Metal News for July 3, 2011
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Sweden's Ascend has announced it will be releasing a new live DVD. The band has now posted the first track off the DVD, titled "Taste of Life," which can be viewed below. The clip comes from Ascend's live performance at Klubben in Stockholm, Sweden on March 24th, 2011.
Footage has been posted online (courtesy of YouTube user ovd806) of Arch Enemy performing live at the Fortarock Nijmegen (Netherlands) on July 2nd, 2011. You can check out the first part below and the second two clips are available after the jump.
Martin Söderqvist, formerly of the now defunct Hostile Cell, has issued the following update about his new band Debbie Ray:
"The Debbie Ray recording process is done for now. We are currently mixing three new songs and thinking about how they will be released in the best way. We are either putting them out directly on Itunes, as separate tunes, or putting them on a remastered 'Artificial Misery' album that would be released in Europe through a label that we have recieved an offer from. We will decide in the next few weeks.
"In other news, I just went to listen to some new tunes that Johan X Svensson and Eric Olausson are working on and I was blown away. So I will for sure join them in this all new, yet to be named, project. The difference between this and Hostile Cell is that I will take a step back and just adapt to whatever music riff-maniac Svensson is coming up with and write to it.
"I can tell you that it will be extremely heavy stuff, but we are talking about clean vocals. We will start working on the material in about a week. I will not give a fuck about what the music industry in Sweden wants this time around. I will play because I love to play music."
The final dates for the Metalunderground.com sponsored Exhumed North American headlining tour have been announced. Support comes from Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, and Withered. Here are the latest tour dates:
07/17/11 - San Diego, CA United States @ Ruby Room w/ Cephalic Carnage
07/18/11 - Tempe, AZ United States @ The Clubhouse w/ Cephalic Carnage
07/19/11 - Albuquerque, NM United States @ Launch Pad w/ Cephalic Carnage
07/20/11 - Denver, CO United States @ Marquis Theater w/ Cephalic Carnage
07/21/11 - Merriam, KS United States @ Aftershock w/ Origin, Cephalic Carnage
07/22/11 - Des Moines, IA United States @ Vaudeville Mews w/ Cephalic Carnage
07/23/11 - Urbana, IL United States @ The Canopy as part of Central Illinois Metalfest
07/25/11 - Milwaukee, WI United States @ The Rave w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
07/26/11 - St. Paul, MN United States @ Station 4 w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
07/27/11 - Winnipeg, MB Canada @ Royal Albert Arms w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
07/28/11 - Regina, SK Canada @ The Exchange w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
07/29/11 - Edmonton, AB Canada @ The Pawn Shop w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
07/30/11 - Calgary, AB Canada @ The Distillery w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
07/31/11 - Kelowna, BC Canada @ The Sunplex w/ Macabre, Cephalic Carnage, Withered
08/01/11 - Vancouver, BC Canada @ Rickshaw Theater w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
08/02/11 - Seattle, WA United States @ Studio Seven w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
08/03/11 - Portland, OR United States @ Branx (Loveland) w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
08/04/11 - San Francisco, CA United States @ Slim's w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
08/05/11 - Sparks, NV United States @ The Alley w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
08/06/11 - Las Vegas, NV United States @ Cheyanne Saloon w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
08/07/11 - Hollywood, CA United States @ The Key Club w/ Cephalic Carnage, Macabre, Withered
Following that tour, Exhumed also has some European festival appearances planned:
08/11/11 - Jaromer, Czech Republic @ Brutal Assault Festival
08/12/11 - Oulu, Finland Jalometalli Metal Music Festival
08/13/11 - Schlotheim, Germany Party San Open Air
08/14/11 - Ieper, Belgium Ieperfest
Thrash metal has more or less always been about speed, aggression and ferocity, but like all good things, sometimes it’s the technical side that makes it so good. Some of the best bands in the genre focused their musicianship and song writing on being phenomenally gifted technical players, and one of these bands was Toxik. Toxik was formed in 1985 in Peekskill, New York by bass player Lee Erwin and guitarist Josh Christian, initially under the banner, Tokyo. However, shortly after deciding on this name, the group was threatened with legal action by another band who had already trademarked the name and thus, Toxik was born. The band started off by struggling to maintain a stable lineup, with founding member Erwin being amongst those to leave, and drummer Sal Dadabo being asked to join heavy metal heroes Twisted Sister. Eventually however, the band found stability when Christian was joined by vocalist Mike Sanders, drummer Tad Leger and bass player Brian Bonini.
The four members now a sturdy unit, the band found themselves being offered a contract from Roadrunner Records, a proposition which they accepted and finally released their debut album, "World Circus" in 1987. The album was acclaimed by thrash metal fans and the metal press alike, with some considering it one of the best thrash releases of the year, a statement backed by being awarded College Music Journal’s "Best New Metal Album Of The Year" accolade. The album also won them respect amongst their peers and Toxik were offered a spot on the next Metal Massacre compilation, which they contributed to with the song, "Wastelands." More...