Metal News for November 13, 2012
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Machine Head has been forced to exit their current North American tour with Dethklok, All That Remains and Black Dahlia Murder due to matters completely beyond their control.
Frontman Robb Flynn must have emergency surgery. Flynn had planned to go under the knife in January after completing the tour as he has been playing through the pain of a double inguinal hernia since the tour started in October. He had hoped to continue the tour despite extreme discomfort, but it's become too difficult to continue on. Flynn will undergo surgery tomorrow, Wednesday, November 14 in Minneapolis before returning home to California to recover, rest and recuperate. Machine Head will rejoin the tour in Portland, OR.
Machine Head extends its regrets to fans, the other bands, and the other crews for having to leave the tour prematurely.
Below is Flynn’s statement about his health and the tour: More...
Scary Symmetry announced last month a headlining North American tour set to kick off on November 24th. The band has now issued the following statement about canceling the dates:
"North Americans can we have your attention please! It is with deep regret that we bring you these news: due to unforeseen problems securing our US work visas in time, our North American headlining tour will have to be cancelled.
"The waiting time for a visa interview appointment was several weeks longer than what we've experienced before. Our sincere apologies to Threat Signal, Stealing Axion, Lord of War and Kings Field - you guys rule and we do hope for the opportunity to share a stage with you sometime in a not-to-distant future instead!
"To our fans... we will work our asses off to make this up to you! Expect to see Scar Symmetry back in North America in 2013 - back with a vengeance!"
Uppsala, Sweden based doom act S:t Erik has posted the "From Under the Tarn" album online for streaming, which can be heard below. The following press release was also issued about the album seeing the vinyl treatment:
"Swedish doom rockers S:t Erik are seeing a vinyl release for the 'From Under The Tarn' album. The 5-track EP was tossed to the wayside when it was first released back in '09, and didn't receive the attention from doom metal fans that it quite deserved. S:t Erik's 'From Under The Tarn' has been resurrected from the dead thanks to Spora Recordz (Austin, TX).
"Spora has just released 'From Under The Tarn' on a 12" clear vinyl double LP gatefold edition. This will be a limited run so get em while they last. To purchase this record or to read more about S:t Erik, please visit this location."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Goddess 06:59
2. The Search 11:33
3. Your Highness 09:04
4. Black Wall 07:19
5. Swan Song 13:35 More...
Alice in Chains has issued the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances in 2013:
"Alice In Chains is excited to announce their first two shows of 2013. Alice In Chains will be performing at Download Festival 2013 in Donington Park, England. Festival tickets are now on sale, and can be purchased right here.
"They will also be joining Metallica at Rock in Rio 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tickets go on sale in Spring 2013. Click here for full event information.
"Stay posted to Aliceinchains.com for more news, coming very soon..."
The band was also recently covered in our "Sunday Old School" column. Check out our look back at Alice in Chains at this location.
Moscow stoner/sludge act Montezuma’s Revenge has release a new single titled "Anti-Entity." The track comes off the band's debut album "Key to the Abyss," set for release before the end of the year.
According to the band, the single "tells a story of a violent liberation of one's own spirit. The vicious craving for eternal Absolute results in devourment of the character's own flesh. Cathartic enlightenment comes through self-cannibalism."
"Anti-Entity" was recorded in Mindcrusher Studio with producer Ruslan Maslennikov and can be heard in the player below. More...
Colombia's Indomite has posted two tracks online from the "Theater of Time" album. Check out the singles "Parasite (Symbiotic)" and "Awaking the Gods" in the YouTube clips available below. Indomite is:
Juan Carlos Sánchez
Carlos Andrés Ortiz
The Used has issued the following announcement about performing on the upcoming "Take Action" tour to benefit the It Gets Better Project:
"We are very excited to announce that we will headline the 2013 Take Action Tour benefiting the It Gets Better Project! Tickets are on sale now over at this location. With support from We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire and Mindflow, the tour kicks off January 11th at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas, NV! Ten percent of the cost of each ticket purchased will be donated to It Gets Better and Sub City so we really hope you come out to see us and to support an amazing cause!
"It’s our privilege to work with such a lovely charity that does so much good in this confusing world. Please check out itgetsbetterproject.org and we’ll see you on the Take Action Tour.
"We also have a song on the Take Action Compilation Volume 11 along with many other amazing artists, which can be pre-ordered here.
"We are also excited to announce the release of Vulnerable II - a 2 disc re-issue of our 2012 release Vulnerable - that includes the 12 original tracks, 4 brand new songs, 3 acoustic versions and 3 remixes. Vulnerable II will be released January 22, 2013. Vulnerable II is available for pre-order now." More...
Crest of Darkness founder and frontman Ingar Amlien, together with drummer Kjetil Hektoen, will join members of Legiones, Enthral, and The Embraced in a specially formed band called Sythanagon Winged to perform five songs by the late Thomas “Quorthon” Forsberg, founder of Bathroy and one of the pioneers of the first wave of black and pagan/viking metal.
The event, which is billed as “Blood, Fire and Death – In Memory of Quorthon,” will take place on Saturday November 17th at the Fru Lundgreen in Trondheim, Norway. In Addition to Sythanagon Winged, other bands taking part include Chton, Cleaver, Law of the Horseman, and A Sorcery Written in Blood.
Commenting on the Quorthon Tribute event, Crest of Darkness' Amlien stated: “It’s a huge honour to be part of a tribute to an incredible musician. One who has influenced and inspired, and will continue to influence and inspire, generations of other musicians. It’s no exaggeration to say that many of today’s bands would probably not be around without him. Kjetil and I have been rehearsing hard with the rest of the guys and we are ready and very much looking forward to performing the Bathory songs and do them the justice they deserve.”
All Hail The Yeti is currently embarked on the recently announced Reconcile For Revenge Tour, the first full trek in support of the band's self-titled debut full-length, released at the end of August worldwide via AFM Records. The outfit is currently raging across the western half of the country, and has just expanded the tour, adding an additional slew of dates to the brutal trek.
See the fully updated itinerary below and expect new updates in the days ahead. All Hail The Yeti has also confirmed the recent addition of a new drummer following the recent departure of Skylar Feigel. Frontman Connor Garritty released an official statement on the new band member this week:
“We are very excited to announce that we have recruited a new drummer. Steve White officially joined the band in early October. His enthusiasm and positivity are a refreshing start to this new chapter of the band. He is an outstanding drummer that brings a whole new element to the table that we never had before. The vibe during rehearsals is better than it has ever been, and we feel very blessed to have found someone with the same goals and drive to succeed that we do. Having fun and being able to create on a brotherhood level has always been important to AHTY.
"Sometimes artistic relationships are difficult, and seeing eye-to-eye is often very tiring. When creative differences get in the way of progress, at some point someone needs to make a choice. With that being said Skylar decided that it was time to move on from AHTY, to pursue further musical goals. We wish him nothing but the best for his career to come. He will always be one of the family, and we support his decision one hundred percent.”
Check out a brand new lyric video for the track “After The Great Fire” from the self-titled album below. More...
Australia's Kunvuk has announced the first leg of the band's "Become Monster" tour. The thirteen date tour will include locations throughout New South Wales and Queensland. Kunvuk comments:
“We are stoked to announce this string of dates which will officially kick off our touring plans for the 'Consume Rapture' record. The tour will take Kunvuk into a number of regions the band has not been to yet so we are excited to get out there and meet all you crazy fuckers.
"If you don't see your town/city listed on the tour schedule do not freak. In the coming months we will announce tour plans for the rest of the states of Australia so drop us a line and check in to see if we are coming to your town."
Kunvuk released second album “Consume Rapture” in June 2012. After touring nationally in support of debut album “Immute: Jackals,” Kunvuk retreated to the Shadow Mekanik Studios for six months to carve out the stomping and screaming sophomore punch-in-the-face. The album was mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side Music in New Windsor, New York.
As previously announced, the band will be donating 50% of all profits from the tour to the Save The Tassie Devil Foundation, which works to help the endangered Tasmanian Devils. More...
A video clip has been posted online for Avenged Sevenfold's new song "Carry On," which can be viewed below and is available now on iTunes at this location.
This track is also featured on the newly released "Call of Duty: Black Ops II" game, which is out now. For more info on the game, head over to this location.
The critically acclaimed guitarist Michael Schenker has just posted the official trailer for his upcoming "Temple of Rock: Live In Europe" CD, DVD, and Blu-ray. Check out the trailer below. Schenker has also launched the official "Temple of Rock Live" microsite right here.
"Live In Europe," set for release in the UK on Monday December 3rd, will also be available as a Limited Deluxe Edition including 2 CDs, 1 DVD and 1 Blu-ray. The concerts were recorded and filmed in Tilburg, the Netherlands in May 2012, and at 2011’s London’s High Voltage Festival. More...
I See Stars has been added to Asking Alexandria‘s “Monster Energy Outbreak Tour” with As I Lay Dying, Memphis May Fire and Attila. The North American trek kicks off November 16th. I See Stars will be performing on the bill in-between Memphis May Fire and Attila. Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce said the following of the situation:
"First and foremost I would like to talk about a dear friend of mine who was prematurely taken from us this month. Mitch Lucker was one of the kindest and most passionate people I have ever had the pleasure of calling my friend. My thoughts are not only with his family and friends, but also with the millions of people, worldwide, who Mitch helped to mould and inspire into the people they are today. A great man was lost who's love and passion reached all corners of the globe. As many of you know, Suicide Silence were preparing to join us on our upcoming 'Outbreak' Tour.
"Due to the devastating circumstances they will no longer be joining us physically. They will however, Mitch included, be with us in spirit. We will go out on this tour with As I Lay Dying, Memphis May Fire & Attila to pay our tributes and respects to Mitch and his brothers in Suicide Silence. A portion of all tickets and official tour t-shirts sold will go to Mitch's daughter for the Kenadee Lucker Education Fund.
"Suicide Silence could never be replaced on our tour as they are the only band in the world who could bring their element, intensity and power to the line-up. For the sake of giving the fans the best show we can under the circumstances, we have decided to add Sumerian family members I See Stars to the bill, NOT AS A REPLACEMENT BY ANY MEANS, but as another band who's love and passion for music and their fans is as tried and true as ours. Now, more than ever, we need to come together to celebrate our collective love of music and to show compassion & solidarity in our scene.
"It's time to put aside all petty differences and remember what it is that brings us all together, the music. Mitch - from myself and everyone else who will be taking part in this tour, you are forever in our hearts. This one's for you. We love you. Cheers." More...
Fuse TV has launched an exclusive interview with Metal Blade Records CEO Brian Slagel, which can be viewed below or over at Fuse.tv.
The interview, conducted at the Metal Blade offices, will give fans insights into Slagel's favorite bands, how the label has evolved, bands the label has missed out on and discovered throughout its three decades in business. Slagel also discusses 30 years of the label's history, with stories about Metallica, Slayer, GWAR, and Cannibal Corpse.
Metal Blade Records will be wrapping up 30th anniversary celebrations for 2012 with a show on November 30th at the House of Blues Sunset Strip. Show headliners Armored Saint will be joined by newcomers Gypsyhawk, as well as a special, short set from thrash legends Sacred Reich.
Additional special guests confirmed for the show include Amon's Amarth's Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning/Redemption, as well as dUg Pinnick of King's X. The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout their set to perform a variety of cover songs. That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson are confirmed to host the event. More...
British melodic hard rock group Magnum is currently on tour in Europe to promote recent studio album "On The 13th Day." The band has posted the first in a series of tour video blogs, which can be seen below.
"On The 13th Day," the eighteenth studio album from Magnum, was released in September through SPV / Steamhammer and entered the charts in Germany, Sweden, England, and Switzerland. Remaining dates for the tour can be found after the jump. More...
