Metal News for September 12, 2010
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Virgin Steele's Frank Gilchriest has written in to clarify some comments he made in the past about "fake drummers" and the abuse of digital technologies, which apparently resulted in his quotes being used out of context and with the intended sarcasm lost. Here's what he has to say about it now:
I am writing this because I want to retract the statements that I made regarding the abuse of digital technology in a 2006 interview. Unfortunately, that was the one and only “interview” I’ve ever given for Virgin Steele and it misrepresents me. It’s been bothering me ever since it was first published. At the time, I was given the impression that I was having an informal conversation with a Virgin Steele fan club. I was not made aware that it was a formal interview intended for world wide distribution. I had no intention of “slamming fake drummers.” I was slamming the use of technology to misrepresent an individuals true abilities on any instrument. After years of seeing this “interview” pop up on the internet, I decided to set the record straight for anyone who cares.
First of all, I have no problem with digital technology or drum triggers. In fact, I occasionally use triggers myself. Many of my favorite drummers use them as well. Secondly, around that time I was being accused by some of our fans of programming and not actually playing my drum parts in the studio. When given the chance, I responded sarcastically and provocatively to those accusations to have some fun and to clear up the confusion. I was unaware that my words would wind up plastered all over the internet. I would have never granted permission for that if I had any control over it. I’ve asked our manager to remove my remarks from the official Virgin Steele website many times because it misrepresents my thoughts.
I want to apologize if any of the remarks I made in a sarcastic and informal context offended anyone especially my fellow drummers. I am a huge fan of many incredible drummers in Metal who record using digital technology and triggers. Many of whose skill levels far exceed my own.
I never do interviews for Virgin Steele. I regret that what I thought was an informal conversation I might have over a beer was taken out of context and that my good natured sarcasm was misrepresented. But I guess “slamming fake drummers” makes a good headline.
Whitby, Ontario, Canada metalcore act Against All Odds have posted a new version of the song "As High As Astronauts" to the band's official myspace page. The song comes off of the band's forthcoming 6 song EP due out in early 2011.
You can listen to the revised edition of "As High As Astronauts" at this location.
Portland, Oregon progressive metallers Call Us Forgotten have issued the following update regarding the band's future plans and new EP details.
"Hey everyone, We just wanted to give you a quick update on what is going on with us, as well as new things that you guys can be excited about with a lot more in store shortly down the road. We are currently recording an updated EP with Neil Engle (Dance Gavin Dance, Alesana, Johnny Craig, American Me, Emarosa, Between The Buried And Me) and will be releasing it in the next month. When we release it, everything will be updated on the Myspace with a brand new layout by PhillM and a sick photoshoot from Darren Gilden. Recording the EP has been amazing so far, we are recording drums with a few kits that Geoff (Truth Drums) was able to provide and the tones are incredible. Drums are all being tracked at Rain City Records Studios and sound amazing so far. The updated release will feature 2 songs that you guys are familiar with (A Crusade For The Broken and Forgotten) that will be revamped and more intense. We have been doing pre-production for the last 5 months and we are happy with the results of more polished instrumental, burly harmonies and a lot more thought and method put into the vocal placement and production. We will also be releasing two new songs that we are incredibly excited to show everyone that are going to bring a much more developed and intense side of Call Us Forgotten that you guys have yet to hear. We have been keeping it under wraps and feel like it is finally ready. We really appreciate all of your support and everyone helping us make Call Us Forgotten what it is, and helping us get to where we are and hopefully farther every day. Another exciting announcement is that Call Us Forgotten will be on RockBand by the in January or February so keep your eyes peeled for that. Download it when it comes out and tell everyone you know. We are also sponsored by Truth Custom Drums and will have our kit finished by December. I am sure Kory will update the Myspace with pictures for anyone who wants to take a look at it. We really appreciate your continued support and just being epic all the way around. If you guys have any questions, feel free to message us and we look forward to bringing you all the stuff mentioned in this blog and more. Keep checking in with us, this is just getting rolling."
You can listen to two songs from the new EP at this location.
Audio has been released from the first official release from Niji Entertainment Group, the label formed by the late Ronnie James Dio and his wife/manager Wendy Dio. The the double-disc set "Dio At Donington UK: Live 1983 & 1987" is set for release on November 9th, 2010.
You can listen to "Stand Up and Shout," the opening track from the 1983 set below:
Polish female-fronted metallers Crystal Viper have posted a video trailer for their upcoming studio album "Legends" online. "Legends" is the follow up to 2009's "Metal Nation" and was recorded at MP Studios in Poland, with engineer Mariusz Pietka and producer Bart Gabriel. "Legends" is set for release on October 22nd, 2010 through AFR Records.
You can view the album trailer below:
Legendary progressive rockers Queen have revealed details regarding the band's upcoming 13 disc box set titled "Queen: "The Singles Collection 4." The release is the final installment in the four box collection and includes Top 40 singles takes between 1989 and 1999.
QUEEN "The Singles Collection 4" tracklisting:
CD Single 1
1. The Miracle
2. Stone Cold Crazy (Live)
CD Single 2
CD Single 3
1. I'm Going Slightly Mad
2. The Hitman
CD Single 4
2. All God's People
CD Single 5
1. The Show Must Go On
2. Queen Talks
CD Single 6
1. Bohemian Rhapsody
2. These Are The Days Of Our Lives
CD Single 7
1. Heaven For Everyone (Single Version)
2. It's A Beautiful Day
CD Single 8
1. A Winter's Tale
2. Rock In Rio Blues
CD Single 9
1. Too Much Love Will Kill You
2. I Was Born To Love You
CD Single 10
1. Let Me Live
2. We Will Rock You (Live)
3. We Are The Champions (Live)
CD Single 11
1. You Don't Fool Me (Edit)
2. You Don't Fool Me (Album Version)
CD Single 12
1. No-One But You (Only The Good Die Young)
2. We Will Rock You (The Rick Rubin "Ruined" Remix)
3. The Prize (Instrumental Remix for "The Eye")
CD Single 13
1. Under Pressure Rah Mix (Radio Edit)
2. Under Pressure (Mike Spencer Remix)
3. Under Pressure (Live At Knebworth)
Atlanta death metal party rockers Attila have posted their new music video online. The video is for the song "Rage," which is the title track from the band's latest studio album. "Rage" was released in April through Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie.
You can view the video below:
Haugesund, Norway progressive black metallers Enslaved have posted a new track from the band's forthcoming studio album to the band's myspace page. The song, titled ""Ethica Odini," is to be included on "Axioma Ethica Odini," the new album due out on September 28, 2010 through Nuclear Blast Records.
You can listen to the new song here.
Windsor, Ontario, Canada progressive metallers Pomegranate Tiger have posted a brand new demo track to the band's myspace page. The song, titled "Not to See the Sun" is available along with another demo called "Maxims & Arrows."
You can listen to the demo tracks at this location.
Scott Rose, vocalist of industrial metallers Rikets, has quit the band right in the middle of their current tour of the United States. Rickets have canceled all remaining shows on the tour, in order to sort the situation out.
Rickets guitarist Provo Provenzano commented by saying: "we are sorry to announce that all remaining Rikets tour dates have been canceled due to singer Scott Rose quitting the band and ditching them in Cleveland. the remaining members will be auditioning new singers over the next few months. those interested in the position should email us at."
Soilent Green have confirmed their appearance for next year's edition of the Roadburn Festival, set to take place from April 14-16 at the 013 venue and Midi Theatre in Tilburg, Holland. There will be an additional Afterburner event on Sunday, April 17, 2011.
Louisiana extreme metallers Soilent Green's Roadburn performance will be part of the band's 2011 European tour.
Jordan Rudess, keyboardist of progressive metal icons Dream Theater, has issued another statement in regards to the band's recent developments of the departure of drummer and founding member Mike Portnoy.
Jordan Rudess commented by saying:
"Closing this chapter is difficult because Mike and I are really close friends, have been great musical partners and he has been a vital part of Dream Theater. Still, opening up the next chapter is really exciting because Dream Theater is full of ideas and energy about the future. Mike is the ultimate rock drummer and I know he will be successful at whatever he does. Meanwhile, Dream Theater is moving forward quickly and looking forward to creating some great new music. Everyone is asking me to comment on my thoughts about Mike Portnoy leaving Dream Theater and this huge change that has happened in all of our lives. I have always been able to express my feelings and do my best 'talking' through music. Hope you 'understand."
Dutch death metal act Rotten have announced that they have decided to delay the release of their debut album for an undetermined amount of time. The album, titled "Quality Killings," was planned for release during the summer months but has been pushed back and is now expected by the end of winter. The reason for the delay is due to the band deciding to return to the studio, to record new tracks for the debut release.
The 2011 edition of the ProgPower USA festival line up has been revealed. The ProgPower USA XII event will include the first onstage performance from Norwegian progressive metallers Arcturus as well as performance from Therion and many others.
Therion's Christofer Johnsson commented by saying:
"ProgPower USA is definitely one of the better organized festivals we have attended and was a highlight on our first U.S. tour. We feel honored to have been invited again, and will prepare something special for the event, as this is the one and only chance for our US-fans to see us live in their country,"
ProgPower USA XII confirmed bands:
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After 10 successful years in music, Chevelle will be kicking off their "Ten in 10" Anniversary celebration by looking back at the band's Top Ten Greatest Hits over the past decade. such as songs like "The Red," "Send The Pain Below," "Closure," "I Get It," and "Jars." In an effort to give back to the fans that made it all possible, the band will perform two nights of 10 Year Anniversary shows at the Metro in Chicago on Oct. 28 and 29, the very same venue they got their start at a decade ago.
In line with the celebration is a new section of ChevelleInc.com, where fans can win a guitar signed by the entire band. By recording and submitting a "Happy 10 Year Anniversary" message for Chevelle, fans will win the chance to be featured on the site, and the grand prize of a new guitar signed by Pete, Sam and Dean.
AMBER ASYLUM is preparing to embark on their first European tour which will take them to countries such as Germany, Norway, Italy, and Sweden. The dates for this European trek are as follows:
10/26 2010 Hamburg, Germany @ Hafenklang (w/A Storm of Light)
10/28 2010 Stockholm, Sweden @ Fylkingen
10/29 2010 Oslo, Norway @ Bla
10/30 2010 Aalborg, Denmark @ 1000Fryd
11/02 2010 Leipzig, Germany @ UT Connewitz
11/03 2010 Bruxelles, Belgium @ Magasin4
11/05 2010 Torino, Italy @ Spazio 211
11/06 2010 Innsbruck, Austria @ PMK
11/07 2010 Wien, Austria @ Rhiz
11/11 2010 Berlin, Germany @ Theater Kapelle
Amoral vocalist and solo artist Ari Koivunen has announced a few more shows this fall. Here are the lates dates:
Friday October 15 - Ari Koivunen & Luca Cargano acoustic
Location: Players, Yliopistonkatu 36, Jyväskylä
Time: Showtime at 10 pm
Wednesday October 20 - Ari Koivunen (solo)
Location: Nightclub Lady Moon, Helsinki
Time: Showtime at 11 pm
Age limit: 24 years
Saturday October 23 - AMORAL: Final show of 2010
Location: On The Rocks, Mikonkatu 15, Helsinki
The latter show will be Amoral's final show of 2010 and the band had this to say about it:
"The very first show we played after recording Show Your Colors was a secret gig at Helsinki's On the Rocks. This show (played under the moniker Gold Johnson Big Band) was also the very first time we played live with Ari. So what better way to wrap up the touring for SYC than to return to that very same place for one more show before we start concentrating on putting the finishing touches to the new material! This gig on saturday, October 23rd is gonna be a special "an evening with" -party, as we're gonna fuck around with the setlist a lot, with unusual tunes from our back catalogue, as well as throwing in some odd cover songs. And who knows, you just might hear some new material for the very first time...
"So, mark your calendars: Amoral @ On the Rocks, Helsinki, saturday 23rd of October. See you there!"
U.K. black metallers Abalam have issued the following announcement about streaming another new song online:
"Ave Satanas Brothers and Sisters of Darkness. We are honored to bestow on you one final slab of sickened filth from 'Thy Eternal Sin.' 'My Curse is Your Curse' celebrates eternal blasphemy. The preachers of religious vomit shall be ridiculed and seen for what they are. And their lies shall be declared, for they are human excrement. All hail to our evil sickness......for we are the true and righteous. In blood..... Abalam."
The new song "My Curse is Your Curse" can be heard via the band's MySpace profile.
Portland, Oregon's DarkBlack has checked in with the following update about releasing a new EP and scheduling new tour dates:
"We'll never lay down our axes! Although we are currently drummer-less, we have a new 5-song EP coming out on Stormspell Records in mid-November. We're more than happy to be working with Iordan again seeing as though he goes out of his way to help the bands on his fine label. As well as being our finest material to date, it's also our greatest sounding output.
"Also, we are scheduled to tour the West Coast during the first week of December. Our old friend and original drummer, Carl will be joining us on drums once again! And we'll be playing with some great friends and bands along the way and we're stoked! More info on the way!"
Death of Desire has issued the following announcement about recording a new album titled "ANTIhuman:"
"Death of Desire has started recording the 'ANTIhuman' album in a studio in Cincinnati USA, we are happy to inform that we have joined forces with Steve Tucker and he is now our producer, so far we have finished a couple of songs on guitar tracks and vocals and things are looking great, the intro for our album was created by Attila Csihar under his Void of Voices project and it sounds evil as evil can be. Keep posted for further information on the progress of the album."
You can also check out Death of Desire's music at this location.
New York's Wrath of the Weak has issued the following announcement about calling it quits after releasing the new album "Solace:"
"So as you might have noticed, I put a new track up from 'Solace.' yep, no more mysterious crap with the new album. But I make this transfer of bits with a heavy heart, because not only have I parted ways with Profound Lore, but 'Solace' will mark the end of Wrath of the Weak.
"At this point in time, I'm not sure how I'm going to proceed with actually releasing the album. I've toyed with the idea of just putting 'Solace' up for download for a few bucks, maybe with a nice little retrospective e-book. but at the same time, I figure if it'll be WOTW's last hurrah then I ought to see that it gets a nice physical release. it's a pretty fantastic album, and you don't get half-paragraph reviews in mainstream metal magazines by just putting your shit on Bandcamp. of course, it's not like the two paths are mutually exclusive, either. Nevertheless, keep your eyes peeled for whatever the hell I decide to do."
Tegucigalpa, Honduras based metal act Thy Providence has uploaded a new song sample titled "Shelter," which can be heard via the band's MySpace profile. Thy Providence also issued the following brief comment about the new track: "Hi friends.....thanks for visiting our MySpace and listening to our new sample ....Shelter! Thanks for your support!"
While most people will tell you that heavy metal was born in Great Britain, the same people will tell you that metal's home is in Germany. Germany has several large festivals dedicated to the genre, and has produced some of the best bands ever to pick up a guitar, including the Teutonic Thrash Scene, the only thrash metal movement than can be seen as a legitimate rival to the American scene. Most of the bands from the Teutonic thrash era will explain however, that they may never have found their sound, without the influence of a band from Solingen named Accept.
Accept was originally formed in 1968 by vocalist Udo Dirkschneider and guitarist Michael Wagener under the name Band X and performed at an amateur level for around eight years before being offered a spot on the Rock am Rhein bill. The performance at the festival was impressive and led to the band receiving a record deal shortly after. They released a self-titled album in 1979 but found little success with the record and as a result, guitarist Gerhard Wahl and drummer Frank Friedrich, being replaced by Stefan Kaufmann and Jörg Fischer respectively. Accept would find greater rewards with their next album, "I'm A Rebel" however, resulting in their first televised performance, with even more success coming the next year when the band released, "Breaker," which earned them a spot supporting Judas Priest on their "Point Of Entry" tour. The group began evolving their sound somewhat with their next album, "Restless And Willd," which would prove to have a profound effect on the speed metal genre. More...
APE will be releasing a new 3 song EP very soon, possibly within the month. The band will be releasing material they recorded back in April and May of this year. The band comments on recent events:
" has been more of a struggle for APE both internally and externally. While waiting months for some of the shit to settle, APE's two founding and only remaining members; Everett Mason and Galen Weir will release the bands new CD soon. A release date has not yet been set but it is expected the new CD will be pressed within a month. With no APE shows booked and with no timetable on when APE will take the stage again their have been rumblings about Galen and Everett embarking on side projects during the bands downtime."