Metal News for October 15, 2012
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Sacred Serenity has issued the following announcement about going on hiatus due to the band's drummer undergoing surgery:
"Our drummer Kyle has recently been diagnosed with a rare condition called Kienbock's disease. This disease interrupts the blood flow to the wrist and surrounding areas. It is NOT life threatening and it was diagnosed in the early stages so Kyle will be alright with the right treatment which bring us to our announcement.
"The band will be taking a hiatus to allow Kyle to undergo surgery and recover. WE ARE NOT BREAKING UP. No matter what comes this bands way, we will overcome it. We will be cancelling some of our upcoming shows, however our last show before our hiatus will be November 3rd with Born of Osiris at the Croc Rock in Allentown. This will be the last chance to see us before we take this mandatory break.
"Once again, we are by no means stopping. We are simply taking the time to allow Kyle to heal. Please come out to our last show before this break and support us and Kyle in our never ending quest to play the best music we can.
"Remember - NOVEMBER 3RD - last chance to see us before our break. See any of the band members for tickets and come support us through this time."
You can also stream Sacred Serenity's "Synapse" album in its entirety over at this location.
... Continued from Part II...
11:00am. After two full days of brushing my teeth with bottled water, “morning” and “night” (relative terms), without a sink, I have toothpaste streaked in white stains all over my army-green shorts. I’ve already lost count of people who’ve asked me how much I’ve been jerking it.
12:00pm. A bracing gust of wind pummels the gazebo. So far, the guy lines and tent pegs anchoring the flimsy metal stanchions to the ground have held (with some occasional coaxing), but they’ve taken a beating from the continuous breeze. We’re situated on the crest of a slope that scoops up the air and sends it hurtling into our camp. More...
Canadian act As Autumn Calls is currently deep in the process of crafting a new darkly atmospheric epic to see release next year through Rain Without End Records. As work progresses on the upcoming album, the band's bassist/vocalist James got in contact with us to explore the inner workings of what will come to be called "Cold, Black & Everlasting."
In the interview below, you can follow As Autumn Calls from its inception through the band's time refining its process and musical techniques to the present day as the four piece pulls forth a new album "about the constant struggle of facing the darkness and trying to find that place in your mind where you can find contentment, and perhaps even happiness." More...
Dutch death metal act AntropomorphiA has collaborated with Rock Hard magazine in Germany for the worldwide premiere the "Psuchagogia" video clip. "Psuchagogia" comes off the band's new album "Evangelivm Nekromantia," set to be released this Friday on CD and LP. Check out the video below or through Rock Hard Magazine.
The clip was directed by video producer Maurice Swinkels and shot on location in Leipzig, Germany. Comments AntropomorphiA singer/guitarist Ferry Damen: "We talked about recording a video for 'Psuchagögia' a few months ago and decided to bring in Maurice Swinkels from Younique Film for the visual awakening of this track. I told Maurice some of the ideas I had regarding the 'storyline' and he came up with a great location in the eastern part of Germany, which turned out to be perfect for documenting this somewhat disturbingly and dark tale. We shot the video on September 8th and during the shoot we seriously got beneath the horrid surface of the tale we wanted to tell. It's our first ever video and I can say that we are thrilled about the way it turned out!" More...
Three years following the band's last studio release, Lacrimosa is back with 11th studio album "Revolution," which will be released tomorrow in North America via End of the Light Records. Today AOL Music is streaming "Revolution" in its entirety right here. The following press release was also issued:
"This album will not only captivate listeners with its thematic elements, it also features a stellar guest lineup! Next to choirs and orchestras the band recorded their new album with Mille Petrozza mastermind of the thrash metal pioneers Kreator and on drums Stefan Schwarzmann, from Accept!
"Lacrimosa was established in November 1990 as an alternative band featuring rock music with poetical lyrics, mixed with classical influences. For over 20 years now the band has garnered a reputation as pioneers for several music styles including German Alternative and Symphonic-Metal!
"As the first independent band with German lyrics Lacrimosa visited Mexico back in 1998, followed by South America, Russia and China. At the present time Lacrimosa tour all over the world. They have worked with the world famous London Symphony Orchesta, recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios, and have topped the charts in over 25 countries worldwide." More...
Downfall of Gaia has launched the first video clip in the history of the band. The video for "In The Rivers Bleak" can be viewed below or over at the band's Metal Blade landing page.
Comments Downfall of Gaia on the video: "We are very proud to present our brand-new video for In The Rivers Bleak! This video is filmed by John Bradburn and Andy Paton on a rainy English night and delivers in a perfect way the mood we tried to capture on this record. It's completely filmed in black and white and it's a view right inside the story of our new record."
"Suffocating In The Swarm of Cranes" is a concept album about an individual's struggles with living in modern, oft over-stimulated society. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. drowning by wing beats
3. in the rivers bleak
4. i fade away
5. beneath the crown of cranes
6. giving their heir to the masses
7. [asphyxia] More...
Cattle Decapitation has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting.com to release a new music video for “Forced Gender Reassignment.” Check out the video over at this location. The following press release was also issued:
"Banned by YouTube and Vimeo and deemed to be too over the top for Cattle's label Metal Blade Records to even touch, 'Forced Gender Reassignment' is a gory, obscenely graphic and explicitly intense story of what could happen when the tables are turned on a group of people whose faith blinds them to the point of being unable to mind their own business and just letting others be themselves. This will truly go down as one of the most disturbing music videos of all time. Cattle Decapitation will be touring this fall with Six Feet Under on The Autumn Apocalypse Tour and Dying Fetus on The Blood of Power Tour. See tour dates below." More...
Australia's Myridian has revealed the cover artwork and track listing for the band's new album "Under the Fading Light," which can be found below. Further details on the album's release will be announced in the coming weeks.
2. To The Dying Sun
3. Veil Of Sorrow
4. No Dawn
5. Solitude's Embrace
6. Under The Fading Light
8. Ethereal Storm More...
Swedish death metal overlords Evocation will release their fourth studio album, "Illusions Of Grandeur," on October 22nd in North America via Century Media Records.
"Illusions Of Grandeur" was recorded at IF Studios (In Flames, The Haunted etc.) & Evocation Studios together with producer Roberto Lagh. As a very special guest, Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth laid down guest vocals on the song "Into Submission."
To hear "Illusions Of Grandeur" in its entirety, head over to Decibel Magazine.com for the exclusive album stream right here.
The track listing is:
1. Illusions Of Grandeur
2. Well Of Despair
3. Divide And Conquer
4. Perception Of Reality
5. Metus Odium
6. I'll Be Your Suicide
7. Crimson Skies
8. Into Submission
9. The Seven Faces Of God
10. Final Disclosure
Progressive metal quintet Disperse has inked a deal with Season of Mist, with new music slated for a 2013 release. The band states:
"So here it is! The big day has come! We have just become one family together with Morbid Angel, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Cynic and many others! Big thanks to Season of Mist for believin' in! Moreover, the line-up has changed! Marcin & Przemek - thanks for the past. Maciej, Daniel, Wojtek – thanks for the future!"
“I'm so happy that this album is finally finished.” guitarist Jakub Zytecki comments. “I started to write some of the very first songs almost three years ago. As a band, we had a lot of ups and downs during that time, but thanks to help of our families and friends, we could push the things forward and finish what we'd started...Signing with Season of Mist is a really promising step in Disperse’s career. We can't wait to see where our common journey will take us! Thanks Michael and Co for your appreciation and support!”
For more info on Disperse, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Svart Records has announced November 23rd as the release date for Kuolemanlaakso's "Uljas uusi maailma." Featuring members of Chaosweaver, Swallow the Sun, and Barren Earth, and produced by a Triptykon/Dark Fortress member, Kuolemanlaakso's "Uljas uusi maailma" ("Brave New World") is the band's debut album.
The track listing and cover artwork can be viewed below. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Named after one of the lowest, driest, and hottest places on Earth, Kuolemanlaakso ('Death Valley) took its first breath in the Spring of 2010. The band originally started out as a one-man project of guitarist Laakso (Chaosweaver). Much influenced by Eparistera Daimones of Triptykon, Laakso’s mission was to create an utterly dark and heavy album, full of catchy hooks and originality: a tragically beautiful world all its own.
"It was clear from the start that the lyrics would be recited in Finnish. They were inspired by Eino Leino’s (1878–1926) poem collection Helkavirsiä, the mystique of the Finnish forests, and the morbidity of the modern world. More...
Dark Descent Records is now taking pre-orders for the self-titled debut from Toronto-based blackened death metal four-piece Paroxsihzem. Visit this location for pre-order information. The album will begin shipping on October 30th. Paroxsihzem have posted the track "Nausea" from their 2010 demo over at Bandcamp, or you may listen to it in the player below. Formed in 2007, Paroxsihzem puts forth a harsh, dark, demented, and atmospheric form of black/death metal. Their debut CD was mixed and mastered by V.K.
Norway's Tellus Requiem has signed with Nightmare Records to release debut album "The 11th Hour." The album will be available on January 22nd, 2013. Nightmare Records also commented:
"These progressive up and comers are sure to blow minds with the music they have created. Tellus Requiem consists of five members who all came from diverse musical backgrounds, which can be recognized immediately by their distinct sound. From the very first crunchy guitar wail with juicy leads your ears are battered with a progressive metal onslaught. Combining these elements with beautiful melodies and harmonies Tellus Requiem delivers their breathtaking debut The 11th Hour."
The band's lineup is:
Ben Rodgers - Vocals
Vidar Lehmann - Drums
Stig Nergård - Guitars
Ivar Hagen Bøe - Bass
Anders Sundbø - Keys More...
My Dying Bride has teamed up with DecibelMagazine.com to stream the first four tracks from the band's upcoming album, "A Map of all our Failures," which is due out tomorrow via Peaceville Records. Check it out right here.
My Dying Bride was also recently covered in our "Sunday Old School" column. The new album "A Map of all our Failures" can be pre-ordered as a special edition CD/DVD, double vinyl, and with multiple bundle packages at this location. The album's track listing is:
1. Kneel till Doomsday
2. The Poorest Waltz
3. A Tapestry Scorned
4. Like A Perpetual Funeral
5. A Map of all our Failures
6. Hail Odysseus
7. Within The Presence of Absence
8. Abandoned As Christ
Revocation will be headed out for the "Deconsecrate the Nation" tour this coming November alongside The Faceless and The HAARP Machine. Dates for the run are as follows:
Nov 27 Ogden, UT Mojoes
Nov 28 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Nov 29 Kansas City, MO Beaumont
Nov 30 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose
Dec 1 LaPorte, IN Game Emporium
Dec 2 Toledo, OH Frankies
Dec 3 St. Catharines, ON Barracuda Pretty
Dec 4 Windsor, ON KOC
Dec 5 London, ON Rum Runners
Dec 6 Syracuse, NY The Lost Horizon
Dec 7 Springfield, VA Empire
Dec 9 Pittsburgh, PA The Ironworks
Dec 11 Oklahoma City, OK Chameleon
Dec 12 Austin, TX Dirty Dog
Dec 14 Tucson, AZ The Rock More...
Swiss act Voice of Ruin has posted a new track online titled "Big Dick," which the band describes as a "political and sexual song for every metalhead." Check out "Big Dick" in the player below. More music from Voice of Ruin can also be heard over at Facebook here.
Bison B.C. has teamed up with Revolver to stream the new song "Clopazine Dream" online, which can be heard right here.
The track comes off new album "Lovelessness," due for release on October 22nd through Metal Blade Records. The following press release was issued about the album:
"In the great Canadian spirit of loss and heart ache, the downer foursome known as Bison B.C. have managed to scourge their rotting brains desperately puking out new psalms of suffering. Akin to a lunatic writing their opus on the bedroom wall with their own shit comes this strange noise from the west coast melting pot of shit and failure; in a country based on terrifying distance and lonesome, stoic suffering. Lovelessness does not portray the death of love or the lack of the same. Rather it attempts to map out the pathetic and desperate pursuit of love, which in itself becomes violent like a cancer, an assault on anything that is good in the world. A heartfelt repulsion towards anything that could bring pleasure, because with happiness we suffer truly - the wanting of more. Gluttons! Pigs to the trough! Lead us to treachery! Lead us to solitude! More...
Today, the first of a series of studio clips from Aeon's smoldering "Aeons Black" recording session has been posted online. Check it out below or at the album's landing page here.
Sit back and watch bassist Marcus Edvardsson and vocalist Tommy Dahlstöm lay down the beginnings of what would become the "Aeons Black" full-length.
Set to devour North America on November 20th, 2012 through Metal Blade Records, "Aeons Black" was recorded at Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Ronnie Björnström at Garageland Studios and features cover art by Kristian "Necrolord" Wåhlin (Bathory, At The Gates, Dissection, Emperor et al). More...
Metal Injection was invited to visit Behold The Arctopus at Thousand Caves Studio during rehearsal to catch the band run through three new songs off the upcoming release, "Horrorscension." The album is due out October 22nd, 2012.
Video of the jam session has now been posted online, and you can view footage of a new song below, or check out the other two clips through Metal Injection:
Koldbrann announced its signing with Season of Mist last month, and the Norwegian black metal act’s forthcoming album will be entitled “Vertigo.” The album is set for a January 25th release (January 22nd in North America).
In the meantime, Koldbrann will unleash “Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott,” a 7” single strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide, on November 16th. The single includes a song from “Vertigo” and an exclusive B side entitled “Kasjtjeijs Svøpe.”
A video clip for "Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott" has also been posted online and can be viewed below. More...
After a forced 10 month break due to a severe car accident, death metal act Insain is back in action and has posted footage of drummer Sangli from the band's first new rehearsal. Check out the clip below.
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Headbanger's Kitchen, which is hosted by Demonstealer Records (Demonic Resurrection/Workshop/Reptilian Death), has now released an 11th episode online. Check out the clip below to view both the "demonic cookery" segment on how to conjure "Spaghetti '59" and also find the interview portion of the show with Sidharth & Jimmy from Zygnema. More...
Obsidian Kingdom has posted another teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming new album "Mantiis," which the band describes as "an agony in fourteen bites."
Check out the clip below. The "Mantiis" album is due out November 16th, 2012 and will be made available for streaming in its entirety online on the release date.
Forgotten Tomb's forthcoming album "...And Don't Deliver Us From Evil..." is due out on October 30th in Europe and November the 6th in North America via Agonia Records. You can check out the album's first three tracks below, or stream the entire release through Rockerilla.com here.
The album's track listing is:
2. …And Don’t Deliver Us From Evil…
3. Cold Summer
4. Let’s Torture Each Other
5. Love Me Like You’d Love The Death
7. Nullifying Tomorrow
8. Transmission (Joy Division cover)*
9. Sore (Buzzov•en cover) **
* exclusive digipack CD bonus track
**exclusive vinyl bonus track More...
For those that cannot wait any longer to hear "Book Burner" (reviewed here), the new offering from Grindcore act Pig Destroyer, NPR is hosting an exclusive full stream of the entire album. Get a first listen to "Book Burner" at this location.
In other Pig Destroyer news, the band recently shot a video for the track "The Diplomat." The video was directed by Phil Mucci (High on Fire, Opeth, Korn) and will see its premiere next week. You can also catch the band live on these dates: More...
Canadian act Abide has dropped a new music video for the track "Something More." Check out the video clip in the YouTube player below, or you can find more info on Abide over at Facebook. "Something More" comes off the band's "Spectrums" EP.
Barcelona black metal act Lux Divina has revealed the cover artwork and track listing for the band's new album "Possessed By Telluric Feelings." The artwork and layout were handled by by Costin Chioreanu and the album is scheduled for spring 2013 release via Einheit Produktionen.
1. After Great Pain
2. And an Intesnse Feeling of Misanthropy
3. Discolored With a Lifeless Red
4. Fagus Sylvatica
5. Ode to December Moon
6. White Poplar
7. All Religions Burn
8. Natura Gelida
9. Bonescrown to the Dead Wolf
10. Groundwaters More...
Swedish metal act Sister Sin posted a new music video for the track "End of the Line." The song appears on the band's fourth LP "Now and Forever," which is due out for release on October 23, 2012 via Victory Records.
The track listing for "Now and Forever" is as follows:
2. End of the Line
3. Fight Song
4. In It for Life
5. Hearts of Cold
6. The Chosen Few
7. Hang 'em High
8. I’m Not You
9. Running Low
10. Shades of Black
11. Morning After
Check out "End of the Line" here: More...
Nuclear Blast Records has issued the following announcement about reissuing Threshold's back catalog with extras:
"After the phenomenal reactions to Threshold’s new amazing progressive metal masterpiece 'March Of Progress' (out since the 24th of August), Nuclear Blast is now happy to offer you the 'Definitive Editions' – a series of reissue of the entire Threshold discography (except for the band’s 2007 Nuclear Blast debut 'Dead Reckoning'), including extensive bonus material!"
Guitarist and founding member Karl Groom states: “It is exciting to see Nuclear Blast releasing the Definitive Editions of each album now. This is where it all began and where Threshold set its style!”
The definitive editions of “Hypothetical” (2001), “Critical Mass” (2002), and “Subsurface” (2004) are due out on the 16th of November 2012. The definitive editions of “Extinct Instinct” (1997) and “Clone” (1998) are available now, and the track listings can be found below. More...
Wintersun has posted footage of the band, with both a front cam and a drum cam, performing live in Helsinki on October 13th, 2012. Check out the clips below. Wintersun will be hosting a live chat with fans later today at 3:00 PM EST. You can access the stream at this location.
The band will also be releasing the long-awaited new album "Time I" this coming October 19th (Europe) and October 22nd (North America) via Nuclear Blast. The complete track listing is available after the jump.
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced that special guest singer Sassy Bernert will accompany the band on the upcoming European leg of the Cinematic World Tour with Freedom Call, Orden Ogan and Vexillum. Bernert appeared on the band's "Ascending To Infinity" LP (see Metal Underground.com's review at this locationrecent injury to the hand of guitarist Dominique Leurquin, which forced him off this leg of the tour.
The announcement reads as follows:
"Rhapsody wants to reveal one of the many surprises related to their upcoming Ascending to Infinity Cinematic World Tour starting in November and December from Europe and featuring the guest acts Freedom Call, Orden Ogan and Vexillum.
'We are proud to announce that the German singer, vocal coach and pianist Sassy Bernert, who already performed some vocal parts on our new album 'Ascending to Infinity,' will be on stage with us for some magical duets!' states LUCA TURILLI. And adds: 'It’s really great how Sassy and Alessandro Conti’s voices blend together. Her presence will also give us the possibility to present on stage the operatic song 'Tormento E Passione,' one of the most requested songs of the new album and one of our favorites too.' More...
Following the departure of founding member Graham Lord Pyre, Stuka Squadron announced a permanent bass player in the form of Count Carlos Montoya el Foxico. Foxico replaces temporary bassist Doktor Suicide, who played on the band's forthcoming LP "New Sounds of War," which is expected for release on November 19, 2012 via Metalbox Recordings.
The announcement reads as follows:
"The Squadron is preparing for its next missions; the continuance of the Winter War, beginning in Southampton this Friday, 19 October. It also marks the entrance into Squadron history of a colleague long known to the Squadron but on duties elsewhere: Count Carlos Montoya el Foxico (not to be confused with swordmaster Inigo Montoya who seeks revenge against the six-fingered man that killed his father...though they may be distant relations).
"Doktor Suicide, a Squadron Pilot from days of yore and who recently stepped back in to see the Squadron through many live shows and album writing and recording during 2012, is nearing the end of his stationing within the United Kingdom. It was always known that he has to return to the East and therefore could not remain indefinitely with the Squadron. While with us he has bought stunning guitar work and new layers of musical adventure, fitting like a hand into the undead Squadron glove. But alas, the Winter War continues without the Doktor.
"Enter Count Foxico...
"As is related in the Squadron history, war and chaos have long been perfect homes for those of a vampiric nature. Count Foxico was perfectly at home slaking his blood lust in the orange groves that were the killing fields of the Condor Legion; an arena of war where the very nature of the Sturzkampfflugzeug, the Stuka, was developed. And now Foxico joins the Squadron. The New Sound Of War has fresh teeth to it......" More...
Civil War, the band comprised of ex-Sabaton members Rikard Sundén (guitars), Oskar Montelius (guitars), Daniel Mullback (drums) and Daniel Mÿhr (keyboards) along with vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson (Astral Doors/Wuthering Heights) and bassist Stefan "Pizza" Eriksson (Volturyon/Ex-Cryonic Temple), is streaming the new track "Rome is Falling." The song is the first single from the band's forthcoming debut EP, which is due out soon. The track is also available as a free download through the "Pledge the Music" widget below (free with signup).
Check out "Rome is Falling" here:
Every week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we take a look at three quality bands that haven't gotten as much exposure yet as they should. This week, we will be taking a look at three bands who mix hard rocking sounds with synthesisers. Those of you who have read my posts in the Now Playing threads in our forums will probably be aware by now that I'm a big fan of synthpop and electronic music, particularly the likes of New Order and the Pet Shop Boys. So with this in mind, I went in search of bands that combine these digital sounds with the aggression of heavy metal. As it turns out, there’s quite a few bands out there melding the two, and it’s not a brand new experiment either. In 1998, nu metal outfit, Orgy covered one of the biggest hits by New Order, "Blue Monday" for the second single from their debut album, "Candyass." Make of it what you will.
Orgy aren’t the first band of more modern times to cover a classic synthpop track, most of us have heard Lacuna Coil's rendition of the Depeche Mode staple, "Enjoy The Silence," and even the old guards of heavy metal have taken a stab at paying tribute to their eighties contemporaries. For example, below we can hear German power metal kings Gamma Ray performing a cover of the haunting Pet Shop Boys track, "It’s A Sin." More...
Multi-national heavy metal act Raven Lord is streaming the new track "Black Friar." The song appears on the band's forthcoming debut album, "Descent to the Underworld." The album is expected for release in December 2012.
"Descent to the Underworld" was mixed by acclaimed Swedish producer Fredrik Nordström (At The Gates/Arch Enemy/Nightrage/In Flames/Dream Evil/Opeth) and mastered by U.S. mastering engineer Maor Appelbaum (Sepultura/Halford/Yngwie Malmsteen/Angra/Dokken). The album's artwork was created by Caio Caldas "CadiesArt," who has previously worked with Doro, Paul Di'Anno, Seven Kingdoms, Dominanz and Violet Sun.
Raven Lord just recently added Joe Stump (Holy Hell/Reign of Terror) as lead guitarist.
Check out "Black Friar" here:
Swiss melodic death metal act Dreamshade posted a new music video for the song "Photographs." The song will appear on the band's sophomore effort entitled "Gift of Life," which is scheduled for release on January 25, 2013 through Spinefarm Records. The band is also streaming the new song "Sandcastles," which can be heard over at this location.
Check out "Photographs" here:
Italian symphonic metal band Astral Domine revealed the track listing and announced special guest appearances for the band's forthcoming debut release "Arcanum Gloriae." The two guest vocalist appearances for the album are: Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire/Vision Divine) and Giuseppe "Ciape" Cialone (Rosae Crucis).
The band commented: “This is a special day for us, we are so excited and very happy to have Fabio Lione and Giuseppe 'Ciape' Cialone featuring in our debut album! We wish to thank these two amazing guys!”
The track list for "Arcanum Gloriae" is as follows:
1. Arcanum Gloriae (intro)
2. Holy Knights
3. King of the North
5. Tale of the Elves and Pain
6. Where Heroes Die (Feat. Fabio Lione)
7. I am the King
8. My Lord
9. Welcome to my Reign
10. Falsi Dei (Feat. Giuseppe “Ciape” Cialone) More...