Shrapnel: Bits and pieces of metal (news)

Been a while huh! Here’s the metal news that I’ve fallen across lately.

KATATONIA announces Autumn (Fall to you guys) North American tour

“Heritage Tour” to kick off in late September

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Swedish progressive metal titan Katatonia has announced its return to North American shores this fall. Katatonia will join fellow countrymen Opeth on a six week run, dubbed the “Heritage Tour”, which will conquer over 30 cities across the US and Canada beginning in September.

Guitarist Anders Nyström issued the following statement in anticipation of this monumental combination of Swedish metal heavyweights:

“Both you and we know that North America damn well deserves to see more of Katatonia, right? So how could we possibly resist heading back to the states this fall when Opeth are giving us the opportunity to be their special guests? It was just a matter of time before it had to happen again. Yes we toured together in the same formation ten years ago in Europ,e and not only was that tour very well received by both bands’ fans, but we also shared a great ride together as long time friends. Some people have even been calling this bill their ‘dream line-up’, so it’s only fair that the loyal fans in North America now get their piece of the cake too! So come out and see us on this great tour and remember we’re playing headlining sideshows as well! Looking forward! Cheers!”


Katatonia last toured North America in the fall of 2010, a headlining run on the “Night Over North America” tour, in support of its 2009 release Night Is The New Day.
The band recently celebrated its 20th anniversary as a leading light in progressive heavy metal.
Stay tuned for more information on Katatonia and the “Heritage Tour”.

“Heritage Tour” dates 2011…
Sept. 19 – Worcester, MA – The Palladium
Sept. 20 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theater
Sept. 21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Sept. 22 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Sept. 23 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Sept. 26 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
Sept. 27 – Louisville, KY – Expo Five
Sept. 28 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
Sept. 29 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
Sept. 30 – Atlanta, GA – Center Stage
Oct. 01 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
Oct. 03 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Oct. 04 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Oct. 05 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
Oct. 06 – Kansas City, MO – The Beaumont Club
Oct. 07 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
Oct. 08 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings
Oct. 10 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Centre
Oct. 11 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Oct. 13 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Oct. 14 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory Concert House
Oct. 15 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Oct. 16 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre
Oct. 18 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield
Oct. 19 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre
Oct. 20 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
Oct. 21 – Pomona, CA – The Fox Theater
Oct. 22 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre
Oct. 24 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Oct. 25 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
Oct. 27 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Oct. 28 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre
Oct. 29 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
Oct. 30 – Guelph, ON – Guelph Concert Theatre
Oct. 31 – Millvale, PA – Mr Smalls Theatre
Nov. 01 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live!

GIVE PRAISE RECORDS tell us about their new releases!

After a righteous amount of singles and split 7″s, these fine lads from the UK are back to destroy your hearing and curse all friendly hearts! Seriously angry, raw, blasting fastcore along the lines of Spazz and Hellnation. Get pissed; die slow!

HELLCORE – Destruction Of The World CD
Brutal, angry, growl howls from the sewer pits of Indonesia! Raw, guttural grindcore that will stew in your head until you bleed puss and metal!

DOUBLED OVER starts their side blasting through dirty, bloody, brutal fucking riffs! And it doesn’t stop. Ever. These Aussie’s know how to play grindcore, in a way that takes you back to California in the mid ’90s. Super tight. Super fast. Super heavy. ROSKOPP‘s side is some of their best material to date. It’s like they don’t know how NOT to play fast. The drums are some of the fastest, most blistering you’ve heard from any band of any time. The guitar work reeks of early Regurgitate, and the vocals are as low and guttural as you can get, occasionally complimented by screeching highs. ROSKOPP make some of the most honest, pissed off grindcore in the world.

To get your hands on any of the above, visit the Give Praise Records website</a>.

VESPERIAN SORROW stream track from new album

Symphonic Dark Metallers Vesperian Sorrow have announced that the title track from their newly recorded ‘Stormwinds of Ages’ is available for streaming at their website, as well as their Facebook, Reverbnation, and Myspace pages.
‘Stormwinds of Ages’ includes 11 tracks totaling nearly an hour of listening, and features guest vocals by Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys/Watchtower/Broken Teeth), Erika Tandy (Autumn Tears/Ignitor), and Jon Zig (Sarcolytic/Images of Violence). The album also features guest guitar solos by Carl August Tidemann (Winds/Arcturus).
All artwork for ‘Stormwinds of Ages’ was created by Jon Zig.
No release date for the album has been set, the band are currently shopping the album, and hope to secure a deal that will make it easy for fans around the world to purchase the album in the near future.
You can find Vesperian Sorrow online at:
Official Website


British thrashers EVILE have unveiled a brand new track, titled Eternal Empire.

The new track is taken from EVILE’s highly anticipated forthcoming new album, Five Serpents’ Teeth, and gives fans their first glimpse at the new material.  Five Serpents’ Teeth is due to be released on September 26th, 2011.

Listen to the incredible new track, Eternal Empire, now at

EVILE lead guitarist OL DRAKE comments:

“It is with great pleasure that we can release ‘Eternal Empire’ from our upcoming Five Serpent’s Teeth album for your listening pleasure.  It was very difficult to pick a single track to showcase the vast diversity included on this album, and I think this one is a good medium to show the direction we have gone with on FST.  I can’t wait for you to hear more of the album as, like I said, this album goes through quite a lot of different moods and emotions, in terms of feel and direction, yet is still rooted in the ‘Evile sound’.  The awesome Daniel P. Carter of Radio 1’s Rock Show will be playing the radio debut of the track TONIGHT on BBC Radio 1, so tune in!  We will also be showcasing another brand new track at Download Festival this weekend.  Lots of Serpent’s Teeth coming your way!  See you on that road soon!”

View the flyer for EVILE’s upcoming performance at Download Festival at

UK fans can also listen out for “Eternal Empire” tonight (Monday, June 6th) between midnight and 2:00am on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show with Daniel P. Carter.

Don’t miss EVILE performing live this summer at the following shows:

Jun. 11 – Donington, UK – Download Festival
Jul. 01 – Löbnitz, Germany – With Full Force
Jul. 08 – Gävle, Sweden – Getaway Rock
Jul. 09 – Pecs, Hungary – Rock Marathon
Jul. 14 – Neukirchen-Vluyn, Germany – Dong Open Air
Jul. 15 – Tolmin, Slovenia – Metalcamp Festival
Jul. 17 – Vizovice, Czech Republic – Masters of Rock
Jul. 27 – Bladel, Netherlands – Totaalfestival
Aug. 13 – Oulu, Finland – Jalometalli Festival


Scottish death metal act CEREBRAL BORE  confirmed for this year’s Bloodstock Open Air festival in the UK.

CEREBRAL BORE will be performing on the Sophie Lancaster Stage, and playing alongside a bill that includes the likes of MOTORHEAD, MORBID ANGEL, AT THE GATES and more.  Bloodstock takes place at Catton Hall in Derbyshire from August 12th – 14th.

CEREBRAL BORE guitarist PAUL MCGUIRE comments:

“BLOODSTOCK!  Fuck yes!  I’ve heard so much about this festival, and in all honesty I never thought we’d end up on the bill.  Really looking forward to sharing the bill with Lemmy’s wart, Morbid Angel, At the Gates and Napalm Death – it’s gonna be a great way to welcome us back to the UK after our US tour and, after a bunch of festivals across Europe, it will be awesome to finally play one on home soil.  As one of the most brutal bands on the bill, you can expect that we’ll go all out for you, a full-on fucking annihilating performance.  Come and see us on the Sophie Lancaster stage, or don’t and regret it forever.”

Don’t miss CEREBRAL BORE live on tour at the following shows:

May 20 – Aberdeen, UK – Tunnels
May 22 – Newcastle, UK – Northumberland Arms
May 31 – New York, NY – Port 41 Club

Jun. 03 – Houston, TX – Walter’s On Washington
Jun. 04 – San Antonio, TX – Zombies
Jun. 05 – San Angelo, TX – Steel Penny
Jun. 06 – Lubbock, TX – Diabolos Live
Jun. 07 – Amarillo, TX – EBGBS
Jun. 09 – Tucson, AZ – The Rock
Jun. 10 – Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Deathfest, The Cheyenne Saloon
Jun. 11 – Las Vegas, NV – Las Vegas Deathfest, The Cheyenne Saloon
Jun. 12 – Los Angeles, CA – Que’s Bar and Grill (no INSIDIOUS DECREPANCY)


PESTE NOIRE: French Black Metallers to unleash new full-length via Transcendental Creations

PESTE NOIRE has undoubtedly marked the landscape of underground black metal since the turn of the millennium. Anyone who’s heard the band’s first demos will agree: something unique was brewing in the caverns of Avignon during those early days. Now, with four full-length albums under his belt, La Sale Famine de Valfunde has brought his vile, raucous black metal from the deeps of the rural France to the streets, where the battle rages on.

The band returns with latest L’Ordure à l’État Pur, that is, in typical PESTE NOIRE fashion, wormy, muddy black metal for derelicts, ingrates and scoundrels. A mixed bag of Filth and Tradition brought to you by the one and only, DJ Famine. Jewel case CD features a 24-page color booklet.

L’Ordure à l’État Pur Track Listing:
1. Casse, Pêches, Fractures et Traditions
2. Cochon Carotte et les sœurs Crotte
3. J’avais rêvé du Nord
4. Sale Famine Von Valfoutre
5. La condi hu

North and South American residents can pre-order the album directly at: A sample of the album can be heard on the page as well.

Individuals ordering from outside of the Americas should visit La Mesnie Herlequin’s website at:


Old school metal masters Forbidden are smashing their way into Australia this July for the very first time.

Set to play 6 massive shows in support of their latest album ‘Omega Wave’, (Nuclear Blast) Forbidden fans have been waiting over a decade since their last offering, and Australian fans have waited over 20 years for them to make their way Down Under.

Kings of the second wave of the Bay Area Thrash scene, Forbidden were most popular during the late 80’s and early 90’s for their own brand of technical thrash metal infusing odd signature timing with melodies, making them one of the most original metal bands of the time.

With former members later joining some of the most sucessful metal bands in the world including Machine Head, Exodus, Testament, Nevermore, Slayer, and Death to name a few, Forbidden have been the breeding ground for some of the worlds greats including Rob Flynn, Paul Bostoph and Gene Hoglan.

The current line up of Craig Locicero: Guitar, Russ Anderson: Vocals, Matt Camacho: Bass, Mark Hernandez: Drums (Vio-lence) and Steve Smyth:Guitar (Exodus/Nevermore) see’s original members Locicero and Anderson team up once again with long time member Camacho, originally for some reunion shows, and now as a permanent line up.

Metal fans from all over Australia are set to witness some of the best thrash metal they will ever set eyes and ears on!


Sat 30th July- The Prague, Melbourne

Sun 31st July- The Rosemount Hotel, Perth

Wed 3rd August- Enigma Bar, Adelaide

Thurs 4th August- Jubilee Hotel, Brisbane

Fri 5th August- The Bald Faced Stagg, Sydney

Sat 6th August- The Corner Hotel, Melbourne- High Voltage Festival


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