Metal News for June 28, 2011
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Death metal band Aurora Borealis has decided to make their entire discography available for free download. The band comments:
"There are tons of people out there can simply cannot afford to buy cds in these tough times. Of course we will still continue to sell hard copies of the CDs that are still available to those people who collect cds, or want the hard copies. I made this decision after the success we had from offering the new Timeline: The Beginning And End Of Everything cd as a free download. The response was overwhelming from people who appreciated the gesture. We hope our fans enjoy this. We know some of our first few albums are very hard to find and are pretty expensive. There are still people out there that do not feel right stealing or downloading an album illegally so we want to make it easy for them without breaking the law."
The following albums are available as high quality MP3s here:
TIMELINE: The Beginning And End Of Everything (2011)
TIME UNVEILED (2002)
NORTHERN LIGHTS (2000)
PRAISE THE ARCHAIC LIGHTS EMBRACE (1998)
MANSIONS OF ETERNITY (1996)
COVERING THE SKIES (Complilation of Cover Songs)
Check out the teaser for "Timeline: The Beginning And The End Of Everything" below:
We've been talking with bands and fans everywhere to get their mosh pit stories. This week, Anders Johansson, drummer of Fullforce, shares the making of an interesting tradition at the band's shows:
Well, we are a new band with just a few gigs under our belt but one thing that has happened a few times now is that when we play our song "Wall of secrets" it seems the crowd think they should pour beer onto the guitar player Stefan Elmgren. Someone somewhere started it and and it has spread. We first got a bit annoyed, but the crowd seems to show their appreciation this way in that specific song. We don't have a clue why but as long as they are happy...so are we.
The Swedish five-piece consists of members Mike Andersson (Cloudscape, Vocals), Stefan Elmgren (ex-Hammerfall, Guitars), Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, ex-Yngwie J. Malmsteen, Drums), CJ Grimmark (ex-Narnia, Guitars) and Tommy Larsson (ex-Heed, Bass). Fullforce will release its debut album, "One," via SPV/Steamhammer on July 26th in North America. The band released the first music video for the song "Walls of Secrets" earlier this year.
Be sure to check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.
The July 3rd show of the Metalunderground.com sponsored Origin, Hate Eternal, Vital Remains and Abysmal Dawn tour has been moved to The Miramar Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. All tickets for the Madison show will be honored. This is now an ALL AGES show.
Origin is currently on the road supporting their fifth studio album and Nuclear Blast debut, "Entity," which is out now in North America.
Fozzy, the band featuring Stuck Mojo guitarist/vocalist Rich Ward and World Wrestling Entertainment star Chris Jericho, has announced that they will be re-releasing their latest studio album, "Chasing The Grail" on July 1st as part of a two disc set which will also include the live album, "Remains Alive." The live record was previously limited to five hundred copies and was only available as part of an expensive fan package. The tracklisting is as follows:
Under Blackened Skies
Martyr No More
Let The Madness Begin
Pray For Blood
New Day's Dawn
God Pounds His Nails
Watch Me Shine
Paraskavedekatriaphobia (Friday The 13th)
Don't You Wish You Were Me
Daze Of The Week
End Of Days
Eat The Rich
Feel The Burn
With The Fire
To Kill A Stranger
The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that Irish black metal outfit Primordial and British extreme metal band Xerath have been added to this year's edition of the event. The festival will take place from August 12th-14th in Catton Hall, Derbyshire and will feature this lineup:
Devin Townsend Project
Rhapsody Of Fire
Deadly Circus Fire
Def Con One
Heavy metal? Metalcore? Mosh metal? Such questions matter little to Unearth shredder Buz McGrath, whose influential Massachusetts band has defied strict categorization for over a decade. After nearly three years since the last studio offering "The March," Unearth is set to drop their new album "Darkness In The Light" on July 5th and embark on a whirlwind of festival and headline touring. Here, I check in with McGrath for his thoughts on the album, subgenres, the subtle dynamics of a live performance, and more. More...
Swedish metal outfit In Flames have topped the German Media Control Chart with their latest studio album, "Sounds Of A Playground Fading," which also entered the German download chart at number nine. Antje Lange, Label Manager of Century Media states:
"We are more than happy about this amazing result and would like to thank everybody for their share in this huge success:
- a massive “thank you” goes out to you, the fans, who supported the band, believed in them and went out to buy the album. instead of just downloading it from the internet for free.
- all journalists who supported and featured the band.
- the whole team at Century Media who had to work overtime in order to achieve nothing, but simply the best.
- the whole team at EMI who worked hard on making this happen. More...
Professionally filmed footage of the live debut from Adrenaline Mob, the new band featuring former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Symphony X vocalist Russell Allen, Stuck Mojo/Fozzy guitarist Rich Ward, guitarist Mike Orlando and bassist Paul DiLeo (of Nena fame,) has been posted online. You can check out the video, which shows the band performing the classic Black Sabbath song, "The Mob Rules," below. The video was recorded on June 24th at The Hiro Ballroom in New York City. More...
In a recent interview with RadioMetal.com, Tommy Vetterli, guitarist of reunited Swiss thrash metal outfit Coroner, revealed that the band has been recording shows for a future live album and also plan to release a career spanning DVD in the future. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:
Q: You know, there are a lot of expectations from the fans, now that they have seen Coroner live…
A: "They want an album!"
Q: Absolutely! I met a few fans after your show and they were all on their knees, so blown away by what they saw and they were like 'man, they got a do an album after that!'
A: "Yeah, like I said before there are no plans. We might write one song or two and record and produce them. I actually want to do it but the other guys don’t want to do an album for now. I’ll have to try to convince them. I can’t do this without them. Besides, we’re working on a DVD with live stuff, new and old, interviews, etc. Then, yeah, we’ll see."
Q: And did you plan to record a show to release a live album?
A: "Yes. We recorded last night. Actually we record all the shows that we play and then we’ll compile them into a live album."
Read the full article at RadioMetal.com.
Brazilian metal legends Sepultura has posted the second part of their track by track breakdown for their new studio album, "Kairos" online. The group had this to say about the following songs:
5 - "Dialog"
On this song is like we are having a conversation with ourselves, looking inside, making a balance of all these years, the ups and downs of our career and life in general. A very honest look in the mirror, facing our weak and strong points, accepting certain things that cannot be changed and move forward always. Is a kind of a dark vibe in the music, with clean guitars and a speaking style vocals, then going to a heavy part with crushing double bass drumming.
6 - "Mask"
Here we attack the people from the internet, that have nicknames and they never show their faces, people that slay everybody without showing their credentials, hiding behind a mask to speak loud. The music I wrote on the road, on the A-Lex tour, the only one done like that, Jean have his recording gear with him and I play some riffs on the guitar, creating the structure for the song, very trash as well!
(1433) Current year of the Islamic calendar
7 - "Seethe"
This song is a leftover from the “A-Lex” sessions, there were two songs that did not were on the album and one of them we decided to use it for this one. Is a very raw, violent song, that still resembles the vibes of the Clockwork Orange. We wrote an extra heavy slower part in the middle and re-recorded in the Kairos sessions, same studio but different era and a different producer. Is just pure trash with aggressive lyrics.
8 - "Born Strong"
A song to our families, then and now, moms, dads, sisters, brothers, grandmas, wifes and kids. Since the day we were born, taking care of our firsts steps in this world and showing the right path, education and love. Today we have our own families and that is what keeps us with motivation and strong, without them we are nothing. The music comes from a very old riff, when Derrick joined Sepultura, back in 97. He brought this riff that we hated at that time but now it worked out great. It was the right moment for it.
"Kairos" was released in Europe on June 24th and will be released in North America on July 12th. The album comes in a standard jewel case form, as well as a CD/DVD package which contains two bonus tracks.
Polish death metal outfit Decapitated has posted a new song online entitled, "Homo Sum." The song is currently streaming on the Guitar World website and you can listen to the track by clicking here. The song will appear on the group's forthcoming new studio album, "Carnival Is Forever," which will be released via Nuclear Blast Records on July 12th in North America, with a European release of July 15th to follow.
New Orleans based metal supergroup Down will be releasing four EPs in the future according to guitarist Kirk Windstein. In a recent interview at the Hellfest festival in France, Windstein stated:
"We’re going to do four EPs, and they’ll all be different. We have many elements to our sound, so each one will have its own characteristics. Like, for example, this one we’re writing right now and are about to start recording will be really hard, with heavy Down stuff. Then we’ll have a mellow one, then a doom one - you know, slower and doomy stuff. A little bit of everything."
As to why the band chose to release four EPs instead of a full album, Kirk explains: "The record industry sucks so bad. Nobody buys anything. We’re trying to do something different, making it cheaper to buy. People want stuff for free! So six songs, its cheaper to buy. Same thing for downloading: it will be cheaper to download. Nobody wants to go to the record store and buy stuff anymore. So we're just trying to mix it up and do something different. It will be released on physical EP and digitally as well."
Read the full article at RadioMetal.com.
Every year, there seems to be that one metal album that incites vicious debates and extreme opinions. 2003 had Metallica’s “St. Anger;” 2008 was the year of Cryptopsy’s “The Unspoken King;” 2009 was all about 1349’s odd turn with “Revelations of the Black Flame.” This year is only halfway done, but the metal world has already found their whipping boy with Morbid Angel’s eighth album “Illud Divinum Insanus.”
The backlash on this record has been swift from metal fans. The album is split between more traditional fare and industrial/electronics monstrosities. This is the type of album that is meant to get a reaction out of the fickle metal community, and so far, it has done just that. Bassist/vocalist David Vincent rejoined Morbid Angel in 2004, and with “Illud Divinum Insanus” being the first Morbid Angel album with his involvement in over 15 years, the anticipation was off-the-charts for the “I” record.
I was offered the chance to speak to Vincent and grabbed the opportunity quickly. During our 40-plus minute interview, he was insightful and willing to answer every question I threw his way with no hesitation. Check out Vincent’s thoughts on the experimental nature of “Illud Divinum Insanus,” his reaction to all the criticism the record is getting, and a status update on Pete Sandoval. More...
Extreme metal supergroup Lock Up, which comprises of singer Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear), bassist Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Venomous Concept), drummer Nick Barker (ex-Cradle Of Filth, Dimmu Borgir) and guitarist Anton Reisenegger (Pentagram, Criminal,) has posted a ten minute preview of their new album, "Necropolis Transparent" online. You can check it out below. The record will be released through Nuclear Blast Records on July 1st in Europe and July 12th in North America. More...
Florida based metal outfit Trivium has posted a thirty second teaser online for the song, "Dusk Dismantled," which will appear on their forthcoming new studio album, "In Waves." You can check it out below. "In Waves" will be the band's fifth full length studio record and will hit the shelves on August 9th through Roadrunner Records. More...
Polish-based booking and promotional agency Massive Music has announced that American death metal band Immolation will be teaming with Brazilian extreme metallers Krisiun for a European tour later this Summer. A message from the agency reads as follows:
"Allied forces of two death metal giants will head off for European Sounds Of Extreme Tour 2011! You will see and hear them right in November during their four-week tour over all European countries. We will provide you with the news on supporting bands pretty soon. Immolation will promote their newest EP bound to release after summer holidays. Krisiun will present to you the album which they're currently working on in the studio. Its premiere is expected in October this year. This tour is for diehard maniacs exclusively! We don't take captives! All sissies are advised to stay home!"
Three members of the original lineup of the legendary Chicago based doom metal band Trouble reunited on stage the weekend before last to perform the song, "Victim Of The Insane," which comes from the group's debut album, "Psalm 9." You can check out a video below. Vocalist Eric Wagner and bassist Sean McAllister joined drummer Jeff "Oly" Olsen's band Retro Grave for the song at The Days Of The Doom Festival in Kenosha, Wisconsin. More...
Athens, Ohio based metal outfit Skeletonwitch has announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album will be, "Forever Abomination." It is expected to be released sometime this Autumn. To celebrate the recording and release of the album, the band has launched a website to keep fans informed of the record's progress, which you can check out by heading to ForeverAbomination.com.
"Worship Music," the new studio album from American thrash metal legends Anthrax, has entered the mastering stages according to a recent Twitter update from guitarist Scott Ian. His message reads as follows:
"Worship Music mastering/sequencing begins. The final step!!! We've worked so hard on this over the last year and to hear it finished is huge!"
This will be the first Anthrax album to feature all new material since 2003's, "We've Come For You All" and will be the group's first with vocalist Joey Belladonna since 1990's, "Persistence Of Time." The record will be released in Europe on September 12th through Nuclear Blast Records with a North American release via Megaforce Records to follow the next day.
American heavy metal outfit White Wizzard has seemingly parted company with lead singer Wyatt Anderson once again. This comes after Cellador singer Mike Germino was seen handling vocal duties for the band while they are on tour with thrash metal veterans Forbidden. A status from the band's Facebook page reads as follows:
"Wyatt Anderson wrote White Wizzard three weeks before tour and said he did not want to tour for personal, health and family reasons. This well after tour was booked and his flights. Mike has stepped in and is doing a stellar job. There will be a full press release soon. Ask Wyatt for further explanation."
Former Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach will be filming two new music videos today to promote his forthcoming new solo album, "Kicking And Screaming," which will be released on September 27th through Frontiers Records. A message from Bach reads as follows:
"(Guitarist) Nick Sterling and (drummer) Bobby Jarzombek fly into Hollywood tonight and the videos will be directed by Devin DeHaven for Fortress Television. We are actually going to have three videos, but one of them is mainly live in concert. So, we shoot twp concept videos tomorrow and then run through the third song to intersperse the live footage with studio video footage. It's gonna be a fun day. I really look forward to seeing Nick and Bobby again, those kooks! I am happy Frontiers Records is making good on their promise and we will actually have videos for this record! Right on!"
Steven Wilson, frontman of U.K. progressive rock veterans Porcupine Tree, has revealed that his forthcoming solo album will carry the title of "Grace For Drowning" and will serve as the follow up to 2008's "Insurgentes" (reviewed here). While no other details were given, Wilson has released the following two video trailers online which features artwork from the upcoming release.
A new video interview featuring Origin guitarist/vocalist Paul Ryan has made its way online. The interview was conducted on June 20th by Metal Assault's Andrew Bansal during Origin's appearance at the Key Club in est Hollywood, California. You can check out the interview in the player below.
Czech heavy metallers Seven have announced that it has signed a worldwide recording deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release its forthcoming new album, titled "Freedom Call," on September 2, 2011. A studio report as well as the official track listing for "Freedom Call" is available below.
1. Freedom Call
2. Brain Eater
3. Get It
4. The Road
5. So Scarred
6. Suicide Fall
8. Wild In The Night
9. The Joker
10. You Steal My Breath
11. To Hell
12. War Within
13. Autumn In The Rose Garden (bonus)
14. No Surrender (bonus)
Footage of Dagoba's entire Hellfest concert has been posted online, courtesy of Arte Télévision. The footage was captured during the band's June 19th appearance at the Hellfest festival in Clisson, France and can be streamed using the player provided below. Dagoba's latest album, "Poseidon," was released in North America on August 30, 2010 through XIII Bis Records.
Massachusetts metalcore act Unearth has announced that it will be participating in an autograph signing session in Lubbock, Texas next month. The signing is set to take place at Hastings Books Music & Videos on Tuesday, July 5, 2011. The group's latest full length, titled "Darkness In The Light," will see its release on the same day - being issues through Metal Blade Records.
Tuesday, July 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Location: Hastings Books Music & Videos
5005 50th Street
Video footage featuring the recent Daily Habit performance from the Black Veil Brides has made its way online. The band performed the track "Fallen Angels" which appears on the group's 2011 release "Set The World On Fire." You can check out the footage in the player provided below.
Drummer Dave Astor of the California-based thrash metal act Pathology has posted the following update online, detailing the progress of its upcoming full length album.
"I'm very excited to be back in the studio. Producer Daniel Castleman has done some of the best and heavy recordings out there. This will be the tightest and heaviest recording we have ever done. The new material we wrote is more thought out and way more brutal then anything that we have ever written. We're doing the same brutal music as we have always done. We just made the breakdowns heavier, the fast parts faster, and the slow parts slower."
New Avenged Sevenfold live footage has made its way online. The footage was taken during the group's appearance at the Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium on June 26, 2011. The group is set to headline the forthcoming Rockstar Uproar Festival Tour in North America beginning in August. You can view the dates for the Uproar tour at this location.
A new video interview with Times Of Grace members Jesse Leech and Adam Dutkiewicz has made its way online. The interview was conducted during the band's appearance at this year's Nova Rock festival and can be viewed in the player below.
Progressive deathcore outfit Iwrestledabearonce has posted a new trailer online to promote its forthcoming new full length album. The album, titled "Ruining It For Everybody," will see a July 26, 2011 release through Century Media Records. The album's track listing can be found below.
1. Next Visible Delicious
2. You Know That Ain’t Them Dogs’ Real Voices
3. Deodorant Can’t Fix Ugly
4. This Head Music Makes My Eyes Rain
5. It Is “Bro” Isn’t It?
6. Gold Jacket, Green Jacket
7. Break It Down Camacho
8. Stay to the Right
9. I’m Gonna Shoot
10. Karate Nipples
11. Button It Up
The Dillinger Escape Plan have announced that it will be traveling overseas this coming August for a handful of dates in Europe. You can check out the full list of dates, cities and venues which are provided below.
08/03 Dublin, IRE – The Academy
08/04 Belfast, IRE – Spring And Airbreak
08/05 Glasgow, UK – The Garage
08/06 Kent, UK – The Hevy Fest
08/07 Utrecht, NET – Tivoli De Helling
08/09 Dudingen, SWI – Bad Bonn
08/10 Pinarella Di Cervia, ITA – Rock Planet
08/11 Bildein, AUT – Picture On Festival
08/12 Jaromer, CZE – Brutal Assault Festival
08/14 Ieper, BEL – Ieper Hardcore Fest
A new audio interview between former Down bassist Rex Brown and 8CountNews has made its way online in which Brown announces his departure from Down. You can check out the interview in the player below.
Swedish melodic metal act In Flames, which recently posted a music video online for "Deliver Us," has revealed the full list of dates for its upcoming European headlining tour. The band will be touring in support of its recently released new album "Sounds Of A Playground Fading," which hit store shelves on June 21, 2011 through Century Media Records. You can view the full list fo dates, cities and venues below.
09/13 Porto, POR – Hard Club
09/14 Santiago, SPA – Sala Capitol
09/16 Madrid, SPA – Riviera
09/17 Bilbao, SPA – Rockstar Live
09/18 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
09/20 Lausanne, SWI – Les Docks
09/21 Zurich, SWI – Komplex 457
09/22 Hohenems, AUT – Event Centre
09/24 Vienna, AUT – Gasometer
09/25 Budapest, HUN – Petofi Hall
09/26 Zagreb, CRO – Boogaloo Club
09/27 Milan, ITA – Alcatraz
09/28 Ljubljana, SLO – Kino Siska
09/30 Sofia, BUL – Hristo Botev Hall
10/01 Bucharest, ROM – Amele Romane
10/03 Bratislava, SLO – Majestic Music Club
10/04 Zlin, CZE – Masters Of Rock Club
10/05 Krakow, POL – Klub Studio
10/06 Warsaw, POL – Stodola Club
10/07 Prague, CZE – Factory Meet
10/26 St. Petersburg, RUS – Glavclub
10/28 Yekaterinburg, RUS – Tele Club
10/29 Moscow, RUS – Milk Club
10/30 Kiev, UKR – DK Nau
11/21 Ludwigsburg, GER – Arena
11/22 Offenbach, GER – Stadthalle Offenbach
11/23 Munich, GER – Zenith
11/25 Oberhausen, GER – Turbinhalle
11/26 Hamburg, GER – Sporthalle
11/27 Brussels, BEL – AB
11/28 Paris, FRA – Olympia
11/30 Tilburg, NET – 013
Alt-metallers Fair To Midland have posted a new trailer online to promote its forthcoming full length album "Arrows & Anchors." The new album is set for a July 12, 2011 release date with the trailer being available for viewing using the player below. The band's first music video from "Arrows & Anchors" is also available over at this location