Metal News for January 22, 2012
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Face of Ruin has posted a video clip online of a new, untitled song, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Face of Ruin is hard at work on new material that will turn into the bands first full length album! Expect technical craziness and mind numbing brutality at its best! More shows be announced soon......here is a raw recording on a new song yet to be titled...enjoy and comment your thoughts....."
Further details on the upcoming full-length album and follow-up to the "Within the Infinite" EP (reviewed here) will be announced as they are made available.
It's been five years since their last release, and Orange Goblin has never gone out of style. Soon to release "A Eulogy for the Damned," the long-running creepy stoner band has concerts lined up in support and celebration of the anticipated album which is already garnering a great response. You can read a review of it here. I was able to talk to vocalist Ben Ward about the album and exactly how H.P. Lovecraft and his monsters came into play. More...
After announcing the band was going on hiatus late last year, Subersion has now checked in with the following announcement about officially calling it quits:
"It has been a wonderful 4 years and a difficult past couple of months but alas we have come to a point where it is time to say goodbye for the foreseeable future from Subversion.
"We won't leave without a present for all you loyal fans (our Subversionites) who have followed us to the end and indeed been here from the very beginning.
"Here is a track we were working on for what would have been our second album. It is a work in progress, and we do plan on completing it before fully parting ways.
"To all the people who have helped us along the way, the people we have met at our shows, and indeed the amazing bands we had the pleasure of sharing a stage with. This ones for you! Over and out from the Subversionaut's =)" More...
U.K. prog metal act To-Mera recently hit the studio to record a new album and follow-up to the "Earthbound" EP and "Delusions" album (reviewed here). The band has now checked in from the second day of recording with a brief drum playthrough clip, which can be viewed below.
Russian doom band Hypnotist is streaming it's recent three song EP "101" at this location, or you can listen to it below. The vocals are done by Fedorov and the music by Romanov, and Hypnotist describe it's sound as "we were born in the crazy world of drugs and alcohol." Below is a video upload of one of the songs, "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," whose title possibly comes from the Robert Frost poem.
Feral Depravity has issued the following announcement about posting the "Defiler of Innocence" album online: "You can now download our entire album for FREE. There is an option to pay if you are interested, but either way all the songs are available for free download!"
The songs can be heard through the player below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. The Cumming
2. Sperm Of Fury
3. Mandible Demolition
4. Menudo De Humano
5. Defiler Of Innocence
6. The Beer Song
7. Don't Take A Leak On The Electric Fence
8. Turd Baby More...
Into Eternity has posted a teaser online featuring studio and rehearsal footage of the new song "Fukushima," which was written about the crisis in Fukushima Daiichi, Japan. Check out the video clip below.
Tis the season apparently for metal cruises, and I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Spinefeast at Sea cruise from Helsinki, to Tallin last Thursday and Friday! The cruise was organized by Spinefarm Records, and with perfect timing as the label was celebrating its 20th birthday this year.
Here in Finland, these cruises to Tallin, Estonia are known for being somewhat of a booze cruise, and almost every Finn has been on one of these journeys to either Stockholm, Tallin, or St. Petersburg. The tax free alcohol and overall party mood are always a safe bet for a good time and I for one can’t think of a better accompaniment to my inexpensive alcohol consumption then to have a solid 20 hours of metal oriented fun! Aboard the ship, called The Baltic Princess, were opportunities for drinking, dancing, metal karaoke and of course an exciting and diverse lineup of 8 bands. More...
Cannibal Corpse has left a trail of bloated, blue-skinned bodies that traces back twenty-two years. The skull envisioned on “Eaten Back to Life” spilled out its writhing, maggot-filled content. Since then the group has followed the maggots’ slimy trails and found ten to twelve horrific scenarios of death about every other year. Although getting older, the group’s twelfth full-length “Torture” (available March 13th, 2012 via Metal Blade) proves these death metal legends are not ready to be tagged and bagged just yet.
More bands have mimicked the group’s bludgeoning style and grotesque imagery than any other group in death metal. Although they weren’t the first death metal band, one could make a strong argument they are the most popular. Staying on top takes hard work, but Cannibal Corpse is up to the task. Each interview concerning “Torture” reveals its subject exclaiming the greatness of the album. From the graphicness of the cover art to the compositions to the speed and the production, each member has extolled the virtues of “Torture.”
Guitarist Rob Barrett offers the same positive tone as his comrades of carnage. In the following interview Barrett states the album is drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz’s best performance of his career. He also explained how splitting time between two recording studios—Erik Rutan’s MANA studio in Florida and Sonic Ranch in Texas—helped the band get the best sounding record possible. Before diving into the details of making “Torture,” we spoke to him regarding his mates’ recent injuries. More...
Italian pagan death metal act Vinterblot has released a new music video online for "Upon a Reign of Ashes," which is available below. The song is taken off the upcoming album "Nether Collapse."
"Upon a Reign of Ashes" was directed by Salvatore Perrone (DevilDriver, A Day to Remember, Suicide Silence, Fleshgod Apocalypse etc.) and is inspired by Ingmar Bergman's Swedish cult movie "The Seventh Seal."
Orlando, Florida's The Reset has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online:
"Our brand new track entitled 'Progenitor' is now up for streaming via our bandpage! With that said we would love to announce our brand new vocalist Steve Mccorry of The Advaita Concept as our permanent singer! Spread it like aids now!!"
Check out the new track "Progenitor" over at The Reset's official Facebook profile.
Footage has been posted online of Swiss act Abraham performing the song "Baruch," which is off the band's "An Eye on the Universe" full-length album. Watch the footage below, or listen to more Abraham tracks via the band's MySpace page here.
New Jersey's El Drugstore has posted footage online from a recent show in Brooklyn, which can be found below. The band also commented on the clip:
"Continuing through their blastastic set, the pummeling assault of El Drugstore both delight and mesmerize and awestruck audience - live at Don Pedro's in Brooklyn, NY on January 15, 2012."
Muskegon, MI's The Omega Experiment has posted a video clip online showing a peak into the band's history and debut album. Check out the footage below, or find more on The Omega Experiment at this location.
Connecticut's Doomsday Machine has checked in with the following statement about the band's canceled show that was supposed to occur last night:
"Sorry to everyone who was looking foward to the show at the Heirloom theatre last night. It was just too bad out for the staff, bands, and people attending to get there and leave safely.
"Thank you for everyone planning on attending the event, we will reschedule a new event at the Heirloom Theatre soon. Meanwhile, our next show is February 17th @ Lilly's Pad in New Haven presented by Afton Productions.
"Check the official website for further events and info including a 2nd EP in the works to be started next month. Support Metal and your local scene \m/"
You can also find Doomsday Machine tracks available for streaming through Facebook.
France's Livarkahil has issued the following announcement about lineup changes within the band:
"All hails brothers. We are addressing you today, at the turn of a tide for LIVARKAHIL. This band is and must be driven by its members' self-abnegation and it is the sole strength that will, with each of our actions, lead us to victory.
"Some of our past colaborators were not able to understand and share the values we stand for. Although we have no regret, we have simply come to the conclusion that LIVARKAHIL requiers more than mere involvement.
"Beyond simple music, it is about ideology. Beyond simple lyrics, it is about belief. Beyond individuals, we are about unity. Numerous changes are now happening within that entity.
"The band is now composed of Hk, Träume, Skvm, as well as live session guitarist BST (aosoth, the order of apollyon) ,and a new bassplayer whose name will be revealed within a few days. We are now working on new art which will serve as an assertion of our renewed commitment to the cause.
"We will keep true to the path we are drawn to, without caring about futile trends. We will keep on spreading our values and our ideology with no fear of consequences. We shall go on.
"Our respect goes to those who support and have been supporting us."
Maryland's Drewsif Stalin has uploaded a track online for streaming and free download titled "Dugongs." Check out the song in the SoundCloud player below. Drewsif Stalin also commented:
"Here's a track from my new EP for FREE in memory of Megaupload. Fuck you America, fuck you SOPA, fuck you PIPA."
You can also find the band's recently uploaded "Black Christmas" track by heading over to this location.
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica has posted part one of promotional videos for the upcoming release "Requiem for the Indifferent," which is due out on March 9, 2012 through Nuclear Blast. Each week leading up to the album's release, the band will post a video with a "layer of music." The first part features the drum layer for the opening track "Monopoly On Truth."
Check out the video here:
Archaic Eclipse has posted a new teaser trailer online discussing the band's new lineup, writing new material, and upcoming activity. Check out the clip below, or listen to Archaic Eclipse tracks online via Facebook.
A.I.(d) has uploaded a new track online titled "A Time Machine Called Hope," which is the sixth track off the upcoming full-length album "Disorder." Check out the song via the YouTube player below.
"Disorder" is set for release later this year. For more on A.I.(d), head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Austrian symphonic death metal act Hollenthon has posted part three of the live DVD quality show that was filmed at Szene, Vienna, Austria on December 4th, 2010. The broadcast will be posted in five parts over five weeks. Part three will be posted on January 22, 2012.
Check out part three here:
Swedish power metal band Inmoria announced that former Steel Attack/Tad Morose vocalist Ronny Hemlin has officially joined the band. Hemlin filled in for the recently departed Søren Nico Adamsen during the band's UK tour in October 2011 in support of its latest release "A Farewell to Nothing - The Diary Part 1."
The band has also re-recorded three tracks from the latest album with Hemlin on vocals and are offering them as a free download by heading over to the band's official website at www.inmoria.com or clicking on the player below:
Megadeth has posted a video clip online of Chris Broderick, Scott Ian, Metal Mike, and David Ellefson singing autographs at the Jackson Guitars booth from the WNAMM 2012 convention. Check out the footage below.
In other news, David Ellefson also recently appeared on the new Knight Fury album "Time to Rock." Details are available here.
1349 has issued the following statement about upcoming Norwegian live shows in April:
"1349 goes west in April and performs at Hulen in Bergen on the 27th of April and at Folken in Stavanger on the 28th.
"We had a splendid evening last time we visited Hulen; there was a fiery connection between the band and the audience, and the natural ambience inside the cavern fits 1349 perfectly. So we look forward to returning, and this time we will pull out some special songs from the hat - both old and new songs that we haven't performed live in a very long time or not at all. This is going to be a feast!
"Our encounter with the Stavanger audience on April 28th is going to be 1349's very first, and that's an event now in the band's 11th year of existence. Both 1349 and the metal scene of the Stavanger/Jæren-area has a strong and characteristic national identity - let's see what happens when we meet for a hellish burn-out this Saturday evening!"
Italy's Crisalide has announced the band will enter the recording studio on February 4th, 2012 to begin laying down tracks for an upcoming album. The upcoming release will feature ten new tracks as well as a new music video.
The band has also now officially announced the title of the album is set for "Dark Inside." Further details on the track listing and release date will be announced as they are made available.
In the mean time, check out Crisalide's music online through the band's MySpace page.
Christian power metal act Narnia officially called it a day back in 2010. Guitarist CJ Grimmark has now checked in with the following statement about the various projects of the former Narnia band members and teaser about upcoming plans:
"Hello and a happy new 2011 and 2012 (haven't been here for a while:) Sorry for the long silence! I hope You've all been well over the past 2 years. If anybody would be so kind and be a little curious about what's been going on, I'll gladly share some information with you.
"For those of You who have been here before You're most likely aware of the fact that NARNIA hasn't been around for a couple of years now. We officially split up in early 2010 and made two farewell concerts at Christmas Rocknight in Germany and Revolution Metal fest in Mexico City in late 2010.A lot of happenings and thoughts have passed since we decided to put Narnia to sleep...it's been a time of both confusion, and sometimes sadness, and well needed relaxation and blessings.
"Having been almost completely absent from the Internet and social media such as Myspace I'm guessing many of You have no clue what's been going on. So, to give You a brief update I have had the chance to make an album and tour with the new Swedish metal band Fullforce.The guys in the band are Mike Anderson, vocals (Cloudscape), Anders Johansson (Hammerfall, ex Yngwie Malmsteens Rising Force) Stefan Elmgren (ex Hammerfall) and Tommy Larsson (ex Heed). Keep Your eyes open for Fullforce in the future. I've had a truly GREAT time and lots of fun with these guys. More...
Hunted has checked in with the following recap of the previous year and update about upcoming activity:
"Hunted would like to wish everyone a very Heavy New Year! Last year turned out to be a very successful one for the band and we just thought we'd take a moment to give you a quick recap and say a big thank you to all the cool people who helped us out!
"Since the independent release of 'Welcome the Dead' at the end of 2010, things have really started to kick off for the band. All the hard work (and dodgy tea) that went into the album paid off once Massacre Records decided to welcome us into their Metal ranks! This was awesome news, not least because of the amazing roster of bands they've supported over the years and their global presence in the Metal community. 2011 saw 'Welcome the Dead' end up on the shelves of the best music stores around the UK and on the digital 'shelves' of the major online retailers, as well as featuring in the pages of some great UK and European metal magazines. A big "cheers" to everyone at Massacre Records for all their hard work and help in getting our music out there!
"In 2011, we were lucky enough to receive loads of fantastic (and constructive!) reviews. We'd like to give huge thanks to all the 'zine people who gave 'Welcome the Dead' a chance, especially in the early days before the label came on board. Very Metal salutations to all who took the time to listen and review the album, particularly Stone Isoliani, Andrea Rodella, Sergio Rapetti, Christopher Foley, David Whistance and Kelley Simms, all of whose support has been key to the progression of the band. More...
Formed in Kyrgan City, Russia in 1995 - Gross Grolland has finally issued it's debut album. Having issued a demo in 1999, the band went on hiatus until a new line-up was announced in 2005. Finally, Gross Grolland has put out it's debut album "What Doesn't Kill Me Makes a Big Mistake" on Metal Scrap records in January. The ten track album also has an official video for the track "Friendship," which follows below the tracklisting and cover art of the album. Check out MySpace to hear more Gross Grolland music.
2. Under Gunpoint
8. Policeman Tropillo
Ukranian thrash metal band Crusher, formerly known as Stormrider, will be releasing it's debut full-length album "Endless Torment" in January on Total Metal records (a division of Metal Scrap records). Formerly a quartet, the band decided to continue as a trio after founding guitarist Alexander Kumeyko left the band. Crusher released it's EP "Politishit" in 2010, and filmed a video for the single "S(k)atanic Ride" the following year, which is a track the band is including on the new album. Below is the tracklisting and cover art of "Endless Torment," with the official video following after the jump. Head over to MySpace to hear more music from Crusher.
2. On the Needle
3. Den of Iniquity
5. Endless Torment
6. S(k)atanic Ride
7. Jesus Saves
8. Living for...
9. Thrasher In Hell
Russian industrial metal band United Mind Club, who already has "The Last Performance" EP to it's credit, will be releasing a debut full-length album titled "World Blood History" in January 2012. The album will be issued on the Ukranian label Metal Scrap records. United Mind Club has played in the Ukraine and in Belarus and shared the stage with such acts as Grave, Sadist and Cryptopsy. The tracklisting and cover art of the album follow below, and to screen tracks from the new album head on over to MySpace.
1. When You Were Still Alive 01:54
2. B.B.B.P. 04:05
3. Dreams of Luther 04:48
4. Jaguar 05:31
5. It's Just Bleeding 04:31
6. Interview With the Beast 03:40
7. For Nobody but Me 04:24
8. World Blood of History 05:41
All too often, the role of women in heavy metal has been relegated to either eye candy or soprano singer for symphonic bands. But they can also rock just as hard as many of the guys can. No further proof of this is needed than Düsseldorf’s own, Doro Pesch. Doro began her musical journey in the early eighties singing with such bands as Snakebite and Beast before she was recruited by another local band named Warlock. This would prove to be one of the biggest decisions of her career as after a year of hard work performing in the clubs of Europe, the band received a record deal from Belgian label, Mausoleum, through whom the group released their first studio album, "Burning The Witches" in 1984. The album led Warlock to sign with Vertigo for future releases, beginning the next year with, "Hellbound."
They toured Europe heavily in support of the album, before their third record, "True As Steel" brought them to the attention of North American head bangers, thanks largely to the single, "Fight For Rock," which was able to find a place on the Billboard Singles Chart and receive regular airplay on MTV. Their profile was also increased in their native continent, perhaps most notably when they opened the 1986 edition of the Monsters Of Rock festival, which also featured Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead and fellow German rockers, Scorpions. Warlock was dealt a blow when two members, Frank Rittel and Peter Szigeti left the band to join U.D.O. the new band from former Accept singer Udo Dirkschneider, leaving Warlock to recruit Tommy Bolan and Tommy Henriksen for their next album, "Triumph And Agony," which spawned the popular single, "All We Are." Their status continued to rise worldwide, particularly in North America where they toured with such bands as Megadeth, Sanctuary and Fates Warning amongst others. More...