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Italian power trio Ufomammut is putting the final details on the band's seventh studio full-length in order for the album to see an early Spring 2015 worldwide release, once again through Neurot Recordings.
While virtually no specific details on the album are yet to be revealed to the public, the album is fully mixed, mastered, and going into production now. The record's title, release date, and much more will be unveiled at the dawn of 2015, and mass album and tour updates will ensue through the rest of the year.
In October, Ufomammut proudly released "XV" through the band's own Supernatural Cat label with support from Neurot, a DVD documenting an intense fifteen years together. For nearly two years, Ufomammut has been working on this special video project. A mini-documentary sampled from "XV" is playing below. More...
Iron Bonehead Productions is proud to present the third LP of Black Cilice, titled "Mysteries," which will drop January 30th, 2015. Iron Bonehead comments:
"Truly embodying the definition of 'underground,' Portugal's Black Cilice has lurked in the shadows the past five years - or perhaps even longer, as the one-man band's history is as mysterious as he is elusive - releasing a slew of demos and splits, all eventually culminating in two impossibly-rare albums.
"Dedicated to the ancient ways, Black Cilice has now teamed up with Iron Bonehead, who's long maintained the vinyl aesthetic, to release arguably the man's best record, Mysteries. A wave of rawness greets the wary listener, surging second-wave black metal to the bone, but underneath those layers of filth 'n' fatalism lies a melancholic majesty that's truly a splendor to behold. Some could even qualify Mysteries as 'beautiful' - if that beauty was bespoiled for centuries in a cold, cobwebbed castle.
"Intractably black metal, we find here that 'purism' need not be shorthand for a dearth of ideas: Black Cilice twists the anachronisms of classic black metal into ageless, endlessly spellbinding forms, each undulating wave lapping back against the other to utterly hypnotizing effect. Medieval madness awaits within these otherworldly Mysteries..." More...
California shock rock outfit Salems Lott just released a debut music video for "No Choice to Love," taken from the band's self-titled debut EP due out January 21st, 2015. Salems Lott is:
Monroe Black - Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Jett Black - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Kay - Lead Bass, Vocals
Tony F. Corpse - Drums
Philadelphia's Codex has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bass player:
"Hello all. This is Jesse, the bassist, and I unfortunately have some sad news. After our show this Saturday I will be stepping down as bassist for Codex.
"I've had some amazing times with these guys and I couldn't have asked for a more talented group of guys to have had the pleasure to work with. I'm leaving on good terms and we all remain best friends but sometimes life gets in the way and doesn't leave much room for anything else.
"Please come out this Saturday to our show in Lansdale and throw down with me and the guys one last time. Thank you all for the amazing times and don't stop watching Codex, these guys have some amazing things in store.
"ALL PROSPECTIVE BASSISTS – Get in touch with these guys now. Since I'm leaving they are gonna need a solid bassist and quick. Hint – We play in drop G so a 5-string or better helps. GOOD LUCK."
The nominees for the 57th Grammy Awards have now been revealed, which includes a "best metal performance" category. The nominees in the category for the 2015 awards are:
"Neon Knights" by Anthrax (Ronnie James Dio cover)
"High Road" by Mastodon
"Heartbreaker" by Motörhead
"The Negative One" by Slipknot
"The Last In Line" by Tenacious D
Who do you think should win, and who should have been nominated instead?
In other metal-related nominations, Metallica's "Through The Never" movie is also nominated in the "Best Music Film" category. The Grammy Awards will take place on February 8th, 2015 and the full list of nominees can be seen at this location.
Anthrax - which is now in the studio recording a new album - has announced the band's own brand of bourbon, "Indians."
Anthrax has aligned with Jefferson's Bourbon, the Kentucky-based company that produces limited edition small batch whiskeys by blending a variety of aged bourbons and rye whiskeys. Anthrax's "Indians," a single barrel bourbon, was personally chosen by the band and will taste like no other due to its particular blend and the barrel it was aged in.
"We've been wanting to come up with a special item like this, something that was unusual, one-of-a-kind, not a t-shirt or hoodie or poster," said the band's Frank Bello, "and 'Indians' was perfect."
The bourbon is now available exclusively through Atlantic City Bottle Company at this location. "Indians" will be priced at $75 per bottle (in-store pick up) and $100 (shipped to an address) and will come with a signed piece of the stave of the barrel that the bourbon was aged in.
