Metal News for June 11, 2008
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27 news articles posted on this day.
Belgian grinders AGATHOCLES are finishing up the recordings for their new full length to be issued through Displeased Records. Named "Grind Is Protest," the new album will be even more brutal and In-Your-Face than its predecessor, "Mincer," according to the label.
Prime Cuts Music recently announced the signing of Australian death metal band TzunTzu. Formed in 2003, TzunTzu to-date is comprised of members having fought along side one another in live battle fields in various formations. Material that had been written yet never completed has now been revisited and reformulated, along with new hymns written in time's of soul seeking.
The first offering in the form of "Without Zen," a 5 peice Ep/Demo released in 2005 including the tracks – "Blood Of The Fallen," "Without Zen," and the haunting "Oni-Kudaki," with an introduction and outroduction and extensive multimedia - has been released in conjunction with Dissident Records.
The second offering in the form of the Kunoichi MCD, featuring six tracks entitled "Shokai," "Kunoichi," "Gaijin," "NoKata," "The Howling Wind," and eerie orchestral peice "Meinichi." The CD also includes a video clip for the track "Gaijin" and will be Released by Dissident Records UK and distributed in Australia by Prime Cuts.
The third offering will come in the form of a split 7" with fellow Aussie band Ignivomous and will feature the track "The Assassin" with two accompanying peices, "Banished" and "Beneath The Shrine," to be released by NWN! Productions USA.
TzunTzu, having completed various shows including support slot for international bands Defiled (jpn) and Behemoth (pol), is now concentrating on the completion of their debut album and two further split releases.
In the meantime, you can check out some of the band's material on their MySpace page.
Billboard.com reports: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones turned an already high-profile Foo Fighters show into a once-in-a-lifetime event Saturday night (June 7) at London's Wembley Stadium, joining the Foos for covers of Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" and "Ramble On."
Drummer Taylor Hawkins took the microphone for the former, while frontman Dave Grohl sang the latter. Grohl, a lifelong Zeppelin fanatic who was on hand for the group's one-off reunion last December in London, told the crowd Satruday's experience constituted "the greatest day of my entire life."
The Foo Fighters' summer European tour continues Wednesday in Bergen, Norway, and wraps June 22 at Germany's Southside Festival. A North American run begins July 9 at Seattle's Key Arena.
You can watch videos of each of those songs below. More...
Revelation Theory’s new album "Light It Up" can be streamed online in its entirety via the widget below. The album was released yesterday, June 10th. More...
Warner Music Group has pulled all full tracks from their artists from Last.fm. The move came after Last.fm’s parent company, CBS, was unwilling to give WMG a percentage of the sites advertising revenue. Thirty second clips of WMG artists are still available on Last.fm.
Former Living Sacrifice guitarist Jason Truby (also ex-P.O.D.) will make a special appearance with Living Sacrifice tonight as the "Stronger Than Hell Tour" hits the band's hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas.
A founding member of Living Sacrifice, Truby was with the group from the time they formed in 1989 until he left the band in 1997. He was the lead guitarist on all of the band's albums through Reborn. After exiting Living Sacrifice, he played with P.O.D. from 2003 to 2006. He is currently working on new solo material.
Yesterday, LIVING SACRIFICE released two brand new songs exclusively online. "Death Machine" and "The Battle," the band's first new songs since 2002, are available for purchase on the band's MySpace page through Bandbox. The single features brand new exclusive artwork by artist Dave Quiggle.
"We're super excited to be able to put out some new stuff for people to hear. This is our newest material in more than five years!", says vocalist / guitarist and founding member Bruce Fitzhugh. "Now that these songs are posted we'll be playing them live while on tour with Demon Hunter!"
Fitzhugh is joined in the reunited Living Sacrifice by founding member / drummer Lance Garvin (Soul Embraced) as well as lead guitarist Rocky Gray (Soul Embraced, ex-Evanescence) and bass player Arthur Green, both of whom have played with Living Sacrifice since 2000's The Hammering Process.
"This tour has been more then we could hope for, it's awesome to see this band playing to some younger fans for the very first time," says Bruce.
Living Sacrifice is finalizing a deal with Solid State for the release of their next full-length album.
Here are the latest Living Sacrifice tour dates with Demon Hunter, Oh Sleeper, The Famine and Advent: More...
The fourth installation in the Guitar Hero series has been announced as "Guitar Hero: World Tour." The new game is planned for a fall 2008 release for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, and PS2 and is to support a drum kit with cymbals, a new guitar controller, and a microphone. In terms of game modes, look for a Music Studio music creator that will let you compose, record, edit, and share your own music through GHTunes. A new online band career mode will also be featured alongside an eight-player Battle of the Bands mode.
The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will again be developed by Neversoft Entertainment, with the Wii version being handled by Vicarious Visions and the PlayStation 2 version by Budcat.
You can view the first official trailer for the game below. More...
Years Spent Cold will hit the road later this month for a brief tour. Here are the latest tour dates:
6/25 Niagara Falls, NY @ The Evening Star Concert Hall
6/26 Muncy, PA @ TBA
6/27 Port Huron, MI @ The Reinvestment Center
6/28 Mishawaka, IN @ Mishawaka American Legion w/ Catalepsy, Iscariot
6/29 Springfield, IL @ The Blacksheep Cafe
6/30 Louisville, KY @ The Bulldog Cafe
7/1 Dayton, OH @ TBA
7/2 Charleroi, PA @ Club Octane
7/3 Pittsburgh, PA @ The Brickhouse
7/4 Wheeling, WV @ Yesterday's Draught House
7/5 Lewisburg, PA @ Donald Heiter CC w/ Dead Hearts, Fallen From The Sky
Alesana will be invading The District at Tustin Legacy Hot Topic located at 2439 Park Avenue, Tustin, CA 92827 on Wednesday, June 18th at 6:00 PM. Beginning Monday, June 9th, purchase the new Alesana CD, Where Myth Fades to Legend, or any Alesana T-shirt form The District at Tustin Hot Topic location ONLY and receive a wristband* that guarantees you a place in line to meet Alesana on June 18th. For more info, call The District at Tustin Hot Topic at 714-258-8438.
*Limit one wristband and one autograph per person. Cameras will not be allowed.
Montreal’s The Gods of Now will bring their metal wrath to Toronto, as they have been invited as one the top Canadian metal bands to attend and lend support to Sam Dunn’s new film, "Global Metal," premiering at the Royal (608 College Street), Thursday June 12, at 6 pm. Along in support of “Global Metal,” The Gods of Now will be available for photos with the filmmakers and interviews on their upcoming release "Broken" in September 2008.
"We can’t wait to party with the international minions of metal," says Schrecker, vocalist and guitarist for The Gods of Now.
The HHMAC (Heavy Metal Music Association of Canada) will also be showcasing The Gods of Now at their NXNE showcase as TGON will be forging their brand of metal to the rest of the Canadian music scene on Saturday, June 14, 2008 at the FUNHAUS (562, Queen St. W, Toronto) featuring GRIMSKUNK, SCARLET SINS, SALEM SAINTS, DEAD ETIQUETTE, DAME, REDEEMER, and THE GODS OF NOW.
Kataklysm is letting fans vote for the next song off their latest album, "Prevail," to shoot a video for. A voting poll has been launched at Polldaddy and will be active until the morning of June 24. Once that date hits, all votes will be counted for and a surprise announcement will be made shortly after by the band.
In related news, KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued the following tour update:
"Well, that was one insane weekend in Canada. We did three album launches and gave away three custom Washburn guitars… and what a memorable weekend it was. In over fifteen years of playing in KATAKLYSM's birthplace, Montreal, that had to be (on Saturday) the most intense crowd response ever to the point that club owners have now established mandatory barricades for every metal concert (sorry, guys). More...
Keep of Kalessin recently shot a video for the track "Ascendant" from their new album "Kolossus" in Gothenburg, Sweden with director Patrick Ullaeus. Ullaeus has previously worked with such bands as Dimmu Borgir, Sonic Syndicate, and In Flames. The band stated that it is a "…performance video shot on white screen / green screen" and "…will be one of the 'baddest' metal videos of 2008!" The video can be viewed below.
Brenda Glover, mother of Deep Purple bassist Roger Glover, passed away yesterday. Roger issued the following statement on his website:
"My sad news; my mother, Brenda Glover, passed away on the 10th June, 2008. She was 86 and spent two and a half years fighting cancer. My life has been put on hold for the last three months as my sister Christine and I have been caring for her in her home in the UK. I am deeply indebted to my band-mates for allowing me this time off. My daughter Gillian and the rest of the family have been unswerving in their love and support. Everyone’s mother is special but Brenda had a way of being a special mother to everyone. I am a fortunate son indeed."
Only months before Cleveland metal band Chimaira celebrates their 10 year anniversary, the band will release a Digital Deluxe version of 2007’s, "Resurrection" (Ferret Music), via iTunes. The iTunes exclusive version of the album, which releases June 10th, will include two bonus tracks, "Kingdom Of Heartache" and "Paralyzed," as well as well as a video guitar lesson from the band’s renowned guitarist, Rob Arnold. The lesson was taken from Arnold’s contribution to the Rock House Method instructional DVD series.
Also in the midst of a nationwide tour with animated death metallers, Dethklok, and Louisiana metal veterans, Soilent Green, Chimaira has made the limited edition bonus DVD from Resurrection available for purchase at the Ferret Webstore. Fans that missed out on getting the limited edition release can purchase the DVD at www.ferretstyle.com/store or at any of the band’s upcoming shows.
You can catch Chimaira with Metalocalypse’s Dethklok and Soilent Green on tour this summer on the dates below: More...
IcedEarth.com has posted the cover art for the band's forthcoming full-length studio album, "The Crucible of Man (Something Wicked Part II)," which continues where their 2007 release, "Framing Armageddon (Something Wicked Part I)," left off. "The Crucible of Man" features the return of frontman Matt Barlow who was Schaffer's original voice of choice to introduce the "Something Wicked" saga back in 1998 as a trio of songs which concluded their album, "Something Wicked This Way Comes."
While the 1998 album provided a general overview of the story Schaffer has been conceptualizing for well over a decade, the saga is being fully brought to life with the release of the back-to-back conceptual albums "Framing Armageddon" and "The Crucible of Man." While both albums provide answers to mysteries the previous releases would create, the timeliness of the story in today's world is guaranteed to keep people thinking and guessing. Schaffer's ability to convey the central themes and events of the story without always revealing exactly "why" characters' decisions are made and "how" events come to pass, will keep fans of the saga coming back as future mediums for the "Something Wicked" storyline are revealed.
A finalized tracklisting for "The Crucible of Man" and audio interview with Jon Schaffer covering the new material will be featured at IcedEarth.com later this month. The band will begin rehearsals next week for a run of dates in June as direct support for Judas Priest in Europe, as well as the Hellfest, Bang Your Head, Graspop, and Gods of Metal European festivals. More...
Know The Score is booking a summer tour with Dead Hearts, Energy, and Meantime. Here are the planned tour dates (Meantime will also be on the tour from August 8-17)L
Fri 8-Aug Boston, MA
Sat 9-Aug Syracuse, NY
Sun 10-Aug Baltimore, MD
Mon 11-Aug Huntington, WV
Tue 12-Aug Richmond, VA
Wed 13-Aug Wilmington, NC
Thu 14-Aug Jacksonville, FL
Fri 15-Aug Ocala, FL
Sat 16-Aug Miami, FL
Sun 17-Aug Tampa, FL
Mon 18-Aug Pensacola, FL
Tue 19-Aug Birmingham, AL
Wed 20-Aug Nashville, TN
Thu 21-Aug Louisville, KY
Fri 22-Aug THIS IS HARDCORE
Sat 23-Aug THIS IS HARDCORE
Sun 24-Aug St. Louis, MO
Mon 25-Aug Oklahoma City, OK
Tue 26-Aug Denver, CO
Wed 27-Aug Salt Lake City, UT
Thu 28-Aug Reno, NV
Fri 29-Aug San Fransisco, CA
Sat 30-Aug Bakersfield, CA
Sun 31-Aug So-Cal/LA, CA
Mon Sep-1 Las Vegas, NV
Tue Sep-2 Alburquerque, NM
Wed Sep-3 Lubbock, TX
Thu Sep-4 Dallas, TX
Fri Sep-5 Houston, TX
Sat Sep-6 New Orleanse, LA
Sun Sep-7 Jackson, MS
If you're interested in helping with a date, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bay Area's AGENDA OF SWINE saw the North American release of their Relapse debut, "Waves Of Human Suffering," this week. "Waves of Human Suffering" will see its international release next Monday, June 16th.
AGENDA OF SWINE recorded "Waves of Human Suffering" late last year with engineer Zach Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, CA (ANIMOSITY, ALL SHALL PERISH, LIGHT THIS CITY). To lead-up to the album's international release, Fairtilizer.com is streaming "Waves Of Human Suffering" in its entirety at this location.
AGENDA OF SWINE has also announced a free show in San Francisco, CA alongside EXODUS, HIRAX, and more on July 6th as part of the Tidal Wave Festival.
Chicago based hard rockers SOiL have signed a new record deal with Driven Music Group, which is reportedly based in Phoenix, Arizona. The band will release their new album through the label next year.
The band's new album will be the first without guitarist Shaun Glass and will also be the first as a quartet.
British rockers Def Leppard will team up with the legendary Cheap Trick for an Australian tour this Autumn. Also on the bill will be The Galvatrons. The dates are as follows:
Oct. 31 - Members Equity Stadium, Perth
Nov. 03 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne
Nov. 05 - Acer Arena, Sydney
Nov. 07 - Newcastle Entertainment Centre
Nov. 08 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Nov. 10 - Win Entertainment Centre, Wollongong
Nov. 11 - Ais Arena, Canberra
Chicago hard rockers Disturbed have debuted at number 1 for the third time in a row with their new album "Indestructible." The band pulled this feat in 2002 with their second album "Believe" and then again in 2005 with their third offering "Ten Thousand Fists." "Indestructible" has sold 253,000 copies since its release last week.
Reunited Christian metallers Living Sacrifice have posted two new songs online at their official Myspace. The songs are entitled "Death Machine" and "The Battle" and are the bands first new songs in six years.
Frontman Bruce Fitzhugh says: "We're super excited to be able to put out some new stuff for people to hear. This is our newest material in more than five years! "Now that these songs are posted we'll be playing them live while on tour with DEMON HUNTER!"
IN VAIN has issued the following update:
"The song writing process is done and we're 90% done with the lyrics. Once again we will enter DUB Studio in our hometown Kristiansand and have booked it for two months starting July 1st. All recordings will be done in DUB studio and for the mixing we have different options that will be consulted as the process goes on.
Now, we just hope to get together and practice a little in the time that's left before the recording starts. We aim at a playing time of 55 minutes, but most likely it will be over 60 minutes this time as well. More info on song titles, music, etc to come."
As we all know, thousands of AC/DC fans are angered by the bands decision to sell their new album exclusively through Wal-Mart. Now other journalists have chimed in with their two cents over the deal.
Mark Caro of the Chicago Tribune’s blog Pop Machine says: “This is unbelievable! The classic headbangers’ new album won’t be available at any sort of rock music store, but you can pick it up along with a box of Huggies?” Maybe this has more to do with the “death of the record store” than it does AC/DC, but still, it’s hard not to think that the band “has sold its twisted soul.”
The blog TheLefsetzLetter was also critical stating: "AC/DC are the biggest band still alive in the minds of teenagers. The closest Wal-Mart to me is almost twenty miles away! And the fact that AC/DC is one of the few bands that still “doesn’t offer its catalog on iTunes” makes the whole situation that much more frustrating. " More...
The Melvins have a brand new full-length waiting in the wings. Following on the heels of the ‘06 sludge-out, "(a) Senile Animal," the band’s new studio record is slated for release on July 8 through Ipecac Recordings. The eleven-track offering was recorded in January 2008 in Los Angeles, and is titled "Nude With Boots." The lineup is, once again, founding member King Buzzo, almost-founding-member Dale Crover, and drummer Jared Warren and bassist Coady Willis of Big Business.
In other Melvins news, the band will join Ipecac impresario Mike Patton in curating (and performing at) this year’s ATP Nightmare Before Christmas Festival. From December 5th through 7th, Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead will play host to the event. You can already expect sets from "America’s Funnyman" Neil Hamburger, post-metal titans Isis, Big Business, and The Locust.
As previously reported, Melvins are hitting the road in July for a run through the states. All dates are with Big Business. More...
Black Light Burns has streamed two tracks, "Lucretia My Reflection" and "So Alive," from their upcoming album of covers, remixes and other unreleased tracks on their MySpace page. The track listing for the album titled "Cover Your Heart and the anvil Pants Odyssey," which is due out on August 5th, includes:
1. Forkboy (Lard)
2. So Alive (Love And Rockets)
3. Hungry Like The Wolf (Duran Duran)
4. Lucretia My Reflection (Sisters Of Mercy)
5. Rid Of Me (PJ Harvey)
6. The Art Of Self Defense (Jesus Lizard)
7. On The Bound (Fiona Apple)
8. I Am The Sun (Swans)
9. Blood Red Head On Fire (Bigdumbface)
10. Search And Destroy (Iggy and the Stooges)
11. Drowning Together Dying Alone (unreleased ‘Cruel Melody instrumental)
12. Giving In Again (unreleased ‘Cruel Melody instrumental)
13. Failing (unreleased ‘Cruel Melody‘ instrumental)
14. Mesopotamia (Assyrian Mix)
15. Lie (Seth Vogt Club Mix)
Red Sparowes recently finished recording new material for an EP they'll be releasing digitally this summer. CD and vinyl versions will surface sometime thereafter. The new songs were recorded with engineer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Big Business) and according to the band, "We're all very pleased with the results and can't wait for you all to hear them."
Meanwhile, the band will be touring Europe this summer. Here are the latest tour dates:
07/05 Belfort, France @ Eurockeennes Festival
07/07 Brighton, UK @ The Engine Room
07/08 London, UK @ ULU
07/09 Liverpool, UK @ Barfly
07/10 Glasgow, UK @ Stereo
07/11 York, UK @ Fibbers/Barfly
07/12 Sheffield, UK @ The Corporation
07/13 Birmingham, UK @ Custard Factory SuperSonic Festival
07/14 Bristol, UK @ The Croft
07/16 Paris, France @ La Maroquinerie w/ Oxbow, Harvey Milk
07/17 Stuttgart, Germany @ Shocken
07/18 Saarbrucken, Germany @ Garage Kleiner Club
07/19 Herk de Stad, Belgium @ Rock Herk w/ Battles
After hitting the Roaburn Festival and the fierce Hellfest in June, KRUGER has been confirmed for the 20th edition of the DOUR FESTIVAL (www.dourfestival.be), on July 20th. Kruger will play alongside band such as Earth, Chrome Hoof, Tortoise, Heavy Trash, Madrugada, Lofofora, Gogol Bordello, Subtle and more.
The band has recently foung a replacement for their departed bassist, who will be announced soon, as well as a tour across France, UK and Benelux in October.
KRUGER released their acclaimed third album, "Redemption Through Looseness," on Listenable last year.