Metal News for May 13, 2009
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20 news articles posted on this day.
Following the departure of Jamie Walker-Pree, Melbourne thrasher’s In Malice’s Wake have been busily searching for a new bass player (with Davin from Demolition filling in for live duties in the interim). And now they have succeded.
“We are very proud to announce that after a period of searching, Luke Blaso is the new permanent bass player for In Malice’s Wake. Having already played a show with the band and bringing a great approach to the low end of the band Luke is an extremely welcome addition to the Malice line-up. Upcoming shows will be announced very shortly!”
Swedish death metallers, AS YOU DROWN, have just uploaded the first song off their upcoming debut album, “Reflection” to their label’s MySpace page. The album opener, “Ruins And Dead Ends,” can also be downloaded here. The band has also posted the artwork for “Reflection” on their MySpace page More...
NY progressive dark metal band, Grey Skies Fallen, has issued the following update:
"So if we can learn a song we haven't played in two years in two rehearsals, there may actually be 3 new songs recorded."
"Digital EP - Volume 1 will be the first of what we hope will be steady releases, 3 to 4 times per year. Lofty goals? Shit, for us, getting together to jam is a lofty goal, so yes this will be interesting."
"Song titles and some details about the songs themselves are coming soon."
Stratovarius has posted a video clip online of a live performance in 1992 on Finnish television. The video can be viewed below. More...
Piledriver has issued the following announcement about putting all future activity on hiatus:
"Lead Vokillist Gord 'THE EXALTED PILEDRIVER' Kirchin has abruptly announced that the he has put all activities of the Exalted Piledriver band on hiatus while he deals with ‘numerous unsurmountable obstacles and negativities that prevent me from moving forward at this time’, adding ’it's only wise that I pull the plug until this metal machine works properly again and no-one else gets hurt’.
"The Leather-bound And Pointy Exalted Piledriver explains, ‘major health problems have been hampering live performances for over a year, and that's one of the numerous reasons for this season of 'down-time' for me right now. I need to have a few things fixed or adjusted, and I'll be back in the health saddle in a few months’. Band-members guitarist Mark 'Kinky Pork Cream' Kopernicky and bassist Rob 'Lobo El Fsnort' Tollefson kindly forced the hiatus move by tendering their resignations on May 9th, 2009 via e-mail ’because we love you’. Kopernicky is presently working on an album with former bandmates Nasty Black and a solo album, and Tollefson is fond of drinking. It is not known at this time that they will be returning to the band lineup after the hiatus. More...
Ozzy Osbourne met 9-year old guitar prodigy YUTO MIYAZAWA on the Ellen Degeneres show, where Miyazawa played Ozzy's "Crazy Train." You can watch a video clip below. More...
Earache Records has issued the following statement about White Wizzard releasing a new mini-album:
"Los Angeles, CA's traditional heavy metal heroes, WHITE WIZZARD have announced details for the upcoming mini album named after their trademark song, HIGH SPEED GTO. Set for a July 13th release in the UK/ Europe and a late summer release in the US, WHITE WIZZARD's 2009 debut is driven by catchy riffs that aim straight for the hips and the heart. The band is lighter than what many are used to these days - there's a nimbleness to the WHITE WIZZARD attack and genuine commercial hooks race through all seven songs on the HIGH SPEED GTO mini album.
"HIGH SPEED GTO features 7 high energy tracks recorded by the original WHITE WIZZARD lineup in 2007. Only released to a select number of fans back then, the mini album, long out of print, can now be enjoyed by the entire world. Unlike the original version, this release includes a bonus in the form of the award-winning fan favorite video for the album's title track, 'High Speed GTO.' If you pine for the days when IRON MAIDEN was king and VAN HALEN was your soundtrack for a night on the town, hop inside WHITE WIZZARD's HIGH SPEED GTO and you'll find just what you're looking for.
"Here is the track listing for High Speed GTO:
1. High Speed GTO
3. Into the Night
4. March of the Skeletons
6. Octane Gypsy
7. Red Desert Skies
Bonus video track:
High Speed GTO
"Check out the righteously metal cover art for HIGH SPEED GTO here."
Gorgoroth has issued the following update about upcoming live shows and a new album:
"After a two-year absence from the live arena, Gorgoroth will once again perform their Satanic rituals on stage on August 29, 2009. Gorgoroth will then headline the last night of the 10th anniversary Hole in the Sky Metal Festival in Bergen, Norway, with none other than US doom legends Pentagram as co-headliners! More info on the festival can be found at www.holeinthesky.no. This exclusive Gorgoroth concert will be held in tribute of the band's former drummer Erik 'Grim' Brødreskift (1966-1999). The setlist will include classic songs from the legendary 'Pentagram' album - not played live for 12 years - and perhaps also brand new material from the upcoming album, 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt'. If and when any other Gorgoroth live appearances this summer are confirmed, they will be made public here on the official website.
"The recording of Gorgoroth's new studio album 'Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt' is progressing according to schedule, with a tentative October 2009 release date. The album will be released by Regain Records.
"A new official Gorgoroth MySpace profile is now under construction, and can be found here."
Canadian metallers Derelict have issued the following announcement about the release of their upcoming album:
"As announced, our new album 'Unspoken Words' will be available in stores across Canada on May 19th through Kerosene Media/Year of the Sun. Go order a copy!
"Non-Canadian fans, do not fear! Although our distro doesn't yet extend outside of Canada, you can still very easily purchase the album online here."
Derelict has also posted two drum recording videos online from "Unspoken Words" which can be found here.
Season of Mist Records has issued the following announcement about Ghost Brigade releasing a new album:
"Ghost Brigade took the world by surprise when their debut album 'Guided by Fire' was received with raving reviews in autumn of 2007. Stimulated by this success, the Finns will be back in the shops this year, with a new delivery of their original blend of Post-Rock, Metalcore, Progressive Rock, Death and Doom Metal.
"Their sophomore album is entitled 'Isolation Songs', and will be released on August 3rd in Europe (August 25th in the US) through Season Of Mist Records."
Ghost Brigade guitarist Wille also commented on the new album:
"We are collectively very proud of this record. It was a lot of work to get this album done, it took almost two years to write these songs, but now that it's 100% ready I can only say that I feel privileged to be a member of Ghost Brigade. I have a strong feeling we have created something very special with 'Isolation Songs' and it is by far my personal favorite of all recordings I've ever been a part of. I hope people will enjoy these songs as much as we do once they get the chance to hear them. If only August was here already! Be safe!"
Sworn Enemy is currently streaming the new song "Still Hating" online at their MySpace page. The track is from their upcoming album "Total World Domination," which will be released in Europe on June 22nd through Century Media.
Florida death metal band Monstrosity has announced the following string of upcoming U.S. tour dates:
7/1 - Stuart, Florida - Deja Vu Nightclub
7/2 - Raleigh, North Carolina - Volume 11
7/3 - Virginia Beach, Virginia - The Half Shell
7/4 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Alhambra Arena
7/5 - Rochester,NY - Dub Land Underground
7/6 - Syracuse, New York - The Lost Horizon
7/7 - Baltimore,MD - Talking Head
7/9 - Indianapolis, Indiana - Zanies Too
7/10 - Urbana, Illinois - The Canopy Club
7/11 - Kansas City, Missouri ¬- The Riot Room
7/12 - Lincoln, Nebraska ¬- Knickerbockers
7/15 - Las Vegas, Nevada - The Cheyenne Saloon
7/16 - Los Angeles, California - Fredo's Club
7/17 - San Marcos, California - The Jumping Turtle
7/18 - Mesa, Arizona - Ub's Bar
7/20 - Amarillo, Texas - The War Legion Underground
7/21 - Fayetteville, Arkansas - The Gypsy
7/22 - Nashville, Tennessee - The Muse
7/23 - Atlanta, Georgia - The Drunken Unicorn
7/24 - Charleston, South Carolina - The Oasis
7/25 - New Port Richey, Florida - Bourbon Street
California black metallers Hail the Night have posted a new song titled "The Darkest Crown" on their MySpace page. The song comes from their upcoming as-yet-untitled EP.
DEVOLVED has signed a world-wide deal with Unique Leader Records. The band comments:
"We are very proud to announce that we have officially joined forces with extreme metal 'label giants', Unique Leader! All of us in DEVOLVED have been long-time fans of Unique Leader Records and many of the bands they have worked with since the label began. So we are honored to become part of such a respected force in the Metal industry. UL owner Erik has been at the forefront of the extreme music scene for some time now, both as a musician and label owner, so we look forward to working with him to take DEVOLVED to the next level and onward to the Metal masses! We definitely bring our own sound and style to the UL roster, and we are looking forward to the challenge of taking both the band and label forward to new territories within the metal scene.
"Unique Leader will officially release our 'Calculated' album world-wide on August 25th.
The cd is currently being mixed by famed Producer / Engineer Neil Kernon (Cannibal Corpse, Nile, Nevermore, Deicide, Queensryche, Judas Priest) and mastered by Alan Douches (Sepultura, Unearth, Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, God Forbid).
"This will also be our first cd to feature vocalist Kyle Zemanek. The release of 'Calculated' will be followed up with extensive touring throughout the USA and internationally. We will also be recording a second album with Unique Leader which will be set for a 2010 release."
DEVOLVED will be touring the Southern USA states throughout May and June. The tour begins this Friday 15th May in Glendale, Arizona. The latest tour dates are as follows: More...
Superior Enlightenment, an extreme metal outfit featuring members of Magister Dixit, Utlagr, and Fragments of Sentience, is streaming its entire first album on MySpace for a limited period of time.
Somewhere between Keep of Kalessin and Zyklon, Superior Enlightenment is pushing the limits of brutality into the black metal genre. "The Great Obscurantism" features guests from Utlagr, Monarque and more.
American heavy metal band Skid Row has announced some more tour dates for their trek across North America this year. You can check out the band on the following dates:
May 23 - Blue Water Resort - Parker, Arizona
May 29 - Wild Bill's - Duluth, Georgia
May 30 - Halligan's - Charleston, South Carolina
June 19 - Grizzly Rose - Denver, Colorado
June 20 - 4 Bears Casino - New Town, North Dakota (Music Fest 2009)
July 12 - Rocklahoma - Pryor, Oklahoma
July 17 - Shooter’s Saloon Outdoors - Superior, Wisconsin
July 24 - Halfway Jam - Royalton, Minnesota
July 25 - Sioux Empire Festival Grounds - Sioux Falls, South Dakota
August 1 - Cole County Fair (Jaycees Fairgrounds) - Jefferson City
August 5 - The Inner Harbor - Syracuse, New York
August 14 - The Wolf Den @ Mohegan Sun - Uncasville, Connecticut
August 22 - Rock Gone Wild ’09 - Algona, Iowa
September 18 - Small Planet - East Lansing, Michigan
September 19 - House of Rock - Dayton, Ohio
September 20 - Toledo Civic Theatre - Toledo, Ohio
November 15-19 - Shiprocked Cruise - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
I Scream Records is very excited & proud to welcome Wisdom In Chains to the ISR family. Founded in early 2003, as a musical collaboration between musicians from both America and Europe, Wisdom In Chains have put their mark on the American and European hardcore, punk and Oi! scene. Richie & Mad Joe, who at the time both were in Krutch ("Whatever It Takes" released on I Scream Records in 2002) started Wisdom In Chains with Maarten from the Dutch band Daredevil and today, five years, 3 studio albums and some members changes later, Wisdom In Chains are recording a brand new album this summer which will see a worldwide release this fall. More...
American metal group Chimaira has entered the Australian album charts with their latest studio album, "The Infection." The record debuted at number 76 on the ARIA chart and at number 33 on the JB Hi Fi store chart. The band will be spending the summer touring the United States with Hatebreed.
Perth's Tangled Thoughts Of Leaving has taken a leaf out of sleepmakeswaves' book and released their debut album online for free through the netlabel Lost Children.
Tiny Fragments is a 28-minute journey featuring a title track that schizophrenically hops from jazz fusion to post-metal over 18 minutes, and the epic "The Banshee." The album is available to download for free from the Internet Archive here, or you can buy a physical CD version from the band's webstore here.
Kamelot's new video is now available at the band's official web site at www.kamelot.com. The video was shot in Belgrade, Serbia by the team at ICode. It is one of the featured songs on Kamelot's latest album, "Ghost Opera-The Second Coming," released earlier on SPV/Steamhammer.