Metal News for January 20, 2014
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33 news articles posted on this day.
U.S. act To Set Ablaze has released a new lyric video for the track "Eighty Eight," which can be seen below. The song comes off the band's debut album "The Life We Lead." To Set Ablaze consists of:
Maxwell Culver - Lead/Clean Vocals
Ryan Bortner - Guitar/ Vocals
Shane Leege - Drums
Caleb Endejan - Bass
Greek doom outfit Doomocracy has released a lyric video for the track "Faceless," which is taken from the band's "The End Is Written" album. Check it out below, or find more info on the band at the Doomocracy Facebook profile.
In celebration of its official unveiling tomorrow, today This Is Not A Scene is hosting the stream of "Trinity Of Falsehood," the forthcoming new full-length from Sacramento death metal assassins The Kennedy Veil. Hear the full album below, and drummer Gabe Seeber also comments:
"The past two years leading up to this release have been rough, but very beneficial for TKV. From the departure of our previous vocalist to the recording of Trinity Of Falsehood, there was a long period of downtime where we were just seeking the right person to complete the band. We tried out a lot of great vocalists and wound up with the perfect guy to complement our sound and help push us further along the path we've only just begun to carve. By the time Taylor joined, the album was already written, minus a handful of lyrics. So we immediately started pushing to finally complete the album and get it recorded and into production. We all feel that Trinity... is a huge step forward from our self-release (The Sentence of Their Conqueror), and a big step in the right direction for where we are taking things in the future. We are still just getting started, and are extremely excited to finally have this album pressed and ready to be heard!" More...
With its official North American release now less than twenty-four hours away, today the henchmen at Cvlt Nation bring you "Oblique To All Paths" -- the latest full length from blackened doom conjurors, Culted -- in its entirety!
Give it a listen below. "Oblique To All Paths" will see official release on CD, 2xLP and digital formats via Relapse Records on January 21st in North America. More...
16 has announced the "Deep Cuts Over Europe" tour with Italian sludge heroes Grime. Dates are as follows:
5th April 2014 Milano, Italy Lo Fi Club
6th April 2014 Nova Gorica, Slovenia Mostovna
7th April 2014 Prague, Czech 007 Club
8th April 2014 Leipzig, Germany Plaque
9th April 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark KB18
10th April 2014 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang
11th April 2014 Berlin, Germany Köpi
12th April 2014 Tilburg, The Netherlands Roadburn Festival More...
Broken Hope is proud to announce the band's first major North American tour of 2014. “The Best in Brutality” tour, co-headlined by Broken Hope and Oceano, will hit 27 cities in the U.S. and Canada in March and April.
Support comes from Fallujah, Rivers of Nihil, and Kublai Khan. The tour will also include a stop at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Thursday, April 17th. Jeremy Wagner of Broken Hope states:
“2014 keeps getting better! We've been supporting 'Omen of Disease' nonstop since its release last October, and now we're keeping the monster alive as we participate in the 'The Best In Brutality' tour! Broken Hope is thrilled to be back on another run of North America! This time we're teaming up with new and brutal blood with a lethal package that includes Oceano, Fallujah, Rivers Of Nihil, and Kublai Khan! This group of bands is a traveling death machine--we're all going to obliterate the US and Canada with these concerts! Broken Hope can't wait to give you all our best shows yet!”
Adam Warren of Oceano adds, “We are very honored to be a part of the 'The Best In Brutality' tour. We are equally excited to share our brand of heavy metal with the broad fan base this tour will surely bring, ending in a unique multi-metal experience for all. Bring on the circle pits!” More...
Vancouver's Anciients has announced a string of headlining tour dates in British Columbia. The band will play Abbotsford, Mission, Victoria, and more, as well as a special set as part of the CBC Radio's Toque sessions. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
The Toque Sessions are a series of Mid-winter concerts at the CBC studios in downtown Vancouver. All shows as part of the Toque Sessions are free, and showcase music from national talent in the genres of rock, blues, country, classical, electronic and, more. More information on the Toque Sessions can be found here.
