Metal News for May 18, 2009
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23 news articles posted on this day.
Wretched has released a controversial new music video. Here's the description from the press release:
"In order to continue on their path of carnage, North Carolina’s WRETCHED came to the conclusion that they needed something visually striking to hit the pulse of the metal community. They came up with a video concept that would be so heinous, gory and unsettling that it would make Lucio Fulci and Eli Roth cry themselves to sleep. With Director Scott Hansen at the helm, WRETCHED’s 'A Preservation of Immorality' outdid any preconceived notions and has proudly claimed the title of 'The Bloodiest Music Video Ever.' However, making the gruesome marriage of a horror film and music video come to fruition was not an easy task. The cast and crew were up for 30 hours straight, drenched the entire time and ruining a brand new bass guitar after being completely soaked in blood. After 72 hours of clean-up and days locked inside an editing room, WRETCHED is proud to unleash this horrific accomplishment at last. This video is not for the weak-stomached or the faint of heart, but, if you are up to the challenge, it can now be viewed at BloodiestMusicVideoEver.com. 'A Preservation of Immorality' evoked nausea, disgust, and (for the blood thirsty) lechery from the 10,000 people who were brave enough to view a first look over the weekend. Watch now, if you dare, and be repulsed by the Bloodiest Music Video Ever!
"A note to viewers: you must be 18 years of age or older to view such brutality."
Wisconsin based one man band Opius is currently streaming the song "Beckoning" online at the band's MySpace page. The track is from the upcoming album "dimINnuendo," which will be released on July 4th.
The track listing for the album will be as follows:
1. Die Tonight
3. The Mirror
4. Found My Way
5. Suffocate (My Fire)
7. Before I Break
9. Another Brick
Have Heart has announced their "End of the World" North American summer tour. Have Heart has announced a number of summer tour dates with Shipwreck a.d., Bitter End, End of a Year, Cruel Hand, and more. The latest tour dates follow:
Have Heart, Shipwreck, Cruel Hand, Bitter End
08/15: Portland, ME @ Station
08/16: Quebec City, QC @ L'Anti
08/17: Montreal, QC @ Underworld
08/18: Toronto, ON @ Kathedral
08/19: Sudbury, ON @ Jubilee Center
08/20: Thunder Bay, ON @ Kilroys
08/21: Winnipeg, MN @ War On Music
08/22: Regina, SK @ The Exchange
08/23: Calgary, AB @ Cresent Heights
08/24: Edmonton, AB @ Bonnydoon More...
Danish metallers As We Fight are currently streaming their entire upcoming new album "Meet Your Maker" online at their MySpace page. The album is currently set to be released on May 25th in Denmark and then world wide on May 29th.
On Monday May 4th, 2009 I went to the Blender Theater at Gramercy in New York City to see Paganfest 2, which featured Korpiklaani, Primordial, Moonsorrow, Blackguard, and Swashbuckle. The venue featured movie theater style seating in the back and a comparably small general admission area. The crowd had already packed in well as the first band took the stage. More...
Spoil Engine has issued the following statement about signing to Roadrunner Records:
"With the aid of their first label Apache Records, contacts were made with Roadrunner Records. The legendary metal label is now thrilled to be working with Spoil Engine, who became the first Belgian band in 20 years to be released under the Roadrunner banner. With their support, Spoil Engine are set to lift Belgian metal out of the underground. The engine is running in overdrive!"
Reactivated New Jersey thrash metal band Whiplash has announced that they will be performing a special hometown show on June 20th at Dingbatz. Support on the night will come from Deathrash, Ashes Of Your Enemy, Gas and Arch Demon Choir. Whiplash will be releasing their "comeback" album, "Unborn Again" later this year.
Testament are currently touring North America along with Unearth and Lazarus A.D. A message from guitarist Alex Skolnick reads as follows:
"We're just over two weeks into the tour and are having a blast. While it was great to do arenas last year on the Metal Masters tour, it is especially gratifying to do a complete set of music every night, and play venues such as the House Of Blues. Yesterday was my guitar tech Chris' birthday, and after our show at HOB, we all took over Nick's Bar in downtown Cleveland to celebrate with a lot of beers and metal on the jukebox.
"At every show, we've been meeting up with our awesome fans through the VIP packages. They get to watch us soundcheck, which really keeps us on our game. Then we take pictures, sign autographs etc.. It's nice to hang out with them away from the usual mob scene that accompanies the shows. These fans are really appreciative of what we do, which inspires us. It's great to talk to them not just as faces in a crowd but one on one, where we get to hear their stories told in their own voices."
Coalesce are currently streaming the new song "The Purveyor of Novelty and Nonsense" online from their upcoming album "OX." The track can be heard here. "OX" is currently set to be released on June 9th through Relapse Records.
Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne is appearing in another commcercial for mobil phone company Samsung at the moment. You can check it out below. This is to promote the new Samsung Jack which is available exclusively to AT&T customers. More...
Virginia gothic death metal band, Withersoul, has issued the following update regarding the departure of their male vocalist, Jeremy Shepherd:
"After seven years in the band, our vocalist Jeremy is leaving Withersoul to pursue a career in the Army. There was no animosity or 'Behind the Music' -esque drama over this occurrence. We are extremely proud of him, love him dearly as a brother, and we wish him nothing but the best in his new career." More...
A new song has been posted online from the split album "Engangsgrill" from Nattefrost of Carpathian Forest and Fenriz of Darkthrone. The track "My Ship Sailed Without Me" can be heard on the Engangsrgrill official MySpace page.
Suicide Silence is currently set to release their new album "No Time To Bleed" on June 30th via Century Media. The band has posted a teaser trailer online for the video of the new song "Wake Up," which can be viewed here.
"Finally we can proudly announce the track listing and cover artwork of our new album "Course of a generation", below. The artwork was made my Carlos Barbosa/Artiside, Brazil and the logo was redesigned by Rainer Mittelstädt, InLine design, Germany.
"The album has now been mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd at legendary Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden - and the result is simply: the NARNIA album we've been waiting for! Studio Fredman has been the choice of bands like In Flames, Soilwork, Arch Enemy, Dimmu Borgir and many others.
"The songs are:
1. Sail around the world
2. When the stars are falling
3. Curse of a generation
5. Kings will come
8. One way to freedom
9. Miles away
10. Behind the curtain
"Make sure to follow the development of our autumn-09 tourplan!! More news and soundclips to come...."
Enslaved are currently streaming two live tracks online from their recent box set "Vertebrae." The songs "Ruun" and "Fusion" can be heard on the Indie Recordings MySpace page.
Minsk have posted a second preview track, “Means To An End," from their forthcoming album "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" online via the band’s MySpace page. "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" will see a May 26th North American release date, June 1st internationally.
The first preview “Three Moons” can also still be heard online via the band’s MySpace page. "With Echoes In The Movement Of Stone" was recorded at Volume Studios in Chicago, IL with the band’s Sanford Parker producing the effort.
Black Sun Aeon, the project featuring Tuoma Saukkonen of Before the Dawn and Tomi Koivusaari of Amorphis, has been added to the line up confirmed to play at the Summer Breeze Open Air Festival 2009. The festival will take place August 13 - 15 in Dinkelsbuhl, Germany.
The other bands already confirmed for the festival include:
Evergreen Terrace, The Cumshots, Excrementory Grindfuckers. Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Backyard Babies, Battlelore, Before the Dawn, Beneath the Massacre, Brainstorm, Callejon, Cataract, Corvus Corux, Dagoba, Entombed, Epica, Equilibrium, Evocation, Firewind, Ghost Brigade, Grand Magus, Grave, Hate Eternal, The Haunted, Katatonia, Legion of the Damned, Misery Index, Narziss, One Way Mirror, Opeth, Powerwolf, Raunchy, Sacred Steel, Unhelig, Unsun, Vader, Volbeat, Vomitory, Vried, Waylander, Wintersun.
Belgium's Blött have issued the following statement about shooting a new music video:
"We are currently working on a video clip for blött, featuring one of our new song that should appear on our first EP. The scenario of the video is on its way, shooting will occur during june, probably. We will record the EP in june too, so we hope. It might be out around july or august depending on post-production time, and should feature three or 4 songs. The video will be included as a bonus too. The song is called 'Time Mirror'.
"We will also make a new promo shoot at the end of this month or in June.
"And we are currently working on organizing a small tour of 5 or 6 dates in Poland for the end of august. We'll keep you posted.
"Don't forget to come and see us at our Next show in La Louviere if you can.
"Keep on blötting."
Heavy metal icons Judas Priest will be releasing a live album in July entitled, "A Touch Of Evil- Live." The record will consist of songs recorded on their tours fom 2005 to 2008 and will feature eleven songs. Stay tuned for more details.
Finnish metallers Swallow The Sun have issued the following statement about acquiring a new drummer:
"We are glad to announce that Kai Hahto (Wintersun, ex-Rotten Sound) will be playing drums on our forthcoming album and live shows next summer.
"We have known Kai for years, and we have worked with him earlier when he played with us on our North American tour back in 2007. Knowing what he's capable of behind the drum set we are really excited about working with him again. We are confident that he can deliver drum parts that will not only perfectly fit the trademark Swallow the Sun -sound, but take it even further. We'll start rehearsing with him at the end of this month, and we'll keep you posted on how the album is coming up!"
Polish black metal outfit Behemoth has revealed the artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "Evangelion." You can check it out below. The album will be released in Europe on August 7th through Nuclear Blast Records and in North America on August 11th via Metal Blade Records. More...
Monster Magnet has announced that they will be embarking on their first headlining tour of Australia in ten years this year. A message from the band states: "You'll swim in the sweat of a million orgies" This is rock 'n' roll- raw, uncensored and uncut."
The tour dates are as follows:
September 5 Brisbane, Australia - The Hi-fi
September 6 Sydney, Australia - Metro
September 8 Melbourne, Australia - Billboard
September 10 Perth, Australia - Metropolis Fremantle
Danish thrash metal outfit Artillery has posted their new music video online for the song "10,000 Devils." You can check it out below. The song will appear on the bands forthcoming new studio album, "When Death Comes" which will be released in Europe on June 15th through Metal Mind and in North America on August 11th via MVD. More...