Metal News for November 25, 2011
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Sweden's Carnivore recently signed to Abyss Records and is planning to enter the studio in December to record it's first full-length album, due sometime next year. Plans are in place for the label to reissue the band's recent EP "Faces of Death" in early 2012. That EP is currently streaming on the band's SoundCloud page.
Here's a taste:
Google’s masterplan to compete with everyone is becoming more apparent with its latest releases. Having just opened up Google+ pages, which is equivalent to Facebook pages, the search giant has now taken the beta tag off of Google Music and opened its doors to bands to sell their music on the Android Marketplace, which will compete with iTunes.
Google Music first opened in a beta testing phase to test their cloud storage and streaming service. The cloud will be the backbone for the music store, acting like a digital locker where all music purchases are saved. More...
Montreal brass metal act Fallstaf already has a unique take on metal to begin with, but throw in the fact that the band's trombone player is a masked hitman and you've got a recipe for some serious metal mayhem.
Fallstaf recently released its debut full-length album "Bastard Sons of a Pure Breed" (reviewed here), and in support of the release I got the chance to engage The Hitman in conversation to find out the low down on brass metal and the Montreal metal scene. Check out the full interview below. More...
Bare Bones Music has posted a video interview online with Carnifex, which can be found below. Bare Bones also commented on the clip:
"Recently BareBonesMusic.com got a chance to sit down with Shawn Cameron (drums) and Cory Arford (guitar) of CARNIFEX on tour for their new record 'UNTIL I FEEL NOTHING' (Victory). Shawn and Cory talk to Evil G. about the new record, fans reactions, touring, producer Tim Lambesis and engineer David Castleman, some of their favorite songs to play live, how they were itching to get back on the road and tour after finishing their new record and much, much more. PLUS LIVE performance footage!"
Florida based act Black Sun Alchemy has posted a video clip online of the band's performance at The Monterey Club in Fort Lauderdale, FL. You can watch the footage below, or find more songs available online for streaming through the Black Sun Alchemy Facebook profile or official website here.
U.S. act Trivium has checked in from the road with a new video blog update. You can check out the video from the band's tour with In Flames below. Trivium is touring in support of the band's latest album "In Waves" (reviewed here).
Multi-instrumental virtuoso Paul Antonio Ortiz, aka Chimp Spanner, will be releasing the new "All Roads Lead Here" EP on February 6th, 2012 via Basick Records. In addition to the CD and digital formats, a strictly limited edition clear transparent vinyl version will be available, with the exclusive addition of the "Supereroremix" EP.
"All Roads Lead Here" features six new tracks, which in true Chimp style, range from the luscious and beautiful to the twisted and sinister, with the stunning three-part centrepiece "M?bius" showing off his immense talent for gripping arrangements. And as expected, the EP flows like a groove driven atmospheric sci-fi soundtrack, as Paul himself explains:
"I'm really happy with how the EP turned out! It was kind of hard at first to find a sound that progressed and evolved nicely from At The Dream's Edge', but I think making some of the songs a bit darker helped to set them apart from all the glossy futurism of the previous album. The three part song, 'M?bius', is still spacey and sci fi inspired (as you can tell from the awesome artwork by Daniel Wagner), but it's also got some more personal themes going on too. I hope you guys enjoy this record - I can't wait to get out there and play it!"
Chimp Spanner will hit the road throughout Europe with Cynic in December. Dates are as follows:
Sat 03.12.11 The Village, Dublin, Ireland.
Sun 04.12.11 Limelight, Belfast, UK.
Mon 05.12.11 The Underworld, London, UK.
Tue 06.12.11 Trix, Antwerp, Belgium.
Wed 07.12.11 Baroeg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Thu 08.12.11 Divan Du Monde Paris, France.
Fri 09.12.11 Kiff, Aarau, Switzerland.
Sat 10.12.11 Rock'n'Roll Arena, Romagnano Sesia (NOVARA), Italy.
Sun 11.12.11 Gala Hala, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Mon 12.12.11 Arena, Vienna, Austria .
Tue 13.12.11 Club 202, Budapest, Hungary.
Wed 14.12.11 Randall, Bratislava, Slovakia.
Thu 15.12.11 KD Kyje, Prague, Czech Republic.
Fri 16.12.11 Cassiopeia, Berlin, Germany.
Sat 17.12.11 Kleine Freiheit, Osnabrück, Germany.
Sun 18.12.11 Templet, Lyngby, Denmark.
Mon 19.12.11 Hafenklang, Hamburg, Germany.
Tue 20.12.11 P60, Amstelveen, The Netherlands. More...
Profanity TV has posted a new video interview online with Insomnium, which can be viewed in the player available below. The interview was conducted in Slovenia on November 18th, 2011 during the band's current European tour. Insomnium is on the road supporting the new album "One For Sorrow" (reviewed here).
U.S. death metal act Exmortis has issued the following brief update about signing with Xtreem music for upcoming releases:
"During the year of 2011 Exmortis was signed to Xtreem Music for an EP and full CD release in 2012. The CD titled 'Resurrection… Book of the Dead' will be released on December 20th, 2011 by Xtreem Music."
You can listen to Exmortis tracks available for streaming online by heading over to the band's MySpace music profile here.
"Whisper," the new album from Chicago metallers Dark Spectrum, has been available as a free
download online. The CD was recorded at Apothica Studios in Batavia, Illinois. Joe Tiberi of Mechina once again handled production and recording duties, as well as the mixing and mastering. You can download "Whisper" by clicking here.
The track listing is as follows:
2. The Soil Is Shour
3. Perplexed In Chaos
5. Blood Of The Lambs
Commented Dark Spectrum bassist Thatcher Markham: "The plan was to put this on our Reverb Nation page for download as well but they want money for that and I see no reason to pay money just to give away our songs for free...
"But here it is, Pirate Bay has it, MegaUpload has it. Download it, check it out, hopefully enjoy it and pass it around, burn it, whatever. You may have never heard of us before, we may not have ever had the record deal with a label or been able to really tour, but none of that matters now. The production, mix, mastering, and especially the quality of the song writing, they easily stand against any band on any label that we listen to and admire. I truly believe that, as do the rest of us.
Commented drummer Nick Whitmore: "Making Whisper was one of the most enlightening experiences in my life. The music speaks for itself, it's a real power coming into it's own sound and displaying a message that makes it, in my mind, a one of a kind work of art. DARK SPECTRUM was a journey of great success in my opinion, the release of this album the final proof. In my parting words of Whisper and DARK SPECTRUM; please listen to our album as a one time experience into a world that was built and and destroyed, so like the theme Whisper in itself was written about."
Baltimore, Maryland's The Contagion Effect has revealed the artwork for the band's debut EP, "Dichotomy of Reality," which can be found after the jump. The EP was recorded at Oceanic Recording with Taylor Larson at the helm. Artwork for the EP was handled by none other than Grindesign.
An official release date for "Dichotomy of Reality," which will be self released, is pending. The band recently made 4 of the 5 tracks available for streaming via Facebook, with "A Global Abortion" available for free download. "A Global Abortion" is also set to be featured in an upcoming video game, with details to be announced soon.
The "Dichotomy of Reality" track listing is as follows:
4. A Global Abortion
5. 1120 A.E. (After Extinction) More...
Bosnian technical death metallers Toxicdeath have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Metalfest Croatia festival, which takes place on June 5th and 6th, 2012. Further details on the Meatlefest Croatia 2012 festival can be found by navigating over to this location. You can also check out footage of Toxicdeath performing the title track from the upcoming release "Techniques of Darkness" in the player below.
While no explanation has been offered as of yet, former Iron Maiden frontman Paul Di'anno has announced that his planned tour of Australia, which was scheduled to take place next January, has been cancelled. Paul Di'anno has recently been posting new demo tracks online seeking fan reaction. You can check out two songs he recorded with Greek band Prassein Loga below. More...
