14:33 - !J.O.O.E.! Weekends here don't really apply to work; I think few people work Mon - Fri. Education though, not sure. I think I recall some people having weekend exams. Not me though, thankfully#
14:28 - Marcel Hubregtse Dima apparently is from Australia and there Saturdays are part of the weekend
American dark metal act Cold Colours have inked a deal with Sleaszy Rider Records. Recording of the third full-length cd will begin in the spring with a release date in late 2010.
Hailing from Minneapolis, Cold Colours were formed under the name of Wolfthorn in 1995 with sole member Brian J Huebner. After releasing a few demos, Wolfthorn changed their name to Cold Colours in 1999 while recording the debut full length CD Somnium XIII. A second CD entitled The Burden of Hope was released in 2005.
While a show was played at the 1999 Milwaukee Metalfest; Cold Colours didn't become an actual working live band until 2001. Cold Colours has performed all over the US for the past 7 years. Also headlining all the major venues in the Minneapolis Area including First Avenue, Station 4, The Rock and many others, earning a strong following in the Twin Cities Area.
Metal Blade Records will be releasing a special edition of Fates Warning's Parallels. In addition to remastered audio there will be a second audio disc of live and demo material. The package will also include a DVD with nearly 3 hours of material, including a complete live show from the 1992 Parallels tour and a documentary on the making of Parallels which includes live, studio, and current day interview footage with all the band members, Terry Brown (producer) and Brian Slagel (CEO Metal Blade Records).
Tentative release date is set for March 16, 2010.
To coincide with this release the Parallels lineup, Ray Alder, Jim Matheos, Frank Aresti, Joe DiBiase, and Mark Zonder, are planning a few one-off reunion shows. At this time the only confirmed shows are:
Baltimore, MD's Misery Index are currently in the Wright Way Studios recording Heirs To Thievery, the follow-up to 2008's Traitors. Advance song titles from Heirs To Thievery include "Embracing Extinction", "Heirs To Thievery", "Fed To The Wolves", and "Sleeping Giants". A May 2010 release date is expected.
In the meantime, Misery Index have announced a run of US tour dates following their time in the studio. Misery Index will headline three-weeks in the US, kicking things off in Poughkeepsie, NY on February 19th, with support coming from Magrudergrind. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found below with more to be announced soon.
Two members of the UK metalcore outfit After Death drowned yesterday (Thursday January 21) while swimming at the Atalaia beach in Aracaju, in the northeastern part of Brazil. 21-year-old guitarist Leon Villalba and 18-year-old bassist Timothy Kennelly, along with their bandmates, were in the middle of an extensive tour of Brazil as the support act for Master when the incident occurred.
Villalba and Kennelly were reportedly swimming at the beach around 2:30 pm when another beachgoer noticed a floating body and alerted the local lifeguard rescue team. An attempt was made to resuscitate Villalba using CPR, but he didn't respond. Kennedy's body is still missing. The search for Timothy's remains will continue on Friday with air support, since the area to be covered is very wide.
After being forced to cancel their slot on Ensiferum's Tour From Afar, Hypocrisy's visa issues are solved now and the band is cleared to enter the country.
The following tour dates for May have been announced. Support on the trek will come from Hate, Blackguard and Swashbuckle.
May 11 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock
May 12 - Mesa, AZ @ UB's
May 13 - West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
May 14 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
May 15 - Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
May 16 - San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
May 17 - Portland, OR @ Peter's Room
May 18 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
May 19 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 22 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
May 23 - St Paul, MN @ Station 4
Guitarist Jeff Potts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based old-school metallers Mantic Ritual has issued the following update:
"For the first time in a year, we're at home and we're doing something other than planning our next heavy-metal-family-roadtrip: We're writing and rehearsing new material (some of which was heard on the Marduk tour) for our second album. I don't want to create any false hopes or break any promises down the road, so I'm not going to say when the writing will be done or when the recording will take place, but, I can tell you that we're all really excited about the new songs and that old and new fans alike will agree that they're a step up from what we've done so far.
"Forced To Rock", the new video from US metallers Arsis, has been made available online. The clip was filmed last month with MyGoodEye (The Red Chord, Goatwhore, The Black Dahlia Murder).
Commented mainman James Malone: "I don't think I have the vocabulary to properly express how excited I am for the video clip "Forced To Rock" to be unleashed upon an expecting metal community. The video was shot in sub-zero temperatures and we were truly suffering the entire time, but I guess all great art comes from suffering. I would like to give Kim Dylla (vocalist of the band This Means You) the biggest thank you ever for her participation in our video and for forcing us to rock. The video shoot was something I will never forget."
Guitarist Uwe Lulis (Rebellion), drummer Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire, ex-Angra, Dol Ammad, ex-Sieges Even) and bassist Oliver Holzwarth (Blind Guardian, ex-Sieges Even) have reportedly joined forces in a brand new Germany-based project called Brutal Godz.
According to a press release only Blabbermouth knows of, Brutal Godz' "musical concept is based on energy, cruelty in its purest form without any boundaries."
Brutal Godz are currently seeking a vocalist to complete the group's line-up. According to the band: "fluent English is a must, country of origin/place of residence does not matter. Of utmost importance is a variable voice able to shout, sing and intonate with a strong feel for rhythm patterns. A dominant stage performance is a must."
The Man-Eating Tree, the new atmospheric metal band featuring ex-Sentenced drummer Vesa Ranta alongside current/former members of Poisonblack, Reflexion and Embraze, have entered Mastervox Studio in Oulu, Finland to begin recording its debut album with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (Him, Sentenced, Amorphis).
According to the group's official bio, The Man-Eating Tree was formed when "Vesa Ranta, having taken a break from music after Sentenced, began to overcome his post-Sentenced battle fatigue and lack of musical motivation. The idea of a new band - or bands - was eventually brainstormed over a period of time between Vesa and his friends, including gentlemen Miika Tenkula, Aaron Rantonen, Janne Markus (guitar, Poisonblack) and Mikko Uusimaa. Plans were made reality in 2009; the outfit was completed by the addition of Tuomas Tuominen (Fall Of The Leafe) as a vocalist and Heidi Määttä (Embraze) as a keyboard player. First demo recordings were made in the spring and summer of 2009.
Swedish progressive metal outfit Pain Of Salvation have revealed their new official video for the song, "Linoleum". The track "Linoleum" comes off the band's latest EP with the same title. Linoleum was released in November last year.
Phoenix, Arizona's Landmine Marathon have announced March 16th, 2010 as the release date for their upcoming third length, Sovereign Descent, via Prosthetic Records. The album was recorded at guitarist Ryan Butler's Arcane Digital Recording Studios, (Misery Index, Phobia, The Funeral Pyre) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Converge, Hatebreed, The Dillinger Escape Plan).
The band commented: "We are beyond stoked and anxiously awaiting the release of Sovereign Descent. We feel this is our strongest material to date both in writing and in performance. We cannot wait for fans new and old to hear this album and see the songs performed live on the road."
After the great feedback got from some important shows in Italy with bands like Brutal Truth, Arch Enemy, All Shall Perish, Brujeria and Neaera, Italian thrash-death metallers Living Corpse signed with Murdered Music for the release of their upcoming debut album entitled Metaphisical Collapse, scheduled on February 8th 2010 and worldwide distributed via Coroner Records.
The album, which includes 10 tracks of pure thrash-death metal without compromises, was recorded at One Voice Studio by Daniele Giordana (sound tech for Hatebreed, Sick Of It All, Obituary, Suicidal Tendencies), and mixed/mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Slowmotion Apocalypse, Destrage, Stigma, etc...). Cover artwork was done by Damnengine Design (Slipknot, Chimaria, Lamb Of God, Aborted).
Vocalist Eric Kalsbeek has left Textures to focus on his job and his family. Due to Eric leaving Textures the release date for the follow up of Silhouettes has been pushed back to the beginning of 2011. The following statement was issued:
"I decided to quit Textures. My life changed, priorities shifted. I can't cope with the heavy touring and the time investment anymore. I need to focus on my job and family. I need to take a few steps back. I've had six beautiful years with the band, did loads of amazing shows, made tons of new friends and created some mind-blowing music. I'm going to miss the guys, and of course you, the fans. I know Textures will continue to conquer the world and give you all great, heavy and awesome music. I wish my successor all the best. I will keep on making music, but something totally different, much more low-profile. Maybe we will meet again. Eric out."