Metal News for September 22, 2011
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39 news articles posted on this day.
Blabbermouth reports James Rivera (Helstar, Vicious Rumors, Flotsam and Jetsam) has left Seven Witches. Rivera posted the following statement:
"Some of you may be aware through online media that ARMORED SAINT has announced three confirmed shows in the Northeastern U.S. with SEVEN WITCHES as a support band.
"To avoid any confusion, I would like to make it clear that I will not be performing with SEVEN WITCHES. In fact, I have chosen to no longer be a part of this band due to circumstances beyond my control. I tried my best to get things going in the right direction for SEVEN WITCHES, although the powers that be did not see it the same way and have decided to go out and represent the new SEVEN WITCHES record with a whole different lineup again already.
"I'm more than positive the long-anticipated return of ARMORED SAINT will be well worth the wait. As for the fans who have been looking forward to the SEVEN WITCHES lineup with me back in the picture, my deepest apologies go out to you.
"In related news, I am working on booking some dates in Europe with my tribute band, SABBATH JUDAS SABBATH, which will be billed as special shows performing a night of SEVEN WITCHES and METALSTEEL songs. Three gigs have been confirmed in November with others in the works. When all shows are finalized, the dates and locations will be announced."
Horns Up has posted a video interview online with Arch Enemy's Michael Amott, which was conducted earlier this month at New York City's Best Buy Theater on the "North American Khaos" tour. Check out the clip below.
Sonata Arctica has posted a teaser clip online for the band's upcoming "Live in Finland" release, which consists of two DVDs and two CDs. Check out the clip below. "Live in Finland" is due out on November 11th (Europe) and November 15th, 2011 (North America) through Nuclear Blast.
Cage Of Torment has posted a new song online titled "About a Girl," which is off the band's upcoming new album. You can check out the song in the player below.
Novy (former bassist of Behemoth and Vader) has recently recruited Against The Plagues' drummer Varyen to help him complete the rhythm section of new band Road's End. The band's management issued the following statement:
"This is the first project that Novy has composed himself and he's looking forward to having Varyen assist him in live situations. The two guys have known each other for a long time, having both grown up in the Polish Heavy Metal scene and have wanted to find a way to perform together."
When asked about the direction of Road's End, Novy described the material as "American style heavy metal with a European soul."
To aid in completing the band's line-up, on next Tuesday, Sept. 27th, Road's End will begin the audition process for a permanent lead singer and lead guitarist. All pertinent details of the process will be found on Novy’s Facebook page here.
After the bands first Canadian tour, melodic metallers Laika have released a two part tour video for the "Tour Of Redundancy." You can check out the first clip below and the second is available after the jump.
"We want to thank everyone who supported us on this past tour," commented vocalist Jordan Dorge. "It was an incredible and rewarding experience meeting many fans and playing for them every night. We are extremely eager to keep a consistent tour schedule in the years to come and continually provide you with new music, videos and merch!"
Canada's Empyrean Plague has announced the band's upcoming third full-length album was recorded and self-produced by the band over the last three months, and will be titled "Imprint Evidence Destiny."
The band has made the sixth track of the album, “Northern Allegiance” available for free download on the Archaic North website here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Deciphering The Norse Code
2. Imprint Evidence Destiny
3. Northern Allegiance
4. The Spore
5. As The Earth Decays
6. A New Life Has Begun
7. I Built A Bridge..
L.A. Weekly is reporting that Prosthetic Records has now also officially removed its roster from Spotify, with Prosthetic co-owner E.J. Johantgen commenting, "There [does] not appear to be an upside. The only income from the service comes in fractions of pennies."
Although there has been no official statement from the label yet, metal news sites are also widely reporting that Metal Blade Records has begun removing albums from the Spotify service.
To see what one musician has had to say about the situation, you can check out a post from Borknagar's Jens F. Ryland about Century Media's departure from Spotify at this location.
Read the full article at LA Weekly.
BrooklynVegan is now hosting a stream of the entire "Nothing Passes" album, which is a collaborative album between apocalyptic noise/doom duo The Body and orchestral/drone rock outfit Braveyoung. Listen to the entire album here.
"Nothing Passes" will be officially released this Tuesday, September 27th on CD, with a deluxe LP version coming together for release sometime in early 2012. Both bands are also selling the album directly to fans on their ongoing month-long tour together, currently on the West Coast this week as the bands tour their way back across the country on their way home over the next week and a half. Remaining dates are as follows:
9/22/2011 Big Tree – Arcata, CA
9/24/2011 Plan B – Portland, OR
9/25/2011 Comet Tavern – Seattle, WA
9/26/2011 Shredder – Boise, ID
9/28/2011 Blast-O-Mat – Denver, CO
9/29/2011 Studded Bird – Kansas City, MO
9/30/2011 APOP – St. Louis, MO
10/01/2011 Little Hamilton – Nashville, TN
10/02/2011 The Get Down – Asheville, NC
10/03/2011 Strange Matter – Richmond, VA
The third issue of "Crawl to Me," the new horror comic series from Life of Agony's Alan Robert, hit comic book shops yesterday, September 21st. A preview of the new issue has now also been posted online and can be found at this location.
Norwegian black metallers Vreid recently returned from their Black Path Of America Tour with Kampfar and Necronomicon. The near three-week trek was met with an array of obstacles and weather calamities but was nevertheless a success for the band.
Commented bassist Hváll on the journey: “Our North America headlining tour has come to an end and what a journey this was. We were met by tornados, hurricanes and earthquakes, but managed to pull it off anyway. Unfortunately our New York City show was canceled [due to Hurricane Irene], but New York will be a number one priority for our next North America tour.
"It was pure pleasure for us to see all the diehard fans coming to the shows. Your energy made these shows magical for us. Montreal, Hollywood, Edmonton, Winnipeg, San Francisco and Seattle were all shows that we will remember for a long time to come. Thanks to everyone that attended. Vreid will return.”
As previously announced, "Goddamnit," Vreid’s 2010 DVD, is now available officially for the first time in the U.S. and Canada via Indie’s recently launched North American webshop. The DVD features Vreid’s complete performance from the 2009 Inferno festival in Norway, filmed by seven cameras as well as behind-the-scenes footage, band interviews, studio diaries and previously unseen live footage. For more info, go to this location.
Previous Korn member Brian “Head” Welch is streaming a new single online titled “Paralyzed,” which can be heard via his Facebook profile. The single is also set for digital release officially on October 4th, 2011.
Sydney's Dawn Heist has posted a video clip online for the band's debut single "Nine Worlds." You can check out the music video below, or find more info on Dawn Heist by navigating over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Souldrainer will be releasing the band's second album through ViciSolum Productions, and a teaser clip for the upcoming release has now been posted online. Check out the clip below.
U.K. death metal act Engraved Disillusion has posted the song "Fragments of a Memory," which is taken for the band's debut album "Embers of Existence." You can check out the clip below, or find more information on the band by heading over to the Engraved Disillusion Facebook profile.
The Devil's Blood is set to release the new album "The Thousandfold Epicentre" on November 11th, 2011 via Van Records. The title track from the album has now been posted online and is available in the player below.
A teaser clip for "The Thousandfold Epicentre" is also available by heading over to this location.
Nervecell has checked in with the following update about headlining a Halloween show in Dubai: "Nervecell will be headlining Metal Asylum's Hellish Halloween in Dubai on October 28th, 2011 at Cheers Bar. The show is 21+. Tickets will be sold at the venue. See you all there!"
Norwegian gothic metal act Sirenia has announced another tour through South America for October/November 2011. Mastermind Morten Veland states:
"Sirenia is very pleased to be touring in South America again. This time we will visit the following countries: Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. It will be our first time in Chile and Peru, always great and exciting to visit new countries on our tours. We’ve visited the other countries in the past, and we have great memories from these shows. The tour dates are listed below. We hope to see you all there. Cheers!”
The dates are as follows:
23 October 2011 Mexico Df - Venue Circo Volador, Mexico
25 October 2011 Venue Teatro Voce, Lima, Peru
27 October 2011 Rock y Guitarras, Santiago, Chile
28 October 2011 Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
29 October 2011 Blackmore Rock Bar, São Paulo, Brazil
30 October 2011 Music Hall, Curitiba, Brazil
01 November 2011 TBA, Brazil
02 November 2011 Venue Recreativo Caxiense,Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The band’s latest album “The Enigma Of Life” was released via Nuclear Blast in January of this year.
Kuwaiti act Voice of The Soul has posted a cover of the At The Gates song "Under A Serpent Sun," which can be heard in the player below. The cover track is taken of the band's latest EP "Into Oblivion."
Tesseract will be heading out on a European tour with Chimpspanner this October, and the band has now posted a teaser clip for the trek, which can be viewed below.
The dates are as follows:
Sat, Oct 15 Logo Hamburg
Sun, Oct 16 Magnet Berlin
Tue, Oct 18 Modrá Vopice Statenice
Wed, Oct 19 Nachtleben Frankfurt
Thu, Oct 20 Arena Wien Bezirk-Landstrasse
Sat, Oct 22 EUROBLAST Underground Koln
Sun, Oct 23 (w/ Textures) Mezz Breda
"Sympathetic Resonance," the debut recording featuring current and former members of Fates Warning, debuted at #13 on the Billboard New Artist Chart and at #36 on the Billboard Hard Music Chart when it hit retail outlets on September 13th through Metal Blade Records.
Additionally, the recording hit the international charts at #27 in Germany, #67 in Austria, and #78 in Switzerland.
Read Metal Underground's review of "Sympathetic Resonance."
Canadian heavy metal trio Cauldron is due to kick off a tour tonight (Thursday, September 22nd) in Quebec City.
The "Canadian Assault" tour starts off with a headlining performance at the opening day of the tenth anniversary edition of the Quebec Metal Fest, before the band continues around the country for six more shows. Cauldron vocalist and bassist Jason Decay comments:
"Last time we hit the Maritimes was in the middle of a blizzard, and we still had some great shows. Hopefully the roads work better this time though. Also looking forward to getting right French again in QC!"
Cauldron has the following upcoming tour dates:
Sep. 22 - Quebec City, QC - Quebec Metal Fest at Bar Le Scanner
Sep. 23 - Moncton, NB - The Manhattan
Sep. 24 - Dartmouth, NS - CD Heaven (6pm in-store performance)
Sep. 24 - Halifax, NS - Club 1668
Sep. 25 - Saint John, NB - Pub Down Under
Sep. 26 - Fredericton, NB - The Capital
Sep. 30 - Hamilton, ON - Doors Pub
Moribund Records announces Azaghal will release "Nemesis" on January 31st, 2012. The black metal group recorded "Nemesis" at Cursed Studio in Finland. The group's third album through Moribund, ninth overall contains 11 tracks of "Black Terror Metal."
The track listing for "Nemesis" is as follows:
01 In Deathlike Silence
02 Pohjoisen Valkoinen Kuolema
03 De Masticatione Mortuorum
04 Vihasta ja Veritöistä
05 Hail the Whore
06 Ex Nihilo
07 The Baying of the Dead
09 Black Legions of Satan
10 The Pit of Shoggoths
11 Satanic Devotion
Below, is a YouTube video of the "Nemesis" preview track "Hail the Whore."
Cipher System is offering a free download of the song "The Universe On Hold" due to a production error by Nuclear Blast Records. "Communicate the Storms" was recently released on September 9, 2011 in Europe and scheduled for October 11, 2011 in North America.
In an announcement by Nuclear Blast: "Because of a production error, the bonus track ´The Universe On Hold´ unfortunately hasn’t been pressed on the first edition of CIPER SYSTEM’s new album 'Communicate The Storms.' In compensation for that, the song can be downloaded uncomplicated and for free as a high-quality mp3 file at THIS location! We are very sorry for this mistake and apologize for any inconvenience"
Dark Tranquillity has debuted a new video for the song "Zero Distance," which will be available for purchase on the new special edition of "We Are the Void" (reviewed here) on the band's upcoming European tour. The video was shot by Audrolabs.se, the production company run by lead guitarist Niklas Sundin. The video can be viewed below.
Ukraine power metal band Morton, featuring ex-Sunrise guitarist Alexander Rudnev and ex-Conquest bassist Andrey "Kull" Karpov, has signed with AFM Records. The debut full length release "Come Read The Words Forbidden" will be released in Europe on October 21, 2011.
As a teaser, the band is streaming new track "Brotherhood of Light" (heard below).
The track listing for "Brotherhood of Light" is as follows:
1. Calling For The Storm (3:18)
2. Eaglemark (5:04)
3. Brotherhood Of Light (4:02) (Listen below!)
4. Sleeping King (4:28 )
5. Losing Faith (3:54)
6. We Are The Shades (3:10)
7. Oblivion (5:19)
8. Grimoire (4:45)
9. Burning Prisoner (4:34)
10. Werewolf Hunt (3:53)
11. Black Witch (3:31)
12. Azrael (2:14 )
13. Weeping Bell (5:34)
A teaser trailer has been posted online for Germany's upcoming Euroblast Festival, which takes place on October 21st and 22nd. The clip can be viewed below, and more details on the festival are available here.
Mastodon posted a new music video for "Curl of the Burl" which appears on the forthcoming LP "The Hunter." The LP is due to drop on September 27, 2011 through Reprise Records.
Check out the video here:
American metal band W.A.S.P. have announced that the band will embark on the "30 Years of Thunder" anniversary tour in the fall of 2012, starting in the UK.
The official announcement reads: "On September 21st 2012 W.A.S.P. will begin the “30 Years of Thunder” anniversary tour starting in the United Kingdom and continuing worldwide!!
"This World Tour will be the biggest spectacle W.A.S.P. have ever created. The two hour show will consist of three parts. A one hour set contain songs from the first four albums. The second set will be a 25 minute shortened version of 'The Crimson Idol' complete with the movie accompaniment. A third set will consist of material from the New Studio Album, older material and everything in between. This show will see multiple video screens, pyrotechnics, and elements from the early W.A.S.P. shows (maybe even an exploding cod piece) and Blackie’s moving microphone stand 'Elvis'! The '30 Years of Thunder' World Tour - This promises to be the Greatest W.A.S.P. Show Ever!!!"
The full tour date list was not announced as of yet.
Hartford, CT radio show "The House of Zazz" has posted a video interview online with Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt, in which he discusses the band's new album "Heritage" (reviewed here). Check out the clip below.
Guitarist Toni Tieaho of Finnish act Crystalic has issued the following announcement about the band officially calling it a day:
"In my opinion last year with Crystalic has been a struggle. Having lack of rehearsing and no interest to get Crystalic move on, we started to have conflicts composing our new songs and in the studio. We all know already how the music business is, but when the band action starts to get like this, you can't get much out from it but eats away you little by little.
"1998-2011 is a damn long time, and I feel now it's time to move on and try something else, not quitting composing music! Every one of us is still making music with their own bands and we feel this is the best decision for Crystalic now.
"BIG THANK to all the fans who kept this alive for this long time!! I want to thank all the band members over time and wishing you good luck with music and life! ...still, never know if Crystalic will breath again one day, but now it's time to let it rest."
You can still also check out Crystalic's music by heading over to the band's official MySpace music profile.
If any band has gotten an unfair rap over the last few years, Rose Funeral would be at the top of the list. Maligned and tormented for the last album, “The Resting Sonata,” the deathcore act went through a well-publicized “Uno” incident and a line-up that revolved through members almost every month.
The death metal crowd turned their noses up at them, but the band is fighting for their attention with “Gates Of Punishment.” Guitar solos, symphonic ambience, and better incorporation of breakdowns may give the band the ability to appeal to both the deathcore and death metal audiences for the first time. I had the chance to speak to vocalist/guitarist Ryan Gardner about all the criticism Rose Funeral has gotten, pleasing the metal community, and taking over vocal duties for the band. More...
British grindcore legends Napalm Death has been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of the Wacken Open Air festival, which will take place in Wacken, Germany from August 2nd - August 4th.
The lineup is now as follows:
Axel Rudi Pell
Cradle Of Filth
Henry Rollins (Spoken Word)
Six Feet under
Brazilian band Dynahead posted a new music video for the song "Eventide" (seen below). The song appears on the band's 2011 conceptual release "Youniverse" which was released March 1, 2011.
Check out the video here:
German black metal band Under That Spell announced that it will release album "Black Sun Zenith" on October 28, 2011 through War Anthem Records. The album is the band's second full length release following the 2010 debut Apotheosis.
For a taster, the band is streaming the song "Zenith" (heard below).
The track list for "Black Sun Zenith" is as follows:
3. Zenith (listen below)
4. Set The Fire
5. Sinister Circle
6. I Complete
The five talented Norwegian lads backing Ihsahn at ProgPower USA had actually played at the previous year’s ProgPower already. Vocalist/keyboardist Einar Solberg, drummer Tobias Ørnes Andersen, bassist Rein Blomquist, guitarist Øystein Landsverk, and guitarist Tor Oddmund Suhrke comprise the daring anomaly known as Leprous. Now returning sophomores of the festival, the band found themselves playing a whirlwind of black and prog metal behind the former Emperor frontman.
In MetalUnderground.com’s previous interview with Leprous, we tackled their latest CD, “Bilateral (reviewed here,)” and the band’s connection to Ihsahn. Because we were at the ProgPower festival, I thought it’d be nice to pick the band’s collective brain about progressive music, music gear, and some other things. As we sat down at the Artmore hotel courtyard down the street from the venue, I could sense that the band was eager to get back on stage, having just played the night before. They were also quite eager to talk. The interview is below. More...
Pestilence bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling announced that he has teamed up with Sadist guitarist Tommy Talamanca for a new studio project called Nufutic. Talamanca described the project as a fusion progressive metal project.
Nufutic is seeking a jazz fusion drummer who can also play metal. Thesseling will hold video auditions. Interested drummers can email: Contact@jeronthesseling.com. For more information visit his website.
Swedish melodic death metal band Cipher System posted the first video in a series of track-by-track videos for the forthcoming LP "Communicate the Storms," which was recently released on September 9, 2011 in Europe and scheduled for October 11, 2011 in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "Communicate The Storms" is:
1. 7 Inch Cut
2. Forget to Forgive
3. Communicate the Storms
4. Gods Terminal
5. End My Path
7. The Stairway
8. A Lesson Learned
9. Project Life Collapse
10. The Failure Starts
Italian symphonic power metal band Mastercastle is streaming the title track of the forthcoming LP "Dangerous Diamonds" (heard below), which is due out on November 18, 2011 on Lion Music.
The track list for "Dangerous Diamonds" is:
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