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U.K. melodic death metal act Engraved Disillusion released a music video for the new track "Embrace the Flames." The song is taken from the upcoming sophomore full length effort "The Eternal Rest." The album is set to drop via the band on Halloween (October 31st, 2014) and pre-orders can be made at this location.
The track list for the album is:
1. Life is...
2. Embrace The Flames
4. Curse The Sorrow
5. Shadows Run Black
6. No Tomorrow
7. Into Oblivion
8. In Aeternum
9. Echoes From A Silent Sky
10. The Eternal Rest
Check out the video here: More...
Red 7 held the concert in their outside stage, which due to the previous days storms, we were wondering if we would be rained out. As if the gods were fans of this tour, there was no raining on September 20. However, the rain did leave a muggy residue that was heated even further by packed crowd. Being on a Saturday certainly helped nudge area metal heads to get downtown, as did the lineup itself. Ghoul probably brought in the most fans, as evidenced by all the Municipal Waste and other crossover shirts and hats. Skeletonwitch shirts were also in abundance. Black Anvil was a nice complement to Ghoul and Skeletonwitch.
Locals, Sore put the night in motion. Their sludgy sounds added another distinct flavor to the three tour bands who possessed unique styles in their own rights. Fronted by ex-The Roller vocalist Mike Morowitz, Sore’s sound was akin to tearing away a sore from one’s flesh. It was abrasive and loud and divergent in tempo. Stomping doomy grooves saw bodies beginning to warm up. Faster grind seemed too caustic and it was too early in the evening to start a pit. But people took notice. More...
Eluveitie. In 2014, it’s more than just a band name (especially if you can pronounce it correctly). It’s a symbol, a trademark, a familiar signature on a distinct masterwork born of an eclectic labor of passion.
It wasn’t always this way. When Nuclear Blast signed the underground Swiss octet in 2008, the “folk metal” subgenre had barely begun to make itself a rising force outside of Europe. Seemingly overnight, all that changed with the furious shred of a violin, the insane interlocking precision of flutes and whistles, and the solemn drone of a hurdy-gurdy (“Time to buy a dictionary,” puzzled many a stumped metal fan), all packed in a cannonade of melodic death metal riffage.
This apparently instant success, of course, was in fact the result of several years of uncertainty and perseverance, a far cry from the humble project launched by frontman and mandolinist Christian “Chrigel” Glanzmann in 2002. That evolving journey has continued to this day, throughout a massive world tour for the acclaimed 2012 album “Helvetios,” an extended break, and now, perhaps the group’s finest hour, “Origins.” (reviewed here)
Following Eluveitie’s first-ever performance on U.S. soil in support of the album, at the Baltimore Soundstage on Friday, September 19th, I caught up with hurdy-gurdy specialist and backing vocalist Anna Murphy backstage. Though fearless leader Chrigel had opted to hit the sack, several of Anna’s bandmates decided to join us, including drummer Merlin Sutter, guitarist Rafael “Rafi” Salzmann, guitarist Ivo Henzi, and - last but not least - bassist Kay Brem, who made a belated appearance bearing some vital information. More...
Sick Of It All announces U.S. tour dates today, which can be found below. The band has also teamed up with New Noise Magazine to bring you another song from upcoming album "Last At Of Defiance," which will hit stores next Tuesday.
Listen to "Get Bronx" below, and the band also comments: "Get Bronzx is a term we came up with and use amongst a group of our friends in the NYHC scene. It is used to describe the point that is passed push coming to shove, when you go all out. Musically the song is a hybrid throwback fusing some early punk type chord changes with a late 80's NYHC style groove. The ending clearly Black Sabbath influenced and well... Geezer rules!"
9/27/2014 Reverb Tsunami Fest Reading PA
10/4/2014 Irving Plaza New York NY
11/1/2014 Magic Stick Detroit MI
11/2/2014 Reggies Rock Club Chicago IL
11/3/2014 Fubar St. Louis MO
11/5/2014 The Conservatory Oklahoma City OK
11/6/2014 Three Links Dallas TX
11/7/2014 Red Seven/FFF Nites Austin TX
11/8/2014 FUN FUN FUN Fest Austin TX
11/9/2014 Scout Bar Houston TX
11/11/2014 High Dive Gainsville FL
11/12/2014 The Local 662 St. Petersburg FL
11/13/2014 Churchill's Pub Miami FL
11/14/2014 Backbooth Orlando FL
11/15/2014 Jack Rabbits Jacksonville FL
11/16/2014 The Masquerade Atlanta GA
11/18/2014 Shaka's Virginia Beach VA
11/19/2014 The Ottobar Baltimore MD
11/20/2014 Asbury Lanes Asbury Lanes NJ
11/21/2014 Simons 677 Providence RI
11/22/2014 Les Foufounes Electriques Montreal QU
11/23/2014 Hard Luck Toronto ON More...
New Damage Records is thrilled to announce the addition of Exalt to the label's roster. The Kitchener, Ontario-based hardcore band will release sophomore album "Pale Light" on November 4th.
"Pale Light" is the follow-up record to Exalt's 2012 debut "Breach False Minds." Fans can pre-order the album now at iTunes and directly from New Damage Records. For a first taste, stream the new song "Greying" below.
Recorded at Chicago’s Bricktop Recording studio with producers Andy Nelson and Pete Grossman (Veil of Maya, Fireworks), Exalt’s sophomore effort features 11 tracks of raw, chaotic hardcore.
“People can expect a much more focused and realized album than our past efforts,” says lead vocalist Tyler Brand. “Consistency in the writing and style of this record I think makes it a full front to back record, instead of just a collection of songs.”
Choosing to avoid the central themes that surrounded previous efforts, the lyrical content on "Pale Light" revolves around the idea of watching both the world and our bodies slowly perish. “Although it's not lyrically a concept record, it just turned out that the songs revolved around this idea more than anything else,” comments Brand. “I am much happier with this record lyrically than anything I've written before.”
The album's track listing is as follows:
01. Death is the Road
05. Pale Light
06. Worn as Earth
09. Old Vein
10. Flesh to Ash
11. Fear is the Wind More...
The black-doom upstarts from Bog Oak today premiere the new track "A Sea Without Shore" online. Check it out below, thanks to CVLT Nation.
The track hails from the band's debut EP, "A Treatise On Resurrection and the Afterlife," set for international release on November 28th via Svart Records on MCD, MLP, and digital formats. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Bog Oak is a fuzz-drenched blackened doom outfit from California formed in May of 2013. Debut EP, 'A Treatise On Resurrection and the Afterlife' consists of four allegories that pay as much homage to Black Sabbath and Hellhammer as they do to the metaphysics of Mulla Sadra, Suhrawardi’s philosophy of illumination, and the alchemy of Al-Ghazali.
"With their commitment to huge, gnarly guitar and bass tones, thundering drums, and vocals that range from demonic screams to angelic cleans, Bog Oak create a heavy brew of mystical dirges and forsaken atmospheres."
The track listing is as follows:
1. The Science of the Afterlife
2. The Resurrection of Animals
3. Time Drift of Seasons
4. A Sea Without Shore More...
Fans clamoring for a second new track from the upcoming new Exodus record, "Blood In, Blood Out," are having their cake and eating it too today.
The blazing new title track, "Blood In, Blood Out," is available for streaming below, courtesy of Billboard.com.
Guitarist Gary Holt states, “Time to let a fast one outta the bag! Check out this advance preview of the title track ‘Blood In, Blood Out’ and get another taste of our upcoming new record! Fast raging thrash! One of many in the new disc! Bay Area sickness to slap you upside your face!”
"Blood In, Blood Out" is due out in North America on October 14th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast and the previously posted song "Salt The Wound" can be heard at this location. The track listing is as follows:
01. Black 13 (featuring Dan the Automator)
02. Blood In, Blood Out
03. Collateral Damage
04. Salt The Wound (featuring Kirk Hammett)
05. Body Harvest
06. BTK (featuring Chuck Billy)
07. Wrapped In The Arms Of Rage
08. My Last Nerve
10. Honor Killings
11. Food For The Worms More...
Today, Aeternitas Tenebrarum Music Foundation (ATMF) sets November 3rd as the international release date for Animus Mortis' new album, "Testimonia." The label comments:
"Animus Mortis was founded mid 2004 by N.Onfray. Sid soon joined on vocals, and with this lineup, the band recorded the demo Desolated Landscapes. In July 2005, after a couple of live shows, the band went back to studio to record the MCD Thresholds Of Insanity, getting a great response in the European scene.
"In April 2007, the band recorded their debut full-length, Atrabilis (Residues from Verb & Flesh), and the album was released at the beginning of 2008, again by the French label Debemur Morti Productions. With this first album, Animus Mortis positioned itself among the most recognized Chilean black metal bands abroad. During 2008 and the first quarter of 2010, the band evaluated many backup musicians with the purpose to cover live shows with international bands, gigs across Chile, and along the way, made different recordings. In 2008, the band made splits with renowned bands in Spain, France, and Italy.
"Animus Mortis are now ready to regain the throne they deserve with this new mature work, a Testimonia of their uncompromising attitude on the research within the dark side of black art. This new material sets the trend in which the band has been working on, keeping the Animus Mortis identity and also adding new passages into the composition path. More...
It’s all systems go for Bloodstock 2015 with no rest for the wicked: as well as the recently announced Saturday night headliners, Within Temptation and special guests Opeth, more bands are getting locked in for August 2015.
Following Emperor’s triumphant headlining set at Bloodstock this year, Emperor frontman Ihsahn brings his solo project to Catton Park as a one-off, U.K. exclusive. Ihsahn comments:
“At this year's Bloodstock I had the great pleasure of finishing off our 20th Anniversary Tour of ‘In The Nightside Eclipse’, and next year, I am really looking forward to returning with a whole new Ihsahn set. Nostalgic. Contemporary. I get to do both! See you all there!” More...
Exivious just released a play through video for the song "Deeply Woven," which is taken from the "Liminal" album released last year (reviewed here). Check it out below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
2. One's Glow
4. Deeply Woven
The Australian metal visionaries in Ne Obliviscaris are streaming new music taken from their upcoming full-length, "Citadel."
The virtuousic acoustic segment "Reveries from the Stained Glass Womb" can be heard below, courtesy of Sea Of Tranquility.
"Reveries from the Stained Glass Womb" is a movement that follows the first track released by the band titled "Curator," which can be heard here. The new album is due out November 11th and the track listing is as follows:
1. Painters of the Tempest (Part I): Wyrmholes
2. Painters of the Tempest (Part II): Triptych Lux
Movement I: Creator
Movment II: Cynosure
Movement III: Curator
3. Painters of the Tempest (Part III): Reveries from the Stained Glass Womb
5. Devour Me, Colossus (Part I): Blackholes
6. Devour Me, Colossus (Part II): Contortions More...
Today the Italian thrashers from Ancient Dome reveal the track listing for their new album, the third full-length of their career, titled "Cosmic Gateway to Infinity."
The new release will be managed by Punishment 18 Records, which already released "Human Key" (2009) and "Perception of this World" (2010).
01. N.I.F. (New Interstellar Force)
03. A Sea Of Stars
04. Cosmic Gateway To Infinity
05. Colonizing Asteroids
06. Nebuloid [Instrumental]
07. Dead Zone
08. Empire Of Lies More...
California death/thrash act Exmortus released a new music video for the track "Metal is King." The song appears on the latest studio album "Slave to the Sword," which was issued back in February via Prosthetic Records.
Check out "Metal is King" here:
Greek vocalist Sophia Aslanidou (ex-Blood Stain Child) has announced that her project "Season Of Ghosts" will release the new album "The Human Paradox" December 8, 2014 via Coroner Records. The album was mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Blood Stain Child, Destrage). A preview clip for the album can be heard below.
Season of Ghosts is a groundbreaking music project, dedicated to the love for the unseen and film soundtracks, combining extreme rock and metal sounds, harsh electronics and powerful, compelling vocals, through the eerie spectrum of a Sci-Fi, horror movie. Mejibray's MiA appears as guest guitarist for some tracks.
The track list for "The Human Paradox" is:
1. Nothing Disappears Without A Trace
2. Genesis - The Phoenix Syndrome
3. Time Travellers
4. Dream; Paralysis
5. The Human Paradox
6. [NE]: MESIS - The Kiss Of Justice
7. Beautiful Eternal Things
8. Dreaming In The Gray Lands
9. The Road To Acheron
10. Quantum - Through The Looking Glass
12. There And Back Again
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Formed in 2007, Canadian traditional metal act Striker set to stake a claim in the crowded so-called “New Wave of Traditional Metal” scene. If metal bands emerging from the Great White North are known for anything – it is how to fight, survive and win. They represent some of the most criminally underrated and classic bands found in heavy metal, especially when you count legends like Anvil, Exciter and Helix among newer acts like Cauldron and Skull Fist.
Spearheading a new influx of “true metal,” Striker has dropped its latest monumental effort “City of Gold” via Napalm Records earlier this month. It is a continuation of the power burst made on the breakthrough album “Armed to the Teeth” (2012) (see review here). With a little more punk influence added in this time around, the band have seemingly found “Cibola” and continue the march towards metal glory. Metal Underground.com sat down with the Striker’s newest axeslinger Tim Brown (Shadowblade/ex-Kobra and the Lotus), who joined in 2013, replacing Ian Sandercock.
Swedish melodic death metal act Gormathon released a music video for the new track "Remember," the third for the upcoming new album "Follow the Beast." The video was directed by Thomas Lothström.
"Follow the Beast" is the band's sophomore full length release and is set to drop via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
September 24th: NOR/SWE
September 26th: G/A/S, FIN & BENELUX
September 29th: UK & EUROPE
October 7th: US/CAN
The track list for "Follow the Beast" is:
2. Land Of The Lost (see music video here)
4. Break The Chains
5. Celestial Warrior
6. In Benevolence
7. World Of Sin
9. Absence Of Trust (see music video here)
10. Warlords Of Doom
11. Into Oblivion
12. Silent Walk
Check out the video here: More...
Several hours before their performance of the “Remedy Lane” album at ProgPower USA XV in Atlanta, GA on September 12th, Pain of Salvation was in a kind of limbo of nervousness. Some of their equipment had been mistakenly flown elsewhere while they had been flying to the states, a broken snare drum disaster was narrowly averted by one of their Johnny-on-the-spot sponsors who personally made a trip to Guitar Center for them, and frontman Daniel Gildenlöw was in a cool-headed but obvious state of conflicted anticipation. It was hardly “the right time” to do an interview with the band. Nevertheless, Gildenlöw and guitarist/vocalist Ragnar Zolberg generously agreed to take ten minutes with MetalUnderground.com’s Frank Serafine to open up about their situation.
With an acoustic album to be released following two raw and polarizing “Road Salt” albums, Gildenlöw’s recent medical triumph over flesh-eating bacteria, and a North American tour now under way, it is a time of great change for the band. Among other things, the tall tag-team twosome of Zolberg and Gildenlöw revealed that the band had worked up a very special version of Dio’s classic “Holy Diver” for the acoustic album. Gildenlöw also discussed how putting his experiences into song changes his own recollection of those experiences over time as they become “the album.” More...
UMC - promoters for the World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - announced that Finnish metal act Amorphis is the new "30th act" to be added to the 2015 roster. With the recent demise of Chimaira, Amorphis represents the new halfway point in the lineup announcements. According to UMC, "[a]fter weeks of negotiations, even our Skipper could not convince [Chimaira] to do one final show on board."
Amorphis is still supporting the latest album "Circle" (2013) and recently announced a string of 20th Anniversary shows with Avatarium in support, which celebrates the band's classic 1994 release "Tales From The Thousand Lakes."
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.
Amorphis joins previously announced bands below, with 30 bands still to be announced:
German darkwave rock act Megaherz released a lyric video for the new track "Himmelsstürmer." The song appears on the upcoming new release "Zombieland," which will drop via Napalm Records on October 27th. In support of the album, the band recently announced a string of tour dates, which can be found over at this location.
Check out "Himmelsstürmer" here:
Austrian modern metal act Tuxedo released a new music video for the song "Jealousy." The song appears on the latest LP "Flowerfield Melodies," which is available now through Massacre Records.
Check out the video here:
Just a day after the lineup announcement for ProgPower USA XVI was revealed to the crowd on Friday, September 12th, the annual kick off show was revealed. Headliner DC Cooper (vocalist for Royal Hunt) will play a solo set. In support is the U.S. debut of Swedish power metal act Dragonland, which features Amaranthe guitarist Olof Mörck and Destiny vocalist Jonas Heidgert, along with Brazil's Almah, which features former Angra vocalist Edu Falaschi.
Both the kick off and main festival announcement videos can be seen below. Tickets for the main festival will be available starting on October 4th with the kick off show tickets available in early November. More information can be found over at the official site at this location.
Check out the main festival lineup video here:
Elina Laivera, ex-vocalist of the Greek act Seduce the Heaven, has announced that James LaBrie guitarist Marco Sfogli will appear on the her debut solo album/project "Kaleidoscope." The album is a collaboration with French keyboardist/composer Viv Lalu. The album is targeted for release in late 2015.
The announcement reads:
"It is with great joy and honor that we announce the magical guitar power of MARCO SFOGLI in our team!
"Guitar player, composer and arranger, Marco needs normally no further introduction but for those of you who might not know, Marco has also been lending his sensational guitar sounds to James LaBrie (being also member of his solo band) and Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Alex Argento, Virgil Donati, LALU and more!"
Elina commented: 'Being a James LaBrie fan myself, I listened to Marco's playing for the first time on the album 'Elements Of Persuasion' and I was blown away. I could never imagine that years later, I would meet Marco in Frankfurt, Germany at the legendary Musikmesse in March 2014. I watched his performance at the DV MARK booth with my producer Viv Lalu by my side and I told him right away 'I want to have him on my album! Such musicality and power! That's it!'
More guests are soon to be announced. More...
Pennsylvania’s groove rock quartet Crobot is streaming the new track "La Mano De Lucifer." The song will appear on the new album "Something Supernatural," which is set to drop via Nuclear Blast Records on October 24th (EU) and October 27th (UK).
Check out "La Mano De Lucifer" here:
German black/dark metal act Nachtblut released a teaser clip for the upcoming fourth studio LP "Chimonas." The album is the first to feature basisst Trym, who joined the band in 2012 following the release of "Dogma." "Chimonas" is set to drop via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
October 17th: G/A/S
October 31st: FIN & BENELUX
November 3rd: UK & EUROPE
November 5th: NOR/SWE/ESP
The track list for the album is:
2. Wien 1683
3. Wie Gott sein
4. Kalt wie ein Grab
5. Und immer wenn die Nacht anbricht
7. Dort wo die Krähen
9. Töte mich
Check out the teaser clip here: More...
Norwegian black metal act Khold today released a music video for the new track "Til Endes."
The song is the title track of the band's forthcoming sixth studio release, which will drop on September 29th (EU) and September 30th (North America) via Peaceville Records.
The track listing for the album is:
2. Skogens oye
4. Dommens arme (Sepultura cover)
5. Til Endes
6. Det dunkle dyp
Check out the video here: More...
Italian thrash act Ultra-Violence released a new music video for the track "Turn Into Dust." The song is taken from the debut full length release "Privilege to Overcome," which is available from Punishment 18 Records.
The band's previous music video for "L.F.D.Y" can be seen over at this location. Check out "Turn Into Dust" here:
Finland-based symphonic metal storytellers Nightwish are pleased to announce a 27-date headlining tour of North America for 2015, launching in New York City on April 9th, hitting three Canadian cities plus Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, then closing out in Silver Springs, Maryland on May 14th. In support will be Dutch symphonic metallers Delain, who are currently on an extensive North American tour with Xandria in support of Sonata Arctica.
Checking in from the other side of the world amidst all the prep work for recording their new studio album, Nightwish bassist/vocalist Marco Hietala shares the following about the band’s return to North America:
"Hi to all! Our work on the new album has been going with serious productive speed and comfortable ease at the same time. It´s going to be great to get it out to you and play these pieces live. And with this announcement it will obviously happen quite soon! Here are the dates for the North-American shows. Come on over and we´ll raise hell and kick some arses together!"
EnterTheVault.com is the exclusive place to purchase VIP Meet & Greet tickets (which includes early entry + an official tour program) through October 11th.
Confirmed dates are:
04/09/15 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
04/10/15 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/11/15 Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/13/15 Capitole Theatre – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/14/15 Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/16/15 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
04/17/15 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
04/18/15 Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL
04/19/15 Val Air Ballroom – Des Moines, IA
04/21/15 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
04/22/15 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/24/15 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
04/25/15 Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
04/26/15 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
04/28/15 Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
04/30/15 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
05/01/15 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
05/02/15 Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
05/03/15 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
05/05/15 Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
05/06/15 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
05/08/15 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
05/09/15 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
05/11/15 Marathon Music Work – Nashville, TN
05/12/15 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/13/15 Filmore – Charlotte, NC
05/14/15 Filmore – Silver Springs, MD More...