Metal News for April 2, 2009
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34 news articles posted on this day.
Swedish Punk N’ Rollers THE BONES have been confirmed to play several European shows supporting SOCIAL DISTORTION in June. This is another opportunity for THE BONES to further present their current album “Burnout Boulevard”, which has been released on Century Media Records in 2007, live.
official DVD on Century Media in August/September 2009, so stay tuned for more updates regarding this highly anticipated release soon! More...
Atlanta based quintet DAATH is about to unleash their brand-new album “The Concealers”, which will be released on April 20th (Europe) and April 21st (US). The band just filmed a video for the song “Day Of Endless Light” with director Robin Fuller (Ghost Of A Thousand, Shaped By Fate) and you can now check out some photos from the shoot at the band's myspace page.
Eyal Levi (guitars) further states:
“I hate music videos. Always have. There’s been a few exceptions over the years like the old Tool videos or White Stripes videos but for the most part they suck. Especially metal videos. How many times can we watch a group of burly dudes throwing down in a warehouse or abandoned building? With this video that was the LAST thing I wanted for us. I set out to find a team that would give us an actual work of art which could be watched and enjoyed regardless of the music. We ended up with Robin Fuller directing. We chose him because of his amazing animation skills and overall enthusiasm for the vision. The vision was to have a video shot in the style of a Frank Miller film (Sin City) and have those shots interwoven with the art and design that Jorden Haley has created for us with “The Concealers”. This will not be your typical metal video.”
In addition to that, the band has posted the brand-new track “Silenced” from the forthcoming album “The Concealers” which can be found on the band's Myspace as well.
Right on time with the album’s release, DAATH will be touring the US in April/May with Dragonforce and Cynic. Visit their MySpace page to view the full list of dates. Also, the following European festivals have been confirmed:
August 7, 2009 – Bad Berka (D) @ Party San Open Air
August 14, 2009 – Dinkelsbühl (D) @ Summer Breeze Festival
August 16, 2009 – Derby (UK) @ Bloodstock Open Air
Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie has posted all the songs from the upcoming acoustic album, entitled “Evocation I – the arcane dominion,” on the band's MySpace page.
During the album listening session at the Nuclear Blast headquarters, Anna Murphy and Chrigel Glanzmann dissected each song. The descriptions are available on Eluveitie's blog at this location.
Mutiny Within has checked in with the following update:
"For the past 2 months, we've been at home in New Jersey, eager to continue the recordings for our debut record. We have all of the drums and most of the guitars recorded from our sessions with producer Jason Suecof at Big Shot Studios and Audio Hammer Studios. However, we are still left to track all of the bass guitar, keyboards, and vocals. In addition, we're going to put the finishing touches on the rhythm and lead guitars. So we will be heading back down to Florida, but this time, to work with producer Jason Bieler (Sikth, Skindred, Dashboard Confessional, Nonpoint) at Bieler Bros. Studios in Pompano Beach. With his help, we hope to deliver the debut record that we're capable of.
"Moving on, as of this month, Ibanez Guitars have officially endorsed Brandon, AJ, and our newest addition, Daniel Bage!
"In the upcoming weeks, we'll be updating our Myspace, Youtube, and Roadrunner pages with brand new photos, videos, and blogs from the studio. Also, to keep up with our daily activities, visit us at www.Twitter.com/MutinyWithin."
Adelaide metal heavy hitters Double Dragon and Truth Corroded have uploaded a new sample track from their upcoming split EP, "The Devastation/Decimation" - an EP where the bands will be covering each others songs.
Tracks featured on the sample are Truth Corroded’s version of "Inflictor" and Double Dragons version of "Ninety One." The EP will be launched at a special all ages show on Friday April 17th at Enigma Bar (Adelaide) and will only be available to purchase at the CD launch/upcoming Truth Corroded Australian Decimation national tour.
Truth Corroded will be joined by Double Dragon on select dates (SA,WA,VIC).
For more information about the EP, and to listen to the new songs, please visit Truth Inc's MySpace page.
