Metal News for January 14, 2012
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24 news articles posted on this day.
DesertFest Berlin has been confirmed for April 19th through the 21st. It will be the ultimate heavy/rock/psych/doom rendezvous with three stages, many bands playing across the three days, a beer garden, a hippie corner market and an art exhibit. Two movies will premiere in the theatre bizarre: "Black Mass Rising" and "Fuzzomentary." There will be aftershow parties with DJs and a few acoustic performances along with the current confirmed roster of bands below. Visit the DesertFest Berlin website for more information.
Los Disidentes Del Sucio Motel
Mars Red Sky
The Grand Astoria
Grave Siesta, a Finnish doom band with two demos already to it's credit, has finally released it's self titled debut seven-song album. You may stream four of the tracks in the widget below, or download them over at this location. The full album download contains the three additional tracks "Meles Infernus," "Work Enslaves" and "The Trials of a Pyramid Builder," which follows below in live video form.
Michael Amott is by far one of the most influential names in metal, having released some of the most important metal albums of the past 20 years with both Arch Enemy and Carcass. Having spent his entire adult life on the road and still growing Arch Enemy's commercial potential, it's safe to say that Michael Amott has secured his name in metal history.
Metalunderground.com got the chance to meet with the guitar wizard himself to discuss his musical influences, juggling two bands and what it's like to have been in a band with your brother for a decade and a half. More...
Huntsville, Alabama death metal band Chaos Inception is streaming the new track "Phalanx (The Tip of the Spear)" from the band's forthcoming, yet untitled, sophomore release through Brutalized Records in 2012.
The tentative track listing for the album is as follows:
1. The Abrogation
2. Phalanx (The Tip of the Spear)
3. Lunatic Necromancy
4. Pazuzu Eternal
5. Hammer of Infidel
6. Black Blood Vortex
7. Ancient Ways Prevail
9. Scald Command
Check out "Phalanx (The Tip of the Spear)" here:
Female-fronted Gothenburg group Sister Sin has announced that it will be entering the studio on February 27th to record it's third full-length album. Chris Snyder will be producing it and the band will be tracking it at Standstraight Studios. The album is scheduled to be released at the end of May. Stream a few songs from Sister Sin over on the group's Facebook Bandpage. Below is one of Sister Sin's last official videos for the track "Outrage."
Kalmen, the Dresden group featuring members of Down in Shades and Senorita Spitfire, has released it's first demo, which is streaming in it's entirety over on MySpace. Also, below is the upload version of the long down-tempo track "Khentaur." Kalmen has already been played support for such doom/occult rock bands as Weedeater, Zoroaster and Jex Thoth.
Norwegian hard rock band El Caco is streaming the track "Hatred" over on it's Facebook Bandpage. The song comes from El Caco's upcoming ten-song album "Hatred, Love & Diagrams," due out on January 27th on Indie Recordings. Currently, the band is shooting an official video for that single. While awaiting the album, check out El Caco's previous endeavors on MySpace or their video "Substitute."
Russian symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail has released a new EP titled "Tribute to the Past," which features several cover tracks as well as original material. Arcane Grail has now posted a new song from the EP online. Check out the track "Dogs of God" in the player below. Two other offerings from the release were also recently posted online, and can still be heard here.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Prelude in E Minor
2. Cemetery of the Lost Souls
4. Dogs of God
5. Sacred Gift of Love
6. Farewell, Norfolk! (Aria cover)
7. Ros (Ashen Light cover)
8. Love You to Death (Type O Negative cover)
Ben Kuzay has released his third album of classical, ambient metal titled "Beyond Black Mirrors." The fourteen-song album can be streamed over on CD Baby. Ben Kuzay (formerly of Monstrosity and Wykked Wytch) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, and one of the world's leading instrumental bassists. Known for his riveting compositions and virtuoso playing ability, he has earned a reputation among fans and musicians alike. His previous album,"Perpetual Reign," was the first album by anybody to feature as its format lead bass with metal accompaniment. Below is a video of Ben Kuzay shredding the bass.
French down-tempo doom metal band Verdun has released it's debut three-song EP "The Cosmic Escape of Admiral Masuka" on Head Records, which you may stream here or download at this location. Verdun formed in Montpellier, France in 2010 from members of such area bands as Fleshdoll and Grandizer.
In Mourning has posted a brief studio video clip online of the band's time working on the new album "The Weight Of Oceans," which will be released later this year through Spinefarm Records. The band commented:
"Check out video of Crille recording drums in Black Lounge/Abyss studios in August 2011! This is the first video from the recording of our upcoming new album, 'The weight of oceans.' Part two coming soon."
Synaptical Glitch has posted a new EP online both for streaming and free download. Check out the tracks from "Multi-None" via the player below or at Bandcamp. The "Multi-None" track listing is as follows:
3. Structured Chaos
4. The Omnidirectional
Wolfchant, which is currently working on a new album, has issued the following announcement about heading out for upcoming festival appearances:
"Hey Friends! Here is an overview of the next gigs. We will then publish more gigs step by step. We looking forward to seeing you!"
Details are as follows:
25.02 Heavy Winterstorm Festival München /Feierwerk
13.04 Ragnarök Festival Lichtenfels / Statthalle
22-24.06 Kilkim Zaibu Festival Varniai / Littauen
17.08 Barther Metal Open Air Barth / Freilichtbühne
21-22.09 Warhornes Festival York / England
Cardona has uploaded a sample teaser track online for the band's upcoming "Seasons" EP. Check out the sample via the Cardona Facebook profile. Footage of the band working on new material is also available in the player below. More...
Footage has been posted online of The Browning drummer Noah "Shark" Robertson breaking down the break-downs from the song "No Escape," taken from the album "Burn This World" available from Earache Records. Check out the clip below.
The split 7? EP between Nails and Skin Like Iron, being collaboratively released by both bands at the end of January, is now streaming in its entirety via Decibel Magazine’s website right here. The following press release about the split was also posted online:
"Running the show on side A, San Francisco’s Skin Like Iron has already become a well-known entity in modern hardcore with nearly ten releases on such admirable dissident hardcore labels as Six Feet Under and React Records. The split leads off with two tracks of the band's melodic, yet abrasive hardcore, boasting an ambitious and emotive energy that many similar contemporary acts lack in severely.
"The B-side of this crushing joint venture is owned by Nails, hailing from Oxnard, California (the same town as the legendary Dr. Know), and undoubtedly one of the most devastating acts within the present expanses of hardcore. As on the band's Southern Lord debut LP "Unsilent Death," Nails gets in, kills, and gets out, just as fans expect on these two tracks, which are in fact a preview of what is to be expected of their upcoming full-length, now being constructed for release via Southern Lord in sometime in 2012.
"The limited one-time pressing of this raging hardcore EP has been manufactured to supply the public with 900 copies on black wax and 100 copies on blue. The artwork was handled by SKIN LIKE IRON’s Alex Capasso who has handled the art duties for previous releases for the band. Preorders for the EP can be found here."
Nails and Skin Like Iron have the following upcoming shows:
1/18/2012 Center For The Arts – Los Angeles, CA w/ The Dillinger Escape Plan, Dangers [*no SLI]
1/19/2012 Rec Center – Oakland, CA [*no Nails]
1/21/2012 Aladdin Jr. – Pomona, CA w/ The Funeral Pyre, Hordes
1/28/2012 Submission Gallery – San Francisco, CA w/ Skin Like Iron, Creatures, Rievers, Corruption Scheme
1/29/2012 5 Star Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ Walls, True Radical Miracle [*no SLI]
Swedish melodic death metal band The Forsaken are finalizing the recordings for the band's fourth LP, and first since signing with Massacre Records this weekend, which will be sent to Fascination Street, Örebro, for mixing and mastering. The album marks the first in nine years, the band's latest being the 2003 release "Traces of the Past."
Drummer Nicke commented on the new material: "The new material has been coming out to be a super-brutal and intense delivery with the finishing touches being added. It will be a seriously kick-ass album. You heard it before folks, but this is by far the best album to date by The Forsaken and we're looking forward to have it delivered to the masses this coming spring!"
Mexican metal band Arizona Skyline is offering a free download of it's single "Sentinel" by going here. The single comes from the band's latest four song EP "The Journey." Check out earlier material from the band by heading over to it's MySpace page. Below is a video of the band playing "Sentinel" live in Guanajuato.
Swedish thrash band Terminal Prospect has released an advance track of it's new song "Redefine Existence," which you may stream below. The band plans to release an official video of the song on January 20th. Terminal Prospect's new album, also titled "Redefine Existence," should be out early in February. To stream another of the band's songs, "Alliance," head over here.
Revamp has performed a new song entitled "Sins" at the band's show opening for Epica in the Netherlands. No new album title or release date is announced as of yet, nor are there any additional tour dates. Check out the song below.
Death metal legends Incantation will lay waste to Los Angeles this weekend when they join Autopsy, Acheron, HOD, Divine Eve and many others at the Gathering of the Bestial Legion V on Saturday, January 14th at The Echoplex on 1154 Glendale Blvd. Doors open at 4:00 PM, and for more information, contact the show's website. Along with the new Incantation material, Kyle Severn has also finished up with his first foray into the cinema realm with a new horror/slasher movie called "After Party Massacre." Co-written/co-directed with Kristoff Bates, this slasher starts with live performances by Incantation and Soulless, which then takes a deadly turn after the bands are finished as this unrated movie is filled with blood, scantly clad female flesh and lots of death metal!
Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie has posted a second trailer for the forthcoming LP "Helvetios." The album is due out on February 10th, 2012 (EU) and February 28th, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out the trailer here:
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica debuted the new song "Storm of Shadow" at the recent show on January 12, 2012 at Metropool in Hengelo, Netherlands. The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Requiem For The Indifferent," which is scheduled for release on March 9, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
A fan video of the performance of "Storm of Shadow" can be seen here:
Spanish power metal band Skydancer is streaming the new track "Human Void." The song will appear on the bands forthcoming third LP "Winterkiller," which is scheduled to be released in January 31, 2012.
The track listing for "Winterkiller" is as follows:
1. Perfect Mind
2. Winter's Hideout
3. Living Hell
4. The Inner Killer
5. Window to my Land (Instrumental)
6. Human Void
7. Orphan of the Dark
8. Crossing the North
Check out "Human Void" here: