Metal News for January 17, 2012
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There's no other way to describe “Takasago Army” other than an absolute masterpiece of an album that's going to go down in history as one of the best metal albums of the past decade. It made enough of an impression on me that I absolutely had to meet the band myself. This was the first time since I was writing for Ultimate Poser Blog that interviewing a band had managed to turn me into a drooling fanboy. Thankfully, I was able to meet all of Chthonic, and found that everyone in the band is absolutely 100% awesome despite my wide-eyed fanboyism emanating as an aura around me. Freddy Lim was cool enough to chat with Metalunderground.com about Taiwanese politics, the Far East metal scene in Asia and Oceania, and an actual terrorist threat against the band's most recent North American tour. More...
Danish power metal band Iron Fire has posted a new music video for the "Leviathan." The song appears on the band's seventh full length album "Voyage Of The Damned," which is scheduled for release on January 27, 2012 through Napalm Records (See Metal Underground's review at this location).
Check out "Leviathan" here:
We've been catching up with metal bands and fans all over to get their best mosh pit stories. This week Prong's Tommy Victor shares the following tale of full frontal male nudity and on-stage theft:
Even though Prong was originally based out of the Lower East Side of Manhattan New York City, we've has some crazy shows out in L.A. Mainly in Hollywood at the Whiskey. For those who are unfamiliar, the lower level is all pit area, with the exception of a few booths by the lower bar. The sound there is always good. Lots of low end and high volume throughout the club, especially downstairs. There isn't a barricade, So if you are onstage you are very connected to the pit audience, literally on top of the crowd.
We did a show years back that was way sold out, that had a few memorable episodes. We were touting like crazy, partying like crazy, pretty much sleeping in our gig clothes, not washing much nor changing much. Our late great bass player Paul Raven had this weird leisure suit that he pretty much lived in. Somewhere down the line the crotch ripped out of the trousers. Raven could care less. With the lack of laundry access and hygiene in general we all pretty much bypassed underwear. So we start our set and I notice a few girls situated directly under Raven pointing upwards and giggling. I'm trying to sing and play and I'm watching these girls laughing at Raven's cock and balls hanging over their heads. We had to stop the show because I couldn't concentrate. I told Raven to move back a bit. He got mad at me.
The show continued and people were going crazy. It was a great crowd. I was leaning over the crowd, singing playing, interacting with the crowd. Suddenly I was interrupted again by a chain smacking into my guitar. I was wearing a chain wallet, I knew that, but this was all chain. I reached back into my rear pocket: no wallet! I was pick pocketed right on stage. I stopped the show and yelled "Somebody stole my wallet!!" I was freaking out, but the show had to go on. I did notice some scuffle by the door, but I continued the set rather upset. There was money, ID, credit cards, etc. in the wallet. Lost now at the Whiskey.
We were loading out and two dudes sweating, panting, approached me declaring they got my wallet while handing it over! They were upstairs, saw the dude who nabbed it. They ran out of the club and chased him down all the way to La Cienega where they jumped him and got it back. They missed the rest of the set but said it was worth it being loyal fans. Every once in awhile I run in to one of the dudes on the Strip and buy him a drink, telling everyone "This is guy who retrieved my wallet ..stolen on stage!!"
Years later Prong is still doing it. We just finished recording and mixing our new LP entitled "Carved Into Stone" on SPV Longbranch records out April 24. Maybe not the Whiskey but see you live soon!
You can get your own taste of Prong insanity live, as the band has already confirmed upcoming 2012 tour dates for February and March. Find a list of the currently announced shows here, and be sure to check back next Tuesday for more Pit Stories.
Soulfly's new album, "Enslaved," will be released March 13, 2012. The cover, designed by Marcelo Vasco, follows below. The band's lineup now includes bassist Tony Campos, formerly of Static-X, and drummer David Kinkade, formerly of Borknagar, alongside frontman Max Cavalera and guitarist Marc Rizzo. You can see a photo of the new lineup below also. As is customary with Soulfly, the band will introduce some new and unexpected elements into the mix, including a guest violinist. Soulfly also collaborates with two metal veterans on the new record: Dez Fafara of DevilDriver and Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation. Ryan said it was "an honor to receive a call from someone you had pictures of on your wall as a kid." After the jump is a clip of the band talking about the new lineup and recording "Enslaved."
Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste, No Friends), LandPhil Hall (Municipal Waste, Cannabis Corpse), Ryan Parish (Darkest Hour, Suppression, City of Caterpillar) and Paul Burnette (Darkest Hour, Crack Head) have formed a new band titled Iron Reagan.
Iron Reagan has just released a free 4 song demo available through bandcamp. Check out the songs from the release below. The demo was recorded in Richmond, Virginia by Landphil and Mastered by Mammoth Sound.
Israeli epic black metallers Eternal Decay will embark on a 16-date tour of North America beginning with a planned massacre in Toronto on Valentine's Day and concluding in Escondido, CA on March 8th. Eternal Decay last released "Beyond the Ties of Flesh" in 2010 besides two demos earlier in the decade. Head over here to listen to the track "Warlords of the Fall."
Feb 14th Toronto, ON @ The Devils Cellar
Feb 15th Hamilton, ON @ The Doors Pub
Feb 16th Sudbury, ON @ The Serbian Centre Bar
Feb 17th Montreal, QC @ Club Saphir
Feb 18th Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
Feb 19th Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
Feb 21 Lansing, MI @ Blackened Moon Concert Hall
Feb 24th Jacksonville, FL @ The Phoenix Taproom
Feb 25 Orlando, FL @ Venue TBA
Feb 28 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
March 01 Austin, TX @ Headhunters
March 02 Laredo, TX @ Eclypse Bar & Grill
March 03 Arlington, TX @ The Ranch
March 05 San Antonio, TX @ Nightrocker Live
March 07 Tucson, AZ @ Chaser's Nightclub
March 08 Escondido, CA @ Metaphor Café
Impending Doom has released the first single, called "For The Wicked," off the forthcoming new record "Baptized in Filth" due out March 13th, 2012. Check out the song below. The track is also available on iTunes for preview/purchase.
"We're proud to say that after many months of working on the new record it's finally done. This is by far our favorite material to date and we can't wait to share it with everyone and hit the road!! March 13th 2012 the world will be Baptized In Filth!" says guitarist Cory Johnson.
Impending Doom has also confirmed for this years Metal Alliance Tour along side acts like Devildriver, Job For a Cowboy, and Dying Fetus. The band will also be playing select dates on this years VANS Warped tour this summer. More...
In October of last year, Swedish death metal veterans UNCANNY entered the studio to record two new songs for a 7" to be released in late January through Dark Descent Records. The first of these songs, "The Path of Flesh." is now streaming online in the form of YouTube upload below. These two tracks are the first new material from Uncanny since 1994's "Splenium for Nyktophobia" album.
Guitar prodigy Jeff Loomis has locked himself in the studio for the past few months perfecting his sophomore solo record, to be released later this year. After his departure from Nevermore and the release of his solo debut -- "Zero Order Phase" in 2008 -- fans have been craving a new album.
With a number of influential musicians appearing on the upcoming release, Jeff Loomis is more than ready to deliver. Details on two NAMM appearances have also been announced. Jeff Loomis comments:
"A couple of years ago I achieved my childhood dream of releasing a solo album. With the releasing of my second record coming up, I'm proud to announce another dream come true...or should I say dreams...Marty Friedman, Tony MacAlpine and Chris Poland have all done guest solos for it. These guys must have given me hundreds of blisters on my fingers when I was a kid trying in vain to emulate their work. Hell, I'm still trying to figure out some of their solos. To have three guitar players that I looked up to as a young player and still hold in such high regard is simply amazing. I can't thank those guys enough.
"In other news, I'll be down in Southern CA next week for this year's NAMM show. I have two new Schecter models that I'll be showing and I'll be doing a signing Saturday, the 21st, at their booth at 1pm as well as another one later that day with Engl Amps at 5. Also, I just confirmed a full US tour for April. I can't wait to get back out on the road again. More details on that soon."
Revolver Magazine has posted a live version of the classic Death track “Zero Tolerance” online now at this location.
The song appears on the upcoming deluxe live 2CD collection entitled "Vivus!" Compiling two separate Death concerts, each recorded in 1998, Disc One features the band at the height of its prowess tearing the roof off of the infamous Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles while Disc Two is a recording of the band on the festival stage at Dynamo Open Air.
"Vivus!" is set for a February 28th North American release date, March 2nd in the Benelux / Germany, and March 5th in the UK and rest of Europe. "Vivus!" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance," and "Human."
Like those reissues, this collection will contain extensive liner notes from previous members and never-before-seen photos of the band. Pre-order options, including a new line of exclusive Death merch and additional release information can be found here.
You can also check out Metalunderground.com's own remembrance of Death's Chuck Schuldiner at this location.
Adagio guitarist and solo artist Stephan Forte, who will be releasing his upcoming solo effort "The Shadows Compendium" on February 28th, is streaming the entire new album. Go to Ultimate Guitar to access the stream to all eight songs in full.
Fans of neo-classical shred should not miss this opportunity to preview this album, which harkens back to the glory days of Yngwie Malmsteen while offering plenty of modern metal twists. The album features several guests such as Jeff Loomis, Mattias Eklundh, Glen Drover, Daniele Gottardo and Derek Taylor. Stéphan Forté will also be appearing at this year's NAMM convention in Los Angeles, CA. Check out an upload for the song "De Praestigiis Daemonum" from the new one.
Finnish death / doom bringers Hooded Menace have entered the studio to record their new album and first for Relapse Records. The new record, entitled "Effigies of Evil," is being self-recorded by the band at its very own Horrisound Studios, the group’s personal compound of stench and decay.
Drums are being tracked at SF Sound and the band plans to complete recording in mid February for a Summer 2012 release.
Hooded Menace, which takes influence from 80’s era Candlemass, Cathedral, Paradise Lost, Asphyx, and Black Sabbath, has previously release two full length albums as well as split releases with Coffins, Asphyx, Ilsa, and more.
Hooded Menace guitarist Lasse Pyykko commented on the new recordings: "This album is the catchiest stuff we’ve done so far. On average it’s slightly faster (read: more mid-tempos) and a bit more melodic than the previous records but as always there’s still an unhealthy dose of down-tempo horror hammering. It’s crushingly heavy, dark and graceful music in all its gory glory!"
German power metal legends Primal Fear are releasing their latest album "Unbreakable" (reviewed here) on January 24th in North America via Frontiers Records. Noisecreep is now hosting an exclusive stream of the song "Bad Guys Wear Black" here.
Singer Ralf Scheepers comments: "The plan was to record an album for the fans with rough metal riffs, screaming vocals and good melodies ...... and finally it became a monster - a tough 'bang-your-head' metal album called 'Unbreakable.'"
"Unbreakable" was produced by Mat Sinner, engineered and mixed by Achim Koehler at the House Of Music studios and more studios in Germany and Sweden between the summer and autumn of 2011.
Detroit Michigan's metal outfit The Black Dahlia Murder will be hitting the road this March marking the band's first headline run of 2012. Joining The Black Dahlia Murder will be Nile, Skeletonwitch, and Hour of Penance.
The tour kicks off on March 24 in Grand Rapids, MI at The Intersection and wraps up on April 20 in Worcester Mass at the New England Metal & Hardcore festival. Dates and venues on the tour are as follows:
03/24 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
03/25 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Club
03/26 Minneapolis, MN Station 4
03/27 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
03/29 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
03/30 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
03/31 Las Vegas, NV ** Extreme Thing **
04/02 Seattle, WA El Corazon
04/03 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
04/04 San Francisco, CA Slims
04/05 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
04/06 Phoenix, AZ Nile Theater
04/07 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
04/09 Dallas, TX Prophet Bar
04/10 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
04/11 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
04/13 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
04/14 TBA TBA
04/15 Toledo, OH ** Jamboree Festival **
04/17 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live
04/18 Philadelphia, PA Theater of the Living Arts
04/19 New York, NY Irving Plaza
04/20 Worcester, MA New England Metal & Hardcore Fest @ The Palladium
Portuguese thrash metal act Adamantine has just finished recording the new album “Chaos Genesis." The follow up to the last release “Downfall Of Adamastor” features themes of the upcoming apocalyptic end of the world.
The recordings took place at Poison Apple Studios (Hills have Eyes, More Than a Thousand) between September and December 2011 and the mastering was handled by Tue Madsen (Moonspell, The Haunted, Dark Tranquillity).
Check out the first self-titled single taken off the album via the YouTube player below. More...
Belgian goremasters Aborted will be releasing their most lethal record to date, "Global Flatline," on January 23rd in Europe and January 24th in North America.
In anticipation of this impending onslaught of death metal, front-man Sven De Caluwe will be taking part in a Yowie fan chat today (Tuesday, January 17th) at 2PM PST/5PM EST/11PM CET-- so get your questions ready! The chat will begin soon here.
Aborted also recently released a music video for the track "The Origin Of Disease," which can be viewed here.
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by the renowned Jacob Hansen (VOLBEAT, PESTILENCE, HATESPHERE) at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark, "Global Flatline" features several guest vocalists, including Trevor Strnad (THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER), Julien Truchan (BENIGHTED), Jason Netherton (MISERY INDEX), and Keiijo Niinima (ROTTEN SOUND).
Polish death metal band Sphere is going to release its second album "Homo Hereticus" on the 10th of February this year. The album, limited to 666 copies, will be unleashed upon mankind by Masterful Records.
"Homo Hereticus" was recorded in ZED Studio by Tomek 'Zed' Zalewski in summer 2010. You can check out the title track in the player available below. The track listing is as follows:
01. Forever Sworn to Blasphemy
02. Godless Profanity
03. Third Scent Carcass
05. Homo Hereticus
06. Holistic Paralysis
07. Psalm to the Dark One
08. Grave's Cold Darkness
09. Vengeance's Core
10. Devils' Reunion
11. Beyond Madness of Gods
12. War More...
Today is the day the world feels the initial impact of Spawn of Possession's upcoming third LP, "Incurso." The worldwide debut of the blistering second track from the release, "Where Angels Go Demons Follow," can be heard at this location or in the player below.
"Incurso" is the first release for Swedish tech-titans Spawn of Possession under the banner of metal juggernaut Relapse Records, and is confirmed for release onto North American audiences on March 13th.
Spawn of Possession has already confirmed a massive European assault this March and April alongside Obscura, Gorod, and Exivious, and plasn on dominating audiences across the globe with more touring in support of "Incurso" throughout 2012, so be prepared. More...
Meshuggah has announced the new album "Koloss" is set for North American release on March 27th and European release on March 23rd via Nuclear Blast Records. The cover artwork can be viewed below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. I Am Colossus
2. The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance
3. Do Not Look Down
4. Behind The Sun
5. The Hurt That Finds You First
7. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
10. The Last Vigil More...
Philadelphia's Power Theory has revealed the cover artwork for the new album "An Axe to Grind," which was created by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Gwar). Further details on the album's release date and track listing will be announced in the near future.
Berlin, Germany's Constellation's has posted a new song online titled "Too Many Times," which can be heard in the player below. The band alsoc ommetned:
"In case you missed it - our new song "TOO MANY TIMES" is finally online! Catch it on our BandPage or on YouTube.
"Also, in other great news: We were picked by With Honesty Entertainment to play their awesome HONESTY FEST on March 31st in Haldensleben, Germany! We are really excited to play amongst German Deathcore Up-and-Comers Science Of Sleep, as well as international heavyweights such as War From A Harlots Mouth, As Blood Runs Black Annotations of an Autopsy, Awaken Demons and more!!!" More...
Australian folk/black metal act Hammerstorm, which features Josh Young of Astral Winter, has been hard at work on a debut full-length album. The band has now uploaded two new songs online to let fans hear what is to come.
On February 23rd, Finnish heroes Ghost Brigade will embark on a two-week European tour with Enslaved. Details are as follows:
23 Feb 12 Köln (DE) Underground
24 Feb 12 Dordrecht (NL) Bibelot
25 Feb 12 Vosselaar (BE) Biebob
26 Feb 12 Enschede (NL) Atak
28 Feb 12 Berlin (DE) SO36
29 Feb 12 München (DE) Backstage
01 Mar 12 Stuttgart (DE) Röhre
02 Mar 12 Lyon (FR) CCO
03 Mar 12 Saint Nazaire (FR) VIP
04 Mar 12 Poitiers (FR) Confort Moderne
06 Mar 12 Paris (FR) Divan du Monde More...
Periphery has posted more studio footage online showcasing the band's time working on new material, which can be viewed below. Periphery also commented:
"In this video, Mark makes a startling confession. Get a perspective of the uxorious mind, see how he rationalizes his actions to be able to live with himself.
"Watch in HD for bonus features! This video is dedicated to Michael Scoma for owning at life."
Veil of Maya's new album "Eclipse" is set for a February 28th, 2012 release through Sumerian Records. The band has now uploaded a new track from the album to give fans a taste of what's to come. Check out the song "Vicious Circles" in the player below.
Randy and Mark from Lamb of God have posted a video clip online to discuss being incredibly excited about playing Download 2012 with Black Sabbath. Check out the video below. Tickets to Download 2012 are on sale here.
Demonical has issued the following statement about the band's recently canceled tour dates:
"We want to thank all the people who came to our six shows last week, it was an awesome ride and some very memorable gigs! Unfortunately the last three shows of the tour were cancelled and we wish to explain why this happened.
"The first sign of trouble came after the 4th show when the booker/tour manager Thomas 'Buddha' Bodenschalz of Heretic Visions Productions (who organized the tour) didn't give us the agreed fee. However, we didn't pay too much attention to this at that point as we had some other post-show priorities.
"The day after, before the gig in Milano, we got informed that the busdriver/owner hadn't got paid as agreed - apparently he was supposed to receive a daily fee during the tour - and then we instantly realized that the entire tour was in deep trouble. If the driver wouldn't get paid he would stop the bus in Mannheim and that 6th gig would be the last of the tour.
"Right away we called for an urgent crisis meeting with Thomas and it turned out that he hadn't made any budget for the tour nor had he kept any books regarding incomes and costs. During the meeting we tried to sort out what kind of costs and incomes there had been and in the end it turned out that a rather significant amount of cash was simply missing. Thomas had no clue where the money had gone, but even more worrying, he didn't have any financial nor logistical back-up plan how to solve the situation.
"The only explanation he came up with was that the money must have been stolen (which later on turned out not to be true, the money was simply gone due to lousy planning, misjudgements and the lack of a basic economical plan).
"Since Mr Bodenschalz had some experience from booking tours we expected him to be on top of things but we realized quite fast this was not the case. 6 PM the following day was set as deadline, by then Thomas had to find the missing money in order to keep the nightliner rolling and that way secure the remaining tour. However, we had already realized that the chances for the tour to continue as planned were rather slim, Heretic Visions seemed simply bankrupt. More...
Italian atmospheric/gothic/foom band Dead Summer Society, a one man project featuring How Like A Winter guitarist Mist, is streaming the new track "Down On You." The song appears on the band's debut LP "Visions From A Thousand Lives," which is due out on February 15, 2012.
Check out "Down On You" here:
Rising is currently streaming the band's entire "To Solemn Ash" online via The Obelisk. Click here to check out the album. Rising also commented:
"Our debut album 'To Solemn Ash' is out in North America today via Exile on Mainstream/E1 Distribution. To celebrate the release, the album is now streaming in its entirety on the great stoner and metal blog The Obelisk. A little word from Henrik on the release and stream as quoted on the site: 'Hello every one! We are Rising, a heavy metal three-piece from Denmark. Back in October, we released our debut album To Solemn Ash in Europe via Exile On Mainstream. Now the time has come to make it available to the States. We are super excited about our album being released on another continent and hope to follow up with a tour one day. You can stream the entire album right here on The Obelisk. Enjoy and stay heavy on the heavy!'
"The album will be available as 4-panel digifile CD and download. Vinyl enthusiasts can order the LP (180 grams vinyl, gatefold) through Exile on Mainstream’s web shop for the humble price 15 € (appr. 19$) including worldwide shipping." More...
Enthroned has announced the new album "Obsidium" will see its release via Agonia Records this coming March, 2012. The band has now released the cover artwork for the album, which can be viewed below. You can also check out Enthroned's music by heading over to the band's MySpace page.
It may come easy for most to be sad, moody depressive and otherwise despondent in one’s daily life. Just through dealing with the world’s daily negativity or living through the death of loved ones and friends, it is easy to see how the road to sadness is a slippery one to travel. It is a whole other thing to tap sadness and despair so perfectly through music that it alters the listener’s emotional state. Now try to accomplish that essentially on your own. Welcome to the world of Ed Warby.
Warby, who is best known for his drum work with Gorefest and Hail of Bullets, caught up with Metal Underground to discuss the making of The 11th Hour’s “Lacrima Mortis,” which stands toe to toe with the greatest doom metal masterpieces of all time. With The 11th Hour set to unleash its tears of anguish onto a world already filled with so much despair, we learn that Warby is more than just a mere drummer. He is a one man band. Unlike other one man projects, with something not quite right with at least one of the instruments, Warby is a perfectionist who will work until “the 11th hour” to dazzle and stun the world to prove he is an aficionado of doom. More...
Austrian black/death metal band Belphegor posted a live music video for the title track of the 2008 release "Bondage Goat Zombie." The quality multi-camera video footage was from the special "Supreme Fleisch" show which was recorded, filmed by Roax Media on August 12, 2011.
In October 2011, the band was forced to stop all activities as frontman Helmuth Lehner underwent an undisclosed "serious and difficult operation" concluding the band's South American tour.
Check out the video here:
Icelandic act Sosltafir has teamed up with Metal Hammer to premiere a new music video online. Check out the clip for "Fjara" in the player below or by heading over here.
"Fjara" is taken off the band's latest album "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here). The track listing is as follows:
1. Ljós í Stormi (11:35)
2. Fjara (6:39)
3. Þín Orð (6:20)
4. Sjúki Skugginn (5:07)
5. Æra (4:53)
6. Kukl (5:08)
1. Melrakkablús (9:58)
2. Draumfari (3:40)
3. Stinningskaldi (1:15)
4. Stormfari (3:37)
5. Svartir Sandar (8:21)
6. Djákninn (10:51) More...
Masaki Murashita of Arizona thrash band Hemoptysis is featured on the cover of the new e-book, "Take The Oath: A Practical Pocket Guide For The Career Indie Musician." Written by Don Harrison, "Take The Oath..." is an extension of the popular "Oath Of The Indie Musician" and features a multitude of resources for the working indie musician and commentary from industry insiders.
For more info on the book, visit the Network Or Die! site. "Take The Oath..." is being offered as a free download at the site.
After the jump is Hemoptysis' recent official video "M.O.D.," which comes off the band's recent album "Misanthropic Slaughter." Hemoptysis will be performing at the Marquee Theater in Tempe, AZ on Saturday January 28th with Sicmonic, Virulent, Perpetual, Inner Chaos and Prone to Wander.
Swedish black metal band Dark Funeral postponed its upcoming North American tour with Abigail Williams due to "circumstances and events way beyond" its control. On its official Facebook page, the band stated:
"Dear Fans, friends and supporters of Dark Funeral,
"It is with great regret that we have to inform you today that our North American Tour has to be postponed. Due to circumstances and events way beyond our control, there is no other way but to postpone these dates. And yes, our triumphant return to the United States Of America is definitely not cancelled, but postponed. And we will try to announce the new North American tourdates as soon as possible, so you better stay tuned!
"However, our appearance at the 70.000 Tons Of Metal-Cruise will take place as planned. Hope to see some of you there.
"All tickets for the effected dates are now being refunded: http://www.enterthevault.com/."
Finnish melodic death metal band Naildown, featuring Daniel Freyberg of Norther, entered Sound Supreme studios in Hämeenlinna, Finland to begin recording the band's third album and first since the 2007 release "Dreamcrusher."
The new LP will be recorded at several different studios and according to Freyberg will be "without stressful deadlines. . . This is gonna be long process, but the engine is finally running again."
Freyberg, described the material as: "really varied, from epic 10-minute songs to fast and ferocious tracks." The untitled album will mark the first for new Heikki Saari (Norther/Amberian Dawn). More...
Canadian heavy metal heroes Anvil have announced that they have parted company with bass player Glenn Five after sixteen years with the musician, with the bassist citing creative differences as the reason.
A statement from Glenn Five reads as follows:
"Playing in Anvil has given me some of the best years of my life, however after nearly 16 years with the band the time has come to move on and try new musical endeavors. Although Anvil has been a great band to play in, I have been limited creatively. I have a wide taste in music and I feel that it’s time to broaden my horizons."
Finnish psychedelic rock band Temples is streaming it's new EP "Periplaneta Nova" over on Bandcamp. Recorded at Hitsville studios in Helsinki back in October, Temples describes this four song endeavor as a forty minute journey into the edges of consciousness. The band also has a couple of older songs over on MySpace.
Swedish melodic death metal band Cipher System posted a new music video for the title track of the band's sophomore LP "Communicate the Storms." The album was released this past September through Nuclear Blast Records.
Earlier the band posted an instructional video of the same track. Check it out by heading over to this location.
Check out "Communicate the Storms" here:
New Orleans supergroup Down has revealed the tracklisting (in not particular order) for the forthcoming, as-yet untitled EP, which presently has no release date. Speaking about the songs and the EP, lead vocalist Phil Anselmo (formerly of Pantera and Superjoint Ritual) stated:
"Interesting. Before I say anything, I will say this. On this — and in the past — I write to basically give an outline and let the listener garner for themselves how they want to apply their own rules and regulations to the track. For me, I find one of the biggest realities of life is that no two men, no two cultures, no two belief systems are really the same. There's a lot lyrically where I'm kind of at odds with mankind's relationship with mankind. . . I guess it's more simple to say than ever doing it, such is history, but these days instead of ruffling feathers, I much prefer… put it this way, I'd rather have friends than enemies, any day.
"It's easy to make an enemy. It's easy to be negative. It's very easy to slip into that, but it's very tough to come with love. All you have to do is open up a newspaper and you can see for yourself, man. Right here in my own city, people are killed every day. Me, as a person, there's no way I could sleep at night if I'd done any of those things. It makes me wonder: what the fuck are those people thinking? There is this thug worship that has led a lot of promising youngsters down a terrible path, a sometimes-irreverisble path. You take somebody's life, as an adult, you're 16 years old and you're fucked. I guess when I sat down to write this record, that's where my head was at."
The tracklisting is as follows:
The Misfortune Teller
The Curse Is A Lie
This Work Is Timeless
Taiwanese brutal death metal band Revilement just returned from the Philippines where they played a couple of shows in their Pillars Of Balance tour. The band posted the following on their Facebook page as well as links to live footage from the Manilla show (below):
Thanks to all the great bands we got to play with in Manila and Davao on Friday and Saturday, and a very special thank you to Alvin "Bazooka" Esperanza, the organizer of our events in the Philippines over the weekend, who went above and beyond the call of duty to make our shows a huge success. If any metal bands are thinking of going to the Philippines, he is definitely the man to talk to! Thanks again to all the Filipino metal heads we got to meet over the past few days. We hope to see you again!
Revilement - Live In Manila (Vol. 1-3)
French progressive metal band Lord of Mushrooms, featuring ex-Adagio vocalist Gustavo "Gus" Monsanto, posted a new album teaser video for the band's third release entitled "Perspectives." The band's comeback album is due for release on February 27, 2012 through Lion Music.
Check out the teaser here:
Traditional Russian folk metal band Sleeping Woodland has released a new seven song album titled "In the Realm of the Eternal Ice." Some of the songs from this album are streaming over on MySpace. The band has also uploaded the song "Lonely Troll" to YouTube, which follows below. Formed in Michurinsk in 2004, the band combines metal riffs with folk melodies to invoke epic northern tales.
Hamilton, Ontario-based Sonic Unyon Metal has announced the multi-album signing of noise-doom duo Mares of Thrace to the label’s ever-expanding roster.
Based out of Calgary, Alberta, Mares of Thrace is comprised simply of guitarist/vocalist Thérèse Lanz and drummer Stefani MacKichan.
“Some of the most influential records in my life, from way back in the 90s up till now, were Sonic Unyon releases,” says Lanz about the signing. “It’s impossible to understate the impact the label has had on Canadian independent music. Accordingly we are incredibly proud and stoked to partner with Sonic Unyon Metal for our upcoming records.”
Mares of Thrace released the debut album "The Moulting" in 2010 via Arctodus Records, touring Canada in support of the album immediately after its release, followed by a U.S. tour in 2011. Additionally, Thérèse played bass for Ken Mode for the first half of 2011.
The newly completed new LP from Mares of Thrace, and first for Sonic Unyon Metal, is entitled "The Pilgrimage." Recorded in October and November of 2011 at Chicago’s Engine Studio with producer Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium, Pelican, YOB) and mastered by Collin Jordan at Boiler Room, the final touches on the release are being handled now, preparing the album for worldwide release this April.
Abigail Williams had been set to support Dark Funeral on upcoming North American tour dates, but the band has now issued the following statement about the run being canceled:
"Yes its true, the Dark Funeral tour is cancelled. In light of this we are working on booking our own DIY headlining shows across the US in addition to the week of headlining dates we already have booked.
"So far we have shows in Worcester and Trenton confirmed and we will be posting more as we get them booked. anyone interested in helping out email email@example.com. Be sure to check our dates section for updated dates as they come."
In other Abigail Williams news, the band is currently streaming its upcoming album "Becoming" online here.