Metal News for October 9, 2013
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The Southern California quartet Exmortus has signed a worldwide contract with Prosthetic Records.
The group’s full-length Prosthetic debut and third album overall will be released in February of 2014, when Exmoruts will tour North America with Dark Tranquillity and Omnium Gatherum.
Prior to that, Exmortus will team with San Francisco thrashers Hatchet for the “Death Upon The West” tour, which kicks off in Fullerton, California on November 2nd. A complete list of the band’s upcoming tour dates can be found below.
“We’re very excited and proud to announce our signing with Prosthetic Records,” the band says in a statement. “The staff there is great and very enthusiastic. They’ve signed so many great bands over the years and continue to do so, some in which have even given us some influence. Being fans of the label and their artists, it just feels like a perfect fit. We can’t for wait Prosthetic to put this next record out!” More...
The Christian metal pioneers in Living Sacrifice are excited to announce the release of their 8th studio album, "Ghost Thief," due out November 12th on longtime label Solid State Records.
The album marks the Little Rock, Arkansas band’s first since returning from a multi-year hiatus with 2010’s "The Infinite Order."
“‘Ghost Thief’ is a reference to the personification of Death,” guitarist/vocalist Bruce Fitzhugh explains. “Depending on the circumstance, death can be greeted as an enemy or a friend. We have a few songs that deal with the suddenness and finality of death. ‘Ghost Thief’ and ‘Sudden’ both are inspired by people who died suddenly and unexpectedly. Friends of ours or family members that we were close to.”
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Screwtape (featuring Ryan Clark)
2. Ghost Thief
3. The Reaping
4. Straw Man
7. American Made
9. Your War
10. Despair (featuring Dave Peters)
The Greek symphonic death metal act Septicflesh has entered Devasoundz Studios in Athens to record 10 songs that will appear on a new, as-yet-untitled full-length album, the follow-up to 2011 release “The Great Mass” (reviewed here).
This time around, the band will record with producer and former Machine Head guitarist Logan Mader (Cavalera Conspiracy, Fear Factory, Gojira) while once again collaborating with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition, the group will also utilize full regular and children’s choirs on the new album.
The band’s new album is scheduled to be released in North America via Prosthetic Records in early 2014.
"Das Seelenbrechen" (reviewed here) is due out October 22nd, 2013, and the track listing is as follows:
5. Tacit 2
9. Sub Alter
11. Entropie (Bonus Track)
12. Hel (Bonus Track)
New Jersey's Cognitive has posted the following message online about splitting with the band's record label:
"So, we want this news to be out there. WE ARE FREE AGENTS NOW!!! We have parted ways with Torture Music Records, and our looking for a new place to call home.
"Anybody that knows any body, anybody that may be interested, hit us up. We are not slowing down anytime soon, and are almost done writing our full length album! We just need somebody to put this beast out!!!"
Belgian power metal act Iron Mask is streaming the new track "Like A Lion In A Cage." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Fifth Son of Winterdoom," which drops on November 8th via AFM Records.
The album's track list is:
1. Back Into Mystery
2. Like A Lion In A Cage
3. Only One Commandment
4. Seven Samurai
5. Fifth Son of Winterdoom
6. Angel Eyes, Demon Soul
7. Rock Religion
8. Father Farewell
9. Eagle Of Fire
10. Reconquista 1492
11. Run To Me
12. The Picture Of Dorian Grey
Check out "Like A Lion In A Cage" here: More...
Metal Blade Records will be releasing another album in association Cyclone Empire Records next month.
This time around, North American fans are being treated to the new album from Sweden's Demonical. "Darkness Unbound," already out in Europe, will see the light of day on November 12th in North America.
"Darkness Unbound" was recorded at Necromorbus Studios in Alvik, Sweden between February and May 2013. The album was mixed and mastered at Wing Studios in Stockholm by Sverker Widgren.
Catch the band live with Daemonicus and Groteskh: More...
Rivers of Nihil's debut album, "The Conscious Seed of Light," will be released on October 15th in North America.
Fans may have already heard "Rain Eater," "Soil & Seed," and "Mechanical Trees," but now the band has unveiled a full album stream. Check it out in the player below or over at the band's Metal Blade page here. The album will be streaming until next Monday. More...
Revolver Magazine is currently hosting a lyric video for In This Moment's track "Whore," which can be found below.
The band also comments on the track: “The message behind this song is taking back control. It is about taking the power from a disgusting and degrading word and turning it back around on the accuser. It’s about self empowerment, love, and liberation."
Pennsylvania's Born Again, which features ex-members of Stargazer and Disigma, has released a new single online titled "Miseries."
The track was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Werleybird Studios by Dylan and Shaun Werle, with artwork done by Celaknah Designs. Check out the song below.
Death metal pioneers Gorguts have announced a new North American headlining tour in December.
The trek, which begins on December 11th in Burlington VT, will travel through the United States and Canada before ending on December 21st in Brooklyn, NYC. The tour sees Gorguts supported by Origin and Nero Di Marte. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Gorguts is touring in support of new album "Colored Sands." Check out our interview with the band about the new release right here.
12/11 Burlington, VT @ Nectar's
12/12 Hartford, CT @ Webster Underground
12/13 Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Theater
12/14 Columbus, OH @Alrosa Villa
12/15 Chicago, IL @ Cobra Lounge
12/17 Toronto, ON @ Wreck Room
12/18 Ottawa, ON @ Mavericks
12/19 Quebec City, QC @ Cégep de Limoilou
12/20 Montreal, QC @ La Tulipe
12/21 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus More...
MetalSucks presents the premiere of new Netherlands song, "Robot Fail," which comes off the Brooklyn band's upcoming second album, "Silicon Vapor." Check out the track below.
"Silicon Vapor" was recorded by John Davis (Moby, The Roots), mixed by Bryce Goggin (Swans, Pavement), and mastered by Ron Shaffer (Tricky). The band self-releases the album October 29th in three formats: digital, CD, and a limited pressing of double LPs.
Century Media Records has issued the following announcement about upcoming reissues from Massacra:
"We'll kick off a series of reissues by French death/thrash legend Massacra by releasing the first-ever official demo compilation covering the band’s 80’s demos, 'Day Of The Massacra,' on November 4, 2013 in Europe!
"As a sonic glimpse of what to expect of this bestial release, the song 'Apocalyptic Warriors (Chapter Final)' from the 1989 'Nearer From Death' demo can be heard below! Pre-order "Day Of The Massacra' at CM Distro Europe." More...
With the release of their new record "We’re All Gonna Die" coming closer, New York City thrashers Generation Kill now take an insight look on the creation process.
Join vocalist Rob Dukes (Exodus) and bassist Rob Moschetti (ex-Pro-Pain, M.O.D.) below on this first trailer diving into their old school approach on songwriting, which evolved into a pre-production phase and eventually turned out to become the making of "We’re All Gonna Die."
This coming studio album will be out on November 15th (EU), November 18th (UK) and November 26th (US) via Nuclear Blast. The track listing is as follows:
1. Born To Serve
2. Prophets Of War
3. Self Destruction
4. Friendly Fire
5. Carny Love
7. There Is No Hope
8. We're All Gonna Die More...
Hell is now streaming a new single from the band's upcoming record "Curse And Chapter," entitled "The Age Of Nefarious." Enjoy the stream on the bands Facebook profile here.
"The Age Of Nefarious" will be released October 25th, 2013. Coming as a 10” vinyl in several colored versions, it will include the single track plus three live songs recorded at the Bloodstock Festival, 2013.
The band's current incarnation with Andy Sneap (guitar) and David Bower (vocals) joining original members Kev Bower (guitar and keys), Tony Speakman (bass) and Tim Bowler (drums) will release "Curse and Chapter" on November 22nd 2013 via Nuclear Blast.
