Metal News for April 23, 2009
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24 news articles posted on this day.
Spanish one man ambient black metal band Dryden Sagoth just recently recorded and self-released his first demo "Long Dark Corridors." Samples of the demo are currently streaming on the Dryden Sagoth MySpace page. The man behind the music spoke with Metalunderground about the lyrical themes of his demo and the metal scene in Spain. More...
Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt has issued the following road report about their recent tour dates:
"Unbelievably enough I'm home again...for a few days. Actually leaving again tomorrow for the UK and Hammerfest which we're headlining. I have a good vibe about that one actually....a little resort in Wales turning into a metal camp of some sort. I love festivals too. Hanging out with other bands, talking metal....nothing new I guess.
"Melinda and Mirjam are doing fine and so is Anna. Whenever I'm home I should really relax, but it's impossible. Obviously I want to hang out with my family, but I also have lots of "maintenance" stuff to take care of. Sort receipts, fix my declaration, change tires on the car, fix the car (broken generator, I don't know shit about this fucking stuff but yeah, I'll "fix" it somehow)...my beloved '88 Volvo deserve the velvet hands of yours truly every once in a while. Car broke down on me as we're driving back from a Bloodbath video shoot...we're all covered in remnants of fake blood as the tow-man came along.
"I have to fix the fucking studio and have it properly connected too. Well might need some help for that. We have a meeting with the US embassy as well today...ugh! Hate it! Boring! I need to assemble my new bike I bought. Haven't had one since I was a kid. I have to go to the local landfill with garbage. More...
Christian metal outfit As I Lay Dying has entered the Billboard Music DVD charts at number 2 with their first DVD, "This Is Who We Are." The DVD is also finding success north of the border as it debuted at number 3 on the Canadian music DVD charts. Reports claim that the DVD has already gone platinum.
Speaking on the success of the DVD, frontman Tim Lambesis says: "I’m completely honored to have our DVD reach so many people in only its first week out. Needless to say, it’s a great achievement for our band, but it also goes to show that metal music has been opening new doors. Regardless of what mainstream media pushes, there are enough diehard fans out there to make something like this happen."
Hellyeah, the Southern flavoured supergroup featuring former Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul as well as members of Mudvayne and Nothingface, has announced that they will be entering the studio next month to record their second album. The band will be hitting the studio on May 15th.
Speaking on label situations, Vinnie Paul states; "We don't know. We're free agents right now. We had a one-disc deal with Epic, and they're practically begging us to come back. We sold nearly 500,000 records for them, which is practically unheard of these days. That's like going platinum 10 years ago."
Alice Cooper has issued the following statement about an upcoming string of Australian tour dates:
"All those from the land down under, prepare for more thrills and chills from the King of THEATER ROCK, and pay homage to the Master Himself...the Alice Cooper "Theater Of Death" tour is coming to Australia and we're giving you first crack at some of the best seats to the shows!!
"On Monday, April 27 at 12 am AWST, the Alice Cooper Store will be unleashing a beastly lot of tickets for Alice performances across the country; check out the chart below for all the dirty details... All presales start April 27 at 12 am AWST"
The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
08.18.09 WIN Entertainment Centre Wollongong, NSW
08.19.09 Convention & Exhibition Centre Gold Coast, NSW
08.21.09 Entertainment Centre Newcastle, NSW
08.22.09 Convention Centre Brisbane, QLD
08.24.09 Entertaiment Centre Sydney, NSW
08.26.09 Royal Theatre Canberra, ACT
08.28.09 Palais Theatre Melbourne, VIC
08.29.09 Thebarton, Theatre Adelaide, SA
09.01.09 Challenge Stadium Perth, WA
Corrosion of Conformity founding members Mike Dean and Reed Mullin have formed a new band titled Righteous Fool. The band is currently streaming the song "Asteroid" on their MySpace page.
Strike First Records has issued the following statement about signing a record deal with Christian deathcore band In The Midst of Lions:
"We are happy to welcome In The Midst Of Lions to the Strike First Records family of bands. Their debut album “Out Of Darkness” will be out on May 26 and you can pre-order it now in our online store. Check out a new song on the bands myspace. In The Midst Of Lions will be playing at Cornerstone Festival this summer on the Anchor stage as part of the Facedown / Strike First day there, so stay posted for all the info on that and keep your eyes out for more ITMOL tour dates.
"In the Midst of Lions play vicious deathcore in the service of a higher power. A mixture of fast-paced tech metal and melodic worship, their music can be compared to such contemporaries as The Faceless, Meshuggah and Veil of Maya, with the addition of the fact that ITMOL packs a serious spiritual punch. Our generation is in dire need of a savior. It has become trendy to cast out our Lord, we are here to bring the truth. ITMOL's truth comes under the guise of death metal laced with explosive breakdowns and inspirational live shows."
Austrian death metal band Mastic Scum is currently streaming a demo track titled "Regression" from their upcoming studio album online. The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Lebanese Brutal Death Metal band OATH TO VANQUISH released a new single "APOTHECARY OF ABHORRENCE" from their upcoming EP 'The Ruinous Fate Of The Blind'. The new track can be streamed here
Pomona, California thrash metallers BONDED BY BLOOD, who recently announced a short UK tour with Canadian labelmates CAULDRON, have now confirmed a full European tour.
BONDED BY BLOOD are set to hit the road on the European Massacre 2009 tour with FUELED BY FIRE and SUICIDAL ANGELS. Catch them thrashing their way across Europe at the following shows: More...
Montreal based avant-garde metallers Unexpect have issued the following update about finishing the drum tracks for their upcoming album:
"As Alexander the Great once declared : "We're done recording the drums !" ...or did he ? Can't say I was really listening at the time...Anyways...we do...and we'll jump next with the guitars and monstrous bass.
"Another date has been added to the Progressive Nation tour : 26.09.09 @ Spektrum ; OSLO - NORWAY
"2 other shows will be offered in the province of Quebec in June.
12.06.09 @ Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda ; ROUYN-NORANDA, QC ; w/ Blinded by Faith
27.06.09 @ Bar Chez Maurice ; SAINT-LAZARE, QC ; w/ Augury
"Rouyn-Noranda and St-Lazare will probably be the last shows before the next album is released St-Lazare is only 40 minutes from Montreal to the west and not so far from Ottawa, so don't miss it !!!!"
Earache Records has issued the following statement about Bonded By Blood recording a cover of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle's theme song:
"The Empire State Building will light the NYC sky with green tonight. No, it's not Earth Day hangover. It's to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One person who wishes he was here to see this is BONDED BY BLOOD frontman, Jose "Aladdin" Barrales.
"Jose's life was largely impacted by the 4 heroes in a half shell. "I got into TMNT around age 5. At that age looking into a tv screen and watching a bunch of turtles that are kicking ass was a really big deal." After an entire childhood following the 4 mutated sewer dwellers, Jose amassed an impressive collection of Turtles memorabilia throughout the years. "They are still a big part of my life and I keep most of the TMNT toys and comics in a box next to my other collectibles. I still have an original Michelangelo in its package - I'm proud of that one." The Turtles have experienced a major resurgence in popularity over the last few years, but to Jose and the rest of BONDED BY BLOOD, the larger than life stars of cartoons, comics, toys and games were always as big as ever. Their feelings shine through in their fun cover of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song on 2008's FEED THE BEAST. More...
Nile has issued the following statement about recording a new album:
"World Management would like to announce that Nile will be entering the studio for their forthcoming second Album on Nuclear Blast on June 8th at Mana Recording in Tampa Florida.
"The band will be working again with Neil Kernon as Producer and have added Erik Rutan to the team as Engineer at his studio. The band will record at several locations throughout June and July.
"A mid October 2009 release is being planed world wide on Nuclear Blast. Nile will then tour Europe in November of 2009 and January / February 2010 in North America, followed by tours in Australia, South America, Japan, Pacific Rim, Mexico, Central America and India. Stay tuned for tour news and further updates TBA."
A Band Of Orcs has issued the following update about two members becoming endorsed by Jackson Guitars:
"What do Lamb of God, Gojira, and Iron Maiden have in common with A Band of Orcs? Band members with an endorsement from Jackson Guitars! And what's more metal than a killer Jackson flying V or limited edition Kelly? Nothing.
"Thus, Cretos Filthgrinder and Hulg ElfR.I.P.per have proudly accepted the endorsement of Jackson Guitars and joined the Bloodline family.
"Artist Relations Manager Chris Cannella had this to say about A Band of Orcs: "I first put in the video only to be taken back by the high level of production and quality of the video. Just amazing. I then waited for the track to begin and in all honesty most bands use theatrics to cover up lack of talent. This is NOT the case here. I am currently listening to CD now and have to say this is pretty bad*ss stuff. I would love to work with you."
"Thank you Chris and Jackson Guitars. Cretos and Hulg will remain brutal representatives of the best guitars in metal."
Toronto hardcore/metal band A Distance From has inked a record deal with Misfortune Records for the release of the debut EP "Transitions." Misfortune Records founder Chris Comete issued the following statement about the signing:
"I'm looking forward to exposing ADF's talents to the world, their sound and influence grabs their audience and is pushing forward the Toronto hardcore scene."
"We're really excited on joining the Misfortune family, they've been a huge supporter of the underground hardcore scene in Toronto and I have so much respect for Chris Comete who has been pushing the scene further over the last few years." says ADF's front man Troy. "I can't wait to get in studio and scream my lungs out for this EP. It's going to be a jaw dropper."
South Carolina's Graves of Valor are currently streaming online the new track "Pestilence" from their upcoming album "Salarian Gate." The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page. "Salarian Gate" is set to be released on May 26th via Relapse Records.
Avian has issued the following statement requesting fan support so they can go on tour:
"Times are tough on everyone right now and it is getting very difficult for bands like us to stay together. AVIAN is an independent band which means that we have to pay for everything from production to manufacturing to promotion.
"As some of you know, we have recently released our second cd, Ashes And Madness. The cd is receiving very high reviews and we have received some very lucrative tour offers. However, we do not have the financial means to accept these offers and that is EXTREMELY frustrating to all of us.
"We realize that spending money to purchase a cd is getting more and more difficult these days but we are asking you to PLEASE go out and purchase our cd; we have added a bunch of new songs and reviews to our profile so you can get an idea of what the music is about before you purchase it. Additionally, sites such as Amazon and Best Buy, have 30 second clips of all of the songs.
"You may not realize this but if you purchase our cds it will enable us to get on the road and come to your hometown in the near future and it will also allow us to continue to make true metal music.
"We would love nothing more than to keep AVIAN going strong but unless we can generate some cd sales we will have to call it quits. Thank you all."
Italian power metal band Trick Or Treat are currently streaming the new song "Paper Dragon" from the latest album "Tin Soldiers." The song can be heard on their MySpace page.
The track listing for "Tin Soldiers" will be as follows:
1. A Night in the Toyshop
2. Paper Dragon
3. Take Your Chance
5. Hello Moon
6. Elevator to the Sky
7. Loser Song
8. Tears Against Your Smile
9. Final Destination
10. Tin Soldiers Part I
11. Tin Soldiers Part II
Christian Älvestam of Swedish death metal band Miseration has issued the following recording and touring update:
"We are set to enter the Panic-Room studios late June, once again with producer Tomas "Plec" Johansson at the helm, to record the follow-up to our debut album "Your Demons - Their Angels". The new album, entitled "The Mirroring Shadow", will most likely include eight to ten songs of hard-hitting, non-compromising death metal. It will once again be released through Lifeforce Records, later this year!
"In the meantime, we will embark on a mini-tour in May, throughout Europe, alongside our good friends in INEVITABLE END (who recently released their debut album "The Severed Inception", through Relapse Records) and with an appearance at LEGACY FESTIVAL on May 23rd in Dessau/ Germany."
Ohio's Artillery Breath is currently preparing to enter the studio late summer/early fall with Converge's Kurt Ballou as engineer to record a new album. The effort will be available in September via Capeside Records.
California-based brutal death metal act Ossification recently inked a deal with SFC for their debut album. According to the label, "These guys play technical brutal death metal with some slam rhythms and classic solo parts." The band is currently prepearing to record the upcoming CD, planned for release in Fall of 2009.
Pennsylvanian metallers Argus have announced that their debut album will be self-titled and will be released in May through Shadow Kingdom Records. The record label issued the following statement about the release:
"With those of you familiar with Butch era PENANCE (USA Classic Doom), you already know how great his vocals are and those of you who aren’t will learn soon. ARGUS, a new and hungry band from the USA are very well versed with the Maryland Doom Metal and Epic Heavy Metal scene. They released a very well written Demo in 2007 on John Brenner’s Bland Hand Records as a download. For those of you that loved the Demo like I did, this is what you would expect their full length to sound and then some!
"THE LORD WEIRD SLOUGH FEG fans are going to go absolutely nuts over this album for the sheer volume of twin axe guitar shredding alone!! There are a lot of catchy, layered riffs on top of many hooks and sing a long choruses.On top of all these well-written Epic songs, there are TROUBLE-eque Doom Metal break downs to die for feathered throughout the album. Shall I say “instant classic”? That’s for you to decide. Look for them to release a 10” EP on one of my favorite labels, The Miskatonic Foundation in the near future as well."
The album's track listing will be as follows: More...
Swedish death metallers Sanctification have posted a new music video online for the song "Storm," which comes from their upcoming album "Black Reign." The video can be viewed below.
Canadian metal band Heaven Ablaze has issued the following update about streaming the new song "Parhelia" on their MySpace page:
"Well as a lot of you know we took some time off from gigin' to work on some new material and get some things in order inside the HA camp.
"So here is a taste of what we have been working on... here's a brand new song which we recorded at Ice House studios and a brand new layout to our web page! I think this is a good song choice to give you a taste of what’s to come... we are all really fuckin' excited to get back on the road with this new material and start shredding again!
"A big thank you to Clint of The Serpent and the mother fuckin' Siren for creating our new page and Tom of Ice House studios for his fantastic work with the new tune.
"So crack a beer, light a joint...and check out the new site and pump that new tune loud!!"