Metal News for November 29, 2013
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39 news articles posted on this day.
Sacramento hardcore/metal band Havenside has unveiled details for new release “Living Our Darkest Days," which is due out March 11th on LP/CD and digitally.
The first single “Stronger Everyday” will make its debut on December 27th. The album was recorded at Mayhemness Studios and mixed/mastered at Castle Ultimate. The track listing is as follows:
2. The Broken (Featuring Rob McCarthy ex-Lionheart)
4. Things Will Never Change
5. Unite & Conquer
6. Standing Your Ground Pt. 2
7. Stronger Everyday
8. King By Destruction
11. Curse (featuring Howie Favichia of Lifeforms)
12. Refuse To Sink More...
After hospital stays, car breakdowns, and tour delays, Agrimonia has launched an Indie GoGo crowd funding campaign to try to recoup the financial losses. You can donate to the fund here, and the band also comments:
"Not everything went as planned during Agrimonia's late 2013 U.S. Tour. We missed our three first shows in California due to one of us ending up in the hospital for two days.
"Then in North Carolina, our tour van broke down during Thanksgiving forcing us to rent an expensive car, while our driver and roadie had to stay behind to try and fix it. So currently we're paying rent for two cars. We'll also have to pay for several extra flights to make everything work in the end.
"All this trouble has put us back a lot financially, We now ask for your help, to help us get through these hard times!" More...
Profound Lore Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a 2xLP edition of "Odori Sepulcrorum" from Grave Miasma:
"The massive vinyl edition of the Grave Miasma's 'Odori Sepulcrorum' masterpiece is finally released (after many of the usual delays at the plant that tend to plague us) and available to order.
"Packaging is pretty massive on this as you can see from the picture displayed: 2xLP (all on thick black vinyl), three-sided with a screen print design on the fourth side. Packaged in a triple-gatefold jacket and also comes with an eight-page booklet."
Kampfar has posted a lyric video online for the song "Mylder," which can be found below. The track comes off the upcoming album "Djevelmakt," due to drop on January 27th, 2014 via Indie Recordings. The track listing is as follows:
3. Blod, Eder og Galle
4. Swarm Norvegicus
6. De Dødes Fane
7. Svarte Sjelers Salme
8. Our Hounds, Our Legion
Sahg has released the second part of track-by-track video from the "Delusions of Grandeur" album, which can be viewed below.
The concept record “Delusions of Grandeur” was released in October earlier this year via Indie Recordings. The label also comments:
"It is otherworldly, mystical, unflinchingly progressive, and unafraid to call upon the powers of doom, Delusions… is nothing less than 48 minutes of impeccable musicianship and flawless delivery.
"Recorded at Solslottet Studios – aka Castle Of The Sun – under production of Iver Sandøy (Enslaved, Krakow), Sahg’s fourth entry in the annals of wickedness is a doom-infused, heavy rock fireball that’s set to torch speakers around the globe."
Symphonic metal act Elegy Of Madness will release new album “Brave Dreams” via The Orchard on the 22nd of December, 2013. You can preview the song “Sinner” below.
Gormathon has inked a deal with Napalm Records to release a new album next year. The label comments:
"Once in a while you come across a new band where you absolutely positively know that you need to work with that band! Congratulations to the melodic death metal warriors Gormathon for joining the ranks of the Napalm Records Empire!"
Here is what guitarist Stefan Jonsson had to say about the signing: "We are extremely proud to announce that today we have signed a record deal with Napalm Records! Our forthcoming album will be released under their label in early 2014!" More...
Whorion has released a lyric video for "The Great Mass Suicide," which can be viewed below and comes off the "Fall Of Atlas" album. The band also comments:
"Long and rough journey is behind. Revealing from the mist, we proudly introduce opening hymn from the Fall Of Atlas, The Great Mass Suicide.
"Mark the starts since Fall of Atlas will be out on first full moon of 2014. The Great Mass Suicide represents one of our key elements, aggressive and merciless. Strings of despair ache your ears tonight. War horns are about to release from the shackles....in time."
Steel Panther has posted up two Thanksgiving guide videos, explaining the best way to cook a turkey and why we celebrate the holiday. Check 'em out below!
Steel Panther's new album "All You Can Eat" will be released in the spring of 2014, which follows previous album "Balls Out" (reviewed here).
German deathcore act Quiet Confidence has released a new music video for the track "Your Weakness Is My Satisfaction," which comes off the "Confessions" EP released earlier this month.
The song features a guest spot by Lars Tekolf from Six Reasons To Kill and the video clip can be viewed below.
Canadian outfit Red Handed Denial has a new lyric video out now for the track "Oh, Prophecy." Check it out below.
"Oh, Prophecy" comes off the band's upcoming album "Stories of Old," due out December 10th, 2013. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.
Comedy rock band Psychostick has posted a blooper reel from latest music video "Obey The Beard," which the band released as part of a fan funding campaign taking place at Indiegogo.com and running till December 5th.
Check out the "Obey The Beard" outtakes below, or watch the full music video over at this location.
Army of One TV sat down in the studio with Sacred Oath members as they discuss the making of latest album "Fallen" and the cult classic debut "A Crystal Vision."
Check out the video interview in the player below. You can also watch the band's previously posted lyric video for "Snake Eyes" at this location.
A new photography book has been released chronicling all the times KISS ever visited Sweden, which can be seen below. The following press release was also issued:
"Alright World! You wanted the best… It has arrived! KISS in Sweden 1976-2013 – The Book about all those times KISS visited Sweden. A book for anyone who loves KISS, filled with exciting stories, interesting facts and almost 1000 pictures!
"The authors have one thing in common – our passionate interest in the rock group KISS, and we hope and trust that you will feel this passion and feel your heart rate increase when you have the book in your hands and open it for the first time…
"Our story begins when KISS lands at Torslanda Airport just outside of Gothenburg around 4PM on the 25th of May 1976. They arrive by plane unmasked and a Swedish photographer takes a few shots as KISS are about to embark on their first tour in Sweden, a tour which has generated scandalous headlines in the media long before the plane even landed. KISS will come back to visit Sweden again in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1988, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2008, 2010 and 2013 and the band or parts thereof have made promotional visits here in 1982, 1985, 1987, 1992 and 1994. The story of KISS in Sweden ends as Gene and Paul board an aircraft taking off from Kristianstad Airport in Everöd at 4PM on the 8th of June 2013, bound for Norway.
"The goal with the book has from the very start been to document all of KISS’ visits to our country as thoroughly as possible. We searched far and wide for all the cool pictures that were forgotten or ended up gathering dust in an attic somewhere. We talked to those who met the band, privately or professionally, and we spared no dime uncovering the facts and unknown stories which has until now remained undocumented. We set out to do a book that we ourselves would like to read and we think we have succeeded. We are sure that all KISS fans will enjoy our book!
Sinbreed has inked a deal with AFM Records, and the record label issued the following statement about the signing:
"The debut album 'When Worlds Collide' from Sinbreed caused quite a stir in the scene already with their melodic speed metal that comes across without keyboards, but with strong choruses and balls.
"The band has now signed a contract with AFM Records and will release their second album next year. Blind Guardian guitarist Marcus Siepen has also joined the group’s ranks."
Guitarist Flo Laurin comments: "We are really excited to work with AFM. Now that we've got the new line-up ready and the new record is in the making, we are looking forward to work with such a strong and experienced partner who is deep-seated in the metal scene. Great things to come."
Sinbreed consists of:
Herbie Langhans - Vocals
Flo Laurin - Guitars
Marcus Siepen - Guitars
Frederik Ehmke - Drums
Alexander Schulz - Bass
Kaledon has a new music video out now "A Dark Prison," the second single from the album "Altor: The King's Blacksmith," released back in April by Scarlet Records.
The track features a special guest appearance by Fabio Lione and the video is available below. The track listing for the album is:
3. Between The Hammer And The Anvil
4. My Personal Hero
6. A New Beginning
8. Screams In The Wind
9. A Dark Prison
"Prophet Of The End" - the brand new video clip from the Polish female-fronted heavy metal act Crystal Viper - can be seen below.
The song is taken from band's forthcoming studio album "Possession," which will be released on Friday the 13th this coming December via AFM Records. Vocalist/guitraist Marta Gabriel also comments on the track:
"This is probably the most unusual song I ever wrote, I sometimes think it's even best song I ever composed. We decided to film video clip for it, as it's different than everything Crystal Viper did in the past. So while people expect straight heavy metal from us, and as we of course deliver such tracks on the new album, this song shows we didn't say last word as a band yet. While working on this video clip, we wanted to achieve similar atmosphere to this one from 'Paranormal Activity' movies, or from the 'Fourth Kind' with Milla Jovovich, and basically reveal something from the story told on the album. We filmed this clip in Germany with guys from the 3D Maximal company, I think they did a great job and the final result is really cool!"
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Zeta Reticuli
2. Voices In My Head
3. Julia Is Possessed
4. Fight Evil With Evil
5. Mark Of The Horned One
6. Why Can't You Listen?
7. You Will Die You Will Burn
8. We Are Many
9. Prophet Of The End
CD bonus track: 10. Thundersteel (RIOT cover song)
LP bonus track: 10. Night Prowler (2013) More...
French outfit Destinity has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:
"Hail friends and fans! It has been a few months without much news from us, during which we went through a recent line up change but also a new direction for the band. Destinity is now proud to present its new singer Yan Pierrat (former lead singer of X-Vision and current singer of the band Fifteen).
"After having auditioned quite a number of applicants, we chose Yan for his outstanding performance that impressed all of us in terms of energy and vocal ability. He also has various experiences on stage which will surely bring some freshness and a modern touch for Destinity's future."
"Yan, a warm welcome in the Destinity clan! We are really excited to introduce him to you on stage very soon...and believe us, he'll blow you away! We also wish to thank all the participants who submitted their applications. Thank you from the bottom of hearts for the interest that you showed for the band! More...
Denmark's Battery has posted a full live set online, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:
"We are happy and proud to finally announce Jökull Johanneson as the new and 5th member of Battery! On top of that, here's our first show as a 5-piece: professionally filmed in Aarhus in November 2013!"
Indianapolis-based symphonic metal power act Lorenguard has signed a world-wide distribution deal with Cleopatra Records.
The group's first release with Cleopatra will be the debut album, “Eve Of Corruption: The Days of Astasia, Part One,” which will be available worldwide on November 19th, 2013. “Eve of Corruption” originally released independently nearly 2 years ago through the band’s website and other online retailers.
While this distribution deal does not include the band’s debut novel of the same name, the book is still available through all online book and ebook retailers.
The band is currently hard at work on the follow-up book and album, taking time to make live appearances in Indianapolis and at the Pathfinder Metal Festival last year in Atlanta, GA. Lorenguard is:
Robb Graves (ex-Winterfell) – Vocals
Christopher Cruz (ex-Demiricous) – Guitars
David Schneider – Guitars
Alec Biccum – Keyboards
Adam Sadler – Bass
Brady Sadler – Drums
Raleigh Barrett – Narrations More...
After releasing a clip for the title track "The Devil Went Down To The Holy Land," Betzefer has now posted a new video for the song "Sledgehammer." Check it out below.
Betzefer's new album "The Devil Went Down To The Holy Land" is out now via Steamhammer / SPV, released earlier this month. The track listing is as follows:
2. The Devil Went Down to the Holy Land
3. Killing the Fuss
5. Yuppie Six Feet Underground
8. The Medic
10. Suicide Hotline, Pt. 1
11. Suicide Hotline, Pt. 2
13. I Hate
14. Can You Hear Me Now
Alcest has released a video for the first single "Opale" taken off the band's upcoming album "Shelter."
The video was created by Toshadeva Palani and can be viewed below, courtesy of Stereogum.com. The full "Shelter" track listing is as follows:
3. La Nuit Marche Avec Moi
4. Voix Sereines
5. L'Eveil Des Muses
Deluxe edition bonus track:
9. Into The Waves More...
Royal Hunt has released a new lyric video for "A Life To Die For," which can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"A Life To Die For officially came out throughout entire Europe today. Don´t forget – the amount of digipack versions (CD + DVD) is limited, so hurry up! To mark the release day we decided to entertain you a little with a lyric video for the radio version of the title track."
Swedish doom titans Avatarium have uploaded their brand new video for the song "Boneflower," which can be viewed below.
If the quartet’s gigantic, melancholy sounds have somehow passed you by, then this video is the perfect means to get acquainted with this great band. Check it out below. You can also read our review of the band's self-titled album at this location.
The band’s all-star lineup features legendary doom metal pioneer Leif Edling (Candlemass) on bass, Marcus Jidell (Evergrey) on guitar, Carl Westholm (Candlesmass) on keyboards, Lars Sköld (Tiamat) on drums and singer extraordinaire Jennie-Ann Smith.
India's Inner Sanctum has released a new tour video clip online, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:
"Inner Sanctum traveled 4000 kms in 18 days, to 8 cities, in 2 countries, with 7 guys in one fucking van. This is that story!"
Wizard Rifle has now checked in with another road report, which can be read below, or you can also check out the last batch of tour diaries at this location. Wizard Rifle comments:
"Day 6: Were treated with polite indifference by the good people of Oakland, most of whom we're present to see hometown heroes Saviors play their first show on the tour.
"Some lovely friends from Nik Turner's Hawkwind showed up to give luv and put us up for the night (except Dave who broke all the rules by sleeping in someone's practice space). Max and Sam took an invigorating Thanksgiving hike around San Fran and Dave woke up twelve hours later before navigating a mostly empty BART with a pillowcase full of belongings, looking like the saddest street kid.
"Met up to have a fancy duck dinner with an infant and two dogs (off the menu) and a toddler who insisted Dave sleep in his closet. Crashed out in the Mission while Max took his turn sleeping in the van, dreaming of a tow truck hauling it away and crushing him under a pile of amps. We're cummin for you tonight, San Jose; don't try and hide."
Remaining dates on the trek are as follows:
11/29 - San Jose - Blank Club
11/30 - San Francisco - Thee Parkside
12/1 - Sacramento - Harlow's
12/3 - Seattle - The Crocodile
12/4 - Portland - Rotture
12/5 - Bellingham - Shakedown
12/6 - Vancouver, Before Christ - Rickshaw Theatre
Sweden's The Quill just wrapped up a tour with Mammoth Mammoth and has now checked in with the following tour recap:
"A few days have passed since we got home from the Tiger Blood European Tour. The dirty clothes have been washed, the messy hair has been untangled & our livers have been recalibrated. First and foremost we want to thank everyone who came to the shows and rocked with us. Without you we are nothing. We love each and everyone of you.
"Big thank you also to our crew: Michael, Jerome, Annette and Reinhart (the bus comes first!) who made everything such as smooth ride. (Even though a train ride between Berlin and Bremen was kind of unnecessary, right Jerome? :)
"And a BIG thank you to our newfound brothers in MAMMOTH MAMMOTH. Mikey, Cuz, Frank and Pete - all the best to you and hopefully we'll see each other again soon!
"Cheers everyone! Before we finish off this year we have one last show in Kalmar on December 13th - to be recorded for a special project due out next year." More...
North Carolina outfit Aether Realm has posted the band's new single "The Magician" online, which can be heard in the player below, or you can pick up your own digital copy at Bandcamp here.
U.K. melodic/tech metal outfit Subversion has posted the following message online about working on a new album:
"Last bit of studio time this weekend... then its off to mixing, mastering and various other bits of tom foolery before we announce our Xmas offering in full glory.
"On a side note, album 2 is shaping up to be something we are more proud of than we could have ever imagined when work begun on it over a year ago!!
"Watch this space for 2014."
Subversion consists of:
Kai Giritli - Guitars/Vox/Audio engineering
Karl Harrigan - Vocals
Sean Moxom - Guitar
Rich Lawry-Johns - Bass
Ben Atkinson - Drums
Florida's four-piece death/grind wrecking ball The Hackish has issued the following statement about parting ways with the band's bass player:
Shores of Elysium has posted a new song online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also comments:
"Happy Kill people over savings day! Here it is ya'll, 'The Principle of Succession' off of our new record 'Entity in The Void' out 12.8.13! Let us know what you think and if you like it share it up! You can pick up the album at any of our upcoming shows or on Itunes starting on 12.8.13!"
Spanish metal act Raven's Gate is now releasing the band's first video clip for "Lionheart Doll," which comes off the "Defying Gravity" album. Check out the official music video in the player provided below.
Slovenian thrashers Eruption will see their debut album "Lifeless Paradise," originally released in 2009 by On-Parole Production, re-issued by Xtreem Music with remastered sound, two bonus tracks and totally revamped cover artwork. Xtreem Music comments:
"This work marked the debut (after a 2007 demo) for this killer band devoted to the sounds of the good old Bay Area Thrash from the 80's. Any lover of bands like Vio-lence, Atrophy, Forbidden, Acrophet, Testament, Exodus... should keep an eye open for this band! The re-issue of "Lifeless Paradise" will be released in December and you can actually hear a song below."
Amberian Dawn has checked in with the following update from the studio as the band work on a new album:
"What a perfect day to spend your Friday... Day 2 of vocal recordings with Capri is now behind! We had a lot of fun and those new songs composed just for her are really starting to sound awesome.
Denied has released a new music video off latest album "Let Them Burn," which was produced by Fredrik Folkare of Unleashed and mastered by Daniel Bergstrand at Dug Out Studios.
The video for "Garden of Stone" was produced by Atomic Movie Lab and filmed at The Woodland Cemetery in Stockholm. Check it out below.
Los Angeles-based death metallers Derogatory have released the official music video for the song "Foretold in my House of Seance," taken from the band's forthcoming debut, "Above All Else." The video for "Foretold in my House of Seance" is now playing below. "Above All Else" is set for release on December 6 through FDA Rekotz.
Derogatory was formed in late 2010. Founding guitarists Christian Ordonez and Joe Viwatkurkul wrote all the early material with Chris later taking the position of changing the music style and riff writing even further with later material. Derogatory has seen three drummers come and go before current skin-basher Coyoton stepped in. Bassist Daniel Alonzo rounds out the lineup. In 2011, the band finally recorded its demo.
Swedish Black Metallers Wan have parted ways with their drummer Dimman, who joined the band prior to the recording of their sophomore release "Enjoy the Filth." In a statement posted on the band's Facebook page, bassist Isengrim stated:
"We are sad to have to announce that Dimman will be leaving the band. Due to personal reasons, he feels he can't bring what is needed. He will always be a big part of our Northern Brotherhood and will of course be welcomed back if he wants to. Good luck with everything brother!"
"Enjoy the Filth" was released in October on Carnal Records. Gun Shy Assassin is streaming the album's title track at this location.
Greek epic metal heroes Battleroar have entered Devasoundz Studio in Athens, Greece to start the recording process for "Blood of Legends," the band's first studio album since 2008's "To Death and Beyond..." The album will be produced by Thymios Krikos (Innerwish) together with the band and is expected to be launched in April of next year on Cruz del Sur Music.
"Blood of Legends" is the first Battleroar album to feature Sacred Steel vocalist Gerrit Mutz, who joined the band last year. It also marks the recording debuts of bassist Stavros Aivaliotis and guitarist Antreas Sotiropoulos, both of whom joined Battleroar's ranks after the release of "To Death and Beyond..."
The song "Poisoned Well," taken from "Blood of Legends", appears in the Greek fantasy feature film, "The Dragonphoenix Chronicles : Indomitable." The instrumental track has been posted for streaming at this location. For more on the film, visit this site. "Blood of Legends" will be released on digipack, limited-edition vinyl and digital formats.
Chilean band Cleaver has released its new eight-song album "Illusion" via Digmetalworld in North America. The album was recorded at Soundmix studios by Carlos Concha, and mixed and mastered by Felipe Leighton.
To support the release the band has uploaded the music video for album track "The Anger." Watch the music video below.
The band was formed in May of 2011 by Carlos Concha and German Vasquez. In early 2012 Andrès Serrano, Francisco Dañobeitia & MC Drums joined the band. Cleaver is a mixture of traditional and modern rock.