Metal News for October 31, 2012
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Saskatoon, SK thrashers Untimely Demise are previewing a brand new track titled "Spiritual Embezzlement," with an accompanying lyric video, off their forthcoming sophomore effort "Systematic Eradication."
The band once again enlisted the production services of Glen Drover, who helmed the debut "City Of Steel"  and provided additional guitars. Drover currently plays for Geoff Tate's incarnation of Queensrÿche, and formerly played for King Diamond and Megadeth.
German folk metal band Lyriel posted a new music video for "Wenn Die Engel Fallen." The song features Thomas Lindner of Schandmaul and appears on the band's fourth full length LP "Leverage," which is available now through AFM Records.
Check out the video here:
Artizan has posted a new song titled "The Death of Me" online, which can be heard below. Special artwork exclusively created for the song by artist Marc Sasso is featured throughout the video. The new Artizan album "Ancestral Energy" will be available this coming April 2013 via Pure Steel Records.
The classic U.S. heavy metal band Obsession has uploaded the track "Forbidden Desire" to YouTube. "Forbidden Desire" comes off the new album "Order of Chaos," which was released on October 3rd in Europe and October 9th in North America through Inner Wound Recordings and on September 19th in Japan through Spiritual Beast. The Japanese edition of the album also features the exclusive bonus track "The Damned."
The track list for "Order of Chaos" is as follows:
1. Order Of Chaos
2. Twist Of The Knife
3. Forbidden Desire
4. When The Smoke Clears
5. License To Kill
6. Wages Of Sin (stream the song here)
7. Cold Day In Hell
8. Act Of God
9. Mercy Killing
10. Dark Shadows More...
... Continued from Part V...
2:00am. Beach Bar. So this is where it all ends. The final showdown.
Trollfest came on after Sabaton and played some lively little ditties, including the official Metalcamp theme, but after three songs, we were ready to call it a show. We dropped off all our shit back at camp, and now here we are.
Business is booming at the food stands and raging at the bar, and once again, the strippers are out in full force. We’ve found an empty table on the covered deck ringing the steep hill that meets the narrow beach.
Chicago's Dirge Within has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:
"We are extremely proud and excited to announce Travis Neal as our new vocalist! The band has wasted no time and has begun writing new material as well as planning some new shows in feb.
"We have also put together a raw 100% LIVE rehearsal video of us jamming on some material off of both records so all of our amazing fans can get a nice taste of what's to come. We are excited for all to join us in this new chapter.
"We will have some more cool stuff surfacing online very soon so keep on the look out!!" More...
Canadian heavy metal trio Cauldron is celebrating Halloween with the release of a sinister new music video for the track "Nitebreaker," which is taken from the band's new album, "Tomorrow's Lost."
The video sees the band awakened from a deathly slumber by a couple who chose the wrong woods to go wandering in, leading to a terrifying tale of metal madness. Check out the clip below. "Tomorrow's Lost" is out now on jewel case CD, digi-sleeve CD with a bonus disc featuring three cover tracks, and limited edition coloured vinyl with a bonus 7". More...
Metal Blade Records is excited to announce the latest addition to the label's 30th anniversary show line up: Sacred Reich. On November 30th, at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA, thrash legends Sacred Reich will perform a short set in between Gypsyhawk and Armored Saint.
The set will serve as a brief preview of the full show Sacred Reich has recently announced for February 23rd, at the Key Club in Hollywood, which will be the band's first full show in Los Angeles in over 16 years.
Sacred Reich vocalist/bassist Phil Rind comments: "We are excited to be involved in Metal Blade's 30th Anniversary Celebration. Metal Blade were the first to offer us an opportunity on Metal Massacre 8, which led to a record deal and the release of 'Ignorance' and 'Surf Nicaragua.' Three of the best records ever Slayer's 'Hell Awaits,' DRI's 'Dealing With It' and COC's 'Animosity' were all on Metal Blade. Brian Slagel was and still is a huge fan and advocate for metal! We are looking forward to saying thank you to Brian and everyone at Metal Blade in the best way possible, loud and fast!"
Additional special guests confirmed for the show include Amon's Amarth's Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King's X. The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout the band's set to perform a variety of cover songs. That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson are confirmed to host the event. Tickets are on sale right here. More...
Exist Immortal has issued the following announcement about releasing a new single and video through Revolution Harmony:
"We are very happy to announce that we have signed with Canada-based label, Revolution Harmony, which will be releasing a brand new version of our track 'Exist' as an official single for FREE on November 5th.
"This single will be accompanied by an official video (courtesy of Dark Fable Media), a trailer for which is linked below. We will also be hitting the road once again in November with our bros in The Colour Line, visiting the following towns:
10th - London
11th - Southampton
12th - Bournemouth
13th - Ryde, Isle of Wight
15th - Carlisle
16th - TBC
17th - Manchester
"We hope to see all of you at one of these dates, at which we will be debuting a fresh new line of merchandise! Please share this announcement, many more things yet to come!" More...
Project Silence has posted a new version of the song "Stardancer (Raven's whore)" online, which comes off the band's new "424" album. Check out the track below, or find a teaser for "424" over here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. 424 (intro)
3. Stardancer (Raven's whore)
5. My Reality
6. Alone (Crushed by Your Lies)
8. Sky, Space and Twilight Zone
9. Cage of Hate
11. Promise (outro)
Next month, Vancouver's heavy metal veterans 3 Inches of Blood will head out on a headlining West Coast run. The two-week trek will feature special guest Huntress as main support, and Hookers as the tour opener. A list of confirmed dates can be seen below, with more to be announced shortly.
Vocalist Cam Pipe adds, "We're closing out the year strong with some US headlining shows of our own. The West Coast has long been a 3IOB stronghold, so naturally we're excited to be returning to play a full show to our loyal fans. Long Live West Coast Heavy Metal."
3 Inches of Blood has stayed on the road throughout 2012, continually supporting most recent album, "Long Live Heavy Metal." Check out the video for "Leather Lord" here, or for "Metal Woman" at this location. More...
Saskatchewan's Embracing Abomination has posted a new video clip online for the track "Abstain," taken from the band's "Love (ii)" EP. Check out the clip below, or download the band's full album "I, Love & You" for free over at this location.
Canadian melodic death metallers Hammerdrone have just released their first official music video for "A Demon Rising" to coincide with Halloween. Shot in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the video follows a gang of crazies in a brutal hunt to a bloody conclusion. Check out the clip below, or listen to the full "A Demon Rising" EP over at this location. More...
Norwegian extreme avant-garde metal masters Quadrivium return after several years of hiatus with a new album, "Methocha," due out via SoulSeller Records on November 23rd, 2012 in Europe and February 3rd, 2013 in the USA.
The self-produced effort was recorded at various studios all over the world. It was finally mixed in Tower Studio, France and mastered in Panic Room Studio, Sweden. The eight tracks feature members from Ragnarok, Augury, and Dolls of Disaster with a guest appearance by Carl August Tidemann (ex-member of Arcturus, Winds).
Chief songwriter and keyboardist Erlend Antonsen adds: "Four years after our first album we return with an expanded line-up, our strongest material to date and a production to match. Venturing ever deeper into the avant-garde side of metal and finding different atmospheres to explore, we have finally managed to put it on tape and present it to you in the form of the Methocha album. Expect everything from full-on metal, mystical atmospheres to dives into a much darker abyss." More...
French label Kaotoxin records has teamed with the UK magazine Zero Tolerance to premiere the debut music video by London-based orchestral funeral doom/death band Eye Of Solitude for Halloween. Visit Zero Tolerance to check out the video, or do so below.
The music video is for the song "Awoken by Crows", which is both the opening track of their second full-length, "Sui Caedere" (released June 25th), and title track of their latest (digital) EP, "Awoken by Crows" (released May 7th and featuring three exclusive bonus tracks) and features alternative model Ivy Tenebrae. The video has been directed by J. Saunders of Dead Parrot Productions (already responsible for fellow label recording artists Unsu's "The Filthy" music video).
After splitting with guitarist Dan Jago earlier this month, U.K. act Antari has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new member:
"Our new guitar player is Senoir Christoph Channon. He's an absolute beast, and within one day of practice, helped us complete I Am Rapture on drums and learnt Skinless Conflict. Whatta beast. Give him a warm welcome people."
For more info on Antari, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Italian power metal band Trick Or Treat, featuring Luca Turilli's Rhapsody frontman Alessandro Conti, posted up a teaser trailer for the upcoming LP "Rabbit's Hill, Pt. 1," the concept album based the best selling book "Watership Down" by Richard Adams. The album is due for release on November 26, 2012 via Valery Records.
The track listing for "Rabbit's Hill, Pt. 1" is as follows:
1. Dawn Of Times (Narration by Sonia Piacentini & Fabio Dessi (Arthemis))
2. Prince With A 1000 Enemies (Feat. Andre Matos (Ex-Angra/Viper))
3. Spring In The Warren
5. Wrong Turn
6. False Paradise
7. Between Anger And Tears
8. Rabbit's Hill
9. The Tale Of Rowsby Woof (Feat. Maurizio Cardullo (Folkstone))
11. I'll Come Back For You
12. Bright Eyes
Check out the trailer here: More...
Greek symphonic metallers Nightall have completed work for their new album, "Cassiopeia," which is set for release in January 2013 through Metal Blade Records. The label comments:
"The recordings took place in four different places, a fragment process that which Nightfall is quite familiar with. Vocals and keys were recorded in Greece (Soundflakes studios & Cyberia) while the drums were tracked in Germany in the Soundlodge studios. Guitars and bass were recorded in the U.S. in Nashville, Tennessee at Boomcave studios.
"More than on the previous album, Astron Black & The Thirty Tyrants, in Cassiopeia the spirit of old school heavy metal lurks in almost every riff. Unlike Astron Black, there are more fast tempos as well as grindy ones bringing memories back from the mid 90's times of now cult release Athenian Echoes. The vocals remain very, very heavy and, thanks to Soundflakes amazing gear and Jörg Uken's super mixing skills, fit great with the melodic leads, moreover creating a solid wall of sound where vocalist Efthimis comfortably sits and spreads his inner daemons out to the world! More...
After missing a show in Vermont last night due to vehicle problems, Vektor has now checked in with the following update about rejoining the tour:
"Alright here is the update everyone: we WILL be making it to the two Canadian shows today and tomorrow, but we'll be in a borrowed van while ours gets fixed.
"Sadly this means we will have to miss Cleveland 11/2 to get our van back in time for rejoining the tour in Chicago 11/3. Donations for the new transmission can paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks to VT and Exhumed, last night's show ruled! ONWARD!"
For more info on Vektor tour dates and to check out the band's music, head over to Facebook here.
Destroyer of Light has posted a video recap of the Little Stops of Horror Tour the band embarked on from Austin to Michigan during Oct 16th - 22nd. Check out the clip below, and the band also commented:
"Here's video footage from October tour that I put together and edited for everyone's viewing pleasure. You can get a little taste of how we are when we aren't playing. We like to swear a lot, and family members...don't take what we say seriously, it's all meant to be fun and games!! Hope you enjoy!"
You can also stream the band's full self-titled album over at this location.
At the start of the new year (pending the world doesn’t end), The Atlas Moth will be embarking on a North American tour in January/February supporting Gojira and Devin Townsend. This tour will take the band through the U.S. as well as multiple dates in Canada. Details are as follows:
01/14 Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
01/15 Winnipeg, MB @ Garrick Centre
01/16 Saskatoon, SK @ Odeon Events Centre
01/17 Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall
01/19 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
01/20 Seattle, WA @ Studio 7
01/21 Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
01/23 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
01/24 Sacramento, CA @ Ace Of Spades
01/25 Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
01/28 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
01/29 Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre
01/31 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
02/1 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
02/3 Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
02/4 St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
02/5 Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
02/7 Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
02/8 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
02/9 Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
02/11 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
02/13 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
02/14 Montreal, QC @ Le National
02/15 Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
02/16 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts More...
Profound Lore Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with A.M.S.G:
"We are proud to announce that the latest addition to the Profound Lore collective comes in the form of Canadian black metal terrorist unit A.M.S.G. Masterminded by the notorious Angelfukk Witchhammer (of Ouroboros, Rites Of Thy Degringolade, Gloria Diaboli fame), A.M.S.G. play threatening uncompromising black metal in the ancient vein that conjures the glorious vibe portrayed by the classic old school cult days of such luminaries as Necromantia, Mortuary Drape, Rotting Christ, Samael, and Varathron, while portraying a vibe reminiscent of the more singular present-day black metal cult bands such as Negative Plane, Avichi, and Weapon."
Angelfukk Witchhammer had this to say about the conspiracy: “I am honoured to say that Profound Lore will release the full length follow-up to our 'The Principle Of Evil Becomes The Ideal Of The Promethean' EP. This work of sonic terrorism art will be titled 'Anti-Cosmic Tyranny' and in the vein of the EP, shall hail and push forth the awakened era of Esoteric Luciferion Draconis Supremacy. True Black Metal is a CRIME against humanity. WE WILL NEVER STOP….”
A.M.S.G. will enter the studio early 2013 to lay down the “Anti-Cosmic Tyranny” debut full-length. Look for a spring 2013 release date.
Charlotte, North Carolina occult rock band Bloody Hammers will release its debut album "Bloody Hammers" on November 23rd in Europe via Soulseller Records (February 3rd, 2013 in North America via Soulseller Records, distributed by RED).
Described as "an addictive album with a retro edge that appeals to both the Nick Cave and Black Sabbath sides of the brain," the album was recorded and produced by bassist / vocalist Anders Manga at NC's Greystone Studios. The following press released as also issued about the album:
"Named after the singularly atomic Roky Erickson & The Aliens song of the same name, Bloody Hammers play dark, hallucinatory heavy music that is as primitive and powerful as a dry stone wall and propelled by bassist Anders Manga's captivatingly haunting voice. Pre-orders for the limited edition CD and LP versions of the album will also begin on November 23rd at this location.
"Bloody Hammers' full length debut is an explosion of heavy sound and infectious melodies that has been called a psych / hard rock / horror fan's dream come true and is sure to find favor with music fans who can dig an array of dark sounds from Electric Wizard and Acid Bath to Alice Cooper and David Bowie to Joy Division and Bauhaus. The self-titled LP captures the band's strong display of dooming riffs, dashboard-pounding grooves and vocals that segue from angry wail to soaring croon while warning listeners of impending doom. Headed to a black mass love-in? Bloody Hammers' debut is for you!"
"This album is a heavy and melodic collection of evil songs, and I could not be happier with the result," says Manga. "Stylistically, I wanted to make a horror fueled hard rock album and this debut LP reflects that very sentiment and much more." More...
U.K. traditional metal vampires Stuka Squadron announced that the band has changed its name to Iron Knights. The official press release from Metalbox Recording reads as follows:
"Iron Knights is the new name for the band previously known as Stuka Squadron.
"The official band statement explaining the reasons for this change can be found here: www.stuka-squadron.com (website due to change).
"The new website is www.ironknightsband.com and will be live imminently.
"The release of the album ‘New Sound Of War’ will be postponed from the original release date of 19 November 2012 to 26 November 2012 and it will be an Iron Knights album.
"On behalf of Iron Knights, I would like to take this opportunity to apologize in advance for the confusion this change will cause – it has not been an easy decision. I would also like to thank everyone that has supported the band and continues to support them going forward." More...
The Amenta is proud to announce the release of “V01D/CHOKE HOLD” through Listenable Records. Combining the full 16 track digital release “V01D," with the title track and cover of Godflesh’s "Christbait Rising" from the “Chokehold” E. (released in 2012 on Itunes by Listenable Records), this is the first physical release of all these recordings.
Both were released as placeholders before the 2013 release of the new album by The Amenta, “Flesh is Heir,” and show two completely different sides of the band. Listenable comments:
"V01D is an epic, melodic hymn which is worlds away from the angular dissonance of previous The Amenta releases. It leaves your so-called black metal for dead. Choke Hold is a dirty, violent re-imagining of Godflesh’s sound circa Streetcleaner. The lyrics are a blues because repetition is the only way through your skull.
"V01D/CHOKE HOLD will be available exclusively from The Amenta on the upcoming European tour with Obituary, Macabre and Psycroptic as well as from the Listenable Records store here. This is an extremely limited pressing. The Amenta will release their new album on March 25th." More...
Blistering.com is now streaming the title track from the yet-to-be-released debut full-length album "I Blame You" from Texas crossover titans Birth A.D. The track, which is a display of crossover thrash in the vein of S.O.D. and D.R.I., is available for online consumption at this location, or below in the player. In early 2012, Birth A.D. entered Pyramid Sound with legendary producer Alex Perialas to lay down the tracks for "I Blame You." The band is seeking label support for the release.
Pure Grain Audio is now offering an exclusive free download on the song "The Mown Dawns Lie on the Ground" (featuring guest vocals from Masha Scream of Russian pagan metallers Arkona) from "CREEDamage," the forthcoming fifth album from Ukrainian ambient folk pagan metal outfit Munruthel. Visit this location to snag your free download. "CREEDamage" will be released on November 12th via Svarga Music.
The self-titled debut from Toronto-based blackened death metal four-piece Paroxsihzem is now available through Dark Descent Records. A promo video for the track "Vanya" is posted below. Formed in 2007, Paroxsihzem puts forth a harsh, dark, demented, and atmospheric form of black/death metal. The debut was mixed and mastered by V.K.
Sweden's HammerFall is streaming the new live track "Threshold," which was the title track for the band's 2006 release. The song appears on the upcoming 15th Anniversary DVD/2CD release "Gates of Dalhalla," which is scheduled for release on November 30, 2012. The DVD/2CD features the entire 15th Anniversary show held in Rättvik, Sweden on July 28, 2012 at the Dalhalla open-air venue. The show featured many guests from HammerFall's past and clocks in at 2 hours 15 minutes. A teaser for the release can be viewed at this location.
Check out "Threshold" here:
Italian progressive metal band Nhorizon is streaming the new song "Nightstalkers." The song appears on the band's EP of the same name, which is slated for digital release today (Halloween). The band features Ex-Eldritch keyboard player Fabrizio Muratori and Ex-Athena drummer Alessandro Brandi. The EP is the follow up to the 2009 debut "Skydancers," which was issued through My Kingdom Music.
For more information on where to purchase "Nightstalkers," head over to the band's official website. Check out "Nightstalkers" here:
Amaranthe posted the fifth in a series of in studio videos showcasing the band's recordings of the second album. The release is scheduled for a 2013 release through Spinefarm Records. In this installment, Elize Ryd sings and the band is in the photo studio.
Check out part five here: