Metal News for July 1, 2010
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43 news articles posted on this day.
Divsion has announced that they'll have their new album, "Control Issues," distributed by Nightmare Records. Guitarist Mike Blevins has issued a blog post about it and how it fits into their DIY plans:
"Some of you have been reading my blogs about recording the band. It was originally a goal for 'Control Issues' to do the whole thing ourselves, partially for the experience, and partially because we could see that this is very definitely where the 'music industry' is headed, so we might as well start getting ready for it.
"If ever there was a topic for a good, spirited argument, this is it. I’ve had several, in pretty much all the formats you can think of. (Well, I don’t think I’ve used the USPS to conduct this argument yet, but I digress…) Regardless, it’s never (or very seldom) actually doing it ALL yourself. Many people with way more experience than I possess have told me that, much like being your own lawyer, the person that is his own mastering engineer has a fool for a client. That’s why we chose Bill Wolf of Wolf Productions to master the 'Control Issues' CD. He did a much better job than I can ever dream of doing. Some things are best left to the specialists.
"With that as our working paradigm, we’d like to announce (in conjunction with our label, 2/5ths Gone Records) that the 'Control Issues' CD will be distributed by none other than Nightmare Records. Mainman Lance King has built quite the powerhouse of a label and distribution company up in the Great White North of Minnesota, and we’re proud to be associated with Nightmare. The CD should now be available from *your* favorite distro – including iTunes, for those so inclined – since Lance works with just about everybody. If it isn’t, well, ask them why not, or buy it from Nightmare directly.
"Here’s to a long, fruitful partnership with Nightmare, from all of us!"
Brooklyn doom metallers Kings Destroy have posted thier first music video for the track "Old Yeller." "Old Yeller" is featured on the band’s self-released debut 7-inch EP.
Irish thrash act Gama Bomb have announced a free concert set to take place on July 12th at The Unicorn in London, U.K. Gama Bomb start off their U.K. tour with Sepultura on July 14th in Bristol.
Frontmant Philly Byrne commented by saying:
"In many ways a Gama Bomb gig is like a Ryanair flight. Firstly, our ‘passengers’ are subjected to a sonic barrage of babbled spoken word and mechanical screaming noises by a crew of foreign people who look bad in tight-fitting clothes – namely, us. Secondly, we’re constantly trying to force people to drink sub-standard liquor and buy shoddy mementos. Finally, our gigs often end with a bumpy landing and a round of applause that half the crowd don’t think is deserved. We’re looking forward to hanging out with old friends and meeting some new ones on this UK tour with Sepultura. Oh, and we’re going to start charging fans to use the toilet. Thanks for flying Gama Bomb, Europe’s number one budget thrash band."
Miami, Florida's Torche have announced a new comilation titled "Songs For Singles." The compilation features eight previously released songs and is to be issued through Hyrda Head Records.
"Songs For Singles" tracklisting:
2. Lay Low
5. Shine On My Old Ways
6. Cast Into Unknown
7. Face The Wall
8. Out Again
Prosthetic Records has officially added four song from four of their artists, on the new Rockband Network, which allows users to download tracks from a wide library of artist and label submitted tracks. Prosthetic Records' first entries into the system include tracks from The Acacia Strain, Skeletonwitch, Scale the Summit and Holy Grail.
The songs include:
The Acacia Strain – Doctor Doom
Holy Grail – Fight To Kill
Scale The Summit – The Great Plains
Skeletonwitch – Crushed Beyond Dust
Bay Area thrashers Death Angel have revealed the titled and artwork for their upcoming studio album. The album, titled "Relentless Retribution," was produced by Brent Elliot White who has previously worked with Job For A Cowboy, Carnifex and Whitechapel.
The artwork can be viewed here.
Dimmu Borgir have just announced a series of dates with long running nu-metal act Korn. The concerts, which are taking place at various locations across Europe, feature Dimmu Borgir in the direct support slot - playing right before Korn.
Dimmu Borgir & Korn dates:
19 September – HMH, Amsterdam
23 September – Eishalle Seutweg, Winterthur
24 September – Zenith, Munich
26 September – Gasometer, Vienna
1 October – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
2 October – Rosengarten, Mannheim
3 October – Palladium, Cologne
5 October – Haus-Auensee, Leipzig
6 October – C-Halle, Berlin
Guitarist/songwriter Silenoz commented by saying:
"We [are] really look forward to finally start the touring cycle in support of our new monster! Special thanks to Jonathan and Korn for giving us the opportunity!"
Black metal act Haeresiarchs of Dis is currently streaming a new song online from the band's upcoming second full-length album "Denuntiatus Cinis." The new track "Intent Proem" is available to be heard via the official Haeresiachs of Dis MySpace page. "Denuntiatus Cinis" is currently scheduled for an October release, and the band has also announced that several excess tracks from the recording sessions will be released later as an EP titled "In Obsecration Of The Seven Darks."
Montana's Switch Off Safety has issued the following brief statement about re-recruiting former drummer Paul Epperle of At Home In Hell: "Paul's back my friends. The man is back and ready to make some kick ass machine gun metal! Get ready for a new album coming soon." You can check out sample Switch Off Safety tracks via the band's MySpace page.
"Glosy z Otchlani (De Profundis 1995- 2010)" is the name of Vader's upcoming tour through Poland. These dates will be the last Vader Polish shows of 2010. The band's mainman Peter checks in:
"Playing such a special tour, consisted mostly of places passed over during the latest Blitzkrieg campaign, I would like to give it some kind of a special rank. So, to make the upcoming tour even more unique, in connection with the 15th anniversary of Vader's classic record, we are going to play the entire 'De Profundis' album as a part of our standard live set. Hopefully Vader's fans will enjoy the idea and we will be able to repeat it during some band's future tours."
The dates are as follows:
20.08.2010 (POL) Gdynia / Ucho
21.08.2010 (POL) Koszalin / Generacja 2010
22.08.2010 (POL) Kutno / Pub 73
24.08.2010 (POL) Ostrów Wlkp. / Afera
25.08.2010 (POL) Legnica / Spizarnia
26.08.2010 (POL) Gliwice / Rock'a Music Club
27.08.2010 (POL) Skarzysko Kamienna / Semafor
28.08.2010 (POL) Ilawa / Fama Rock Festival
Valkyrja has been confirmed for Sweden's Forlorn Fest MMX, which is set to take place from the 26th - 27th of November, 2010. Other confirmed acts include Shining, Ondskapt, Hypothermia, Orcivus, Thornium, Rev 16:8, Elimi, Sorgeldom and Chainsawtan.
The upcoming Valkyrja tour dates are as follows:
7/16 2010 Devilstone Open Air Festival Anykšciai, LITHUANIA
7/31 2010 Stonehenge Festival Steenwijk, Overijssel, NETHERLANDS
11/26 2010 Forlorn Fest MMX Umeå, SWEDEN
4/29 2011 Ragnarök Festival GERMANY
Texas metal act Vesperian Sorrow has checked in with the following update about recording a new full-length album:
"We are winding down on the very long process of recording our new album 'Stormwinds of Ages.' Donni is laying down all the vocals this week and has already finished two songs on Monday. After the vocals we will be mixing and mastering, and then we shall see what the future holds.....Tune in Next Week, Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel."
You can check out sample Vesperian Sorrow songs through the band's official MySpace page.
New Hampshire black metal act Vintage Flesh has issued the following recording update:
"So, much has been accomplished in the past couple weeks. Most of the guitar work is down after two days worth of toil. I went yesterday to offer support. Also to get heavily intoxicated away from home life for a day. Not much to tell really. We are keeping Matt (Gemini) on the drums for 'priest skin ship.' I initially had a hard time with certain parts of the song and decided to let Gemini have a stab at it. He did very well after only three takes. Then I began to think I may want another crack at it but after re-hearing his take I decided to let him go with it. The drum parts are mine exactly as if I had done them just minus the bad nerve damage I suffer only when drumming at times.
"Next session will have Hex complete all guitar tracks and then we can have Matt step up on bass to fill out certain songs that would benefit from a good bass line. But not all tracks. Then comes keys and added effects and finally i get to vomit up my vokills all over the nice little ditties at hand. Moving along as planned!"
Norway's Virus has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bass player:
"After Plenum's untimely departure, we've been searching far and wide for someone to fill in on bass for the upcoming album The Agent That Shapes The Desert. We discovered the answer to our prayers in our backyard so to speak.
"His name is Bjeima, he is a multi-talented artist residing in Oslo, who's got/is involved with tons of interesting projects out and on the way, like Yurei, Delirium Bound, Konstriktor, The Ghost Conspiracy and M to name a few. To say that we like his playing is an understatement and we're pretty sure those expecting a worthy successor to Plenum will not be disappointed."
Dark metal act Walking Corpse Syndrome has posted a music video online for the song "Madness," which is off the band's latest album "Narcissist." You can check out the video clip below.
Sweden's Kongh has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming European shows:
"Ten shows in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and Italy. Possibly the last chance to see us perform outside of Scandinavia this year, as we plan to focus on song writing for our next album. So drop by and spend a warm and loud evening with Kongh."
The currently announced dates are as follows:
10.07.08 Rostock, Germany - Alte Zuckerfabrik
10.07.10 Erfurt, Germany - Stoned from the underground
10.07.11 Tilburg, Netherlands - Little Devil
10.07.12 Schoten, Belgium - Kaddish
10.07.15 Montebelluna, Italy - Osteria da Tocchetto
10.07.16 Bologna, Italy - Lazzaretto
10.07.17 Comacchio, Italy - Voodoo Arci
10.07.18 TBA soon (northern Italy)
10.07.19 Frankfurt, Germany - Nachtleben
10.07.20 Hamburg, Germany - Rote Flora
Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with Nothnegal:
"What better season than the summer to announce the signing of a band from the Maldives? Season of Mist is happy to welcome newcomers Nothnegal to the roster! The whole staff can't wait to go and see the band play live in their home country..."
"We are proud to announce that we have signed a worldwide deal with Season of Mist," Nothnegal guitarist Hilarl comments. "This is a huge step forward for us where our careers and our lives are concerned. We have heard nothing but great things about SoM and we are confident that we can take the band to the next level with them."
Nothnegal's debut is schedule to hit the stores early 2011. Before that, the band will be touring Europe in next November and December as opening act for Rotting Christ, Metsatoll, Samael, and Finntroll. The upcoming dates are as follows: More...
Finland's Pressure Points has issued the following update about working on new material:
"Hello fans and friends! Summer is coming so we want to tell you of some of our near future plans and remind you of our summer festival appearances. First of all, we are proud to announce that we'll be playing live with Ajattara at the Tuska festival afterparty, on July 4th, at Dante's Highlight, Helsinki (next weekend). We will also play at the Dark River festival, on August 7th, in Kotka. In autumn we'll be playing a few shows in Sweden with Carnal Forge!
"The swarming caused by Remorses to Remember has been larger than expected, but that hasn't slowed us down. In fact, we have been writing new material for our next album and we will continue writing and rehearsing for the summer and autumn. That means we won't be playing live as intensively as before, but still do some live performances so that we won't get bored and kill each other at the training crib. The schedule of our next album is still undecided - work is in progress. We will keep you updated."
Sweden's Sonic Syndicate will be posting a music video online for the track "My Own Life" on July 7th, 2010. The band has now uploaded a teaser for the new clip, which can be viewed below, featuring behind the scenes footage from the shooting of the music video. "My Own Life" is off the band's album "We Rule The Night."
Germany's Suidakra has issued the following update about performing three upcoming shows in Turkey:
"Hey folks, we are happy to announce that we are confirmed to play 3 shows in Turkey (October 2010). This is gonna be our first turkey appearance ever! The dates are: 15th Oct @ Istanbul, 16th Oct @ Ankara, and 17th Oct @ Izmir. We're looking forward to meet some of you guys! More info follows soon..."
You can also hear sample Suidakra tracks via the band's official MySpace page.
Denmark's The Kandidate has issued the following announcement about supporting Volbeat and The Kandidate on an upcoming European tour:
"It's a great honour for us to reveal that we are going to support Volbeat and Entombed on an extensive tour throughout Europe in the fall 2010. Volbeat has been friends of ours since we all started playing back in the day. It's been exciting to follow their way to world fame in the last few years, and we had a blast on our last DK tour together in 2007. We are looking very much forward to joining them again this fall.
"As we all have been die hard fans of Entombed since Left Hand Path came out in 1989, it's a real dream come true to share the stage with them. In other words we are thrilled to get this opportunity and we can't wait to get out and kick some serious ass on everybody! Rock on – we will!"
The Kandidate's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
The Summoned has posted three video clips from the recording studio, which can be found after the jump. The band also checked in with the following statement about the recording process:
"Steve from The Summoned here, figured I'd let everyone know how the recording process is coming along. Right now we're about half way done with drums and most of the guitars out of the way. All we need to finish now is Jake's leads, we'll have our ex-bassist Greg Mann filling in on bass duties for the album then vocals. So far the album is sounding awesome. The drums seriously pound and everything is nice and clear. The guitars sound very heavy and overall crisp.
"We're having a ton of fun recording it with Fred Sladkey of Mudskipper Studio. The same guy who also recorded our 2009 demo and our EP 'Harvest,' he knows exactly what we want and how to get the best performance possible out of us. We're really stoked to release this album and we hope it's everything that everyone is expecting out of it. Below is some studio footage of the drums and guitar sessions. More will be posted on our YouTube channel during the recording process." More...
New Jersey progressive metal band EAST OF THE WALL will unleash their next massive full-length Ressentiment via Translation Loss Records on July 20th. Today, MetalSucks has hosted the an exclusive premiere of the album's opening track, "The Ladder", streaming now at this location. The band has also posted another new track from the record, "Wisp Of Tow," on their official Myspace page.
EAST OF THE WALL's "Ressentiment" is a concept record in which the band focus on a more aggressive tone, an increased emphasis on sonic dissonance, and also integrating the use of vocals for the first time on an EOTW album. Engineered and co-produced by Will Putney at The Machine Shop (King Crimson, Clutch, Lamb Of God), the album closes out over 62 minutes in length. More...
Guitarist Vic Stown of Vindicator has issued the following "Coastal Catastrophe" tour recap:
"Vindisciples, so we've been and gone again. Coastal Catastrophe was exactly what we named it. Never again will we put a hex on ourselves by naming a tour something like that! But it wasn't like it wasn't awesome, there were just more speed bumps than we expected.
"You can read a little more depth about each night here. Aside from that we're gearing up to play some more new tunes for you very soon! Ohh... and we got some new merch. BUY IT. Sticks, stones, and broken bones."
U.K. black metallers Winterfylleth have issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online from the band's upcoming album:
"Brand new Winterfylleth track 'The Fields of Reckoning', from the new album 'The Mercian Sphere' (set to be released on Candlelight Records on July 19th) is up on the myspace music player now. Go and check it out for a preview of the new album! Also, the new single 'A Valley Thick With Oaks', is available to buy on iTunes too! Let us know what you think."
New Jersey’s progressive metal band The Binary Code have set an August 10 release date for their new EP, "Priest." "Priest" is the follow-up to the band’s 2009 debut, "Suspension of Disbelief," released digitally by MetalSucks.net.
The tracklisting is as follows:
1. Ocean of Light
4. Priest (8-bit version)
The EP is currently available for pre-order in five configurations, including a limited edition CD version that features hand-painted, hand-numbered jewel cases created by the band. A video of the band creating the limited edition CDs can be viewed here. A preview of the songs is available here.
Stefan Zell of Sweden's Wolverine has checked in with the following update about the band's progress in the recording studio:
"Work in the studio has finally started to run more smoothly. We had two days of technical issues that prevented us from recording properly. However, I've now completed three songs and they sound amazing. It's such a blessing to work with Oliver Philipps. Not only is he a genius when it comes to musical arrangements but he's also a dear friend which makes it all so much more enjoyable."
Woods of Ypres has posted a new tour blog online via Decibel Magazine. An excerpt from the blog follows:
Day 1 Thunder Bay, ON
Any hardworking band with significant mileage under their belt knows that tour is not vacation. Just two hours out of Sault Ste. Marie, the northern Ontario home base for Woods of Ypres, an inexplicable incident with the van’s hood broke the windshield, keeping us off the road for the whole day and forcing the cancellation of the first show. Missing one show is one too many, but some kinds of crises might be expected. They can and will occur, no matter what distance traveled.
“When you get to Winnipeg, you need to go to the water park there,” our talkative French-Canadian tow truck driver advised, “and stand at the bottom of the big waterslide, and chicks in bikinis will whoosh…come right off if it’s a ‘big pair.’ I had the best time of my life in Winnipeg.” Woods would never turn down friendly assistance—especially in those circumstances—but being packed into the cab of his tow truck, the other two guys being pulled along behind in the van, was miserable, knowing we would miss our first show and unsure if we would get to Winnipeg at all. However, as it turns out, moose carcasses found on the highway can still be put to good use, depending on if they were “marshmallowed” by a truck or not. Break down near Wawa, and Ghislain will tell you all about it.More...
Atlanta, GA's Zoroaster has completed work on its new album "Matador," which is set for a July 13th North American release via E1 Music. The has band premiered the first music video from the record, for the new track “Odyssey,” via Stereogum. "Odyssey" can be viewed below. The video was helmed by director Chad Rullman for Supercollider Films. The Atlanta-based Rullman is known previously for directing Mastodon’s videos “March of the Fire Ants” and “Iron Tusk,” as well as his work for artists such as Neurosis, Nile, and Soilent Green.
"Zoroaster is my favorite Atlanta metal band and I've been dying to work with them,” commented the director. “Their shows are monstrous, and with this video I really wanted to capture the essence of the Zoroaster live experience."
The upcoming Zoroaster tour dates are as follows: More...
Russian symphonic metal act Arcane Grail has issued the following brief announcement about vocalist Natalie joining German act Coronatus: "Natalie the Grail is new singer of Coronatus! Our Lady - Natalie the Grail-Kempin became a new opera singer of German symphonic gothic metal band Coronatus." You can check out Arcane Grail tracks via this locaiton and hear Coronatus songs here.
Miguel Santos of Portugal's A Dream of Poe has checked in with the following update about the band after the release of a new EP:
"Hello all! And only one month after the release of 'Lady of Shalott' I’m really glad to announce that the EP was downloaded 647 times! I must admit that I really wasn’t expecting to reach that mark any soon! I remember that 'Sorrow For The Lost Lenore' took around 3 months to reach the 500 mark. For that I really want to thank everyone of you who have downloaded the EP and for all your support! Thank you very much!
"Beside the studio work we will now start rehearsing for the European Tour set for the first months of 2011 and for a possible mini-tour next November or December. Will keep you update about that possibility. Doom or be doomed!"
Santa Cruz CA’s death metal act Decrepit Birth will employ the help of ex-Abigail Williams drummer Samus Paulicelli as a session member during this year's installment of the Summer Slaughter Tour. Footage of Paulicelli playing the new track “Symbiosis” can be viewed below. Decrepit Birth will release the new album "Polarity" on July 27th in North America on Nuclear Blast Records.
French black metal act Nocturnal Depression has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming activity:
"'The Cult of Negation' is starting to be spread. You'll find on some Metal Magazines like Metal Hammer (UK) an advertising from Avantgarde Music about the upcoming release. The Limited edition will be available through Sound-Cave online (check Avantgarde Music website) to 100 copies. The stuff will have a special A2 Poster worshipping the Cult of Negation + a special patch for identifying the 100 government members of this Negative Society. We will publish a bulletin when the reservations will start.
"The show in Grenoble with Nargaroth, so the only show at this time for the release of the new album, is cancelled. Reason : owner of the club (Drakk'Art) is scarred and don't want to have some NSBM bands. To make it clear : Nargaroth is not a NSBM band in music, lyrics, attitudes or visuals. So I found this cancellation really stupid and without foundations. I will not 'publish' any disclaimer for scarred well-thinking minds concerning politic in ND cause there is nothing to justify... Lot of gigs for the Mexican tour are booked. We will announce it as soon as we got all details. More...
In addition to Ozzy's new album, "Scream," charting at #4 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart, it has also entered the charts in the Top Ten in seven countries. Beyond earning the #1 slot on the charts in Greece, "Scream" had entries that include: U.S., #4; Finland, #3; Japan #4 (international chart, #11 on combined chart); Norway, #5; Canada, #4; and Germany, #7. In his native England, SCREAM is at #12; it also is #11 in Australia. The acclaimed album, Ozzy's first album in three years and 10th studio album overall, was released June 22 via Epic Records, with first single "Let Me Hear You Scream" now #1 on both Active Rock charts and still #1 at Mainstream Rock for the 5th week.
The multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded most of SCREAM at his Los Angeles home studio, The Bunker. It was produced by OZZY and Kevin Churko, both of whom did the same honors for OZZY's 2007 worldwide million-seller "Black Rain." OZZY co-wrote all the songs, primarily with Churko.
OZZY will embark on an 18-month world tour in support of SCREAM. His U.S. dates will kick off with an August 12 performance at the 70th anniversary of the Sturgis motorcycle rally in South Dakota before he launches this year's OZZFest on August 14. The six OZZFest dates will feature the main stage line-up with full sets from Ozzy, Mötley Crüe, Rob Halford, DevilDriver and Nonpoint. Second stage headliners and six-time OZZFest veterans Black Label Society will be joined by Drowning Pool,Kingdom of Sorrow, and Goatwhore, Skeletonwitch, Saviours and Kataklysm. Each OZZFest date will include 13 bands on two stages with music beginning at 1:00 PM. In addition, concert-goers can once again visit the OZZFest "Village of the Damned" featuring a mix of interactive activities, shopping and entertainment throughout the venue concourses.
Metal Injection has posted the motherload of "Big Four" pro-shot video footage from the Sofia, Bulgaria Sonisphere show that also aired in theaters. Here's a teaser of the "Am I Evil" jam, with links to many more videos from each of the "Big Four," Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, below.
As previously reported, the Sofia, Bulgaria "Big Four" show is slated for release on DVD and Blu-ray in September. The DVD will feature one hour performances from Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer, as well as two hours of Metallica and some backstage footage and interviews thrown in for good measure. More details are expected to be revealed shortly.
Here are the rest of the videos:
New York's All Out War will be heading to Europe this August alongside Breakdown for a small string of dates. The currently announced shows ware as follows:
8/13 Essen, Germany at JZ Papestrasse
8/14 Paris, France at Nouveau Cassino
8/15 Belgium at Ieperfest
You can also check out All Out War's music via the band's official MySpace page.
Canadian atmospheric death/doom act As Autumn Calls has announced an upcoming cassette release titled "An Autumn Departure." The cover artwork for the release is available for viewing at this location. The track listing will be as follows:
1. Initium (Intro)
2. Closer to Death
3. The Shadows Follow
4. The Demons Therein
5. Wither Away
6. In The Emptiness
7. Without You
8. Unearth My Sorrow
9. Murder (Katatonia Cover)
10. An Autumn Departure (Outro)
North Carolina's Colossus has issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer and heading out on the road in July:
"Hey guys sorry its been forever since we have done this. So its been a while since we have updated you dudes. So here is the skinny: We got a new drummer, who is badass. Doza is the man that's all we need to say. We have 'Drunk on Blood' EP being released on Tribunal Records (Thanks Matt) on CD. Colossus has some new material for all our friends to enjoy. Big news for the summer is that we will be going on tour from July 8th-24th. So check us out live so we can melt your face and drink you beer!"
The upcoming Colossus tour dates are as follows: More...
Norwegian black metallers Den Saakaldte have checked in with the following update about the band's activity:
"After a long time Den Saakaldte are back on track. The cover for Pentagram's 'Wheel of Fortune' is 99% done and it is rather.... weird. To be included as bonus track in the 'All Hail Pessimism' gatefold 2-LP version from Temple Of Darkness Records. Soon out.
"In addition to that, rehearsals with the new drummer are going to start in one week. The name of the new drummer will be revealed soon. Sykelig and Kvebek have already started working on the material for 'Kapittel II: Faen i Helvete,' to be released by Pulverised Records around February-March of 2011. Over and out."
Belgium's The Last Shot Of War has issued the following brief update about parting ways their vocalist Doudou: "Line up changed: Doudou leaves the band for personal reasons. The Last Shot Of War will continue to play with one singer now." The band will still be performing with the main vocalist Porcelet. You can also check out sample The Last Shot Of War songs via the band's official MySpace page.
Bassist Eric Meeks of Maryland's Tribunal has checked in with the following update about the band recording new material:
"The recording is almost 100% complete! 9 of the 10 songs have the guitars and drums finished, only awaiting bass and vocal tracks! The last song (which was an instrumental, will explain momentarily) is being rewritten, rearranged, and rerecorded as we speak. Now to explain the last statement. Under the moniker that the band previously used, we recorded what became a 9 song demo, including the 4 songs that are currently posted on our page. Unfortunately for us, the over zealous, jackass band member who was producing those recordings decided he was going to bastardize our music by putting his unwanted touches to our music, thus tainting and changing the songs from their original form.
"I am thrilled to report today that not only have the songs been unbastardized, but restored to their original forms (or as closely as we could get them), with all of the extra unwanted added parts having been removed and replaced with properly rewritten parts implemented in their places, and in some places upgrades have been done to further tweak the songs making them all the better even yet! Blessed Armageddon was made into an instrumental because of the additional unwanted parts that were added, making it too much effort for an inexperienced vocalist to even try to make an effort to sing over.
"The band also has moved out of our old rehearsal studio. The working environment in that facility has really degraded over the last year, seeing it become more of a party palace with way too many unneeded or unwanted distractions. Not to mention this was done in even FURTHER attempts to distance ourselves from former band members and what they represent, just another way to cut old, dead, unwanted ties. More...
Vampires Everywhere! is now streaming a new sample clip online from the bonus track of their latest EP. The clip of "Dear Eliza" can be heard via the official Vampires Everywhere! MySpace page. You can also catch the band live on the following dates:
7/2 2010 San Diego, CA @ Epicenter
7/3 2010 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
7/5 2010 Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
7/6 2010 Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
7/7 2010 Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
7/8 2010 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
7/9 2010 Houston, TX @ The Junction
7/10 2010 New Orleans, LA @ High Ground
7/11 2010 Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
7/12 2010 Tampa, FL @ Transitions
7/13 2010 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
7/15 2010 Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
7/16 2010 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
7/17 2010 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock Café
7/18 2010 Vineland, NJ @ Hanger 84
7/19 2010 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
7/20 2010 Montreal, QC, CANADA @ The Underworld
7/21 2010 Toronto, ON, CANADA @ Sneaky Dee's
7/22 2010 Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels
7/23 2010 Detroit, MI @ I-Rock Nightclub
7/24 2010 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
7/25 2010 Pittsburg, PA @ Club Octane
7/26 2010 Covington, KY @ Mad Hatter
7/27 2010 Chicago, IL @ Fiesta
7/28 2010 Dayton, OH @ The Attic
7/29 2010 Sauget, (St. Louis), IL @ Pops
7/30 2010 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
7/31 2010 Des Moines, IA @ House of Bricks
A teaser video for Hela black metal band FUNERAL IN HEAVEN's upcoming acoustic gig has been posted online and is viewable below. The band talks about the upcoming acoustic event and performs the acoustic version of "The Winds of Uva." The event is scheduled to happen at #29, Maitland Cresent, Colombo, on the 3rd of July 2010, at 6pm.