ABSU’s Dallas/Ft. Worth concert, originally set for June 29, has been rescheduled at Ft. Worth’s Ridglea Theater on Sept. 5. Opening are doom metal legends Solitude Aeturnus and Austin-based black metallers, Averse Sefira. All tickets for the original concert will be honored at the Sept. 5 make-up performance.
Soon there will be light for the Sons of Northern Darkness, when Norway’s mighty and reunited Immortal releases their new album, All Shall Fall. Look for it in North America on October 6 via Nuclear Blast Records with a European release slated for September 25… Gorgoroth is currently recording the upcoming Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt tentatively set for an October 2009 release through Regain Records… New Jersey thrashers Whiplash will release Unborn Again through Pulverized Records later in 2009 …
Swedish black metallers Istapp have signed a deal with Metal Blade with Blekinge set for a 2010 release… Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnackh) has finished writing nine songs for Burzum’s new album, which he hopes to release in 2010. He’s the Burzum mastermind convicted of murdering Mayhem guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a.Euronymous) in August 1993 and setting fire to three churches…
The Curse Of The Antichrist - Live In Agony, the new double-live album from German thrash metal veterans Destruction, has had its release date pushed back from July 31 to Sept. 25 (via AFM Records)…. Austrian blackened death metal outfit Belphegor has completed work on its eighth full-length studio album, Walpurgis Rites Hexenwahn, due in October …
And speaking of metal mayhem, Mayhem’s Hellhammer (a.k.a. Jan Axel Blomberg) has reportedly agreed to lay down the drums on ANTI-human, the debut album from Germany’s Death of Desire… Generation Kill, a new crossover outfit featuring Exodus frontman Rob Dukes, has released its first demo track, “Hate,” via the band’s official My Space page. The group consists of Dukes on vocals, Rob Moschetti (bass/backing), Lou Lehman and Jason Trenczer (lead guitars) and Sam Inzerra (drums). They’re currently in the studio working on more material and prepping to complete a small east coast tour later this year…
Lemmy lovers unite
The almighty Motorhead supported by Reverend Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy is set for a lethal strike at the Palladium in Dallas on Sept. 19…
Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted has been quoted as saying, “I don’t think it’s proper For Sepultura to go on without the Cavaleras.”
Sweden’s deadly Unleashed has signed a deal with Nuclear Blast for their upcoming tenth studio album, for this October/November.
Lords of WTH
Vocalist Sigurd “Satyr” Wongraven and drummer Kjetil-Vidar “Frost” Haraldstad of Norwegian black metal band Satyricon have expressed their disgust over reports that the Lords Of Chaos book is being turned into a movie. Reportedly, Jackson Rathbone, the teen heartthrob from Twilight has agreed to play Varg Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnackh) mentioned earlier in the column. That should be real scary.
Former Hellhammer/Celtic Frost main man, Tom Gabriel Fischer, and Bazillion Points Books have announced November 2009 as the publication date for Only Death Is Real: An Illustrated History of Hellhammer and Early Celtic Frost. Authored by Fischer with cooperation from Hellhammer / Celtic Frost partner Martin Eric Ain, the deluxe large-format 288 page hardcover will feature over 300 astonishing high-quality photos documenting the very dawn of death metal and black metal….
Dallas Hard Rock
Darrell Abbott’s guitar from Pantera’s 2000 Reinventing the Steel tour is on display at the new Dallas Hard Rock Café…
Rock with Your **** Not Out
A man named Cock-a-licious competed in the Los Angeles Air Sex Championship in June 2009 by getting his freak on to an imaginary sex partner to the sound of Slayer’s “Angel Of Death.” Go to You Tube and search keywords “Los Angeles Air Sex Championship.” It’s the first video posted. Mr. Licious is wearing a black, Speedo-styled under britches. It’s unbelievably funny.
Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is writing a two-issue Lobo comic for DC. It’s being drawn by artist Sam Kieth and is set for a fall release. It’s nice to know Ian has a “Plan B” if needed. Early in the month, the Thrax canned Dan Nelson, their new and unknown vocalist. Nelson was the fourth vocalist to take a ride on the Anthrax train. The vocal tracks Nelson laid down for the upcoming Anthrax album will more than likely be erased, thus putting Nelson into obscurity. Search for vocalist Number Five is currently underway.
It’s gotta be the shoes
Both King Diamond and Mercyful Fate have worked out a deal with C1rca Shoes to feature artwork on several of their sneakers. C1rca has mentioned a possible release of an Abigail sneaker and a Don’t Break The Oath sneaker for this fall with possible approved releases of Them and 9 for spring 2010…