Metal News for October 14, 2013
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Closely echoing the band's chosen method of musical expression, the aptly titled "Architects of Destruction" is the newly released full-length album from French outfit The Walking Dead Orchestra.
The band may have declared war on humanity with this release, but drummer Cedric Ciulli was kind enough to spare my life for an interview, which can be found below. Read on to find out about the construction of the album, what's happening in the elaborate artwork, and how the French metal scene is changing with bands like Gojira and Betraying the Martyrs gaining international recognition. More...
Enjoy the 3rd episode below of Steel Panther TV with Lexxi Foxxx and Stix Zadinia helping you navigate the rough and raw waters of love and sex.
Have a question for Lexxi and Stix? Tweet your question with #LoveOnTheRocks and stay tuned each week for more!
Steel Panther is gearing up for the release of a new album, which follows previous release "Balls Out" (reviewed here). Further details are forthcoming.
U.K. act Heart In Hand has posted the following message online about splitting with the band's bassist:
"As some of you may have seen already, we have very recently parted ways with our bass player Carl.
"He was there from the start and had a huge part shaping Heart In Hand into what it is today, but it was time for him to move forward and onto other ventures. There are no hard feelings between us and we wish him all the best for his future.
"Taking his place on the lower frequencies will be our long term friend and bass wizard Gav Thane. You might remember him from bands like Viatrophy and Death Of An Artist, and he also filled in for Carl on our Scandinavian tour last month.
"Here's to the future, forever looking forward!"
After a two year absence, Swedish act Vanhelgd writhes its way back to the surface to ink a deal with Pulverised Records. The label comments:
"Relentless, uncompromising and with an obscure darkness vibe, Vanhelg came on to the scene with their debut full-length record 'Cult Of Lazarus' but year 2011 saw the band unleash probably their strongest material to date with 'Church Of Death.' Forward to present time, Vanhelgd strikes back with a vengeance in 2014; promising the upcoming record to be a Death/Doom supreme beast.
"Vanhelgd has recently completed writing and are scheduled to enter the studio in November 2013. The band recorded a short video clip of themselves rehearsing a new track off the new album, and can be seen below."
Front man Mattias Frisk comments: "Vanhelgd are very pleased to sign a deal with Pulverised for our next, yet untitled, album. The journey continues along the eerie paths we explored on Church Of Death (NWN 2011) but the songs seem somewhat darker this time. The writing process has been much more focused to our rehearsals this time with everyone involved, trying to make the absolutely best out of every song and not letting anything pass unnoticed. A lot of ideas have been thrown away, leaving us with eight strong tracks drenched in death, destruction and pure malevolence. The recording will start in November 2013 and will be the first with our new bass player Jonas Albrektsson."
Pulverised Records label manager Roy Yeo also also commented on the new signing: "We took notice on Vanhelgd when they released Church Of Death and back then, there was already something about Vanhelgd that we enjoyed. Perhaps it was a little of the sorrow vibe ala early At The Gates / Paradise Lost that was hidden beneath all that filthy death metal that was on Church Of Death, so we immediately agreed on releasing their upcoming album when the band approached us. We believe that for a band such as VENHELGD, their material can only get stronger with each release and further solidify the signature sound that they already possessed." More...
Lexington, KY's Beyond The Shore will be hitting the road this November in support of latest album and Metal Blade Records debut, "Ghostwatcher," which was released earlier this year.
Beyond The Shore will be joining up with Nonpoint, My Ticket Home, and Digital Collapse on select dates of the "Lights, Camera, Action Tour" starting on 11/14 in Cleveland, OH.
The band also has an off date scheduled in Poughkeepsie, NY at The Loft, with more dates in the works.
11/14 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
11/15 - Hartford, CT @ Webster Theatre
11/16 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft *not a part of Nonpoint tour
11/17 - Jeannete, PA @ Gators
11/19 - Albany, NY @ Bogies
11/21 - Libertyville, IL @ Austins Fuel Room
11/22 - Joliet, IL @ Mojoes More...
Chicago's Zaius has released the "Divided By Tides" EP online for streaming and name-your-price download. Check it out below or at Bandcamp here. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Zaius is one of the brightest new bands on the scene. Based in Chicago, IL, the band created an undeniable buzz with the release of 2011's 'All Your Friends Are Dead.'
"Equal parts Between The Buried And Me, Scale The Summit and Maserati, ZAIUS still finds a way to sound all their own by creating a bright atmosphere and incredibly heavy breakdowns (of a non-hardcore variety).
"Check out 'Divided By Tides' below and stay tuned for more announcements from the band!" More...
Cleveland heavy metal band Forever In Terror has just released a brand new song titled "Demons," which comes off the band's new self-titled album. Check it out below.
This is the band's first album release in four years and the first back with original guitarist John Burke. The album drops October 29th, 2013 via In-Demand Records worldwide. Pre-orders are available at this location.
Norwegian black metallers Ragnarok will hit the road in Europe next month, embarking on a European tour supporting U.S. death metal legends Incantation.
Both bands are veterans of the metal scene and will be touring with their latest albums – Ragnarok with seventh-full length “Maledictionm” released on Agonia Records, and Incantation with ninth full-length “Vanquish in Vengeance,” which came out on Listenable Records. The tour routing is as follows:
08.11 - Aalborg Metal Fest, Aalborg, Denmark
09.11 – Turock, Essen, Germany
10.11 - Steinbruch Theatre, Darmstadt , Germany
11.11 - Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
12.11 - Klub Mir, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
13.11 - to be announced
14.11 – Gladhouse, Cottbus, Germany
15.11 – Festung, Bitterfeld, Germany
16.11 - U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
17.11 - K17, Berlin, Germany
18.11 – Baroeg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
19.11 - to be announced
20.11 – Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
21.11 - Secret Place, Montpellier, France
22.11 – Cycle, Calenzano/Florence, Italy
23.11 – Colony, Brescia, Italy More...
Coming off of a recent North American headline tour, Cleveland's Ringworm has been added as a special guest to the Invisible Oranges CMJ Showcase.
The Showcase is set for Thursday, October 17th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn, NY. Appearing alongside Ringworm will be Pelican, Primitive Man, Aksumite, Radiation Blackbody, and Hasj. The showcase is open to CMJ badge holders and tickets are available for purchase right here.
Ringworm released new EP "Bleed" in September via Relapse Records. Check it out below. More...
The black metal visionaries in Dark Fortress have started recording an upcoming album and follow-up to the 2010 album "Ylem." The band comments:
"Dark Fortress just started tracking drums for a (yet untitled) new album. The album is roughly scheduled for a release in early 2014. More news will follow soon..."
Further details will be forthcoming. You can also catch Dark Fortress live at this 2014 festival:
6.13-16.2014 -- (D) Weismain -- Legacy Open Air (Waldstadion)
In celebration of its official unveiling via Sacrament Music, Noisey.Vice.com is now offering up a full stream of the "9 Days" EP from Strangelight. Check out the full EP in the player below. The following press release was also issued about Strangelight:
"Named in homage to a track off Fugazi's 'The Argument,' Strangleight is an eclectic collective of souls forged in a small Brooklyn basement studio.
"Featuring the creative forces of Brendan Tobin (Made Out Of Babies, Red Sparowes), Cooper (Made Out Of Babies), Kenneth Appel (Goes Cube, Cleanteeth, White Widows Pact), John Niccoli (Mussels) and Geoff Rickly (Thursday, United Nations), Strangelight draws upon DC visionaries, Amphetamine Reptile destroyers and Touch & Go noisemakers, offering up all the signature stylings of an early '90s Dischord band." More...
Specializing in raw and abrasive metal, New Jersey’s Centralia is set to remind the world that black metal isn’t cool, it isn’t fashionable, and it sure as hell isn’t pretty.
The band's vile, blasphemous debut offering “Grimoire” will probably disgust any decent human being, and now the title track can be heard below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"If you’re looking for safe, easy metal to join some other meatheads in the pit for a karate match, just avoid this album, you wouldn’t understand it and it wouldn’t want to sit on a shelf next to your shitty CDs, but if you like your metal unrefined, ugly, skin crawling and uncompromising then Centralia’s 'Grimoire' is for you. Coming to you November 1st 2013 on Born of Chaos Records and available worldwide through most retailers, 'Grimoire' is going to delight or disgust you and either way, it’s done it’s job."
The track listing is as follows:
2. Heed the Witches Call
4. Slaughter in Paradise
5. Harbinger of Death
6. Fuck You in Hell
7. Hell on Earth
8. Blasphemer (Sodom Cover) More...
Motorhead is releasing another brand new track from upcoming 21st studio album, "Aftershock," entitled "Queen Of The Damned."
The "Queen Of The Damned" track is streaming via Loudwire.com here.
And damned you will be if you do not pick up Aftershock—at least in the eyes of guitarist Phil Campbell, who offers up his sentiments to those who ignore the band’s new album, saying, “If you don't check out our new record, you're a wanker!”
Drummer Mikkey Dee adds, “Finally everyone! Aftershock in da house! I think we have a very special new Motorhead album for you to hear, a great step forward from the last few albums! I just fucking love it!”
Motorhead also recently announced an upcoming official listening party, taking place at the Rainbow Bar & Grill located at 9015 Sunset Blvd in West Hollywood. The event is taking place on Friday, October 18th from 9:00-11:00 PM, upstairs. More...
Brazil's Jackdevil has released a music video for "Flashlights," which can be viewed below. The song comes off the "Faster Than Evil" EP released this year. The track listing is as follows:
1. Faster Than Evil
3. Bastards in the Guillotine
4. Scream For Me
5. Night of the Killer
PureGrainAudio.com has teamed up with Vancouver, BC based metal band Tribune to stream latest track "Insectoid." Check it out on the player below.
The song is from the band's upcoming nine-track concept album "Tales," inspired by the writings of some of the world’s most renowned authors, including H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, Homer, and many others. The album is set for release on October 29th via Corpse Corrosion Music. The track listing is as follows:
Chapter I – Tales
Chapter II – Insectoid
Chapter III – The Butterfly Effect
Chapter IV – From Funeral To Funeral
Chapter V – Horror
Chapter VI – King of Ithaca
Chapter VII – Vengeance
Chapter VIII – Red Crescent
Chapter IX – That Bleakest Shore More...
With second LP, "Patricidal Lust," ready to be discharged via 20 Buck Spin next month, today Pitchfork.com penetrates the public with the first new load of grueling death from San Franciscan horde Vastum. Check out the song "3 AM In Agony" at this location.
"Patricial Lust" will see CD and digital release November 12th, with a vinyl edition, bearing alternate artwork, to follow soon after. The track listing is as follows:
1. Seasons in the Claustrum (The Libidinal Spring)
2. Enigma Of Disgust
3. 3 AM In Agony
5. Patricidal Lust
6. Repulsive Arousal
Current members of Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall, along with ex-members of Overcast and Cannae. have combined forces in the project Death Ray Vision for the debut 12 song album "We Ain't Leavin' Till You're Bleedin."
The band has now released a music video for "Barfly," which can be viewed below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
01. We Ain't Leavin' Till You're Bleedin'
02. Over My Dead Body
04. Condemned When You Were Born
05. Fuck Compromise
06. Live Fast… Never Die
07. Break Every Chain
08. This Is Progress
10. Your Shallow Grave
11. False Prophet
12. A Forest (Of Kegs) More...
Unique Leader Records has issued the following announcement about signing a deal with Soreption:
"We are extremely proud to announce that Unique Leader Records will be working with Sweden’s over the top extreme metal act Soreption.
"Soreption is a technical death metal band from Sweden having razor sharp technical riffs, schizophrenic time signatures topped with catchy chugging grooves and intense vocals. They have created their signature sound not yet replicated by any other modern band with a strong following to back.
"Their debut album 'Deterioration of Minds,' mixed and produced at Ninetone Studios by Tommy and Chris Rehn from ANGTORIA was released 2010 and brought major attention to the band as a formidable force in the genre. The album will be re-issued by Unique Leader Records in 2014.
"The long awaited punishing new album 'Engineering the Void' is going to be out early 2014 on Unique Leader Records. This release is going to offer the fans of Soreption what they have been longing for and will not disappoint. Official worldwide street date and advanced track coming soon." More...
Naturmacht Productions warmly welcomes German black metal veterans Sado Sathanas to its roster. The label comments:
"Sado Sathanas, founded 1996, plays a unique blend of German atmospheric, melodic black metal and their sound and style fit in perfectly with the values and vision of Naturmacht Productions.
"Naturmacht Productions will release the upcoming second album 'Nomos Hamartia' in summer 2014. Sado Sathanas will perform their next live gig on 9.11.13 in the Iron Eagle Lugau - Germany." More...
Argentina's Derby Bitches has released a live music video for the track "U.N.D.E.A.D." Check out the clip below, which was filmed on June 22nd, 2013. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.
Greek doom metallers Aeon Aphelion have released their debut full-length album titled "Visions of Burning Aeons."
The album is available for streaming below, or as a free download from Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Ravenous Flames 05:09
2. Ophitic Doctrine 08:03
3. A Deaconry to Vanity 07:01
4. Oracles 05:15
5. (Dona Eis) Requiem 07:58
6. Shrine of Despair 05:33
7. Whitewood 08:37 More...
German death/grind band Mental Killing Spree is now releasing a debut full-length album titled "Centrifuge of Man."
The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Filip "Heinrich" Halucha at Sound Division Studio in Warsaw, Poland. "Centrifuge of Man" consists of ten tracks in all including two re-recordings of the demo songs "Atrocious Generosity" and "They Still Have a God."
Currently the band is searching for distribution options, but the album can be purchased directly through the band at Facebook. The track listing is as follows:
1. Atrocious Generosity 5:37
2. Lymph Node Monstrosity 3:54
3. Creator of Hatred 5:23
4. Equal Zero Coincidence 4:55
5. Centrifuge of Man 3:06
6. Autoaggressive Leviathan 3:52
7. Indecipherable 4:53
8. They Still Have a God 3:29
9. Directive of Cruelty 3:50
10. Theorized Downfall 3:13 More...
Italy's Ashes To Ashes (not to be confused with the Norwegian band of the same name) has inked a deal with WormHoleDeath.
During April 2012 the band flew overseas to produce debut album “Borderline” at Westfall Recording Company in New York. There the band also recorded the first studio video for the single “Alice’s Song." taken from the record originally distributed by Underground Symphony Records and now published by Wormholedeath/Warner/Chappell Music worldwide.
The band comments: “Ashes To Ashes are proud to announce the signing of a publishing deal with WormHoleDeath. It’s going to be a successful path thanks to the professionalism and the hard working mentality of the label. It took a single meeting to understand that WormHoleDeath politics perfectly metches the needs of the band. We couldn’t wish for better and we are sure we’ll do great together from today on."
The second Hybrid Reality EP, titled "Nexus of Eden," is due out November 3rd, 2013. A teaser trailer for the release can be found below.
You can also check out the band's recently released music video for "Prometheus" at this location. The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Wings of Grace
5. Nemesis Inside
Brazilian band Spleenful has released a new single titled "Absinthe Love Affairs" and a lyric video for the track can be found below.
The song is taken from the band's debut EP, "Bittersweet," which is also going to be available for free download on October 31st. Spleenful comments:
"Absinthe Love Affairs synthesizes everything the band intend to do, with elements of Gothic, Black and Death Metal with Prog and Classical Music influences. The lyrics reflect the dense atmosphere of the music, based on dark poetry and horror literature from writers such as Lord Byron, Charles Baudelaire, Álvares de Azevedo and Alfred de Musset.
"Spleenful was formed in 2012 by singer Tiago Alano and guitarrist Lucas Cabral when they started to write music together. The band became a main priority to them when female singer Bianca Giovanella joined Spleenful. The line-up also includes Caio Botrel (guitars), Igor Thomaz (bass), Carlos Wilke (drums) and Aldrey (keyboards).
"The band is also releasing their own brand of absinth to celebrate the release of their first single, the Spleenful Absinthe. The first people to experience their exclusive drink are going to be those who attend Dark City, one of the biggest gothic events in Brazilian underground scene, on October 19th." More...
Rockers & rollers get ready: Sweden's Hardcore Superstar will be embarking on a journey, co-headlining with Buckcherry this fall throughout Europe.
To give you a little impression of what to expect, Hardcore Superstar just released a video trailer for the tour. Check it out below. Dates for the trek are also available after the jump.
With the release of a self-titled debut record coming up November 1st, newly formed doomsters Avatarium now give a look into the songs of "Avatarium" (reviewed here). This is how mastermind Leif Edling (Candlemass) describes the album in his own words:
Moonhorse: The first song I wrote. It’s about a little sick kid lying in bed daydreaming, and wanting to be out playing with his friends. Lots of dynamics and contrast in this song. Light and shade. One of the best songs I have written I think.
Pandoras Egg: About the sickness in the world. Collected by the gods and locked in, but now in free flow. Jennie-Ann sings it like a female Ronnie James Dio. Great!
Avatarium: Very twisted and a bit proggy. To me anyway. Mainly describes what an Avatarium is: a place anywhere, of any size, where you can worship your demi-gods. Could be that singer, a politian, Tony Iommi, an actor, a historical figure, porn actress etc…..More...
British metal act Sacred Mother Tongue announces today that the forthcoming co-headline tour with Voodoo Six will be the last shows the band will ever play.
Having released the "Out Of The Darkness" album earlier this year, but been unable to reach the wider audience needed to survive, the band have decided that now is the right time to call an end to its existence. Lead singer Darrin South comments:
"I am deeply saddened to announce that this upcoming tour with Voodoo Six will be Sacred Mother Tongue's last. This is a gut wrenching decision that has troubled us all for some time, but alas, with a heavy heart we have decided to bite the bullet and bring an end to the band.
"So with what will now be, our farewell tour, we're gonna play the hell outta these shows as if our lives depended on it. Come along as it will be your last chance to see Sacred Mother Tongue perform, and we're gonna make sure it's a memorable tour for all. More...
Stoner rock band Beef Supreme has announced the upcoming release of a vinyl album. The album, titled “How To Return From The Dead,” will be the band's first full-length recording and is tentatively set for an April, 2014 release.
In addition, the band has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund the pressing of the album. Beef Supreme is offering various exclusives for this campaign, including autographed copies of the album, limited-edition t-shirts and posters, and more.
The Arizona act Beef Supreme has previously released two EPs, “Beef Supreme” in 2012 and “Royal Bitch” in 2013. More...
Chilean Djent band Naioth has released its third official music video for the track "Mental Walls," which comes off the album "Dance of Light" released via Digmetalworld Records in 2012. The video was directed by Ignacio Figueroa and produced by Mauricio Duran at Tejevientos Films. Watch "Mental Walls" below.
According to the Cook County sheriff website, Nachtmystium vocalist/guitarist Blake Judd has been arrested on theft charges.
MetalInsider.net has now reported Judd will remain in jail until early November, which means Nachtmystium is likely to miss the band's scheduled appearance at the Metal Insider CMJ Showcase on October 16th.
The Brooklyn showcase will still feature the bands Vattnet Viskar, Ramming Speed, Byzantine, and Black Anvil. More...
Season of Mist band Necrophobic will be continuing on without vocalist Tobias Sidegård, who recently was found guilty on charges of abusing his wife. The band issued the following official statement:
"Tobias is no longer a member of Necrophobic. The verdict following his trial regrettably left us, the band, with no other choice.
"As stated before, Necrophobic does not accept or tolerate domestic violence in any way. We will now search for a replacement. Tobias will make a statement of his own within the next couple of days, which he will publish on his Facebook page."
The band's new album "Womb of Lilithu" is slated for release via Season of Mist on October 29th in North America (October 25th worldwide). More...
Visions Of Atlantis has posted the following message online about canceling two upcoming festival appearances:
"Dear VOA Fans, especially those who were looking forward to seeing us at the Metal Female Voices Fest and Konzertfabrik Z7 in Pratteln this weekend.
"We regret to inform you that VOA has to cancel both festivals appearance due to unforeseen and very unfortunate circumstances. We hope that this does not prevent all of you from having a great time at the festivals. VOA is looking to make this up to the festival promoters and fans in 2014."
The band's new album "Ethera" is out now via Napalm Records. Check out a teaser trailer for the release below. More...
The koldest of Norwegian black metal bands Koldbrann has checked in with the following statement about parting ways with a member:
"Stian Johnskareng a.k.a. S.G.J. has decided to step down from his position as bass player in Koldbrann, after being a member of the band for 10 years.
"He has played bass on all releases since 2004, including the albums 'Moribund' (2006) and 'Vertigo' (2013). He has also been an important part of Kodlbrann's live performances.
"Johnskareng's last performances with Koldbrann will take place at Phantoms of Pilsen in Czech Rep. and in Erfurt, Germany, on the 25th and 26th of October.
"Koldbrann has the utmost respect for Johnskareng's decision and would like to thank him for his work, dedication and comradeship over all these years. We wish you all the best! Heia Drammen!" More...
Mayan is currently working on a new album and follow-up to 2011's "Quarterpast" (reviewed here).
The band has now also split with guitarist Isaac Delahaye (Epica). Mayan issued this statement on the parting of ways:
"As many of you have noticed Isaac wasn't on our latest band photo. We all enjoy being part of this awesome band but we also realize that each band member has a busy career next to it... We all agreed to respect that from each other when we started this adventure. Isaac has decided to not take part in MaYaN anymore.
"We hugely thank Isaac for his amazing contributions, the funny moments and dedication. Possibly we'll share the stage again in the future. We're already working with a very likely replacement for the job, soon more news on that. For now we stay focused on mixing the upcoming album. We can't wait to share it with you!!!"
Isaac himself comments:
"Hi everybody, I recently decided to leave Mayan, because I want to concentrate on other things. For Quarterpast I got asked to join as a session musician, and I've gladly helped them out. Now I feel it's time to pass this on to someone else.
"It was absolutely awesome to be part of this, to help build up this band, and I wanna thank the fans, the band & everyone involved for the good times. Now all Mayan has to do, is finish that new album so I have some decent stuff to listen to!"
Epitome of the Weak has issued the following brief announcement about calling it quits and the members joining a new band:
"Epitome of the Weak is no more. We will be deleting our Facebook page in the next few weeks. For current updates follow our new page I Created A Lie! New music, new EP, new merch; don't miss out!"
You can also find instructions on downloading all the previous Epitome of the Weak material at Facebook here.
The newly formed band I Created A Lie consists of these members:
Esteban Rojas - Vocals
Justin Lawhorne - Guitar
Chris Parker - Guitar
Sean Williams - Bass
David Brandon - Drums