Metal News for January 30, 2012
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45 news articles posted on this day.
Illinois-based Viking thrashers The Horde posted a new music video for the song "Odin's Blood." The track appears off the latest release "Thy Blackened Reign," which is available now on Stormspell Records.
The band is currently working out the details for an East Coast tour in support of "Thy Blackened Reign" set to take place in the Spring of 2012. The Horde is also hard at work on as as-of-yet untitled third album. Guitarist Tim Matthews commented on the band's new material: "Three songs have been written and from what we have gotten so far the next album is going to be even more epic and violent!"
Check out "Odin's Blood" here:
Chilean old school thrash band Vastator has posted a new promo for it's album "Machine Hell." The album was recorded beginning in 2010 and is finally being released via Inferno Records in France and Digmetalworld in the U.S. and South America. The following video is for the track "X-Terminate," which was filmed by Abysmo Productions. Tracks from "Machine Hell" have been streaming on MySpace. Vocalist Sr. Diaz says this marks a new chapter for the band in terms of look and sound.
Bryan Stars Interviews has posted a new video interview online with Matt Janssen and Jake Mitchell from In The Midst of Lions during the Thrash & Burn Tour. Check out the video clip in the player below.
Orilla, Ontario thrash horde Adrenechrome has been streaming tracks from it's debut album "Hideous Appetites" over on MySpace. Adrenechrome formed in 2010 and recently played a gig in Barrie, Ontario. The band has released a debut video for the track "Titans Fall," which comes with the lyrics as well. It was filmed in the Jam Dungeon by Devon Rylski and Patrick Lyver of Kleurvision.
Croatian band Inside My Casket is streaming songs from it's new EP "Embrace the End" over on Reverbnation. You can download the EP courtesy of the band over at this location. Inside My Casket is currently writing material for a full-length which should be released later in 2012. Below is the track "Exorcism" from the new EP.
Astral Door's new album "Jerusalem" is set to drop tomorrow, January 31st, 2012. In celebration of the impending release, the band is now streaming the entire album online through AOL Music at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Seventh Crusade
2. With A Stranger's Eye
3. Child of Rock'n'roll
4. Pearl Harbor
5. Lost Crucifix
6. Babylon Rise
7. Suicide Rime
8. The Battle of Jacob's Ford
9. Operation Freedom
10. The Day After Yesterday
11. Jerusalem More...
5 Star Grave has posted a new song sample online, which can be heard in the player below. The band commented:
"Ladies & gents it's time to punk the fuck up with the new Death Times Eleven sample, check it out at our official SoundCloud page.
"This song shows our undisputed attachment to the horror punk rock scene and if you liked our version of Pet Sematary (download it here for free!) you're gonna love this new tune for sure.
"Next month we'll release more samples from the new record so stay tuned!" More...
Ireland's Xerosun has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming first live show of the year:
"Xerosun is delighted to be playing the Redeemer Club Night in The Pint on Eden Quay on the 10th of March. Its our first gig of the year so we are going to come out all guns blazing!!!
"We will be joined on the night by our good friends Dead Label, Army Rising and Alaskan Death Jacket For all the details about the night follow the Facebook link here."
According to Noisecreep.com, Spike Cassidy, a founding member and guitarist of Houston-based crossover legends D.R.I. was admitted to an undisclosed hospital due to complications from a colectomy surgery. More...
Serbian metal act Senium has posted the new single "To Deem Taboo" online, which can be heard in the player below.
"To Deem Taboo" was originally written back in 2006, and has now been rewritten, recorded, and released as a limited edition single tape through Depressive Illusions Records. For more details on Senium, check out the band's Facebook profile.
New Jersey's Dark Empire returns to the scene with the band's third release this March 27th, entitled "From Refuge to Ruin." Dark Empire has also released a track off "From Refuge to Ruin" on the band's official Facebook page here. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Dominating through the intricate songwriting are powerful new vocalist Brian Larkin (who replaces Jens Carlsson of Persuader and Savage Circus fame) and the commanding riffs of lead guitarist/main songwriter Matt Moliti, who also lends a chilling death vocal counterpoint to Larkin's leather-throated melodic lines. In addition to Moliti's elaborate guitar work and Larkin's attention- grabbing vocals, Dark Empire features the deep resonance of bassist Randy Knecht and the 'Dave Lombardo-meets-Gavin Harrison' drumming of session player Matt Graff.
"Not being ones to repeat themselves, Dark Empire has injected fresh new influences into their follow up to their 2008 release 'Humanity Dethroned.' Taking a cue from 70's prog masters such as Genesis and King Crimson, Dark Empire inventively utilize vintage Mellotron and Hammond Organ samples throughout the album, as well as delicate 12-string acoustic interludes and haunting, atmospheric melodies (coming to full fruition in the powerfully epic title track).
"This is not to undermine the push Dark Empire has also made in the heavier end of the dynamic spectrum, now utilizing seven-string guitars, crushing doom metal moments, and blistering death metal-inspired riffs. For older fans, these new elements serve to compliment, not overshadow, the band's thrashy progressive metal roots, and the 13-minute-plus dark and doomy album closer 'The Cleansing Fires' serves as a musical culmination of the broadened range of styles found throughout. More...
There's only one day left to go before metal/hardcore act At Home in Hell launches the devastating new full-length assault "In Home Hell" (reviewed here), and the band is ready to unleash one last preview before the album officially drops.
After previously premiering the new song "Help!" online earlier this month, we have teamed up with the band again to exclusively premiere the new song "Beatrice." Check out the track in the player below, or hear more of the band's music via Facebook.
The complete track listing for the upcoming "In Home Hell" album will be as follows:
1. House of No Faces
3. Last Chance
4. My Pain
5. Wrong Way Home
7. Glorys End / Never Again
8. Stacking Bodies
9. Systematic Makeover
10. The Dogg
11. An Untimely End
13. A Poem To Remember Her By
15. Can't Sleep
16. The Other Me
As Warbringer begins a North American tour supporting Iced Earth and Symphony X this week, it has been revealed that longtime guitarist Adam Carroll has decided to leave the band and last weekend's shows supporting Death Angel were his last.
"To all fans and friends, I, Adam Carroll, have officially quit WARBRINGER. I have financial issues at home that have to be addressed sooner than later. I hope you all can understand and respect my decision. It's been some of the best years of my life and I appreciate all the support you the fans have given us and continue to give. I will forever be part of the WARBRINGER family. Many thanks and until I see the rest of you again, keep the metal alive. Cheers!"
The band enlisted friend Andrew Bennett for the purpose of filling in live for this tour with the hope that he may become a permanent member of the group as he continues his audition process where it matters most-- on the stage and in the van.
Comments Andrew Bennett, "Last month I received a message from the guys, which basically stated that Adam was requesting to step out. As a result, they were searching for a possible replacement who could learn the material in time for the upcoming ICED EARTH and SYMPHONY X tour. I jumped at the opportunity and started learning some tracks. Around the beginning of this month I went down and jammed with the guys and the rest is history. I am eternally grateful to my friends in WARBRINGER for giving me the opportunity to play with them and I am very excited about what the future may hold. But, one thing that I would like to make clear is that I don't view myself as Adam's replacement, as much as I view myself as filling the position instead of him. Adam's work with the band and time with them is not something that can be erased and I would just like to make it clear that I respect him greatly. He has left big shoes to fill and I have a lot of work ahead of me if I am going to honor his legacy with the band. I'm looking forward to interacting with, and playing for the fans on the road! It's time to shred!"
Warbringer's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Connecticut hardcore thrashers Bonded Through Hate have finally released a video upload of one of the songs, "Alone in Flames," which comes from their upcoming five song EP "The Rise of Valhalla." Bonded Through Hate recently added Rick Brayall as lead guitarist to the band, backing up his former Tyrant Trooper bandmate Ron Kuczuk on guitar. Rick used to play in Connecticut hardcore band 100 Demons and currently plays in Sense of Urgency. Bonded Through Hate has delayed the release of the EP until February 2012 due to a medical emergency that guitarist Ron Kuczuk is currently undergoing.
Swedish death metal act Blood Mortized has posted the cover artwork online for CD version of "The Key to a Black Heart" album, which was created by Thomas Kynst. Check out the cover artwork below, or listen to Blood Mortized's music through the band's Facebook profile.
Ireland's Darkest Era has partnered up with BloodyDisgusting.com to debut a new video for "An Ancient Fire Burns." The song comes from the band's debut album, "The Last Caress of Light," which was highlighted in Decibel's Top 40 Extreme Albums of 2011. Watch "An Ancient Fire Burns" now here.
Comments guitarist Ade Mulgrew: "An Ancient Fire Burns is a song about primal instincts and desire; and in this video we used a narrative that we really hope will grip people. It's an old school buried-alive-in-coffin concept that compliments the themes in the song. We also shot the band's performance by torchlight in a 1000 year old monastery, once plundered by Vikings. It was a great setting and really adds to the atmosphere in the video."
Darkest Era also has the following upcoming shows with Alestorm and Claim the Throne: More...
U.K. act Anterior has officially decided to call it a day, and the band's final show will take place in London on March 2nd, 2012. Anterior issued the following statement:
"It is with great sadness and disappointment that we have decided to call it a day. After 10 years, 2 albums, many members and countless tours we will no longer be continuing with Anterior.
"We are all still friends and have the best regards for each other and we all wish that things could have been different. Every band have their struggles, problems and adversity to overcome and we had all of it and some! Even though we came through it all and continued no matter what blocks stood in our way it is now time for us to go out on a high note.
"After being to so many countries and having the amazing, loyal and dedicated fanbase we do, this has been an immensely hard decision for us. More...
Rhode Island doom metal trio Pilgrim has teamed up with Brooklyn Vegan to stream the song "Quest" online, which is taken off the band's debut album "Misery Wizard." Check out the track and an interview with the band at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Misery Wizard
4. Master of the Sky
6. Forsaken Man More...
Jeff Loomis has revealed the cover artwork and track listing for his upcoming new solo album "Plains Of Oblivion" through Msanthrope.com. The album is set for release on April 10th, in North America, and the track listing is as follows:
01. Mercurial (featuring Marty Friedman)
02. The Ultimatum (featuring Tony MacAlpine)
03. Escape Velocity
04. Tragedy And Harmony (featuring Christine Rhoades)
05. Requiem For The Living (featuring Attila Voros)
06. Continuum Drift (featuring Chris Poland)
07. Surrender (featuring Ihsahn)
08. Chosen Time (featuring Christine Rhoades)
10. Sibylline Origin More...
Boulder, CO's Centimani has posted a new song online, taken off the band's upcoming album "Aegaeon." Check out the new track "Thyestean Banquet" in the SoundCloud player below. For more details on Centimani, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
The Sacramento, California based thrash metal band Mind Furnace has officially announced the addition of new bassist Shawn Williams. This new addition to the lineup comes after months of auditions after the departure of original bass player Rob Moore.
Mind Furnace will now begin rehearsing for upcoming Spring and Summer tour dates. Further details will be announced as they are made available.
For more details on Mind Furnace, and to listen to tracks available for streaming online, head over to Facebook.
Technical death metal titans Obscura have an upcoming European tour featuring Spawn of Possession, Gorod, and Exivious. The band has now posted a teaser trailer for the "Omnivium" tour, which can be found after the jump. The dates are as follows:
09.03.12 Germany Stuttgart @ Universum
10.03.12 Germany Oberhausen @ Turbinenhalle Kraftwerk
11.03.12 Germany Wiesbaden @ Schlachthof
12.03.12 Germany Berlin @ Magnet
13.03.12 Sweden Stockholm @ Debaser Slussen
14.03.12 Norway Oslo @ Betong
15.03.12 Denmark Copenhagen @ Templet
16.03.12 Germany Jena @ Rosenkeller
17.03.12 Germany Bischofswerda @ Eastclub
18.03.12 Czech Rep Prague @ Black Pes
19.03.12 Slovakia Bratislava @ Randal
20.03.12 Germany München @ Feierwerk
21.03.12 Austria Wien @ Arena
22.03.12 Slovenia Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
23.03.12 Italy Milano @ Zoe Club
24.03.12 Italy Rome @ Traffic Club
25.03.12 Italy Bologna @ Blogos
26.03.12 Switzerland Zürich @ Werk 21
27.03.12 France Toulouse @ Dynamo
28.03.12 France Nantes @ Ferrailleur
29.03.12 France Paris @ Glazart
30.03.12 France Dunkerque @ 4 Ecluses
31.03.12 France Rouen @ 106
01.04.12 UK Manchester @ Moho Live
02.04.12 Ireland Dublin @ The Pint
03.04.12 UK Bristol @ The Croft
04.04.12 UK London @ Underworld
05.04.12 Belgium Vosselaar @ Biebob
06.04.12 Holland Haarlem @ Patronaat
07.04.12 Germany Köln @ Underground More...
Clips from a surprise King Diamond performance were posted up on YouTube today. King appeared at Tree's in Dallas on January 27, 2012, where he announced the winners and presented the awards for the 5th annual Nomad Recording Showcase Throwdown. The showcase benefited the Blue Star Connection charity.
King went on to perform "The Family Ghost," "Burn" and "Evil," much to the surprise of the crowd. The makeup-less King Diamond performed with a band featuring Michael Harris on guitar, Neil Brincks on bass, J.T. Longoria on guitar, and Matt Thompson on drums.
Check out the clips here:
Ahab has entered the Überwälder Klangdressur studio to begin recording the as-yet-untitled follow-up album to "The Divinity of Oceans" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in from the recording process with the following brief update:
"We´ve finished the drum recording and the bass recordings and it sounds outstanding. Today Heci will follow with the guitar recording. There will be some pics later this week."
Ahab also posted this update about upcoming tour plans: "We are excited to announce that Ahab will be hitting the road again in 2012 for a European tour. The tour will begin on May 30 and end on June 9. We are very happy that the mighty Esoteric will join us on our trip. We will announce the final tour dates asap."
Further details on the new album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, check out the latest on Ahab via the band's Facebook profile.
Live Prog has posted a new video interview online with vocalists Sarah and Florent from Paris based death metal act Arkan. Check out the interview here or in the player below. Arkan also released the new album "Salam" early last year (reviewed here).
Adimiron has posted a podcast online detailing the band's time support Vader and Gorgoroth on the "Sign of Hell" European tour in 2011. The clip is available below, and the band also commented:
"Podcast #3 finally online. If you're wondering how touring with Gorgoroth and Vader was...then check it out! Next European shows coming soon, stay tuned!"
Bleeding Through's new album "The Great Fire" is set for release tomorrow, January 31st, 2012. In anticipation of the impending release, the band has now posted another song online from the album. Check out "Step Back in Line" in the player below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The March
2. Faith In Fire
3. Goodbye To Death
4. Final Hours
5. Starving Vultures
6. Everything You love Is Gone
7. Walking Dead
8. The Devil And Self Doubt
9. Step Back In Line
10. Trail of Seclusion
11. Deaf Ears
12. One By One
14. Back To Life
Recently Peru, which used to have a lot more rock and metal on it's airwaves a decade ago, played host to an event called "Dia Del Rock Peru." (Day of Rock) It took place on January 7th in Lima and in other satellite cities such as Arequipa. It was a way for the rock community to say "we exist" to all of the media and corporate broadcast venues. Nine bands of diverse styles played in downtown Lima from 4:00 until 10:00 p.m., giving exposure to those artists and the creative collective. You can see footage of the event here. Dia Del Rock might have started just on that day, but it was a blueprint of shows and events to come in the ensuing months. Paco Holguin from the band Emergency Blanket had originally come up with the idea on his Facebook page and it spread like wildfire. Then three promoters came together - Ivan Fajardo, Wayo Aguayo and Eduardo Quezada - who compiled a chain of events that would link together indie labels, stations, magazines and corporations. This show on the 7th was the start of more concerts, and you can learn more about upcoming shows by visiting the official Facebook page of Dia Del Rock Peru.
Of course, Peru is a very large country and only a fraction of it's large pool of bands will perform at events like this. The first band that we present today played at this event, while the other two take the more traditional underground approach of playing the clubs and gaining visibility through tours. The more alternative the genre of metal a band plays, the harder it might be to hook up with a high visibility event. The three bands that we will unearth today have vastly different interpretations of the metal style and different methods of diffusing their music to their respective fan bases. More...
Riot announced details for the funeral services for founder/guitarist Mark Reale, who passed away on January 25, 2012 due to complications from Crohn's disease. Calling hours will be held on Tuesday, January 31, from 6:00-8:00 P.M. at Porter Loring Mortuary North, San Antonio, Texas (http://www.porterloring.com).
A guestbook can be found here: Guestbook
The living guestbook can be found here: Mark Reale Living Guestbook
A funeral mass will take place: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 @ 12:00 pm. at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, 1602 Thousand Oaks, San Antonio, Texas 78232 (http://www.stmarkevangelist.com).
All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Italian progressive metal band Neverdream is streaming tracks from the forthcoming "The Circle," which is due out in September 2012. As previously reported, the album is a concept release set in the mid-80's surrounding a child abusing father, fanatically religious, and the abused son who becomes a killer.
Check out "Waterfall," "Kinshasa," "Black Mirror" and "Voodoo" below: More...
Unearth recently named Nick Pierce as the band's new drummer, and is also excited to confirm a number of upcoming summer festivals with the new lineup. Details are as follows:
29/04/12 – BE – Meerhout – Groezrock
16/06/12 – FR – Clisson – Hellfest
17/06/12 – DE – Sulingen – Reload Festival
22/06/12 – BE – Dessel – Graspop Metal Meeting
01/07/12 – DE – Rojtzschjora – With Full Force
02/08/12 – DE – Wacken – Wacken Open Air
17/08/12 – DE – Dinkelsbühl – Summer Breeze
Unearth will also be supporting Heaven Shall Burn, along with Rise to Remain and Neaera, on the following dates: More...
Alcest vocalist/instrumentalist Neige has checked in with the following update about the band's upcoming tour plans:
I would just like to express my gratitude to all our fans, for their endless love and their great feedbacks on the new album. As you suppose it was a huge amount of work for us and we feel very happy that people enjoyed entering the Alcest's ethereal realm once again! I am sorry not being able to reply all of the e-mails we get but be sure that I read everything with a lot of attention and reply as often as I can.
"As you know we are starting an European tour in a couple of days with our friends from Les Discrets and Soror Dolorosa. We hope many of you will come!
"We will also tour as headliners in the U.S.A in March and April. Maybe some of you will remember, we promised it when talking to people during our last Enslaved/Alcest/Junius tour. Be sure that we will play a much longer show this time! Thanks to you all again, your support is very important to us.
"With light, Neige."
For a complete list of the upcoming Alcest tour dates, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, born from the mutual breakup of founding Rhapsody of Fire members Luca Turilli and Alex Staropoli, announced the impending release of the new album "Ascending to Infinity." The album is scheduled for a June 2012 release date. The track listing for the LP can be seen in the image below.
More information is expected shortly, including the announcement of the band's new singer.
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of Acheron's Vincent Crowley paying tribute to our fallen metal brother Joey "Fingers" Lombard (ex-Incantation), who passed away earlier this month at the age of 42. The video clip is available below.
Chilean folk metal band Knighthood is streaming it's second single "The Brotherhood" over on YouTube, which we feature below. Knighthood is offering the single as a download over at this location. Knighthood formed in 2010 in Talagante, Chile and already has the single "Dawn" to it's credit.
Late last year Gotthard announced the recruitment of new vocalist Nic Maeder, who stepped in after the death of former singer Steve Lee. SpazioRock.it has now posted a new video interview online with Maeder about joining the group. Check out the footage below.
Italian Gothic act Macbeth has checked in with the following brief update about entering the recording studio to work on a new album:
"STUDIO UPDATE #1: Fabrizio finished tracking all the drums in a few days. Sem started recording bass guitar, so stay tuned for more updates!"
The band is working on its fifth full-length album, which is due for a late spring/summer 2012 release via Dragonheart records. More...
The infamous vampire drama True Blood will be back on T.V. screens shortly, and if you've already seen the teaser trailers for the 5th season, you may recognize the tune used. The TV series has picked Lamb of God's track "King Me" from the new album "Resolution" to use in the new season's teaser clips.
Check out one of the teaser videos below. Season five of True Blood is set to start later this summer, while the "Resolution" album (reviewed here, was released earlier this month.
After posting the music video online for "My Separation," German symphonic metal act Voices of Destiny has now revealed a "making-of" clip from the video shoot. Check out the behind the scenes footage below. "My Separation" is off the "Power Dive" album, released earlier this month via Massacre Records.
New Orleans based metal band Lillian Axe posted a video EPK for the band's ninth studio LP "XI: The Days Before Tomorrow." The album was released on January 27, 2012 through AFM Records. The album marks the first for new vocalist Brian C. Jones, who replaced former Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe after his departure following the band's 2010 release "Deep Red Shadows."
Check out the EPK here:
Mondvolland, the Dutch black/folk metal band that released "D' Olde Roop" back in 2010, has returned with the brand new EP "Pestvogel." You may stream all three tracks from "Pestvogel" below, or head over to Mondvolland's official website to download the EP courtesy of the band. Head over to MySpace to check out an earlier song from them, "Vastelavond." Mondvolland will next be playing at Heidevolk's album release party in Luxor, Arnhem on February 25th - playing all new material in their set.
Mexico City hardcore nu-metal band Facing My Fears has a brand new five song EP titled "Sin Miedo," which can be streamed on the band's Facebook bandpage. To download the EP, go to this location. Facing My Fears, who used to go by the name Falling Again, is influenced by such bands as Chimaira and The Devil Wears Prada. Two of the songs on the EP feature other Mexican artists; "Fuerza y Honor" (S.O.H.) and "No Puedes Continuar" (Cubo).
New York's Occultation will be releasing a new album through Profound Lore Records later this year, and the record label has now issued the following update about the album's title:
"The haunting mindfuck debut album from OCCULTATION will be entitled 'Three & Seven' and will be unleashed this spring. We will be bringing awareness to the album in North America while Invictus Productions will be handling the release in Europe."
Peru's Raped By Pigs has posted the full new song "Gushing Inner Core" online, which is taken off the "Gushing Orgasms 2" album. Give the song a listen in the player below. You can also find the band's "Sores of Affliction" music video at this location.
San Diego's Chon has posted a dual guitar playthrough video clip for the song "Breathe." Check out the guitar action in the YouTube clip below, or head over to Chon's Facebook page here for more information on the band.