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
Tesseract is in the studio for the first time with newly announced vocalist, Elliot Coleman.
Originally featured on their debut album One , the band is re-recording "Eden" with Coleman on vocals and will also be releasing a music video in for the track. More details will be announced shortly, but in the meantime TesseracT has released studio footage of the recording process which can be seen below.
Job For A Cowboy are currently putting the finishing touches on the pre-production demos for their next full-length album.
Commenting on the new material, the band recently had the following to say: "Don't worry, we aren't going to throw a nu-metal curve ball. Also, we are going to have an 8 minute instrumental track of just 'bree's' to make all the younger kids shutup."
A tentative spring 2012 release through Metal Blade Records is expected. Job For A Cowboy's latest EP Gloom was released earlier this year in June.
After weeks of rumors, The Human Abstract have now parted ways with vocalist Travis Richter. Reasons for his departure remain unclear.
His temporary replacement for the upcoming Frak The Gods Tour featuring Periphery, Textures and The Contortionist will be Ryan Devlin - current vocalist of San Diego progressive metal band Corelia. The Frak The Gods Tour takes place next week. Get all dates here.
Quoted Devlin: "I am very excited for the opportunity, and hope you will come see me on tour."
Richter apparently issued the following statement explaining his departure: "A couple months ago I told the guys I wasn't going to tour anymore for a couple reasons. One, I'm turning 30 and have given all my time to bands and the road, and I want to be able to start a family and see my parents and grandparents more. Secondly, I graduated with an audio production degree, and I feel myself being pulled into that world as more of a full time position. I think The Human Abstract is an amazingly gifted group of musicians with mind bending potential and I couldn't thank them enough for everything they've done for me since I joined the band in feb of 2010. The fans have also been more than amazing and accepted me into the THA family, and for that I sincerely thank you!"
Right this very moment the last few hours of the 2011 edition of the world's biggest open air metal festival is taking place. But the organization isn't sitting still and has already revealed the first couple of names for the 23rd Wacken Open Air, set to take place August 2-4th 2012 at Wacken, Germany.
Big news in the "omfg ttly not metul, crucify him!!!" department where Canada-based post-hardcore act Alexisonfire has called it a day after being around for roughly ten years.
Frontman George Pettit has released the following final statement: "There is no good way to put it so I'm just going to say it. After 10 years, Alexisonfire has decided to part ways. I'm going to try to give you the facts about this as best I can.
Almost a year ago Dallas informed us that he would be leaving Alexis after we finished our Old Crows/Young Cardinals tour cycle. Trying to balance his life between touring with us and at the same time quelling the success of City and Colour was a task too difficult to continue managing. He informed us he wanted to focus his efforts on City and Colour.
San Francisco Bay Area progressive death metal outfit Fallujah are set to release their upcoming album, entitled The Harvest Wombs, on November 22nd through Unique Leader Records.
In a press release The Harvest Wombs is described as "the apex of nearly two years of musical and ideological progression the band has hoped to achieve. Hailing from the musically and aesthetically vibrant San Francisco Bay Area, the band is finally prepared to make this release the quintessence of their sound."
Recorded by Sam Pura at Panda Studios and mixed/mastered by Logan Bennet, The Harvest Wombs "is the largest leap forward for a band quickly developing and refining the sound of atmospheric death metal. Expect something fresh, complex, and thought-provoking."
Commented Between The Buried And Me guitarist Paul Waggoner: "It will be so exciting to get back out on the road and play some tunes for all our wonderful fans. Our anticipation for this tour is massive and I hope that sentiment is shared by all the metal geeks out there. The bill is loaded with some of the most forward-thinking, virtuosic musicians in the genre and the audience can expect to hear all 12 notes in every humanly audible octave many times during the course of the evening!"
My Dying Bride are back in the studio to record a 3 part EP due for release later in the year.
No titles revealed just yet but the news is that it is to be a concept EP of effectively one track of over 25 minutes long split into three acts. Recording is to take place at Futureworks Studio's in late August with long-term sound engineer Mags once again taking the pain.
The new lp is being delayed as the band is simply not ready to record this yet as "things are progressing in a very interesting manner". This release is said to be a precursor of things to come...
New Orleans black/death metallers Goatwhore have entered Mana Recording Studios in in St. Petersburg, Florida with producer Erik Rutan to record the follow-up to 2009's Carving Out The Eyes Of God.
Once the band wraps up the recording of the new record, they will immediately hit the road for headlining shows starting in Tampa. From there, they will join the Exhumed tour starting on October 26 in Gallup, New Mexico. Support on the trek will come from Cephalic Carnage and Havok. Dates were reported earlier over here.
Commented Goatwhore bassist James Harvey: "It has been a while since we toured with our friends in Exhumed and Cephalic Carnage. We are looking forward to having some chaos injected nights of wicked metal with them all."
A legacy comes to an end, long-running US power metal act Jag Panzer disbands.
After more than three decades of delivering heavy metal to the masses, Jag Panzer have decided to call it quits.
"We are proud of every album we released and the support we received from the heavy metal community," states guitarist and founder Mark Briody. "We've played so many places around the world and enjoyed every minute of it but the time has come where we just cannot move forward as a band."
Guitarist Christian Lasegue left the band last month to pursue his degree full time. "Christian did an amazing job on The Scourge of the Light and it was a pleasure working with him," continues Briody. "We wished Christian well but kept this quiet until we found a replacement."
Japanese rock musician and songwriter Taiji Sawada (ex-X Japan, ex-Loudness) passed away yesterday (July 17th) before noon at the intensive care unit in Saipan's Commonwealth Health Center.
Sawada, 45, was arrested last Monday by federal authorities "for interference with a flight attendant" due to an incident on a plane en route from Japan to Saipan. He was brought to CHC after he tried to kill himself on Thursday evening while detained at the Department of Corrections facility.
Sawada was supposed to appear in federal court for his detention hearing on Friday morning. Mark Hanson, Sawada's court-appointed defense attorney, declined to provide details on Friday, but said his client had a "good chance of getting out" and be released to a local family under pretrial release conditions.
UK-based progressive metal outfit Threshold will soon return to the studio to complete work on their forthcoming ninth studio album. The follow-up to 2007's Dead Reckoning is due for release through Nuclear Blast Records in 2012.
The album is once again being recorded at Thin Ice Studios in the UK with producers Karl Groom and Richard West. The band has been working on the new material since November last year.
Relapse Records will release the brand new solo album from prolific musician and writer Chris Connelly (Ministry, Revolting Cocks, The High Confessions).
The new album, titled Artificial Madness, was recorded this past May at Engine studios in Chicago with producer Sanford Parker. Joining Connelly for the recording and adding to his distinctive vocal and guitar work was Noah Leger (The Karl Hendricks Trio, The(e) Speaking Canaries, Head of Skulls) on drums, Will Lindsay (Indian, Nachtmystium, Wolves In The Throne Room) on bass, and Dallas Thomas (The Swan King, Circle of Animals, Asschapel) on guitar.
The title Artificial Madness is a reference to today's insane reliance on needless technologies that has turned humans into head-hung, shuffling zombies. Connelly describes the release as "an adrenaline rush of paranoia, drawing on my history with bands like Ministry, Killing Joke, and The Damage Manual while retaining the melodic sense. It's a statement against the way music has become a flaccid Eagles/Fleetwood Mac nightmare with no one fighting or asking questions anymore. It's time for a revolution."
Iced Earth's live performance at the Ilosaarirock Festival in Joensuu, Finland will be streamed live later today at 7:00 pm local time (12:00 noon EST / 9:00 am PST) at this location (brought to you by the Finnish broadcasting company YLE).
Iced Earth recently entered the studio to begin recording their new upcoming album, Dystopia, with producer Jim Morris. The album is tentatively scheduled for a late 2011 release through Century Media Records. More on that here.
As previously reported, Matt Barlow will retire from the band after the summer festival shows. Afterwards Into Eternity vocalist Stu Block will become the new lead singer for Iced Earth.