Metal News for June 25, 2009
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Portuguese metallers Moonspell have posted a new widget online that features music clips, band images, and upcoming show dates. The widget can be viewed below. More...
Suspyre has announced two shows will the new line-up, which will be announced soon. The details are as follows:
Jul. 26 Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar
$10 at door
21+ w/ ID
Aug. 21 New York, NY - Bar East (downstairs)
$10 at door (mention Suspyre as the band you are there to see)
Train: Take the 4/5/6 to 86th St. then walk to 1st avenue, take a left and it's on the west side of the street.
Suspyre will also appear at ProgPower USA in Atlanta, GA on September 10th with Future's End, Vanden Pas and Primal Fear.
Thundering Records recently announced the signing of TALIAN. Previously known as TALIANDOROGD, the band is readying their new album, "Scraps from the Mire," to be released very soon.
Energic, sharp and groovy, this epic produced by Neb Xort (ANOREXIA NERVOSA, GTI, ULTRA VOMIT...) embarks you to a voyage where the guides could be bands such as SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, OPETH or STRAPPING YOUNG LAD. You can check out some of TALIAN's music on their Myspace page.
Chosen has posted the following message online:
"It is with a heavy heart we announce that Chosen is no more. After several years of hard work and perseverance, it's time to say goodbye. Simply put, the Chosen project broke beyond repair this last weekend. It’s fair to reason that the financial, personal, and emotional strains wore some of us down and caused this premature ending. Regrettably we never got to record our debut album or even tour Europe but such is the fragile nature of band relationships.
"We won't go into the whole 'behind-the-music-band-break-up' scenario, but Matt and Johnny’s decision to leave Chosen and return to Canada came as a surprise, given everything we have been through and were working towards. The rest of us don't want to go through yet another major line-up change and are just ready for a new chapter in our lives.
"We would like to sincerely thank everyone we have worked with over the years and anyone who supported us when we were together. You have all been amazing.
"Lastly, we have a limited number of our first four releases (The Fragment EP's & Promo 2007) which we are happy to give away for free. Please send an email to email@example.com for your free copy.
"Thank you and farewell."
Amorphis' latest album, "Skyforger," has landed at #33 on the Billboard's Heatseekers chart after selling 1,300 copies in the United States in its first week of release.
Heatseekers lists the best-selling albums by emerging artists who have not yet appeared in the nationwide Billboard Top 100 with any release.
SACRED STEEL has announced a number of new live performanced this summer. Here are the latest:
HARD N HEAVY SUMMER NIGHT
auf den Erftauen in Euskirchen (GER)
Baden in Blut Open Air
13.08. - 15.08.2009
SUMMER BREEZE Open Air
Play It Loud Festival IV (IT)
2. Sauerländer Metal Meeting
Plettenberg (GER) - Oesterhalle
Pounding Metal - Wimp Reaper Festival
Adelsheim (GER) - Live Factory
THE 69 EYES returns with their ninth studio album. Having already announced their signing with Nuclear Blast Records for Europe, they have not announced a North American deal with The End Records.
Turning their back on the comic book glam of "Angels," The Eyes have opened a heavier chapter in their musical career. Matt Hyde (Slayer/Monster Magnet) has been invited to produce the record.
“He’s cleaned the table and dusted the skeletons!” singer Jyrki 69 laughs. “It’s like when Rick Rubin helped The Cult discover them on ‘Electric’ - we made a similar spiritual journey with Matt.”
Once again THE 69 EYES have their finger on the pulse of darkness with 12 goth ‘n’ roll anthems guaranteed to rock the crypt. “Unsurprisingly, the main inspiration for the album came from the vampire realm,” Jyrki explains. “We haven’t made a concept album but nearly all the songs have something to do with the undead or at least horror as a genre.” Delving into his movie collection, the singer focused on Jean Rollin’s erotic French flick "Lips Of Blood," "The Hunger," and the modern-day opus "Night Watch." “It’s almost like vampires are taking over the world!” he muses referring to the current "Twilight" mania. More...
Polish dark metal band Darzamat has inked a worldwide deal with German Massacre Records. The label is known for working with such bands as King Diamond, Atrocity, Crematory, Darkane, Legion of the Damned, Solitude Aeturnus, Theatre of Tragedy, Das Ich and Disbelief. The band’s fifth album, “Solfernus’ Path,” is scheduled for release on August 28 (In Japan album will be released by Spiritual Beast).
Commented Flauros, vocalist of the band: "We are more then happy to announce that we have signed a new record deal at Massacre Records. We hope that thanks to the experience of the Massacre Records crew our music will have a chance to reach more people now. We are really looking forward to working with them and promoting the Solphernus’Path.
"We are also extremely happy to enter the Asian market through Spiritual Beast."
Darzamat has tapped Jonas Kljellgren (Scar Symmetry guitarist) of Black Lounge Studios in Avesta, Sweden to mix "Solfernus' Path." The new album was recorded in Poland under the supervision of Jaroslaw Toifl, with whom the band had previously worked on 2005's "Transkarpatia" (Metal Mind Productions in Europe, MVD in the USA). There are two great guests on the album: Andy La Rocque (guitar solo in “King of the Burning Anthems”) and Roy Mayorga (opening intro). The artwork for the new CD was created by MentalPorn.com Agency, which has previously worked with such bands as Death Stars and Behemoth.
Darzamat has uploaded a teaser sampler on the band's MySpace player.
"Solfernus' Path" includes the following songs:
Vote for Heresy
King of the Burning Anthems
Texan symphonic black metal band, Vesperian Sorrow, has issued the following update:
"Well the time has come for us to enter the studio and finally record 'Of Opiates and Accolades!' We have been working on all the songs and putting the finishing touches on what we think will be our darkest and most mature album to date. We will be posting a studio report throughout the recording process and posting videos and possibly streaming live at some point, we've been discussing the possibilities. We are going to be starting the recording process around July 20th. Right now Kris and Will are recording Jon Zig's band Sarcolytic. After they finish mixing the new Sarcolytic album that will be released through Unique Leader Records, they will be focusing all their attention on the new Vesperian Sorrow. We are also very happy to announce that we have a new management company we are working with, Chaotic Beauty Music, and we are very excited to be working with Kimberley James. As well, we are booking up a bunch of Vesperian Sorrow gigs for the summer and latter half of the year, so please keep posted we might be hitting a city near you VERY soon!"
Taiwanese black metallers Chthonic are currently streaming the new song "Rise of the Shadows" on their MySpace page. The track is off the band's upcoming album "Mirror Of Retribution," which is currently set for an August 10th release via Spinefarm Records.
Ex Deo front man Maurizio Iacono has issued the following update about recruiting a new bassist for touring duties:
"EX DEO have enlisted bassist Dano Apekian from Montreal, Quebec’s melodic death metal outfit ASHES OF EDEN. We knew that Francois Mongrain (MARTYR) couldn’t make it on some tours with EX DEO even before we asked him to perform on the album...we needed a person that could be there when called upon for touring. Dano has good stage experience and will serve Rome's conquest proudly!
"I would also like to also dismiss any claim that EX DEO is part of any Christian based band or beliefs. These are false allegations of people who have obviously not educated themselves with history. Rome was part of Polytheism beliefs, in other words, it was pagan, the belief in multiple gods, not Christianity until Emperor Constantine declared the Christian religion legal in Rome. That was the biggest mistake they ever made, it was the start of the fall of Rome and its ideals of free thinking, and for those who dismiss these things as something of the 'past,' well let me tell you that you live in the results of those past events and your way of thinking is based on it, and all the freedoms you take for granted. HAIL ROME!"
Dysrhythmia are currently streaming a new preview track, "Room Of Vertigo," from their forthcoming album "Psychic Maps" online via the band's MySpace page. "Psychic Maps" will see its CD and LP release on July 7th in North America, July 13th internationally.
Halford has been shown as a stylish person in the form of the way he takes care of his metal appearance. There is a need to be very distinctive when representing an image of a Metal God to the audience as he wants his personal feelings about the line of apparel to become imbedded within it. The singer’s clothing line shows a need to be different in the form of displaying different imagery of crosses and other things that vary from his own normal attire.
The naming of the clothing is pretty excellent with things like “Sad Wings” that should be familiar to his fans. There will be a whole line of clothing from the normal t-shirts to pants and shoes as well. Furthermore, the creation of his line of clothing goes along nicely with the starting of his own Metal God Records label this year.
Germany's Neaera have posted a new music video online for the song "Prey To Anguish," which comes from their latest album "Omnicide - Creation Unleashed." The video can be viewed below. More...
Long running Japanese metallers Loudness have posted a new music video online for the song "Hit The Rails," which is from their latest album "The Everlasting." The video can be viewed below. More...
Swedish black metal band Valkyrja has issued the following statement about recording a new album:
"VALKYRJA will begin the recording of the second album in Necromorbus Studio. The procedure will span throughout the summer and be available in printed form in late 2009 / early 2010 through Metal Blade Records - if no greater harm is done to the schedule. As for now there are no further details available. Nothing more will be written until everything is completed and an entry including all information and alike will follow..
"The re-release date for the debut album 'The Invocation of Demise' has been set to July 17th. Pre-orders are taken in Metal Blades web store, as promised with new cover artwork which will be uploaded in the near future when the time does allow us."
Asphyx has posted a new music video online of the title track from their latest album "Death…The Brutal Way." The video can be viewed below. "Death…The Brutal Way" will be released in North America on August 18th via Ibex Moon Records. More...
Polish metallers Crionics has issued the following statement about finishing the recording of their new EP:
"Crionics Has just finished to record the tracks for Their New E.P. The recordings took place in Cracow's Shindler Factory Studio Right now the material is being mixed by the Wieslawski Bros. in their own Hertz Studio in Bialystok. During this session the band used acoustic guitars and clean vocals for the first time ever.
"The new frontman - Quazzarre has perfectly fit his role and recorded incredibly interesting and variated vocal parts. 'N.O.I.R' - Because that's the new album's title consists of 3 new songs and 2 covers: Immortal - Blashyrk (Mighty Ravendark) and an unusual as for Crionics cover of Rammstein - Moskau which features guest vocal appearance of Peter of Vader and Vogg of Decapitated on Accordion and Acoustic Guitar. On the band's MySpace you can find pics from the studio and soon a short video report. You can also find the full album tracklist below. More details will follow soon!"
The track listing will be as follows: More...
My America has issued the following statement about streaming a new demo song online at their MySpace page:
"We probably should have done this a long time ago, but better late than never I always say! You can check and see EXACTLY what we are doing at any given time by going here and visiting us on some site called Twatter.
"We also posted a new song that we had originally self-recorded for our own personal use but we have now decided to share it with the public due to its timely lyrical content. The song is called 'Swindled' and it's about the Avian Swine S.A.R.S Flu that's been going around and snatching people up lately. This one is for you guys.
"This song and a handful of others will comprise our next release that we hope to have out late this summer or in the fall. More details on this will come throughout this summer. So keep your board shorts on bro!"
Dream Theater has updated the confirmed dates for their upcoming North American and European Progressive Nation tours. The currently confirmed North American tour dates (with Zappa Plays Zappa, Bigelf, and Scale the Summit) are as follows:
7/24 - Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater - Miami, FL
7/25 - Rock Hard Live - Orlando, FL
7/28 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA
7/29 - Thomas Wolfe Auditorium - Ashville, NC
7/31 - Tower Theater - Philadelphia, PA
8/1 - Merriweather Post - Washington DC (With Queensryche)
8/2 - Bank Of America Pavillion - Boston, MA
8/4 - The Palace Theater - Albany, NY
8/5 - Oakdale Theater - Wallingford, CT
8/7 - Convention Hall - Asbury Park, NJ
8/9 - Beacon Theater - New York City, NY
8/11 - The Agora - Quebec City, QUE
8/12 - Bell Center - Montreal, QUE
8/14 - Molson Amphitheater - Toronto, ONT
8/16 - The Burton Cummings Theater - Winnipeg, MAN
8/18 - MacEwan Hall - Calgary, AB
8/19 - Shaw Conference Center - Edmonton, AB
8/21 - The Orpheum Theater - Minneapolis, MN
8/22 - Riverside Theater - Milwaukee, WI
8/23 - Chicago Theater - Chicago, IL
8/25 - Temple Hoyne Buell Theater - Denver, CO
8/27 - Event Center - San Jose, CA
8/28 - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
8/29 - Los Angeles, CA - The Greek Theater
The European leg of the Progressive Nation tour (with Opeth, Bigelf, and Unexpect) will be as follows: More...
Alestorm has issued the following announcement about offering their latest album as picture disc LP:
"Haw fannyfaces and fannyfacettes!
"I forgot to mention that our new album 'Black Sails at Midnight' is also currently available as a Picture Disc LP, with the badass album artwork printed on the vinyl. If you want to get your hands on this piece of ultimate sexualness, head over to the Napalm Records Webstore. Do it now! Limited to 500 copies!
"Right, I'm off to the Bang Your Head festival now. See you there, bright and early tomorrow morning!"
Dark Funeral has issued the following update about canceling their appearance at the Unholy Fest:
"Just like countless of other bands, we have, unfortunately, also been forced cancel our show at the Unholy Fest. It actually seems like this festival was never going happen in the first place, and just a big scam already from the beginning. The promoter seems to have disappeared from the surface of the earth, whereof we, and as it seems, also many other bands, simply have no other option but to cancel.
"This sure sucks for us, who were really looking forward to this show, as much as we know it does for all of you who already have purchased tickets and made arrangement for the fest. We do hope that all of you who have bought tickets will be fully refunded by the organizer though! More...
DevilDriver has issued the following announcement about offering fans the chance to ask the band a question:
"Do you have a burning question about the new album PRAY FOR VILLAINS? Or just a question you have always wanted to put to the band that none of the interviews you have read or heard have ever put to the band? Would you like the opportunity to put that question to Dez??
"Then NOW is your chance! www.roadrunnerrecords.co.uk is giving you the chance to put a question to Dez in this months ASK THE ARTIST. For the full details on how you can get your question to Dez, Click here!"
Killswitch Engage has issued the following statement about canceling two upcoming European tour dates:
"Due to the passing of a close family member, we will unfortunately have to cancel our Jun-26 performance at the Idroscalo festival (Milan, Italy) and our Jun-27 performance at the Grasspop festival (Dessel, Belgium). We thank you for understanding during this difficult time and we definitely plan to be back to Italy and Belgium sometime soon to make it up to you"
Pagan Records has posted a new live video clip online of Sathanas performing at the Death Dealers Fest in Poznan, Poland on March 13th, 2009. The video clip can be viewed below. More...
Sirenia has issued the following statement about canceling their appearance at the Metal Female Voices Festival:
"Due to irregulations done in the booking procedure of the show at Metal Female Voices Fest, Sirenia's show at this specific festival will be canceled. The band itself has nothing to do with this mishap, and we sadly regret this inconvenience for all our fans. We are determined to make this up to you with one or more shows in the same region at some later point. We will keep you posted!"
SHADOWS FALL has announced "Retribution" as the title of their fifth full-length album, which is set for a September 15 street date. The album, a follow-up to 2007’s critically acclaimed "Threads of Life," will be released on the band’s own label, Everblack Industries, which was created in conjunction with Warner Music Group’s ILG, Ferret Music, and ChannelZERO Entertainment. For more information on Everblack Industries, visit everblackindustries.com. The new album was produced by Zeuss (Hatebreed, Municipal Waste), with vocal production by Elvis Baskette (Incubus, Alter Bridge).
Singer Brian Fair commented on the band’s venture: “We learned everything from the ground up. We’ve gone through the independent metal world to the major label world, and have come to realize that, given the way things are now, it’s all about the band re-taking control of everything: music, business, ownership, publishing. Everything.”
Fans can now sign up for the SHADOWS FALL mailing list and street team at Reverbnation, where exclusive downloads are now available for all members.
The band called on design company Sons of Nero (Unearth, Every Time I Die, Bring Me The Horizon) for the cover art for "Retribution."
The complete tracklisting for "Retribution" follows: More...
Canada's Aeternam has joined the Metal Blade roster. Formed in 2007 in Quebec City, Aeternam has been preparing to unleash their very own brand of epic death metal upon the world. Combining classic death metal songwriting with epic melodic soloing and middle-eastern influences, Aeternam has fine-tuned its craft and made it into a perfect blend of brutality and melody. Their first studio release, "Disciples of the Unseen," was produced by mastermind JeF Fortin (Neuraxis, The Last Felony). The album contains ten tracks that should please fans of Behemoth, Nile and Melechesh. You can see the band lay down tracks for the album in the video below and check out some of their music on their MySpace player.
Aeternam comments: "We are very excited and proud to see our debut album come out on Metal Blade and what could be more fitting for us to be label mates with such bands as Behemoth and Cannibal Corpse. A lot of inspiration and work went into creating Disciples of the Unseen and we cannot wait to present it to the worldwide metal scene. We'll soon be on the road to promote the album and we can't wait to bring this monster to the stage."
“This is one of those rare bands that was an absolute no brainer for us to bring on board and has everyone at Metal Blade unanimously excited about the possibilities. The sheer amount of talent and creativity inherent in this band is refreshing. We look forward to working together on this and many future albums!” Metal Blade Records
Aeternam will be supporting now label mates, Behemoth, at their June 29th show in Montreal, QC at Le Medley.
Achraf Loudiy - Vocals & Guitar
Alex Loignon - Guitar
Jonas Lapointe - Bass & Vocals
Samuel Dubois - Keyboards
Antoine Guertin - Drums More...
Jeff Potts, guitarist for the Pittsburgh metal band MANTIC RITUAL has sent in the following tour update:
“For those of you who don't hablo español – ‘No Jeff, it's 'habla'’ - ... Thanks Adam. For those of you who don't habla español, the title of this blog roughly translates to ‘Pro-Pain/Sworn Enemy Tour update number one.’
“With that out of the way, let us bring you up to speed. We spent the last ten days in the southeastern part of the U.S. and we just finished the show in Baltimore. We've had a lot of fun so far and made plenty of new friends and fans. Being back in the van, rather than on the bus like on the last tour, gives us plenty of opportunities to get to know the fine folks who come out to our shows and offer us a place to stay for the night (*hint, hint* to the people coming out to the rest of the shows on this tour). Possibly the most interesting place we've stayed so far was on a military base in Jacksonville, North Carolina. Let's hear it for 3-year-olds that rock out and air-guitar to an entire Iron Maiden DVD - good times.
“Just letting everyone know: Much like the tickets at Waynestock, there are still plenty of dates left on this tour. We hope to see you at the shows and party at your house. Remember, in the words of Jim Morrison – ‘If you book us, we will come.’
“Until then, ‘Party on, Adam!’
“‘Party on, Jeff!’”
SUNN O))) has unveiled more US tour dates in support of their latest opus, "Monoliths & Dimensions."
Following their previously announced Midwestern US tour beginning next week, the band will devastate the West Coast this August. The tour kicks off in Seattle where SUNN O))) will headline two Southern Lord label showcase events. The first night will be as a duo performing the the Shoshin/GrimmRobe Demos in its entirety. They will be joined by labelmates The Accüsed (this show serving as a record release show for the Accüsed album "The Curse of Martha Splatterhead"). An encore Seattle performance follows the next night, this time alongside Southern Lord brethren Earth, Pelican and Eagle Twin. SUNN O))) then surges south along the coast through California and into Utah and Colorado alongside labelmates Eagle Twin and The Accüsed.
Here are the latest Sunn O))) "Monoliths & Dimensions" West Coast tour dates:
8/05/2009 Neumo’s - Seattle, WA w/ The Accüsed (record release show!), Trap Them, Black Breath
8/06/2009 Neumo's - Seattle, WA w/ Earth, Pelican, Eagle Twin
8/08/2009 Independent - San Francisco, CA w/ the Accüsed, Eagle Twin
8/09/2009 Historic Brookdale Lodge - Brookdale, CA w/ the Accüsed, Eagle Twin
8/11/2009 Center for Arts, Eagle Rock - Los Angeles, CA w/ the Accüsed, Eagle Twin
8/13/2009 Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO w/ the Accüsed, Eagle Twin
8/14/2009 Avalon Theatre - Salt Lake City, UT w/ the Accüsed, Eagle Twin
Guitarist, Justin Whang, of New York death metal band, Severed, has issued the following report about their show at Irving Plaza on June 20th, which was when the band debuted their new guitarist:
"The Irving Plaza show was fucking amazing. We owe a huge thanks to all of our friends, fans, and family that came to the show, as well as all of the other great bands that played that night. We just got some spectacular pics of the show from our boy Chris of Photosynthesis photography." More...
3 Inches of Blood has announced the complete tracklisting for their new album, "Here Waits Thy Doom." The album was tracked in Seattle’s Sound House Recordings with renowned producer Jack Endino (High On Fire) and includes some interesting covers that span the hard rock spectrum and will be appearing as b-sides and/or bonus tracks for the upcoming release.
Here is the "Here Waits Thy Doom" tracklisting:
1. Battles and Brotherhood
2. Rock In Hell
3. Silent Killer
4. Fierce Defender
5. Preachers Daughter
6. Call of the Hammer
7. Snake Fighter
8. At the Foot of the Great Glacier
9. All of them Witches
11. Execution Tank
Not Fragile (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
Cities on Flame (Blue Oyster Cult)
Daytona (Zeke) More...
Vried is booked on the main stage at the Oslo Live festival by the Akershus Fortress in Oslo, Norway on July 3rd. The band will also be playing Wacken, Summer Breeze, Brutal Assault and Zwarte Cross this summer.
Legendary thrashers Testament have posted up links to three recent interviews with Full Metal Jackie of Altitude TV, the second with HardTimes.ca, and lastly, Away-Team.com. The first two are video interviews posted below and the latter is available to read at this link.
Testament's interview with Full Metal Jackie features a discussion of a new 80's revival.
Part One: More...