Metal News for May 18, 2010
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After 13 years and a year after the release of their latest album, "Wavering Radient," experimental metal band Isis has decided to disband. Here's the message from the band themselves:
"ISIS has reached an end. It's hard to try to say it in any delicate way, and it is a truth that is best spoken plainly. This end isn't something that occurred over night and it hasn't been brought about by a single cataclysmic fracture in the band. Simply put, ISIS has done everything we wanted to do, said everything we wanted to say. In the interest of preserving the love we have of this band, for each other, for the music made and for all the people who have continually supported us, it is time to bring it to a close. We've seen too many bands push past the point of a dignified death and we all promised one another early on in the life of the band that we would do our best to ensure ISIS would never fall victim to that syndrome. We've had a much longer run than we ever expected we would and accomplished a great deal more than we ever imagined possible. We never set any specific goals when the band was founded other than to make the music we wanted to hear and to play (and to stay true to that ideal), so everything else that has come along the long and winding path has been an absolute gift. As with any momentous life-changing decision (which this certainly is for the 5 of us), we feel a very dynamic range of emotions about this and cannot express all of it within the space of a few sentences, and perhaps it's best to do what we've always done in and let our music speak for us. It is and has been the truest expression of who we are as a collective and in some ways who we are as individuals for the 13 years in which we've been together. The last and perhaps most important thing we might say in relation to all this is how grateful we are for the people that have supported us over the years. It is a lengthy list that would include those who put out our records, those that played on them and put them to tape, the many bands with whom we shared the stage, all of our family, friends and companions who supported us in our individual lives and thus made it possible for us to continue on in the band, and most importantly those who truly listened to our music whether in recorded form or by coming to out to our shows (or both). It is quite true that we would never have done what we have without those people, that is many of you who are reading this. Our words can never fully express what we feel, but we hope that our music and the efforts made to bring it into being can serve as a more proper expression of gratitude for this life and for everyone in it. Thank you.
"In more immediate and practical terms the tour we are about to embark upon is indeed our last. We are hoping that these final live rituals can help us bring a close to the life of this band in a celebratory and reverent way, and also provide us with a chance to say goodbye to many of those that have supported us over the years. While there is a measure of sadness that comes with the passing of this band, we hope that the final days can be joyous ones during which any and all that wish to come and join us will do so. It seems fitting that the last show of the tour and of our active existence will take place in Montreal, the site of the very first ISIS show in 1997 (though that was an unintentional move when booking the show initially). After the tour we also plan to follow through with other projects set in motion some time ago - pursuing the completion of a final EP, compiling live audio and visual material for future releases, and generally doing whatever we can to make our music available for as long as there are people who wish to hear it."
Mike Patton and Greg Werckman (Ipecac founders) added:
"It has been a complete honor to be a part of the ISIS team. ISIS is a major part of our label's foundation. Those 5 talented guys are our friends and we look forward to see and hear what they each do in the future."
The latest tour dates on the band's MySpace page are as follows: More...
Unsigned New Jersey metal band Dystrophy has posted two new songs, "Iconoclasm" and "Devoured By Time," on their MySpace page. The songs come off their upcoming album, "Chains of Hypocrisy," which features the following tracklisting:
2. Chains of Hypocrisy
3. Through Scenes of Buried Pain
5. Devoured By Time
6. Spells of Apocalypse
7. Zero Sum
8. Paranoid Abductions
9. Crown the Coward
Studio footage of the recording of their debut album can be seen at this location.
Gus G. (Firewind) has added his signature style and soloing to one of Kamelot's new songs that will appear on the band's upcoming CD. Kamelot's Thomas Youngblood commented on the collaboration:
"Gus and I have been talking about working together for a few years now, I first met Gus when Dream Evil played with us on the Japanese Tour in a few years back. Since then Gus' band Firewind has toured with us in Europe and Japan and we have become great friends. I have always thought Gus' style was very special and very unique, its really great to have him on the new album!"
Gus G. adds" "Kamelot is a very unique band with a sound of their own and I've always liked them. To be invited to play on their new album is an honor and jamming on their track was a lot of fun. During the time our bands toured Japan and all over Europe together, Thomas and I became good friends. I have great memories from being on the road with the guys and I'm glad I contributed to their new album."
The upcoming Kamelot tour dates are as follows: More...
Bassist Noah Martin, who announced his departure from Virginia’s melodic/technical death metal band Arsis in September 2008, has now announced his return to the band’s line-up. The band was on the “Facemelter Tour” with Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Annotations Of An Autopsy, and Conducting From The Grave when bassist Nathaniel Carter abruptly left. Arsis has now released the following official statement:
“So it's true that we have been playing as a three piece for a few gigs. Nat is out and if you want the real story come to a show and ask us, because trust me, that is much more fun and potentially colorful than reading it in an officially sanctioned and sanitized press statement. But this is a problem of very small gravity because we are inevitable and by the time the clock strikes midnight tonight we will be rejoined by our very dear friend and long-missed colleague ... (insert drum roll here) ... the immortal Noah Martin is back in our traveling circle of insanity! We will be turning the hell up to 11 in New Mexico tonight!”
Martin added: “Since leaving Arsis, I've been back in Virginia, finishing up my bachelor's degree. I'm still enrolled in college, so I'm kinda in the same boat as Mike [Van Dyne, drummer] as far as playing live goes. It's tough to stay away from what you love and know so well. For me, making music with James Malone means listening to obscure ‘80s metal, staying in seedy hotels, peeing in wrecked trailers, playing with Dutchstep, and singing like King Diamond. It feels good to be back in the fold, to make music with my friends. Good times.”
You can still catch Arsis live on the following dates: More...
The first new tarack by Soilwork since Peter Witchers rejoined the band has now been uploaded to the band's myspace. The song "Two Lives Worth of Reckoning" will be the second track on the band's new album, The Panic Broadcast. More...
New York's Bloody Panda will be embarking on the following string of upcoming U.S. tour dates in June:
6/2 - Olympia, WA @ Northern
6/3 - Seattle, WA @ Rendezvous (w/ Book Of Black Earth)
6/4 - Portland, OR @ Plan B (w/ Story Of Rats)
6/5 - Eugene, OR @ Bijou Theater (w/ Scrolls)
6/7 - Oakland, CA @ Metro (w/ Laudanum)
6/8 - San Jose, CA @ Voodoo Lounge (w/ Laudanum)
6/9 - San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room (w/ Amber Asylum)
6/11 - Los Angeles, CA @ Relax Bar
6/12 - San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
Polish female-fronted act Crystal Viper has issued the following statement regarding the death of Ronnie James Dio:
"This was truly hard time for us. 2 days after the funeral of our friend Janusz Soloma of Stos (who died on stage while performing with the band on May 8, 2010 in Myslowice, Poland, after suffering a heart attack), we heard the terrible news about Ronnie James Dio. What can we say? Of course the family lost its member, lot of people lost great friend, and the world of music lost incredibly talented musician and artist. But Dio was someone else. He was the voice of Heavy Metal, the icon.
"Metal fans who are familiar with the sound of Crystal Viper, with no doubt could hear the huge influence he had on our band - yes, songs like 'Sleeping Swords,' 'Gladiator (Die By The Blade),' or the newest one - 'Secret Of The Black Water,' very actually inspired by such all time classics like 'Holy Diver' or 'Heaven And Hell.' Ronnie James Dio was also one of the biggest influences and one of the favorite vocalists of Marta - and again, people who witnessed the Crystal Viper shows, can only agree with these words.
"We're not afraid to tell these words: if there would be no Dio, then there would be no Crystal Viper in the shape you know. Dio was, no, Dio is - as through his music he is immortal - the voice of heavy metal. Now The Man has returned to the Silver Mountain, the King has returned to his temple. Rest in Peace, dear friend. You were our Rainbow In The Dark."
Bassist Martin Schulman of Swedish death metal band Demonical has checked in with the following brief update about recruiting Jonas Lindstrom as a temporary drummer for an upcoming festival appearance: "Jonas Lindström - the drummer of Isole and Undivine - will handle the skins at the upcoming Protzen Open Air show due to Ronnie’s other touring commitments. See you in hell!" The upcoming Demonical tour dates are as follows:
6/5 2010 GER - Protzen - Protzen Open Air
7/1 2010 SWE - Borlänge - Peace and Love Festival
7/8 2010 SLO - Tolmin - Metalcamp
7/9 2010 GER - Torgau - In Flammen Open Air
8/12 2010 GER - Bad Berka - Party San Open Air
Brazilian death metallers The Ordher have issued the following update about recording a new music video:
"Although band had announced that would record a new video-clip last February, due to some problems and line-up changes the video was recorded last week, on May 13th. Producer Claudio Verissimo is already working on editions and post production, so the video of 'Whipped, Crowned and Dead' will be ready next June. Besides a big promotion on the web, the video will also be part of the 10th year anniversary Unique Leader compilation DVD to be released this year."
In the mean time you can stream the song "Whipped, Crowned and Dead" via the band's MySpace page.
Horse The Band has announced the following upcoming Russian and European tour dates:
03.06.10 Russia Rostov(Podzemka) CLUB PODZEMKA
04.06.10 Russia Krasnodar CLUB DIGGER
05.06.10 Russia Stavropol CLUB FIRST CORPUS
06.06.10 Russia Astrakhan CLUB METRO
07.06.10 Russia Volgograd TBA
08.06.10 Russia Toliatti CLUB BIT.COM
09.06.10 Russia Samara NK "ZVEZDA"
10.06.10 Russia Day Off
11.06.10 Russia Ekaterinburg CLUB PV
12.06.10 Russia Kurgan OPEN AIR FESTIVAL
13.06.10 Russia Moscow CLUB TOCHKA
14.06.10 Armenia Yerevan Puppet Theatre – NEW VENUE!
15.06.10 Armenia Day Off More...
The 2010 edition of the Jotunheim festival was scheduled to feature bands such as Thyrfing, Manegarm, Vreid, and more. The Jotunheim organizers have now issued the following statement about canceling the festival:
"We must inform you that we have unfortunately been forced to cancel the first edition of Jotunheim Festival! Jotunheim Festival is canceled due to apparent pressure from Antifa who believed that the line-up included bands that advocated fascism or were affiliated with fascistic political movements. This was completely untrue, with not a single band having ever expressed such political sympathies (if any), only pride in their heritage (though of course, any such display immediately gets Antifa up in arms anyway). Nor was there any statement made on behalf of the festival that specified any particulars about who could and could not attend, certainly not on racial grounds.
"Because of the Antifa groups, Northwind Promotion declines to do concerts and festivals in Croatia, and in the future will be focused on the external market where there are no organizations that will charge based on nonexistent facts. For a refund of the tickets, please contact us by e-mail email@example.com."
Tombs will embark on a run of west coast dates alongside Isis starting May 29th in Eugene, OR. This string of dates immediately follows Tombs' performance as part of this year’s Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore, MD. The band will also support EyeHateGod for three shows on the east coast in mid-June. These dates will also include Brutal Truth, Black Anvil, and Nachtmystium. Tombis is touring in support of the band's latest album "Winter Hours," which is currently streaming in its entirety at this location.
The upcoming Tombs tour dates are as follows:
5/28 Baltimore, MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Death Fest)
***All dates from 5/29 thru 6/5 w/ ISIS***
5/29 Eugene, OR WOW Hall
5/30 Olympia, WA Capitol Theater
5/31 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
6/1 Seattle, WA Neumo’s
6/2 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
6/3 Chico, CA Monstro’s Pizza
6/4 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
6/5 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
***All dates from 6/11 thru 13 w/ EYEHATEGOD, BRUTAL TRUTH, BLACK ANVIL, NACHTMYSTIUM***
6/11 Philadelphia, PA First Unitarian Church
6/12 Brooklyn, NY Europa
6/13 Providence, RI Club Hell (w/ HOWL)
Savannah, GA’s Black Tusk is currently streaming the Relapse debut "Taste The Sin" in its entirety via Stereogum.com. "Taste The Sin" will see its North American release date next Tuesday, May 25th (May 31st internationally) and will be available digitally as well as on CD and gatefold LP.
Black Tusk are about to embark on a run of dates with Pentagram in support of "Taste The Sin," starting this weekend. Immediately following, the band will support EyeHateGod for a string of dates before heading out on a co-headlining US tour with Atlanta’s Zoroaster in June. A complete listing of confirmed Black Tusk tour dates can be found below with more to be announced soon. More...
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week, the members of DFW thrash band Warbeast talk about their experiences getting to know the floor well while at shows. Stay tuned after the stories to learn about the Pit Bulls of Fort Worth, Texas; moderators of the mosh.
Check back ever Tuesday for more Pit Stories.
Murder She Wrote has checked in with the following update about the band's activity:
"Hello everyone! We realize its been a while since you have received any updates so here we are briefly going to talk about what our plans are for this summer. We do have a few shows booked so far for May and one or two possibly in July. We are laying low for a little bit to write a bunch of new songs.
"We are officially booked to be in the studio for 2 weeks with Kevin Kumetz to record our full length album this August! It will feature 10 brand new songs on it that show off our new sound. We feel that our music has matured immensely from our previous recordings. We're going to put out something that will blow you away!
"Lastly we have lots of new merch coming in! Our shirts should be here within the next week or two and will shortly be available online at our BigCartel store. Through the summer we will be ordering more merch as we get money, so be on the lookout for new shirts, wristbands, and anything else we can stick out logo on. Keep giving the love and support that this band thrives on!"
The Korean industrial metal band Crash has finally completed their long awaited, though still untitled sixth album which will be released later this year. This will be the band's first new album since 2003.
Vocalist Roberto Lizarraga of Mexican death metal act Infinitum Obscure has issued the following statement about the recent passing of Ronnie James Dio:
"A farewell to the King of Rock n Roll, Ronnie James Dio, the King of Rock n Roll, has passed away, and we are deeply saddened and touched by his departure from this physical realm. This is the biggest loss in the history of heavy metal music. All of us in Infinitum Obscure grew up listening to Ronnie James Dio in Rainbow, DIO and Black Sabbath and he has always been a personal inspiration to us in one way or the other. We bid you farewell Ronnie and thank you for the decades of timeless magical music that has inspired us through life and beyond. We cherish your gift of music highly and we hail you by the magic of Heavy Metal."
Sweden's Istapp, on a campaign to destroy the sun and all its followers, has posted the new track "I Väntan På Den Absoluta Nollpunkten" online via StereoKiller.com. The song is off the band's upcoming Metal Blade debut, "Blekinge." The album marks the band's fourth release and first for Metal Blade Records with cover art handled by C. Ashuck von Renvaktar. "Blekinge" will be available in stores and online on June 8, 2010 (US and Canada).
Vocalist Mordechai von Renvaktar commented: "’I väntan på den Absoluta Nollpunkten’ will be the final warning you'll hear from us before the unstoppable rage of Blekinge strikes down upon you with its full force. Heed the call and turn your backs to the Evil Star and you may die peacefully.”
Katatonia's Anders Nystrom has checked in with the band's ninth and final tour blog through Ultimate-Guitar.com. An excerpt from the blog follows:
"April 8, Travel day, Germany – Greece: After we’d made the only right but still difficult decision to cancel Sofia, Bulgaria we were left with two choices for the band and crew. Should we stick around in Munich, Germany for three days? Or try get on the soonest possible flight to Thessaloniki, Greece which we would anyway be playing next? The choice was pretty simple as everyone were longing for the good weather, delicious food and the nice atmosphere of Greece. Bye bye Germany, you were the best, my respect! Since we left the night liner behind the other night we had to try strip down our luggage and gear to a minimum in order to avoid massive overweight on the upcoming flights, so we sent everything we could do without back home and went for individual backpacker style.
"Still, we ended up having to pay hundreds of dollars in overweight on this first flight, but it could have been a thousand if we hadn’t found a cargo service that charges way less than the airlines do (they however usually ship the stuff onboard the same flight ironically enough!). A kind employee at the Lufthansa staff helped us out sorting the mess and we gave him a couple of tour shirts in return hoping he would become a metal fan if he wasn’t already. More...
Dutch metallers Massive Assault have announced former vocalist Carl Christ has officially returned to the fold. The band issued the following brief comment about Carl's return: "Old band member Carl is back in the band! We are happy to announce that our 'ex' vocalist Carl-Christ is back to the ranks of Massive Assault. We have 2 vocalists now." The upcoming Massive Assault tour dates are as follows:
6/5 2010 HERRIE FEST with Obtuse, Grindbahers, Departure, Scoinics, NL
6/5 2010 To Hell Fest with Brutus, Erebus, The New Dominion Groesbeek, Gelderland, NL
Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death/ex-Testament) will join German progressive death metal act Obscura on their upcoming Japanese tour alongside Nile and Triptykon. Vocalist Steffen Kummerer commented on the tour situation:
"During scheduling conflicts with Pestilence, Jeroen Paul Thesseling is not able to join us on the trip through the land of the rising sun. Fortunately our friend Steve DiGiorgio will help us out and plays these special shows with Obscura. With that said, I will clear that Jeroen is not leaving our band nor is a session player. We will record the third album with the same lineup as with Cosmogenesis in 2008 and start a huge world wide touring schedule with Jeroen on our side on all shows when the yet untitled third album will be released."
German metallers Sacred Steel have issued the following announcement about hosting a signing session after their upcoming performance at the Hard Rock Festival in Gelsenkirchen:
"After the show in Gelsenkirchen you will have the rare opportunity to witness a Sacred Steel signing session (NOT singing session...). According to several rumors, Gerrit announced that he would sign ANYthing (!) when being rewarded by a free shot of Jägermeister. Be there on Sunday, May 23 at 14h. Showtime: 12:00 - 12:40 (Sunday, May 23)."
The upcoming Sacred Steel tour dates are as follows:
5/23 2010 ROCK HARD FESTIVAL Gelsenkirchen, Nordrhein-Westfalen
7/17 2010 BANG YOUR HEAD!!! - Open Air Balingen, Baden-Württemberg
10/30 2010 BÖRSENCRASH FESTIVAL - Wuppertal Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen
Sweden's Darkwater has checked in with the following update regarding the recording of the band's second full-length album:
"We're almost finished with all the guitars! Magnus has started recording keyboards, and later this week Simon will start laying down the bass. If all goes well Henrik will also start recording vocals during the coming weekend. We're thrilled about the result so far, and we can't wait to present this album to you! We'll be back soon with more updates!"
The as-yet-untitled album will be mixed this summer by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, and is planned for a fall 2010 release through Ulterium Records.
Malevolent Creation has posted a video clip of the band recording the forthcoming 11th studio outing with Erik Rutan at Mana Studios in Florida. The footage can be viewed below. Guitarist Phil Fasciana previously commented about the upcoming album entitled Invidious Dominion:
"Malevolent Creation has found a winning combination working with Erik Rutan, putting together an album filled with every bit of hatred, speed and aggression the band has ever recorded. Invidious Dominion contains 10 full throttle songs from start to finish and will be embarking on a massive world tour upon the album's release in August 2010. See you then!”
The album's track listing is as follows: More...
Trivium frontman, Matt Heafy, has posted the following message on the passing of Ronnie James Dio:
"Trivium had the privilege of meeting Dio while touring with Heaven and Hell in Japan in 2007. We were just happy to be on the shows and didn’t expect to spend any time with any of the guys. Every single night of that tour Heaven & Hell blew our minds; we were fans in awe of how good they were. They had it all and to watch a group of musicians that deep into their careers so absolutely on top of their game like that was inspiring.
"One night after a show in Nagoya, I was able to pop in real quick to say 'hey' to Dio in his dressing room. I've been able to meet many heroes of mine in my life, but few have made impression on me like Ronnie James. He greeted me not as a support band member, but he welcomed me as a fellow musician and performer. He gave me a hug, invited a couple of us into his room where we all sat and talked and drank wine together. I remember our conversation crystal clear to this day. I told him how I met Bruce Dickinson on his BBC radio show and was asking Bruce about vocals and vocal techniques, and I shared with Dio that Bruce felt that I had started to develop my own vocal style and with work someday would further develop a stylistic similarity to Dio. Dio smiled and chatted about how he knew that Bruce was a fan of his voice, and from there we were able to just relax and talk shop about vocals and singing. Although it was a quick visit, Ronnie made me feel at home and was a really sweet dude. He gave us props, we finished our wine, we hugged and said 'See ya tomorrow.' It was amazing that I received vocal coaching from quite possibly the greatest metal voice of all time. I am truly grateful for the time he gave me and his personal insight into our shared craft. For that I will always be thankful."
The new video from Sweden's Grand Magus for the title track of the upcoming album, "Hammer of the North," has been posted online.
"Hammer of the North" was recorded at 301 studios and will be released June 22 through Roadrunner Records.
Here is the album tracklisting: More...
Pictonian Records has issued the following announcement about two more bands being added to an upcoming Enslaved tribute album:
"Hail! Two killer bands were added the trac klist of the official tribute to Enslaved: Stagnant Waters (France) and Foscor (Spain). So far, the tribute gathers Vreid, Dordeduh, Odem Arcanum, Asmodee, Island, Reverence, Sael, Foscor, and Stagnant Waters, but more additions to the track list are to be announced later ... keep posted for more!"
Further details on the album's track listing and release date will be announced as they are made available.
Wilhelm Curse of The Electric Hellfire Club has checked in with the following statement about allegations that Terrofakt band mate Ben DeWalt is involved with Nazism:
"For any of the fans of the EHC who are into rhythmic noise and hard industrial; some of you may have heard the escalating rumor that Ben DeWalt, my friend, co-conspirator, and the founder of Terrofakt, is a Nazi. This could not be further from the truth. Ben has been our close friend for nearly 15 years, and we know that he is anything but a white supremacist. For the last few years I have had the privilege to play with Ben, as a member of Terrorfakt. During this time, I have come to know Ben much better than I ever did during the years that he represented the EHC. He is my close friend, and comrade in arms. He is a proud patriotic American, who firmly believes in the values that this great nation was founded on... among those being that all of us are created equal.
"My time with Terrorfakt has introduced me to many other associated acts and musicians, and to Terrorfakt's fanatically loyal fan base, all being of various ethnic and even religious backgrounds. Accordingly, I can categorically deny that any of these accusations have any merit to them. This smear campaign against Ben is perpetuated by an Industrial music outcast named Rachel Mandelson. She is more 'popularly' known as the idiot behind 'Experiment Haywire.' She is an individual who has failed to garner any success on her own, and has taken to making slanderous and libelous accusations against a much more popular and successful act, in order to gain attention for herself. More...
Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels just finished their MetalFest dates. Very excited about the whole experience, the band has posted a glowing tour recap as well as a video from the Swiss MetalFest stop. The video is below, and the complete recap is after the jump.
LA underground black metal band LIGHTNING SWORDS OF DEATH has posted the first song for the band's upcoming Metal Blade debut "The Extra Dimensional Wound," out May 21/24 in Europe. Check out the new song "Nihilistic Stench" on their MySpace page.
"The Extra Dimensional Wound" was recorded in Corona, CA at Trench Studios with Roskva from the band producing and John Haddad handling engineering duties, and was mixed and mastered by Sverker "Necro" Widgren at Necromorbus Studios in Stockholm Sweden.
"The Extra Dimensional Wound" tracklisting is as follows:
1. The Extra Dimensional Wound
2. Nihilistic Stench
3. Invoke the Desolate One
5. Damnation Pentastrike
6. Venter of the Black Beast
7. Vortricating into Scars
8. Paths to Chaos
Female fronted Spanish symphonic gothic metallers DIABULUS IN MUSICA have uploaded the second new song of their debut album "Secrets." check out the song at the bands MySpace page to check out "New Era."
"Secrets" was engineered by the Spanish tech-producer Iñaki Llarena and mixed by former EPICA guitar player Ad Sluijter. "Secrets" was mastered by Sascha Paeth, Simon Oberender and Michael (Miro) Rodenberg in Gate studios in Wolfsburg, Germany.
"Secrets" tracklisting is as follows:
02. Come to Paradise
03. Nocturnal Flowers
04. Evolution's Whim
05. New Era
06. Lies in your Eyes
07. Lonely Soul
08. The Seventh Gate
10. Under the Shadow (of a Butterfly)
11. Beyond Infinity
12. The Forest of Ashes
13. St. Michael's Nightmare More...
As the world mourns the loss of Ronnie James Dio, the brilliant heavy metal singer who worked with the likes of Black Sabbath, Rainbow and his own, self-titled band, more of his peers have posted messages online as a tribute. You can read some more below.
Lemmy (Motorhead): "I'm truly upset, especially since he seemed to be rallying at the Golden Gods show. Bon Voyage, Ronnie. Rest in peace. I'm devastated."
Jeff Waters (Annihilator): "He was a super nice person, uniquely talented and has left us all with great music. In a way, it will strange to live and work in a world and business where RJD is no longer on tour, at the festivals, putting out his music. You will never be forgotten and will live on in the music of so many others. Stand up and shout." More...
DEW-SCENTED have their whole new album "Invocation" streamed for a full week starting Monday May 17, 2010 up until release date in the UK on May 24, 2010. Listen to the whole album at this location.
"Invocation" is DEW-SCENTED's first album for Metal Blade and was recorded and mixed at Soundlodge Studio in Northern Germany with producer Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Sinister etc.).
DEW-SCENTED has also posted an update on new shows and recap the past few, quite prestigious gigs:
"DEW-SCENTED are back home again after some cool shows in these last weekends, so let us give you a small re-cap."
"Playing with Bolt Thrower is totally awesome! Great band, great crew, great crowds! We are enjoying every minute of it and look forward to seeing them again this coming Sunday in Luxembourg for a final gig! Truly an outstanding, inspiring band on all levels and a pleasure to finally be able to share stages with them! Thanks for having us!" More...
German power metal veterans Blind Guardian has revealed the tracklisting for their forthcoming new studio album, "At The Edge Of Time," which is scheduled to be released sometime this Summer through Nuclear Blast Records. The first single from the album will be the song, "A Voice In The Dark," which will be released on June 25th.
The tracklisting is as follows:
"Road Of No Release"
"Ride Into Obsession"
"Curse My Name"
"Control The Divine"
"War Of The Thrones"
"A Voice In The Dark"
"Wheel Of Time"
Greek melodic power metal band INNERWISH has released their video for the track "Burning Desires" online. The track comes off their up-coming album, "No Turning Back," which will be released in Europe and North America on May 28rd through Ulterium Records.
"Burning Desires" was directed by Bob Katsionis [Firewind].
Watch the video below:
Chilean power metal band INFERIS is readying their new album, "When Men Collide," for a June 2 release via Hitman Records.
Here's the tracklisting for "When Men Collide":
1. The Arrival
2. WHEN MEN COLLIDE
4. WE FIGHT!
5. THE ARROW(Lautaro's Theme)
6. TRADITION AND BLOOD
7. Domains of Ngenechen
9. THE UPRISING
10. THE BATTLE OF CURALABA
11. THINK ABOUT IT
12. WHEN MEN COLLIDE (Instrumental version)
In the meantime, check out Inferis on MySpace to hear of of their music.
Tired of the massive hotels and casinos I found myself wandering off the Las Vegas strip (20 minute taxi ride West of Las Vegas Blvd) to check out Saint Rose at Feelgood’s Rock Bar and Lounge last Friday.
First let me say that Feelgood’s is not your typical Las Vegas celebrity rock bar (Read: Sammy Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Cantina at Planet Hollywood), but rather an authentic rock bar complete with a dark atmosphere, a second floor cage area for go-go dancers in leather and chains, large stage, motorcycle parking (in full use this particular night), and state of the art sound system. With the exception of the name and small shrine on your way to the bathroom you wouldn’t even know the owner is Vince Neil (Motley Crue). More...
Well respected member of the Bay Area metal scene Debbie Abono passed away recently and veterans of the heavy metal community have posted some messages online, paying tribute to her work and her personality. Death Angel's Rob Cavestany wrote:
"Haven't been able to get online much the past few days on the road but now have had the chance to read all the posts about Debbie Abono and soak it all in. I want to express my gratitude and respect for all she did for our scene, my band and me individually. She was like a mom and mentor.
"She was there for us in so many ways at almost all the local shows and especially on one of the best tours we ever did (Death Angel - Act III / Forbidden - Twisted Into Form in 1990). Miss you, Debbie. Rest in peace." More...
Biff Byford, lead vocalist of the legendary British heavy metal band Saxon, has posted a message online detailing his thoughts on the passing of iconic heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio. The message reads as follows:
"Today I heard my friend Ronnie Dio has lost his battle. It is a great loss to us all. I first met Ronnie in the early eighties when we played with Black Sabbath and BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, the infamous Black And Blue tour. I first heard him sing on Butterfly Ball and from that moment I understood what great singing was all about, he was at the top of his game from then on. His voice was always powerful and soaring his phrasing was uniquely his, copied by many but never bettered. I will miss him as we all will. The last time we met was in Finland last year, both bands stranded in an airport with flight delays. What do you do, go to the bar, get drunk and tell rock and roll stories. He told great stories. Deepest condolences to his family.
"Somewhere in the night a candle burns for you.
"To absent friends."
Six Feet Under just got back from touring Eastern and Central Europe, and have posted some footage from the MetalFest leg. The first video is the band covering AD/DC's "T.N.T." and the second is the first ten minutes from another MetalFest set.
There is nothing quite like hearing Chris Barnes gargle all those pebbles live.
Tour Bus-Metal Fest DE-Six Feet Under-T.N.T. (Crowd is BANGIN!!)
Tour Bus-Metal Fest CH-Taking the stage with Six Feet Under
Joey Vera of Armored Saint and Anthrax has posted the following comments on the passing of Heavy Metal Legend Ronnie James Dio:
"Ronnie James Dio.
His name shall be part of the very definition of the term heavy metal.
All of us in this community owe a big part to him as he helped shape our entire genre. And he did it with complete originality and sincerity. He is the real deal.
By now you've read much about him and how every person who'd had the pleasure of meeting the man use the words "kind," "nice," "humble" and so on. I can tell you that these descriptions are truly accurate.
I had the honor of being on tour with Dio on two occasions. Once on his "Magica" tour in 2001 while I was in Armored Saint and then later in 2004 while I was touring with Anthrax. I would watch Ronnie every night side stage and I was continuously blown away by his high level of performance. I must have seen over 40 shows from this vantage point and I never, ever saw or heard a single flaw. You always knew he was a great singer but It was then that I was convinced that he was a gift to us from some other place. Then there's all the times I saw him with Sabbath.
I can't even go on…
When you have the privilege of meeting someone like Ronnie — an idol, a legend — you almost expect a person like this to be overly confident, cocky, and they deserve to be, really. But Ronnie was the complete opposite. He really was the most humble, sincere and kind person you'd ever meet. He would always find time to stop in his tracks and say a few words to you. He was so down to earth and generous.
Through his humility he's taught us all that a man is not measured by the size of his wallet, or trophy collection, but instead by the size of his heart.
I myself am glad that he chose the profession of singing because even though his body has been taken from us, his voice will stay here for all eternity.
We're all trying really hard here, but Ronnie, we can't thank you enough.