Metal News for April 28, 2008
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MASTER and ESTUARY will hit the road together in October. The first dates to be released are as follows:
October 19 - Boston, MA @ The Church w/ Sexcrement
October 26 - Hollywood, CA @ Knitting Factory
You can find more information on the tour online here.
Earlier this month Southern California metal/hardcore outfit Love Thyne added former Eighteen Visions and Throwdown member Keith Barney to their line-up on guitar. The group recently recorded some new demo material, which can be found online on the band's MySpace page.
US Air Guitar is entering their 6th anniversary with more cities, more air guitarists, more fans and more airness than any year in our history. Presented by TouchTunes, the 2008 tour will bring regional competition to 21 cities nationwide.
Regional city champs go to SF to compete in the US Finals in August. The US champion wins a free trip to Finland to represent Team USA in the Air Guitar World Championships!
Here are the dates and venues for this year's championships:
June 1 • South Hackensack NJ • School of Rock
June 3 • New York NY • Bowery Ballroom
June 4 • Washington DC • 9:30 Club
June 5 • Boston MA • Middle East
June 6 • Philadelphia PA • Theater of Living Arts
June 8 • Detroit MI • Magic Bag
June 9 • Cleveland OH • Grog Shop
June 10 • Pittsburgh PA • Mr. Smalls
June 12 • Chicago IL • Metro
June 13 • Minneapolis MN • Varsity Theater
June 14 • Des Moines IA • House of Bricks
June 17 • Aspen CO • Belly Up
June 18 • Denver CO • Bluebird Theater
June 20 • Salt Lake City UT • Avalon Theater
June 23 • Seattle WA • Chop Suey
June 24 • Portland OR • Dante's
June 25 • San Francisco CA • The Independent
June 26 • Los Angeles CA • Troubador
June 27 • Apline/SD CA • DreamCatcher Showroom
TBD • Austin TX
TBD • Dallas TX
TBD • Houston TX
TBD • Las Vegas
TBD • Brooklyn, NY
US FINALS • SAN FRANCISCO • The Grand Ballroom • August 8, 2008
The Eyes Of A Traitor has signed a record deal with Listenable Records. THE EYES OF A TRAITOR came together in the summer of 2006. Finding their feet and own sound; the band take influences from a wide variety or artists, ranging from to the melodic sensibilities of bands such a Misery Signals, to the technicality of heavier bands such as Necrophagist, fusing together to create something unexpected from a band with an average age of 17.
Let age be no boundary; After the bands first miniCD "By Sunset," released by UK label Thirty days of Night Records, that has been home of Gallows and Bring me the Horizon, THE EYES OF A TRAITOR have had 3 UK tours and one European tour in the pipeline, high merchandise sales and are tipped as one of the most talented bands in the UK scene.
THE EYES OF A TRAITOR will storm the music scene this 2008 with the new full length CD (currently unnamed) due to be released with internationally acclaimed LISTENABLE RECORDS in late 2008, combining powerful, melodic, heavy and technical sounds together; big things are expected in the year to come.
According to The Pulse of Radio, APOCALYPTICA has enlisted FUEL frontman Toryn Green to handle lead vocals on the remainder of the quartet's current North American tour, which began on April 11 and continues through mid-May. The group initially enlisted vocalist Johnny Andrews, who co-wrote the band's current single, "I'm Not Jesus", to sing on the trek, but Andrews has been replaced after just a handful of shows. In addition to "I'm Not Jesus", Andrews also co-wrote another track called "S.O.S. (Anything But Love)". Both tunes are from APOCALYPTICA's new album, "Worlds Collide", which arrived in stores in the U.S. on April 15.
Billboard.com reports that Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland is recording his second solo album with famed indie rock producer Steve Albini and plans to release it in November.
Ex-Velvet Revolver vocalist Weiland broke the news earlier this week on "The Howard Stern Show," during which No Doubt drummer Adrian Young called in to reveal he is also participating on the project.
According to Weiland's publicist, the as-yet-untitled solo set will be released on Weiland's Soft Drive label, with distribution through RED/Sony. It is unknown if Weiland's previously recorded collaboration with producer Pharrell Williams, "Happy," will appear on the album.
Weiland's solo debut, "12 Bar Blues," was released in 1998. "My music is a little bit different, obviously, than Velvet Revolver music," Weiland told Billboard in late 2006, when he proclaimed the solo album to be "three-quarters done." "It's a little bit more on the esoteric side."
As previously reported, Stone Temple Pilots will embark on an extensive reunion tour May 17 at Columbus, Ohio,'s Rock on the Range festival, and have tentative plans to hit the studio later this year.
