Metal News for January 7, 2012
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27 news articles posted on this day.
Norweigian avant-garde/jazz/black metal band Shining has posted the video for the song "Fisheye." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Blackjazz" released in 2010 by Indie Recordings.
Check out the video here:
German brutal death metal band Pighead has posted up an advance song, "Japanese Nulear Holocaust," from it's forthcoming album "Rotten Body Reanimation." The album should be out by the end of January. By March, Pighead will be performing gigs in Germany and winding it's way over to the U.K., where it will support Revokation and Laceration in Liverpool on Friday, May 18th. You can stream material from Pighead's earlier releases and splits over on MySpace.
Uzala is streaming it's entire self-titled debut album online over at BrooklynVegan. We have featured a couple of tracks, "Cataract" and "The Reaping," in the player below. The Idaho doom/fuzz band started out in 2009 and is planning another full-length "At War With False Noise" in 2012. Uzala also plans a tour of the western U.S. in May or June.
Icelandic folk metal band Askur Yggdrasils has been busy writing songs for it's debut album due out in 2012. Below is a video upload of the track "Cold Sea," plus the band is also streaming another song titled "Mead!" over on Askur Yggdrasils' YouTube channel. The band will be one of the groups competing in Wacken Metal Battle Iceland on January 22nd, the winner of which will go on to play Wacken's Wet Stage.
Swedish gothic/doom band Draconian are searching for a new female singer following the departure of Lisa Johansson in November of 2011. The band posted the following on its official Facebook Page:
"Since Lisa left the band we are as you know searching for a new brilliant singer to take her place. If you think you're woman enough to fill her shoes or if you know someone who could, please contact us. As we live and rehearse in Säffle in Sweden it's necessary that you either live close by or don't have a problem with traveling. ; ) This is a serious question so please, only serious suggestions. Hails!"
The band's latest LP "A Rose for the Apocalypse" was released in June 2011 through Napalm Records (see Metal Underground's review at this location).
U.K. melodic death/black metal act Not Above Evil is offering free download of four tracks from the band's latest album "The Transcendental Signified" which was self-released this past September. The songs ("The Duel," "Nexus," "Against the Tides" and "Legion") are available through the band's official Facebook page (Click "Like" and then the blue bar "Download Free Music from Not Above Evil").
Swiss power metal band Megora is offering a free download of the new advanced mix version of "Burning Empire," which will appear on the band's new LP, yet untitled, in 2012. Megora features ex-Destruction drummer Sven Vormann. The forthcoming album will be the first material released for the band since the 1999 self-titled demo.
Check out and download the track "Burning Empire" from the player below (Click "Cruise Edition 2012" to play and download):
Italian gothic/doom metal band Motus Tenebrae is streaming the new cover track of Type O Negative's "Love You To Death" in memory of Peter Steele. Over the past three months, the band has been writing and pre-recording for the forthcoming fifth album tentatively titled "Double Black" due out in 2012 via LM Records/Masterpiece Distribution.
Check out "Love You To Death" here:
The Athens, Georgia based symphonic power metal band Theocracy is streaming the new track "I Am." The track appears on the band's new album "As The World Bleeds," which was released this past November through Nightmare Records in North America and Ulterium Records in Europe.
Check out "I Am" here:
Undawn, the Netherlands band composed of four brothers - Michiel, Jord, Thijs and Tom Brinkhuis - has finally put out it's debut ten song album "Jumpers." They define their sound as "arguablecore," although most would consider it technical metalcore. Below is the video for the title track, plus two more songs are streaming from "Jumpers" over on Undawn's MySpace page.
California's Oblivion has posted a studio video clip online showing the band working on the "Annunaki" track. Check out the footage below, or find more details on Oblivion via the band's Facebook profile.
Neo-classical guitar virtuoso Uli Jon Roth (Electric Sun, Scorpions) has announced a series of European and American tour dates commencing January 14th. He had originally planned on doing a three-guitar hero tour with Leslie West and Michael Schenker, but plans for that fell through due to West undergoing emergency leg surgery. Uli still plans to do five dates with Leslie once he recuperates. Many of the dates also feature Uli's world-renowned guitar teaching seminar SKY ACADEMY. For more information, head over to Uli Jon Roth's official website.
14. 01 2012 Plymouth England @ World Class Music (Masterclass)
20. 01 2012 California Corona @ Marquee 15
21. 01 2012 California Hollywood @ Key Club: Namm Jamm
22. 01 2012 California Ramona @ Main Stage
(These two shows with Richie Kotzen, Tony MacAlpine & Bruce Kulick)
23. 01 2012 California Anaheim SKY ACADEMY Wall of Sound Studios
26. 01 2012 Wisconsin Milwaukee @ Shank Hall
27. 01 2012 Illinois Chicago @ Reggie's Rock Club & SKY ACADEMY
28. 01 2012 Michigan Westland @ The Token Lounge
29. 01 2012 Canada Toronto @ The Rock Pile & SKY ACADEMY
The Following five shows are with Leslie West
31. 01 2012 New York New York @ B.B. King's & SKY ACADEMY
01. 02 2012 Massachusetts Foxborough @ Showcase Live
02. 02 2012 Pennsylvania Pittsburgh @ Altar Bar
03. 02 2012 Pennsylvania Sellersville @ Sellersville Theatre & SKY ACADEMY
04. 02 2012 New Jersey Sayreville @ Starland Ballroom
09. 02 2012 Arizona Phoenix @ Club Red & SKY ACADEMY
10. 02 2012 California Redondo Beach @ The Brixton
11. 02 2012 California Oakland @ The Pound West
13. 02 2012 Oregon Portland @ Hawthorne Theatre & SKY ACADEMY
14. 02 2012 Washington Tacoma @ Backstage Live
15. 02 2012 Washington Seattle @ El Corazon & SKY ACADEMY
17. 02 2012 California Orangevale @ The Boardwalk
18. 02 2012 California Garden Grove @ The Can
29. 03 2012 France Colmar @ Le Grillen
30. 03 2012 Switzerland Basel @ Airport Casino-Metro
31. 03 2012 France Pagnez-Derriere-Barine @ Chez Paulette
02. 06 2012 France Nances @ Ampitheatre & SCORPIONS
02. 08 2012 Germany Aschaffenburg @ 3 day music school seminar & ULI More...
Just For Fun
Footage has been posted online of Tara McLeod from Kittie playing an acoustic guitar version of the intro theme to the "Dexter" T.V. show. Check out the clip in the player below.
Female-fronted prog act To-Mera has issued the following announcement about recording a new album:
"Well, it's been a long time coming, but we can finally announce that we will hit the studio to begin recording our new album on January 21st. Watch this space for video updates. If you have a Youtube user account, subscribe to us at this location.
"We'd like to thank each and every one of you for your patience and for sticking with us through the highs and lows over the years. It's been a long, occasionally painful and definitely emotional, road to reach this point, but we can assure you that this album is going to be 'THE ONE' you've been waiting for ;)
"Oh, and Happy New Year, by the way."
Buffalo NY's Polygraphist has posted the band's entire "Nighterror" album online for streaming and free download. You can check out the release through the player below, or download all the tracks for free by clicking here.
Norwegian prog metal act Leprous has checked in with the following new tour blog:
"Allright. Two days off before our show in Saarbrücken. New city, lots of time…everything could happen, right!? Well, everything didn't happen. Actually, most of our time in Saarbrücken was spent relaxing in the hotel room.
"Day 1. The first day we only got out of our rooms to get some food late in the evening. Probably sounds boring, but being the 1. Jan, the city was basically closed anyway. Nevertheless we found a really, really good Italian place to eat. It was one of those places where they make your food right in front of you when you make the order. Cool place! Not much else to write about the first day in Saarbrücken I'm afraid. After our meal we went back to the hotel for the rest of the night.
"Day 2. Most of us hadn't been to Luxemburg before, and being just about an hour away from Saarbrücken by bus, we decided to go check it out. So we did. Turned out it was just an ordinary european city (not that we expected anything else). We spent some hours walking around, eating, and complaining about the weather. So nothing special about the place, except the cool valley in the middle of the city, but now we have been there. After the bus trip back to Saarbrücken, and a couple of hours in the hotel, we ended up eating at the same place as the day before. Talk about being creative! I even ate the same thing as I did the day before…still really, really good food!
"Day 3. - Showtime. We got up a little late for the check-out at the hotel (as usual). And decided to go the venue right away. The place was within walking distance, so we packed our bags and set out. Not much more interesting to tell about before the show, but the venue was cool, and the show was fun." More...
Norway's Ribozyme has announced the band's new album will be titled "Presenting the Problem," and the release will have the following track listing:
1. Presenting the Problem
2. Lending a Fever
4. Over The Galvanized
6. Downside Advantage
7. Scale of Values
9. Paid in Graves
10. The Bricks Went Flying
"Presenting the Problem" will see release via Indie Recordings on February 10th in Europe and February 14th in North America. The label commented on the release:
"A continuous effort to evolve and congeal true identity has led Ribozyme to be compared to numerous giants of their genre; from Tool to Filter, from Nine Inch Nails to Sigur Rôs, although the distance to the above has never been greater. Ribozyme is truly a nation of its own, as evident by their fifth album: Presenting the Problem.
"Presenting the Problem is a modern rock/metal crossover featuring top of the line songwriting, all in a massive sonic experience, featuring guest appearances by world-renowned artists like Jørgen Munkeby of Shining and Fredrik Saroea of Datarock, in a 40 minute long standard-defining example of explosive intensity and musical macro vision with surgical precision." More...
Poland's J.D. Overdrive, cancelled several live shows toward the end of last year due to the band's guitarist suffering an injury. The group has now checked in with the following update about activity in the new year:
"Ahoy! New Year has begun so we'd like to wish all of you (and ourselves for that matter) all the best! Unfortunately we start off with a rather unpleasant piece of info. As of 2012 our manager Andrzej Cedzynski will no longer be working with our band. Andrzej, thanks for all the time and effort you put into JDO, may our paths cross again many times in future. We hope to find a worthy replacement soon.
"Jah bless! Funny story – we're kinda one of the candidates for NetFan.pl's Artist of the Year award. And yup, we would very much like to win this. But we can't do it alone (believe us, we tried) and need YOUR help! You can vote for our merry bunch at this location. And guess what, you can vote every day, so be sure to do that ;)"
You can also check out J.D. Overdrive's music via the band's MySpace music profile here.
Iceland's Solstafir has issued the following announcement about performing the entire new "Svartir Sandar" album (reviewed here) live at a release show:
"Svartir Sandar - Live at the Opera! Sólstafir's 'Svartir Sandar' album release concert will be at Íslenska Óperan, Reykjavík, on February the 9th.
"One off event, the whole album will be performed with guests. Will not be repeated. Only 400 seats available."
Reformed New Jersey power metal band Sleepy Hollow has announced that it will finally be releasing it's comeback album, "Skull 13," in March via Pure Steel/High Roller Records. The band is also shooting a video for the track "Spiral Effect," which is being filmed on location in Middletown, Delaware. That video should come out on February 3rd. The release will be followed by a string of live shows that will include a tour of Europe in 2012, culminating at the annual Swordbrothers Festival in Andernach, Germany. Below is an upload of "Midnight," a preview song from the new "Skull 13" release.
Swedish act Malfeitor has checked in with the following update about the recording process for the "Dum Morior Orior" album:
"Recording status of the crushing debut Dum Morior Orior: After one month of well deserved vacation we are back in the studio, working on the last pieces of the unholy puzzle.
- Drums, guitars and bass are recorded for all 11 tracks!
- 9 tracks are complete with devastating vocals, 2 more to go!
- We have just started the final mixing process of the 9 fully recorded tracks!
- Guest vocals for one track called 'Psychosis' are recorded by Raquel Centeno (ex Satriarch)!
- More cool collaborations might appear, so stay tuned for updates!
- The awesome front cover artwork, painted by the mighty Daniel Devilish, will soon be revealed!
- A short teasing clip from the album will be up soon!
"Dum Morior Orior will be released during first quarter of 2012 (CD release by Hellthrasher productions and Vinyl release by Chaos Records). So, until next update... stay brutal, and purchase one of our previous releases."
Sweden's Feral has issued the following 2011 recap and announcement about working on new material:
"For those wondering what Feral have been up to during the second half of 2011 and what our plans for 2012 are.
"After returning from the very successful tour with Demonical, Arroganz and Gloria Morti and playing a killer show at Trästockfestivalen in Skellefteå last summer we have started to polish on our new material.
"A couple of pre-production recordings have been made and have given us a chance to get the feel of what the new material brings to the table, so far we can tell you that this is some of the most intense and groove-ridden death metal we have ever conjured. At this date we have recorded six tracks and our vault is far from empty, stretching from ominously slow, blistering fast and everything in between this is as well some of our most varied and dynamic songs yet.
"We cannot tell when any new recordings will be revealed, but the new material has slowly started to make it's way into our live-set. Which is a great way for us to try the songs out.
"We are searching for labels interested in handling our future releases and as always we are looking for gigs where ever possible in order to spread the putrid gospel of death."
Chilean unblack metal band Endelmoor has a new EP titled "Valle de la Muerte" (Death Valley). Endelmoor has uploaded a couple of the tracks from the EP, "Guerra Brutal" and "Soldado del Rey," to it's official YouTube channel. A couple more tracks from the band are streaming over on MySpace.
Revilement has announced a number of tour dates for 2012 spanning March and April in addition to their Philippines shows coming up next week. Here are the latest Revilement tour dates:
1/14 (Fri) - MANILA, Philippines
1/14 (Sat) - DAVAO, Philippines
3/17 (Sat) - Taipei, Taiwan
3/30 (Fri) - Beijing, China
3/31 (Sat) - Shanghai, China
4/01 (Sun) - Guangzhou, China
4/04 (Wed) - Hong Kong
Dates with Truth Be Known and Double Dragon:
4/06 (Fri) - Bangkok, Thailand
4/07 (Sat) - Singapore
4/08 (Sun) - Johor Bahru, Malaysia More...
Swiss melodic metal band Rizon are set to release the band's third LP "Masquerade" on February 24, 2012 through Karthago Records. The album was recorded at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland and mixed by Nino Laurenne. The album is the follow up to the 2008 release "Sudden Life."
The track listing for "Masquerade" is as follows:
1. High Flyer
2. Sigh From Eternity
4. Tears of the Sun
6. Same Same
7. Rise On
8. El Dios
9. Out of Nowhere
10. Cold Winters Night
11. Time After Time
12. Lost In Silence
South Bronx hardcore metal band 24-7 Spyz, who reunited last year in August for a successful New York club show, has announced a small March European tour to celebrate the 20th anniversary of it's landmark album "Strength in Numbers." The band will perform with the original line-up of Jimi Hazel, Rick Skatore, Jeff Brodnax and Joel Maitoza. The following list of dates may have more added to it, plus the Spyz may return to Europe in the summer and add some U.S. dates to the list as well. Below is a video for "Face the Day," which is mixed with footage from the Spyz' 2011 performance at the Highline Ballroom in New York City.
3/1 - Luxor - Cologne, Germany
3/2 - Fenix - Sittard, Netherlands
3/3- Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands
3/4 - MS Treue – Bremen, Germany
3/5 - Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany
3/6 - SO36 - Berlin, Germany
3/7 - KFZ - Marburg, Germany
3/8 - Grabenhalle - St. Gallen, Switzerland
3/9 - Le Repaire des Ours - Le Fayet, France
3/10 - The Machine - Paris, France
3/11 - O2 Academy Islington - London, England More...
Exerthur is streaming two new songs they have written, "Path of the Enslaved" and "Debris of Dishonor," over on Reverbnation. The band was formed in 2010 when four musicians from the Adelaide, Australia scene got together. Below is a video upload of the song "Path of the Enslaved."