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Metal News for July 11, 2011

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32 news articles posted on this day.

Helstar Announces Touring Bassist

As was recently reported, Helstar bassist Jerry Abarca is currently undergoing more testing to diagnose and treat his stomach-related illness. Abarca has now announced he will take a hiatus from performing live until his health has fully returned and doctors have pronounced him fit for stage.

Abarca first fell ill on Helstar's December 2010 European Chaos tour. Considered a medical emergency, Abarca was flown home to Texas, while Slovenian bassist Matej Susnik was then recruited to complete the tour.

Helstar will once again enlist the services of Susnik on the "Summer of Hate" European tour, slated to take place August 25th through September 5th. The tour will consist of eleven concerts covering eight countries (Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Austria, England, Greece and Italy).

A replacement bassist will also fill in on upcoming shows Helstar has scheduled in the U.S. Auditions are now underway, and Helstar will announce the session player for this position once a selection has been made.

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Ex Dementia Recruits New Bassist

Ex Dementia has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist and working on a new EP:

"Greetings (insert clever surname for Ex Dementia fans)! A few little announcements. First, we are experiencing a slight line-up change. Our bassist Joe can no longer commit to EXD, due to tackling another profession, and will be forced to move out of state. Fortunately for us, he has been a great contribution to Ex Dementia, and a great friend. We are happy to have had him on at least one album, and a plethora of great shows (and not so great... Nor sober)! Exit Joe, enter... Joe. Coffin Joe that is. No, we're not all using stage-names now. That's just what I've always called him.

"Our new bassist, Coffin Joe is a Philly-based death metal NUT! He's an asshole, a great player, and hilarious... A perfect fit for us! We look forward to writing, playing, and recording with Coffin Joe in the future! So give a dead, stiff, and cold (in a box!) welcome! Ex Dementia is now:

Chris - Guitars/Vocals
Coffin Joe - Bass
Branden - Drums

"The next announcement is our next gig! We will be sharing the stage with Rottrevore, Malignancy, and Legionary! This massacre will take place Saturday, September 24th at the Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY!

"And lastly, our new EP! The new EP is entitled 'Crack the Coffin,' and is scheduled to come out late-fall/early winter on HPGD Productions! We already have 3 songs written, and hope to write 2 more, and throw in a cover. The songs we have written already are VERY. FUCKING. FAST. So fast, I cant keep up sometimes! But I assure you, come time to record, we'll be tighter than the pants on a Norma Jean fan. Within the next few weeks, more will be releasing song-titles, demos, etc. So keep your eyes peeled for that!"

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Ov Hollowness Signs To Hypnotic Dirge Records

Hypnotic Dirge Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with black metal act Ov Hollowness:

"Hypnotic Dirge Records has signed a deal with the one-man project from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 'Ov Hollowness' and will be releasing the band's sophomore release Drawn to Descend. In mid 2010, Ov Hollowness self-released their debut album 'Diminished' which received good reviews from fans and critics alike, and was distributed by labels around the world. Now, Hypnotic Dirge Records is pleased to welcome Ov Hollowness to the HDR family in time for the release of Drawn to Descend which is a fantastic album and a logical evolution from the sound of the debut album Diminished."

You can download a free MP3 of the Ov Hollowness track "Desolate" by heading over to this location. The "Drawn to Descend" track listing is as follows:

1. Old and Colder
2. Drawn to Descend
3. Desolate
4. Winds Forlorn
5. Drone
6. The Darkness

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Brutally Deceased Streaming Entire Album Online

Czech death metal quartet Brutally Deceased is currently streaming the band's first LP entitled "Dead Lovers' Guide" online. You can check out the entire release by heading over to the Brutally Deceased Bandcamp page.

The album was recorded in April, 2010 and consequently released on CD format by Lavadome productions in September. A vinyl release of "Dead Lovers' Guide" is also scheduled for Fall/Winter 2011. The album's track listing and cover artwork are available below.

1. Lustful Sodomy In The House Of God 2:50
2. Dead Lovers' Guide 2:23
3. Blissful Desecration 4:23
4. They Shall Feast 3:29
5. ...And Here I Die Satisfied 4:29
6. A Life Once Aborted 3:00
7. Demise Of The Human Swine 4:38
8. All That Rots And Withers 3:09
9. Override Of The Overture (Dismember cover) 4:48

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Ibera Posts "Angel" Video

Portuguese act Ibera has released a new video for the track "Angel," which was recorded in Montijo, Portugal and is the first single off the band's third album "Revolution," released in February. You can check out the video in the player below. Iberia also has the following upcoming live show:

July 23rd 2011 – Hard Rock Night, Side B Bar, Benavente, Portugal

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Ancients' Guitarist Talks "Riffs Not Riots"

As was previously announced, Metalunderground.com has teamed up with sponsors from around North America to present a charity fundraiser dubbed; "Riffs Not Riots" in Vancouver, Canada. The fundraiser is to support civilian victims of the June 15th riot that gripped the city and caused millions of dollars in damage. Chris Dyck, guitarist for Vancouver sludge metal act Ancients and one of the 'Underground Hardcore Collective' conspirators who planned the charity event, sat down with Metalunderground.com to discuss his thoughts on seeing the riot unfold first hand and how the charity event came to fruition. More...

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I Am Abomination Streaming New Song

After previously streaming the songs "Examination" and "Abduction" online, I Am Abomination has now teamed up with Ultimate-Guitar.com to post the track "Transformation" online.

The song is taken off the upcoming digital EP "Passion of the Heist," and can be heard by heading over here.

"Passion Of The Heist" is set for release on July 19th, 2011 with Good Fight Music. The track listing and artwork can be viewed below.

1. Vivification
2. Abduction
3. Examination
4. Transformation
5. Ascension (ft.Caleb Shomo of Attack Attack)
6. Invasion More...

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Fatality Posts More Tour Footage

Toronto party thrashers Fatality, who are in the midst of kicking off their "Western Annihilation Tour," have posted episode 3 from their webisode series dubbed The Fatality Show.

Episode 3 is narrated by Fatality vocalist and guitarist Spencer Le Von and chronicles the band's adventures from the Eastern Intoxication tour that took place this past May across East Coast Canada and the USA.

The upcoming Western Annihilation tour dates are as follows: More...

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Brainoil Streaming "Gravity Is A Relic"

Brooklyn Vegan is currently hosting a stream of "Gravity Is A Relic," the second track and first public display of turmoil captured on Brainoil's upcoming second album, "Death Of This Dry Season."

Click here to check out the "Gravity Is A Relic" track.

"Death Of This Dry Season" is set for vinyl/digital worldwide release on August 2nd, 2011 via the 20 Buck Spin label.

The artwork on the LP, which can be found at this location, was handled by Feeding (Jon K from Iron Lung with his partner Nic Schmidt) and includes a 24×24 inch poster insert created especially for this release.

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Wolves In The Throne Room Reveals New Album Title

After devoting the late Winter season to writing and recording, Wolves in the Throne Room is now in the final stages of completing a fourth full-length opus.

For over six months the Weaver brothers, Aaron and Nathan, have been immersed in the painstaking writing and recording process of their newest album, and this week the process is nearly complete, at press time the album in its final mixing stages. The Wolves in the Throne Room clan has confirmed the title of this forthcoming astral black metal document as "Celestial Lineage."

Stated WITTR drummer Aaron Weaver of the writing process for the album: "An ornate constellation of imagery is what that guides the songwriting process. Cedar temples crowned with burnished bronze domes glimpsed in a remote valley. Wild Midsummer bonfires and feasting on roasted flesh. All of the sounds serve to evoke the images that exist in our minds eye. With this record we're going to explore an entirely new palette of sound. We want the instruments to sound like the liturgical music of a cedar cult."

Besides closing out a trilogy within Wolves in the Throne Room's own annals, "Celestial Lineage" also marks the final release to ever be recorded in engineering wizard Randall Dunn's Aleph Studio, the birthplace of a plethora of groundbreaking releases from Earth, Sunn O))), Boris, Cave Singers, Bjork/Omar Souleyman and countless more over the past decade, as well as where the immense tones and energy on WITTR's lauded "Two Hunters" and "Black Cascade" albums were captured.

In support of the album, Wolves in the Throne Room will commence worldwide touring this September, kicking off in the Americas, and eventually engulfing many other regions of the planet through 2012. Stay tuned for final album details and tour dates to be unearthed in the weeks ahead.

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Malefice Streaming New Song "Minutes"

Malefice has released the third single "Minutes" off the band's upcoming new album "Awaken The Tides." Check out the song by heading over to Alt Sounds here.

Malefice also previously posted the album's title track online, along with the new song "Delirium."

Set for release in G/A/S on July 15th, the rest of Europe on July 18th, and North America on August 2nd via Metal Blade Records, the 10-track long player was recorded at The Face, Reading with drums laid down at Fortress Studios, London. All tracks were mixed and mastered by Justin Hill.

The "Awaken The Tides" track listing is as follows:

1. Awaken The Tides
2. Delirium
3. Dead In The Water
4. Minutes
5. Baying For Blood
6. Blessed/Cursed
7. The Day The Sky Fell
8. Out Numbered Out Gunned
9. Flood Of Red
10. The Haunting

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Suicide Silence Streaming Entire New Album

Suicide Silence is set to release the new album titled "The Black Crown" on July 12th, 2011 through Century Media Records. The band is now streaming the entire album online, which can be heard by navigating over to the Suicide Silence Myspace music profile.

The new album's track listing is as follows:

1. Slaves To Substance
2. O.C.D.
3. Human Violence
4. You Only Live Once
5. Fuck Everything
6. March To The Black Crown
7. Witness The Addiction feat. Jonathan Davis of KoRn
8. Cross-Eyed Catastrophe
9. Smashed feat. Frank Mullen of Suffocation
10. The Only Thing That Sets Us Apart
11. Cancerous Skies

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3 Announces Festival Appearance

Woodstock, NY's 3 has been working on a new album throughout 2011. The band is finally emerging from Applehead Studios to perform some east coast and Canadian tour dates. On July 14th, 3 will be playing one of the biggest shows of its career as part of Festival d'été de Québec where the group will be direct support to Voivod and Avenged Sevenfold. In September, 3 will head back out on the road for dates with Within Temptation.

Vocalist/guitarist Joey Eppard adds: "This just in, we've been given the opportunity to perform at the Festival d'été de Québec in front of 50,000 people on Thursday, July 14. We'll be on the plains d'abraham stage at 7:15pm. Avenged Sevenfold and Voi Vod will also be performing! Couldn't be more excited to get back to Quebec City, otherwise known as the prog capital of the world! We're also excited to announce we'll be joining Within Temptation for a run of Eastern US and Canadian shows in September!"

Details for 3's upcoming new album will be made available throughout the coming weeks. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:

07/14 Quebec City, QC Plains of Abraham Festival d'été de Québec
Tour w/ Within Temptation
09/07 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
09/08 Montreal, QC Metropolis
09/09 Worcester, MA Palladium
09/10 New York, NY Terminal 5
09/12 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
09/13 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

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Arch/Matheos Streaming Song From New Album

Newly formed act Arch/Matheos has released the first single off the group's upcoming full-length debut "Sympathetic Resonance." The new track, a 5 minute clip of the song "Stained Glass Sky" that clocks in at just less than 14 minutes, can be heard at this location.

Cover art for "Sympathetic Resonance" was fashioned using an image created by light painting photographer Dennis Calvert, who has described light painting as "The ability to see in 4 dimensions, time traveling, and creating fantasy using only what we base all reality on, light."

The band - accompanied by Joey Vera on bass, Bobby Jarzombek on drums, and Frank Aresti on additional lead guitar - began tracking the drums on January 12th and continued to record through March with Jim Matheos producing. "Sympathetic Resonance" will be released September 13th, 2011 in North America.

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Falconer Posts New Music Video Online

Metal Injection is hosting the worldwide premiere of the video "By the Roses Grave" from Swedish folk metallers Falconer. "By the Roses Grave (Vid Rosornas Grav)" is taken off the band's brand new studio album "Armod," which features 11 songs sung completely in Swedish and was released earlier this month via Metal Blade Records.

Comments Falconer guitarist Stefan Weinerhall: "The video for By the Roses Grave is re-enacting a story that took place not far from where we live. It gives you a vision of what position you would have 150 years ago if you were just a common man or serf. It surely doesn't look like a metal video in the beginning but then again, when have Falconer ever been about being as metal as possible? The video is once again produced and directed by www.1897.se - they also did the video for Carnival of Disgust."

Click Here To Watch The Video

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Almah Comments On New Album Artwork

Almah has confirmed the title of its upcoming third album, the follow-up to the previous success "Fragile Equality," as "Motion." The cover artwork is available below.

Vocalist Edu Falaschi commented on the artwork, "The cover has been created by myself with my own iPhone. I took a picture in Paris and used some applications to create that motion effect. Then Felipe used my picture and re-created this artwork in high resolution using Photoshop and completed it with new elements. This time we wanted something modern and direct to represent our music and we are totally sure that we got the result we really wanted since the very beginning. This CD will show the real Almah's language and personality! Stay tuned for further news!"

At the moment the band is finishing the recording of the new CD at Norcal Studios (São Paulo, Brazil). "Motion" is to be released this fall via AFM Records (Europe and North America), Laser Company (Brazil), and Victor JVC (Japan). The album is produced by Edu Falaschi and Felipe Andreoli.

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Heavenwood Release Show Footage Available

Footage has been posted online from Heavenwood's release show for the "Abyss Masterpiece" album. You can check out the first clip below and the rest after the jump. The band also commented:

"We would like to thank to all the Heavenwood fans and friends who sold out the 'Abyss Masterpiece' release show at Hard Club (Mercado Ferreira Borges - Porto) last Saturday night 09.07.2011. We do hope the aprox. extra 150 fans that couldn't enter on the venue, due to security and capacity, understood this situation and we do promise to play as soon as possible!"


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Hank3 Streaming Two Songs From "3 Bar Ranch"

Two new tracks from Hank Williams III's new album "3 Bar Ranch Cattle Callin'" are now available to stream online. Blurring the boundaries between thrash metal, noise rock and country, Hank3's new record creates a brand new genre of music.

Despite previously venturing into metal through Superjoint Ritual, Assjack, and Arson Anthem, Hank's new entry into avant garde metal is unlike anything that the world has ever heard before. Featuring actual cattle auctioneers Tim Dowler and Mitch Jordan performing vocals on the album, "3 Bar Ranch" manages to innovate in a stagnant genre of music.

Check out "Branded" and "Black Cow" by heading over to the Deciblog here.

"3 Bar Ranch" is set to be released on September 6th, 2011 on Hank Williams III's own Hank3 Records.

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Messenger Posts "See You In Hell" Trailer

German act Messenger has posted a trailer online for the "See You In Hell" album, which is being released through Massacre Records. You can check out the clip in the player below.

You can find more information on the band by heading over to the Messenger official website here.

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The Gardnerz Recruits New Drummer

Swedish metallers The Gardnerz have issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer:

"After a long time of searching we have finally found a new drummer. We are happy to announce that Vedran 'The Croatian Sensation' Bencic has joined our ranks and is now our new drummer.

"We have already been rehearsing with Vedran for a while now and we are confident that we have found a time keeper that will make our doom even better. We have worked out a 9 song set list featuring 2 brand new tracks, so keep on the lookout as we are soon coming to a town near you.

"We would like to thank Juan Pablo for the great job he has done for us and we wish him all the best.

"In other news, our debut album will soon be released on Cd, Lp and digital download through Abyss records and Mechanix records."

The band's debut album "The System of Nature" has the following track listing:

1. The Art Of Suffering
2. Lady In The Grave
3. Your Final Solution
4. Born To Consume
5. Incident
6. Shift In Thought
7. Flaw In The Axiom
8. More Or Less
9. Confusion
10. Maybe It's Time
11. Bloody Vengeance (Vulcano Cover)
12. Servants Of The Warsmen (Winter Cover)

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Falling To Pieces Offering Album As Free Download

California's Falling To Pieces is currently offering the "Memoria in Aeterna" album as a free download. You can download the tracks from the release by heading over to the official Falling to Pieces website.

The track listing is as follows:

1. Condemned
2. Elizabeth
3. Another Day For Hate
4. Memoria In Aeterna
5. After The Lifeless
6. 223

You can also check out music from Falling to Pieces by using the widget available after the jump. More...

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Mayan Posts "Quarterpast" Preview

Dutch symphonic death metal band Mayan has posted a preview online of the band's debut album "Quarterpast," which can be heard in the player below. "Quarterpast" is set for North American release on July 12th, 2011.

You can also find Mayan's recent track-by-track breakdown of the "Quarterpast" album by heading over to this location.

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Finsterforst To Record New Album

Germany's Finsterforst has checked in with the following announcement about entering the studio to record a new album:

"After being able to play both France and the Netherlands twice this year already, plus debastating various parts of Germany: Thanks to each and everyone we saw again or got to know!

"After not playing live for nearly one year it feels good and just right being back on the road! Wouldn't been possible without the beer-gutted Screamer: Olli. I know we don't have any up-to-date pics with him here, but be assured we work on it.

"Talking about work: we will use the next month to deep hide in the Black Forest to prepare a new blank with the help of some Mead and Haxen, so it can be forged during August and September. You have heard right, Finsterforst will hit the studio again!

"When, how and where the album with the unbelievable cool working-title 'Album 3' will be available is still classified, but at least you can follow our studio blog on Facebook. There you can also find pics, videos and comments to our concerts.

"Besides from that, the next few months will bear some special surprises for you, so keep your eyes and ears open! Hope to see all of you at some gig in front of the stage or at the bar!"

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Black Shore Reveals New Album Track Listing

Black Shore has announced the band's new album "Legion" will be released this coming September. The track listing for the album is as follows:

Kaiserschnitt Replikant
Nullvoid Hibernaut
Black Metal Untermensch
We are Legion
Dead Skies of Utopia
Music of the Flies
Planet Ärger
Fat, White and Ugly

Black Shore also has upcoming tour dates in October with Angantyr, Myrden, and Soleil Gris. Dates for the tour can be found at this location.

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Fullforce Announces "One" North American Release

Sweden's Fullforce has issued the following update about releasing the "One" album in North America and lining up dates for a mini-tour:

"Hey rockers,

"It's been a few weeks since the release of 'One' in Europe and this far reviews and feedback from media and fans have turned out amazing. We're now looking forward to the U.S/Canada releasedate which is July 26 and we're hoping that our album will be well recieved there as well.

"A mini-tour is about to be announced so, keep your eyes open for more details regarding this. The mini-tour this time will start in Sweden and end in Germany...unfortunally no other countries to be visited this time but, more gigs are in the works so, stay tuned:).

"All the best: FULLFORCE"

You can also check out Fullforce's recent addition to Metalunderground.com's "Pit Stories" column by heading here. The "One" track listing is as follows:

1. Mythomaniac (4:02)
2. None Of Your Concern (3:35)
3. Heart And Soul (3:31)
4. Oblivion (4:53)
5. Open Your Eyes (4:25)
6. Rain (4:33)
7. Suffering In Silence (3:06)
8. Walls Of Secrets (4:33)
9. Father spirit (4:51)
10. Bleed (5:07)
11. Into The Cradle (5:01)

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Amorphis Announces Finnish Shows

Amorphis recently announced that the new album "The Beginning of Times" (reviewed here) landed at #1 in the band's native Finland. In support of the new album, Amorphis has now revealed upcoming Finnish tour dates starting in late August and running through October.

The currently announced details are as follows:

31.08. Tavastia, Helsinki (FI)
01.09. Lutakko, Jyväskylä (FI)
02.09. Vaakuna, Mikkeli (FI)
03.09. Kerubi, Joensuu (FI)
08.09. Bar Kino, Pori (FI)
09.09. Klubi, Turku (FI)
10.09. Osmantupa, Eura (FI)
16.09. Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna (FI)
17.09. Puikkari, Kuopio (FI)
24.09. Finlandia-klubi, Lahti (FI)
30.09. Club Teatria, Oulu (FI)
01.10. Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki (FI)
07.10. Nosturi, Helsinki (FI)
08.10. Drunk'n Monkey, Salo (FI)
14.10. Pakkahuone, Tampere (FI)
15.10. Royal Vaasa, Vaasa (FI)

You can also keep up-to-date on all the upcoming Amorphis show dates and venues by heading over to the band's website here.

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Torchbearer Posts "Death Meditations" Studio Clip

Torchbearer has posted a "making-of" video clip online, showcasing the band's time in the studio recording the new album "Death Meditations." You can check out the recording studio footage in the player below.

You can also find the previously posted trailer for the "Death Meditations" album by navigating over to this location.

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Opeth Announces U.K. Tour Dates

Swedish progressive metal outfit Opeth has announced that the band will be performing four shows in the United Kingdom this November in support of the forthcoming new studio album, "Heritage," which will be released on September 20th through Roadrunner Records.

The tour dates are as follows:

November 9 – O2 Academy - Newcastle, UK
November 11 – Academy - Manchester, UK
November 12 – O2 Academy - Birmingham, UK
November 13 – O2 Academy Brixton - London, UK More...

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Motorhead Drummer Speaks On Deceased Guitarist

In a recent interview with Swedish newspaper Expressen, Motorhead drummer Mikkey Dee shared his thoughts on former band mate Michael "Wurzel" Burston, who sadly passed away on Saturday. An excerpt from the interview reads:

"He wrote damn good Motörhead riffs. I remember that I missed that when he was not there. I missed the simple classic Motörhead riffs. They were never written after that. They left with him. He was wonderful, he was really funny. There was a lot of rock and roll in the old man."

A statement from the group's management released on behalf of Motorhead read: More...

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Unearthing The Metal Underground In Monterrey

Mexico is an enormous country just like our own, composed of 31 states and the Federal District. And like us, their music scene is exploding with bands and talent. Besides some of the bigger acts that have made a name for themselves over the years like Shub Niggurath, Cenotaph and Transmetal (a band once produced by Eric Greif) - not enough is heard with the requisite frequency about this active scene in Mexico. There are dozens of metropolitan areas all throughout this country that have metal bands, and there are several record labels that have been spawned to release this vast amount of groups. The interest in Mexican metal was no doubt piqued in American listeners years ago when such acts as LA's Brujeria showed what a winning combo death metal in Spanish could be. In focusing on one scene from our neighbors in Mexico, we will look at some of the interesting bands that have been coming out of the northern metropolis of Monterrey.

Living in the desert southwest where all of my Mexican neighbors come from Michoaca, Tamaulipas or Guanajuato, it is only natural I have wanted to discover more about this country and it's music. While I've travelled to my share of border towns, which have their own energy and club scene and bars that have pools where you can play volleyball, the only way to truly experience this country is to go deeper south and start seeing all the pueblos and cities that start to have a purer Mexican identity amidst the colorful landscape. I've been to Tijuana, Nogales and Mexicali countless times, been hustled off the street by guys paid to get you into their bar, and enjoyed plenty of drinks while listening to loud thrash metal. But in order to get a truer picture of what the country has to offer, it is vital to go further in and start seeing the true essence of it all. You pass through countless towns as you go deeper into Mexico - almost all having a cathedral, soccer field and a bar within the same block while the locals are listening to their ranchera music. But you know somewhere down the street are a bunch of guys with metal t-shirts on rocking out to heavy tunes on their home stereo. Metal is big down there.

A couple hours southwest of McAllen, Texas is the picturesque city of Monterrey. It is hard to believe that Mexico's third largest metropolitan area (ninth largest city) is this close to the U.S. Driving the desolate chaparral outback to get there is half the fun. Mexico has a system of free roads and toll roads - "carreteras de cuota" - throughout most of this northern area. If you can pay the toll you get to drive on the 4-lane highway. If not, you drive on the free road alongside a produce truck that's falling apart and emitting black smoke. As I watched a man trying to sell his hand tools so he could pay the toll, I couldn't help but be reminded of that song "Caseta de Cobro" by El Tri (about a toll booth operator who steals half the money he collects, buying pot and taking vacations.) I've been stopped by cops on roads like this, and a ten dollar bill usually gets me out of a ticket. Too bad it's not like this in the U.S. In Mexico, the laws of the frontier still prevail, which is sometimes a pleasant departure from regimentation and bureaucracy. You've got to love the rugged outback and a sense of adventure, and that's one of the reasons to head down to cities like Monterrey.

Digression aside, Monterrey is far enough inland to be uniquely Mexican but close enough to the U.S. to hear faded radio station signals. What strikes you about it is how incredibly big it is. As it's located in the border state of Nuevo Leon, this city of 4.5 million people often gets overlooked as being "too gringo" and not having enough true Mexican culture. It has twice the per capita income as other cities in Mexico, an educated workforce - but a lot of strife like many of the northern areas due to the Gulf and Zeta cartels fighting for control despite President Felipe Calderon's drug war. Politics aside, the people of Monterrey pass their day by listening to either tejano/nortena music or different forms of rock and roll - but usually not both. The city has, to me, a rugged beauty in that high desert plains way with it's statuesque palm trees and the jutting outcropping known as the Cerro de la Silla mountain. It's a large commercial and industrial hub with plenty of businesses that export a variety of products (several multinational companies have headquarters down there, such as Nokia, GE and Toyota among the many) and contains several colleges like La Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon within it's permiter. Universities mean youth, ideology and music - hence helping create the musical renaissance over a decade ago. Metal bands have been thrashing here since the 80's, mind you, but in the past ten years the scene has really taken on a whole new life of it's own. More...

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Interview with Richard Lagergren of Portrait

Guitarist Richard Lagergren of Swedish Heavy Metallers Portrait has a wry sense of humor. Some of his zingers: the document that contained his answers to my (emailed) questions was called “Portrait vs Metal Underground,” some of his answers are subtly cheeky, and his answer to my final question was not so subtle at all, but I could only read it in a deadpanned voice.

But beyond Lagergren’s comedic stylings, he took the time to answer a few questions for us, which we appreciate! Lagergren gives a unique perspective into Portrait’s style of trad metal, details on the recording process for recently released full length “Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae” (reviewed here), why Sweden seems to be in the middle of so many “revivals, and a few other golden tidbits. Enjoy!

Bloodofheroes: Let’s start with the obvious – what the heck does “Crimen Laesae Majestatis Divinae” mean?

Well it is Latin obviously, and can be roughly translated into “crime against the heavenly majesty”, or if you will, “blasphemy” or “sacrilege”. The term derives from early modern Sweden, where intentional blasphemy was regarded one of the most serious crimes one could commit, leading to death penalty. People like Portrait would be the first to the gallows of course.

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Coheed and Cambria Bassist Arrested For Robbery

TMZ.com reports that Michael Todd, the bassist for the band Coheed and Cambria, was arrested for armed robbery after he allegedly held up a Walgreens by claiming he had a bomb. And this all went down right before the band played a show.

According to police in Attleboro, MA, Todd showed a pharmacist a cell phone note that said he had a bomb and demanded Oxycontin. He made off with six bottles of pain pill and fled via taxi. Police were able to track his cab to the Comcast Center where Coheed and Cambria was set to open up for Soundgarden.

Michael Todd was charged with armed robbery and unlawful possession of prescription narcotics. He is being held on $10,000 bail and will be arraigned on Monday morning.

July 10th was the last day that Coheed and Cambria was scheduled to perform on the Soundgarden tour.

Read the full article at TMZ.

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