Metal News for January 4, 2013
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37 news articles posted on this day.
AxesToGrind.com has posted an exclusive world premier of the song "Gruesome Stuff Relish" from "Sempiternal Death Grind," the forthcoming third album from gore-grinders Gruesome Stuff Relish. The eponymous track, which AxesToGrind.com's Ryan Brassard calls "definitive GSR" is now streaming at this location.
"Sempiternal Death Grind" will be released on January 25th on CD, LP (three different versions) and digital download via German label FDA Rekotz. The Die Hard LP version will be limited to 50 copies only, clear vinyl + poster + CD version !!! The Gore Hound LP version will be limited to 150 copies in red vinyl + poster. The third LP version, called Crypt, is limited to 300 copies on black vinyl.
Kaotoxin records, under exclusive No Master's Voice records' license, is releasing the new Nolentia album, "May the Hand that Holds the Match that Will Set this World on Fire be Blessed Above All" on CD or as a preorder-exclusive bundle pack with the "Heal the World, Make it A Fireplace" t-shirt or girlie-shirt (two different colors available) from January 2nd, 2013 to February 3rd, 2013. International release dates are as follows:
Feb.4th (France, through Season of Mist)
Mar.4th (UK & Eire, through Code7)
Mar.12th (US, Canada, through MVD and digital through The Orchard)
"May the Hand that Holds the Match that Will Set this World on Fire be Blessed Above All" features 17 tracks of open-minded grindcore mixing old-school grind, sludge, hardcore and doom. The track "More to Fear" is streaming over on Kaotoxin's soundcloud page, or below in the player.
Finnish act Sonata Arctica has posted a new tour video online titled "Hello again, Cleveland!" Check out the video below.
Sonata Arctica has been touring in support of latest full-length album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here). You can also check out the band's previously posted music video for the track "Shitload of Money" at this location.
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Compressorhead, the world's first all 'heavy metal' band made with robotics, has posted a practice version of its cover of "Ace of Spades" during band practice at the Robocross headquarters in Berlin. In the band's biography, this is how they are described:
"Did you ever wonder what Danny Carey would sound like if he had 4 arms? How about if Angus Young had 78 fingers? Imagine what Robert Trujillo would sound like if he was actually made of metal? Well, wonder no more, meatbags. Compressorhead is the worlds heaviest metal band."
"Stickboy (drums) was created to exacting specifications. 4 arms, 2 legs, 1 head, no brain. He plays a Pearl 14 piece kit with double kick. Stickboy Junior, the bastard child of an unknown mother, takes control of the hihat shuffle. Inception date 2007. Fingers (guitar) joined Stickboy in 2009 and brings 78 purpose built fingers, enough to play the entire fret board and pluck. Bones (bass) is the highest precision bass player in known existence, and the youngest member of the band. Inception date 2012. Stand aside meatbags. Oil is thicker than blood."
Germany's December Flower has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Michael Tybussek:
"Bad news at the end of the year. Michael has unfortunately decided to leave the band. Because of that we are also forced to cancel our performance at the release party of our friends from Fragments Of Unbecoming. We're very sorry for all those who have been looking forward to that, but nevertheless it will surely become a night to remember.
"We are therefore looking for a dedicated guitarist who can bring himself into songwriting and is anything but a beginner. What else do you need to bring? You should more than just identify with our style and be able to put the necessary passion into the band.
"Preferably you should come from the Ruhr Area / Germany. Furthermore you should be flexible and motivated to play live gigs. Are you interested? Send an email to email@example.com or contact us on Facebook here. Nevertheless we wish everybody all the best for the new year. Thanks for your support."
Gravehill will be supporting Deceased for the upcoming "March of the Cadavers" 2013 tour, with dates available below. Gravehill also commented:
"These dates will mark our first live outing for 2013, we will be busy rehearsing then recording our next album, the follow up to 'When all Roads Lead to Hell' throughout January and February then finishing by the end of March. A press release regarding our next album 'Death Curse' shall be coming soon... HAIL HELL!!!"
Saturday March 9th "Hooligans" Albuquerque, NM
Sunday March 10th "Rocky Point Cantina" Phoenix, AZ
Monday March 11th "Slidebar" Fullerton, CA
Tuesday March 12th "Los Globos" Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday March 13th "Elbo Room" San Francisco, CA
Thursday March 14th "Burt's Tiki Lounge" Salt Lake City, UT
Friday March 15th "Aqualung" Denver, CO
Saturday March 16th "Cheyenne Saloon" Las Vegas, NV (No Deceased)
French hardcore/metal act A Call To Sincerity has released a new lyric video for the track "The Means to an End," which features Spencer MacLean from Structures. Check out the clip below.
A Call To Sincerity is also currently writing material for an upcoming full-length album and is gearing up to release another music video shortly. Further details will be announced as they are made available.
Live footage of Canadian heavy metal trio Cauldron, which is just coming to the end of a European tour, has been posted online by Dutch alternative multimedia platform 3voor12/VPRO.
Watch the video from the band's set at Mezz in Breda, Netherlands on December 20th now at this location.
Cauldron's current European tour kicked off on November 28th in London, and has featured a number of headlining shows as well as a string of dates with Dutch hard-rockers Vanderbuyst. Remaining dates are:
Jan. 04 - Stockholm, Sweden - Püssy A Go Go
Jan. 05 - Aland, Finland - Dino's Bar
Jan. 08 - Brussels, Belgium - DNA
Cauldron's new album, "Tomorrow's Lost," is out now in Europe on jewel case CD, digi-sleeve CD with a bonus disc featuring three cover tracks, and limited edition coloured vinyl with a bonus 7".
Within a few short weeks Butcher Babies has made two huge announcements: a record deal with Century Media and a 2013 North American tour with shock-rock icon Marilyn Manson. A list of confirmed dates can be seen below.
In addition, Butcher Babies is proud to announce that the band has been confirmed to play Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2013. The festival is on May 18th and 19th in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Motorhead, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, and Moonspell are already confirmed for the festival. Additional details on Hell & Heaven Metal Fest 2013 can be found here. More...
Razorback Recordings has issued the following announcement about an upcoming release from Ohio act FaithXtractor:
"Razorback Recordings is proud to be releasing the 2nd full-length album from FaithXtractor! They recorded one of the best debut death metal albums in 2008, and have now returned with their long-awaited 2nd album. We are thrilled to be releasing this masterpiece!"
Here are some words from the band itself: "FaithXtractor was spawned by Ash Thomas with the sole intention of playing savage Death Metal as an assault on the pathetic meat puppet human race. Now, nearly 7 years later, with the "old school death metal" tag being consumed, shat out, & spewed about repeatedly like every other tired labeling scheme, the FaithXtractor would like to tell you to 'CAST YOUR ASSUMPTIONS ASIDE...SHUT THE FUCK UP & HEAD BANG!' This musical entity was created as an outlet to voice thoughts & feelings on this ever crumbling existence, to channel our life-philosophy, & to praise the Metal essence that is inherently in our veins. Plain & simple...
"This new 11 song monster holds true to the vibe set forth on the previous releases while plunging ever further into heavily darkened territory. With a strong focus on real life horrors, infectious riffs, & haunting arrangements, 'The Great Shadow Infiltrator' will crush the weak as the FaithXtractor poisons the soul for the better. 'The Great Shadow Infiltrator' will be released in 2013 through the Cult Horror Label Razorback Recordings."
Further details on the release will be announced soon.
My Kingdom Music has issued the following statement about the upcoming "Kathaarian Vortex" album from Apolokia:
"With 'Kathaarian Vortex,' Apolikia proves that purity in black metal still exists and you'll be overwhelmed soon by their outstanding inhuman and malevolent geniality, entirely crafted with a 1992 black metal sound production. Watch the official album trailer below."
"Kathaarian Vortex" will be released on February 25th, 2013. The track listing is as follows:
2. Post Kristus Daemonolatry
3. In Figuram Baphometis
4. Order of the Nine
5. Malignant Asphyxiation
6. Kathaarian Vortex
7. Signum Satani
8. Coil of Nihilism
9. Pure Imperial Darkness MMXII More...
Royal Thunder has teamed up with Pitchfork to release a new music video for the track "Blue," which can be viewed in the YouTube player below. The female-fronted Atlanta quartet released debut album "CVI" in the Spring of 2012 via Relapse Records.
Royal Thunder also has the following upcoming tour dates with Enslaved, Pallbearer, and Ancient VVisdom: More...
Anthrax has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Rob Caggiano:
"Rob has been an integral part of Anthrax for so many years, as our lead guitarist, in a production capacity, but most of all, as our close friend. His contributions to the band have been enormous.
"While we are sad that he is leaving, we wish him nothing but great success going forward, and hope to share the stage with him again sometime down the road.
"With the Metal Alliance Tour on the horizon, we have been considering several lead guitarist options, and will be making an announcement on that shortly."
Dates for the Metal Alliance tour with Exodus, Municipal Waste, and Holy Grail can be found at this location.
Ukranian pagan metal act Munruthel has posted the band's latest album "CREEDamage" online for streaming via Bandcamp here. You can also check out the songs in the player below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Ardent Dance of War’s God 02:28
2. Rolls of Thunder from Fiery Skies 05:56
3. CREEDamage 07:14
4. The Mown Dawns Lie On The Ground feat. Masha "Scream" (Arkona) 05:13
5. The Age of Heroes 05:00
6. The Lake (Bathory cover) feat. Wulfstan (Forefather) 06:44
7. The Eyes of Abyss 05:16
8. Carpathians’ Shield 06:08
9. Krada I: The Blood 07:40
10. Krada II: The Surya 04:06
11. Krada III: The Fire 04:11
Circle Of Silence is currently recording the new album "The Rise Of Resistance" at the Maranis Studios in Backnang, Germany. The band commented about the sound of the upcoming record:
"The first impression is that the new ones are a bit heavier than the stuff from 'The Blackened Halo' and a bit more straight forward. A lot of double-bass action is going on in those first songs!"
The guys have already posted the artwork of "The Rise Of Resistance," which was created by Francisco Garcés (a.k.a. Dibujante Nocturno) and can be viewed below.
Circle of Silence has also released a couple of song titles that will be featured on the album: "Eyes Of Anarchy," "Mind Conspiracy," "An Oncoming Storm," "Slave To The Greed Machine," "Blood Of Enemies," and "One Moment Of Hate." More...
U.K. thrash/crust/metal miscreants Hellbastard recently unleashed a video teaser for the "Sons Of Bitches" vinyl EP. Issued via PATAC Records, "Sons Of Bitches" is limited to 1000 copies, includes a re-recorded version of 1988’s “We Had Evidence” from the band’s 1988 "Heading For Internal Darkness" full-length, and finds the band as acutely irritated by societal deevolution as ever before.
Check out the EP teaser as well as the new version of “We Had Evidence” in the YouTube clips below. "Sons of Bitches" is available for order at this location. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Often cited as being the band who created the 'crust' wave of the 1980s, Hellbastard formed in late 1984/’85 then died prematurely in 1992. In 2012, Hellbastard are now very much back in action, tighter, more powerful and still as bitter and pissed off as they were from the start. Hellbastard bring socially aware lyrics and an unclassifiable form of punk/thrash metal music to the international stage." More...
With the Winter holiday season over, the Rock Band Network is again adding new entries to its ever growing lineup of metal tracks. These songs are now available for Xbox 360 Rock Band players:
All Shall Perish – “In This Life of Pain” (160 MSP)
Ava Inferi – “The Living End” (160 MSP)
My Ruin – “Highly Explosive” (80 MSP)
Sacred Mother Tongue – “Two Thousand Eight Hundred” (80 MSP)
PS3 players instead will have these tracks available on 1/8 (North America) and 1/9 (Europe):
Chaotrope - "The Hourglass Paroxysm - Part I" ($0.99)
Chaotrope - "The Hourglass Paroxysm - Part II" ($0.99)
Deception of a Ghost - "These Voices" ($1.99)
Halcyon Way - "Inversion" ($0.99)
Halcyon Way - "The Age of Betrayal" ($0.99)
Halcyon Way - "IndoctriNation" ($0.99)
Pythia - "Just a Lie" ($1.99)
Tina Guo - "Forbidden City" ($1.99)
We Set The Sun - "Cody" ($1.99)
Freedoms Reign (featuring ex-Fates Warning member Victor Arduini) has released a first song from the band's forthcoming self titled CD. The track was recorded at Dexters Lab in Milford, CT by Nick Bellmore (Toxic Holocost, Hatebreed, Jasta). Check out "Shadows of Doubt" in the player available below.
Victor Arduini comments on returning to the metal scene in full force: "Freedoms Reign is right where I want to pick up from where I left off. This music feels as great to play as it did when we recorded Spectre. It still means somthing to do this and I don't think I've ever been a part of anything better."
Freedoms Reign consists of:
Victor Arduini - Guitar/Vocals
Mike Jones - Bass
Chris Judge - Drums
Tommy Vumback - Guitars More...
Relapse Records today releases more details on the pending album from Dallas-based death metal murderers, Devourment. The band’s bludgeoning fourth album -- and first for Relapse -- "Conceived In Sewage" has been confirmed for worldwide release in February.
The album’s gruesome cover art and Youtube teaser were recently released, and today the full track listing has been made available, as well as several merch package preorder options and digital preorders.
1. Legalize Homicide
2. Fifty Ton War Machine
3. Conceived In Sewage
4. Fucked With Rats
5. March to Megiddo
6. Today We Die, Tomorrow We Kill
7. Heaving Acid
8. Carved Into Ecstasy
9. Parasitic Eruption
"Conceived In Sewage" was captured at Mana Recordings in St. Petersburg, Florida with Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel) and the record will see release on February 19th in North America, February 22nd in Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland, and February 25th in the U.K. and rest of the world. More...
Helker recently signed with AFM Records and will be releasing new album "Somewhere in the Circle" this coming February 15th, 2013. A preview of a new song to appear on the album has now been posted online and can be heard below.
Swedish act Puteraeon has released a new music video for "The Azathoth Cycle," which is taken from the album "Cult Cthulhu." Check out the Rune Foss edited clip below. The album's full track listing is as follows:
1. The Great Epidemic of 1846
2. Children of Dagon
3. The Azathoth Cycle
5. Flesh Architect
6. In the Vault
8. Walking with Shadows
10. A Bolt from the Grave
11. Liberation More...
Serbian black/doom metal act Kozeljnik has announced the impending release of a new MCD titled "Null: The Acheron of Multiform Negation." The release is set for this coming February through Paragon Records. 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...
Justin Oakey - known for his music videos for Hexvessel, Ulver, and Hooded Menace - will begin shooting his debut film, "The World is Burning," this spring. Mat McNerney of Hexvessel is currently writing exclusive music for the film, which will be released by Svart Records on separate CD/DVD and LP/DVD sets during the autumn of 2013.
As part of the funding campaign for the short movie - going on until the end of January at Indiegogo here - interested parties can purchase a limited edition colored vinyl version of the soundtrack, of which only 100 will be made. Also available to pre-order via the campaign site is the CD/DVD version. The campaign has already gone over the 5000 CAD goal, but all extra funds are welcome and will be used to make the film sets more lavish.
"The World Is Burning" is a short narrative film set in Newfoundland, written and to be directed by Justin Oakey. The story focuses on a young man living in Toronto. After learning his grandfather was fatally attacked by coyotes, he returns to rural Newfoundland to be with his family. His return becomes a reunion with a traditional lifestyle he had left behind when, late one night, he finds himself deep in the forest hunting the coyotes. More...
Soilwork vocalist Bjorn "Speed" Strid has commented on the ten tracks of CD 1 from the band's upcoming double album "The Living Infinite."
Check out the track-by-track breakdown below. "The Living Infinite" is set to be released March 1st (EU), 4th (UK), 5th (USA).
A video containing the first single off the album, "Spectrum Of Eternity," can be viewed after the jump.
01. Spectrum Of Eternity - A fast and thrashy, yet melodic opener bringing you straight to the "core of existence."
02. Memories Confined - An epic song with Sven's signature.
03. This Momentary Bliss- Reminding you of "A Predator's Portrait" days. Super catchy and groovy chorus.
04. Tongue - A fast song with a great melancholic feeling.
05. The Living Infinite I- A heavy driven mid tempo song with a timeless melody.
06. Let The First Wave Rise - If you mix Soilwork with Possessed, this is what you get.More...
Fractal Artifact has posted the new single "Transhuman" online, which can be heard below, and the band also comments:
"Ladies and Gentleman, this is a huge step for us, but we're ecstatic to finally present to you the debut single from our album - Transhuman!
Sylosis has posted another tour video diary online covering the band's time on the road with Lamb Of God, In Flames, Hatebreed, and Hellyeah. Check out the video below, and Sylosis also comments: "Tour video #4. Josh occupying himself with Bane impressions and Rob soundchecking 'Ruin' with Lamb of God."
Italy's Bunker 66 has created a new Bandcamp page featuring a handful of streaming songs from all of the band's releases.
You can check out the streams via Bandcamp here or listen to three tracks off the band's latest album "Infernö Interceptörs" in the player below. The tracks in the player are "Overnight Sacrifice," "Institor," and "Storm of the Usurper." More...
UK metal band Def Con One, featuring Ex-Venom/Ex-Mpire Of Evil drummer Antton Lant, has posted a new track entitled "No More Hate." The song can be heard streaming below and it can be downloaded for free from the stream directly or at this location. Def Con One is currently writing new material for the band's third LP and follow up to the 2012 release "Warface," which is available now through Scarlet Records.
The track is only available for 6 weeks, 6 days, 6 hours and then it will be gone! Check out and download "No More Hate" here:
Alexander Bateman has released a play through video for the new song "Tsonoque," which will appear on the "Inner Stellar Anatomy" EP. Give the video a watch below, and Alexander Bateman also commented:
"Happy New Year to you all! Wishing everyone a healthy, fun, and music filled 2013. Below is a brand new play through video of a track titled 'Tsonoque.' This one is prepro, but due to all the delays with getting this EP out I thought to kick off the new year with a goodie! Enjoy! Inner Stellar Anatomy 2013 fo sho!"
Chicago's Instrumental duo Outrun the Sunlight has posted a new demo track online titled "The Seventh and the Fourth," which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below or at this location. For more info on Outrun the Sunlight, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Finnish grindcore maniacs Rotten Sound have released another new track, entitled “Peace,” from their upcoming six song EP "Species At War." Check out "Peace" via MetalSucks.net here.
The album was self-recorded at Nordic Audio Labs earlier this summer and mixed / mastered by drummer Sami Latva at Latva Studios. The EP will see a release on January 22nd via Relapse Records in North America on CD/LP/Digital.
A previously released lyric video for the song “Salvation” can also be viewed at this location. The track listing for "Species At War" is:
2. The Game
4. The Solution
Circle II Circle, featuring former Savatage vocalist Zak Stevens, posted a preview clip for the track "Diamond Blade." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Seasons Will Fall," which is scheduled for release through Armoury Records, in conjunction with Hamburg, Germany-based earMUSIC, on January 25, 2013 (EU) and January 29, 2013 (North America).
The track listing for "Seasons Will Fall" is as follows:
1. Diamond Blade
2. Without a Sound
3. Killing Death
5. End of Emotion
6. Dreams That Never Die
7. Seasons Will Fall
8. Never Gonna Stop
10. Sweet Despair
12. Only Yesterday
Check out the "Diamond Blade" preview here: More...
San Francisco's Space Vacation, featuring Ex-Vicious Rumors guitarist Kiyoshi Morgan, will have its second LP "Heart Attack" (originally self-released in 2012) issued through Pure Steel Records on January 25, 2013.
According the the press release: "All fans of US-Metal and NWoBHM will like the 10 songs on this album. Their strength are sophisticated guitar-arrangements, high and clear vocals and a very catchy songwriting, which remind you of the 80s. Just listen to the exemplary 'Bro Hammer' or the fantastic 'Rocker,' which could have been mega-sellers in the 80s. Last but not least: a warm and authentic production will convince anyone who has been in doubt until now that SPACE VACATION are able to do great things!"
The track listing for "Heart Attack" is:
1. Heart Attack
2. End Of The Bender
3. Bro Hammer
4. Boston Massacre
5. Devil´s Own
6. Summer Knights
7. On The Road
8. Loaded Gun
9. Logan´s Ruin
10. Rocker More...
Swiss melodic death metal act Dreamshade posted a preview of the upcoming music video for the track "Consumed Future." The song will appear on the band's sophomore effort entitled "Gift of Life," which is scheduled for release on January 25, 2013 through Spinefarm Records.
Vocalist Kevin commented on the song: ""Consumed Future is about the bullshit we see in TV everyday and how it may condition the life of some people, even taking them to desperation. The idea came to my mind one day while sitting on my sofa and zapping. Switching from a channel to the other, I was disgusted of what I heard and saw. Too many dirtbag-programs with no sense, pathetic reality shows, and so much advertising. I found it all so disrespectful! Just a constant load of fake shit thrown in people's face!
"TV has lost his entertainment and amusement side it used to have in the old days and seems to have become an instrument used to wash the brain of the weak ones. In the video we can see a girl addicted to this "world", slave of these TV shows leading her to live a life which, day after day further from reality, is not her own anymore. This is the main message of the song: Be yourself and never try to be somebody else!"
The track listing for "Gift of Life" is as follows:
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Italian metal act Steel Raiser will release its sophomore LP "Regeneration" on January 25, 2013 through Pure Steel Records. The album is the follow up to the 2008 LP "Race of Steel."
According to the press release: "[w]ith their second album “Regeneration” they now have even more to offer: a fat and powerful double-bass, 80s riffs, and rough high-pitch-vocals which seem like a mixture of Rob Halford, Udo Dirkschneider and David Wayne. Sometimes this reminds you a bit of PRIEST’s “Painkiller”. The straight songs (track 4 & 6) are probably the ones that are ideal for metal-heads: concise riffs, a tight grooving rhythm and a simply structured but effective songwriting."
The track listing for "Regeneration" is as follows:
1. Cyber Laser
4. Magic Circle
5. Wings of the Abyss
6. Metal Maniac
7. Love is unfair
9. Chains of Hate More...
Progressive rockers Early Cross, the first Japanese band on the Lion Music roster, posted a sampler of the band's upcoming debut full length LP "Pathfinder." The album is set for release on February 14, 2013.
Early Cross describes its sound, "Lansdscape Rock," as follows: "The band aims at solemn and desolate ‘picturesque’ music. Combining a wide variety of styles from 70's Hard Rock, Heavy Metal, Progressive Rock, and New Wave to Folk/Trad, their unique style with its dark elements may be known as ‘Landscape Rock’ outside of Japan."
Check out the sampler here:
Multinational melodic metal band Eden’s Curse have posted the first episode in a series of studio diaries for the band's upcoming fourth album. The band has still not decided on a new singer since the departure of Marco Sandron in early October.
The first video features guitarist Thorsten Koehne (Attack/Aterial), drummer Pete Newdeck (Ex-Grim Reaper/Ex-Paul Di'anno) and bassist Paul Logue and it focuses primarily on the song writing sessions and in particular a new track called "Evil & Devine." Check it out here: