Metal News for May 26, 2010
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31 news articles posted on this day.
New Hampshire based symphonic metallers Archaic Eclipse have posted a video clip online of two members performing a segment from the band's upcoming third demo album. The video clip can be viewed below.
The Dutch power metal band Revamp, led by ex-After Forever frontwoman Floor Jansen have added a cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" to their live set for their first album's tour. This latest metal cover of Lady Gaga comes after Faith No More's cover of "Poker Face" and The Demonstration's cover of "Bad Romance."
Revamp will be touring Europe throughout the summer on the following dates:
May 28 2010 9:00P Waerdse Tempel w/Morning Heerhugowaard [NL], NL
Jun 4 2010 8:00P Bibelot (Official Releaseparty) Dordrecht [NL], NL
Jun 5 2010 8:30P Escape w/Morning Veenendaal [NL], NL
Jun 11 2010 8:30P De Kade Zaandam [NL], NL
Jun 12 2010 8:00P Dokkum Open Air Dokkum [NL], NL
Jun 13 2010 8:00P Bosuil Weert [NL], NL
Jun 18 2010 8:00P Fenix Sittard [NL], NL
Jun 19 2010 9:00P De Piek Vlissingen [NL], NL
Jun 25 2010 11:00A Graspop Metal Meeting Dessel [B], Limburg, BELGIUM
Jul 17 2010 12:00P Zwarte Cross festival Lichtenvoorde [NL], NL
Oct 23 2010 8:00P Metal Female Voices Fest Wieze [B], BE
Veteran NOLA sludge metallers Eyehategod are finally releasing an album after ten years of turmoil. Making appearances at European festivals like Roadburn and playing some shows on the American coasts, Eyehategod is heading out for a proper tour to promote the album coming out this year. I had the chance to speak with guitarist Jimmy Bower a few days before the band plays with Pentagram in their hometown and then heads off to Maryland Death Festival and the rest of thier tour. A transcribed version follows the video. More...
The 2001 album from Autumns Eyes titled "Remember the Victim" has been added to the list of full albums available for download on the Autumns Eyes website. "Remember the Victim" was the first full length album recorded by Autumns Eyes. Practice sessions for this album were held at the Berklee School of Music, as the album was both written and recorded in Boston, MA.
Dutch act The Devil's Blood has more in common with Blue Oyster Cult than with Emperor, yet somehow this Satanic rock and roll band has managed to grab the attention of fans of the most underground extreme metal. The group's first full-length celebration of the left hand path, "The Time Of No Time Evermore," saw its North American release this month, and The Devil's Blood is currently gearing up to bring their unholy sermons to the European festival circuit.
Discussing the recording process for the album, main song writer and guitarist SL commented, "A lot more time was available for us to explore the furthest depths of the material and to make sure there would be no detail unpronounced. It was a grueling schedule but that is exactly the type of situation you need to translate damnation into art." SL went on to discuss the truth behind every fan's interpretations of the album's lyrics and shared some thoughts on major occult figures. More...
Five Star Prison Cell's new album, "Matriarch," and the re-release of "The Complete First Season" and "Slaves of Virgo" have all been pushed back to June 4th.
"Five Star Prison Cell are truly sorry if this has caused any inconvenience or disappointment," the band apologizes.
Pre orders can still be done through fivestarprisoncell.com, JB HiFi, Riot! and Warner Music Australia.
The band is currently on tour in Australia. The remaining tour dates are as follows:
29th May - YMCA HQ (AA), Leederville WA
4th June - The Basement, Canberra ACT
5th June - Prague, Northcote VIC
10th June - Hot Damn, Sydney NSW
11th June - Home Tavern, Wagga Wagga NSW
12th June - Fowler's Live, Adelaide (AA) SA
17th June - Oxford Tavern, Woolongong NSW
18th June - The Empire Hotel, NSW
19th June - Hamilton Station hotel, Newcastle, NSW
20th June - Lucky Australian Tavern, St Marys (AA) NSW
25th June - Shark Barr, Gold Coast QLD
26th June - Step Inn, Brisbane QLD
The full lineup for the 11th annual installment of ProgPower USA has been finalized for this September's festivities. The event, which is held in Atlanta, Georgia, will include a plethora of both stateside and European acts, including headlining acts Kamelot, Accept, and Hammerfall, along with Turisas, Nocturnal Rites, and more. This year's festival will also mark the first American appearances from Paradox, Leprous, Delain, Tarot (featuring Marcto Hietala of Nightwish), Seventh Wonder, and many more international acts.
In addition to the main two days of the event, there will be two days of pre-fest shows and activities based around ProgPower, including a Mid-Week Mayhem show on Wednesday, September 8th, and a Fest Kick-Off Show on Thursday, September 9th. More information on the festival can be found at this location.
The festival's itinerary is as follows: More...
Billboard.com is reporting that musicians, including Rage Against the Machine and Serj Tankian, are boycotting Arizona over a recently passed immigration law. An excerpt from the report follows:
Rage Against the Machine lead singer Zack de la Rocha has enlisted dozens of musicians and activists to join The Sound Strike, an open call by artists to boycott the state of Arizona over its recently passed immigration law. The law passed by the Arizona state legislature, SB1070, requires local authorities to determine a person's immigration status if he or she is suspected of being undocumented.
Groups like Cypress Hill, Juanes, Conor Oberst, Los Tigres del Norte, Rage Against the Machine, Cafe Tacvba, Kanye West, Calle 13 as well as Oscar winning filmmaker and activist Michael Moore have signed on to the campaign, which was announced on thesoundstrike.net today.More...
Read the full article at Billboard.
Awake has checked in with the following update about new tour dates and an upcoming album:
"Hello there all! First things first, we have added yet another date to our calendar where you can get down the front and mosh until your heart’s content! Saturday July 3rd on the Marquee stage, at Riverside Festival, Stamford. Lots of great bands playing that day, so put it in your diaries.
"Not long until Wisbech rock fest now, Sunday 6th June. We are headlining this year and hit the stage around 7:30, the bands start at 11am, so get yourselves down there. Along with select tracks from our Illumination album, we shall be treating you to lots of new tracks from the forth coming album. It is our first album with our guitarists, Andy & Steven Coles.
"Andy has worked with ex-prodigy & well respected Gizz Butt, so expect some thunderous new riffs on this album. The tracks are really something to get your teeth into, while still holding on to the melodies & hooks that AWAKE are respected for. Save some energy for when we get on stage, as Al Barrow (Magnum bass player) once put it, 'A force to be reckoned with when the stage lights go on, playing it live and loud. The only way.' More...
Otep frontwoman, Otep Shamaya, has issued the following comments on the passing of 38 year old bassist Paul Gray of Slipknot:
“One of my earliest memories of Paul was our first tour of Ozzfest together - watching him mow down a 10 foot high fence in a 'borrowed' golf cart and that famous deviant, yet innocent grin of his as he scampered back to his bus. And then I witnessed his wonderful insanity on stage. It is painful to write about Paul in the past tense. But he was, as the inscription on Jim Morrison's headstone reads 'kata ton daimona eautou,' true to his own spirit. Part mystic, part madman, Paul was a savagely beautiful human being, an incredible writer, musician, & performer, and an amazing friend.
"For those of us he touched through friendship or by his incredible music, there is some anger and outrage at this loss, the senselessness of it, but most of all, it is the heavy drapes of sadness that devours us. Another candle fades into the night; another shadow ascends into the light. Rest in power, my friend. Shake the walls of paradise for us.”
Xtreem Music has issued the following update about inking a record deal with Spanish black metallers Dantalion:
"Xtreem Music is proud to announce the signing of one of Spain's most prominent Black Metal bands called Dantalion. After having released two albums in '06 & '08 through German label Det Germanske Folket and having gained a respectful reputation, the band has now finished the recordings for their 3rd full length entitled 'All Roads Lead to Death' which will be released in October 2010.
"This new album was recorded at Oceano Studios & BV2 Studios and then mastered in Sweden at famous Unisound Studios by Dan Swano. 'All Roads Lead to Death' has an excellent and original cover art as well as a great overall layout and means a definite improvement in the band's musical direction of aggressive yet melodic and melancholic Black Metal displaying 8 mature and varied compositions in a total of 56 minutes."
Candlelight Records today confirms three more in-store/meet-and-greets as part of Fear Factory's ongoing Fear Campaign American Tour 2010. All four members of the band will be available to meet with fans at Magnolia Thunderpussy in Columbus, Ohio on May 30, Digital Ferret Records in Philadelphia on June 6, and Vintage Vinyl Records in Fords, New Jersey on June 10.
Fear Factory, currently on tour supporting their latest album "Mechanize," had a brief scare earlier this week when their tour bus nearly went off road while in route to Boise, Idaho. Luckily no one was injured and the band made their show at Knitting Factory Concert House without much delay. Guitarist Dino Cazares says, “We were on our way to Boise for a day off when about 8:45am our bus driver fell asleep at the wheel. He swerved to the opposite side of the road. Most of us woke up when we felt the bus on the rumble strips and then the dirt. He woke up in time to swerve back onto our side of the road and pull over.” Continuing he notes, “thank god there was no on coming cars or 18-wheelers on the road. Everyone is fine just a little nervous.”
The upcoming Fear Factory tour dates are as follows: More...
Roxx Records and the Christian Metal Realm have teamed up to release a tribute album celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Southern California Christian thrash act Deliverance. "Temporary Insanity – A Salute to Deliverance" is set for release this August and hosts a variety of artists paying tribute to the band, some current, some past and even some special reunions all came together to lay down tracks for the disc.
Arttie Parker, owner of the Christian Metal Realm, commented: "This CD started out in our online forum well over a year ago when some of the bands that frequent the board wanted to do a few tribute songs to ‘D’, then I started talking with Bill over at Roxx Records about it and it morphed in to a full on tribute CD with tons of artists in the mainstream Thrash and Christian Metal scenes all wanting to contribute to this project and give props to Deliverance as you can easily see by looking at the list of bands and artists we have lined up!”
The track listing is as follows:
1. Deliverance – Flesh & Blood
2. Deliverance – In U
3. Oil – Attack
4. Applehead / Fasedown – Belltown
5. Lambs Among Wolves – Greetings of Death
6. Stricken – No Time
7. P / C / W – What a joke
8. Grave Robber – Awake
9. Ghostemple – If we faint not
10. Faith Factor – Weapons of our warfare
11. Whisper from Heaven – Anymore
12. Venia – Desperate Cries
13. Days of Affliction – River Disturbance
14. Grave Forsaken – Bought by blood
15. Eternal Decision – Belltown
Pre-orders will also include a separately packaged 2nd disc, including a previously unreleased Deliverance track titled "The Hunger and the Thirst." The bonus disc track listing is as follows: More...
Norway's In Vain recently finished a string of tour dates alongside Keep of Kalessin. The band has issued the following update about recruiting their session guitarist as a full time member:
"Back from tour! We had a great time touring Norway with Keep of Kalessin! Great crowds and gigs every night! Respect! Our session guitarist since the release of Mantra, Kjetil D. Pedersen, is now a permanent member of the band. Great guy and we are very happy to have him on board! We posted some new pics in the 'live' and 'tour' albums."
Alice In Chains will be perform a free show during Day Zero of the T-Mobile Inmusic Festival on June 21st, 2010 in Zagreb, Croatia. More information about the Inmusic Festival can be found at this location. Alice In Chains also has the following upcoming tour dates alongside Mastodon and Deftones:
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
Crimson Glory has released the following statement regarding the passing of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio:
"Ronnie was a wellspring of immeasurable talent and a shining example of the persistence, hard work, dedication, passion and creativity that it takes to become a true legend in the music world. There has not been a kinder, classier, more well-spoken individual in the realm of hard rock and heavy metal, and it is fair to say that the only thing bigger than the man's voice was his heart.
"Ronnie James Dio was easily one of the most influential artists in modern music; that influence can be heard and felt in countless bands that have emerged over the last forty years, including us!
"With the recent passing of our own singer, Midnight, we deeply empathize with the shock and profound sadness that those close to Ronnie are experiencing right now. It is our hope that Ronnie's friends, band mates and family, especially his wife, Wendy, will find comfort and solace in each other's shared love, respect and fond memories of their time spent with him, as well as the knowledge that Ronnie is incredibly loved by scores of fans of all ages, all over the world."
Kittie is currently embarked on a North American tour with Insane Clown Posse and Kottonmouth Kings. The band has now issued the following brief update about canceling the previously scheduled May 29th tour date in Bonner Springs:
"5/29 show in Bonner Springs, Kansas: Due to 'production limitations' kittie will not be playing the 5/29 show in Bonner Springs, Kansas. Insane Clown Posse and Kottonmouth Kings will be playing the show."
You can still catch Kittie on the following upcoming dates:
5/31 2010 Red Rocks Amphitheater Morrison, Colorado
6/1 2010 The Great Salt Air - Outdoors Magna, Utah
6/3 2010 Knitting Factory Concert House Spokane, Washington
6/4 2010 Expo Center - Hall C Portland, Oregon
6/5 2010 The Warfield Theatre San Francisco, California
6/7 2010 The Grove of Anaheim Anaheim, California
6/8 2010 Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona
6/9 2010 Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona, Arizona
6/10 2010 House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
Vocalist Michel Isberg of Sweden's Machinery has checked in with the following update about the band's activity:
"Yo guys & dolls! Just received some video footage from the debaser gig! I'll have a go with the lads if its worthwhile releasing it in some form. But I'll make sure some songs will come out at least! Sooner or later we will post them here or on youtube!
"Other than that not that much happening at the moment. Summer is almost here and I'm writing songs as crazy! Lost track in how many they are and some of em are....erhhm kinda unmetallic haha! Well the label situation is not yet sorted but we are not in a rush! Better to wait and stand tall rather than go with something that really wont benefit us! Later folks."
Orange Goblin has issued the following announcement about performing an upcoming live show in Oxford:
"We are very pleased to announce that for the first time ever, Orange Goblin are coming to play in Oxford! The band will headline at The Regal on Saturday 16th October 2010. Support comes from our old friends Winnebago Deal, plus local acts Desert Storm and Ivy's Itch. We will post details of how to purchase tickets as soon as we have the information."
Orange Goblin's tour dates are as follows:
6/5 2010 Wilwarin Festival Kiel, Nr. Hamburg, Germany, DE
6/6 2010 Pegorock Festival Pegognaga, Nr. Mantova, Italy, IT
7/24 2010 High Voltage Festival Victoria Park, London, GB
8/6 2010 Chania Rock Festival Chania, Crete, GR
9/18 2010 Mammothfest 2010 The Hove Centre, Sussex, GB
10/16 2010 The Regal Oxford, Oxfordshire
Shadows Fall has issued the following statement about upcoming tour dates:
"While we are out on this summer's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival we're going to be playing a few off dates in select cities. We'll be teaming up with our friends in Winds of Plague on all of the dates and Chimaira will be joining us for one show as well. Check out the list of off dates below as well as the full list of dates this summer on Mayhem. See you in the pit!"
MAYHEM OFF DATES W/ WINDS OF PLAGUE:
7/12 Bend, OR @ Bend Event Center
7/22 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
7/26 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights (w/ Chimaira)
8/2 Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
8/9 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
ON ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
7/10 San Bernardino, CA @ Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen
7/11 Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/13 Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre Southeast
7/14 Boise, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/16 Phoenix, AZ @ Cricket Pavilion
7/17 Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
7/18 Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
7/20 St. Louis, MO @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/21 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
7/23 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
7/24 Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theater
7/25 Montreal, QC @ Parc Jean Drapeau
7/27 Boston, MA @ Comcast Center
7/28 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/30 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Theater
7/31 Indianapolis, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/1 Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/3 Raleigh, NC @ Time Warner Cable Pavilion @ Walnut Creek
8/4 Virginia Beach, VA @ Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
8/6 Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theater
8/7 Pittsburgh, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
8/8 Washington, DC @ Jiffy Lube Live
8/10 Tampa, FL @ Ford Amphitheatre
8/11 West Palm Beach, FL @ Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/13 Dallas, TX @ Superpages. com.. Center
8/14 Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Amphitheatre
Drummer Stig Moe of Norwegian metal act Thunderbolt has issued the following brief update about the band mixing their new album and working on the cover artwork:
"Hi! The axe master Ruben Willem, of the notorious Norwegian band Haust, will be mixing and mastering our new album! The artwork is also coming along nicely. It is exciting days ahead, HELLYEAH!"
While waiting for the new album you can also check out sample Thunderbolt tracks via the band's official MySpace page.
Belgian metallers Thurisaz have checked in with the following update about recording new material for an upcoming album:
"News about recordings! On the weekend of 5/6 June we will entering the CCR-studio for a couple of days to finish our new album. We will record the vocals and later mixing everything! A new studio report when bass and keyboards were recorded in the spring of 2010. Don't mind the poor sound quality. Soon more news about the new album! Horns up!"
A brief video clip containing Thurisaz recording footage can be viewed at this location.
Ozzy Osbourne and ex-Arch Enemy guitarist Gus G's power metal project Firewind have released the title for their upcoming album. The new album will bear the name "Days of Defiance" with a projected release date of autumn 2010. The new album will be released on Century Media Records. This will be the band's first full length release with new drummer Michael Ehré. No other details are regarding the album are available at this time.
Gus G will be on tour with Ozzy Osbourne for this year's Ozzfest during the following dates:
Sat, Aug 14 - San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
Tue, Aug 17 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amp.
Thurs, Aug 19 - Pittsburgh, PA - First Niagara Pavilion
Sat , Aug 21 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theater
Sun, Aug 22 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna
Tue, Aug 24 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center
Vocalist Jape of Finland's To/Die/For has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming sixth album:
"Hello you Immortals. To/Die/For's sixth album recordings have been under the ice. But still that album will come out someday in 2010 or in the beginning of 2011 (maybe release date moves to 2011 anyway). In june TDF will record again.
"Guitars will be played by original TDF guitarist Juppe Sutela. Sixth yet unnamed album will be based on Sounds of Epilogue album.... somehow. It will be composed and recorded with the 'old feeling' because it is the 'THING' TDF can do best!"
Germany's Disbelief has issued the following update about streaming a new song online off their upcoming album:
"Listen to a second new song of our new album HEAL! to be released on Friday, the 28th of May! We also want to invite you to our release show this Saturday, 29th at the NACHTLEBEN in Frankfurt! Hope to see you all, cheers!"
The new track, entitled "The Last Force: Attack!!," along with the previously uploaded "The Eyes of Horror," can be heard via the Disbelief MySpace page.
Echoterra has posted a video clip online of the band performing the new song "After the Rain" on May 21st at the 7th Street Entry. The footage can be viewed below.
Finnish Gothic black metal act Soulgrind is currently streaming a new track online. Guitarist Lord Heikkinen issued the following brief comment about the song: "Hello, We have a new song from our latest album for you to enjoy: March Butterfly Most mellow we have done. But still, dark and great mood." The newly uploaded track "March Butterfly" can be heard via the official Soulgrind MySpace page.
For the first time in the company's history, three acts signed to the Spinefarm label will embark on a series of U.K. shows in tandem, flying the flag for epic heavy metal with Finnish five-piece Kiuas, folk metal with Estonian quartet Metsatoll, and power metal with Finnish sextet Celesty. Kiuas will headline all of the shows. The currently announced dates are as follows:
10/20 - Wrexham, Central Station
10/22 - Sheffield, Corporation
10/23 - Glasgow, Ivory Blacks
10/24 - Nottingham, Basement
10/26 - London, Underworld
Singapore thrash act Xanadoo has issued the following recap of their recent tour dates:
"OI! Alright so we're finally back home here in Singapore so I thought I'd write a little something to round up the whole tour and thank a few people that we really owe a lot to for helping us out with the tour.
"First up there are all the promoters that were kind enough to invite a small little band all the way from damn Singapore to play at their shows. I wish I could remember everyone's names and all but I can't and I'm really sorry about that. But we really appreciate the support. And the constant concern about our safety, money and all round well being. Also, thank you for inviting us into your homes and letting us invade your living space for the night. It sure beats sleeping out in our van or on the streets so it is something we are very grateful for.
"OK so next we wanna thank all the bands that we played with for lending us use your drums, amp heads and other instruments. Without all your shit, we obviously would have nothing to play on so you guys were great. It was also great hanging out with you guys before/after the show. I wish we could have hung out/talked more but we don't really parlez francais so yeah. In any case, thank you also for playing these shows with us and making us feel welcome and teaching us so much about your country, music, everything. More...
Metal supergroup Hail! has issued a statement through their MySpace page announcing the continuation of the planned European tour despite the tragic passing of Paul Gray, who was a member of Hail!'s rotating cast. The group counts as its members Andreas Kisser, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Paul Bostaph, David Ellefson, Mike Portnoy, Jimmy DeGrasso and Roy Mayorga. The full statement reads as follows:
"On Monday we were dealt a devastating blow with Paul’s passing two days before our departure. We discussed the situation and unanimously thought that in the face of this tragedy we needed to remain strong and push forward because Paul would have vehemently insisted that the show must go on. In a desperate situation we made an emergency call to James Lomenzo and James responded with a Herculean effort, on only one day’s notice, to fly to Portugal and rescue the Rock In Rio Festival. His immediate and unselfish call to arms single-handedly saved this entire tour."
Hails' European dates are as follows, and more tour and band information can be found at their MySpace.
May 30 - Lisbon, Portugal - Rock In Rio Festival (Megadeth/Motorhead)
June 1 - Novosibirsk, Siberia - Izjum
June 2 - Tomsk, Siberia - Fakal
June 3 - Omsk, Siberia - Kristall
June 4 - Ekaterinburg, Russia - TeleClub
June 5 - Moscow, Russia - Tochka
June 6 - Kiev, Ukraine - Bingo
June 8 - Helsinki, Finland - Dante's Highlight
June 9 - Tallin, Estonia - Rock Cafe
June 11 - Kouvala, Finland - House Of Rock
June 12 - Tampere, Finland - Sauna Open Air Festival
June 14 - Madrid, Spain - Rock In Rio Festival (Metallica/Motorhead)
Jordanian "suicidal black metal" band Death Diaries recently released the band's first single, "Loveless," on the band's MySpace profile.
The band has started recording the first full-length "Loveless" with the line-up:
Akhmaedoroth : All Vocals
Azmo Lozmodial : All Instruments
Noa Nymphia : Keyboards