Metal News for May 1, 2011
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Switzerland’s MUMAKIL recently announced their first tour outside of Europe as they head to Cuba in August as part of the traveling Brutal Fest 2011. The ten-date Brutal Fest 2011 will also include THE PROPHECY, HYPNO5E, KESS’KHTAK, DEADLY SIN ORGY, and more. This tour will kick-off on August 19th in Havana, Cuba with complete festival news and information available at BrutalFest.com.
MUMAKIL has recently welcomed new bass player Benjamin Droz into the fold and are currently writing for a new full-length album and follow-up to their Relapse debut, "Behold The Failure." The band plans to begin recording after their August tour dates at their studio in Geneva.
Here are the latest MUMAKIL tour dates:
May 7 Versoix, Switzerland Caves de Versoix (w/ Near Death Condition)
June 4 Geneva, Switzerland L’Usine (as part of Festival Antifa 2011 w/ Discharge, the Oppressed, more)
June 12 Delemont, Switzerland le SAS (w/ Total Fucking Destruction)
Brutal Fest 2011:
Aug. 19 La Habana, Cuba Maxim Rock
Aug. 21 Pinar Del Rio, Cuba TBA
Aug. 23 Matanzas, Cuba TBA
Aug. 24 Santa Clara, Cuba TBA
Aug. 26 Camaguey, Cuba TBA
Aug. 28 La Habana, Cuba Maxim Rock
New Westminster, Canada jazz metal act Codex Madrid has posted some new live footage online. The footage was captured for their track "Victory Song" during the band's April 23, 2011 performance at Funky Winkerbeans in Vancouver. You can check out the live clip in the player below and keep up with the band's activities here.
Germany's Mirror of Deception has issued the following update about appearing at the upcoming Malta Doom Metal festival:
"We have been invited to Malta Doom Metal Festival on November 4th & 5th 2011.
"So far confirmed are: Pagan Altar, Forsaken, Officium Triste, Nomad Son, Mirror of Deception, Arkham Witch, Griffen Device, Victims of Creation, Mountain Throne, Age of Taurus and Void Moon. More bands and the venue will be announced."
You can find more information on the Malta Doom Metal festival at this location.
Dawn of Winter also recently checked in with the following update about canceling the band's appearance at the festival:
"We are very sorry but we can’t play Malta this year due to a scheduling conflict. We would love to play the festival and hope to see and meet all the Maltese doomheads and DoW fans at the 2012 edition! Slow is the suffering!"
Keep of Kalessin has checked in with the following announcement about performing upcoming live shows in Mexico:
"Mexico, here we come! We're happy to announce that we've confirmed our first ever shows in Mexico.
"The shows will take place at the Wild Metal Fest in Cancun on June 3rd and then Mexico City on the 4th of June.
"We're really excited to finally be playing there as we've heard great things about the Mexican metal fans from many of our colleagues in other bands. See you soon!"
You can also check out the band's music by heading over to the Keep of Kalessin MySpace page.
Last month we took a look at Wolfsbane and saw what singer Blaze Bayley was up to before (and eventually after) he joined Iron Maiden. This week we take a look at what another of Iron Maiden’s singers did before he joined the band, this time it’s world renowned and current vocalist Bruce Dickinson and the band, Samson. Samson was formed in 1977, a time when punk had exploded in the United Kingdom and for a brief time, long haired, hard rock and heavy metal bands became rather unpopular. Nevertheless, the band continued to hone their craft and in 1979, they released their debut album, "Survivors," which featured guitarist and bane namesake, Paul Samson handling the vocal duties in a lineup which also included bassist Chris Aylmer and iconic drummer, Thunderstick. However, shortly after the release of the record, Samson stepped away from the microphone to make way for the band’s new vocalist "Bruce Bruce," better known today as Bruce Dickinson.
With Dickinson now in tow, the band re-released "Survivors" to feature their new vocalist and soon released their second album, “Head On.” The album proved to be a successful one for Samson, reaching number 34 in the UK album charts and earning rave reviews from critics. The record is also notable for the song, "Thunderburst," which was co-written with Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris and would appear the next year on the Iron Maiden album, "Killers," in the guise of, "The Ides Of March." Despite the success of the record however, the group soon found themselves being booked on mismatched tours as a result of poor management and after one more album, "Shock Tactics," which featured the charting single, "Riding With The Angels," Bruce Dickinson left the band to join Iron Maiden, after Maiden’s manager Rod Smallwood got talking to Dickinson following Samson’s performance at the Reading festival in 1981 (which was later released as a live album in 1990.)
The band then soldiered on, recruiting new vocalist Nicky Moore. The change in singer was not without it’s rewards, as the subsequent album, "Before the Storm," yielded two singles, "Losing My Grip" and "Red Skies," which were able to hit the British singles charts. Unfortunately this was to be the last taste of chart success Samson would receive, as their later releases were overshadowed by other heavy metal stars of the time, not least Iron Maiden, and the New Wave Of British Heavy movement had begun to grind to a halt. Although the band hadn’t released an album since 1993, they never officially disbanded, but were effectively forced to do so in 2002, when guitarist Paul Samson tragically passed away after a battle with cancer. Five years later, bass player Aylmer would also pass away, effectively ending any speculation there may have been regarding a Samson reunion of any kind. Nowadays, the band are often looked upon favourably by NWOBHM fans as one of the best of it’s day. They released some truly spectacular music and stood out amongst many of the other groups, not least for locking their drummer in a cage at any given opportunity. More...
Vancouver, Canada heavy metallers 3 Inches Of Blood have posted some new footage from the studio online. The footage was taken during the band's time recording its forthcoming new EP "Anthems For The Victorious" which will see its release on May 12, 2011 through Century Media records.
Progressive metalcore act Norma Jean has posted some new behind-the-scenes footage from its recent music video shoot online. The band are currently preparing a music video for the track "Bastardizer." The footage can be viewed in the player below.
It is without a doubt that the hype and anticipation around the first ever headlining performance from Between the Buried and Me in Vancouver was huge. Having appeared in the city twice before as an opening act, playing only 2 songs in its first appearance and 3 songs the next, the BTBAM faithful were lined up two blocks deep outside the city's Rickshaw Theater hours before showtime, to catch a well deserved full length set. Although being the headline act the attention would soon be taken away from them by five guys from Germany, who would show Vancouver how live metal should be done. More...
Two live clips have been posted online featuring full songs from Between the Buried and Me's April 29th tour stop in Vancouver, Canada. You can view the performances of "Specular Reflection" and "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" below.