Metal News for May 12, 2009
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30 news articles posted on this day.
Florida's Ekotren has issued the following update regarding the departure of their drummer:
"Our drummer Eric has come into job obligations and cannot tour and fulfill his obligation to this band. That being said, we are looking for a drummer to take his place. We are looking for a serious drummer who can play double bass, has good dynamics, can keep a good tempo/timing and can play to a click. We are looking for someone between 18-30 without any heavy drug habits or problems. We are a touring band and need to do just that, so you must be able to tour and rehearse, punctually. If this sounds like you, and you feel you have what it takes, please message us. Serious inquiries only! We would like to see what you got, so if you have a web cam, film yourself playing tranquilized, light the fire, and chupacabra, youtube it and send it to us. We have a lot of great things in the works including recording our follow up to "Light The Fire" and touring." More...
Currently available exclusively over at Absolutepunk.net is the brand spankin' new single from IWRESTLEDABEARONCE entitled "The Cat's Pajama's." The track is taken from the bands debut record, "It's All Happening," which is slated for a June 2nd release date through Century Media Records. Click below to hear the new song, and be sure to check out their Myspace page for more new music and tour dates.
The much anticipated new WARBRINGER album, Waking Into Nightmares, is set for a May 19th release, but to tide everyone over until then the fine folks at Revolver Magazine are now streaming the blistering new track, “Prey For Death,” which is only available for a week exclusively on Revolvermat.com. This new effort showcases the maturity of the band as a direct result of endless touring with such genre titans as Kreator, Exodus, Soilwork and Darkane coupled with the addition of a new, very skilled rhythm section.
WARBRINGER recently completed a new video for the track, “Severed Reality,” which was shot by the acclaimed David Brodsky (Black Dahlia Murder, GWAR). This is a frenetic, performance based clip that perfectly captures the band’s live, unrelenting stage show. Look for the video to premiere on MySpace Metal this Friday, May 15th.
John Kevill (vocals) further comments: “The video for ‘Severed Reality’ got done in the middle of a tour, and it was done mostly live at the venue we were playing at that night in Milwaukee. We did a couple shots on the stage before anyone showed up, and then just shot the whole show for the video. As it turns out the show was fucking insane, we couldn't even fit all the stage divers in the video! David Brodsky went to put the whole thing together and it came out great, I think it is the strongest video we have had so far.”
Waking Into Nightmares will quickly separate the band from the typical old-school thrash comparisons as they crafted an album that paves a new path throughout the metal genre. This could be best compared to the impact and influence Megadeth had with Peace Sells and perfectly executes an unrelenting barrage of straight up heavy metal madness. This is old school metal with a modern twist that will keep the circle pits moving all night long. Enjoy and look for the band on tour through the remainder of the year and feel free to visit www.myspace.com/warbringer for additional information.
With the release of 2008's War Without End, WARBRINGER established themselves as one the most ferocious young bands on the planet. With the chainsaw guitar riffs of John Laux and Adam Carroll accompanied by the evil screams of John Kevill, the band pillaged cities worldwide and established a rabid, hardcore fan base after months and months of touring. Breaking through the mainstream metal underground at a time when the term 'Thrash Revival' was being coined, WARBRINGER struggled and fought to distance themselves from the flock and the rest of their peers with an extremely aggressive, energetic live performance and a determination to drive the old-school sound forward into the next decade with a sense of fresh air and originality.
The pride of New Jersey, GOD FORBID, are currently entering the final stretch of a very lengthy, successful trek with Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, Children of Bodom and Municipal Waste. The group will then begin to prepare for their first multi-festival European run. There will also be some off-date club shows with Anthrax and Devildriver, as well as stops on major festivals such as Download, Graspop and With Full Force in support of their highly acclaimed, new album Earthsblood. The new offering scored the band their highest chart debut yet coming in at #110 on the Billboard Top 200.
Fans throughout North America get to see the band all summer long on the massive Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival as part of the Jägermeister stage alongside All That Remains and Trivium. Marilyn Manson and Slayer will top the bill on this year’s highly anticipated tour, which is set to kick off July 10 at the Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Sacramento, CA. Be sure to visit the bands official Myspace page to view the band’s complete touring schedule.
A new behind-the-scenes look into the making of the “War of Attrition” video, which was shot by acclaimed director Ian McFarland (Sick of It All), is now online on Youtube.
Doc Coyle (guitars, vocals) further comments: “Shooting videos kinda sucks. Especially performance videos. You have to head bang for 10 hours in a row, fake play your songs, and you don't even know if all the work will pay off with an awesome video. With that said, this is by far the best performance video we've ever had and it really captures the intensity of the song. As you can see from the clip, we really put our trust in Ian who was incredible to work with. Ian and his crew were super professional. I can't wait for everyone to see the finished product. And like Dave Chappelle says, ‘Everything looks better in slow motion.’ See you all this summer.”
She Is A Liar issues the following update regarding their line up:
"So with Tim leaving the band, we have decided start from scratch. After searching for a while we have finally found a new drummer. His name is Jeff Brigante and he is sick drummer as well a sick dude so we are glad to have him on board. We have been writing new material as well as making plans for the future. The music we have been writing will definitely impress everyone as it is the best material we have written to date. Since we are starting from scratch, we are pretty much a new band, so we will be changing the name of the band. Thanks to everyone that has supported us and to everyone that will stick with us through all these changes."
Swedish metallers Hydrogen have issued the following short announcement that they are seeking a new bass player:
"We need a fifth member in Hydrogen - a bassplayer! So if you think you're up for it send an email to email@example.com"
Metal Blade Records has issued the following announcement about Goatwhore premiering a new single on satellite radio:
"Starting Wednesday, May 13th, fans can tune into to hear the first single from Goatwhore's upcoming new album, Carving Out The Eyes Of God. The track, Apocalyptic Havoc, is the first song from the album and sets the tone for the entire sequence of 10 punk-flavored road-ragers, blast-laden black metal rituals and Satan-hailing anthems. Carving Out The Eyes Of God will be available everywhere on June 23rd.
"Make sure to tune into Sirius/XM's Liquid Metal starting Wednesday, May 13th to get your first taste of Carving Out The Eyes Of God before the band hits the road in support of the album. Listeners can also submit their requests for Goatwhore to Liquid Metal by clicking HERE."
Therion has issued the following announcement about locating a permanent vocalist:
"Therion is very happy to announce that Christofer Johnsson had a meeting with Thomas Vikstrom some weeks ago and offered him a permanent status in the band!
States founding member/guitarist Chris: 'Thomas is, besides being a very warm and nice person, an incredibly talented singer and songwriter. And while also being a classically trained tenor, he simply fits perfectly into the band.'
"The band welcomes Thomas on board and hope the fans will enjoy his contributions to THERION. THERION’s new rhythm section is comprised of Johan Kolberg on drums and Nalle 'Grizzly' Pahlsson on bass guitar."
Boston metallers, BLOODHORSE, have posted a new song, “Paranoiac,” from their Translation Loss Records sophomore release, “Horizoner,” due out on May 26th here.
“Horizoner” is the follow-up to the band's self-titled TL debut EP and first proper full-length record on Translation Loss. Horizoner was recorded at Mystic Valley Recording Studio with Alex Garcia Rivera of BLOODHORSE and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East (Torche, Pelican, Clouds, Jesu).
Toronto’s Surefire Machine are embarking on their third cross Canada tour entitled the "Grinnin & Sinnin" Tour to promote their debut self titled EP.
Guitarist Zeke comments, "We're so hyped to tour again this summer, last year we did the ‘Rock For Your Big Block’ tour and the response was just out of control. This time, I'm telling ya once we hit that road, who knows what unexpected events can happen." More...
Chicago technical progressive metal band, Born Of Osiris, has posted a new song, "Now Arise," on their MySpace page. This song will be on their new album, "A Higher Place," which will be released in stores on July, 7.
Rapper Ill Bill, who is also the former bassist/vocalist of underground death metal band Injustice and the brother of self-proclaimed "death-rapper" Necro, has posted his new music video online for the song "War Is My Destiny." You can check it out below. The song features guest vocals from Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy/former Sepultura frontman Max Cavalera as well as a verse from the rapper Immortal Technique. The song is featured on Ill Bill's latest album, "The Hour Of Reprisal" which also features guest vocals from Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones. More...
Vince Neilstein of MetalSucks recently caught up with Josh Elmore (guitar) and Troy Oftedal (bass) of Cattle Decapitation at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, MA last month. Josh and Troy spoke about the band's new album "The Harvest Floor," the critical response it received, being falsely pigeonholed as a bunch of crazy vegan militants, and the importance of having day jobs to balance life in a touring metal band. Here's an excerpt from the interview:
MetalSucks: Why do you think you have two strikes against you? What do you mean by that?
Josh Elmore: I think a lot of it is the whole stupid veggie thing that people seem to think that every song from this band is about that. It's like "fuck that hippie shit" or whatever. I just think we got a bad image because of that. People have a negative connotation of that sort of thing. They think we're out preaching and handing out samples to everyone.
Troy Oftedal: We're definitely not.
Josh Elmore: And we're definitely not doing that. We're not some crazy, activist vegan band. We just all happen to be non-meat eaters. I think that the press has taken it way too far.
Troy Oftedal: It's like, do what you want to do.
Josh Elmore: This is the way that I choose to live. Have fun.
Troy Oftedal: Music comes first.
Josh Elmore: There is a whole message that people suck.
Troy Oftedal: That's more of the message than any sort of animal rights kind of thing.
Josh Elmore: Maybe in the first couple of records there was some of that. There was definitely some of that, not maybe, there was some of that. Ever since Metal Blade, that's four albums now, in the past seven years, it's all been anti-human rather than any sort of animal rights kind of thing.
MetalSucks: Obviously the press loves to latch on to the veggie activist thing. Do you get tired of getting asked questions about that all the time?
Josh Elmore: Dude, it's so annoying. Seriously, it's like just get over it. It's been seven or eight years now. We don't know how many times we've said "alright we get it. You guys know that we don't eat meat." It's not what's a part of this band. It had something to do with it, but it's not everything. Try to focus on our music and what we're doing and not on what we eat or don't eat. It kind of gets old. I would hope that people would be focusing more on the music and aspects like that. Which, fortunately, they finally are becoming a bit more focused on that.
MetalSucks: Do you think there's a way that you guys can somehow continue to do what you do: write songs the way you write songs about what you want to write about and to sort of move to a point where you don't get asked those questions anymore? Or do you feel like you are pigeonholed?
Josh Elmore: I think we're almost kind of stuck with it.
Troy Oftedal: I think to a certain extent that we're going to be stuck with it.
Josh Elmore: I hope that over time it will start to die out. I think that it will always be there no matter what. We're going to get stuck with that.
Read the full article at MetalSucks.net.
Ontario metallers Odium have posted a teaser trailer online for their latest album "At The Bottom," which was released through Year of the Sun Records. The video can be viewed below. More...
Folk metallers Finntroll have issued the following announcement about upcoming U.K. tour dates:
"It's been a while since Finntroll last time set their feet on the shores of The United Kingdom, but now we are proud to present:
Sep 25th 2009 Nottingham / Rock City
Sep 26th 2009 London / Underworld
Sep 27th 2009 Wrexham / Central Station
Sep 28th 2009 Manchester / Moho
Sep 29th 2009 Glasgow / Cathouse
Sep 30th 2009 Leeds / Rios
Portuguese metal band Witchbreed has posted an e-card online for their upcoming album "Heretic Rapture." The e-card can be found here. "Heretic Rapture" will be released through Ascendance Records on June 29th.
Russian black metal duo Nocra have posted a new track online titled "Worship to Unholy," which can be heard on their MySpace page. The band also issued the following statement about the song:
"After a few friend requests from 'holy unblack metal bands' we decided to go back to our roots. Because we always consider True black metal as a force against christianity . In this song we are bring all dark that we have in our souls and hearts ...
"We do not know how many problems this song will bring. By the end of recording, Tesana had broken the cymbals with her blast beats. But our new one has different a sound .And all stuff was rerecorded. The biggest problem was with mixing voice. Some previous parts had a strange noise or were deleted. But after 14 hours of real war with mixing song was ready . Meet 'Worship to Unholy' and burn in Hell !!!!"
Texas metallers Rigor Mortis have posted a video of their performance at the Keep It True Festival on April 25th, 2009. The video can be viewed below. More...
Pennsylvania metal quintet August Burns Red have posted a new video blog from their tour with All That Remains. The video can be viewed below. More...
Swedish death metal band Nominon has issued the following update about working on new material:
"Time for some major updates, finally.
"As most of you freaks ov Death know, we have these last couple of months been busy working on the forthcoming NOMINON album. Right now we have five songs written and completed for it, plus lots of other ideas (some really sick ones) for the rest of the songs. The plan is to enter the mighty NECROMORBUS STUDIO with Tore Stjerna at the end of September to start the recordings of the fourth album.
"We have decided to work with DEATHGASM RDS from USA for the CD version of the next one. Simply because we share the same vision when it comes to extreme underground music, yet also because they are THE only label that has been 100% supportive and honest towards NOMINON these last couple of years."
We've been talking to bands to hear their best pit stories and will be posting a new story every week in this new column dubbed "Tales From The Pit."
This week, we've got a tale from Oderus Urungus, lead singer of GWAR:
"The greatest pit war at any GWAR show was at one of our first gigs at the legendary "City (shitty) Gardens" venue in Trenton. N.J.. We were pretty unknown at the time, but the promoter loved us, so we would show up on any number of weird bills. One month we were opening for Danzig's first show without the Misfits, the next we were playing with Murphy's Law at a huge skinhead show. That's where it happened. Despite Jimmy Gestapo's love of GWAR, the local crew didn't quite know what to make of us, and decided to see what we were made of by forming 'the wall of death.' We looked up about halfway though the set and saw the mosh pit clear, to be replaced by a huge line of bellicose skinheads, linking arms, facing the stage, and preparing to charge. We only had seconds to act as the screaming mob rushed us. The assault wasn't too well-planned and slammed into the front on the five foot stage where it dissolved into a writhing mass of boots, fists, and bald heads. Before they could figure out what to do next (could have taken years), they were met by a barrage of GWAR spew, applied liberally by the Sexecutioner, which completely drenched and befuddled them, rendering their "Wall of Death" into an impotent blob."
Stay tuned for a new tale from the pit next week, when we hear from Jono Garret, drummer for The Destro.
The End Records has issued the following announcement about Goes Cube offering a new song for download in celebration of the album "Another Day Has Passed" being released today:
"In celebration of the album's release, Goes Cube and The End Records have teamed up with MetalSucks.net to bring fans yet another free taste of 'Another Day Has Passed.' 'Goes Cube Song 57' is currently available for download at this location."
"Another Day Has Passed" track listing:
1. Bluest Sky
2. Grinding The Knife Blade
4. The Only Daughter
5. I Hold Grudges
6. Saab Sonnet
7. Goes Cube Song 30
8. Back To Basics
9. Goes Cube Song 57
11. Clenching Jaws
13. Another Day Has Passed
Roman themed band Ex Deo, featuring Kataklysm front man Maurizio Iacono, has posted a new music video online for the title track of the upcoming album "Romulus." The video can be viewed below. More...
KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently made a guest appearance on the John Debella show, during which he discussed the bands forthcoming brand new album and promised that the tour behind the record would be the biggest KISS has ever done. You can listen to the show by checking out the podcast here. The album is excpected to be released this September.
Heavy metal group 3 Inches Of Blood has announced that they have signed a new worldwide deal with Century Media Records, who will be releasing their new studio album later this year.
Singer Cam Pipes states: "Ever since our departure from our previous label, Century Media has been in the forefront trying to get us to sign with them. No other label showed as much enthusiasm and belief in our band as they did. Right from the start we all got a great feeling from the whole Century Media team. We feel comfortable with the vision they have for us and are confident they have the necessary tools and motivation to help us in the ways our previous label didn't. We can’t wait to unleash this new material upon the masses."
British heavy metal group Ventflow has uploaded some new songs from their forthcoming debut album, "Terrorsiah" which will be released this July through Casket Records. You can check out the songs, "12 Gauge Diplomacy," "These Times Of Darkness" and the title track by heading to their official Myspace page.
Everyone has at least one era of Iron Maiden that they love right? And seemingly everyone has an era of Iron Maiden they hate too. Alot of people feel the need to hate on the days when former Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley replaced longtime singer Bruce Dickinson. The same people, more often than not, have never actually bothered to listen to the albums Iron Maiden recorded with him. If they had, they'd find a great selection of songs that rock just as hard as "The Trooper" and "Fear Of The Dark."
But Iron Maiden aside, Blaze Bayley is an outstanding singer and a true heavy rocker who doesn't feel the need to act as though he's better than the people who's payed to see him. He proved to all his detractors why they should appreciate him last week when he delivered a blistering performance in the English town of Swindon, Wiltshire.
I missed the two support bands unfortunately but was there with plenty of time to catch the man of the hour. As soon as he took the stage there was a truely awesome connection between him and the crowd. "Hello. My name is Blaze Bayley. This is the Blaze Bayley band. And we play... metal," he said in a calm voice before tearing into the title track from his latest studio album, "The Man Who Would Not Die." While it took the audience a little time to get into the flow of things, before long the whole the room was roaring with cheers, flowing with beer and heads banging as hard as they could as more great songs like "Tenth Dimension" and "Samurai" were being blasted with full force.
He continued to play a mix of his excellent solo material along with Iron Maiden songs throughout the night, interacting the crowd perfectly with no pretention and without patronizing the audience in any way. Some of the biggest hits of the night came from the likes of "Futureal," "The Clansman" and show-closer, "Man On The Edge" which got everybody singing along. After the show, he made a point of heading down to the merchandise stall immediately to talk with fans, sign autographs and take pictures in a genuine sign of appreciation. Blaze Bayley is a man who doesn't take things for granted and that's one of the factors which makes him such a likable person. One of the others being that he will blow your ears away with his live set. If you ever get the chance to see him, don't pass him up because you'll be missing out on alot!
Glam metal leends Motley Crue will be appearing on the television show Bones this thursday in what will be the final episode of the current series. The band will be playing their classic song, "Dr. Feelgood" to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album of the same name. You can check out some behind the scenes footage below. More...
Hard rock group Black Label Society will be teaming up for a tour with Mudvayne and Static-X later this year. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Big thanks to all of you dedicated crazy SDMF'rs that came out to a show on our Black Label Bash Tour! Much thanks to those of you who purchased meet and greet packages, your generosity is making a difference in the lives of children at St. Jude's. God bless all of you for making this tour a successful one! We are at home now and are going to spend some time with our families and then we will see you again this summer! We have another US tour lined up with MUDVAYNE and STATIC X! As well as some overseas festival dates! Stay tuned for more details!"
Hard rock mavens Staind, Shinedown, Chevelle and Halestorm will be teaming up this summer for the “Stimulate This!” tour, a four-band bill designed to offer fans maximum value at a minimal price.
Making its way across the U.S. beginning July 1 and extending through early September, the “Stimulate This!” tour will hit more than 40 U.S. markets, including some of the hardest hit by the recession. In a show of solidarity for their fans, the four bands have worked closely with the concert promoters to create a package of exceptional value for ticket buyers. Through their collective efforts, they’ve been able to maintain modest base ticket prices that remain mostly under $40 each - half the cost of comparable multi-band summer tour packages - with some venues offering lawn seats for less than $10. Additionally, each tour stop will include special promotions for ticket holders that will vary from market to market, but could include discounts on concessions at the venue during the show, store discounts at local retailers, and online rebates for band merchandise to name a few.
“Wall Street got its bailout; now it’s time for rock fans to get theirs,” said Staind frontman Aaron Lewis. “This summer, we want to give our fans one night where they can forget about everything else and experience a great rock show.”
"We've always said that we, as a band, only answer to one boss...and that's everyone in the audience,” offers Shinedown's Brent Smith. "It’s our job...our privilege to offer our fans an escape. Teaming up with these other great bands, we're doing what we can to help lift everyone's spirits in these tough times…the power of music can do that."
Here are the confirmed "Stimulate This!" tour dates featuring Staind, Shinedown, Chevelle and Halestorm (except where noted): More...