Metal News for November 8, 2013
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Zodiac was due to hit the road this month for its first-ever U.S. tour with Monster Magnet. Prosthetic Records has now issued the following statement about the band having to cancel the appearances due to visa issues:
"Unfortunately, Zodiac will not be joining Monster Magnet on their upcoming US tour due to being denied visas. We apologize & hopefully will be able to get them over sometime next year." More...
For I Am King is a five piece, female-fronted metal formation hailing from Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
A music video for the band's new single "The Beast Within" is now available online and can be viewed below. The track will appear on the band's debut EP "Revengeance," due out early 2014.
German thrash act Final Depravity has posted the following message online about releasing a new album:
"We are so proud to announce the new Final Depravity album 'Thrash Is Just The Beginning' will be released on December 13th, 2013 via Nihilistic Empire Records/New Music Distribution.
"Thrash Is Just The Beginning has been produced by Sascha Risseler and mastered by Dennis Koehne (a.o. Sodom, Exumer, The Very End).
"The album artwork and band photography come from the renowned design studio Killustrations
(a.o. Dew-Scented, Nervecell, Hackneyed, The Very End), run by German artist Bjoern Goosses." More...
Cleveland's Chimaira has announced the band's annual Christmas event on Saturday December 21st at the Agora Theater in Cleveland, OH. Frontman Mark Hunter weighs in on the event:
"It's the most heaviest time of the year. We're honored to present the 14th annual Chimaira Christmas at the legendary Cleveland Agora. It's the absolute best way to end the year and we're pumped to head-bang through the holidays with you once again. See you there!"
This will be the band's 14th year hosting the event and will encompass two stages in both the Agora Theater and Ballroom, with a "fan appreciation" ticket price of $10. Keep an eye on the band's official Facebook page for fresh details including supporting acts. More...
Buckcherry has posted a video for "Wrath," the third music video from current studio release "Confessions." Watch it below.
"They say it's the quiet ones you gotta look out for, you know why? Because they keep all their wrath inside..." says Buckcherry frontman Josh Todd of the song. "This is a fight song - fuck the system or the system fucks you!"
The video was directed by Billy Jayne, who also directed "Gluttony," the first single released from "Confessions." Buckcherry is currently touring overseas in Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia through December 12th. The band celebrates the new year with a hometown show January 17th, 2014 at The Whisky A GoGo in West Hollywood, CA. More...
Dynamic prog/fusion metal ensemble Exivious is streaming new record "Liminal" online now. Check it out in the player below, courtesy of Got Djent.com.
"Liminal," the Season of Mist debut from the forward-thinking Dutch quartet, will see a release on November 8th (November 12th in North America).
Exivious consists of Tymon Kruidenier (Ex-Cynic) and Michel Nienhuis (Dodecahedron) on guitar, Robin Zielhorst (ex-Cynic) on bass, and Yuma van Eekelen (ex-Pestilence) on drums. More...
WormHoleDeath has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Selfmachine:
"We are proud to announce that Dutch modern metallers Selfmachine has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Wormholedeah for the release of upcoming album 'Broadcast Your Identity.'
"The CD, which features 11 songs of groovy/aggressive metal has been produced by Stef Hartog and will be released in a beautiful digipack. Aural Music Group will distribute the record worldwide. To share this great new with their fans the band just unleashed an exclusive footage via youtube below. A full preview for the song 'Smother the Sun' is available for streaming."
The band stated: “We are very excited to have signed with Wormhole Death / Aural Music! For the last 2 years we have worked hard to write, record and produce our debut album and we can’t wait to present it to the world.
"The fact that our band, that has only been around for a few years, gets the chance to release its debut album worldwide through this great label is something we are extremely proud of. Wormhole Death clearly understands what our music is about and what we are trying to achieve. So hold on to your socks everybody, ’cause here we are, about to broadcast our identity!” More...
Genre smashing avant experimentalists, OvO, is out now with the mammoth "Abisso" full-length. Issued via Supernatural Cat, "Abisso" finds the curious noise duo of Stefania Pedretti and Bruno Dorella taking unorthodox compositions to entirely new dark, rhythmic, and often suffocating realms.
Today, Pitchfork is offering up a a stream of "Fly Little Demon" featuring Carla Bozulich's Evangelista. Check out the eight minute track at this location. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Where Cor Cordium and previous offering, CroceVia, were veritable points-of-no-return for their minimal rock structures with Dorella's half drum set and Pedretti's guitar and penetrating vocal gymnastics swirling into a detached otherworldly kingdom of curiosity, Abisso travels far beyond those confines, using contemporary music tools to maintain their unparalleled creativity and eternal evolution. Samples, drum machines, pads, field recordings and synths converge into a harrowingly alluring sound that haunts the ears with ancestral urgency.
"With the help of Giulio 'Ragno' Favero at the mixing desk, Giovanni Versari's mastering, and the friendly collaboration of Gnaw's Alan Dubin (OLD and Khanate) and Carla Bozulich with her full band, Evangelista, OvO have traversed into new territories of extreme and adventurous listeners are taking notice."
Italy's blackened doom metal band Forgotten Tomb and Norwegian cult black metallers Ragnarok will emerge on a European tour this November, together with U.S. death metal legends Incantation.
The 16-date tour will include stops in Denmark (Aalborg Metal Festival), Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Holland, France and Italy. Both bands will be touring with their latest albums released on Agonia Records: Forgotten Tomb with "And Don't Deliver Us From Evil" and Ragnarok with seventh-full length "Malediction."
08.11 - Aalborg Metal Fest, Aalborg, Denmark
09.11 – Turock, Essen, Germany
10.11 - Steinbruch Theatre, Darmstadt , Germany
11.11 - Viper Room, Vienna, Austria
12.11 - Klub Mir, Uherske Hradiste, Czech Republic
13.11 - to be announced
14.11 – Gladhouse, Cottbus, Germany
15.11 – Festung, Bitterfeld, Germany
16.11 - U Bazyla, Poznan, Poland
17.11 - K17, Berlin, Germany
18.11 – Baroeg, Rotterdam, Netherlands
19.11 - to be announced
20.11 – Ferrailleur, Nantes, France
21.11 - Secret Place, Montpellier, France
22.11 – Cycle, Calenzano/Florence, Italy
23.11 – Colony, Brescia, Italy More...
New York-born experimental black metal strategists Imperial Triumphant recently leveled the stage at The Acheron in Brooklyn during a rare live ritual which found the band's dark, unsettling compositions condemning the souls of all those in attendance.
Witness the grimness of "Hierpophant/Manifesto," from the band's previously released "Abominamentvm" full-length, in the player below courtesy of Decibel Magazine.
Heavy doom metallers Exorcism entered the studio this summer to begin recording an as-yet-untitled debut album for an early 2014 release via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music.
Video has now been posted online featuring an interview with drummer Garry King as well as behind the scenes footage from his current drum recording sessions. Check it out in the clips available below. More...
Leaves' Eyes has released a music video for "Hell to the Heavens," which can be viewed below.
The band's new album "Symphonies of the Night" will be out November 15th in Europe and November 26th in North America. The track listing is as follows:
1. Hell to the Heavens
2. Fading Earth
3. Maid of Lorraine
5. Symphony of the Night
6. Saint Cecelia
7. Hymn to the Lone Sands
8. Angel and the Ghost
9. Éléonore de Provence
12. Eileen's Ardency (Bonus Track) (feat. Carmen Elise Espenæs of Midnattsol/Savn)
13. One Caress (Depeche Mode Cover)
As Lions of Tsavo continues to tour in support of new album "Traverser," released this week via Toxic Assets, today the entire album is available for public consumption.
Listen to the full album at The Obelisk here. The following press release was also issued:
"Boasting Lions of Tasvo's debilitating brew of metallic sludge with endless diversity, Traverser is a conceptual album where the music, lyrics and artwork coalesce into one vision. Self-produced by the band, the record's eviscerating landscapes transport the listener through blood spitting riffs and mind altering psychedelics.
"Traverser is available on CD now at this location. Toxic Assets will unleash a vinyl version of the album at a later date. In support of the record, Lions of Tsavo is currently on the road, having decimated seven cities in a row, they will forge onward for eight more nights of mayhem throughout the Southeastern and Midwestern states."
11/08/2013 Blue Nile - Harrisonburg, VA w/ Valkyrie
11/10/2013 Tree Bar - Columbus, OH w/ Dark Twin, Earthburner
11/11/2013 Butt Temple - Bloomington, IN w/ Torturess, Boddicker, Agakus
11/12/2013 New Vintage - Louisville, KY w/ Coliseum
11/13/2013 The Boro Bar & Grill - Murfreesboro, TN w/ Black Thai, Black Tar Prophet
11/14/2013 Buccaneer Lounge - Memphis, TN w/ Shards of Humanity, Treeburner, Thetan
11/15/2013 Fatty Arbuckle's - Shreveport, LA w/ Wartrodden, Cloudbreather
11/16/2013 606 Congress - Denton, TX w/ Baring Teeth, Cleric
"Dawnbreaker" marks the 7th album of the Swiss melodic/hard rock act Crystal Ball and was produced, mixed, and mastered by Stefan Kaufmann.
Thomas Ewerhard is responsible for the cover artwork. The album is due out November 29th and the track listing is as follows:
2. Break Of Dawn
3. Anyone Can Be A Hero
4. The Brothers Were Wright
5. Eternal Flame
6. Skin To Skin
7. Walls Fall Down
8. Back For Good
9. Power Pack
11. Sun Came Out
Digipak Bonus Tracks:
12. Touch The Sky
13. Bond Of Love
A new video clip for "Anyone Can Be A Hero" will be published soon, and you can check out a teaser trailer below. The previously posted "Eternal Flame" video can also be found at this location. More...
Dead End Finland will release new album "Season of Withering" via Inverse Records on November 22nd, 2013. The album's track listing will be as follows:
01. Season Of Withering
02. An Unfair Order
04. Zero Hour
05. Hypocrite Declaim
06. Bag Of Snakes
07. Silent Passage
08. Sinister Dream
09. Shape Of The Mind
10. Dreamlike Silence More...
It was previously announced that Nicholas Leptos of Arrayan Path has been named the new singer of Warlord. Nicholas had this to say in regards to the band’s future:
“I’d like to thank everyone for their amazing love and support! Working with Bill, Mark and the other guys from Warlord is a dream come true for me and I’m sure there will be great things to come! I also want to clarify that Arrayan path is alive and well! See you all soon!”
And here’s another recent update from Arrayan Path: "Arrayan Path has already started working on new music. At the moment we are working on a song called ‘Migrator’ and it has that old ‘first-album’ vibe.”
In related news, the first ever tribute album to Warlord has been released (on digital, with a CD version to come at the beginning of the new year) titled “Sons Of A Dream – A Tribute To The Majesty Of Warlord.” More...
Today the live version of the new Hell track "Darkhangel" is available, which comes from the band's forthcoming album "Curse & Chapter," due out on Nuclear Blast on November 22nd. Watch the live clip in the player below, courtesy of Metal Hammer.
Hell's Kev Bower reveals: “It is a song written about Aleister Crowley's infamous attempts to raise the demon Pan in a Paris hotel room in the 1930's. This track evolved in exactly the same way as 'the Age Of Nefarious', with Andy helping to rearrange and structure my original music into something more coherent, and with David taking my original lyrical ideas and transforming them into a great story about one of the most notorious occult events in history. The intro soundscape features the voice of Crowley himself, lifted from an old wax cylinder recording.”
You can also catch Hell live with Carcass and Amon Amarth in Europe. Dates are available after the jump. More...
The organizers of the Bloodstock 2014 festival are thrilled to announce the addition of four more metal bands to the main stage bill, issuing the following statement:
"The very mighty New Orleans sludge metal crew, Crowbar make a return to Catton Park in 2014 for a UK festival exclusive. Led by riff lord, Kirk Windstein, who recently stepped down from his longtime tenure with Bloodstock headliners Down to concentrate energies full time on his own band Crowbar, Kirk and the boys are hard at work on a brand new album set for a 2014 release. Kirk loves Bloodstock and is looking forward to a return visit, enthusing, 'Crowbar can’t wait to bring our NOLA doom back to Bloodstock in 2014! It’s our 25th anniversary, so expect a few surprises in our set. New record, new bassist and a whole new Crowbar attitude!' More...
As a currently ongoing West Coast tour with winds down, Seattle doom metal outfit Samothrace confirms an ongoing forage across the continent through the rest of November.
The current tour, booked across the West Coast with Samothrace co-headlining each show alongside SubRosa, was altered this week when SubRosa was robbed of gear, forcing the band to bow-out early.
As Samothrace finishes out the tour solo, the group will continue to tear into the Southern and Midwestern end of the country, with three more weeks of shows set to begin this Saturday in Tucson, Arizona. More...
Spain's Dawn of Tears has now revealed new album "Act III: The Dying Eve" is due out via Inverse Records on November 22nd, 2013. The track listing is as follows:
1. A Cursed Heritage
2. Present of Guilt
3. Lament of Madeleine
4. The Darkest Secret
5. Silent as Shades Are
6. Angel Gone
7. The 7th Seal
9. Prize Denied
Inverse Records also issued the following press release about Dawn of Tears:
"This 5 pieced band based in Spain was born when former member and composer, J.L. Trebol, decided to set up a project, with ambition and attitude, mainly influenced by melodeath and gothic metal, but also open minded to incorporate many other different music styles, far from hard sounds, such as OST's, orchestral arrangements or classical variations. More...
Dia De Los Muertos has released the first song off their upcoming EP, "No Money - No Fiesta." The song is titled "Malinchista" and can be heard in the player below:
Both of the band's previous releases, "Satanico Dramatico" and "Day of the Dead" can be downloaded for free on the band's website.
Chicago death/doom deviants Cokegoat are pleased to spew forth their debut full-length, "Vessel."
Recorded at Bricktop Recording, the album was engineered by Andy Nelson of Weekend Nachos, mastered by Carl Saff (Unsane, Red Fang, Earthless), and offers up eight tracks of violent, face-raping death/doom centered around life, death, the earth, the moon and beyond. The "Vessel" track listing is as follows:
1. Fear the Followers
2. Buried in the City
4. End of Your Life, Pt. 1
5. End of Your Life, Pt. 2
6. Fly by Night, Pt. 2
7. Fly by Daylight
8. Glorious Dead More...
"Shelter" is the fourth album by contemporary shoegazers Alcest, the destination of a long creative musical journey into vast new territories. The album is due out January 21st, 2014 via Prophecy Productions and the label comments:
"More than ever the French outfit consisting of mastermind and multi-instrumentalist Neige and drummer Winterhalter embraces the dreamy guitar textures of shoegaze and blends it with the sweetness of british band Cocteau Twins- dream pop pioneers of the mid to late 80's era, epic, soundtrack-like melodies and progressive song structures.
"The album which features guest appearances from Slowdive's Neil Halstead (lead vocals on the song 'Away'), Sweden's Promise And The Monster’s Billie Lindahl and Amiina's strings sections was recorded at Sundlaugin Studio, Iceland, with Sigur Rós producer Birgir Jón Birgisson who masterfully gave 'Shelter' its light and ethereal sound. More...
In anticipation of new album "Severance," which will be released on Tuesday, November 12th in North America, Heart of a Coward is premiering a new video for the song "Psychophant." Both song and video feature a guest performance from Scott Kennedy of Bleed From Within.
Check out the video in the player below, courtesy of New Noise Magazine. Singer Jamie Graham had this to say about the song and video:
"'Psychophant is a play on words for 'Sycophant'- someone who just lives leeching off others, but taken to a psychotic level. We asked (Scott) Kennedy to jump on the track after we all toured together back in early 2013. It's one of the heavier, simpler songs on the album and follows the night of a total prick who gets everything coming to him! Everyone knows someone like this and it begs the question of how happy you are with your own life. We love playing this one live!'"
Next on Heart of a Coward's agenda is extensive touring. Currently announced dates are available after the jump. More...
Raised in hell, forged by fire and harder than Krupp Steel, 3 Inches of Blood has been on tour with Death Angel and is now set to release an exclusive 7" vinyl series called "Live at Mushroom."
The band recorded all the songs live and captured the set on video. Today the video for "Look Out (live at Mushroom)" has been premiered online via Metal Injection and can be viewed below.
You can also catch the band live:
11/8/2013 Sunshine Theater Albuquerque NM *
11/9/2013 Club Red Tempe AZ *
11/10/2013 The Observatory Santa Ana CA *
11/11/2013 Jerry's Pizza Bakersfield CA
11/12/2013 The Boardwalk Sacramento CA
11/13/2013 Jub Jubs Reno NV
11/15/2013 Wild Buffalo Bellingham WA
*with Death Angel More...
Scandinavian progressive unit Cronian, the brainchild of Norwegian metal visionaries Øystein G. Brun (Borknagar) and Vintersorg (Vintersorg, Borknagar), has today premiered full new album, "Erathems." Check it out in the player below.
"Erathems" will see a North American release on November 12th via the Season of Mist Underground Activists Division. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Cold Wave Eruption
3. Drifting Station
4. Moments And Monuments
5. Blackwater Horizon
6. Core Resiliency
7. Chemical Dawn
8. End(Durance) Part III
9. Full Moon Inferno [bonus track on European digipak and digital editions] More...
Portugal's Malevolence will be back on November 22nd, 2013 with "Antithetical," a brand new studio album.
"Antithetical" is the follow-up to 1999’s "Martyrialized" that was recorded in Fredman Studio by Fredrik Nordstrom.
Malevolence feels that "Antithetical" will surpass the previous album, stating, "We are at a creative peak right now, and Antithetical as an album reflects that. Everything from the production, to the writing, to the performances are a step up from our last album."
Today we are pleased to bring you the U.S. exclusive premiere of the album's title track, which can be heard below. The band comments: “Antithetical is one of our most forward thinking songs. We explored and enhanced the contrast between elements from the progressive and the extreme metal fields to add another perspective to the whole album.”
The "Antithetical" album was produced by Carlos Cariano and recorded in 20M2SEA Studio by Paulo Pereira in Portugal. Mixed and mastered at Woodshed Studio by V. Santura (Triptykon, Pestilence), the album includes drummer extraordinaire Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork, Devin Townsend).
"Working with Malevolence was extremely challenging, but in the end the album turned out great,” said V. Santura. “I especially like the overall aggressivity and those few, but very delicate industrial elements - Quite special!" More...
Symphonic metal pioneers Within Temptation has released a teaser video revealing the title of the band's upcoming new full length LP "Hydra." The album is set for release on January 31, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records. Preorders for the album can be made over here.
The Hydra, a mythological serpent creature from ancient Greece, couldn’t be killed. When one of its many heads was cut off, two more grew in its place…
“It’s like us – undefinable!” laughs Robert. “What’s more, ‘Hydra’ is a perfect title for our new album, because like the monster itself, the record represents the many different sides of our music.”
Within Temptation collaborated with several special guests on ‘Hydra’: Tarja Turunen, Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum and metalcore hero Howard Jones, formerly of Killswitch Engage as well as US hip-hop icon Xzibit.
Robert: “Xzibit is amazing. ‘And We Run’ song is about how you’ve got to live your life now. He’s rapping at full force on this song, it’s really heavy.” Sharon adds: “Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we’ve never had before! It’s a new cross-over and we love it!” As for the mighty Tarja, Sharon recalls: “The way she delivers those high melody lines left us all speechless. We had a great time, and the fans responded beyond our expectations.”
One of the album’s heaviest tracks, ‘Dangerous’ was recorded with the former Killswitch Engage singer Howard Jones, whose epic vocals are a perfect fit for Sharon’s. “I always loved Howard’s voice,” she says. “He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we’ve ever written. It has the most bass drums we’ve ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It’s not a typical synthesizer, though – it’s distorted like a guitar, and it’s very aggressive.”
‘Hydra’ goes from strength to strength with ‘Whole World Is Watching’, featuring Soul Asylum’s singer Dave Pirner. “When we wrote ‘Whole World Is Watching’, Dave was at the very top of our list. He has such a captivating voice: it made the song exactly how it needed to be.“ More...
French metal act Silent Opera released a music video for the new track "Dawn of the Fool." The song is from the upcoming debut full length LP "Reflections," which is set for release on February 21, 2014 via Massacre Records.
Check out "Dawn of the Fool" here:
Finnish power act Thaurorod, now featuring Aeon Zen vocalist Andi Kravljaca and with Amberian Dawn members Emppu (guitars) and Joonas Pykälä-aho (drums), is streaming the new track "Heart of the Lion." The song appears on the new album "Anteinferno," which will be released December 20th via NoiseArt Records. The album is the band's sophomore LP and the first to feature Kravljaca and keyboardist Harri Koskela (Dotma), who both joined in 2012.
The track list for "Anteinferno" is:
1. Planet X
2. Heart of the Lion
4. Far from Home
6. Marked for Diablo
7. For the Rose to the Grave
10. Riders of the Shires
Check out "Heart of the Lion" here: More...
Israeli metal act Betzefer released a music video for the new track "The Devil Went Down to the Holy Land." The song is the title track for the band's upcoming fourth LP, which drops November 22nd (G/A/S) and November 25th (EU) via Steamhammer/SPV.
The track listing for the album is:
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
The video was directed by Ricardo Werdesheim, with art direction and animation by Yonathan Bereskin along with Ricardo Werdesheim & Moran Somer. Check out the video clip here: More...