Metal News for October 17, 2012
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Metal Blade Records is proud to announce that Amon's Amarth's Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King's X have been confirmed as the special guests for the 30 Anniversary show set for Friday, November 30th at the House of Blues in Los Angeles, CA.
The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout the band's set to perform a variety of cover songs. Also confirmed to attend the show and celebration are That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson, who will be hosting the event.
Here's what Don had to say about hosting the show: "So pumped to be hosting Metal Blade's 30th Anniversary Show with quintessential metal warriors, Armored Saint and a destined-to-be quintessential metal band, Gypsyhawk. Gonna be heavier than Honey Boo Boo's mama!"
Unfortunately the shock metal act Lizzy Borden will no longer be able to play the event, but the label will be making it up to the fans by bringing out new guests for the special jam session. Metal Blade will be announcing the special guests in the coming weeks. Tickets are currently on sale right here. More...
Illés András, founder of atmospheric funeral doom project Dreams After Death, has announced the release of his second album "Fading Chains" this coming October 19th, 2012. The six-track album will feature an hour long playtime and, according to the band, promises to "stretch the boundaries of funeral doom." A teaser trailer for the release can be found below. More...
Devolved has posted a new song online titled "Embodiment," which can be heard below, and the band commented:
"Another new Devolved song titled 'Embodiment' from the upcoming album 'Reprisal' is now streaming through the player below. Featuring a guest guitar solo by Nate Vennarucci from Ontogeny and Anomalous. Spread the word and let us know what you think... this one is Epic!"
Pure Grain Audio has posted the exclusive world premiere of the video for "Cigarette" from Las Vegas, Nevada's The Fat Dukes Of Fuck, off their newest album "Honey from the Lips of an Angel."
Directed by Dustin Mills, who brought the world the indie horror flick The Puppet Monster Massacre, this is perhaps the metal world's first video to feature full-penetration puppet porn. Head to this location to check it out. [NSFW!] "Honey from the Lips of an Angel" was released on September 25th. More...
Dark, progressive avant-garde metal entity Trillion Red has teamed with Pure Grain Audio to offer a full album stream of the band's forthcoming release "Metaphere." The album becomes available on October 23rd via badGod Music, but can be heard in it's entirety at this location.
"Metaphere" is Trillion Red's debut full-length after last year's "Two Tongues" EP. Trillion Red is firmly rooted both thematically and musically in the radical emotions of the human experience. Despite the existential and intangible subject matter, the struggle between darkness and light is the core concept throughout "Metaphere," something which everyone can relate to and derive inspiration from.
Alarm Magazine is presenting the premiere of a new Family song, titled "Daddy Wronglegs," taken off the band's upcoming debut album, "Portrait." The song features guest guitar work by John Lamacchia, guitarist of Candiria, Spylacopa, and Julie Christmas. Check out "Daddy Wronglegs" right here.
Alarm editor Scott Morrow describes Family as "mixing the low-end heft and beastliness of Unsane with classic, straight-ahead, southern, and even post-rock elements."
"Portrait" was recorded by Justin Mantooth at Translator Audio (Unsane, Cave In) and mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music (Mastodon, Torche). The album comes out October 29th in Europe on Pelagic Records, the label founded by Robin Staps of German band The Ocean. The band will self-release the album on October 30th in the U.S. An official record release show is set for November 2nd at Union Pool in Family's hometown of Brooklyn, NY.
Philly crust unit Cop Problem has freshly booked the band's newest DIY tour, beginning in just two days. Dates are available below, and the following press release was issued about the run:
"The band will charge down the East Coast with a rash of shows along their voyage to the eleventh installment of the massive The Fest in Gainesville, Florida. Cop Problem will share the stage this Friday, October 26th with mainstays such as Asshole Parade, Code Orange Kids, DNF (members of Touche Amore, Trash Talk), Wild Tribe, and more, The Fest 11 set to feature over three hundred bands including From Ashes Rise, Negative Approach, Propagandhi, 7 Seconds, Anti-Flag, and Ceremony, to name just a few.
"The band recently inducted newest member George Grimaldi (Less Life) on bass, with the rest of the CP lineup rounded-out by vocalist Deborah Cohen, guitarist/vocalist Randon Martin and drummer Joshua Cohen.
"Cop Problem continues to tour in support of the band’s mutinous self-titled debut 7" EP, which hit streets via War Torn Records (US) and Prejudice Me Records (Europe) last Spring. The three raging tracks on Cop Problem were recorded by Will Yip (Blacklisted, Converge, Paint It Black, Lauryn Hill) at Studio 4, and the cover art commissioned to world-renowned artist/tattoo artist Jason Angst. Stream the entire EP right here." More...
"The Global Elite," the debut album from Minneapolis industrial metal war machine Skrog, is now streaming over at bandcamp in its entirety or below in the widget. Skrog is the work of vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/composer Jay Reiter and "The Global Elite" is an explosive, damning account of the current state of American politics and policies. Reiter went into a track-by-track dissertation of the album had this to say about the themes explored on "The Global Elite":
Skrog's 'The Global Elite' is the perfect summarization of 2012. It reflects on a lot of the political turmoil across the globe. It speaks out to the '99%.' It reflects on the 'Occupy' movement. It speaks out against terrorism. And best of all, it speaks to people around the world. Although the album focuses quite a bit on America and its global policies, a lot of issues The Global Elite addresses affect everyone. No matter who you are or where you come from, Skrog's 'The Global Elite' will move and affect you.
The album starts out with 'The Revelation', a song which draws parallels between the current global state of affairs and the last book of the Bible. The second track, 'MK-Ultra,' is a song about the declassified CIA operation that involved dosing unaware U.S. citizens with illegal mind altering drugs. Military Industrial Complex uses samples from Eisenhower's farewell address and JFK's 'Monolithic' speech to paint a grim picture of an unheeded warning against current military expansion.
The fourth track, 'Submit,' is a fast paced declaration of resistance against the Global Elite.' End of the World (As You Know It),' the album's fifth track, is a prediction of the end of peace in America and the start of global nuclear war. The album takes a turn at the sixth track into political doom and gloom; 'Dark Metamorphosis' poses a more surreal apocalypse - the rise of the undead. 'The Hunter' and 'The Hunted' comprise a two-part concept; the former an instrumental that takes the listener through a soundscape of the synthetic and the acoustic, the latter being a fast paced thrash song about the lives of the elite through their own eyes.
Skrog recently released a video for "My Dark Metamorphosis," which can be viewed after the jump. That track was recently on the short zombie film "Arise."
Saxon has issued the following statement about progress on the band's new album and upcoming tour dates:
"Hi everybody! Saxon has never been a lazy band and especially this year we have been extremely busy! After we played several festivals all across Europe and some great gigs together with Judas Priest and the very first Hamburg Metal Days - we have almost finished the new album. The mix is done and the mastering is almost finished.
"We have guys who are right now putting the last details together and working bits and pieces out for the artwork. Watch out for further news releases like album cover, track list, some more behind the scenes info etc. Since most of album production work is done, the band can't keep their feet still and have decided to play a very short Christmas run of 3 dates:
07.12.2012 CH Bern - Metal Christmas Festival
08.12.2012 NL Haarlem - Patronaat
09.12.2012 NL Roermund - ECI More...
Dutch death/thrash metal soldiers Izegrim recently returned home from a European trek with Onslaught and Cripper. Instead of the traditional tour report, the band has posted a video diary featuring on and offstage footage from the tour set to the tune of "My Secret Society," off the band's 2011 Listenable Records release, "Code of Consequences."
French metal act Lokurah is currently working on a new video for the track "The Time To Do Better," which will see release at the end of the month. In the mean time, you can check out the song through the SoundCloud player available below. "The Time To Do Better" is the title track off the album of the same name. More...
Wilt is gearing up to release its debut EP shortly. Based out of central Canada, this two piece black metal project is comprised of Jordan Dorge (Laika) and Brett Goochild. Comprised of four tracks, this EP runs just shy of 30 minutes, and artwork comes courtesy of Sam Nelson with the logo done by The Lord of Logos, Christophe Szpajdel. Dan Lowndes handled mastering duties on the release, which is slated for a late October/early November launch. A sampler of the EP is posted below.
Phoenix, Arizona’s black ‘n’ roll death merchants TOAD (Take Over And Destroy) have completed the writing process of their new full-length, tentatively titled "Endless Night." The following press release was issued about the album:
"Since returning home from a victorious tour in March, Take Over and Destroy has been hard at work in the sweltering desert heat, crafting what is simply dubbed 'a sonic weapon.' The scripting process was reportedly plagued by various bouts of misfortune including lost rehearsal spaces, run-ins with the law, crippling illness and death. Through perpetual negativity came a primal, chaotic source of inspiration for the collective. The malevolent energy captured on Endless Night promises to be the band’s most sincerely powerful output to date.
"Take Over And Destroy will be re-enlisting the services of producer/engineer Bob Hoag at Flying Blanket Recording in Mesa, Arizona who worked with the band previously on their Rotten Tide EP. The band will enter the studio immediately following their live occupation of the Southwest Terror Fest October 19 at The Rock in Tucson, Arizona alongside Hull, Sons Of Tonatiuh, Ladybird, Godhunter and many more."
"Endless Night" serves as the follow-up to the "Rotten Tide" EP, released independently earlier this year. More...
Metal Injection has posted the first ever video interview with new GWAR guitarist, Pustulus Maximus.
Pustulus was joined by frontman Oderus Urungus and drummer Jizmak the Gusha for the conversation, which featured talk of the band's new tour, when fans can expect a new album, and Gwar's take on Halloween costumes.
Multinational (Italy-California) alternative metal act Klogr posted a new music video for the track "Silk And Thorns." The song appears on the band's debut LP "Till You Decay," which was issued last November through Valery Records.
Check out "Silk And Thorns" here:
Cradle of Filth has uploaded some behind-the-scenes footage from the forthcoming "Frost On Her Pillow" music video to YouTube. Check out the clip below. The "Frost On Her Pillow" video will premiere this Friday through GuitarWorld.com.
Cradle of Filth is gearing up for the release of its 10th album, "The Manticore and Other Horrors," on October 30th in North America via Nuclear Blast. Check out the lyric videos of "For Your Vulgar Delectation" at this location for another preview of the impending album. More...
Massachusetts based act Allerus has posted the band's self-titled EP online for streaming. You can check out the release over at bandcamp or directly through the player below. The "Allerus" track listing is as follows:
1. Ultimatum 03:26
2. To Make Amends 03:33
3. Killer 03:17
4. We Will Never Forget 03:46 More...
Virginia's The Pestilence Choir has released new album "Gravity Hits" through Sacrifice Records, and now a music video is also available online. Check out the clip for "Tunnel Visions" in the player below, which was filmed by Iain Stratton and Rich Burke.
Spellcaster will be embarking on a run of tour dates today starting with a show in Portland, OR (full dates available below). The band has also issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"Shad is no longer in Spellcaster due to personal reasons we would rather not discuss on here. We do however, have a new drummer. Everyone say hi to Scott DeRosia, he will be blasting holes in your ear drums from this point forward."
Oct 17th - Portland, OR - Plan B
Oct 18th - Eugene, OR - Tiny's Tavern
Oct 19th - San Francisco, CA - TBA
Oct 20th - Fullerton, CA - Riff Haus
Oct 21st - Los Angeles, CA - Pyrate Punx Pad
Oct 22nd - Las Vegas, NV - Yayo Taco More...
Metal Injection is reporting that Black Sabbath is currently in the studio recording vocals with Rick Rubin.
According to the news story, the band has 15 songs written and 12 are projected to be included on the new album. Further details on the upcoming songs will be announced as they are made available.
The album will presumably not feature Bill Ward, who has publically been in dispute with Black Sabbath (including having his photos removed from the band's website) as the will they/won't they of the band's reunion unfolded earlier this year, even prompting Geezer Butler to issue a statement on the inter-band drama.
Read the full article at Metal Injection.
As the release of God Seed’s first studio album, "I Begin," looms, the band has unleashed a teaser from a forthcoming music video for the track “Alt Liv.” Produced by Mats Willassen in the depths of the Norwegian wilderness, the video is set to encompass the ambiance and spirit of the track. Check it out below.
"I Begin" is slated for North American release on October 22nd, October 26th in Norway, and October 30th worldwide. God Seed features within its ranks Gaahl, King Ov Hell, Geir (Dimmu Borgir), Lost (Grimfist), Sir (Trelldom, Djerv), and Kenneth (Motorpsycho). The "I Begin" track listing is:
02. This From The Past
03. Alt Liv
04. From The Running Of Blood
05. Hinstu Dagar
06. Diversions 1 (Bonus Track Limited Edition)
07. Aldrande Tre
09. The Wound
11. Diversions 2 (Bonus Track Limited Edition) More...
This weekend, Vision of Disorder’s hometown release show for new record "The Cursed Remain Cursed" will be filmed for inclusion in a video documentary on the Long Island hardcore community.
Currently being constructed by director Chris Lilli, the Long Island hardcore documentary will showcase artists from the founding acts of the movement to today’s modern icons from the expansive Long Island scene, including Indecision, Silent Majority, Milhouse, Kill Your Idols, Backtrack, Neglect, Mind Over Matter and more.
Vision of Disorder frontman Tim Williams stated this week: “We will be shooting live from the Ollie's point show and we want strong island to represent in all forms!” Anybody in the NYC area should not miss the disorder this show will surely provide. The band's upcoming shows are:
10/19/2012 Club Revolution - Long Island, NY
11/24/2012 Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY w/ Primitive Weapons, Yuppicide
The first album from the band in over a decade, "The Cursed Remain Cursed "was released September 18th via Candlelight Records.
GunShyAssassin has posted a new Hivesmasher song online featuring guest vocals by The Red Chord frontman (and Black Market Activities label boss) Guy Kozowyk. The track "Can of Awesometism" appears on Hivesmasher's new album, "Gutter Choir," due out October 23rd on BMA. Check out the track right here.
GunShyAssassin editor Chris Harris names Gutter Choir, "one of the best records to hit shelves this year... If you dig crazy fast, punishing grind, Hivesmasher is your new poison."
The Massachusetts band describe itself as "a giant middle finger waved in the world's general direction." Hivesmasher was also covered in the Boston edition of "Unearthing the Metal Underground" earlier this year.
Witch Mountain has announced the release of a single, "Bloodhound," along with a rerecording of the track "A Power Greater." The release is now available as a free digital download through Scion A/V here or in the player below, and will be made into a limited run of 7" vinyl, which the band will be selling on tour. The following press release was also issued about the tracks:
"Hot on the heels of 2011’s critically acclaimed album South of Salem and 2012’s career-making Cauldron of the Wild, comes Witch Mountain’s latest single, 'Bloodhound.' Penned in eight days and recorded immediately thereafter, the group’s newest tune is a paean against violent authority.
"The b-side features a new recording of the band’s oldest song, 'A Power Greater," which was originally jammed at the very first WM rehearsal way back in July of 1997. Taking inspiration from their 1960s heroes, Witch Mountain ducked into the studio between headlining tours to knock out another fresh slab of doom, buoyed by nods from NPR and SPIN magazine, as well as an appearance on this year’s Scion Rock Fest."
A recent interview with the band can also be viewed after the jump. More...
Darkyra (not to be confused with the similarly named Greek band Dakrya) is a new metal act consisting of singer Darkyra Black and four members of power metal outfit Achillea (Garry King - Drums, Fabinho Jablonski - Keyboards, Betovani Dinelli - Bass, and Paul Jupe - Guitar). The band commented on its sound:
"The music is a fine blend of symphonic metal, epic metal, and progressive rock, incorporating elements from Japanese traditional pentatonic music, with an intense cinematic overall feeling. The oriental inspired debut album 'Dragon Tears' is expected to be released early 2013."
A teaser trailer for the upcoming "Dragon Tears" album has been posted online and can be heard below. More...
Ireland's Dead Aeon has released a new video clip for the song "Rise To Power," which was directed by Emmet J. Kiernan and can be viewed below.
"Rise To Power" comes off the band's debut EP "Apotheosis," due out on November 24th, 2012. Two more songs from the EP, titled "Mass Culture Theory" and "Veins of the Earth," can also be heard through MetalIreland.com. For more info on Dead Aeon, check out the band's Facebook profile here.
Hells Headbangers has announced January 22nd, 2013 as the release date for Vomitor's third and latest album, "The Escalation." Hells Headbangers will handling the release of "The Escalation" in North and South America while Invictus Productions will be handling the album's release in Europe. The track listing and artwork can be found below, and the following press release was issued about the album:
"Done bleeding the priest, after drinking the devil's poison, Vomitor increase the nuclear heat with The Escalation! Legends in the diehard metal underground, these Aussie hooligans return with their barbaric, ancient Metal of Death: thermonuclear riffing, divebombing solos, vocal vomit, and chaotic crunch that's quintessentially and uniquely Vomitor! To celebrate their highly anticipated return, Vomitor will be embarking on their first-ever American tour in December, playing six exclusive dates in the following cities on the following dates (all CONFIRMED):
December 5th - Philadelphia, PA
December 6th - Baltimore, MD
December 7th - Richmond, VA
December 8th - Pittsburgh, PA
December 9th - Cleveland, OH
December 10th - Brooklyn, NY
"Jointly dubbed the 'Bleeding America' tour, American cult Negative Plane will be touring alongside Vomitor on all six dates. Early copies of the CD and LP version of The Escalation will be for sale at all dates of the tour. More info can be found at this location." More...
Metal Tank Records is proud to announce the signing of the Slovenian thrash metal machine Thraw. The band is currently in an early phase of pre-production for a first full-length creation. The album will be recorded in the coming months, and according to a press release, fans can expect a composition of "fast riffing, crushing sound, technical dual-leads and atomic speed."
Thraw comments: "If you like the aggression, complexity and brutality of Dark Angel, Sadus, Razor etc., combined with the sense of melody, put into limelight by Forbidden and alike, then Thraw will surely become one of your favorite acts to bang your head on."
Below you can hear the remastered song “Injecting Hate,” originally released back in 2008. More...
Modern death metallers Rivers of Nihil and Unique Leader Records' artist Kamikabe have announced an Eastern/Midwestern U.S. tour this coming November. Dates for the trek are available below. Rivers of Nihil also recently released a new music video for the track "(sin)chronos," which can be viewed here.
11.8 - Reading PA @ Reverb w/ Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, Wretched, Divination (no Kamikabe)
11.9 - Pittsburgh PA @ The Ironworks
11.10 - Luray VA @ The Attic
11.11 - Raleigh, NC @ Katmandu
11.12 - Chattanooga TN @ Sluggo's
11.13 - Louisville KY @ Vernon Club
11.14 - Chicago IL @ Ultra Lounge
11.15 - Indianapolis IN @ Hoosier Dome
11.16 - Akron OH @ Annabell's
11. 17 - Brooklyn NY @ Public Assembly w/ Dysrhythmia, Loincloth, Stats (no Kamikabe) More...
Saratan has announced the band's new album "Martya Xwar" will consist of the following eight songs:
1. Taj-e Sahra (instrumental)
3. Verminous Disease
4. Ba'al Zevuv
5. Silent Sound of Mourning
6. The Sacred Path of Martya Xwar
7. God That Disappears
8. Asmodea (instrumental)
A teaser trailer for the album can be heard below, and "Martya Xwar" is due for release on November 23rd, 2012 via Massacre Records. Saratan also announced that Tymek Jedrzejczyk, Maciej Kowalski, and Michal Strzelecki were recruited for guest male vocals, Karolina Sumowska - Hocyk for additional female vocals, Marina Novikova on piano, and both Jacek Gruszka and V. Santura contributed guitar solos. More...
Sweden's Soreption has revealed the cover artwork for the new album "Engineering the Void," which is due out in early 2013. The artwork was handled by Raphael Gabrio of Insane Visions and can be viewed below. Further details on "Engineering the Void" will be announced as they are made available, and you can find more info on Soreption over at Facebook here. More...
English progressive-metallers Aeon Zen have signed on with Nightmare Records. The band's third release "Enigma" will see a North American release date of January 22, 2013. "Enigma" is described as "an ambitiously creative and powerful concept album featuring nine continuous tracks showing the strengths of the band." The album will also contain two bonus tracks.
Aeon Zen features Ex-Vindictiv/Ex-Seventh Wonder vocalist Andi Kravljaca (Silent Call) and current Timefall guitarist Matt Shepherd.
Founder and guitarist/bassist/vocalist Rich Hinks commented on the signing: "Nightmare Records is without a doubt one of the strongest labels for progressive music and we're delighted to be working with them. Aeon Zen released our last two albums independently and this is a great step for us."
Check out the play through video featuring the track "Divinity" from the new album here: More...
German melodic death metal band Farewell to Arms posted a new music video for the track "Rejected." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Perceptions," which is scheduled for release on November 23rd 2012 via Massacre Records. The song features a guest vocal appearance by Mätze of Napalm Records artists The Sorrow.
The track list for "Perceptions" is as follows:
2. Losses To The Crown
4. Between The Walls Of Ruins
5. Rejected (Feat. Mätze)
6. Mess Of Memories
8. From Init To Exit
9. At The Watershed
Check out "Rejected" here: More...
On the heels of a recently completed North American tour, in which saw the band parting ways with vocalist Annette Olson and ReVamp vocalist Floor Jansen filling in, Nightwish has posted the full theatrical preview for the upcoming "Imaginaerum" movie release. The film is based on band's latest album was based (see Metal Underground's review at this location). The film is set to open in Finland on November 23, 2012, but has has no set release date for North America. More information on the movie can be found at the official film website located at this location.
"Imaginaerum" tells the story of an elderly composer, Tom, who suffers from severe dementia. As he has had the disease for years and has regressed into childhood, he remembers practically nothing from his adult life. His music, friends, all his past including the memory of his daughter are a blur in his fragile mind. All he has left is the imagination of a ten year old boy. As he drifts away into coma, it seems impossible to get back what he has lost. Or is it?
The film is a journey between two different dimensions. Tom travels through his imaginary world seeking answers and finding memories, while his daughter, Gem, tries to recover the bond she had once shared with her father in the real world. As they have become more and more distant
from each other over the years, and as there is even greater obstacles separating them now, Tom's coma and his imminent death, Gem's project feels doomed to failure. However, through Tom's darkest secrets, Gem discovers the path she must follow in order to find her father again.
There are some questions we must ask ourselves before entering the world of "Imaginaerum." What is most important in life? Can the power of memories protect us during our last moments? Will our imagination help us find the spark of life in the deepest darkness? Can we still find
love after bitter forgiveness? More...
Amaranthe posted the third in a series of in studio videos showcasing the band's recordings of the, yet untitled, sophomore LP. The album is scheduled for a 2013 release through Spinefarm Records. In this installment, Olof Mörck (Dragonland/Nightrage) lays down guitar tracks and talks about "his favorite string." The previous video can be viewed over here and at this location.
Check out part three here:
Lacuna Coil made the band's first appearance in Helsinki since February 15th, 2010, on the Shallow Life World Tour. Unaccompanied, Lacuna Coil performed a 2-hour set, complete with a 5-song acoustic set, ranging all the way from "In A Reverie" to the 2012 release, "Dark Adrenaline" (reviewed here). This night kicked off the Dark Legacy European tour.
In a twist of fate, Lacuna Coil was yet again in Helsinki without the full band. In the 2010 show, Marco “Maus” Biazzi was unable to play due to an injury, and likewise this year, he was recovering from a shoulder injury and unable to participate. As well, Cristiano “Criz” Mozzati was taking this one out because of the recent birth of his daughter. As such, another drummer friend, Ryan Folden, was substituting for this tour.
Lacuna Coil wins some big points to viewers for being a very crowd-friendly band. Vocalist Cristina Scabbia in particular tells stories about the songs and the meaning behind them, letting the crowd get not only a live performance, but a bit of insight into the deeper meanings of the songs the fans love. More...