Metal News for January 13, 2012
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45 news articles posted on this day.
Veil of Maya just kicked off a massive North American tour alongside the mighty In Flames and Trivium. The group has also now completed work on an upcoming third full-length release, "Eclipse," which is set for a February 28th release. Check out the following new hype video to get a sneak peak as to what awaits.
Linea Rock has posted a new video interview online with Lamb of God, which can be viewed in the player below.
In anticipation of the upcoming January 24th release of the "Resolution" album, Lamb of God will be holding in-store signings in New Jersey, New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Toronto. Full details are available here.
Norwegian prog metal act Leprous has checked in with the following new road report:
"Day 16 & 17 - Vienna. Part 1: Hotel? No thanks:
"Today the bus parked outside a well known venue for us, Szene in Vienna. We played there in 2010 with Therion, and two weeks later we went there to pick up the camera TorO forgot there at the gig. We had actually booked a hotel for this night, even though we would prefer just staying at the bus. At the bus we have really comfortable beds and tons of entertainment, while the hotel only can offer beds. Going to the hotel also means that we have to bring all our stuff, take the metro 45 minutes, check out next morning and go back to the bus. After getting the approval from the bus driver, we decided to stay in the bus, even though we had already paid for the hotel.
"Part 2: Exploring Vienna for the third time: During the 2010 tour we had one show day in Vienna, and one off day a couple of weeks later. That means that we have already seen a lot of this beautiful city. Today I had a visit from my fiancee Marita, so that gave me a perfect opportunity to guide her all around the city. Even though I usually consider off days to be very boring, it was very nice to just walk around the two of us.
"Part 3: Showtime: Being back at a venue you’ve played before always feels cool. The sound was good on stage, the audience was quite good and in general we were quite satisfied." More...
Prong will be touring throughout 2012 supporting the forthcoming release "Carved Into Stone," which will drop in April on Long Branch Records. The initial dates have been confirmed, and they include one headlining date and two shows supporting Bay Area Thrashers Testament on two dates in February, followed by a string of headlining gigs in March.
Prong is putting the final touches on the band's Long Branch Records debut with producer Steve Evetts, which will be titled "Carved Into Stone." Prong's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
2/16: Santa Clara, CA @ The Avalon
2/17: Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades*
2/18: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory *
3/22: Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room
3/23: Las Vegas, NV @ LVCS
3/24: Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
3/25: Fresno, CA @ Starline
3/26: Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
Grave recently signed a new worldwide deal with the band's initial home, Century Media Records, and will be releasing a 10th studio album in 2012 through the label.
The band is currently in the legendary Studio Soulless working on the album, and Ola Lindgren has the following update for anxious Grave fans:
"Greetings, y'all! Just a quick update on what's going on in the Grave camp. This past week, we started the process of recording the new album in our own Studio Soulless. It's been going very well and sounds killer already at this early stage with only drums and bass tracks done. Nine new songs plus three special tracks for various releases of the album have been recorded, and I would describe it as a mix of our latest two releases with some more old-school, groovy 'Soulless' parts.
"I'm looking forward to my first ever NAMM show -- hope to meet some of you there! Also worth mentioning is that we are moving the studio to a new location, and from late February onwards, I will be taking on mixing and mastering missions full-time. Any inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org."
More news about this upcoming release will be announced soon, so stay tuned.
Avatar has posted several clips online from the band's live performance in Craiova, Romania on December 8th, 2011. Check out the footage below.
Avatar released the "Subjects of the Same Suffering" album in May of 2010 through Metalfan Records, and the release was produced by Tue Madsen, with artwork handled by Romanian graphic artist Costin Chioreanu from Twilight13media.
NYHC legends Biohazard just released a studio trailer for the band's upcoming comeback album "Reborn In Defiance," which is set to be unleashed January 20th, 2012. Check it out below, or find the previously posted first studio trailer at this location.
Biohazard also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Following a myriad of regional touring together, as well as their recently released fully collaborative full-length "Nothing Passes," apocalyptic doom duo The Body and orchestral/drone rock outfit Braveyoung have just confirmed another stint of shows together.
The new tour will tangle with eight East Coast cities in early February, which will see both acts performing individual sets, in addition to an additional collaborative set with both bands simultaneously performing material from the "Nothing Passes" album on several of the dates. The Body's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
West Coast Tour w/ Thou [remaining dates]:
1/13/2012 Burial Grounds – Salem, OR
1/14/2012 924 Gilman Street – Berkeley, CA w/ Brainoil
1/15/2012 Submission – San Francisco, CA w/ Brainoil
1/16/2012 Pioneer – Santa Cruz CA
1/17/2012 The Smell – Los Angeles, CA
1/18/2012 Bica – Tijuana, Mexico
1/19/2012 house show – Rosarito, Mexico
1/20/2012 Che Cafe – San Diego, CA
1/21/2012 The Trunkspace – Phoenix, AZ
1/22/2012 The Train Yard – Las Cruces, NM
1/23/2012 Sons of Hermann Hall – Dallas, TX
1/24/2012 Zeitgeist – New Orleans, LA
The Body & Braveyoung East Coast Tour:
2/04/2012 Bull City Metal Fest – Durham, NC
2/05/2012 The Courthouse Downtown – Rock Hill, NC
2/06/2012 Drunken Unicorn – Atlanta, GA
2/07/2012 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC
2/08/2012 Floristree – Baltimore, MD
2/09/2012 Saint Vitus – Brooklyn, NY
2/10/2012 Dad City – Amherst, MA
2/13/2012 AS220 – Providence, RI
Hungarian folk metal band Niburta has released a brand new EP titled "Awakening." Hailing from Budapest, this combo includes instruments such as bagpipes into it's compositions. Already with one demo, "Eredet" to it's credit, Niburta is streaming several songs from this EP over on MySpace. Check out the title track from the EP below.
Brooklyn sludge rock ensemble Hull will ring in the New Year with an appearance on The Learning Channel's Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker this Monday, January 16th, 2012 at 9:00PM EST.
The Cake Boss: The Next Great Baker is a TLC series hosted by Buddy Valastro, the star of his own reality series, Cake Boss. The show features contestants participating in challenges that test their baking and decorating skills.
Commented guitarist/vocalist N. Palmirotto: "We received this email from a production manager from the TV show, The Next Great Baker, a Cake Boss spin off, asking us if we would like to perform on the show. It was during the time that the Big Four were in town, and Megadeth were originally asked to perform for Mauro's birthday -- Mauro Castano is the Cake Boss' right-hand man and brother-in-law -- as he was always a big metalhead back in the day, but Megadeth couldn't do it for whatever reason. HULL was mentioned at a board meeting, and low and behold, they contacted us. We showed up in Hoboken on a rainy afternoon to a huge production. They had us set up and perform on top of two box trucks while the contestants displayed their best attempts at metal-themed birthday cakes. It was truly a one of a kind experience, and we are very much looking forward to Episode 8, Headbanging Bakers, on January 16th."
For more info on the show, point your browser to the official website here. Hull recently unleashed "Beyond The Lightless Sky" (reviewed here), which continues to earn critical praise from fans and media alike. Released via The End Records, "Beyond The Lightless Sky" was co-produced by Brett Romnes, mixed by Billy Anderson (Sleep, Neurosis, Melvins), and features guest appearances by vocalist Jarboe, keys/ambiance by Fade Kainer (Batillus/Jarboe/Inswarm) and cello by Joe Merolla with artwork by Tamara Waite-Santibanez.
Texan electronic metallers The Browning have confirmed their first ever European show, taking place at the With Full Force festival in Germany, which runs from 29th of June to 1st of July.
With a number of U.S. tours already under the band's belt, The Browning is finally heading to Europe to perform tracks from the recently released debut album, "Burn This World" (reviewed here). The Browning drummer Noah "Shark" Robertson comments:
"We are beyond excited to be a part of With Full Force Festival 2012 in Germany and honored to be playing alongside such amazing bands as EMMURE, LAMB OF GOD, CHILDREN OF BODOM, AUGUST BURNS RED, HEAVEN SHALL BURN and more! We have been eager to play overseas and we can't wait to perform for our European fans and make some new ones along the way. I hope Germany is ready for The Browning!"
For more information about With Full Force and to get pre-sale tickets, head over to the festival's website.
Singaporean grindcore trio Wormrot are gearing up for a headlining Indonesian tour, which kicks off tomorrow, Saturday, January 14th in Bekasi. The band will be tearing its way around Indonesia for two weeks, on what will be its first tour of 2012. Check out the tour flyer here.
Wormrot vocalist Arif Rot comments:
"The last time we 'toured' Indonesia was 4 years back. We did only 3 dates and all of them were extreme raging grindoholics! Memorable for us as it was our first tour ever in the history of Wormrot. We are more than stoked to be back grinding more dates, meeting old and new friends again. Indonesia, it's been a while. A diverse country with great unity in their scene engraving their endless dying love for extreme music. Again, less talk, more grind! See you grindonesians real soon."
See Wormrot on tour at the following shows:
Jan. 14 - Bekasi, Indonesia - Grand Cakung Outdoor
Jan. 17 - Bali, Indonesia - Bahana Studio
Jan. 20 - Surabaya, Indonesia - Decimation Fest at GSG Unair
Jan. 21 - Malang, Indonesia - Fast Fest at Denpal Hall
Jan. 22 - Semarang, Indonesia - Villa Hollywood
Jan. 23 - Klaten, Indonesia - Gedung Serbaguna
Jan. 24 - Solo, Indonesia - Gedung Kesenian
Jan. 27 - Bandung, Indonesia - Karamba Cafe
Jan. 28 - Cipanas, Indonesia - Villa Damar Indah
Jan. 29 - Sukabumi, Indonesia - Hip Hop Cafe
In other news, the members of Wormrot were also recently arrested by Islamic religious authorities while in Malaysia.
Brooklyn-based hardcore/metal trio Vise Massacre has put the final touches on the band's official first full-length album, "Expendable Humans," which will be self-released digitally this month with the LP coming out in February. You can listen to the entire album before then, right now in the streaming player below.
Recorded at Studio 65 and The Warehouse Recording Studio in Hicksville, New York by bassist Chris Vezza (who also mixed the tracks), self-produced by the band, and mastered at Bonati Mastering in Brooklyn by Josh Bonati (ZU, AIDS Wolf, Julie Christmas, Racebannon), "Expendable Humans" boasts 14 tracks in 31 minutes. VISE MASSACRE will release the album in early January on their own Gorilla The Horse Records imprint.
VISE MASSACRE’s new full-time lineup is preparing for more live shows throughout the coming year. Founded by guitarist/vocalist Rich Muller (ex-The Last Crime, the trio is rounded out by bassist Chris Vezza (ex-Awkward Thought) and drummer Jerry Carbone (ex-Science Diet, ex-Dawn of Bathos).
The complete track listing for "Expendable Humans" is as follows:
3. Eyes Of Fire
4. Hail to the Wicked
5. Something Like Silence
7. Pushed Down
8. Internal War
9. Shark Intentions
11. Winter Kills
12. Kill to Survive
13. Brain Decay
14. Rising Tide
Power metal band Amalteya, from Yaroslavl Russia, has just released it's debut nine-song album. Titled "The Book of Dead Names," a video upload for the song "Angels" from the album follows below. Amalteya sings in it's native Russian language. The tracklisting for the album, put out via Musica Productions, ensues:
2. Time is Not to Be Returned
3. Call of Night Roads
4. Way of Life-Long
5. Corridors of Time
7. The Book of Dead Names
8. Queen of Night
Back up in full swing again after tapering off for the holidays, the Rock Band Network is again adding a steady stream of new rock and metal tracks. This weekend Xbox 360 players have the following new tracks to look forward to:
Chaotrope - "Elysian" (80 MSP)
Chaotrope - "Extropy/Entropy" (80 MSP)
Chaotrope - "The Hourglass Paroxysm - Part I" (80 MSP)
Deadlock - "Martyr to Science (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
DRUOX - "Console War" (80 MSP)
DRUOX - "Console War (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Ghost Brigade - "Clawmaster" (160 MSP)
Misery Index - "The Carrion Call (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Existo Vulgoré" (160 MSP)
Nordheim - "Beer, Metal, Trolls and Vomit! (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Ultra Vomit - "Mountains of Maths" (160 MSP)
These tracks will be added to the PS3 edition on 1/17/2012 (North America) and 1/25/2012 (Europe):
Winds of Plague - "California" ($1.99)
Halfbrick Studios - "Pirats 'Til We Die" ($0.99)
Vangough - "Estranger" ($0.99)
Rival Sons - "Torture" ($1.99)
Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie previously the new song "A Rose For Epona" online, and the band has now uploaded a lyric video for the track, which can be viewed below.