German thrash metal legends Exumer have been confirmed to appear at the Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse Festival in Chicago, IL. The fest is scheduled to take place from May 3rd - 4th, 2013, and also includes Onslaught, Eldritch, Oz, Omen, and many more.
Information and tickets can be found at this location. This appearance will be part of Exumer's first full U.S. tour in the band's 27 year long history, which is scheduled to take place April/May 2013. Dates and details will be announced as they are confirmed.
Exumer released latest album "Fire & Damnation" in April of this year. Check out a music video for the title track below. More...
Motionless In White has released the new record "Infamous" today, and the band has now released a track online titled "America," which also features Michael Vampire from Vampires Everywhere! Check out the song in the player below, or pick up "Infamous" over at iTunes here. The track listing is:
1. Black Damask (The Fog)
2. Devil's Night
4. Burned At Both Ends
5. The Divine Infection
6. Puppets 2 (The Rain) [feat. Bjorn Speed Strid]
8. If It's Dead, We'll Kill It (Feat. Brandan Schieppati)
9. Synthetic Love
12. Infamous More...
Drummer Teppo Ristola of Finnish act Rage My Bitch has issued the following statement about parting ways with the band:
"Unfortunately the road between me and Rage My Bitch has separated. I do not have the time needed for RMB so I must now concentrate all my efforts on my other bands Damngod and Mörbid vomit.
"I just live too far and I just have not had the proper motivation anymore. This was not an easy decision for me and I gave it a long thought. The band has always been one of my true favourites and will always still be.
"Looking forward seeing what the future brings for RMB and hoping all the best for my friends. Ristola over and out." More...
With the release of the vinyl version of the "SVCK" EP in Australia, Blood Duster has revealed the tracklisting of the upcoming album "KVLT." Bassist Jason PC has also put out a video showing how the master of the album was created and destroyed, a statement of his and the band's regarding not wanting to stream too much since people illegally download. Both albums should be available shortly here in the western hemisphere. Check out the official Blood Duster site for more information. Below is the upcoming album's tracklisting.
Blood Duster- KVLT track list:
Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again (Angels cover)
Whitechapel has announced the band will be embarking on a North American co-headlining tour with Emmure, dubbed "The Brothers of Brutality Tour" and presented by Revolver Magazine and Rockstar Energy Drink. Support acts will be announced shortly.
Guitarist Alex Wade comments on the collaboration: "We are really excited to announce our co-headlining tour with Emmure. We have been friends with them for quite some time now, and this is something we have always talked about doing, so it's awesome to see it finally come to light. Our first show ever was with Emmure in Nashville, TN before either of us were signed, so it's incredible to see how we have both grown so much in the music industry and are able to come together and put together this co-headlining tour!"
Massachusetts act Your Pain Is Endearing released the new EP "The Turning of Tides" back in May of 2012, and now the band has made the full release available for streaming online. Check out the songs at Bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Survivor 04:09
2. Your Body is My Canvas 04:03
3. Lessons in Misanthropy 03:46
4. Visions 03:37
5. The Turning of Tides 05:22 More...
Japan's Crossfaith is releasing a new six track EP titled "Zion," which is now available in digital format through iTunes.
"Zion" was recorded with the legendary "Machine" (Lamb of God/Everytime I Die/Four Year Strong) in New York, and a music video for the track "Monolith" can be found below. The track listing is:
6. Leviathan More...
The End Records has issued the following announcement about Axewound canceling upcoming tour dates due to visa issues:
"Unfortunately due to circumstances beyond their control, AxeWound are unable to obtain the proper visas in time for the upcoming North American run and will therefore need to postpone their US/Canada tour at the time.
"The band is extremely disappointed by this turn of events but is determined to make it up to the fans next year. Thanks for the continued support and understanding, and the band looks forward to dominating North America in 2013." More...
Shadows Fall's Jason Bittner has checked in with the following statement about missing upcoming tour dates on the Party to the Apocalypse tour:
"As of last week I was told to rest for one more week and then as long as I'm feeling better, I can resume starting to play again in order to recoup and rejoin the tour - at this present time it's hard to say exactly when I will be 110%, maybe a week, maybe 2, maybe even longer, but rest assured I will be doing my best to get back as soon as humanly possible without chancing a relapse.
"I appreciate all the well-wishing and support, so in my absence please still go and support my other bandmates and the Party to the Apocalypse tour! I shall return."
Brandon Lundeen from Trumpet The Harlot and Jay Waterman from Thy Will Be Done will be handling drum duties for Shadows Fall on these upcoming shows.
Spain's Desecration has announced the band's new album will be titled "Scorched Earth," and the track listing will be as follows:
2. Faith Abuse
3. Mental Anesthesia
4. Neurological Nightmare
5. State Terrorism
6. Scorched Earth
7. No Gods, No Masters
8. Legacy of Molestation
9. Agent Orange (Sodom cover)
"Scorched Earth" was recorded at Moontower Studios with producer Javi Bastard and was mastered by Dan Swanö (Asphyx, Bloodbath, Dissection) at Unisound Studios in Sweden. The track "State Terrorism" is available in the YouTube clip below. More...
The Devin Townsend Project has teamed up with Metal Hammer to release a new music video for "Lucky Animals," which features a variety of fan-submitted videos. "Lucky Animals" comes off the band's new album "Epicloud."
Denmark's progressive metal act Anubis Gate, which recruited a new guitarist last month, has now checked in with the following update about working on a new full-length album:
"Status on new Anubis Gate album compositions. 4 songs done. 4 songs getting there. 2 more needed from scratch. One cover song arranged for possible use on a special edition. Cover song is 'Sheep' from Pink Floyd's Animals album."
This upcoming album will follow the band's self-titled 2011 album (reviewed here). Further details will be announced as they are made available.
Glass Cloud has been involved in a van accident while on the AP Fall Tour with Miss May I, The Ghost Inside, Like Moths To Flames, and The Amity Affliction. The band comments:
"To say we've had a rough couple of days would be a massive understatement. Yesterday morning (11-11-12) at 7am, your boys in Glass Cloud took a heavy blow. While driving through Deadman's Pass on the Oregon Trail, we started to drift on a patch of ice and lost traction while trying to regain control. Our van completely turned around 180 degrees and as we were drifting backward, our wheel clipped a rock and flipped our van and trailer onto the drivers side.
"The crash shattered all the windows on that side leaving us all laying in broken glass. It also partially caved in the roof, shattered the windshield, and caved in the entire sheet metal siding on the drivers side. Our trailer has a twisted frame and tongue, bent up wheels, the back gate is pinched shut, the roof is pushed out and everything BUT our equipment is pretty much unsalvageable (thank god for flight cases on our instruments).
"Our drummer, Chad, was driving with our tour manager Eric in the passenger seat and Myself (Travis), Josh, Jerry and our merch girl Jess in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th row respectively. When we gained our bearings and realized that we were all still able to move, we helped each other climb out through the front windshield and into the snowy Oregon moutainside. We gathered what little of our belongings we could from the wreckage and got a ride from a tow truck to the town of Pendleton located 20 miles from the crash.
"As of now, I am writing this from my phone in an Econolodge trying to figure out what we need to do to get back on the road, meet up with our good friends on The AP Tour and continue playing our music across the country for the last two weeks of shows.
"In this video and here in the description you can find out exactly how to help us in this time and get us back on the road to finish this tour and make it home safely. When we get home, the real troubles will begin with finding transportation for our gear and a replacement for our van and trailer. We appreciate any help we can get from anybody during this hellacious time we are going trough and we hope everyone else stays safe and careful during these winter months." More...
A new guitar playthrough video clip is now available online courtesy of Chronographs for the song "Resolve." The video is available below, and the "Resolve" track is set to appear on the new "Nausea" EP, due out January 7th via Ghost Music. A previously posted teaser trailer for "Nausea" is also available over at this location.
Spanish act Aldebaran (not to be confused with the Portland band of the same name) has posted a video online presenting two new band members, which can be viewed below. Aldebaran comments:
"We present Pepe Sanchez (guitar) and Rafael Lima (guitar) in this video recorded at the concert the band gave in Zeppelin Bar (Malaga) acoustic. Pictures coming soon!"
Footage has been posted online of Norwegian prog metal act Leprous performing the song "Acquired Taste" live on the European Progressive Assault Tour on October 26th in Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.
Sweden's Septekh has issued the following announcement about releasing a new EP next year:
"Septekh wishes to announce that 'APOLLONIAN EYES' will be released early 2013 on Abyss Records. The four track EP includes the song 'Burn It To The Ground' currently featured on Myspace and the three previously unheard creations 'Cursing The Skies,' 'Vlad Tepes,' and 'Apollonian Eyes.'
"It will be made available on major download/streaming sites as well as in physical form at this location and in major record stores.
"Furthermore the band explains that a full length album is in the making. The tracks are laid down and additional recording is under way."
You can also listen to the "Fuckslut From Hell" track off the band's previous release "The Seth Avalanche" in the player below. More...
Technical metal act Devolved will be releasing the new album "Reprisal" this coming November 20th, 2012. The band has now posted the entire album online for streaming prior to the official release.
Check out "Reprsial" over at the band's SoundCloud page here. The track listing is:
1. Systematic Avenger
2. Accelerated Human Degeneration
3. Reprisal of the Damned
4. Supremacy Enforced
6. Collateral Damage
7. Apocalyptic Visionary
8. Terminal Enslavement
9. Corrupted Mind Processor
10. Inanimate Infinity
11. (Cadence Of) The Dirge (Exhorder cover) (Bonus Track) More...
Swedish doom/sludge band Snailking is streaming its recent three-song EP "Samsara" over on bandcamp. Snailking gets its name from a Ufomammut record and this is the band's debut demo. The group hails from Jonkoping, Sweden and had its record release party at the Kulturhuset Insikten in October. "Samsara" is available via Consouling Sounds.
Poughkeepsie thrash metal band Pirosaint has uploaded the audio preview of the upcoming track "The Debt That All Man Pay" to its soundcloud page. The track was recorded and mixed by Ignacio Orellana at Oily Sounds Studios in New Windsor, NY. "The Debt That All Man Pay" will be available on Nov 23rd, when the band performs as supporting act of Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy's guitarist Marc Rizzo in Albany.
Listen to the preview over here or below in the player. The band is currently working on the recording of its new mini album that will be named "Pirosaint". This EP will contain brand new material with a couple of old tracks that never were recorded before. The EP Pirosaint will be the group's first new material since the EP "New God" from 1997. Drummer Ignacio Orellana commented:
"While we are searching for the right sound for the band, we've decided to put out this track because it has a lot of history for us. This track was written in 1997 by Alfredo Vicencio, Jose Jara and I. Then in 2011 I presented the track to the new members at that time (Ryan Cady, Ron Buckner), and now in 2012 we finally have recorded the final version of it with Bill Smith on guitars and Nicolas Scandiffio on Vocals. We are happy with all the modifications we have done through the years… This track will be included on the new mini album as a bonus track."
New York vets Dehumanized and Comatose Music have teamed up with Nefarious Realm for an exclusive premier of the song "Root of Evil" off the band's long-awaited return to action, "Controlled Elite." The song, which features a guitar solo from Suffocation's Terrance Hobbs, is now streaming at this location. "Controlled Elite" is set for a November 27th release date and pre-orders for are now being taken at Comatose Music.
Finnish act Bloodred Hourglass posted a new music video for the song "Castle Ashtray." The track will appears on the band's debut full length release "Lifebound," which is available now via Spinefarm Records. The video was created by Oke Inoranta, with the footage captured from the Finnish tour this fall.
Check out "Castle Ashtray" here: