Metal News for January 12, 2013
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14 news articles posted on this day.
British heavy metal icons Black Sabbath have announced that the name of their forthcoming new studio album, the first to feature frontman Ozzy Osbourne in thirty five years, will be entitled, "13."
They also revealed that the record is expected to be released this June through Vertigo, though an exact release date has yet to be confirmed. The album features three of the four original members (Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bass player Geezer Butler,) with founding drummer, Bill Ward's place being taken on the album by Rage Against The Machine/former Audioslave drummer, Brad Wilk, who performed as a session musician. The band will be heading to Japan, Australia and New Zealand this Spring to promote, "13," with the following appearances scheduled:
April 20 - Vector Arena - Auckland, New Zealand
April 25 - Brisbane Entertainment Centre - Brisbane, Australia
April 27 - Allphones Arena - Sydney, Australia
April 29 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, Australia
May 1 - Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, Australia
May 4 - Perth Arena - Perth, Australia
May 12 - Makuhari Messe - Tokyo, Japan
Mexican prehispanic black metal band Amocualli has just released its debut album "Tlayoualotl," which translated to English means 'the Gods led us to battle.' Besides the "To'o Nil" single which we posted earlier, Amocualli has uploaded four more songs from the release. Below is an upload of "Me To'o Kachiya Kuunvago Kakana," with the other tracks available over at YouTube. The uploads also contain the lyrics in the indigenous Mixteco language.
Phillipino brutal death metal band Sagrado recently launched its full-length debut album "Mass Sufferings of a Human Being" on the German label Morbid Generation Records, with distribution by Sevared Records. A promo of the album is streaming below. Sagrado recently played at the Barakuhan Hardcore Punk Metal fest in Batangas City with 35 other Phillipino extreme metal bands.
Suidakra has set "Eternal Defiance" as the title for the band's upcoming new album, which follows previous full-length "Book of Dowth" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following brief studio update:
"Day 10: All guitars are finished. Tina & Seebi arrived today at the studio and right now we record Tina's vocals. She's doing an amazing job! A few pics will be posted here. Have a great weekend everyone." More...
There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.
To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.
Today we'll conclude our coverage of the best metal talent from last year by featuring nominees from three different contributors. You can also find yesterday's post on nominated acts over here.
Metalunderground.com site founder deathbringer nominated:
I haven't been following as many new, up-and-coming bands this year as usual, but I couldn't help but notice that Chicago thrash/doom band Earthen Grave released a first full-length album in 2012. The self-titled effort followed (and also contains the songs from) the "Dismal Times" EP from 2009, which has been in heavy rotation in my doom playlists for a long time. The band most notably features Ron Holzner on bass (formerly of Trouble), and Rachel Barton Pine on electric violin. The violin is used to excellent effect to add atmosphere on the doomy songs and even some solos during the faster parts. The band has also done an excellent cover of Witchfinder General's "Burning a Sinner." Check out the epic "Death On The High Seas" below:
Bizarre Leprous Productions has released the CD version of Japanese goregrind band Go-Zen's recent offering "Hitoshizuko." Go-Zen is streaming four songs from the release over on its reverbnation page, including the newest track "Iron Crow Zero-Shiki." Go-Zen is planning a show titled 'In Akiba We Gore Vol. 1' along with four other Japanese extreme metal bands on Feb. 9th at the Studio Revole in Tokyo.
Vancouver, British Columbia-based Baptists is preparing for the public onslaught of debut LP "Bushcraft," set for release in North America on February 19th via Southern Lord.
Today the outfit hurls the album’s combustible second track “Think Tank Breed” onto the unsuspecting public. The high-paced snare drum attack ripping the track wide open at the first second of this brutalizing anthem sets the listener up for what unhinged and pummeling riffage in store on "Bushcraft."
Have your face renovated by “Think Tank Breed” via BrooklynVegan here or in the player available below.
Tour actions in support of "Bushcraft" are being devised, including a trek to 2013’s SXSW festivities and more. Stay tuned as more details emerge over the coming weeks. The album's track listing is:
2. Think Tank Breed
4. In Droves
5. Still Melt
6. Mortar Head
7. Crutching Trails
9. Soiled Roots
10. Russian Spirits
11. Abandon More...
The instrumental three piece Three Thrones has posted the band's self-titled EP online for streaming and free download. The songs are available at Bandcamp or in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Fresh Prints 05:01
2. Solar Bear 04:51
3. Uriel's Fist 06:41
4. Black Kraken 05:00
After posting a lyric video for the "Ground Zero" track, Hungary's Sleepless has now released an official music video.
Check out the clip for "Blinding of the Masses" in the YouTube player available below. The song will appear on the band's new EP "Breath in Confusion," which is due out January 20th, 2013.
Romanian metalcore act Diamonds Are Forever has post a video clip online for "The Lifemare," which can be viewed below.
The video comes off the band's new live DVD "Bridges are Born," available through the band's website here. For more from Diamonds Are Forever, check out the previously posted video for "The Scar" at this location.
Manchester, England's By Crimson Light has released a music video for the track "Here By Sunrise (Hollow Eyes)," which can be viewed below. The track comes off the band's debut EP "Fragments."
For more info on By Crimson Light, and download instructions for the EP, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. By Crimson Light is:
Joe Tohill - Vocals
Luke Townsend - Guitar & Vocals
Matthew Lockwood - Guitar
Mike Jones - Bass & Vocals
Jack Langfeld - Drums More...
Norwegian act Aeternus has checked in with the following brief announcement about progress on a new album:
"Our upcoming album is being mastered at the moment in Conclave and Earshot studio by Herbrand Larsen. More news regarding the album will be announced soon."
Peru's brutal death metal act Desvirginizagore has released a (quite fantastically NSFW) video for the track "Eyaculador de Infección Putri" (Putrid Ejaculatory Infection).
The song is the title track off the EP of the same name and can be found below. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.
California's Lethal Fire has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"Whats up you lethal fucks! A couple of updates and changes we got going on. First off, Lethal Fire has parted ways with singer Stas. This decision was made mutually by the band and we wish him luck with all his musical endeavors!
"Now onto business, we have a few shows coming up, first one is tomorrow with Dismantle, Velocity, Ultra Beast, and Exterminate and other great bands at lethal amounts venue in downtown, so don't miss out on a killer night and a chance to hear a preview of whats to come from our long awaited demo! Until then stay lethal!
"If your'e interested in trying out hit us up for the vocal influences we are looking for! You must have transportation!"