Metal News for October 20, 2014
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37 news articles posted on this day.
Thursday, October 2nd saw Avatar, one of the most intriguing and visually arresting metal acts to emerge from Sweden this decade, perform in a support slot for Mushroomhead at Phase 2 in Lynchburg, Virginia.
Well prior to showtime, as early arrivals were casually gathering outside the venue doors, I sat down at a table in the adjacent restaurant with Johannes Eckerström, a true frontman if ever there was one. An outgoing giant of a young man, both in physical height and in spirit, Johannes is the latest in a long line of theatrically-inclined metal figureheads such as Marilyn Manson and King Diamond.
With the donning of trademark ghoulish face paint still a couple hours away, the German-Swedish singer and I were able to relate as contemporaries on a multitude of topics, starting with his band itself and running the gamut from musical nostalgia, to “selling out,” to nü-metal woes, to piracy, to cultural differences, to the “Rock God” myth and the “groupie mentality,” and much more.
We discussed artists as diverse as KISS, Foo Fighters, Christina Aguilera, Black Sabbath, Mayhem, Pink Floyd, Opeth, Cannibal Corpse, Slipknot, In Flames, Rammstein, System Of A Down, Limp Bizkit, Soilwork, Blind Guardian, Devin Townsend, The Beatles, Beethoven, Machine Head, Nine Inch Nails, the Jonas Brothers, and Led Zeppelin.
If ever an interview could be described as a portrait of a person, I daresay it would be this one. I give you Johannes Eckerström of Avatar - unabridged, unedited, and uncensored. More...
Orphalis has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"We sadly have to announce you that Kai, our drummer, has to completely step back from making music due to his family situation. We wish him all the best for his future and his family!
"But we are also proud to announce you the joining of Simon Heinen who will take place as our new drummer. Some of you may know him from his older bands Jack Slater or Warfield Within.
"We can't give you any exact dates of our second album or anything like that yet, but we don't have to cancel any of our shows in 2015.
...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead is celebrating the release of "IX" in Europe today with the launch of a brand new video for the track "The Ghost Within." Watch it below, courtesy of Amazon Music.
The album will follow in the U.S. on the 10th of November. The band is also set to hit Europe on tour next month with Your Favorite Enemies and Midnight Masses. Dates are available after the video clip.
Circuitry - formed from the smoldering, rotten corpse of Dark Empire - has confirmed a November 4th release date for the band's debut, self-titled album.
The music on the forthcoming 10-track debut was carefully crafted over the past year in disconsolate, Warren, NJ, and disdainful Long Branch, NJ and is tenfold more infectious and devastating than the dreaded Ebola virus. God save your miserable souls. More...
Dark Descent Records will release "Wresting the Revelation of Futility" from Edmonton, Alberta’s Dire Omen on November 12th. The label comments:
"Characterized by a progression towards the chaotic, opaque darkness that now permeates their sound, the history of the Canadian black/death metallers has led to the establishment of an undeniable identity, most evident on this debut album. Utilizing abyssal, morose imagery combined with a strong sense of Thelemic ritualism, Dire Omen has developed a unique take on the black/death genre."
Pre-orders are available at this location and the track listing is as follows:
1. Here and Hereafter (Overture)
2. Onward with Wounds of Disillusion
4. Hemotically Possessed
5. Servus Sevorum Dei
6. Foretold Untethering from Existence
7. Beyond Stillness
8. Vacuous Altar
9. Inversion of Samadhi Dire Omen
10. Closing the Portal More...
2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Thanatos and the release of new album, "Global Purification."
Containing 10 tracks of exterminating death/thrash metal with razor-sharp riffs, hateful vocals, outspoken lyrics and production by Dan Swanö, "Global Purification" will be unleashed on November 17th via Century Media Records. Check out the title track below.
For another preview of "Global Purification," be sure to check out the previously released track, "Feeding The War Machine" at this location. The full track listing is:
1. Global Purification
2. The Murder Of Innocence
3. Infestation Of The Soul
4. Queen Of Gore
5. Nothing Left
6. World Jihad
7. The Demonized Minority
8. Feeding The War Machine
9. Blood Will Be Spilled
10. Bastion Of Blasphemy More...
Bloodshot Dawn today releases a new track off the band's impending "Demons" album (reviewed here). Check out "The Image Faded" in the player below.
You can also watch the band's recently released music video for "Smoke And Mirrors" at this location. "Demons" is due out October 26th, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Smoke and Mirrors
2. Consequence Complex
5. Black Hole Infinity
6. Human Void
7. The Image Faded
8. Demons More...
Solo black metal artist Feral from Tabusintac, New Brunswick (not to be confused with the Swedish band of the same name) is set to release debut full-length album "For Those Who Live In Darkness" on October 23rd, 2014.
You can now hear the advance track "Entering Darkness" through the player below, and the following press release was also issued about the band:
"Influenced by bands such as Burzum and Black Sabbath, Feral has a similar goal to Myrkur to bring black metal back to the world. Feral's songs are about clairvoyance, Celtic occultism, and other subjects which are often left in the dark." More...
The Skull's debut album "For Those Which Are Asleep" will be released worldwide on Tuesday, November 4th via Tee Pee Records.
The band features original Trouble members vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson and recently dropped a new track titled "Till The Sun Turns Back," which can be heard at this location.
In other news, footage from the band's latest show in London, England on October 11th has been made available online, courtesy of YouTube user YeAuldMetaller. Check it out below. The new album's track listing is as follows:
01. Trapped Inside My Mind
02. The Touch Of Reality
03. Sick Of It All
04. The Door
05. Send Judas Down
06. A New Generation
07. Till The Sun Turns Black
08. For Those Which Are Asleep
09. Sometime Yesterday Mourning
10. The Last Judgment More...
The Sludgelord today is hosting the premiere the debut album from post-black metal outfit Selva.
“Life Habitual” can be streamed in full below. The album will be available on Monday, October 27th through Argonauta Records and the track listing is as follows:
3. Life Habitual
7. Gloaming More...
Inner Wound Recordings is proud to announce a re-issue of the "Otherworld" EP from Celtic metal star Leah. The re-issue will be out on October 24th in Europe and October 28th in North America. Inner Wound comments:
"This 5-song Celtic-metal masterpiece from Canadian artist Leah takes you from the stormy shores of an ancient era to fantasy landscapes to the battlefield of love and loss. Cinematic character vocals from metal god Eric Peterson [Testament, Dragonlord] leave you electrified in his wake with an 'echo's breath, a romance death!' Otherworld is where the ethereal and the brutal collide."
The artwork for "Otherworld" was created by Jan Yrlund at Darkgrove Design and the track listing is as follows:
01. Shores of Your Lies
02. The Northern Edge
04. Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep
05. Dreamland [feat. Eric Peterson] More...
After signing with In At The Deep Ends Records, Cavorts will release debut album "Got Your Brass" on October 27th. The label also comments:
"Since emerging out of the northern frontier town of Barnsley in 2012, Cavorts have toured the UK with Dragonforce, played a sold-out Leeds O2 Academy show with Skindred, released a debut EP on distinguished Canadian label Distort Records (Alexisonfire/ Cancer Bats) and received national radio play on Radio 1.
"Now they are back bearing a Jason Sanderson (Lavotchkin, Rolo Tomassi, The Legacy) produced/mixed and mastered album, which is crammed with the concoction of heavy, energetic and southern stained groove and riffage that their debut EP ‘Time Told’ flaunted.
"Cavorts uphold a strong punk rock work ethic and place huge importance on taking their explosive live shows across the country. This will continue as they play a string of dates to support the album release. Dates TBA.
"Creating hi-octane anthems that you can sink your teeth into is what Cavorts strive for and with Got Your Brass they’ve undoubtedly struck gold … Turn it up loud! For fans of Motorhead, Early Baroness, The Bronx, Sick Of It All and Hot Water Music."
The new album's track listing is:
1. Got Your Brass
2. Pig Of Ballast
3. Wait On
4. What’s Cracking Sister?
5. Kicks And Strikes
6. Rubbing Rags
7. Pick Up The Hammer
8. Save Some Things
9. Look After The Pack
10. By The Tide More...
Beards and riffs come together to make your Monday better as Krokodil - a a metal behemoth now signed to Spinefarm Records, featuring current and previous members of Cry for Silence, Hexes, Gallows and SikTh - share the new song "Sun Riders."
Check out "Sun Riders" in the player below, thanks to Revolvermag.com. The track features guest vocals from Simon Neil of U.K. alt rock band Biffy Clyro.
London-based progressive metal band Haken is set to begin a U.K. & Ireland tour with Leprous & Maschine this week, before new EP "Restoration" is released (October 27th in Europe, November 10th in the U.S.).
To celebrate, Haken has launched a stream of the longest track on the album, titled "Crystallised," as well as a competition to win a signed copy of the vinyl EP, a t-shirt & a poster. Check out the track below, and enter the competition at this location.
The band also recently launched a brand new video for the track "Darkest Light," which can be seen here. The new EP's track listing is:
1. Darkest Light (6:44)
2. Earthlings (7:52)
3. Crystallised (19:23) [featuring Pete Rinaldo and Mike Portnoy] More...
Metal Injection just released another clip cut from heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian’s upcoming live comedy DVD, "Swearing Words in Glasgow."
The clip features Scott telling thestory of the first time he met Lemmy back in the early Anthrax days, and the alcohol-soaked hilarities that followed. Check it out below.
If you missed Scott Ian’s NYC “Speaking Words” performance earlier this spring, you’re in luck! Metal Insider and Megaforce Records will present a free "Swearing Words in Glasgow" DVD screening on October 22nd at Saint Vitus Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn as part of CMJ Music Marathon.
The screening begins at 3:00pm and is free for those who RSVP via email@example.com. More...
Dallas, Texas-based avant/tech death metal trio Baring Teeth is preparing for the follow-up to 2011 debut album, "Atrophy," with the mangling "Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins" confirmed to drop via Willowtip Records on November 25th. The label comments:
"Previously known as Soviet, Baring Teeth is an act formed by three musicians having collectively spent time playing in a plethora of acts including Cleric, Between The Buried And Me, Broadcast Sea and others.
"Following their initial demo, Willowtip signed the band for the 2011 release of their debut album, 'Atrophy.' 'Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins' shows Baring Teeth sharpening its attack, the unsettled aggression of previous material heightened to a manic, primal belligerence. Immersive, hypnotic, and haunting, the album melds seemingly opposing characteristics -- streamlined songwriting and dizzying technicality, ambience and brute force, density and angularity, order and chaos -- into a fully realized, cohesive listening experience.
"Without sacrificing originality, the groundwork of Meshuggah and Gorguts gives in to modern and gritty dissonance where one may at times be reminded of everything from the technical intensity of The Dillinger Escape Plan and Flourishing, to the ominous realms of Deathspell Omega and Ulcerate. Comparative compliments aside, the band's music continually applies and releases tension, while continually spiraling into a tension-infused amalgamation of chaotic but ultimately natural and captivating experimental death metal."
The album was recorded by Alex Bhore (This Will Destroy You) at Elmwood Recording, mixed by Keith Souza and Seth Manchester at Machines With Magnets (The Body, Battles, Daughters), and mastered by Alan Douches (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Swans). The track listing is:
1. An Illusion Of Multiple Voices
4. The Great Unwashed
5. Terra Nullius
6. Dripping Sun
7. The Unwilling
8. Ghost Chorus Among Old Ruins More...
Today, the black/death barbarians from Deiphago reveal details for their fourth full-length album, which will be released next year by Hells Headbangers.
Titled "Into the Eye of Satan," recordings for the album will take place during December in The Thousand Caves Recording Studio in Queens, New York and will be produced/engineered/mixed by Colin Marston (Gorguts). Mastering will be handled by Brad Boatright of AudioSiege. Cover artwork is being created by Axel Hermann (Sodom, Morgoth, Asphyx, Grave).
Deiphago reports the following: "The four album is a progression from the path where Satan Alpha Omega left off. It will focus more on the technical prowess of the band while retaining all the chaos of the previous albums. Forward movement under chaos! Prepare for the next level of Black Death Devastation!"
Chicago's These Are They has teamed up with Blabbermouth.net to stream a new song off the group's forthcoming album.
Check out "Steeple Of Blood" in the player provided below. New album "At The Feast Of Seven Funerals" will see release through The End Records on November 18th, 2014.
Read the full article at Blabbermouth.
Ghost Brigade just released a new track taken from upcoming album "IV: One With The Storm." The track titled "Aurora" is streaming below, thanks to Metalsucks.
"IV: One with the Storm" will be released by Season of Mist on November 11th in North America (November 7th worldwide). The track listing is as follows:
1. Wretched Blues
4. Disembodied Voices
5. Electra Complex
6. Stones and Pillars
8. The Knife
9. Long Way to the Graves
10. Elämä On Tulta More...
Pennsylvania metal band The Last Ten Seconds Of Life today enters Atrium Audio recording studio to begin recording a new album that will be released in early 2015.
Once again, the band joins long-time producer Carson Slovak and engineer Grant McFarland (August Burns Red, Texas in July) at their studio in Lancaster, Pennsylvania to record what will be the band's third full-length album and follow up to 2013’s "INVIVO[EXVIVO]."
“We’ve worked to give the instruments their own voice on each of the new songs,” commented guitarist Wyatt McLaughlin. “There is way more groove, more riffs, and focused heaviness this time around and Storm is prepared vocally like never before. This new material builds off our previous music, but we’re taking it to new boundaries to make by far our best album yet.”
Dutch necromantic death metallers AntropomorphiA are ready to unleash their new video clip for "Nekrovaginal Secretions" next week. To increase anticipation, the band has just launched a (censored) video teaser which you can check out below.
The track comes off new album "Rites of Perversion," which can be ordered at this location. "Rites Of Perversion" is the successor to "Evangelivm Nekromantia" and the track listing is as follows:
1. Temphioth Workings
2. Carved to Pieces
3. Inanimatus Absqui Anima
4. Crowned in Smoldering Ash
5. Nekrovaginal Secretions
6. Gospel ov Perversion
7. Morbid Rites
9. Open Casket More...
International progressive death metal act Defect Designer just finished mastering a brand new album in Fascination Street Studio (famous for work with such bands as At The Gates, Bloodbath, Opeth, Katatonia, Soilwork, Kreator, Devin Townsend Project and many more).
The album was recorded with an international lineup featuring Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy) on drums, Stelios Mavromitis (SepticFlesh live guitarist) on guitars, Martin Storm-Olsen (Trollfest, Melch) on guitars and clean vocals, Christos Antoniou (SepticFlesh) handling sampling and orchestration, and Dmitry Sukhinin on bass, guitars, vocals.
Drums were recorded in Canada in The Grid studio with Christian Donaldson (Cryptopsy); guitars, bass and vocals in Devasoundz Studio with Thanos Jan (Inactive Messiah). The album was mixed in Devasoundz Studios by Fotis Benardo and Christos Antoniou (SapticFlesh) after additional guitars and clean vocals done by Martin Storm-Olsen (Sounds Of O Studio).
Originally from Russia, the band recently relocated to Oslo, Norway. This upcoming album follows previous full-length "Wax," release via My Kingdom Music. More...
Moonspell is currently working on a new album to follow the "Alpha Noir" release, and afterwards the Portuguese Gothic metal act will hit the road with Septicflesh (dates available here).
The band has now checked in with the following update about the recording process: "Scenes from the studio! Different moods, different songs. Half of the album is done tracking. Other half to come. I am having a great time, Jens is great, my band supportive through my highs and lows. Can't wait to share this album and lyrics with you and I am sure you won't be indifferent to them. Well it's back to the booth now. Have a great week everyone!"
Last week Moonspell also issued this update on the vocals: "Everything is going great and he is singing his most personal and perhaps best lyrics ever. The vocal approach will be a bit different this time, more melodic and dark, but I am sure the true fans will love to get closer to his dark soul even more than on the previous records." More...
Two years after the "Apeiron" video, Crisis In Vain is back with a new clip that can be seen below. The band comments:
"After 2 years, our new music video is ready, 'Elohopea' is finally out! Hope you like the new song! Please support us sharing this video everywhere you want, spreading the word that Crisis In Vain is back! Thank you guys for your support."
Crowbar just debuted an all-new music video today through Noisey Music for latest single, "Symmetry in White."
Directed by Mike Holderbeast of Cement Level Studios, this is the second video Holderbeast has done for the band, having previously directed the video for "Walk With Knowledge Wisely."
The fourth installment of the Decibel Magazine Tour will feature Swedish melodeath legends At The Gates joining forces with U.S. hardcore heroes Converge and U.K. death/doom supergroup Vallenfyre, with yet one more very special opener to be announced this December.
"Super-stoked at finally getting to be part of the Decibel tour!" enthuses At The Gates front man Tomas Lindberg. "A great mag, with great people behind it! And finally being able to rip out new stuff in front of a U.S. club audience? Sweet! The bill looks amazing, too! The most relevant hardcore band on the planet and the fiercest old-school death metal band on the same night as us? Excited!"
"We are excited to be part of this fantastic and diverse tour," says Converge front man Jacob Bannon, who designed the tour logo and art. "For me, At The Gates are one of the most important bands in contemporary heavy music. It will be an honor to tour the country with them."
"This will be Vallevnfyre's first U.S. tour, and what a tour," beams frontman Gregor Mackintosh. "I think this is the most diverse and exciting bill of any metal tour I have seen this year. Great to be a part of it. We will be injecting some British filth into your unsuspecting American ears. Cheers." More...
Australian metal outfit Iconoclast just released a brand new single titled "Born Of Malice." Check out a music video for the song below.
You can also listen to more music from Iconoclast by heading over to the group's Bandcamp page here. Iconoclast is:
Mitch Macari - Vocals
Cody Brooks - Guitars
Chris van Zwam - Bass
Tim Stelter - Drums
Swedish reformed death metallers Centinex have teamed up with Noisey to premiere a new track titled "Death Glance," taken from the band's upcoming full-length album "Redeeming Filth."
Stream the new song, before the release hits the stores via Agonia Records on November 21st in Europe and December 9th in North America, via the player below.
Commented the band's founder and mastermind, Martin: "Influenced and inspired by the early 90's classic Florida-scene, 'Redeeming Filth' picks up the spirit from our 1992-debut 'Subconscious Lobotomy' and leads us back to the golden days of riff-oriented death metal. The future looks soaking brutal!" More...
Heart In Hand just released the first music video for the band's upcoming album "A Beautiful White." Check out the clip for the title track below.
Pre-orders are available via Impericon here for the album, which will drop November 4th. The track listing is as follows:
2. A Beautiful White
3. Colours And Chemicals
4. Crying Shame
6. Poison Pen Letters
7. Last Night
9. New Years Eve
10. My Heart Belongs In Denmark
11. Never Again
12. Jasmine More...
U.K. metal act Xerath released a new lyric video for the track "2053." The song appears on the band's latest album "III," which was issued last month via Candlelight Records. A review for the album can be found at this location.
Check out "2053" here:
Swiss traditional metal act Emerald will enter the studio this November to begin recording a new album. The band will record again at the Little Creek Studio in Switzerland with Producer V.O. Pulver (Poltergeist, Gurd, Destruction). The title, track list and release date for the seventh studio release is not yet been announced.
The album is the follow up to the 2012 release "Unleashed" and will mark the first album with new vocalist George Call (Aska, ex-Omen) on vocals, Julien Menth on lead guitar and Vania Truttmann on bass. Call replaced Thomas Winkler, who left to put his full efforts into Gloryhammer.
More information on the upcoming release is expected soon.
Dutch death thrashers Bloid have signed on with Wormholedeath Records for the release of the debut album "Rise to Ruination." The release dates have not yet been made public, but expect to hear news about that soon. The artwork and track list can be viewed below.
The band commented: "We are totally psyched that WormHole Death/Aural Music! has put their trust in us and our music and are willing to support us. It’s awesome that three guys like us can share our passion for heavy fucking music and the fun times it represents with the world. We have been doing this for a while and it’s great to get recognition of our work. This is just the debut album, but we're far from done. So we hope that through our co-operation with WormHoleDeath/Aural Music!, our music will spread like a pandemic. We can’t wait to see what happens, now that we get the opportunity to widen our range and reach an international audience. So stock up on your toiletpaper, because shit just got real. We’re gonna Rise to Ruination!" More...
Swedish power metal act Axenstar released a new preview clip (heard in the player below) for the upcoming new album "Where Dreams Are Forgotten," the band's sixth full length release. The album drops via Inner Wound Records on November 28th (EU) and December 2nd (North America).
The track list for the album is:
2. Inside The Maze
3. My Sacrifice
4. Curse Of The Tyrant
5. The Return
9. The Reaper
10. This False Imagery
11. Sweet Farewell
Check out the preview here: More...
Italian power/progressive act Starbynary has signed on with Bakerteam Records for the release of the debut album "Dark Passenger." The album is set to drop on December 1st (EU) and January 20th (USA) through the label. "Dark Passenger" is based on the Jeff Lindsay novel series "Darkly Dreaming Dexter," which was made into the popular television series "Dexter."
The name "Starbynary" is born to the concept of astronomy that describes "a star system consisting of two stars orbiting around their common center of mass." It means that this project is a brainchild of two persons - ex-Derdian vocalist Joe Caggianelli and Niberath guitarist Leo Giraldi - that put all of themselves into the music of Starbynary as "center of mass."
The album features a guest appearance by Symphony X bassist Mike LaPond.
More information on the album is expected soon. The album's cover art and a preview clip of the music can be found here: More...
New York metal act Riot, now known as Riot V, released a preview clip for the upcoming new release "Unleash the Fire." The album marks the first release since the death of founder Mark Reale. The album features two tracks dedicated to the memory of Reale, including the track "Until We Meet Again," which contains a short in studio clip of Reale's voice and trademark laugh.
"Unleash the Fire" is out in Scandanavia on October 22nd, in Germany on October 24th, in Europe on October 27th and in the USA on October 28th - all via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The track list is as follows:
1. Ride Hard Live Free
2. Metal Warrior
3. Fall from the Sky
4. Bring the Hammer Down
5. Unleash the Fire
6. Land of the Rising Sun
7. Kill to Survive
8. Return of the Outlaw
10. Take Me Back
11. Fight Fight Fight
12. Until We Meet Again
13. Thundersteel (Live) (Bonus Track)
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Allen/Lande, the collaboration of Symphony X frontman Russell Allen and ex-MasterPlan vocalist Jorn Lande, is streaming the new track "Down From the Mountain." The song is taken from the new album "The Great Divide" - the fourth studio release - which is set to drop tomorrow, October 21st, in North America via Frontier's Records.
The track list for the album:
1. Come Dream With Me (streaming here)
2. Down From the Mountain
3. In the Hands of Time
4. Solid Ground
5. Lady of Winter (see lyric video)
6. Dream About Tomorrow
7. Hymn to the Fallen
8. The Great Divide
9. Reaching for the Stars
Check out "Down From the Mountain" here: More...
Brazil's Scelerata is streaming the track "Twilight of the Gods," the newly recorded cover of the Helloween classic (from the 1987 release "Keeper of the Seven Keys, Pt. I"). The song will appear on the Helloween tribute album "30 Years of Happiness." The track is available as a free download from this location. It is the first recording since the release of the album "The Sniper" (see review here) in 2012.
The recording is also the first with the band's newest members: vocalist Jonathas Pozo and guitarist Daniel Breitenbach. Pozo is a graduate student of Music Degree at the University Uergas and has been known in Porto Alegre for 15 years for playing in cover bands and as a music teacher. Breitenbach just released his first self-titled solo instrumental album. He is also the guitarist of the band Living Gore and the legendary band Panic. Both musicians debuted with the band at the Motorcycle Rock Cruise 2014 back in March of this year.
Additionally, the song features the band's other new guitarist Daniel Bagesteiro, who began his musical studies on piano at age six and at 14 began studying acoustic guitar and soon moved to the electric guitar.
The three new members round out a lineup that consists of Scelerata mainstays: bassist Gustavo Strapazon and drummer Francis Cassol.
Check out "Twilight of the Gods" here: More...