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Last updated on November 24, 2014 at 12:43 PM ET
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19 news articles posted today (and counting...)
After parting ways with Päde Kistler and bringing on new member Matteo Sisti, folk metal outfit Eluveitie has now released more footage from a current European tour.
See footage from Glasgow, Bristol, and Dublin below. You can also catch previously released clips from the European tour over at this location.
Today, Irish metal legion Primordial unveils the official new music video for "Babel's Tower."
The epic tune comes by way of the band's imminent new full-length, "Where Greater Men Have Fallen" (reviewed here) and serves as the first ever professionally filmed and edited video of group's storied history.
Elaborates the band, "It was really about time, right? This far down the road, we finally made our first video eight albums in. So we trusted Gareth Averill and crew who also made our DVD [All Empires Fall] a couple of years back. The traditional band-jamming-in-a-warehouse scenario was not something that entered our heads.
"We wanted something broad and cinematic; something visually striking and arresting. So we spent a couple of cold and windswept days standing on the side of a mountain in Ireland. Here you have it, and about time…"
Prog metal band Soen, which released latest album "Tellurian" via Spinefarm Records earlier this month, today shares the video for "The Words." Spinefarm Records comments:
"The clip is more like a mini-film than it is a standard music video. The visuals advance a powerful and emotionally evocative plot + narrative, spliced with footage of the band performing in subdued fashion.
"Overall, the video is epic and cinematic in scope, just like the song. So shut down all of your other computer windows and focus squarely on Soen's 'The Words' video. Allow it to take you on a beautiful and anything-but-simple black and white journey, both visually and musically." More...
In support of their new album, Distant Satellites , Anathema has embarked on a European tour along with Mother's Cake that we were lucky enough to have had touch base in Helsinki!
I was unsure of what to expect from a band with roots in death/doom metal, who have so effectively managed to transition and grow over the years into an entity that truly emphasized the word “progressive”. However, it’s always best to expect the unexpected so we showed up early and in plenty of time to spend way too many euros at the merch stand and went on our merry way inside! More...
Pineal is a three piece post-metal band hailing from London, England which makes its Horror Pain Gore Death Productions debut with the "Smiling Cult" EP on December 16th. The label comments:
"Full of monolithic, apocalyptic and haunting riffs, the band draws influence from stoner, grunge, doom, and progressive genres. Sinister, abrasive atmosphere is present, along with dark, dangerous vocals that channel the late Layne Staley. Odd time signatures are complimented by harmonized vocals, and the bleak atmosphere meshes with depressive ambience.
"Recorded by Wayne Adams at Bear Bites Horse Studios and features sombre artwork by Anwot. For fans of Alice In Chains, A Perfect Circle, A Storm Of Light, Bossk, Cult Of Luna, Isis, Killing Joke, Kyuss, Light Bearer, Mad Season, Melvins, Neurosis, Nirvana, Pelican, The Pixies, Slint, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and Tool."
The track listing is as follows:
3. Civil Obedience
6. Tides More...
Slovenia’s atmospheric black metal quartet Dekadent will release new album, “Veritas,” in early 2015 via the group's own label FS Records.
This fourth opus continues the musical path of the 2011 album “Venera: Trial & Tribulation” and will be available on CD and digital formats. In keeping with the band’s creative audio-visual approach, it will also include a professionally produced short film of the same title written and directed by Artur Felicijan, Dekadent founder and mastermind.
The front man comments: "The songs are technically more challenging than anything we have done so far, while they still embody that typical Dekadent atmosphere. There a some new hints of progressive and death metal, but overall I believe we are offering a very glorious ‘white metal’ album we have always been known to deliver." More...
Funeral doom metal outfit Mesmur will release a self-titled album via Aural Music on December 8th, 2014. The artwork can be seen below, and the track listing is as follows:
5. Osmosis More...
Having sold out the 2011 sophomore full-length, "Sarkomand" (God Eater Records), and just in time for tenth anniversary celebrations, the Lovecraftian black metallers from Ctulu will be re-releasing their album for the very first time on vinyl.
The 12” black LP is scheduled for release via Black Blood Records and Human To Dust on December 5th, 2014. Grab yourself a copy by emailing the band: firstname.lastname@example.org. Online sale points to be announced shortly.
Ctulu was formed in 2004 by Mathias Junge and ex-member Stefan Schulz. The band has gone through various line-up changes over the years and it is ex-members Jan Westermann (Diablery, Released Anger) on drums and Rolf Quast-Janßen (Lunar Eclipse) on vocal duties along with current guitarists/vocalists Arne Uekert and Mathias Junge whose work is found on "Sarkomand." Despite its line-up changes, Ctulu has never given up and has put its "Seastorming Extreme Metal" on the map of heavy metal.
Ctulu’s next live appearance will be a support slot to Dragged Into Sunlight on November 27th in Hamburg. The band is also co-organising a festival named after their debut full-length Freie Geister which is set to take place on March 13th in Bremen.
"Zins der Zeit" (Demo 2005)
"Freie Geister" (Demo 2006)
"Freie Geister" (Full-length 2008)
"Sarkomand" (Full-length 2011)
"Seelenspiegelsplitter" (Full-length 2013)
"Sarkomand" (Vinyl 2014) More...
Cyrenic, the brainchild of Lior "Steinmetal" Stein and Federico "FedeRock" Taich, both of the Israeli Heavy Metal band Switchblade, announced the impending self-release of the debut self-titled EP. The date for the EP has not yet been revealed, but the release was produced, mixed and mastered by Taich at Flam Studios in Haifa, Israel. The EP artwork band logo were created by Val Smirnoff.
For some time, the two friends have expressed their wishes to compose music for their true passion for the "magical era of New Wave of British Heavy Metal" from the early 80's. Therefore, they started writing songs, inspired by the 80's British grandeur. To complete the lineup, they turned to highly talented young British bass player, Dan Mailer (Kaine) and veteran drummer/producer Garry King of (Achillea/Ex-Exocism/ex-Joe Lynn Turner).
The EP will featuring new tracks, including the track "Deadnight Rider" (which can be heard in the player below), along with two covers. Prolific drummer, Chris MacKinnon (Kaine) contributed drum work for the cover tracks. The track list is as follows:
1. Deadnight Rider
4. Denim and Leather (Saxon Cover)
5. No Prayer for The Dying (Iron Maiden Cover)
Lior "Steinmetal" Stein – Vocals
Federico "FedeRock" Taich – Lead / Rhythm Guitars
Dan Mailer – Bass
Garry King – Drums More...
Peruvian speed metal/traditional metal act Blizzard Hunter have signed on with Pure Underground Records (a division of Pure Steel Records) for the release of the debut full length album "Heavy Metal to the Vein." The album is expected for release in 2015, though the exact date has not been announced.
Blizzard Hunter hails from Lima, Peru and released a self-titled demo in 2011 and the 2014 EP "Conqueror of Destiny." The band proclaimed: "We proudly announce the release of our 1st full-length album called 'Heavy Metal to the Vein' in collaboration with the German label Pure Underground Records. The album contains 10 songs of pure Heavy Metal!"
The lineup for the band is:
Sebastian “Dragon” Palma (ex-Morvidhen, Lightning) - vocals
Lucho Sanchez (ex-Disinter, ex-Necropsya, ex-Bleed of Hate) - guitars
Toño “Wild Rocker” Rojas - guitars
Lalo “Indú” Salas - bass
Daniel “Frost” Ruiz de Castilla (ex-Rotten Evisceration, ex-Two Face Sinner) - drums More...
Italian melodic power metal act Kalidia is streaming the track "Harbinger of Serenity." The song appears on the debut full length album "Lies Device," which is available now from the band at this location.
The track features a guest appearance from Etherna/Opening Scenery vocalist Andrea Racco. Check it out here:
KXM - the union of King's X frontman Dug Pinnick, Lynch Mob's George Lynch (ex-Dokken) and Korn's Ray Luzier - released a new music video for the track "Faith is a Room." The song appears on the debut self-titled release which is available via Rat Pak Records.
Check out "Faith is a Room" here:
Italian progressive metal act Lykaion posted a new lyric video for the new track "Accept Yourself." The song appears on the sophomore LP "Heavy Lullabies," which was expected for release earlier in the year, but was pushed back. There is still no official release date set for the album.
"Heavy Lullabies" was recorded, mixed and mastered at 16th Cellar Studios in October 2013 and was produced by the band. The track list for the album is:
1. Heavy Lullaby
2. For Love
4. I Don't Love You Anymore
7. End of Time
8. Out of My Heart
10. Accept Yourself
11. 'Till the End More...
Northern Irish Rockers The Answer announced that they have re-signed with Napalm Records. The band released their last album "New Horizon" in September 2013 to critical acclaim and has just finished work on the sophomore record entitled "Raise a Little Hell." The album will be released on March 6th (GSA/Benelux), March 9th (UK and Europe) and March 10th (North America).
Lead vocalist Cormac Neeson commented, “We’re delighted to be extending our relationship with the Napalm family and look forward to great times ahead! During summer 2014 we hightailed ourselves down to Madrid to record our new album with long time friend and producer, Will Maya. Our time in Spain represents one of the most productive and enjoyable chapters in The Answer’s colourful history. Our new album ‘Raise A Little Hell’ comes from deep down inside. We brought the blues, the swagger and soul back into the studio and emerged from it with an album that encapsulates our unabated love for making the music we make. We’re all incredibly proud and thrilled with this record!”
Portuguese dark metallers Heavenwood released another pre-production demo track from the upcoming new album "The Tarot Of The Bohemians - Part I." Check out the song "The Empress" in the player below. Earlier this month, the band launched a crowdfunding campaign to assist with the production of the release. Information on the various perk packages can be found over at this location.
The concept of the new release was inspired by Papus aka Gerard Encausse (July 13, 1865 - October 25, 1916), the Spanish-born French physician and hypnotist who popularized occultism and founded the modern Martinist Order.
Check out "The Empress" here:
Legendary Austrian Kaltenbach Open Air 2015 will be celebrating it's 10th anniversary with sweden's black metal veterans Marduk.
Among others they will be supported by:
Agalloch - Dark Folk Metal, USA*
Anaal Natrakh - Extreme Metal, England
Benighted - Deathgrind, France
Dark Funeral - Black Metal, Sweden*
Darkfall - Thrash/Death Metal, Austria
God Dethroned - Death Metal, Netherlands*
Krisiun- Death Metal, Brazil
Rotting Christ - Dark Metal, Greece
Thulcandra - Black/Death Metal, Germany
* Exclusive show in Austria
Interloper a new technical progressive metal project hailing from from California, USA and consisting of Miles Dimitri Baker (Ænimus), Lucas Mann (Rings of Saturn), and Aaron Stechauner (Rings of Saturn, ex Abiotic) is currently auditioning singers with "clean-vocal"-skills.
Interested vocalists may contact the band via their facebook page.
You can now listen to Interloper's debut release "A Red Letter Day" below.
The songs "Captive Bolt Pistol" by Carcass and "Baring Teeth for Revolt" by Goatwhore were featured in this week's episode of the CBS crime drama series "Elementary."
The scene in question also contains an apparent nod to Chuck Schuldiner in the form of a character named after the late Death front man.
"Elementary" stars Jonny Lee Miller as detective Sherlock Holmes and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson in a modern-day drama about a crime-solving duo that cracks NYPD's most impossible cases.
You can now watch the hilarious scene below.
AC/DC unleashed the official "Rock or Bust" clip today with invited fans participating in the video shoot.
AC/DC shot the clip in London, playing in the round to a group of fans. The band shot "Rock or Bust" again without drummer Phil Rudd, who is scheduled to appear in court on November 27 being charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. Drummer Bob Richards (Shogun) sat behind the kit for the filming of the video.
AC/DC’s "Rock or Bust" follows the recent single "Play Ball". The new album drops on December 2.
You can now watch the "Rock or Bust" video below.