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Canadian outfit Deathpoint has issued the following statement about parting ways with the band's drummer and guitarist:
"The band formally announces the departure of drummer Mike Labate and lead guitarist Henry Joldersma from Deathpoint.
"Mike and Henry have both felt that their lives are headed in different directions than where the band is, and have decided to part ways amicably. There is no hostility or bad feelings between any members or management and we would like to wish them both the best of luck on their future.
"Deathpoint will continue to move forward and will have some big announcements very very soon regarding the upcoming music video and tours. Both Mike and Henry will be joining the band on stage for the following dates:
Jan 11 - Statford, ON w/No Honor Amongst Thieves
Jan 16 - Toronto, ON @ Sneeky Dees w/ Death Lullaby
Jan 17 - London, ON @ The Richmond w/Death Lullaby, NHAT
Jan 18 - Hamilton, ON @ The Underground w/Death Lullaby, NHAT, A Sin For A Prayer
Feb 8 - St Catherines, ON
"More to come on the happenings of the band and we ask that all of our fans show their appreciation for Mike and Henry as key contributors of this band for a long time and that we make these last 5 shows as this incarnation of Deathpoint as crazy as we can."
Silencer has teamed up with Guitarworld.com to release a new music video for "I Am Thunder!" Check it out below, and the band also comments:
"Combining our love of all things brick & mortar record store and heavy metal, here is our ridiculous video for 'I Am Thunder!' filmed at the famous Ernie November records. Watch, enjoy and share, share, share away! See you all on January 11th here in Denver."
Loudwire today premieres the new Dead Letter Circus video for “I Am,” the group’s latest single from the album "The Catalyst Fire."
The video, which was filmed in the band’s home city of Brisbane, Australia, was directed by Simon Smith and is the sequel to the last video for the song “Lodestar.”
"We are super pumped to unveil the video for our next single I Am," says vocalist Kim Benzie. “The clip, penned by myself and Director Simon Smith is the sequel to the clip for 'Lodestar'. Set in the possible future where people are being systematically divided, emotionally and spiritually in an almost factory farm way, we follow the journey of the boy as he awakens the sleeping mass and confronts their faceless masters."
4Arm has release a drum cam video of band member Michael Vafiotis performing the track "I Will Not Bow" at the Montreal show last month while the band was on tour with Slayer and Gojira. Check it out below.
Norway's Divided Multitude has released an official video for the title track from the album "Feed On Your Misery."
The video was directed by Matteo Ermeti and can be viewed below. "Feed On Your Misery" was released earlier this year through Fireball Records and Nightmare Records. It was mixed and mastered by Jacob Hansen at Hansen Studios.
Victory Records is excited to announce that Comeback Kid will embark on a headlining tour this February and March.
The "Die Knowing" tour pulls its name from the title of the upcoming new studio album from Comeback Kid, which is tentatively scheduled for a March release date. Support on the trek comes from Backtrack, Xibalba, Downpresser, and To The Wind.
2/19 – Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
2/20 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
2/21 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
2/22 – Pontiac, MI @ Pike Room
2/23 – Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theater
2/25 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
2/26 – New York, NY @ Santos Party Haus
2/27 – West Springfield, VA @ Empire
2/28 – Reading, PA @ Reverb
3/01 – Charlotte, NC @ The Casbah
3/02 – Nashville, TN @ Rockettown
3/04 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
3/05 – Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem
3/06 – Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
3/07 – Lake Worth, FL @ Speakeasy
3/08 – Jacksonville, FL @ Atticus Bar
3/09 – Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
3/10 – Tupelo, MS @ Goodtime Charlie
3/12 – McAllen, TX @ Never Say Never Festival
3/14 – Austin, TX @ SXSW (TBA)
3/15 – Houston, TX @ Walters
3/16 – Dallas, TX @ South By So What
3/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Pub Rock
3/20 – Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
3/21 – Lancaster, CA @ Industry Theater
3/22 – Oakland, CA @ The Metro
3/23 – Ventura, CA @ Rock City Studios
Swedish hard rock act Sister has announced new album "Disguised Vultures" due out January 21st (North America) and January 27th in Europe.
The record was recorded with Martin Sweet and Linus Birbrant and features the previously released single, "Sick." Pre-order information is available via Metal Blade here.
"Disguised Vultures" emphasizes what the band is all about: heavy, raw sound and attitude. Fans will find plenty more of what Revolver Magazine described as "a genre-bending amalgam of street punk attitude and glam-inspired melodies" on this new album. More...
Finnish black metal maniacs Graveborne today premiere the storming new track "Tiesi Päähän," which can be heard below courtesy of Decibel magazine.
The track hails from Graveborne's new album, "Through the Window of the Night," set for international release on January 20th, 2014 via Australian black metal stronghold Seance Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Burn the City of God
2. Tiesi Päähän
3. Root of Evil
5. Into The Abyss
6. In the End I Find My Beginning
7. Pyhää Verta
9. Men Behind The Sun More...
India's Skyharbor has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"Hey everyone, Keshav here - just a friendly update to let you all know that Nikhil has moved on from the Skyharbor project.
"Nikhil and I of course continue to remain brothers and the best of friends, and we will continue to write and play music together in Another Vertigo Rush and other projects. A resounding thanks goes out to Nikhil for his invaluable contribution ever since the band took shape, and we wish him all the very best with Faridkot, Indigo Children and all his other projects!
"The good news is that we have already found our replacement in our good friend Krishna Jhaveri from Goddess Gagged, who filled in on our recent European tour, and he is now our full time bassist! Please welcome Krishna to the family - here's to exciting times ahead." More...
Hark has today revealed the art and new album details for the band's Season of Mist debut. The new album is titled "Crystalline" and will be released on March 18th in North America (March 14th worldwide).
"Crystalline" was recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales and mixed by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou. The album artwork was done by guitarist/vocalist Jimbob Isaac and the track listing is as follows:
2. Hounded By Callous Decree
3. Sins On Sleeves
4. Black Hole South West
5. Breathe and Run
7. Scarlet Extremities
8. All Wretch No Vomit
9. Xtal 0.6
10. Clear Light Of... More...
Winterfylleth has released a track from the band's new split EP with Drudkh. The song, titled "The Gates," was originally written and recorded by Hate Forest. Give the cover a listen below, courtesy of Metal Hammer.
The split EP, titled "Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates," will feature four-tracks taking the shape of cover songs recorded by both bands, paying tribute to their early influences. The track listing is as follows:
1. Drudkh - …W Krainie Drzew (Hefeystos cover)
2. Drudkh - Ten, Ktery Se Vyhyba Svetlu (Unclean cover)
3. Drudkh - Recidivus (Sacrilegium cover)
4. Winterfylleth - The Gates (Hate Forest cover)
"Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates" will see a release on January 2014 as a dark blue, hand-numbered 12" Lp limited to 666 copies. More...
French blackened death metallers Temple of Ball have announced a short string of new live appearances in support of the "Verses Of Fire" album, released in October.
On December 14th in Paris, France, the band will join Antaeus and Watain for what will be the group's last show for the year. The event will take place in Club Trabendo.
In 2014, the quartet will emerge in March at the Speyer Grey Mass Festival (Germany) and later on at Hellfest, on the 21st of June. Temple of Baal has also announced a new booking deal with Eld Events, who will take care of band's live appearances outside of France. More shows are expected to be announced soon.
Saturday 14 December, club Trabendo (Paris, France) - Watain + Antaeus + Temple Of Baal
Friday 14 March 2014 (Speyer, Germany) - Speyer Grey Mass Festival
Saturday 21 June 2014 (Clisson, France) - Hellfest More...
Vocalist Daniel Neagoe has issued the following announcement about parting ways with Unfathomable Ruination:
"It is with deep sadness that I announce my leave from Unfathomable Ruination. This is devastating for me, as for the last 3 years this band has been the center point of my musical activity. With UR I truly developed as a musician and have learned a lot.
"However, due to my current situation regarding family and health, I am constrained to step off from the vocal position in the band and concentrate on getting better, health wise and focusing on family matters.
"I just want to thank my brothers Daniel Herrera, Doug Anderson, Federico Benini and Ross Piazza for being so supportive and understanding, you guys are absolutely amazing and had absolutely amazing times together you crazy fucks!
"We've recorded a fucking sick album together and we've played sick gigs, and we have had some of the sickest tours, for which I cannot be anything but grateful and appreciative!
"I really wish you guys nothing but the very best, you deserve it so much!
"Last but not least, I love you and will miss you so much!"
Minneapolis, MN hard rock/industrial metal outfit American Head Charge is proud to announce the third leg of the Shoot Tour, in support of recently release EP, "Shoot." American Head Charge will be joined by Righteous Vendetta and Cathercist.
Bassist Chad Hanks comments: "It's time for us to wrap up the touring for our latest release, 'Shoot,' but we're eagerly anticipating our return to the west coast for more amazing shows and receptive crowds. We'd love to add even more dates, but we've got a new record to make. We'll see you out there, friends." More...
Asher Media Relations, a PR company based in Montreal that has been helping bands get heard and read about in rock and metal media for over half a decade, is proud to unleash its latest holiday sampler "Happy Metal Annihilation Vol. 3."
The sampler is a free download, which features 23 tracks from the artists AMR has worked with during 2013. You can download the tracks here or stream them below. Publicist and founder Jon Asher comments:
"We like to thank all the media outlets for all their support they have given us to help promote these artists! You have been instrumental in giving our artists exposure through interviews, reviews, radio play and then some! Thank you for also being so welcoming to Cara Ashbey, the Asher Media Intern, and hope you enjoy the music from these bands, that we've had the pleasure to work with over this past year."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Chariots of The Gods - Starborn 03:24
2. Edge of Attack - In Hell 04:36
3. Chosen - Engines of Belief 05:30
4. BornBroken - Control 03:50
5. The In & Outs - There We Go 02:35
6. Fatality - Thoughts Collide 05:10
7. Sanktuary - Midnite Mass 05:29
8. Final Trigger - Face It 03:17
9. The Rabid Whole - Future 03:56
10. Breached - Left Behind 04:06
11. Arcane Saints - Your Ocean 03:22
12. All Else Fails - Anti Martyr 05:49
13. Where Giants Once Stood - The Heavens Tremble 03:35
14. Until Dawn - This Fallen Fortress 03:19
15. Dissension - Of Time & Chronic Disease 07:00
16. Unbeing - Versus 10 Behemoth 06:26
17. Insurrection - Checkmate 04:59
18. Death Toll Rising - Infection Legacy 05:40
19. Tribune - Insectoid 04:50
20. Psychostick - Obey The Beard 03:59
21. Trainwreck Architect - As Killers Breathe (ft. Guitar Solo by Jeff Waters of Annihilator) 04:31
22. Lucid Skies - Shotgun Mouthwash 02:43
23. Xul - Battlestorm 04:27 More...
Coinciding with the streaming of the second track from upcoming album "Men of Honor," Adrenaline Mob has released a lyric video for the track "Come On Get Up."
The video can be seen in the player below, courtesy of Revolver Magazine.
As previously reported, the band will stream a track a week in the album's sequence up until the release date of February 18th, 2014. "Men of Honor" was produced by vocalist Russell Allen and guitarist Mike Orlando and is the band's first world wide release on Century Media where the band was previously signed only for Europe. More...
Ghoulchapel will be releasing a new album titled "Revolt of the Conquered" in 2014, and now the artwork has been made available online. You can also hear a previously posted teaser trailer for the coming album at this location.
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...