Metal News for July 8, 2011
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37 news articles posted on this day.
Brutal Truth has premiered a new song online through Noisecreep.com, titled "Addicted," which can be heard by navigating over to this location. The track is taken of Brutal Truth's new album "End Time," due out September 27th, 2011 through Relapse Records. The track listing and artwork can be viewed below.
2. Simple Math
3. End Time
4. Fuck Cancer
5. Celebratory Gunfire
6. Small Talk
7. .58 Caliber
8. Swift And Violent (Swift Version)
9. Crawling Man Blues
11. Warm Embrace Of Poverty
12. Old World Order
14. Killing Planet Earth
16. All Work And No Play
18. Sweet Dreams
19. Echo Friendly Discharge
20. Twenty Bag
22. Drink Up
23. Control Room More...
Full Metal Jackie has posted a video interview online with Dethklok's Brendon Small and Gene Hoglan during their sound check for Saturday's performance in San Bernardino. You can watch the interview in the clip below.
You can also find Metalunderground.com's last interview with Brendon Small about the third season of "Metalocalypse" by heading over here.
With the release of epic doom metallers The Living Fields' sophomore full-length "Running Out Of Daylight" drawing near - hitting the streets of North America on July 26th via Candlelight Records - Decibel Magazine is hosting the public's first listen to the record today.
Swing by The Deciblog to stream the track "Glacial Movements" now at this location.
The "Running Out Of Daylight" (reviewed here) track listing is as follows:
3. From Miseries to Bloodsoaked Fields
4. When the Walls Go
6. Glacial Movements
8. Running Out of Daylight
Serbian black metal band Triumfall has released the new single "Deaths are His Monument,"which features guest vocals by V from serbian doom/black metal band Dead Shell of Universe. Both songs from the single are now available for streaming online in the players provided below.
The "Deaths are His Monument" track listing is as follows:
1. Deaths are His Monument
2. Black Devotion Manifest
Finland's Shape of Despair has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:
"Time to share some news: Just before this year, SOD and Pasi Koskinen parted ways. We got very few close persons in mind who could fit inside the band's chemistry and share the same passion for our music.
"Welcome our newest member Henri Koivula.
"Henri is known from his other band Throes of Dawn, which released magnificent The great fleet of echoes - album last year. As for now, we are already started rehearsing our older songs and most importantly new songs. New songs are in progress and full album is planned to be released on next year 2012.
"But before anything, be sure to grab yourself our vinyls 'Written in my scars' and soon to be out split with Portugese doomer Before the rain where we've performed Lycia's Estrella."
Shape of Despair tracks are also available for streaming online by heading over to the band's MySpace page.
In an interview conducted today at the Sonisphere festival in Knebworth, England, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed that the name of the group's forthcoming new studio album will be, "13." An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:
"It’s going to be called 13. I started playing guitar at 13 and this is our 13th record and I was born on the 13th. As soon as I said I was going to call it 13 I started noticing 13 everywhere. They never used to have 13th floors in hotels but now they have them again." More...
Vocalist Cliff Wagner of Wisconsin's Flat Dark Earth has issued the following announcement about the band recording a debut full-length album:
"We are currently in the studio working on our first full length album due out in early fall 2011. We have be together for about 2 years and we are trying to make a new type of music that blends metal and rock together. We have done member changes to become a five piece band. Our first demo we put out in late 2010 was of us as a four piece. We are currently rerecording all of our material. We just released 3 new tracks in July 2011 that will be featured on the album."
DecibelMagazine.com and World Under Blood have teamed up to premiere a brand new track, titled “Dead And Still In Pain,” from the band’s forthcoming debut record "Tactical" at this location. “Dead And Still In Pain” is the second song to be revealed from the July 26th Nuclear Blast Records release.
The opening track from "Tactical," titled “A God Among The Waste,” can be streamed via the band’s official Facebook page.
The track list for "Tactical" is as follows:
1. A God Among The Waste
2. Into The Arms Of Cruelty
4. Dead And Still In Pain
5. Purgatory Dormitory
6. Under The Autumn Low
7. I Can't Stand His Name
8. Revere's Tears (with intro)
9. Wake Up Dead (Megadeth cover song)
10. Alliance Or War (iTunes exclusive Malevolent Creation cover song)? More...
Christian act Sovereign Strength has posted the track “Bring Me Home” (featuring Shane Raymond from Close Your Eyes) online through the band's Facebook page located here. The song comes from the band’s new album "The Prophecy," which is set to hit stores August 2nd through Mediaskare Records.
Sovereign Strength is currently on the road as a part of the Scream The Prayer Tour alongside Norma Jean, Sleeping Giant, The Chariot, War of Ages, and more. Dates for the tour are as follows:
7/8 Douglasville, GA @ The 7 Venue
7/9 Jacksonville, FL @ Murray Hill Theatre
7/10 Pratville, AL @ The Blue Iguana
7/11 Little Rock, AR @ Riverfront Pavilion
7/12 Omaha, NE @ The Commons
7/14 Willmar, MN @ Sonshine Festival
7/15 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
7/16 Willmar, MN @ Sonshine Festival
7/17 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
7/18 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
7/19 Dayton, OH @ The Attic
7/20 Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
7/22 McAllen, TX @ Las Palmas Racepark w/ The All Stars Tour
7/23 San Antonio, TX @ The Backstage Live w/ The All Stars Tour
7/24 Dallas, TX @ The Palladium w/ The All Stars Tour
7/25 Tulsa, OK @ Cains Ballroom
7/26 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
7/27 Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
7/28 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
7/30 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
7/31 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
You can also check out Metalunderground.com's show report from the tour's Nashville stop by heading over to this location.
All Else Fails third studio release "The Oracle, What Was, Is, And Could Have Been," out August 19, 2011 via Suicidal Bride Records, is now streaming on TheNewReview.net. Check out the whole album by heading over to this location.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. This World In Flames
3. Twilight of Mankind
5. The House At The End of The World
6. Monster Eats The Pilot
7. The Oracle
9. Sludge Factory
10. Obsidian Walls
11. This World In Flames (Acoustic)
12. Robots!!! KOLTG
All Else Fails also has the following upcoming live shows:
July 15, 2011 - St. Plaza Live @ The Lot (Outdoor show) - Salmon Arm, BC
July 16, 2011 - Dave's Sports Bar - Kelowna, BC
July 18, 2011 - Kelowna Rock School - Kelowna, BC
July 21, 2011 - The Roxy - Vancouver, BC More...
Indiana's Ptahil has posted a music video online for the song "Fuck This World," which is taken of the band's "May She Destroy The Cosmos, Drunk On The Blood Of All Life" release. You can check out the video in the player below.
After last week's full lineup of new metal songs hitting the Rock Band Network, this Friday's roundup doesn't have quite as many options, but there are a still a handful of songs to help metal heads rock out over the weekend. New music is hitting the Xbox 360 edition of the game from Severed, White Wizzard, Dillinger Escape Plan, and Bumblefoot.
The entire list of newly added Xbox 360 songs, including the non-metal music, is as follows:
Fallen Angel - "Grant Me Peace" (160 MSP)
Severed - "Envision" (160 MSP)
White Wizzard - "Over the Top" (160 MSP)
The Dillinger Escape Plan - "Farewell, Mona Lisa" (160 MSP) More...
After previously releasing a lengthy post about the lack of updates for a new album, Moonspell has now checked in with the following update about the band's recording process:
"The new album proceeds and we will do a second pre-production with Benny Ricther in late July and Mike will record drums for these songs, most likely in Germany.
"The rest of the album will be tracked bys us and Tue Madsen during the month of August. Once the music is done, we will be able to give a better insight into this new concept and way of making things.
"Until then we count the days until we are able to match our big words with one of the most exciting collection of songs we ever worked in as composers."
Additional details on Moonspell's upcoming new album will be announced as they are made available.
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about the return of Majesty and the release of the "Own the Crown" 2-CD set:
"Majesty is back! 'Own The Crown' is the long awaited comeback album of Majesty containing two CDs packed with immortal heavy metal hymns. On the first disc you find all the greatest Majesty hits of the band's career so far.
"Besides of the two new songs 'Own The Crown' and 'Metal On The Road' the second CD will feature lots of rare songs and re-recorded material which most of the fans have never heard before. Among other things you find a re-recorded version of the ballad 'Snow Is On The Mountains' which was originally released in 1999 on the 'Metal Monarchs' demo.
"As a unique special the first demo tape, which is out of stock for years, will also be on the CD.
In total 28 breathtaking tracks are on the 2CD box set which will be in stores for a single CD price. The elaborately designed booklet featuring liner notes from Tarek for every single song and never seen photo material is also very worth mentioning. Also don't forget to attend the comeback concert on September 3rd at the Turnhalle in 97941 Tauberbischofsheim - Dittigheim, Germany."
Vocalist Tarek also released the following statement: "With this statement I want to tell all fans, friends and partners that we decided that it is time for Majesty to officially come back to the glorious Heavy Metal world. It might sound strange to some of you that after only three years when we said that the band is not existent anymore we return but I really want to try to explain to you all the thoughts, feelings and economic reasons which led to that decision.
"I know that many of you were shocked when we put Majesty to sleep in 2008 and I can never properly explain you the exact reasons why we did that step and honestly, I donŽt even know them myself. The only thing I know is that it was a decision which hurt the feelings of many dedicated and loyal fans standing together with us side by side through the years.
I know that a bright future lies before us now and we will try to play as many shows as possible all over the planet and finally do again what we were born for: Heavy Metal Our strength and our religion."
"Own The Crown" is going to be released worldwide on September 2nd, 2011.
Murder Metal mongers Macabre are preparing to self-release a 12? picture disc LP version of their recent full-length, "Grim Scary Tales," via their own Decomposed Records. This gory platter of splatter bears the bold, Scott Jackson-crafted front cover art to the album on the A-side, and a portrait of the Macabre trio, armed for battle, as always, on the B-side.
Macabre also has the following upcoming tour dates with Exhumed, Cephalic Carnage, and Withered: More...
RadioMetal.com conducted an interview with Opeth frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt shortly before the band's recent performance at Hellfest, which was held last month in Clisson, France. Åkerfeldt discusses the band's new record Heritage (out September 20), the departure of keyboardist Per Wiberg, more. Excerpts from the interview can be found below.
Says Åkerfeldt about "Heritage," "If you want to compare it to another band, it has to be us. But still, it's different. For me, it kind of makes sense, because I've been doing this for such a long time. So it's not a massive departure for me and for the guys in the band. But for fans, if they are, for example, into My Arms, Your Hearse, it might be a bit different. But I'm hoping that a lot of people are ready for this type of album from us. The music is all over the place. It's hard to define the album and say it sound like this or like that. There are no songs that represent more the album than any other songs. It's an album as whole. You can't listen to only one song and you'll know what the album is going to be like."
Mikael also commented on the departure of Per, "He was fired. But he was going to leave any ways because he wasn’t happy with us. It’s not like we weren’t friends but I don’t think he felt comfortable playing keyboards with this style of music. He’s more into blues/rock and things like that. He’s got a few projects that he’s been working on over the years. I think he feels more comfortable doing other form of music."
The "Heritage" artwork and track listing can also be found after the jump. More...
Read the full article at Radio Metal.
Breaking out of Greece’s capital city of Athens comes crust/hardcore act Sarabante, which has teamed up with Southern Lord Recordings for a limited edition CD release of the band’s first full-length, "Remnants." A statement from the band's publicist reads as follows:
"Sarabante’s existence was brought to the attention of Southern Lord by Brad Boatright of From Ashes Rise/Lebanon, who in the end mastered the band’s 'Remnants' debut. The volatile act bears the same burning intensity as the legendary From Ashes Rise and Tragedy, and integrates elements of early Neurosis and other more morose and slower-tempo acts. After enduring the eleven tracks in under thirty four minutes on the album, it’s clear that one of the primary focal points of the Sarabante is their consistent execution of infectious melodies throughout each politically-charged anthem."
Set for release on July 19th, "Remnants" will see a limited edition production of 1,000 machine-numbered copies as part of the ongoing underground Southern Lord CD series alongside Planks, Acephalix, Xibalba, Drainland, Alpinist and more.
California's Redemption has checked in with the following announcement about finishing the band's upcoming new album:
"This Mortal Coil is finished!
"I'm pleased to announce that after what can only be described as a very challenging production experience that threw every possible curve ball at us, we have finished the record. Fortunately Neil kept a steady hand at the tiller through rough waters but it really tested us all: computer failures, internet failures, missing files, strange 'ghost in the machine' type elements, scheduling challenges, lightning strikes (I'm not kidding), etc.
"At any rate, the masters are in the hands of the label. Now we just wait for it to be released! Hope you all enjoy it."
Leaves' Eyes has announced it will be headlining the H'elles on Stage festival in Lyon France on October 17th, 2011. Other bands that have been confirmed to perform at the festival include Visions of Atlantis, Aperion, Auspex, and more.
For additional details on the upcoming H'elles on Stage festival, head over to the gathering's official MySpace profile.
You can also check out a recently posted tour video blog from Leaves' Eyes in the player available after the jump. More...
Toxic Holocaust has posted the album opener "Judgment Awaits You" from the band's forthcoming album "Conjure and Command" online now via Punknews.org. Check out the new track by heading here.
"Conjure and Command" will see its North American release on July 19th (July 18th internationally) and be available on multiple formats including digital, CD, 12" vinyl, as part of a deluxe double LP package, and a limited edition deluxe CD and DVD set that includes a full TOXIC HOLOCAUST live set.
Toxic Holocaust will kick-off a North American headlining tour in support of "Conjure and Command" on July 29th. Support on this tour will come from Holy Grail and Krum Bums. The tour kicks-off and ends in the Los Angeles, CA area, circling the U.S. and heading into parts of Canada.
As previously announced, Toxic Holocaust will join Kvelertak for a four-week European tour this fall. This tour will also include Trap Them and Wolves Like Us and kick-off on November 18th in Hamburg, Germany.
Back from rehab and ready to go…
Motley Crue lead singer, Vince Neil, is set to receive an entertainment lifetime achievement award in Las Vegas. Rumor has it that there will be a special guest presenting the award to Neil. Given it is Las Vegas, fingers crossed that we may be very close to seeing Carrot Top’s defining moment in show business… More...
Juno Bloodlust, which was covered in an edition of Metalunderground.com's "Unearthing the Underground" column here, has now posted a drum session clip for the band's upcoming album. You can check out the clip below, and the band also commented:
"Finally, we've started working for our 1st album!! This drum session is performed by our Italian drummer Summum Algor. Hope you enjoy it!"
In the second of three installments, members of the Dutch symphonic death metal band Mayan offer more insight into the tracks that comprise the band’s debut album, "Quarterpast," which is set for North American release on July 12th.
Track 05 | The Savage Massacre (In the eyes of the law: Pizzo) “Ariën [van Weesenbeek, MAYAN & EPICA drummer] was drenched after recording this one! He had no time to practice; he only listened to the pre-production in the studio and nailed it in no time! Laura [Macrì], the opera talent from Italy, has a big role in this song with her Italian lyrics. It's a heavy song with a atmospherical mid-part.”
Track 06 | Essenza Di Te “Just pressed ‘record’ and let Jack [Driessen, MAYAN keyboard player] play something spontaneously, then let [guest vocalist] Laura [Macrì] do her thing. This is what happened in the end. The demo version was called ‘Perfume.’ Check out the movie [http://www.youtube.com/movie?v=xRFvShphoGE&feature=mv_sr], as it inspired us for this song.”
Track 07 | Bite The Bullet “Only now did Frank’s guitar need a new set of strings. Used two sets for the whole album, didn’t need more. About 30 picks were used in total, though. This is the song where [guest vocalist] Henning [Basse of SONS OF SEASONS] shines. We call it, therefore ‘The Henning Song’ as well. He shows in this song what he's able to do with his voice: raw parts, soft parts and choir harmonies.”
Track 08 | Drown The Demon “First studio song ever on which Floor Jansen [REVAMP, ex-AFTER FOREVER] and Simone Simons [of EPICA] sing together! [Drummer] Ariën’s voice got put after the song, recorded as a joke, but we decided to keep it. Sorry Ariën!”
You can also check out the band's previously posted first part of the track breakdown by navigating here.
Nightfall has issued the following update about the band's upcoming music video for "Astron Black:"
"Nightfall's Astron Black video clip has entered the editing process. The expected day of release is September 1st.
"Yet again the concept is full of symbolism based on ancient Greek Gods and Deities among other holy and unholy creatures.
"Neither the director Achilleas Gatsopoulos nor the band wanted to repeat the schemes and techniques applied in Ambassador of Mass video that was purely based on shadow puppet theatre.
"There is no reason trying to repeat a successful thing unless you do it for the money; this is not the issue here. The challenge of creation is priceless and we strictly do it for the art thing of it.
Be sure to check out some shots from the video here!"
Danish folk metal act Svartsot is gearing up to release a new album titled "Maledictus Eris," which musically describes 14th century Denmark ravished by the plague. The band has now posted a teaser trailer for the album online, which can be found in the player below. "Maledictus Eris" is set for release on July 27th in Spain, Finland, and Sweden, July 29th in Italy, August 1st in the rest of Europe, and August 9th in North America.
The track listing is as follows:
Gud giv det varer ved!
Holdt ned af en Tjørn
Den forgængelige Tro
Om jeg lever kveg
Kunsten at dø
Den nidske Gud
…Og Landet ligger så øde hen
The release date of the upcoming 2011 Femme Metal Records compilation CD "Melody & Malice" has been set for September 26th, 2011. You can check out the artwork and track listing for the compilation below.
1. Deadlock - "Virus Jones"
2. Exoterik - "Revive"
3. Regardless Of Me - "Until I Die"
4. Kittie - "Cut Throat"
5. In This Moment - "A Star Crossed Wasteland"
6. Mongrel - "Zombies Of War"
7. hAND - "Fate Sewn On"
8. Decadence - "Vulture"
9. UnSun - "Whispers"
10. Katra - "One Wish Away"
11. Crystal Viper - "Blood Of The Heroes"
12. Winter Storm - "The Embrace"
13. The Agonist - "And Their Eulogies Sang Me To Sleep"
14. Alerion - "Turn Of Fate"
15. Sarah Jezebel Deva - "The Corruption of Mercy"
16. Jaggedy Ann - "Skin Of Your Teeth"
1. Magica - "Wait For Me"
2. Witchburn - "Bleed The Stone"
3. Edenbridge - "Higher"
4. The Mariana Hollow - "Your Halo"
5. Luna Mortis - "Ash"
6. Beneath The Stares - "Guilty Bystander"
7. Achilla - "Mirrors"
8. Amberian Dawn - "Talisman"
9. Lacuna Coil - "Spellbound"
10. Triosphere - "The Anger And The Silent Remorse"
11. Solsikk - "Relish In Nervous Delights"
12. Noctis Notus - "Scarlet Storm"
13. Arch Enemy - "I Will Live Again"
14. Further From The Truth - "Drifter"
15. Evil's Desire - "Touched By Insanity"
16. Rising Dream - "Religion For The Weak" More...
Swiss thrash metal act Gurd have revealed details behind its forthcoming new album. The new full length, titled "Never Fail," is set to be released on October 28 through NoiseArt Records. You can check out the track listing for the effort below.
1. Never Fail
3. Burn Yourself
4. Rising From The Ashes
5. A Higher Meaning
6. The Truth Will Leak
7. Blame Someone Else
8. No Sleep For The Damned (Grapes Of Wrath)
9. Secret Underground
10. Velvet Apocalypse
Slipknot and Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor has announced a series of dates for his upcoming book signing tour. Taylor will be touring in support of his newly released book "Seven Deadly Sins - Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good." You can check out the full list of dates, cities and locations below.
July 12 - Waterstones - Oxford St - London, UK
July 13 - Waterstones - Birmingham, UK
July 13 - HMV Institute - Birmingham, UK
July 15 - Bookends - Ridgewood, NJ
July 16 - Book Review - Huntington, NY
July 18 - Barnes & Noble Tribeca - New York, NY
July 19 - Borders - Chicago, IL
July 20 - Book Soup - West Hollywood, CA
July 29 - Barnes & Nobles - West Des Moines, IA
New behind-the-scenes footage has been posted online featuring the set-up process behind Arch Enemy's June 18, 2011 appearance at Gothenburg, Sweden's Metaltown festival. You can check out the clip in the player below.
Brazilian metallers Shadowside have posted a new sampler online to promote its forthcoming new album. The new full-length, titled "Inner Monster Out," is set to be released later this month through SHP Records and was produced, mixed and mastered by Fredrik Nordstrom at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. You can check out the album sampler by using the widget displayed below.
Devin Townsend Performance Available For Streaming
New fan-filmed live footage has been posted online featuring Vancouver, Canada metal mastermind Devin Townsend performing his the Devin Townsend Project. The footage was captured during the group's tour stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. You can check the group's performance of the track "By Your Command" below.
Hard rock supergroup Chickenfoot, which features Sammy Hagar, Joe Satriani, Michael Anthony and Chad Smith, has posted its first video teaser online to promote its upcoming new album. The album, which is simply titled "Chickenfoot III," is set to be released on September 27, 2011 through the band's new label home eOne Music. You can check out the teaser trailer below.
A new video interview featuring Monster Magnet's Dave Wyndorf has been made available online. The interview was conducted during the band's appaearance at this year's Getaway Rock festival, which is currently taking place in Gavle, Sweden. You can now watch the interview in the player located below.
New fan-filmed footage has made its way online from The Big Four's July 6th performance in Milan, Italy. The footage features the Big Four coming to together for a cover of The Misfits' classic "Die, Die My Darling." You can check out the clip in the player below.
Cruel Hand has announced the full run of dates for its upcoming tour of the U.S. Support on the trek is set to come from A Loss For Words, The Greenery and Maker. You can view the full list of dates, cities and venues below.
09/08 Bucksport, ME – The Kave
09/09 Portland, ME – Deering Grange
09/10 Syracuse, NY – Lost Horizon
09/11 Toldeo, OH – Frankies
09/12 Covington, KY – Mad Hatter
09/13 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
09/14 Wichita, KS – Eagles Lodge
09/15 Omaha, NE – The Commons
09/17 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
09/18 Boise, ID – Grange Hall
09/19 Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
09/21 Sacramento, CA – Branch St.
09/22 Salinas, CA – Rock Boxing Gym
09/23 Camarillo, CA – Rock City Studios
09/24 Mesa, AZ – Nile Theater
09/26 Midland, TX – Pine Box
09/27 Sherman, TX – The VFW
09/28 Little Rock, AR – Downtown Music
09/30 Summerville, SC – The Legion
10/01 Springfield, VA – Jaxx
10/02 Bosewell, PA – Bosewell Outreach
10/03 Wilkes-Barre, PA – Redwood Arts
10/04 Amityville, NY – Broadway Bar
10/05 Poughkeepsie, NY – The Chance
10/06 Manchester, NH – Rockos
10/07 Providence, RI – Club Hell
Extreme metal act Intensus has posted a new studio documentary clip online to promote its recently released debut album. The full length, which is self-titled, was issued through Metal Blade Records. You can view the album's track list below as well as the studio footage below.
1. Eskia Tu Daemonia
2. The Intense
3. New York, Yeah Scranton
4. Colon Cleanse Your Sins
5. Trampled By Horns
7. Outlast Robinsum
8. Anomaly Detected: Supernova Remnant N 63A
9. The Pit Of Hands
10. Man Crusher
11. Time Killer Shitter
12. The Church Forever
13. Anomaly Reached: Supernova Remnant N 63A
14. I Gave Up
15. Axis Mundi
16. I’m A Wisdom
I hadn't seen Children of Bodom live since the band opened for Megadeth back in 2008, so of course I was anxious to see the group play again. The fact that Children of Bodom was playing with Devin Townsend and Septicflesh just made this show that much harder to overlook. Plus the fact that The House of Blues has a great location and is known for providing great sound quality sweetened the deal.
After meeting an interviewing Devin Townsend himself for an interview that will be posted shortly, as well as getting my Strapping Young Lad collection signed, I unfortunately had to deal with The House of Blues draconian security, which required me to leave the backstage area, get a ticket after being confirmed to be on the guest list, head to the back of the line and then reenter the venue. So I'd personally like the thank the management, box office, and security for helping the most impatient man you'll ever meet reenter a venue that he already had access to.
Thankfully this was only a mere hour-long inconvenience and I was able to enter the venue in time to see Septicflesh. While I actually enjoy Septicflesh's albums, their stage show needs a bit of work. It's too theatrical and artificial. The mic stand shaped like a Lovcraftian Eldrich Abomination as well as Spiros Antoniou's overly flamboyant stage presence crossed the line between enthralling and distracting for me. The band needs to tone things down a bit if it wants to be taken seriously, particularly in the North American market in which things are far less pretentious than the band's native Europe. More...