Metal News for November 30, 2011
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Newly signed to Century Media Records, Swedish act Vildhjarta is shaking up the djent scene with the new release "Måsstaden," which just dropped in Europe and North American earlier this week. "Måsstaden" is a concept album told as a fairy tale story, which the audience is meant to interpret both through the artwork and the music.
Speaking from home in Sweden, guitarist Calle Thomer recently had a chat with me about the album's concept, releasing two new music videos, and getting signed with Century Media. Calle also reveals the band name's roots in fantasy roleplaying and offers his thoughts on the metal scene in Sweden today. More...
Guitarist Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne) has issued the following brief announcement via his Twitter account about Firewind gearing up to record a new album:
"Whats up everyone...I've been rehearsing this past week w/ FW like crazy. We're ready 2 start recordings, will keep u posted as we go along."
Further details on the upcoming Firewind release, which will follow the "Days of Defiance" album, will be released as they become available. In the mean time, you can check out footage of Firewind performing a live show in Cleveland by navigating over to this location.
Occult rock legion The Devil's Blood will be releasing a series of video teasers leading up to the release of the upcoming full-length, "The Thousandfold Epicentre." Each week a new teaser will be viewable via the band's official Metal Blade landing page. To start, check out the art teaser clip for the title track at this location. You can also check out the new song "She" in the player available below.
Metal Blade Records recently announced its union with the eclectic rock ensemble and will unleash "The Thousandfold Epicentre" in North America on January 17th, 2012. The record offers up 11 tracks produced with the help of Pieter Kloos at Void Studios (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).
Further info on The Devil's Blood to come. Stay tuned.... More...
Canadian female-fronted Viking metal band Valfreya has announced the new album "Path to Eternity" will see release in early 2012. In the mean time, you can check out Valfreya's music by heading over to the band's Facebook profile, or by checking out the live clip below.
Texan electronic metallers The Browning, who recently released their debut album "Burn This World" (reviewed here), are due to kick off a U.S. tour tonight, Wednesday, November 30th, with North Carolina's Wretched.
Having wrapped up another trek just days ago, The Browning is heading straight back out on the road for the new tour, which kicks off in Trenton, New Jersey and will see The Browning teaming up with Wretched as well as Serpents and Massakren. The Browning drummer Noah "Shark Robertson comments:
"We've been racking up the miles lately touring the States and are currently headed out with some great bands! We are stoked to be hitting the road with our new friends in Massakren, Serpents, and Wretched! We always look forward to travelling to new places and meeting more and more fans out there and, of course, gaining new ones! The band's live show is tighter than ever and we have had an absolute blast performing a lot of the new material from our Earache Records debut, Burn This World! We hope to see you out at a show headbanging with us!!!"
Dates are as follows:
Nov. 30 - Trenton, NJ - Championships
Dec. 01 - Buffalo, NY - Sonic Indian
Dec. 02 - Sandusky, OH - Underground
Dec. 03 - Chillicothe, OH - First Capital Music Hall
Dec. 04 - Chicago, IL - Ultra Lounge
Dec. 05 - Peoria, IL - Brass Rail
Dec. 06 - La Porte City, IA - American Legion
Dec. 07 - Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
Dec. 08 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
Dec. 09 - Oklahoma City, OK - The Roxy Music Hall
Dec. 10 - Lubbock, TX - Wreckers
Dec. 11 - Austin, TX - Dirty Dog Bar
Dec. 13 - Fort Worth, TX - Tomcats
Dec. 14 - Little Rock, AR - Downtown Music
Dec. 15 - Nashville, TN - The Muse
Dec. 16 - Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
Pure Grain Audio has posted a new video interview online with guitarist Sam Totman of Dragonforce, which can be viewed below. Pure Grain Audio commented on the clip:
"On Thursday, October 20th, 2011 DragonForce came through Toronto, Ontario ripping up The Opera House. They were performing their North American debut show for their new singer Marc Hudson who recently joined the band. Our own metalhead Chee Kam sat down with Sam Totman to discuss the new vocalist, international beer favourites, the upcoming album and much, much more."
August Burns Red has released a new Christmas single, providing a metal cover version of the song "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." The song is available through iTunes here, and a teaser can be found via the August Burns Red Facebook profile. You can also preview the song through the clip available below.
Video footage has been posted online of vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (Charred Walls of the Damned) performing an acoustic set at his club in Akron, OH. You can check out two clips from the performance in the players available below.
Following the previously announced run of shows with Clutch in late December, Corrosion of Conformity will be playing a one-off show at the Orange Peel in Asheville, North Carolina on January 22nd. The special performance will coincide with a screening of "Slow Southern Steel," the long-anticipated southern metal documentary produced by Rwake vocalist, CT. Hail! Hornet will also appear on the bill. Corrosion of Conformity's upcoming live shows are as follows:
12/27/2011 House of Blues - Boston, MA w/ Clutch
12/28/2011 State Theater - Portland, ME w/ Clutch
12/29/2011 Westcott Theater - Syracuse, NY w/ Clutch
12/30/2011 Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ w/ Clutch
12/31/2011 Trocadero Theater - Philadelphia, PA w/ Clutch
1/22/2012 The Orange Peel - Ashevilla, NC w/ Hail!Hornet
Corrosion of Conformity -- featuring the line-up of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin -- has been working diligently with long-time producer John Custer and will unleash an eighth studio album via Candlelight Records on February 28th, 2012. The record will be self-titled.
San Antonio's Silence The Messenger has checked in with the following announcement about streaming a new teaser track online and recruiting new band members:
"We know you guys have been waiting for some updates as far as what's going on with STM lately, and we apologize for the wait! That being said, we'll get right down to it: We're VERY proud to announce that we have new management are now part of Good Fight Entertainment! If you aren't familiar with the bands they manage, go to this location and you'll see why we're so stoked to be working with them.
"We've put up a 2012 teaser track on our BandPage tab here, just click that and get an idea of some of our new material for next year!
"Finally we'd like to welcome our new bassist Jared Jobson, and our new drummer Fernando Lemus to the band! They've proven to be essential pieces to the puzzle and couldn't be happier they're with us!!!
"Thanks for your patience everybody, be on the lookout for more new announcements in the next month or two for other big things!"
Taking the dark tales of Appalachian folk forefathers to contemporary Southern doom territory, Northern Virgina-based quintet King Giant has wrapped up the final details on the band's sophomore full-length release, "Dismal Hollow," and is preparing to self-release it just after the kickoff of the new year. A press release from the band's publicist reads as follows:
"Brooding even darker and more sinister homage to their rock and metal forefathers than their heralded self-released 2009 debut album, Southern Darkness, this new album sets a new par for KING GIANT, further developing their hard but harmonized style, as always chock full of well-written hooks and deep grooving thunder. Recorded at Inner Ear Studio (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Avail, Jawbox, Dave Grohl), and inherently boasting full-on Americana both musically and conceptually, the eight tracks harnessed on Dismal Hollow are easily King Giant’s most well-written and monstrous anthems captured to date."
"Dismal Hollow" will be available worldwide on January 31st, 2012 -- a split release between King Giant’s band-operated imprint Graveyard Hill Records and The Path Less Traveled Records, part of the MRI Group, with distribution by RED, Code 7 and Plastichead -- and will be available in CD, LP, and digital download formats. The cover artwork is available below, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Tale Of Mathias
3. A Steward's Prayer
4. Pistols And Penance
5. 6 O'Clock Swill
6. The Fog
7. Road To Eleusis
8. O' Drifter
A video for the album’s opening track, "Appomattox," will debut in December 2011, along with more tunes from "Dismal Hollow," as well as new live dates and much more from King Giant throughout 2012. More...
Melbourne, Australia's avant-garde post-doom quartet Heirs will unleash a new release stateside next week, in the form of the "Hunter" EP. Picking up where the 2010-released "Fowl" full-length left off, the new three song mini release takes it's time permeating your psyche with nearly 25 minutes of even more mellow and somber passages, leading off with two original tracks and closing out the release with an extensive Sisters of Mercy cover track.
"Hunter" will be officially released on CD, 10" wax, and digital download in North America on Tuesday, December 6th via Heirs' own Denovali Records, bearing new stateside distro via Nail Distribution.
This week the band has posted a brand new video for the title track to the EP. Check out the clip below. The "Hunter" EP track listing is as follows:
3. Never Land (originally recorded by Sisters of Mercy) More...
Das Musik Magazine has posted a video interview online with Volbeat drummer Jon Larsen from a concert in Oberhausen, Germany on November 12th, 2011.
In other recent Volbeat news, the band announced its split with guitarist Thomas Bredahl and plans to take a break from live shows until January.
Dutch doom-death metal legends Asphyx have now finished work on their 8th studio album, entitled "Deathhammer." Set to be released on February 27th, 2012 in Europe and February 28th, 2012 in North America via Century Media Records, "Deathhammer" features artwork by the band's long-time partner in designs, Axel Hermann.
Hermann has not only worked on all of the early Asphyx artwork, but is also responsible for classic Century Media artwork by bands like Morgoth, Unleashed, Samael, and Grave. In regards to their newfound collaboration, both parties commented:
"ASPHYX and Axel Hermann is a fusion that has always functioned perfectly...from the days of 'The Rack' back in 1991, 'til 'Deathhammer' in 2012. Like others such as Dan Swanö, Axel may be considered as an external member of the band and when we asked him to do the 'Deathhammer' cover--and as usual we would leave him free in his expression--we were very pleased to hear he was willing to take it on.
"...And the man has exceeded himself! To the perfect death metal album comes the perfect cover that still leaves enough to everyone's imagination. We hope he is as proud as we are on the final result. It seems all falls into place for this deathdozer of an album. I guess Axel can expect an offer from Le Louvre any time now. More...
German modern metal force Caliban is proud to announce the release of the band's eighth studio album, "I Am Nemesis" on February 28th, 2012 via Century Media Records. After spending 10 months writing new material, the band is very excited to get the record out to fans. "It was important to us to have an elaborate album without any fillers," says lead guitarist Marc Görtz. "Additionally, the sound of the album is the best we've ever had by far: it is heavy and brutal without being chaotic."
Lyrically, "I Am Nemesis" is a continuation of the band's last record, "Say Hello To Tragedy," and focuses on controversial and often overlooked world issues. Musically, Görtz says, "The album breaks new soil without forgetting our roots. There are new influences such as shimmering guitar melodies and technical grooves with Meshuggah-like heaviness."
The track listing for "I Am Nemesis" can be seen below:
01. We Are The Many
02. The Bogeyman
04. No Tomorrow
05. Edge Of Black
06. Davy Jones
07. Deadly Dream
08. Open Letter
09. Dein R3.ich
10. Broadcast To Damnation
11. This Oath
12. Modern Warfare More...
Iowa based metal act Geinazaug, which features Alexander Oden of Mortiferous Scorn, has posted the band's new ten song concept album "The Wretched Dominion" online as a free download.
You can check out all ten songs from "The Wretched Dominion" by heading over to the Geinazaug Facebook profile here or directly through Divshare at this location. The cover artwork is also available below. More...
Drowning Pool has announced the band is parting ways with current singer Ryan McCombs. The Texas band, which has worked with 3 singers in its 10 year career, issued the following statement:
"We have always been a band who has gained success despite having multiple singers...maybe we suffer from reverse 'lead singer's disease," said C.J. Pierce. "Changing things up has not always been easy, but the band has become re-energized time and time again. We are looking to find a new singer who will give both us and, and most importantly our fans, the new adrenaline shot they deserve." He went on to say, "We do wish Ryan great success in his future endeavors." McCombs, who had been part of the band since 2006, replaced singer Jason Jones, who joined Drowning Pool following the tragic passing of Dave Williams.
Drowning Pool is currently looking to find a suitable replacement for McCombs. In the meantime, the band has already begun writing for a 5th studio album in the group's hometown of Dallas.
Drowning Pool is C.J. Pierce – guitar/ vocals, Stevie Benton – bass/vocals, and Mike Luce – drums/vocals.
London six piece Subversion has checked in with the following brief announcement about the band going on hiatus for an unknown amount of time:
"We regret to announce that we are in a state of hiatus for the time being. However please keep supporting the band by checking out our songs and spreading the word. More details will be coming soon."
You can find more details on the band and listen to the songs "What We Are Entitled," "The City is Hell," "Seizure," "Treason," and "Bypass" by navigating over to the official Subversion Facebook profile here.
India's Demonic Resurrection has posted footage online filmed at the band's All-Stars concert held on November 5th, 2011 as part of the Bacardi NH7 Weekender Festival Pre-Party. You can check out footage of the songs "Spirits Of The Mystic Mountains" and "A Tragedy Befallen" in the clips available below.
French website Rocknlive.org has posted a video interview online with vocalist Jimmie Strimell and guitarist Henrik Danhage of Sweden's Death Destruction. You can check out the video clip below. Previously posted European tour footage from Death Destruction is also still available at this location.
U.K. based melodic metal act Lost Effect has issued the following announcement about streaming the title track off the band's upcoming EP:
"Hey guys! While we wait for certain parts of the E.P process to be ready, we can exclusively let you hear the title track from the E.P 'Salvation of One' here on Facebook and on our website at this location. We hope you enjoy it!"
Lost Effect also previously posted footage online of the band's new vocalist Emily Burt performing live, which you can watch at this location.
After previously posting the song "The Transfer" online, Above This has now posted another track online titled "Eleaked." Check out the track below, or find more details on Above This by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Fallujah has posted another song online from the band's newly released "The Harvest Wombs" album. You can listen to "Enslaved Eternal Phenomenon" in the player below, or find the previously posted "Assemblage of Wolves" at this location.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Alpha Incipient
2. Ritual of Godflesh
3. Become One
4. Cerebral Hybridization
5. Prison of the Mind
6. The Flame Surreal
7. Enslaved Eternal Phenomenon
9. The Harvest Wombs
10. Assemblage of Wolves
Chicago doom metal band Earthen Grave has posted a new song online, which will presumably be released on the band's next album, via ReverbNation. You can listen to the new song, "Fall In," below:
Connecticut death/thrash band Cyperna posted a new music video for the song "As The Vultures Stare." The track appears on the band's self-released, self-titled debut EP released in February of this year. The video was directed by Edwin Escobar.
The EP is streaming on the band's official Facebook Page.
Check out the video here:
Dutch melodic death metal act Edge of Serenity announced that the band has added new vocalist Nanette V. through the band's official Facebook Page.
The posting reads as follows:
"In between all the song writing EDGE OF SERENITY adds a new member to the band. Nanette V. will from now on take care of the lead vocals and is a fulltime member. Nanette did several musical productions, including Pink Floyds 'The Wall.' EDGE OF SERENITY will continue as a female fronted band."
The band is currently working on the sophomore release to follow the 2009 debut release "The Chaos Theory."
Ukrainian power metal band Conquest posted an audio album teaser for the forthcoming LP "IV," which is scheduled for release on December 21, 2011 through Metalism Records. The album is the follow up to the band's 2009 release "Empire."
The album's artwork and track listing is as follows:
2. Last Battle
3. Godless Territory
4. Metal Wings
5. My Special Way
6. Seventh Gate
7. Save Me
8. Frozen Angel
9. Be My Light
11. Forgotten Dreams
13. Bonus Track (Russian Edition Only)
Check out the album preview teaser here:
German band Unisonic, featuring former Helloween members Kai Hansen (guitars) (Gamma Ray, Ex-Iron Savior) and Michael Kiske (vocals) (Place Vendome, Avantasia) are streaming the debut single "Unisonic: Ignition" (heard below).
The band will release the debut mini album of the same name in late January 2012 through earMUSIC/Edel. The EP will feature the single, a demo track and a cover of the Helloween song "I Want Out." A full length album is expected later in the year.
Check out "Unisonic: Ignition" here:
Power/progressive metal band Circle II Circle, which features ex-Savatage singer Zack Stevens, announced that it will perform the entire Savatage LP "Wake of Magellan" (1997) along with special guest guitarist Chris Caffery (Savatage, Trans-Siberian Orchestra) at the sold out Wacken 2012 event in August 2012.
U.S. fantasy power metal band Lorenguard announced that the band will perform at the Pathfinder Metalfest IV in Marietta, GA on July 7, 2012. The band just self-released the new LP "Eve Of Corruption" on November 29, 2011.
Other bands confirmed for the festival are:
While Heaven Wept
Void of Reason
Trillium, the new project featuring Amanda Somerville (Epica, Kiske-Somerville, Aina), posted a behind the scenes video about the making of "Alloy." The debut LP was released on November 1st, 2011 through Frontiers Records.
Check out the video here:
Finnish melodic death/doom band Swallow The Sun recently shot a new music video for the new track "Cathedral Walls" from the upcoming release "Emerald Forest and the Blackbird." The video was directed by Tage Rönnqvist for Eva Lingon Ltd. The band describes the video as "our biggest video production so far, and it features some really gloomy imagery to complement the mood of the song." No release date for the video has been announced.
As for "Emerald Forest and the Blackbird," the album is set to be released on February 1, 2012 through Spinefarm Records. The artwork and track listing can be found below:
1. Emerald Forest and the Blackbird
2. This Cut Is the Deepest
3. Hate, Lead the Way
4. Cathedral Walls
5. Hearts Wide Shut
6. Silent Towers
7. Labyrinth of London (Horror Pt. IV)
8. Of Death and Corruption
9. April 14th
10. Night Will Forgive Us
German symphonic/gothic band Xandria has unveiled the cover artwork for the band's long awaited fifth release "Neverworld's End" (seen below). The album marks the band's first release since "Salomé - the Seventh Veil" in 2007 and it features the band's new vocalist Manuela Kraller (Haggard).
