Metal News for January 6, 2014
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36 news articles posted on this day.
UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced the next four new bands for the upcoming floating festival: Death DTA (featuring Sean Reinert (Cynic) - drums, Paul Masvidal (Cynic) - guitar, Steve DiGiorgio (Autopsy, Testament, Iced Earth) - bass, and Max Phelps (Cynic)), Miami death/progressive fusion act Cynic, Chicago doom metallers Novembers Doom and German hard rock act Bonfire (who will play the entire "Fireworks" album at one of its performances).
The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.
Death DTA, Cynic, Novembers Doom and Bonfire join previously announced acts, with 11 more bands still to be announced:
Obituary (debuting the band's forthcoming new album in its entirety)
Swallow the Sun
Vicious Rumors (playing "Digital Dictator" album in its entirety)
Norwegian outfit Shining has released a new video clip filmed at Slash-X Bar in the Mojave Desert, which features no editing done in video or audio. The band also comments:
"Here's our brand new one-take live video for 'The One Inside' filmed in the Mojave Desert in California! Hope you like it! This is the second in a planned series of videos called 'Live on Location.' We're planning on making a bunch of these!"
Today, Detroit scum-crew Shitfucker premieres a depraved, ghastly video for (s)hit single "Sex Dungeon."
The track hails from Shitfucker's debut album, "Suck Cocks in Hell," released this past October through Hells Headbangers on both CD and LP formats. The track listing is as follows:
2. Smash Your Skull
3. Demonic Rock
4. Sex Dungeon
5. Acid Bath
6. Graveyard Revels
7. Go to Hell / Rock 'n' Roll Freaky Dude
8. I Am of the Devil
9. Ytinastinatas More...
Following "In The Shadow of a Mountain" (reviewed here), Canadian folk metal outfit Trollband has now released sophomore full-length "Samsara" (review forthcoming).
With the album out now, all the members of Trollband - including new recruits Dan and Nick Wilberg - caught up with us to discuss how the band has changed inbetween the releases. Check out the full interview below, along with a stream of "Samsara." More...
U.K. metal band Shrapnel has issued the following announcement about bringing on a new bassist:
"We want to welcome Darryl Abbott to the Shrapnel ranks as our new permanent bass player! Darryl's been learning the stuff up and will be making his live debut very soon!
"A massive thanks to Shaun who helped us with the recording of the album and some really cool shows last year, we wish him all the best with his band End Soteria and everything else."
The band's new member also comments: "I'm really looking forward to getting things rolling in 2014 with Shrapnel, its been a case of learning all the songs in my bedroom so I am itching to get on that stage and make my presence felt alongside these nutters." More...
After streaming "Soul Disruptor" online, Swedish black metal band Astrophobos has revealed another new song from debut album "Remnants of Forgotten Horrors."
Axel Rudi Pell will release his new studio album on January 21st, 2014 in North America via SPV/Steamhammer.
Today Axel Rudi Pell gives fans the chance to check out another sample from "Into the Storm." A snippet from the title track can be heard below, and the album's full track listing is as follows:
1. The Inquisitorial Procedure
2. Tower Of Lies
3. Long Way To Go
4. Burning Chains (hear a sample at this location)
5. When Truth Hurts
6. Changing Times
7. Touching Heaven
8. High Above
9. Hey Hey My My
10. Into The Storm
11. White Cats (opus #6 Scivolare) (Bonus Track)
12. Way To Mandalay (Bonus Track) More...
Voices of Destiny has checked in with the following update about recruiting a new vocalist:
"Hey guys! A happy new year 2014 to everyone out there! We'd like to begin this year with really fantastic news: Ada Flechtner is the new singer of Voices of Destiny.
"Ada is known from Coronatus and several productions like We Are Legend and Deus Ex Vagina. She can also be heard on our last album as part of the Voices of Destiny choir.
"Please give Ada a warm welcome (as we did in the video)! Cheers and stay tuned for updates regarding our upcoming album!" More...
Costa Rica's Sight Of Emptiness has been hard at work towards making an impact on the global metal scene since the release of "Trust Is A Disease" in 2007 - the same year the band won the Bloodstock Unsigned Contest and played the mainstage of Bloodstock Open Air.
