Metal News for October 11, 2013
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Just completing a 21 date U.S. headlining tour, Kill Ritual has now also finished production on sophomore release “The Eyes Of Medusa,” with final mixing and mastering handled by Andy LaRocque (King Diamond) at Sonic Train Studios.
A spring 2014 release for the album is expected. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Eyes Of Medusa
2. Hair Trigger
3. Never Get Me
4. Ride Into The Night
5. Weight Of The World
6. Writing On The Wall
7. Drop Dead Gorgeous
8. Just Another Sin
9. My Little Sister
11. Agenda 21
Recordings were handled at Fossil Sound in San Jose, CA and Fang Studio in San Mateo, CA. Production/engineering was again done by Kill Ritual guitarist Steven Rice.
Legendary Boston metal band Wargasm is commemorating the 25th anniversary of debut album "Why Play Around?" by releasing an album comprised of mid-'80s demos.
The 11 tracks on “Satan Stole My Lunch Money (Deluxe Expanded Edition)” were taken directly from the original cassettes, and the album includes every track from the band's four demos: "Satan Stole My Lunch Money," "Your Dog's Teeth," "Gasm It," and "Spirit In Decay."
"Whoever owns the rights to 'Why Play Around?' will probably never re-release it," says Wargasm bassist/vocalist Bob Mayo. "In fact, all 3 of our albums are currently unavailable. But almost half the songs on 'Why Play Around?' are on this demos album, so it's a pretty cool way to celebrate its 25th anniversary."
"Why Play Around?" has been out of print for two decades, though original LP, cassette and CD versions of the album sell for hefty prices in the aftermarket.
Mayo continues: "We were amazed that the cassettes still sounded so good. But when you’re dealing with cassettes, remixing them is out of the question. And when the cassettes are 20-25 years old, you’re really limited in what you can do with them sonically. We did what we could, and I think they sound pretty killer."
"Working on this record definitely brought me back to those days," says Mayo. "Thrash was just evolving and the tape-trading underground was a really powerful way to get your band heard all over the world. There is no underground anymore, there’s no more zines; everything’s on the internet for anyone to experience instantly. It was hard work to make an impression back then. Those times were really special to us and so are these tapes. They're part of the metal underground's history and we're psyched to be able to release them all together this way."
Moon Tooth is the new project of long-time friends and collaborators Nick Lee and Ray Marte (both formerly of Exemption). Moon Tooth finds the duo, along with vocalist John Carbone and bassist Vin Romanelli, bolder and more aggressive with blazing fast arrangements and powerful vocals bursting at the seams with energy.
The band has now posted debut EP "Freaks" online via Bandcamp, which can be heard below. Moon Tooth has also booked a DIY tour to pound the pavement and promote "Freaks." Dates are available after the jump. The EP's track listing is as follows: More...
According to Noisey.Vice.com, Gnaw's "Horrible Chamber" album "might make you poop a little." Now you can find out if the record will tear you a new bunghole with all seven noise-laden tracks of torment available for streaming below, courtesy of Noisey.
"Horrible Chamber" will see release via Seventh Rule Recordings on October 15th, 2013. You can also catch the band live:
11/03/2013 First Unitarian Church - Philadelphia, PA w Pelican, Coliseum
11/23/2013 Sammy's Patio - Revere, MA w/ Psycho, Afterbirth, Stasis More...
Assaulting audiences in both French and English, Insurrection is streaming upcoming album "Prototype" online now. Give the full album a listen below, courtesy of MetalTalk.net.
Produced by Topon Das (Fuck The Facts), the album will be unleashed on October 15th via Canadian label Galy Records and is Insurrection's first crowd funded and third full length album overall. Insurrection will be performing the following Canadian tour dates in support of the album:
Oct 12 - Bâtisse Industrielle - Trois Rivieres MetalFest - Trois Rivieres, QC w/ Hatebreed
Oct 19 - Petit Theatre - Rouyn-Noranda, QC
Nov 8 - Elks Lodge - Sydney, NS
Nov 9 - Gus' Pub - Halifax, NS
Nov 10 - The OC - Moncton, NB
Nov 11 - Baba's Lounge - Charlottetown, PEI
Nov 29 - Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
Nov 30 - Bar Le Magog - Sherbrooke, QC
Dec 7 - Eglise St. Jean-Bosco - Hull, QC More...
Paradise Lost is now streaming newly recorded track, "Our Saviour 2013," taken from the band's upcoming album, "Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)." Check it out in the player below, thanks to Decibel Magazine.
Due out on October 21st in Europe (digitally on November 5th in North America), "Tragic Illusion 25 (The Rarities)" features artwork by Parisian designer Valnoir. All tracks found on this compilation are previously released rarities - except the new track "Loneliness Remains," and newly recorded "Gothic 2013" and "Our Saviour 2013." These three tracks will also appear on a mint green 10" vinyl (USA exclusive color; limited to 300 copies).
The track listing is as follows:
1. Loneliness Remains*
2. Never Take Me Alive (SPEAR OF DESTINY cover version)
3. Ending Through Changes
4. The Last Fallen Saviour
5. Last Regret (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)
6. Faith Divides Us - Death Unites Us (Lost in Prague Orchestra Mix)
7. Cardinal Zero
8. Back On Disaster
9. Sons Of Perdition
11. Missing (EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL cover version)
12. Silent Heart
13. Gothic 2013*
14. Our Saviour 2013*
*=tracks that appear on the limited 10" More...
Sweden's Ghost B.C. today announced that new EP "If You Have Ghosts" will be released by Loma Vista Recordings on November 19th.
The five track EP was recorded and produced by Dave Grohl and includes cover version of songs by Roky Erickson, ABBA, Army of Lovers, Depeche Mode, and a live version of the offering "Secular Haze" recorded from a live ritual in Brooklyn earlier this year.
Internationally (with the exception of Scandinavia), Spinefarm Records will be the new releasing partner for Loma Vista on all Ghost B.C. recordings, including the new EP and previous album. Spinefarm releases are distributed through Caroline/Universal in all territories, including the U.K. where a November 18th date has been confirmed for the release of "If You Have Ghost." News on release plans in other territories will be announced soon.
The track listing is as follows:
1. If You Have Ghosts (Originally Recorded By Roky Erickson)
2. I Am A Marionette (Originally Recorded By ABBA)
3. Crucified (Originally Recorded By Army Of Lovers)
4. Waiting For The Night (Originally Recorded By Depeche Mode)
5. Secular Haze (Recorded Live At Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn) More...
Dysrhythmia will be heading out on a U.S. tour this November for an East Coast run. Support will come from the band Zevious, which also features Dysrhythmia drummer Jeff Eber. The dates are as listed below (for info on the “secret show” in Lynn, MA on November 16 email firstname.lastname@example.org):
11/02 – Richmond, VA @ The Compound
11/03 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
11/04 – Columbia, SC @ Conundrum
11/05 – Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge
11/06 – Tampa, FL @ Crowbar
11/07 – Miami, FL @ Churchills
11/08 – Orlando, FL @ TBA
11/09 – Tallahassee, FL @ Rehab
11/10 – Hattiesburg. MS @ Thirsty Hippo
11/11 – Memphis, TN @ Murphy’s
11/12 – St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
11/13 – Chicago, IL @ Ultra Lounge
11/14 – Cleveland, OH @ Now That’s Class
11/15 – Syracuse, NY @ Gorham Brothers Music
11/16 – Lynn, MA @ secret show
11/17 – Brooklyn NY @ Saint Vitus
From a world full of hate and violence, After Earth has formed to bring you new age melodic metal and plenty of distortion. After Earth is currently holed up inside Zing Studios (Killswitch Engage, A Day To Remember, Underoath) to begin work on a debut offering.
While work continues on the new effort, the band has posted the first track online, entitled "The Henchman." Check it out below.
Vocalist Damon Koscinski comments: "This track is the first of many to come and is the perfect summation of what we've been working towards with this new record. Really heavy, crunchy music but with a great melodic texture and soaring vocals that we hope to see YOU singing along to at our upcoming shows." More...
Following the summer release of "Turning A Blind Eye," Strengthen What Remains will be touring Europe this fall with stops in France and Germany. The tour starts in November and dates can be seen below:
NOV-07 Le Palindrome @ Laval (France)
NOV-08 Salle Emeraude @ Bressuire (France)
NOV-09 Mondo Bizarro @ Rennes (France)
NOV-13 Juz St Peter @ Duisburg (Germany)
NOV-14 Vortex @ Siegen (Germany)
NOV-15 Les Tanneries @ Dijon (France)
NOV-16 MJC Maison Pour Tous @ Nancy (France) More...
"The Calming Influence of Teeth" is the second effort from Boss Keloid and is currently available via Bandcamp. You can also stream the album below. The following press release was issued about the band:
"The Calming Influence of Teeth delivers heavy doses of groove, sludge, math, and progressive metal -- but blending it together so effortlessly that nothing feels forced.
"Boss Keloid is also known for one of the most crushing live shows in the U.K. and they plan to deliver on that with shows scheduled throughout the end of the year -- including the just announced Halloween Rock & Metal Extravaganza on October 25 at Wigan's The Boulevard and this Saturday (October 12) at Manchester's Age of Diversity III Festival alongside Black Acid Souls and more."
Catch the band live:
Fri Oct 25th - Wigan Halloween Extravaganza (with Ten Foot Wizard and Bastard of the Skies)
Sat Nov 9th - Wigan Tudor (with Halflings Leaf)
Sat Nov 23rd - Manchester Antwerp Mansion (with Halflings Leaf and Springbok)
Thurs Nov 21st - Liverpool Lomax (with Alpha Male Tea Party)
Fri Nov 29th - Liverpool Metrofest (with Metro Manila Aide and The Hicks)
Sat Dec 7th - Wigan Urban Sound Special (with Riggots and The Annunaki)
Sun Dec 15th - Manchester Grand Central Xmas Metal Feast
Fri Feb 28th - Wigan Boulevard (with SSS) More...
"Serpents Unleashed," the title track of the forthcoming new full-length from blackened thrash metal miscreants Skeletonwitch is currently streaming in the player below, courtesy of Emusic.com.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Serpents Unleashed
2. Beneath Dead Leaves
3. I Am Of Death (Hell Has Arrived) [watch the video right here]
4. From a Cloudless Sky
5. Burned From Bone
6. Unending, Everliving
7. Blade On The Flesh, Blood On My Hands
8. This Evil Embrace
10. Born of the Light That Does Not Shine
11. More Cruel Than Weak More...
The psychedelic warlords in Domovoyd today stream the entirety of their "Oh Sensibility" debut. Check it out in the player below, courtesy of TheObelisk.net.
The album is seeing international release today through Svart Records. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Detonated in the year 2010, with echoing guitars from the grooves of distant space, Domovoyd has risen to the forefront of the Finnish underground. Masters of dark, hypnotic, sprawling hazed-out doom, their music is a flaming celebration of the psychedelic arts, from the temples of Hawkwind to Matt Pike's altar of the riff. Capturing the live energy that has electrified audiences with their unique, heavy dose of rhythmic sludge, Oh Sensibility is an album that drone-heads and doom-freaks cannot afford to miss.
"Swilling the world about in their mouths and spitting it through a cosmic spiral, Domovoyd know how to traverse time and space, and have the necessary intoxicating ingredients to take you there. Saddle up your space rocket and say goodbye to your sensibilities, as Domovoyd, smoking long-dead galaxies in their wake, blast you into the furthest reaches of beyond. Tickets to the cosmos, in the form of CD, LP, and digital can be obtained via terrestrial communication with Svart Records on October 11th 2013." More...
Wilson has just finished what was quite possibly the band's most debaucherous tour to date, and these dudes have no plans on stopping any time soon.
The non-stop party will continue with a headline date on November 1st in Big Rapids, MI. Then at the end of November Wilson will hit the road with Bam Margera's Fuck Face Unstoppable. The tour kicks off November 30th in Peoria, IL and runs through December 18th in Montreal. That's not it though, this December the Wilson boys will be playing a special holiday show with fellow Detroit Metallers Battlecross.
Frontman Chad Nicefield checked in with an update on the band's upcoming plans: "After obliterating our minds and bodies with the spirits (the boozy kind) of what was almost the entire U.S of A over the past two months, we are excited to announce this next run of the gamut for Wilson.
"We expect to not only smear our rock and roll feces all over the face of Canada, but are beyond excited to spend this captivating period of time with the likes of Mr. Margera and crew! We even get to spend a few days celebrating the holidays with our dear fellow Detroiters Battlecross (FUCK YEA)!
"We want you to fully expect Wilson to leave it all on stage every night. Nothing will stop the fuckery, nothing CAN stop the fuckery! Not even sub-zero temps, the mountains of the West or any wussy snow or ice that may try and stick it's boner in our spokes.
"So HO HO HO mother fuckers, WILSON has a bag of shit hawks to send flying in each of your towns!" More...
Jan Kuehnemund, founder and lead guitarist for the hard rock group Vixen, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2013 from cancer. The band posted the following announcement on the official Facebook Page:
"It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Vixen founder and lead guitarist, Jan Kuehnemund, who lost a fierce battle with cancer on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Though most well known for her gifted guitar playing and other musical talents, Jan was a rare friend and beautiful in every sense of the word. Humble, thoughtful, loyal and kind, she was the most gracious of women, possessing the quiet strength of a true warrior. She genuinely loved and appreciated her friends and fans more than most could ever know. Those who were most fortunate to have known her and loved her are heartbroken at the loss of Jan, whose spirit will shine through her music eternally."
Vixen's latest album was "Live & Learn" in 2006. The band disbanded and reformed three times, the latest in 2008, resulting in the live release "Live in Sweden" in 2009. Jan Kuehnemund was 51 years old. More...
Iced Earth posted a new lyric video for the title track of the forthcoming album "Plagues of Babylon." The album drops on January 6th in Europe and January 7th in North America via Century Media Records.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Plagues of Babylon
3. The Culling
4. Among The Living Dead
6. The End?
7. If I Could See You
11. Spirit of the Times
Check out "Plagues of Babylon" here: More...
Canadian thrashers Mortillery announced that the addition of new guitarist Kent Quinlan, who has replaced the outgoing Alex Scott. The band issued the sophomore LP "Origin of Extinction" back in February via Napalm Records.
Mortillery is set to embark on a North American tour in support of Sepultura. The lineup with dates and venues can be found over at this location.
The announcement reads:
"We have searched all the way to the bottom of the pits in Hell to find a creature so vile, that could destroy lives by just playing a single note on a guitar! His lightning speed solos and soul crushing riffs will be an amazing addition to Mortillery's holocaustic sound!
"We're proud to announce KENT QUINLAN as the new Lead Guitarist in Mortillery! is the world ready for this?... let us wait and see!...." More...
German symphonic metal act Neopera posted a lyric video for the track "The Marvel of Chimera." The song is available now via iTunes and Spotify and will appear on the upcoming, yet untitled, debut release which is slated for release in 2014 via earMusic. More information on the album is expected soon.
Check out "The Marvel of Chimera" here:
Greek symphonic metal act Nightfall posted a new lyric video for the track "Phaethon." The song appears on the latest LP "Cassiopeia," which was issued in January of this year via Metal Blade Records.
Check it out here:
Death metal act Kataklysm posted a teaser clip for the upcoming music video for "Elevate." The video will premiere on October 17th at 3:00pm CET via Metal Hammer's website. "Elevate" appears on the upcoming new album "Waiting for the End to Come," which drops on Oct. 25th (EU), Oct. 28th (UK), and October 29th, 2013 (NA) via Nuclear Blast.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. If I Was God - I’d Burn It All
3. Like Animals
4. Kill The Elite
5. Under Lawless Skies
6. Dead & Buried
7. The Darkest Days of Slumber
8. Real Blood - Real Scars
9. The Promise
10. Empire Of Dirt
12. The American Way (Sacred Reich cover)
Check out the teaser clip: More...
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica posted a clip of the band performing "Unleashed" (from the "Design Your Universe" LP). The clip is from the upcoming Blu-Ray/DVD/3CD Live release "Retrospect," which captured the band's 10th Anniversary performance in the Netherlands earlier this year. The release will drop on November 8th via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track list is:
2. Monopoly on Truth
5. Martyr of the Free Word
6. Chasing the Dragon
8. Never Enough
9. Stabat Mater Dolorosa
10. Twin Flames
11. Serenade of Self-Destruction
12. Orchestral Medley
13. The Divine Conspiracy - Anniversary Edition
15. Blank Infinity
16. The Obsessive Devotion
17. Retrospect (New Song)
18. Battle of the Heroes & Imperial March
20. The Phantom Agony
21. Cry for the Moon
22. Sancta Terra
23. Design Your Universe
24. Storm the Sorrow
25. Consign to Oblivion
Check out "Unleashed": More...
The Northern Darkness Festival, which would have featured At The Gates, Graveworm, Napalm Death, and many more, has now been cancelled. The organizers of the fest issued the following statement:
"Today we must deliver the disappointing news that The Northern Darkness Festival has been cancelled. The aim of the festival was to bring the best in unsigned and international death and black metal artists from around the world to a new event in the UK more akin to the European festival line-ups.
"Unfortunately despite a lot of interest from bands wanting to play from all over the world we have not seen the same level of interest from the general public and to date ticket sales have been extremely disappointing, and it is with this in mind we have to make to unfortunate decision not to continue with the event.
"In short events like this can not take place if people do not want to come and support them, with less than 2 months to go until the event date less than 15% of available tickets have been sold and the majority of those were from outside the local area and even other countries.
"We wanted to give the North East a place on the metal festival scene and had hoped to grow the festival over the coming years into a major international event but without fans wanting to come and support an event of this size we are left with no option but to cancel.
"We would like to thank those that showed support for the event and to all the bands billed as well as those who applied to take part in the unsigned band competition and those who did purchase a ticket in advance. The UK does have some stellar alternative festivals with Bloodstock and Damnation festival but it appears the UK was not quite ready for The Northern Darkness.
"Tickets purchased directly will be refunded automatically over the next week, if you purchased your ticket from the venue you will be able to get a refund from them. Please allow 7 days for your refund to reach you before contacting us. We anticipate all refunds will be completed within 7 days and you will be contacted on the email address you gave when purchasing your ticket. If you have not received you refund within 7 days please email us: email@example.com."
Guitarist and co-songwriter Daniel Dlimi has decided to leave Aeon after 12 years within the band. Daneil issued the following statement:
“It’s with a heavy heart that I finally have decided to call it quits. Why?!? I simply cant afford doing this no more. To tour with a band in our size, you actually loose money on each and every tour. For us, the expenses is always higher then the income, and if that wasn’t enough, I also need to take time of from my daytime job which means absolutely no income at all during the period of a tour plus the extra expenses I get from the tour that does not get covered by the tour-income. You see where this is going?
"We have done four tours this year alone and each one of them have made us lose money. I have actually NEVER done a single tour and made a single dime in the end of the day. I am actually paying money to do shows for you guys. And the saddest thing about this is that the industry expects you to do so. Something must be seriously fucked up when for example the driver, the sound guy, the merch guy, the tour manager etc. makes more money on a tour compared to bands on the bill that is not headlining?!?
"The one thing I love doing the most with my band is actually being on stage performing for you guys. But my passion for the music simply won’t pay my bills. And as we all know, the record industry is suffering as hell and the record sales are lower then ever. So the only way to grow your band bigger is to do new albums and tour like hell… If you are lucky enough, one day you will be at a level where you actually get paid for you job, And like I said, i can’t afford doing all the tours required to maybe one day be a big enough name to do headline tours and actually make money out of it. More...
Steel Panther, which is currently gearing up for the release of a third full-length album, has posted a new "Steel Panther TV" segment online. Check it out below. The band also comments:
"We know TV sucks now that Breaking Bad is over which is why Steel Panther TV is here to save the world. Check out the 1st installment of SP TV: This Week In Music Edition!
"Michael Starr and Satchel give you the straight dope on what's coming out this week and if you should give a shit."
Tales of Evening has released a music video for the "Winds Will Rise" single, which can be viewed below. The following press release was issued about the song and band:
"The song was released in Hungarian - ‘A szél feltámad’ - as a foretaste of the band’s second album that is already in the works.
"The first Tales Of Evening release featuring ten powerful hymns came out in September 2012 via Nail Records in Hungary, entitled ‘Hajléktalan lélek’ (Shelterless Soul). Two videos were made for the album that became a widespread success among fans of the melodic metal genre.
"The female-fronted group formed in 2011, but has already played as support for well-known acts like Sabaton, Eluveitie and Luca Turilli's Rhapsody, among others. In November 2013 the band will be rocking at the 7th Keep Wiseman Alive show with Wisdom, Powerwolf and Vision Divine.
"The tentative release date of the second full-length album is spring 2014 for both the Hungarian and English version." More...
Leisure time does not seem to exist for singer Doro Pesch, as she is once again about to face an overwhelming schedule, which has her commute between two worlds: the music business and the movie industry.
After vocal recordings in early October in Hamburg, Doro took off to the Swiss mountains this past week, to finish working on the sequel of "Anuk – Way Of The Warrior," where she is starring in front of director Luke Gasser’s camera. Doro impersonates warrior Meha, who is fighting rivaling hordes with her mountain people in 2,500 BD.
Hardly back, Doro gathered her band for a final rehearsal prior to the upcoming Germany tour, which starts October 12, 2013 in Munich.
A relaxed Doro comments: "Stress? No. I am looking forward to my fans, especially since we’re celebrating our 30th stage anniversary on this tour. And the making of the movie was just great. In one scene I had to bite off an enemy’s ear. Afterwards you can see my face covered with a blood. Looks really tough, but it was so much fun to do this movie. I also love those scenes when I’m surrounded by horses and dogs.”
The spectacle will be available on screen in late 2014. And its soundtrack will most certainly include songs from Doro's most recent output "Raise Your Fist In The Air"." She comments: "For me the song 'Free Your Heart' fits to the film perfectly.“
Catch Doro live:
12.10.2013 München Backstage Werk
13.10.2013 Frankfurt Batschkapp
16.10.2013 Hamburg Große Freiheit
18.10.2013 Münster Jovel Music Hall
19.10.2013 Wilhelmshaven Pumpwerk
16.12.2013 Nürnberg Hirsch
17.12.2013 Saarbrücken Garage
19.12.2013 Hannover Capitol
20.12.2013 Leipzig Haus Auensee
21.12.2013 Magdeburg Factory
This summer French Hardcore metallers Vera Cruz announced a U.K. tour originally supposed to happen late September / early October.
Unfortunately, due to bassist Greg breaking his wrist in a motorcycle accident, the band had to cancel the tour. It has now been rescheduled for late November / early December. See new dates below:
19 Nov 13 Reading (UK) Facebar
20 Nov 13 Northampton (UK) Big Noise Studio
21 Nov 13 Rhyl (UK) North Wales Inn
22 Nov 13 Glasgow (UK) Audio
27 Nov 13 Birmingham (UK) Flapper
28 Nov 13 Southampton (UK) TBA
29 Nov 13 Stoke (UK) Minsters Bar
30 Nov 13 Derby (UK) Hairy Dog
01 Dec 13 Swansea (UK) Static
02 Dec 13 London (UK) Upstairs Garage
03 Dec 13 Guildford (UK) Boilerroom
04 Dec 13 Cardiff (UK) Bogiez
05 Dec 13 Plymouth (UK) White Rabbit More...
Legendary thrash act Death Angel is streaming the entire new album "The Dream Calls For Blood" over at the band's website at this location or in the player below. The album drops in Europe today and will be released in the UK on October 14th with the North American release following on October 15th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out the album here: