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Last updated on December 24, 2014 at 4:21 PM ET
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30 news articles posted today (and counting...)
Spinefarm Records has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming Electric Wizard tour dates:
"Here’s huge news that will delight doom fans all over the U.S. English doom haulers Electric Wizard, who are one of the biggest, if not the biggest doom band in the world, will embark on a U.S. tour in 2015. It is the first time that the band will touch down on U.S. soil to tour in 12 years.
"Yes, it’s been a long time since Electric Wizard have toured here, but they are decidedly worth the wait. Support will come from Satan's Satyrs, featuring Wizard bassist Clayton Burgess.
"The band will tour in support of 'Time to Die,' the 2014-released opus, which came out via Spinefarm Records and was universally praised as one of the band’s best. The tour launches March 31 in Philadelphia and runs through April 19 in Los Angeles." More...
With a new album on the horizon in early 2015, Alienized has made a track available for streaming and free download.
Check out "Karmatron" in the player below, or download your own digital copy over at Pure Grain Audio here. "Karmatron" comes off the band's previous self-titled EP, which has the following track listing:
1. 6955 KHz
2. March Of The Species
3. The Humanaut
4. They Are Here
Croatian metal band Risen To Reclaim has released an official music video for the track "Slave," which can be seen below. "Slave" comes off the "Paradox" album, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. God Of War 05:10
2. Minutes 05:00
3. Colors Never Change 05:22
4. Wasted 05:03
5. The Final Walk 05:38
6. Without Remorse 06:12
7. Part Of You 05:30
8. Obscurity 01:15
9. Slave 04:13
Legendary Canadian metal group Anvil announced this week that the band will embark on a tour of the United States with Lord Dying and Sunlord beginning February 5th in Brooklyn, NY. Dates for the trek are as follows:
2/5/2015 Brooklyn, NY – The Shop
2/6/2015 Frederick, MD – Cafe 611
2/7/2015 Long Branch, NJ – Brighton Bar
2/8/2015 Fayetteville, NC – Drunk Horse
2/11/2015 Ashville, NC – New Mountain Theater
2/12/2015 Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
2/13/2015 Sanford, FL – West End Trading Co
2/16/2015 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
2/17/2015 Indianapolis, IN – The Fifth Quarter Lounge
2/18/2015 Chicago, IL – Red Line Tap
2/19/2015 St. Louis, MO – Fubar
2/20/2015 Ft. Smith, AR – Holiday Inn Plaza
2/21/2015 Houston, TX – BFE Rock Club
2/22/2015 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
2/24/2015 Shreveport, LA – Club Status
2/25/2015 Dallas, TX – The Rail Club
2/27/2015 Midland , TX – The Blue Max
2/28/2015 McAllen, TX – Aces North
3/1/2015 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
3/2/2015 El, Paso, TX – Sector 7
3/4/2015 Phoenix, AZ – Nile Theater
3/5/2015 Tucson, AZ – Flycatcher
3/6/2015 Albuquerque, NM – Blue Phoenix
3/7/2015 Colorado Springs, CO – Black Sheep
3/8/2015 Denver, CO – Marquis Theater
3/9/2015 Grand Junction CO – Mesa Theatre
3/11/2015 Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Bar
3/12/2015 Idaho Falls, ID – DB’s
3/14/2015 San Francisco, CA* – The Fillmore
3/15/2015 Las Vegas, NV – Dive Bar
3/17/2015 W Hollywood, CA – The Whisky
3/18/2015 Morgan Hill, CA – The Granada
3/19/2015 Portland, OR – Tonic Lounge
3/20/2015 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
*ANVIL Only (with Y&T) More...
Tribus has a new lyric video out now for the track "Tu Error," which can be seen below. "Tu Error" is taken off the band's first studio album, "Condenados a Morir." The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Ignis Consumpsit
2. Condenados a Morir
5. Cuando Sepan la Verdad
6. Extraño en Mi Hogar
8. Lejos de Aqui
9. Tu Error
10. No Volveremos a Caer
11. Juicio Final
Slovenian independent label Moonlee Records today offers you first single "Ako nisam dobra" ("And If I'm Not Good") from Croatian post-punk trio Vlasta Popic, whose new album "Kvadrat" will be released late January 2015. Check out the song below.
Sex 'n booze loving outfit Vikings' Roll has made a demo release available online for streaming, which can be heard below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Rock Doido
2. Pensamentos de horror
3. Estou No Inferno e Não Sei
5. Monstro Solitário
No Remorse Records has inked a deal with N.W.O.B.H.M. outfit Mendes Prey. An album containing all the classic Mendes Prey songs will be released early next year on vinyl and CD and will be called "The Never Ending Road." Stay tuned for further details.
Traditional heavy metal band Hitten released an official music video for the song "Looking For Action," which is taken from the debut full-length album "First Strike With The Devil."
"First Strike With The Devil" was released on vinyl via Heavy Forces Records and CD on No Remorse Records. Check out the new video below.
Polish death metal band Slaves Of Evil has released new album "Madness Of Silence," and two tracks from the release can now be heard online. Listen to "The War With God" and "I'm The Witch" in the YouTube players provided below.
Northern Revival - a Southern stoner metal outfit hailing from Serbia - just dropped a new music video for "Square With The House Of God," taken off the "Mouth Full Of Dirt" EP.
The music was recorded at Gos'n Bandar's Piknik Studio, with the video shot and edited by Nikola Rajic. Check it out below.
Bangalore's Dequma has a new track online for streaming titled "Consumed." The song was recorded, mixed, and mastered at James Studios and M.A.G.M.A Studios. Give it a listen in the player below.
Mexican outfit The Arcane Hate has a new lyric video out now for the song "Lenguas Muertas," which was created by SR Films and can be seen below. You can also check out the band's previously released video for "Lifeline" at this location.
Incolors has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album next Summer:
"We're proud to announce that our upcoming album 'The Unchained' will be released on June 1st, 2015. By the way... check out our brand new website here. Special thanks to Jana Dreyer for the amazing new artwork."
Incolors consists of:
Markus Vermeulen - instrumental songwriting, production
Gerrit Quade - lyrics, vocals
Eternal Dream is offering a new single for free download at the band's website here. Eternal Dream also comments:
"Here you are the new single of Eternal Dream 'Reign of the Skies.' The single has been recorded, mixed, and mastered by Niko Hartmann at Eternal Studios. The artwork has been made by Ana Moronta.
"In the 'Neoclassical Fantasy' track we enjoy a featuring by our brother César Rodriguez of Glasswork on the keyboards. In 'Reign of the Skies,' Cristóbal Moronta is featured with the choirs.
"The single will only be avaliable for free download. You can find it in our website and our digital platforms as Reverbnation, Bandcamp, Jamendo... Remember: if you want to download our music for free, you don't need to look for it in hidden places of internet with a questionable content. We give it to you with the best quality and 100% secure!"
01. Reign of the Skies
02. Reign of the Skies (Instrumental)
03. Neoclassical Fantasy More...
Chicago's Ethereal Blood has checked in with the following update about parting ways with the band's guitarist:
"Attention lecherous listeners! Allow us a moment to clear up some of the confusion that has shrouded the group's affairs as of late. We received a significant amount of questions from friends and fans collectively who expressed concern over the fate of Ethereal Blood.
"First and foremost, we are not disbanding or breaking up! Our lead guitarist Thanatos has chosen to depart the band due to personal problems that he can not reconcile whilst also performing the duties of a dedicated musician and though it is with some melancholy that we will no longer be graced by his presence, this is far from the end.
"Nephilim, Abyss, and Lord Vardoulacha will continue to invoke the unholy, write, rehearse, and record unimpaired. The only facet of the band's priorities that will suffer is the live aspect. We will not be able to put on performances until we integrate a new lead guitarist into the line up.
"We are actively seeking suitable candidates not only for Thanatos's replacement but also for a proficient drummer (we grow weary of drum machines). If you are a musician in the area that enjoys dark music, debauchery, and f(r)iendship, do not hesitate to summon us. A simple Facebook message will illicit hasty communication.
"Back to the shadows for now..."
Pelgrim has checked in with the following year-end band recap:
"2014 is coming to an end and what a year it was. We’re incredibly proud we did our very first European tour. We met countless of awesome people and made friends for life. 2014 was also the year we wrote and started recording our debut album and lost Pim and gained Kevin as a Pelgrim band member.
"Also a HUGE thank you to everyone who helped us out last year. Whether it be by fixing our van, booking, helping at the merch stand or just by coming to our shows and having a good time with us.
"2015 will be a whole new roller coaster with our debut album, a lot of shows, tours and other fun stuff coming up. We'll keep you posted on that.
"For now: happy holidays and we’ll see you next year!" More...
Quebec’s dark metal outfit Moonlyght - recently returned with a new lineup - is now streaming an advance track from an upcoming album.
“A Distant Illusion of Freedom” will appear on the band's forthcoming full-length "Return to Desolation," due out mid-2015 on Blast Head Records. Check it out below.
Swedish power metal band Veonity will debut the "Gladiator’s Tale" digital single on December 26th, to be followed on January 25th by a full-length album carrying the same title, due out via Sliptrick Records. For more info on Veonity, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Italy's Malnatt just released a new music video for the song "Don Matteo," taken off the 2012 album "Principia Discordia." The full album's track listing is:
1. Manifesto Nichilista
2. Il canto dell'odio
3. L'amor sen va (poesia di Tarchetti)
4. Don Matteo
5. Ho sceso dandoti il braccio (poesia di Montale)
6. Iper Pagano
7. Nel dì dei morti (poesia di Tarchetti)
8. Ave discordia
9. Ulver Nostalgia
10. Il sentiero dei nidi di Ragnarok (instrumental)
11. Too Old Too Cold (Darkthrone Cover)
12. Norwegian Wood (The Beatles Cover)
Our Oceans is a new band featuring Tymon Kruidenier (Exivious, ex-Cynic) on guitars, Noora Häkkinen on vocals, Robin Zielhorst (Exivious, ex-Cynic) on fretless bass, Jasper Barendregt (Dodecahedron, Ulsect) on drums, and Michel Nienhuis (Exivious, Dodecahedron) on additional guitars.
The band just launched a crowd funding campaign for a new album, which can be found over here. Check out a video clip of the band discussing the campaign below.
Bloodbath has an alternate version of the song "Beyond Cremation," which will be released as part of Decibel Magazine's flexi disc series.
For those without a Decibel subscription, you can stream the track at this location.
"Beyond Cremation" is taken from the band's new album - and first with new vocalist Nick Holmes - titled "Grand Morbid Funeral."
The full album is still up for streaming over here, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Let the Stillborn Come to Me
2. Total Death Exhumed
4. Church of Vastitas
5. Famine of God`s Word
6. Mental Abortion
7. Beyond Cremation
8. His Infernal Necropsy
9. Unite in Pain
10. My Torturer
11. Grand Morbid Funeral
70,000 Tons Of Metal is proud to announce that Annihilator mastermind Jeff Waters has invited ex-vocalist Coburn Pharr to appear in performances when the world's biggest heavy metal cruise sails to Jamaica in January, 2015.
Pharr was lead vocalist on Annihilator's 1990 release “Never, Neverland,” which includes classics such as “Road To Ruin,” “I Am In Command,” “Reduced To Ash,” and “Phantasmagoria.”
Waters comments: “Seeing as how it is the 25th Anniversary of my favorite Annihilator album, I thought it would be a lot of fun to invite Coburn with us to perform some of the songs he was a part of. I haven’t seen him since 1992 so I think the fans are going to spot us having lots of conversations about the old days (and my 80's hair style)! Current Aannihilator vocalist Dave Padden is very much looking forward to this as he is a huge fan of that album and Coburn, but also because he won’t have to play and sing those songs hahaha...!”
Jeff Waters will also be hosting Jamming With Water In International Water, an all-star jam which will feature members from the 60 bands on board 70,000 Tons Of Metal.
The cruise will sail Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 on board the Royal Caribbean “Liberty Of The Seas” from Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL to Ocho Rios, Jamaica and will not return to the real world until Monday, January 26th, 2015.
Simus just released the official video for "The Soulmaker," taken from debut album "Vox Vult," due out February 3rd, 2015 on Bakerteam Records. Check it out below. The label also comments:
"Simus formed in 2008 and, since then, have been clearly aware of their precise and ambitious goal: to express themselves in music, trying to be as true and original as possible, looking for inspiration from many other artistic fields, to involve their audience and make it reflect upon their work.
"Some of the songs conceived in this initial phase are included in their first EP 'Human Prison', recorded and mixed in the summer of 2009 at Studio One Black Sock in Turin, Italy. In February 2010 the group signed its first contract with Myphonic Records, officially making their first step into the music world.
"The band promoted the EP by playing live as much as possible, including a show in support of Coheed and Cambria and a Russian tour, and in December 2012 they released their first music video for the song 'Planet Caiak', which will be included in the band's upcoming debut album. ‘Vox Vult' was mastered by Goran Finnberg (In Flames(Official), Dark Tranquillity, Soilwork) at Mastering Room AB in Göteborg, Sweden." More...
Symphonic metal band Holy Shire today announces that singer Simona Aileen Pala has permanently joined the group following the departure of former vocalist Eliana Sanna. Bakerteam Records comments:
"Holy Shire came to light in 2009 with the aim to perform exciting and original metal music with a symphonic and epic twist. Since their inception, the band performed many shows in their home country and beyond, recorded a very well received 6 track demo and developed a very unique sound with the addition of a flute and two female singers to the line-up.
"After having signed a deal with Bakerteam Records, Holy Shire released debut full length album ‘Midgard’ in May 2014. Each of these 9 brilliant songs are inspired by fantasy literature, including ‘A Game Of Thrones’ and ‘Lord Of The Rings.'" More...
"These Four Walls," a brand new video from U.K. rockers Furyon, can be viewed below. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming second album, "Lost Salvation," which is to be released on January 26th, 2015 in Europe via Dream Records/Cargo Records and feature 10 new songs.
The album will be available in stores and at all popular digital outlets, with a US/Canada release date to follow. The band commented:
“‘These Four Walls’ was the first song to be written for the new album. The song represents repression and is an Insight into Ones imprisoned like state. The performance video was shot and produced by Video Ink. Furyon want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and see you in 2015.” More...
Fates Warning today announces a European exclusive "Awaken The Guardian" anniversary show at Keep It True XIX this coming April, 2016
The show will include the original "Awaken The Guardian" lineup featuring John Arch (vocals), Jim Matheos (guitar), Frank Aresti (guitar), Joe DiBiase (bass) and Steve Zimmerman (drums) playing the complete album plus selected songs from the Arch era. More...
In 2005, Italy's Crimson Dawn was conceived by Drakkar guitarist/composer Dario Beretta and Crown of Autumn multi-musician Emanuele Rastelli. The band released one demo in 2006 entitled "A Dawn In Crimson." On that demo the eponymous track "Crimson Dawn" originally appeared. When Beretta resurrected the band with Rastelli's blessing, Crimson Dawn became a separate and serious new doom metal act - regrouped and rearmed with Betoken vocalist Antonio Pecere, Ex-All Soul's Day drummer Luca Lucchini, keyboardist Emanuele Laghi, guitarist Marco Rusconi (six string guitar) and bassist Alessandro Reggiani Romagnoliand - the song persevered and was re-recorded for the 2013 debut album "In Strange Aeons..." (see review here).
Beretta says of the track: "'A 'Waltz of Doom' with strong medieval/folk influences. It's the only song from the first demo CD that has been kept almost identical, with minimal changes to better fit Antonio's vocal range, which is obviously far more impressive than mine. I also love the way Luca interpreted the drum parts, playing less to play more, so to say. The acoustic guitars have been played by our bass player Alessandro, who's also a trained classical guitarist."
Now, Metal Underground.com is pleased to premiere the music video for the track. The band footage for the video was shot by Cesare Ferrari, Bruno Masulli, Andrea Pastore and Dario Trombin. The video was directed and edited at Actionstudios.it. The sound engineer for the audio track was Mattia Stancioiu of Elnor Studio.
Check out "Crimson Dawn" here: More...
Thrown Into Exile a metal act hailing from Los Angeles has revealed its new lineup to include ex-Scar the Martyr frontman Henry Derek. Now the band has also unveiled a new track with a guest appearance by ex-DevilDriver drummer John Boecklin titled "Restore the Truth".
Thrown Into Exile will be performing their first show ever with the new lineup on December 26 with Death Angel at the Whisky A Go Go.
Check out "Restore the Truth" below.
Bassist Shaun Glass and guitarist Chuck Wepfer have left Illinois death metallers Broken Hope to concentrate on their new band, The Bloodline.
States Glass: "We have been very focused and busy with our main band The Bloodline so much that we haven't had any time to be part of Broken Hope for the last 4-5 months as we can't commit to two bands 100%. That said, we aren't a part of Broken Hope anymore, but we wish them and their new members, Matt Szlachta (Chimaira) and Diego Soria (Disgorge), the best with what they do. And to all the amazing Broken Hope fans, we will see you on the road".
Check out their latest video "The Flesh Mechanic" featuring also Dino Cazares of Fear Factory below.