Metal News for January 29, 2013
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34 news articles posted on this day.
Every week we chat up bands from around the globe to find their favorite stories from metal shows. This week, bassist Morgan Rider of Canadian act Vesperia had this tale to share about the crowd taking over the stage during a Dimebag tribute:
We were doing a show in Ottawa a couple of years ago and it happened to be a Pantera / Dimebag tribute show. We knew about this show a while in advance, so we came up with a folk metal version of "Fucking Hostile."
During our set, the time came for us to play the song, so we invited some people to come up and sing it with us. Two seconds later, half of the crowd is on the stage, forcing all of us except our drummer at the time off of the stage and onto the floor. We played the song on the floor and the crowd moshed and rocked out on stage. It was really weird.
Drummer Andrew Beattie of Rise With Honour has checked in with the following statement about parting ways with the band:
"I would like to inform everyone that I (Andrew Beattie) have now left the band. There were no arguments or differences between any of us it was just mainly the fact I can't commit to such a project with me now living in Dundee and having to focus more primarily on University. The leaving of the band was on my own accord as much as I hated having to do so.
"These past almost 2 years in the band has been amazing meeting a load of new people and making friendships. I wish all the best to the guys and know that we will still remain on great terms and who knows what the future holds for the both of us.
"I will still continue to play drums and I hope everyone has enjoyed what I have been able to contribute across the time in the band." More...
Swedish groove metal act Deathember has posted a new video broadcast containing studio footage from the recordings of the band's debut album ”Going Postal.” Check out the clip below.
The first single & video named ”Quietly” from ”Going Postal” will be released February 1st, 2013. Deathember earlier announced that ”Going Postal” features guest appearances from Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Obituary, Iced Earth) and Daniel Ädel (Uneven Structure, Vildhjarta). The track listing is as follows:
1. Going Postal
4. Unending Thirst
5. Let us flip a few pages back (Part 1)
6. Where I Evade (Part 2)
7. The Deprivation (Part 3, Feat. Daniel Ädel)
8. Repeat & Remind
9. Hailing Down (Feat. Ralph Santolla)
11. By Damnation (Bonus track for ltd. Edition) More...
Dallas heavy metal act on the verge, Seeker, has an upcoming string of February U.S. tour dates with headliner Corelia, and I, Omega.
"We're always excited to be on the road, and the fact that both bands are full of such outstanding musicians makes this tour even better," said Seeker vocalist Bryce Lucien. "We've been working extremely hard to step up the insanity of our live show and we will be playing quite a bit of new material on this run, so we're definitely ready to get back out in front of our old fans and hopefully make some new ones. Be on the lookout for a new song premiere in the coming weeks. See you on the road."
The upcoming run will commence Valentine's Day 2013 in St. Louis, Mo. following the release of a brand new single set to drop early February. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below. You can also watch the band's video for "Serpent Skin" at this location. More...
Shai Hulud has launched a brand new studio video on MetalBlade.com. The video spotlights guitar tracking for "The Mean Spirits, Breathing" from "Reach Beyond the Sun," with guitarist Matt Fox, producer Chad Gilbert, and engineer Kyle Black. The video is streaming now below or over at this location.
Shai Hulud recently unveiled the second single from "Reach Beyond the Sun." The band partnered with Alternative Press to stream "A Human Failing" right here. Shai Hulud's new album, "Reach Beyond the Sun," will be released on February 19th, 2013. More...
The debut album from English progressive metal magicians My Soliloquy, "The Interpreter," is officially in stores across the globe today through Sensory Records.
To celebrate its release, today This Is Not A Scene is streaming "The Interpreter" in its entirety. Check it out right here or hear the first song in the player below. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Formed by multi-instrumentalist Pete Morten of British act Threshold, the essence of My Soliloquy is pure forward-thinking metal – symphonic keyboards, shredding guitar leads, soaring vocals – all finely woven together through a blend of intricacy and melody. Following a pair of demos and an EP, Sensory is proud to finally unleash the newly-completed first full-length from this act. With nearly all instrumentation on the recording executed solely by Pete Morten, minus the drumming, The Interpreter flows with over fifty minutes of grand musicianship, expertly mixed and mastered by Rob Aubrey, a mainstay of Marillion’s camp for many years." More...
Swedish experimental/progressive act The Moth Gatherer has premiered the first song from the band's upcoming debut album, due out through Agonia Records. Check out "A Road of Gravel and Skulls" in the player below.
The debut album entitled "A Bright Celestial Light" will hit the shops on April 16th in Europe and April 30th in North America. "A Bright Celestial Light" will consist of 5 original compositions with a total playing time of 44 minutes. The album was mastered by Karl Daniel Liden (Terra Tenebrosa, grammy nominated Switchblade album) and will feature a guest appearance from Member 001 of The Konsortium fame. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Water That We All Come To Need
3. A Road of Gravel and Skulls
4. The Womb, The Woe, The Woman
5. A Falling Deity
"We just want our music to be an emotional explosion," comments Alex, co-founder of The Moth Gatherer. "A lot of the songs is about death, missing people you loved who have passed away and losing hope in mankind. We want the music to make you feel like you can move mountains with it. I wish for that when people hear our music, they start to dream away." More...
Las Vegas-based doomsters Demon Lung have now completed initial recordings for their debut album at Sharkbite Studios, in Oakland, California. The album is currently being mixed by Billy Anderson at his studio in Portland, Oregon with an anticipated release late this Spring.
Las Vegas Weekly recently included Demon Lung on its "Top 10 Local Bands To Watch In 2013." Drummer Jeremy Brenton confirmed to the newspaper that the album will be a concept about “the long begotten son of Satan, who’s been sent to earth to assemble the three parts of the devil’s bible so that we can speak the name of god in reverse and undo creation.” He adds, “when you say it out loud it’s pretty funny, but it’s some pretty epic shit.”
Candlelight announced the signing of Demon Lung on November 28th. On signing with Candlelight, the band notes, “we are very honored to join the Candlelight roster. To be included among such talented artists is humbling and we thank them for giving us the opportunity.” More...
Hamburg, Germany act Bleeding released a self-titled EP last summer, and now the band has made the release available for streaming online. Check out the songs via Bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Tempest of Colours 06:41
2. Voices 05:05
3. Bleeding 04:59
4. Souldancer 05:33
Brazilian act Almost Underground has released a new single online titled "One Shot, One Kill." The track is now available for streaming over at Facebook here. You can also download the track through iTunes. More...
Tooth & Nail recording artists Love and Death, featuring Korn guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, has released a new music video for the single "The Abandoning." This track can be found on the band's recently released record "Between Here and Lost," available for purchase at iTunes now.
Love and Death will be hitting the road in late February to promote the new record, and a full list of tour dates can be found right here.
The Slovenian occult act Vigilance is proud to reveal the artwork for upcoming album “Queen of the Midnight Fire.” The album is scheduled to be released on Metal Tank Records (Exact date T.B.A.). The label also comments:
"Ripping with its excellent mixture of genuine traditional Speed / Heavy Metal filled with profound devotion for primordial occultism, Vigilance itself reflects perfectly a lethal dose of true metal, real old school attitude fueled with dark emotions and spell bound intensity. Prepare for a voyage beyond mortal knowledge."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Queen of the Midnight Fire
2. Behind the Cellar Door
4. What Lies Beyond…
5. Night Terrors
6. Four Crowns of Hell
7. Poetry and the Gods
8. Under Sulphurous Skies
9. Ritual of Death
Century Meida has announced a brand new licensing arrangement with Earache Records that will see Century Media license Earache's physical catalog of CD's & LP's in the USA. Earache's digital distribution of its back catalog and new releases remains in-house and unchanged.
This license deal between two of the metal world's powerhouse labels will pave the way for the physical versions of all future releases and titles from Earache's classic back catalog to be released as an array of collectible LPs and CD box sets. With Century Media's team of catalog specialists, fans can expect an exciting variety of collectibles to be released on the U.S. market in the near future.
Earache's U.S. label boss Al Dawson says, "I am over the moon with our new arrangement with Century Media. Both Earache Records founder Digby Pearson and myself have known Century Media owners Oliver and Robert for 20+ years and I couldn't think of a better team of people to be working with moving forward. Earache has always been a progressive minded label. From being one of the first independent labels to having our own website back in the early 90's and to being one of the first labels to work directly with iTunes and doing business with Spotify since day 1 in Europe."
Century Media North American President Don Robertson states, "It's exciting times in the world of metal and I am ecstatic to welcome aboard Earache to The Century Media Family in our time of growth. Being able to dive into the catalog of records that so many of us grew up with and being able to re-release cool limited editions will be a lot of fun and we are particularly excited to be working with and continuing to build future releases from artists such as Rival Sons, Oceano and The Browning."
Romero's "Take The Potion" full-length is out today for free download via Grindcore Karaoke. The 7 song / 42 minute album is available for download in multiple formats and includes a digital booklet with original artwork & lyrics. Stream the release below or download right here.
The Deluxe CD version of the album is also out today and can be purchased here for the devilish of $6.66.
The band just completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the vinyl release of the album. The "Take The Potion" LP will be pressed on 3 different colors of Deluxe 150g vinyl and is limited to only 300 copies. Pre-orders are available at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Compliments and Cocktails 06:22
2. Couch Lock 06:11
3. One Means Four 06:18
4. Take The Potion 03:59
5. Distraction Tree 07:08
6. Wheeling Deervish 04:52
7. In The Heather 07:05 More...
Serianna has released a new studio video update featuring "Harry Potter" discussing the band's upcoming album. Check out the video below, and the band also comments: "Check out our second studio update with a brand new song clip. There's a magic surprise and Kris eats a sandwich!"
Jungle Rot has announced that the band's eighth studio album will be titled "Terror Regime," and is due out March 19th.
Recording took place at Bell City Recording in Racine, Wisconsin with longtime friend and engineer Chris Djuricic. “Terror Regime has lots of speed, groove and hate coming your way,” warns front man Dave Matrise.
The artwork (available below) was once again completed by Gyula Havancsák (Destruction, Annihilator, Grave Digger). Pre-order packages are now available through the Victory Records webstore here. More...
Finntroll has now finished recording the band's 6th album, "Blodsvept," which will be released via Century Media Records on March 25th in Europe and March 26th in North America. This album follows the 2010 release "Nifelvind" (reviewed here).
Recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, "Blodsvept" features cover artwork by the band's own guitarist Skrymer (who also did the artwork for the band's previous releases). Check it out below, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Ett Folk Förbannat
3. När Jättar Marschera
5. Rösets Kung
6. Skövlarens Död
9. Två Ormar
Catch Finntroll live:
20.06.2013 - Jaworzno @ Metalfest Poland
22.06.2013 - Clisson @ Hellfest
20.06.2013 - Jaworzno @ Metalfest Poland
13.07.2013 - Ballenstedt @ Rock Harz Festival More...
Philadelphia's Fisthammer has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album:
"It's been awhile since we've made any announcements regarding new material, and I think today is as good as any! A little over a year ago, we released Devour All You See, and have been humbled by the enormous amount of positive feedback.
"As we prepare for a massive amount of touring this year, we are also excited to go back into the studio to record a 2nd album. To make this all possible, we are creating a kick-starter campaign to hopefully achieve all of our goals. The goal is not only to record an album, but to promote it well, and to tour our asses off.
"Along with the many incentives we will be offering. We are currently recording TWO songs that will appear on the next album, and will be available to you for a small donation. More details about this will be told soon. Until then, please check out all of our March tour dates with Sacrificial Slaughter and Master, as well our solo dates. Some still need booking! We look forward to partying with all of you on the road!"
Occultation has announced a West Coast tour (christened "Dreams In The Witch House") in support of the “Three And Seven” release. They will be touring with the NWOBHM-influenced band Borrowed Time, who hail from the wastelands of Detroit, Michigan.
Occultation will also be taking part in this year’s Winter’s Wake Festival in Pittsburgh (February 22nd - 23rd) alongside the likes of Evoken, Blood Ceremony, and Vattnet Viskar to name a few, and has an upcoming show with Pilgrim on February 6th in NY at the Bowery Electric.
03/21 – Tacoma, WA @ New Frontier
03/22 – Seattle, WA @ Highline Bar & Grill
03/23 – Portland, OR TBA
03/24 – Portland, OR @ The Lovecraft
03/26 – Oakland, CA @ The Oakland Metro
03/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The DNA Lounge
03/29 – Los Angeles, CA @ 5 Star Bar
03/30 – Las Vegas, NV @ Favorites Bar & Grill More...
English progressive-metallers Aeon Zen released their third opus "Enigma" to the word one week ago today. Today Aeon Zen is pleased to present the second in a series of "Top 5 Riffs" series. The second video in the series features vocalist Andi Kravljaca and his "Top 5 Vocal Riffs," check it out below.
Andi commented on the video: "The vocals on any Aeon Zen record are always a cacophonous spectacle of layers, harmonies and characterizations done by some of the best voices in the business - and, of course, me. Nowhere is this more evident than in our latest offering - Enigma. Join me, if you will, in an exploration of the five places on Enigma where the vocals really make the album shine."
The full "Enigma" album's track listing is as follows:
1. Enter the Enigma
2. Artificial Soul
4. Seven Hills
6. Turned to Ash
7. Still Human
8. Eternal Snow
10. Survival (Bonus Track)
11. Time Divine 2.0 (Bonus Track) More...
San Diego's Author & Punisher, the long-running, one-man industrial doom project propagated by sound exhibitionist Tristan Shone, will bring his fascinating sonic defiance to the road this Spring alongside A Life Once Lost (on select dates).
Dubbed "The Man Machine Tour" 2013, the live rituals will commence on March 15th in Tucson, Arizona and work its way through 14 cities with more dates to be announced in the coming weeks. Shone will be touring in support of the "Ursus Americanus" full-length, released last Spring via Seventh Rule Recordings. More...
Detroit Thrashers Battlecross have announced that they will enter the studio next month to record the follow-up to their 2011 Metal Blade debut "Pursuit of Honor" (reviewed here).
The band will begin recording immediately after the "Another Year, Another Tour" with In Flames, Demon Hunter, and All Shall Perish for 27 North American dates that begins on February 2nd in Ft. Lauderdale.
Battlecross will look to Mark Lewis and crew at Audiohammer Studios in Florida to record the album, scheduled for release in summer 2013. Lewis, responsible for the production and/or engineering for bands such as The Black Dahlia Murder, Trivium, Devil Driver, and Deicide said, "I can't wait to be a part of Battlecross' next record. From the moment I heard the band I knew I wanted to be a part of their development. Hearing the new music has only solidified that feeling. Working with our good friends at Metal Blade and bringing great new music to the masses is what it's all about."
Eyal Levy will handle engineering duties on the record and Armored Saint's Joey Vera, who mastered the band's cover version of Pantera's "Fucking Hostile," will master.
Guitarist Hiran Deraniyagala says the band is "stoked to be working with a prolific studio and producer at Audiohammer. We're so focused on making a killer follow up album and we feel that Mark Lewis will help bring our raw, live sound to life." More...
Black Tongue, which features Eddie Pickard and Aaron Kitcher from Infant Annihilator, has posted a new song online for streaming. Check out "Fauxhammer" in the player below. The track will appear on the band's upcoming "Falsifier" EP, due out later this year. Black Tongue consists of:
Alex Teyen - Vocals
Eddie Pickard - Guitar
James Harrison - Guitar
Lloyd Newton - Bass
Aaron Kitcher - Drums
One-man metal act Dissefacto has released a new EP online titled "The Truth Before One After All," which can be heard in the player below or over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Megalithic 05:28
2. Enki's Laud 05:10
3. Chaos Metaphysics 05:09
4. Internal Anomaly 04:51
5. Sonic Sacrifice 05:44 More...
Cannibal Corpse will be releasing a box set to commemorate the band's 25th anniversary, "Dead Human Collection: 25 Years of Death Metal." The box contains:
All 12 full-length studio albums in a 12 CD foldout case with new artwork, "Torturing and Eviscerating LIVE" on CD and LP Picture Disc recorded in Tampa, FL 2010 / Milwaukee, WI 2012, new exclusive images by Vince Lock, 12" X 12" graphic prints of all 13 original album covers, and a 2013 Cannibal Corpse Calendar.
The box will be in stores on March 19th and is available for pre-order, along with the previously announced series of Cannibal Corpse picture discs, at this location.
Kicking off in May, this year's Decibel Magazine Tour gauntlet will last a full week longer than its 2012 counterpart, spanning over 30 North American dates. Dates are available below.
"We're psyched to be headlining this year's Decibel Magazine Tour along with Immolation and Napalm Death," says Cannibal Corpse bassist Alex Webster. "This is a lineup of bands that have been a consistent part of the death/grind scene for decades, and we're proud to be a part of it. It will be a legendary night for extreme music." More...
In Vain release the new album "Ænigma" this coming March 11th in Europe, March 8th in Norway, and March 15th in Germany and Austria. Check out the first studio report from the recording of the new album below. Indie Recordings also comments on the album:
"With 'Ænigma,' In Vain is back in the game with their strongest album by far. Additionally, on the album the production is taken to another level, with stellar production provided by Mr. Jens Bogren. The album contains 8 songs of In Vain’s unique trademarked sound and as usual, In Vain has brought some guests along, and 'Ænigma' sees excellent appearances by Lazare and Cornelius from Solefald." More...
Paul Allender, lead guitarist for British heavy metal act Cradle of Filth, has announced via his Facebook page the start of one on one online guitar lessons over Skype. Fans can write to Allender at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
"After being a professional player for almost 20 years, I decided I wanted to start teaching guitar to fans who wanted to learn," said Allender. "The best way I could think was to teach over Skype. My lessons have been up and running for a month now and are going very well. Lessons have also evolved past guitar; I teach songwriting and arranging and how to use Pro Tools as well as advice for anyone who wants to get ahead in the industry."
Cradle of Filth is currently gearing up for a massive headlining February/March North American tour with The Faceless, Decapitated, and The Agonist. Cradle of Filth "North American Tour 2013" will mark the band's return to North American shores in nearly two years. A list of confirmed dates can be seen below.
Martyr Defiled has released a new music video for the track "Lifeless," which can be viewed in the YouTube clip below.
Horna will be releasing new album "Askel Lähempänä Saatanaa" this coming March 8th, 2013. The band has now posted a song online from the release. Check out "Yhdeksäs Portti" in the player below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
0. Alku 1:55
1. Askel Lähempänä Saatanaa 6:30
2. Kunnia Herralle, Kuninkaalle 4:40
3. Kuolema Kuoleman Jälkeen 3:53
4. Yhdeksäs Portti 4:03
5. Ei Aikaa Kyyneleille 4:43
6. Kärsimyksin Vuoltu Hänen Valittuna Äänenään 6:57
7. Aamutähden Pyhimys 6:15
8. Pala Tai Palvele 4:21
9. Ota Omaksesi, Luoksesi 4:47 More...
Chicago death metallers Broken Hope have now posted a new electronic press kit online, which includes a brief recap of the band's history, information about an upcoming album, and more. Check out the video below.
In regards to Broken Hope's new album, Jeremy Wagner (guitars) comments: "We finished writing the new Broken Hope album and plan to start recording in March with Chris Djuric at Belle City Sound and Scott Creekmore at Mercenary Digital Studios.
"As reported recently, the 11 tracks include, 'The Flesh Mechanic' and 'Give Me the Bottom Half'...and these are just the tip of a massive and sick iceberg. We plan to turn this new monstrosity in to Century Media in May--before our appearances at Extremefest (Germany) and Maryland Death Fest 2013." More...
Finnish folk metal merchants Ensiferum are pleased to announce their return to North American soil as headliners of the fourth edition of Paganfest America. The band comments:
"Finally, Ensiferum will to return to North America! It's been way too long since we shared wild Paganfest nights with our brothers and sisters across the ocean. We will not come to pillage your cities alone; it's a great honor to join forces with Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott for this once-in-a-lifetime tour."
Ensiferum will be touring in support of the "Unsung Heroes" full-length released in North America last Fall via Spinefarm Records. The epic jaunt will commence March 30th in Denver and pillage through 21 cities and includes a slot on this year’s New England Metal & Hardcore Fest in Worcester, Massachusetts. Support on the trek will be provided by Týr, Heidevolk, Trollfest and Helsott. Dates are available below. More...
French metal act Supuration, which signed to Listenable Records last year, has now posted a new song online. Check out the track "Consummate" in the player available below.
Impious Baptism's "Wrath of the Apex Predator" is due for release this coming April 16th, 2013 via Hells Headbangers. The label comments:
"Once again, Hells Headbangers unearths filthy black gems from Down Under: Wrath of the Apex Predator, Australians Impious Baptism's debut album after a of couple well-received EPs, including the Hells Headbangers-issued Path of the Inverted Trinity 7".
"The sole creation of longtime scene veteran J. (Nocturnal Graves, ex-Destruktor, ex-Destroyer 666), Impious Baptism bellow forth desecrating black metal in the ancient tradition of the early South American and Finnish masters.
"Flowing from choking doom to grinding, black filth and imbued with a powerful, full-bodied production that amplifies every abyssal note, Impious Baptism drags you down into the depths and then deeper - feel the Wrath of the Apex Predator!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Revelation to Annihilate
2. The Age of Firelords
3. Axis of Lucifer
4. Arcane Funeral Rites
5. Release the Titans Pt I
6. Release the Titans Pt II
7. Wrath of the Apex Predator
8. Rites of Illuminated Death
9. Temple of Necromancy More...
Accuser has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album this coming April:
"Our new album 'DIABOLIC' will be in stores and we are really proud to share the cover artwork and track list with you. So, you know what to do on Friday, 12.04.2013: DIABOLIC DAY!!!
1. Apocalyptic Decay
3. Cannibal Insanity
6. Beyond the Blackness
7. Save your Legend
8. Immortal Aggression
9. Remains of Chaos
10. World Wide Violence More...