Metal News for May 4, 2009
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Jon Blank reportedly passed this past Saturday night. Jon was well-known in Maryland and beyond for his time plowing riffs with his band REZIN, and was the bassist on Scott "Wino" Weinrich's critically-praised solo album "Punctuated Equilibrium."
An official statement from Jon's sister, Andrea, reads as follows: More...
SUBSIGNAL, the new band of former Sieges Even-members Arno Menses (vocals) and Markus Steffen (guitars), has signed a record deal with GoldenCore Records / ZYX Music The first result of the new collaboration will be SUBSIGNAL’s first album, entitled "Beautiful & Monstrous," which is set for a tentative release in late September 2009.
The CD will be recorded during May under the direction of co-producer Kristian Kohlmannslehner, who is known for his work on Sieges Even’s 2007-release "Paramount." The album will have an approximate playing time of 60 minutes. The first edition comes with a stylish digipack cover and one bonus track.
SUBSIGNAL defines their music as progressive, melancholic, cutting-edge, emotional, blended with a good portion of melodic heaviness. The band will celebrate their live premiere at the famous Night of the Prog-Festival, to be held on July 11 at the Loreley, Germany. A full tour is planned for Autumn/Winter 2009/10.
The SUBSIGNAL line-up is as follows:
Markus Steffen (Guitars)
Arno Menses (Vocals)
Ralf Schwager (Bass)
David Bertok (Keyboards)
Roel van Helden (Drums)
Karnivool has released tour dates for a series of shows in their native Australia to celebrate the release of their upcoming sophomore release, "Sound Awake." Here are the latest tour dates:
June, 20 2009 08:00 PM - Tivoli (18+) , Brisbane, Queensland
June, 24 2009 08:00 PM - Metro Theatre (18+) , Sydney, New South Wales
June, 26 2009 08:00 PM - The Forum (18+) , Melbourne, Victoria
June, 28 2009 08:00 PM - HQ (18+) , Adelaide, South Australia
July, 1 2009 08:00 PM - Metro Fremantle (18+) , Perth, Western Australia
Long Island, NY hardcore band This Is Hell and record label Trustkill Records have parted ways after two releases together. The group has written a handful of new songs and is actively in search of a label to release their next album. Interested parties can contact the band at thisishellny[AT]gmail.com.
German industrial metal band Rammstein will be hitting the European roads this fall. Dates are as follows:
Nov. 08 Lisbon, PT - Pavilhão Atlântico
Nov. 10 Madrid, ES - Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid
Nov. 12 Barcelona, ES -Pavelló Olímpic de Badalona
Nov. 14 Bilbao, ES - Bizkaia Arena
Nov. 16 Nantes, FR - Zénith Nantes Métropole
Nov. 18 Basel, CH - St. Jakobshalle
Nov. 19 Geneva, CH - Arena de Genève
Nov. 21 Vienna, AT - Stadthalle
Nov. 23 Munic, DE - Olympiahalle
Nov. 24 Leipzig DE - Arena
Nov. 25 Prague, CZ - O2 Arena
Nov. 27 Katowice, PL - Spodek
Nov. 29 Cologne DE - Lanxess Arena
Dec. 02 Lyon, FR - Halle Tony Garnier
Dec. 03 Strasbourg, FR - Zénith
Dec. 04 Luxembourg, LU - Rockhal
Dec. 06 Arnheim, NL - GelreDome
Dec. 08 Paris, FR - Bercy
Dec. 09 Paris, FR - Bercy
Dec. 10 Antwerp, BE - Sportpaleis
Dec. 11 Frankfurt, DE - Festhalle
Dec. 12 Stuttgart, DE Schleyer-Halle
Dec. 14 Hamburg, DE - Color Line Arena
Dec. 15 Copenhagen, DK - Forum
Dec. 17 Rostock, DE - HanseMesse
Dec. 18 Berlin, DE - Velodrom
Dec. 19 Berlin, DE - Velodrom
Children of Bodom frontman, Alexi Laiho, has checked in with the following statement regarding his injury:
"Four nights ago I fell out of my bunk in the tour bus and came down pretty damn hard as the driver was taking a sharp turn. It turns out I have a broken shoulder as well as internal bleeding.
"I am going through a great deal of pain every second that I am awake. However, I can still play the guitar and I will give everything I have to try to finish this tour and play every remaining show!
"I would just like to apologize in advance for not being able to move around or sing with my full power at all times and I hope the COB fans understand. What can I say? I'm jinxed! End of story. See you out there."
Children Of Bodom are currently on tour in North America with Lamb Of God until May 15th.
Danish metallers Compos Mentis has inked a deal with the label Strange Ears for the release of the band's third album, "Our Kingdom of Decay." The release date has been set for the 22nd of June (in Denmark, as well as online).
Finnish folk metal band Ensiferum has added three Finnish and one Estonian shows to their upcoming European tour this fall. Metsatöll and Tracedawn will support.
Here are the rest of the confirmed European tour dates:
Oct. 01 Hamburg, DE - Markthalle
Oct. 02 Leeuwarden, NL - Romein
Oct. 03 Hamm, DE - Devil's Revenge Festival
Oct. 04 Köln, DE - Essigfabrik
Oct. 06 London, UK - Scala
Oct. 07 Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
Oct. 08 Glasgow, UK - Cathouse
Oct. 09 Dudley, UK - JB's
Oct. 10 Vosselar, B - Biebob
Oct. 15 Bilbao, ES - Santana 27
Oct. 16 Madrid, ES - Heineken
Oct. 17 Alicante, ES - Nave 8
Oct. 18 Barcelona, ES - Salamandra 1
Oct. 20 Bologna, IT - Sottotetto
Oct. 21 München, DE - Backstage
Oct. 22 Wien, AT - Arena
Oct. 23 Jena, DE - F-Haus
Oct. 24 Lichtenfels, DE - Hellflame Festival
Oct. 26 Aschaffenburg, DE - Colos Saal
Oct. 28 Pratteln, CH - Z7
Oct. 29 Karlsruhe, DE - Substage
Ensiferum will be releasing their fourth studio album on September 9th in most countries.. More info TBA.
Germany’s premier metal act Heaven Shall Burn celebrated a meteoric rise during the past years culminating in the chart success of their latest album, 2008's “Iconoclast (Part One: The Final Resistance),” which achieved #21 in the German top 100, as well as chart entries in Austria, Switzerland, and Greece.
Now, the band will release its upcoming first-ever DVD “Bildersturm – Iconoclast II (The Visual Resistance)” on May 25 in Europe and May 26 in North America. Besides incredible live material the DVD also includes a comprehensive documentary about HSB and loads of additional content. Details are as follows: More...
Throne of Malediction has posted a live video online of the band performing a cover of the Danzig song "Black Angel, White Angel." The video can be viewed below. More...
Relapse Records has issued the following announcement about signing Revocation:
"Relapse Records is proud to announce the signing of Boston-based metal band Revocation.
"Revocation (David Davidson – guitar / vocals, Phil Dubois – Drums, Anthony Buda – bass / vocals) is currently recording their second full-length album and Relapse debut Existence Is Futile at Damage Studios in Southbridge, MA with Pete Rutcho. Existence Is Futile is expected to see a fall 2009 release date.
"Revocation released their debut album Empire Of The Obscene last spring. Audio samples can be heard now via the band’s MySpace page."
Vocalist David Davidson also commented on the signing:
“After several years of hard work and determination we're glad to announce that we have signed to Relapse. We are all really excited to be working with Relapse to release our new record 'Existence is Futile.' We’ve once again chosen Pete Rutcho from Damage Studios to record this album and are wrapping up the vocals now. The material is really varied, ranging from very epic to an all out metal assault and we can't wait for people to hear it!”
Lamb of God is on tour for their seventh studio release, “Wrath,” and they’ve brought along friends that aren’t unknown in the metal community. The tour is only about two months long so catch it if you can. I personally had to drive two hours westward to see the show in Lafayette, Louisiana. But the venue chosen in Lafayette was perfect; it is a medium-sized arena I used to see rodeos in as a child (Lafayette is my hometown.) In New Orleans, we have small bars or sports arenas. In Lafayette, walking into the show was like entering another world like I have never experienced. It was a pitch-blackness with a large stage at the very far end that seemed like the end of the world; the light at the end of a tunnel. Before the show even started, kids were lying next to piles of beer puke on the stone floor. You know it’s going to be a good show. More...
A new video interview with Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, conducted by Musikuniverse.net in Montreal, has been posted online. The video can be viewed below.
Swallow the Sun has issued the following announcement about two upcoming acoustic tour dates:
"Mikko, Markus and Aleksi are going to play two very special acoustic shows in Inferno Bar & Nightclubs in Jyväskylä and Tampere. The dates are:
15.5.2009 Jyväskylä, Inferno Bar & Nightclub
16.5.2009 Tampere, Inferno Bar & Nightclub
"We've only played a unplugged set like this once before, so these are not going to take place too often - make sure you get there! We'll play a selection of special unplugged arrangements of our songs and some songs we've never even played before. See you at the shows!"
Finnish doom band Spiritus Mortis has issued the following short announcement about canceling their Tampere show on May 14th:
"Hellä, Tampere 14.5 gig was cancelled!
"Not our fault, but sorry..."
BIRDS OF PREY's new full-length album, "The Hellpreacher," is currently streaming in its entirety at this location. "The Hellpreacher" saw its North American release on April 28th on CD and LP and will be released internationally on Monday, May 4th.
"The Hellpreacher," the follow-up album to last year's Sulfur & Semen, was recorded last fall at Sniper Studio in North Carolina. BIRDS OF PREY, who's members include those of ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, BEATEN BACK TO PURE, BARONESS, and MUNICIPAL WASTE, recently posted the album's opening tracks "Momma" and "Juvie" as preview tracks on the band's MySpace page.
Swedish death/black metallers TRIDENT (feat. Johan Norman of ex-Dissection & Alex/Tobbe of Necrophobic) updated their MySpace page and uploaded a brand new song. The current songs on the band's MySpace page are "Slaves to Anguish" and "World Destruction."
Their first album "World Destruction" will be released after the summer via Regain Records.
Italy's Raintime has uploaded one of their new songs, "One Day," on their MySpace page. The band is also currently working on the follow up to their 2007 release "Flies and Lies."
Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza will tour Canada in May for the "Making the Canadian Bacon Tour." Joining them will be The Number Twelve Looks Like You and Stray from the Path.
Confirmed Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza canadian tour dates are as follows:
5/21 - Windsor, ON - Chubby Pickle
5/22 - St. Catharines, ON - L3 w/ Starring Janet Leigh
5/23 - Toronto, ON - Kathedral w/ Starring Janet Leigh
5/24 - Ottawa, ON - Mavericks
5/25 - Montreal, QC - The Underground
5/26 - Quebec City, QC - L'Anti
5/27 - Essex Junction, VT - Champlain Valley Expo
5/28 - Oshawa, ON - EP Taylors
5/30 - Guelph, ON - Shadow
5/31 - Hamilton, ON - Casbah
Norway's Vreid has been added to the Waken Open Air 2009 lineup. The festival will take place from July 30 - August 1 in Wacken, Germany.
The other confirmed bands for the festival include: AMON AMARTH, BORKNAGAR, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, CALLEJON, CATHEDRAL, DRAGONFORCE, EINHERJER, EPICA, GWAR, HAMMERFALL, HEAVEN AND HELL, IN EXTREMO, IN FLAMES, KAMPFAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW, KORPIKLAANI, LACUNA COIL, MACHINE HEAD, MOTÖRHEAD, NAPALM DEATH, NEVERMORE, AXEL RUDI PELL, SARKE, TESTAMENT, TRISTANIA, TURISAS, WALLS OF JERICHO, WHIPLASH
Washington D.C. band Brave has issued the following announcement about playing a live show with Cynic:
"Bravewill be opening for the legendary Cynic at Jaxx in Springfield, VA on 5/12/09. We are really happy to be on this show as we've all been fans of Cynic for years. Special thanks to Jay at Jaxx for getting us on this gig!
"Also, the 10 year anniversary album 'Lost in Retrospect,' which was released earlier this year by Femme Metal Records, UK, is now available for download via iTunes.
"Stay tuned for future updates regarding both Brave and While Heaven Wept..."
Columbian black metallers Luciferian have posted a video clip online of their performance of the song "Dark," which was recorded in Bolivia. The video can be viewed below. More...
Czech Republic death metal band Sepsis has issued the following announcement about signing to Metal Age Productions for the release of their upcoming album:
"We are pleased to announce that new CD ... WITH NO MERCY ... will be released under METAL AGE PRODUCTIONS, that we build long-term cooperation. You can look forward to new merchandise ......."
Metal Age Productions also issued the following statement about the signing:
"Aaahhh yes we started co-operation with new talented band from Czech Republic called SEPSIS. So SEPSIS has joined to Metal Age family and we are again bigger:)) Check more information about the band here."
A new video interview by RockTube with Anathema vocalist Vincent Cavanagh in Bucharest has been posted online. The video can be viewed below. More...
Roadrunner Records has issued the following announcement about four different versions of the new Dream Theater album "Black Clouds and Silver Linings" currently being available for pre-order:
"Roadrunner Records and Dream Theater have teamed up with The End Records to bring you very special PRE-ORDER offers. This includes 4 different configurations of the new album including a Special Edition and Limited Producer's Edition.
"BLACK CLOUDS & SILVER LININGS WILL BE IN STORES 06.23.09 GO HERE to pre-order, and see what you can get in each configuration."
Rigor Mortis has issued the following update about guitarist Mike Scaccia undergoing neck surgery:
"We have to let everyone know that Mike was overwhelmed and touched by all the responses that he read on here. Mike isn’t much of a Myspace kind of guy. He uses his computer for work and emails. So he is just a lurker when it comes to Myspace. But he did read your comments throughout the weekend and it really lifted his spirits. He was really down about it all before he read all of your comments. Just from the fact that it was really his first major kind of surgery. Plus the thought of the chance of him being paralyzed and possibly never playing his guitar again had scared him to death.
"We are waiting to see how his surgery went and we will let everyone know his progress. But here is part of his message he sent just an hour ½ before his surgery: Hey man, just wanted to say thanks to everyone. I am kind of freaking out, but you know what... I am going to bounce back harder than ever. If I knew how to tell everyone that wrote in Thanks a million, and I would be nothing with out them, I would, if you post this… please do let them know."
Heaven And Hell, the band consisting of the Black Sabbath lineup of Ronnie James Dio, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Vinny Appice, will be heading out on a North American tour this summer. Support on the trek will come from Coheed And Cambria except for the Seattle show where they will be supported by Neurosis.
The tour dates are as follows:
August 7 - Vancouver, BC - Thunderbird Arena
August 8 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater*
August 10 - San Jose, CA - Event Center Arena
August 11 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theater
August 12 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theater
August 14 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
August 15 - Denver, CO - Red Rocks
August 18 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion
August 19 - Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion
August 21 - Detroit, MI - Meadow Brook Pavilion
August 22 - Cleveland, OH - Nautica Pavilion August
August 23 - Baltimore, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 25 - New York, NY - WaMu Theater @ MSG
August 27 - Wallingford, CT - Chevrolet Theatre
August 28 - Boston, MA - Bank Of America Pavilion
Hardcore metal group Hatebreed has posted their entire new covers album, "For The Lions" online at their official Myspace page. You can check it out by clicking here. The album will be released in North America on May 5th and in Europe on May 11th. European fans wanting the digipak and LP editions will have to wait until May 25th however due to a problem with the packaging.
Heavy rock legends Motorhead will be embarking on a tour of North America later this year. They will be joined on the trek by Reverand Horton Heat. Stay tuned as more tour dates are expected to be released soon.
The initial tour dates are as follows:
August 30 - Chicago, IL - Congress Theater
September 1 - Detroit, MI - Motor City Casino
September 2 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
September 5 - Atlantic City, NJ - House Of Blues
Midwestern metal warriors SKELETONWITCH, who are currently touring alongside Amon Amarth, will begin recording their as-yet-untitled new album with producer Jack Endino (Nirvana, High On Fire, Toxic Holocaust) on June 14. The record will be tracked in Seattle at both Studio Litho (owned by Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard) and Endino's own Soundhouse Recording.
"We're stoked to be working with Jack 'and Dino' Endino," says guitarist Nate Garnette. "We hope he will help us achieve a sound that is more natural, organic and powerful, as he did with High on Fire. The new material is coming along great. We can't wait to see it come to fruition!"
Throughout the first few months of 2009, SKELETONWITCH has continued to tour extensively in support of its latest album, "Beyond The Permafrost." In recent weeks, the group delivered a show-stealing performance at the inaugural Scion Rock Fest, played multiple South By Southwest (SXSW) showcases with labelmates Kylesa and crossed the country with Amon Amarth.
"Scion was fucking killer!" Garnett says. "It was one of the best festival lineups of the last 10 years, the organizers treated all the bands like kings and we got to hang out with some good friends in Baroness, Toxic Holocaust, High on Fire and Withered." More...