Metal News for April 16, 2010
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38 news articles posted on this day.
Original Black Sabbath members Terry "Geezer" Butler (bass) and drummer Bill Ward have each posted a message online, which pays tribute to Type O Negative frontman Peter Steele, who tragically passed away last wednesday from a suspected heart failure. The messages read as follows:
Geezer Butler: "I was so saddened to hear of Pete Steele passing away. He truly was one of the nicest blokes I’ve ever met. He came to the first G//Z/R gig, in New York, showing his support for us. I last saw him in Copenhagen, on the Heaven & Hell tour, where he interviewed me for a bassist to bassist piece. We had lots of fun talking together. I always maintained that the best Sabbath cover was Type O’s version of 'Black Sabbath' on the Nativity In Black album. I always looked forward to hearing what he’d come out with- he was always surprising, musically, and such a very special person. One of the truly great ones has now left the stage. R.I. P. Pete- Bog Blast yea." More...
Swedish melodic rockers House Of Shakira have announced the addition of new lead vocalist Andreas Novak (Novak/Mind’s Eye) to the band. The arrival of Andreas Novak marks the amicable departure of vocalist Andreas Eklund.
On the reasons behind the change in personnel bassist Per Schelander comments, “It’s hard for us to believe that it was thirteen years ago in 1997 that Andreas Eklund walked into our rehearsal studio and blew us away with power and high notes. Back in ‘97 we were dead sure that we would never find a singer that was able to take on those melodies that Mikael Eriksson left us with (and continued to write) but Andreas proved us wrong.”
“However, when we started to work on the songs for what will be our sixth album we all felt that these new songs called for another voice and expression. We also felt strongly that we needed to work with a singer that wrote his own lyrics. It was one of the hardest decisions we have had to make to ask Andreas Eklund to leave the band but there was no way around it but to part ways. We look back on the last 13 years and the ups and downs during these years proudly, as well as integral in shaping the band as it is today. But, life often calls for tough decisions and as all our fans know, HoS are no quitters!” More...
Italian death metallers WARMBLOOD have announced their signing with Punishment 18 Records for the release of their second full length, "TIMOR MORTIS." For more information about the band check out their MySpace page.
SETHERIAL has a new song streaming online called "A World In Hell." The song was taken from the forthcoming new album "Ekpyrosis," which will be released in may. Check out the song at this location.
SETHERIAL is currently on tour alongside Impiety. The remaining tour dates are as follows:
16.04-DE - Greifswald @ Juz Klex
17.04-DE - Leipzig @ Hellraiser
18.04-IT - Lonato @ Olden Live Club
20.04-AU - Vienna @ Escape Metalcorner
21.04-HU - Budapest @ Blue Hell
22.04-RO - Bucharest @ Suburbia Club
23.04-RO - Baia Mare @ Tineretului Hall
24.04-UK - Hastings @ The Gallows
25.04-UK - Nottingham @ The Central
26.04-UK - London @ Purple Turtle
27.04-UK - Bristol @ The Bierkeller
29.04-SP - Madrid @ Ritmo&Compas
30.04-SP - Coruna @ Filomatic
01.05-PT - Barroselas @ SWR Festival
Serbian cult black/death metal band Samrt has announced their signing to Darzamadicus Records. The band plans to release their first full-length album(2010) later this year with the label. View the cover art for the new album here.
ABIGAIL WILLIAMS has completed recording of individual performances for their still untitled second full-length. Captured at Conquistador Studios in Cleveland, Ohio, eight new songs were laid down with vocalist/guitarist Ken Sorceron and engineer Cole Martinez controlling the audio takes. The songs are currently being mixed by Peter Tagtgren (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Celtic Frost) and are expected to be completed later this month.
Commenting briefly on the new material, Sorceron notes, "There are a lot less keyboards on the new songs. They are far more guitar-driven and have a bit more of a traditional sound in some ways but still very Abigail Williams sounding. We let ourselves have much more room with writing this album; kind of a more open, free environment than any we have employed before. The studio experience this time round was very natural to us. We recorded everything with much more ease and I think it has helped in capturing a very honest vibe." More...
NACHTMYSTIUM embrace the true spirit of individuality and intolerance forming solely as an outlet to express the dark musical visions and summonings of those involved. A new video trailer based upon the album’s dark visuals can be seen below:
KINGDOM OF SORROW has posted the first preview track, “God’s Law In The Devil’s Land,” from their new album, "Behind The Blackest Tears," online via the band’s MySpace page. "Behind The Blackest Tears" is set for a June 8th North American release date and will be available on CD, gatefold LP, and digitally.
"Behind The Blackest Tears," the follow-up album to KINGDOM OF SORROW’s self-titled debut, was recorded at Dexters Lab Recordings (Milford.., CT) with engineer Nick Bellmore and mixed and mastered by Zeuss at Planet Z Recordings (Hadley, MA). The band has recently posted a five-minute making-of video from the studio online. Watch it below:
RESURRECTED has posted a new song, "Urge to murder," for streaming on their MySpace page. The track comes off their latest album "Fierce" record.
Soil is currently on a coast to coast North American tour as direct support to Smile Empty Soul. The band's guitarist Adam checked from the road with the following comments : “Things in the SOIL camp are in full swing again as we have begun the Smile Empty Soul/SOIL tour! We have been out on the road for about three weeks now and we are moving along nicely. The guys in all the bands are cool as hell to get along with and the shows have been great. It makes for a very cool touring situation. We have been seeing a lot of old friends which is always cool and making a lot of new ones too.
“We have also had a lot of cool opportunities to drop by some radio stations and play some acoustic sets which has been very unique and cool for us. There a lot of stations show some love to our song ‘The Lesser Man,’ so we are doing our best to show the love back and come hang with them all. Please call into your local radio station and ask them to spin the new SOIL track! I am out for now and will give ya another update soon."
The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Minnesota's Disembodied will be performing at the 2010 edition of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA. The festival takes place on Friday, April 23rd and Saturday, April 24th. Disembodied is returning to the metal scene after a ten year hiatus with an upcoming, as-yet-untitled album to be released through Good Fight Music. The upcoming Disembodied tour dates are as follows:
4/23 South Hackensack, NJ @ School of Rock
4/24 Worcester, MA @ NEMHF DAY 2 @ Palladium
5/28 Anaheim, CA @ The Chain Reaction
5/29 Tacoma, WA @ Rain Fest Day 2 @ Viaduct
U.K. based metallers Awake have checked in with the following update about entering the recording studio:
"Hi there people! We wanted to let you know that we are now in the studio and lots of great things are about to happen in the Awake camp. There will be lots of news and updates coming up, sign up to our blogs for the first to get the news! Gigs are being sorted we could be coming to a town near you! Want to book us? Get in touch. The site is updated through out the week,come and leave us your thoughts. New album coming this summer. Cheers! Keep with us, stay AWAKE!"
Sample Awake tracks can be heard through the band's MySpace page.
Bleeding Through has posted a track-by-track break down of their new self-titled album through Alt Press. An excerpt from the break down follows:
A Resurrection: This is an instrumental piece Marta [Peterson, keyboards] and Dave [Nassie, guitar] wrote. The reason behind the title is, basically, the band have been around for quite a long time, and the last few years didn't end up [going] so well. So I guess the whole concept behind the song is just a new beginning and refreshing the idea of being in a band for more than 10 years and still having fun and making a career at it.
Anti-Hero: Every single song [on this album] has to do with the past and being a band for a decade, overcoming adversity and being labeled as a trend. This song is about [younger] bands coming up to you and saying that you're an inspiration to them and they thank you for your existence. You just take a step back and look at their band and don't agree with the way they run it and it's weird that they see you as an inspiration. I just don't agree with the way a lot of bands these days run their band.
Your Abandonment: Basically, this song is sort of about the heartbreak of being in a band. There are a lot of things that go into a band and doing this and it's a heartbreaking experience. You meet new people and they say, 'Thank you,' and that they love you, and two years later, they're gone. You see people who are more into this music because of trends [than the actual music] and that's hard.More...
Read the full article at Alt Press.
Swedish melodic death metallers Dark Tranquillity have issued the following update about changing the venue for their June 9th show in Chile:
"We can now confirm the following addition to the US trek: May 28: Seattle, WA - Studio seven Some Latin American updates: The venue for the June 9 show in Santiago, Chile has been changed to Teatro Teleton. Also, CYNIC unfortunately won't appear at the Venezuela show, contrary to previous reports."
The upcoming Dark Tranquillity tour dates are as follows: More...
Belgium's Fractured Insanity has issued the following announcement about entering the Hertz studio to record a new album:
"Hello Koerva's! Since this week we've entered the Hertz Studios (Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated) in Poland to record our next album, which will come out around august. At this moment the drums are recorded and almost edited. They sound already huge! We've been searching for the right guitar sound, and will record the first songs tomorrow. In a few weeks we'll do a big update bout the new vocalist, CD details, label and so on! Brutal Greetings!"
Sample Fractured Insanity tracks can be heard at this location.
Sweden's My Own Grave has issued the following announcement about parting ways with their guitarist Stefan Kihlgren:
"Before the European tour in February Stefan announced that it would be his last tour with My Own Grave, and now it's official that he has left the band. The reason for Stefan's departure is wanting to focus on his family, a decision that the rest of the band respects fully. We are trying a new guitarist at the moment and it looks very promising.
"He'll be playing session guitar on our upcoming shows and then we'll see if he wants to join as a full-time member. My Own Grave wishes Stefan the best of luck with his new life, and the band will continue as usual. Right now we are focusing on playing live and supporting Necrology, and will probably not start writing for the next album before winter."
U.K. metallers The Order of Apollyon (featuring members of Cradle of Filth, Aosoth, Trigger the Bloodshed, and Akercoke) are currently streaming their debut album "The Flesh" online. The album is available for streaming via Metal Hammer. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. God Speaks
2. Ich Bin Das Licht
6. White Dust
7. Four Beasts
8. Flesh Of Yhvh
Paradise Lost has issued the following announcement about postponing their previously scheduled Malta tour date due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland:
"It is with huge regret that we have to postpone the gig in Malta this weekend until a later date which will be announced soon. Due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, and subsequent ban on planes entering UK airspace we have no option but to wait until this is over and try again. Despite both the pope initially and now mother nature doing their best to prevent us playing we are determined to make this happen.
"Nick Holmes had this comment: To all PL fans in Malta, We regret to announce due to British Aerospace ban on flights our concert tomorrow will have to be postponed to a later date. We have had a string of bad luck with shows of late, this is the third cancellation through no fault of our own, but we hope this is only a temporary hiccup, we really want to make this happen! Please don’t burn effigies’ of us in the streets just yet, and keep an eye out for the re-scheduled date!"
Mexico's Rottenness has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming U.S. tour dates:
"Hey there people! Fukin great news! We just confirmed our next shows in June in California! its great to back again after all this years.... we want to see ya all at the shows and lets have a brutal time! Venues and more info are posted so please take a look and support the scene! Also there gonna be a extra show in Tijuana... if somebody wants to go to the Xibalba club on friday... lets start a brutal mosh pit!
"And the last new is that we got confirmed our second show in Texas too! Everybody get your asses and see ya at the GoreGrowler's ball IV at San Antonio, Texas... this fest will be sick and more bands will be announced soon. So write at your agenda that we will be blasting some tunes soon in Texas!"
The upcoming Rottenness tour dates are as follows:
4/17 2010 FUCKAHOLIC ATTACK Merida, Yucatán
5/28 2010 MARYLAND DEATHFEST VIII Baltimore, Maryland
5/29 2010 MARYLAND DEATH FEST VIII Baltimore, Maryland
5/30 2010 MARYLAND DEATH FEST VIII Baltimore, Maryland
6/24 2010 POR ANUNCIAR / T.B.A. t.b.a., California
6/25 2010 Xibalba club Tijuana, Baja California
6/26 2010 @THE.BLVD.2631 WHITTIER BLVD .BOYLE HEIGHTS Los Angeles, California
6/27 2010 @THE COBALT CAFE Los Angeles, California
7/23 2010 Central Illinois Metal Fest Urbana, Illinois
7/24 2010 Central Illinois Metal Fest Urbana, Illinois
8/27 2010 Hostile City Fest II Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8/28 2010 Hostile City Fest II Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8/29 2010 Hostile City Fest II Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
11/12 2010 GOREGROWLER´S BALL IV San Antonio, Texas
11/13 2010 GOREGROWLER’S BALL IV San Antonio, Texas
Shadows Fall sat down to talk about their career as a band with No Label Needed contest winners Iron Thrones. A video clip from the talk, which can be viewed below, shows the band talking about writing, recording, touring, vegetarianism, marketing, and more.
Souldrainer has posted footage online of their drum recording sessions at Empire Studio for their upcoming album. The video clip can be viewed below.
Bassist Jason McCash of The Gates of Slumber has issued the following announcement about the band canceling their Roadburn appearance:
"With an extremely heavy heart, it saddens me to report that TGoS will not be able to make it to Roadburn on Saturday due to the volcano eruption in Iceland. We tried everything in our powers to try and make a flight that would get us there in time, even looking at flights to Poland, Czeck Republic, France and Germany but nothing was a go in time.
"As of right now, we have flights that will let us make our first date of our Mainland Euro tour which starts the day after Roadburn but this still depends on what happens over the next 36 hours and if they keep canceling flights into Europe or not. Again, We are extremely sorry for this as this is completely 100% out of our control but with any kind of luck, Roadburn will be the only cancellation of this tour. Please keep watching this space for further updates on what takes place."
Finland's Verjnuarmu has posted a new sample track online titled "Kuvajaenen." The new track can be heard via the band's MySpace page. Verjnuarmu also has the following upcoming tour dates:
4/17 2010 Sataman Helmi Kuopio
5/22 2010 Pub Katse Jyväskylä
5/29 2010 Osmantupa Eura
7/23 2010 Sandels Rock Iisalmi
Portuguese death metal act Decrepidemic has issued the following announcement about the band's new lineup:
"Hey everyone! José (Malhão) is Decrepidemic’s new official vocalist! After some experiences with other session vocalists it’s time for us to present everyone our new vocalist! His name is José and he’s in the band since January. Also, he’s no beginner on the scene and he came to spread epidemics! To everyone who hasn’t seen the new line up in action, you can always catch us on the next shows!
"With José in the band, the present Decrepidemic line-up is: José 'Malhão' - Vocals, Eduardo 'P.G.' Fernandes - Guitar/Vocals, Nelson 'Banjo' Velho - Guitar, Paulo Chanoca - Bass."
U.K. black metallers Winterfylleth have updated their tour scheduled with the following upcoming dates:
4/23 2010 Leeds Rios Leeds, Northeast
4/25 2010 Bannermans Edinburgh, Scotland
4/26 2010 Independent Sunderland
5/29 2010 Fiddlers Elbow Camden/London
8/10 Dingwalls Camden/London, London and South East
You can also check out the band's music via their MySpace page.
Brazilian metallers Dreadnox are currently streaming another new track online from their upcoming album "Dance of Ignorance." The song "Sinners Paradise" along with two other previously uploaded songs, can be heard through the band's official MySpace page.
The track listing for "Dance of Ignorance" will be as follows:
1. Fight With the Light
3. Echoes at Midnight
4. Go On
6. All is Not Lost
7. Dance of Ignorance
9. Sinners in Paradise
10. Impromptu No. 1
11. Waiting for the Sun
12. Battle & Honor (bonus track)
U.S. based blackened folk metal act Ravenhelm has checked in with the following update about going on hiatus:
"Ravenhelm back in 2009 and early 2010 has officially finished off the writing and recording of Runemal which took me 8/9 months of work. the release date will soon be announced, the album however will be released with Ziekte Records this summer. I also plan on re-recording a 'majority' of the debut album 'Through Pagan Mist' probably late late late 2010. Which I hope to find a label to release, most likely to go in Ziekte Records as well.Plans are underway for a split album with Appalachian Winter. The tracks for my portion of the album are.... 1.) I, Brother Wolf 2.) Mountain Cabin 3.) Forest Spirits I Speak
"None of these are yet to be written but they will be done shortly after I am finished with the upcoming demo for my Doom/Death side band, VanityVania. There are also plans for one final full length album titled, 'Raven's Caw' to be started on in 2011. Afterwards, the future for Ravenhelm is unknown to me. I have been growing more and more disgusted with the hypocritical natures and politics that govern this so called 'scene.' More...
Finland's Status Minor is holed up in the studio recording their upcoming album "Ouroboros," which is set to be released this September. Status Minor has posted a fourth video clip online from the studio, which can be viewed below.
American thrash metal outfit Toxic Holocaust has posted a new music video online for the song, "Lord Of The Wasteland." You can check it out below. The video was filmed at various shows on the bands extensive tour across North America. The song comes from the bands latest album, "An Overdose Of Death" which is available now through Relapse Records. More...
To celebrate the release of their new album, "Fever," Bullet For My Valentine will be playing a special MySpace Secret Show at an undisclosed location. The show is on April 26th in London. Details are as follows:
WHEN: MONDAY APRIL 26th
TIME: 9pm(GMT), 4pm (EST)
Find out how you can attend at myspace.com/secretshowsuk.
If you can't make it to the show, MySpace will be streaming the whole event live so stay tuned for details on that.
A new documentary from the acclaimed Classic Albums series is set to be released on June 28th in Europe and the following day in North America, which will take a look at the legendary Black Sabbath album, "Paranoid." Fans will be able to go into the studio with the band - singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward - and get a first-hand account of the making of the album featuring the iconic tracks "Paranoid," "Iron Man" and "War Pigs." The DVD also features interviews with the original engineers, demonstrations, archive videos and use of the original multi-track tapes. The album was originally released in 1970 and was produced by Roger Bain, who also worked on early albums by Judas Priest and Budgie.
The full and final lineup for the Summer Slaughter 2010 tour has been announced. The full lineup is:
ALL SHALL PERISH
THE RED CHORD
VEIL OF MAYA
ANIMALS AS LEADERS
With the exception of the New York and Los Angeles dates, tickets are projected to be under $20.
"Lawless Darkness," the fourth full-length album from Swedish black metal squadron WATAIN, will be released on June 7, 2010 through Season Of Mist.
The band returned to Necromorbus Studio (Deathspell Omega, Funeral Mist, Ondskapt, Nominon, Unanimated et al) in Alvik, Sweden to record the ten-track, hour-plus long album, which features strikingly detailed cover art by Zbigniew M. Bielak. Commented vocalist/bassist E. of the imagery, "The front cover is made by artist Zbigniew M. Bielak from Poland, one of the few living artists we deem worthy to work with. However elaborate on it's own, this front cover should be seen as a mere taste of the most extensive artwork ever seen in a WATAIN context, hell, even in a Black Metal context!" Check out the cover art here. More...
MetalSucks has premiered the new music video for "Worst Case Scenario" by Wisconsin brutal death metallers Jungle Rot. The track comes from their 2009 Naplam Records release "What Horrors Await." Watch the video here.
During Steel Panther's UK Tour in March 2010, TrashHits.com got a chance to pull Satchel away from his busy schedule to interview him. Check out the video interview below.
AUX TV also ran a feature where Barry Taylor interviews Steel Panther. Check it out below.
In this video update, Hydrogyn reveals that the trackings' for the drums are now completed. Joe Migz, the drummer describes a couple of the tracks as "really heavy" reminiscent of Pantera style.
Also, Hydrogyn collectively has given their condolences to Peter Steel who has passed away April 15, at the age of 48. More...
Soulfly, the band led by former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera, has announced a series of headlining shows in the United Kingdom, which will kick off next month. The tour is in support of the bands forthcoming seventh studio album, "Omen" which will be released on May 25th through Roadrunner Records.
The tour dates are as follows:
May 16 - Southampton - Brook
May 17 - London - Islington Academy
May 18 - Preston - 53 Degrees
May 19 - Edinburgh - Studio 24
May 20 - York - Duchess
May 21 - Wrexham - Central Station
May 22 - Northampton - Roadmenders
The surviving members of Type O Neative, Josh Silver, Kenny Hickey and Johnny Kelly, have posted a collective message online, as well as their own personal thoughts, regarding the passing of the bands frontman Peter Steele, which occured on wednesday night. The messages read as follows:
"It is with great sadness that we inform you that Type O Negative front man, bassist, and our band mate, Peter Steele passed away last night of what appears to be heart failure.
"Ironically Peter had been enjoying a long period of sobriety and improved health and was imminently due to begin writing and recording new music for our follow up to Dead Again released in 2007.
"The official cause of death has yet to be determined pending autopsy results. The funeral services will be private and memorial services will be announced at a future date. We’d like to share our thoughts and those of Peter’s family below.
"We are truly saddened to lose our friend and appreciate the tremendous outpouring today from around the world."
Josh, Kenny and Johnny More...