Metal News for April 8, 2009
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Massachusetts heavyweights THE ACACIA STRAIN, who just completed a six-week tour with Bleeding Through, won the MySpace Readers' Choice Award at the inaugural Revolver Golden Gods Awards, held at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last night (Apr. 7). Photos of the band arriving on the event's "black carpet" can be viewed here.
Also, the band -- who will play the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival next weekend -- has been added to day two of The Bamboozle, a festival in East Rutherford, N.J. on May 2-3 that features acts ranging from No Doubt and Fall Out Boy to Whitechapel and GWAR.
Shortly after receiving the Golden Gods Award, the group, which is currently planning a North American summer tour, issued the following statement: "Thanks to all our friends and fans who voted for us! It's an honor to receive such an award. We'll see you soon at New England Metalfest, Bamboozle and our 'Summer Slob' headlining tour!"
Last August, THE ACACIA STRAIN's latest album, "Continent," debuted at #107 on the Billboard Top 200. The band will kick off a month-long European tour with Aborted in late May.
With music from their past album "Songs of Lust and Corrosion" on the Award winning Horror Porn DVD "Grub Girl" and the B style horror movie Intermedio, members of Skumlove will be in attendance at the Fangoria Weekend of Horror Convention in Los Angeles, California on April 17-19, 2009. Skumlove will be there alongside Tommy Victor (Prong, Ministry, Danzig) for signing sessions at the Schecter Guitar Research booth.
Skumlove’s new album, “The Church of The New Perversion,” was recently recorded and co written with Tommy Victor and will be released on Misfortune Records later this year.
The Fangoria Weekend of Horror Convention takes place:
LA Convention Center
1201 South Figueroa
Los Angeles, CA
Here are Skumlove's upcoming tour dates:
May 10, 2009 - Billings, Montana
May 11, 2009 - Great Fall, Montana w/ Static X, Seventh Void, My Evolution
May 14, 2009 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin w/ Static X, Seventh Void, My Evolution
May 16, 2009 - Fargo, North Dakota
May 17, 2009 - Denver, Colorado
May 28, 2009 - Hollywood, California
Seventh Void, the newly formed band featuring Kenny Hickey and Johnny Kelly of Type O Negative, are set to release their debut album "Heaven Is Gone" on April 21st via Big Vin Records. The band is set to go on tour in the U.S. alongside Static-X and Skum Love starting on May 11th. Kenny spoke with Metalunderground about the upcoming album and the odd recording environment that produced it. More...
South Carolina's Emery has posted the song "Cutthroat Collapse" at their MySpace page. The song comes from Emery's new album, "...In Shallow Seas We Sail," which will be released on June 2nd.
Black metallers Cvltvs Mortem, formerly known as Sonic Devastation, have issued the following statement about planning to give away tickets to the Salt Lake Metalfest:
"If you're free on June 6th and a fan....come see us, ON US! We have a limited number of tickets to the event and rather than sell them, we've opted to give them away! Between now and the Club Vegas appearance we'll be holding some unexpected giveaways, so stay on your toes!
"*disclaimer* - outdoor stage is all ages/indoor stage is 21+ and we'll be on the indoor stage that night.
"Salt Lake Metalfest II! Metal bands galore...indoor and outdoor stages! Tickets $10 advance or $12 at the door on the night of the show. Advance tickets are available for purchase online at www.24tix.com"
The current line up will be as follows:
5:00-Six Guns Beyond Denmark (Outdoor),
6:00-Unleash the Plague (Outdoor),
6:30-Such Vengance (Indoor),
7:30-Cvltvs Mortem (formerly Sonic Devastation) (Indoor),
8:00-Arsenic Addiction (Outdoor),
9:30-Sawed Off Smile (Indoor),
10:00-Grim Prophecy (Outdoor),
10:30-Ravings of a Madman (Indoor),
11:00-Malignant Inception (Outdoor),
11:30-A Balance of Power (Indoor),
12:00-Dethrone the Sovereign (Outdoor),
Heaven And Hell has posted a clip from the bonus DVD of their forthcoming new studio album, "The Devil You Know" online. You can check out a video of the band discussing the production of the album below. The bonus DVD is exclusive to Best Buy stores and features interviews and other behind the scenes footage. The album will be released on April 28th. More...
Lacuna Coil are currently streaming their entire new album "Shallow Life" online. The album can be heard on the band's MySpace page. "Shallow Life" is set to be released in North America on April 21st and in Europe on April 20th.
The track listing will be as follows:
02. I Won't Tell You
03. Not Enough
04. I'm Not Afraid
05. I Like It
07. The Pain
09. Wide Awake
10. The Maze
12. Shallow Life
Fear Factory vocalist Burton C. Bell and former Fear Factory/current Divine Heresy guitarist Dino Cazares have announced that they will be forming a new project along with thrash metal drumming legend Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Forbbiden, Testament, Dethklok Strapping Yound Lad amongst others) with Fear Factory bass player Byron Stroud rumoured to be part of the lineup too. The band currently has no name but one is expected to be revealed soon.
Reunited extreme metal legends Brutal Truth are currently steaming their brand new studio album, "Evolution Through Revolution" online. You can check it out by heading to www.evolutionthroughrevolution.info. The album is the first release of new material from Brutal Truth in ten years and will be released on April 14th in North America with a European release date of April 20th set (British fans will have to wait until May 4th to buy it in stores.)
Progressive heavy metal band Queensryche has entered the Billboard Top 200 albums chart with their latest studio effort, "American Soldier." The album debuted at the number 25 position and 21,000 copies in its first week of release. The album focuses on the armed forces and the trials and tests they endure while serving their country.
Legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (Dio, Black Sabbath, Heaven And Hell, Rainbow and Elf) has revealed that he is the latest metal icon to begin working on his life story. He claims the book will be, "not be centred around myself so much as me telling my life story through the stories of those around me."
"Every time I feel I’m getting halfway there, another halfway comes along,” he says. “But yes, I’m writing it and it’s certainly going to be very, very interesting for people interested in the bands I’ve been in and the people I’ve played with.
"You have to have a focal point, and I guess that had to be me. It’s an autobiography, but within it, I tell the stories that somehow explain a little bit what Ritchie (Blackmore)’s like or Tony (Iommi)’s like or Geezer (Butler)’s like. I don’t analyse them, but just in telling the tales I paint everyone in as good a light as possible. It’s not a tell-all book."
Southern rockers Clutch have announced that their new album will be titled "Strange Cousins From The West" and it will be released worldwide on July 7th. The album was recorded and mixed in March and April of 2009 with producer J Robbins at his Magpie Cage Studio in Baltimore, MD.
The track listing will be as follows:
1. Motherless Child
2. Struck Down
3. Unstoppable Watts
4. Abraham Lincoln
5. Metroliner Special
7. The Amazing Kreskin
9. Let a Poor Man Be
11. Algo Ha Cambiado
12. Sleestak Lightning
Norwegian black metal band Crest Of Darkness has issued the following statement about preparing to record a new album:
"After a long period of songwriting and rehearsals Crest of Darkness are slowly getting ready to enter the studio again. In April/May they'll do some pre-recordings with the purpose to test out some of their new material. During the summer and autumn Crest of Darkness will play a few concerts, and the band will probably play some of their new songs during these gigs. In the next step Crest of Darkness will make the final recordings for the next album!!! We'll of course keep you updated here on their official website!!"
Denmark's Royal Hunt has issued the following update about beginning the recording process for a new studio album:
"Royal Hunt are entering the very final stages of preproduction for their new – tenth since their debut in 1991 - studio album (the actual recordings will start by the end of this month). This time the band decided to revisit their roots and incorporate some of the musical values of the 70's into their songwriting as well as – in order to reinforce that particular atmosphere - employing mostly “retro” means of production (recording in analogue format exclusively being one of them). Music has been described as “an interesting mix of what’s been tagged as Classic Rock nowadays (established by Kansas, Genesis, ELP..s earlier works and Deep Purple, Uriah Heep..s classics from the same era) and Royal Hunt..s trademark composition/delivery”. The album is expected to be mixed/mastered sometime during the summer.
"+ A few more songs from the past albums uploaded to our MySpace page - enjoy!"
U.K. metallers Your Demise have posted a new music video online of the song "Burnt Tongues," which comes off their upcoming album "Ignorance Never Dies." The video can be viewed below. More...
Metal Blade Records has issued the following statement about re-issuing the Amon Amarth album "The Avenger:"
"After the successful re-issue of the Amon Amarth debut album, Once Sent From The Golden Hall, it's time to announce the details for the second re-issue of the year. The second album in the discography of Amon Amarth is The Avenger, and the 2-disc, deluxe re-issue is set for release on May 26th! The Avenger will be released again as a digipak featuring two discs. Disc one features the entire The Avenger album, re-mastered, plus the bonus track Thor Arise!
"Disc two features the live recording of the show Amon Amarth played on December 29, 2008 in Bochum, Germany where they played the album in its entirety. The order of songs is the same as on disc one (excluding Thor Arise). This re-issue also features new liner notes by singer Johan Hegg and tons of photos."
"The Avenger" track listing:
1. Bleed For Ancient Gods
2. The Last With Pagan Blood
3. North Sea Storm
5. God, His Son And Holy Whore
7. Legend Of A Banished Man
8. Thor Arise (bonus track)
Thick As Blood are currently streaming online their entire new album "Embrace," which is set to be released on April 14th via Eulogy Recordings. The album can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Holy Moses has issued the following statement to fans located in Russia and the Ukraine about their touring schedule and unconfirmed tour dates:
"Please only trust dates for tourdates of Holy Moses only on our official site www.holymoses.net and www.holymoses.de and www.myspacecom/holymosesgermany
"We never got signed contracts, flights or Visa’s for Holy Moses shows end of April and beginning of May for Russia and Ukraine. People asking us, why now the 3rd time, Holy Moses shows are cancelled for Russia? But to let you know – we never cancelled shows, which are confirmed with us and we had contracts for.
"Like you all know in Ukraine – we got contracts for Metal Fest In Ukraine and we did a great show. We always need to get confirmed shows 3 month before they will happen, so that we can start the promotion and the members of the band can get free time, to do it.
"But now, last week, we got information, that shows are booked for Russia and Ukraine – but those shows where booked without any contracts between the booking agents. Like we got the news – that in the end of march, the clubs got booked, but without any contracts. This is only four (4) weeks, before the shows should happen.
"We tried to manage it, because we are waiting a long time to come to Russia and back to Ukraine, but this time was too short, to get all members together and we want to present to you the real band – and not Sabina growling on a Mini-Disc Tape. I think you will understand this. More...
Atlanta psychedelic metallers Zoroaster have announced an upcoming North American tour alongside The Gates of Slumber and Serpent Cult. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
8/1 - Chicago, IL - The Metal Shaker
8/2 - Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar
8/3 - Toronto, ON - Wreck Room
8/4 - Ottawa, ON - Rainbow Bistro
8/5 - Montreal, QC - Katacombes
8/6 - Danbury, CT - Billy Baloney’s
8/7 - Boston, MA - O’Brien’s
8/8 - Baltimore, MD - Talking Head Club
8/9 - New York, NY - The Studio at Webster Hall
8/10 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
8/11 - Pittsburgh, PA - Howler’s Café
8/12 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s
8/13 - Columbus, OH - Ravari Room
8/14 - Indianapolis, IN - Emerson Theatre
A Life Once Lost vocalist Robert Meadows has announced the launch of his new record label, Staggered Works Music. The label’s first release is slated for April 17th with Doylestown, PA hardcore band War Pigs.
Staggered Works Music is a spin-off of the Bucks County and Philadelphia booking agency Staggered Works, which was founded by Meadows in 2006. Since 06’, Robert Meadows has gathered like-minded individuals and Staggered Works has grown to be a collective of concert promoters, musicians and artists organizing anywhere from 5-15 all ages/21 + shows a month in Bucks County & Philadelphia. “With so many great bands emerging from Bucks County, Philadelphia and everywhere else under the sun, it just made sense to build a home for artists and bands that feel the way we do about music.” says Meadows.
Staggered Works Music has plans to release several more albums over the next year in genres ranging from hardcore to metal to even experimental rock and pop punk. “We are going to be bringing something to a music scene that has been lacking for years now, in my opinion - THE TRUE PASSION FOR MUSIC. This has been a dream of mine now for years, to be able to release music that is affordable and also exceptional in every way. This is supposed to be fun, remember.” says Meadows.
Staggered Works Music has a record release show planned for War Pigs’ new album “Degeneration” on April 17th at The Moose Lodge in Doylestown, PA. War Pigs will share the stage that night with SHIPWRECK A.D., LAYIN WASTE (featuring Robert Meadows), EATING GLASS, BONGRIPPER, and BURDENS. The new album is now on presale at the SW Distro store by visiting www.staggeredworks.org. The album will also be available through Revelation Records as well as a few other distributors. War Pigs will also be performing with Madball May 10th and going on an 11 day tour of the east coast starting May 21st. More information about Staggered Works, Staggered Works Music and War Pigs can be found at www.staggeredworks.org. War Pigs’ new album can also be streamed on their Myspace profile.
The founding member of underground metal solo project Autumns Eyes, Dan Mitchell, is now hosting a Podcast under the name Beneath the Woods. The show features some of the secrets to Dan's metal recording style, along with previews of new Autumns Eyes material, band interviews, and more. You can find the podcast via iTunes or by visiting www.beneaththewoods.com/podcast.
Polish black metal group Behemoth has posted the third in a series of videos chronicling the recording of their new studio album online. You can check it out below. The band is currently working in B Room of Radio Gdansk, tracking down solos and vocals with Jan Bryt behind the mixing board.
A message from bass player Orion reads as follows: "We're getting further and further with the work on this new album, the end is near! For bass tracks recording I used tested, verified and proven for years ESP basses and Sansamp preamplifier. Plus quite new in my arsenal – Marbass amp and cabinet. This time, there was less of searching and more of self-confidence, realizing very definite and precise goals in the matter of sound. Resolutely, it's the most efficient and conscious recording session of Behemoth!" More...
Finnish metal band Children Of Bodom will be appearing at stores in Canada on April 10th and 11th to sign autographs and meet fans. Fans can meet the band at Axe Music stores in Edmonton, Alberta on the 10th and in Calgary, Alberta on the 11th. The store details are as follows:
Axe Music Edmonton
11931 Wayne Gretzky Drive
Axe Music Calgary
4040 Blackfoot Trail, SE
Dutch metal band The Gathering has posted a new song online entitled, "No Bird Call." You can check it out by heading to the bands official webstore. The song will be featured on the bands new studio album, "The West Pole" which will see a European release date of May 5th.
Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine has announced that they have cancelled their appearances at South Africa's My Coke festival which was set to be held in Johannesburg on April 10th and in Cape Town on the 13th. The band are currently in the studio demoing new material and want to focus on their recording commitments at the moment.
Frontman Matt Tuck states: "We’re absolutely gutted to have to cancel these shows, we were proper looking forward to it, but we are really getting stuck in with writing new songs and we have busy schedule to get everything prepared for recording the new album- which we are all really excited about! So we apologize to our fans in S.A. but we promise we’ll be back!"
The management for Australian hard rock legends Rose Tattoo has announced that guitarist/founding member Mick Cocks has been diagnosed with cancer of the liver. A statement from manager Steve White reads, "Mick has asked that I release this information to avoid the rumour mill taking control of information. The situation is that Mick has been diagnosed with liver cancer and is now under the advice of the very best doctors in Sydney. Treatment plans are underway and Mick is in good spirits and ready for a fight."
We wish Mick all the best for a quick recovery.
Blessed By A Broken Heart has added two exclusive tracks from the Japanese version of "Pedal To The Medal" to their Myspace Page. The new tracks are "License To Sin" and "Side By Side."
The band heads to Japan in May for a handful of appearances with Bring Me The Horizon. Upcoming shows include:
5/05/09 Club Diamond Hall - Nagoya, Japan
5/07/09 Zepp Osaka - Osaka, Japan
5/08/09 Studio Coast - Tokyo, Japan
5/11/09 Astro Hall - Tokyo, Japan
More comments have been made on both sides of the camp regarding God Seed's recent signing to Indie Recordings. The label commented:
"Through the last years we've worked with King & Gaahl in many different bands and projects such as. Gorgoroth, Trelldom, Sahg, Audrey Horne and Wardruna. The quality of their work has always been outstanding, and we welcome this opportunity to once again work with them – this time building something new together. The as-yet-untitled God Seed album will be released late 2009. The album has been in the making for some time already, and continues the already established path of King and Gaahl in a natural, yet progressive way.
"The new material sounds great and we are truly looking forward to be a part of their new musical carrier through God Seed."
In a press statement King comments the signing and the upcoming album:
"I have high hopes for the future signing to Indie Recordings. Gaahl and I have had various negative experiences with labels in the past, but feel confident that we have made the right choice this time. Indie Recordings consists of people we have worked with in the past and they have shown 100% professionalism. They have proven to take care and bring the best out of the bands on their roster. The fact that they are a Norwegian label and not a Swedish label makes me even more optimistic for the future!!"
God Seed's studio line up is as follows:
Vocals - Gaahl
Bass - King
Drums – Frost (Satyricon, 1349)
Guitar – Ice Dale (Enslaved, I, Audrey Horne)
Guitar – Telloch (Nidingr, Umoral)
Innovative French metallers ERYN NON DAE. (formerly END.) have set "Hydra Lernaia" as the title for their debut album, which is due June 19/22 in Europe.
"Hydra Lernaia" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Mobo at ConKrete Studio in Bordeaux, France.
The tracklisting for "Hydra Lernaia" is as follows:
1. When time elapses
2. Blistering hate
3. Existence asleep
4. The decline and the fall
5. Lam Tsol Oua
6. Through dark skies
7. Opposites from within
8. Echoes of distress
"Hydra Lernaia" will be released as a Digipak CD all over Europe on the 19th / 22nd of June 2009. The US will release the album on the 23rd of June.
LACERATED ENEMY RECORDS has announced the European signing of Australian's technical death metal band HIROSHIMA WILL BURN and the release of their sophomore album, "To The Weight Of All Things."
The label commented on the band: "HIROSHIMA WILL BURN is a singular experience in death metal. 'To The Weight Of All Things' presents a merging of their technical and rhythmically pummeling roots, with a new modern sensibility and skill. This is the essential death metal album of 2009."
"To the Weight of All Things" was mastered by Alan Douches (Nile, Dillinger Escape Plan), with artwork from Killustrations (Job For a Cowboy, Aborted, Kataklysm…).
You can check out the brand new track up on the label's MySpace player.