Metal News for October 26, 2012
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38 news articles posted on this day.
Frank Mullen, front man for New York death metal act Suffocation, recently gave an interview that spread very quickly about him no longer performing with the band full time. The band has now issued new statements about the situation.
“I am not leaving Suffocation,” commented Mullen. “Massive one month long touring on my side cannot be done anymore though. When the new album is released next year I will be touring as much as possible to support the album as well as the following year in 2014. When I was asked that question in the interview I was taken off guard and didn’t really know what my schedule was going to look like next year and wanted to try and answer. I haven’t given much thought to what our touring schedule would look like since we’ve been in the studio recording the new release. So I’m going to be getting out there as much as I can to support the album and get out there in front of the ones who have supported Suffocation over the years, the true fans. So we are going to be supporting this record as soon as it comes out”
The rest of the band adds: “We have respected this decision that Frank has made, but by no means does this mean Suffocation will ‘replace’ him with new singer or stop touring. Death metal has been good to us, and we feel fortunate with the success we have achieved. For shows or tours he can’t be a part of there will be a well respected, talented, fill in singer, so we as a band can continue to prosper and bring Suffocation to the fans. Bill Robinson (Decrepit Birth) is a good friend of ours and came through during the European tours when Frank was unable to make the shows, but he was just filling in those two times. The fill-in singer will be announced soon, and we promise that our fans will not be let down. We have been fortunate to make a great living playing music, and are willing to continue to give our fans what they want.”
Suffocation is currently in the finishing stages of an upcoming new album entitled :Pinnacle of Bedlam." The record was produced by the band and tracked at Full Force Studios in New York by longtime collaborator Joe Cincotta. The mixing and mastering of the album is set to be handled this time around by world renowned producer/engineer Zeuss (Hatebreed, Suicide Silence).
Spanish technical death metallers Unreal Overflows have just finished working on their sophomore album entitled "False Welfare," due for release next month through Xtreem Music. The new song "Rotten Mentality" can be heard in the player below, and the following press release was also issued:
"Entirely recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered at their very own Zoilo Unreal Studios, this album showcases an awesome job that could be easily classified amongst one of the finest technical Death Metal releases of the last times if it would have been released through one of these almighty big labels.
"Taking off where their debut album 'Architecture of Incomprehension' left and despite two significant line-up changes, 'False Welfare' displays an excellent brand of progressive & technical Death Metal taking as basis the latest Death album and some of Gojira's innovative ideas to create a masterful album full of killer melodies and memorable riffs." More...
Today Scelerata is offering a sneak peek into new album "The Sniper" by debuting not one but two new songs from the release. Get a first listen to the title track and the song "Rising Sun" at the Nightmare Records website here (scroll down to the "Scelerata" heading). "The Sniper" is set for release on November 6th, 2012 via Nightmare Records and the album's track listing is:
1. Rising Sun
2. In My Blood
3. Road To Death
4. Breaking The Chains
5. Unmasking Lies
6. Must Be Dreaming
7. Drowned In Madness
8. Welcome Home
9. 'Til The Day We Die
10. Money Painted Red
11. The Sniper
North American CD exclusive bonus tracks re-recorded with new vocalist Fabio Juan:
12. Spell of Time (Bonus 2012)
13. Eminence (Bonus 2012)
14. Leave Me Alone (Live Bonus 2012)
15. Phoenix Tales (Live Bonus 2012) More...
Pig Destroyer's new album "Book Burner" was released earlier this week on Relapse Records and now the band is premiering a video for the song "The Diplomat."
The video was directed by Phil Mucci (High on Fire, Opeth, Korn) and can be viewed right here courtesy of Noisey, or through the player below. "Book Burner" is available to listen to in its entirety on AOL Music at this location. More...
Canadian act Voivod has premiered the artwork for the band's 13th studio album, "Target Earth," which can be viewed below. The original art was once again drawn by drummer Away (Michel Langevin) and features color schemes from each one of the band's' previous albums.
Due out January 21st in Europe and January 22nd in North America, "Target Earth" was recorded at producer Pierre Rémillard's Wild Studios in Quebec and mixed by Sanford Parker (Pelican, Nachtmystium). The album will be available as a CD, gatefold double vinyl, and a limited edition deluxe box set (details on that to be announced soon).
The album brings back original bass player, Blacky (Jean Yves Thériault), marking his first recordings with the band since 1991's "Angel Rat." It's also the first to feature guitarist, Chewy (Dan Mongrain).
The track listing is as follows:
1. Target Earth
2. Kluskap O'Kom
3. Empathy for the Enemy
4. Mechanical Mind
8. Corps Étranger
10. Defiance More...
Today, Yurei reveals a special long-form "video presentation" for the band's forthcoming "Night Vision" album. Check out the clip below, and the album is set for release on October 29th, 2012. The video is a cooperation between Trine + Kim Design Studio (Mayhem, Shining, Ulver, Virus, Solefald, Fleurety, etc.) and video artist Kristin Bøyesen (live/video member of Ulver).
The "Night Vision" track listing is as follows:
01. Insomniac Bug Hunt
02. Reborn In Reveries
03. 3am Revolt
04. The Cognitive Crack
05. Diminished Disciple
06. Sleepwalkers In Love
07. Dali By Night
08. Ditt Monument
10. Cranial Echoes More...
Century Media has issued the following announcement about a petition circulating online for Orphaned Land to be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize:
"Orphaned Land is one of the most respected and loved musicians over the entire globe, a band that dedicates their existence to the world language of metal music and cross-cultural understanding. While not overtly political, Orphaned Land is nevertheless proud of creating a reality of coexistence that has escaped politicians and peacemakers alike. They often speak of the power of music to turn purported enemies into friends, frequently pay homage and encourage collaborations with Arab and Muslim artists and have made their latest album free to download for anyone in a number of Middle Eastern and North African countries. Over the past years these warriors of light achieved great things for the freedom of art, cultural and religious understanding.
"Now, a petition to the Norwegian Nobel Committee has been submitted to consider Orphaned Land for the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize, and we think this is really something to support. Please sign this petition if you feel the same way."
Vocalist Kobi Farh comments: "This is my personal request to all my friends from the Middle East, Turkey, and in general from all my Muslim friends! We know for a long time now that we are above politics, we know that if it was in our hands, peace would have prevailed right away. Please enter this link and sign if you find us worthy, please also spread the word and share it on your pages. I send my endless love to all of you and all my love and best greetings for the coming holyday in a few days. Salam/Shalom/Peace."
The online petition can be found at this location.
Magoa will be releasing the "Animal" EP this coming November 1st, 2012. The band has now uploaded a teaser trailer, which can be viewed below. The EP was recorded at Kallaghan Studio in Nice, France. Further details on the band can be found over at Facebook here.
Atriarch has teamed up with Invisible Oranges to stream the band's new album "Ritual of Passing" online, which is due for release on October 30th, 2012. Check out the full release through Invisible Oranges here.
The album's track listing is:
7. Outro (Lucifer speaks with Death) More...
German thrash act Sodom has issued the following announcement about beginning working on a new album:
"Hi fellows. At the time, we started the production of the new Sodom album. Makka finished all the drum tracks on Wednesday. And believe us, he did a great job and hammered twelve songs in just two days.
"Next week, Bernemann will start the guitar recording sessions. Again, we produce this killer album with Waldemar Sorychta.
"We will keep you informed as soon as we get more news for you. Thanx again for your loyal support and keep on thrashin."
Further details will be announced as they are made available. Sodom also recently released a 30th anniversary box set, "30 Years Sodomized - 1982-2012."
Secrets of the Sky has now officially inked a deal with Gravedancer Records. "This Oakland, CA group is equal parts Insomnium, The Ocean, Agalloch, Type O Negative, Opeth and something all their own," was what MetalSucks said about Secrets of the Sky back in May through one of their "Unsigned and Unholy" columns.
This immediately caught the eyes of many, including Gravedancer Records, which is excited to announce the worldwide signing of the band for the release of the upcoming "To Sail Black Waters" album. The following press release was also issued:
"Secrets of the Sky flawlessly blends elements of doom, death and black metal with a tinge of prog to create a rich and sonically devastating sound the has already ignited the underground with the first two tracks released by the band, 'Sunrise' and 'Winter.' Now, the band has completed work on their first full-length masterpiece, which will be unveiled on January 22, 2013.
"Decibel Magazine recently caught up with the band for an interview to discuss their roots, the signing to Gravedancer Records and 'To Sail Black Waters.' The interview is now online at this location. Secrets of the Sky will be heading out in support of the new album, stay tuned for more information and tour announcements, which are coming soon."
Brazilian band Livin Garden has released a 50 second preview of its brand new song, "Sing My Soul," which you can listen to below. The band will post two more audio previews every two weeks, so everybody can have a little sneak peek of how the new album will sound like. These won't be the final versions, since the band is still in the pre-production process. The new album, still untitled, will be released in 2013. Get information about the band on its official website.
West Coast death gore hooligans Exhumed recently completed recording the follow-up to 2011’s "All Guts, No Glory" full-length. The as-yet-untitled long player was recorded at Arcane Digital Recording in Chandler, Arizona with Ryan Butler (Misery Index, Landmine Marathon, Phobia). All drums were tracked at Trench Studios in Corona, California with John Haddad (Hirax, Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut). The unholy offering will be unleashed by Relapse Records sometime next year.
In the interim, the West Coast road burners, who recently returned from a short run of Japanese dates with death metal legends Cannibal Corpse, will embark upon a five-week North American Tour with Napalm Death and Municipal Waste. See all confirmed dates below.
Exhumed 2012 features the lineup of vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey alongside bassist Rob “Body Bag” Babcock, drummer Mike Hamilton, and guitarist/vocalist Bud Burke, who played bass with the band from 1999 – 2004 and recently rejoined the legion for live rituals on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour. More...
Canada's Cryptopsy is returning with a devastating 2CD/digital download "best of" collection, entitled "The Best Of Us Bleed," to be released via Century Media Records on November 12th in Europe and November 19th in North America. A teaser video clip for the release has now been launched online and can be viewed below.
After months of buildup, Bay Area metalheads Early Graves are readying the release of their new album, "Red Horse," with a full album stream today on BrooklynVegan.com. Check out the full stream right here.
"Red Horse" is scheduled for release on October 30th through No Sleep Records, and pre-orders can be found at this location.
Early Graves suffered the tragic loss of founding singer Makh Daniels who died in an automobile accident while the band was on tour in 2010. Two years later the band members return, carrying the torch for their fallen brother with long-time friend of the band John Strachan, of the Funeral Pyre, stepping in permanently for Makh on vocals.
Coldspell has checked in with the following announcement about beginning work on an upcomign new album:
"First of all we must say that we had an amazing time over in US, such a pity those 2 weeks went way to fast. We had the privilege to meet some fantastic diehard fans and friends of ColdSpell and sure did gain a bunch of new ones too on our tour in 6 states! Cant wait to come back to U.S. of A!
"When havin this amazing experience with us we will now start the work of our 3rd ColdSpell album, full of excitement and curiosity! The sign on the door says 'Work in Progress' and every day is filled with riffin, put it all together and get these new songs ready for studio in late November. So get ready for a new album to be released in the beginning of 2013.
"We will keep you updated with news along the way and we will soon have some dates coming up for 2013."
Fragments of Unbecoming has revealed the cover artwork for "The Art of Coming Apart," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Finally, we are proud to reveal the cover of our upcoming album. Additionally, we will play at this years Party.San Festival!!! More information soon, including an awesome release party taking place in Mannheim." More...
Out today on Sweden's Blood Harvest Records is the 12" vinyl MLP version of Tyrant Goatgaldrakona's five song album "Sign of Moloch." The album was originally released on CD by Stygian Shadows Productions in 2010. Now two years later Blood Harvest is unleashing this recording on a one-sided 12" vinyl MLP, limited to 300 copies. The MLP has been released in collaboration with another Swedish label, Temple of Abomination, which previously released, among others, the 7" vinyl EP of Wrathprayer's 2009 demo "In Utter Darkness."
Sign of Moloch was recorded, mixed and mastered by Dávid Fehér at Noise Lab Studio on April 3rd and 4th of 2010 in Szeged, Hungary. Tyrant Goatgaldrakona's first full length record, "Horns in the Dark," is set to be released on 12" vinyl through Blood Harvest in 2013. The album is streaming in its entirety at this location, or below.
On this day of October 26th, Sweden's Blood Harvest has made available for purchase the 12" vinyl LP version of Serpent Ascending's "The Enigma Unsettled." With "The Enigma Unsettled," the Finnish occult death metal band Serpent Ascending offers a supremely dark experiment in satanic and mesmerizing music conducted on a primitive metal matter by Jarno Nurmi of Slugathor, Desecresy, and Nerlich fame.
The album collects both the "Serpent Ascending" and "The Mournful Pilgrimage" recordings from 2009 and 2010 on one record, together with a brand new song. "The Enigma Unsettled" vinyl LP comes in a luxurious full color gatefold format with an insert that includes lyrics and stunning paintings by sensational new American artist Wiley Trieff. Stream The Enigma Unsettled in its entirety at this location, or below.
Mourning Beloveth has issued the following announcement about working on a new album and performing a special Roadburn show:
"It's been a while since an update, as (un)usual, and we have been quite busy. We played a good dirty set at The Burning Oak Festival in Cork with Triptykon and we have been working on a few gigs for next year as I am sure some of you will have noticed with the Roadburn announcement. And to mark the occasion of the 10 year anniversary of The Sullen Sulcus album we will be releasing it on vinyl for the first time and playing the whole album as our set in Roadburn, some of the songs have not been played since we recorded them so it should be an interesting night.
"As for the album, well, we are in Foel in Wales to record album 5, Formless. The album should be released through Grau (along with a vinyl version) in January 2013 and the plan is to hit the road from March to the end…
"The album will be a double album and will have 6 songs with an approx running time of 75 minutes and there may even be an acoustic song to get your head around.
1.Theories of Old Bones
2 Ethics on the Precipice
3 Old Rope
4 Dead Channel
5 Nothing has a centre
1 Transmissions More...
Massachusetts face-melters Acaro have been added to the Killswitch Engage Tenth Anniversary "Alive or Just Breathing" Tour with Shadows Fall. The band will fill the opening slot for one of 2012's most anticipated tours that will see a Jesse Leach-fronted Killswitch Engage performing their classic "Alive or Just Breathing" in its entirety.
Acaro is touring in support of its debut, "The Disease of Fear," which was released on October 2nd through Goomba Music. If you missed the official video for the track "Becoming the Process," it has been posted below. The tour kicks off on November 24 at the California Metal Fest 6 and wraps up on December 29 in Clifton Park, NJ. See below for all of the tour dates:
11/24 San Bernardino, CA - NOS Event Center (California Metalfest VI)
11/25 San Francisco, CA - Slims
11/27 Seattle, WA - Studio Seven
11/28 Portland, OR - Hawthorne
11/30 Boulder, CO - Fox Theater
12/01 Kansas City, KS - Beaumont Club
12/02 Dallas, TX - Trees
12/04 Tampa, FL - State Theater
12/05 Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
12/07 Asheville, NC - Orange Peel
12/08 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
12/10 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
12/11 Columbus, OH - Alrosa Villa
12/12 Toronto, ON - Opera House
12/14 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
12/16 Lancaster, PA - Chameleon Club
12/17 Brooklyn, NY - Willamsburg Music Hall
12/18 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
12/19 Northampton, MA - Pearl Street
12/20 Portland, ME - State Theater
12/27 Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live
12/28 Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
12/29 - Clifton Park, NY - Upstate Concert Hall More...
Massachusetts progressive melodic deathcore act A Wanted Awakening kicks off its U.S. tour at Gemstones in Lowell, MA. The tour wraps up in Atlanta on 11/24 and includes dates in the midwest and Texas. The band is looking to fill open dates on 11/6 and 11/8, as well as 11/11-11/14 (see all dates below). Interested parties should get in touch with the band. Stream samples from A Wanted Awakening's new album "Catharsis" over at CD Baby.
A WANTED AWAKENING Live:
•10/26 Lowell, MA
•10/27 Providence, RI
•10/28 Haverhill, MA
•10/31 NYC, NY
•11/2 Steger, IL
•11/3 Indianapolis, IN
•11/4 Romeo, MI
•11/7 St. Louis, MO
•11/9 Corpus Christi, TX
•11/10 El Paso, TX
•11/15 San Antonio, TX
•11/17 Austin, TX
•11/18 Houston, TX
•11/20 Houston, TX
•11/21 Lafayette, LA
•11/24 Atlanta, GA
Paris act Widespread Disease has checked in with this statement about beginning work on a new EP release:
"Widespread Disease is working on a new EP called 'Borderline City' coming out in 2013. This new project will be mixed and mastered by Dan Jones from Chelsea Grin! Stay tuned, we will have a surprise for you very soon!" More...
Spanish metal act Dark Moor, who has been silent of late, announced that the band will enter the studio in January to record the follow up to the 2010 album "Ancestral Romance." The album is tentatively slated for a Spring 2013 release. The following was posted on the band's Official Facebook Page:
"A new album will be out in 2013 Hi folks! Dark Moor will enter in New Sin Studios in January next year, the band is currently working on a new album which will be released in Spring of 2013. About the progress of the new album, we will keep you updated on our official website and facebook. A big hug from the whole band for everyone!"
Sweden's Engel has issued the following announcement about vocalist Magnus Klavborn missing an upcoming show:
"Hey guys! We’re sorry to say that due to illness Magnus can’t participate in this Saturday's show in Helsingborg with Raubtier. We all hope for a speedy recovery.
"For all you guys who have tickets for the show at The Tivoli, fear not. The show will NOT be cancelled. Our dear friend Lenne (ex-Twelvestep) will fill in for Magnus on vocals. So come out and join us on the Frontline!"
For more info on Engel and the band's upcoming tour dates, head over to Facebook.
Swedish rock/metal band Lavett, featuring vocalist Daniel Heiman (Ex-Heed/Ex-Crystal Eyes/Ex-Lost Horizon), basisst Henric Carlsson (Cipher System), Andreas Olavi (Lake of Tears), guitarist Manne Engström ( Beseech/Fatal Embrace) and drummer Christian Silver (Sundown/Old Man's Child), posted up a new music video for the title track of the forthcoming LP "Find Your Purpose." The album is expected for release on December 9, 2012 in both Europe and the United States through RoastingHouse Records.
Check out "Find Your Purpose" here:
German doom metal band Dawn of Winter posted a preview clip from the band's forthcoming EP "The Skull of the Sorcerer." The release is expected to drop on November 2, 2012 via Cyclone Empire. Dawn of Winter features Sacred Steel guitarist Gerrit P. Mutz and ex-Sacred Steel guitarist Jörg M. Knittel.
The track listing for "The Skull of the Sorcerer" is as follows:
1. Dagon's Blood
2. The Skull of the Sorcerer
3. By the Blessing of Death
4. In Servitude to Destiny
Check out the preview clip here: More...
German power metal act Alpha Tiger, who recently signed on with Century Media Records, posted up a new music video for the song "From Outer Space." The song appears on the band's forthcoming sophomore release "Beneath The Surface," which is scheduled for release on January 28, 2013 through the label.
Check out "From Outer Space" here:
Swedish act Pain posted a live clip of the track "Dirty Woman" (shown below). The clip is from the new live DVD/2CD release "You Only Live Twice." The DVD+2CD-Digibook and the Blu-Ray+2CD-Digibook will be issued on November 2, 2012 via Nuclear Blast. For more information and a teaser on the release, head on over to this location. Pre-orders can be made over here.
Check out "Dirty Woman" here:
Austrian melodic metalcore act The Sorrow posted up the first music video for the forthcoming LP "Misery-Escape" entitled "Burial Bridge." The album is scheduled for release on October 26, 2012 through Napalm Records. The release will come in digital, CD and a limited first edition 6 page digipack with two bonus tracks.
The track list for "Misery-Escape" is as follows:
1. Retracing Memories
2. The Escape
3. Burial Bridge
4. My Oblivion
5. A Reason
6. Buried in the Deep
7. A Thin Red Line
8. Perspectives (see lyric video at this location)
9. Lost Chapters
10. Dead Home
11. Follow the Lights
Limited Edition Bonus Tracks:
12. Nails & Daggers
13. Hold on Hope
Check out "Burial Bridge" here: More...
Australia's Mammoth Mammoth posted a new music video for the track "Go." The song appears on the band's new LP "Volume III - Hell's Likely," which is scheduled for release through Napalm Records on the following schedule :
November 21: ESP/SWE/GR
November 23: G/A/S/FIN & Benelux
November 26: Rest of Europe
November 27: USA/CAN
"Go" here and check out the video:
International power/progressive band Kamelot posted up a new trailer for the impending release of "Silverthorn." The album is released in Germany today and will see a October 29, 2012 release in Europe and will land in North America on October 30, 2012 via SPV Records (See Metal Underground.com's review over at this location).
The track listing for "Silverthorn" is as follows:
1. Manus Dei
2. Sacrimony (Angel Of Afterlife) (see music video here)
3. Ashes To Ashes
5. Song For Jolee
7. My Confession
9. Falling Like The Fahrenheit
11. Prodigal Son (Part I: Funerale; Part II: Burden of Guilt (The Branding); Part III: The Journey) (8:52)
Check out the trailer here: More...
Swedish metal band Denied, founded by guitarist Andreas Carlsson, have signed on to Sliptrick Records for the release of the band's third album "Let Them Burn." The album is targeted for an early 2013 release.
"Let Them Burn" will be the first to feature vocalist Johan Fahlberg (Jaded Heart/Ex-Insania), guitarist Chris Vowden (Ex-Abnormality/Ex-Absurd) and bassist Fredrik Isaksson (Ex-Therion/Ex-Grave), who all joined the band following the 2008 sophomore release "New Army for the Old Revolution."
Swiss melodic power metal band Pertness posted a fourth behind the scenes trailer for the band's upcoming third LP "Frozen Time." The video features parts of the new track "Farewell to the Past" over various in studio footage. The album is expected for release on November 9, 2012 through Pure Legend/Kathargo a division of Pure Steel Records.
The track listing for "Frozen Time" is as follows:
1. Frozen Time
2. My Will Is Broken
3. Farewell to Past
4. No More Messiah
5. Cold Wind of Death
6. I Sold My Remorse
7. The Last Survival
8. Lost in Time
9. Shadow Knights
10. The Eye of the Storm
11. The Star of the County Down
Check out the trailer here: More...
German melodic metal band Powerworld posted a video studio report on the recordings for the followup to the 2010 release "Human Parasite." The vocal recordings with new vocalist David Reece, who replaced the late Andrew "Mac" McDermott, have been completed and the album is tentatively targeted for a March 2013 release through SPV Records.
Check out the report here:
While Guns N’ Roses is set for their 12 show - Las Vegas residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The Hard Rock Casino isn’t missing a beat on “cashing” in on this event, producing 2,500 $25 commemorative chips to be distributed this Friday. More...
Denmark's By The Patient is now streaming songs online from the band's new album "Premonitions," release through Deathbound Records. Check out "Where Time Collapsed" and "Oceans of Emptiness" in the player below, or find more tracks from the album available for streaming at the Deathbound Records website here. The "Premonitions" track listing is as follows:
1. A Distorted Mirror Image
2. Hours of Mist
3. Veil of Depression
4. Where Time Collapsed
7. All Is Valid
8. Oceans of Emptiness
9. Forests More...
Progressive instrumentalists Scale The Summit have begun working on their next album, the follow-up to the 2011 release "The Collective." A spring 2013 release is expected.
In the meantime, the band will continue to post play-through videos for each song off of "The Collective" on a weekly basis. You can view the first video, which features Michell playing the song "The Levitated," below: More...