Metal News for November 21, 2012
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Legendary German power metallers Gamma Ray will unleash "Skeletons & Majesties Live" as a two-CD set next month via Eagle Rock imprint Armoury Records. Set for North American release on December 4th, 2012, "Skeletons & Majesties Live" is a near two-hour magnum opus spanning the band’s history and includes classics as well as tracks which were under-represented to date.
A DVD version will be released stateside in January. "Skeletons & Majesties Live" was recorded and filmed during the band’s 2011 European tour at the legendary Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland and is the first properly HD-filmed live video production of the band’s 20+ year career.
"The [2011 released] EP, Skeletons & Majesties, is practically a continuation of our Skeletons In The Closet concept, in other words: new versions of songs which didn't receive the attention they deserve, as well as unplugged versions of some of our classics," notes founding vocalist/guitarist Kai Hansen.
As a special bonus, to accompany the Hansen-penned Helloween classic on stage, Gamma Ray enlisted the services of former Helloween frontman Michael Kiske. In addition, Kiske can be heard and seen on "Time To Break Free" and "A While In Dreamland." More...
Footage has been posted online of Ottawa act Joe Thrasher performing "The Oath" at the MS Metal Therapy 2012 benefit show, which can be viewed below. Joe Thrasher is:
Scott Wark: Vocals and Bass
Matt Ingram: Guitars and backups
Jim Shurben: Drums and backups
The Fallen Divine released debut album ”The Binding Cycle” earlier this year and now the band has posted a music video for “Fire Lights The Night," which can be viewed below. The following press release was issued about the band:
"The Fallen Divine is a progressive extreme metal band from Oslo, Norway that took form in the summer of 2009. Since that date, after hours upon hours in the rehearsal space, the band has created a style of progressive metal that very few other bands have achieved before them. It’s difficult to categorize the sound of The Fallen Divine, but descriptions like 'melodic,' 'dynamic,' and 'complex' are often used."
Dan Swanö also commented: “Another example that proves that Scandinavia rule the Progressive Death metal scene. Dynamic and bombastic, just the way I like it. These guys have a bright future ahead!"
This December, The Netherlands’ raging trio Vanderbuyst will bring the party back to the rock scene full-on with third LP, "Flying Dutchmen." The following press release was also issued:
"The surging energy of Flying Dutchmen will rocket forth onto the public worldwide this December 7th via Ván Records, the label responsible for bringing such acts as The Devil’s Blood, The Ruins Of Beverast, Nagelfar and others into the cult spotlight within the last decade, in addition to having unleashed Vanderbuyst’s 2010-released self-titled debut LP and 2011-released sophomore album, In Dutch."
Vanderbuyst and Ván Records have also proudly revealed the first single and official video for the album’s tenth anthem, “Flying Dutchman," which can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Frivolous Franny
2. Waiting In The Wings
3. Give Me One More Shot
4. The Butcher’s Knife
5. Tears Won’t Rinse
6. Never Be Clever
7. In Dutch
8. Johnny Got Lucky
10. Flying Dutchman
11. Welcome To The Night More...
As previously announced, Season of Mist will re-release the first five albums from Greek act Septicflesh over the course of the year to come. Below you can view the brand new cover artwork of “Mystic Places of Dawn,” designed by Spiros “Seth” Antoniou himself.
“Mystic Places of Dawn” can already be pre-ordered from Season of Mist’s e-shop as a CD digipak, double gatefold LP, or t-shirt bundle. Due out January 25th (22nd in North America), the reissue will include the four tracks from 1991 EP “Temple of the Lost Race”. The track listing is as follows:
1. Mystic Places of Dawn
2. Pale Beauty of the Past
3. Return to Carthage
4. Crescent Moon
5. Chasing the Chimera
6. The Underwater Garden
7. Behind the Iron Mask
8. (Morpheus) The Dreamlord
9. Mythos (Part 1: Elegy – Part 2: Time Unbounded)
10. Erebus (bonus track)
11. Another Reality (bonus track)
12. Temple of the Lost Race (bonus track)
13. Setting of the Two Suns (bonus track) More...
German black/folk metal act Asator has checked in with the following announcement about streaming new promo songs online:
"Hails, our new 'Promo 2012' is finally online! You can find four brand new recordings here on MySpace.
"A CD version will be available within the next weeks. It won't be for sale, instead it'll be distributed for free at our concerts. A download link for the complete CD will be posted online within the next days! Enjoy and take care!"
The new promo release's track listing is:
1. Wenn Welten welken...
5. Auf alten Pfaden
Koldbrann is one of the latest additions to Season of Mist’s Underground Activists division. The Norwegian black metal act’s forthcoming album is entitled “Vertigo” and has been set for a January 25th release (January 22nd in North America). The cover artwork can be viewed below and the track listing is as follows:
2. Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott
3. Hjertets Holodomor
5. Stolichnaya Smert
6. Terminal Transnistrii
7. Phantom Kosmonaut
8. Goat Lodge
9. I Eklipsens Skimmer
10. Sans Soleil
11. Inertia Corridors
Last Friday Koldbrann unleashed “Totalt Sjelelig Bankerott,” a 7” single strictly limited to 300 copies worldwide, including a song from “Vertigo” and an exclusive B side entitled “Kasjtjeijs Svøpe.” More...
Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Vancouver metal quartet Anciients. Anciients has finished mastering a debut album slated for release in 2013. The label comments:
"The as-yet-untitled album sees the gang forging together smouldering apocalyptic riffs, classic hard rock influences and unforgettable vocal melodies with an interplay praising both the natural and occult."
Regarding the signing, the band issued the following statement: "We are honored to have Season of Mist release our debut, the fact that they chose us and believe in us means the world. We are proud to represent them and have them representing us as artists, and look forward to working with them for years to come."
Formed in 2010, Anciients has taken the Vancouver scene by storm. The band has already shared the stage with acts such as Pig Destroyer, Skeletonwitch, Manilla Road, 3 Inches of Blood, Boris, and High on Fire, and has been invited to perform at the prestigious Sled Island and Noctis Festivals.
Justin Sullivan, lead singer of the English band New Model Army, will be a guest vocalist on the track "The Windswept Mercy," which will appear on the new Soilwork double album, "The Living Infinite."
Formed in 1980 in Bradford, England, New Model Army still has a very loyal following and Soilwork front man Björn "Speed" Strid counts himself among it. Sullivan shares the serendipitous back-story on how he met up with Sweden’s melodic metal maestros Soilwork:
"Some years ago, I met Björn somewhere in the deserts of the southwestern U.S. I expect we both had good reasons for being there - though things like reason get swallowed up in the strangeness of deserts. Anyway, I'm sure we were talking about deserts and the idea of desert music as Europeans always have an unending fascination with these wondrous alien places. ‘Would you sing on a Soilwork record?’ he asked. ‘Yes, of course’ I replied, and so, many years later, I suddenly get an e-mail from Soilwork in a studio in Stockholm at exactly the same moment NMA were in a studio in London. And by a miracle of technology was able to do a quick vocal on this great and strangely beautiful song. Perhaps you beat me to the desert music thing after all, Bjorn. Love the track. All The Best.” More...
Sweden's Bullet has posted a lyric video online for "Running Away," the second single from the new record "Full Pull" (reviewed here). Check out the clip below. The track listing for "Full Pull" is as follows:
1. Midnight Oil
2. Full Pull
3. Running Away
4. All Fired Up
5. Rolling Home
6. In The Heat
7. High On The Hog
8. Rush Hour
12. Get On (Bonus Track)
German thrash titans Kreator, who are currently touring Europe in support of their most recent chart smashing album "Phantom Antichrist," will broadcast their entire show in Berlin on December 1st, 2012 – live and worldwide.
The broadcast is being made possible by Spiegel Online, the online version of German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel. Mark your calendars and tune in – December 1st at 10.00pm CET.
The official broadcast trailer can be viewed at this location. Kreator has the following upcoming tour dates with Morbid Angel and Nile:
21.11.2012 SI – Ljubljana, New Cvetlicarna Media Park
22.11.2012 HU – Budapest, Petofi Hall
23.11.2012 AT – Wien, Arena
24.11.2012 CZ – Zlin, Winter Masters of Rock
26.11.2012 CH – Fribourg, Fri-Son
27.11.2012 DE – Lindau, Club Vaudeville
28.11.2012 SK – Bratislava, Majestic Music Club
29.11.2012 PL – Krakau, Club Fabryka
30.11.2012 DE – Leipzig, Hellraiser
01.12.2012 DE – Berlin, Huxleys
02.12.2012 PL – Warsaw, Progresja
03.12.2012 BY – Minsk, Re:Public
05.12.2012 LT – Vilnius, Forum Palace
06.12.2012 EE – Tallinn, Rock Café
07.12.2012 FI – Helsinki, Nosturi
08.12.2012 FI – Oulu, Club Teatria
10.12.2012 SE – Stockholm, Lilla Arenan
11.12.2012 SE – Gothenburg, Traedgarn
12.12.2012 DK – Copenhagen, Amager Bio
13.12.2012 DK – Aarhus, Voxhall
14.12.2012 DE – Hamburg, Grosse Freiheit 36
15.12.2012 DE – Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
16.12.2012 NL – Leeuwarden, Schaaf
18.12.2012 CH – Zürich, Komplex
19.12.2012 DE – Saarbrücken, Garage
20.12.2012 DE – Hannover, Capitol
21.12.2012 DE – München, Backstage
22.12.2012 DE – Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
Vanity, an Italian based band including members from Switzerland, Palestine, and Italy, has just finished a first full-length titled "Occult You." You can check out a music video for the song "Under Black Ice" below, and the following press release was also issued about "Occult You:"
"The album is inspired by European culture paganism and esoterism and a challenging combination of Indie, Doom, Black Metal, New Wave and Gothic with fascinating vocals and shades of electronic. Occult You was produced by Lorenzo Montanà (Tying Tiffany) and will be out in December via Church Independent/Audioglobe for the Italian market and RoughTrade for the European market. The album will be released in January in Italy and in March worldwide." More...
HeXe Krieg is pleased to announce that the band will soon be hitting the studio to record a new album. After Thanksgiving the group will be meeting with the studio to finalize plans for both the "Burned Alive demo ReMix" and a full length self titled "HeXe Krieg" album.
Guitarist Dan "HellSpawn" Proper comments, "We will first do a new demo with an addition of one song more than our self recorded 'Burned Alive 2012' demo. We are writing feverishly so we have the material we want on this album and are trying new ideas in writing to further add to our already ever changing style of metal."
The members of HeXe Krieg are also gearing up for a pair of shows, opening for Marc Rizzo of Soulfly at The Loft in Poughkeepsi NY on December 15th and also Lich King for a special Toy Drive Show at Snugs in New Paltz NY on December 22nd.
"We are excited to be working so closely with Tainted Entertainment for upcoming shows in the area and will be expanding to shows in Albany NY and the Orange County area of NY for 2013... 2013 will be a busy year for HeXe Krieg," the band stated.
U.K. black metal act Nine Covens released the new album "On The Dawning Light" earlier this month in Europe, and now the album is set for release in the U.S. on January 8th, 2013 through Candlelight USA's Cult Series. The label comments:
"On The Dawning Of Light is the second album from rising London-based underground black metal band Nine Covens and their first with proper distribution in North America. Nine Covens came together to explore the darker, more brooding aspects of black metal and in doing so have created a virulent, belligerent and passionate account of the weakness that exists in humanity. Nine Covens offer a sonic confrontation to the eternally weak and all who follow without question to reflect on themselves and consider an alternative. Named after noted English witch/magician George Pickingill, Nine Covens shroud their identities to focus on the music."
The "On The Dawning Of Light" track listing is as follows:
1. Origin Of Light
2. As Fire Consumes
3. At The Ocean’s Strand
4. The Mist Of Death
5. The Fog Of Deceit
6. To Quench A Raging
7. White Star Acception
8. Over The Ocean’s Way
9. A Burning Ember More...
Century Media Records is currently offering a free download of the "Carnival of Sounds II" compilation, which can be found at this location. The digital sampler includes tracks from:
7 Horns 7 Eyes
3 Inches of Blood
Geoff Tate More...
Royal Thunder, which is currently on tour with Corrosion of Conformity and ASG, will join Monster Magnet for a pair of mid-December dates: December 14th at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn and December 16th at The Trocadero in Philadelphia.
The female-fronted Atlanta quartet released debut album, "CVI," in the Spring via Relapse Records. Spin described the release as a "stunning breakthrough," while Revolver called the album "essential" and Decibel Magazine placed singer Mlny Parsonz on the cover of an inaugural women in metal issue.
Royal Thunder is currently working on a video for "Blue," with a premiere to come in the next few weeks. You can also catch Royal Thunder live:
Nov. 21 Atlanta, GA - Center Stage
The deluxe reissue of Death’s landmark, genre-defining album "Spiritual Healing" is now available. In addition to a 2-disc edition, limited edition (2000 machine numbered copies) triple CD digipaks are available exclusively from Relapse.com. The third CD features a never before released live set recorded in 1990 featuring the "Spiritual Healing" Death line up. An iTunes deluxe edition has also been released containing 5 additional previously unreleased pre-Human rehearsal tracks not available on either of the CD versions.
The entire reissue is currently streaming online via Loudwire.com at this location. Relapse Records also commented:
"Originally released in 1990, Spiritual Healing marked a new turn in the Death discography, one which ushered in cleaner production, a new level of boundary pushing musicianship and songwriting skills that were previously unimaginable from a metal band. Spiritual Healing sets the standard for riffs, insane time changes and of course mainman Chuck Schuldiner’s masterful guitar solos.
"Now reissued as a double CD housed in super deluxe packaging featuring brand new liner notes from Death players James Murphy and Terry Butler, Chuck’s sister Beth Schuldiner and Volbeat frontman Michael Poulsen, Disc 1 features a completely new remaster of the original album and Disc 2 contains 16 previously unreleased rehearsal, outtakes and studio instrumentals.
"Spiritual Healing follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of DEATH classics Individual Thought Patterns, The Sound of Perseverance, Human, and the live collection Vivus! plus Chuck Schuldiner projects MANTAS & CONTROL DENIED. Like those reissues, this collection contains extensive liner notes from previous members and never-before-seen photos of the band." More...
Latin metallers Ill Nino are gearing up to spread a little holiday cheer this winter and have announced a ten city run of shows. Beginning November 30th in Dallas, the group will hit New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts before heading to South America in support of recent release "Epidemia." Full details are available below.
You can also watch Ill Nino’s new music video for “La Epidemia,” featuring guest vocalist Frankie Palmeri of Emmure, over at this location.
Tour Dates w/ ARCANIUM:
11/30- Dallas, TX @ Trees w/ DROWNING POOL
12/01- Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
12/02- San Antonio, TX @ Backstage Live
12/06- Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall
12/07- Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
12/08- Lawrence, MA @ Claddagh Pub
South American Tour Dates:
12/11- Caracas, Venezuela @ Moulin Rouge
12/12- Santiago De Chile, Chile @ Club 334
12/14- Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Groove
12/15- Sao Paulo, Brazil @ Via Marques
Technical death metal act Replacire has released new album "The Human Burden" online for streaming and name-your-price download. Check out the album at Bandcamp here or in the player below.
“We want people to enjoy the album without the risk of wasting money on a new band,” lead vocalist Evan Berry said. “We’re seeing a lot of people download the album for free and then come out to shows and purchase a copy.”
Formed in September of 2008 in Boston Massachusetts, Replacire is a 5 piece progressive/tech death metal band comprised of avid composers, producers, and multi-instrumentalists. Karl Beuchner, the lead vocalist of Earth Crisis and Freya describes the bands sound as “a wholly original take on heavy music.”
The album's track listing is:
1. Mask of Weary Eyes 04:22
2. The Human Burden 04:49
3. Along the Frame 05:05
4. Pure Will 05:29
5. Corridors of Resolution 06:40
6. Price to Pass 05:03
7. Slow Cuts Inside a Throat 05:25
8. Circles 04:58 More...
French avant-garde black metal band Way To End has announced that the band's second album “Various Shades of Black” will be released via LADLO Productions. Check out two songs from the album through the player below, and the full track listing is:
1. Sous les rangs
3. Evolution fictive
6. La figure dansante de l'incompréhension
7. A mon ombre
8. Au fond d'un verre de poussière
10. La ronde des muses fânées
11. Various shades of black More...
Reflections Records has issued the following announcement about Herder parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"'Horror Vacui' will be Herder's last brass knuckled fist in many hipster's face with ultra bastardous vocalist Nico insulting the crowd. Since he liked spending time Down Under with women (and kangaroos) so much, he decided to stay there. The noisy scumbag that'll replace him is Ché Snelting. This notorious hound of Hades has built his criminal record with Born From Pain and Arma Gathas and will be an aggressive addition to this already relentless stabhappy pack of rabid alsations.
"The band is already working on new material to be released mid 2013. We are very stoked that Herder has found this incredible replacement for Nico. We’ve known Ché since his glory days with Born From Pain and he never failed to deliver. He’s not only a great singer but also an amazing front man. A great addition to Herder and we can’t wait to see him leading this pack of wild dogs!"
As Ché puts it:"Only one thing crossed my mind when Holland’s hardest AND best asked me to join them and scream my lungs out for them. It took me a second scream: 'HELL YES.' I cannot wait to get on stage and start recording with Herder, even though I recognize Nico’s shoes are big shoes to fill, but I will do anything in my power possible to be a more than worthy replacement. The vibe within the band is as awesome as it can be. Be prepared for greatness. We’re taking over."
Herder has also been selected to play the imfamous Roadbrun festival in Tilburg. Herder will destroy the Green Room of the 013 venue on Thursday, April 18th. The Roadburn crew comments: “After defiling the Roadburn hard rock hideout in 2012, Herder’s mission remains defiantly unchanged: to unleash filthy sludge in an outpouring of deep rumbling decibel quakes in the hellish underbelly of a world gone mad!” More...
Battle metallers Turisas have officially started recording their upcoming 4th studio album. The band is currently recording drums at Atomic Spa studio in Helsinki, Finland, and will continue the recordings in different locations until the end of January. This follow-up to 2011's "Stand Up And Fight" is scheduled for a worldwide release in May 2013 via Century Media Records.
Turisas has also announced a few line-up changes in conjunction with the band entering the studio. After spending 15 years with Turisas behind the kit, original member Tuomas "Tude" Lehtonen has decided to part ways with the band. Lehtonen explains the reasons behind his decision:
"I can't tell you how hard it feels to step away from the path we've been walking together for the last 15 years - and to start a new era in my life without the band. There are many reasons for me to quit the band. The stress from the years spent on the road and different artistic visions have lead to a mutual decision for me to step back and hand over the drumsticks to the next guy. In any case, it has been a great experience and all the memories from being on the road are something that I will always cherish.
"The biggest thanks go to all of the past and present members of the band, not to forget all the technicians and fellow drummers I've met on shows and on tour - and, of course, especially to all the fans that have allowed us to grow to the level that Turisas are at today. Good luck and lots of success to all my bandmates - I feel that I will never be straying too far away from the band. I shall always be proudly carrying the heart of Turisas wherever I go. The man can leave the band but the band will never really leave the man. Battle Metal!" More...
Inner Wound Recordings is proud to announce the signing of Brazilian progressive power metal band Vandroya. The label comments:
"Their debut album 'One' will be released on January 18th in Europe and North America. The Japanese edition of the album will be released on December 19th through Spiritual Beast and the Brazilian edition will be released on February 4th through Voice Music.
"Vandroya is definitely one of the best kept secrets from Brazil and led by the fantastic vocalist Daisa Munhoz [Soulspell] they bring something new to the melodic metal table with their epic progressive power metal. Vandroya should be a perfect fit for fans of Kamelot, Symphony X, Angra and Sonata Arctica.
After being forced to miss a total of 9 dates due to frontman Robb Flynn’s emergency hernia surgery, Machine Head will be returning to the Dethklok, All That Remians, and The Black Dahlia Murder tour for the November 24th date in Portland, Oregon as expected, and continuing on as scheduled.
Flynn arrived back in the Bay Area on Saturday and has been recuperating at home with his family. Flynn says the experience “Totally sucked balls," but is "feeling stronger now, especially after a heavy listening schedule of Accept's 'Balls To The Wall,' AC/DC's 'Big Balls,' hell, I even found time to record a cover of Soulfly's 'Eye For An Eye,' with the lyrics changed to 'Guts In The Nuts',” "Guts in da nuuuuuuts, guts in da nuts, in da nuts, in da nuts."
Rising new female-fronted U.K act Neverstar has teamed up with Metalunderground.com to premiere the new music video "Lose Control," which was filmed at London’s renowned East End film studios this September. The clip can be viewed below.
The video sees singer Vega Sims trapped and escaping a psychological prison, while her band mates contrast the scene with their live performance. It concludes with Neverstar getting caught in a rainstorm, symbolizing internal turmoil. An extended version of “Lose Control” will be included with the band’s debut album, which will be released during 2013.
Neverstar will also be playing live dates in the U.K. during November and will continue to tour after the debut album comes out next year. For updated info, head over to the band's official website here.
“Lose Control” was released as a digital single last month and is currently playing on stations such as TotalRock Radio, while the group was recently selected as band of the month on femalemetal.com.
Singer Vega Sims commented, “Creating this video has been an immense experience and amazing learning curve. Originally we didn’t plan on releasing a video for this song, but it somehow made sense to take the idea behind the lyrics and bring them to life. Taking the concept to the screen enabled us to refine the band, and demonstrate our passion for the songs in a whole new way. We loved the process so much that we ended up being completely involved." More...
Paris act Faxe has released a video clip for "Amy Was a Straight Edge," which is one of two tracks recorded by the band for the "In Grindo Veritas" compilation being released through Kaotoxin Records. Check out all 43 seconds of crust/grindcore madness in the player below.
Portuguese hard rock/heavy metal act Outer Skin is streaming the new track "Song for the Tragic." The track is taken from the band's debut full length album "Thunder Maker." The CD was produced by Daniel Cardoso (Anathema) and was self-released this year.
Check out "Song for the Tragic" here:
Croatian gothic metal act Ashes You Leave is streaming the new song "For the Heart, Soul and Mind." The song appears on the band's sixth full-length album, "The Cure For Happiness," which is scheduled for worldwide release on November 29, 2012 through Rock N Growl Records.
1. Devil in Disguise
2. Only Ashes You Leave
3. For the Heart, Soul and Mind
4. The Ever-changing
5. Meant to Stray
6. Summer’s End (streaming at this location)
7. Reality Sad
8. The Cure
9. …for Happiness
Check out "For the Heart, Soul and Mind" here: More...
Italian progressive thrashers Eversin posted a preview of the band's upcoming sophomore LP "Tears on the Face of God." The album is scheduled for a November 26, 2012 release date through My Kingdom Music. The album features guest appearances from vocalist/bassist Tony "Demolition Man" Dolan (Mpire of Evil/Atomkraft/Venom) and guitarist Simone Mularoni (Empyrios/DGM).
Eversin originally started under the moniker Fuoco Fatuo in 1999, releasing the debut "Our Elegy" in 2006 before changing the name and releasing "Divina Distopia" in 2010.
The track listing for "Tears on the Face of God" is as follows:
1. For the Glory of Men
2. Prophet of Peace
4. Tears on the Face of God
5. Nuclear Winter
6. Death Inc.
7. The Tale of a Dying Soldier
8. Under the Ocean
Check out the teaser clip here: More...
Poughkeepsie, NY thrash metal band Pirosaint has posted the full version of the new track "The Debt That All Man Pay" for free download at this location. "The Debt That All Man Pay" was recorded, mixed and mastered by Ignacio Orellana at Oily Sound Studios in New Windsor, NY. The track was originally written in 1997 by the original members of the band but later modified by the reformed line up in 2011 and finally recorded with all new arrangements by the actual line up of the band in 2012. Pirosaint is currently recording its new mini album "Pirosaint," which will be released in march of 2013 via Digmetalworld Records. The EP will contain 6 new tracks + 2 bonus tracks.
Swedish thrashers Denied will release the new EP "Judas Kiss" this coming January, the first since signing with Sliptrick Records. The release will drop on December 17, 2012 and will be the first release to feature Ex-Grave/Ex-Therion bassist Fredrik Isaksson.
The track listing for "Judas Kiss" will be as follows:
1. Judas Kiss
2. Garden of Stone
3. Constant Rage
"Godless," the new second album from Danish old school death metallers Deus Otiosus is out now on Deepsend Records. To help launch the release, Bravewords has posted a new track from "Godless" over at this location. The band has issued a track-by-track commentary for the eight-song album that gives an in-depth look on each of the songs on "Godless." Read it below:
#1 "Snakes Of The Low":
"Snakes Of The Low" was one of the last songs we finished for Godless. After the initial rehearsals of the song, we all agreed that this would be the obvious album opener. Its fast and aggressive death-thrash style drips with Nietzschean venom. Yet the song never reaches a pace that could give the wrong idea about the general feel of the album.
#2 "In Harm's Way":
The second song is kick-started by our new drummer, Jesper Olsen. "In Harm's Way" is actually one of the oldest songs on the album, as it was originally written for my former band, Cerekloth, around 2009. But the song has seen a thorough reworking to fit the standards of the new album. Drum-arrangements, guitar harmonies, leads, vocal lines, breaks and the drum intro itself are all new. This mid-paced track is meant to point out that whether it's death metal or rock 'n' roll is immaterial, a good song is a good song.
#3 "New Dawn":
Here Godless almost grinds down to a halt, as "New Dawn" shows the slow, heavy side of the album. As this tune slowly drags forward the image of a new world order is laid out. The heaviest tune on the Murderer album was called "Ashworld", and where the old world burnt in this song, the foundations of a new one are laid in "New Dawn".
#4 "Pest Grave":
After "New Dawn", "Pest Grave" is meant to shock start the heart once again, as the fastest, most raging song of the album so far kicks in. The chorus and pre-chorus to "Pest Grave" were actually among the first things ever written for Deus Otiosus, so the oldest parts are from 2005, while the majority of the song came later as we were writing the rest of Godless. In speed and catchiness "Pest Grave" mimics the black death itself as it spread across medieval Europe.
#5 "Surrounded By The Dead":
"Surrounded By The Dead" is a continuation of the bands' "The Dead"-series started on Murderer with "Thousand Arms Of The Dead"; or could even say by "Death Lives Again" on the demo by the same name. Like it's predecessor "Surrounded By The Dead" shows more a more stylistically traditional approach to old school death metal, obviously accompanied by lyrics about supernatural, undead horror.
#6 "Cast From Heaven":
Like "In Harm's Way" this is one of the oldest songs on the album, originally written during my time in Church Bizarre around 2008 or so. I've always felt that "Cast From Heaven" was the best song I wrote during those days, so I'm glad to finally have it recorded in a good studio version. Once again the song has been heavily re-written and is minutes shorter than the original version. "Cast From Heaven" once again shows a new side of the album, as it takes off into more epic and melodic territory to accompany the Milton-inspired lyrics about the fall of the rebel angels.
#7 "Face The Enemy":
From the melody of "Cast From Heaven" the album reverts right back into one of its most caveman-like moments with the opening riff of "Face The Enemy". An aggressive, violent, up-tempo and straight forward song about stomping down your enemies.
#8 "Death Dance":
If there is a standout track on Godless it is the closer, "Death Dance". Once again the pulse slows down and the melody returns. But that is not all. The song is inspired about the artistic, medieval metaphor of 'La Grande Danse Macabre' or 'Totentanz'; and not just lyrically. "Death Dance" is, as the title suggests, a twisted and morbid death-waltz.
Massachusetts Progressive Melodic Deathcore act A Wanted Awakening has teamed with Pure Grain Audio to offer a free download of the song "Dehumanize" off their full-length debut, Catharsis. Grab the track at this location. A Wanted Awakening is wrapping its fall tour at the end of this week. The run saw them blast out of their New England home and head across the Midwest and into the country's Southern region.
German metal warriors Majesty announced that the band's long-awaited comeback album will be entitled "Thunder Rider." The album will be released on January 4, 2013 (Germany/Austria/Switzerland) and January 25, 2013 (Europe) through NoiseArt Records (to which the band recently signed with). Majesty last released the LP "Hellforces" in 2006 before changing its name to Metalforce in 2008 and releasing a self-titled LP in 2009.
The track listing for "Thunder Rider" is as follows:
1. Thunder Rider
2. Warlords Of The Sea
3. Anthem Of Glory
4. Make Some Noise
6. Raise The Beast
7. New Era
9. Young And Free (Special Edition Bonus Track)
10. Rebellion Of Steel
11. Metal Union More...
Listenable Records has set November 26th as the release date for the debut from Paris-based rockers Sticky Boys, entitled "This is Rock n' Roll." Album tracks "Bang that Head" and "Girls in the City" are streaming at bandcamp. The album was recorded with engineer Francis Caste at the Studio Ste. Marthe in Paris in the summer of 2011. The band has posted a few upcoming gigs on its website, which follow below.
Jan 24 Salle Ernest Renan Toulouse, France
Jan 27 Ferrailleur Nantes, France
Apr 05 Festival Les Liaisons Sonores Jouy Le Moutier, France
The self-titled release from Montreal extreme metal veterans Cryptopsy is now available throughout North America via Cryptopsy/Defen Society in association with Revolution Harmony/Candlelight Records. All eight songs from the opus are streaming over at Clawhammer PR's soundcloud page. Cryptopsy will play a handful of Canadian shows in support of the album. Dates are as follows:
November 22nd - Mavericks, Ottawa, Ontario
November 23rd - Club Soda, Montreal, Quebec
November 24th - Club Absinthe, Hamilton, Ontario
November 25th - *ALL AGES SHOW*, The Red Dog, Peterborough, Ontario
December 7th - The RockPile, Toronto, Ontario
December 8th - Bar le Magog, Sherbrooke, Quebec
December 14th - L'Union Commerciale, Quebec city, Quebec
December 15th - Rock Cafe Le Stage, Trois-Rivière, Quebec
Spanish thrash metallers Angelus Apatrida posted a new music video for the song "Killer Instinct." The track appears on the band's fourth, and latest, studio effort entitled "The Call," which is available now through Century Media Records. The previous video for "You Are Next" can been seen at this location.
Check out "Killer Instinct" here: