Metal News for October 21, 2013
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Greek metal masters Septicflesh are streaming the new reissue of third album, "Ophidian Wheel," which can be heard in the player below.
The "Ophidian Wheel" reissue is slated for an October 29th release date in North America, and is the third of the series of re-issues of early Septicflesh full-lengths by Season of Mist. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Future Belongs to the Brave
2. The Ophidian Wheel
3. Phallic Litanies
4. Razor Blades of Guilt
6. On the Topmost Step of the Earth
8. Geometry in Static
9. Shamanic Rite
10. Heaven Below
12. The Ophidian Wheel (unreleased mix)
13. Phallic Litanies (unreleased mix)
14. On the Topmost Step of the Earth (unreleased mix) More...
The Skull — the band featuring original Trouble members Eric Wagner and Jeff "Oly" Olson alongside Trouble's longtime bassist Ron Holzner and Sacred Dawn guitarists Michael Carpenter and Lothar Keller — performed at Loaded Hollywood last Saturday, October 19th in Hollywood, California. Fan filmed footage can be seen below (thanks to Arturo Gallegos).
As previously reported, Jeff "Oly" Olson rejoined The Skull last month, explaining in a statement: "I know that I've mentioned that I wouldn't perform Trouble's music anymore unless it's with the other original members, but I've had a change of heart. I want to rock again. Although I have been having a great time playing keys for In-Graved (led by former Pentagram guitarist Victor Griffin), I miss the drums and playing classic Troublesongs. I'm still going to jam with Victor, but there is room for The Skull too."
He added: "In just a few short months, 2014 will mark the 30th anniversary year for Trouble's debut record, 'Psalm 9'. Trouble guitarists Rick Wartell and Bruce Franklin are having fun with their new record, and I had fun writing some intros for it. It's just that Eric, Ron, and myself want to jam too and celebrate our 30th anniversary as well with a tour and a new record. We've worked just as hard as Bruce and Rick over the years and we feel that we've earned the privilege to celebrate with the fans as well. There is no animosity between the two bands and we intend to keep it that way.
"We are currently writing a debut record, set for release in 2014 and I've already submitted several songs to the guys. Excitement is in the air." More...
Cradle of Filth will be releasing a crowd-funded graphic novel titled "Curse of Venus Aversa." While the campaign has already met its goal of $20,000 with 18 days left to go, various perks for contributing are still available for fans, with full details available right here. The band also comments:
"The Kickstarter campaign for the 'Curse Of Venus Aversa' graphic novella has been updated, with a few more illustrated pages revealed.
"Keep abreast of this ongoing situation, as in a few moon's time the shirt design will be unveiled; there will be some more surprise add-ons; plus come All Hallow's Eve, the 'discovered' creepy video footage of the 'blessing of the dolls' in deepest, darkest N'Orleans shall be uploaded, for your vulgar delectation..." More...
Germany's Ewigheim has released a teaser trailer for the coming "Nachruf" ("Obituary") album, which can be found below, and the band comments:
"Ladies and gentlemen, the autumn makes everything new! The album has freed itself from its last cocoon and is well mixed and mastered on his first flight of the 6.12.2013! Here a small impression of how 'Obituary' was born!"
Majesty Of Revival has posted a new track online, which can be heard below. The band also comments:
"Today we are happy to present you our first single 'Infernal Grays' from next album 'Iron Gods!" The single includes bonus track (non-album track) 'This Time.' We had a great collaboration with Finnish singer Pekka Montin (Amoth, Evil-lyn) and Norwegian songwriter Stian Alsaker (Silver End) on this b-track. You can listen to this single below. Also, sorry for the lack of updates regarding of our new album. We working hard on it. We have many discussions about who`ll release this album. Release date and label announces soon." More...
The official lyric video for "A Triptych Journey," is now available online, which is the first track on "L'appel du vide," the debut album by Australian orchestral doom metal band Rise of Avernus. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. A Triptych Journey
2. The Mire
4. L'appel du vide
5. Ethereal Blindness
6. Embrace the Mayhem
7. An Somnium
8. As Soleness Recedes More...
France's most vicious death metal band is back: after releasing debut album "Putrid Death Sorcery" earlier this year, Necrowretch has now unleashed a new compilation, "Bestial Rites 2009-2012."
Already out in Europe, the compilation will be released digitally on November 5th in North America with CD imports available at CM Distro. "Bestial Rites 2009-2012" includes all tracks from Necrowreth's demos and EPs, as well as an unreleased cover version of Mercliess' "Pure Hate."
For a preview of "Bestial Rites 2009-2012," visit Pitchfork.com here to stream the track "Sadistic Expiation." The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Putrefactive Infestation
2. Sepulchral Pleading
3. A Rancid Spree
4. Sadistic Expiation
5. From A Hideous Summoning
6. Zombie Ritual (DEATH cover)
7. Pure Hate (MERCILESS cover)
8. Evil Dismay / Necrollections
9. Unholy Stench Of Sin
10. Supposed To Rot (NIHILIST cover)
11. Called From The Grave
12. Regurgitated Remains
13. Impending Morbidity
15. Assumed Dead
16. Rising From Purulence
17. Buried To Death More...
Sahg has teamed up with Metal Hammer to stream the new album "Delusions of Grandeur," which hits stores on October 25th, 2013 via Indie Recordings.
California trio Smile Empty Soul has teamed up with Loudwire.com to premiere the music video for "False Alarm," the first single off the band's new album "Chemicals." Check it out below.
"The 'False Alarm' video was really fun to make since it was shot live at our CD release party at The Machine Shop in Flint, Michigan," guitarist/vocalist Sean Danielsen commented. "That's always been a home away from home for us, so it's great to see the experience that we know so well translated in the video for our new single!"
You can also stream the full "Chemicals" album online over at this location.
Reflections is streaming the band's entire new record via SoundCloud today. With only one day to go, the band is eager to get more music to the fans with the full stream of "Exi(s)t." Check it out below.
The band is currently out on a stretch of tour dates with Erra before meeting up with label mates Withing the Ruins for some shows in November. More...
Human Improvement Process has posted a video clip online of Fabio Carretti and Francesco Pini playing the title track from the full-length album "Deafening Dissonant Millennium."
Check it out below, or hear more from the band at the Human Improvement Process Facebook profile.
U.S. melodic power metal act Screams of Angels has signed with Skol Records. The debut album "Into The Warzone" has been scheduled for release on December 27, 2013. The album is comprised of "a collection of high-energy metal anthems such as its title track, a fast paced homage to Marvel comics 'The Punisher,' the galloping epic 'Cycle Of The Moon' and the snarling metal monster 'Eyes Of The Serpent.'" "Into The Warzone" will be distributed in North and South America via Shadow Kingdom Records. Earlier, on November 15, Skol Records will release album's title track as free download single, which will be available from www.skolrecords.com and www.screamsofangels.net.
Skol Records CEO Bart Gabriel commented: "Skol Records started as a label that would support bands and artists related to Gabriel Management. Some time later we decided to focus on reissues of forgotten and classic Heavy Metal albums from the past, as the truth is all guys from Skol Records crew are dedicated Metal fans, you know, bunch of die hard maniacs in leather, surrounded by piles of vinyl records, who wear old Omen, Mercyful Fate and Agent Steel t-shirts. We didn't plan to sign any current bands. But after we heard Screams of Angels' demo our jaws landed on the floor, and we had no other choice: we knew we have to sign them, or someone else will do it. They are the real deal: great, strong vocals, massive riffs, and first of all good songs. It's all there."
In the midst of an extensive career as drummer for multiple heavy metal legends such as Fifth Angel, Heir Apparent and Nightshade, Jeffrey McCormack was thrown a curveball. It was suggested that he hum some melody lines on demo material that he had been working on with Seattle guitarist Craig Church. It was immediately decided that Jeffrey would become the lead vocalist for the band. Once the material had solidified, they recruited Jeffrey’s longtime friend, Kai Chinn to take over the drum duties, followed by bassist Anthony Rivera, rhythm guitarist Rollie Fisher, and former Heir Apparent bandmate Op Sakiya on keyboards. More...
Kauan has premiered the song "Pirut - I" online, which can be heard below courtesy of Invisible Oranges. The band's upcoming "Pirut" album is scheduled for a December 15th release via Blood Music. More...
East Bay act SpiralArms will release second album "Freedom" tomorrow, October 22nd in North America via Steamhammer / SPV.
In anticipation of the release of "Freedom," Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive full album stream. Check it out below.
SpiralArms rose from the ashes of millennial bands Systematic, Forbidden, and Man Made God. This sextet has one mission: to save today's music scene by bringing true heavy melodic rock to the forefront.
