Metal News for June 11, 2010
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Metal Shock conducted a video interview with Megadeth's Shawn Drover before the band's Milan, Italy show on June 5th, 2010. You can watch the footage below.
Santa Cruz CA’s tech-death metallers Decrepit Birth have revealed the artwork for their upcoming "Polarity" album, which is to be released on July 27th in North America on Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork was completed by artist Dan Seagrave and can be viewed through Decibel Magazine.
Guitarist Matt Sotelo explained the meaning behind the cover: "Dan's art fits the overall theme of the album perfectly. We had approached Dan with some ideas at a show of ours he attended. It was really cool to finally meet Dan in person and get the chance to explain to him some of our song themes as well as ideas for the new album cover. We could tell that he was excited to help us on this one! The cover depicts images of ancient energies and balance, which is something that is personal for us, and perfectly reflects our abstract lyrical and musical style. Dan's art is so unmistakable!"
Artist Dan Seagrave offered an even more in depth reasoning behind his artistic interpretation: “It is the vision of a transcendental nightmare. where the perception of technological power has gone beyond the will of the author. In the slumbering cohesive minds of the human race, and the absence of communicative truth between people, their social masks become their Sarcophagi. A telepathic cult is formed that fells the earth, reducing it to an atomic level. Its information trapped in mirrored shards. Through this energy, distant echos of images are glimpsed, particles reform, and a new chronozone period is born, set adrift at a dawnless epoch.”
Longtime crossover act Pro-Pain has announced the new album "Absolute Power" will be released via Regain Records in North America on August 10th, 2010. The album's ten tracks were recorded at Little Creek Studio in Gelterkinden, Switzerland. Pro-Pain will be touring in support of the album across U.S. and Europe
The "Absolute Power" track listing is as follows:
2. Destroy The Enemy
3. Stand My Ground (featuring Schmier from Destruction)
4. Road To Nowhere
6. Hell On Earth
7. Divided We Stand
8. Gone Rogue (I Apologize)
9. Rise Of The Antichrist
10. Hate Coalition More...
Wisconsin metal band Darkness Divine has posted the following video documenting their guitarist Cory Scheider (Luna Mortis):
Medeia has issued the following update regarding the completion of the recording of their new album:
"Things are pretty quiet here at the moment, although not from lack of activity - we finally finished recording the new album and are now holding our breath while the beautiful and talented Mikko Herranen works his mixing magic on the whole package. Can't wait to hear how certain new elements sound. It's definitely been an interesting recording process this time around... Got roughly over 9000 tapes of our studio action though. Wonder what we'll do with 'em?"
Sweden's Grand Magus will release its new album, "Hammer Of The North", on June 23 via Roadrunner Records. The CD was recorded at 301 studios outside of Stockholm and features artwork by Necrolord. The limted-edition CD+DVD version of "Hammer Of The North" will feature the following track listing: More...
Bay Area thrash legends Exodus will embark on their first-ever headlining tour of Australia and New Zealand in October. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, June 17.
Concert dates include:
Oct. 01 - The Kings Arms, Auckland, NZ
Oct. 02 - The Manning Bar, Sydney, AUS
Oct. 03 - The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, AUS
Oct. 04 - The HiFi Bar, Brisbane, AUS
Oct. 05 - Amplifier Bar, Perth, AUS
The Dillinger Escape Plan are the second band to be announced for this year’s Damnation Festival taking place in Leeds University Union, on Saturday, November 6, 2010.
The Dillinger Escape Plan are the second name to be confirmed for the sixth installment of the metal festival along with British metallers Earthtone 9, who were announced last week.
Vancouver's Scrape Records are set to host the official listening party for Ozzy Osbourne's upcoming release "Scream". The event, being held in conjuction with Sony Music Canada, is taking place in the afternoon of June 15th, 2010 between 5 and 6PM. More...
Fear Factory have just announced a signing session set to take place on July 11th, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The session is set to take place at Vancouver's only all metal record store, Scrape Records, located at 323 East Broadway. This is a free event and everyone is encouraged to bring their copy of Fear Factory's latest release "Mechanize".
Bay Area thrash legends Exodus will be streaming thier entire record release show taking place tonight at the Key Club in Hollywood, California in support of thier latest release "Exhibit B: The Human Condition." Exodus will take the stage at 10:45 p.m. PST. Footage from the show will be available here immediately after the performance.
Soilwork are currently working on a music video for the song “Deliverance Is Mine” to be directed by Ivan Colic (Type O Negative) and produced by Stanimir Lucik. The track comes off their latest upcoming release "The Panic Broadcast" set for release in July.
The band commented on the concept of the video by saying:
“Our new video ‘Deliverance Is Mine’ will be the follow-up to 2003’s CGI animated masterpiece ‘Light The Torch’. We’ve always loved that clip and it’s really exciting to be able to give it a sequel! The song is about people living through others like parasites, a perfect setting for the evil scientist and his humanoid servant to continue their cruel experiments. So far the first drafts look jaw-dropping and we have no doubt that the team over at Rock The Nation will do an amazing job on ‘Deliverance Is Mine’!”
Bane has announced thier first ever full headline tour across the U.S. Support on the trek will come from Trapped Under Ice, Cruel Hand and Alpha & Omega. Bankrobber will also join the lineup on select west coast dates.
Bane is currently touring the Northeast and Canada, with Strike Anywhere, and will also perform at Philadelphia’s This Is Hardcore Fest on August 14th. More...
Stone Sour, the band featuring Slipknot members Corey Taylor and James Root, is set to release the new album "Audio Secrecy" on September 7th via Roadrunner Records. The band is now offering a free MP3 download from the album. The song "Mission Statement" off the new album is available as a free download for a limited time at this location (registration is required).
As part of the previously announced North American Boris tour this Summer, the band has confirmed an appearance as part of the ongoing Blackened Music Series, playing a one-off show alongside Torche at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York.
Taking place on Friday, August 6th, this is the only planned concert featuring both Boris and Torche, celebrating their upcoming split release together (Hydrahead/Daymare). Also on the bill will be Russian Circles, who are joining Boris on the first half of the upcoming tour.
The upcoming Boris tour dates are as follows: More...
Vampires Everywhere! is taking a break from recording to perform alongside The Muderdolls at The Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on Tuesday, June 15th and The Key Club in Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, June 17th. The group is currently holed up in their hometown of Los Angeles with producer Fred Archambault (Avenged Sevenfold, Deftones).
Vocalist Michael Vampire comments: "The band is excited to take two days off from the recording process to play with The Murderdolls. We greatly respect and admire this band and it should be a great two shows. We have been hammering away in the studio on the new record and things are going amazing!. Fred really gets our artistic vision. Right after the tracking is done in the studio we will be leaving on a six week tour throughout North America, which we are super excited for. The tour is called ‘The Sacred Ceremony Tour’ with Black Veil Brides, Modern Day Escape and Get Scared. It should be an amazing tour and we’re excited to meet all of our fans. Everyone should definitely come out next week and watch us rock out with The Murderdolls and also catch our show on the road all summer long. Much evil love from everyone in the VE! Camp."
Mammoth Grinder will head out on a U.S. tour starting July 1st with Lewd Acts. The band has also been confirmed for the 2010 Sound and Fury Festival the weekend of July 23rd in Santa Barbara, CA.
Mammoth Grinder is touring in support of the album "Extinction of Humanity." The album saw its CD and digital release via Relapse Records in December and was released on vinyl LP via Cyclopean Records as well as on cassette via Ghosthunt Records. Audio samples taken from "Extinction of Humanity" can be heard now via the Mammoth Grinder MySpace page along with a new track “Obsessed With Death."
The upcoming Mammoth Grinder tour dates are as follows: More...
Heavy Artillery Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Portland's Spellcaster:
"Heavy Artillery Records is pleased to announce the signing of Portland, OR heavy metal maniacs Spellcaster. Carrying on the proud legacy of Pacific Northwest heavy metal bands before them such as Malice, Metal Church, and Wild Dogs, Spellcaster have arrived to prove that traditional heavy metal is alive and well in the USA.
"After the breakup of their previous band during late 2008 guitarist Cory Boyd and drummer Shad Covert set out to start a faster, heavier band with which to fulfill their musical desires. After hearing him sing along to Grim Reaper tracks on his car stereo, frontman Thomas Adams was immediately recruited on vocals. Following months of practice with various temporary bass players coming and going, the band had put together a set list worth of original material and covers. Ready to hit the stage the band found themselves in need of a bass player for an upcoming show. Gabe Franco of Seventh Gate was asked to fill in and after a killer performance, subsequently invited to join the permanent line-up. In need of a second guitarist to complete their dual-guitar attack, Tyler Loney joined Spellcaster, filling the last piece of the puzzle and completing the band’s line-up. More...
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic have issued the following announcement about bassist Doris Yeh being nominated as "Goremate of the Year," as well as information about the band preparing a new single:
"Held by the UK's biggest selling horror magazine GoreZone, the annual GoreZone Magazine Awards will take place at London's prestigious Prince Charles Cinema on October 2nd and 3rd 2010. Nominees including Jennifer’s Body, Saw VI, Orphan, and Borderland, etc., and this year, Doris Yeh, the bassist of Chthonic, was nominated as Goremate of the Year.
"Doris was surprised by the nomination, but this crossover achievement is not the only one she has made so far. She has been the cover girl of FHM magazine, GQ girl of GQ magazine, and Favorite Lady of Front Magazine in UK, and she has been chosen as The Hottest Chick of All Time by Revolver magazine in the United States. In 2009, she played a role in a Taiwanese movie 'Tears' which has been nominated as The Best Film in Taipei Film Festival, Canada Film Festival, and Munich Film Festival 2010. And she has been invited to attend Karlovy Vary International Film Festival this July as well. ChthoniC is now preparing their new single which will be released in the September, and will tour with Arch Enemy in the UK in this November."
Sweden's Demonical has posted the band's first official video clip online for the song "Baptized in Fire," which is off the "Hellsworn" album. The video was created by Costin Chioreanu of Twilight 13 Media and can be viewed below.
German folk metal outfit Equilibrium is set to release the upcoming album "Rekreatur" on June 18th, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band is now streaming the entire new album "Rekreatur" online via the official Equilibrium MySpace page until its release date.
The upcoming Equilibrium tour dates are as follows: More...
Finnish black metal act Gloria Morti is set to release the new album "Anthems of Annihilation" through Cyclone-Empire on July 30th. The album's track listing will be as follows:
2. Solution Called War
3. Awakening of a Discordant Machine
5. Swallowed By Defeat
7. Cut From Gaia
8. The Final Framework
10. Chaos Archetype
New York based power metal act, and Magic Circle Music recording artist, HolyHell has been confirmed for this year's Metal Female Voices Fest. HolyHell's appearance at the Metal Female Voices Festival VIII will take place at Oktoberhallen in Wieze, Belgium on October 24th, 2010. This year's line-up includes Arch Enemy, Revamp, Leaves' Eyes and more.
HolyHell's full-length Magic Circle debut was released in the U.S. and Canada on June 8th and the band is also participating in the label's forthcoming tribute CD, "Magic - A Tribute to Ronnie James Dio," with a live rendition of one of Dio's song "Holy Diver."
We’ve reached another Friday again, and that means it’s time to announce the latest metal additions to the Rock Band Network. This weekend you can grab some buddies to knock back the shots while belting out your very own renditions of songs by the Cancer Bats, Exodus, and Seether. The complete list of songs added this week, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
The Gufs - "Smile (Live)"
Made Avail - "Walking Away"
Cancer Bats - "Dead Wrong"
Exodus - "Riot Act"
The New Regime - "Haunt My Mind"
The New Regime - "Tap Dancing In A Minefield"
Creed - "Higher"
The Tragically Hip - "Blow at High Dough"
Verse Versus Chorus - "Surprise"
Windtunnel Syndrome - "Soldier from the Surface"
Seether - "Fake It"
The Reverend H Chronicles - "Daughter"
Alien Downlink - "I Wanna Be An Alien's Pet" More...
French black metal act Otargos has revealed the cover artwork for the upcoming album "No God No Satan," which can be viewed here. The band also commented on the artwork:
"Once again, we entrusted the work of XxX aka 3-Crosses to design the new cover and layout of our upcoming album. Spawned from his dark mind, the whole visual concept aims at expressing the pathetic impotence of mankind, drowned into its false beliefs, similar to the pathologic secret of the essence of flesh. In collaboration with the Dupuytren museum, all original photographs are the mirror of our ignorance and weakness facing the genesis of Life - which derives certainly not from a divine intervention.
"Delivering a more personal work than on 'Fuck God-Disease Process,' XxX honours Otargos' new musical masterpiece with an elaborated crimson tortured graphic design. 3-Crosses Design has worked for many bands such as Enthroned, Impiety, Destinity, WHiplash, The Few Against Many, Guillotine and many others."
U.K. metallers Pantheist have checked in with the following announcement about streaming two new promo songs online:
"We have recently completed a promo to be sent to record labels and other contacts relevant for the band. Both tracks of this promo can be listened to for a period of time on this myspace site. Please bear in mind that these are raw home recordings and not finished versions. Hope you enjoy them."
The new songs "Broken Statue" and "Brighter Days" can be heard via the Pantheist MySpace page.
Greek act Suicidal Angels has issued the following statement about the Darkest Summer Night festival apparently being canceled:
"We regret to inform you that due to undisclosed (still) reasons, the Darkest Summer Night festival in Xalkida, Greece is canceled. We were really looking forward to this show as we enjoy playing outside Athens as much as anywhere else! We want to apologize to all our fans and friends who wanted to join us on that show and we're also sorry that we'll miss a chance to share the stage with such great Greek bands and of course Moonspell!
"Our next show will be as headliners on the second day of the Schoolwave festival in Athens on the 3rd of July. So we're eager to see everyone there and excited to be part of a most respected music festival."
At this time no official statement has been released by the organizers of the Darkest Summer Night festival indicating that the festival has been canceled.
Woe of Tyrants has issued the following comments about their recent tour dates with Entombed:
"Greetings WoT faithful, well after some amazing dates with our new friends in Entombed and Jungle Rot we're at home getting ready for the next run, which will feature Within the Ruins, The World We Knew, and Structures. While it was only a small batch of dates we can't complain, because getting to watch Entombed and Jungle Rot (who were so heavy that they knocked the power out in Detroit during their set) every night was nothing short of a privilege.
"Let's see... Ah yes, the highlights included: playing 'drop the empty plastic beer bottle into trash cans/truck beds from a 6 story rooftop in Milwaukee,' our new favorite venue and best show we've ever been a part of in Chicago at Reggie's, and of course trying to find dudes from the wanted posters in Wisconsin. Big thanks to everyone involved for their professionalism, and when appropriate, lack thereof! Check our all our pages for the full dates with WTR and also for our next full U.S. run with Jungle Rot! And now, some visual stimulation."
The upcoming Woe of Tyrants tour dates are as follows: More...
Tetrafusion has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming release "Altered State," which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the video:
"Here it is! The official trailer for our sophomore effort 'Altered State' coming this September via Nightmare Records (the official announcement for this will be coming shortly) -- enjoy the video, and plaster it everywhere you can; send to friends, people who you may have mentioned us to, people who have no clue who we are, and a few more! Get excited and mark your calendars! Again, the official release date announcement will be coming soon as well, but it's September for sure!"
Spanish thrashers Angelus Apatrida are set to release their new album "Clockwork" on June 22nd, 2010. The band has now announced a series of European tour dates in support of the album alongside Skeletonwitch and Warbringer. The upcoming Angelus Apatrida tour dates are as follows:
29.08 Germany Saarbrücken @ Garage
30.08 Switzerland Luzern @ Barn
09.01 Slovenia Ljubljana @ Orto Bar
02.09 Austria Vienna @ Arena
03.09 Bischofswerda Germany @ East Club
09.04 Germany München @ Feierwerk
09.05 Czech Rep Prague @ Exit Chemlnice
06.09 Germany Berlin @ Magnet
09.07 Denmark Copenhagen @ The Rock
08.09 Germany Hamburg @ Hafenklang
09.09 Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
10.09 Germany Essen @ Turock Fest
11.09 UK Birmingham @ O2 Academy
12.09 UK Colchester @ Arts Centre
13.09 UK Bristol @ The Croft
14.09 UK Glasgow @ Ivory Blacks
15.09 UK Newcastle upon Tyne @ O2 Academy
16.09 UK London @ Underworld
17.09 UK Plymouth @ White Rabbit
18.09 Netherlands Tilburg @ Extase, Incubate Festival
U.K. act Ramesses has issued the following announcement about an upcoming album release party:
"Ramesses ‘Take the Curse’ - Album Launch Party: Rough Trade East / Friday 18th June / 6pm – 11pm (late closing) Ramesses live at 10pm, with very special guest DJs Jake and Dinos Chapman, and more. PLEASE NOTE - Tickets are free but limited to 100 wristbands that must be collected from Rough Trade."
The Ramesses tour dates are as follows:
9/5 2010 Mondo Bizarro Rennes, FR
9/7 2010 Rocksound Barcelona, es
9/9 2010 Wurlitzer Ballroom with MOHO Madrid, ES
9/10 2010 Savoy Club Gijon, ES
10/21 2010 Trillians Newcastle, -I-
10/23 2010 LIVE EVIL FEST / Underworld London, UK
Extreme metal act Throne of Malediction is currently streaming online a cover of the Candlemass song "Solitude." The cover track, along with the previously uploaded songs "The Only Me" and "The Revoker of Dreams," can be heard via the official Throne of Malediction MySpace page. You can also catch Throne of Malediction live on the following dates:
6/19 2010 The Dragons Den/Club Dungeon w/ tba NEED BAND! Kalispell, MT
7/9 2010 The Dragons Den/Club Dungeon w/ Storm Shadow and tba Kalispell, Montana
10/1 2010 The Grateful Head Shop w/Odyssey, Gnarwail and Mageddon Kalispell, Montana
Poland's Gallileous has checked in with the following update about the band's recent and upcoming activity:
"Hello friends and all maniacs! First of all, we’d like to thank to London based band Pantheist for well organized gig in London and Dissolving of Prodigy for another great show played together and great back stage party as well on February this year! And thanks to our friends, Polish Londoners for accommodation, help, hospitality and never ending after party.
"Our trip to London was supported by Tattoo Studio Tattoo Kamuflaz (Support sound and get tattoo), with a bit of lottery to win big tattoo, and the winner is: Maja. Meanwhile we got back to work and at the moment we are about to finish recording of song called 'Zabobon' which is soon to be released on 4 way split concept album 'Unveiling the Signs' RM666 035 CD, themed by superstition contributing work of Gallileous together with great doom metal bands as Pantheist, Dissolving of Prodigy and Wijlen Wij. One more time we must say thanks to Tomas of Redrum666 for getting involved in such a release."
Chile based metallers Procession are currently in the studio recording a newalbum titled "Destroyers of the Faith," which is set to be released later this year via Doomentia Records. Procession has now checked in with the following recording reports:
"DAYS 5/6/7/8: Bollocks...between barbecue and unstoppable drinking sessions since last Wednesday, body is damaged and I started guitars yesterday with a fucking cold. Anyway the first rhythm guitars for: 'Hyperion,' 'Destroyers Of The Faith' and 'Chants Of The Nameless' are done now. Today we continue with the rest.
"DAY 9 'SLOW & PROUD:' Just arriving home after the 2nd session/6 hours of guitars...is it 48 strings per side enough for your heavy metal needs? OH YOU BET IT IS! Rhythm guitars for 'Hyperion,' 'Destroyers...' and 'Chants...' are done now. Also the first section for 'Tomb...' and 'The Road To The Gravegarden.' Tomorrow: early again with what´s left, arrangements, licks and solos of death."
Witchery is currently streaming another new song online from the upcoming album "Witchkrieg," which is set to be released via Century Media Records on June 21st in Europe and June 29th in North America. The new song "From Dead To Worse" features a guest solo from Andy LaRoque of King Diamond fame and can be heard on the band's MySpace site.
Witchery guitarist Jensen commented, "Andy was an old friend of the band since he recorded the Witchburner EP (back in 1999). I think all musicians would at some point like to play with other musicians that they respect. Like with jazz, the constellations of musicians are always changing, but with metal its a lot more rigid. Having people do guest solos is the closest way of collaborating in metal." Other guest guitarists on the album are Gary Holt & Lee Altus (Exodus), Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate, Demonica) Jim Durkin (Dark Angel) and Kerry King."
Italian post-rock/progressive metal band At The Soundawn has launched a tour video montage, to give fans a behind the scenes look at their first European tour in support of their second studio album, "Shifting" (reviewed here), for which Metalunderground.com has the exclusive premiere through the weekend. The video captures highlights from the band’s recent romp through Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Germany, and is set to At The Soundawn’s single, “Mudra: In Acceptance and Regret,” taken from their April 2010 Lifeforce Records release.
At The Soundawn guitarist Andrea Violante comments: "All right, guys. Here we are. You thought that touring was stressing, sweating, smelling each other stinks, (that leads towards to) fart competitions and running out of money... well, you were right! This is all it's all about. We were stressed out, we were sweating, we were stinking but I was winning the fart competitions (not true - Luca won it)... and obviously we ran out of money in like two days! So if you think that this is not enough…that you want more meat, more blood, more passion, well maybe. . .it's helicopter time!!!"
In advance of his new album’s release, Ozzy Osbourne will be a guest on Digg Dialogg, an interview series where Digg users can ask any and every question they want, and the questions get “dug” up or “buried” down until the most popular ones are revealed.
Ozzy’s call for questions just opened, and here are some of the most popular ones so far:
• As a pioneer of heavy metal, what do you think of current heavy metal music?
• What do you think about music piracy? Do you believe in Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails' model?
• What's the real story behind Iron Man?
• Whats your biggest regret? And what crazy sh*t are you happy you’ve done?
• What are some of the bands you are listening to currently?
• If you are the Prince of Darkness, who is the King?
• When you look at the current state of music, what disappoints you the most?
The full list of questions can be found here.
German metalcore band HATE SQUAD have signed with Massacre Records for a worldwide deal. The band's new and sixth album is announced for beginning of 2011.
Turkish metal band DECIMATION has revealed the artwork for their new album, "Anthems of an Empyreal Dominion," which is due out soon through Comatose Music. The artwork was created by Toshihiro EGAWA.
The tracklisting for "Anthems of an Empyreal Dominion" is as follows:
01. Exercising the Ancient Reign (intro)
02. Sardonic Equilibrium Decree Humiliating Imkhullu
03. Peripheral Profligacy of Transcendental Lower World
04. Nocturnal Chaos
05. Martyring the Ethereal Patriarch
06. Profane Councils of a Higher Debauchery
07. Uncircumscribed Delinquency at the Gates of Anu
08. Entering the Celestial Ruins
09. Summoning the Hordes of Ghoul Chapel Dæmons
10. Gospels in the Exile of the Omnipotent
In case you missed the Deftones performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live last week, videos of the two songs they performed, "Diamond Eyes" and "Change (In the House of Flies)," can be viewed below.
Deftones' "Diamond Eyes" Live Video:
Deftones' "Change (In the House of Flies)" Live Video: