Metal News for April 17, 2009
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34 news articles posted on this day.
German death metal band BYBLIS, who plays death metal in the style of Bloodbath, Behemoth, and Hate Eternal, has posted two new song on their MySpace player. You can check them out here.
The Dutch Melodic Metal band EDGE OF SERENITY will release their debut album " The Chaos Theory " on May 5, 2009 worldwide through Romulus X Records.
EDGE OF SERENITY recorded their debut full length at the German Spacelab Studios, where the CD was produced, mixed and mastered by Christian “Moschus” Moos. The CD contains guest appearances from Judith Stüber (Everon, Satyrian), Tony J.J (M.A.N, Icon In Me, ex Mnemic) and Dennis Hormes.
SLIPKNOT has posted a new video for the song "Sulfur" online for streaming. Percussionist Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) had the following to say about the release:
"This is the third video I’ve done with Paul Brown and with each video we learn more about each other and the art of Slipknot, and we build on that knowledge with each new project. It’s great to jump around and try new people, but sometimes it’s better to stay with a winning team.
When I write a treatment, I always think, “What has Slipknot not done? What can we embark upon that will be fun and knowledge-enhancing instead of the same old song and dance?” Our business can be routine, so I need the band to be able to do something brand new so we can look back at it later and say, “God, this was different and fun and really artistic.”
This one was based on a visual art piece called “Ascension” by Bill Viola that’s at the Des Moines Arts Center. You go down in this room and it’s solid black and it’s basically this gentleman jumping into a body of water. It’s shot in a high frame rate and it happens over 30 minutes and the sound’s slowed down, and it’s just scary.
So for this video, we are the treatment. We like to give our fans as much of us as we can, and even though we’re tired of live performance, we’re always trying to take it to the furthest realm. So I figured this time we’d change up the live performance by shooting groups of three instead of putting the whole band up in a scenario and then the camera rolls by and misses what I’m doing because it’s focusing on Joey. The first group was Corey, Mick and Craig. And then the second group was Joey, Sid and Paul. And the third group was Chris, Myself and Jim.
When I think of sulfur I go blindly into the smell and it’s something people either love or hate, and if you hate it, then it can be suffocating. So, I went to a parallel universe and incorporated water as something that suffocates you instead of being derivative and contrived and just showing the yellow smoke of sulfur or something. We got an 11-foot water tank and we all jumped in it, and we all had our issues. It was the first time I saw everybody very concerned with something we had to do for our art. You had to go up this really weird ladder and the water was dirty and it was a five-foot by five-foot tank and it looked like when you stepped into it you were gonna hit your head on the frame that holds the glass and it would just rip your nose off.
And we were even more freaked out because they had to have a paramedic there that could swim and save you if you were drowning. I look at the video as a testimony to being able to believe in what you had to do. It was dangerous. If you just did it a little bit wrong you were going to hurt yourself. And it happens to be my favorite video ever because it involved that fear. We used a 45 lens like they used in “Gladiator,” which makes everything super-sharp, so the motion is really in your face and you really feel what every member is doing and we just had a fantastic time. It’s probably the best we’ve ever looked and I think it reveals more of how we see ourselves." More...
ERYN NON DAE. has posted a teaser clip for their highly anticipated new album, "Hydra Lernaia", which is scheduled for release by Metal Blade Records all over Europe on the 19th / 22nd of June 2009, and the US release on the 23rd of June. The clip can be viewed below: More...
Metal band CATTLE DECAPITATION has recently posted their newest music video for the song "Regret & The Grave" online for streaming.
The band chose the song off their new album "The Harvest Floor".
'The Harvest Floor' was released in January 2009 on Metal Blade Records. More...
Deftones has been added to the Highfield Festival in Erfurt-Hohenfelden, Germany on August 23. Other bands already confirmed for the bill, spanning August 21 through 23, 2009 include:
DIE TOTEN HOSEN
FARIN URLAUB RACING TEAM
GET WELL SOON
SHANTEL & BUCOVINA ORKESTAR
PORT O' BRIEN
THE HOT MELTS
More information can be found at www.highfield.de.
Mystic Prophecy have announced that their upcoming album "Fireangel" will be released on May 20th via Massacre records. The band has issued issued the following statement about three release shows:
"Official "FIREANGEL" release parties! Come and celebrate the release of our meanwhile sixth album "FIREANGEL"! We're looking forward to see YOU!!! And for all those who can't wait to hear the stuff, we are featured on the latest Metal Hammer "Maximum Metal Sampler" Vol. 139 with the song "DEMONS CROWN"!"
The dates and locations for the shows will be as follows:
22.05.09 Die Halle - Reichenbach a. d. Fils
23.05.09 Matrix - Bochum
24.05.09 Rock Temple - Kerkrade
Doom metallers Void of Silence have issued the following update about parting ways with their vocalist:
"Void of Silence is now looking for a new singer. We are looking for a versatile, creative individual (man or woman) with high motivation and a capability of singing in different styles, from strong clean singing to all ranges of grunts, growls and shrieks. If you feel you might be the one, please send your demo or email to email@example.com.
"Void of Silence was forced to let Alan go to be able to continue. Alan's full-time engagement in Primordial increasingly prevented Void of Silence from completing the brand new album, scheduled for Autumn 2009 on code666"
Italy's Chaoswave have posted a new music video online for the song "10 Years Of Denial," which comes from their latest album "Dead Eye Dreaming." The video can be viewed below. More...
Anaal Nathrakh have announced that their upcoming album "In The Constellation of the Black Widow" will be released via Candlelight Records on June 29th. A limited edition vinyl will also be released be FETO Records the same month and a digital single entitled "More of Fire Than Blood" will be released via iTunes on June 6th.
Autumns Eyes has issued the following announcement about running a contest to win a free copy of the album "The Awakening of the Sleeping King:"
"Autumns Eyes has opened up a new contest for fans, friends, and foes to interact. You are invited to share your nightmares with Autumns Eyes! Once approved, your nightmare will be posted on the nightmares page and entered into the drawing for nightmare of the week. The most horrific and twisted nightmare will be chosen each week, and the winner will receive a FREE copy of "The Awakening of the Sleeping King" by Autumns Eyes. At the end of the contest one lucky winner will be chosen to have their nightmare featured as lyrics on the next Autumns Eyes album!"
Los Angeles metallers Ninth Circle have been confirmed to play at the South Bay Music Awards. Ninth Circle has been nominated for seven South Bay Music awards, including Best Independent CD and Rock Band of the Year. The event takes place on April 27 at the Irvine Improv in the Irvine Spectrum. The band issued the following statement about the nominations:
"We're extremely proud of the record we put out. We spent a lot of time in the studio getting this one right and by all accounts, with record sales going strong in over ten countries, there is confirmation that we've done it right! Fans online and at our shows tell us just how much they love this record and that drives us just that much harder to deliver what the fans want; a great NINTH CIRCLE show filled with the songs they love from the record. And now that we get to perform at the SMBAs, it is an added bonus to bring our music to an even larger audience. We can't wait to get up there and give everyone a glimpse of what the NINTH CIRCLE live show is all about!"
Florida based death metal legends Obituary has revealed that their brand new studio album will be entitled, "Darkest Day" and will see a release date of June 30th through Candlelight Records.
The tracklisting for the album is as follows:
"List Of Dead"
"Blood To Give"
"Outside My Head"
"Your Darkest Day"
"See Me Now"
"Fields Of Pain"
"Truth Be Told"
"Left To Die"
Reunited New Jersey based thrash metal veterans Whiplash has posted a video message online paying tribute to deceased Sodom drummer Chris "Witchhunter" Dudek. You can check it out below. Dudek passed away last September following a vital organ failure. More...
Netherlands based death metal veterans Pestilence has posted their new music video online for the song, "Devouring Frenzy." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands latest studio album, "Resurrection Macabre." More...
Chilean metal band VELATTORE is finishing up their debut LP, entitled "Answers." The album contains ten tracks and was recorded by Elías Martínez at Black Sun Studios and mixed by Jorge "gato" Esteban at Miau Studios (La Ley, Los Tres, Los Prisioneros). You can check out an audio trailer/preview on the band's MySpace page.
Regain Records has issued the following update about Swedish black metallers Marduk recording a new studio album:
"Marduk will be entering the Endarker studio during May to begin the recording of their eleventh studio album. The album is set to be released in September. The release will be followed by a World tour starting out in Europe under the monicker of Funeral Nation 2009/2010.
More news to be unveiled later on."
Guitarist Bjorn Larsson of the Swedish thrash metal band, The Law, has issued the following update regarding the replacement of their former bassist, Jimmie "Ninja" Frödin:
“Two months ago Jimmie "Ninja" Frödin left THE LAW due to personal issues. We'd like to thank Ninja for the time given and we all wish him good luck in his future endeavors! Ninja has contributed with his skills on both demos and on the Distorted anthems from the suburbs’ CD, and his input will therefor never be forgotten by the world of metal.” More...
Dutch metal band, God Dethroned, has posted their entire new album, “Passiondale,” for streaming on their MySpace page. The album will be released in stores on the following dates:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy: April 24.
Europe: April 27.
Rest of the world: April 28.
The tracklisting for "Passiondale" is as follows:
01. The Cross of Sacrifice
02. Under a Darkening Sky
03. No Man’s Land
04. Poison Fog
05. Drowning in Mud
07. No Survivors
08. Behind Enemy Lines
09. Fallen Empires
10. Artifacts of the Great War
Peter, vocalist and guitarist for Polish metal band Vader, has released a studio update for their upcoming Nuclear Blast release "Necropolis."
"Welcome again, ALL worshippers of Metal Power !!!!! The next step in creating of new album is behind us... "Necropolis" has its shape now. Today we finished recordings of main guitars and after a week break we coming back to the studio to make all leads, bass and vocal parts...We recorded also 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 the life in a studio, process of creation and recordings of main guitars on the new album. So....STAY VADERIZED !!!!"
See pictures of their studio sessions here.
Bring Me The Horizon's new video for their song “Diamonds Aren’t Forever,” will debut on Headbanger's Ball this Saturday. From their 2008 sophomore record Suicide Season, "Diamonds Aren't Forever" implies that nothing has value since life is but ephemeral. “Throw diamonds in the sky/We’ll stay gold forever/I can promise you one thing/ Death will take us all/ I can promise you one thing/ You will die alone/ We’re all going to hell, we may as well go out in style.”
If you don't feel like waiting until Saturday at 2AM to see the video, you can see the video on Headbanger's Blog.
Read the full article at Headbanger's Blog.
The Chariot have posted a new song, "Daggers" on their MySpace page. It's off of their upcoming album "Wars and Rumors of Wars" which is available in stores and online May 5th.
Lamb Of God is teaming up with the folks at Jackson Guitars to schedule some meet-and-greet appearances while the band is in the midst of its No Fear Music tour. So far, two such events have been scheduled. Guitarist Mark Morton and bassist John Campbell will hang with fans April 19th at the 941 Theater in Philadelphia and April 30th at Capitol Guitars in Minneapolis.
Other bands that are playing on the No Fear Tour include Children of Bodom, God Forbid, Municipal Waste, and Suicidal Tendencies, and As I Lay Dying
Read the full article at No Fear Tour .
Lane Soderberg of Noise Creep recently interviewed Jason Decay, frontman of Canadian traditional heavy metal band, Cauldron. In this interview, Jason goes on record about his hatred for nu-metal in its heyday and how the cyclical nature of musical trends directly influenced the rise of Cauldron.
"My backlash for that shit started when Korn started ruining the "Power 30" (Much Music's metal video show) back when I was 14," says Jason, "And it ended when I simply stopped caring about hating it anymore. I forget when that was. Like anything, it comes and goes and it will be back again someday to ruin something else, just like bands like us are currently ruining it (for nu-metal)."
Read the full article at Noise Creep.
Goth rock superstar Marilyn Manson has revealed the tracklisting for his forthcoming new studio album, "The High End Of Low." The album will be released on May 26th through Interscope Records. He will be appearing at European festivals this summer to promote the album before heading out to co-headline the Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour with Slayer.
The tracklisting is as follows:
"Pretty As A Swastika"
"Leave A Scar"
"Four Rusted Horses"
"Blank And White"
"Running To The Edge Of The World"
"I Want To Kill You Like They Do In The Movies"
"We're From America"
"I Have To Look Up Just To See Hell"
"Into The Fire"
Extreme metal legends Venom has announced that drummer, Antton (brother of Venom frontman Cronos aka Conrad Lant) has left the band to focus on his group Def-Con-One. No replacement has been announced so far but stay tuned for updates.
New York based death metal legends Suffocation has revealed the tracklisting for their eagerly awaited new studio album, "Blood Oath." The record will be released in North America on July 7th through Nuclear Blast Records.
The tracklisting is as follows:
"Pray For Forgiveness"
"Images Of Purgatory"
"Come Hell Or High Priest"
"Provoking The Disturbed"
Seattle death metal band, BOOK OF BLACK EARTH, has lined up the following tour dates:
4/18 - Palladium - Worcester, MA (NE Metalfest)
4/24 - Satyricon - Portland, OR w/ Insanity, Scorched Earth
4/25 - Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ Insanity, Scorched Earth
5/02 - Squid & Ink - Seattle, WA w/ Samothrace
5/13 - Funhouse - Seattle, WA w/ Deathraid, Scourge Schematic
Drummer Joe Axler comments on the tour, "We are all really excited to get a chance to play the New England Metalfest this year and to get to share the stage again with our friends and labelmates Withered. We're ready to brutalize the east coast again, then return home and do the same on our coast for a few shows with the mighty Insanity!"
The new War From A Harlots Mouth album, "In Shoals," can now be streamed in its entirety on the band’s MySpace page.
The tracklisting for "In Shoals" is as follows:
01. They Come In Shoals
02. No High Five For A C.oward
03. Briefing Security Werewolves On Red Alert
04. Crooks At Your Door
05. Justice From The Lips Of The Highest Bidder
07. Appropriate Tools Required To Intercept And Obstruct Errorism
08. What Happens In The District... (Paper Agents)
09. ...Stays In The District (I’m The Black Sheep Of Her Country)
RollingStone.com has issued the following report from Steve Appleford:
Some things can be counted on at a SLAYER recording session. "Can I interest you in something fast and aggressive?" asks producer Greg Fidelman. He's sitting beside guitarist Kerry King at the Pass Studios in Los Angeles, where Slayer are working on a still-untitled album planned for a summer release, and cues up a new metal track with the working title 'Build Up'. King is ready to thrash.
He's already tapped the Jägermeister machine upstairs, and is now bent over a custom camouflage guitar, his black combat boots on the hardwood floor in the studio control room. King is plugged simultaneously into four amps, each one given a name: The Beast, Hot Ticket Deux, BLS and GF11. Fidelman rolls 'Build Up', and King begins overdubbing bits and pieces of intricate metal melody and a harsh, aggressive riff, his eyes closed, nodding to the intense recorded beats of drummer Dave Lombardo. King's strumming hand is a blur, like a wasp in flight. More...
Vocalist Jesse Traynor from the NJ metal band, Helcaraxe, has issued the following update:
"First, I want to announce our new member, drummer Mike Donatelli. Three of us have played with him in the past and he is a crushing, talented drummer, who has now rounded out our full line-up. With Mike on board, we'll now be able to play out live. I'm not sure which of you are excited to see us, but I assure you, you will not be disappointed." More...
Brooklyn quintet, HULL, are back home after their recent tour surrounding SXSW 2009. The band comments...
"On our first tour as part of the End records roster, HULL have stormed through the South East with much force, at every stop winning the faces and minds of those in attendance. On the road to Austin for the mighty SXSW festival and onward, many miles have passed and decibels peaked in the name of metal. Along the way previewing exclusive tracks from the upcoming release ‘Sole Lord,’ the hearts of the strong have joined forces with the five members of HULL." More...
On Tuesday April 7th, 2009 I went to BBKings in New York City to see Destruction perform, with Krisiun and Mantic Ritual as support, at their last show on tour. As I walked into the venue, I found that it was practically empty. The emptiness of the venue was a bit disappointing for such a popular 80s thrash metal band. I also noticed the awesome equipment on stage: Ampeg bass amp stacks and Engl guitar amp half stacks. Both have to be my favorite brands for bass and guitar amps respectively. Another thing I saw was that there was only one set of gear on stage. It is rare that I see a band nice enough to lend their gear out to the openers. Short changeovers between bands are always a good thing. More...