Ohio progressive black/death metallers LOCUSTA, who regrettably had to skip the entire first week of their US tour with Tennessee black/doom titans Argentinum Astrum due to vehicular trouble, today issued the following update from the road:
Said guitarist Dru Silver: “Unfortunately, due to van trouble we had to scrap the first week of our tour; we had the (dis)pleasure of breaking down in a dry county in Kentucky for three days, and with the added financial stress of automotive repairs it was next to impossible to go on as planned. Fortunately for us they were mostly regional dates, however we apologize to anyone that was planning on attending any of those shows on either band’s behalf. We shall return…
“In other news, we’ve been immensely enjoying the natural wonders that the western frontier has to offer– particularly Massacre Rocks/Craters of the moon in Idaho — and have been getting along great with the folks in Argentinum… practically peas in a pod. The reception has been good so far, and we can’t wait for what else this side of the country has to offer! Many thanks to those that have aided us in our journey so far.”
LOCUSTA Summer Assault 2010 [remaining dates]
7/22/2010 A House at 10128 N.E. Pacific St. – Portland, OR w/ Argentinum Astrum
7/24/2010 924 Gilman St. – Berkeley, CA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Black America, Zero Progress, Vietnam Hardcore, Dun Bin Had
7/25/2010 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Nihlotep, Pale Chalice
7/26/2010 The Rhythm Lounge – Long Beach, CA w/ Argentinum Astrum, TBA
7/28/2010 Taala Hooghan Infoshop – Flagstaff, AZ W/ Argentinum Astrum
7/29/2010 The Trainyard – Las Cruces, NM w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/01/2010 The Ten Eleven – San Antonio, TX w/ Argentinum Astrum, Hod(Ibex Moon), TBA
8/02/2010 The White Swan – Houston, TX w/ Argentinum Astrum, Anal Punishment, Nibiru, Paranoidfreakout
8/03/2010 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow Thrift Store – 10240 Burbank Drive – Baton Rouge, LA w/ Argentinum Astrum, Barghest
8/04/2010 The Farside Collective – Tallahassee, FL w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/05/2010 The Pony Pen – Savannah, GA w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/06/2010 Playground – Atlanta, GA w/ Argentinum Astrum
8/07/2010 The Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN w/ Argentinum Astrum
LOCUSTA released their debut full-length via Kentucky-based Pragmatic Records upon an unsuspecting underground earlier this year. The 10-track, self-titled offering was recorded/engineered by Brian Simakis at Capital City Studios, mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Mastering and features strikingly stark cover art by local artist Stefan Hoza. Formed in the fall of 2006, the band take their name from a female chemist from Ancient Rome regarded as the first documented serial killer. It was rumored that in A.D. 54, she may have been hired by Agrippina The Younger to kill the Emperor Claudius, possibly with a poisoned dish of mushrooms.
After decimating the crowd at this year’s Obscene Extreme Festival in the Czech Republic, Chilean brutalists THORNAFIRE continue to spread their vicious brand of death metal across the European countryside in ongoing support of their 2009 Ibex Moon Records release, Vorex Deconstrucción. Guitarist Victor MacNamara had the following to say about the tour thus far…
“Today is Wednesday, July 21st and we’re going to Krakow. We just finished two festivals and a show in Slovakia. The response to our performances has been fabulous and we also learned a lot from the scene in Europe in this our first tour.
Here, the shows and the fans are very similar to what I have seen in Chile and other parts of South America. At festivals and shows in clubs the fans all want to have a good time and listen to music and here you are with tons of musicians, public and press, suggesting that this kind of music never ends. Very cool if you chose this lifestyle 😉
Soon, we’ll gather with friends and see the remaining dates.
With our music we hope to leave a nasty groove on this continent and in the future anywhere.”
Edu Falaschi (ANGRA) is producing the new EP “Crystal Night” of Angels Holocaust (Brazil). The CD will include three songs and the first video of the band as a multimedia section.
According to the vocalist Rodrigo Cafundó: “This is a great opportunity for Angels Holocaust! Our motivation is getting even stronger due to our work with Edu. We count on the experience that he has got during his international career and believe that he will bring a lot of improvements into the sound of the band. He is a great producer and all out team has the highest expectations possible regarding the quality of the upcoming EP”.
“Crystal Night” should be released in the 2nd half of 2010 in Brazil. Angels Holocaust is going to publish video reports from the studio through its official sources.
Southern California’s ANTAGONIST have posted the second video from their studio sessions in which they recorded their forthcoming album, “World In Decline,” due August 17th on Prosthetic Records. Check out the video at www.prostheticrecords.com The band posted the track, “Sasha Grey” on their Myspace, last week. (http://www.myspace.com/antagonist)
“World In Decline,” Track Listing:
1. The Bane of Existence
2. Sasha Grey
3. Disguised In White
4. God On Fire
5. Wake Up And Smell The Lies
6. New Human
7. A Voice Unspoken
8. Already Dead (Featuring John Strachan of The Funeral Pyre)
9. Darkest Darkness (Featuring Jared Monette of Arsonists Get All The Girls)
10. World In Decline (Featuring Jared Monette of Arsonists Get All The Girls)
“World In Decline” is the follow up to, “Exist,” to ANTAGONIST’s 2008 Prosthetic debut. They also have two previous full lengths and several EPs.
THE ABSENCE: Track-listing, cover art, first single, and pre-order packages for ‘Enemy Unbound’ now available!
Original drummer Jeramie Kling officially back in the band
AGOURA HILLS, Calif. – July 21, 2010 – In conjunction with the upcoming release Enemy Unbound from Tampa, FL area natives THE ABSENCE, Metal Blade Records is pleased to release the track-listing, cover art, pre-order packages, and the first single from Enemy Unbound. The title track can be heard on metalblade.com/theabsence.
The classic german metal band Helloween have issued an update regarding their upcoming studio album and following tour:
“As many of you thought while reading the last news, the band named it´s new studio effort: 7 Sinners. It is not 100% clear who the remaining two sinners are, be sure that you´ll find out the day of the release!
At the moment, the guys are busy laying down the last tracks for the album, before long time producer Charlie Bauerfeind goes on with the mix. The guys are very enthusiastic about their “new baby”, stating there is a great Helloween album to come!”
Along with the album title, here’s an updated list of European tour dates, with support of Stratovarius.
The 7 Sinners World Tour 2010/11 – Europe Part I and II – feat. Helloween and special guest Stratovarius:
26. Nov 2010 – A – Wien, Szene
27. Nov 2010 – CZ – Zlin, Winter MOR
28. Nov 2010 – HU – Budapest, Petöfi Hall
01. Dec 2010 – D – Langen, Neue Stadthalle
02. Dec 2010 – B – Antwerp, Hof Ter Lo
04. Dec 2010 – UK – Prestatyn, Hardrock Hell Festival
05. Dec 2010 – UK – London, The HMV Forum
06. Dec 2010 – NL – Eindhoven, Effenaar
08. Dec 2010 – SWE – Lund, Mejeriet
09. Dec 2010 – NOR – Oslo, Rockefeller
10. Dec 2010 – SWE – Gothenburg, Lisebergshallen
11. Dec 2010 – SWE – Stockholm, Arenan
13. Dec 2010 – EST – Tallinn, Rock Cafe
14. Dec 2010 – FIN – Tampere, Pakkahuone
15. Dec 2010 – FIN – Helsinki, House Of Culture
17. Dec 2010 – PL – Warsaw, Stodola
18. Dec 2010 – PL – Cracov, Studio
19. Dec 2010 – CZ – Prague, Mala Sportovni Hala
11. Jan 2011 – F – Paris, Elysee Montmatre
12. Jan 2011 – F – Lyon, Le Transbordeur
14. Jan 2011 – ES – Madrid, La Riviera
15. Jan 2011 – ES – Bilbao, Rockstar Live
16. Jan 2011 – ES – Barcelona, Razzmatazz I
18. Jan 2011 – I – Milan, Alcatraz
19. Jan 2011 – I – Rome, Altantico
21. Jan 2011 – GR – Athen, Fuzz Live Music Club
22. Jan 2011 – GR – Thessaloniki, Principal Club Theatre
23. Jan 2011 – BG – Sofia, Hristo Botev Hall
24. Jan 2011 – BG – Sofia, Hristo Botev Hall
26. Jan 2011 – HR – Zagreb, Boogaloo Club
27. Jan 2011 – SLO – Ljubljana, Kino Siska Club
28. Jan 2011 – SK – Hlohovec, Sports Hall
29. Jan 2011 – SK – Presov, Sports Hall
31. Jan 2011 – CH – Pratteln, Z7
01. Feb 2011 – D – Saarbrücken, Garage
02. Feb 2011 – D – Bonn, Brückenforum
04. Feb 2011 – D Hannover, Capitol
05. Feb 2011 – D Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
06. Feb 2011 – D Osnabrück, Halle Gartlage
09. Feb 2011 – D Hamburg, Docks
10. Feb 2011 – D Bamberg, Jako Arena
11. Feb 2011 – D Kaufbeuren, All-Kart-Halle
12. Feb 2011 – D Balingen Volksbankmesse
After extensive excursions on the North American West Coast, 70000TONS OF METAL, The World’s Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival sailed back South, crossed the Panama Canal once more and headed back to Tampa, Florida where it is hot like everywhere else these days. It seems what they need to find is an ICED EARTH! 21 out of 40 bands on board… who will be next?
The confirmed 21 out of 40 bands are:
Uli Jon Roth
70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 24, 2011 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to Cozumel, Mexico and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 28, 2011.
Make no mistake, 70000TONS 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!
Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$249 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, all meals, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and 24 room service!
What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out http://www.70000tons.com/ for more information and book your cabin NOW!
Legendary metal group Iron Maiden have a new song and a new single, ‘Satellite 15…The Final Frontier,’.
With its heavy rock attack guitar riffs and a sci-fi music video (produced by Darkside Animation Films), it’s clear that the group is going in a new direction (much of it since the last albums). And for a metal band that’s achieved pretty much everything possible in this world, it makes perfect sense that Iron Maiden would begin pursuing the kinds of new galactic frontiers most other bands can only dream of.
‘Satellite 15…The Final Frontier’ is the first single off of Iron Maiden’s new album, ‘The Final Frontier,’ due to hit stores Aug. 16 (Aug. 17 in US). The album will also be released in a limited edition, collectors ‘Mission Edition’ CD case, and will come with extra features like the director’s cut of the ‘Frontier’ music video, interviews with the band, photos, wallpaper and the exclusive game ‘Mission II: Rescue & Revenge.’
San Francisco Bay Area thrash legends, DEATH ANGEL, have unveiled the track listing and contributing guest musicians for their new album Relentless Retribution. The record isset for release on September 3rd in Europe and the 14th in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Relentless Retribution Track Listing:
1. Relentless Revolution
2. Claws In So Deep
4. Into The Arms of Righteous Anger
5. River Of Rapture
6. Absence Of Light
7. This Hate
8. Death Of The Meek
9. Opponents At Sides
10. I Chose The Sky
12. Where They Lay
“Claws In So Deep” features performances by the popular acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela. The track “Truce” also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof.
Relentless Retribution was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida with production genius Jason Suecof (TRIVIUM, AUGUST BURNS RED, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, ALL THAT REMAINS, WHITE CHAPEL, DEVILDRIVER).
New York doom rockers THE RESURRECTION SORROW kick off their next wave of hot-ass summer tour action this Thursday, taking their pungent, gritty doom rock on the road once again. The band have several shows booked in Connecticut and upstate New York this week, next week they migrate south of the Mason-Dixon line to cause some chaos in Virginia, Washington DC and Kentucky, and later in August they’ll be hitting New York City, Delaware and more.
THE RESURRECTION SORROW Summer Live Actions:
7/22/2010 Papa’s – New Britain, CT
7/23/2010 El n’ Gee – New London, CT
7/24/2010 Valentines – Albany, NY
7/28/2010 Asylum Bar – Washington, DC
7/29/2010 TJ FatBoys – Rocky Mount, VA
7/30/2010 Lisa Oak Street – Lounge Louisville, KY
7/31/2010 Budda’s Place – Newport News, VA
8/07/2010 Ace of Clubs – New York City, NY
8/28/2010 Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
9/04/2010 Jugs n’ Stroker – Merrick, NY
Still riding high on the response to their 2009 self-released debut full-length Hour Of The Wolf, THE RESURRECTION SORROW continue their campaign of hard-ass work and self-promotion, loving what they do as a band and bringing their soulful doom-influenced rock to the masses. The band are working on more tour actions for the fall months, and have a ton of other plans in the works. Please stay tuned for more announcements in the coming weeks.
Candlelight Records today confirms September 28 as the North American release date for In the Absence of Light, the second full-length album from black metallers ABIGAIL WILLIAMS. Recorded at Conquistador Studios in Cleveland, Ohio, the album was mixed by Peter Tagtgren (Dimmu Borgir, Immortal, Celtic Frost) and features artwork by Farron Kerzner (Nachtmystium, Lightning Swords of Death).
In The Absence of Light is true to the rules of black metal. The vocals are harsh and shrill, sounding like the product of a lacerated larynx. Guitars buzz, rip and roar alongside articulate, rapid licks and blazing solos. Drums slam and crash like exploding mortar shells, whether battering with blast beats, double-bass rolls or syncopated snare hits. And there is just the right amount of haunting keyboard washes, a noted difference to the band’s previous album In The Shadow of a Thousand Suns. Vocalist/guitarist Sorceron notes, “There is a lot less keyboards on the new songs. I like keyboards, but before we started this record we decided to get rid of a lot of them because we wanted to do something different.”
The album presents new band members, guitarist Ian Jekelis and drummer Ken Bedene. Joining Sorceron after ABIGAIL WILLIAMS’ final tour in support of In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns last fall, the trio quickly got to work writing material that would become In the Absence of Light. The album’s eight songs contain far more urgency then the band’s previous material; songs written exclusively by Sorceron.
“We let ourselves have much more room with writing this album, kind of a more open, free environment than any we have employed before,” reveals Sorceron. “We literally constructed the songs as we went. Ken would be in the drum room and Ian and I would be in the control room and we just played for hours. We would listen back and pick out what we thought was good and we put songs together. We recorded everything with much more ease and I think it has helped in capturing a very honest vibe.”
Invisible Oranges recently caught up with the former Pantera vocalist. Below is is awesome rant about the BP Oil Disaster. Read the complete interview here.
How is New Orleans doing now with the oil spill?
Anselmo: We ain’t seen the fuckin’ beginning of the repercussion. I think the tip is fuckin’ rearin’ its head, but how can it not? There’s fucking crude spilling out right as we speak here on this motherfuckin’ phone. What can I do about it? What can anybody really do about it? Go to the fuckin’ water and clean animals and birds? It’s not solving the fucking problem.
This right here, this knife in Mother Earth is [a] bleeding fucking wound in our planet, which in my book is God, by all rights. You got God stabbed in the fuckin’ heart. And it’s bleeding. We have not even begun to see the miserable ramifi-fucking-cations of this fucking particular disaster yet. Shit, hurricane season hasn’t really even moved in.
As a matter of fact, by the time the next year rolls around, everything on the Gulf Coast – not just New Orleans, but the entire… it’s not even a tri-state area; you lump Texas and everything into this fuckin’ thing, anything that can be affected by this Gulf – and you blow in fuckin’ oil all over the motherfuckin’ every standing structure… let a big hurricane roll through and blow oil all over every tree, house, car, fuckin’ animal, oh my god – and let it dry up for a fuckin’ week. Then flick a fuckin’ cigarette out. See what happens, with fuckin’ oil all over the place. This place will be torched faster than a motherfuckin’ box of matches, man, and gasoline.
OPETH TO RELEASEIN LIVE CONCERT AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL
PERFORMING “EVOLUTION XX: AN OPETH ANTHOLOGY”
“The remarkable Swedish group Opeth…[is] on a level where fantasy becomes art.” – The New York Times
New York, NY: As part of the ongoing celebration of their 20th anniversary, Sweden’s OPETH is releasing live footage and audio from the band’s recent performance at London’s famed Royal Albert Hall. In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, due out 9/21/10, is a fierce testament to Opeth’s continued success in the progressive metal community.
Twenty years and nine records into their legendary career, Opeth’s “progressively creative spirit” (ARTISTdirect) remains unwavering, propelling the band through the “Evolution XX: An Opeth Anthology” tour, which brought the Swedish titans to six of the world’s most unique venues, and now, with the release of In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, into the homes of their fans.
The performance at the Royal Albert Hall (recorded on the 5th of April, 2010) includes two sets, the first consisting of the band performing 2000’s now-classic, breakthrough epic, Blackwater Park in its entirety, and the second, a chronologically arranged selection of material from the rest of Opeth’s extensive catalogue, totaling almost three hours of music. It is, like the rest of Opeth’s greatest work, “purposefully warped in all the right places” (Decibel). The front cover artwork concept pays tribute to Deep Purple´s Concerto for Group and Orchestra, underlining the band’s longstanding love for their prog-rock roots.
Thinking back to the concert, frontman Mikael Åkerfeldt says “Opeth had a magical night playing the Royal Albert Hall. It was a dream come true, and now afterwards, it still feels like a dream. We got it all on film, and this, our third live recording and DVD might be my personal favorite. One couldn’t help to think of all the fantastic artists that played there over the years. Looking back at this night of celebration brings me fond memories of our 20th anniversary—this package is the delayed birthday present. Enjoy!”
The release will be available as three very special configurations:
– Limited Edition Vinyl Box Set, which includes:
Double-DVD set of Opeth’s performance at the legendary Royal Albert Hall, in its entirety, including bonus features.
A set of four 180-gram LP’s of the concert’s live audio in its entirety. The vinyl is housed in black poly lined inner sleeves which are packaged as 2 double gatefold set with exclusive artwork. Vinyl only available in this box set.
Exclusive, numbered lithograph with artwork designed by Mikael Åkerfeldt and longtime Opeth designer, Travis Smith.
20-page, LP sized booklet printed on coated paper stock that chronicles the night’s events in photos.
Expanded, exclusive artwork and more.
– 5-disc set that consists of 2-DVD and 3 CD’s. The set not only includes the legendary evening captured on video, but the concert’s live audio in its entirety as well.
– Double-DVD set of Opeth’s performance at the legendary Royal Albert Hall, in its entirety, including bonus features.