Metal News for November 5, 2012
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, and Down vocalist Philip Anselmo and Housecore Records thrashers Warbeast recently announced that they will be releasing a new split album entitled "War of the Gargantuas." The split now has an official release date of January 8th, 2013 and will include two songs from each artist.
This album serves as the first release of any solo work by Philip Anselmo during the span of his nearly 30-year legacy. Also, the two Warbeast tracks on the split feature former bassist Alan Bovee before his departure from the band. Since then, Dre Karst has joined on bass.
“This split is a glimpse into the future of both my solo project and ultimate thrash metallers Warbeast. The title of the split is War of The Gargantuas and it is fitting on many levels because of our combined love for the 60's Japanese film of the same name, the power of our combined musical output(s) and our humorous affection that plays out within each of our 'Gargantuan' personalities,” states Philip Anselmo. “Both Warbeast and myself have full length LP's that will be released shortly after this is released, but this split is unique musically. It is a time capsule; a loud pause ‘til we both release our full length products. Enjoy the destruction of music!”
“These two songs we have on War of the Gargantuas were the next level after Krush The Enemy,” states Warbeast guitarist Scott Shelby. “They've been a staple in our set list for the last two years. These songs are a pure demonstration of our unique Texas thrash metal style.”
Warbeast also recently announced the upcoming release of a second full-length album, "Destroy." The album is scheduled to be released in early 2013 via Housecore Records and is currently in the mastering stages. Stay tuned for more information on "Destroy" coming very soon. More...
The Secret is currently streaming the band's entire fourth album "Agnus Dei" online through Cvlt Nation here. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The incredibly caustic and unfathomably decimating Agnus Dei is the most lethal weapon in this unique Italian attack squad’s broadening arsenal, coalescing the most destructive elements of crust, black metal and hardcore with the force of tectonic plates, constructed of monolithic riffs which take the listener through a hallucinated trip towards a hazy tomorrow, recorded by Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Converge, Black Breath) at Godcity Studios, as was their previous album, Solve Et Coagula. This month The Secret will tour Europe with Converge, Touché Amoré and A Storm of Light, with much more tour action to be announced into the New Year." More...
All That Remains is set to release new album "A War You Cannot Win" tomorrow, November 6th and the full album is now available for streaming online.
Listen to all the tracks from the album at AOL Music here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Down Through the Ages
2. You Can't Fill My Shadow
3. Stand Up
4. A Call to All Non-Believers
5. Asking Too Much
7. Just Moments in Time
8. What if I Was Nothing
9. Sing for Liberty
10. Not Fading
11. Calculating Loneliness
12. A War You Cannot Win More...
The death/thrash three piece Undercroft released latest full-length album "Ruins of Gomorrah" at the end of September through Season of Mist, along with a new music video for "El triunfo de la Muerte."
In a collective online correspondence, Undercroft touched bases with Metalunderground.com to clarify the ever-moving target that is the band's location and explain how this new album came together.
Of course it wasn't all business, as the guys also had some personal advice to offer fans for what to do when they are done checking out the latest on Undercroft: "If you have some time left go out burn some churches, break the fucking rules of society, erase these fucking borders, get fucking drunk, support metal and follow your sins." More...
Portuguese rock/metal band Phazer has posted a video clip online for the first single "I've Been Shot" off the "Rockslinger" EP.
Check out the video clip in the player below, and the song is also currently available for free download over at the Phazer Bandcamp page here.
The organizers of the Download festival have announced a further six additions to next year's edition of the event, which will be headlined by Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. The new names include legends such as Motorhead and Alice In Chains, as well as Queens of the Stone Age, Thirty Seconds To Mars, The Gaslight Anthem and Finnish outfit, H.I.M.
The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th-16th and will be the eleventh year of the festival. The lineup is presently as follows:
Iron Maiden (Headliner)
Alice In Chains
The Gaslight Anthem
Thirty Seconds To Mars
Destinity has posted a teaser clip online for the upcoming "Black Sun Rising" video, which can be viewed below. "Black Sun Rising" comes off the band's new album "Resolve in Crimson," due for release November 19th, 2012 (EU) and November 20th, 2012 (North America) via Lifeforce Records. The track listing is:
1. Black Sun Rising
2. Reap My Scars
3. Aiming a Fist in Enmity
4. Can't Stand The Sight
5. A Scent Of Scorn (Featuring Stephane Buriez of Loudblast)
7. Only Way
8. Break Into His Heart
9. The Hatred More...
Greece's Suicidal Angels split with guitarist Panos last month, and the band has now checked in with the following update about working with a new member who will be officially revealed soon:
"Hey maniax everywhere! It's been a while but we are back with great news regarding the new guy! He's young, fast, hungry and already in the Suicidal way of thinking, can't wait to present him to all of you!
"The rehearsals have been going great so far and within the next days we will announce him officially, so you can give him a proper Thrash Metal greeting!
"We will also be announcing our upcoming winter tour with the band that's heavy as a bulldozer and lethal as the Amazon...Get the hint and wait for more, we've said enough already! So, see you in a few days! Thrash ' Till Death!"
To hear the band's music and find info on upcoming tour dates, head over to the Suicidal Angels Facebook profile.
After Mauricio Bustamente left Reign of the Architect back in August, he started working on his new production and multinational band Exxiles. Mauricio comments:
"This production will reflect how sometimes we are exile in life by simple or great things when we are betrayed by something we believed in. At the end there is only one result, abandonment.
"With pain… With anger… With passion, you discover that you learn how to rise, to liberate and fight for the things you believe in once again, at that moment the exile transforms into something that makes you stronger while you leave it behind, to keep walking towards some other kind of exile. That is the reason of Exxile.
"The first album of the band will be a conceptual album and it will talk about loyalty. Loyalty should be a symbol of friendship, politics, religion, love… It will have a lot of stories but at the end they will all have the same direction to become one. It will show how loyalty becomes weak when personal interests are involved in it. More...
Mauritius heavy metal act Ash of Beasts has posted a new lyric video online for the track "Eternal Damnation," which can be found below. Ash of Beasts is:
Kenny Sholay: Drums
Ravish Ramdoss: Lead Guitar
Akshay Bundhoo: Guitar, Backing Vocals
Keveen Mihdidin: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Hiresh Etwaroo: Lead Vocals
Kenneth Brastad, lead singer of Norwegian act Ashes To Ashes and guitarist in Lucid, has now been announced as the new front man in Forbidden Forest. The band comments:
"Kenneth Brastad as a singer released two albums with the band Ashes To Ashes, where the album 'Cardinal VII' was released via the label DVS Records. This meant, among other things, that they got to play the Prog Power Europe festival in the Netherlands along with several renowned metal / prog band. As a guitarist in Lucid, Kenneth also got to show his talent, which he obtained with Allstars Metal bands on Inferno Kick Off a few years back.
"Kenneth has been a real boost for the Forbidden Forest, they are working hard these days to create songs for their second album. Kenneth is a musician, who really has the loose style of the Forbidden Forest in the blood. He captured the essence from the first rehearsal, and the Forbidden Forest can guarantee that it will be an incredibly strong second album.
"Album release is planned for 2013, but in anticipation of this, the Forbidden Forest will record a demo in the near future with some of the new material and make it available on the internet this year already! Forbidden Forest is still looking for a guitarist, who is skilled, committed and creative."
Dutch metal act Villainy has started the recordings for the band's first full-length album at the Pighouse Studio.
The recording is taking place with Marc van Duivenvoorde (Herder, Feast) who recently also did an album Dutch death metallers Entrapment. The recording process is scheduled to wrap up at the end of November.
Meanwhile, on the 9th of November, Villainy will also release a second demo. This demo will feature two new songs, with a total length of 12 minutes. Downloads of the tracks will be made available online via bandcamp. The track listing is:
1. I Wanna Split the World in Two
2. City of Secrets
The Obelisk has posted an exclusive premier of the title track from "Burning on the Wings of Desire," the upcoming new release from 70's inspired hard rockers Blood Of The Sun. Check out the song at this location.