This week’s episode of "UVTV’s Heavy Metal Podcast" continues our series of record label specials.This week’s featured label is CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS. Some of the bands highlighted on the show include DIVINE HERESY, HIMSA, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, and BEHEMOTH with live performances by STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, IN THIS MOMENT, NAPALM DEATH and GOD FORBID, just to name a few, in this video-packed episode.
Ann Arbor, Michigan hard rock band TAPROOT has set an August 5 release date through Velvet Hammer Music for the group's new album, entitled "Our Long Road Home."
TAPROOT recently posted a new song, entitled "You're Not Home Tonight," on the group's official blog.
Death metal band Allfader is currently recording a new album which will be released at an undetermined date on Osmose Productions. The album will be recorded without their guitar player Per Valla, with vocalist John Anderson taking over guitar duties.
John commented about his guitar work in the band and the sound of the new album "At first I was apprehensive about playing guitar while singing, but it has worked out incredibly well. Also, I feel I'm more in touch with the material when we write, and the writing process itself has been smoother than ever. We also did more shows in 2007 than the years 2001-2006 combined. So what are we up to at the moment? Well, we're currently recording our next album. The drums are done, and right now we're focusing on guitars. We're recording eight songs for the album with a total playing time around 50 minutes. The songs sound huge and they have a bit of a different vibe (to us, at least). We're focusing on groove, dynamics and solid arrangements. Heavier, less technical guitars but some awesome drumming."
Swedish black metallers Siebenbürgen have uploaded audio samples of three songs from their new album, entitled "Revelation VI". You can check out the tracks 'Grimheim', 'The Soulless' and 'In Sanctum' on the band's MySpace page at this location. "Revelation VI" is scheduled for release on May 30 via Massacre Records. The album was recorded at Studio 301 in Stockholm and Sonic Train in Varberg.
Pestilence is considered one of the most important icons of the technical metal scene. Known for mixing various influences, from thrash to jazz and fusion with classic death metal, the band became a legend a long time before their final split-up in 1993. Now, with the exclusive re-release of Pestilence's debut album "Malleus Malficarum", metal fans may once again witness the sheer genius of this truly unique formation.
The remastered version of Pestilence's "Malleus Maleficarum", digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc, will be re-released as a new digipak edition, limited to 2000 copies. It will be released by Metal Mind Productions on 19th May 2008 in Europe (except for Benelux) and on 8th July 2008 in USA (via MVD). The album's tracklist is as follows:
01. Malleus Maleficarum/Antropomrphia
03. Subordinate To The Domination
04. Extreme Unction
06. Chemo Therapy
07. Bacterial Surgery
08. Cycle Of Existence
09. Osculum Infame
10. Systematic Instruction
Candlemass' upcoming "Lucifer Rising" EP will reportedly be recorded in April with a scheduled September release through Nuclear Blast. The EP features a whole bunch of live tracks from their previous tour, plus two brand new tracks - "Lucifer Rising" and "The White God". The band has also announced that a brand new album will be recorded in Autumn for an estimated release in Spring, 2009. On top of that, Candlemass are going to re-release the following albums this year, on Snapper/Peaceville:
Chapter VI (1992): 31st March
Dactylis Glomerata (1998) + Abstrakt Algebra 2: 26th May
From the 13th Sun (1999) (bonus tracks "Oil", "Nimis", "Rock'n'roll"): 23rd June
Live (1990) (bonus cd audio disc Dynamo Open Air 88): 11th August
Sonic Syndicate are currently finishing work on their third album which will be thei second for label Nuclear Blast Records. The band's frontman Richard Sjunnesson posted this update:
“We're currently in the studio putting the last touches on our vocal tracks before the new album goes into the mixing process. Our new album is coming out very diverse and will hopefully have a little something for everyone once it's complete. We have managed to come up with the most solid songs in the history of SONIC SYNDICATE and we can't wait till the new album is released sometime after the summer.
The last 3 months have been amazing and on May 5th the good times will continue to roll when we start our upcoming North American tour supporting Scandinavian giants Nightwish. We've been big fans of Nightwish over the years so all of us are looking forward to sharing the same stage with them and hopefully take home tons of great memories.
We´re thrilled to get back to over to North America to kick up some dust, deliver quality gigs and do all sorts of crazy shit! See you soon!”
Bay Area thrashers HATCHET have posted two songs, "Sealed Fate" and "Awaiting Evil," off their upcoming debut album "Awaiting Evil" on MySpace page.
Awaiting Evil is due for release on May 30th of (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Italy) / May 26th of (rest of Europe) via Metal Blade Records.
The tracklisting for "Awaiting Evil" is as follows:
1. Darkening Skies
2. Frailty Of The Flesh
3. Sealed Fate
4. Frozen Hell
5. Attack Imminent
6. Morlocks Tomb
7. Storm The Gates
8. The Dead Will March
9. Awating Evil 05:46
Swedish modern / melodic death metallers SCAR SYMMETRY have just uploaded a studio video diary showing the recordings of their upcoming album, "Holographic Universe," which is set to be unleashed on June 20th through Nuclear Blast.
VIOLENT STORM, the band formed by ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/BLACKMORE'S NIGHT bassist Mick Cervino, has announced its new lineup which will be featured in the group's upcoming video. It is as follows:
Mick Cervino- Bass
Craig Swyger - Vocals
Dorian Vaz - Guitar
Rod Valente - Drums
VIOLENT STORM's latest album, "Storm Warning" was produced by JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing (his first production credit outside of PRIEST), and features guest appearances by Downing, Malmsteen and Roy Z (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON). The CD was released in the U.S. on July 17, 2007 via Gold Storm Records.
An October 2006 interview with Downing conducted by "Pandora's Rock Box" for U.K.'s Radio Caroline station about about his involvement with VIOLENT STORM is available for download in MP3 format at this location.
Italian gothic metallers GODYVA will tour the UK between the end of October and early November with Roman metallers 3RD ROOM.
The band's new album, "Planetarium," is available now via US label Razor Ice Records. It is distributed in Europe by Plastic Head.
The album was recorded at Jolly Roger Studios, Bari, Italy and mixed and mastered at Temple Of Noise studios, Rome, Italy by Christian Ice.
Mike Tarantino, growling singer from the brutal death metal band NATRON, performed vocals on the song 'Innocent' and Luca Bellanova (Starkiller Sound) had a reading performance on 'Mary In Blood'. More...
Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have announced select "off-night" U.S. headline dates this fall during their tour in support of NIGHTWISH.
The dates are on sale now exclusively through EnterTheVault.com until May 28 when they will be made available through all normal ticketing systems.
The confirmed "off-night" dates are as follows:
Aug 28 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Aug. 31 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Sep. 07 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Sep. 11 - Boise, ID @ The BIg Easy
Sep. 25 - Louisville, KY @ Uncle Pleasants
Sep. 28 - Rochester, NY @ Penny Arcade
Italian melodic power metallers VISION DIVINE, the brainchild of ex-LABYRINTH mastermind Olaf Thörsen, have issued the following statement:
"Michele Luppi is no longer singing with VISION DIVINE."
"Beside any speculation which could be done regarding the truth behind all this, we simply believe it was the right time to both make the right choice. We wish Michele all the best with his future and we thank him for the great time we had together."
"The new singer will be announced on May 1st."
"We'd like to specify that the band will respect any scheduled activity, and nothing will be delayed."
"Thanks for your support and see you soon on stage."
RUFFIANS, the reunited power metal band from the San Francisco Bay Area, has confirmed the following shows:
May 03 - The Kennel Club - Sacramento, CA
May 04 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA (w/ UFO)
The band has plans to release a limited-edition live album with two new studio tracks later this year before its next studio CD.
RUFFIANS' latest 11-track studio album, "Desert of Tears", is available in the U.S. on OSM Records and in Europe on Metal Heaven Records. A bonus video track, "Do or Die", is available on the OSM release. Also available exclusively through OSM Records is the double-disc "There & Back", which includes the band's critically acclaimed first EP titled "Ruffians" along with six live tracks from The Stone in San Francisco. These tracks feature the band's first singer Carl Albert before he went on to front VICIOUS RUMORS. The double disc also features '87 demo material, a video track from the band's Bang Your Head!!! festival 2004 appearance and photo gallery.
Finnish melodic metallers HELION have issued the following update:
"We're pleased to announce that the next HELION album will be known as 'Bad Dreams and Broken Shadows'. Mastering will take place soon and the projected release date has been set to end of the week: May 2nd."
"Bad Dreams and Broken Shadows" track listing:
02. Liquid Veil
03. Blood of Phoenix (with Markku Kivistö of Pain Confessor)
04. Tell No Tales
05. Broken Mirror
New York death metal band, The Famine, have posted a new song called "Scar The Earth" over at their MySpace page. The song is off their upcoming album "The Raven and The Reaping," available in stores and online May 27th.
German metallers Equilibrium have revealed the tracklist for the upcoming album "Sagas":
01. Prolog Auf Erden
03. Blut Im Auge
09. Die Weide Und Der Fluß
10. Des Sängers Fluch
11. Ruf In Den Wind
"Sagas" [cover art] will be released on 20th June via Nuclear Blast. Furthermore, "Sagas" will be released with a Bonus DVD with approx. 70 minutes of running time, featuring Equilibrium on and off stage.
Canadian metallers, Terror Syndrome, post the following update on their MySpace page:
"The album MP3's are up!"
"All the old Demo MP3's are gone and we've put up two album MP3's for your listening pleasure!"
"We've put a song up that has never been posted before, it's called 'For Your Amusement.' It's full on metal and sure to stir up quite a mosh pit for when we play live. We also put up a fan favorite 'Stupidity for All' which was a 'Demo Version MP3' we had up before. The most popular played 'Demo Versions' of our songs will be put back up with the album versions. We know you fans had favorite songs from the 'Demo Version MP3's,' don't worry, stay posted because we'll be announcing the release of the other songs soon. For now... check out 'For Your Amusement,' this song happens to be one of our favorite tunes and it's fun as hell to play when we rehearse, I personally can't wait to play it live!" More...
Voivod, Disturbed and Rev Theory are the latest additions to Montreal's two day festival, Heavy MTL. The full lineup is as follows:
June 21: IRON MAIDEN, TYPE O NEGATIVE, MASTODON, HAMMERFALL, HATEBREED, OVERKILL, 3 INCHES OF BLOOD, SYMPHONY X, UNEXPECT, LAUREN HARRIS, DETHKLOK and more.
June 22: MÖTLEY CRÜE, VOIVOD, ANTHRAX, DISTURBED, REV THEORY, 3 DAYS GRACE, SHADOWS FALL, PRIESTESS, DROWNING POOL and more.
Former SKID ROW singer SEBASTIAN BACH has confirmed more dates on the Angel Down 2008 Tour. Bach's upcoming itinerary is as follows:
20 - Sydney, Australia - Enmore Theatre
22 - Melbourne, Australia - Palace Theatre
23 - Gold Coast, Australia - Seagulls
24 - Brisbane, Australia - The Arena
27 - Perth, Australia - Burswood Theatre
29 - Adelaide, Australia - The Barton Theatre
30 - Canberra, Australia - Anu
31 - Newcastle, Australia - Panthers
4 - Oslo, Norway - Rockefeller
5 - Solvesborg, Sweden - Sweden Rock
6 - Tallinn Harjumaa, Estonia - The Old Monastery Yard
7 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air Festival
8 - Oulu, Finland - Teatria
July (with DOKKEN and POISON)
8 - Nashville, TN - Sommet Center
9 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
10 - Pryor, OK - Rocklahoma
11 - Walker, MN - Moondance Jam
12 - Madison, WI - Willow Island
13 - Columbus, OH - Schottenstein Center
15 - Peoria, IL Peoria - Civic Center *
18 - Morton, MN - Jackpot Junction Casino *
19 - Rockford, IL - MetroCentre *
20 - Pikeville, KY - Eastern KY Expo Center *
22 - Tampa, FLvFord Amphitheater
23 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater
26 - Birmingham, AL - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
27 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheater
29 - Uncasville, CTvMohegan Sun
30 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon @ Jones Beach Theater
31 - Washington, DCvNissan Pavilion
2 - Greenville, WI - Greenville Lions Park
3 - Chicago, ILvFMB Pavilion
7 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
8 - Hershey, PA - Hershey Park Pavilion
9 - Detroit, MI - Freedom Hill
10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion
12 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
14 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
15 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
16 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
17 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
22 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pearl
23 - Los Angeles, CA - Gibson Amphitheater
24 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
(with Poison only)
The true-power metal record label, Metallic Arch Angel Records, has put up a temporary Myspace page with clips from their second (and coming) release, "Baptized in Blood" - a "true metal" tribute to Lizzy Borden. The release date it set for the summer of 2008.
Here is the "Baptized in Blood" projected track listing:
01. DEADLY BLESSING – "Notorious"
02. CYPHER SEER - "Hell Is For Heroes"
03. STRONGHOLD - "Visions"
04. FAITH FACTOR - "American Metal"
05. OCTOBER 31 - "Give 'Em The Axe"
06. SOLEMNITY - "There Will Be Blood Tonight"
07. SILENCE - "Ultraviolence"
08. TOMMOROW'S OUTLOOK - "Red Rum"
09. LIGEIA - "Eyes Of A Stranger"
10. HOUNDS OF HELL - "Me Against The World"
Los Angeles, California-based thrashers MELTDOWN have entered Stage One Studios in Germany with producer Andy Classen (LEGION OF THE DAMNED, DEW-SCENTED, NEAERA, BELPHEGOR, ASPHYX) to begin recording their debut album, "Executioner", for an August release via Nuclear Blast Records.
Commented guitarist/vocalist Dan Wetmore: "Right now Adam [Haritan] is finishing up drum tracks and we're hoping to start recording rhythm as soon as possible! It's great to be working with someone like Andy Classen who has experience in recording metal. So far everything is sounding really brutal. When we're not pumping out tracks, we're fucking around and gorging ourselves on bier and nutella. Being in Germany kicks ass!" More...
Atlanta rap/metal pioneers STUCK MOJO have announced their first American tour dates of the year. In support of the band's "Southern Born Killers" album and a brand-new studio CD due later this year, STUCK MOJO will be headlining the following shows, with more to be announced very soon:
June 06 - Augusta, GA - Red Lion Pub
June 07 - Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero
June 09 - Huntington, WV - Monkey Bar
June 10 - Columbus, OH - C.B.R's Bar
June 11 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's Concert Club
June 12 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection Lounge
June 13 - Mokena, IL - The Pearl Room
June 19 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
June 20 - Raleigh, NC - Volume 11
June 21 - Columbia, SC - New Brooklyn Tavern
June 22 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm More...
The Bloodstock team has announced that Swedish true metal trio GRAND MAGUS have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2008.
Grand Magus were formed by vocalist Janne ‘JB’ Christoffersson and bassist Foxy who cut a couple of demos with drummer Fredrik ‘Trisse’ Liefvendahl before issuing a split 7" with Spiritual Beggars, who JB would later join. This secured them a deal with Rise Above who released their self-titled debut in 2001, follow-up "Monument" in 2003 and most recently "Wolf’s Return" in 2005. Trisse quit the band in 2006 and was replaced by Seb who will make his recording debut with the band on their as-yet-untitled fourth album which is due just in time for Bloodstock. Although the band’s sound has evolved over the years and they’ve often distanced themselves from the "stoner" tag, the combination of influences on "Wolf’s Return," taking in everything from Judas Priest to Candlemass, make them one of the best traditional metal acts to emerge in recent times.
ANOTHER ANIMAL — the band featuring GODSMACK members Tony Rombola on guitar, Robbie Merrill on bass and Shannon Larkin on drums — will release the second single from its self-titled debut album, "Fade Away," on May 13.
ANOTHER ANIMAL also includes original GODSMACK guitarist Lee Richards and former UGLY KID JOE frontman Whitfield Crane. Larkin told The Pulse of Radio that he personally wanted to bring Crane into the band to repay him for giving Larkin a job with UGLY KID JOE during the peak of that band's success. "He took me out of one of the darkest places in my life, when I was ready to just quit the music business," he said. "Well, Whit was in his own dark place, so I got to call him and say, 'Dude, guess what? I have this side project, so I'm offering you a chance now to be back on a major label and get your voice on the radio again. I was able to return a favor that was life-changing for me."
"Another Animal" has sold sold 23,000 copies in the United States since its October 2007 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
ANOTHER ANIMAL last year completed a U.S. tour with labelmates ALTER BRIDGE.
Fan-filmed video footage of ANOTHER ANIMAL performing the song "Broken Again" at the Irving Plaza in New York City on October 16, 2007 can be viewed below. More...
Daughters has recruited guitarist Jeff Worms, formerly of Tera Melos, to participate in their upcoming tour dates. Worms will be filling in for Daughters guitar player Gary Potter.
As previously reported, Daughter has just announced a month-long tour of the US with Russian Circles.
Russian "Avantgarde Dissocial Grind Core Scum Band" ANAL NOSOROG recenlty inked a deal for the release of their debut album "Condom of Hate" through Xtreem Music. This 20-song album was previously released in a very limited edition by the band themselves just for their shows & some russian maniacs, but now it'll be available worldwide.
The label states: "'Comdom of Hate' is perhaps one of the most innovative, cool and original Grindcore releases in the last years!! Blending several styles like Gore/ Grind, Death, Punk and even Thrash, this album features some of the most heavy, crushing and groovy Grindcore tunes that will make any listener to be addicted to this band in just one listening!! Lovers of bands like BLOOD DUSTER, C.B.T., AHUMADO GRANUJO, BRUJERIA, PUNGENT STENCH... will praise this new masterpiece that is going to become an imitated style in the coming years."
EMPTY DREAMS' new EP, "Winterfall's Symphony," which was released on April 13, can currently be downloaded freely from their web site through June 13. The promo/EP contains four tracks, which are as follows:
2. End Of My Dreams
3. Lost Souls Of Love
4. Como Estais Amigos an IRON MAIDEN cover version