Metal News for July 16, 2010
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Dark metal act Walking Corpse Syndrome recently saw the release of a second full-length album, entitled “Narcissist.” The members of the band spoke with me prior to the group’s show at the 406 Club in Great Falls, Montana. Walking Corpse Syndrome discussed the changes in the band between the two albums, their use of violin and dual drummers in live shows, and the recent passing of Ronnie James Dio. The first half of the video interview can be viewed below, and the second half (along with a text transcription) can be found after the jump. More...
Underground journalist/musician Ryan Bartek has announced his entire discography is being made available as a free download at this location. Ryan Bartek also issued the following statement:
"In the spirit of ‘Independence Day,’ I hereby offer my entire discography for free -- no strings, no catch, no shoddy I-Tunes wrangling -- 6 albums, one book & the legendary 'Pan-Tribal Socialist Manifesto.' This includes… A.K.A. Mabus – 'Lord of the Black Sheep' (LP, 15 Tracks: 2006), Sasquatch Agnostic - "Complete Mammalography" (3 EP’s & 41 Tracks: 2007-2009), Jack Cassady - 'The Real Man In Black' (LP, 14 Tracks; 2008), & PDF files of the classically cult 'The Big Shiny Prison' (2010), & 'The Pan-Tribal Socialist Manifesto' (2006). More...
THE HIGH CONFESSIONS, the newly formed band featuring Chris Connelly (MINISTRY, REVOLTING COCKS, KILLING JOKE), Steve Shelley (SONIC YOUTH), Sanford Parker (MINSK, NACHTMYSTIUM, BURIED AT SEA), and recording engineer Jeremy Lemos (SMOG, STEREOLAB, JIM O’ROURKE), are streaming their debut album "Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" online now via Stereogum.com.
"Turning Lead Into Gold With The High Confessions" was recorded in Chicago, IL with Parker and Lemos engineering. The album will see its North American release on Tuesday, July 20th. THE HIGH CONFESSIONS will be hosting a record release party on Monday, July 19th at The Burlington (3425 W. Fullerton Ave.) in Chicago, IL in support of the album. The entire band will be in attendance, DJ-ing the night. Complete event details can be found here.
Northern Virginia/Washington DC area quintet King Giant is currently streaming three tracks online from the band's self-released debut album "Southern Darkness." The tracks "Solace," "Hollow," and "Shindig" can be heard now at the band's MySpace page. The upcoming King Giant tour dates are as follows:
7/17/2010 Red&Black - Washington, DC
7/31/2010 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
8/13/2010 Mackey's - Manassas, VA
8/23/2010 DC 9 - Washington, DC
8/26/2010 Maxwells - Hoboken, NJ
Parkway Drive's latest album "Deep Blue," which was released on June 29th, 2010 through Epitaph Records, debuted at #39 in the U.S. and sold over 10,854 copies in the first week. "Deep Blue" also debuted at #2 in the band's native Australia, #55 in the UK, and #46 in Germany. The song "Sleepwalker" off the new album is available for streaming via the Parkway Drive MySpace page. The video for "Sleepwalker" can also be viewed below.
Iconic German speed metal act Accept have announced their participation in the upcoming Loud Park 10 festival. Loud Park 10 is scheduled to take place on October 16th and 17th at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama City, Japan. Accept join the Saturday October 16th, 2010 line-up alongside Korn, Halford and Stone Sour.
Saturday October 16:
Dir En Grey
Sunday, October 17:
Five Finger Death Punch
3 Inches of Blood
Swedish black metal outfit Arckanum have revealed the tracklisting for their upcoming studio album titled "Sviga Lae." "Sviga Lae" will be released through Regain Records sometime in the fall.
"Sviga Lae" tracklisting:
1. Lae Elr
2. Gylair Algorir
3. In Folva Felr
4. Goain Eru Blekkt
5. Gramr Girnisk
6. Andskoti Ferr Austan
7. Muspellzheimr Kemr
European power metal act Grave Digger have released details regarding the band's upcoming studio ablum titled "The Clans Will Rise Again." "The Clans Will Rise Again" will see its European release on October 1st, 2010 with a North American release following soon after.
"The Clans Will Rise Again" tracklisting:
1. Days Of Revenge
2. Paid In Blood
3. Hammer Of The Scots
4. Highland Farewell
5. The Clans Will Rise Again
7. Valley Of Tears
9. Whom The Gods Love Die Young
11. The Piper Mcleod
12. Coming Home
13. When Rain Turns To Blood
DevilDriver has posted the third part in the 25 part "You May Know Us From The Stage" video series, which can be viewed below.
Chicago, Illinois hard rock act Disturbed are giving away a free download of the song "Asylum" from their upcoming studio album of the same name. The free MP3 can be picked up through the band's official website. "Asylum" has been set for release on Augut 31st, 2010.
Download the "Asylum" MP3 here.
California's Rage Against The Machine have announced the date for their upcoming concert in protest of Arizona state's controversial immigration law. The concert is set to take place on July 23rd, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, California. Support on the bill will come from The Mystic Valley Band and fellow Sound Strike artist Conor Oberst. Sound Strike is a collective of artists who are in direct protest of Arizona's immigration law reform.
Israel's Dagor Dagorath has posted a music video online for the song "Maze of Madness," which is from the band's debut album "Yetzer Ha'Ra." The video clip can be viewed below.
The Ordher has issued the following statement regarding canceling the band's previously scheduled appearance at the Brazilian Metal Festival:
"Unfortunately we were informed a few minutes behind the cancellation of The Ordher in Brazilian Metal Fest, an event that will happen tomorrow (July 17) in Brasilia. The owners of the Outcast, responsible for the event, failed to make the purchase of tickets the band in advance, and at last minute prices become unviable according to the size of the event.
"The Outcast will explain in detail what happened during the festival tomorrow, and will announce a new date with The Ordher in Brasilia this year. The band regrets the incident, and hopes to finally bring the sound of The Ordher Brasilia shortly."
Pomona, California thrashers Bonded By Blood have finished shooting a new music video in the lead-up to the release of their new album "Exiled To Earth." The video, which was filmed with director Dave Vorhes, is for the new song "Prototype: Death Machine" and sees Bonded By Blood gearing up as a group of rebels as they fight to reclaim planet Earth from the grasp of an alien race called The Crong.
Front man Jose Barrales discusses the video shoot: "Working with Dave Vorhes was a great experience. Coming into this shoot we didn't know what to expect, but I'm glad it turned out the way it did. First day we did a performance shoot, 2pm till 9pm straight, of Prototype: Death Machine. After listening so much I'm still not tired of the song.
"Second day was the storyline shoot, this was so fun. Dressing up in costumes and shooting aliens, what's not to love? This day was a long one, 6am to 11pm, but well worth it. Can't wait to see the final product, I'm sure it will be epic."
The weekend is fast approaching, and the Rock Band Network is going to make sure you've got enough music to rock on until Monday morning. The most notable metal additions this week on the Xbox 360 include Aittala, Norma Jean, and Wargasm. Coming soon to the PS3 are tracks from Winds of Plague and Clutch. The complete list of 360 tracks added this week, including the non-metal tracks, is as follows:
Aittala - Filthy Dog
Assembly of Dust - Pedal Down
deBaser - Happy Little Tune
HourCast - Attraction
Mason Douglas feat. Blue Morning - Right Now Romeo
Norma Jean - Leaderless and Self Enlisted
Norma Jean - Deathbed Atheist
Widespread Panic - Ain't Life Grand (Live)
Asking Alexandria - The Final Episode (Let's Change the Channel)
C.J. Ramone - Do It To Me
Free Spirit - Until the Night
No Justice - Love Song
Rose of Jericho - Take Me Away
Kramus - Embrace Your Rage
Wargasm - Jigsaw Man
XTT - Come Along
Sullivan DeMott - Here and Gone More...
Angra has posted the artwork for the upcoming "Arising Thunder" single, which can be viewed at this location. The single is off the band's new album "Aqua."
Angra guitarist Rafael Bittencourt commented on the single, "Arising Thunder is a strong, fast and captivating song. We didn’t want to choose the most commercial track. Our fans will certainly be impressed with its fury and speed that end up in one of the strongest refrains of our entire career. It describes clearly the water element cycles showing the tenuous line from the tempest to the calm."
Vocalist Edu Falaschi, who created the initial concept of the track, also stated: "This song was originally composed to be a ballad but along the process I realized that it would be better to change for a Power Metal style. Fortunately I was right and this new direction is the most correct to represent the heart of the Shakespeare story! It is violent, dramatic and vigorous in the first lines of 'The Tempest'! Arising Thunder sounds perfect to an epic start connected to the lyric by a vibrant way showing all the Prospero fury and vengeance wishes. I am sure that our fans will enjoy it and sing with us in our next tour."
Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow has checked in with the following statement about the band's upcoming shows in the Maldives and Faroe Islands:
"This weekend we are playing two very remote and exotic places: Faroe Islands and the Maldives. Both places have not seen many international acts - In fact we are the first international metal band ever to play the Maldives. We are very curious about the fans and the atmosphere in both places!
"The geographical contrast between these two destinations couldn't be bigger. Faroe Islands (situated between Scotland and Iceland in the North Atlantic) are beautiful in their tristesse. Untamed and rough nature, grass covered rocky mountains.12 degrees Celsius. Cold. Rain. Thick fog and stormy winds. Landing at the airport felt more like a plane crash. The main stage suffered badly last night we hear. The bigger of the two stages stage died yesterday. They even lost one side of the P.A. into the sea. Yes, that's into the sea.
"This is their summer. Reminds me of a grey, windy autumn day in Sweden... A perfect place to write a metal album I'd say. The Maldives (a cluster of atolls in the Indian Ocean) will be hot, lush green, full of colourful flowers and scents and brimming with 'holiday flair'. We will soak up the sun and dance with the sharks but will most likely not write one sinister riff there. And we need a few of these as we are heading into the studio end of this year. Both shows will give us a lot of inspiration though to travel further and further with every touring cycle. We love exploring new places. Mainland India will come up next…soon! But for today it’s the G! Festival Faroe Islands and the coming weekend it is the Rockstorm Festival Maldives! Extreme Exotic Metal Apocalypse!’”
The upcoming Arch Enemy tour dates are as follows: More...
Avenged Sevenfold has posted a fifth teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Nightmare" music video, which can be viewed below.
Norwegian symphonic black metal band Dimmu Borgir has announced additional dates to the first European leg of the co-headlining “Darkness Reborn World Tour,” which is in support of the band's new studio album, "Abrahadabra." The new album will be released in Germany on September 24th, in the rest of Europe on September 27th, and in North America on October 12th.
Dimmu Borgir's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
9/19 – HMH, Amsterdam, NE (w/ KORN)
9/20 – Bataclan, Paris, FR (DB Headlining Show)
9/21 – Forum, London, U.K. (DB Headlining Show)
9/23 – Eishalle Seutweg, Winterthur, CH (w/ Korn)
9/24 – Zenith, Munich, DE (w/ KORN)
9/26 – Gasometer, Vienna, AT (w/ KORN)
9/27 – Alcatraz, Milan, IT (DB Headlining Show)
9/30 – Den Atelier, Luxembourg, LU (DB Headlining Show) More...
Megadeth's production assistant Rikki has checked in from Moscow with the following road report:
"Here we are at the end of our European Summer Tour of 2010. Show day #2 from Moscow, Russia. 2 more shows and we'll happily be back on American soil. I have come down to the venue early today to enjoy the peace and quiet and get some work done before the band and crew arrive. I spent several years working for the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio, quite often being the first one in and the last one out. I can't describe the calming effect it has on me, being here so early and watching a building slowly come to life. It starts slow, by mid day, things are going at a fairly fast pace, then it's show time and everything's going at full power.
"The building is filled with sweaty, excited people and the energy is amazing. Then you frantically hurry to get your job finished so that the night is over and you sit back and review the day. The place smells disgusting, lots of sweat, beer, etc and you'd never want to walk around without boots on, through all of the mess. But the building starts to take that calm again. It gets quiet, but remnants of that energy remains for hours. While just another day to me, to some people in that room, that was the greatest night of their life. Or something that will stay in their memory for a long time.
"Contributing even in the smallest way, is something that has always made me happy and many years ago, I decided that I never wanted to do anything else. I'm truly blessed to be one of the few who knows what they want out of life and has the opportunity to actually do it. I'm even more blessed to be doing with such a wonderful group of people. Now if I could be fortunate enough to have a blackberry that works all the time, I'd be the luckiest girl on the planet. More...
Christian metal act My Darkest Time has revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming album "My Thoughts," which is set to be released later this month through Divine Metal Distro. The artwork for "My Thoughts" can be viewed at this location. My Darkest Time is also streaming a sample online from the upcoming album, which can be heard via the band's MySpace page.
California's Saviours has checked in with the following recap of recent tour dates and announcement about an upcoming U.S. tour:
"We've conquered Europe with our partners in crime Black Cobra and Weedeater. The tour was insane, the shows were great, we played a bunch of festivals and cool new places we hadn't been before, we got weird and it kicked ass. Many thanks to our fearless driver Brozak, Black Cobra, Weedeater, Avocado for booking the shit, Dominic and Division for doing press stuff and most importantly all the euromaniacs who came out a raged every night with us. It was simultaneously real and unreal, if that makes any sense.
"At the end of the tour we headed to Den Haag, Holland for a quick studio trip with Guy Tavares, who does the awesome Motorwolf label. Guy and engineer Hans tracked two new songs for us the old way- 16 track, 1" tape, no punch-ins, edits or automation. We recorded one new song and then a 21 minute 'alternate' version of it, which will be mixed to full heavy psychedelic fruition by Guy over the next month and eventually included on an upcoming EP.
"Our only full US tour this year is rapidly approaching. Ozzfest should be insane and debaucherous and we're super excited for it, whatever it may entail! We've announced some pre-fest dates and some off-dates from the tour as well and we will be headlining a few select US cities on the way back from the east coast after Ozzfest. A few more dates will be announced soon. A few more big announcements are coming soon. Thanks again for all the support, its been a fucking killer summer so far!" More...
Greece's Septicflesh has issued the following update about the band's upcoming album:
"The creation of the 10 songs that will appear on the next album of Greek daemons Septicflesh, is approaching the final stage. The musical result can be described as a great mass of emotional death. One of the dominant elements of the album is the use of the characteristic guitar melodies of the band in a more intense and dramatic way. In combination with the orchestral parts that will surpass everything else that the band has done in the past, the sound resembles to a funeral concerto. Actually, it appears that the whole atmosphere of the album is one step closer to the depths of Hades…
"Also, as actually Septicflesh is in the wider sense an artistic dark experiment, the nightmarish visual world of Seth Siro Anton that is part of this experiment is going to be expanded towards extremity in order to 'dress' fittingly the soundscapes and the new mysterious lyrical thematology.
"The recordings will take place in Athens (in Devasoundz studios owned by the band) and in Prague (again with the help of the Filmharmonic Orchestra and Choir of Prague under the direction of Christos Antoniou) from August until the mid of September 2010. The mix will take place in Sweden on October 2010. The band is looking forward to work for the first time with well known producer Peter Tagtgren."
Brooklyn's Tombs has checked in with the following update about changes to the band's tour schedule:
"Just a heads up on some recent changes to the tour itinerary, we are not going to be able to play (in August) in Chicago or Philadelphia, the Chicago date has been moved to Normal, Il and the Philadelphia show currently is TBA and will be announced shortly. We apologize for the changes, hopefully the venue change is within driving distance for those that were planning on attending the previous show. We promise we will be making it up, we can't say right now why we can't play there in August, but I can promise you it is worth the wait (trust me).
"Also, the Show in Memphis has been moved to the Hi-Tone, so please plan accordingly... Lastly we have good news, hell, great news! We have been added onto the Goatwhore show in Cortlandt Manor NY @ Popeye's Pub, this is the last show of the Tombs/Planks tour and we could not be more pleased with who it is that we get to share it with."
Sweden's Scarpoint has issued the following update about the band closing in on inking a record deal:
"Hey fuckers. Sorry I've been bad on posting anything new but things have been hectic and some of the guys has been on vacation. Anyways, we are really close with a new deal. We expect it to be official with in a week or so. This label suits us perfectly in our quest to world domination. We will give you all the details about the signing, release date, tours and shit really really soon, sorry that we kept you fuckers waiting.
"Also last weekend on Rockweekend was awesome we were able to both record some stuff on video and sound, we haven't really decided how to use it if we put it on the record as bonus or if we allow it only and exclusive for you guys here, let us know how you would like it! We've got a couple of gigs coming up, the first that are confirmed is in Västerås on the 21th of August, more dates will be added shortly. Until then.... stay twisted fuckers!"
Guitarist Vic Stown of Vindicator has issued the following update about the band streaming a new song online:
"Vindisciples, we're super pumped to announce we've posted a new track! Strange Aeons is just one of many killer tracks that appear on our upcoming release The Antique Witcheries (available August tenth). In addition to all this greatness we'll be opening for legendary thrash maniacs Razor in November! Being that we're all huge Razor fans, this is very exciting for us! Check back often for more updates, and listen to our new track... at maximum volume!"
The new song "Strange Aeons" can be heard via the band's MySpace page.
Chicago's Denial Machine is currently streaming a new song online. The new track "Recompense" can be heard via the official Denial Machine MySpace page. "Recompense" is off the band's upcoming EP "The Gainsaying of Korah." Additional details on the EP will be announced as they are made available.
Netherbird has posted a teaser containing demo material from the band's upcoming album, which can be found below. Netherbird also commented on the new album:
"Greetings all! We are proud to see the reviews of 'Monument Black Colossal' and that we are now starting to receive gig offers! But Netherbird is a restless beast and we have already started working with our third full length album that will be called 'R.I.D.,' the full title will be announced later!
"The first sample was posted a while ago but for those that haven't heard it, do give it a spin! Some media thought it was yet another preview of 'Monument Black Colossal' but it is indeed the basic structures of some of the songs from the NEXT album. These are basic demo tracks that Bizmark has composed and shortly me and him will do the vocal arrangements and then we will rehearse this beast before we record during autumn! Enjoy!" More...
Georgia's Abomination Reborn has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming activity:
"O.K. we just wanted to update you guys on whats going on in Abomination Reborn! Our next show on July 30th will be our last show until December! Our drummer has to do some school work witch is fine we support him 100% no hard feelings!
"This will give us more time to right some new music to bring you guys in December at our comeback show witch will be an amazing show! We are working to record very soon so we look forward to recording! Thanks guys!"
You can also hear Abomination Reborn tracks via the band's official MySpace page.
In This Moment has checked in with the following road report from the band's time on the Mayhem Festival:
"News flash! Mayhem fest is amazing and for those who don't know Maria has been going out into the crowd to incite mosh pits at the last few shows (we have witnessed some epic circle pits around the FOH tent) in Auburn, WA, Maria was on her way into the pit when a crazed idiot popped her in the side of the head, in retaliation Brownie (tech) knocked the dude out cold and he was subsequently ejected from the show by security.....Maria was fine and lived to rock another day.....all in a days work...Mayhem indeed!"
You can still catch In This Moment live on the following upcoming dates: More...
Italy's Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder has checked in with the following brief statement about recruiting a session drummer to record on the band's upcoming album: "Hey guys! We are honored to announce that: Marco Minnemann will play and record the drum tracks of our new album. Stay tuned!" You can also check out sample Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder songs via the band's MySpace page.
New Jersey metal band Mutiny Within are spending the year of their debut album's release on tour, the band has posted a live video of "Lethean" online. Watch the video below:
Boston’s thrash punk band Ashers, which features punk legend Mark Civitarese of The Unseen, has teamed up with AMP Magazine for an exclusive stream of their debut full-length record, "Kill Your Master," which was released on July 13th through Thorp Records. Listen to the 13-song stream at this location.
WINDS OF PLAGUE are busy touring across North America as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival all summer long while continuing to write material for their new album.
Jonny (vocals) checks in with the following Mayhem Fest report, "The first three shows on Mayhem have been mind blowing. It has been nothing but huge turn outs and absolutely insane shows. The Mayhem crowd definitely knows how to fuck shit up. From Oompa Loompas to Jager girls and everything in between, the Mayhem experience is one of a kind and I strongly suggest a fan of any kind of heavy music to make it out to a show. We have been pretty busy out here but have managed to continue working on new material and immediately following the tour will enter the studio with Grammy Award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed) to record our third release. " More...
Salt Lake City deathcore band CHELSEA GRIN has posted a music video for the song "Sonnet Of The Wretched" online. The track comes from their new album, "Desolation of Eden," which was release on Artery Records. Watch the video below:
Perth progressive metal band NEVERBORN has made their third independent album, "Decimator," available for free download. The band was recently featured in our Unearthing the Metal Underground column, which you can check out here.
Ever since Led Zeppelin released Stairway To Heaven, hard rock bands have showcased their sensitive spot through the power ballad. No genre exploited this format more than the eighties hair bands. A formula that started early: Release a heavy song, maybe two, and then release a ballad was a staple for the glam and spandex bands. This week we pay tribute to these songs. Despite a self imposed limit of one song per band, whittling down the list was a challenging. Let’s face it, no two top ten lists of this nature are ever the same. To assist, a sealed scorecard using lyrics, video presence, and longevity was used to determine the top ten power ballads. More...