Metal News for November 15, 2012
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Swedish act DeathDestruction has checked in with the following brief announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio
"Death Destruction will enter Bohus Sound in Kungälv / Sweden on Monday November 19th with producer Roberto Laghi to start the recording of the new album! Stay tuned folks."
You can keep up with the recording process and check out photos from the band's time working on new material over at Facebook. DeathDestruction is:
Tony JJ - Vocals
Henrik Danhage - Guitars
Fredrik Larsson - Bass
Jonas Ekdahl - Drums
Kaledon is finishing the recording sessions for a new album and now the band will start the mixing process. The release date, cover, title, and track list will be announced soon. A video clip from the process of working on the album can also be viewed below.
Multinational hard rock/metal band Meldrum is pleased to announce Tuesday November 20th, 2012 as the release date for third album 'Lifer." Founder and late ex-Phantom Blue guitarist Michelle Meldrum passed away at the age of 39 in May 2008. "Lifer" stands as a proud tribute to Michelle and her lifetime commitment to creating and performing music.
In honor of their fallen bandmate, remaining members drummer Gene Hoglan (Testament, Death, Dark Angel, Dethklok), guitarist/bassist Laura Christine (Warface), and vocalist Michelle Madden (Tourette's) entered the studio with producer/engineer/manager Rob Shallcross (Strapping Young Lad, GWAR, Zimmers Hole, West of Hell) to lay tracks for what would become 'Lifer."
Pre-sale's are available now at this location. The album will come as a digipak that includes an 8 page insert and CD. Fans who place their order between now and the November 20th release date will receive a free download of Meldrum's latest single 'Paid.". Partial proceeds from the album will go to Michell's son Jake Thomas who she left behind when she passed.
Gene Hoglan comments on the album: "Let me say this: Never have I obsessed over the recording of any album I've been involved in as I have with Meldrum's latest. The tragic circumstances that took Michelle from us also provided us with a raser-sharp focus to record the most amazing album we could. Michele Madden, Laura Christine, and hell, even Rob Shallcross, our engineer, put forth performances of a lifetime, with each member's full love and respect going into every nuance of every song. Not only to honor Michelle, but to also lay down some bad-ass music, which was ultimately what she stood for what Meldrum stands for. I think the songs speak for themselves, and I, for one, have never been prouder to be a part of a family, let alone a project such as this. Metal with balls. Crank it up, indeed." More...
Three years after the debut album "Straight line" was released through Spinal Records & Bang!/PIAS, as well as performing as tour openers for Pro-Pain, Belgian metallers KomaH are back with a second full-length album entitled "Between Vice and Virtue." This new release is coming on 12.12.12 through Spinal Records.
"Between vice and virtue" was recorded and mixed in spring 2012 by Charles Deschutter (No One Is Innocent, The Dukes) at Rec’n’ roll Studio in Belgium, and a new track from this upcoming album, titled "One After the Other," can be heard below.
Exxiles is a new progressive metal band formed by former Reign of the Architect drummer Mauricio Bustamente, and also features members and guest appearances from the likes of Symphony X, Savatage, Trasns-Siberian Orchestra, Circle II Circle, Communic, Circus Maximus, Lost in Thought, and Agora.
The band has now posted its first official trailer online teasing upcoming new material, which can be found below. The upcoming album from Exxiles is set for release sometime in 2013.
Dark Tranquillity has posted the following announcement online about canceling the band's previously scheduled European tour dates:
"It is with great frustration that we have to announce the cancellation of our participation in the planned European tour 'Metal Attack Over Europe.'
"The reasons are several. The main tour promoter has failed in making the necessary practical and logistical arrangements needed for the tour to happen. Due to the lack of reliable information and substandard promotion, ticket sales have been surprisingly low. We can't just embark on a one-month, five-band trek risking to be met by closed venues or not being 100% sure that the necessary arrangements for the shows even to happen are in place. The fact that Warbringer had to cancel didn’t help the situation.
"We understand that many people will be disappointed, and so are we. Rest assured that our booking agent has been doing his outmost to save the tour and try to sort things out, but the sad reality is that we're left with no choice but to cancel. We are truly sorry about this situation."
Dark Tranquillity also digitally released the "Zero Distance" EP (reviewed here) last month, which includes five tracks taken from the European tour edition of "We Are The Void" (2010).
Candlelight Records is proud to announce the signing of Voices, which was formed in London in 2011 as a new experiment from Akercocke members Peter Benjamin, David Gray and Samuel Loynes, and also joined by London producer Dan Abela of Legacy Studios.
According to a statement, the band's mission is to "create a deep brand of cold and confronting music, part hypnotic yet often disturbing, focusing from an avant-garde take upon black metal, whilst always striving to explore a wide musical spectrum."
Voices comments: "We have some immense plans for future creativity, ruling out no potential musical style or influence. We hope to never be bound by convention and thus remaining truly extreme through this unique and open minded disposition.
“We are excited to be working with the legendary Candlelight Records. It’s a greatly profound occasion for us to be sharing a label alongside some of our own and long-serving musical influences. Each member of the band has been listening to Candlelight artists for years and has great appreciation and respect of the label’s direction and continuing legacy. From here we hope to spread our message throughout the world via the mighty platform provided by Candlelight Records. And therefore we now have some colossal ventures and goals on the horizon... Expect Voices to always bring deeply innovative and unusual extreme metal infiltrated by the strain of London life, pushing this sound into the forefront of the global metal world” More...
Obsidian Kingdom has released the new album "Mantiis" online for streaming and free download, which can be heard in the player below. The band also comments:
"Mantiis is finally out and it is already yours. Download our new album for FREE at our bandcamp site.
"After two years of hard work we are proud to present you with the fruit of our efforts. A conceptual album featuring a single song divided into fourteen tracks which flow through different genres. An agony in fourteen bites.
"Mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. Artwork looked after by Estudio Ritxi Ostáriz and Elena Gallen. With a special feature by Fiar from FOSCOR. We hope that you enjoy listening to our music as much as we have enjoyed creating it. Feast your ears and see you onstage!" More...
Rise Records act Crown The Empire has released parts 1 and 2 of the group's extended music video series for the single "Oh Catastrophe." The track comes off the group's upcoming album "The Fallout," which is set for release on November 20th.
"The Fallout" was produced by Joey Sturgis (Of Mice & Men, The Devil Wears Prada, Attack Attack!). In addition, the band is confirmed for this year's Take Action Tour with The Used, We Came As Romans, and Mindflow.
Calgary, Alberta’s hardcore outfit Fall City Fall is inviting fans to come out and take part in an upcoming live music video shoot for “Lovebirds” and "Dissentipede” from the band's forthcoming album "Victus," due out January 22nd, 2013.
The event will take place on November 23rd at Albert Park Radisson Heights in Calgary and will begin at 6:30 pm. Stay tuned for updates and an announcement about pre-order packages. More...
Bucharest act Goodbye To Gravity has posted a video clip online for "I Won't Wait," which comes off the band's self-titled album due for release on November 26th, 2012 through Metalfan Records Division.
The video was directed by Mircea "Ghibortz" Ghinescu and edited by Andi Dumitrescu. You can find more info on Goodbye To Gravity over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Listenable Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with French metal act Supuration:
"Don't be fooled by the band moniker, Supuration do not specialize themselves in unleashing short grind-gore blasts but deliver more of measured yet muscular balanced metal through a more profound, subtile and enigmatic musical world.
"Born in Valenciennes in the North of France in 1989, Supuration or their more progressive incarnation S.U.P., have been releasing a numerous amount of records over their 20 year career, developing a series of conceptual albums called 'The Cube.'
"'The Cube 3' will see its release in 2013, actually 20 years later after the debut album release initiating the story about 'The Cube' and 10 years after the similar in concept and powerful 'Incubation' in 2003. More...
Bonded Blood, which recently released new album "The Aftermath," has been confirmed for this year's Barge to Hell cruise, which sets sail from Miami to the Bahamas on December 3rd and returns on December 7th.
The band will be joining the likes of At The Gates, Behemoth, Sodom, Napalm Death, and more on one of the most extreme cruises in the world. Bonded By Blood has also confirmed a European tour with Vader and Aborted, which is set to take place through January and February, 2013. Dates are due to be announced soon.
Bonded By Blood drummer Carlos Regalado comments:
"We are ecstatic to be one of the lucky bands this year to be included in the Barge to Hell cruise! We can't wait to share the stage with all these legendary bands, and being able to play on such a huge ship while it sails to the Bahamas is just unreal. See you all on deck!
"We are also excited to announce that in January we are heading overseas to Europe to tour with the legendary Vader! It's been a while since we have done a proper European tour and we just can't wait to get back out there and support The Aftermath live. We look forward to meeting some new fans and seeing some familiar faces; see you on the road!" More...
Alberto Palacios has posted a snippet online of his new album "We Are The Opera," which can be heard through the SoundCloud player below. Alberto also comments:
"A conceptual album with progressive metal/rock influences, 'We are The Opera' tells the story of 2 different characters, 'The Composer' and 'The Maestro,' which share more than the place they are confined to... This is the culmination of a lot of work, time, frustration and time, hope you enjoy, support independent music, and buy the album!!" More...
Kill Devil Hill (featuring Vinny Appice, Rex Brown, Mark Zavon, and Dewey Bragg) is hitting the road again in support of the band's self-titled debut album, which was released earlier this year via Steamhammer/SPV.
The tour kicks off tonight in Oklahoma City and runs through December 1st in Fresno, CA. This run will find the band playing headline shows as well as supporting shock rock icon Alice Cooper. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Kill Devil Hill has created a series of lyric videos for selected songs from the debut, and each video also features commentary from band members on that particular song. Today RevolverMag.com is premiering the video for the song "Voodoo Doll," which can be found here or in the player below. More...
Cadaveria has released an official music video for the song "Flowers in Fire," which is available now in the player below. The video was filmed in September 2012 in three different locations in Piedmont, North Italy, by the director Alberto Maria Gotti of Morbid Vision.
An extended version of the video as a short film is also available on Morbid Vision’s Vimeo channel right here. The original track “Flowers in Fire” comes off Cadaveria's latest album "Horror Metal," released on January 31st, 2012 on Bakerteam Records. More...
German metallers The Very End have released a lyric video for their new song "The Black Fix" (featuring LG Petrov from Entombed). Commented The Very End vocalist Bjoern Goosses: “Naturally, being fans of old-school death metal, LG is one of our old-time heroes whom we are proud to present on our new album.”
The track comes off the band's new album "Turn Off The World," which is due out November 23rd (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) / November 26th (Europe) / and November 27th (North America) on Steamhammer / SPV.
The lyric video was created by Carsten Loer for Cyphers X and can be viewed below. Like its predecessor "Mercy & Misery," "Turn Off The World" was produced by Waldemar Sorychta and mastered by Dennis Koehne. The album artwork has been created by Killustrations. The track listing is as follows:
04. The Black Fix
05. Maelstrom Calling
06. Sixes And Nines
07. The Last Mile
10. Orphans Of Emptiness
11. To Feed On Hope More...
Italy's Within Your Pain has released the "Little Stars And The Perfect Yellow Keys" EP, which is now available for streaming through the player below. You can also download the release for free or on a pay-what-you-want basis over at the To React Records Bandcamp page. The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Mega Lizard vs. Giant Ninja 03:59
2. This Song Smell Like Asphalt In The Rain 03:05
3. Do it! If you can! Ok you can't! 02:04
4. Give Me Fuel, Give Me Fire, Give Me The Fuckin Gasoline 03:24
5. We Are Not So Proud Of This Song But Our Label Asked Us For A Cool Song Like An Emmure Song 01:53
6. Mega Lizard vs. Giant Ninja (Inverno Version) 02:29 More...
Finland's Vuolla has posted the new single "Rivers In Me" online, which can be heard through the player below. Vuolla is:
Kati Hämäläinen - vocals
Sakari Paavola - vocals, guitars
Ilari Kallinen - guitars
Taneli Kejonen - bass
Ville Halonen - drums
Terminal Sick has posted a new song online titled "Red Eyes," which is taken from the band's upcoming album "Nothing More."
Check out the song in the SoundCloud player below, and the album is due out this coming December 21st, 2012 via To React Records. For more info on Terminal Sick, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. More...
Los Angeles heavy metal act Holy Grail has launched the first in a series of track-by-track videos for the forthcoming album "Ride The Void." The album, which is scheduled for release on January 22nd, 2013 in the US (January 16th, 2013 in Japan via Universal, and January 18th, 2013 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records) is now available for pre-order right here.
The first video for the track "Bestia Triumphans," which features commentary from bass guitarist Blake Mount and lead guitarist Eli Santana, can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Bestia Triumphans
3. Dark Passenger
4. Bleeding Stone
5. Ride The Void
6. Too Decayed To Wait
8. Take It To The Grave
9. Sleep Of Virtue
10. Silence the Scream
11. The Great Artifice
12. Wake Me When It's Over
13. Rains of Sorrow More...
Progressive instrumentalists Scale The Summit have revealed the title for their upcoming Spring 2013 release "The Migration."
More information on the album will be announced shortly. The album will be a follow-up to the 2011 release "The Collective," and the band has also released a short video featuring footage from a writing session which can be viewed below. More...
German classic rockers Zodiac have revealed a brand new music video for the title track off their recently released debut album "A Bit of Devil." The video was produced by Florian Breuer, Andreas Huck, and Roland Nebe of Warped Type in Dusseldorf, Germany earlier this month. The video can be viewed through Hailsandhorns.com or in the player below.
The band comments: "We are happy to present you our first video. We've chosen the title track of our debut album "A Bit of Devil" and the look of the video fits perfect to the cover artwork. It is a proper performance video but we think the old school James Bond inspired look makes it something special. So enjoy and spread the word!" More...
Red Fang drew my attention first during day two. Contrary to their name, Red Fang’s bite energized rather than paralyzed the crowd. Although they came from the land of fog and towering trees of Oregon, their riffs were the size of Texas and filled with a gritty quality not unlike the festival’s dusty, trodden paths. Their catchy rhythms, guitar solos and drum fills grabbed the modestly sized audience and injected groove into their stoned bones. With prior SXSW appearances, Red Fang has become a well-recognized force in Austin’s festival circuit. Make sure to check these guys out on their touring supporting the “Murder the Mountains” album.
After snagging the premiere of the music video for "The Chosen Few," we are now stoked to bring you more new music from the burgeoning Cyprus metallers Blynd.
The band's sophomore full-length album "Punishment Unfolds" is set to devastate the metal world in a mere five days, becoming available on November 20th, 2012 through Pitch Black Records.
If "The Chosen Few" wasn't enough for you, now you can hear three more tracks from the release through the widget below (the player may take a few moments to load the tracks after hitting "play"). Headbang along with the pummeling "Arrival of the Gods," "As Punishment Unfolds," and "Never For The Fallen" below, or read our review of the full album right here.
"Punishment Unfolds" features artwork by the iconic Seth Siro Anton of Septicflesh and includes guest appearances by Sakis Tolis (Rotting Christ) and George Charalambous (Winter's Verge). The tracks will be available for digital download through Amazon.com here.
The album's complete track listing is:
1. Divine Gathering (2:16)
2. Arrival of the Gods (4:53)
3. As Punishment Unfolds (4:32)
4. Never for the Fallen (4:50)
5. The Chosen Few (4:36)
6. Convicted in the Devil’s Land (5:25)
7. Sins to the Cross (4:47)
8. The Final Resistance (4:18)
9. Divine Conspiracy (4:08)
10. Infinity Race (5:17)
11. The Chosen Few – video (bonus) More...
Saxon will release the new album "Sacrifice" this coming February 2013 through UDR as the successor to previous album "A Call To Arms."
"Less tricks, more power!" roars frontman and founding father Biff Byford, "my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration." The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The album was recorded at LS Studios in Yorkshire and was produced by Byford with Andy Sneap mixing and engineering by Jacky Lehmann. It fairly bristles with muscular metallic intent, Paul Quinn's and Doug Scarratt's guitar work the best it's ever been, while Biff's vocals sound fresher and livelier. The songwriting too harks back to a classic era in Saxon's history, with the likes of 'Warriors Of The Road,' 'Wheels Of Terror,' and 'Stand Up And Fight' evoking the halcyon days of yore with a contemporary twist, the classic Saxon sound absorbing the snarl, ferocity and attitude of contemporary bands (and fans) such as Megadeth, as evidenced by the crunching title cut 'Sacrifice.'"
"It's certainly been done from a more early '80s thrashier perspective," explains Biff, "and it's not just guitars bashing away willy-nilly, they've got a fresh drive, purpose and perspective."
Besides the new material, Saxon will also be adding some unique recordings of revisited classic to certain formats of the release, also produced by Byford and mastered by Andy Sneap, including an orchestrated version of 'Crusader' and an acoustic version of 'Frozen Rainbow.'
"From the songs to the production, I wanted to focus on the raw aspects which made us great in the first place," concludes Biff, "And living in that rawness, combined with some great classic Saxon-songwriting, has in my opinion made Saxon fresher than ever."
After headlining the North American "PaganFest" tour this past Spring, battle metallers Turisas will once again return to the States in February/March 2013 for a headlining tour featuring Firewind and Stolen Babies as special guests.
In regards to the trek, the band comments: "Back to America straight out of the studio! We've spent the last six months off the road writing some new killer tunes and are just about to start recording them as we speak. The great memories from our previous tour last spring is making us even more excited to hit the road again after this long break. We're coming up with new cool and crazy ideas for this tour, and who knows, maybe we'll even try out and premiere some completely unreleased new material. One thing is certain, after 9 months off the road there'll be some serious energy to be released on stage! Serve us your weakest piss-light beer! We'll take it! America here we come!"
The Finnish act is currently completing work on a latest studio album, set for release in summer 2013. See below for a list of tour dates (with more to be announced soon!). More...
Los Angeles/San Francisco based Sledge Leather has begun writing material for a second full-length release, scheduled for 2013. Leather Leone and Sandy Sledge have already written four new tracks out of the nine new songs scheduled for the untitled concept release.
To expedite releasing new material, Sledge Leather started a Kickstarter fundraiser campaign on November 6th to help complete production for the release. The campaign will run through December 18th and offers fans an opportunity to purchase items: pledges include classic releases long out of print, new material, and Leather’s classic leather jacket dating back to the Rude Girl and her time before Chastain.
German symphonic death metal act Kambrium announced that Amanda Somerville (Trillium/Kiske-Somerville/HDK/Aina) will provide guest vocals on the song "Lake Gloom" from the band's upcoming, yet unnamed, sophomore LP. Recording for the album is set take place in 2013 with a release expected during the year.
Keyboardist and song composer Jan Hein had the following comment: "I am very glad that we were able to win Amanda for us. She is a very strong woman with a great voice. I think that she will lift our music to a new level! I'm looking forward to the new album, and hope that we can inspire you with our music."
Some of the other song titles previously announced for the release are: "Scepter of the Serpent," "Spellbound by a Nightmare," "Dark Lights," and "Taken By Storm."
A short video announcement can be viewed here: More...
The “Live In Sofia” release from U.D.O. is now available in Europe and the USA, which includes a concert of the band in Bulgaria’s capitol wrapped into DVD/2-CD and BluRay/2-CD packages. A second teaser trailer for the release can be found below.
And there’s another reason for all U.D.O. fans to celebrate: finally the band’s extensive back catalog will be made available again – now in special “anniversary editions.” This series will start with "Solid," "Man And Machine," "No Limits" and "Holy" (all albums include bonus tracks) on December 7th. In early 2013 more U.D.O. classics will follow. More...
Phoenix, AZ’s humorcore act Psychostick is asking fans to help spread the holiday hate and has posted a new promo video in support of the upcoming "Santa's An Asshole Tour," which can be viewed below. Dates for the tour are available after the jump.
Due to the overwhelming demand, Psychostick is taking the Christmas album, "The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride," back on the road again along with offering it as a free download for fans till the end of Thanksgiving at this location.
Post-metal prog act Intronaut will release the new album "Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones)" in North America on March 19th, 2012 via Century Media Records.
Drums were recorded by producer John Haddad [Exhumed, Phobia] and Derek Donley [Bereft] handled recording for all other elements on the record. It was mixed by Josh Newell and artwork and layout will be done by David D'Andrea.
Intronaut recently posted a rehearsal video of practicing a new song that will be featured on the album. The footage can be seen below. The band is confirmed for this year's Roadburn Festival held in the Netherlands and will be doing a full European tour around the event with The Atlas Moth and Castle. A full North American tour will be announced soon. More...
Montreal's rising-star progressive death metal wizards Beyond Creation have just released the new official music video for their song "Omnipresent Perception." The track comes off debut album "The Aura" and the clip is available below. Beyond Creation was also covered in the technical death metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column earlier this year.
"This video was created in collaboration with Obnoxious Entertainment, a brand-new production company from Montreal," comments BC singer/guitarist Simon Girard. "'Omnipresent Perception' contains a simple and direct message: we are free to trust in whatever we want, but we should first trust in ourselves, and make sure we do it the right way! We are very happy with the end result of this video and we hope people will have as much watching it as we did making it."
Century Media Records is proud to welcome Swedish black metal extremists Watain to its worldwide family. 2013 will see the release of Watain's fifth studio album via His Master's Noise in collaboration with Century Media Records. The label comments:
"Legitimately labeled as genre leaders, deservedly awarded with a Swedish Grammy, playing the world's biggest stages and touring the globe constantly while reaching numerous top positions in the annual reader's polls, Watain has worked hard and achieved a lot over the past years despite successfully ignoring any kind of conformity and concession to the metal mainstream. Unrivaled in their unwillingness to compromise and clear artistic vision, Watain is most befittingly described with the title of Bathory's third opus - 'Blood Fire Death,' a fact they never fail to underline with their infamous live shows: The stench of rotting animal cadavers, the inferno of candelabras and torches, chalices of blood, darkness and death - Watain is a full scale attack on all sensory organs. In days of toothless, sterile, family-friendly metal they embody danger and dread and are rewarded with a maximum of support and appreciation."
Watain issued the following statement:
"We are writing this from a magical place of desolation and desert-like vastness, where wondrous things are at this very moment taking place. Things that will come to colour our world as well as yours in the strangest hues for many years to come. We are entering this new chapter of WATAIN with a will and confidence to make it the most diverse and rememberable so far. And with the things that we have in mind for the future, it looks like it will be just so. Just wait and see, fuckers! Loud and terrible shall the trumpets of Devils sound..." More...
Dodsfall, which recently parted ways with its vocalist, has posted a new song from the upcoming EP 'Kronet I Svart Eld." Special guests on this EP include Devo Andersson (Marduk, Cardinal Sin, Allegiance), Necrosadist (Sorcery, Patronymicon) and Fauk (Hordagaard).
Listen to the track "Inn I Fjellets Dypeste Dyp" in the YouTube player below. The Full EP's track listing is as follows:
1. I Skuggans Famn
2. Av Død Skal du Herske
3. Mørkets Sirkel
4. Inn I Fjellets Dypeste Dyp
5. Gal Tjener More...