Metal News for January 31, 2012
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We've been catching up with bands and fans all over the world to get their best mosh pit stories. This week Dark Empire lead guitarist Matt Moliti shares a pit story of dueling guitarists:
We were playing the Knitting Factory in NYC in 2008. Our former 2nd guitarist, Andrew Atwood, had a reputation for being incredibly animated on stage, and it got to the point where the two of us would try to one up each other, in a friendly competition kind of way. During our song “Eyes of Defiance” there is a lead break featuring some tricky right hand tapping that I thought would look cool if our singer Brian put his hands over my eyes while I did it. I figured that should be a good enough stage move to “beat” whatever Andrew had planned for the evening.
Little did I know what he was about to do though, because next thing I saw, he had jumped INTO the mosh pit while playing his guitar and started rocking out right there with the fans! Well, I wasn’t about to let him upstage me, so I followed suit, jumping into the pit with him, guitar and all, and proceeded to play the rest of the song right there in the pit with the fans thrashing all around us. Maybe that isn’t as uncommon as I think it is, but it was definitely a first for me.
Dark Empire is set to release their new album, "From Refuge to Ruin," on March 27th via Nightmare Records. You can hear a new song from the album on the band's Facebook page.
Check back every Tuesday for more pit stories.
The Day Everything Became Nothing was forced to cancel their appearance at Maryland Deathfest X, as one of the members has a commitment that he can't get out of around that time. The band tried but was unable to find a fill in for the upcoming U.S. shows.
Morbid Saint has been announced as the replacement for The Day Everything Became Nothing, and has been added to the Saturday show of Maryland Deathfest X.
The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012. You can find the complete and up to date Maryland Deathfest X running order here.
Rhode Island doom horde Pilgrim is streaming yet another track from it's debut six-song EP "Misery Wizard." We have already featured the title track and "Quest," and you may now stream the song "Astaroth" below in the widget or in video upload form. The album "Misery Wizard" was released on Metal Blade records recently.
Just For Fun
Fan-filmed footage has made its way online featuring Machine Head performing its single "Aesthetics of Hate" with a 13 year old boy on lead guitar. The footage was captured during the band's January 29th appearance in Buffalo, New York when frontman Robb Flynn invited the kid on-stage after seeing the boy's sign which read "Machine Head, Let this 13 year old play Aesthetics of Hate with you." The video has been posted for viewing below.
Swedish progressive metal icons Meshuggah have revealed that they will be returning to North American shores this coming May in support of its forthcoming new album "Koloss." Rounding out the bill are Polish death metal veterans Decapitated and American sludge-rockers Baroness. The currently announced dates for "The Ophidian Trek 2012" can be found below. Additional dates are currently pending and not confirmed.
4/29 Houston, TX - House of Blues
4/30 Dallas, TX - House of Blues
5/1 Austin, TX - Emo's
5/3 Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre
5/4 Anaheim, CA - House of Blues
5/5 Hollywood, CA - House of Blues
5/6 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
5/8 Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
5/9 Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
5/11 Denver, CO - Odgen Theatre
5/13 Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
5/15 Chicago, IL - House of Blues
5/16 Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
5/17 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
5/18 Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of the Living Arts
5/19 Worcester, MA - Palladium
5/20 Montreal, QC - Olympia de Montreal
5/22 Silver Springs, MD - The Fillmore
5/23 New York, NY - Terminal 5
Vancouver, Canada heavy metal act 3 Inches of Blood has revealed the track listing for its forthcoming new full length album. The album, which has been appropriately titled "Long Live Heavy Metal," is set to see a March 27th, 2012 release through Century Media Records. The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Metal Woman
2. My Sword Will Not Sleep
3. Leather Lord
4. Chief And The Blade
5. Dark Messenger
6. Look Out
7. 4000 Torches
8. Leave It On The Ice
9. Die For Gold (Upon The Boiling Sea IV)
10. Storming Juno
11. Men Of Fortune
12. One For The Ditch
Canadian progressive metal act Protest the Hero has announced that it will be hitting the road soon for an upcoming United States headline tour. Support on the trek is set to come from American progressive metallers Periphery with Nevermore guitar virtuoso Jeff Loomis also joining the bill. The full list of announced dates can be found below.
3/25 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
3/26 Lawrence, KS - Granada
3/27 Dallas, TX - Trees
3/28 Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
3/30 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine
3/31 Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
4/1 Los Angeles, CA - Key Club
4/2 San Francisco, CA - Slim's
4/3 Portland, OR - The Branx
4/4 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
4/6 Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
4/7 Denver, CO - Summit
4/9 St. Louis, MO - Pops
4/10 Milwaukee, WI - The Rave II
4/11 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
4/12 Columbus, OH - The Outland Ballroom
4/13 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
4/14 Baltimore, MD - Sonar
4/16 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
4/17 Orlando, FL - The Social
4/18 Raleigh, NC - Lincoln Theater
4/20 New York, NY - Gramercy
4/22 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen has made a career out of bashing the policies of the Bush family. In 1992, he released “Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed and the Way to Suck Eggs,” which contained sound clips of George Herbert Walker Bush’s famous “New World Order” speech. Eight years later, Jourgensen revisited anti-Bush songs on “Houses of the Molé.” This time, a different Bush was in office—George Walker Bush. Even though his policies were similar to his father, there were still differences. These similarities and differences were reflected on the song “NO W,” which showed Jourgensen rearranging the letters in the title of “NWO,” as well as building on a similar musical foundation.
“Rio Grande Blood” (2006) and “The Last Sucker” (2007) featured an album cover depicting G.W. Bush surrounded by various symbols of secret societies such as Masonic pyramids. The latter record portrayed our former president as a David Icke-type shape-shifting reptoid. These three albums were part of a Bush-blasting trilogy. It seems as if Al Jourgensen pens his best material when a Bush is in power. At the end of the Bush era, Al Jourgensen announced that the group’s 2007 record, "Last Sucker" would be Ministry’s swan song. With no Bush in the White House, Jourgensen tapped out of Ministry material. Five years later, the father of industrial metal returns with a new album, “Relapse,” available March 27, 2012.
Mike Scaccia urged Jourgensen to make another Ministry album when the two were recording “Biker’s Welcome! Ladies Drink Free,” Jourgensen’s anticipated country album. Scaccia previously played with Jourgensen on “Psalm 69.” Joining Scaccia on “Relapse” are his Rigor Mortis band mate, Casey Orr, Tony Campos (Static X) and Tommy Victor (Prong). Even though the Democrats are in power, the state of our country and the world has fueled Al Jourgensen with enough material to write one last album.
Al Jourgensen spoke with Metal Underground on the phone about recording the new Ministry album and his Buck Satan and the 666 Shooters debut, as well as touching on his love for tattoos, support of the 99 percent movement and doomsday predictions. More...
Dark Arena has launched a new website at this location, which includes free songs for download as well as links to buy physical releases from the band. The band also commented on working on a new album:
"We are currently in the studio finishing up the new CD as soon as Juan completes the vocals I will be posting a complete track listing for the new CD. Right now I can tell you a few of the for sure song titles in no particular order 'The last temptation,' 'Sever,' 'Pretenders to the thrown,' 'Father evil,' 'Lost in shadow land,' and 'Mountains in the sky.'
"The only thing I will say right now is it will be a limited run double CD. Disk 1 being all NEW songs and Disk 2 being all the songs that DID NOT make the other CDs along with some newly recorded cover songs. 2 of the cover songs have already been released on our YouTube page here. They are 'Sails of Charon' by the Scorpions and 'Lack of Comprehension' by Death. We also did a cover of 'Red sharks' by Crimson Glory but you will have to wait till the CD comes out to check that one out."
French act Oestre has released the new album "Catharsis," and the band is currently streaming all the tracks from the release online. Check out the opening song "Reveillez-moi" in the player below, or listen to the rest of the tracks off the album via SoundCloud.
Landmine Marathon has teamed up with Metal Hammer to release a new music video for the song "Beaten And Left Blind." Check out the clip below.
"Beaten and Left Blind" is taken from the band's new album "Gallows," out now on Prosthetic Records.
The Devastated is preparing for the release of the band's "gross, grimy, groove" metal masterpiece, "Devil's Messenger," on February 14th. The album's title track has now been posted online, and can be heard in the player below.
The track listing is as follows:
01. Drip. Drip.
02. Pseudo Smile Campaign
03. Swallowing Tumors
04. Failure To Thrive
05. Roof Top Panty Drop
06. Devil's Messenger
07. Spit Vitriol
09. Bloody Bag Drag
10. Tongue In Cheek
This weekend, Portland, Oregon based act From Ashes Rise entered the studio to lay down two vicious new anthems for Southern Lord Recordings. The crushing recording session marks the first time the band recorded in nine years.
Recorded at Audible Alchemy, engineered by Bryan Sours and Steve Lobdell, and mixed at Audiosiege by Sours and the band’s own Brad Boatright, the two tracks — “Rejoice The End” and “Rage of Sanity” — are being finalized for a rabid new 7? set to be let off the chain via Southern Lord in April or May. A final release date, cover art and more will be be locked down in the coming weeks. The following press release was issued about the band's history:
"From Ashes Rise formed in Nashville, Tennessee during the mid 1990s’ American crust punk surge, their infectious downtuned moroseness catching on worldwide almost immediately. Having relocated to Portland, Oregon, the band have unleashed three LPs, a plethora of split releases, EPs and more to date, all amidst waves of heavy underground touring. Last May the band dominated the indoor stage at the annual Maryland Deathfest gathering in Baltimore, and then in November took part the Portland show of Southern Lord’s massive The Power Of The Riff West Coast takeover.
"From Ashes Rise remain one of the most brutally-charged and hauntingly melodic forerunners of the scene."
Palatine, IL based act Centipede has issued the following brief announcement about streaming a new song online via Facebook:
"Check out our new track 'Me Against Me' at this location. Lets hear some feedback brothers and sisters of metal!"
David Libert - Vocals
Mike Shanahan - Guitar
Evan Colbert - Bass
Greg Kotscharjan - Drums
Autopsy has posted a sample clip from the title track of the band's new compilation release "All Tomorrow's Funerals," which features new studio tracks recorded in late 2011 as well as past EP's and rarities that have been specially remastered by the band. Check out the clip below. The compilation will officially launch on February 20th, 2012.
The track listing is as follows: More...
U.K. based raw, atmospheric black metal act Abalam has issued the following announcement about finishing the recording of new material:
"'Within the Mists of Despair' is now finished. We have also revised the album track list.
"A 7" vinyl single release is now a definite for mid 2012, and a number of you have asked about t shirts: that would depend on how many people would be interested?
For a taste of what Abalam has to offer, head over here and check out the song "The River That Burns (In The Dead Of Night)."
2011 was a big year for Betraeus, with a Download Festival appearance, releasing the "Towards the Sun" EP on Siege of Amida Records, and embarking on a debut UK tour. With no intention of slowing, the Manchester prog-metallers are ready to take on 2012 and have set their sights on the rest of the world. First stop – Ireland!
Betraeus will play three shows across the country with Spires in support, and Ireland’s rock mag, Molten Magazine, are joining them for the ride as official media sponsors. Check them out on the following dates:
22 March - The Blind Pig - Limerick
23 March - The Pint - Dublin
24 March - The Limelight - Belfast
The following press release was also issued about the band: More...
Sweden's Opeth has announced the "Heritage Hunter" tour, which will also feature Mastodon and special guest Ghost. Dates are as follows:
04 Apr - Portland, ME @ State Theater**
05 Apr - Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theater*
06 Apr - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis*
07 Apr - Toronto, ON @ The Sony Centre For The Performing Arts*
09 Apr - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory**
10 Apr - Wallingford, CT @ The Dome**
11 Apr - New York, NY @ Roseland**
13 Apr - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater**
14 Apr - Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection**
15 Apr - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE**
16 Apr - Knoxville, TN @ TN Theater*
18 Apr - Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom**
19 Apr - Dallas, TX @ Palladium*
20 Apr - San Antonio @ Back Stage Live*
21 Apr - Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street*
23 Apr - Denver, CO @ Fillmore*
25 Apr - Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues**
26 Apr - Hollywood, CA @ Gibson*
27 Apr - Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre*
28 Apr - Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Resort**
30 Apr - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theater*
01 May - Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum*
03 May - Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Ctr*
04 May - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall**
05 May - Saskatoon @ The Odeon**
06 May - Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings*
09 May - Washington DC @ The Fillmore*
10 May - Charlotte, NC @ Fillmore**
11 May - Myrtle Beach, SC @ House of Blues*
12 May - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Music Park**
* Denotes Opeth closing show
** Denotes Mastodon closing show
Montana metal act Walking Corpse Syndrome has posted footage online of the band performing at The 406 Club recovery show. Check out video of "The Madness" in the player below.
The recovery show was held to benefit the venue, which was recently damaged due to bursting pipes. "The Madness" is taken off the band's "Narcissist" album (reviewed here).
Norwegian act The Konsortium is the latest band to be confirmed to play at the Inferno Festival 2012, which takes place from April 4th - 7th. For more details, head over to the festival's official website.
The currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Mercenary will be heading out for two Russian live shows in March, and the band has also begun writing new material for an upcoming release. Mercenary commented:
"We're happy and proud to kick off 2012 in a great way by announcing our first ever shows in Russia this March! We are psyched about performing in both Moscow and St. Petersburg - and to sample large quantities of the excellent and cheap vodka! Russian Tour Dates:
03/24/2012 - MOSCOW - RELAX CLUB
03/25/2012 - ST.PETERSBURG - ORLANDINA
"Moreover, we have begun to meet up this month to write new material for the follow-up to 'Metamorphosis' from 2011. We feel that this new incarnation of Mercenary got off to a perfect start last year with great response from fans and the press and a lot of great shows, not least two amazing tours with (among others) Symphony X, Nevermore and Dark Tranquillity. We can't wait to write and release the next album and get out on the road again!
"The most perceptive of our fans might have noticed that we have only been joined by drummer Morten Løwe for a few shows in 2011. Morten was unable to commit to our touring schedule, so we had the excellent drummer Peter Mathiesen fill in. As we have a great chemistry with him musically and personally, we have asked him to join the band as a regular member. He has already played more than 50 shows with us and is well integrated in the band, so please give him a warm welcome and buy him a beer the next time we play in your hometown!
"We are one - The Black Brigade!"
Horror Pain Gore Death productions has released the debut album from 80's style Philly rockers On Top. Titled "Top Heavy," the album is eleven tracks of vintage styled rock/metal. The band formed in 2008 and has been playing the Tri-state area extensively. 2012 sees On Top readying more material for a sophomore release. Stream four songs from the "Top Heavy" sampler below, and check out the tracklisting and cover art after the jump.
1. Top Heavy
2. Into The Night
4. Sick And Tired
5. Another Night Of Sleaze
6. Die High
7. Fire Down Below
8. Hot N Wet
9. Success And Excess
10. Up To No Good
11. Too Much More...
A new trailer for the upcoming 2012 edition of Metalcamp was posted. The even takes place from August 5-11, 2012 in Tolmin, Slovenia. The lineup includes the following acts (in alphabetical order):
Sin Deadly Sin
The Black Dahlia Murder
Polish black/death metal band Stillborn posted a new music video for the track "Stillborn II (Singularities of the Ordinary Vulgar Boor)." The song appears on the band's latest release "Los Asesinos del Sur," which was released in September 2011.
Check out the video here:
Iron Maiden announced that it will release a new Double DVD/Blu-ray and Double Live Album entitled "En Vivo!" on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 (North America) and March 26, 2012 (World) through Universal Music Enterpriese. The album will also be released on double vinyl LP on April 10, 2012.
Concert footage was filmed on April 10, 2011, in front of over 50,000 fans in Santiago, Chile at the Estadio Nacional during the band's "Round The World In 66 Days" portion of The Final Frontier World Tour.
Bassist Steve Harris commented on the release: "For The Final Frontier Tour, it was really important to me that we filmed in South America as we’re always so overwhelmed by the fans’ reaction when we go to that part of the world and I wanted to reflect that in the filming. After much consideration, we chose the Santiago show as we felt it was one of our best performances of the entire tour and to play at the prestigious Estadio Nacional was a landmark moment for us. For reasons known to our fans, it took a long time before we got to play our first show in Chile, and once we did get to play a show, the response was so phenomenal we just had to keep coming back, and it’s got better and better each time!”
A trailer for the release can be seen here: More...
Sabaton posted bonus footage from the studio as the band records the forthcoming LP "Carolus Rex." The bonus footage shows Joakim Bróden finding creative inspiration from the kitchen for sound effects on the new album.
Check out the video here:
Polish power metal band Crystal Viper announced that the band will co-headline the Metal Union Festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, on March 31, 2012 with German bands Messenger and Majesty. The show will be the first time the band will feature new material from the forthcoming LP "Crimen Excepta." The album is due for release on April 27, 2012 through AFM Records. More...
The upcoming 2012 edition of Germany's Summer Breeze festival will be taking place this coming August 16th - 18th. The festival organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Desaster for the lineup:
"Unbelievable it's already been nine years since the last time DESASTER played SUMMER BREEZE. Well, it looks like there is some catching up to do in Dinkelsbühl in terms of blackened thrash metal, or thrashing black metal, whatever you want to call it.
"Tormentor and company are bringing along their new album 'The Arts Of Destruction', which proves, uncompromisingly as usual, that even after 24 years of existance no fashion or trend has been able to corrupt the ethics of this Koblenz underground institution.
"As always, the four witchmasters are synonimous with metal true and pure. A feast for all denim cutoff and studded leather fetishists! Nice to see that, among all the plastic imitations of our time, there are still a few originals left."
For more details on the Summer Breeze 2012 lineup, head over to this location.
São Paulo's Heptah has posted the new single "Angel's Whispers" online, which can be heard in the player below. The song is taken from the band’s forthcoming debut album "Master of Delusion." "Master of Delusion" was recorded in Piccoli Studios in Campinas, Sao Paulo, and is slated to launch in the first half of 2012 via Metal Records MS.
More details on "Oro: Opus Primum" – the first installment of the new two-album series from Italy’s supernatural doom sorcerers, Ufomammut — have this week been confirmed. "Oro: Opus Primum" is now confirmed for release in the U.K. on April 9th, throughout the rest of Europe on April 13th, and in North America April 17th. The track listing is as follows:
More details on the album will be released in the weeks ahead as the world awaits the arrival of Ufomammut’s latest art. The second chapter in this monolithic two-part album, "Oro: Opus Alter," will be released sometime in September with more details to be unveiled in the coming months. More...
West Virginia’s Byzantine is reforming almost 4 years to the day since the last album, “Oblivion Beckons,” was released. The group’s 2012 lineup is as follows:
Chris Ojeda: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Tony Rohrbough: Lead Guitar
Michael Cromer: Bass Guitar
Matt Wolfe: Drums
As singer/songwriter Chris Ojeda states, “We’ve all kept in contact through the past few years and have worked on each other’s projects as well. With our guitarist Tony moving back to WV from NC, we decided it would be a perfect opportunity to hang out again and jam. Before we knew it, we were tossing around riffs and song ideas and realized we had what seemed to be the foundation for a pretty kick ass Byzantine album.” More...
Death metal act Embrional has announced the band's new album will be titled "Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors." Mixing and mastering was handled by Arkadiusz ‘Malta’ Malczewski, while the cover art and layout were designed by Mariusz Krajewski.
The album will be released on March 30, 2012 and has the following track listing:
1. Possessed By Evil
2. Disgraceful Enslavement
3. Absolutely Anti-Human Behaviors
4. Necropolis (Instrumental)
5. The Last Step Into Nothingness
6. Beyond The Abyss (Instrumental)
7. Maniacal Madness
8. Bestial Torture
9. Dismal Sign
10. Mankind's Decline
11. Vermin Of The Earth
Check out the song "Maniacal Madness" in the YouTube clip available below. More...
Ephel Duath is currently in the process of recording a new EP to see release via Agonia Records. The band checked in from the studio with the following update:
"The vocals for two of three songs are done! ED vocals have never sounded so angry and intimidating! On Wed Karyn will sing the third one, then we'll pack everything and send it to Erik Rutan for mixing!"
Ephel Duath also previously commented on the guitar recordings: "We are way ahead of the schedule for what concern recording the guitars. Today I've covered almost the whole EP. It sounds huge. Together with my belowed Fender Hot Rod Deluxe I've used a Lugosi amp built by Ryan of Sharkbite Studios. I'm blown away, best guitar sound I've ever head."
Louisiana prog metal act Tetrafusion released a new EP today titled "Horizons," and the band has posted the entire release online for streaming. Check out the songs in the player below. The "Horizons" EP track listing is as follows:
3. Styrofoam Breath
5. Spider Silk
6. No One Sleeps
7. Look Away (Pt. 1)
8. Look Away (Pt. 2)
Germany's Dry Cascade has issued the following announcement about calling it a day and playing a final show:
"Important notice: We will play our last show ever on Saturday, February 4th. Our real lives do not allow us to spend as much time with our music as we would like to.
"We are still planning to release at least 2, maybe 3 more songs in the coming weeks. We could not bear the thought of those songs being lost forever. Thank you all for the past 3 years!"
You can also still hear tracks from Dry Eye Cascade at the band's Facebook profile.
Chilean death metal band Recrucide has released their music video for the track "Art Of Crime," which comes off it's album "Blood Divine" released in 2011 via Australis Records. This album marks the follow up to 2008's "Rebellion." Below is the tracklisting for "Art of Crime," with the official video for the title track from the album following after the jump. Stream older catalogue from Recrucide by heading over to Digmetalworld.
1. Death Confession
2. Art of Crime
3. Fresh Flesh
5. Dream Murder
6. 5 Seconds
7. Black Lamb
11. Candelabrvm (Instrumental)
12. Blood Divine