Metal News for April 22, 2007
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18 news articles posted on this day.
Guevara has announced the signing of So-Cal hardcore band Thriller. Their first CD with Guevara will be out June 12th, just in time for their big summer tour around the US. You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.
Vocalist Kasper Thomsen of the criminally underrated Danish metallers RAUNCHY has issued the following update:
"Since we've been getting loads of mails lately regarding the next album, on how it is progressing, who's gonna produce or mix it etc. we think it's time for us to give you an update.
"First of all, everything is going smoothly. We have basic ideas for 11 songs, and we have started to record them as demo versions in our home studio in Copenhagen. There's still a long way to go, but the new stuff sounds absolutely promising. It's dirty, melodic, thrashy, epic, melancholic and... drum roll... heavy. We are experimenting a lot this time around, with vocals, arrangements and musical expression, but we're not gonna change radically — don't worry! But as a wise man once said: there's no point in writing the same record twice, right? More...
Swedish death metallers NOMINON have posted audio samples of the songs "Release in Death" and "Life Extinct" on their official web site. Both tracks comes off the group's third album, "Terra Necrosis", due late spring/early summer. The CD was recorded, mixed and mastered over a two-week period at Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm, Sweden by owner and mastermind Tore Stjerna. The 43-minute album will contain the following track listing:
01. Release in Death
03. Black Chapel
05. Among the Beasts & Ancient Slumber
06. Life Extinct
07. Tabula Rasa
08. Hell Above
09. Bane Appetite
10. The Infernal Voyage
Demiricous has been hard at work recording their second album. Comments Ben: "Everything is fucking killer. It went beyond our expectations 10 fold. Working with Erik Rutan was truly an amazing experience. That dude know how to make us shine."
Nate, the vocalist, is set to return to finish his vocal tracks since blowing out his voice the first day the band tracked vocals.
The Transilvanian melodic metal band, EMPTY DREAMS, has released a new product: Solar Waltz. All 3 songs of the new creation are available as free downloads on the band's official website until April 30, 2007.
Just For Fun
Doug Chagnon, a Boston-based comedian who works his love of hard rock/heavy metal into his set, has posted an eight-minute video clip of his performance — dubbed "Heavy Metal Comedy" — at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Watch it at YouTube.
According to his bio, Doug Chagnon is an original comedian whose fresh writing style assures audiences they will never see the same show twice.
Doug has performed at clubs throughout New England and New York. His witty, political undertone helped land Doug a spot at the Comedy Connection in Boston during the Democratic National Convention, sharing the stage with Paul Mecurio of "The Daily Show". More...
New York death metallers, Blood Obsession, have posted a track entitled, "I Kill" on their myspace page. The song comes off their 2004 CD entitled, "Death Surrounds."
In other news Blood Obsession have posted their latest demo online. Download it at this location.
Norwegian metallers, Voldemort, have posted a new track on their myspace page entitled, 'Poking Hufflepuffs.' Check it out.
Montreal’s ION DISSONANCE have posted a new song entitled “Kneel” online over at their official MySpace page. The track comes off their upcoming new album, Minus The Heard, which will be released on June 5th through Abacus Recordings.
CRADLE OF FILTH guitarist Charles Hedger is selling two of his ESP (LTD) guitars in a rare one-off sale as he has recently changed endorsements to LAG guitars. He is happy to sell them internationally, but for all those who cannot collect locally (Essex, UK), they must pay all postage costs.
The first guitar features Emg active 81 set pickups,
24 frets and a thru neck. It was played by Charles at Download 2006, Rock am Ring 2006, Hellfest 2006, numerous other festivals. It has appeared in countless live videos, including Download and Rock am Ring, has been played on numerous tours including Europe and America. It was recorded on COF's latest release, Thornography. It appeared in various shoots from all over the world. The guitar Is in toured condition, but still working fine. Offers of £1500 and above only. Charles will sign the guitar if requested. More...
Norwegian black metallers CREST OF DARKNESS will release their fifth full-length album, "Give Us the Power to Do Your Evil", on October 12 via My Kingdom Music. The CD was recorded with producer Giuseppe Orlando (NOVEMBRE) at the Outer Sound Studios in Rome, Italy.
Commented CREST OF DARKNESS bassist/vocalist Ingar Amlien: "I'm very happy with the recordings! We had to work very fast while we had only two weeks in the studio, but thanks to Giuseppe Orlando we made it!! It was a pleasure to work with him! I know that all the bandmembers did a great job, but without a good producer I don't believe we could have done this. Most of all I'm very happy because it's sounding very 'honest.' It's not perfect, but that was not what I wanted. This is as close as you can come to the heart of CREST OF DARKNESS." More...
German death metallers FLESHCRAWL have acquired a new bassist by the name of Nico Scheffler. The group is scheduled to enter Toninfusion studios in Ulm, Germany later this month to begin recording its new album, tentatively titled "Structures of Death". The mixing will take place in early June at Studio Underground in Sweden. Artwork will be created by Uwe Jarling. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Structures of Death", "War of the Dead", "Written in Blood", "Nothing but Flesh Remains" and "A Spirit Dressed in Black".
FLESHCRAWL's last album, "Made of Flesh", was released in 2004.
St. Louis, Missouri-based extreme metal band UNBURIED has posted the tracks "Law of Retaliation" and "Blasphemy Through Dismal Actions" on its MySpace page. The songs mark the singing debut of guitarist Dreathus Harris, who recently took over as the group's frontman following the departure of Justin Tombed.
On the subject of his vocal approach, Dreathus recently said, "My influences include Erik Rutan [HATE ETERNAL], Peter Tägtgren [HYPOCRISY], Max Cavalera (SEPULTURA, 'till about '94), and Ihsahn [EMPEROR]. This has already proved to be one of the heaviest challenges I've faced as a musician, but it's coming together, sounding great, and I never realized how fun it is to fuckin scream!"
UNBURIED will enter Jupiter Studios on May 5 to record a new EP. More information will be made available soon. More...
British heavy metal legends SAXON have posted their latest video podcast at this location. According to the podcast description, the footage includes SAXON frontman Biff Byford filming the audience from stage while performing "Princess of the Night" in Thessaloniki, Greece.
SAXON has just released its "anti-gun-crime" single, "If I Was You", in the U.K. via SPV Records. All proceeds from the single will be split equally between The Non Violence Foundation and the Gun Control Network.
German pagan metallers GOAT OF MENDES have issued the following update:
"We have had some changes in our lineup. Maia [vocals] won't be able to join us on stage anymore. It has already been difficult in the past, but gotten impossible [in recent months]. But she will still be of help taking over female vocals in the studio. Larz [guitar] also left the band for personal reasons. But he quit as a friend and also introduced our new guitarist Seeb to his parts. Larz will play the 28th of April as his farewell gig and we look forward to Seeb showing up on stage on the 11th of May for the first time."
GOAT OF MENDES's fourth album, "A Book of Shadows", was released in January 2005.
Lebanon, Pennsylvania-based metallers ALETHEIAN have inked a deal with Ironclad Recordings, the label formed by UNEARTH frontman Trevor Phipps.
According to the band's official bio, ALETHEIAN is a central Pennsylvania-based metal band, formerly know as CRUTCH. The name change came when CRUTCH underwent a major transformation acquiring two new members, and made the decision to take the band to the touring level for the first time.
CRUTCH was founded in 1997 and became ALETHEIAN in 2003, but the style and material of the band has not changed with the name. Combining elements of technical, progressive, European, and melodic metal, ALETHEIAN hopes to bring a fresh sound and a positive message to a dark, dry scene.
For more information, visit their Myspace page.
SONATA ARCTICA have updated their 2007 tour schedule with two more shows for Japan. They will play Zepp Nagoya in Nagoya on July 19th and Namba Hatch in Osaka on July 20th.
Following their North American tour the band will do another headlining tour of Europe in October/November. The support act will be announced later.
Sonata Arctica's tour schedule is now as follows:
27 - Teatria - Oulu, Finland
28 - Holiday Club Katinkulta (RockKatti 2007) - Vuokatti, Finland (with CHARON)
29 - Pakkahuone - Tampere, Finland
30 - Tavastia - Helsinki, Finland
9 - Sauna Open Air - Tampere, Finland
21 - Himos Festival - Jämsä, Finland
6 - Ruisrock - Turku, Finland
13 - Rockperry - Vaasa, Finland
19 - Zepp Nagoya - Nagoya, Japan
20 - Namba Hatch - Osaka, Japan
21 - Shibuya-AX - Tokyo, Japan
22 - Shibuya-AX - Tokyo, Japan
27 - Kuusamo Ruka Open Air - Kuusamo, Finland
28 - Qstock Festival - Oulu, Finland More...
KORPIKLAANI's scheduled live date in Vilnius, Lithuania on May 20th has been cancelled by the organizer. No reason for the cancellation has been issued. The band hope to reschedule the date soon.
Their 2007 tour schedule is now as follows:
28 - Port Club in St. Petersburg, Russia
29 - Tochka in Moscow, Russia
16 - Woodoo Festival in Imatra, Finland
18 - Rock Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia
19 - Salamandra Club in Riga, Latvia
25 - Sundown Festival in Abtsgmünd, Germany
25-27 - Rock Hard Festival in Gelsenkitchen, Germany (exact date tbc)
6-9 - Sweden Rock in Sölvesborg, Sweden
7 - Sauna Open Air in Tampere, Finland
21 - Järvenpään RockJuhannus in Järvenpää, Finland
22 - Hellfest in Clisson, France
24 - Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium
7 - Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derbyshire, UK
16-22 - MetalCamp in Tolmin, Slovenia (exact date tbc)
19-21 - Earthshaker Fest in Kreuth, Germany (exact date tbc)
27 - Kuopio RockCock Festival in Kuopio, Finland
18 - Burgfolk Festival in Mülheim, Germany