Metal News for January 29, 2014
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31 news articles posted on this day.
System of a Down is the latest band to have new songs featured as downloadable content for Rocksmith. Learn to play "Toxicity," "B.Y.O.B.," and "Aerials" on guitar or bass by downloading them via Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, or Steam. The song "Hypnotize" was part of Rocksmith 2014 out of the box.
In less than three weeks, Italian hardcore terrorists Cripple Bastards will disburse the harsh new LP, "Nero In Metastasi," upon the masses via Relapse.
Now you can hear the new song "Nemico A Terra" in the player below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The band's first full-length release for the label, the eighteen tracks on 'Nero In Metastasi' arguably bear the most 'metal' production in Cripple Bastards' massive discography to date -- an attribute acquired during its construction under the watch of producer Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden (Arch Enemy, At The Gates, Dark Tranquillity) -- without impacting their rabid, unabashed political hardcore energy. A prime example of this is the album's twelfth track, 'Nemico A Terra,' which CB vocalist Giulio The Bastard translates to, 'Enemy Down.'" More...
Chicago, IL based psychedelic rock/doom act Mount Salem will release the out-of-print "Endless" EP on March 4th, 2014 via Metal Blade Records.
This version of "Endless" will include two brand new tracks, and will be made available on vinyl. Fans can stream the third track on the record, "Lucid," in the player below and pre-order the album on CD, vinyl, or digitally now at this location. More...
Behemoth has posted a brand new behind-the-scenes video for "The Satanist," which can be seen below courtesy of Metal Sucks.
This video is the fourth and final installment in a series of videos that offer a glimpse into the thought process behind the album that Albert Mudrian of Decibel Magazine heralds as "simply the best Behemoth record ever."
After the band's guitarist was hospitalized earlier this month, Warbringer has now issued the following announcement about missing a show due to border problems:
"Sorry to all the Turkish fans for us not appearing in Istanbul tonight. There was issues beyond our control with border paperwork, and we were not able to make the show.
"Enjoy the rest of the tour and we hope we can make it there soon, it is a real disappointment for us not being able to play for you guys." More...
Annihilator's "Feast" is set to be loosed again as Limited Edition No. 2 with re-recorded classics on CD and the full Wacken Festival show on DVD, all in a special Ecolbook version with a new 3D cover. This edition contains:
- The new album "Feast" in a CD-sized book with extra pages in the booklet
- The 15-song bonus CD "Re-Kill" with newly recorded Annihilator classics
- Live DVD filmed at last year‘s Wacken Open Air
- New 3D cover taking over where the original left off with more zombies!
The "Feast" Ecolbook version will be available in U.S/ on March 11th, 2014 and the full track listing is available below. More...
Massachusetts metal act Within The Ruins has officially begun recording a brand new, yet-to-be-titled LP, tentatively slated for a summer release. The new LP will be the band's follow-up to "Elite," which was released last year.
Jason Suecof has been tapped to mix the new effort, while guitarist Joe Cocchi is engineering and producing the record in his studio. Then Within The Ruins will be bringing it into Josh Wickman's Dreadcore Studios for vocal production.
Cocchi comments: "This is the most time we have ever had to focus on writing. There are a ton of new aspects to this material. We are always aiming to create the most interesting and refreshing music that we are capable of, and I think we have finally been able to accomplish that with this album."
Mekong Delta will release "In A Mirror Darkly" on April 29th, 2014 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer. The label comments:
"For almost thirty years, Mekong Delta has enjoyed an excellent reputation as an independent and exceptionally creative band in the world of progressive metal sounds. Albums such as The Music Of Eric Zann (1988) and Pictures At An Exhibition (1997) are considered classics of their kind.
"With their blend of prog metal, classical elements and thrash, the musicians are considered pioneers of a stylistic mix, which has been emulated, by a considerable number of epigones. Now the German quartet is set to unleash its latest recording: In A Mirror Darkly will be released April 29th via SPV/Steamhammer.
"Martin LeMar (vocals), Ralf Hubert (bass), Erik Adam H. Grösch (guitar) and Alex Landenburg (drums) have recorded a total of eight songs for In A Mirror Darkly, among them three instrumental numbers like the ingenious 'Inside The Outside Of The Inside' with its diverse arrangements." More...
Chimaira has debuted a brand new music video for the track, "Wrapped In Violence," surrounding the kick off of the "Celebrate The Chaos" tour this weekend.
The tour will feature set lists compiled of all seven of the band's LP's. Support will come from IWrestledABearOnce, Oceano, and label-mates Reflections and Fit For An Autopsy opening. Chimaira's Mark Hunter comments:
"Chimaira turned fifteen last August and the only appropriate way to celebrate the chaos is to hit the road. Take a trip through the entire catalog with us and rediscover old favorites in the new era of domination! Rise up! The time has come..."
01/30/14 Worcester, MA The Palladium (Upstairs)
01/31/14 Wilmington, DE Mojo 13
02/01/14 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance (16+)
02/04/14 Amityville, NY Revolution (16+)
02/05/14 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
02/06/14 Reading, PA Reverb
02/07/14 Jacksonville, NC Hooligan's
02/08/14 Fayetteville, NC The Drunk Horse Pub
02/09/14 Charlotte, NC The Casbah @ Tremont Music Hall
02/11/14 Knoxville, TN NV Nightclub (18+)
02/12/14 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
02/14/14 St. Petersburg, FL The State Theatre
02/15/14 Pensacola, FL Vinyl Music Hall
02/17/14 Broussard, LA The Station (18+)
02/18/14 Shreveport, LA Riverside Warehouse (21+)
02/21/14 Kokomo, IN Center Stage
02/22/14 Louisville, KY Diamond Pub & Billiards (18+)
02/23/14 Newport, KY Thompson House (18+) More...
Alexander Oden has released a new instrumental metal album titled "Abaddon Rising." The entire album can be downloaded for free at Facebook here, and the cover artwork can be seen below.
No hope. No morality: bleak words perhaps, but then Martyr Defiled has never been a band for the faint of heart. The band is returning with sophomore offering, "No Hope No Morality," which will be released on April 28th in Europe and on April 29th in North America via Siege Of Amida/Century Media Records. The track listing is as follows:
2. Demons In The Mist
5. No Hope
7. Under The Influence
8. The Taste Of Iron
9. Of Sheep & Swine
11. No Morality More...
Moribund Records has set April 14th as the release date for Wormreich's "Wormcult Revelations." The following press release was issued about the band:
"Rising from the ashes of the late, great Blood Stained Dusk comes USBM's most promising sonic sorcerers, Wormreich. The band's second album to date and first for Moribund Records, Wormcult Revelations displays a black metal band both forward-thinking and classicist, balancing an oft-dissonant and complex form of challenging, spiraling songcraft with a widescreen, cinematic scope that underlines a deep understanding of ancient black metal values.
"Rounded out by a clear, nuanced production, Wormcult Revelations will soon have Wormreich mentioned in the same breath as the esteemed likes of Nightbringer and Deathspell Omega, whom Wormreich cover with 'Malign Paradigm.'"
The track listing is as follows:
I. Revelation I: Vox in Rama 2:30
II. Revelation II: Serpents of Choronzon 7:06
III. Shaare-Maveth 1:57
IV. Revelation III: Devotion’s Final War 7:15
V. Revelation IV: Enim Satanas Meum Sanguinem 7:25
VI. Codex Lvciferivm 5:08
VII. Malign Paradigm [Deathspell Omega cover] 4:45
Comments the band: "Wormreich was created with the sole purpose of channeling the timeless void that will one day consume the universe and return all of creation to a state of pure, undefiled chaos. We emerged from the Bible Belt of the United States, with Satan as our champion and idol, and we create menacing, violent, ethereal black metal art. Nothing more, nothing less. Our war is a holy war, and our devotion is endless!" More...
Toronto, ON based metal band Where Giants Once Stood has posted a new guitar play through video for the title track off debut EP "The Changing."
In additional news, Where Giants Once Stood is proud to announce an endorsement with Ernie Ball, which the band can be seen using in the video.
"Ernie Ball is a great company, we're excited to be endorsed and can't wait to start working with them," comments lead guitarist Jordan Turnbull. More...
Stamina has released a first music video taken off the "Perseverance" album. Check out the clip for opening track "Higher" in the player below. Guitarist Luca Sellitto also comments:
"We shot the video on three different days with the direction of Elio Di Pace and Vittorio 'Kufa' Citro, in various locations of our area, a friend's house, the University of Salerno, both my houses and down the street. More than fifty friends and local fans kindly offered their help, showing up for some of the scenes. The plot is inherent to the lyrics of the song and it deals with the love story between the two main characters. They've just broken up, but they both accidentally come to our concert and make up with a kiss."
The "Perseverance" album is due to be released via My Kingdom Music on February 24th, 2014. More...
Lexington, KY's Beyond The Shore is pleased to announce the band will be out on the road this February with Santa Cruz, California's progressive experimental band Arsonists Get All The Girls, The Last Ten Second Of Life (starting 3/12), and Seeker.
These shows will be in support of latest album and Metal Blade Records debut, "Ghostwatcher." Three openers will be appearing on split dates, which include Abolishment of Flesh, Your Chance to Die, and Lord of War.
The "Listen to the Color" North American tour 2014 will start the end of February and run for approximately 40+ dates across the U.S. and Canada.
Beyond the Shore comments, "We're incredibly excited to get back out on the road in the New Year, especially with such awesome bands. Seeing almost all of North America in such a short amount of time is going to be an amazing experience, we can't wait!"
Dates are as follows: More...
As previously announced, seminal Swedish metallers At The Gates are proud to announce their return to the studio to record the long-awaited follow-up to 1995's "Slaughter Of The Soul."
Due to be released worldwide via Century Media Records in late 2014, this new album, "At War With Reality," features the band's classic lineup from the "Slaughter Of The Soul" era.
Decibel Magazine has now conducted an interview about the album with At The Gates' Tomas Lindberg (vocals). Read the full interview at this location, and excerpts follow.
Decibel: Most people might be expecting the new material to be in the vein of Slaughter of the Soul, but are there any plans to showcase the more angular and progressive influences of the first ATG EP, Gardens of Grief, and first two studio albums as well?
As I said we have gone beyond the idea of making “Slaughter of the Soul Pt. 2,” which was actually never the idea to start with. This is an album that is so full on conceptually and creatively, so involved and ambitious that I am almost compelled to call it pretentious. And that brings me back to the feeling that was with us when we were creating With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness. I’m not saying that this album sounds like that album, but it has that burning urge, the sense of importance that album is trying to portray. As I have always stated, we are an honest band, a band that is very focused on being true to ourselves and never follow any trends or try to portray a given perception of what people want us to be. What we decided on was really to let the music take us where it had to go, to go “all in” so to say. To answer your question, the record will be filled with a lot of the Slayer worship and riffage that is Slaughter of the Soul, but people will also recognize the more dark, melodic side that was With Fear I Kiss the Burning Darkness, and maybe some of the more pretentious arrangements that was part of our early career.
Decibel: The bar for “death metal comebacks” is now Surgical Steel. Is At the Gates prepared to meet that? Not to mention the legacy of Slaughter of the Soul? More...
Read the full article at Decibel Magazine.
Norwegian progressive metal quintet Frail Grounds recently signed a deal with U.K. based indie label Hostile Media to see the release of the band's debut album "The Fields Of Trauma."
Mixed by Øyvind Larsen (Lionheart Studios) and mastered by acclaimed producer Jens Bogren (Fascination Street Studios) "The Fields Of Trauma" was originally self-released by the band in 2012. This release sees the record getting proper distribution for the first time on March 3rd, 2014.
Vocalist Morten Andre comments, "We are very excited to be presenting 'The Fields of Trauma' to the UK metalheads and beyond. The album took a long time to finish, but listening to it now we are confident it was worth the effort and time. There are so many details in between the musical layers; hopefully you will hear something new every time you listen to it. This musical endeavour is wrapped up by a faustian inspired conceptual horror story, which fits well with the musical theme. Enjoy!
"First time listeners, expect a chilling musical journey leading you through acoustic melancholic moments and into more brutal epics! Throughout this trip you will be treated with lots of melodies, guitar solos, heavy riffing and complexity leading up to the grand finale, the emberstorm!" More...
Swedish band Days of Anger has released a new music video for "A Case Of Insanity" taken from the album "Rise Above It All." The album was released via Coroner Records and has the following track listing:
1. Rise Above It All
2. A Case of Insanity
3. Nothing Can Bring Me Down
4. Filled of Hatred
5. Night of the Damned
7. Bow Your Head Down
8. Days of Anger
9. I Am Death
10. Silent Asylum
11. Apathy More...
Dream Theater has released an "Along For The Ride" 2014 tour trailer, which can be seen below and includes a sneak peak at footage from the upcoming video for "The Looking Glass." The new video will officially premiere February 3rd, 2014.
The "Along For The Ride" coast-to-coast run will pick up on March 20th in Toronto, ON following the band’s European tour and then continues through the end of April where it will eventually wrap up in Guadalajara, MX.
Swedish grindcore powerhouse Gadget has entered the studio to record a third full-length LP and follow-up to 2006's "The Funeral March."
The band is currently holed up in drummer William Blackmon's The Overlook Studios self-recording and producing Gadget's first new material since a 2010 split with Phobia. Relapse Records comments:
"Guaranteed to be 100% true grindcore, the 18 songs were written sporadically since 2009, with the majority of new material manifesting in 2013. An autumn 2014 release via Relapse Records is expected. Pics and updates on the recording process can be found via the band's official site here."
Guitarist Rikard Olsson commented: "Since it was so long ago we did an album it still feels weird and kind of unreal! It's early to exactly say what the outcome will be like but it's still the same four guys in the band, so it will be Gadget for sure. Perhaps a slightly more 'old school' approach to the songwriting (comes with age I guess...), but we still have our death and doomy sludge parts thrown in the grinder!"
William added: "It's definitely more 'in your face' on this album - less death metal influenced, more old school grindcore. Plus the mandatory doom parts, as Rikard mentioned."
Belgium's Atmospheres has released a self-titled album, and now the band has dropped a video clip off the full-length. Check out "Energy" in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Voices 05:53
2. Spectacular Views 01:54
3. Beyond The Visible 06:07
4. Energy 06:35
5. Oxygen 06:21
6. Breathe 02:14
7. Seconds Before Collapse 04:58
8. From A Distance 07:32
9. The Last Beacon 01:44 More...
Gothic metal act Order Of Isaz just premiered a new song online via Rock Hard Italy.
Entitled "UmbraSombra," the track can be heard below and will appear on the Swedes' forthcoming debut full-length "Seven Years of Famine," due out March 14th / 18th (North America) via Season of Mist.
Still riding high from the success of 2011 album "The Great Mass" (reviewed here) Hellenic metal band Septicflesh has finished recording a new, as-yet-untitled full-length, tentatively scheduled for a summer release.
The new album will consist of 10 songs that were recorded once again at Devasoundz Studios in Athens, Greece and in the Czech Republic with the collaboration of the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir.
From there, the album was mixed and mastered in Los Angeles by acclaimed producer Logan Mader (Gojira, Fear Factory, Cavalera Conspiracy). Stay tuned for more details!
In anticipation of this coming album, the band has been re-issuing its earlier releases. You can hear the re-issue of the 1998 full-length "A Fallen Temple" below. More...
Iconic thrash metal band Tankard is set to enter Studio “23” in Frankfurt/Germany to start recording this week.
Taking inspiration from the motto “never change a winning team,” the guys kick off the recording again with producer Michael Mainx, who also produced the last album. The new album will be titled “R.I.B.” and is set to be released in summer 2014 via Nuclear Blast. More...
Oakland's Tankcrimes Records are pleased to announce Brainsqueeze II Fest will take place on April 18th and 19th at the Oakland Metro and April 20th at Eli's Mile High Club. The festivities will include BBQ and an Andrei Bouzikov art show. Expect performances by Municipal Waste, Final Conflict, Ghoul, Negative Approach and Fucked Up. Many of these artists will showcase new material set for release on Tankcrimes in the coming days. More...
The new Carnifex record "Die Without Hope" is due out this coming March 3rd (UK), March 4th (NA), and March 7th, 2014 (EU) through Nuclear Blast.
Carnifex has now released a second trailer showcasing the band's time in the studio working on the album, which can be seen below. You can also watch the previously posted video in the series at this location.
Scottish slam band PaRtY CaNnOn has posted up its entire recent EP "Partied in Half" for streaming. Listen to all fifteen minutes of it below. Guitarist Jack "Labia-Greaser" Welsh just quit the band, which comes right after the band came back from a brief European tour with Laceration. When the band gets a replacement for Jack, it plans on heading out for another European tour.
Mexican industrial rock/metal band Targets Are Us recently unveiled its ten-track album "Defense Conspiracy" via Vacaloca records and is streaming six of the ten tracks.
Five of them are to be found over at youtube, such as the track "Al Diablo de los Pistoles." Targets Are Us also posted another song, "How Little Bastard Burned the World," over at soundcloud. More...
The Warriors of Metal fest has posted that melodic thrash metal band Mithridium has been confirmed to make a return performance at this summer's seventh annual metal celebration on June 27th-28th.
Band drummer Tony Kaliszewski states: "It is an honor to be a part of Warriors of Metal Fest once again. We would like to the thank the fest organizers for inviting us back and giving Mithridium another opportunity to share our music with the WOM family; old and new. We look forward to seeing all of our friends and welcoming everyone back to our hometown of Columbus, Ohio."
Check out Mithridium's "With the Blood of Retribution" below.
The Warriors of Metal fest has announced that Massachusetts-based, eurocentric power metallers Armory have chosen the Warriors Of Metal Fest VII to host its first and only midwest performance in 2014. The band will be appearing in support of their sophomore release, "Empyrean Realm," which came out late last year.
Much like the band's 2007 debut, "Dawn of Enlightenment," this album was released independently, but this time through the band's own label, Metavania Music. Warriors of Metal Fest VII will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 27 & 28 at O'Sheckeys LIVE Bar & Grill in Columbus, Ohio.
Band founder, guitarist and studio drummer Joe Kurland states: "It feels great to finally play a show outside of the Northeast and the timing is perfect to showcase songs from our new album, Empyrean Realms! Warriors of Metal Fest VII will be Armory's first metal festival and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of such a premier event."
Check out the "Empyrean Realms" album sampler below.
The line-up for the Moving The Earth Fest II has been posted below. It will take place again at the Windup Space in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday and Sunday March 22nd and 23rd.
Saturday will feature Sixty Watt Shaman and Sunday will feature veteran Maryland doom band Iron Man, whose "Hail to the Haze" official video is posted below. Get more information over on the event page.
MOVING THE EARTH FEST II
Saturday March 22nd 7pm
The Return of Sixty Watt Shaman
Sunday March 23rd 6pm
Bastards of Reality