Metal News for April 7, 2009
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Death By Stereo has announced a title, release date and label for their forthcoming full length. The record is titled "Death Is My Only Friend" and is due out July 14, 2009. The band will be working with Serjical Strike, the label formed by Serj Tankian of System of a Down.
Serj commented on the deal:
"As someone who appreciates Death By Stereo and what they’ve done over the years, when I found out that the band was looking for a new label partner, I immediately approached them about the possibility of signing to Serjical Strike. They are an amazing band that has always impressed me with their musicianship, honesty and work ethic. Their latest album is one that I am very happy to be a part of as I feel it is their best yet."
The band parted ways with longtime home Epitaph Records after the release of their 2005 album, "Death For Life." They are currently touring Europe with Strung Out.
New Jersey based two man black metal group Misanthropy Legion released their first full length album "Eidolon" last year after releasing three previous demos. The band's vocalist and guitar player Joe Aversario spoke with me about his feelings on the state of black metal, fans preconceived notions about the differences among sub-genres, and the new band he is now apart of. More...
U.S. based death metal band Angelcorpse has decided to call it a day. The following short message regarding the break up was left on the band's MySpace page:
"Due to musical differences amongst its members, it has been decided with much consideration to end Angelcorpse."
Isis has announced a string of tour dates across the U.S. during the summer. The currently confirmed dates are as follows: More...
Bring Me The Horizon has posted a new teaser trailer online for the upcoming video of the song "Diamonds Aren't Forever," which comes from the album "Suicide Season." The full video is set to be released on April 14th. The trailer can be viewed below. More...
Avenged Sevenfold has issued the following update about finding a winner for their recent tour video contest:
"Congrats to Ciara Mason and Alex 'Danger' Palomo for winning the Tour Video for Asheville, NC! CLICK HERE to check it out!
"Want to submit you tour video from the current tour? CLICK HERE for all the info!"
Roadrunner Records has issue the following announcement about an upcoming in store signing with Killswitch Engage:
"Attention Portland, Maine Killswitch Engage Fans!
"Come MEET Killswitch Engage as they join the Record Store Day festivities at Bull Moose's Scarborough location with an autograph signing on April 18th @ 4pm! Pre-order their forthcoming June release to make sure you get to the head of the line AND you will receive a limited edition Killswitch Record Store Day poster custom designed by Killswitch Engage bassist Mike D!"
Autograph signing @ 4pm, April 18th:
456 Payne Rd.
Scarborough, ME 04074
Bullet For My Valentine has announced that they had to reschedule the Moscow show. It will now take place on Thursday, June 25, 2009. All original tickets will still be valid.
The band has also announced that they'll be headlining the Tuska Open Air Metal Festival in Helsinki on Saturday June 27, 2009.
Chimaira has been a New Wave of American Metal favorite since their conception in 1998. Their fifth album called “The Infection” will be hitting the stores shortly and the band is touring with Disturbed, Lacuna Coil, and Killswitch Engage on the Music as a Weapon 4 tour to promote it. I met with lead guitarist Rob Arnold during their stop in New Orleans, Louisisana, to talk about the buzz behind the new album. More...
Russian metal band ICON IN ME has announced some live dates in May:
29.05.09 Brjansk RUS (Navigator)
30.05.09 Moscow RUS (PLAN B)
31.05.09 S-Peterburg RUS (Arktika)
The band's upcoming album, "Human Museum," will be released worldwide via Massacre Records on May 2, delayed from the original April release. You can check out the album art for "Human Museum" here.
LEAFBLADE, the band consisting of Sean Jude and Danny Cavanagh (from Anathema) will support Anathema on all the shows in Portugal and Spain in May. The tour dates are as follows:
May 5 - Lisbon, Portugal (Incrivel Almadense)
May 6 - Porto, Portugal (Teatro Sa da Bandeira)
May 7 - Bilbao, Spain (Santana 27)
May 8 - Madrid, Spain (Penelope)
May 9 - Granada, Spain (El Tren)
May 10 - Alicante, Spain (Nave 8)
May 11 - Barcelona, Spain (Salamandra 1)
The band is also putting together a sixteen-date tour in June with Mick at Antimatter along for six shows. Dates and details will be announced when finalized.
Lacerated Enemy Records has announced the signing of Athens, Greece tech-prog death metallers CEREBRUM. The band's upcoming full-length album, "Spectral Extravagance." The album is complete, featuring album artwork by Xaay, who had previously worked with bands such as Necrophagist, The Faceless, Behemoth and others.
Here is the tracklisting for "Spectral Extravagance":
1. Fragments of Illusion
3. Pattern of fear
4. Intolerable ado
5. Epiphysis thrive
6. Edge of parallel circles
7. Beyond imagination
8. Thorns of weakness
9. Salvia divinorum
10. The prologue of completion (instrumental)
11. Shreds of remains
You can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace player.
U.K. Noise metallers Mine[Thorn] have completed their new album titled "Junk HiveNoir," which will be released through Code666 Records in April. The record label issued the following statement about the album:
"Minethorn is the side project of Brooke Johnson from the Axis of Perdition, influenced by the likes of Godflesh, Meshuggah, Cannibal Corpse and Void of Silence. 8 tracks of biomechanical disturbance metal like ancient alien organic machines scraping life from the face of the earth... a tale of urban isolation and paranoia."
The track listing will be as follows:
Goatwhore and Abigail Williams have announced that they will be headlining the North American Conquer & Curse Tour alongside Daath, Abysmal Dawn, and Success Will Write Apocalypse Across the Sky.
The lineup is as follows:
* June 19 - June 23: ABIGAIL WILLIAMS / ABYSMAL DAWN / S.W.W.A.A.T.S.
* June 24 - 8/1: GOATWHORE / ABIGAIL WILLIAMS / DAATH / ABYSMAL DAWN / S.W.W.A.A.T.S.
* 8/2 - 8/9: GOATWHORE / ABIGAIL WILLIAMS / ABYSMAL DAWN / S.W.W.A.A.T.S.
* 8/10 - 8/12: ABIGAIL WILLIAMS / ABYSMAL DAWN / S.W.W.A.A.T.S.
Confirmed dates so far: More...
American metallers Agent Steel have issued the following update about writing new material:
"Greetings!!! a quick update: Bernie arrived in town yesterday and we all got together at our rehearsal space in downtown Los Angeles and grinded an all day writing marathon and came up with two brand new songs! Epic Metal journey riffs and arrangements at it's finest....Mr. Versailles delivered some great new ideas to add to what we've been working on thus far; making the new number of AGENT STEEL songs for our upcoming album at approximately nine. We plan on writing 2 more songs before we demo and start the recording the new untitled record."
Nashville's Look What I Did and Rhode Island's She Rides will be hitting the road for an extensive US tour in June and July. Tour dates are as follows:
6/12 Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
6/13 Chicago, IL @ The Metal Shaker
6/14 Dubuque, IA @ 180 Main
6/15 Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
6/16 Fargo, ND @ Red Raven
6/17 Rapid City, SD @ Outlaw Venue
6/20 Pocatello, ID @ The Westwood Mall
6/22 Spokane, WA @ Empyrean
6/23 Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse w/ Hunab Ku
6/24 Eugene, OR @ The Samurai Duck
6/25 Stockton, CA @ The Black Water Cafe
6/26 Canoga Park, CA @ The Cobalt Cafe
6/27 Long Beach, CA @ DiPiazza's w/ Shrimp
6/28 Boyle Heights, CA @ The BLVD
6/29 San Diego, CA @ The Radio Room
7/1 Mesa, AZ @ The Badlands
7/4 Amarillo, TX @ The 10th Street Deli
7/6 Little Rock, AR @ Circa 76 Music and Records
7/7 Memphis, TN @ Murphy's
7/15 Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
7/16 Nashville, TN @ The End
Norway's Glittertind has posted two new songs on their MySpace page. The songs, " Nordafjells (Mountains in the North)" and "Longships and Mead," come off their upcoming album, "Landkjenning," which means "Landsighting." "Landkjenning" will be released on June 2nd in the US and Canada. The band has also posted a description of the songs on their myspace page:
"Nordafjells (Mountains in the North)
While journeying through the mountains in the north, a Norse fortune teller is engulfed by a vicious snowstorm and experiences a vision: A mountain grouse lends the traveler its wings and ears, enabling him to sense the entirety of the land and forthcoming events. He sees the coming of Olav Tryggvason and the end of his time, as foreign religion and culture will encroach upon his land." More...
German metal band, At Vance, has issued the following update welcoming new bassist "Wolfman" Black to their line up:
"At Vance is really happy to announce that 'Wolfman' from the German Band Justice is the new bass player in At Vance. He's such a cool guy as well as a great player and we're really looking forward to play, record & party with him!"
Season of Mist has announced the signing of former MAYHEM frontman, Maniac’s new black/doom band SKITLIV, to their roster.
Together with members of SKITLIV, Maniac will be present at a listening session at this year's Inferno Festival in Oslo, which will showcase "Skandinavisk Misantropi." The album will receive its first public hearing this Thursday, April 9th, at 20:30 in the "Anneks" room of the Rockefeller venue, where attendees at the Inferno Festival will be able to meet Maniac and the guys. More...
Spinal Tap, the band created for the 1984 comedy movie, This Is Spinal Tap, will embark on a world tour this June, or their idea of one anyway! The band will play one show at London's Wembley Arena and then head home. Bass player Derek Smalls comments: "One night is not enough, and it's way too much" Lead guitarist Nigel Tufnel added; "If we're going to do a World tour on only one night, at least it's this world." Stay tuned for more details.
German thrashers Sodom have been confirmed as the headlining act for the Milano Thrash Fest, which will take place on May 30th at the Thunder Road in Codevilla, Milano, Italy.
Italian blackened metal band LILYUM has upgraded their status from broken up to "on hold." The have agreed to get back together to produce an upcoming full-length album later this year. In the meantime, you can check out some of their past material on the band's Myspace page.
Montreal extreme metallers, DESPISED ICON, have posted another video update about their progress of the recording of their new album, due later this year via Century Media Records.
The band comments, "We finished recording vocals today! Our band's part of the recording process is finally done! We've been living in Ville Montel, 7 hours north of Montreal, in the middle of nowhere for about a month now already, fine tuning and recording the songs every single day. It's going to feel great to finally chill out and hang out at home for a while hahah Our good friend Yannick St-Amand did an amazing job as always producing the entire record. Thanks man! We just posted our third studio report. Take a look at Max's bass skills and check back next Monday for Episode 4: Vocals!" More...
American Rock legends KISS has announced that they will be touring North America this Fall in support of their new studio album and they want the fans to choose which cities they perform in. Fans can vote for their cities and the cities with the most votes will be included in the tour schedule. To vote for your city, click here.
German metallers Heaven Shall Burn have posted their latest music video online for the song, "Black Tears." You can check it out below. The video for the song will be one of many features on the bands forthcoming new DVD release, "Bildersturm – Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance)" which will be released through Century Media Records on May 25th. More...
Megadeth's lead vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine has revealed that he will be working on an autiobriography along with New York Times journalist Joe Layden. The book is expected to be released in the late period of next year. Speaking on the book, Mustaine said: "If you're going to write an autobiography, everything has to be included - the good and happy moments, as well as the hard times. You can't leave anything out."
Two new songs from Cuntscrape's forthcoming split with Death Fucking Cunt have been posted to the band's MySpace player. The split CD is to be called "Split Roast" and the new songs posted are "The Veiny Shaft Of Justice," featuring a guest vocal appearance by Dr. Morton Fairbanks of The County Medical Examiners, and "Breastaurant," with guest vocals by Tigerlily Chesney.
The tracklisting of the band's new album is as follows:
The Veiny Shaft Of Justice
Technical Brutal Death Metal Song
Face Breaks And Sperm Cakes
Uncle Nasty Fingers
Technical Brutal Death Metal Song (Extended Ron Jeremy Remix)
Slits Slots Sluts
The band will be holding a CD release party. Here are the details:
Friday May 1st @ Amplifier Bar, Perth
The Mighty Scrape
Nails Of Imposition
Les Discrets, the solo project founded by Fursy Teyssier (Alcest, Amesoeurs) in 2003, steps forth from its Myspace existence into the light of day.
"'Les Discrets' (engl.: the discreet ones) are those creatures that live in nature and who bring nature to life, the ones who make the leaves move, who put dew on the flowers each morning, who throw the pollen in the air ... That's a parallel life that we are not able to see, but that many of us can feel. The project's concept is pervaded by this perception of nature as well as my existential questions, especially about the feelings of love and death, as I always found a parallel between nature and human life and love," Fursy outlines the concept of Les Discrets.
Les Discrets has just signed a five-album contract with Prophecy Productions. The release of the project's as-yet-untitled debut album is tentatively scheduled for autumn 2009.
Static-X will continue a summer long tour in support of new album, "CULT OF STATIC," on Reprise Records. Static-X is currently on the Sno-Core Tour with co-headliners Saliva with Burn Halo and The Flood in support slots.
Static-X tour dates are as follows:
SNO-CORE TOUR DATES:
4/07 - Dallas, TX - The Palladium
4/08 - Houston, TX - Scout Bar
4/10 - St. Petersburg, FL - XTB Rockfest @ Times Forum*
4/11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Revolution
4/13 - Augusta, GA - Country Club
4/14 - Goose Creek, SC - The Dive
4/15 - Jacksonville, NC - Hooligan's Music Hall
4/17 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
4/18 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
4/19 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
4/21 - Long Island, NY - Mulcahy's
4/22 - Allentown, PA - Crocodile Rock
4/23 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
4/24 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's
4/25 - Orlando, FL - Tinker Field/WJRR Radio show*
4/27 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues
4/28 - St. Louis, MO - Pop's
4/29 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorium
4/30 - Denver, CO - Gothic Theater
5/02 - *Phoenix, AZ - The Farm/KUPD Show
5/03 - Las Vegas, NV - HOB
5/04 - Los Angeles, CA - HOB
5/06 - San Francisco, CA - Grand Ballroom
5/07 -Chico, CA - Senator Theatre
5/08 - Medford, OR - Medford Armory
5/09 - Reno, NV - The New Oasis
STATIC-X HEADLINE DATES:
5/11 - Great Falls, MT - Mansfield Center
5/13 - Maplewood, MN - The Rock
5/14 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagle’s Club
5/15 - Ft. Wayne, IN - Piere’s
5/17 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Orbit
5/19 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theater
5/20 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
5/21 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
5/22 - Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
5/23 - Norfolk, VA - The NorVa
5/25 - Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
5/26 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
5/28 - Little Rock, AR - The Village
5/29 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre
5/30 - Odessa, TX - Dos Amigos
* Non Sno-Core Shows – Static-X radio shows
On next May 4th, the French metalcore band, THE ARRS, will release their third album in France, Benelux and Switzerland. The tracklisting of "Héros Assassin" [artwork] is as follows:
1. L'empire, la femme, la mort
3. Nihil est in homine
4. Héros assassin
7. Sombre univers
10. Seul contre tous
11. Le ciel des uns est l'enfer des autres
12. Ma miséricorde
The organizers of Britain's Download Festival has announced several more bands to perform at the event this year. Northern Irish rockers The Answer will be performing at the festival, as will Sevendust, Staind, Stone Gods, Shinedown, Static-X, Bring Me The Horizon, Fightstar, Volbeat, Go:Audio, Facecage and Auger Bane. The festival will be held at Donington Park between June 12th-14th.
The lineup is now as follows:
Faith No More
Black Stone Cherry
Bring Me The Horizon
Five Finger Death Punch
Duff McKagen's Loaded
You Me At Six
Dir En Grey
Karma To Burn
Christian heavy metal veterans Stryper has announced that they will release their brand new studio album, "Murder By Pride" on July 21st through Big Tree Records. When speaking about the new album, frontman Michael Sweet said:
"After years of speaking to fans and hearing comments like 'more guitars', 'more solos' and 'more screams', I decided to keep those comments in mind as I wrote each song. It was important to me to try to get back to that early sound of Stryper yet at the same time, to remain relevant today. It's certainly not an easy thing to do but as I listen to Murder By Pride, I think that was accomplished. I got the idea of the title Murder By Pride from seeing pride consume dreams, goals and many times, lives. We all deal with pride and it can be crippling, so I wanted to write a lyric and a theme that would be a constant reminder of that. This record has been in the works for a long, long time and I can only hope that it was worth the wait!"
Megadeth's frontman Dave Mustaine has checked in with a new update on Megadeth's forthcoming new studio album. It reads as follows:
"As we near the time where all of our gear will be returning from Priest Feast, I can't help but get excited about picking up where we left off. Andy (Sneap) and I are on track to start back up on the 11th or so, with the first order being setting up all of the gear again, now that it has all been moved and new gear has been received.
"For example: I have just received all of the stunning Marshall 1960 DM cabinets, and I also got one of the new Randy Rhoads Marshalls to use for my lead solos. I am pumped about this!!
"I have also decided on one section having a slight rhythm change, the two songs James wants to change, another song with a modulation in it, and extending one song by just a small length of time. I am really excited about some of the lyrics I have got for this record too. More...