Metal News for October 28, 2011
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Canadian melodic metallers All Else Fails are streaming their latest single "Rebirth" from their recently released album "The Oracle, What, Was, Is And Could Have Been." You can check out the song in the player below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. This World In Flames
3. The Twilight Of Mankind
4. This Burden Of Life
6. The House At The End Of The World
7. Monster Eats The Pilot
8. The Oracle
10. Obsidian Walls
11. This World In Flames (Acoustic)
12. Robots!!! KOLTG
13. Sludge Factory (Bonus Track on Digital Album Only)
Betraeus has announced a release party and full U.K. tour to support the band's debut EP, "Towards The Sun," due out on November 14th via Siege of Amida Records. The EP coincides with the band's video for the title track, and to further wet appetites Betraeus has released some behind the scenes footage. Check out clip here.
The upcoming Betraeus live shows are as follows:
Friday 4 – Manchester Academy 3 (EP release party)
Tuesday 6 – Swansea, Sin City
Thursday 8 – London, Purple Turtle
Friday 9 – Brighton, Belushis
Sunday 11 – Glasgow, 13th Note
Thursday 15 – Leicester, Soundhouse
Saturday 17 – Manchester, Satan’s Hollow
Sunday 18 – Bury, The Towler
Monday 19 – Leeds, Escobar
Commenting on the EP party and tour, front man Chris Sykes says: "Towards The Sun has been a long time in the making so we couldn't be more excited to be headlining the Academy 3 in our home city to celebrate the release, it's gonna be one hell of a party! For those of you who live elsewhere in the UK be sure to check us out at one of our dates in December as it's always been Betraeus's ambition to play as many towns and cities as possible, so your going to get a very special show!"
Hardcore veterans Terror have now released their fourth and final teaser trailer for the upcoming DVD "Keepers of the Faith," which is available below. The DVD is set for release on November 1st, 2011.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Stick Tight
2. Out Of My Face
3. One With The Underdogs
4. Push it Away
5. Never Alone
6. Lowest Of The Low
8. Spit My Rage
9. Always The Hard Way
10. Keep Your Mouth Shut
11. Hell And Back
12. Life & Death
13. You're Caught
14. You're Enemies Are Mine
16. Keepers Of The Faith
The Metal Suckfest -- the 2-day, 20-band, MetalSucks-curated metal festival being held at NYC's Gramercy Theater on November 4th and 5th -- has made a last minute addition to its Day 1 roster: NYC pornogrind act Lake Bukkake will open the fest, prior to headliners Municipal Waste, God Forbid, Today is the Day, Howl, Black Tusk, and many more. Metalsucks commented:
"After months and months and months of negotiations — and by 'negotiations,' we mean 'us pestering and begging them constantly' — the group has FINALLY agreed to emerge from their shell to play the opening set on Day 1 of The Metal Suckfest, one week from today, Friday, November 4. The band will play both I Left My Heart…and 1996's Shut Up it’s Good for Your Complexion in their entirety. (The combined running time of both albums is less than fifteen minutes.)
"They also PROMISED us to debut at LEAST two songs from Chinese Bukkakacy, which they have, indeed, been working on for awhile (although apparently it may not be called that anymore — 'The idea seemed pretty funny in 2006, not so much anymore,' the band told us by e-mail)."
The full Metal Sucks fest lineup is as follows: More...
San Francisco's Hammers of Misfortune has returned with a newly rejuvenated lineup to release the new album "17th Street." It's no secret that the band has undergone several lineup changes throughout the years. Noisecreep inquired as to how the band has managed to persevere through changes in a video interview, which is available below.
The "17th Street" track listing is as follows:
2. 17th Street
3. The Grain
4. Staring (The 31st Floor)
5. The Day the City Died
6. Romance Valley
7. Summer Tears
8. Grey Wednesday
9. Going Somewhere
Sweden's Nasum will reconvene for a limited number of farewell performances in 2012. Nasum was hit hard by the passing of guitarist and co-founder Mieszko Talarczyk in the 2004 Asian tsunami, but will announce the farewell performances shortly to mark the group’s 20th anniversary and close the book on the band.
In a joint statement, the members of Nasum (Anders Jakobson: drums, Jesper Liverod: bass/vocals, Urab Skytt: guitars, Jon Lindquist: guitars/vocals) had the following to say:
“You thought Nasum was dead? We are. This is not resurrection. It’s farewell, for good. If things were different, if Mieszko hadn’t died, Nasum would have celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2012. Therefore, after long deliberation and scrutiny, we have decided that it’s now or never: We will do a handful of shows around the world in 2012 - to celebrate our anniversary, say a final goodbye to the fans and Mieszko. No cheesy reunion, no new albums, no epitaph for Mieszko. We will play only a few places in a limited number of disruptive, unruly concerts. It will be a total blast, and we aim to go out hard. Just you wait.
"When Nasum co-founder and lead singer Mieszko Talarczyk died in the devastating and tragic Asian tsunami of 2004, Nasum instantly ceased to exist. As the band’s voice, producer and one of the main songwriters, Mieszko was a vital part of the band’s bloodline. When he passed, all plans for tours and recordings were abruptly stopped. Nasum died when Mieszko died, and the rest of the band members went their separate ways. More...
French black metal act Nocturnal Depression has issued the following announcement about playing the Satansburg festival:
"I, Lord Lokhraed, want to clarify one thing. I'm not and will never use a Facebook profile for me personally. It seems that one guy is wearing my mask on this pathetic website where boring and useless people enjoy to tell every shitty thing of their worthless live. The only profile I use is mine on myspace...
"We are really honoured and proud to headline the Satansburg Fest PT II in St Petersburg this December. We received a lot of mails from russian fans waiting for our coming. Actually we are working on getting visas for walking upon Russian soil.
"It's a kind of complicated things and we'll do the best we can to get it quickly. The Satanburg fest will be exceptionnal for us : we will perform for the first time with the Cult of Negation line-up : Lord Lokhraed + Khrane + Morkhod due to our session guitarist missing... We will play some exclusive tracks."
Hellbastard has checked in with the following announcement about the band recruiting a new drummer:
"Hellbastard is delighted to announce that Mr. Josh 'Buda' Harris has joined the band as our new drummer! A big thank you goes to everybody else who showed an interest, auditioned, sent demos etc..."
Further details on Hellbastard, along with songs available for streaming, can be found by heading over to the band's MySpace music page.
MySpace is dead. Oh, it’s still out there, but isn’t worth your band's precious time anymore. If it wasn’t clear its downfall was coming when sold to News Corp., then it should have been clear when sold to ad network Specific Media this year. The social network, while terrible on usability and reliability, did wonders for the music industry in its heyday by giving bands a place where they could host their music for free streaming. While other sites would also host songs for streaming, being the top social network resulted in every band creating a MySpace profile and the site becoming the go-to destination to hear a band’s music.
MySpace has been losing users and mindshare for years now, with Facebook and its superior interaction model rocketing to the top of the social network pack. Still, while hinting at music services, Facebook took their time delivering any sort of music integration, keeping MySpace relevant to the music world long after it had been made irrelevant as a social networking platform. Eventually, YouTube surpassed MySpace as the primary place where users search for music (albeit much of its content consists of infringing uploads), and the writing was on the wall about MySpace's imminent demise.
Facebook Pages were enough to draw bands to Facebook to network with their fans on the largest social network in the world. Then Facebook opted not to create “Facebook Music,” but instead support music via applications that integrate with other services and a more direct integration with streaming services such as Spotify, MOG, and Earbits.
As the current #1 social media site and now as large as the entire Internet was in 2004, Facebook is a great place for social media addicts to promote their band and engage with fans and make new fans. But can Facebook be what MySpace was to bands and more?
In this article, we’ll take a look at a few applications that can be used to turn your band’s Facebook page into a destination where users can hear your music, much like MySpace was at its peak, but without the errors and crappy/bloated designs. More...
Basick Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with instrumental technical metal act Blotted Science:
"Basick Records is more than a little bit excited to announce that the legendary Blotted Science joined their ever growing family of forward thinking and progressive metal acts! Featuring the talents of guitarist/mastermind Ron Jarzombek, bassist Alex Webster, and new arrival, drummer Hannes Grossmann, Blotted Science produces some of the most extreme technical music known to man."
Ron Jarzombek, guitarist and evil genius behind Blotted Science commented: “I'm really excited to be partnering with Barley and the Basick Records crew on the new Blotted Science record, ‘The Animation of Entomology’. They are a young, exciting company on the cutting edge, whose roster is very much compatible with what Blotted Science is all about, so I feel like this will be a great home for us. Feeding 'The Animation Of Entomology' into their distribution channels should noticeably improve our retail visibility and availability compared to 'The Machinations Of Dementia'. I'm looking forward to working with Basick and maximizing our potential to the fullest in Europe!"
Basick label owner Barley also comments: “Having been a huge admirer of Ron’s output for a number of years, it gives me great pleasure to welcome Blotted Science to the family! I can’t wait to get this record out to all our dedicated fans in Europe!”
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Featuring 12-13 year old members of Japanese Pop Idol group Sakura Gakuin, Babymetal has released their first music video, for the song "Doki Doki Morning." The band's sound combines deathcore with J-pop along with the vocals of the three girls for an "interesting" experience.
Italy's 5 Star Grave has issued the following announcement about signing with Massacre Records for the release of a new album:
"Ladies & gents we're glad to announce that we just signed a contract with Massacre Records for the release of our brand new album 'Drugstore Hell.'
"The album is scheduled for an early 2012 worldwide release, more news coming soon, so stay tuned!"
You can find additional details on the band, along with a teaser clip for "Drugstore Hell," by heading over to the 5 Star Grave Facebook profile here.
If you need some extra headbanging material for the upcoming Halloween weekend, there will be new metal tracks hitting the Rock Band Network. The following new tracks are now available on the Xbox 360 edition of the game:
Halcyon Way - "Death of a Dream" (80 MSP)
Between the Buried and Me - "Selkies: The Endless Obsession" (160 MSP)
Between the Buried and Me - "Selkies: The Endless Obsession (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Without Mercy - "CMDUC" (160 MSP)
A Day to Remember - "2nd Sucks" (160 MSP)
Powerman 5000 - "Show Me What You've Got" (160 MSP)
The following songs will be available on the PS3 edition this Tuesday, 11/1/2011 (North America) and Wednesday, 11/2/2011 (Europe):
Emery - "Scissors" ($1.99) - Rock
Myrath - "Madness" ($1.99) - Prog
Suicide Silence - "You Only Live Once" ($1.99) - Metal
The Unguided will be releasing the new album "Hell Frost" on November 30th, 2011. The band has now posted a brief teaser for the album's opening track "Inherit the Earth," which can be viewed below.
The cover artwork for "Hell Frost" is available here and the track listing is as follows:
1. Inherit the Earth
2. Phoenix Down
3. Betrayer of the Code
4. My Own Death
5. Serenade of Guilt
6. Collapse my Dream
7. Green Eyed Demon
8. Iceheart Fragment
10. Where the Frost Rose Withers
11. The Miracle of Mind (Bonus song, only available on jakebox CD
Caliban recently finished recording a new album, as well shooting a music video. The band has now issued the following brief update about the album's title and release date:
"Our new album, coming on February 3rd, 2012 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) / February 6th, 2012 (Rest of Europe) (United States / Australia to be announced soon!), will be entitled 'I Am Nemesis.'"
More information on Caliban, along with songs available for streaming, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Absent Distance, which announced the recruitment of a new vocalist back in August, has posted a guitar play through video for the track "Asteroid" online.
Check out the clip below, or find more details on Absent Distance through the band's Facebook profile.
Structures has posted footage online of drummer Andrew McEnane playing through the song "Encounter..." off the new album "Divided By," which was released on October 24th via Sumerian Records. You can check out the clip below, or find a teaser trailer for the "Divided By" album by heading over to this location.
Groovey.tv has posted an interview online with Anders Nyström from Katatonia, which can be viewed below. Katatonia is currently on tour in North America alongside Opeth and is touring in support of the band's last album "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here). The band will also be re-issuing "For Funerals to Come" on vinyl, with details available at this location.
In anticipation of the imminent release of Krisiun's "The Great Execution" (due out October 31st in Europe and November 1st in North America), the Brazilian death metal trio is now giving fans yet another preview of the release with a new teaser trailer. Check out the trailer after the jump.
"The Great Execution," produced once again by Andy Classen at Stage One Studio, is the band's 8th studio album. Krisiun only used analogue gear and instruments while recording in order to avoid the compressed sound that so many musicians produce today.
The track listing for "The Great Execution" is:
1. The Will to Potency
2. Blood of Lions
3. The Great Execution
4. Descending Abomination
5. The Extremist
6. The Sword of Orion
7. Violentia Gladiatore
8. Rise and Confront
9. Extinção em Massa
10. Shadows of Betrayal More...
Footage has been posted online of North Carolina's Horseback performing the title track off "The Invisible Mountain," which can be viewed below. More information on Horseback is available through the band's Facebook page, or you can stream the entire "The Invisible Mountain" release by heading over to this location.
U.K. act While She Sleeps has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming new album, which is set to be launched next year. You can check out the trailer below, or find more information on While She Sleeps via the band's Facebook profile.
The videos keep on coming and this week a special treat as we look at three different bands with unique, yet equally phenomenal videos. This assumes you define phenomenal as I do: Fun and hilarious with no sense of moral ground! More...
German pagan/power metal band Fimbulvet has finally released it's new album, "Frostbrand - Nach Flammen Sehnsucht" this week and has posted a promo trailer on YouTube. The band has also uploaded many of the tracks from the album on the site. More...
Grave Digger has officially renewed its contract with Napalm Records. The band commented on the signing:
"After releasing two very successful CDs and our 'The Clans are Still Marching' DVD, we are happy to share the good news with our fans: YES, we will continue! Over the past three years, a business cooperation turned into a friendship which can hardly be found in today's music industry.
"Napalm is a small and hard-working team that is as effective and productive as a company of 70 people. Always reachable and competent, they work with their artists individually. These are the strengths of Napalm, and that is why we have signed a deal for three more records under the Napalm banner. Long live rock 'n' roll - long live Napalm and Grave Digger."
Max Riedler (Managing Director Napalm Records) also added: "Chris Boltendahl and the members of Grave Digger are an exception in the music business. They are always professional, reliable and furthermore, they find words of appreciation for Napalm. That's when the hard work turns into joy! We motivate each other and face new challenges as a team. Thanks for your trust, we look forward to the new songs!"
Grave Digger will also be appearing at the upcoming 2012 edition of the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise. Details on the cruise are available here.
Montreal's "brass metal" act Fallstaf has posted footage online from the band's release show on October 22nd, 2011 for the new album "Bastard Sons Of A Pure Breed." You can check out the clip below, or find more details on Fallstaf via Facebook.
The new Lantlos album "Agape" dropped today in Europe, and all the tracks from the album are now available for streaming through the Prophecy Productions YouTube page. You can check out the album in the YouTube playlist below. More information on Lantlos can be found through the band's Facebook profile.
The "Agape" track listing is as follows:
3. Bloody Lips and Paper Skin
4. You Feel Like Memories
5. Eribo - I Collect the Stars
German metal act Farsot released the new album "Insects" today through Prophecy Productions. The entire album is also currently streaming online. You can check out the first song "Like Flakes of Rust" below, and find the rest of the tracks through the Prophecy Productions YouTube page.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Like Flakes of Rust
5. Adamantine Chains
6. The Vermilion Trail
Chilean old school metal band Vastator has announced that it will be working on a second official video from it's recent album "Machine Hell." Tracks from that release can be streamed on the band's MySpace page. The band last released this promotional single from that album for "The Gods Give No Reply," featuring the vocals of Benedictum's Veronica Freeman. More...
Santiago, Chile power metal band Sacramento has released the new single "Purple" which can be listened to on the band's MySpace page. The song comes from Sacramento's recent album "Weight of Sin." The band has one official video for the song "Fallecer," which comes from it's earlier EP. More...
Sonata Arctica keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg was recently interviewed by Rock Overdose (Greece), in which he revealed some information on the direction of the next Sonata Arctica Release. The following Q&A represents an excerpt from that interview:
Q: So you are in the studio right now?
A: "We're going into the studio next month. We have one week of rehearsals left. We pretty much know the songs already."
Q: I suppose you know the direction of the album. Will it be similar to the previous one?
A: "No. I think this one will be a bit different from anything we've done before. It's not going to be so progressive as the two last ones were. That's for sure. Also I think this one will be more hard rock than our other works. It's hard to tell. I know how it will sound but it's hard to describe it."
Q: So it will not be so metal like the previous releases. It will be more hard rock?
A: "Well yeah. Of course it's going to be metal. It's not going to be like BON JOVI or something like that."
Q: Will you use symphonic elements?
A: "Well, probably not. We tried that on the previous album and it worked really well but the sound for this album doesn't really need symphonic elements."
Q: When are you planning to release the new album?
A: "Well it should be out before the summer of 2012. Somewhere around April or May."
Read the full article at this location.
Morgan Lacroix of the Italian gothic/dark metal band Mandragora Scream was involved in a major accident. Little details have emerged, but the band posted the following statement:
"Hello everyone, we write this brief official statement to give you some more news 'and what' happened Tuesday night, and to respond to all email and calls with people who have requested information on the health of Morgan.
"As the news that you and 'spread the network confirm that Morgan Lacroix of Mandragora Scream' was involved in a serious car accident Tuesday night near Lucca.
"We can not give more precise information on her condition at this time we know not where they are certain and the only thing 'at this time that Morgan needs all the support that you can send.
"In the coming days with the evolution and hopefully the result of some medical situations, we will release a new, hopefully with good news.
Mandragora Scream Office"
Trivium debuted its new music video on Germany's Rock Hard Magazine webiste. The song appears on the band's latest effort "In Waves." Metal Underground's review for the record can be found at this location.
Check out the new video here:
Machine Head debuted its new music video for the song "Locust" on Metal Hammer. The song appears on the band's latest LP "Unto the Locust" released last month. Metal Underground's review of the release can be found this location.
Check out the video here:
New Zealand black metallers Winter Deluge have issued the following update about the release of the "As the Earth fades into Obscurity" album and announcement about a lineup change:
"Winter Deluge will no longer be releasing our debut album 'As the Earth fades into Obscurity' through Pest Records.
"For now we will release it independently and we are currently gaining our funds to have the CD's pressed so it is definite to be released before the end of this year 2011. Pre-order at email@example.com. A huge thanks to Andy Woodd for his time and patience that he has put into the mastering of this album.
"We would also like to announce that Hildolfr has decided to leave the band prior to the album release and we are proud to announce that our original vocalist Nekasarof (who performed on the 2006 EP 'Vehement Visions of Nihilism') has returned and will be joining us for our upcoming storming of attacks in early 2012 as we promote the album across NZ and Hopefully Australia towards the end of 2012.
"On the wait of this release we are already strongly set into the writing of the second album with pride, hate, and chaos! But for now the earth shall fade into obscurity."
Dutch metal act None Shall Pass recently signed to Fivebyfive Records and digitally released the new EP "Eve's Demise." You can check out two tracks from the EP, titled "Art of Illumination" and "End of all Reason," by heading over to the None Shall Pass Facebook profile.
After the departure of bassist Michelle Steman, None Shall Pass also announced the band has now found a new bassist in Wouter van Ackooy. Currently the band is busy with playing shows and setting up a tour through Europe, with more details to be announced shortly.
The Ocean has posted a video clip online from the band's recent tour in China, which was completed just before a new North American run with The Devin Townsend Project. Check out the video below.
Robin Staps offers the following update: "The Devin Townsend tour's been great so far, Devin is one of the nicest dudes I have ever met in metal and we've had some great times on the road with him and his gang. Not too many shows left now, this tour will finish up on October 29th in Vancouver, B.C. Since we were originally supposed to do another tour, our plane tickets are out of Boston, so we will drive our van back to the East Coast in early November and play some last minute shows on the way. We are also confirmed for the Cynic show in Toronto on November 10th!"
The Ocean has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Croatian metal act Inside My Casket has posted a new single online titled "Body of Lies." You can listen to the track in the player below, or find more details on Inside My Casket via the band's Facebook profile.