Metal News for January 28, 2013
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California act Inanimate Existence has released a music video for "Transcendent Absorption," which is taken from the "Liberation Through Hearing" album out now on Unique Leader Records. Check out the video below, or find more info on Inanimate Existence over at Facebook here.
The initial batch of Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2013 tour dates have been announced. No bands have been announced yet, but the lineup is expected to be revealed on March 13th. Here are the latest tour dates:
Jun 29 - San Bernardino, CA @ San Manuel Amphitheater
Jun 30 - Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
Jul 02 - Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre
Jul 03 - Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
Jul 05 - Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion
Jul 06 - Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheatre
Jul 07 - Englewood, CO @ Fiddler's Green Ampitheatre
Jul 10 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Jul 12 - Burgettstown, PA @ First Niagara Pavilion
Jul 13 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Jul 14 - Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Jul 16 - Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
Jul 17 - Bangor, ME @ Bangor Waterfront
Jul 19 - Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
Jul 20 - Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Jul 21 - Hartford, CT @ The Comcast Theatre
Jul 23 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Jul 24 - Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
Jul 26 - Noblesville, IN @ Klipsch Music Center
Jul 27 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
Jul 28 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Jul 30 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
Jul 31 - Tampa, FL @ 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre
Aug 02 - Austin, TX @ TBA
Aug 03 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Aug 04 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion
Additional dates are expected to be announced.
And here's the latest promo video for Rockstar Mayhem Fest 2013:
Wretched has kicked off a headlining set throughout the Southeast and will be joining Soilwork, Jeff Loomis, Blackguard, and more on a seventy-one city journey throughout North America. Wretched will show off a brand new set list that will include songs and instrumentals from the band's last three albums.
Guitarist, John Vail comments, “Crowds can expect a high energy, in your face, fast-paced performance. We're playing first so we've got to set the tone of excellence and brutality.”
Brooklyn-based Sacrament Music, founded at the beginning of 2013 by the owners of Saint Vitus Bar/Club, has already announced its second release for the year. Following the label’s recent virgin signing announcement for the debut from local cohorts Sannhet, Sacrament now confirms the pending debut from newly-formed metallic hardcore outfit White Widows. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Formed by drummer Kenny Appell (Goes Cube, Cleanteeth), bassist Brian Ponto, guitarists Nick Emde (The Destro) and Travis Bacon (Grudges), and vocalist David Castillo (Primitive Weapons, Saint Vitus Bar, Sacrament Music), White Widows merges NYC-style metallic hardcore and Southern sludge metal elements and production into mid-paced metallic grooves, slow-motion breakdowns and high-paced pit-swinging melees diversifying the flow over the self-titled debut’s twenty-four minute lifespan.
"The record was recorded with Dean Baltulonis at the Wild Arctic in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, Most Precious Blood, Goes Cube) and will see a digital release/exclusive shirt package via Sacrament Music on March 1st.
"Among other regional shows to be confirmed continually, White Widows will storm Acheron in Brooklyn with Pittsburgh crust warriors Heartless in March, and have two shows with local pirates Mutilation Rites and Seattle deathbeaters Black Breath in Brooklyn and Philly in April."
3/09/2013 Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Heartless
4/20/2013 Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY w/ Black Breath, Mutilation Rites
4/21/2013 O’Reily's - Philadelphia, PA w/ Black Breath, Mutilation Rites
Complete Failure has teamed up with Brooklyn Vegan to stream the new track "Mind Compf," which can be heard right here or in the player below.
The track comes off new album "The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault," due out February 15th (February 19th in North America) via Season of Mist. The track listing is as follows:
1. Mind Compf
2. Errant Social Mile Marker
3. The Art Gospel of Aggravated Assault
4. Head Hanger to Be
5. Drag Migrator
7. Defenseless Mechanisms of Self Inflicted Heartbreak
9. Hero of the Church Herd
10. The Unlove Overhue More...
Veil of Maya has announced the band will be touring with Parkway Drive and While She Sleeps this coming March and April, 2013. The tour poster is available below, and the dates are as follows:
3/29 San Diego, CA @ Soma
3/30 West Hollywood, CA @ House of Blues
3/31 San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
4/02 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
4/03 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
4/04 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theatre
4/05 Dallas, TX @ House of Blues
4/06 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
4/07 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
4/08 Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
4/09 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
4/10 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
4/11 Springfield, VA @ Empire
4/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts
4/13 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
4/14 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium Downstairs
4/15 Montreal, Canada @ Metropolis
4/16 Toronto, Canada @ Phoenix Concert Hall
4/17 Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
4/18 Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
4/19 Detroit, MI @ St Andrews Hall More...
Chicago's Oceano has started work on a brand new studio album, which the band has revealed will be titled "Incisions." The five piece is currently hard at work writing the follow-up to 2010's "Contagion," with plans to release the new album later this year on Earache Records.
Oceano has released an official lyric video for the new track "Slow Murder," which can be viewed below. The band's guitarist Nick Conser comments:
"The new Oceano comes out today. Get ready for it. We're starting a new chapter in this band. We're not selling out. We're not getting soft. We're getting more fucked up and bringing more hate. And if you want us to change, then you're gonna be disappointed. We're not gonna replicate any album that we've ever released. We're going to get more evil than anything you've heard from this band. Today will show the start of how hateful this record is gonna be."
Oceano will be hitting the road again full-time this summer in support of the new album, with tour dates due to be announced in the near future. The band also has a hometown show scheduled for this Friday, February 1st at Reggie's Rock Club in Chicago, featuring support from Monsters, The Ox King, Thieves, and No Zodiac. More...
The Safety Fire was due to kick off a run of U.K. shows with The Faceless on January 30th, but the band has now checked in with the following announcement about canceling the tour:
"Due to Visa issues with The Faceless, our forthcoming tour has unfortunately been cancelled. Refunds for tickets are available from your place of purchase. Thank you to all of our fans who bought tickets for these shows. We will try to make it up to you as soon as possible."
Michael Keene of The Faceless also comments: "We unfortunately will have to reschedule our upcoming dates in the UK. We were not granted work visas and therefore, cannot make it over. Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and we will make up the dates as soon as possible." More...
Portugal's Malevolence is pressing forward with "Devoured Unlimited," the second single taken from the band's upcoming third album "Antithetical." Check out the track below. Malevolence also had this to say about the clip:
“We wanted to go further by exploring additional ways to present our music. The concept this time is based in a raw model script build up by our singer & vocalist Carlos Cariano. The visual background inspired in a straight line by the script was designed by KKSTRUCTURES while the final PROJEKT assemblage was generated by our long time teammate Eurico Bernardo. We feel very pleased with the outcome and the final results perfectly extrapolate the devastating aura of our brand new single.”
The album's track listing is:
1. Slithering (check out the music video right here)
2. Cult of the Everlasting
3. Devoured Unlimited
5. Equilibrium In Extremis
6. Exocortex Momentum
7. Mechanisms of Destructive Behavior More...
Dead Trooper has completed work on third-full length album "Erector," and a teaser clip is now available online. Check out the teaser in the SoundCloud player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The nine-track album, for which a label is currently being sought, will be titled 'Erector' and features a formidable array of guests from bands such as Keep of Kalessin, Morbid Angel, 1349, Pantheon I, and Trollfest – names which give a clear indication of Dead Trooper’s reputation both in the studio and as a live band.
"Artwork for 'Erector' is by the Norwegian photographer Haakon Hoseth. Dead Trooper's next live appearances will be at Betong in Oslo, Norway, on the 8th February and the Kvinesdal Metal Fest at the Harvest Bar in Knivesdal, Norway on the 16th February." More...
The Faceless, which released new album "Autotheism" last year, has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"To clear the air on a few details, The Faceless has decided to part ways with drummer Lyle Cooper due to a growing difference in the level of commitment to the project. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and we're sure he'll continue to be successful with music.
"Having said that, we are very excited to announce that Alex Rudinger is our new full time drummer. We just played our first 3 shows with him in Mexico and what he brings to the band both musically and personally, is simply astounding. We are looking forward to a great future with Alex." More...
Howling has posted a brand new song from the band's upcoming debut CD for Razorback Recordings, "A Beast Conceived," due out early 2013.
The song is called "Six Souls For the Witching Hour" and can be heard in the YouTube player below, which also features the Justin Osbourn / Slasher Design created artwork.
Swedish doom act Memory Garden, which recently re-signed to Metal Blade, has finished the recordings for upcoming fifth album "Doomain." The"Doomain" album will be released the 16th of April via Metal Blade Records.
"Doomain" was recorded Annoying Sound Factory & SolnaSound Recording by the band with a little assistance engineering from Mike Wead (King Diamond) during the lead guitar sessions. The mix was done by Dan Swanö at Unisound. Comments the band:
"The recording of Doomain must be the most relaxed album session we've ever done. We recorded most of the album ourselves in our own studio and took the time we wanted and needed to get it done. Dan Swanö helped us getting the rig together and he provided us with the tools to do it and from there we did it ourselves. The lead guitar sessions were done at SolnaSound Recording by Simon & Mike Wead. When it all was done it was sent to Dan Swanö and Unisound for mix and mastering. The final album is amazing and we are so thrilled to get it out to all of you." More...
Avant-garde death metal unit Azure Emote - envisioned and created by Mike Hrubovcak (Monstrosity, Vile, Divine Rapture, Abraxas) and executed utilizing musicians from Death, Fear Factory, Monstrosity, Tristania, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder and more - today announces the completion of second studio album "The Gravity Of Impermanence." The following press release was issued about the album:
"Confirmed for worldwide release through Selfmadegod Records on April 3rd, 'The Gravity Of Impermanence' is fueled by pummeling blast beats, haunting female vocals, violins, saxophone, harmonica and a barrage of other eclectic surprises brought together into one melting pot of misanthropic darkness that defines the Azure Emote ethos.
"Possessing fourteen songs encompassing over an hour of devastatingly original extreme metal the album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Ron Vento of Aurora Borealis at Nightsky Studios. The cover art was once again done by Azure Emote's creator and frontman Mike Hrubovcak, his Visual Darkness works well-known in the death/grind communities for illustrating covers for Sinister, Grave, Cattle Decapitation, Hate Eternal, Decrepit Birth, Mortician, and many others."
The "Gravity Of Impermanence" track listing is as follows: More...
Australian epic heavy metal warlords Raven Black Night will release their Metal Blade debut, "Barbarian Winter," this coming February 19th.
In collaboration with Rock Hard Germany, Raven Black Night has now posted the second single "Lips Of Desire" taken off "Barbarian Winter." Surf over to Rock Hard Germany here to check out the exclusive song premiere.
"Barbarian Winter" will be released as a CD, double gatefold vinyl, and digital download. The double gatefold vinyl will feature two exclusive bonus tracks, "Metal Martyr" and "Love Is Holy." The track listing is as follows:
1. Fire In Your Eyes
2. Morbid Gladiator (available for streaming here)
3. Mystery Woman
4. Fallen Angel
5. Black Queen
6. If You Choose The Dark
7. Warriors Call
8. Barbarian Winter
10. Lips of desire
11. Nocturnal Birth
12. Angel With A Broken Wing More...
Today the ragers at Metal Injection bring forth the exclusive video premiere of "Slaves Of The Inverted Cross" from blackened thrash assailants Satan's Wrath. Check out the video in the player below or through Metal Injection here.
The tune comes off the band's "Galloping Blasphemy" full-length (reviewed here), released last September through Metal Blade Records. Elaborates the band in a collective statement: "We are ghouls of the shallow graves marching to battle against God." More...
Lebanon's Kimaera has posted a teaser online for the band's new album "The Harbinger of Doom," which is available below. The album's track listing is as follows:
I. Ancient Serpents
II. Daughter of Eve
III. Praising my Pain
IV. The Harbinger of Doom
V. A Casual Stray
VI. The Script of Sorrow
VII. Claim The Dark
VIII. Blood of Saints
IX. Aged Wine and Woe
X. Lost Control
Manilla Road will be releasing new album "Mysterium" this coming February 1st, 2013. The cover art and track listing can be found below.
We also recently explored the artwork across Manilla Road's career in the "Cover to Cover" op/ed, which can be read right here.
1. The Grey God Passes
2. Stand Your Ground
3. The Battle of Bonchester Bridge
5. Do What Thou Will
6. Only The Brave
7. Hallowed Be Thy Grave
8. The Fountain
9. The Calling
10. Mysterium More...
Dissect will be re-releasing "Swallow Swouming Mass" (originally released in 1993) via Xtreem Music this coming February, 2013. The re-issue will be a 2-CD set that celebrates 20 years of the cult album and includes demo tracks and extras.
Check out the song "Gals of the Eternal Solstice" below. The full re-issue's track listing is as follows:
CD - 1
- Swallow Swouming Mass (Album '93)
01. Vanished Into the Void
02. Exterion Tumours
03. Gals of the Eternal Solstice
04. Z. Day
05. Presage to the Eternity
06. Swallow Swouming Mass
07. Pulsating Blood
08. Growls of Death
09. Spontaneous Diarhoea
- Demo l (Live Demo '91)
11. Growls of Death
12. Exterion Tumours
14. Rape Hate
15. Z. Day More...
Following the release of 2012’s "All We Love We Leave Behind" (reviewed here), Converge frontman Jacob Bannon stars in "Rungs in a Ladder," the latest short form documentary by production team McFarland and Pecci.
In “Rungs in a Ladder,” which premiered last week on Vice's music site Noisey, Bannon reflects on life, art, and purpose. The documentary is shot as a continuous thought that sprawls in multiple directions but focuses ultimately on purpose.
Directed by Ian McFarland, "Rungs in the Ladder" is the latest in an ongoing series of documentaries by McFarland and Pecci profiling people carving a meaningful existence for themselves on the fringes of society. Check out the video below. More...
Disperse has teamed up with Got-Djent.com to stream the new track "Unbroken Shiver." Give the song a listen right here or in the player available below.
Disperse's new album "Living Mirrors" is due out through Season of Mist on February 19th, 2013 in North America (February 15th worldwide). The track listing is as follows:
1. Dancing with Endless Love
2. Enigma of Abode
3. Profane the Ground
5. Message from Atlantis
7. Universal Love
8. Be Afraid of Nothing
9. Unbroken Shiver
10. Touching the Golden Cloud
12. Choices Over Me
13. AUM More...
King Conquer has released a lyric video for the track "A Day Late… and A Dollar Short," which will appear on the band's upcoming new album "1776." The lyric video can be seen below or over at the band's Facebook profile.
Speaking on the track, guitarist John Byrd commented: "The title of the track explains the theme of the song. The message is our economy isn't broken, it's fixed, and as the average citizen you're always held down by the elitists that are robbing our country blind, and collapsing this great country."
Produced by Charlie Wall (Betraying The Martyrs, Abiotic), "1776" is the follow up to 2010's "America's Most Haunted." Expanding on the meaning behind the title of the album, Byrd stated "We chose to title the album '1776' for a few reasons. First, all of our members believe we need to restore our republic that's been destroyed." Adding, "Second, I believe our band had a fresh new start with this record, as did the colonies in that year. Our writing process has improved on every aspect and we're attacking this industry with full force. We're sick of the diluted metal scene and how it's over saturated with gimmicks and choreographed stage moves. People need something authentic and real, we hope to provide them with that."
The "1776" album is set to hit stores and digital retailers this spring through Mediaskare Records. King Conquer will headlining the "Eat Your Heart Out Tour," which begins on February 1st, with support from The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Adaliah, and Sworn In. Confirmed dates for the tour are available below. More...
Italy's Cadaver Mutilator has posted the track "Swallowed By Morgellons" online, which can be heard in the player below. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album "Murder Death Kill," featuring cover artwork by Marco Hasmann.
Finnish act Damnation Plan's album entitled "The Wakening" will be released on March 12th, 2013 via Coroner Records. Pre-orders can be found right here.
The album, mixed and masterered by Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, Bloodbath) at the Unisound Studio, combines clean and theatrical vocals (Asim Searah - former Kiuas) and harsh vocals (Tommy Tuovinen - MyGrain) in a massive and uncompromised progressive melodic death metal masterpiece.
The track listing is as follows:
2. The Unknown Presence
4. The Wakening
5. Edge Of Machinery
6. Crimson Skies
7. Walk Of Illusion
9. Resurrected (Within Ourselves)
10. Grand World Anthem More...
In partnership with Basement Apes and Get A Life Records, French post-hardcore assassins General Lee will release the vinyl version third full-length, "Raiders Of The Evil Eye," on February 15th in the US via Play The Assassin Records.
Limited to 300 copies, the 160-gram LP will come in transparent purple and include new track, "The Fall Of Junon," recorded live at the Boss Hogg Studio. Check out the layout below. Pre-orders are available at this location.
Coinciding with the vinyl release, General Lee will take "Raiders Of The Evil Eye" to the stage for a short run of February takeovers. The mini tour will commence February 19th in Strasbourg, France and steamroll through Switzerland and Germany with additional shows coming together through March. Dates confirmed thus far are below.
2/19/2013 Le Molodoi - Strasbourg, France
2/21/2013 Sunset Bar - Martigny, Switzerland
2/22/2013 Sedel - Lucerne, Switzerland
2/23/2013 Tiefgrund - Berlin, Germany
3/01/2013 Salle Maupassant - Bolbec, France
3/23/2013 La Cave À Musiques - Macon, France
5/11/2013 Les 4 Ecluses - Dunkerque, France
5/19/2013 Ougrock Festival - Serain, Belgium More...
Oklahoma deathcore act Kartera Morta has released a lyric video for the track "Coffey," which comes off the band's self-titled EP. Check out the song below, or you can hear more from the EP at this location.
Subversion has posted the song "Novation" online, which can be heard below, and the band also comments:
"As promised, a NEW TRACK! Novation has finally landed and we are proud to say this is just the tip of the new album's iceberg! (yes, a 2013 album!) We have come a long way since our debut album 'Lest We Forget.' Some of us can even lay claim to growing up a little bit......(some of us)......ish.
"Slight change in plan however, English Djentlemens Quarters will now instead be premiering the video for Novation in a week. A huge thank you goes to Muther & Hyperion for all their amazing help and guidance. Thank you to Darren Rowley Photography for his amazing photography skills. We want to give a special mention to Zu_Koo for his insight and input in to the more digital aspects of this track.
Dodsfall's new EP "Kronet I Svart Eld" was originally announced to be released in December of 2012, but was delayed at the press plant and will now drop on January 31st.
Special guests appearing on this EP are Devo Andersson (Marduk, Cardinal Sin, Allegiance), Necrosadist (Sorcery, Patronymicon), and Fauk (Hordagaard). Pre-orders are available at this location and the track listing is as follows:
1. I Skuggans Famn
2. Av Død Skal Du Herske
3. Mørkrets Sirkel
4. Inn I Fjellets Dypeste Dyp
5. Gal Tjener
Dodsfall will also be recording a new full-length album this coming March, 2013. Further details will be announced as they are made available.
Hybrid Reality has posted a new guitar playthrough video clip online for the track "Infinity," which can be viewed below.
The "Infinity" track comes off the band's EP of the same title. The full EP is available for streaming over at this location, and the track listing is as follows:
1. I Still Have a Dream 02:24
2. Infinity 04:10
3. Swimming in the Smoke 03:56
4. Nebula 03:40 More...
Female fronted band Neverstar’s new single "Don’t Call," which is scheduled for release on February 4th, is now available for streaming through the SoundCloud player below. The song is taken from debut album "I’ll Be Waiting." due out on the 8th of April.
"I’ll be Waiting" was produced by Neil Haynes (Nevaneva, Doctor Fonda and Dead Man’s Crossing) at The Parlour Studios (Napalm Death, Mortad and Evile) in Northampton UK. The "Don’t Call" single was written for vocalist Vega Sims’ father and tells a story of family dysfunction, suicide, and resentment. Originally it was not intended to become a song as Vega felt it was too close to home, but was recorded after guitarist and songwriter Pieter Cronje accidently stumbled upon the lyrics and secretly wrote the music. An accompanying video will be released at the end of February. More...
Italy's Your Anguish has just finished recording new album "Heroes & Zeroes" at Fusix Studio (Upon This Dawning, Shake Well Before, Ready Set Fall).
This is the third album of the band, following the "ST" and "Desertified" releases, and features a brand new lineup and a totally renovated sound which the band describes as "in the vein of August Burns Red, Parkway Drive, Black Dahlia Murder."
The band also recently launched a new website featuring studio updates, which can be found at this location. The "Heroes & Zeroes" album will be released through digital download platforms and a CD version is expected by the end of March.
Montreal death metallers Depths Of Hatred will release a new single titled "Secluded Redemption" this coming February 15th, before entering the studio to track a sophomore album. You can now check out a teaser for the new single in the player below, or hear more from Depths of Hatred at Facebook here.
Portugal based death metal band Dementia 13 has released debut EP "Tales For The Carnivorous" and celebrated the release with a new music video. Check out the clip for "There Are Those Who Kill Violently" in the player below.
Dementia 13, which pays tribute to classic horror films with every song, consists of:
Álvaro F. (Pitch Black): rhythm guitar
Marco S. (Biolence, Pitch Black): lead guitar
Z.Pedro (Holocausto Canibal, Grunt): bass
N. Lima: vocals (live, EP & video-clip)
João R. (Raw Decimating Brutality): drums (live & video-clip)
Chicago’s Arbogast is not the kind of band that engages in the conventional nature of metal. Their sound is hard to pinpoint, sounding like a thrashy take on punk one song, and then a sludgy mess on another. Pulling their cues from many different influences helps them retain a sound that can be defined as their own. Arbogast makes the most out of it on their debut album “I,” which was released back in last December. It was largely overlooked, stuck in the space between end-of-year lists and building anticipation for 2013’s releases. I had the opportunity to speak to all three members of Argogast - bassist/vocalist Aaron Roemig, guitarist/vocalist Mike Scheid, and drummer Mike Rataj - about the creation of “I” and finding a balance between all the different styles the music pools from. More...
In the Portugal Daily View, Moonspell's lead singer/songwriter Fernando Ribeiro was quoted as saying "We were an active part of the underground scene that grew steadily over time, supported only by our passion for metal and by the desire to share it with people from all over the world. To spread music demos around the world was like raising our voices and saying ‘I’m here!’. Those were the more exciting days of my young life. To receive tapes from Poland, Mexico or Germany was an incredible experience. I can imagine it was the same feeling for a foreigner who received a tape from Portugal”. More...