The song is from the band's forthcoming LP "Helvetios," due out on February 10th, 2012 (EU) and February 28th, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
Opera Diabolicus has posted a music video online for the song "Blood Countess Bathory," taken from the upcoming "+ 1614" album. Check out the video clip below.
The album, set for release on February 28th via Metalville Records, features Snowy Shaw (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Notre Dame, Therion, Dimmu Borgir), Mats Levén (Kryx, Therion), Niklas Isfeldt (Dream Evil), Jake E (Amaranthe, Dreamland), and Camilla Alisander-Ason on vocals, daemonic voices and ghoulish sounds.
The band also commented on the video:
"World premiere! Finally it’s Friday the 13th and it’s time to unleash the long awaited video of the song Blood Countess Bathory. So here it is folks, enjoy and don’t forget to share, post and spread this video to all the corners of the world!
"We also would like to take the opportunity to thank José and Richard at 11Frames for the making of this movie. If you like their cinematic work don’t forget to go to their Facebook page and/or website and let them know they did a great job.
"NOTE! We would really recommend you people that have the opportunity to watch in HD to do that." More...
Christgrinder has posted a cover The Beatles' "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite," which can be heard through the player below or via Reverbnation. Christgrinder commented:
"Henry Rollins once said he lost all respect for Venom when he realised the crowds at their gigs were chanting 'Black fucking metal' instead of 'black funky metal' Ladies and Gentlemen... We've been some days in preparation, but a splendid time is guaranteed for all. We give you. BLACK. FUNKY. METAL!" More...
California's Oblivion has posted the new song "Reclamation" online, which can be heard via the band's Facebook page. Oblivion commented:
"The full version of 'Reclamation' is now up! Enjoy. Thank you to our fans that have gotten us to 1000 plays for Annunaki, 1000+ likes, and 10,000 views on both of our videos.
"Special shot out to All Shall Perish for sharing us with their fans. We really need all the support we can get, so everyone that reads this - please SHARE our music with your friends.
"We have one more studio session we are going to put up next week when we get back in the studio. It will BLOW YOUR EARS AWAY. Stay tuned!"
You can also check out Oblivion's studio video report for the "Reclamation" track at this location.
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Gun Barrel:
"Street credibility? Check. Uncompromising sound? Check. Pure enthusiasm? Check. Gun Barrel don’t breathe new life into the great tradition of heavy metal, they inject it with high pressure. These guys combine old school, misfit rock 'n' roll and metal attitude in an ingenious way. Being the representatives of this dirty metal rock 'n' roll, they really let it rip during their legendary live performances.
"You can feel the animal instinct and the heart and soul that make the band skyrocket on stage. If nothing else, this might be due to the fact that Gun Barrel are among the most frequent performers in Germany. Those, who survived the Gun Barrel live drumfire are totally thrilled and become serial offenders. This is unavoidable. More...
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about writing new material for an upcoming album:
"We hope you all had a marvelous Christmas and a fantastic New Years Eve. We had such a great year in 2011 and we would like to thank every single one of you who made this year one of our most successful years ever. Our world tour and album release was a blast, we enjoyed every minute of it.
"Also, our social network sites are going very well and we are happy to have made more than 40.000 friends on Facebook in just one year!!!
"Saxon at Markthalle Hamburg © Kai Swillus / EpigraphicsEveryone is already working behind the scenes and the band will be entering the studio at the end of January to begin writing the new album. This will be our main focus. We are looking at a release date of either autumn 2012 or early 2013.
"Of course we will also be playing at some festivals this year. We are happy to announce that we have confirmed 2 festivals in Germany: Rock In Den Ruinen and the mighty Wacken Open Air! There are more to come!
"We will keep you updated about our plans and working status and wish you all the best for the upcoming year."
Poland's Silesia Inferior has posted a video clip online for the song "Zima Preludium Ognia," which can be viewed below. "Zima Preludium Ognia" is taken off the band's "Lot Walkirii" release. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Lot Walkirii
2. Zima Preludium Ognia
3. Kult Nocy IV
4. Pogrom Klamstw
This currently untitled new album is scheduled to be released in early summer 2012. Check out some studio impressions here on the band's Facebook.
More news about this upcoming, as-yet-untitled release from Marduk will be announced soon, so stay tuned.
Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Evocation, one of the vanguards of Swedish death metal!
Evocation's guitar player, Marko Palmén, comments: "It's time to kick in the year of the apocalypse with the writing of a new chapter and a new era in Evocation's history. We are very pleased to announce that we have signed a new worldwide recording agreement with Century Media Records. The label feels for us as a natural choice and a perfect partner due to their long experience and commitment with the death metal scene. To become a part of the CM family feels for us as coming home. Huge thankx to Jens Prüter, Philipp Schulte, Stefan Franke and CM for making this happen!" More...
Norwegian Avant-garde metallers Borknagar have finalized mixing duties for their upcoming studio album with Jens Bogren at acclaimed Fascination Street Studios (Opeth, Paradise Lost, Katatonia) in Sweden, and they have now checked-in to announce that the long awaited new effort will be titled "Urd" and is to be released on March 26th, 2012 in Europe as well as March 27th, 2012 in North America via Century Media Records. More...
Heavy Days In Doom Town - a DIY celebration of all things slow and heavy - will be a 4 day event at 3 different venues in Copenhagen from May 3rd through the 6th, 2012. It will start with a warm up show at the alternative venue Stengade, Stengade 18. Then there will be 2 days of music, art, events and madness at the DIY activist driven social centre Ungdomshuset, Dortheavej 61 and then finally a cool down day in Copenhagens free town Christiania with movie screenings, acoustic outdoor shows and the final concert at Christiania's rock club in Loppen. For more information, go to the festival's website. Below is the list of bands presently confirmed for the event:
PAGAN ALTAR (uk)
JEX THOTH (usa)
WOUNDED KINGS (uk)
ALDEBARAN (us) – first European show ever!
JESS AND THE ANCIENT ONES (fin)
BLACK OATH (it)
BURNING SAVIOURS (swe)
OCEAN CHIEF (swe)
SKOGEN BRINNER (swe)
SINISTER CREATION (dk)
BOTTOM FEEDER (dk)
TORCHLIGHT (dk) More...
The 2012 edition of the Kill-Town Death Fest will be held on the 31st of August through the 2nd of September in Ungdomshuset at Dortheavej 61 in Copenhagens Northwest quarter. The festival will be a 4-day event, with a warm up show Thursday 30th August at Loppen in Copenhagens freetown Christiania. The festival will present 25 international acts, metal DJs, good cheap quality beer, vegan foodstalls, horror-movie screenings, distro-area and outdoor hang-out space. For more detailed information, visit Kill-Town's official website. The following is the current line-up of bands scheduled to perform:
NECROS CHRISTOS (de)
HOODED MENACE (sf)
VERMINOUS (se) - first show in 8 years!
VOIDS OF VOMIT (it)
CHURCH BIZARRE (dk)
TYRANNY (sf) - first show outside Finland in 8 years!
MORBUS CHRON (swe)
PUSTULATION (dk) More...
Mastodon is one of those bands that can’t disappoint even if the band tried. Having seen Mastodon live twice I'll definitely say that anyone looking to see the group in concert is probably going to have a total blast.
What's more important is that the Mastodon guys are actually awesome in person. Troy Sanders and Brann Dailor sat down to talk about their new album “The Hunter,” their recent tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan, Elmyr and what original vocalist Eric Saner is up to. More...
Headbanger's Kitchen has issued the following announcement about parting ways with Enter Guerilla films:
"It's been almost a year since we launched Headbanger's Kitchen on youtube and the journey has been fantastic and one that would not have been possible without the vision and resources of Srinivas Sunderrajan and Enter Guerilla films. I am indebted to them for not only bringing this idea of mine to life but taking it way beyond my imagination and expectations. Their work has been nothing short of world class but unfortunately episode 8 is going to be the last of our journey together.
"At this point I'm not sure what the future holds for Headbanger's Kitchen, moments like this leave very little room for positivity but I've rarely given up on things I do and I feel that I'm unlikely to stop here as well. I'm obviously going to hope to find the right production house or team to work with because the standard of work is high and I aim to keep it at that, but I'm beyond the point where I can do it myself so if anyone has the skills and the interest, I'm listening. So till I can get this project back on it's feet, keep watching, keep sharing and keep cooking."
Episode 7 of Headbanger's Kitchen, titled "Modern Ma-Quiche," is currently online at this location.
EG Films also issued the following statement: "After an eventful year of producing 'Headbangers Kitchen', which saw 8 episodes featuring various 'demonic dishes' and bands (both national and international), we at Enter Guerrilla Films regret to say that we won't be able to continue the partnership. This decision has been made keeping in mind the ever changing media industry and the workload/pressure that an independent house like ours has to fulfill.
"We have already 'parceled' the good memories of the awesome fun and the crazy tasting sessions and interactions with various guests during the whole process. We are thankful to Sahil Makhija aka The Demonstealer for giving us a chance to 'collaborate' on this unique idea and we wish him all the success and positivity for the years to come! Also to all the fans of HK and EG - keep those taste buds alive! Cheers and stay indie! :)"
Welsh mournful doom metal band The Drowning has released it's third full-length album "Fall Jerusalem Fall" on Casket Records/Bombworks. Many of the songs from the release have been uploaded in video form and can be checked out by going over to YouTube. Check out earlier material from the band on The Drowning's MySpace page. Check out the new song "A Plague for Every Season."
New Eden, the Los Angeles based heavy metal group, is releasing its latest CD entitled "Solving For X" through the German based label Pure Steel Records. The planned release date is in spring of 2012. New Eden commented:
"The band is happy to have found an appropriate home for 'Solving For X.' New Eden feels that Pure Steel Records focus on the Heavy Metal market is exactly what the new CD needs. The band looks forward to the labels ability to deliver its music to both existing and new generations of Metal-Heads."
Pure Steel Records also added:
"New Eden is one of the few bands combining complex and for parts progressive US power metal in that way that the songs will be catchy and long living in everybody's ears. With Rod Arias the band has an absolutely professional vocalist you maybe remember from the US-veterans Recon. No need to lose words about band boss Horacio Colmenares if you are a bit into US metal. The rest of the band is for sure not worse, so we are happy to have these fine musicians at PURE STEEL RECORDS."
The current New Eden lineup is as follows:
Vocals - Rod Arias (ex-RECON)
Guitar - Horacio Colmenares (STEEL PROPHET, ex-AXEHAMMER)
Guitar - Andrew Betties
Bass - Luis Sandoval
Drums - Jimmy Schultz (PSYCHOSIS)
U.K. based deathcrust metallers Winds of Genocide have announced the title of their upcoming full-length album as "Usurping The Throne Of Disease."
Winds of Genocide has tapped world-renowned gruesome graphic illustrator Mark Riddick (Arsis, Slayer, Morbid Angel, The Black Dahlia Murder, Suffocation, Cephalic Carnage, etc) to oversee the entire artwork and layout duties. The initial rough sketches for "Usurping The Throne Of Disease" can be found at the Mark Riddick Official Facebook page here.
In other Winds of Genocide news, the band recently underwent a line-up adjustment. The new Winds of Genocide skinsbeater is Matthew Henderson, and Linus Girdland Flink will now be reinstated as the second axe-man. The band issued the following statement:
"This is the new line-up that will be writing material for and recording the debut full-length album 'Usurping The Throne Of Disease.' Matthew is a great young versatile drummer (still only in his teens, he is currently 17 years old, nearly 18) and he also drums in a local Death Metal band called Plague Rider. He can switch from D-Beats, Swebeats and blast beats, which is all we need in a drummer!
"He has picked up most of the songs we have written so far VERY quickly and learned the current setlist with impressive ease. We are very happy to have him in the band and onboard for the full-length album. Linus, who played drums on our first two recordings and tracks for the upcoming split with Abigail (Japan), has now moved on to second guitar dues to him moving to London so we needed to find a drummer who could rehearse and work on new material regularly."
New Bedford, MA based act Necris has posted a song online titled "Fluorination," which is off the upcoming album "You Bought The Hope, Now Here's Your Change." Check out the song in the player below. The band also commented:
"Here you all go.... One song from the upcoming album! Thank you all for your patience in waiting for this release. Not too much longer, we promise! We are sure you will be banging your heads until your necks are sore! Please post to your profiles, spread the word about us, come out to our shows & purchase when released! Thank you all & stay tuned!" More...
After a solid week of intensive recording at Pyramid Sound with producer Alex Perialas, Birth A.D. is close to the finish line with their debut album, "I Blame You." Bassist/vocalist Jeff Tandy was quoted as saying, "Everything sounds great so far. Alex has pushed us to get the best performances of our careers, and even the raw tracks sound unbelievable. This record is going to blast a hole in all the laptop studio junk that gluts the market. We're doing it the old way and the right way - the sound everyone has been missing is alive again!" Production for "I Blame You" will wrap on January 16th.
Sweden's Limbo has posted a new sample demo track online, simply titled "Limbo12," which can be heard through the player below. The band also commented: "It is Friday the 13th (omg), which means new riffage from us! Help us spread this one! Happy weekend!"
For more Limbo, check out the previously posted song "With Eyes Wide Shut" at this location.
Enochian Theory has issued the following announcement about the "Life...And All It Entails" album being pushed back:
"'Life...And All It Entails' will be released on Monday 12th March 2012... Things have been put back a month due to things beyond our control, but this release date will not change anymore.
"For those of you who have already pre-ordered the new album, thank you very much for doing so. For those of you who have not pre-ordered yet, please do. The more albums we can sell 'Officially' to you lovely people the more touring we can do. The more places we can come to play for you all...
"In this hard industry, it all comes down to record sales. So we need your help... Please pre-order the new album from your local store, online, or wherever you can find it within your price range.
"Send emails and letters to your local venues asking them to book Enochian Theory and tell everyone you know about us. It really is down to you guys, as you're the ones who matter and can make the difference.
"Keep your eyes on our pages as there will be audio from the new album released online for you all to listen to very soon. More to come....." More...
Vocalist Beer Reebs of Texas death metal maniacs HOD has issued the following update on the band's highly anticipated second full-length entitled "Book Of Worms," the imminent release of an unholy trio of tunes and forthcoming live action:
"Due to numerous lineup changes (4 total) in the past 1 1/2 - 2yrs and lack of finances, our sophmore album 'Book of the Worm' was inevitably pushed back and pushed back. During this time I spoke with Big Bald Brian from Ossuary Industries, who has been a long time friend and supporter to HOD. I told him we couldn't commit to a full length album due to our obligations/loyalty to Ibex Moon Records but we could commit to a split of some sorts. He mentioned the upcoming 'Limbsplitter 2' compilation he was putting together. Needing to release SOMETHING to appease the masses we agreed to jump on that. He even let us pick another group of our choosing to join in on the chaos. We chose our comrades in the black/death group Locusta to accompany us alongside Demoniacal Genuflection, Ingurgitate, & Iniquitous respectively. I forget who's doing the mastering but the artwork was done by the very twistedly sick Jon Zig. We recorded our three tracks with Dennis Munoz of Solstice fame. Our three slabs of hate are titled:
1. Awakening Blasphemous Abominations
2. And the Smoke Will Rise
3. To Call Forth the Deep Ones.
These tracks were recorded as a 4 piece and are the last recorded tracks w/founding member Dennis Sanders on drums. The disc will hopefully be available at the Gathering of the Bestial Legion V fest being held in L.A. Sat Jan 14th where we (HOD) share the stage w/Death Metal titans Autopsy, Incantation, Acheron, Divine Eve and more. When we get back home we'll play a 'local' show the 21st with some fellow TX Black and Death Metal bands while awaiting our March 26th show opening for the mighty Onslaught and M-pire of Evil. Recording of our 2nd album will be getting finished during this time as well. Till then, get your limbs split by Ossuary Industries w/the Limbsplitter 2 disc. Fuckin' Metal!"
The band has posted a stream of the track "To Call Forth The Deep Ones" on HOD's Reverbnation page, where you can stream other tracks from the "Serpent" release as well. "Book of Worms" should be out later this year on Ibex Moon Records. More...
Draugul has just released it's first song, "On the Barren Wastelands of Ragnarok." Draugul is a Maltese epic viking metal band created in 2011. The man behind this project and all the instruments (Hellcommander Vargblod) is also the guitarist of the pioneer band of Maltese black metal called Martyrium, plus he is also the guitarist of the longest running Maltese thrash metal band called X-Vandals. Draugul is about ready to release a second song on it's Facebook page, where you may check for updates on the band.
Los Angeles power metal band Heretic has reformed with original guitarist Brian Korban and original vocalist Julian Mendez. The band is best known for its one and only full length release "Breaking Point" (1988), featuring Ex-Metal Church vocalist Mike Howe. Heretic expects to have a new release in 2012.
In what appeared to be a "band swap," Heretic split in 1988 following Howe's departure to front Metal Church, which lead Heretic's Brian Korban and then bassist Dennis Ohara to form Reverend with original and then departed (and now deceased) Metal Church vocalist David Wayne.
Now in 2012, Heretic has reformed with Korban and vocalist Julian Mendez, who sung on the band's debut EP "Torture Knows No Boundary." The 2012 lineup of Heretic is as follows:
Julian Mendez (vocals)
Brian Korban (Ex-Reverend) (guitars)
Angelo Espino (Ex-Reverend/Ex-Bitch) (bass)
Glenn Rogers (Ex-Viking/Ex-Hirax) (guitar)
Ignazio Iggy Coppola (Ex-Reverend) (drums)
Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast is streaming the band's entire debut album "Steel" at this location. The album will be re-issued worldwide through Nuclear Blast on January 27, 2012.
The track listing for "Steel" is as follows:
1. Enter the Metal World
2. Armageddon Clan
3. The Band of the Hawk
4. Justice And Metal
6. Die-Hard Warrior
8. Show Me How To Die
9. Savage And Saint
10. Iron Hand
U.K. traditional metal band Stuka Squadron will have the debut full length release "Tales of the Ost" reissued on Metalbox Recordings on February 13, 2012. The album was originally self-released by the band in June 2012. The reissue will have new artwork (seen below). A review of the release can be found at this location.
Riot founder/guitarist Mark Reale has been admitted to the hospital due to complications of Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It usually affects the intestines.
The band posted the following on its official website: "Riot founder and guitarist Mark Reale has been admitted to a San Antonio hospital in critical condition due to complications of Crohn's disease. Subsequently, there is a possibility that he may not appear in the band's upcoming performances in the Northeast and aboard the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise to Grand Cayman.
"Mark has been battling Crohn's for most of his life, working and performing while enduring almost constant pain and the side effects of treatment for his illness. He was in Texas bravely attempting to practice for the shows, but was felled by a severe onset of Crohn's symptoms leaving him in the Intensive Care Unit at an undisclosed facility.
"The band has agreed that the performances will take place as scheduled with the possibility that Mark may not be well enough in time to appear. Riot would also like to acknowledge that Mark has been struggling with these symptoms throughout the production of their new album, Immortal Soul, and that guitarist Mike Flyntz recorded a major portion of the guitars on the album with Mark's creative direction while he was unable to perform.
"For this reason, fans can be assured that the show will be as exciting as anything Riot has ever staged, even if Mike needs to hold down double guitar duty. Mark will be sorely missed in this event, but the shows will go on.
"We ask fans and friends of the band to pray for Mark's speedy recovery, and to support the band in our efforts to bring you the Riot reunion shows that have been so long in the making. While Mark's family insists on privacy during this difficult time, your prayers and good wishes will make it to his bedside until he is able to return to the stage.
"Many thanks and Shine On!
Mike, Tony, Bobby and Don" More...
Finnish symphonic black metal band Chaosweaver has signed a worldwide recording deal with Napalm Records. The band has just completed work on its sophomore LP and it is scheduled for release in 2012. The album marks the follow up to the 2008 debut "Puppetmaster of Pandemonium." The band features Juha Harju, who also plays bass in Deathchain and sings for Shade Empire.
The band commented on the signing: "We are thrilled and honored to join the Napalm family, the home of some of our favorite bands such as Tiamat, Summoning and Candlemass. Cooperation with such a notable and capable label, which shares our vision, is exactly what we were looking for. With the help of our new allies, our dark symphonies will be heard all around the globe. Let the pandemonium spread like wildfire in an ocean of gasoline!"
U.K. power metal band Dragonforce has completed work on the band's follow up to the 2008 album "Ultra Beatdown." The band expects to have the yet untitled album released in Spring 2012. the album will mark the first for new vocalist Marc Hudson who replaced ZP Theart, who departed in 2010.
More details on the album are expected shortly.
This week brought the first single and video from the new Van Halen album. Not only do we get David Lee Roth back, but also Eddie Van Halen’s son, Wolfgang, instead of Michael Anthony. There’s a lesson here kids. ANYWAY, the new video is “Tattoo” and the reviews have varied from “It’s good to hear Dave’s voice again” to “How many years did I have to wait for this shit!” Does the new video hold up to the vintage Van Halen videos? The old VH videos showcased a band with a sense of humor, keeping the balance between the song and having a good time. This week a look at some classic Van Halen videos before we dive into the new video… More...