Metal News for January 18, 2012
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39 news articles posted on this day.
Austin, Texas drone band Wyrm is streaming one song from it's "Paramount" EP release. The track, "Cursed Ground Above Which Even A Murder Will Not Fly," can be streamed below. It is one of four songs that clock in at over forty minutes on the EP that can be accessed here in it's original form. There is also a YouTube upload of "Cursed Ground..." following the stream.
Atlanta band Whores has a new five-song EP out titled "Ruiner" on Brutal Panda records. In the group bio, the band members state "We were in other bands. Now we're in this band. Soon we will all be deaf." This pretty much sums up the band's sound, which is neolithic sludge/punk rock that fans of the Melvins or Jesus Lizard will identify with. Stream the EP "Ruiner" at this location or below.
Kambrium has been navigating the sea of bands in the bursting German scene for a couple of years now. In 2010, they self-released the stunning EP “A Silent Moon.” In 2011, the band released “Shadowpath,” which brought an overwhelmingly exciting and refreshing sound of epic progressive death metal. At the same time the band can blastbeat with the best black metal bands they could stand alongside such symphonic greats like Epica (see Metal Underground's review of "Shadowpath"). The sound drew the attention of Massacre Records who quickly signed the quintet and issued “Shadowpath” worldwide.
Keyboardist/songwriter Jan Hein checked in with Metal Underground to talk about “Shadowpath” and how a bunch of untrained musicians spawned the idea of Kambrium during a party over a couple of beers in 2005.
Extreme. Aggressive. Confrontational. Intimidating. All familiar words in the heavy metal genre, but a single listen to The Kandidate will make you wonder whether you've wasted those words on lesser, undeserving bands. This Danish quartet pummels viciously away at your sense of physical safety until you can nearly smell the lead from the aural pipe swinging toward your head. But if you can withstand the beating, you'll marvel at The Kandidate's organic, streamlined blend of heavy subgenres that boasts a sly and infectious charm beneath its tough veneer.
One of the sources of that charm is guitarist Allan Tvedebrink, who graciously phoned me from his home in Denmark to discuss his love of music and songwriting, the stylistic evolution on The Kandidate's impending sophomore album "Facing The Imminent Prospect Of Death," and more. More...
Beyond the Bridge is set to release the new album "The Old Man and the Spirit" January 24th via Frontiers Records. A brand new electronic press kit for "The Old Man and the Spirit" has been released and is available for viewing below.
"The Old Man and the Spirit" is a concept album dealing with the polarity of human sensuousness and superhuman awareness. Two main characters interpret the music on this theatrical and challenging record: "The Spirit," who is the personification of all wisdom and awareness that is unachievable to mankind but that lacks of the ability to feel, and her opponent "The Old Man:" a bon vivant who has lived through all highs and lows of human sensations. These two characters are interpreted by the two band singers: a female Dilenya Mar and a male Herbie Langhans.
But the operatic and cinematic setting of the album was put together by the bands' two masterminds: guitar player Peter Degenfeld and the classically trained ivory tinkler Christopher Tarnow. "From the beginning it was our intention to do an album presenting one big piece of music" tells Degenfeld. "One of the very first things that came about were the two characters together with the basic content of the story. Basically before the notes were written, we knew what each song had to sound and feel like and what the lyrics had to say. With these restrictions we started the songwriting process. In the end writing songs under these self-imposed limits turned out to be just great."
Common Dead has released a flashback lyric video for the song "The Epiphany," originally released in 2011 on the "Interim Flesh" EP. Common Dead commented:
"The Epiphany bounced around college radio and became a fan and critic favorite since its release one year ago on the 'Interim Flesh' EP. A music video was intended but never happened before the following 'Diatribe' album kicked off, so this new lyric video at least accompanies the song (better late than never)."
Common Dead's "Diatribe" is set for a February 21st, 2012 release date.
Stick To Your Guns is excited to announce that Josh James (Evergreen Terrace, Casey Jones) has joined the band on guitar. Stick To Your Guns and James met while on the 2008 Hell On Earth tour and have stayed close friends ever since.
James will make his debut with the band on the “Fight the Silence Tour” (For Today, A Skylit Drive, My Children My Bride and Make Me Famous) in March. Be sure to head over now to Facebook to view all tourdates.
The band's new album, "Diamond," is now complete and will see a Spring release. In the meantime, check out the track “Bringing You Down (A New World Overthrow)” through the player below. More...
Kamelot Germany has posted a new interview online with Thomas Youngblood, in which he discusses the band's turbulent last year and plans to unveil a new vocalist during Summer festival season. Excerpts from the interview follow:
Kamelot Germany: Last year was a turbulent year for Kamelot, but also very exciting with three very successful tours in Europe, South America and North America. What where your personal most memorable tour moments of 2011?
Thomas Youngblood: There were so many, some of my favorites were Santiago Chile, first show of the touring season. SOLD OUT shows like Amsterdam, New York, Montreal and Oslo, with the Kamelot Nation in full force, Salt Lake City, Utah, where we never played before and the crowd was soooo loud. There were so many amazing nights last year, all of them were really special. The touring was really a great kick for us to get back to the studio and come back asap.
KG: Writing the new album is already underway, with a planned release date for September 2012. How is it going so far?
TY: Going great, we have around 6-7 songs ready for preproduction. Oliver and I will do another songwriting session soon, we are still looking at locations. Maybe Thailand or Norway. Cold or Hot, which one to choose? Following that we will be in Germany for a few months with Sascha working on the album, along with Miro, Olaf and the usual crew there that has been with us since Karma. Special guests are being discussed now, it will be a blast, I’m looking forward to it!
KG: The deadline for submissions to become the new singer of Kamelot is by the end of January. How is the audition process going and when do you plan to announce the new singer?
TY: Auditions are going great, I think we have around 800 emails and submissions. We will not announce the new singer until later when the album is nearly finished being recorded. Unless of course it gets leaked, which these days is not too difficult. The new “Official” singer will be debuted at the Summer Festivals.
Read the full article at Kamelot Germany.
South Wales act Zonderhoof has posted a performance video clip online, which can be viewed below. The band commented:
"Zonderhoof performing 'Smoking Ears Screaming Teeth' live at The Croft in Bristol on 22 Apr 2011 supporting Keelhaul and Knut. Filmed by Keezer from Thorun. The track is from the album Hakken! released in Sep 2011 by Undergroove Records and available to listen to on Spotify and download from iTunes etc."
Obey The Brave is a new Canadian metal and hardcore band featuring ex-members of Despised Icon and Blind Witness. Below is a clip of the band discussing its history, including the first single "Live and Learn." For more details on Obey The Brave, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Chilean thrash metal act D1straught is offering the 2012 EP "Money Equal Death" for streaming and as a free download through the player below or at this location.
D1straught has agreed to a distribution deal with Digmetalworld, and the band is currently working on a debut album to be produced by Héctor Guzman and Tito Labrin. The band expects to release the album by early 2013.
The "Money Equal Death" EP track listing is as follows:
3. Money Equal Death
Hardcore group Comeback Kid is set to embark on a headlining U.S. tour with a line-up that includes support from labelmates Close Your Eyes, along with Foundation, Such Gold, and Living With Lions.
Comeback Kid frontman Andrew Neufeld expresses his enthusiasm for the line-up, “We really enjoy playing with all different kinds of bands and mixing up bills. This tour is a great example of that.“ Neufeld goes on to say, “This tour covers the majority of the U.S. and we’re psyched to finally do a headlining tour in the U.S. for Symptoms + Cures.”
It’s an event four years in the making. Now, Blacktooth Entertainment is proud to announce that it’s finally time to get your head ready for banging and dust off those horns as Crimson Shadows get set to release the debut full-length album “Glory On The Battlefield” on Saturday, February 11th at The Hard Luck Bar (772A Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON).
"I'm really happy about releasing this album because so much has gone into it. The speed, technicality, and the sheer brutality are some things that I'm really proud of on this album. We feel that we've finally found our own sound and we can bring something unique to the heavy metal table that hasn't been done before." commented Crimson Shadows vocalist Jimi Maltais.
The following press release was also issued about the band and release show:
"Death and power metal are not two genres that are often mixed. In fact, it’s almost unthinkable. But for Toronto, ON-based Crimson Shadows it’s all about ignoring convention and developing new sounds.
"Combining the guttural screams and blast beats of death metal with epic guitar harmonies and choruses signature to power metal, Crimson Shadows recorded their mind-shattering debut at Shatterpoint Studios at the end of 2011 and are finally ready to unleash it on the masses. More...
Lacuna Coil's new album "Dark Adrenaline" is due for release this coming January 23rd, 2012 through Century Media Records. After posting the entire album online for streaming, the band has now also launched the sixth and final teaser trailer for the release. Check out the teaser clip below.
Portugal's Moonspell has unveiled the title and release date for the band's upcoming opus and follow-up to the 2008 album "Night Eternal." Moonspell's new album is to be named "Alpha Noir" and will see official release on April 27th, 2012 via Napalm Records. The album was produced and mixed by Tue Madsen.
The special edition will also feature a second CD titled "Omega White," which includes eight original musical themes. Further details on the full track listing will be announced as they are made available.
Moonspell also recently posted a year-end 2011 recap video clip online.
Dan Beehler, the legendary vocalist/drummer from thrash forefathers Exciter, has been busy for a number of years with his own project - "Beehler." His band has recently released the debut, "Messages to the Dead," and several tracks from it are streaming over on YouTube, such at the title track, "Jet Black," "Kill the Witch" and "Destitute Abuser." Below is a promo for "Messages to the Dead," proving Dan can hit even more high notes thirty years later.
Chilean black metal band Kintral has uploaded a new track called "De Materia Oscura" from the upcoming album "Subversion." Check out the song in the player below.
"Subversion," to be released early 2012, follows "Introversion From Insane Sceneries," released in 2007, and its previous album, "Catrala," released in 2001. You can find more previews of the new album on the band's Facebook profile.
U.K. sensation Asking Alexandria is kicking off the New Year with an extensive worldwide touring schedule. The group is currently headlining a six-week European tour and will make its triumphant return to North America with Trivium, Dir En Grey, I See Stars, Motionless In White and The Amity Affliction in March.
“The Still Reckless” tour is presented by Merch Now with fellow sponsors Guitar World and Ibanez, which kicks off on March 9th. Either see below or head over to Facebook in order to view tour dates.
Ben Bruce (guitars) states: “We're back mother fuckers! This headlining tour marks our first U.S. tour of the year and also our last tour for Reckless and Relentless. This is gunna be a crazy fucking tour. We have great bands playing with us that we are very excited about sharing a stage with and we are playing our longest set ever with songs from both Stand up and Scream and Reckless and Relentless. We hit the studio right after this tour to record our new album and therefore will not be headlining the states for quite some times after this, so come down and lets start 2012 right. We can't wait to see you all.”
Matt Heafy (vocals, guitars) of Trivium further comments: “We are excited to be on a diverse bill that features different styles of heavy music. Asking Alexandria are new friends and Dir En Gray we have crossed paths with many times in other parts of the world. It's going to be a fun tour and we look forward to seeing everyone.” More...
Aggression has already finished the band's second full-length "Viocracy," after the debut "Moshpirit," which was released back in September of 2009.
After a slight delay in the release of the album due to problems encountered at the level of production, finally the new official date of release of "Viocracy" is set for Wednesday, February 1st through Xtreem Music.
The mix of "Viocracy" took place during the month of November by Julian Janovich and mastering has been done in the Swedish Fascination Street Studio, at the hands of Jens Bogren (OPETH, AMON AMARTH, KREATOR, SYMPHONY X). The pre-production and production was carried out entirely by the band.
Appalachian doom/rock outfit King Giant has unveil the first single from the band's sophomore LP, "Dismal Hollow," via a video for the album's opening track "Appomattox."
"Appomattox" is the third video produced and directed by Kevin James Barker for King Giant, in conjunction with Mono/Poly Creative, and was partially funded through massive support from the band's fans via a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year. Filmed on location in historic Waterford, Virginia during the Summer and Fall of 2011, the cinematic "Appomattox" video rolls in at nearly eight minutes in length, and portrays a high-action, backwoods zombie attack storyline. The brutal horror theme led us to seek the support of respected horror professionals at Rue Morgue Magazine for the worldwide premiere of the video.
Check out "Appomattox" via the player below or at Rue Morgue's website here. King Giant also has the following upcoming record release show:
1/21/2012 Jaxx - Springfield, VA w/ Auroboros, The Crimson Electric, Borracho More...
After the Burial is extremely excited to announce the band's participation in this summer's Warped Tour in support of a new full-length album. Stay tuned to this location for all tourdates and on-sale information.
After The Burial states: “We're happy to share with everyone that we will be a part of this year's Warped Tour. It's our first time on the festival, and we can't wait to pummel crowds all summer long. We're also pleased to announce to you that since returning from the Crush Em All II tour last November, we've been working on a brand new album.
"During the last couple of months we've been pushing our boundaries and exploring new territory creatively to bring you the most intuitive, innovative and intense record we've written to date. If what you're expecting from us is the heaviest, shreddiest and grooviest shit you've ever heard, you will not be disappointed."
After a solid year of relentless worldwide touring, After the Burial picks up in 2012 right where the band left off by joining up with WhiteChapel for the "Recorruptour," which kicks off on March 10th. This trek, presented by Alternative Press, MerchNow and Rockstar Energy, also features Miss May I and The Plot In You with Structures and Within The Ruins on certain dates. Check out Facebook for all dates.
Staind has issued the following announcement about seeking fans to name the band's upcoming tour with Godsmack:
"Hey all Staind fans,
"It's official, we are gearing up for a co-headline tour with our fellow New Englanders, Godsmack and we're bringing Halestorm with us! Guess who is going to name the tour? YOU ARE!
"Post your tour name suggestion in the comments section below the announcement on Staind's, Godsmack's, or Halestorm's Facebook pages. On Thursday we'll reveal the top 5 contenders and ask you to vote for your favorite. The winning tour name will be announced on Monday, 1/23 along with the tour dates.
"Suggest a tour name now! See you on the road."
Abazagorath is set to release a self-titled EP this upcoming February/March through NoVisable Scars Records.
In anticipation of the release, a new song titled "Lapse" has been posted online. Check out the track below. Abazagorath is also currently in the process of writing the band's next full-length album.
Sweden's The Quill will be touring North America for the first time ever this March. The West Coast jaunt will start March 7th in Seattle, Washington and winds up March 16th in Fresno, CA. The Quill is out supporting the latest release "Full Circle," which dropped in 2011 on Metalville Records.
Bassist Robert Triches commented on The Quill's first North American tour:
"To go to the US on tour is nothing less than a dream come true for us. We know we have a faithful fan base here and to finally get the chance to meet that audience live after all these years is... fantastic! It's gonna be magic! We're also very happy with where this tour takes us, although we see it as a modest first beginning of touring in the US. We aim to follow this up with many more tours and visits over the next years. Love and respect and see you soon!"
Check out The Quill's music video for "Medicine" here, or catch the band live on the following dates:
3/7: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
3/8: Portland, OR @ Dante's
3/9: Eugene, OR @ Sam Bond's
3/10: San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
3/12: Tempe, AZ @ Club Red
3/13: Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
3/14: Las Vegas, NV @ Vamp'd
3/15: Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
3/16: Frenso, CA @ The Starline
Suidakra has issued the following announcement about new tour dates and releasing a music video online:
"Tomorrow (19.01.2012) at 18:30h CET the new video clip 'Balor' by German metal band SuidAkrA will be shown on iMusic1 during the new episode of 'ROCKS.'
"There will be an online premiere here from 17.00h to 18.00h CET! Don't miss :-) SuidAkrA's first shows confirmed for 2012 so far:
04.02.2012 Vellore (IN) - VIT Riviera
05.02.2012 Bangalore (IN) - Summerstom Fest, Palace Grounds
25.02.2012 Arnsberg-Oeventrop (DE) - Winternachtstraum Festival 2012
29.06.2012 Helsinki (FI) - Tuska Festival 2012
08.07.2012 São Paulo (BRA) - Thorhammerfest 2012
28.07.2012 Obersinn (DE) - Eisenwahn Festival 2012
Secrets of the Moon has announced the "Seven Bells" album is due out on March 16th, 2012 via Lupus Lounge / Prophecy Productions. The track listing is as follows:
1. Seven bells
2. Blood into wine
4. Stillborn icon
6. The three beggars (satans church)
7. Nyx More...
Relapse Records has teamed up with Scion Audio / Visual for a special free label showcase at The Roxy in Hollywood, CA.
This one night only show will take place on February 11th and feature live performances from Relapse powerhouses Exhumed, Black Tusk, Revocation, Tombs, and Royal Thunder. Tickets are extremely limited and are only available via RSVP at this location.
The event will be professionally recorded by Scion and eventually released as a free full-length album with 3-4 tracks from each band. For detailed information on the show, including a preview of the show poster designed by Orion Landau (OBSCURA, REVOCATION) head to the official Scion A/V site here. \
French drone/sludge collective Monarch this week reveals the details of the recently completed sixth album, "Omens" -- the band's first release for Maryland-based At A Loss Recordings -- now confirmed for public consumption on February 28th. The following press release was issued about the album:
"A thirty-four minute down-tempo/down-tuned ethereal funeral dirge comprised of three tracks, 'Omens' perfectly personifies what fans have come to embrace about MONARCH since their 2005 inception, their caustic, crushing style of slow-motion apocalyptic doom coming alive with haunting moans and layered, ghostly shrieks throughout Omens' entirety. The record features artwork by Yann Black and Valérie Poulin and will be released as a six-panel digipak CD in an initial pressing of 1,000 copies.
"Monarch recorded Omens over a four month period in four different countries with four different producers -- Osaka, Japan by Hironori Ochi @ Kakurega, Melbourne, Australia by Neil Thomason @ Head Gap, Montreal, Canada by Matt Cartman @ Crane Studio, and Chicago, IL by Sanford Parker @ Engine Studios -- then mixed by Sanford Parker and mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room (Twilight, Ministry, Yob). The album features newest member Rob Shaffer (Dark Castle, YOB) along with guitarist Shiran Kaïdine (Year of No Light), bassist MicHell Bidegain, and as always the ethereal, penetrating vocals of Emilie Bresson. The record also includes guest appearances by Atsuchi Sano (Birushanah), Yailen Munoz (Ensorcelor), Eric Quach (Thisquietarmy), Jeanne Peluard (The Sparteens) and Robert MacManus (ex-Grey Daturas, ex-Monarch)."
A brand new teaser clip for Omens has been constructed to give fans a glimpse of what to expect from the album. Check it out at below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Blood Seeress
2. Transylvanian Incantations
3. Black Becomes the Sun More...
San Francisco trio Worm Ouroboros has posted a new song online titled "Withered" through Pitchfork.com. Check out the track at this location.
The song is taken off the upcoming album "Come the Thaw," scheduled for release in March via Profound Lore Records. The cover artwork is available below.
Italian band Trails of Sorrow has posted a new song online titled "A Leaf in the Wind." Check out the track in the player below. You can also listen to the previously posted "See My Blood Flowing" track here.
Lunar Path will be releasing the "Memento Mori" album on the 1st of February 2012 through Inverse Records. A teaser trailer for the album has now been posted online and can be viewed below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
I. The Beginning and the End
II. Promise Me
III. We'll Be There
IV. The One Behind the Mirror
V. Thin White Lines
VI. In The End (feat. J-P Leppäluoto)
VIII. Farewell To Arms
IX. The Only Way Out Is Through
X. Walls Are Whispering (feat. Attila Csihar)
XI. Close The Door
XII. Nothing To Regret
XIII. Drag Me Down To Hell (feat. Tuomas Saukkonen and Antti Leskinen)
XIV. Who Are You Talking To?
XV. River Runs Deep More...
Stefan Björnshög of Swedish act Destiny has issued the following announcement about former vocalist Therese Hanserot passing away:
"Therese Hanserot 1964-01-16 2012-01-17
"Yesterday Therese Hanserot, the original lead singer in Destiny, passed away only 48 years old. Therese joined Destiny in the fall of 1982, just 18 years old, and she left the band in the summer of 1983. During this time she recorded six songs for the first ever Destiny demo as well as performing with the band on their first ever gig (at the rock club RPM). After leaving Destiny she sang in a couple of cover bands before quitting singing for good.
"At my 30th birthday party in 1990 we reconnected again, this time as friends. We realised that we had so much in common that never came to the surface in the band. For about two years we hanged out together before life once again took us in different paths.
"Last year, 18 years later, in August, we reconnected through Facebook. And it didn't take long before we where engaged and in a wonderful loving relationship. Therese planned to start playing keyboards again and even agreed to sing a small part on one of the songs for the 30th anniversary album. Now that will not happen and I will forever carry the memory of Therese in my heart.
"My sorrow is endless and the hurt is unbearable. I love you Therese!"
Florida's Abiotic has posted a video clip online for the song "Vermosapien," which can be viewed below. "Vermosapien" is taken off the band's "A Universal Plague" EP. For more info on Abiotic, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Italian alternative metal outfit Lacuna Coil has posted their entire new album, "Dark Adrenaline" online to be streamed in full at Spin.com. You can check it out by clicking here. "Dark Adrenaline" is the sixth album from the group, and their first since 2009's, "Shallow Life." The record will be released on January 24th through Century Media Records and will feature the following tracklisting:
Trip The Darkness
Kill The Light
Give Me Something More
End Of Time
I Don't Believe In Tomorrow
The Army Inside
Losing My Religion
Special Edition iTunes bonus material:
Soul Inmate (bonus track)
Closer (live on WCC)
Heavens A Lie (live on WCC)
Within Me (live on WCC)
I Won’t Tell You (live on KXFX)
Spellbound (on WBYR Second Visit)
Trip The Darkness (video)
German heavy metal legends Accept has revealed that their brand new studio album, "Stalingrad," their first since the highly acclaimed, "Blood Of The Nations" in 2010, will be released on April 6th through Nuclear Blast Records. The album saw the band team up with producer Andy Sneap once again, with whom the band will also be touring with, as Sneap's band, Hell open for them on the forthcoming European tour dates:
April 6 - Paris, France - Bataclan
April 7 - Mons, Belgium - PPM Fest
April 8 - Schijndel, Netherlands - Paaspop Festival
April 10 - Kempten, Germany - Big Box
April 11 - Stuttgart, Germany - Pilharmonie
April 13 - Straubing, Germany - Messehalle
April 14 - Geiselwind, Germany - Event Center
April 15 - Pratteln, Switzerland - Z7
April 17 - Oberhausen, Germany - Turbinenhalle
April 18 - Hamburg, Germany - Große Freiheit
April 19 - Berlin, Germany - Huxleys
April 21 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Euronics
April 22 - Warschau, Poland - Stodola More...
American heavy metal outfit Fozzy, featuring professional wrestler Chris Jericho and Stuck Mojo guitarist Rich Ward, has announced that they have signed a new record deal with Century Media, who will release the band's next studio album.
"We are so excited and honored to be part of the Century Media family," says Jericho, "Fozzy finally has a record company with the firepower and worldwide influence we need and deserve to rise to the next level – Century Media is the perfect home for Fozzy, and we are stoked to release the masterpiece album of our career and conquer the world… and elsewhere!" More...
Metal legend King Diamond will return to playing concerts. The official King Diamond/Mercyful Fate Website, Coven Worldwide, issued a statement regarding new booking agents. King Diamond will use Nick Storch at ICM for booking concerts in North and South America, and Paul Ryan of the Agency Group to book Europe and the Rest of the World.
King comments: More...
Ronus has released an official anime video for the track "Bleed Me Insane," a track which comes from the "Empirical Mayhem" demo. The Indiana band is streaming tracks from that demo over on MySpace. Ronus is an acronym of sorts for the band's main force, guitarist/vocalist Ron "Ronus" Snyder, who formed the band in 1998 and added new members to it along the way. Ron and the band are influenced by old school bay area thrash, black metal, power and true metal. Ronus also has a full-length titled "Satanic Libations."
Mare Infinitum is a new project formed by two members of the Russian doom metal scene, A.K. iEzor (Comatose Vigil, Abstract Spirit) and Homer (ex-Who Dies In Siberian Slush). The album they have put out, "Sea of Infinity," is nearly an hour of funeral doom/death which you may stream here or access in the widget below. The album consists of five compositions including one instrumental, and features guests doing clean singing to accompany the growls of A.K. iEzor.