Metal News for June 18, 2009
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28 news articles posted on this day.
Australia’s CONTRIVE will enter the Toyland Studios, Melbourne this week to begin recording the follow-up to their acclaimed debut from 2005, "The Meaning Unseen" (Mixed by Fredrik Nordstrom - Studio Fredman, Sweden)
The band’s drummer Andrew Haug issued this update:
“Finally, we’re hitting the studio to record what has been dubbed by friends and even us as the Contrive Democracy! Meaning, the album has taken what seems like an eternity to complete. There were several setbacks that can lay blame for this delay over the last few years including our bassist Tim’s motor accident whilst holidaying in earlier this year.
“Am happy to report he’s now all mended and ready to thrash! Ok, what can I say about the album without creating a long drawn out tangent on just how damn great it’s going to be?
“Ha! Well I can tell you it will contain 8 songs and musically? Well, WE DIG IT! You’ll have to make up your own minds when it’s done! More updates soon! Horns - \m/ ”
Vancouver's 3 Inches of Blood will be hitting the western Canadian roads this summer. Check them out at the following shows:
Jul. 16 Prince George, BC - Roll A Dome (all ages)
Jul. 17 Kamloops, BC - The Max (19+)
Jul. 25 Tofino, BC - Royal Canadian Legion Hall (all ages)
Jul. 26 Courtenay, BC - The Mex Pub (19+)
Aug. 8 Whitehorse, YT - Coasters (19+)
3 Inches Of Blood recently finished recording their new album, "Here Waits Thy Doom," which will be released later this year via Century Media Records.
Germany's Krypteria has announced a release party for the upcoming album, "My Fatal Kiss," at the Underground in Cologne, Germany on September 2nd showcase. Attendees with an original receipt proving the purchase of "My Fatal Kiss" will get free access to the show.
Krypteria will release “My Fatal Kiss” on August 28th throughout Germany, Austria & Switzerland (European release in January 2010).
Translation Loss Records has announced the signing of San Francisco’s GIANT SQUID. Translation Loss Records will release "The Ichthyologist" this summer in correlation with the band's summer tour alongside label mates GRAYCEON. Engineered, mixed and produced by Matt Bayles (Mastodon, Pearl Jam), "The Ichthyologist" was self-released earlier this year by the band as a work in progress and has now been tweaked with parts being completely re-recorded and remixed due to the band’s constant strive for perfection from their mastermind / lunatic, Aaron John Gregory. The record will also be repackaged with completely redone / original art by legendary, world-renowned cartoon artist, Sam Kieth (The Maxx, Batman, The Sandman).
The band’s lineup is rounded out by Jackie Perez Gratz of Amber Asylum / Grayceon, Bryan Ray Beeson and Christopher Melville Lyman. GIANT SQUID’s last record was released via The End Records and the band has since appeared on a tribute to SYD BARRET late last year alongside Pentagram, Kylesa and Jesu.
Christian McKenna from Translation Loss had this to say about the signing: “After floating around with Drew (TL) and Aaron in the Pacific right by Alcatraz collecting mollusks while avoiding sharks and paparazzi for several hours… the three of us decided it was a no brainer to work together.. GIANT SQUID is completely unique to anything going on in heavy music nowadays and we couldn’t be happier to be along for the ride.”
You can check out some sound clips from “The Ichthyologist” on the band's MySpace page. New remixed and re-mastered songs from the band’s Translation Loss debut will be posted soon.
Here are the latest Giant Squid tour dates: More...
Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser's solo album "Hubris I & II" is available in stores in Europe now. You can watch videos of Andreas playing two songs off Hubris - "Eu Humano" and "God's Laugh" - recorded in a TV show in Brazil below, as well as an interview in Portuguese. More...
American heavy metal outfit Ratt has posted an update from the studio where they are recording their brand new album. It reads as follows:
"Bobby (Blotzer) kicked some serious ass on the drum tracks, they are done! Robert Crane (on the bass) is finishing up bass tracks as we write this tonight/today. The band is recording well into the early mornings.
"Warren (DeMartini) and Carlos (Cavazo) on guitars will start after the weekend shows.
"The band is tracking 12-14 new songs.
In a recent interview with Christina Fuoco-Karasinski of LiveDaily, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford revealed that the band will be filming their upcoming tour for a live DVD release next year. The tour will feature the band performing their legendary "British Steel" album in full. You can read some excerpts of the interview below.
On speaking on the bands longevity and contunued success, Halford stated:
"If you love what you do, you're going to put your heart and soul into it and that's what we do in PRIEST. You have to think consistently about your longevity. If you've had a long journey in rock 'n' roll, you put value and importance to those songs, no matter how many hundreds of thousands of times you've played them. Because at that particular moment when you're standing on the stage in, say, the Detroit area and you're playing 'Breaking the Law' for what may feel like the millionth time, it's for the first time in that moment in time." More...
As I Lay Dying has posted a behind-the-scenes "Roadie Cam" video online from the No Fear Energy Music Tour. The video can be viewed below. More...
A new video interview has been posted online with Finnish metallers Norther. The video, which can be viewed below, features the band's new vocalist Aleksi Sihvonen. More...
Graves of Valor have announced a string of tour dates alongside Wretched in support of their new album "Salarian Gate." The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
7/14 Goose Creek, SC - Weekend’s Pub
7/17 Tulsa, OK - The Side Stage
7/18 Sullivan, MO - The Ratch Shack
7/19 Terre Haute, IN - The THMV Music Venue
7/21 Wheeling, WV - Yesterday’s Draughthouse
7/22 Rochester, PA - Blue Violet Café (+ ROSE FUNERAL)
7/23 Binghampton, NY - Voodoo Lounge (+ Rose Funeral)
7/24 Vernon, NJ - Cobblestone Village (+ Rose Funeral)
8/10 Spartanburg, SC - Ground Zero (with CANNIBAL CORPSE, BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, more)
Cradle of Filth front man Dani Filth has issued the following road report:
"Dear noble fiends and fiendesses, sons and daughters of Lilith and all-round decent, slightly morbid folk; Dani here writing from our elongated big blue tour-bus on the fourth from last date of the second leg of the Filthfest out here in Europe with Moonspell, Turisas and Dead Shape Figure in support.
"Firstly I must apologise for the substantial delay in posting a blog here on the website, but we have been so busy of late that a sabbatical was in order for a few weeks at least, culminating in a snowboarding holiday in Slovenia and a booze and bowling fuelled family Easter weekend shortly before embarking on our present campaign. Don't ask.
"Those of you who might have seen us in the past few weeks (and in the coming days at least) will be aware that due to aforementioned teaching commitments, both Rosie Smith and Charles Hedger have been temporarily replaced by Ashley Ellyllon (formerly of US band Abigail Williams) and James Mcilroy (formerly of the Nymphetamine Cradle line-up) for this tour and possibly further. I can't really say much more than they are integrating brilliantly and the band is going from strength to strength because of them. More...
Katatonia has issued the following report from the studio:
"The last cymbal hit of the drum session still ringing in my ear... I have a very good feeling about the whole thing. The playing first and foremost, and the sound is beautiful, the acoustics are ace! Plus we won't have to listen to nothing but drums 10 hours a day anymore. Daniel should be proud. We haven't had the time to do anything else as we're on a pretty tight schedule with this album. We saw some horses the other day and we celebrated David's birthday with cake, beer and various medications and oh, our new collaborator Frank Default (more known as the creative force behind the previous single's remixes and 'Unfurl' production) came down to help edit some of the drums and made sure we didn't fall behind schedule. So the time has come to wrap up and get outta here. Feels good to have a few days at home in Stockholm and celebrate midsummer. Next week we'll move on to rhythm, lead and clean guitars. The foundation of darkness is now rock solid."
West coast metal band Will Haven will be headlining a special benefit show for hospitalized Deftones bassist Chi Cheng tonight at The Phoenix Theater in Petaluma, CA.
Blastzone Entertainment group has announced the signing of Azrael's Bane from Houston, TX. Blastzone will be distributing their CD, "Modern Day Babylon," worldwide in the fall. Azrael's Bane was formerly signed to Chavis Records. The band will make a second apearence at Rocklahoma playing the Blastzone/Splattertribe party in the Garden of Evil in the campground after hours. Azrael's Bane will have "Modern Day Babylon" for sale also.
Welsh ragga-metal outfit Skindred has changed the name of their forthcoming new EP from "Jumping The Shark" to "Shark Bites And Dog Fights." Some song titles on the seven track record include, "Stand For Something," "Calling All Stations" and "Who Are You?" The EP will be released in Autumn through Bieler Bros. Records.
American thrash metal legends Megadeth have announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Endgame." The record will be released in September through Roadrunner Records.
Speaking on the album, frontman Dave Mustaine commented: "Thematically, I’ve never been known to be a silent bystander in a world that needs our participation. As more is revealed about our former President’s legacy, a little-known yet staggeringly frightening document which was signed into law, named ‘Endgame,’ has been uncovered. The album Endgame is the most energetic music offering I have penned in over a decade and is far more believable than knowing someone signed ‘Endgame’ -the document- into law. The album is also the perfect ‘ass- kicking’ music to listen to once you are done reading the aforementioned document!
"This new album is my proudest moment since the famous (or infamous) Rust in Peace album. With this album, I am also very excited to be introducing my new lead guitarist Chris Broderick to the world. I have always felt lucky to have had top shredders in that position, but after touring with Chris in support of my last album, I couldn’t wait to get into the studio and see what he could do."
Finnish black metallers Gloria Morti have issued the following announcement about acquiring a new drummer:
"Kauko Kuusisalo is from here on playing drums for Gloria Morti. Hes drumming will definitely bring the band to a new level.
"We are happy to welcome such a professional musician and a cool guy to the band. The blasting will be immense..."
A video of Kauko Kuusisalo playing can also be viewed below. More...
Immortal has announced that their new album "All Shall Fall" will be released on September 25, 2009 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for the album will be as follows:
"All Shall Fall"
"The Rise Of Darkness"
"Hordes To War"
"Norden On Fire"
Blood & Ink Records' ALL IN has decided to call it quits, but not before doing one last tour. The boys from Alabama will be venturing throughout the Southeast and Midwest during June and July (including a stop at Cornerstone Festival) before playing their final show July 24th. The latest tour dates are as follows: More...
The Order of Apollyon, featuring Aborted drummer Daniel Wilding, has posted a new teaser video online for their upcoming album, which can be viewed below. The band is currently in the recording process for the album, but no release date has been announced yet. More...
Motorhead has announced extra U.S. tour dates alongside Nashville Pussy and Reverend Horton Heat. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
8/28 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
8/29 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
8/30 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
9/1 - Detroit, MI - Motor City Casino
9/2 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
9/3 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
9/5 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
9/6 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
9/8 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
9/9 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
9/11 - Charlotte, NC - Fillmore
9/12 - Cherokee, NC - Cherokee Motorcycle Rally
9/15 - Tampa, FL - Jannus Landing
9/16 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
9/19 - Dallas, TX - Palladium
9/20 - Austin, TX - Stubb's
Capital Chaos has posted a live video clip online of Death Angel performing on June 14th at the San Francisco Haight Street Fair. The video, which can be viewed below, features Death Angel's new drummer Will Carroll. More...
Finnish goth rockers The 69 Eyes are currently streaming the new song "Dead Girls Are Easy" on their MySpace page. The track is off their upcoming album "Back in Blood," which will be released in Europe on August 28th and in North America on September 15th.
British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost has announced that they will name their new studio album, "Faith Divides Us Death Unites Us." It will be released in September through Century Media Records.
Vocalist Nick Holmes states: "The thoughts behind the title Faith Divides Us Death Unites Us are very much self explanatory, there is so much division in the world caused by obstructing religious belief. We are all made of the same flesh and bone, what makes one religions better than the other, and would any true god allow his creation to destroy itself? The vast number of different so called faiths around the globe, just helps to strengthen my complete denial of any god, and force the belief that religion is nothing more than a man made cash induced fabrication to exploit a human beings natural fear of death."
Andy Winter (Winds, Age of Silence, Sculptured) and Starofash (aka Heidi Solberg Tveitan) recently completed a collaboration project creating website music for Cage XXI Enterprises, a Florida-based video production company specializing in music videos, narratives and experimental film production.
Cage XXI has filmed projects for the American Cancer Society, Lennar Homes, the Sarasota Film Society, and most recently a music video and DVD for the Chicago-based metal band Novembers Doom.
The Cage XXI website is designed by Salt Lake City-based design firm Gesture Studio, and can be found at this location, where the soundscape created by Winter and Tveitan can also be heard: www.cagexxi.com
Andy Winter is a long time THE END RECORDS artist having released numerous albums with Winds, Age of Silence and Sculptured throughout his career. Aside from working periodically on new material and recordings with his main bands, he is also currently writing and recording a solo album.
Heidi Solberg Tveitan and Mnemosyne Productions have recently released 300 hand-numbered special edition CDs with the soundtrack by Starofash for the Irish film Ulterior. THE END RECORDS will distribute the album for North America, and it is now available for sale through the web store.
According to TMZ.com, Jani Lane, the former lead vocalist of hair metal band Warrant, was arrested in Los Angeles, California last night after crashing into a parked car. When the police arrived, the singer apparantly showed signs of intoxication and was arrested under the charge of DUI. He is currently being held on $30,000 bail.
Between The Buried And Me are currently at work on their new studio album. The band has posted a brief update from the studio which reads as follows:
"Hello all, things are going wonderfully well in the studio. We have drums, heavy rhythm guitars, most of the bass, acoustic/classical guitars pretty much done. We still have lots more to go. We are having an amazing time as usual with mr. jamie king. We have been filming LOTS so we’ll hopefully get some videos up in the next few weeks. We have been updating our twitter account daily as well. We are getting our touring schedule figured out as well, so an update on that soon. Hope everyone is well."
Reunited American nu-metal pioneers Limp Bizkit has announced that they will be entering the studio to record a brand new album this year.
"We’re getting together our demos right now and we’re going to go in and record them," said frontman Fred Durst. "I’m having a great feeling about going in and doing our record, more than I have about any of our albums before. It’s not going to be a watered down version of Limp Bizkit, it’s going to be a more explosive, more addictive, more driven version of Limp Bizkit.”