Metal News for May 24, 2010
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38 news articles posted on this day.
Connecticut band Desert Storm Mafia are one of the most chaotic bands to have ever come from the state of Connecticut. Having only been assembled for a year, the band has already established a small but loyal internet following. Metal Underground has had the pleasure of talking to the band's drummer Andrew Dellarco. More...
Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week I am exploring the New Jersey extreme metal scene.
The extreme metal scene in New Jersey is hard to find, but it's there. I find that most of them like to hide under the radar and remain underground. the bands I'm featuring here aren't that kind. these are the ones looking to make their foot print in the scene by doing something a little different in their own way. There are too many bands around that do the same song over and over again with different lyrics and in a different key or tempo. More...
Los Angeles, CA’s Abysmal Dawn has recently begun recording the follow-up album to the band's Relapse debut "Programmed To Consume" at Trench Studios in Corona, CA with John Haddad. The album will be mixed by Erik Rutan at his Mana Recording Studios in St. Petersburg, FL. A fall release date is expected.
Abysmal Dawn's Charles Elliot issued the following update: "We recently wrapped up recording drums at Trench Studios and the final product is incredible! I think we really got some amazing tones this time and Scott delivered an amazing over the top drum performance. Our music has definitely become more demanding technically and Scott really stepped things up in the drum department. We really wanted to get a natural drum sound so the guys in Reciprocal were kind enough to let us rent their top of the line Pearl kit from them. Thanks a lot guys!
"Right now I’m currently laying down all the rhythm guitar tracks with Mike Bear at Artisan Road Studios in Encino, CA. For those of you that are keeping track, Mike played bass on our first album 'From Ashes' and played a few shows locally with us in the early days. I’ve known Mike since our bands first played together with Death at the Whiskey in ’98 while I was still in high school. We became friends soon after and he even filled in on bass for my old band Inhuman Visions back then. Recording my guitar tracks with him has been a true pleasure and his attention to detail is impeccable. Mike Cosio also started tracking bass with him recently and his know-how of the instrument has really helped Mike’s performance shine. Can’t wait to send everything to Erik Rutan to put the finishing touches on things. This will be the tightest and best Abysmal Dawn record yet!”
On last weekend's Whittier, CA show Detroit deathcore act And Hell Followed With were unable to unleash their brand of Murder City mayhem as the show was shut down by the police before the band had even played a note. "A local band started playing and at some point during their set, the cops came in shut the show down;" said And Hell Followed With guitarist, Kyle McIlmurray. "We think it had to do something about the venue not having an entertainment permit, but we like to joke that it was because the show was too heavy for the place to handle."
Saturday's show, originally slated to be held in a different venue at a nearby location was moved due to the original venue's sudden closing. Despite the circumstances, Kyle and the rest of his band seemed to take it all as a very pleasant experience. "It was good to be hanging around such professionals. The promoter was cool about it all and took care of us and once everything was handled, we were just stoked to be able to hang around Hollywood with the other bands. They're all good guys so it was a fun night out. We all just went and made the best of it with them."
And Hell Followed With has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Greek metallers Rotting Christ have checked in with the following statement about their recent European tour dates:
"Rotting Christ would like to send their blessings to all their left hand path walkers for their fantastic reaction they showed to our band's recent European tour. We have the feeling that our new songs have already been nailed deep in your soul and this force our band to start already working on the second part of its European tour that will take part in Fall.
"Also a special reference to Bolt Thrower and their crew for providing really anti-rock star lessons useful for the fully and successful realization of this tour. The underground attitude is still alive and we look forward to meeting you all brothers and sisters in Fall… The flame is still burning!"
The upcoming Rotting Christ tour dates are as follows: More...
The Swedish melodic death metal band Hypocrisy is set to broadcast their show over at The Rave in Milwaukee tonight via an online web stream at 11:05 PM EST. The band is set to perform for ninety minutes with a combination of old and new material.
The band's tour will continue until June 1st when the band finishes their show at the Crazy Donkey in New York. The remaining dates are as follows:
May 25 2010 8:00P Uncle Pleasants Louisville, Kentucky, US
May 26 2010 8:00P BLONDIE’S Detroit, Michigan, US
May 27 2010 8:00P Peabody’s Cleveland, Ohio, US
May 28 2010 8:00P The Palladium Worcester, Massachuse, US
May 29 2010 8:00P Wreck Room Toronto, ON – CANADA, CA
May 30 2010 8:00P Foufounes Electriques Montreal, QC – CANADA, CA
May 31 2010 8:00P Imperial Quebec City, QC – CANADA, CA
Jun 1 2010 8:00P Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, New York, US
Christian metallers War Of Ages have posted a new music video online for the song "Collapse," which is off their latest album "Eternal." The video clip can be viewed below.
Just For Fun
A video clip has been posted online with Carnifex, Arsis, Misery Index, Fear Factory, and Revocation all trying to explain exactly where babies come from during the California Metal Fest. The footage can be viewed below.
Darkest Hour has released a new webisode documenting the band's final performance on "The Eternal Return" touring cycle. Just before the release of their last record, the band ran a contest, with the grand prize of having Darkest Hour perform at the winner's house. The webisode documents this experience start to finish, which can be viewed below.
Darkest Hour guitar player Mike Schleibaum commented: "We couldn't have been more excited to reach out and do something special for the people that continue to support us. Special thanks to Adam and his family for making it such a great way to end that touring cycle. We're hard at work on our E1 Music debut and look forward to unleashing these new tunes!
Psycroptic is currently hard at work on writing material for the follow up to the band's Nuclear Blast Records debut "Ob(Servant)." The band will be writing the new record right up until their U.S. tour with Egyptian themed metal act Nile, the ancient Roman themed arsenal Ex Deo, Norwegian extreme metallers Keep of Kalessin, and death grinders Pathology.
Psycroptic guitarist Joe Haley commented: “We're half way through the writing process for the new Psycroptic album, and everything is going great. The songs are coming together really naturally - nothing sounds forced, and we're really excited to start recording this one. The material is the strongest and most memorable we have written. I know every band says this but if it wasn’t true there wouldn’t be a point in us recording it! The Demoing process will begin in the next few weeks. We hope to have everything finished up before we head out on the last touring for Ob(Servant). Which brings us to the other news we have - we'll be supporting Nile through the US later this year. We're really happy to be have been extended the invitation to tour with NILE once again - they are an amazing band, and are a pleasure to tour with.”
The upcoming Psycroptic tour dates are as follows: More...
Killswitch Engage has just posted the video for "Save Me," which is the ninth track on their recent self-titled full length. The video can be found at Crave Online. The band is pretty excited about it:
Guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz said "This was my favorite video shoot EVER! It took like 1/2 an hour, and we were turned into clay. And who doesn't like claymation and space aliens? They didn't like my suggestion of turning me into a blood-thirsty pterodactyl with laser eyes at the end of the vid, but it's cool. Thanks to all who worked wicked hard on this video...it looks sweet."
And drummer Justin Foley added "If you are going to follow in anybody's footsteps, it may as well be Green Jello, right? With the "Save Me" video, we have finally achieved a band goal that we've been striving for a long, long time; shooting a video that we do not appear in. We also get to go into outer space."
Killswitch Engage released the most recent self-titled album in June of 2009.
German heavy metal legends the Scorpions has announced that they are hoping to perform their last ever concert in June 2011, at the Borobuder Temple in Indonesia. "This concert will mark the end of the 45-year musical journey of the Scorpions. Their management agency has met us and expects the concert to be held in mid-June of 2011." Agus Canny, marketing director of PT Taman Wisata Candi Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko told the Jakarta Globe on Monday. While the idea has been met with positive reaction so far, the temple's management company, Purnomo Siswo Prasetyo, will have to perform some tests at the site to see if iconic Buddhist site can with stand the volume of which the Scorpions are expected to play.
Celebrity Apprentice winner Bret Michaels will be appearing on the following TV shows this week:
LIVE with Regis & Kelly
Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Check local listings for exact time & channel in you area.
In addition, due to Bret's recent recovery period, the release date for his upcoming album "Custom Built" has been moved to July 6th.
Samples of tracks from the album, as well as preorder information can be found by visiting www.BRETMICHAELS.com.
Demon Hunter has issued the following update about canceling tonight's previously scheduled show in San Francisco:
"We regretfully must announce that tonight's show in San Francisco has been canceled. Please contact the venue for refund information if you have already purchased a ticket. In more positive news, we will be announcing a new tour this week, so stay tuned! If we didn't come to your city on the As I Lay Dying tour, we might be coming to your city now!"
Demon Hunter's currently announced tour dates are as follows:
7/3 2010 Cornerstone Festival - Main Stage Bushnell, IL
8/5 2010 Rock The Desert Odessa, TX
8/14 2010 Purple Door Festival Lewisberry, PA
10/29 2010 Rock Without Limits Gomaringen, GERMANY
11/6 2010 Brainstorm Festival Apeldoorn, NETHERLANDS
According to MSNBC, Slipknot bassist and co-founding member Paul Gray was found dead this morning at 10:55. Police say a hotel employee found the 38-year-old Gray dead in a room Monday at the Town Plaza Hotel in Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. Foul play isn't suspected and an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.
Paul Gray was born in the city of Los Angeles, California but his family would later relocate to Des Moines, Iowa. He began his music career as a member of such bands as Anal Blast and Vexx, amongst others.
He was one of only three founding members of Slipknot to remain in the recent lineup of the band, along with percussionist Shawn Crahan and drummer Joey Jordison. The news of his death is made all the more tragic by the fact that he was expecting his first child this year with his wife Brenna. More...
Read the full article at MSNBC.
Norwegian death metal act Cage of Torment has issued the following update about recording a new three track demo:
"Our upcoming 3 track demo called 'everything ends in flames' will contain - 'everything ends in flames,' 'deathmatch,' and 'despise your purity.' We will also release new recordings of 'the fallen' and 'flogging.' By tomorrow all vocal tracks will be finished. During this week the bass will be recorded."
You can also hear the track "Flogging" via the band's MySpace page.
Detente has checked in with the following update about the band's activity:
"Bassist Steve Hochheiser is recovering from surgery to remove his Gallbladder, as many of you know the band had to cut their recent EU Tour short. Thanks to all for the immense support: the band looks forward to getting back to Germany, most likely at a Festival in fall or next spring.
"May 25th will see the kick off of a National Radio Promotional Campaign in the USA for the upcoming Détente release, Decline. The campaign is being handled by Heavy hitter. Please request Détente from your favorite Metal and Hardcore stations."
For Ruin has issued the following brief update about three upcoming Irish tour dates in September:
"For Ruin are happy to announce 3 Irish dates for September 2010. Support on all dates comes from Atheos and Corr Mhona (+1 main support TBC for Belfast). Details & poster to follow in due course."
The dates are as follows:
9/4 2010 - The Pint, Dublin
9/10 2010 - An Cruiscin Lán, Cork
9/11 2010 - Limelight, Belfast
Footage has been posted online of Massive Assault performing at Het Podium in Hoogeveen on Saturday, April 17th, 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.
Christian glam rockers Stryper announced today that they will be hosting a 10-day tour of Israel from February 12-21, 2011. The VIP tour will be limited to 150 people. Stryper fans will be able to spend time with the band during the tour, with portions of the trip being filmed for an upcoming DVD. Vocalist / guitarist Michael Sweet issued the following statement about the package:
"Oz, Robert, Tim and I are excited to go to Israel and see first-hand the birthplace of Christianity. And to be able to share this experience with some of our fans makes this even more incredible. The tour will visit the following locations in Israel: Caesarea: A city built by King Herod the Great, Mount Carmel: Where the prophet Elijah defeated the false prophets of Baal, Galilee Boat Ride: Where Jesus walked on the water, Caesarea Philippi: Where the disciple Peter first confessed Jesus as the Messiah, Nazareth Village: A recreation of a village at the time of Jesus, Jordan River Baptism: An opportunity for those who wish to be baptized in the Jordan River, Masada: Where the final Jewish revolt against the Romans took place, he Dead Sea: A chance to float in the most therapeutic waters in the world, Pools of Bethesda: Where Jesus healed the man who was lame for 37 years, Garden Tomb: The place of Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, Yad Vashem: Memorial to the Holocaust, Western Wall Tunnels: 60 feet below the modern city of Jerusalem, Jerusalem: The City of God, Mount of Olives: Where Jesus rode the donkey through the Eastern Gate, Garden of Gethsemane: Where Jesus prayed before He was betrayed by Judas, Western Wall: Holiest site in Judaism.
"Due to limited availability, this trip will sell out quickly. Reservations can be secured for only $300. To register, please contact email@example.com or 1-877-999-8868 ext 415. The cost for this unique travel opportunity is $3,299.00 per person, which includes airfare out of Los Angeles, New York or Toronto; hotel accommodations; all buffet breakfasts and dinners; air-conditioned transportation; an English-speaking tour guide and entrance fees to all of the sites. Price is based on double-occupancy and does not include airport tax, tip fee or lunch meals. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-877-628-2800."
Sweden's Unleashed has issued the following announcement about headlining Portugal's Metal Grandola festival:
"Warriors! Unleashed headlines Festival Metal Grandola in Portugal on the 12th of June! The band is looking forward to seeing as many Hammer Battalions as possible from the southern Europe. It will be a crushing night."
The upcoming Unleashed tour dates are as follows:
6/12 2010 Festival Metal Grandola
7/2 2010 With Full Force Open Air Leipzig, DE
7/10 2010 Rockweekend Festival Söderhamn, ., SWEDEN
8/7 2010 Wacken Open Air Wacken, Schleswig-Holstein, DE
8/18 2010 Summer Breeze Festival Dinkelsbühl, DE
Atlanta, GA based act Withered has announced the following upcoming U.S. tour dates:
06/03/2010 Orlando, FL Back Booth w/ Eyehategod
06/04/2010 Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero w/ Eyehategod & Nachtmystium
06/05/2010 Raleigh, NC Volume 11w/ Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, & Black Tusk
06/08/2010 Nashville, TN The Muse w/ Eyehategod, Nachtmystium, & Destroy Destroy
06/09/2010 Charleston, SC The Charleston Oasis w/ Goatwhore, Revocation, Threat Signal
06/10/2010 Charlotte, NC The Milestone w/ Goatwhore, Revocation, Threat Signal
06/18/2010 Atlanta, GA The Drunken Unicorn w/ Clinging to the trees of a forest fire
Germany's Disillusion has checked in with the following brief update about preparing to record a new album: "Today is the first day of what will be a new Disillusion record: Going to a quiet place for 2 weeks to do (final) song writing in isolation and with focus. Very very excited! Starting NOW." In the mean time you can check out current Disillusion tracks via the band's official MySpace page.
Canada's Hoarfrost recently parted ways with guitarist Brett Goodchild. Vocalist Ryan Suche has now issued the following statement about the split:
"Hails to the Frost Legion! A chapter of Hoarfrost is coming to a solemn close today, for we are announcing the official resignation of Brett Goodchild, our longtime guitarist, backing vocalist and friend. Our return to the stage last week was mixed with a certain sense of urgency, as the day before Brett had broken the news to us that he was intending to leave the band after our next few shows had been played. We took that straight on the chin and then gave it our all on Thursday night. I don't think we've had so many compliments about a show before that.
"So, that's that. To see Hoarfrost with our current line-up, you have two opportunities in June until we (yet again) take another few months off from the stage to sort out who will fill this vacancy in our line-up. We thank you all for your support and understanding and we hope to be back on stage before the year is out. If you are a guitarist and would like to try out for the band, here is all the information you'll need. Hails!"
The upcoming BlackDiamondSkye tour, featuring Alice In Chains, Deftones, and Mastodon, will come through Camden, NJ on September 25 at the Susquehanna Theatre. The complete list of tour dates is as follows:
9/16 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
9/17 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/18 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
9/20 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
9/22 Boston, MA Agannis Arena
9/24 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
9/25 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Theatre
9/26 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
9/28 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
10/1 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
10/4 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/7 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
10/8 Seattle, WA Key Arena
10/9 Portland, OR Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum
10/15 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
10/16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
U.K. act Tides of Virtue has checked in with the following update about parting ways with their drummer:
"We are looking for a new drummer as we have parted ways with Elliot due to a lack of commitment and personal issues. We will be holding open auditions as soon as possible for the position within the band. Anyone who is interested must at first be able to play the songs 'Emperors' & our new song 'The Ferryman.' We will at first require videos of you playing along to the above tracks, either by sending us mpeg files to our email or links to a YouTube video.
"We are looking to try people out asap as we do not want to be canceling to many shows. We will be playing all our tour dates across the summer and will NOT be pulling out of these. We are looking for Sludgefest on June 20th to be our first show back or we will be getting a fill in drummer for this show onwards until the a new drummer is announced. If you are interested, then before filming or contacting us please read below as these are the main essential criteria that we need from you to join Tides. If you need the mp3 files of Emperors and The Ferryman then please message us and we will be happy to get the tracks sent across to you."
On June 8th, Chicago metallers Cardiac Arrest will release their Ibex Moon Records debut, "Haven For The Insane." Drummer "Grindhead" Jim Deabenderfer issued the follow statemetn regarding the release of the album:
"We are very proud of this record, and couldn't be happier with the initial press response. The metal community has been very supportive of us in the past, but the reception of HFTI so far has been a welcome surprise. Die hard CA fans should love what we have in store for them with this one, and new listeners are also in for a treat. This isn't a death metal record for the squeamish - it's a statement that aggressive, low end death metal is alive and well. Ibex Moon has put together a phenomenal package for the disc, with a bonus DVD that we think is a step above most of the ones being put out these days. We hope everyone enjoys this release, and we look forward to a future filled with ROT."
Shortly after the release of "Haven For The Insane," Cardiac Arrest will join Ibex Moon Records label mates Gravehill and Hod on the Campaign For Death Metal Purity 2010 tour. Kicking off July 2nd in Portland, OR, this tour was designed for the sole purpose of taking death metal back to its roots. Guitarist Tom Knizner had this to say regarding the upcoming tour: More...
Finland's Human Scum is set to enter the recording studio soon to lay down new tracks. The band issued the following brief statement about the recording: "Human Scum is proud to announce that we are going once again to record our newest hottest material at Harju Studios. So be ready for some new stuff." In the mean time you can still hear the previously uploaded tracks "Questioning Your Fiath," "Human Race," and "Rape" via the official Human Scum MySpace page.
Alabama metal band MYCHILDREN MYBRIDE has released a brand new track, "Crimson Grim," off of their upcoming Solid State Records release, "Lost Boy." The record hits stores June 8th, 2010, and the new track can be found at the band’s MySpace page.
Philadelphia metal band Single Bullet Theory has posted a video update from the studio online. the video features Acacio Carvalho tracking drums for their new record and was recorded on May 21st and 22nd. Watch the video below:
Dallas progressive doom metal band Elliott's Keep has issued the following update on their upcoming new album:
"We head back into Nomad studios on Memorial Day weekend to begin recording the new album, Sine Qua Non."
"We will be recording in a series of sessions over the next few months until the album is complete."
"The first session will obviously be the drum tracks. The time is finally upon us. We cannot wait."
HellYeah has released the music video for "Cowboy Way" on Noisecreep. Watch it below:
Bullet For My Valentine has announce their return to the U.K. this winter for an arena tour. Here are the latest tour dates:
Mon 6th Dec BIRMINGHAM, NIA
Wed 8th Dec MANCHESTER, MEN
Thurs 9th Dec GLASGOW, SECC
Sat 11th Dec CARDIFF, CIA
Sun 12th Dec LONDON, WEMBLEY ARENA
Tickets go on sale Friday, May 28th at 9:00am at livenation.co.uk.
The live finale starts with Donald Trump entering the makeshift boardroom with a smoke machine behind him. Wasting little time, Trump announces that yes, after being back in the hospital just days ago; Bret Michaels will be appearing live. Given this news, we are in full Michaels Reality mode: a drink each time we hear the word AWESOME. More...
Here's the tracklisting of "The Infinite Being" EP:
1. Astral Imprisonment
2. Legion Atrophic
3. Hallucinogenic Universe
Finally, the band has a few upcoming shows, detailed below:
May 28, 2010 @ 6:00P - The Webster Theatre (Webster Underground), FRIDAY NIGHT MAYHEM, Hartford, CT
Jun 19, 2010 @ 8:00P - THE EL ’N GEE CLUB, Heavy FU@K'N Metal BBQ, New London, CT
Jul 17, 2010 @ 6:00P - THE ELL N GEE, Connecticut Metal Fest, New London, CT
Vocal powerhouse Veronica Freeman (Benedictum), will be doing session work for the Lyraka project.
Lyraka is described as a "Wagnerian Opera Metal" project that encompasses a set of highlights CDs, as well as a 3D animated movie. Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ) and Tommy Heart (ULI JON ROTH, FAIR WARNING, SOUL DOCTOR) are also contributing vocal tracks.
Andy DiGelsomina, the composer and lead guitarist of the project, commented: "I was massively inspired by Veronica's performance on the Benedictum cds. She is not only viciously heavy when neccessary, but has a phenomenal sense of dynamics. Veronica is as gloriously heavy metal as you can get, and we are excited about working with her. "
The first volume of the CD set, "Lyraka Volume 1", is set for release in March 2011. For more information visit Lyraka.com.
Italy's most successful metal export has undoubtedly been Lacuna Coil. The band is currently part of a tour alongside bands such as Hellyeah and Drowning Pool before departing to headline their first ever tour of South America. I was lucky enough to be able to chat with both of the band's two vocalists Cristina Scabbia and Andrea Ferro during a one-off date headlining in Chicago. More...
Risking his life after a recent second stroke, Brett Michaels showed up to the two-hour finale of third season of the "Celebrity Apprentice," despite warnings from his doctors. Up against Holly Robinson Peete, Bret was hired and crowned his apprentice. Bret was awarded $250,000 dollars for his charity: American Diabetes Association. He was given a standing ovation for his accomplishments as well.
Stay tuned for our full weekly recap of the show later today. (Update: Full recap posted here)