Metal News for October 17, 2011
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American heavy metal outfit The Sword has revealed that Santiago "Jimmy" Vela will be their permanent drummer from now on. Vela will be performing with the group on their forthcoming tour dates, which will be their last in support of their most recent album, "Warp Riders."
The tour dates are as follows:
November 8 - Eskimo Joe's - Stillwater, OK
November 15 - Tricky Falls - El Paso, TX
November 16 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
November 17 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
November 18 - Wiltern Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
November 19 - The Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
November 21 - Roseland Theatre - Portland, OR (with YOB)
November 22 - Showbox SODO - Seattle, WA (with YOB)
November 23 - Commodore Ballroom - Vancouver, BC
November 26 - Flames Central - Calgary, AB
November 27 - Edmonton Event Centre - Edmonton, AB
November 29 - Garrick Centre - Winnipeg, MB
November 30 - First Avenue - Minneapolis, MN
December 1 - Turner Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
December 2 - Vic Theatre - Chicago, IL
December 3 - Crofoot Ballroom - Pontiac, MI
December 5 - The Palace Theater - Greensburg, PA
December 6 - Town Ballroom - Buffalo, NY
December 7 - Ram’s Head Live - Baltimore, MD
December 8 - Toad’s Place - New Haven, CT
December 9 - The Paramount - Huntington, NY
December 10 - Wellmont Theatre - Montclair, NJ
American death metal legends Cannibal Corpse have been confirmed as the headliners for Metal Hammer's, "Destroyers Of The Faith" tour, which will kick off in March. Also on the trek will be Triptykon, Enslaved, and Job For A Cowboy.
The tour dates are as follows:
March 7, 2012 - Bristol O2 Academy
March 8, 2012 - Glasgow O2 ABC
March 9, 2012 - Manchester Academy
March 10, 2012 - London HMV Forum
March 11, 2012 - Birmingham HMV Institute
Thrash act Nuclear Torment is currently streaming the band's entire "8 Bit Death" EP online. You can check out the tracks from the release by heading over to the Nuclear Torment Facebook profile or SoundCloud page.
In support of the "Furnace" album (reviewed here), Batillus will be embarking on a U.S. tour throughout the month of November. The trek will see Batillus joining The Atlas Moth, Kowloon Walled City, Battlefields, and more.
The upcoming Batillus tour dates are as follows:
11.7 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vollrath Live w/ Late August, Chaniski
11.8 - Madison, WI @ TBA
11.9 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue w/ Battlefields (album release), The Atlas Moth
11.10 - Fargo, ND @ TBA w/ The Atlas Moth
11.12 - Seattle, WA @ Highline
11.13 - Portland, OR @ The Know w/ Diesto
11.15 - Eugene, OR @ TBA
11.16 - San Francisco, CA @ Elbo Room w/ Prizehog
11.17 - Capistrano Beach, CA @ Coconuts w/ The Atlas Moth, Kowloon Walled City, Pigeonwing
11.18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Bow and Sparrow w/ The Atlas Moth, Kowloon Walled City
11.19 - Las Vegas, NV @ Yayo Taco w/ TBA
11.20 - Salt Lake City, UT @ TBA w/ The Atlas Moth
11.21 - Denver, CO @ Moe's w/ The Atlas Moth, Ghosts of Glaciers
11.22 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room w/ The Atlas Moth
11.23 - Chicago, IL @ SubT Lounge w/ Yakuza, The Swan King
Tobias Scheid of The Prophecy 23 has issued the following statement about his recent decision to leave the band:
"Hey friends out there – After 5 wicked years and a fantastic summer with The Prophecy 23 I decided to knock of playing the bass guitar and to leave the band. For me it was a quite hard but necessary decision. Recently it wasn't possible for me to summon up the energy and the passion The Prophecy 23 deserves, anymore.
"I want to thank everyone who accompanied me on my way with The Prophecy 23, especially the Brutal-Thrash-Maniacs Hannes, Dennis and Flo for a wicked and crazy time, kick ass gigs and all the partying. Thanks to the roadcrew, the merch ladies, Massacre Records and last but not least our fantastic, supportive fans.
"Certainly I will play the upcoming gigs with the band until a new bass player and singer is found. There will be a last farewell concert soon. I hope to see you guys there to have some drinks together. Stay brutal!"
The Prophecy 23 also added, "The band regrets but respects his decision! The recent years were great and successful for The Prophecy 23 and Tobias has contributed a decisive part through his personality, his bass playing and his incredibly rough growls. We had a great time as bandmates and will continue to have a killer time as buddies and friends while grillin', boozin' and hangin' around. And as BRUTAL THRASH MANIACS!"
Heartless today has released another new track from the band's forthcoming debut full-length, "Hell Is Other People," set for release via Southern Lord on November 8th. MetalSucks has posted a stream of "Late," the fourth track from the upcoming release, right here.
Heartless has also confirmed details for an upcoming assault alongside Full of Hell in support of "Hell Is Other People," now confirmed to begin on November 25th and raiding twenty-five cities through mid-December. Dates are as follows:
11/25/2011 Rt. 47 Building - Parkersburg, WV
11/26/2011 Tower 2012 - Cleveland, OH
11/27/2011 Roboto Project - Pittsburgh, PA
11/28/2011 Carabar - Columbus, OH
11/29/2011 TBA - Chicago, IL
11/30/2011 Scheme City - Milwaukee, WI
12/01/2011 1108 House - Cedar Falls, IA
12/02/2011 Blast O Mat - Denver, CO
12/03/2011 Raunch Records - Salt Lake City, UT
12/04/2011 The Shredder - Boise, ID
12/05/2011 TBA - Seattle, WA
12/06/2011 The Know - Portland, OR
12/07/2011 Axewave Manor - Sacramento, CA
12/08/2011 105 Pioneer - Santa Cruz, CA
12/09/2011 Vacation Vinyl - Los Angeles, CA
12/09/2011 *house party - Los Angeles, CA (secret late show)
12/10/2011 Aladdin Jr. - Pomona, CA
12/11/2011 Revolver Records - Phoenix, AZ
12/12/2011 The Trainyard - Las Cruces, NM
12/13/2011 1919 Hemphill - Fort Worth, TX
12/14/2011 The Korova - San Antonio, TX
12/15/2011 Mudlark Theatre - New Orleans, LA
12/16/2011 The Firehouse - Birmingham, AL
12/17/2011 TBA - Atlanta, GA
12/18/2011 Sewercide Mansion - Charlotte, NC
12/19/2011 Galaxy Hut - Arlington, VA
In celebration of the band's 25 year anniversary, hardcore act Sick Of It All will be releasing an album of re-recorded classics titled "Nonstop" on November 1st (North America) / October 31st (Europe). Sick Of It All has just unveiled another newly re-recorded track from "Nonstop" online. The song "Us Vs. Them" can be heard on the band's Facebook page.
Sick Of It All also has the following upcoming tour dates:
11/25/2011 Philadelphia, PA @ Broad Street Ministry
11/26/2011 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
11/27/2011 Providence, RI @ Club Hell
The "Nonstop" album's track listing is as follows: More...
Metal Injection was part of a roundtable discussion with Beavis and Butthead creator Mike Judge during the NY Comic Con. Mike answers questions about the creative process, metal videos appearing on the show, if any bands ever confronted him, and more.
You can check out a clip of the discussion below. Beavis and Butthead returns to TV on October 27th, 2011.
Asking Alexandria has posted a new live music video online for "Not The American Average," which was shot at Epicenter 2011 in Irvine, CA at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. You can check out the clip below.
Footage has been posted online of Germany's The Very End performing the song "Blacklisted" live at Paard van Troje Den Haag, which was the band's first gig in Holland. You can check out the video clip below.
Eternal Flight has posted a track online from the band's upcoming album "Diminished Reality, Elegies And Mysteries" (D.R.E.A.M.S). You can check out "The Tower" in the player below. Eternal Flight's new album will be released on November 4th, 2011.
After recently recruiting a new drummer, New Jersey metal act Will Killmore has also announced the recruitment of a new guitarist.
Brian Kirkner will be joining the band as the new guitarist, replacing the recently departed founding member James DiGangi. You can catch WKM's new lineup at these upcoming shows in the NY/NJ area:
Saturday, October 29 in St James, NY at The Basement @ 65 Jefferson
Thursday, November 3 in Clifton, NJ at Dingbatz
Will Killmore recently released a self-titled record which is available for download at the band's website here.
Starting today, NPR.org is streaming Hammers of Misfortune's brand new album "17th Street" in its entirety. Check out the album by navigating to NPR's website at this location.
The "17th Street" track listing is as follows:
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere
Shadows Fall is currently recording a new, as-yet-untitled album, which is currently set for release some time in 2012. The band hosted a live in-studio chat last week, and has now announced that new live stream session will take place this Wednesday, October 19th at 5pm EST.
You can also check out a recording of last week's studio broadcast by heading over to this location.
For daily updates on the new album's recording progress directly from the band members, head over to the Shadows Fall official Facebook profile here.
Mexico's Arcadia Libre has posted a video clip online of the band's time working on new material for an upcoming release. You can check out the footage below, or find more details on Arcadia Libre by heading over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Black Tusk is streaming the entire new album "Set the Dial" through AOL Music. "Set The Dial" will be released on October 25, 2011 (North America) and October 31, 2011 (World).
Relapse Records will be reissuing Death's "Individual Thought Patterns" next week, and Guitar World is now hosting a streaming of two tracks off the release.
You can check out "Trapped in a Corner" and a never-before-heard instrumental cover of Possessed's "The Exorcist" by heading over to this location.
The track listing for the re-issue of "Individual Thought Patterns" is as follows: More...
American glam metal veterans Warrant has posted their new music video online for the song, "Home." You can check it out below. The song comes from the group's latest studio album, "Rockaholic" and is the second song from the record to receive the music video treatment, following, "Life's A Song," which premiered in May. More...
Swedish groove metallers Deathember have set the 19th November as the release date for their debut EP “A Thousand Flatlines.” The EP will be released digitally through iTunes/Amazon and physically on the band's Bigcartel web shop.
Deathember also released the first single from “A Thousand Flatlines” earlier this month. The song named “The Linear Act” features a guest appearance by former SikTh vocalist Mikee Goodman and can be heard at this location.
“A Thousand Flatlines” was recorded at Radionika Studios with renowned producer Dino Medanhodzic (Carnal forge, Intohimo, Saving Joshua). The track listing is as follows:
1. Projection Of Reality
2. Amongst Corruption
4. The Linear Act (Feat. Mikee Goodman)
5. Crash And Burn
6. This Treacherous Mind
Chicago doom merchants Indian have announced a November West Coast tour supporting High on Fire. The tour will kick-off on November 11th in Santa Barbara, CA and conclude on November 26th in San Jose, CA.
Indian (Ron DeFries: bass, Bill Bumgardner: drums, Sean Patton: noise, Will Lindsay: vocals, guitar, Dylan O'Toole: vocals, guitar) is touring in support of the band's Relapse debut "Guiltless," that saw its release this past April.
The entire "Guiltless" album is streaming in its entirety online now by heading over to this location.
Portugal's Holocausto Canibal has issued the following statement about shooting a new music video:
"Holocausto Canibal records first video – Cannibal Girls casting! Yes, that's right. At this moment HC is setting everything up to record their first-ever video.
"Since the beginning HC has been know for spreading all kinds of bizarre and gory sexual tendencies, and this time won't be different. For this video HC is recruiting Cannibal Girls to be the stars. Here's how this deal will work:
"All interested Cannibaletes must send the following information [until 15th november] to: firstname.lastname@example.org
* E-mail address
* Face / body photos
"We will choose only 3 (Three) Cannibaletes for this video, so the few selected girls will be sent an e-mail with all informations and requirements."
Legendary U.K. band Venom is streaming the new track "Punk's Not Dead" from the forthcoming LP "Fallen Angels." The album is set for release on November 28, 2011 through Spinefarm/Universal Records.
The new track is streaming at this location.
The track listing for "Fallen Angels" is:
3. Pedal To The Metal
4. Lap Of The Gods
5. Damnation Of Souls
7. Hail Satanas
9. Punks Not Dead
10. Death Be Thy Name
11. Lest We Forget
12. Valley Of The Kings
13. Fallen Angels
Israeli thrashers Shredhead posted the debut independent release "Human Nature" for free download at this location. The band plays a combination of both modern thrash with old school influences.
You can stream the album online at their bandcamp page or below.
The track listing for "Human Nature" is:
1. Human Nature
2. Dead Eyes
4. Death Row
5. Becoming The Animal
6. Blood On Thy Hands
7. Knife In A Gun Fight
8. New Order
10. Zombies (Intro)
11. Zombie Attack
U.K. melodic death band Malefice announced that touring stand in guitarist Andy Wilson (ex-XL) will replace the departed Alex Vuskans. The band made the following announcement on its Facebook Page:
"After a baptism of fire standing in for Alex Vuskans on the bands recent UK run with Sylosis MALEFICE have announced that ANDY WILSON will take over on a permanent basis.
"ANDY WILSON comments:
'I am very excited to be taking on the Malefice slot full time, the Sylosis tour couldn't have gone any better and the musical chemistry is undeniable. I can't wait to see what the future holds for the band.'
"And frontman DALE BUTLER adds:
'There's always controversy surrounding a band member leaving in any band. But I can’t stress enough how there is none in this situation. Alex felt he could no longer continue to give 100% to Malefice, and between us we decided that it would be better for him to leave. Alex is closer to me than most of my family, he'll always be my brother no matter what and nothing will change between us all on a personal level.
Those of you that saw us on the Sylosis tour will have seen Andy at work. The guy is a fucking machine, and I can't think of anyone else I'd rather have as my lead guitarist! Andy has already brought new ideas to this band that we'll be working on together in the future!'
"And ALEX VUSKANS bows out with this:
'I just want to say a massive massive thank you to everyone that's come to the shows, bought our albums and supported myself and the boys over the last 10 years that I've been in Malefice. You guys are awesome and have helped create memories that last with me for a lifetime. I also want to go on record and state that there is NO bad blood between myself and the other members in the band; they still and always will be my brothers no matter what. I simply feel that now is the time for me to try new things in my life, whatever they may be. I wish nothing but success to the guys for the future and look forward to following their continued journey as a fan and not an active member. It's been emotional!!' "
The sophomore full-length from death/doom duo Encoffination, titled "O’ Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres," nears its North American release on November 15th. Today the deviants at Decibel Magazine are helping spread the filth via the public’s first experience with the opus, with a premiere of the second track from the forthcoming album.
Take one final breath of fresh air before succumbing to the putrid, suffocating darkness of “Rites of Ceremonial Embalm’ment” at this location.
The "O’ Hell, Shine In Thy Whited Sepulchres" track listing is as follows:
1. Sacrum Profanum Processionali
2. Rites of Ceremonial Embalm’ment
3. Ritual Until Blood
4. Elegant in Their Funebrial Cloaks, Arisen
5. Crypt of His Communal Devourment
6. Washed and Buried
7. Pall of Unrequited Blood
8. Annunciation of the Viscera
British thrashers Evile will be in session on the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show tonight - Monday, October 17th (aired from midnight to 2:00am Tuesday morning UK time) - for the playback of a special live recording, as well as a chat with Rock Show presenter, Daniel P. Carter. Tune in to hear the exclusive tracks and to catch up with the band on the road during their UK tour.
Evile lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:
"Prepare to tune in to the BBC Radio 1 Rock Show tonight to hear the exclusive live session we recorded at Maida Vale for the BBC! We laid down some new FST tracks so if you haven't had chance to see us live on this tour yet, check it out! There will be quite a few hilarious fluffs, but that's live! Haha."
BBC Radio 1 Rock Show host Daniel P. Carter adds: "I was stoked to get Evile into Maida Vale for a session; the sessions there are a chance to hear a band doing what they do best, tearing it up live. Check out the kings of UK thrash in session tonight..."
Australian thrash act Sabretung is currently streaming the entire "Conquest" album online. Head over to the Sabretung Bandcamp page at this location to check out the songs from the release.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Suicide Terror
2. Total Conquest
3. The Thing
4. Army of Dead
8. For the Term of His Natural Life
9. Eliminate the Weak
Brazilian death metallers Krisiun are streaming the new track "Rise And Confornt" on the band's Facebook Page at this location. The song was taken from the forthcoming LP "The Great Execution," which is due out on October 31, 2011 (EU) and November 1, 2011 (North America) via Century Media Records.
The track listing for "The Great Execution" is:
1. The Will to Potency
2. Blood of Lions
3. The Great Execution
4. Descending Abomination
5. The Extremist
6. The Sword of Orion
7. Violentia Gladiatore
8. Rise and Confront
9. Extinção em Massa
10. Shadows of Betrayal
Italian death metal act Delirium X Tremens has unveiled the cover art and track listing for the band's new album "Belo Dunum, Echoes From the Past." This is the third release from the band and second full length, following up the band's 2007 LP "CreHated From No_thing." The new LP album is due for release on October 24, 2011 through Punishment 18 Records.
The band is also streaming the track "I Was" (heard below).
The track listing for "Belo Dunum, Echoes From the Past" is as follows:
1. I Was
2. Teveròn, The Sleeping Giant
3. The Legend of Càzha Selvàrega
4. Artiglieria Alpina
5. The Guardian
6. 33 Days of Pontificate (Vatican, Inc)
7. An Old Dusty Dream (Vajont, 9 Ottobre 1963)
8. Life Before Nothing
9. Scream of 2000 Screams
10. The Memory More...
FullForce vocalist Michael Andersson posted an update on the band's doings, including the writing of the band's sophomore release, now that the tour with Edguy and Kottak has ended. In a post on the band's official website, he provided the following status:
"A few weeks have passed and we’re back home after a VERY successful mini-tour with EDGUY and KOTTAK. We had an AWESOME time both on stage and also when travelling plus everything else. It was truly heart-warming to meet all fans and watch the crowd during our shows how well recieved we was and also to see so many fans singing along in our songs. We will hit the road again for sure but, right now we are waiting for yet another musicvideo to be released in a month or so which will include clips from our tour etc. We would like to thank the crew guys and EDGUY for inviting us to this tour and also our booking agency ”All Access” for making this possible and of course our label SPV / Steamhammer. Also a thanks to Skrikhult Productions since they were responsible for the Swedish shows.
"Nonetheless the last show in Essen (Germany) was cancelled because, our friend Tobias Sammet (Edguy) got an infection and had to postpone 3 shows (Essen included) so, therefor we abruptly had to go back home to Sweden. But, we will be back in Germany for sure in a not too distant future and hopefully also visiting more countries for live shows:). So, after all we are really satisfied after this successful tour where every venue we visited more or less was sold out:).
"Apart from releasing a third music video from ”One” we are now fully focusing on working on the new songs to enter the recording studio sometime during early 2012. Everything feels top notch and we are really excited and eager to record and release the new album sometime during 2012."
Dutch symphonic band Within Temptation posted the fifth episode of a behind the scenes vlog series of the band's current tour in Europe in support of LP "The Unforgiving."
Check out the video below:
Megadeth debuted the new track "Whose Life (Is It Anyway?)" from the forthcoming LP "Th1rt3en," which will be released through Roadrunner Records on October 31st in Europe and November 1st in North America. The song was broadcast on the Full Metal Jackie Radio show. The broadcast was posted up on YouTube this morning.
Megadeth is also offering the track as a free digital download on the band's Facebook Page for 24 hours only at this location ("Like" required).
Check it out the song here:
Endless Coma has posted another lyric video clip online for a track off the band's upcoming album "Rising Rage." You can hear the new song "My Dear Satan" in the player provided below, or check out the full "Rising Rage" album when it drops on November 11th, 2011.
Germany's Caliban has issued the following announcement about completing the recording of new material for an upcoming release:
"We are finally finished! We really can't believe it ourselves. After many months of hard work we finished all recordings!! The new tracks came out really intense and sound 'unmixed' really heavy, amazing!
"Next week we are going to start the mixing and we cant wait to hear the first rough mixes! As soon as we can we will share some tones with all of you! Are you as excited as we are?!?"
You can also check out Caliban's music by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Belgian power metal band Iron Mask have posted a preview snipet of the new song "Broken Hero." The song will appear on the band's new LP "Black As Death," which is scheduled for release in December 2011 (exact date not yet issued).
Legendary singer Mark Boals will provides vocals on ten of the album's twelve tracks (including "Broken Hero"). More details on the release are expected soon.
Revocation has shot a new video for the track "No Funeral" from the latest release "Chaos of Forms" (reviewed here).
The clip was directed by David Brodsky of MyGoodEye NYC (Municipal Waste, The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains, Devin Townsend Project) and will be released this November.
Revocation is currently on a tour in the U.S. alongside Chimaira. A listing of confirmed tour dates and cities can be found this location.
Italian gothic band My Black Light is streaming the new track "Being Human" from its debut LP "Human Maze." The album is scheduled to be released through Massacre Records on October 28, 2011.
Check out the track at this location.
Swedish band Dagger, featuring Fred Estby (Necronaut, ex-Immortal), David Blomqvist (ex-Immortal), Tobias Cristiansson (Grave, Ex-Dismember, ex-Immortal) and Tyrant (Nifelheim, is looking for a classic hard rock singer.
The band has released the following statement:
"We have a live recording available from five of our songs that we recorded in Gutterview recorder studio of Fred Estby and Nicke Andersson, and now we are looking for singers to front Dagger. The voice we are looking for is classic hard rock/heavy metal singing based in the rock and blues tradition.
"If you think you’re the man for this job, or if you know someone who is, don’t hesitate to contact us. The influences we have are: RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, THIN LIZZY, DEEP PURPLE, IRON MAIDEN and many more. Send us your info to: email@example.com.”
The band has posted song samples on its official Facebook Page ("Like" required).
Turbowolf posted a preview video for the upcoming self titled debut LP due out on November 11, 2011 through Hassle Records.
Check out the video here:
Seattle's Pure Sweet Hell, featuring ex-Nevermore drummer Van Williams, posted a preview of four new tracks, "Regret," "Echoes Of The End," "Follow" and "Paradox of Suffering," from the forthcoming LP "Spitting at the Stars." You can check out the previews at this location. The new LP is scheduled for release by the end of 2011.
Guests musicians to appear on the album are: Glen Drover (Eidolon, Megadeth), Steve Smyth (Nevermore, Testament, Forbidden), Chris Amott (ARCH ENEMY), Jeff Loomis (Nevermore), Attila Voros (LEANDER, Nevermore) and John Winters (HATEFIST).
A video teaser of "Spitting at the Stars" can be viewed here:
Ukraine power metal band Morton is streaming the band's debut full length release "Come Read The Words Forbidden" (heard below). The LP is due for release on AFM in Europe on October 21, 2011.
The track listing for "Come Read The Words Forbidden" is as follows:
1. Calling For The Storm (3:18)
2. Eaglemark (5:04)
3. Brotherhood Of Light (4:02) (Listen below!)
4. Sleeping King (4:28 )
5. Losing Faith (3:54)
6. We Are The Shades (3:10)
7. Oblivion (5:19)
8. Grimoire (4:45)
9. Burning Prisoner (4:34)
10. Werewolf Hunt (3:53)
11. Black Witch (3:31)
12. Azrael (2:14 )
13. Weeping Bell (5:34)
German band Suidakra checked in from shooting a video for the song "Balor" with the following update:
"We finished shooting our new video clip „Balor“. Again it was a great experience and we wanna say thax to David Thelen, Luna Just Luna, Melanie Antonik, Andreas Beloch, the Sojus7 team and the rest of the crew for their amazing work. The clip will be released in December 2011 shortly before Christmas ;-) and we can’t wait to see the final result!"
The song appears on the band's latest album "Book of Dowth," reviewed here.
I have a special place in my heart for Las Vegas, probably because I lived in Nevada for almost twenty years. You hear all kinds of cliched phrases about Las Vegas being the "entertainment capital" of the U.S., but that depends on what kind of entertainment you're looking for. If you're just some tourist, you'll go hog wild for the latest flamboyant guy taming a white tiger or some pop star appearing at Caesar's Palace. Or you could be the weekend partier from LA, descending on the city for a night of debauchery at one of the dozens of night clubs and ultra lounges. But the kind of entertainment a metal listener wants is going to be markedly different, and a scene does exist in Las Vegas once again.
See, the Las Vegas valley had a great underground scene back in the late eighties and throughout the nineties. Besides Mark Slaughter putting it on the map in terms of commercial metal, Mitch Harris released two LP's with his LV band The Righteous Pigs before leaving to join Napalm Death. Clubs such as Calamity Jayne's brought in weekly shows before they were busted for coke, and the Huntridge was legendary in terms of hardcore and extreme metal shows. All the local bands played at the local college bars around UNLV and at the Elks Lodge in Henderson, and had their music promoted on the radio station before the general manager switched the format to all jazz back in 1998. Local bands such as Goatlord, Requiem and Hemlock (still active and billing themselves "the hardest working band in metal") had no more exposure after this happened, and the local scene died off for a number of years after this.
Technology intervened and created a renaissance for the Las Vegas scene. College radio isn't imperative any more when you can hear everything on satellite radio and the internet now. Besides the House of Blues at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and the Hard Rock Casino bringing in the bigger names, there are tons of local venues hosting concerts now. Every weekend there are shows at the Cheyenne Saloon with local bands on the roster supporting the big name acts that come in from L.A. and elsewhere. That five-hour drive from California has brought in bands ranging from Asesino to Enthraller at this venue, which was the site for the Las Vegas Death Fest 3 and the Doom In June shows. Local favorites like Avenger In Blood and Soiled Carnage can be found there with a whole host of other garage metal bands opening for the big gigs.
In the past five years, the scene has exploded with bands such as metalcore heavy hitters Molotov Solution putting Las Vegas on the map. Another big surprise has been the immense popularity of Guttural Secrete in the national death metal scene. Granted, they've been around almost a decade, but it is literally unheard of for a band this extreme to have almost a quarter of a million hits on Youtube - especially an independent one. In many ways, Las Vegas does have the ideal climate for a scene if any city has. It's 24 hours of non-stop drinking, gambling and every vice imaginable. What it lacks in historic culture it exceeds in bacchanalian virtues. It is the setting for the glitterati and the plastic too, and for every serious extreme metal and metalcore band working the club circuit, the desert floor is littered with alot of screamo bands and younger kids that need to hone their style.
Below we will take you to the music of a few Las Vegas bands that haven't been featured prominently in our pages, so you can get an idea of what this desert community has to offer the metal scene.
Tales of the Grotesque
Tales of the Grotesque define themselves as a brutal melodic death metal band that were "recently released from a dark room where they defined their sound and status as a band." They've been around since 2010 and it's their mission to give you the feeling of an eerie tale crawling in your skin. They were recently voted October band of the month by Las Vegas website FiggZillaMusic.com.
Mark Jansen, the guitarist and co-vocalist of Dutch symphonic metal outfit Epica, has posted a message online in which he discusses the progress the band have made on their new studio album. His post reads as follows:
"The vocal recordings have started! Tonight I have recorded the grunts of the opening song of the upcoming album. After a travel of 4.5 hours Arien and I arrived in the studio at 22:00. We were still full of energy and decided to start recording already. Tomorrow, Simone will arrive as well so we'll continue with the vocal recordings.
"The recordings in general are going very well and the result sounds like we were hoping for. We know the pressure is quite high after Design Your Universe but we're confident that the new album will pay off the expectations."
"The new album will be released by Nuclear Blast on the March 9th, 2012. If you want to be the first to hear the new stuff be sure to get tickets to the release party in 013 (NL) on March 16th here."
LastDayHere has checked in with the following announcement about a lineup change and update about recording a new album:
"There are some changes in our camp. Mohor left the and due to personal reasons and the band did not stop here: we went further and found an amazing drummer. He's name is Sašo Corso. He is an open minded and very positive person. Just what we need.
"Currently we are in the making of the new album. All the tracks are recorded. It's just up to us to rehearse this new album and on to the road.
"A litlle more about Sašo. You can find him on facebook and all over. He is really an improvement to the band since we really neede some fresh 'positive' spirit in the band. So there is no stopping us now. See you all from the stage all across the EU and the rest of the world."
You can also check out LastDayHere tracks available for streaming online by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile.
Brazil's Expose Your Hate has posted studio footage online from the band's time recording drums at the Megafone Studio for an upcoming album. You can check out the studio footage below.
Vengeful has issued the following update about the upcoming release of a new album:
"Greetings! We're finally back with some news on the album. The name of the monster is 'Vengeful.' It's comprised of two parts. Face A being 'Towards Obliteration' and Face B bearing the name 'Leaping through the void.' The first one features our high-speed/face-melting side and the later leans on the slower/moodier approach heard on older songs such as: Counterfeit Deity or Transcending. We have set November 29th as the release date for the album. The track listing is as follows: