Metal News for June 17, 2008
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27 news articles posted on this day.
Roadrunner Records has announced that they will be releasing two back-catalogue albums from Within Temptation: "Mother Earth" and "The Silent Force." "Mother Earth" was originally released in Europe in December 2000 and "The Silent Force" in November 2004. Also, the band recorded and filmed their concert at Beursgebouw, Netherlands in November 2007. This show, entitled "Black Symphony," at the Ahoy in Netherlands together with The Metropole Orchestra, will be released as a Live Album/DVD on September 23rd, 2008. Stay tuned for more info.
Canadian death/grinders, Cephalectomy, have just released their new CD, "The Dream Cycle Mythos," on Discorporate Music. This new CD is a 23 minute song that takes the listener on a voyage into other dimensions as one man's mental illness brings him face to face with horrid visions from the darkest recesses of his mind. This new release features guest vocals, including Raland Kinley of Discorporate Music's Dichotic and Peter Mestre of CDN Records's Thy Flesh Consumed.
Swedish death metal band SOREPTION has just posted a live Video of "Track 2" online on Youtube.
SOREPTION's first MCD/DVD, "Illuminate The Excessive," will be out on Cube001 and exclusively distributed by Listenable Records worldwide soon.
Sweden's Opeth has set and raised the bar with their latest album, "Watershed." "Watershed" debuted at #23 on the Billboard chart, the band's highest ever chart position and the biggest first week sales bow in its career.
Fresh off the hugely successful Progressive Nation Tour with labelmates Dream Theater, Opeth will return to US soil this fall for a headline run, bringing their unique blend of prog, death metal, hard rock and Swedish folk to the masses and more.
Additionally, frontman Mikael Akerfeldt currently graces the cover of Decibel Magazine, which sold 19,000 copies in its first week in stores.
Boston Massachusetts based metal band, BURN IN SILENCE, have canceled their farewell show. The band issues the following explaination:
"Many apologies, but we have to cancel the farewell show. It saddens us just as much as you. Unfortunately there were too many complications in putting together the show. We have decided that we were not meant to have a last show, after many failed attempts."
"Thanks to everyone's support throughout the years. Please keep in touch. Looking forward to seeing all of you at shows. And hopefully we can continue to see you in our new bands. Please support Max and Al in Despised Icon, Chris in Acaro, and Jason and Wes in Your Pain Is Endearing. Thanks everyone, and once again, sorry we couldn't have one more night of destruction."
Chicago's NOVEMBERS DOOM, who will release their first live DVD "The Novella Vosselaar: Live in Belgium" on August 5th, 2008, have issued an update about their upcoming European and North American tour plans.
Singer Paul Kuhr updates, "With the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Belgium less then two weeks away, we are preparing for our departure to Europe. This will easily be the largest show we have had the privilege to perform at, and we're looking forward to this opportunity. With our new DVD, 'The Novella Vosselaar: Live in Belgium' coming out officially on August 5th here in the states, attendees at Graspop have the opportunity to pick up an advance copy exclusively at the METALZONE merchant booth! Also on this trip, we have the opportunity to perform with some friends, such as Draconian in Zandaam, Forbidden in Eindoven, and Dan Swano and Nightingale at the Biebob in Belgium, where we recorded the DVD. More...
Decadence has posted the following studio report, announcing that they have laid down the drum tracks on their fourth studio album:
"Drums Complete. Erik did a great job in the studio last Friday and it feels great to have the drums tracks all recorded for our new album, good work Erik! Also thanks to our studio tech Victor Meding for recording it all.
"Right now Kenneth has taken over and he has begun working on the drum tracks and when he is done he will start recording the rhythm guitars. Stay tuned for updates!"
Pennsylvania based thrashers, Crown the Lost, issue the following update regarding the departure of their drummer:
"We are in search of a new sticksman to man the drum throne for Crown the Lost. While we will most certainly be flexible, someone within the age 20-30 is preferred, along with the prerequisite good attitude, technical ability (sorry, no Phil Rudd clones need apply) lack of ego, willingess to work, and all-around intagibles that comprise of a good band member." More...
German Folk Rock/Metal band, SUBWAY TO SALLY, will return to the stages in October and December 2008 after some festival shows in July and August.
Festival dates are as follows:
07/04 Tollwood Festival, München
07/05 Blackfield Festival, Gelsenkirchen
07/06 With Full Force, Leipzig
07/08 Metal Camp, Tolmin (SLO)
07/12 Bunter Hering, Frankfurt/ Oder
07/13 Bospop (NL)
08/15 Summerbreeze, Dinkelsbühl
08/16 Osnabrück Festival
08/23 Feuertal Festival, Wuppertal
08/30 Summers End, Andernach
09/12 Ferropolis Festival, Ferropolis / Gräfenhainchen
"Bastard" tour dates are as follows:
10/07 Capitol, Hannover
10/08 Schlachthof, Wiesbaden
10/09 Stadthalle, Haslach i.K. (bei Offenburg)
10/11 Allkarthalle, Kaufbeuren
10/12 Garage, Saarbrücken
12/18 Halle 400, Kiel
12/19 Kulturhaus, Salzwedel
12/20 Hessenhalle 4, Gießen
12/26 Pier 2, Bremen
12/27 Ruhrkongresszentreum, Bochum
12/28 Alter Schlachthof, Dresden
12/29 Pressenwerk, Bad Salzungen
12/30 Lindenpark, Potsdam
Italian power metallers, Rhapsody of Fire, issue the following update:
"First of all thank you for all the patience you had in these last times despite the lack of news regarding the band."
"We wanted to inform you that we are in the middle of a hard legal fight with MCM and his main representative Mr. Joey De Maio.
That’s the reason why in the last months we had to keep all strictly confidential and could not release any official declaration that could obviously be used against us from the opposite side. And that’s also the reason why we were constricted to stop completely our band’s activity. Frankly we are not able to imagine if all this can end in a very close future but we want to assure you that we are ready to fight with all the strength of body and soul in order to protect yours and our beloved band. Yes, aside from these bad events we ask you to not lose your faith in us. As soon as this sad situation will be solved we’ll be ready for a great and mighty come back. A new album, a real masterpiece of speed/epic metal, is already composed and ready to be recorded and after its release an immense worldwide tour will finally follow for yours and our extreme satisfaction."
Rhapsody Of Fire"
Metal Mind Productions has announced the complete discography of Acid Drinkers, one of the best metal bands from Poland. A deluxe box entitled "Acid Empire - 1989 – 2008" contains of 13 albums (studio and live): "Are You A Rebel?", "Dirty Money, Dirty Tricks", "Strip Tease", "Vile Vicious Vision", "Fishdick", "Infernal Connection", "The State Of Mind Report", "High Proof Cosmic Milk", "Varran Strikes Back - Alive!!!", "Amazing Atomic Activity", "Broken Head", "Acidofilia", "Rock Is Not Enough" plus 2 DVDs: "15 Screwed Years" and "The Hand That Rocks The Coffin". The box also includes bonus tracks (rare, previously unreleased, demo, live and video), 96 page booklet with biography, discography, lyrics to all songs and a selection of amazing archive photos.
During their long and eventful career, Acid Drinkers played over 1000 concerts, including well remembered gigs at Jarocin Festival, Metalmania, Wegorzewo, Przystanek Woodstock or Odjazdy. They supported Polish gigs of such metal giants as Deep Purple, Megadeth, Bruce Dickinson, Sepultura, Paradise Lost or Slayer. Acid Drinkers won Fryderyk Award (Polish equivalent of Grammy Award) in 1998, 2000 and 2004 for "Best Hard & Heavy Act". They were acclaimed the best five bands of the 90s in a poll published in Teraz Rock, the most important rock magazine in Poland.
"Acid Empire - 1989 – 2008" box will be released on 7th July 2008 in Europe. Special collector's edition is limited edition of 1000 copies. The CDs have been digitally remastered using a 24-Bit process. More...
Jaman.com now has the documentary "Heavy Metal in Baghdad" as well as a bonus feature "Heavy Metal in Istanbul" (since Acrassicauda has since fled to Turkey) and other live clips.
"Heavy Metal In Baghdad" chronicles the Iraqi heavy metal band Acrassicauda's challenges living and performing as a band in war-torn Iraq and under the prior dictatorship, as well as their flight to Syria and recording of their first proper songs.
New users can view these for free by registering with the site. Existing users can digitally "rent" the feature video for $1.99 with all of the other bonus content being free.
This year's HELLSTOCK is to take place at State Theatre in St. Petersburg, FL on Saturday August 9th.
The show features the first time ever appearance in Florida by the legendary HELSTAR, which features vocalist James Rivera of Flotsam and Jetsam/Seven Witches/Vicious Rumors fame. Also on the bill are Dark Balance Records' goth metal band Menna Brinno, Tampa metal act My Evil Side, and Queensryche tribute band Jet City. Another band is soon to be announced.
Tickets cost $13 in advance, $15 day of the show.
The final Blackfire Revelation recording, "Skullmask," will be released on August 15, 2008 on John Field's Southern Reconstruction label. A free mp3 of the record's first track, entitled "The Flood," is available now on the band's MySpace page.
Records will be available for purchase through Blackfire Revelation's Myspace page as well as the as of yet unrevived blackfirerevelation.com.
Following the release of "Skullmask," a compilation of unreleased demos and live tracks will also be available as a digital download only EP.
Death To Music has provided yet another free download in ZARDONIC's "Chaotic Serenity" EP (DTM019). "Chaotic Serenity" is a collection of his early works, heavily influenced (and featuring) elements of raw black and death metal soldered to a raw backbone of experimental DnB industrial.
Originally recorded for aborted projects Burning Without Consumption and Digital Insanity, these aural assaults have been dug out of the hard-drive and "offered up on a bloody plate of download destruction."
"...I have decided to compile all of them into this conceptual piece of work for the Death To Music community, specially after the great response that the track 'Chaotic Serenity' (after which the EP is named) got from its release on the 'F**k Em All Vol. 2' compilation. For the DTM crowd, this is my gift to you. Harsh metal guitars and arrangements that were meant to sound raw, because raw was the language they wanted to speak, and raw is the language of the rebels. F**k the industry, f**k the system. f**k the church. f**k everything!..."
You can now download this EP by visiting deathtomusic.com. If you havent signed up with them before, send a blank email to email@example.com.
In other news, ZARDONIC has a remix of The Berzerker in the remix competition on The Berzerker's MySpace (half-way down on the right of the screen).
Robert Tighe of New York thrashers, Exit to Eternity, has issued the following update regarding the departure of guitarist Alex Efros:
"Exit to Eternity and Alex Efros are splitting ways. Alex came to us and let us know he feels that he needs to concentrate more his time on other things in his life, and we completely respect that. Alex is a phenomenal musician, and we wish him all the best in the future. In all the years we've been doing this whole band thing, Dima, Carmine, and myself have felt that we sounded the best with Alex in this lineup. Alex, cheers brother!" More...
Pittsburgh, PA’s HERO DESTROYED is streaming their upcoming Relapse debut in its entirety now via Fairtilizer.com. This self-titled EP will see a July 8th North American release date, July 14th internationally.
HERO DESTROYED has also announced a record release show on July 5th in Pittsburgh at the 31st Street Pub. This show will be the first of many local area shows HERO DESTROYED has lined up for this Summer in support of their new release.
Here are the latest confirmed tour dates, with more to be announced soon: More...
Bay Area legends Testament have won the Metal Hammer Golden Gods award for Best Album with their latest offering "The Formation Of Damnation", beating Down, Atreyu, Bullet For My Valentine and Children Of Bodom for the honour. No other information has been found as of yet regarding the winners of other awards.
CYNIC drummer Sean Reinert has issued the following update:
“We are currently finishing up mixing the last two songs for the new CYNIC album with Warren Riker and could not be happier. It is really sounding amazing. I’m loving my drum sound! Paul’s [Masvidal, guitar/vocals] guitar tones are really killer. [Sean] Malone [bass] came down from Missouri for four days and tracked some great bass and stick lines. Tymon [Kruidenier, guitar/vocals] arrived [from Holland] last weekend and is now part of the fold. His growls and guitars are sounding sick!! We’ve been in a Glendale studio for almost 4 1/2 weeks now and yet I feel like we’ve been here a year! After we finish tomorrow night we will sit and live with the songs for a week before proceeding on to mastering. Right after that we start our rehearsals for the summer European mini-tour so keep a lookout for dates.”
Former System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian has lined up some more shows in North America this summer in addition to the ones previously announced. You can catch him on the road at the following dates:
Jun. 18 - Moscow, Russia @ Club 81
Jun. 19 - Moscow, Russia @ Club 81
Jul. 25 - Pemberton, Canada @ Pemberton Festival
Jul. 26 - Calgary, Alberta; Monsters of Rock Festival
Aug. 02 - Los Angeles, CA; Wiltern Theater
Aug. 09 - Dallas, TX; Ozzfest
Aug. 13 - Avenches, Switzerland @ Avenches Festival
Aug. 14 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
Aug. 16 - Budapest, Hungary @ Sziget Festival
Aug. 17 - Hohenfelden, Germany @ Highfield Festival
Aug. 20 - Birmingham, England @ Carling Academy - Birmingham
Aug. 22 - Reading, England @ Reading Festival
Aug. 23 - Leeds, England @ Leeds Festival
Aug. 25 - Hamburg, Germany @ Docks
Aug. 26 - Tilburg, Netherlands @ 013
Aug. 28 - Paris, France @ Rock en Seine
Aug. 29 - Wiesen, Austria @ Two Days a Week Festival
Aug. 30 - Ludinghausen, Germany @ Area 4 Festival
Sep. 01 - Glasgow, Scotland @ ABC
Sep. 02 - Liverpool, England @ Carling Academy - Liverpool
In a posting via the official Fear Factory Myspace, it has been confirmed that next year will see a new Fear Factory album and a full world tour from the band. No further details are available at this time.
The band is currently on hold while members pursue other projects such as lead singer Burton C. Bell's band Ascension Of The Watchers.
Fear Factory is also unsigned at the present moment.
Canadian hardcore band Fucked Up has signed a deal with Matador Records for the release of an EP titled "Year Of The Pig." Slated for worldwide release on July 22, the EP is an expanded version of the 12" single released by What's Your Rupture? in mid-2007. In addition to the original 18-minute title track and the song "The Black Hats," there are three edits of the title track and three unreleased tracks. Each edit and each unreleased track will be featured on one of three 7" singles, each with a different sleeve, to be released in the US, the UK, and Japan respectively. A CDep version will include all of the material.
Fucked Up has previously released material with Jade Tree Records and Vice Records, among many others.
Slayer has revealed its European summer festivals schedule for 2008.
Here are Slayer's festival appearances:
June 20th Bilbao Kobetasonik Spain
June 22nd Clisson Hellfest France
June 24th Belgrade Tasmajdan Stadium Serbia
June 27th Nové Mesto Topfest Slovakia
June 28th Bologna Gods of Metal Festival Italia
June 29th Helsinki Tuska Festival Finland
July 1st Tallinn Eesti Naituste Messikeskus Estonia
July 3rd Arvika Arvikafestivalen Sweden
July 4th Werchter Rock Werchter Belgium
July 5th Bergum Waldrock Netherlands
July 6th Roskilde Roskilde Festival Denmark
July 7th Kavarna Kaliakra Rock Fest Bulgaria
July 9th Lisboa Super Bock Super Rock Portugal
July 11th Merida Via De La Plata Festival Spain
July 12th Zaragoza Monsters of Rock Spain More...
Montana's black/death/doom rockers Martriden are hitting the road all Summer in support of their Candlelight Records full-length. "The Unsettling Dark." Joining them on their metal mission will be Colorado's Alabaster Morgue.
With many shows booked/confirmed now, there are still a ton of open dates the band is available for shows. The band is booking all shows themselves and are open to ideas if you want them to play your town. Get in touch with Earsplit or contact the band directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the latest Martriden tour dates with Alabaster Morgue: More...
Rising Records has announced that they have signed a new distribution deal with SPV that covers thirty European countries. All of the existing Rising catologue and all future CDs will be releases in all of these territories. The first releases on August 1, 2008 will be:
Trigger The Bloodshed - Purgation
Many Things Untold - Atlantic
Sworn Amongst - And So It Begins
No Quarter Given - The Embodiment Begins
Early Grave - Tomorrow I Am You
Metal Mind Productions has added three classic Pegazus albums to their line of classic reissues. The albums "Wings of Destiny," "Breaking the Chains," and "The Headless Horseman" from the Australian band will all be remastered and reissued as limited edition digipaks (limited to 2000 each) with bonus tracks. Each album is digitally remastered using 24-Bit process on a golden disc. The official release date is scheduled for July 7, 2008 in Europe and August 5, 2008 in the USA (via MVD).
Short descriptions and tracklistings for each of the albums follows: More...
Chimaira has rescheduled the Knoxville, TN show, previously scheduled for June 18. This off-date from the Dethklok tour, featuring Chimaira headlining with Soilent Green as support, has been rescheduled for July 11, after the Dethklok tour is over.