Metal News for July 8, 2009
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37 news articles posted on this day.
Brand New Sin released their new album "Distilled" today, July 8th. The band has announced a release party for the album on Friday, July 10th at Mac’s Bad Art Bar in Mattydale, NY. Prior to the CD release party, Brand New Sin will also be at the Hot Topic at the Great Northern Mall.
Pirate metallers Swashbuckle will be releasing their upcoming album "Back To The Noose" on July 24, 2009 (Europe) and August 11, 2009 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records. Metalinjection.net has posted a new video interview online with the band, which can be viewed below. More...
Boston Massachusetts metalers RAVAGE are ready to unleash their Metal Blade Records debut, "The End of Tomorrow" on August 18th. Artwork was handled by the famed artist Ed Repka who is known best for his Megadeth covers as well as cover art for Death, Municipal Waste, Toxic Holocaust, and Austrian Death Machine. "The End of Tomorrow" seamlessly intertwines the sounds of New Wave of British Heavy Metal, late 80's American Thrash Metal and late 90's European power metal to showcase the band's signature style. The album is sure to be enjoyed by metal maniacs young and old as it blends the soaring vocal and guitar melodies of Iron Maiden and Helloween with the raw power of thrashers like Testament and Kreator, presented in a crisply modern production-style courtesy of producer Peter Rutcho. More...
Stream of Passion has posted a new live video clip online of the song "Street Spirit," which can be viewed below. The band issued the following statement about the video:
"Our friends at GigVideos.nl were there at our last show in Effenaar and made a little visual impresion of the band on stage. Check it out!" More...
Metallica has announced that in addition to Lamb Of God, Gojira and Volbeat will also be joining them on their North American tour this Fall. A message from the band reads as follows:
"While we are still enjoying our European summer vacation, a quick note here about the fall shows in North America. Our French friends GOJIRA will be joining us, along with LAMB OF GOD, for shows September 14 – October 18, while Lars' brethren from Denmark VOLBEAT will hanging for the shows October 26 – December 12. One other quick thing – unfortunately Lamb of God cannot continue on with us in December, so we'll have more news about those shows for you later. See you out there!"
The tour dates are as follows: More...
Seattle, Washington based metal band, Metal Church has issued the following message clarifying the reasoning behind their break up:
"We'd like to clarify one thing... The situation with SPV is NOT the reason that we have decided to stop, it is just one small part of the trouble this band has had in trying to keep going. SPV has always been great to us, and it's very sad that they are not going to be around in the same capacity anymore."
"Our original statement didn't make that point clearly, and we apologize to SPV for any confusion. "
Heavy Artillery has issued the following announcement about At War streaming a new song on their MySpace page:
"With their new studio album, Infidel, hitting streets on August 18th 2009, US war metal legends AT WAR are pleased to give fans a taste of what they can expect with the unveiling of the eponymous track 'At War'. Their first new studio album in over 20 years, Infidel is certain to rank amongst AT WAR’s esteemed discography as the band’s most brutal and uncompromising work to date. The previewed track 'At War' is one of nine tracks featured on Infidel- nine tracks of pure war metal the likes of which can only be delivered by AT WAR.
"Formed in 1983 by guitarist Shawn Helsel, bassist and vocalist Paul Arnold and drummer Dave Stone AT WAR went on to solidify themselves as one premier metal bands in the American underground. After the reviews and college radio play of their 1985 demo Eat Lead, AT WAR went on to release their albums Ordered to Kill (1986) and Retaliatory Strike (1987) for New Renaissance Records. A follow up to Retaliatory Strike was recorded in 1994 but ultimately scrapped which prompted AT WAR to go on an indefinite hiatus only to have the beast awaken from its slumber in 2006 to begin working the material that would become Infidel. Throughout 2007 and 2008, a series of triumphant US shows and festival appearances in Europe and Mexico showed AT WAR at the top of their game and unphased by the passage of time or musical trends. Earlier this year AT WAR once again entered Pyramid Sound to record Infidel with Alex Perialas known for not only has work on AT WAR’S seminal 1987 album Retaliatory Stike but for genre defining albums by such bands as ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, OVERKILL, NUCLEAR ASSUALT, ETC. Infidel’s stunning cover artwork comes courtesy of legendary illustrator and photographer Claudio Bergamin."
Upcoming At War shows:
7/22 @ Volume 11 in Raleigh, NC with Mobile Death Camp, Kiff, and Armored Uprising
7/25 @ Alley Katz in Richmond VA with Beyond Fallen and guests.
Killswitch Engage’s fourth album, titled "Killswitch Engage," debuted at #7 on this week’s Billboard Top 200, shifting over 58,000 copies. It is the highest charting album of the band’s career. Killswitch Engage also debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Hard Music chart. The album, which is the band’s fourth effort for Roadrunner, was produced by noted knobsman Brendan O’Brien (AC/DC, Rage Against the Machine) and co-produced by guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz.
The band is also celebrating another huge accomplishment hot on the heels of their new album release - "As Daylight Dies," their third album (released in November 2006), has just achieved Gold certification. That album featured the Massachusetts band’s highest charting radio singles to date, including “My Curse” and the fan favorite, a cover version of Dio’s “Holy Diver.”
"As Daylight Dies" is KsE’s second Gold release, as 2004’s "The End of Heartache" has also achieved Gold-selling status. The band’s DVD "(Set This) World Ablaze" is also certified Gold. With sales totaling nearly 80,000, the DVD is nearing Platinum status.
Killswitch Engage is spending the summer as a main stage attraction on the second annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest, alongside the likes of Marilyn Manson and Slayer.
Here are the latest Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest tour dates: More...
DevilDriver bassist Jon Miller has issued the following tour road report:
"Hi y'all.....it's Miller, checking in with you from Lucerne, Switzerland. We are playing with Anthrax and God Forbid tonight......We have been in Europe for the past 3 weeks...., the highlight was definitely playing the mainstage for the first time at the Download Festival.
"After Download, we had the honor of playing the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards with Anvil, Amon Amarth, Saxon and Trivium......this was absolutely one of the most memorable weekends of my life. We will continue to tour Europe for the next two weeks and then we will start the Thrash and Burn Tour in July......
"This trip to Europe for DevilDriver has also been especially memorable for us because we had the opportunity to play Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine and will play Hungary next week for the first time.
"We will continue with the updates and remember to check out our new album 'Pray For Villains' which comes out July 14th worldwide on Roadrunner Records."
Suicide Silence has entered the Billboard album charts at number thirty two with their latest studio album, "No Time To Bleed." A message from vocalist Mitch Lucker reads as follows:
"Well, to wake up this morning and get the news of us debuting at #32 on the Billboard Top 200 charts is mind blowing. We are so proud of No Time To Bleed and feel that we made a definite statement with this effort. This is the culmination of years of relentless touring and hard work. We most of all want to thank you, the fans, for helping us achieve this amazing benchmark and we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for all of you supporting us. We are going to celebrate with all of you this summer on the ‘Pedal To The Metal’ tour with MUDVAYNE this summer, which will be the first American tour that we will be selling our new record. So come out and witness the new jams. We promise that it will be a night to remember."
Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament has announced some more shows in the United Kingdom for this month. Supporting them on these shows will be British thrash metal veterans Onslaught.
The tour dates are as follows:
July 20 - Sheffield, UK - Corporation
July 21 - Glasgow, UK - Garage
July 22 - Newcastle, UK - 02 Academy
July 23 - Bristol, UK - 02 Academy
July 25 - Wolverhampton, UK - Wulfren Hall
Former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley is set to release his new solo album "Anomaly" on September 15th. A commercial for the new album has also been posted online, which can be viewed below. More...
Bazillion Points Books have announced that they will be releasing a photographic history book of former Hellhammer and Celtic Frost front man Tom Gabriel Fischer. The book, which will be titled "Only Death Is Real: An Illustrated History Of Hellhammer And Early Celtic Frost," will be released in November of 2009. The cover of the book and several interior photos can be viewed here.
Polish grinders, Squash Bowels, have announced the tracklisting for their upcoming album, "Grindvirus," which is due out in September via Rotten Foetus Records. The album was recorded and mastered at Hertz studio in Bialystok, Poland in May and June 2009. The artwork was done by Lukasz Jaszak (Behemoth, Carpathian Forest, Blood Red Throne, Emperor, Gehennah).
The tracklisting for "Grindvirus" is as follows:
02. Two Cows and Monkey
03. Oust - Odour Eliminator
05. Abhorrently Stinking Rich Man
06. Shit Oneself
07. D. I.
08. Sheep Dag
09. Bacterial Fertiliser
10. Hamsters IN YOUT HEAD
11. Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Ass
12. Nose - Lunger
13. Child Victims
14. Anodal Closing Odour
Chili's Velattore has revealed the tracklisting from their upcoming album, "Answers," [cover] which is as follows:
01. You'll Burn
02. Recalling The Fear
03. Turning Of Life
04. I Belive
05. Heir Of The Sorrow
06. Make It Real
07. Behind The Cross
08. We Are One
09. Erased Line
10. Fake Kings
Answers was recorded by Elías Martinez at Black Sun Studios and mixed by Jorge 'Gato' Esteban at miau studios (Los Tres, Los Prisioneros, La Ley, The Ramones).
German metal band, AT VANCE, has announced that their new album, “Ride The Sky,” will be released on the 18th of September. The album was produced by AT VANCE mastermind Olaf Lenk. The cover art can be seen at this location.
At Vance will be touring South America in November. Currently scheduled dates are as follows:
11/20 - MEXICO CITY, MEXICO
11/21 - GUADALAJARA, MEXICO
Polish blackened death metal band HATE has just confirmed dates for their first ever tour in South America starting September 18th in Sao Paulo.
The band has been touring relentlessly in support of their latest album "Morphosis" released in March 2008 on Listenable. The leader of HATE, ATF Sinner commented on the upcoming tour: "This is historical and we're absolutely looking forward to doing these dates! It's gonna be an extension of the 'Morphosis Tour' in South America; something that we, honestly, did not expect to happen." More...
Sydney Australia-based extreme metal act THE AMENTA will join VADER, DECREPIT BIRTH, WARBRINGER, AUGURY, S.W.W.A.A.T.S. on “Monsters Of Death Tour” presented by Decibel Magazine. Keyboardist/sampler, Tim Pope, comments on the tour, “THE AMENTA is very honored to be sharing a stage with VADER in North America on the "Decibel Presents: Monsters Of Death Tour". Our first European tour - Winterfest 2009 - was with Vader earlier this year and we know that we’re going to have a great time both offstage and on with those guys. It’s a very strong bill and we can’t wait to see the other bands in action. We’ve heard so much about touring North America and can’t wait to get over there to blow people away. We are on the top of our game at the moment and the States will finally get to see what we are capable of. Thanks to everyone involved for giving us a chance. It’s a great honor to have such a strong tour for our first time on your shores. To the fans in the States: Get ready. You haven’t seen anything like us.” More...
Dutch death metallers Hail of Bullets will be releasing their new EP "Warsaw Rising" on July 17th. An audio sample of the track "Liberators" can be heard here.
The track listing for "Warsaw Rising" will be as follows:
2. Warsaw Rising
4. Red Wolves Of Stalin (Live)
5. Nachthexen (Live)
6. The Crucial Offensive (Live)
Swiss death metal band SYBREED’s new album, "The Pulse of Awakening," is currently being mixed and mastered by Rhys Fulber. The album is to be released in Fall 2009 on Listenable records.
SYBREED will release an exclusive and only digital ep worldwide entitled "Aeon" which features 2 new songs form the upcoming album and 3 raging electro/ techno remixes of "Emma 0" from their previous album, "Antares." The tracklisting of the 3Aeon" EP is as follows:
1. A.E.O.N. (5:03)
2. Human Black Box (5:10)
3. Emma-0 (BAK XIII remix) (4:02)
4. Emma-0 (Phreakers Syndicate remix) (3:38) More...
Swedish death metal band As You Drown is currently streaming a new song online from their latest album "Reflection." The track "Driven By Hatred" can be heard on the band's MySpace page.
Reactivated New Jersey thrash metallers Whiplash, who are schedule to release their new album "Unborn Again" later this year, have joined forces with the From Mild to Wild Hot Sauce Shop to produce and release a "thrash metal" hot sauce line.
The titles for the product line are Power and Pain, Last Nail In The Coffin, and Swallow The Slaughter. Fore more information visit here.
The band also issued the following statement:
"A special release of this sauce makes it available to the fans of thrash metal legends Whiplash before the anticipated release of the 3 pack of hot sauces featuring elements of the band's album covers (old and new!). This moderate hot sauce should appeal to anyone with taste buds - It's been a favorite of ours for a long time and we're thrilled to be providing it under this label. Get 'em while they're hot!"
Virginia metal band, Cyaegha, has issued the following message regarding their Canadian tour:
"Due to complications, we have to cancel our Canadian Tour with Mortal Decay. Our apologizes to everyone."
Crimson Glory has issued the following brief statement about their former vocalist Midnight (John McDonald) passing away this morning:
"On July 8, 2009, founding member and original frontman Midnight passed away at 3:30am surrounded by his family. The band is deeply saddened by the passing of their friend and brother. An official statement will be forthcoming later today or tomorrow."
Frontiers Records has issued the following update about Danager Danger releasing their new album:
"Frontiers Records is truly excited to announce the European release on September 18th 2009 of the highly anticipated DANGER DANGER new album 'Revolve' !
"The new album coincides with the 20th anniversary of the classic self titled debut release for Imagine Records, a record that went on to become gold, spanning two US hit singles with the songs 'Naughty Naughty' e 'Bang Bang'. In just a few years, also on the strength of the follow up 'Screw It', Danger Danger became one of the most popular bands in the Melodic Hard Rock scene, touring with the likes of KISS, Extreme, Alice Cooper and Warrant among others."
Bassist Bruno Ravel also made the following statement: More...
Sweden's Souldrainer has issued the following announcement about recording new songs:
"We just started to record a couple of more songs at Empire Studio and we will record about 3 songs at a time and let you download it, burn it, give it away and bang your heads to it cuz it's more important to let you hear our new material than wait for a label to sell it to you. We don't need a label to serve you a professional production anyway! In true DIY spirit we will distribute the songs, mainly the digital fashion, but you will also be able to buy a physical product if you want something to put in your hands. Of course to a reasonable price and not the fantasy prices record label would charge!
"Here are some pictures from the drumming session!"
Hatchet Dawn has issued the following announcement about receiving endorsements from Mesa Boogie, Spector Basses, and ddrum:
"July 2009 marks the month for Hatchet Dawn to officially announce their endorsements with MESA BOOGIE, SPECTOR BASSES and DDRUM.
"Howsie Noise, Billie-Jade and Ben Vengeance have become proud endorsee’s of MESA BOOGIE amplification. Billie-Jade has also had a special US handmade one-off production model made for her by the crew at SPECTOR BASSES and Dman is the new owner of a DDRUM Duo Fade 100% Maple drum kit! Check out individual Hatchet Dawn band member profiles on the web site for promotional photos and the photo gallery for additional group photos.
"Hatchet Dawn are looking forward to long term relationships with MESA BOOGIE, SPECTOR BASSES and DDRUM while their equipment has to date and will continue in the future to play a massive role in the Hatchet Dawn sound and the Hatchet Dawn choice of quality equipment."
Screening information for the documentary film "UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US" in Houston is as follows:
"UNTIL THE LIGHT TAKES US" Film Synopsis: In 1991, Norwegian churches started to burn down, just after an underground circle of metal musicians had formed. While reporters and police scrambled for answers, more and more churches went up in flames. They had no leads until Varg Vikernes, one of the architects of an underground music-art-political scene known as BLACK METAL took credit and was quickly arrested. While in police custody, the media ran with a largely fabricated story of satanic rituals, abductions and sacrifices. Soon, other young men took those media cues, creating an escalating cycle of fiction-fueled reality. This film reveals the true story behind the music, murders and church burnings, and shows what happened when these young men, who tried to change the world using music, art and violence, found that they could not control what they created.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Domy Books & Gallery
Houston, TX 77098
7-9PM | $9
You can find out more about this documentary and see a trailer on the film's website at blackmetalmovie.com.
Rock legends KISS has confirmed that they have finished work on their brand new studio album. A message from vocalist/guitarist Paul Stanley reads as follows:
"If you been reading KISSOnline, it's no surprise to you now. We ARE done recording our new album.
"What might well be a surprise is that at the least, the album is right up there with our best. As much as we may have tried at some other times to achieve this, the chemistry, line-up or lack of total commitment from everyone might have been cause for it being impossible. Not now. Not this time.
"I know that when you hear it you will agree.
Powerman 5000 has announced that they have completed work on their brand new studio album. A brief message from the band reads as follows:
"New album is finished... It's hard to believe but it's true! Release date, track listing, artwork, tour dates all coming soon."
German thrash metal legends Destruction has been added to the Damnation Festival which takes place at the Leeds University in England on October 24th. Negura Bunget and Charger have also been added to the bill.
German thrash metal legends Sodom are the latest band to be added to Britain's Bloodstock Open Air Festival. The event will be held from August 14th to 16th at Catton Hall in Derbyshire. This will be Sodom's first show in Britain for twenty years.
Metallica filmed their show in Nimes, France last night for a new DVD to be released on October 19th. The DVD will be available in French stores and online outlets only.
The tracklisting for the DVD is as follows:
"Harvester Of Sorrow"
"Fade To Black"
"Broken, Beat And Scarred"
"Sad But True"
"All Nightmare Long"
"The Day That Never Comes"
"Master Of Puppets"
"Nothing Else Matters"
"Stone Cold Crazy"
"Seek and Destroy"
German heavy metal outfit Brainstorm has signed a new record deal with AFM Records. The label will release the groups next album towards the end of the year or early next year. The band will be heading to North America this September as part of the ProgPower USA tour.
California based metal outfit Machine Head has announced that due to an arguement with the events organizers over their billing, they will not be performing at Sonisphere U.K. on August 2nd. A message from the band reads as follows:
"It is with the utmost disappointment that we must announce that Machine Head will not be playing the Sonisphere date at Knebworth in the UK on August 2nd.
"In a turn of events that has left us absolutely baffled, the promoter of the UK Sonisphere festival recently placed, unbeknownst to us, LIMP BIZKIT in our 3rd slot on the festival. Seeing as the running order was a significant part of the negotiation and agreement between us and the promoter, and the fact that we had been advertised in that slot since the festival's announcement, you can imagine our surprise when we were "told" that we would now be playing in the 4th slot, under Limp Bizkit, and bizarrely, it was actually expected that we would quietly move down the bill without issue. We will not.
"Machine Head turned down the U.K.'s Download Festival, a festival we are very fond of - which incidentally, had us above Limp Bizkit - to commit to the Knebworth festival, as we felt a closer kinship to the bands performing this year. In an effort to make this situation in Knebworth work, we have spent more than a week striving to resolve this issue in a proper manner. Unfortunately, that did not happen. More...
Slovenian metallers Bleeding Fist have signed to Moribund Records for the release of their upcoming full-length album "Bestial Kruzifix666ion." The album is set for a September 29th release date. The band has also posted a music video online for the track "Morbid Psychotic Distortion (Part 1)," which can be viewed below. More...
In a recent interview with Metalunderground, bassist Robert Nusslein of black metal band Ritual mentioned online personality Metal Sanaz. Ritual has now issued the following statement about that portion of the interview:
"Metal Sanaz vs Ritual
"I did an interview with http://www.metalunderground.com/ and somehow she got wind of it and has been messaging me silly comments about how I must be in love with her to show her so much attention.
"This is my thought on the matter. Apparently some people believe that Underground Metal bands are living the Rockstar life and can be made money off of so they send this succubus in to suck whatever blood she can off them destroying whatever credibility they have in the process. Some of these guys may be drunk enough to believe she will sleep with them if they give her the time of day.
"Ritual exists for the true underground Black Metal diehards who remember when these people wouldn't even look at a band like Gorgoroth or Mayhem. Now all of the sudden these bands are everybodies favorites and you can expect intelligent questions like 'How much groupie action have you been getting on this tour' instead of questions about your art, beliefs.
"Support all true fanzines, record labels, and bands that don't compromise their dignity for mainstream exposure. Cheers"