Metal News for November 28, 2013
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21 news articles posted on this day.
U.S. outfit Caricature has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes and working on a new EP:
"Alright everyone. It's been quiet on here and that is about change. The band has taken on some line up changes.
"Sadly, some people are just not focused or professionals which caused massive problems and other people simply have life lead them in another direction, but this train keeps rolling and is coming back better than ever.
"To prove it, well... There is a new EP underway. 5 brand spanking new tracks as well as a few covers that we will put up for DL for free. You may have heard of some of the people involved with this one. Not only for the guys who have joined the group but those working on the production side. Curious as to who? Stay tuned!" More...
Drummer Ben Kitson from Reflections of Ruin has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band:
"So after tomorrow night, I will no longer be drumming for Reflections of Ruin. I've come to a point where I feel my heart is no longer in this band. I've tried to force it but in the end it was just weighing down on me too much.
"It's been a roller coaster year for me but all in all, an experience I will never forget! It would mean alot to me if you could all make it down to amps tomorrow night and send me off in a blaze of glory!
"Tickets are cheap, great venue and who doesn't like PROM QUEEN!? Thank you to all the new friends I've made over this past year and all the amazing bands I've had the pleasure of playing with." More...
A look at new music from Rust N’ Rage, Bloody Heels, and Daylight Robbery. Also, lots of Jack Daniels T-shirts, always lots of Jack Daniels T-shirts. More...
Tech death band Deformatory has released another track off the band's new album "In The Wake of Pestilence," due out December 6th, 2013.
Give "The Forthcoming End" a listen in the player below, or you can listen to the previously posted song "Metamorphosis" at this location.
"In The Wake of Pestilence" was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Dan Rogers at From The Frost Audio in Ottawa.
Tuomas Holopainen – the keyboardist and main songwriter of Nightwish - has spent most of the year writing and producing his solo album. The whole album will be based on a graphic novel called "The Life And Times Of Scrooge McDuck," written and illustrated by Don Rosa.
Tuomas Holopainen comments: “This is my longtime dream come true, 14 years in the making. And a homage to one of the best storytellers of our time. Thank you for sharing this celebration of Life & Adventure!”
Nuclear Blast also issued the following press release:
"This 12 - chapter book tells the life story of a certain Scrooge, from his early years in the 19th century Scotland to his adventures all around the world until the 1950's. The story contains such immense depth, detail, wit and emotional power, that the moment Tuomas read it nearly 20 years ago, it instantly became a story of profound personal interest and love for him. The initial spark of 'coloring' this story with music, i.e. create a kind of 'soundtrack' for the book, came to him already in 1999, and has ever since been haunting the back of his mind.
"The album was written and produced by Tuomas Holopainen and will contain 10 songs, with total duration of approximately 60 minutes. The music will be of soundtrack / classical / folk genre in the vein of Vaughan Williams, Michael Nyman, James Newton Howard and Enya. More...
U.S. metal act Ashes of Ares - featuring vocalist Matt Barlow (ex-Iced Earth), guitarist/bassist Freddie Vidales, and drummer Van Williams (ex-Nevermore) - has revealed a new documentation video, filmed during the band's first show in Paris on tour with Powerwolf and Battle Beast.
Check out the 11-minute clip below, or you can also watch the band's previously posted music video for "This Is My Hell" at this location.
Having just recently completed a first European run in support of the band's double album "The Living Infinite" (reviewed here), Swedish metal veterans Soilwork have announced the second tour leg for March 2014.
Catch the band live with support from Darkane and System Divide on the following dates:
05.03. E Madrid - Sala Shoko
06.03. E Barcelona - Sala Salamandra 1
07.03. I Romagnano - Rock’n’Roll Arena
08.03. L Luxembourg - den Atelier
09.03. F Paris - Divan du monde
11.03. UK Bristol - The Fleece
12.03. UK Manchester - Sound Countrol
13.03. UK London - Islington Academy
14.03. UK North Wales - Hammerfest
15.03. UK Birmingham - Libary
17.03. NL Dordrecht - Biebelot
U.S. thrash legends Overkill have announced their first European run in support of the band's upcoming, as-of-yet untitled new album which is targeted for a release in March 2014.
Make sure to catch Bobby Blitz and the wrecking crew on the dates below, or you can also read our report from a recent Overkill show right here.
13.03. UK London - Islington Academy (w/Soilwork)
14.03. UK North Wales - Hammerfest
15.03. IRL Dublin - The Academy
16.03. UK Glasgow - Cathouse
17.03. UK Manchester - Sound Control
19.03. D Köln - Essigfabrik
20.03. D Bochum - Matrix
21.03. D Braunschweig - Meyer’s
22.03. D Leipzig - Hellraiser
24.03. I Mezzago - Bloom Club
25.03. CH Aarau - Kiff
26.03. D Aschaffenburg - Colos-Saal
27.03. D Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
28.03. D Nürnberg - Hirsch
29.03. D Saarbrücken - Garage
Grand Magus will release new album "Triumph & Power" via Nuclear Blast on January 31st, 2014. A teaser trailer for the release can be found below, and the track list for "Triumph And Power" is as follows:
1. On Hooves Of Gold
2. Steel Versus Steel
4. Triumph And Power
8. The Naked And The Dead
10. The Hammer Will Bite
11. Blackmoon (Bonus Track)
After parting ways with vocalist Joris Boghtdrincker, Heidevolk has now issued the following announcement about recruiting a new member:
"Ladies and gentleman, we are happy to announce that our quest for a new singer has come to an end. We are proud to introduce to you our new vocalist: Lars.
"Now, after six months, our line-up is complete again and we feel refueled and ready to take on our next challenge: a new album, tentatively scheduled for mid-2014. Along with that expect us to explore and invade familiar and new territories and clubs for a full force Heidevolk live attack!"" More...
Crown the Empire has posted a re-recorded version of the track "Breaking Point online, which can be heard below. The band also comments:
"Today we want to give thanks to our fans and their undying support for us. We completely appreciate each and every single one of you out there. This is something that we will never, ever take for granted.
"Today, in honor of you, we want to give you a song from the upcoming 'The Fallout' re-release that comes out on 12-10-13. Order it here now. Here is the re-recorded version of 'Breaking Point' from the 'Limitless' EP.. ENJOY!" More...
Black metal outfit Zul - the project of Zeeshan Ul Haque - has posted a track online titled "The Black Night," which can be heard in the YouTube player available below. You can also find further details on Zul at the band's Facebook profile here.
The good news keeps coming for metal fans, with the Bloodstock festival announcing two more additions to the 2014 bill.
Lacuna Coil is set to grace the main stage on Saturday and fiery front woman Cristina Scabbia comments, “To be back at Bloodstock will be such a BLAST! I can't wait to see my family of Coilers in the UK again and to meet new friends. I promise pure damn adrenaline from our stage!! See ya there!"
Co-vocalist, Andrea Ferro enthuses, “The UK is one of my favourite places to perform, it's really special. The audiences are so enthusiastic, their approach to rock music just feels similar to my own somehow and that's why I'm really excited to be part of Bloodstock Open Air 2014! It will be Lacuna Coil's second time there and I'm curious to see how the festival has grown. We will have songs from the new album and some LC classics, so see ya all in the summer!”
Slipping into Saturday’s special guest slot will be Carcass. Bassist/vocalist Jeff Walker warns, “Unfinished business… Carcass will return to Bloodstock 2014. With new blood, new album, new songs, we'll be firing on all cylinders. If you think you've already seen this band, think again. We'll see you come what may in the mud and the rain, there to knock the air out of your inflatable swords and knock the wind out of your sails. Let there be rot!”
Naples, Italy based metal outfit Turma has released a music video for "Rebecca's Shield," which can be viewed below. For more info on Turma, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
South Africa's black/death act Gates of Aaru will release a debut EP in January 2014 for free download at the band's website here.
The EP was produced, mixed, and mastered by Clint Watt at Watts Production Studios. Now you can also hear the song "Welcome To The New Dawn" in the player below.
Architects has posted the following message online about dropping off the band's current tour with Protest The Hero and Affiance:
"There's no easy way to say this but we have decided to pull out of the remaining Protest the Hero shows in the US. In the interests of honesty, avoiding ambiguity and the standard 'personal reasons' line, we want to explain our reasons clearly.
"A big factor in this was beginning this tour immediately after an extremely intense period recording our new album, which had already left us burnt out and mentally / physically exhausted. Simply said - we have nothing left in us after the extremely long year we have had thus far. We have hit a brick wall and desperately need a break to be home, get healthy and clear our minds for the remainder of the year.
"We haven't taken this decision lightly. We make it carrying a great deal of guilt for letting down the bands we're on tour with and the fans that have bought tickets, and to them we are sorry. This is the first time in 8 years of touring that we've ever had to do anything like this and it makes us feel extremely uncomfortable. This is also a not a financially motivated decision, exiting this tour means we lose out on a good amount of money, but somethings are more important. Protest is of course going on with the tour and they will announce our replacement soon.
"Again - we are deeply sorry to everyone we have let down. We will be back next year, revitalized and with a brand new album."
All that Black Friday / Cyber Monday nonsense is upon us again, and for those of a metal persuasion who are so inclined, you too can get some great deals on music.
But luckily you don't have to get trampled at Walmart to get killer metal at reduced prices, because many labels and distros are offering their deals online. Check out the latest sales below, and check back in as we'll be updating this article over the weekend as more deals are announced.
Through Monday, SELFMADEGOD RECORDS is giving metal lovers a change to buy any 3 albums and get an extra album free.
RAZORBACK RECORDS has a deal running through December 2nd where select albums from Abscess, Mortician, Wooden Stake, and more are only $5.
Until Monday the 2nd, RELAPSE RECORDS is offering 20% off the entire mailorder webstore.
DEEPSEND RECORDS has a buy 3, get 1 free deal running on all CDs.
THE OMEGA ORDER is offering 25% off all vinyl using the promo code “Fire.”
COMATOSE MUSIC is offering a buy 3 get 1 free sale on all CDs that builds up (buy 6 get 2 or buy 9 get 3).
ROXX RECORDS is offering 25% off everything in the webstore Friday, Saturday, and Sunday using the “XMASROXX2013” coupon code.
METAL BLADE RECORDS is hosting a holiday sale giving up to 40% off select vinyl releases.
BLOOD AND INK RECORDS has a deal giving 20% off any item with the code “TY2013” that runs through December 6th, 2013.
The FACEDOWN RECORDS Thanksgiving sale features a variety of albums for $1 - $5 each along with reduced price merch.
CENTURY MEDIA has a variety of delightfully evil winter sweaters and Christmas ornaments for freaking out your family this holidy season.
VICTORY RECORDS will be offering 25% off the entire webstore Black Friday through Cyber Monday, and the label has also released a line of ridiculous holiday band sweaters.
THINK FAST RECORDS has several holiday bundles available with reduced price vinyl and merch bundles.
WE ARE TRIUMPHANT RECORDS is offering 25% off the entire webstore through December 2nd.
PROSTHETIC RECORDS is providing 25% off your entire order using code "PRST66613" at checkout through December 2nd.
Brazilian outfit Aurora Boreal has posted a lyric video onlien for the track "Sobrevivendo," which comes off the "Ascensão" EP. Check it out below. Aurora Boreal consists of:
Igor Sousa - Guitar
Matheus Grigoletto - Bass/Vocals
Guilherme Vendramini - Vocals
Jose Castelari - Drums
David Petrucci - Guitar
Brazil's Cyhad has posted the band's new EP online, which can be heard in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Welcome To The Doomsday Trip
2. Ode To Chaos
3. Chainsaw Storm
4. Deep To Death N' Roll
5. Barbekilling Time
6. Bluescifer's Call More...
In his continuing series of heavy metal covers of game music, T.V. show themes, and movie soundtracks, guitarist Eric Calderone has now released a shred-tastic version of the "Ghostbusters" theme.
Check out this latest video below, or you can see Eric Calderone's previous clip covering music from the "Chrono Trigger" SNES game at this location.
Murk Blare has released an official lyric video for the track "The Tormentor," which can be found in the player below. You can also download the track over at the band's SoundCloud page here.