Metal News for November 11, 2014
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Each week we check in with metal bands across the genre spectrum to get their most memorable Pit Stories from live shows.
Today Indestructible Noise Command guitarist Erik Barath shared this tale of the bat wing being invented in Long Island and a fan taking advantage of pain to try to make off with free merch:
The craziest pit story is probably the time we played at the Sundance in Long Island. It was Dennis' birthday and some dude jumped on stage with nothing but a sock on. He dove on top of the crowd, lost his sock and ended up bat winging a bunch of fans. I think he invented bat winging that night.
Another dude dove off the stage, smashed his head and passed out. Our manager took him back stage to recover and when he went back to check on the dude, he found the guy stuffing his pants with our merch. Dennis got wacked in the mouth with the mic stand, chipped his tooth. Fun night overall.
I.N.C. just released fourth album "Black Hearse Serenade" on Ferocious Records, as well as a music video for the track "No Turning Back," which was directed by Thomas Mignone (Slipknot, System of a Down, Mudvayne), and starring Michael Rodrick from the TV show "24." I.N.C. has been touring this month with Tantric. Remaining dates are as follows: More...
Transmission Entertainment delivered its ninth installment of the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas. Four stages offered a variety of sounds from Hip-Hop and Electronic (Blue Stage), to Indie Rock (Orange Stage), Comedy (Yellow Stage) and Rock (Black Stage). Additional shows were held at clubs around the city as part of the FFF Nites. A ring was set up to watch wrestling. Next to the ring was a skate ramp for Pro BMX bikes and pro skaters. Games such as bean-bag tosses and Shiner bottle cap checkers were also in place. A movie screen besides the stage was a new addition that made viewing each band much easier, especially for shorter fans. Bean bags and rut sacks were located around trees so one could lay in the shade on a soft object. More...
Sonic Syndicate just posted the fourth video blog from the band's recently concluded "Diabolical Tour Of Art" headlining trek.
Take a look behind the curtains in the player below. Be sure to also check out the previous episode at this location.
The tour led the band through Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, supporting the group's brand new self-titled album, which was released back in June. The album has hit the official album charts in Germany (#36) and Austria (#74).
Furthermore the band has also been confirmed to support label mates Machine Head on these dates through Scandinavia:
29th Nov - Store Vega, Copenhagen Denmark
30th Nov - Sentrum Scene, Oslo Norway
1st Dec - Arenan, Stockholm Sweden
Commented singer Nathan James Biggs: "If I could pick any band in the world to share a stage with I guarantee MACHINE-Fuckin-HEAD would be in the top 3! These shows are gonna be insane and we get to roll out the most brutal tracks from our new album, really let loose on stage, and on our home-turf no less! Knowing Rob Flynn is going up after us is really gonna push me to kill it every night as he's one of the best frontmen in the business. Both SONIC SYNDICATE and MH fans should be psyched, this tour will be one of the most devastating runs to hit Scandinavia, ever!" More...
Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton is returning to North America in 2015 as direct support to Finland's Nightwish.
Taking a moment prior to a headlining show at The Whisky in Hollywood, California tonight, Sabaton commented:
"After the amazing North American tour we’ve just done, it’s time to follow-up! And what is better than another tour? This time, it’s with our friends in Nightwish."
Sabaton will continue to support seventh studio album, "Heroes," which debuted at #99 on the American Billboard Top 200 album chart and at #105 on the Canadian Billboard Top 200 album. See the band live on these dates:
04/09/15 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York, NY
04/10/15 Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
04/11/15 Palladium – Worcester, MA
04/13/15 Capitole Theatre – Quebec City, QC – CANADA
04/14/15 Phoenix Concert Theater – Toronto, ON – CANADA
04/16/15 Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY
04/17/15 Agora Theatre – Cleveland, OH
04/18/15 Concorde Music Hall – Chicago, IL
04/19/15 7 Flags Events Center - Clive, IA
04/21/15 Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
04/22/15 In The Venue – Salt Lake City, UT
04/24/15 Knitting Factory – Spokane, WA
04/25/15 Orpheum Theatre – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
04/26/15 Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
04/28/15 Warfield Theatre – San Francisco, CA
04/30/15 House Of Blues – Las Vegas, NV
05/01/15 Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
05/02/15 Marquee Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
05/03/15 Tricky Falls – El Paso, TX
05/05/15 Bomb Factory – Dallas, TX
05/06/15 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
05/08/15 House of Blues – Orlando, FL
05/09/15 Revolution – Fort Lauderdale, FL
05/11/15 Marathon Music Work – Nashville, TN
05/12/15 Expo Five – Louisville, KY
05/13/15 Filmore – Charlotte, NC
05/14/15 Filmore – Silver Springs, MD More...
New York doom metal outfit Poisoned By Life just released first album "The End," which is now available for streaming below or purchase at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Burning 08:31
2. Last Breath 09:23
3. - 01:05
4. Prayer 05:32
5. For A Dying Man 11:30 More...
Finland's Loudguns has parted ways with Heikki Kokko (guitar) & Jussi Kallava (drums). Guitarist Sami Pilve comments:
"We are all still amazing friends and we had nothing personal grudge or fights between us. Now we are thrilled to announce that our gun has been reloaded with two amazing bullets to give you even more ass kicking hard rock in the future!"
The band has now announced the recruitment of Henri Saarinen is a new axeslinger and Toni Lehmusoksa as the new drummer. Pilve adds:
"We are writing and rehearsing new material and we'll be heading into studio to record new songs after Christmas! The year 2015 will be the year of the guns!! Just wait 'till you hear our new material!! Stay safe, Take care and stay Loud! 'cause LOUDGUNS will be Louder than ever!" More...
Dallas, Texas-based supersonic, intergalactic heavy rock trio Mothership today releases thunderous sophomore album "Mothership II" via Ripple Music. "Mothership II" was engineered at Dallas' Crystal Clear Studios by none other than Kent Stump of Wo Fat.
In honor of its release, the second single from the album, "Holy Massacre," can be heard over at TheObelisk.net here.
Catch Mothership live on any of these dates:
11/14 Dallas, TX @ Curtain Club
11/15 Austin, TX @ The Lost Well
11/20 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Blue Note
11/21 Fort Worth, TX @ Lola's Saloon
12/19 Houston, TX @ End Of The World Festival
Swedish metal outfit Nangilima just released new album "The Dark Matter" earlier this month via Xtreem Music.
You can now pick up the album at this location or stream all the songs below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Chemin Vers le Néant (Intro)
2. Stain of a Broken Life
3. Crimson Shroud
4. The Link of Reminiscence
5. The Dark Matter
6. Éternel Sommeil (Outro) More...
The local metal enthusiasts over at DCHeavyMetal.com are currently hosting a stream of "The Nothing" off Fortresses's upcoming album, "Unto the Nothing." The sorrow-drenched track is crushing and full of misery...you can check it out in the player below.
Hagerstown, MD's Fortress has conjured the soundtrack to world's end with this debut full-length melding funeral doom, progressive heaviness, and supreme riffage.
Mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound Studios, the album is set for a December 2nd release as a gatefold vinyl LP and digipak CD. More...
The Banner today offers up another track off forthcoming new album, "Greying." Stream "Unbaptized" below, thanks to Alternative Press.
The Banner frontman JSS comments: "'Unbaptized' just barely didn't make it onto our previous album, 2008's 'Frailty.' After simmering for a long time I chopped off the second half and tried to crank in as legit a thrash part as I could muster, to counterbalance the ignorance of the beginning. The lyrics are a fairly common theme for me, more or less about my growing feeling of disconnection with the places that I once felt most at ease."
The Banner's third full-length album (and first in six years), "Greying" hits stores December 9th on Good Fight Music. The album was engineered, mixed, and mastered by Will Putney (Body Count, The Acacia Strain) and Randy Leboeuf. See the band live on these dates:
Nov 14 - Stanhope, NJ @ Stanhope House w/ Sheer Terror
Feb 15 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom w/ E-Town Concrete, Vision of Disorder More...
Romanian experimental metal outfit Vaarcloc today drops the band's first video clip. Check out the song "Auntrunî" in the player below, and you can find more info on the group at Facebook here.
Just For Fun
In Metal Grasshopper Episode 3, Philip H. Anselmo puts delusional manchild Dave Hill to the test with a round of heavy metal flash cards.
Later, Anselmo makes Hill sit in a closet for a seriously long time while he makes an awesome salad. Hill also rents a goat, discusses the metal worth of butterflies and more... In short, this one pretty much has everything. Check out part 3 below, thanks to Metal Injection.
Metal Grasshopper is a new web series in which comedian/NPR darling Dave Hill travels to the wilds of Louisiana to get schooled in the ways of heavy metal by legendary frontman Philip H. Anselmo (Down, Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, et al). You can still also see Part 1 and Part 2 online. More...
Enigmatic outfit Solstafir appeared on Icelandic National Television's Studio A program, performing two songs off new album, "Otta" (reviewed here).
Footage of the band playing "Dagmál" (at the 12:23 mark) and "Rismál" (at 32:40) can be found at the official Icelandic National Television's Studio A website here.
Solstafir is currently touring Europe with support from Obsidian King. Following the European tour, Solstafir begins a tour of the Western U.S. with Pallbearer and Mortals.
11/10 Antwerp, BE @ Trix
11/11 Rotterdam, NL @ Baroeg
11/12 Nijmegen, NL @ Doornroosje
11/13 Bielefeld, DE @ Forum
11/14 Berlin, DE @ K17
11/15 Ostsee, DE @ Metal Hammer Paradise
11/17 Warsaw, PL @ Hydrozagadka
11/18 Vienna, AT @ Viper Room
11/19 Budapest, HU @ Durer Kert
11/21 Graz, AT @ Explosiv
11/22 Innsbruck, AT @ Weekender Club More...
Sacramento's Salythia today releases a new video for "Affliction," directed by Ethan Parrilla (Atrocious Works Productions).
Check out the clip below. Salythia will also release the "Death D'core" EP through Dead Inside Records in February of 2015.
Chicago, IL death metal band Master has checked in with the following announcement about lining up a U.S. tour for next year:
"Update on the Master U.S. tour 2015 - unfortunately Funebrarum will not be able to do the tour but pleased to announce thrash kings Solstice will be replacing Funebrarum. And we have openers Dismemberment and Hate Storm Annihilation. Going to a amazing tour. We will have dates soon!" More...
The 3rd full-length album from the British Lovecraftian metal band Arkham Witch was supposed to be released this Fall, but unfortunately the band encountered a few setbacks during the recording, so the release has been postponed to 2015.
Meanwhile, Metal on Metal Records will release "Demos From The Deep" - the band's re-mastered first demo from 2009 along with two bonus tracks - on November 14th. Three songs can be heard below, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Arkham Witch
2. Let England Prevail
3. Suicide 75
4. The Kraken
5. Legions of the Deep
7. The Mirrors of Tuzun Thune [bonus track]
8. For Metal [bonus track] More...
Cannibal Corpse will be co-headlining a North American Winter tour with Behemoth in January - March of 2015. Support will come from Aeon and Tribulation. Dates are as follows:
01/28 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
01/29 Houston, TX House of Blues
01/30 Austin, TX Mohawk
01/31 Dallas, TX House of Blues
02/02 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
02/03 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
02/05 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
02/06 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
02/07 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
02/08 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
02/10 Seattle, WA El Corazon
02/11 Vancouver, BC Comodore Ballroom
02/13 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
02/14 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall
02/16 Winnipeg, MB The Garrick
02/17 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
02/18 Madison, WI Orpheum Theatre
02/20 Chicago, IL House of Blues
02/21 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
02/22 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
02/23 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
02/24 Toronto, ON The Phoenix
02/25 Montreal, QC Metropolis
02/27 Boston, MA House of Blues
02/28 New York, NY Webster Hall
03/01 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts
03/02 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
03/03 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
03/05 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
03/06 Tampa, FL Janus Landing
03/07 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution More...
Having recently released a first new album in 25 years, Seattle's Sanctuary is now ready to hit the West Coast this week. Dates are as follows:
Nov. 14 - Seattle, WA - S7
Nov. 15 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw
Nov. 16 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
Nov. 19 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
Nov. 20 - Las Vegas, NV - LVCS
Nov. 21 - Phoenix, AZ - Club Red
Nov. 22 - San Diego, CA - Ramona Mainstage
Sanctuary's new album, "The Year The Sun Died" (reviewed here), is the follow-up to the band's first two studio albums that were released on Epic Records: "Refuge Denied" (1987) and "Into the Mirror Black" (1989). More...
The organizers of the Bloodstock 2015 festival have issued the following announcement about new band confirmations:
"Bloodstock early bird tickets are flying out the door in the wake of Halloween’s Rob Zombie headline announcement, but here at festival HQ we aren’t resting on our laurels, we’ve got even more bands ready to add on to the bill!
"British stoner/doom overlords, Orange Goblin are set for a main stage slot in 2015. Having recently unleashed their eighth studio album, 'Back From The Abyss' via Candlelight Records, the band are currently laying waste to Europe on tour with the mighty St Vitus. Check out the brand new video for ‘Sabbath Hex’ from the new release here.
?Norwegian black metallers 1349 also sign up. With latest studio album ‘Massive Cauldron Of Chaos’ recently hitting the racks, the band have also found time to collaborate with Minnesota’s Surly Brewing Company and launch their own ‘1349 Black Ale’. Check out this informative video clip featuring drummer Frost and vocalist Ravn explaining how the whole thing came about over here. More...
Nervochaos will release new album "The Art Of Vengeance" this coming December 9th, 2014 via Greyhaze Records. The album's track listing will be:
01. The Harvest
02. For Passion Not Fashion
03. The Devil's Work
05. From Below and not Above
06. Blood Ritual
07. Rotten Moralismo
08. Shadows of Destruction
09. Ghost of the Past
10. What is Dead May Never Die
11. The Legacy is Pain
12. Lightless More...
The Florida death metal pioneers from Massacre, who launched "Back From Beyond" (their first studio album in almost 20 years) earlier this year worldwide via Century Media Records, will be hitting the road this week with Death (DTA), Obituary, and Rivers Of Nihil for an extensive North American tour. See Massacre live on these dates:
Nov. 11, 2014 - Fort Worth, TX - The Rail Club + OBITUARY, RIVERS OF NIHIL
Nov. 13, 2014 - Las Vegas, NV - LVCS + OBITUARY, RIVERS OF NIHIL
Dec. 20, 2014 - Mexico City, Mexico - TBA / More...
Rhapsody Of Fire is proud to reveal that new material for the next studio album has been written and more songs will be written in the next months. The band will enter the studio in March of 2015.
Alex Staropoli had this to say: "I am actually working with Roby De Micheli, we have fantastic guitar riffs and many fast songs. Fabio Lione already recorded the demo vocals for one of the most epic songs I have ever written and it sounds amazing! A new epic film score metal album is going to be created and we are living with great excitement this creative process!"
Stay tuned for more news on the release coming soon. More...
The organizers of the Roadburn Festival 2015 have issued the following statement about a special show from Anathema:
"It is our honour to announce that Anathema will headline the Sunday date of the 20th edition of Roadburn Festival, at the 013 venue on April 12, 2015 in Tilburg, The Netherlands, with a special performance that will span the innovative British band’s 25-year career, and include special guest appearances by former bassist and songwriter Duncan Patterson and original singer Darren White. The Roadburn show will be one of just a few dates that will make up Anathema’s short 2015 ‘Resonance’ tour.
"Anathema have steadily built a loyal following worldwide, and their career trajectory is unlike that of any other band in the last quarter century, and will be reflected and celebrated in reverse chronological order at Roadburn 2015. Starting with the anthemic progressive rock of their recent work (2012’s classic Weather Systems and 2010’s We’re Here Because We’re Here), the performance will gradually move back in time through the more gothic-oriented material of 1998’s Alternative 4 and 1996’s Eternity, all the way back to the pioneering work of 1995’s The Silent Enigma and the 1993 debut Serenades, with Patterson and White joining the band onstage for an historic reunion. More...
Prog metal outfit Stealing Axion today releases new album "Aeons," which follows the 2012 release "Moments" (reviewed here).
After previously streaming the new track "Just Propaganda," Austrian act Kontrust has followed it up with a music video for the track, which can be seen in the player below. The song appears on the upcoming new release "Explositive," which is set to drop on November 10th (U.K.) and November 11th (North America) via Napalm Records.
The track list is:
3. Just Propaganda
4. I Freak On
5. Shut Up
6. Cosmic Girls
10. This is my Show
11. Bad Time
Check out the video here: More...
Gothic metal act Crimson Blue released a new track for streaming entitled "3rd Eye Close," which can be heard in the player below. The song appears on the upcoming new release "The Angelic Performance," which is set for release on November 17th via My Kingdom Music.
The track listing for the album is:
3. 3rd Eye Close
5. Mechanical Madonna
6. Road To Oblivion
7. Lab II Yggdrasil
8. Dak Heart Of Mine
10. Black Wings
Check out the track here: More...
German speed metal act Stallion, featuring Fleshcrawl guitarist Oliver Grbavac, released a new music video for the track "Wild Stallions." The song appears on the debut full length album "Rise and Ride," which was issued via High Roller Records (a division of Pure Steel Records) back in mid-September.
This is the band's first official music video. Check it out here:
Its been nearly 15 years since Stormwitch has released new material ("Witchcraft" in 2004), but today the silence was broken with the lyric video for the new track "Last Warrior." The song is the first single from the upcoming comeback release "Season of the Witch," which is set to drop via Massacre Records on January 23, 2015.
Joining band mainstays Jürgen Wannenwetsch (bass) and Andy Aldrian (vocals) are guitarist Ralf Riet (ex-Tyran Pace, who joined in 2010), guitarist Volker Schmietow (who joined in 2013) and drummer Micha Kasper (who joined in 2014).
More information about "Season of the Witch" is expected soon. Check out "Last Warrior" here:
Swedish power metal act Bloodbound, featuring Dawn of Silence frontman Patrik Johansson and Morgana Lefay drummer Pelle Åkerlind, released a new music video for the track "Stormborn." The song is the title track of the upcoming new release for AFM Records which is set to drop on November 21st (EU) and December 2nd (USA).
The track listing for "Stormborn" is:
2. Satanic Panic
3. Iron Throne (streaming here)
4. Nightmares From The Grave
6. We Raise The Dead
7. Made Of Steel
8. Blood Of My Blood
9. When The Kingdom Will Fall
10. Seven Hells
11. When All Lights Fail
Check out "Stormborn" here: More...
Ex-Sepultura drummer Igor Cavalera "really hopes" that the group's classic lineup can one day reunite, but says that there are no concrete plans for him and his brother Max to rejoin their former bandmates.
Igor left Sepultura in June 2006 due to "artistic differences." His departure from the band came five months after he announced that he was taking a break from Sepultura touring activities to spend time with his second wife and their new son (who was born in January 2006). In 1996, Max left Sepultura after the band fired Max's wife Gloria as their manager.
Asked by Metal Wani if there is any chance of a reformation of Sepultura late '80s/early '90s lineup — featuring Igor and Max alongside guitarist Andreas Kisser and bassist Paulo Xisto Pinto Jr. — Igor said: "I hope so, but there's nothing solid. The only solid thing right now, it's what I do with Max, and it's Cavalera Conspiracy. Like, the whole Sepultura thing, it's something that we don't know if it's gonna happen or not. To be honest, I really hope one day we can do this in a very cool way." More...
Iamfire featuring vocalist Peter Dolving (The Haunted), bassist Mikael Ehlert (Blood Eeagle, Hatesphere), drummer Ulf Scott Hansen, and guitarist Peter Ahlers Ohlsen, will release a limited-edition 10-inch EP, "Eyes Wide Open", in January 2015 via the French label Deadlight Entertainment.
"Eyes Wide Open" was produced and mixed by Jacob Bredahl at Dead Rat Studio in Aarhus, Denmark and was mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege in Portland, Oregon.
The official lyric video for the song "Burn Your Halo Red" can be seen below.
Attila is streaming the 2nd single "Horsepig" online, taken from the band’s upcoming 6th full-length album "Guilty Pleasure," which is set to drop November 24, 2014 via Artery Recordings/Razor & Tie Records. The track listing is:
01. Pizza, Sex And Trolls
02. Hate Me
04. Guilty Pleasure
05. I've Got Your Back
06. Proving Grounds
07. I Am Satan
08. Break My Addiction
10. Dirty Dirty
11. Fake Friends
12. Don't Be Basic
13. The Cure More...
The doom-death upstarts in Vainaja just premiered a new video for "Viimeinen Tuomio," available below thanks to InvisibleOranges.com.
The track hails from the band's debut album, "Kadotetut," released this past Spring by Svart Records. The track listing is as follows:
2. Väärän Ristin Valtakunta
3. Kahleiden Kantaja
4. Valon Lapset
6. Verinen Lähde
7. Risti Kädessäni
8. Viimeinen Tuomio
9. Kadotettu More...
Australian prog metal band Circadian Pulse is currently developing material for a full-length album, due to be recorded in 2015.
In the meantime, the band recently recorded a new single titled "Anxiety," which can be heard below or downloaded for free at the Circadian Pulse website.
The band is also looking for a new keyboardist, so if you are interested, please get in contact with the outfit over here.
The Deathtrip is currently streaming the entirety of debut album, "Deep Drone Master," which is set for international release on November 14th via Svart Records. Listen in below, courtesy of Metal Hammer.
"Deep Drone Master" is early '90s-era minimalist black metal mixed and brought back from the dead by scene originator Snorre Ruch, from the legendary Thorns. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Flag Of Betrayal
3. Dynamic Underworld
5. Sewer Heart
6. Making Me
7. Cosmic Verdict
8. Something Growing in the Trees
9. A Foot In Each Hell
10. Syndebukken More...