After releasing a number of EPs and touring regularly in their homeland of Ireland, guitarist Paul Shields, bassist Matt Gaynor and drummer David McCann, collectively known as Chosen, found themselves in need of a singer. In the search, the band relocated to Vancouver, Canada, where they recruited John Matter. After a Canadian tour this spring, the band will return to their native land to record their debut album at Komodo Studios with their new vocalist.
On the eve of the band's Chuck Shuldiner (of Death fame) tribute gig at the Cobalt, Paul took some time to answer a few questions. Here is how it went down: More...
Young thrash metal group Warbringer has launched their touring campaign in support of their forthcoming new album, "Waking Into Nightmares" but the band have already hit bad news with the announcement that drummer Nic Ritter will be forced to miss out on the tour after breaking his elbow at a recent show after slipping on ice. A message from the band reads:
"Unfortunately this is not an April's Fools joke. Nic fell down the other night loading out of the club and hurt his elbow. We hoped with some ice and rest it would be okay. This morning we found out it was broken. Regardless, the shows must go on and we rehearsed as a 4-piece with Adam playing drums. This will be the format for the next handful of shows until we hook up with Epicurean, as John Gensmer has agreed to play both sets. We toured together on Overkill and he is a beast. Nic will be out of commission for at least 3 weeks, but will be staying on the road with the band."
News is coming in that Metallica will be filming a brand new live DVD on July 7th at the Antic Arena in Nimes, France. This will be the first live home video the band has released in ten years, following the classical flavoured "S&M" release. The DVD will be released later this year.
Thrash metal legends Death Angel will release their first ever live DVD this year entitled, "Sonic German Beatdown." The DVD contains two concerts filmed live in Germany, as well as two video clips and a bonus live CD.
The tracklistings are as follows:
Live @ Rock Hard Festival 2007
Seemingly Endless Time
Mistress Of Pain
Thrown To The Wolves
5 Steps Of Freedom
Thicker Than Blood
The Devil Incarnate
Disturbing The Peace
The Ultra Violence
(introduction: Carnival Justice)
Kill As One
Live in Adelsheim, Live Factory, 2008:
Lord of Hate
When Worlds Collide
Seemingly Endless Time
God vs. God
Steal The Crown
Kill As One
Thrown to The Wolves
Bonus video clips:
Thicker Than Blood
2. Seemingly Endless Time
3. Voracious Souls
4. Mistress Of Pain
6. 3rd Floor
7. Thrown To The Wolves
8. 5 Steps Of Freedom
9. Thicker Than Blood
10. The Devil Incarnate
11. Disturbing The Peace
13. The Ultra Violence
15. Kill As One
I was just alerted to an extensive forum post that Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor made a couple weeks ago about ticket scalping. It's a very informative and insightful post. Here's an excerpt:
"The ticketing marketplace for rock concerts shows a real lack of sophistication, meaning this: the true market value of some tickets for some concerts is much higher than what the act wants to be perceived as charging. For example, there are some people who would be willing to pay $1,000 and up to be in the best seats for various shows, but MOST acts in the rock / pop world don't want to come off as greedy pricks asking that much, even though the market says its value is that high. The acts know this, the venue knows this, the promoters know this, the ticketing company knows this and the scalpers really know this. So...
"The venue, the promoter, the ticketing agency and often the artist camp (artist, management and agent) take tickets from the pool of available seats and feed them directly to the re-seller (which from this point on will be referred to by their true name: SCALPER)...
"StubHub.com is an example of a re-seller / scalper. So is TicketsNow.com.
"Here's the rub: TicketMaster has essentially been a monopoly for many years - certainly up until Live Nation's exclusive deal ran out. They could have (and can right now) stop the secondary market dead in its tracks by doing the following: limit the amount of sales per customer, print names on the tickets and require ID / ticket matches at the venue. We know this works because we do it for our pre-sales. Why don't THEY do it? It's obvious - they make a lot of money fueling the secondary market. TicketMaster even bought a re-seller site and often bounces you over to that site to buy tickets (TicketsNow.com)!"
Reznor also comments on how Nine Inch Nails has fought against scalpers to give real fans the best chance to get the prime seats:
"NIN gets 10% of the available seats for our own pre-sale. We won a tough (and I mean TOUGH) battle to get the best seats. We require you to sign up at our site (for free) to get tickets. We limit the amount you can buy, we print your name on the tickets and we have our own person let you in a separate entrance where we check your ID to match the ticket. We charge you a surcharge that has been less than TicketMaster's or Live Nation's in all cases so far to pay for the costs of doing this - it's not a profit center for us. We have essentially stopped scalping by doing these things - because we want true fans to be able to get great seats and not get ripped off by these parasites."
Read the full article at NIN Forum.
West Virginia hardcore/metal band Ten Year Scar has announced what will likely be their final show on April 17, 2009 at Almost Home at 8:00 pm. Also on the bill are T.W.F., Skulldrag, and Headshot Remedy.
The band comments:
"Come say goodbye to ol' rusticles before he moves to colorado...and get drunk and throw down like old timezzzz!"
Swedish metallers, ENFORCER, have unveiled their music video for the track "Black Angel" on youtube. Enforcer will be heading to the US for a full tour. Dates will be announced soon.
Norway's Sarke has posted a new e-card at this location. The E-card features samples from their entire upcoming debut album, "Vorunah." Furthermore, the band has a new track, "The Drunken Priest" on their MySpace page.
Florida death metal band Hellwitch has issued the following statement about completing the recording of their new album:
"Omnipotent Convocation has been mastered and is on it's way to the presses! It is was 6 months in the making and we are all thrilled with the quality of this recording. Keep your eyes open for it in the coming months and keep checking here for news updates!"
Finnish symphonic metallers, Nightwish, have posted a track, "Amaranth," from their new live album "Made In Hong Kong (And various other places)." The track will be available for free download until midnight tonight (April 2nd). Download the live track here
German metallers Dreamscape have issued the following announcement about finding a new vocalist:
"We are proud to finally announce our new Singer: Erik 'Ez' Blomkvist is the new voice and frontman of DREAMSCAPE.
"You might know Erik from his former band 'Platitude' with which he was touring e.g. with bands like Threshold and amongst others played the Sweden Rock and ProgPower Europe Festivals.
"Erik is a great guy and awesome singer and all of us are very happy to have him aboard!!! Welcome, EZ!!
"Furthermore we will soon be able to present you a snippet of the titletrack of our upcoming album 'Everlight' in the Media section / Media player. Please be aware that this will only be a demo recording as the final Vocal recordings are going to take place in May.
"Of course we´ll keep you updated about cover artwork, release date and the progress of the recordings, so stay tuned!"
French extreme prog metal band, HACRIDE, has posted the new song, "My Enemy," on their MySpace page. The song comes from their upcoming album, "Lazarus," to be released on Listenable Records by the end of the month
HACRIDE singer Samuel Bourreau talks about this new track, "My Enemy is the final chapter of 'LAZARUS,' it is the result of the album history and music. This ten minute song is introduced by a first part which is massive and oppressive with efficient riffs, before heading to a hypnotic musical universe and finishing in a deep and intense mood." More...
Shadows Fall has issued the following statement about an upcoming live show alongside Korn:
"We have been asked to support Korn on a 2nd show. This time at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. The last we played there it was for the WSOU 60th Anniversary show with Unearth and Five Finger Death Punch. NJ blew it up that night so this show should be pretty awesome. See you in the pit."
The all ages show will take place on May 19th at the Starland Ballroom (570 Jernee Mill Road) in Sayreville, NJ.
NJ metallers, BURNT BY THE SUN, have posted a third video clip shot during the recording sessions for their third full-length album, "Heart Of Darkness" online now at this location. The webisode was produced by Ronen Kauffman of IssueOriented.com. "Heart Of Darkness," the follow-up to 2003's "The Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good," was recorded at Trax East Recording Studios with producer Eric Rachel (HATEBREED, THE RED CHORD, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, A LIFE ONCE LOST). A late spring or early summer release date is expected. More...
Floridian extreme metallers Order Of Ennead have announced that they will continue their current tour with Vital Remains and carry it onto Europe.
The currently confirmed European dates are as follows:
16/4 - Jumet, Belgium - La Maison de Tous
17/4 - Groningen, Netherlands - Vera
18/4 - Essen, Germany - Turock Festival
19/4 - Amersfoort, Netherlands - De Kelder
22/4 - Nantes, France - Le Ferrailleur
23/4 - Durango, Spain - Plateruena
24/4 - Madrid, Spain - Ritmo & Compas
25/4 - Murcia, Spain - Gamma
26/4 - Barcelona, Spain - Mephisto
27/4 - Marseille, France - Le Local 013
28/4 - Torino, Italy - Fabrik
29/4 - Plattern, Switzerland - Z7
30/4 - Bologna, Italy - Sottotetto More...
Norwegian Black Metallers Slagmaur, who recently inked a 3-album deal with Osmose to re-release their earlier albums “Svin” and “Skrekk Lich Kunstler”, as well as their new album “Von Rov Shelter”, have today released the front cover artwork for “Von Rov Shelter."
The band issued the following statement about the artwork:
"The entire artwork for the album is the work of photographer and graphic artist Tine Marie Lund Kristensen and artist Robert Hoyem, and is based on a concept Slagmaur’s founder, General Gribbsphiiser. The front cover is a representation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper”, and the set itself took three weeks to build and light in order to capture the feel of the original as faithfully as possible.
"There, however, the similarity ends, with the figures of Christ and the Apostles being replaced by band members, friends and fictional characters in the guise of various satanic characters, and biblical or historical figures. THORNS’ Snorre W Ruch takes on the role of Cain, Åtselgribb is Judas Iscariot, Freddy Krueger is Nero, Bzilla is Legion, Krush is Belial, General Gribbsphiiser and Lilith are themselves.
“Von Rov Shelter”, which is already receiving critical praise from pre-release listenings, is expected to be released on Osmose later this year, whilst “Svin” and “Skrekk Lich Kunstler” will be released shortly."
Isis has issued the following update about posting a trailer online for their upcoming album "Wavering Radiant:"
"We had some pro video footage shot while in the studio working on "Wavering Radiant". We wanted to create a short "trailer" for the record. The footage is from the two studios we were working in, Sound City, and Joe's House Of Compression. The soundtrack was also done by us at home and in our rehearsal space. Stephen Borasch was behind the camera. We have a Vimeo ISIS video channel that we're working on HERE, and a Youtube ISIS video channel HERE.
"Also we're working with Blue Collar Distro on a special limited ISIS "Wavering Radiant" pre-order package. The pre-order will include some limited ISIS gear as well as the record. More on that soon, just wanted to give you a heads up."
Norwegian gothic metal band, Trail of Tears, has uploaded a brand new song, "The Feverish Alliance," from the upcoming album, "Bloodstained Endurance," to their MySpace page.
"BLOODSTAINED ENDURANCE" (cover) will be released by Napalm Records on the following dates:
Finland, Spain - May 27th
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, France, Italy, Sweden - May 29th
Rest of Europe - June 1st
USA/Canada - June 2nd
UK's Manatees has announced the following UK tour dates:
04/02 – PRESTON, UK - The Mad Ferret
04/03 – CARLISLE, UK - The Brickyard
04/04 - STOKE-ON-TRENT, UK - Harry’s Bar
04/05 - NOTTINGHAM, UK - Chameleon Arts Cafe
04/07 - MANCHESTER, UK - Cafe Saki
04/08 - BRIGHTON, UK - The Engine Room
04/09 - LONDON, UK - 93 Feet East
04/10 - SOUTHAMPTON, UK - The King Alfred
04/11 - LINCOLN, UK - The Horse And Groom
04/30 - GLASGOW, UK - Nice n Sleazy (Hinterland Festival)
Seattle's Black Sheep recording artists and experimental metalers HUNAB KU have posted a rough song video of "The Other I" online. You can check it out below, and check out some of the band's previous material on their MySpace player. More...
Montreal extreme metallers, DESPISED ICON, have started work on their new album, due later this year via Century Media Records.
Vocalist Alex Erian comments, "We're done writing and the new shit is packed with brutality. Can't wait to play these songs live! As always, our longtime buddy Yannick St-Amand will produce the whole thing and we got Zeuss and Alan Douches to take care of the mixing and mastering, so the result should sound monstrous! Our boy Felix Rancourt, the evil mastermind behind all our imagery, promised us his sickest album artwork to date." More...
Swiss hard rockers, SHAKRA, have posted a new video clip for the song "Why," which comes off their new album, "Everest." The video can be viewed here. "Everest" will be released on April 17th via AFM Records. The album will be available as a standard CD and a limited edition digipak, which includes a bonus track, entitled "Mystery," and 2 video clips. More...
Germany's WAR FROM A HARLOTS MOUTH has posted the music video clip for the song "Crooks At Your Door" at this location. The song is taken from the band’s upcoming album, "In Shoals."
"IN SHOALS" was recorded in November and December 2008 at Dailyhero Recordings in Berlin and will be released on April 27th in Europe and April 28th in the US via Lifeforce Records
We hope you enjoyed our April fools stories yesterday! We had fun writing them despite the fact that we can't really fool most of you in our seventh year doing fake stories on April fools day. Special thanks go to those of you who tried to play along early in the morning rather than blurt out “April Fools!” In case you missed them, you can read yesterday's stories here.
You can also check out our previous years' spoofs at the following pages:
As always, no offense is meant to either the people or bands discussed in the April Fools stories or to those whom we've attributed fake quotes. As is often the case in life, the bands we like most are the ones that get "picked on" in these stories. Or in the case or Lars and Axl, they are just easy targets to pick on, but no offense intended anyway. :-)
Portugal's AVA INFERI is currently looking for a sixth band member on keyboards. AVA INFERI has issued the following statement regarding their search:
"We are now searching for a piano/keyboard player to fulfill and broaden our soundscape, both live and on record. As many of our earlier songs have piano parts as well, we thought it was time to bring this element out to its fullest. Criteria: you must be a creative and hardworking musician with your own gear, have availability for touring at any time and also to rehearse several days a week. Live experience is also positive. So if you think you have what it takes and you are based in reasonable distance to Almada, Portugal, drop us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org." More...
Pittsburgh metalllers Crown The Lost are currently streaming their entire new album "Blind Faith Loyalty" online. The album can be heard here.
"Blind Faith Loyalty" is set to be released in Europe on April 17th and North America on May 5th.
Susperia has announced that their new album "Attitude" is currently available for pre-order through Candlelight Records. The band issued the following statement about the album:
"The latest album from Susperia strikes with not only power but shines with their unique sense of melody. Featuring guests appearances from Chuck Billy (Testament) and Shagrath (Dimmu Borgir)!"
The track listing will be as follows:
1. The Urge
2. Live My Dream
4. Elegy And Suffering
5. Sick Bastard
6. Another Turn
7. Mr. Stranger
8. Character Flaw
9. The One After All
Viking Skull has posted a new video online of the song "Hair Of The Dog," which comes from the band's latest album "Doom, Gloom, Heartache, & Whiskey." The video can be viewed below. More...
Eternal Tears of Sorrow has issued the following announcement about parting ways with their guitar player:
"Unfortunately, we have to announce that our solo guitarist Risto Ruuth has left Eternal Tears of Sorrow. The situation came to us as a total surprise. We have no information on the reasons or the background behind his decision. We received Risto's a unilateral declaration a week ago.
"During the past week, we have done everything possible to find a replacement in time so that we could make it to do the confirmed live dates according to the previously established timetable. Unfortunately, it has proven to be an exceedingly difficult task with this schedule, and thus it will affect the confirmed live dates.
"Eternal Tears of Sorrow will get on the stage as soon as the hole in the line-up has been refilled. More information on this topic will be published shortly.
"At the same time, we announce the search for solo guitarist for the band. The guitarist we're looking for should be diverse, full of ideas and creative. Above all, his feet should be firmly on the solid ground, he should motivated to the task, and should be able to manage the role of the solo guitarist in our band.
"If you are interested in this mission, send free-form application, info-packet and the call audio samples or video form, to: eternaltears2009[at]gmail.com"