Metal News for June 2, 2009
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We've been talking to bands to get their best pit stories. This installment is from Justin and Angela from Facedown band The Great Commission.
"Rather than go to our prom in high school, Justin and I decided to go to a show instead. Versus the couple hundred dollars we would have wasted, we paid $8 to see Figure Four, Shattered Realm, and Bad Luck 13 at The Showcase Theatre in Corona, CA. It ended up being the craziest show we had ever been to. When BL13 played, they threw weapons into the pit including bats with barbed wire, thumb tacs, fireworks, forks, and random metal objects that were thrown at people. Needless to say it was pretty violent as you could imagine and my shirt caught fire from one of the fire crackers! By far the craziest pit I have ever seen."
Next week hear from Trigger The Bloodshed's Rob Pernell.
Adelaide’s Closed Casket have announced the depature of long time bass player Sam Ahrens due to personal and business reasons within the band. Jack the Giant Killer and ex-In The Burial bass player Jacob Stavropoulos will join the band permanently.
The band commented:
"Unfortunately, we’ve elected to part ways with our long time bassist, Sam Ahrens. Sam has been a principal songwriter and member of Closed Casket since the bands inception, however recent developments have forced us to take a serious look at the dynamic within the band, and for personal and business reasons, we feel that its best that we continue on with a new bassist. We wish Sam no hard feelings whatsoever, and wish him the best with his future musical endeavours.
"We’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome Jacob Stavropoulos (Jack The Giant Killer / ex-In The Burial) to the band as our new permenant bassist. Jacob will be an active member in both performance and songwriting, and we look forward to taking to the stage with him for the first time during our upcoming leg of Queensland shows!"
Iranian thrash/death metal act ARSAMES has been confirmed for Metal Camp 2009 - talents stage (DARK DOG STAGE BANDS) set to take place July 2-8, 2009 in Tolmin, Slovenia.
The Metal Camp festival billing is shaping up as follows:
DIE APOKALYPTSCHEN REITER
KEEP OF KALESSIN
LAMB OF GOD
LEGION OF THE DAMNED
MY DYING BRIDE
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
For more info, check the Metal Camp website at metalcamp.com.
Coalesce are currently streaming their entire new album "OX" online at this location. "OX" is set for a June 9th release date via Relapse Records.
The track listing for "OX" is as follows:
1. The Plot Against My Love
2. The Comedian in Question
3. Wild Ox Moan
4. Designed to Break a Man
5. Where Satire Sours
6. The Villain We Won't Deny
7. The Purveyor of Novelty and Nonsense
8. In My Wake, For My Own
9. New Voids in One's Resolve
10. We Have Lost Our Will
11. Questions To Root Out Fools
12. By What We Refuse
13. Dead is Dead
14. There is a Word Hidden in the Ground
Taiwan is a country where history and folklore work very much hand in hand, and both of these elements are central to the latest studio album from that country’s premier metal outfit, Chthonic (pronounced "Thonic"). Mirror of Retribution will be released August 10 on Spinefarm Records UK.
Chthonic (a name deriving from a Greek word signifying spirits of the underworld) has delivered an 11-track body of work that touches on both the spirit and mortal worlds, with loss of national identity and the sometimes turbulent history of their homeland recurring themes.
With Anthrax guitarist Rob Caggiano at the production and mixing helm, "Mirror Of Retribution" sees the award-winning musicians further developing a style that started with the 1999 album "Where The Ancestors' Souls Gathered," blending full-on metal of the darker persuasion with traditional Taiwanese instruments such as two-string violin, the hena.
“The story behind this album combines true historical fact with an ancient myth of hell,” explains bassist and band spokesperson Doris Yeh. “Amongst other things, we make reference to the famous ‘228 Massacre’, which was the biggest ever massacre in Taiwanese history. Tens of thousands of Taiwanese were killed by the Chinese army. The final battle of the event occurred in the middle of Taiwan, where 40 local militia attempted to resist 2,500 soldiers from the Chinese army. In the end, the militia lost their lives near the Sing-Ling Temple.
“Musically, we tried to move the band to a whole new level,” continues Doris. “In the past, we’ve been described in various ways, as ‘symphonic black metal’ or ‘melodic death,’ the word ‘folk’ has also been applied at times, but this was our chance to establish a new place for ourselves in the extreme metal genre…”
Never ones to shy away from a just cause, Chthonic – in particular frontman Freddy Lim – has been consistently active on the political front at home, whilst away from their hometown of Taipei they have appeared at the Wacken Festival in Germany and toured as part of the Ozzfest in the US, the first Asian extreme metal band to make such a mark.
AmpHead Music has issued the following announcement about Hatchet Dawn playing three upcoming shows in Australia:
"Made up of former members of Tribura, Symbiosist, Terrorust and current members of White Cell, Melbourne’s Hatchet Dawn combine influences as diverse as Metallica to Alice in Chains to Rob Zombie to create a new perfectly formed sound all their own - a darkly monstrous creation that is far bigger than the sum of its parts.
"Hatchet Dawn head from the grave to horrify Queensland in June for the east coast stretch of the Faith In Chaos tour of Australia, playing three exclusive shows:
June 18 – Brannigans Tavern, Gold Coast Level 2 Niecon Tower. Broadbeach.
June 19 – Sands Tavern, Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast
Plaza Pde, Maroochydore.
June 20 – The Dead of Winter Festival 2009 @ Jubilee Hotel, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane 470 St Pauls Terrace, Fortitude Valley.
New Jersey symphonic metal band Operatika has issued the following update about recording a new album:
"Hey guys, A couple of updates here from Operatika!
"We are going to be featured on the Demonic and Divine Compilation CD in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK. This is to help a cause that counts and we are thrilled to be a part of this with many other great bands. Please visit here to purchase your copy!
"Also, we are happy to announce that we are currently in the studio doing some pre-production for our upcoming album due to be released in 2010! We have already laid down some keyboard and guitar tracks and we will be posting some video updates of us in the studio shortly to give you all a bit of a preview of what the next album will sounds like.
"We will be planning some shows for this summer as well so check back for more updates!!!!"
Finnish band Amberian Dawn has posted a new music video online for the song "He Sleeps In A Grove," which is from their upcoming album "The Clouds of Northland Thunder." The video can be viewed below. "The Clouds Of Northland Thunder" is currently set for a June 29th release date through Ascendance Records. The band has also posted an e-card of the album here.
Suicide Silence is currently streaming online the first track from their upcoming album "No Time To Bleed." The song "Wake Up" can be heard on the band's official MySpace page. "No Time To Bleed" is currently set for a June 30th release date via Century Media Records.
13th Planet Records, the label helmed by Al Jourgensen of Ministry, has released a free digital EP for fans. Included in the download are unreleased songs, remixes, and videos from Ministry, Revolting cocks, Prong, Burton C. Bell’s Ascension of The Watchers, False Icons, and Stayte. The download is available here.
The track list is as follows:
1. Ministry – “Lielieslies (Known Unknown Lies Mix)”
2. Revolting Cocks – “Keys To The City (Barstow Bathroom Floor Mix)”
3. Prong – “3rd Option (Hold on Tight Mix)”
4. False Icons – “Trasform (Trance-formation Mix)”
5. Stayte – “Coming Apart”
6. Ministry – Adios Puta Madres Trailer (video)
7. Ascension of The Watchers (featuring Burton C. Bell of Fear Factory) – Residual Presence (video)
Arch Enemy has issued the following announcement about playing a string of Australian tour dates with Suffocation:
"Arch Enemy return to Australia for a phenomenal headlining tour to demonstrate to metal heads here what they do best...delivering pure sonic force and ripping us apart with their stunning brand of metal! These melodic extreme metal genre-leaders have become a synonym for success, hard work and pure f**king metal! The stunning chart entries of their last two albums ‘Doomsday Machine’ (2005) and ‘Rise Of The Tyrant’ (2007, charted in over a dozen countries!) have allowed the band to celebrate another peak of their already stellar career. Now, Arch Enemy proudly showcase their current strength and musical brilliance by releasing a breathtaking live document of their ‘Rise Of The Tyrant’ touring cycle. Witness it first hand, the sheer brilliance of these melodic metal titans!
"Arch Enemy guitarist/songwriter Michael Amott comments: ‘We're totally looking forward returning to Australia, you know we've missed the fans and the great weather! Although the tours in '06 (w/ Megadeth) and '07 (w/ Machine Head) were amazing in many ways, we haven't played a full headline tour in Australia since our first visit back in 2005. So this is long over due and we are more than ready to attack your shores once again! We can't wait to give you the full 'Arch Enemy Heavy Metal Mayhem' experience! And we already know you - the fans, will bring it...Aussie style! See you all in November!’ More...
Bonded By Blood has issued the following statement about canceling their upcoming European tour dates:
"We are sorry to announce that Bonded by Blood has been forced to cancel the rest of the European Massacre Tour with Fueled by Fire. Though our first part of the tour in the UK with Cauldron started out really good, we had a series of unfortunate events in the rest of Europe with Fueled by Fire and what was supposed to be Suicidal Angels. The tour was looking bad from the beginning due to poor organizing and lack of communication with the booking agency. There was also some close calls with the drivers, who weren't very experienced in long drives or driving outside of their own country.
"As some of you may know, Suicidal Angels dropped early on the tour and we almost called it quits with them. When some of the problems seemed to be resolved, we decided to give it another try and continue on the tour. Neurasthenia, thrash metal from Italy, decided they would come on tour with us last second, and we thank them very much. We finally got into contact with the booking agency and more dates were being confirmed. More importantly, we were going to receive a new driver, so there was hope that we weren't going to die on tour.
"First show in our second attempt to continue this tour was moved 4 hours from where we were told it was supposed to be. We were forced to cancel yet another show(sorry to every one in Czech republic). The last straw came when the new driver messed up the van in the middle of a highway where there was no shoulder lane. Luckily, a random Hungarian dude helped us continue and we didn't have to cancel any Hungary dates. From that moment, we decided this tour was not worth the risk financially, but most importantly we were risking the lives of our band members. More...
Carpathian Forest has issued the following update about making a Facebook page to give more updates to fans:
"There is now an Official Carpathian Forest band page on Facebook. You can find it here.
"We would like to keep everyone much more updated in future regarding the band and its band members, and we know a lot of you use Facebook regularly so having a page there is all part of the new plans we have.
"Coming soon will be a mailing list that will allow you to receive news and updates direct to your inbox. Keep a look out for the details."
French black metallers Glorior Belli, who recently dropped off their planned North American tour with Absu due to passport issues, have issued the following statement about canceling all future live shows:
"No more Live shows (until further notice)
"In regard of the past events and many gigs/tours cancellations that happened lately we decided to stop playing live for an undefined period of time.
"It just seems impossible to gather a solid line-up and/or to obtain decent conditions, so fuck off. Until further notice there will be no more gigs on our end."
British thrash metal veterans Onslaught has posted an E-card online for their forthcoming new live album, "Live Damnation." You can check it out by visiting Candlelight Records official website. The album will be the first official live album in Onslaught's career and will be released by Candlelight Records on July 20th.
Maryland progressive metal band, Periphery, has posted an update video from the studio on youtube. The band describes the video, "Second Periphery update, get familiar with all sides of Periphery guitarist Alex Bois among other things! Meet Xander as well!" More...
Pennsylvania grunge/metal band 2 Sides 2 Die is preparing their new album for a fall release. The followup to last year's debut full length "Doom and Gloom" will contain 14 new songs. The band has hinted at a possible Halloween CD release show as well, but nothing is confirmed just yet.
Metal violin and cello trio Judgement Day's Anton Patzner participated in a collaboration with other musicians, which resulted is a couple of songs being recorded and now released for free download. Here's the background from Judgement Day:
"Recorded in Sacramento in September of 2006, Huge Black Man’s 'Hugh Jackman EP' was in many ways a musical experiment. The rules: 4 musicians from very different bands would meet in a practice space for one day, without any prior rehearsal, and record an entire album.
"Those musicians were:
Anton Patzner of Judgement Day - Violin
Nick Reinhart of Tera Melos – Guitar, Knobs
Sam Phelps of 4 Guys from Reno – Bass
Noah Clark of Brilliant Red Lights – Drums and Producer
"The result is a highly unique blend of musical styles and an intriguing study of spontaneity and creativity under the pressure of time constraint. It’s also pretty fun to listen to."
In Flames will be holding a signing at the Sweden Rock Festival on Friday, June 5th between 17:15 – 17:45. The signing takes place by the Sweden Rock Shop and the Rock Stop restaurant.
For more information on the festival, visit the Sweden Rock website at www.swedenrock.com.
Arch Enemy will be performing at Café Iguana in Monterrey, Mexico on August 22nd, 2009.
As previously announced, Arch Enemy has rescheduled the Mexico City show to August 20th at Circo Volador. The original show date (May 8th) was postponed due to restrictions put on concerts by the Mexican government following the H1N1 virus flu outbreak in early May.