Metal News for January 1, 2012
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20 news articles posted on this day.
Hooded Priest, the side project put together by members of Belgian and Dutch old school bands in 2006, has reissued it's last album on vinyl. Titled "Devil Worship Reckoning," it includes a few reworked tracks from the 2009 demo "Call For the Hearse." You can stream and download this release in the widget provided for you. Hooded Priest just concluded a small tour of Europe which ended in Vienna.
Latvian funeral doom band Frailty has posted several videos of it's progress in the recording studio. They are working on a new album, and when more details become available we will post them. We have featured the guitar studio session for you here, but you may view the others on Frailty's official YouTube channel. Check out more of Frailty's music from the "Balance is Everything" era and beyond on the band's MySpace page.
It was revealed last week that Minutia vocalist Jeffrey Goho started a Bon Jovi death rumor which made its way around the Internet and quickly garnered a host of negative reaction including death threats.
In response to all the negative comments online and exposure from the media regarding the story, Minutia has now posted a video statement and song online titled "No Regrets." Check out the video response and new track in the player below.
On an update posted on it's Facebook page and website, Swedish power metal band Sabaton has revealed that the title of it's upcoming album will be "Carolus Rex." The album, set to be issued via Nuclear Blast Records, will be launched at a party on May 23rd at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. It will be the only west coast show and will be a world premiere of Sabaton's new songs. Sabaton will embark on it's headlining North America jaunt "Swedish Empire Tour 2012", kicking off the first date on April 10th in Tampa, Florida. The dates for the tour are as follows:
04/10/12 Brass Mug – Tampa, FL
04/12/12 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
04/13/12 Trees – Dallas, TX
04/15/12 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
04/17/12 Wreckers – Lubbock, TX
04/18/12 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
04/19/12 The Beaumont Club – Kansas City, MO
04/20/12 Spicoli´s Grill and the Reverb Rock Garden – Waterloo, IA
04/22/12 The Firebird – St Louis , MO
04/23/12 The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
04/25/12 The Casbah – Charlotte, NC
04/27/12 Bogie´s – Albany, NY
04/28/12 Broadway Joe´s – Buffalo, NY
04/29/12 Peabody´s – Cleveland, OH
04/30/12 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
05/02/12 The Loft – Poughkeepsie, NY
05/03/12 The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
05/04/12 The Gramercy Theatre – New York City, NY
05/05/12 The Palladium – Worcester, MA
05/07/12 Petit Campus – Montreal, QC – CANADA
05/08/12 Imperial de Quebec – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
05/10/12 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON – CANADA
05/11/12 Music Hall – London, ON – CANADA
05/12/12 The Alrosa Villa – Columbus, OH
05/13/12 Blondie´s – Detroit, MI
05/15/12 Station 4 – St Paul, MN
05/16/12 Reggie Rock Club – Chicago, IL
05/18/12 Vernon Club – Louisville, KY
05/19/12 Kingdom – Richmond, VA
05/20/12 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
05/21/12 Jaxx – West Springfield, VA
05/25/12 Circo Volador – Mexico City, D.F. – MÉXICO More...
Brian Gamblin of Canadian band Titans Eve has issued the following update about the writing process for the band's new album:
"We have completed all writing for our new album 'Life Apocalypse.' Recording begins in Calgary, Alberta March 1st with Divinity lead guitarist and recording engineer Sacha Laskow.
"The 'Life Apocalypse' North American tour kick's off in Seattle June 15th. 2012 is going to be one hell of a year!
"Happy new year to all our metalhead family out in cyberspace!"
The upcoming "Life Apocalypse" album will be the follow-up to "The Divine Equal" (reviewed here), with more details to be announced as they are made available.
Deeds of Flesh has posted the full cover artwork online for the upcoming "Portals to Canaan" album, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"As promised, here is the ablbum cover art by Raymond Swanland for our upcoming release 'Portals to Canaan.' Enjoy and Happy New Year everybody!!"
Ontario's As Autumn Calls has issued the following year-end recap and update about working on new material:
"Our last update for 2011. Demos have all been recorded for the new album. Very pleased with it overall. Over the next little while we'll be making some minor adjustments, adding some extra guitar leads and atmospheric elements. The goal is to enter the studio to record the final version in the early months of the new year.
"We'd like to thank everyone for the support you showed us in 2011 and for waiting patiently as we delayed the new album to release An Autumn Departure instead. We truly believe the new album will be worth the wait and it will not disappoint. We are looking forward to sharing it with all of you.
"We wish everyone a happy and safe New Years."
1349 released "Hellvetia Fire - The Offiicial 1349 Bootleg" back in October of 2011 through Candlelight Records. The band has now announced a screening of the DVD will be held at Duff's Brooklyn this upcoming January 7th. Details are available in the promotional poster below.
Swedish outfit Hostile Cell, which called it quits back in April of 2011, has now issued the following announcement about working on new material which may be released under a different name:
"Happy New Year! We are pleased to let you know that we are working on brand new material with the band formerly known as Hostile Cell.
"This is more progressive stuff, we're playing what we want and not caring about any trends, just like it should be.
"The name of the band is not 100% determined yet, but we'll be back soon with an update. To give you a hint of what the music sounds like, take a sip of AIC, swallow it down with some Machine Head and add a cup of the Haunted to the mix. Without the screaming though, I'm singing cleanish."
Onslaught has checked in with the following message to fans about the passing of 2011 into the new year:
"Here we are again as another New Year arrives. 2011 was a truly amazing time for Onslaught and we really do owe you, our fans / friends / business partners a huge debt of gratitude for your immense love and support over the past year.
"It was one of the best periods in our history for many different reasons and definitely the most enjoyable, it also looks like 2012 is shaping up to be just as special...!!
"Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts and we wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Successful 2012 and may all your dreams come true!"
Onslaught also has the following upcoming North American tour dates with M-Pire of Evil: More...
Obscura has issued the following announcement about posting a song online from the band's upcoming demo collection:
"Happy new year to you all! Get started in 2012 with a few new tracks of the 'Illegimitation' Demo Collection we uploaded to our official YouTube channel. Enjoy & kepp on shredding in the new year!"
The collection, set to be released in March 2012, will include ten never-before-heard tracks, including the band's earliest recordings from 2003, unreleased songs from the "Cosmogenesis" sessions of 2006, and brand new cover songs with the newest line-up from 2011. The "Illegimitation" track listing is as follows:
Obscura - 'Illegimitation' Demo (2003)
1) ...and all will come to an end
4) Immanent Desaster
Obscura - 'Cosmogenesis Preproduction' (2006)
6) Open the Gates
Obscura - 'Recording Session 2011' (2011)
8) Death - Flesh and the Power it Holds
9) Atheist - Piece of Time
10) Cynic - How Could I
Trollfest has been hard at work on the new album "Brumlebassen," and the band has now checked in with the following update via Facebook about appearing at the upcoming Inferno Festival:
"Management here. I guess the boys haven't made it out through their New Years Eve party hangovers yet to wish you all a brilliant 2012, so I'll do it for them.
"Thanks to everyone for the overwhelming friendship and support you've shown Trollfest throughout 2011. They'll all be on the road again this year, and looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible face to face, and of course, there is the release of the new album on NoiseArt Records to look forward to.
"First stop for us will be the Inferno Festival kick off in Oslo, so let the fun start there! Cheers everyone :)"
French band The Nocturnal Chaos has posted a playthrough video clip for the song "A Brighter Future." Check out the footage below. The band commented on the video:
"First day of the year, and first video.. As promised a guitar playthrough of our song 'A Brighter Future ft. Ganesh Rao' available on our EP for FREE here. Hope you like it, please share it !!"
"Hi folks and a Happy New Year everyone!
"Dead Samaritan's first album The Only Good Samaritan... is on it's way and should be coming out in the beginning of 2012. The estimated schedule is around the end of February but we'll be wiser on that in the next few days. When we get to know the exact release date, we'll publish the cover art too.
"The Only Good Samaritan..." track listing is as follows:
1. Prelude to Perdition
2. The Monster to Create
3. Laid to Waste
4. Royally Fucked
5. Hell If I Care
6. Bleeding Ground
9. River Runs Red
10. In the Shadows of the Mind
11. Welcome to the Death Zone
12. Into the Stellar Night More...
Russian symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail has posted two songs online from the "Tribute to the Past" EP, which are available after the jump. The band also commented on the release:
"Yesterday, 31.12.2011 year, our new EP 'Tribute to the Past' was released at Grailight Productions here. You can order it from my e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org. Price is 5 Euro Worldwide (including post).
"Check out the two songs from it below: (Sacred Gift of Love) and Love You to Death (Type O Negative cover)."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Prelude in E Minor
2. Cemetery of the Lost Souls
4. Dogs of God
5. Sacred Gift of Love
6. Farewell, Norfolk! (Aria cover)
7. Ros (Ashen Light cover)
8. Love You to Death (Type O Negative cover) More...
Chinese black metal band Midwinter is issuing it's debut album "Enthrone in Blizzard" for streaming and download over on Bandcamp. This was Midwinter's debut album, re-released on Chinese label Pest Productions. Check out the song "Northern March" from that nine-song release, which also features a cover of the song "Pestkrieg" from Nachtfalke.
Discuss New Jersey rock and roll and many think Bruce Springsteen; however, Bon Jovi has built quite a reputation themselves. With over 130 million albums sold, the boys from Sayreville, NJ continue to change up their sound and are making a run at "the boss" for notoriety in the Garden State.
The original band has been together since their first studio album (one exception being a change at bass in '94). The initial line-up was led by lead singer Jon Bon Jovi (who shortened his name from John Francis Bongiovi, Jr.), guitarist Richie Sambora, bassist Alec John Such, keyboardist David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The initial thought when looking at this band was not that they had a lot of hair, but that they were also very pretty and smiling at the camera -- unlike the scowls of David Lee Roth, Nikki Sixx, and Stephen Pearcy, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora were just a couple of guys with a hardhat mentality and hair most women would kill for. Was it just me or did David Bryan actually have better hair than Jon? Just me... okay. Anyway it is quite preposterous to think that the keyboardist would have better hair than the lead singer. Moving on...
The first album, their self titled debut from 1984, featured a single titled "Runaway" that displayed Jon Bon Jovi wearing either leggings or bandanas around his ankles. This video was also the beginning of the rise of Jon Bon Jovi's hair, something that would peak during the second course of "Livin' On A Prayer." In 1985 they put out their second album, "7800 Fahrenheit," an album with "In and Out of Love," a song showing arena anthem potential complete with a live video showing the world how much fun you can have at a Bon Jovi concert. The first album showed potential and gave hope of the band becoming a hit, but the second album didn't blow up, instead steadily building on the first album, if nothing else, an example of a band working hard to create music and tour to support. This hardest working band mantra would last from their start through present day. Of course, they would get a break, which changed everything in 1986. More...
Contrast the Water is sharing it's recent album, "Perseverance," with it's fans by heading over to Bandcamp. You can download or stream all ten tracks from this Durban groove/death metal band. Below is the video version of the track "Fallen" from this release. Contrast the Water will be playing at the two-day Thrashocalypse Festival 2012 in Ceres, California. The festival takes place on January 7th and 8th at the Workshop on 2602 Moore Road.
Master Warjomaa, who does all vocals and instruments for one-man Finnish folk/doom band Aarni, has revealed that Aarni is currently at work on two projects. First, he is finishing the mastering on a split album with Persistence in Mourning as well as recording the third Aarni full-length "Lovecraftian." Both should be released in 2012. Check out music from Aarni over on MySpace or listen to the track "The Heiroglyph," from the album "Tohcoth."
Alunah has revealed that it will be releasing it's second full-length album in mid 2012 on Psychedoomelic Records. The Birmingham band's first album, "Call of Avernus," was also reissued this year via Seattle's Alliance Records. Below is a video from that album for the song "Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn." Head over to MySpace to stream material from this release and Alunah's earlier EP "Fall to Earth."