Metal News for October 8, 2013
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28 news articles posted on this day.
Necrophobic has released a third track from the band's forthcoming album, "Womb of Lilithu." This new song, titled "Asmodee," is streaming in the player below, courtesy of Revolver Magazine.
"Womb of Lilithu" is slated for release via Season of Mist on October 29th in North America (October 25th worldwide). The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Womb of Lilithu
2. Splendour Nigri Solis
5. Black Night Raven
6. The Necromancer
7. Marquis Phenex
12. Opium Black
13. Infinite Infernalis
14. Amdusias More...
Vancouver's Anciients has added more dates for the band's forthcoming North American tour. The tour, which starts on October 9th with Tesseract in Vancouver BC, will run for two months and includes a second trek supporting Sepultura.
The first leg of the forthcoming tour sees the band play alongside Tesseract and Scale the Summit. Dubbed the "Altered State North America 2013" tour, this lineup will run through the U.S. and Canada and end on October 29th.
The second leg of the tour sees Anciients supporting Sepultura through eastern U.S. and Canadian major markets. A list of tour dates, including all the newly announced shows can be found below. More...
Sensory Records today delivers "The Point Of You," the debut full-length from Norwegian progressive quintet Withem.
Today you can check out the tracks "Point of View" and "Burned By Senses" in the player available below, or you can hear the entire album at Soundcloud here. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Point Of View
4. Burned By Senses
5. Mr. Miruz
6. Born To Live
7. The Paramount Of Lies
8. Driven By A Blessing
9. Why Me! More...
Blood Harvest has announced November 8th as the international release date for Necroven's "Descent Into The Cryptic Chasm" 7" EP. The label comments:
"The sole work of Jonathan Reina, Necroven was formed in Spain during the summer of 2011. Created with the desire to play the most putrid and heaviest death metal, influenced by the most wicked sounds and without regrets, Necroven lives to spread terror and pestilence through his music.
"Thus far, Necroven has released two demo tapes - Perpetual Scorn and Hidden Blasphemies, both in 2011 - and a full-length entitled Worship Of Humiliation, in 2012, all building a sick 'n' solid reputation for Reina in the international underground. Now, Necroven continues that onward 'n' downward onslaught with the brand-new Descent Into The Cryptic Chasm 7".
"Featuring two new songs exclusive to this EP, Descent Into The Cryptic Chasm sounds very much like its title: twisting and throbbing, forever churning and always grinding, seemingly from the darkest depths, Classic Death Metal Sickness by the very definition."
The track listing is:
1. Descent Into The Cryptic Chasm
2. Weapons of Degration
Each week we check in with musicians to get their favorite stories from live shows. This week vocalist/guitarist Cregg Rondell of Boy Hits Car shares a tale of holding up a pit pileup from the bottom at a Nuclear Assault performance. Check out Cregg's story below:
1989, the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium: while slamming during a Nuclear Assault set, I felt a body go down behind me, and fall on my right foot. As the rest of the pit piled up and on top of the person who went down, my leg got wedged between the floor and the quickly accumulating body's falling on top of the poor dude who initially fell. I began to panic, feeling that if I go down I'll be at the bottom of this mass of sweaty, hairy, heshers. So I quickly grabbed my leg just above the knee, and with all my will pulled myself loose. As I moved away, and back into the hectic circle, I felt and heard the whole pile up slam to the floor, as I was inadvertently holding the whole thing up...
"Nykta" is set for international release on October 31st through Hells Headbangers on CD and LP formats. The track listing is as follows:
1. Ancient Arcane Scrolls
3. Under Scythian Command
4. In the Arms of Hades
5. Breath of Pestilence
7. The Small
8. Pharos (i - Dreamer Lost, ii – The Great Dark, iii – Alone, iv - Jewels in the Dust)
9. Out of the Cage - (3:33 for Drumset and Mechanical Reproduction)
Royal Hunt posted the third video in a studio diary series chronicling the band's recording of "A Life to Die For," the new studio release via Frontiers Records on November 29th (EU) and December 3rd (North America). The video features the guitar recordings of Jonas Larsen.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Hell Comes Down From Heaven
2. A Bullet's Tale
3. Running Out of Tears
3. On Minute Left to Live
4. Sign Of Yesterday
5. Won't Trust, Won't Fear, Won't Beg
6. A Life to Die For
Check out the video here: More...
Queensryche premiered the new music video for the track "Redemption" over at Prog Magazine's website at this location (also shown in the player below). The song appears on the latest self-titled release out now on Century Media Records (see review here).
The video features scenes from vocalist Todd La Torre’s first shows with the band and the initial recording sessions. Check it out here:
California thrashers Warbringer posted a short preview clip of the upcoming new album "IV: Empires Collapse." The album is set for release on October 25th (Germany), October 28th (EU) and October 29th (USA) via Century Media Records.
2. The Turning of the Gears
3. One Dimension
4. Hunter-Seeker (streaming here)
5. Black Sun, Black Moon
6. Scars Remain
7. Dying Light
8. Iron City
10. Off with Their Heads!
11. Towers of the Serpent
Check out the preview clip here: More...
San Diego's Benedictum - lead by frontwoman Veronica Freeman - has announced the impending release of the band's fourth album "Obey." The album is out on November 29th (EU) and December 3rd (North America) via Frontiers Records.
The press release reads as follows: "Heavy Metal gets a needed shot in the arm with the long awaited and much anticipated new album from Benedictum "Obey" due out for release on Frontiers Records on November 29th in Europe and December 3rd in North America . With a sound that nods to the legends of metal such as early Rainbow, the stylings of Savatage, Warrior, Rough Cutt, and Pyschotic Waltz along with shades of Black Sabbath; Benedictum unleashes OBEY that will surely bring pleasure to the Gods of Heavy Metal and their legions of fans around the world!
"Led by the sultry and powerful vocal gymnastics of lead singer Veronica Freeman whose voice has been praised on the television show That Metal Show on VH1 among others; Benedictum displays a plethora of aggressive riffs, fierce rhythms, and powerful melodies full of delicate textures that grow spikes with shredding leads to converge at the crossroads of tradition and innovation.
"The rise of Benedictum began when the band caught the ear and attention of DIO guitarist Craig Goldy who in turn had his friend Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, Foreigner) check them out. With the groups raw power and pure potential just beginning to surface, Pilson then produced and recorded Benedictum’s debut album 'Uncreation' in 2005. The band garnered rave reviews and won over enthusiastic fist-pumping fans rapidly. Their second album ‘Seasons of Tragedy' released in 2008 to more undeniable metal love from around the world. All of this led to Benedictum being signed to a contract with Frontiers Records and further upping the ante in the studio. The band and Grammy Award winning producer Ryan Greene (Megadeth, F5, NOFX) joined forces for 2011’s ‘Dominion’ and Benedictum had arrived. The band jumped onto the world stage playing such events as Wacken Open Air Festival, Doro’s Warrior Soul Tour, HeadBangers Open Air and more. The CD was also a pick of the week by Don Jamison on That Metal Show. More...
Kataklysm's new album "Waiting for the End to Come" will be released on Oct. 25th (EU), Oct. 28th (UK), and October 29th, 2013 (NA) via Nuclear Blast.
Today the band has released the first in a series of track-by-track breakdowns for the album, which can be viewed below.
The full album's track listing is as follows:
02. If I Was God - I’d Burn It All
03. Like Animals
04. Kill The Elite
05. Under Lawless Skies
06. Dead & Buried
07. The Darkest Days of Slumber
08. Real Blood - Real Scars
09. The Promise
10. Empire Of Dirt
12. The American Way (Sacred Reich cover) More...
You can now stream the full new Castevet album "Obsian" in its entirety in the player below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.
"Obsian" is available to order via the Profound Lore website, with the album officially due out October 15th, 2013.
Norwegian death metal act No Dawn has just released the song “Terror Divine” as a lyric video and an introduction for upcoming album “Dark Aura.” Check it out below. "Dark Aura" is due out at the beginning of 2014 via Wormholedeath/Aural Music.
Sweden's Blood Of Serpents has checked in with the following statement about inking a record deal:
"We are proud to announce that we have signed a deal with Eternal Sound Records for the release of our full-length debut album in 2014.
"We have been working hard for a long time with the songs that will end up on this album, and we are very excited about the direction the band is taking.
"The new songs sound and feel the way we always wanted the band to be like ,and the previous EP was the path to make that happen. We can honestly say that we have never sounded better, faster, heavier, and darker, and we can't wait for you the hear it!
"Check back for more info and updates on the release, as we very soon enter the studio for the beginning of production."
Ithilien has checked in with the following announcement about signing a new record deal:
"We are really proud to announce that Ithilien has signed a record contract with the Danish label Mighty Music and a distribution contract with Target Distribution!
"It is with a lot of excitement that we look forward to this cooperation! The release of our new album 'From Ashes to the Frozen land' is also planned for the 9th of December 2013. And we know you're gonna love it!
"In the meanwhile, we are working on some new stage equipment, a new show, 2014 tour dates and so much more stuff to make you even more enjoy our gigs.
"While waiting, check out our album preview below. Stay tuned and see you soon!" More...
Wisconsin's Death Sentence has issued the following brief announcement about deciding to call it quits and performing a final show:
"So this is official. November 1st, in Kenosha, WI will be our last show. We're doing another band with some friends and we'll be around so don't get too sad. But yeah, if you care come on out and party one last time." More...
U.K. technical death metal act Man Must Die released a music video for the new track "Antisocial Network." The song appears is featured on the new album "Peace Was Never An Option," the band's fourth LP, which drops via Lifeforce Records on October 28th (EU) and November 12th (North America).
The track list for the album is:
2. Hiding in Plain Sight
4. The Hell I Fear
6. Absence Makes the Hate Grow Stronger
8. The Price You Pay
9. Antisocial Network
10. Abuser Friendly
11. On the Verge of Collapse (streaming here12. The Day I Died
Check out the video here: More...
Idaho's The Khind has posted the following message online about parting ways with the band's vocalist Mandi Golla:
"The Khind will be moving forward without Mandi on vocals. We wish her the best and hope she finds what she's looking for on her journey.
"The Khind are moving full speed forward into the future while also bringing it back to it's roots. Nathan and Brian are excited to be doing vocals once again! We are hitting the studio to get the new vocals on the upcoming album (We will be adding bonus songs to make a huge album even bigger too!).
"Thanks to the fans who have supported us through all the years. Been at it since 1996, nothing will stop us! Bringing the brutality back strong!"
Korn reunited with former member Brian "Head" Welch for the release of new album "The Paradigm Shift," which is available now.
While away from Korn, Head started his own project titled Love And Death, which is now in limbo after the reunion.
Head recently conducted an interview with Artisan News Service about being in the two bands. Check it out below.
German melodic metal band Mooncry recently completed work on a new album, and three brief studio video reports are available online. Check them out in the YouTube playlist below. Further details on the album are forthcoming. Mooncry consists of:
Sali Hasan - Vocals
Berthold Miller - Guitars
Enno Hahn - Keys
Peter Zimre - Drums
Alex Schwenk - Bass
Doom metallers Exorcism - featuring Raven Lord members Csaba Zvekan (vocals) and Joe Stump (guitars) - has signed a worldwide record deal with Golden Core Records/ZYX Music for the release of the yet untitled debut album. The multinational band is currently recording at TMS Studios in Spain and the release is targeted for Spring 2014.
"Exorcism is today’s answer for heavy metal and sets clearly another milestone in music history. The music is doomy and lush while it flows lava like down your spine. With dark themed lyrics and melodies that could haunt you for life. A careful selection of the most finest songs have been recorded for their very first debut album."
Vocalist Csaba Zvekan commented: "Were totally excited having found the right home with GOLDEN CORE and are looking forward to unleash these track very soon. Expect to hear more about the upcoming album, the release dates and future worldwide touring plans later this year."
Csaba Zvekan (Raven Lord) – Vocals
Joe Stump (Raven Lord/HolyHell) – Guitars
Lucio Manca (Dominici) – Bass
Garry King (Achillea/Joe Lynn Turner) – Drums More...
After the release of Metal Blade debut "Hated" in 2011 and a good number of European tours, Swedish punk 'n metal outfit Sister will finally release a brand new single this coming October 25th, right in time for the band's European run with Wednesday 13.
"Sick" is the first single from the upcoming new album, which is scheduled for release in early 2014 and will be available digitally and also on 7” vinyl in different colors. Besides the brand new title track on side A, the B-side features the Roky Erickson cover "Two Headed Dog."
Comments Sister: “This is the first single of our second album which will be released on Metal Blade in 2014. Sick really sums up where Sister are at the moment, with a heavier sound than ever this single comes bursting with energy and raw power!”
See Sister on tour with Wednesday 13: More...
French act Necroblaspheme is currently holed up at Studio Sainte-Marthe in Paris recording an upcoming new album. The band has now released drum recording footage footage from the studio session, which can be viewed below.
Beyond Visions recently released a new music video for the track "Everything Needs To Change," which comes off the "Your Face Is Familiar" album.
Now the band has posted a making-of clip showcasing the creation of the "Your Face Is Familiar" album. Check it out below.
Slavior - the progressive metal act featuring Ex-Fates Warning drummer Mark Zonder (Warlord) and live Warlord bassist Philip Bynoe - posted a preview clip for the upcoming sophomore LP "The No Record Deal...Deal." The album is expected soon via iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. The album is the first release since the self-titled debut was released via InsideOut Music in 2007.
More information is expected soon. Check out the clip here:
Progressive metal act Ayreon, the brainchild of master musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen, posted a preview clip for the upcoming release "The Theory of Everything." The album drops on October 28th (EU) and October 28th (USA) via InsideOut Music.
The album has a plethora of guest appearances including: Keith Emerson, JB Christoffersson, Marco Hietala, Rick Wakeman, Cristina Scabbia, Jordan Rudess, Mike Mills, Steve Hackett, John Wetton, Sara Squadrani, and Tommy Karevik.
The track listing is:
1. Phase I: Singularity (23:29 )
2. Phase II: Symmetry (21:31)
1. Phase III: Entanglement (22:34)
2. Phase IV: Unification (22:20)
Check out the preview clip: More...
Italian symphonic power metal act Rhapsody Of Fire has posted a preview clip for the upcoming new album "Dark Wings of Steel." The album is set for release on November 22nd (EU), December 3rd (USA) and December 25th (Japan) via AFM Records. Check out Metal Underground.com's review of the release over here.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Vis Divina
2. Rising From Tragic Flames
3. Angel Of Light
4. Tears Of Pain
5. Fly To Crystal Skies
6. My Sacrifice
7. Silver Lake Of Tears
8. Custode Di Pace
9. A Tale Of Magic
10. Dark Wings Of Steel
11. Sad Mystic Moon
Bonus track on Digipak & Vinyl:
12. A Candle To Light (extended version)
Check out the trailer here: More...
"Possession," the brand new studio album of Polish metal act Crystal Viper, will be released on Friday, December 13, 2013, via AFM Records, as a CD, limited edition LP and digital download. the front cover artwork - created by Polish artist of RPG and board games, Michal Oracz - can be seen below. The cover includes many details of the album's story, once again a conceptual release like "Crimen Excepta" (see review here).
With "Possession" (which was produced again by Bart Gabriel, husband of vocalist/guitarist Marta Gabriel) - the band decided to cross the borders of traditional heavy Mmtal, and while the fast and melodic songs bring references to such classic bands as Judas Priest, Black Sabbath with Ronnie James Dio or Jag Panzer, the epic and dark parts bring comparisons to acts such as Candlemass, Mercyful Fate and even Bathory.
The band again invited members of other bands to sing guest parts on new album: the song "Fight Evil With Evil" features Harry Conklin (Jag Panzer, Titan Force, Satan's Host), "Julia Is Possessed" feature the growls of Sataniac (Desaster). One song contains the "screams" of 50 fans of the band, who were invited via the band's official Facebook page. Crystal Viper is also known from one more tradition: recording cover songs of their favorite artists. The limited vinyl LP version of "Possession" will include hidden surprise track and the regular CD version will include cover version of the Riot classic "Thundersteel." More...