Metal News for January 21, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Canadian progressive metal act Voivod is back with new album "Target Earth," which was released today in Europe and is due out for eager North American fans tomorrow.
Just a handful of days before the album drop, I chatted up Voivod's drummer "Away" (Michel Langevin) to find out what went into the album and how the recording process went with members "Blacky" and "Chewy."
In the transcription of the interview below you can also see what Michel had to say about the distinctive artwork he created for the album, what Voivod's tour plans look like over the coming year, and how the band has become a cohesive unit while playing early classic material at live performances. More...
Victory Records has partnered up with Alternative Press to let loose an exclusive song stream from Calgary’s Fall City Fall for the title track “Victus.”
Listen to the song stream right here. The "Victus" album is due out tomorrow, January 22nd. Victory Records also comments on the album:
"With a rawness and honesty that will send chills down your spine, Victus is a journey through the bands innermost demons, opening up doors and touching on topics in which bands’ before them had been too timid to explore. Boasting two powerhouse vocalists Nathan Zorn and Keenan Pylychaty, Fall City Fall has created an album meant to get under your skin and into your hearts; sending you on a journey through not only their most intimate thoughts, but also your own.
"Latin for 'overcome,' Victus is a clear step away from traditional hardcore; each word, each crashing cymbol and each riff were deliberately chosen, with every song more bone chilling then the next. The album serves as the diary of Fall City Fall, as they divulge into subject matter beyond their years with maturity, purpose and conviction."
Megadeth has posted a brief video update online featuring Dave Mustaine, Shawn Drover, and Chris Broderick recording tracks for album #14 at Vic's Garage studio in San Marcos, California during mid-January 2013.
Check out the studio clip below. Further details on the follow-up to the "Th1rt3en" album (reviewed here) will be announced as they are made available by the band.
Thrash metal band Warchest has announced that original drummer Pato Javier Peláez has left the band and will be replaced by Christiansen Oros. The 2013 Warchest lineup consists of:
Christian Peláez: Guitars/Vocals
José Tomás García: Guitars
Raimundo Correa: Bass
Christiansen Oros: Drums
Christian Peláez commented: "I'm very sad to see my brother leaving the band because first of all he is my brother and second he has been the only drummer i have always played with from the first days, but i do understand that he has today different priorities for his life now days. I wish him all the success and we (the band) thank him all his contributions and talent that he put in the band.
"In another hand, we are very happy to announce that Chris (Oros) is the new drummer. The audition process took over 2 month approximately and we think that he has the right approach to the style of the band.
"The band objective for this present year is to record the second full album and start playing live with this new line up, which will be possible this coming Feb 23, more information on our social network websites."
Check out pictures of the new lineup and further info over at the band's official website here.
Israeli metal act Projectile has released a new single online titled "Shattered," which can be heard in the player below. The track was recorded at Black Knob Studio and Aiwa Studio. Projectile consists of:
Yair "Shloim" Shloim - Bass
Yotam "Aiwa" Amit - Guitar
Leor Eini - Drums
Stas Daviduv - Vocals More...
Swedish seven piece Circle of Conspiracy has posted several new tracks online for streaming. Check out "Mercenary War," "Wake Up Falling," and "Walking Through Fire" in the SoundCloud clips below. The band consists of:
Frida Larsson - Vocals
Lave - Vocals
Petter Lantz - Bass
Klas Edmundsson - Guitar
Patrik Sandström - Guitar
David Lantz - Synth
David Laage - Drums More...
Art Gates Records has checked in with the following statement about inking a deal with Antagonist Zero to release the band's latest album in Spain:
"We’re excited to announce the collaboration of Art Gates Records with Finnish metal combo Antagonist Zero. Antagonist Zero is a five-piece metal band from Porvoo, Finland, formed in 2010. Despite the band’s young age, the members have many years of experience playing in different bands, such as Adastra, Cavus, Coprolith and Lost In Tears.
"The band describes their music as 'Catatonic metal,' which includes elements from different types of metal genres, namely doom as well as death/black and post metal. Influenced by bands such as Opeth, Shining, Katatonia or Antimatter. These five Finns have toured across Europe, Baltics and Russia spreading their catatonic music.
"Their debut release Nighttime Harmony came out in early 2012. This three song EP is only a taste of the band’s material, of which there is more than enough for a whole album.
"Their first full length album 'Doomed,' after receiving smashing reviews from the international press, now arrives to Spain through Art Gates Records. The Spanish release date is fixed for the 11th of February 2013." More...
Forgotten Wisdom Productions is re-releasing French act Beitio Bourrudo's first demo with a series of bonus tracks as a limited edition cassette version. You can check out the song "Lo Fusilh dans la Mans" in the player below, and the full track listing is as follows:
2. Beitio Bourrudo
3. Mons Berulfi
4. Sang dégénéré
5. Lo fusilh dans la mans
6. Hautefaye, 16 Aoust 1870
7. Rigordaine Ô l'Aversier
8. Negras Orasons
9. Sautarem de la Broda
10. Lo Pais Mort
11. Nuechs de la plens Luna (Graveland) More...
Chapters of Eden has checked in with the following statement about upcoming summer U.K. tour dates:
"We are extremely happy to announce that we will be joining The Dead Betas and Oh Captive on their UK tour in June!
"This be our first tour and we will also be touring our brand new ALBUM - which is set for release before we leave for the tour! We will also be joined on dates by local bands in each area but details of those bands will come soon! Here is where we will be playing! COME SEE US!"
Sat 22nd June – Bideford – Palladium
Fri 28th June - Plymouth - White Rabbit
Sat 29th June - Bristol – The Croft
Sun 30th June – London – Purple Turtle
Thurs 4th July - Glasgow – Ivory Blacks
Sat 6th July - Manchester – Retro Bar
Sun 7th July - Birmingham – Flapper
Greece's Demon Prayers has revealed the artwork for the band's upcoming EP "Morbid Terror," which can be viewed below.
Italy's Madwork has signed a record deal with Underground Symphony for the release of a second full-length album. The production of the project will be managed by Marzio Francone.
The title and release date for the album will be announced soon, and the band describes the release as "tinged with industrial and dark/gothic atmospheres with a series of highly personal environments, melody, and great impact."
The label comments on the colloboration: "Underground Symphony is pleased to have in our roster the band Madwork, which will be a collaboration that will surely give us great satisfaction."
Madwork also stated, "We are proud to be part of the great Underground Symphony family and we look forward to the new songs being published and listened to!" More...
Celtic Pride has released a video clip online for the title track off "Light Up The Sky," which can be viewed below. The classic rock album features a guest appearance from none other than Adrian Smith (Iron Maiden) and also includes drummer Bob Richards. The track listing is as follows:
1. Light Up the Sky
2. Never Leave Me Alone
3. Shine On the World
4. The Patriot (feat. Adrian Smith)
5. Turn In My Grave
6. Bar Room Brawl
7. Gonna Get You
8. The Lost Warrior
9. Don’t Cry
10. Voices In My Head More...
Germany black/death metal act Aegror has released a new EP entitled "Forgotten Tales," which follows the 2010 debut "De Morbis." The five track EP can be streamed over at Facebook here or downloaded for free at the band's official website. More...
Razorback Records has checked in with the following announcement about re-releasing the first album from Necroccultus:
"Razorback is excited to announce that we will be doing a very special re-issue of the incredible debut album from Mexico's Necroccultus, 'Encircling The Mysterious Necrorevelation!'
"Originally released in 2005, this masterpiece of utterly dark, morbid, and cryptic Death Metal has been out of print for years. Necroccultus are true old-school bastards who have been carrying the banner for pure Death Metal long before the current trend exploded!
"The re-issue will include the long out of print 'Supreme Occult One...The Underworld Abhorrence' 7" EP as bonus tracks, as well as a very special cover song of the legendary Necrophobic! Check out some songs from the band via Facebook here."
Underoath has released a new music video for the track "Sunburnt," which was directed by the band's own Daniel Davidson.
“Sunburnt” is one of two new songs recorded by Underoath with longtime producer Matt Goldman for release on the band’s career retrospective album, "Anthology 1999-2013," released back in November on Solid State Records.
Croatian act Powerless will be releasing a second full-length album titled "Towards the Oblivion," which follows previous album "Battle Hymns." The track listing for the concept album is as follows:
1. Land of the Rising Sun
2. Stranger in the Foreign Land
3. Such Beauty Hidden Behind Sorrow
5. New Way of Life
7. Somewhere Between Nowhere and Goodbye
8. They Have Numbers, We Have Strength
10. Land of the Dying Sun
Powerless commented on the album:
"With 'Towards the Oblivion,' the band is taking different approach, creating more ambient and epic sound accompanied with various east Asian instruments and strong riffs further distinguishing band from folk metal. More...
Hatriot will release debut album "Heroes of Origin" on January 25th, 2013 via Massacre Records. The album was produced by Juan Urteaga at the Trident Studios, and Mark Devito is responsible for the cover artwork (available below). The track listing is as follows:
1. Suicide Run
2. Weapons Of Class Destruction
3. Murder American Style
4. Blood Stained Wings
5. The Violent Time Of My Dark Passenger
7. And Your Children To Be Damned
8. The Mechanics Of Annihilation
9. Shadows Of The Buried
10. Heroes Of Origin
Hatriot has released "The Violent Times Of My Dark Passenger," the first digital single off the upcoming album, which can be heard right here. "Heroes Of Origin" will also be available as limited edition vinyl LP in gatefold sleeve, limited to 500 hand-numbered units. More...
Israeli / American outfit Subterranean Masquerade (featuring Paul Kahr of Novembers Doom on vocals) has confirmed "Home" as the title for a new EP to be released in March.
This new EP is coming up eight years after the "Suspended Animation Dreams" album. Tomer Pink, the band's song writer & mastermind, states: "We got so excited while writing this long due follow up that we decided to release a 2 tracks EP as a teaser for the album, this gonna blow people mind!"
The "Home" EP will feature a title track and a cover version of "Beyond The Pale" by The Mission. The recording line up includes drummer Mathan Shmuely of Orphaned Land, bassist Mike Feldman of Novembers Doom, and an Arabic orchestra including violins, oud, bazuki, and lyra. More...
In cooperation with Finnish website Kaaoszine you can now stream the entire Hanging Garden Lifeforce Records debut album "At Every Door." Check out the full album right here.
Hanging Garden's "At Every Door" is set to be released on January 28th in Europe and on February 5th in North America. Lifeforce Records comments on the album:
"Dark, melancholic and spiced up with some well-dosed heaviness 'At Every Door' is the perfect soundtrack for dark winter days! Imagine a mix of bands like Cult Of Luna, Sisters Of Mercy, Daylight Dies, Ghost Brigade and The Cure."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Ten Thousands Cranes
2. Ash And Dust
5. At Every Door
6. The Cure
8. To End All Ages More...
Swedish act Sister Sin has released a new music video for “Hearts of Cold,” the second single from the "Now and Forever" album. Check out the clip below. The following press release was also issued about the video:
"Directed by Eric Richter in Chicago, Illinois, the video packs a ferocious punch in a span of four minutes and sixteen seconds that will have your adrenaline rushing with your fist held high. The song is loosely based on characters Mikey and Mallory from the 1994 movie Natural Born Killers and mirrors the Finnish, real life version of them; Juha Veikko Valjakkala and Marita Routalammi, who crossed the border over to Sweden and killed a family of three." More...
Hells Headbangers has announced April 16th as the release date for Cerekloth's "In the Midst of Life We are in Death." The following press release was issued about the album:
"A hottly tipped name in the death metal underground, In the Midst of Life We are in Death is the Danish quintet's debut album, which will see release on both CD and vinyl LP formats through Hells Headbangers, who've previously released Cerekloth's Halo of Syringes and Pandemonium Prayers 7" EPs.
"Defying the trends of time, Cerekloth are a band trying to capture their own timeless death metal sound on their long-brewing debut album, In the Midst of Life We are in Death. With emphasis on strong compositions and song structures, along with eerie, disharmonic moods and melodies to remember, Cerekloth tell the twisted tales of true death from the most bitter and darkest perspective, some even inspired by first-hand real-life experiences.
"Formed in 2008 in Denmark, Cerekloth have two short releases behind them - 2008's Pandemonium Prayers and 2011's Halo of Syringes, both released on 7" vinyl by Hells Headbangers - and after some changes in the line-up, the band now stand stronger than ever, consisting of five experienced musicians who lit the Cerekloth fire, preparing more material and forging plans for new releases as we await the release of In the Midst of Life We are in Death, which can currently be streamed below."
The track listing is as follows: More...
Lost Society's new album entitled “Fast Loud Death“ will be released via Nuclear Blast on March 15, 2013. Today, the thrashing youngsters in Lost Society proudly present the album’s first single entitled “Trash All Over You." Band leader Samy Elbanna comments:
“Many people have asked us why we misspelled the song title – we always give the same answer: It’s not about the thrash genre, but depicts how the whole world is collapsing on you. All the problems in the world seem to pile up and you get trashed all over. The song carries the feeling of being mad at everything and everyone at the same time – it’s something we all can relate to.” More...
Sorcier Des Glaces has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album during the summer:
"We will release our new album 'Ritual of the End' on Germany's Obscure Abhorrence Productions next summer. 'ROTE' is the follow-up to 2011 'The Puressence of Primitive Forests' and will feature 7 tracks of Cold Primitive Music. We are also working on the 'North' album, coming in 2014."
The track listing for "Ritual of the End" is as follows:
1. Under the Moonlight
2. Morbid Ritual
4. The Frozen Sword of Midnight
5. The Sign of the End
6. Macabre Operetta (Samael cover)
7. Slumbering in the Dark (outro)
Norway's Ørkenkjøtt has posted a video clip online showcasing the band's recent preparations at Juke Joint Studio. Check out the video below. The band is currently working on a new EP with solo artist and former Emperor member Ihsahn as producer.
Norwegian extreme act Crest of Darkness, who have resurfaced after six years, posted a preview clip for the band's new LP "In The Presence Of Death." The album will be released via My Kingdom Music on February 25, 2013.
The track listing for "In The Presence Of Death" is as follows:
2. In The Presence Of Death
3. Demon Child
5. The Priest From Hell
6. Welcome To My Funeral
7. Womb Of The Wolf
8. Vampire Dreams
9. From The Dead
10. The Day Before She Died
Check out the trailer here: More...
Danish hard rock/traditional metal act Pretty Maids posted a music video for the new track "Mother of All Lies." The song appears on the band's forthcoming new LP "Motherland," due out on Frontiers Records on March 22, 2013 (EU) and March 26, 2012 in North America.
Check out "Mother of All Lies" here:
Spanish power metal act Dark Moor have entered the studio to begin recording the follow up to the 2010 LP "Ancestral Romance." The band is at New Sin Studio in Italy with long time producer and master musician Luigi Stefanini (Arthemis/Thunderstorm).
The first studio report from the band reads: "Here is a little update from the studio. Drums and Bass have been recorded as well as all rhythm guitars, and now we'll go on with the clean guitars and solo's. Alfred [Romero, vocals] has arrived this morning to the studio and start recording immediately. We'll keep you updated! So far everything sounds great!!!"
The band also confirmed that soprano vocalist Berenice Musa (Tears of Martyr) will once again be the guest vocalist. In the last week, she recorded her vocals.
More news on album title, track listing and release date is expected soon. More...
Italian folk/melodic death metal act Krampus announced the band's new drummer, Hati Refaeli (Equilibrium), to replace Carlo Andrian, who was struck by lightning in October of 2012.
The press release reads as follows:
"Drummer Hati Refaeli, currently of Equilibrium fame, has joined the Italian metal act Krampus as a full member in early 2013. Both band and management are very excited to add such a talented drummer to the mix, particularly at this point in time: Songwriting for a new album is in full gear, and the band is undergoing musical changes that will both elevate Krampus to the next level and pose a challenge to its eight band members."
Refaeli commented: More...
Scottish based melodic metal act Code of Silence, launched by Brazilian born vocalist Gus Monsanto (Adagio/Symbolica/Lord of Mushrooms), posted a new music video for the song "Sky is Falling Down." Written by Paul Logue (Eden's Curse) and bassist James Murray, "Sky Is Falling Down" is the first single from the bands full-length debut, "Dark Skies Over Babylon", which is described in the label press release as "a grandiose thematic album based upon the tales of the legendary Knights Templar during the period of the Crusades." The album is scheduled for release on February 25th in Europe and April 9th in North America via Mausoleum Records.
The four minute composition about the legendary Knights Templar focuses on the protagonists experiences and thoughts, in particular, what it meant in regards to his personal sacrifice and chosen life path.
The video was filmed in the derelict Lansdowne Parish Church in Glasgow, Scotland, on a freezing cold December day, the video was captured by Director MJ Dixon of Mycho Pictures.
Check out "Sky is Falling Down" here: More...
Swedish thrash act Denied, featuring vocalist Johan Fahlberg (Jaded Heart) and bassist Fredrik Isaksson (Ex-Therion/Ex-Grave), confirmed that the band's third full length LP, and first for Sliptrick Records, will be entitled "Let Them Burn." The album is expected for release this Friday, January 26, 2013.
The CD was recorded with producer Fredrik Folkare (Unleashed) and was mastered at Dugout Productions by Rickard Sporrong. The artwork (shown below) was created by Alexander Lifbom.
The track listing for "Let Them Burn" is as follows:
1. Judas Kiss
2. Dead Messiah
3. Garden of Stone
4. Constant Rage
5. Until the End of Time
6. Lesser Son
7. Seven Times Your Sin
8. Nothing is Sacred
9. The Black Room
10. In Hell More...
A Pale Horse Named Death has completed the mastering phase of their forthcoming sophomore release on Steamhammer/SPV. The title of the new album is "Lay My Soul to Waste" which will be released May 21, 2013 in North America. Once again the artwork was commissioned by Sam Shearon, who is also responsible for artwork on the band's first release "And Hell Will Follow Me."
Frontman Sal Abruscato spoke about the completion of the second record and what fans can expect:
"I can't express in words how proud I am of our accomplishment. To finally complete our sophomore album, sit back and listen to what we have done is a great feeling. From our performances to Matt Brown's mixes and finally having the album blessed by engineer and mastering great Ted Jensen, this album sounds bigger than the Grand Canyon. This album will surpass all expectations; it will be a privilege and an honor to present this album to all the fans."
The track listing for "Lay My Soul to Waste" is as follows:
1. Lay My Soul to Waste
2. Shallow Grave
3. The Needle in You
4. In the Sleeping Death
5. Killer by Night
6. Growing Old
7. Dead of Winter
8. Devil Came With a Smile
9. Day of the Storm
11. Cold Dark Mourning
New Zealand black metal band Winter Deluge will soon be releasing a live DVD, and now the group has posted a clip online featuring footage from the release.
Check out the video below of Winter Deluge performing "Destroying Inadequate Structures Created for Worship" at The Kings Arms in Auckland while supporting Marduk. You can also hear more from the band over at Facebook here.
Brazil's Desecrated Sphere has checked in with the following update about recording material for an upcoming album:
"In case you've been wondering what we've been up to, these last three months we were totally focused on the recording sessions of our second full length album, to be titled 'Emancipate.' This album was once again recorded at Area Livre Studio with producer Tomaz Ribeiro and mixed and mastered by Andy Classen at Stage One Studio.
"The first recording video is a collection of scenes from the drums recording sessions that happened in November 2012, you can watch it below.
"Emancipate is going to be launched in Brazil on Q3/2013 by the Eternal Hatred Recors and Rapture Records labels, and will have online distribution by Digmetalworld Records. Keep tuned for more news on it!" More...
Norwegian black metal act Kirkebrann will be releasing new album "Når Alt Dør" on January 31st, 2013 via Blackcrowned Records. The label describes "Når Alt Dør" as "majestic and extreme black metal in the purest Norwegian tradition in the vein of Taake, Urgehal and old Darkthrone."
You can hear the track "Ensomt Og Glemt Et Land Som Var" below, and the full album's track listing is as follows:
3. Ensomt Og Glemt Et Land Som Var
5. Kvad Til Mørket
10. Tal Satan
12. Når Alt Dør More...
Russia's Voiceless Void has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album:
"Voiceless Void started recording the fifth full-length album. The album, tentatively called 'Music of the Scarred Soul,' will contain 10 tracks totaling about 50 minutes.
"At the moment we recorded the drums, which came through one of the best Russian drummers Andrey Ishchenko, and we are working on the guitar and bass."
Further details on the follow-up to the "Songs of Black Roses" album will be announced as they become available. You can also find more info on the band over at Facebook here.