Metal News for April 4, 2008
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22 news articles posted on this day.
Silenoz from Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR spoke to BW&BK today while in Philadelphia, PA on "The Invaluable Darkness Tour - Part 2: Legions Of The Chosen Few" with BEHEMOTH and KEEP OF KALESSIN. The guitarist revealed that the band are going to be filming a third video from their latest album, "In Sorte Diaboli."
"We're going to do a third video in Los Angeles," says Silenoz. "We thought it would be cool to do a more upbeat song (from In Sorte Diaboli). There's a film team that have done other bands and it will be done professionally. We've been planning it for months, so when we get to Los Angeles it's all set." More...
Swedish guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN has announced the following UK dates in July:
July 7 - Oxford, UK - Carling Academy
July 8 - Bristol, UK - Carling Academy
July 9 - Glasgow, UK - Carling Academy
July 10 - Birmingham, UK - Carling Academy
July 11 - London, UK - Shepherds Bush Empire
July 13 - Sheffield, UK - Carling Academy
July 14 - Newcastle, UK - Carling Academy
Audio samples from ICED EARTH's forthcoming single, "I Walk Among You", have been posted on the group's MySpace page.
With the framework for the Armageddon of Man firmly laid with the band’s
2007 full-length release, "Framing Armageddon - Something Wicked Part I", ICED EARTH is set to launch the next installment of Jon Schaffer's "Something Wicked" saga with the release of "I Walk Among You" on the following dates:
Germany - June 6
Rest of Europe - June 9
USA/Canada - June 10
The full-length studio follow-up to "Something Wicked Part I" is due for release in fall of 2008. More...
French experimental black metal masters BLUT AUS NORD recently commenced work on their next album, entitled "Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars". The conceptual sequel to 1996's "Memoria Vetusta" will be released later this year on Candlelight Records.
Commented the band's singer/guitarist Vindsval: "This album is extremely important for us, we have already composed two amazing songs in the majestuous vein of 'Fathers Of The Icy Ages'. This time you won't find any industrial sounds or disharmonies on the album.
According to Candlelight, "twelve years later, you can hope an ambitious and massive piece of epic, technical and progressive black metal."
"Memoria Vetusta II - Dialogue With The Stars" track listing is as follows:
01. Disciple's Libration (Lost In The Nine Worlds)
02. Antithesis Of The Flesh (...And Then Arises A New Essence)
03. The Alcove Of Angels (Vipassana)
04. ...The Meditant (Dialogue With The Stars)
05. Acceptance (Aske)
06. Translucent Body Of Air (Sutta Anapanasati)
07. The Formless Sphere (Beyond The Reason)
08. The Cosmic Echoes Of Non-Matter (Immaterial Voices Of The Fathers)
09. Elevation (The Dawn Of The Gods)
Fear Factory members Christian Olde Wolbers (guitar) and Raymond Herrera (drums) are proud to announce the debut album of their new group, Arkaea. The band also features one of metal's hungriest young singers, Jon Howard (Threat Signal).
Arkaea has just finished up preproduction and are scheduled to enter the studio to begin recording. This album promises to be as pummeling as anything the gold-selling team of Olde Wolbers and Herrera has ever written.
Olde Wolbers comments: "These songs were designed like the Fear Factory songs that Raymond and I always wrote. However, we've been able to push the boundaries and go out of that context, while remaining heavy."
"Christian and Ray have been writing together for many years, so the music does have a lot of Fear Factory elements," adds Howard. "However, we've been open to trying different things. It basically fuses what I have been doing vocally in Threat Signal with driving Fear Factory rhythms, along with some of our own experimentation. The idea behind the project is to be heavy, but maintain melody at the same time."
Howard has been a part of the Fear Factory family ever since Olde Wolbers served as producer for Threat Signal's debut, Under Reprisal. Given that connection, the chemistry was there the instant the band started playing together.
The band's yet untitled album is due out fall 2008 on KOCH Records and plans for touring are under way in support of the record.
It was reported last month that Christian Olde Wolbers and Raymond Herrera had joined forces with former DAMAGEPLAN singer/HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman in a new project called BURN IT ALL. The band was reportedly shopping a four-song demo at the time. It is presently unclear what the formation of Arkaea means to the future of Burn It All.
An updated version of Crown the Lost's upcoming album title track, "Blind Faith Loyalty," is on the band's MySpace. Joe’s solo is raised in the mix and there’s a little more low-end. "Blind Faith Loyalty" is due out this summer.
German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS have scheduled the following dates in Spain:
May 07 - Madrid, Spain - Multiusos La Cubierta
May 09 - Alicante, Spain - Plaza De Toros
May 10 - Almeria, Spain - Palacio Juegos Mediterraneos
You can check out a new song from TERROR entitled “Relentless Through And Through” online over at their official MySpace page. The track comes off their forthcoming new album, The Damned, The Shamed, which is set to be released on June 10th through Century Media Records.
San Francisco’s LIGHT THIS CITY have issued the second of four in-studio video updates while the band is recording its fourth record, tentatively scheduled for a fall 2008 release via Prosthetic Records. The clip, featuring guitar and bass recording snippets, is available at the band’s YouTube page, while the first clip is also still available here.
“We have been in the studio in Oakland, CA with engineer Zack Ohren tracking the follow up to Facing the Thousand, which should see a release date in September,” said drummer Ben Murray. “We couldn’t be more excited on how these new songs have turned out, and we are SURE that you guys will love them. Stay tuned for more info on the album as well as more video journals as the recording progresses.”
LIGHT THIS CITY was also recently added to the In Thrash We Trust tour alongside Death Angel, God Forbid, and Soilent Green, along with two shows alongside Testament, which will start May 1 in Michigan and conclude June 11 in New York City, criss-crossing the United States and parts of Canada along the way.
Here are the latest LIGHT THIS CITY tour dates: More...
Virginia death thrashers, Apothys, issue the following update:
"Onslaught has finally been mixed & mastered! We will be releasing one song at a time, one song alone per week. Once a new song goes up, the other will be brought down. These are the reveal dates:"
"April 4th: Deviatory
April 11th: Eventide Summoning
April 18th: Empyrean Unrest
April 25th: All 3 songs will be up"
"We felt it was necessary to reveal a song you recognize. This will help you distinguish the level we have progressed to and the quality of recording we have acquired. As you may hear, we have revamped the song a bit. We give extremely great thanks to Micah & Final Symphony Productions for such a fantastic recording. We will recommend his service, professionalism, and knowledge to anyone!" More...
Massachusetts’ THE ACACIA STRAIN are proud to announce a summer 2008 headlining tour across the United States. Dubbed the Sun Your Bunz Tour, and featuring support from All Shall Perish, The Warriors, Eternal Lord and Since The Flood, the tour with cross America from late-May into late-June. A tour admat is also available online here. The run will be in anticipation of THE ACACIA STRAIN’s forthcoming album, "Continent," which is scheduled for release later this year through Prosthetic Records.
Meanwhile, the band has posted a pre-production song entitled “Dr. Doom” from "Continent" on THE ACACIA STRAIN’s MySpace page. The band will head into the studio April 13 with producer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, Municipal Waste) at Planet Z studio, and pre-production for "Continent" has already been completed. For "Continent," THE ACACIA STRAIN has again tapped artist Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord, Trivium), who handled the artwork for the band’s previous release, "The Dead Walk," which saw a June 2006 release via Prosthetic Records.
Having just played a handful of Canadian shows in March as well as completing a successful headlining tour with Despised Icon, Full Blown Chaos, and The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza in November and December of 2007, THE ACACIA STRAIN will also play a hometown show April 26 in Worcester, Mass. as part of the 10th annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
Here are the latest THE ACACIA STRAIN tour dates: More...
Demolition Records has announced the signing of Ashland, Kentucky-based rockers HYDROGYN to the UK-based label DR2. This signing comes on the heels of the band's success with its Billboard-charting "Bombshell" release in 2006, "Strip'em Blind Live" CD success in 2007, coupled with the group's relentless touring in Europe over 2007.
"This is exactly what we were looking for, and the label we were looking to do it with," said guitarist Jeff Westlake. "We feel Demolition has a great focus on their future, they know what they want to do, and have the unique drive that we were looking for in a label to get the job done."
Ged Cook of Demolition stated, "We welcome HYDROGYN to the Demolition family. It really is going to be a pleasure working with them throughout the world." More...
An e-card for "When Midnight Strikes!", the debut album from Italian deathcore act STIGMA can be viewed at this location. The e-card contains two songs from When Midnight Strikes! as well as the video for "I Am Dracula" (watch here). Both songs can also be accessed from the band's MySpace page. Additionally, the highly addictive official Stigma flash game, Shock-A-Zombie, can also be accessed on the E-card.
Stigma is has been confirmed as the support act for HORSE THE BAND on April 11th in Romagnano Sesia, Italy and hardcore veterans SICK OF IT ALL on May 6th in Torino, Italy. More...
Bassist Tommy Stewart of HALLOWS EVE has sent Voices From The Darkside the following update: "We are almost done with the next Hallows Eve album. It features original lead vocalist Stacy Andersen and is produced by Doyle Bright of RIGOR MORTIS. It is a conscious effort to achieve the feel and sound of Tales Of Terror and Death And Insanity."
More tour dates have been announced for SAMAEL's upcoming tour of Europe with GOTHMINSTER and SYBREED. Dates are now as follows:
11 - Dietikon, Switzerland - SoundDock 14
12 - Waterfront - Rotterdam, Holland
13 - 013 - Tilburg, Holland
14 - Zeche Carl - Essen, Germany
15 - Nachtleben - Frankfurt, Germany
16 - Firlej - Wroclaw, Poland
17 - Loch Ness - Cracow, Poland
18 - Planet Music - Vienna, Austria
19 - Alte Spinnerei - Glauchau, Germany
20 - Markthalle - Hamburg, Germany
22 - Centre Culturele - Eloyes, France
23 - Underworld - London, England
24 - Locomotive - Paris, France
25 - Kelder - Amersfoort, Holland
26 - Olympic - Nantes, France
27 - Eloyes, France - Centre Culturele
EMMURE has added the first track from its new album "The Respect Issue" to the band's MySpace page. Check out the song "False Love In Real Life" at this location.
The follow-up to last year's "Goodbye to the Gallows", "The Respect Issue" is scheduled for release on May 13 via Victory Records. The CD cover features TNA world wrestling champion Kurt Angle.
EMMURE will be the featured artist on TNA Wrestling's "Impact!" April 17 - May 11. Music from "The Respect Issue" will be heard by 3.1 million people every Thursday and Saturday night in homes across the nation on TNA's weekly program, and will also be the theme music for the May 11 pay-per-view event "Sacrifice".
The band, whose members hail from Queens, NY, and Fairfield, CT, is currently slaying audiences on its first European tour with MISERY SIGNALS, and will return to the U.S. to make an appearance at New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, followed by a 51-date headlining tour from April 26 with labelmates RED I FLIGHT.
"Falling to Hell", the new video from Korea's thrash metal quartet MAHATMA, can be viewed here. The clip was directed by 1999 Productions in Korea.
"Falling to Hell" is the first video from MAHATMA's latest album, "Perseverance", which was released in Europe on February 13 via Listenable Records. The CD will be made available on May 21 via Soundholic Records in Japan.
In other news, MAHATMA will spend two days (April 22-23) at Sonic Boom Studio in Korea this month with engineer Kyung Su Hwang recording a cover of the TESTAMENT classic "Practice What You Preach", to be used as a bonus track for the Japanese version of "Perseverance". More...
Kentucky metallers, Anagnorisis, issue the following update:
"Adam Pierce, original drummer for Anagnorisis, will be leaving the band in June to pursue his life in California, and we are now beginning the search for his replacement. Interested parties should record themselves playing "The Great Divorce" and "Birth of the Pariah" - both available on our MySpace - and upload the files to YouTube or e-mail audio files to email@example.com. If you are seriously interested and do not have the equipment to record yourself, please contact us and we will work something out.
While Zak Denham has been handling both guitar duties since the departure of Austin Lunn, we would be happy to welcome a talented, professional guitarist into the fold. Following the example above, please record yourself playing both songs (rhythm parts only), if interested."
"This situation in no way affects any of our touring plans or shows, and Anagnorisis will continue to dominate in 2008. Nemesis Enforcer drummer Jake Denham will be filling in for Adam in June while a replacement is sought. Our current touring plans include the majority of the month of May - watch our Myspace for details. We are open for booking inquiries, so please contact us at myspace.com/anagnorisis or firstname.lastname@example.org for tour offers or with any other questions. Thank you." More...
New Orleans-based hard rockers LILLIAN AXE have issued the following update:
"Derrick [Lefevre; vocals], Steve [Blaze; guitar], Eric [Morris; bass], Sam [Poitevent; guitar] and Ken [Koudelka; drums] have been getting geared up to start recording the new LILLIAN AXE record in June. Steve has buried himself in his studio writing for the sixth studio and ninth overall album of the band's career."
Commented Blaze: "I haven't felt this creatively rejuvenated since I wrote the 'Psychoschizophrenia' album. The band is in top form and we are dying to get back on the road. Every day Eric calls me and says, 'When do we leave?'
"New songs include 'Hibernate', 'Kill Me Again' and 'Blood Raining Down On Her Wings'.
"The band will be doing several one-off shows including a tentative date with ACE FREHLEY in May. Then it's two months of recording with a tentative release in September/October."
Earache Records report:
"Fast rising LA thrashers BONDED BY BLOOD have added four brand new recordings to their Myspace profile for hungry thrash-heads to go check out.
The four tracks are taken from the upcoming full length debut Feed The Beast, out on May 12th in the UK and June 10th in the US.
Recorded at Love Juice Labs in LA in February, the album features 12 shredding tracks.
Feed the Beast is gearing up to take the new thrash revival to fever pitch and prove to the world that the LA thrash scene has some of the hottest, most talented new musicians the world has to offer.
Look out for the band on tour in the next few months.
The four new tracks are: 'Feed The Beast', 'Psychotic Pulse', 'Necropsy', 'Mind Pollution'.
To check out the music go to www.myspace.com/bondedbyblood.
Feed The Beast tracklisting: 'Immortal Life', 'Feed The Beast', 'Psychotic Pulse', 'Necropsy', 'Mind Pollution', 'Another Disease', 'The Evil Within', 'Tormenting Voices', 'Civil Servant', 'Self Immolation', 'Vengeance', 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme'.
Singer Nornagest from Belgium-based black metal act ENTHRONED has issued the following update:
"The composition process for Enthroned's next album has started and we can confirm that the two tracks we are actually working on are taking Enthroned on another high level while remaining close to the style of our previous release Tetra Karcist. YOU WILL GET A FUCKING HELL OF AN ALBUM!!!!"
Enthroned's live schedule:
3 - Oostrozebeeke, Belgium - T'Ieperste
23 - Ingolstad, Germany - Ohrakel
18 - Pössneck, Germany - Hells Pleasure Fest
October (with GLORIOR BELLI, GORATH)
25 - Essen, Germany at tba
26 - Bitterfeld, Germany at tba
27 - Munich, Germany at tba
28 - Berlin, Germany at tba
Los Angeles’ THE FUNERAL PYRE has posted a track from the band’s forthcoming record, "Wounds," online at the band’s MySpace page, entitled “Black Earth.” Scheduled for a May 27 release through Prosthetic Records, "Wounds" is the follow-up to 2006’s "The Nature of Betrayal," which saw an early 2007 re-release through a distribution deal with Creator Destructor Records.
Recorded in February and March with producer John Haddad (Intronaut, Eyes of Fire, Abysmal Dawn), "Wounds" was mixed by metal legend Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse, Through The Eyes of the Dead) and mastered by Alan Douches (Shadows Fall, Converge, Municipal Waste). Having most recently completed a West Coast tour with Book of Black Earth, THE FUNERAL PYRE is slated to be part of Los Angeles Murderfest alongside Converge, Baroness, The Red Chord, Genghis Tron April 18 and will be embarking on a CD release-based tour in May and June throughout the United States. Booking inquiries for TBA dates can be directed to the band’s MySpace page.
Here are the latest THE FUNERAL PYRE tour dates:
4/18 Hollywood, CA – The Knitting Factory (Murderfest day one with Converge, The Red Chord, Baroness, Genghis Tron, more)
5/23 Los Angeles, CA – Relax Bar
5/24 Phoenix, AZ – TBA
5/25 Albuquerque, NM – TBA
5/26 Denver, CO – The Kingdom of Doom
5/27 Omaha, NE – TBA
5/28 Salina, KS – The Blue Goat
5/29 Tulsa, OK – Under The Mooch
5/30 Dallas, TX – TBA
5/31 Houston, TX – TBA
6/01 Beaumont, TX – TBA
6/02 Austin, TX – Red 7
6/03 San Antonio, TX – TBA
6/04 Corpus Christi, TX – The Compound
6/05 El Paso, TX – Corona
6/06 Tucson, AZ – TBA
6/07 Yuma, AZ – Bucklin Park
6/08 Las Vegas, NV – TBA
6/09 Stateline, NV – Tahoe Underground
6/10 Portland, OR – Rotture (Joe Preston’s Mancampus)
6/11 Eugene, OR – TBA
6/12 San Francisco, CA – Annie’s Social Club
6/13 Fresno, CA – The Exit