Metal News for July 2, 2010
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West Australian prog metallers VOYAGER have recenly released their second video single, "Lost," off their highly praised "I am the ReVolution" album. The video clip was officially released on Friday, June 18th at the Amplifer Bar in Perth. The new video clip is now available on the band’s official Youtube channel, and can be viewed below.
Drummer John Boecklin of DevilDriver has checked in from the road with the following tour report:
"Touring has a great feeling this time around. Seen alot of friends from fear factory, unearth, killswitch, 36 crazy, anthrax, megadeth, as I lay dying, rise against, 3 inches of blood, malifece, slayer, Alice in? Chains. Basically you can tell what I'm getting at here, every show has a friend or a hero of mine and it fucking rules.
"Playing shows has also gotten a bit easier as well for me because I now use IN EARS for the first time ever. My feet are now more consistent then before cuz I can really hear what's going on now. Tomorrow we get to headline the second stage @ Graspop festival in Belgium. Dez is fucking pumped cuz Kiss headlines the main stage, one of his all time favorites.
"We also have been jamming the rough mixes this tour (Andy Sneap mixes in late July). It's got beef. It's interesting to me, it's not the fastest shit we have done, nor the slowest, just lots of groove. But to me, when people say 'it's got groove,' I think its a nice way of saying simple and boring these days. We wanted to avoid this. More...
U.K. based thrashers Dyinise are currently offering their entire "...And The World Will Bleed" album as a free MP3 download. All nine tracks from the album can be downloaded at this location. You can also hear sample Dyinise songs via the band's MySpace page. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Calm Before The Brawl
2. Dedication To Black
3. Covert Enemy
4. Raining Fire
5. Fight In The Shade
7. Underfoot Of The March
8. Emergence Day
9. Pedal To The Metal
North Carolina doom metal band BLACK SKIES kick off their US tour today at The Smiling Moose in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Guitarist Kevin Clark comments of the band's pre-tour kick off show this past weekend before jumping in the van this morning, "We were only able to get in a handful of rehearsals before the show, but Tim has did a fantastic job of being prepared and it showed. Playing with two amazing bands, Hog and Caltrop, we felt a good bit of pressure to step it up... first show or not. The crowd was great... supportive, complimentary...they really seemed into both the new songs and especially with how well Tim's playing fits with the band. Being that this show was in our hometown, there were a good number of people there who've seen all the different incarnations of BLACK SKIES, and it was good to hear how many of them think this is the best yet. It might still be early, but we get that feeling, too. So, we're happy to have that first show behind us and are looking forward to getting several more under our belts over the next few weeks."
BLACK SKIES tour dates July 2010 are as follows:
7/03/2010 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL
7/04/2010 The Frequency - Madison, WI
7/05/2010 Blue Moose Tap House - Iowa City
7/06/2010 TBA - NE
7/07/2010 3 Kings Tavern - Denver, CO
7/08/2010 Burt’s Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
7/09/2010 Rocky Canyon – Boise, ID
7/10/2010 The Comet - Seattle, WA
7/11/2010 Rotture - Portland, OR
7/12/2010 Jambalaya - Arcata, CA
7/13/2010 The Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA
7/14/2010 The Stork Club - Oakland, CA
7/15/2010 TBA - CA
7/16/2010 Relax Bar - Los Angeles, CA
7/17/2010 The Rogue Bar - Scottsdale, AZ
7/18/2010 Rio Grande Satanical Gardens - Albuquerque, NM
7/19/2010 The Nightmare - Dallas, TX
7/20/2010 Red 7 - Austin, TX
7/21/2010 Checkpoint Charlie's - New Orleans, LA
7/22/2010 The Nick - Birmingham, AL
7/23/2010 The Buccaneer Lounge - Memphis, TN
7/24/2010 Springwater Supper Club - Nashville, TN More...
Extreme metal legends have united as INSIDIOUS DISEASE will unleash the most violent death metal album to come along in years. The band consists of Dimmu Borgir’s main songwriter Silenoz, bassist Shane Embury (Napalm Death), guitarist Jardar (Old Mans Child), drummer Tony Laureano (Angelcorpse, Nile) and vocalist Marc Grewe (from German death metal band Morgoth) will release its debut album "Shadowcast" via Century Media Records on July 12th in Europe and July 27th in North America.
INSIDIOUS DISEASE is proud to unveil a brand new artwork trailer for Shadowcast offering a glimpse at the morbid visuals accompanying the release. Check out the video below:
Silenoz further explains the concept of Shadowcast, which has way more to offer than just typical death metal gore galore, “The basic idea behind Shadowcast lyrically is an attempt to describe the ‘misfits’ in this world: the misunderstood, mentally defect and depraved individuals that walk among us - rapists, serial killers, pedophiles, necrophiles and drug addicts, etc. It could be your neighbor, you just never know, it could be YOU!" More...
Tennessee’s heavy metal band The Showdown is giving fans the opportunity to catch a behind-the-scenes look at the their recent recording session in Nashville. The band is currently recording their fourth studio album, "Blood In The Gears," which will be released on Solid State Records on August 24th. Watch the band track drums for the forthcoming record below:
"Blood In The Gears" was recorded and produced by The Showdown’s own Jeremiah Scott (bass) at his home studio, Anthem Productions. The album was mixed by Steve Blackmon (Living Sacrifice, Project 86), with Troy Glessener at Spectre handling the mastering. Artwork comes courtesy of Ryan Clark at Invisible Creature Inc. More...
Canadian dancecore act Abandon All Ships have released their first ever music video for the song "Take One Last Breath" from their debut full length album of the same name. "Take One Last Breath" is due for release in October through Underground Operations/Universal Music in Canada and through Velocity Records in the United States.
"Take One Last Breath" was formerly titled "Pedestrians is Another Word For Speedbump" and the original recording was featured on the band's self released EP.
Whitechapel has posted footage that was filmed at the Ventura, CA date of Warped Tour 2010. Fans can catch a glimpse of Whitechapel's experience so far and check out some live footage from their set on the Altec Lansing stage. The video can be seen at this location.
Catch WHITECHAPEL on the Van's Warped Tour 2010 at the following dates:
07/01 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
07/02 Houston, TX The Showgrounds At Sam Houston Race Park
07/03 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center
07/05 St.Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
07/06 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
07/07 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion
07/08 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre
07/09 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall
07/10 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau
07/11 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater
07/13 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
07/14 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake P.A.C.
07/15 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
07/16 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
07/17 Uniondale, NY Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
07/18 Oceanport, NJ Monmouth Park Racetrack
07/20 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/21 Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Amphitheatre
07/22 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Charlotte
07/23 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
07/24 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheater
07/25 Orlando, FL Firestone Amphitheatre @ The Lot
07/26 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheater at Lakewood
07/28 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
07/29 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheater
07/30 Detroit, MI Comerica Park
07/31 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
08/01 Shakopee, MN Canterbury Park
08/02 Bonner Springs, KS Sandstone Amphitheatre
08/05 Edmonton, AB Northlands Grounds
08/07 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fairgrounds
08/08 Denver, CO Invesco Field
08/10 San Diego, CA Cricket Amphitheatre
08/11 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
08/12 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
08/13 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheatre
08/14 George, WA Gorge Amphitheater
08/15 Hillsboro, OR Washington County Fairgrounds
Finnish metallers Amorphis have issued the following announcement about a release show for their upcoming DVD "Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes:"
"The release party for Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes will be hald at Cinema Andorra (Eerikinkatu 11) in Helsinki on Tuesday, July 6 at 7 pm. Tickets are available from Levykauppa X (Arkadiankatu 14). Included in the ticket price (35 €) is a Special Edition DVD package signed by the whole band!"
The DVD is set to be released on July 9th in Europe and August 10th in North America.
Swiss act Amagortis has checked in with the following comments about upcoming U.S. tour dates:
"We're OFF TO AMERIKA! And we finally received the Intrinsic Indecency CDs. You can pre-order your copy via firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll get in touch with you as soon as we got back. We'll have T-Shirts and girlys as well if we are back home. Just write an E-mail and we'll handle the rest later. Check back for updates from the tour. Till then keep on slamming!"
You can catch Amagortis live on the following dates:
7/9 2010 The Station St. Paul, Minnesota
7/10 2010 The Hole Omaha, Nebraska
7/11 2010 Old Curtis Street Bar And Grill Denver, Colorado
7/13 2010 The Workshop Ceres, California
7/14 2010 The Blvd Cafe Boyle Heights, California
7/14 2010 The Blvd Cafe Boyle Heights, California
7/15 2010 Brick By Brick San Diego, CA
7/16 2010 TAKE 2 Ventura, CA
7/17 2010 Las Vegas Deathfest Las Vegas, Nevada
7/18 2010 UB's Bar Mesa, AZ
7/19 2010 THE COMPOUND Albuquerque, New Mexico
7/20 2010 ZOMBIES San Antonio, Texas
7/22 2010 The Cesspool Castle Joplin, Missouri
7/22 2010 Bash Rip Rocks Lubbock, TX
7/23 2010 CENTRAL ILLINOIS METALFEST Urbana, Illinois, US
7/24 2010 CENTRAL ILLINOIS METALFEST Urbana, Illinois, US
8/20 2010 Mountains of Death X Muotathal, Schwyz, CH
8/21 2010 Mountains of Death X Muotathal, Schwyz, CH
8/28 2010 Dead Haggis Deathfest London, GB
8/29 2010 Club XO Moscow, Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Bakersfield, California nu-metal act Korn have posted full performance footage from their recent appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show. The video features Korn performing their new single "Oildale" from their upcoming studio album titled "Korn III – Remember Who You Are," which is due for release on July 13th, 2010.
Massachusetts tech-metallers The Red Chord have announced a series of shows taking place on days off from their current run on the Summer Slaughter 2010 tour.
The Red Chord off-dates:
July 13 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Sunset Hall
July 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Conservatory
August 25 – Cheyenne, WY @ Atlas Theater
In one of his final film appearances, legendary metal icon Ronnie James Dio pops out of a wall poster to convince a young would-be rocker (through song of course) to head out on an epic quest to form the world's most awesome band. "The Pick of Destiny" co-star Kyle Gass, also of the bands Trainwreck and Tenacious D, worked closely alongside Dio during the filming of the movie.
Kyle Gass took some time off his recent tour with Trainwreck to discuss the loss of Dio, who passed away due to stomach cancer in May. Gass also touched on subjects ranging from his currently inability to perform a full cock push up, to the upcoming third Tenacious D album. More...
This week's round up of metal tracks added to the Rock Band Network includes Evile and Five Finger Death Punch, along with 3 Inches of Blood and Testament coming to the PS3 version. The complete list of tracks added this week, along with the non-metal tracks, are as follows:
New to RBN on Xbox 360:
Freen in Green - "Ramp Truck"
Andy Timmons - "Deliver Us"
Jamestown Story - "Touche, Miss Indenial"
Evile - "Nosphoros"
XTT - "Divine"
Rodrigo y Gabriela - "Buster Voodoo"
RED9 - "Real Love"
Scratching The Itch - "Why Bother?"
Rose of Jericho - "Beautiful Machine"
Rod Kim - "Tomorrow She's Mine"
Scott Gehrett - "Black Cloud"
SexTon - "Burst Into Fears"
The Apples in Stereo - "Told You Once"
Done Lying Down - "Throughout"
HourCast - "Big Deal"
Five Finger Death Punch - "Hard To See" More...
German folk metallers Equilibrium have issued the following statement about the chart positions of the band's new album:
"We just smashed the German, Austrian and Swiss charts with our brand new effort 'Rekreatur!' Germany: # 20, Austria: # 58, Switzerland: # 58. What a blast! Already last time we couldn’t believe we entered the charts! But this time we charted 10 positions higher – which is just an amazing feeling!
"We wanna thank Nuclear Blast for believing in our music just as we do! And of course we wanna thank our fans who still stick to us despite all the change we had to undergo. We’re looking forward to the upcoming summer festivals and partying with you guys! To put it with Robse 'We’re gonna step the pedal to the metal!'!"
Solo artist Ihsahn, formerly of Emperor and Peccatum, has issued the following statement about upcoming live appearances:
"Some of you have perhaps already seen Ihsahn and his backing band Leprous at the Inferno Festivalen (NOR) and Hellfest Festival (FR). For those of you that haven’t, or want to see more, there are several chances throughout the year, with Tuska Open Air (FIN) next. In August they will be performing every weekend, starting with Wacken Open Air (GER), then the trip goes to Brutal Assault (CZ), Camden Electric Ballroom (GB) and last but not least Hole in the Sky (NOR). In September Ihsahn will headline the Norwegian festival Southern Discomfort."
You can also check out Ihsahn tracks via the band's MySpace page.
Norway's Kraanium has issued the following update about playing at the upcoming Houten Deathfest:
"So as the headline say, we are just booked to play at this years Houten Deathfest in Holland on the 18th of September! Bands confirmed so for: Malignancy, Kastrated, Carnal Decay, and Diluvian.
"Also, the lay out for our upcoming split CD with Epicariectomy and Dormant Carnivore are soon done, so we will post some pics of it possible in a couple of days. As for the release of the CD is still not set, but we hope it will be out at least before we play at Houten Deathfest so stay tuned for more news and be prepared for a 3 way split of Super Slamming Sickness!"
Norwegian metallers Leprous have issued the following brief statement about performing at this year's edition of the 1001 Watt festival: "We're happy to announce that Leprous will be performing at this years 1001 Watt Festival in Skien, Norway on Friday October 8th 2010." Additional details on the festival can be found at this location.
The upcoming Leprous tour dates are as follows:
8/6 2010 Wacken - As Ihsahn’s backing band Wacken, Schleswig, DE
8/13 2010 Brutal Assault - As Ihsahn’s backing band JAROMER, CZ
8/19 2010 Electric Ballrom, Camden - As Ihsahn’s backing band London, London and, GB
8/19 2010 Electric Ballroom - Leprous show London, London, UNITED KINGDOM
8/21 2010 Slottsskogen goes progressive Gothenburg, SE
8/27 2010 Hole in the Sky Festival - As Ihsahns backing band Bergen, Hordaland , NO
9/9 2010 ProgPower USA Atlanta, Georgia, US
10/3 2010 ProgPower Europe Baarlo, NL
10/8 2010 1001 WATT 2010 1001 WATT, 1001 WATT, NO
10/22 2010 Arno - Under 18 Notodden, Telemark, NO
10/29 2010 O13 Tilburg, Noord-Brab, NL
10/30 2010 Oosterpoort Groningen, Groningen, NL
10/31 2010 Sheperds Bush Empire London, London and, GB More...
Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine has checked in with the following statement about the band's "Big Four" tour dates:
"Droogies! So now that the Big Four dates have come and gone, I feel it is time to check-in, say, "Hello" and tell you what has been going on in my world. First off, when we left San Marcos and Mustaine Music Studios aka 'Vic's Garage,' we had no idea what to expect, other than the fact that we wanted to make a point; we wanted to make the other bands feel comfortable, we wanted the fans to all leave this momentous occasion feeling completely satiated, we wanted the guys in Metallica to know that we could be depended on to pull our share...
"I don't know if we delivered for everyone, but for the tens of thousands of people each night, and ultimately hundreds of thousands of fans over the entire run of the Big Four festivals (affectionately dubbed 'Sonisphere'), it seemed to me that the fans were finally able to put aside the silly stuff that the press has kept on life support for so many, many years. We did several round-table interviews with a member from each camp of the Big Four, and one thing that was a constant and that we all agreed on was that the press was the responsible parties for keeping the feuds alive.
"You heard it straight from our mouths; we are all at peace with one another, and we all are friends. End of story – or in other words, several shit magazines will now have to learn how to write real interviews, reviews, and features, instead of causing so much turmoil with us four, all in the spirit of selling their publications."
Shadows Fall has issued the following statement about adding on a new tour date in August: "Hey, we have added an extra headlining date at the end of our summer touring schedule at the Mad Hatter in Covington, KY on August 19th. Check out our entire summer schedule below."
The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
MAYHEM OFF DATES W/ WINDS OF PLAGUE:
7/12 Bend, OR @ Bend Event Center
7/15 North Las Vegas, NV @ Area 702
7/22 Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s
7/26 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights (w/ Chimaira)
8/2 Charleston, SC @ The Oasis
8/9 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero More...
French black/death metal band Svart Crown has announced a series of tour dates running from October 20th to November 9th alongside Shining and Enthrone. The band issued the following brief statement about performing on the Funeral Feast Tour:
"Well, it's a great opportunity and a new step for the band as we will visit some countries for the first time and play in bigger venues. We really look forward to play with these two killer bands and hope to see many maniacs on this European trip!"
The flyer for the Funeral Feast 2010 tour can be viewed at this location.
Swallow The Sun has issued the following announcement about performing several upcoming tour dates in Portugal and Spain:
"We are going to play a few shows in Portugal and Spain next October!! It's been almost 3 years since we have played in Portugal, so we are really excited about this! See you there!" The currently announced dates are as follows:
10/29 LX Extreme Metal Fest, Side B, Benavente, Portugal
10/30 Bracara Extreme Fest, Braga, Portugal
10/31 Madrid is the Dark Fest, Sala Caracol, Madrid, Spain
Norwegian doom metallers Syrach have checked in with the following update about the pre-production for new material:
"Last weekend we had Adam coming over the mountains from Oslo, and we started working on a pre-production of 4 brand new tracks. With little or no preparations, we had a certain pressure to get them right. Adam had never played the tracks before, and had to come up with the drum tracks and rehearse them. Also it had to be done close to perfect, since we recorded everything live in our rehearsal room. Luckily Adam, and the rest of us managed to get a few tracks right, and in the end we had all four tracks recorded even with some time to spare for some leads and some food...
"We were supposed to get the vocals done last week, but since mister ripper decided to spend the night fishing (without getting any ofcourse...) he had to call in sick and could not do any vocals at all. But fear nothing; he'll get it done this week, and the songs will sound great in the end!
"As of now, we are very satisfied with the outcome, as a demo. We'll probably not go into studio before 3-4 more songs are made, but we have plenty of material lying around, so hopefully it won't take too long. The pre-prod is about 40 minutes already, so we'll soon enough be ready for studio we hope. Doom on brothers and sisters, we salute you!"
The 11th Hour has just been confirmed for the 2010 edition of the Madrid Is The Dark festival, which is held on October 30th and 31st. The band commented on the appearance:
"It's a great line-up and we're honored and excited to be part of this Doom Fest! 11th Hour (Holland, Napalm Records) are the last band to be confirmed for the lineup of Madrid is the Dark II. Formed and led by Ed Warby(ex-Gorefest), they will be playing an exclusive one-off for on the iberian peninsula with tracks coming from their debut album 'Burden of Grief.'"
Additional details on the festival are available at this location.
Sweden's Tribulation has issued the following update about canceling the band's appearance at the Peace & Love festival:
"No more Peace. Tribulation are sad to announce to the people that awaited their performance on Peace & Love that it is hereby canceled due to force majeure. Tribulation would still like to thank the people who took this long shot and tried to make it happen. Apparently something didn't want this odd ordeal to take place. Concerning the upcoming album, more news will be revealed in due time. As ever, The Ghouls."
Additional details on Tribulation's new album will be announced as they are made available.
Texas metal act Vesperian Sorrow has issued the following update about guest appearances on the band's upcoming album:
"We are very excited to annouce that there will be two possilby three guest appearances on the new album 'Stormwinds of Ages.' We were very pleased to hear that a certain Norwegian Neo-Classical Guitar God, was very kind to lend a few guest solos on the album, and after hearing the first sample he sent me this morning I must say I was completely blown away!
"We also have a very talented man from Austin, TX who happens to be a very influential vocalist going to be lending his voice to the clean parts on the album. We are very honored that both these men were gracious enough to lend their talent to our music. I will reveal these Metal God's names when we go into mixing. Till then Stay Tuned!"
Germany's Watch Me Bleed has posted the first in the band's "Channel 667" video series, which can be viewed below.
Hunters Moon records has issued the following announcement about releasing Broken Mirror's "Strong Enough" EP via iTunes:
"July 2010 sees the release of ‘Strong Enough’ a new E.P from melodic thrash/death metal band Broken Mirrors, featuring two tracks that will appear on their next album as well two raucous punk rock cover versions. The infectious melodies combined with powerful, hard hitting thrash are quickly becoming the trademarks of this young French metal band."
The track listing for "Strong Enough" is as follows:
1. Strong Enough
2. Holding The Trigger
3. The Kids Aren’t Alright (Offspring Cover)
4. Anarchy In The UK (Sex Pistols Cover)
"Just Drive," a new song from Southern California's In This Moment, can be streamed on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's third album, "A Star-Crossed Wasteland," which is scheduled for release on July 13th via Century Media Records. The CD was recorded at The Wolves Den studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko.
The "A Star-Crossed Wasteland" track listing is as follows:
1. The Gun Show
2. Just Drive
3. The Promise
4. Standing Alone
5. A Star-Crossed Wasteland
7. The Road
8. Iron Army
9. The Last Cowboy
10. World In Flames More...
King Conquer has issued the followed announcement about upcoming tour dates alongside And Hell Followed With:
"WARNING : This may be to heavy for some individuals read on with caution. Hey everyone! What we are about to announce is going to blow your fucking mind! We are going on our very first Mediaskare tour which is called The No Mercy Tour. This tour is the heaviest thing to touch American soil. It gets better! Not only is this tour special for us, but this Suffokate's first ever headlining tour! We are more than honored to be supporting this amazing band on the road! Still not good enough?
"Did we mention that The Red Shore, And Hell Followed With, and Murder Death Kill will be dominating the country with us as well? Yes this is all true. Thanks everyone! We are extremely stoked for this and we hope you are too!"
The currently announced dates are as follows: More...
SOLAR PARALLAX, melodic metal band from Poland, is working on their debut album. Michael Gapys tracked guitars, bass and keyboards. Wojtek Skoraczewski was tracking drums and below is the short studio footage from the session.
It contains 2 short samples of the songs that will appear on bands debut. Vocals will be tracked in early July. More news about the band can be found on their MySpace page.
Canadian thrashers Wdnfra have issued the following announcement about their song "Joyful Fails" appearing in an upcoming movie:
"That's right everyone, Joyful Fails has been selected to be played in a movie! Joyful Fails will be played in the upcoming movie 'A l'origine d'un cri' by Director Robin Aubert (st-martyr-des-damnés). The song plays for a good 1:50 in a fight scene happening in a stripper club, can't get more metal then that haha! The movie will be released in fall 2010 in canada as well as in europe, the movie is originally recorded in french so it might not hit the USA screens yet but they should translate it eventually!
"We are very excited about this because its gonna be great exposure for WDNFRA and it's a great honor to take a place in the quebec movie industry! The movie will be starring Michel Barette, Jean Lapointe and Patrick Hivon, 3 well-known actors here in Quebec so we're very proud! Here's the trailer, with English Subtitles! Enjoy! Keep rockin everyone and lots of great news still to come in the next few weeks!"
They may live in another state, but we New Orleanians love Evil Army as if they were our own. Hailing from Memphis, Tennessee, the extremely brutal thrash-threesome is back from the grave and ready for action. Their first show in New Orleans this year was packed with their soldiers. The extreme summer heat in the small un-air-conditioned bar couldn’t stop the sweat-drenched, stinking legions from packing in to see what they’ve been waiting anxiously to see for almost a year. More...
The biggest oddity of Charred Walls of the Damned’s first tour is they are playing smaller venues – bars and small theaters and the like. With the amount of experience and reputation this supergroup has (although admittedly half of the studio members aren’t on the road), it seems like they should be playing arenas and ampitheaters, or at least opening for big name headliners.
But as it stands, Charred Walls of the Damned kicked off their first ever tour in Chicago at the Empty Bottle. The Empty Bottle is the type of old school dive where the air feels sticky, not to mention the restroom floors. Thus, it is perfect for an old school traditional metal show. And suffice it to say there wasn’t anyone in the crowd that became a metal fan after hearing “Nothing Else Matters” in high school, and nobody was rocking the latest Hot Topic sampler on the way to the show either. The folks here were all metal-for-life types, even the young ones. More...
Stefan Zell of Sweden's Wolverine has issued the following update about the band's progress in the studio:
"The title track, 'Communication Lost,' was recorded yesterday and it sounds great! It's a pretty heavy and epic track that surely will fit nicely in future set lists.
"Done for today... We laid down vocals for 'In the quiet of dawn,' a song that we wrote three or four years ago. It went down just perfect so we also had time to re-record the choruses for the song we started this whole vocal session with. Some of the band members weren't thrilled about the vocal approach on it but now it should definitely please everyone involved. Only three songs to go."
Greek black metal act Acherontas, who will see a limited release of the "Tat Tvam Asi" and "Theosis" albums in cassette format this August, has now announced the following upcoming live shows:
10/2 Sathanas In Gloriam Festival, Rottendam
10/30 Berlin, Germany
10/31 Werewolf Black Fest, Belgium
11/27 Harley Bar, Thesaloniki
You can also check out Acherontas tracks via the band's MySpace page.
Pennsylvania based black metal outfit Vow, which consists of Nemesis Divina and Arntor, is currently streaming a new track online. The recently uploaded song "Pennsylvanian Hunger," along with the previously posted "On the Tarantulas," can be heard via the official Vow MySpace page.
With the onslaught of eighties rock autobiographies and even more biographies set to be released over the next several months; a look at some of the books that didn’t make the cut.
“Mark F’n Slaughter”
The Mark Slaughter story. An entire chapter focuses on (with proof) that he was in fact born with the name: Mark Slaughter. Even at page ten it begins to feel like a long read.
“Growing Old Gracefully, The Sebastian Bach Story”
Bach walks us through a child hood not full of rock star dreams, but dreams of reality television, specifically weight loss television shows. “I remember when I was five, I remember thinking, man I can’t weight to put on a few extra pounds and then show the world I can lose half the extra weight I gained.” If I had to describe the book in one word, it would have to be DEEP… More...