The album is scheduled for release as follows:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: February 24, 2012
Spain, Finland, Sweden: February 22, 2012
Rest of Europe: February 27, 2012
USA, Canada: March 6, 2012
Swedish death metal giants Amon Amarth are the latest band to confirm an appearance at the Brutal Assault 2012 Festival. The festival will be held from August 9-11, 2012 at the Old Army Fortress in Josefov, Czech Republic.
Amon Amarth will join the following bands who had previously confirmed:
Heaven Shall Burn
Protest The Hero
The Black Dahlia Murder
Nightwish vocalist Anette Olzon checked in from the band's rehearsals for the upcoming "Imaginaerum" tour with the following update on the band's Facebook page:
"So, I thought its time to write a little thing about our rehearsals over here in Helsinki and what we have been up to the last week.
"Last Thursday we went to our rehearsal place already in the morning and it was really nice to get in front of the microphone again and hearing what the guys had done the days before. We have some nice things planned and its always interesting to hear if it works out and yeah, it did. Singing the songs from Imaginaerum live for the first time was interesting and it's always this weird thing that songs I thought would be easy to sing live can be a bit tricky, while the ones I thought would be hard went really easy. This is something that happens every time and some songs seem to come alive even more in the rehearsing space.
"This first day we practiced for many hours and it takes some time to get into the songs so the day after we all sounded even better. I felt how we all started to get more and more into every song and leaving that day behind me felt very rewarding and anticipating of the rehearsals yesterday when our dear Troy joined us and made our group complete. For me, personally, Troy gives me calmness and positiveness and everything feels so fun, the music flows and we just had so fun together all day.
"Yesterday was the last rehearsing day for this time and even if I long to go home to my dear boys at home, I already long for our rehearsals in january cause I leave Helsinki with a sense of joy and knowledge that next year will be wonderful and fun together with these guys and with the music I love to sing.
"Today Imaginaerum was released and its so nice to finally have the album out!"
Helmet has announced a headlining tour of Europe in March-April 2012 for the 20th Anniversary of the 1992 release "Meantime." The band will play the album in its entirety on the tour.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
5- Lisbon, Portugal @ TMN ao Vivo
6- Porto, Portugal @ Hard Club
8 - Madrid Spain @ Caracol
9 - Barcelona, Spain @ Apolo 2
10 - Hondarribia, Spain @ Sylocibenea
11 - Angouleme, France @ La Nef
13 - Lyon, France @ Ninkasi Kao
14 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Plaza
15 - Milan, Italy @ Arci Magnolia
16 - Rome, Italy @ Traffic Club
17 - Livorno, Italy @ The Cage Theater
19 - Munich, Germany @ Feierwerk
20 - Aschaffenburg, Germany @ Colos Saal
21 - Vienna, Austria @ Szene Wien
23 - Berlin, Germany @ SO36
24 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega Jr
25 - Hamburg, Germany @ Knust
27 - Cologne, Germany @ Underground
28 - Nijmegen, Holland @ Doornroosje
29 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
30 - Paris, France @ Nouveau Casino
31 - La Roche, France @ Sur Yon Fuzzyon
2 - London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
3 - Manchester, UK @ Sound Central
4 - Glasgow, UK @ Cathouse
6 - Bristol, UK @ Fleece & Firkin
7 - Birmingham, UK @ HMV Institute
8 - Reading, UK @ Sub89
Viking metal act Hammer Horde has checked in with the following update about finishing the band's new album:
"Greetings, everyone! After endless hours mixing, re-mixing, and mixing again, we’re proud to say that the final touches for 'Vinlander' are at last complete. We’ll be sending the tracks off to Finnvox once again to be mastered by the almighty Mika Jussila!
"We've just receieved a master sample and have been completely blown away by how incredible things are sounding. A release date for 2012 is to be expected and will be announced soon!"
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Infinite Warthirst
3. Hero's Heart
5. Hymn of the Fjords
6. Riders of Annihilation
7. Archaic Offerings
8. Led by the Ancient Light
9. Midgårdian Revelry
10. Hoddmímir's Holt
11. The Curse of Andvari