Metal News for April 16, 2009
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30 news articles posted on this day.
Australia's Karnivool have set "Sound Awake" as the title of their sophomore album. More details will be released very soon.
Virginia metallers, Apothys, have posted the following message regarding the departure of bassist Jesse 'Corvus:'
"Jesse 'Corvus' has decided to part ways with Apothys due to personal obligations. We are pleased to announce our long-time fan and supporter, Jason 'Pyr' Heishman, is now the official bassist of Apothys. With nearly two years of service, Jesse has greatly contributed to shaping Apothys’ direction and progressive sound, and we thank Jesse for all he has done. We still hold high respect and brotherhood for each other, and we wish him good luck."
"Jason has proved to be more than capable of filling the bass position as well as excelling the part. With well-rounded influences that match us seamlessly, Jason will be a great asset to the band. We are excited to collaborate and perform alongside with our newest member and brother. We will not skip a beat, and we will see you at the shows!"
Chicago prog-gothic metal band SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL have begun mixing their second full length CD, "Songs About Angels." The CD will be released on Tuesday, May 26 through buncha Losers. Songs set to appear on the CD include "Holding On" and "Daughter of God."
Bloomington, Indiana alt-metal/hard rock band Amarye has posted the official music video for their song "Elephant" online. The band spent the last eight months working on the video, which is to promote their self-released "So Long" EP. You can check out the video below. More...
Founder/frontman Tony Anderson has confirmed that Tampa Bay, Florida metalers GENERICHRIST are currently working on the material for a special limited Asian release that will be titled "Minddumpster." GENERICHRIST is currently working out details with an Underground Asian Metal label and more information should be posted in the next two weeks. This will be the debut of new drummer Marc Ciccosanti and guitarist Nick Palm to the line-up.
In other news, GENERICHRIST has launched their new website at www.Generichrist.com.
Guitar Hero: Metallica hits in just a few days on March 29 and, as the game draws near, the band has many updates for you.
The Playstation 2 version of Guitar Hero: Metallica was released on April 14.
30-Second Commercial Spots Added: A couple of 30-Second TV Commercial Spots have been added to the video page. You can view them at this location.
NASCAR: Tune in this Sunday, March 29th at 1:30 Eastern Time to the FOX network and watch No. 8 Guitar Hero Metallica Chevrolet driven by Aric Almirola at the Goody's Fast Pain Relief 500 | Martinsville Speedway.
Guitar Hero Skin: An addition has been made to the arsenal of Metalliskinz, which allows you to change the design of Metallica.com to your favorite theme with a new Guitar Hero skin. Check it out using the drop down menu in the right column of the home page.
XBOX Demo Available: Gamers itching to get a taste of Guitar Hero Metallica can get a free download on Xbox LIVE Marketplace. In the demo, virtual rock stars across the globe can shred, drum and wail to "Sad But True" and "Seek And Destroy," as well as "No Excuses" from Alice In Chains and "Stone Cold Crazy" from Queen, two of our favs. Set in The Forum (Los Angeles), highlighting the new in-the-round stage designs and custom camera angles, players can begin honing their skills in single-player and band Quickplay, head-to-head, Face-Off, Pro Face-Off and Battle gameplay modes.
Midnight Openings: The game will be available at midnight from these GameStop locations.
More Videos: The band has added three behind-the-scenes videos as well as an advertisement for the Gamestop/Double Bass Pedal promotion. You can view them here.
More Screenshots: Haven't seen enough of Guitar Hero: Metallica? More screenshots have been added to the Guitar Hero Page.
Banners Added: In addition to the wallpapers and buddy icons that were already posted, some banners were added that you can put on your personal website. You can find them at this location.
Wallpaper Contest: The Metallica Wallpaper Contest challenges you to create a unique and creative Guitar Hero: Metallica related desktop wallpaper. A handful of art assests to work with is provided, and the rest is up to you. 15 of the best wallpapers will be chosen by the Guitar Hero Team (made up of members of the Neversoft Team, and the Guitar Hero Community Management Team), and those top 15 wallpapers will be sent off to Metallica, who will judge your art and pick the overall best desktop wallpaper. For more information, visit the Metallica Wallpaper Contest page.
California black metallers DRAGONLORD have announced two headlining shows coming up. The band is scheduled to perform April 24 in Alameda, CA and April 25 in Fresno, CA.
Frontman Eric Peterson commented on the upcoming shows: “These Dragonlord shows coming up are a rare breed, as we haven’t had much time for the band to play live lately due to my schedule with Testament. It's always a rush to jump into the Dragonlord character, and we've been playing Alameda's ‘Roosters Roadhouse’ a lot lately. It seems to be our new Covenant and home away from home. Also, for the first time, we are bringing our Atmospheric Black Thrash Metal to Fresno's ‘The Crossroads’ for the first time…They'll be all ‘Born to Darkness’!”
DRAGONLORD is the black metal side project of TESTAMENT founder and guitarist Eric Peterson. The shows will be a warm-up for Peterson’s upcoming North American headlining tour with TESTAMENT, which kicks off May 2.
Here are the DRAGONLORD shows:
4/24/09 – Alameda, CA – Roosters Roadhouse - 8:00PM - $10
4/25/09 – Frenso, CA – The Crossroads - 8:00PM - $15
The second part of Firewind keyboardist Bob Katsionis's instructional videos for FireTV (Firewind's Official Youtube channel) is now online. Bob shows you some of his signature style licks as well as twin lead parts on both guitar & keyboards, as seen on Firewind's live shows.
Part one is available at this location.
Also, Bob recently released his third solo instrumental album "Noemon." Check out his latest videoclip, "The Nightrager," on Youtube.
Florida death metallers Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky have signed to Nuclear Blast records for the release of their debut full-length album "The Grand Partition and the Abrogation of Idolatry," which will be unleashed on the U.S. on May 5th. You can currently check out new songs from the album titled "The Tamogotchi Gesture" and "10,000 Sermons, One Solution" on their MySpace page. The band will also be supporting Goatwhore and Abigail Williams on the North American Conquer & Curse tour alongside Daath and Abysmal Dawn this June.
SWWAATS guitarist Ian Sturgill answered a series of questions for Metalunderground about the band's origin, the focus of their lyrics, and the band's future plans. More...
Everybody's favourite spoof heavy metal band Spinal Tap has announced that they will be releasing a brand new album this summer entitled, "Back From The Dead." The album will also reportedly be a double disc record. You can catch the band on their blockbuster "world tour" on the following date:
June 30 - London, England @ Wembley Arena
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has checked in with an update on the bands forthcoming new album which is expected to be released by September. It reads as follows: "Droogies!
"This week has been fantastic! Andy Sneap is back at the helm in Vic’s Garage and it is such a natural thing to see Andy here with me, that I am thinking of trying to find him an American super-model that will marry him and spend the rest of their lives in San Diego make records for me and making whoppee for Android!
"Seriously though, I love working with Andy. I have had some greats over the years, and Andy is one of them. We have been making some serious soulful and aggressive vocal performances. More...
In a recent album update, Vader vocalist/guitarist Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek revealed the tracklisting for the bands forthcoming new album, "Necropolis." His message reads as follows;
"The next step in creating of new album is behind us... Necropolis has it's shape now. Today we finish recordings of main guitars and after a week break we're coming back to the studio to make all leads, bass and vocal parts.
The whole program of the album looks like this: "Devilized," "Rise Of The Undead," "Never Say My Name," "Dark Heart," "Blast," "Impure," "We Are Horde," "Anger," "When The Sun Drowns In Dark," "The Sigil," "Dei Nostri" and "Summoning The Futura." We also (recorded) two cover songs. More about it is coming soon.
"Gates To Necropolis" Part Two is gonna be available in a week as well. This time we will show you life in a studio, process of creation and recordings of main guitars on the new album." More...
Two of thrash metal biggest names will be joining forces for a tour together later this year. The event is expected to be announced officially next month along with details regarding support etc. Tour dates will be revealed shortly. By the Fall, both bands are expected to have released their new studio albums which are due to be released this summer.
Brazil's Shadowside are currently streaming their entire new album "Dare To Dream" online at their MySpace page.
The track listing for "Dare To Dream" will be as follows:
1. Nation Hollow Mind
2. In The Night
3. Last Thoughts
5. Baby in the Dark
6. Ready or Not
8. Wings of Freedom
9. Time to Say Goodbye
10. Life Denied
11. Dare to Dream
Gothic metallers Edenbridge have issued the following announcement about postponing the release of their upcoming live album to May 4th:
"Edenbridge will release an exclusive live album on May 4, 2009! "LiveEarthDream" was recorded on various concerts in 2008 and can ONLY and EXCLUSIVELY be ordered through the fan shop of the band! The album will be limited to 1000 copies and will not be available anywhere else, so be sure you get your copy right in time!
"All, who are preordering AND paying the album till April 26 get the CD signed by the band!"
Birds of Prey have posted a second preview track, “Juvie”, from their third full-length album "The Hellpreacher." The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
"The Hellpreacher" is a full concept album that tells the story of an inmate-turned-priest, and is set for a April 28th North American release date through Relapse Records (May 4th internationally.)
German black metallers Endstille are currently streaming the new track "...Of Disorder" online on the Regain Records MySpace page. The track comes from their upcoming album "Verfuehrer" which will be out sometime in April or May 2009.
Earache Records has issued the following announcement about Bonded By Blood preparing for a string of U.K. tour dates:
"Young LA thrash sensations Bonded By Blood have been touring relentlessly for the past few months, and are in no ways ready to slow down just yet. The band are preparing to return to the UK in May for a short string of dates with support from labelmates and Canadian heavy metal heroes Cauldron."
Bonded By Blood frontman Jose "Aladdin" Barrales also commented:
"We can't wait to be back in the UK. Last time we were there it was amazing. This time around should be even better!"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
5 May - Glasgow, UK - The Classic Grand
10 May - London, UK - Purple Turtle
11 May - Leeds, UK - Rio's
12 May - Nottingham, UK - Seven
San Francisco's Slough Feg are currently streaming their entire new album "Ape Uprising" on the Cruz Del Sur Music website. The album is currently set to be released on May 11th in Europe and June 2nd in North America.
California metallers Crescent Shield, featuring guitarist Dan DeLucie of Destiny's End and New Eden, are currently streaming their entire new album "The Stars of Never Seen" on their official website. "The Stars Of Never Seen" is set to be released through Cruz del Sur Music on May 11th in Europe and June 2nd in North America.
Minsk have announced the dates for their first ever European tour that will kick-off on April 23rd with a performance as part of the already-sold-out Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Netherlands. From there, Minsk will spend two-weeks touring the mainland with Poland’s Ketha. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below.
Unearth has announced three headline dates directly following their tour with Testament. The dates are as follows and will feature Lazarus AD and Armed for Apocalypse, as well as local support:
6/13 @ Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA
Doors 6:30 / 7:00pm Show Tickets $15adv / $15 door
6/14 @ The Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA
Doors 6:30 / 7:00pm Show Tickets $15adv / $18 door
6/15 @ Downtown Brewing Co. in San Luis Obispo, CA
Doors 7:30 / 8:00pm Show Tickets $15adv / $15 door
Seventh Void, the band featuring Kenny Hickey and Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative, has issued the following update about three in-store signings:
"Saturday, April 25th at 4pm, Seventh Void is going to be at Newbury Comics located in Norwood, MA for an autograph session and performance. To get more details, click here.
"Sunday, April 26th at 8:00pm Seventh Void will be at Duff's in Brooklyn, NY for a meet and greet listening party. Please go here for more details
Monday, April 27th at 6:30pm, the band will be doing an autograph session at Vintage Vinyl. Vintage Vinyl is located at 52 Lafayette Road, Fords, NJ 08863. Click here to go to the Vintage Vinyl website for more info."
Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster has issued the following road report from their current tour alongside The Faceless, Neuraxis, and Obscura:
"Hey everybody, we've been on the road in the USA and Canada for around two weeks and so far the tour has been completely killer. Attendance has been great at all of the shows, with two of the shows selling out completely (Tulsa and Edmonton). The fact that we have such a kick-ass lineup of bands on the tour (The Faceless, Neuraxis, and Obscura) has to be contributing to the great success of the tour.
"We just finished a show in Winnipeg and it was another amazing audience like the rest of the shows so far on the tour. Of all of the shows so far the Winnipeg gig probably had the most stage diving, so we were dodging flying bodies throughout our performance...it got pretty crazy up there at times, but it really added to the energy of the show.
"Tomorrow we head to Thunder Bay, a city we have only played once before if I remember correctly. That was back in 2004 and we had a great time then so we expect more of the same tomorrow. After Thunder Bay we're heading down into the States for a few shows, then back up to Canada before working our way back down the East Coast to our home state Florida. We want to thank all of the fans that have come out to the shows so far, and we look forward to seeing the rest of you at the upcoming shows of the Evisceration Plague tour. Until then, stay brutal!!!"
California black metal band Hæresiarchs of Dis have issued the following update about their upcoming second album:
"Cernunnos of Hæresiarchs of Dis has announced that work on the new CD is moving forward steadily. The new release, tentatively entitled "Denuntiatus Cinis," will take off where the debut left off. Cernunnos has stated that the theme of the release will be more uniform, each song progessively leading to a conclusion and intention.
"There is no exact scheduled date at this time (estimated end of year) or who will be publishing the title."
The cover artwork for "Denuntiatus Cinis" can be viewed here.
Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive song from Swedish black metal horde Vanmakt's new album "Ad Luciferi Regnum." Vanmakt features members of Nidrike and Broken Dagger among others.
Vanmakt mainman M. Svensson comments:
"This is a great opportunity for us, and I would like to thank Doug Gibson and Metalunderground for helping us out! I have decided to let Metalunderground use the 3rd track from our new album 'Ad Luciferi Regnum' entitled 'Endless Myth.' This was the last song that I wrote for the album and I wanted a fast and blasting track without any mercy. 'Endless Myth' is also one of my personal favourites on 'Ad Luciferi Regnum,' so make sure to check it out! The new album was just released in Europe and Asia, and will be released in the US on May 12th. Enjoy our Nordic Hatred!
You can check out "Endless Myth" exclusively on Metal Underground.com's MySpace player for the next few weeks.
As mentioned, "Ad Luciferi Regnum" is due on May 12 in the US and out now in Europe. The tracklisting is as follows: More...
South Carolina's Souls Harbor has issued the following update from the studio:
"Just chillen at the studio in atlanta....the songs are coming amazing...we are completely finished with 4 of them..minus the vocals....doug is in the writing process right now but coming up with some amazing lyrics...he should be laying them down pretty soon....we are VERY stoked about these songs and think everyone is going to be UBER fucking happy about them!!!!"
Virginian thrashers, MUNICIPAL WASTE, have just finished recording their fourth record, “MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE,” with producer ZEUSS (MADBALL, HATEBREED, SHADOWS FALL, UNEARTH). MASSIVE AGGRESSIVE is due to be released on August 24th, 2009 through Earache records. MUNICIPAL WASTE recently hit the road for a six week US tour with LAMB OF GOD, AS I LAY DYING, CHILDREN OF BODOM and GOD FORBID. TONY FORESTA (vocals) issues the following report from the road:
"The past week has been a real whirlwind for the Waste. Last Tuesday we finished mixing our new album up in Massachusetts then jumped on a plane to Arizona the following morning to start our 6 week tour with Lamb of God." More...
Montana metallers Throne of Malediction have posted a live video online of their performance of a Cradle Of Filth cover song. The video, which can be viewed below, is of "The Death of Love" from Cradle Of Filth's most recent album "Godspeed on the Devil's Thunder." More...
Polish metallers Witchking have issued the following update about parting ways with their vocalist:
"Today Tomek "Storm" Twardowski has left Witchking. His personal affairs do not allow him to further engage into Witchking. This is the official statement from Witchkings guitarist, Mateusz Gajdzik: "The decision has been made together with Tom. There are no hard feelings between us, we're still friends and I hope we will drink something together in the future. We have recorded 2 albums together, we have all learned a lot during that time, and I hope that Tomek will join some band very soon." So, we announce that Witchking is looking for a new vocalist! Please, apply here: firstname.lastname@example.org. The concert in Kraków with Týr, Alestorm and Heidevolk will be played in the original lineup and it will be the last gig with Tom on vocals."