Metal News for September 15, 2011
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Animals As Leaders has unveiled the cover of the band's upcoming album "Weightless." The endeavor was produced by drummer Navene Koperweis and Animals As Leaders, and mixed by guitarist Javier Reyes. The track listing is as follows:
1. An Infinite Regression
4. Earth Departure
5. Isolated Incidents
6. Do Not Go Gently
7. New Eden
8. Cylindrical Sea
10. To Lead You To An Overwhelming Question
"Weightless" is the act's second release and will be released by Prosthetic Records in North America on November 8th, in mainland Europe on November 4th, and in the U.K. on November 7th.
Masticator has released a taste of the upcoming album "Horrors of the Flesh" by streaming the title track of the album online through the band's Facebook profile and Reverbnation page. "Horrors of the Flesh" is set to be release in late September.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Gourmet Decay
2. Internal Inversion
3. Embalmed in Bile
4. Burn Their Bodies
5. Kill and Consume
6. Flesh Feeder
7. Bleeding the Unborn
8. Horrors of the Flesh
9. They are the Children of the Underworld (Deicide cover)
10. Hammer Smashed Face (Cannibal Corpse cover)
11. Bonus track
12. Bonus track
Christian metalcore act Close Your Eyes, which took part in the Scream the Prayer tour earlier this summer, will release the new album "Empty Hands and Heavy Hearts" on October 25th, 2011. You can check out a studio update from the band in the clip below.
Close Your Eyes also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Los Angeles based musician Jake Dreyer has joined White Wizzard as the band's second guitarist. White Wizzard had the following to say about Dreyer joining the band:
"Jake is a great guy and fantastic talent. Lewis Stephens has toured with us over the last year and we wish him well on his new engagement and life in Wales. We now have a permanent final member and look forward to slaying you in the next few months."
Dreyer also added, "I am extremely excited to be a part of White Wizzard! I foresee this being a great fit musically and cannot wait to get out on the road for the Frets of Fury Tour in October! Just want to say thanks to the guys in the band for welcoming me in. See ya out on the road!"
Jake Dreyer has also recently become a guest columnist for GuitarWorld.com, and his first column can be found at this location.
Tombs visited the Violitionist.com studios for a live performance of three songs from the band's latest release "Path of Totality." The band ripped through the tracks "Black Hole of Summer," "Constellations," and "Bloodletters."
The Violitionist session was recorded by Michael Briggs on June 16th during the Tombs headlining album release tour for "Path of Totality." The video as well as audio from the session is available here and in the clips below.
Uneven Structure has announced that the band is set to release debut album "Februus" on October 31st 2011, via Basick Records. The release is a thirteen piece concept album spanning across two discs.
Guitarist Aure Pereira comments on the album: "If we were to give any advice to our fans before they listen to Februus, we would tell them to take their time and really open their minds to the music, because there are a million different listening levels. Recording has taken us so long but we think it was worth the wait in the end. We wanted to be sure that we had put the best of us in it and I think we've been successful at doing that. Thall."
The band recorded the album at French studio Uneven Box, with guitarist Igor Omodei at the production helm. Vocals and mastering were completed at Vertic Studios in the South of France. The artwork concepts that run throughout the album and forthcoming videos were also conceived and produced by Igor Omodei. The track listing is as follows:
11. Dew Upon Shapeless Bounds
12. Winds From Untold Memories
13. Promises Of Our Early Days More...
Canadian metal act Savage Blade is currently offering a promotional single as a free download, which can be found at this location. The band also commented:
"As we’re nearing the end of our recording sessions for the new album, we thought it would be cool to give you a little something to hold you over until the new record drops! We’re stoked to bring you the Savage Blade 'Digital 7 Inch' promotional single!
"We dug into the archives, and pulled out a couple of classic metal cover tunes that we tracked WAY back for fun – Saxon’s 'Dallas 1PM' and the Rods’ 'Let Them Eat Metal.' A couple of great tunes from bands that have definitely influenced the Blade. With the help of our good buddy and engineer Cole St. Denys, we dusted ‘em off, mixed ‘em up and they’re right here waiting for you…."
Savage Blade is also currently working on the full-length album "Angel Museum," which is set for release late this year.
Martyr Lucifer, the new project from the Hortus Animae vocalist of the same name, has signed a deal with Buil2Kill Records for the worldwide release of the "Farewell to Graveland" album on November 7th, 2011.
The currently announced Martyr Lucifer lineup is as follows:
Martyr Lucifer - Vocals, Synth & Programming
Arke - Guitars (Opposite Sides)
Evgeniy "Vrolok" Antonenko - Bass (Nokturnal Mortum)
Bless - Piano & Keyboards (Hortus Animae)
Adrian Erlandsson - Drums (Paradise Lost, Cradle Of Filth, At The Gates, etc.)
Grom - Drums (Hortus Animae, Ancient, DoomSword, etc.)
British modern hard rockers Voodoo Six will hit the ground running this winter with a brand new limited edition digital EP and an extensive U.K. tour. "Falling Knives" will be released in digital format on November 28th.
The EP will feature three brand new tracks titled "Falling Knives," "Sharp Sand," and "Stop," as well as three re-worked and re-recorded versions of tracks from the band's debut album "First Hit For Free."
Founding member and bassist Tony Newton comments: "It's been great being back in the studio working on new material for the EP and the new album for next year. We wanted to revisit some of our old songs so that fans can expect to hear them in the live set again and experience Luke's twist on things. We're really excited about getting back on the road and building up for what is looking to be an energetic 2012 for V6!"
The band will precede the release by kicking off a 14-date U.K. tour in Leicester on November 17th. The tour will finish with a set at this year's sold-out Hard Rock Hell V Festival in Prestatyn.
Winds of Plague has posted a video clip online announcing Volumes will be coming onto the upcoming Thrash and Burn 2011 tour. Check out the clip below, or for further details on Thrash and Burn head over to this location.
Hamerex has announced that the band's debut album "Rites Of Passage" will be released on Monday, the 26th September, 2011. The album features 10 tracks that have been written at various times through the band's seven year history. The album artwork was sculptured and illustrated by James Mullett who also did the previous two EP covers for the band.
Hamerex started recording drums and guitars for the album back in August 2010 at Planet Platforms, and from February 2011 the rest was completed at Dee Dee Music including mixing and mastering, which was handled by guitarist Joe Wilson and bassist Andy Firth. The track listing is as follows:
1. Aftershocks Of Death
2. The Headless Horseman
5. The Lycan
6. Rites Of Passage
7. Army Of Darkness
8. To The End
9. The Gates Of Hades
10. Waste Away
The band has uploaded two tracks from the album, "Stalker" and "The Gates Of Hades," to the Hamerex Reverbnation page here.
On Saturday, September 24th the film "Lloyd The Conqueror," staring Mike Smith (Trailer Park Boys) and Brian Posehn, will premiere as part of the Calgary International Film Festival at the Globe Theatre at 7:00 PM.
Century Media's 3 Inches of Blood has a cover of the classic Rush song, "Anthem" featured in the film and directly following the premiere the band will be performing at the official after party. The event begins at 9:00 PM at Dickens Pub. Tickets can be purchased here. The following press release has also been released about the film:
"When perpetual slacker Lloyd (Evan Williams) and his two best friends ask their history professor, Derek (TRAILER PARK BOYS' Mike Smith), for an extra-credit assignment, he challenges them to unseat him as the dread lord of his deteriorating LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) league. But this will be no simple grade-grab. Getting to Derek will mean battling a string of dedicated (and downright deranged) Demons & Dwarves players, including a pack of bloodthirsty Danes and a somewhat misplaced Vulcan.
"Featuring a cast of cult-comic favourites including Brian Posehn, Harland Williams and FUBAR's Andrew Sparacino (who also appears in A LEGEND OF WHITEY), and directed by Calgary's Michael Peterson, LLOYD THE CONQUEROR is a no-holds-barred fantasy romp that casts a 12-sided eye on a much-misunderstood subculture. Whether you're a die-hard D&D fan or a newbie to all things geek, get ready to be won over by Lloyd and his merry band of adventurers."
Further details on "Lloyd the Conqueror" can be found by heading over to this location.
Sister Sin has recorded a cover version of Motorhead's "Rock 'N Roll", which is now available on iTunes. You can also check out a video clip below of metal queen Doro, who teamed up with Sister Sin for the cover, as she comments on getting involved in the cover song.
Metal Injection has posted footage online of the "Big 4" event at Yankee Stadium in New York City, which can be viewed below. The clip features Metallica, Anthrax, Chris Broderick, David Ellefson, and Shawn Drover of Megadeth, Kerry King and Dave Lombardo of Slayer, and Gary Holt on stage to pay homage to Motorhead, playing the classic track "Overkill."
Metalhit.com is currently offering 10 free digital downloads of tracks from upcoming albums, which can be found here. The tracks available are as follows:
EVILE - "Cult" from the album "Five Serpents Teeth"
BRUTAL TRUTH - "Fuck Cancer" from the album "End Time"
ALARUM - "Natural Causes" from the album "Natural Causes"
WE MADE GOD - "Brennt Barn Fordast Eldinn" from the album "It's Getting Colder"
GLORIOR BELLI - "Secret Ride to Rebellion" from the album "The Great Southern Darkness"
EVOKE EFRITS - "A Celebration of Sorrow" from the album "Conceptual Horizon"
THULCANDRA - "Under a Frozen Sun" from the album "Under a Frozen Sun"
REX MUNDI - "The Flesh Begat" from the album "IHVH"
ABHOR - "Scent of Sulphur" from the album "Ab Luna Lucenti"
MORBUS CHRON - "Dead Body Pile Necrophile" from the album "Sleepers in the Rift"
Kuwait based extreme metal outfit Benevolent has signed with Spellbind Records, and lead vocalist and co-founder, Fadi Sarieddine, states "This is really big for us, we're really excited about working with Spellbind Records and we feel that this will be our home to fantastic growth across the scene and internationally where we get to perform and share our music with many new fans."
Hadi Sarieddine, the band's lead guitarist and co-founder, added "When you're in a band, especially one that plays metal, in the Middle East you're really tied down with how much gigging and exposure you get to experience but I feel that this is going to ignite a shift in that stance for us and we seriously cannot wait to get out there, share the stage with other bands from abroad and the region, and just play our songs with audiences across the region and beyond! We're psyched!"
Benevolent will be performing extensively across the Middle East and North Africa with concert dates to be announced in the very near future. The band is currently working on a single scheduled for release in 2011, along with working on their full length which is rumored to be released in 2012.
Atlanta's Halcyon Way is gearing up for the North American release of "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. It features 5 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."
Noisecreep is now hosting an exclusive stream of the new track "Revolution is Now." Check it by heading over to this location.
The album's cover artwork is available here and the track listing is as follows:
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 metallers Evergrey are officially kicking off their North American tour today in Atlanta, GA as part of the Prog Power Festival. Following their Prog Power performance, Evergrey will be criss-crossing North America through October 12th with support coming from The Abscense, Sabaton, and Powerglove.
Drummer Hans Van Dahl is ready to take on North America and commented, "Man, It´s been quite a while since Evergrey polluted the North American ears last time! Now we´re out with a new record called 'GLORIOUS COLLISION' and all I can tell you that we're super psyched to crush every venue on this North American collision tour down to the ground"
Guitarist and vocalist Tom Englund also commented on the band's lineup changes, "The most recent Evergrey line-up had reached a point where we no longer had fun as a group," he confesses, adding: "So we went our separate ways to save our friendship. There were no angry words, and we're still friends privately. In the beginning, we weren't sure whether we'd be able to write a new album without the wealth of experience that the previous line-up brought in. But after [keyboardist] Rikard and I had composed a full three numbers during the first week, we felt that was a real coup."
"This may sound like a contradiction in view of our personnel situation," said Tom, "but Rikard and I have allowed more influences on 'Glorious Collision' than ever before. Some elements on 'Glorious Collision' are classic rock, based on a metal format; sometimes the tracks are quiet and haunting, sometimes wild, demanding and gripping."
You can catch Evergrey live on the following dates: More...
Alaric's self-titled debut full-length is nearing release early this October, and today Pitchfork Media has unveiled a song from the forthcoming album to the public.
Head over to this location to check out the "Your God" track. Alaric also has a record release show coming up. Details are as follows:
10/28/2011 First Church Of The Buzzard – Oakland, CA w/ Nezzy Idy, Hollow Mirrors, Young Lions
Shining has announced that the band will start work on a second video in October of this year, which follows the previously posted "Fortvivlan, Min Arvede" video. The new video will be shot for the track “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” from Shining's seventh full length album “VII / Född Förlorare.”
The song will be filmed both during a live concert and in a studio setting. Martin Strandberg will once again be directing, together with Shining founder and front man Niklas Kvarforth. Production will be handled by Jussi Hyttinen of FLC415. The live footage will be filmed at a Shining concert at the Club Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland, on the 5th October, when the band will end the evening by playing “Tillsammans Är Vi Allt” several times in order for it to be filmed. Fans wanting to attend the show and the filming will be able to get tickets at this location.
Joining Shining live on stage for the filming will be Nordman (Håkan Hemlin), one of Sweden’s top pop stars, who originally guested on the track on the album.
Long Island’s hardcore metal stalwart, This Is Hell, has teamed up with RevolverMag.com to premiere a brand new track, “Salt the Earth,” from the band’s forthcoming full-length, "Black Mass." Head over to this location to check out the song.
The song is just the second to be revealed from the October 11th release, which will hit stores courtesy of Rise Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Acid Rain
2. Black History
3. Salt the Earth
4. Black Mass
5. The Wars: Part I
6. Mi Nombre
7. The Last Outlaw
9. The Reckoning
10. The Wars: Part II
This Is Hell will kick off a North American tour in support of Underoath tonight in Fayetteville, AR. Comeback Kid and The Chariot will round out the lineup for the trek, which will wrap up at the end of October. Dates are as follows: More...
Abigail Williams will begin recording the band's third full-length album today. The process begins in the band’s new home of Southern California as the members enter Keene Machine Studios with The Faceless’ Michael Keene and Abigail Williams frontman Ken Sorceron engineering. Former Abigail Williams and Black Dahlia Murder drummer Zach Gibson will be playing on the album, as previous band mate Ken Bedene focuses on The Aborted.
“We are very excited to announce the start of drum tracking for our third full-length. Drummer Zach Gibson will be behind the kit on this record, which is exciting for us because we have not recorded with him since the Legend EP,” states Sorceron. “Expect some interesting twists and turns once again with this album as we plan to double track some of the drums and some of the compositions are quite lengthy, one even reaching the 15-minute plus range. This will prove to be our most epic material to date. We plan to video our progress and upload video blogs as we go.”
Abigail Williams will continue recording the new album over the next month, set for completion in late October before embarking on the band's previously announced North American tour supporting Norway’s legendary Mayhem. The new album has an anticipated January release, followed by additional U.S. tours supporting Dark Funeral and then Deicide.
Thrashers Destructor are set to enter Supernatural Sound Studios in Ohio in October to record the new album "Decibel Casualties." This will be the follow up to 2007's "Forever In Leather." The new LP will be released in 2012 on Auburn Records.
A handful of early Nile recordings pre-dating the band's ground-breaking debut album, "Amongst The Catacombs of Nephren-Ka," has been unearthed and will be released this fall. The EP, entitled "Worship The Animal," was recorded in 1994 and features the original line-up of Karl Sanders, Chief Spires and Pete Hammoura. It will be available as a collector's edition digipack on October 11th via Goomba Music.
The track listing for "Worship The Animal" is as follows:
1. La Chant du Cygre
2. Worship The Animal
4. Surrounded By Fright
Former Biohazard frontman Evan Seinfeld has revealed that he has formed a new band named Attika7. You can check out a video of Seinfeld announcing a group at a recent Down show below. Attika7 will be making their live debut on November 10th at the Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood, California.
The group's lineup is as follows:
- Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) - vocals
- Rusty Coones - guitar
- Tony Campos (Ministry, Soulfly, former Static-X) - bass
- Dustin Shoenhofer (Walls Of Jericho) - drums More...
Iranian metallers Angband have checked in with the following announcement about finishing the recording process for the band's upcoming third album:
"We finished recording our 3rd studio album and once again the veteran sound engineer Achim Kohler (Primal Fear, Amon Amarth) is doing the mixing and mastering at Indiscreet audio Germany, the title of the album is 'Saved from the Truth' and it includes 9 songs and tops everything that we released before, thanks for the support."
Additional details on the upcoming album will be announced as they become available. You can also check out Angband's previously uploaded video clip for the song "Forsaken Dreams" by heading over to this location.
Rising has checked in with the following update about streaming a new song online and gearing up to head out on a European tour:
"We've posted a new song called 'Sea of Basalt' of our forthcoming debut album 'To Solemn Ash' on our website as well as our Facebook band page. The album is out via Exile on Mainstream in Germany Sep. 30th, rest of Europe Oct. 24th and US end January next year. Also we will play a string of European tour dates this fall primarily consisting of a German headlining tour and dates in Denmark."
28.10.11 Aarhus, Raum Eins (DK) w/DOUBLE SPACE
29.10.11 Copenhagen, Stengade 30 (DK) w/SAVIOURS
03.11.11 Kiel, Schaubude (GER)
04.11.11 Hannover, UJZ Korn (GER)
05.11.11 Dresden, Beatpol (GER)
06.11.11 Hamburg, Hafenklang (GER)
07.11.11 Osnabrück, Bastard Club (GER)
08.11.11 Köln, Sonic Ballroom (GER)
09.11.11 Wiesbaden, Kreativfabrik (GER)
10.11.11 Berlin, Comet (GER)
11.11.11 Leipzig, UT Connewitz (GER)
12.11.11 Nürnberg, K4 (GER)
13.11.11 Potsdam, Black Fleck (GER)
24.11.11 Odense, Kansas City (DK) w/HELHORSE
25.11.11 Aalborg, 1000fryd (DK) w/HELHORSE
26.11.11 Copenhagen, Beta (DK) w/HELHORSE
Whitechapel front man Phil Bozeman recently posted the meanings behind every song on each of the band's three albums: "The Somatic Defilement," "This Is Exile," and "A New Era of Corruption." Bozeman had the following to say about the songs:
"Single File to Dehumanization - Yet another dream I had. All I remember was being in a line of people that didn't end and I was unaware of where I was going but I couldn't get out of the line. To this day, I have no explanation for the dream. This is also to do with how it seems in real life.
"Necro-mechanical - This song is about us as drones to life and how we let ourselves become what we could easily control. This is another dream of mine awaking as a machine and controlled by someone else. It was beyond frightening.
"Prayer of Mockery - This song is portrays my disbelief in God after everything that happened to me. I was angry and consuming myself with evil and darkness. This is what I let myself become and what I was, and I am not proud of it. All that has changed now but I still remember and will never forget what I was letting myself slip into. More...
Australian power metal band Pegazus announced more information about the upcoming "In Metal We Trust" tour this fall. The band has confirmed dates and will feature a very special tour lineup. The press release reads as follows:
"The Australian Metallers of PEGAZUS have just announced some very special news concerning the touring line-up for the upcoming shows for the 'In Metal We Trust' tour.
"Due to the fact that both Ange Sotiro (Drums) and Cory Betts (Bass) will not be available for touring duties because of serious working-related issues, the band has asked 2 well-known names from the past to join the band for the upcoming shows in Melbourne and Europe !
"Ange Sotiro will be replaced by no one other than co-founder of Pegazus and former drummer Robbie Stoj ! Johnny and Robbie Stoj created Pegazus in 1993 and Robbie was the drummer from it's beginning till 2003, when he had to unfortunately leave the band due to a serious hand injury. In the past few months he has felt very comfortable and back into the groove of being back behind the drum-kit again and will now replace Ange for the upcoming shows. Robbie Stoj comments on the recent events : 'Looking forward to getting back to Europe, seeing old and new friends and fans. Great to be back touring, especially with Pegazus. This line up has got a lot to be seen to be believed. These will be really great shows.'
"And the surprises will continue as Cory Betts will be replaced on bass by the former Pegazus vocalist Rob Thompson! After Rob left the band in 2008, he always stayed in close contact with his former band-mates. The band knew that Rob is a great guitarist and bass-player as well, so without any doubts he was asked to replace Cory Betts for the tour. Rob Thompson about his "return" for the upcoming shows: 'When I was asked if I was interested to do these shows with Pegazus as their bass player, it was a no-brainer for me. I have always loved the band and it makes no difference to me if I'm the lead singer or the bass player. Being on stage with those 4 guys is all that matters and it's a unique opportunity which I never thought would happen. The rehearsals so far have shown already that this line-up is gonna kick some ass and you'd better not miss this!'
"It has taken the band 13 years to finally return to Europe and the excitement is overwhelming. Founder and guitarist Johnny Stoj comments on the tour and the two guest-appearances from Robbie Stoj and Rob Thompson : "It's definitely been a long time coming and I can't wait to finally be back in Europe rippin' it up on stage with the boys. Having both Robbie and Rob on this tour is going to be a BLAST!"
"Also vocalist Justin Fleming is thrilled with all the recent happenings : 'I'm really pumped to go to Europe and destroy some PA's over there. I hope the fans will not miss the opportunity to see this very special line-up. For Rob and myself, it will be the first time to hit the stages in Europe and being able to do that with this line-up will be an experience none of us will ever forget.'"
The band has confirmed the following dates for the "In Metal We Trust" Tour:
Oct 14, 2011 - Melbourne, Austrailia (Central Club)
Oct 22, 2011 - Hoorn, Holland (Heavy Metal Maniacs Festival – Manifesto)
Oct 28, 2011 - Antwerp, Belgium (De Rots)
Nov 3, 2011 - Innsbrück, Austria (Livestage)
Nov 4, 2011 - Uster, Switzerland (Rock City)
Nov 5, 2011 - Bologna, Italy (Steel Fest – Estragon)
Nov 9, 2011 - Prague, Czech Rep (Exit-Us)
Nov 11, 2011 - Kaiserslautern, Germany (JUZ, Jugend- und Programmzentrum) (w/ Ivory Night)
Nov 17, 2011 - Munich, Germany (Garage De Luxe)
Nov 18, 2011 - Witten, Germany (Hapa Haole)
Nov 19, 2011 - Worblaufen-Bern, Switzerland (Downstairs) (w/ Ivory Night)
More tour dates are expected.
Gorgoroth will be embarking on the European "The Sign of Hell" tour with Vader and Valkyrja this coming November, and the band has now added on even more dates. The currently confirmed itinerary is as follows:
01.11.2011 - Germany, Berlin @ SO36
02.11.2011 - Germany, Rostock @ Alte Zuckerfabrik
03.11.2011 - Denmark, Copenhagen @ The Rock
04.11.2011 - Denmark, Aalborg @ Aalborg Metal Festival, Stadthalle
05.11.2011 - Sweden, Gothenburg @ Parken
06.11.2011 - Sweden, Stockholm @ Klubben
09.11.2011 - UK/England, Manchester @ Moho Live
10.11.2011 - UK/England, Liverpool @ The Masque
11.11.2011 - UK/Northern Ireland, Belfast @ Spring & Airbrake
12.11.2011 - Ireland, Dublin @ The Village
13.11.2011 - UK/Scotland, Glasgow @ Classic Grand
14.11.2011 - UK/England, London @ Camden Underworld
15.11.2011 - UK/England, Bristol @ The Fleece
16.11.2011 - UK/England, Plymouth @ White Rabbit
17.11.2011 - Holland, Amersfoort @ De Kelder
18.11.2011 - Holland, Rotterdam @ Baroeg
19.11.2011 - Belgium, Louvain-la-Neuve @ Mass Deathtruction Festival, La Ferme du Biéreau
20.11.2011 - Germany, Essen @ Turock
22.11.2011 - Holland, Hengelo @ Metropool
24.11.2011 - France, Savigny-le-Temple @ L'Empreinte
25.11.2011 - Switzerland, Solothurn @ Kofmehl
26.11.2011 - Germany, Lichtenfels @ Christmas Metal Festival, Stadthalle
27.11.2011 - Czech Republic, Prague @ Rock Café
29.11.2011 - Austria, Vienna @ Szene
30.11.2011 - Slovakia, Kosice @ Collosseum
01.12.2011 - Romania, Cluj-Napoca @ Euphoria Music Hall
02.12.2011 - Bulgaria, Sofia @ Yubileina Hall
03.12.2011 - Greece, Thessaloniki @ Eightball Club
04.12.2011 - Greece, Athens @ Gagarin 205
06.12.2011 - Macedonia, Skopje @ Havana
07.12.2011 - Serbia, Novi Sad @ Route 66
08.12.2011 - Slovenia, Ljubljana @ Menza Pri Koritu
09.12.2011 - Italy, Rome @ Init Club
10.12.2011 - Italy, Pinarella di Cervia @ Rockplanet
11.12.2011 - France, Montpellier @ Secret Place
13.12.2011 - Portugal, Porto @ Hard Club
14.12.2011 - Portugal, Lisbon @ Cine-Teatro de Corroios
15.12.2011 - Spain, Seville @ Fanatic
16.12.2011 - Spain, Valencia @ Durango
17.12.2011 - Spain, Barcelona @ Mephisto
Finnish symphonic power metal band Stratovarius announced that long time German drummer Jörg Michael has left the band for "personal reasons." It was announced in late 2010 that Michael was diagnosed with cancer, but there was no indication as of yet that the diagnosis was related to his departure.
Stratovarius issed the following statement:
"Stratovarius, one of the most successful Finnish acts with over 2.5 million albums sold, says farewell to longtime drummer Mr. Jörg Michael who will leave the band after 15 years for personal reasons. Jörg will play all the remaining tour dates until the end of January, and will celebrate with a special Finnish "Farewell Jörg" tour in Finland November 18th - 26th.
"Jörg joined the band in 1995 and the first Stratovarius album he played on was Episode (1996). He played on nine albums and nearly 1000 shows with the band.
" 'The rest of us just has to accept Jörg's decision with a lot of sadness and wish him all the best for the future. But we can also assure that the band will still go on', says the singer Mr. Timo Kotipelto.
The band and Jörg are not going completely separate ways though, since Jörg will still be working for the band with his booking agency Twisted Talent Concerts. 'Our long journey of over fifteen years together has not ended yet, as Jörg remains among our background forces - and we couldn't be more happy about that. Not only has he been a great drummer but also a close friend and a true professional. We're honored to have Jörg by our side for this farewell Tour. We can't wait to rock with our 'German Steamroller' one last time! These shows will be unforgettable for all of us', Kotipelto continues." More...
Polish black/death metal giants Behemoth posted a trailer for the upcoming video for "Lucifer." The song appears on the 2009 LP "Evangelion." The video was shot by Grupa 13 and features guest vocalist Maciej Malenczuk.
Check out the trailer here:
British gothic metal legends Paradise Lost has been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of Germany's biggest heavy metal festival, Wacken Open Air. The event will take place in Wacken, Germany from August 2nd - 4th.
The lineup for the festival is now as follows:
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Six Feet under
U.S. death metal act Suffokate have posted the new track "My Darkened Skies" on Youtube (check it out below). The track is the second song released from the band's forthcoming LP "Return To Despair" due out on September 27, 2011 through Mediaskare.
German power metal band Messenger posted a new music video for the song "The Dragonships." The song appears on the band's fourth studio album "See You In Hell" which was released on September 9, 2011 via Massacre Records.
Check out the video here: