Latest Metal News
Last updated on December 22, 2014 at 12:08 PM ET
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16 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Fit For A King will be joining the Frozen Flame tour with August Burns Red, Miss May I, Northlane, and Erra, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink. Dates are as follows:
1/22 - Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
1/23 - New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
1/24 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
1/25 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues
1/27 - Quebec, QC @ Imperial De Quebec
1/28 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
1/29 - Ottawa, ON @ Bronson Centre
1/30 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre
1/31 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
2/1 - Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
2/3 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
2/4 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
2/5 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
2/6 - Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
2/7 - Lawrence, KS @ The Granada
2/9 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
2/10 - Murray, UT @ Murray Theater
2/12 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
2/13 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Ballroom
2/14 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
2/15 - Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
2/16 - Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
2/17 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
2/19 - Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
2/20 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
2/21 - San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
2/22 - Mesa, AZ @ Nile Theatre
2/24 - San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
2/25 - Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
2/26 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
2/27 - New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
2/28 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
3/2 - Lake Buena Visa, FL @ House of Blues
3/3 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
3/4 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/5 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
3/6 - Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
3/7 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/8 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts More...
Technical death metal outfit Cognizance has released their new EP "_INCEPTUM" today along with a behind the scenes look documentary of the entire recording process. The documentary includes both songs from the EP, "The Succession of Flesh" and "Aeon of Creation". The filming was done and edited by Tommy Jones of Videohammer Studios with Eyal Levi handling all recording, audio production and mixing duties.
"_INCEPTUM" also includes the drum work of Alex Rüdinger (Ex-The Faceless, Conquering Dystopia) and features the following guest appearances:
Frank Mullen (Suffocation)
Eyal Levi (Daath)
Jason Suecof (Crotchduster)
You can now stream "The Making of _INCEPTUM" below (courtesy of Metal Injection).
Brazilian power/progressive act Daydream XI released a new music video for the track "Wings of Destruction." The video was filmed at the band's performance at Bar Opiniao on November 9, 2014. The song appears on the Power Prog Records debut full length release "The Grand Disguise."
The video was filmed by Johnny Marco, edited by Marcelo Pereira and colorized by Tiago Masseti. Check it out here:
French experimental act 6:33 released a music video for the new track "Black Widow." The song will appear on the new release "Deadly Scenes," which drops January 12th (Europe) and January 13th (North American and digital) via Kaotoxin Records.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Ego Fandango
3. The Walking Fed
4. I'm a Nerd
5. Modus Operandi
6. Black Widow
7. Last Bullet for a Gold Rattle
8. Lazy Boy
9. Deadly Scenes (streaming over at New Noise Magazine here)
Check out "Black Widow" here: More...
Swedish groove metal act The Unguided released a new music video for the track "Eye Of The Thylacine." The song appears on the latest album "Fragile Immortality," which is available from Napalm Records.
The band recently announced the impending new 2 track EP "Fallen Angels," which is out on December 22, 2014 via Napalm.
The video was filmed partly at the Natural History Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden and partly at the The Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Sweden. It was directed by 11Frames Productions. Check it out here:
Ex-Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman released a new music video for the track "Undertow." The song appears on the latest album "Inferno," which was issued back in May via Prosthetic Records.
The video features an unsullied look at Japanese culture, says Friedman (who currently resides in Tokyo): "'Undertow' gives you a look at the Japan not usually seen by the typical Japanese exports like crazy TV shows, ultra-cute singers and anime. It shows a day in the life of Japan as the Japanese see it, not the stereotypical Western 'Japanophile' view of it."
Regarding the video's concept, Friedman explains that "the 'Undertow' video attempts to show that when you see a thing of beauty, there is often an undercurrent of true sadness and hardship behind the scenes which creates the motivation to do something extraordinary."
Check out the clip here:
French symphonic metal act Operadyse released a second preview clip for the upcoming, yet untitled, sophomore full length release. The band features Spheric Universe Experiment vocalist Franck Garcia. The new album is the first for members Gianni Nardone (keyboards) and Vincent Labelle (drummer), who joined earlier this year.
The clip represents a demo work in progress. Check it out here:
Slovenian metal act Metalsteel released a new music video for the track "Narcissus." The video is the second for the band's latest album "This Is Your Revelation," which was issued via On Parole Productions. The previous video for "Call Off the War" can be seen at this location.
"Narcissus" was directed and edited by Matej Sušnik. The live footage was shot at Metaldays 2014, the studio shots were from studio Jork and the rehearsal footage shot at Metalsteel's practice place in 2014. Check it out here:
Brazilian metal act Dark Avenger posted a lyric video for the new track "Parasite." The song is the first new material since 2013's "Tales Of Avalon: The Lament" (see review here).
The song was written by vocalist Mario Linhares and guitarist Glauber Oliveira (Harllequin). It was produced and mixed by Oliveria and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios in Denmark. Oliveria along with drummer Anderson Soares and keyboardist Vinicius Sodré Maluly just joined the band earlier this year.
Check out "Parasite" here:
Seattle's Zero Down, featuring Bitter End guitarist Matt Fox, is streaming the title track to the new album "No Limit to the Evil." The album was just issued last week via Minotauro Records.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Return of the Godz
2. No Limit to the Evil
3. Devils Thorn
4. Cold Winters Night
5. Leche di Tigre
6. Phantom Host
7. Suicide Girl
8. Steve McQueen
9. Two Ton Hammer
10. Black Rhino
Check out "No Limit to the Evil" here: More...
Finnish symphonic metal act Nightwish have announced that the forthcoming new album, and first with vocalist Floor Jansen (ReVamp), will be entitled "Endless Forms Most Beautiful." The album is set for release on March 27, 2015 (EU), March 30, 2015 (UK) and March 31, 2015 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The album's entire work was inspired by a quote from Charles Darwin's theory of evolution. Tuomas Holopainen commented: "This classic quote is where it all began. We set sail for the ultimate journey in March 2015 – join us!"
The drum work on the album was completed by Wintersun drummer Kai Hahto.
The track list has yet to be revealed, but the album can be preordered in various formats over at this location. The first single "Élan" is set to be released on February 13, 2015. Details on the single can be found at this location.
Stay tuned for much more on the way. The album artwork can be viewed here: More...
Northern Ireland hard rock act Maverick released a new music video for the track "In Our Blood." The song appears on the band's debut album "Quid Pro Quo," which was just issued at the tail end of November via Massacre Records.
Check out "In Our Blood" here:
Poland's death metal outfit Hate released a third in a series of preview teasers for the upcoming new release "Crvsade: Zero." The album is set for a January 25th release via Napalm Records.
The track list for the album is:
1. Vox Dei (a Call From Beyond)
2. Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Wrath
3. Death Liberator
5. Doomsday Celebrities
6. Hate Is The Law
7.valley Of Darkness
8. Crusade Zero
9. The Omnipresence
10. Rise Omega The Consequence!
11. Dawn Of War
12. Black Aura Debris
13. The Reaping (Bonus Track)
Check out the third teaser below.
Metal Wani's Owais Nabi and Sairaj Kamath recently conducted an interview with Napalm Death's frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway.
States Greenway on the musical direction of Napalm Death's upcoming new album, "Apex Predator - Easy Meat": "Well, it's not reinventing the wheel, let's put it like that. It would be inaccurate of me to say so. But it's just a couple of steps forward, basically. There are many different influences within Napalm, but I guess there's two quite distinctive styles, just on a listening level, and that's… you've got the very traditional, fast and chaotic, almost off-the-rails kind of Napalm approach, and then you've got a real kind of queasy, ambient, quite depressing sound, actually, in some ways. And we've been sort of doing the 2 in tandem now for many, many albums, but I think as time goes on, we're tending to mix the styles a little more… not better, necessarily, but in more inventive ways, and I think that's where we are now. That's about the best description I can give, because, obviously, you'll understand that, for us, the album's still really fresh, so I haven't fully digested it, even though I made the fucking thing, along with the other guys. But I have still yet to fully digest it."
Being asked whether "Apex Predator - Easy Meat" is another conceptual effort Greenway continues: More...
Southern California metalcore group Talk To The Stranger just released a new single online for streaming. Check out "Blank Faces" below, and you can hear more from the group over at Facebook here.
Toronto, ON based metal outfit Exes For Eyes unleashed new album "Tongues Like Figure Eights" earlier this month with the challenge to fans and the metal community to help a fully independent band reach Platinum status with one million digital copies sold.
"The idea is to sell the concept of a new business model for independent bands as much as it is about selling the album," comments vocalist James Arsenian.
To get your digital copy of "Tongues Like Figure Eights" for $1, head over to the band's website here.
Featuring eleven assaulting tracks that include guest appearances by Bjorn Strid of Soilwork, Lisa Sinner of Out of The Ruins, and Dominic Cifarelli of Chronicles of Israfel\Scars On Broadway, "Tongues Like Figure Eights" was produced by EFE guitarist Dave Sheldon to follow 2011's debut album "The Amsler Grid." More...