Metal News for January 26, 2012
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Just after the “To the Grave” album, Iron Fire made a pact. With a changing world and the ever growing stagnation surrounding power metal these days, the band made a decision to play with the sound to freshen it up and elevate the band beyond the norm and above the fray. The change was delayed a bit with the release of “Metalmorphosized,” which was not the original planned album, but one that ended up as a collection of unused songs that were re-recorded along with three newer sounding tracks that were intended for a later release. It was a test by the band to see how the fans would react, mixing standard brand Iron Fire with new fresher sounding power metal. With the reaction solid, the band continued to “metalmorphosize” the sound until it eventually became “Voyage of the Damned” (see our review here).
Martin Steene caught up with Metal Underground to discuss his views on power metal, how it needs to change and why Iron Fire had to make a leap of faith in an effort to separate itself from the pack and drive the power metal scene into a new stratosphere. Steene also makes a desperate plea for a phone call from Ayreon's Arjen Anthony Lucassen! More...
The Body is like a relentless road warrior; bringing you the heaviest, most distorted two-piece metal you've ever heard. Having just wrapped up a tour with Thou and soon to set off with The Braveyoung, The Body just don't stop recording and performing music. I caught up with drummer Lee and guitarist/vocalist Chip at the Zeitgeist in New Orleans to talk about the many and varied recent albums and what their favorite films are. I included the bonus footage "The Body: The Search for the Robo Cop Pinball Machine." A transcription is below the video footage. More...
Re-activated Chilean band Akbal has released the band's debut album "Cegado" (2007) via Digmetalworld. The band has announced that it is currently working on new material and is expecting to release the new album by late 2012/early 2013.
Check out a track from the band's debut album in the player below. "Cegado" was recorded between December 2006 and March 2007 by Pablo Candia at Cardioide studios (drums) and Pablodrum studios (vocals and guitars) both in Talca, Chile. The album was mixed and mastered by Piero Dittus and Francisco Arenas at Delta Sigma Studios.
The track listing for "Cegado" is as follows:
2. Desata la furia
3. Heredero de odio
4. Maldito ladrón
5. Mil veces
6. Realidad/Triste verdad
7. A mis pies
8. Entre tus manos
9. Sueño irreal
10. Starfuckers Inc. (NIN cover) More...
Benevolent’s guitarist/vocalist Hadi Sarieddine has confirmed that the band is nearing the end of the writing and pre-production process for the band's debut full-length album, following the "Divided" EP (2010) which saw the Lebanese-founded metal band signing with Spellbind Records.
Hadi describes the material as “dramatic, technical, uneasy, and progressive” stating that the album is a step up from the bands’ previous work and pushes the group’s limits and boundaries ahead. “This album’s definitely a fine blend of lots of dramatic moments, the songs are heavier than before and I think it’s an honest attempt at pushing our artistic limits further.”
Hadi went on to say, “The songs are longer, the soundscapes and textural backgrounds are there and there’s a whole new tuning on the album…I think there’s only one or two songs that share the tunings used on Divided EP and I’ve taken that as a conscious decision, I wanted to explore writing riffs in different tunings…it felt like uncharted territory for me and that definitely got the creative juices flowing!” More...
David Ellefson and Shawn Drover of Megadeth have checked in from Camden, NJ with a Gigantour video blog update. Check out the footage in the player below.
You can also find previously posted footage of David Ellefson from WNAMM at this location.
“There’s more to life than just existing – it’s doing what you love,” explains Counterparts vocalist Brendan Murphy on what his band’s song “The Constant” means to him, continuing on to say, “I wrote this one after an argument with somebody about how being in a band is not a real job.”
“The Constant” comes off of the band’s newly released album, "The Current Will Carry Us." Learn how to play “The Constant” by Counterparts in the guitar demo video below.
New York's Biohazard, which announced the band's bassist was hospitalized on tour earlier this month, has now uploaded new footage from the road. Check out the video road report from Belgium and Germany below.
The Days of the Doomed fest is set to take place on Kenosha, WI on June 22nd and 23rd, 2012. While Heaven Wept has now issued the following announcement about appearing at the festival:
"We're extremely happy to announce that we will be appearing at the Days Of The Doomed 2 festival in June 2012! We'd actually been in discussions with Mike even prior to the first edition, so this has been a long time coming indeed! While there was a time when we faced some challenges in making this happen, ultimately the planets have aligned! We look forward to sharing the stage with all of our old friends and bringing the music of While Heaven Wept to the midwest for the first time! Don't miss this event as it is the culmination of many years of 'homegrown' Doom Metal events in the USA reaching a level of maturity and passion previously unseen!"
The organizers of the festival also commented:
"After months of negotiations, and many enjoyable conversations with Tom Phillips himself, I am extremely proud to be bringing the epic music of While Heaven Wept to Wisconsin and the midwest for the very first time! You do not want to miss this rare opportunity to see While Heaven Wept perform on Day #2 of Days Of The Doomed Fest II!
"I also have the pleasure of announcing that the masters of heaviness and volume known as SOLACE will also be making the trek to Days Of The Doomed Fest II! Prepare for ear damage!!! Want more? Back by popular demand! Rochester NY doom mongers ORODRUIN will be returning to pummel all of you! More...
As I Lay Dying will be spend the summer as part of the fifth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The main stage will be the strongest ever with the headlining slot occupied by multi-platinum Iowa legends Slipknot. Next up will be legendary thrash metal kings Slayer and then a major special guest will be playing in the third slot whom will be announced on March 5th. The main stage will also spotlight a ferocious mix of today's best artists in a rotation, including The Devil Wears Prada, As I Lay Dying, and Asking Alexandria.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival will make a 26 date trek across the U.S. beginning on June 30th at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, California. Pre-sale tickets go on sale Friday the 6th of April, 2012. Tune in to this location for up-to-date ticketing information.
As I Lay Dying will be entering the studio this Spring to record the band's fifth full-length album and follow-up to 2010's "The Powerless Rise," which debuted on the Billboard Top 200 Charts at #10. The band has chosen a producer and will announce more details about the album in the coming weeks. The album's release date is tentatively scheduled for this summer.
The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival dates are as follows: More...
Mcgalligog has issued the following announcement about hitting the road to support the physical release of the band's debut album:
"The physical release of our first album 'Powered by Death' is due to take place on the 27/01/12 in Dublin. The tour has been entitled the 'Chugular Tour.' We have 3 dates so far around Ireland and are planning on more in the UK towards the summer. Our busy personal lives have led us to being able to only play one gig a month this year. Hopefully 12 in total within the UK and and Ireland initially."
The "Powered By Death" track listing is as follows:
1. Inescapable Catastrophe
2. Spiralling Doom
3. Steel Meets Steel
4. Death and Glory
6. Powered by Death
7. The Sound of Speed
8. The Gravedigger
9. Demon Killers More...
The "New Year to Fear" tour will kick off in February and features The Last of our Kind, We Are Defiance, and This Romantic Tragedy. Dates are as follows:
2/09 Douglasville, GA - The 7 Venue
2/10 Columbus, GA - Gallery 13 Event Center
2/11 Metairie, LA - The Cypress Venue
2/12 Webster, TX - Bikini Beach
2/14 Ft. Worth, TX - Tomcats West
2/15 Las Cruces, NM - Las Cruces Event Center
2/16 Albuquerque, NM - El Rey Theater
2/17 Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
2/18 Camarillo, CA - Rock City Studios
2/19 Lompoc, CA – Grindhouse
2/20 Rocklin, CA - Studio 21
2/21 Ogden, UT - Mojo's
2/23 Wichita, KS - The Scenery
2/24 Barrington, IL - Penny Road Pub
2/25 Toledo, OH - Frankie's Inner City
2/26 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Loft (TRT/TLOOK)
2/26 Pittsburgh, PA - The Smiling Moose (WAD Only)
2/27 Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz
2/28 Richmond, VA – Kingdom
2/29 North Carolina - Greene Street
3/01 Charleston, SC - Jimbos Rock Lounge More...
Every Time I Die is set to unleash the brand new album "Ex Lives" this March 6th via Epitaph Records. The band has now posted several brief making-of video clips for the album, which can be viewed below.
The "Ex-Lives" track listing is as follows:
1. Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space 02:43
2. Holy Book Of Dilemma 01:49
3. A Wild, Shameless Plain 01:49
4. Typical Miracle 02:25
5. I Suck (Blood) 02:55
6. Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow 03:12
7. The Low Road Has No Exits 02:51
8. Revival Mode 03:46
9. Drag King 04:11
10. Touch Yourself 02:17
11. Indian Giver 04:09
12. Grudge Music (bonus) 02:24
13. Business Casualty (bonus) 02:45
14. Starve An Artist, Cover Your Trash (bonus) 02:53 More...
Anterior has teamed up with Metal Hammer to premiere the third part of the band's Japanese tour diary series online. Check out the video clip in the player below or by heading over to Metal Hammer's website.
