Metal News for October 24, 2013
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This week, Neurosis confirms new upcoming live performances as the quintet continues to steadily infiltrate new audiences with material from tenth LP, "Honor Found In Decay."
These newly locked performances, set to take place on January 18th and 19th at the Metropolis in Montreal, Canada, will see Neurosis co-headlining the stage with Godspeed You! Black Emperor both evenings.
What makes the performances that much more special is the fact that the duo of shows will mark the first time Neurosis has performed on Canadian soil in nearly a decade-and-a-half. Tickets for these two shows are on sale now at this location and at the following stores at regular opening hours: Phonopolis, Sound Central, L'oblique, Sonik, Profusion, Atom Heart and Cheap Thrills.
Stay tuned for further transmissions as new live plans develop. For now, catch Neurosis live on these dates:
11/23/2013 Roseland Theater - Portland, OR w/ Tragedy, The Body
1/18/2013 Metropolis - Montreal, QC w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor
1/19/2013 Metropolis - Montreal, QC w/ Godspeed You! Black Emperor
5/03/2014 Temples Festival - Bristol, UK
The first new Stryper video in more than 20 years, for the song "No More Hell To Pay", has been released. The song is the title track of their forthcoming studio album 'No More Hell To Pay' and is the band's first new video in more than 20 years. More...
Texas act This Will Destroy You disburses another taste of the band's new offering, "Live in Reykjavik, Iceland."
Check out the track "There Are Some Remedies Worse Than The Disease" in the player below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.
Captured at Harpa Concert Hall, "Live in Reykjavik, Iceland" was engineered by Finnur Hákonarson, mixed by Alex Bhore and Charlie Vela, and mastered by Alan Douches.
Comments the band, "It was both surreal and humbling to play one of the first songs we wrote as a band ten years ago in such beautiful surroundings. We were blown away by Harpa as a concert hall and Iceland in general. It felt like boarding a UFO in the best possible way." More...
hERETICS iN tHE lAB is set to release new album, "Suture," via Sacrifice Records on November 12th, 2013. Today, VampireFreaks.com is unleashing the new lyric video for the track "Some People." Check it out now below.
Main instrumentalist and producer h3 explains the meaning behind the track, stating, “‘Some People’ is a song about pacified people who want be told what to think and want to believe what they're told. It's a warning to make sure those same people know to stay away from me."
You can also catch the band live:
10/25 Washington, DC @ Phase 1 Dupont – Bound Festival
10/31 Virginia Beach, VA @ The Jewish Mother Hilltop w/ Deist Requiem & Pillbuster
11/12 Norfolk, VA @ The Wave ***CD Release Party*** More...
France's Magoa will be releasing new album "Topsy Turvydom" on November 1st, but you don't need to wait that long to rock out with the opus, as today we bring you the exclusive full album stream!
Pre-orders with various bundles are also now available after you hear the full album below. Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments section below after listening through.
"Topsy Turvydom" features the track "Betraying Grace," which was also recently saw an accompnaying music video. Check out the clip right here.
If you crave more Magoa, you can also hear the entire previous "Animal" EP by heading over to this location.
With an album out next week, Brooklyn trio Netherlands reveals new song "Undead Horses" today, now streaming in the player below courtesy of New Noise Magazine.
The album, "Silicon Vapor," is the band's second full-length and hits stores October 29th as a double-LP, CD, and digital download.
Netherlands is fronted by Timo Ellis, a multi-instrumentalist and composer who has collaborated with Yoko Ono, Melvins, John Zorn, and many more over the past two decades. "Silicon Vapor" was recorded by John Davis (Moby, The Roots), mixed by Bryce Goggin (Swans, Pavement), and mastered by Ron Shaffer (Tricky). More...
Singer Johnny Gioeli, new drummer Bobby Rondinelli, keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg, bass player Volker Krawczak and guitarist Axel Rudi Pell have finished recording their new studio album "Into The Storm" with engineer and co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind. The track listing is as follows:
1) The Inquisitorial Procedure
2) Tower Of Lies
3) Long Way To Go
4) Burning Chains
5) When Truth Hurts
6) Changing Times
7) Touching Heaven
8) High Above
9) Hey Hey My My
10) Into The Storm
11) White Cats (opus #6 Scivolare)
12) Way To Mandalay More...
The hardcore punk pirates in Primate have locked down a Winter assault on the South Pacific this January, with a week-and-a-half of soiling venues across Japan, Australia, and New Zealand now on the calendar.
Also joining the invasion will be Portland's crossover thrashers Wehrmacht and legendary Swedish death metal assassins, Grave.
1/07/2014 Pangea - Osaka, Japan
1/08/2014 Unit - Tokyo, Japan
1/10/2014 Hi-Fi - Brisbane, Australia
1/11/2014 Hi-Fi - Sydney, Australia
1/12/2014 The Bendigo Hotel - Melbourne, Australia
1/14/2014 The Hi-Fi - Melbourne, Australia
1/16/2014 The Brisbane Hotel - Hobart, Australia
1/17/2014 Enigma - Adelaide, Australia
1/18/2014 Civic Hotel - Perth, Australia
1/20/2013 The King's Arms - Auckland, New Zealand
The reign of the Empress is upon us: White Empress has posted a demo version of the song "Erased and Rewritten" online, which can be heard below.
The track will appear on the band's debut EP, due out next year. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"White Empress is the missing link that the metal scene is thirsty for. Her majesty is the all-seeing power; she's your dreams and your worst nightmares. She's the ruler of everything and she commands a legion of loyal followers. Come join her ranks and bask in her endless glory."
As Philly-based Cop Problem prepares to release the new "Buried Beneath White Noise" EP this week, Cvlt Nation today hosts the white-knuckled bombast and venomous lyrical content of the opening track, "Bear Witness." Check out the track below.
Recorded with engineer/producer Will Yip (Paint It Black, Circa Survive, Balance & Composure) at Studio 4 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, "Buried Beneath White Noise" will see a digital release through Cop Problem's Bandcamp page. A 7" version to be issued as a split release between Earsplit's new label division, The Compound, in North America, and Prejudice Me Records in Europe, by the end of the year.
Cop Problem has confirmed a ten-day November tour planned for the Midwest, followed by a series of East Coast performances before additional dates are announced for next year. More...
Hells Headbangers today announces the signing of Sacrocurse, a band with membership split between Mexico and Turkey. The following press release was issued about Sacrocurse:
"The band has garnered critical acclaim this summer with the release of their debut demo, 'Sulphur Blessing,' released by Iron Bonehead Productions. But now, Sacrocurse are currently preparing their Hells Headbangers debut album, 'Unholier Master,' tentatively set for May 2014 release on both CD and LP formats.
"Much like the 'Sulphur Blessing' tape, Sacrocurse's 'Unholier Master' will be guided by the evil hand of scene veteran Zolrak Montes, most known for Nodens and Unholier, but also a former member of Morbosidad and Obeisance. Together with help from Turkey's Godslaying Hellblast, Zolrak promises to release yet more unhinged barbarity firmly with the ancient tradition of South American black/death, but again adding a uniquely memorable element to the caustic chaos at hand."
Further details are due to be announced shortly.
Origin drummer John Longstreth performed his very first pair of drum clinics on October 11th in Los Cabos and October 12th in La Paz, Mexico.
The clinics were part of the Play Xtreme Music 2 drum clinic series and proudly sponsored by Valencia Music. Longstreth was joined by Dave McGraw of Cattle Decapitation for the dates. Video from the clinics can be seen below.
Decibel Magazine today unleashes a melee of full-court beatdown riffage, streaming Empire of Rats' self-titled debut LP in its entirety. Check it out below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Set for release on Halloween via A389 Recordings, 'Empire Of Rats' is undoubtedly the year's most jacked-up metallic hardcore albums. Columbus, Ohio's Empire of Rats' clever, streetwise take on beatdown-style metallic hardcore shows the band delivering eleven revenge-seeking tunes boasting more solid songwriting ability than countless of soulless clones polluting the scene.
"Fans of Merauder, 100 Demons, Cold As Life, Crucified, Redline and the like, tune in now, as Decibel Magazine streams the whole album, calling it 'an unforgiving swan dive into the metallic hardcore abyss.'" More...
Today the musical miscreants at Tankcrimes are very pleased to announce the release of a split 12" between California's Exhumed and Virginia's Iron Reagan.
Iron Reagan feature within its crossover ranks Tony Foresta (Municipal Waste), LandPhil Hall (Municipal Waste/Cannabis Corpse), Ryan Parrish (ex- Darkest Hour), Mark Bronzino (Mammoth Grinder/ANS) and Rob Skotis (Hellbear).
The split will offer up a total of eight battering tracks, two of which find Exhumed delivering soul-smearing covers of Minor Threat's "Seeing Red" and Negative Approach's "Ready To Fight."
The split 12" will be unleashed via Tankcrimes on January 7th, 2014. The track listing is as follows:
1. Gravewalker (EXHUMED)
2. Dead to the World (EXHUMED)
3. Seeing Red (EXHUMED) - Minor Threat cover
4. Ready to Fight (EXHUMED) - Negative Approach cover
5. Life Beater (IRON REAGAN)
6. Gave Up on Giving a Fuck (IRON REAGAN)
7. Mini Lights (IRON REAGAN)
8. Holy Water Makes Me Wet (IRON REAGAN) More...
Dethklok mastermind Brendon Small is pleased to reveal the official "Metalocalypse: the Doomstar Requiem A Klok Opera" soundtrack track listing today.
See below for the full list of original score tracks, which will be released on Tuesday, October 29th.
1. The Birth/ Fata Sidus Oritur/ One of Us Must Die
2. Magnus and the Assassin
3. Partying around the World
4. Tracking/ Ishnifus and the Challenge
5. How Can I Be a Hero?
6. The Fans are Chatting
7. Abigail's lullaby
8. Some Time Ago…
9. The Duel
10. I Believe
11. A Traitor Amongst Them
12. Training/ Do it All for My Brother
13. The Answer is in Your Past
14. The Depths of Humanity
15. Givin' Back to You
16. En Antris et Stella Fatum Cruenti
17. The Crossroads
18. Morte Lumina
19. Blazing Star
20. The DOOMSTAR Orchestra More...
Having just received a “Best Album” award by Metal Hammer, Amorphis can mark the year as a true success and is now gearing up to return to the road this fall in support of new album "Circle" (reviewed here).
"The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome," the debut LP from the trio known as Lumbar, is just over a month from release.
The brainchild of Aaron Edge, Lumbar came together earlier this year when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. What would be his final musical endeavor before waves of rapidly-spreading pain engulfed him and extended hospital stays became more than frequent, is now his highest imperative.
On Lumbar's debut album, "The First And Last Days Of Unwelcome," Edge is joined by Mike Scheidt and Tad Doyle, who helped bring this intense and important project to fruition.
The Obelisk recently set up lengthy interrogations with both Edge and Scheidt on the project, with very personal accounts of the creation of the album and its creator's debilitating illness, as well as the first single from the album to be publicly unveiled. Check out "Day Six" at this location. More...
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based thrash metal gladiators Untimely Demise are about to release their sophomore full-length on October 28th.
As Italian label Punishment 18 Records prepares to release "Systematic Eradication," this week Terrorizer Magazine has unleashed a stream of the album. Check it out below.
Following the recording of "Systematic Eradication," Untimely Demise underwent a lineup shift, the recording lineup of Matt Cuthbertson (guitars, vocals), Murray Cuthbertson (bass) and Scott Cross (drums) now reflected with two new members taking the band's longtime trio into quartet status.
The band's permanent lineup for 2013 is now: Matt Cuthbertson (guitars, vocals), Murray Cuthbertson (bass), Cory Thomas (drums) and Sam Martz (guitars). More...
Baltimore thrash metal savages Noisem are currently loading their axes of aggression into the van, preparing to take off on their most widespread and extreme tour to date as support for Skeletonwitch and The Black Dahlia Murder on stages across North America.
Sharing the support slot with Fallujah, the Noisem crew will hit more than two dozen cities across the U.S. and Canada with the massive tour from October 24th through November 19th, followed by a newly-confirmed run of headlining dates on the way back to the East Coast.
Following the Summer release of debut LP, "Agony Defined," Noisem has just wrapped up sessions at Developing Nations, recording a new single for A389 and some compilation tracks that will surface in early 2014. More...
Vancouver, BC based metal band Tribune is streaming the upcoming concept album "Tales" album via Youtube before its official release on Tuesday, October 29th. Check it out below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
'Inspired by the writings of some of the world’s most renowned authors, including H.P. Lovecraft, H.G. Wells, Homer among many others. 'Tales' explores a more melodic and progressive sound than ever before, but still staying true to the group’s extreme aggression roots. The follow-up to 2011’s Elder Lore/The Dark Arts, demonstrates Tribune’s brawn and brains with a collusion of extremity and accessibility.
"As the band’s appetite for more extreme metal increased, bands like Carcass, Death and At The Gates began bleeding into their melting pot of influences, resulting in a fresh take on their fine metal sound, which can be heard echoing in the depths of Tribune’s Tales."
The track listing is:
Chapter I – Tales
Chapter II – Insectoid
Chapter III – The Butterfly Effect
Chapter IV – From Funeral To Funeral
Chapter V – Horror
Chapter VI – King of Ithaca
Chapter VII – Vengeance
Chapter VIII – Red Crescent
Chapter IX – That Bleakest Shore More...
A two-song EP by Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals will be released as a limited-edition 10-inch vinyl disc, initially available at Anselmo's sold-out, first-ever Housecore Horror Film Festival that kicks off tomorrow (Friday) in Austin, TX.
The EP, available in a selection of different colors, will be released on Anselmo's own Housecore Records and distributed by Scion A/V. If you're not attending the Housecore Horror Film Festival this weekend, you can purchase the EP at this location starting Monday, October 28th.
The EP's two tracks, "Ugly Mug" and "Pigs Kissing Pigs," both written by Anselmo, were recorded during the "Walk Through Exits Only" sessions at Anselmo's New Orleans studio, Nodferatu's Lair, and produced by Anselmo and Michael Thompson.
Said Anselmo, "This two-song EP is a great departure from our earlier full-length, 'Walk Through Exits Only.' The material is a different approach to extreme music in general, and perhaps some of the most epic songs written to date from our camp. Enjoy." More...
Scandinavian progressive unit Cronian, the brainchild of Norwegian metal visionaries Øystein G. Brun (Borkngar) and Vintersorg (Vintersorg, Borknagar), has released with the third new track from forthcoming album, "Erathems."
The new track, titled "Drifting Station" is streaming now in the player below, courtesy of New Noise Magazine.
"Erathems" will see a North American release on November 12th via the Season of Mist Underground Activists Division. The track listing is as follows:
1. Cold Wave Eruption
3. Drifting Station
4. Moments And Monuments
5. Blackwater Horizon
6. Core Resiliency
7. Chemical Dawn (streaming here)
8. End(Durance) Part III
9. Full Moon Inferno [bonus track on European digipak and digital editions] More...
Arizona blackened death rock ringleaders TOAD will join forces with post-crust horde Agrimonia next month for a U.S. run of live assaults.
Set to commence November 12th in Glendale, California, The Nights Of Rites Tour will trample its way clockwise through the entire country until the final riff crushes Phoenix, Arizona on December 4th.
As precursor to the expedition, team TOAD will be opening for occult rockers, Ghost B.C. in Phoenix tomorrow. The performance marks the band's first show with new bassist, Dylan Thomas.
Comments TOAD: "We're stoked to be playing our first show with our good buddy Dylan on bass. We're equally as excited that this is happening on the night we share the stage with Ghost B.C.! This is their first time playing Phoenix and we're happy to be a part of it. As if that wasn't enough, we're thrilled to be touring with Agrimonia, at a point when our lineup is stronger and tighter than it's ever been. We really dig their new record and can already tell we're gonna have a blast together. This tour came together so naturally and we know it will be unforgettable. See all of you very soon..."
TOAD will be touring in support of the "Endless Night" EP, unleashed earlier this year to riotous applause both stateside and abroad. More...
Disfiguring the Goddess is pleased to announce a brand new album, entitled "Deprive," hitting music outlets December 10th via Decomp Records. Physical CD's will also be available via the official DTG webstore.
The first track released from the album, "The Pathway to Everlasting Nothingness," is available for streaming below, thanks to MetalSucks.net.
The album art for "Deprive" (unveiling soon) is being illustrated by brutal death metal illustrator Toshihiro Igawa, who, among many other projects, is known for his artwork for the last Disfiguring the Goddess album, "Sleeper."
The man behind it all, Cameron Argon, writes, records, produces, and sings on all of the tracks, as well as plays all of the instruments. More...
The new album from southern-rocking French black metallers Glorior Belli "Gators Rumble, Chaos Unfurls" (reviewed here), is now available for listening in full prior to its release date.
Winds of Plague will be releasing the new album "Resistance" next week on Century Media Records. The band will then hit the road on the farewell Bleeding Through tour starting November 1st and will appear at Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare on Saturday night in Pomona, CA.
You can now check out the premiere of the lyric video for "Sewer Mouth," courtesy of our friends at Revolver Magazine, in the player below.
Impending Doom has debuted a new track titled "Ravenous Disease," which can be heard below courtesy of Lambgoat.com.
The band's all new LP, "Death Will Reign," is due out November 5th. The full album's track listing is as follows:
Houston's Downfall 2012 today releases the band's latest video for "Heckler," a track off the "Everyman for Himself-Issue Two" EP, which is the second installment in a three part series.
"Heckler" was filmed and edited by Jim Finley and can be viewed below. The third release "Everyman for Himself-Issue Three" is scheduled to be released in late 2013 / early 2014.
The Austrian black metal philosophers Echelon has posted a unique timeline documentation of the band's upcoming debut LP. Referring to the 13 songs of the album, the timeline is called "A Preview in 13 Pictures" and can be viewed below. Echelon also comment son the upcoming "Vivito! Creato! Moritor!" album:
"The title of the album is a short biography of the four artists who's artistic work is connected throughout centuries and is reduced to only three words.
"However, this conceptual consonance is hidden, subtle. More like a mutter and murmur in the melodies of the past. If you remove melody by melody carefully, silence violins and cellos, fade flutes and bassoons, and trumpets and horns languish, the muttering and murmuring becomes more intensive. More...
Check out a sneak peek from the new Steel Panther video "Party Like Tomorrow is the End of the World" in the player below.
The track and full video will premiere online on Tuesday, October 29th. Stay tuned for further details on the band's upcoming third album.
Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the signing of hardcore aural terrorists UltraMantis Black. The label comments:
"Hailing from parts unknown, UltraMantis Black is the musical manifestation of underground professional wrestling legend UltraMantis Black himself, backed by a cadre of anonymous musicians/warriors who may or may not feature ex- and current members of Pissed Jeans and Pilgrim Fetus. Simply put, UMB is the greatest band you've never heard.
"UltraMantis Black has waged many battles. As a professional wrestler, he has fought a never ending array of opponents worldwide, hell-bent on usurping the Great & Devious insectoid leader of The Order of the Neo Solar Temple. In his quest to decimate the unconscionable and depraved current state of the cultural grappling landscape, he has guided his Spectral Envoy of the Final Judgement through space and time as they deal out justice in the guise of revenge towards those who desire to harm and exploit the vulnerable and voiceless. Now, UltraMantis Black takes his struggle to a new level.
"Set to release their debut EP in early 2014 via Relapse Records, UMB seeks to further spread his gospel through a relentless musical assault of hardcore cacophony. His message is a simple declaration of war. A godless jihad against those who continue to systematically enslave, torture, and murder the Earth and all innocent and sentient life that exists upon it. Clear missives of animal, earth, and human liberation delivered under the secretive cloak of lucha libre to the soundtrack of blasting audio terrorism.
"Stay tuned for details on the EP release and impending global domination as UltraMantis Black take their electrifying live show to an arena near you." More...
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 Edition, which just came out yesterday, has been revealed. Rocksmith lets you plug any electric guitar or bass directly into your Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, or MAC, and teaches you to play while playing the game. Here's the latest video about Rocksmith 2014:
The full song list for Rocksmith 2014 is as follows (with even more available as downloadable content): More...
Pentagram Chile (not to be confused with the variety of other bands simply called Pentagram) is preparing to release new album, "The Malefice," on November 12th in North America.
In advance of the album being available in stores and online, Decibel Magazine is hosting a stream of a new track, "The Apparition." Give the song a listen below.
Guitarist/vocalists Anton Reisenegger comments on the song: "The Apparition must be one of my favorite tracks on the album because it has this amazing early Slayer vibe. 'Haunting the Chapel' is still my favorite Slayer record ever and was a huge influence on our demos, so this is kind of a tribute. The vocal reverb actually sounds a lot like 'Hell Awaits' as well. The lyrics are about hidden fears and superstitions which often run deep in a family's history. I tried to evoke pictures of an old decaying house as a symbol for those fears."
The album's track listing is:
Finally, the "Slaves to the Grave" release from Rigor Mortis is shaping up for release in early 2014. The band has revealed the tracklisting of the release over on Death Metal Underground. Al Jourgensen will also appear on the final track.
Recorded with its 1988 lineup including now-deceased guitarist Mike Scaccia, "Slaves to the Grave" was recorded during February 2012 at 13th Planet Studios in El Paso, Texas. According to the band, this will be the final Rigor Mortis release and a swan song to Scaccia, who died on December 23rd, 2012 while performing at the Rail Club in Fort Worth, Texas.
2.Rain Of Ruin
3.Flesh For Flies
7.Fragrance Of Corpse
8.Curse Of The Draugr
9.Sacramentum Gladiatorum (Scaccia Instrumental)
10.Ludus Magnus (Guest Vocal appearance by Al Jourgensen)
Reunited death metal assassins Skinless are pleased to welcome new guitarist Dave Matthews to their rambunctious ranks. Matthews will join founding guitarist, Noah Carpenter, in full-on axe combat yet to be experienced by mere mortals. Comments Carpenter:
"Yeah, yeah....his name is Dave Matthews, but I assure you he's much more metal than that crappy acoustic guy. It's good to have Dave on board. We've known him from the local Albany metal scene for almost 20 years. Dave and I also play together in the thrash band Armor Column and I thought he'd be an asset to Skinless as well. Dave is an excellent musician.
"We wanted to add guitar solos and more dual guitar attack to the new Skinless material. It also allows us to play the guitar harmonies from the previous albums that we haven't been able to do live. He's been rehearsing with us since we reunited but he wasn't quite ready for the 70-minute set at Delaware Death Fest recently. He'll be joining us on stage at Denver Black Sky in December. We're ready to crush!"
Adds vocalist Sherwood Webber: "Adding Dave is a great introduction to the new chapter of Skinless. Being in the band now feels like a return to the earlier days with everyone having a focus on complete brutality. It's a new era for us, but a return to the original spirit of Skinless. I'm excited to have Dave in the band, his work ethic and talent are beyond question and will help us create the best record in the bands history." More...