Metal News for September 18, 2011
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12 news articles posted on this day.
Italian symphonic metal band Mastercastle announced that its third release "Dangerous Diamonds" will be released on November 18, 2011. This is the follow up to the 2010 release "Last Desire."
The track list for "Dangerous Diamonds":
1. Another Flower
3. Time 4 Lovers
4. Icy Moon
5. Au Premiere Coup
6. Dangerous Diamonds
7. Take Off
8. Blue Diamond (instrumental)
9. Lovin’ Me
10. Sixth Sun
11. Bitter & Sweet
The band issued the following press release:
"After two critically acclaimed releases, Italian metal masters Mastercastle return with their glittering new album ‘Dangerous Diamonds’, their third album in as many years. Once again the band has conjured up another batch of powerful and infectious metal tracks which mark their most accomplished work to date.
"Sitting somewhere between the timbres of the neo-classically tinted 2009 debut ‘The Phoenix’ and the straighter classic metal approach of last years ‘Last Desire’, ‘Dangerous Diamonds’ draws on the best aspects of its predecessors to further hone the bands trademark sound – powerful, melodic, epic and dynamic. Fans of its predecessors will revel in the 11 tracks on offer in the new release. More...
If you attend Progpower, make sure you opt for the VIP gold badge over the regular. This will get you in to the “Insider Sale” where you will be able to purchase CDs of all of the bands that will be playing at next year’s festival. Gold badge attendees this year were treated to this sale in the vendor room long before the doors opened to regular attendees. Among the CDs on sale were some albums that previously had not received a US distribution, such as Amaranthe's debut.
When the doors finally opened, everyone was eager to get in and out of the bright Atlanta sun for another twelve hours. Being such an exclusive event, you could instantly strike up a conversation with any stranger you meet and be on the same page. With social barriers down, everyone was talking with everyone, discussing albums, bands, and previous ProgPower festivals.
UK-based progressive-symphonic band Haken was first up for the day, though the place was only half full about ten minutes before the band’s set. Clearly, the after-parties of the night before had been great. The venue eventually filled up in time for Haken’s second song. It was to be an exciting set, although a bit short. Seeing guitarists Richard Henshall and Charles Griffiths, as well as keyboardist Diego Tejeida rip some masterful solos did the trick on kicking hangovers from the night before. More...
Megadeth posted a video showing behind the scenes footage as the band shoots a new music video for "Public Enemy No. 1" (see below). The song is the first single from the forthcoming LP "Th1rt3en," due out on November 1, 2011. The video shows bassist Dave Ellefson and drummer Shawn Drover on set. "Public Enemy No. 1" was released as a single on September 9, 2011.
Arrayan Path has checked in with the following statement about the band's upcoming album:
"Arrayan Path's new, third album, 'Ira Imperium,' is almost here and we can confidently say that this album is simply a masterpice (for lack of a better word)!
"As previously announced, the album features a guest appearance (on the title track more specifically) by the legendary Tony Martin (ex BLACK SABBATH). It also sees the return of Vagelis Maranis (SANVOISEN) lending his voice on several tracks.
"Recorded and mixed at Maranis Studios in Germany, 'Ira Imperium' is released worldwide on November 4th (November 7th in the UK) while at the same time it will be available as a digital download through major mp3 stores. A limited edition will also be available for die-hard fans, details of which will be revealed later."
Arrayan Path is also offering a free download of the new song "77 Days 'til Doomsday," which can be found here.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Dies Irae
2. Gnosis of Prometheus
3. Ira Imperium (The Damned)
4. Kiss of Kali
5. Katherine of Aragon
6. 77 Days 'til Doomsday
7. Emir of the Faithful
8. Hollow Eyes of Nefertiti
10. Lost Ithaca
11. I Sail Across the Seven Seas
12. The Fall of Mardonius
13. The Poet Aftermath
Germany's Craving has finished work on a new album, which was mixed in May/June of 2011, and the band is currently seeking a label to distribute the release in 2012. You can check out a studio video from the band's time working on the album in the player below.
Italian act Bejelit has checked in with the following update about entering the recording studio to commence work on a new album:
"Bejelit announces that they have officially started recording their fourth album @ the Old Ones Media studies in Paruzzaro (NO). The band will be dealing with that up to mid-October.
"All the details of this new work will be given in the coming months, including cover artwork, title, track listing, label and release date."
In the mean time, you can check out Bejelit's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish announced the U.S. release date for "Imaginaerum" as January 12, 2012. Previously, the band announced that the new LP would be released on November 30, 2011 (Finland) and December 2, 2011 (Europe).
Metallica/Lou Reed posted a 30 second preview of the song "The View" from the collaborative project "Lulu." The single for "The View" will be available on September 27, 2011 via iTunes. "Lulu" is scheduled for release on October 31, 2011 (EU) and November 1, 2011 (North America).
"Lulu" track listing:
1. Brandenburg Gate
2. The View
3. Pumping Blood
4. Mistress Dread
5. Iced Honey
6. Cheat On Me
8. Little Dog
10. Junior Dad
Italian folk metal masters Elvenking has announced the first set of dates for the "10 Years In Heathenry Tour" scheduled for October 2011 into January 2012. The tour is a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the band's first LP "Heathenreel."
Confirmed tour dates are as follows:
2011/10/28 – Blogos – Bologna, Italy
2011/10/29 – Halloween Night – Bergamo, Italy
2011/10/30 – Borderline – Massa Carrara, Italy
2011/11/26 – Deposito Giordani – Pordenone, Italy
2012/01/06 – TBA – Manchester, UK
2012/01/07 – Arctic Festival – London, UK
2012/01/08 – TBA – Birmingham, UK
More dates are expected to be announced.
ProgPower USA XIII is shaping up to be the event of the year in the United States in 2012. The current lineup for each day is as follows:
Symphony X (Headliner)
Symphonic metal bands Epica and Mayan, both led by Mark Jansen, have confirmed on the bands' Facebook pages that both will play ProgPower USA XIII in 2012.
Epica are currently in the studio recording its fifth LP, untitled as of yet, which is scheduled for release in March, 2012.
One of the crazier bands to grace the LA metal scene in the mid-eighties was the legendary trio the Mentors. While gaining their fame in that city, what many may not realize is that the band got it's start in 1976 right out of Roosevelt High School in Seattle. Eldon Hoke, Eric Carlson and Steve Broy relocated to LA in 1979 and quickly became a fixture in the club scene at the height of the punk rock era, and a voice to counter the beginnings of the glam/hair metal movement. Figuring they had a better chance for fame in LA, they moved the band and the roadies into a one bedroom Hollywood apartment. Changing their stage names to El Duce, Sickie Wifebeater and Dr. Heathen Scum respectively, they were ready to launch an all-out assault on traditional metal as we know it. Combining thrash, garage and punk, they developed a huge core audience with their irreverent, misogynistic lyrics delivered in that nice sloppy style that never pretended to be good serious metal. When hair metal bands in spandex were singing about what the cat dragged in, here came three slovenly dudes with beer bellies and t-shirts singing about their secretary hump. More...