Metal News for April 25, 2009
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14 news articles posted on this day.
Spending the better part of two years away from the scene they helped grow in the late 1990s and early 2000s, fusion metal band Alarum has announced that they have an album on the way and will once again return to the stage in their home state of Victoria.
After a one-off jaunt to Europe for ProgPower 2008 (playing alongside Cynic and Zero Hour among many others) and supporting Death Angel and Armored Saint in Melbourne earlier this year, Alarum will hit the stage with Ne Obliviscaris for two shows in Melbourne and Geelong in May.
Joining them in Geelong on Friday, May 22nd will be A Fallen Theory and symphonic black metallers Veil Of Anguish at the Barwon Club.
In Melbourne, Canberra's Aeon of Horus, local post-metal wizards Mushroom Giant and House of Thumbs get involved at the Esplanade Hotel's Gershwin Room on Saturday, May 23rd.
Following that, in September Alarum will travel to Adelaide for the fifth instalment of the Against The Grain festival with Alchemist, Mournful Congregation, LORD, 'neath and many more at Fowlers Live.
Their upcoming third album, "Natural Causes," is currently in the pre-production stage and will be recorded for a hopeful 2009 release.
The New York Post is reporting that Sebastian Bach of Skid Row fame, DMX and Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss will will join the cast of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab on the show’s third season.
Celebrity Rehab stars Dr. Drew (host of the syndicated radio show Loveline) and different celebrities each season. The show tracks the stars through 21 days of detoxification, treatment and group therapy at a residence in the Los Angeles area.
Latimes.com is reporting:
The daily ritual is always the same: nine guys kneeling around a pile of money in Studio B at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, shouting, cheering and moaning as a pair of dice rolls across the carpet, delivering moments of euphoria and defeat. The members of ALICE IN CHAINS are among the group, briefly distracted from their final week of sessions for the band's first album of new material in nearly 14 years. Against the wall is an impressive row of vintage electric and acoustic guitars. Incense is burning and a U.S. flag hangs over a sound partition. But for the moment, the rock will have to wait.
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell looks up from his pile of cash and smiles. "Compared to how we used to have fun," he says, "this is pretty tame." The low-stakes game is Left, Center, Right, and many $5 bills change hands before it's over. The day's winner is producer Nick Raskulinecz, laughing now as drummer Sean Kinney grumbles something about the man's take of "two hundred bucks in the last two games."
The real challenge is still ahead, as the three surviving members of Alice in Chains - Cantrell, Kinney and bassist Mike Inez - work to complete new songs as a band for the first time since the death of singer Layne Staley from a heroin and cocaine overdose in 2002 at the age of 34. Their album, still untitled and set for release mid-September on Virgin/EMI, will be another case study of a major group continuing after the loss of a key member. AC/DC managed the transition successfully back in 1980, while others have failed to match their earlier triumphs, including INXS (whose search for a new singer was turned into a 2005 reality TV show) and classic rock acts QUEEN and THE DOORS.
"I don't think we ever intended to do anything," says Cantrell, 43, his thick, blond beard marking the months of preparation and recording that has gone into the new album. "With the passing of Layne, all possibility of that went out the window, probably in my mind and everyone else's too."
Municipal Waste have been thrashing their asses off for 9 years now. A new album is on the way in August, and it's said to be "Massive Aggressive." I had the privilege of talking to frontman Tony Foresta in Lafayette, LA. He had just come back from trying crawfish for the first time, which he thoroughly enjoyed. More...
Kamelot will enter the studio this June 2009 to record the follow-up to the blockbust CD "Ghost Opera," which spawned 4 high incredible videos, 100+ concerts in more than 22 countries and many sold out shows. Once again enlisting producers Sascha Paeth and Miro, the band plans to use studios in Germany, Norway and the USA for this next massive production. Kamelot's final concerts of 2009 will take place this Summer, including an appearance at the Sonisphere Festival with Metallica in Nijmegen, Netherlands.
Kamelot's video producers ICode have uploaded the HD versions of the videos "Ghost Opera," "The Human Stain" and "Rule the World." Click here for access.
Upcoming Kamelot shows:
May 22 Trondheim, NO - Trondheim Rock Fæst
May 23 Elverum, NO - Norsk Skogmuseum
Jun. 05 Sölvesborg, SE - Sweden Rock Festival
Jun. 07 Tampere, FI - Sauna Open Air Metal Festival
Jun. 18 Frankfurt, DE - Batschkapp
Jun. 19 Bochum, DE - Zeche
Jun. 20 Nijmegen, NL - Sonisphere Festival
Mar. 26, 2010 Tilburg, NL - 013
US metal band, NACHTMYSTIUM, has issued the following update regarding their upcoming tour with Pentagram:
"It is with much honor to announce our upcoming mini-tour with US rock/doom legends PENTAGRAM! The tour kicks off right here in our neighborhood in Chicago and will take us to the West Coast and then down to Texas for six exclusive performances with this very influential band that's been around for nearly four decades in one form or another!" More...
