Metal News for January 2, 2014
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It’s a new year with new videos from England and Sweden plus songs about guns and bullets. There’s even a video shot inside a strip club. Yeah 2014! More...
This evening, Corrections House will take Seattle beginning a brief run of live takeovers to ring in the New Year.
Set to commence at The Highline, the band -- Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Bruce Lamont (Yakuza), Sanford Parker (Minsk) and minister of propaganda, Seward Fairbury -- will march on through the weekend leveling Portland, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.
Corrections House is currently touring in support of the "Last City Zero" debut, issued via Neurot Recordings in late October. Catch the band live:
1/02/2014 The Highline - Seattle, WA w/ Wrekmeister Harmonies
1/03/2014 Tonic Lounge - Portland, OR w/ Wrekmeister Harmonies
1/05/2014 Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA w/ Wrekmeister Harmonies, Author & Punisher
1/06/2014 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA w/ Wrekmeister Harmonies, Author & Punisher
1/07/2014 Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA w/ Wrekmeister Harmonies, Sutekh
4/10/2014 013 Venue - Tilburg, NL
4/11/2014 Het Patronaat - Tilburg, NL More...
"ESP," the new music video from Aeons Confer, can now be seen in the YouTube clip below. The track comes off the "Symphonies of Saturnus" album, which has the following track listing:
03. Colossal Void
07. Aeons To Come
10. The Order Of Equilibrium
11. Symphonies Of Saturnus Part I - The Inheritance
12. Symphonies Of Saturnus Part II - The Proof
13. Symphonies Of Saturnus Part III - The Synthesis
Linz, Austria's Reap has released a video clip for the track "Sloth," which will appear on a new full-length album. Check it out below, or find more info on Reap at the band's Facebook profile here
Symphonic metal band Atlas Pain has a new lyric video out now for the track "Once Upon A Time," which can be found below. You can also find more info on Atlas Pain at the band's official Facebook profile here.
Black Label Society recently parted ways with guitarist Nick Catanese, and now Lizzy Borden has issued the following statement about guitar player Dario Lorina joining BLS:
"We are extremely proud and happy for Dario Lorina on being selected as Zakk Wylde's Black Label Society’s new guitarist.
"It’s been an amazing ride performing all around the world with Dario, he is a true professional and an incredible blues driven artistic guitarist adding so much to the Borden sound.
"Personally it was a privilege for me to have him on my left side for the last 4 years and I know Zakk, his band and their fans are going to love Dario as we all do. Dario will be missed in the Borden camp but he will always be one of us and we wish him all the luck in the world."
Australia's 4Arm, which toured the U.S. with Slayer last year, has checked in with the following announcement about a lineup change:
"Danny Tomb vocalist/guitarist of 4ARM has decided to part ways with the band due to personal reasons. The search for a new frontman now begins.
"With James Munro briefly filling in for the band on the recent Nth American tour there will be also a lead guitarist position available. This is a great opportunity for highly committed musicians to join an already established touring band.
"Any musician from around the world interested in any of the positions available please send an email with your bio, photo, links or mp3s of your works to email@example.com. Only serious, dedicated and experienced touring musicians need apply."
Days of Loss will release "Our Frail Existence" on February 1st, 2014 through Noise Head Records. You can see the Raffael Pauswek-created artwork below, and the track listing will be as follows:
2. Through Empty Eyes
3. This Frail Existence
4. Await Pain
7. Wearing The Ashcrown
9. Circle's End
10. Thanatology More...
Sabaton has now officially entered the studio to record a new album, which follows the 2012 release "Carolus Rex" (reviewed here). Check out the first photo from the studio below, or follow the recording process over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Power Theory has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album later this year:
"2014 is lining up to be a great year already with work continuing on our forthcoming CD 'Driven By Fear' and the preliminary mixes on songs are killer! This will be our strongest effort yet and our goal is for an April 2014 releases date.
"We will reveal the new cover artwork by Timo Wuerz in February 2014 along with a tentative track listing. The band is also a feature interview in Steel for an Age Magazine from Greece, which should be released on or about January 10th, 2014 along with 'Cut and Run' on the accompanying compilation CD, and we would like to thank Thanos Stafylarikus for his hard work and dedication to metal! Some killer show up-dates for 2014 so far are:
1/18/14 in hometown Philadelphia for Tungsten's CD release show
2/28/14 in Levittown, PA or Single Bullet Theory's CD release show featuring Byzantine, Anvil Bitch
April 4-5 2014 Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse in Chicago, IL
"Touring negotiations are currently happening as well again for 2014. So once again Power Team (Alan, Jeff, Nygil, BB, Lorin, Susi, and Matt) would like to wish everyone the best for 2014!"
Continuing the band's series of online track releases, Stabbingback has now uploaded a new track titled "Conversion (of The Skeptic)," which can be heard below and comes off the "Project Redeemer Vol 3: Westward Resolve" album.
Give the track a listen in the SoundCloud player available below, or hear the band's previous "Apocalypse" track over at this location.
Anagnorisis will start the year with a new bout of live actions tonight, January 2nd, beginning in the group's hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
From there Anagnorisis will invade clubs in Bloomington, St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Milwaukee, and Detroit before closing down on January 12th in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The band nis touring in continued support of 2013 LP "Beyond All Light."
1/02/2014 Haymarket Whiskey Bar - Louisville, KY w/ Order of Leviathan, Esoteric Burial
1/04/2014 Rhino's Club - Bloomington, IN w/ Thorr-Axe, Lawbringer
1/05/2014 Fubar - St. Louis, MO w/ Animated Dead, Manifest
1/06/2014 Eastwing - Kansas City, MO
1/09/2014 The Grand Bar - Chicago, IL
1/10/2014 The Metal Grill - Milwaukee, WI
1/11/2014 Corktown Tavern - Detroit, MI w/ Boreworm, Traitor, Writhing, Nightkin
1/12/2014 Berlin - Ft. Wayne, IN More...
Just in time to derail all your New Year's resolutions, today, Invisible Oranges brings you "Directional" from Chicago blackened doom merchants, Indian. Give the track a listen below.
The tune comes courtesy of the unit's forthcoming "From All Purity" long player scheduled for release later this month via Relapse Records. The album was recorded at Electrical Audio and Soma Studios in Chicago with engineer/co-producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Nachtmystium, Yob, Samothrace). The previously posted song "Rhetoric Of No" can also be heard at this location.
In related news, On January 19th, an Indian listening party will be held at Kuma's Corner in Chicago which will include the debut of an official Indian burger.
1/19/2014 Kuma's Corner - Chicago, IL **Listening Party + Burger Debut More...
New York Hardcore veteran outfit Sheer Terror is unleashing a new EP titled "Kaos For Kristin" on vinyl 7" picture disc via Dead City Records. The three-song EP is also now available for digital download at iTunes.
All proceeds from the EP will be donated to help alleviate the medical bills of the family and friends of Kristin Magee, who recently lost her battle with cancer. A teaser trailer can be heard below.
Havenside has released a new official lyric video for the track "Stronger Everyday," which can be seen below.
The track comes off the band's "Living Our Darkest Days" album, due out March 11th, 2014. The full track listing is as follow:
2. The Broken (Featuring Rob McCarthy ex-Lionheart)
4. Things Will Never Change
5. Unite & Conquer
6. Standing Your Ground Pt. 2
7. Stronger Everyday
8. King By Destruction
11. Curse (featuring Howie Favichia of Lifeforms)
12. Refuse To Sink More...
Italian symphonic metal act Astral Domine released a preview clip of the upcoming debut release "Arcanum Gloriae." The album will drop on January 21st via Bakerteam Records. The album features the guest appearances of vocalist Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire/Hollow Haze/Vision Divine/Angra) and vocalist Giuseppe Cialone (Rosae Crucis).
The track list for "Arcanum Gloriae" is as follows:
1. Arcanum Gloriae (intro)
2. Holy Knights
3. King of the North
5. Tale of the Elves and Pain
6. Where Heroes Die (Feat. Fabio Lione)
7. I am the King
8. My Lord
9. Welcome to my Reign
10. Falsi Dei (Feat. Giuseppe “Ciape” Cialone)
Check out the preview here: More...
Finland's Right To Remain Silent has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:
"Hello! We're happy to announce that a new bass player has joined to our band! Everyone welcome Aleksi Määttänen, bassist from Hämeenlinna, Finland.
"With these news we are ready for you guys in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in next month! Further information will follow shortly!" More...
Dodsfall has checked in with the following announcement about working on a follow-up to the "Djevelens Evangelie" album:
"Infernal Hailz! We will start 2014 with some good news! We have started to write some material for a future album that we expect to record sometime this year, we are really looking forward to work with our new label Osmose Productions.
"At the same time, we are preparing a tour over Europe to be done in mid/late summer but first we have to find the proper session drummer to make it happen so interested and serious drummers can contact us via PM or can send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details....
"More news coming soon...."
Buffalo, NY deathcore outfit A Future Corrupt has released a new lyric video for the single "In The End, All Things Will Be Known." Give it a listen below, or hear more music from the band over at the A Future Corrupt Facebook profile.
In the thread that just won't die, Slipknot recently announced it had parted ways with Joey Jordison for "personal reasons."
Jordison himself has now issued the following statement about the situation online via his Facebook page:
"To my fans, friends, and associates...
"I would like to start the New Year by addressing the recent rumors and speculation regarding my departure from Slipknot. I want to make it very clear that I DID NOT QUIT SLIPKNOT.
"This band has been my life for the last 18 years, and I would never abandon it, or my fans. This news has shocked and blindsided me as much as it has all of you. While there is much I would like to say, I must remain silent to further details at this time.
"I would like to thank you all for your unwavering love and support, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy New Year."
With the two conflicting stories and neither side giving any details it appears Jordison was fired, and the current status of the band is unclear, although Slipknot is reportedly currently working on new material for release this year.
India-based outfit Undying Inc has released a new video clip for the song "Ironclad," which can be seen below courtesy of Metalbase.in. You can also hear more from the band over at the Undying Inc Facebook profile.
Gorgoroth has checked in with the following brief update about recording a new full-length album:
"The recording of the next Gorgoroth album 'Instinctus Bestialis' was completed in December 2013, and mixing of the album will begin this month. The album contains 8 tracks, and the recording line-up was: Atterigner (vocals), Infernus (guitars), Bøddel (bass) and Asklund (drums)."
The band brought on Atterigner in 2012 after the departure of former vocalist Pest, and this new album will follow "Quantos Possunt ad Satanitatem Trahunt" (reviewed here) and "Under the Sign of Hell 2011."
Italian melodic metal act SpellBlast, featuring ex-Folkstone guitarist Luca Arzuffi, released a music video for the new track "Eyes in the Void." The song appears on the band's upcoming third studio effort entitled "Nineteen," which will drop on February 19th via the band (purchases can be made at this location). "Nineteen" is a conceptual story inspired by Stephen King's "The Dark Tower" saga.
The video was directed by Nevio de Conti and can be viewed here:
Within Temptation has released a video recap of 2013, which can be seen in the YouTube clip below.
The band's new album "Hydra" also drops on January 31st (EU via Roadrunner) and February 4th (North America via Nuclear Blast Records). The track listing is:
1. Let Us Burn
2. Dangerous (Feat. Howard Jones)
3. And We Run (Feat. Xzibit)
4. Paradise (What About Us?) (Featuring Tarja)
5. Edge Of The World
6. Silver Moonlight
7. Covered By Roses
8. Dog Days
9. Tell Me Why
10. Whole World Is Watching (Feat. Dave Pirner) More...
King of Asgard will return to Andy La Rocque's Sonic Train Studios for the third time in March to carve the runes off a forthcoming, untitled album.
Comments singer/guitarist Karl Beckman: "The epic/melodic song writing of the first two albums is enhanced with monophonic warlike hymns and fierce riffage that hint on the various band members past projects.
"Somewhat darker in its approach, creating atmospheres not alien to King of Asgard, but still something not heard on the previous two albums. All the King of Asgard-significative elements are represented yet carrying a somewhat new execution."
This new album will follow previous releases "Fi'mbulvintr" and "…to North." Further details are forthcoming.
Aussie vocalist Darkyra Black (Achillea) is streaming the new track "Tears By Candlelight." The song will appear on her debut solo record "Dragon Tears," which is set to drop on February 20th. The album was co-produced by Garry King, Darkyra Black and George Boussounis, through Online Recording Masters Athens and La Foret Groupe France.
"Dragon Tears" is a concept album based on a Gothic interpretation of a geisha like tale which ends in tragedy. It involves love, loss, lust, betrayal and revenge. The music is a blend of symphonic metal, gothic metal, epic metal and progressive rock with elements of traditional pentatonic music and an overall cinematic feel.
Darkayra Black is:
Darkyra Black – Vocals
Garry King – Drums
Betovani Denelli – Guitar
Colin Haynes – Bass
Paul Jupe – Guitar
Fab Jablonski – Keyboards
Additional musicians: George Boussounis (Keyboard/Samples/Arrangments), Michael Porfyris (Cello), Ilias Sdoukos (Viola) and Laertis Kokolanis (Violin).
Check out "Tears By Candlelight" here: More...
U.K. outfit Nexilva has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist:
"We regret to announce that Andy Mallaby is no longer with Nexilva. He will remain an extremely close friend to us all and still play a vital role in the team behind this band. But he feels his time playing with us has came to end.
"We wish him the best of luck with all of his future endeavours and projects. We will be staying as a five piece band and not pursuing the search for a third guitarist.
"Keep your eyes peeled tomorrow as we'll posting a little something for you all..." More...
Burial Hordes has released a sampler online teasing the tracks from 3rd full-length album "Incendium." Check it out below, and the full album's track listing is as follows:
CHAPTER I: DECAY
01. Unleash Havoc
02. Horns Of Consecration
03. Nailed Curse (streaming here)
04. Path Of Bloodshed
CHAPTER II: FALL
06. Scorned (Aokigahara)
07. Black Shrouds Of Depravity
Italian power/progressive metal band Flashback of Anger has signed a recording deal with Germany's Rock It Up Records. The band will release the sophomore full length LP "T.S.R. (Terminate And Stay Resident)" this spring. The album is the first release since the 2009 debut "Splinters of Life" was issued through Limb Music.
The band now features Vision Divine bassist Andrea "Tower" Torricini, who joined in 2013 following the tragic death of Francesco Masini due to cancer in 2011. The band will soon name the new permanent guitarist of the band, along with the album's track list and first single soon.
The new album's cover artwork, created by Gustavo Sazes (James Labrie/Kamelot/Angra) can be seen here: More...
Singaporean all female thrash act Tormentress is streaming the new track "Mutilator." The song will appear on the band's first full length LP "Operation Torment," which will be released in 2014 (exact date not announced) via Inferno Records.
Tormentress was formed in 2006 and released the debut EP "Thrashing Disorder" in September of 2009 via Necromancer Records. Check out "Mutilator" here:
Spanish speed metal act Witchfyre is streaming the new track "Banshee" (heard below). The song originally was released on December 10th as a two song EP of the same name, but will now appear on the band's debut full length album "Legends, Rites & Witchcraft," which will drop in 2014 via Inferno Records.
Check out "Banshee" here:
Italian power metal act Airborn released a music video for the new track "Reign of the Human Race." The song appears on the forthcoming new release "Dark Future Rising," which is set for release on February 28th via Remedy Records/Soulfood. The album was mixed at Restaurant At The End Of The Universe Studio and mastered by Iron Savior mainman Piet Sielck at Powerhouse.
The track listing for "Dark Future Rising" is:
1. They Arise
2. Mess We're In
3. Reign of the Human Race
4. Sword of Justice
6. King of Fear
7. Dark Future
8. Solar Messiah
9. Forces of Nature
10. Jack of All Trades
12. Wild and Free
13. Resurrection More...
Greek power metal act Crystal Tears, featuring Danish vocalist Søren Nico Adamsen (Dignity/ex-Artillery), released a trailer for the forthcoming release "Hellmade," which drops on March 28th via Massacre Records. The album features guest appearances by Patrick Gardberg (Solution .45) and Laki Ragazas (Devil's Train/Mystic Prophecy).
The album is the band's third full length studio album and first to feature Adamsen on vocals along with Hungarian guitarist Mark Nagy, both who joined in 2012. It was produced by Mystic Prophecy vocalist R.D. Liapakis and mixed & mastered by Christian Schmid & R.D. Liapakis. A trailer for the release can be viewed just below the video clip.
A video for the first single "Out of the Shadows"can be viewed over here.
Check out the trailer for "Hellmade" here: More...
Sweden's Grand Magus released the third part in a series of track-by-track videos leading up to the new release "Triumph And Power" this month. The video features mainman JB Christoffersson's commentary on the tracks "The Naked And The Dead," "Ymer" and "The Hammer Will Bite." "Triumph And Power" hits stores and digital outlets on January 31st (EU), February 3rd (UK) & February 4th (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The full track listing of the album is:
1. On Hooves Of Gold
2. Steel Versus Steel
4. Triumph And Power (see lyric video)
8. The Naked And The Dead
10. The Hammer Will Bite
11. Blackmoon (Bonus Track)
Check out the third track-by-track video here: More...
Germany's Metal Inquisitor is streaming the new track "Confession Saves Blood," which appears on the forthcoming new album "Ultima Ratio Regis," the band's fourth full length effort. The album is set to drop on February 21st via Massacre Records.
Check out "Confession Saves Blood" here:
Danish metal act Iron Fire posted a teaser clip from the upcoming release entitled "Inferno." The album is the follow up to the 2012 release "Voyage of the Damned" (see review here) and is expected for release in 2014 (no date confirmed). The band will begin recording the album in middle part of this month.
The band will see two lineup changes - the first is the departure of long time bassist Martin Lund and the second is the departure of drummer Fritz Wagner. Bass duties will be handled by vocalist Martin Steene and the drum duties to new member Sigurd Jøhnk-Jensen (Caro).
The band described some preliminary information on the album: "Happy new year Iron Heads, good news our break is over and we start to record the follow up to 'Voyage of the Damned' in about 2 weeks.
"We have chosen to stick to our guns and do what we feel is the right way for Iron Fire to go. The new album will be called 'Inferno' and it will be a theme album based on the classic book The Divine Comedy aka Dantes Inferno.
"Its gonna be our most dark and heavy album to date, and we are gonna showcase a lot of new elements to our sound. We are still and will always be Power Metal but that will not keep us from evolving our music. Iron Fire music comes from the heart and not what any record label or trend dictates.
"2 years in the rehearsal room has taken its toll on the band resulting in the departure of Martin Lund. We thank him for 8 great years and wish him the best of luck for the future. The bass will from now on be handled by Martin Steene: 'Ive been playing bass for many years and being the soul song writer of Iron Fire i see this as the best solution, now i actually get to play and scream my own songs at the same time.'
"We will continue as a 3 piece and work our asses of in 2014 to create the ultimate Power Metal assault for all of you.
"Its a new year, a new chapter and there is a new beast on the way."
Check out the trailer clip here: More...