Metal News for October 30, 2010
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12 news articles posted on this day.
Technology has come a long way in recent years when it comes to streaming full-length feature films to your computer and/or television. While Netflix has a massive user base, Hulu is probably the best free service out there. Got some free time this weekend? They are now carrying two metal gems for free streaming:
Heavy Metal in Baghdad - Follow the Iraqi band Acrassicauda through their trials and tribulations, as they seek to merely survive and make metal music:
Avenged Sevenfold has announced a special Halloween edition box set of the band's latest album "Nightmare." The limited edition box set contains an exclusive Nightmare artwork t-shirt, black knit fingerless gloves with A7X logo, the "Nightmare" album, and more. You can find more details on the Halloween edition at this location.
Leprous has checked in from Tillburg, Holland with a second blog from the band's current tour dates. An excerpt from the road report follows:
"The day started approximately 2.5 hours after yesterday ended. At 6:30 it was time to leave for Mönchengladbach, to meet up with the nightliner (the bus we’re sleeping in during the tour). It was an energized duo, consisting of me and Einar, who was the lucky two given this self rewarding assignment. After a couple of detours we found ourselves at MZES bus company, where we met our bus driver Scott.
"We soon realized that we we’re in serious need of some additional storage capacity, as the storage room under the bus couldn’t hold half of our gear, and so we had to hire a trailer. Can’t get enough of those extra expenses! :D After parking our van at some random parking spot in Mönchengladbach, it was time to check out the interior of the bus.
"Considering the fact that we hadn’t slept all that much the last 24h, we also found this a suitable time to check out the sleeping facilities of the bus. While we slept, Scott drove us back to Tilburg for the preparations for our first concert of the tour. After crossing the border to the Netherlands something happened to the bus door, so we got ourselves an additional three hours of sleep, waiting for someone to fix the door. Thanks to this we returned to Tilburg relaxed and ready to prep for the concert. More...
Mumbai metalcore band, Bhayanak Maut (meaning "Terrible Death"), released their new three track EP "Metastasis," which is available as free download on Reverbnation. The EP is a follow up to their 2009 full length studio album "Untitled." The track listing of the EP is as follows:
1. Chakna For Church
The artwork was created by guitarist Venkat "Venky" Raman.
Brazilian thrash metal legends Sepultura has posted a second video online, which was recorded during the writing sessions for the band's new studio album. You can check it out below. This will be the group's first studio album since 2009's, "A-Lex," which was based on the Anthony Burgess novel, "A Clockwork Orange." It is not yet clear whether this album will be another concept record like "A-Lex" and the preceding album, "Dante XXI," but it will be Sepultura's first album for Nuclear Blast records. More...
Crypticus has issued the following announcement about offering "The Rites of Infestation" EP as a free download:
"The time has come! With Halloween approaching, I now unleash "The Rites Of Infestation" upon you all. Songs are available to preview & download for free at this location. Free digital EP to celebrate Halloween 2010. Four tales of Death Metal darkness: 1 track from the upcoming album 'The Nexus Of Death,' (due 2011) 1 reinvented demo track, 1 exclusive new track, & a cover of the RUNEMAGICK classic 'Enter The Realm Of Death.'"
Rotting Christ has announced three new vinyl re-issues with bonus material via Floga Records. The details are as follows:
1. "A Dead Poem" + bonus track LP on red transparent vinyl. To be issued in November, 2010.
2. "Genesis" + bonus track LP. To be issued December, 2010.
3. "Triarchy of the Lost Lovers" + bonus track LP. To be issued December, 2010.
Each vinyl reissue will be limited to 500 copies, with the first 100 signed by Sakis Tolis. Additional details can be found at this location.
Gore-metal band EXHUMED are currently in the studio recording their first full-length album since 2003’s "Anatomy Is Destiny." EXHUMED guitarist/vocalist/founder Matt Harvey, bassist Leon DelMuerte and guitarist Wes Caley are currently at Arcane Digital Recording in Arizona working with engineer Ryan Butler (MISERY INDEX) to record vocals, bass and guitar tracks. EXHUMED drummer Danny Walker previously laid down his drum tracks at Trench Studios with John Haddad (ABYSMAL DAWN, INTRONAUT). Mixing and mastering will be handled by Brian Elliott (GRAVES OF VALOR) at Mana Recording Studios (CANNIBAL CORPSE, GOATWHORE, NILE).
Matt Harvey recently checked in from the studio with the following update, "So far we're really psyched on what's been oozing out of the speakers! The guitars are sounding really aggressive right out of the box. I can't wait to get into the vocals and flesh out the songs. We have 18 songs to work through while we're here and then we'll sort through and cherry-pick the heaviest, ugliest tracks for the new record, which is gonna be titled "All Guts, No Glory". I think it builds on all the best shit from our first three records and should disgust and revolt any poseurs out there!"
"All Guts, No Glory" is expected to see a spring 2011 release date.
Thrashers MEMORAIN, whose current line-up of the band includes main-man Ilias Papadakis, Gene Hoglan (Fear Factory, ex-Dark Angel, ex-Strapping Young Lad, etc), Steve Digiorgio (Sadus, ex-Death, ex-Testament, etc), Ralph Santolla (Obituary, ex-Deicide, ex-Iced Earth, etc) and Chris Valagao (Zimmers Hole, Mechanism, etc), has revealed the artwork and tracklisting for their upcoming full-length album, "Evolution," scheduled for a 2011 release, which is as follows:
01. Nations On Fire
02 Where Hate Lies
03. The Break
04. Rules Of Engagement
05. Destiny Found
06. A New Era
07. Methods Of The Past
08. Death Shop
10. Power Out
11. Scratching The Surface
Also to be featured on MEMORAIN's latest album are a few more star-studded guest musicians such as David Ellefson, Tim "Ripper" Owens, Jeff Waters, Christian Wentz, Marc Pattison, Laura Christine and Carlos E. Perez.
David Ellefson recorded 2 songs "A New Era" and "Rules Of Engagement", as well as co-wrote "Rules Of Engagement" with MEMORAIN guitar-player Ilias Papadakis and Tim "Ripper" Owens. On top of that, Tim "Ripper" Owens recorded vocals on "Rules Of Engagement" and Laura Christine also contributed a solo on the song "Destiny Found". More...
Nuclear Blast has issued the following update about Arsis, Death Angel, Exodus, Meshuggah, and Testament songs becoming available for download on the Rock Band Network for the newly released Rock Band 3 video game:
"Nuclear Blast Records is proud to announce that tracks from TESTAMENT, MESHUGGAH, ARSIS, DEATH ANGEL, and EXODUS are now playable within the newly released Rock Band 3! Songs are available now via the Rock Band Network and on sale to the public at this location. Soon to be added will be DIMMU BORGIR, SOILWORK, KATAKLYSM, and many more! Metal fans are encouraged to submit artist & song requests for Rock Band here.
"Featuring an incredible 83-song set list and access to far more music than any other music game - as well as innovative new gameplay modes and instruments - Rock Band 3 will change the way fans think about and play music games. This next iteration in the Rock Band platform has something new for everyone and also supports traditional Rock Band gameplay with players’ existing instruments.
"Most importantly, though, Rock Band 3 supports the library of existing Rock Band Downloadable content, including Rock Band Network tracks like those from Nuclear Blast Records. Players can find tracks in the Rock Band 3 Music Store, available now. Click here to purchase Nuclear Blast artist tunes for Rock Band!"
Taiwanese black metal act Chthonic has issued the following brief update about posting a series of still pictures online from the band's performance at the Japanese Loud Park festival: "Chthonic had an amazing show at Loud Park 2010. Live photos have already updated at this location. Chthonic loves their Japanese fans very much, and hope to come back soon in the near future."
Guitarist/vocalist Ashmedi of Melechesh has posted the fifth and final installment of the track-by-track breakdown for the new album "Epigenesis," which can be found below. Melechesh has also posted the song "Grand Gathas Of Baal Sin" from the new album on the band's MySpace page.
10. A Greater Chain of Being “This is an instrumental with traditional near eastern instruments. This music represents sufi music or ancient eastern classical music. This is not very common in mainstream society and in the middle east it is considered underground! It is profound and spiritual and meant for you to confront yourself while meditating or tripping. We have done such compositions in the past because we feel close to them. It is another dimension of MELECHESH. Many of our audiences asked us to compose more songs like this because they do not have access to such music. It was a treat to oblige, even though we would have done it in either case. Turn the lights off, computer off, phone off and go on a trip."
11. The Epigenesis “Some have called it one of our most accomplished songs performed with 12 string electric guitars. Some have called it a journey into the world of MELECHESH. Some called it MELECHESH in psychedelic mode. I call it another song, albeit self indulgent. We did not want to make a demo for this track, but rather develop it during several writing sessions often lasting into the morning hours. We wanted the listener to feel as if they were right there with us in the rehearsal room. The guitar leads were improvised and it gave an impromptu feel to the song. Leads were recorded late at night without an agenda. The hallways of the studio doubled as reverb outlets . Yes the reverbs in this song were ‘handmade’ by putting a microphone in the hallway to pick up the distant and echo sound of our guitars. Many things happened while recording this song that made it all work like a perfectly built puzzle. You can hear elaborate middle eastern melodies, heavy metal, thrash metal and psychedelic rock all in the same track. The longest track we have ever written. One verse in our lyrics refers to all our album titles. A very interesting concept for us. This is the testimony of The Epigenesis.”