The band's hard work culminates now, as Sight Of Emptiness prepares to unleash third full-length album "Instincts" on January 21st, 2014. The following press release was issued about the album:
"'Instincts' is a heavy-hitting dose of melodic death metal that will hit home with fans of Amon Amarth, At The Gates, In Flames and the like. It is also a very targeted effort to reach the worldwide metal masses.
"Produced by Thomas 'Plec' Johansson (Watain, Scar Symmetry, etc), 'Instincts' features a who's who of incredible musicians guesting on the album. Tracks featuring Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond), Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Iced Earth), Christian Alvestam (Scar Symmetry) and Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe) make the album standout on looks alone, but the songs themselves will have fans coming back for more!
"Not only has Sight Of Emptiness caught the attention of their peers, but also the Costa Rican government as 'Instincts' also features a guest appearance of Manuel Obregon, the Minister of Culture & Youth for Costa Rica's government." More...
India's Demonic Resurrection has parted ways with guitarist Daniel Rego, who issued the following statement:
"To everyone who's listened to and supported Demonic Resurrection over all these years, thank you. My decision to part ways with the band is based on a simple fact - I no longer feel the same passion and connection with this style of music, in general.
"Demonic Resurrection is at a stage where it requires a 100% from everyone involved in order to move forward, and speaking as an individual musician, I feel I am no more in the musical and aesthetic space to fully give to the band what it deserves.
"I hope I will continue to receive your support in my endeavours in other musical idioms, a few of which will be formally announced in the near future. Until then, to quote a famous musician, ‘Cheers and stay Demonic!'" More...
Philip Anselmo, guitarist Marzi Montazeri, bassist Steve Taylor, and drummer Jose Manuel "Blue" Gonzalez will hit the road this Friday. Playing intimate rock clubs, the band will be joined by Author & Punisher and Hymns. A new teaser trailer is available below, and dates are as follows:
1/10 Warehouse Live/Studio Room, Houston, TX
1/11 Riverside Warehouse, Shreveport, LA
1/13 Pop's Nightclub, St. Louis, MO
1/14 Waiting Room, Omaha, NE
1/15 Summit Music Hall, Denver, CO
1/17 El Corazon, Seattle, WA
1/18 Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, OR
1/20 Ace of Spades, Sacramento, CA
1/22 Metal Masters, Los Angeles, CA
1/24 Pub Rock, Scottsdale, AZ
1/25 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
1/27 Backstage Live, San Antonio, TX
1/28 Trees, Dallas, TX More...
Trenchrot has checked in with the following update about the band's new album being available for pre-order:
"Check it out: You can pre-order our album Necronomic Warfare from Unspeakable Axe Records and have it just in time for Valentine's Day. Get it for a metalhead guy or gal you have 'feelings' for, or just treat yourself right"
The "Necronomic Warfare" album is due out on February 18th, 2014 and the track listing is as follows:
1. Death by Trenchrot
2. Gustav Gun
3. The Most Unspeakable of Arts
4. Mad Dogs of Wars
5. Sickening Devotion
6. Necrotic Victory
7. Maddening Aggression
8. Necronomic Warfare
9. Gallery of the Dead
10. Trapped Under Treads
11. Dragged Down to Hell More...
For those looking to join the sold-out ShipRocked 2014, a limited number of staterooms have been released. The rock music cruise vacation sails round trip from the Port Of Miami to Great Stirrup Cay in the Bahamas from January 26th - 30th onboard the Norwegian Pearl. The remaining cabins are available on a first come first served basis at this location.
In addition, Tremonti (featuring Grammy Award winning guitarist Mark Tremonti), ShipRocked 2010 alumni Black Stone Cherry, and DJ Lippy Rage from Tulsa (spinning late-night) have been added to the power-packed ShipRocked bill.
The ShipRocked band lineup now includes headliners Five Finger Death Punch, along with Papa Roach, Three Days Grace, Sevendust, Candlebox, In This Moment, The Halo Method, Living Colour, Tremonti, Black Stone Cherry, Nonpoint, Love & Death (with Brian “Head” Welch), Aranda, Art of Dying, Young Guns, Crash Kings, Butcher Babies, Scorpion Child, Wilson, American Fangs, Digital Summer, and Andy Wood & The Amalgam.
ShipRocked will also feature two heavy metal-infused frenetic comedy performances from comedian and Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer, known for his impersonations of Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and AC/DC. The 5-day ShipRocked cruise--fueled by Monster Energy--will include a special onboard DJ set by Neil Sanderson of Three Days Grace and a comedy set from Big Jay Oakerson. Rock and roll dance troupe Hells Belles Burlesque is slated for a pair of performances, and will be offering burlesque workshops during the cruise. In addition, Fuse TV’s “Mistress Juliya” Chernetsky will join Kayla Riley of SiriusXM Radio and Ralph Sutton of Tour Bus Radio as guest emcees for ShipRocked 2014.
Sludge outfit Weedeater has announced more dates as part of the band's January West Coast tour. The tour will now extend to the pacific northwest with dates in Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland before ending in Los Angeles, CA on the 29th. A full list of confirmed dates can be found below.
The North Carolina-based band is writing new material for a first Season of Mist recording, slated for release later this year. Regarding the signing, Weedeater said: "When we heard we would be working with Season of Mist we almost wrecked our pants. Can't wait for y'all to check out this sh*t."
1/14 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl * Weedeater only *
1/16 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
1/17 San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
1/18 Oakland, CA @ Opera House
1/19 Santa Cruz, CA @ Catalyst
1/20 San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
1/21 Fresno, CA Strummer's
1/26 Portland, OR @ Rotture * Weedeater only *
1/27 Vancouver, BC - Canada - @ Electric Owl * Weedeater only *
1/28 Seattle, WA @ Highline * Weedeater only *
1/29 Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite * Weedeater only *
Hard rock/metal act Cathercist will join American Head Charge and Righteous Vendetta on the upcoming "Shoot Tour Part III" next month, beginning February 2nd in Little Rock, Ark. The band has issued the following statement in anticipation of the run:
"We are extremely excited to be given the opportunity to tour with AHC, as well as our management roster mates, Righteous Vendetta. We are looking forward to making new family on the road with these guys. Good times ahead."
A full list of confirmed "Shoot Tout Part III" tour dates can be seen after the jump. Cathercist is touring in support of latest album "As Hope Expires," which was produced by Matt LaPlant (Nonpoint, Skindred) and released in May 2013. The band's new music video for "Disconnected" is currently available below. More...
Apey and the Pea come from an unlikely background: founded in 2009, in Budapest, the band was originally known as "Remembering The Steel" - a Pantera tribute band.
Somewhere along the way, the trio began to smoke, jam, and write the songs that would later become Apey and the Pea.
Recently, the band released debut full-length "The Devil's Nectar," and now Apey and the Pea is already commencing work on a new album, which is currently being scheduled for a Summer 2014 release. Additionally, the band is excited to unveil a first-ever official music video for the track "Judas." Check it out below. More...
Today, Finnish black metal maniacs Graveborne premiere the anthemic new track "Men Behind the Sun." Give it a listen below, courtesy of Stereogum.com.
The track hails from Graveborne's new album, "Through the Window of the Night," set for international release on January 20th, 2014 via Australian black metal stronghold Seance Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Burn the City of God
2. Tiesi Päähän
3. Root of Evil
5. Into The Abyss
6. In the End I Find My Beginning
7. Pyhää Verta
9. Men Behind The Sun More...
Groan's "Slice Of That Vibe" music video, the second clip from "Ride The Snake," is now available below.
The clip features live footage of the band's recent U.K. tour in support of "Ride The Snake," which is also available for streaming in full at this location. Additionally, Groan is currently working on booking a spring 2014 European tour.
Origin is gearing up to record a new album entitled "Omnipresent," and now drummer John Longstreth has issued the following statement online:
"So in a couple of days, we're off to the land of OZ to start working on the 6th Oriring album entitled Omnipresent. Again, we are very lucky to have Nuclear Blast USA on our side to support and release the album.
"We figured it would only make sense to return to Chapman Recording in Lenexa, KS and torture poor Robert Rebeck with our decompositions, until he's able to (at risk of his own sanity) chip away at this mess of music and render it into a cohesive auditory masterpiece! As usual, expect all the classic Origin devices and surprises that drives this band with every new album. Be ready for heaviness; this album is going to crush. More...
India's Colossal Figures has issued the following announcement about postponing an album release and canceling a festival appearance:
"It really hurts to write this post, but here it goes: due to really unfortunate, unavoidable circumstances & situations, we are immensely saddened to back out of MOSHFEST in January, our first ever show in Bangalore.
"It feels terrible to find ourselves still in Delhi & we apologize to all our friends who were eagerly waiting for us to come play there. But at the same time we assure you to come to Bangalore soon with a bang & make up for this!
"Not only that but due to the same grievous issue, we are with utmost pain postponing the album release to a later date (TBA) of this month. We will keep you posted about the album & try to get it out as soon as possible with details of the previously mentioned Listening Party/Launch Party.
"In the end we just want to say we are greatly saddened by these series of events & we deeply apologize to our friends & event organizers at Bangalore & to our nation-wide friends who were eagerly waiting for the album launch. But you will hear from us sooner than you think & we will make sure it is nothing but the album you hear this time!" More...
Mexican extreme metallers Genocide are streaming a couple of tracks from their recent album "The Vaults of Grief." Check out "Echoes of Death" below, along with the track "Requiem" over at this location.
Arguably one of Mexico's premiere death grind bands, Genocide has to its credit already the "Art of Lust" release and "We Rape the Sky, We Rape the Hell." Genocide formed in Mexico City back in 1997 under the name Extreme Mind. Hear more of the band's catalogue over at reverbnation.
France's Benighted will release new album "Carnivore Sublime" this coming February 18th (February 14th worldwide). The band has now issued the following announcement about parting ways with its bassist:
"We are sad to announce that our brother Eric will no longer play pass in the band due to his new family responsibilities which keep him busy. We wish him the best for the future and thank him a lot for all these years together! In the meantime, we are happy to announce Alexis Lieu as our new bass player!
"The second point is that, as some of you already know, Kevin has been drumming with Decapitated in November so unfortunately he will be missing on the promo pictures and our new video clip that we've made during this month. But no worries, he's still the official drummer of Benighted!
"We're looking forward to see you on tour with our new line up and can't wait to play tracks from Carnivore Sublime live! Thank you all for your amazing support! Video clip to be released really soon!" More...
Dutch deathcore outfit A Devastating Truth has released a new lyric video for the track "Suppression," which comes off the upcoming "Visionaries" EP. Check out the clip below, courtesy of Blank TV.
Bury Tomorrow vocalist Dan Bates has issued the following announcement about an upcoming album release:
"We're stoked to announce our third album, Runes. It will be available May 26th worldwide, through Nuclear Blast. Hold tight! Pre-orders coming soon!
"Runes is the album we have always wanted to make and we cannot wait for everyone to hear it. Progressing from (2012’s) ‘Union of Crowns’, we've tried to capture our favourite era of metalcore whilst blending the nuances of what make the genre so great today. It's a faster, more aggressive album, but it still sounds like us, we couldn't be prouder of it!" More...
Swedish black metal horde Wan has announced the addition of drummer Draup to its ranks. Draup commandeered the drum throne in late December to replace former skinsman Dimman, who joined the band prior to the recording of their sophomore release, "Enjoy the Filth," and left shortly after its release.
Wan vocalist Tsjud states: "We are proud to announce that a new skin beater has been recruited. Our northern brother Draup will from now on handle the drums, and we're sure he´ll do a ruthless contribution."
In late December, Wan entered Hammer Regime Studios to record new material. More news on this as it comes. "Enjoy the Filth" was released in October on Carnal Records.
Asylum Pyre has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album:
"Hi everyone! First of all we would like to wish you a very good and exciting year 2014! With all what you could expect for you and your families and friends.
"Let's start by a very good news: the day has finally come, the beginning of the upcoming Asylum Pyre's album! Today Vincent and Olivier start recording the drums & bass at M2 Recording Studio with Didier Chesneau with whom we have recording 'Fifty Years Later' and with whom we totally share the vision of how should sound the album.
"Expect the most powerful & modern Asylum Pyre's music ever while keeping the unique Asylum Pyre-ish touch of melody and emotion... This album and 2014, be sure it will Legen-wait for it-dary! Cheers to all of you!" More...
Hailing from the town of Orlandia in the state of Sao Paulo, Brazil comes the occult doom metal band Dirty Grave. Mark Rainbow sings and plays bass, while Victor Berg handles all guitars on the band's debut self-titled EP. Dirty Grave recruited Arthur Assisi on drums to launch the new EP, which you may stream below.
This Or The Apocalypse has issued the following announcement about canceling a show due to Aaron Ovecka having surgery:
"Tonight's performance in West Chester was cancelled by our drummer suddenly needing emergency medical care. He's currently stable and in the hands of West Chester's doctors, we will be happy to pick him up soon. Thank you for the well wishes, we will return to West Chester to make up the performance as soon as we are back."
Doug Court from Sirens and Sailors will be filling in on the band's upcoming tour dates. This Or The Apocalypse is currently touring with Sirens and Sailors and Shai Hulud, and the remaining dates are as follows: More...
Arkham, Oregon doom band Space God Ritual has been streaming its recent album "Eldritch Tales" over on bandcamp.
The duo is composed of Brendan Butler on all instruments and Alexander Olaff on vocals, the latter having replaced founding singer Lee Waldron. Stream the eight song Lovecraftian-influenced "Eldritch Tales" below.
Fallen Fate has released a studio update from the band's time spent recording the upcoming concept album "Into the Black," which will be released this January 30th.
The band recently came 4th place in Terrorizer Magazine’s top unsigned bands of 2013 and spent early last year in Stymphalian Productions in York with producer James Stephenson recording studio updates along the way.
Vocalist Lee Skinner had this to say about the album: "Based on a horror movie theme around a young girl called Vespa the concept of 'Into The Black' plays a big part in how the album sounds and how it is visually portrayed through the artwork and upcoming videos. It contributed to the evolving sound of the band as we introduced more keyboards and experimental sounds into the mix, giving it a different dark feel and sound." More...
New Jersey's Toothgrinder has released a a visual retrospective of the band's West Coastin' Tour 2013, which can be seen below.
For more from Toothgrinder, check out the group's previously posted ddrum video for "Vibration/Colour/Frequency" at this location.
Mob Rules has a new lyric video out now for "Scream For The Sun," which can be seen below, and the band also comments:
"Get ready for 2014, the year of Mob Rules 20th anniversary! We start the year with a new clip about reaching your dreams!
"It is the song 'Scream For The Sun (May 29th 1953)' taken from the album 'Cannibal Nation,' and tells the story of Sir Edmund Hillary and his journey to become the first man on Mount Everest! Enjoy the clip and enjoy the new year!" More...
De La Tierra has signed with Roadrunner Records and just released a video which details the formation of the band, the recording process for a forthcoming record, and more. Check it out below.
The band features A.N.I.M.A.L. frontman Andres Giménez, Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs bassist Sr. Flavio, and Maná drummer Alex González.
Spanish metal act Nigromante is streaming the new track "Satan Death Squad." The song appears on the debut reelase "Black Magic Night," which is set for release tomorrow, Jan. 7th via Shadow Kingdom Records.
The track listing for the album is:
Inner Wound Recordings will re-release the classic albums "II = I" (originally released in 2003) and "Chimera" (originally released in 2006) from Swedish progressive metal act Andromeda. The release dates are set for January 21st (North America) and January 24th (Europe). Both albums are remastered and contain liner notes written by Andromeda guitar player Johan Reinholdz.
"II = I" track listing:
3. Reaching Deep Within
4. Two Is One
5. Morphing Into Nothing
8. One In My Head
9. This Fragile Surface
"Chimera" track listing:
2. In the End
3. The Hidden Riddle
4. Going Under
5. The Cage of Me
6. No Guidelines
7. Inner Circle
9. Blink of an Eye
Keyboardist Mistheria (Bruce Dickinson, Rob Rock, Roy Z, Mark Boals, John West, Artlantica) and bassist Alberto Rigoni (solo artist, TwinSpirits,) announced the formation of a new project: Vivaldi Metal Project, an All-Metal-Stars band. Concept, arrangements, production will be by Mistheria and the album will be co-produced by Alberto Rigoni. Cover artwork will be created by Henry Ringbert.
The classic legendary masterpiece “The Four Seasons” by Antonio Vivaldi will be rearranged in a Metal version and will be performed by top class musicians from all the world. The first names announced so far are: Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring of Fire, Iron Mask), John Macaluso (Artlantica, Mastercastle, ex-TNT, ex-James LaBrie), Mike Lepond (Symphony X). More names are expected to be announced soon!