Metal News for January 8, 2013
Last updated on August 27, 2014 at 4:39 PM ET
We post metal news every day, throughout the day, covering thousands of metal bands including underground and unsigned bands. You are currently browsing the news archive, but you can also find news by band.
44 news articles posted on this day.
Thick As Blood has been on "The Chaos Reborn" tour supporting Impending Doom alongside Fit For A King, The Browning, Hearts & Hands, and This or the Apocalypse. The band has now checked in with the following announcement about dropping off the run due to vehicle issues:
"Unfortunately we had to drop off our current tour with Impending Doom due to serious van problems that were beyond repair. Sorry to anyone that was planning on seeing us go support all the other badass bands and thanks to Impending Doom for having us on the tour in the first place."
For more info on Thick As Blood and upcoming live appearances, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Swedish black metal act Patronymicon has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:
"Patronymicon has recruited H. Sulphur to handle the vocals from now on, both live and on forthcoming releases, where he will also take part in the creative process. You will have the chance to suffer his draconian voice for the first time during our next show." More...
"The Interpreter," the debut studio full-length from U.K. progressive metal act My Soliloquy, is nearing North American release on January 29th via Sensory Records. Today fans can hear the first single to be released from the upcoming opus.
The fifth track from "The Interpreter," titled “Fractured,” is a more than five minute anthem that can be heard through Metal Insider here or in the player below. Sensory Records also commented:
"Formed by multi-instrumentalist Pete Morten, of British prog metal legends Threshold, the essence of My Soliloquy is pure forward thinking metal – symphonic keyboards, shredding guitar leads, soaring vocals – all finely woven together through a blend of intricacy and melody into a powerful force.
"Following a pair of demos and an EP release, Sensory is proud to finally unleash the newly-completed first full-length from this act. With nearly all instrumentation on the recording executed solely by Pete Morten, minus the drumming, The Interpreter flows with over fifty minutes of grand musicianship, expertly mixed and mastered by Rob Aubrey, a mainstay of Marillion’s camp for many years." More...
Austin, Texas act Atlas Versus has posted the "AV" release online for streaming and free download. You can get the tracks over at Bandcamp here or stream the release in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Shards of Alemae 04:59
2. Rue The Day 04:09
3. Tephra 03:32
4. Into the Fray 00:37
5. Contention 04:16
6. Correlations 04:59 More...
Italian gothic doom metal act The Foreshadowing announced the departure of drummer Jonah Padella for personal reasons and that his replacement will be Novembre's Giuseppe Orlando. The announcement reads as follows:
"We are proud to announce that, after a long period of rehearsals and shared experiences, the drummer Giuseppe Orlando (Novembre, Airlines of Terror) joined the band, replacing Jonah Padella who parts ways with the band for personal reasons and to whom we wish all the best!"
Guitarist Alex Pace commented: "The choice of Giuseppe on drums was so natural in our eyes since he's a longtime friend and he produced our first two albums and travelled many times with us as sound engineer, growing up in parallel with the band as a sort of additional member! He will increase the level of the band with his precious experience and inner talent that everyone well knows. Welcome onboard mate!"
Orlando also commented: "I’m very happy to join The Foreshadowing. We know each other since long time, even before the foundation of the band and I’ve always considered them as good friends, great musicians and composers. I felt honored when they asked me to become their drummer because I always loved their music! I think it’s the result of passion and sacrifice and I think we will create good vibes together." More...
Every week we have metal fans and musicians check in with their favorite mosh pit stories. Today guitarist/vocalist Chris Friesen of Ontario's Adrenechrome shares the following tale of a fight in the pit coming to an unexpectedly quick end:
While attending a CKY show in Toronto a good friend of mine ended up in a violent altercation with a fellow concert goer (something to do with a bumped girlfriend). Being quite drunk, the pair squared off in the middle of the pit to exchange fisticuffs. The first blow of the bout was scored by the angry boyfriend, a solid punch to my friends mid section.
