Metal News for April 23, 2008
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Soilwork has checked in with the following update, posted on the band's official web site:
"It's been a few weeks since the Scum Of The Earth tour, and we're getting all geared up to hit the road again! The month of May will be somewhat special, since it will see Soilwork's first ever visit to Russia, followed by a long-awaited headlining trip to Australia and Japan where we haven't played since 2004. Prepare for some Swede-tacular live action!
"Unfortunately, our previously announced shows in China and Indonesia were cancelled due to visa issues. We hereby apologize to our Chinese and Indonesian fans, and we promise to do our best to plan a new tour as soon as possible.
"In other news, we're very proud to announce the imminent release of an exclusive 7" vinyl picture disc of our latest single 'Exile'! Side B will feature the furiously blasting 'The Pittsburgh Syndrome.' This little jewel will be strictly limited so keep an attentive eye on the Nuclear Blast webstore."
Here are the upcoming Soilwork tour dates: More...
Staind have announced that their upcoming new album will be titled "The Illusion Of Progress," with a summer release date expected. The band will hit the road for a tour this summer with 3 Doors Down and Hinder. Staind will open for Nickelback on their fall European tour. Those tour dates include:
September 8th in Cologne, GER @ Arena
September 9th in Stuttgart, GER @ Schleyerhalle
September 12th in Belfast, IRE @ Odyssey
September 13th in Dublin, IRE @ RDS Simmonscourt
September 15th in Manchester, UK @ Arena
September 16th in Sheffield, UK @ Arena
September 18th in Birmingham, UK @ NEC Arena
September 19th in London, UK @ 02 Arena
September 21st in London, UK @ Wembley Arena
In related news, Staind frontman Aaron Lewis has plans to begin writing for his solo debut which is expected to be released toward the end of the bands upcoming tour in support of their new album.
A re-mixed and re-mastered version of Vayden’s "Children of Our Mistakes" is set for a June 3rd release via Silent Majority / ILG. The first single, “Anthem of the Used,” is available on their MySpace.
Nine Inch Nails released a new track (with vocals) titled “Discipline” to radio yesterday, April 22nd. The track is available as a free download at this location and is also available on the bands remix site.
The band’s website was also updated yesterday with the message “Two Weeks”, creating speculation that the band may release yet another album soon.
Portugal's AVA INFERI has set "Blood of Bacchus" as the title of its third album, due later in the year via Season of Mist. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Fireflies", "A Witch She Was, The Witch I Am", "Lights", "Last Sign of Summer" and "All the Colours of the Dark".
Commented guitarist Rune Eriksen (a.k.a. ex-MAYHEM guitarist/songwriter Blasphemer): "We, or perhaps I, must confess that this is easily the most interesting album I've been writing on ever. It surely has it all, and we are quite confortable with the outcome of everything to this point. From our more conscious moments of theatric gothic doom to enchanting Bacchanalian rituals.This is the album that will carve our name deep into the memories of moder earth. A pure and true moment of music. We are also in talks with some long-running and highly regarded studios for us to expand our universe even further." More...
Miami's BLACK TIDE has issued the following update:
"We just got back home from a very successful headlining tour in the U.K. with GLAMOUR OF THE KILL supporting us, and they were fucking awesome! They're really cool guys and you should all check them out. Before we went to the U.K. we spent a month out on tour with ALL THAT REMAINS and we had a great time with them. We did a small headlining run right after our album came out and all of you that came out to shows were fucking awesome and we had an amazing time playing for you."
"Right now our plans are to take about three weeks off from touring, so that we can rest just a little bit before we go out and tour for tour for the remainder of the year. We will be heading back overseas for the entire month of June and we will be playing festivals all over Europe, and we are totally stoked to get to play in new countries. When we come back from Europe we will have about three days off and then we will be going out on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour with SLIPKNOT, DISTURBED, MASTODON, DRAGONFORCE, UNDEROATH, MACHINE HEAD, and about 11 other great fucking bands. We are so excited to be a part of this summer tour and we can't even wait to get out there." More...
Angelo Espino, who has previously played with HIRAX, REVEREND, DISSINTER, UNCLE SLAM, ONCE DEAD, VERMIN and LSN, and many others, has joined OSM recording artists ANGER AS ART.
Commented the band in a statement: "This was a coup for us to get someone of his caliber. We knew that a change was going to happen with Javier [Maruffo]. However, the timetable was moved up very rapidly in March. It came to our attention that Angelo was available and interested, so we made him an offer. Angelo and Dave [Chedrick, drums] played together in what we thought was HIRAX's best lineup — so they have that rhythm section vibe already in place, and it really shows when we play live. We wish Javier the best, and we part as friends and family." More...
Portland's AGALLOCH has issued the following update:
"Having fulfilled our record contract with The End Records, we have decided not to renew with them. We thank The End for 10 years of hard work and dedication. Our three full-length albums will continue to be in print for as long as there is a demand for them. AGALLOCH's immediate plans are to remain low key, work on new material, and look towards the future."
AGALLOCH's latest EP, "The White EP", was released in February via Vendlus Records. The CD is the follow-up to 2004's "The Grey EP" and completes a dichotomy of releases for Vendlus Records. "The White EP" contains seven dark folk and ambient works written and recorded over the past three years.
AGALLOCH released its critically acclaimed album, "Ashes Against the Grain" in August 2007 via The End Records.
Controversial UK dark art practitioners AKERCOCKE have scheduled a June 5 performance at The Barfly in Birmingham, England. Support at the gig will come from LEFT TO BLEED and SCORCHED DEITY.
AKERCOCKE's music video for the song "Axiom" can be viewed here. The clip was directed by Erica Herbert of HSI London (NIRVANA, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE). Her surrealist vision is the perfect compliment to AKERCOCKE's brutally beautiful sound. Deemed "a unique and beautiful visual outing" by frontman Jason Mendonca, "Axiom" leaves the realm of mere music video and enters the realm of pure art.
"Axiom" comes off AKERCOCKE's latest release, "Antichrist". Rated a 9 in Decibel magazine, "Antichrist" is yet another step forward in AKERCOCKE's ever-evolving journey into darkness. More...
Seventh Rule Recordings has officially announced the addition of Wetnurse to its roster. Seventh Rule Recordings owner Scott Flaster describes Wetnurse:
"The urgency of early hardcore; the aggro, off-kilter noise of the AmRep heyday; the raw, outcast power of early death metal; the melodic transcendence of classic rock... All these influences exist within Wetnurse's music, yet theirs is something totally new and
The band self-released an album in 2004. Meanwhile, their Seventh Rule debut, titled "Invisible City," was recorded and mixed by Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Helmet) at Brooklyn's B.C. Studios and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon). The effort will be available this fall. In the interim, you can listen to a song from the new album here.
Nuclear Blast has announced the signing of south German death metal maniacs HACKNEYED.
"These five youngsters are just as convincing as MORBID ANGEL must have been when they released their first album back in the day," reads the press release. "Not only is the band already a bright star in the sky of extreme metal but is also the youngest band Nuclear Blast has signed ever since. Probably HACKNEYED are also the youngest death metal act on the planet as the average age of the band members is just 16 years (guitarist Devin being just 14 years old!), but already shredding and grooving as hell - mark these words!"
Being founded in 2007 the band has already achieved to play an amount of successful shows as well as draw attention from several bigger bands and also of Achim Ostertag (organizer of Germany's Summer Breeze festival and CEO of Silverdust Records), who presented the band to the deeply impressed Nuclear Blast staff that signed them right away.
The first neck breaker, "Gut Candy" (also included on the below linked trailer), has also been made available through the bands MySpace page.
Last but not least HACKNEYED also just joined the roster of Dragon Productions who will handle all live and booking duties.
HACKNEYED are more than ready to release their first audible massacre "Death Prevails," produced by Roger Grüninger and mastered by Achim Köhler, on July 25th and will also guest on several open airs in summer 2008. The bands has just been confirmed for the Summer Breeze Open Air.
You can check out the following video of the making of "Death Prevails" to get an impression of what HACKNEYED is all about: More...
Australia's Blood Duster will see the reissue of their first three albums; mini-CD "Yeest" packaged with "Fisting The Dead," the band’s first full-length, "Str8outtanorthcote," and the always controversial, "Cunt."
"Str8outtanorthcote" and "Fisting The Dead/Yeest" both include bonus material and all three of the reissues have been re-mastered and feature new artwork. These reissues will see an April 29th North American release date (May 5th internationally) via Relapse Records.
Additionally, Blood Duster has announced their first-ever U.S. live performance. Blood Duster will appear alongside Repulsion, Nuclear Assault, Grave, Dying Fetus, Disfear and many more at this year's Maryland Deathfest being held May 23rd, 24th, and 25th at the Sonar in Baltimore, MD.
Since their inception in early 2006, Indiana's Phantom Witch have carved themselves a niche combining the influences of traditional heavy metal, NWOBHM and the riffage of speed metal. The buzz created by their self-released four-song demo caught the attention of New York's Heavy Artillery Records, with whom Phantom Witch have teamed up to release their self-titled debut, a vinyl-only six-song Mini LP. The mini-LP will be limited to 500 copies and available exclusively from independent record stores, the band's live shows and directly from the label.
Founding members Rick Cope (vocals and bass) and David Phelps (guitars) met when Rick was first drawn to the sound of Phelps' shrieking guitar solos emanating from the amp room at Guitar Works in Greenwood, Indiana. The duo was joined by Bob Fouts behind the drum kit and Phantom Witch as we know it was born. Culling their influences by bands such as Slayer, Running Wild, Sodom and Jag Panzer, Phantom Witch quickly made a name for themselves with their unique metal attack, opening for local and national headliners such as The Gates of Slumber, Merciless Death, Skeleton Witch and Demiricous. Look for Phantom Witch on tour in late summer 2008, dates coming soon.
The self titled mini LP from Phantom Witch will hit streets on June 10th 2008.
Black Market Activities has announced the signing of The Indomitable Iron Sloth. The band, who hails from Vancouver, Washington, was once know as The Abominable Iron Sloth and has previously released an album with Goodfellow Records/Undergroove before breaking up in late 2006.
The Indomitable Iron Sloth’s previously announced EP will now be released as a full-length album and the release will be completely re-recorded.
“We have been huge fans of the band since the last record came out and we are extremely excited to work with the band,” Guy Kozowyk, BMA owner, said. “We are currently scheming ways to honor—or at least do something cool—for those who initially pre-ordered through their MySpace before BMA was involved.”
The band is as equally excited as Kozowyk about inking a deal with BMA:
"Trying to get this EP out has been a sizable pain in the ass so far. Since we recorded it last year we’ve written a few more songs that we think people might want to hear, so we're going to go back into the studio in the coming months….It really blows that it's taken so long, but hopefully we don't disappoint with the full length."
At War will be playing this years Headbangers Open Air Festival in Hamburg Germany on July 15th along with Exodus and Sodom. At War will also be making it's first appearance in Mexico at "Circo Volador" in Mexico City with Agent Steel on July 19th. At War will also be releasing their first Live DVD, entitled "Live at the Norva," on May 28th. This DVD includes all the classic songs from "Ordered to Kill" and "Retaliatory Strike" plus two brand new songs from their upcoming CD, "Infidel." For even more info and to check out some of the band's material, visit their MySpace page .
DEMONICAL, the new Swedish death metal band featuring past and present members from CENTINEX, GRAVE, REGURGITATE, INTERMENT, AMARAN, WORLD BELOW and DELLAMORTE, has scheduled the following dates:
May 17 - Oslo, Norway - Club Maiden (with GRAVE)
Jul. 11 - Trutnov, Czech Republic - Obscene Extreme Festival
Jul. 12 - Pecs, Hungary - Rock Maraton Festival
Jul. 13 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chmelnice
Jul. 18 - Pössneck, Germany - Hells Pleasure Festival
Sep. 12 - Krugsdorf bei Pasewalk, Germany - Tunes of Death Festival
Guitar World spoke exclusively with Slash in New York on April 17th, while he was in town to perform a benefit show with Tom Morello, Jerry Cantrell and Perry Farrell.
The guitarist discussed VELVET REVOLVER’s split with singer Scott Weiland: “We had gotten to that point where we were resigned to the fact that we weren’t going to be working with Scott anymore, even before we left for the last leg of the tour,” says Slash. “So when he said all that stuff onstage [at a gig in Scotland Weiland announced to fans that they were witnessing the group’s last tour] we were sort of surprised. Because we had no intention of breaking the band up. It might have been the last show for him, but it wasn’t the last show for Velvet Revolver."
On the fact that Weiland released a statement alleging “certain individuals” were singing along with him onstage: “Scott was under the impression that our drum tech was singing during the set, which was why he walked offstage at that show. We convinced him that wasn’t happening, but then the next night he said that Matt [Sorum] was doing it. He was firmly convinced that was happening, which it wasn’t.”
Read the full article at Guitar World.
Legendary progressive metallers have posted the first video from their upcoming album "Watershed" online at this location.
"Watershed" is due for a North American release on June 3rd via Roadrunner records.
Swedish rock outfit BACKYARD BABIES have announced a string of dates in the UK in early September.
The band's upcoming live itinerary is as follows:
2 - Academy 2 - Birmingham, UK
3 - Rock City - Nottingham, UK
4 - Academy 2 - Newcastle, UK
5 - Cathouse - Glasgow, UK
6 - Corporation - Sheffield, UK
7 - Academy 3 - Manchester, UK
9 - Barfly - Brighton, UK
10 - The Brook - Southampton, UK
11 - T.J.'s - Newport, UK
12 - ULU - London, UK
SCORPIONS and SAMMY HAGAR have lined up a few shows together on the US West Coast in August.
Upcoming Scorpions dates include:
12 - Rostov On - Don, Russia - Palace Of Sports
13 - Samara, Russia - MTL Arena
14 - Kazan, Russia - Tatneft Arena
16 - Novosibirsk, Russia - Sport Palace
17 - Kemerovo, Russia - Stadium
18 - Krasnoyarsk, Russia - Sport Palace
20 - Vladivistok, Russia - Fesco Hall
21 - Khabarovsk, Russia - Platinum Arena
23 - Komsomolsk-Na-Amure, Russia - Metallung Arena
25 - Kazan, Russia - Tatneft Arena
26 - Moscow, Russia - Kremlin Palace
7 - Madrid, Spain venue - Multiusos La Cubierta
9 - Alicante, Spain venue - Plaza De Toros
10 - Almeria, Spain venue - Palacio Juegos Mediterraneos
17 - Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland - Stadion Miejski
22 - Dubai, United Arab Emirates - Dubai Festival City
30 - Greifswald, Germany - Volksstadion
1 - Kelseyville, CA - Joe Mazzola Showroom - Konocti (with Sammy Hagar)
2 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater (with Sammy Hagar)
3 - Costa Mesa, CA - Pacific Amphitheatre @ Orange Co. Fair (with Sammy Hagar)
5 - Tucson, AZ - AVA Amphitheatre (with Sammy Hagar)
8- Minneapolis, MN - Myth
9- Sparta, WI - Fort McCoy Army Base
10 - Belo Horizonte, Brazil - Mineirinho
SEPULTURA bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Junior has issued the following message:
Last Monday (April 21st, 2008) I was decorated with the Medalha da Inconfidência (one of the biggest honors of the country). And I'd like to share this honor with all my family, band and friends, without whom this would never become true.
The solemnity took place in Tiradentes (Ouro Preto) and was hosted by Minas Gerais Governor Aécio Neves.
The 'Inconfidência Medal' was created in 1952 by Juscelino Kubitscheck to pay homage to individuals who contributed in the developement of the state of Minas Gerais and the country.
Korn have posted the following statement via their official Myspace:
"We've got a brand new song called 'Haze' which was written for an upcoming video game called 'Haze.' It's available on the DSPs but for all of you that bought a copy of Untitled you can get it FREE. Just to http://www.korn.com/bonus."
Scuzz.com has the official online exclusive premier of Heaven Shall Burns "EnZeit" video, which includes the intro from the album "Awoken." You can watch the video online here or embedded below. More...
Montreal-based 3 Mile Scream, featuring new Cryptopsy vocalist Matt McGachy, have debuted the new track "As Everything Slips Away” from their upcoming new album, "A Glimpse of Hope,” online on their MySpace page.
3 Mile Scream have also announced the dates for their upcoming East Coast Massacre Tour from May 2nd, 2008 through May 11th. The band will be joined by Yell The Burden and The Fallen as support.
"My experience in Mexico with Cryptopsy was surreal and incredible; I am thrilled to embark on the road with them once again in the upcoming months," says frontman Matt McGathy. "However, my next endeavor is 3 Mile Scream's East Coast Massacre tour which will bring us back to the Maritimes for a much more complete and extensive run than our last tour. This was something that we definitely wanted to complete since our last experience in New Brunswick was exhilarating and an excellent stepping point. I hope to see you all on tour!"
3 Mile Scream's debut album, "A Prelude To Our Demise," was produced by Jean-Francois Dagenais of Kataklysm and released through Corporate Punishment Records. The band recently finished recording their sophomore album, "A Glimpse of Hope” with Cryptopsy guitarist Christian Donaldson (The Agonist).
3 Mile Scream's Chad Archibald (Arise and Ruin)-directed video for the track "Our Blackened Sun" is online on YouTube.
Here are the latest 3 MILE SCREAM tour dates: More...
Australian extreme metallers, Aeturnus Dominion, welcomes their new guitarist Jono Caelli on their MySpace page:
"Former Dead Intent shredder Jono Caelli is the newest recruit to the Aeturnus Dominion legacy. Jono and ex AD vocalist, Jesse Aiken were both in Dead Intent in the early 90s until the bands unfortunate demise."
"Jono has continued writing and recording material in his home studio and is keen to get back into a band situation and playing live again. We had conversed about becoming a member of AD prior to Morbid joining and we are fortunate he is still keen to do it. In hindsight we obviously made the wrong choice."
"Unsure whether Jono will be up to speed for our next gig on the 17th of May at the Woodport Inn, we are hoping and striving to play the gig as a full band. If this is not obtainable then we will perform as a 4 piece."
"Welcome to the madness bro!"
ESTUARY will team up with GOREAPHOBIA and Unmatched Brutality recording artists LAPIDATE for seven shows throughout Eastern Canada between May 8 to May 15.
ESTUARY guitarist Ash Thomas comments: "Needless to say, we are really looking forward to this experience. This will be our first time performing in Canada, and from what I can tell there's a killer Metal scene there. We promise to give it our all for the death metal freaks in these cities. Also, it's a real fucking honor to do these dates with GOREAPHOBIA They are by far one of my favorite bands from the early '90s era, and hold legendary status as far as I'm concerned . This makes it all the more KILLER!"
"Speaking of a real honor," comments ESTUARY's lead vocalist Zdenka Prado, "We are extremely pleased to announce that Jack Owen will once again be handling bass duties on this trek. Jack did an awesome job on the Balkans Assassination, tour and we are thankful to have him on board once again. These shows will definitely kick ass! I can't wait to share the front lines with the Canadian maniacs in some non-stop head thrashing action."
Jack Owen states: "I'm honored once again to be sharing the stage with my friends, and thrash death maniacs ESTUARY! Also thrilled to head to the great white north and see the many fans and friends from over the years! It's a short tour, but should be full of blast beats and mystery meat! Some of you may not know, but I will be playing bass on this tour as I did on ESTUARY's European tour in October of 2007, which was a total blast. See you soon!"
GOREAPHOBIA's Chris G. Mezzadurus adds: "We are very excited about coming into Canada for the first time. As A matter of fact, this Canadian tour will be the first time in GOREAPHOBIA's history to EVER play outside the United States!!! Canada has A very close and sacred place in my soul for extreme heavy metal! Canada has spawned some of the greatest metal acts of all time for myself, GOREAPHOBIA, and legions of metalheads as well! VOIVOD has been one of GOREAPHOBIA's most paragon inspiration and innovative master of extreme metal music! Also, bands we have admired and loved are RAZOR, EXCITER, SACRIFICE, SLAUGHTER, and PILEDRIVER, to name A few mighty Canadian influences. We hope that the Canadian metal maniacs that come to see us for the first time are just as excited as we are to perform for them! See you all soon, and in the great words of EXCITER, 'LONG LIVE THE LOUD!'"
Here are the confirmed tour dates: More...
Last week film crews began taking test footage and establishing shot and lighting angels for the upcoming Beautiful Gorgeous music video, which is to be filmed in an industrial area in Fitchburg, MA. Hold True Recordings is not yet releasing any information about the specifics of the video concept or even which song it is for, but has stated that the video will mesh well with the feel of the new Beautiful Gorgeous album, "To Travel."
Deathcore act The Scarlet Hourglass have posted a brand new song online entitled "Last Haunting Words" at their official Myspace.
The band will join Ventflow and 51 Wrecking Crew on sunday to support 3 Inches Of Blood and are also planning a UK tour in the summer.
The following message has been posted on the official Download festival website:
"Download Festival has announced a fantastic motley crew of metallers to this year's line up, showing yet again how much the festival represents all walks from the 'rock' way of life! Leading the metal charge are Testament, Municipal Waste and Trigger The Bloodshed all who bring a slice of brutality to the weekend. Joining them are Brigade, Exit Ten, Comeback Kid, Valient Thorr, Chiodos, Animal Alpha, August Burns Red, Rose Tattoo and Hostile."
Sweden's Burst (Linus Jagerskog – vocals, Jesper Liverod – bass and vocals, Patrik Hultin – drums, Jonas Rydberg – guitar, Robert Reinholdz – guitar and vocals) has entered Studio Bohussound in Kungalv, Sweden to record their new full-length album, "Lazarus Bird."
"Lazarus Bird," the follow-up album to 2006's acclaimed Origo, is being recorded once again with engineer Fredrik Reinedahl (Opeth, In Flames). Advance song titles include: "I Hold Vertigo", "We Are Dust", "Momentum", "Nineteenhundred", "Cripple God", "We Watched The Silver Rain", and "I Exterminate The I". Lazarus Bird is expected to see a Fall 2008 release date.
Burst spent the greater part of 2007 writing and rehearsing material for Lazarus Bird. The band commented on the process: "We are confident that the end result will be worth all this work and end up in an album that we feel is the absolute most accomplished effort we've ever been able to squeeze from our system."
Most Precious Blood is currently in the studio recording their fourth album, "Do Not Resuscitate." Tracking is taking place at The Wild Arctic in Long Island City, NY with engineer Dean Baltulonis (Sick Of It All), who also recorded the band's previous two albums.
Guitarist Justin Brannan says of the new material, "While all our spineless contemporaries reach for the stars we've returned to our roots. The new songs are short, fast, hard and mean. We wrote an album to remind us of the stuff we grew up on; the music that got us into hardcore when we were teenagers. We harnessed that raw energy and power; the unbridled passion of those days at CBGB's and basements and VFW Halls across the country, sleeping on concrete floors and shoplifting for fun; back when it felt like you were really part of something different. We've checked the rock n' roll ambitions and delusional fantasies at the door and wrote a hardcore record like only we knew how."
Vanmakt has signed a new deal to extend their relationship with extreme metal label Pulverised Records. The band's second album, entitled “Ad Luciferi Regnum,” will be recorded in June or July at EPM Studios with Björn Lindgren as the engineer and producer. “Ad Luciferi Regnum” will contain nine songs of "blasting torment and hatred." The layout will be done by Alex at 3XXX Design.
You can find a pre-recorded version of “Brethren Of Lucifer” on the band's Myspace player and this song will also be featured on the new album with some minor changes.
Sacramento hardcore outfit Trash Talk has parted ways with their drummer, Sam. The band explains: "He is unable to continue with us due to some personal troubles. We wish him the best with his future endeavors and hope that he is able to bounce back from his tribulations."
The band has subsequently recruited Bracewar drummer Rashod Jackson as a replacement. According to the group, "We welcome Rashod into the Trash Talk camp with open arms and are very excited to begin our time with him."