Metal News for September 8, 2010
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Coming fresh off the release of their new album, "Warp Riders" (reviewed here), The Sword drummer Trivett Wingo sat down with Metalunderground.com to talk about the musical shift of "Warp Riders," the absence of acoustic guitars on the record, tug of war battles with "Warp Riders" producer Matt Bayles and the band's love for all things old school. More...
As was previously announced, Mike Portnoy has decided to leave Dream Theater after 25 years with the band. Dream Theater has now issued the following statement regarding Portnoy's departure:
"To all of our loyal fans and friends: It is with profound sadness -- regret -- we announce that Mike Portnoy, our lifelong drummer and friend, has decided to leave Dream Theater. Mike's stature in the band has meant the world to all of us professionally, musically, and personally over the years. There is no dispute: Mike has been a major force within this band.
"While it is true that Mike is choosing to pursue other ventures and challenges, we can assure you
that Dream Theater will continue to move forward with the same intensity -- and in the same musical tradition -- that you have all helped make so successful, and which is truly gratifying to us. Fans and friends: File this episode under 'Black Clouds and Silver Linings.' As planned, we begin recording our newest album in January 2010, and we'll follow that with a full-on world tour. 'The Spirit Carries On.'
"All of us in Dream Theater wholeheartedly wish Mike the best on his musical journey. We have had a long and meaningful career together. It is our true hope that he finds all he is looking for, and that he achieves the happiness he deserves. He will be missed."
Acording to TMZ, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil has been accused of assaulting a woman in Las Vegas this weekend, while he was in an elevator. The woman has filed a misdemeanor battery charge against the singer, who she claims pushed her.
Read the full article at TMZ.
City of Fire, which features vocalist Burton C. Bell, has posted a new music video online for the song "Rising," which can be viewed below.
Denmark based death metal act Corpus Mortale has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio:
"The news first. We can finally announce (after several delays) that we have booked the infamous AntFarm studio for the recordings of the 3rd CM album. If all goes according to the plans it should be fully recorded, mixed and mastered before new year. As soon as we begin the recordings we'll make a studio blog which we will up-date regularly. Jacob Olsen (Panzerchrist etc.) will be in charge og the sound, engineering and mixing. We'll also have a photo-session going down next week so expect a series of pictures with our pretty faces very soon.
"Tour-update: It's always dangerous to announce anything before it's certain it will happen therefore we haven't posted anything about the following Eastern European mini-tour until now. Now it should be 100% sure we'll go and we really look forward to it since we haven't played those countries before and we've only heard good things about the crowds those places. We'll be going with Hungarian band MALEDICTION + various local support acts. You can check out the dates in the event list.
"Furthermore our forthcoming Scandinavian tour with ABYSMAL TORMENT & INSISION is beginning to take shape.. 3 shows are already posted and if everything works out as planned we have 4-5 more in store for you freaks. Keep an eye out for up-dates. As for 2011 a lot of VERY interesting offers has come up, more news on those later. Also we have several festivals lined up for next summer, but it's too early to mention any of those as well."
Drummer Mike Portnoy, who has been working with Avenged Sevenfold since the death of drummer James "The Rev" Sullivan, has now issued the following announcement about parting ways with Dream Theater:
"I am about to write something I never imagined I'd ever write: After 25 years, I have decided to leave Dream Theater....the band I founded, led and truly loved for a quarter of a century. To many people this will come as a complete shock, and will also likely be misunderstood by some, but please believe me that it is not a hasty decision...it is something I have struggled with for the last year or so....
"After having had such amazing experiences playing with Hail, Transatlantic and Avenged Sevenfold this past year, I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with these other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater... Please don't misinterpret me, I love the DT guys dearly and have a long history, friendship and bond that runs incredibly deep with them...it's just that I think we are in serious need of a little break...
"Dream Theater was always my baby...and I nurtured that baby every single day and waking moment of my life since 1985...24/7, 365...never taking time off from DT's never-ending responsibilites (even when the band was 'off' between cycles)...working overtime and way beyond the call of duty that most sane people ever would do for a band...
"But I've come to the conclusion that the DT machine was starting to burn me out...and I really needed a break from the band in order to save my relationship with the other members and keep my DT spirit hungry and inspired. More...
Jon Schaffer has announced an eclectic, fan-favorite set list for Iced Earth’s upcoming limited-engagement U.S. tour.
“I wanted to give fans something really special,” Schaffer said. “So I put together songs that include some we’ve rarely played live before, and at least one that reaches back to our first album. Even long-time fans of Iced Earth are going to be surprised.”
Iced Earth kicks off its four-city U.S. tour on September 10 in Washington DC, followed by Chicago (September 21), New York (September 23), and West Hollywood (September 25).
The touring lineup for Iced Earth will be Jon Schaffer (Rhythm and Lead Guitars, Backing Vocals), Matt Barlow (Lead and Backing Vocals), Brent Smedley (Drums), Troy Seele (Lead Guitar), Freddie Vidales (Bass Guitar).
Schaffer’s Sons of Liberty band, featuring Schaffer on lead vocals, makes its live debut on this tour.
"Sons of Liberty is a project that is near and dear to my heart,” Schaffer said. “I'm very passionate about it. This is an opportunity for me to speak directly to the people. Hopefully, I can inspire them to look into the message and wake up to what is going on around them.”
He continued: "This isn't about me thinking I'm a great singer or front man. In fact, through the rehearsing process my respect has only grown for Matt. Doing lead vocals presents a whole new set of challenges for me."
According to Schaffer, the response to his Sons of Liberty album "Brush-Fires of the Mind" has been overwhelming. It was only officially released on July 13, but already tens of thousands of copies have been sold and given away on his web site. Hundreds more are downloaded every week.
But as popular as Sons of Liberty has become, it’s Iced Earth that takes center stage this month.
“We haven’t been this energized and passionate in a long time,” Schaffer said. “We are definitely going to kick ass, and have a lot of fun doing it.”
Preparing for the four-city tour isn’t all that’s been keeping Schaffer busy these days. He’s also working on a new Iced Earth album (scheduled for release Spring, 2011), a live DVD (scheduled for release before the end of this year), and a special project he will only say fans will “freakin’ love.”
The soon-to-be-released DVD is called “Festivals of the Wicked.” It features full-length concerts from Wacken, 2007 (with Tim “Ripper” Owens on lead vocals), Metal Camp and Rock Hard, 2008 (with Matt Barlow on lead vocals), a rockin’ road movie, a long interview with Jon, and more.
Triptykon, the latest band from Hellhammer and Celtic Frost mastermind Thomas G. Fischer (aka Tom Warrior,) has announced that they will be performing with Norwegian symphonic black metal outfit Dimmu Borgir on three dates this month in Europe.
The tour dates are as follows:
September 27, 2010 Milan, Italy
September 28, 2010 Zagreb, Croatia
September 30, 2010 Luxembourg
Pirate metal act Swashbuckle has posted a fourth teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Crime Always Pays..." The new album is set to be released on September 10th, 2010.
The Cleansing has issued the following update about finishing the band's upcoming full-length album:
"Mastering session for the new The Cleansing album is now finished! Engineer Bjørn Engelmann (Behemoth, Meshuggah, Bloodbath) did a great job mastering the album. It really sounds brutal and in your face - as it should! Also more studio pix from the studio(s) have been added at this location. Next week we're finally going to unveil the album title! Stay tuned!"
Swedish black metallers Rev 16:8 have announced they have finished recording, mixing, and mastering their upcoming album. Additional details on the new album's track listing and release date will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out several Rev 16:8 songs via the band's official MySpace page.
Greek doom metal act Sorrows Path has issued the following brief update appearing at this year's edition of the Malta Doom Metal festival:
"We will perform live at the great Malta Doom Metal Festival on the 19-20 November along with awesome doom bands like Forsaken, Nomad Son, and many more... More info will follow soon! Doom rules eternally."
You can catch Sorrows Path live on the following dates:
10/23 2010 HARLEY BAR THESSALONIKI, MACEDONIA, GREECE
11/19 2010 BUSKETT ROADHOUSE RABAT, MALTA
11/20 2010 BUSKETT ROADHOUSE RABAT, MALTA
12/5 2010 AN CLUB (RELEASE PARTY-LIVE) ATHENS, ATTIKA, GREECE
Montreal based extreme metallers KATAKLYSM have announced their first ever performances in South Africa. Vocalist Maurizio Iacono commented:
"This is truly a highlight in KATAKLYSM's career! To be given the chance to go across the world where very few metal bands have had the privilege to play. We are proud to announce our arrival to South Africa for our first time ever and we promise you a journey to remember. See you soon!"
Slaughter Camp Open Air Festival Dates:
May 6th – 8th Johannesburg
May 13th – 15th Cape Town
"Heaven’s Venom" (reviewed here) was released on August 13th in Europe and August 24th in North America. The follow-up to 2008’s "Prevail," was recorded by KATAKLYSM guitarist J-F Dagenais (MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX) and was mixed by Tue Madsen (THE HAUNTED, MNEMIC, DARK TRANQUILLITY).
New Glasgow based death metallers Hate Division have announced they have finished recording their debut full-length album "Strategy of Obsolescence." The band had previously released a four song self-titled EP in 2009. Hate Division is currently streaming a new song online from the album, titled "A Slice of Freedom." The song can be heard at this location.
"We wanted to make this album a 'collected works' of all of our influences. Essentially, create something that is both diverse and cohesive while remaining as brutal as possible. I think we accomplished what we set out to do." Commented the band's drummer Shane Forsyth. Bassist Paul Shaw also added, "We took our time with this album to ensure it was the best it could possibly be, it was definitely worth the wait! We hope you enjoy it as much as we do."
Chile based act Six Magics has issued the following update about upcoming festival appearances:
"Hey Everybody! Let me tell you that we have 3 Festival Appearances on our European Tour 2010 beside a few normal Gigs that we are still planing. We will start with 'True As Steel' in Switzerland on October 15.
"The Second Appearance will be on the III. Izmir Rock Fest in Turkey dated for October 16.-17! As the Band never has been there we hope to have a blasting show and we are expecting an awesome audience there and hope we will have a huge party. See you there. And finally to close our Tour we will Perform on Women in Rock in the Netherlands on November 24. We hope to see our friends from the Netherlands over there.
"So far... We hope to announce some more Club Shows soon, so we can meet there too! Keep Updated and Thanks a lot for Supporting us! Hopefully we will have a successful Tour. See you on the Road!"
The Absence has posted behind the scenes footage from the video shoot for the title track off the band's new album "Enemy Unbound." The video clip can be viewed below.
Blood Red Throne has issued the following statement about playing Mexican shows this weekend:
"Cheers you mexican maniacs! This weekend BRT is coming to Mexico to bring you the finest Norwegian death metal! Mr. Hustler will be present as well as he's stepping in for our singer who couldn't make this trip. So, horns and beers up and see you soooooon!"
The upcoming Blood Red Throne tour dates are as follows:
9/11 2010 Circo Volador Ciudad de México, Mexico City, MEXICO
9/12 2010 Organic Bar Guadalajara (Tlaquepaque), MEXICO
11/5 2010 The Palladium Worcester, Massachuse
11/6 2010 Northern Lights Albany, New York
11/7 2010 Recher Theater Towson, Maryland
11/8 2010 Terminal 5 New York, New York
11/10 2010 The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
11/12 2010 Mr.Smalls Pittsburgh, Pennsylvan
11/13 2010 Royal Oak Music Theatre Detroit, Michigan
11/14 2010 House of Blues Chicago, Illinois
11/15 2010 The Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin
11/16 2010 Cabooze Minneapolis, Minnesota
11/18 2010 MacEwan Ballroom Calgary, Alberta, CANADA
11/19 2010 Edmonton Events Center Edmonton, Albania, CANADA
11/21 2010 Rickshaw Theater Vancouver, British Co, CANADA
11/22 2010 The Knitting Factory Spokane, Washington
11/23 2010 Roseland Theatre Portland, Oregon
11/24 2010 Showbox SoDo Seattle, Washington
11/26 2010 The Knitting Factory Reno, Nevada
11/27 2010 The Fox Theater Pomona, California
11/28 2010 The Regency Grand Ballroom San Francisco, California
11/30 2010 House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada More...
Metallica has checked in with the following announcement about releasing the "Six Feet Down Under" EP in celebration of the band's trek to Australia and New Zealand:
"We're getting psyched up for our return to Australia and New Zealand next week. It's been six long years since we've visited and we're ready to throw down! The nice people at Universal Music were so darn excited that they actually suggested that we release something special to commemorate this last run of World Magnetic tour dates, so ta-da we present the 'Six Feet Down Under' limited edition EP! Coming to Trans-Tasman record stores and also at the Metallica.com Store on September 20.
"Here's the story. The collective brain trust came up with what we thought might be a kinda fun idea. How about some live recordings from each time we have been lucky enough to visit the area? It was all well and good until we realized that we did not start making multi-track recordings of every show until 2004... oops! But you guys, the fans, came to our rescue with some pretty decent bootleg options and we trimmed those down to two songs from each tour in 1989, 1993, 1998, and 2004. In digging a little deeper, it occurred to us that we had tracks that had never before been released as 'live b-sides' (we're not counting the bonus songs on i-Tunes, okay?) and that that added to the adventure of pulling it all together.
"Be gentle with us. A few of these songs are, well, we'll say 'rough,' which may be an understatement!! They do, however, capture the live moments and hopefully you'll have as much fun listening as we did playing on those nights."
The track listing is as follows: More...
Dark Funeral guitarist Lord Ahriman has issued the following announcement about the band parting ways with drummer Dominator:
"Ave! Recently, you could read about Nils 'Dominator' Fjellstrom's departure from Aeon due to personal/private reasons. Today we can confirm that he’ll no longer be part of Dark Funeral either. And just like Aeon, we won’t comment on this subject any further.
"With that being said, I/we see no reason to waste any time here. Besides a new vocalist, we are currently looking for a new drummer too. If you do believe that you have what it takes for the job, please send us a brief introduction and some audio/video files/links of your performance to: email@example.com
"With the recent departures from the band I/we understand if this may cause some worries and/or confusion amongst you all, but you can be rest assured that everything is under total control! It’s not like anyone have left the band on bad terms, but unfortunately, sometimes things like this are inevitable and needs to happen to secure the survival of a band. And there is absolutely no doubt in my/our mind that once the new line-up is complete. We will be a stronger and better band than ever. Musically we will continue in the same paths. I’m still main responsible for all the song writings, incl. the drums. So you have nothing to worry about there. However, a new line-up will naturally color the sound in some ways, but I’m totally confident that it will only be for the better. More...
Forgotten Tales has checked in with the following update about releasing the new album "We Shall See the Light:"
"Hello everyone. We are pleased to announce the release of Forgotten Tales’ 3rd album 'We Shall See the Light' Friday, November 5, 2010 at the Imperial of Quebec. Tickets are on sale today at the Imperial and on Billetech.
"General Admission: Pre-sale: $18.00 incl Tax. + Ticketing fees At the door: $20.00 taxes incl. + Ticketing fees. Be there."
French metal act Glorior Belli has issued the following announcement about releasing a split album with Creeping:
"Split 12? w/ Sludge/Black Metaller Creeping coming soon! 'Rites of Spiritual Death" split 12" Glorior Belli / Creeping will be released soon on Necroterror Records. Striclty limited to 300 copies, coming with an exclusive A3 poster. Check out the awesome layout at this location!"
Ignominious Incarceration has checked in with the following update about the band's recent and upcoming activity:
"Unfortunately we had to pull out our remaining August tour dates due to a big car accident our van was involved in. Everyone made it out with no life threatening damage, a couple broken bones, some cuts and scrapes.
"We had a rad time with And Hell Followed With & HID and hope to make it over again. We had to push our recording back from September as well, but this is being reorganized. Peace."
Dutch metallers Massive Assault have posted a video clip online from the band's appearance at the Herriefest 2010. The clip can be found below.
Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels have unvealed the cover artwork of their new album "Dead Again," which is due November 19th via NoiseArt Records. The cover was done by Ed Repka, who has already worked with names such as Megadeth, Death, Steelwing, and many more. The "Dead Again" track listing is as follows:
2. Reborn in Violence
3. Bleeding Holocaust
4. The Trial
5. Suicide Solution
6. Beggar of Scorn
8. Violent Abuse
9. The Lies of Resurrection
10. Search for Recreation
11. Dead Again
12. Final Dawn
Sylosis has posted video footage online of the band's performance at Sonisphere 2010. The video clip can be viewed below.
Swiss metal act Samael is currently in the studio recording the follow-up to the band's latest album "Above." Samael has now also announced the following upcoming three headlining shows in Russia:
29.10.10 : Tochka club - Moscow, Russia
30.10.10 : Teleclub - Yekaterinburg, Russia
31.10.10 : Orlandina club - St.Petersburg, Russia
Abraxas has revealed the cover artwork for the new album "Damnation," which can be viewed here. The band also commented on uploading a new track from the album:
"Hey Guys! Finally here are updates from us! Our brand new a track 'Leviathan Of Blood And Fire' is available for streaming on the band's MySpace page. The track comes off the group's debut album, 'Damnation' which will be release later 2010. Abraxas's new album contains 10 songs [plus two bouns re-record EP and Sepultura cover] of the strongest material to date!"
The "Damnation" track listing is as follows:
1. Astaroth (Intro/Instrumental)
2. Through Blood We Return
3. Crowned Rebellion
4. A Species Untrue
5. Ingrowing Masochistic Perversion
6. Folding For Our Demise
7. Leviathan Of Blood And Fire
8. Damnation Uncreation
9. Universal Collapse
10. Receptacle Of Sin (Acoustic Instrumental)
11. To The Wall (SEPULTURA Cover)
12. Eternally Erased (Re-Recorded For Bonus )
13. Agony Absolution (Re-Recorded For Bonus)
Bring Me The Horizon has issued the following announcement about seeking fans for an upcoming music video shoot:
"We are shooting on Saturday 18th September at a location in East London (UK) - and you need to be able to get there under your own steam. Please email a photo with your name, age, full postal address, and mobile number to: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will give you details of what time and where to be.
"If you are under 18 you need written parental consent (this is for insurance purposes). Cut off date for Applications is Wednesday 15th of September. This will be a long day so wear something comfortable and make sure you have a jacket etc as it can be chilly on set! Black hoodies would be useful too."
Norma Jean has announced the following upcoming U.K. and Canadian tour dates:
9/30 2010 Cockpit w/ Architects and Devil Sold His Soul Leeds, UNITED KINGDOM
10/1 2010 O2 Academy 2 w/ Architects and Devil Sold His Soul Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
10/2 2010 Club Academy w/ Architects and Devil Sold His Soul Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
10/3 2010 Garage w/ Architects and Devil Sold His Soul Glasgow, UNITED KINGDOM
10/4 2010 O2 Academy 2 w/ Architects and Devil Sold His Soul Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM
10/6 2010 Rescue Rooms w/ Architects and Devil Sold His Soul Nottingham, UNITED KINGDOM
10/7 2010 Waterfront w/ Architects and Devil Sold His Soul Norwich, UNITED KINGDOM
10/8 2010 Koko w/ Architects and Devil Sold His Soul London, UNITED KINGDOM
10/9 2010 Anson Rooms w/ Architects and Devil Sold His Soul Bristol, UNITED KINGDOM
11/26 2010 Element Nightclub Victoria, BC, CANADA
11/27 2010 PNE Coliseum Vancouver, BC, Canada
12/1 2010 To be announced Calgary, AB
12/3 2010 Odeon Events Centre Saskatoon, SK, CANADA
12/4 2010 Burton Cummings Theatre Winnipeg, MB, CANADA
12/6 2010 Thunder Bay Community Auditorium Thunder Bay, ON, CANADA
12/8 2010 The Wall North Bay, ON, CANADA
12/10 2010 Metropolis Montreal, QC, CANADA
12/12 2010 Stages Kingston, ON, CANADA
12/14 2010 London Music Hall - The Music Hall London, ON, CANADA
12/16 2010 The Sound Academy (formerly The Docks) Toronto, ON, CANADA
Virgin Steele's David DeFeis gives us another weekly studio update about the progress on the new album, "The Black Light Bacchanalia," reporting that they're now in the "pre-mix" stages. (Read Update #1, Update #2, and Update #3.)
Greetings & Salutations Eternal, Faithful Metal Listeners,
I am pleased to say that all the guitar solos are now complete, and they continue the tradition of crafting a song within a song. I like for the solos to be statements within themselves, that have a proper beginning a climax and a conclusion. This has once again been achieved. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with both Edward & Josh on the solos, and I am thankful to them for being so conscientious and attentive to the material. I am now compiling all the tracks, and doing whatever stray its of vocal harmonies need to be done...In short we are in a pre-mix phase now. The new gear has arrived, and I am taking full advantage of it, sleeping about 4 hours at most, as I am completely possessed by these sounds and I wish for the album to arrive in reality at sounding the way it does in my head...
The lyrics have gotten more and more involved, and the material has dictated a specific approach in putting them across...I think this Work is frenzied, quite insane, certainly Epic, Bombastic, Romantic, very heavy...but the musicality always shines through...
Until we meet again...& Beyond...stay Forever...INVICTUS....
Columbus, Ohio prog/doom/tech/stoner/metal band DEADSEA is putting the final touches on their upcoming Grand Delugeon US tour. Set to kick off on the first of October, the band will play the Midwest, Northwest, West Coast and Southern US states -- the band's first time to tour the West Coast -- on a three-week rampage, with the entire tour being centered around this year's annual Fall Into Darkness Festival in Portland, Oregon.
Fans who venture out to the shows will hear selections from the band's upcoming album they're wrapping up now, set for release later in 2010. As with their previous full-lengths -- 2005's "Desiderata" LP and 2007's self-titled CD -- this new yet-to-be-titled full-length will again be released on the band's own Chrome Leaf Records, who've also been responsible for releases from Prosanctus Inferi, Nekrasov/Aderlating (split), Portal and more in recent years.
Here are the latest DEADSEA Grand Delugeon 2010 US Tour dates:
10/01/2010 *TBA - Chicago, IL
10/02/2010 Bong Ward - Milwaukee, WI
10/03/2010 Turf Club - Minneapolis, MN
10/04/2010 Memory Lanes - Minneapolis, MN
10/05/2010 Bourbon Theatre- Lincoln, NE
10/06/2010 *TBA - Denver, CO
10/07/2010 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Laughter
10/08/2010 Red Room Tavern - Boise, ID
10/09/2010 Berbati's Pan - Portland, OR @ Fall Into Darkness Fest
10/11/2010 Alibi- Arcata, CA
10/12/2010 *TBA - Oakland, CA
10/13/2010 Elbo Room - San Francisco, CA w/ Grayceon
10/15/2010 *TBA - Los Angeles, CA w/ Landmine Marathon
10/16/2010 *TBA - San Diego, CA w/ Landmine Marathon
10/17/2010 Sound Kontrol - Phoenix, AZ w/ Landmine Marathon
10/18/2010 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Albuquerque, NM
10/19/2010 Pine Box - Midland, TX
10/20/2010 Headhunter's - Austin, TX
10/21/2010 Nightmare - Dallas, TX w/ Christian Mistress
10/22/2010 *TBA - Nashville, TN
More news on DEADSEA's upcoming album will be released in mere days, along with more confirmed tour dates.