Metal News for April 8, 2010
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Dark Tranquillity has announced that Threat Signal and Mutiny Within are onboard for the upcoming North American tour. Some more dates (including Canada) are now confirmed, so the current trek is as follows:
May 11 Raleigh, NC - Volume 11 Tavern
May 12 West Springfield, VA - Jaxx
May 13 Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero
May 14 Farmingdale, NY - The Crazy Donkey
May 16 Allston, MA - Harper's Ferry
May 17 Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques
May 19 Quebec City, QC - Theatre Imperial
May 20 Torondo, ON - Opera House
May 21 Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
May 23 Winnipeg, MB - Pyramid Cabaret
May 24 Regina, SK - The Exchange
May 25 Edmonton, AB - The Starlite Room
May 26 Calgary, AB - The Republik
May 31 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
Jun. 01 West Hollywood, CA - Key Club
"Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)", a brand new song from Bay Area thrash metal veterans Exodus, is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the band's ninth album, "Exhibit B: The Human Condition," which is scheduled for release in North America on May 18 via Nuclear Blast Records.
"Exhibit B: The Human Condition" track listing:
01. The Ballad Of Leonard And Charles
02. Beyond The Pale
03. Hammer And Life
04. Class Dismissed (A Hate Primer)
06. March Of The Sycophants
08. Burn, Hollywood, Burn
10. The Sun Is My Destroyer
11. A Perpetual State Of Indifference
12. Good Riddance
Exodus filmed a video for the track "Downfall" on April 1 in Los Angeles. The clip was directed by Jon Schnepp, who was the creative force behind the band's "Riot Act" video. He is also known for his work on "Metalocalypse" (the animated program about Dethklok , the world's most popular death metal band) on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim.
Nuclear Blast USA's webshop will be issuing an exclusive mail-order edition of the album featuring a slipcase with different artwork (to be unveiled soon) plus the North American bonus track, "Devil's Teeth."
SCAREMAKER has completed work on their debut album, entitled "What Evil Have They Summoned...," due out on Razorback Recordings in mid-Spring. Mixing/Mastering is currently being wrapped up by Patrick Bruss, while our cover art is also being painted and finished up soon by Adam Geyer.
The final track listing for the album is as follows:
01. Dark Night of the Scaremaker (intro)
02. Demonic Infestation
03. The Hatched
04. Carpathian Breed
05. In the Shadow of the Matriarch
06. Burning Inquisition
07. Diabolical Metamorphosis
08. Gore Shriek
09. The Possessor
10. Nocturnal Bloodbath
11. Fatal Eve (instrumental)
12. Archaic Offerings
13. Devil's Son (DC LaCroix cover song)
The band has also posted another finished song, entitled "Nocturnal Bloodbath," from their upcoming album on their MySpace page.
Hungarian thrash metal band MORBID CARNAGE has recently completed the recording of their debut full-length, "Night Assassins," to be released via Singapore-based Pulverised Records later this year.
"Night Assassins" [cover art] track listing is as follows:
3. Funeral Pyre
4. Empty Graves
6. Castle In Pain
7. Night Assassins More...
Mutiny Within have documented their road to tour and release in 2010 since signing with Roadrunner Records in 2008, and are rolling out a weekly webisode showcasing their steps and tribulations along the way. Here in the 9th installment of this 12-part series, the band is in the studio tracking their self-titled debut with producer (and comedian) Jason Suecof. Watch it below:
Swedish melodic metal band AUDIOVISION has released their video for the track "Invitation" online. The track comes off their up-coming album "Focus" which will be released in Europe and North America on April 23rd through Ulterium Records. The video is directed by Ronny Hemlin [Scar Symmetry, Steel Attack]. Watch the video below:
Western Massachusetts' THE ACACIA STRAIN has set the dates to record the follow up to their 2008 release, the highly successful "Continent.” The band will be returning to track the new record with Zeuss at Planet Z Studios in Hadley, MA, where they recorded “Continent,” on April 14th.
Vocalist Vincent Bennett commented, “It's been a long time coming. It’s going to be hard to follow ‘Continent,’ but I'm confident that everyone will be as pleased with this record as we are. With this album we're not trying to reinvent the wheel, per say, but prove ourselves viable in today's music scene."
"Written and (to be) recorded in its entirety on 8 string guitars, this record will be the heaviest record of 2010, hands down."
Bennett added, "This is not the heaviest record EVER written, but it IS the heaviest ACACIA STRAIN record to date."
Guitarist Mikey from the Las Vegas metal band Taking Dawn has issued the following update:
"Uncle Mikey checking in from the drive. On our way to leeds back from Scotland. We had a killer fucking time in Scotland. Since we had a day off in Edinburgh we got to take in some of the sites and roam around the town like the jerkoffs that we are. The sights are unreal with the old castles and churches.. shit we never get to see back home. Alan bought a sword from some gypsy on the street and he almost got arrested for carrying it around town. Apparently you cant carry around deadly battle weapons… what kind of crazy fuckin law is that? Luckily they let him off but he had to go put the sword back. We are still wondering how we are going to get it through customs. Or maybe on the plane in case there are ay terrorists…we will be able to cut their fucking heads off."
"The crazy motherfuckers in Scotland really like to rock and they have badass accents. Sounding like pirates and shit. I'm gonna try to pick up the accent, I think it will help me get pussy. I need all the help I can get." More...
Every Time I Die will be touring alongside Norma Jean and the Cancer Bats this coming May. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
5/11 2010 Columbus, OH @ NEWPORT MUSIC HALL
5/12 2010 Jermyn, PA @ ELEANOR RIGBY’S
5/14 2010 Lexington, KY @ BUSTER’S
5/15 2010 Birmingham, AL @ ZYDECO
5/16 2010 Asheville, NC @ THE ORANGE PEEL
5/17 2010 Nashville, TN @ ROCKETOWN
5/18 2010 Columbia, MO @ MOJOS
5/19 2010 Springfield, MO @ w/ REMINGTON’S
5/21 2010 Little Rock, AR @ THE VILLAGE
5/22 2010 New Orleans, LA @ HOUSE OF BLUES
5/23 2010 Jacksonville, FL @ FREEBIRD
5/24 2010 Charleston, SC @ MUSIC FARM
5/25 2010 Wilmington, NC @ THE SOAPBOX LAUNDROLOUNGE
Ireland's For Ruin has issued the following update about canceling the band's previously announced U.K. tour dates with Belphegor:
"We are extremely sorry to say that we could not risk traveling to the UK today for our 4 originally scheduled shows with Belphegor. These shows were, it seems, far from being a priority for the booking agent and the Peterborough show was the first to be canceled. Last night we packed the gear and were at rehearsals only to get word that Leeds had been pulled leaving the Thurs (Camden) and Sunday (Plymouth) shows remaining, 4 days apart. The advice to us was that these are unlikely to go ahead and so much traveling would not be justified for such a short set in Camden so we decided to to travel and take the hit on what we had already invested in traveling to these shows.
"Its no understatement to say that we are very disappointed that we couldn't play these shows - a lot of work had to be done to get them arranged and to have everyone available to play them. But these things happen all the time and there's not much we can do about it. Playing other shows in the UK before the end of year will be difficult due to scheduling but we'll try to swing something. There was a lot of people coming to see the shows, review the shows, conduct interviews etc. and all that stuff - apologies to you."
Guitarist Craig Locicero of Forbidden has issued the following fourth blog from their recording sessions:
"Monday March 15th: The day started by finishing 'Immortal Wounds' from the night before. Once the was finished we jumped into a song called 'Behind The Mask'. It is the first collaboration of riffs that [Forbidden guitarist Steve] Smyth and I put together. It was a dark horse going into the record, but I think it's a really good song. At times it reminds me at times of 'Step By Step' [a track off of Forbidden’s 1990 Twisted Into Form album] and Russ [Anderson, vocalist] wrote a great melody for it and it has an amazing clean/flamenco section in the middle section after a Steve [Smyth] solo that really shines, very melodic. The chorus is monster! More...
Norwegian black metallers Gorgoroth have announced their tour date in Milan, Italy on April 15th has changed venues. The show will now take place at the Tunnel Club Milano at Via Sammartini 30. Gorgoroth's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
4/9 2010 Biebob Vosselaar
4/10 2010 Baroeg Rotterdam
4/11 2010 Le Trabendo Paris
4/12 2010 MarX Hamburg
4/13 2010 Essigfabrik Cologne
4/14 2010 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg
4/15 2010 Tunnel Club Milano Milan
4/16 2010 N8 Osnabrück
4/17 2010 Alte Spinnerei Glauchau
5/1 2010 Ragnarök Festival @ Ostbayernhalle Rieden/Kreuth
8/12 2010 Brutal Assault Festival Jaromer
8/13 2010 Bloodstock Open Air Derbyshire
8/14 2010 Jalometalli Metal Music Festival Oulu
8/20 2010 Summer Breeze Festival Dinkelsbühl
Mexican death metallers Infinitum Obscure have issued the following statement about their upcoming U.S. tour dates with Nominon and Quinta Essentia:
"Towards the Eternal Dark we must go! We here by announce our first official international tour, currently being booked for the Summer of 2010, under the command of Deathgasm Records! Infinitum Obscure will be touring the United States of America for 3 weeks in late June/early July 2010 with none other than our unholy label mates Nominon (Sweden) and Quinta Essentia (Alabama)!
"Three dates have so far been officially released and are now viewable in the shows section, the rest will become available during the following weeks. The tour will kick off in Atlanta, Georgia then heading south to Jacksonville and Tampa, from there to New Orleans and onward to Texas, then heading up the mid west to Chicago and Cleveland and finishing the treck off in the East coast in New York City, Boston, Upstate New York and Northern New Jersey. More information will be available soon, so stay tuned... See you all on the road!!"
The currently announced dates are as follows:
6/24 2010 PS WAREHOUSE Atlanta, Georgia
6/27 2010 The Bar Metairie, Louisiana
6/28 2010 Walter’s on Washington Houston, Texas
Guitarist Sander van der Meer of Leaves' Eyes has checked in from the road with the following tour report:
"Hello all! Now we found a working internet connection again, a new sign of life from the road. The last days were filled with adventure and challenge….. Switzerland/France: We had an awesome show at the Z7 venue in Pratteln/Switzerland. Super nice venue which is always a pleasure to play. Unfortunately we had a stroke of bad luck later that night. It became clear that our tourbus had multiple problems, which made it unsafe to drive any further and left us with a huge problem: ' how to get to Montpellier France the next day…..'
"Without a quick solution, there was a real danger of having to cancel our appearance there. For us, canceling the show was not an option. Luckily the awesome Z7 crew helped us out by arranging a sprinter bus with two of their security officers driving us to Montpelier! Big thanks go out to Norbert and all at Z7, what you did for us was just amazing! After an approximately eight hour drive we arrived at the venue, and in 'speedstaging style' we set and entered the stage within 15 minutes! Thanks to our awesome crew we made it! Right after the show we jumped back into the car and met up with our new tour bus. More...
Solo artist Ihsahn has posted footage online of his performance of the song "On The Shores" during the Inferno Festival with Leprous as his backing band. The video clip can be viewed below. "On The Shores" is from Ihsahn's latest album "After."
Sweden's Miseration has issued the following update about upcoming tour dates in Italy:
"Hi all! It's once again time to take it to the stage! This time we will head out on a Italian mini-tour, in May. So far the schedule is shaping up as follows: May 8 - Perugia, May 14 - Rome (together with Graveworm), May 15 - Milan (Tattoodeath Fest). A few more shows are still to be confirmed. A special thanks to Fabio Vignati, for all his kind help, organizing things! More news as it happens!"
Miseration tracks are also available for streaming at this location.
French metallers Nightmare have updated their tour schedule with the following string of dates:
5/21 2010 Escape Metal Corner Wien/Austria
5/22 2010 MetalFest Open Air Hungary Budapest-Csillebérci/Hungary
5/23 2010 MetalFest Open Air Czech Pilsen/Czech Republic
6/12 2010 Dokk’Em Festival V Dokkum/Netherlands
6/18 2010 Coliseum Charleroi/Belgium
7/2 2010 Fuckin’ Rock’N’ Roll Festival La Maroquinerie Paris (75)/France
7/10 2010 Savoie Rock Festival La Bathie (73)/France
7/17 2010 DevilStone Open Air Festival Anyksciai/Lithuania
7/24 2010 Woodstock Festival Borkovany/Czech Republic
8/6 2010 Wacken Open Air 2010 Wacken/Germany
8/27 2010 Barby Club Tel-Aviv/Israel
10/9 2010 Evening of Metal Festival St Dizier (52)/ France
10/14 2010 South America Tour Brazil, Argentina
Obscura's Steffen Kummerer has issued the following update about the band adding on a Mexican appearance to their "Cosmogenesis" tour:
"We are more than happy to get the chance to perform at this year's Mezcal Fest alongside Cavalera Conspiracy, Death Angel and many more in Mexico City. Since the release of 'Cosmogenesis' we got so much feedback from fans all over the world and after the trip to Japan in June we will travel to Mexico for the first time in the history of this band. just amazing."
"Cosmogenesis", the second full-length album from Obscura, sold around 900 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The CD debuted in February 2009 at No. 71 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
Obscura's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
6/2 2010 Osaka - Club Quattro Japan
6/3 2010 Nagoya - Club Quattro Japan
6/4 2010 Tokyo - O-East Japan
6/20 2010 HELLFEST France
7/17 2010 METAL SPLASH FESTIVAL
9/26 2010 MEZCAL Festival Mexico
Former Iron Maiden vocalist and solo artist Paul Di'Anno has announced he will be embarking on a mini Greek tour in May. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
5/18 Greece Mylos club, Thessaloniki
5/20 Greece Patra Stones Bar, Patra
5/21 Greece Athens Rodeo Club, Athens
5/22 Greece Notos Club, Chania, Crete
Persistense has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming live shows:
"Back home from the Germany Mini Tour we realized this is what makes us strong and what we really want to do. Also special thanks to Archaic Averno and Remy for being great support. Also a big thanks for the venues, crews and the people who showed up at those gigs. On the 8th and 9th of May we'll do some more shows in Germany together with Lunarsphere.
"Coming up are the gigs with legendary thrash metal / punk band Détente. Guitarist Ross Robinson, drummer Dennis Butler, bass player Steve Hochheiser and singer Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.) started the band in 1984. Their first album, 'Recognize No Authority' was released in '86 and still has a cult status among thrash metal / punk fans. In 2007 3 original band members reignited the album by releasing a reissue. Together with vocalist Ann Boleyn (Hellion) they played a lot of gigs ao The Headbangers Open Air festival. Now, the band has found a permanent singer in Tiina Teal, and they will release their new album 'Decline' any moment now. We are very proud and thankful to have the privilege of supporting Détente at their kick-off shows! Come and check us out in Den Haag, Tilburg, Eindhoven or Antwerpen."
The upcoming Persistense tour dates are as follows: More...
Italy's Secret Sphere has been confirmed to appear at the 2010 edition of the Metal Fest Open Air Hungary, which is set to take place in Budapest from May 21st to 23rd. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts for the festival include Nevermore, Sonata Arctica, Lamb Of God, Hammerfall, Amon Amarth, Sabaton, Deicide, Korpiklaani, Finntroll, Elvenking, Sadist, Vader, Leaves' Eyes, Legion of the Damned, and more.
Greece's Septicflesh has issued the following update about their upcoming album:
"The band is frantically working on the details of the songs that will appear in the successor album of 'Communion.' The recording process is scheduled to start on the middle of this Summer at their own newly build Devasoundz studios in Athens. Again the Orchestra will be recorded in Prague.
"This time, the band’s effort to expand its dark and dreamy sound-scapes will be aided by famous producer Peter Tagtgren (Amon Amarth, Marduk, Therion, Children of Bodom, Celtic Frost, Immortal, etc)."
Septic Flesh tracks can also be heard through the band's MySpace page.
Greg Puciato of the Dillinger Escape Plan has issued the following statement about the band performing an upcoming headlining show:
"Just quickly wanna let everyone know, because we've been getting asked about it, that the April 13th show at the Glasshouse in Pomona is the ONLY DEP HEADLINING SHOW in Southern California (or all of California for that matter) on this tour and the known future so far. SO, for those of you planning to drive from L.A., or Orange County, or San Diego or wherever the hell you are coming from, please get your tickets in advance here to be sure you don't drive all that way only to find that there are no tickets left. Doors will be at seven, it IS an all ages show, and we go on around 9:45, so plan accordingly if you'll be making a drive.
"Other than that, thanks to everyone we've seen so far on this tour for coming out and creating memorable experiences with us; these have been some of the most gratifying North American shows we've played in a long time. We have six more to go on this tour, check the main page for the dates and places. I'll check back in soon."
The Dillinger Escape Plan's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
The Konsortium has issued the following statement about their current recording sessions:
"Well. Due to various unforeseen events, things have been a bit delayed... as is usual with this band. However, we are making progress...slowly, but still - we're getting there. We've had plenty of long nights, and there are more to come.
"As we may have mentioned earlier, the drum tracking is finished. It took some time to get it done, and there is still some afterwork left before everything is OK, but all in all the drums are done. Teloch recently entered Crystal Canyon Studio (Ulver/ Turbonegro) in Oslo to record guitars. So far everything is going well, and we´re expecting some black magic string work to hit us once he´s done. Work on the vocals has begun, but has come to an unfortunate stop, as a cold has caught up with Member 01´s lungs (weakling). Since we´re giving you a little glimpse into what´s going on at the moment, we have also posted some pictures. More updates will follow soon."
Polish gothic metallers Unsun have checked in with the following recording update:
"Cheers our Dears! After 5 weeks of exacting and pleasure work in the studio we're coming to our homes. By these 5 weeks we finally succeeded in recording of guitars sounding extremely heavy, drums and bass during subwoofer cant stand with the same place and impressive vocals which will stick in yours minds on very long time.
"We are maximum satisfied, the hard work is worthwhile, this album will be breaking the ground. We have to wait a little bit time for the final result ,before us the last stage of work with the recorded material (master, responsible for that are Slawek and Wojtek Wieslawski, who worked also with bands like Vader, Behemoth, Decapitated and many others great band) To make yours wait more pleasant we've added to our gallery a few shots from the recording session of Aya in Studio X and first part of shots from session in Studio Hertz (thanks to AgaKrysiuk)."
Italy's Viscera/// has issued the following update about signing to ConSouling Sounds Records for the release of a new album:
"We have officially signed for the Belgian label ConSouling Sounds. This marriage will let born our second album 2, As Zeitgeist Bocomes Profusion of the I, on October 2010. Actually we won't break the collaboration with SoulFlesh Collector, which will remain eastern partner in our release campaign. Stay tuned."
Sample Viscera/// tracks can be heard through the band's MySpace page.
Sweden's Aeon has posted a teaser trailer online for their new album "Path of Fire," which can be viewed below. The album was recorded at the Empire Studio in Östersund Sweden in September, 2009. Mixing was handle at Mana Studio in St. Petersburg, FL by Erik Rutan in October.
Idaho's Dawn of Sorrow, which was formerly known as Allanon, has issued the following update about releasing a new demo:
"We have finally set a date for our upcoming demo and we're pretty excited about the whole thing. This is whats going to happen on July 24 we're going to be posting 2 new song off the demo to get you ready for the demo release. The official date is August 22nd."
The track listing for the "Dawn of a New Breed" demo is as follows:
1. Creations Greed
2. Eradicating The Masses
3. Pestilence That Walk The Earth
4. Nocturnal Carnage
5. A New Sun
Savannah, GA’s Black Tusk has posted the first preview track from their Relapse debut "Taste The Sin" online now via the band’s MySpace page. The band recorded "Taste The Sin" at the Jam Room Recording Studio in Columbia, SC with engineers Jay Matheson and Steve Slavich. "Taste The Sin" will see a May 25th North American release date.
Black Tusk's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
4/9 Rochester, NY Bug Jar
4/10 New York, NY Webster Hall
4/11 Philadelphia, PA Khyber
4/12 Washington, DC DC9 (w/ WEEDEATER, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING)
4/13 Frederick, MD Krug’s Place (w/ WEEDEATER, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING)
4/14 Richmond, VA The Triple (w/ WEEDEATER, STRUCK BY LIGHTNING)
Undivine has issued the following announcement about their drummer Jonas Lindström performing with Demonical:
"Once again Jonas will do the drums for swedish deathmetal masters Demonical. This is only temporary, because Ronnie is busy with Grave that day! Last time some people misunderstood and thought Jonas had taken Ronnies place, but that is NOT the case. Demonical will perform at Protzen Open Air Festival in Protzen, Germany."
Further details on the Protzen Open Air festival can be found at this location.
HELLYEAH is currently in Dallas, Texas putting the final touches on their sophomore release titled-"Stampede" (Epic Records), due out July 13th. Once finished, the band will hit the road for a worldwide tour throughout the summer (dates below).
"Stampede," the follow up to the band's 2007 self-titled debut, is being recorded, produced and mixed by Vinnie Paul and Sterling Winfield. Vocalist Chad Gray says of the album “I couldn’t wait to write this record. I can’t wait for our fans to hear it and I definitely can’t wait to hit the fucking stage and play it! Stampede represents every emotion that you’ve ever had and everything that screams HELLYEAH! There’s no smoke and mirrors with what we are. What you see is what you get. And what your get is Five guys bringin’ it, a head full of music, bleeding ears and most likely….Drunk!”
Check out Vinnie and Sterling’s report from the studio and hear a snippet of a brand new song on the band’s YouTube page (and below).
HELLYEAH will debut the first track from STAMPEDE to fans on April 21st.
To promote their upcoming effort, HELLYEAH hits the road for the following tour dates: More...
Wolves In The Throne Room has announced headlining European tour dates beginning in May. Their complete tour schedule is as follows:
with EARTH, LORI GOLDSTON:
4/14/2010 The Oak Street Speakeasy - Eugene, OR
4/15/2010 Noctrum - Eureka, CA
4/16/2010 Slim's - San Francisco, CA
4/17/2010 Brookdale Lodge - Santa Cruz, CA
4/19/2010 Ché Café - San Diego, CA
4/20/2010 The EchoPlex - Los Angeles, CA
4/22/2010 Rotture - Portland, OR
4/23/2010 Neumo's - Seattle, WA
4/24/2010 Capitol Theatre - Olympia, WA w/ Mount Eerie, Ô Paon?
Wolves In The Throne Room Headlining European Tour:
5/01/2010 Ragnarok Festival - Rieden, Germany
5/05/2010 K4 - Nurnberg, Germany
5/06/2010 Matrix Club - Prague, Czech Republic
5/07/2010 Friction Festival - Berlin, Germany
5/08/2010 Beatpol - Dresden, Germany
5/10/2010 Durer Kert - Budapest, Hungary
5/11/2010 Channel Zero - Ljubljana, Slovenia
5/12/2010 Szene - Vienna, Austria
5/13/2010 Neudegg Alm - Abtenau, Austria
5/14/2010 Rock Planet - Pinarella di Cervia, Italy
5/15/2010 Koko Club - Castelletto Cervo, Italy
5/16/2010 Le Kab - Geneva, Switzerland
5/17/2010 Jubez - Karlsruhe, France
5/18/2010 Glazart - Paris, France
5/19/2010 AB Club - Brussels, Belgium
5/20/2010 The Fighting Cocks - Kingston, England
5/21/2010 Engine Rooms - Brighton, England
5/22/2010 Hare And Hounds - Birmingham, England
5/23/2010 Islington Mill - Manchester, England
5/24/2010 The Underworld - London, England
5/25/2010 The Croft - Bristol, England
5/27/2010 Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
5/28/2010 Lakei - Helmond, Netherlands
5/29/2010 Tivoli - Utrecht, Netherlands
5/30/2010 Gleis22 - Munster, Germany
5/31/2010 Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany
6/01/2010 Loppen - Copenhagen, Denmark
6/02/2010 Sticky Fingers - Goteborg, Sweden
6/03/2010 Garage - Oslo, Norway
German progressive metallers The Ocean are streaming their new album "Heliocentric" for 48 hours only on MetalSucks. The stream started just after midnight last night and will be posted until 11:59pm EDT on Friday, April 9th.
The Ocean is releasing two albums in 2010 - the first being "Heliocentric," which streets on April 13th, and the second being Anthropocentric, due out in the fall 2010. The concept at the base of both albums is a critique of Christianity from different philosophical and personal angles.
"Heliocentric" will come in a lavish and unusual digipak packaging. The album artwork and packaging are reflecting the Heliocentric-theme, the idea that the sun, rather than the earth, is at the center of our planetary system. Robin Staps discusses the packaging: "The European version is a digipak with 3 revolving PVC-dials in different sizes attached to the front side with a screw: the center dial shows the sun. The second dial shows the orbits of the planet, the outer dial shows the zodiacs. The dials are transparent, so you can see the background through, a starry night sky, on which a star-chart is printed in a special color varnish.
"The US version doesn't have these dials, the artwork is silver hot foil-stamped instead. Inside the digipak of both versions there will be 8 cards, one for every (non-instrumental) song, with images by Portuguese painter and philosopher Francisco de Hollanda printed on one side and the lyrics on the backside.
"While the songs, art and lyrics of Heliocentric tell the story of the rise of the heliocentric world view and its effects on Christian belief from medieval times to Darwin and Dawkins, Anthropocentric challenges the views of creationists and other modern fundamentalists who still believe that the earth is at the center of the universe."
Musically, "Heliocentric" covers the largest range of dynamics and styles to date: "There are a few really calm songs with mainly piano and vocals, as well as some crushing heavy tunes. There is a very special atmosphere to it that pervades the album", comments guitarist Jonathan Nido.
"Our new vocalist Loic Rossetti has immensely widened the musical spectrum of this band and there are some songs on the album that even those people who have conceived of this band as being unpredictable and daring would have never imagined", adds Robin Staps. "But this is exactly what makes it a 150% The Ocean album".
Heliocentric continues where the Proterozoic half of the "Precambrian" album left off, with dense, epic songs and big orchestrations. "Anthropocentric" is going to be a bit more straight forward rocking and technical, whilst tapping the full dynamic range from acoustic pieces to eclectic heaviness as well.
The albums were mainly recorded in the mountainous isolation of La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the highest city of Europe. The band decided to record and mix the album with the band's house sound engineer Julien Fehlmann: "We wanted to be in control of every single detail, and we have an amazing studio at hand here. Sound wise this is by far the best-sounding album we have done to date".
Fans can now pre-order "Heliocentric" as just the CD or in a CD/t-shirt package. A special vinyl box 2x LP edition with revolving sun and planet-dials will be available soon from pelagic-records.com.
Here's the "Heliocentric" track listing:
3. The First Commandment of the Luminaries
4. Ptolemy Was Wrong
5. Metaphysics of the Hangman
6. Catharsis of a Heretic
7. Swallowed by the Earth
9. The Origin of Species
10. The Origin of God
German death metallers Lifeless have checked in with the following brief update about the release of their new album:
"Release date revealed... The official worldwide re-release of 'Beyond the threshold of death' via Ibex Moon Records will be on the 6th of June. It will include an exclusive bonus track and complete new artwork. So watch out!!!"
You can also hear Lifeless tracks available for streaming at this location or catch them live on the following dates:
4/30 2010 Symposium of sickness II Siegen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
5/29 2010 Metal Night Neuss Neuss, Nordrhein-Westfalen
9/17 2010 NRW-Deathfest Wermelskirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
9/18 2010 JC Erebos Spremberg, Brandenburg
Ontario's Warmachine has issued the following update about performing a home town show with Lacuna Coil:
"Warheads! fter almost a year and a half, Warmachine will be performing live once again in Toronto on May 25th. Fresh off their U.S. tour with W.A.S.P., the band will be sharing the stage with Italy`s own Lacuna Coil. Here are the show details: Date: May 25th 2010 Line up: Lacuna Coil, Hail The Villain, Warmachine, Mary And The Black Lamb, Venue: The Opera House (735 Queen Street East), Doors: 7pm, Tickets: $20.00 in advance."
Warmachine also has the following upcoming tour dates:
5/25 2010 The Opera House Toronto, Ontario
7/29 2010 HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR FESTIVAL Brande-Hornerkirchen, Schleswig-Holstein
7/30 2010 HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR FESTIVAL Brande-Hornerkirchen, Schleswig-Holstein
7/31 2010 HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR FESTIVAL Brande-Hornerkirchen, Schleswig-Holstein
Belgian black metallers Gorath have issued the following statement about appearing at the 2010 edition of the Devilstone Open Air festival:
"Devilstone Open Air, Lithuanian metal music festival, apparently the biggest and the most rapidly growing throughout the Baltic States, will take place for the second time in Dainuva valley of Anyksciai, on July 16-18 of this year. Three days of music with devils in nature! Gorath are very proud to be part of this phenomenal festival, held on three days. Last editions were headlined by none the less than Code, Keep of Kalessin, Sinister and numerous other bands."
More details on the festival can be found at this location.