Metal News for January 3, 2012
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45 news articles posted on this day.
Druglord is issuing a download of it's recent four-song EP, "Motherfucker Rising," over on Bandcamp. You can also stream it below. Oddly, on this Bandcamp download appears the track "Whores of the Reich." This song is replaced by "Lick the Wound" on the hard copy CD version. Included below is an uploaded video of "Lick the Wound" from this Richmond band.
Polish one-man ambient funeral doom band Sacrimony is streaming tracks from it's recent debut album "And Abyss He Created" over on MySpace. Below is a video for the track "Her Freezing Beauty" from that release. Many more tracks are uploaded from the album, plus some are available for download over at this location.
Occult Irish stoner doom band Weed Priest is streaming it's 2011 demo over on Reverbnation. Along with the five tracks from that demo, Weed Priest is also streaming six other songs from previous endeavors. Check out the band's self-titled track, "Weed Priest," below.
Joe Hasselvander, the prolific musician who has played nearly every instrument with countless bands, has issued a follow up to 2007's The Hounds of Hasselvander eponymous release. The album, titled "The Ninth Hour," was released in CD form on Bloodrock Records and LP form on Black Widow Records. Below is the twelve minute title track from "The Ninth Hour." Stream some of Joe's music from the first release over on MySpace.
Heavy Polish garage rock band Lord Stereo, who recently released it's self-titled debut album, is making that release available for download by going to Bandcamp, or you can stream all six tracks below. Also included is a video of a photo session of theirs with shutterbug Lidia Popiel, to the backdrop of the song "Psionic Traveller."
Morbus Chron has posted a cover of Autopsy's "Mauled to Death" online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:
"While recording 'Creepy Creeping Creeps', we decided to do a cover of 'Mauled to Death'. Seeing how it never got the attention it deserved, we felt it was the right thing to do. Annoyingly enough there wasn't room for it on the 7".
"Autopsy just re-recorded the track and reminded us that we had our own version just laying there, unheard. So to celebrate them, here is our take on one of their best songs." More...
Upstate NY act Scythe of Dante has released four demo songs online titled "Distraught," "Deceived," "Wake Up," and "Rid Their Blood." Check out the songs via the band's Facebook profile or Reverbnation page.
The band has now announced a full length-album is in the works and is set for release on March 24th, 2012. Further details will be announced as they are made available.
Scythe of Dante is also set to perform at the Exposed Music Festival on February 4th 2012 in Rochester, NY. Details are available at this location.
Haemic has posted a new song online titled "Hellgate," which will be appearing on the upcoming 10 track album "Fields of Sanguine." More Haemic tracks are also available for streaming through Bandcamp.
Idyllwild, California based rock/punk/metal act Throw The Goat has announced the band will be making its international debut on 2/17 in Tamarindo, Costa Rica.
Throw the Goat is also in the pre-production process for a new EP to follow-up the band's last demo album. You can stream all the tracks for the demo in the player below, with details on the EP to be released as they are made available. More...
Sweden's Terrortory released the new album "The Seed Left Behind" in November of 2011, and the band is now streaming the entire release online. Check out the album through the player below or via Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Soil Turns Red
3. The Seed Left Behind
4. Concept: Anarchy
5. The Destroyer
6. I, You
7. Saviour More...
Dawn of Disease has issued the following announcement about recording material for an upcoming album:
"Hey everyone! We entered the Soundlodge Studio right now in order to record our new album which will be released in early summer this year.
"The title is: 'Crypts Of The Unrotten.'
"Yesterday our drummer Mathias entered the Soundlodge as the first one of us. After preparing the drumset he already made a soundcheck together with our producer Jörg Uken to safeguard a Death fucking Metal drumsound!
"Today guitarist Lukas, who is actually writing right now, joined Mathias in order to support him. We already finished the first three drum tracks today. Here are some impressions."
Label mates Goatwhore and Hate Eternal will be hitting the road on February 18th for a co-headlining tour. The supporting bands on the tour will be Fallujah and Cerebral Bore. The tour will take the bands from New Orleans to Brooklyn, with stops along the way in Hollywood, the Pacific Northwest, and Canada. Dates are as follows:
02/18 New Orleans, LA Southport Music Hall Hate Eternal ONLY
02/19 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
02/21 Tempe, AZ Clubhouse
02/22 Hollywood, CA The Whisky
02/23 Santa Cruz, CA The Catalyst Atrium
02/24 Portland, OR Branx
02/25 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
02/26 Boise, ID The Venue
02/27 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
02/28 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
02/29 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club
03/01 St Paul, MN Station 4
03/02 Des Moines, IA House Of Bricks
03/03 Chicago, IL Reggie's Rock Club*
03/05 Toronto, ON Hard Luck**
03/06 Ottawa, ON Maverick's**
03/07 Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Electriques**
03/08 Clifton, NJ Dingbatz**
03/09 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus**
**Hate Eternal and Cerebral Bore ONLY
Goatwhore will also be supporting Lock Up on a short tour at the beginning of February. Lock Up features current and former members of Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Hypocrisy and At the Gates. Shows are as follows: More...
Unbodied is currently streaming the band's entire self-titled EP online, as well as offering the opening track as a free download. Check out the songs in the player below or through Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:
1. Filth and Fertilization 04:23
2. Ceremony of the Shroud 03:51
3. Junky Dry Heave 04:02
4. Fourth Plateau 03:09
5. Damned and Void 04:12 More...
Swedish tech-titans Spawn of Possession have announced the final details for their upcoming third full-length, "Incurso" -- the band's first album for Relapse Records.
Now confirmed to infest North American audiences on March 13th, "Incurso" was recorded with engineer Magnus Sedenberg at Pama Studios in Kristianopel, Sweden, and offers up nearly an hour's worth of the band's layered death metal urgency. The track listing is as follows:
2. Where Angels Go Demons Follow
3. Bodiless Sleeper
4. The Evangelist
5. Servitude of Souls
6. Deus Avertat
7. Spiritual Deception
8. No Light Spared
9. Apparition More...
Common Dead will release the death/thrash/groove inspired "Diatribe" in digital and physical formats on February 21st, 2012. Amazon Marketplace, Amazon MP3, iTunes, and LoudTrax are some of the main outlets that will carry the 10-track album.
A new song called "Recollect" has been posted for streaming at Metal Buzz, for which a music video is planned. Common Dead comments: "This track stems from an obsession I've tried to overcome regarding the passing of time. It grew more and more absurd to the point where I wasn't even 'in the now'. I would be somewhere and sometime else, fixated on theories about wavelengths, energy, and perception."
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Critical Mass
5. True Noir
6. Sinister Veil
8. The Hearing
9. No Saint
10. Dusk To Dawn
Dutch black metal act Dodecahedron will be releasing the band's debut, self-titled album on January 20th (January 24th in North America). The opening track from the release is now available for streaming online. Head over to the Season of Mist Facebook profile to check out "Allfather."
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. I, Chronocrator
4. Descending Jacob's Ladder
5. View from Hverfell I: Head above the Heavens
6. View from Hverfell II: Inside Omnipotent Chaos
7. View from Hverfell III: A Traveller of the Seed of the Earth More...
Silent Civilian recently announced that the band's van had been stolen, and the group has now issued the following update about still heading out on tour:
"Also, just to clear up any confusion, our van situation will not affect this tour. If we have to rent a van, we will. We are just partial to the one we OWN!!!
"So whoever is spreading rumours that we are canceling due to the van situation, can you please stop? We have no intention on canceling and everything is moving forward as it should. 3 more days!"
You can find Silent Civilian's upcoming tour dates via the band's Facebook profile.
Following a short batch of dates with Clutch in December, Raleigh, North Carolina legends Corrosion of Conformity are pleased to announce a U.S. headlining tour this March. Set to commence on March 1st at the Gramercy Theatre in New York City, the trek will hit 15 cities including two performances at this year's SXSW Music Conference in Austin. The band will be joined by Torche, Valient Thorr and A Storm Of Light.
Commented vocalist/bassist Mike Dean of the upcoming shows: "We think the lineup of music on this tour is really compatible without every band doing the same thing. We're really proud to be on this bill and touring on a new album."
As a precursor to the tour, the band will play one-off show with Hail!Hornet at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina on January 22nd. The special performance will coincide with a screening of Slow Southern Steel, the long-anticipated southern metal documentary produced by Rwake vocalist, CT. Upcoming dates are as follows:
1/22/2012 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
w/ Torche, Valient Thorr, A Storm Of Light
03/01/2012 Gramercy Theatre - New York, NY
03/02/2012 Sonar - Baltimore, MD
03/03/2012 Lincoln Theatre - Raleigh, NC
03/05/2012 Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
03/06/2012 Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
03/07/2012 Double Door - Chicago, IL
03/08/2012 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
03/09/2012 Beaumont Club - Kansas City, MO
03/10/2012 Downtown Music Hall - Little Rock, AR
03/11/2012 Hi-Tone Café - Memphis, TN
03/12/2012 Trees - Dallas, TX
03/14/2012 SXSW - Austin, TX ! #
03/15/2012 SXSW - Austin, TX ! #
03/17/2012 One Eyed Jacks - New Orleans, LA #
03/18/2012 Zydeco - Birmingham, AL #
! = No Torche
# = No Valient Thorr
The U.S. run of dates will coincide with Corrosion of Conformity's self-titled full-length, set for North American release on February 28th, 2012 via Candlelight Records. Recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles, the 11-track offering was produced by the band in cooperation with long-time collaborator John Custer, mixed by John Lousteau (Foo Fighters) and sports artwork by Seldon Hunt (Melvins, High On Fire).
Every Time I Die is set to unleash a brand new album titled "Ex Lives" this March 6th via Epitaph Records. The new album was produced by renowned heavy rock producer Joe Baressi (The Melvins, Queens of the Stone Age, Parkway Drive). Pre-order at this location.
You can now watch a video for the song “Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space” from the new album below. The clip was directed by the band’s vocalist and lyricist Keith Buckley and features a barrage of startling visceral images which perfectly match the raging brutality of the track. As Buckley explains, “In order to write lyrics I had to pay attention to the defeatism that the music suggested. To compile this video I had to acknowledge the masochism I wrote of to myself. You don’t get rewarded for your faith and you don’t get celebrated for your heroism. Just when you find yourself attached, you have lost it. Everything is borrowed. C'est la vie.”
The "Ex-Lives" track listing is as follows:
1. Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space 02:43
2. Holy Book Of Dilemma 01:49
3. A Wild, Shameless Plain 01:49
4. Typical Miracle 02:25
5. I Suck (Blood) 02:55
6. Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow 03:12
7. The Low Road Has No Exits 02:51
8. Revival Mode 03:46
9. Drag King 04:11
10. Touch Yourself 02:17
11. Indian Giver 04:09
12. Grudge Music (bonus) 02:24
13. Business Casualty (bonus) 02:45
14. Starve An Artist, Cover Your Trash (bonus) 02:53 More...
Hammer Horde has posted a new song online titled "Riders of Annihilation," which is available in the SoundCloud player below. The track comes off the upcoming "Vinlander" album, with pre-orders for the release beginning on February 1st, 2012.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Infinite Warthirst
3. Hero's Heart
5. Hymn of the Fjords
6. Riders of Annihilation
7. Archaic Offerings
8. Led by the Ancient Light
9. Midgårdian Revelry
10. Hoddmímir's Holt
11. The Curse of Andvari More...
Tecumseh's Gohma has posted a studio video update online, which is available via the Youtube player below. You can also listen to the Gohma song "Where The White Fence Ends" by clicking here.
Italian goth metal band Lacuna Coil will release the new album "Dark Adrenaline" on the 23rd of January. The band has now posted the second of six teaser trailers for the release, which can be viewed below. Check out the last teaser here.
The track listing for "Dark Adrenaline" is as follows:
1. Trip The Darkness
2. Against You
3. Kill the Light
4. Give Me Something More
6. End of Time
7. I Don't Believe in Tomorrow
9. The Army Inside
10. Losing My Religion
12. My Spirit More...
Netherlands act Project Pain has posted the title track online for the upcoming "I Have Sinned" album, which can be heard below. The band also commented:
"We are now recording and writing new songs for the upcoming CD 'I Have Sinned.' I have sinned will be a 9 tracks CD and the 4 Hatred songs will be full re-recorded / produced and there will be 5 new songs :) We already released the title track and the artwork is ready...... spreading the Pain!"
Dagon of solo black metal project Frostwork has checked in with the following update about gearing up to release a new album:
"Hails! The new release from Frostwork will soon be completed until that time... please take the time to experience the ice and snow forming in your eyes as your life fades into the woods, you will feel no pain as 'Frozen Veins Shed No Blood.'"
Traditional heavy metal band Lords of the Trident has released an official video for the song "Face of the Enemy," which is featured below. This track was taken off the Madison, Wisconsin band's recent second album "Chains of Fire." The title track from "Chains of Fire" will be included on the free CD that comes in Fireworks Magazine (UK). Lords of the Trident is currently busy writing material for it's as-of-yet untitled third album. The ten tracks that will be on that album are all partially composed so far. Stream more material from Lords of the Trident over on MySpace.
Solo act Dreamspell has posted a new teaser song online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:
"Season's Greetings! I bring you some news concerning my next album. The theme of the album will be about a being who emerges into the world, but soon realizes that the world is not as he expected it to be. Each song will represent a different phase, but still flowing continuously. I have already planned how I am going to portray the characters and events without the use of vocals.
"This clip is from the first 2 tracks of the album. The clip is an edited version of the actual tracks just to give you a taste." More...
Saxon's Biff Byford has checked in with the following statement from the final "Call to Arms" world tour live show:
"Did the last show of Call To Arms world tour on Tuesday. Last Night went to see Rock of Ages in London. Fantastic show. All of the cast were on top form – the singing was spot on.
"Hats off to them all, every night plus matinees is hard-core. Went backstage to meet the cast and got to meet up with Justin Lee Collins. I didn't know he could sing and dance so well.
"Anyway a good night was had and you should go and see the show - it puts you right back in the eighties and I should know - I was there!"
Saxon also recently posted a "Merry Christmas" video online to fans, which is available here.
Metalunderground.com is streaming a new The Dead Lay Waiting song, "Always Ask Why," off the band's new album, "Almost Heaven." The album is set for release in the U.S. via Rising Records on January 24th, 2012.
"Almost Heaven" was released in June 2011 in the U.K. The first music video from the album, "The Days I’m Gone," reached #6 in the Scuzz TV playlist, and the band is planning to release a second video for the track "Burnt to Ashes."
The complete track listing for "Almost Heaven" is as follows:
1. Wake Me Up
2. This Day Will Be Your Last
3. Take Me Away
4. Decaying King
5. Burnt To Ashes
6. Open Your Fucking Eyes
7. Always Ask Why
9. The Days I'm Gone
10. Beyond The White
11. Choke On Your Words
12. Pray To Us
13. Look At Us Now
14. Almost Heaven
Pythia has issued the following recap of the past year and update about the band's activity:
"Hello friends and fellow Pythians! First of all a very happy New Year to you all, and here's hoping you have recovered from your individual Feasts of Fools that no doubt has left you reeling….
"This year is set to be a belter, so I urge, nay, beg you to keep your eyes on the band's information portals, because news will be coming in thick and fast, almost so quick that we us information officers at PYTHIA HQ are working flat out just now preparing for February's long awaited release of the new album… More on that shortly.
"To aid the minions at PYTHIA's Ministry of Information, the band has commissioned an app for iPhone which is available for download from the App Store. All news, dates, merch store as well as access to our Twitter and Face Book feeds and pretty much access to PYTHIA's digital realm in one place. Bang on.
"We are also pleased and proud to announce that the track 'Just A Lie' will soon be available to download on the Rock Band. The developers are completing BETA testing and we all agree that this should be a challenge to the most nimble fingered widdlers and talented vocalists…. If you think the game is hard, pity the poor chaps in the band who have to do this nightly! Keep an eye on www.rockband.com/international for official release on Thursday.
"The video for 'Betray My Heart' has gone great guns on YouTube thanks to you all, seeing a great response as soon as it went live. The single was very well received which pleased us greatly, as we know that you will all love the album seeing as you enjoyed the 'appetizer' so much!
"So we are finally near the big day… There are lots of exciting plans being batted around the PYTHIA chambers at the moment; we will let you know more as these ideas get a little more set in stone… For now our lips are sealed. On that note, we will leave you all to the rest of your recovery. Look forward to seeing you at one of our shows real soon."
Chicago hardcore sludge metal band Weekend Nachos has revealed a series of Eastern U.S. tour dates. Check for more updates on Weekend Nachos' blog. The uninitiated may check out videos from the band's "Unforgivable" release and others on YouTube.
Jan 16 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class
Jan 17 Buffalo, NY The Funeral Home
Jan 18 Haverhill, MA Anchors Up
Jan 19 New York, NY Abc No Rio
Jan 20 Philadelphia, PA Glitoria
Jan 21 Baltimore, MD Sonar
Jan 22 Richmond, VA Strange Matter
Jan 23 Charlotte, NC Milestone
Jan 24 Lexington, SC Oak Grove Civic Center
Jan 25 Tallahassee, FL AF Haus
Jan 26 Tampa, FL Transitions Gallery
Jan 27 Miami, FL Churchills
Jan 28 Jacksonville, FL Warehouse 8b
Jan 29 Decatur, AL Excalibur Vinyl / Planet Avalon
Jan 30 Nashville, TN Coco Cafe
Jan 31 Peoria Heights, IL Pizza Works More...
Barry Clayton, the London actor/narrator and man behind the iconic intro to the Iron Maiden song "Number of the Beast," has passed away at the age of 80 due to causes unknown at this time. His deep baritone voice became indelibly etched into several radio shows and movie trailers, and Clayton was also known for his role in black television and radio. He produced the pioneering radio show "Black Londoners" from 1974-88 and also narrated the children's show "Count Duckula." His sinister intro on the Iron Maiden song is something almost every metalhead knows by heart:
"Woe to You Oh Earth and Sea
For the Devil sends the beast with wrath
Because he knows the time is short
Let him who have understanding
Reckon the number of the beast
For it is a human number
Its number is six hundred and sixty six."
Clayton had lived the past 40 years in the Greater London suburb on Islington. More...
Netherlands based act Seven Ends has inked a deal with Massacre Records for the release of the "To The Worms" album. The record label issued the following statement:
"Seven Ends from Limburg, Netherlands, was formed in the darker months of 2007 by guitarist Ricardo, vocalist Jan and drummer Cor. Soon Noud joined the band, bringing thunder with his bass, together with Tim on guitar completing the band. Tim's presence was not very long, after about a year he was replaced by Leon.
"Seven Ends' musical style can be described as furious thrash/death metal. Speed and aggressiveness are the main ingredients, all flavored with a hint of melody and a grooving touch to it.
"Their first EP was recorded in 2008 and it was time to hit the stage. Reactions to EP and live performance were overwhelming from the start. Seven Ends played live with bands such Legion of the Damned and Torture Squad, and in summer 2010 they got their chance at the legendary Wacken Open Air in Germany after winning the Dutch Wacken Metal Battle, among the greatest names around in metal and rock.
"In 2011 Seven Ends finished recording their first full length album, mixed and mastered by no other than Andy Classen (Legion Of The Damned, Belphegor, Tankard)."
The "To The Worms" album is scheduled to be released on March 23rd, 2012 via Massacre Records.
Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about guest vocalists appearing on the upcoming "Circus Black" album:
"We're glad to introduce you two more male vocalists, who are guesting on our next album, CIRCUS BLACK. Great Finnish singers, Tuomas Nieminen (ex- Adamantra, Throne of Chaos etc.) and Nils Nordling (ex- Dreamtale, Animal House etc.) are singing vocal parts on one song, 'I Share With You This Dream.'
"As announced before, also Timo Kotipelto is making a guest appearance on CIRCUS BLACK album. Release date is February 29th. You can pre-order your copy of CIRCUS BLACK from Record Shop X. Stay Metal." More...
Symphonic black metal act Arcane Grail has issued the following update about heading out for a string of shows with Netherbird:
"Today, the 3rd of January 2012, we start our mini-tour with Swedish sympho-black metal draugrs Netherbird.
3 - Moscow (with Grey Heaven Fall, Cavandish, North Diamond)
4 - Tula (with Grey Heaven Fall, Cavandish, North Diamond)
5 - Ryazan (with North Diamond)
6 - Voronezh (without Netherbird, but with Artania & North Diamond)
"...and gift to Ye another track from our new EP 'Tribute to the Past' (2011) - our cover-version of classical heavy-metal hit of Russian band ARIA on song 'Farewell, Norfolk!'"
The Cancer Bats, already gearing up for the April release of it's fourth album "Dead Set on Living," debuted a new song on BBC Radio on January 2nd. The track, "Old Blood," is featured for you below. You can check out the world premiere on Daniel P. Carter's Rock Show on BBC Radio 1.
Swedish Viking metallers King of Asgard are about to record their new album in March 2012, which follows the debut album "Fi'mbulvintr," released in 2010. After playing festivals and club shows throughout 2010 and 2011, King of Asgard has been busy in writing new material. The writing process is in its finishing stages and the recording will once again be held at the Sonic Train Studios with engineer Andy LaRocque.
Comments the band: "We're glad to get back there in early March and to get some new stuff on tape. This also being the first time recording with Lars on guitar. The material for this coming release is a natural step forward for KING OF ASGARD. It differs quite a lot though the foundation of our musical roots still are very present. A natural progression of the sounds on 'Fi'mbulvintr'! Song titles include 'Gap Of Ginnungs' and 'Plague-ridden Rebirth'!"
In other news King of Asgard is confirmed for the Ragnarök Festival taking place April 13-14 in Lichtenfels, Germany.
King of Asgard is:
Karl Beckman – vocals/guitars
Lars Tängmark - guitars
Jonas Albrektsson – bass
Karsten Larsson - drums
The Growl Family has posted up a video for the song "She Bleeds For One Day of Beauty," a track the Uruguayan band will include on it's forthcoming third album. You can stream and download songs from The Growl Family's previous release, "Withered Eye," by heading over to the band's Purevolume page.
Panychida, a Czech pagan/black metal band from the city of Pilsen, has posted up a video for a "re-issued" song of theirs. The song "Podu Svetomi Dzvezdu" is a re-recording of the original song "Deceased Under the Splendour of Stars" from the debut album "Paganized". This new version (sung in old Slavic language) is to be found on the recent "Woodland Journey" EP released at the fall of 2011. The EP is was released as an attachement to czech Parát magazine and it also features a guest appaerance by Hoest of Taake. Check out some of Panychida's other catalogue by streaming them on MySpace.
Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith, who forged a new side project with former SikTh frontman Mikee Goodman called Primal Rock Rebellion, is offering the first track "I See Lights" for streaming and download (see below). The band also includes current Whiplash drummer Dan Foord. In addition to co-writing the material on the release, Smith will pull double duty by providing guitar and bass tracks. An album is due for release through Spinefarm Records pm February 27, 2012.
For a preview of the upcoming project, check out and download the song "I See Lights" below:
UPDATE: it has come to our attention that this was not an official stream, and is a rip from a leaked copy of the album. Therefore, we've removed the link to this unauthorized stream.
Virginia metal band Lamb of God is streaming the new song "Desolation"
exclusively with Brazilian site News-Metal Discs.com.
The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Resolution," which is due out on January 24, 2012 through Roadrunner Records. The artwork and track listing for "Resolution" is as follows:
1. Straight For The Sun
3. Ghost Walking
5. The Undertow
6. The Number Six
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
14. King Me
U.K. thrash band Evile posted a video trailer for the upcoming "Five Serpents Tour" 2012 of Europe. Portrait and Dr. Living Dead will provide support. For tour dates, check out this location.
The video trailer can be seen here:
Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer's "one man band" side project Sons of Liberty is streaming the entire new EP "Sign of the Times," which was released just prior to the holidays on December 22, 2011 through Century Media Records.
Check out "Sign of the Times" here:
Mexican experimental metal band HaDes posted up it's recent demo for download. Go over to this location to get this five song release. Below is a YouTube video for the track "Estigia" from HaDes' demo.
Florida power metal band Iced Earth has made the 2011 re-recording of "Dante's Inferno" with new vocalist Stu Block available for streaming and/or purchase through bandcamp. The Stu Block rendition of the classic first appeared in September 2011 as a digital single through Century Media Records.
Check out "Dante's Inferno" 2011 here:
German gothic metal band Darkseed announced the addition of new frontman and vocalist Mike Schmutzer, who replaces the recently departed Harald Winkler. At this point, the band has not issued any statement as to why Winkler left the band. The band's latest release "Poison Awaits" was released in July of 2012 through Massacre Records.
The band's current lineup is now:
Mike Schmutzer - vocals
Thomas Herrmann - guitar, recording, productions
Tom Gilcher - lead guitar
Michael Behnke - bass
Armin Dörfler - keyboards
Maurizio Guolo - drums