Lacuna Coil preformed an acoustic set on January 24th at Vintage Vinyl for the release of the new record "Dark Adrenaline." Footage from the show has now made its way online and can be viewed in the players available below.
Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani have checked in with the following announcement about recording the follow-up to the "Ukon Wacka" album (reviewed here):
"The guitars are almost recorded for the next album, which name will be 'Kunnia.' Until we are done with the recordings you can download a Metsälle song out of the upcoming album here."
Korpiklaani will also be appearing on select dates of the upcoming European Paganfest tour this March with Eluveitie. Full details are available at this location.
Toronto based act A Faster Now has posted a video clip online for the song "Media Mind Control," which can be found in the YouTube player below. To check out more music from A Faster Now, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Jordan based death/doom act Falling Leaves has posted a teaser clip online for the band's "Mournful Cry of a Dying Sun" album, which can be found below. The album was engineered by Alaa Swalha, with mixing and mastering duties taken over by Dennis Israel at Clintworks in Hamburg, Germany.
"Mournful Cry of a Dying Sun" features a guest appearance by Novembers Doom member Paul Kuhr, with further guest spots by Niclas Frohagen (Forest of Shadows), Pim Blankenstein (Officium Triste), and Natalie Koskinen (Depressed Mode).
Trail of Tears has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer:
"Today we have to announce that our long-time drummer Cato Jensen has parted ways with the band.
"Cato has decided to make some changes in his life and focus on other priorities. While the band was more than willing to continue the co-operation, we have to accept and support Cato`s decision that it would be too hard to combine these changes with playing in a band that demands a lot of focus and dedication. We want to thank our friend Cato for his commitment over the years and wish him all the best for the future.
"This brings us to announce that Trail of Tears is hereby looking for a new person to fill the drum stool. Interested candidates should have both studio and live experience, must be dedicated, and able and willing to tour.
"The band is currently putting the finishing touches to their seventh album and festivals and tour dates around the world has been booked for 2012 with more to follow.
"Interested candidates (preferably European residents), can contact email@example.com
Make sure that you include your personal information, biography, a photo and some video links to your work."
El Caco has posted a video clip online for the song "Hatred," which is the first video off the band's "Hatred, Love & Diagrams" album. Check out the video below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. After I'm Gone
5. Go Forward
7. Sixty To Zero
9. She Said
Portland, Oregon's Red Fang has posted a new video online for "Hank Is Dead," which is taken from the band's "Murder The Mountains" release. Red Fang worked with director extraordinaire, Whitey McConnaughy on the video which can be viewed below.
Drummer John Sherman spoke about the "Hank is Dead" video: "Another great concept from the brilliant mind of Whitey McConnaughy. This one came together super quick with the help of some insane Portland locals and their sick air guitar skills. We basically just threw a big party and had a blast while a bunch of cameras ran. That is my shower Aaron and Bryan and Bobcat are in at the intro, btw. It still has a weird ring around it..."
Red Fang is currently on tour in Europe with Mastodon. The tour runs through February 11th in London and includes Red Fang headline dates in addition to the shows with Mastodon.
Germany's Love.Might.Kill has issued the following brief statement online about beginning work on the follow-up to the "Brace for Impact" album:
"We recently started to work on our second album, which will come out in October 2012! We´re very excited about our new material and pretty sure that everyone who liked our debut-album 'Brace for Impact' will also like our new stuff...more details follow soon ;-)"
You can also check out the band's previously posted music video for the "Down to Nowhere" track at this location.
U.K. act Chapters of Eden, which recently parted ways with the band's drummer, has posted a new music video online for the song "Primitive." Check out the video below, or find more details on Chapters of Eden via Facebook.
Paris based act The Prestige has issued the following announcement about releasing the "Black Mouths" album:
"We are very proud to announce that our first record 'Black Mouths' will be released worldwide on April 3rd by Basement Apes Industries (FR), Tangled Talk Records (UK), Enjoyment Records (UK) and Brain Ache Records (UK).
"We would like to thank these awesome record labels for their trust and passion. And to thank you all again for your incredible support. Love."
The track listing is as follows:
1. The Truth
2. Burn Down Vegas
4. Crane Flies
6. The Never Ending End
9. A Thousand Trees In My Closet
10. Hooks & Lips
Mediaskare Records has teamed up with IsAnyoneUp.com to premiere Murder Death Kill's music video for the track "Abomination." Check out the video clip below through IsAnyonUp.com (warning: the website is very NSFW). The song comes from the band's album "Instigate Infiltrate Annihilate," which is available in stores and online.
Florida's Sledgegrinder has posted a pre-production sample track of material to appear on the band's upcoming new album. Check out the sample below. The band also commented:
"If you haven't heard this yet, get ya dose of what's coming this year! This is a preview of the drums for two songs on our new album (first full length) and we know you will dig it!! Guitars are scratch, drum are live with no mixing. Just get ya pull off this shit."
Legendary stoner-rock power-trio Karma to Burn will be hitting the ol' dusty trail throughout March, playing 14 cities across the U.S. in 17 days. Karma to Burn will be playing selections from the band's two Napalm Records releases, this year's "V" and last year's "Appalachian Incantation" comeback, as well as from an extensive back catalog from the 1990s.
These are the confirmed dates/venues thus far:
March 1 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
March 2 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st Street Pub
March 3 - Dayton, OH @ Blind Bob's
March 4 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid Scheme
March 5 - Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
March 6 - Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone
March 7 - New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
March 8 - Austin, TX @ tba
March 9 - Tulsa, OK @ Jake's Downtown Lounge
March 10 - Texarkana, AR @ The Roadmap
March 11 - Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
March 14 - Raleigh, NC @ Pour House
March 15 - Norfolk, VA @ Jewish Mother Backstage
March 16 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Station
March 17 - Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly
Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen has revealed some information about the band's upcoming next album in a new video interview with Dutch Distortion. Check out the footage in the YouTube player available below.
Dayton, Ohio's The Paramedic has posted another new song online titled "Sol, The Conspirator." Check out the song in the player below, or listen to the previously posted track "Clarissa Didn't Explain This" by heading over to this location.
Cancer Bats will release the band's fourth full-length album "Dead Set On Living" on April 24th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records in North America. Once again utilizing Vespa Studios and producers Eric Ratz and Kenny Luong, "Dead Set On Living" brings yet another dimension to the Bats' menacing style of thrash-tinged hardcore rock. The brand new video for the first single, "Old Blood," can be seen now here.
Liam Joseph Cormier of Cancer Bats commented, "We're so stoked to be back in the Metal Blade family! We got to know so many amazing people at the label when we were a part of Black Market Activities and now it's so rad that were part of the Metal Blade Roster! So many awesome people work at the label and they put out so many sweet bands, I couldn't me more stoked."
Cormier adds: "We really strived for that raw, off-the-floor vibe this time around, it's really the bridge between our live show and what we put on record." More...
The Devastated is preparing for the release of the band's "gross, grimy, groove" metal masterpiece, "Devil's Messenger," on February 14th. In addition to announcing the track listing for the brutal 13-song album, The Devastated also reveals that Suicide Silence front-man Mitch Lucker is a guest vocalist on the song "Spit Vitriol." Mitch Lucker had this to say about his guest appearance on the album:
"Greg, the vocalist, has been a close friend for years. When he reached out to me for the part I was ecstatic! His band is amazing and I can't wait for this record to drop. It's the best shit I've heard in a long fucking time; super original and crushing from start to finish."
You can check out a studio video update below, and the album's track listing is as follows:
01. Drip. Drip.
02. Pseudo Smile Campaign
03. Swallowing Tumors
04. Failure To Thrive
05. Roof Top Panty Drop
06. Devil's Messenger
07. Spit Vitriol
09. Bloody Bag Drag
10. Tongue In Cheek
13. Hollowed More...
German symphonic metal band Voices of Destiny posted a new music video for "My Separation." The song appears on the band's sophomore LP "Power Dive," which is scheduled for release on January 27, 2011 through Massacre Records. The band is also streaming the title track at this location.
Check out "My Separation" here:
German symphonic black/viking metal band Black Messiah posted a new music video for the track "Windloni." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "The Final Journey." The album due out on February 24, 2012 through AFM Records.
Check out the video:
Heidevolk will release the new album "Batavi" on March 2nd, 2012 via Napalm Records. The label issued the following statement about the album:
"Hediveolk now deliver their heaviest, most aggressive and powerful album to date: 'Batavi.' The band travels 2,000 years back in time to an era in which numerous Germanic tribes struggled for dominance against the Roman Empire in Northwest Europe, along the shores of the river Rhine. Caught in the middle of it all were the Batavians: the protagonists and namesakes of HEIDEVOLK's latest album.
"'Batavi' is a concept album that deals with the early history of the Batavian tribe: from its beginnings to its daring revolt against one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen. Set against the backdrop of war, alliances, intrigue, and betrayal, the nine songs relate the struggle of a people needing to redefine themselves in order to survive this turbulent time. More...
Haradwaith is currently recording a new album at The Source Studios near Munich with producer A.R. of Secrets Of The Moon. The band has now checked in from the recording process with a studio video update, which can be viewed below.
London based metal band Mortad, featuring Iranian native vocalist Somi Arian, posted a new album trailer containing studio, live and behind the scenes footage for the upcoming full length debut release "The Myth of Purity." The album is set for an early 2012 release.
Check out the video here:
Gerogia based progressive metal act Halcyon Way has parted ways with rhythm guitarist Zane, who left the band on amicable terms. The band wished him the best in his future endeavors.
Zane commented on his decision to leave: "After 6 years in one of the greatest metal bands ever, I have decided to leave for the sake of family and personal health. I have enjoyed my time in HALCYON WAY and it has been a life defining tenure. Me and the guys all remain brothers and I look forward to everything HALCYON WAY has to offer the metal world in the years to come. It was a true privilege to write and contribute to the band, and to hear what was in my head fleshed out on the albums was a joy all its own. See all of you guys in the front row at the next HW show! I'm currently working on a project called "Bishop Lake" with an EP due out in Spring 2012. I also have a horror punk/metal band called School For Morticians slated to break wind sometime in mid 2012."
Guitarist Jon Bodan shared his thoughts on Zane leaving:
"As much as it pains us that our brother Zane has had to step away from HALCYON WAY, we have nothing but respect for his decision and wish him nothing but the best. We've gone to war with him for a long time, and he will truly be missed. Keep an eye out for his new projects as I'm sure they're going to be killer! We would also like to thank Eric Roberts, Rob Fisher from Void Of Reason, and Mike Perrone for filling in with us on several live dates when Zane's situation was a little unclear - you guys were a big help to us and we appreciate it."
The band is auditioning new guitarists. Interested parties can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A video trailer for the upcoming Paganfest 2012 Tour of Europe was posted by Rock the Nation. The lineup includes Eluveitie, Primordial, Negura Bunget, Heidevolk, Solstafir, Korpiklaani and Equilibrium. For complete dates and other information, check out the trailer or head on over to this location.
Check out the trailer here:
Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie has posted a third trailer for the forthcoming LP "Helvetios." The album is due out on February 10th, 2012 (EU) and February 28th, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out the trailer here:
German melodic death metal band Words of Farewell have signed with AFM Records. The band is streaming the first track "Sorae" from the upcoming debut full length release "Immersion" due out in 2012 through the label.
Check out "Sorae" here:
Riot guitarist and founding member Mark Reale passed away yesterday (January 25th) due to complications from Crohn's disease. He was fifty seven years old. He had been in a coma since January 11th as a result of a subarachnoid hemorrhage. He had battled the disease for most of his life, and was bravely attempting to practice to perform with the band at their scheduled shows, before his condition worsened. His band mates have issued the following statement:
"To friends and fans of Mark Reale and Riot, we are deeply saddened to confirm that Mark has lost his battle with a lifelong illness. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated by Mark's family, friends, and bandmates at this difficult time."
Metal Blade founder and CEO Brian Slagel commented:
"I was a huge fan of Riot's Fire Down Under album and got to interview them for my fanzine. Great guys and I was lucky enough to finally re-issue Fire Down Under and the other early Riot albums on Metal Blade. We signed the band for their second run, so to speak, and put out some records in the '90s that did well, especially in Europe and Japan. It was a pleasure working with them and Mark was always a kind soul — an amazing player who really has a big time place in the history of metal. One of the really nice guys who put out some incredible stuff."
After previously posting a music video for the song "Dromomania," instrumental act Le Scimmie has now uploaded another video clip online. Check out the music video for "L’Oblio" in the player below. You can also find Metalunderground.com's review of the "Dromomania" release here.