Metal News for August 24, 2011
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31 news articles posted on this day.
John Arch and Jim Matheos posted a new video about Track #2, "Midnight Serenade" from the forthcoming Arch/Matheos album "Sympathetic Resonance" scheduled for release on September 13th via Metal Blade Records. The video is the second in a series of track-by-track video descriptions from the album for GuitarWorld.com. Check out the video below:
Metalinjection.net asked bands on the 2011 Summer Slaughter festival to talk about the best part of the tour. Check out the clip below to see how members of The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Darkest Hour, Dying Fetus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Oceano, As Blood Runs Black, and Within the Ruins responded.
Animals as Leaders has set “Weightless” as the title of the group's sophomore album, due to be released by Prosthetic Records this fall. The group, which wrapped up its inaugural U.S. headlining tour earlier this month, recently kicked off a European tour and will also be heading out for an extensive North American tour alongside Between The Buried And Me on October 27th.
More information on “Weightless” will be revealed in the near future. You can also catch the band live on the following dates:
8/24 London, UK – Shepherds Bush Empire
8/25 Reading, UK - Face Bar
8/26 Truro, UK - Bunters
8/27 Southampton, UK - Joiners
8/28 Tunbridge Wells, UK - Forum
8/30 Helsinki, FI- Circus
8/31 Tallin, EE- Pirirta Convent
9/2 Paris, France – Maroquinerie*
9/3 Zurich, Switzerland – Dynamo Werk 21*
9/4 Munich, Germany – Backstage Halle*
9/6 Rome, Italy – Jailbreak Club*
9/7 Cervia Ra, Italy – Rock Planet*
9/8 Romano Cz, Italy – Rock and Roll Arena*
9/9 Conegliano, Italy – Apartamento Hoffman*
9/11 Bratislava, Slovakia- Randall Club*
9/12 Vienna, Austria – Chelsea*
9/13 Prague, Czech Republic- Rock Cafe*
9/14 Berlin, Germany - Magnet*
9/15 Hamburg, Germany - Logo*
9/16 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Melkweg*
9/17 Cologne, Germany - Underground*
9/18 Antwerp, Belgium - Trix*
9/20 London, UK - Underworld*
9/21 London, UK – Underworld*
9/22 Manchester, England - Moho Live*
9/23 Glasgow, Scotland - King Tuts*
9/24 Leeds, England - Cockpit*
9/25 Birmingham, England - Academy 3*
9/26 Bristol, England - Academy 2*
9/27 Cardiff, England - Clwb Ifor Bach*
9/28 Helsinki, Finland – Nosturi*
9/29 St. Petersburg, Russia - Kosmanavt*
9/30 Moscow, Russia - Plan B*
10/27 Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore*
10/28 Silver Springs, MD – The Fillmore Silver Springs*
10/29 Asbury Park, NJ – The Stone Pony*
10/30 Boston, MA – House Of Blues*
11/1 Richmond, VA – Hat Factory*
11/2 Myrtle Beach, SC – House Of Blues*
11/3 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor*
11/4 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution*
11/5 Orlando, FL – The Beacham*
11/6 Birmingham, AL – Zydeco*
11/8 Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room @ Old National Concert Centre*
11/9 Cleveland, OH – House Of Blues*
11/10 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall*
11/11 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues*
11/12 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s*
11/13 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant*
11/15 Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s*
11/16 New Orleans, LA – House Of Blues*
11/17 Houston, TX – House Of Blues*
11/18 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues*
11/19 Austin, TX – Emo’s Outside*
11/20 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live*
11/22 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre*
11/23 Las Vegas, NV – House Of Blues*
11/25 Anaheim, CA – House Of Blues*
11/26 Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues*
11/27 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore*
11/29 Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert*
11/30 Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert*
12/1 Calgary, AB – The Republik*
12/2 Edmonton, AB – Starlite Room*
12/3 Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub*
12/4 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre*
12/7 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre*
12/8 Montreal, QC – Club Soda*
12/9 Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights*
12/10 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts*
* w/ BTBAM
Dir En Grey has posted a video clip online from the band's Berlin signing session in support of the new album "Dum Spiro Spero." You can check out the clip below.
Multi-instrumentalist Bruce Lamont (Yakuza, Bloodiest, Circle Of Animals, Led Zeppelin 2) will be hitting the road late next week for a short five show run, touring alongside Man's Gin. Kicking off with a free show on Lamont's home turf in Chicago, the short tour will run through Ohio, Pennsylvania, and will come to a close in Brooklyn at a gig headlined by label mates The Body.
Details are as follows:
9/02/2011 The Empty Bottle - Chicago, IL [free show with RSVP]
9/03/2011 Kobo - Columbus, OH
9/04/2011 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
9/05/2011 Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
9/06/2011 St. Vitus - Brooklyn, NY w/ The Body
Bruce Lamont's debut solo album, "Feral Songs For The Epic Decline," was released via At A Loss Recordings in January.
After a year of touring and promoting sophomore album "Rollin" (reviewed here), Texas Hippie Coalition recently headed into the studio to give a song from the album a little shake-up. The song, "Beg (The 420 Recording)," has been re-recorded and remastered, giving it a completely different sound from the original version.
"While on tour, playing songs from the album night after night, one of the tunes from Rollin’ began to shift forms," says vocalist Big Dad Ritch. "So we went into the studio between shows and re-recorded Beg - taking a different approach this time. It turned out even better than we expected, and the label decided to throw it's weight behind the track and get it out to the fans."
Guitarist Randy Cooper adds, "The song is a favorite from the album. Fans so far have really dug the 420 version at our shows."
You can listen to a sample from the re-recorded track by heading over to this location, or catch Texas Hippie Coalition live on the following dates:
8/27 - Miami, OK Rock Allegiance Tour, Buffalo Run Casino
9/1 - Chillicothe, OH Easy Riders Rodeo
9/9 - Davis, OK Arbuckle Ballroom
9/10 - Alva, OK Red's Place
9/12 - Las Vegas, NV The Crown Theater/Rio Hotel
9/15 - Davenport, IA Redstone Room at the River Music Experience
9/16 - Merriam, KS Aftershock
9/17 - Glendale Heights, IL Shark City
9/18 - Covington, KY The Mad Hatter
9/20 - Fredricksburgh, VA Q Balls Billiards
9/21 - Sarver, PA Peter B's
9/23 - Rochester, NY Montage Music Hall
9/24 - Tupper Lake, NY Old Northern Pub
9/28 - Worcester, MA The Lucky Dog
9/29 - Seabrook, NH Chop Shop
9/30 - Auburn, ME Club Texas
French solo act Dorthal has made the new EP "eta-Earth" available for streaming online. You can check out the EP by heading over to the Dorthal Bandcamp page. The track listing and artwork can be viewed below.
1. Form of Life
3. Climate Change
4. Coronal Mass Ejection
5. Cthulhu Ftaghn
Vengeance from the Sky has posted a recording clip online, showing the band laying down guitars for the track "MechaFate." You can check out the clip below.
Head over to the official Vengance from the Sky Facebook profile here for more info on the band.
Blood Ceremony has announced the "Black Magic Rites" European festival, which will be kicking off this October. The dates are as follows:
Sun 09/10 - Hare & Hounds, Birmingham, UK
Mon 10/10 - The Water Rats, London, UK
Tues 11/10 - Combustible, Paris, FR
Wed 12/10 - dB's Studio, Utrecht, NL
Thur 13/10 - W2, Hertogenbosch, NL
Fri 14/10 - De Pit, Breda, NL
Sat 15/10 - White Trash Fast Food, Berlin, DE
Sun 16/10 - Hamburg, DE
Mon 17/10 - The Rock, Copenhagen, DK
Tues 18/10 - Truck Stop Alaska, Gothenburg, SE
Thur 20/10 - Kuudes Linja, Helsinki, FI
Fri 21/10 - Lutakko, Lahti, FI
Sat 22/10 - Nuclear Night Club, Oulu, FI
Tues 25/10 - Progresja, Warsaw, PL
Wed 26/10 - Mega Club - Katowice, PL
Thur 27/10 - Arena, Vienna, AT
Fri 28/10 - Prague, CZ
Sat 29/10 - Posthalle, Wurzburg, DE - (HAMMER OF DOOM 6) More...
After going through several line-up changes, Spanish thrashers Aggression are working on the last details of their sophomore album. The band's second album will be titled "Viocracy" and the recording, mixing, and mastering is set for this fall. Recording will be performed in Sweet Home Studios (Barcelona) this September, and the mixing and the mastering will be done again by producer Erik Monsonis. "Viocracy" also includes a cover of "YYZ" Rush.
The track listing is as follows:
1. False Flags
2. Chemical Slavery
4. MK Ultra
5. Get Mad
6. Awake Awareness
7. Human Nature
9. Victims of Bias
10. YYZ (Rush cover)
The cover of the album has been designed by renowned German illustrator Eliran Kantor, who has worked with bands like Sodom, Atheist, and more. "Viocracy" will be released worldwide in January 1st, 2012 through Xtreem Music.
Nevada based blackened death metallers Blasphemous Creation have lifted the lid on their upcoming second full-length release "Battle Of The Ancients." The band now has 9 songs completed for the new album, which is the follow up to the 2009 debut "Diabolical Kingdom."
The album will be released on San Francisco based label Apocrypha Records, and Blasphemous Creation will enter Metal Works Studio in Folsom, CA to record with Josh Williams at the controls. Cover artwork is being done by Tony Koehl, who is known for his cover art of The Black Dahlia Murder's "Deflorate" album as well as covers for several underground death metal bands.
According to the band, the story at the heart of the album focuses on the Sumerian gods, the Anunnaki, who are actually flesh and blood extraterrestrials from a planet called Nibiru. Blasphemous Creation commented on the story: "Thousands of years ago when their planet's atmosphere began to disappear they came to the Earth to mine for gold in order to create an artificial atmosphere of gold particles for their home planet. They genetically engineered human beings as a slave race to do the work not just on Earth but on multiple planets. 'Battle Of The Ancients' tells the tale of how the 'Gods' waged war against an advanced race of humans they created called the Plejaren on a planet called Erra. They freed themselves from the tyranny of the Anunnaki only to be wiped out in a vicious battle to the death. Afterwards the 'Gods' returned to Earth claiming it as their new home as their world Nibiru had become uninhabitable. In a lust for power they fought against one another for supremacy and control of Earth and the other planets."
"Battle Of The Ancients" is expected to be released in December, followed by a tour to promote the album. Further details will be announced as they are made available.
Just For Fun
The vegan black metal chef has posted a third episode online, titled "Tempura Asparagus Sushi," which can be viewed below. You can also check out the previously posted "Pad Thai" episode by heading over to this location.
The vegan black metal chef also commented on this clip:
"This is a complete walkthrough on how to make vegan tempura asparagus sushi...as well as how to make other types of vegan sushi.
"Not too much else to say besides, enjoy, thanks for the support and make this shit. Its really really really fucking good. This will make serious quality sushi. I am big on taste more than appearance so if you want to learn a bunch of other fancy ways to roll sushi...im sure there are plenty of tutorials out there. Don't ask me...it looks the same as everything else once it hits my mouth. "
The Canadian folk metal clan of Scythia has posted a second behind-the-scenes video from the band's recent Western Canadian Summer Siege Tour. This video, available below, follows the band on its travels through the scenic mountains of the Canadian Rockies along with backstage antics and an acoustic performance at Meow Records in Prince George, BC.
You can check out the previously uploaded first clip at this location. Scythia will also be releasing the new album "...Of Exile" on September 23rd, 2011.
3 has announced the band's new album "The Ghost You Gave to Me" is set for release on October 11th, 2011 in North America. A new song from the album, titled "Numbers," is now available for streaming in the clip below.
The album's track listing and artwork can also be viewed below.
1. Sirenum Scopuli
4. High Times
6. One With the Sun
7. The Ghost You Gave to Me
10. It's Alive
11. Only Child
12. The Barrier More...
Vancouver's Titans Eve, which took part in the Riffs not Riots gig in July, has issued the following update about work on a new album:
"Hey everyone, just giving an update on Titans Eve so your not scratching your heads! So the two month tour (which felt like years, in a good way) is over and with much success. We were lucky enough to play with some awesome bands and meet a lot of cool people. We sold roughly 250 CD's most of which were in the U.S.. We made a lot of new fans and friends and it was an amazing experience to play in U.S.A..
"Now, while the new album is being prepared for release early next year, we landed an interview/review in this issues Metal Hammer Europe and it is available all over Europe! It carries an exclusive CD celebrating Metallica's Black Albums 20th anniversary with covers on many of its tracks. Lemmy covers Enter Sandman! Tens of thousands of people have the opportunity to read our little article and I hope they can check us out.
"We know there is a lot of anticipation for some new TE material so were gonna work as fast and hard as we can to deliver. Expect the new album early next year, look forward to seeing a huge tour following the release and stay tuned!
Pro-Pain has just released a trailer to promote the band's new CD/DVD collection, "20 Years Of Hardcore," which hits officially the streets in North America this Tuesday, August 30th. Check it out below.
The CD kicks off with four brand new tracks to get things moving, and the disc also contains four re-recorded tracks (featuring Pro-Pain alumni Rob Moschetti, JC Dwyer, Mike Hanzel and Eric Klinger), cover songs, and a fourteen-song live set filmed in the Czech Republic, in total bearing over 78 minutes of material. The DVD that joins the disc contains over 90 minutes of additional material, including tons of live footage featuring several full concerts, as well as fan-filmed footage and tons of extras.
Rxyzyxr has posted a video clip online for the song "Nonzero," which can be viewed in the player below. According to the band, "Nonzero" is inspired by a book of the same title by Robert Wright. For more details on the band, head over to the Rxyzyxr Facebook profile.
Thrash Hits has posted a video interview online with Vreth of Finntroll, which was conducted during the 2011 Bloodstock festival. Check out the interview in the player below. Finntroll was performing in support of the band's latest album "Nifelvind" (reviewed here).
Hatesphere has posted a teaser trailer online for the new album "The Great Bludgeoning," which was produced, mixed, and mastered by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark. Check out the teaser in the clip below.
"The Great Bludgeoning" will be released in North America on September 27th and in Europe on September 26th, 2011.
Divine Ascension recently announced the "As The Truth Appears" album is set to be released on October 11th, 2011 via Nightmare Records. The cover artwork for the release has now been posted online and can be viewed below.
The track listing is as follows:
3. In My Mind
4. Vision Divine
5. Guided By Osiris
6. One Last Caress
7. Garden of Evil
8. Another Battlefield
Skirmish will be dropping the new album "Through The Abacinated Eyes" on August 31st, 2011 through Violent Journey Records. The band is now offering a pre-listening session of the entire album Kaaoszine. Check out the album by heading over here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
4. Mystery In a Blazing Dream
5. Death Beyond
6. Astral Infinity
8. The Forlorn Masque
Visions of Atlantis, which recently announced the recruitment of a new band member, has now revealed more details for the band's upcoming "Maria Magdalena" EP. The track listing and artwork can be viewed below.
1. Maria Magdalena
3. Change of Tides
4. Last Shut Of Your Eyes
5. Distant Shores
6. Beyond Horizon - The Poem PT. II
The Iniquity Descent has issued the following update about streaming the "An Empty Temple" online:
"Our new EP - 'An Empty Temple' is now online here on myspace and also on our facebook. It'll take a few weeks til we get the cd's from the factory but anyone who wants to order it now already can do it by mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. The EP's will soon also be available for downloading. Enjoy!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. An Empty Temple
2. Reform Or Succumb
3. Reform And Succumb
4. The Invisible
Los Angeles, California based hardcore outfit Terror has posted their new music video online for the song, "You're Caught." The clip has premiered at Bloody-Disgusting.com but can also be viewed below. The song comes from Terror's latest album, "Keepers Of The Faith," which will be re-released this year under the title, "Defining The Faith," which will come with a DVD containing live footage and more. More...
New York hardcore legends Agnostic Front has posted their new music video, "My Life, My Way." You can check it out below. The song is the title track from their latest album, the group's first since 2007's, "Warriors" and is the third song from the record to receive the music video treatment following, "That's Life" and "A Mi Manera." More...
Norwegian band Syrach has checked in with the following update about recording drums for the act's fourth album:
"We'll be making the drum tracks for our 4th album this weekend. Yes, to be in studio while Immortal, Mayhem, Ghost and Primordial are playing in our hometown is interesting "planning" to say the least... But, we all have to make priotities in life ;-)
"This is a new chapter in the book of Syrach. Hopefully, with a new drummer onboard, the new album will sound heavier than ever. Finally the new heavy,groovy, raw riffs of SYRACH will see the dark of night!
"We'll keep you updated on the progress as we go along! Doom on, brothers and sisters."
More details on Syrach and songs available for streaming can be found by navigating to the band's MySpace music profile.
Sweden's Diabolical will celebrate 15 years of existence by doing some selected European dates in September. Each date will see different local support bands and special guests. Considering the nature of the tour, the band will do more old material than usual, covering all five official records released until now.
"We see this partly as a celebration of the 15 years that was, but mainly as an introduction of the 15 years that are to come. It is a great opportunity to pick up older material, and revisit some good and bad moments from the past. Looking back is only enjoyable to some..." says founding member Sverker Widgren.
The currently announced dates are as follows:
17.09. - GER - Hamburg - Revolt! Bambi Galore
20.09. - ITA - Mestrino (PD) - Tacu Tacu
21.09. - SLO - Ljubljana - Channel Zero
23.09. - POL - Krakow - Kazamaty
24.09. - GER - Leipzig - Metal Schuppen More...
Toxocara has announced the band's third full-length album "AtmosFear" will drop on October 14th, 2011. The cover artwork and track listing are available below, or you can check out Toxocara's music via the band's MySpace page.
1. Black Widow
2. Annihilation by the Ankar (Marionettes of War)
3. Confessions of the Black Regiment
4. Moryty Holodom (Holodomor)
5. Bravo Two Zero
6. Flashlight Shadows
7. Towards the Perpetual Labyrinth
8. The Kempeitai Hordes of Hirohito
9. The Red House Report
Metal Hammer recently interviewed U.K. thrashers Evile about forthcoming release "Five Serpents Teeth," which is scheduled for release this September through Earache Records.
When asked whether the new LP will take the band to a new level, Drummer Ben Carter stated "We’re all really proud of it – on the other albums there have always been little niggles and cases of ‘Should we have done this, could we have done that?’, but we were so much more prepared this time around, and the feeling of the band was so positive going into the studio that it made everything easy. That in turn has led to something that far surpasses anything we thought this band could achieve. That’s why we’ve all got these massive cheesy grins on our faces! It’s the pinnacle of what we’ve achieved.”
Carter was also asked whether the new LP will affect the band's relationship with the "thrash revival" to which he replied: "“Some people are gonna hate us for it, we know that, but we don’t care. We write stuff for us, and we want to go forwards. What’s the point I writing the same album five times? That doesn’t prolong your career at all.”
Read the full article at Metal Hammer.
SPV/Steamhammer announced that it has signed the legendary New York metal band Riot:
"Few bands deserve to be talked about in such revered terms as Riot.
"Bursting through from New York City at the end of the Seventies with three ground-breaking albums on the trot (‘Rock City’, ‘Narita’ and ‘Fire Down Under’) Riot quickly became one of the biggest cult metal bands in the world. Stunning performances in the UK at the first ever Castle Donington Festival in 1980 and Port Vale the following year, and support slots with Sammy Hagar in Europe and AC/DC in the United States cemented their reputation as the hottest ticket to see.
"With line-up changes knocking their momentum and the Eighties developing into a Thrash-fest a new-look Riot bounced back in 1988 with the widely-acclaimed ‘Thundersteel’. Although the faces might have looked unfamiliar, with only guitarist Mark Reale now left from the band’s formative years, the aggression and musicianship remained unrivaled and unchallengeable. With Tony Moore's distinctive vocals, the muscle and might of bassist Don Van Stavern and drummer Bobby Jarzombek powering the songs along, and Reale’s precision playing Riot were reborn, and followed ‘Thundersteel’ two years later with the jaw-dropping ‘The Privilege Of Power’, an inspiring and at times truly epic album. However, by this time the music world was turning into a very different place, and Riot found themselves struggling against a tide of apathy. Reale continued to guide the ship through the next two decades, delivering albums of consistent, quality metal, culminating in 2006’s ‘Army Of One’ – a true statement of intent, as if one were needed.
"But the army of one is an army of five once more as RIOT’s classic ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘Privilege…’ line-up has re-united, adding guitarist Mike Flyntz who played in the live band at that time. Signing with SPV/Steamhammer for all territories except Japan, Riot will release their new album 'Immortal Soul' on October 28th in Germany, October 31st in Europe and early November in the US and Canada.
Riot have also been confirmed as special guests on the first leg of HammerFall’s European tour this winter. The tour kicks off on 26th October in Copenhagen, Denmark, and ends for the five-piece metal machine in Cologne, Germany, on 18th November. This will be the first time the legendary ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘The Privilege Of Power’ line-up of Tony Moore (vocals), Mark Reale (guitar), Mike Flyntz (guitar), Don Van Stavern (bass) and Bobby Jarzombek (drums) has played in Europe on a full tour, after the band’s celebrated one-off show at the Sweden Rock Festival in 2009.
"Olly Hahn, A&R at Steamhammer, says: 'Mark, Tony, Don, Bobby and Mike are really fired up once more, and "Immortal Soul" will be a true successor to the legacy of ‘Thundersteel’ and ‘Privilege…’. Classic metal will never die, and who did it better than Riot?'
"Riot live in Europe 2011 - on tour with Hammerfall
26.10. DK-Copenhagen - Amager Bio
27.10. NO-Oslo - Rockefeller
28.10. SE-Gothenburg - Lisebergshallen
29.10. SE-Stockholm - Arenan
31.10. D-Hamburg - Grosse Freiheit
01.11. B-Antwerp - Trix
02.11. D-Filderstadt - Filharmonie
04.11. D-Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle
05.11. F-Paris - Bataclan
06.11. LUX-Esch Alzette - Rockhal
07.11. CH-Zürich - Volkshaus
09.11. A-Vienna - Arena
10.11. A-Graz - Orpheum
11.11. I-Milan - Magazinni Generali
12.11. D-Munich - Theaterfabrik
13.11. CZ-Prague - KD Vitavska
15.11. PL-Warsaw - Stodola
16.11. D-Berlin - Huxleys
17.11. NL-Tilburg - 013
18.11. D-Cologne - Essigfabrik"
"Agony" has elevated Fleshgod Apocalypse to the status of death metal superstars. Guitarist Tommaso Riccardi was able to talk to MetalUnderground.com at Chicago's House of Blues about the band's lyrics, upcoming tour plans for this October, the reception to Agony (reviewed here) and the Amanda Knox case. More...