White Noise: Behemoth, Devin Townsend, Faith No More, Killswitch Engage and More
It’s Tuesday morning, and that means there’s a whole bunch of killer new albums in stores today. We’ll be bringing you the lowdown on all the new releases later on today, but for now, how about a little news, yes?
So, we’ve got some exclusive album news for you, as well as a hilarious link, an injury report from one of metal’s best bands, and the prospect of another epic concept album. It’s White Noise, and it’s all the metal news you need to get through your morning… like black coffee. So let’s start with some black metal news.
+ Blackened death metallers Behemoth have wrapped the recording of their ninth full-length LP, which will be in stores this summer. Called “Evangelion,” its likely the band will debut material from the record on this summer’s Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, along with Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, Job For a Cowboy, and the Black Dahlia Murder.
According to frontman Adam “Nergal” Darski, he wanted to make sure the songs weren’t “just brutal… [the] songs are more diverse and so are my vocals. There’s definitely more emotions and expression in it.” He says fans will be surprised by the effort, which he’ll be mixing with Colin Richardson in London. In fact, Nergal flies out today, on a plane bound for the U.K.
+ On Wednesday (May 6), Devin Townsend began recording material for “Addicted,” the follow-up to his forthcoming album, “Ki,” which hits stores on June 19. “Addicted” is the second in a series of four records the former Strapping Young Lad frontman’s planning to record and release this year. There’s no word on when the album might be even remotely ready for release, but we’ll keep you posted. And we’ll have more for you on Devin in the coming days, so don’t be a stranger.
+ Some good news for Iron Maiden and their fans. Arts Alliance Media has released some data based on “Iron Maiden: Flight 666,” the band’s must-see documentary. According to AAM, 70 percent of the total ticket sales for the film came on its release date. The film has earned the distinction of being the biggest-ever worldwide simultaneous release of a documentary film, playing on screens across South and Central America, Mexico, all of Western and most of Eastern Europe, Russia, Japan, Australasia, the United States, Canada, South Africa and India. More ticket totals and box office information can be found here.
+ So, this summer, Faith No More are returning to remind us all how rock and roll’s done, but unfortunately, the guys have yet to book any shows in the 50 states… meaning, if you want to catch the reunion, you’ve got to book a trip to Europe, and soon. In the meantime, here’s some recent rehearsal footage one of your favorite (and if they’re not, why aren’t they?) bands shot of themselves, rehearsing. The video proves two things: Mike Patton and the guys are comedic geniuses, and, that “Yakety Sax” makes everything funny. And here’s to hoping FNM announces some U.S. tour dates soon.
+ Sleaze Roxx recently caught up with Queensrÿche guitarist Michael Wilton, and he briefly talked about his upcoming solo album. He said that he’s just working on demos at this time, and that he will not be handling vocals on the album. Instead, he has a few people interested in singing on the disc, and he’d rather “just splatter [his] guitar experience into this.”
+ According to Blabbermouth, Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz performed in a boot cast during Saturday’s stop on the Music As A Weapon tour in West Des Moines, Iowa. He apparently severely hurt his ankle. The extent of the injury is not known, but Adam must be in good spirits; he played the show under two giant inflated palm trees in a chair with two pink flamingos attached to it.