Metal News for January 8, 2014
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Florida death metal outfit Massacre has announced new album "Back From Beyond" is coming in March of 2014. The band has now revealed the track listing is as follows:
1. As We Wait To Die
2. Ascension Of The Deceased
3. Hunter's Blood
4. Darkness Fell
5. False Revelation
6. Succumb To Rapture
7. Remnants Of Hatred
8. Shield Of The Son
9. The Evil Within
10. Sands Of Time
11. Beast Of Vengeance
12. Back From Beyond
13. Honor The Fallen
Further details will be forthcoming, but in the mean time you can see what the band has to say about the coming release at Facebook here.
Eye Of Solitude has released a new music video for "Act II: Where the Descent Began," which can be viewed below courtesy of Metal Injection. The band also comments:
"Here it is everyone! Our official video for 'Where The Descent Began' premiered by Metal Injection!! Thanks ever so much to Doug Anderson at Visceral Video and Kaotoxin!!
"Also to celebreate our premiere, we've decided to print a limited edition hoodie batch which will be available during our tour, which starts on the 29th of January at The Black Heart! Please get in touch should you want to reserve one! Until then, enjoy our video!"
With the band's Relapse debut "Black Death Horizon" out now, Norwegian death-dealers Obliteration have set their sights for the New World. Come March, the Fenriz-approved Scandinavians will be embarking on a short American headlining tour. Dates are as follows:
March 12 Austin, TX (SXSW)
March 13 New Orleans, LA at Siberia
March 14 Little Rock, AR at Vino's Pizza-Pub-Brewery
March 15 TBA
March 16 St. Louis, MO at Fubar
March 17 Atlanta, GA at The Drunken Unicorn
March 18 Raleigh, NC at The Maywood
March 19 Richmond, VA at Strange Matter
March 20 Baltimore, MD at The Metro Gallery
March 21 Philadelphia, PA at Kung Fu Necktie
March 22 Brooklyn, NY at The Acheron More...
In celebration of twenty-five years of audio discontent, New Orleans miscreants in EyeHateGod will kick off 2014 with a short run of live assaults through the West Coast and Australia.
The 25 Years Of Dysfunctional Family Abuse Tour will commence this Friday in Las Vegas and pillage its way through Phoenix and Los Angeles before trekking Down Under for onstage debauchery in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.
From there, team EyeHateGod will bring their sonic rumblings back to the States leveling Reno, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle and Denver.
1/10/2014 Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
1/11/2014 Joe's Grotto - Phoenix, AZ
1/12/2014 Los Globos - Los Angeles, CA
1/16/2014 The Rosemount - Perth, AU
1/17/2014 The Hi Fi - Brisbane, AU
1/18/2014 The Hi Fi - Sydney, AU
1/19/2014 The Hi Fi - Melbourne, AU
1/20/2014 The Tote - Melbourne, AU
1/22/2014 Jub Jubs - Reno, NV
1/23/2014 Brick And Mortar - San Francisco, CA
1/24/2014 Oakland Metro - Oakland, CA
1/25/2014 The Highline - Seattle, WA
1/26/2014 The Bluebird Theater - Denver, CO More...
“THAT’S NOT METAL!”
One of the most oft-hurled accusations among metalheads, to a point where people waste inordinate amounts of time bickering over this crucial distinction on which one’s very identity seems to depend, usually online.
Why? What’s hanging in the balance here? For let’s face it: at the end of the day, this is music we’re talking about – an art form, subjective by definition, and utterly dependent on individual taste. While arguments over politics and religion can get pretty silly, the importance attached to such views is still far more understandable than the absurd fervor with which many fans defend metal’s imagined gates of purity.
For all the fun metal has to offer – heck, I wouldn’t be writing about it were I not an avid fan – its overall fanbase is popular music’s most self-loathing and self-destructive, collectively and metaphorically speaking. In fact, many metalheads may take issue with my inclusion of metal in the “popular music” category, which itself is, I believe, the root of the problem.
Examining the sometimes-bizarre pathology of metal’s less-than-savory fanhood has long been an interest of mine, and while I don’t have the space (and you certainly don’t have the time) to unravel all my thoughts here, I will submit this: “That’s Not Metal,” quite often, is a smokescreen, a self-deluding attempt to marginalize an album, band, or entire subgenre one doesn’t like or doesn’t feel represents him.
It is a cultural form of denial. For when one identifies himself as Metal – and it’s a strong, dominant form of expression – all it takes is a ladle of insecurity to send him scurrying to defend the uniqueness and purity of his very identity.
I will now evaluate a pivotal development in metal history that may help explain the origins of this splintering trend within the genre. More...
Monte Pittman, former bassist of Prong, has released "Before The Mourning Sun" on ITunes. The track was lifted from his forthcoming Metal Blade Records release "The Power of Three." Go here to listen to the track.
"The Power of Three" was recorded in Cophehagen by members Kane Ritchotte (drums), Max Whipple (bass) and Pittman himself and produced by the legendary Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica "Master of Puppets"). Metal Blade will release the album on January 21, 2014. More...
Apostolum today premieres the new track "Unworthiness and Decay," which can be heard at GunShyAssassin.com here.
The track hails from Apostolum's second album, "Winds of Disillusion," set for release on January 21st via Moribund Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Intro (Light Into The Void)
2. Unworthiness And Decay
3. Higher Planes Of Existence
4. Debris Of Perception
5. Less Than A Step
6. Gleam Of Lucidity
Guitarist Matteo comments: "Musically, the new album is not the result of the choice to move in a direction rather than another; the entire writing process took place in a very spontaneous and natural way. We did not feel the need to make drastic changes to our sound - forcing a change is likely to remove a band from its purest form. Composing so instinctively, I think we approached, as never before, our essence and the songs honestly represent what Apostulum are today. The only things we set from the beginning of the creative process have been the ones to pay greater attention to the arrangements and songs structures, and improve as performers in the knowledge that we can rely on better equipment in the studio."
Continuing, he reveals, "Lyrically, the album is not a concept, but there is a common element that somehow combines the lyrics of individual songs, which is the current strengthening ourselves to a pessimistic view on the future of the human race and planet earth. Hence, the meaning of the title Winds of Disillusion - the impotence of the human being in front of the occurrence of external destructive natural events together with the inability to suppress the growing of inner feelings of total disillusionment, noting bitterly the inability to be able to remedy a relentless physical and moral decline...a strong emotional wind that sweeps away any hope from the human soul. Ultimately, I believe that Winds Of Disillusion is not only a big step forward compared to Anedonia, but the real Apostolum masterpiece." More...
Greek thrashers Suicidal Angels released a music video for the new track "In The Grave." The song is taken from the upcoming new album "Divide & Conquer," which drops on January 10th (EU) and January 14th (North America) via NoiseArt Records.
The track list for "Divide & Conquer" is:
1. Marching Over Blood (see lyric video here)
2. Seed Of Evil
3. Divide And Conquer
4. Control The Twisted Mind
5. In The Grave
6. Terror Is My Scream
7. Pit Of Snakes
8. Kneel To The Gun
9. Lost Dignity
10. White Wizard
Check out "In the Grave" here: More...
Italian outfit Irreverence has checked in with the following announcement about inking a new record deal to release an upcoming album:
"We're happy to announce that we reached an agreement with Nadir Music for the production and the release of our next studio album, the fifth of our over ten-year career.
"We'll enter Nadir Music Studios at the beginning of March 2014 and we'll have the pleasure to work with italian producer Tommy Talamanca (Sadist’s mastermind). Nadir Promotion will take care of our press-office and promotion too. Further info will come soon... Stay tuned!"
Further details on the coming album will be coming soon, and you can also follow the band's recording process at Facebook here.
German melodic death metal act Words of Farewell will release their highly-anticipated new album "The Black Wild Yonder" on February 28th (EU) and March 4th (USA) via AFM Records. The first teaser is expected within days.
Below is the cover artwork:
Australian progressive metal band Vanishing Point unveiled the album artwork for the upcoming return album "Distant is the Sun" (shown below). The release date is February 18th (USA) and February 21st (EU) via AFM Records.
The track listing is:
1. Beyond Redemption (Intro)
2. King Of Empty Promises
3. Distant Is The Sun
4. When Truth Lies
5. Circle Of Fire
6. Let The River Run
7. Denied Deliverance
8. Story Of Misery
9. Era Zero
10. Pillars Of Sand
11. As December Fades
12. Handful Of Hope
13. Walls Of Silence
14. April (Instrumental) More...
Persuader is streaming the new track "Son of Sodom" from the band's upcoming new release "The Fiction Maze." The album is set for release in Europe on January 17th and in North America on January 21st through Inner Wound Recordings.
"The Fiction Maze" track listing is as follows:
1. One Lifetime
3. The Fiction Maze
4. Deep in the Dark
6. Son of Sodom
7. Sent to the Grave
9. Dagon Rising
10. Worlds Collide
11. Falling Faster
Check out "Son of Sodom" here: More...
Profane Omen will be releasing a new album this coming March 14th via Spinefarm Records. Now the band has posted a teaser trailer, available below, and also issued the following statement:
"Aaaarrrghhhs and grunts!
"So, here's some taste of the 4th Profane Omen album! We wanted to put out a teaser and present a wider scale of the songs on this new piece in a one huge green headache to ease the wait (ours and yours) until March.
"On this album we left the softer songs out and focused on the energy that we possess. We sincerely hope you like it!
"If your eyes hurt, just close them and listen." More...
Netherlands-based outfit Pelgrim has released the band's entire self-titled EP online for streaming and download.
Give the songs a listen below, or pick up a digital copy on a name-your-price basis at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Intro 01:28
2. Precursor 03:19
3. Subsider 03:20
4. For Better Or Worse 04:09 More...
After previously releasing a lyric video for the track, Butcher Babies now has an official music video out for the track "I Smell A Massacre," which can be viewed below courtesy of Metalhammer.co.uk.
"I Smell A Massacre" comes off the "Goliath" album, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. I Smell A Massacre
2. Magnolia Blvd.
3. C8H18 (Gasoline)
4. Grim Sleeper
6. In Denial
7. Give Me Reason
8. The Mirror Never Lies
9. Dead Poet
10. The Deathsurround
11. Axe Wound More...
Godlike has released a new music video for "Original Rebels," which was written, directed, and edited by Hanna-Maria Grönlund. The video is available below, and the track comes off the "Malicious Mind" album.
"We've been writing some new material lately so we wanted to give our fans a heads up that we're still doing well and kicking some ass," says band frontman Jussi Lahtinen. "This video supports the song's lyrics perfectly and the actors were just great! It is directed by Hanna-Maria Grönlund who directed our last video 'Sickness' too. She`s done some amazing videos for us."
The organizers of the Tongeren Metal Fest have checked in with the following statement:
"With much pride and without further ado we would like to announce the final bands for Tongeren Metal Fest, Belgium's newest metal festival set to take place Saturday 12th of April 2014 at De Velinx in Tongeren.
"Newly announced classic heavy metal act Angel Witch will surely set Tongeren aflame during this exclusive performance. The energetic thrashers Prematory and local death metal squad Predatoria will open this unholy night! The full line-up is as follows:
"A brand new festival teaser can be viewed below. Tickets can be bought through this location and cost €13 in presale. This festival is the follow-up to De Velinx's annual metal festival 'Metaal Paaskabaal', which featured artists like Hail Of Bullets, Ostrogoth, Gama Bomb, Paul Di'Anno and many others. The Tongeren Metal Festival artwork, created by Dries Gaerdelen, was inspired by the tale of Ambiorix and highlights the festival's macabre mascot." More...
Philadelphia-based Nothing is proud to reveal details on the band's debut LP, "Guilty of Everything," which will be released on March 3rd in the U.K. via Relapse Records.
Watch the album trailer below and stream the first single from the record, "Dig." A music video for the next single, "Bent Nail," was filmed with director Don Argott (Art of The Steal, Last Days Here) will be available soon. Relapse Records also comments on the band:
"Nothing was formed in 2011 by Domenic Palermo. Previously Palermo was the brains behind the early 2000's hardcore/punk act Horror Show. in 2002 Horror Show was put on hold after Palermo was incarcerated for a stabbing that eventually led to a 2 year prison sentence. Upon his return Palermo would take a lengthy hiatus from music.
"In 2011 Palermo released a demo tape titled Poshlost under the moniker Nothing After several attempts at constructing a solid lineup for the band Palermo met Brandon Setta. Setta would bring a lush, rich soundscape and a fresh approach to Palermo's vision for Nothing. Setta and Palermo would handle the writing for the next release, a very rare 12" EP that was released on Japanese boutique label Big Love Records called Suns And Lovers (A play off of the D.H. Lawernce book). It was limited to 300 copies and the bands share was donated back to the label for a Tsunami Relief Charity.
"The next release, Downward Years To Come was a 5 song EP and was recorded at the Rubber Tracks Studio in Brooklyn with Kyle 'Slick' Johnson. The record was released by Baltimore Label A389 Records in November 2012. Written by Palermo and Setta, the concept behind Downward Years To Come was a dedication to several different poets who had taken their own lives. Setta and Palermo would again head into the studio, this time with Jeff Zeigler at Uniform Recordings to write their debut LP, Guilty of Everything and sign with Relapse Records." More...
Children of Bodom has a new lyric video out for "Halo of Blood," which is the title track off the album of the same name (reviewed here).
The new video is released on the heels of an upcoming tour kicking off in February. Full dates for the North American trek are available after the jump.
Slough Feg has launched the title track from brand new album, "Digital Resistance." The record was recorded with Justin Weis (who produced the album with vocalist/guitarist Mike Scalzi) at Trakworx in South San Francisco from January-October 2013 and marks the band's first new studio album since 2010's "The Animal Spirits."
When asked if the new album was a concept album, singer and vocalist Mike Scalzi explained: "It has somewhat of a consistent lyrical theme that runs through several of the songs, but not every song--- it is not a concept album in the sense that our 'Traveller' album is."
Check out the new track below, or pre-order the album over at this location. Mike Scalzi elaborates on the concept behind the title track:
"This song represents a last ditch effort to escape the inevitable. There will be no victory over technology-- nor should there be in a broader sense--- but I do fear what we are becoming. Biological evolution moves so slowly that we cannot perceive it. But social and moral evolution may come in great jolts or leaps. This can be dangerous to the preservation the species, biologically and morally/socially. But it's also just fun to sing about 'killing technology' (like that other band from Canada did a long time ago). It's a very dramatic subject. That's why I call it 'Voi-Vaudeville.'" More...
The eleventh studio album from power metal icons Gamma Ray is nearing completion. Titled "Empire Of The Undead," it is the record that almost wasn't.
The album was penned throughout 2013 with Eike Freese at the mixing desk supporting the work of bass player and co-writer, Dirk Schlaechter. The band had just landed in South America with tour mates Helloween when some harrowing news reached Kai Hansen and crew: Hammer Studio, the band's home and rehearsal space, had burned down leaving nearly all its contents in ruins, with the exception of the tapes from the nearly-finished new studio album.
Upon returning home Gamma Ray evaluated the losses and decided to move on. "If this could not stop us, nothing ever will," joked a light-hearted Hansen, adding that, "We got rid of a lot of shit that we gathered there. Unfortunately, a lot of good equipment as well. Anyhow, we look towards the future, we saved the production and we can continue now in this new place. By mid-January we should be done with the work on this album."
The title track, "Empire Of The Undead," has appeared on the single/EP "Master Of Confusion," which was released last year and served as precursor to the forthcoming full-length.
"Empire Of The Undead" will be released in North America on CD, LP and digitally via Armoury Records in conjunction with earMusic late this Spring. Further details to be revealed in the coming weeks. In the meantime, view a video message Kai Hansen below. More...
The American quartet Nashville Pussy is set to present new studio recording "Up The Dosage" this month on SPV/Steamhammer.
Today Yahoo Music is hosting apremiere of a track from "Up the Dosage." The song entitled "Everybody's Fault But Mine" is described by frontman Blaine Cartwright as "The ultimate southern rock anthem for The 21st Century. It was written for everyone who's had the guts to keep struggling and inch their way up the never-ending mountain."
Give the song a listen below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Everybody's Fault But Mine
2. Rub it to Death
3. Till the Meat Falls off the Bone
4. The South's Too Fat to Rise Again
5. Before the Drugs Wear Off
7. Beginning of the End
8. Up The Dosage
9. Taking it Easy
10. White and Loud
11. Hooray For Cocaine, Hooray For Tennessee
12. Pillbilly Blues
13. Pussy's Not a Dirty Word More...
Behemoth has released a brand new behind-the-scenes video for upcoming album "The Satanist," which was named our most anticipated release of 2014.
The video available below is the first in a series of four that chronicles a selection of the creative and technical processes behind the album. Front man Nergal simply offers the following statement: "The Satanist is magic. It's dangerous. It's adventurous, and it's organic."
You can also watch the band's recently released music video for "Blow Your Trumpet Gabriel" at this location. "The Satanist" will be unleashed on February 7th in Europe and February 4th in North America. More...
Swedish punk/metal act Sister has released the second single taken from new album "Disguised Vultures." Check out "Naked" in the player below, courtesy of Revolvermag.com.
Sister comments on the song: "Naked is a slow and powerful song that was written during some dark times. It reflects the feeling of being exposed and how life sometimes can be cruel to you. "Naked" is kind of different from all the other singles we've released and it feels like the right time for doing something like that. This album will give you even more surprises further on!"
"Disguised Vultures" was recorded with Martin Sweet and Linus Nirbrant and will be released on January 21st in North America and January 24th in UK/Europe. The track listing is as follows:
Icelandic outfit Solstafir is currently working on an upcoming new album and follow-up to 2011's "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).
In addition to the upcoming album (with further details forthcoming), Solstafir is also releasing a split 7" with Legend. Solstafir's side will feature a cover of Legend's "Runaway Train," which can now be streamed over at Pitchfork.com here.
The Legend / Solstafir split is due out January 24 via Artoffact. Legend's side features a cover of Solstafir's "Fjara," and pre-orders can be found at this location.
Sabaton is currently in the Abyss studios along with Peter Tägtgren recording a new album titled "Heroes," which is due out in May. The album's cover artwork can now be seen below. "Heroes" will follow the previous album "Carolus Rex" (reviewed here).
After returning with a new lineup last year, The Haunted will release a 3-track single entitled “Eye Of The Storm” on January 20th in Europe and January 21st in North America.
“Eye Of The Storm” will be available as limited edition 7” EP (1000 copies split as follows: 500x on black vinyl, 300 on red vinyl and 200x on white vinyl) and as digital single, featuring the new songs “Eye Of The Storm,” “Infiltrator,” and “My Enemy.”
American experimental black metal band Murmur has released a track from the forthcoming new and self-titled album.
"Zeta II Reticuli" is now streaming in the player below, courtesy of Terrorizer.com. The new album is due out January 21st and the track listing is as follows:
1. Water From Water
2. Bull Of Crete
5. Zeta II Reticuli
6. Zeta II Reticuli, pt 2
7. King In Yellow
8. When Blood Leaves More...
Raleigh, NC outfit Dark Design has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist:
"We have a big announcement to make for 2014. After 5 years of making music and bringing the band to where we are today, our friend and bro Mike Joyner has decided to leave the band to pursue other endeavors. We wish Mike all the best for the future and welcome him to jump on stage with us at anytime.
"On that note we would like to welcome to the band, Mr. Jim Griffin. Jim has jumped in and learned most of the songs in a very short period of time. Also thanks to Mike for working with Jim to learn the tunes.
"We look forward to working with Jim and seeing what new dimensions he will bring to the band. Happy 2014 to everyone and we will see you on the road!" More...
Florida sludge outfit Shroud Eater has issued the following announcement about upcoming tour dates:
"We're heading West with Orbweaver February 19 through March 10! The journey will be cold and perilous, bring us your warmest whiskey and your finest smoke, and let us RIFF you into oblivion..."
Dates for the trek are available in the tour poster below. More...