Metal News for August 21, 2011
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11 news articles posted on this day.
Edguy/Advantasia vocalist Tobias Sammet was interviewed by Harmon Caldwell on Edguy's official website (Edguy.net). He talked about the writing process behind the band's forthcoming LP "Age of the Joker" (EU: 08/26/2011; NA: 09/13/2011).
When asked about the motivations for writing the LP's first single "Robin Hood," Sammet responded "Attila the Hun, Odin, the sons of Odin, Cinderella, Humpty Dumpty... I can hardly think of a more or less historically relevant swashbuckler who hasn't been the main topic in a song, sung by Heavy Metal men in furry loin cloths. Except from Robin Hood, maybe the story of Robin Hood is too complex, haha! I just thought it is so over-the-top, it embraces everything that Rock and Metal are all about. It's more Spinal Tap than Spinal Tap ever were."
Sammet also responded to the mixed criticism the band received on previous LP "Tinnitus Sanctus," stating "The fact that certain magazines bash whatever we do is no big news, we know what they'll write even before we enter the studio. As a matter of fact, we don‘t fit in their scheme, but down the line it really doesn't matter what some desk- or internet-hero writes. AGE OF THE JOKER seemingly has all our trademarks and is considered a back-to-the-roots album by some press guys, which theoretically could be a proof that we have our own signature sound which makes us proud, but nothing was forced. I also love TINNITUS SANCTUS, it is a great album, my favorite Edguy album to date. It's sad some people didn't understand it and I respect that. But this is not proof for inferior quality. What counts is that AGE OF THE JOKER is a great album, you know that, the EDGUYs know that, our producer Sascha Paeth knows that, and our fans will find out shortly. The rest of the world can kiss my ass!"
Read the full article at Edguy.net.
Indie Recordings is now streaming the new track "Varden Brenne" from Norwegian Viking Metal Act Einherjer. The track is the first single from the band's upcoming LP "Norrøn," out on Indie Recordings on September 9, 2011 (Europe) and September 13, 2011 (North America).
The new track can be heard by heading over to this location.
American hard rock legends KISS has announced that their name of their forthcoming new studio album, their first since their well received 2009 comeback record, "Sonic Boom," will be entitled, "Monster." Although the band are still working on the album in a Los Angeles studio, they revealed that they are currently hatching plans for a massive world tour which will kick off in 2012 and last well into 2013, appropriately dubbed the Monster World Tour. "Monster" will be released sometime in 2012 through the band's own label, Kiss Records.
Heavy metal veterans Metallica and Lou Reed, the legendary singer and former frontman of The Velvet Underground, has announced that the name of their forthcoming collaboration album will be, "Lulu." The record's title comes from the plays of German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind's plays "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora's Box," which tell a story of a young abused dancer's life and relationships and are now collectively known as the "Lulu Plays." For more information on the plays and how they serve as the inspiration behind the album, please visit http://www.loureedmetallica.com/. "Lulu" is scheduled to be released on October 31st in Europe and November 1st in North America.
Symphony X, through Nuclear Blast Records and World Management, announced European tour dates in support of the band's new LP "Iconoclast." Norwegian progressive metal act Pagan's Mind and Italy's DGM will provide support.
09/28/2011: Hamburg, Germany - Knust
09/29/2011: Bochum, Germany - Zeche
09/30/2011: Zoetermeer, Netherlands - Boerderij
10/01/2011: Baarlo, Netherlands - SJ Sjiva
10/02/2011: Berlin, Germany - Columbia-Club
10/04/2011: Aschaffenburg, Germany - Colos-Saal
10/05/2011: München, Germany - Backstage
10/07/2011: Milano, Italy - Live Club
10/08/2011: Rimini, Italy - Velvet
10/10/2011: Rome, Italy - Alpheus
10/12/2011: Barcelona, Spain - Salamandra
10/13/2011: Madrid, Spain - Sala Penelope
10/14/2011: Lisbon, Portugal - Incrivel Almadense
10/15/2011: Porto, Portugal - Hard Club
10/16/2011: Santiago de Compostela, Spain - Capitol
10/18/2011: Bordeaux, France - Theatre Barbey
10/19/2011: Lyon, France - Kinkasi Kao
10/20/2011: Pratteln, Czech Republic - Z7
10/21/2011: Monthey, Czech Republic - Pont Rouge
10/23/2011: Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
10/25/2011: Manchester, United Kingdom - Academy 3
10/26/2011: London, United Kingdom - Islington 2 Academy
10/28/2011: Athens, Greece - Gagarin 205
CBGB's may well be known as one of the most famous clubs in the world, having been home to many bands from The Ramones to Agnostic Front, but it's staff has plenty of connections to music too, not least of which was the club's sound man Tommy Victor and doorman Mike Kirkland, who would soon form their own band, Prong. Prong was completed a few months after Victor and Kirkland (Vocals/guitar and bass respectively) began jamming together when the band recruited former Swans drummer Ted Parsons. Having essentially being born from the best place for hardcore in New York, it's no surprise that the early Prong material was very much rooted in the genre. Following their debut released, the EP "Primitive Origins" and the full length, "Force Fed," the band were able to secure a major label deal when they signed with CBS Records for their next release, "Beg To Differ." The album was a critical smash, earning rave reviews from big name publications like Rolling Stone and the praise continued even after Kirkland left the band was replaced by Flotsam And Jetsam bassist Troy Gregory, when Prong released their third full length album, "Prove You Wrong," which featured an almost bizarre cover of the punk classic "(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)" by The Stranglers.
"Prove You Wrong" also featured the band's first experimentation with electronic sounds such as sampling and programming, a feature which was to be expanded upon on the next album, "Cleansing," which was released in 1994. With a sound more grounded in industrial metal and Pantera producer Terry Date behind the mixing board, the record proved to be hit, containing such fan favourites as "Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck" (which was used by Extreme Championship Wrestling as the theme for the wrestler, Justin Credible) and "Broken Peace." The album also garnered Prong support slots on some major tours, including supporting Sepultura on their "Chaos A.D." tour, and performing with Pantera who were celebrating the release of their number one album, "Far Beyond Driven." More...
Florida's The Reset has posted a new song online titled "The Arrival." You can check out the clip by heading over to The Reset's official Facebook profile at this location.
The Reset also recently recruited new guitarist Seth Macaluso. The band's current lineup now is as follows:
Christopher Michael - Vocals
Gabriel Montalvo - Guitar
Seth Macaluso - Guitar
Fabian Guzman - Drums/keys
Andre Jazze Triantafillou - Bass
Xandria has issued the following statement about the recent news of the band signing to Napalm Records:
"Finally we can present some very exciting news: there is a new Xandria album to come and we already roughly can reveal when this is going to hit record stores. We are working intensively to have the new longplayer out in early 2012!
"You all know why it took such a long time, but this was due to our search for THE right singer fit as well as for a few other business reasons. After Manuela had joined us in December last year, we got to speed in all essential business talks and finalized our songwriting, hence we are happy to announce that we now officially are part of the Napalm Records family!
"It took this time because we wanted to make sure that we would have the best conditions to record the new album the way we want it, and Napalm and us shared the same ideas, objectives and visions from the very beginning on. We are very confident Xandria and Napalm Records with its roster and expertise will make a great team! And last but not least, this past half a year with Manuela before starting to record the album was important to grow together as a band again, and also to let the songs combine with her new wonderful voice.
"We already have begun the recordings for the new album, to last throughout the rest of the summer. With mixing and the final mastering the work will be taking until end of this year, hence we are happy to proudly present the new album by early next year. In the meantime, Xandria will also be touring as part of the 'Out Of The Dark Festival Tour' along with VanCanto, Tristania, Serenity and Amberian Dawn, hitting European stages in early fall. More dates to be announced soon. please check our live dates' section online and watch out for a place near you to catch up with us!"
Sept 30th: Karlsruhe (Ger) – Substage
Oct 1st: Prague (CZ) – Abaton
Oct 2nd: Budapest (HU) – Club 202
Oct 4th: Milan (I) – Alcatraz
Oct 5th: Pratteln (CH) – Z7
Oct 6th: Paris (F) – Le Bataclan
Oct 7th: Haarlem (NL) – Patronaat
Oct 9th: London (GB) - O2 Academy Islington
Oct 11th: Cologne (Ger) – Live Music Hall
Oct 12th: Munich (Ger) – Backstage
Oct 13th: Neu-Isenburg (Ger) – Hugenottenhalle
Oct 14th: Hamburg (Ger) – Markthalle
Oct 15th: Dortmund (Ger) - Dortmund
Oct 21st: Wieze (B) - Oktoberhallen Metal Female Voices Fest
Denmark's Dawn of Demise, which recently issued an update about working on a new album, has now checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"The new drummer in Dawn of Demise is 19 year old Simon Blaabjerg. He's been with us since February 1st. We had 2 full days of auditions planned, but when Simon blew us away - as the last guy on day 1 - we decided to cancel the second day of auditions.
"So far we have written 6 - 7 new tracks with Simon, which all will be on our next full-length record. Besides Dawn of Demise, Simon also plays drums in The Black Hand."
The band's lineup now is as follows:
Martin Sørensen: Lead Guitars
Hotdogger: Rhythm Guitars
Scott Jensen: Lead Vocals
Bjørn Jensen: Bass & Backing Vocals
Simon Blåbjerg: Drums
Haken has announced the band's new album "Visions" will see release on October 25th via Sensory Records. The band has now posted preview trailer online featuring music from the new album, which can be found below. You can also check out the album artwork and a recent statement from the band about the release here.
The "Visions" track listing is as follows:
2. Nocturnal Conspiracy
4. The Mind’s Eye
Swedish act Malfeitor has issued the following recording update for the "Dum Morior Orior," the band's upcoming full-length album:
"Here's a quick update on the recording progress. Right now, all 10 tracks for the upcoming full length, are going through an extreme drum-treatment by doctor J.Björkenfjäll! Total badass drumming that will make this album crush!
"The mighty 'beard' has recorded his evil throat on a bunch of the tracks! There might be some vocal collaboration on this album so stay tuned for more details!
"Also, Moberg are almost finished with the sound engineering for the devastating guitars. They will have a little more bite than the ones on the demo, but the total sound will still be unpolished old school for sure!
"Somewhere during the recording process we will post a studio-video-teaser of a new track, so stay evil and tuned! Make sure to get our demo-tape, split CD with Birch Mountain and old school t-shirt!"