Metal News for October 5, 2012
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Death metal pioneers Incantation have recorded an exclusive track for Decibel Magazine's Flexi Disc series, which is available only to subscribers. For their contribution to Decibel, Incantation founder John McEntee dug into his vault and pulled up the tune "Degeneration," off the self-titled 1989 demo from his pre-Incantation tech-thrash band, Revenant.
Incantation gave the song a proper reworking and the deathed-up, newly-recorded version of the song will appear inside the December 2012 issue of Decibel. Non-subscribers have until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10th to visit Decibel Magazine to sign up in time to receive the disc. Incantation is set to release the follow-up to 2006's "Primordial Decimation," a concept album entitled "Vanquish in Vengeance," this November on Listenable Records.
For A Life Once Lost, the five years between “Iron Gag” and “Ecstatic Trance” was a period of transition that drastically restructured the band. The lineup was cut down to vocalist Bob Meadows and guitarist/vocalist Douglas Sabolick, who forged ahead as a duo in the aftermath of these changes. Working on a new album took years, and after a few complete ones were scrapped, they hunkered down and got down a collection of songs that proved satisfactory for the two musicians.
A Life Once Lost has been a polarizing band ever since they got noticed back in 2003 with the excellent “A Great Artist,” and Meadows is proud of how they have always done their own thing without worrying about fan response. That looks like it will continue with “Ecstatic Trance,” judging on the mixed reactions the few songs that leaked so far have gotten. I got into a lively discussion with Meadows about this situation, what “Ecstatic Trance” represents to him as it relates to the band’s status, and his thoughts on the Internet’s influence on the music industry. More...
As Doomsday prepares to release a self-titled debut recording in early November, today the end-time quintet has set a track from the record loose into the general population. The record’s pummeling second track, “The Punishment,” is now playing via BrooklynVegan, who is also sponsoring the crew’s tour with Krieg and Wolvhammer set to embark late this month. Be trampled into submission by “The Punishment” right here.
Chicago-based Doomsday unites guitarist Jeff Wilson (Chrome Waves, Wolvhammer, ex-Nachtmystium), guitarist/vocalist Jon Necromancer (Bones, ex-Usurper, ex-Nachtmystium), drummer Zack Simmons (Goatwhore, ex-Nachtmystium), vocalist Zion Meagher (Anti-Human Thesis, ex-Forest Of Impaled, ex-Nachtmystium) and bassist Bob Fouts (The Gates of Slumber, Chrome Waves, Apostle Of Solitude). More...
Dave Suzuki, former guitarist for Vital Remains (1997-2009) and Ray McCaffrey (Sin Of Angels/Grief) have resurfaced with a new musical project callefd Churchburn. Dave comments, “Churchburn is very different from Vital Remains. Ray and I wanted to do something slow and heavy...just something pummeling to the listener.”
You can check out a song from the band titled "Kneel Upon Charred Remnants" in the player below. The following press release was also issued:
"Churchburn is the musical collaboration between two of the undergrounds masters of misery Dave Suzuki, best known for his mesmerizing guitar work and brutal drumming in Vital Remains and Ray McCaffrey, who carved out sonic drum patterns for Sin Of Angels and Grief. The two have set out to share with the world their love of the riff, not only the heaviest but also the most haunting. Each song is crafted with the most sinister of intent. Churchburn wants the listener to feel a true sense of dread as the song progresses. This is only the beginning..." More...
Finland's Project Silence has finished the mixing on new album "424" and is now moving onto the mastering phrase. Details on the release date will be announced as they are made available. The 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) More...
Colombian black metal band Dark Wisdom has announced new album "Blood Of Heroes" will be released this coming October 31st, 2012. You can find more info on Dark Wisdom via Facebook here, and the new album's track listing is as follows:
3. At the edge of the Abyss
4. Blood Of Heroes
6. The Whisper of the night
7. Discipline Of Fire
Oshiego has posted the song "Blade of the Conqueror" online, which can be heard through the player below and comes off the band's latest release "The Heretic Priests of Amon." The release features new drummer Fauzzt (ex-Impiety) and follows the "Woe To The Conquered" album. The following press release was issued about "The Heretic Priests of Amon:"
"This release consists of two epic tracks and a 'bonus track' with majestic guitar riffs, a series of tempo changes and technical extreme drumming accompanied by chugging subsonic bass and breakneck blast beat drumming syncopated to classic tremolo death metal riffs. The titular track is lyrically driven by evil practices of ancient Egyptian priests in the context of Islamic history. "
Umar Khan, song-writer and vocalist of Oshiego explains, "The priests of Amon were one of the most defiant groups of people who opposed the teachings of Prophet Moses. There's no better figure than that to represent such an extreme song. The dark orchestrations of these priests definitely suits the violent approach of the song." More...
Oslo-based Okkultokrati today pummel the public with another auditory raping from their pending second LP, "Snakereigns," nearing North American release on October 30th via hometown label Fysisk Format. Check out the album's closing track "Nothing Awaits" through Invisible Oranges right here.
BrooklynVegan previously posted the album’s opening aggressor “No Ouroboros,” which can be heard here or in the player below. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Building their anthems on straightforward punk beats with the filth of unholy black n’ roll running through their veins, Okkultokrati proudly let their influences from the masters of the genre bleed through, yet their spine-crushing anthems speak for themselves with unique guitar atmospheres and a mix of high/low-end riffage busting through the thunderous percussion and gnarled vocals. As part of the infamous Black Hole Crew scene, their local nihilistic brethren in Obliteration, Haust, Dark Times and a handful of other local henchmen remain their only comrades, purposely." More...
Italy's nihilistic black metal act Apolokia is returning with a new Satanic form of art with the release of the "Kathaarian Vortex" album. The following press release was issued about the album:
"The album represents a compendium mix of early first wave and second wave black metal with a 1992 black metal sound production, icecold and razor sharp guitar sound, inhuman cryptic and mystic vocals, ultrafast and violent drums everything overwhelmed by an outstanding, inhuman, evil geniality based on the original Apolokia trademark that is the true evolution of the pure black metal spirit, sound and attitude without any compromise in ideologies and musical expression.
"An exclusive album for the followers of the cult, for those who are nowadays disappointed by the ridiculous and politically correct music that the mass wrongly labels black metal. 'Kathaarian Vortex' is the proof that the pure black metal still exists, entirely composed by inhuman artists like Apolokia are."
"Kathaarian Vortex" will be released in CD/LP/tape format on February 11th, 2013. The track listing is:
2. Post Kristus Daemonolatry
3. In Figuram Baphometis
4. Order of the Nine
5. Malignant Asphyxiation
6. Kathaarian Vortex
7. Signum Satani
8. Coil of Nihilism
9. Pure Imperial Darkness MMXII More...
It has been over three years since Porcupine Tree released latest album "The Incident." Now, the band is proud to announce the impending release of "Octane Twisted," a double-disc live set recorded at The Rivera, in Chicago and Royal Albert Hall in London to be released in North America on November 20th via Kscope.
"Octane Twisted" consists of "The Incident" - the band's 10th studio album - live in its entirety recorded in Chicago. The second CD contains five classic Porcupine Tree tracks also recorded in Chicago, along with three highlights from the band's show at Royal Albert Hall.
Lamb of God has issued the following announcement about seeking photos of U.S. military members for an upcoming tour video:
"Lamb of God is looking to honor the brave men and women of our United States military by incorporating soldier’s names and faces into a video presentation during their upcoming U.S. tour.
"If you are in the military, or have a husband, wife, brother, sister, friend or family member who has served or is actively serving, and wish to be included in this video tribute, please take a moment to send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Please keep the photos under 2MB and include the soldier’s name, military branch, and a brief description of where the soldier is serving or has served. The band is asking for photos of soldiers killed in action, those actively serving, and those who have completed their service to our country.
"This presentation will be directed by Lamb of God lead guitarist Mark Morton and longtime Lamb of God videographer Doug Spangenberg, and will be seen by tens of thousands of people over the course of Lamb of God's upcoming U.S. tour. Please send your photos and information in as soon as possible if you would like for you or your loved one to be included in this tribute."
The band's upcoming tour date are: More...
Hot off a run on this summer's Uproar tour, Fozzy has released a music video for the single "Sandpaper." The video premiered exclusively on WWE.com this week, and the track has been named the theme song for the WWE's upcoming Hell In A Cell pay-per-view event, which will be held October 28th, 2012 at the Philips Arena in Atlanta.
The lead single from Fozzy's new release "Sin and Bones," "Sandpaper" features guest vocals by M. Shadows. Directed by Sean McEwen, the video is inspired by horror classic Evil Dead, with M. Shadows playing the role of Fozzy's evil puppet master. The music video for "Sandpaper" can be seen below. More...
After an extremely busy summer playing Download Festival, Brutal Assault, Hevy Festival and supporting Gojira overseas, The Safety Fire is excited to be joining Periphery and Between The Buried and Me for a month-long tour of Europe. In regards to the tour, guitarist Derya 'Dez' Nagle comments:
"It has been a while since we last toured Europe and the UK and quite frankly, we can't wait for it. Between the Buried and Me are one of our favourite bands and to share a stage with them every night for over a month is just awesome. Then to be reunited with our brüs in Periphery after our US stint with them will no doubt be a fun time for all. We shall see you at the shows, come by the merch stand and get involved in the jokes!"
The Safety Fire will be touring in support of debut album, "Grind The Ocean," which was released to critical acclaim at the beginning of April this year through InsideOut Music. Watch a new track by track video commentary for "Grind The Ocean" (featuring guitarist Dez and vocalist Sean McWeeney), through Metal Injection here or in the player below. More...
After nearly two years of nonstop live demolition, West Coast gore-torn death metal goliaths Exhumed recently entered the studio to record to the follow-up to 2011’s "All Guts, No Glory" full-length. The band is currently tracking drums at Trench Studio in Corona, California with John Haddad (Hirax, Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut). Everything else will be tracked at Arcane Digital Recording in Chandler, Arizona with Ryan Butler (Misery Index, Landmine Marathon, Phobia).
The as-yet-untitled long player is expected to offer up ten tracks of audio sickness including “Carrion Call,” “Sickened,” “The Rotting,”and “Coins Upon The Eyes,” and will be released via Relapse Records sometime next year.
Comments vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey of the new material: “We're super psyched to be back in the studio working on a new record. The songs we've worked up are a bit darker and more open this time around, but of course built on the same disgusting foundation we've been repulsing people with for years.
"It's a really natural progression from All Guts... and it's a lot of fun to work with the lineup that's done all the touring. It feels a lot more like a ‘real band’ situation this time around. There will be periodic studio reports on our blog if you want to stay abreast of all the excruciating details. We can't wait to get this thing ready to assault your ears!"
Exhumed 2012 features the smoldering lineup of 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 their live rituals on this year’s Summer Slaughter Tour. Further studio updates to be announced in the coming weeks. Upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Canadian one man black metal act Ov Hollowness has entered a recording studio in Edmonton to being the recording of new album “The World Ends." The album is scheduled for a release through Code666 at the beginning of 2013. The track listing is:
04. An End
06. The World Ends
07. Lost Resolve
09. End In View More...
Control Human Delete's upcoming sophomore album "The Prime Mover" will be the follow-up to debut full-length "Terminal World Perspective" from 2007. The band comments:
"The process of creation has been nerve-wrecking and destructive, but therefore also ended up being open minded and boundary breaking. These are the ingredients that are clearly
audible on 'The Prime Mover': it destroys, creates, controls, and reveals. With mutual trust and confidence from both sides, Control Human Delete and Code666 decided to work together again to release 'The Prime Mover'."
The track listing is:
1. New Replicators
3. Continuous Data, part 1
4. Continuous Data, part 2
6. Earth-like Behavior
7. Recurrence More...
Avantgarde Swiss metallers Blutmond have agreed to extend their deal with Aural Music for one more album, the upcoming “The Revolution is Dead!” which is scheduled for release in late November through Code666 Records. The band comments:
“Damn right, we’re back. We had some long and hard negotiations with the code-crew and finally decided to re-sign for our new badass output called 'The Revolution Is Dead!'
"And guess what, you’re not ready for this abomination of Swiss insanity! The real soundtrack for everything you’ve lost and everything you gonna miss.
"A roller coaster of mindfucked hate songs full of love and lots of lost dreams (but no coffee. Sorry). Free your mind and chose the wrong path. We’ll be waiting there.” More...
Greek act Phase Reverse has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist and bassist:
"Hey everybody! It's been awhile since our last update so let us first start by saying we hope everyone had a great summer! Our summer was a bumpy one but we are looking forward to a smoother ride after our somewhat chaotic last few months. We have some changes to announce that can only be said if bad things happen for good reasons then we hope this is the case.
"With a heavy heart we must inform everyone that Tas Ioannidis, vocals/bassist, has left the band for personal reasons. We fully support his departure and wish him all the best and much future success.
"This change came to us as a shock due to the sudden nature, during the recording of our second studio album. Sadly we had to cancel many shows that were booked, while we apologize to our friends and fans we hope you understand it was out of our hands.
"After holding many auditions we are proud to reveal two new additions to the band. Takis Mark is our new vocalist and Kostas Dragon-K is our new bassist. Takis and Kostas are both great musicians that are a perfect fit for Phase Reverse. During the auditions and subsequent rehearsals its as if we have all been playing together for years!
"We are now prepared and very excited to enter the studio to work on our second studio album. It is our outlook to release the album in 2013 with the blessings of Aural Music. We will be performing shows throughout the fall with the new line up so our Greek fans will have the opportunity to hear fresh new songs with the new line up before the album's release.
"See you all on the road…. Phase is with you all…."
Funeral For A Friend has announced the band will be releasing new album "Conduit" this coming January 28th, 2013. A new video for the first single "Best Friends And Hospital Beds" will also be released on October 10th.
Further details will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out a previously posted video for "Spinning Over The Island," taken from "Welcome Home Armageddon," in the player below. More...
Primal Fear has dropped a new video online for "Strike," which shows a recap of the "Unbreakable" (reviewed here) tour and festival appearances throughout 2012. You can watch the new video in the player below.
Canadian heavy metallers Cauldron have confirmed a headlining show in London, UK, ahead of the release of the band's new album, "Tomorrow's Lost," on October 8th. The gig is set to take place at the Barfly on November 28th, with tickets costing just £10 in advance. Cauldron will be supported at the show by U.K. heavy metal group Monument.
Cauldron vocalist/bassist Jason Decay comments: "With the new record coming out on Monday in the UK and Europe, we are fully pumped to announce that we will be rocking the shit out of the Barfly in London on November 28th. We didn't get a chance to go to the UK at all for the Burning Fortune tour, so we are very proud to announce that we will be hitting it first this time... Been too the fuck long! More gig news for the UK and Europe coming soon... Miss you to death!!!"
Cauldron guitarist Ian Chains adds: "We're pleased to announce that after a two-and-a-half year absence we're finally returning to the UK! It's been long overdue, but at least in our time away we've acquired two more albums worth of material to play for you English bangers. Can't wait to see our old (and new) buds and pound back some Newcastle (or whatev's on special)!"
See Cauldron on tour at the following shows: More...
German pagan metal act Adorned Brood has posted a new studio trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Kuningaz." The clip features the new song "Victory Or Valhall" and can be viewed below. "Kuningaz" is set for release on November 23rd, 2012.
Canada's Deformatory has issued the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Sam Nicholson:
"Sadly, these will be Sam's last 2 shows with us as our bass player. He has been an invaluable addition to the project and his contributions have been exceptional.
"We wish him the very best as he pursues University outside of Ottawa! Be sure to come out tonight and tomorrow to catch Sam in action - one last time - with us. STAY DEFORMED SAMANTHA!" More...
A handful of new metal tracks have made their way to Rock Band Network this week, including music from Benighted and Onslaught. These tracks are now available for the Xbox 360 edition to play this weekend:
Benighted – “Let the Blood Spill Between My Broken Teeth” (160 MSP)
Onslaught – “Godhead” (80 MSP)
The Minotaur Project – “Rampage of Kronos” (80 MSP)
Vangough – “Drained (2x Bass Pedal)” (80 MSP)
PS3 headbangers will instead get these songs on 10/9 in North America and 10/10 in Europe:
A Day to Remember - "Sticks & Bricks" ($1.99)
Bumblefoot - "Dash" ($1.99)
Ghost Brigade - "Clawmaster" ($0.99)
Ghost Brigade - "Into the Black Light" ($0.99)
Blizzard at Sea has posted a new song online titled "Accelerating Returns," which can be heard below. The track comes off the band's new album "Individuation," which is being funded through a Kickstarter campaign that only has 1 day left to be funded.
Italy's Calendula is now offering a free download of the song "Azathoth's Arrival." You can stream the song in the player below, or download the track over at the Moonlight Studios soundcloud page. "Azathoth's Arrival" comes off the "Aftermaths" album, which has the following track listing:
01. Waking (Prologue)
03. Azathoth's Arrival
05. You, The Living
08. Muori Italia
09. Heat The Deep
11. Waking (Epilogue More...
Prophecy Productions has issued the following announcement about upcoming Dornenreich "Mystic Places" 2013 tour dates:
"In spring 2013, Dornenreich will return to the stage – in a rather extraordinary setting: At specifically inspirited places, Dornenreich will continue what they began with their memorable performance at the crypt of the Monument to the Battle of the Nations in Leipzig at the 2007 edition of the Wave Gotik Treffen: haunting and highly emotional unplugged concerts.
"Long before the scheduled release of their eighth studio album, 'Freiheit,' Dornenreich will be presenting selections from this record, incorporating them in an extensive programm featuring tracks from all across their rich band history. With voice, guitar, violin, and percussion, Dornenreich succeed in creating an atmosphere that is unrivalled in its intensity, passion, and mystic appeal."
18.01.13 AT - Traun / Spinnerei
25.01.13 DE - Berlin / St. Bartholomäuskirche
26.01.13 DE - Leipzig / UT Connewitz
15.02.13 DE - Erfurt / Predigerkeller
16.02.13 DE - Dortmund / Pauluskirche (presented by PROPHECY, METAL HAMMER, ORKUS, ZILLO MEDIEVAL and ZILLO)
Marduk has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's upcoming tour dates with Melechesh:
"Due to unforeseen problems with logistics and planning, booking agency 'Massive Music' and Marduk have decided to postpone the Serpent Sermon North dates and will be rescheduling them Spring 2013!" More...
The new album "The Fire is Mine" from Florida power metal band Seven Kingdoms is streaming in its entirety over at GuitarWorld.com at this location. The album was produced by famed producer Jim Morris and will be released on October 9, 2012 via Nightmare Records.
The track list for "The Fire is Mine" is as follows:
1. Beyond The Wall
2. After The Fall
3. Forever Brave
4. Flame Of Olympus
5. Symphony Of Stars
6. The Fire Is Mine
8. Fragile Minds Collapse
9. In The Twisted Twilight
10. A Debt Paid In Steel
11. The King In The North
Check out the video for "After the Fall" over at this location
Swiss melodic power metal band Pertness posted a second trailer for the band's forthcoming third LP "Frozen Time." The album is expected for released in this Fall through Kathargo/Pure Steel Records. The album is the follow up to the 2010 release "From the Beginning to the End."
The first trailer can be viewed at this location.
Tom Zurbrügg (Guitars)
Tom Schluchter (Vocals/Guitars)
Chris Gutknecht (Drums)
Märs Bühler (Bass)
Check out the trailer clip here: More...
German thrash legends Destruction are streaming the new track "Cyanide." The song will appear on the band's new LP "Spiritual Genocide," which is scheduled for release on November 23, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will mark the band's 30th Anniversary.
The track list for "Spiritual Genocide" is as follows:
3. Spiritual Genocide
5. City of Doom
6. Legacy of the Past
7. To Dust You Will Decay
9. No Signs of Repentance
10. Riot Squad
11. Under Violent Sledge More...
German melodic metal band Powerworld will announce the band's new vocalist on Monday, October 8, 2012. The band's latest LP "Human Parasite" featured the late Andrew "Mac" McDermott (Threshold) who passed away last August.
A short video was posted by the band, which hints at some news about the new album. Check it out here:
Finnish melodic death metal band Gloria Morti posted a preview for the band's upcoming release "Lateral Constraint," the third studio effort. The album is set for release on November 2, 2012 via Cyclone Empire. The video contains samples and in studio footage with drummer Kauko Kuusisalo.
The track listing for "Lateral Restraint" is as follows:
1. Lex Parsimoniae
2. The First Act
3. Our God Is War
4. Aesthetics of Self-Hyperbole
5. Sleep, Kill, Regress, Follow
9. The Divine Is a Fraud
Check out the preview here: More...
Danish metal band Iron Fire posted a video update on the writing process for the band's follow up to "Voyage of the Damned" (See Metal Underground.com's review at this location). According to the band, the next album will also be conceptual and five songs have been written. The album will likely see release in 2014. The direction of the new material promises to be darker, harder, aggressive and faster.
Check out the video here:
Finnish act Wintersun posted the third album preview for the long awaited upcoming release of "Time I," the sophomore effort eight years in the making. This preview is a continuation of the previous, entitled "Licks & Tricks with Teemu" and showcases the bonus DVD that will accompany the album. "Time I" will be released October 19 in Europe and October 22nd in North America via Nuclear Blast Records.
Wintersun will perform its first North American tour this December with Eluveitie and Varg. For dates and venues, head on over to this location.
The entire "Licks & Tricks" series will be part of the DVD, which includes the following:
1. Land Of Snow And Sorrow (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
2. Darkness And Frost & Time (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
3. Sons Of Winter And Stars (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
4. Licks & Tricks Of TIME I With Each Band Member
5. Sons Of Winter And Stars – Project Demonstration (Interview at Jari´s Home Studio)
6. Photo Gallery (Live At Rehearsals, Helsinki)
Check out part three here: More...
Luca Turilli's Rhapsody announced that guitarist Dominique Leurquin suffered an injury to his left hand, which occurred when he was working with a circular saw at his home. The injury was serious enough to cause some to believe that the former Rhapsody of Fire guitarist would potentially lose his left hand. However, doctors were optimistic that Leurquin would regain the ability to play guitar, with most of the injury centering around his thumb. Luca Turilli stated that the planned European leg of the Cinematic World Tour will proceed without Leurquin, and his guitar parts will be present as backing tracks mixed to the right as if he was there.
The injury delayed the release of the "Fantasia Gotica" ballad, which was the song that wasn't ready for the band's "Ascending to Infinity" LP. The song was planned as a free download. However, the band will release a new music video for the song "Clash of the Titans" next week.
The full announcement reads as follows:
"Around two weeks ago the members of RHAPSODY lived one of the most dramatic moments of their career and they finally want to reveal to everybody the difficult moment they had to face because of what recently happened to their guitar player DOMINIQUE LEURQUIN.
" 'Some days ago my girlfriend Nadia received a phone call from Laurence, the wife of Dominique. I understood from Nadia’s tears that something terrible just happened…' says LUCA TURILLI. And adds: 'A river of blood and then the dramatic run to the hospital with Dominique almost dying for all the blood he shed. Three hours of surgery and the risk to lose the left hand definitely. I could simply not believe it…'
"Dominique injured himself with a circular saw while working at home. One wrong movement and the saw reached the center of his hand. After the complicated surgery and everyone around thinking it will be difficult for Dominique to play his beloved instrument once again, the doctors spent some more optimistic words to describe the situation, speaking about a long period of rehabilitation and some major problems eventually related to the thumb only. Therefore it seems there will be again the possibility for Dominique to play a guitar, and maybe sooner than what can be expected. What is needed is a lot of strength and mind power but everybody knows what represents the music for Dominique and so there is no doubt he will do miracles in this sense. More...
Slash is back into the animated video world, this time for his song “Bad Rain”, the latest single from his album ‘Apocalyptic Love.’ More...