Anciients also recently announced the band's first ever European tour. The tour kicks off at the Roadburn Festival on April 10th, and will also include stops at the Berlin and London editions of Desert Fest. Anciients will tour alongside North Carolina's heavy rockers ASG. More...
Cult of Luna and God Seed have announced a string of upcoming tour dates, available below, and Indie Recordings also comments:
"2013 saw Cult of Luna return after more than 5 years away with the sprawling masterpiece that was ‘Vertikal.’ Absence might have made fan’s hearts grow fonder, but this was no nostalgia trip: Cult Of Luna sounded more relevant than ever and the album appeared high in the end of year lists of both fans and press alike. Their live reputation was cemented with numerous sold out shows across Europe and standout performances at festivals such as Pukkelpop, Summer Breeze, Brutal Assault, Roadburn, Hellfest and Damnation.
"Both Hellfest and Damnation were also stages for God Seed to display that they’d lost nothing in the transition and growth of Gaahl and King after Gorgoroth. Hordes packed these stages and weren’t disappointed as the band displayed their art whilst stripping back their stage show to reveal something even more potent: the will to grow; the god within man; the god within nature; the will to reach one’s highest potential. These are values all embedded in the name of God Seed."
28/04/14 – BERLIN, c--club
29/04/14 – WARSAW, proxima
30/04/14 – KRAKOW, fabryka
01/05/14 – LEIPZIG, hellraiser
02/05/14 – PRAGUE, rock café
03/05/14 – LINZ, posthof
04/05/14 – MUNICH, backstage
05/05/14 – LUZERN, schuur
06/05/14 – STRASBOURG, la laiterie
07/05/14 – LUXEMBOURG, den atelier
08/05/14 – UTRECHT, Tivoli de helling
09/05/14 – PARIS, trabendo
10/05/14 – LONDON, Beyond the redshift @ The forum More...
Red Enemy will be entering the studio next month to record a new album, and now the band has checked in with the following update:
"We're super happy to confirm that mixing duties for our record will be handled by the incredible Will Putney (The Acacia Strain, Stray From The Path, Northlane, Thy Art Is Murder) at Machine Shop Studios in New Jersey. Will is a boss and we're extremely grateful to have him on board."
You can find more info on the band and follow the recording process over at the Red Enemy Facebook profile.
Selfmachine's “Broadcast Your Identity” will be released by The Orchard through all digital stores worldwide on February 2nd, 2014. To introduce the digital release date the band just unleashed the new song “Miles Away," which can be heard below.
Hark will release new album "Crystalline" on March 18th in North America (March 14th worldwide) via Season of Mist.
Today you can hear a track off the release titled "Palendromeda," courtesy of Roadburn.com. The full album's track listing is as follows:
2. Hounded By Callous Decree
3. Sins On Sleeves
4. Black Hole South West
5. Breathe and Run
7. Scarlet Extremities
8. All Wretch No Vomit
9. Xtal 0.6
10. Clear Light Of... More...
Suffering Hour has now released the "Foreseeing Exemptions to a Dismal Beyond" EP via Tridoid Records, and the full release is available online. Check out the songs below, and the track listing is as follow:
1. Truths of the Unknown
2. Prog Thrashing Death
3. A Dismal Beyond
4. Infected Skull
5. Enthralled In Lunacy Abyss
6. Compassion Dies More...
The Ministry Facebook page has been updated with the following announcement about Al Jourgensen heading to rehab:
"Dear Ministry fans: Uncle Al has made the decision to go to rehab to address his alcohol issues. We were really trying to keep this a private family affair and not a media frenzy; however, your crazy Uncle Al posted about it yesterday on his FB page, so now it's out.
"Of course we always want to let Ministry fans be the first to know about things, but this got away from us. We hope that you will join us and the entire 13th Planet family in wishing Al the very best and giving him your full support in his journey towards sobriety. We are all very, very proud of him."
Ministry is out now with latest full-length album "From Beer To Eternity." More...
Norwegian black metal outfit Koldbrann has issued the following announcement about bringing on a new live bassist:
"Malphas (HAGL, Endezzma, Beastcraft live) will be joining Koldbrann for the upcoming live appearances at Hammerslagfestival Vinterblot in Tønsberg and Blastfest in Bergen.
"Since the departure of longtime member S.G.J. (aka S. Johnskareng) last autumn, Mannevond has been handling the bass duties. With Malphas aboard Koldbrann are once again ready to hit the stage as a furious five-headed beast!" More...
Finnish newcomers Lost Society will release new album "Terror Hungry" on April 4th, which was produced by Nino Laurenne (Amorphis, Lordi) at the Sonic Pump studios (Finntroll, Sonata Arctica). Mastermind Samy Elbanna commented:
"Lost Society is back, and we're angrier than ever! The new album 'Terror Hungry' is a full on thrash album from start to finish, with a darker and even more aggressive feel to it! It has the signature elements of that make up Lost Society, and we've put in more groove riffage, more mind blistering guitar shredding and some of the fastest stuff we've ever done! Look out, this ones gonna be FASTER, LOUDER and we're more pissed off than ever!!"
The track listing is as follows:
02. Game Over
04. Lethal Pleasure
05. Terror Hungry
06. Snowroad Blowout
07. Tyrant Takeover
08. Overdosed Brain
09. Thrashed Reality
11. Brewtal Awakening
12. Mosh It Up
13. Wasted After Midnight
14. You Can’t Stop Rock ‘N’ Roll More...
Original Trouble drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson will launch a Belgium-style stout named Red Howes with Allagash Brewing Company set for release on Saturday, January 25th. The limited bottles will be sold in 750 ml and will be distributed nationwide on draft.
Named after Olson’s Grandfather, Red Howes is an Imperial Stout brewed with over 3,000 pounds of New England cranberries. Coincidentally, the cranberry’s brewed in the beer are of the Red Howes and Early Blacks variety. The beer is black in color with a creamy beige head brewed with 2-Row barley, a blend of roasted malts and grains. Cocoa, coffee, and berries fill the aroma with flavors of dried fruit and bitter chocolate with a slight tartness and a dry lingering finish. 8.5% ABV.
Olson is no stranger to the brewing industry having worked in breweries and wineries for over twenty years whilst not on band tours. Moreover, Olson has been writing and recording in the music industry since the formation of Trouble (1979) and holds a Bachelor of Music degree in film scoring, cum laude, from Berklee College of Music.
Currently, Olson is playing drums and keyboards for The Skull (featuring original Trouble vocalist Eric Wagner and longtime Trouble bassist Ron Holzner), Victor Griffin’s In~Graved, and is a multi-instrumentalist with his heavy psychedelic/doom project Retro Grave. More...
Scar Symmetry's Per Nilsson has checked in with the following announcement about the band's upcoming album:
"Last year, Henrik approached me with this super cool lyrical concept, that was so complex and vast in scope that we realized it was a story that couldn't be told in just one album.
"So, the decision was made: instead of writing a new album, we started working on a trilogy of albums - the most ambitious project of our career. The first of the three albums is called 'The Singularity (phase I: Neohumanity).'
"In the coming decades we will see the rise of artificial intelligence and transhumanism. Humanity will build artilects (artificial intellects) with mental capacities far above the human level of thought. By the year 2030, one of the world's biggest industries will be 'artificial brains,' used to control artilects that will be genuinely intelligent and useful. Millions of people will be prepared to spend more money on an artilect than on a car. More...
Fleshgod Apocalypse has released a teaser trailer for the upcoming "Pathfinder" music video, which can be seen below.
"Pathfinder" comes off the "Labyrinth" album (reviewed here), which is out now. The track listing is as follows:
2. Minotaur (the Wrath Of Poseidon)
4. Towards The Sun
7. The Fall Of Asterion
10. Under Black Sails
11. Labyrinth More...
I Am Heresy has just launched the first lyric video from the band's Century Media debut album "Thy Will," due out March 3rd in Europe and March 4 in North America.
Lambgoat is hosting the premiere for "Rahabh," which can now be heard in the player below.
Singer Nathan Gray formed I Am Heresy in 2011 to live out his love for dark, violent noise. When asked for the inspiration behind "Rahabh," Gray said:
"GOSPEL OF PRIDE & RAGE. A canon from the hadal depths of indignation 'Rahabh! In the age of defiance arise!' Hear her call. The roar of pride. Her names are many: Rahabh, Leviathan, Tannin, Apep, Bakunava, but her call remains singular: Rise from the depths of shame and 'become your master's death!.'" More...
After unleashing new music video "Between The Lines" last week (available below), Hamilton, ON's groove metal band Deathpoint is proud to announce guitarist Bill Elliot (Battlesoul), bassist Tiny Basstank (A Sin For A Prayer) and drummer Steve "The Animal" Mitchell (Burning the Day) to its touring line up.
Bassist Brad Gold comments: "The band is extremely excited and pleased to have been able to assemble a solid line up of musicians for our upcoming headline shows. All three of these guys are great additions to our family and we have wanted to share the stage with each of them for a long time."
You can also catch the band live:
Feb 7, 2014 – The APK - London, ON
Feb 8, 2014 – Canadian Anglo Club - Windsor, ON
Feb 14, 2014 - Red Papaya - Guelph, ON More...
Today Canadian outfit Chapel premieres the new track "Alcoholocaust," which can be heard below courtesy of Last Rites.
The track hails from the forthcoming vinyl pressing of "Satan's Rock N Roll," set for international release on February 10th via Invictus Productions. Bowing down before beer, bulletbelts, and Satan, the members of Chapel put their money where their dirty mouths are with their debut album.
Originally released in 2012, this full-length of filth & fury is now finding a long-overdue vinyl LP release. The track listing is as follows:
1. Rock N Roll From Hell
2. Nocturnal Blasphemy
3. Satan's Rock N Roll
4. Hell Breaks Loose
6. Blood Will Be Spilled
10. Hellrazors More...
Stumpfest - Portland, Oregon's "fantastic amalgam of music, bro love and art" - will return on April 24th - 26th, 2014 with its biggest lineup yet.
The three day festival, organized by Rynne Stump, will churn out heavy tunes from the city's legendary metal acts and their closest friends at Mississippi Studios and another yet-to-be-determined venue.
Tickets will be available through the venue websites as well as at the door. Prices and links will be provided soon. The currently announced lineup is as follow:
LIFE COACH (feat. Phil Manley from TRANS AM & Jon Theodore from QOTSA and ex-THE MARS VOLTA)
LORD DYING (nominated as one of Metalunderground.com's best newcomers of 2013)
Swedish metal pioneers The Haunted have launched a new track "Eye Of The Storm," featuring the band's revamped line-up. Taken from a 3-song single of the same name, this title track can be heard below.
Due out tomorrow (January 21st) in North America via Century Media Records, "Eye Of The Storm" will be available as a limited edition 7" and as a digital single. The track listing is:
1. Eye Of The Storm
3. My Enemy
"Eye Of The Storm" marks The Huanted's recording debut of the band's revamped line-up, which includes founding members Jensen (Guitars) and Jonas Björler (Bass), returning members Marco Aro (Vocals) and Adrian Erlandsson (Drums), as well as new member Ola Englund (Guitars).
The Haunted's Jensen comments: "There aren't superlatives enough to describe how much the band has longed for these three songs to be released. We are sure fans have been anxious to know what the band sounds like today after all the turmoil and old members leaving and new members joining. We feel that these three songs represent the band perfectly. We are currently working on the new album, an album that will be filled to the brim with what we know to be 'The Haunted'. We'll start doing gigs this spring and we'll do festivals all over the place this summer. Get in touch with the festivals you visit (and behave like an animal at) and tell them to get us on the bill! The Haunted is back. Play it loud. No. Louder." More...
Flotsam and Jetsam, which was recently covered in our Sunday Old School column, has re-recorded the "No Place For Disgrace" album.
Pre-orders for the new version are available via Metal Blade at this location, and the album will see release on March 4th, 2014. Flotsam and Jetsam also comments:
"We have re-recorded 'No Place For Disgrace' because we have had a lot of requests to remix this record. The master tapes have been very difficult to obtain so we decided to re-record the album and use some of today's technologies to recreate it.
"The aim was not really to change but to enhance it with the opportunity with the use of new tools. We have the time available as well and it just seemed like a no brainer. A lot of the die hards are really nervous about it but I think after the final result they will embrace it. The sound quality is 100% better and more refined!" More...
Ireland's epic black metal outfit Eternal Helcaraxe has unleashed a new music video for "Flames In The Darkness," a song which is featured exclusively on the "Elemental Nightmares" vinyl project.
The video was directed by Chris O'Brien and shot entirely in JD Studios. Guitarist/vocalist Praetorian comments on the track:
"It's about the handful of elite groups of people who sit on top of the food chain in the world today. They are destroying cultures and anything with any passion or life to this world. There are those are the 'flames in the darkness,' who feel like they were born in the wrong time and are willing to take a stand and fight for something real, to make this world our own again and not give in to commercial greed!"
"Elemental Nightmares" is a vinyl collection consisting of 13 7" splits featuring 26 bands. In addition, when placed side by side, the artwork for each split combines into one large piece of art. The collection is limited to 300 copies and is hand numbered. Further details are available right here. More...
This past December, Finnish melodic death metal band Insomnium spent the holiday season in the studio recording a 6th full-length album.
In order to achieve the best production in the band's history, Insomnium decided to record drums at SF Sound (with Kimmo Perkkiö), located in the group's former hometown (Joensuu), while recording the remaining instruments at studio Korkeakoski (Kotka) with Teemu Aalto. André Alvinzi (Fascination Street Studios) will now mix the album so that it will see a spring 2014 release.
Insomnium' Ville Friman (guitars/vocals) comments: "Again, the process could be described as a battle against time and ever-narrowing deadlines. We worked long days and we worked hard. But in the end, it was all worth it: new songs sound just amazing. I think the new material is a bit more atmospheric than before. We explored different directions, and for example, experimented with rhythms a bit more; we even have blast beats on this album. And of course, Markus Vanhala brought in his influence in terms of song writing and guitar playing which is something new. However, I think we did not push it too far but stayed loyal to our own sound. Our intention was never really to change but merely update and revise our sound a bit. And I think we did pretty good job with it." More...
The Goremasters in Aborted have returned to Hansen studio to record an eight studio album, "The Necrotic Manifesto." The album will be produced once again by Danish producer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Heaven Shall Burn, Mercenary). Frontman Sven de Caluwé had to say the following about the recordings:
"Well, it's been more than 2 years since we recorded Global Flatline, an album that we put a lot of work into and brought us all over the world and we are still most proud of. Time goes on though and it's time for the next chapter in our maniacal adventures! We have been working hard for the past 6 months to bring you a worthy successor to Global Flatline and ladies and gentlemen, I believe we have definitely reached that goal! At the end of this year your favorite 5 miscreants locked themselves up in Groningen to lay waste on way too much fast food, pornography to finish pre-productions and writing for our next slab of gore metal 'The Necrotic Manifesto.'
"We are currently starving Ken Bedene to make sure he is at his most feral when he tracks. Danny and Mendel are preparing their utmost brutal Undertaker moves and Jb is growing even more beard to bring the MAN to the metal. Nobody really cares what Sven does since he just poops into a mic and Jacob Hansen has been well warned about the ridiculous amounts of blastbeats that will rattle his cage. Get ready Mankind, Aborted is coming right at ya!'
In support of "The Necrotic Manifesto," Aborted will tour North America together with Kataklysm in April. Aborted will return to Europe in May for a handful of release shows before heading into the festival season. More...
Saving Grace has issued the following announcement about The Devil Wears Prada missing a show due to illness:
"It is with very much regret that we announce that The Devil Wears Prada will no longer be appearing with us in Christchurch.
"Due to unfortunate circumstances surrounding the health of lead guitarist Chris, the band is unable to make their pre-Parachute Festival performance down south and cannot perform without him. TDWP in association with their management have made the following statement:
We regret to announce that we must cancel our performance in Christchurch due to a band member falling ill and unable to fly today. We look forward to making this up to all of our fans and friends in Christchurch in the future. We hope everyone will still come out, enjoy the evening and support the Saving Grace album release. All other shows will remain scheduled.More...
Vanishing Point will release new album "Distant Is The Sun" on February 18th (USA) and February 21st (EU) via AFM Records. A teaser trailer for the release is now available below, and the album's track listing is as follows:
1. Beyond Redemption (Intro)
2. King Of Empty Promises
3. Distant Is The Sun
4. When Truth Lies
5. Circle Of Fire
6. Let The River Run
7. Denied Deliverance
8. Story Of Misery
9. Era Zero
10. Pillars Of Sand
11. As December Fades
12. Handful Of Hope
13. Walls Of Silence
14. April (Instrumental) More...
Denmark's Blood Label will be releasing forthcoming album "Skeletons" this coming March 17th, 2014 via Mighty Music.
In addition to announcing the album release, today Blood Label has launched a new lyric video. Check out the clip for "Shotgun-Blown in the Face" below, which was created by Rasmus Bjørn Dahl.
Philadelphia-based outfit Disigma is currently in the process of recording tracks for a new EP release, and now the band has checked in with the following update:
"Just about done tracking all instruments! Vocals next and then the mixing and mastering process begins. This is really coming along! Self Titled EP April 2014! More...
Nocturnal Breed is now streaming a new track online titled "Speedkrieg," courtesy of Rockhard.de. Give it a listen below.
"Speedkrieg" comes off the band's upcoming album "Napalm Nights," due out on March 3rd in Europe and March 18th in North America via Agonia Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Devil Swept The Ruins
3. Cursed Beyond Recognition
4. The Bitch of Buchenwald
5. Napalm Nights
7. Dawn Campaign... Flamethrower Ridge
8. Under The whip
9. Dragging The Priests
10. Krigshisser More...
Candlelight Records today announces the signing of U.K. death metal band Ancient Ascendant, which will be on tour in April supporting Pestilence across Europe. Candlelight also issued the following press release:
"Ancient Ascendant are a British based quartet pioneering a unique brand of song writing based on a solid foundation of black and death metal, whilst injecting eclectic ideas from a wide range of fine metal traditions.
"Since the release of their critically acclaimed debut EP 'The Heathen Throne', Ancient Ascendant have shared the stage with black metal monsters 1349, death metal legends Bolt Thrower (who personally invited the band to support them), Rotting Christ, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Blood Red Throne to name a few.
"2011 was a hugely successful year for Ancient Ascendant, which saw their highly rated debut album 'The Grim Awakening' being released by Siege of Amida Records, as well as signing to the renowned Factory Music booking agency. Quickly following up on this with their second EP, 2012 saw the release of 'Into The Dark.’
"‘Into The Dark’ represented the latest evolution of British death metal standard bearers Ancient Ascendant, brought to life under the expert guidance of the legendary Dan Swanö (Opeth, Dissection, Dark Funeral, Bloodbath, Katatonia, Marduk etc…).
"2012 also saw the band completing a successful UK tour with gore metal legends Aborted, playing a packed out Sophie Lancaster stage at Bloodstock Open Air, as well as sharing a stage with the masters of Teutonic thrash Sodom. More...