Metal News for January 22, 2014
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Swiss extreme death metal manglers Near Death Condition are readying to unleash their sophomore full-length for Unique Leader Records.
Titled "Evolving Towards Extinction," the record was mixed at Hertz Studios (Vader, Hate, Dead Infection, Vesania etc.) in Poland, mastered at Iguana Studios in Germany, and hurls forth eleven infernal odes of chaos and death ornamented by incapacitating drum gymnastics, scorching riffs and enough vocal acrimony to flatten a nation.
"Evolving Towards Extinction" will be released via Unique Leader Records on March 18th, 2014. The track listing is as follows:
1. Words Of Wisdom
2. Between The Dying And The Dead
3. Intelligent Design
4. Pandemic Of Ignorance
5. Praise The Lord Of Negation
6. The Anatomy Of Disgust
8. Evolving Towards Extinction
10. Communing With Emptiness
11. Nostalgia For Chaos More...
New Jersey band East of the Wall has confirmed a co-headlining U.S. tour with Chicago metal trio Diamond Plate.
Sponsored by MetalSucks and Metal Injection, the Redacted Pulse Tour is due to kick off on February 28th in Brooklyn, New York, before tearing its way across the U.S. throughout March and into April.
Collectively comments East of the Wall on the upcoming tour: "It's going to feel great climbing back into the van and bringing songs from Redaction Artifacts on the road. And it's been a good time rearranging some of the old material for the new lineup. Plus, we have Diamond Plate keeping us on our toes every night."
East of the Wall will be touring in support of latest release, "Redaction Artifacts." Dates are as follows: More...
Reflections has debuted a brand new music video for the single "Vain Words For Empty Minds," which can be seen below.
Directed by Edsel Dope, this is the band's first music video. The single comes from latest LP, "Exi(s)t," released last year. Frontman Jake Foster weighs in on this latest effort: "We couldn't be happier or more excited to release our first music video. A huge thank you to Edsel Dope and the rest of his crew for helping us put this together."
Behemoth has posted a brand behind-the-scenes video for "The Satanist." This video is the third in a series of four that offers a glimpse into the thought process behind the album. Check it out below, courtesy of Bloody Disgusting.
Behemoth front man Nergal simply offers the following statement: "The Satanist is magic. It's dangerous. It's adventurous, and it's organic."
The band's upcoming album "The Satanist" was named the most anticipated release of 2014 in our annual year-end awards.
The Milan, Italy natives in Destrage have released a brand new video for a track from their upcoming album, "Are You Kidding Me? No." Check it out below. Metal Blade Records also comments:
"The video, which can loosely be described as a lyric video, features a pair of zombies making their way through the Warrior Dash in Italy as lyrics splatter onto the screen. Lyrically, the song examines why we as humans enjoy killing zombies so much, and visually, the video is an entertaining dose of absurdity, as fans of Destrage have come to expect! 'My Green Neighbour' was directed and edited by guitarist Matteo Di Gioia at The Jack Stupid.
"Watch the video for 'My Green Neighbour' and order your copy of 'Are You Kidding Me? No.' at this location. 'Are You Kidding Me? No.' will be released worldwide via Metal Blade Records on March 4th in North America and February 28th/March 3rd in Europe/UK.
"Destrage recorded 'Are You Kidding Me? No.' at RecLab Studios with Larsen Premoli and at Adrenaline Studio with Daniele Nelli. Mixing and mastering was done by Will Putney at The Machine Shop in New Jersey. The cover illustration was done by Marco Tafuri and the layout was completed by The Jack Stupid." More...
Polish one man outfit Widek has posted the teaser track "Aries" online, which can be heard in the player below and will appear on an upcoming album. For more info on Widek, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Tear Out The Heart's new music video for the track “Dead By Dawn” is now available online and can be seen below, courtesy of Fuse.tv.
You can also see the band perform tracks off of debut album, "Violence," live as Tear Out The Heart performs all summer long on Vans Warped Tour 2014. Dates are available after the jump. More...
