Metal News for September 25, 2011
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13 news articles posted on this day.
Metallica/Lou Reed posted the full song "The View" (heard below). The song is available as a single on September 27, 2011 via iTunes. The full "Lulu" LP is available on November 1, 2011.
Norwegian symphonic black metal band Trail of Tears have completed work on the seventh full length LP with producer Terje Refsne. The untitled new LP was recorded at Sound Suite Studio in Marseille, France.
A short in studio clip was posted by the band and can be see here:
Malevolent Creation bassist Jason Blachowicz (a/k/a Jay Black) has created a new old-school death metal project called Murder Suicide. The band have five songs already been written for a debut release.
The lineup of Murder Suicide is as follows:
Jason Blachowicz a/k/a Jay Black (Malevolent Creation/Divine Empire): Bass
Gus Rios (Malevolent Creation/Upon Infliction): Drums
Mike Dickson (Masticator): Guitar
Dean Corpse (Cyst): Vocals
The setlist has been revealed for Opeth's North American headline tour. The band are currently on the road in support of its recently released 10th studio album "Heritage," which is available through Roadrunner Records. You can view the setlist for the group's "Heritage Tour 2011" below as well as all of Opeth's forthcoming concert dates.
1. The Devil's Orchard
2. I Feel the Dark
3. Face of Melinda
4. Porcelain Heart
6. The Throat of Winter
8. Patterns in the Ivy II
10. A Fair Judgement
11. Hex Omega
12. Folklore More...
Italian progressive death metal band Kenos announced that it has completed work on the new EP "Nightrain To Samara," which is scheduled for release in November 2011 via My Kingdom Music. The EP follows the 2010 full length release "X-Torsion."
The track listing for "Nightrain To Samara" is:
1. Nightrain to Samara
2. Spiral Lysergic
3. Eyes Of Hurricane, Pt. 3
4. Encounter (groove version)
Beyond the Morninglight is set to release the second album "Liberation" in 2012 through Misantrof Anti-Records. A video clip for the new single "Open Your Eyes" has now been posted online and can be found below.
The "Open Your Eyes" single and the band's entire debut self-titled album are available for free download by heading over to the Misantrof Anti-Records website here.
Finland's Adamantra has issued the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist Tuomas Nieminen:
"An era has come to its end, as lead vocalist Tuomas Nieminen discontinues his duties in Adamantra. Although feeling a bit blue now, we intend to look forward. This decision has not been easy, but we feel it to be the right one nonetheless. Since day one, Tuomas has trodden a long road with us - now our paths separate for a fresh start. Tuomas is up there with the very best of Finland's heavy metal vocalists, and we wish him nothing but the best in life and his musical journey. We are now hoping to swiftly discover a new vocalist, in order to wrap up the upcoming album.
"Right now, it is time to turn a new page of Adamantra history with a new lead vocalist. That position is now open - everyone who feels himself worthy to fill Tuomas' formidable boots can apply. Three tracks from the upcoming Adamantra album can be heard at Mikseri. Sample audition material can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Adamantra's debut album 'Revival' was released in 2009, receiving considerable acclaim from the prog metal audience and critics alike. Led by producer Mikko P. Mustonen at Pathos Music Studio, the band is currently working on its next full-length release."
Further details on Adamantra are also available by navigating over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Shock Blast Media has posted footage online from Machine Head's listening party for the new album "Unto The Locust" (reviewed here), which took place at Last Rights Tattoo Studio in New York City.
The first part of the clip can be viewed below, and the second half is available after the jump. You can also check out photos and a write-up about the evening by heading over to this location.
Vocalist Brian Fair of Shadows Fall has issued the following brief update via Twitter about the band gearing up to enter the recording studio next month:
"Lots going on in Oct. @ShadowsFallBand will be in studio. Lots of live vids and more that will be announced via Twitter and Facebook."
No further details on the recording have yet been announced. This upcoming material will be the band's first studio release since the 2009 full-length "Retribution" and the 2010 single "Bark at the Moon."
Nervecell has issued the following announcement about opening for Metallica in the United Arab Emirates:
"We are extremely proud to announce that Nervecell will be opening for Metallica at their exclusive show taking place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates on October 25th, 2011 organized by Flash Entertainment.
"This is an historical event for heavy metal Fans all across the Middle East and for Nervecell to be a part of this is truly a dream come true and an absolute honor for us! We are thrilled beyond belief and cannot wait to share the stage with the biggest band in metal music ever...Metallica! A band whom we all grew up listening to at a very young age. Metallica not only influenced us musically, but most importantly gave us the courage to pick up a musical instrument and become the metal musicians we are today.
"Nervecell's last performance in Abu Dhabi dates back to the year 2004 and what better way than to come back to perform in the capital of the UAE again alongside Metallica!"
The band will also be headlining an upcoming Halloween show in Dubai, with full details available here.
Souldrainer has checked in with the following update about the band's new album:
"We are proud to announce details about our coming album Heaven's Gate. We've worked our asses of on this album to make the best we possible could, and honestly, we made it! Heaven's Gate is released by our label ViciSolum Productions November 25th 2011.
"Recorded at Empire Studio, Frösön, Sweden 2010 Produced, mixed and mastered my Marcus Edvardsson. Mixing and Mastering also assisted by Souldrainer and Ronnie Björnström from EAP Garageland Studios. All songs arranged by Marcus Edvardsson. Illustrations, art direction and design by Mattias Norén."
A teaser trailer for the album is available here, and the "Heaven's Gate" track listing is as follows:
01. The Quest
02. Fed By Fire
04. Alien Terror
05. Hung On The Wall
06. The God Delusion
07. Gate Guard
08. The Legacy
09. Remember Me
10. Dying For Your Sick Belief
11. Goodbye Farewell
12. Heaven's Gate
13. Tools Of Torture El Parador (bonus)
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With Smith's departure, the band started looking for a new guitarist. In the end their search came down to C.C. DeVille and Slash. Slash was clearly the better guitar player, but C.C. had that over the top glam look the band coveted. This decision would end up being one of the most significant events in eighties heavy metal music. Not only was C.C. the right pick for Poison, but not taking Slash off the market proved to be more important, keeping the door open for him to join Guns N' Roses just months later.
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