Metal News for May 28, 2009
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Vancouver four-piece Bison b.c. have just announced they're heading out on tour with fellow thrashers Lazarus A.D. for the Baptized in Beer tour, which will take them across both the U.S. and Canada.
“We can't wait to crawl back into the blue bitch and drive from town to town melting faces and damaging livers - so lock up yer liquor cabinets, we will see you in the future,” Bison b.c. said in a statement released through their record label, Metal Blade.
Support on select dates will come from Barnburner, and label-mates Woe of Tyrants. More...
Bay area thrashers Death Angel released a statement today regarding the departure of drummer Andy Galeon, who has been a part of the group since their start in 1982.
“As some of you may have already heard, Death Angel's long time drummer and original member Andrew Galeon has decided that it is time for him to move on from the band. While we are sad to see him go, we wish him nothing but success. Not only has he been an integral part of Death Angel from day one, but he's also family and a friend and we will miss him. All the best to you, Brother." More...
Evereve has issued the following update about the recording of their new album:
"Dear Friends !
"It is high time to let you know the latest news regarding our 'E-Mission'. By now we have completed the recording of vocals and keys which marks the finish line of the sessions. With assistance of Mario Melle and the rest of the band, Martin C. will now set out to finish production and mixdown of the songs. We are quite curious what the finished product will sound like; what we heard up to now sounds awesome. We have already started exchanging ideas how to publish our music in the future; we'll keep you posted about this!"
Metal Blade Records has issued the following update about Job For A Cowboy streaming a new song online:
"Award-winning Glendale, AZ heavy music powerhouse, Job For A Cowboy, has completed work on its hotly-anticipated sophomore album, entitled Ruination. The record will see a July 7, 2009 North American release date via Metal Blade Records.
"The brand new JFAC song, Unfurling a Darkened Gospel, has been posted online today and is available to stream now at this location. The album's cover art and full color booklet have also been made available for viewing at the landing page. The striking, quasi-conceptual motif was designed by Brent Elliott White and takes its inspiration from Job For A Cowboy front man Jonny Davy's album lyrics and concepts. Topics addressed by the album's schema revolve around modern day worldwide dilemmas and controversial issues including 'Propaganda in the main stream media and television, humanitarian rights of Northern Korea, the modern genocidal government of Nubia, the use of torture in American military tactics, overruling by world governments and Police states / Martial law'."
Legendary heavy metal singer Rob Halford (Judas Priest/Fight/2wo/Halford) has announced the birth of his brand new record label, Metal God Records. "It’s been a long desire of mine to be a co-owner and participate in the operation of a label focused on supporting the Rock and Metal communities," explains Rob Halford. "The infrastructure we have been assembling at Metal God Entertainment now allows myself and other artists to benefit from Metal God Records global physical and digital distribution networks, promotion and marketing services, apparel products and a broad range of Artist & Repertoire services."
The first release the label will issue will be Halford Crucible World Tour - Live In Anaheim DVD & Blu Ray in Fall 2009. To help promote all things Halford, the man himself will be appearing at E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) between June 2nd and 3rd.
Batillus has issued the following statement about bringing on a vocalist and preparing to record new material:
"Batillus is now a four-piece -- Fade Kainer of Inswarm (and Jarboe's touring band) is now on board, handling vox/synths/samples. His talents have completed our sound, and we've written lots of new material to give your eardrums the beating they deserve.
"You can check out a clip of our first show as a four-piece here.
"At the end of June, we will be playing three very special shows with our good friends in Riff Cannon and Elder:
6/26 @ 101 Hooker Street - Allston, MA | 9pm | $FREE | ALL AGES
6/27 @ Sweatshop - Providence, RI | details TBA *
6/28 @ Bar - New Haven, CT | 8pm | $FREE | 21+
"NOTE: we will revert to our original instrumental trio lineup for the show in Providence only-- expect extra-heavy-riffing, including our exploration in minimalism, 'Tunguska,' which you can download from Brooklyn Vegan here.
"We plan to hit the studio some time in July to record some new songs with our new lineup, so look for some new material to start surfacing later in the summer / fall."
EX DEO, the new Roman themed super group led by Maurizio Iacono (KATAKLYSM), has posted the new track "Legio XIII" on their Myspace page. The song comes off the band’s debut album "Romulus," which also features guest appearances by Karl Sanders (NILE), Nergal (BEHEMOTH), Obsidian C. (KEEP OF KALESSIN).
"First I’d like to say a big THANK YOU for the overwhelming response for the video to the title track, 'Romulus.' Word of mouth has been spreading like wildfire worldwide about EX DEO at the moment! I didn’t think there were so many metal heads that were into the concept of the band and Roman history as much as I am. I was anxious to see the response of the people of Italy and Rome today and the media there has accepted us with open arms. Now with their seal of approval we can show the world ROME! Today we present you another defiant track called 'Legio XIII.' It’s a song in honor of ROME's most devastating and lethal Legion ever assembled; the 13th Legion which helped bring Caesar to power. Enjoy!"
The music video for the title track, "Romulus," was recently released and can be viewed below.
"Romulus" will be released by Nuclear Blast Records on June 19, 2009 in Europe and June 30, 2009 in North America. You can catch the band on tour this September as part of this years installment of Paganfest Europe. More...
Ex-front man Stephen Pearcy (Ratt, Arcade, Rat Bastards) is currently on tour. He is singing songs from all of his previous bands as well as playing all leads on the guitar, giving new meaning to a SOLO tour. Taking a page from Bret Michaels, Pearcy is also looking for all girl rock bands for an upcoming reality show. On the surface this appears to be a way to meet girls and exploit them on reality television; however, he insists it is all legit. Well played Stephen, wink-wink. More...
Lithuanian metallers Argharus are currently streaming online the new song "Mano ligos - Tavo ligos," which comes from their upcoming album "Pleištas." The track can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Ukranian black metal band Drudkh are set to release their upcoming album "Microcosmos" through Season of Mist Records on June 22nd. A new track from the album titled "Distant Cries of Cranes" is currently streaming online at the Season of Mist MySpace page.
Laethora has issued the following update about the recording of their new album:
"After a lot of hard work and a seemingly endless stream of ghosts in the machinery, the Laethora collective is pleased to announce that our second album, 'The light in which we all burn', is finally finished.
"Despite the computer crashes, equipment failures and multiple bouts of sickness, we're extremely satisfied with the end result. All that remains now is for Peter in de Betou at Tailor Maid to work some of his mastering magic on the songs, and then our little baby is ready to be delivered unto the world.
"Further details about tracklisting, artwork and release date will follow shortly."
Norway's Aeternus has issued the following update about writing new material for an upcoming album:
"It is time to give all you guys some news about Aeternus. First of all we would like to thank all of you who showed up at our concert. And of course a big cheers to our special guests, Cor Scorpii. (We will post some pictures on this event soon)
"Aeternus has started to compose material for their 7th album. We don't have a title just yet and so far we got more or less 1 new song. So, busy months ahead and lots to do. Stay tuned for more info!"
Finnish down-tempo metallers Kypck have posted a music video online for the song "Stalingrad," which comes from their debut album "Cherno." The video can be viewed below. More...
Greek thrash band Suicidal Angels has issued the following announcement about shooting a new music video:
"As we promised, the good news start rolling. We're pleased to announce that on the 21st of June, we'll shoot our first video at the Arxitektoniki venue in Gazi. The venue is 5 minutes from the Kerameikos Metro station and quite easy to find. You might want to write down this information, cause we want YOU to be there!
"It's going to be a live shooting, which means that we need you people to fill the place and make it look alive. We also want you to do what you've done so well countless times before... Mosh like hell!
"So drop by, June 21st, Arxitektoniki in Gazi, there's gonna be free beer for everyone, we're gonna have a ball i tell ya! Bring your friends along, even if they don't mosh, we sure can use as many metalheads (or not) as we can.
"Be there motherfuckers and have your dancing shoes on!
June 21st, Sunday, Arxitektoniki/Gazi, 12 o' clock
"Cheerz, and as always... Thrash On!"
Prong has announced that their live show in Munich on June 1st has changed venues. The new venue will be Backstage Werk and tickets can be purchased here.
Front man Ola Lindgren of Swedish death metal act Grave has started a new solo project named Grey Heavens. Ola issued the following statement about streaming three new songs on the band's MySpace page:
"Finally I got everything together and mixed:) The drums for this promo are programmed, everything else is played/screamed and recorded/mixed by me during the past months.
"Feel free to comment with your thoughts and impressions.
"Spread the word!!"
Musica Diablo, the band featuring Sepultura frontman Derrick Green, has posted the following update online:
"As you may know we took the first official band pictures this month, just after the new songs were posted online. We are now shipping to the record labels in hopes of finding a good deal to release the debut album.
"We are very excited to be on tour this November, and we are also seriously intending to play some thrash metal classics to share it all with you!
"SEVENTEEN Dates left of the North American tour with headliners TESTAMENT.
"The tour still has three UNEARTH HEADLINE off dates with our friends in Lazarus AD and Armed for the Apocalypse.
"SEE YOU AT THE SHOW!"
Tour dates are below:
05/28 NORFOLK, VA THE NORVA
05/29 RALEIGH, NC LINCOLN THEATRE
05/30 ATLANTA, GA THE MASQUERADE
05/31 NEW ORLEANS, LA HOUSE OF BLUES
06/02 HOUSTON, TX SCOUT BAR
06/03 SAN ANTONIO, TX SCOUT BAR
06/04 FORT WORTH, TX RIDGLEA THEATER
06/05 OKLAHOMA CITY, OK BRICKTOWN LIVE
06/06 KANSAS CITY, MO THE BEAUMONT CLUB
06/07 ENGLEWOOD, CO GOTHIC THEATRE
06/09 LAS VEGAS, NV HOUSE OF BLUES
06/10 SAN DIEGO, CA HOUSE OF BLUES
06/11 WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA HOUSE OF BLUES
06/12 SAN FRANCISCO, CA THE FILLMORE
06/13 SANTA BARBARA, CA VELVET JONES
06/14 ORANGEVALE, CA THE BOARDWALK
06/15 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA DOWNTOWN BREWING CO.
The following are UNEARTH HEADLINE dates:
06/13 SANTA BARBARA, CA VELVET JONES
06/14 ORANGEVALE, CA THE BOARDWALK
06/15 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA DOWNTOWN BREWING CO.
Dysrhythmia has issued the following statement about streaming a new song online at their MySpace page:
"Hi all, we've just uploaded a new song called 'Festival of Popular Delusions' from our upcoming record 'Psychic Maps' due out July 7th on Relapse. It's one of the more straight forward and unrelenting-type tracks. Enjoy?"
American heavy metal band Lizzy Borden has revealed that they have enlisted the service of 19 year old guitar prodigy Dario Lorina. A message from the band reads:
"Dario Lorina is a 19-year-old guitarist who has been making waves in the music industry. At age 16, he was recognized for his passion and what some may call exceptional talent, and began touring with multi-platinum songwriter and WARRANT front man, Jani Lane.
"During that time Dario strongly created a reputation and name for himself as a player and gained the respect of many, thus giving him the opportunity to play with various notable artists. Dario has been touring consistently throughout the USA and Europe since 2006.
"Dario has played 3 shows with us so far, Germany, Holland and Hollywood, CA and was magnificent at them all. He fits in so perfectly with us; I just know all the Lizzy Borden fans around the world are going to be blown away when they see him play."
RollingStone.com has issued the following report:
The rock video game war will heat up again in the fall: both of the industry’s flagship series are hitting consumers with tantalizing titles in 9/09. Harmonix’s THE BEATLES: Rock Band arrives September 9th, and now Activision has confirmed Guitar Hero 5 is due September 1st. The game will boast 85 brand-new master recordings, and this week Activision is announcing the band lineup in a series of scavenger hunt-like stories; fans who track down all the featured artists can enter a sweepstakes to win five tickets to concerts at a venue of their choice.
Rolling Stone can exclusively reveal that tracks from QUEEN & DAVID BOWIE (presumably 'Under Pressure'), KINGS OF LEON, SANTANA, SONIC YOUTH and A PERFECT CIRCLE will appear in the game. The title will also come equipped with tunes by WEEZER, BON JOVI, BILLY JOEL, ELLIOT SMITH and THE BRONX.
Read the full article at RollingStone.com.
New Wave Of British Heavy Metal veterans Tokyo Blade has announced that they will be releasing a live CD/DVD this Autumn. The DVD will contain footage of the bands tour last year and features the entire set at Keep It True Festival in Germany.
In a shocking revelation, SPV Records has reportedly filed for the USA equivalent to Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. A statement from Annihilator mainman Jeff Waters reads as follows:
"SPV Records has reportedly submitted an application to commence insolvency proceedings on May 25th. I wish them all the best and they have given us metal fans some great releases for a long time.
"The good news is that I signed a deal with SPV, only a few weeks ago, releasing Annihilator from their contractual commitments to SPV, in return for a Live DVD that we shot last summer in the Czech Republic.
"SPV will be releasing the DVD soon (and it rocks; co-headlining in front of 30,000 metal maniacs!) but Annihilator are now free from the label and negotiating with others to release the new and finished 13th studio release. Updates coming at annihilatormetal.com." More...
Dillinger Escape Plan has announced that they have terminated their contract with Relapse Records and will now be working on the Season Of Mist label instead. A statement from guitarist Ben Weinman reads:
"It is becoming clear that as the music industry standard continues to morph and change on a daily basis, artistic and operational freedom has become a band’s most valuable asset. 100% free of all previous contractual ties, Dillinger is in an amazing position to collaborate with some interesting partners which will continue to nurture the ethic that we have been doing our best to stay true to for over 10 years now. While touring Europe in support of our record, Ire Works, I had the pleasure of meeting Michael Berberian, distributor and owner of the independent record label Season of Mist. It quickly became clear that we had very similar ideas about Dillinger’s music and its place in the underground. Season of Mist has always been a leader in releasing some of the most extreme and interesting metal and experimental music. We look forward to releasing our next full length effort in association with Season of Mist as the very first chapter of this new journey. Also, Michael’s last name almost spells out Barbarian which Greg was really excited about."
Finnish goth rockers The 69 Eyes has announced that they have signed a new record deal with Nuclear Blast Records to release their new, as-yet untitled album. Vocalist Jyrki 69 states:
"The situation for The 69 Eyes was great because so many labels showed interest in working with us. We were very happy how Nuclear Blast worked our Goth’N’Roll box set and it is overwhelming to start this next chapter for The 69 Eyes by releasing our new studio album through Nuclear Blast! They’re the mightiest metal label there is and we\’re proud to deliver them such a powerful album. Together we definitely will ROCK THE METAL!!!"
The organizers of the British rock festival Hard Rock Hell has announced that Angel Witch, Demon and Witchfynde are the latest bands to be added to the festival lineup. The event will be held in Prestatyn in North Wales at the Pontins resort.
The lineup so far is now as follows:
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Polish death metal legends Vader has posted a new video from the recording studio online. You can check it out below. The band will be releasing their new studio album, "Necropolis" later this year. More...
American black metal outfit Hail The Night has posted two new songs online entitled, "Northern Winds" and "Dead God." You can check out the tracks by heading to their official Myspace. The band will be releasing a new CD later this year.
Sydney technical death metal band Dred has announced that they've changed their name and will now be known as Ouroboros. Here's what the band had to say about the name change:
"After much thought and preparation we have decided to change the band name. It was a unanimous decision that we needed a more powerful and meaningful title that more suitably reflects what we are about and better fits our musical and lyrical themes.
"From here on forward DRED will be known as OUROBOROS.
"Our new MySpace page is already up and running and a new merch line is due shortly and the designs can already be viewed on this new page - www.myspace.com/ouroborosmetal
"The current DRED MySpace will remain active for quite some time to come in order to help inform the fans of the name change. Our upcoming full length will be released under our new name.
"Let us stress that despite the name change, the bands line up, the music and our goals remain the same."
The band's next gig will be on the Sydney leg of the "Unleashing The Extreme" tour, featuring Psycroptic, The Amenta and Ruins. The gig takes place at The Manning Bar on June 20th, 2009.
The Haunted has been confirmed for the VNV Rock Altitude Festival, which takes place between August 27-29 in Le Locle, Switzerland. They'll play on the "Metal-Day," which is Saturday the 29th of August.
Here's the line-up:
The Haunted (SE)
Drums are for parades (BE)
When Icarus Falls (CH)
Lebanese doom/death metal band KIMAERA has revelaed the artwork and complete tracklisting for their upcoming album entitled "Solitary Impact." You can check it out here.
"Solitary Impact" will be also released under the russian label StygianCrypt Productions, but no date is set yet.
In other news, KIMAERA will be performing Live at Nova along with POSTMORTEM on the 5th of June in what is promised to be one of the heaviest and DOOMIEST gigs, in collaboration with TLRS. The band will be playing songs from "Ebony Veiled," "Solitary Impact," and one of their newest songs, with covers for OPETH, ANATHEMA and MDB.