Metal News for June 21, 2009
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32 news articles posted on this day.
Kataklysm has issued the following road report from their current European tour:
"Well we have arrived in Frankfurt, Germany yesterday for our European tour and checked in at our hotel. We met up with the guys in DEATH ANGEL at the bar in the lobby and hit it off quick with the guys. We have a common love of the glam rock and heavy metal so I think this will be a very cool tour indeed for the next few weeks with some cool parties.
"KEEP OF KALESSIN are good friends of ours and it’s always a blast touring with them. We are currently on our way to Hellfest and then Spain and Portugal. We’ve never played any of the Open Airs we will do on this run and we are looking forward to it. More...
Estonian black metal band Sorts has posted a new song online titled "You Cunt." The song can be heard on the band's official MySpace page.
Seventh Void has issued the following updated tour schedule alongside Lacuna Coil:
7/6 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
7/7 - Kansas City, MO - Beaumont Club
7/8 - Waterloo, IA - Electric Park Ballroom
7/10 - Grand Rapids, MI - Intersection
7/11 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin - The Rave Eagles Club
7/12 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4
7/14 - Missoula, MT - Wilma Theater
7/15 - Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
7/17 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
7/18 - Portland, OR - Roseland
7/19 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s
7/21 - Santa Rosa, CA - Last Day Saloon
7/22 - Los Angeles, CA - House of Blues
7/24 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
7/25 - Sparks, NV - The New Oasis
7/26 - Chico, CA - Senator Theatre
7/27 - San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
Global Promotions has issued the following announcement about Sirenia co-headlining the Kherson Festival:
"We are happy announce that SIRENIA will play in Ukraine again! This will happen in Kherson, on 'Krok u Maibutne' free festival!
"SIRENIA will play as co-headliner of first festival day before SWEET!
"Everyone is welcome to see this great band form Norway! Festival is free price for everyone! So, we are waiting for you on 28-th August 2009 in Kherson!"
A video greeting from Sirenia can also be viewed below. More...
Sweden's Astral Doors have issued the following update about their upcoming album:
"The work on the upcoming album continues. Over 20 songs are written and the recording session seems to never end, hehe. This time around we feel that the songs are more straight forward and the sound's a bit rougher compared to the previous one, but with tons of catchy hooks. If you liked the first 2 albums you will love this one: it will be back to the hard rock roots in the true spirit of Astral Doors!
"While waiting, please enjoy the Astral Anthem 'Evil is Forever', now added to our playlist!"
Italian metallers Broken Melody have issued the following announcement about streaming a new single online starting July 1st:
"The new SINGLE of the band, 'RETURN DENIED' will be streamed online on MYSPACE and FACEBOOK on the 1st of JULY 2009! EXCLUSIVE!!!"
The single is from the band's upcoming album "Mirroring Identities," which will be released through Copro Records in October.
Agathodaimon has issued the following announcement about becoming endorsed by Pyramid Strings:
"For all wondering about the yellow banner beneath our video-section: We are very happy to announce that AGATHODAIMON are now endorsed by Pyramid-Strings. Playing their strings and guitar picks exclusively is a pleasure and we are very proud of it. For more information about Pyramid please check here or here."
Warrant has issued the following statement regarding Jani Lane's recently reported D.U.I. incident:
"Jani Lane, who was officially dismissed from the band Warrant in 2008, is in no way affiliated with Warrant at present. It is to be known that Jani Lane's actions, should not be misrepresented as those of the lead singer of Warrant. Warrant whose line-up consists of Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, Erik Turner, Steven Sweet and Robert Mason express concern for the possible dangers that Mr. Lane's actions pose. Warrant, represented by the William Morris Agency, are embarking on new ventures, including touring and recording. Warrant wish to avoid any negative opinions and publicity that wrongful association to Mr. Lane might cause resulting from his poor judgement."
Serbian melodic thrash band Orbiter has completed their self-financed debut full-length album and is looking for a publisher. The album is entitled "Near Death Experience" and contains 10 songs, spanning 45 minutes. You can check out some of the band's music on their MySpace page.
If you are interested in signing the band, contact them at email@example.com.
Illinois blackened death metal band Black September has issued the following statement about launching a new web store:
"We have a new webstore featuring all of the Black September merch we have available right now. Visit it here and pick up the new album THE SERMON OF VENGEANCE. Chicago’s deathblackcrust metallers Black September harkens back to the crust/death metal of old Bolt Thrower and the rough majesty of old Amon Amarth. This seven-inch single will feature two original songs entitled 'Blood for Oceans' and 'Purification'. Epic, furious, violently fast and violently slow too, with a powerful female voice to complete. Comes with a fold out 11x17 poster."
One man ambient black metal band Zebulon Kosted is currently offering a sample of the album "Dragon's Blood" online for free download. The sample can be downloaded here. Zebulon issued the following statement about the download:
"This is a 3 minute 30 second excerpt of Dragons Blood that I am giving to y'all for free to try and bolster sales of this album (why would I lie, I'm broke as a joke and need the cash :D!!!), PLEASE SPREAD IT AROUND AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, SEND IT TO ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS!!!!!!"
Turkey based, one-woman black metal band Ilkim Oulanem is currently streaming a new song online. The track "Asil Varolus" can be heard on the band's official MySpace page.
Suffocation has had the world in a chokehold for the past 20 years. They are currently headlining the Summer Slaughter fest with many notable bands in tow. The latest installment in their arsenal of albums is "Blood Oath," and you can pick it up at the show before it is released in July. I had a chance to talk to Frank Mullen, Terrance Hobbs and Guy Marchais when the Summer Slaughter Fest stopped in New Orleans on their day off to rock our city. More...
The Heavy Sands 5-Day Metal Festival 2009 will take place from July 8th - 12th in Cagilari, Italy. The most recent bands to be confirmed for the festival are Chaoswave, Mnemic, and Kaledon.
Other confirmed bands include Kernel, Screaming Shadows, Broken Melody, Arhythmia, and Burning Ground.
Dio has announced that the album "Killing The Dragon" will be re-issued on vinyl. The album will be limited to 500 copies and will be released with a gate-fold pop-up cover, which can be viewed here.
The track listing will be as follows:
1. Killing The Dragon
2. Along Comes A Spider
4. Better In The Dark
5. Rock 'N' Roll
3. Throw Away Children
4. Before The Fall
5. Cold Feet
Bassist Johan van Stratum of Stream of Passion has issued the following recap of the recent Wantijpop Festival in Holland:
"It’s always fun playing 2 days in a row, especially when you wake up in the morning, you see the sun is shining nicely and you know you’re gonna be playing on an outside stage.
"Wantijpop is a bit more of a mainstream festival, with acts playing hip hop, pop rock and of course we were there to make it all a bit heavier hehe!
"Disadvantage of a festival is that you cannot do a full soundcheck, a linecheck is the only thing possible and lasts for 5 minutes. Fortunately Pieter, our soundengineer since 2005, knows what to do with these situations. It’s nice to know that you don’t have to worry about those things because our crew rocks!
"During the day everybody was walking around on the field a bit, watching some bands, but when we had to go build up on stage, everybody was getting nicely concentrated. With this line up we hadn’t played on such a big festival, so some tension was noticeable on all of the faces. More...
Canadian metallers Hanker have posted six old video clips online from previous teaser trailers and live shows. The videos can be viewed below. More...
ThrashHits.com conducted a video interview with Opeth front man Mikael Akerfeldt at the 2009 Download Festival. A video of the interview can be viewed below. More...
Jaded Heart keyboardist Henning Wanne has issued the following statement about being involved in a car crash:
"I just survived a very bad car accident. A heavy Jaguar limousine got into my lane and hit my car face-to-face, so my car is just one piece of metal and glass. It took the firemen one hour to cut me out of the wreck. I am so happy to be still alive! But I will be in hospital for the next weeks and after that I will visit a physiotherapists center for at least one month as I will have to relearn how to walk etc. My hip is broken and will be fixed with metal plates and my left arm was broken many times, but there was already a very complicated surgery and all the doctors are working on getting me back into life and back onto stage. BUT: I will not be able to play Austria in July - I am so sorry. At the same time I am desperate and very happy, but these are tough and painful times.
"Cheerz, Henning. PS: Please drive carefully..."
A video interview with Mitch Lucker and Mark Heylmun of Suicide Silence, conducted by ThrasHits.com, has been posted online. The interview took place during the Download Festival 2009 and can be viewed below. More...
German gothic metal band Coronatus has issued the following announcement about changes to their upcoming festival appearances:
"Dear friends of Coronatus,
"We have good and bad news for you: The bad one is that the Karpatfeszt in Dabas (Hungary) was cancelled due to the economical crisis. The good news is that we can play in Pecs (Hungary) on 10th July 2009 at the Rockmaraton there, together with My Dying Bride, Korpiklaani, Amon Amarth and many more. Also in Germany we have another gig we are looking forward to you!
"Furthermore we would like to beg you once more to vote for us at the awards of the Metal Female Voices Fest there are always new categories.
"Thanks for your support!"
Black Stone Cherry is currently offering their song "Things My Father Said" as a free download through Amazon.com today only in celebration of father's day. The track can be downloaded here.
Montreal avant-garde metal band, Unexpect, has issued the following studio update:
"Nearly all the guitars are now recorded and a third of the vocals have been immortalized. It's a real pleasure to work with Jef Fortin at Badass Studio and he's doing a great job."
"A couple of more dates have been added to the PN09 European Tour as well:
09.10.09 @ Apollo ; MANCHESTER - UK
10.10.09 @ Wembley ; LONDON, UK
11.10.09 @ SECC ; GLASGOW - UK
17.10.09 @ Forest National ; BRUSSELS - BELGIUM
23.10.09 @ La Cubierta ; MADRID - SPAIN
24.10.09 @ Olympic De Badalona ; BARCELONA – SPAIN" More...
NJ technical death metal band, The Binary Code, has issued the following studio update:
"So, Kevin of Backroom Studios (Number Twelve Looks Like You, Red Light Green Light, Knife the Glitter, etc) will be mixing our songs! Soon!"
"When Kevin gets back from touring with Dillinger Escape Plan & Number Twelve, he's going to be mixing our tracks."
"We've already heard a sample of what he can do, and all we can say is, 'WOW.'" More...
Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen started her "Summer Storm" tour yesterday in Budapest. A video clip of Tarja performing the song "Sleeping Sun" at the show can be viewed below. More...
Spun in Darkness has announced that they will be releasing a split album with Coffins in September. Horror Pain Gore Death Productions issued the following statement about the split:
"Raw and putrid old school Death Metal! Horror Pain Gore Death Productions has brought together a match made in Hell for this 7-Inch record: Coffins and Spun In Darkness. Japan's Coffins are firmly established as the new leaders of the underground with their horrific style of bonecrushing Doom infested Death Metal that is reminiscent of Autopsy and Winter, with elements of Hellhammer/Celtic Frost. Las Vegas' Spun In Darkness feature ex-members of Goatlord and bleed old school with their destructive, morbid style of pure Death Metal that is simply devastating. This release is strictly limited to 500 copies pressed on White vinyl and features deadly artwork from the legendary Chris Moyen. Essential release for fans of Asphyx, Autopsy, Carnage, Cianide, Divine Eve, Grave, Hooded Menace and Winter!"
Vrangsinn Of Carpathian Forest has his own "anti-label" known as Misantrof. In an interview with Hierophant Nox he discusses how his label is different from others and what they do to deal with illegal file sharing. Excerpts from the interview are below. More...
Read the full article at Hierophant Nox.
Dutch metal band Cirrha Niva has issued the following statement about appearing at the Prog Power Europe Festival:
"CIRRHA NIVA is now confirmed for ProgPower Europe, the band will open the festival on Friday 2 October 2009. CIRRHA NIVA will release a new album in September ('For Moments Never Done'), on this album they introduce their excellent new powerful singer Legrand.
"The line-up is now almost complete, next week we will announce the final band."
The Prog Power Europe 2009 Festival will take place on October 2nd - 4th in Baarlo, The Netherlands.
Swedish melodic death metal outfit In Flames will be teaming up with American metalcore act Killswitch Engage for a tour of Canada this September. Also on the bill will be Protest The Hero and Between The Buried And Me.
The tour dates are as follows:
September 8 - Montreal, QC - CEPSUM - University of Montreal
September 9 - Toronto, ON - Arrow Hall
September 11 - Thunder Bay, ON - Community Auditorium
September 12 - Winnipeg, MB - Convention Centre
September 13 - Saskatoon, SK - Prairieland
September 14 - Calgary, AB - Big 4 Building at Calgary Stampede
September 15 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Centre
September 17 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
Brisbane-based extreme metal band Phalanx have put their previous two releases online for free download. 2005’s “The Necropsalms” and 2008’s “Psychosis” are both available at phalanx.bandcamp.com. The band is currently working a new album due this year, and there are a few recording video clips on their Myspace.
For those that missed the news, last year the band went through a big lineup change with Roma (guitars/backing vocals) and Nic (guitars) both leaving the band within a few days of each other. Phalanx went into an indefinite hiatus but are now back with a couple old members (Evan Silver and Nick Hunter) rejoining the ranks, as well as classical virtuoso/metal machine Dimitri Ac on guitar.
Ukrainian folk metallers DRUDKH, whose upcoming album "Microcosmos" will hit the stores next week, have entrusted Season of Mist with re-releasing the band's whole back catalogue. The reissues will come out as remastered CD's with new artwork, sold separately and in a collector's box. Vinyl LP versions will be available too. More details will be revealed later.
You can still pre-order "Microcosmos" box set, strictly limited to 500 copies worldwide, and exclusively available through Season of Mist's e-shop.
Here is the content of this exclusive solid wood box (30 x 26 x 4 cm) in premium dark finish with raised sliding cover and cut-out DRUDKH logo on top:
-Digipak version of the upcoming "Microcosmos" album
-CD reissue of the long sold-out "Anti-Urban" 10"EP originally limited to 999 copies
-Limited "Microcosmos" t-shirt
-Special DVD format additional booklet
Except for the "Microcosmos" digipak, all goodies included in this box won't be available anywhere else.