Metal News for April 25, 2011
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Black metal band Goatwhore has won the award for the Best Metal Band at the Big Easy Awards sponsored by Gambit Magazine. Goatwhore beat out Arson Anthem and haarp, both on Phil Anselmo's Housecore Records. Goatwhore's drummer Zack Simmons and guitarist Sammy Duet accepted the award. The members of haarp and Arson Anthem were in attendance. Ryan Pomes, bassist of haarp, commented, "Goatwhore deserved it. Whoooo!!!!" This event was the 23rd annual ceremony held at Harrah's Casino on Canal Street in New Orleans, LA.
KYUSS LIVES!, the band featuring original KYUSS members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork along with guitarist Bruno Fevery, will unleash their desert rock fury on the U.S. for the first time in over 15 years this fall. The eagerly anticipated near total return of the California rock pioneers follows the blanket success of the group's sold out spring European tour, which has proven to be a feast of recognition for the band. Due to unprecedented demand, the legendary musicians have announced two very special U.S. shows to take place this fall in New York and California. Openers The Sword will get each evening started.
KYUSS LIVES! U.S. live dates:
September 23 New York, NY Terminal 5 (tickets HERE )
October 8 Pomona, CA The Fox Theater (tickets HERE)
Additional KYUSS LIVES! North American tour dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Vampires Everywhere! will be releasing "Kiss the Sun Goodbye" on May 17th, 2011. Now, the band has teamed with Bloody-Disgusting.com to launch a four-part video series which will lead-in to premieres of new music from "Kiss the Sun Goodbye." The first part in the series can be viewed below.
Mexican metal act Iscariothe is currently offering the band's entire "Black Beast" demo as a free download. You can download the tracks from the demo by heading over to this location, or you can listen to the opening track "Fedra (Pasion Violenta)" in the clip below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Fedra (Pasion Violenta)
3. Bestia Negra
4. Escupes Blanco
The street date for Pennsylvania-based traditional/doom metal warriors Argus' sophomore album, "Boldly Stride The Doomed" is now just over a week away. To celebrate the upcoming release, metal 'zine MetalReview.com is hosting a stream of the entire ten-song opus until its official North American release on May 3rd, via Cruz Del Sur Records.
1. Abandoning The Gates Of Byzantium
2. A Curse On The World
3. Wolves Of Dusk
4. The Ladder
7. Boldly Stride The Doomed
8. Fading Silver Light
9. Pieces Of Your Smile
10. The Ruins Of Ouroboros
U.K. death/thrash act Sylosis has gotten back into the ring and is ready for another fight with sophomore full-length album "Edge of the Earth." With loads of technical guitar work, aggressive death vocals, and even a few surprise right-hooks of melodic singing, Sylosis is going for a total knock-out in round two.
Talking on avoiding some of the pitfalls that befall metal bands as their sound progresses, vocalist/guitarist Josh Middleton stated "We definitely didn't feel the 'sophomore slump.' We were really excited and proud when we entered the studio and knew that we'd written a much better album. It's heavier, more thrash and old school yet at the same time bringing in some more mature progressive elements."
Josh also discusses playing the Sonisphere festival, hitting the road with Cavalera Conspiracy, and the album's concept of isolation and aging in the interview below. More...
Metal Injection has posted a video report from the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards black carpet. Some of the names featured in the report include Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Chris Jericho, Vince Neil, Volbeat, Asking Alexandria, Sebastian Bach, Machine Head, The Ozzy Osbourne Band, Suicide Silence, Anthrax, MMA Fighter Dan "The Outlaw" Hardy, and Sirius/XM radio personality Jose Mangin. The entire clip can be seen below.
Germany's Resurrected has issued the following announcement about working on an upcoming EP:
"Brutal new EP in the works! We did not state it earlier but we think it's time to make it public that we're working on a new EP which is yet untitled. We'll put some new stuff to the record, a re-recording of one of our older songs and a cover version."
More details on the track listing and release date have not yet been announced. In the mean time, you can also check out Resurrected's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
French act Wormfood has posted a cover version of Type O Negative's "Christian Woman" online, which can be heard in the video clip below. The song features guest appearances by Arno Strobl (Carnival in Coal, Kroak, Maladaptive) and Asphodel (Pin-up Went Down), and was recorded at Walnut Groove Studio by producer Axel Wursthorn.
Although Wormfood was not involved with the project, Metalunderground.com also recently released a digital-only Peter Steele tribute album, with details available at this location.
Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we take a look at three bands that haven’t had a chance to make as big an impact in the music scene as they should. Whether due to lack of label support, remote location, or just simple obscurity, there are many bands in the underground well worth the time of any serious metal fan.
Rather than looking at three bands in the same region or connected by a similar style, this week we’re delving into three groups that are all relatively unknown side projects of Norwegian prodigy Ihsahn. Probably best known for his work in black metal legion Emperor (which was covered as part of our “Black Metal History Month” at this location), Ihsahn has since headed out on his own to release three solo albums. But before the stage handle Ihsahn was a name known by itself, Vegard Sverre Tveitan was involved in many different projects ranging from freezing cold black metal to the entirely symphonic and even into more bizarre territory with sounds rarely, if ever, heard elsewhere.
After releasing his first solo album “The Adversary,” Ihsahn took a year off to work with other acts and continue to write new music. As black metal fans took in his new solo direction and decided if it stood up to the Emperor material, the musician looked to an entirely unexpected source for his latest collaboration. Teaming up with Norwegian hardingfiddle player Knut Buen, the Hardingrock project was born.
Heading in a vastly different direction than would be expected, Hardingrock’s only album “Grimen” (reviewed here) mixes fiddle heavy folk music, keyboards courtesy of Ihsahn’s wife, spoken word segments provided solely in the Nynorsk dialect, and yes, even some blistering black metal screams. If you are willing to try something vastly different than the standard fare, head over to the band’s MySpace page or checkout the songs “Fanitullen,” “Faens Marsj,” or “Daudingen” in the clips below.
Oakland, California extreme metallers All Shall Perish have announced "This Is Where It Ends" as the title of their fourth full-length record and follow up to their 2008 release "Awaken the Dreamers."
The majority of "This Is Where It Ends" was recorded and mixed once again at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland with producer Zack Ohren. Look for the album on sale both physically and digitally on July 26th (North America) and July 29th (Europe).
You can also check out the band's latest studio video update by heading over to this location.
NightShade is currently streaming the band's entire new album "Lost In Motion" online. You can listen to the album by heading over to the AOL Music website. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Unleash the Rage
3. Winner (Or Not)
4. Lose Your Friends
5. The Depths of Memory
6. A Dream. A Choice. A War.
7. Final Crop
8. If You Don't Have a Pawn in Your Game, You're Guaranteed to Fail
9. You Can't See Through My Eyes
Agoraphobic Nosebleed has teamed up with Metalinjection.net to release the music video for "Miscommunication," which comes off the band’s upcoming split "And On And On…" with Despise You. "And On And On…" is set for release on April 26th and the band also recently posted several songs from the split online.
Book of Black Earth is set to release the new album "The Cold Testament" on May 24th, 2011. The band has now posted a video look into the recording process, which can be viewed below. You can also check out the cover artwork and information on the band streaming a new song from the album at this location.
Dallas, Texas based progressive metal band Nociceptor, which features in its ranks Threat Signal guitarist Travis Montgomery, has signed to Pivotal Rockordings. The band will officially release its debut EP “Among Insects” via all major digital retailers in May. The EP was produced by Montogomery himself at his home studio in Dallas. The artwork can be viewed below track listing is as follows:
2. The Fell
8. Angus McGillicuddy
Italian metal act Adespit has posted a clip online of the band performing the song "Behind Enemy Lies," which can be viewed in the player below. Additional details on Adespit and more music from the band is available for streaming through the act's official Facebook page here.
New Jersey's Fractured has posted three songs online from the band's new EP. You can check out the songs "Clockwork," "Down in Flames," and "Travis the Chimp" by heading over to the Fractured Reverb Nation page.
Fractured also commented on the band's history:
"Fractured is a Metal/Thrash/Hardcore band from New Jersey. We've been around since December 2010, and are here to play you guys some heavy fucking music.
"Fractured consists of Tyler Papastefanou (Vox), Ed Azares (Bass), Steve Hulse (Drums), and Douglas Cleary (Guitar). We have just released our first E.P. be sure to check it out!"
Atlanta sludge act Sons of Tonatiuh is currently streaming the band's entire self-titled album online. You can check out all eight tracks from the 2010 release through the group's Bandcamp page.
Sons of Tonatiuh also recently posted the following brief statement about seeking fan input on the band's next album: "In the process of coming up with album cover concepts for our next release... Got sum ideas you think we should use?" Fans can share their input at the band's Facebook page.
The self-titled album's track listing is as follows:
1. To the Throne
2. Den of Thieves
4. Adam and Evil
5. Chain Up the Masses
7. From Ashes
8. The Artifact
Norwegian act Above Symmetry, which recently changed the band's name from Aspera, has now re-issued the "Ripples" album under the new band title. The entire "Ripples" album is also currently available for streaming through AOL Music at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
3. Do I Dare?
5. Between Black & White
6. Catatonic Coma
7. Torn Apart
8. Traces Inside
10. The Purpose
Dream Theater has posted a 20 minute documentary clip online discussing the departure of drummer Mike Portnoy and showcasing several of the people of the auditioned for the vacant position. You can check out the documentary at this location (spoiler: they still don't reveal who it is). The band also commented:
"Hi Everyone, we wanted to take a minute to thank all of you who signed up and watched the trailer on Thursday. This is an incredibly exciting time for all of us and we know that the anticipation has been, well, uncomfortable to say the least!
"Over the next few days we hope that you will enjoy this very special documentary we've put together which literally invites everyone into the rehearsal room during the audition process and ultimately reveals who we chose as the new drummer in Dream Theater.
"This is unlike anything we've ever done before and we felt that this would be a unique way of sharing our experience with all of you as a sincere thank you to everyone who has listened to, believed in and supported DT throughout the years.
"Beyond all the drama and presentation, it always comes back to the thing that unites us all: our common passion to create, perform and listen to great music! To that end we are in the studio working hard on our next album and can't wait to deliver it to the world and to see all of our friends on tour. Until then, please go to Roadrunner's YouTube channel to begin watching the documentary now!"
Devolved has issued the following statement about a tribute act, featuring some of the band's previous members, playing live shows in Australia:
"A 'Technologies Tribute Band' will be playing a handful of one-off live dates in Australia in May & June to commemorate the Devolved 'Technologies' anniversary. The band features some X-members of Devolved and will be playing songs from the debut album only. The tribute has no affiliation with the current band led by founding member and drummer John Sankey, based in Los Angeles. John will NOT be performing with the tribute in Australia since Devolved themselves are planning tour dates in the USA following the release of the new album, 'Oblivion' on May 24th."
Sankey also stated, "It is an honor that some of the old band members are playing tribute to the album where we originally started the band in Australia. It would have been cool to reform the entire original line-up but unfortunately I have commitments with Devolved here in America to promote and tour for the World-wide release of our new cd 'Oblivion'. Myself and the other current members of Devolved wish the guys all the best with the tribute shows and hope fans will go check it out!"
Devolved has commemorated the 10 year release of the band's debut album "Technologies" by re-releasing a remixed and remastered version of the CD exclusively online. It is available now on iTunes and will be available for download on all other major digital distribution stores and websites including Amazon, Napster, and many more in the coming weeks.
The album has been remixed by producer/engineer Neil Kernon (Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Deicide) and Remastered by Alan Douches (Sepultura, Unearth, Hatebreed) and also features new cover art and previously unreleased bonus tracks.
Lost In Thought recently signed to Inner Wound Recordings for the release of the band's upcoming album "Opus Arise." The new album will see release worldwide on April 29th, 2011.
The band is now streaming a new song off the album, titled "Blood Red Diamond." You can check out the song by heading over to the official Lost in Thought Facebook page here. The "Opus Arise" track listing is as follows:
1. Beyond The Flames
3. Blood Red Diamond
4. Seek To Find
5. New Times Awaken
6. Delusional Abyss
7. Lost In Thoughts
8. Assimilate, Destroy
Sweden's Deranged will be releasing the new album "Cut, Carve, Rip, Serve" through Sevared Records in May, 2011. The band has now posted a teaser for the album online, which can be found in the player below.
Titles to appear on the album include "Workshed Slaughter," "Slay and Grind," "Limbless Slave," "Savage Hacksaw Castration," "Depraved and Zombified," "Blood on Pale Hands," and "Razorsharp Decapitation."
The "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax — performed on the same stage in the United States yesterday (Saturday, April 23rd) at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California in front of a capacity crowd of more than 50,000 fans. Members of Anthrax, Slayer, and Megadeth joined Metallica on stage for a cover of Diamond Head's "Am I Evil?" You can check out footage of the band performing in the two clips below, or view photos and the set list at this location.
Omega Lithium will be releasing the new album "Kinetik" on May 27th (EU) and June 7th (North America). The band has now posted the title track online, which can be heard in the player below. Omega Lithium also commented:
"For those of you, who have been waiting to hear the title track 'Kinetik' from the album of the same name, you can do it now on Youtube, Vampirefreaks and Myspace. 'Kinetik' is about love, struggle and redemption. It is a classic fairy tale served in the manner of Omega Lithium. A tale about a machine/android that starts to dream, starts to feel emotion under it's mechanical chest!"
The previously uploaded music video for the new song "Dance With Me" is also available by heading here.
Aggressive Disorder, which recent re-recruited bassist Dan Quinn, has checked in with the following update about writing new material:
"Hey you metal heads! A quick update from A.D…… The band has been hard at work on the album, Dan has been the extra push we needed. Just him being back here has got both of us more into what we are doing as far as the creative process, and the chance to get some shows in is a good possibility.
"We have a little more time to write the album, (Thats always a great thing ) but when Dan came back in, he threw some old material at us, and we had a blast playing it. Stuff we haven't done in a long time.
"So we are thinking of getting out there and having some fun with the old, as well as hitting you all with the new. The band's sound is redefined, heavier, and all around more powerful. If you come out to the shows, you will hear and feel the difference. We never disappointed live, and we don't intend to start now.
"Also……. We recently have added a new feature on our MySpace page, 'Demand It' lets you - the fan- sign up and get us to come to your town. Yep…it basically gives you guys the say on where we are going to go when we head out and do a string of shows/mini tour in support of the new release when it's out.
"So click on that link, sign up, tell your friends to sign up, and get us to come to your town! Look for more updates soon. Stay heavy! Show your horns!"
Canada’s Annex Theory, which features in its ranks former Quo Vadis vocalist Trevor Birnie, has signed to Pivotal Rockordings. The band will release its debut EP, “Beneath the Skin,” in May via all major digital retailers. “Beneath the Skin” was produced and mixed by Carlin “Lemon” Heibert, cousin of Comeback Kid guitarist Jeremy Heibert, and was mastered by Tesseract guitarist Acle Kahney. The EP will see a worldwide digital release in May, while physical copies will be made available exclusively through the band.
The track listing for “Beneath the Skin” is as follows:
1. Beneath the Skin
2. Event Horizon
Last month, the band revealed the artwork for the EP, which was designed by drummer Adam Jefkins—who had also previously wrapped up assisting in costume design for the 2011 feature length film “Goon,” starring Seann William Scott (American Pie, Role Models) and Jay Bruchel (How To Train Your Dragon, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Tropic Thunder).
The band will tour Canada in August supporting progressive death metallers LAIKA. Tour dates are as follows:
August 11th – Winnipeg, Manitoba – The Royal Albert Arms
August 12th – Thunder Bay, Ontario – Kilroy’s
August 14th – Toronto, Ontario – Blue Moon
August 15th – Windsor, Ontario – Coach and horses
August 17th – Montreal, Quebec – Katacombes
August 20th – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Coconut Grove
August 23th – Quebec City, Quebec – Bar Octobre
August 24th – Ottawa, Ontario – Cafe Dekcuf
August 25th – Sault ste. Marie, Ontario – The Rosie
August 27th – Thunder Bay, Ontario – Kilroy’s
In the meantime, you can check out some of Annex Theory's music on the band's MySpace page.
Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne has posted some backstage footage from his recent concert appearance in Lima, Peru. You can view the footage in the player below.
Backstage and performance video has been posted online featuring Gene Hoglan's recent Inferno Festival appearance performing for Forbidden. Hoglan is filling in for Forbidden's drummer Mark Hernandez, who was forced to sit out the band's appearances at Norway's Inferno and Metropole Ruhr Festival in Germany. You can view the footage in the player below.
Symphonic metallers Kamelot have posted a new tour video online taken during its recent stop in Amsterdam. You can view the footage in the player below.
Armed For Apocalypse has posted the following update online, detailing the progress of its forthcoming new album;
"To those who are wondering: We will track the rest of the new album starting May 18th here in Chico, CA. We have already tracked most of the drums, and we’ve been working on a couple of brand new songs to add to this thing. Thanks for being patient with us as we put together what is sure to be the awesomest, most brutal album any of us have ever been a part of! More news soon."