El Caco has announced the band's new album "Hatred, Love & Diagrams" will see release on January 27th, 2012 via Indie Recordings. The cover artwork for the album is available below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. After I'm Gone
5. Go Forward
7. Sixty To Zero
9. She Said
Finland's Battle Beast, which recently signed with Nuclear Blast Records, is heading out on the road with Poisonblack. Nuclear Blast issued the following statement about the tour:
"Amazing Nuclear Blast newcomer act BATTLE BEAST has been confirmed for a short tour through Germany together with their fellow countrymen of Poisonblack at short notice. Take the chance to enjoy their powerful heavy metal in the vein of such classic acts as Accept and Doro live before the release of their debut album 'Steel' on January 27th 2012:
25.11.2011 Berlin, GER – Comet
27.11.2011 Hamburg, GER – Logo
28.11.2011 Bochum, GER – Matrix
30.11.2011 Ludwigsburg, GER – Rockfabrik
01.12.2011 Weinheim, GER – Cafe Central
"Moreover, it can be seen as a great warm up for the big European tour as support of their label mates NIGHTWISH in spring of 2012 – check out the tour dates at this location."
Finnish melodic metallers Sonata Arctica have hit the official Finnish DVD charts at #1 with their latest effort "Live In Finland." Henrik Klingenberg commented:
"Once again our fans came through and ripped the DVD off the shelves, resulting in the no.1 position on the Finnish DVD charts ! We're very happy about this and send out our sincere thanks to all of you. It's always very inspiring to get these kind of news, especially now when we're working our asses off in the studio with our next album which will be out this spring."
“Live In Finland” shows a full gig played on the 15th of April 2011 in Club Teatria in Oulu, Finland. The enclosed bonus CD features eight audio recordings of the open-air concert to put the final touches on the release. You can pick up your copy here.
Nuclear Blast Records has issued the following announcement about Die Apokalyptischen Reiter canceling the band's upcoming winter tour dates:
"Due to unforeseen circumstances we have to announce that the 'Darkness Over X-Mas Tour 2011' will be cancelled. This will have no effect on the concerts in 2012. Already bought tickets can be returned at the offices, where they were bought.
"BUT, it goes straight on. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter confirmed European tour 2012! The tour leads through Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and Austria."
Details on the upcoming 2012 European tour can be found by navigating your browser over to this location.
Metal Storm has posted a new video interview online with Shagrath of Norwegian act Dimmu Borgir at Nottingham, England on the 24th of November, 2011. Check out the interview in the player below.
Footage has been posted online of Sargon performing "Crestfallen" live and raw at The Goregrowler's Ball Fest this past November 18th, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. You can check out the clip below.
You can also find Metalunderground.com's latest coverage of the Goregrowler's Ball by heading over to this location.
Australia's The Neptune Power Federation has posted an animated music video online for the band's debut single "Wizard Lovin'" which you can check out below. The band also commented:
"Satan's most trusted minstrels put the romance back into necrormancy with their debut single. The Neptune Power Federation features an international lineup of players over-experienced in the ways of rock who collectively have performed in bands like Your Mother, All You Can Eat, Frenzal Rhomb, Mortal Sin, Demolition High Style, Nancy Vandal as well as winning an international air guitar championship."
Spain's Kathaarsys has uploaded a video clip containing the song "Darkness," which is included on the the band's "The Concept" DVD. You can check out the footage below. "The Concept" was released in October.
You can check out more information on Kathaarsys and listen to music available for streaming by navigating over to the band's MySpace profile.
Syrian black metal act Despair has posted a song titled "Infinitives for Decay" online, which can be heard below. The band also commented:
"'Depersonalization,' our debut album is now out on October 2011. Produced and mastered at Old Hearth Studio with gratitude. It's been a great pleasure working on this album and finally we are satisfied with the music we've created.
"You can get your copy by contacting us on this page or contacting the guys at Old Hearth (Damascus)
"BIG thanks to whoever helped making this project become real especially our friends at Old Hearth, and Hazem mallah for the great artwork!vAnd here is a track for your amusement... feel free to comment and share."
Dutch band Khaoz has uploaded a new music video clip for the song "Damned Messiah," which is taken from the debut album "Salvation Through Bloodshed." The video was recorded and edited by PEtv (Amersfoort NL) and re-edited for the studio song by Olav & KhaoZ.
Check out the music video in the player below. "Salvation Through Bloodshed" was released earlier this month.
Joensuu, Finland's Nerve End is offering the new EP "Axis" as a free download. You can get the tracks from the EP by heading over to the band's official website here or through the bandcamp widget below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Venom Willow
2. The Squid
3. Axis Of Rotation
Bloody Kisses, the Type O Negative tribute band from Ireland, has posted an audio clip online of the group playing an acoustic version of "Christian Woman" at a very special one off acoustic show at Into The Void Records on the 8th of July, 2011 in Dublin. You can listen to the acoustic "Christian Woman" track below.
The Wretched End has posted more footage online of the band working on the follow-up to last years debut album “Ominous." You can check out a guitar session clip with Samoth (ex-Emperor) and Cosmo below. Previously posted studio footage is also available at this location.
Daniel Vrangsinn (Carpathian Forest, Minsatrof ANTIRecords) has posted behind-the-scenes footage online from the "Taboo" video. You can check out a clip of Vrangsinn shooting the camera man below. You can also check out Vrangsinn's previously posted "Just Your Average Jesus" video by heading over to this location.
Greek act Persona Non Grata will be releasing the band's second album “Quantum Leap” on December 9th, 2011.
“Shade In The Light,” the debut album of Persona Non Grata, was released in 2009 and now, 2 years later, the band will deliver a second album which will "offer progressive metal at a high level and won’t disappoint fans of bands like Dream Theater, Symphony X or Fates Warning."
Pune, India based metallers Noiseware have posted a vocal version online of their song "Trollface." You can check out the track by clicking play on the Soundcloud widget below, or by heading over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Day one of The Goregrowler’s Ball came and went without any hitches. Day two promised even more gore-gurgling delights. This day started earlier than Friday’s 5:30 start time. Originally scheduled for a 1:30 start time, the promoter pushed the start time back to 2:30. Prog death artists, Vex took this early slot, which we unfortunately missed. Comatose Records was on full display, as it was throughout the weekend, with Atrocious Abnormality. Said band played a brutal slab of unmerciful, brutal death metal featuring label head, Steve Green.
Ibex Moon Records, owned by John McEntee of Incantation, also made its presence known on the second day. Cardiac Arrest produced grimy, churning death metal in the vein of Autopsy and Grave. The Chicago act switched between rotten-limb-stiffening slow jams and all-out-blast fests provided by new drummer Nick Gallichio. Adam Scott, Tom Knizner, Dave Holland joined low and mid-range scathing voices to narrate grisly tales from the group’s three recordings. Set highlights include the frantic pace of “Insanity’s Grip,” and the ominous, full-moon-blooming groove of “Affliction of the Beast.”
Fellow Ibex Moon label and former tour mates, Hod took the hell-raising chaos outside. Hod was in fine form, performing its perfected blend of death, thrash, black, speed and all-things-metal (“We’re Hod and we play fucking metal”) style. The Central Texas act showcased material from its sole album, “Serpent.” The said album has been out for two years, so one would expect new material. Locals familiar with Hod knew the band well, so their new songs came without surprise. However, those from out of town delighted in hearing new tracks such as “Den of Wolves.” Look for a new record in 2012. More...
Orphaned Land has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's "The Tour To OR Shalem" European tour. Check out the trailer below.
The upcoming Orphaned Land tour dates are as follows:
25.11.2011 Arnhem, Willemen - Netherlands
26.11.2011 Nancy, Metal Ride Festival - France
27.11.2011 Rotterdam, Baroeg - Netherlands
29.11.2011 Copenhagen, The Rock - Denmark
01.12.2011 Kiel, Die Pumpe - Germany
03.12.2011 Pforzheim, HDJ - Germany
04.12.2011 Munich, Backstage Club - Germany
05.12.2011 Bratislava, Randal Club - Slovakia
06.12.2011 Vienna, Viper Room - Austria
07.12.2011 Budapest, Club 202 - Hungary
08.12.2011 Cluj Napoca, Irish Music Club - Romania
09.12.2011 Bucharest, Silver Church - Romania
Walking Corpse Syndrome is currently offering the "Awakening" track for streaming or as a free download. You can snag the song through the widget below or by heading over to the Walking Corpse Syndrome Reverbnation page.
Old Silver Key, the group consisting of four Drudkh members and French musician Neige (Alcest) on vocals, has posted a music video online for the song "Burnt Letters." Check out the clip below.
"Burnt Letters" is taken from the "Tales of Wanderings" album (2011) and was directed and animated by Fursy Teyssier.
Beirut metal band Inner Guilt will be releasing a new album, "Slanderous Society," and a teaser for the release can be viewed here. The band was previously named TristMoon and released an album, "The Dungeon," in 2010 under that moniker. This will be the band's first full-length as Inner Guilt. The band has also posted a video for the song "Burden of Guilt" from the forthcoming album. More...
India's Skyharbor had previously announced the band would be pushing back the release of its new album due to an impending record deal. Basick Records has now issued the following statement about inking a deal with the band:
"Starting out as a simple bedroom studio project, guitarist Keshav Dhar has seen SKYHARBOR quickly evolve into one of India’s hottest metal prospects, with huge admiration coming in from some of the biggest names in metal worldwide.
"An astonishing amount of buzz also surrounded the bands first ever performance at the Bacardi NH7 Festival in Pune, India earlier this month, where they played to over 1,000 people and were one of the weekend’s highlights.
"The long awaited debut album from SKYHARBOR promises to be a landmark release for the Indian independent music scene, in no small part thanks to the incredible number of international guest appearances it will see, including the likes of Marty Friedman (ex Megadeth), Daniel Tompkins (ex TesseracT), Vishal J. Singh (Amogh Symphony) and Sunneith Revankar (Bhayanak Maut).
"SKYHARBOR will release the debut album ‘Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos’ worldwide via BASICK in early 2012. More details to follow. Stream the track ‘Celestial’ featuring Marty Friedman and Dan Tompkins below." More...
Denver, CO's Vale of Pnath has posted a new music video online for the title track off "The Prodigal Empire." You can check out the music video below.
"The Prodigal Empire" was shot at the Marquis Theater and filmed and edited by Tory Van Buskirk and Ryan Wise from Woodnote productions. More details on Vale of Pnath are available via the band's Facebook profile here.
Fan-filmed footage has made its way online of Nader Sadek performing in New York on November 20th, 2011. You can check out the clip below, or find Nader Sadek's previously posted "Sulffer" music video at this location.
The band was performing in support of the new album "In The Flesh." The track listing is as follows:
3. Of this Flesh (Novus Deus)
4. Exhaust Capacitor
6. Rusted Skin
7. Mechanic Idolatry
9. Nigredo in Necromance
Montreal act Derelict has been posting a series of lyric explanation blogs online via the band's official website. Derelict has now checked in with the following statement about the "Xenocide" track:
"Hello, Eric here. This is another Behind The Lyrics article. I’ve been moving through the Unspoken Words album with these posts, and up next is Xenocide.
"Xenocide is actually the only Derelict song that features lyrical contributions from another member. Our old guitar player Daryl and I used to talk a lot about religion and war, particularly the Israel/Palestine situation. We decided to write a song about what it takes for people to go to war and view their opponents not as people like themselves, but as entities entirely separate and deserving only of death.
"Although I knew much less about the conflict than I do now, I tried to make sure the lyrics could be read from the perspective of either side, or in fact from the perspective of any side fighting any war. The last line particularly applies to religious war, in which people view their cause as entirely just and holy, and their opponent’s cause as demonic and fundamentally wrong.
"If you’re interested in these kinds of issues, check out this interesting documentary about religious conflict on VICE.com, 'The Vice Guide to Belfast.'"
Syrian death metal band Netherion has a new single out for the song "Words of Perdition," which will be on it's forthcoming album. The band is offering a free download of it by going to this site. Netherion is also giving a free download of "The Journey" from the demo by going here. "Astray" is another of Netherion's songs, featured below. More...
Italian death metal band Sedition is releasing it's first EP, "Melt Down the Idols," which will be released at the end of November. The band has uploaded a video for the song "Fucking Retox," the third track from the forthcoming release. You can check out other material from the band's demo on it's official YouTube channel. More...
Over the past few weeks the band Kid Rocker has filed lawsuit against the band Poison for allegedly stealing songs originally written by Kid Rocker (band was broke up and presented the songs to C.C. as members of the band Screamin’ Mimis). Video (at the bottom) has surfaced, showing the bands riff for what would later become an alleged Poison hit. My opinion: given this alleged theft occurred over 20 years ago I find the timing suspicious. No word yet as to why wait until now to bring the lawsuit. The songs include “Talk Dirty to Me”, “Fallen Angel”, and “I Won’t Forget You.” What a perfect time to celebrate the video for “Talk Dirty to Me”; a made for MTV spectacle that started it all for the glam conglomerate we would come to know as Poison. Full Disclaimer: I was twelve and a big fan of this video when it came out. Did it shape my life in any way? Still working through this twice a week in therapy. More...
Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish has posted a final teaser video for "Imaginaerum" prior to the album's release on Nuclear Blast Records. The LP's release schedule starts next week with Finland on November 30, 2011.
The full release schedule is as follows:
Finland - November 30th
Europe - December 2nd
Australia - January 6th
Brazil - January 10th
North America - January 10th
Japan - January 11th
New Zealand - January 16th
Check out the video here:
Polish death/black giants Behemoth are confirmed to headline the Ronnie James Dio Stage of Bloodstock 2012 on Friday, August 10, 2012. The festival runs from August 10-12, 2012.
The current lineup (stages in "( )") and dates are as follows:
Friday, August 10, 2012:
Behemoth (RJ Dio Stage)
Watain (RJ Dio Stage)
C.O.C. (RJ Dio Stage)
Grand Magus (RJ Dio Stage)
Saturday, August 11, 2012:
Dimmu Borgir (RJ Dio Stage)
Hatebreed (RJ Dio Stage)
Sanctuary (RJ Dio Stage)
The Black Dahlia Murder (RJ Dio Stage)
Orange Goblin (Sophie Lancaster Stage)
Sunday, August 12, 2012:
Alice Cooper (RJ Dio Stage)
Paradise Lost (RJ Dio Stage)
Anvil (RJ Dio Stage)
Anaal Nathrakh (Sophie Lancaster Stage)
Dutch death/doom act The 11th Hour will release the forthcoming sophomore LP "Lacrima Mortis" on January 27, 2012 through Napalm Records. Mainman Ed Warby had the following comments about the release:
" 'Lacrima Mortis' is another glimpse into the darker side of my musical persona: a thick slab of epic doom metal dealing with the subject of death and its repercussions. I've worked on it feverishly for the past year and to my mind it surpasses 2009's 'Burden Of Grief' in every way. I hope you'll agree!"
More information on the release is expected shortly.
Swedish viking metal warriors Månegarm has signed with Napalm Records. The band expects to release a follow up to the 2009 release "Nattväsen" in 2012.
The band had the following comments on the signing: "We are very proud to announce that Manegarm from now on will sail under the flag of Napalm Records. We are very exited and encouraged as we enter this new collaboration and we’re certain that this will mean a big improvement for Manegarm as a band. We expect to release a new killer album in late 2012 - Keep your eyes open!!"
Franch power metal band Lonewolf has signed with Austrian label Napalm Records. The band will release the new LP "Army Of The Damned" in March 2012. In addition, the band's latest album "The Dark Crusade" (2009) will be reissued in the same month.
Lonewolf commented on the signing: "The Wolf has joined the pack! We're proud and grateful to join forces with Napalm Records to release our new album 'Army of the Damned'. Our metal crusade continues. See you on tour! Hellbent on metal!"
The album artwork for "Army of the Damned" can be seen here: