Metal News for July 26, 2010
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32 news articles posted on this day.
Norwegian progressive black metallers Enslaved have announded the tracklisting for their upcoming studio album. The album, titled "Axioma Ethica Odini," is set for release one September 28th, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records.
"Axioma Ethica Odini" tracklisting:
1. Ethica Odini
4. The Beacon
8. Night Sight
Dutch symphonic metal act Within Temptation have announced the dates for thier upcoming headline tour of Europe. The tour kicks off on February 25th, 2010 in Heerhugowaard, Netherlands and ends on April 2nd, 2011 in Kerkrade, Netherlands.
Within Temptation European tour dates:
Feb. 25 - Heerhugowaard - De Waerdse Tempel
Feb. 27 - Tilburg - 013
Feb. 28 - Amsterdam - Paradiso
Mar. 06 - Groningen - Oosterpoort
Mar. 09 - Stockholm - Annexet
Mar. 10 - Oslo Sentrum - Scene
Mar. 11 - Copenhagen - Vega
Mar. 13 - Hamburg - Docks
Mar. 14 - Berlin - Columbiahalle
Mar. 15 - Warsaw - Stodola
Mar. 17 - Dresden - Schlachthof
Mar. 18 - Vienna - Arena
Mar. 20 - Munich - Tonhalle
Mar. 21 - Zürich - Volkshaus
Mar. 22 - Milan - Alcatraz
Mar. 24 - Barcelona - Razzmatazz
Mar. 25 - Madrid La - Riviera
Mar. 27 - Paris - Le Bataclan
Mar. 28 - Cologne - E-Werk
Mar. 30 - London - Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Mar. 31 - Brussels - Ancienne Belgique
Apr. 01 - Esch/Alzette - Rockhal
Apr. 02 - Kerkrade - Rodahal
Boston power metallers Powerglove have announced further details regarding the band's upcoming studio album. The album, titled "Saturday Morning Apocalypse," is set for release on September 28th, 2010 through eOne Music and will feature a guest appearance from Sonata Arctica frontman Tony Kakko. Tony Kakko is set to perform vocals on both the theme songs to the cartoon series' Pokemon and The Simpsons.
"Saturday Morning Apocalypse" tracklisting:
2. Gotta Catch Em All
3. The Real Adventures of Johnny Quest
4. This Is Halloween
7. Inspector Gadget
8. Heffalumps and Woozles (Winnie The Pooh)
9. The Simpsons (feat. Tony Kakko)
10. The Flinstones
11. Gotta Catch 'Em All (feat. Tony Kakko)
Californian hard rockers Ratt have announced details regarding the band's upcoming free concert set to take place in Los Angeles. The show is scheduled to take place at the Key Club in Los Angeles on Thursday, July 29th, 2010. The free show is presented as part of the Sunset Strip Summer Concert Series. Other artists scheduled to appear include Jane's Addiction and The Pussycat Dolls.
Platinum selling nu-metal act Linkin Park have revealed the tracklisting for their upcoming studio album titled "A Thousand Suns." "A Thousand Suns" is set to be released on September 14th, 2010 through Warner Music.
"A Thousand Suns" tracklisting:
1. The Requiem
2. The Radiance
3. Burning In The Skies
4. Empty Spaces
5. When They Come For Me
6. Robot Boy
7. Jornada Del Muerto
8. Waiting For The End
10. Wretches And Kings
11. Wisdom, Justice, And Love
14. The Catalyst
15. The Messenger
U.K hard rock/metal act Bullet For My Valentine have announced the dates for thier upcoming tour of North America in support of their upcoming studio album titled "Fever." "Fever" was released this past April. Support on the tour will come from Escape the Fate and Black Tide.
Bullet For My Valentine tour dates:
September 16 – Wichita, KS - The Cotillion
September 17 – Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
September 18 – Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
September 19 – Austin, TX - Stubbs
September 21 – Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
September 23 – Orlando, FL - House Of Blues
September 24 – Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
September 25 – Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
September 26 – Norfolk, VA - The Norva
September 28 – Scranton, PA - Cultural Center
September 30 – Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
October 1 – New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
October 2 – Albany, NY - Armory
October 3 – Atlanta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
October 5 – Providence RI - Lupo’s
October 6 – Montréal - Metropolis
October 8 – Toronto - Sound Academy
October 9 – Cleveland, OH - Tower City Amphitheatre
October 10 – Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
October 12 – Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
October 13 – Madison, WI - Orpheum Theatre
October 14 – Fargo, ND - The Venue
October 15 – Winnipeg, MB - The Garrick
October 17 – Edmonton, AB - Edmonton Events Centre
October 18 – Calgary, AB - McEwen Hall @ University Of Calgary
October 20 – Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
October 21 – Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory
October 22 – Seattle, WA - Showbox
October 23 – Portland, OR - Roseland
October 25 – Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
October 26 – Reno, NV - Knitting Factory
October 27 – Los Angeles, CA - Palladium
Rotting Christ has announced another bout of tour dates in support of the band's latest album "Aealo." The currently confirmed dates are as follows:
9/9 2010 Rock'n'Rolla Bar-Xanthi
9/10 2010 Golden Rules Festival-Volos
9/11 2010 Polihoros Agora-Ioannena
9/12 2010 3Klino Vineyard-Kerkira
9/15 2010 Jazz Rock Bar-Kavala
9/16 2010 Anoihto Kipotheatro –Alexandroupoli
9/17 2010 Theatraki Serron-Seres
9/18 2010 Stage Club - Larisa
Within Temptation has issued the following update about working on a new album:
"Dear fans, we are very excited to make this announcement. As you know, we have been very busy working on our new album in the past year. It isn’t finished yet, but we’re getting there! We currently have the album scheduled for the beginning of 2011 and of course we will be touring soon after the album release! We’re returning to the European stages in February and March for the first part of the tour and head straight into the festival season after that.
"We will be sending special links out to our fan club members starting Wednesday July 28th, so they will be able to take part in an exclusive pre-sale for fan club members only. General presale will start on Friday July 30th unless otherwise mentioned on our tour page. Check back for all the exact pre-sale links. There will be Twitter-tags for all the shows. If you mention them in your Twitter-messages, you will be able to see who else is going to the same show as you and communicate with them! Here are the dates of the first part of the tour, we hope to see you there!"
The upcoming Within Temptation tour dates are as follows: More...
Richmond, Virginia by-way-of Antarctica shock thrashers Gwar have announced details regarding the band's upcoming studio album. The album's title has been set as "Gwar's Bloody Pit of Horror" and is planned for release sometime in the fall. "Gwar's Bloody Pit of Horror" is the follow up to 2009's "Lust In Space."
Gwar Vocalist Oderus Urungus commented by saying:
"Our new album is called Bloody Pit of Horror. We are fully aware that there is a movie of the same title, I assure you it has nothing to do with it, save the title, which we stole from them. But you see, we're calling it "GWAR's Bloody Pit of Horror", and that's a little different, so hopefully we won't get sued!"
Song titles set to appear on the album include "Hail to Genocide," "Storm is Coming," and "Tick-Tits."
Each week with "Unearthing the Metal Underground," we’ll be spotlighting a few quality lesser known bands in an attempt to spread the word and expose acts that make the underground great. This week we head into a genre that combines two seemingly irreconcilable styles – traditional folk music and heavy metal. Despite what might appear like water and oil, folk music mixes exceedingly well with both traditional metal and extreme styles such as death or black metal. Folk metal is currently dominated by big names like Korpiklaani, Finntroll, and Eluveitie. Anyone who digs a little deeper will find a host of unknowns bands just as capable of making metal heads want to raise a tankard or march off to Mordor.
There’s a joke in the metal world about all bands being inspired by Satan, Lovecraft, or Tolkien. It turns out it’s not just the Europeans who can’t get enough of the epic “The Lord of the Rings” series, though. You can now throw Argentina on that list, with Tengwar drawing their name from the language created by Tolkien.
Tengwar starts with a base of traditional instruments, and then adds the guitars in to augment the music, showing off a huge Celtic influence that is more “folk” than “metal.” The range of instruments found in Tengwar’s music is staggering, covering the gamut of what folk can provide. Galician bagpipes, recorders, flutes, mandolins, tin whistles, and fiddles all make appearances throughout the music.
The clean vocals are done in an epic rock and roll style, keeping up the sweeping and grand ideals of the source material. In some parts the music speeds up and almost approaches a Korpiklaani-esque happy drinking atmosphere. Tengwar is currently working on a full-length album titled “The Halfling’s Rise,” and songs from the “Tengwesta Quendion” EP are available for streaming via the band’s MySpace page.
Footage of the band performing a self-titled track and the song “Bear Skin” (poor sound on this clip) can be seen below.
AC/DC has checked in with the following announcement about celebrating the 30th anniversary of the "Back In Black" album:
"On July 25th, 1980, AC/DC released Back In Black in the US, followed by the album's UK release on July 31. Today, the album is a record-shattering rock 'n' roll landmark, passed along from generation to generation and guaranteed a spot on the shelves of every music enthusiast not living under a rock (and some that are). But, that’s not how Back In Black started life.
"The story of how Back In Black was made and the frenzy it whipped up upon its release is every bit as captivating today as the 41 minute, 48 second, no bullshit, ribcage pounding record itself. Dedicated to the band's fallen friend and frontman, Bon Scott, recorded with then newcomer Brian Johnson, and described by Rolling Stone Magazine's David Fricke at the time as 'kick[ing] like a mutha,' Back In Black put AC/DC in households from coast to coast, ravaging their speakers in the process.
"To celebrate its 30th anniversary, we invite you to revisit the story of Back In Black, complete with videos, photos, quotes from the band, a timeline and a whole lot more at this location."
Finnish act Amorphis has issued the following update about the band's new DVD "Forging the Land of Thousand Lakes" hitting #1 in the Finnish charts:
"After originally entering the Finnish DVD charts at #8, Forging The Land Of Thousand Lakes climbed to the top a week later and still resides at number 1 in its third chart week. Other current chart positions are #33 in England and #46 in Germany. Thanks to everyone who has bought the DVD!"
The upcoming Amorphis tour dates are as follows: More...
Apocalyptica has issued the following announcement about seeking fan submitted questions for the band members to answer:
"Hi there, '3x4 - Ask the Band.' You can now submit your own favourite question for us at www.apocalyptica.com. We will then pick 15 questions out of all submitted ones and let all of you decide which three questions will be answered by the four band members. Join in at this location."
Cephalic Carnage, who missed a San Antonio tour date due to van problems, has issued the following announcement about getting back on the road:
"After being crammed in a small rental car for a few days, and only missing one show (sorry San Antonio, we IWW you a show!), we are back home in the van! Runs like a beast, and the air conditioning works too good!
"If anyone has been wanting Cephalic Carnage merch, now is the time! We need to pay back our tour manager / merch dude! Print this blog to receive a 10% discount on any ceph merch on the summer slaughter tour!"
Chemical Fingerprint has issued the following update about working on a new album:
"Right now Stitch and Tyson are finishing up on writing 'Make War Not Love' and soon they will be writing a 9th song. We only have 5 songs recorded right now and once our band is full and have everything down we will record a full album and have everything sounding tighter and heavier than our current recordings.
"Our newer tracks we have been writing are heavier in our opinions and we are making a sound more complex and technical. We always try to do something different with every song so that every one sounds different. We look forward to completing this band soon so we can start playing shows and getting our music out in the world!"
DevilDriver's Jeff Kendrick has issued the following recap of recent tour dates and information about the band's upcoming album:
"Have been back for about five days and am about to go to the airport again to fly to Boston to visit family in a few hours. I wanted to personally thank our European fans and all attendees in general for our very successful European tour that we just completed. Everything was amazing, even despite the fact that Jon Miller had to return to the United States early.
"Thanks to our great tour manager Aaron 'Bubble' Patrick and our long time friend and bad ass guitar tech Dave Burke for stepping in. I had a very interesting time in Europe post-Pneumonia which found me doing the tour completely sober. it was an interesting experience but a positive one nonetheless. Our record commences mixing with the legendary Andy Sneap here in a short period and I cannot wait for everyone to hear it! Fucking amazing and our best yet!
"Next up: Ozzfest main stage! I cannot wait to head out and rock the 6 date Ozzfest and the surrounding dates throughout the US and Canada. Going to be fucking awesome! This will probably be the last tour for 'Pray For Villains' as our new album will be dropping in February roughly. Anyways, gotta run to the airport once again. Everyone be safe and have a killer weekend!"
After a month with Gwar, Chicago's Dirge Within begins a new string of dates with 36 Crazyfists and label mates Straight Line Stitch. The currently announced dates are as follows:
7/28 Albany, NY @ Bogies
7/30 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
7/31 Dayton, OH @ McGuffy’s House of Rock
8/01 Lake Station, IN @ Lake Station Eagles Club
8/03 Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
8/04 Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas
8/05 Boise, ID @ The Venue
8/06 Coeur D’Alene, ID @ The Grail Event Center
8/07 Tacoma, WA @ Hell’s Kitchen
French act Glorior Belli has issued the following announcement about performing an upcoming show in Paris alongside Ramesses and Eibon:
"For the first time since 2005, Glorior Belli responded positively to playing in Paris, assuring this would be a night to remember as Glorior Belli only make a few special live appearances each year. Their latest record 'Meet Vs At The Southern Sign' was released in June 2009 by Candlelight Record.
"Spawned in the bleak woodland of Dorset, England, Ramesses is a three-piece that has been disfiguring the innards of its army of devoted listeners since 2003 when original Electric Wizard drummer Mark Greening and guitarist Tim Bagshaw hooked up with Adam Richardson (bass + vox). 'Take the Curse', Ramesses' second album, was released in the first semester of 2009 via Ritual Productions.
"So load up your haversack and hit the dusty road, for the real devil's pact is about to be signed on September the 12th!" More...
Megadeth has posted a video clip online of David Ellefson and Shawn Drover prior to playing a secret show at the Metropolis in Montreal, Quebec after playing the Heavy Metal Festival on July 24, 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.
French metal act Nightmare has issued the following statement about the band canceling the previously scheduled appearance in the Czech Republic:
"We are very sad to announce that Nightmare was forced to cancel his show planned July 24th 2010 in Borkovany / Czech Republic at the woodstock festival. Unfortunately, the promoter was unable fulfill his agreement and to pay the flights tickets to guarantee the coming of the band in CZ. We send our apologies to all the fans who were waiting for us there and we promise that we will do everything to come back to Czech Republic where we always had great support, very soon!"
You can catch Nightmare live on the following dates:
8/6 2010 Wacken Open Air 2010 Wacken/Germany, DE
8/25 2010 Crazy Mama Budapest, HUNGARY
8/27 2010 BARBI CLUB TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
8/29 2010 Motocultor Open Air Festival Séné, FRANCE
10/9 2010 Evening of Metal Festival St Dizier (52) FRANCE
Therion's Christofer Johnsson has issued the following statement about recruiting a touring bassist:
"Now that we have posted Nalle(y)’s message to the fans, I'll give some comments on it myself. Naturally, it may sound worrisome that there has been announced two changes in the live line-up in such a short time frame. But the Nalle situation is not something that has happened recently; we have known this could be the case since last year and we have had a replacement ready for months.
"Nalle told us immediately about his new family situation in the beginning of the year and given the fact he periodically had really tough drinking problems, we thought it was the right thing to do, to stay away from long tours and deal with the problems and be home with the kids instead. The band can always get somebody else to play the bass, but his kids only have one dad. And they need him in good shape. Some things are simply more important in life than heavy metal and beer. We also applaud his bold decision to start studying at his age, so that he will have options other than music for making a living in the future. Kudos!
"The reason we waited with announcing this was that we wanted to play these Mexican shows and European festivals with Nalle and avoid the funeral atmosphere of everyone knowing someone is about to leave (or take a break, as in this case). More...
Unsun will release its second album “Clinic For Dolls” on October 11th via Mystic Production in Europe. American and Japan release dates will be announced soon. The cover artwork for Unsun’s new album was created by Hi-Ress Studio and can be viewed at this location. The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. The Lost Way
2. Clinic For Dolls
5. Not Enough
6. The Last Tear
8. I Ceased
9. A Single Touch
Vader front man Peter Wiwczarek has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent run of tour dates:
"Another three successful festivals are behind us. Pretty exhaustive weekend, thousands of kilometers we spent on the road, first bus, then plane, bus and again. Fortunately we managed to appear on these three stages and play pretty cool shows. If someone is disappointed, because of the canceled interviews, because we had no chance to meet the fans after the show - a very sorry!
"But sometimes we were not able, like on the Rock Harz Festival and Seven, where almost straight from the bus, after a grueling journey we had to jump on stage and play the show! Now we free and finally we have a chance to get some rest. We will be back in late August! VADERized Stay!"
Charly Steinhauer of Germany's Paradox has issued the following brief statement about the band canceling all upcoming live shows: "Dear fans, Paradox is forced to cancel all live activities in the future. I´m still writing new material to release one more record for my loyal fans in 2011 via AFM-Records." No additional details were provided. You can also check out sample Paradox songs via the band's MySpace page.
Greek act Nightfall, in cooperation with Metal Hammer Greece, has launched an online player where you can stream two songs off the new album "Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants." You can check out the songs "Astron Black" and "Astronomica/Saturnian Moon" at this location. The band commented on the album: "We have worked hard and we've put lots energy and effort in the details of the production. The outcome is massive and believe can attract any metal fan's attention."
The album's artwork was created by Travis Smith (Opeth, Death, Nevermore, Katatonia a.o.), who stated, "The front cover depicts the sea, the grand opposite of the sky-cum-space, and the means we humans are inventing to explore the unexplored. We are part of this universe and we use its planets to navigate, to tune our lives through the 'time' set by their motion, and who knows, may be to escape to some day in the future."
The album was recorded in various places with Soundlodge (Germany) being the main studio. It was produced by Efthimis Karadimas ('Athenian Echoes') and co-produced by Jorg Uken (known from his work with God Dethroned, Dew Scented, and Sinister). "Astron Black And The Thirty Tyrants" will be released on August 30th in Europe and on August 31 in North America. More...
Portuguese Gothic act Factory of Dreams is currently offering a free MP3 download for the next two days only. The song "Garden of all Seasons," which is off the Factory of Dream's album "A Strange Utopia," is available at this location. Factory of Dreams also recently announced the band will be contributing a song to the upcoming "Gothic Visions Volume II" compilation album.
Cyprus based metal act Lethal Saint has issued the following brief comment about appearing at the Ayia Napa Youth Festival: "Lethal Saint will appear on the 28th of August in the Ayia Napa youth festival time 7:30 Location: Platia limaniu See you there!" You can also check out Lethal Saint's music via the band's MySpace page.
German thrash act Mortal Infinity has uploaded three more video clips online from a recent live performance, which can be found below. The band also commented:
"Thanks to the crowd in burgkirchen for coming to our show. Special greetz to Battlecreek, Last Backdrop and The Rough Beat and our 'road crew' witzi, dennis, dirk and tom! We have 3 new live videos from the gig in burghausen: The End Of Progress, Shattered Remains, and Leading To Death
"The others will come in the next 2 days. Last but not least, we have a new live date for you. On September, 17th 2010 we play at the 'slamdance for tolerance' in the Postsaal Trostberg with amplified hate, battlecreek and dissonant (reunion!). Stay Thrashin'" More...
Australia's Thrall has checked in with the following update about finishing the recording of the band's second full-length album:
"Recording for our 2nd album Vermin to the Earth was completed on July 25th. Guitars, bass, vocals and so on were recorded at The Gate by Trent Griggs May-July 2010. Drums were recorded at LM Studio by Ippei Suda 5th and 6th April 2010. We are very happy with the atmosphere and fidelity of the recording. Now the long wait for the final mix begins. In the meantime we will commence writing new material for an EP and a possible split release."
The "Vermin to the Earth" track listing is as follows:
1. Vermin to the Earth
3. Disease’s Maiming Caress
4. Plague of Man
5. Mass Extinction
6. Ecstasy not of the Flesh
7. Vita Vacuus Voluntas
8. Meus Quietus Nex
British doom metal veterans Cathedral has announced that they will be performing a very special show for one night only on December 3rd at the 02 Academy in Islington. The show will feature two sets from the band, the first performing the entirety of their landmark debut album and doom metal classic "Forest Of Equilibrium," where Lee Dorrian (vocals) and Garry Jennings (guitar) will be joined by the recording line up Mark "Griff" Griffiths (bass), Adam Lehan (guitar) and Mike Smail (drums.) This will be followed by a second set of songs performed by the current line up of Lee Dorian, Garry Jennings, Brian Dixon and Leo Smee.
Vocalist Lee Dorrian explains: "Cathedral has come along way since those dirge-ridden smoke-filled, cheap lager and sweat infested early rehearsals back in 1990. To be brutally honest, back then we never imagined that we would have continued on a twenty year journey and still be here to tell the tale. A lot of bands that have been around this long tend to shy away from their roots, in favour of more ‘accessible’ material that they wrote in their “maturing” stages. Well, despite the fact that we may have expanded on our sound and style since those early days, we are certainly not embarrassed by our origins, in fact the opposite is true. To commemorate (Commiserate?) this twenty year marathon, we thought it would be a cool idea to regroup the line up of our first studio album for a special one-off show, and perform it in it’s entirety. Fortunately, everyone from those days agreed. This will mark the beginning of the evening, which will be followed by a set of material post-Forest bringing us right up to date with our latest album, The Guessing Game. We are excited about this event and look forward to seeing you there."
U.K. heavy metal duo Conspires To... has premiered their latest song, "Falling Down," exclusively on Metalunderground.com. The song is available for streaming or as a free MP3 download below.
The band is comprised of vocalist Wayne Stokes and Lee Macey, who plays all instruments on the album.
Multi-instrumentalist Lee Macey comments on the song: "For Falling Down we slowed things down a bit and added an industrial vibe, all leading to a heavier overall sound, yet still retaining some of the atmospherics of the other material. The track is about all about the fragility of the mind. How once you have been knocked back and have seemingly recovered, it can only takes something small and insignificant to lead to you falling down again."
Former Soulfly bassist Bobby Burns, who only left the band last week, has announced that he has formed a brand new group named Killer In The Workplace, which also features former Stuck Mojo frontman Bonz. You can check out a video message from Burns below, in which he discusses leaving Soulfly and forming Killer In The Workplace. More...