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Last updated on December 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM ET
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15 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Lamb Of God is pleased to announce that the band has entered in to a worldwide distribution deal with Specticast (Led Zeppelin Celebration Day, Paul McCartney Rock Show) for the Don Argott-directed feature film “As The Palaces Burn.”
Filming for the feature began in 2012 and concluded in March of 2013. “As The Palaces Burn,” not to be confused with the making-of documentary packaged with the recent re-release of the 2003 Lamb of God album of the same name, was conceived to be a documentary focused on the power of music and its impact on cultures around the world, along with its ability to bring together people of all nationalities regardless of religious or political differences.
After a worldwide casting call, filming took place in Colombia, Venezuela, Israel, India, and the United States. As filming reached its conclusion, the documentary was forced to take a major turn when the band’s lead singer, Randy Blythe, was arrested in the Czech Republic and charged with the murder of a fan in June 2012.
Granted unique access to Blythe’s continuing saga, Argott’s filming covered Blythe’s 38 day imprisonment in Prague, his release and the band’s return to live performances, and finally Blythe’s trial for murder in Prague in February 2013.
“As The Palaces Burn” will debut worldwide on February 27th. Following the film, a 30 minute Q&A with the entire band and director Don Argott will be shown. The Q&A was conducted by VH1 Classics Eddie Trunk and filmed at the final show of the band’s North American tour in support of their most recent release, Resolution. More...
Crematory will release new album "Antiserum" on March 4th, 2014 via Steamhammer / SPV. Drummer Markus Jüllich explains:
"Our fans can look forward to Antiserum, on which we have gone one step further than we did on our comeback album Revolution in terms of electronic influences. In collaboration with Elmar Schmidt of Hamburg EBM act Centhron, we have come up with a haunting mix of metal riffs and EBM keyboards. That's why I'd refer to Antiserum's musical direction as 'EBM-Metal.'
"In the beginning it was more difficult than we'd thought. The sounds and samples that Elmar brought us had no really song structures, that's why we didn't have a central theme to start off with. It took us two or three songs to get in to the groove, but from that point on it was an extremely exciting process to work on the new material."
The Crematory drummer is referring to tracks such as "Virus" with its pulsating EBM flair, "Inside Your Eyes," and the first single release "Shadowmaker.
Markus also states: "Even before the whole record was finalized we knew that 'Shadowmaker' had absolute hit potential. We never had a moment's doubt that we had come up with the new Crematory anthem. More...
Throwdown has debuted a new track today titled "Avow," taken from the upcoming new LP "Intolerance," due out January 21st, 2014.
"I’ve written a lot of lyrical content coming off as rehashed. I was meticulous if not a little obsessive about making all venture into similar territory," says frontman Dave Peters. "It's been two decades since I've been straight edge. 'Avow' is about how it was important to me."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Fight Or Die
2. Borrowed Time
4. Hardened By Consequence
5. Defend with Violence
6. Suffer, Conquer.
7. Cut Away
9. Without Weakness
10. Born and Buried Alone
11. Condemned to Live More...
Hungarian doom/death/black combo Verilun will release a new album titled "Home For The Dead" on December the 23rd via Sliptrick Records.
Verilun was born in 2010 in Szombathely, Hungary and the name means "Blood Moon," a Hungarian description of the planet Mars.
Vista Chino, the band formed by John Garcia and Brant Bjork that continues the legacy of Kyuss, has completed work on a video for the song "Sweet Remain."
Taken from the album "Peace," the video was directed by Dale "Rage" Resteghini (Hatebreed, Sevendust, Trivium). Crave Online is now premiering the video today, which can be viewed below.
Vista Chino will also be performing in Australia on the following dates:
1/19: Queensland, Australia @ Big Day Out - Gold Coast
1/24: Melbourne, Australia @ Big Day Out - Melbourne
1/26: Sydney, Australia @ Big Day Out - Sydney
1/31: Adelaide, Australia @ Big Day Out - Adelaide
2/2: Perth, Australia @ Big Day Out - Perth
With words from the creators themselves, the story of how the impending collaborative "Terrestrials" LP from Sunn O))) and Ulver was conceptualized and created has been dispatched to the public, in addition to the first auditory indication of the material the album presents.
Oslo, Norway, August 10th, 2008: Following the band's 200th gig, Sunn O))) teamed up with Norwegian legends Ulver at their Oslo studio, Crystal Canyon. They recorded three "live in improvisation" pieces, starting that evening and ending at dawn, as Northern sunlight seeped in through the windows.
Kristoffer Rygg states: "We were sitting in the console room, early in the morning, listening to the takes. Someone said, 'ah, sunrise over Crystal Canyon,' as if the night had been a dark one. We all laughed and Greg proposed it as a title. In that setting it sounded perfect. The boys had mentioned wanting the music to orient towards the light, like some lost pilgrim stretching before the sun. We kept that mental picture for the processing." More...
Continuing the annual tradition of releasing an amped-up version of a classic Christmas song, August Burns Red is now streaming the cover of “Dance of the Sugar Plumb Fairy." Check it out below, courtesy of Altpress.com.
The single marks the latest in a line of reinterpreted holiday classics from the band, all of which were collected in last year’s release of "August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin’ Hill, A Holiday Album."
For fans that don’t already own the holiday album, “Sugar Plumb Fairy” will be added to the digital release, with the track also being available to purchase individually for those who do at iTunes, AmazonMp3, Google Play or wherever digital music is sold.
SF Bay Area metallers Kill Ritual, featuring ex-members of Imagika and Dark Angel, have just signed a worldwide record deal with Golden Core Records / ZYX Music. The release of the second album “The Eyes Of Medusa” is planned for spring 2014.
Recordings were done at Fossil Sound in San Jose CA and Fang Studio in San Mateo CA. Production/engineering was again handled by Kill Ritual guitarist Steven Rice. Mixing and mastering were completed by Steven Rice/Andy LaRocque (King Diamond).
Formed in late 2010 by former Imagika lead guitarist Steven Rice, Kill Ritual is completed by former Dark Angel bassist Danyael Williams, Bay Area vocalist Josh Gibson and Italian drummer Gee Anzalone (Brain Damage).
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Eyes Of Medusa
2. Hair Trigger
3. Never Get Me
4. Ride Into The Night
5. Weight Of The World
6. Writing On The Wall
7. Drop Dead Gorgeous
8. Just Another Sin
9. My Little Sister
11. Agenda 21
Currently dismantling stages, today hardcore thrash mutants Iron Regan snap necks with "Mini Lights," a track from the band's new split with Exhumed. Check it out in the player below, courtesy of Invisible Oranges. You can also catch Iron Reagan live, with full dates available after the jump.
The split 12" will be unleashed via Tankcrimes on January 7th, 2014. The track listing is as follows:
1. Gravewalker (EXHUMED)
2. Dead to the World (EXHUMED)
3. Seeing Red (EXHUMED) - Minor Threat cover
4. Ready to Fight (EXHUMED) - Negative Approach cover
5. Life Beater (IRON REAGAN)
6. Gave Up on Giving a Fuck (IRON REAGAN)
7. Mini Lights (IRON REAGAN)
8. Holy Water Makes Me Wet (IRON REAGAN) More...
Italian black metal group, HRIZG has completed its second recording "Individualism" for Moribund Records. The album is the band's third overall and follows its 2011 effort "Anthems to Decrepitude."
Erun-Dagoth comments on the album, "All I can say is that Individualism is a kind of mixture between my two previous albums and the best effort I have done as a solo instrumentalist. As for lyrics, they are also more into the nihilist and misanthropic philosophy."
Projected released date by MORIBUND is in the vicinity of June/July 2014. Cover and track listing to be revealed imminently, but in the meantime, view a video of Erun-Dagoth recording drums for Individualism at Khazad-Dûm Studios:
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Thyrien:
"We're happy to announce the signing of Thyrien from Finland! You don't know them? Fear not! We're here to help: Once upon a time, in 2005 to be precise, Thyrien was forged in the cold and harsh wastelands of Finland. In the beginning it was only a way to express music for Oskari and Jere, but later on a few other members appeared to strengthen the ranks of Thyrien.
"After a while they noticed that the new members weren't that into working as a band so few line-up changes were to be made.
"The journey was a bit complicated in the beginning, but after a while they figured everything out and Valtteri and Sakari Martikainen as well as Oskar Ketola completed the line-up of Thyrien.
"Now let us speak about the band's musical style, shall we?
"Are you a fan of folk metal, death metal and black metal? Thyrien got you covered and are offering you a fresh sip of mead without forgetting the traditions of folk metal!
"The guys focus on bringing you a melodic and brutal atmosphere with catchy drumming and grim vocals.
"Their upcoming debut album 'Hymns Of The Mortals - Songs From The North' is expected to be released on January 24, 2014!" More...
Soulfly has released a new music video for "Bloodshed," which can now been seen in the player below courtesy of Blabbermouth.net.
The band's new album "Savages" was released in October via Nuclear Blast Entertainment and is available for streaming in its entirety at this location.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Cannibal Holocaust?
4. Ayatollah of Rock 'n' Rolla
5. Master of Savagery?
7. This Is Violence
9. El Comegente
Borknagar will be hitting the road with Månegarm, Ereb Altor, and Shade Empire for the Niflheim Festival tour in 2014.
Jens F. Ryland (Borknagar) comments: "This is very exciting, verging on surreal. I have always wanted to play more live with the guys and after 15 years we are finally doing something that doesn't involve only a weekend. This is all thanks to the enormous support we get from our audience all over the world!"
Øystein G. Brun (Borknagar) added: "See you all out in the battlefield in a few months. Really looking forward to this ride with my fellow gunslingers! Hope to see you all! And hey, show us what you got Europe! Cheers!!"
07.03. - Erfurt, From Hell (DE)
08.03. - Oberhausen, Helvete (DE)
09.03. - Wroclaw, Alibi (PL)
10.03. - Berlin, K17 (DE)
11.03. - Budapest, Dürer Kert (HU)
12.03. - Montecchio Maggiore, E20 Underground (IT)
13.03. - Rome, Traffic (IT)
14.03. - Romagnano Sesia, Rock’n'roll Arena (IT)
15.03. - Zürich, Dynamo (CH) More...
Despite My Deepest Fear has released a new music video for the track "Vixen," which was filmed & edited by Toby Suda & Martin Jarrett of Flat White Films. Check out the video below, or find more info on the U.K. band at Facebook here.
The world's only a Capella power metal band Van Canto posted a EPK promo video for the upcoming new release "Dawn of the Brave." The album is set for release via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
February 7th: GAS/FIN & BENELUX
February 10th: UK/Rest of Europe
February 11th: USA/CAN
February 12th: ESP/SWE/NOR
The track listing for the album is:
1. Dawn of the Brave
2. Fight for Your Life
3. To the 4. Badaboom
5. The Final Countdown (Europe Cover)
6. Steel Breaker
7. The Awakening
8. The Other Ones
9. Holding Out For A Hero (Bonnie Tyler Cover)
11. My Utopia
12. Into the West (Lord of the Rings Soundtrack Cover)
13. Paranoid (Black Sabbath Cover)
Check out the video here (click "CC" for English subtitles): More...