Metal News for April 28, 2009
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Vancouver's A Textbook Tragedy have released a new track, entitled "White Lightning," from their forthcoming E.P. "Rain City State Of Mind" on their MySpace page. "Rain City..." solidifies the band's reputation as a technically inclined force while adding a much more trashy and fun feel to these new songs. Guitarist and vocalist Kai Turmann goes on to add "...it's our best work to date, we're so stoked!"
Karnivool have released the first taste of new music of their upcoming sophomore album. A new song entitled "Set Fire To The Hive" can be heard on the band's Myspace. The track appears on the band's upcoming new album, "Sound Awake".
“Razor,” the new album from Dutch blackened thrash/death metal band, ONHEIL, is set to be released on the 15th of May. This will be the first effort in 6 years will be released worldwide by German metal label Cyclone Empire.
The album has been recorded in the Final Focus Studios and has been produced by Bart Hennephof (TEXTURES, BRUTUS) and Yuma van Eekelen (THE NEW DOMINION, BRUTUS). It are the first songs that are recorded in the new line-up, that was started in 2007, featuring two leadvocalists and three guitarists. Onheil's unique musicstyle is often referred to as “Black Metal Iron Maiden.” More...
Ascendance Records has posted the following statement regarding the new album "The Clouds of Northland Thunder" from AMBERIAN DAWN:
"Ascendance is proud to announce the release date of the 29th June for the new album "The Clouds of Northland Thunder" from the Finnish metal sensation Amberian Dawn!
"The Clouds of Northland Thunder" sees the band taking a slightly more aggressive approach in terms of speed, but never forgetting the strong choruses and hook lines integral to the overall sound. The musicality is taken up another notch, with all musicians at the top of their craft. The band's live performances have proved that the band are more than able to hold their own against the biggest names in the scene, with Heidi Parviainen flawless soprano singing proving her to be amongst the most accomplished vocalists out there.
Keyboard / guitar player Tuomas Seppälä is the musical composer and vocalist Heidi Parviainen adds the finishing touch to the songs with her lyrics. Kasperi Heikkinen plays second guitar, Tommi Kuri bass and Joonas Pykälä-aho is on the drums. Emil Pohjalainen joined Amberian Dawn on guitar after this album was recorded.
This is a great album from a confident band playing at the top of their game and one sure to build on the success of the début in every respect. With shows already booked for the Sweden Rocks and Belgium's MFVF festival with much more on the way, 2009 will see the band rising ever upwards."
To give you a taste of their upcoming debut album featuring Ares [ex Moonspell, Deepskin], Dikk [ex-Deepskin] and Ruby Roque on vocals, WITCHBREED has posted a teaser trailer for "Heretic Rapture" online for viewing.
The album is set to be released on 29th June, and the album can already be pre-ordered. More...
Mastodon has announced the following UK headlining tour dates:
06/05 - Sheffield @ Corporation
06/06 – Manchester @ Academy 2
06/07 – Glasgow @ ABC
06/09 – London @ Islington Academy
The Bloodstock Open Air webpage has posted the folliwng announcement:
"The Bloodstock team are delighted to announce that industrial metal pioneers FEAR FACTORY have been added to the bill for Bloodstock Open Air 2009.
Returning axeman Dino Cazares joins vocalist Burton C. Bell, bassist Byron Stroud and drum legend Gene Hoglan for a bulldozing Bloodstock performance!"
This addition to the bill will add to the following acts that are already scheduled to play at the festival:
AMON AMARTH, APOCALYPTICA, ARCH ENEMY, BATTLELORE, BLIND GUARDIAN, CANDLEMASS, CARCASS, CRADLE OF FILTH, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, ENSLAVED, EQUILIBRIUM, EUROPE, FEAR FACTORY, GIRLSCHOOL, GWAR, KATATONIA, KREATOR, MILLION DOLLAR RELOAD, MOONSPELL, MUNICIPAL WASTE, SATYRICON, SAXON, TURISAS, THE HAUNTED, SABATON ...plus more to be announced.
To view more details about the festival, visit the official Bloodstock Open Air Festival website here
Panoptic Records is proud to announce the signing of Montreal battalion WARCALL. The quartet plays a mixture of death-black and thrash metal in the style of DISSECTION, AT THE GATES and ENSIFERUM. The outfits’ debut album, "Demonarchy," presents 11 songs of pure war metal that will rally the troops with its epic leads, striking vocals and enthralling rhythms.
Georgia's The Chariot has posted a new song, "Giveth," on their MySpace page. The song is off their album "Wars and Rumors of Wars," which will be released on May 5th through Solid State Records. The band has also posted the music video for "Daggers" on their MySpace page. More...
PRIMAL FEAR have scheduled the following summer dates in support of the forthcoming release of the new album “16.6. (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead):"
06/13 – Mainz, Germany – Festival
06/27 – Zaragoza, Spain - Metalway Festival
07/18 - Debant, Austria - Night Of Rock
07/25 – Ostrava, Czech Rep. - Unholy Festival
08/05 - Mexico City, Mexico
08/07 - Santiago, Chile
08/08 - Buenos Aires, Argentina
08/09 - Sao Paulo, Brazil
08/20 - Bucharest, Romania - Rock City Festival
09/07 - St. Paul, MN, USA
09/08 - Los Angeles CA, USA
09/09 - Springfield VA, USA
09/10 – Atlanta, GA, USA - ProgPower X Festival
09/12 – New York NY USA
09/13 – Montreal, QUE Canada - Montreal
09/26 – Dudley, UK Metalfest - JBs
PRIMAL FEAR's new album, "16.6. (Before The Devil Knows You're Dead)", will be released in Europe on May 22, Japan on May 29 (on King Records) and in the U.S. on June 9 via Frontiers Records.
Bay Area Thrash Legends TESTAMENT has announced a METAL HAMMER-sponsored UK tour, hot off the heels of their support stint with Judas Priest and exclusive show in London where the band played their first two albums in their entirety.
Guitarists Alex Skolnik and Eric Peterson are looking forward to the band’s return. Says Alex: “It was so nice to hear that we have a whole week of July dates in the UK, one of our favourite places with some of the best fans. In earlier years, with the exception of London, we somehow never had the opportunity to do proper tours of the region. Now, it feels we're experiencing a rebirth there and it's good to be able to make up for lost time. Looking forward to a week of great shows in the UK with good friends, witty humor and lots of curries, ales and pasties.” More...
Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about signing down temp black metallers Culted:
"Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Culted.
Culted (Michael Klassen, Matthew Friesen, Kevin Stevenson and Daniel Jansson (KEPLERS ODD, DEADWOOD)) have recently completed work their debut album, Below The Thunders Of The Upper Deep, which will see its international release this July. Demo tracks taken from Below The Thunders Of The Upper Deep, “Social Control” and a sample of “Gunburn”, can be heard online now via the Culted MySpace page.
"Culted formed two years ago via an internet friendship between musicians with shared interests in bands like KHANATE, SUNN 0))), and ELECTRIC WIZARD. A truly collaborative effort across international lines, CULTED vocalist Daniel Jansson lives in Gothenburg, Sweden while the rest of the band resides across rural Canada. Below The Thunders Of The Upper Deep was written with out all four members ever having been in the same room nor ever spoken in real time."
Jansson also commented on the new project:
“I really wanted to get back into metal again after only doing Industrial music for about two years, and the initial guitar tracks just blew me away. I really heard a will to experiment and create some really dark oppressive tunes."
Finnish metallers Evemaster have issued the following recording update:
"A small update from EVE-camp.
"Last weekend me and Jarno went to Drop Hammer studios again and reamped the guitars I had played for the album at my own Barrow Studio. Check here for more information. I will be making another episode for the video diary about the guitar recording and re-amping soon.
"In the meantime enjoy the newest episode with lots of BASSism. This is Ville (from Moonsorrow) Show (can be viewed below). I also added a bit better sounding sound clip at the end of the video. Enjoy and comment!
"Now everything else except synths are recorded for the album. I will transfer the material to Dan (swanö) for mixing and mastering (and for adding some clean vocal lines by The Master himself!) in mid-May. Seems that the album will be done after all... Yeah!
Norwegian black metallers 1349 have posted an e-card online for their upcoming album "Revelations of the Black Flame." The e-card can be found here.
The track listing for "Revelations of the Black Flame" will be as follows:
2. Serpentine Sibilance
4. Maggot Fetus...Teeth Like Thorns
7. Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun
9. At the Gate...
Finnish band Amoral is currently streaming the entire new album "Show Your Colors" online. The songs can be heard on the band's MySpace page. "Show Your Colors" is set to be released on May 6th in Finland, May 11th in the UK, and June 9th in North America.
Starofash has issued the following update about the upcoming release of the soundtrack to the Irish movie Ulterior:
"Mnemosyne Productions are releasing 300 hand-numbered special edition CD’s with the soundtrack by Heidi Solberg Tveitan/Starofash for the Irish film Ulterior. The high-end minimalist design is done by many times over award winning designer Ritxi Ostáriz. To ensure top quality every step of the way, we have used two different printers in two different countries (Spain and Germany). This is a pilot project for us at Mnemosyne, as this will be the first release printed by us.
"The overall soundtrack is a musical extension of the film’s minimalist visual style, measured pace and dark irony and together they explore themes of disclosure, solitude and sanity.
"The album is set for release in May. The End Records will distribute the album for North America, and have already set up a pre-order in their web store. For Europe, long time partner, PHD, will take care of our distribution."
The cover artwork for the soundtrack can be viewed here.
Metal Mind Productions has issued the following update about death metallers Hate releasing a live album:
"Metal Mind Productions presents Hate - a death metal band with blackened death metal and industrial metal influences. The band, created in 1990, has a cult status on Polish death metal scene and is one of the most outstanding artists of the extreme music of today.
"The Litanies of Satan is their live album featuring a recording of a supreme death metal performance from February 2004. The tracklist contains mainly songs from their album 'Awakening of the Liar' plus some older, classic compositions. Metal Mind Production will release the album on 8th June in Europe and 14th July in USA (via MVD). Digipak edition is limited to 1000 copies."
The track listing for the album will be as follows:
2. Immolate The Pope
3. The Shroud
4. The Scrolls
5 Anti-God Extremity
7. Close To The Nephilim
8. The Sin Becomes
9. The Kill
11. Awakening Of The Liar
12. Spirit Of Gospa
14. No Life After Death
15. Sectarian Murder
Indie Recordings has issued the following announcement about signing Norwegian band Solefald:
"Indie Recordings is proud to announce the signing of SOLEFALD.
"The Norwegian avant-garde act was formed by Lars Are ‘Lazare’ Nedland and Cornelius Jakhelln in August 1995. Lazare on vocals, keyboard/synthesizer/piano and drums, and Cornelius on vocals, guitar and bass.
After 6 albums, they are now ready to release their 7th through Indie Recordings. Date yet to be announced Already from the get go in 1995, it was already quite evident that the band had an experimental edge, incorporating Lazare's choir like clean vocals and lush piano passages into the heavy and intense black metal formula.
"Solefald is a rare breed of band that is able to successfully fuse two opposing feelings of music; beauty and ambiance, as well as intensity and rage.
Indie Recordings is very happy to have the excellence of Solefald in our family."
Cornelius Jakhelln also issued the following statement about the signing and the upcoming album: More...
Norwegian doom metal band Syrach has issued the following update about the release dates for their upcoming album:
"We are now proud to announce the release dates for our new album A DARK BURIAL. The album will be released thru NAPALM RECORSD and will be out at these dates:
22.07.09 – FIN & Spain
24.07.09 – GAS, Benelux, FRA, ITA, SWE
27.07.09 – Rest of Europe
28.07.09 – USA / CAN
"Hopefully the album will get to all of you! some of you has been 'lucky' enough to hear all songs on our shows already, but hopefully there will be more shows announced soon..."
German metal band Stormgarde has issued the following update about recruiting a new guitarist and bassist:
"We're glad to proclaim that our search for a new guitarist and bassist is over!
"Sebastian Watolla and Stefan (Pfanny) Leushacke (both Neon Sunrise) are the new members of Stormgarde!
"We're very happy and we're looking forward to the next gigs which are already in process of planning!
"In the meantime keep on rockin' :-)"
Eluveitie has issued the following update about gaining an endorsement from Redpipes:
"Fortunately there are those days, where you come to realise, that there are still nice surprises in life! ;)
That’s what happened to me, after I firstly got in contact with the ‘redpipes’. Päde told me about them.
"Redpipes are ‘electronic bagpipes’, made in Germany. You must know, I usually hate electronic bagpipes, because they’re normally nothing but a bad joke. A fucking bad joke. So, when hearing about the ‘Redpipes’ my first first thought was: ‘What the hell? This definitely cannot be something useful!’ Normally bagpipes with an electronic tone generator really, really sound like crap (and they’re not even close to the sound of a real bagpipe. Not in light years!).
"But then Päde received one of those ineffable things at home and we tried it out. And hell, I was kinda blown away by this ridiculously looking, terribly red thing (I though it looked like a duck that grew up after a nuclear accident). I mean, come on, it souded fucking good! To be honest: After Päde plugged it to an amp, using some regular pre-amp (you know, with a little eq, compressor, ect.), I could barely tell the difference between the sound of this red ‘nuclear duck’ and a real scottish highland pipe! Astonishing! More...
New Jersey metallers Mutiny Within have issued the following studio recording update:
"1 week left to go and we're right on schedule! Chris and Drew only have a couple of songs left to record, and simultaneously, Dan and Brandon are going to explore some additional guitar textures. At some point this week, we're going to give everything a thorough listen with Jason and Matt, discussing some final thoughts and ideas.
"Also this week, we're proud to announce that D'Addario Strings, Planet Waves Accessories, and Evans Drumheads have all officially endorsed Mutiny Within! We're excited to be on board and are eager to receive some of their newest products.
"Be sure to check in next Tuesday for another video update! See you then."
A new video report from the band can also be viewed below. More...
Germany's President Evil have issued the following statement about parting ways with their vocalist:
"Johnny Holze couldn't continue screaming in President Evil cause of his job and some private things. We look back on six wonderful great years with him and we will remember it very well. We had good times and even bit a lot of dust where even the gold is laying.
"We say: Do very well old fuck!
"PS: Please notice that the band will continue with a new singer and you will us see on stage very soon again... Who it is? We’ll let you know a little later!"
In Flames has issued the following statement about posting new studio diaries online:
"DID YOU MISS THE STUDIO DIARIES? Well they are back! Or should we say… 'Coming back!'
"As a part of Jester TV’s 'Month of Mondays' we will soon have ALL the famed Myspace 'In Flames Studio Diaries'.
"The 'Studio Diaries' that first aired on Myspace were hilarious, and often talked about content as part of the 'A Senses Of Purpose' recording cycle.
"Everyone tuned into the In Flames Myspace page on Mondays to see what insanity would ensue. Often there were 'surprises' that just made you shake your head in amazement. Many people have asked to see them again, since they have long been gone from Myspace.
"This time they are not going away, and will be a permanent part of JesterTV clips on the Jesterhead. The OFFICIAL In Flames Fan Club. The 'Studio Diaries' will be mixed in with other various JesterTV Monday content… so keep checking in. "
IWrestledABearOnce has posted a new video clip online from their recording sessions for the upcoming album "It's All Happening." The video clip can be viewed below. "It's All Happening" is currently scheduled for a June 2nd released via Century Media Records. More...
Isis has issued the following statement about streaming their new album "Wavering Radiant" online at their MySpace page:
"If for some reason you haven't picked up the mega-deluxe Wavering Radiant vinyl, you can check out our new lp in streaming format for a limited time on our myspace page starting.... NOW!"
Colorado metallers Satan's Host have issued the following update about recording a new album:
"We are currently pre-producing All the trax for this new cd. As w/ finishing up the writing process in our studio, ‘Satan's Grotto Chamber.’ Date is set for enetring studio, 4.29.09 - 5.31.09. Together, we have been working very diligently w/ our new ideas, riffs, beats, lyrx and concepts. After last years, 'Assault of Evil Tour,' we had so many ideas and new theories, that we were willing to work into our Metal from Hell...666
"The newest lineup is working out to be Great chemistry. New Drummer, ‘Evil Little Hobbit’ is working out well. His archive of authentic beats, from his library in various generations through metal, are very well applied, as w/ Empowering. Defiantly, taking our compositions, into a whole new realm of integrity too the Satanic Metal...666. Hail Satan! In such a short period of time, this Newest Metal Warrior has achieved more than those of the past...Great Work Evil Brother...333.
"Guitar work, as w/ Bass work for this new cd will be recorded by, ‘Patrick Evil.’ Stellar Work, Truly that of the Greatest Guitarist in All Genera's of Metal, who have ever been and yet too be in Time and History. Leads and Riffs are fucking mind altering and aggressively fueled by the Power of Satan! Filled w/ Dark Melody and different twisted-spiraling 'Black-Thrash Kaos.' Each trax is very unique and different, capturing the wide array of Old School depths, and passion in the human soul of Darkness. More...
Blood Tsunami has posted an e-card of their latest album "Grand Feast For Vultures" online. The e-card can be found here. The album was released on April 27th in Europe and will be released on May 5th in North America via Candlelight Records.
German doom metal band, Ahab, has announced the release dates for their upcoming album, "The Divinity Of Oceans." The dates are as follows:
July 22nd: Spain and Finland
July 24th: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Italy, and Sweden
July 27th: Rest Of Europe
July 28th: Canada and USA
The album will be released via Napalm Records.
U.K. black metallers, Code, have uploaded the song "In The Privacy Of Your Own Bones" from their upcoming album, "Resplendent Grotesque," on their official MySpace page.
KATAKLYSM recently checked in from the road while on tour with NAPALM DEATH. Frontman Maurizio Iacono offered the following update:
"The shows have been good and everything is under control. We look forward to all the dates and completing the touring cycle for Prevail in 2009. We will do some Euro festivals immediately after this tour is done and then go to Russia and Europe for a short headliner with DEATH ANGEL. The last thing on the agenda regarding KATAKLYSM will be a full European headliner in January 2010 to wrap things up until the next album." More...