Revolver's Full Metal Jackie recently interviewed Lifetime Achievement award-winner Ozzy Osbourne backstage at the Revolver Golden Gods. Ozzy talks about his new album, Slash, Ozzfest, and heavy music in under three minutes. You can watch the video here.
Sweden's Apostasy has issued the following update about the recording of their new album:
"We sat up for recordings around 7 pm earlier today and Fredric nailed 2 songs in something like 3 hours or so. And it sounds so fucking good... It really feels awesome to be this confident in the upcoming material. We really think that we will blow you all away... As soon as there is a good pre mix done we hope to be able to share some stuff with you!"
Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine, has checked in with the following recording update:
"It has been one month since I got home from the Priest Feast! And in that time, we have unpacked, repacked for Germany, unpacked, repacked for Anaheim, unpacked, went into the studio and started writing and recording guitar and vocals.
"I have sang and played guitar, we have edited several songs from the block of music each song initially was, into new and individual arrangements on each song. I have played electric, and did rhythm only so far.
"Chris [Broderick] has played almost everyday, for all day once I grow tired, and he has played electric and acoustic. I went into the room that he was isolated in and he had his special little foot stand for his acoustic in the room and I said, 'Wassup Estoban!' (or whatever that dudes name is).
"I have sang seven songs and with the instrumental track equally eight, there is only three more songs to sing and the vocals are done for the Domestic release. I will need to add one more song for the Japanese release. I also need to have a B-song, and I am trying to salvage a song that we opted against for this record. This was song that Shawn [Drover] wrote and I just didn't like it. I opted to not do it; and then I started to get another idea, like I told them, and to let me see what i come up with.
"Well, Andy [Sneap] and I have come up with something that I think is better, and I will just have to wait and see.
"I have to get going to get to the studio on time, and its also getting close to the time that we are going to officially announce the tour dates coming up next. Stay tuned for more, and check out my number for TheLIVELine.com."
The new Megadeth album is expected to be released in September.
Throne of Malediction has posted a mini-documentary of their recent show in Seattle, Washington. The video can be viewed below. More...
Hydra Head Records have announced that they will be releasing the upcoming Xasthur album, titled "All Reflections Drained," on May 26th.
The album's track listing will be as follows:
1. Dirge Forsaken (5:42)
2. Maze of Oppression (5:16)
3. Achieve Emptiness Part II (4:59)
4. Masquerade of Incisions (15:53)
5. Damage Your Soul (4:53)
6. Inner Sanctum Surveillance (7:03)
7. Obfuscated in Oblivion (5:26)
8. All Reflections Drained (7:58)
The Mountains of Death Festival 2009 will take place from August 21st - 22nd in Muotathal, Switzerland. The currently confirmed line-up will be as follows:
Beneath the Massacre
Female Nose Breaker
Texas metallers Aska have announced the following tour dates in Germany and the US:
4/26 Die Halle - Frankfurt, Germany Frankfurt, Hessen
6/5 Warriors Of Metal Fest II - Chillicothe, Ohio
6/6 Skillman Street Pub Dallas, Texas
6/9 Rocklahoma III - Pryor, Oklahoma Pryor, Oklahoma
Herod has issued the following statement about signing to Dark Harvest Records:
"Buffalo NY power/thrash metal band Herod is proud to announce that Dark Harvest Records will release the bands’ upcoming CDEP. 'Curse of the King' is the first new material from Herod in almost three years. The CDEP includes four new Herod tracks that will be exclusive to the release as well as a cover track. Expect a June 2009 release, as well as upcoming tour dates.
"The CD was recorded with Mike Hatalak from the band It Dies Today (Trustkill Records) @ DWS Studios in Niagara Falls NY, with assistance from former Herod vocalist Judah Nero. Hatalak previously recorded Herod’s 2004 opus 'For Whom the God’s Would Destroy.' Artwork will once again be handled by Rob Antonucci @Luchador Media.
"During Herod’s down-time between records, members formed/performed/toured with bands such as Face the Panic (Reaper Records), Sons of Azrael (Ironclad Records), as well as the Red Badge."
Dark Harvest also commented on the signing:
"All of us here at DHR are honored to have Herod as a part of the label. We have been fans of the band ourselves for years and to have them now as one of our artists just gives us the drive to take it to another level in the industry! We are all musicians here and work with our artists as partners, friends, and brothers, we are excited to be the choice for Herod on this release and look forward to working with them."