Metal News for May 3, 2010
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34 news articles posted on this day.
Ari Koivunen, current Amoral frontman and winner of the 2007 Finnish national TV talent competition "Idols", has formed a cover band called Crazy Mooses. The trio includes Ari Koivunen on vocals and drums, Jukka "Juki" Harju on guitar and vocals, and Jussi Kinnunen on bass and vocals). The first gig of the band was held at the Dublin Irish Pub in Lahti, on April 23.
You can check out their Facebook fan page here where you can find some videos off of YouTube. Check out their cover of Whitesnake's "Fool For Your Lovin" below.
The guys are clearly doing it for fun, as you can't help but notice on their rendition of "The Final Countdown."
Norther has released a new single, "Break Myself Away," available for download at this location.
Although the single is free to download for anyone, you may pay an amount of your selection by donating via PayPal. All the income will be used for the recording costs of the upcoming sixth full-length studio album. For more information, visit www.norther.net.
Wisconsin's Sleep Serapis Sleep has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Static Age records:
"As you probably know, our musical independence is a priority for us and has made us skeptical of working with record labels. But after being contacted by Shane of Static Age a few months ago, we quickly realized the uniqueness of his approach. Shane and his team truly believe in us as a band, as they do with the rest of their artists, and want to see us succeed exactly as we are. With them, we are able to maintain our musical independence while enjoying the benefits of a band-label relationship. This is much too rare for us to pass up, and we are very excited to announce that we are now part of the Static Age family! We’d like to also take this opportunity to announce a few other things:
"1. Our missing guitarist position has been filled by Kyle Church (From All Within). If you’ve been keeping track, this makes two former From All Within members in SSS and if this keeps up we will be changing our name to From Serapis Within… but not really. 2. We are touring with our good friends and new label-mates, The Gun Show this June.
"A new full length from us is already in the works, recording to take place this November with Zack Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, California (The Ghost Inside, All Shall Perish). We have decided to drop out of the Cornerstone competition, but something big is in the works around that time so please stay posted! Many more opportunities are just around the corner for us, so please check back for more updates soon!"
The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Vancouver's Artep will be releasing their album, "Thy Will Be Done On Earth As Is Done In Hell," on May 22nd via Bleak Art Records. The album will be available for purchase on the Bleak Art records website, the band website, and many distributors world wide.
The first annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival is set to rock North America with a late summer trek featuring headliners Disturbed and Avenged Sevenfold, along with Stone Sour and Halestorm featured on the main stage. The Festival will host performances from Jägermeister Second Stage headliners Hellyeah, as well as Airbourne, Hail The Villain, New Medicine, and the Jägermeister Battle of The Bands winner in each city. A video teaser for the festival can be found below.
Boston-based video game metal band Powerglove has added four new headline shows/video game festivals:
May 15 Manchester, New Hampshire - Rocko's Rock Club
June 26 Providence, Rhode Island - Club Hell
June 27 Foxboro, Massachusetts - Showcase Live *Game Underground Video Game and Music Festival
August 14 Baltimore, Maryland - Sonar *Headlining Bit Gen Gamer Fest
Powerglove will be putting the finishing touches on the new album now that the Sonata Arctica tour is over. The album will be out soon.
U.K. act Awake is currently holed up at Parlour Studios recording new material. The band has now checked in with the following statement about their upcoming festival summer festival appearances:
"Hey there all! Just a reminder of a couple of festivals that you can catch us at this summer. We are headlining at Wisbech rock fest on Sunday 6th June. Also we are playing East ridings rock festival. Tickets for this are selling fast now, so if you have not already got yours, be quick. New dates will be added, so keep checking. Have you checked out our last blog yet? All the latest as recording comes to an end. Thats all for now folks! Stay AWAKE!"
You can also hear Awake tracks through the band's MySpace page.
Bloodthirst has posted footage online from the band's performance at the Unholy Night in Poland on March 19th, 2010. The first clip can be viewed below and the second can be found after the jump.
In addition to having just been announced as one of the second stage acts on Ozzfest 2010, KATAKLYSM frontman has been keeping busy with another business venture: opening a pizzeria. States Iacono:
"Growing up in an Italian family, you always know someone that owns a pizza joint. My father was a head chef in New York, so I kind of grew up with it as well. I chose the path of music, but somehow the restaurant business has come to find me. I’ve decided to open a pizzeria with a very good friend of mine, Saverio Donancricchia. His family has been in the pizza business for over 20 years in Chicago with Albano’s Pizzeria in Cicero. They’ve ranked as a Top 10 Chowdown Joints on ‘Top 101 Places in America’ by The Travel Channel, so needless to say, opening the #2 location has been keeping us very busy!!! We like to welcome all metalheads to come by Albano’s Pizzeria #2 and try our world famous giant pizza puffs! Bring in your Chicago-area concert ticket for any national tour and receive a discount on your order. Looking forward to unleashing the new KATAKLSYM album plus all the killer tours coming up with both KATAKLYSM and EX DEO."
Lamb Of God will release the "Hourglass" collection on June 1st, which is a career retrospective set that will be available in seven different configurations. To celebrate the release one of the rare and previously unreleased tracks that will be available on "Hourglass," an early demo version of the song "In Your Words," is now available for streaming. You can listen to the track and get additional details of all seven configurations through MetalSucks.
In This Moment will be filming a cowboy themed video for the track “The Gun Show” in the Los Angeles, CA area on May 16th. The shoot will be helmed by director David Brodsky and the band is seeking extras to take part in it. Those interested in doing so can find more details at this location.
In This Moment will also be performing on this summer’s Rockstar Mayhem Tour playing on the Mayhem Festival Stage alongside Atreyu, Norma Jean, and 3 Inches of Blood. This tour will mark the start of the group’s official, massive worldwide touring schedule for their new full-length album, which is set for a July 13th release.
Chicago's Lord Mantis has announced the following upcoming U.S. tour dates:
5/3 Akron, OH @ Annabell's
5/4 Philadelphia, PA @ M Room
5/5 Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
5/6 Boston, MA @ O'Brien's
5/7 Lowell, MA @ Gemstones
5/8 New Jersey @ TBA
5/9 Newark, DE @ Powerpukehaus (early show)
5/10 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
5/11 Carrboro, NC @ Reservoir
5/12 Atlanta, GA @ Beecher Warehouse
5/13 Nashville, TN @ Little Hamilton Collective
5/14 Indianapolis, IN @ The Dojo
5/15 Lafayette, IN @ Warehouse
Marc Rizzo of Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy has added the following three East Coast solo dates in May:
5/6/2010 – the Penny Acrade (Rochester, NY)
5/7/2010 – Dingbatz (Clifton, NJ)
5/8/2010 – Voices Rock Club (Lowell, MA)
These dates will be Rizzo’s only area appearances prior to leaving to Europe with Soulfly for the summer. Rizzo just completed recording Cavalera Conspiracy’s new record in L.A. Aside from the new recording, Marc also released his third solo record titled "Legionnaire" earlier this year.
Atlanta, GA “psych metal” band Zoroaster has completed work on its sophomore album. Entitled "Matador," the record is set for a July 13, 2010 North American release date via E1 Music. The cover artwork has been unveiled and is available for viewing at this location. The record’s face and album art was designed by artist Brian Mercer.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Ancient Ones
6. Old World
7. Black Hole
8. Odyssey II
Zoroaster's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
The upcoming debut album from Blood Revolt, formed from the Canadian/Irish triumvirate that consists of Primoridial vocalist A. A. Nemtheanga, Revenge/Conquerer mastermind J. Read, and Axis Of Advance/Revenge guitarist C. Ross, has reached its completion. The new album will be titled "Indoctrine." The band issued the following statement about the album:
"Thematically, 'Indoctrine' takes a glimpse into one man’s descent into madness and untimely vengeance. An attack on the system and a social commentary where salvation is found from the barrel of a gun, 'Indoctrine' is like the lone wolf that calmly waits to attack and becomes a statement of intent that there is a war coming."
Delving further within the concept of Blood Revolt, vocalist A. A. Nemtheanga states, “In an age of compromise Blood Revolt is genuine rebellion. Pushing the boundaries of what is accepted in 'extreme' metal, Blood Revolt is metal with teeth, like it should be. Genuine violence and aggression mixed with the kind of very real and very dark subject matter that would make other bands heads spin. No cartoon imagery or fantastical pseudo religious hocus pocus, this is the sniper filing down the pin before picking off innocents, this is the suicide bombers sweaty greasy hand on the ignition, dead bodies piled in the politics of the mass grave. Unforgiving and unrelenting elitism…” More...
Madison, Alabama’s own MyChildren MyBride are pleased to announce that they will be heading out on the road this summer with Haste The Day. Also joining the group is Upon A Burning Body. The month-long trek begins in Allentown, PA on June 4th, and comes to a close in Marietta, IL on July 2nd. The full listing of tour dates can be found below.
MyChildren MyBride is poised to release the new full length, entitled "Lost Boy," on June 8th, 2010. The recently completed album was recorded at Glow In The Dark Studio in Atlanta, Georgia by producer Matt Goldman. “Musically it's about writing what was in our heads at the moment,” Guitarist Robert Bloomfield states. “We went in with the thought of ‘if we are going to be playing these songs for the next 2 years on tour then we want them to be really fun for the live show.' From day one it was like Matt Goldman was already in our heads. He saw what we wanted and tried to help us create it. The man has the best sense of humor. The most fun I've ever had in a studio.”
The upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Norwegian extreme metal horde Keep of Kalessin has upload the new track “Judgement” to the band's official Myspace page. The song is off the forthcoming album "Reptilian," which is set to be released on May 14th (Europe) and June 8th (N. America) via Nuclear Blast Records. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Dragon Iconography
2. The Awakening
4. The Dragontower
5. Leaving The Mortal Flesh
6. Dark As Moonless Night
7. The Divine Land
8. Reptilian Majesty
New York hardcore act Sick Of It All released their latest album "Based On A True Story" on April 19th, 2010. The band has now announced the following upcoming tour dates in support of the album:
5/8 2010 Town Ballroom Buffalo, New York, US
6/11 2010 The Gramercy Theater New York, New York, US
6/12 2010 East Coast Tsunami @ St. Michael’s Park Mount Clare, Pennsylvania, US
6/18 2010 Hellfest Clisson, France, FR
6/29 2010 LOVE AND PEACE festival Borlange,Sweden, SE
7/1 2010 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark, DK
7/2 2010 WITH FULL FORCE FESTIVAL Roitzschjora, Germany, DE
7/3 2010 Rock in Umbria / No Bones Perugia, Italy, IT
7/4 2010 Devil Side Festival Essen, Germany, DE
7/6 2010 Sfedona Live Stage Athens, Greece, GR
7/9 2010 Savoie Rock Festival La Bathie, France, FR
7/10 2010 Rock Am Bach St. Wendel, Germany, DE
8/20 2010 Nirwana Tuinfeest Lierop, Netherlands, NL
8/22 2010 Couvre Feu Fest Corsept, France, FR
More-Metal.com recently conducted an interview with John Schaffer of Iced Earth. A video clip of the interview can be viewed below.
Austria's Visions of Atlantis has issued the following update about recruiting a new bass player and recording new material:
"Mike Koren is leaving the band. New bass player announced: After many years of great work and many shows founding member Mike Koren has left Visions of Atlantis due of private reasons. Mike became a daddy and his priorities have changed which we all understand and respect. We wish him and his young family all the best for the future and thank him very much for everything! Now it`s time to announce our new bass player! Mario Lochert (Emergency Gate) will take over the bass duties for Visions of Atlantis from now on. He record the bass for the new yet untitled Album and he will be on stage with the band for the first time on Metalfest Austria (15th of May 2010). He has already worked with us in the past as our sound engineer on several concerts and festivals and we are all happy to welcome him on board!"
"As Visions of Atlantis will enter the Dreamsound Studios in Munich on the 17th of May 2010 we will report all progress in our official Studio Diary with daily updates and pictures right from the band and directly from the studio. The Studio Diary will contain exclusive content and details during the album production and some very interesting 'behind the scene' footage. In late 2010 VOA will release the new album - the title will be revealed also very soon! So stay tuned for more information!"
Sweden's Overdrive has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album:
"This weekend we have finished the drums for eight new tracks for the forthcoming album. The drums are being recorded at Studio Sound Palace by Johan Blomström and it sounds and feels great! Kenta is hitting harder than ever and the new songs are killer! Here's some sneak peak song titles for you: 'Angelmaker,' 'Cold Blood Chaser,' 'Mother Earth' and 'In Guts We Trust.' We will also do a cover track on this one. Not a songs you might expect, but with our own stamp on it, we think you'll enjoy it!"
Overdrive also has the following upcoming tour dates:
6/4 2010 Muskelrock Alvesta, SE
6/5 2010 Tyrolen Växjö
7/17 2010 Hasslöfestivalen Hasslö, SE
9/10 2010 Metal Warning Helsinki, FI
U.K. based black metallers Onsetcold are currently streaming a new song online titled "Judas Iscariot," along with their previously uploaded track "Sodom." The band issued the following brief update about posting the new music:
"We have a new demo track called Judas Iscariot on MySpace and Facebook. Whole New line up and new songs We are also sorting our selves out for touring and playing new shows in the new year starting around May."
New York doom metallers Batillus have issued the following statement about preparing to enter the recording studio:
"When I know I have to get up in three hours, I find it difficult to sleep at all, no matter how tired I am. I'm so worried about sleeping through my alarm and getting on the road late (and potentially missing the next show) that I just wind up lying there in a half-sleep waiting for the fast-approaching moment where I'll have to drag my ass out of bed, slam a gallon of coffee, and get on the highway. That's what happened to us last night: we returned to our local housing site after a show at some townie dive called JR's Bar in south south Philly around 2am, then woke up at 5am in order to get on the road by 6am to make our load-in time in Indianapolis tonight.
"In spite of the fact that JR's isn't set up to host live music-- much less loud live music-- and the fact that during our last song the Ampeg SVT head belonging to Chris from Riff Cannon through which Willi was playing toppled off the speaker cabinet and onto the floor, the show was decent. We played well, and Riff Cannon played spectacularly. I'm bummed we barely got to hang out with those guys, though. Since they never made it to New York for Thursday's show due to van troubles and since we had to get to sleep immediately following last night's show due to our aforementioned 6am van call time, we hardly had a chance to hang with them. It's soul-crushing just imagining all the fun we would have, should have, could have had. More...
Reactivated San Francisco Bay Area thrashers Forbidden continue their work at Sonic Room/Audio Voyage Studios in Livermore, California recording their upcoming new album "Omega Wave." Album artwork has been commissioned from Kent Mathieu and the album is being produced by Forbidden guitarist / songwriter Craig Locicero and Tim Narducci. All tracks will be mixed by Sean Beavan.
Locicero also commented: “After a year of writing and a couple of months recording this son of a bitchin' album, we've finally decided to call it Omega Wave. It certainly would have been easy to self-title it, but anyone who knows anything about Forbidden and our history understands that we spend a considerable amount of time thinking about these things. That's just what we do. Omega Wave seemed most fitting and it's one of the thrashiest songs on the record! An ‘omega wave’ is the feeling of impending doom that hangs over everyone in these difficult times, more so than any other era in history. Many feel that our time is almost up, partly because it has been written and predicted in almost every ancient society; also because most people can tell which way the wind is blowing, if you know what I mean. So the question is, is this all really happening by design or is it a self-fulfilled, man-made hysteria that we are creating by accepting it in our collective consciousness? Either way, it's a black wave of negative energy that exists to billions of people. That is the Omega Wave.”
On why the band sought out the artist Forbidden’s career began with he stated: “Within the last few months, we've reconnected with the original artist who painted the artwork for our first two albums, Forbidden Evil and Twisted Into Form: Kent Mathieu. I love the work he's done with everyone, but there is no denying that the first two covers he did for Forbidden are a couple of the most iconic pieces for our genre. Getting Kent on board was a coupe and he gets us like no other artist could. He’s got a pile of lyrics to inspire him and he fully understands the Omega Wave concept. I can't wait to see what he comes up with. Should be perfect!” More...
Drummer Mike Gröger of Austrian act Hollenthon has checked in with the following announcement about the band switching out bass players:
"We have to announce that Gregor isn't longer a part of Hollenthon, it was his decision cuz of time problems, we wish him good luck and the best for the future. Our new man on the bass is Max and we played the first show with him at the Ragnaröck Festival, it was a great show and he did it very well! So stay tuned for further information, new band pics coming soon! Cheers."
You can also hear sample Hollenthon tracks via the band's MySpace page.
Revocation, who just finished touring in Europe as part of the Thrash And Burn Tour, has announced more U.S. tour dates in support of their Relapse debut "Existence Is Futile." Starting in early May, Revocation will be on tour for almost two-months in the U.S. The band will be doing runs of dates alongside Job For A Cowboy, Pestilence, Cattle Decapitation, Goatwhore, Misery Index, and others. A complete listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more to be announced soon.
5/6 Indianapolis , IN The Tip Top
5/7 Iowa City , IA The Picador
5/8 Minneapolis , MN Triple Rock
5/9 LaCrosse, WI The Warehouse
5/10 Peoria , IL Brass Rail
5/11 Springfield , IL Outland Ballroom
5/12 Tulsa , OK The Marquee
5/13 Amarillo , TX The War Legion Underground
5/14 Flagstaff , AZ The Downtown Greenhouse
5/15 Pomona , CA The Glass House (as part of California Metalfest)
***All dates from 5/16 thru w/ 27 JOB FOR A COWBOY, WHITECHAPEL, CATTLE DECAPITATION***
5/16 Orangevale , CA The Boardwalk
5/17 Portland , OR Hawthorne Theatre
5/18 Seattle , WA El Corazon
5/19 Pocatello , ID ICON
5/20 Salt Lake City , UT In The Venue
5/21 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
5/22 Lawrence , KS Bottleneck
5/23 Wichita Falls , TX The Hanger
5/24 Austin , TX Emo’s
5/25 Odessa , TX Dos Amigos
5/26 Albuquerque , NM Launch Pad
5/27 Tempe , AZ The Clubhouse 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 Singapore scene.
The music scene in Singapore is predominantly indie and pop, with the biggest musical output being from indie bands. Rarely is metal heard over the airwaves with the exception of a one-hour metal show every Saturday midnight on a Malay radio station (the main spoken language in Singapore is English, so that shows how little exposure to metal there is over here). However, this has not stopped a large number of metal bands from sprouting up in recent years, with the wide availability of alternative forms of music via the Internet.
Whether locally or over the Internet, here are three underground metal bands from Singapore worth checking out: More...
Souldrainer has now checked in with more video footage from the band's time in Empire Studio recording new material. A video clip of the bass recording sessions can be viewed below.
Agent Steel has checked in with the following update about recruiting their original vocalist Cyriis after the departure of Bruce Hall:
"As some of you may, or may not have already heard the news that Agent Steel has parted ways with vocalist Bruce Hall. We as a band would like to acknowledge the accomplishments together with Bruce and the (3) three solid metal offerings; 'Omega Conspiracy', 'Order Of The Illuminati', and 'Alienigma'. Together we had the fortune of touring and sharing the stage in some amazing places and visited some breathtaking countries. Bruce dedicated over a decade to Agent Steel and for this he should be recognized, and we part on good terms. We as a band still have the fire and passion to deliver the metal goods to fans from the past, present and future.
"We had been writing new material for the next chapter of Agent Steel, and after the news got out that we separated from Bruce; we were contacted by original singer; Cyriis. Call it destiny; call it what you will, but now the communicative channel is open between Agent Steel and vocalist Cyriis; we are in talks about an imminent Agent Steel reunion tour possibly involving summer/fall 2010 appearances and an extensive '2011' Metal-blitz. Honestly, we do not know how long this reunion will last; however this could be the long awaited destiny of Agent Steel originally interrupted, so long as everything moves forward in an evolving good working climate. Our objective regarding this Agent Steel reunion is attached with the intentions of providing the opportunity to not only the dedicated fans, but also to a whole new generation of metal fans the chance to see Agent Steel live on stage with Cyriis; the original voice on the classic ‘Skeptics Apocalypse, ‘Unstoppable Force’, and ‘Mad Locust Rising’ releases. The legacy continues...stay tuned."
Swedish metal group Dream Evil will now head out to U.K. shores to support fellow Swedes HammerFall on the following dates:
03.05.2010 Sheffield (UK) - Corporation
04.05.2010 Nottingham (UK) - Rescue Rooms
05.05.2010 Wolverhampton (UK) - Wulfrun Hall
06.05.2010 London (UK) - Electric Ballroom
Additionally, Dream Evil is currently busy shooting two video clips for songs off “In The Night” with director Patric Ullaeus. Ullaeus has been working with the band for all visual matters ever since their clip for “The Book Of Heavy Metal” and also took care of their “Gold Medal In Metal” DVD release in 2008.
Drummer Pat Power checks in and comments as follows about the tour and the video production: “Greetings all metalheads! Dream Evilis soon off to Great Britain to spread our hymns of metal! A tour that will carve the name Dream Evil in stone, and assure the world that Dream Evil is a force to be reckoned with! To all you fans who plan to meet us on the road, we bring new metal anthems and a big Hail for supporting our metal crusade! For those who are coming to the London show: look your best and wreck the place because we are planning to shoot a video at this gig!!! Right now we are shooting yet another video for the song 'Bang Your Head' with video director/magician Patric Ullaeus. It’s gonna blow your mind! See you all soon and stay metal!”
Episode eight begins with Bret Michaels taking the reigns as Project Manager for team Rock Solid. With Sharon Osbourne and Maria (wrestling star) Rock Solid is ready for their challenge of creating three radio spots for a plumbing and electricity company. Sharon adds that their team has an edge because, “We’re all rock and roll!” More...
French Power Metal band Heavenly has posted their new "Full Moon" video to Youtube and MySpace. "Full Moon" is the fourth track from their new album, "Carpe Diem," which was released on February 16th.
This video is NSFW, so watch it discreetly!
Melbourne’s Eye of the Enemy have just announced that they have almost finished their currently-untitled debut full length, and are working on a national tour.
Guitarist Chris Kane had this to say: “We have been working on these songs for a long time now to ensure that we give everyone the best product available. Seriously, wait until you hear this thing, we know that you will be impressed. We haven’t hit the stage in over 5 months and can’t wait to get back out there with this album.”
The album is stated for a June release through Just Say Rock Records with distribution confirmed for Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia, South America and Japan, and with more territories to be announced in the coming weeks.
Upon the album's release, the band plans to embark on an extensive tour of Australia.
In the meantime, check out some of the band's music on their MySpace page.
Unearth is letting fans help to pick their setlist for their the band's upcoming world tour. Trevor from Unearth had the following to say:
"With our World tour starting in a few weeks, we want to hear from YOU and what songs you want to hear at our shows. Vote for your three favorite songs below and help piece together our set for Japan, New Zealand, Australia and Europe!"
You can place your votes here.