Metal News for April 23, 2011
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10 news articles posted on this day.
Kamelot has posted behind-the-scenes tour footage online from the band's tour dates with Amaranthe. You can check out the clip in the player below. Kamelot also recently officially parted ways with vocalist Roy Khan and is currently seeking a replacement.
Face Down TV has posted a video interview online with Protest the Hero, which was conducted in Denver, Colorado. You can check out the clip below.
You can also check out the Protest the Hero song "The Reign of Unending Terror" by heading over to this location.
Fans of the Finnish metal sound should take note, as the gentlemen from Enthrope are purveyors of some of the finest atmospheric death metal around. With the Silenced Earth demo and debut full-length Tomorrows Dead Days, Enthrope has put itself on the map among the ranks of Finland's dark metal juggernauts.
The group donated its time to hit the studio and create an Enthropic version of Type O Negative's "Wolf Moon (Including Zoanthropic Paranoia)" for our recently released Peter Steele tribute album. Explaining the band's respect for the Gothic metal icon and how a death metal act can cover a group like Type O Negative, drummer Mikko Mustonen recently answered a series of interview questions about Peter Steele.
Mikko's thoughts on the "October Rust" album, the music video for "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)," and more can be found below. For anyone who hasn't been exposed to the death metal supernova of Enthrope, you can check out the band's last interview with Metalunderground here, or let the music speak for itself through the Enthrope MySpace page. More...
Italian act Tools of Torture has issued the following announcement about calling it a day after the Tattoo Death Fest:
"Hello everyone. We would communicate that Tattoo Death Fest VI will be the last Tools Of Torture gig, because after that festival the band will split up.
"The reasons of this choice are more and it was sad to take this decision, but has come the time to stop the band activity and dedicate ourselves to other projects.
"As last note, we would thanks all our fans, bands, labels, clubs, booking agencies, promoters and zines worldwide that helped and supported us through these awesome years: we wish them all the best, hoping we can meet again one day.
"Keep on supporting the extreme underground!"
You can also listen to Tools of Torture's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
Saxon has posted a new video update from the band's "Call to Arms" tour, which can be viewed below. The group also commented:
"Biff posted a new blog and confirmed two dates in Japan. We are playing two nights the Club Citta (5th and 6th of August). First night we are playing the entire 'Denim & Leather' album and on the second night classics and new songs."
California's Agent Steel has checked in with the following announcement about streaming a new track online through the band's MySpace page:
"We just finished recording and mixing a brand new song entitled "Tomb of Ra" available at our MySpace profile right now!
"The song features lead vocalist Rick Mythiasin (Steel Prophet). It was recorded and engineered by Bill Metoyer and mixed and mastered by Bernie Versailles. Enjoy spread the word......share it."
Ghoul Patrol has posted drum cam footage online of the band's Helsinki performance on April 21st, 2011. You can check out the video clip below.
Yesterday thrash act Criminal - originally formed in Chile and now based in the U.K. - entered bassist Dan Biggin's HVR Recording Studios in Suffolk, U.K. to record the band's seventh studio album, the first since the departure of guitarist / founding member Rodrigo Contreras and the subsequent addition of Basque guitar wizard Olmo Cascallar.
"The way we're approaching the drums this time around is to focus a lot on the set-up of the sounds before we record," explains drummer Zac O'Neil. "I think in the past we've been too quick to start tracking without thinking too much about the raw audio. I'm very keen to move in a different direction from the way that metal is going with sampled and edited drums, and go back to the way that metal used to be before all this electronic trickery. Hopefully we'll retain the dynamics and raw energy that just isn't present in many productions nowadays.
"I've also been concentrating on pre-production arrangements for the drum tracks. I want to make sure that what I play complements the songs and is not too busy or complicated for the sake of it.
"I'm really looking forward to how this next CRIMINAL album will turn out. Hopefully we'll also get some nice tracking footage as well for the fans to see just how we did it."
The as-yet-untitled album, the follow-up to the acclaimed "White Hell" (2009), will be released in August 2011 by Massacre Records.
Fleurety guitarist Alexander Nordgaren recorded an album under the band named I Left the Planet in 1996, which was never released. Neuropa Records has now announced the project will officially see the light of day with a vinyl version. The label commented on the upcoming release:
"One from the vaults, this unique piece of avant-garde metal history, never before leaked or released, features some of the authorities of the genre including members from Fleurety and Ved Buens Ende.
"Recorded on analogue 16-track tape in March 1996, I Left the Planet is a one-off project featuring members from Fleurety, Ved Buens Ende and Virus; all bands hailed as originators of the style that has lately come to be known as avant-garde metal. Lyrics and voice are courtesy of acclaimed Norwegian author and novelist Bjørn Esben Almaas, overlaying three separate pieces of music written by Alexander Nordgaren, also handling guitars on the recording. Combined with Ayna Beate Johansen’s distinctive voice, Czral’s legendary drums and percussion style, Per Amund Solberg’s contrapuntal bass melodies and Mari Solberg’s jazzy saxophones the result is different from any other band of the era; Dark Poetry. Dark Metal. Dark Jazz.
"The recording plays across and between Adversum’s label profile key words; disharmony, imagination, individualism, courage, entertainment and darkness, and is its first release on vinyl. I Left the Planet is limited to 274 copies. The cover and vinyl artwork has been made by Trine+Kim Design Studio. The record is pressed on heavy duty black 12” vinyl featuring music on side A and etched art on side B."
Australian metal band Five Star Prison Cell has decided to call it quits. Here's the statement from the band:
"After 7 years together, 3 albums and some seriously different, challenging and creative music,
the time is come for Five Star to go their seperate ways...
"There is no definitive reason or fallout or "creative differences" - Fortunately, those are things
that Five Star never had to encounter.
"All we can say is basically, people get older, priorities change and what we get out
of such an endeavor as individuals can change over the years until we finally come to a point where putting something before everything else in our lives and making the sacrifices a band needs to make is no longer something we want. Doesn't mean we don't love music.. We are all creative people and need that outlet, so we will not stop playing music - But we will stop playing music as Five Star Prison Cell... For now...
"But what a ride it was.. 3 albums we are immensly proud of, touring with some
of our favourite bands and most importantly the friendships we have made along the way.
"So on that note, we bid you farewell; Who knows what the future holds, we may do another album in a couple of years and/or some of the members may continue writing and creating.
"In the mean time, our most sincere, heartfelt thanks goes out to all those who helped
and supported us along the way... Some whom deserve a specific mention:
"Mel Roberts - Our amazing manager, and friend, what would we have done without you?
Kento and the Lynchmada folks, Lucas and the Helm crew, Lee and the Double D's, Gareth Crazy, Yamaha, Jackson, Fender, SWR and Mesa Boogie.
And of course countless others who lent us gear, let us crash at their house, watched us play,
bought our albums, produced our albums, hooked up shows for us and played shows with us.
"Our music and some may even say legacy will be forever available on iTunes and we have
heaps of CD's lying around so hit us up if you want any for cheap.
"Take care everyone, and thank you again,
Marek, Marc, Adam & Cam
Five Star Prison Cell"