Metal News for January 23, 2011
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Metalunderground.com has obtained the exclusive premiere of the full album stream of Lazarus A.D.'s "Black Rivers Flow." "Black Rivers Flow" (reviewed here) is the band's sophomore album and follow-up to their highly acclaimed debut, "The Onslaught." The album was recorded in July and August 2010 at Belle City Sound with Chris Djuricic and was mixed and mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production and is scheduled for release in North American on February 1st, 2011. Stream the album in full in our player below.
Metal Blade Records has a number of pre-order packages available, including:
A copy of LAZARUS A.D.’s upcoming new album, "Black Rivers Flow" CD only - $9.99
Special "Black Rivers Flow" Cage T-shirt - $13.99
Special "Black Rivers Flow" Bird T-shirt - $13.99
Exclusive "Black Rivers Flow" Bird T-shirt and CD combo pack - $19.99
Here's the "Black Rivers Flow" track listing:
1. American Dreams (4:53)
2. The Ultimate Sacrifice (4:53)
3. The Strong Prevail (3:04)
4. Black Rivers Flow (4:52)
5. Casting Forward (3:56)
6. Light a City (Up in Smoke) (3:49)
7. Through Your Eyes (4:09)
8. Beneath the Waves of Hatred (5:04)
9. Eternal Vengeance (7:03) More...
Due to creative differences, Ryan Bartek has left BLOOD OF MARTYRS. The Portland, Oregon extreme metal group continues onward, planning a new recording for 2011.
In the immediate future Bartek will be working on a variety of projects – including new SASQUATCH AGNOSTIC & JACK CASSADY recordings.
The main focus is now the European sequel of his USA road book “The Big Shiny Prison.” This new book will once again feature a variety of personalities within the undergrounds of radical punk, extreme metal, hard rock, industrial & experimental.
Ryan Bartek is actively booking in-person interviews with bands, artists, writers, freaks, promoters, activists -- any interesting individuals that wish to appear in this new book.
The author will be backpacking Western Europe from June to August 2011 with a modest budget and seeks any assistance possible (contacts/shelter/etc). If any touring band seeks a merch table worker, contact him. Major cities confirmed thus far are London, Paris & Amsterdam. Others are in the planning stages, such as Rome, Berlin, Barcelona, Gothenburg & Oslo.
Bartek continues: "As with 'THE BIG SHINY PRISON,' this European book will focus on extreme metal, radical punk, industrial, rock, experimental – but also go far deeper into fringe subcultures & bizarre reality. I’m looking to get really weird with this one – UFO cults, ghosthunters, hackers, political groups, art movements; an array of demagogues, cranks, prophets & clowns. However, let it be known that there will be NO PHONE INTERVIEWS and NO EMAIL INTERVIEWS for those featured – the reason I am traveling is to meet people face to face."
If any of this sounds confusing, you can view/download “The Big Shiny Prison” itself as a sort of “demo” for this new project.
Ryan Bartek has released his entire book & music discography as a free download here.
Spanish thrash metal outfit Desecration has posted a new music video online for the song, "Molestation." You can check it out below. The song appears on the band's latest album, "Lords Of Misery," which is available now.
Metal Assault conducted an interview with Mike Martin from All That Remains at the Grove Of Anaheim on January 21st 2011. The video clip, which can be viewed below, was shot during the band's Jagermeister Music Tour with Buckcherry, Hellyeah and The Damned Things.
Broken Melody has posted an acoustic version of "Another Star" in tribute to Steve Lee of Gotthard, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2010. You can check out the video below, and the band also commented:
"This song is a tribute we made for Steve Lee of Gotthard. We want to say thank you to the band 'cause in part, if Broken Melody today exists, it's merit of Gotthard's songs. This is our tribute to one of the greatest hard rock voices of all time. R.I.P. Steve Lee."
Slovenian metallers Bleeding Fist have issued the following update about releasing a new album:
"Year DXXVI A.C., day thirty one of the fifth month; a colossal calamity slaughtered 250,000 mortals before the sun felt down that day - the Devil had no compassion for mercy! On same day, 1485 years after, Moribund Records will unleash the Devil’s anger again! The newest Bleeding Fist’s hymn of the insane entitled Devil’s Ferox will be released world widely on May 31, 2011 as enhanced CD including the official video for 'Invocation Into Devil’s Flesh.'
"Devil’s Ferox was recorded in Studio Panorama, entirely in 6 hours, entirely in live mode and will include a tribute to the masters of occult metal Death SS 'Black and Violet' along with live recordings! The fourth opus from Devil’s Ferox 'Pillars of Black Enlightenment' was solely recorded on the Sabbath of September 31, 2010 under Illuminati’s Human Sacrifice Night. …God spewed the Devil’s Ferox!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Monuments Desecration
2. Devil’s Ferox
3. Force the Dead to Confess
4. Pillars of Black Enlightenment
5. Black and Violet (Death SS tribute)
Nuclear Blast Records has issued the following announcement about Accept performing the entire "Restless & Wild" album on the band's upcoming show in Switzerland:
"Today, Accept are proud to announce an exclusive show for their fans in Switzerland, a show that will go down as another defining, legendary moment for heavy metal. The fans at the Z7 Hall in Pratteln, Switzerland can get ready to hear a very special performance that will become a milestone in Accept’s fabled history.
"The band has decided to perform their historic 1982 album Restless & Wild in its entirety, including such trend-setting gems as 'Fast As A Shark,' 'Restless & Wild' and 'Princess Of The Dawn!' These classic songs will be supplemented with several new songs from their latest album Blood Of The Nations. This exclusive show will be talked about for years to come as yet another high point in Accept’s chronicle of special events and a very distinct experience for all hard rock fans and the many die-hard Accept followers. This performance will happen only once and it will happen in Pratteln. Be there on January 25th!"
Norwegian act Tomorrow's Outlook has checked in with the following update about the band's debut album and about working on new material:
"Late December we shipped out almost 20 promopacks. Most of the CDs were sent to major record-companies such as: 'Lion Music', 'Century Media', 'LIMB Music', 'Nuclear Blast', 'Massacre Records', 'Spinefarm', 'Mascot Records' etc..but we also sent a few copys to some smaller labels like 'Pure Steel Records', '7Hard Records', 'Battlegod Productions', 'Avenue Of Allies' etc.
"Now that 3 weeks have passed we still haven't heard back from any of the bigger labels..but we continue the search and we're crossing our fingers. Besides all the waiting for something to happen, our friend and artist Isis Sousa is working on some promo artwork for '34613'. She has just finished some great-looking artwork for the magazines and for the media..and I can't wait to unleash it with the music and everything.
"We're also writing some new songs..and I can already now promise you a much stronger follow-up (if we should ever get the money to record another album). Yea I guess it all depends on if we can secure a good deal or not for our debut album, '34613'. But we can always win the lottery of course, he-he..."
French act Memories of a Dead Man has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming release titled "Maze," which can be viewed below.
Pagan's Mind has posted an extended version of the "Through Osiris' Eyes" music video, which can be viewed in the clip below. The band also commented:
"Exclusive! The old but extended version of the music video 'Through Osiris' Eyes' is now viewable on our Youtube channel. The video is the song 'Approaching' and the song 'Through Osiris' Eyes' in one music video. Enjoy some old stuff!"
Germany's Ingurgitating Oblivion recently announced that the band has inked a record deal with Diabolical Conquest Record. Ingurgitating Oblivion has now checked in with the following brief announcement about the band canceling its previously scheduled appearance at the "Battles in the Norf" show:
"Good evening! Unfortunately, we have had our participation in the Battles in the Norf at 29.01. canceled due to illness - we really regret this, but unfortunately it can not be changed."
You can also check out the band's music via the Ingurgitating Oblivion MySpace page.
British thrash metal legends Onslaught has posted another new song online from their forthcoming new studio album. You can check out the song, "Rest In Pieces" by heading to their official Facebook page. The new album will be the group's fifth studio effort and is entitled, "Sounds Of Violence." It will be released in Europe on January 28th and in North America on February 8th.
Alternative metal act Avenged Sevenfold performed live with its new drummer Arin Ilejay for the first time recently during its tour stop at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. Fan filmed footage can be viewed below:
Avenged Sevenfold recently offered up the following statement in regards to its new drummer Arin Ilejay:
"We recently asked several friends who knew Jimmy and his style, and also knew our music and each of our personalities to suggest drummers to tour with us starting this year. Our longtime studio drum tech Mike Fasano recommended Arin Ilejay.
"We've rehearsed with Arin and have been impressed with his technical skills, attitude and work ethic. We're very excited to tour with Arin and hope all of you will give him the warm welcome to the family we have."
Iowa based act Black Epiphany, which features Mortiferous Scorn's Alexander Oden, is currently offering the debut album "Mocking the Dead" as a free download. You can download all the tracks from the band's debut offering at this location.
Alexander Oden also recently issued the following update about writing new material for Black Epiphany:
"Ten new songs have been written for the upcoming Black Epiphany album. All bass and guitar tracks have been recorded. Work on vocals and various instruments will continue throughout the winter. I think this album is going to be a huge step forward from the first Black Epiphany album as far as production is concerned. This is definitely the most diverse sounding album I’ve ever created. The heavy guitars and riffs are still there but the soundscape will be more textured."
The reunited "Animosity" lineup of Corrosion of Conformity, consisting of Mike Dean (bass, vocals), Woody Weatherman (guitar) and Reed Mullin (drums), is reportedly in the process of writing new material. Guitarist Woody Weatherman commented by saying:
"Writing new songs and jamming some recently. It looks like we're gonna do a few shows this summer as a three-piece and probably record stuff as well."
The reunited trio previously recorded a new seven-inch single, titled "Your Tomorrow (Parts 1 and 2)," which is currently available through the Southern Lord Records webstore.
Swedish groove metal act The Haunted recently performed a new song titled "No Ghost" during its appearance at the "P3 Guld" awards show which is Swedish radio's annual music awards. "No Ghost" comes off The Haunted's seventh studio album, "Unseen," which will be released in late March through Century Media Records. You can view the bootleg performance footage below:
Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman has announced the following European solo tour dates:
May 05 - Bibelot - Dordrecht, Netherlands
May 06 - Underworld - London, UK
May 07 - Spirit '66 - Verviers, Belgium
May 08 - [to be announced] - Paris, France
May 10 - Rock Star Live - Bilbao, Spain
May 11 - Sala Heineken - Madrid, Spain
May 12 - Salamandra - Barcelona, Spain
May 14 - Jailbreak - Rome, Italy
May 15 - Bloom - Mezzago, Italy
May 17 - Exit Chmelnice - Prague, Czech Republic
May 18 - Randall - Bratislava, Slovakia
May 19 - A38 - Budapest, Hungary
May 20 - SKC - Belgrade, Serbia
May 21 - RBF Club - Sofia, Bulgaria
May 22 - Romeo & Juliet - Istanbul, Turkey
May 23 - 312 Arena - Ankara, Turkey
May 24 - Noxx - Izmir, Turkey
May 26 - Eightball Club - Thessaloniki, Greece
May 27 - AN Club - Athens, Greece
May 28 - Tochka - Moscow, Russia
May 29 - Jagger Club - St. Petersburg, Russia
May 31 - Reading 3 - Tel-Aviv, Israel
Swedish progressive metal act Evergrey has posted a new studio webisode online for its forthcoming studio album. The album's title has been set as "Glorious Collision" and is set for release on February 22nd, 2011. You can view the studio clip below:
Recently, the English county of Suffolk was given a shock when Cradle Of Filth frontman, Dani Filth, who hails from Ipswich town, was voted the county’s greatest cultural icon. But many fans of extreme metal and punk who have been around for a while would perhaps instead prefer this title to go to Extreme Noise Terror, one of the most influential grindcore and crust punk bands of all time. The group formed in 1985, also in the town of Ipswich and were notable for being one of the few bands that utilised the use of two vocalists, being inspired in this angle by Antisect. Before long, the band signed with Manic Ears Records and released a split LP with Chaos UK entitled, "Radioactive Earslaughter." Around this time, the band were being grouped with another bunch of British bands, including Napalm Death and Bolt Thrower, under an ever changing label, eventually becoming known as grindcore, though the band expressed discomfort with the term.
After releasing the split LP with Chaos UK, the band attracted the attention of legendary DJ John Peel, who offered them a prestigious "Peel Session" slot, which in turn allowed ENT to record their debut full length album, ”A Holocaust In Your Head,” which has since become one of the most acclaimed grindcore albums in history. The band continued to garner interest from strange places, not least when they were contacted by Bill Drummond of legendary acid house band, The KLF. Drummond asked Extreme Noise Terror to re-record the KLF song, "3 A.M. Eternal," with the intention of getting the band television time on the famous Top of the Pops program. Despite the good performance of the single, the BBC denied the band an appearance on the show, fearing the song wasn’t appropriate for broadcast, which led to The KLF boycotting the program. However, the two groups did team up for a performance at the 1992 BRIT Awards, which made national news when the performance culminated in a machine gun being fired into the crowd.
Following this controversy, Extreme Noise Terror continued to tour wherever they could, going through a number of lineup changes in the process. Eventually, the band signed a new deal with Earache Records, re-recording a wealth of old material for the, “Retro-bution” release. Not long after however, the band faced one of their biggest challenges when vocalist Phil Vane left the band, but the band was helped when Napalm Death vocalist Barney Greenway, who had just been fired from his band, decided to join ENT. Funnily enough, Phil Vane became the new singer for Napalm Death, although he would never record an album with them. Now with Greenway in tow, the band got to work on a new studio album, resulting in, "Damage 381." The album saw the band enter a more death metal orientated area, incorporating blast beats and more screams. Following the release of the album however, Greenway returned to Napalm Death and Vane eventually came back to ENT. Since then, the band has continued to change members, with vocalist Dean Jones remaining the only constant member, as Vane left again in 1999, only to return in 2006. The band continue to tour and record new material, often in the form of split EPs. More...
At a recent concert in Anaheim, California, veteran hard rock outfit Stryper was joined on stage by Fozzy lead singer and pro wrestler Chris Jericho to perform a cover of the classic Scorpions song, "Blackout." You can check out fan filmed footage below. The song is featured on Stryper's new covers album, "The Covering" and was also covered by Fozzy on the band's self-titled debut album in 2000.
Austrian blackened death metal outfit Belphegor has entered the Finnish album charts with the band's latest studio album, "Blood Magick Necromance." The record debuted at number seventeen. The album is available everywhere in Europe in CD, vinyl, and digital download editions. The album is set for release on February 8th in the U.S.
Progressive metal act Sons Of Seasons, featuring Kamelot keyboardist/guitarist Oliver Palotai, has revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming full length album. The new album, titled "Magnisphyricon," is set for release on April 1 through Napalm Records. The tracklisting for the effort is as follows:
1. Magnisphyricon: Temperance
2. Bubonic Waltz
3. Soul Symmetry
5. Casus Belli I: Guilt's Mirror
6. Magnisphyricon: Adjustement
7. Into the Void
8. A Nightbird's Gospel
9. Tales of Greed
11. Casus Belli II: Necrologue to the Unborn
12. Magnisphyricon: The Aeon
German progressive metal act The Ocean has announced that it will be filming its first ever live concert DVD on January 29th, 2011. The band has posted the following statement online:
"On January 29th, THE OCEAN will play a unique performance at the Museum für Musikinstrumente at Potsdamer Platz, Berlin. We will play amidst a collection of historic cembalo from the 16th century. We will have a piano player with us who will play on one of these instruments, as well as a cello player. The show will also be filmed for our upcoming DVD.
"We will not play any 'Anthropocentric'-songs yet, but will play some Precambrian songs we've never played before. THE SHOW IS FREE OF CHARGE! The Ocean are scheduled for 11 PM stage-time."