Metal News for May 11, 2010
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Nevermore's Warrel Dane has issued the following update regarding the reunion of his old band Sanctuary:
"Since I have been talking about this in interviews already I should probably just say it... there will be another Sanctuary record, been talking with Lenny... we are really good friends again and it feels good... I missed my relationship with him for many years... but NM is never going away so don't start any more rumors!"
Windfaerer has issued the following update on a new song posted on their MySpace page:
"Posted on the music player is a track off of the upcoming full-length, Tribus, entitled 'The Gate.' Most of the songs have been mixed, but none have been mastered yet. The mastering should be completed by the end of this week."
"As mentioned in prior postings, Windfaerer has been working with Bobby Torres from Frightbox Recording to track, mix and master this album. I am very excited about how the songs have been shaping. Bobby has been doing an amazing job in helping all of this materialize. I would also like to thank Valcek for the wonderful violin work done throughout the album!"
The official release for BerserkerfoX's debut album "History.Altar.Ashes" has been set for June 11th at The Arthouse. Joining the bill are headliners Dreadnaught, with guests Demonhead and Ayera.
"History.Altar.Ashes" features nine original tracks produced, recorded, engineered and mastered by BerserkerfoX. The LP will be released in two formats via Ovis Records DA; a digital download pack available at Amazon, iTunes and over 1000 online stores, with a full-colour digipak available via BerserkerfoX directly and Ovis Records’ BigCartel sites.
Jewelcases and limited edition digipaks of the album will be available for sale on the night (with special discounts for the first 20 buyers).
Dutch death metallers Nox recently parted ways with drummer Bob Dussel. The band commented on the departure: "It has been decided that Nox and Bob Dussel go different directions. Bob's priorities and the band's are not the same. Both parties are not able to 'make it work' any longer." Nox has now announced that former member Seth van de Loo has returned to the band to take over drum duties. The band is currently working on a new full-length album which is tentatively scheduled to be released by the end of the year.
Avenged Sevenfold has posted a preview online of their new single "Nightmare." The preview track can be heard below. Avenged Sevenfold also recently announced that Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy would be joining them on their remaining tour dates this year to fill in after the death of drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan.
Kingdom Of Sorrow, the band featuring Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and Crowbar leader Kirk Windstein, has had one of their new songs, "Enlightened To Extinction," featured in the trailer for the forthcoming new video game, Lost Planet 2. You can check out the trailer below. "Enlightened To Extinction" comes from the bands forthcoming new studio album, "Behind The Blackest Tears," which is scheduled to be released on June 8th through Relapse Records. More...
Sweden's Draconian had previously announced the scheduled show in Turkey would be postponed. Vocalist Anders Jacobsson has now checked in with the following update about the tour date being officially canceled:
"Without going into too much detail we can now disclose that the Turkey show is finally canceled due to bad promotion and communication. We are really sorry for this, for our fans and ourselves, and hope for patience 'til we see each other at another point; rather sooner than later. Doom on and keep the flame alive."
British extreme metal outfit Trigger The Bloodshed has posted their new music video online for the song, "The Soulful Dead." You can check it out below. The song comes from the bands forthcoming new studio album, "Degenerate" which will be released on May 24th through Rising Records. More...
High On Fire will kick off European tour dates as support for Metallica tonight in Belfast, Ireland. The band issued the following statement about the appearance: "High on Fire is ecstatic to join Metallica on its upcoming tour. We are honored to be chosen by James, Lars, Kirk and Robert and look forward to introducing their loyal crowds to our brand of heaviness."
High On Fire has also announced a summer headlining tour of Canada. The two week tour will launch on July 8 in Vancouver, BC and is scheduled to run through July 22 in Montreal, QC where the band will share the stage with Alice Cooper, Slayer, Rob Halford and more as part of the 2010 Heavy MTL Fest. The upcoming tour dates are as follows:
7/8 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theatre
7/10 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
7/11 Calgary, ALB TheRepublik
7/13 Winnipeg, ON Royal Albert Arms
7/14 Thunder Bay, ON Crocks (Skeletonwitch supports)
7/16 Toronto, ON Opera House
7/17 London, ON London Music Hall
7/18 Windsor, ON The Blind Dog
7/20 Hamilton, ON The Casbah
7/21 Kingston, ON Time To Laugh
7/22 Quebec City, QC Le Cercle
7/23 Ottawa, ON Capital Music Hall
7/24 Montreal, QC Heavy MTL Fest - Parc Jean Drapeau
Italy's Hour of Penance has issued the following statement regarding the band's shows in Spain being canceled:
"Just got back home, time to clarify about what happened during our show in Spain, Alicante. Here writing are Giulio, Silvano and Francesco from Hour of Penance, we've just returned home and we decided to make an announcement of what happened during what looks like to be our last tour with this line up. What follows, is just the truth, we know that on the internet there are already people talking about this or that without knowing what REALLY happened during the show we supposed to do in Alicante on May 7th.
"Here's what happened: We were about to jump on stage and play as we did on every night since the start of this tour and since we always did so far in the most professional way we could, but once on stage we figured out that our drummer Mauro was not able to perform a whole Hour of Penance set, so Francesco take the microphone and announced that we couldn't do the show because our drummer was sick. Just after his announcement the employees of the venue 'Coyote Ugly' started taking our instruments and gear because somebody did damage to the venue including breaking a flat TV 50 inches. So we started talking with them with lot of difficulty since nobody at the venue except us and the promoter were able to speak English but only Spanish until the police arrived and discovered that all those damages were done by our drummer Mauro. More...
Austrian symphonic metallers Juvaliant have announced their new album "Inhuman Nature" will be released on May 28th, 2010. Samples of all nine tracks on the album are currently available for streaming at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Into The Abyss (Intro)
2. Heroes (We Will Be)
3. Doomsday Machine
4. Live To Die
5. Hell's Roundabout
6. Killing Child
7. On Wings Of Steel
8. Silent Agony
9. Cold Distance Of The Universe
Karen Page has checked in with the following update about re-recording their "Operator, Operator, The Phone Is Dead!" EP:
"So, I'll keep it short since our last blog was completely pointless. I promise this one isn't. On Sunday May 16th we enter the studio to start re-tracking our first EP, operator operator! The phone is dead! This ep was put out about 2 years ago, and was limited to 100 copies. We will be re-recording and releasing this EP on Rotten Records. We are currently in pre-production of this, so look for it this summer hopefully. For now, our debut full length is still on sale online, in stores, and at shows so be sure to get a copy."
The track listing for the EP is as follows:
1. Great Scott
2. Fingers of Death
3. Cock Blockula
4. Sha Nay Nay Has A Nosebleed
5. Horrible Wart Engorged War Torn Portable Pork Snorkler
6. Fuck Yeah
7. Hey There Sailor (its the beard)
8. Shao Kahn-a-tron Vs Optimus Prime (everybody dance now)
9. The Last Stand of Karen Page
10. (this is) the money shot
Kylesa has issued the following statement about returning home after a European tour and working on a new album:
"We're back home from a fun and successful tour of Europe. Thanks to Dark Castle for coming with us - good times! A big thanks to everyone who came out to the shows to show your support. We always appreciate it! There are some funny videos as well which might see the light of day soon. We're keeping busy working on the new record. Most of the songs are finished and we're fine tuning them all right now. We head to the JAM ROOM at the end of the month. We plan to keep a visual diary of the whole recording process with photos, videos and blogs so stay in touch and we'll keep you informed.
"Sick Sounds issue 2 is out now in the UK with Laura's new column 'Between Silence and Sound.' The issue is packed with goodness: High On Fire, Portal, Vasaeleth, Black Breath. Lessons on whammy bar abuse, Ihsahn from Emperor and a whole lot of other stuff. Issue 3 hits stands soon with Slayer on the cover, 50 riffs of Sickness, Melvins, Judas Priest, Wino, etc. In fact, it has a review of the Kerry King Signature Marshall. That's it for the moment. As always, thanks for the support."
Leaves' Eyes has checked in with the following announcement about canceling their appearance at the Swiss Metalfest:
"Dear Leaves' Eyes fans, the following sad statement just came in from our booking agent Thomas Caser / Napalm Events: 'Unfortunately we were informed by the organization of Metalfest Switzerland that due to financial difficulties and a mistake in the planning of the amount of acts for the festival, the promoter had to cancel Leaves’ Eyes’ appearance. This is definitely not the band’s fault, the promoter is very sorry and we tried everything possible to solve this – without success.' Leaves' Eyes will hopefully play next time at the Metalfest in Switzerland for the Swiss fans!"
Leaves' Eyes will play the other Metalfests dates as follows:
5/13 D Dessau Metalfest Open Air
5/14. A Mining am Inn Metalfest Open Air
5/22 CZ Pilsen Metalfest Open Air
5/23 HUN Budapest Metalfest Open Air
Danish metallers Mnemic recently posted a music video online for the song "Diesel Uterus," which is off their latest album "Sons of the System." The video was shot by Swedish director Patric Ullaeus for Revolver Film Company. Both the "Diesel Uterus" music video and a "Making of" video clip can be viewed below.
Mnemic main man and songwriter Mircea Gabriel Eftemie commented on the video: "We brought our robots to Sweden, and Patric produced - again - a video that goes beyond any expectation! We are definitely and extremely happy with the outcome, and we hope that you will enjoy our ugly mugs as much as we did when we first saw the video."
Mnemic drummer Brian Rasmussen adds: “Nice to see we are having fun instead of looking serious and evil all the time. Cool video!!” More...
Neaera has issued the following statement about their recent shows in Austria:
"We just got back home from an amazing weekend of two shows in Austria. Thank you guys for the sold out (!) show in Vienna and the intense and sweaty club show in Millstatt. We are still stunned by the awesome reaction and energy you guys gave us! Thanks also to all the support bands, especially to our new friends in We Butter The Bread With Butter.
"At this point we also just wanna say a big thank you to all you people who came out to support us over these last couple of months. The headlining shows we had in Germany, Luxembourg, Austria, Belgium, Slovenia and Italy exceeded our expectations - thanks to you people. Just had to get that off our chests. You guys rock!"
The upcoming Neaera tour dates are as follows:
5/28 2010 Haus 11 // with Deadlock, Untertow Stuttgart, Ger, GERMANY
6/11 2010 GREENFIELD FESTIVAL Interlaken (CH), CH
6/25 2010 Mach 1 Festival Montabaur, DE
6/26 2010 Vainstream Festival Münster, Ger
7/3 2010 With Full Force Festival Flughafen Roitzschjora, DE
7/4 2010 Devilside Festival Essen, DE
French act Nightmare is the latest band to be confirmed for the 2010 edition of Spain's Gineta Rock Festival. Other confirmed acts for the festival include Evergrey, Dream Evil, Steel Horse, and more. Further details on the festival can be found at this location. Nightmare's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
5/21 2010 Escape Metal Corner Wien/Austria, AT
5/22 2010 MetalFest Open Air Hungary Budapest-Csillebérci/Hungary, HU
5/23 2010 MetalFest Open Air Czech Pilsen/Czech Republic, CZ
5/29 2010 GinetaRock Festival La Gineta, Albacete, SPAIN
6/12 2010 Dokk’Em Festival V Dokkum/Netherlands, NL
6/18 2010 Coliseum Charleroi/Belgium, BE
7/2 2010 Fuckin’ Rock’N’ Roll Festival La Maroquinerie Paris (75)/France, FR
7/10 2010 Savoie Rock Festival La Bathie (73)/France, FR
7/17 2010 DevilStone Open Air Festival Anyksciai/Lithuania, LT
7/24 2010 Woodstock Festival Borkovany/Czech Republic, CZ
8/6 2010 Wacken Open Air 2010 Wacken/Germany, DE
8/27 2010 Barby Club Tel-Aviv/Israel, IL
10/9 2010 Evening of Metal Festival St Dizier (52)/ France, FR
Swedish death metallers Nominon have checked in with the following report about their "March of the Undead" mini-tour:
"The vicious return of darkness and blasphemy. The 'March Of The Undead' mini-tour of Sweden together with the bastards in Graveyard from Spain was nothing but a great success. The people who attended any of the shows in Stockholm, Sundsvall and Jönköping were all shocked by the deadly, aggressive and intense performances. The last show in Jönköping turned into a gruesome black mass of death metal. Over 200 skulls came out to support, which is by far the most audience the club Zaragon have had for quite some time. We're working on a photo gallery that we will share with all of you in due time on our website, at the moment you can check out just a few really good pix from the Stockholm show at The Cave."
You can also catch Nominon live on the following dates:
6/24 2010 PS WAREHOUSE Atlanta, Georgia
6/25 2010 ENDO EXO Jacksonville, Florida
6/26 2010 THE BRASS MUG Tampa, Florida
6/27 2010 THE BAR Metairie, Louisiana
6/28 2010 WALTER’S ON WASHINGTON Houston, Texas
6/29 2010 ZOMBIES San Antonio, Texas
6/30 2010 THE ALAMO Forth Worth, Texas
7/3 2010 THE SYMPOSIUM NITE CLUB Cleveland, Ohio
7/4 2010 FUSION NORTH SYRACUSE, NY
9/18 2010 KILL-TOWN DEATH FEST Copenhagen, DK, DK, DENMARK
U.K. power metallers Power Quest have checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:
"Power Quest are pleased to announce that the new vocalist is Chitral ‘Chity’ Somapala. Chity is well known and highly regarded worldwide in the rock and metal scene and has recorded, toured and made guest appearances with the likes of ‘Avalon’, ‘Faro’, ‘Firewind’ and ‘Red Circuit’, as well as fronting his own band ‘Civilization One’. His unmistakable style has been compared favourably with Ronnie James Dio, Klaus Meine and Johnny Gioeli."
Power Quest main man Steve Williams also commented on the news: "I’m thrilled to have recruited a vocalist and front man of Chity’s calibre. I’ve known Chity for a couple of years and we have often talked about working together and now we have that opportunity. We have already recorded 3 new songs with him and they just sound immense. In addition to this news we are also pleased to welcome Gavin Owen into the band as the new guitarist. Previously Gav was the lead guitarist for Welsh Metallers ‘Triaxis’. Gav’s audition last weekend was of the highest standard and we were all very impressed by his playing and how he conducted himself throughout the process. There was an instant chemistry there between him and the rest of the guys and particularly with Andy which bodes well for the future."
Meanwhile the band continues to work on material for the forthcoming album "Blood Alliance," with recording scheduled to commence in early July.
Brazilian metallers Shadowside, who had previously released their latest disc "Dare to Dream" only in Brazil, have now announced the album will see a worldwide release. "Dare to Dream" is set to drop on May 29th, 2010 via S4/NL distribution and will also include the previously unreleased track "Everlasting Sun" as a bonus song.
Recorded, produced and mixed by Dave Schiffman (Audioslave, System of a Down, Six Feet Under) and mastered by Howie Weinberg (Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera, Rush, Aerosmith and several others), “Dare to Dream” is the band's second album. Shadowside has been on the road since the release of the debut album "Theatre of Shadows" in 2006 and has performed in South & North America and in Spain supporting the likes of Primal Fear, Nightwish, Helloween, Divine Heresy, Kittie and Sepultura.
Shadowside have just been confirmed at two Eastern Europe festivals. The band will perform on the third edition of Rockin' Transilvania in Romania, which takes place from June 18 to 20 in Bran's Castle. On June 26, Dani Nolden (vocals), Raphael Mattos (guitar), Ricardo Piccoli (bass) and Fabio Buitvidas (drums) are to appear at Banja Luka Rock Open Air as one of the headliners together with Whitesnake.
Australia's Be'lakor has issued the following update about their upcoming tour dates with Turisas:
"Hey everyone, as most of you hopefully know, there has been a change for the Turisas tour. We are still supporting Turisas for their Aussie tour, however, as we announced recently, the Brisbane date (Friday May 21st) has been canceled. (For some reason, despite the fact that we have deleted this show from our tour calender on Myspace, it is still showing up on our page - please IGNORE this date). The problems with the tour were a result of Just Say Rock pulling out of their role as the event promoter/organizer.
"Luckily, Soundwave Touring has taken over the tour - but the Brisbance date has been dropped (this was not our call of course). So, apologies to all Brisbane-based fans. The following dates are still correct: SYDNEY Saturday 22nd May - The Factory Theatre (All Ages), MELBOURNE Sunday 23rd May - Billboard the Venue."
Australian black metallers Drowning The Light have announced they will be releasing a split album with Sargeist titled "Crimson Wine / As the Blood Flows On..." The split album will be released on June 28th, 2010 via Moribund Records. In the mean time you can check out sample Drowning the Light tracks via the band's official MySpace page.
Primitive Graven Image has issued the following announcement about playing an album release show for the "Celebrating Impending Chaos:"
"Primitive Graven Image will be taking the stage at the Terrorizer and Total Rock sponsored Enblackened 2010 showcase this Saturday at the Camden Underworld, along site label mates Empyreal Destroyer, and an amazing line up of bands including Abgott, Xerath, Traces, Carpathia, Phyrexia and Reaping Havoc. As well as being a black and blackened metal showcase gig, it is also the official album launch party for Celebrating Impending Chaos, which was released worldwide through Envenomation Records on April 5th in the UK/Europe and May 4th in the USA/Canada. Be sure to get there early to catch a dose of black and blackened metal!"
Further details on the show can be found at this location.
Russian technical death metal outfit Monumental Torment is currently offering the new EP "Oppression Suppression" as a free download. The download, and the EP artwork, can be found at this location. You can also hear the title track from "Oppression Suppression" via the band's MySpace page.
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week Shawn Milke, singer/guitarist for Alesana, shares a story from the road involving an interesting twist on the wall of death:
"The fog pouring from the stage was thicker than that of a graveyard. On stage, we felt like we had been though a war; torn clothing, bloody lips, bruised faces. Gazing out at the crowd we could see that they were broken, but not beaten. It was time. The big guns were in place and ready to be fired. But this time around, we had a challenge for the soldiers. 'I want a wall of death!' screams our fearless front man Dennis. No fear. No mercy. This is no time for children to run scared to their mommys and daddys. This is a time to bring it and bring it hard. To prove our bite is as ferocious as our bark, we send one of our own down into the crowd and to the very back of the wall of death. The challenge is simple: hit him, catch him, beat him before he reaches the stage. We dare you. On the count of three. One...two...three...the stage is set, the night explodes. One of the best pits we've ever had!"
Alesana recently wrapped up their headlining The Emptiness Tour before embarking on a European tour that they're playing now. The band will return to the US and tour as part of the Vans Warped Tour this summer.
Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.
Sweden's Nox Aurea is currently streaming a compilation track online from their upcoming second full-length album "Ascending in Triumph," which is set to be released via Napalm Records on July 5th in Europe and July 13th in North America. The compilation track, along with the new album's artwork, can be found via the official Nox Aurea MySpace page.
After announcing they were in the studio a couple months ago, APE will be releasing a 3 song EP within the next month. The follow up to APE's debut album, "Survival Of The Fittest" (released last year), will feature new drummer Jon Cohen. The band is also planning a tour for July. Expect more news, show dates, and pictures to be posted soon.
As of now, the shows the band has listed are as follows:
May 31, 2010 @ 10:00P - The Rainbow, Ottawa, Ontario , CA
Jun 4, 2010 @ 10:00P - The Atria, Oshawa, Ontario
Jun 12, 2010 @ 9:00P - Bovine Sex Club, Toronto, ON
Canada's The Last Felony, who recently signed to Lifeforce Records, have now revealed the cover artwork for their upcoming full-length album "Too Many Humans." The artwork for the album can be viewed here. "Too Many Humans" is currently set to be released in Europe on July 26th, 2010 and in North America on August 17th, 2010. Sample The Last Felony tracks can be heard via the band's official MySpace page.
German power metal veterans Blind Guardian has revealed that the name of their new studio album will be, "At The Edge Of Time." The record is scheduled to be released sometime this summer through Nuclear Blast Records. The band has also announced that the first single from the album will be the song, "A Voice In The Dark," with a release date of June 25th.
American heavy metal outfit Nevermore has announced that they will be filming a new music video for the song, "Emptiness Unobstructed" in London next week on May 18th. The video will be filmed at the Islington Academy in North London at the bands concert. "Emptiness Unobstructed" will appear on the bands forthcoming new studio album, "The Obsidian Conspiracy," which will be released on May 28th in Europe and June 8th in North America.
Norwegian black metal legends Mayhem has announced that they will be heading to New Zealand and Australia this September for a series of headlining shows. Tickets will go on sale this thursday.
The tour dates are as follows: More...
DIABOLIC has issues the following report:
"DIABOLIC has returned from our Tour Dates with CANNIBAL CORPSE on the 'Evisceration Plague' Tour and it was a great success!!
"Due to 1349 not being able to join the Tour on the first few dates, DIABOLIC were invited to join the Tour at the last minute, and we were able to play the following shows:
4/21 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
4/22 Raleigh, NC Tavern 11
4/23 Springfield, VA Jaxx
4/24 Philadelphia, PA Lotsa Metal (Headlining show, without CC)
4/25 Farmville, NY Crazy Donkey (with 1349)
"After 1349 was able to join the Tour in NY, unfortunately that meant the end of the Tour for us - we had stepped up and done exactly what we had set out to do, and it was time to head back to Tampa - but as a bonus, the fans in NY got to see DIABOLIC as well as 1349 on the same bill!!
"DIABOLIC played classic favorites such as 'Supreme Evil,' 'Marked for Banishment,' 'Ancient Hatred,' and 'Extinction Level Event,' in addition to showcasing new songs such as 'Evil in Disguise' and the Title Track from our upcoming new CD, 'Excisions of Exorcisms.' At our headlining show in Philly we played an extended set, to include even more new songs, such as 'Hellish World,' 'Venomous Habitations,' and 'Bloodwashed.' It was great for the band to get back out on the road, and seeing our fans (old and new) was awesome!! We got a great response, sold almost completely out of merchandise, handed out dozens of copies of Deathgasm Recs Promo/Comp CD’s featuring Track #1 our new song “Evil in Disguise” and got a killer buzz going for our new CD, 'Excisions of Exorcisms!!'
"DIABOLIC would like to give special thanks to the bands: LECHEROUS NOCTURNE, for opening the show for us every night, even letting us borrow their guitar and bass cabs to help the shows run more smoothly (thanks bros!) and to SKELETONWITCH for being so cool and supportive, and especially to CANNIBAL CORPSE, for inviting us to play these Tour Dates!! Thank you to Evan from Deathgasm Records for hooking us up with killer merchandise, to Marco Barbieri and Salem Rose Music, for helping us to make it happen! Thanks to the promoters, Chris in Philly for hooking us up at the last minute! Also special thanks to Jarrod Pritchard for running live sound for us every night! Thanks to Nick Storch at ICM Talent, and to CANNIBAL’s Tour Manager, Pete Robertson, for helping us get onboard and up to speed!! A huge mega-thanks to Aly Webster for the cool live pics!! And thanks to Alex, Pat, Paul, George, and Rob for just being killer dudes and delivering a crushing set every night!! We thank you very much for the opportunity, and we’ll see you again next time!!