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Last updated on May 22, 2013 at 1:10 PM ET
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Seattle's Sanctuary, featuring Warrell Dane (Nevermore), have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The long awaited return album "The Year The Sun Died" is expected for a late 2013 release through the label.
The announcement reads: "Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of the legendary Seattle metal band Sanctuary. In 2010, four of the founding members, Warrel Dane, Jim Sheppard, Lenny Rutledge and Dave Budbill, came together for a few select reunion performances. At first, it was just going to be a handful of shows, but the response and chemistry on stage was so overwhelming that the guys changed their minds. Now, some 20 years after they left off, Sanctuary will continue with their unique mix of US power metal, hard rock and progressive elements and begin work on a new LP. To complete the line-up, Brad Hull (Forced Entry) will be filling in for former guitar player Sean Blosl. A late 2013 release is planned."
The band commented:
Warrel Dane: "Having been with Century Media since 1995 with Nevermore, it was a very comfortable decision for Sanctuary to sign with them. Century Media has a great team that always delivers for all of their bands. I've known most of them on a first name basis for many years and I look forward to this new chapter in history."
Lenny Rutledge: "I can speak for every member of Sanctuary when I say we are all excited to join the Century Media family. We now have the opportunity to work with the best metal record label on the planet. We are looking forward to creating great music with an awesome team behind us."
After years in waiting, and a short prelude in the form of the band's 2012 Prog Power USA appearance, Swedish/Danish modern metal sextet Amaranthe is now very excited to announce a first U.S. headline tour - starting on July 17th in New York City at the Gramercy Theatre.
The tour hits several major U.S. cities and more dates are scheduled to be added soon. Support will come from Kobra And The Lotus. In a statement, the band says:
“Amaranthe is now extremely proud and very excited to announce our very first USA headline tour! After a fantastically successful The Nexus World Tour in Europe and one in Asia, consisting of almost 50 shows, it is now time to bring this monster to the U.S.! The fans across the Atlantic have been very supportive since Amaranthe's early demo days, and it has long been a dream for us to properly perform there. The trek will go from east to west, and more than the initially released dates will announced shortly! Support will come from KOBRA AND THE LOTUS, a great up and coming Canadian heavy metal act, and more bands will open for this core package. See all of you American fans in July!”
July 17 The Gramercy Theatre - New York (NY)
July 18 The Note - West Chester (PA)
July 19 The Middle East - Cambridge (MA)
July 22 Bottom Lounge - Chicago (IL)
July 23 Station 4 - St Paul (MN)
July 25 Marquis Theater - Denver (CO) More...
Portland, Oregon heavy rockers Ape Machine are set to kick a 13-date trek across Europe next week in support of their newest Ripple Music release, "Mangled by the Machine." The tour, which begins on Friday, May 31st in Münster and includes an appearance at the Freak Valley Festival (June 1st in Netphen) will see Ape Machine providing direct support for Small Stone recording artists Nightstalker. Tour dates are as follows:
MAY 31st - Münster @ Rare Guitar
JUNE 1st - Netphen @ Freak Valley Festival
JUNE 2nd - Antwerpen @ Antwerpen Music City
JUNE 4th - Paris @ Glazart
JUNE 5th - Leuven @ Rockbar
JUNE 6th - Aachen @ Wild Rover
JUNE 7th - Hasselt @ Carpe Diem
JUNE 8th - Würzburg @ Immerhin
JUNE 9th - Salzburg @ Rockhouse
JUNE 11th - St. Gallen @ Rümpeltum
JUNE 12th - Feldkirch @ Graf Hugo
JUNE 13th - Erfurt @ Stadtgarten
JUNE 14th - Berlin @ Dazzle Berlin
We recently premiered the new music video for "Embryo's Orgasm" from Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot, and if you can't get enough insane gore grind in your day, now you can read all about the video's creation.
The band got in touch with Metalunderground.com to explain what's happening in the clip, and to share all things VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC - past and present.
Ever wonder how three guys from totally different backgrounds get into this kind of heavy expression? According to the band, "the taste for extreme music, black and sarcastic humour, the desire to travel, and Burger King unite us."
Read on to find out about the band's upcoming split with Teen Pussy Fuckers and even watch a bizarre acoustic goregrind show at the Vatican. More...
Swedish psychedelic/progressive doomsters New Keepers Of The Water Towers have released their third full-length album "The Cosmic Child" in North America via Listenable Records. The band had this to say regarding the recording:
"It is our most ambitious work yet. 47 minutes filled with dark but majestic melodies, psychedelic passages and a doomy groove. Some have gone to the lengths of calling it 'Dark side of the Doom' (With reference to Pink Floyd's legendary album with a similar title) and I guess our influences from early 70s progressive music has started to shine through the carpet of distortion."
Metal Hammer UK is streaming the album in full at this location, or below in the player.
The froggy goregrinders with the greatest band name ever are at it again - Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot has finally released a music video! It should go without saying that this is filed under the "amazingly NSFW" column.
Check out the clip "Embryo's Orgasm" below. The band also comments on the video's story:
"The main character in the video is a paedophilic psychopath. It’s not people with long hair, piercings or tattoos who are children-fucking perverts, it’s normal and ordinary looking people."
A complete interview with the band about the video can be read here, but as a tease, here's something else the goregrinders had to say: "The filming process was actually very stimulating. I remember everyone having a boner when we did the rape scene."
The song comes off "In Involuntary Abortion we Trust," and the album's full track listing is:
1. Mass suicide with a rusty comb
2. Embryo's orgasm
3. Double Emetophilia session
4. Eyeball Peeler
5. Slushy baby chainsaw assfuck (live)
6. Rancid monstrosity (live)
7. Eyeball peeler (Pumuckl version)
If you love what you hear below, or just want to sick slack jawed and try to figure out if that's really front man Franz's voice making those sounds, check out "Mass Suicide With A Rusty Comb" at this location. More...
Illinois deathcore act I Killed Everyone will release its debut full-length "Necrospire" on Pavement Entertainment July 9th. This album comes on the heels of two EP's that the band has self-released. Formed in 2008, the Chicago band is influenced by classic death metal bands from the 90's, whose sounds they incorporate into their music. The band has issued an album update, which you can check out following the tracklisting and cover art of "Necrospire."
A Sanguinary Mass
Grimoire I - Eviscerated
The Devourer Beyond
Born of the Abattoir
State of Filth
Crucified and Consumed
Grimoire II - One with the Void
The Human Error
Epic doom pioneers Candlemass will release the vinyl only live LP "Epicus Doomicus Metallicus - Live at Roadburn 2011" on June 14th via Svart Records. Pre-orders can be made over at this location.
The live album was captured at the sold-out Roadburn Festival in 2011, when the band was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the debut release, one that is credited as being the starting point for modern epic doom metal. The show featured original vocalist Johan Längqvist, who was invited back for a few select shows celebrating the occasion. It was mixed from a professional 32-track recording and mastered vinyl under the supervision of band founder/mainman Leif Edling.
The release will be spread over three sides of vinyl with an etching on side D. The two LPs are wrapped in a gatefold jacket, and the set is available on black or white vinyl. Both versions are limited to 400 pieces.
Edling commented: "No volcano could stop us this time to perform the Epicus album at the Roadburn festival in Holland. It was a very special day, filled with great music, incredible fans, and a band that had a lot of fun doing this! After 25 years original, Epicus singer Johan Längqvist is onstage with us to perform something that people say is one of the doom metal classics. And I think we did a pretty good job there at Roadburn. We played well, and the show was a total success! So here it is, CANDLEMASS live at the Roadburn festival…as it was, no overdubs…recorded on 32 channels…a fine slice of legendary doom released on big, fat, double-packed vinyl!" More...
Pavement Entertainment, Inc. has just released "Departure" from Wisconsin deathcore metallers Ocellus. The sextet emerged from Lyons, Wisconsin in 2009, making a splash on the live circuit with their 2010 release "Crush. Kill. Destroy." Ocellus had self-released its album and sold a staggering 2,500 copies, finally signing a three-album deal with Pavement Entertainment and officially releasing "Departure" on May 14th. Check out the video for "Wolf in Sheep's Clothing" from the album, which has been streaming on YouTube.
Brazilian act Aneurose posted a new music video for the track "Hunting Knife." The song will appear on the band's debut LP "From Hell," which is expected for release in June (exact date not yet announced). The album is produced by Gus Monsanto, vocalist for Symbolica and Code of Silence.
The single can be downloaded over at this location. The video was produced by Escadas Produções. Check it out here:
Faith Xtractor's "The Great Shadow Infiltrator" has just been released on Deathgasm Records. The sophomore full-length from the Cincinnati brotherly duo of multi-instrumentalist Ash Thomas and guitarist/vocalist Marquis Thomas (The Vladimirs, ex-Thorns Of The Carrion) features eleven cuts of death metal. Check out promo videos for "The Beast Holographic" following the tracklisting, and "Third and Final" at this location.
1. The Beast Holographic
2. The Six Knives of Redshield
3. Earth to Anvil
4. In All Forms Reptilian
5. Third and Final
6. The Great Shadow Infiltrator
7. The Eye at the Divide
8. Freedom Conditional
9. With Cold Calculation
11. Shackling the Long Usurped
Kaotoxin Records will release "Hand of Glory" from French instrumental doom act The Lumberjack Feedback on July 2nd in France and August 6th in the U.K. and U.S. 'Loud and Low' is the motto for a band playing with two drummers that anchor a sound rife with dynamics and contrast, while the EP as a whole works as a soundtrack to the apocalypse.
Produced by Billy Anderson, the first 1,000 copies of "Hand of Glory" come as a limited edition, hand numbered deluxe digifile. A promo video for the EP is playing below. Next month, The Lumberjack Feedback will head out on a series of European and U.K. dates in support of "Hand of Glory." For tour dates and updates go to this location.
Italian metal band Ancillotti - named after brothers Sandro, Daniele and Sandro's son Brian - have signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The band was formed in 2009, self-releasing the debut EP "Down this Road Together" in 2012. The debut full length release is due out in 2013, however the details and exact release date have yet to be announced.
bass - Sandro "Bid" Ancillotti (Bud Tribe)
drums - Brian Ancillotti (Shabby Trick)
guitars - Luciano "Ciano" Toscani (Listeria, ex-Wyvern)
vocals - Daniele "Bud" Ancillotti (Bud Tribe, Strana Officina) More...
Taiwanese band Chthonic posted behind the scenes footage for the band's upcoming music video "Sail Into Sunset's Fire." The video will premiere on May 24, 2013 and is the second for the band's new LP "Bú-Tik," which is scheduled to drop on June 3, 2012 via Spinefarm Records. The first video - ""Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace" - can be seen over at this location.
Check out the footage here:
Swedish act Månegarm is streaming the title track to the band's upcoming new LP "Legions of the North." The album drops via Napalm Records on June 28th (ESP/SWE/NOR, G/A/S, FIN & Benelux), July 1st (Europe), July 2nd (USA/Canada) and July 5th (UK). A preview clip for the release can also be heard over at this location).
Check out "Legions of the North" here:
German metal act Thunder And Lightning unveiled the album artwork for the band's fourth LP "In Charge of the Scythe." The album is set for release on August 23, 2013 via Hammersound Records. The cover art was created by comic artist Tyler Kirkham (DC, Top Cow) and can be seen below along with a teaser video about the cover.
Check out the preview clip here:
The artwork can also be viewed here: More...