Metal News for June 24, 2009
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Diablo Swing Orchestra will be making their UK debut on October 2nd at the Purple Turtle, Camden. The show will also be a launch party for the band's second album, "Sing-Along songs for the Damned and Delirious." Support will be announced soon.
Tickets are available in advance from Seetickets. Alternatively you can avoid postage costs and booking fees by buying directly from Ascendance Records. Check the "Shop" link at ascendancerecords.com. They won't be issuing physical tickets, but they'll keep your name(s) at the door for when you arrive.
Thornafire recently announced the band's forced cancellation of their planned US tour with Monstrosity and Torn The Fuck Apart in July. Guitarist Victor MacNamara has issued the following statement regarding this unfortunate situation. "Due to delays in the processing of our visa application to enter the USA, Thornafire will unfortunately have to cancel their appearance on the Monstrosity U.S. tour 2009, scheduled to take place this June. We've done everything in our power and have followed every procedure to make this happen, but the process is very expensive and time-consuming. This matter is out of our hands and we are very disappointed as this was to be our first opportunity to show our madness to the US fans. On a happier note, we are releasing our second album Vorex Deconstrucción and it's already sounding very impressive! We are also working with Ibex Moon Records on setting up a new US tour."
You can watch the music video for Thornafire's "Deflagracion" below. More...
Ibex Moon Records has announced the licensing of Asphyx’s "Death…The Brutal Way" from Century Media Records for distribution in the United States. The album will be released in the U.S. on Ibex Moon on August 18, 2009. The legendary dutch death metal act reunited in 2007, playing several shows, releasing a 7” EP in 2008, recording "Death…The Brutal Way," and headlining this year’s Maryland Death Fest. It is the first full-length Asphyx album to feature the growls of Martin van Drunen since 1992’s "The Last One on Earth."
Martin Van Drunen and bassist/vocalist Wannes Gubbels issued this joint statement about the U.S. distribution deal:
“We as Asphyx are very pleased we’ve found such a dedicated label in Ibex Moon is to distribute our latest release in the USA. From personal experiences in the past we know John McEntee is sworn to the cause of death metal the brutal way and thus will do all in his power to make this release and the band as successful as possible. A release like Death…The Brutal Way is meant to be brought out by a label that we are absolutely certain will put heart, soul, blood, bones, and core behind the matter. Under the Ibex Moon we march!”
The first 1,000 copies of "Death…The Brutal Way" will be released as a limited-edition with additional slipcase packaging and a bonus DVD featuring the band's entire, unforgettable reunion show from 2007’s Party.San Festival in Bad Berka, Germany.
Here's the Live at Party.San Open Air Festival 2007 bonus DVD track listing: More...
Death metal icons MASTER will play Philadelphia’s Hostile City Death Fest to be held on July 4-5, 2009 at The Arena. MASTER will perform on July 5, 2009 with the likes of Absu, Total Fucking Destruction, Kult ov Azazel, and Ibex Moon artists GOREAPHOBIA. Ibex Moon label mates DREAMING DEAD will perform on July 4 with, among others, Deicide, Monstrosity, Vital Remains, and Jungle Rot.
Lineups and festival information can be found at myspace.com/hostilecitydeathfest.
MASTER will then embark on the "Slaves to Society" U.S. tour with DREAMING DEAD and GOREAPHOBIA. An updated list of tour dates follows: More...
Ninetail recently premiered their new music video, "Half Truths & Hand Grenades" online. You can watch the video below. More...
Suffocation is currently streaming their entire new album "Blood Oath" online at their MySpace page. "Blood Oath" will be released in Europe on July 3, 2009 and in North America on July 14, 2009.
Cain's Offering, which features Ex-Sonata Arctica guitarist Jani Liimatainen, has issued the following announcement about recording their debut album:
"The mixing and mastering of the debut album, 'Gather The Faithful', has been completed!!! We've just delivered the album to our record label in Japan, and they've scheduled the release for end of July in Japan/Asia.
"We're right now concentrating on the following European/US release, which most likely will be end of August. We're in negotiations with a well-known label, and will soon be able to announce the deal and tentative release date.
"You can find more information on the album (song titles and recording credits) in the 'ALBUMS' section of this site.
"Around July 1st we'll be posting a few samples of the album for you to check out. We're very proud of this album and we're certain that you all will love it as well."
Ambient black metal band Zebulon Kosted has issued the following announcement about recording albums by fan request:
"I am now recording for a new set of releases called the 'Persona Series.' These cassettes will be commissioned works (not by content, but by payment) for individuals. If John Smith in London, England wants his own Zebulon Kosted album, I will make a 45 minute album (one side of a 90 minute tape), 2 hand drawn mini posters, I will name the album after him (Zebulon Kosted - John Smith), and the fan will retain all rights to the recording (for use of any future release, sampling, or broadcasting rights).
"One copy of the album will remain in my personal collection, and one will be sent to the customer, so that the only copy that will be in circulation will be John Smiths copy! Each album is available for the ridiculously low price of $10 (not including shipping), and will be shipped in its completed form no later than 6 weeks from the date of purchase!!!"
Stryper manager Dave Rose has issued the following statement about seeking fan support for upcoming tour dates:
"Stryper friends and fans…
"As you know, we're in the middle of working on the 25th Anniversary Tour. There are a million variables that go in to making a date and city work for a tour. But one of the key elements is promoters and venue owners need to feel that there is interest in the community about Stryper. They need to know that hundreds if not thousands of people will come to a Stryper show, and that you will help make sure this happens.
"I've received several emails from people saying 'I noticed you don't have [my city] on the tour schedule. Will Stryper be coming to [my city]?'
"This is where the fans come in. You can help. In each market there are venues that hold anywhere from 750 to 2000 or more people. They have rock shows. Maybe it's a club. Maybe it's a theater. They're everywhere throughout America. And trust me, we've contacted them. And in many cases they've made offers that we are currently reviewing. More...
Canadian metallers The Agonist have announced that their upcoming live show in London, Ontario on June 25th will be having a change of venue. The venue has been changed to the Pandemic Nightclub, which can be found at 192 Dundas St. Supporting The Agonist will be Arsonists Get All The Girls, Chelsea Grin, Execute the Sinner, and Attila.
Guitarist Frey Thieler of Louisana metallers Suicide War has issued the following announcement about recruiting Goatwhore vocalist Ben Falgoust:
"I just want to say thanks for all the support, hype, and respect all of you have been giving us. We are trying our damnest to give you all that we can give at the moment. Now that the line up has been completed with the addition of Mr. Ben Falgoust, we are extremely happy!! Craig, Sammy, and I are returning to the studio on Sunday, June 28th in Jackson, Mississippi to lay down drums for the remainder of the record. Sammy and I, will then return to new orleans to complete the guitar and bass tracks.
"These next batch of songs are going to complete the feel, and tone for this record. I can not explain the intensity and power of what is happening at this moment but god damn is it sick!!! Ben will begin laying down vocals after he returns home from tour with Goatwhore in September. Once again we appreciate all of the support and help that you all have been giving us....And please spread the word like a disease!"
Caliban has issued the following statement about upcoming tour dates:
"Freshly signed to Century Media Records, German modern metal act Caliban have just confirmed to headline the Beastfest European tour 2009 featuring such superb acts as label mates Suicide Silence and Maroon as well as Emmure and After The Burial.
"Caliban will use this opportunity to present their forthcoming new album 'Say Hello To Tragedy', which will be released on August 24th, 2009 (Europe) and August 25th, 2009 (USA)!
"See below for the exact dates and enjoy this year’s hottest modern metal tour!"
The currently confirmed tour dates are as follows: More...
Grind Minded has issued the following announcement about parting ways with their bass player and guitarist:
"Grind Minded has parted ways with bass player Gea Mulder & guitarist Mathijs Odding due to 'musical differences.' A new guitarist will be announced later this week. The band is currently seeking a new bassplayer. Interested bass players can contact the band at firstname.lastname@example.org."
Female fronted thrashers Izegrim have issued the following announcement about a new music video:
"Immediately after our adventures in Eastern Europe (gigs in Roemania and Bulgaria) we went into the studio with producer Arno Zuidgeest to shoot the first official videoclip in the long history of Izegrim. Its a clip of the song 'Point of no Return' taken from our MCD."
The video can be viewed below. More...
Sorrowful Angels has posted a new promotional video online for the song "Denial," which can be viewed below. The song comes from the band's debut album "Ship In Your Trip." More...
The Wacken Open Air Festival website has been updated with the following warning about thieves:
"Gangs of thieves are currently sneaking about on the different festival grounds (pickpocketing, dismantling of tents).
"For the sake of security and to prevent such incidents we strongly recommend to put ALL of your valuables and things that are very important to you into the neck pouches included in the W:O:A FULL METAL BAG (take a look at the picture) or into any other bag that you always carry with you. The best solution is to put the stuff into your car or to lock it up in the LOCKER-TRUCK!
"Unfortunately there are always gangs of thieves who steal foreign property from other tents as well, as the past has shown. More...
The Festival De La Grenouille (Festival of the Frog) will take place on July 31st at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. The currently confirmed line-up for the festival will be as follows:
The Ocularis Infernum
In Malice's Wake
A Million Dead Birds Laughing
Killswitch Engage has issued the following announcement about a signing session in Sprinfield, MA:
"Killswitch Engage will be signing autographs at the Eastfield Mall Hot Topic located at 1655 Boston Rd., Springfield, MA 01129 on Thursday, July 2nd at 2:30 PM! Here’s your chance to meet them! Beginning Friday, June 19th, purchase the new self-titled Killswitch Engage CD or any Killswitch Engage T-shirt from the Eastfield Mall Hot Topic location ONLY and receive a wristband that guarantees the opportunity to meet the band on July 2nd! Need more info? Call the Eastfield Mall Hot Topic at 413.543.5310. We'll see you there!"
Unlocked, the band featuring former members of Gorgoroth and Enthroned, has announced that their line-up is now complete. Unlocked has recruited Nornagest, also of Enthroned, to perform vocals. A promotional photo of Nornagest can be viewed here.
Voivod's brand new album "Infini" is currently streaming in its entirety here. "Infini," which includes the last 13 Voivod tracks to be written with late guitarist Denis "Piggy" D'Amour, was released on June 23rd in North America.
Voivod is currently touring in Europe, hitting a number of open-air festivals in support of Infini. Voivod's touring lineup includes Denis "Snake" Bélanger (vocals), Michel "Away" Langevin (drums), Jean-Yves "Blacky" Thériault (bass) and MARTYR's Dan Mongrain (guitars).
Doom band RORCAL is currently in the final writing phase of their second album to be recorded in July 2009. This will be a concept album entitled "Heliogabalus," the name of a Roman emperor that reigned during the fall of the empire.
Thundering records describes the effort: "For this album, RORCAL decided to dive the deepest possible in the darkened abysses of their creative minds. One track. One hour of a music that mutated from Doom/Post HxC to Doom/Drone, closer than ever to major acts such as SUNN -O)))) or NEUROSIS. Slower but also louder, rougher and furious and a thicker sound made with new lectronic instruments such as Kaospad, oscillators, mini-Korg."
The first album of RORCAL, "Myrra Mordvynn Marayaa," is still available on Thundering Records online store, on Amazon, or in digital format through Believe.
Coronatus has issued an update on the cancelled Karpatfeszt in Hungary and some new shows:
"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 (see below). we are looking forward to you!"
Here are the latest Coronatus shows and appearances:
10.07.2009 Pecs (HU), Rockmaraton (Festival)
11.07.2009 Odorheiu Secuiesc (RO), Szekelyföldi Rockmaraton (Festival)
25.07.2009 Brackenheim (DE), Open Air, Austraße 21 (Festival)
18.10.2009 Wieze (BE), Metal Female Voices Fest (Festival)
24.10.1009 Friedewald (DE), MetalFest (Festival)
30.01.2010 Stuttgart-Botnang (DE), Intus
Swedish extreme metal outfit Entombed has confirmed that they will be performing at this years edition of Bloodstock open Air on August 16th in Derbyshire, England at the Catton hall.
A message from guitarist Alex Hellid reads: "Yes, finally! Back to the UK! Look forward to Bloodstock very very much! It’s been way too long and Entombed are extremely delighted to return to our second home after what seems to be an eternity. Great bands too I see!!! We have not been to UK since masters of death 2006, so we’re really looking forward to some mushy peas and late night curries by now!!"
Rock legends Thin Lizzy has announced that they will be unable to perform their scheduled shows with AC/DC as a result of an accident drummer Tommy Aldridge has sufffered. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Thin Lizzy regret to announce that due to the prolonged recovery of drummer Tommy Aldridge after his recent accident, they have been forced to cancel the three shows with AC/DC: Wembley Arena - June 26th, Dublin Punchestown Racetrack - June 28th and Glasgow Hampden Park - June 30th.
"The band sincerely apologies for the disappointment to their fans attending these shows."