Metal News for January 30, 2013
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30 news articles posted on this day.
Grande Prairie, AB based power-thrash five piece Edge of Attack is gearing up for the release of a self-titled debut album (reviewed here) on Tuesday, February 19th via Halifax metal label Spread The Metal Records.
The band has now posted a behind the scenes video from the upcoming music video, directed by Karen Michelle Meola, in support of second single "In Hell."
Check out the video below, or listen to the "In Hell" track at this location. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. In Hell 4:36
2. The Haunting 5:08
3. Demon (Of The Northern Seas) feat. Ivan Giannini 5:04
4. Take Me Alive 4:24
5. In The Night 4:27
6. Edge Of Attack 5:07
7. Rise Above 5:55
8. Forever 3:46
9. The Damned feat. Ryan Bovaird 6:01
10. Set The World Aflame feat. PelleK 8:29 More...
Altanta's Royal Thunder has added a new leg of U.S. tour dates, joining Ancient VVisdom for a 10-date run in late February.
Royal Thunder, which has spent the better part of the past year on the road, kicks off a trek with Enslaved and Pallbearer tomorrow in Philadelphia, performing at Underground Arts. The seven-week tour includes stops in several Canadian cities including Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, and Montreal.
The band recently returned to the studio to record acoustic versions of three songs from the "CVI" album with more details to be shared shortly. A video for "Blue" also premiered earlier this month and can be viewed right here. More...
Red Fang has released the "Daytrotter Session" online, which is currently available for streaming / download at this location. The session features live versions of Red Fang classics, recorded during the band's headlining tour this past fall with Black Tusk and Lord Dying.
Additionally, the band has announced a short run of headlining regional tour dates with support from Federation X, Uh-Oh, and Dog Shredder, followed by an appearance at Australia’s Soundwave Festival and a pair of dates with Kyuss Lives and Orange Goblin.
Multiple European summer festival appearances have been confirmed as well. A complete list of dates is available below. Red Fang will begin writing the follow-up to 2011’s "Murder The Mountains" upon returning from tour. More...
UK prog metal act hAND has released a video interview with front woman Kat Ward. She talks about the writing process, the ideas behind the new songs, and a gives a full rundown of all the tracks from the band's upcoming third album.
Check out the new album video update below, or find more info on hAND over at the group's official website right here.
Chicago thrashers Diamond Plate have begun recording their new studio album, which is due to be released later this year on Earache Records.
The as-yet untitled follow-up to Diamond Plate's 2011 debut album "Generation Why?" is being recorded with producer Neil Kernon at Studio Chicago in the band's hometown. Diamond Plate lead guitarist Konrad Kupiec comments:
"We are beyond excited to announce that we are in the studio recording our second album! The legendary Neil Kernon is helping us capture the new songs and the new energy of the band in the traditional way that classic records were made. We decided to step away from the modern approach to albums by recording the band playing live in the same room together and keeping everything real. Everybody can expect this record to be faster and heavier than ever, but most of all they can expect the unexpected." More...
Corrections House will offer up a live broadcast of the performance tonight at Churchill’s in Miami, Florida. The group will hit the stage at 12:00am EST/9:00pm PST. Log on at this location to access this rare performance.
Corrections House is the new collective featuring Mike IX Williams (Eyehategod), Sanford Parker (Nachtmystium), Scott Kelly (Neurosis), and Bruce Lamont (Yakuza). The band kicked off its first-ever tour last week at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, New York and continue to punish unsuspecting souls with sonic enormity.
Shows feature each of the four members offering up solo sets of spoken word, acoustic, and experimental music with an end times collaboration as Corrections House to close out each night. In a recent live review Invisible Oranges crowns the band “unique and devastating,” Dig Boston relays: “I’m engulfed in a wall of sound and have no idea what to call this music. It’s industrial and doom for sure. It’s heavy and definitely dirty.”
Remaining dates are as follows: More...
Footage has been posted online of Cult of Luna performing the song "In Awe Of" in Paris, courtesy of YouTube user Bizkitos Del Toro. Check out the clip below.The track comes off of the band's recently released album "Vertikal." The following press release was issued about the album:
"Vertikal marks a much-anticipated return for Cult of Luna after five years spent cultivating the ideas and directing the influences that have helped form a concept for the album. Distilled throughout are themes of machinery, repetition and clear, linear structures honed to the visual imagery of Fritz Lang’s classic expressionist science-fiction film ‘Metropolis.’ The music broods, builds and boils as you may expect from Cult of Luna, but never over-complicates itself or veers from its intentions; it is arguably their finest and most cohesive piece of work to date." More...
Providence, Rhode Island riff manglers Howl recently completed the recording of their upcoming new full-length. Titled "Bloodlines," the band’s sophomore offering was recorded at Planet Z studio in Hadley, Massachusetts, produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Soulfly, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood) and offers up 10 tracks of lead-footed audio menace.
Comments the band on the results: "Bloodlines is HOWL 2.0/HOWL on steroids/the bigger, heavier album. We took our signature sound and pushed it to the next level. This is a metal record influenced by doom, rather than vice versa. There's more aggression, more extremes, it's harder-hitting. Zeuss really helped us capture the sound we wanted, the way we truly sound. Bloodlines is huge, brutal, monstrous!"
"Bloodlines" is set for release via Relapse Records on April 30th, 2013. As a precursor to the record’s official unveiling, Howl will take their metallic doom to the road on a month-long run of live takeovers set to begin next month in New London, Connecticut. More...
Saxon has checked in with the following statement about the support act for upcoming U.K. shows:
"We are proud to announce that Birmingham Hard Rockers Redline will be supporting Saxon on their UK leg of the Sacrifice World Tour this April/May.
"Redline are hitting the road to promote their new album 'VICE,' which features 'King Of The Mountain,' the official anthem and TV soundtrack to the Isle of Man TT Motorcycle Races. A thunderous set of "in your face rock" awaits...balls to the wall guitars, a locked and loaded rhythm section and a real powerhouse of a vocalist, Redline are sure to impress with their own brand of Hard Rock and British Heavy Metal."
The band also recently commented on a new South American tour date: "We are more than happy to let you know that we have confirmed one more show in South America on March 30th! Saxon will headline the Gillmanfest in Caracas, Venezuela! Hope to see many Metal heads down there! Keep The Faith!" More...
No Sign of Life has posted a new music video online for the track "Enemies of Choice," which can be viewed below. The track comes off the band's latest album "Embrace Your Demons." The full track listing is as follows:
02. Walls Melt Down
03. Nothing to Say
04. Enemies of Choice
05. Behind the Scenes
07. Embrace Your Demons
08. Meaning of Life
09. The Wounds of Nature
10. Light at the End of the Tunnel More...
Temple of Torturous will release Echtra's "Sky Burial" this coming April 15th, 2013. The track listing consists of the simply titled:
1. Sky Burial 1
2. Sky Burial 2
The cover artwork can be viewed below, and the following press release was issued about the album:
"Echtra's Sky Burial, the first issuance in the triumvirate of the Passage Cycle, is an exploration of the dissolution of our mortal coil. If human consciousness recognizes the inescapability of its own demise, then an essential aspect of becoming truly human is grappling with the inevitability of our own death. This is what Echtra has sought with the Sky Burial project, attempting at the same time to create an aural and visual space in which others may do the same.
"Influenced by the Vajrayana’s cosmological views on the passaging of consciousness between lifetimes, and utilizing the sonic palette of acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, drums, and vocals, this project is undoubtedly Echtra's most fully realized manifestation thus far. Aesthetic echoes of doom and black, acoustic arpeggios driving spirit into form, sparse vocalizations uttering the manifesto of an unqualified acceptance of eventual transformation: these are some of the tools employed in service of the soul’s embrace of a body consumed by the winged ones. More...
Following the "All Hail The Void" LP, released last year via Southern Lord, Milwaukee’s venomous metal/hardcore quartet Enabler is set to drop a crushing new EP this Spring via Think Fast! Records. The following press release was issued about the EP:
"Enabler's upcoming Shift of Redemption EP features four brand new tracks from the Brew City killers, and while a rapid release, showcases the band expanding their infectious brand of sonic violence into new territory.
"The recording lineup for Shift of Redemption included founding guitarist/vocalist Jeff Lohrber and bassist Amanda Daniels as on All Hail The Void, and welcomes new lead guitarist Eric Dunn (By Way of Sunstorm, ex-Harlots) and drummer Dave Mann (Mouth of the Architect). The brutal anthems were recorded by Shane Hotchstetler at Howl Street Recordings, mixed by Chris Common (Pelican, These Arms Are Snakes), and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (From Ashes Rise, Sleep, High on Fire), with artwork provided by Raf W.
"The EP is now confirmed for release via Think Fast! Records worldwide on April 9th via digital download and 7”; the first pressing limited to 1,000 copies, with 350 copies pressed on gold wax and 650 on clear.
"Preceding the release of Shift of Redemption, Enabler will trek across the Atlantic for their maiden Europe tour. Confirmed for a sixteen-city massacre alongside Finnish grinders Rotten Sound and Swedish crust/metal squad Martyrdöd, the mayhem will begin with a sendoff show in Dayton, Ohio on February 18th. However Enabler is currently operating without a full-time drummer, Andrew Stamm will lay down the percussive assault on the band’s first European tour." More...
San Diego, California's Globe and Beast announce the release of debut album, "Grandfather's Axe," due out March 19th on Melotov Records. Check out the cover artwork below or listen to the new track "Coexist" at this location. The following press release was issued about the album:
"On 'Grandfather's Axe,' the young SoCal quintet churn out anthemic hardcore, shrouded in gloom. Theirs is a unique combination of vibes: the aggressive meets the dissonant, the crushing meets the dismal. Somewhere between the frontal assault of Buried Alive and the spiraling depression of Kiss It Goodbye or Cursed, songs lurch forward like a wall of black storm clouds devouring all in their path. What makes it thrilling is not only the destructive power but the ominous mood.
"Atop pummeling drums and leaden riffs, frontman Blake Backer's lyrics lay bare his demons. In 'A River's Mouth,' he roars: We move like drones, slaves to a clock... / The monotony feels like a fucking curse / I see uncharted waters up ahead / They're open, they're endless, relentless / Destinations unknown / I hope I find peace, a place to call home.
"Grandfather's Axe was recorded by Alex Estrada at The Earth Capital (Touche Amore, Xibalba) and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering (Crazy Spirit, Perdition)." More...
Belgium-based metal legends Enthroned have announced new live shows in United Kingdom and Ireland as part of the "Obsidium Campaign" 2013. The tour will kick off on the 27th of February in Belfast, and play in Dublin, Glasgow, London, and Exeter.
The band will be touring in support of latest full-length album entitled "Obsidium," released in March 2012 on Agonia Records, and quoted as one the best 2012 metal releases by PopMatters. Check out a song from the album below.
February 27 - Ireland, Belfast - Voodoo
February 28 - Ireland, Dublin - The Pint
March 01 - UK, Glasgow - Audio
March 02 - UK, London - Elektrowerkz
March 03 - UK, Exeter - Cavern
Other confirmed shows:
May 30th - Serbia, Belgrade - Darkness Rising Festival
July 27th - Holland, Steenwijk - Stonehenge Festival More...
Releasing their debut their full-length album "Tides of War" (reviewed here) yesterday, Ottawa's melodic death thrashers Chariots of The Gods are proud to unleash their new music video in support of the annihilator on BlankTV. Check out the clip below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Produced by award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, GWAR, Annihilator and Voivod, COTG's new album delivers 14 epic, crushing tracks to follow up their well received 2010 debut EP 'Reverence,' which the band aggressively toured in Quebec and Ontario, sharing the stage with names such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, Fuck the Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection."
The track listing is as follows: More...
Havok’s latest video has premiered today via Bloody Disgusting. “Point Of No Return” is the title track to the band’s EP, released last Spring as a tide-me-over while the band continued non-stop touring.
The video was directed by Roy Warner and filmed on location in Detroit, Michigan and can be viewed right here or in the player below.
Discussing the video, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez elaborates, "The lyrics of ‘Point Of No Return’ are highly interpretable, but the message of the video pretty simple: The world as we know it is a delicate place and we have never had such a high capacity to destroy the human race as we do now. At some point, our self-made concoction of nuclear/biological weaponry, ancient superstitious beliefs, nationalism, corruption, ignorance, and conflicting ideologies is going to become lethal, on a global scale. We live in a time like no other and it’s obvious that if we don’t change our behavior, it’s only a matter of time before the world is extinguished at the hand of fanatics. It’s literally within everyone’s power to leave the world a little nicer than we found it. Don’t believe everything you’re told: Think for yourself.”
Director Roy Warner notes, “Working with the guys from Havok was great. They had awesome ideas to start out with and build from; wanting to showcase real life as the concept. It really illustrates the depths of human depravity in the past, present and what we can expect from the future if attitudes don’t change.” More...
Israeli dark epic metallers Desert have checked in with the first part of their studio diary for an upcoming album. Check out the video below featuring drum recordings in Tel Aviv. The band comments:
"Here is coming the first part of the studio diary, where you can see Assaf Markowitz, making an outstanding job, on drums recording for our upcoming album. Enjoy and to be continued!"
"Hopeless Godless," the second full-length album by Pristina, is set for a February 26th release on The Path Less Traveled Records.
From Connecticut, Pristina grabbed the underground's ear in 2010 with the release of debut full-length, "The Drought (ov Salt and Sorrow)," released on French label Trendkill. Revolver Magazine described the band's sound as "a chaotic surge of hardcore intimidation, atonal riff bombardment, and sound collage psych ops" and Exclaim! Magazine depicted it as "explosive, original, and downright gargantuan." The following press release was issued about the new album:
"In 2013 Pristina re-emerges after a year off the grid, a year which vocalist/bassist Brendan K Duff calls 'the darkest period of my life.' Whatever demons Duff fought during this time, they have been immortalized in the form of a new album 'Hopeless Godless.' Rhythmically punishing, soaked in absolute despair, 'Hopeless Godless' is an immersion in darkness. The closest musical reference points can be found in metallic hardcore greats like Bloodlet, Starkweather, and Converge, but 'Hopeless Godless' is such a personal account of pain, it is wholly its own thing."
Says Duff: "Hopeless Godless was a very difficult record to make, emotionally. The album is about the darkest period of my life. It is a very deliberate departure from our last album. The Drought (ov Salt and Sorrow) was fairly 'epic'. This one is raw and straight ahead." More...
I love art that shocks just for the simple shock value and the awkward looks I get from people when I mention enjoying things like "Fanta Claus" and "Postal 2." So it goes without saying that I've done my fair share of listening to bands with lyrical themes glorifying every single perversion and depravity imaginable. But once you've pushed things to the crudest and most vulgar level possible, you hit a wall and say to yourself, “Wow, this is completely fucking pointless.”
Yes, I've been there. I've listened to Aryan Terrorism's xenophobic calls for violence. I've sung along to the homophobic hate hymns of Impaled Nazarene and The Meat Shits. I've even praised the lyrics of Rupture Christ and Woods of Infinity with the term, “Pedo to the metal!” Looking back on all that now, it just seems beyond juvenile since intentionally upsetting people and violating taboos doesn't do anything productive. Getting knee-jerk reactions out of people doesn’t make you more enlightened just because you aren’t bothered by the things that other people would prefer not to think about. At some point, you need to move past The Death of God and onto the Reevaluation of All Values. Yes, reality is filled with all sorts of horrible things but that hardly means that the most horrific are the most real and the most terrifying are the most true. More...
Lenny Wolf and Kingdom Come are set to release their new studio album "Outlier" this coming May 7th in the USA, picking up with ten powerful rock songs where his long tradition of fascinating studio albums left off.
At the same time, mastermind Lenny is starting a new chapter of his diverse creative career, expertly positioning his charismatic voice on Outlier between traditional rock structures and modern sound elements, which add a third dimension to this album.
"I simply felt the need to delve deep inside of me and run riot in the infinite expanse of the audio cosmos. The result is a friction of mercilessly mechanical, heartless sound collages, combined with my typical melancholy-melodious style," Wolf explains the album's artfully interwoven experimental approach to his sound. "A whole number of souls happen to dwell in my breast, which is why experimentation and the development of my musical existence simply belong together." More...
Following the recent disclosure of the details on their second LP and Relapse debut, "Sky Burial," today Inter Arma has released the first single from the album to the public.
The fifth track from Sky Burial, “'sblood” is a prime example of Inter Arma’s multi-faceted and all-consuming approach, pummeling the listener with nearly six-and-a-half minutes of hypnotic yet vicious, effects-laden riffery.
Hear “'sblood” first via the newly-partnered Invisible Oranges/BrooklynVegan right here or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Survival Fires
2. The Long Road Home (Iron Gate)
3. The Long Road Home
7. Love Absolute
8. Sky Burial More...
Kozeljnik has revealed the cover artwork for the new MCD "Null: The Acheron of Multiform Negation," which can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"Scheduled release date for this black manifest is 19th of February. We would like to use this opportunity and express immense gratitude towards all souls involved in process of creation aforementioned, it was an experience we will deeply cherish in all the years to come.
"Image of a devious martyr in the scene of Negation presented on our cover below was sent to us a little while ago and is to be assigned to one who calls himself Nihil, a Parisian artist; to all those who ended up staring in awe, find out about his other work at this location."
The track listing is as follows:
1. As if Through a Myriad of Shades
2. Evoking the Furtive Depths (Reprisal)
3. Time is Neglected in the Wound of a Martyr
4. Come, Thou Abhorred and Incessant (feat. Niklas Kvarforth)
5. Scourged with Apathy *
6. Wrecked in Ruins of Solitude *
* bonus track taken from the band's 2007 EP "Wrecked in Ruins of Solitude" More...
As previously announced, Swiss metallers This Misery Garden’s second album “Cornerstone” will be out through Season of Mist this year. The release date is now set for April 12th (April 16th in North America), and the track listing is as follows:
1. Human – ET
2. Holy Clutch
3. Angry Child
4. Mr X (Was Right)
6. Siamese again
7. Crowded Hallway
8. Warning Zone
9. The First Man.
10. Death Head Colors
11. Swallowing the monster
12. Flower Eye Tree
Tracks 11 and 12 are bonus tracks which will only be available on the first pressing digipak and on the digital edition. The band also already filmed a video clip for the song “Warning Zone," which can be viewed here. More...
Progressive rock/metal outfit Anciients has debuted "Raise the Sun," the first song off of the band's debut album "Heart of Oak." You can check out “Raise the Sun” through Decibel Magazine here.
The band comments on the track: "Raise the Sun represents what we are all about as a band, musically and lyrically. It contains most if not all the elements that we look for in the kind of music we enjoy. Its heavy but melodic; this is how we like things to be. Our sound might be full of contrast and duality, but not for contrast's sake; rather always for the sake of the song. Lyrically its about an Egyptian myth, the 'Hymn To The Rising Sun' and a visualization of said myth. Its about walking the correct path and achieving a sort of awakening. 'Raise the Sun' is one of our favorites from the record for sure." More...
Sweden's Soilwork has released the first album trailer for the band's upcoming double album, "The Living Infinite."
Check out what singer Björn "Speed" Strid has to say about the idea of a double album, the songwriting process, and working with new guitarist David Andersson for the first time in the player below.
"The Living Infinite" is scheduled for release on March 1st (EU), 4th (UK), and 5th, 2013 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing is available after the jump.
Pittsburgh's Delusions of Grandeur has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Doug Nedzesky:
"We regret to say that February 18th's Contortionist show will be our last with our drummer. No reason to get into details on here.
"With that being said we will continue to write and record new music, we are still releasing the album, and we are currently searching for a new drummer, and while we are at it 2nd guitar spot any keys/synth out there are welcome to try as well.
Listenable Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with The Charm The Fury:
"Holland's best kept secret is revealing exciting news as The Charm The Fury set to announce joining forces with Listenable Records that will see their next album released in Europe to highly anticipated fans.
"The female fronted quintet not only offer something creatively different with their female screamer but a collection of high energy monstrous anthems that have hooked the industry with full effect, the debut release 'The Social Meltdown' saw a frenzy of hype surround the band with extensive coverage across National Radio including BBC Radio One and in Europe's acclaimed Music Magazines including Metal Hammer and Kerrang.
"The Charm The Fury graced stages with the likes of i Killed The Prom Queen, Oh Sleeper and Textures during 2012, not to mention a memorable performance at Groezrock Festival that raised the bar and offered a greater platform to reach new fans. Already nailing support tours and shows across Mainland Europe and the UK, it is no wonder the band are rapidly progressing as one of the industries hottest new artists. More...
Famed artist and visual effects director Nader Sadek has teamed with GunShyAssassin.com for the exclusive world premier of "Petrophilia" off his forthcoming live CD/DVD, "Living Flesh."
The only song in Sadek's repertoire deemed intense and driving enough to close out the now legendary set where "Living Flesh" was recorded, which was the first time material from the project's 2011 debut "In The Flesh" was performed live, "Petrophilia" is now streaming at this location.
"Living Flesh" will be self-released on February 27th. Below is the cover art and tracklisting of the album.
1. Re:awakening (live)
2. Nigredo in Necromance (live)
3. Sulffer (live)
4. Mechanic Idolatry (live)
5. Soulless (live)
6. Rusted Skin / Drum solo ( live)
7. Of this Flesh (live)
8. Re: exhaust (live)
9. Petrophilia (live) More...
After the release of their free "Between Fear and Madness" digital EP in November 2012 and before unleashing their brand new second full-length, Kaotoxin Records is giving worldwide release to Antropofago's 2011 self-released full-length debut, "Beyond Phobia."
"Unending Degradation" from Helsinki's Krypts has been set for a February 19th release date on Dark Descent Records with vinyl treatment coming from Me Saco Un Ojo.
Festering in the underground since its inception in 2008, Krypts is prepared to set free this debut full-length, featuring the trademark sounds from the 2009 demo and 2011 EP. The band is currently streaming the song "Open the Crypt" over at bandcamp, or below, and a video preview for "Beneath the Archaic" is streaming afterwards as well. More...