Metal News for September 4, 2011
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10 news articles posted on this day.
The name Kamelot, by now, represents something of an institution for heavy metal fans who like their music both blissfully melodic and pulsing with intensity, at once a personal stream of emotion and an epic rush of symphonic glory. Even the recent departure of operatic Norwegian frontman Roy Khan hasn't diminished the power of this influential Floridian act, as delighted crowds on their current North American tour are now learning. In his place is talented Italian singer Fabio Lione (Rhapsody Of Fire), exceeding expectations and keeping the Kamelot train rolling.
Prior to the band's packed gig at Club Soda in Montreal, QC, I had the pleasure of sitting down with their brilliant and versatile German keyboardist Oliver Palotai, a longtime Kamelot collaborator and permanent member since 2005. He gracefully shared his thoughts on a range of subjects. More...
Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish announced that the first single from the forthcoming LP "Imaginaerum" will be called "Storytime," The single is now available for pre-order at this location. The single is available in digipak CD and gate-fold vinyl.
The track list for the "Storytime":
1. Storytime (Radio edit)
2. Storytime (Album version)
3. Storytime (Instrumental version)
The single will be released on November 11, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. The full "Imaginaerum" LP track list with teasers of the songs will be available in a week.
The artwork for the single is here:
A teaser video for "Storytime" can be seen here:
Bay Area thrash band Forbidden updated its Facebook Page on the search for the band's new drummer.
The update reads: "Update on our drummer search...We have had some fantastic players throw themselves into the mix thus far. It's been almost 2 weeks and we've had some good players submit video's to the Youtube channel. All contenders need to eventually do the same no matter how well known they are. Fair is fair. There is a method to our madness! Now continue kicking ass and bring your thunder!!!"
The band is still accepting submissions through it's Official YouTube Page.
The era of Kyuss, 1991-1995, produced only four albums, but those albums proved influential enough to crown the band “the fathers of stoner rock.” The group’s vintage amps were ideal for space rock jams and third-eye-expanding psychedelics. Kyuss found the right balance between hard-rocking grooves and mellow, kaleidoscopic slow jams.
Like the title of the group’s second album “Blues for the Red Sun” (1992) suggests, the group also steeped its sound in blues. Vocalist John Garcia sung soulful tones fitting for Delta blues, jazz and even R&B. This album title also described the vibe put forth by these southern California artists. There is certain mellowness, like observing the orange, yellow and blue hues that the sun paints while scraping across the horizon during dusk or dawn.
Kyuss’s sound contained so many features that unsurprisingly caught the ears of so many musicians of the early ‘90s, but one of the greatest attributes remains guitarist Josh Homme’s eclectic style. From his coarse tones to his eccentric use of pedals, Homme’s playing is unmistakable. These guitar tones relay a granular texture that seemed chipped off of one of Joshua Tree’s magnificent rock formations, which may explain the desert rock modifier often bestowed upon the band. Homme’s trademark sound remains true in the band he joined after leaving Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age, although more accessible to the radio crowd. More...
Venom posted an update on it's website regarding the release of new LP "Fallen Angels." The announcement reads:
"Universal Music have now decided to set the release schedule of the new Venom album
for the Halloween period/approx: October 2011 - actual date to be confirmed.
The new album will contain 13 new classics plus 2 bonus tracks on special releases."
"Fallen Angels" was original expected this month. The tentative track listing is:
1. Hail Satanas
2. Pedal To The Metal
4. Lap Of The Gods
6. Damnation Of Souls
7. Fallen Angels
10. Punk's Not Dead
11. Death Be Thy Name
12. Valley Of The Kings
13. Lest We Forget
Brazilian band HellArise, an unsigned all female death/thrash band, has posted a poll on its website to choose the band's logo. To vote visit this location.
The band's current logo is here:
A video of HellArise can be viewed here:
Brazilian thrash band Woslom posted a new music video for the song "Mortal Effect." The song appears on the independently released LP "Time to Rise" released on October 25, 2010. For more information on the band, visit them on Facebook.
Check out the video here:
Italian power metal outfit From The Depth is streaming new son "The Will to be the Flame" online through Reverbnation.
The song appears on the band's debut LP "Back to Life" due out on November 21, 2011 on Rising Records.
Kreator announced it will be headlining Metalfest 2012 in June 2012. The announcement reads:
"We're proudly announcing, that Kreator are confirmed as one of the headliners for the 'Metalfest' festivals in 2012.
"In addition to the five locations from this year, there will be Metalfests in Italy, Poland and Croatia, with a second Metalfest in Germany set to take place in Loreley.
"Kreator will share the stage with Blind Guardian, Hypocrisy, Ensiferum and many more."
The confirmed dates:
May 31 - June 2, 2012 - Mining, Metalfest Austria
May 31 - June 2, 2012 - Dessau, Metalfest Germany/East
June 1 - June 3, 2012 - Jaworzno, Metalfest Poland
June 3 - June 5, 2012 - Zadar, Metalfest Croatia
June 5 - June 7, 2012 - Milan, Metalfest Italy
June 7 - June 9, 2012 - Loreley, Metalfest Germany/West
June 7 - June 10, 2012 - Pratteln, Metalfest Switzerland
June 9 - June 10, 2012 - Plzen, Metalfest Czech Republic"
The complete schedule will be available in 2012.
Back in December 2009, Sunday Old School covered Napalm Death, one of the most influential bands in the history of extreme music. In some respects, we never stopped looking at them, as the column has covered several bands with ties to Napalm Death, namely, Cathedral, Carcass, Extreme Noise Terror and most recently, Terrorizer. Today will see a continuation of this trend, as Sunday Old School looks at Godflesh, one of the most innovative metal bands to ever emerge from Great Britain.
Godflesh was initially birthed as Fall Of Because in 1985 in the city of Birmingham by bass player G.C. Green and guitarist Paul Neville, with Justin Broadrick joining the ranks soon afterwards as a drummer and vocalist, though he would leave soon after to become the new guitarist for Napalm Death, making his recording debut with the band on the A-side of the classic, "Scum" album. Broadrick would leave Napalm Death soon after to become the drummer for Head Of David, one his favourite local bands, but once again remained unsettled and soon contacted Green about reforming Fall Of Because, an invitation Green accepted. Fall Of Because soon became Godflesh and the duo of Broadrick and Green decided to stay as such, incorporating the use of a drum machine instead of hiring someone to sit behind the kit. More...