Metal News for January 3, 2014
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33 news articles posted on this day.
The Warriors of Metal Fest has announced Cleveland, Ohio power metallers Lower 13 as the first of eight bands that will be participating at this year's Pre-Fest Showcase, which is set for the 7th annual Warriors of Metal fest. The Pre-Fest Showcase will take place on Thursday, June 26th at O'Sheckys Live in Columbus, Ohio. More bands will be announced soon, and WOM VII info can be obtained over at the festival's facebook event page.
Lower 13 drummer Eric Wolfgang Kruger (son of Sandy Kruger who fronted Global Warning at 2013's fest) states: "We're really excited to be joining the Warriors of Metal festival for the first time alongside some great bands this year. This will be our first festival appearance in support of our new album (due out in the spring) and we couldn't be more eager to take our new music to the stage in Columbus. We'll see you this Summer!"
The title track to Lower 13's debut album "Rabid" is now playing below.
Northern German melodic death metal band Burial Vault has just released the official video for the song "Awareness." The song is taken from its most recent offering, "Incendium," a Ray Bradbury-inspired concept album which was released last year on Apostasy Records. The video combines a live-performance by the band with scenes that directly refer to the lyrics. Check out the video below.
The Warriors of Metal Fest has announced that Columbus, Ohio's own late-1980s power thrash/speed metal band, Restless Breed, decided to reunite after 25 years for an exclusive performance at this summer's Warriors Of Metal Fest VII in its hometown. Band vocalist Dave Cowgill states:
"Restless Breed is extremely stoked to announce our 25-year reunion and inclusion on the 2014 Warriors Of Metal Fest VII on Saturday, June 28th at O'Shecky's Live in Columbus, Ohio. It will be our first gig together since 1989, and we are very proud to be a part of such a killer festival. Looking forward to seeing you all in June!"
The band is slated to perform nearly a full hour of their original materials which was recently compiled into a demo anthology album, "No Walls Can Hold," by Stormspell Records in 2012. Check out album track "All Did Fall" below.
Damnation Defaced has issued the following announcement about releasing a new album and dropping a new music video:
"The time is ripe to announce to you the glad tidings. We are recording our second album in February after four years of waiting for a 2014 release.
"The new songs are from our good friend in the evolution Studio in Hamburg Kai Radhe. We are very proud of the new material and can wait to get it to go. Is an incredibly dynamic, groovy and brutal death metal album, which will never let memorable melodies out of sight!
"The second news is that we have turned a really nice video for the song 'Born in Blood' our current EP 'Slaughter Race' along with Daniel Schöpp. At this point it should be a huge thank you to our helping hands and actors Anton, Anja, Jens, Kai, Lorenz, Ulf and Wiebke pronounced! In addition, we thank PPC music Hannover for the great support." More...
Minneapolis, MN outfit Immoralis has released "The Great Collapse" album online for streaming. Check it out below, or pick up a digital copy of the album at Bandcamp here. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Genesis 02:02
2. The Great Collapse 04:24
3. Trudge This Lonely Road 04:49
4. This New Infection 04:53
5. Embrace The Escape 04:57
6. Shelter 03:19
7. In Solitude 05:42
8. The Process 04:59
9. The Value of Nothing 06:42
10. A Means To An End 04:36
11. Show Me Your Heart 06:47 More...
P.S.R. (Parallel Synchronized Randomness) has released the "Transition" EP online, which can be heard in the Bandcamp player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Infra-Squad 03:17
2. Cannibal Panda 03:13
3. Stream 02:00
4. The Bamboo Salad 03:10 More...
Chilean outfit Ratzinger has revealed the cover artwork for the "Dios?" album, which can be seen below. The band comments:
"The new album is based conceptually on the book by Stephen Hawking - The Grand Design - and questioning the existence of God as such, a concept that challenges the possibility that not necessarily need a God invocation for the creation of the Universe, in summary the album and the lyrics, takes the concept of GOD from several points of view: God after death, God in the abusive nature of the Church, GOD in War, GOD in death of innocents, GOD in radicalization of religion, God as a random virus that punishes and at the same time is absent.” We also experience the non-existent and questionable in modern a time, which certainly leads many into questioning one’s self about the meaning of the existence and basic and elemental question: Does God exist?"
The cover artwork was created by Russian artist Keerych Luminokaya, and Ratzinger comments: “For us, it is an honor to work with Luminokaya, we've known Luminokaya for a while now and we are a fan of his work. When we saw the original graphic piece called ‘Butterfly Effect’, we thought that was what definitely what we were looking for, for a long time the human being reflected in a tribal basic concept, the lost humanity looking at the sky, the infinite repetition from the basic and elementary answer, the question is repeated: Does God exist?"
Luminokaya also adds: "I've been very involved with this Chilean band, I have seen that they are very persevering and disciplined, which is not very common nowadays and that speaks highly of the work they want to achieve. Even coming from such a distant country like Chile, it is an honor to work with them and that my work is known in South America.”
The band plans to release the album in March of 2014. More...
Ottawa, Canada-based metal band Deamon has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes:
"Happy New Year to all our friends and fans. We thank you for all the patience and support you have show us. We hope you enjoyed the Condemned To Darkness disc and we are going to make sure to not take as long for another one haha.
"Now that the new year has started, some of you may already know that Mike has switched over from bass to guitar which is his original instrument, so we will be looking for someone to fill that spot and hopefully do some vocals as well. A bassist/vocalist would be perfect but were open to just a bassist and just a vocalist.
"We're not going to get into shit slinging of why there are member changes (again) It doesn't really matter we just want to move forward and fucking blast. And with that we hope you all fucking enjoy your New Year and contact us if you want to audition. Cheers and Horns." More...
Canadian outfit Upon Your Grave has released a new lyric video for the track "Not Enough," which comes off the band's "Eponym" album and may or may not induce epileptic seizures. Brave the video and find out below! You can also hear the previously released song "Life Simulator" over at this location.
Appearance of Nothing has released the new single "Chains of History" for streaming and free download. Snag your copy at Soundcloud here or listen to the track below.
"Chains Of History" is taken from the upcoming album "A New Beginning," to be released on February 14th, 2014 via Power Prog Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Chains Of History
2. Without A Reason
3. The Seer
4. A New Beginning
7. When The Glass Breaks
The track "Burning Shine" comes off the new Silent Voices album "Reveal The Change" and can now be heard in the player below. Silent Voices also comments:
"It's Friday! We want to celebrate this, so we're giving you another track from 'Reveal The Change.' Check out 'Burning Shine' feat. Mats Levén. Have a great weekend, and thanks for your support!"
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Fear Of Emptiness
2. No Turning Back
3. Reign Of Terror
4. Faith In Me
5. Black Water
6. Burning Shine
7. Through My Prison Walls
Hackneyed has released a pre-production trailer for the band's new album recorded by Nikita Kamprad (Der Weg Einer Freiheit) at Tonstudio Würzburg. Check it out below, and the band also comments:
"Fuck yeah, Friday! As promised, some awesome news from the Hackneyed headquarters: Check out the pre-production teaser for our upcoming album on Hackneyed's official Youtube. Stay tuned and keep stopping by for more information and updates! Cheers, now let's weekend!"
Sweetest Devilry has issued the following announcement about tapping Bastien from NightShade for upcoming tour dates:
"We've the pleasure to announce you that we will be back on the road in less than a month all across Europe with Immolation and Broken Hope! Check out the first wave of dates (more will comes this week end!)
"The sad news: our bassist Sylvere will not be able to join us on this tour... but he will be replaced on this one by our bro Bastien from the band NightShade! Hope to see you all really soon!" More...
Bass player Gabriele Gabrieli has now joined Karmian, and the band comments:
"From 1992 to 2000 he was singer and bassman of the death metal band Agony. New priorities in life made them split and he retired from stages, but in 2012 the call of metal was too strong. He started to play bass with Soldiers, coming home to death metal joining Karmian. We are very proud to be again a band of five and to have his experience in!" More...
Tucson, Arizona-based Lethal Dosage has joined with local brutes' Godhunter's newly-founded Battleground Records for the release of second full-length, "Consume," now set to be ingested late this February.
Lethal Dosage self-released the debut album, "Inhale," in mid-2011, followed by regional touring ever since. After a breakthrough performance at the 2013 installment of the Southwest Terror Fest, the head of the fest and founder of Battleground Records brought the pummeling act under the new label's cape.
Bearing fifty minutes of carnage, the "Consume" album was recorded at Arcane Digital Studio, produced and mixed by Ryan Butler and mastered at Sonorous Mastering. Battleground will release "Consume" with a digipak CD and digital delivery on February 25th. The track listing is as follows:
2. Black Eye
6. Gods Shall Perish
7. Matter Of Honor
8. Time To Think
Following up on the success of his latest studio album, "Impermanent Resonance," Dream Theater's James LaBrie is set to release a new digital EP entitled "I Will Not Break" on January 14th, 2014 in North America via InsideOut Music.
The "I Will Not Break" EP will include nine tracks and a total playing time of 38 minutes. The track listing is as follows:
1. I Will Not Break (3:52)
2. Unraveling (3:31)
3. Why (3:45)
4. Coming Home (Alternate Mix) (4:23)
5. Jekyll Or Hyde (Demo) (3:48)
6. Just Watch Me (Demo) (4:17)
7. I Tried (Jason Miller Re-mix) (5:13)
8. Over The Edge (Mutrix Re-mix) (4:33)
9. Euphoric (NeonGenesis Re-mix) (4:41) More...
Denver demolition crew Call Of The Void will kick off the New Year with a Winter run of live abrasions alongside Long Beach punks, The Greenery.
Set to commence January 26th in Pamona, California, the journey will blaze its way through a dozen cities, coming to a close with a hometown show on February 7th.
Call of the Void continues to slay the masses in support of the "Dragged Down A Dead End Path" full-length released via Relapse Records. You can stream the full album below, or catch the band live on these dates:
1/26/2014 Aladdin JR's - Pomona, CA
1/27/2014 Submission - San Francisco, CA
1/28/2014 FT Ryland - Reno, NV
1/29/2014 Laughing Horse - Portland, OR
1/30/2014 Midnight Sun - Olympia, WA
1/31/2014 333 - Vancouver, BC
2/01/2014 The Charleston - Bremerton, WA
2/02/2014 Jericho - Everett, WA
2/03/2014 The Hop - Spokane, WA
2/04/2014 The Shredder - Boise, ID
2/05/2014 Shred Shed - Salt Lake City, UT
2/06/2014 Ernie November - Cheyenne, WY
2/07/2014 7th Circle - Denver, CO More...
Madrid's Wormed has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"After the sudden departure of our friend and drummer Riky, we're very glad to inform you that G-Calero joins Wormed as new drummer.
"Sophisticated, technical and powerful. G-Calero has an amazing double bass drum techniques, an awesome versatility, endurance and extreme drumming skills. He recorded and played drums for the technical death metallers Upheaval (France), the brutal death metallers Cadaverized Ferocity (Spain), and currently he is the drummer of Genotype, a new metal band from Spain. Welcome aboard, G-Calero!"
The new member also comments: "I'm very proud and excited about the chance to work with a so respected band, and contribute with everything I can to the Wormed's experience. I can't wait to be part of a new chapter in the band's history, creating a new work space and implode stages with it!" More...
The parody/tribute pretenders to the throne Steel Panther will release upcoming new album "All You Can Eat" in the spring of 2014.
In the latest episode of Steel Panther TV, Stix & Lexxi reveal they want you to keep on drinking & smoking cigarettes in 2014, cuz no one likes a quitter. Check out the band's new year's resolution clip below.
Boston outfit Ice Dragon has issued the following update about three previous albums seeing physical re-issues this year:
"Very cool news for 2014. PRC Music will be releasing 3 of our albums on CD this year. It will be great to finally have them all available on a physical format. They should be posting updates with all the details in the coming months so keep an eye out..."
Gamma Ray is currently working on new album "Empire of the Undead," due out in March. The band has now checked in with the following update about the coming release:
"Happy New Year to everybody out there! It's time for more news from the studio concerning the new album: all in all there are 10 new songs (plus the two you already know from the EP - so 12) and the credits (number of compositions) are spread out like this: Michael (1), Dirk (2 with one ballad), Henjo (2), Kai (4) and Mandy Meyer (1, left from the first Unisonic album)."
Canadian metal outfit Primalfrost has inked a deal with Maple Metal Records to release debut full-length album "Prosperous Visions." Full details are forthcoming, and you can also check out the song "Distant Cries of War" in the player available below.
Signum Regis is now streaming new song "The Ten Plagues," which features Matt Smith (Theocracy) on vocals and comes off the new "Exodus" album. Check it out below, and the full album's track listing is as follows:
1. On The Nile
3. The Promised Land
4. Let Us Go!
5. Wrath Of Pharaoh
6. The Ten Plagues
7. Last Days In Egypt
9. Song Of Deliverance
10. Sole Survivor
11. Mountain of God (Bonus Track) More...
Stryper has issued the following statement about canceling the band's previously scheduled shows for tonight (January 3rd) and tomorrow:
"To all of our devoted fans. Sadly we will not be able to perform the scheduled Stryper shows on 1/3 (Mohegan) and 1/4 (NYC/Stage48) due to circumstances out of our control. We were well aware of the storm that was forecast to hit the east coast and we had everyone board planes to make an attempt to get here as originally planned.
"Our crew and Tim made it to Rhode Island, but unfortunately Oz and Robert got stuck in Chicago with no way out. They have been at the airport all night and were not even able to get a hotel room for the night. We have tried multiple times to get them on another plane in order to move forward regarding the two shows but we keep getting bad news after bad news.
"We've explored everything within our power to make this happen, but at this point it's truly an 'act of God' and it's beyond our control. We regret to inform you all that we are left with no other choice but to reschedule the two shows for another date/time to be announced in the near future. Please know that we never want to cancel any show and it saddens us to be forced to do so. We love you guys and we look forward to getting to play for you all soon.
"God bless you and stay safe." More...
Adrenaline Mob's new album "Men Of Honor" is due out this coming February 18th, 2014 and the band has been releasing a song from the full-length every week.
Gridlink has released a new track online titled "Ketsui," which can be heard below courtesy of Terrorizer.com. Gridlink also comments:
"In a few weeks you guys will lay your hands on the last GridLink record and probably the last record I will ever make.
"It wasn't always going to be that way, but during the recording I realized that this was the end of the line for me. I don't think I will make a better record and I don't want to be in a band with anyone other than Takafumi Matsubara, who was cashing out his chips as well.
"This is a hard genre to play in. I've loved the style since I first heard it in the late 80's, via Napalm Death, however I have been notoriously critical of the genre and really only ever liked a handful of bands that play "grind" (I have gone so far as to say 99% of bands that call themselves grindcore are just playing short death metal songs). It's earned me a lot of scorn over the years but I haven't lost any sleep over it.
"I think about how lucky I have been to work with such talented people over the past 20+ years creating music in a genre that few can understand or engage with. I'm especially lucky to have met and worked with people like Rob Marton and Takafumi Matsubara, people who were not content to play in that space, but were committed to carving out a whole new sub-genre that was distinctly their own. Then there's the percussion team of Witte and Fajardo, both guys who were the absolute best at what they did, eclipsing not only their peers but those that inspired them to something more. And then there's the bass, which I grudgingly agreed to but turned out pretty damn good LOL.
"To this day, I am still surprised anyone listens to or vaguely understands any of the music I've been a part of. So once again, I find myself saying goodbye. I'm going to be focusing on writing new graphic novels, making video games and films, etc. Feel free to tag along." More...
Elvenking is due to release a new album later this year, which will follow previous full-length "Era" (reviewed here).
The band has now released the third in a series of video blogs teasing the upcoming release. Check out part three below, or watch the second clip in the series at this location.
Seethe has checked in with the following new year message and announcement about releasing a new EP:
"Hope you all had a good Christmas & New Year! We thought we'd give you an update on where we are with our next CD and other things that are happening this year.
"We have decided that our next CD will be an EP. We have written about 12 songs so far but wanted to only pick the strongest ones and are aiming for around 5 or 6 tracks. We will have more info & updates on title/tracklist, single, videos and release date coming very soon.
"In the meantime we just want to say a massive thanks to everyone who has supported us throughout 2013 and came to a show and picked up some merch. You guys are awesome! We will also have some more gig announcements coming later tonight!" More...
Exorcism has posted a sneak peek video trailer for the band's upcoming debut album to be released in spring 2014. Check it out below. Exorcism is:
Csaba Zvekan (RAVEN LORD, ZVEKAN, ex-KILLING MACHINE) - Vocals
Joe Stump (RAVEN LORD, ZVEKAN, HOLYHELL) - Guitar
Lucio Manca (RAVEN LORD, ex-SOLID VISION) - Bass
Garry King (ACHILLEA, ZVEKAN) - Drums
Maruta has released a new music video for "Devoid of Allegiance," which was directed and produced by Gennadi Pinski and Andrej Pavlov.
The song is taken off the "Forward Into Regression" album released via Willowtip Records in 2011. The video serves to tide fans over until the next Maruta record surfaces this year through Relapse Records.
Dust Bolt has issued the following post-tour recap and announcement about releasing a new album:
"We're finally back from our tour with Dr. Living Dead! We had a great time and wanted to thank everyone who was involved in that tour and who came out to the shows thank you! we also wanted to thank everybody for a great year 2013 for Dust Bolt and for all the support!
"Lots of things happened last year and we played many shows and got to know many great people! last year also brought many new personal experiences and issues for each one of us but I think we were able to put all that in our new record, which we recorded one month ago. The tour with Dr. Living Dead was a great final for last year and we already miss the guys!
"There are two things that really suck about touring - one is getting back home again, and second is not being able to see people who became friends for a long time! we won´t play shows for a while now as far as we are preparing everything for the release of the new album which will probably be released in April or May!
"Till then we´ll rehearsal and after that we´ll play many many shows again - we promise that! we already have some cool surprises for you and we´ll return faster, louder and more powerful than ever! Here is a small new years video we did on tour in Hamburg! we'll upload pictures from the tour soon and I'd say let thrash 2014 and get ready for another toxic attack! Cheers!" More...
Prog/death metal band Barren Earth parted ways with vocalist Mikko Kotamäki in July of 2013, and the band recently checked in with the following update:
"Hello friends. As you know, Barren Earth has been short of a vocalist since last July. During the fall we learnt that replacing a front figure is not the most effortless mission to do.
"But you may start holding your breath now, because we have an announcement coming next week. We are pretty excited about the situation and confidently looking forward to the year 2014. For now, have a good one and check you soon!"
Today the band also issued this statement postponing the announcement: "Hi metalheads! We know that you're all anxious to find out the upcoming BE-lineup. We apologize for the delay, but we have to second the last week's update. There will be news in a few days... NEXT TUESDAY to be precise! So for now, chill down and enjoy your weekend!!"
Arizona outfit A Fall To Break has checked in with the following update about releasing a new album this year:
"We have been quiet over here in the AFTB camp so we wanted to share where we are at with you guys.
"We are spending the next couple months working on getting our new songs tight. We will be doing a CD listening get together sometime in February and releasing the new record Late march early April.
"We will be releasing a new single soon as well as some music videos and new photos as well. We should have the new record in hand in a couple days completed and we will be announcing the Tucson release show very soon.
"Also we have a show at the Rialto theater in Tucson AZ later this month were we will be showcasing and dropping 4 new songs live. We feel we have the right album and finally have the right people in our corner to get this done which we are extremely thankful for.
"2014 is going to be a trademark year for us in AFTB and we hope to see you all again soon. Until then who is excited for another AFTB album?"