Metal News for April 24, 2009
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27 news articles posted on this day.
Trustkill has announced the worldwide signing of Italy's AWAKEN DEMONS. Hailing from Cesena, Italy, the band just recorded their brand new album, "The Mirror," which is due out this summer on Trustkill. The album is ten songs of pure aggression, and features guest vocals from Vincent Bennet (The Acacia Strain) and Karl Buechner (Earth Crisis).
In 2007 Awaken Demons released their debut album, "From Heaven To Hell," through Seventh Dagger and subsequently invaded the US with their friends xAFBx and Rhinoceros. They spent the better part of 2008 writing their next album and hitting the stage with First Blood, Full Blown Chaos, Agnostic Front, Evergreen Terrace, Sworn Enemy, Ringworm, A Day To Remember, and more.
Speaking on the signing, bassist Nicola Lelli said, "We've always been huge Trustkill fans, since the late 90s. Trustkill was a dream for us and when Josh contacted us, we couldn't believe it. Being the first Italian band on the roster is definitely a huge step for us. Thanks a lot to Josh and the Trustkill crew, we are honored be part of this family."
In 2009 the band has lined up shows with Madball and will play the Open Air Festival, as well as shows in Germany, Belgium, and Holland. More shows to be announced soon.
Check out the pre-production track "Coming To An End" on their Myspace page.
California thrashers Warbringer are currently streaming online the new song "Living In a Whirlwind," which comes from their upcoming album "Waking Into Nightmares." The track can be heard on the band's MySpace page. "Waking Into Nightmares" is set to be released through Century Media Records on May 15th.
German metallers Autumnblaze have issued the following update about the release date for their new album:
"Our new album "Perdition Diaries" will see the light of the world on the 12th of June 2009!
"You can listen now to the new song "Brudermord" on our profile! Also the page has a slightly new design. More features will follow!"
In This Moment has issued the following update about their tour alongside Papa Roach and Filter:
"I am writing this from our dressing room in Berlin after an amazing show along side Papa Roach and Filter, This tour has been so great for us, all the shows are sold out and all the fans are going nuts every night, ITM was welcomed with open arms by the entire Papa roach band and crew, and sharing the bus with Filter has been an absolute pleasure they are great people. Unfortunatly for Filter their guitarist Mitch had a personal issue at home and had to leave the tour immediatly, so Jesse, Blake and myself stepped up to the plate and took over guitar duties for the remainder of the tour, and let me tell you its a big deal for us, we have been listening to Filter since back in the day and getting onstage and playing with them is a fucking thrill!
"We basically split the set into 2 songs each Jesse does the first 2 songs Blake the second 2 and I close the show with Jurassitol and Hey Man Nice Shot, like I said before its a thrill, Filter has sold 6 million records and we get to play sold out European shows with them, its pretty damn cool. We are heading home in 6 days and its gonna be nice to get back to the USA for a couple of weeks then off to Japan and then Warped Tour, see you there!!!"
Amon Amarth has issued the following update about upcoming Scandinavian tour dates:
"This coming fall we will be heading for some unexplored territories. We'll start with a Scandinavian tour, then a UK/Ireland tour, followed by a South Western tour of Europe. We'll be performing for the very first time at some of the dates and we really look forward to it all."
Confirmed dates so far: More...
Dutch brutal death metallers, SEVERE TORTURE, have started the writing process for their next album, the follow-up to 2007's "SWORN VENGEANCE."
SEVERE TORTURE bassist PATRICK BOLEIJ discusses the band's recent activities:
"Here's a short update to let you all know what's been going on in the Severe Torture camp over the last couple of months. We've actually been working our asses off, writing the finest death metal tunes possible. We have about 6 songs down and riffs and ideas for 4 or 5 more. We'll be finishing those in the next 2 months. Musically it's gonna be one of the fastest, sickest and most brutal Severe Torture records ever! This stuff is gonna be fuelled by the sheer disgust of all the whimpy, lame-ass, fashion-crap that's been polluting the music industry for years. And it made us realize all the more what we love most... Playing brutal fuckin' death metal. The plan is to start pre-production in July and have everything ready for recording in September." More...
Devildriver has revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming album "Pray For Villains," which can be viewed here.
Dez Fafara issued the following statement about the artwork:
"The 'Pray For Villains' Artwork is based on the title track on the record. The chorus goes 'They Pray For Villains when their heroes let them down.' The concept of the Villain saving the day - when all else fails you turn your eyes towards the badass that gets the job done. Not the clean cut guy - often big talking, slow acting, lacking in spirit and conviction! I needed something graphic to tie into the hero/villain idea.
"I personally have been collecting Owls for some time and the Owl in many different cultures is seen as both the hero and villain. In Ireland an Owl that enters a house must be killed at once, for if it flies away it will takes the luck of the house with it. In Australia, Aborigines believe bats represent the souls of men and Owls the souls of woman. Owls are therefore sacred in their culture because your sister is an Owl and the Owl is your sister.
"For the Aztecs, one of their evil gods wore a screech Owl on his head and in the Celtic culture, the Owl is the sign of the Underworld. So, the OWL was the obvious choice as I wanted to feel as connected to the artwork as I do to the music and also give DevilDriver another icon to work with and even further define us a band!
"So we bring you PRAY FOR VILLAINS"
The American Waste Festival 2009 will take place on June 6 - 7 at the Beaumont Club in Kansas, City, Missouri.
The currently confirmed bands include Skeletonwitch, Testament, Lazarus A.D., Unearth, Hammerlord, Snake Eater, Coalesce, Battlefields, At the Left Hand of God, and Daleria.
The T-Mobile INMusic Festival is schedule to take place from June 24 - 25 at Jarun in Zagreb, Croatia. The festival will have musicians from a variety of genres, but the currently confirmed metal bands are Hatebreed, Dimmu Borgir, and Anthrax.
The 2009 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival tour will start July 10th in Sacramento, CA and then continue through 26 more U.S. and Canadian cities. Slayer and Marilyn Manson are currently set to headline the tour. A promotional video for the tour has been posted online, which can be viewed below. More...
Italy's Exila has announced the following acoustic shows:
05/07 - FNAC - Torino, Italy
05/08 - FNAC - Verona, Italy
05/09 - FNAC - Genova, Italy
05/14 - FNAC - Milano, Italy
Finnish folk metal band, Korpiklaani, has issued the following update:
"Time to reveal the track list of our upcoming album 'Karkelo' (release date June 26th)! But before we do, we have some other hot news for you."
"On May 25th we will release a single titled Vodka, on which will be two songs that will absolutely boost every party: Vodka and Juodaan Viinaa!! And even better, this single will also appear as picture vinyl!" More...
Norway's ASHES TO ASHES have posted four new songs from their forthcoming album on their official MySpace page. They were mixed by legendary producer Beau Hill (RATT, WARRANT, EUROPE, WINGER, ALICE COOPER). Go to this location to check out 'Semi-Padded Room', 'Neverending', 'Carolanne' and 'Wavelength'.
Italy's Naltron has issued the following update:
"We're glad to announce that we have inked a 2 albums deal with the Slovakia-based Metal Age Productions, currently home of some of the most interesting and long running european death metal bands like Avulsed, Desecration, Fleshless, Abbadon Incarnated, Putrefy and more."
"We think MAP will be the proper support for Natron cos' it's growing, motivated and one of the most active indipendent labels in the underground world scene." More...
Swedish metal band, Astral Doors, has issued the following update:
"It's about time that we give you all a real update of what's happening in the Astral Kingdom at the moment. We've received many mails from worried fans asking us where we are and why it's so quiet from us right now. Well, the answer is: we're working harder than ever before, but not public. We have actually moved into the studio; writing and recording songs for the upcoming album. We have written 20 songs ot something at the moment and more will come. The creativity has never been at this level before, so we will continue the work a few more months before we go to mixing. What more to say? Well, our new management Flying Dolphin, with Mr. Chris Boltendahl in the lead, does a great job for us and we feel that the future looks very, very promising. In August we'll come up with a big surprise for you and then a new album and a great tour all across Europe."
The Chariot has posted a new song called "Never I" on their MySpace page. The song is off their upcoming album "Wars and Rumors of Wars," which will be released in stores and online May 5th.
Norwegian black metal band, Ragnarok, has revealed the tracklist of upcoming album, "Collectors Of The King," which is as follows:
02. Stabbed by the horns
03. Burning the earth
04. In honour of satan
05. Collectors of the king
06. Eternal Damnation
07. The ancient crown of glory
08. May madness hunt you down
09. Wisdom of perfection
10. Maze of the abyss (bonus track on vinyl version)
Seneca has announced the following tour dates with Within The Ruins (Victory Records):
w/ And Hell Followed With (Satatik factory Records):
05/22 - Bloomsburg PA @ Phillips Emporium
05/25 - Aurora IL @ Dougs Rockhouse
w/ Martyrdom (Mediaskare records):
05/28 - Twin Falls ID @ DAV Hall
Other Seneca tour dates are as follows:
05/29 - Richland WA @ Rays Golden Lion
05/30 - Spokane WA @ The Empryian
05/31 - Portland OR @ MT Tabor Legacy
06/01 - SeattleWA @ Studio Seven
06/02 - Klamath Falls OR @ Yesterdays Plaza
06/03 - Medford OR @ MusicHead
06/04 - Los Banos CA @ The Building
06/05 - Palmdale CA @ The Crossing
06/06 - Canoga Park CA @ Cobalt Cafe
06/07 - Las Vegas NV @ The Farm
06/08 - Mesa AZ @ Badlands Music Venue
06/10 - El Paso TX @ Chic's
06/11 - San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
06/12 - Waco TX @ Art Ambush
06/13 - Claremore OK @ The Tree Venue
06/14 - Springfield MO @ Billards Blue Room
06/15 - New Market TN @ New Market Gym
06/17 - Wheeling WV @ Yesterday's
06/19 - Rochester PA @ Blue Violet Cafe
06/20 - Clarks NJ @ Clark KOCh
New footage of Boston's Isis in the studio working on their new album "Wavering Radiant" has been made available online. The album itself is scheduled for a May 05th release date via Ipecac. It will be preceded by a 2xLP vinyl release via Ipecac on April 21st. Watch the video at this location. More...
Formed in May of 2008, THESE ARE THEY, a Chicago-based death metal band featuring vocalist Paul Kuhr (Novembers Doom), guitarist Steve Nicholson (ex-Novembers Doom), bassist Wiley Wells (Earthen) and drummer Sasha Horn (Trials), recorded their debut EP, 'Who Manifest.' Recorded, mixed and mastered at Belle City Sound with Chris Wisco. The EP will be released on May 12th via The End Records. THESE ARE THEY, are currently in the studio recording their debut full length, which will see a fall 2009 release also through THE END RECORDS. More...
Believer has posted two new songs from their latest album, "Gabriel," online. The songs, "Redshift" and "Medwton" are now streaming on their MySpace page. The band has also issued the following comments on the songs:
"Medwton was the first track to be heard from 'Gabriel' after an early, unmastered version was 'leaked' on Bam Margera's radio show." More...
Texan hard rock band, Anew Revolution, has issued the following update regarding the closing of their tour and beginning of writing their new album:
"So we end this final run for 'Rise' on high note with a writing/recording session with Producer Skidd Mills in Memphis, TN and it was an enlightening and eye-opening experience to say the least. Throughout this last headline tour we were anxious to start writing and recording the new album but ironically once we hit Memphis, we actually had a little writers block but with the help of Skidd he got the ball rolling on solid note. We wrote a song called 'Head against the wall' and let's just say it kills! Now we get to focus our time and energy this summer to continue what we started and write a killer record!! Expect a darker, more aggressive & intense album, and we will have alot more to say about everything going around us today. We also intend to include all of you in the process leading all the way to the release of album 2 (which we don't know when it will be released yet ;) we will reach out to you for feedback, suggestions and even through contests...so be attentive!" More...
Arkaea, the band featuring Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera, has completed worh on their debut album, "Years In Darkness" and plan to release the record on July 14th through E1 Music.
"We are truly proud of this record,” states Olde Wolbers. “Ironically half of the ARKAEA album consists of songs that were intended to be the next Fear Factory record."
The tracklisting is as follows:
2. Beneath the Shades of Grey
3. Years in the Darkness
4. Gone Tomorrow
6. Black Ocean
7. Break the Silence
8. Lucid Dreams
9. My Redemption
10. War Within
11. The World As One
12. Rise Today
13. Away From the Sun
British heavy metal legends Judas Priest has announced some more shows for their tour of North America. The tour will be a special treat for fans as they will be performing their classic album, "British Steel" in full. Joining them on the bill will be Whitesnake.
The tour dates are as follows:
June 29 - Murat Centre - Indianapolis, IN
July 1 - The Family Arena - St. Charles, MO
July 2 - Summerfest, Harley Davidson Stage - Milwaukee, WI
July 3 - Taste Of Minnesota at Harriet Island - St. Paul, MN
July 7 - Comcast Center - Mansfield, MA
July 8 - CMAC - Canandaigua, NY
July 9 - Molson Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON
July 11 - PNC Banks Arts Center - Holmdel, NJ
July 12 - Nikon At Jones Beach Theater - Wantagh, NY
July 14 - Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre - Cleveland, OH
July 15 - DTE Eneryg Music Theater - Clarkston, MI
July 17 - Moondance Jam 18 - Walker, MN
July 18 - Rockfest/Chippewa Valley Music - Cadott, WI
July 19 - Charter One Pavilion - Chicago, IL
July 21 - PNC Pavilion (Riverbend Music) - Cincinnati, OH
July 22 - Nashville Municipal Auditorium - Nashville, TN
July 24 - Verizon Wireless Theatre - Houston, TX
July 25 - Freeman Coliseum - San Antonio, TX
July 26 - Concrete Street Amphitheatre - Corpus Christi, TX
July 29 - California Mid-State Fair - Paso Robles, CA
July 31 - Sleep Train Pavilion - Concord, CA
August 1 - Sleep Train Amphitheatre - Marysville, CA
August 2 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Universal City, CA
August4 - SDSU OPen Air Theatre - San Diego, CA
August 5 - Pacific Amphitheatre - Oc Fair - Costa Mesa, CA
August 7 - Dodge Theater - Phoenix, AZ
August 8 - Thomas & Mack Center - Las Vegas, NV
August 10 Sandia casino - Albuquerque, NM
August 11 - Red Rock Amphitheatre - Morrison, CO
August 13 - Nokia Live Theater - Grand Prairie, TX
August 15 - St Augustine Amphitheatre - St. Augustine, FL
August 16 - St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, FL
August 17 - Seminole Hard Rock Arena - Hollywood, FL
August 19 - Germain Arena - Estero, FL
August 20 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre At Encore Park - Alpharetta, GA
August 22 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD
Rock Street Journal magazine, India, has released it's latest edition and has been made available at all major book stalls.
Free posters of India's Another Vertigo Rush and Them Clones are included along with the issue, which also includes features on bands such as Napalm Death, D.R.I., Bhayanak Maut.
Rock Street Journal (or RSJ) is a monthly magazine from India that has been covering the country's Rock Scene for the past 15 years.
Sumerian Black Metallers Melechesh are billed to headline Sandstorm Festival 2009 which will be held at the Chi Club, Dubai. This is also the first time ever the oriental Black Metallers will appearing for a performance in the Middle East.
Joining Melechesh on the 2nd of May, 2009 for the performance at the Chi Club will be extreme metallers, Bilocate from Jordan and Kaoteon from Lebanon.
For more information please visit the respective bands' official Myspace pages.
MMAWEEKLY.com just ran a feature with CHIMAIRA’s Frontman MARK HUNTER which went live on April 21, the same day as the band released their new album, "The Infection."
Hunter speaks about his passion for mixed martial arts, how it helps his on stage presence and his confidence. You can read the interview here.
CHIMAIRA is currently on the Music as a Weapon tour, alongside Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Lacuna Coil, Spineshank and more. The remaining dates on the tour can be seen below. More...