"We always work at the studio as a full band," says guitarist Craig Locicero. "The basic tracks of the new album were recorded in just about 16 hours, the rest was recorded by and by, but always in the same spirit. From the beginning, we never lost sight of our vision and that special flair which our new songs have." More...
Perpetual Dawn has released the "Pale Blue Skies..." EP, which can now be heard online in its entirety. Check it out in the player below, or over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Pale Blue Skies Burn First 02:06
2. Moment of Apprehension 04:22
3. Submerged 05:49
4. Insomnia 03:02
5. Disclosure (and loss) 03:27
6. Perpetual Dawn 07:23 More...
Dutch symphonic metal act Epica has entered the studio to begin recording the follow up to "Requiem for the Indifferent" (see review here). This all comes after extensive writing, pre-production and the birth of Simone Simons' first child with boyfriend and Kamelot keyboardist Oliver Palotai.
Drummer Ariën van Weesenbeek will begin tracking drums together with producer Joost van de Broek at the Sandlane Recording Facilities in the Netherlands. Guitarist/composer Mark Jansen commented: "We wrote about 18 new tracks for the album which we all will be recording. This puts us in a luxury position since we will be able to choose the best of these tracks for the album! So far the songs contain all known Epica elements, it is a balanced mix between old and new influences. We are extremely happy with all the material and can't wait to put it out there!!"
This new, yet untitled, studio effort will be released by Nuclear Blast in spring next year. A special release show has already been announced to take place in 013, Tilburg (NL) on April 30, 2014.
Tickets can be purchased via www.epica.nl. More...
U.K. outfit Nocrul released "Four Riders Of The Apocalypse" today - October 21st - and now you can stream the tracks in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. White Horse 04:06
2. Red Horse 04:06
3. Black Horse 04:09
4. Pale Horse 04:53
5. The Call Of The Wintermoon 04:38
Serbian black metal band Bethor has released two videos of the band playing new tracks live in-studio. The songs were recorded during rehearsal sessions for an upcoming full-length album. Check them out below.
Protest The Hero has teamed up with Loudwire to stream the band's full new album "Volition." You can stream the release in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
2. Drumhead Trial
3. Tilting Against Windmills
4. Without Prejudice
5. Yellow Teeth
6. Plato’s Tripartite
7. A Life Embossed
10. Animal Bones
Hate Eternal drummer Jade Simonetto has left the band to further his education and post-music career. Simonetto states about leaving:
"Being a part of Hate Eternal has been one of the greatest experiences of my life and parting ways is, by far, the most difficult thing I've ever had to do. Erik & JJ are older brothers to me and have always looked out for my best interests. Knowing I wont be touring and jamming with those guys is a hard pill to swallow, but I'm choosing to pursue my education and establish myself career-wise.
"I'll miss the world of diehard metal heads who come out to shows and support this great thing we all love. I wish Erik & JJ all the success in the world personally and professionally and have no doubt that Erik will discover some monster drummer we haven't yet heard of. It's what he does!"
Hate Eternal founder and guitarist/vocalist Erik Rutan comments, "It's been a great road traveled with Jade as a part of the band for six years, two very special albums and many, many tours across the world. Some of the best times and experiences in my life and career have been with Jade in the band. Jade is like a brother to JJ and I, and we are very proud of all we accomplished together as a band . His loyalty, dedication, and commitment to Hate Eternal is something we'll always be very grateful for and Jade will always be family. This has been in discussion for some time now and we all agreed that it was time for this to happen. We wish Jade nothing but the best with his future and thank him for all his hard work and tremendous contributions to Hate Eternal." More...
Amaranthe has checked in with the following announcement about new European tour dates:
"The time is finally here to announce our very first headline tour in Europe! We are very excited to bring a special, full length set to our fans throughout the continent! This tour finally includes our first dates in the UK in support of 'The Nexus.'
"Joining us on this tour are two amazing up-and-coming Swedish bands; Deals Death and Smash Into Pieces. For full list of dates check the poster or our website. More dates to follow, ticket links coming soon!" More...
With the release of new record "We’re All Gonna Die" approaching by the hour, New York City thrashers Generation Kill now take a look on the creation process.
Join vocalist Rob Dukes (Exodus) and bassist Rob Moschetti (ex-Pro-Pain, M.O.D.) on this second feature clip reminiscing on the vocal and guitar recordings below.
Legendary Brazilian metal icons Sepultura release their upcoming album “The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart” on October 25th via Nuclear Blast.
In anticipation of this release, Andreas Kisser has provided a track-by-track breakdown of the album. Check it out below.
“Actually the intro is the demo we did just before we went to the studio, with all the songs played at the same time! It’s like you are listening to all the songs that you will hear separately on the album at once. It sounds so great, noisy and powerful and it was a result of an accident that I had on my computer. Each song had its track so when I accidentally played the tracks together they came strong and beautiful so I decided to show the guys and they all liked it!”
Trauma of War:
“This will be the first song on the album and is one of the fastest and most brutal songs we ever did. The performance of our drummer Eloy is fantastic, it gave such an energy to the song that the guitars, bass and vocals had to top that level of brutality, for sure our strongest opener so far. I wrote the lyrics inspired by friends that went to war and came back with some kind of trauma, some kind of disturbance that they have to live with for the rest of their lives.”
"An ironic tribute to the conclave that elected Argentinian Pope Francis I as the successor of Benedict XVI. This track has some Death Metal influences. The lyric tells the story of how the Vatican was created, filled with blood, orgy, murders, corruption, adultery. It’s one of the most evil and perverse lyrics I ever wrote.” More...
Today, Malthusian sets November 22nd as the release date for the band's "MMXIII" debut, to see release via Invictus Productions. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Ireland's Malthusian seeped into creation in 2012 with the purpose of creating dismal, suffocating death metal. Slowly shaping their odes of negative, hallucinogenic, and poisonous black/death/doom, the band are poised to stir unease with the release of their MMXIII demo, which will see release first on cassette and then a CD version later on; a vinyl LP version is potentially in the works.
"Malthusian have managed to create an asphyxiating and dismal gloom with their sound: Resplendent with the horror of the grave and the doom of the earth, the three tracks across MMXIII jar uncomfortably with the stasis that the modern death metal scene appears to languish in due to its retro fixation."
1. Wraith///Plague Spore
2. The Mother's Blade
3. Hallucinogen More...
Parisian outfit Death Mercedes is streaming three tracks off the band's debut full-length "Sans Éclat," which will be released on 12" vinyl this winter via Throatruiner Records and Sieve And Sand Records. Throatruiner comments on the band:
"With members hailing from various backgrounds (Amanda Woodward, Cowards, L'Homme Puma, Ravi), the band plays a brand of passionate hardcore/punk that is difficult to nail down to a specific genre, swinging between crust, screamo and half a dozen other sub-genres to create a very personal sound. 'Sans Éclat' was recorded and mixed by Francis Caste then mastered by Jay Maas from Defeater." More...
Avatarium - featuring Leif Edling of Candlemass - has released a new lyric video for the track "Boneflower." Check it out below.
"Boneflower" comes off the band's self-titled album, due out November 22nd via Nuclear Blast. The track listing for "Avatarium" is:
Thrall's new album "Aokigahara Jukai" will be available worldwide on October 22nd, 2013. The following press release was issued about the album:
"From Australia’s cold dark island of exile, inspired by Japan’s shadowy secret suicide forest, via the fertile black/thrash scene of Melbourne, Australia, Moribund Cult Records is proud to present 'Aokigahara Jukai,' black metal band Thrall’s third studio album.
"Thrall emerged from Tasmania in 2005, the brainchild of Tom Void, songwriter and illustrator for Thrall, to become one of Australia’s most savage, rocking black metal bands.
"Aokigahara Jukai is a conceptual exploration of the eponymous suicide forest, situated in the foothills of Mt Fuji, Japan. Aokigahara Jukai is rich with history and mythology, and is the site of over 50 suicides a year.
"On Aokigahara Jukai, Thrall successfully articulates misanthropy without hypocrisy. By blending traditional black metal elements, with doom, death metal and crust influences, Thrall creates unique, memorable music. The trajectory of the album takes the listener on an unrelenting furious void-ward journey from the opening track to the final deathlike strains of emptiness. Coupled with the artwork’s aesthetic qualities of smothering detail, Aokigahara Jukai is an immensely compelling document of unrivalled intensity and intent."
The band's vocalist and guitarist Tom states: “The geographical proximity of Aokigahara Jukai to Mount Fuji seemed to eloquently encapsulate the duality of Japan. The sublime and the abject intermingled. National landmark and national skeleton in the closet." More...
The Acacia Strain, who recently parted ways with longtime guitarist DL Laskiewicz, has just announced its new EP "Above/Below." The release, which will be the first ever without Daniel, debuts the Springfield band's two new guitarists. The Acacia Strain's official camp made the following announcement on facebook:
"In case you guys missed it, we are putting out a brand new 7" EP with two new songs, entitled 'Above/Below,' very soon! These are the first songs to feature our new guitarists, Richie Gomez, and Devin Shidaker, produced by the man himself, Will Putney.
We are extremely excited with how these songs turned out, and we will be letting you hear one of them very soon. In the mean time, 'Above/Below' is available for pre-order on the Rise Records web store. Stay tuned and share this as many times as you possibly can!"
Finland's MyGrain has posted the following message online about parting ways with the band's guitarist:
"Today we have sad news: Resistor is leaving MyGrain. The awesome sold out Nosturi show was his last one with us and now the time has come for him to step aside.
"We faced Resi's decision with heavy hearts, but this is of course something that has to be accepted and respected. We have played together for nine years and grown to be a family, so the news was not easy to confront. Although our musical collaboration is now ending, the friendship with Resi will continue forever. He will always be a part of this bunch of monkeys and will be seen on our support group in the future.
"Despite of all the setbacks that have occurred this year, we will go full steam ahead, as Resi already mentioned. We have written a lot of new stuff during the long period of silence before 'Planetary Breathing' was released so the next album is already in the making. We are also lucky and overwhelmingly enthusiastic to welcome the new guitarist Joni Lahdenkauppi to join MyGrain team! Joni replaced Mr. Downhill on our European tour with Insomnium and Before the Dawn and instantly became a dear new member of MyGrain family. He is an extremely talented and musical guitarist so we feel that the sky is the only limit for the upcoming new material. With him we can develop our sound even further. You will meet him soon on the gigs next year but in the meanwhile, you can check his playing here.
"All the best to Resi! The awesome years with you will never be forgotten." More...
For nearly 15 years, Lay Down Rotten has stood for energetic death metal. Their haunting live-shows at festivals like With Full Force, Rock Harz, Extremefest, Death Feast and Summer Breeze, and shows alongside the likes of Cannibal Corpse, Bolt Thrower and Aborted have always grabbed the audience by the balls.
Albums like "Breeding Insanity" (Remission Records), "Gospel Of The Wretched" (Metal Blade Records) and last year's "Mask Of Malice" (Metal Blade Records) have been well-received within the whole scene. Now, it is time for the first sign of life from the band via their new label-home Apostasy Records.
"Deathspell Catharsis" is the name of the new output which was once again produced by the band's confidant Thilo Krieger in his Desert Inn Studio. The new album features artwork by Toshihiro Egewa (Cryptopsy, Defeated Sanity, Krisiun and many more).
The album will be released on January 24th 2014 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; January 27th 2014 in the UK and the rest of Europe; and on February 11th 2014 in North America. More information will be forthcoming.
Polish female-fronted heavy metal act Crystal Viper will release a special Halloween single on October 31st, titled "Fight Evil With Evil."
The song features the American singer Harry Conklin (Jag Panzer, Satan's Host), and will be available as a free download from AFM Records and directly through the band.
"Possession," Crystal Viper's brand new studio album, will also be released on December 13th via AFM Records as a CD, limited edition LP, and a digital download. "Possession" is once again a concept effort, and was once again produced by Bart Gabriel. More...
Haken has posted footage online of the band's first time performing the track "Somebody" live, which comes off the band's new album "The Mountain" (reviewed here). Check it out below, and the album's full track listing is:
Emotional Flatline has posted a second track online from the band's upcoming new album due out later this year. Check out "The Sanctity Of Lies" in the player below, or you can hear the previously released "Love's Sickness" track at this location.
Finnish dark/doom metal act Hanging Garden has a revealed a lyric video for the song "I Was A Soldier," which comes off the forthcoming EP "I Was A Soldier." Check it out below.
The EP will be available as a limited 7" (200 copies) and digital release on November 18th, 2013. The track listing is as follows:
1. Winter to Summer Adverse
2. I Was a Soldier
3. Will You Share This Ending with Me?
Exxiles has now released the first single online from the band's upcoming "Oblivion" album. Give teh song "Hopelessness" a listen in the player below.
"Oblivion" features cover artwork by Christophe Dessaigne (Arjen Lucassen, Star One) and a previously posted teaser trailer can be heard at this location.
Dutch traditional metal band Picture released a new music video for the track "Shadow of the Damned," the third for the latest release "Warhorse" (check out "My Kinda Woman" and "Eternal Dark 2012"). The album is available via Artist Station Records now.
Check out "Shadow of the Damned" here: