Metal News for January 29, 2012
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Machine Head was the first show that I actually bothered to pay money for since seeing Behemoth two years ago. “Unto the Locust” is an amazing album and I've never seen Machine Head headline a show. I caught them opening when they were touring with Metallica back in 2009 and they impressed me enough to get me to buy a shirt. Naturally, I was upset to see that they weren’t headlining for another two years and I wasn’t going to pass up this great opportunity. More...
U.K. stoner doom band Conan is streaming the entire 47 minute recording of it's recent live show at the Buffalo Bar in Cardiff. The show took place on January 22nd, and you may also download it by going here. This past year they released a split with the Irish sludge group Slomatics, which came out on Head Of Crom records. The three Conan tracks on that split give an idea of what's in store for the fans when they release their new one on Burning World records in March of 2012. They have already been picked by Voivod to play the Friday show of this year's Roadburn festival and are planing a European tour with Slomatics, which should take them from to Finland to Ireland throughout the summer and fall.
Texas boasts one of the largest death metal scenes in the world. Death Metal-themed festivals provide a forum for the legions of death and grind acts to puke forth cadaverous abominations upon the heads of their cannibalistic followers. Houston-based Uncleansed is a group that has always battered and splattered the ears of this scribe on the festival circuit.
I reported their powerful performance at Goregrowler's Ball 5. Vocalist Shawn Whittaker seemingly derived his voice from the bottomless perdition. Recently, the group announced Whittaker left the band and welcomed new vocalist, James Vandenberg from the Austin’s Perversum as their new growler. Along with drummer Darrell White, Vandenberg corresponded with Metal Underground.com via email about joining the band, his first live performance and new material. More...
Jeremy Deacon, the former bassist of Florida extreme metal band Wykked Wytch has succumbed to lymphoma. Deacon was 33 years old. Vocalist Ipek Warnock posted a message on the band's Facebook Page, which reads:
"Thank You all My dear Friends and fans for offering condolence & kind words for our Ex Bassist Jeremy deacon!I had a very rough nite dealing with his loss ,too young To Die! I will be dedicating a part for Jeremy on my upcoming radio show this Thursday. We met Jeremy in 1998 and he was part of the group off and on till 2001. He performed at many shows in NY, OH, NJ, PA, including opening slot for Dying Fetus (1998) in NYC, March Metal Meltdown II in NJ (1999), San Antonio Metalfest (1999). Only other member to have performed with the original line-up and 'Angelic Vengeance' lineup. He was also involved during the writing sessions for 'Angelic Vengeance' but couldn't take part in the recording. Lost contact over the last several years but even when we moved down to Florida we brought him down to be apart of the group but didn't work out. Jeremy was very talented and I recognized that and always tried to help but his own demons always held him back from his dreams. In closing don't hold grudge, just tell that person today that you care before it's too late! Peace my friends!!"
Cyprus power metallers Winter's Verge posted a new teaser/in studio video for the band's fourth LP "Beyond Vengeance." The album will be released April 27, 2012 through Massacre Records. The album marks the band's first album since the 2010 release "Tales of Tragedy."
Check out the video here:
Nashville, TN based act Enfold Darkness has posted a new pre-production song online titled "Lairs Of The Ascended Masters." Check out the song below, and be on the look out for the upcoming Enfold Darkness album due out later this year on Sumerian Records.
Gene 'The Atomic Clock' Hoglan is pulling double duty on the current Testament/Anthrax/Deaeth Angel tour filling in for Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante. The Anthrax drummer is taking a short leave from the band's concert tour to be with his mother who is terminally ill. Hoglan commented:
"I am honoured to have been asked by Charlie to fill in for Anthrax in his time of need. We are all Metal Brethren, and this is what we do. Unite for the cause, unite for the fans, and unite for metal. Everybody on this tour has pulled together to keep this tour rollin', everybody is kicking ass. And everyone on this tour is sending our love and respect to the Benante and Bello families. And Charlie, we can't wait to have ya back where you belong, my man. I'm just keeping your throne warm for ya bro."
Gene Hoglan also recently released an instructional DVD tiled "The Atomic Clock." Available at Hoglan Industries in the U.S. and at Reversed Records in Canada, the disc showcases Hoglan's three decades of experience of performing and recording with the world's most well-known metal bands such as Devin Townsend, Dark Angel, Death, Dethklok, Strapping Young Lad, Testament, Zimmers Hole, and most recently Fear Factory, along with many others on his resume.
Seamless has posted a promo video online for the upcoming new album "Clarity," which you can check out below. The band also commented on the clip:
"Two more days until our album 'Clarity' is released! If you haven't checked out our promo video, do it now! It's a big thank you to all of our friends and fans, a band update, and a quick compilation of material from the album!"
Swedish old school death metallers Malfeitor are giving fans a preview of their forthcoming debut release "Dum Morior Orior," which will be released later this year through Hellthrasher Productions (CD/Digi) and Chaos Records (Vinyl). Check out the video clip below.
Dani Filth has checked in with the following update about the Temple of the Black Moon band, which also features Anthrax/The Damned Things guitarist Rob Caggiano, bass player King Ov Hell (Ov Hell/Sahg/former Gorogoroth), and drummer John Tempesta:
"Long time dead my dear friends. Welcome to the Temple Of The Black Moon, wherein all your desires and deepest darkest fantasies become terrifying reality at the press of a stereo button.
"I'm writing to you now to let you in on exactly what is brewing with this band and the bunch of hellish reprobates contained therein. I, Dani Filth, third in line to the Baronet of Hades, have just returned from a week in Bergen, Norway, where TOTBM have been ensconced in a studio (which is simultaneously working on the new 'God Seed' album, I hasten to add), putting the spit and polish to the album's worth of music we've written.
"Thus far we have the following titles to confirm, with a further couple of corkers steaming down the pipeline soon... 'Beautifully Perverse', 'Into The Void', 'Don't Call Up What You Can't Put Down', 'Infernal Desire Machine', 'Alchemy, Myself And I', 'Dark Eyes For Trouble', 'C.N.T (All That's Missing Is You)', 'Persephone', 'Last Of The Vampire Playboys', 'Another Dead Thing Between Us' and 'Catch'.
"Everything is sounding great and we are hoping to secure management (we're in the midst of discussions) and then a record deal in the foreseeable future, though no names can be uttered yet… I'm an absolute bugger when it comes to jinxes! More...
Los Angeles based act My Ruin has checked in from the road with the following tour report:
"The shows have been getting better and better with the intensity of the band and fans together. We rocked the the hell out of Legends in Newcastle and I really enjoyed being able to finally watch all the sets of Long Day Fear, Sanctorum & Godsized as they each killed it with their own brands of rock & metal to warm up the stage before ours. Met so many sweet fans after the show and had an amazing huge handmade and heartfelt gift given to me and the Mick before it by one of my most beautiful and blasphemous girls Alexandra Morgan and her fiance Noah Remmer which I will be posting a photo of soon. It simply blew us away!
"Mick & I did an amazing photo shoot with the lovely Miss Kayla Wren of Skin Deep Magazine which you can see a teaser of in this post. This lady was such a pleasure to shoot with and a true artist behind the lens. Can't wait to work with her again! Also took some fun band shots with Lisa Marie Patterson, Louise Mallen and Aaron Sly of Sanctorum who is a killer photographer and really knows how to 'tech that shit!' ;) Both Aaron and drummer Matt Alston have been helping me document this tour with photos and videos which we will be uploading and sharing as soon I promise! Been so busy before and after the shows. More...
Sabaton has uploaded a third video clip from the studio making the band's next album "Carolus Rex." Watch this third studio update in the YouTube player below, or find the previously posted second video update about this location.
British thrashers Evile recently kicked off a headlining European tour in support of their "Five Serpent's Teeth" album. The band is two weeks into a tour of mainland Europe with support from Portrait and Dr. living Dead.
Evile drummer Ben Carter updates from the road:
"We're at the halfway stage of the Five Serpent's Tour 2012, and want to say a huge thanks to all the fans that have shown their support by coming to the shows so far! Turnout has been great, the crew and staff at all the venues have been great, and we're having a blast on the road! Dr. Living Dead and Portrait are tearing it up every night, and if you haven't seen the show yet, check the remaining dates and we'll see you soon for some metal madness! Long Live New Flesh!!!"
The remaining tour dates are as follows:
Jan. 29 - Hamburg, Germany - Hafenklang
Jan. 31 - Osnabruck, Germany - Bastard Club
Feb. 01 - Saarbrucken, Germany - Garage
Feb. 02 - Braunschweig, Germany - Schweinebarmann
Feb. 03 - Vosselaar, Belgium - Biebob
Feb. 04 - Bamberg, Germany - Live Club
Feb. 05 - Essen, Germany - Turock
Riot guitarist Mike Flyntz spoke out on the passing of founder/guitarist Mark Reale. In a post on Facebook, Flyntz stated:
"I would like to thank everyone for the support and love regarding the passing of my dear friend Mark Reale. I have had the honor to stand next to him on the stage and in the studio for over 22 years. Mark gave me the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of recording and writing records, and also touring in support of those records. I was a fan first, getting his autograph after a Riot show at L'Amours when I was in college. Mark was a shy man who didn't talk much unless he was being interviewed or on the phone. Lord knows he could talk on the phone. Mark also loved to laugh. One part of our special relationship was that we could laugh until we were crying, and he would be lying on the floor yelling "please stop" and after 5 minutes of silence all I had to do was look at him and it would start all over. I will forever cherish those moments. As far as a musician, he is the most underrated guitarist, song writer, riff creator, visionary in rock music. He should be in the Rock-n-Roll hall of fame for his vibrato alone. LISTEN TO HIS VIBRATO. His sense of melody was incredible. He taught me so much. There is so much more I need to say about my friend but I have been at a loss of words since his passing. The only comfort I have is that he is out of pain. I will attempt to talk more about it with Fingers, Sunday night during a Mark Reale tribute on Fingers Metal shop on WBAB 102.3 Long Island New York. Thank you everyone! Mike Flyntz"
Reale passed away on January 25, 2012 after suffering a subarachnoid hemorrhage along with lifelong effects and complications due to Crohn's disease.
Aviations has posted a recording update video, which can be found after the jump. The band also commented about posting a new song online:
"Aviations is a Berklee College of Music based progressive metal band formed at Berklee College of Music in 2011. The group was started by drummer James Knoerl from Michigan and guitarist Sam Harchik from Massachusetts.
Florida's Abiotic has posted footage online of drummer Andres Hurtado warming up to the track "Vermosapien," which can be found below. Abiotic also recently released a full music video for "Vermosapien." Check out the video clip at this location.
XII Boar has now posted the entire "Split Tongue, Cloven Hoof" EP online for free streaming and download. You can check out the release through the player below, and the band commented: "Our new EP is out now and available to download FOR FREE! Check it out if you like crushingly sludgey riffs with a rock and roll swagger."
The "Split Tongue, Cloven Hoof" EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Smokin' Bones
2. Hellspeed Viper
4. Triclops More...
Finnish metal act ArrorA has posted several tracks online from the band's "Smother What's Left" EP. You can check out the songs by heading over to the ArrorA Facebook profile here.
The "Smother What's Left" track listing is as follows:
1. Out Came The Wolves
4. Perfect Season
5. Asphodel Meadows More...
Cilice has posted a video update of the band working on an upcoming second album, which can be found below. The band also commented:
After the well received debut album 'Deranged Headtrip' by CILICE in 2009 the band toured extensively all over Europe and even Brazil. When singer Daniel de Jongh left the band to join Textures, CILICE found in Ramage their ideal frontman. An intensive writing period for their second album followed up. Now it's time to record the next album! More news will be announced soon."
Italian symphonic black metal act Tyrants has posted a new music video online. Check out the video for the title track off the "Ruchus" release in the player below. You can also hear more Tyrants tracks available for streaming at this location.
Footage has been posted online of New York's Castrofate performing "The Enemy Within" live at Naugatuck, CT on January 27th, 2012. Check out the live clip below, or head over to Castrofate's Facebook profile to hear more from the band.
Sithu Aye has posted the new song "Skye" online, which can be heard below. The band also commented:
"Here's a full track preview of 'Skye', the second track off of my upcoming EP featuring my very good friend Martin Collier in the solo section at the end. Hope you guys like the new material and get excited for this new EP!"
After posting a full music video online for "Forever," glam rock/metal act Blessed By A Broken Heart has released a teaser trailer for the "Feel The Power" album, available in stores and online now on Tooth & Nail Records. Check out the teaser clip below.
Spainish symphonic/gothic metal band Diabulus In Musica posted a new music video for the song "Sceneries of Hope" form the band's forthcoming LP "The Wanderer" (seen below). The album is scheduled for release through Napalm Records on the following schedule:
February 29, 2012 Spain, Finland, Sweden
March 2, 2012 Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux & Italy
March 5, 2012 Rest of Europe
March 6, 2012 USA, Canada
The official track listing of "The Wanderer" is as follows:
1. A Journey´s End (Intro)
2. Ex Nihilio
3. Sceneries of Hope
4. Blazing a Trail (Featuring Mark Jansen (Epica/MaYaN))
5. Call from a Rising Memory (Intro)
6. Hidden Reality
7. Shadow of the Throne
8. Allegory of Faith, Innocence and Future
9. Sentenced to Life
10. Oihuka Bihotzetik
11. No Time for Repentance (Lamentatio)
12. The Wanderer
Check out "Sceneries Of Hope" here: More...
Austrian symphonic death metal act Hollenthon has posted part four of the live DVD quality show that was filmed at Szene, Vienna, Austria on December 4th, 2010. The full show is being broadcasted in five parts over five weeks. Part five will be posted on February 5, 2012.
Check out part four here:
Los Angeles, CA death metal powerhouse Abysmal Dawn is currently streaming the remastered reissue of the band's debut album "From Ashes" in its entirety via Guitar World at this location.
The long out-of-print debut saw its reissue on January 17th, 2012 via Relapse Records. Originally released in 2006, the album features three bonus tracks and is available via Relapse Records here.
Abysmal Dawn recently debuted a brand new music video for the song “My Own Savior." The video was created by Rob Mestas as part of a fan video contest with Metal Injection.
Relapse Records has checked in with the following announcement about the signing of Generaly Surgery and the release of a new compilation album:
"Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the official re-signing of Swedish goregrind legends GENERAL SURGERY! Originally formed in 1988, GENERAL SURGERY (Joacim Carlsson – guitar, Andreas Eriksson – bass, Andreas Mitroulis – drums, Erik Sahlström – lead vocals) released the seminal Necrology EP via Relapse in 1991 before going on a long hiatus until 2002. The band released numerous splits, EPs, and two full-length albums since then and will be coming back in a blood-soaked rage in 2012!
"A Collection of Depravation, a compilation of 30 GENERAL SURGERY choice cuts will see its official release via Relapse on March 27th. The album’s artwork and detailed info on the release is available here. The collection was digitally remastered by Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull and contains a 24 page booklet with extensive liner notes from the band. More...
Baltimore based metal act Sky Came Burning has posted a new lyric video online for the title track off the band's upcoming album "Patent Pending," which is available in the player below.
The "Patent Pending" album is currently set for release this coming April, 2012. For more details on Sky Came Burning, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Black metal act Zorormr is currently working on the band's upcoming 10 track album, "IHS," and follow-up to the "Kval" release. The band has now issued the following update:
"Almost there... still fighting with the mix and getting ready for the master under the watchful eye of Wojtek Kostrzewa (ASGAARD). The sound is strong and heavy but you'll be surprised how this album turns out in the end.
"Needless to say that after some time of struggling with ideas the new cover art is in the making and I guess it will be a surprise to some of you. Get ready for February 'cause like the Starks' say: winter is coming!"
You can also listen to Zorormr tracks available for streaming online via Facebook.
Metal Hammer has posted the official new video from Sussex death metal monsters Dyscarnate. The track "The Promethean" is taken from the Dyscarnate's upcoming new album "And So It Came To Pass," due out February 27th, 2012 through Siege Of Amida Records. Check out the video clip in the player below.
U.K. based act Fallen Fate has launched a new music video for the single "Origin of Sin," taken from the 2011 Album "The Virus Has Spread." The clip was shot and edited by Lee Skinner of Black Venom Designs and can be viewed below. To hear more Fallen Fate, check out the band's Facebook profile here.
Pakistan's Dionysus has issued the following announcement about signing with Wartorn Records for the release of an EP:
"We would like to announce our affiliation with Wartorn Records, run by our friend Hassan Umer. The decision was taken because of similar minded artists and approach on Wartorn. We'd be releasing our 'Hymn to the Dying' EP on it in summer of 2012."
Continuing to post to behind the scenes and backstage footage from the Gigantour, Megadeth's David Ellefson has now uploaded a clip of the band arriving in NYC to perform at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Check out the footage below, or find the last Gingatour clip at this location.
Revilement has added a pair of upcoming shows to their tour in March and April in Tainan and Taipei. Joining the band for those two shows will be Psycho (Singapore) and Hammerhed (Finland). Here are the latest Revilement tour dates:
3/17 (Sat) Taipei, Taiwan (The Wall)
3/30 (Sri) Beijing, China
3/31 (Sat) Shanghai, China
4/01 (Sun) Guangzhou, China
4/04 (Wed) Hong Kong
Dates with Truth Be Known and Double Dragon:
4/06 (Fri) Bangkok, Thailand
4/07 (Sat) Singapore
4/08 (Sun) Johor Bahru, Malaysia
With Psycho and Hammerhed
4/20 Tainan, Taiwan (Room335 w/ Psycho, Hammerhed)
4/21 Taipei, Taiwan (Pipe w/ Psycho, Hammerhed)
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