Metal News for November 13, 2013
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Following several other live runs, the Texas brutalizers in Mammoth Grinder have declared new live actions for the coming weeks.
These new melees will begin to transpire across North America this weekend, as the Mammoth Grinder crew raids Canada for shows in Montreal this Thursday, November 14th and Toronto on Friday the 15th.
Next month they'll head back out on a trek kicking off December 14th at the first annual Denver Black Sky Festival. From there Mammoth Grinder will rip through the Midwest and Gulf Coast states with nine more shows with Power Trip, also sharing the stage with Iron Reagan, Windhand and more along the way.
The band is currently devising additional tour plans for early 2014.
11/14/2013 Turbo Haus - Montreal, QC w/ Iron Age, Napalm Raid, Oath
11/15/2013 Hard Luck - Toronto, ON w/ Mind Eraser, Needles, Warthog
12/14/2013 The Gothic Theater - Denver, CO @ Denver Black Sky Festival
12/15/2013 Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan, Windhand
12/16/2013 Club Dada - Dallas, TX w/ Power Trip,Iron Reagan, Windhand
12/17/2013 Red 7 - Austin, TX w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan, Windhand
12/18/2013 Siberia - New Orleans, LA w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
12/19/2013 Epic Problem - Tampa, FL w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
12/20/2013 Talent Farm - Pembroke Pines, FL w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
12/21/2013 The Atlantic - Gainesville, FL w/ Power Trip, Iron Reagan
12/22/2013 Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA w/ Power Trip
12/23/2013 The Forge - Birmingham, AL w/ Power Trip, Legion
France's Beyond The Styx has an official lyric video for out now for "Xcalibur (Call To Sword)," taken from the band's debut EP "Sloughing off the Shades." Check out the song below, and you can pick up your copy of the EP at this location.
St. Louis doom metal outfit The Lion's Daughter is pleased to unearth the forbidden fruit from latest full-length, "A Black Sea." Check out the track "Wolves" below courtesy of Cvltnation.com.
A collaborative effort between The Lion's Daughter and somber folk ensemble/fellow St. Louis occupants, Indian Blanket, the initial idea was to create just one special song together, however through musical chemistry, and perhaps some support from Jim Beam and various forms of earthbound psychedelics, what was prearranged as one track mushroomed into a full LP. More...
Disfiguring the Goddess is today dropping another track from the upcoming full-length brutal death metal release "Deprive," which will be hitting music outlets December 10th via Decomp Records.
Norwegian grindcore act Beaten To Death recently launched a new video for “Vinni Butterfly” at Invisible Oranges. Check it out below.
The song comes from the band’s second album “Dødsfest!” that was released last month, on October 4th, via Mas-Kina Recordings. You can stream the full release at this location.
Satan's Wrath dropped new album "Aeons of Satan's Reign" yesterday, and in celebration of the release, the band has posted new song "Satan's Blood, Lucifer's Fire." Give it a listen at Pitchfork.com here.
You can also listen to the previously released track "Die White Witch Die" at this location. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Only Satan Is Lord
2. Die White Witch Die
4. Ecstasies of Sorcery
5. Satan's Blood, Lucifer's Fire
6. All of Us Witches
7. Lives of the Necromancers
8. Aeons of Satan's Reign More...
Misfits, Flag (an assemble of Black Flag's earliest cast) and Subhumans certainly need no introduction to the punk world. The legacy passed down by these artists not only changed the landscape of punk, but music in general. Even though Jerry Only sang Glenn Danzig's parts and Keith Morris was in charge of songs later made famous by Henry Rollins, fans still shouted the words and slammed in manic appreciation. With the exception of Misfits, who played a club show as part of the FFF Nites attraction, the Black stage--the stage I primarily report--focused on punk rock. Day two of my first FFF experience in 2011 operated with a similar punk roots bands The Damned and Negative Approach.
Originally announced as a December release, Legion of the Damned has now revealed "Ravenous Plague" is due out January 7th, 2014 via Napalm Records. The record label also issued the following press release:
"Back in 2004, when Legion of the Damned rose from the ashes of Occult in the Dutch city of Venlo, where the music scene yearned for pure and brutal thrash metal. In 2005, Maurice Swinkels (vocals), Erik Fleuren (drums), Twan Fleuren (bass) and Richard Ebisch (guitar) teamed up with producer Andy Classen and entered his Stage-One-Studio (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany) in order to record Malevolent Rapture a true classic of Euro-Thrash!
"Eight busy and productive years later, the quartet comes full circle with the release of their latest album Ravenous Plague that harkens back to their phenomenal debut. Twan Van Geel took over the guitar duties from Richard Ebisch and excels on Ravenous Plague with his skills on the guitar. Hein Willekens has also joined Legion of the Damned on stage as their second guitarist. All these changes are examples of the newly lit fire and newfound strength of the band.
"2014 might prove to be yet another pivotal year for Legion of the Damned, as Ravenous Plague makes it more than clear that the evolution of the band is far from over. The return to Andy Classen as producer duties was a great move, as no one else knows the band better than Classen. The album's introduction was composed by Jo Blankenburg, who wrote music for blockbuster films including such as Harry Potter, X-Men, and 300. Wes Benscoter, who has worked with numerous bands including Slayer, created the artwork for Ravenous Plague. There is a storm brewing in the camp of Legion of the Damned, and it won't be silenced anytime soon." More...
The Colorado natives in Allegaeon will be giving fans one last chance to see them live before they return to the studio to record their third full-length album.
The tour is scheduled to begin on December 1st and concludes on December 21st, with dates throughout Texas, the west coast, and the Pacific Northwest.
Additionally, Allegaeon is happy to announce that guitarist Michael Stancel will be joining the band full time. While in writing mode, Stancel and Allegaeon have been collaborating on new songs. Allegaeon vocalist Ezra Haynes comments on the addition of Stancel to the lineup:
"I'm more than pleased with some of the big changes happening in the Allegaeon camp. We'll be hitting the road this December with our newest addition to the Allegaeon family, Michael Stancel. He filled in for the recently departed Ryan Glisan on our last tour and within just a few shows we knew he was our guy. He has a great head on his shoulders, shares the same interest in the dumb pop music we listen to, shreds like a beast and is ONLY 19 years old! We look forward to forging a great relationship with Michael and can't wait for the rest of the world to hear the final product." More...
Following the previous leaking of Beastmilk's new anthems "Fear Your Mind" and "Love in a Cold World," the propaganda campaign for the Finnish outfit continues with a new video for "Death Reflects Us."
You can watch the music video below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com. "Death Reflects Us" is the opening track to the "Climax" LP and was directed by Ville Hakonen and produced by Wacky Tie Films.
"Climax" will see release on November 29th, 2013 and was recorded, mixed, and produced in July of 2013 at GodCity Studios by Kurt Ballou. More...
Blackened post-metal trio Sannhet this week releases a brand new digital single entitled "Lions Eye," now playing at Pitchfork.com here. The following press release was also issued about the single:
"Featuring two beautifully crushing works from the Brooklyn, New York-based outfit, the succinct but compelling digital-only release contains the songs, 'Lions Eye' and 'You Thy __,' both recorded by Brendan Tobin (Made Out Of Babies, Red Sparrows) at his Ice Cream Audio, and mastered by Carl Saff.
"Sannhet has been performing the songs as part of their live set for the past year, and wanted to put them to tape as to segue the gap between their acclaimed 2013 debut LP, Known Flood, and pending sophomore album coming in 2014.
"Lions Eye is being released in conjunction with the band's friends at Sacrament Music/Saint Vitus Bar, responsible for the release of the Known Flood LP, which was subsequently joined by a CD version via Consouling Sounds."
Stated the band on the new material: "These two songs are a little taste of what we've been working on since Known Flood. We think this release showcases a bit more of the raw intensity people have come to expect from our live shows over the past year."
The band also just recently released the second in an ongoing trio of videos for "Slow Ruin," hailing from the "Known Flood" LP, which can be viewed at this location.
Gun Metal Gray has posted a new music video featuring live footage for the track "G\m/G," which can be viewed below.
The song "G\m/G" was recorded at Studio D and mixed and mastered by Mike Washkevich. The track will be available on iTunes worldwide this coming November 17th, 2013.
Saving Grace has posted the song "1994" online, which comes off the new album "The Urgency," due out January 21st, 2014 on Facedown Records. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Produced and engineered in New Zealand by California’s Zack Ohren (The Ghost Inside, First Blood, Carnifex, All Shall Perish), ‘The Urgency’ is the band’s most raw and aggressive effort to date and sees a return to earlier roots of their original sound which is heavily influenced by traditional European metalcore and mixed with stylings of American hardcore and death metal.
"Original artwork for ‘The Urgency’ was created by UK artist Colin Marks (Whitechapel, Impending Doom, Oceano, All Shall Perish)." More...
U.K. outfit The Purge has posted two new songs online for streaming and name-your-price download. Check out "Messiah Complex" and "Serbian Hangover" in the player available below, or download the songs at Bandcamp here.
Costa Rican melodic black metal band Rotten Souls has posted "The Awakening" online, which comes off the band's latest single "Denial." Give the song a listen in the player available below.
San Francisco's Botanist and Palace of Worms are teaming up to release a split album via fellow San Franciscan experimental metal label, The Flenser.
Featuring three tracks from each band that were mixed and mastered by Jack Shirley at The Atomic Garden, this six-song split album is now available on digital and vinyl formats. You can stream the songs below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Botanist - Tillandsia 05:34
2. Botanist - Senecio 05:13
3. Botanist - Trandescantia Pallida 05:27
4. Palace of Worms - Ode to Joy (Hurrah, the End Draws Nigh) 06:56
5. Palace of Worms - King Leech 07:11
6. Palace of Worms - Twilight of the Idols (for R.B.) 06:02 More...
Dissefacto has posted the new track "Hex Makina" online, which will appear on a new LP for release at the end of the year.
Give the song a listen below, or you can check out the band's previously released "The Truth Before One After All" EP at this location.
As "Helium Head," the debut LP from Mutoid Man rages towards release, today Noisey.Vice.com rolls out a slamming new anthem from the album. Get your face peeled by the track "Scavengers" below.
The band was ormed by guitarist/vocalist Stephen Brodsky of Cave In and drummer Ben Koller of Converge and is now joined by bassist/Saint Vitus soundboard guru Nick Cageao.
"Helium Head" will see digital release on November 22nd followed by its CD and LP manifestations -- the wax in three different color schemes -- on Black Friday, November 29th. More...
Spanish act Ouija has now released second album "Ave Voluptatis Carnis" via Xtreem Music, which the label describes as "great quality true black metal the in the 90’s tradition for lovers of good old Dissection, early Emperor, and Immortal."
You can check out the song "The Serpent Calls Me" in the player below, and the album's full track listing is as follows:
01. Lord's Prayer
02. The Serpent Calls Me
03. I'm Not Your Rescuer
05. Between Candles and Skulls
06. The Blood Centurión
07. Come Thy Kingdom
08. Magma More...
Another podcast episode from Danko Jones’ world of music is now available online. In episode #57 of the podcast Danko corralled both Dizzy Reed and Richard Fortus (Guns N’ Roses) during the Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour this past summer to chat about ZZ-Top, Billy Idol, the concept of wearing capes, and bowling with W.A.S.P guitarist Chris Holmes.
The episode is available for streaming and free download below or at the Danko Jones website.
On October 22nd, a re-release of "Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue" was made exclusively available on Spotify, including two previously unreleased tracks “Crazy In Bed” and “Whatever Happens.”
The band just started a fall tour through the Nordics with no less than 18 shows total. In addition to the tour the group will also do three gigs in Ontario, Canada towards the end of November. More...
Currently taking over North America as part of 6-week headlining tour, August Burns Red is ready to unleash a new video for “Provision," a track from latest album "Rescue & Restore."
“I can say on behalf of the entire band this video is the coolest music video we feel we've ever done,” says guitarist JB Brubaker. “It took forever to come together but it looks awesome. I've never been a big music video guy but the ‘Provision’ video is one I'm proud to share with everyone.”
Progressive metal outfit Prospekt this week launched a first official video via Prog Magazine. Check out the video for "Shutter Asylum" below.
Hailing from the Oxford, UK-based band's debut album, "The Colourless Sunrise" (released via Sensory Records on October 22nd) the video for "Shutter Asylum" was filmed and directed by Chris Porter and Mikey Scrivens of LifeisArtFilms.
This Friday, November 15th, Prospekt is set to perform in the band's hometown at a record release show in commemoration of the triumphant release of "The Colourless Sunrise," with more live plans coming together for 2014.
11/15/2013 O2 Academy Oxford - Oxford, UK *record release show More...
Australian metalcore outfit I Killed The Prom Queen is back and has officially signed to Epitaph Records worldwide. The band will release a third studio LP in 2014.
Following his stint with Bring Me The Horizon, songwriter and guitarist Jona Weinhofen returns to his role in I Killed The Prom Queen and he states:
"We are absolutely ecstatic to join the Epitaph Records family. Having worked with the label previously with Bring Me The Horizon, I knew exactly what Epitaph was capable of and that it would be the perfect home for I Killed The Prom Queen. Epitaph is already the home to so many of our heroes such as Converge, Refused, Pennywise and Every Time I Die, and has helped launch our good friends Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, Day Of Contempt, Letlive. and more. To say that we are a part of this family is truly an honour."
The band has just finalized the recording process in Gothenburg, Sweden with Fredrik Nordström (Bring Me The Horizon, At The Gates, In Flames, Dimmu Brogir, Architects UK), with plans to release the new material in 2014. Jona Weinhofen continues:
"We are dying to get this album out and into the hands of old and new I Killed The Prom Queen fans everywhere. To me this record feels as though I Killed The Prom Queen never took a break and is a natural progression of the band. You will hear hints of our side projects and new influences, but make no mistake, this is an I Killed The Prom Queen record through and through. Its fast, melodic, heavy, catchy and we have added a couple of new elements which really bring it up there with the level of music being created these days." More...
Toronto-based metal band Where Giants Once Stood is proud to announce the "Where's Your Head At" tour that will see the group perform dates in Ontario and Quebec with support from Hamilton, ON group Deterrence.
This is Where Giants Once Stood's second tour of 2013 in support of the EP "The Changing." The band plans to be in studio before and after the tour, working on a follow-up release. WGOS also comments:
“Now we’ve arrived, we’re not going anywhere! With everything we’ve achieved this year, we’ve grown so much as a band – the new material is sounding better and heavier than ever! We’re collaborating with a fantastic producer to take our sound to the next level, and we can’t wait to show everyone what we have in store!”
Nov 30 - Oshawa, ON - The Diesel Room - Show Details - w/ Venus Tides, In The Act Of Violence
Dec 1 - Belleville, ON - Parkdale Community Hall - Show Details - w/ Deterrence
Dec 3 - Montreal, QC - Cafe Chaos - Show Details - Buy Tickets - w/ Grave Of Disgrace
Dec 4 - Sherbrooke, QC - Bar Le Magog - w/ Deterrence and guests
Dec 6 - Peterborough, ON - The Spill - w/ Deterrence and guests
Dec 7 - Stratford, ON - Backstage Bar & Grill - Show Details - w/ Deterrence
Dec 8 - Toronto, ON - The 460 - w/ Deterrence and guests
Dec 10 - London, ON – The Richmond - w/ Deterrence and guests
Dec 11 - Guelph, ON - The Red Papaya - Show Details - w/ Deterrence, Brave The Apex
Dec 12 - Windsor, ON - Coach & Horses - Show Details - w/ Deterrence and guests
Dec 13 - Brantford, ON – Club Sagittarius - Show Details - w/ Skynet, Ending Tyranny, Door To Door Human Gore, Quick Wicked, Deterrence More...
Alpine black/death conjurors Valdur today confirm preliminary details for impending new full-length "At War With," which is the follow-up to the band's 2010 release "Raven Gods Among Us."
"At War With" was recorded at Earhammer Studio with Greg Wilkinson at the helm and is currently being mastered by Michael Z. (Secrets of the Moon, Ascension) at Source Studios, boasting ten psalms of sonic repugnance.
States drummer Matthew bluntly: "I'm not very comfortable trying to put Valdur's music into words, but I think that what is important is that we have the luxury of doing what we want, when we want... and in the end, it will be our music and artwork that will do all the talking."
"At War With" will rise on December 17th, 2013 via BloodyMountain Records. Additional details to be unveiled in due time. An early rough version of the title track is available below. More...
In Process is a groove metal band founded in 2006, based in Helsinki, Finland. After time keeping a low profile, the band went through some lineup changes and was reactivated in the beginning of 2012.
Late last year, the band headed to the studio and recorded a 5-track EP, "Surgery," which contains 17 minutes of aggressive, rhythm-based tribal metal. The lyrics deal with life's difficulties and death stemming from the thoughts that a heart goes through when observing the world around it.
"Surgery" is due out November 29th, 2013 via Inverse Records, and the band is also currently preparing material for a full-length debut album.
For more info on In Process, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Undersmile is releasing a new split album with Bismuth, which features artwork by Tony Roberts. You can check out the tracks below, and the band also comments:
"Our new split with Bismuth is available to preorder from today on limited edition red/black colour vinyl, regular black vinyl and gold cassette. You can even download it from our Bandcamp page right now for the miniature price of £3."
The track listing is:
1. Bismuth - Collapse 17:16
2. Undersmile - Titanaboa 23:23 More...
The Browning has released a brand new music video for the track "Fifth Kind." which is taken from new album "Hypernova."
The band traveled to the deep south of Savannah, Georgia to film the video at an old monastery in the middle of the woods. The video was produced and directed by Frankie Nasso and Jess Orsburn of Nova Entertainment. The Browning comments:
"The message from the song we're trying to put out is partly that we believe there is more life than just us here on earth, and that instead of forcing a religion on someone and telling them that's what you have to follow and base your life and decisions off of, let everyone find their own way in life.
"Like our lyrics say, 'You don't know the suffering inside me, I don't need your light to guide me', obviously stating you don't know me, I don't need your personal beliefs to influence my life. We're just trying to promote the idea of independent thinking as opposed to being spoon-fed all your ideas and ideologies."
Director Jess Orsburn adds:
"It was an overall positive experience creating this video for 'Fifth Kind.' After driving 20 hours from NYC to Savannah, GA and then shooting until the wee hours of the morning with a super talented group of cast and crew, I couldn't be any happier with what we were able to accomplish. The Browning are such great guys and really gave it their all each and every time they performed the track. It was brutally hot on set but that didn't slow them down one bit. They were incredible and the energy really shows through in the video." More...
It was recently announced that Zodiac was denied entry to the U.S. due to problems obtaining visas, and now the band has issued the following statement about the situation:
"To our friends in the U.S. and Canada: Zodiac will unfortunately not be making it over to North America for the tour starting this week due to being denied the necessary visas.
"This is a huge disappointment for us, but we remain hopeful to be able to come to promote our new album 'A Hiding Place' later in 2014 instead. Thanks to all the people who have helped spread the word about the recent release and to all the people who worked so hard to get us over!
"We know that many bands had the same problems in the last months but hopefully this is gonna change in the near future and we are able to rock out for you guys soon! For now, please go out to see and support Monster Magnet, Royal Thunder and the newly added Anti-Mortem on their
The band's new album "Hiding Place" was released in October via Prosthetic Records in North America. More...
Walking Corpse Syndrome has released a new music video for "The Individiualist," which comes off the band's latest release "Alive in Desolation" (check out our review here).
The new video is available below, or you can also watch the previously posted clip for "Walking Sacrifice" at this location. Catch Walking Corpse Syndrome's next show this coming November 23rd at the Top Hat in Missoula, MT.
U.K. outfit The Colour Line has posted the following statement online about finishing work on a new release:
"We have finished recording! The EP is finally done. Finished. Fin. Who's stoked to hear it?! We're stoked to get this out, if you liked Riff City you're gonna love this. (Actually, even if you hated it you're still gonna love this one)."
Further details on the EP will be forthcoming, and in the meantime you can check out photos from the band's time in the studio at Facebook here.
Sonata Arctica will release an 8th studio album in April of 2014, which follows previous album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here).
The band also announced special shows in Finland to celebrate 15 years as an recording artist. Sonata Arctica comments:
"Next year, it's been 15 years since we released our debut album Ecliptica back in 1999. To honour this milestone we will play some special shows in Finland and Latin-America.
"These gigs will be extended shows with songs from the bands entire catalog. We might even throw in a couple of new songs from the upcoming album. See you on the road and a big cheers!"
29.01. Circus, Helsinki
30.01. Tamperetalo, Tampere
31.01 Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna
01.02. Kerubi, Joensuu
08.02. Radio Rock Risteily
11.02. Sibeliustalo, Lahti
12.02 Lutakko, Jyväskylä
13.02. Kylpylähotelli Rauhalahti, Kuopio
14.02 Rytmikorjaamo, Seinäjoki
15.02. Logomo, Turku More...
Greek outfit Guttertrash has posted the song "Memento Mori" online, which can be heard below. The track comes off the band's new demo release, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Memento Mori
2. Suffer the Pain
3. Vital Distress
4. Corrupted Game