Metal News for January 25, 2014
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18 news articles posted on this day.
Band members changing their surname as a show of solidarity is one thing, when the name is “Dwarf” that means two things: you have a sense of humor and are part of the Killer Dwarfs. More...
Colombian black metal division Guerra Total recently released its new one "El Armagedon Continua" via IHate Records and is streaming two of the ten tracks from it. Below you may stream "Nuklear Zombie Division" and "Misanthropist God."
Guerra Total had previously issued "Antichristian Zombie Hordes" early on in 2013 and later had a split release with Sabbat titled "Sabbatical Zombie Division." The band has opened for Desaster, Sodom, Onslaught, Absu, Mystifier and Nunslaughter in South America.
Finnish sludge band Lurk has made a couple of its new tracks available for streaming. The two songs, "Ritual" and "Rest Unitaries," come from its latest digital release "Kaldera." That album was just unveiled on Doomentia Records a couple of weeks ago.
The eight tracks on "Kaldera" are what Lurk says is 'dedicated to the dark ruins of humanity's failure. They might evoke to some a Crowbar LP played at the half of its normal speed or maybe the depressing rumblings of Zatokrev.'
Italian raw black metal band Barbarian has just released its new one, "Faith Extinguisher," digitally via Doomentia Records and has made a couple of the seven tracks available for streaming below. Check out "Inhale the Dead" and "We are the Profane" below.
The three Italian warriors of death that are Barbarian first emerged in 2010 with their self-titled demo, following it up with a split with Bunker 66 in 2012. The tracks on this debut were all recorded last January.
UK doom band Alunah has posted a series of tour dates in Great Britain, with more shows to be announced soon. The dates are posted below. Alunah recently signed with Napalm Records and is currently working on a new album for release later in 2014. Napalm Records/Spinning Goblin released the band's third album "White Hoarhound" on vinyl back in 2013.
08.02 | The Vampire, Bradford w/ Monolith Cult
15.03 | The Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton w/ Grand Magus & The Vintage Caravan
13.04 | The Asylum2, Birmingham w/ Windhand & Inter Arma
10.05 | Doom for the Doomed at The Asylum, Birmingham w/ Purson & Others
28.05 | The Unicorn, London
29.05 | The Green Door Store, Brighton
30.05 | Midsummer Nights Doom, Firebug, Leicester
31.05 | The Star & Garter, Manchester
01.06 | Till Death Doom Us Part - venue tbc, Bristol
05.09 | The Trip Out, Scald End Farm, Bed
Concert footage of Alunah at Morion, Szczecin in 2013 is streaming below. The gig also featured Dopelord and Stoneache.
The Warriors of Metal fest has announced the confirmation of Cleveland-based power metallers Deadiron. The pre-fest showcase will be held at O'Sheckys LIVE Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, June 26th. Check out Deadiron's official video "On the Line," produced by CK Media, below. Deadiron guitarist Tyler J. Harvey states:
"Deadiron is extremely excited to be able to share the stage in Columbus alongside such quality heavy metal bands. We have played with most of the bands on the bill before, so it's a privilege to be able to enjoy such a solid lineup with so many familiar faces. We'd like to thank Datis and the rest of the Warriors for giving us the opportunity to play our brand of heavy metal for you!"
US death quartet Morfin has invaded Decibel Magazine's cyberspace for the exclusive world premiere of "Cryostasis" from its upcoming debut, ten-track, "Inoculation." Coming next month on FDA Rekotz, the band proudly offers a blood-soaked bite of the carnage to come. Check out "Cryostasis" at this location. Another track, "Dark Creator," is posted below.
The album was recorded at Executer Studio in Pico Rivera, Calif., (Skeletal Remains), with artwork by Badic Art (Skeletal Remains, Goregast, Demonical, Dehuman Reign). "Inoculation" is set for a February 21st release on CD, vinyl and digital formats. The vinyl LP will be offered on red/black marbled (100 copies only) or standard black vinyl.
Imperiumi.net has posted an exclusive preview of "Towards Divine Death," the newest burnt offering from Finnish death legion Lie In Ruins. With a worldwide release date set for February 4th on Dark Descent Records, this demonstration of relentless and bludgeoning death metal can now be heard in its entirety at this location or over at bandcamp. "Towards Divine Death" is the ten-track follow-up to 2009's "Swallowed by the Void" - physically released on Spinefarm Records.
Hungarian outfit Fall has released a music video for "Beat You Till You Have Blood," which comes off the band's "MMXIV" demo. Check it out below. Fall consists of:
Kovács Zoltán Frigyes - Vocals
Csala Róbert - Guitar
Molnár Szabolcs - Guitar
Korom Dezso - Bass
Szenti Árpád - Drums More...
Today Is The Day has confirmed a new lineup, as two new trusted assassins have been engaged to forge the band's tenth studio full-length, which is fully written and already coming to fruition.
Now joining Today Is The Day's founding guitarist/vocalist, Steve Austin, Jeff Lohrber is laying down this album's percussive attack. Formerly also a touring drummer for Trap Them, Shai Hulud and Dead To Fall, in addition to providing vocals/guitar for Harlots, Lohrber currently pummels society as lead vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and recording drummer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin's Enabler.
Sean Conkling has been inducted to handle bass guitar. Conkling has supplied bass, vocals and countless other musical/engineering contributions to a plethora of acts including Jermflux, Regression, Nobody, Burn Your Halo, Sidra, Sprawl and others, and since 2005 has been an engineer at Burning Blade Studio in Tempe, Arizona. More...
Victor Griffin is returning to Pentagram for live shows and a new studio album. After taking a break from Pentagram to bring Victor Griffin's In-Graved around the world, the doom metal guitar god returns to his main fold.
The realigned lineup featuring the Liebling/Griffin duo backed by Greg Turley on bass and Sean Saley on drums will embark on a tour of the West Coast area in February and March. When not touring the world, the band will be working hard on a new album for release in 2014.
Victor Griffin comments: "Time continues to teach me to expect the unexpected and never say never…at least to some things. After years of investment in Pentagram and in my relationships with Bobby Liebling, nephew Greg Turley of course, and more recently to drummer Sean Saley…the door has opened to hit the road again with my favorite dysfunctional band. We'll be starting out in the Pacific Northwest in late February, with a new album in the works plus a full tour calendar for the rest of the year and beyond. Until then…until the end!"
Vocalist and founding member Bobby Liebling adds: "Victor Griffin and I are brothers and it's a joy to be working side-by-side again. As we've stated before, the door will always be open for him and he'll always be an important part of Pentagram's Ram Family. It's great to have my partner in crime saddled up next to me on stage and the studio. He's truly one of a kind and we're ecstatic to create another classic Pentagram album!"
Pentagram would also like to extend a huge thank you to Matt Goldsborough, who's done a killer job filling in live during Victor's absence during the past year.
w/ Radio Moscow and Kings Destroy
02/22 Seattle, WA El Corazon
02/23 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
02/25 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
02/27 Albuquerque, NM Sister Bar
02/28 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
03/01 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
Years Of Exile has released new album "Enigma," which is now available for streaming online. Give it a listen below, or pick up your own digital copy over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Deliverance 02:14
2. Is this the end of the world? 04:31
3. Invisions 05:39
4. More than this 05:01
5. Enigma 03:49
6. Calm before the storm 02:10
7. Mercer, Don't you run from me! 04:44
8. Retreat! Retreat! 05:16
9. Zeus Cannon 03:39
10. Departure 01:06 More...
Texas outfit A Tragic Setback has released a video clip for "Play by Play" featuring Shawn Spann (I, The Breather). Check it out below. The band also comments:
"This video is about our necessity (as humans) to overcome the confines of our society. Though there are sometimes consequences associated with speaking out, one should not be afraid to stand his/her ground and advocate what is right."
"Scars of Insanity" is the first studio album by the Norwegian outfit Matanzick, which is seeing release via Insane Records. Now you can hear the full release below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Bad Old Habits Die Hard
2. Sue Me in Hell
3. Scars of Insanity
4. The Machine
5. Rules of Engagement
Germany's Mantrum has released its self-titled EP online for streaming. Check out all the tracks from the release in the SoundCloud player provided below, or by heading over to the band's official website here.
Manowar recently revealed the front cover of upcoming double album "Kings Of Metal MMXIV" (available below), an evolution of the original 1988 cover by Ken Kelly.
A new painting by Ken Kelly, featured on the back of the CD, will also be revealed soon. Manowar's Joey DeMaio comments:
"Ken has always been able to perfectly capture the essence of Manowar in his art. These covers, the two new ones and the one he created in 1988, visualize what Manowar, our music and our fans stand for! Just look at these paintings and the story they tell: People have tried to keep this warrior down, attacked him and attempted to destroy him. But he stood tall, no matter what! He fought for true metal in country after country. And he will continue the march and fight for his brothers and sisters all over the world, until all enemies of true metal have been crushed!"
"This collaboration has been an incredible experience once again," said Ken Kelly. "We didn't know where the journey would lead us. The art literally takes over and the music and the lyrics guide us. I truly believe the Manowar fans are going to love this series."
"Kings of Metal MMXIV" is a completely new recording, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of "Kings Of Metal," and is due out on February 28th, 2014 as a 2 Disc CD with two 24-page booklets. More...
The seventeenth edition of the Progstravaganza compilation series is titled "Progression" and is due out on February 25th, 2014. Prog Sphere is open for bands submissions, which can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The compilation will be available from Bandcamp and the Progstravaganza website. The artwork for the upcoming sampler was once again designed by Linden Artwork. Commented on the new artwork, designer Chris van der Linden had this to say:
"Progression of course is a pretty funny name when you realize its a compilation of 'prog' music. All jokes aside I felt like doing something I had not done before. The last album cover for TimeShift was really futuristic, so now I wanted to go for a more 'classical' feel. I thought of evolution and how we and creatures change over time. I combined this with a sort of greek/mythology flavor to give it that classical look. To create an interesting contrast I put the title in a really modern font and made sure all the colors are different from the previous album cover." More...
Spleenful is streaming the full "Bittersweet" EP online, which can be heard below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Beneath The Wanderig Wave
3. Absinthe Love Affairs
4. Burleske Liebesträum (Cathexis Wicked Serenade)