Metal News for September 26, 2011
Last updated on March 7, 2014 at 10:17 AM ET
We post metal news every day, throughout the day, covering thousands of metal bands including underground and unsigned bands. You are currently browsing the news archive, but you can also find news by band.
40 news articles posted on this day.
Italian symphonic metal band Sound Storm has announced it will enter the recording studio at the end of September with producer Ettore Rigotti (Disarmonia Mundi, Destrage, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Stigma) to begin work on a new album. The as-yet-untitled album is set for release in early 2012.
"The new album is very different from the previous one" says Dusk, guitarist and composer of the band, "because the sound is much more extreme and elaborate, thanks to the huge work of arrangement done with Alex. As usual, all the other guys have been working on these songs, making them unique."
"After the many albums I recorded in the past with other bands," adds Alexandros, keyboardist and piano player, "I can easily say this is going to be the most inspired and complete album that I've ever composed."
Studio reports from the band, along with additional details on the upcoming album, will be released in the coming weeks.
U.S. black metal act Stonehaven recently released a new demo, and will be entering the studio again this winter to record a sophomore full-length album. With the band in-between releases, the members of Stonehaven caught up with Metalunderground.com to discuss avoiding current musical trends, the in-fighting between black metal groups, and the dream of being on stage covered in corpse paint with an erect bloody phallus.
To experience the terror of old world Europe through a black metal lens, head over to the Stonehaven Bandcamp page or check out the full interview with members Stephen Holdeman, Nick Van Walleghem, and Jackson Ferris below. More...
Autumns Eyes will be appearing at the vendors section of this years Rock and Shock Horror Movie and Heavy Metal Convention in Worcester, Massachusetts. The three day event will feature horror movie and music icons such as Robert Englund from the Nightmare on Elm Street series, KISS legend Ace Frehley, the one and only Gary Busey, and many more.
Fans who dress for the occasion can enter Autumns Eyes Halloween Costume Contest for a chance to win a free copy of the upcoming album "Please Deceive Me". So if you plan on stopping by to see Autumns Eyes, make sure you come in costume. Further details on Rock and Shock can be found this location.
The artwork for the upcoming "Please Deceive Me" album is available here, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road
The Crimson Armada has issued the following announcement about recruiting new bassist Kevin Lankford:
"About a month ago, us in The Crimson Armada came to a very difficult decision. We parted ways with Chris Yates as our bassist. We will not be going into too much detail about it because it is a very personal matter that is to be left between us. Regardless, he is still our friend, in fact, one of our best! so we thank him for his time with TCA and wish him luck in all of his future endeavors!
"With that being said, we would like to welcome Kevin Lankford to the family. Kevin brings a whole new level of encouragement, strength and motivation to the band. We are finally ready to unleash the real TCA into the world as we head out on tour this fall, which will be announced TOMORROW!!
"Thank you all for the continued support. Forgive Me music video will also World Premiere on AbsolutePunk.net in 2 days!! What a week it's going to be!!"
You can also check out a teaser clip for the upcoming "Forgive Me" video by heading over here.
In celebration of the band's 25 year anniversary, hardcore act Sick Of It All will be releasing "Nonstop," an album of re-recorded classics. The album will be available on November 1st, and the band has now teamed up with Lambgoat.com to premiere "Built To Last," the first song available off the 20 track disc.
"We had a great time re-recording some of our favorite classics. Done the old school way, 20 songs recorded and mixed in 4 days!" Says Vocalist Lou Koller. "What better way to kick it off than with the new, rawer, heavier version of 'Built To Last'? Hope you like it. Let the trash talking begin!"
The re-recorded song "Built To Last" can be heard by heading over to Lambgoat's website at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Clobberin’ Time
2. Injustice System!
4. Scratch The Surface
5. Us Vs. Them
6. The Deal
7. Just Look Around
9. World Full Of Hate
10. Pushed Too Far
11. GI Joe Headstomp
12. Never Measure Up
13. Chip Away
16. My Life
17. Friends Like You
19. No Labels
20. Built To Last
Denmark's Hatesphere has issued the following brief announcement about streaming another song online from the band's latest album:
"Another new song available for streaming! The song 'Need to Kill' from our newly released album, 'The Great Bludgeoning,' is now available for our streaming at our profile here. Check it out! Cheers."