The answer to the punch was a devastating finishing move a la Mortal Kombat, he proceeded to projectile vomit in an arc covering his assailant and the dozen or so other concert goers in the pit with digested beer and street meat, needless to say his opponent was unwilling to continue the fight resulting in a very rock 'n roll T.K.O.
Be sure to check back in next Tuesday are we share more metal mosh pit stories.
Pennsylvania metal band MindMaze posted the first in a series of preview clips for the band's debut LP "Mask of Lies." The first clip focuses the first three tracks of the album. "Mask of Lies" will be self-released by the band on February 17, 2013. MindMaze was formerly known as Necromance and last released an EP entitled "Never Look Back" under the moniker in 2009. Vocalist Sarah Teets is formerly of the Florida band Alexandria.
The track listing for "Mask of Lies" is as follows:
1. Never Look Back
2. Breaking the Chains
3. This Holy War (streaming at this location)
4. Cosmic Overture
5. Fading Skies
6. Mask of Lies
7. Dark City
9. Destiny Calls
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Canadian act Ken Mode has checked in with the following announcement about signing with Season of Mist:
"We're happy to finally let the cat out of the bag that we've inked a deal with Season of Mist. As many of you know, yet some of you may not, Andrew, Shane and I (Jesse) recorded our 5th record, and SoM debut, 'Entrench' with Matt Bayles ( Mastodon, ISIS, The Sword) this past fall in Winnipeg, MB, Canada which will see the light of day on CD and digitally on March 19th, 2013 (March 15th in Europe) with the vinyl edition to follow shortly thereafter.
"With 'Entrench' we have expanded in both our handling of dynamics and general song and album craftsmanship, utilizing piano, keyboards, and strings to build on our classic power trio format. Additionally, the band has also reached out to pillars of the sub-sub-sub genre, with guest vocal contributions provided by Dave Verellen (Botch/NARROWS) and Tim Singer ( Deadguy/Kiss It Goodbye), adding another layer of icing to the metallic-hardcore-noise-rock-whatever-core cake we've baked.
"Check our Facebook 'Tour Dates' tab for our upcoming record release tour with Today Is The Day, Black Tusk, and Fight Amp in North America throughout March and April. More dates and more announcements coming soon!"
Footage has been posted online of Eclipse Eternal performing the track "Deathbound," which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the clip:
"Recorded live in Toronto at the Hard Luck Bar from the first date of Eclipse Eternal's North American tour with Negura Bunget. The song is from the album 'The Essence of Hopelessness' which was released in 2012 by Archaic North Entertainment."
Diablo Swing Orchestra has released a new video clip for the song "Black Box Messiah," which can be viewed below. The track comes off the band's "Pandora's Piñata" album (reviewed here). The full album's track listing is as follow:
1. Voodoo Mon Amour
2. Guerilla Laments
3. Kevlar Sweethearts
4. How To Organize A Lynch Mob
5. Black Box Messiah
6. Exit Strategy Of A Wrecking Ball
8. Mass Rapture
9. Honey Trap Aftermath
10. Of Kali Ma Calibre
11. Justice For Saint Mary More...
Belgium based Epysode, featuring guitarist and band mastermind Samuel Arkan, announced that Simone Mularoni (DGM/Empyrios) will perform on the band's upcoming Epysode II release. The band is currently in Noise Factory Studios with sound engineer Gerald Jans recording the album for a 2013 release.
Arkan had the following comments on Mularoni: "It is a real pleasure to welcome him aboard in EPYSODE II, welcome to Simone Mularoni, guitarist & mastermind of Italian prog masters DGM & cyberthrash band Empyrios ! I have discovered that player during the famous PPM FEST in Belgium with his band DGM that is one of Europe's leading Progressive Metal acts. And I can say nothing else than he simply blew my mind with his technical and refined musical skills!"
