Metal News for January 16, 2011
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21 news articles posted on this day.
Flotsam and Jetsam recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records for the release of the band's new studio album "The Cold" in Europe, Australia, and Japan. Nuclear Blast has issued the following announcement about offering a free download of the song "Take:"
"The song 'Take' from the highly praised new album 'The Cold' by US-Thrash-icons FLOTSAM AND JETSAM is available as a free download at Nuclear Blast! Who wants to get an impression of the unmatched excellence of this Thrash gem should click here."
Manowar recently announced two upcoming live shows in Cleveland and Worcester, along with a handful of European dates. The band has now issued the following brief statement denying rumors that Manowar has lined up any additional U.S. tour dates:
"In response to rumors of other shows in the USA. Due to the travel schedule, there will be NO OTHER SHOWS USA on this leg. The band is scheduled to re enter the studio April.
"Those wishing to see the 'Battle Hymns Tour' are advised to purchase tickets for Worcester Massachusetts on Saturday March 5th or the second Cleveland show on Friday March 11th. 2011."
Expanding on our recent Unearthing the Metal Underground column on Christan "unblack" metal, Metalunderground has also posted an editorial on the role of religion in black metal. While researching various unblack metal bands for the article, I spoke with several metal bands from both sides of the religious divide to get their input. As a teaser for the editorial, we've posted the full answers to the questionnaire I sent to each band.
After first talking with the band Frames, which took the anti-religious stance, I next corresponded with drummer Amnon of U.K. based Christian black metal act Winter's Dawn. Amnon explained his thoughts on the term "unblack" metal and how he sees it as a style of music that can be separated from its original message. More...
As a companion piece to our recent Unearthing the Metal Underground column on Christan "unblack" metal, Metalunderground has posted an editorial on the role of religion in a musical style known for its anti-religious themes. While researching various unblack metal bands for the upcoming article, I spoke with a variety of metal bands from both sides of the religious divide to get their take on the subject. As a teaser for the editorial, we'll be posting the full answers to the questionnaire I sent to each band over the next few days.
To start off I spoke with vocalist/bassist Kevin Seawell of Frames, who took the anti-religious side of the debate. Frames is a relatively new band on the metal scene, having just released the debut album "The Consequences of Breathing" as a free download. More...
"Eye Of Sin," the debut full-length album from black metal act Profane Prayer, will be released on the 16th of January 2011 through Orkestral Promenade Productions in CD format, and Norway’s Misantrof ANTIRecords for free download. The album was recorded during 2008 and 2009 at the Basement Studios in Athens, engineered by Mark Cross and George Bokos, and produced by Bokos together with Profane Prayer. According to the band, "Eye Of Sin" is "a piece of fresh, cold, in your face black metal in the vein of Carpathian Forest, Darkthrone, and Impaled Nazarene."
The new album "Eye of Sin" can be downloaded free, together with all the artwork through Msantrof ANTIRecords at this location. On the 5th of February 2011 Profane Prayer will also be supporting Impaled Nazarene at An Club, Athens, in what will be the first of many shows in 2011 to promote the album.
Coldworker has issued the following update about the band's upcoming album:
"The recordings proceed and we have probably about a weeks worth of work left with the remainder of the vocals, the bass and a bunch of guitar solos to be recorded. In the meantime the last lyrics have been completed and we can announce a complete list of song titles, in alphabetic order."
The titles are as follows:
Becoming the Stench
The Glass Envelope
Living is Suffering
A New Era
The Phantom Carriage
The Walls of Eryx
Iceland's Solstafir has posted online the 11 minute track "World Void Of Souls" of the band's 2009 album "Köld," which can be heard in the video clip below.
You can also check out Solstafir's video for the song "Pale Rider" at this location.
Throne Of Malediction has posted behind the scenes footage of the band rehearsing for a new song. The video clip can be viewed below.
Throne of Malediction also recently announced that the band is offering several tracks as free downloads.
Abstinenz has checked in with the following brief announcement about an upcoming festival appearance: "Abstinenz at Czech Death Fest! Now it's official - Abstinenz will come to Czech Republic! See you all there!" The Czech Death Fest is set to take place from June 10th - 11th, 2011. You can check out additional details on the festival at this location.
The currently announced lineup is as follows:
Arch of Hell(CZ)
Mechanical Falus Cult(CZ)
Return to Inocence(CZ)
Rotting Christ (GR)
Secret of Darkness (CZ)
Six Degrees of Separation(CZ)
Unsigned Michigan death metal band Arbiter has been confirmed to be currently writing and recording a new release (determined to be an EP) to follow up their self recorded, mixed, and mastered full length "Colossus."
The new Arbiter release is due for a spring 2011 release, and according to vocalist Connor Louiselle, Arbiter's next effort will "more closely follow [their] band's backstory."
"This CD is going to follow the attitude, thoughts and ideals of one of the societies of people in our fictional backstory called The Ironclad", states Louiselle. "They're a group of militant activists who will do whatever it takes to bring an end to the belief that technology could be our savior."
Louiselle went on to describe that Arbiter's sound was changing significantly for this EP in comparison to "Colossus." More...
"Meredead" is currently set for release on the 22nd of April 2011 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Additional release dates for North America and the rest of Europe, along with the album's final track listing, will be announced as they are made available.
Singapore's Rudra has issued the following brief update about the release of the band's new album:
"Salutations, the release date for the final chapter to the Brahmavidya trilogy entitled 'Brahmavidya: Immortal I' will be announced within a week. Here is a preview of the song titles."
1. Now, Therefore……
2. Illusory Enlightenment
3. Ravenous Theories of Deception
4. Vultures of Slavery
5. Incredulous Void
6. Sinister Devotion
7. Harrowing Carrions of Syllogism
8. Embryonic Theologies
9. Supposed Sages of Sensuality
10. Hymns of the Immortal Self
11. Advaita Samrajya
One Man Army and the Undead Quartet started to shoot the video clip for "Skeletons Of Rose Hall" off the forthcoming album "The Dark Epic" in late December 2010. According to a posting on the band's Facebook page, all were in a good mood and everything went fine.
Vocalist Johan Lindstrand commented on the recording of the video:
"Rune has a real cool vision about this and we trust him 100% that this will kick major ass. A few days later they continued and finished the video shoot w/ some blood, chainsaw, voodoo, a little nice lady and some more blood."
One Man Army and the Undead Quartet's new album "The Dark Epic" will be released on February 25th, 2011.
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album from Sweden's Days of Anger:
"The Massacre Records family keeps growing! We're proud to announce the signing of Days of Anger from Sweden! The band was formed in the beginning of 2010 out of the ashes of different Swedish metal bands.
"In May 2010 Days of Anger already hit the studio to record the debut album 'Deathpath.' The album will be released on February 25, 2011. Stay tuned for further information! Meanwhile the band is working on new songs again and making new strategies for 2011!"
You can also hear the band's music through the Days of Anger MySpace page.
Spanish melodic black metal band Rex Devs has posted the cover artwork online for the band's latest release, which is titled "Nosce Te Ipsum." The album's covert artwork can be viewed at this location. You can also check out several tracks from the release currently available for streaming on the Rex Devs MySpace profile.
The song "El despertar de Mnemosine" from the band's 2007 album "Ser de Seres" can also be heard in the clip below.
Germany's Bethlehem has announced the band will be making an appearance at this year's edition of the Under the Black Sun festival, which is set to take place on July 1st and 2nd near Berlin. The promotional poster for the event can be found here, with additional details on the festival at this location.
The currently announced lineup is as follows:
ATRAS CINERIS (Ger)
FIDES INVERSA (Ita)
IMPALED NAZARENE (Fin)
SHORES OF LADON (Ger)
Given the news earlier this week that Burzum would be releasing a new studio album in March, it seemed as good a time as any to take a look back at the band, and it's sole member, Varg Vikernes, who has in the past been called, "The most evil man alive" by the media. Whether or not Vikernes is the Darth Vader of metal music is open to interpretation, but the fact that many people have claimed to enjoy the music of Burzum, while proclaiming to hate the man himself, is proof that Burzum really is one of the best bands from the Norwegian black metal scene.
Vikernes formed Burzum in 1991, shortly after leaving the death metal band, Old Funeral, of which he was the guitarist. Two demo tapes were quickly recorded and caught the attention of Øystein Aarseth, the founder of the Deathlike Silence Productions label and also the guitarist of Mayhem, in which he used to the stage name, Euronymous. Aarseth decided to sign Burzum to his label and work on the self-titled Burzum album began shortly afterwards, with Euronymous guesting on the track, "War," performing a guitar solo. The album saw a release in 1992, making Burzum only the second band to have a record released by the label. After the release of the album, Vikernes became interested in recruiting musicians so that Burzum could perform live, going so far as to bring in Emperor bassist Samoth. Samoth would not stay in the band long however and only recorded on the "Aske" EP, after which Vikernes had no interest in transforming Burzum into a live band.
Now on his own again, Vikernes recorded a wealth of material from 1992 to 1993, the first of which to be released was the album, "Det son engang var," in 1993. Around this time, Vikernes was also recruited to perform bass duties in Mayhem, though he still composed and recorded music for Burzum. Unbeknownst to anyone however, "Det son engang var" would prove to be the last album Vikernes would release as a free man, as he was arrested later that year for killing Øystein Aarseth, his Mayhem bandmate. The reasons for the muder remain debated but Vikernes claims that he went solely to hand over an unsigned record contract, and retaliated after Aarseth attacked him first, climaxing in a fatal stab would to the head. He was convicted in May 1994 (the same month his album, "Hvis lyset tar oss" was released) and sentenced to twenty one years imprisonment, which is the maximum length of a prison sentence in Norway. In addition to the killing of Aarseth, Vikernes was charged with burning several Norwegian churches, something he claims he was wrongly convicted of. More...
German hard rock act The New Black has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "The King I Was" which is taken off of the band's forthcoming full length album "II: Better In Black." You can view the music video below:
Here is the "II: Better In Black" tracklisting:
1. Better In Black
2. The King I Was
3. Batteries & Rust
5. Into Modesty
6. Altar Boys
7. Happy Zombies
8. My Favorite Disease
9. Fading Me Out
10. When It All Ends
11. Last Chance To Throw Dirt
12. Sun Cries Moon
Maryland death metal act Aurora Borealis has posted a new teaser trailer online for its forthcoming full length album "Timeline: The Beginning And End Of Everything." You can view the video teaser below:
Here is the "Timeline: The Beginning And End Of Everything" tracklisting:
1. Our Legacy
2. Crucible Of Creation
4. Stygian Depths
5. A Creature Called Human (Among Other Things)
6. The Evolution After Evolution
7. The Only Space Race That Matters
8. Beyond The Oort Cloud
9. Tearing Holes In The Fabric Of Time
10. Prelude To Cessation
11. The Rebirth
Liv Kristine Espenaes Krull, vocalist of the German/Norwegian symphonic metal act Leaves' Eyes has posted the following update online, in which she reveals "Meredead" to be the title of the band's upcoming album;
"As we began composing the first song ideas for our fourth full-length album, all of us were very eager to take another step in strengthening both the individual sound and concept of Leaves' Eyes, like we have done album by album. Along with the songwriting process, I made up my mind about the songs' themes, and drowned myself in different sources of literature. Some songs clearly needed lyrics rooted in northern history and culture, as well as having mystical themes.
"Being an Old-English fan, I decided to write some of the lyrics in Old-English, which, of course, included further studies of grammatical and phonetic knowledge, which I really enjoyed doing.
"Next to modern English and Old English, some songs are sung in traditional Norwegian, to keep their strong individuality and focus on certain themes from special genres in Norwegian traditional singing.
"The album is given the title 'Meredead', as one of the songs on the album. It is my own word creation (at least I haven't found it in a dictionary yet), and it may mean both 'dead by/in the sea,' or 'the mortal or killing sea.'
"In my lyrics, you will find traditional themes from Viking literature and Norwegian song tradition, moreover, tales from the Irish isles, some from already existing sources, some made up myself. Sometimes you will hear about men going on adventures, some ending up drowning in the sea, their wives, evil witches, three-headed trolls, or spell-bound princesses, as well as marble halls and blood-thirsty creatures.
"I allowed myself more freedom for the concept of 'Meredead', telling a number of different stories, real, mystical or sometimes maybe even both."
Sibera, the latest metal/punk bar hosting shows many days of the week in the darkly lit side streets of the Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans, quickly filled with many local metal patrons of all variables: musicians, artists, fans, Housecore Records affiliates, and beer-swilling metal supporters alike. I myself rushed from UNO’s graduation ceremony in cap and gown straight down Elysian Fields Avenue to be there for this special night: haarp’s album release show for the band's first full-length “The Filth.” More...