Metal News for July 21, 2009
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39 news articles posted on this day.
Dutch extreme death metal band, The Monolith Deathcult, has posted a music video for their song "Master of the Bryansk Forest" on youtube.
The band comments on the video, "As we all know French soldiers aren’t very experienced with shooting, but the civilians of Metaluna Productions did a very good job. The live footage of “Master of The Bryansk Forest” was shot at the 2008 edition of the Chaulnes Metal Fest in France by Metaluna Productions" More...
Brazilian prog power metal band, ALMAH (feat. ANGRA members Edu Falaschi and Felipe Andreoli), are currently preparing new material for their third studio album, at the same time promoting its predecessor "Fragile Equality." Almah’s singer Edu Falaschi gave official comments about the present stage of work:
“It’s a great pleasure to inform you that very soon we will have a new Almah album in our hands, completely composed. The chemistry of the current line-up is so good and the results we have got with Fragile Equality have been so fantastic, that we can’t stop working at our new songs. All of them sound with a lot of energy, with modern and heavy passages. Certainly, this third CD is a mix of everything that Almah has done on its first two albums, for sure, besides new approaches, sounds and ideas. Very soon we will launch some videos and photos of our work at pre-production of the album and most probably – some parts of new songs! The studio recording is pre-scheduled for the middle of September and the release of the album is to be in the first half of 2010."
Behemoth's "Evangelion" will be released in North America as a digi-pak containing the record as well as a bonus DVD that follows Behemoth throughout the recording process. The footage was shot while the band forged "Evangelion" between January and May of 2009. Fans can view a sneak preview of this footage at this location.
"Evangelion" was recorded in the band's hometown at Radio Gdansk studio with longtime sound engineer Malta, the Wieslawscy Brothers, and Daniel Bergstrand (drum engineering) in the producers' chairs. Evangelion was mixed in Miloco Studios by Colin Richardson (Machine Head, Slipknot, Carcass, Napalm Death) and will be unleashed in the US on August 11th via Metal Blade Records and in Europe on August 9th via Nuclear blast.
New York City's Suicide City has announced a CD release party at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. the details for the show are as follows:
Wednesday, August 5th @ Highline Ballroom (NYC)
Doors: 8PM, ALL AGES
Tickets: $10 Advance, $12 Day Of Show
Suicide City will release their debut album, "Frenzy," on August 4th.
Los Angeles heavy metal band, Steel Panther, will be releasing their power ballad, "Community Property," on Island Records on September 14th. The track will be released on CD and available as a download with the following tracklilsting:
1. Community Property
2. I Want Pussy
3. Community Property – Clean More...
Static-X announces additional headlining tour dates along with the Pedal To The Metal tour coming your way this summer 2009.
Static-X front-man Wayne Static says of the tour: “I’m very picky about who we tour with. I think Static-X slaughter most bands live, and I pride myself in our show – I refuse to open for a band that I don’t think is worthy, so that says a lot about Mudvayne, Zakk Wylde, and this entire package.” More...
Stillborn Records has signed South Florida's up and coming Abolish to their roster. The metallic-hardcore band has entered Connecticut's Dexter's Lab Studios with engineer Nick Bellmore (Hatebreed, Death Threat) to record their debut full length, "Beyond Redemption," which is slated for a fall release. for more information about the band and song samples check out their MySpace page.
The band comments on the signing, "We are very excited to be working with Stillborn, a label that is so well respected and has released some of the staple records in the hardcore and metal genres. With our new record, we wrote songs with the heavy groove we wanted to hear. We hope everyone enjoys the record as much as much as we do. See you on tour."
Stillborn owner and Hatebreed/Kingdom of Sorrow frontman, Jamey Jasta added, "I'm excited to be working with Abolish. Their sound is as hard as their work ethic!"
Providence, Rhode Island's HOWL sees the release of their debut, self-titled EP today, Tuesday, July 21st, via Relapse Records. The "Howl EP" features brand new artwork that can be previewed here. Audio samples taken from the EP can also be heard now via the band's MySpace page.
Additionally, HOWL has announced a free New York City show on August 6th as part of the monthly TonesofDeath.com metal series. This show will also include Prosthetic Records' THE FUNERAL PYRE and one more act TBA. The TonesofDeath.com showcase is held the first Thursday of every month at Fontana's (105 Eldridge St.) in New York City and is sponsored in part by Revolver Magazine, Colt 45 and RED Distribution.
MATT DRAKE, frontman for British thrashers EVILE, recently took the time to discuss some of the lyrical themes from the band's upcoming new album, "INFECTED NATIONS."
With a wider variety of topics such as modern society and classic science-fiction, "INFECTED NATIONS" sees EVILE taking the blueprints from their debut album, "ENTER THE GRAVE," and refining them into a more modern and ferocious beast.
Check out the first video featuring MATT DRAKE discussing the lyrics at this location.
Washington DC metal band, Fierce Allegiance, has announced the following US tour dates opening for Vital Remains and What Lies Beneath the Tide:
7/31 - Louisvillem, KY - Bulldog Cafe
8/02 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
8/03 - Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
8/04 - Chicago, IL - Metal Shaker
8/05 - Cleavland, OH - Peabodys
8/06 - Rochester, NY - Montage
8/07 - Worechester, MA - The Raven
8/08 - Long Island, NY - Crazy Donkey
As announced last week, thrash metal band, ANTHRAX, regretfully cancelled the first three dates on the second leg of their European tour due to new vocalist Dan Nelson's unexpected illness. An additional seven European dates are also cancelled, those scheduled from July 22 to July 30. Anthrax is thrilled to announce that they will play the August 1 Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, England, with their good friend John Bush joining them for a very special one off performance.
The members of Anthrax have confirmed the departure of vocalist Dan Nelson. In light of this development, Anthrax's slot on the U.S. Slipknot dates set for August and September, has also been cancelled. Anthrax is already actively considering lead singer candidates, and look forward to hitting the road before the end of the year.
France's GOJIRA have announced a series of headline dates on off days from the Metallica/Lamb of God tour which goes from September 14th thru October 18. Support on these shows will come from Zoroaster and Burst. The dates are as follows:
9/21/09 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY
9/22/09 Ottobar, Baltimore MD
9/24/09 The Masquerade, Atlanta GA
9/25/09 The Hangar, New Orleans, LA
9/27/09 Warehouse Live, Houston TX
10/2/09 The Social, Orlando FL
10/5/09 Valarium, Knoxville TN
10/6/09 Pop's Nite Club, St. Louis (w/ Goatwhore, The Berzerker, Warbringer)
10/7/09 The Rave Bar, Milwaukee WI
10/9/09 The Pearl Room, Mokena IL
According to The Wall Street Journal, Konami and the Cartoon Network will announce a new game based on Metalocalypse at Comic-Con later this week. Not much has been revealed in the way of details at this time, but we do know that the show's creator, Brendon Small, had a hand in it, so at least it should be reasonably faithful to the source material.
As previously reported, a new Dethklok album, entitled "Dethklok: The Dethalbum II," has been announced and is scheduled for a September 8 release. The entire tracklisting and details of a deluxe edition were also revealed.
Guitarist Dani Evans of pirate metallers Alestorm has announced that he has received an endorsement from Dean guitars. Dani issued the following statement about the endorsement:
"I instantly fell in love with a Dean Guitar I used on Alestorms’ ‘Black Sails Over Europe’ tour and knew this was the guitar I wanted to play for the rest of my days. I made it my mission to find out more and by chance I met Matt Speed from Dean UK (great guy, buy him a beer when you see him!….same goes for me!). He hooked me up with my first (of many) Razors Vs and so the time had come for Alestorm and Dean to join forces and conquer the seven seas of metal together!! May the pillaging never end!"
Skeletonwitch has issued the following update about their new album and tour plans:
"After a long period of forging a new batch of heavy fucking metal and laying it down with producer extraordinaire Jack Endino we are back......back on the road....back in the bar....and back online. The fruits of our efforts, our new album "Breathing the Fire" will be released via Prosthetic Records on October 13th. It's currently being mastered by Scott Hull of Pig Destroyer! It's sounding Killer!!
"Our apologies to everyone on the business end of our poor lack of communication while we were in the writing/recording process.
"Album artwork, new tracks from 'Breathing the Fire', and new merch designs coming soon!
"Check us out live on the remaining dates of the Stone Dead for Summer Tour with Saviours and Trap Them; then in September/October with Black Dahlia Murder and Children of Bodom (dates on facebook and myspace pages)."
Skeletonwitch has announced the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Norwegian metallers Syrach have issued the following announcement about updating the release dates for their new album "A Dark Burial:"
"There has been some changes in the release dates for germany/austria and the US
"The new ones are for GER/AUT 07.08. and for USA 22.09., the other dates stay the same. Please notice this, and get in the line outside your local record store on the dates!
"We salute you!"
A new video interview, which was conducted by Metalhead.ro at the Hellfest Open Air Festival, with Decrepit Spectre has been posted online. The video clip can be viewed below. More...
Seventh Calling has issued the following update about the recording for a new EP:
"Well, we have had a good past week, and things are moving forward very strong. Mike came in last week on Tues. evening, and we tossed back a few and got ourselves prepared for the next day. We started tracking instruments on Wed. and are completed, now we move on to the last pieces of the puzzle. Vocals and guitar solos, which will begin on Friday of this week.
"Things are sounding really good and we are very excited for the final cuts!! We starting playing some of the new material at our last show, and we will be playing more of them when we are out in Aug. for some dates that start with our Kansas City Powermetal Fest appearance, and will take us to the east coast, ultimately ending with our True Metal America performance on the 22nd of the month.
"More things are happening, so make sure to stop on the page to see new live dates as we add them in, and to see our progress with our recordings!!"
Swedish death metallers Bloodbath have issued the following statement about finding a new management agency:
"Bloodbath is now managed by Northern Music Company, the home to bands such as Opeth, Paradise Lost, Katatonia and more… All concert, merch and business related questions should from now on be directed to our new management which you can reach here."
Sweden's Katatonia has issued the following update about the recording process for their upcoming album:
"Just when the ‘g-g-g-guitars’ were done we decided that one song needed acoustic guitars for a different folkish touch and we had to devote some more time for that the last weekend. Fred ‘north’ Norrman came down to get it done, but it was harder than we thought. Playing an acoustic guitar and making it sound great is one thing, but actually recording it and making it sound great kinda makes you wonder how some people can do full acoustic guitar albums without any picking or strings noise on the fretboard, but it turned out fine eventually. Yeah.
"Last monday it was time for mr synthesizer man Frank Default to come down the rathole for a week. Frank owns a real Rhodes piano, so we thought we'd save all those parts for the real deal and mic it up instead of keeping the midi programming hooked up to a software plugin. More...
Australian black metallers Nekrasov had previously reported finishing the recording of a new album and seeking a label to release it. The band has issued the following update about the release:
"The components (printing/pressing) are being put together for the release of the mighty FORM OF THOUGHT FROM BEAST ON LP
"SIEGE OF POWER RECORDS are taking care of this one and it should be ready pretty soon.
"Further updates as they come..."
Slipknot has posted a video clip of a press conference they held in at Eurockeennes in France. The video can be viewed below. More...
U.K. folk metallers Skyclad have issued the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances:
"After a fantastic album launch at the Performance Academy in Newcastle (and a very drunken ‘aftershow party’), it was time for Skyclad to join in with the festival season. We have just headlined our first ever UK folk festival at Spratton. This happened on Friday June 10th and got a great reception – even though we might be a bit ‘heavier’ than the bands that normally play there, so thanks to the organisers for taking a chance and making this happen. Hopefully there will be more events like this for Skyclad in the UK – we are ready and waiting.....
"Skyclad has also just paid another return visit to the Dong Open Air festival in Germany (we have now played in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2009). This has got to be one of our favourite festivals (and probably a favourite of many others as it sold out in just four hours) partly because of its unique location (on top of the ‘Dongberg’) but also because of its ‘small but perfectly formed’ philosophy. They could move this festival and make it bigger etc but they have created a nice ‘niche’ for themselves and long may it continue. We are planning to return next year (we know it breaks the sequence but…) for the DOA tenth anniversary and Skyclad twentieth anniversary. ‘A fistful of cows’ indeed.....
"So what’s next? Well the next festival will be the ‘Rock City Open Air’ festival in Romania. This one is at the other extreme to the Dong as it is a four-day event with over a hundred bands. Skyclad are set to play on Friday 21st August (there is a link from this site).....
"Apart from the festivals, Skyclad have also now confirmed all the dates for a tour of Eastern Europe in October (see tour dates) and there will be more news about this, and any other shows added, in the coming weeks." More...
As was previously reported, Swiss metallers Sybreed had to postpone their tour dates with Threat Signal due to visa issues. The band has issued the following update about joining the tour:
"Finally we’ve been granted our precious P-1 visas today, and we’ll fly tomorrow morning 7.00 am to be able to join the current Threat Signal tour. We would like to thanks the US embassy in Bern, Switzerland, for their kind help and quick response to the issues we’ve faced the last few days. We would like also to present our excuses to the American fans who wanted to see us during the shows we’ve missed: don’t worry it’s definitely not the last time we’ll tour in the US."
The upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Armored Saint is releasing a free demo version of a new song titled "Loose Cannon." This demo (performed with a drum program) gives you all a glimpse into Armored Saint’s writing process and is also a nice taste of what’s to come on the band’s forthcoming full-length studio release.
For those of you who will be attending the Rock Gone Wild Festival in Algona, Iowa on August 23rd, the band will be performing this new song in their set.
Armored Saint has finished up writing and will begin recording in early fall for a spring 2010 release on Metal Blade Records.
Germany's Sacred Steel has issued the following announcement about new tour dates and an album release party:
"We..ll be touring Eastern Europe and Austria for a few shows in early September this year! Check out the dates for more info. Note that there..s one more date to be confirmed.
"Because of the long waiting-time you all had to go through, we decided to put on a Special Release-Party with ! ! ! FREE ENTRANCE ! ! ! on October 22nd 2009 at Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg !
"Being the day BEFORE the actual release, you will be able to purchase the album exclusively and directly from us for the very first time! More...
Metal church vocalist Ronny Munroe has announced that there will be a release party for his upcoming album "The Fire Within" at Studio Seven in Seattle. He also issued the following statement about the release party:
"I would like to invite any and all of you from the Washington State area and abroad, to my 'The Fire Within' CD release party at Studio Seven in Seattle on August 1st. There are going to be some other great bands as well. I will be there early to sign autographs, answer questions and just hang out and talk with everyone! I'm happy and pleased to be able to do this with the help of Katrina King and Hot Rocks TV - it will be a great night and I hope you all can come out!"
The guest bands will include A Lesson in Chaos, Torture Box, and From the Sea.
Guitarist Terji Skibenæs of viking metallers Tyr has gained an endorsement from Ibanez Guitars. The band issued the following statement about the endorsement:
"Terji Skibenæs, seen here with his new custom XPT707FX model, has signed an endorsement deal with Ibanez Guitars and thus joins the list of Ibanez endorsed guitarists such as Marty Friedman, Paul Gilbert, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai."
Epica has announced the following US tour dates in 2010 with Daath and Blackguard:
Jan. 26 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA
Jan. 27 - Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia, PA
Jan. 29 - The Blender Theatre at Gramercy - New York, NY
Jan. 30 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Jan. 31 - Club Soda - Montreal, Quebec - CANADA
Feb. 01 - MOD Club - Toronto, Ontario - CANADA
Feb. 03 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Feb. 04 - The Pearl Room - Mokena IL
Feb. 05 - The Rave - Milwaukee, VI
Feb. 06 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Feb. 08 - Royal Albert Arms - Winnipeg, Manitoba - CANADA
Feb. 10 - Starlite Room - Edmonton, Alberta - CANADA
Feb. 11 - Warehouse - Calgary, Alberta - CANADA
Feb. 13 - Sugar Nightclub - Victoria, B.C. - CANADA
Feb. 14 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Feb. 15 - Hawthorne Theater - Portland, OR
Feb. 17 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
Feb. 18 - Key Club - West Hollywood, CA
Feb. 19 - U.B.'s Bar - Mesa, AZ
Feb. 20 - The Rock - Tucson - Tucson, AZ
Feb. 22 - Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO
Feb. 23 - Marquee - Tulsa, OK
Feb. 24 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
Feb. 25 - Scout Bar - San Antonio, TX
Feb. 27 - Volume 11 - Raleigh, NC
Feb. 28 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Vagrant Records announces an October 6, 2009 release date for "Desperate Living," the fourth full-length from Southern California's Horse The Band. The twelve-track set was recorded at White Buffalo Studios in Los Angeles with producer Noah Shain and includes several special guests.
"Noah really cared about helping us get exactly the sound and feel we wanted on the record," said keyboardist Erik Engstrom. "We also have incredible guests on the record like classical pianist Valentina Lisitsa. She plays a Prokofiev piece (composed 100 years ago after his best friend shot himself in the face with a pistol) at the end of 'Rape Escape' which is possibly the most powerful song we've ever written. I'm a huge fan of hers and this is the first recording of her playing this piece of music –it's absolutely devastating." More...
Sweden's Marionette has announced that their new album will be called "Enemies." "Enemies" will be released in October in Europe via Listenable Records. "Enemies" was recorded with a team of up-and-coming as well as established names in Swedish music including Pontus Hjelm (DEAD BY APRIL) and two-time Swedish Grammis award winning producer and songwriter Åke Parmerud. The album was mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordström (IN FLAMES, AT THE GATES, BRING ME THE HORIZON) at Studio Fredman and Peter In De Betu (DIMMU BORGIR, ZONARIA) at Tailor Maid respectively in May 2009. More...
"God is just a concept made up by man," says guitarist and vocalist Tony Freed of Godhate. The Swedish blasphemers have traveled a rocky road when they formed in 1991. Many have come into the band only to prove they couldn't handle the hate. But Godhate is strong now and will be releasing "Equal in the Eyes of Death" this fall. Tony took time from his horrendous schedule to talk to me about his impression of America and the band's future plans. More...
Influenced by the mythological and political overtones in the book "Watership Down" by Richard Adams, it is a concept project, a trilogy of records known collectively as "The Warren Of Snares" - "Owsla," "Elil" and "Inlé." The narrative follows an iron age society oppressed by a theocratic rule, dying at the hands of ignorant ideology, their struggle to overcome both physical and mental hardship and to strike out against the ultimate enemy, the encroachment of man.
"Inlé," the final record will be released late August 2009.
You can check out a video of a live performance below to get a taste of what this band is like. More...
Yesterday brought with it the announcement that AC/DC would bring their Black Ice World Tour to New Zealand with concert dates in Wellington and Auckland. And today brings us news of additional shows added to the band's upcoming North American leg, with an October 16th stop at Washington, DC's Verizon Center and an October 28th touchdown in Buffalo, NY at the HSBC Arena.
The band's two New Zealand dates go on sale to the public and to members of the Fan Club in the Fan Club On Sale on July 28th.
Fan Club tickets and public tickets will be available for the Washington, DC show on July 24th and for the Buffalo, NY date on July 25th.
The latest AC/DC tour dates are now as follows: More...
Death metal outfit Hackneyed has posted a new song online entitled, "Finger On The Trigger." You can check it out by heading to the bands official Myspace. The song comes from the bands forthcoming new studio album, "Burn After Reaping" which is set to be released through Nuclear Blast Records on August 14th.
Heavy metal veterans W.A.S.P. has announced some more shows for their headlining European tour which kicks off in November.
The tour schedule is now as follows:
November 3 - Kulturbolaget - Malmö, Sweden
November 4 - Trädgårn - Gothenburg, Sweden
November 5 - Debaser - Stockholm, Sweden
November 6 - Sigurdsgatan 25 - Vasteras, Sweden
November 27 - JBs - Dudley, England
November 28 - Rock City - Nottingham, England
November 29 - Manchester Academy - Manchester, England
December 1 - The Waterfront - Norwich, England
December 2 - Shepherd's Bush Empire - London, UK
December 3 - Vice - Swansea, Wales
December 4 - The Button Factory (Temple Bar) - Dublin, Ireland
December 5 - Hard Rock Hell III - Prestatyn, Wales
December 6 - Garage - Glasgow, Scotland
Swedish progressive metal outfit Scar Symmetry has announced that their new studio album will be entitled, "Dark Matter Dimensions" and they will be releasing the record in October through Nuclear Blast. You can check out some recent studio footage below. More...
German heavy metal outfit Brainstorm has posted a brief message regarding their recent signing to AFM Records and their next studio album. The message reads as follows:
"It’s managed! With the german label AFM Records, we found a strong partner to do the next step in our career. We are proud to be part of the AFM family and we expect a good cooperation with the AFM team. Since a few weeks, we are working in the Gate Studios (EPICA, KAMELOT, EDGUY) to record the material for our new CD.
"The new album will be released in October 2009. Furthermore, a lot of live shows are already booked."
Thrash metal veterans Hirax has announced that they will release their brand new studio album, "El Rostro de la Muerte (The Face Of Death)" in August through Black Devil Records. The album will feature ten new tracks along with a bonus track from the bands "Chaos And Brutality" EP.
“The combination of Haddad and Rozen’s recording and production are perfect for the vision that we had for the sound of this album,” said Hirax vocalist Katon W. De Pena. “We worked with Haddad on the last 2 Hirax EPs, Assassins of War and Chaos And Brutality. He has a great understanding of the power and speed of Hirax, and he knows how to bring the best of our talents to the surface. We have a lot of respect for him. Hirax first worked with Michael Rozen back in 2004 on The New Age of Terror album and it’s great to be working with him again. His experience in mixing and production are what we need to complete the mega-epic sound that we are striving for. It’s the first time Hirax has ever brought two of our producers together, but it seemed like the logical thing to do since they both have an ear for detail and a certain work ethic which brings out the best in the band. Musically, it combines everything that Hirax is known for and much, much more! True thrash metal!!”