Metal News for April 29, 2009
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25 news articles posted on this day.
Unearth has issued the following announcement about venue changes for upcoming tour dates:
"There have been a couple venue changes on the upcoming tour.
"June 7th we are now playing at the Gothic Theatre in Englewood, CO with TESTAMENT
"June 13th we are now playing at Velvet Jones in Santa Barbara, CA where we are HEADLINING with Lazarus AD and Armed for the Apocalypse for support.
"We apologize for all of the confusion, hope to see you at a show!"
Wisconsin progressive death/thrash metal band, Luna Mortis, has added the following off dates on their tour with Edguy and Epicurean:
6/26: Fort Wayne, IN
9/03: Louisville, KY
9/04: Detroit, MI
9/07: Rochester, NY
9/10: Virginia Beach, VA
9/14: Milwaukee, WI
9/26: Reno, NV
9/30: Mesa, AZ
10/1: Las Vegas, NV
WINDS OF PLAGUE have now entered Sound Temple Studios in Ranch Cucamonga, CA with producer Daniel Castleman, who worked with the band on “Decimate the Weak,” to record “The Great Stone War.” WINDS OF PLAGUE is also part of the summer’s most extreme package tour, SUMMER SLAUGHTER, alongside Suffocation, Necrophagist, Darkest Hour and others.
Vocalist Johnny Plague comments, “This week we lock ourselves inside Sound Temple Studios in Rancho Cucamonga, CA with the up and coming recording wizard Daniel Castleman. We will leave a month later drained and beat but with a new 12 track full length named The Great Stone War. This is the first time we have had to create an album from scratch so we took advantage of the situation and built a themed, well constructed album compared to Decimate The Weak which I feel was more of a collection of songs.” More...
US brutal death metal band, Septycal Gorge, has completed the songwriting of the new album. The band will be entering the studios soon for the recording session of their second full length album, titled “ERASE THE INSIGNIFICANT.” The album will be released via PERMEATED RECORDS in September.
The “Erase the Insignificant” cover art can be seen here. The tracklisting will be as follows:
1. Deformed Heretic Impalement
2. Redneck Slanderous Mutation
3. Aprioristic Discharge
4. Forgotten Face Of Human Prism
6. Psychotic Redemption
7. Confronting The Dead
8. Elegy For The Wretched
9. Speeches Of Inadequacy
AUGUST BURNS RED, the Lancaster, PA-based metal quintet who scratched and clawed their way to the top of the heap in 2008, are preparing to release their third full-length, "Constellations," via Solid State Records on July 14. After a month in the studio with lauded producer Jason Suecof (SEVENDUST, ALL THAT REMAINS, GOD FORBID, TRIVIUM).
"We've been paying more attention to the dynamics of the songs," says guitarist and principle songwriter JB Brubaker of the new album. "We wanted the songs to breathe in certain places and explode in others." For anyone afraid that might mean AUGUST BURNS RED is mellowing out, Brubaker is quick to assuage fears: "I can say for sure that this record will definitely be as unrelenting as our previous ones, but at the same time it will also be more dynamically diverse."
The legendary thrash metal band, ANTHRAX, will be hitting the road in Europe this summer with a series of festivals and headline dates. The dates serve as a precursor to the band's forthcoming new studio album, “Worship Music,” which will have a Fall worldwide release. The European dates kick off in Estonia on June 13 and continue into August, with the band returning to the U.S. for their July 9 headline appearance on the opening night of the Rocklahoma Festival in Pryor, OK.
The band has been putting the finishing touches on "Worship Music," their first new studio album in six years. The album marks the studio debut of new singer Dan Nelson who joins longtime members Scott Ian (rhythm guitar), Frank Bello (bass), Charlie Benante (drums), and Rob Caggiano (lead guitar). A return to Anthrax's heaviest best, confirmed tracks include "Vampires," "Crawl," "The Devil You Know," "The Giant," "Fight 'em 'Til You Can't," and "Earth On Hell." The album was produced by Caggiano and Anthrax. More...
Italian gothic metal group Lacuna Coil has entered the Billboard Top 200 chart with their latest studio offering, "Shallow Life." The record debuted at number 16 which makes it not only the highest charting album for Lacuna Coil, but also their record label Century Media.
Vocalist Cristina Scabbia states: "Thank you, thank you and thank you all! After its first week in the stores, Shallow Life entered The Billboard 200 chart at #16 and we are absolutely thrilled. Most of all, we couldn't be happier about the fact that you (our fans) have supported us and our work, once again. It's been a beautiful journey, together we have shared the same passions for ten years and this is another goal we have reached and are celebrating together with you all out there. Thank you for being part of the Lacuna Coil family and see you all on the road soon. Rock on!"
Hardcore metal group Hatebreed has announced a headlining tour of the United States with Chimaira scheduled as the main support. The tour is entitled, "Decimation Of The Nation" and is in support of the bands new covers collection, "For The Lions."
The tour dates are as follows:
July 31 - Rochester, NY - Water Street
August 2 - Traverse City, MI - The Terminal
August 6 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere’s
August 8 - Springfield, MO - Remmington’s
August 10 - Ft. Collins, CO - Aggie Theater
August 11 - Grand Junction, CO - Mesa Theater & Club
August 13 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
August 14 - Sparks, NV - New Oasis
August 15 - Chico, CA - Senator Theater
August 16 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
August 17 - Ventura, CA - Majestic Ventura Theater
August 18 - Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
August 19 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater
August 21 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
August 22 - Austin, TX - Emo’s
August 23 - Corpus Christ, TX - Concrete St. Amphitheater
August 24 - Lafayette, LA - Grant Street Dancehall
August 25 - Little Rock, AR - The Village
August 26 - Jackson, MS - Fire
August 27 - Knoxville, TN - Valarium
August 28 - N. Myrtle, SC - House of Blues SC
August 29 - Norfolk, VA - The Norva
August 30 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
September 1 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small’s Theater
September 2 - Scranton, PA - Tink’s
Swedish metallers Impious have issued the following update about preparing to record a new album:
"We've been very busy the past couple of weeks writing and arranging our new songs, and they're all turning out pretty fucking sweet. This will without a doubt be the most brutal and diverse IMPIOUS album to date! It’s fast, it’s catchy, it’s heavy and it is extremely intense! We can’t wait for you guys to hear what we’ve created! During May we'll take our songs to the rehearsal room and jam out the last ideas and perfect our tunes before we start tracking June 1st!
"The recording will take place in our very own Valle Adzic's Studio Deadline.This is the first album ever we'll produce and engineer by ourselves and we're pretty stoked about delivering this baby without any other people involved. This album will truly represent what the fuck IMPIOUS is all about!
"We would also like to tell you that we’ve hired the awesome and wickedly talented artist Marcello Vasco to create one of the most sinister and malignant looking album covers ever! Marcello is extremely talented and we’re absolutely positive that everyone will crap their pants when they see what Marcello has created for us! More...
Sweden's Sister Sin has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song on their MySpace page:
"A rare opportunity as the song will only be availible for a short period of time at Myspace only and will not be officially released. 'Beat Em Down' serves as a tribute to Gothenburg boxing champ Ingemar 'Ingo' Johansson who passed away earlier this year."
U.K. metallers Xerath have posted an e-card of their new album "Xerath 1," which can be found here. The album is currently set for a May 25th release date through Candlelight Records.
California philosophy based band Ana Kefr is currently streaming the new track "Takeover" online. The song can be heard on the band's MySpace page. "Takeover" comes from their upcoming album "Volume 1," which will be released on June 1st.
German metal/metalcore band Maroon has announced a couple of live dates in Japan. Here's their latest itinerary:
May 2, 2009 8:00P - Pacrock Festival Ponte-A-Celles (BE)
May 9, 2009 8:00P - Live At Dot SLAUGHTER FEST Berlin
Jun 6, 2009 8:00P - Club Orlandina (+KATAKLYSM) St. Petersburg (RU)
Jun 7, 2009 8:00P - Club Tochka (+KATAKLYSM) Moscow (RU)
Jun 20, 2009 10:00A - Summerblast Festival Trier
Jun 22, 2009 8:00P - Stadthalle Chur (CH)
Jun 27, 2009 8:00P - Mach 1 Festival (+TERROR, RAGE) Montabaur
Jul 3, 2009 8:00P - With Full Force Festival (+DIMMU BORGIR, CARCASS, HATEBREED) Roitzschjora
Jul 4, 2009 8:00P - Vainstream Rockfest (+PARKWAY DRIVE, DIMMU BORGIR) Münster
Jul 11, 2009 8:00P - Horns Up Festival (+HOLY MOSES) Meckersheim
Aug 7, 2009 8:00P - Sunrock Festival Knokke-Heist (BE)
Aug 8, 2009 8:00P - Sucks’n’Summer Festival (+A.F., MADBALL) Leisnig
Aug 21, 2009 8:00P - Rock Area Festival (+BOLT THROWER, ENDSTILLE) Loreley
Aug 29, 2009 8:00P - BLOODAXE FESTIVAL Tokyo Club ASIA Tokyo (JP)
Aug 30, 2009 8:00P - BLOODAXE FESTIVAL Osaka Sunhall Osaka (JP)
Sep 18, 2009 8:00P - Metal Invasion Chapter III Ruhrstorf
Chicago black metal band, Withering Soul, in conjunction with Pitch Black Productions has announced that Withering Soul will be canceling their May 2nd show in Mount Prospect, IL due to an injury to drummer, Marek. Marek’s injuries are only minor and he will return to his drum kit shortly.
According to a press release, this is the first show the band has ever cancelled and Withering Soul wants their fans to know that they did not make this decision lightly and that all possible options were taken into consideration. Withering Soul has never canceled a show in the past and even finished a set back in August of 2008 alongside Finntroll (Finland) after an injury that occurred on stage at Mokena’s Pearl Room. This prior injury was not the fault of the management or staff of The Pearl Room. More...
On May 7, you'll be able to download Chimaira's "On Broken Glass" track for Guitar Hero: World Tour for free. The song is off the band's newly released album, "The Infection."
In related band news, their first video from "The Infection" will be "Destroy And Dominate," which will premiere on May 5.
NY hardcore outfit, H2O, has posted the title track from their new record, "Nothing To Prove," on their MySpace page, which features Roger Miret of Agnostic Front and Danny Diablo of Skarhead as guest appearances.
Floridian extreme metallers, ORDER OF ENNEAD, are currently on the road as part of the Icons Of Evil European tour with VITAL REMAINS, SLUDGE and TRIBULATION.
ORDER OF ENNEAD frontman KEVIN QUIRION checks in from the road with the first part of his tour diary:
"Day 1 Travel day. Oh the joys of waiting at airports they are endless and not worth mentioning.
"Day 2 Had the day to walk around Amsterdamn before the bus picked us up. Met up with Dave Kinkade (drummer supreme) and checked out some coffee shops and walked around the red light district. Good times. Caught up with the Vital guys roaming around the same section of town, who knew? Took a picture with Darth Vader, the Netherlands version. He's slightly thinner and has an accent, probably blonde hair too. Around 6pm we went back to the airport to meet up with Massive Music and the guys in Tribulation." More...
Ukraine's DRUDKH will release their new album, "Microcosmos," on June 22nd in Europe and on July 14th in the USA. The artwork can be seen here. The tracklisting for "Microcosmos" is as follows:
1. Days That Passed
2. Distant Cries Of Cranes
4. Ars Poetica
5. Everything Unsaid Before
6. Widow's Grief
Australian metal band, DESTROYER 666, has titled their fourth album "Defiance" and will be released in Europe on June 22nd and in the USA on July 14th. The band has revealed the album's artwork and tracklisting. The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Weapons of Conquest
2. I am not Deceived
3. Blood for Blood
4. The Barricades are breaking
5. A Stand Defiant
6. A Path to Conflict
7. A Thousand Plagues
8. Human all too Human
9. A Sermon to the Dead More...
Portugal metal band, Ava Inferi, has revealed their new album, "Blood of Bacchus," artwork online. The album will be released on May 25th in europe US July 14th through Season of Mist.
The tracklisting for "Blood of Bacchus" is as follows:
2. Last Sign of Summer
3. Colours of the Dark
4. Black Wings
5. Appeler les loups
6. Be Damned
8. Blood of Bacchus
9. Memoirs More...
Gnostic, the Atlanta band made up of 3/4ths of Atheist, has revealed the artwork of their debut album, "Engineering the Rule." The album will be released on May 25th and July 14th in the US via Season of Mist. More...
In the world of extreme music, Norway's Enslaved have always been a force to be reckoned with - and one that will not rest on its laurels: After almost two decades in the game, Enslaved have developed and widened their scope of pure dark music, incorporating progressive and atmospheric structures in their brand of Black Metal, giving Pink Floyd a make-over in hell, if you will.
To achieve this sound between depth and brutality, Ivar Bjørnson (guitar), Grutle Kjellson (bass) and Ice Dale (guitars) have been using Gibsons for a long time - so long in fact, that’s it’s time to make this partnership official.
Comments the band:
"For any youngster, Gibson is a name held in great reverence; from the point you decide to become a guitarist onwards. When we saw Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley, Euronymous or Slash making magic happen on their Gibsons, there was no turning back: it had to be a Gibson.
"Sure, you could catch us red-handed buying a pair of Levi’s lookalikes to save a buck, but with the guitars and basses there’s no question. We are where we dreamed of being back then, we’re recording albums and travelling the world to play live.
"Loyalty surely paid off; now we have been admitted into the exclusive tribe of Gibson endorsed artists. The guitar work and sound is one of Enslaved’s most distinctive features – it can only sound like that with Gibson, as simple as that.”
Enslaved’s latest opus, “Vertebrae,” was released in September 2008, the band is currently preparing for the festival season and an US tour with Opeth. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following update about extra tour dates alongside Metallica:
"New tour dates added for Mexico and Dublin: Jun 04, 2009 Mexico City, MEX Foro Sol Jun 06, 2009 Mexico City, MEX Foro Sol Jun 07, 2009 Mexico City, MEX Foro Sol Aug 01, 2009 Dublin, DB Marley Park CLICK HERE for more info and tickets!"
U.K. folk metallers Skyclad have issued the following update about upcoming tour dates:
"Just a note to say that we are awakening from our hibination to start doing some gigs in support of the new album, 'In The... All Together'. First up, we have a 'warm-up' gig at Langley Park, Durham on Sunday May 2. This is a charity gig and for those who are making the trip I said I would post the post code for the old Sat Nav (it is Front Street, Langley Park, DURHAM, DH7 9SG as far as I can guess). I've posted this info on the events page and hopefully we'll meet up there and share a jar and a chat for the forthcoming year."
The band's currently confirmed live dates are as follows:
5/3 Langley Park Live Langley Park, Durham, Northeast
7/10 Spratton Folk Festival Spratton
7/18 Dong Open Air Neukirchen-Vluyn, DE
11/21 Pounding Metal - Wimp Reaper Festival Live Factory Adelsheim
New Jersey's Autumn Hour have posted a new music video online for the song "Fade Out," which can be viewed below. The song comes from their upcoming album "Dethroned," which will be released on May 5th.