Metal News for January 14, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Greece's symphonic maestros Nightfall are only a handful of days away from the release of latest opus "Cassiopeia," which follows on the heels of 2010's comeback album "Astron Black and the Thirty Tyrants."
As the January 22nd release date inches ever closer, Nightfall mastermind Efthimis Karadimas checked in with us to reveal the band's writing and recording process for "Cassiopeia." Learn about the background themes of this multinationally recorded effort and how it differs from the previous release in the interview below, along with some inside insight about the state of the Greek metal scene. More...
Austrian symphonic metal band Serenity have announced that the fourth LP and successor LP to "Death & Legacy" will be entitled "War of Ages." The album is set to stop on March 22, 2013 (EU) and March/April in the U.S. and Asia.
The track list for "War of Ages" is as follows:
1. Wings Of Madness
2. The Art Of War
3. Shining Oasis
4. For Freedom's Sake
5. Age Of Glory
6. The Matricide
7. Symphony For The Quiet
9. Legacy Of Tudors
10. Royal Pain
11. Fairytales (ballad version - LTD bonustrack)
12. Love Of My Life (LTD bonustrack) More...
Prosthetic Records has checked in with the following announcement about an upcoming new album from Skeletonwitch:
"Who's ready for a NEW Skeletonwitch album?? Us too!! The band just announced they will be recording their fifth album in April at God City Studio with none other than Kurt Ballou (Converge, Kvelertak, Black Breath)!"
Skeletonwitch also issued the following statement: "Happy New Year! Hope everyone is off to a great start. First off, thanks to everyone who supported Skeletonwitch during this past year. We did some serious gigging in 2012, and your support on the road and of ‘Forever Abomination’ was overwhelming. We would be nowhere without you. It’s not just idle hands that do the devil’s work — we’re already deep in the process of writing a new record, which is shaping up to be quite an epic slab of metal, if we may say so ourselves. Keep an eye out for frequent updates. Drink it, smoke it, eat it!”
This new album will follow-up the band's 2011 release "Forever Abomination" (reviewed here), and further details will be announced as they become available.
It’s Monday again, which means it’s time to explore three more lesser known bands in the metal underground. Today’s exploration to the underground world features our neighbors to the north, which is home to its fair share of metal legends, from the most extreme to the most melodic. We’ve actually looked at Canadian acts several times before, specifically focusing on Toronto and the Maritimes previously, and today we’ll trek there again for three bands that cross the genre spectrum.
I suppose I should start out with a bit of disclosure: I’m not from Canada, and I’ve only been there once for a fishing trip years ago, although the border is only a few hours north of me. So unfortunately these are bands I know solely via their music and their online presence, and I haven’t had the pleasure of interacting with them in the live scene personally.
While working on the review for the new Chariots of the Gods album “Tides of War,” I got to thinking about the very solid lineup of bands from the frigid north, especially in the underground metal scene. There’s a fairly large grouping of what are essentially “second tier” bands currently active – these guys bring the metal full force, but they haven’t gotten signed with Nuclear Blast or Metal Blade or any of the larger labels focusing on heavy music. They still manage to get hooked up with PR companies to keep their presence known however, release high quality albums, and a good deal of them stay busy with touring and festival appearances.
Chariots of the Gods
Is this Ottawa act composed of thrash maniacs who are really into melodic death metal, or are they in an MDM band that can’t give up their love for Megadeth? Either way, this is pretty crushing, headbanging-mandatory stuff.
Chariots of the Gods will be officially dropping debut full-length album “Tides of War” later this month (January 29th to be precise), and the band has already released teasers that should more than pique the interest of metalheads. We recently had the opportunity to premiere the track “Unbound,” which features a guest appearance by Aleksi Sihvonen of Norther, and you can also hear the album’s title track below. For some more background on the band and info on the album’s themes, check out our recent interview here.
Virginia act Inter Arma posted a teaser clip for the band's upcoming new LP "Sky Burial," the band's sophomore release and first since signing with Relapse. The album is set to drop on March 15, 2013 (BE/NL/LUX), March 18, 2013 (UK/Europe) and March 19, 2013 (North America).
Check out the teaser here:
Italy's Klogr has teamed up with SpazioRock to release a new music video for the track "King of Unknown." Check out the "King Of Unknown" music video via Spaziorock.it here or in the player available below. The track comes off the band's new EP "Till You Turn."
Prog metal act To-Mera has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Paul Westwood:
"As some of you may have noticed from the Classic Prog interview, we have recently parted ways with our drummer Paul Westwood - Paul decided it was time for him to pursue alternative musical avenues.
"We are grateful for all the great times & wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours! As for what this means for To-Mera, that is to be seen...we might just take a little break and concentrate on other (new?) projects for a while. Watch this space."
To-Mera also released new album "Exile" last year, which can be heard in the Bandcamp player available below. More...
Poland's progressive rockers Riverside have released a music video for "Celebrity Touch," the first single off their fifth studio album "Shrine of New Generation Slaves."
"'Celebrity Touch' reflects the times we live in," says Riverside's Mariusz Duda. "I think everyone has a deep need to feel important somehow, but unfortunately, this need is rarely satisfied. Of course some people do get the chance, mostly people connected with the so-called celebrity world. This is a story about someone who satisfied this feeling a bit too much and about the band that chose to play away from the galleries with shitty works."
Directed by Mateusz Winkiel of Mania Studio, the video can be seen in the YouTube player available below. "Shrine of New Generation Slaves" will be available in North America on February 5th, 2013 via InsideOut Music.
In support of the album, following a full European tour, Riverside will be playing a handful of shows in North America with label-mates Jolly. A full list of dates can be seen after the jump. More...
Bring Me The Horizon’s upcoming fourth studio album "Sempiternal" is scheduled for release on April 30th via Epitaph Records. Check out a new trailer for the record below. You can also listen to the first single "Shadow Moses" after the jump.
"There's a very euphoric sound coursing through the album, a very uplifting but yet sad sound," says front-man Oliver Sykes. "Electronically, it's far more advanced than anything we've done before."
The five piece, consisting of Oliver Sykes, Lee Malia, Matt Kean, Matt Nicholls and Jordan Fish, recorded "Sempiternal" over a three month period with super producer Terry Date (Linkin Park, Deftones, Soundgarden). The band also brought in David Bendeth (A Day To Remember, Paramore) to add to the production line-up and mix the album. More...
Metal/electronic act Hybrid Reality has released the new EP "Infinity" online, which can be heard in the player below or downloaded for free via Bandcamp here. The "Infinity" track listing is as follows:
1. I Still Have a Dream 02:24
2. Infinity 04:10
3. Swimming in the Smoke 03:56
4. Nebula 03:40 More...
"Monument in Black," the new album from German black metal stalwarts Sonic Reign, is now available for pre-order through Apostasy Records. The pre-order comes as an exclusive package which includes the digipak CD, t-shirt and poster. "Monument in Black" is set for release on February 1st. Sonic Reign's newest offering follows up 2006's "Raw Dark Pure" (reissued in 2007 by Metal Blade). Stream album cut "The Whisperer in the Dark" below.
Massachusetts act Within The Ruins has announced the new album "Elite" will be released on February 26th, 2013 via eOne / Good Fight Music. The new effort will be the band's first full-length since "Invade" in 2010. Check out a video statement from the band below. The track listing is as follows:
3. Feeding Frenzy
4. New Holy War
5. The Charm
6. Ataxia II
8. I, Blashpheme
9. Absolute Hell
11. Dreamland More...
Canadian act Our Last Crusade has released a new music video for the track "Trucido Imperium," which comes off the "Our Last Crusade" EP. Check out the video below. You can also stream the EP over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Mad Men 03:51
2. Trucido Imperium 04:47
3. Liberation 06:17
Give Praise Records is proud to announce that a full-length album from Jack is underway. Jack is based out of Hungary and plays a mix of hardcore, grindcore, and crust. The group has also released a new music video for "Felemelkedés" ("Ascension"), which can be viewed below. The track will appear on the upcoming "Inhumanus" album.
Watch in the video below as Society 1 records the new EP "Screams Of Sadist" at AM Recording Studios with Raymond Herrera (Fear Factory, Arkaea, 3volution) in the producer chair and Jeremy Blair engineering. In this episode Brian Jackson rips it up with a little help from a custom guitar.
Australian heavy metal warlords Raven Black Night will release their Metal Blade debut "Barbarian Winter" this coming February 19th, 2013.
Raven Black Night has now revealed the album artwork and the first single taken off "Barbarian Winter." Head over to the album's landing page here to check out "Morbid Gladiator" or listen to the song below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Fire In Your Eyes
2. Morbid Gladiator
3. Mystery Woman
4. Fallen Angel
5. Black Queen
6. If You Choose The Dark
7. Warriors Call
8. Barbarian Winter
10. Lips of desire
11. Nocturnal Birth
12. Angel With A Broken Wing More...
The Bounded is a brand new project featuring members and ex-members from British and Colombian established metal bands: Nicolas and David Bermudez (Under Threat, ex-Blaze Bayley), Mauricio Chamucero (Dragonforce, Blaze Bayley session drummer, ex-Rogue Male, Savage Messiah) and Fernando Politte (Bloodfate, The Last Breath).
The band has now released a self-titled music video online, which can be viewed below. For more info on The Bounded, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Holy Grail has teamed up with Metal Hammer to stream the band's upcoming album in full. Listen to the full "Ride The Void" album at this location.
"Ride The Void" comes out this Friday, January 18th/21st and is available for pre-order at this location. The full album's track listing is as follows:
2. Bestia Triumphans
3. Dark Passenger
4. Bleeding Stone
5. Ride The Void
6. Too Decayed To Wait
8. Take It To The Grave
9. Sleep Of Virtue
10. Silence the Scream
11. The Great Artifice
12. Wake Me When It's Over
13. Rains of Sorrow
A lyric video for the "Ride the Void" title track can also be viewed below. More...
After closing the year with a performance at Germany's Satans Convention alongside Taake and Inquisition, Italian obscure horror metallers Darkend have just been confirmed for the Steelfest Open Air 2013.
The extreme metal festival will take place in Hyvinkää, Finland on May 24th - 25th featuring Mayhem, Sodom, Destruction, Belphegor, Tsjuder, and more.
South Wales hardcore quintet Continents has debuted a dark, intense music video for the title track from the forthcoming album "Idle Hands," due out January 22nd. Watch “Idle Hands” courtesy of Vevo in the player below.
Vocalist Phil Cross explains the meaning behind the lead single from the album: “It's about questioning your beliefs in God. I was brought up in Catholic surroundings. Things, situations and events happen to make you question what is preached to you over the years. The beginning of the song is about questioning what's going on around you; why would God let these things 'bad' things happen. As the song goes on, it gets darker and more aggressive because you’re not getting the answers you want.”
Continents will take to the streets beginning February 21st in Cardiff, U.K. for a four city run to celebrate the new release. The group will play the album from front to back, and details on the run are as follows:
2/21 - Cardiff, UK @ CLWB IFOR BACH
2/22 - Yeovil, UK @ The Quicksilver Mail
2/23 - Rugby, UK @ The Vault
2/24 - Bristol, UK @ The Exchange More...
Nightmare Records is set to release Tellus Requiem's new album "Invictus (The 11th Hour)" on January 22nd, 2013. The album can be pre-ordered on Amazon here.
Today the band is excited to share a song from the new album with the public. Tellus Requiem has partnered up with Metal Insider for an exclusive premiere of the track "Red Horizon." Get a first listen to the song right here or in the player below. More...
Giant X, the new band founded by Running Wild's Rolf Kasparek and Peter J. Jordan, has released the third in a series of videos filmed during the recording process of "I." Check it out through the player below.
Giant X' s debut album "I" will be out on Steamhammer/SPV as a super jewel case and download on January 18th in Germany, January 21st in Europe, and January 29th in USA/Canada. A video trailer for the album is available for viewing here. More...
Denver blackened doom nihilists Primitive Man - featuring within their ranks current and former members of Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire, Reproacher, and Death Of Self - are preparing to unleash a debut full-length.
Recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter, Cobalt etc), the fittingly dubbed "Scorn" finds Primitive man commemorating a slow-roasted apocalypse through seven odes of hatred and despair. "Scorn" will be issued on 12” vinyl January 31 via Throatruiner/Mordgrimm Records. In the meantime, get your misery on with a full album stream through the player below. The track listing is as follows: More...
Raedon Kong has released a second, self-titled album online. You can download the tracks for free for a limited time via Bandcamp, or stream the full release below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Heavy Lite 06:42
2. End of Days 04:43
3. Forgotten Son 08:13
4. Ash Is the Omen 10:59
NWOBHM band Satan has acquired Dario Mollo to mix new album "Life Sentence." Mollo is part of Tony Martin's Headless Cross touring project and has worked with numerous artists as a producer and engineer, including Skyclad, Anathema, Cradle of Filth, and Glenn Hughes.
"Life Sentence" was recorded September - November 2012 at First Avenue Studios, Newcastle and is now being mixed and mastered by Mollo at Damage Inc. Studio in Italy for a March/April 2013 release via Listenable Records.
The band comments: "We're really happy to have Dario on board to mix the album. We've already had a few tracks back and they sound amazing. We wanted to capture the energy the band produce when playing live and we've done just that."
The "Life Sentence" track listing is as follows: More...
Burial Hordes has posted an unreleased track online included on the "12 Years of War & Revenge" compilation. Check out the track "Blasphemic Apocalyptic Terror" in the YouTube player below.
The "12 Years of War & Revenge" compilation includes 21 tracks and 20-page booklet with liner notes, release pictures, and interviews. The compilation is being released by Those Opposed Records.
A trailer of the forthcoming video for the song "Thousands Carybdea" taken from French modern death-prog metallers Atlantis Chronicles can be seen below.
The track comes off the new album entitled "Ten Miles Underwater," scheduled out on March 12th, 2013 via Coroner Records. Some pictures from the making of the video can be seen on Atlantis Chronicles Facebook profile here. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Enter The Bathysphere...
2. ... And Embrace The Abyss
3. Echoes Of Silence
4. Thousands Carybdea
6. Ten Miles Underwater
7. L’Ivresse Des Profondeurs
8. Architeuthis Dux
9. Tales Of Atlantis
10. Stomias Boa
11. Behold Kraken
12. William Beebe More...
Downfall of Gaia has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming European tours and re-releasing previous material:
"As was already told, we will hit the road in April for the first part of our European Tour 2013! If you want to help us out and if you want us to play your city - get in contact with Luc from Doomstar Booking: luc(/A/)doomstarbookings(/DOT/)com. You can have a look at the routing right here.
"Later this year we will hit the road into the other direction for a second European Tour. We will let you know about this one as soon as possible!
"Besides that Alerta Antifascista, Moment of Collapse, Shove Rec. and Maniyax Rec. will release the second repress of our first LP 'Epos,' a repress of our split LP w/ In The Hearts Of Emperors
and also a CD which contains 'Epos' + the split LP together as one on CD." More...
Greek symphonic metal act Nightfall is now releasing the third and final single off upcoming album "Cassiopeia" exclusively via the website of Rock Hard magazine!
Surf over to the Rock Hard website here to check out "The Reptile Gods." "Cassiopeia" will be released January 22nd in North America and the track listing is as follows:
2. Oberon & Titania
3. Colonize Cultures
4. The Nightwatch
5. Stellar Parallax
7. The Reptile Gods
9. Akhenaton, the 9th Pharaoh of the 18th Dynasty
10. The Sand Reckoner
11. Astropolis More...
Califiornia's Dedvolt has checked in with the following announcement about recording new material and gearing up for tour dates:
"Hey there everyone... time for a long overdue update on everything DED! First off, we would like to thank everyone for all the support throughout 2012. Its been a great year of development, going through the ups and downs and natural growing pains that all bands go through when starting out. What began as a project of like minded musicians has grown into something very specially that we now call DEDVOLT.
"Lots of great things to come in 2013 as we've been in the studio recording more amazing music for what looks to become our debut album!! Yes that's right, with a lil deal on the table we're shooting to have our music in your dirty little hands summer 2013!
"Now... time to take the staples off our lips and let ya'll know that we've been confirmed for our first tour! Yup, true dat kids. We are super stoked to announce that we will be hitting the road with one our favorite bands Nonpoint. Its such a huge honor to share the stage with one of the hardest working bands in the business! We look forward to playing for their fans and hopefully see some of you Dedheds in the front row representing. More...
The Sorrow has posted a tour video report online from the band's time with Farewell to Arms on the Misery Escape tour. Check out the footage below, or watch the band's previously posted music video for "Burial Bridge" at this location.
Alice In Chains has announced a slate of U.S. tour dates this Spring. Full date and venue information is below.
Fan pre-sale for most tour dates begins, Tuesday, January 15. Tickets for all headline tour dates go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 18.
Thu-Apr-25 Miami Beach Fillmore
Tue-Apr-30 Birmingham BUCC Concert Hall
Wed-May-01 Augusta, GA William B. Bell Auditorium
Sun-May-05 Norfolk, VA Norva
Tue-May-07 Bethlehem, PA Sands Events Center
Wed-May-08 Pittsburgh Benedum Center
Tue-May-14 Sioux Falls, SD Lyons Fairgrounds
Wed-May-15 Milwaukee Eagles Ballroom
Sat-May-18 Philadelphia Susquehanna Bank Ctr
Tue-May-21 Ft. Wayne, IN Embassy Theatre
Wed-May-22 Evansville, IN Aiken Theatre
Fri-May-24 Lincoln, NE Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater
The band recently released a music video for the track "Hollow," which is off the band's upcoming new album to be released in the Spring of 2013. Shot by award-winning director Roboshobo (Metallica, Mastodon, GreenDay), the hypnotically mind-trippy “Hollow” captures a man closed off and losing himself in an empty repetition of daily tasks until his last thread with reality is completely severed.
Set for a spring 2013 release, Alice In Chains’ upcoming album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz (FooFighters, Deftones), who also produced the band’s hugely successful 2009 release "Black Gives Way To Blue." That album entered Billboard's Top 200 at No. 5, sold over one million copies, spawned two No. 1 hit singles ("Check My Brain" and "Your Decision") and a third (“Lesson Learned”) that went top 10, earned two Grammy nominations and saw the band (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez) headlining a sold-out international tour that wrapped at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Avantasia announced that the latest addition in a line of guest appearances will be Mr. Big vocalist Eric Martin. Martin will sing a duet with Tobias Sammet on the "Mystery of Time" LP, due out in March.
Recently, the band announced the following guest appearances: Pretty Maids vocalist Ronnie Atkins, Ayeron mastermind Arjen Lucassen, Saxon's Biff Byford, former Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, Unisonic/Ex-Helloween vocalist Michael Kiske and the German Filmorchestra Babelsberg.
Check out Eric Martin's introduction video here: More...
German thrashers Scornage posted up a new music video for the track "Fury." The song appears on the band's latest and fourth LP "ReaFEARance," which was issued this past August via Massacre Records.
Check out "Fury" here:
Israeli melodic power metal act Red Rose posted a new music video for the track "Don't Believe These Tales." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "On the Cusp of Change," the band's second, which is due for release on February 26, 2013. The video was directed and edited by Denis Rizikov & Alexander Gurevich.
The track list for "On the Cusp of Change" is as follows:
1. When Roses Faded
2. Chasing Freedom
3. King Of The Local Crowd
4. Original Sin
5. Alone In The Night
6. This Bitter World
7. Don't Believe These Tales
8. Seize The Day
Check out "Don't Believe These Tales" here: More...