Metal News for June 28, 2010
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Death/thrash metal band TOMBSTONES, featuring legendary underground vocalist Stevo Dobbins (IMPETIGO), has finished recording their debut album due for a summer release via Razorback Records. The album was mixed/mastered by Patrick Bruss at the Filth Chamber in Denver, Colorado and features the following recording lineup:
Stevo (IMPETIGO): Vocals
Patrick Bruss (CRYPTICUS) - Guitar & Bass
Elektrokutioner (DECREPITAPH) - Drums
You can check out the album preview below and more of the band's music on their MySpace player.
Belgium based death grinders Leng Tch'e are currently streaming a new song titled "Totalitarian" via the band's myspace page. The song, which comes off the band's recently released new album "Hypomanic", features Napalm Death's Barney Greenway performing guest vocals.
The song can be heard here.
"Hypomanic" was released through Season Of Mist.
Long running hardcore act Hatebreed have just announced a series of concerts set to take place throughtout eastern Canada. Support on the tour will come from label mates Straight Line Stitch. The tour will also mark the band's first appearances in the provinces of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Canadian tour dates:
September 6 — The Blind Dog — Windsor, Ont.
September 7 — The Music Hall — London, Ont.
September 8 — Phoenix Concert Theatre — Toronto, Ont.
September 9 — Club Soda — Montreal, Que.
September 10 — The New Capital Music Hall — Ottawa, Ont.
September 11 — Illot Fleurie Park — Quebec City, Que.
September 13 — Oxygen Nightclub — Moncton, N.B.
September 14 — The Cunard Centre — Halifax, N.S.
Sweden's melodic metallers Soilwork are currently streaming a track from their upcoming album "The Panic Broadcast" via their myspace page. The song is titled titled "Delieverance is Mine."
"The Panic Broadcast" is scheduled for release on July 13th, 2010 in North America and July 2nd in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records.
Japanese brutal death metallers Infernal Revulsion have announced a series of club shows taking place on the eastern coast. This will be the band's first return to U.S soil in over two years.
Infernal Revulsion dates:
July 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Charleston
July 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The M Room
July 22 – Clifton, NJ @ Dingbatz
July 24 – Urbana, IL @ The Canopy Club
Progressive metal legends Queensryche have just announced a new batch of dates for their "Queensryche Cabaret" Tour. The tour, which features the band playing alongside go-go dancers, burlesque dancers, drag queens, a juggler, ballet dancers, trapeze artists and a contortionist, has been and is making newly added stops across the United States.
The band describes the shows as being "Teatro ZinZanni meets Cirque du Soleil."
The band also commented by saying: "What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play! Those who attend the Queensrÿche Cabaret will have the option of just sitting back and enjoying the music and theatrics or actually being a part of the elaborate stage show! Prior written consent will be required as it won't be for the faint of heart... It'll be sights and sounds coming at you from all angles like never before!"
New dates include:
Jul. 22 - Anaheim, California - The Grove
Jul. 23 - Los Angeles, California - Club Nokia
Jul. 24 - Las Vegas, Nevada - Crown Theater
Jul. 25 - San Francisco, California - Regency Ballroom
Aug. 05 - New Orleans, Louisiana - House Of Blues
Aug. 06 - Houston, Texas - House Of Blues
Aug. 07 - San Antonio, Texas - Backstage Live
Aug. 08 - Dallas, Texas - House Of Blues
Aug. 18 - Asbury Park, NJ - Paramount Theatre
Oct. 28 - Kansas City, Missouri - Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah's
Oct. 29 - Chicago, Illinois - House of Blues
Oct. 30 - Mount Pleasant, Michigan - Soaring Eagle Casino
British progressive act Porcupine Tree have just announced four German concerts taking place in various spots throughtout the country. These will be the first German dates the band have done in support of their latest album "The Incident", excluding festivals. Fans can also expect to hear longer sets from the band on these dates.
German concert dates:
October 5th Steintor-Variete, Halle
October 6th Admiralspalast, Berlin
October 7th RurhCongress,Bochum
October 8th Brahms-Saal, Karlsrhue
Finnish death metal band Sadistik Forest has signed a deal with VIOLENT JOURNEY RECORDS. The band’s self titled debut will be released on August 12th 2010. The official album release show is scheduled for August 14th 2010 in Jalometalli Metal Festival, Oulu, Finland. Other confirmed acts are Destruction, Suffocation, Carcass, Triptykon etc.
Sadistik Forest was formed in 2007 by guitarist Antti Heikkinen, drummer Vesa Mutka and bassist/vocalist Markus Makkonen. The line-up was completed early this year, when guitarist Matti Salo joined the ranks. Sadistik Forest’s riff-based, ferocious and brutal, assault has often been compared to Unleashed and early Morbid Angel. More...
Italian death metal band Stillness Blade has announced their signing to Punishment 18 Records.
The band signed to the label for the release and distribution of their second full length.
Dutch eclectic extreme metal band CONSPIRACY returns with a brand new third full-length album entitled "Irremediable." Previously helmed solely by Carpathian Wolf (Lupus Karpatius in Latin) for the previous two full-length albums, the band currently also consists of German guitarist / composer / orchestrator Aryan Blaze to join the ranks of CONSPIRACY.
Carpathian Wolf (a.k.a Al' Hazred, former member of Sumerian black metallers Melechesh) left Melechesh in 2008 to fully concentrate and focus on CONSPIRACY. CONSPIRACY's musical direction sees a more logical step towards the fulfillment and ideology of Carpathian Wolf himself.
CONSPIRACY head-honcho Carpathian Wolf comments, "This time CONSPIRACY doesn't just spit rage and hatred but presents the symphony of sinister entertainment for the chosen elite black metal consumer. The material on 'Irremediable' ranges from Blackened Heavy Metal with melodic and harmonious guitar solos to Black Metal with unorthodox elements, which will pleasantly surprise even the most spoilt listeners." More...
ORPHANED LAND has posted part 2 of a series of video tour diaries from the band’s past European headlining tour. Watch the video below:
Austrian metal band Devanic has issued the following update regarding their new demo that they recently posted on their MySpace page:
"After a long time of silence Devanic is getting loud again. The band decided to put some demo-material on myspace to give a sign of life to all our fans out there!"
"Both songs; "Future Sorrow" and "Hold still and sleep"; are just demos which were never meant to get released or anything, but Devanic wanted to know the reactions of the public on the new song-material, so it was just a logical step to upload some tunes. So, feel free to give feedback! :)"
Swedish melodic death metal band Marionette has issued the following update on their new album:
"Exiting times now! We are finally ready to start the recording of our 3:rd album and jimmy is just now making some last adjustments to his drums. Expect some heavy songs and some new Marionette classics to come out of this one. Videos will come later at some point so stay tuned!"
Vancouver hard rock band Quartered has just released "Eternity Below," the brand new single from the upcoming "Walks Like A Ghost" album as a free download at this location. The twelve track album will be available everywhere on Tuesday, August 24 through Thorny Bleeder Records.
Quartered is gearing up for their 2010 Canadian Summer Tour in support of their highly anticipated new album. Recorded in Vancouver at the legendary Mushroom Studios, "Walks Like A Ghost" was produced by Ben Kaplan (Chevelle, Trapt, The Gallows, Biffy Clyro).
The District Court for Gdynia has dismissed the investigation against Behemoth frontman Adam Darski (pseudonym/nickname Nergal) accused of an offence against religious feelings (sec. 196 of polish Criminal Code). The case was filed against Darski after a tore up a bible on stage at a Behemoth concert in September 2007.
During the preparatory proceedings the defender filled the application, which was entirely accepted by the Court. The defendant’s behaviour wasn’t recognised as a crime. Moreover the Court acknowledged no causal connection/cause-and-effect relationship between Adam Darski’s behaviour and the consequence in a form of outrage of religious emotions.
Danish metal band Horned Almighty has issued the following recording update on their new album "Necro Spirituals:"
"After weeks of hard work the new album was finally finished last thursday and we now have the master cds in our hands. 9 tracks (36 minutes) of unrelenting bastardized black thrashing hell-metal in the proud Horned Almighty tradition."
"The cover artwork is also in the final stages of completion and supplements the primal and ugly audio very well! Now, there is only waiting left until the album will be puked out through your loudspeakers ... it will be worth the wait!"
"In the meantime a few live gigs will be executed in the same disgusting manner as always, first up: Metal Magic Festival III in Fredericia (Denmark) on July 9th with Strychnos, The Cleansing, Undergang and many more..."
Brazilian metal band Eminence has posted a new live video online. The video was recorded live at Abril Pro Rock Festival in Recife, Brazil and features the song "Day 7." Watch it below:
GLOOMY GRIM has issued the following studio update:
"GLOOMY GRIM is going to record Mercyful Fate cover "Black Funeral" + one, still untitled, own song. Studio starts 7.7. and we will then record the base of the songs. After that, Ill do synths to them, so release date (maybe just on internet) will be something like start of august. GLOOMY GRIM is alive and well, despite some people have thought something else."
Canada's CANCER BATS has announced the following Canadian summer tour dates:
07/17 - Toronto, ON Sound Academy – COOL TOUR
08/05 - Vancouver, BC The Biltmore Cabaret
08/06 - Victoria, BC The Lucky Bar
08/07 - Kamloops, BC Pogue Mahone Pub
08/08 - Lethbridge, AB The Blarney Stone
08/10 - Red Deer, AB The Vat
08/14 - Winnipeg, MB Red River Exhibition
08/15 - Thunder Bay, ON The Office (Crock’s)
08/16 - Sudbury, ON Jubilee Hall
08/17 - Montreal, QC Le National Cabaret
08/19 - Moncton, NB The Manhattan Club
08/20 - Fredericton, NB Nickyzees
08/21 - Halifax, NS The Pavilion
Before heading to the west coast to begin their tour across Canada, the CANCER BATS will perform at the 2010 S.C.E.N.E Music Festival in St. Catharines and will be part of the brand new COOL TOUR 2010 which will be hitting cities across the US in July. In association with Metal Blade Records, Atticus Black by Atticus Clothing, and Musician's Institute College of Contemporary Music, the “COOL TOUR” features As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Architects, and many more. The tour has one Canadian stop in Toronto.
Swiss thrash metal band CATARACT has entered the Antfarm studios in Denmark to record their new album for Metal Blade Records. Check out a studio update from the band below:
"Fellow Cataractians, after sorting out the internet troubles we're finally able to report on our fourth visit to the brand spanking new Antfarm Studios! We're gonna keep the blah blah low and give you the raw and ugly truth of being a rockstar and having to bring something new into your music so the reviews will be raving."
"Day 0, Sunday. Drove up to danmark, whew. 12hours of germans slowing down whenever a truck, bend or raincloud approaches. Entered danmark, got fingered by the cops, just shortly though as we didn't shower in the morning. Best thing about the drive – speed limit in danmark is now 130 on the motorways! Collected keys to our little home for the next two weeks, we rented a small house on the beach of danmark, about 20mins away from the studio. Turns out it's a 4* holyday home with all possible extras (minus a working internet connection), so we're really stoked and ready to go!" More...
MONTREAL death metal band The Last Felony has revealed their new single the band has posted the new track, “We Are Future Housing Developements For Maggots," on their MySpace page. The song is the opening track from their new album, "Too Many Humans." The band has also posted a video trailer on their MySpace page.
"Too Many Humans" hits stores in North America on August 17th. It is The Last Felony’s sophomore effort, and the follow up to the 2008 debut full-length, "Aeon Of Suffering" (Galy Records). The new album was recorded, engineered, and mixed at Montreal’s Garage Studio by Chris Donaldson (Cryptopsy, Neuraxis), and mastered by Pierre Remillard (Misery Index, Despised Icon, Ion Dissonance, Beneath the Massacre). Artwork comes courtesy of Felix Rancourt (Despised Icon, Beneath the Massacre). More...
A full live concert of SMILE EMPTY SOUL is available for viewing online. The footage was taken at Reggies Rock Club in Chicago, IL. View the full concert online at this location and below:
The Setlist for the concert is as follows:
01. NOWHERE KIDS
03. REFILL ME
06. WALKING AWAY
07. OUT TO SEA
08. ALONE WITH NOTHING
09. SELF INFLICTED
10. WERE THROUGH
12. BOTTOM OF A BOTTLE
13. DONT EVER LEAVE
SYMPHORCE are currently working on their new album. The band has posted some videos from the studio, which can be seen below:
Circle II Circle has been working hard on their highly anticipated 5th studio album "Consequence of Power". Check out LoudTrax.com to read a studio diary written exclusively by the band. The album is set for a Fall 2010 release.
An excerpt from the studio diary is as follows:
"Went into SWEET SPOT studios & started setting the drums up for CONSEQUENCE OF POWER. I am really looking forward to it because I really like this studio. Working w/ the owner Jim Fox, is always a treat. I always like to go in early, the night before and stretch out new drum heads on my custom Joey Jordison double bass kit. This kit is set up a lot different than most drummers and tuned a lot lower than most, consisting of 10” & 12” drums on the far left a 13” drum in the middle and a 14” on the right w/ a 13” Pork Pie metal screamer snare. My cymbals consist of a variety of brands Zildjian, Sabian, & Meinl. The cymbals are also set up a little stranger than the average drummers set up consisting of a set of 13” hi hats on the left and a set of 14” hi hats on the right. An 18” china on the right and an 18” china on the left. Two 18” crash cymbals in the center right & center left position and two 16” crash cymbals on the outside. The ride cymbal placement is low center right." More...
Montreal extreme metal band ION DISSONANCE recently completed the recording process for their new album, "Cursed," which is set for an August 24th North American release. The album was tracked at .357 Productions with ION DISSONANCE guitar player, Antoine Lussier at the production helm.
A new video trailer unveiling the captivating artwork from Paul Romano (Mastodon, The Red Chord) can be seen below:
Scars on Broadway will perform at Avalon in Los Angeles on Friday, August 20th. Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 10. Stay tuned for more details.
Footage from their show at The Troubadour last month was posted online and can be viewed below.
According to TMZ, Vince Neil, the lead vocalist of hard rock legends Motley Crue, was arrested in Las Vegas, Nevada this morning. He is currently being held in Clark County Jail, where his bail has been set at $2,000. More information on this incident will be revealed as soon as it becomes available.
Death Metal band Hail of Bullets has posted photos from their set at the Metal Inferno Festival. You can find them here.
Instrumenal/progressive metal group Animals As Leaders have been very active recently. The band's new single, “Wave of Babies,” is available for download exclusively on iTunes. Additionally, Tosin Abasi, who is the band's leader and plays an eight string guitar, has released a guitar tutorial that shows how to play part of “Wave of Babies.” This tutorial can be found on GuitarWorld.com. Abasi commented on the whole shebang:
"This is a track I did with Misha ‘Bulb’ Mansoor (Periphery) shortly after the Animals as Leaders album was finished. Apparently the musical ideas weren't exhausted during the album sessions and we still had some collaborative momentum left in us. It's very possible that we'll be adding this song to our live set during the Summer Slaughter tour in July so make sure to come out early to catch us!"
Animals As Leaders will soon be on tour on the Summer Slaughter Lineup, following up Abasi's stint with Born of Osiris on the 2009 Summer Slaughter Tour. Check out all the Animals As Leaders details, including Summer Slaughter details, at their MySpace Page.
Featuring members of Killing Time and Uppercut, Kings Destroy seems like the ultimate wet dream for any hardcore music fanatic. However, the band is as far away from their roots as possible. With a groovy stoner metal sound and some sneering attitude to boot, Kings Destroy will leave some scratching their head in confusion.
Thankfully, the band seems more than capable at playing at a slower tempo if their show in Philly on June 25th supporting Starkweather was any indication. While it was only their fourth live show, they gelled well as a unit and put on an effective performance that featured songs from their upcoming debut album scheduled to be released later in the year. In-between their set and Starkweather’s, I had the opportunity to speak to vocalist Steve Murphy about the band’s latest 7-inch, plans for the debut album, and how important storytelling is to their songwriting. More...
Avant Garde Metal band Eryn Non Dae has posted live performance of "Existence Asleep" which is the third track from 2009 full length "Hydra Lernaia." It can be viewed below:
The 2010 edition of The Pathfinder Metalfest, held every year in Marietta, Georgia (US), is being headlined by Jon Oliva's Pain and will be held over Halloween weekend. The festival now has another addition: traditional metallers Icarus Witch! The band's release reads as follows:
It's never to early to make your plans for the international heavy metal holiday, Halloween weekend. This year, thee place for true metal heads to be is Marietta, Georgia for the Pathfinder MetalFest 2010. Icarus Witch are excited to announce they have been added as one of the featured artists on this stellar bill that will be headlined by Jon Oliva's Pain!
This has been a banner year for the Witch - already including a North American tour backing original Iron Maiden vocalist, Paul DiAnno, support slots with Lizzy Borden, a high profile appearance at Warriors Of Metal Open Air, an upcoming gig with Otep and a soon-to-launch summer tour opening for Y&T that peaks with a slot at Midwest Rock Fest along side Twisted Sister! The news of playing with yet another hero in Savatage / Trans Siberian Orchestra vocal legend Jon Oliva just gives the band and its circle a fall to look forward to as well.
The Pathfinder Metalfest will be held on October 30, 2010. More information can be found here.
Metalcore supergroup Arma Gathas played the ATAK in Enschede, The Netherlands, with Job for a Cowboy and As I Lay Dying. They have posted some photos of the show, which can be found here.
Arma Gathas were also quite impressed with their show-mates, saying "AS I LAY DYING played one of their best shows we have ever seen."
Christian Extreme metal band The Crimson Armada has covered "Alive," which was the biggest hit that fellow Christian rockers P.O.D. ever recorded. The cover is available for download, along with Crimson Armada original "Composed of Stone." The links for both downloads are available off The Crimson Armada's MySpace Blog.
Death metal band God Dethroned is currently in the studio working on their tenth full length. Via their MySpace Page they have briefly commented on the new album, their new guitarist and their recent tour:
"It's studio time again.
We've been working hard on a new album lately and just finished songwriting.
Our second album with a World War One theme.
Mike and Henri will start laying down drum and guitar tracks at Soundlodge Studio's (Germany) with producer Joerg Uken.
It's our third time recording there as we have been very pleased with the results of the previous albums.
We would like to thank Ian Jekelis (Abigail Williams) for playing guitar with us on the Killfest tour in the U.S. where we supported Overkill on many great and succesful shows.
We also would like to welcome Danny Tunker as our new lead guitarist.
Danny already played with us on a few shows and festivals and we decided to give him the chance to show his skills on our new album.
More news soon.
Cheers, God Dethroned"
Each week in "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we shine a light on promising bands coming out of the darkness of the underground. Nashville TN is the music business center of the United States, and isn’t without its fair share of shadows where bands outside of the mainstream get their start.
Nashville is home to top-charting hit-makers like Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Ke$ha, and others, but has a dark underside where metal bands thrive. Psychedelic doom metal act Clorange, progressive metal act Invicta, and symphonic black metal band Cernunnos! are the subjects of this Unearthing.
The Nashville scene revolves around several known venues – The End, The Muse, Rocketown, and Exit/In – with nightly local shows. A fair share of bands that have become national touring acts have gotten their start here in Nashville and the surrounding towns of Murfreesboro and Knoxville, such as Whitechapel, Enfold Darkness and Destroy Destroy Destroy. Nashville is also home to the music studio of famed Soilwork guitarist/producer Peter Wichers. With no shortage of studios and talent in this town, bands are able to find each other, play lots of shows, and record very easily, releasing albums just the way they want. More...