Commented guitarist Kev Bower: "In a world dominated by conflict, disease, corruption, poverty, disaster and crime - much of which has religion at its source - this is truly the dawning of 'The Age Of Nefarious'. The song was always going to be the perfect opener for the new Curse And Chapter album since it lays the foundation for everything which follows, but when we were approached by our friends at Nuclear Blast with the idea of producing a lead-off EP, we also decided that out of four possible EP album track candidates - this song should also be the one.
"It represents everything which Hell represents - it powers along in awe-inspiring majesty, but takes lots of unexpected twists and turns before reaching its inevitable conclusion. The artwork is once again the result of our collaboration with Dan Goldsworthy, and it shows just a tiny fraction of the artwork he has created for Curse And Chapter. With regard to the additional live tracks - where better to have recorded these than from the main stage at Bloodstock Open Air 2013 - the spiritual home of UK metal, during one of the best shows we have ever played, and in front of 10,000 of the most dedicated metal heads in the world. We are proud to be giving you a glimpse into the second Chapter......" More...
Decibel Magazine today presents the premiere of Meek Is Murder's video for "In the Ground," a song off the Brooklyn trio's second full-length, "Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters." Check out the video below.
Produced by Kurt Ballou (Converge, Nails) and mastered by Alan Douches (Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan), "Everything Is Awesome Nothing Matters" will be released October 22nd on vinyl via Threshold of Pain Records and digitally via the band.
Disinterred British extreme metal legends Carcass have just confirmed more dates for their upcoming European tour together with label mates Hell and the Swedish death metal institution Amon Amarth.
Carcass will be performing in support of new album "Surgical Steel" (reviewed here). Details for the trek are as follows:
07.11. D Oberhausen – Turbinen Halle
08.11. NL Tilburg – O13
09.11. D Osnabrück – Hyde Park
10.11. B Brussels – AB Hall
12.11. UK Birmingham - Academy
13.11. UK Manchester - Academy
14.11. UK Glasgow - Barrowlands
15.11. UK Bristol - Academy
17.11. UK London - Forum
18.11. F Paris – Olympia
19.11. D Ludwigsburg – Arena
20.11. D Wiesbaden – Schlachthof
22.11. CH Zürich – Komplex
23.11. D München – Kesselhaus
24.11. I Trezzo Sull'Adda (Milano) – Live Club
27.11. D Berlin – Columbiahalle
28.11. D Leipzig – Haus Auensee
29.11. D Hamburg – Docks
01.12. N Oslo - Rockerfeller
03.12. S Gothenburg - Tradgarden
04.12. DK Copenhagen - Vega
06.12. S Malmö - Kulturbolaget
07.12. S Stockholm - Arenan
09.12. FIN Helsinki - Cable Factory
The "Too Hood For Our Own Good" tour featuring The Ongoing Concept (Solid State Records) and Fallstar (Facedown Records) is hitting the west coast this November.
Both boasting powerhouse records from this year, The Ongoing Concept will be showcasing tracks from "Saloon" while Fallstar will continue to expose the world to Facedown debut "Backdraft." Details are available in the tour poster below. More...
Chicago heavy metal band Relentless has set November 10th as the release date for debut full-length album "Souls of Charon."
"Souls of Charon" was recorded, mixed, and mastered during the months of March, April, and September at Arcane Audio in Illinois and will be released on the Chicago based label Do Or Die Records.
Pre-orders for the album are available at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Trapped Underground 5:56
2. Better off Dead 5:35
3. United By Darkness 4:44
4. Final Wishes 4:21
5. Forever Damned 8:47
6. Souls of Charon 6:46 More...
Danish melodic metal act Forcentury has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"We have some sad news for you. Due to personal reasons, Kristian 'Iver' Iversen has chosen to leave Forcentury. While not going into details about the reasons, we will just say that the decision is Iver's and the rest of the band respects his decision.
"Iver has been a part of the brotherhood the past 4 years. He joined with much dedication and eagerness when Vanguard was ready from the press. The rest of the band would like to thank Iver for his energetic passion when playing live, his solid bass foundation on Revelant, and not least, for his always good mood and mellow personality. We wish Iver all the best in the future, musically and personally!
"Forcentury has started writing new material for our 3rd album, and we are happy to say that the songs are taking shape and we are really enjoying jamming them and developing them. We will therefore take the time it takes to find a new bass guitarist without rushing things. If you feel that you have what it takes to be our new brother on bass, do not hesitate to contact us."
The new Suicidal Angels album “Divide and Conquer“ will be released on January 10th, 2014 (January 14th in North America).
Singer Nick recalls: “We recorded again in the Music Factory and Prophecy Studios and the mix and master this time was done by Fredrik Nordstrom at Fredman Studios. We didn’t know what to expect for the final result, but what we got is killer. He managed to combine the old school feeling of our music with an up to date production of 2013, absolutely massive!”
The cover artwork has been handled by Ed Repka (Megadeth, Death, Municipal Waste) and can be viewed below. The band comments: “If you notice, in the pit, it's not people fighting, it's zombies. Also the crowd isn't human, they are zombies. They are the souls of people who have no human feelings anymore. They represent the ugliness and the inhumanity of the humans. Thus, turned into something else, they are easier to be conquered and manipulated.” More...
Zodiac has released a music video for the track "Downtown." The clip was directed by Hans Fischer and Loift Films and can be viewed below (apologies to our European viewers, the clip was not made available in your region. European fans can instead watch the video at this location).
"Downtown" comes off the album "A Hiding Place," due out October 29th via Prosthetic Records in North America. More...
After splitting with the band's vocalist in the middle of a tour and then abruptly cancelling the remaining dates despite finding a replacement, White Wizzard has now also split with record label Earache. The band posted this message online via Facebook:
"Excited to announce that we will be going independent and we have mutually parted company with Earache records. We wish them the best.
"This has been a decision made before the tour over the past couple of months. I appreciate the initial interest in White Wizzard and hope other bands that are with them do well. I am currently in the process of forming my own record label which shall be called White Wizzard records. I plan to form a couple of other projects next year.
"The guys in the band will now have an actual vested interest in making some $ from album sales and our merchandise which is fantastic. I will be releasing a blog soon with some advice on record labels and how I think most bands should avoid that road and the pros and cons. One silver lining is we have had some great singers come forward with interest and I think we should be announcing someone within a few days, and I wrote a song I am excited about yesterday and am about to get on a writing tear I believe.
"While guys that have been fired by me that have an agenda will continue to spew nonsense and lies trying to stir the pot and hurt the band, I will continue to write songs and put out music. We will not keep the shit flying back and forth. We will just wish them well and get on with it. I know the music is what counts and it is why I got into this, not for the dumb shit. The fans do not want to hear the crap, they want to hear good songs.
"In the end the truth is on our side and our intentions are nothing more than to make great music. Here is to a positive outlook in the coming months."
Texas outfit Cruxiter will be releasing a self-titled album this coming October 31st, 2013. The band has now released a teaser featuring songs from the album, which can be heard below or over at Bandcamp here.
Inverse Records and Creinium have signed a new record deal. Creinium's upcoming EP titled "Project Utopia" will be released early next year, with more details forthcoming.
In the mean time, you can check out the latest band activity at the Creinium website here. Creinium is:
Antti Myllynen - Keyboards
Aleksi Holma - Drums
Tone Nyström - Guitars
Mikko Asplund - Guitars
Sami Haimilahti - Vocals
Miiro Varjus - Bass More...
Freya has teamed up with Terrorizer.com to premiere a new track from the "Paragon of the Crucible" album.
Check out the new songs "Colossus" in the player below, and the Brendon Flynn created artwork can be seen after the jump. "Paragon of the Crucible" sees release this coming November 5th, 2013.
Italian dark/gothic metal act Dismal announced the impending release of its fourth full length album, entitled "Giostra Di Vapore" - the band's first album in seven years - on December 9, 2013 via Aural Music/Dreamcell11. The album will be available as a CD and digital download.
"Giostra di vapore" represents a new gothic fairy tale. "A band’s maturation leading to an evolution of the style introducing Victorian steampunk atmospheres. Music which produced the mind’s theater between times of waltz and tango. The musical structure, as in Gothic architecture, plays on thin emotional balances between electronics and orchestrations. An introspective concept which blends the present, the ancient and the future."
Composer/keyboardist Bradac commented on the album: “The new album will be the natural evolution of 'Miele Dal Salice.' We recorded more than 50 minutes of dark emotional music, mixing classical passages and electronic sounds, with our usual eerie atmosphere. The Lyrical Concept is based on the 'waltz of the mind' mixing Philosophy with Alchemy and Social Psychology."
The track listing for the album is::
1. The Four Vibrations
2. Giostra Di Vapore
3. ll Ballo Degli Obesi
4. Microcosm & Macrocosm
7. Mélisse (Part II)
8. One Step In The Dark More...
German modern folk act Saltatio Mortis posted a new music video for the track "Früher War Alles Besser." The track appears on the band's latest release "Das Schwarze Einmaleins," which is available now through Napalm Records.
Check it out here:
Australian traditional metal act Elm Street posted a drum playthrough video, which features Tomislav Perkovic performing the track "Heavy Metal Power," which appears on the 2011 debut LP "Barbed Wire Soul." The album is available via StormSpell Records.
Elm Street will provide support for Warbringer and Iced Earth on the upcoming European leg of the "Plagues of the World" tour beginning in January. For more information, head on over to this location.
Check out the video here:
German melodic metal band Jaded Heart posted a live clip from the band's new live CD/DVD release "Live in Cologne." The clip is the band's performance of the track "Life Is Beautiful" from the 2012 release "Common Destiny."
"Live in Cologne" was recorded in Essigfabrik, Cologne on Oct. 18th 2012. It was filmed by Tim Aßmann, Jörg Tochtenhagen, Ivan Komuczki, Sebastian Burow, Alexandra Ahlborn and Jörg Scheuer. Editing with post production by Ivan Komuczki and Jörg Tochtenhagen The audio recording was by Marco Blum with mix and mastering work by Jan Vacik & Mario Lochert of Dreamsound Studios, Munich.
The live release is available now via iTunes and Amazon. Check out "Life Is Beautiful": More...
Norwegian power/progressive metal band Illusion Suite is offering the new single "Premonition" as a free download at this location (also through the player below). The song appears on the latest and sophomore LP "The Iron Cemetary," which was released this past July via Power Prog Records.
The track can also be heard streaming here:
Finnish symphonic metal band has officially named Floor Jansen (ReVamp) permanent vocalist of the band. In addition, Troy Donockley - the purveyor of uilleann pipes on the latest tour - has now been made an official full time member. Jansen was the fill in vocalist following the departure of Anette Olzon just weeks into the band's North American tour with Kamelot in the Fall of 2012.
The statement from the band reads:
"Ms. Floor Jansen is a keeper.
"Also, we will be a six-piece band from now on, as Mr. Troy Donockley (uilleann pipes, low whistles, vocals) will become a full-time member of NIGHTWISH.
"Originally we were going to wait until 2014 to make a decision about the future line-up of the band, but the past year has clearly shown us that Floor and Troy are perfect matching pieces to our puzzle, and we are really grateful of the bond that has grown between all of us. We love you guys.
"Tuomas, Marco, Jukka, Emppu"
Floor Jansen commented: "Words cannot describe what I feel! This union is beyond everything and I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to continue this amazing journey with my new brothers! Once I had a dream…and this is it!!!"
Troy Donockley added: "`Imaginaerum World Tour´was a revelation to me and in that time, I became aware of a growing unity and then, finally, a transcendence of all the usual nonsense that affects bands. A beautiful process. And since the idea, the musical dream that is Nightwish has been a part of me since before I was born, I am delighted to officially sail into uncharted waters with my brothers and sister. Wondrous scenes Ahoy! "
The new line-up can be seen on the live/tour documentary DVD "Showtime, Storytime," which is scheduled for release November 29th. The DVD captures the band's performance at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Germany this past summer. More...