Metal News for September 14, 2010
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Vocalist of New Orleans, Louisiana blackened thrashers Goatwhore has provided the following statement in regards to the band's plans of recording a new album.
Ben Falgoust commented by saying:
"Just when one tour comes to an end, another few step into place. We have, as always, put an extreme effort on touring for each release we put out. Our most current release, 'Carving Out The Eyes Of God', is no exception and has brought us on many great touring adventures. Just returning home from Ozzfest 2010 we find ourselves locking in the rest of the year with two excellent tours. First, alongside our good friends in The Black Dahlia Murder, then a final end of the year outing with the black art of Watain.
"The Ozzfest experience was a great thing to be a part of. Playing and hanging with good friends and the bonus of watching some legendary musicians that have influenced us from our earlier metal years. We are looking forward to finishing up the year and getting things rolling for the next release. Hope to see everyone on the road in the next couple of months"
Boston, Massachusetts post-hardcore act Vanna have posted its video for the track "Trashmouth" online. Vanna is the sixth band to join Artery Recordings; a joint venture between The Artery Foundation and Razor & Tie Records. The signing comes in time for the band to release it's new digital EP titled "The Honest Hearts" which is going online on October 12th, 2010.
You can view the video below:
Members of New Orleans metal supergroup Down have commented on the release of their forthcoming live album "Diary Of A Mad Band." "Diary Of A Mad Band" is set for release in the U.S. on October 5th, 2010 through Down Records. The album also contains a bonus DVD featuring a different setlist than the one featured on the CD.
Philip Anselmo commented by saying:
"This is a semi-ugly glimpse into what would end up the perfect building blocks to a much more prosperous future! Raw, distorted, unpredictable, and with a freshly mended spine in tow, these shows were desperately important to us as a cohesive unit. Take this trip through the old days with us at your own risk, and don’t forget to bring some aspirin!"
Pepper Keenan had this to say:
"The DVD is an in-depth look at what five boys from the wrong side of the tracks can achieve when motivated by the will to escape hard times, fueled by an unexplainable quest to destroy live and be embraced by the love of fans whom we had not had the pleasure of meeting yet. This is how it’s supposed to be: rock solid." More...
Psychedelic, high-volume blues rock ensemble U.S. CHRISTMAS will release their long-anticipated fifth full-length, "Run Thick In The Night," via Neurot Recordings on September 20, 2010. The disc was recorded by Sanford Parker at Fahrenheit Studio in Johnson City, Tennessee, mixed by Parker and USX members Nate Hall, Matt Johnson and Josh Holt at Semaphore Studios in Chicago, IL and mastered by Collin Jordan.
Said Hall of the upcoming release: "This record followed some difficult times for many of us, and I think you can hear that in RTITN. It is not as lyrically dark as ETLD, however it is a continuation of those elements. Run Thick In The Night is rooted in something outside of us, but is driven by a clear and persistent vision. It was necessary for USX to make this album, and it was something I absolutely had to do. I can't really explain it any better than to simply say that it is a very personal, spiritual album for me. ...When I hear the music now I see distinct real places that have, over time, woven into my imagination and become surreal."
"We recorded the entire 13-song album in one weekend in Tennessee, with Sanford Parker at the helm," he continues. "Our friend Travis Kammeyer helped out a lot with studio time and he added some really cool Hammond organ sounds. Minsk drummer Tony Wyioming also played hand drums on a few tracks. Our friend from North Carolina, Hush, did the original artwork, which I think really fits the mood perfectly. Josh Graham from Neurosis/A Storm Of Light did the layout work for us, and it was the perfect finishing touch. I am really proud of RTITN, and really proud of everyone in USX."
As a precursor to the release, the band will embark on three North Carolina shows with fellow NC doom trio BLACK SKIES. In November, the band will play "Run Thick In The Night" in its entirety at The Hideaway in Johnson City, Tennessee.
Here are the latest U.S. CHRISTMAS tour dates:
09/16/2010 Legitimate Business - Greensboro, NC w/ Black Skies
09/17/2010 The Milestone - Charlotte, NC w/ Black Skies
09/18/2010 The Soapbox - Wilmington, NC w/ Black Skies
11/13/2010 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN [Full "Run Thick In The Night" album set]
Death metallers Infernaeon have posted the video for its first single, "Graven Image," to be taken from the band's recently released "Genesis To Nemesis." The video was directed by Pia Houge. "Genesis To Nemesis" was released on August 31, 2010 through Prosthetic Records.
You can view the video below:
Athens, Ohio thrash metallers Skeletonwitch has revealed the dates and cities for its upcoming "North American Skullsplitter" 2010 tour. Hitting mostly different markets than on its last North American tour, Skeletonwitch will be joined by Withered and Landmine Marathon.
"North American Skullsplitter Tour 2010" concert dates:
November 19 – Columbus, OH - Ruby Tuesday*
November 20 – Toledo, OH - Frankies*
November 21 – Dekalb, IL - Otto’s Nightclub*
November 22 – Lansing, MI - Mac’s Bar
November 23 – Windsor, ON - Chubby Pickle
November 24 – London, ON - London Music Hall
November 25 – Hamilton, ON - Absinthe
November 26 – Kingston, ON - The Mansion (Wine Cellar)
November 27 – Rochester, NY - Montage Music Hall
November 28 – New Haven, CT - Lily’s Pad at Toad’s Place
November 29 – Frederick, MD - Krug’s Place
November 30 – Greensboro, NC - Legitimate Business
December 2 – Oklahoma City, OK - Conservatory
December 3 – Denton, TX - Rubbergloves Rehearsal
December 4 – Austin, TX - Red 7
* No Withered
Springfield, Massachusetts melodic metallers Shadows Fall has revealed the dates for its upcoming tour of Asia taking place this fall. The band has confirmed concerts for South Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines. The confirmed dates and venues can be found below:
Shadows Fall Asian tour dates:
September 30 – Bangkok, Thailand - Mahisorn Hall
October 02 – Taipei, Taiwan - KHS Auditorium
October 04 – Zeng Jiang, China - Midi Fest
October 06 – Manila, Philippines - Stellar Night Club
October 10 – Seoul, South Korea - TBA
The underground metal scene in Vancouver is one that is constantly thriving and growing each and every day and is a city that is constantly churning out new, young metal bands. Some are fantastic, some are good and some are down right terrible. One thing that remains a constant though is the fact that Vancouver has one of the top metal scenes in the world. A scene that has have given unholy birth to numerous internationally recognized bands.
One of the more respected and talented of these young Vancouver metal acts is Funeral Circle. Signed to the U.K. based Miskatonic Foundation; Funeral Circle have slowly become a name to be reckoned with throughout the world doom metal scene. Having released it's debut EP "Sinister Sacrilege" in December of 2009 the band are preparing their second onslaught to be unleashed upon the globe. Funeral Circle guitarist Pilgrim sat down with Metalunderground.com to discuss the band's history, present day and its blasphemous future. More...
San Francisco bay area act Imagika has commenced writing for the band's upcoming 8th album. The follow up to “Portrait Of A Hanged Man” will see the debut appearance of new members guitarist Rob Kowolski and drummer Wayne DeVecchi. Guitarist Steve Rice will again engineer the new album, which will be mixed by Andy LaRocque. Founding member Steve Rice discusses the approach to the new CD by stating:
"The band is definitely ready to kick ass with the new material that has been developing since we’ve been back from our US tour this past Summer. 13 new songs are in the works and as usual it will be a departure from our past releases. The original idea was to approach this as a concept album, but we agreed that it’s been beat to death by so many other bands that there is no point. I mean how can you top some of the great Metal concept albums like Operation Mind Crime or Abigail? It’s very hard to accomplish and not really our thing at the end of the day.
"But after hearing our singer’s seemingly endless collection of fruity, flowery Euro Power Metal while on the tour bus and sparing his iPod a horrible asphalt death I definitely knew what I didn't want to do! HA! A CD full of progressive, complex and melodic Thrash Metal is more appealing to me and the band at this point and decidedly the definitive goal for this next release. By bringing new blood into the band there’s an aggressive attitude for making a bold statement with a lot to prove! Also being able to approach the recordings as a 2 guitar band is inspiring since we haven’t done that since our 'My Bloodied Wings' 2006 release. It’ll be cool to kick it up a notch and bring more shred and harmony to the table this time. All in all I’m expecting nothing but the best from the band."
California death metallers Fatalist have announced the return of drummer Tyler Castro to their ranks. Tyler returns to a recently revamped lineup featuring Matt Drexler on lead guitar and Mike Deity (Carnal Deity) on vocals. Guitarist/vocalist Neil Burkdoll made the following statement regarding the lineup change:
"Fatalist is happy to have Tyler Castro back behind the drums. We would like to thank Sean Jessel for performing on our Death cover 'Beyond The Unholy Grave' and playing our 2010 shows so far. Tyler played on our album The Depths of Inhumanity and our demo Loss and will be playing with us on our upcoming shows as well as on the November 19-21 dates with Fatalist and Incantation in Chicago, New York, and Cleveland. We are working on new songs for the next album."
Fatalist has the following upcoming tour dates:
11/19 - Chicago, IL - Reggie's Rock Club
11/20 - New York, NY - Rebel (w/ MORTICIAN)
11/21 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's
The organizers of New York's TMT Metal Fest have issued the following statement about rumors of bands dropping off the bill:
"Well folks, Contrary to whatever idiots out there in metal land that are saying that any of the National Acts on the Fest are dropping out is a complete lie! I say this! Fuck them all! They are just weak ass haters with nothing else better to do. So if you want to listen to whomever, then go right ahead & sit home!"
The festival is set to take place from September 24th - 26th, 2010 in Middletown, New York. Announced bands for the lineup include Goatwhore, Suffocation, Otep, Winds of Plague, Carnifex, and more.
Goatwhore has announced three upcoming tours, alongside The Absence, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Watain. Vocalist Ben Falgoust has commented on the upcoming tour schedule:
"Just when one tour comes to an end another few step into place. We have, as always, put an extreme effort on touring for each release we put out. Our most current release, Carving Out The Eyes of God, is no exception and has brought us on many great touring adventures. Just returning home from Ozzfest 2010 we find ourselves locking in the rest of the year with two excellent tours. First, alongside our good friends in The Black Dahlia Murder, then a final end of the year outing with the black art of Watain. The Ozzfest experience was a great thing to be a part of. Playing and hanging with good friends and the bonus of watching some legendary musicians that have influenced us from our earlier metal years. We are looking forward to finishing up the year and getting things rolling for the next release. Hope to see everyone on the road in the next couple of months."
Drummer Zack Simmons adds: "This has been a great time touring for this record. We've been very fortunate to been included on a lot of good tours. It was an honor to be included on Ozzfest once again. We are very confident and determined to deliver another killer record and tour our asses off again, as we always do! Stay fuck!!! Stay thirsty, my friends! P.S. Be careful where you store your sewing needles. You never know what can happen…"
The band's upcoming shows are as follows: More...
Metallica has issued the following statement about rumors the band would not be performing the upcoming tour date in Christchurch, New Zealand:
"We're in route to Melbourne and we're psyched about getting out there and getting amongst it again. We kinda make it a policy here to not respond to rumors and speculation, however the recent magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand is certainly a unique situation and we are aware that there have been various reports that we would not make it there.
"Well, we're coming. Full bore. Between working through European volcanic ash clouds last April (and not missing any shows...) and living in California most of our lives, we are no strangers to the effects of natural disasters and our hearts go out to those of you affected by this major tremor. What we can and will do is what we always do – come and play, give 110%, and 'rock the house' (!!) in our own unique way for the two nights we're in Christchurch. We're looking forward to our Fall in Australia and New Zealand... it's just beginning!"
Swiss act Sybreed has issued the following announcement about the upcoming "Threat Over Europe" tour with Threat Signal:
"We are proud to announce that Sybreed will be part of the upcoming Threat Signal/Raunchy European tour starting on the 14th of November. Let’s say it's a real pleasure to join forces again with our friends of Threat Signal, with whom we already toured in the U.S back in summer 2009, as well as sharing the stage with the Raunchy dudes. Two other bands are also announced, so as to say M.A.N from Sweden and the Russian act Illidiance on several shows. We hope to see you around as we will all work to set the stage on fire (not literally of course) night after night."
The currently announced dates are as follows:
14.11.2010 - Bournemouth (UK) Champions
15.11.2010 - Southampton (UK) Joiners
16.11.2010 - Nottingham (UK) The Bodega Social Club
17.11.2010 - High Wycombe (UK) Wycombe Academy
18.11.2010 - London (UK) Barfly
19.11.2010 - TBA - Holland
20.11.2010 - Copenhagen (Denmark) The Rock
21.11.2010 - TBA - Belgium
23.11.2010 - Darmstadt (Germany) Steibruch Theatre
24.11.2010 - TBA - France
25.11.2010 - Barcelona (Spain) Mephisto
26.11.2010 - Madrid (Spain) Live!
27.11.2010 - Lisboa (Portugal) TBA
28.11.2010 - Porto (Portugal) Porto Rio
29.11.2010 - Bilbao (Spain) RockStar Live
30.11.2010 - TBA - France
01.12.2010 - Turin (Italy) Lapsus
02.12.2010 - Bologna (Italy) Blogos
03.12.2010 - TBA - Italy
04.12.2010 - TBA - Switzerland/Slovenia
05.12.2010 - Vienna (Austria) Viper Club
06.12.2010 - Stuttgard (Ger) Universum
07.12.2010 - Koeln (Ger) Undergound
ThanatoSchizO has unveiled the cover artwork for the band's new album "Origami," which was created by Andrea Sousa, a Portuguese graphic designer. The artwork can be viewed at this location. "Origami" will now be mastered by Mika Jussila at Finnvox Studios (Helsinki, Finland). The new album's release is set to October through Major Label Industries.
Progressive metal act To-Mera has checked in with the following announcement about contributing a track to an upcoming compilation album:
"We have contributed the track 'Mesmerised' from the Earthbound EP on a 2CD compilation called 'Des Filles et des Riffs,' due out on Season of Mist records in October. The compilation features songs from Epica, Diablo Swing Orchestra, Pin-up went down, Pythia and many more. So as the title adequately describes, plenty of filles and plenty of riffs. Check it out here for more information."
You can also check out To-Mera's music via the band's MySpace page.
Unsun has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming music video of "Home," which is off the band's new album "Clinic For Dolls." The teaser can be viewed below.
Whyzdom has issued the following announcement about an upcoming show supporting Tarja Turunen:
"Dear friends, after these great moments in Raismes Fest, here is the time to announce that our next gig will be in Paris, the 10th of October at the Bataclan. It will be a very special occasion, since we will have the honor to open for Tarja Turunen! We can also confirm that we'll have the great pleasure to welcome our friend Lisa Middelhauve (former Xandria singer) on stage again with us!"
The details of the upcoming Whyzdom tour dates are as follows:
10/10 2010 Bataclan Paris, Paris, FRANCE
11/12 2010 Symphonic Breizh Fest tbc, Bretagne, FRANCE
Bring Me The Horizon has issued the following brief update about streaming the new song "Fuck" online: "Brand new BMTH song 'FUCK' featuring Josh Franceschi of youmeatsix on the bmth myspace tonight. Get ready." You can check out the new track via this location. Bring Me The Horizon is also set to release the new album "There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret" in Europe on October 4th and in the U.S. on October 5th, 2010.
Death Breath has issued the following update about the band's recent activity:
"Long time! Just letting you folks know we're still here. We have a finished album except for some vocals left to do. We’ve been touring most of the spring/summer with our other bands or doing albums etc.
"That’s just the way it is. Still can’t say when we will put the next DB release out, but it will happen when we feel the time is right. Meanwhile listen to some Judas Priest or maybe a little Thin Lizzy....."
You can also check out sample Death Breath tracks via the band's MySpace page.
Descend has issued the following update about recording new material:
"Everything is pretty much done. I recorded all the vocals last week. We did the last mixing with Dan and Joe, and so there was only mastering left. After a couple of hours spent being butt raped by Juggernauts (Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II) the mastering was completed.
"It sounds fucking awesome and you guys will all love it when it comes out! Fuckin' ey! I had a hell of a good time in the pitoresc country side of England - cheers to escaperoute studios!"
U.K. doom act Esoteric has announced the following upcoming festival appearances:
10/29 2010 LX Extreme Fest, Lisbon, Portugal with Swallow the Sun, Forgotten Tomb, Rapture
10/30 2010 Bracara Fest, Braga, Portugal
10/31 2010 Madrid is the Dark Fest II, Sala Caracol, Madrid, Spain with Forgotten Tomb, Swallow the Sun, Rapture
11/6 2010 Damnation Festival Leeds University Union
Sweden's Inmoria has issued the following brief update about entering the recording studio: "Inmoria is now at Studio SoundCreation for the last week of recordings with the new singer Sören Nico Adamsen. The whole album will be finished on the 17th of September." You can also check out Inmoria's music via the band's MySpace page.
Denmark based act Pilgrimz has posted a "behind the scenes" video of the band backstage prior to appearing at a festival. The video clip can be viewed below.
Swiss act Breach the Void has uploaded a teaser trailer for the new album "The Monochromatic Era," which is due out on the October 11th via Coroner Records. The video clip can be viewed below.
German death metallers Morphosys have issued the following update about streaming four new songs online:
"We got four new songs from the first mastering of our forthcoming album online! Vomit Your Blood, The Beast Inside, Verzweiflung, and Buried In Your Own Blood. This is a killer sound! Check it out and tell us what you think about it!"
The songs can be heard via the Morphosys MySpace page.
Sweden's Overdrive has checked in with the following update about streaming a new medley online of segments from the band's latest album:
"We have just upped a new medley featuring most of the songs from the new album. Have a peak and let your favorite label know Overdrive needs a deal!
"The songs featured in the new medley: Signs All Over/Cold Blood Chaser/Angelmaker/In Guts We Trust/To Grow/I Know There's Something Going On/Thriller/See The Light/Wavebreaker/Show Your Love/Brand New Sinner/Call The Priest/Under The Influence/Run Out/On With The Action. Check it out!"
The medley track can be heard at this location.
Spellcaster is currenlty offering the band's debut EP, entitled "Spells of Speed," as a free download via the Heavy Artillery Records Bandcamp profile. Download the EP at this location. You can also catch Spellcaster live on the following dates:
10/6 Seattle, WA @ Funhouse
10/7 Portland, OR @ Plan B
10/8 Berkeley, CA @ 924 Gilman Street
10/9 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
10/10 Escondido, CA @ Metaphor Café
10/13 Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
10/14 Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
10/15 Albuquerque, NM @ Andre’s Underground
10/16 Lubbock, TX @ Whiskey Dix Bar
10/17 San Antonio, TX @ The Korova
10/18 Austin, TX @ Emo’s
10/19 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
10/20 Kansas City, MO @ TBA
10/21 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
10/22 Chicago, IL @ Nite Cap
10/23 Milwaukee, WI @ Monkey Bar
10/24 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
Dimmu Borgir has uploaded the music video for "Gateways," which can be viewed below. The song is off Dimmu Borgir's new album "Abrahadabra," which is set to be released on October 12th, 2010.
We've been talking to bands and fans everywhere to get their favorite mosh pit stories. This week we hear from German metal band Emergency Gate. Guitarist Udo shares his wall of death experience with us:
It was the last day of the Chaos over Europe Tour 2009, on which I had the honour to support Kreator, Caliban and Eluveitie with my band Emergency Gate for 2 months. This evening was a special evening so our other guitar player Vlad and me decided to join Caliban‘s wall of death for the first time. So when they started playing their third song we knew from the nights before, that it was wall of death time. We went to the very first row where the Andy, the vocalist from Caliban saw me, smiled and said: "EVERYONE AGAINST UDO."
Well, it wasn‘t as painful as expected, but Vlad and me both lost our bracelets.
Emergency Gate recently posted an exclusive trailer for their new album "The Nemesis Construct," which is due out in North America on October 5th. You can also check out their official music video for "Point Zero" here.
Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.
Blasphemous Creation has updated their "Diabolical Kingdom Tour" schedule with a few venue changes. See the latest tour dates below:
09/25/2010 - Three Clubs-Los Angeles, CA
09/26/2010 - Copperstate Tavern-Phoenix, AZ
09/27/2010 - TBA-El Paso, TX
09/28/2010 - Bomds 007-San Antonio, TX
09/29/2010 - The Phoenix Project-Dallas,TX
09/30/2010 - The Nat Ballroom, Amarillo,TX
10/01/10 - Bushwackers Saloon-Denver,CO
10/02/2010 - Bar Deluxe-Salt Lake City, UT
They also have an additional date listed on their MySpace page:
Nov 18 2010 - NEW OASIS, SPARKS, NV w/ POSSESSED AND MARDUK
After a successful, sold-out show in Copenhagen (alongside Pretty Maids), celebrating the 25th anniversary of the album “Fear Of Tomorrow,” Artillery started working on new songs.
“6” is the working title of their forthcoming album scheduled for release on March 21st, 2011. The new album will include 11 songs. Some of the titles are "Ain’t giving in," "Concealed in the dark," "If only death was an illusion," "Monster" and "Warrior blood." The album will be available in minimum 3 different formats, which will include 4 bonus tracks: "The Eternal War," "Show Your Hate," "The Almighty" (these are all re-recorded versions of tracks taken from the band’s first album - "Fear Of Tomorrow") and "Computer god" (a cover version of the song by Black Sabbath).
As previously reported the band will enter the recording studio on November 29th. The new material will be recorded again at Medley Studios in Denmark, with Søren Andersen as the producer.
Artillery plans to promote the new album with a worldwide tour.
Angtoria vocalist, Sarah Jezebel Deva, has checked in with a brief update on Angtoria and her solo work on MySpace:
"Hello guys and gals, I am not sure who here is a fan or what is spam but wanted to give you an update. Yes Angtoria are still together but I decided also to go solo. I released an album earlier this year and started touring from July this year. I will be touring Europe from October starting with The Female Voices Festival in Belgium. I have the amazing Gian Pyrez on guitars with me also (Ex Cradle Of Filth, Dragon Lord, Christian Death, The Rotted)"
Here are the tour dates for Sarah Jezebel Deva's upcoming solo tour with The Dead Lay Waiting.
Oct. 24 Weize, Belgium - MFVF VIII
Oct. 27 Rennes, France - Mondo Bizarro
Oct. 31 Benavente, Portugal - Side B
Nov. 5 Ronchi dei Legionari, Italy - Rock Club
Nov. 6 Nitra, Slovakia - New Bakery Club
Nov. 7 Cluj-Napoca, Romania - Irish and Music Pub
Nov. 8 Odorheiu Secuiesc, Romania - Thunder Rock Club
Nov. 9 Budapest, Hungary - Crazy Mama Music Pub
Nov. 10 Bratislava, Slovakia - Randal Club