Metal News for April 20, 2010
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Trigger The Bloodshed headed into the studio in January, 2010 to record their third album "Degenerate." The album was produced by Trigger The Bloodshed, with Mark Daghorn producing the drums at Little Clacton and Cherry Wood Studios. It was mixed and mastered by the insane Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios. Artwork was handled by Colin Marks and arranged by Martyn Evans. Footage from the recording sessions can be viewed below.
Sweden's Andromeda is currently in the process of writing and rehearsing new material for an upcoming full-length album. The band has announced that drum recordings will begin early in the summer of 2010. Additional details on the track listing and album title will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time you can check out sample Andromeda tracks at the band's official MySpace page.
Norwegian black metallers 1349 will be unable to make the first few shows on Cannibal Corpse's "Evisceration Plague Tour" that kicked off today in Orlando, Florida. 1349 commented: "Unfortunately, we will have to let all our fans know that we will not be able to make it to the first shows of the tour with Cannibal Corpse. First of all, our visas, which we have applied for months ago, are still not being cleared, and secondly, air traffic in Europe is being a major problem in the last couple of days and still will be in the next days. We are trying our best to join this tour. However, right now we are not able to tell anybody when and if this is going to happen. As soon as we have any news on the situation we will let you know."
In the meantime Diabolic has been confirmed to jump on the Cannibal Corpse tour to fill in for 1349 until the band makes it to the states. Skeletonwitch will be main support, Diabolic will be second, and Lecherous are opening up.
The upcoming Cannibal Corpse tour dates are as follows:
04/20 Orlando, FL Club At Firestone w/ Diabolic
04/21 Atlanta, GA Masquerade w/ Diabolic
04/22 Raleigh, NC Volume 11 Tavern w/ Diabolic
04/23 Springfield, VA Jaxx w/ Diabolic
04/24 Worcester, MA Palladium (New England Metal Fest)
04/25 Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey
04/27 Montreal, QC Club Soda
04/28 Toronto, ON Opera House
04/29 Chicago, IL House Of Blues
04/30 Milwaukee, WI The Rave 2
05/01 Saint Paul, MN Station 4
05/02 Lawrence, KS Granada Theater
05/03 Englewood, CO Gothic Theatre
05/05 San Francisco, CA Slims
05/06 West Hollywood, CA House Of Blues
Tour w/ Lecherous Nocturne, Skeletonwitch
05/07 Tucson, AZ The Rock
05/08 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
05/10 Corpus Christi, TX House Of Rock
05/11 Austin, TX Emo’s
05/12 Houston, TX Wired Live
05/13 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues
05/14 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Live
05/15 Saint Petersburg, FL State Theatre
05/16 Fort Lauderdale, FL Culture Room
Gallows has issued the following update about heading to Italy for upcoming tour dates:
"We are very happy to say that we'll be coming back to Italy in July 2010 for a couple of shows. The first show will be a headline set at Rock Planet on Friday July 9th followed by a set at Rock im Ring festival at Arena Ritter on Saturday July 10th. We've had a lot of you asking when we'll be coming back to Italy so please come out and show your support for us at these shows!"
The upcoming Gallows live shows are as follows:
4/30 2010 LAGS DJ SET: High Voltage Swansea
5/13 2010 Long’I’Rock Festival Longirod, SWITZERLAND
5/21 2010 LAGS DJ SET: Getaddicted @ Weinkeller Dortmund
5/22 2010 LAGS DJ SET: Getaddicted @ Papierfabrik Cologne
6/5 2010 Bizarre Ball London, UK
6/8 2010 The O2 w/ Rage Against The Machine Dublin, IRE
6/9 2010 Gelredome w/ Rage Against The Machine Arnhem, HOLLAND
6/27 2010 Ghostfest, UK Leeds
6/30 2010 Hove Festival Hove, NORWAY
7/2 2010 Peace & Love Festival Borlange, SWEDEN
7/3 2010 Roskilde Roskilde, DENMARK
7/4 2010 Eurockéennes Festival Belfort, FRANCE
7/9 2010 Rock Planet (Headline) Ravenna, ITALY
7/10 2010 Rock Im Ring Festival Arena Ritter, ITALY
7/10 2010 LAGS DJ SET: Nass Festival Somertset
7/29 2010 Paredes de Coura Praia Do Tabuao, PORTUGAL
7/30 2010 Resurrection Festival Viveiro, SPAIN
7/31 2010 Sonisphere Festival Knebworth, UK
8/7 2010 Hevy Music Festival Port Lympne Wild Animal Park, UK
8/8 2010 Rebellion Festival Blackpool, UK
Black metal act Order of the Blackguard has issued the following update about the cover artwork for an upcoming album:
"Sisters of Doom, Brothers of Gloom. Whilst ATR is finishing up mixing 'The way of cross and dragon' (He humbly assures us its not too far off now) We'd like to take this opportunity to proudly draw your attention to the artwork that shall adorn the albums front cover. Its by the painfully talented artist, Rafael Garrido from Granada, Spain Who has kindly allowed us to use this stunning image which encapsulates the feel and vibe of 'Dragon' in such an uncanny way, it scares me half to death. We are confident the Order has long winding untrodden path snaking off ahead of us and are secretly hoping Rafa will come along for the entire journey. Thanx for your time. Best wishes, as ever, to the underground black metal hordes."
North Carolina's To Speak Of Wolves has posted a new song, called "Darkness Often Yields The Brightest Light," on their MySpace page. The song is the first song off their upcoming album "Myself < Letting Go" which is available in stores and online on May 18th.
Noctem has announced European tour dates with Ragnarok (Norway) and De Profundis (UK). This will be the third European tour for Noctem and their second in this year.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
02 May - Escape Metalcorner Vienna (Austria)
03 May - Skullcrusher Dresden (Germany)
04 May - Ucho Gdynia (Poland)
05 May - Alte Zuckerfabrick Rostock (Germany)
08 May - JOC Ieper (Belgium)
09 May - Vera Club Groningen (Netherlands)
12 May - Steinbruch Theater Darmstadt (Germany)
Irish thrashers GAMA BOMB have just completed a short tour of their homeland with support from labelmates and Liverpool crossover thrashers SSS.
GAMA BOMB and SSS kicked off the "Back to the Fu-tour" last Thursday, making their way around the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, before GAMA BOMB start the second leg of the tour in the UK in a couple of weeks.
GAMA BOMB frontman PHILLY BYRNE comments on the Irish shows:
"We finished our four date Irish tour on Sunday night, very late, and we're completely knackered. We managed to cheat the Icelandic volcano by touring at home at precisely the right moment - take that mother nature!"
"It was great fun, and much more successful than we ever expected it could be. Turns out people in Ireland love us! In Galway one girl fell off the top of a human pyramid and needed stitches on her head, we hope she's okay. We hope fans in the UK wear crash helmets for our upcoming shows." More...
British thrashers EVILE are getting well acquainted with the American touring circuit, having just finished a North American tour with German legends KREATOR and now making their way around once again with New Jersey's OVERKILL.
EVILE are currently in the midst of the Killfest tour, which also features VADER, GOD DETHRONED, WARBRINGER and WOE OF TYRANTS.
EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE reports from the tour:
"Currently sat in bed in a Japanese hotel in San Francisco. This place is awesome! Love San Francisco. We played the Regent Ballroom last night and had a brilliant time. We felt very welcomed, and in such an amazing venue. Me and Ben walked around San Fran at about 3am looking for food - we even tried to be a car to go through the Burger King drive-thru. Day off today
as the Vegas show was cancelled (boo!) and to be honest I need it. I ate some American fish n' chips, and that didn't go down well. As I've said before, leave fish n' chips to England!"
"Got a lot of ideas for album 3 - we basically have the title and album art concept decided too. Got a very good feeling about the new material!" More...
Mountains Among Us are currently recording their new ep "Redeemer" at The Lodge Studios in Charlotte, NC. During the process they are keeping everybody informed of the progress via a studio blog. Here is the first entry:
"Day 1: Gear: First off we can't begin to tell you how great it is to be back recording new material after a loooooong break, remember 'Believer' was recorded in the fall of 2008 and 'True North' was recorded during late 2007 to mid 2008."
"For 'Redeemer' we are using a completely new amp/effect setup, along with Brandon's brand new Gibson Les Paul Custom 'Custom Shop.' He is also playing through Marshall JCM2000 instead of the Orange amp/head used on the last 3 albums. Pedal effects remain the same Boss DD3, Boss DD7, Boss Super Octave, Boss EQ, Ibanez TS808HW Overdrive (gift), Ernie Ball vp Junior. Boss DC3. Setting are completely different than before, lots of overdrive without the heavy distortion of before. He also likes to use Mogami cables, slightly expensive but well worth the $."
"For Bass Jodi plays a mid 80's Fender Jazz with custom pickups. Pedals are Electro Harmonix delay, chorus, and Tube overdrive through Marshall head and Cabinet. Pretty straightforward setup with lots of bottom end." More...
Last Call Chernobyl has released the track listing, album artwork and a free song for their upcoming album, "‘Drowning Beneath the Sound of Change," which is set to be released this summer. The tracklisting is as follows:
1. This City
2. For Fear of Falling
3. Beneath the Veil
4. Drowning Beneath the Sound of Change
6. Level 7
7. Burden of Dreams
The band has also released one of the songs, ‘Beneath the Veil,’ which can be heard here.
Metalcore act The Demonstration is hard at work on their third studio album. Their second, "Accidents with Intelligence," was released in 2008 (click here for the MU review).
The as yet untitled full length is slated to be released in the fall of 2010, with recording being done over the summer. The official press release is as follows:
"We are currently working on our third full-length record right now and everything is coming together. We've spend quite a bit of time on this record, and have been taking a slightly different approach. Accidents With Intelligence was written in a very short amount of time following our signing with Mediskare. This time around we are taking our time, experimenting with some different styles, tunings, and directions both vocally and musically. The demo we posted yesterday because we just wanted to get something new out there, and we tired of hearing about lady gaga, haha. Jameson and David have been writing music and we have several songs for this new record finished. The demo we posted as a trial has a slightly different feel that what Demonstration fans are used to, but trust us, you can expect the traditional sound elements that you're used to hearing from us threaded throughout this next record as well as some new stuff that you might not expect from us. We are taking our time on this one to give our fans the best album we can that shows our progression from Accidents. Expect some elements that you're used to from us, but also expect a move aggressive, heavy, yet melodically sound record from us in 2010!"
Check out everything The Demonstration is up to, including the Lady Gaga cover video, at the band's MySpace Page.
In a recent update, Obituary vocalist John Tardy revealed that the band have begun work on their next studio album, which will be the follow up to last years album, "Darkest Day." The message reads as follows:
"We are enjoying some time off and it has given us a chance to finally work on some new music. Trevor (Peres - guitar) was in town and we got some new Obituary songs down. Heavy as balls! Donald (Tardy - drums) and I also have been working on some new TB BLOODLINE material. ...just having a blast jamming!!!!
"I am still working on this studio! It is coming along slowly, but starting to see the light at the end of tunnel! I need some carpet!!! Can't find anything I like! I will also try to get that webcam back up soon.
"We are getting closer and closer to the start of our US Tour! It starts off in Orlando and the Club Firestone! This place is awesome and we have not played in Orlando in a long, long time so we are hoping for a killer show!!"
Nashville Pussy is out touring again, this time headlining the Parental Advisory Tour, and they have along supporting acts Green Jelly and Psychostick. Known for their good-time-lovin’ ways, Nashville Pussy is a self-described “rolling party.” Guitarist Ruyter Suys generously took some time out of listening to the new Airborne album in the van to chat with us via phone about touring, Nashville Pussy’s music, and a couple other random tidbits. One important thing to note is that this transcript is no substitute for the twenty minute flow of rollicking fun Ruyter gave me.
If you want to get a little closer (but not too close), check out Nashville Pussy’s Twitter Feed. Everyone has access to post pictures, and Ruyter is worried it will result in blackmail in the future, but they are going with it for now. And if you want the full experience, check out their upcoming shows. More...
Belgian black metal outfit Enthroned has announced that they are planning to head to the United States in the near future for their first shows in the country in nine years. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Finally after nine years, Enthroned will come back to the United States this summer! Dates will come soon and we will reveal the support acts in the meantime.
"Also, Enthroned will team-up with Norway's Gorgoroth for the South American portion of their world tour, this September. The tour will be around Brazill. Soon dates will be posted. Promoters interested, drop a line to Tumba Productions."
Guitarist Jonas Rydberg of the recently disbanded band Burst has new joined a new project titled Faster Katt. Sample Faster Katt tracks can be heard at the band's MySpace page. Faster Katt also issued the following statement about the band's formation:
"About six months ago, the signs for putting together a full line-up for Faster Katt and make a 'real band' out of it, were finally auspicious. Since our first recording, made in 2005, me and Putte often discussed this when we were drinking, but for some strange reason nothing happened.. Until now, that is! Or, as I said, about six months ago, when the good old jolly band BURST decided to throw in the towel and left our we-go-way-back-friend and evil genius Jonas Rydberg free of duties. Cunning as we are, we quickly enticed him to pick up an axe of ravaging rawk-storms and join forces with us! A couple of months later, Mattias Engström, my dear partner and master of prog-metal-might from MEMFIS, finally managed to escape the Mordor of Wermland, from which we all hail, to live in Gothenburg with us. Hence, he had no choice but to strap on his awesome-to-death Thunderbird and team up.
"So, I had some 'new' material which we arranged and recorded at a pace way faster than katt! The creative skills and the diabolic devotion of our new members was exactly the fix needed to turn this corpse into a zombie again! After some rehearsing we set off to our friend, and drum-sound ninja, Krille's home Evil Grill, to get the drums on tape. After this we recorded the bass-guitars and vocals at home. Very comfortable, non-stressful and cheap. Big thanks to Peter for letting us use your wardrobe, and for McGyvering a golfbag into a microphone-stand. More...
Nige Rockett, guitarist and co-founder of British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has posted a message online updating fans on the status of the bands forthcoming fifth studio album. The posting reads as follows:
"Yes we have an album title. Yes we have a release date. Yes we have a producer. Yes we have studio time booked and yes we have a new. Hahahahaha not telling ya.
"It's certainly not gonna be Killing Peace 2 that's for sure. It's old school, It's contemporary, its Onslaught. It's gonna be faster at times, definitely heavier with some songs having their more intricate moments, but not too intricate, cuz that means compromising the violence which this album is really gonna be all about: pure unadulterated musical violence.
"We're gonna be using several different guitar tunings to add some sonic variety and lots of truly stunning solos coming your way from Mr Rosser-Davies. He's on fire at the moment and being pushed to the limits in terms of creativity and originality. More...
New York City hardcore act Sick of it All recently shot a music video for the track "Death or Jail" in Boston, MA with directors Ian McFarland and Mike Pecci. A teaser trailer for the new video can be viewed below. "Death or Jail" is off the band's latest album "Based on a True Story."
California's Holy Grail has announced the following upcoming North American and European tour dates:
4/22 2010 METROPOLIS w/ AMON AMARTH Montreal, Quebec
4/23 2010 IMPERIAL THEATER w/ AMON AMARTH Quebec City, Quebec
4/24 2010 New England Metal Festival Worcester, Massachusetts
4/25 2010 IRVING PLAZA w/ AMON AMARTH New York, New York
4/26 2010 JAXX w/ AMON AMARTH & TYR Springfield, Virginia
4/27 2010 OLUME 11 TAVERN w/ AMON AMARTH & TYR Raleigh, North Carolina
4/28 2010 MR. SMALLS THEATRE w/ AMON AMARTH & TYR Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
4/29 2010 TLA w/ AMON AMARTH & TYR Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4/30 2010 CARABAR Columbus, Ohio
5/28 2010 HOUSE OF BLUES - SUNSET STRIP w/ Armored Saint West Hollywood, California
6/7 2010 QUEST FOR DOWNLOAD @ Islington Academy 2 London
6/8 2010 QUEST FOR DOWNLOAD @ Slade Rooms West Midlands
6/9 2010 QUEST FOR DOWNLOAD @ Roadhouse Manchester
6/10 2010 QUEST FOR DOWNLOAD @ King Tuts Glasgow
6/12 2010 Download Derby
8/6 2010 Wacken Open Air Festival Schleswig-Holstei
Darwin metal band Hate For Fate has announced the EP launch for their debut release, "Without Light," to be released independently in May 2010. The four-piece cites influences from such bands as Mudvayne, Killswitch, Machine Head and As I lay Dying.
21st May 2010
Hate For Fate – EP Launch @ Happy Yes, Darwin
w/ TBA, TBA and TBA
Tickets available at the door 9pm.
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Tom Hunting of Exodus recounts the grossest thing he's seen someone do in the audience:
Exodus recently announced two record release shows in June. The band's new album, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition" will be released in North America on May 18th.
Check back every Tuesday for more mosh pit stories.
Armored Saint announced on their MySpace Page that they will be supporting their newest album, "La Raza," with just one live show. Scheduled for May 28th at the House Of Blues Sunset Strip in Hollywood, tickets can be purchased at the box office or at Ticketmaster. Bassist Joey Vera clarifies:
"[The HOB show] is the first gig in support of our new record La Raza which was released on March 16 on Metal Blade Records. At this time, this will be the ONLY show the band plans on playing for the remainder if this year. You can plan on hearing several tracks from the new record at this show along with a list of classics. We are also putting final plans together for a video shoot for the song 'Left Hook From Right Field' which should take place in May."
Swedish thrash act The Law has posted up a music video for the new song "Simplify," which can be viewed below. The track is off the band's upcoming as-yet-untitled sophomore album.
Music lesson web site PlayThisRiff.com is now featuring lesson videos from CHRIS BRODERICK of MEGADETH. In these lesson videos Chris will explain a few new techniques he has been developing over the years that are largely based on piano.
At PlayThisRiff.com you will find the following lesson videos by CHRIS BRODERICK:
The lesson video for "B Major7 in a sequence of 4ths" can be viewed below.
As previously reported, the March 31 MEGADETH concert at the Palladium in Hollywood, California was filmed for a forthcoming DVD.
MEGADETH kicked off its "Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary Tour" on March 1 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington. Also appearing on the bill were TESTAMENT and EXODUS.
"Endgame" was recorded at Vic's Garage, the band's brand new, self-built studio in San Marcos, California. The CD was helmed by Dave Mustaine and British producer Andy Sneap (EXODUS, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD). "Endgame" has sold 125,000 copies in the United States since its September 2009 release, according to Neilsen SoundScan.
Bullet For My Valentine is set to release the new album "Fever" on April 26th, 2010 in the U.K. and April 27th, 2010 in North America. The band is now streaming the entire new album online. All of the tracks from the release can be heard via the official Bullet For My Valentine MySpace page. The music video for the new song "Your Betrayal" of the upcoming album can also be viewed below.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Your Betrayal
3. The Last Fight
4. A Place Where You Belong
5. Pleasure and Pain
7. Breaking Out, Breaking Down
8. Bittersweet Memories
10. Begging for Mercy
11. Pretty on the Outside More...
Swedish gothic metallers Draconian have checked in with the following announcement about postponing their previously announced tour date in Turkey:
"Due to the volcanic eruptions the severe flight disruptions keeps us from doing the show on Thursday. The show will be postponed. The promoters has yet not responded to our former demands for this show to happen. Know that the new show-date (May 8 or 18) is NOT confirmed until we say so. Our booking agent has not given Turkey the final OK yet, yet they have made it official. The promoters are acting quite strange in handling this whole deal. To be sure of any further information, await updates shortly from me or another member of Draconian. Thank you for your patience."
Draconian also recently announced that the band is in the process of writing a new album. Additional details about the release date and album title will be announced as they are made available.
Chicago's Nachtmystium has issued the following update about looking for gigs as they are currently stranded in the U.K. due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland:
"Hello all - We are currently stuck in the UK as a result of the volcano in Iceland. We are in the London area and may be here for up to another week due to backed up airport schedules, etc. We are looking to play shows if possible - so any help would be appreciated. Please contact the band directly here via myspace or email firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks and cheers to everyone who came out and saw us in Europe over the last month."
The band still has the following upcoming festival appearances:
5/23 2010 Festung Open Air Festung
6/18 2010 Hellfest Clisson
Amaranthe has posted another tour blog online through Crank It Up about their tour dates with Kamelot:
"Hey folks! Olof here again with our second and final tour blog, from the Scandinavian leg of the Kamelot tour! Recently got back home, and what can I say, what a tour! To continue where we left off in the first blog; Tampere was great, very receptive audience, and there were also some dedicated Kamelot/Amaranthe fans who attended the Helsinki show who also showed up for this gig - you guys kick ass, you know who you are! To celebrate another great show, we headed downtown, to a cozy bar, where we ended up hanging out with a ladies' floor hockey team who had just won the Finnish championship, so the mood was great!
"After another really weird trip on the finlandsfärja (boat from/to Finland/Sweden), with lots of strange and crazy people, plus a long drive from Stockholm to Oslo, we found ourselves in the norwegian capital! We all had a pretty chill off day, walking around in Oslo and later checking out the Kamelot show, at the magnificent Sentrum Scene - while feeling pretty damn excited about playing there the day after. If you haven't seen a Kamelot show at that venue, then you have no idea. More...
Denmark based metallers The Kandidate have updated their European festival schedule with the following upcoming appearances:
5/22 2010 SPOT Festival Århus
6/10 2010 START Festival Copenhagen
6/26 2010 Kløften Festival Haderslev
7/1 2010 Roskilde Festival Roskilde
You can also check out The Kandidates music via the band's official MySpace page.
CAGE has announced the departure of long time bassist and lead guitarist. Founding bassist Mike Giordano and lead guitarist Anthony Wayne McGinnis have recently exited CAGE. Mike departed due to medical reasons and Anthony for family reasons.
Replacing Mike is monster bassist Steve Brogden, who is the lead guitarist / vocalist for the aggressive power thrash metal band HOWLER. Replacing Anthony is shredding lead guitarist Garrett Peters of the melodic death metal band CLIMHAZZARD and punk metal band SAYAKA.
CAGE vocalist Sean Peck comments, "All of us in CAGE would like to sincerely thank Mike G. and Anthony for the years of dedication and devotion to the band. There are lots of great memories that we shared as we rocked around the world together. They will always be a part of who we are as a band and they both will be sorely missed. As we move forward with Steve Brogden and Garrett Peters, there is a killer level of excitement and enthusiasm as with anything new and fresh. We have already been writing together with the new lineup and cannot wait to get to Largo, Florida on April 30thto unleash the beast at "SWORDFEST ". More...