Burning on the Wings of Desire features Blood Of The Sun founders Henry Vasquez (St. Vitus, drums), Dave Gryder (keys/organs), MOS Generator's Tony Reed (production, guitar, bass) and Point Blank's John O'Daniel (vocals) and Rusty Burns (guitar). Scott 'Wino' Weinrich appears on the track "Good and Evil." The album is scheduled for release on November 27th through Listenable Records.
Swiss folk metal act Eluveitie has issued the following announcement about performing the full "Helvetios" album on upcoming tour dates with Varg:
"North American tour update: the full album 'Helvetios' to be performed live! We cannot wait to be back to North America in support of our two recent releases, for the first time headlining with material from our latest concept album. To celebrate this occasion, we have decided to treat our North American fans to a very special show, one that in fact we have only performed once before: Besides a selection of our all-time hits, we will be playing the full album 'Helvetios' from beginning to end, live on stage, every night!
"Tickets are going fast, so make sure you get yours in time! Links can be found in the touring section on our website. Also included on the billing are Wintersun (who have just celebrated worldwide charts success with their long-awaited release 'Time I') and the German folk metal heroes from Varg." More...
Each week, carrying on faithfully in the tradition of bringing the bands that are currently simmering in the underground up to a rolling boil, we feature several quality underground bands in their respective genres. With the 'power' side of the ProgPower USA XIII festival already unearthed in October, the 'prog' side remains unspoken for.
The ProgPower USA festival has taken turns at skewing the balance toward one genre, but has been notorious for bringing in bands who straddle the line between both in the eyes of those with a more liberal view of things. The lines of demarcation are not very clear and the next year's roster often ends up surprising many. Fortunately, many prog bands are able to weave their way into the system and capture some attention. One such band hopped the ocean to pre-empt their 2nd album release, unveiling that they would be selling the CD months in advance at the show.
Few bands brought the prog with such unabashed love as Haken in the festival's history. As the openers of Day Two of 2011, a spot happily filled this year by fellow prog-heads Beyond The Bridge, the boys of Haken unleashed a set list that included one song from their upcoming album, "Visions" (reviewed here,) but focused mostly on the first album, "Aquarius." Multiple melodic themes are developed throughout the albums, with expert re-interpretations for emotional impact linking up with the storylines. Both albums are concept albums, and both involve songs that go beyond the 20-minute mark, showing their prog side.
Haken is a five-piece, with keyboardist and Haken main brain Richard Henshall performing both keyboard and guitar duties. Henshall and Diego Tejeida both focus on crafting synthesizer sounds not heard elsewhere, which often makes for multi-faceted lead tones. Haken bassist Tom Maclean heads a prog metal sideproject by the name of To-Mera with Henshall assisting, as well.
Between The Buried And Me will embark on the band's first North American tour since the release of "The Parallax II: Future Sequence" this February, joining Coheed and Cambria for a six-week tour that kicks off February 4 in Washington, D.C. Dates are as follows:
Feb. 4 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Feb. 5 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Feb. 7 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
Feb. 8 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
Feb. 9 Chicago, IL Congress Theatre
Feb. 10 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Feb. 12 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom
Feb. 14 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
Feb. 15 Salt Lake City, UT SaltAir
Feb. 17 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
Feb. 18 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
Feb. 19 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
Feb. 21 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theater
Feb. 22 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
Feb. 25 San Diego, CA House of Blues
Feb. 26 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
Feb. 27 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
Mar. 1 Austin, TX Stubb's Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater
Mar. 2 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
Mar. 3 Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom
Mar. 5 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
Mar. 6 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Live
Mar. 7 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues
Mar. 8 Miami, FL The Fillmore
Mar. 10 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
Mar. 11 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Mar. 14 Boston, MA House of Blues
Mar. 16 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall More...
California act Strife will release new album "Witness A Rebirth" through 6131 Records in North America on November 6th. A music video for the new track "Torn Apart" is now available online and can be viewed below.
"Witness A Rebirth" was recorded and mixed by Nick Jett (Terror) and mastered by Matt Hyde (Slayer, Hatebreed). Drums were performed by Iggor Calavera (Sepultura). The album features guest appearances from Scott Vogel (Terror), Billy Graziadei (Biohazard), and Marc Rizzo (Soulfly). The album's track listing is:
01. Torn Apart
02. Carry The Torch
03. Show No Mercy
04. No Apologies
05. The Distance
06. Never Look Back (featuring Billy Graziadei)
07. In This Defiance (featuring Marc Rizzo)
08. The Burden
09. Look Away (featuring Scott Vogel)
10. Face Your Failures
11. End of Days
12. Life or Death More...
Black Sabbath has announced a reunion for the band's first Australian shows in nearly 40 years. Original band members Ozzy Osbourne, bassist Geezer Butler, and guitarist Tony Iommi will make a thunderous return to Australia in April 2013 for arena shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth, in their first Aussie shows since 1974. Tickets for these once-in-a-lifetime shows will go on sale at midday on Thursday, November 8th.
In June, 2012 Black Sabbath headlined the 10th Download Festival at Donington before a crowd of 100,000. The group followed that show in August with a headlining set at 2012’s sold-out Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago.
Black Sabbath is currently recording the band's first new studio album in more than 33 years, helmed by seven-time Grammy winning producer, Rick Rubin. The album is due for release in April 2013.
4/25 BRISBANE ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE
4/27 SYDNEY ALLPHONES ARENA
5/1 MELBOURNE ROD LAVER ARENA
5/4 PERTH PERTH ARENA
Massacre Records is proud to release the sophomore album from German/Italian melodic metal outfit Love.Might.Kill in North America later this month. The following press release was issued about the ablum:
"Featuring drummer Michael Ehré (Firewind, Uli Jon Roth, Metalium) and the brilliant singer Jan Manenti, LOVE.MIGHT.KILL appeared virtually out of nowhere in 2011 with their Brace For Impact debut, an album which perfectly combined the enthusiasm of a first appearance with the experience of a long songwriting career, instantly winning over a solid fanbase within the European hard rock/power metal scene.
"One year later, LOVE.MIGHT.KILL are about to release their second opus, 2 Big 2 Fail, to North American audiences, following its very recent release in Europe. Boasting nearly an hour of incredibly hard-hitting, melodic power metal with a dozen anthems, 2 Big 2 Fail was produced by Michael Ehré, as with their first album. Being around for years as the drummer in bands like Gamma Ray, Firewind, Metalium or with artists like Uli Jon Roth, Matt 'Gonzo' Roehr, Vinnie Moore and Kee Marcello, Ehré has made a strong impact in the national and international scene. The songs were then mixed and mastered by Markus Teske (Spock´s Beard, Saga, Vanden Plas) at his own Bazement-Studio."
Check out the video for the album’s second track, “XTC,” in the player below. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Save My Soul
3. Burn The Night
4. The One
5. Restless Heart
7. The Great Escape
8. Too Big To Fail
9. We Fall
10. Big Screen Pleasure (And Pain)
12. The Perfect Mistake More...
Hosoi Bros has released a new music video for the "Snorlokk" single, which was directed by Wes Williams and can be seen in the YouTube player below. The 7" single is available for ordering or digital download over at Bandcamp here.
Philip Lawvere, the artist behind such classic album covers as Kreator's "Pleasure to Kill" and Celtic Frost's "Emperor's Return," has come out of retirement and will design the as-yet-untitled new Hirax album, which is scheduled for a Spring 2013 release. Visit Philip Lawvere's Facebook page to check out his work at this location.
Lawvere had done stunning illustrations for numerous albums and is best known for a slew of thrash metal offerings released on Noise Records. Hirax frontman Katon W. De Pena commented: "We couldn't be happier to have Philip Lawvere illustrating the cover of our new album. After getting Bill Metoyer to produce it, this is truly the icing on the thrash metal cake!"
In other news, Hirax is pleased to announce that new single "La Boca de la Bestia (The Mouth of the Beast)" is now the most downloaded song from the band in its storied history.
After having several guitars stolen last month, Endast has now posted a video clip online announcing the gear has been recovered. You can watch the video announcement below, or find more info on upcoming Endast live activity over at Facebook here.
As the November 16th release date for "Mantiis" approaches, Obsidian Kingdom has now posted another clip in a series of teaser trailers online for the album. Check out the trailer below, and "Mantiis" will be available as a free download over at Bandcamp starting on the release date of November 16th, 2012.
Phoenix, AZ’s Psychostick is proud to announce that the band is taking the infamous Christmas album, "The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride," back on the road again along with offering it as a free download for fans till the end of Thanksgiving. Download the album over here.
Having completed Holiday Hate Tours 1, 2, and 3 and always being asked for more – although the band strictly refuses to play any of these songs unless it’s holiday time, so people really should stop asking – Psychostick will be doing it all once again this holiday season, hitting the road in November and December, bringing classics like "Jingle Bell Metal" and "Jolly Old Sadist" back to the stage. Time to rejoice! But not too much. More...
Porcupine Tree has posted a live video of the band performing "I Drive the Hearse," taken from the Chicago performance offered on the upcoming two-disc set "Octane Twisted." Check out the video in the player below or over at the album's mini-site right here.
"Octane Twisted" is slated to release in North America on November 20th (and November 19th in the U.K./Europe) via Kscope. "Octane Twisted" can now be pre-ordered through iTunes at this location.
The album will feature a live presentation of side one of "The Incident" - the band's 10th studio release - recorded at The Riviera Theatre, Chicago, Ill., with an additional disc of five Porcupine Tree tracks, also recorded in Chicago, along with three highlights from the band's landmark show at Royal Albert Hall, London. More...
Croatian act Man's Best Murder has posted songs online from the band's new "Born in Slavery" EP. Check out the tracks "Neverending War" and "Frightened" in the clips below, or hear more from Man's Best Murder over at Facebook here.
Metal Injection recently had the chance to speak with Ben Weinman, guitarist of The Dillinger Escape Plan, at Backroom Studios as part of the newest edition "The FiX." Metal Injection correspondent Frank Godla asked Ben about all his current projects and got an update on what's on Ben's schedule.
On Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, his project with Mastodon guitarist Brent Hinds and Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery:
"We're pretty much half done. Brent from Mastodon is going on tour in November/December. I'll be in the studio with Dillinger in November/December. Eric Avery will be finishing up touring with Garbage in December. So I think that probably January/February we're going to finish up."
On heading into the studio with The Dillinger Escape Plan:
"We're looking around April for a new release. I've been working on pre-production and demoing stuff everyday. We're going in starting November 5th to start the new record. A lot of migraines trying to figure this out."
Knoxville, TN sextet Whitechapel has launched a new music video for "Possibilities of an Impossible Existence" taken off the band's self-titled release. Head over to AltPress.com here to check out the new video, which was filmed by the Rockstar Media department with director Strati Hovartos while the band was out touring on 2012's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest.
Guitarist Alex Wade comments: "Collectively as a band we all really love this video. The guys with the Rockstar Media department really did an outstanding job on it. It was shot on Rockstar Mayhem Fest this year with a combination of GoPro and DSLR cameras. I feel it gives a more intimate vibe than just a regular performance video. The video is also in black and white, which reminds me of old Pantera videos, which rules."
In other news, Whitechapel will be re-releasing the band's full-length debut "The Somatic Defilement" via Metal Blade Records in the spring of 2013. Mark Lewis is set to re-mix and re-master "The Somatic Defilement," which was originally released July 31st, 2007 on Candlelight Records.
Australian melodic death/doom metal band Myridian has now released the first song off the band's upcoming "Under the Fading Light" album. Check out "Veil of Sorrow" in the YouTube player available below.
"Under the Fading Light" is due for release this coming December 7th, 2012. The album's track listing is:
2. To The Dying Sun
3. Veil Of Sorrow
4. No Dawn
5. Solitude's Embrace
6. Under The Fading Light
8. Ethereal Storm More...
Denver's Crypticus has unleashed a special five track online EP titled "Insieme Verso Terrore." You can stream the songs through the player below, or download the tracks on a pay-what-you-want basis over at Bandcamp.
The EP features two new songs, two artistic remixes, and a bonus duet with Vanessa Nocera from Wooden Stake. The track listing is as follows:
1. Monster Lord
2. The Tortuary at Dusk
3. Cackling Shadows (director's cut of 'Beauty & Deceased')
4. A Morbid Poem (director's cut of 'The Hungerer')
5. Rigour Morgue ft. Vanessa from Wooden Stake More...
"Vertikal," the new studio album from Sweden’s Cult of Luna, will be released via Indie Recordings in Europe on January 25th, 2013 and Density Records in the U.S. on January 29th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Vertikal marks a much-anticipated return for Cult of Luna after five years spent cultivating the ideas and directing the influences that have helped form a concept for the album. Distilled throughout are themes of machinery, repetition and clear, linear structures honed to the visual imagery of Fritz Lang’s classic expressionist science-fiction film ‘Metropolis.’ The music broods, builds and boils as you may expect from Cult of Luna, but never over-complicates itself or veers from its intentions; it is arguably their finest and most cohesive piece of work to date.
"Cult of Luna will be returning to the live arena for a full European tour, with a new set of dates just announced in April & May in addition to the previously announced period around the album’s release in January & February. There are US dates being planned and the band intend to tour further in late 2013." More...
Connecticut hardcore icons Hatebreed will release their new studio album "The Divinity Of Purpose" in Europe on January 25th, 2013. This is Hatebreed's sixth album to date and first for new label partners Nuclear Blast in Europe and various additional international territories and Razor & Tie in North America (January 29th, 2013).
The band is also pleased to reveal the new album cover artwork for "The Divinity Of Purpose“ which was created by Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Atheist). "The Divinity Of Purpose" was co-produced by Hatebreed, Zeuss (Suicide Silence, All That Remains), and Josh Wilbur (Lamb of God, Avenged Sevenfold). Wilbur also handled mixing duties on the new record.
The forthcoming new album will be supported by extensive global touring that will stretch well into 2014. Hatebreed is currently touring the U.S. with Lamb of God, In Flames, and label mates Sylosis. In January 2013, the band will headline the EMP Persistence Tour in Europe (tour dates below). More...
W.E.B. has posted a video clip online featuring rehearsal footage for "Blessed Blood," taken from the band's "My Storm Upon You" EP. The original version of the song was included on the band's "Jesus Heist" 2008 album, released through Sleaszy Rider Records. Check out the video clip below.
Finland's Project Silence has posted the following message online about streaming the full new "424" album online:
"Waiting is finally over and the ALBUM IS OUT NOW! You can listen to the full album right here. You know what? We are so awesome, that you can download it freely! You can download straight from our Facebook music page or at this location. Thank you all! Hope you enjoy!"
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. 424 (intro)
3. Stardancer (Raven's whore)
5. My Reality
6. Alone (Crushed by Your Lies)
8. Sky, Space and Twilight Zone
9. Cage of Hate
11. Promise (outro) More...
Italy's 5 Star Grave has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"Ladies & gents, please welcome our brand new drummer: Mr. Roberto Gaia!
"From now on he'll be the engine of our roaring hearse, to find out more about him and his awesome drumming check his official website right here. New live shows coming soon, stay spooky!"
5 Star Grave released new album "Drugstore Hell" earlier this year through Massacre Records. The album's track listing is:
1. Terminal Bedroom
2. Death Put a Smile on My Face
3. Love Affair With the Beast
5. Death Times Eleven
6. No Devil Lived on
7. Dead Girls Don't Say No
8. Boy A
10. When the Lights Go Out
11. Lemmings More...