Metal News for May 2, 2010
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19 news articles posted on this day.
Anders Johansson and Oscar Dronjak of the Swedish heavy metal band HammerFall visited Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA on a day off during their latest U.S. tour. Having trained in Tae Kwon Do, the Swedes knew just enough about martial arts to get themselves in trouble. Check out the video, shot and edited by Rick Lee, below:
Well known progressive metal and rock label InsideOut recently released a new compilation, "Music In Progress, Vol. II," for free download via Amazon.com (restricted to the U.S. once again, I believe). The download, which also comes with a digital booklet, contains the following tracks:
1. "Set The World On Fire (The Lieof Lies)" by Symphony X (5:55)
2. "Hyperdrive!" by Devin Townsend Project (3:34)
3. "Age Of Shadows (Edit)" by Ayreon (5:39)
4. "Linoleum" by Pain Of Salvation (4:54)
5. "Move" by King's X (4:02)
6. "Walls" by Redemptionx (6:56)
7. "The Escape Artist" by Osi (5:53)
8. "With Honor" by Shadow Gallery (9:58)
9. "Crucify" by James Labrie (6:01)
10. "Hyperactive" by Riverside (5:45)
11. "Ripples" by Aspera (6:33)
12. "Paroxetine 20mg" by The Tangent (7:41)
For the past several years, attendees of Oslo's celebrated Inferno Festival have gotten to see some of the landmark places from the Norwegian Black Metal scene of the early '90s like the old Helvete record store on the black metal sightseeing bus.
The tour also visits a rebuilt wooden church, once famously burned down by Varg Vikernes (aka Count Grishnackh), Euronymous and Bård 'Faust' Ethiun in 1992, before finishing up at the famous Neseblod Records, part record shop, part black metal museum.
Contraband Candy recently shot a video of this tour. Check it out below:
Armored Saint recently announced that their new album, "La Raza," is now available on vinyl, as well as being available digitally and on CD.
The vinyl version is a 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Double LP with Double Gatefold LP packaging, and includes a previously unreleased demo version of the title track.
The vinyl version of "La Raza" can be purchased on Amazon.com through North America, Europe and Japan.
Richard Christy, of Howard Stern Radio Show and heavy metal fame, has checked in with some tidbits of news, including a show date for his new band, Charred walls of the Damned. They will be performing with Dream Theater in Worcester, MA on July 10. His entire post is as follows:
"As I watch my 5th favorite movie of all time John Carpenter's "Prince of Darkness" (In HD on FIOS Cinemax On Demand which rules because it's not out on Blu Ray yet!) I have some really exciting news to announce, the first of many upcoming Charred Walls of the Damned live shows! We will be opening for the legendary Dream Theater on Saturday July 10th at the Palladium in Worcester, MA! It's such an honor to play with one of my favorite bands and to share the stage with one of my drum idols Mike Portnoy! This is only the first of many Charred Walls of the Damned live shows that we will be announcing very soon at www.RichardChristy.com and www.CharredWallsoftheDamned.com! More...
KISS is set to have their forthcoming Sonic Boom Over Europe Tour released on USB stick and as MP3 download.
The KISS Sonic Boom Over Europe tour kicked off in the UK on May 1st at the Sheffield Arena. Fans who attend each of the concerts will be able to purchase the entire 2½ hour concert on USB stick at the merchandise stand directly after the concert. Alternatively, fans will also be able to pre-order the concert on USB stick or MP3 via the platform simfylive.com.
KISS fans will be able to purchase a 1 gigabyte USB stick, including Collector’s Box at the venue or online for 25 Euros / £20 Pounds Sterling. Fans who want to own more than one concert can order online the Collector’s Gold Edition 16 gigabyte USB stick.
Fans can purchase the Gold Edition at any time, even prior to the tour, and as soon as the concerts happen, they will be able to download the concerts of their choice on to the USB stick on the following subscription basis:
* 5 concerts €99 or £99
* 10 concerts: €169 or £169
* 30 concerts (the entire European tour dates) : €449 or £449
For those fans that cannot attend the concert or prefer to purchase the concerts as MP3 files instead of USB sticks, they can simply download each concert at €14.95 or £12.95.
For those fans that prefer to collector their KISS European concerts on CD, they will be able to order 2-CD editions of each concert from simfylive.com.
The USB stick and MP3 concert downloads are the brainchild of the Cologne-based live recording entertainment company Music Networks whose live recording concert USB stick roster includes Alice Cooper, Simply Red, Madness, Foreigner, Todd Rundgren and Simple Minds.
Here are KISS’ 2010 Sonic Boom Over Europe tour dates:
Sheffield Arena May 1
Newcastle Arena May 2
Liverpool Arena May4
Birmingham LG Arena May 5
Dublin 02 Arena May 7
Glasgow SECC May 9
Manchester MEN Arena May 10
London Wimble Arena May 12
London Wimble Arena May 13
Zurich Hallenstadion May 16
Geneva Arena May 17
Milan, Mediolanium Forum May 18
Vienna, Stadhalle May 20
Ostrava, Cez Arena May 21
Prague O2 Arena May 23
Leipzig Arena May 25
Berlin O2 World May 26
Budapest Sports Arena May 28
Bratislava Stadium May29
Hamburg Colorine Arena May 31
Oberhausen Koenig Arena June 1
Nurburgring Rock Am Ring June 3
Zeppelinfeld Rock Im Park June 5
Trondheim Lerkendal Open Site June 8
Tampere Sauna Rock June 10
Stockholm Stadium June 12
Malmo Stadium June 13
Oslo Valhall June 14
Aalborg, Denmark, Gigantium June 16
Arnhem, Holland, Gelredome June 18
Clisson, France – Hellfest June 20
Madrid Palacio De Los Deportes June 22
Barcelona Palau St. Jordi June24
Vitoria Azkena Rock Festival June 25
Belgium Graspop June 27
German thrash metal legends Sodom has announced that they will begin recording a new studio album this summer. This will be the bands first album since 2007's, "The Final Sign Of Evil." A message from lead singer Tom Angelripper reads as follows:
"The current economic problems have overtaken and finally reached the music business too. Also, the labels have to suffered and in our case this applies to the label SPV. This is also applied to the artists when it comes to the well planned releases which had to be deferred. But now SVP is newly built up and ready for action. They are currently concentrating on the remainder of the bands like us. Therefore there will be no barrier. Finally, we have to file here and there in the studio to our and your satisfaction. There has never been a Sodom album which is so wide ranged, as powerful and as typically Sodom as this one. At the moment we are searching for a new studio which is able to fulfill our ideas of a high quality production. We will start the recording in summer so as to we are able to release the album in fall or pre-Christmas trade. At this point I’d like to thank you for your patience one more time."
Long Island's Burning The Memory has revealed the cover artwork for their new EP, "Affirmations."
The band comments, "It is an original design by artist Mike D'Antonio (Killswitch Engage) of DarkicoN. We're glad we were able to tap his talent for this project, and are very pleased with the result."
The tracklisting "Affirmations" for is as follows:
2. Reaching The End
5. The Sky Has Eyes
Norwegian black metal act Gravdal has posted footage online of their performance in Paris of the track "Sadist," which can be viewed below. The band also issued the following statement about the clip:
"A new video of Gravdal performing 'Sadist' live at the Trabendo in Paris during the recent European Tour with Gorgoroth has been uploaded onto YouTube. We would like to thank YouTube user nfbeer for allowing us to upload and use his video."
Portuguese death metallers Annihilation have announced they have officially parted ways with drummer Gabriel Teykal and recruited André Hencleeday as their replacement drummer. The band is also currently streaming the songs "Tortured With Hate" and "Illusions Of A Mirage" online via their official MySpace page. The upcoming Annihilation live shows are as follows:
6/11 2010 Festival Metal GDL Grândola, Setúbal, PT
6/12 2010 Festival Metal GDL Grândola, Setúbal, PT
Cirrha Niva, who recently parted ways with their guitarist Tommy White, has checked in with the following update about recruiting temporary drummers for upcoming live shows:
"Hi Friends, we are still taking auditions to find a new drummer. But as you might have noticed our gig list is also increasing. For this we need to thank Eelco van der Meer, who is again willing to help us out for the time being. Eelco will play the upcoming gigs on May 7 and May 15.
"And on the 8th of May, where we will be supporting The 11th Hour in t Beest, the drum seat will be taken by Wiebe Slim. Wiebe is a very talented drummer, well known for his work in the progressive band Melora Rain. Come and see."
The upcoming Cirrha Niva tour dates are as follows:
5/7 2010 LITTLE DEVIL TILBURG, NL
5/8 2010 Beest Goes, US
5/15 2010 The Rambler Eindhoven, US
8/7 2010 Alcatraz Metal Festival Deinze, BE
10/1 2010 Mario Metal Mania Tilburg, US
U.K. metallers Awake have checked in from the studio with the following recording update:
"‘ello again, things in the studio have been going very well this week and almost at an end! So I have sneaked in again to try and get gossip on what’s been going on. When I caught up with them all they were certainly in the bank holiday spirit! I caught them on the morning after the night before....
I Interrupt a serious battle of male pride, Craig told me 'I’m Very happy with how it is all going and I'm enjoying beating Andy at pool.' Andy can’t help but smirk and reply 'Beating Craig at pool is great, 3-0 so far! No seriously, happy with how this album is panning out...album titles have been discussed but we are not giving anything away just yet!' Steven who is eager to get back on the pool table adds 'All is super with the guitars, solos are down and it's all sounding heavy!' Unable to drag anymore from them, I decide its best to let them battle it out and go and find out what the other have to say. More...
Catholicon has issued the following update about streaming the entire remastered edition of their "Of Ages Past" album online:
"The entire remixed/remastered edition of our final album, 'Of Ages Past', has been put up on our myspace page, including the bonus track 'Thanatopsis'. The album was completely broken down and remixed earlier this year by Blasphyre at the new UW Studio in Baton Rouge, and re-mastered in California by mastering engineer Brad Cobb (Warner Brothers, Funchaus, California's Opera, etc.). We hope you enjoy this special re-imagining of our final record; this version will also be soon available on iTunes and other download retailers."
Austrian power metallers Edenbridge have announced they will be making their first appearance in Indonesia for a string of live performances in July. The currently announced dates are as follows:
7/8 Jakarta - Viky Sianipar Music Hall - Manggarai
7/9 Solo - GOR. Manahan
7/12 Malang - Venue TBA
Edenbridge tracks can also be heard via the band's MySpace page.
Vocalist J. Ghoat of U.S. death metal act Father Befouled has checked in with the following update about the band streaming a new song and working on new material:
"To all the Unholy Devotees: It has been awhile, there has been adversity and struggle, but finally things in the Father Befouled congregation are moving forward and down... there. Our new 7’ is complete and has been shipped to the label for an early summer release! Rotting Godless Throne, is two brand new Father Befouled tracks, as well as our cover of the Profanatica staple, 'Weeping in Heaven.' The road on which we paved our way to the culmination of this release has been a varied one. First, upon recording the initial drum tracks as a complete band whilst on a short Texas-only tour we returned to our respective homes (GA and OH), to find the files were technically flawed.
"I made the executive decision to have the drums re-recorded by our drummer, Anitchristus, in his native Cleveland. One thing lead to another and the songs were actually re-written before new studio time was scheduled. Upon the eve of the proposed dates, as you all know, Antichristus took his own life. In the wake, Chad Davis of Set and Hour of 13 stepped in and pounded out the title track, now in it's 3rd incarnation.
"Unfortunately, other engagements have now prevented Chad from filling in with Father Befouled full time. After his performance on one song of the upcoming release, Chad had to step down. In his place we are now aligned again with our Brother in Death, Wayne Sarantopoulos of the monolithic death machine known as Decrepitaph. Wayne also admirably stepped up to the task and belted out the other new track on the 7’ for us, and will now be our fulltime drummer until otherwise is needed. Wayne has eternally been a 5th member of the band anyway, and as you will see by his performance on 'Testament of Unholy Essence,' he is a perfect fit. More...
Israeli black metal act Nature's Elements has announced the band will be releasing a split album with fellow Israel based act Undivine Essence The split album will be limited to 100 numbered copies and will be released some time later in May. In the mean time you can check out sample Nature's Elements tracks at this location and sample Undivine Essence songs here.
Vocalist Michael Vampire of Los Angeles act Vampires Everywhere! (which recently signed to Century Media) has checked in with the following update about a new album:
"We just wrapped up week one of pre-production w. Fred. We are working our vampire butts off in the studio! Things are going amazing! The band is super excited to get this CD into your hands! There's so much diversity so far. I'm positive it's going to come out as expected. We are doing pre-production in North Hollywood, CA 'in a secret location' & doing the record in Valencia, CA.
"I will definitely keep our covens & friends up to date on VE related affairs! Till then make sure you spread the word & visit hot topic/ shockhound.com as much as possible to show your love! Ps. We will be posting video footage as it is recorded throughout the entire recording process! Keep one evil eye open!"
Heavy metal legends Ozzy Osbourne and Rob Halford appeared on Sixx Sense last Friday night to discuss the recently announced Ozzfest festival, which will take place in six cities across the United States this August. You can watch a video of the appearance below.
Ozzfest will feature Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Rob Halford, Devildriver and Nonpoint on the main stage, with Black Label Society, Drowning Pool, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm performing on the second stage.
The tour dates for Ozzfest are as follows:
August 14 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
August 17 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amp.
August 19 - Pittsburg, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
August 21 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theater
August 22 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna
August 24 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center More...
Where would heavy metal be in a world without Iron Maiden? Love them or loathe them, there's no denying that Iron Maiden is one of the most important bands in the world today; not just in metal, but all of music. They have influenced countless bands and sold millions around the globe and remain as relevant today as they were 30 ago, if not moreso. The band was formed in Leyton, East London by bass player Steve Harris in 1975 and struggled for a good five years before releasing their debut album. They began their success by securing a residency at The Cart and Horses pub where they would attract fans of hard rock that were bored of the popular prog rock bands at the time, but weren't attracted to punk. The band joined forces with a young singer named Paul Di'anno in 1978 and from there began their rise to the top of the emerging New Wave Of British Heavy Metal. They recorded a demo on New Years Eve of that year named, "The Soundhouse Tapes" which sold out within a few weeks and by December the next year, they had signed a major deal with EMI Records. They released their self-titled debut in April 1980 which went straight in the British album charts at number 4 and capitalised on this success by touring with big name hard rock and heavy metal bands such as KISS and Judas Priest (who had just released their classic album, "British Steel" at the time.) Maiden quickly followed this with a second studio album named, "Killers" which featured former Urchin guitarist Adrian Smith, who had replaced guitarist Dennis Stratton. Although "Killers" did not do as well as the previous album in terms of chart success, it did well enough for the band to be booked in the United States, where they were just as well received as they were in England.
The band made another change in the lineup after finishing their tour of America, this time it would be Paul Di'anno who was to find himself sacked. The group hired Samson vocalist Bruce Dickinson after he met with their manager Rod Smallwood at the Reading Festival and the band recorded the album, "The Number Of The Beast" which is considered today as one of the greatest heavy metal albums ever made and propelled Iron Maiden from being a succesful band to rock superstars, topping the charts in the United Kingdom. From there, the band recorded a string of albums which continued to sell well and garner critical acclaim, including "Piece Of Mind" and "Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son." Another lineup change was to occur in 1989 when guitarist Adrian Smith quit the band was replaced by former Gillan axe man Janick Gers. This lineup of the band recorded the album, "No Prayer For The Dying" which not particularly well received by fans, though it did earn the band their first chart topping single in Britain with "Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter." They followed by releasing "Fear Of The Dark" in 1992 which was better received by fans, but not by much. Following this release and two live albums, singer Bruce Dickinson quit to pursue his solo career and was replaced by Wolfsbane vocalist Blaze Bayley. The "Blaze era" of the band produced several outstanding songs but was not met with great enthusiasm from fans of Dickinson's voice, though both albums recorded with Bayley entered album charts around the world.
Blaze Bayley left the band by mutual consent in 1999 and Maiden shocked fans by announcing that not only was guitarist Adrian Smith returning to the band, but so was singer Bruce Dickinson. After a "greatest hits" tour, the band recorded a brand new album named, "Brave New World" which was well received by fans and entered the top ten in the United Kingdom. The band continued to tour relentlessly being supported by such bands as Halford and Queensryche along the way, before releasing another studio album in 2003 entitled, "Dance Of Death" and hitting the road hard once again. Both of these tours supporting these albums received the live album treatment, in the form of 2002's "Rock In Rio" album and 2005's "Death On The Road" set. After a break from touring the band released another album in 2006 entitled, "A Matter Of Life And Death." Although it proved well receieved, the band angered several fans by performing the entire album on the subsequent tour, with only five classic songs in the set list. After touring in support of the album, the band embarked on the "Somewhere Back In Time" tour which saw them focusing on material from their mid 80s catalogue. After a well earned break, the band entered the studios last to record their fiteenth studio album, which recently revealed to be named, "The Final Frontier," fueling rumours that this is to be their last album. Whether it is or not, the legacy that Iron Maiden carved out for themselves is one that rock superstardom is made of and they will forever be considered one of the greatest bands in the history of heavy metal. More...