Metal News for October 3, 2014
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Until Monday, October 13th (The Black Dahlia Murder) and Friday, November 14th (Attila), we at the MetalUnderground.com Official Podcast will be advertising ticket giveaways for the two above concerts at Revolution Live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. If interested, please submit your full name (matching your ID) to firstname.lastname@example.org, with one of the headlining bands in the email subject.
After introducing the song “Withered” by Canton, Ohio’s brutal death metallers TON, we kick off this week by examining another highly anticipated new album. Co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) shines a spotlight on “The Year The Sun Died,” (reviewed here) the third studio album by Seattle act Sanctuary, and first since the group reformed after more than a two-decade split. Tune in to hear his thoughts on the latest offering from singer Warrel Dane (ex-Nevermore) and company.
Next, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) relates his (and likely many other fans’) frustrations over the interminable delays and setbacks befalling the next Veil Of Maya album, including the sudden, unceremonious departure of frontman Brandon Butler smack in the middle of recording.
Finally comes a not-so-serious reaction to the latest work of fine art from Mastodon, a video single titled “Boobs & Butts” (err, “The Motherload”). We’ll let the music, images, and our comments speak for themselves.
The godfathers of rock from TNT have released a full video stream of "TNT - 30th Anniversary 1982-2012 Live in Concert." Watch the full hour and a half video below, courtesy of TeamRock.com.
Trondheim Symphony Orchestra accompanied the band throughout the 30th anniversary celebration evening, where TNT delivered a show filled with dynamics, power, and authenticity.
The lineup of the evening consisted of founding members Ronni Le Tekro and Diesel Dahl alongside later recruits Victor Borge and Tony Mills, and there are guest appearances by artists like Dee Snider (Twisted Sister), Hank von Helvete (Turbonegro), and Dag Ingebrigtsen.
The Paramedic just checked in with this statement about cancelling upcoming tour dates:
"As much as it pains us, we have to announce that our tour with Consider Me Dead, Catching Your Clouds, and The Persevering Promise has been canceled on us.
"We are so sorry, this is totally out of control. We were not involved in the decision of this. In fact, when we were informed this is the route that was being taken, we tried to make the dates work on our own but it was not possible with the short timeframe and the majority promoters on the tour. We totally understand that because it puts them in a precarious position.
"We are very grateful and thankful to anyone who bought tickets or were planning on coming out to see us. We'd also like to thank all of the promoters and venues that were planning to have us on the tour. West coast, we'll be back sooner than you think." More...
On the heels of two sold-out shows in Tokyo last week, renowned guitarist Marty Friedman has announced two additional Japanese performances in support of his new album “Inferno.”
On October 11th, Friedman will appear at Puma’s largest store in Osaka, where he will perform live at a special in-store event. The following Saturday, Friedman will play live at Japan’s largest annual heavy metal music festival, Loud Park, alongside Dream Theater, Manowar, Arch Enemy, Dragonforce and more.
Friedman will then continue the “Inferno” worldwide assault on a U.K. trek with Kreator and Arch Enemy. The tour will also include support from Norwegian forward-thinking “blackjazz” act Shining, whose frontman Jørgen Munkeby lent his lively saxophone chops to the “Inferno” standout “Meat Hook," and whose members will serve as the guitarist’s backing band during the tour.
10/11 Osaka, JP – PUMA (In-store performance)
10/18 Saitama, JP – Loud Park Festival @ Saitama Super Arena
12/16 Birmingham, UK – The Institute #
12/17 Bristol, UK – Academy #
12/18 London, UK – The Forum #
12/19 Manchester, UK – Academy #
12/20 Dublin, UK – Academy #
12/21 Glasgow, UK – QMU #
12/22 Newcastle, UK – Academy #
# with Kreator, Arch Enemy & Shining More...
Psycho Spoon guitarist C.C. Murphree has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band:
"Before this gets through the grape vine as things like this tend to do, (and because I've already been questioned about missing the photoshoot Sunday) I am going to go ahead and announce that I have decided that it is best for me, my family, and the band that I leave Psycho Spoon.
"There are no hard feelings between any of us, and I still love and respect them all as great friends and brothers. I was going to play the show coming up on the 25th as a farewell, but they have found a special guest to fill in that I think is going to be pretty freaking cool (No it's not Karl).
"I will continue to support the guys in the future because I believe that this band has what it takes to make it. But, I have a seven year old daughter, and 12 year old son who are growing up faster every day. Instead of using weeks of my vacation to tour and be a rock star, I feel that I should be using that time to take my kids to places like Disneyland and be a father instead.
"It has truly been one of the biggest honors of my life to play with Pete, Rick Mark and Decha. Thank you so much guys for the chance to get to play with greats like you.
"I will now start concentrating on my album to finish writing and getting all of it recorded with the help of many of you who have jumped on board with me to offer your talents. And I am very excited to get to work with some of you that I have never gotten to work with before, and others I haven't worked with in many years. Keep the horns flying high."
Symphonic/gothic metal band Hortus Animae has issued the following announcement about confirming a new lineup:
"With great pleasure we introduce you Hortus Animae’s new lineup! Left to right: Hypnos (guitars), Bless (keyboards), Claudio Tirincanti (Blaze Bayley, session live drums), Martyr Lucifer (vocals), Adamant (bass), MG Desmadre (Crawling Chaos, guitars).
"The picture has been taken during Martyr Lucifer’s birthday party and unfortunately Grom (drums) and Ecnerual (violin) couldn’t make it. IMPORTANT: Grom is still Hortus Animae’s official drummer." More...
The Denver atmospheric post-black metal quartet Wayfarer recently inked a deal with Prosthetic Records, and today the band has revealed the first new music from forthcoming debut, “Children of the Iron Age.” Check out a lyric video for the title track below.
Scheduled for release on November 24th, “Children of the Iron Age” was recorded at Colorado’s Flatline Audio Studios with Shane Howard (Martriden) while being mixed and mastered by Dave Otero (Cobalt, Primitive Man, Cattle Decapitation). The track listing is as follows:
1. The Earth Only Endures
2. Forests Ash By Dawn
3. Toward Mountains
4. The Elemental
6. Children Of The Iron Age
7. A Place Among Stars
LP BONUS TRACK (DIGITAL DOWNLOAD)
9. Cities Built on Conquered Ground More...
With the release of debut album "All The Rage" taking place this week, London extreme metal band Aghast! is also kicking off the "All Areas" tour.
You can stream all the tracks taken off "All The Rage" below, courtesy of Bravewords.com, and be sure to catch Aghast! live on these dates:
3rd October – Birmingham, The Asylum
4th October – Southampton, Firehouse
5th October – Preston, The Adelphi
6th October – Leeds, Fox & Newt
7th October – Manchester, Zombie Shack
31st October – Hitchin, Club 85
22nd November – London, The Unicorn More...
As Tucson's Godhunter takes confrontational auditory demolition back out on the road this week for a twelve-city West Coast run with Sorxe, the band announces yet another new set of recordings destined to see release this Fall.
After debut album "City Of Dust" and the more recent "GH/0ST:S" split LP with Oakland's Secrets Of The Sky both released this year, Godhunter now announces a collaborative EP with Miami-based Amigo The Devil.
The collaboration, "The Outer Dark," includes one original tune, "Weeping Willow," paired with a cover of Nirvana's "Something In The Way" on the B-side.
"The Outer Dark" will see release through a union of Godhunter-co-owned Battleground Records and Earsplit's label The Compound, which will release the album on 7" vinyl on Black Friday, November 28th. You can also catch Godhunter live on these dates:
10/03-04/2014 Mojo's Music Venue - Odgen, UT @ Lucifest II w/ Sorxe, Secrets of the Sky, more
10/05/2014 Lion's Lair - Denver, CO w/ Sorxe
10/06/2014 TBA - Casper, WY w/ Sorxe
10/07/2014 The Shredder - Boise, ID w/ Sorxe
10/08/2014 The Hop - Spokane, WA w/ Sorxe
10/09/2014 The Shakedown - Bellingham, WA w/ Sorxe
10/10/2014 Victory Lounge - Seattle, WA w/ Sorxe
10/11/2014 The Know - Portland, OR w/ Graves At Sea, Sorxe
10/12/2014 Hemlock Tavern - San Francisco, CA w/ Sorxe, Secrets Of The Sky
10/13/2014 Black Flame Collective - San Bernadino, CA w/ Sorxe
10/17/2014 Rialto Theatre - Tucson, AZ @ SWTF III w/ Goatsnake, Pelican, Eagle Twin
Like A Storm - the New Zealand outfit that recently signed to Century Media's hard rock spin off label Another Century - just released newest single, titled "Wish You Hell." Give it a listen at SoundCloud here.
Taking a serious left turn musically, Germany's Bethlehem today releases a taste of the new album "Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia."
Check out the dreary rock anthem "Ein Kettenwolf greint 13:11-18" below and let us know what you think of this change in style for the band. The full album's track listing is:
1. Ein Kettenwolf greint 13:11-18
2. Egon Erwin's Mongo-Mumu
3. Verbracht in Plastiknacht
4. Gebor'n um zu versagen
5. Nazi Zombies mit Tourette-Syndrom
6. Spontaner Freitod
7. Warum wurdest du bloß solch ein Schwein?
8. Höchst alberner Wichs
9. Ich aß gern' Federn
10. Letale familiäre Insomnie
11. Kinski's Cordycepsgemach
12. Antlitz eines Teilzeitfreaks
Milwaukee based metalcore outfit Misery Signals celebrated the 10th anniversary of the album "Of Malice and the Magnum Heart" with the Malice X tour, playing shows in select cities in August.
Due to popular demand from fans, the band is back for round two on the West Coast announcing a show at the Glasshouse Theater in Pomona, CA on December 19th, 2014. Malice X features the original lineup of Ryan Morgan, Branden Morgan, Kyle Johnson, Stu Ross, and Jesse Zaraska.
Bassist Kyle Johnson had this to say: “After doing the first run of the Malice X dates I think it made us realize just how important it was for kids to be able to see this version of Misery Signals. So many had missed it in its original incarnation. There seemed to be a bit of an outcry that we didn’t include California as a destination on the last run. We managed to find a weekend in December that worked out so we jumped at the opportunity.”
Along with the special appearance in California, Misery Signals will be joined by seminal hardcore band, Taken, to the show as direct support. Vocalist Ray Harkins commented:
“I wish Misery Signals was around when Taken was regularly touring. When I first listened to their demo/EP I felt an immediate kinship to what they were doing, blending heavy music and melodic guitar into something unique. A few months later, the guitarist Stu Ross sent a very heartfelt and sincere email about how much Taken had meant to him. From that point on a friendship was formed and I continued to love what Misery Signals did throughout their musical career. We can’t wait to hit the stage with these guys for the first time, and hopefully not the last.” More...
While Today Is The Day is currently in tour preparation mode -- leaving for a brutal trek with support from Lord Mantis in less than a week -- the band has confirmed a rash of additional new tour actions, including a crushing U.S. run with the infamous Eyehategod.
All this life activity sees the band going to battle for incoming tenth studio album, "Animal Mother." Southern Lord will release "Animal Mother" on LP, CD, and digital download in North America on October 14th, as the band's first venture for the label.
10/07/2014 Geno's - Portland, ME w/ Lord Mantis
10/08/2014 Sonny's - Dover, NH w/ Lord Mantis
10/09/2014 Spotlight Tavern - Beverly, MA w/ Lord Mantis
10/10/2014 Dusk - Providence, RI w/ Lord Mantis
10/11/2014 The Pinch - Washington, DC w/ Lord Mantis
10/12/2014 The Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Lord Mantis
10/13/2014 Kung-Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA w/ Lord Mantis
10/14/2014 Church - Boston, MA w/ Lord Mantis
10/15/2014 The Depot - York, PA w/ Lord Mantis
10/16/2014 Cafe 611 - Frederick, MD w/ Lord Mantis
10/17/2014 Summit Music Hall - Columbus, OH w/ Lord Mantis
10/18/2014 Jabber Jaws - Allentown, PA w/ Lord Mantis
10/19/2014 Hideaway - Johnson City, TN w/ Lord Mantis
10/20/2014 The Handlebar - Pensacola, FL w/ Lord Mantis
10/21/2014 Siberia - New Orleans, LA w/ Lord Mantis
10/22/2014 Will's Pub - Orlando, FL w/ Lord Mantis
10/23/2014 Ground Zero - Spartanburg, SC w/ Lord Mantis
10/24/2014 TBA w/ Lord Mantis
10/25/2014 Riot Room - Kansas City, MO w/ Lord Mantis
10/26/2014 Hi Tone - Memphis, TN w/ Lord Mantis
10/27/2014 Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK w/ Lord Mantis
10/29/2014 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT w/ Lord Mantis
10/30/2014 Crazy Horse - Boise, ID w/ Lord Mantis More...
Representing a metal publication, that would normally count me right out. But then again, I’ve always held the firm belief that the best way to be a metal fan is to be a rock fan first. Without doing so, you’re building your factory on a foundation of silly putty.
And once in a while, an act springs up that simultaneously embraces and defies conventions of both genres. This is the sweet spot, the perfect ingredient for a rousing evening on the town.
After all, the three young Finns surrounding me at the small steakhouse restaurant table appear to have just bumped into one another by accident earlier this afternoon and started jamming.
The diversity of backgrounds and influences, the casual indifference to excessive image, the refusal to acknowledge stylistic boundaries - all these things combine to form a rock sound that’s alternative in the truest sense, an identity as elusive as it is distinct.
This is Helsinki’s Face Of God, and they’re telling me their story.
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Heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian recently announced a special one-off west coast “Speaking Words” performance, taking place at Los Angeles nightclub Largo next Friday, October 10th.
The event will also serve as Scott’s official “I’m the Man: The Story of That Guy from Anthrax” (Da Capo Press, October 2014) book release party and signing. Doors open at 7:00PM, the show begins at 8:00PM, and tickets are available at this location.
Scott comments: “This is my first west coast talking show and it's at the mecca for comedy in LA, Largo. I've been going to shows at Largo since the late 90's where I'd see people like Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, David Cross, Bob Odenkirk, Brian Posehn, Sarah Silverman, Zach Galifianakis, and Tenacious D before they were famous. They all still go back there to do shows and I am honored, excited and shitting myself to be doing my show on that stage."
This performance previews the upcoming release of "Swearing Words in Glasgow," Scott’s “Speaking Words” full performance DVD, filmed during the first leg of his tour in Glasgow, Scotland. To pre-order the DVD or for more information, visit the PledgeMusic campaign page right here. More...
Ripple Music couldn't be more excited to announce that the label has paired up with Weed Is Weed - featuring stoner/doom royalty from Sprit Caravan, Pentagram and Earthride - to release the vinyl version of the debut album, "Blunt Force Trauma."
Originally recorded by the band and sold on a very small scale only at live shows, Ripple Music has now packaged this onslaught of acrid-haze stoner heaviness for mass consumption on October 14th. The label comments:
"Years of seismic rumbling have led way to the tectonic formation that is Weed Is Weed. Two legendary masters of Maryland doom, Dave 'Sherm" Sherman and Gary Isom, comewith a stoner/doom metal pedigree second to none. Sherm and Gary have been the creative catalysts in such genre defining bands as Pentagram, Earthride, and Spirit Caravan, and now they launch their newest, blazing heavy rock venture. Having assembled their most blazing line-up ever, this group of musicians have crafted the perfect sound track for red-eyed blazers the world over Blunt Force Trauma, which was originally released in January 2013. Blitzed out, stoned heaviness is the order as this collection of tales of reefer madness and alligator fights is slated to be released on vinyl in October by Ripple Music.
"Sherm is completely shredding the vocals, undoubtedly turning in his best performance to date, as he is more than ably backed by the rip and tear of the triple-guitar attack courtesy of Gary on slide & lead guitar teamed up with Jason Fisher and Rob Portillo's riffing and rolling. Match that with the full on rhythmic assault of Darren Waters on bass, and the single moniker'd Cougin on drums, and this band is ready to pummel the unsuspecting ear drums of those about to burn."
Weed Is Weed consists of:
Dave Sherman - Lead Vocals/ Guitar
Jason Fisher - Guitar
Darren Waters - Bass Guitar
Rob Portillo - Guitar
Gary Isom - Lead/ Slide Guitar
Cougin - Percussion
With the split 7" between Richmond's scathing punk assassins, Bleach Everything, and Los Angeles' solo synth creep, Vors, just under two weeks from parole via Magic Bullet Records, today tracks from the split are available online.
Get stalked and slashed with the ravenous punkcrush of Bleach Everything's Black Christmas homage in "The Moaner," as well as Vors' skulking, split-personality darkwave creeper, "Mood Swinger," in the player below, provided courtesy of Fangoria.
Magic Bullet Records will officially release the split on black and white 7" vinyl pressings and digitally worldwide on October 14th. More...
Hardcore punk band Old Lines is streaming a new song called “Paint Them Gold” today, which can be heard below thanks to MetalInjection.net.
The track is featured on upcoming record "No Child Left Behind," which is due out on October 14th. Fans can pre-order the album now at this location.
“Paint Them Gold” is about how large corporations manipulate people into accepting a quick buck or a short term fix while ignoring the big picture,” says vocalist Matt Taylor. “Energy companies are buying up farmland all over the country to start fracking operations, and doing so by taking advantage of struggling families with empty promises of fixing their financial situation. Inevitably, Capitalism will always win and the farmers will lose more and more until they are left with nothing. This song is a plea for all of us to start considering the damage that will come from looking for an easy way out, and a battle cry to end the cooperation with those who would sooner destroy our earth than help anything that lives on it.” More...
With the band's fourth studio full-length "Turning Tides" (reviewed here) having hit stores two weeks ago via Sensory Records, Finland's Malpractice today releases a new drum cam video.
Check out footage of drummer Toni Paananen performing "Symphony Of Urban Discomfort" below courtesy of GearGods.net, or watch the previously posted drum video for "Weight Of The World" at this location. More...
Old school South American death metal band Thy Serpent’s Cult will release "Sedition, Sorcery and Blasphemy" on October 12th, 2014. The artwork can be seen below (followed by a teaser trailer after the jump), and the track listing will be as follows:
1. The Eyes of Lucifer
2. Demonic Ways
3. Seven Headed Serpent
4. I put The Doom Inside
5. United In Sins
6. The Order of the Black Flame
7. Legion of the Ghouls
8. Deads Rolling to Hell
9. The Coven Horrors
10. Carnivorous Souls
11. Sedition Sorcery and Blaphemy
13. Voodoo More...
Detroit based death/doom outfit Temple Of Void just released the band's first ever music video for the track "Savage Howl," which appears on debut full-length album "Of Terror and the Supernatural." Check it out below.
The "Savage Howl" video was shot at B. Nektar Meadery in Detroit, Michigan & filmed and edited by New York director William Saunders. "Of Terror and the Supernatural" was released on double LP & cassette on Saw Her Ghost Records and on CD through Rain Without End Records this past September 30th. The full track listing is as follows:
1. The Embalmer's Art
2. Savage Howl
3. Beyond the Ultimate
4. Invocation of Demise
5. To Carry this Corpse Evermore
6. Rot in Solitude
7. Exanimate Gaze
8. Bargain in Death More...
BornBroken is proud to return this Fall after a few lineup changes with a new track "Watch The World Unwind," which features vocalist Jeff Boisvert (ex-Forbidden Sin) and the ferocious drumming of Steve Burns (Mythosis).
The first show with the new lineup will be supporting The Agonist on November 7th in Montreal, QC at Foufounes Electriques along side Ogenix, Red Skies and Temptist. Guitarist Mike Decker comments:
"We would like to first thank everyone who have bought, listened, and become one with the broken on our first release 'The Healings Powers of Hate.' Now for what comes next, we had to make some lineup changes but sometimes change is for the better.
"The addition of Steve Burns and Jeff Boisvert on vocals has given BornBroken a new dimension as we move forward. We are truly happy with choosing the The Grid and producer Chris Donaldson for our next CD, as you will hear, we are pushing new boundaries with our sound and approach and Chris has the knowledge to help with that.
"The future of BornBroken is far from over as we are in the middle of writing and recording 2.0. As we keep some things for now shrouded in shadows we are proud to give you a front row seat to 'Watch The World Unwind'. Hear the cry once more…." More...
Nanaimo, BC six-piece The Body Politic is teaming up with Vancouver, BC prog metal band Quartered for a Western Canadian tour in Alberta and British Columbia.
The tour will be in support of The Body Politic's EP "Egressor" and Quartered's upcoming album "Eyes And Ears," due out on October 7th.
Dates for the trek are as follows:
October 16 – Calgary, AB – Broken City
October 17 – Red Deer, AB – Blarney Stone w/ Quartered, Leave The Living, Jack Daniel's Sour Feelings
October 18 – Edmonton, AB – The Mercury Room w/ Quartered, Wolfrik, These Colours Don't Run
October 24 – Nanaimo, BC – TBA
October 25 – Victoria, BC – Logan's Pub w/ Quartered, This Day Burns, Synapse, Vaultry
October 26 – Port Alberni, BC – Gyro Youth Center w/ Quartered More...
Abysmal Dawn's new album "Obsolescence" will be released October 27th in North America via Relapse Records and features otherworldly artwork created by Pär Oloffson.
Throughout the recording process, Abysmal Dawn shot a series of videos documenting the process. Today the band has posted the third video in the series, which can be seen below.
You can hear the full new song "The Inevitable Return To Darkness" at this location, and the album's complete track listing is as follows:
1. Human Obsolescence
2. Perfecting Slavery (featuring Christian Muenzer)
4. Devouring the Essence of God (featuring Bobby Koelble)
5. One Percent Incomplete
6. Loathed in Life / Praised in Death
7. By My Demons
8. Laborem Morte Liberat Te
9. The Inevitable Return to Darkness
10. Night's Blood (Dissection cover) More...
Today Kenn Nardi reveals the artwork, track listing, and a new song from his upcoming solo album "Dancing With The Past." Album artist, Eliran Kantor, had this to say about his latest piece conceived and created for the album:
"I was never so emotionally invested on an album before, but how often do you get to work on what shaped up to be one of your favorite records? Only a handful released in the last decade made that list - maybe.
"This is the 'second first album' musicians never make, as the saying goes 'you puts 20 years worth of inspiration into the 1st record, but then only 1-3 years into each subsequent one.' And even if a debut record is a bit inexperienced, it always has an unmatched fire 20+ years in the making, which is how long it's been since Anacrusis' swansong - 1993's 'Screams & Whispers'.
"I couldn't find a single uninspired moment on Kenn's 28 song double-album. I love it and urge every metal fan to check it out."
New album "Dancing With The Past" will be released via Divebomb Records on January 13th, 2015. You can hear the songs "Made" and the title track below, and the full track listing is as follows: More...
Italy's Hesperia is now wrapping up work on new album "Metallvm Italicvm" (the fourth part of the "Aeneidos Metalli Apotheosis"). Mixing and mastering is being handled at DPF Studios.
Guest musicians include Mario "The Black" Di Donato (Requiem, The Black) and Knjaz Varggoth (Nokturnal Mortum). The album is divided into 10 tracks featuring about 43 minutes of music. The track listing is as follows:
1. Incipit: AENEIDOS Apotheosis
2. DE BELLO ITALICO I
3. DE BELLO ITALICO II
4. Interludium I: Ave Metallvm Italicvm
5. METALLVM ITALICVM I
6. METALLVM ITALICVM II
7. Interludium II: Ave Hesperia
9. HESPERIAs Triumphator (instrumental)
10. Apotheosis: ROMA Incipit
Spanish bestial death metal band Stormvold will be releasing a new CD on November 15th featuring three demos: "Third Bestial Mutilation" (2014), "Second Guanche Massacre" (2013), and "First Tibicena Brutality" (2012). The newly finished demo "Third Bestial Mutilation" was mixed and mastered at Sweden's Necromorbus Studios.
Xtreem Music states the release features "A total of 8 songs of a merciless and hellish brand of death metal with a black hint, very reminiscent of Norwegian's Molested, whose drummer Erlend Erichsen drew the cover art for this Stormvold release back in 1995, by the way!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Brilliance of Thunder
2. Universal Domination
3. Glorious Blood
4. Exploitation of Superiority
5. Overdose of the Grotesque
6. Slaying the Losers
7. Extermination from Nature
8. Levitation of Bestiality More...
Hannover, Germany's Cripper has debuted a brand new song, titled "Tourniquet," along with the cover art for upcoming album "Hyëna." Check it out below, and you can pre-order the album via Metal Blade Records.
The album will be released on CD and digitally in North America on November 25th. In Europe, "Hyëna" will be available as a limited CD+DVD Digipak as well as on vinyl in different colours. The bonus DVD features the entire Cripper show from Metaldays Open Air 2014. More details on the bonus DVD will be revealed shortly. The album's track listing is:
03. Bloodshot Monkey Eye
04. A Dime For The Establishment
06. Animated Flesh
07. The Origin
08. Patterns In The Sky
09. The Jackhammer
11. Pure More...
23 years after the band's last record, and nineteen months after the tragic loss of guitarist Mike Scaccia, Rigor Mortis will release fourth and final studio album "Slaves to the Grave" on October 7th via Rigor Mortis Records. You can read our review at this location.
French metal act Grorr has signed a record deal with ViciSolum, and the band's new album ”The Unknown Citizens” will be released worldwide November 14th, 2014.
The album is based on a poem by W.H. Auden and relates the fate of three ordinary citizens. Auden writes ”Were they free? Were they happy? The question is absurd; if something was wrong, we would have known for sure.” The album takes a closer look at that question.
Once again through this three-part work, Grorr writes a new social fable that deals with common people forgotten by history. This new album tells the story of three different lives imprinted with three different atmospheres. Grorr announces a darker opus but at the same time more melodic.
The new songs ”The Fighter – Pandemonium” and ”The Dreamer – Unique” can be heard below. The track listing is as follows: More...
The British avant-garde metallers from Code have begun the tracking process for their forthcoming fourth full-length album at Brighton Electric Studios (Gary Moore, Nick Cave, Saxon) in England.
"It will be a bold and challenging album that will be sure to test preconceptions again," comments the band. The album is scheduled to be completed at the end of October and is set for release on Agonia Records in early 2015. This album will follow previous release "Augur Nox" (reviewed here).
Photos from the studio can be seen at Facebook here. With varied musical backgrounds of the band's members and a will for experimentation, Code confronts the conventional metal and rock patterns with its own take on extreme music.
As put by Metal Injection, the band "blends the grim aggression of black metal and crosses the North Sea back into the world of stylish progressive rock."
Italian metal act Mastercastle today issued details on the upcoming fifth studio album "Enfer (De La Bibliotèque Nationale)."
The album is set for release via Scarlet Records on October 14th. Ahead of the release, the band has also dropped a new music video/single for the title track "Enfer," which can be seen in the player below. The track list is as follows:
1. The Castle
2. Let Me Out
6. Straight To The Bones
7. Throne Of Time
8. Behind The Veil
10. Coming Bach
11. Cat-House (Digipack Bonus Track)
12. Alone (Digipack Bonus Track) More...
Italy's Shores of Null released a new music video for the track "Ruins Alive." The song is taken from the debut album "Quiescence," which was issued back in March via Candlelight Records.
Check out the video here:
Greek power metal act Crystal Tears, featuring ex-Crystal Eyes/ex-Artillery vocalist Soren Adamsen, released a new music video for the track "Resurrection Suicide." The song appears on the band's latest album "Hellmade," which is available now through Massacre Records.
Check out the clip here:
Polish technical death metal wizards Decapitated released a new music video for the track "Instinct." The song appears on the latest album "Blood Mantra" - which dropped just this week in the United States via Nuclear Blast Records. Our review of the album at this location.
Check out "Instinct" here: