Metal News for April 6, 2009
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32 news articles posted on this day.
Crooked X is hitting the road to visit Hot Topic stores around the country. Purchase any Crooked X short or their self-titled CD at participating locations to meet the band on the following dates and Hot Topic locations:
4/7 Cordova Mall 5100 North 9th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504 (850) 471-2344
4/8 Gwinnett Place 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, GA 30136 (770) 814-9200
5/8 Northtown Mall 245 Northtown Drive, Blaine, MN 55434 (763) 784-2192
5/9 Jordan Creek 101 Jordan Creek Pkwy, W Des Moines, IA 50266 (515) 457-8520
The "supergroup" known as Chickenfoot -- comprised of ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Joe Satriani -- have announced plans to release their first album.
The self-described "accidental" collaboration occurred as a result of jam sessions at Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
Their self-titled debut will drop June 5, and comes complete with a "heat sensitive sleeve" which will reveal the cover artwork via touch.
Pelican has rescheduled their Chicago show that was cancelled due to snow. The Empty Bottle rescheduled the show for Friday, April 24th. All previously purchased tickets will be honored and Tombs will be driving down from New York just to make the rescheduled date.
"We made it back to Chicago, a little worse for wear, at 1am," commented the band. "We are now safe and sound- thank you everyone for your concern. Sorry folks and thank you for your understanding."
Darkane has issued the following update:
"We're back in Sweden from what we believe was a very successful tour in North America together with Soilwork, Warbringer and Swallow the Sun. Thanks a lot to the other bands, crew and all the fans that showed up and made us feel welcome. Playing 50 shows in 52 days was kinda tough but we're very happy we managed to pull it through without any bigger issues. Now we are focusing on writing new material for the next album but before that we have a show at The Tivoli in our home town Helsingborg tomorrow (Saturday April 4th), and then we have the Roskilde festival and Nuclear Assault festival booked for this summer, and hopefully more will show up. Next week Peter Wildoer will head out on a European tour with Pestilence for three weeks."
"I am also very proud to announce that I am now officially endorsed by Steve Clayton guitar picks. I have been using Clayton pics (1.26 mm) since the middle of the nineties. Since Darkanes music is based on accurate playing I need a pick that feels steady and that I can count on when I hit my strings very hard. With the Clayton picks I get a very good and reliable grip allowing me to alter between fast and rhythmic playing without having to think about what my right hand is doing. See you out there!"
One Man Army and the Undead Quartet guitarist, Mikael Lagerblad, has left the band. The band comments:
"On the first of April 2009 our longtime friend and bandmember Mikael Lagerblad decided to quit the band. His thoughts has been towards this decision for a while now even though we haven´t seen it coming. But being in this band is of course all about free will. If you don´t feel comfortable in being in a band that plays extreme music and loving every minute of it, then you shouldn´t be in the band. More...
Meshuggah has cancelled their upcoming Scandinavian tour due to drummer Tomas Haake's hirneated disc. A message on the band's web site reads:
"We're VERY VERY sorry to have to bring you these news, but we have to cancel the upcoming Scandinavian dates!
"Tomas has had some back-related problems lately. Problems that have been messing with his right foot/leg when playing drums!
"Tomas did an MRI about a week ago and the results came back early this week. Seems he has a hirneated disc in his lower back and this is what's been causing problems for him when playing! More...
Swedish rockers, WITCHCRAFT, have announced European tour dates with rockers GRAVEYARD. The tour dates are as follows:
04/10 - Örebro län, Sweden - Satin
05/16 - Cardiff, UK - Barfly
05/17 - Birmingham, UK - Rainbow Bar
05/18 - London, UK – ULU
05/20 - Antwerp, Belgium – Trix
05/21 - Frankfurt, Germany – Nachtleben
05/22 - Berlin, Germany - White Trash
05/23 - Wurzburg, Germany - Cairo
05/24 - Vienna, Austria - Arena
05/25 - Munchen, Germany - 59:1
05/26 - Milano, Italy - ZOE
05/28 - Tilburg, The Netherlands - Little Devil
05/29 - Cologne, Germany - Underground
05/30 - Hamburg, Germany - Headcrash
Mindy, Taya, and Jamie, the most boring girls from this season, just happen to be the last three. This group is so dull that heading to Miami (the next stop) doesn’t even sound fun, and Miami is always fun. More...
New York death metal band, Blood Obsession, has issued the following update:
"Just wanted to check in and let you all know we may have been quiet for awhile, but we're definitely not dormant. We've been holed up at our practice space writing new songs and plotting world domination."
"Of course the new Blood Obsession demo enititled "Unrelenting" is due for release. Production problems have marred the swift release of this, and we're actually headed to the studio one last time tomorrow (3/17), to perfect the demo, and mix it for like the 5th time. It will be available shortly." More...
Canadian brutal death metal band, Nephelium, has posted a new song, "Burial Ground," on their MySpace page. The unmastered track comes off their upcoming album entitled, "Coils of Entropy."
Swedish black metal band, The Legion, has uploaded a new track to their MySpace page. The track, entitled "Blood, Be Gone!," is off The Legion's upcoming album, "A Bliss to Suffer." The new album will be released on April 27th.
The tracklisting for "A Bliss to Suffer" [cover] is as follows:
1. Shining redemption
2. Call of the nameless black
3. A toil beneath the skin
4. Blood, Be gone!
5. A curse for the dead
6. The luring depths
7. The inimical
9. The reaping of flesh and blood
New York death metal legends Suffocation has revealed the release date for their highly anticipated new studio album, "Blood Oath." The album will see a release on July 7th through Nuclear Blast Records. This will be the first album the band has released via the label and they are currently signed to a one album deal, though this may change in the future.
Lacuna Coil eagerly awaits the release of their fifth studio album "Shallow Life." They are currently on tour along with Chimaira, Killswitch Enagage, and Disturbed for the Music as a Weapon 4 Tour. I caught up with lead guitarist Cristiano "Pizza" Migliore in New Orleans, Louisiana to talk about the new album and some other things.
Idaho black metallers Sonic Devastation have issued the following announcement about changing their name to Cvltvs Mortem:
"The art may appear familiar to our Sonic Devastation family and friends here on MySpace, but obviously one drastic thing has changed....our name! The new name, Cvltvs Mortem is being transitioned to quickly and with as much care as possible. We have felt for some time that our name has been drifting away from our music as it gradually became heavier and darker than the title Sonic Devastation seemed to represent. We hope to make the transition as seamless as possible and thank you all for your support over the last few years as well as into the future. The timing is ideal for us to make this change with new music having been written and currently being recorded for our next chapter. The members remain the same, we hope you'll embrace our new artistic vision into the future of the band!"
Chaoswave has issued the following statement about acquiring a new full time bass player:
"As many of you know, for some time now our good friend Michele Mura has been the session bass player of Chaoswave. After many months together with many shows and smaller tours, we all figured it was about time that Michele joined the band. So here's a big warm welcome to Michele from the rest of Chaoswave. Now it's "cazzi tuoi" as the Italians would say (literally translated "your dicks")!
"Please everyone reading this, write Michele a welcome message as a comment to this article or directly on our myspace. "
Irish black metallers Myrkr have announced that their new album "Black Illumination" will be released in May of 2009 through Debemur Morti Productions.
The track listing for the album will be as follows:
1. Invocation Of The Wyrm
2. Deadly Winds And Paralyzing Cold
3. Awakening Of The Shadow
4. Beadles Of The Last Twilight
5. Heralds Of Black Emptiness
6. Cold Dark Dungeons
7. Black Illumination
Swedish death metal band Soreption has announced that their new album will titled "Deterioration of Minds" and was recorded and mixed by Tommy Rehn. The band has also posted a video online of the vocal recording session which can be viewed below.
The track listing for the album will be as follows:
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Florida death metallers Success Will Write Apocalypse Across The Sky have posted a new teaser trailer online for their most recent album "The Grand Partition And The Abgrogation Of Idolatry." The video can be viewed below. More...
Infamous Norwegian black metal band Gorgoroth recently suffered a schism when vocalist Gaahl and bassist King Ov Hell attempted to trademark the band name and exclude guitar player Infernus, the only original member of the band remaining. Infernus spoke with Metalunderground about the recent verdict awarding him the trademark, the band's new lineup, and the upcoming album "Quantos Possunt Ad Satanitatem Trahunt." More...
New York hardcore band Earth Crisis are currently streaming online the song "Against The Current" from their upcoming album "To The Death," which is set for a May 5th release through Century Media. The song can be heard on the band's official MySpace page.
Indianapolis based doom band The Gates of Slumber have signed to England's Rise Above Records. Their as-yet-untitled album is set for a fall 2009 release.
Rise Above issued the following statement about the band:
"Weaned on Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, the melodic might of Iron Maiden and a host of classic bands from Thin Lizzy to Rainbow to Mercyful Fate, THE GATES OF SLUMBER draws deep from heavy metal's most powerful blood and delivers doom in its purest form. The band’s high-potency live performances have garnered serious word-of-mouth kudos and built it a cult following amongst the die-hard traditional metal / doom community, resulting in fans literally driving hours to catch the band’s live sets." More...
Switzerland's futuristic metal act Sybreed has announced that the title of their upcoming album will be "The Pulse Of Awakening." The vocals and the drums for the follow-up to 2007's "Antares" were laid down at the SDF studios in Lausane, while the guitar and bass were tracked at the Drone studio in Geneva. The album will be mixed in May by Rhys Fulber.
According to the band, "The Pulse Of Awakening" will feature such songs as "Nomenklatura", which is being described as "a groovy, technical and hypnotic piece of industrial metal"; "Electronegative", which is "equally technical but with an intense 'right-in-ya-face,' down-to-up-tempo pace"; and "Doomsday Party", which "sounds like the illegitimate progeny of EBM beats, synth-pop melodies and metal riffing."
The Unholy Fest will take place between July 23 - 25 in Ostrava, Czech Republic at two different venues.
The currently confirmed line up and schedule is as follows:
7/23 at CAS Arena: Cradle of Filth, Cryptopsy, Silva Nigra, Inferno, Alastor, Demonical, Horna, Grave
7/24 at Skalka Sportovni Arena: Satyricon, Enslaved, Amon Amarth, Gorgoroth, Hell United, Vesna, Blood Red Throne, Furia, Shining, Taake, Desulotry, Entombed, Asphyx, Infernal War, Enclave
7/25 at Skalka Sportovni Arena: Mayhem, Dark Funeral, Impaled Nazarene, Nefarium, Rasta, Massemord, Koldbrann, Hate, The No-Mads, Urgehal, Desaster, Root, Primarl Fear, Moonspell, 1349, North, Holy Moses
Philadelphia metallers Beyond The Lies have issued the following update about inking a record deal with Blastzone Records:
"Today, Beyond the Lies signed with the Blastzone Entertainment Group. We will be releasing a 12 song debut CD available Worldwide right around Thanksgiving 2009. More details soon!"
New Jersey Thrashers WHIPLASH have completed tracking their much anticipated new album "Unborn Again" at Mozart Studio. Pictures of the recording process have been posted online, and can be viewed here.
WHIPLASH will proceed to Berlin, Germany at Harris John's Spiderhouse Studio for the finalised mixing and mastering, which will take place on 13th April 2009.
Yet another band will be appearing at the Inferno Festival, with The Batallion having been brought on to play at the event after headliners Meshuggah were forced to pull out.
The Dark Essence Bands lineup now looks like this:
VULTURE INDUSTRIES at the Victoria Club - 21:45
THE BATALLION on the Rockefeller Stage - 21:15
HELHEIM on the Rockefeller stage – 19:45
VICTORY RECORDS has signed Los Angeles recording artist OTEP. OTEP has sold over half a million albums sold over the course of three studio albums. Singer, songwriter, renegade Otep Shamaya describes the band’s music as “a total and complete mutiny on the senses. We are a fusion band by nature, inspired by many styles and tones from a variety of musical genres- rock, punk, metal, hip-hop, spoken word, jazz and classic rock. We never allow the antiquated limits of a genre confine or restrict us. Our music is universal and does not belong nor can it be contained in a nice, neat, little box.”
The first release under the new alliance is OTEP’s highly anticipated fourth full-length studio album “Smash the Control Machine.” The new studio album will be released August 18, 2009. Ms. Shamaya says of the album, “The economic crisis is hitting every working family in this country. The album and its title track, 'Smash The Control Machine,' will lay bare the greed and corruption that fostered this calamity, but will also focus on the undying spirit of the working class that always fights the good fight. The title is a line from a William S. Burroughs poem. It is my intention to create an album that serves every head of the hydra that is OTEP. From poetry, to politics, to shock and awe, to sex and righteousness, to standing up and fighting back. Like the mystical symbol of the Ouroboros (the sacred serpent swallowing its tail) all things will be brought back to circle.” More...
AC/DC's highly successful Black Ice World Tour will barrel through the U.S., kicking-off in Foxborough, MA at Gillette Stadium on July 28 and playing through stadiums and arenas from coast to coast from there. Tickets for Foxborough, East Rutherford, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Tacoma go on sale Saturday April 11, 2009. Tickets for the San Jose concert go on sale Sunday April 12. Tickets for the San Diego concert go on sale Saturday April 18. Tickets for the Los Angeles and Anaheim concerts go on sale Saturday April 25. Tickets will be available to the general public via Ticketmaster and, at the same time to members of the AC/DC Fan Club through a separate Fan Club On-Sale.
Members of the AC/DC Fan Club enjoy special access to tickets from a grouping of reserved tickets not available to the public. To participate in the upcoming Fan Club On-Sales, members simply need to log-in and visit the ACDC.com tickets page to receive their unique Fan Club On-Sales passcode at the time of the sale. You can find more information on how the fan club on-sales work here.
Here are the latest AC/DC Black Ice US tour dates:
07/28/09 - Foxborough, MA Gillette Stadium (on sale April 11 @ 10AM)
07/31/09 - E. Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium (on sale April 11 @ 10AM)
08/16/09 - Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills (on sale April 11 @ 10AM)
08/18/09 - Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena (on sale April 11 @ 10AM)
08/30/09 - Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome (on sale April 11 @ 10AM)
09/02/09 - San Jose, CA HP Pavillion (on sale April 12 @ 10AM)
09/04/09 - Los Angeles, CA Staples Center (on sale April 25 @ 10AM)
09/06/09 - San Diego, CA Sports Arena (on sale April 18 @ 10AM)
09/08/09 - Anaheim, CA Live Nation Honda Center (on sale April 25 @ 10AM)
Lacuna Coil vocalist Cristina Scabbia has checked in from the Music As A Weapon tour with a report on how the shows are going so far. It reads as follows: "Hello to all my friends out there! Just a little update from the Music As A Weapon IV tour...
"We're in New Orleans today, just came off stage, it's so humid here, but works for me! Things are going GREAT, the bands on the bill are all awesome and we're having a great time hanging out with them. We already did few barbecues in the night after the shows, which is always cool and comforting (food on the road is not like home) , plus it's a great chance to socialize with the HUGE amount of people involved in this festival.
"We brought our electric moka machine as usual (Italians!), so our bus it's a sort of moving bar full of guests coming in and out, ahah! More...
German thrash metal legends Destruction will be recording for a live album tomorrow night in New York at BB Kings. The two-disc live album will be released at the end of July and so far remains untitled. Stay tuned for further details.
Southwestern extreme metallers Darkness Before Dawn is the latest signing to Bombworks Records. Hailing from Glendale, Arizona, Darkness Before Dawn has been a force in the Southwest scene for a number of years now, blending epic death and black metal with a modern edge for a powerful brutal sound that is both melodic and heavy. The band self-released a 5-song self-titled EP in 2007 that featured more of an epic metalcore sound that borrowed many elements from death metal and symphonic black metal. The band continued to refine their sound and later recorded a 3-song demo in 2008 that boldly supplanted itself in the realm of extreme metal, taking cues from symphonic black metal, death metal and prog while retaining a modern edge, incorporating death growls and black shrieks, blazing guitar leads, bombastic drumming and bass work, and keyboards to provide atmosphere throughout.
The band will be heading into legendary Lambesis Studios for the month of April to record their debut full length, tentatively titled "King's to You," which will feature 11 brand new tracks. The CD will drop in June and will be available from the band for their tour up to Cornerstone, which includes an opening night slot on Bombworks Records' sponsored Day of Metal stage. Check out the band, as well as 4 songs (the 3 from the 2008 demo and 1 from the self-titled EP), at their MySpace page.
Billboard.com reports that Tool, Widespread Panic and the Fray have been tapped to headline the second annual Mile High Music Festival, to be held July 18-19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.
Other artists scheduled to perform include Incubus, Ben Harper and Relentless7, G.Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, 3OH!3, Ani DiFranco, Paolo Nutini, the Black Keys, John Butler, Gomez, the Wailers and India Arie. Additional acts are still being confirmed and will be announced soon.
Tickets go on sale April 3 through TicketHorse.com and milehighmusicfestival.com. Two-day passes cost $162.50 (plus service fees), and a limited number of single-day tickets will be available for $90. Two-day VIP packages will also be available for $400. This year, fans who purchase a two-day pass can utilize a payment plan with two installments.
Read the full article at Billboard.com.