Metal News for August 6, 2011
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Progressive rock/metal guitarist, Xander Demos will be appearing at Guitar Con NJ on Sunday, August 28, 2011. The weekend-long event will be held at the famed Meadowlands Expo Center in Secaucus, NJ, beginning on Saturday, August 27th, and Xander will hold a clinic on Sunday at 3pm.
Xander, who's performance video of his current single, "Right Angles" is currently the number one metal and progressive music video on Myspace, is no stranger to the convention scene. His regular appearances at NAMM and his more than 20 years experience teaching have earned him the deserved reputation as one of the top clinicians in the business.
Other guitarists scheduled to appear are Michael Lawlor (winner of Guitarmaggedon) and Steve Adelson.
For more information, including ticket prices and availability, visit www.guitarconventioninc.com.
Synaptical Glitch has posted a new two song release titled "Sense" online for streaming and as a free download. To check out the tracks from "Sense,"head over to the Synaptical Glitch Bandcamp page. The "Sense" track listing and artwork are available below.
Beyond Our Skies has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming EP "Vessels." You can check out the trailer below.
The EP's track listing is as follows:
2. Everyone's an Orphan in Zombieland
3. You Shall Call Me Space Ranger
4. There's No John Here
5. I Open at the Close
Darkane has checked in with the following update about splitting with Jens Broman and recruiting former vocalist Lawrence Mackrory:
"Darkane vocalist Jens Broman has decided to leave Darkane. He is replaced by Lawrence Mackrory who sang on our debut album Rusted Angel (1999) and did a guest appearance on Chaos vs. Order from Expanding Senses (2002). Darkane would like to wish Jens the best of luck in the future.
"Lawrence will make his new debut with Darkane in Strasbourg, France September 20th when our European headlining tour will start, together with Destinity and Devastating Enemy. We are all very excited about the future, and are also working hard on the new album. We recently finished building the studio that we've been working on over the last 18 months, and we are very satisfied."
Jens commented on the split: "Dear Darkane fans, I will leave Darkane. This has to do with personal issues. At the moment my life is in a phase where I'm unable to find inspiration for new adventures with Darkane and therefore it's best for me to pass on the mic. I will miss you all, the tours, all you dedicated fans and most of all my band mates. But know that Darkane have found a superb replacement in Lawrence Mackrory. Good luck and stay metal!"
The following statement was also made by Lawrence:
"13 years! It is with great pleasure I can finally announce my return to Darkane. I have been waiting for this opportunity to appear and finally the time was right for me to continue what we started 13 years ago. Both Andreas and Jens have done a tremendous job with the band, which will keep me on my toes while performing live for sure. More...
Outrun the Sunlight has posted a new version of the song "Quark II: Ten Billion Years" online, which can be heard in the player provided below. "Quark II: Ten Billion Years" comes off the band's "Architecture Of The Cosmos" EP.
U.K. based act Silhouettes has posted a teaser clip online featuring new music from an upcoming release, which can be heard below. The band also commented on the clip:
"Hey guys! We have a collection of ideas that we are working on for new songs, something a bit different from us we'd love some feed back!"
You can check out more Silhouettes music and find additional details on the group by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.
Bloody-Disgusting.com has posted a new interview online with Zoltan from Five Finger Death Punch about the band's new album "American Capitalist," which hits stores on October 11th, 2011. An excerpt from the interview follows, in which Zoltan addresses criticism of the band's style, talks about winning a "Best Shredder" award, and more.
Bloody Disgusting: Let’s jump right into the new album, American Capitalist, and, specifically, the title. What does it mean and how does it relate to the music?
Zoltan: First of all, we always liked the idea that the title could push a couple of buttons on top of being just a title. And I mean “pushing a button” as in we have something to say. Though it’s definitely not a concept album, there is a definite theme that runs across the songs.
I don’t want to jump into analyzing the economy and politics and the various fields of social sciences, but it’s kind of connected to the songs in a way that America adopted a form of capitalism that is very close to nature. Nature is pretty cool in that the way it works is that the strong kills the weak and it’s a circle of life and we dig that theme. We placed that in today’s society. We’re living in a concrete jungle, you know what I mean? You have to go and “hunt” so that you can make money. Even though the process changed, the fundamentals are still the same. So if the fundamentals are still the same, you pretty much, humans especially due to the intelligence we acquired, have to make conscious of whether you’re going to be the zebra or whether you’re going to join the lion pride and go out there a maul a motherfucker! [laughs]
It’s just what it is! You know! And we get a lot of flak from people who say “This is bro metal” or “This is tough guy music” and you know what? Yeah! It’s like, “Fuck you! I don’t play music for the pussies. It IS tough guy music!” I like that we play to an audience that share this idea of survivalism. And this connects to the spirit of the champion. You get the fuck up and fight one more round, no matter what!
And that’s what American Capitalist is about. I can definitely speak about this because I came to this country with my guitar on my back and nothing in my pocket. I came from absolute zero and kind of made it! I look at my singer who was a foster child. My guitarist was adopted after being found in the streets in some garbage. Every single member of this band came and fought for it.
Bloody Disgusting: You won the Best Shredder at the 2010 Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards. Did this make you feel any kind of pressure when writing and recording for American Capitalist? More...
Read the full article at Bloody Disgusting.
New Zealand's Dakota Scream has posted a music video online for the track "Primal Justice," which was directed by Stephen Morris and edited by Martin Collyns. You can check out the clip below.
Alexisonfire vocalist George Pettit has checked in with the following announcement about the group deciding to call it a day due to lineup changes, offers from other bands, and personal issues:
"There is no good way to put it so I’m just going to say it. After 10 years, Alexisonfire has decided to part ways. I’m going to try to give you the facts about this as best as I can.
"Almost a year ago Dallas informed us that he would be leaving Alexis after we finished our Old Crows/Young Cardinals tour cycle. Trying to balance his life between touring with us and at the same time quelling the success of City and Colour was a task too difficult to continue managing. He informed us he wanted to focus his effort on City and Colour.
"Under the knowledge Dallas was leaving, we completed the Dogs Blood EP and toured Europe, Australia and Canada,. Our last show in St. Catharines, Ontario on December 19, 2010 was poised to be be the last ever Alexisonfire concert with a lineup as we knew it. In the meantime, the rest of us discussed the future of the band. After much deliberation, we decided to continue and attempt the difficult task of replacing Dallas, but time got the best of us. Over the last six months we all dealt with a litany of personal issues, which pulled us further and further from Alexisonfire.
"In addition to that, Wade was recently asked to join another band and felt it was an opportunity he would like to pursue.
"Replacing one guitar player/singer/writer was something we thought was possible, but replacing two would run the serious risk of perverting the legacy of what we had achieved. So we all took a good hard swallow and decided to end it so it would never get old and ugly.
"Was the break up amicable? Not really. Was it necessary? Probably. Regardless, the members of this band are my family and I wish them nothing but good fortune. More...
U.K. band Awake has checked in with the following recap of recent festival appearances and announcement about upcoming live shows:
"We had an amazing response at Cambridge Rock Festival on Thursday. We headlined the BBC Introducing stage and had a huge crowd that loved and rocked out with us every minute of the performance. We played some new tracks from our forth coming album with Lion Music and they were really well received, we are very excited about the new album.
"We would like to thank everyone who works and volunteers at the fest as it is very well organized and the people are very helpful, friendly and professional. A huge huge thank you if you came along and watched, you were a great crowd and we appreciate it.
"Friday night we headlined at Club Revolution in Peterborough at Art & Souls club night. Big thanks to Mel and everyone involved. The next gig for us will be on Saturday 27th August at 5pm at CAMRA's Peterborough beer Festival. Once again this sould be undercover so no excuse to come along to drink and be merry!"