Metal News for January 12, 2012
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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi posted his first message in response to his recent diagnosis of lymphoma earlier this week. In a post on Facebook, Iommi stated:
"My fans, friends & colleagues -
"I just want to say how overwhelmed I am with all your messages of support, thank you so much.
"Well it's not what I wanted for Christmas, that's for sure, but now I can't wait for the test results to come in and get going with the treatment.
"It's really good that the guys are coming over so that we can continue working on the album as things are going great in the studio.
"Well, not much else to say at this time, so thanks again.
"Bless you all,
Scion A/V is hosting a metal label showcase each month in Los Angeles with a group of metal artists all taken from one label.
This month's Scion Metal Label Showcase features Prosthetic Records artists Holy Grail, Scale the Summit, Last Chance to Reason, and The Greenery. Full details are available in the promotional poster below.
Straight edge hardcore band Casey Jones has announced updated final tour dates and released a short animated tour preview in support of "I Hope We're Not The Last."
Death Before Dishonor, Hundredth, No Bragging Rights, Boys No Good and, on select dates, Thick As Blood will support Casey Jones on the band's last tour ever.
Dates are as follows: More...
Newly formed Halifax based label Spread the Metal Records has just announced its first official release. On January 20th, 2012 the label will be reissuing the “Order to Die” EP by France’s Fallen Joy, which was originally self-released by the band in France.
"The culmination of many months of planning will result in the North American release of the Fallen Joy EP, Order to Die,” commented label president Matt Day. “Spread the Metal acknowledges the exceptional musicianship and professional attitude of one of the first signed acts on the label, and we appreciate them taking a chance with us as we have taken a chance with them. The future is bright for Fallen Joy, and Spread the Metal will throw our support behind them in every way."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Morituri Te Salutant
2. Order to Die
3. Hoisting the Black Flag
4. Seeds of Tyranny
5. Voyage Au Bout De La Nuit
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter is set to embark on an upcoming European tour in support of the band's "The Greatest of the Best" collection. A teaser trailer for the tour has now been posted online and can be viewed below.
Maryland's Colonist has checked in with the following update about recording new material:
"Update! Tracking is coming along nicely, drums are done, and the first wave of guitar tracking is halfway done. So far, it's shaping up to be a gem. Like if Courtney Love was a judge for a talent show and had a Xenomorph pop out of her chest on live television. Metal.
"Also, we're extremely stoked to announce we'll be opening for the guys in Eye Empire again on February 4th at The Talking Head (in Sonar). These guys were very welcoming to us last time, and they really got the raw end of the deal playing a Wednesday night. This time it's a Saturday, so let's give them the turn out they deserve.
"We are direct support for them on this show, which means you'll be able to watch our set, then have just enough time to clean up any messes in your pants before Eye Empire initiates another load dropage. Tickets are only $12 for this one, and doors are at 6:30 PM. We're playing with other Baltimore acts Cyrenic, Drift Plan and A Vision Of. Spread the word!"
To check out Colonist's music, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Germany's Beyond the Bridge is set to release "The Old Man And The Spirit" on January 20th, 2012 (EU) and January 24th, 2011 (North America). The band has now posted a new teaser clip online, and the band commented:
"To ease the pain of the waiting period for the release of the album on January 20, 2012 and celebrate each day in anticipation, we followed an old German tradition and created a little Advent Calendar for you. Today: Door #12 - A little poem."
The previously posted video for Door #11 is also available at this location.
U.K. act XII Boar has issued the following announcement about releasing a new EP:
"So we've got a little treat you lot... OUR NEW EP IS GOING TO BE RELEASED NEXT WEEK! If you think that's too long to wait then we'll be giving you the chance to hear it before anyone else does if you come down to one of our gigs this weekend.
"We're giving away special advance copies of our new EP absolutely FREE at the shows! There's only a limited number, so these are bound to shift fast.
Fort Worth, TX metalcore band Oh, Sleeper has posted a music video online for the song "Endseekers," which can be viewed below.
The track "Endseekers" is off the band's 2011 Solid State release "Children of Fire" and the video was directed by Robby Starbuck. The band is currently on tour with Falling in Reverse and Skip the Foreplay. Remaining dates are as follows:
01/13 The Aruba Club, Las Vegas, NV
01/14 The Glass House, Pomona, CA
01/15 The Nile Theater, Mesa, Az
01/17 Trees, Dallas, TX
01/18 Warehouse Live, Houston, Texas
01/20 State Theatre, St Petersburg, FL
01/21 The Culture Room, Fort Lauderdale, FL
01/22 House of Blues, Orlando, FL
01/24 The Masquerade, Atlanta, GA
01/25 Kingdom, Richmond, VA
01/27 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA More...
French metallers Eths' third album, aptly entitled "III," is now fully ready. It was mixed by Fredrik Nordström and Henrik Udd and mastered by Peter In De Betou.
Due to manufacturing issues, the release date of "III" has been postponed to April 6th (North American date to be announced later). "III" will be available in several editions, including a deluxe box set with bonus disc.
The track listing is as follows:
4. Gravis Venter
5. Inanis Venter
Last May, Season of Mist welcomed American sludge metallers Black Sheep Wall to the roster. The band from California recently completed work on a sophomore album, which is entitled "No Matter Where It Ends."
The release date has been set to March 23rd (North American date is yet to be announced). Further details will be revealed as they are made available. More...
Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about Cynic releasing the band's "Portal" demos:
"This is some piece of news that CYNIC fans have been dying to read for years: the famous, much sought-after Portal demos will finally be released officially! 17 years after, CYNIC masterminds Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert decided to share the 10 songs they recorded as Portal with guitarist Jason Gobel, bassist Chris Kringel and female vocalist Aruna Abrams on a worldwide scale."
"I never thought this day would come," Masvidal comments. "A couple demos we'd record after 'Focus', under the name 'Portal', would develop a life of their own, and somehow become part of CYNIC's larger discography. As an artist, it's an amazingly unpredictable journey, to see these quiet labors of love, find their way, in their own time."
"The Portal Tapes" will be released on March 23rd (March 27th in North America), in strictly limited editions of 5000 digipak CDs and 1000 vinyl LPs.
The 70,000 Tons of Metal organizers have checked in with the following update about confirming Sapiency and Edguy for the floating festival:
"While 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival is steaming at full speed course West through the Mediterranean Sea, they received news from their European Scouting Party. After passing through Frankfurt am Main, where they made friends with some new hopefuls that go by the name of SAPIENCY, they continued further East to the city of Fulda to meet the EDGUY! Having a feeling that there is still more in store for them, the Scouting Party continues moving East...
"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!"
The following 37 out of 40 total bands have been confirmed:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
MY DYING BRIDE
To celebrate the January 24th release of "Resolution," Lamb of God will be holding in-store signings in New Jersey, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Toronto. The in- stores will last 90 minutes on a first come first served basis. Locations and times of the in stores are:
Monday, 1/23 @ 7 PM
Corner of Route 1 North and Ford Ave
Pre-order the CD at www.vvinyl.com before 1/16 or in person at the store to get a wristband that gains access to the signing on 1/23.
Tuesday, 1/24 @ 3 PM
Best Buy Union Square (NYC)
52 E. 14th Street
Starting at midnight on Tuesday, 1/24, be one of the first 300 fans to buy Resolution at the Best Buy Union Square location only and you will receive a wristband which gains access to the signing.
Wednesday, 1/25 @ 5 PM
Newbury Comics Harvard Square
36 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA More...
Riotgod's sophomore album "Invisible Empire" will be released this coming January 31st in North America via Metalville Records. In conjunction with the album's release, the band has just confirmed a string of North American tour dates which can be found below. Riotgod also recently posted the new song "Crossfade" online in anticipation of the upcoming album release.
2/1: Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
2/2: Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
2/3: Memphis, TN @ TBA
2/4: Tulsa, OK @ Jakes
2/5: Austin, TX @ Red 7
2/6: Dallas, TX @ Boiler Room
2/7: Houston, TX @ TBA
2/8: New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
2/9: Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar
2/10: Lexington, KY @ Green Lantern
Italian melodic death metal/metalcore band Acheode has posted a new music video for the song "Parasitic Gangrene" from the band's forthcoming debut LP "Anxiety." The band will release the album on January 15, 2012.
The track listing for "Anxiety" is as follows:
1. Parasitic Gangrene
2. Exhausted Bodies
4. Blatant Disregard
7. Feed The Fetus
Check out the video here: More...
German band Unisonic, featuring former Helloween members Kai Hansen (guitars) (Gamma Ray, Ex-Iron Savior) and Michael Kiske (vocals) (Place Vendome, Avantasia) have posted a new music video for the single "Unisonic: Ignition."
The band will release the debut mini album of the same name in late January 2012 followed by a full length release in March 2012 through earMUSIC/Edel. The EP will feature the single, a demo track and a cover of the Helloween song "I Want Out." A full length album is expected later in the year.
Check out "Unisonic: Ignition" here:
Brazilian brutal grind metal band I Shit On Your Face has revealed the album cover of it's upcoming second album "Defecation=Domination," set for release in February on Despise The Sun Records. Below is a brand new song from that album, the track "Disgorge that Defecation." The band should be posting more tracks in the coming weeks on it's Facebook page.
Finnish melodic death metal band Before the Dawn has completed recording and mixing of the band's forthcoming, yet untitled, seventh studio release. The latest status on the band's Facebook Page reads:
"NEW Before The Dawn ALBUM IS FINALLY MIXED!! Mastering will take place tomorrow at Chartmakers (Rammstein, Amorphis etc.) in the best possible day....Friday the 13th !! :)" More...
Greek melodic metal band Firewind has re-signed with Century Media Records for a worldwide deal (excluding North America). Guitarist Gus G. checked in from the studio to comment on the newly settled partnership as follows:
"I hope everyone had a great holiday season and we're kicking off 2012 very strong with lots of stuff in the works. We're currently completing work on our upcoming FIREWIND studio album, which is coming out killer! I think this album will turn a lot of heads and I can't wait for you to hear it! Be patient cause we got lots of announcements coming, including a few surprises!
Also, I'm happy to announce that we've re-signed with Century Media in Europe!! Whether I've been working with CM on FIREWIND since 2005 or earlier projects since 2002, we've always had a winning team. Together we've achieved fantastic things in the band's career and the proof is the ever growing fanbase and popularity of FIREWIND. When I explained them my vision and ideas for the new album, they convinced me they're the right partner to take this to a new level! Many thanks to Leif Jensen, Antje Lange, Jens Prueter and the whole team of CM Europe!"
Century Media's European label manager, Antje Lange, added:
"We feel very honoured to work with Gus G. further on and play our part in the fast development of this outstanding Greek talent. FIREWIND is one of the few fast growing bands in their genre. They have the ability to write excellent songs, Gus G. is a true magician on guitars and their live performance is breath taking. Any one out there asking for more?"
The bans is are currently in the studio recording the new studio album "Few Against Many," which is tentatively scheduled for a summer release. Check out the band's latest studio diary by heading over to this location.
The band has already announced the first couple of European summer festival dates: Masters Of Rock Festival (Czech Republic) and Summer Breeze (Germany). Below are the confirmed show dates for the band in 2012 so far:
13.01. Ioannina (Greece) - Boxx Live Stage
14.01. Athens (Greece) - FUZZ
12.-15.07. Vizovice (Czech Republic)
Norway's Leprous has checked in with the following new tour blog titled "Day 14 - Bratislava:"
"The bus couldn't stay at the venue today, so we had two options. We could either get up early when the bus stopped at the venue, or we could sleep in and take a taxi back to the venue from wherever the bus parked. Surprisingly enough, I was the only one who got up early. Well, supposedly Einar did as well, but he went straight to the city center of Bratislava, and I didn't see him at all until later.
"So, as soon as I got off the bus and into the venue, I realized it wasn't too much to do around the area. The time before soundcheck was mainly spent lying in a sofa listening to music. At one point, I tried to walk down to the city center, without knowing either the distance or the direction. Turned out I chose the right direction, but the distance and the cold made me turn pretty quickly.
"The others arrived in time for soundcheck. Turned out we made a new 'longest-soundcheck-on-tour-record.' Not our fault though. Its a weird thing to do, and we've noticed it a few places: When there's a broken cable at the venue, they just put it back in the same case as the working cables…makes no sense to me. So, at one point they tried at least five cables before they found one that that worked. And since they put all of them back in the same place, the next band playing there will go through the exact same procedure. Weird!
"Before showtime we end up being pretty frustrated. both because of the soundcheck, and because of our very, very, very small backstage.
"Luckily, the show turned out to be really cool! The crowd was great, and everybody was having a really good time on stage! Its always great to get a bad pre-show feeling proven wrong!
"Totally out of the context, here is a video of Øystein talking about guitar playing and the Norwegian language." More...
Ontario's Mendacity has uploaded another track online from the "Immolation" EP. Listen to "Obliging Garden" through the player below, or head over here to listen to the previously posted "Building With Broken Fingers" track.
Ronny Munroe (Trans-Siberian Orchestra/Ex-Metal Church) has stepped down as vocalist of progressive metal band Presto Ballet, the band founded by Ex-Metal Church guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof.
The following is the statement posted on Munroe's Facebook page:
"I must regretfully announce my departure as lead vocalist of Presto Ballet. My continued involvement with the Trans Siberian Orchestra has made it impossible to leave me with enough time to fully dedicate myself to such a great band as Presto Ballet. I'm wishing Kurdt Vanderhoof and the rest of the guys continued success, and I thank Kurdt for allowing me the chance to share in, and be a part of, his vision."
Monroe joined Presto Ballet in 2010 and performed vocals on the band's latest LP "Invisible Places" (2011). More...
Souldrainer has posted a cover online of the song "Revolt III" by the Swedish band Kent (music and lyrics by J. Berg). Check out the track in the player below (for reference, the original is available here), or listen to more Souldrainer tracks at the band's MySpace music page.
Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil has posted the video teaser "Chapter V: All You Can Eat" 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:
The latest in the saga of "metal made me do it" stories, this one is pretty far out there:
Christina Paz, 29, was arrested after starting a fire that seriously damaged her father's home in Cileo Vista in Texas last week and is now facing a felony charge of arson.
The El Paso Times claims that court documents show that Paz told investigators she wanted to burn down the house as revenge on her parents, who she believed were trying to kill her. On December 27 she allegedly poured flammable super glue on a bed in one room before lighting it, and then entered another room to set fire to the curtains.
The court papers report that Paz was angry at her parents "for trying to kill her on Christmas Day, that they had planned to sodomise her and chop her up with the help of a neighbour".
When asked how she knew her parents wanted to kill her, Paz replied that she had become aware "through the music of Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails."
Read the full article at NME.
Venezuelan technical death metal band Slow Death has released an official video clip for the track "Satiriasis." This song should be on the band's third full-length album, "Moscas en Tu Boca," which the band is in the process of recording right now. You can hear four more songs by going to Slow Death's Facebook bandpage.
Chilean metal band Warchest has released the second official video clip from it's album "Aftershock." The video, for the song "Contradiction," was produced by 100i audio in Santiago. Check out more music from Warchest by heading over to the band's MySpace page.
Heavy riff-centric rock/metal band You Handsome Devil is streaming it's debut album "The Hell, You Say...," which we have provided for you below. The trio fuses alot of punk/garage rock into it's sound, the beginning intro clip featuring GG Allin's famed spiel on rock. The intros and interludes are free to download, the other seven tracks being stream-only. Check out more on You Handsome Devil by visiting the band's Facebook page.
?Israeli metal act Orphaned Land has posted a tour diary of the band's most recent visit to Europe with the "Tour To Or Shalem" in November/December 2011.
Check out the video here:
Michigan City, Indiana doom band Stone Magnum is streaming it's self-titled debut effort over on Bandcamp. You can also download all seven tracks from it at the site. Stone Magnum should be appearing at the Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse in Joliet, Illinois which takes place on May 18th and 19th. For more information, head over to the festival's Facebook page. Following the widget is a video upload of one of the tracks on the debut, "Locksmith of Misery."
U.S. grindcore/death metal band Terrorizer is streaming the new track "Subterfuge" from the forthcoming LP "Hordes Of Zombies." The album is the first in six years for the band and the new LP will drop on February 24, 2012 through Season of Mist Records.
The track listing for "Hordes of Zombies" is as follows:
2. Hordes of Zombies
3. Ignorance and Apathy
5. Evolving Era
6. Radiation Syndrome
7. Flesh to Dust
8. Generation Chaos
9. Broken Mirrors
10. Prospect of Oblivion
11. Malevolent Ghosts
12. Forward to Annihilation
13. State of Mind
14. A Dying Breed
Check out "Subterfuge" here:
Norwegian experimental black metal band Mesopotamia has recently signed with Abyss Records and is recording it's debut album, which should be released later in the year. Mesopotamia is currently gearing up for it's first live gig, which should take place at the Flytten Pub in Haugesund, Norway on January 14th. Also on the roster will be Susperia and Enchanting Darkness. For more info, visit the show's event page. Below is a video upload of one of the songs that Mesopotamia will be putting on the debut album, the track "The Cult of Ninurta."
Female fronted Miami extreme metal band Wykked Wytch is streaming it's new song "Despised Existence" over at this location.
This track will be on Wykked Wytch's new one, "The Ultimate Deception," which is scheduled for release on February 14th via Goomba Music. This marks the fifth album for Wykked Wytch and sees the addition of lead guitarist/songwriter Nate Poulson to the group. More...
German power metal greats Rage are streaming the new track "Twenty One" from the forthcoming album of the same name. The album is set for release on February 24, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "21" is as follows:
1. House Wins
2. Twenty One
3. Forever Dead
4. Feel My Pain
5. Serial Killer
6. Psycho Terror
8. Death Romantic
9. Black And White
10. Concrete Wall
11. Eternally More...
Finnish melodic death/doom band Swallow The Sun has announced the first string of tour dates in Finland in promotion of the band's forthcoming LP "Emerald Forest and the Blackbird," which is scheduled to be released on February 1, 2012 through Spinefarm Records.
Swallow The Sun will play the following confirmed dates in Finland with The Man-Eating Tree providing support:
19.1.2012 Spinefeast at Sea *
11.2. Oulu, Nuclear Nightclub *
17.2. Finnish Metal Expo *
18.2. Kuopio, Henry's Pub
23.2. Tampere, YO-Talo
24.2. Kouvola, Rytmi-Katti
25.2. Joensuu, Kerubi
2.3. Turku, Klubi
3.3. Vaasa, Amarillo
9.3. Helsinki, Nosturi
Swedish death legends Grave entered Studio Soulless over this past weekend to begin recording the band's tenth album and first since the 2010 release "Burial Ground." The tentative title of the new album is "Endless Procession Of Souls" and will consist of twelve tracks, nine of which are originals along with three special tracks. The album is scheduled for a mid-2012 release date through Century Media Records.
The album will also feature new guitarist Mika Lagrén (Facebreaker) who replaced Magnus Martinsson after his departure in October 2011.
Canadian based viking metal band Valfreya is streaming new tracks "Beyond Illusions," "Condemned World" and "Alefest" from the forthcoming debut full length release "Path To Eternity." The band will release the album in February 2012.
Check out the tracks here:
California based metal band In This Moment has begun recording the band's fourth studio album at The Hideout Recording Studio with producer Kevin Churko. The album will mark the follow up to the 2010 release "A Star-Crossed Wasteland" and will be released in 2012 through Century Media.
U.K. traditional metal band Stuka Squadron announced a string of tour dates for the United Kingdom for the spring. The band self-released its debut full length album "Tales Of The Ost" in June 2011.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
9: The Fiddler's Elbow, Camden, London
10: Satan's Hollow, Manchester
13: The Axe And Cleaver, Boston
17: The Old Bell, Derby
6: An Cruiscin Lan, Cork, Ireland
7: The Pavillion, Belfast, Northern Ireland
8: Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick, Ireland
9: April, Fibber Magees, Dublin, Ireland
25: Scruffy Murphy's, Birmingham
Spainish symphonic/gothic metal band Diabulus In Musica posted a video teaser for the band's new LP "The Wanderer" (seen below). 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 (listen to stream here)
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
Check out the teaser here: More...
German symphonic/gothic metal act Xandria announced that it will support Epica on the German dates of the "Requiem For The Indifferent" tour in March. Xandria will promote its forthcoming release "Neverworld's End," which is due out on February 27, 2012 (EU) and March 6, 2012 (North America) through Napalm Records.
Xandria supports Epica on the the following dates:
29.03.12 DE - Karlsruhe / Substage
30.03.12 DE - Andernach / JUZ Live Club
31.03.12 DE - Markthalle / Hamburg
Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation posted the 17th episode of a behind the scenes vlog series from the band's current tour for the LP "The Unforgiving." In this video vocalist Sharon den Adel takes you on a tour of Germany.
Check out the video here:
New York's Splattered Entrails has posted a new seven track, self-titled EP online for streaming. Listen to the tracks in the player below or via Bandcamp. The EP's songs were recorded directly after the recording sessions for the "Nauseate" album were completed, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Vanity of Perversion
2. Magnum Rivet
3. Onslaught of Warfare
4. Screams of Distant Terror
6. Incessant Torture
7. Subject Delta More...
German band Anima has posted two new songs online titled "Shadows Without Figures" and "Hail to the King." The band commented on uploaded the tracks:
"Check out our new songs from the upcoming album 'Through these Gates!' And please follow and like us on Facebook! DO IT! Best regards, Anima."
Check out the songs and find more info on Anima via the band's Facebook profile. The new album will be the follow-up to Anima's "Enter the Killzone" (reviewed here). Additional details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available.
Heavenwood has issued the following announcement about releasing an orchestral version of the song "Sudden Scars" as a free download:
"The Heavenwood international street team in cooperation with Avantegarde MNGT are pleased to present: The brand new official Heavenwood Mobile App for ANDROID! With this app, Heavenwood fans will have the chance to listen to the band's music, see exclusive pictures and other goodies, check out their bio and latest news updates, and share it all with their friends everywhere on their ANDROID mobile device with this free Wood Mobile App which is available for download at this location.
"To celebrate the release of the Android app Heavenwood is offering for free download exclusively through their official Reverbnation page an orchestral version of 'Sudden Scars', song taken from 'Abyss Masterpiece' and orchestrated by Russian Orchestrator Dominic G. Joutsen.
"Meanwhile, Heavenwood is back on the road in support of the highly acclaimed 4th album 'Abyss Masterpiece' released last year in Europe via Listenable Records and in the United States via eOne Entertainment, and will play Saturday, the 14th January 2012 at the 18th Edition Of HardMetalFest, Mangualde, Portugal, together with legendary German thrashers WITCHBURNER, and several other national acts." More...