Cover artwork for "The Great Bludgeoning" is available here, and the track listing is as follows:
1. The Killer
3. Smell Of Death
5. The Wail Of My Threnode
6. Resurrect With A Vengeance
7. The Great Bludgeoning
8. Need To Kill
9. Devil In Your Own Hell
After blazing through the U.S. and Canada on the "Summer of Blood Tour," Lizzy Borden has announced the "Death Takes a Holiday Tour" this coming November and December. Lizzy Borden will kick off the European part of the tour in the Netherlands (Eindhoven) on November 23rd, then on to Germany for the Christmas Metal Festival with Hammerfall, Lordi, and Saxon in Lichtenfels, Germany on November 25th. A performance at this year's Hard Rock Hell festival in the U.K. will follow on December 2nd with Ace Frehley, Magnum, and the Quireboys.
The upcoming Lizzy Borden tour dates are as follows:
19 - Guadalajara, Mexico - Hell And Heaven Festival (with Megadeth)
23 - Eindhoven, Holland - The Rambler
25 - Lichtenfels, Germany - Christmas Metal Festival (with Saxon, Lordi)
26 - Uster, Switzerland - Rock City
27 - Munich, Germany - Garage De Luxe
28 - Vienna, Austria - Escape
30 - Ljubljana, Slovenia - Channel Zero
1 - London, England - Camden Underworld
2 - Prestatyn, North Wales - Hard Rock Hell Festival (w/Ace Frehley, the Quireboys)
3 - York, UK - The Duchess
5 - Helsinki, Finland - DOM
9 - Sala, Sweden - Rockland
10 -Trollhattan, Sweden - Backstage
11 - Copenhagen, Danmark - The Rock
Candlelight Records today confirms the worldwide signing of thrash act Rumpelstiltskin Grinder. The Philadelphia-based band is already working on a new album, titled "Ghostmaker," expected for release early spring 2012. The four-piece tested some of the new material via a string of regional shows this past weekend and expect to tour in support of the album once its released.
Guitarist Ryan Moll comments, “We are psyched to be on Candlelight.” Sharing details about the ongoing recording he notes, “Right now we are in the studio working on our third and most intense release to date. This album promises to be the fastest, darkest, most relentless and insane album yet. It will contain some of the most bone-crushing, graveyard stomping, Frankenstein/Dracula/Wolfman hate-fuck riffage written thus far.”
Guitarist Matt Moore adds, “Our wretched new masterpiece will be finished soon enough. Each song has its own distinct and strange aura of speed, darkness, brute strength, violence, cunning, and power. Like any respectable band, we have raised the bar and taken on musical and lyrical concepts that would drive commoners insane. Faster. Louder. Darker. Crazier.”
Rumpelstiltskin Grinder currently features guitarist/vocalist Matt Moore, bassist/vocalist Shawn Riley, drummer Pat Battaglia, and guitarist Ryan Moll.
Italian death metal band Gory Blister posted a new video trailer for the forthcoming LP "Earthsick" (seen below). The album will feature a guest appearance by Karl Sanders of Nile on the song "Soul - Borne Maladies." No release date has been issued.
Lesson Alley has posted a video interview online with Megadeth's David Ellefson discussing the music business and all topics metal. You can check out the clip below.
In related news, Megadeth has announced the band's new album "Th1rt3en" is due out on November 1st, 2011. You can check out the new song "Never Dead" by heading over to this location.
Nocturnal Depression has issued the following update about working on new material, playing upcoming live shows, and undergoing lineup changes:
"The 'Suicidal Thoughts MMXI' CD will be available the 9th October 2011. You can pre-order it directly to the label Sun&Moon records or also to us. 'Shadows of Tragedy' split CD is now available through Self-Mutilation Services. This CD contains tracks from the never released demo 'One Night Among Nightmares.' It was a forgotten CD that has made several years of late in pressing by the label...
"An EP is at work actually. This one will be called 'L'Isolement' and will include the title track from extract from the upcoming album 'Spleen Black Metal' + an exclusive track. More info coming soon. More...
The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about Atheist being the latest act confirmed for the festival:
"70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival passed the Florida Straight and then turned North. They decided to make a short stop in Sarasota to look for more signs, but the people there don't believe in signs, in fact they don't believe in anything, they are ATHEIST! 25 out of 40 as they continue to sail along the US Gulf Coast...
"Make no mistake, 70,000 Tons of Metal is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass! So far 25 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known: More...
As Charred Walls of the Damned gears up to release its sophomore album, "Cold Wind On Timeless Days," the band is previewing songs around the Internet. Metalunderground.com is proud to premiere the new song "Admire The Heroes." "Cold Wind On Timeless Days" is due out on October 11, 2011 (North America), October 7, 2011 (G/A/S) and October 10, 2011 (Rest of EU) via Metal Blade Records.
Charred Walls of the Damned, consisting of Richard Christy, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jason Suecof and Steve DiGiorgio, began writing "Cold Wind On Timeless Days" while the band was mixing their 2010 debut. Christy recorded drum tracks at the Hit Factory Criteria (Black Sabbath, The Eagles, Aerosmith) with Mark Lewis engineering. Drums were finalized in Orlando, Florida, where work on the rest of the album continued.
"Cold Wind On Timeless Days" clocks in at 58 minutes across 12 tracks, which is a conscious effort by Christy to give fans more music this time around.
The full track listing is as follows:
1. Timeless Days
2. Ashes Falling Upon Us
4. Cold Winds
5. Lead the Way
6. Forever Marching On
7. Guiding Me
8. The Beast Outside My Window
9. On Unclean Ground
11. Admire the Heroes
12. Avoid the Light
Kyle Wilson has joined northern New Jersey metal band Will Killmore on drums, filling the void left after previous drummer Charles Corletta left over the summer.
His first shows with the band will be Saturday, October 29th in St James, NY at The Basement at 65 Jefferson and Thursday, November 3rd in Clifton, NJ at Dingbatz, a show to be hosted by Sirius XM Liquid Metal DJ and Headbangers Ball Host Jose Mangin.
Will Killmore also recently released a self-titled album available, which is available for download at the band's official website.
Italian symphonic metal band Pursuing The End will get back in the studio to record new material. The upcoming release will feature the song "Withering," which will also be shot as the band's first official video. Pursuing the End is set to enter the studio in October, and the historical choir Corale Verdi will be joining the band for the recordings.
For further details on Pursuing the End, and to hear songs available for streaming, head over to the band's Facebook page. The band has also started a new cooperation with Italian artist Gaspare Frazzitta (Dark Lunacy, Evergrey) for new graphic designs. More...
Common Dead has posted a video clip online containing pre-mastered clips of songs off the upcoming "Diatribe" album. Common Dead's Andrew Laurenson comments: "This is the album where Common Dead really comes into its own. There had been some experimenting on previous albums, but this is my most consistent work. The writing is stronger, more opinionated. I've refined the screams, detailed the drums, and my main focus as a guitarist has grown substantially."
An exact release date for "Diatribe" has not yet been announced. "Diatribe" was recorded in Montreal, Canada and follows 2011's "Interim Flesh EP" and 2009's self-titled debut.
Battlefields has announced the "Agassiz" album will see release on October 4th via Init Records. Two tracks from the album are now available for streaming online by heading over to the Battlefields Bandcamp page here. The "Agassiz" track listing is as follows:
1. Entangled Mess
2. An Entire Epoch
3. Forced Abandonment
5. Manitoba Winds
6. Structured Delusion
Swedish metal band Avatar has posted a brief teaser clip online for the band's upcoming new album, which can be viewed below. The new album was produced by Tobias Lindell (Europe, Mustasch, Hardcore Superstar). For further details on Avatar head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Russian cyber metal act Illidiance has posted a new song online for streaming. Head over to the official Illidiance Facebook page to check out the new song "Neuron Electrics Inc."
Illidiance also posted an alternate version of the "New Millennium Crushers" video online, which can be viewed below. "New Millennium Crushers" is taken off the band's latest album "Damage Theory."
Synesis Absorption has issued the following announcement about the band's lineup and recording a new album:
"Synesis Absorption has finally started recording a full length album featuring all star line up.
Disdained guitarist Milos Batocanin created Synesis Absorption back in 2009 in his homeland of Serbia. Since then, the group has evolved into a death metal juggernaut, with drummer Mike Smith (Suffocation), bassist Steve Di Giorgio (Sadus), and vocalist Robbert Kok (Disavowed) rounding up the band’s line up. Synesis Absorption is currently in the middle of recording their debut album, which will feature a guest appearance from Fleshgod Apocalypse keyboardist Francesco Ferrini.
"Despite each member’s busy schedule, Synesis Absorption hope to tour with its current line up in support of their new album (schedules permitting). The band is also pursuing options from record labels about wider distribution. Check in with their official page to keep up to date on everything regarding Synesis Absorption."
The band's current lineup is as follows:
Robbert Kok (Disavowed) - Vocal
Milos Batocanin (Disdained ) - Guitar
Joe Haley (Psycroptic) - Guitar
Steve Di Giorgio (Sadus) - Bass
Mike Smith (Suffocation) – Drums
For more details on Synesis Absorption, head over to the band's Facebook profile at this location.
Every week in Unearthing The Metal Underground, we check out bands in the underground who deserve more notice for the excellent heavy metal they are producing. This week we're looking at the underground scene in the capital of the United States, Washington, DC.
The District usually conjures up thoughts of monuments, patriotism, and presidential blow jobs, but if you listen closely, ignoring all the political windbags, inner city gunshots and almost weekly protests for one cause or another and you manage to avoid all the indie rock hipster bars and DJ dance nights you can hear the rumblings of a metal scene overshadowed by just about everything else in the most powerful city in the world. But unlike the city's rats who scurry away in the shadows these bands are screaming to be heard, and cranking their amps up too! Here's three of the best underground metal bands in Washington, DC right now that you won't find in any of the tourist guides.
Ilsa is a metal band with a sound that lies somewhere in the filthiest place where old school death metal and sludgy doom collide. This five piece band is raw in the best sense of the word. Heaviness exudes from every riff these guys play, regardless of the tempo, and the rhythm section breaks up bursts of brutality with dirty grooves. On top of it all you've got lead singer Orion's vocals which scream out with a pain that can't be faked. They're often found playing to packed basements at house shows but Ilsa isn't just some garage band. They’re a great underground band really making art for the unwashed masses and they deserve more recognition. Listen to their song Frostthrower on their MySpace page here and you'll see what I mean.
Five Finger Death Punch is officially confirmed to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live this fall. The band will be taping a special outdoor performance on October 12th to air on the October 26th, 2011 episode of the show and will perform new music from their upcoming full-length album, "American Capitalist," being released on October 11th, 2011.
Fans can attend the outdoor taping which will take place at the El Capitan Theater, located one block south of Hollywood Boulevard between Highland and Orange streets. For more information on Jimmy Kimmel Live, visit this location.
Five Finger Death Punch also recently posted a music video online for the song "Under and Over It," which can be found here. The band is gearing up to head out on a headlining run with All That Remains, Hatebreed, and Rev Theory. The upcoming Five Finger Death Punch dates are as follows: More...
Mediaskare Records artist Hundredth has released a music video for "Remain & Sustain" today through AltPress Magazine. Head over here to check out the clip. The track is off the album "Let Go," which will be released tomorrow, September 27th via Mediaskare.
Hundredth will also be heading on the road with Trapped Under Ice, Backtrack, Betrayal and Take Offense. Tour dates are as follows:
10/22 Wilkes-Barre PA @ Redwood Art Space
10/23 Quincy MA @ Future Bar @ Club 58
10/24 Jonquiere QC @ Kenogami Elks Lodge
10/25 Quebec City QC @ L'agitee
10/26 Montreal QC @ Underworld
10/27 Toronto ON @ Poor Alex Theatre
10/28 Hamtramck MI @ Small's
10/29 Indianapolis IN @ ES Jungle
10/30 Arlington Heights IL @ Knights of Columbus Hall
10/31 Des Moines IA @ Vaudeville Mews
11/1 Omaha NE @ Sokol Underground
11/2 Denver CO @ Blast O Mat
11/3 Ogden UT @ Mojo's
11/4 Boise ID @ Shredder
11/5 Seattle WA @ West Seattle Legion Hall
11/7 Sacramento CA @ Branch Street
11/8 San Francisco CA @ Sub-Mission
11/9 Anaheim CA @ Chain Reaction
11/11 Camarillo CA @ Rock City Studio
11/12 San Diego CA @ Che Cafe
11/13 Mesa AZ @ The Underground
11/14 Albuquerque NM @ Amped Theater
11/15 Midland TX @ The Pine Box
11/16 San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit
11/17 Dallas TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall
11/19 Tallahassee FL @ Engine Room
11/20 Tampa FL @ The Orpheum
11/21 Pembroke Pines FL @ Talent Farm
11/22 Jacksonville FL @ The Pit
11/23 Charlotte NC @ Tremont Music Hall
11/25 Philadelphia PA @ Broad St Ministry -Downstairs
11/26 Portland ME @ Deering Grange
11/27 Clifton Park NY @ Northern Lights
11/28 Syracuse NY @ Lost Horizon
11/29 Buffalo NY @ Funeral Home
11/30 Cleveland OH @ Now That's Class
12/1 Covington KY @ Mad Hatter
12/2 Corbin KY @ Corbin Tech Center
12/3 Evansville IN @ The Hatch
12/4 St Louis MO @ Fubar
12/5 Wichita KS @ The Scenery
12/6 Oklahoma City OK @ Conservatory
12/10 Atlanta GA @ The Archive
12/11 West Columbia SC @ New Brookland Tavern
12/12 Richmond VA @ Kingdom
The Devastated is now giving fans another preview of what's to come from the band with the premiere of the new track, "Roof Top Drop." Taken from the band's upcoming full-length album, "Roof Top Drop" is the second single from The Devastated's Century Media debut due out 2012. To hear "Roof Top Drop," please head over to Gun Shy Assassin here.
Beginning September 28th, The Devastated will be hitting the road with Molotov Solution and Fit For An Autopsy for "The Insurrection Tour." Dates for the trek are as follows:
9/28-Ogden, UT-Mojos Gallery
9/30-Cedar Falls, IA-The Wheelhouse
10/1-Milwaukee, WI-Miramar Theatre
10/2-Crest Hill, IL-Bada Brew
10/4-Pittsburgh, PA-Smiling Moose
10/5-Jermyn, PA-Eleanor Rigbys
10/6-Providence, RI-Club Hell
10/7-Holyoke, MA-Waterfront Tavern
10/9-Raleigh, NC-The Berkeley Cafe
10/10-Columbia, SC-Unit One
10/11-Jacksonville, FL-The Pit
10/12-Pembroke Pines, FL-Talent Farm
10/14-Little Rock, AR-Downtown Music
10/15-Houston, TX-Cains Ashes
10/16-San Antonio, TX-White Rabbit
10/18-Mesa, AZ-The Underground
10/19-Camarillo, CA-Rock City
10/20-Los Gatos, CA-The Venue
10/21-Anaheim, CA-Chain Reaction
Redemption, the U.S. progressive metal band featuring in its ranks guitarist/songwriter Nick van Dyk and legendary Fates Warning vocalist Ray Alder, will release its 5th studio album, "This Mortal Coil," in North America on October 11th, 2011 via InsideOut Music (out now in Europe).
Nick van Dyk checked in with the following comment: "Our fifth CD, 'This Mortal Coil', is now formally released in Europe and will be shortly in the US. We've been buried in rehearsals for our upcoming European dates and we're very excited to be playing some material from the new CD that we think is going to go over really well live. Dating back to the production of the record, we've been on a crazy schedule to make sure that our fans can actually get the CD before our shows, so we're really excited that it's finally out!"
A trailer featuring samples from the album has been posted online and can be found below.
The track listing for "This Mortal Coil" is as follows: More...
Finnish death/doom band Black Sun Aeon has posted a trailer for the new LP "Blacklight Deliverance" (seen below). The album is scheduled for release on October 26, 2011 (Finland) and October 28, 2011 (EU) through Stay Heavy Records.
The track listing for "Blacklight Deliverance" is as follows:
Today Gun Shy Assassin is hosting an exclusive premiere of "Nordbundet," the third track off Taake's soon-to-be-unleashed "Noregs Vaapen" album. "Noregs Vaapen" was produced by Bjørnar E. Nilsen (Dead To This World, The Batallion, Helheim, Vulture Industries, etc.) and features guest appearances by Nocturno Culto (Darkthrone), Attila Csihar (Mayhem), and Demonaz (Immortal).
Check out the new song "Nordbundet" by navigating your browser over to this location.
"Noregs Vaapen" will be released in North American via Candlelight Records on November 1st, 2011. The track listing is as follows:
1. Fra Vadested Til Vaandesmed
4. Du Ville Ville Vestland
7. Dei Vil Alltid Klaga Og Kyta
Leaves' Eyes has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming October shows:
"The Summer fests are over and Leaves' Eyes wants to thank everybody who supported the band at the festivals! Right now, Leaves' Eyes is gearing up for the upcoming October shows and everybody is looking forward to meet the fans from Tunesia (first Leaves' Eyes show on the African Continent), Czech Republic, France, UK and Belgium! See you on tour! You can watch a trailer below."
Leaves' Eyes upcoming tour dates in October are as follows:
08.10.2011 TN - Tunis, Rock on Fire Festival
14.10.2011 CZ - Zlin, Masters of Rock Café
7.10.2011 FR - Lyon, H'elles of Stage festival
20.10.2011 UK - Manchester, Academy 3
21.10.2011 UK - London, Underworld
22.10.2011 BE - Wieze, Metal Female Voices IX
Warbringer will be unleashing the band's latest thrash attack, "Worlds Torn Asunder," upon North America tomorrow (Sept. 27th), but in celebration of the album's European release (Sept. 26th), Warbringer is now giving fans the chance to listen to the album in its entirety on Guitar World.com. The listening party begins now and ends Sept. 28th at 9AM PST, so be sure to preview the album while you can at this location.
Beginning October 3rd, Warbringer will be on the road for a headlining tour dubbed "America Torn Asunder." Sponsored by Guitar World and Metal Army, this month-long trek will take the group around the country with support from Lazarus A.D., Landmine Marathon, and Diamond Plate. Dates are as follows: More...
German death/sludge band Disbelief announced that the band and drummer Cornelius Althammer have mutually agreed to separate. Althammer joined Disbelief in 2010 after the departure of Kai Bergerin, but has never played on an album. The reason for his departure was cited as personal differences which have increased in recent times. Althammer has agreed to play upcoming Disbelief shows, while the band seeks a new drummer.
Interested drummers can apply at the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
German extreme metal band Eisregen has announced that a new LP "Rostrot" will be released on December 9th, 2011 through Massacre Records. The album will be released in the following formats:
- Conventional CD
- Limited A5 digipak including a bonus track
- Limited gatefold LP.
More details will be announced later.
British legendary traditional metal band Cloven Hoof announced that drummer Mark Gould has joined the band.
The current lineup for Cloven Hoof is:
Lee Payne: Bass and vocals
Joe Whelan: Lead Guitar
Mark Gould: drums
On September 27, 2011, the band will be filming a music video clip for the new song "I'm Your Nemesis."
Bolt Thrower posted the following update on a free show which is being planned to celebrate the band's 25th Anniversary:
2011 is the year of the 25th anniversary in the history of BOLT THROWER. It´s about time for an update from the band:
“Anniversaries are kind of easy to achieve. For a band, just don’t split up and you’ll reach one, whether it’s 10, 20 or 35 years. And this year we’ve reached ’25 years of not splitting up’!
"We managed to stop others from making a big fuss about it, and didn’t give in to the numerous offers and suggestions on how we should cash in on it! But it has made us appreciate the opportunities we’ve been given since 1986, and that we’ve been able to do everything we wanted to do without compromising in any way. We’ve been lucky enough to have played a lot of killer shows with great bands and met a lot of very cool people over the years, and we think that’s the stuff that deserves some kind of celebration.
"So, we want to organize a Bolty Birthday Bash, where we can reunite with some of these bands and invite you, the people who have supported us over the last 25 years. We were hoping to have everything worked out by now, but it turns out organizing a free show comes with its own unique problems, but we’ll get there in the end!
"Well, that’s all we can say for now, there will be more news to come soon, so keep checking back.
Cheers, Bolt Thrower"
Opeth has checked in with the following announcement about the previously hinted collobarative project between front man Mikael Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree:
"The long awaited collaboration between Mikael Akerfeldt and Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) is finally being completed. The project goes under the name of 'Storm Corrosion' and will have a self-titled record out in April 2012 through a yet unnamed label.
"This album could be seen as the final part in the odd trilogy of records completed by "Heritage" and Steven Wilson's brand new solo album "Grace for Drowning". Read more on Steve Wilson's latest venture at this location."
Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani recently announced the recruitment of new violin player Teemu Eerola. The band has now checked in with the following statement about Teemu's first show with Korpiklaani:
"Yesterday we had our first gig wit our new violin player Teemu Eerola. It was pretty exciting for us all, but especially for him. Teemu is still studying at the Folk music department of the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.
"Playing in a band for big audiences is fairly new to him, but he did fine and we are really proud to welcome him as a new member of Korpiklaani. The next big step will be the upcoming North America tour, which involves Canada, the US and a one day trip to Mexico."
You can check out photos of Korpiklaani performing live with the band's new violin player by heading over to Facebook.
Sweden's Malfeitor has issued the following announcement about the artwork for the band's upcoming "Dum Morior Orior" album:
"We are really pleased and excited to announce that the cover artwork for our debut 'Dum Morior Orior' will be painted by Daniel Devilish, who also painted the awesome artwork for our limited demo tape 'To Hell, Farewell.'
"We welcome Daniel Devilish into our evil cooperation, to contribute to the creation of our raw and brutal release!"
The previously posted "To Hell, Farwell" artwork is available here. You can also find Malfeitor's latest studio update about the progress on the "Dum Morior Orior" album by heading over to this location.
Power metal act Eldritch has now released the new album "Gaia's Legacy" in Europe, and has further revealed the release is set to drop for the rest of the world on October 11th, 2011. For a taste of the album, head over here and listen to the track "Everything's Burning."
The "Gaia's Legacy" track listing is as follows:
1. Gaia's Anger
3. Our Land
4. Vortex Of Disaster
5. Mother Earth
6. Everything's Burning
7. Tonight Out
8. Like A Child
10. Thoughts Of Grey
11. Thirst In Our Hands (Gaias Lament)
12. Through Different Eyes (Fates Warning Cover)
1349 has checked in with the following announcement about changes to the band's European tour dates:
"1349 are sorry to announce that the rest of the shows on our planned tour in Europe will not happen this time around. We have instead started preparations in order to set up a full tour in Europe bound to happen this coming spring.
"Sad as we are about having to wait before we can tour continental Europe, we're eager to play and now getting ready for a full blown assault on the British Islands. Main support will come from Ancient Ascendant.
"We will keep you posted about this and other issues at our website; updates and messages are to be issued more frequently from now on."
The revised tour dates are as follows:
October 11 – Underworld – London, UK
October 12 – Central Station – Wrexham, UK
October 13 – Cock Pit – Leeds, UK
October 14 – Moho – Manchester, UK
October 15 – The Pint – Dublin, Ireland
October 17 – Bogeiz – Cardiff, Wales
Coal Chamber, the band which featured Devildriver founder Dez Fafara, has announced that they will be reforming to perform at Australia's travelling festival, Soundwave next year. Speaking on the decision, Fafara stated:
"Coal Chamber is playing Soundwave Down Under! These reunion shows are for the fans that want to see us again as well as all the people that never got to see Coal Chamber. It is and always will be a very special part of my life, so these few shows are for those people and for us. If you’re not from Australia, better get a ticket now to come see this event!"
"Australia has never seen us, nor have we seen them,” adds guitarist Meegs Rascón. “It will be an extraordinary exchange of energy and adrenaline. Hello Aussies, nice to meet you!" More...
Gothic metal band Autumn posted a video trailer for new LP "Cold Comfort" (see below). The album is due out November 4, 2011 (Germany/Austria/Switzerland/Benelux), November 7, 2011 (EU) and November 8, 2011 (North America) via Metal Blade Records.
The track listing for "Cold Comfort" is:
1. The Scarecrow
2. Cold Comfort
3. Black Stars in a Blue Sky
6. End of Sorrow
8. Truth Be Told (Exhale)
9. The Venamoured