DIR EN GREY have announced their first North American tour in support of their latest album, Arche. The band will hit major U.S. cities as well as one show each in Canada and Mexico.
Arche was released back in December 2014 but has yet to be officially released in the U.S.
Tour15 Never Free from the Awakening dates:
11/02 The Showbox : Seattle, WA
11/04 Slim’s : San Francisco, CA
11/05 The Mayan : Los Angeles, CA
11/07 Plaza Condesa : Mexico City, Mexico
11/09 Bottom Lounge : Chicago, IL
11/11 Gramercy Theatre : New York, NY
11/13 The Opera House : Toronto, Canada
Premium custom-made guitar and bass company, Dunable Guitars, has announced that all orders this month will receive a 15% discount, your choice of Bare Knuckle Pickups, and a nitro lacquer finish at no additional charge.
Dunable Guitars was founded by Sacha Dunable, vocalist/guitarist of INTRONAUT, who handmakes all the instruments.
Check out why members of DEAFHEAVEN and HIGH ON FIRE play these beautiful guitars.
This past week, MORBID ANGEL announced the departures of drummer Tim Yeung, guitarist Destructhor, and today, frontman/bassist David Vincent. On June 15th, the band announced former frontman/bassist Steve Tucker‘s return even though no official statement on David Vincent‘s status was announced.
Needless to say, this is a complete mess and further dilutes and hurts the legacy of the band. David Vincent chose to take the high road in his official statement:
“I had good communication with Trey yesterday and we agree that there are incompatibilities with regards to us working together.
“Trey and I have accomplished amazing things together over the past 30 years and I wish him the best with his future projects. Out of respect for the legacy of these accomplishments, I encourage Morbid Angel fans to not take sides because, I am not.
“I look forward to sharing my new endeavors with all of you in the near future. Until then, stay Morbid! ~David Vincent”
MORBID ANGEL haven’t been musically relevant in a very long time. Let’s see what the future holds.
Three years after their self-titled album, CRYPTOPSY will release a series of EPs entitled The Book of Suffering. This approach will allow the band to put out new music more often while remaining true to their standards of quality.
After being on a record label for their entire career, CRYPTOPSY decided to go independent in 2012. Supported by their fans, they distributed and sold thousands of albums across the globe and had the opportunity to tour Japan, Western and Eastern Europe, the UK, South America, Scandinavia and Canada. They are now embarking on a crowd funding campaign that will allow them to give their fans more in terms of videos and enhanced live show production.
As of May 8, 2015, CRYPTOPSY‘s crowdfunding campaign is open with exclusive t-shirts, girly tank tops, hoodies, CDs and vinyls. In addition to the more traditional merchandise, they are offering signed Flo Mounier cymbals, online lessons with each band member, guest performances and a song mix by their guitarist and sound engineer Chris Donaldson. For those who are interested in memorabilia, they are offering stage banners that have been used since 2012. CRYPTOPSY‘s $20,000 goal will fund the recording, mixing and mastering of The Book of Suffering Tome 1, as well as produce artwork, a music video and stage banners. Additional rewards such as a play-through video, a tour documentary and more music will be unlocked for all backers if they surpass their goal.
The band have stated: “We hope that every extreme metal fan will be exposed to The Book of Suffering Tome 1. We are extremely proud of the material; it is some of the most brutal, technical and fresh music we have ever created.”
Former BATHORY drummer turned film and music video director, Jonas Åkerlund, is set to direct the film based on the 1998 book, Lords of Chaos, which covered MAYHEM‘s history and the infamous deaths and church burnings in Norway in the early 90’s. The book is interesting but is by no means the be all end all of that era of the Norwegian black metal scene.
Rolling Stone spoke with MAYHEM co-founder/bassist Necrobutcher to get his reaction to the announcement:
“This book Lords of Chaos is fucking crap and that some stupid Swedes are gonna make a movie out of it is not OK…I will do everything I can to stop this film…. Tell the Swedes and the Hollywood people to go fuck themselves.”
You gotta love Necrobutcher.
BABYMETAL–the Japan-based all-girl-fronted “Kawaii Metal” band–has signed with RAL/Sony Music Entertainment for the U.S. release of their 2014 critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The album’s re-release will feature two bonus tracks (cover art and tracklisting below) and be available digitally on Tuesday, May 12 and physically on Tuesday, June 16.
Since forming in 2010, BABYMETAL–the young trio of 17-year-old Su-Metal (vocal, dance) and 15-year-olds Yuimetal (scream, dance) and Moametal (scream, dance), backed by a four-piece band packing a heavy metal arsenal–have already achieved two major debut singles: “Ijime, Dame, Zetta!” and “Megustine,” both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon Chart in Japan. Their first studio album BABYMETAL also earned the #1 spot on Japan’s album chart and Billboard’s World Album Chart.
2014 saw BABYMETAL headline numerous sold-out shows from New York to London, including the 20,000 capacity Saitama Super Arena in Japan. They performed at major festivals in multiple countries such as the UK’s massive Sonisphere in front of 65,000 festival-goers and supported LADY GAGA on her “Artrave: The Artpop Ball” tour. The band will gear up for an equally busy 2015 when they kick off their “The Dark Knights Begin” World Tour 2015 on May 9 in Mexico City.
Since the world should no longer wait for any form of new MERCYFUL FATE-related music, guitarists Michael Denner and Hank Shermann have announced their new name simply entitled, DENNER / SHERMANN. Additionally, former MERCYFUL FATE drummer Snowy Shaw is part of the band. Marc Grabowski (DEMONICA) and Sean Peck (CAGE and DEATH DEALER) will be on bass and vocals, respectively.
Their first release will be an EP, Satan’s Tomb. The band state, “These songs were crafted with the Mercyful Fate worldwide legion of fans at the forefront of their collective minds. From the first riff to the last wail, one cannot help but feel the magic newly recaptured once again.”
Hank Shermann comments: “We have been writing and recording with an incredible line up of musicians and the fans are in for a dark, classic, heavy metal treat for sure. We wanted to get back to the essence of what we created back in the early 80s” “The music inevitable sounds like you would hope it to be, fans of our early work should be very excited”.
While there seems to be subpar bands popping up every second, it only hurts when the really good ones go. Sweden’s IN SOLITUDE announced today that they are calling it a day after 13 years. It was an amicable break up and the band point to bigger priorities in life that have taken precedence.
Here’s the band’s announcement:
“2002 – 2015
“Dear friends. It is with great sadness that we inform you that we have chosen to end In Solitude here.
“This is something that’s been taking shape for a long time and suddenly the day came when we had to evaluate our positions in life and find a solution.
“The reasons for our departure are not hostile in any sense and our love for each other and the music is stronger than ever before. But it is with respect for that music and that love between us that we choose to end it at this point.
“Changes in our personal lives demanded that we treated this as carefully as we could and with our deepest respect and reverence for all personal feelings, and for the aim of our journey.
“This has been one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make and we’ve had to investigate every inch of our beings in order to make this right. In Solitude has been the center of our lives for 13 years and we’ve invested everything we have in this and to make this decision was to rip us up by ours roots and make us re-evaluate our entire lives and our future…[read more]”
At the very least, IN SOLITUDE went out on a high note with the most excellent, Sister.
The first song from ARCTURUS‘ new album entitled “The Arcturian Sign” has been posted online. The song comes off of Arcturian, the band’s first album in 10 years, which comes out this May.
Here’s to hoping ARCTURUS redeem themselves for the terrible Sideshow Symphonies.
IMMORTAL vocalist/guitarist Abbath has announced that IMMORTAL will once again go on hiatus because the band members could not come to an agreement regarding their dispute over ownership of the band’s name. Abbath will move forward with a solo band with new music, and performances, which will include IMMORTAL songs.
Check out the official statement here.
It should be cool to hear what Abbath as well as the other members of IMMORTAL cook up in terms of new music.