Metal News for January 5, 2012
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Bay area thrashers Invection have released their full-length album "Facet of Aberration" and have already posted a few of the tracks on YouTube, like the one below for "Drug Justice." Invection will next support Death Angel, Warbringer and Blessed Curse for one show on Friday, January 20th at the Boardwalk in Sacramento. Check out Invection's earlier material on MySpace.
U.K. thrash band M-Pire of Evil, featuring Ex-Venom members Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan, Antton Lant and Jeff "Mantas" Dunn, announced the departure of drummer Antton Lant, the brother of Venom's mainman Conrad "Cronos" Lant.
In a statement posted on the band's Facebook Page, Antton states:
A new year and a time to get my priorities right and everything in order.
Too much stuff.
As from today I will NO LONGER be playing drums in m-pire of evil.
My family life and DEF-CON-ONE are more important to me.
And something’s got to give."
All the best Antton!"
The remaining members added: "Anyhow we will tour the US and we will keep you updated on what happens at the Mpire camp!"
The band will provide support for the upcoming U.S. Tour with Onslaught. For more information on the tour, check out this location.
Brazilian blackened death metal band Vociferatus is streaming six tracks, including the band's entire 2011 self-released EP "Blessed by the Hands of Flames" and most of the 2010 self-titled demo on Reverbnation. The EP was issued in June of 2011.
Check out the songs here:
The list of bands confirming for Desertfest in London is expected to grow to over fifty, with more bands added daily. Desertfest will take place between April 6th-8th, 2012 at three main London venues: The Underworld and The Purple Turtle as the main stage venues and The Black Heart as the main party exchange/meeting place. For more information on Desertfest, head over to it's website.
CHURCH OF MISERY
KARMA TO BURN
SAMSARA BLUES EXPERIMENT
SONS OF ALPHA CENTAURI
Below is the track "Cosmonaut of Three" from San Francisco's Orchid, one of the bands playing Desertfest 2012: More...
New York psychedelic doom band Primitive Weapons has signed with Prosthetic Records. The band completed work on the debut release, yet untitled, which was recorded at Wild Arctic Studios with producer Dean Baltolunis (American Nightmare/Goes Cube/The Hold Steady). The LP is tentatively scheduled for a March 2012 release.
In a message about the signing, the band posted "Hey Guys, We signed to Prosthetic Records. Expect a new release in March! We are really stoked and look forward to playing to playing out more and playing SXSW again!"
For a sample of the music, head over to the band's Facebook Page to hear the songs "Politics And Oblivion," "Cosmic Horror" and "Black Sheep and Prodigal Sons."
U.S. deathcore band Impending Doom announced a string of U.S. tour dates before the big Metal Alliance Tour 2012 (with The Faceless, Dying Fetus, Job For A Cowboy, 3 Inches of Blood, and Impending Doom).
Confirmed dates in January are as follows:
Impending Doom w/Molotov Solution, Volumes, Elitist & AdestriA (unless noted)
Jan 24 - The Underground (Mesa, AZ)
Jan 25 - Las Cruces Event Center (Las Cruces, NM) (w/Elitist)
Jan 26 - Nikki Rowe VFW (Mcallen, TX)
Jan 27 - The White Rabbit (San Antonio, TX)
Jan 28 - The Door (Winter Jamboree 2012) (Dallas, TX) (w/Whitechapel, Molotov Solution &
Jan 29 - Jakes (Lubbock, TX)
Jan 30 - El Rey Theatre (Albuquerque, NM) (w/Elitist)
Jan 31 - The Box Office (Las Vegas, NV)
Psychedelic band Electric Moon has released it's fourth album "Doomsday Machine," which is eighty minutes of five mind-bending jams. You can stream music from the Electric Moon's other albums on Soundcloud and listen to the new single off the album, titled "Spaceman." Below is a preview clip from the Transubstans Vinyl Club split 7" featuring Electric Moon and the band Hypnotized Not Paralyzed. This release will come out in March on Transubstans Records.
Boston metalcore act Diecast has been relatively quiet since the release of 2006's "Internal Revolution," but that's just the calm before the storm as the band gears up for what may just be its biggest year yet.
With new material in the works and more tour dates being lined up, the band is excited to be headed back into the scene in a big way, and as details are still being finalized I got the chance to chat with guitarist Jon Kita.
Jon shared the history of the band, from the highs of touring with nationally known acts to the lows of dropping off the Century Media roster, and also filled me in on the band's upcoming output that will ensure 2012 will be the year of Diecast. More...
A second behind the scenes look has been posted online from the making of Psycroptic's fifth studio album "The Inherited Repression." Check out the clip below, or find the last trailer here.
"The Inherited Repression" is due out on February 7th in North America and February 10th, 2012 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records.
DMT has issued the following announcement about seeking fans to appear in an upcoming music video shoot:
"We will be needing about 30-40 of our family, friends and fans to be in our next video 'The Paradox,' which will be directed by Lord Zane, who directed/edited our first video for 'Beneath The Surface.'
"Shooting will take place in Fullerton, CA the first or second weekend of February. We are still working on the details, but for those who are interested, contact one of us or email us at DMTmetal@gmail.com."
Internet video linchpin Metal Injection is hosting an exclusive new live video from Cascadian black metal clan Wolves in the Throne Room today.
The clip is a live performance of the hymn "Ahrimanic Trance" from 2009's "Black Cascade" LP, filmed at a remote outdoor performance in Northfield, Vermont back in September. Check out the "Ahrimanic Trance" live video below.
Wolves in the Throne Room's final North American tour in support of "Celestial Lineage" is set to embark in less than two weeks. The band will have a special cassette version of "Celestial Lineage" as well as the 2009 EP "Malevolent Grain," limited to 500 copies. More...
King's X will return to the North American tour circuit this spring for the band's first West Coast run in three years. Aptly named the "First Church of Rock and Roll" tour, the 4-week trek starts March 28th in Austin, TX and extends through April 21st in Denver, CO.
It will be the first time the band - bassist/vocalist dUg Pinnick, guitarist/vocalist Ty Tabor and drummer/vocalist Jerry Gaskill - has played most of these cities since 2009, and will mark the group's first West Coast dates in support of "Live Love In London," the live CD/DVD follow-up to latest studio release "XV."
The tour dates are as follows:
3/28/12--Dirty Dog Bar--Austin, TX
3/29/12--Warehouse Live Studio--Houston, TX
4/1/12--House of Rock--Corpus Christi, TX
4/3/12--The Rock--Tucson, AZ
4/5/12--Key Club--West Hollywood, CA
4/6/12--Brick by Brick--San Diego, CA
4/7/12--The Coach House--San Juan, CA
4/10/12--Don Quixote's--Felton, CA
4/13/12--The Boardwalk--Orangevale, CA
4/14/12--Pound West Oakland--Oakland, CA
4/17/12--Hawthorne Theatre--Portland, OR
4/18/12--El Corazon--Seattle, WA
4/21/12--Herman's Hideaway--Denver, CO
Maryland's Visceral Disgorge has posted footage online taken from the band's "Brutality Reigns" DVD, released through Sevared Records. Check out the live footage below, which was shot in Rochester, NY on June 25th, 2011.
Legionary has posted the song "Embracing Trauma" online, which can be heard through the player below. The band also commented:
"It is finally here! A brand new Legionary song off of our upcoming album 'Arcane Divisions.' This track is titled 'Embracing Trauma' and it will be track 7 on the album... Please check it out, and give us some feedback!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Cursed Existence
3. Unfriendly Fire
4. Questions Left Unanswered
5. Absolute Supremacy
6. Awakening Reprisal
7. Embracing Trauma
8. Frozen Assassin
9. Genetic Legacy
10. Arcane Divisions More...
Mexican thrashers Strikemaster will release their second and previously hard to find full-length album on CD format through Metalhit.com. Recorded in 2009, the album, “Vicious Nightmare,” reeks of blazing thrash assaults coupled with an aggressive speed metal persuasion.
Under license from the band, Metalhit will produce a limited edition Digipak CD of the album featuring new artwork by underground illustrator, Mark Riddick. The album is set for release on February 14th, 2012 and is available for pre-order here. Metalhit commented:
"Strikemaster formed in 2005 and has been producing quality, true-to-form, thrash metal ever since! The band has performed live with numerous headliners touring throughout Mexico and has been featured on various compilations, including Katon D. Pena’s (HIRAX), 'Thrash Metal Warriors' CD.
"This special edition of 'Vicious Nightmare' will be available exclusively in the USA, Canada and the UK via online retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, FYE, HMV, Barnes & Noble, Hells Headbangers, et al, and in select indie stores that sell metal!
"Metalhit.com also manages the trend-setting heavy metal brand, Metal Maniacs. Watch for an exclusive interview with Strikemaster soon at MetalManiacs.com."
Death shredders Origin have announced the dates of their Occupy Europe 2012 Tour. On the roster with them will be Psycroptic and Leng Tch'e, plus a couple more bands will be added TBA. The Tour will start on February 3rd and end March 3rd and will take place on the following dates at these venues:
04.02 Switzerland, Dietikon - Zurich @ Sounddock
05.02 Switzerland, Martigny @ Les Caves du Manoir
06.02 Slovenia, Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
07.02 Hungary, Budapest @ Durer Kert
08.02 Romania, Cluj Napoca @ Euphoria Music Club
09.02 Slovakia, Bratislava @ Randal Club
10.02 Germany, Leipzig @ Hellriser
11.02 Germany, Essen @ Turock
12.02 Germany, Hamburg @ Marx
13.02 Czech, Prague @ Black Pes
15.02 Sweden, Stockholm @ Venue tba
16.02 Sweden, Gothenburg @ Parken
17.02 Denmark, Copenhagen @ Stengade
18.02 Germany, Berlin @ K17
19.02 Germany, Trier @ Exhaus
20.02 UK, Plymouth @ White Rabbit
21.02 UK TBA
22.02 UK, Edinburgh @ Studio 24
23.02 UK, Leeds @ The Well
24.02 UK London @ Underworld
25.02 France, Nantes @ Venue tba
26.02 France, Paris @ Venue tba
29.02 France, Toulouse @ Venue tba
01.03 France, Marseille @ Venue tba
02.03 France, Lyon @ Venue tba
03.03 Netherland - Tilburg @ Neurotic Deathfest 2012 More...
Wisconsin's Rogue Empire has made the band's entire self-titled album available online. Check out the tracks from the release via Facebook or download the album through Mediafire here. You can also listen to "Hallowed II" in the player below.
Satariel has issued the following announcement about the return of former guitarist Mikael Granqvist:
"Satariel welcome guitarist and founding member Mikael Granqvist back in the band. When Mike decided to quit after recording the Chifra EP, we lost an important creative force and also a big part of the Satariel spirit. It isn't an overstatement to say that much of our drive and resolve vanished - to some extent leading us into the long hiatus we've only just recently recovered from. Therefore, we're really happy that circumstances changed and Mike wanted back in. Fuck yeah!
"We'd also like to extend a huge THANK YOU to Simon Johansson who stepped up when Mike left. Even though not much happened during the years he was a member (sorry...), it was a great feeling having him at our side. Hopefully, he'll still put down some awesome guitar solos as a session member on the forthcoming White Ink, like he did on our last couple of albums. You rule, Simon!"
A sneak peak of the band's "White Ink" album is also available online here.
Dallas, Texas based act Seeker (featuring ex members of The Handshake Murders) has posted another new track online titled "The Antagonist." Check out the song in the player below, or find more details on Seeker via Facebook.
Southern California's own The Devastated sees its Century Media debut release "Devil's Messenger" out on February 14th, 2012. The brainchild of former Impending Doom and Oblige members, The Devastated already has two singles available: title-track "Devil's Messenger" and "Roof Top Drop."
Produced by the band itself, Chris Eck and co-production/mix by Daniel Castleman (AS I LAY DYING) the music was not written with the intent of impressing anyone except the band members themselves. "Our state of mind was-- let's play what we want to hear," says vocalist Greg Wilburn. "Let's write the heaviest, grooviest and ugliest songs we possibly can, and bring something fresh to this extremely watered down scene. If people 'get it' awesome... if not, fuck em."
Pre-orders for Devil's Messenger are currently available through CMDistro.com, including an exclusive t-shirt and album combo package that can be purchased here. The Devastated also has the following upcoming tour dates:
2/1 - Barrington, IL @ The Penny Road Pub
2/2 - Peoria, IL @ The Brass Rail
2/3 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudville Mews
2/7 - Ogden, UT @ Mojo's Gallery
2/8 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
2/9 - Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
2/11 - Medford, OR @ Musichead
2/12 - Orangevale, CA @ The Boardwalk
2/13 - Simi Valley, CA @ Dream 118
2/15 - Las Vegas, NV @ Hypnotic Lounge
2/16 - Mesa, AZ @ The Underground
2/18 - Las Cruces, NM @ Event Center
2/19 - San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
2/20 - Fort Worth, TX @ Tomcats
2/21 - Houston, TX @ Vinyl Junkie
2/22 - Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music
2/23 - Clarksville, TN @ The Coupe
2/25 - Atlanta, GA @ Swayzes
2/26 - Tampa, FL @ Transition Art Gallery
2/27 - Daytona Beach, FL @ Port Orange Elks
2/28 - Charleston, SC @ Jimbo's Rock Lounge
2/29 - Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
3/1 - Virginia Beach, VA @ Shakes
3/2 - Richmond, VA @ Kingdoms
3/3 - Viceland, NJ @ Hangar 84
3/4 - Lemoyne, PA @ The Champ
3/5 - Fullerton, PA @ Planet Trog
3/6 - Danbury, CT @ Tuxedo Junction
3/7 - Providence, RI @ PVD Social Club
3/8 - Long Island, NY @ Broadway Bar
3/9 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft More...
Belgian pagan black metal band Theudho are streaming the new track "The Straw Death" from the band's forthcoming sixth full length album "When Ice Crowns the Earth." The release will be out on January 15, 2012 via Aurora Australis Records.
The track listing for "When Ice Crowns the Earth" is as follows:
1. War Into the World
2. When Ice Crowns the Earth
3. The Second Coming
4. Niðr ok Norðr
5. Heracleidae (Seevölkersturm)
6. Sacrifice the King
8. The Straw Death
Check out "The Straw Death" here:
A Pale Horse Named Death is kicking off 2012 with a special hometown show in Brooklyn, NY at The Knitting Factory. The show, which will take place January 6th, will also be streaming in full courtesy ofvThe Knitting Factory and LiveStream.com. The Live Stream of the concert can be accessed at this location.
In other APHND news, the band has parted ways with guitarist Bobby Hambel, and has announced a replacement. Frontman Sal Abruscato commented about the lineup change.
"Due to conflicting schedules with Biohazard, Bobby Hambel is unable to tour any further with A PALE HORSE NAMED DEATH. We wish Bobby and Biohazard all the great success they deserve on their upcoming release in January 2012. Eddie Heedles has been chosen as the new replacement for Bobby. Eddie is a shredding guitarist who has worked with the likes of Corey Glover (Living Colour), T.M. Stevens, Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Sekond Skyn and The White Chocolate Experience."
A Pale Horse Named Death has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
The upcoming Astral Doors album, "Jerusalem," features producer Daniel Bergstrand behind the mixing board and the concept of the lyrics is darker, more political, and more provocative than ever before in the history of the band. The cover artwork has once again been done by Mattias Eriksson who also did "Of the Son and the Father" and "Testament of Rock."
Noisecreep is now hosting an exclusive stream of the track "With A Stranger's Eye" at this location.
The album, which will be released on January 31st via Metalville Records, can be pre-ordered on Amazon. 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
German metal titans Obscura have confirmed four additional dates for their four-week headlining European tour this spring in support of their latest album "Omnivium" (reviewed here).
Support on the tour will come from label-mates Spawn of Possession, French tech-death maestros Gorod, and Dutch progressive metallers Exivious. The tour will kick-off on March 9th in Stuttgart, Germany then march through Scandinavia, Eastern and Southern Europe, and the UK before returning to Germany on April 7th. Details are as follows:
March 9 Stuttgart, Germany Universum
March 10 Oberhausen, Germany Turbinenhalle Kraftwerk
March 11 Wiesbaden, Germany Schlachthof
March 12 Berlin, Germany Magnet
March 13 Stockholm, Sweden Debaser Slussen
March 14 Oslo, Norway Betong
March 15 Copenhagen, Denmark Templet (New Venue)*
March 16 Jena, Germany Rosenkeller
March 17 Bischofswerda, Germany East Club (New Show)*
March 18 Prague, Czech Rep. Black Pes
March 19 Bratislava, Slovakia Randal
March 20 München, Germany Feierwerk Hansa 39
March 21 Wien, Austria Arena
March 22 Ljubljana, Slovenia Gala Hala
March 23 Milano, Italy Zoe Club
March 24 Rome, Italy Traffic Club
March 25 Bologna, Italy Blogos (New Show)*
March 26 Zurich, Switzerland Werk 21 (New Show)*
March 27 Toulouse, France Aero
March 28 Nantes, France Ferrailleur
March 29 Paris, France Glazart
March 30 Dunkerque, France 4 Ecluses
March 31 Rouen, France 106
April 1 Manchester, UK Moho Live
April 2 Dublin, Ireland The Pint
April 3 Bristol, UK The Croft
April 4 London, UK Underworld
April 5 Vosselaar, Belgium Biebob
April 6 Haarlem, Holland Patronaat
April 7 Köln, Germany Underground
French experimental heavy metal act, Hypno5e, has posted a teaser video on YouTube in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming sophomore album, "Acid Mist Tomorrow." Check out the video after the jump. The "Acid Mist Tomorrow" track listing is as follows:
1. Acid Mist Tomorrow
2. Six Fingers In One Hand She holds the dawn Part I
3. Six Fingers In One Hand She holds the dawn Part II
4. Story Of The Eye
5. Gehenne Part I
6. Gehenne Part II
7. Gehenne Part III
8. Brume Unique Obscurité Part I
9. Brume Unique Obscurité Part II
"Acid Mist Tomorrow" was produced, mixed and mastered by Hypno5e and Benoit Pouzol at Studio La Chévre and Belberoad Studio. Artwork comes courtesy of Hypno5e drummer, Thibault Lamy. The record’s title track is currently streaming online at this location.
Commented the band, “‘Acid Mist Tomorrow’ is the opening song of our new album, an album which has confirmed our idea of music, our way of considering it and our way of writing it. This song is, for us, the most representative of our style and displays the evolution since Des Deux L’une Est L’autre. Four years of touring, writing and recording has lead us to this most important moment in our band’s history! So much has happened in these past few years, and Hypno5e is now more ready than ever to tour the globe and make this album live!” More...
Demon Hunter has issued the following announcement about finishing working on a new album:
“This record is without a doubt our most aggressive. Every Demon Hunter record must be a step up from the last. I know that’s a goal for every band, but it seldom works that way - especially today, especially in metal. It seems like most bands’ prime years are long behind them. I refuse to let that be the case for us.
“We’ve been extremely underwhelmed with metal for the last five years or so, and that’s been the fuel to create this record. With an extreme over-saturation of false, fleeting, trend-hopping noise in today’s metal scene, we had to make something we’ve been longing to hear. Something truly meaningful and artistic. Something our fans would love and something that will turn the heads of those who have ignored us for the past decade.”
The new Demon Hunter album sees the band returning to producer Aaron Sprinkle (Anberlin, Emery) and mixer Jason Suecoff (All That Remains, Trivium) with a collection of songs emphasizing the band’s strongest components: true metal, dark rock and balladry.
Ryan Clark, Tim “Yogi” Watts (drums), Jonathan Dunn (bass) and Patrick Judge (lead guitar) are now joined by their longtime friend Jeremiah Scott (guitar), whose credits as a metal musician (The Showdown) and producer (Living Sacrifice) are well established.
Demon Hunter has already lined up live dates for 2012, which include:
APRIL 27 - SEATTLE, WA @ EL CORAZON
APRIL 30 - KOUVOLA, FINLAND @ VAPPUGOSPEL
The new Demon Hunter album is tentatively scheduled for an April release through longtime label home Solid State.
Chicago, Illinois based act Oceano has issued the following brief announcement online about performing the band's last shows before disbanding:
"Just to clear everything up, Oceano is NOT looking for a new singer. New England Metal and Hardcore Festival will be one of the last Oceano shows ever, and yes, Adam will be there. Thanks for all of your support."
You can also check out Oceano's music via the band's Facebook profile here. Further details any other final shows from the band will be announced as they are made available.
Encircle has revealed that the title of it's second album scheduled to be released in mid-2012 will be "Into the Dreamstate." The Tampa, Florida progressive death metal band is streaming it's entire debut release, "Watch the Sky Fall," over on Bandcamp, or stream it in the player below.
Forgotten Tears has issued the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer:
"Unfortunately we came up to the decision to continue on without Matteo as our drummer. Matteo joined the band at the very beginning, and we are thankful for the last 6 years that we spent with him. He's not just our former drummer but he's part of our family and off course he will always be.
"During the last weeks we came up together to this point. In respect to everyone's privacy we will not discuss the reason for this choice, we just wish Matteo all the love and good luck for everything.
"We are currently looking for a new drummer, to apply please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org - We'll keep you updated!"
You can also check out the recently posted Forgotten Tears acoustic music video for "Frail Reality" here.
The Carrier has announced that the band is officially calling it a day. The following statement was posted online:
"We saw that there were some rumors floating around about us, and figured that now is probably the best time to clear the air.
"It's with very mixed emotions that we announce that The Carrier will be breaking up this upcoming March. There are a lot of reasons that have led us to this decision, and it wasn't an easy one. But ultimately, we all share a mutual feeling that we're transitioning into different chapters in our lives—personally and musically. The overall mood of the band has changed profoundly since we first started, and frankly, we can't continue to put forth the passion that we once had. More...
Blkheart Group recording artist Molotov Solution has announced that founding member and guitarist Robbie Pina and the band have parted ways. Cody Jarvis, who appeared with the band during the recent national Unearth/Chimaira tour will now assume the guitarist role until a full time replacement is announced.
The band has released the following statement: “After recently taking some time off for personal reasons, Robbie has decided to step down. For now, we are calling on our friend Cody Jarvis to fill his place until we find a full time replacement. Anyone worried about musical material differences will not be disappointed, especially if you are a fan of Insurrection. Anyone worried about the future of the band, don’t be; it has never held brighter things for us. Stay tuned for spring plans…”
Molotov Solution is supporting the band's latest release, "Insurrection," which dropped last fall via Blkheart Group. Pina’s last work with the band was appearing in the video for the song “Blood Of Tyrants” (which appears on "Insurrection").
Biohazard has posted a lyric video for the song "Reborn" online, which comes off the band's brand new album "Reborn In Defiance," due out on January 20th, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. Check out the video below.
Head over to Facebook to check out more brand new songs like "Vengeance Is Mine" and "Come Alive."
Death metal act Gorematory announced in December of 2011 that the band was calling it quits. The group has now issued the following announcement via Facebook about continuing on with new members:
"Well...its time. After several talks and thoughts, its best to bring Gorematory back. We will be having a show coming up in the early Spring in Edison, New Jersey, followed by a new full length to be released in the late summer/early fall of 2012, named Parasite's Reign.
"Kevin Lopez has decided not to participate in this due to wanting to pursure other genres of music, but will still be involved in some new ways.
"Jerry and Kevin have been replaced by Adam Kerman and Zach Stern from Mortum/Nuklearenpest. We look forward to playing for you all again and to record and release the next album!"
Crystallion, which recently announced delays in the recording process for a new album, has now checked in with the following announcement about playing the Metalfest Open Air:
"Big news! Crystallion to play at METALFEST OPEN AIR Germany, Loreley (7.-9.6.2012). A huge thanks to everybody who voted for us! See you all there!
"Please support Crystallion and purchase your festival-tickets here or send an email to email@example.com (Price € 65,- include shipping within Germany)."
Re-Armed has posted an official video for the song "Natural Backlash." The Finnish melodic death metal band plans on releasing it's debut album, "Worldwide Hypnotize," on Massacre Records January 27th, 2012. Stream a couple more songs from Re-Armed over on MySpace.
A new full-length album from Dutch metal squad Massive Assault is set to be released this spring via FDA Rekotz. The album is titled "Death Strike" and will have the following track listing:
01. Driven Towards Death
02. Cycle Of Violence
03. Operation Anthropoid
04. Finished Sympathy
05. Turning Tides
07. Dismal Life
08. Aggressive Depression
10. Plead Not Guilty More...
Def Con One has released a video version of one of it's demo songs for the track "My Halo." This video is the second clip spawned from the Newcastle-Upon-Tyne band's forthcoming album in progress. Def Con One's drummer Antton Lant (Venom) is also busy with percussion duties for M-Pire Of Evil. You may stream many other songs and videos from Def Con One over on Reverbnation.
The Soda Shop is streaming the single "Blue Mass" off the latest release from Liecester band Cherry Choke. The single comes from the band's recent second album "A Night in the Arms of Venus." You can stream more of Cherry Choke's 70's psychedelic rock sound from both of it's releases over on MySpace.
BANDHAPPY, the brand new and first live online and in-person music education service, has announced the launch of registration abilities as of 11am ET today (Thursday, January 5th, 2012). Lessons will begin on Monday, January 9th as students are activated into the system. The site has received thousands of requests from students seeking lessons so far, so be patient as BANDHAPPY is approving students on a rolling basis.
Teachers are still able to apply and can continue to apply at any time. Rules for application are currently on the BANDHAPPY teacher registration page. Hundreds of teachers have already signed on and are ready to teach. Teachers that have already signed on include Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders), Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean Band), Gil Sharone (Stolen Babies), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Ben Weinman (Dillinger Escape Plan), Mike Mowery (Outerloop MGMT), Chris Adler (Lamb of God), Willie Adler (Lamb of God), AJ Minette (The Human Abstract), Evan Brewer (The Faceless), Paul Waggoner (Between the Buried and Me), Rody Walker (Protest the Hero), Peter Wichers (Soilwork), Louis Cato (Marcus Miller Band), Spencer Sotelo (Periphery), and more.
There are two new tutorial videos available now on YouTube, one for teachers and one for students. The videos assist in walking new students and teachers through the registration process, as well as other important individual points like setting up a lesson, creating your profile, etc. You can view the teacher and student tutorials below. New features will be announced soon.
BandHappy Student Tutorial:
BandHappy Student Tutorial:
Founded by Periphery drummer Matt Halpern, BANDHAPPY will reshape how music teachers and students connect in a first-of-its-kind music community. BANDHAPPY will offer either in-person lessons or online lessons anywhere on the planet via a custom-built, in-house video chat system.
BANDHAPPY offers access to one-on-one lessons – in person or online -- with the teacher of your choice, chosen from an impressive roster of professionals in every possible genre. BANDHAPPY is not specifically focused on just instrument lessons either; lessons will also include all areas of music business and production, as well. Anyone can apply to teach or take lessons with BANDHAPPY.
Musicians can use BANDHAPPY for instant access to a readily available pool of potential students, so they can teach whatever they want, whenever they want, wherever they want. BANDHAPPY makes it easy for musicians to manage their teaching schedules effortlessly, while still doing what they love to do and earn income even when they’re out on the road. The touring musicians who created BANDHAPPY have made the entire process hassle-free for both students and teachers. Everything from scheduling to payment is handled seamlessly in one place on the site.
U.S. power metal band Blood Redskies, launched by former Vicious Rumors singer Ronnie Stixx, has signed with Pure Steel Records. The band's debut album, "Conquistador", targeted for a March 2012 release. The band will tour Europe following the release.
The band obtained the deal through the self-released CD "Sign of the Jackal." The musical direction of Blood Redskies in the vein of Saxon, Helloween and Primal Fear.
Stixx had the following comments on the band and new material: "As the Blood RedSkies demo, Breaking The Spell, continues to be well received and the debut album being tracked, I felt that having both Dave and Sandy in BRS would be a perfect fit for the band, with Sandy playing intensity and showmanship on bass, as well as Dave's killer playing. I feel that Blood RedSkies can finally press forward with a killer record and great live performances.
All the music has already been written with most of it in the tracking stage, the album will have 10 songs on it and we think about bonus tracks. We feel that people will really dig the album...more details will follow soon in the next few weeks."
The current lineup for Blood Redskies is:
Ronnie Stixx (xx-Vicious Rumors) (Vocals/Guitars)
Dave Watson (ex-Death Riders/Mother Mercy/Resistance) (Guitars)
Sandy K Vasquez (ex-Death Riders/Blood lust/Last Rites) (Bass)
Craig Farmer (Ex-Divine Ruins) (Drums)
Gedeon has put out an official video for the title track of it's recent three song demo "Catarsis." Gedeon has been through alot of line-up changes since the release of it's debut three song demo "Freedom" in 2003, most notably in the new vocal recruitment of Milton Canas. They are back and streaming the new demo and the debut over at MySpace.
German melodic death metal act Zero Degree has signed on with Massacre Records. The band was formed in 2006 and self-released the debut LP "Surreal World" in October 2010. With the signing, the album will now be re-released worldwide through Massacre on March 23, 2012.
The original artwork and track listing for "Surreal World" (subject to change as new information about the re-release is announced) is:
1. The Door to the Unknown
2. Tomorrow Dies Today
3. Frozen Alive
4. The Storm and the Silence
5. Grapes of Wrath
6. Whispering Age
9. Surreal World
10. Where Angels Die
11. The Fog
Finnish band Apocalyptica announced that show dates previously scheduled for Brazil and Chile have been cancelled due to issues with the promoter. In a New Year update, the band stated:
"A Happy New Year to all of you! We hope you had a wonderful Christmas time with your friends and family as well as a blasting night to start 2012!
"We are super excited to start our Latin American tour in a few days. It has been years since we met all of you in this part of the world... Unfortunately within the last weeks we faced many difficulties with the concert promoter who was hired to do the shows in Chile and Brazil. Since weeks he ignored our team, which now ends in not even knowing venue addresses in Brazil.
"All this costs us a lot of money we will now lose. And since we cannot guarantee a show as of today we need to cancel both, the planned shows in Brazil and Chile.
"We cannot say whether tickets will be reimbursed or not since the promoter is not speaking to us for days now. Please check with your local ticket office.
"We are very disappointed about this news. But we will work hard now to reschedule concerts in Brazil and Chile as soon as possible - with different people promoting the shows!
"Some of you have purchased VIP tickets for the shows via our Pledge campaign for the photo book. You will receive a personal e-mail. Please look out for this.
"All others, who are not effected by the cancellation we are looking forward to see you all very very soon!"
For information on tour dates head over to this location for dates and venues.
Oakland based extreme metal band All Shall Perish announced the cancellation of their upcoming European tour with Caliban in support of the band's latest LP "This is Where it Ends."
Guitarist Ben Orum had the following comments on the cancellation: "We regret to inform our fans that All Shall Perish has been forced to cancel our European run with Caliban in February. We have recently run into some problems outside the band's control which forces us to cancel this tour with our good friends in Caliban. We know they understand but even so, we apologize to them. We also would like to apologize to our fans who have been waiting so patiently to see ASP again. We have already confirmed many dates for the summer festivals in Europe so our European fans will be seeing us very soon!"
Finnish symphonic death metal band Eternal Tears Of Sorrow posted an update on the band's forthcoming seventh release, yet untitled. The impending album is the follow up to 2009's "Children of Dark the Waters."
On the recently lanunched Official Website, guitarist Jarmo "Webmaster" Puolakanaho posted the following update:
"Welcome to our site, welcome 2012!
Happy new year 2012 guys and gals! The year 2011 was intriguing for us. We recorded the first half of the forthcoming album. If everything had gone as planned, we would have had our seventh album almost finished by now. However, due to some unfortunate incidents, the second recording session has been rescheduled to next spring.
But anyway, 2012 is going to be an exciting year for us, and we're probably going to have some exciting news next year! We hope your year will be great, too!"
Italian gothic metal band Lacuna Coil has posted the video teaser "Chapter II: While You Sleep" for the forthcoming new release "Dark Adrenaline," which is due for release January 23, 2012.
The track listing for "Dark Adrenaline" is as follows:
1. Trip The Darkness
2. Against You
3. Kill the Light
4. Give Me Something More
6. End of Time
7. I Don't Believe in Tomorrow
9. The Army Inside
10. Losing My Religion
12. My Spirit
Check out the teaser here: More...
On the heels of a successful 2011, which saw the release of both the full length "Delta" and the EP release "Maria Magdalena," Austrian symphonic metal band Visions Of Atlantis are set to enter the studio this January to record the band's fifth full length release and the second with new singer Maxi Nil.
In a message to fans on the band's Official Facebook Page":
"Final preparations are in progress and everyone is getting ready.... VISIONS OF ATLANTIS will start the recordings for the upcoming 5th album in !! 2 weeks !! and the band is excited and full of energy about all the things coming up the next months!! Expect a major update with informations about the studio, producers, official studio diary and more on January 20th just in time before the band starts working on the new album!!!! In the meantime: share this page and spread the word!"
Italian doom metal band Your Tomorrow Alone posted an album teaser video for the band's upcoming debut LP "Ordinary Lives" scheduled for release on January 16, 2012 through My Kingdom Music.
The track listing for "Ordinary Lives" is as follows:
2. Praise For Nothing
3. The Essence Of Gloom
5. Bursting Hope
6. Far From The Sight
7. One Last Breath
8. Agony (Praeludium)
9. In Silence
Check out the teaser here:
Italian black metal band Disguise has posted an teaser video for the forthcoming album "Second Coming." The album is set for release on January 16, 2012 through My Kingdom Music.
The official track listing for "Second Coming" is as follows:
1. Fragile Certain Death
2. I Am Alone
3. The Origin Of The Unknown
5. Repressed Rage
6. To Dominate
7. Claustrophobic Fate
8. Second Coming
Check out the teaser here:
Finnish melodic death/doom band Swallow The Sun has premiered its new music video for the track "Cathedral Walls" on Terrorizer Magazine's website at this location. The song appears on the upcoming release "Emerald Forest and the Blackbird."
The video was directed by Tage Rönnqvist for Eva Lingon Ltd. The band previously described the video as "our biggest video production so far, and it features some really gloomy imagery to complement the mood of the song."
As for "Emerald Forest and the Blackbird," is scheduled to be released on February 1, 2012 through Spinefarm Records and contains the following track listing:
1. Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
2. This Cut Is the Deepest
3. Hate, Lead the Way
4. Cathedral Walls
5. Hearts Wide Shut
6. Silent Towers
7. Labyrinth of London (Horror Pt. IV)
8. Of Death and Corruption
9. April 14th
10. Night Will Forgive Us
Venezuelan sludge metal band Cultura Tres has issued a second official video from it's recent album "El Mal Del Bien." The video is for the song "Purified," whose storyline connects to the first single "Propiedad de Dios." It evokes imagery from the collective subconsciousness about religious and political convictions, which are the sources of inspiration for the entire album. The nine-song album can be downloaded over at Bandcamp, or can be streamed below. The full album download version contains bonus tracks that are not available on neither the online streaming version nor the vinyl release. You can also check out Cultura Tres' 2008 debut release, "La Cura," at that site too.