Metal News for January 2, 2013
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Reason Prevails has launched a new website and is now allowing fans to download the "Seeking Integrity" EP for free. Snag the tracks from the release at this location. You can also check out the band's music video for the "No Kings" track int he player below.
Tales of the Grotesque was covered in the Las Vegas edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column and consists of "five guys that slay mystical beasts known as MILFs and play D&D."
The band has posted a new track online titled "Vulcan." Give the track a listen in the player below, or find more on Tales of the Grotesque over at Facebook here.
Hypnotic Dirge Records has made all of the label's albums on Bandcamp here available for free download from January 1st - 7th, 2013.
The free albums include releases from Ov Hollowness, Exiled From Light, The Foetal Mind, and more. You can also check out the Ov Hollowness album "Drawn to Descend" through the palyer available below. More...
Trivium frontman Matt Heafy was interviewed by metal-trails.com in Germany as the band's tour in support of 2011 release "In Waves" wound down. Check out the in-shower video interview available below.
Swedish death metal act Nominon has checked in with the following announcement about celebrating its 20th anniversary this year:
"The year 2013 is finally here... Feels a bit surreal to say it, but it is, believe it or not: time to celebrate 20 years as Nominon. Can you fucking believe it? Nominon has been around for two damn decades and still kicking yer ugly ass.
"Of course this all cause for a bit of celebration, and even though we have nothing 100% confirmed at the moment we will work hard to make a few special shows happen during the year.
"Who knows, we might even release a 'best of' album just for the sake of it. Ha!! Any suggestions from you people? What would you like to see/hear/experience within the world of Nominon?!" More...
Norway's Keep of Kalessin has posted the following message online wishing fans a happy new year:
"We would like to wish all of our fans one hell of a New Year and remind you that without you guys we would not be here! Thank you so much for all your support! Next year we will unleash the dragon once again!!"
The band also recently commented about working on the follow-up to the 2010 "Reptilian" album: "The last couple of weeks we've been recording guitars for a total of 19 songs and we still have a couple more to go. These will be released throughout 2013 as 2-3 EP's, digital singles with bonus tracks and of course the anticipated next album."
Further details on the upcoming new releases will be announced as they are made available.
DragonForce guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman are the stars of a new commercial for Capital One bank's mobile app, which allows people to do online banking from a smartphone.
Check out the commercial in the player available below. DragonForce's latest album, "The Power Within," is available everywhere now.
Right in time for the release of Omnium Gatherum's new album “Beyond” the band will be touring Japan with Aggressive Dogs aka Uzi-One. Details can be found in the tour poster below or at the Omnium Gatherum Facebook profile.
"Beyond" is due out February 25th in Europe and March 5th in North America through Lifeforce Records. The track listing is as follows:
2. New Dynamic
3. In The Rim
6. The Sonic Sign
7. Who Could Say
8. The Unknowing
9. Living In Me
10. White Palace More...
New Jersey's BoundAlive has checked in with the following new year update about releasing new material in the coming months:
"BoundAlive would like to wish everyone a happy and safe 2013! For those of you who have been hit by tragedy in 2012, we are with you and hope nothing but the best for you in years to come.
"2012 was good to BoundAlive and we appreciate and thank everyone that has supported us and have been with us from the beginning through all the milestones.
"2013 is going to be a great year for us and our fans! NEW single will be out by spring along with a video for it and shows are on the works with other great unsigned bands. This past year we have been offered many contracts but hopefully in this new year we will be presented with the offer we've been looking for and deserve. Regardless, expect NEW music, NEW videos and amazing performances from BoundAlive in 2013!" More...
German metal act Leviathan (not to be confused with the various other bands of the same name from the U.S. and U.K.) has released a new single from the upcoming album "The Aeons Torn."
"The Crescent Moon" is not only the first single but also the opener of the new album, which will be out on Janaury 25th 2013. The single is available for free download on the band's website as a part of a three-track digital EP, and a lyric video for the track is available below. The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. The Crescent Moon
2. When Onyl Despair Remains (Remixed & Remastered)
3. The Scourge We Wield More...
Victory Records has issued the following announcement about God Forbid holding a Hurricane Sandy benefit show:
"On October 29th, 2012 the east coast experienced one of the largest Atlantic hurricanes on record that affected millions and destroyed thousands of homes, businesses and communities in its path. Hurricane Sandy made landfall in Atlantic City, New Jersey and ripped its way through New York City and other coastal communities.
"New Jersey melodic metallers God Forbid were personally affected by this storm as were their fans, family and friends. They are very pleased to announce that on Friday, January 11th at The Boneyard in Atlantic City they will be participating in Revive The Shore Part III, a concert series that will benefit areas affected by Hurricane Sandy. Doors open at 6 pm and tickets are available for $15 dollars in advance or $18 at the door. More information can be found here." More...
Serbian black metal originators The Stone have issued the following announcement about two releases for 2013:
"First is a digipack CD release entitled 'Crna hronika' that will be out on Miner Recordings; having tracks from all the EPs released throughout band's career so far, plus an exclusive English version of 'Za Korak Paklu Blize,' this is a must! This will also see a worldwide release through Sepulchral Productions on a standard jewel case CD.
"At the same time this label will re-release The Stone's long sold out albums 'Slovenska Krv' and 'Zakon Velesa.' Second release is re-pressing of their debut album 'Neke rane krvare vecno' on a limited black vinyl gatefold LP, with one extra bonus track.
Seventh Rule Records has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming 2013 releases from Batillus, Atriarch, and more:
"Well hello, 2013. The primary plan is now in effect and it will be another amazing year for Seventh Rule!
"We are starting quickly with our first two releases dropping in Feb being a vinyl reissue of Thergothon's funeral doom classic 'Stream From the Heavens' and the debut album from Portland's Eight Bells.
"March will bring us a new crushing release from Batillus, April brings us the psychedelic noise trance from Megaton Leviathan and May will bring a new sonic masterpiece from Author & Punisher. We will also be handling the vinyl version of Atriach's 'Ritual Of Passing' which will hit the shelves in the early part of the year.
"There are some surprises still to come for the last 1/2 of the year including reissues of out of print Srule vinyl in the form of Coffinworm and Indian gems! Thanks as always for your support and make sure your ears are ready for the sonic attack."
Hungarian female-fronted act Sorronia (formerly known as Thristana) has posted a new music video online for the track "Enemy of Yourself." Check out the video below, or hear more from Sorronia over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Transcendental audio/visual drone unit Darsombra is heading south for a chunk of the Winter. This week the duo announces plans to escape the frozen clutches of Baltimore for the latter half of February, opting to instead tour the Southeastern states of the country.
While there are still several dates being hammered out, the Wintour 2013 kicks off on February 15th and will snake through Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee in support of the recently-released "Climax Community" LP. Preceding the tour, this Friday, January 4th the twosome will rock out in their hometown, sharing the stage with Radical Discharge and the massive duo Jucifer.
"Climax Community" was released in October and is the outfit’s first for new label home - Germany’s eclectic Exile On Mainstream. Decibel Magazine is hosting a stream of the entire release right here. More...
Dutch act Izegrim has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album and follow-up to the "Code of Consequences" release:
"New Izegrim record coming up! Our alliance with Listenable Records proved to be so fruitful that we will release a second album on this excellent label.
"As we are firm believers in 'never break a winning team' we will record the new CD at the Soundlodge Studio Germany. Recordings will start late April, release date has been set for September 2013." More...
Polish black/death metal act Mind Affliction will be releasing new album "Pathetic Humanity" later this month through Metal Scrap Records. A track from the album, titled "Human Centipede," can be heard in the player below.
The album was recorded during the summer of 2012 at 67 Studio in Giebultów and the material was mixed, mastered, and recorded by Dominik Burzym. Mind Affliction comments:
"'Pathetic Humanity' tells the story of human depravity and perversion. The record features mixed styles ranging from black metal to technical death, often filled with harmonics and even some doom metal elements. Two vocals together with two unique guitars tuned all the way down to C, all accompanied by brutal blast beats on drums, create an eerie, sometimes psychedelic, yet soothing atmosphere." More...
Deepsend Records has issued the following year-end statement and announcement about upcoming new albums from Hybrid, Eternal Rest, and more:
"Thanks to everyone who helped make 2012 the best year yet for Deepsend Records. Your support is essential to continue to release killer records for years to come. If you ordered from us, bought a record at a fest from us, bought a record of ours at a store, we thank you. If you didn't, hopefully we can hook up along the way this year.
"We've got a stack of new releases already planned and probably quite a few more. 2013 is gonna start off with a bang with releases from Eternal Rest and Hybrid. We can't wait for you to hear these new records. Such great bands and dudes. Below is the confirmed releases for 2013. Stay tuned and Happy New Year!" More...
Sacramento, CA act Entities has released a new EP titled "Aether," which is now available for streaming. Give the songs a listen over at Bandcamp here or in the player available below. The "Aether" track listing is as follows:
1. Primordium 02:07
2. Hadean 03:03
3. Lines of Descent 05:22
4. Revival 03:55
5. Ontogenesis 02:05
6. Between Polarities 05:34
7. Streamlined 05:04 More...
New York deathcore act Eyes Wired Shut has posted a new instrumental track online titled "Amidst the Soil," which will appear on the band's upcoming new EP "Vermis Victus." Give the song a listen in the player below, or find more info on the band at Facebook here. Eyes Wired Shut is:
Ethan Portes Chaikin - Vocals
Vince Gale - Vocals
Rob Muller - Guitar
Anthony Caronia - Guitar
Esteban Rivera - Bass
Connor Warren - Drums More...
In celebration of the band's 10th anniversary, Dutch outfit Massive Assault is offering the "Dystopian Prophecies" album as a free download to the fans. You can download the tracks via SoundCloud or over at Bandcamp here. The album can also be streamed in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Dystopian Prophecies - Dystopian Prophecies 05:33
2. Forever War 03:43
3. Come With Me 03:22
4. O.S.D.M. 03:00
5. The Rival Believer 03:11
6. Swallow My Venom 03:25
7. Man-kind!? 04:23
8. Weigh Up 04:03
9. World Destuction 04:01 More...
Inner Fortress has checked in with the following announcement about working on new material and gearing up to release a demo song online:
"Hello everyone! (Yes we are still alive) we thought after a long period of silence we'd shed some light and clarify a few things:
"Having finished writing a second EP some time ago we decided we were no longer happy with the musical direction and that we could deliver more. After a break we are now back in the writing process of a new set list with a few demos already in the bag, following a new more melodic approach.
"Keep an eye on this page as additional updates and content are on the way. As a start tomorrow afternoon we will be uploading an old unreleased demo track recorded shortly after the original EP called 'Folds of Scarlet Drapery.'"
Avantasia founder Tobias Sammet has announced the next guest on the band's upcoming CD will be Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance). Sammet comments:
"To me he used to be what John D. Rockerduck is to Scrooge McDuck: An adamant long time rival; in our case when it comes to producing Rock Operas. Well, if you can't beat your enemy make him your ally! And so I opened the door and literally invited pestilence into my world, ha!
"Seriously, the truth is that the 'pestilence' I'm talking about is really one of the nicest, coolest and loveliest plagues I've ever come to know, an ambitious artist through and through and a real great guitar player. So, having just come back from a shopping tour in 2912 - where apparently he found himself a brand new pair of bad-ass pants & boots - he went into the studio to record some additional lead guitar for the forthcoming Avantasia album 'The Mystery Of Time:' Ayreon mastermind Arjen Anthony Lucassen."
In March 2013 the new Avantasia Rock Opera "The Mystery Of Time" will be released on CD and vinyl. The album is going to feature guest stars such as Biff Byford (Saxon), Michael Kiske (Unisonic, ex-Helloween), Bruce Kulick (ex-Kiss, ex-Meat Loaf), Russell Gilbrook (Uriah Heep), Arjen A. Lucassen (Ayreon, ex-Vengeance) and the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg. More musicians will be announced soon. More...
Mathcore act Failure of Milk has checked in with the following update about recording new material:
"Hi all - happy 2013! With the new year, we figure it's a good time to give you guys a bit of an update.
"Guitars for the album are almost fully tracked and finished. Since this is a project we work on in our spare time, going has been slow due to other obligations that take priority in our lives. However, we have been making slow albeit steady process, and the end is finally in sight.
"We can't wait to share some of the new material we have been working on with you guys, and we will have more frequent updates as we start moving towards an album release. Cheers!"
More info on Failure of Milk is available over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Acrybia has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new 2 CD compilation:
"Happy new year! Yesterday was a day of a premiere of our new compilation 'Joyful Side of Nothingness.' After the 13 years of existence we're giving you two CD's filled with our favourite songs and of course some extras like covers, rare and live versions. It's to our 'die hards' on limited, hand numbered edition, the rest can wait for digital version. Till the next time!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Is there anybody out there? (Pink Floyd cover)
2. Sleeping (in the fire) (W.A.S.P. Cover)
3. Poetry & The Gods (edit)
5. Decay, Dismay, Despaire
6. Le Gout Du Neat
7. If You Look You Will Find (Heaven For Sale)
8. For Her Pleasure (Live in Olsztyn)
9. Na Koniec (Ascethic Mix)
1. Desolate Ways (Morbid Angel cover)
2. Jesus Bloody Jesus
3. For You
4. Memory - Princess Theme (Raw Mix)
6. Valley of Doom
7. Spirit of The Autumn Forest
8. Alone (Insomnus)
10. Gdy Juz Nic Nie Zostalo More...
Black metal act Dodsfall, which recently recruited a new vocalist, will enter Endarker Studio in Norrköping, Sweden to record the band's 3rd full-length album, which is currently untitled. Recording is set to start in March, 2013.
At the production helm will be studio owner and Marduk bassist Magnus "Devo" Andersson who has worked with bands like Ragnarok, Ofermod, and The Legion.
Studio reports will be posted during the recording so stay tuned for more info on the coming album release.
Update: Anthrax has now announced its split with guitarist Rob Caggiano, and the band is currently seeking a replacement for these dates. Further details will be announced in the near future.
The Metal Alliance Tour, featuring Anthrax, Exodus, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail has added High On Fire on to the bill and officially announced the dates, beginning in Las Vegas at the House of Blues on March 23, 2013.
The dates are as follows:
3/23 House of Blues Las Vegas, NV
3/24 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
3/25 House of Blues San Diego, CA
3/27 House of Blues West Hollywood, CA
3/28 Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
3/29 The Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR
3/30 Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, BC
3/31 Showbox SoDo Seattle, WA
4/2 Summit Music Hall Denver, CO
4/4 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
4/5 House of Blues Chicago, IL
4/6 The Fillmore Detroit Detroit, MI
4/7 Bogarts Cincinnati, OH
4/9 House of Blues Dallas, TX
4/10 House of Blues Houston, TX
4/12 House of Blues Lake Buena Vista, FL
4/13 Tremont Music Hall Charlotte, NC
4/14 The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
4/16 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
4/18 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia, PA
4/20 Irving Plaza New York, NY More...
Progressive rockers Blacklands, featuring Ex-Heavenward drummer Thomas Kelleners (Ex-Lucifer's Heritage - the original inception of Blind Guardian), will release its debut LP "A New Dawn" in the Spring of 2013. The album will feature special guest performances from Giles Lavery of Dragonsclaw, along with members of Exxplorer and Heir Apparent. Clocking in at 80 minutes, the 12 track opener has the following track listing:
1. Cold Embrace
2. Dance Of The Witches
3. A New Dawn (Feat. Giles Lavery of Dragonsclaw!)
4. Ocean Of Tears
5. Remember Your Time
6. I Can Hear Your Heart
7. Floating Pictures
8. Love Will Never Die
11. Power Play (Feat. Lennie Rizzo of Exxplorer and Terry Gorle of Heir Apparent)
12. The Meaning More...
Australian metal band Taberah is streaming a couple of new tracks from the band's upcoming sophomore LP "MMXII." The album is targeted for release this year and more information is expected shortly. In August of 2011, the band issued the debut "The Light of Which I Dream" on Metal Evilution Records. "MMXII" was engineered by Theo B (Scorpion), mixed by Joe Haley (Psycroptic) and mastered by Stu Marshall (Empires of Eden/Ex-Dungeon).
Check out the new tracks:
"The Hammer of Hadies" here:
Belgium based Epysode, posted a short in studio video "Bloopers I" featuring Julien & Sam having fun during the recordings of the upcoming Epysode II release. Epysode is currently in Noise Factory Studios with sound engineer Gerald Jans recording the album for a 2013 release.
Check out the "Bloopers I" footage here:
Italian progressive metal band Nhorizon is streaming the new song "Sequel." The song appears on the band's latest EP "Nightstalkers" which is was released this past Halloween. The band features Ex-Eldritch keyboard player Fabrizio Muratori and Ex-Athena drummer Alessandro Brandi. Check out the title track streaming over at this location.
For more information on where to purchase "Nightstalkers," head over to the band's official Facebook page. Check out "Sequel" here:
Swedish power metal act Fullforce, featuring Ex-HammerFall/Ex-Lost Horizon guitarist Stefan Elmgren, posted a new music video for the track "Awesomeness." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Next Level," which is available through SPV in October 2012.
Check out "Awesomeness" here:
British doom metal veterans My Dying Bride have posted their new music video online for the song, "Poorest Waltz." You can check it out below.
The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "A Map of All Our Failures," which was released this past October through Peaceville Records. The band was also recently featured in our Sunday Old School column, which you can read here. More...