Metal News for January 3, 2013
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Swedish metal sensation Crashdiet have posted the music video for their new single "Cocaine Cowboys", taken from the band's forthcoming album 'The Savage Playground.' The new album is due for release in January through Frontiers Records. Crashdiet will be hitting the road in February with Sister and Toxic Rose in a package named the 'Scandinavian Hell Tour.' In the meantime, here’s a look at their new video for “Cocaine Cowboys.” More...
Ottawa's Chariots of the Gods is nearing in on the release of debut full-length album "Tides of War," due out this coming January 29th, 2013.
Metalunderground.com will soon be hosting the premiere of a new track off the album, but in the mean time you can see what the band itself had to say about the impending album, which aims "to deliver straight up, balls-to-the-walls, in-your-face heavy metal."
The interview available below features Chariots of the Gods guitarist Mat St-Amour discussing the mythology behind the band's name, gearing up to drop a first music video, and the best releases of 2012. More...
Samrt has posted a new music video online for the song "Covek Vrag," which can be viewed in the player below.
The track comes off the band's "Mizantrop Mazohist" album, released in 2012 through Darzamadicus Records / Miner Recordings. You can also stream the album's title track over at this location.
Spanish act The Wasteland Massacre just got signed under an independent label called Gothic Recording Productions and has released a debut video for the track "Origins." The clip can be viewed below, and the trake is taken from the band's first album "A Path To Wrath."
The Wasteland Massacre hopes to deliver a simple message: the natural cycle of life. According to the band, "every origin comes from a destruction, and every destruction precedes a new origin."
The band is also working on a new EP titled "Unsettled," which will be released as a free download and consists of three songs and 20 minutes. According to a statement from the band, the new songs offer a more atmospheric, darker, and technical texture. More...
Swiss five piece No Sun in San Francisco is going to unleash its debut full-length album, "Principles and Particles," this coming February, 2013. You can check out the new song "Omega Void" in the SoundCloud player below.
The following press release was also issued about the band: "Formed in Lausanne by Juan Pablo, Bruno Allaki, Etienne Ducommun, Bruno Cetrangolo & Raul Bortolotti (also in Kruger), No Sun in San Francisco creates its own and intense musical path, between bestial postcore and highly technical math-rock. For Fans of Cult of Luna, Isis, Converge, Unsane."
Catch No Sun in San Francisco live on the following dates:
2013.01.11 @ La Bille, La Sarraz (Switzerland) w/ Conjonctive.
2013.02.02 @ Le Coq d'Or, Olten (Switzerland) w/ Post Human Big Bang and Preamp Disaster. More...
Right before they enter the studio to record a 3rd album, Los Angeles metallers Asesino will be heading out for a string of headlining shows. Details on the run of dates are available below or over at Facebook here.
Asesino's 3rd album will be entitled "La Segunda Venida" (Translates to "The Second Coming") and will be released on Odio Records. More info and latest updates Facebook.com/AsesinoMusic
The "Returning Hate Tour" 2013 dates are:
Jan 11 Key Club West Hollywood, CA
Jan 12 Cheyenne Saloon Las Vegas, NV
Jan 18 DNA Lounge San Francisco, CA
Jan 19 Starline Fresno, CA
Jan 28 Slidebar Fullerton, CA
Dubai-based death/thrash metal act Nervecell has released a new live video for the song "Vicious Circle Of Bloodshed" taken from the Summer Breeze Open Air 2011 festival in Germany. Check out the footage below.
New Jersey act A Fucking Elephant's January 2013 tour insanity will kick off this Friday with a show in New Brunswick, followed by over two weeks of additional cities throughout the East Coast. The duo is touring in support of the new "Seven Inches" 7” release, set for emission via the band’s own Nefarious Industries officially on January 22nd.
To help kick the tour off in style, today A Fucking Elephant has whipped out "Seven Inches" for your auditory displeasure via BrooklynVegan here.
Featuring two brand new A Fucking Elephant songs, including the single “A Bunch of Good Looking Roundeyes” as well as the opening love anthem “I'm Addicted to Drugs & Sex and I Want You to Choke Me,” the 7” was recorded with engineer Colin Marston (Krallice, Dysrhythmia, Behold… The Arctopus). The wax pressing will be limited to 500 copies overall -- 250 on black vinyl and 250 on yellow -- and will be available early at the shows on the tour. More...
The post metal/sludge band Varego has released the band's first official video clip. The song "Soul to Devour" is taken from the full-length "TVMVLTVM," released during 2012 by Argonauta Records. The following press release was also issued:
"The album, which has been highly acclaimed by many relevant channels, is a mystical/esoteric concept that will have its continuity in the next works of the band. The video clip 'Soul to Devour,' released by www.sfiammaproduction.com, features some of the main events and characters of a long odyssey through Earth and Cosmos, and it is available below in HD format.
"Varego is the name of an entity formed by five musicians, veterans of the underground music circuit. Born in 2009 with a sound briefly compared to various Post Metal genres, the band worked with the producer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Melvins, EyeHateGod, among many others) for the debut album made of ten songs. The work is a strong mix of sludge sonorities, for a final result featuring epic and progressive elements." More...
Eruption has released new album "Tenses Collide" through Xtreem Music, and now a track from the release is available online. Check out the song "Selfcaged" below, and the full album's track listing is as follows:
2. Celestial God
3. Enter the Hive
5. Last Transmission
6. Unknown Dimensions (inst.)
7. The Forlorn
8. Unparticled Matter
9. Empty Shells More...
Corrections House describes itself as "experimental/spoken word/acoustic + end times collaboration" and is the new collective featuring Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium) and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza). The group today confirms a string a rare live shows.
The 19-date trek will commence on January 21st, 2013 in Brooklyn, New York and wind its way through much of the of the East Coast before concluding in Denver, Colorado.
Special solo sets by Parker, Lamont, Kelly and Williams will be performed prior to closing each night as Correctiosn House. Dates are available below. More...
The dawn of 2013 also saw the birth of a brand new indie record label, founded by the owners of Brooklyn’s dark music institution and watering hole, Saint Vitus Bar: welcome Sacrament Music.
“Sacrament’s mission is to proliferate the culture that is experienced by thousands every year at our club through recordings, merchandise, mixtapes, and of course EPIC shows” states the label’s freshly launched website.
The Sacrament Music/Saint Vitus crew brought local outfit and close cohorts Sannhet on board, and have locked down the label’s maiden release. Founded in late 2010, the instrumental trio known as Sannhet has amassed a diehard audience within Brooklyn’s broad underground music circuit through their abundant live performances throughout the borough, always choreographed with electrifying visuals.
"Known Flood," Sannhet’s sprawling debut LP, features nearly forty-five minutes of their electrified post-metal, fueled with domineering riff-building movements and intense percussive hostility, unifying in a slightly blackened and trance-inducing atmospheric style. The LP was captured by Colin Marston (Krallice, Behold… The Arctopus, Dysrhythmia) and mastered by Carl Saff. Sacrament Music will release the album digitally and on LP, the pressing limited to 500 with 100 on colored wax. Preorders are available here. More...
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Deadlands:
"We're excited that Deadlands' debut album will be released via Massacre Records! The band was formed in the summer of 2010 by lead vocalist Brian O’Connor (Consfearacy, ex-Vicious Rumors), lead guitarist Michael J. Gardner (The Council), lead guitarist Kevin Rohr (Spectre), bassist extraordinaire Steve “Dedbass” Northam and drummer Danny Sablan (HateFX, The Council).
"Their intention was to write and produce their own brand of heavy metal, while utilizing their past and present influences as a foundation and inspiration for their musical direction.
"Deadlands is quickly establishing a large fan base, being nominated for a 2012 Sacramento Area Music Award (SAMMIES), playing live, and sharing the stage with artists such as Exodus, Anvil, Y&T, Great White, Death Angel and more.
"Deadlands' debut album features guest solo appearances by legendary heavy metal guitarists: Hank Shermann (Mercyful Fate), Michael Denner (Mercyful Fate/King Diamond), Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), Claudeous Creamer (Dragonlord), Mike Wead (Mercyful Fate/King Diamond), Glen Alvelais (Forbidden/Testament/HateFX) and Steve Smyth (Nevermore/Forbidden)."
The “Evilution” album was mixed and mastered by Deadlands and Juan Urteaga (Machine Head, Testament) at Trident Studios. You can already listen to the song "Pandemic Genocide" off the debut album below. "Evilution" will be released on February 22nd, 2013 via Massacre Records. More...
Alex Loader of The Deathisodes has checked in with the following announcement about an upcoming album:
"I am proud to announce that the new Deathisodes album will entitled, 'Inside The Universe Of Horror.'
"Also a few things about this album that you might care to know is that this time it is more melodic but while sticking to the damn right brutalization of the first album.
"You can also expect to hear synths, an epic remix of a track from the 'Destructive Patterns Of Creation' album, and even some orchestral stuff again as well. This album is going to be sick! Cant wait to get it done."
Famous Last Words has announced the band will be supporting The Air I Breathe, along with For All I Am, on tour this coming February. Details on the run can be found in the tour poster below or over at the Famous Last Words Facebook profile here.
U.K. act Sworn to Oath has posted a video clip online of the band working on new material for its debut album. Check out the video below, or hear more from Sworn To Oath over at the band's Facebook profile here.
A Sound of Thunder posted a song preview clip for the new track "Reign Of The Hawklords." The song will appear on the band's new LP "Time's Arrow" expected this year.
The band described the history of the song: "This is a bit of a unique track for us, and not totally representative of the sound of the new album. 'Reign of the Hawklords' was originally written as a 'b-side,' and was intended to be included on the 'Queen of Hell' EP, not Time's Arrow. The entire song is heavily inspired by Hawkwind. Hawkwind are best known in the metal community for Lemmy Kilmister's role as bass player and vocalist in the band in the early to mid '70s, prior to Lemmy's forming Motorhead. They are credited as pioneers of sci-fi themed rock and were one of the first bands to incorporate electronic instruments into rock music.
"Josh (ASoT guitarist) is a longtime Hawkwind fan and had been wanting to pay homage and write something in their style. Assuming this kind of song wouldn't fit well on an ASoT album, the song was intended as a b-side from the beginning, with portions of the song inspired heavily by Hawkwind tracks 'Moonglum,' 'Brainstorm,' and 'Psychedelic Warlords.' Almost all of the song's lyrics are actual Hawkwind song titles, strung together by Nina and Josh to form a very loose outline of a story.
"Plans first started to change after the song was written and the band started rehearsing it. Playing the song felt GOOD. As recording for the album began the intent was still to use the song as a bonus or EP track, but once we started work on the track it quickly became a favorite of the entire band. The last straw was when all the band members confessed to having the chorus stuck in their heads for days on end. At this point the decision was made to throw caution to the wind and add the track to the album! It was just too catchy, and the big heavy riff in the middle and the end of the song was more ASoT than Hawkwind, giving it enough of an anchor in our own style to pass muster. Then all that was left was one of the high points of the recording process...recording the crazy theremin sounds heard throughout the song!
"So there you have it, the story of "Reign of the Hawklords"! We hope you'll have it stuck in your head soon too!
"Oh, and one last thing....we heard a rumor that there's an alternate version of this track featuring a founding member of Hawkwind..."
Check out the clip here: More...
Summoning, which recently released the "Stronghold" album in a vinyl edition, will also be launching a new studio album next year. Napalm Records has now revealed the new album is entitled "Old Mornings Dawn."
Napalm Records also commented: "We will present you with a teaser consisting of brand new material soon. In the upcoming weeks, we will let you know the release date of the approaching epic black metal masterpiece once Silenius has recorded his vocal lines."
Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available.
Ohio death metal act Necrophagia has been posting a series of new songs online, and now a new rough demo track is available for "Warlock Messiah."
Check out the music in the player below. You can also hear the previously posted track "The Dead Among Us" at this location.
Man The Machetes will release the new album “Idiokrati” on January 29th in Europe and Janauary 18th in Norway via Indie Recordings. The band has posted a new studio report online, which can be viewed below, and also commented:
"Only a couple of weeks before we release our debut album (the 18th of January)! Meanwhile check out our second single 'Karma å brenne' ('Karma to burn') and our studio report from the recording in Canada."
After breaking up last year, Subversion has now reformed and will be releasing new material. A teaser for an upcoming song can be heard below, and the band commented:
"For those of you not up late last night, here is a tiny little teaser we released to announce the impending arrival of our new track near the end of this month and also to kick start our year how we intend to carry it on; with a shit ton of new things from the Subversion camp at long last!
"A big thank you to Darren Rowley Photography for these images, and the many more to come (can you believe he made us lot look marginally attractive, that is no mean feat!) Watch this space and of course, help a band out and share!" More...
Ukraine metal act Paganland, which recently signed to Svarga Music, will be releasing "Wind of Freedom" on March 4th, 2013. The title track from the release can now be heard in the SoundCloud player below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Wheel of Eternity (intro)
2. Shadows of the Past
3. Power of Spirit
6. Night Forest
7. Fogs and Twilights
8. Wind of Freedom More...
Sarajevo's Festival of Mutilation is currently working on a new album, and now the band is gearing up to release a music video for "Indiscipline," which is set to drop later this month.
A teaser trailer for "Indiscipline" can be viewed in the player below. For more on Festival of Mutilation, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Swedish metal act Beneath My Feet has released a new video clip online for the track "End of Corruption," which features live footage shot during the Summer of 2012. Check out the video below. Beneath My Feet consists of:
Marcus J Garbom
Knoxville's A Body Divided will be hosting a CD released show for new album "[d]Elusion" on February 23rd, 2013. A teaser trailer for the bands to play at the show can be viewed below, and A Body Divided also commented:
"Check out this video of the bands playing our CD release show! It also has a little taste of another new song of ours! A Body Divided's CD release show for their new album '[d]Elusion!' Bringing some of the heaviest bands and a little pop punk!
"Come hang out and throw down, A Body Divided will be giving away some free stuff for those that stay until the end! Lets party! Longbranch Saloon 1848 Cumberland Ave, Knoxville, Tennessee." More...
Through Arteries has posted a teaser online containing music to appear on a new single set for release later this month. Check out the clip below, and the band also commented: "Who's excited about about getting our new single?!! More info coming this weekend on pre-order and new merch!"
You can also stream the band's full previous "This Is Just The Beginning...." EP over at this location.
Funeral For A Friend has teamed up with Rocksound.tv to release a new music video for the track "The Distance," which can be viewed at this location or in the player below.
"The Distance" is taken from Funeral For A Friend's upcoming new album "Conduit," due out January 28th, 2013.
German progressive metal band A Life Divided has posted a new music video for the track "The Last Dance." The song appears on the forthcoming sophomore effort "The Great Escape," which is due for release on January 18, 2013 via AFM Records. The album’s first edition of the release will be in the form of a digipak, which includes a bonus track.
Check out "The Last Dance" here:
Giant X, the new project by Running Wild founder Rock 'n' Rolf Kasparek and guitarist Peter J. Jordan, posted another preview clip, this time for the track "Don't Quit Until Tomorrow." the track appears on the debut release "I," which is scheduled for release on January 18, 2013 (Germany), January 21, 2013 (Europe) and January 22, 2012 (North America) via SPV Records.
The track listing for "I" is as follows:
1. The Rise Of The Giant X (intro)
2. On A Blind Flight (check out preview clip here)
3. Don't Quit Till Tomorrow
4. Badland Blues
5. Now Or Never
6. Nameless Heroes
7. Go 4 It
8. The Count
9. Rough Ride (check out preview clip here)
10. Friendly Fire
11. Let's Dance
Check out the snippet of "Don't Quit Until Tomorrow" here: More...
Allerus has uploaded a lyric video for the new single "The Traitor," which was created by Kurt Moulison and can be viewed below. The tracked was recorded by Chris Piquette at No Boundaries Studios in Providence, RI and is available for streaming or purchase over at Bandcamp here.
French act Svart Crown has completed the drum, guitar, and bass recording sessions for an upcoming new album, with the vocals to be recorded later this month.
In anticipation of the upcoming as-yet-untitled release, the band has now posted previous album "Witnessing the Fall" online for streaming via Bandcamp. Listen to the songs below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Where The Light Ends 01:34
2. Colosseum 02:57
3. Dogs Of God 04:11
4. Nahash The Temptator 05:15
5. Here Comes Your Salvation 03:37
6. Into A Demential Sea 04:18
7. An Eternal Descent 06:15
8. Strengh Higher Than Justice 03:51
9. Incestuous Breath 04:55
10. Of Sulphur And Fire 08:06 More...
Iranian technical death metal band ScoX has posted a brief teaser for its new album "Psychedelic Philosophy," which was just released. The Persian band is also streaming all ten tracks in full over on its website. "Psychedelic Philosophy" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Parasignal Records, with the cover illustration provided by Shahed Alavi. On its website, ScoX has curiously stated that "In order to support one of the most unknown centers for Leprosy patients in Iran, Scox band’s members decided to release their first album for free."
Legendary Canadian metal act Anvil announced that the band's 15th LP will be entitled "Hope in Hell," in keeping with the band's long tradition of three word album titles. The new slab of metal is targeted to drop in April/May 2013. Information on track listing and album art is expected soon.
Italian power/progressive band Secret Sphere posted a new music video for the track "Lie To Me." The track appears on the band's latest LP "Portrait of a Dying Heart" (see Metal Underground.com's review over at this location).
Check out "Lie To Me" here:
Mexico City metal band Lack Of Remorse has just posted an official video from its new album "Embrace the Black Flame." The track, "Reincarnation," was directed by Andrei Pulver. Mexicore Blogspot recently nominated Lack Of Remorse as its band of the year for 2012.
Trillium, the project created by Amanda Somerville (HDK/Kiske-Sommerville/Aina), posted behind the scenes footage from the band's recent tour in the UK with progressive rock act Magnum. The video shows both live and backstage footage filmed by Somerville herself. Trillium was touring in support of the debut LP "Alloy" that was issued in 2011 through Frontiers Records.
Check out the video here:
Former Metallica/Flotsam & Jetsam bassist Jason Newsted (Voivod/Who Cares) posted a clip for his upcoming music video for the song "Soldierhead." The song appears on the debut EP under the moniker Newsted entitled "Metal," which is due out on January 8, 2013 via Chophouse Records. You can pre-order the digital version of the EP through iTunes at this location. Sound samples can be heard at the Official Website.
Check out the preview clip of "Soldierhead" here: