Metal News for January 10, 2012
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Los Angeles based metal band Prototype will release a third full-length album titled "Catalyst" in early 2012 via Nightmare Records. Nearly two years in the making, "Catalyst" is a science fiction themed concept album featuring 12 tracks and over 60 minutes of all new music.
The effort was produced by Prototype and is currently being mixed by Neil Kernon. "Catalyst" will be mastered by Alan Douches and artwork will once again be created by Travis Smith. The official release date for the album will be announced soon, and the track listing is as follows:
3. Cynic Dreams
4. The Chosen Ones
6. My Own Deception
7. Into Oblivion
9. Gravity Well
10. The Ageless Heart of Memory
Every week we track down musicians and metalheads from all over the world to get their favorite mosh pit stories and crazy tales from live shows. This week comes a story of Viking mayhem at Sweden Rock 2010 courtesy of Metalunderground.com reader Cbella:
At Sweden Rock 2010, I wanted to see Danzig but none of my group wanted to so I made my way alone over to the stage. On my way, I encountered a group of the biggest Vikings I ever saw! They charged at me and one of them threw me into a fireman’s lift. Anyway, he was trashed and it had been pissing with rain so the ground was really wet.
So this fucking Viking slipped, dropped me on my face, knocked me out and knocked my front tooth out! If that wasn’t bad enough, when I came round, this vomit-smelling, Sloth-from-the-Goonies-looking fucker, was trying to give me the kiss-of-life while I was bleeding from the mouth! Nice!
Many thanks to Cbella, and we hope your next festival is experienced fully conscious and with significantly less Viking face-destruction action. Check back in again next Tuesday as we share more Pit Stories from readers and metal bands.
On August 6th, 2010 Degradead played for its first time at Wacken Open Air, and the band's full set, as performed on the W.E.T Stage before an enthusiastic audience, is included on the new DVD release "Live at Wacken and Beyond."
The DVD is scheduled for a February 28th release date via Metalville Records and features a host of extras, including music videos. Metal Injection is now streaming one of the music videos from the DVD exclusively. Check out the video for "Human Nature" below. More...
After previously posting the song "One Up" online, Above This has now uploaded another new track "Final Lipton" online. Check out the lyric video for the track below. Both "One Up" and "Final Lipton" will be appearing on the band's upcoming new album.
Emmure is currently holed up once again with acclaimed producer Joey Sturgis (Asking Alexandria, The Devil Wears Prada) tracking a new album. The group is also excited to officially announce that this new effort will also be the first to feature new drummer, Mark Costillo (ex-Between The Buried And Me, Bury Your Dead).
Jesse (guitars) states: “Mark Costillo has been a good friend for a few years now. Mark approached us as he heard through the grapevine that EMMURE needed a helping hand, so at that point I chatted with him about possibly recording our new CD and playing some shows.
"After jamming the set a few times we all decided that Mark was the perfect fit for us and undoubtedly should be our new drummer. He is the upmost professional and his work on the new effort in going to really help us bring everything to another level. Everyone better watch out."
Be sure to visit Emmure's Facebook for any additional information, studio news, photos, and to view all tour dates for the upcoming North American tour with We Came As Romans this spring.
Ontario's Ascariasis has issued the following announcement about continuing work on the upcoming "Ocean of Colour" EP:
"Just a brief update for you guys, our forthcoming EP 'Ocean of Colour' is almost completed. The vocals and bass are just being wrapped up over the next little while, and then it'll be off for mixing with our good friend Eric Altomonte.
"We also received the final artwork from the very talented Cameron Gray (Born of Osiris). Thanks to everyone for the ongoing patience and support, we promise it'll be worth it.
"Also, feel free to download the first EP single 'Shatter' for free, any donations will go directly towards the recording / artwork."
Veil of Maya will embark on a massive North American tour alongside the mighty In Flames and Trivium on January 12th.
The group has also completed work on an upcoming third full-length release, titled "Eclipse," which is now set for a February 28th release. Further details will be announced as they are made available from the band.
Head over to the band's Facebook profile to view all upcoming tour dates.
Epitaph Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with The Ghost Inside:
"Epitaph Records is proud to announce the signing of Los Angeles based heavy melodic hardcore band The Ghost Inside. Formed in 2007, the band has built a following with two previous records, Fury And The Fallen Ones and Returners, as well as their riveting live performances touring with bands such as Bring Me The Horizon, Parkway Drive and The Devil Wears Prada.
"The Ghost Inside’s powerful and affecting sound merges insightful and introspective lyrics with charging drums, lightning fast riffs and devastating breakdowns. The group is currently working on their yet untitled Epitaph debut with Jeremy Mckinnon (of A Day To Remember) producing."
“Signing to Epitaph is a dream come true for me,” singer Jonathan Vigil says. “The label is home to some of my all time favorite bands. Epitaph continues to be successful while maintaining the integrity of an independent label. I really look forward to the future of The Ghost Inside and Epitaph. There's honestly no other place I'd want to call home. “
The Ghost Inside also has the following upcoming live shows: More...
Roxx Productions has issued the following announcement about revealing the track listing for melodic/power metal act The Sacrificed's new album "III:"
"We are very excited to announce the release is near completion and it sounds amazing! For the first time here is the entire track listing for ‘III.' All of those who have already pre-ordered will be receiving an exclusive download of the entire album this week!
"In addition anyone that pre-orders the new CD from this day forward will also receive a download link of the whole album! Get ready 2012 is going to be an amazing year for fans of The Sacrificed as ‘III’ has finally arrived!
1. The World is Changing (Intro)
3. Ark of the Covenant
4. The Nephilim Agenda
5. Time’s Up
6. Words on the Gin
7. Behold the Power of God
10. Before the storm
Chilean thrash metal band Necrosis has announced a new line up for this year 2012. The band will be returning to touring and finishing working on new material to be released in early 2013.
Also this year Necrosis will be launching a historic re-release of a classic album to be announced in the following months. The band's latest album "Reborn" was released in 2009 following "Enslaved to the Machine" in 2003 and previously "The Search" in 1987.
The new line up of NECROSIS is as follows:
Pablo Garriga : Vocals
Sergio Aravena: Guitars
Juan Pablo "Hueso" Vallejos: Bass
Andy Nacrur : Drums/Backing Vocals
Ireland's Primordial will be co-headlining the Paganfest tour 2012, which is kicking off in Oberhausen, Germany the 16th of March 2012!
Primordial singer A.A. Nemtheanga comments: "Never say never right? So we announce our participation in next March's Paganfest festival tour across Central Europe. Anyone who has read any of my various ramblings and musings over the last year or two will know my feelings about the current state of club touring and the industry in general. It's an ugly business but we are definitely ugly enough and getting uglier every year so strangely enough the stars aligned and the dates fell into place for us. Anyone who knows anything about Primordial knows how hard it has become for us to commit to lengthy touring as the years go by. The window of opportunity represents possibly the only opportunity we will have to do a longer tour for 'Redemption' across Europe so as they say…needs must and better the devil you know. Never as I say say never.
"Regardless of the fact that the general tone of this tour is a little different. It has a more pronounced mix of light and shade. We have our Icelandic brethren Solstafir taking part which I would have thought alongside ourselves should sweeten the deal for those who may feel the pagan/heathen festival tour holds nothing for them, Romanian shamans NeguraBunget also filling out the darker quotient of the tour. Heidevolk stand firm for proud old values and having taken part in Eluveitie's acoustic album personally my feeling on those guys and girls should be apparent! I support them and the cultural significance they represent. I'm not here to sound the rallying cry for a dying venture (i.e touring) or sound the death knell for Primordial club touring we are simply taking part, we have some interesting and new things planned and the tour has some light and shade, which may be difficult for some people to take but this is how it is. Of course some territories are missed and we apologize for this but this is a mixture of market forces and pragmatism and unfortunately nothing to do with us, we hope to fill in the blanks over time. Bottom line, Primordial is touring….this is the most important fact and you know what you are gonna get…blood sweat and fire so see you on the field…"
The Paganfest 2012 dates are as follows (featuring Eluveitie, Primordial, Negura Bunget, Heidevolk, and Solstafir): More...
The debut full-length from Canada's Structures, "Divided By," is available now and you can catch the band out on the road across North America starting January 23rd with Stray From The Path and Cruel Hand. The upcoming Structures live shows are as follows:
Jan 23 Firehouse 13 Providence, RI
Jan 24 The Barbary Philadelphia, PA
Jan 25 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, PA
Jan 26 Keswick's Louisville, KY
Jan 27 The Muse Nashville, TN
Jan 28 The Winter Jamboree Dallas, TX
Jan 29 Downtown Music Hall Little Rock, AR
Jan 30 Down Below Tallahassee, FL
Jan 31 Club Propaganda Lake Worth, FL
Feb 01 Transitions Tampa, FL
Feb 03 7 Venue Douglasville, GA
Feb 04 Jimbos Charleston, SC
Feb 05 Southland Ballroom Raleigh, NC
Feb 07 Kingdom Richmond, VA
Feb 08 Ottobar Baltimore, MD
Feb 09 Champion Ship Lemoyne, PA
Feb 10 The Chance Poughkeepsie, NY
Feb 11 Palladium Worcester, MA
Mar 10 Newby's Memphis, TN
Mar 11 The Valarium Knoxville, TN
Mar 12 The Castle Theatre Bloomington, IL
Mar 13 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
Mar 14 Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
Mar 15 Outland Ballroom Springfield, MO
Mar 16 The Beaumont Club Kansas City, MO
Mar 17 Scene-ary Wichita, KS
Mar 21 Ace of Spades Sacramento, CA
Mar 22 Ventura Theatre Ventura, CA
Mar 23 Club Retro Fresno, CA
Mar 24 Rialto Theatre Tucson, AZ
Mar 25 Hard Rock Cafe - Vegas Strip Las Vegas, NV
Mar 26 TOP DECK Farmington, NM Tickets
Mar 28 White Rabbit San Antonio, TX
Mar 29 El Rey Theatre Mcallen, TX
Mar 30 House of Rock Corpus Christi, TX
Apr 14 Jamboree Music Fest @ The Omni Toledo, OH
Apr 20 YFC Rochester, NY
Apr 21 The Palladium Worcester, MA
Chapters of Eden has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"We never really thought we would ever write these words on this page but as unfortunate as it is we are writing to deliver the news that we have let our drummer Matt Edwards go. Being our best friend it was the most difficult decision as a band, and as friends, we have ever had to make.
"We really thought it would never come to it but for reasons which Matt knows, we had to do what we had to do. He will never be forgotten in the History of Chapters and it is always a pleasure to work with a best friend musically.
"This may be sad news for us at Chapters and anyone who knows how close we are to Matt but Chapters will go on. Also Dont Worry people we will still be releasing our new I AM ALIVE 3 Track EP on the 20th of January!! And we will still be releasing the music video for the song 'Primitive!' MARK IT IN YOUR CALENDARS!!! Thank you for reading."
A teaser trailer for the upcoming EP is also available online at this location.
Just one week before being released into the general population via Southern Lord, today Pitchfork is streaming Loincloth's debut LP, "Iron Balls Of Steel," in its entirety. Check out all sixteen blistering tracks of the outfit's quirky, instrumental, tech-metal molestation right here. The band also issued the following press release:
"Compressing nearly forty minutes of mathematical mayhem onto the album, Iron Balls Of Steel -- Loincloth's first output since 2003 -- will hit the streets on January 17th via Southern Lord, on CD, LP and digital download formats.
"A power trio comprised of guitarists Cary Rowells (Confessor) and Tannon Penland (Koszonom), and drummer Steve Shelton (Confessor), LOINCLOTH steer clear of cliché formulas, and choosing instead to carve its name out sheer force of will.
"Coalescing endless, technical riffing and a thoroughly devastating rhythm section with seamless precision, never once incorporating acoustic parts, pointless leads, repetition or vocals, the album fully energetic and driving, mashing out riffs at their fullest and remaining innovative the whole time, without attempting to be a 'progressive' act."
Swedish hardcore band Refused has announced a series of shows scheduled for summer 2012. This is the band’s first appearance since breaking up in the late ‘90s and will include performances at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 13th and 20th and the Way Out West Festival in Sweden Aug 9-11. Refused has released the following statement:
"It's been a motley 14 years since our band came apart. We've all kept busy in our respective endeavors but we've all remained friends and kept in touch. There have been offers, and lots of jokes about these offers. We've sort of looked down from our high horses and made fun of people who've just wanted to share the psychopathic intensity that we would deliver on a nightly basis in our post-pubescent prime. A reunion has just seemed irrelevant to us. Too much other shit to do…
"We never did 'The Shape of Punk To Come' justice back when it came out, too tangled up in petty internal bickering to really focus on the job. And suddenly there's this possibility to do it like it was intended. We wanna do it over, do it right. For the people who've kept the music alive through the years, but also for our own sakes…"
For more details, head over to the official Refused website at this location.
Ritual Productions has announced that Bong has been busy in the studio recording a brand new album which will be called "Mana Yood Sushai." Greg Chandler of Esoteric and owner of Priory Studio (where the album was recorded) states:
"It was really great to record an album live in the studio with BONG, whose heavy, droning, psychedelic improvisations unfolded like a lucid, transcendental journey. Great vibe to the session with these guys, and a real pleasure to work with. I really enjoyed the session, was cool to work with a band that can just get in and do their thing with a completely no nonsense approach!"
Bong is in the process of confirming tour dates in support of the record, with the following confirmed so far:
14 January – The Cluny, Newcastle
15 April – Roadburn Afterburner, Tilburg, Holland
17 May – Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil has posted the video teaser "Chapter IV: The Human Box" in support of the forthcoming new release "Dark Adrenaline," which is due for release January 23, 2012 through Century Media Records.
Check out the teaser here:
Zacatecas, Mexico prehispanic thrash band Aterlius is offering it's debut album "Sol Negro" for download over at this site. "Sol Negro" is a thirteen song album, seven of the songs remastered tracks from the first two demos. Aterlius sing about themes of empowering the people, the jaguar warrior, nocturnal sacrifices and other popular ancestral metal themes. Check out the video upload of the song "Batallas Floridas" below. Stream other songs from "Sol Negro" over on the band's YouTube channel.
Florida blackened death metal band Inferion has finally revealed a release date of January 15th, 2012 for it's new album "Desolate." Many years in the making, this album is the combined effort of guitarist, drummer, vocalist and composer Nick Reyes and ex-Kult of Azazel bassist Frank Gross. "The Desolate" is the result of many years of writing and recording in fits in starts and in a myriad of locations including Iraq, where Nick Reyes was deployed with his U.S. Army Unit. Recording had actually begun back in 2005 when Inferion was a quartet. The tracklisting of the album follows after the stream widget.
Voodoo Six has issued the following announcement about supporting Edguy on several upcoming U.K. dates:
"We are very pleased to announce that we will be special guests for 3 UK shows with EDGUY:
2nd Manchester - Club Academy
3rd Birmingham - HMV Institute
4th London - 02 Islington Academy
"Tickets available here. The newly released EP - Falling Knives - reached number 2 in the Amazon rock chart. Many thanks to everyone who bought it. Check out the new multi lingual website at this location."
You can also watch the Voodoo Six music video for "Falling Knives" by clicking here.
"All Tomorrow's Funerals," the latest chapter in Autopsy history, contains new studio tracks recorded in late 2011 as well as past EP's and rarities which have been specially remastered by the band. The set will launch on February 20th, 2012 and can be pre-ordered here. The cover artwork is now available below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. All tomorrow's funerals
2. Broken people
3. Mauled to death
4. Maggot holes
5. The tomb within
6. My corpse shall rise
7. Seven skulls
8. Human genocide
9. Mutant village
10. Horrific obsession
11. Feast of the graveworm
13. Fiend for blood
14. Keeper of decay
15. Squeal like a pig
16. Ravenous freaks
17. A different kind of mindfuck
18. Dead hole
19. Retribution for the dead
20. Destined to fester
21. In the grip of the winter
22. Sign of the corpse More...
French act Outcast is set to release "Awaken the Reason" on February 20th, 2012 in Europe, and later this coming Spring worldwide. Pre-orders are now available at this location. The cover artwork has now been posted online and is available below.
The "Awaken the Reason" track listing is as follows:
3. A Solace from the Shade
4. Awaken the Reason - Part IV : When dawn brings clarity
5. Spin Angular Momenta
8. Fallen Years
9. What Would be my Final Commitment ?
10. Man's Last Failure
11. Awaken the Reason - Part XI : Reprise More...
In Search of Sight has posted a new studio session video blog online, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Volume 1 of In Search of Sight's studio session video for upcoming full-length album due to release in early 2012. Highlights of this video feature guitar tracking, jam footage and some random outtakes! More videos to come featuring bass, guitar, vocals and maybe some drums, so stay tuned!"
Dying Fetus is embarking on a string of South American dates tomorrow in preparation for its massive Metal Alliance U.S. Tour with Devildriver, The Faceless, Job for a Cowboy, 3 Inches of Blood, Impending Doom and Wretched.
Here are the South American dates, followed by the Metal Alliance dates:
DYING FETUS TOUR DATES:
1/11 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Asbury Bar
1/12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Underground Cultural
1/13 Recife, Brazil @ Burburinho Bar
1/14 São Paulo, Brazil @ Manifesto Bar
1/15 Santiago, Chile @ Club 334
1/17 Bogota, Colombia @ Teatro La Mama
1/18 Armenia, Colombia @ Boston Avenue Bar
METAL ALLIANCE TOUR
3/15 Austin, TX @ SXSW / Scoot Inn
3/16 New Orleans, LA @ The Hangar
3/17 St Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
3/18 Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend
3/20 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
3/21 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
3/22 Danvers, MA @ Palace Ballroom
3/23 Montreal, QC @ Le National
3/24 Toronto, ON @ Opera House
3/25 Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
3/26 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
3/27 St Paul, MN @ Station-4
3/28 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
3/29 Regina, SK @ Riddell Centre
3/30 Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Centre
3/31 Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
4/01 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
4/02 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
4/05 Oakland, CA @ The Pound
4/06 Hollywood, CA @ The Music Box
4/07 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theater
4/09 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
4/10 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
4/11 Des Moines, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center
4/13 Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theater
4/15 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater
4/16 Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
4/19 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues
4/20 Austin, TX @ Emo's East
4/21 Houston, TX @ House Of Blues
May 24 Baltimore, MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Death Fest 2012)
India's Skrypt has checked in with the following brief update about recording drums for an upcoming album to be released via Dark Harvest Records:
"Drums completed. Guitar and bass tracking for the new album has begun. Aiming at finishing off with the recording in less than a month. The album will be released through Dark Harvest Records. More info soon."
Minneapolis instrumental prog metal/doom band Zebulon Pike has finally posted it's entire recent album, "Space is the Corpse of Time," for streaming over on this site. This album marks the fourth one for the band. Stream material from Zebulon Pike's previous release, "Intransience," over on MySpace. Check out the title track from the album "Space is the Corpse of Time" below.
Black metal act Dodsfall, which recruited a new bassist last year, has checked in with the following studio report:
"The recordings for the new DØDSFALL album are still in progress, Guitars and Bass are ready now, V-Rex its working on the vocals right now...
"Devo of MARDUK will appear as special guest and will take care of the mastering of the album on his studio Endarker, more news soon..."
Further details on the upcoming Dodsfall album will be announced as they are made available. You can also listen to Dodsfall's music via MySpace.
Kintral will finally release it's third full-length album, "Subversion," in early 2012. The Chilean band has been streaming songs from it over on MySpace, where you may also check out material from it's previous release "Introversion From Insane Sceneries."
Kintral has an interesting hybrid style, at times lugubrious goth and other instances with hints of industrial music. Recently, Juan Quinteros (vocalist/7-string guitarist) won the first prize at the annual Art Faculty contest at the University of Chile for his composition "Io." The song, about Jupiter's moon, will be interpreted by the Chilean Symphonic Orchestra in it's 2012 repertoire. Here is an upload of 30-second previews of the songs from "Subversion."
Virginia metal band Lamb of God posted a new trailer for the forthcoming LP "Resolution," which is due out on January 24, 2012 through Roadrunner Records. The teaser features the song "King Me," with a full orchestra and the contribution of opera singer Amanda Munton.
The track listing for "Resolution" is as follows:
1. Straight For The Sun
3. Ghost Walking
5. The Undertow
6. The Number Six
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
14. King Me
Check out the teaser video here: More...
Morbid Angel premiered the new music video for "Existo Vulgoré" exclusively at Terrorizer Magazine's website at this location.
The song appears on the band's latest release through Season of Mist Records "Illud Divinum Insanus." (See Metal Underground's review at this location). The video was a collaboration between Morbid Angel and director Thomas Mignone, and was filmed in Tampa, Florida. More...
New York act Prong has revealed that the long awaited follow up to 2009's "Power To The Damager" will be entitled "Carved Into Stone." The official press release reads:
"PRONG are putting the final touches on their Long Branch Records debut with producer Steve Evetts. Says guitarist, vocalist and PRONG founder Tommy Victor of the making of the album: 'It was hardest I've ever worked in the studio on any record I've ever been involved with.' PRONG (whose lineup includes bassist Tony Campos and drummer Alexei Rodriguez) has taken a major step forward in their constantly evolving brand of sonic schematics.
Titled Carved Into Stone, the album is quintessentially PRONG. It stretches into the band's earliest and dirtiest foundations on which the band was founded on New York's Lower East Side to the present as a staple of today's post-metal and rock scenes. 'I always believed there were many dimensions to PRONG,' says Tommy. 'Every record we've been associated with different scenes - hardcore, metal, industrial - even dance! I think this record brings all of that together and sounds very modern at the same time.' "
Polish death metal band Lost Soul announced line-up changes for the band. Founder Jacek Grecki stated: “We proudly announce the new Lost Soul line-up!!! Paul Jaroszewicz – drums (Christ Agony, ex-Vader) and Marek Golas – guitars (Sammath Naur) have joined the band!!! Helleluyah 2012!!!”
Lost Soul recently finished working on the anniversary album Genesis – XX Years of ChaoZ for label Witching Hour Productions. Currently, no release date has been revealed.
U.S. power metal band Iced Earth posted a blooper video from the band's recent European tour in support of the latest LP "Dystopia." Iced Earth is set to embark on a co-headlining tour of North America with Symphony X and support act Warbringer. The tour commences on January 31, 2012 in Hartford, Connecticut.
For additional tour dates, head over to this location. Check out the "Bloopers" video here:
Spainish symphonic/gothic metal band Diabulus In Musica is streaming the new single "Sceneries of Hope" form the new LP "The Wanderer" at this location. The album is scheduled for release through Napalm Records on the following schedule:
29.02.2012 Spain, Finland, Sweden
02.03.2012 Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux & Italy
05.03.2012 Rest of Europe
06.03.2012 USA, Canada
The official track listing of "The Wanderer" is as follows:
1. A Journey´s End (Intro)
2. Ex Nihilio
3. Sceneries of Hope
4. Blazing a Trail (Featuring Mark Jansen (Epica/MaYaN))
5. Call from a Rising Memory (Intro)
6. Hidden Reality
7. Shadow of the Throne
8. Allegory of Faith, Innocence and Future
9. Sentenced to Life
10. Oihuka Bihotzetik
11. No Time for Repentance (Lamentatio)
12. The Wanderer
Sacramento, California djent/progressive metal band Lifeforms has signed a record deal with Lifeforce Records. The band is described by the label as "a fast paced, up-and-coming heavy hitter in the progressive metal scene." The band recently released two EPs entitled "Illusions" and "Synthetic."
The band is currently in the writing process for its debut release for Lifeforce which is scheduled to be released on June 19, 2012 in North America and on a yet to be announced summer release date for the rest of the world.
German black/thrash band Desaster is streaming the new track "Queens of Sodomy" from the forthcoming LP "The Arts Of Destruction." The band's seventh album is set for release on February 24, 2012 (G/A/S), February 27, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America) through Metal Blade Records.
The track listing for "The Arts Of Destruction" is as follows:
2. The Arts of Destruction
3. Lacerate with Hands of Doom
4. Splendour of the Idols
5. Phantom Funeral
6. Queens of Sodomy
7. At Hell's Horizon
8. Troops of Heathens – Graves of Saint
9. Possessed and Defiled
10. Beyond Your Grace
11. Outro More...
Norwegian black thrashers Aura Noir are set to release the band's fifth studio LP entitled "Out to Die" on March 23, 2012 through Indie Recordings. The album marks the return of ex-Mayhem guitarist Blasphemer.
The track listing for "Out to Die" is as follows:
2. Fed To The Flames
4. The Grin From The Gallows
6. Priest's Hellish Fiend
8. Out To Die
French progressive metal band Lord of Mushrooms, featuring ex-Adagio vocalist Gustavo "Gus" Monsanto, will return with a third release entitled "Perspectives." The album is the long awaited follow up to the band's 2005 sophomore release "Seven Deadly Songs." "Perspectives" is due for release on February 27, 2012 through Lion Music.
U.K. traditional/power metal act Vendetta has revealed the cover art for the band's third LP "World Under Fire," which is due out March 23rd, 2012 through Lion Music. The album is the follow up to the 2009 release "Heretic Nation."
Italian progressive metal band The Moor will release its self-titled debut EP digitally through Lion Music on January 27, 2012. The band features vocalist/guitarist Enrico Longhin and guitarist Davide Carraro, both ex-members of Bleed In Vain. A full length release is expected through Lion in the latter half of 2012.
The track listing for "The Moor" is as follows:
2. Before Abigail
5. The Road
Check out "Venice" streaming here:
Van Halen posted the new music video for the first single "Tattoo" from the forthcoming LP "A Different Kind of Truth." The album marks the return of David Lee Roth and is due out for release on February 7, 2012.
The track listing for "A New Kind of Truth" is as follows:
2. She's The Woman
3. You And Your Blues
4. China Town
5. Blood And Fire
7. As Is
9. The Trouble With Never
10. Outta Space
11. Stay Frosty
12. Big River
13. Beats Workin'
Check out "Tattoo" here:
U.K. doom act Wizard's Beard should be releasing it's second album, "Four Tired Undertakers," on February 10th via Twilight Records. It will consist of six tracks clocking in at 53 minutes. Below is the band performing one of the new songs, "Subrise El Muerto," at the Fenton in their native Leeds. Listen to more music from Wizard's Beard by heading over to it's Bandpage.
Los Angeles doom trio Behold! The Monolith is getting set to drop it's third album, "Defender, Redeemist," at the end of January. The band is already streaming a track from it, "Halv King," over on Guitar World. Check out more songs from Behold! The Monolith's previous releases by heading over to the band's Facebook page. An earlier track of theirs, "Elder," follows below.
Finnish progressive death metal group Barren Earth recently announced the new album "The Devil's Resolve" will see North American release on March 13th, 2012 via Peaceville Records. The band has now revealed the track listing and cover artwork for the both the CD and vinyl editions of the record, which are available below. Pre-orders are available at this location.
1. Passing Of The Crimson Shadows
2. The Rains Begin
3. Vintage Warlords
4. As It Is Written
5. The Dead Exiles
6. Oriental Pyre
7. White Field
8. Where All Stories End
9. Martyrs of Devotion (Special edition bonus)
10. World in Haze (Special edition bonus) More...
Nightshade has checked in with the following announcement about canceling upcoming European tour dates:
"Hey everyone, we're sad to announce this, but our European shows and music video shoot have been cancelled, due to an unfortunate event.
"Our U.S. tour is still happening in March and we'll be back in Europe after this. Please stay tuned for future announcements.
"Sorry for the disappointment. Please keep us in your thoughts."
Further details on upcoming shows and the canceled music video shoot will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out a teaser trailer for Nightshade's "Lost in Motion" album at this location.
5 Star Grave has posted a snippet of the song "Death Put A Smile On My Face" online, which can be heard in the player below and is taken off the band's new album "Drugstore Hell." The band also commented:
"Hello there people! Few months still to go before the new record is released, so it's about time to give you all some new hints of what you're gonna hear on Drugstore Hell.
"After the rock'n'roll on steroids (tnx to some guys on the net for this wonderful definition!) of 'Love Affair With The Beast' and the sombre and gloomy danse macabre mood of 'Terminal Bedroom' (of which lyrics are an homage to the memory of Mr. Peter Steele) here we go with a brand new song entitled 'Death Put A Smile On My Face!'To check it out just click on this link.
"This song, like many others on the new album, will definitely make clear that despite using scream vocals on our songs we're NOT a melodic death metal band, 'coz the core of our sound is and always will be deeply rooted into classic high-octane heavy metal!
"Right people, enjoy the snippet and don't forget to check us out in a couple of weeks for some new stuff from Drugstore Hell." More...