Metal News for April 21, 2010
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34 news articles posted on this day.
Blackened death metallers Acheron have checked in with the following announcement about deciding to call it day:
"After 22 years of existence, black/death/thrash metal band Acheron are calling it quits! The band has released 5 original full length cds, 3 mini-cds, 1 cover-tribute cd and a number of other underground releases. Acheron will end on a familiar note by doing one last run of 'Rites of the Black Mass' shows until January 1st, 2010. After that Acheron will be done for good! (No more shows or albums.)
"So keep an eye out for select shows that they will be appearing at this year, because it will be the last time you get to see them live! The line-up for the final shows will be Vincent Crowley (Vocals/Bass), Art Taylor (Guitar), Eric Stewart (Guitar) and Scott Pletcher (Drums)."
You can also hear Acheron's music via the band's official MySpace page.
Ex Deo, the ancient Roman-themed arsenal led by Kataklysm front man Maurizio Iacono, will be on tour this summer with Polish death metal acts Behemoth and Decapitated. The dates are as follows:
6/20 - Clisson, France - Hellfest
6/21 - Bilbao, Spain - Rockstar
6/22 - Lisbon, Portugal - Cine Teatro
6/23 - Sevilla, Spain - La Sala
6/24 - Madrid, Spain - La Sala
6/25 - Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra 1
6/26 - Monza, Italy - Gods Of Metal
6/28 - Zurich, Switzerland - Dynamo
6/29 - Marseilles, France - Poste à Galène
6/30 - Lyon, France - Ninkasi Kao
7/01 - Paris, France - Trabendo
7/02 - Essen, Germany - Turock
7/03 - Nijmegen, Netherlands - Fortarock
7/04 - Lindau, Germany - Club Vaudeville
7/05 - Bruneck, Italy - Ufo
7/08 - Tolmin, Slovenia - Metalcamp
7/09 - Novi Sad, Serbia - Exit Fest
Sweden's Hostile Cell is currently streaming a new song online from their upcoming album "The Deafening." The new track "River Runs Black" can be heard at this location. The track listing for the new album will be as follows:
1. River Runs Black
2. Sound of Revolution
5. Freedom Fix
7. 4 Walls
8. Speak or be Gone
9. the Poison
10. Hatesick (featuring Tony J. of M. A. N
Montreal melodic death metal band Incarnia has announced their signing to Panoptic Records. The band will be debuting their newest album, "Proclamation."
Panoptic Records comments on the signing, "It's easy to admit that we were very impressed to see a young band have such a professional and defined sound, we are proud to help them reach new heights with their debut release 'Proclamation!'"
"Proclamation" was produced by Jonathan Lefrancois-Leduc (blackguard) and recorded at Silver Wings Studios. The first single, "Dawn of the great rebirth (Ashes of our time pt. II)," is available for streaming at this location.
Swedish metal band Raised Fist has issued the following message regarding their recent cancellation of their upcoming European tour:
"Because of the volcanic eruptions we have been forced to cancel the european tour starting this day. More info to follow..."
Karen Page has issued the following announcement about parting ways with their bassist:
"Sadly Rick has decided to leave KP. He's going to college and working full time and decided tour life isn't for him anymore. So over the next few months were going to find a full time replacement. We will have open tryouts for anyone interested. You must:
-Be 18+ and able to tour
-Have transportation to and from practice
-Having a trailer is a plus
-Tour/stage experience is necessary.
-Be a real bassist. We're not looking for a guitar player who can play a bass. Ricks gave us a big full sound while still being technical which we rely on
-If you're a douche, stay home
-You must have good reliable touring equipment or be willing to buy them. If you don't we can supply an amp for tryouts, but you'll need your own.
"Message us if you're interested."
System Divide has checked in with the following update about their upcoming album:
"Hey troopers! Lately we've been reading some articles about our album being mixed by Jacob Hansen and we would like to correct this error: 'The Conscious Sedation' is now being mixed by the legendary James Murphy (Testament, Obituary, Death and many more...) The mixing process is in the final stages and hopefully will be done pretty soon! Please keep your eyes open for some updates in the next days... Cheers!"
Sample System Divide tracks can be heard through the band's MySpace page.
The Acacia Strain recently entered Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA to record a new album. The band has now posted footage online from the recording session, which can be viewed below.
Indiana's Xero Sum has posted footage online of the band's time in the Pop Machine Studio recording their new single "Excuse Me." The clip can be viewed below.
German metallers Caliban have updated their touring schedule with the following upcoming European dates:
4/23 2010 GROEZROCK 2010 MEERHOUT
4/24 2010 Black Out Rock Club w/Raised Fist Rome
4/25 2010 Tunnel w/Raised Fist Milano
4/26 2010 L’Amperage w/Raised Fist Grenoble
4/28 2010 Sala Salamandra w/Raised Fist Barcelona
4/29 2010 Sala Penelope w/Raised Fist Madrid
4/30 2010 Revolver Bar w/Raised Fist Cacilhas - Almada (Lisboa)
5/1 2010 Plateruena Kafe Antzoky w/ Raised Fist Durango
5/2 2010 John Lennon w/Raised Fist Limoges
5/3 2010 Le Ferrailleur w/ RAISED FIST Nantes
5/4 2010 Glazart w/ RAISED FIST Paris
5/5 2010 Kofmehl w/Raised Fist Solothurn
5/6 2010 Grabenhalle w/Raised Fist St. Gallen
5/7 2010 Musikbunker w/ RAISED FIST Aachen
5/8 2010 Wat w/Raised Fist Rotterdam
5/15 2010 Metalfest Mining am See
6/12 2010 TATTOO FEST Krakow
6/19 2010 SUMMERBLAST FESTIVAL 2010 Trier
7/2 2010 WITH FULL FORCE 2010 Roitzschjora Löbnitz
7/3 2010 VAINSTREAM BEASTFEST 2010 Wiesbaden
7/4 2010 Melna Piektdiena Riga
7/16 2010 DOUR FESTIVAL Dour
7/24 2010 Sikelian Hell Festival Palermo
8/6 2010 MINI ROCK FESTIVAL Horb am Neckar
8/7 2010 WACKEN OPEN AIR 2010 Wacken
8/13 2010 Tells Bells Festival Limburg
8/20 2010 VODNA NADR BUKOVA - MINIKVAS 2010 Bukova
8/21 2010 BOR-ROCK FESTIVAL Verpelet
8/22 2010 AREA4 FESTIVAL Lüdinghausen
Norway's Vreid has checked in with the following update about canceling their London show due to the flight situation in Europe:
"Getting an sms from the flight company last Thursday saying that our flight to London canceled due to a volcanic eruption, made me wonder if they had moved aprils fool day. But as you all know, this was not a joke at all. Unfortunately our showcase in London was canceled, but the good news is that the show will be set up again this autumn.
"With no flights available last week, we went directly from the airport to the ferry in Oslo. We got a place on the boat for Germany, so we did not have to cancel the other shows as well last weekend. It became a long trip for 2 shows, but sure are happy we made it, as the show at Royal Metal Fest in Denmark was absolutely killer. Now we are preparing for the shows next week with our special guest Vegard Bakken, this is going to be some very cool shows. See you next week."
Vreid's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
4/30 2010 Ragnarök Festival Ostbayernhalle Rieden/Kreuth
5/1 2010 Fieste Pagana Eselswiese Schmerikon
6/19 2010 Jotunheim Festial Kroatia Mocvara Zagreb
Howl has posted a second preview track, “Heavenless”, from the forthcoming debut full-length album "Full Of Hell." The new track can be heard online now via the band’s MySpace page along with the track “Jezebel” and its intro piece “Asherah." The new album "Full Of Hell" is set for a May 11th North American release date and May 17th internationally.
The upcoming Howl tour dates are as follows:
4/23 Worcester , MA Palladium (as part of New England Metal and Hardcore Fest)
5/28 Baltimore , MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Deathfest)
6/13 Providence , RI Club Hell (w/ EYEHATEGOD)
6/14 Milford , CT Daniel Street (w/ EYEHATEGOD)
6/15 Manchester , NH Rocko’s (w/ EYEHATEGOD)
As part of Metal Injection's coverage of the black carpet at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, they had a chance to speak to Metalocalypse creator Brendan Small, who revealed that he is working on a musical side project with Gene Hoglan that is due out in the fall.
Here is what he had to say: "I'm finishing the season then I'm going into the studio and I'm finishing a solo record that me and Gene Hoglan, and the same Dethklok producer did, so if you like Dethklok, it'll be the same thing, and it'll come out this fall."
When asked if the tone of the record would be less silly he quipped back "It'll be as wise-assy as it needs to be but if you like the riff style, the double kicks, the Gene Hoglan playing, the guitar playing…the vocals will be a bit more melodic but still a heavy project."
Check out the entire interview below:
You can catch more interviews from the Revolver Golden Gods Awards here.
Jered Eames (Bass guitarist/grand piano/symphonic orchestrations and mastermind of Missouri extreme metal act Saetith) has announced he has joined up with U.S. black metal band Abigail Williams as the new bassist. Jered recorded the bass tracks for Abigail Williams' upcoming as-yet-untitled second album at Conquistador Studios in Cleveland, Ohio. Eight new songs were recorded with vocalist Ken Sorceron and engineer Cole Martinez controlling the audio takes. The songs are currently being mixed by Peter Tagtgren and are expected to be completed later this month.
Guitarist Samoth of the new defunct acts Emperor and Zyklon is auctioning off his Jackson Randy Rhoads through ebay. Samoth issued the following statement about the auction and the historical value of the guitar:
"Having been an official ESP endorsee for several years now, Samoth has now decided to Ebay
his classic Jackson Randy Rhoads guitar. This is your chance to own a true piece of Emperor history! This Jackson Randy Rhoads has been one of Samoth's main guitars many years, both in the studio and on the road. It can be heard on such Emperor recordings as 'IX Equilibrium', 'Prometheus' and even seen on the live DVD's 'Emperial Live Ceremony', 'Live at Wacken'. It has also been used on all the Zyklon album recordings, and can also been seen on the Zyklon live DVD 'Storm Detonation', as well as both Zyklon music video's 'Psyklon Aeon' and 'Core Solution'."
The information on the guitar is as follows:
Model: RR-1 Randy Rhoads USA. Neck-thru body, ebony fretboard with shark-tooth inlays
Bridge: Floyd Rose Orig.
Pickups: Seymore Duncan
Production year: 1998
Spanish Gothic metal act Diabulus in Musica has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online from their upcoming album:
"Hi everybody, We've just uploaded our first complete song from 'Secrets'. It's called 'Come to Paradise'. This is one of our favorite songs from the album. Actually, is the second one we´ve written when we started with DIM, so it's kinda special for us. It's full of energy and we never get tired of it! This is why we thought that 'Come to Paradise' was the most suitable song to open 'Secrets' and welcome all of you to our special world! 'Secrets' will be released as a limited first edition Digipak on the 21st/24th of May via Metal Blade in Europe and on the 25th of May in North America!"
The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:
5/28 2010 Mini acústico en Civivox Iturrama Pamplona (SP)
6/5 2010 Concierto presentación ’Secrets’ - Sala Movie Aizoáin (SP), Navarra
6/12 2010 Dokk’em Open Air Dokkum (NL)
6/19 2010 Circo Volador México D.F., México
10/23 2010 Metal Female Voices Fest VIII Wieze (BE)
10/24 2010 Metal Female Voices Fest VIII Wieze (BE)
Belgian thrashers After All recently recruited Sammy Peleman and Frederik Vanmassenhove to fill their vacant vocalist and bassist positions. The band has now re-recorded three songs off their "Cult of Sin" album with the new lineup. The tracks "My Own Sacrifice," "Betrayed By the Gods," and "Land of Sin" were recorded again with the new members at guitarist Christophe's Silent Survive Sound studios. Dan Swanö mixed and mastered the songs at Unisound in Sweden. All three tracks are currently available for streaming via the official After All MySpace page.
The upcoming "Iron Man 2" video game is currently set to be released through Sega on May 4, 2010 on the Microsoft Xbox 360, Sony PS3, Sony PSP, Nintendo Wii, and Nintendo DS. Sega has now announced that the game will feature several metal bands on the game's soundtrack. According to a press release the game will have tracks from Meshuggah, Stemm, and Soilwork. The release did not state which tracks from the bands would be included. More information on the game can be found at this location.
Finnish metallers Amorphis have canceled their previously scheduled appearance on April 24th in Lapland. The band issued the following brief statement about about the cancellation: "Lapland show canceled. The gig at Hullu Poro Areena in Levi/Lapland scheduled for Saturday, April 24 has to be canceled because of logistic problems. Tickets will be refunded."
You can still catch Amorphis live on the following dates:
6/12 2010 Sauna Open Air Tampere
6/20 2010 Myötätuulirock Vantaa
7/3 2010 With Full Force Löbnitz
7/4 2010 Unirock Open Air Istanbul
7/9 2010 Ruisrock Turku
7/10 2010 Oluset Iisalmi
7/14 2010 Arvika Arvika
7/18 2010 Ilosaarirock Joensuu
7/31 2010 Qstock Oulu
8/6 2010 W:O:A Wacken
8/7 2010 Vagos Open Air Calvão
8/14 2010 Bloodstock Open Air Catton Hall/Derbyshire
8/21 2010 Jyväskylä Rock Festival Jyväskylä
11/5 2010 Pumpehuset Copenhagen
11/6 2010 Metal Festival Aalborg
11/7 2010 Markthalle Hamburg
11/9 2010 Cathouse Glasgow
11/10 2010 Academy 3 Manchester
11/11 2010 O2 Academy Islington London
11/12 2010 Tivoli De Helling Utrecht
11/13 2010 Biebob Vosselaar
11/14 2010 Colos-Saal Aschaffenburg
11/16 2010 Hellraiser Leipzig
11/17 2010 Proxima Warsaw
11/18 2010 Szene Vienna
11/19 2010 Kd Serikovka Plzen
11/20 2010 Cvetlicrna Ljubljana
11/21 2010 Diesel Budapest
11/23 2010 Backstage Munich
11/24 2010 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg
11/25 2010 Transilvania Erstfeld
11/26 2010 Estragon Bologna
11/27 2010 Club Vaudeville Lindau
11/28 2010 Zeche Bochum
Vocalist Tomi Mykkänen of Finnish act Battllelore has checked in with the following update about the band working on new music:
"Battlelore-related news... we've been working on the new demos and the stuff is starting to sound like it's supposed to. We are currently working on 12 new skeletons and I know that there are few more to come. So we will have lots of stuff to work on before playing the gig in Ibiza on 3rd June and then entering the studio on 6th. We also played a gig in Helsinki, Finland on Saturday and it was a good success. We played over an hour and half. Whoa! Cool set of 17 songs. Hah! I'll keep you updated!"
You can also hear several sample Battlelore tracks at this location.
California thrashers Detente are currently streaming a new song online from their upcoming full-length album "Decline," which is scheduled to be released sometime in May 2010. The new track "In God We Trust" can be head via the official Detente MySpace page.
The band also has the following upcoming tour dates:
4/24 2010 5 Star Bar Los Angeles, California
4/28 2010 Cafe De Vinger Den Haag
4/29 2010 The Little Devil Tilburg
4/30 2010 De Rots Antwerp
5/1 2010 Die Halle Frankfurt
5/2 2010 The Rambler Eindhoven
5/5 2010 Rock City Zurich
5/6 2010 Hafenklang Hamburg
5/7 2010 N.V.A Club Ludwigsfelde
5/8 2010 Amnesie Berlin, Berlin
5/21 2010 Betong Oslo, Oslo
Boston's Mongrel has recently released their new single, entitled "Bored to Death," on their myspace profile. The song comes off their upcoming album "This Means War." The band has also issued the following update regarding their current lineup:
"CHANGES IN THE BAND: as you might have seen on the myspace/facebook, or various music news sites online - over the past couple of weeks we had a couple of line-up changes as Mongrel parted ways with our drummer Ed, and Drew announced his departure from the band. Mongrel is alive and well however and we will continue on with a new singer and drummer. while there are no announcements to be made at this point as to new members of the band, we will let you know as soon as there is an update on the matter. for the upcoming shows we will be joined by various friends sitting in on drums, and our friend J'sin Lynch (ex-48 Rooms/The Falted) on vocals." More...
Germany's Hackneyed has announced that the band's previously scheduled appearance at the Dong Open Air warm up party in Moers on Saturday, April 24th has been canceled. Hackneyed still has the following upcoming tour dates:
4/23 2010 Metalchamp Finale Wien, Wien
5/1 2010 Metal Bash Neu Wulmstorf, Niedersachsen
7/10 2010 5. Free For All Festival Stapelmoor, Niedersachsen
8/5 2010 Wacken Open Air Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein
8/6 2010 Wacken Open Air Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein
8/7 2010 Wacken Open Air Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein
9/4 2010 Rock The Lake 2010 St. Jakob/Rosental, Kärnten
Dutch metallers Massive Assault have posted footage online of their performance on Saturday, April 17th at Het Podium in Hoogeveen, the Netherlands. The video clip can be viewed below.
New York progressive dark metal band Grey Skies Fallen has issued the following update on the progress of their new EP:
"So it's about that time again. We're entering the studio Saturday to track drums. After that, we will take those files to our own studio and record the rest of the EP."
"Since we are doing 80% of this on our own, it's pretty much an experiment. We are confident, however, that this will turn out sounding good, so we're not worried."
"Besides, it's our first new recording since The Visionary single, so we are just psyched to get back to business."
"When the EP is done, we will post it for streaming on Myspace and various other music sites, and also for purchase at $.99 a track / $4 for the EP." More...
Norway's MANTRIC has posted a new track, "The Invasion," from the band's debut album, "The Descent," which will be released across Europe on Monday and North America on Tuesday of next week, on PROSTHETIC RECORDS. Check out the track at the band's MySpace page.
MANTRIC, who rose from the ashes of Extol, will celebrate the release of the new album with a special album release show at the John Dee in Oslo on Monday 26th April.
Adagio has posted a tour video from their European tour with Kamelot. Watch it below:
New York metal band Gothic Knights has issued the following update on their new album:
"We are planning on mixing our next CD sometime in the next couple of months!!!"
German brutal death metal band Common Grave has issued the following update regarding their recent tour cancellation:
"Unfortunately we are forced to cancel our participation in the 'Decoding Existence Tour' through Ireland/Scottland alongside Irelands Existing Threat!"
"As a result of the volcano eruption on Iceland and thus many flight cancellations in Europe in the last days, our flights to Ireland have been canceled too. The last few days, it has been uncertain weather our flight will take place or not. In the meantime we were looking for solutions and alternatives without any chances to book ferrys or by car in time."
"Until the last second we hoped that it somehow would be possible for us to fly to Ireland but now the moment of truth has arrived. While the German airspace reopens today, the airspace in London and the UK is still uncertain and therefore our reservations and flights have been canceled." More...
Bassist Shane Embury (Napalm Death) of the UK death metal band Lock Up has issued the following update regarding canceled tour dates:
"Unfortunately due to the recent events with the Volcano eruption in Iceland we have had to postpone our forthcoming 2 shows this weekend in Italy as flights have been canceled at this moment in time and don't look like they will happen right now."
"We were looking into various other ways of making the shows but with the chaos in Europe right now and the News media making it more scary then it probably is the decision was made between ourselves and Hellfire Agency to postpone the shows for now and reschedule them for a later date in the year."
"Watch this space as we will have news of the rescheduled dates as soon as we can work out a date - I am hoping that I will have news very soon." More...
Brisbane black/thrash metal band Lustration has announced an upcoming split 7? with Black Serpent. The EP, containing two new Lustration tracks and a rerecorded track from the "Geotic Invokator" demo, will be released through Forgotten Wisdom Productions. It will come as a double gatefold with artwork form artist Chris Moyen (Absu, Ignivimous, Coffins, Slayer) and will be limited to only 500 copies.
Lustration will also be hitting the studio in a few weeks to record a full length LP including ten new tracks and some rerecorded "Spear of Longinus" material. In the meantime, check out some of their material on the band's MySpace player.
New Jersey progressive metal band Suspyre has posted studio footage of their drummer Gabriel Marshall recording his drum parts. Check out the video below:
New Jersey metal band Ruins of Akora is currently seeking a new lead guitarist. The band provides a description of themselves and comments on what they are seeking, "As of yet the band is a vocalist, rythym guitar, and drummer. We play thrash/death/hardcore metal. we write our own material and have clips to offer. We are currently auditioning bassists and guitarists. guitarist/drummer have 8 years experience each.very dedicated and willing to go where ever the music takes us. Looking for people who are down to earth like us. If your interested please contact ASAP. Influences: sylosis, as i lay dying, black dahlia murder, the absence, darkest hour, unearth, in flames, all that remains, light this city, viatrophy,and many others!"
"Things to note before you contact us:
1. PLEASE HAVE TRANSPORTATION
2. 21-28 ONLY...NO MINORS PLEASE
3. Gig worthy gear"
Interested parties should email the band at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York City metal band Severed has recently completed their self-titled new album, which will be released on May 9th. The band will be also hosting a CD release show on this day.
The band discusses the new album, “As any band who lives to make their music known, we've put blood, sweat and tears into our new CD. We feel the music directly mirrors us as a group. The album is a raw representation of Severed's influences and personalities, and as such we've decided on self-titling it. There's no hiding behind fluff or concept. Take it or leave it, what you hear is who we are.”
“Our new lineup is the most solid it's ever been. It enabled strong technical performances, a diversity of ideas and a deep, heavy sound to be the foundation upon which our album could be built. We're especially excited about the production quality, thanks to John Machado of Five Towns College. A lot of independent bands waste a great deal of time and money on projects with weak production. That's a trap we took efforts to avoid. Working with John was invaluable to getting the sound we wanted. The same can be said for the artwork, a creation of Eliran Kantor, who has done work for many bands including Testament, Gwar, and Sigh. Like all of his art, our CD cover image was masterfully executed and exciting to see in print. We are also extremely excited about the guest appearances on the disc by Ray Mazzola of Full Blown Chaos, and Jorge Rosado of Merauder. Their support means a great deal to us, and their performances add a very dynamic feel to the songs they appear in.” More...