Romanian funeral doom collective Descend Into Despair is pleased to join the eccentric Domestic Genocide roster for the release of forthcoming full-length, "The Bearer Of All Storms," due out January 28th. The label comments:
"Melodic yet fragmented and led by the anguished growls of Denis Ungurean, the record is a primitive, thoroughly cheerless voyage through the various sounds and shades of suffering and despair, their grim, disconcerting hymns of negativity proving both elegant and suffocating."
Sink into the sorrow of teaser track "Mirrors Of Flesh" below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Portrait of Rust
2. Mirrors of Flesh
3. Pendulum of Doubt
4. Triangle of Lies
5. The Horrific Pale Awakening
6. Plânge glia de dorul meu
7. Embrace of Earth More...
Marty Friedman has unveiled the first full track from his upcoming studio album, "Inferno." The brand new song "Steroidhead" can be streamed below.
"Steroidhead" sees Friedman backed by some notable young musicians -- Keshav Dhar and Anup Sastry (Skyharbor). Says Friedman: "I love working with innovative, risky and borderline crazy musicians, and the guys on 'Steroidhead' certainly fit that description. Each track on the album has a separate dream team on it, so it feels like a constant barrage of fresh interpretations of my music."
Due in May, "Inferno," is Friedman's first solo album of original material in four years, and his first recording in more than a decade that will be released worldwide simultaneously. Featuring what he describes as the heaviest, most intense playing of his career, the album will feature guest appearances by Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom), flamenco/metal acoustic duo Rodrigo y Gabriela and Revocation's David Davidson. In addition, "Inferno" includes Friedman's first songwriting collaboration with Jason Becker since the pair played together in Cacophony. More...
Italy's Burning Nitrum has checked in with the following announcement about entering the recording studio:
"We announce Burning Nitrum has entered the studio to record the debut album, coming out on the next spring. Further hot news is going to be revealed soon! Stay tuned with us!
Finland's Vainaja has inked a deal with Svart Records to release debut album "Kadotetut" later this Spring, with an exact release date forthcoming. The track listing will be:
2. Väärän Ristin Valtakunta
3. Kahleiden Kantaja
4. Valon Lapset
6. Verinen Lähde
7. Risti Kädessäni
8. Viimeinen Tuomio
9. Kadotettu More...
Norwegian black metal outfit Kampfar will release new album "Djevelmakt" this coming January 27th, 2014 via Indie Recordings. Today the full album is now available for streaming online. Check it out in the player below, courtesy of Legacy.de.
Dutch death metal outfit Prostitute Disfigurement, in conjunction with the evil-breeders at MetalSucks, is pleased to unveil a new paean of punishment in the form of a latest lyric video for "Glorify Through Cyanide." Check it out below.
The newest taste of terror, which centers itself on American cult leader Jim Jones, comes off the band's soon-to-be-released "From Crotch To Crown." Prostitute Disfigurement's first full-length proper since 2008's mauling "Descendants Of Depravity," "From Crotch To Crown" delivers a maniacal fusion of old-school death metal brawn with modern, technical riff incursions and enough debauched lyrical twists to make even the most deviant of serial killers blush. The track listing is as follows:
1. Only Taste For Decay
2. Battered To The Grave
3. Crowned In Entrails
4. Dismember The Transgender
5. Under The Patio
6. From Crotch To Crown
7. Glorify Through Cyanide
8. Set Forth To Annihilate
9. Compulsive Beheading Disorder
10. Reduced To Stumps More...
Guitar virtuoso Gus G. has unveiled the album cover and track listing for "I Am The Fire," his debut solo album to be released March 18th, 2014 in North America. The album will be released internationally on Century Media Records, and will come out March 17th in Europe.
1. My Will Be Done (featuring Mats Levén)
2. Blame It On Me (featuring Mats Levén)
3. I Am The Fire (featuring Devour The Day)
4. Vengeance (featuring David Ellefson)
5. Long Way Down (featuring Alexia Rodriguez)
6. Just Can't Let Go (featuring Jacob Bunton)
7. Terrified (featuring Billy Sheehan)
8. Eyes Wide Open (featuring Mats Levén)
9. Redemption (featuring Michael Starr)
10. Summer Days (featuring Jeff Scott Soto)
11. Dreamkeeper (featuring Tom S. Englund)
12. End Of The Line (featuring Mats Levén) More...
Danish/German hard rock act Miracle Master will release debut album "Tattooed Woman" on March 7th via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music. The new band featuring Oliver Weers on vocals was formed out of the ashes of Pump.
The cover artwork for the CD was created by Matthias Bäuerele of SeasonZero (Downspirit, Symphorce, Zombie Inc.) and can be seen below.
Recordings were done at Studio 22 in Germany and Medley Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark. The album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Miracle Master & Axel Heckert (Brainstorm, Symphorce). The track listing is as follows:
01. Come Alive
02. Fly Away
03. Stay With Me
04. Forgive Yourself
05. Miracle Master
06. Will to Survive
07. Why Religion
08. Tattooed Woman
09. Highway to Heaven
10. Tear Down the Walls
11. We All Touch Evil More...
Facedown Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Mouth of the South:
"Facedown Records is proud to welcome Mouth of the South to the Family, and MOTS is so excited that they're offering an exclusive download of their brand new song 'Idle Hands,' a sneak peak into the new album they'll be recording for Facedown in April.
"For six years Texas’ Mouth of the South has been blazing trails with their fiery metalcore riffs and tenacious southern attitude. Though the band has evolved almost entirely from the original lineup and sound in 2007, the fervor is still there as is evidenced by their three self-released albums and well-established touring schedule. More...
Battlecross will hit the road supporting Protest The Hero, The Safety Fire, Intervals, and Night Verses. Dates for the trek are as follows:
Sat/Mar-01 Buffalo, NY @ Waiting Room
Sun/Mar-02 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
Mon/Mar-03 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
Tue/Mar-04 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's
Wed/Mar-05 Burnsville, MN @ The Garage
Fri/Mar-07 Milwaukee, WI @ The Eagles Hall
Sat/Mar-08 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
Sun/Mar-09 Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre
Mon/Mar-10 Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre
Tue/Mar-11 Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre & Club
Wed/Mar-12 Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Fri/Mar-14 Spokane, WA @ The Hop
Sat/Mar-15 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
Sun/Mar-16 Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
Mon/Mar-17 Sacramento, CA @ Assembly
Tue/Mar-18 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
Wed/Mar-19 Tucson, AZ @ 191 Toole
Fri/Mar-21 Lubbock, TX @ Jake's Backroom
Sat/Mar-22 Austin, TX @ Red 7
Sun/Mar-23 Little Rock, AR @ Juanita's
Mon/Mar-24 Baton Rouge, LA @ The Varsity Theatre
Wed/Mar-26 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
Thu/Mar-27 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
Fri/Mar-28 Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
Sat/Mar-29 Wilmington, NC @ Ziggys By The Sea
Sun/Mar-30 Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
Tue/Apr-01 Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Wed/Apr-02 Washington, DC @ The Rock and Roll Hotel
Thu/Apr-03 Hartford, CT @ Webster Theater
Fri/Apr-04 Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
Sat/Apr-05 Cambridge, MA @ The Middle East Downstairs
Sun/Apr-06 Amityville, NY @ Revolution More...
Moonspell's mercurial mix of goth rock and black metal helped pave the way for the atmospheric mold that shaped many of today's dark-minded artists. This would not have been possible without their venturing into the New World. Moonspell has affixed its name to flyers containing major acts such purveyors of beautiful darkness as Lacuna Coil, Nevermore, Type O Negative and Cradle of Filth.
The group will once again follow the tide to enchant North American audiences. Fellow Euro metal bands, Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity, are in place to keep the crowd hungry for the band's sonic malevolence. The Portuguese pack comes to these shows to further showcase their epic, double-disc recording "Alpha Noir."
I caught up with pack member, Fernando Ribeiro to gauge his thoughts on this upcoming tour. In the following interview conducted via email, Ribeiro discusses the songs they'll be playing. Also, two years have passed since the release of "Alpha Noir," so we figured the band has probably started writing new material. We were correct! Read further for a brief glimpse into the future of Moonspell. More...
The organizers of the Total Metal Open Air Festival have announced that tickets will go on sale February 3rd via Ticketone, Bookingshow, and Metaltix. Production manager Fabrizio Fiorito comemnts:
“This year we are preparing an edition which will be far superior to all prior ones for both the number and quality of the bands and for all the care that we are having for the non-musical entertainments of the festival. A highest ticket cost was lawful and justified, but just because of the major change that we are doing we would like to introduce the 'new' TMF to as much people as possible. Certainly we're sacrificing part of the possible income, but, with foresight, we look to the future and we are confident that a low ticket price will bring us a lot more people and then will make the event even more famous and popular."
The Italian festival takes place on July 19th and 20th, 2014 and so far Annihilator, Moonspell, and Death Angel have been confirmed, with more announcements coming shortly. More...
Pelgrim will soon be heading out for European tour dates with To Kill Achilles, with full dates available below. The band will be supporting its self-titled EP, which can also be heard after the jump.
1/30 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Egelantier
1/31 - Vlaardingen, Netherlands @ Kroepoekfabriek
2/01 - Hengelo, Netherlands @ JC Innocent
2/02 - Berlin, Germany @ Love-Lite
2/03 - Zielona Gora, Poland @ Rock Out Pub
2/04 - Wroclaw, Poland @ Cztery Litery
2/05 - Leipzig, Germany @ Four Rooms
2/06 - Per Erkenschwick, Germany @ Joe's
2/07 - Middleburg, Netherlands @ Bar American
2/08 - Luxembourg, Luxemburg @ Soul Kitchen
2/09 - Maaseik, Belgium @ Jeugdhuis De Kick
w/ FOR I AM KING
4/12 - Capelle Aan Den Ijssel, Netherlands @ Capsloc
w/ CHAINSAW DISASTER
5/23 - Spijkenisse, Netherlands @ TexMex More...
The New York death metal legends in Immolation are about to hit the road on their “European Conspiracy Tour” this coming Friday, January 2014.
Joining in will be Chicago's Broken Hope, Paris based metal newbies Sweetest Devilry and Bulgarian act Eufobia (for the shows on February 13 to February 22).
Commented Immolation vocalist/bassist Ross Dolan: "We are all really excited about once again returning to Europe in support of the 'Kingdom Of Conspiracy' album. We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the shows and can't wait to play a completely new live set featuring material off of almost all the releases, old and new, especially a good amount of songs off the new album. Joining us on this run will be our longtime friends from Illinois, Broken Hope, who we feel will really add a lot to the tour and it will be a pleasure to have them along with us to give the European fans a good dose of extreme death metal. See you all in a few days!" More...
Belgian vicious punk/metal outfit Daggers is now streaming two tracks from forthcoming album "It's Not Jazz, It's Blues." Give the tracks "Apex" and "Woolgatherer" a listen in the player below, courtesy of Cvlt Nation.
The twelve track LP is due out March 31st through Throatruiner Records, and the label also comments:
"During their five years of existence, Belgium's Daggers have worked hard on creating unique and singular records to forge a very personal sound. Their new full-length 'It's Not Jazz, It's Blues' is an entire different animal than on their crust-infused hardcore previous releases, delivering twelve epic tracks that will drag you down to the bottom of the earth and shred the living out of you with the haste and anger of a thousand rusty swords.
"Captured in an organic live recording setting, 'It's Not Jazz, It's Blues' takes a hypnotic, noisy approach to the band's claustrophobic blend of punk and metal, more ruthless and vicious than ever." More...
The Las Vegas Death Fest 2014 will take place from June 12th-15th at the Cheyenne Saloon in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Already 58 bands are confirmed for the four day event, with more to follow. Check for updates on the LVDF page. Check out the interesting line up consisting of death metal bands ranging from Orphalis to Torn The Fuck Apart.
The LVDF 6 will see the return of the band Sick Hymns, whose singer Joe Wolfe has endured a year of lung surgeries. The doctors told him he might never sing again, but he is proving them wrong. Sick Hymn's promo track "Blasphemous Bitch" is streaming below.
LVDF VI 2014 Preliminary Line-Up
Corpsefucking Art (Italy)
Intravenous Contamination (Germany)
Torn The Fuck Apart
United by Hate
Amputated Genitals (Colombia)
Euphegenia (Guttural Secrete/Cerebral Incubation)
Visceral Leishmaniasis (Brasil)
Desecrate The Faith
Sick Hymns (Heinous Killings)
Regurgitate Life (UK)
Pessimist (Reunion show)
Lust Of Decay
Cerebral Engorgement More...
As the band's tenth anniversary looms over the horizon, October File is currently recording with producer Jamie Gomez at the acclaimed Orgone Studios.
The album is entitled “The Application of Loneliness, Ignorance, Misery, Love and Despair - An Introspective of the Human Condition" and will be a concept album based on the contents of the aforementioned title. The album will see its release on May 26th via Candlelight Records, and the label also comments:
"Anger and belief. Power and persistence. October File have earned a formidable reputation as one of the UK’s heaviest and most intensely original bands over their eventful career. This four-man post-punk hardcore crew, formed in 2003 by guitarist Matt Lerwill and bassist Steve Beatty, have doggedly redefined what it means to convey ferocity and fury through the art of riffs, rhythms and incendiary, politically-charged lyrics, amassing a substantial fan base from across the rock, punk and metal spectrum and garnering countless effusive and ecstatic reviews from all corners of the rock and metal media.
"Inspired by a wide range of influences, from post-punk heroes like Killing Joke, Amebix, Godflesh and Gang Of Four through to the greats of rock, punk, industrial and underground metal, October File exploded into life with their 2004 debut album ‘A Long Walk On A Short Pier’ and the ‘How To Lose Friends And Alienate People’ EP from the same year, both of which were released by UK imprint Golf Records. Embarking on a relentless slew of live performances which has seldom slowed since, the band – completed by vocalist Ben Hollyer and drummer John Watt - proved their dedication to playing in front of anyone and everyone and duly attracted the attention of the UK rock and metal press. Consolidating their notoriety with the EPs ‘Monuments’ (2005) and ‘Hallowed Be Thy Army’ (2006), which marked the band’s upward shift to the prestigious Candlelight Records label, October File made friends with Killing Joke frontman Jaz Coleman who then lent his vocal powers to the band’s second full-length album, ‘Holy Armour From The Jaws Of God’, which emerged to widespread acclaim in 2007, adorned by the astonishing and unique artwork of revered artist Victor Safonkin. More...
The Obscene Extreme Festival America 2014 preliminary line-up has been posted at the All Metalfest site. Below is a list of the bands that will be appearing, ranging from Ratos de Porao, Napalm Death, Dying Fetus and Doom to Vaginal Bear Trap. The 2014 edition of the popular festival will be taking place in Los Angeles from August 29th-31st. Get more information on the event over at the Obscene Extreme official website.
The OEF Europe, held in Trutnov, Czech Republic, has spawned the American, Australian and Asian versions of the event as well. Last year, the American OEF 2013 took place in Valle de Las Monjas, Mexico and featured an act that will be back at this year's edition - Mexican pornogrind band Urtikaria Anal. Check out the band's 2013 album "Kamikaze Orgy" in full after the line-up of bands. More...
Humanity's Last Breath has released a new lyric video for "Human Swarm," which can be viewed below courtesy of Revolvermag.com.
"Human Swarm" is taken off the band's self-titled album release in 2013. You can also stream the entire release at Bandcamp here.
U.S. metal veterans Helstar announced that the band's ninth full length studio release will be entitled "This Wicked Nest." The album will be released on April 25th in Europe via AFM Records. The artwork for the album can be seen below.
The album is the first studio album of new material since 2010's "Glory of Chaos." More information is expected shortly.
French outfit Early Seasons has released a new music video for "Redemption," which is the title track off the album of the same name. Check it out below, and the band comments:
"Our new album 'Redemption' will be out on March 18th! Check out the video of our new song and spread the word if you like it. You can already pre-order the album with some new merch right here."
Illinois metal band Ghost of Mendea has checked in with the following update about working on an upcoming release:
"So the time has arrived and Ghost Of Mendea has started to rehearse for the new album. We have a new guitarist, Ted Seil, which we'd like to officially welcome. We've worked together in the past in Seasons Of Darkness and we flowed great.
"We have a new drummer to which I will announce in the next few days. So at this point in the game I feel optimistic about shows this summer."
You can also hear the band's previous album "Cult of the Dead" in the player below. More...
Anchorage is now streaming a new track off the "Hourglass" EP, which can be heard below, and the band also comments:
"We're excited to share with you single number two off our upcoming EP 'Hourglass!' We would like to thank our good friend Ryan Furlott at Rain City Audio for making it sound so excellent and to everyone who continues to believe in us and support us this song is for you!
ArmyOfOneTV has posted an interview with Coke Finlay of the London, UK thrash metal band Virus. On this video, he discusses the origins, breakups, current status of the band and its latest album "A New Strain of an Old Disease." Watch the footage below.
Virus was one of the pioneers of British thrash metal, and formed in 1986 by H Heston and Tez Kaylor, members of the punk/oi! band Criminal Damage. They brought in John D Hess in their forming year and called on the services of Coke Finlay in 1987.
Their first recording ("Pray for War") was completely funded by the band itself. It wasn't until their 2nd album ("Force Recon") in 1987 that people really started to take notice of the true potential of the band. The press dogged them, probably because of their strong punk roots. It didnt help when Coke punched out Xavier Russell of Kerrang in the Kit Kat club in London in 1988, the former who was reviewing their album that year.
Labelled 'the bad boys of thrash metal' because most of their gigs ended up in fights, drunken brawls and roadie punch .ps, they still maintained a modicum of decorum when they met their fans!
Virus hit the stage for the very first time supporting Suicidal Tendencies and punk outfit Chelsea at the Clarendon in London. They gigged and toured with some of the most influential outfits of the late eighties; Megadeth, Death Angel, Nuclear Assault, Lazz Rockit, Cro-Mags, Kreator, Celtic Frost, Voi-Vod, Sabbat, Acid Reign, Overkill, Lawnmower Deth, Deathwish, Nalpalm Death, Sacrelige BC and Carcass.
While Greek Epic Metal veterans Battleroar are in the studio working on the final touches to the comeback release "Blood of Legends," the band posted up a studio report video featuring clips of the studio and a short interview of the band's newest members Gerrit Mutz (vocalist) (Sacred Steel) and Stavros Aivaliotis (bass) (ex-Bloodstained) conducted by The Nightwatchers. The clip also contains a little teaser of the album.
"Blood of the Legends" is set to be released May 2nd in Europe and May 11th in the US via Cruz del Sur Records and will be available in CD, digital and gatefold edition LP formats. Check out the video here:
Orlando deathcore act Abdomen Canvas released a new music video for the track "Cannibal Manifestation," the band's new single and first material since the 2011 EP "Inhabitance." The video was directed by Dan Drescher and produced by Afflux Club. The song was engineered by Michael Moore and mastered by Maor Appelbaum. More information on the band can be found over at the official Facebook Page.
Check out "Cannibal Manifestation" here:
Italian symphonic metal act Sleeping Romance, featuring Synthphonia Suprema members Federico Truzzi (guitars), Lorenzo Costi (bass) and Francesco Zanarelli (drums), is streaming the track "Free Me." The song appears on the debut release "Enlighten," which was issued in North America this past December via Ulterium Records.
Check out the track here:
Wolves Like Us released a music video for the new track "I Don't Need to be Forgiven." The song appears on the band's upcoming new release "Black Soul Choir," which will be released via Prosthetic Records on February 24th (EU), February 28th (Germany) and March 4th (North America). Pre-orders can be made at this location.
Check out the video here: