Metal News for November 23, 2012
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This week a real treat with (lucky) seven new videos featuring girls with cranium accessories, vampires, F-bombs, and of course, sass.
Ten's video for their single “Gunrunning” is from their new anticipated studio album entitled 'Heresy And Creed.' I can dig the black and white and the groovy sound (dig and groovy in the same sentence – yes, I’m high right now), but not so sure about the Michael Jackson style marching jacket. Also, the awkward lean into the guitar player makes me feel weird down there…
Finland's groovy death/thrashers Re-Armed are currently recording their next album, after releasing the debut album "Worldwide Hypnotize" earlier this year and touring through Europe with Suffocation and Origin. Footage of the recording process can be viewed below, and the band comments:
"Now, it is time to open new bottle and pour a new round, but way harder booze! Album title is 'Rottendam' and it will include seven songs and few stranger introduction parts. Follow the recording sessions of this new crushing album and tell to the band if there is some weird 'spirit' tormenting them... Studio diary part I viewable at band's YouTube channel." More...
Germany's Dirt has released new album "Rock 'N' Roll Accident" today through Massacre Records, and several in-studio clips of the band's time working on the album now be viewed below. The track list for "Rock 'N' Roll Accident" is as follows:
Dutch act Seven Ends has split with vocalist Jan Bieseman, who issued the following statement:
"Unfortunately I've had to decide to quit with Seven Ends because of job obligations and distance/logistical problems. It sure wasn't an easy decision to make but sad enough an inevitable one. I've had a very nice time with the band and am sure going to miss it all. Ricardo, Cor, Noud and Léon: Thanks for the good times guys and of course a big thanks to everyone that supported the band and all the people that came to our shows!"
The band commented: "We'd like to thank him for the great times we had and wish him all the best with his future (musical) plans and projects."
As of now, Seven Ends is looking for a new vocalist. If you think you're the one the group is looking for, send an e-mail to email@example.com and include links to videos or MP3s of you performing.
Elysion has released the new digital EP "Killing My Dreams" through Massacre Records, and you can now stream snippets from all eight tracks at this location. The "Killing My Dreams" track listing is as follows:
1. Killing My Dreams
2. Killing My Dreams (Acoustic)
3. Don't Say A Word (Acoustic)
4. Never Forever (Demo Version)
5. Dreamer (Live)
6. Killing My Dreams (Live)
7. Walk Away (Live)
8. The Rules (Live) More...
Southern California-based hard rock veterans Smile Empty Soul and fellow tour-mates Hurt have launched a cover of the Alice in Chains track, "No Excuses," on the Banana 101.5 website right here.
The song was recorded earlier this month at 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Mich. with producer Matt Dalton - known for his work with both local and national acts including Frequency 54 and Chiodos/D.R.U.G.S. front-man, Craig Owens.
Smile Empty Soul is currently in the midst of an extensive U.S. tour with Hurt, touring in support of fifth album "3's" and latest charting single, "Not Alike." Guitarist/vocalist, Sean Danielsen, has checked in with the following update from the road: "This tour with Hurt has been great so far. The music really meshes well and everybody is getting along like family! Two quality rock bands bringing it every night...don't miss it!" More...
Italian act Opera Rock has issued the following announcement about offering the new song "Under Starry Skies" as a free download:
"We just posted our first single, 'Under Starry Skies,' for free download here for all our fans. This is the first single taken from the concept album 'Starborn,' due out in 2013 (we don't have a date yet). If you like Bon Jovi, Van Halen and Iron Maiden, don't miss it!"
Motus Tenebrae has posted the song "I Walk Beside You" online, which can be heard in the YouTube player below.
The song comes off the band's new album "Double Black," which will be available this coming December 12th, 2012 and will be distributed in Europe and USA by The Omega Order/The End Records.
Symphony X has announced three more Latin American shows for 2013. Dates are available below, and Nuclear Blast comments:
"The band is looking forward to play for their amazing Latin American fans once again in 2013. These shows will mark the first shows for the most recent album release 'Iconoclast.'"
11th April 2013: Buenos Aires, Argentina - Teatro Colegiales - Vorterix
12th April 2013: Sao Paulo, Brazil - Carioca Club
14th April 2013: Santiago, Chile - Metal Fest Chile. Movistar Arena
Footage of the band performing live can also be viewed below. More...
German thrash titans Kreator have released a short teaser clip for the upcoming "Civilization Collapse" music video, which can be viewed below. The full music video will be released shortly.
Kreator will broadcast the band's entire show in Berlin on December 1st, 2012 live and worldwide through Spiegel Online, the online version of German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel.
Rammstein has announced the January 15th, 2013 release of "Videos 1995-2012" on standard DVD and Blu-ray. The collection includes the legendary German band’s complete music video catalog along with two new videos for the song “Mein Herz Brennt.”
The set contains over seven hours of material featuring 25 music videos, 24 behind-the-scenes clips, and a 56-page booklet. Available on three DVDs or two Blu-rays, the collection will be released through the band’s marketing and distribution deal with Density Records in the US.
“Mein Herz Brennt,” from the band’s 2001 release, "Mutter," will see new versions of the song released on December 11th, 2012 as a six-track digital single with booklet - available exlusively through iTunes. The single package also includes the previously unreleased track, “Gib Mir Deine Augen.” Fans can also purchase the two new videos via iTunes – one on December 11th and the other on December 18th.
International grindcore group Lock Up features Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates/Disfear), Anton Reisenegger (Pentagram, Criminal), Shane Embury (Napalm Death, Brujeria, Venomous Concept), and Nick Barker (ex-Cradle of Filth, ex-Dimmu Borgir). The band will undergo a brief European club tour in February 2013 in support of latest album "Necropolis Transparent" on Nuclear Blast Records.
The tour, tentatively named "Infiltrate And Destroy Europe 2013" will see Lock Up play a 10 date up-close-and-personal club tour which takes the band through such territories as the U.K., France, Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Austria. and Belgium. Drummer Nick Barker commented:
"We're really excited and looking forward to blasting our way across Europe in Febuary 2013. Lock Up on the whole, don't really get to do club tours very often so this is a great opportunity for us do what we do, get up close and in your face with the fans, in a more intimate setting as opposed to playing the bigger open air festival stages we're accustomed to. Don't get me wrong we love playing the big festivals, but with the brutal and savage nature of our music, its very well suited in a club environment and we feel both the band and fans vibe on that a lot more."
08-Feb-2013 Friday; The Borderline; London
09-Feb-2013 Saturday; Nouveau Casino; Paris
11-Feb-2013 Monday; Hirscheneck; Basel
12-Feb-2013 Tuesday; Hansa 39; Munich
13-Feb-2013 Wednesday; Viper Room; Wien
14-Feb-2013 Thursday; Hoodoo Music Club; Praha
15-Feb-2013 Friday; Underground; Köln
16-Feb-2013 Saturday; Festsaal Kreuzberg; Berlin
17-Feb-2013 Sunday; Le Magasin 4; Bruxelles More...
The third and last recording sessions for Belphegor's upcoming new album will take place from November 29th until December 14th at Mana Studios, where front man Helmuth will finish all vocals, overdubs, and the leads.
Expect three trailers from the guitar and vocal sessions coming to you within the next months. Helmuth also commented:
"Just returned from Leeds where we nuked the ingenious Damnation Festival. England is always a pleasure to shred. This time was no exception: what a brutal crowd it was...
"I already tracked the four rhythm guitars at Mana Studios in Florida. This album is gonna be brutal, way more Death Metal blasphemy than the last records. The nine sound collages will reveal a new dimension of chaos, with the uttermost aggressive soundwall possible.
"Its fantastic to work with Erik, this dude is really challenging, to give the best...cause you demons deserve it."
The as-yet-untitled album is scheduled for a worldwide release in March 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. This new album will follow previous release "Blood Magick Necromance" (reviewed here).
Italian symphonic metal act Norhod has posted a video studio diary online from the recording of "The Blazing Lily," which can be viewed below. You can also hear the previous "Arianrhod" EP over at the band's Bandcamp page here.
Clara Ceccarelli - Vocals
Giacomo "Jev" Casa - Growl
Giacomo Vannucci -Guitars
Andrea "Bistru" Stefani - Guitars
Michele Tolomei - Keyboards
Matteo Giusti - Bass
Francesco Aytano - Drums
The new band Re/Volt has announced material is coming in 2013, and the band has now posted a promo video online announcing its formation. Check out the clip below. Re/Volt features:
Ean Jones - Vocals (EXTREME NOISE TERROR)
Kneill X - Guitar (KILLING JOKE/ DISGUST)
Chino Chris - Bass (EASTERN FRONT/RAW NOISE)
Lee Barratt - Drums (GALLOWS)
Aenaon and Stielas Storhett have announced a split release on both 7" vinyl and digital download titled "Er / Alter Ego." The covers for both sides of the split are available below, and the following press release was issued about the bands:
"Aenaon presents a new exclusive track titled 'ER' that deals with the ancient myth of Iros. The mastering of the song took over once again by Tom Kvalsoll (known for his work with bands like Emperor, DHG, etc.). The cover was designed by Costin Chioreanu (designer shutters from Darkthrone, Aura Noir etc.). Finally guest participation is part of saxophonist Marc Altorfer (Blutomond).
"Russians Stielas Storhett, which many a few years ago were called as the best Black Metal band in Russia are this time composing a new song titled 'Alter Ego.' Stielas Storhett's Arctic Black Metal broke the world underground stage eight years ago. This time the exclusive track 'Alter Ego' blows the coals of the triumphant Northern Flame." More...
Beheaded released the new disc "Never To Dawn" earlier this month through Unique Leader Records, and the band has now issued the following announcement about also gearing up to re-issue its debut album:
"Next year our debut album 'Perpetual Mockery' will be re-issued on vinyl, digi pack CD, and limited tapes on Pathos Productions, for those who missed it when it came out in the mid to late 90's ....the horror will breathe again! This will also include the Souldead demo as a bonus."
Subhuman has posted a new song online, which can be heard in the player below, and hte band also commented:
"Tomorrow our new album 'Tributo di Sangue' will be officially released! Here is another new song from the album: it's called L'ATROCE SCOMMESSA and it's about anal sex, so GET READY FOR HEADBANGING!
"That's what this song is about: 'You wanted to make a bet with me, sweet little girl, you were certain to be right. But I won, and you lost the thing you bet: your anal virginity.'"
The album's track listing is:
01. Nutrimi Ancora
02. L’Atroce Scommessa
04. In Memoria di Me
05. Il Tuo Nome è Jack
06. Tutti i Vizi del Presidente
07. Il Vecchio Bastardo MMXII
08. Evoluzione Inversa
09. La Profezia
10. Santo Impostore More...
Tainted Nation signed with Massacre Records back in June, and now the band has posted a new song online titled "Loser."
Give the song a listen in the player below. "Loser" will appear on Tainted Nation's new album "F.E.A.R." coming out January 25th, 2013.
The End Result has issued the following announcement about offering the "Prophecies" album as a free download today:
"In the spirit of Thanksgiving and Black Friday, we are making our first full-length album, 'Prophecies,' available FOR FREE DOWNLOAD! That's right, all 12 songs are now ready to be downloaded from our Bandcamp at whatever price you name. This is only for today, so make sure to take advantage of it! Enjoy!"
You can also stream the release below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. The Great Cycle 05:24
2. Seven Seals 03:34
3. Reflections 03:17
4. Prophecies 04:04
5. Transparent 04:19
6. Answers 03:11
7. Abducted 05:00
8. Winter Solstice 03:11
9. Isolated 03:38
10. Scavengers 03:48
11. Artifice 04:38
12. Memorial 03:18 More...
German pagan metal act Adorned Brood has posted a teaser trailer online for the new album "Kuningaz," which is seeing its official release today via Massacre Records. Check out the teaser clip below. The album's track listing is:
3. Call Of The Wild
4. Victory Or Valhall
8. Just A Fight
10. A War Poem
11. We Are Legion
12. Totenmarsch (Bonus Track)
Grave Digger will embark on the German Metal Attack tour in 2013. Check out a video update from front man Chris Boltendahl below. The tour dates with Wizard, Majesty, and Gun Barrel are as follows:
11.01.13 DE - Andernach / Live Club
12.01.13 DE - Speyer / Halle 101
13.01.13 DE - Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
16.01.13 DE - Köln / Live Music Hall
17.01.13 DE - Aschaffenburg / Kolossaal
18.01.13 DE - Geiselwind / Music Hall
19.01.13 DE - München / Backstage Club
20.01.13 CH - Pratteln / Z7
25.01.13 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
26.01.13 DE - Berlin / C-Club
27.01.13 DE - Bochum / Zeche
01.02.13 DE - Braunschweig / Meier Music Hall
02.02.13 DE - Glauchau / Alte Spinnerei
03.02.13 CZ - Prague / Club Matrix
08.02.13 DE - Regensburg / Uni Mensa
09.02.13 AT - Vienna / Szene More...
No Sign of Life has checked in with the following announcement about streaming the full "Embrace Your Demons" album online:
"Well good day everyone! No Sign of life and Kaaoszine.fi launch the 'Embrace Your Demons' free pre-listening. You can listen the full album right here! The album will be online for one week. Enjoy! If you wish to pre-order the album you can do it at RECORDSHOP X! They ship worldwide."
The album's track listing is:
02. Walls Melt Down
03. Nothing to Say
04. Enemies of Choice
05. Behind the Scenes
07. Embrace Your Demons
08. Meaning of Life
09. The Wounds of Nature
10. Light at the End of the Tunnel More...
Saratan has released the new "Martya Xwar" album today, and you can now listen to samples of all the tracks over at the band's Facebook profile here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Taj-e Sahra (instrumental)
3. Verminous Disease
4. Ba'al Zevuv (check out the music video here)
5. Silent Sound of Mourning
6. The Sacred Path of Martya Xwar
7. God That Disappears
8. Asmodea (instrumental) More...
Serenity (which split with founding member Mario Hirzinger last month) and Visions of Atlantis will join forces for a tour in March of 2013. See below for a full list of dates. Napalm Records also commented: "Do not miss this fantastic Symphonic line-up! Furthermore, we will announce news regarding the new albums by these two bands soon! Stay tuned!"
15.03.13 AT – Graz, Explosiv / CD Release Show (No Serenity)
22.03.13 AT – Wörgl, Komma
23.03.13 DE – Köln, Underground
24.03.13 NL – TBA
25.03.13 UK – London, TBA
27.03.13 DE – Aschaffenburg, Colos Saal
28.03.13 FR – Paris, GlazArt
29.03.13 FR – Lyon, MJCo Totem
30.03.13 CH – Pratteln, Z7 Gallery
After a hiatus of nearly five years, French doom/death band Funeralium has returned with the album "Deceived Idealism." This release is over ninety minutes of playing time and features two songs that are over the twenty minute mark. Below is an upload of the track "21st Century Ineptia," the first full song stream from the album. "Deceived Idealism" was released on Weird Truth (CD) and on Ostra Records (LP).
Portuguese acid doom/rock band Black Bombaim is underway on its European tour and has posted the live dates. The band is touring in support of its recent release "Titans," which features guest appearances by Steve Mackay (The Stooges), Isaiah Mitchell (Earthless/Howlin Rain) and Noel V. Harmonson (Comets on Fire/Sic Alps). Black Bombaim will also be appearing at the 2013 Roadburn Festival in the Netherlands and the first edition of Alchemy at Zahar Festival in the Moroccan desert.
24.11. (D) BERLIN // White Trash
25.11. (D) HALLE(Saale) // Hühnermanhattan Klub
26.11. (D) - REGENSBURG // Winter-VOID
27.11. (D) - WÜRZBURG // Immerhin Würzburg
28.11. (LU) LUXEMBOURG // Rocas
29.11. (NL) UTRECHT // Le Guess Who? Festival
01.12. (B) GEEL -//Yellowstock Winterfest
02.12. (FR) LILLE // TBA
03.12. (FR) NANTES // TBA
04.12. (FR) TOULOUSE // TBA
05.12. (ESP) BARCELONA // Be Good Club
06.12. (ESP) MADRID // Space Cadet
07.12. (PT) CARTAXO // CentroCultural
08.12. (PT) BRAGA // Bracara Extreme Fest 2012
Manitoba black metal duo Wilt is finally streaming all four tracks from its debut self-titled EP over at bandcamp. This four track EP runs just shy of 30 minutes. Artwork comes courtesy of Sam Nelson and the logo was done by The Lord of Logos, Christophe Szpajdel. Dan Lowndes handled mastering duties.
Massachusetts metallers Acaro will kick off their tour with Killswitch Engage and Shadows Fall as part of the KsE Tenth Anniversary "Alive or Just Breathing" Tour on Saturday, November 24th at the NOS Event Center. Acaro will fill the opening slot for one of 2012's most anticipated tours that will see a Jesse Leach-fronted Killswitch Engage performing their classic "Alive or Just Breathing" in its entirety.
HailsAndHorns.com has posted a full album stream of Acaro's debut, "The Disease of Fear," for fans to check out at this location. "The Disease of Fear"was released on October 2nd through Goomba Music.
Brazilian all-female thrash act Nervosa signed with Napalm Records earlier this year, and now the label has posted the following message online about Nervosa parting ways with its drummer:
"Nervosa has announced the departure of drummer, Fernanda Terra, due to personal reasons and incompatibility of ideas. The band's new drummer will be Jully Lee.
"Despite this change in the line-up, Nervosa's future plans will not be affected, and the band will hit the studio in January to record their debut album. The release is scheduled for May 2013!"
You can also check out music and stay up to the date with the group over at the Nervosa website here.
Powerwolf has issued the following update with regards to the band's upcoming new studio effort:
"It's been mysteriously silent in the wolves' camp during the last few months. The reason for that is the best possible one: We have been more than busy writing the follow up album to 'Blood of the Saints.'
"And after five intense months of blood, sweat and... even more blood, we can proudly tell you that most of the songwriting is done and there's a truly monstrous piece of wolfish metal insanity on the way.
"There will be fast stuff, heavy stuff and epic stuff as well as some unholy little surprises - and all of that in the most typical, powerwolfish way you can imagine. Only 6 weeks to go until we enter the studio - can't wait to bring these songs to life.
"Be prepared for some kind of studio diary whenever we find a minute in between the studio work."
Further details on the follow-up to 2011's "Blood of the Saints" (reviewed here) will be announced as they are made available.
Denmark's Illdisposed has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist after the departure of Jonas Mikkelsen:
"May we introduce our new bass player. He goes by the name of Kussen. That's Danish for 'The Cunt.' Unfortunately Jonas couldn't find the time to keep up with our activities anymore." More...
Casket of Cassandra has checked in with the following update about returning to the live stage after experiencing a car crash back in July:
"On July 23rd 2012 we were up in Washington finishing up our tour a car tried to get into our lane and through us off the road causing us to flip multiple times. Chris, our drummer, barely made it out alive and had brain surgery 2 hours after the accident.
"He recovered in a very short amount of time and all the support from all of you is why we think the recovery was so speedy. We have begun to get him back on drums and we are officially announcing our first show back as a full band. February 9th 2013 at Red House Studios in Walnut Creek, CA. As of now the bands playing with us will be Dennis is Dead, As Artifacts, and A Holy Ghost Revival.
"This show is for all of you who truly believed in Chris's recovery. We are looking to move forward just as strong as before and within the month of December you will continue to hear some upcoming things from us that we are extremely excited to reveal.
"This Thanksgiving we are thankful for our lives and our fans who have stood by us in the worst of times. We are thankful for all the bands who have helped us with pushing through as well as putting together benefit shows for us. We wouldn't be where we are now without everyone. So we hope to see as many of you as possible at our show FEBRUARY 9TH AT RED HOUSE STUDIOS!"
Massacre Records has issued the following statement about Asylum Pyre recruiting a new vocalist and releasing an album:
"With the arrival of the new female singer, Chaos Heidi, the band evolved but kept their trademark: a strong taste for varied atmospheres and styles. Following and completing the ecological theme of the 1st album, the lyrics and the artwork of 'Fifty Years Later' echo the warnings of our world and picture the possible evolution of our planet in the years to come."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Will You Believe Me?
2. Dead In Copenhagen
3. The Frozen Will
4. These Trees
5. The Herd
6. Fisherman's Day
7. Against The Sand
8. Any Hypothesis
9. Just Before The Silence
10. Fifty Years Later
“Fifty Years Later” was recorded and mixed by Didier Chesneau at the MII Recording Studio in France and mastered by Bruno Gruel at Elektra Mastering in France. You can also listen to the song "These Trees" here. More...
DuskMachine, which was covered in the thrash-based edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, has checked in with the following announcement about signing a deal with Massacre Records:
"We are very happy to announce that we have signed a deal with Massacre Records, one of the most important Independent labels for Metal Music for more than 20 years.
"A huge thank you goes out to Thomas Hertler for believing in our music and giving us the chance to release our new album.
"Further info on the release date, artwork info, tracklist etc. will follow soon. Stay tuned!!"
For more details on DuskMachine, check out the band's Facebook profile here.