Metal News for January 2, 2012
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Russian doom metal band The Grand Astoria, who sadly had to cancel it's U.S. club tour with Wo Fat due to visa problems, is busy recording the band's fourth album. The new disc should be out in the autumn of 2012. In the meantime, The Grand Astoria is issuing it's third album "Omnipresence" to the fans for streaming and downloading. This album features guest musicians Pete Bingham of Sendelica on guitars and Arkady Fedotov of Vespero on keyboards. Go here to download it, or just stream it in the widget below.
Helstar has issued the following announcement about celebrating the band's 30 year anniversary and recording an upcoming show for a DVD:
"Happy new year everyone! Can you believe that 2012 marks 30 years since the formation of HELSTAR? This calls for an epic celebration!
"We are thrilled to announce that a special HELSTAR 30th Anniversary Concert will take place in Houston, Texas on Saturday, March 24th at Warehouse Live!
"The entire show will be audio & video recorded and later released as the first official live HELSTAR album and DVD!!! Tickets are on sale now at this location!"
The World We Knew has posted a video clip online showcasing tour life from around the entire United States, which can be viewed below.
Locations covered include Farmingdale - New York, Whitesburg - Kentucky, Portland - Maine, Manchester - New Hampshire, Omaha - Nebraska, Tucson - Arizona, Sayreville - New Jersey, Houston - Texas, Bronx - New York, Tacoma - Washington, Lynchburg - Virginia, Hartford - Connecticut, Springfield - Illinois, and Kennewick - Washington
Having won over audiences across Europe via major metal/hardcore tours and massive festival appearances since the band's 1993 inception, Germany's Hate Squad will drop the new full-length, "Katharsis," onto North American audiences via Massacre Records this January 17th.
The Hannover-based quartet will kick off the new year with its sixth LP to date, surging with nearly an hour of the band's pummeling blend of death metal and hardcore. The album was recorded and mixed by Ralf Müller at Rape of Harmonies Studios, produced by Müller and Hate Squad, and mastered by Olman Viper at Hertzwerk (Hamburg). Check out the title track to the album and more at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Deep Scars
3. Your Rotten Life
4. The One
7. Misanthropic Soul
8. Vicious Assault
9. Old Times...Good Times!
12. Face Your Demon
13. Live And Learn
Colorado's Pile of Priests has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer:
"We have decided to officially announce the departure of our drummer Sean from the band. We hope the best to him in all his endeavors, but we are now looking for a Full-time drummer.
"However, for the time being Evan Knight (Lead shredder from Suns Of Sorath) will be our session drummer and our return to the stage will commence very soon!! Stay posted fans!"
More details on Pile of Priests and streaming songs from the band are available here via Facebook.
Totally gay goregrind’nroll act Gronibard is gearing up to release the special vinyl edition of “Satanic Tuning Club Turbo!” on January 30th, 2012. The new version is a re-release of the band’s 2003 “Satanic Tuning Club” album, including 15 bonus tracks and remastered material.
The French act has now teamed up with Metalunderground.com to premiere a song from the album that has never been featured anywhere before. “Morceau sans titre” was recorded back in 2002 and was to be included with the original “Satanic Tuning Club” MCD.
According to Kaotoxin Records, the song was dropped after the band “totally fucked it up on stage” at the Fuck The Commerce fest in Germany, and Gronibard vowed to never play it again. That vow has now been broken and the band is finally ready to let the world hear the track through the player below, which until has now been totally unreleased.
The “Satanic Tuning Club Turbo!” track listing is as follows:
01. 30 Millions de Zobis
02. J'te Lacère les Tétons à Coups de Brosse à Dents (Sale Pute)
03. Arrête de Boire, Mets Toi au Foutre
04. Ta Gueule Cédric
05. Dans le Fion à Hélène
06. T.A.F (Tout à Fond)
07. David Gay Tha
08. A Life's a Life (Disrupt cover)
09. Fais Moi Pas Chier Connasse
11. Sale Pute
12. Morceau Sans Titre
13. Quand Je Sodo Mimi Mathy ça Fait un Méchoui (Live)
14. Arrête de Boire, Mets Toi au Foutre (Live)
15. Mets un Suppôt Quand J'Éjacule ça Fera le Space-Mountain (Live)
16. Crippled Bitch (Live)
17. Le Jeudi c'Est Sodomie !
18. Mets un Suppôt Quand J'Éjacule ça Fera le Space-Mountain
19. J't'Encule le Cule
20. Quand Je Sodo Mimi Mathy ça Fait un Méchoui
21. Oh Les Champions !
23. Viens-Là, Suce Ma Bite (Version 2002)
24. March of the Gronibard / Je Te Déchire l'Anus (Unplugged)
25. Prout de Bite (Unplugged)
26. Va Faire la Vaisselle (Unplugged)
27. Pacifuck (Force Anus) (Unplugged)
28. Morceau En Son Clair (Unplugged)
29. Noize En Son Clair (Unplugged)
Details on the various editions of the release are also available by heading over to this location or you can navigate to the Kaotoxin web store here to order your copy. More on Gronibard is available here or through the Kaotoxin Records Facebook profile.
British psychedelic space rock band Sendelica has revealed some Eastern European tour dates in support of it's recent album "The Pavilion of Magic." The February dates are as follows:
Feb 2 Lepakkomies Baari Helsinki, FINLAND
Feb 7 Namaklub Riga, LATVIA
Feb 8 Balerija Jelgava, LATVIA
Feb 10 Roxy Klaipeda, LITHUANIA
Feb 13 PAKAC Preili, LATVIA
Feb 14 Tir Pskov, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Feb 16 ESG-21 St.Petersburg, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Feb 17 Vermel Club Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Feb 21 The Squat Cafe Moscow, RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Female fronted Peruvian doom band Reino Ermitano has commenced work on it's fourth album. Titled "Veneracion del Fuego," the album should be out later in 2012. Reino Ermitano also plans to tour Europe for the second time once the album drops. You may stream music from the band's earlier releases on MySpace and check out a YouTube video for the older track "Melquiades," which possibly gets it's title from the magician in Gabriel Garcia Marquez's literary work "100 Years of Solitude."
Downtempo Belarus band Reido is streaming songs from it's new second album, "11." Below is the track "Degeneration Cycle," plus another track from the album for "Violence and Destruction" follows it in video form. Stream even more songs and videos on Reido's MySpace.
Argentinian punk rock/metal band Banda de la Muerte has just entered the studio on January 2nd to begin work on it's second full-length album. The band will be posting updates on it's website as they become available. Banda de la Muerte issued it's debut through Buenos Aires label Zonda Records in 2009 and is issuing it for download over on Bandcamp. Below is a video from that release for the song "Esqueleto."
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith and former SikTh front-man Mikee Goodman have joined forces for a brand new studio project called Primal Rock Rebellion. Adrian also plays bass throughout the album. All songs were co-written by Adrian and Mikee as individual pieces of work and recorded in creative windows of opportunity.
Adrian comments "It was interesting doing this album with Mikee not least because we have quite different influences. I was really pleased with the way it turned out. It has a really fresh feel to it." Mikee explains "This album takes you on a really deep and colourful journey, lyrically and musically. Adrian and I were both very open to experimenting with each others' musical styles and influences, which we feel created something new and exciting."
Session musicians who also contributed to this forthcoming album include Abi Fry of Bat For Lashes, plus original SikTh member Dan 'Lord' Foord on drums, amongst others. The resulting album is due for simultaneous worldwide release on Spinefarm Records on 27th February 2012. Check out the advance video for "I See Lights" below. More...
Horrendous is streaming it's entire new album "The Chills" over at this location. The album was recorded and mastered by Horrendous guitarist/vocalist Damian Herring (Father Befouled, Undead Creep and Corpsessed). Below is an uploaded video taken from "The Chills" for the song "The Womb."
She Was Dead When I Got There is streaming two new tracks from it's late 2011 demo on it's Reverbnation page. Below is a YouTube version of "Pump and Dump" from this technical death metal band. The other new track, "Dames," can be listened to over on that page along with a few other songs. The band has finally recruited vocalist Cody Brown from it's same hometown of Kingman, Arizona. Previously the band had trouble practicing and arranging gigs since the vocalist at the time lived hours away in Phoenix.
The Great Old Ones, which recently signed with Antithetic Records, has now posted a studio video report online from the band's time working on a new album. Check out the studio footage below.
While the Caribbean island of Cuba may be a source of mistrust for some owing to it's political history and it's former leader Fidel Castro being seen as both an enemy and an icon, the country boasts quite a healthy metal scene, one which certainly deserves to be brought to the attention of headbangers the world over. When scratching the surface, one can find a diverse range of metal bands in Cuba, from the epic to brutal. Here are just a few of the Cuban metal acts on offer.
Formed in La Habana in 2009, Sed mostly comprises of former members of The Flowers Of Evil and Radical OH. The band is perhaps best described as a combination of speed and power metal, featuring crystal clear and powerful vocals along with epic sounding riffs and stampeding drums. The band released their first demo CD, "Sed De Tantas Cosas" last year and has even been able to perform on Cuban television.
Johnny Booth has posted a music video online for the song "Pills For The havoc," which can be viewed after the jump. The band also commented:
"Hope everyone had a happy New Year!! check out our NEW Music Video!!! a lot of exciting things happening this year already we are officially on Jamboree Ohio 2012 featuring We Came As Romans, Emmure, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain, and SO many more amazing bands!! 2012 LETS DO THIS SHIT!!!"
Los Angeles metal act Portrait of Gray has issued the following statement about working on new material to be released this year:
"Happy new year everyone!! We just want to give a huge THANK YOU to all our fans for sticking with us. We've been quiet for a while, but we've been busy working on new material.
"We hope to have our new full length album out some time this year, and will be releasing a new song for you guys to hear in the next few months! Stay tuned and spread the word!!"
The band also recently posted a music video online for the song "Framework," which can be found by heading over here.
California metallers DMT have posted the song "We Bring the Change" online, which comes off their "A Shift of Ages" EP. You can listen to the song in the SoundCloud player provided below. DMT also commented:
"As we enter this new year of change, the one who can express that which is hidden within, will be the One to help restore the balance in this world. Its a battle of language, and the battle is to shatter the existing illusions, which are hidden within it.
"The prophecy of 2012 is not a apocalypse, its the return of the ancestors, the men of wisdom...The One who can connect to that 'language,' is the One who will help Bring The Change to the world."
You can also find DMT's music video for "Beneath the Surface" at this location. The EP's full track listing is as follows:
1. We Bring the Change
2. Beneath the Surface
3. A Shift of Ages
4. ExplicitThe Paradox
5. American Evolution
6. Afterlife Disillusion
7. The Paradox (Radio Edit) More...
Maryland's I, The Breather entered the studio in November of 2011 to record the follow-up to the debut album "These Are My Sins."
The band has now announced the new, as-yet-untitled record will see release via Sumerian Records on February 28th, 2012. Full details will be announced as they are made available.
Miseration, which released a music video for "Dreamdecipher" earlier today, has now checked in with the following update about working on the band's new album:
"As for the new album, all the material - 8 songs all in all - is now ready. Christian is currently working on the vocal arrangements, which will once again be based on the brilliant lyrics of Mr. Pär Johansson (Satariel, The Few Against Many). He on his part, has based his lyrics on a conceptual theme, worked out by Christian and him.
"This album will be the first one with Oscar Nilsson behind the drum kit and man, just judging by his efforts on the pre-productional stuff, you may rest assured that this album will contain some insanely cool drumming!
"The recordings will start in February 2012, at the MT studios in Trollhättan/Sweden, with producer Marko Tervonen (The Crown) at the helm."
German prog rock/metal act Beyond the Bridge will release "The Old Man And The Spirit" on January 20th, 2012 (EU) and January 24th, 2011 (North America). The band has now posted a brief teaser clip online, which is available below, and Beyond the Bridge commented:
"To ease the pain of the waiting period and celebrate each day in anticipation, we followed an old german tradition and created a little Advent Calendar for you. Today: Door #2 - How Peter writes a song."
Florida's Adaliah has posted a new song online titled "Hollows," which is available for streaming below. Mediaskare Records commented on the new song:
"Here is the brand new song from Adaliah called 'Hollows' from their upcoming album 'Broken Families'! It comes out in a few months on our subsidiary label Rite Of Passage Records!"
To check out more of what Adaliah has to offer, navigate over to the band's Facebook profile at this location.
Chihuahua deathcore band Shenovah has issued a download of it's 3-song 2011 promo, which features the track "Rostros Sin Culpa." You can get the songs by going to this location. Shenovah also released an official video recently for the song "Boom," which follows below. Check out some of the band's earlier material on MySpace.
Romeo Must Die has posted a video online containing a selection of clips taken from writing sessions as the band works on tracks for the follow-up to the debut album "Hardships in Season."
The new album is expected to be released sometime in 2012, with more details to be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, check out the teaser video clip below.
New Jersey's Shadows of Dawn is currently offering the band's self-titled single as a free download, which is available via the Shadows of Dawn Reverbnation page or through the widget below. The band also commented:
"We want to thank EVERYONE that has helped us spread the word about Shadows Of Dawn. We're slowly but surely gaining new fans and we couldn't do it without you!
"We're offering a free download of our self-titled single on our reverbnation page as a thank you to everyone. And make sure you keep checking back for updates, we've got a lot of plans in the works, including more shows to start off the new year......" More...
Firewind has now posted a second studio video diary online chronicling the band's time working on new material, which can be viewed below. The first video diary is also still online here. The band commented on the new clip:
"Check out FIREWIND in the studio recording their upcoming new album, scheduled for a Spring 2012 release!!! Here is Part 2 - Petros Christo recording the bass. Enjoy!"
After previously posting the new song "Tokkotai (Wind Of Fury)" online, Steelwing has now uploaded another new track titled "Breathless." Give the song a listen via the YouTube player after the jump. "Breathless" is taken off the new album "Zone of Alienation" due out January 27th, 2012. The track listing is as follows:
1. 2097 A.D.
2. Solar Wind Riders
3. Full Speed Ahead!
5. Tokkotai (Wind of Fury)
6. Zone of Alienation
7. The Running Man
8. They Came From The Skies
9. Lunacy Rising More...
Famous Last Words has posted a cover online of the Hollywood Undead track "Comin' In Hot." Check out the cover song in the clip available after the jump. Famous Last Words will also be releasing the "Pick Your Poison" EP on January 17th, 2012. The track listing is as follows:
2. Starting Over
3. I'll Get You Next Time, Gadget!
4. This Isn't Blackmail, This Is War
7. Bob Cox Lives In Ohio More...
Sangre Eterna will be releasing the "Asphyxia" album in February via Maple Metal Records, and the band has now posted a track from the album online for streaming. Give "Lut Gholein (Shattered Sun)" a listen through the player below. The band also commented:
"This song is dedicated to fans of the famous Diablo game series! Go to our Facebook page and hit the like button! SUPPORT! ASPHYXIA - OUT : 17th February 2012. (Maple Metal Records / Canada) Artwork by Andreas Rocha (we do not own the rights for that artwork)."
New Jersey prog metal act Suspyre will be releasing the band's new fourth full-length album "The Cycle" this year without label support. The band has now checked in with the following brief update about the album's progress:
"Happy New Year everyone - which also means - Happy New Suspyre Album. Finishing touches are being made this week then it's off to be mastered."
To get a taste of what "The Cycle" will have to offer, check out the previously posted teaser trailer by heading over to this location. "The Cycle" will follow-up Supsyre's 2008 opus "When Time Fades..." (reviewed here).
Japanese all-female metal act Destrose has posted footage online of the band performing live at Shibuya O-WEST on December 12th, 2011. You can watch the clip below, or find details on the band's "Deathless Memories" single uploaded last year at this location.
Destrose was also previously covered in the all-female edition of our "Unearthing the Underground" column last January.
Decaying has posted a video clip online for the song "Operation Citadel," which comes off the band's newly released "Encirclement" album. You can watch the video after the jump, and the band also commented:
"The song tells about Battle Of Kursk (1943) - the last proper offensive that Germany was able to launch against the Soviet forces in World War II. The hopes on 'Operation Zitadelle' were high to regain the initiative back and turn the tide for the Axis' favor once again; but eventually it resulted in a failure for the Wehrmacht, and marked a major turning point in the course of the war.
"The battle is known as the largest tank engagement thus far: Wehrmacht's panzer battalions destroyed Russian tanks with a overwhelming ratio; only the sheer amount of Soviet armor, especially T-34s, arriving into the battlefield almost straight-from-the-factory, sometimes even totally unpainted - and the fact that the Russians managed to set up very good anti-tank defences in advance due to good intelligence - resulted in the Axis' downfall." More...
Italian metallers Stigmhate have checked in with the following announcement about their new album being delayed due to records label issue:
"As previously announced, our third album 'The Sun Collapse' will not be released by Deepsend Records due to problems and reasons beyond our power.
"News and details will be announced soon on the Stigmhate official facebook page. Like, share & support!"
The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Throne of the Eternal Flame
3. Gathered Isolation
4. Sinless Progeny
5. Architects of Fate
6. Plenary Repulsion
7. In the Last Wake
8. Sun Collapse
Legendary nineties Dutch doom metal band Celestial Season has announced that it will regroup and perform at the Roadburn Festival 2012 in Tillburg on April 14th, 2012. The band will perform the groundbreaking album "Solar Lovers" in it's entirety at the Midi Theatre. Go to the Roadburn website for more information. You can read the full interview about the reunion by going here.
Ukrainian power metal band Morton recorded a song for the new year appropriately entitled "Foreteller," and ode to the prophecies surrounding the year 2012. In a statement from the band about the song:
"MORTON sincerely wishes you a Happy New Year! Yeah, there was a great deal of talks about 2012, fatal prophecies and stuff like that. But we believe that it's gonna be a great year, without any 'apocalypses,' 'third world wars,' etc, etc:)
"And yeah, we have a gift for you! We were composing our New Year audio greeting, and it was a lot of fun, but suddenly we realized that it turned into something bigger - into a full song! So, we started recording. We spent the New Year night in the studio, working on this new track and it is the best way a band can celebrate any holiday. So, here we are, eager to share it with you. We give you 'Foreteller!'
"If you're reading this text, then you've probably noticed, that you can also read the synced lyrics and even sing along:) Let this song encourage you for the new achievements! Everything is in our hands! Happy New Year!"
The song can be heard streaming here:
Swedish melodic death metal band Miseration posted a new music video online for the song "Dreamdecipher." The song appears on the band's latest LP "The Mirroring Shadow" which was released in 2009 through Lifeforce Records.
Check out the video here:
Guitarist Bas Brussaard of the Dutch death metal band Supreme Pain has decided to leave the band, "because he is no longer motivated." The band has been forced to cancel the previously announced gig on January 7th at the Cafe Asgard in Beverwijk, Netherlands. More details from the band are expected shortly.
Supreme Pain released its latest LP "Divine Incarnation" in May of 2011 through Massacre Records.
Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation posted the sixteenth episode of a behind the scenes vlog series from the band's current tour for the LP "The Unforgiving." In this video the band shows its acoustic side.
Check out the video here:
Periphery has released yet another brief video clip online showcasing the band's time working on new material. Check out the most recent footage in the player below, or head over here to watch the last studio clip.
Detroit's Reverence has checked in with the following update about releasing a new album later this year:
"A huge thanks to everyone who has 'Supported,' 'Friended,' 'Liked,' 'Added,' or 'Followed' REVERENCE in 2011!! We're gonna have a helluva 2012 in store with a new album due shortly and tour to follow!! Happy new year!!! 2012!!!"
Reverence has also posted a pre-production rehearsal video clip online for the new song "Too Late," which can be viewed at this location.