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27 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Venezuela’s masked musical vigilante Zardonic has released his new 4 track EP "For Justice," including a track from the forthcoming album "The Heroes Have Failed," scheduled for release in March 2015.
The title track can be heard below, and Zardonic also had this to say: “‘For Justice’ is a track that defies genres, and that's why we chose it as the first single. It's a DJ friendly electro track, perfectly suitable for any dance floor, but it also has the strength and musical richness of metal.” More...
Following Death Karma's debut EP, "A Life Not Worth Living," in early 2013 the Czech band now announces a full-length titled "The History of Death & Burial Rituals Part 1." The album is due out via Iron Bonehead on February 13th, and the label had this to say:
"As suggested by its grandiose title, The History of Death & Burial Rituals displays the duo in a considerably elevated state: the ambition and daring Death Karma exhibit here almost sounds like an entirely different band. However, the band remains the same, and includes two members of the critically acclaimed Cult Of Fire.
"Not unlike that band, Death Karma here unveil a comparatively kaleidoscopic kind of black metal, bolstered by death metal muscle, surging-yet-layered songcraft, mystical melodicism, and a robust production that highlights every subtle nuance, every dynamic twist, and especially the over-spilling violence. It's an album that not so much abandons black/death in futile favor of something "different" for its own sake, but rather attempts - and succeeds, massively - to inject bold adventure into classicist purity. With The History of Death & Burial Rituals part 1, Death Karma reveal themselves to the world...and it's just the beginning."
Vocalist/guitarist/bassist Infernal Vlad explains the concepts behind the albumI: "Death is as young as humanity itself. It accompanies mankind from the very beginning, and it is an integral part of life. As the cultural differences in society have been evolving throughout the centuries, different ways of burying the deceased, as well as their worship and access to the dead, were incurring. In particular, the emergence of different religions in the world had a crucial influence on funerary rituals, historical and current, as well as on the perception of death. Many cults of death were born..." More...
Century Media Records has signed a record deal with Detroit area nu-metal band, Gift Giver. The label comments:
"Formed in the fall of 2012, Gift Giver gained notoriety and repute through self-released EP, 'Daddy Issues,' and constant touring through the U.S. with acts such as Sworn In, Kublai Khan, Barrier and many more. Appearances at the New England Metal and Hardcore festival, Skate and Surf Fest and Michigan's own Dirtfest raised their profile even higher, making Gift Giver one of the most buzzed about bands in the scene."
Vocalist Justin Johnson comments: "We are very proud to announce that we have signed to Century Media Records! We've got a brand new full length ready and a couple new singles that will be coming out shortly. We busted our asses, dealt with member changes, and other endless amounts of bullshit to make this record happen- and it's finally ready! It feels good to have a badass label believe in what we are doing and we hope to see all of your support as well! See you guys on the road."
The band has also been confirmed for this year's South By So What?! Festival in March and will be touring with Barrier, Villains, Traitors and Adaliah on the way down to the festival.
Gift Giver recently completed a debut album with Century Media, and details on that as well as a first single will be released shortly. Catch the band live on these dates: More...
Los Angeles / London based gothic rock band Die So Fluid just released an official music video for the track "Violent Delights," taken off "The Opposites Of Light."
The band will also be heading out on the Monsters of the Universe Tour with Wednesday 13 and Eyes Set To Kill in January, 2015. Die So Fluid comments:
"Die So Fluid toured with Mindless Self Indulgence some years back in the US and the road has seen us mainly in Europe since then. Now, finally, the stars have aligned with the release of our new album, The Opposites Of Light, for us to embark on another US tour with Wednesday 13 and Eyes Set To Kill.
"We're grateful for the opportunity to get out and kill it in great company, connect with new fans and reconnect with old! It also means a lot to me personally, having relocated from the UK to the US, to perform here, having created an album very much inspired by that the impact of that adventure on my life. This is just the beginning of a much bigger adventure!" More...
Ecnephias is thrilled to present the official video clip for "Vipra Negra" taken from the band's self-titled fifth full-length album, ready to be released via My Kingdom Music on February 16th, 2015. Check it out below. Mancan, the voice, guitar player and mastermind of the band, had this to say:
"We shot the video on two different days with the direction of Felice Vino and the support of Giuseppe Pupillo, in various locations around our city, an ancient house called Casa Spera in Tito (PZ) and among wheat fields.
"A lot of friends offered their help, showing up for some of the scenes or bringing animals for the scenes and we had also the pleasure to work with the actress/model Nunzia Palma. The plot is inherent to the lyrics of the song and it deals with the way of the left hand path, the feeling with the dark forces of life depicted by a sensual and symbolic woman. The woman is the snake, poison and antidote”. More...
Norwich, U.K. symphonic outfit Nocturna (not to be confused with the Lebanese melodic death metal band of the same name) proudly unveils debut EP "Lucidity," a hybrid of prog, symphonic, and power metal.
The EP was mixed by Meyrick de la Fuente of Floodgate Audio, who also provides guest vocals on the EP. "Lucidity" is due for release on February 17th, 2015.
Having toured all over the UK and played Bloodstock's New Blood stage last year, Nocturna is gearing up for a tour in February to support the EP's upcoming release. The band also released a video for “Revelations,” which can be viewed via the YouTube clip below. More...
Swedish hard-rocking classic metallers Horizont are returning with "Break the Limit," a stop-gap release between albums due out March 16th.
Following the success of third album, "Time Warriors," the titans do not hold back with this relentless, anthemic slab of full on heavy metal glory.
Backed with the synthesizer enhanced track "Yellow Blues," the two-track EP is a good indication of how far these guys have come and what a monstrous prosposition their fourth studio album is looking to be.
Funeral For A Friend has announced that the band's seventh studio album "Chapter And Verse" will be released in the U.S. on January 27th via Distiller Records.
The group recently released a music video for single "1%" and also dropped the track "You’ve Got A Bad Case of The Religions" from the forthcoming album as a taste of what’s to come.
From the western shores of Norway comes Infernal Manes, delivering heavy metal to the hordes who still swear oath to the glory days. The band will reissue its cult demo, "Battle of Souls," as a limited-edition self-titled vinyl LP on January 12th, 2015 via Edged Circle Productions. The label comments:
"Formed in the mid '90s, the band played a handful of exclusive shows and quickly gathered a diehard following in the darkest corners of the underground. Cloaked in the veil of NWOBHM and early hard rock acts such as early Scorpions, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Manilla Road, Accept, and Iron Maiden, Infernal Manes recorded several demos before they finally recorded a professional recording in a studio in 2004.
"Shortly after that recording, vocalist TJ Cobra parted ways with the band, but the legacy of this now-cult recording finally sees the light of day on vinyl through Edged Circle Productions in a remixed version, sounding the way it was meant to be: take heed and join us in the Battle of Souls!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Symphony Of War
2. Infernal Manes
3. Mind Destructor
4. True Force Of Power
5. Battle Of Souls
6. Come To The Sabbath
Infernal Manes remains active to this day and is busy writing material for a debut full-length album, which will be released in 2015. The band features members from bands such as Deathcult (Norway), Taake, Gaahlskagg, and Dead to this World. More...
Dr. Living Dead! has revealed the artwork for upcoming third studio album, "Crush The Sublime Gods."
The artwork as well as the entire layout of the album has again been done by Dr. Ape, the band's previous vocalist who was also responsible for the artwork on the two preceding albums. "Crush The Sublime Gods" is scheduled to be released on February 23rd in Europe and February 24th in North America (digital only).
For those of you who need some good ol' straight forward thrash to survive the Christmas madness, check out the brand new track "Civilized To Death" below. More news about the album will be revealed in mid-January. More...
Ottawa, ON's Chariots Of The Gods split with the band's vocalist and drummer back in May, and today the group is proud to announce new vocalist Chris Therien (ex-Defy the Crown, ex-Sordid) and drummer Dave Gravel (ex-Mortor, ex-Nonsense) have joined the lineup. The band had this to say:
"It’s the beginning of an exciting new chapter for us. Playing with Dave and Chris is a lot of fun, but most of all, feels right. Dave is a machine on the drums and we’re positive that he’ll elevate our music and live performances to another level. With Chris on vocals, it brings in a whole new sonic range that we’ve been wanting to explore and can finally venture into with confidence. We are back and stronger than ever."
New vocalist Chris Therien comments: "It’s a great pleasure and an honor to be part of this band. I’ve heard nothing but great tunes and great words about COG. I’m pretty excited and looking forward to being a part of what’s coming next... and that, in my opinion, will kick some serious ass! Be prepared!"
New drummer Dave Gravel also adds: "I had the chance to do a couple of shows with these guys in the past. It’s an honor and a privilege to join an awesome band like Chariots. I’m really looking forward to playing shows and to enrich my musical baggage with them!"
A lyric video for the new single "What Will You Do?" from Brazilian metal act Ancesttral is now online and can be seen below. The single will be part of the album “Web of Lies,” which will be released in 2015.
“What Will You Do?” was animated by Tiago Kuurtz from Sunrise Films. The "Web of Lies" album is currently in the hands of Latin Grammy winning producer Paulo Anhaia.
Fit For A King has just been officially named as a Warped Tour artist for 2015. The Dallas based band will appear next summer on the Monster Stage for all North American dates.
Last summer the band appeared on Warped for two weeks during a stretch of mid-west and west coast dates. Since that time the band released new album "Slave To Nothing" on Solid State Records. The album debuted at #49 on the Billboard Top 200 as well as took the # 3 Hard Music Album in the U.S.
Fit For A King is currently on the Eternal Enemies Tour alongside Emmure, The Acacia Strain, Kublai Khan, and Sylar. The tour will wrap this weekend and remaining dates appear below.
12/18 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
12/19 Charlotte, NC @ Amos Southend
12/20 Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
12/21 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
Anger At Dusk is now hitting the streets with a new self-titled album featuring 12 tracks boosted with both controlled rage and aggressive yet beautifully catchy/melodic hooks. A lyric video for the new track "Fade" can also be seen below. The full track listing is:
01. Got No Heart
03. Scared and Lonely
05. Beyond Serenity
06. Drowning (feat. Ralph Salati)
07. Distant Memories
08. The Harsh Truth
11. Eaten Up
Dutch outfit Onheil today publishes the title track from latest album "Storm Is Coming." The song is accompanied by an animated video based on the album cover and booklet artwork. "Storm Is Coming" was released last September by German record label Cyclone Empire.
As the title hints, the most important lyrical theme of the album is the destructive force of extreme weather phenomena. The artwork was created by the GrimTwins Studios, which then was animated by vocalist/guitarist Amok.
He comments: “We always try to offer something extra with our artwork and music videos, to give a bit more insight in what the songs are about. Our album booklets are always full of artwork related to the songs, making our lyrical concepts more visual and hopefully spark the imagination of the listener. Now with this animated video we want to bring our songs even more to life!” More...
The Neurotic Deathfest has announced new names for the 2015 installment, set to take place at 013 venue in Tilburg, The Netherlands on April 17th - 19th, 2015.
Four new acts are confirmed: Obituary, Gorod, Kronos and Holocausto Canibal. The organization earlier confirmed heavyweight acts such as Bloodbath and Immolation. Tickets are available through this location.
The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Tokyo outfit Defiled has announced a string of shows in Nepal, India, Bangladesh, and China throughout January 2015. A list of all confirmed dates can be viewed below.
The Japanese death metal samurais are touring in support of their latest album, "In Crisis," which is available here. Catch the band live on these dates:
08 Jan 15 Pokhara (NP) New Fewa Hardrock Restaurant
09 Jan 15 Kathmandu (NP) Kastmandap Hall (Nepal Death Fest)
10 Jan 15 Bangalore (IN) No Limits
11 Jan 15 Mumbai (IN) Crazy Blue
12 Jan 15 Pune (IN) Tarawade Clarks Inn
13 Jan 15 Kolkata (IN) Sujata Sadan
14 Jan 15 Dhaka (BD) National Library Auditorium
15 Jan 15 Kunming (CN) Pro Livehouse More...
Underground rock outfit Floor just announced a European tour, the band's first, that sees it travel throughout a half dozen countries and play several European festivals, including Roadburn, Desert Fest London, Doom over Leipzig, and Solomacello Fest.
Support on this tour comes from Minks, and a full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Floor is touring in support of "Oblation," the band's first new album in over ten years. "Oblation" is available for streaming or digital download over at Bandcamp here. More...
Northern Irish Rockers The Answer revealed details on the upcoming new album "Raise A Little Hell," which is set to drop via Napalm Records on March 6th (GSA/Benelux), March 9th (UK and Europe) and March 10th (North America).
Cormac Neeson commented on the album: "We’re delighted to announce the track listing and artwork for our new album 'Raise A Little Hell.' This is a special record that reflects a return to the hard ass blues rock ‘n’ roll we hold so dear. Our good friends at Napalm have created some great formats for you guys to enjoy including colored double vinyl, a special digi pak with a live recording of our recent ‘Road Less Travelled’ tour, another digipak with an extra bonus CD containing 6 exclusive bonus tracks plus all sorts of other great stuff. It’s an impressive package with some equally impressive artwork from Sebastian Jerke. Most importantly; this album truly showcases who we are and the best of The Answer in full flow. We can’t wait for you all to hear it!”
The track list is as follows:
1. Long Live the Renegades
2. The Other Side
4. Cigarettes & Regret
5. Last Days of Summer
6. Strange Kinda’ Nothing
7. I Am What I Am
9. Gone Too Long
11. I Am Cured
12. Raise A Little Hell More...
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody posted a new update on the upcoming release "Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus," which is slated for Spring 2015.
The update reads: "After more weeks of hard work and sleepless nights we can give you a new update about the production of the new Luca Turilli's Rhapsody album entitled: "Prometheus, Symphonia Ignis Divinus"
"After 6 months of intense work, we are at the final stage of the production. Our drummer Alex Landenburg just started recording his parts and knowing his skill and incredible talent we can guarantee a breath-taking percussive performance!
"Luca Turilli just ended the recordings of his guitar parts in France. As usual, he recorded his lead and solo parts by himself using the Eleven Rack from Avid and the Protools software installed on a Mac laptop.
"Turilli commented: 'When I compose the songs and work on the orchestral arrangements I need to be in my home studio in Trieste (Italy), using my super orchestral template based on 3 x dual Xeon PCs, 12 x SSD and Cubase software. But for the guitar solos I like to rely on a simple laptop and my faithful Eleven Rack, which allows me to record my parts (regular audio track + contemporaneous DI signal to be re-amped later) wherever I want in the world and with total freedom.'
"Luca is now back in Italy to work on the last orchestral and cinematic arrangements. More...
Norweigian symphonic black metal act Keep of Kalessin revealed the cover art and track listing for the upcoming new album "Epistemology." The album is scheduled for release on February 16, 2015 via Indie Recordings. It marks the band's first full length release since Obsidian Claw took over vocal duties following the departure of Thebon (Hellish Outcast).
The cover art was chosen from a contest that garnered hundreds of entries and thousands of votes. The winner was graphic artist Jean Michael and his winning entry can be seen below.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Cosmic Revelation (Intro)
2. The Spiritual Relief
3. Dark Divinity
4. The Grand Design
6. Universal Core
8. Epistemology More...
Rest In Fear a melodic death metal band hailing from Graz, Austria is streaming their entire new album "Shallows Deep" below. Musically, their 2nd effort is pretty much different to its forerunner "Insert Yourself", but still takes up where Rest In Fear’s first album concluded with "Mirror". Rest In Fear has become more progressive, faster, harder and more versatile.
Fan-filmed video live footage of Arch Enemy performing the song "My Apocalypse" on December 14 at Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland can be seen below.
Arch Enemy parted ways with guitarist Nick Cordle last month and replaced him with Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore). Loomis is making his live debut with Arch Enemy on the band's European tour with Kreator, Sodom and Vader, which kicked off on November 26 and ends next week on December 22. More...
Rwake is streaming an excerpt from "Calibos/So Fucking Tired" off the album "Xenoglossalgia: The Last Stage of Awareness", which will be vailable February 10, 2015 (NA) / Feburary 6 (Ger/Benelux) / February 9 (UK/Europe/World) on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records.
You can now listen to "Calibos/So Fucking Tired" below.
Finland’s black metal outfit Archgoat will be releasing their 3rd album "The Apocalyptic Triumphator" in 2015. In anticipation of their new effort you can hear a brand new track from it titled "Congregation Of Circumcised".
Check it out below.
Citizens can rest safely (for the time being) as your lords and masters from GWAR have completed their trek of destruction across North America, dubbed the "GWAR Eternal Tour."
52 shows of utter devastation saw new lead singer Lord Blóthar assuming vocal duties alongside his Scumdog Brothers, and futuristic sister Vulvatron, as they scoured the universe looking for their lost leader Oderus Urungus.
In the end, the tour gave fans, and the band itself, a chance to mourn, celebrate, and honor Oderus Urungus, the greatest rock and roll singer to ever walk the face of planet Earth. Yes, Oderus is gone, but GWAR lives!
What does 2015 hold in store for GWAR? Stay tuned, as the band gets ready to celebrate 30 Years of GWAR! #Hail Oderus! #Hail Flattus! #Hail GWAR!
Finally, the band's irascible lead guitarist Pustulus Maximus offered these words of thanks to GWAR fans everywhere... "We are humbled by the fact that you are still willing to lay down your lives for GWAR. We have the utmost appreciation for the fans who supported us on this recent journey and are eternally grateful. You are the reason we continue."
Allegaeon has launched a brand new video for "Threshold of Perception" from the band's most recent album, "Elements of the Infinite" (reviewed here).
The group filmed and edited the video, with vocalist Ezra Haynes serving as the clip's director. Allegaeon shot the clip while in between recent tours with Chimaira and Arsis. Check it out below, thanks to Loudwire.com. More...