Anthrax - Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, and Joey Belladonna - lifted "Indians"-filled shot glasses last Friday when the band found out that "Neon Knights," a cover of the Black Sabbath song (from Sabbath's 1980 release, "Heaven and Hell") recorded for the "Ronnie James Dio - This is Your Life" tribute album got the nod in the Grammy Awards Best Metal Performance category.
"It's been an honor everytime we've been nominated," said Anthrax's Benante, "but this one is particularly special. To have been asked to contribute 'Neon Knights' to Ronnie's tribute album was an honor on its own; to have it nominated for a Grammy is just beyond the best." More...
Grenour has a new music video, available below, and the following press release was also issued about the clip:
"Grenouer's new music video 'Golden Years' could be called franchising Metallica's 'Turn the Page,' yet this is only partially true. Grenouer, a long-liver of Russian metal/rock scene, delivers a rather different message, comparing life of a musician today to weekdays of a prostitute by the following statement:
"One band out of two in the world pays to play. Many best-selling artists never make a dime from album sales. A whole generation of fans is gone. Musicians are cheated and treated like a prostitute. Golden years are over.
"This or that way - the video really manages to evoke emotions..." More...
"Where Greater Men Have Fallen" (reviewed here) is the new studio album from Ireland's revered metal craftsman, Primordial.
Released via Metal Blade late last month, the record debuted at #24 on Billboard's Top New Artist Chart, #43 on Billboard's Top New Artist Chart, and #104 on Billboard's Independent Albums Chart.
In commemoration of its release, today Revolver Magazine brings fans a thorough track-by-track breakdown of the offering as told by vocalist Alan Averill. The first two entries can be read below, while the full track-by-track is available at this location. More...
Florida's Killing Addiction has a new two-song EP out titled "When Death Becomes An Art." You can pick the tracks up at Bandcamp here or stream both the songs below. Killing Addiction is:
Chad Bailey - guitar
Chris Wicklein - guitar
Chris York - percussion
Pat Bailey - bass/vocals
Tear Out The Heart's new album "Dead, Everywhere" is due out January 27th, 2015 and follows 2012's "Violence."
Vocalist Tyler Konersman sat down to analyze several songs on the bands sophomore effort, and gave a detailed glimpse behind the spoken-word eponymous lead-off track. Check out the first in a series of track-by-track videos below, courtesy of Revolvermag.com.
Following the "Deeply Woven" play through video, dynamic prog/fusion metal ensemble Exivious is streaming a new bass play through featuring Robin Zielhorst.
Check out the clip below. "Time And Its Changes" is taken off Exivious' debut, self-titled album, which was released prior to latest album "Liminal" (reviewed here).
Exivious features Tymon Kruidenier [Ex-Cynic] on guitar, Michel Nienhuis [Dodecahedron] on guitar, Robin Zielhorst [Ex-Cynic] on bass, and Yuma van Eekelen [Ex-Pestilence] on drums. More...
Whitechapel is finally headed back to Europe: the Knoxville, TN outfit will join the Progression Tour and the Impercion Festivals in Spring of 2015. Good friendly violent fun is guaranteed!
Whitechapel comments: "We're very excited to come back to Europe for the Impericon Festivals and Progression Tour 2015. We'll be there with some good friends Suicide Silence and Carnifex so it's sure to be a great time."
The Progression tour features Suicide Silence, Carnifex, Adept, Rise of the Northstar, and Walking Dead On Broadway on these dates:
21/04/15 DE - Hamburg - Markthalle
22/04/15 DE - Berlin - C-Club
23/04/15 DE - München - Backstage
27/04/15 DE - Nürnberg - Hirsch
28/04/15 DE - Frankfurt - Batschkapp
29/04/15 DE - Stuttgart - LKA Longhorn
24/04/15 CH - Zürich - Komplex (The Ghost Inside, Whitechapel, Deez Nuts, Adept)
25/04/15 DE - Oberhausen - Turbinenhalle (The Ghost Inside, Madball, Whitechapel, Deez Nuts)
26/04/15 AT - Wien - Arena (The Ghost Inside, Whitechapel, Adept, Malevolance)
30/04/15 FR - Paris - Bataclan (The Ghost Inside, Whitechapel, Adept, Malevolance)
02/05/15 DE - Leipzig - Agra (Emmure, Whitechapel, Adept, Walking Dead On Broadway)
03/05/15 NL - Amsterdam - Melkweg (The Ghost Inside, Emmure, Whitechapel, Deez Nuts)
04/05/15 UK - Manchester - Academy (The Ghost Inside, Whitechapel, Deez Nuts, Adept) More...
Portland, Oregon outsider collective Eolian Empire has spat forth the details for the label's thirtieth unruly release, in the form of "(We've Got) Fiends In Low Places: Heavy Vibes Internationale." The opening track from the mess can also be heard below, thanks to Vice.com.
This special collection marks a new low for the Eolian horde, since the entire roster to date has yielded only Portland-centric audio carnage, while "Fiends In Low Places" features a glut of output from the Eolian clan's caustic cronies from around the globe, with more than fifty minutes of champions of the international heavy underground in North and South America, Europe, Australia, and Japan. The track listing is: More...
The Contortionist has announced a heavy hitting headline run with Revocation, Fallujah, and Toothgrinder in support.
Dates will start on February 7th in the band's hometown of Indianapolis and wrap up in Newport, KY on February 28th after covering much of the eastern half of the U.S.
"We're excited to hit the road with all these amazing bands and play a ton of epic shows," says vocalist Mike Lessard. "We couldn't think of a better way to start our 2015!" More...
Rockshots Music Management and Nightland are glad to announce the release of their first full length album called "Obsession."
It represents a new beginning for the band, and it’s a new big challenge because the quartet changed sound: the folk/power elements of previous EP “In Solemn Rise” have been abandoned and now the band's songwriting is full of aggressive riffs and grandiose orchestrations inspired by symphonic / melodic death metal.
The musical concept behind “Obsession” is a deep romance concerning the instability of the human mind derived from fears, obsessions, and paranoia. The album was recorded by Brendan Paolini and mixed and mastered by Simone Mularoni (Domination Studios), with a release set for February. More...
The rock music cruise vacation ShipRocked sails roundtrip between Port Miami and Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from February 2nd - 6th, 2015 onboard the Norwegian Pearl.
The ShipRocked band lineup has been expanded to include Gemini Syndrome, Icon For Hire, Three Years Hollow, Daybreak Embrace and Sidewise. Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill/ex-Pantera), Troy Sanders (Mastodon) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) are among the special guests confirmed to perform with Metal Allegiance on ShipRocked.
ShipRocked 2015 will be headlined by Limp Bizkit. The sixth ShipRocked will also feature Chevelle (Pre-Party only), heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Black Label Society, Buckcherry, P.O.D., Sevendust, Tremonti, Andrew W.K., Living Colour, Filter, Lacuna Coil, Nonpoint, Otherwise, Zach Myers of Shinedown with J.R. Moore & Zack Mack, Crobot, Thousand Foot Krutch, Wilson, Gemini Syndrome, Icon For Hire, Andy Wood, Letters From The Fire, Cilver, Daybreak Embrace, Sidewise, Three Years Hollow, and DJ Lippy Rage.
ShipRocked guests are invited to start their vacation early with the Super Sailgate Pre-Party on February 1st. More...
Polish heavy metal band Wicked Side released a self-titled, debut full-length album earlier this month.
The release summarizes five years of the band's history and contains 10 original tracks, some of which were previously featured on the 2011 EP "Welcome to the Wicked Side," along with a cover of Donna Summer's "Hot Stuff" as a bonus track.
The album is available at Bandcamp here or can be streamed below. "Wicked Side" was recorded at Sphieratz Productions in Bialystok, Poland between October 2013 and September 2014. The track listing is as follows:
01. Something Wicked
02. Heavy Metal
03. Taste the Blood
04. Alone in the Dark
05. Gothic Dreams
06. Leader of the Blind
07. The Mirror
08. To the Horizon
09. Do or Die
10. Wicked Side
11. Hot Stuff (Donna Summer cover) More...
In addition to previously announced U.S. tour dates scheduled for January, Downfall Of Gaia has now revealed a co-headlining European trek with Der Weg Einer Freiheit in March and April, 2015.
Comments Metal Blade recording artists Downfall Of Gaia: "Time runs way too fast! When this tour will hit the road it's almost 9 months ago since we played a show in Europe. Even if some time off of the road was needed - that's way too long! So all of us are pretty happy to be back on the streets and to play some of our favourite European cities together with Der Weg einer Freiheit, one of the most interesting bands out there!" More...
Roadrunner Records group The Devil Wears Prada has announced details for a Spring headline tour deemed the “Zombie 5 Tour” presented by Rockstar Energy Drink.
The trek - which will see the The Devil Wears Prada playing the "Zombie" EP in its entirety each night along with other fan favorites - will feature support from Born of Osiris, The Word Alive, and Secrets.
The coast-to-coast trek gets underway March 15th in Nashville, TN at Rocketown and continues through April 16th, wrapping up at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL.
Frontman Mike Hranica commented, "When we started discussing the idea of playing the Zombie EP front to back, it was clear and evident that the five year anniversary would be the perfect time to commemorate. I love seeing old records and releases performed and celebrated years after their release, and with that I know how excited we are to announce the Zombie 5 Tour." More...
There are wild & heavy things going on on tour, and Crimson Shadows just posted a tour video blog showcasing the mayhem. What the five Canadian guys have experienced on their latest tour together with Alestorm & Brainstorm through Europe can be seen below. You can also still catch the band live in Canada on these dates:
15.01.15 CA - Belleville / The Belle Pub
16.01.15 CA - Toronto / The Hard Luck
17.01.15 CA - Guelph / The Green Papaya
18.01.15 CA - Windsor / The Dominion Tavern
19.01.15 CA - London / THE APK
20.01.15 CA - Oshawa / The Atria
21.01.15 CA - Quebec City / TBA
22.01.15 CA - Sherbrooke / TBA
23.01.15 CA - Ottawa / Maverick's UP STAIRS
24.01.15 CA - Montreal /Pirannah More...
All That Remains and Wovenwar will be supporting In Flames on the "Charming America" tour starting February 20th and running through March 18th. Dates for the trek are as follows:
Fri/Feb-20 Agoura Hills, CA @ The Canyon
Sat/Feb-21 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
Sun/Feb-22 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Mon/Feb-23 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Wed/Feb-25 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Fri/Feb-27 Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst
Sat/Feb-28 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
Sun/Mar-01 Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
Tue/Mar-03 Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre
Wed/Mar-04 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Thu/Mar-05 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
Fri/Mar-06 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Sat/Mar-07 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SODO
Mon/Mar-09 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
Tue/Mar-10 Kelowna, BC @ Level Nightclub
Thu/Mar-12 Edmonton, AB @ Encore
Fri/Mar-13 Calgary, AB @ Flames Central
Sat/Mar-14 Saskatoon, SK @ O'Brians Event Centre
Sun/Mar-15 Winnipeg, MB @ The Garrick Centre
Mon/Mar-16 Bismarck, ND @ Bismarck Civic Center
Wed/Mar-18 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave More...
Norwegian outfit 66Crusher has checked in with the following announcement about dropping an album early next year:
"We are very proud to announce that our third album 'Wanderer' will be released February 6th, 2015 through Gymnocal Industries!
"It’s been almost four years since 'Blackest Day' and we all hope you are ready for this new album. Preorders will be up very shortly." More...
Karyn Crisis -- best known for her trademark melodic singing and growling roars as the vocalist of Crisis (1993-2006) and Ephel Duath (2011-2014) -- will return with a new project, Gospel of the Witches, and consequent album, "Salem's Wounds," in 2015.
Due out March 9th in Europe and March 10th in North America via Century Media Records, "Salem's Wounds" contains 13 tracks recorded by Karyn together with Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath), Ross Dolan (Immolation), Mike Hill (Tombs) and Charlie Schmid (Vaura). For a first preview of "Salem's Wounds," check out the new track "Mother" below.
The album was financed by fans via websites like Indiegogo/Etsy and was recorded at The Basement Recordings in North Carolina with producer Jamie King. The album cover was painted by Karyn herself and the track listing is as follows:
2. The Alchemist
3. Ancient Ways
7. Goddess Of Light
8. Howl At The Moon
10. The Secret
11. Salem's Wounds
12. The Sword And The Stone
13. The Ascent More...
French dark hardcore/noise outfit Death Engine will release debut full-length album "Mud" on March 2nd, 2015.
Following the 2013 EP "Amen," "Mud" was recorded by Amaury Sauvé at La Senelle, Laval (Birds In Row, As We Draw, Plebeian Grandstand) and then mastered by Sylvain Biguet. The artwork was designed by Hugues Pzzl.
Throatruiner Records (France) and Apocaplexy Records (Germany) are teaming up for this release, which will see the light on 12" vinyl and CD. The now four-piece has already unveiled the music video for the track "Still," which can be seen below.
7. Negative More...
After streaming the song "Nil Absolute" online, Veilburner has premiered a new single titled "Masturbating The Obelisk."
The track comes from Veilburner's forthcoming album "The Three Lightbearers," due out on December 19th, 2014. Check out "Masturbating The Obelisk" below, thanks to Invisible Oranges.
According to a press release, the track "merges the eastern sounds of Nile with fast and complex guitar riffs. What makes the track most interesting is it's atmosphere. Veilburner is able to combine different effects and textures to create an atmosphere which is both unnerving and exciting at the same time." More...
Sweden's Sonic Syndicate posted a new music video for the track "Catching Fire." The song appears on the band's latest album, simply entitled "Sonic Syndicate," which is available via Nuclear Blast Records.
The video features footage captured from the band's latest headlining tour "The Diabolical Tour of Art" can be seen here:
The Polish extreme black metallers from Infernal War are currently undertaking mastering duties after finishing the recording of a new album. The band's third studio opus will be entitled "Axiom" and is expected to drop in early 2015 via Agonia Records.
The band commented on the new material: "Axiom is the essence of Infernal War. At the same time, it's not a copy of our previous works. The new material is more mature, diversified and bloody uncompromising. It's very grim, both musically and lyrically. We have no doubt, that Axiom is our crowning achievement."
"Axiom" is being mastered in No Solace Studio with M. (Mgla/Kriegsmaschine) and it will be Infernal War's first studio album in seven years. The last one, "Redesekration: The Gospel of Hatred and Apotheosis of Genocide," was released in 2007. More...
Periphery is streaming another new track from the upcoming double album "Juggernaut: Alpha" and "Juggernaut: Omega," which is due out on January 27th via Century Media Records.
The track listing for the release is:
Marmor, the international symphonic rock opera featuring Human Fortress/Symbolica/Astra vocalist Gus Monsanto, released another lyric video, this time for the track "Morning Light." The song appears on the debut release "Alma Celta" (or "Celtic Soul"), which is available now digitally via iTunes.
The track listing for the release is:
1. 17th Day of the Moon
2. From My Heart
3. In the Forest
5. The Hanging Stones (Stonehenge)
6. The Secret Sea
7. Crushing Victory
8. The Temple of Light (see lyric video here)
9. Morning Light
10. Celtic Soul
Check out "Morning Light" here: More...
Czech death metal act Heaving Earth is streaming the new track "Doomed Before Inception." The song will appear on an upcoming new release slated for January/February 2015 via Lavadome Producitons.
More information on the album is expected very soon. For now, enjoy "Doomed Before Inception" here:
UMC - the promoters for the World's Original and Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced two additions to the 2015 roster, Denmark's Pretty Maids and Germany's Destruction. For Pretty Maids, the band will play the entire 1987 classic "Future World" as one of the two sets on board.
70,000 Tons of Metal casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages. The All-Star Jam band will be back this coming January, which features members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live. There will also be two hot tubs on the pool deck stage.
All the information on the festival, including how to book your dream metal vacation can be found at 70000tons.com.
Pretty Maids and Destruction join previously announced bands below, with 26 bands still to be announced:
Finnish metal act Battle Beast released the first in a series of album preview trailers for the upcoming new album "Unholy Savior." The album is set to drop via Nuclear Blast on January 9th (EU), January 12th (UK, N, DK), January 14th (Spain), January 16th (FIN) and January 27th (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Unholy Savior
3. I Want The World….And Everything In It
4. Madness (see music video)
5. Sea Of Dreams
6. Speed And Danger
7. Touch In The Night (see lyric video)
8. The Black Swordsman
9. Hero’s Quest
10. Far Far Away
11. Angel Cry
Check out the first preview clip here: More...
Polish blackened death metal outfit Devilish Impressions offers a new lyric video for the song "Adventvs Regis" off the upcoming 12' LP "Adventvs" out February 2015 via Hammerheart Records.
The "Adventvs" EP-CD digipak/Digital Download including bonus 2002 demo "Eritis sicvt Devs" is already out now and available at the band's bandcamp-page.
Check out "Adventvs Regis" below.
Artificial Brain posts a new 3D-animated video for "Absorbing Black Ignition", providing a celestial visual field to mesh with its space-inspired themes. The animation was created by Tim Mearini, who previously made a video for the Artificial Brain song "Tongues", off their prior EP "Lightwaves Birthing Ages".
Check out "Absorbing Black Ignition" below.
Australia's Horsehunter brings some seriously slow, Black Sabbath-style doom metal. In anticipation of their new album "Caged in Death" the doom-rockers are offering the new song "Stoned to Death" which follows in a grand tradition of epically long songs, and can be downloaded from the Soundcloud embed below (just click the little down arrow).
Horsehunter’s new album "Caged in Death" comes out March 10 via Magnetic Eye Records.