Metal News for January 7, 2014
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U.K. blackened death metal band Towers of Flesh has released a sampler taken from the band's upcoming second full-length album "Antithetical Conjurations," which can be heard below. The album was recorded at Darksound Studios by Anil Carrier and mixed/mastered by Ajeet Gill at Hellfire Studios.
Omnivore has released a preview track from the band's forthcoming debut album. Listen to "I Hope the War Comes" in the player below, and the band's upcoming self-titled album is due out February 18th, 2014 via Unspeakable Axe Records.
Professionally shot video footage of Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren performing the track "Stabbing The Drama" at the Third Annual International Meinl Drum Festival (held in Gothenburg, Sweden in November 2013) is now available for viewing.
Check it out below, courtesy of Meinl Cymbals. Soilwork's ninth studio & first dual-disc album, "The Living Infinite," was released in March 2013 and came in third place in the category of "best album" for our annual year-end awards. More...
Following a run of European shows in November and December with Kurt Vile, True Widow has now confirmed a brand new set of headline dates for April 2014.
The "stonegaze" Texan trio has already been announced to play at Roadburn Festival in Tilburg on April 10th, and this new update of shows will see the group hitting the U.K. and mainland Europe for three weeks around the festival.
True Widow commented: "The December tour was more about us getting out to see some new places with our buddy Kurt and his sonic death squad of Violators. The April tour is for our friends and fans!" More...
For this week's edition of Pit Stories, guitarist Taylor Roberts from Cathercist shares a tale of his most memorable mosh experience at a Lamb of God show:
I think the craziest mosh pit I ever encountered would have to be when I attended Lamb of God, As I Lay Dying, Children of Bodom, God Forbid, and Municipal Waste. I remember thinking how crazy this show was, because it was in this random town in Louisiana. The auditorium looked like a bigger, more asbestos filled gymnasium from high school, so I knew it would be interesting.
The show is going on and the crowd is getting crazier with each band. And of course at the time I had brought my then girl with me and she was losing her mind over the pit, and I was absolutely loving it. Well Lamb of God finally gets on stage and second song in, it's a sea of crazy kids and a crowd surfer floats by, falls down, and as he gets back up, dropped kicked the ever living shit out of me. I wasn't even mad, if anything I threw horns in the air, yelled "Hell Yeah!" And started pushing kids back! I had the biggest grin.
As far as pits that we've started, I think my favorite was at uproar 2011 with A7x, BFMV, Sevendust, and more. The event was supposed to be outside, but apparently a monsoon had come out of nowhere at the coliseum so the stages had to be moved inside. There were about 5,000 kids inside the convention center and I remember us saying "Ignore these signs that say no moshing, they mean nothing today!" And we started our song "Rise" and when it kicked in, we had a wall of death that started and this huge pit erupted in the center of the crowd. Security of course broke it up, but it was pretty insane cause no one moshed after that because security got real strict after us, but we felt quite accomplished. We did get bitched at though by security afterwards haha.
Cathercist will soon be hitting the road with American Head Charge for a U.S. tour. You can find the dates right here, or check out a music video from the band below. For more info on Cathercist, head over to the group's Facebook profile here. More...
Slovak death metallers Perversity have just released new MCD "Infamy Divine" today via Lavadome records. A sample of the track "Goddess Of Maggots" can also now be streamed below. The full track listing is as follows:
2. Angel Of Prostitution
3. Goddess Of Maggots
4. Incest Of Flesh
5. Supreme Accusation
Eagle Records is pleased to announce the release of "Ián-Bú," the latest DVD offering from Taiwanese metal collective Chthonic, on February 25th.
The DVD includes live footage and extensive bonus features beginning with a full performance at the 2013 Formoz Festival in Taipei, where the band was joined by the Chai Feng Traditional Orchestra, as well as Taiwanese opera singer Tang Mei-yun for a collaborative rendition of the track "Defenders Of Bú-Tik Palace."
Additionally, the near-hour-long DVD offers up five music videos from the recently released Bú-tik full-length. The track listing and extras lineup are as follows:
1. Intro: Arising Armament
3. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
4. Next Republic
6. Broken Jade
7. Southern Cross
8. Sail Into The Sunset's Fire
9. Defenders Of Bú-tik Palace
10. Outro: Undying Rearmament More...
New York power metal act ShadowStrike is streaming the new track "Gales of Winter." The song will appear on the upcoming debut EP "Infinite Power," which is expected soon.
Shadowstrike was founded in 2010. According the the band's Facebook Page, they use "a unique blend from their influences as well as their personal styles, the group sets themselves apart from the vast majority of other bands. Utilizing catchy melodies, speed, and use of orchestrations, the band brings a fun, catchy, hard hitting experience to listeners."
Check out "Gales of Winter" here:
French power metal act Nightmare released the video Studio Sessions Pt. I on the recordings of the band's forthcoming album "The Aftermath." The album is expected for release in 2014 via AFM Records, but the exact date and further details have yet to be revealed.
Check out the video here:
Barren Earth is excited to welcome Faroese native Jón Aldará as the band's new lead vocalist. The group has been busy fine-tuning and demoing songs for a third full-length album which it plans to start recording during spring 2014.
Jón Aldárá comments: "As a fan of Barren Earth from the very beginning, I had no doubts about showing my interest in the singer position. And now that things have started rolling and I've had some time to look at the new material, I'm extremely excited to be part of the band's future. Now let's rock!"
Barren Earth's Janne Perttilä adds: "Jón is a friend with a strong voice that simply is no less than a perfect fit for our material - old and new. I was grinning like crazy as we ran through a handful of new songs at our first rehearsal with him after sending demos back and forth over email the past couple of months, everything was just sounding so good. There's just no way to put this without sounding cliched as hell but his contribution to the new material has indeed already taken the sound of the band to a new level. Can't wait to hit the stage and the studio!"
Barren Earth is:
Jón Aldará - lead vocals
Sami Yli-Sirniö - guitars
Janne Perttilä - guitars
Olli-Pekka Laine - bass
Kasper Mårtenson - keyboards
Marko Tarvonen - drums More...
There‘s only one Wacken Open Air, and nothing heats up the summer quite like the world-renowned festival in the north of Germany.
2012’s edition saw heavy hitters like Volbeat, Edguy, and Testament tearing up the stages, with 75,000 moshing metalheads in attendance. The atmosphere was unique as always, the party legendary - and now you can be there, too! Relive the planet‘s biggest heavy metal festival in all its glory on DVD and CD, hitting stores on February 18th, 2014 in the US and Canada.
The CD version can now be pre-ordered at this location, and the festival featured appearances by Volbeat, Edguy, Suffocated, Decapitated, Leaves‘ Eyes, Schandmaul, Circle II Circle, Red Fang, Nasum, Unearth, Graveyard, Moonspell, Djerv, Riotgod, Warrior Soul, Cradle of Filth, and Hammercult.
The 3-DVD-set features 60 tracks from 25 bands as well as a 20 page booklet for a total of four and a half hours of music. The double-CD gives you 32 songs by 13 groups. More...
Caliban has launched the first official video, "Devil's Night," taken from the upcoming album "Ghost Empire." Check out the video below courtesy of Metal-Hammer.de.
The video was produced by SH Videography, which also worked with Caliban on the video for "This Oath."
The "Ghost Empire" album is set for release on February 4th and the track listing is as follows:
2. Chaos - Creation
3. Wolves And Rats
4. nebeL (feat. BastiBasti / Callejon)
5. I Am Ghost
6. Devil's Night
7. yOUR Song
8. Cries And Whispers
9. Good Man
10. I Am Rebellion
11. Who We Are
12. My Vertigo More...
Emmure will be headlining the Mosh Lives Tour with support coming from Volumes, Thy Art Is Murder, Gideon & Sworn In. Dates for the trek are as follows:
03/07 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
03/08 – Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
03/09 – Springfield, MO @ Outland Ballroom
03/11 – San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
03/12 – Mission, TX @ Never Say Never Festival
03/13 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
03/14 – Grand Prairie, TX @ South By So What?!
03/16 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum Theatre
03/17 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
03/19 – Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick
03/20 – Joliet, IL @ Mojoe’s
03/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Skyway Theater
03/23 – Denver, CO @ The Summmit Music Hall
03/24 – Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
03/28 – Pomona, CA @ The Glass House
03/29 – Las Vegas, NV @ Extreme Thing
03/30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Joe’s Grotto
04/03 – Sauget, IL @ Pop’s Nightclub
04/04 – Columbus, OH @ AlRosa Villa
04/05 – West Springfield, VA @ Empire More...
LA hardcore/punk band Rotting Out will be hitting the road this spring for a first ever headlining U.S. run, “The Wrong Way Tour 2014.”
The tour, which kicks off in Anaheim, CA on February 21st and wraps up at the Self Help Fest in San Bernardino, CA on March 22nd, will include supporting acts No Bragging Rights, The Beautiful Ones, and Heart to Heart.
Rotting Out is currently on tour in support of latest album "The Wrong Way," which was released by Pure Noise Records. More...
The punishing first single from Cripple Bastards' impending "Nero In Metastasi" LP has been released as the new album nears release mid-February.
Check out the album-opening "Malato Terminale" below. "Nero In Metastasi" will see release on CD, LP, and digital formats via Relapse in North America on February 18th, preceded by a February 14th street date in Germany/Benelux, and February 17th in the UK.
Sète, France-based hardcore/grind terrorists Stuntman will deliver a third full-length slab of audio carnage by the name of "Incorporate The Excess" on Monday, January 18th.
The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Broken Mirrors Lacerate
2. The Patriot, The Elite, The Icon
3. Bag Of Dicks
4. Horn Of Misery
5. Roll The Skull
6. Chaos Shepherd
7. Scarecrow Warfare More...
Huntress has once again joined forces with Lamb of God, this time for a European and U.K. tour with Decapitated. The tour kicked off last night in Vienna, Austria and ends with a string of Huntress headlining shows in Germany.
The band has also announced Summer 2014 European festival appearances including the Nova Rock Festival June 14th in Nickelsdorf, Austria and Graspop Festival June 27th in Dessel Belgium. More festival appearances will be announced shortly. Huntress comments:
"We are beyond honored to tour once again with the mighty Lamb of God! Touring Europe and the UK in January is brutal, but when we heard Huntress would also be supporting Decapitated on this run, the brutality hit the next level! We are stoked and ready melt faces!" More...
Spanish heavy metallers Kilmara have released an official lyric video for the new song "Fantasy." The song will appear on the band’s upcoming album "Love Songs and other Nightmares," featuring on vocals Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween) and Pilar Villatobas (Resilnece).
Kilmara is now searching for a record label to release "Love Songs and other Nightmares," which was tracked at Grapow Studios with Mr. Roland Grapow (Masterplan, ex-Helloween). The cover artwork was handled by Canadian artist Jessica Allain. More...
Cap De Craniu has released a new split with Breathelast, which can now be streamed below or downloaded over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. CAP DE CRANIU feat Jack Popescu - The World Between Dream and Reality and the Man Without a Shadow 05:23
2. CAP DE CRANIU - Homeopathic Treatment for Social Disease 02:50
3. CAP DE CRANIU feat Viez - The Road To Perdition 06:55
4. CAP DE CRANIU feat Vladila - Briciul lui Laurentiu 03:09
5. BREATHELAST - The Flood 05:36
6. BREATHELAST - Buried 03:10
7. BREATHELAST- Wolves (feat. Bogdan TbWcW) 03:42
8. BREATHELAST - Sinking Ships 02:34
Svartsot is currently in the midst of recording a new album, which will follow previous full-length "Maledictus Eris." Footage has now been uploaded of James Atkin recording bass, and the band also comments:
"Soooo, beard number four has finally arrived at the studio and we've started the bass recordings today and here's a wee clip..."
Chilean metal outfit Bleak Flesh has uploaded the entire 2013 EP "The Gateway" online for streaming. Give it a listen in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. At the Gates of The Universe
2. The Path of Entropy
3. Introspective Hypernova
Norway's The Wretched End - featuring former Emperor member Samoth - recently checked in with the following update about working on a new album:
"In regards to the progression of the new album, all the material is now written and we're currently working on fine tuning the pre-production. Early next year we'll have more information about about the recording schedule and a new label partner."
Today Samoth announced that final pre-production and clicktracks have now been sent off to drummer Nils Fjellström aka Dominator. Further details are forthcoming, and this album will follow previous full-length "Inroads" (reviewed here). More...
Toronto thrashers Fatality have announced dates for their upcoming "Dead Of Wintour," available below. The band's most recent album, "Psychonaut," was released on June 28th, 2013. Vocalist and guitar player Spencer LeVon comments:
"What is it that I love about the East Coast of Canada? There seems to be some sort of pungent energy that clings to the air like that of a great high school party where everyone got laid. It’s that work hard, play harder, get drunk and eat lobster, call in sick from work just to air guitar side of the country that I have grown to love and respect. Fatality is proud to announce the 'Dead of WinTour' spanning from Montreal to Halifax between January 31 and February 8 to help bring a little bit of heat back into the heart of a frozen continent.”
Jan 31 Montreal, QC @ Cafe Chaos
Feb 1 Quebec City, Qc @ Bar La Source
Feb 2 Edmundston, NB @ Black Jacks
Feb 3 Fredericton, NB @ The Capital
Feb 4 Saint John, NB @ TBD
Feb 5 Moncton, NB @ Esquire Tavern
Feb 7 Windsor, NS @ Windsor War Memorial Centre
Feb 8 Dartmouth, NS @ CD Heaven (All Ages)
Feb 8 Halifax, NS @ Gus’ Pub More...
Danish outfit Rising has checked in with the following new year message and band update:
"As you know, Rising has gone through severe changes since this past summer. Members leaving, the release of the band's second album 'Abominor' with no shows to back it up and foremost contemplating the band's future and getting Martin back in the band. Now we can truly say, that we're in a good place with lots of common will, joy and plans for the time to come.
"In the last couple of months we've been busy writing and recording new material. We've just finished up demos of five new songs, and we've got a lot of other riffage and ideas for the coming months. As the old cliché goes, we're super excited about the new stuff - we really are! It points a bit back to the early more psychedelic, heavy days of Rising, while having a strong classic metal vibe with lots of RIFFS! More...
Mutilation Rites has checked in with the following announcement about February tour dates:
"We are excited to announce our upcoming tour with Full of Hell. Dates posted below. Afterwards we will be heading directly into the studio to record our second full length LP."
2/15-Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
2/16-Raleigh, NC @ Maywoods
2/17-Savannah,GA @ The Jinx
2/19-Miami, FL @ Churchill's
2/20-Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
2/21-Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn
2/22-Nashville, TN @ The End
2/23-Columbus, OH @ Kobo Live
2/24-Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
2/25-Lakewood, OH @ Foundry
2/26-Lansing, MI @ Mac's
2/27-Buffalo, NY @ The Lair
2/28-Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron More...
Finnish melodic metallers SoulHealer have started work on the follow-up to "Chasing The Dream." At the moment the band is busy writing new songs, with studio time to commence shortly.
A release can be expected for autumn 2014. The band will also be performing live on these dates:
21.2. Musta Leski, Ylivieska
22.2. Hotelli Kainuu, Kuhmo
11.4. Sokos Hotel Vuokatti, Vuokatti
16.5. Royal Night Train, Kempele
17.5. Utajärven baari, Utajärvi
11.7. Kasi Bar, Suonenjoki
12.7. LankaFest, Puolanka
26.7. No Mercy -kamppailuilta, Jämsänkoski More...
A day after news spread over the web about the departure of founding guitarist Yossi Sassi from Israeli Oriental progressive metal act Orphaned Land, the band officially acknowledged the split. In a statement on the band's Facebook Page, singer Kobi Farhi stated:
"It is a sad day for us, I remember the day me and Uri were looking for a guitarist and put an ad on one of the record shops in Israel, no one called for some time, until we got only one response, and that was Yossi’s.
"Since our youth we were veins of the same body and soul, and built something which was but a realm of light. However, we respect the fact that taking different paths is a part of life. These situations had happened to even bigger and greater than Orphaned Land and the important thing here is that we are still and forever brothers, and the door remains open for both sides. Writing or sharing the stage is something we could easily keep on doing in the near future. Until then, we offer Yossi a warm hug, and wish him the very best! As for Orphaned Land, we keep on going with full force unto our next goals.
"We never had a main composer or a mastermind in the band, Orphaned Land was always an adventure in which all members are partners in the writing process and in the shaping of the band’s concept, therefore Orphaned Land will always be an idea, a concept, a whole which is larger than the sum of its parts. We are planning and will soon announce many shows for 2014 as well as write new material for our next albums.
"With endless love, Let there be light.
"Kobi Farhi on behalf of Orphaned Land" More...
After recruiting new guitarist Dario Lorino a few days ago, Zakk Wylde has today announced that a brand new Black Label Society studio album titled "Catacombs of the Black Vatican" will be released in Europe on April 7th, 2014 via Mascot Label Group. A North American release comes on April 8th.
Mascot Label Group is honoured to welcome the band to the label, having recently signed BLS exclusively for European territory.
"Catacombs of the Black Vatican" is Black Label Society’s first new studio album since "The Order of the Black," which debuted at #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and was followed by the covers album "The Song Remains Not The Same." Mascot Label Group comments:
"Since their late nineties inception, Black Label Society, formed by guitar legend Zakk Wylde, has been at the forefront of their genre. Their taste for hard riffs and blazing solos has resulted in a slew of hugely successful albums and a reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation.
"Zakk Wylde, who has been called one of the true guitar heroes in modern history, served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist for over 20 years, in addition to his work with BLS. This collaboration led to a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling 'No More Tears,' for which Wylde wrote all the music.
"Bestowed with such accolades as 'Metal Guru' from the recently held Classic Rock awards in the UK, 'Golden God' by Metal Hammer and the 'Best Guitarist' Award from Revolver Magazine, Wylde has proven time and time again that his songwriting, guitar prowess, and on-stage persona, along with his larger-than-life personality, have made him a force to be reckoned with."
Dutch death merchants Prostitute Disfigurement have finally shared a full track from their upcoming album "From Crotch to Crown," which is due out on February 4th via Willowtip Records. View that official lyric video track, "Crowned in Entrails," below - along with confirmed tour and festival dates that Prostitute Disfigurement will be appearing at after the album's release.
Fri Feb 28 P60 / AMSTELVEEN (NL) *DUTCH CD RELEASE SHOW*
Fri Mar 21 LITTLE DEVIL / TILBURG (NL) *DUTCH CD RELEASE SHOW*
Sat Mar 22 ESSEN DEATH FEST TUROCK / ESSEN (GER) *GERMAN CD RELEASE SHOW*
Fri Apr 11 T.O.T.E.M / NANCY (FR)
Sat Apr 12 I45 / ZUG (CH)
Fri Jun 13 PROTZEN OPEN AIR / BERLIN (GER)
Thu Aug 14 - Sat Aug 16 GOTHOOMFEST / VLKANOVA (SK)
U.K. thrashers Shrapnel released a lyric video for the new track "Braindead." The song appears on the upcoming debut full length album "The Virus Conspires," which is set for release on February 3rd via Candlelight Records.
The band recently changed bass players, recruiting Darryl Abbott. The track list for "The Virus Conspires" is:
1. Kingdom Come
5. The Virus Conspires
6. The Wake
7. Red Terror
8. The Watchers
10. Poison the Mind
11. All That We Know More...
Adrenaline Mob posted a lyric video for the new track "Feel the Adrenaline." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Men of Honor," which is set to drop via Century Media Records on February 18th (USA) and February 24th (EU).
The track list for the album is:
1. Mob Is Back
2. Come on Get Up (see lyric video here)
3. Dearly Departed
4. Behind These Eyes (streaming here)
5. Let It Go (streaming here)
6. Feel the Adrenaline
7. Men of Honor
8. Crystal Clear
9. House of Lies
10. Judgment Day
11. Fallin’ to Pieces
Check out "Feel the Adrenaline" here: More...
German symphonic metal act Xandria announced that the band's new album will be entitled "Sacrificium" and will be released in Europe on May 2nd. Back in October, the band split with vocalist Manuela Kraller and announced new vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen (Ex Libris).
The album's artwork can be seen below. More information on the new album is expected shortly.
In addition, the band announced a string of live dates to coincide with the new release (with more to follow):
14.03.2014 - AT - Innsbruck - Live Stage
01.05.2014 - DE - Aalen - Rock It
02.05.2014 - DE - Memmingen - Kaminwerk
03.05.2014 - AT - Graz - Explosiv
04.05.2014 - AT - Wien - Szene
09.05.2014 - UK - London - Underworld
10.05.2014 - UK - Bilston - Dames of Darkness Festival
17.05.2014 - DE - Bielefeld - Movie
22.05.2014 - DE - München - Backstage
23.05.2014 - DE - Heidelberg - Schwimmbad Club
24.05.2014 - DE - Schüttorf - Komplex
25.05.2014 - DE - Hamburg - Marx
28.05.2014 - DE - Köln - Underground
29.05.2014 - DE - Geiselwind - Out & Loud Open Air festival
30.05.2014 - CZ - Pilsen - Metal Fest CZ Open Air Festival More...