near to completing our new album! It is currently with Jacob Hansen in Denmark for mixing and mastering and we can't wait for you all to hear it and to get out there later in the year and play the songs live. It's an exciting time for us all and we hope you are all as happy with the results as we are!!
"After an excellent response to our initial Rock Band Network release 'Army of the Damned' Gamers who have enjoyed playing along can look forward to 2 tracks from the new album being available to play from around September. Track details to follow!
"To give you a taste of both the new album and the Rock Band game here's a couple of clips of new song 'Just a Lie' and 'Army' for Rock Band. See you soon!"
Divinefire, which recruited members from Golden Resurrection and Narnia late last year, has issued the following update about streaming songs from the band's new album:
"Hi all Divinefire fans out there. Finally the new album 'Eye of the Storm' is available for you and we have added a lot of sound clips for you to enjoy. Please support our band and buy signed copies of the album on our myspace site. God bless."
The newly uploaded audio samples from the "Eye of the Storm" album are available by heading over to this location.
After announcing an upcoming European run supporting My Dying Bride, Portugal's Ava Inferi has now checked in with the following announcement about a warm up show:
"In relation to our upcoming support trek for My Dying Bride in May, we have decided to do a warm up show prior to this tour. The place to be is Rock N Shots in Cascais, (PT) and the date is 13th of May"
You can also watch Ava Inferi's music video for the song "Majesty" by heading over to this location.
Dutch act Cirrha Niva has issued the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Daniel Huijben:
"Seven years ago we announced the arrival of bass guitarist Daniel Huijben and now we must announce his choice in leaving Cirrha Niva. In those seven years we achieved a lot as a band and we composed, recorded and gigged with our latest album. Therefore we want to thank Daniel for his tremendous input and wish him lot's of success in the future. Although we feel sorry Daniel choose to leave us, we respect his choice. You can read Daniel's personal statement here.
"At the same time we like to introduce Jan van Baal as our new bass guitarist. Jan will have his first performance as a Cirrha Niva member on April 27 in Dynamo, Eindhoven. More info about Jan can be found on our website soon!"
Cirrha Niva's music is also available for streaming through the band's MySpace profile.
German act Denight has posted the cover artwork online for the band's new album "Above and Beyond," which can be viewed below.
The track listing is as follows:
3. The Tool
4. Changes of Life
6. The Crown
German thrash metal favorites Kreator have announced that they are planning to begin working on their next album in May, the follow up to 2009's, "Hordes Of Chaos." A message from frontman Mille Petrozza reads as follows:
"I have 5 songs more or less ready and ideas for at least 5 more. We are really looking forward to get back into the creative process again. We know that our fans only expect the best from us and we, as a band, will make sure that none of you will be disappointed. I am very aware that some of you don`t like the fact that Kreator is releasing a new album only every 3-4 years, but let me tell you that it will be worth the wait!
"Keep an eye our Homepage, Facebook, and Myspace. We'll be posting some stuff from the rehearsals soon."
You can also check out footage of Kreator performing at the Summer Breeze festival at this location.
Italian symphonic metal band Rhapsody Of Fire has announced that Tom Hess, known for his online guitar courses, has joined the band as a permanent new member. He recorded most of the rhythmic parts of the new upcoming album "From Chaos To Eternity" (out on June, 17th) and also two guitar solos.
Alex says: "I saw Tom Hess playing on stage several times and always got impressed by his great stage presence and his way of playing. When I have heard the rhythmic and the solo guitars he recorded for Rhapsody Of Fire I was blown away, I could feel that strong presence in between every single note."
Luca adds: "I know Tom since many years. He is a great person, a good friend of mine and I am not surprised of the success he’s having teaching his guitar techniques all around the world. I am really proud to have built a strong partnership with him and I will always thank him for the support he gave me when I decided to create my Neoclassical Revelation Guitar Course. Therefore I am really honored to present Tom to all the fans of Rhapsody Of Fire as I am sure he will be the one who, through his artistic talent and unique skills, will make the difference in this band for the years to come!"
Norwegian progressive black metal veterans Enslaved have revealed that they will be celebrating the band's 20 years of existence on their forthcoming European tour. A message from the group reads as follows:
"Friends, finally the time has come to go out on the road again – this time with our own tour through Europe. This marks the grand opening of the 2011 touring cycle (even though we’ve warmed up with some great eastern European shows already), and also a special year for us. During these very dates we will pass the timeline on the exact date when Enslaved was brought into flesh. Yes, folks; Enslaved is turning 20 in 2011! We are looking forward to celebrating this in the best possible way we can imagine (and we have pretty active imaginations!): on the road, playing live shows for the people who lend us their ears and dedication. As always there will be a wild mix of songs from all parts of our career, particularly the really old and the really new; we can assure you that the new songs from Axioma Ethica Odini we’ve added to the set kick ass live! It is a short tour but at least a full set and we can assure you that a lot more shows will follow! See you soon!"
The tour dates are as follows:
April 22 - The Underworld - Camden, London, UK
April 23 - L'Aeronef - Lille, France
April 24 - John Lennon - LIMOGES, France
April 25 - Nouveau Casino - Paris, France
April 27 - De Kade - Zaandam, Netherlands
April 28 - W2 - Den Bosch, Netherlands
April 29 - Ragnarök Festival - Stadthalle, Lichtenfels, Germany
April 30 - Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
Monstreal, Quebec based metal outfit Unexpect has revealed the front cover artwork for the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Fables Of The Sleepless Empire," which will be released later this year. You can check it out below. In addition to this, the band has also revealed the record's track listing, which is as follows:
Unsolved Ideas Of A Distorted Guest
The Quantum Symphony
In The Mind Of The Last Whale
Silence This Parasite
A Fading Stance
When The Joyful Dead Are Dancing
Until Yet A Few More Deaths Do Us Part More...
American heavy metal outfit Chimaira has announced that, in addition to the recent departure of keyboardist Chris Spicuzza, drummer Andols Herrick has also left the band. A message from Herrick reads as follows:
"Since Chris released his statement recently, I suppose its time that I do so as well since I have been dodging questions and comments for almost as long. I am no longer a member of Chimaira, and actually haven’t been since before Christmas. I did play at Chimaira Christmas 11, which was my last show. I certainly couldn’t have asked for a better and more memorable way to go out.
"I cannot stress enough how significantly different the circumstances are now than back in 2004. The short story is that the guys had taken issue with certain aspects of my role in the band. Nothing discussed was out of anger or anything personal, but I was definitely not expecting it and it was quite the spirit crusher for me. The decision was made that it would be in the band’s best interest to move forward without me. More...
Read the full article at The PRP.com.
Reunited American rock legends Soundgarden have announced that they will be embarking on a headlining tour of North America this Summer. More shows will be announced shortly, but for the moment, the group's touring schedule is as follows:
July 2 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
July 13 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
July 18 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 22 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
Black Label Society frontman and former Ozzy Osbourne sidekick Zakk Wylde has explained why he appeared on a recent episode of the hit reality show, American Idol. Speaking to USA Today, Wylde claims it was professional wrestler and Fozzy frontman Chris Jericho who set up his appearance, stating:
"Father Jericho called me up," says the Black Label Society founder. "He's on Dancing With the Stars, so we've been busting his balls about that." According to Wylde, James asked Jericho to make the call on his behalf.
"It was that easy," Wylde says. "I was, like, yeah, no problem. Then the American Idol people gave me the song to learn. Sammy Hagar, no problem. I bought it from iTunes: off and running."
Read the full article at USA Today.
American hard rock icons KISS have posted a short video online, shedding some light into the recording of their brand new studio album, which will be the follow up to 2009's, "Sonic Boom," which was the group's first album of new material since 1998. You can check the video out below. More details on the album will be revealed as soon as they are made available.
American hard rock veterans Warrant have announced that they will be filming a new music video on April 19th for the track "Life's A Song," which will appear on the group's forthcoming new studio album, "Rockaholic."
The album will be the band's first since 2006's "Born Again" and the first studio release to feature vocalist Robert Mason.
Warrant will also be embarking on an Australian tour with Quiet Riot and L.A. Guns. Details on the trek are available at this location.
Fan filmed footage of Brazilian metal legends Sepultura performing a new song entitled, "Seethe" has been posted online via YouTube and is available to watch below. The song is expected to be included on the band's forthcoming new studio album, "Kairos," which will be Sepultura's first release through Nuclear Blast Records.
American heavy metal outfit Trivium, which is currently recording the band's first studio album since 2008's "Shogun," has posted a video clip online which documents front man Matt Heafy recording his vocal tracks. You can check it out below. The album is being recorded in Sanford, Florida with Colin Richardson, who is known for his work with the likes of Machine Head and Fear Factory.
It won’t surprise you to know that I loved this show (natch – when do I see shows I’m not going to like?). But I had been looking forward to this show more than many others, because: 1) I had never seen Amon Amarth play live before. 2) I haven’t been to “An Evening With” show for quite some time, probably not for eight or nine years when I saw Dream Theater do it (they covered the entirety of “Master of Puppets” during that show, which was neat). And 3) Chicago, due to its geographic placement within the larger U.S., tends not to get opening or closing shows of tours, and in the handful of first/last tour stops I have seen, the bands always have a bit more pep.
Clearly much of the Midwest had also been looking forward to Amon Amarth’s first show of this North American “An Evening With Amon Amarth” Tour, as it was sold out well before the date, and a local brewery (Three Floyd’s Brewing Co.) made a beer especially for Amon Amarth (Ragnarok Brew). So, with sword, teeth, eyes and ass firmly clenched, I steadied myself as the lights dimmed, the opening hymms from “Surtur Rising” slowly slipped into the hall, and the noise from the crowd became deafening… More...