Metal News for August 31, 2011
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Lithium Magazine conducted a recent interview with vocalist Chuck Billy about the upcoming Testament LP "The Dark Roots of Earth." When asked about the record, Billy stated: "We're actually in the studio recording, we came out just [to play at the Heavy T.O. festival in Toronto, Ontario, Canada] and then we're going right back Monday to finish. Right now we're at the point where all the drums are done and all the rhythm guitars are done. Next week we're going to start bass, vocals and lead guitar."
Billy went on to say that the album will contain ten songs. When asked about what can be expected, Billy said "[w]ith this one we kind of wrote, I wouldn't say a ballad, but something a little slower; we've got one of those on this record. Eric's [Peterson, guitar] always written some really strong ballads for the band, or whatever you want to call them. There's some other stuff, there's definitely some songs that are the fastest we've ever played, there's some mid-tempo, there's a little bit of everything on there. It's definitely Testament, but we never try to do the same record twice. There are some good hooks on it."
Billy also commented on the writing process on the new LP, stating "[t]his year Alex came in and worked with Eric for weeks all day, all night arranging, contributing parts and he's on a lot more on this record. I think Eric felt like he was writing "The New Order" record, because Alex is really good at taking what Eric's doing and interpreting it to what he does, too. It seemed to work. It's going to be a good record and it's going to be a different record."
Read the full article at Lithium Magazine.
Edguy posted a video on YouTube that contains audio samples of the entire "Age Of The Joker" LP which is scheduled for release in North America on September 13, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album was previously released this past Monday, August 26, 2011 in Europe.
Edguy is scheduled for a tour of Europe with supporting act Kottak (featuring Scorpions drummer James Kottak) this September. Metal Underground previously listed the tour dates at this location.
The track listing for "Age Of The Joker" is:
1. Robin Hood
2. Nobody's Hero
3. Rock Of Cashel
4. Pandora's Box
6. Two Out Of Seven
7. Faces In The Darkness
8. The Arcane Guild
9. Fire On The Downline
10. Behind The Gates To Midnight World
11. Every Night Without You
The exclusive bonus track version contains the following:
1. God Fallen Silent
2. Aleister Crowley Memorial Boogie
3. Cum On Feel The Noize (Slade Cover)
4. Standing In The Rain
5. Robin Hood (Single Version)
6. Two Out Of Seven (Single Version)
Kyuss Lives! will be the featured musical guest on Fuel TV's "The Daily Habit" tonight (Wednesday, August 31). Featuring Kyuss members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri, Brant Bjork and Bruno Fevery will perform "Hurricane" from "...And the Circus Leaves Town" album and "100°."
The show will first air this evening at 11:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM PT with subsequent airings to follow.
The air times for Kyuss Lives! live on Fuel TV's The Daily Habit are:
* Airtimes beginning 8/31/11
- 11:00 PM ET / 8:00 PM PT
- 2:00 AM ET / 11:00 PM PT
- 3:00 AM ET / 12:00 PM PT
- 5:00 AM ET / 2:00 AM PT
Kyuss disbanded in 1995 and reformed in 2010. The band will tour as Kyuss Lives! featuring original members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri, Brant Bjork with Bruno Fevery filling in for original guitarist Josh Homme, best known as front man for Queens of the Stone Age.
Design the Skyline has released a new video for the single "Break Free From Your Life," which is featured off of the recently released album "Nevaeh." Check out the clip below.
Design the Skyline also recently posted a video clip online discussing the frequent negativity and hostility displayed toward the band in online comments. You can find the video here.
The Atlas Moth is quickly approaching the September 20th release date for "An Ache For The Distance," the band's Profound Lore Records debut. The Atlas Moth has now teamed with BrooklynVegan.com to premiere the title track from the record. Check out the song by heading over to this location.
The band is also preparing to hit the road with label mates Ken Mode in support of "An Ache For The Distance." Details are as follows:
09/24, Madison, WI @ The Wisco
09/25, Indianapolis, IN @ Vollrath Inn
09/26, Detroit, MI @ Lager House
09/27, Columbus, OH @ KOBO
09/29, Allston, MA @ O’Briens
09/30, Providence, RI @ TBA
10/01, Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool
10/02, Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
10/04, Chapel Hill, NC @ Nightlight
10/05, Ashville, NC @ The Get Down
10/07, Gainesville, FL @ The Atlantic
10/08, Orlando, FL @ Will’s Pub
10/09, Miami, FL @ Churchills
10/11, New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
10/12, Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/13, San Antonio, TX @ TBA
10/14, Dallas, TX @ Phoenix Project
10/15, Columbia, MO @ TBA
10/16, Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge (record release show with WOLVHAMMER)
Atlanta's Halcyon Way will be releasing the new album "IndoctriNation" on October 25th via Nightmare records. "IndoctriNation" is the sequel to 2010's "Building The Towers" and continues the sound and theme of that album. The album features five brand new original tracks, a cover of "Stand Up" by Steel Dragon, a radio edit of "The Age Of Betrayal," and an industrial remix of "The System."
The album's track listing and artwork are available below.
1. On Black Wings
2. Our Finest Hour
4. Revolution Is Now
5. The Wages Of War
6. Stand Up (Sammy Hagar Cover)
7. The Age Of Betrayal (radio Edit)
8. The System (karbonBlack RMX-Remixed-Bodan)
Swedish rock band Blindside has released the video for the track "Our Love Saves Us" on AOL Noisecreep. The video was directed by Marcus von Boisman and comes from Blindside's most recent album, "With Shivering Hearts We Wait via Fair Trade Services." Check out the video below:
Norwegian black metal horde Throne of Katarsis is preparing to unleash a third full-length assault titled "Ved Graven." A statement from the band's publicist reads as follows:
"Ved Graven (fundamentally translated to 'at the grave') is ultimately the darkest material written by the band since their inception in 2004. Cold and raw, and with the bizarre aura of an everlasting funeral, Throne of Katarsis recorded the seven rites of this album over three long nights, recording in total darkness. All instruments and vocals were recorded in a live séance in order to capture the aura the band creates during their convocations. Several guitar leads were added to this sinister mix, as well as an organ, recorded during a late night ceremony at a local church in Norway."
As with the band's previous full-length releases -- 2007's "An Eternal Dark Horizon" and 2009's "Helvete" -- "Ved Graven" will also be released under the banner of Candlelight Records, and is set for public disbursement on November 1st, 2011.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Profetens Siste Vandring
2. Helvete Kaller
3. Av Dypets Kulde
4. The Holy Remains The Weak
5. Mesterens Tilbakekomst
6. Apne Alle Sar
7. The Ultimate Shrine
Russian folk metal act Izmoroz has posted the new song "Pit under the Carpet" online, which is taken off the band's upcoming album "Otmoroz." You can listen to the song in the player below. "Otmoroz" is set for release this coming September through Graillight Productions.
California's Altercation has posted a video clip online for the song "Jailbait," which can be found in the player provided below. For more information on Altercation, head over to the band's official Facebook page.
Italy's Eldritch recently signed to Scarlet Records for the release of the band's upcoming album "Gaia's Legacy."
Eldritch has now announced the album will officially drop on September 25th in Europe and October 11th worldwide. According to a statement from Eldritch, "Gaia's Legacy" is a concept album about global warming based on former U.S. vice president Al Gore's documentary "An Inconvenient Truth."
You can also check out sample Eldritch tracks available for streaming online by heading over to the band's MySpace page.
Swedish metal act Demonical has issued the following update about re-issuing the "Bloodspell Divine" release on cassette:
"On October 21st German based FDA Rekotz will re-release 'Bloodspell Divine' - the first ever Demonical recording from 2006 and previously only available as a promo-CD ment for record labels and media - as a limited (250 copies) hand-numbered cassette.
"The tape will feature true old-school artwork by Badic Art and each MC comes with an exclusive Demonical sticker. Check further info here."
Demonical also recently announced the cancellation of the band's shows in India and Thailand. You can check out the band's statement about this location.
Black Shore has posted a music video online for the song "Kaiserschnitt Replikant," which is off the upcoming album "Legion." Check out the video clip in the player below. "Legion" is set for release on September 16th, 2011.
Miseration has issued the following update about recruiting a new drummer:
"Ladies and gentlemen, let us introduce you to the latest addition to the Miseration family - Oscar Nilsson! This 22 year old Swedish fellow will from now on be handling the drums. Oscar is also a member of Saint Daemon and Despite. Moreover, he freelances as a drummer and runs his own music-production company, called Freqbeat Music. Watch the attached clip for a first taste of Oscar's amazing ability!"
Miseration also recently announced plans to enter the recording studio. Check out the band's full statement here.
Arch/Matheos has posted a new video of in studio footage with drummer Bobby Jarzombek recording the song "Stained Glass Sky." The latest video can be seen below. This is the fourth in a series of videos for the forthcoming LP "Sympathetic Resonance," which is scheduled for release on September 13, 2011 via Metal Blade Records.
Metal Underground previously reported on the earlier videos, which you can find here:
Norwegian act Cage of Torment has posted a song online from the band's upcoming full-length album. You can check out the track "Deathmatch," which is a re-recorded version of an older track to appear on the album, by heading over to the Cage of Torment MySpace page.
Additional details on the upcoming Cage of Torment album will be announced as they are made available.
Yuval Kramer, producer and guitarist for Israeli Prog-Metal band AMASEFFER, has announced the approach of a new project, "Reign of the Architect," a new sci-fi saga, featuring some well-known guest musicians and vocalists, as well as introducing fresh, new talents.
Reign of the Architect is an international collaboration started by Mauricio Bustamante, Mexican drummer, and Yuval Kramer himself. It has been in production for the last four years. In 2010, Mauricio joined Yuval in Jerusalem, Israel, to finally begin recording their mutual effort.
The story, which the band has yet to reveal, will unfold over the course of two albums, the first part to be released in early 2012.
Joining Mauricio (drums) and Yuval (guitars), are Israeli vocalists: Yotam Avni (Prey for Nothing), Tom Gefen, Davidavi (Vidi) Dolev, Adva Kramer and Grace Hannah Woolf.
The album will also include guest appearances by some well-known artists, such as: vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (Yingwie Malemsteen, Journey, etc.), bassist Mike LePond (Symphony X), keyboardist Joost Van Der Brooek (Areyon, Star One, etc.), bassist Kyle Honea and more.
"Even though we had the chance to collaborate with some of our favorite musicians out there," Mauricio and Yuval added, "we wanted to introduce fresh and unknown artists, both instrumentalists and vocalists, to the world. Artists we can guarantee will blow your mind!"
At the moment, the band’s debut (title has yet to be revealed) is being mixed. The band is currently in negotiations with a few record labels in hopes to have exciting news in the near future.
London's The Safety Fire recently signed with InsideOut Music, and the band has now posted a lyric video online for the song "Huge Hammers." Check out the clip below. "Huge Hammers" is off the band's upcoming new album, which is set for release sometime in 2012.
Richmond, Virginia's Vice or Virtue has posted a new song online titled "Resource," which can be heard in the player below. "Resource" is from an upcoming release to be titled "Reclamation."
Peaceville Records will be reissuing "The Second Ring of Power" by Finnish doom act Unholy on October 17th, 2011. The new version includes a bonus DVD featuring the band live in Finland from a 1994 performance. The cover artwork and pre-order information is available here. The track listing is as follows:
CD Disc 1
1. The Second Ring of Power
2. Languish for Bliss
3. Lady Babylon
4. Neverending Day
6. Procession of Black Doom
7. Covetous Glance
9. Serious Personality Disturbance and Deep Anxiety
DVD Disc 2
2. The Second Ring of Power
3. Languish for Bliss
4. Gray Blow
6. Lady Babylon
8. Covetous Glance
9. Time has Gone
Chile based act Ascesis has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming debut release "Regaining Trust," which can be heard in the player below.
To hear more of the band's music, head over to the official Ascesis Facebook profile here.
A video trailer for the upcoming "Out of the Dark" Tour featuring Tristania, Van Canto, Xandria, Amberian Dawn and Serenity can be seen below.
Confirmed "Out of the Dark" Tour dates:
30.09.2011 Karlsruhe, Germany -Substage
01.10.2011 Prague, Czech Republic - Abaton
02.10.2011 Budapest, Hungary - Club 202
04.10.2011 Milan, Italy, Alcatraz
05.10.2011 Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
06.10.2011 Paris, France - Le Bataclan
07.10.2011 Haarlem, Netherlands - Patronaat
08.10.2011 Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob (without Xandria)
09.10.2011 London, UK - O2 Academy Islington
11.10.2011 Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
12.10.2011 Munich, Germany - Backstage
13.10.2011 Neu-Isenburg, Germany - Hugenottenhalle
14.10.2011 Hamburg, Germany - Markthalle
15.10.2011 Dortmund, Germany - FZW
German act Messenger will be releasing the band's second album "See You In Hell" on September 9th, 2011 through Massacre Records. The album will be available as limited digipak with two bonus tracks as well as a regular CD for a special price.
Rolf Munkes (Majesty, Razorback) has produced, mixed, and mastered the album at Empire Studio, while Frank Kettenhofen is responsible for the cover artwork (available for viewing here).
The "See You In Hell" track listing is as follows:
1. Flames Of Revenge (01:05)
2. See You In Hell (04:34)
3. Make It Right (04:15)
4. The Prophecy (04:31)
5. Sign Of The Evil Master (08:05) (Digipak Bonus Track)
6. Alien Autopsy (05:09)
7. Final Thunder (05:46)
8. Falconlord (07:55)
9. The Dragonships (05:40)
10. Lindisfarne (05:23)
11. Valkyries (06:49)
12. Land Of The Brave (06:32)
13. Dr. Stein (04:32)
14. Tod Dem DJ (04:39) (Digipak Bonus Track)
Alice Cooper posted the following announcement about the replacement for guitarist Damon Johnson:
"Alice Cooper announced today that eminent guitar prodigy Orianthi will join his band, replacing departing guitarist Damon Johnson, for the next leg of his 2011 'No More Mr. Nice Guy' world tour starting September 22,2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. Currently in progress, the tour hits ninety plus cities, covering five continents, including Europe and North America twice over.
"At the young age of 26, Orianthi has already experienced what most aspiring musicians only dream of. She's opened for her hero, Steve Vai; backed Carrie Underwood; traded solos with Carlos Santana; shared the stage with the King of Pop (Michael Jackson) and accompanied Alice during his live performance of “School’s Out” on the 2010 season finale of American Idol.
"'It’s very difficult to find someone to match the talents of Damon Johnson,' commented Cooper, 'but not only did we find someone who is more than up to the challenge…she also looks WAY better.' More...
Revilement has checked in with the following update about streaming new songs from the upcoming "Pillars of Balance" album:
"Four New Songs Up! We've uploaded four tracks from our upcoming album, Pillars of Balance! The final masters have arrived, and will be shipped off to Coyote Records shortly. Watch this space for further album updates!"
You can check out the new songs by heading to Revilement's MySpace page.
The "Pillars of Balance" track listing is as follows:
1. Pillars of Balance
2. Pity the Humans
3. Degradation to Extinction
4. Terminal Sedation
5. Tail Devouring Serpent
6. The Medjai's Return
7. Path of Apophis
8. Human Vivisection
9. Perverse Malevolence
10. Raping the Comatose
11. Feeding a Mind Corrupted
The Taiwanese act also appeared on Metalunderground.com's digital tribute album "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele" by providing a death metal rendition of "Sex and Violence." Details on the album can be found at this location.
Roadrunner Records just announced the signing of the legendary progressive rock band Rush. The full announcement is as follows:
"Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce a new worldwide partnership with Anthem Records and rock trio Rush. The band will remain on Anthem/Universal Music in Canada only.
“We have tremendous respect for Roadrunner Records, and what Cees Wessels and Jonas Nachsin have built on a worldwide level. After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky presented a deal that worked and the timing was right. We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre – and that’s Roadrunner,” said Ray Danniels, manager of Rush.
“In another life I worked with Rush and their great management team more than 30 years ago and to have Rush finally on the Roadrunner label is a dream come true. I am grateful for Ray Danniels’ confidence in this new partnership,” said Cees Wessels, Roadrunner Records Chairman.
“Rush has a tradition of excellence and independence, both in the studio and on the live stage, and they remain as prolific today as at any point in their career. We are excited to be their label partners,” said Tom Lipsky, President of Lipsky Music, LLC, who brokered the significant deal for Roadrunner.
The first release from RUSH through this deal will be various live configurations, recorded during their highly successful Time Machine tour that wrapped earlier this summer. Details of the release will be revealed in the coming weeks."
Finnish melo-death act Insomnium are streaming the new song "Unsung" from the forthcoming LP "One for Sorrow." The album marks the band's fifth LP and is scheduled to be released on October 18, 2011 (US) and October 17, 2011 (EU) through Century Media Records.
Metal Underground previously reported that the song is available for free download at this location (email registration required).
You can check out the song here:
Nightwish has announced that: "[t]o avoid confusion about different things called 'Imaginarium' next album and the title of the film will be changed to 'Imaginaerum'".
"Imaginaerum" is scheduled for release late this year through Nuclear Blast Records.
After releasing a cover of Slayer's "Angel of Death" to high praises, New Jersey's Eliminator has upped the ante with a double Slayer cover of "Altar of Sacrifice" and "Jesus Saves." Check out the video/song:
This cover comes as the band prepares to release the follow up to the debut album, "Breaking the Wheel." The new album, "The One They Were Waiting For," is set to be released next week.
Australian metal act Dragonsclaw announced the completion of the band's debut album, “Prophecy.” The full announcement reads:
"Dragonsclaw have recently completed recording for their debut album, “Prophecy”, which is being produced by Stu Marshall (Paindivision, Empires of Eden, Ex-Dungeon). The album contains 10 solid tracks of indomitable metal and features a very special guest vocal performances by Blaze Bayley who’s legacy includes Wolfsbane & British metal legends Iron Maiden, and Alessandro Del Vecchio of Edge Of Forever, Eden’s Curse, Glenn Hughes, Ian Paice, James LaBrie. Original artwork for the album was designed by Maggotmaster. 'Prophecy' will be released in late 2011 and is sure to claw the ears of the most discerning power metal aficionados."
Vocalist Giles Lavery has the following to say regarding the bands debut: "We have worked really hard on putting together the best collection of songs, scraping anything that wasn’t up to our highest standards; infact we wrote and recorded one track we felt very strongly about in the final days of recording … totally crazy but thats what it takes to have the best record we can! The melody and song-writing has gotten a little bit lost these days in modern metal, we are hoping to re-introduce that while maintaining the crushing power that only heavy metal can provide , basically everything we grew up with and loved about the genre is here on display. I cannot wait for people to hear this material and to perform it live once we hit the road! Might I also add that working with Blaze Bayley is a dream come true, being a massive Maiden/Blaze fan I am truly honoured!"
Guitarist Ben Thomas had this to add: "For me its been a long time coming, but I feel the wait is worth it. Also noteworthy is the lyrical contributions from Corey Wyer from the band “The Cursing Stone."
The members of Dragonsclaw are:
Ben Thomas – Guitars
Giles Lavery – Vocals
Ray Martens – Keyboards
Aaron Thomas – Bass Guitars & Orchestration
Dragonsclaw is currently looking for a full time drummer. More...
Tommaso "Tommy" Vitaly, guitarist for italian power metal act Seven Gates, will release his second solo LP "Hanging Rock," featuring an all star cast. The album is scheduled to be released in 2012 via IceWarrior Records. The album artwork will be created by Felipe Machado Franco, best known for his work with Rhapsode of Fire, Axel Rudi Pell, Blind Guardian, Iced Earth and Axenstar.
"Hanging Rock" will feature the following guest musicians:
David DeFeis (Virgin Steel) (vocals)
Zak Stevens (Circle II Circle, Ex-Savatage) (vocals)
Michele Luppi (Thaurorod, Ex-Vision Divine) (vocals)
Carsten Lizard Schulz (Evidence One, Ex-Domain) (vocals)
Andrea "Tower" Torricini (Ex-Vision Divine, Ex-Shadows of Steel) (Bass)
Norifumi Shima (Concerto Moon) (Guitars)
David Shankle (DSG, Ex-Manowar) (Guitars)
Kenny Earl "Rhino" Edwards (Holy Hell, Ex-Manowar) (Drums)
German power metal band Primal Fear issued more details about the forthcoming Primal Fear LP "Unbreakable."
Vocalist Ralf Scheepers has just finished recording the vocals for the album and made the following comments: "I know that every musician tends to think that his last album is the best but what we've created here is simply amazing, I am sure you will love what you hear." Scheepers went on to say, "You can expect a CD that, somehow, back to the origins of Primal Fear, and heavy riffs screaming in the vocals, with good melodies. You can expect a hard melodic with a battery switch and heavy guitars. It 'obvious that each musician tries to advertise his album but I really do think that people will love this album, is catchy and is a real 'bang-your-head' metal album."
"Unbreakable" is due out January 2012 through Frontiers Records. The album is being recorded at the House Of Music studios in Winterbach, Germany and produced by bassist Mat Sinner. "Unbreakable" will contain the following tracks (the order of which is not officially set):
1. Blaze Of Glory Marching Again
2. And There Was Silence Of The Night
4. Give 'Em Hell
5. Born Again
6. Where Angels Die Bad Guys Wear Black
7. Strike Metal Nation
9. Raise Some Hell
Italian melodic death metal band Graveworm has released the artwork and announced the track listing for the upcoming release "Fragments of Death," which is due out on October 21, 2011 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album is the follow up to the 2009 LP "Diabolical Figures."
2. Only Death In Our Wake
3. Absence Of Faith
4. Living Nightmare
5. The World Will Die In Flames
7. See No Future
8. The Prophecy
10. Old Forgotten Song
11. Where Angels Do Not Fly
12. Awake (Bonus Track)