Unconscious Disturbance has posted the band's "Mind's Corner" album online for streaming. You can listen to the songs in the player below, or buy the album at Bandcamp here. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Condor 09:02
2. Key Club 03:34
3. Flip 09:56
4. Chameleon 06:02
5. Musa 06:35
6. Void 08:35
7. Benign 06:46
8. The Valley 15:30 More...
Former Angra vocalist Andre Matos will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of his former band's first LP "Angels Cry" this year by performing the entire release on a upcoming 2013 tour this year in support of his latest solo album "The Turn of the Lights." Matos was with Angra from its inception in 1991 to 2000 when he left to form Shaman.
The press release reads as follows:
"2013 is a special year for Andre Matos. The vocalist, along with his solo band, will launch the promotion tour for his new album 'The Turn of the Lights' with an extra bonus for the fans: the band will play the album 'Angels Cry' in full.
"Released in 1993, 'Angels Cry' was Andre Matos' first album with Angra, just recently formed at the time. The vocalist, despite his young age, had already recorded two successful albums with the band Viper and studied classical piano, composition and conducting. Besides recording vocals and keyboards for all tracks, Andre Matos was the writer and arranger of nine out of ten tracks on the album, including 'Carry On,' which became a worldwide heavy metal hit. With his cutting edge combination of power and progressive metal, classical music rhythm and elements, 'Angels Cry' became a huge international success and placed the Brazilian band among the main power metal bands of their time." More...
October Falls has now revealed details on the band's forthcoming album "The Plague Of A Coming Age." The album will be unleashed this coming March 15th on both CD and vinyl format and is already available for pre-order right here.
You can also listen to "Snakes Of The Old World" below. The following press release was issued about the album by Debemur Morti Productions:
"On this new offering, the band continues to explore its exquisitely sonorous world, deeply melancholic, subtly aggressive and always divinely melodic. Once again, M. Lehto gathered gifted musicians around him for the recording: M. Tarvonen (Moonsorrow) on drums and S. Hinkka (Ensiferum) on bass. A very special guest contributed clean vocals on two songs: T. Joutsen (Amorphis). The visual art was imagined and painted by talented Argentinian Artist Santiago Caruso."
The track listing is as follows:
1. At the Edge Of An Empty Horizon
3. The Verge Of Oblivion
4. Snakes Of The Old World
5. The Plague Of A Coming Age
6. Mouth Of A Nation's Harlots
7. Boiling Heart Of The North
8. The Weight Of The Fallen
9. Below The Soils More...
Kingcrow will be releasing the "In Crescendo" album on February 12th, 2013 and now a teaser trailer for the release can be viewed below.
The video contains sound clips and artwork for the album, as well as Diego Marchesi (vocals) and main songwriter Diego Cafolla (Guitars) discussing the concept of "In Crescendo." You can pre-order now your copy of the album right here, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Right Before
2. This Ain’t Another Love Song
3. The Hatch
4. Morning Rain
5. The Drowning Line
6. The Glass Fortress
7. Summer ‘97
8. In Crescendo More...
Uli Jon Roth has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming tour dates and other activity throughout the year:
"Greetings to all of you! I hope you had a great New Year. Here is a condensed list of some of the events that are planned for the first half of this year. 2013 is going to be a very busy and intensely productive year ahead, it seems.
"We will start off with a two-day Sky Academy in Los Angeles, at the Santa Monica Playhouse on January 21st and 22nd. This is a beautiful, intimate theatre, where we held one of the previous Sky Academies which we all have fond memories of. I'm looking forward to being there again!
"The next day I will take part in Jason Becker's 'Not Dead Yet' concert in San Francisco, together with my friends Steve Morse, Richie Kotzen, Gus G, and several other great players. Jason is an inspiration to all of us and I feel honored to be part of this worth-while cause.
"Following that, I shall be attending the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California and will do a signing event for the Sky Guitar Limited Edition at the DEAN booth.
"At the end of January we are embarking on my extensive 40th Anniversary Tour of the US, which will take us all the way through February until the beginning of March. 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of my involvement with the SCORPIONS. The main theme of this tour will therefore be dedicated to performing my personal favorites from the five albums which I recorded with that great band.
"I have chosen about 30 songs in all from that era as the basis of our repertoire, several of which have never even been performed live by either the Scorpions or myself. We will be rotating a selection of these songs on the tour, varying our sets on a nightly basis, because we cannot possibly play all of them in one go. More...
Swedish rock'n'roll outfit Sister will be supporting fellow countrymen Crashdiet on a Scandinavian tour in February 2013. The tour, which also features Toxic Rose, hits the following locations:
15/02/13 – SE – Gothenburg – Sticky Fingers
16/02/13 – SE – Malmö – KB
22/02/13 – SE – Gavle – Gasklockorna
23/02/13 – NO – Oslo – Betong
27/02/13 – SE – Stockholm – Klubben
01/03/13 – SE – Uppsala – Hallarna
02/03/13 – SE – Borlange - Bolanche
Sister will be also direct support on the full European tour of Crashdiet in May of 2013. Dates are as follows: More...
Before heading to Europe to kick of the first leg of the Earth Rocker world tour, Clutch is giving fans a chance to hear the title track and first single from the band's new album. Clutch has teamed up with Brooklyn Vegan for an exclusive world premiere of "Earth Rocker."
Get a first listen of the track and check out an interview with guitarist Tim Sult at this location (the song can also be heard below).
With a little bit more than three months left before the release of Clutch's new studio effort "Earth Rocker," the band has announced the initial dates for the first leg of the North American Earth Rocker world tour. The dates kick off March 8th in Cincinnati, OH and are currently slated to run through March 24th in Anaheim, CA. Support on these dates will be provided by Orange Goblin, Lionize and Kyng. More...
Montreal's Endast has revealed a new video for the song "Martyr," taken off the 2011 album "Black Cloud." Check out the clip below.
The video was shot while Endast was stuck in a hotel room in Kamloops with a broken van and after having 3 guitars stolen midway on the coast-to-coast Canadian “The Elimination Tour.” While stranded, the band managed to come out of a the situation on top and eventually had all 3 guitars returned.
"When we got stranded in Kamloops on tour, we knew immediately that we had to be productive or the morale of the tour would suffer greatly. Endast is a band that isn't content unless we are working," commented singer Big James Arsenian. "The decision was made quickly to shoot a video, as we had the camera on hand already for tour vlogging. When the good people at Jagermeister refilled our booze supply while there, it just made sense to film the equivalent of an Endast staff party. The result is a fair representation of how we turn lemons into lemonade...and by lemonade, I mean a drunken night of debauchery in a hotel room." More...
French grindcore activists Blockheads have released the second new song from their forthcoming 5th full-length and first album in over six years, entitled "This World Is Dead." The track “Deindividualized” is currently streaming via Invisible Oranges here.
Recorded in Geneva, Switzerland at Terrier 5 with Jerome of Nostromo / Mumakil, "This World Is Dead" features 25 songs clocking in at over 40 minutes of brutally efficient frenzied grind. The album will see its release on CD/LP/Digital on January 22nd (North America), January 21st (UK/World), and January 18th (Germany/Benelux/Finland).
Swedish death metal legends Hypocrisy just announced the cancellation of their upcoming Australian shows. The band commented:
"Hey to all our Australian fans, it’s with sad, angry and pissed mind that I’m trying to find words to write this.
"Oceanic Sharks Booking Agency Sydney – Australia hasn’t yet provided us with flights or working visa for this tour and we’re forced to leave next Monday 14th Jan. We have asked time after time after time, and even put up a deadline to deliver that, but he has failed to do so for 3 months now. It’s so close that it’s all too late now...
"We can’t even get into the country even if we had flight tickets, cause he didn’t fix working visa for us yet. I can only hope you get your money back for the tickets you bought, and that a real booker from Australia will invite us soon so we can finally go to your country.
"Not really a good start of a new year… Hope to see you soon!”
The upcoming new Hypocrisy studio album, scheduled for a late March release, will be titled "End Of Disclosure."
Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 9th) at 4pm EST, fans of Sweden’s Cult of Luna will have the rare opportunity to participate in a live chat with band member Johannes Persson. Fans can head here to sign up and be notified when the chat goes live.
"Vertikal," the new studio album from Sweden’s Cult of Luna, will be released via Indie Recordings in Europe on January 25th, 2013 and Density Records in the U.S. on January 29th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Vertikal marks a much-anticipated return for Cult of Luna after five years spent cultivating the ideas and directing the influences that have helped form a concept for the album. Distilled throughout are themes of machinery, repetition and clear, linear structures honed to the visual imagery of Fritz Lang’s classic expressionist science-fiction film ‘Metropolis’. The music broods, builds and boils as you may expect from Cult of Luna, but never over-complicates itself or veers from its intentions; it is arguably their finest and most cohesive piece of work to date." More...
Texas dark heavy metal band Venomous Maximus recently released new album "Beg Upon the Light," and now the group has teamed up with Metal Hammer to release a video for "Path of Doom." Check out the clip below or over at at Metalhammer.co.uk here.
Additionally, Venomous Maximus has been hand-picked by New Orleans metal titans Down to support the band for a string of live dates on its upcoming U.S. tour. The just-announced dates are as follows:
January 26 Denver, CO Summit Music Hall
January 28 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
January 29 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
January 30 Cincinnati, OH Bogart's
February 1 Chattanooga, TN Track 29 More...
German metal icons Helloween posted the fourth part of a thirteen part track-by-track video series featuring commentary by the band on all the songs from the forthcoming LP "Straight Out if Hell" leading up its release on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 22, 2013 (North America) via The End Records.
The track listing for "Straight Out of Hell" is as follows:
2. World of War
3. Live Now!
4. Far from the Stars
5. Burning Sun
6. Waiting for the Thunder
7. Hold Me in Your Arms
8. Wanna Be God
9. Straight Out of Hell
12. Make Fire Catch the Fly
13. Church Breaks Down
14. Another Shot of Life (Bonus Track)
15. Burning Sun (Hammond version) (Dedicated to Jon Lord) (Bonus Track)
The fourth track-by-track video, "Day 4: Far From the Stars" can be seen here: More...
Having recently signed with Poland’s Selfmadegod Records, Illinois-based death metal horde Terminate has completed the recording of its debut album and today lash out at the public with the first dose of brutality harnessed in the studio.
Now locked down for release on February 18th, "Ascending To Red Heavens" was recorded in September at The Basement by Tim Pearson, and mixed/mastered Tim Pearson at Do or Die Studio, viciously capturing nine tracks of Terminate’s fatal death metal attack.
The cover illustration was completed by Raul Gonzalez (Master, Morbus Chron, etc.) and is viewable along with a stream of the album’s fourth song, "Rotten Dead Mass," via the Selfmadegod Bandcamp page. You can also listen to the track below.
The "Ascending To Red Heavens" track listing is as follows: More...
English progressive-metallers Aeon Zen are streaming the new track "Downfall" over at Noisecreep at this location. The song appears on the band's third release "Enigma," which will see a North American release on January 22, 2013.
Vocalist/guitarist/bassist Rich Hinks commented: "This track epitomises many aspects of Aeon Zen's sound, crossing heavy; progressive; melodic; and technical boundaries. As the concluding part of our new concept album, Enigma, this track twists and turns, keeping itself fresh and ingraining itself in the listener's head... And really ends the album with a bang!"
In mid-December, the band issued the music video for the song "Divinity," which can be seen over at this location.
The track listing for "Enigma" is as follows:
1. Enter the Enigma
2. Artificial Soul
4. Seven Hills
6. Turned to Ash
7. Still Human
8. Eternal Snow
10. Survival (Bonus Track)
11. Time Divine 2.0 (Bonus Track)
U.K. act Chaos Trigger has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Danny Bloor:
"News: of the worst variety. It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to Dan Bloor as the drummer of Chaos Trigger.
"This has been the hardest decision we've ever had to make as a band, it's a mutual decision that has been made by everyone involved, with distance and time being the major barriers for Dan to actively participate, Chaos Trigger needs to move forward and unfortunately that means doing it without Dan.
"We've all loved being in a band with Dan and wish him every success in becoming the top nuclear physicist in the country and with being an amazing Dad when his little girl is born in a few weeks."
For more info on Chaos Trigger, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Legendary rock band Deep Purple posted a teaser for the band's new album, scheduled for release on April 26, 2013 via earOne Music. The yet untitled new album will mark the first studio release for the band since the 2005 album "Rapture of the Deep."
After various songwriting sessions in Europe, the band recorded and mixed the album in Nashville with producer Bob Ezrin. The album is rumoured to be the perfect match from the original spirit of 70s Purple, and a fresh and modern production. Ian Gillan has recently revealed a few working titles of songs, that might appear on the album: "Out Of Hands", "Uncommon Man" and "Hell to Pay".
Singer Ian Gillan commented: "The title of our new album is still a question mark to all of us... We have recorded a new album, and it's a fantastic collection of songs. At the moment that's the only affirmative point we can offer..."
Deep Purple's record company earMUSIC will reveal details about the new album in real time as soon as they will become available on a dedicated website where all band members will also be able to post and interact with the fans: www.deeppurple2013.com
Back in July of 2012, the band's former keyboardist Jon Lord passed away from a pulmonary embolism.
Check out the teaser for the album here: More...
There's a slew of new heavy metal bands popping up across the globe covering just about every imaginable sound, and plenty more appearing on the horizon. Thanks to easy access to digital tools and online methods of music distribution, the metal scene as a whole has an exploding population, and every year we try to keep up with the best new talent in our year-end “best of” awards.
To help get you acquainted with the best new metal out there, we’ll be briefly covering the bands nominated by our contributors for the “Best Newcomer” category of Metalunderground.com’s recent 2012 awards.
Writer OverkillExposure nominated the following acts for best newcomer of 2012: Western Massacre, Nothnegal, The River Neva, WrenchNeck, and Lahmia. You can also find yesterday's coverage of nominees at this location.
While hardly the first band to which the term “Death Groove” could be applied, this Western Massachusetts five-piece lives it to the hilt. The slamming debut “Freedom Through Violence” injects death metal’s darkness and brutality with Pantera’s irresistible rhythms and riffs, and lead guitarist Kyle Leary is one of the most formidable Dimebag successors you’ve never heard of – yet.
Edmonton thrash act Mortillery, featuring Cara McCutchen (Minax) on vocals, will release the band's sophomore LP "Origins of Extinction" on February 22, 2013 via Napalm Records. The album is the follow up to the debut "Murder Death Kill," originally issued in 2011 through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, which was reissued through Napalm in the summer of 2012 (see Metal Underground.com's review over at this location).
According to the press release: "[t]hrash Metal fans should fasten their seatbelt, as the universally praised debut 'Murder Death Kill' was merely the beginning and just the calm before the storm. Without a single warning, all hell breaks loose on the new album 'Origin of Extinction' and Mortillery leaves nothing but a path of destruction in their wake. Posers beware, because the band from Edmonton riffs through the new songs with a deadly precision. This is the powerful meeting point of aggression and melody! The drums give the songs a deadly groove by providing a hellish tempo. Vocalist Cara seems to have gargled with razor blades – rarely has one heard such brutal vocals! 'Origin of Extinction' is the album that elevates Mortillery from the status of an insiders’ tip to the next league of Thrash Metal!"
The track listing for "Origins of Extinction" is:
1. Battle March
2. No Way Out
3. Cease to Exist
4. Creature Possessor
5. Seen in Death
6. Feed the Fire
7. The Hunter's Lair
10. Sunday Morning Slasher More...
U.S. progressive death metal band Lascaille's Shroud posted a lyric video for the track "Epilogue: The Acceptance Of Death." The track features guest musician Tyler Sherrill (Steamforged) and appears on the band's debut LP "Interval 01: Parallel Infinities - The Inner Universe," which will be released today at about 6:00pm EST via Masters of Metal Productions as a "name your price" through bandcamp. For more information on the release, head on over to this location.
The concept of Lascaille's Shroud is "[a]n epic vision of a future where man struggles to exist, to cope with the horrors they have done. A future where darkness is ever present, and light is absent. A future where one man will transcend humanity, and become infinite."
Lascaille's Shroud consists of Brett Windnagle (Sedulity) on lead and rhythm Guitars, bass, Growls/Screams, Drums, Piano/Keys/Strings/Synths and vocalist Patrick Parris (Ex-Theocracy)
The track listing for "Interval 01: Parallel Infinities - The Inner Universe" is:
1. Prologue: She Dreams Of Earth
2. Evolved: Transcendental Cyber-Eroticism's
3. Resist: Fall Into The Arms Of The Sun
4. Extinction: Swarming The Sun
5. Dreams: Romancing My Own Demise
6. Shattered: Love Lost And Worlds Destroyed
7. Epilogue: The Acceptance Of Death
Check out "Epilogue: The Acceptance Of Death" here: More...
Finnish metal act Saattue has checked in with the following brief studio update about the band's time recording a new album:
"3rd album: 1st recording sessions - Saattue has started to record it's 3rd album.
You can also follow the recording process and check out photos from the studio at the Saattue Facebook profile here.
Dave Lombardo was all for it recently when LA metal band Metalachi asked him to join the band onstage for the band's cover of "Raining Blood." Metalachi describe themselves as 'a five-piece ensemble of classically trained mariachi musician brothers, but taking their cues from Kiss, GWAR and Rob Zombie.' The song is uploaded below, coming from a fan appreciation show at the Roxy Theater on January 4th. Read the full article over at Metal Injection.
Orange Goblin has announced a new CD/DVD set titled "A Eulogy For The Fans – Orange Goblin Live 2012" will be released on March 11th, 2013 via Candlelight Records. The set features:
Disc 1 (CD) - Complete set live at Bloodstock Open Air Festival August 11th, 2012
Disc 2 (DVD) - Complete pro-shot sets live at Bloodstock Open Air Festival August 11th, 2012 and Hellfest in France June 15th, 2012.
Bonuses include promo videos, the making of the "Red Tide Rising" documentary, the "Highway to Hellfest" short film, photo galleries, and more. The live audio from Bloodstock Open Air Festival will also be released as a double gatefold vinyl on Back on Black Records. More...
Nightrage recently tapped Thomas Lindberg (At The Gates) to perform as a fill-in vocalist with the band for the Gothenburg Sound Festival.
Footage from that show has now made its way online. Check out a video of the band playing "The Glow of the Setting Sun" with Thomas Lindberg in the player available below.
Swiss metallers Samael have issued the following announcement about their upcoming Inferno Festival appearance:
"S A M A E L will perform their 1996 album 'Passage' for the first time in its entirely at this year edition of Inferno Festival Switzerland on the 15th of March 2013. Ticket are already available right here."
The "Passage" album was a landmark release for Samael, as it saw the band officially leaving behind the previously known black metal sound. Samael's latest full-length album release "Lux Mundi" (reviewed here) has widely been considered a return to form and an unofficial sequel to "Passage." Check out the song "In Gold We Trust" off the "Lux Mundi" album below. More...
German modern power metal act Heavatar, the new project from Van Canto mastermind Stefan Schmidt, is set to release the debut LP "Opus I - All My Kingdoms" on February 22, 2013 through Napalm Records.
With Heavatar, Schmidt exchanges the "A Cappella" style, manning the rhythm guitar as well as lead vocals. Supporting him is Ex-Stratovarius drummer Jörg Michael, David Vogt and Ex-Fading Starlight guitarist Sebastian Scharf.
According to the press release: "[e]ach song borrows – some more, some less – a motif from classical composers – ranging from Bach to Paganini and Beethoven. The epic songs are filled with mighty choirs, which are performed by members of the "Blind Guarding" choir-team and of course, Stefan’s friends in Van Canto. The artwork was created by the renowned fantasy artist Kerem Beyit. 'All My Kingdoms' is a celebration for Power Metal fans, who love catchy refrains, epic choirs, classic tunes, heavy riffs and thundering double-bass. The debut will also take supports of different genres by storm – to the Metal!"
The track listing for "Opus I - All My Kingdoms" is:
3. All My Kingdoms
4. Elysium At Dawn
5. Long Way Home
6. Born to Fly
7. Luna! Luna!
8. The Look Above
9. To the Metal More...
Beantown's debutantes of decadent death groove Sexcrement will embark on a brief run of dates with thrash/grinding maniacs Ramming Speed this week. The "2013 New Years Bangover" will get underway at Dusk in Providence, Rhode Island and will keep the bands in the van until they hit The Acheron in Brooklyn on the 13th. Full list of dates are as follows:
1/9 Providence, RI @ Dusk
1/10 Boston, MA @ Uncle Crummy's
1/11 New Brunswick, NJ @ Stanhope House
1/12 Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea House
1/13 New York, NY @ Acheron
Sexcrement released its most recent album, "Sloppy Seconds," in May of last year through Comatose Records. Later that spring, the band teamed with Chainsaw Kiss Productions, indie filmmaker/director Victor Bonacore and scream queen Linnea Quigley to shoot a video for the song "Trucker Bombed." That video can be viewed by going here. Ramming Speed will be releasing its sophomore full length in 2013 on a soon to be announced label.
Reformed Brazilian thrash act Panzer posted a lyric video for the new track "Burden of Proof" (seen below). The track appears on the new self-released EP "Brazilian Threat," which is available now as a free download over at the band's official website. The EP is the first to feature vocalist Rafael Moreira (Sacrament/Reviolence) and bassist Rafael DM (Devon).
Check out "Burden of Proof" here:
On January 25th Dark Descent/Woodcut Records will unleash "Poisoned Void," the debut full-length from Finnish death metal four-piece Vorum. A promo video for the track "Dance of Heresy" is streaming below. "Poisoned Void" will be available in North America as a jewel case CD through Dark Descent Records, and worldwide in digipack and gatefold vinyl formats via Woodcut Records. The tracklisting follows below, with the upload showing the album art.
1. Impetuous Fires
2. Death's Stains
3. Rabid Blood
4. Thriving Darkness
5. Evil Seed
6. In Obscurity Revealed
7. Dance of Heresy
8. Poisoned Void
Portuguese metal act Heavenwood posted a preview clip of the demo for the new track entitled "The Hermit" (heard below) The band has been in the writing process for the band's forthcoming LP "The Tarot of the Bohemians - Part I," the follow up to the 2011 Listenable Records release "Abyss Masterpiece."
The new album is inspired by Papus aka Gerard Encausse (July 13, 1865 - 25 October 1916), the Spanish-born French physician and hypnotist who popularized occultism and founded the modern Martinist Order. No release date or full track information has been announced, however, in addition to "The Hermit" the band revealed "Justice" as another track name.
Check out the preview demo clip of "The Hermit" here:
German act A Million Miles posted a preview clip for the band's upcoming debut full length LP "What's Left Behind." The album is set for release on April 5, 2013 via Abandon Records/New Music Distribution. The cover artwork (seen below) was created by The Very End vocalist Björn Goosses of Killustrations.
Check out the preview clip for "What's Left Behind" here:
Canadian folk metal band Scythia posted a recap video of the more candid moments of the band's activities in 2012. Back in September, Scythia released its EP "For the Bear" (which is still streaming in full over at this location). Over the holiday season, the band issued a re-mix of the holiday song "...Of Santa," which can be heard over here.
Check out the year end recap video here:
German metal act Alpha Tiger posted a preview clip for the upcoming release "Beneath the Surface," the band's sophomore effort. The album is scheduled for release on January 28th in Europe and February 5th, 2013 in North America (digital only in North America with European imports available through CM Distro).
The track listing for "Beneath the Surface" is as follows:
2. The Alliance
3. From Outer Space (see music video here)
4. Waiting For A Sign
5. Beneath The Surface
6. Along The Rising Sun
7. Eden Lies in Ruins
9. Crescent Moon
10. We Came From The Gutter
Check out the preview clip here: More...