Metal News for December 1, 2011
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Gojira has signed to Roadrunner Records for the release of a new album, which is set to drop in 2012. More footage has now been posted online offering a glimpse of the band's time in the studio. Check out the clip below, or find the previously posted first studio clip at this location.
Brazilian death metal band Desecrated Sphere has confirmed the addition of new guitarist Rubens Fraleone (ex-Disorder of Chaos).
Rubens had previously worked with the group on the recording sessions for the debut album "The Unmasking Reality" and now will be partnering with guitarist Gustavo Lozano on the band's current tour. Parallel to these developments, Desecrated Sphere is still fixing tour dates in support of "The Unmasking Reality."
U.K. based act Tome, which recently changed its band name from Sagan, has released a new track online titled "Entities." You can check out the song in the player below. For more info on Tome, and to listen to other songs available for streaming online, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
French act Alcest has posted a music video online for the song "Autre Temps," which is the first single off the band's upcoming third album, "Les Voyages De L'Âme." You can check out the video clip below.
The single is out now as limited etched vinyl 7" at this location and via digital download. The full "Les Voyages De L'Âme" album will be out on January 6th, 2012. You can find the album's artwork here.
Long Island’s veteran death metal band, Suffocation, has been announced as a headlining act for the 11th annual Manitoba Metalfest, set to take place at The Zoo on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th. Suffocation will close out the festivities on Saturday night, while Into Eternity will headline Friday’s show.
Stay tuned for more information on Suffocation and the band’s 2012 full-length release (Nuclear Blast Records).
Brazilian act Ecliptyka has released a new official music video for "We Are The Same," which is taken from the band's "A Tale Of Decadence" album. You can find the video clip in the player available below.
Nothing would be easier for British rock legends UFO than to rest on their laurels. The band could easily release the occasional best-of album to earn a few additional royalties and be content with looking back at an exceptionally glorious past. And it certainly wouldn't be a problem for UFO to sell out tours on the strength of its name.
But idleness or indeed a musical standstill have always been out of the question for Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond, Andy Parker, and Vinnie Moore. These in equal measures experienced and ambitious musicians are interested in the present, their love of creativity and the active continuation of their celebrated band history. And now we can look forward to "Seven Deadly," the band's latest studio album which combines present and future with UFO's greatest fortes.
Mogg, Raymond, Parker and Moore are set to release 10 brand new songs on SPV/Steamhammer February 28th in North America.
The album will be released as a limited edition digipak (incl. 2 bonus tracks), a Double Gatefold LP with printed innersleeves and coloured vinyl, standard edition and download.
UFO has the following upcoming live shows: More...
San Diego, CA based act Medius has released a new single online titled "The Way" via digital outlets such as Amazon. You can stream the track online by heading over to the Medius Facebook profile here.
"The Way" is taken off the band's upcoming debut full-length album, "Burns Going Down," which is due out in February, 2012.
Washington based act Envisionist has uploaded a new track online for streaming. Check out the song "Custody" through the SoundCloud player below. You can also find more Envisionist songs and get additional details on the band via Facebook.
Pennsylvania's Sinister Realm has posted a new video clip online for "With Swords Held High," which is from the band's latest album "The Crystal Eye." The album was released via Shadow Kingdom Records earlier this year. Check out the clip below, or find more information on Sinister Realm through the band's Facebook profile.
U.K. act Nexus Inferis will release "A Vision of the Final Earth" via NoiseArt Records on January 27th, 2012. A teaser for the album is available in the clip below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
3. The New Strain
4. A Vision of the final Earth
5. Beyond Evolution Rubicon
6. Destroyed Aperture
7. Resonate the spark under his eye to the flames in outer space
8. Crown of Planets
10. Through my conscious one last time
Australian melodic death metallers BerserkerfoX are very excited to announce Anthony Von Grim has joined the band as lead vocalist. The band commented:
"Tony's range, roars and and brutal screams demonstrated on his work with BloodWitch, Birdmouth and Fattura Della Morte made him the ideal replacement for former vocalist, Daniel Mozumder - BerserkerfoX parted ways with Daniel in September 2011 due to other life priorities.
"In equally exciting news, Oscar Schiesser, with his chops, work ethic and stage presence, replaces Anannd Thambirajah, who left in May 2011 to pursue other interests overseas. But what a year it has been thus far! 2011 saw the band touring with acts such as Frankenbok, Scar The Surface, Elysian, and Orpheus in support of BerserkerfoX's debut album 'History.Altar.Ashes.'
"Rather than a setback, this lineup change is a natural progression and the band is confident of belting out some fresh, new music in the coming months. In fact, the band is already hard at work writing their sophomore album! Here is a teaser track titled 'The Monopoly' featuring the new lineup. Check it out below. Stay tuned for tour announcements, news and studio diaries." More...
German power metal legends Rage unveiled the album artwork for the forthcoming release "21" (shown below). The album is set for release on February 24, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. Some of the tracks on the release will be "Psycho Terror", "Forever Dead", "Twenty One", "Serial Killer", "Concrete Wall" and "Death Romantic". Descriptions for those songs appear here and in this location.
The band is also set to headline the "Metal Firestorm 2012" tour with Tyr and Communic in March od 2012.
Check out the artwork for "21" here:
The initial band lineup has been announced for Poland's upcoming Asymmetry Festival, which will take place from May 3rd - 5th, 2012. Further details on the festival are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
The Ascent Of Everest
A Whisper In The Noise
Germany's Bleeding Red has posted a brief video explanation of the cover from the upcoming album "Evolutions Crown." You can check out the clip below. "Evolutions Crown" is due out on March 23rd, 2012.
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica announced that the much anticipated follow up to the 2009 release "Design Your Universe" will be entitled "Requiem For The Indifferent." The album will be released on March 9, 2012 via Nuclear Blast Records.
The band explains the album's title: "This title refers to the end of an era. Mankind can no longer stick their head in the sand for the things that are happening around us. We are facing many challenges. There is an enormous tension between different religions and cultures, wars, natural disasters and a huge financial crisis, which is getting out of control. More than ever we will need each other to overcome these problems. As we are all connected; the universe, earth, nature, animals and human beings, this period in time will be the prelude to the end for those who still don't want to, or simply won't see it. A REQUIEM FOR THE INDIFFERENT but also a possibility for a new beginning with great new chances!"
The band's latest studio report post was as follows: "So far 5 songs have been mixed of the upcoming Epica album (RFTI), the remaining songs will be finished during the upcoming 1.5 week! we'll keep you posted!" More...
Scottish death metallers Cerebral Bore are due to kick off a mini U.K. tour tonight, Thursday, December 1st, at The Borough in Sunderland.
The four-date mini tour marks the last shows that Cerebral Bore will play this year, before returning in full force in 2012. Joining Cerebral Bore on the road are Scordatura and Laceration. Cerebral Bore guitarist Paul McGuire comments:
"This is our last tour of 2011 and it's great to do it alongside a couple of up-and-coming Scottish bands. It's usually pretty hellish touring at this time of year in a shit van, sleeping on floors and dealing with the freezing wet weather. But we will bring the metal regardless, and hopefully the other bands will supply some good local banter and keep the spirits up."
Dates are as follows:
Dec. 01 - Sunderland, UK - The Borough
Dec. 02 - Birmingham, UK - Scruffy Murphy's
Dec. 03 - Derby, UK - The Old Bell
Dec. 04 - Cardiff, UK - Bogiez
View the tour flyer by heading over to this location.
Canadian act Kittie has announced extensive touring plans to kick off 2012. The currently announced dates stretch from Canada, the U.S. and a return appearance in Australia on the renowned Soundwave Festival. Kittie will be touring in support of the new album "I've Failed You," released earlier this year on eOne Music. Dates are as follows:
2/17/12 London, ONT Music Hall
2/18/12 Montréal, CAN Opera House
2/25/12 Brisbane, AUS RNA Showgrounds
2/26/12 Sydney, AUS Olympic Park
3/2/12 Melbourne, AUS Showgrounds
3/3/12 Adelaide, AUS Bonython Park
3/5/12 Perth, AUS Claremont Showgrounds More...
France’s innovative heavy metal act on the rise, Hypno5e, has teamed up with Lambgoat.com to premiere the title track from the band’s upcoming sophomore album, "Acid Mist Tomorrow." The brand new track can be streamed exclusively online at this location through the weekend.
Commented the band, “‘Acid Mist Tomorrow’ is the opening song of our new album, an album which has confirmed our idea of music, our way of considering it and our way of writing it. This song is, for us, the most representative of our style and displays the evolution since Des Deux L’une Est L’autre. Four years of touring, writing and recording has lead us to this most important moment in our band’s history! So much has happened in these past few years, and Hypno5e is now more ready than ever to tour the globe and make this album live!”
"Acid Mist Tomorrow," the latest concept album from the experimental extreme metal group will drop in early 2012. The track listing is as follows:
1. Acid Mist Tomorrow
2. Six Fingers In One Hand She holds the dawn Part I
3. Six Fingers In One Hand She holds the dawn Part II
4. Story Of The Eye
5. Gehenne Part I
6. Gehenne Part II
7. Gehenne Part III
8. Brume Unique Obscurité Part I
9. Brume Unique Obscurité Part II
Maryland based act Drewsif Stalin has uploaded another new song online for streaming. You can check out the newly posted "When You Come Back Home" song in the SoundCloud player below.
Fans of Swedish black metal take heed: five years have passed since the release of mighty Naglfar's last album "Harvest," but now the band is back in the studio again, finishing-up a sixth album to be titled "Téras." Century Media Records commented:
"Expect nothing less than another prime example of infernal, melodic black metal from the vanguards of the scene.
"Diehard Naglfar fans will also be pleased to hear that prior to the release of Téras, the band will release a very limited-edition 7" EP featuring one track from the upcoming album and an exclusive second track that will only be available on this vinyl. Be sure to check CMDistro often for updates and pre-order information for this special 7'!
"Téras will ascend from hell's blackest voids in spring/summer 2012, so stay tuned for more news about the album and NAGLFAR coming soon!"
Spanish black metal act Foscor has issued the following announcement about the band celebrating its 10th anniversary:
"10th Anniversary Celebration begins next Saturday the 3rd with a gig in Tarragona. We will give you details about all what we are preparing during the next days.
"We have some special things to offer you as commemorative items… and at least, to share what we feel proudly as the closing of a chapter and the entrance to a new path.
"Inspirational landscapes are set, and ready to be developed. Together in Darkness…"
Los Angeles deathcore band Zombie Eating Horse is offering it's new EP "What About the Sheep" for download via the band's Facebook page, and you may stream it below.
Zombie Eating Horse also has been writing material for a full-length titled "2012," which will aptly be released next year. Below is a video the band uploaded for "What's Not Meant to Be," a track that will be on the upcoming album that features Nick Reyes of Antagonist.
Goomba music has announced the signing of Scum Of The Earth, the brainchild band of former Rob Zombie guitarist/song writer Riggs. The new album (title to be determined) is set for a 2012 release and is a follow up to 2007's highly acclaimed "Sleaze Freak." Riggs is currently writing material for the album and plans to be in the studio by the end of the year. "The new material is like classic SOTE material being possessed by demons with a modern twist " states RIGGS "I'm excited to get into the studio and start recording. There will be some crazy tracks on this one!"
Sylosis checked in from the band's current U.S. tour with As I Lay Dying, Of Mice & Men, The Ghost Inside and IWrestledabearonce, which commenced last night, to inform fans that guitarist Alex Bailey had broken his arm and is forced out of the rest of the tour. The band will proceed with a replacement guitarist for the tour.
The posting on the band's official Facebook page reads as follows:
"To update our American fans on what's been happening over the past couple of days. On Tuesday Bailey had an unfortunate accident where he sustained a broken arm which has meant he is unable to continue playing on this tour. We have however found a replacement guitarist to cover the rest of the AILD tour dates. For those fans who have seen us at both New York headline date and support for AILD you will have noticed we played as a 3 piece.
"We'd like to thank the guys in Mutiny Within - Brandon Jacobs, Andrew Jacobs and Chris Clancy, also Kyle Odell of Vanisher & Tommy Vext for being very supportive and helping us work this situation out!"
Swedish traditional metal band Steelwing is streaming the new track "Full Speed Ahead!" from the band's forthcoming sophomore release "Zone of Alienation" (heard below). The album is due to be released on January 6th, 2012 (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, France) January 10th, 2012 (Sweden) and January 27th, 2011 (Rest of Europe).
The track listing for "Zone of Alienation" is as follows:
1. 2097 A.D.
2. Solar Wind Riders
3. Full Speed Ahead!
5. Tokkotai (Wind of Fury)
6. Zone of Alienation
7. The Running Man
8. They Came From The Skies
9. Lunacy Rising
Check out "Full Speed Ahead!" here:
Washington, DC's Friend For a Foe, which recently posted the entire "Source of Isolation" EP online, has now uploaded another new track. You can check out the instrumental song "The Aftermath" in the player below, or find more info on Friend For a Foe via the band's Facebook profile.
Daniel Vrangsinn (Carpathian Forest) has posted a video clip online for the song "This is It," which was originally released on the "Moon Psychedelia Collection" in 2008. You can check out the clip below, or find the entire album available for download via the Misantrof ANTIRecords website.
Macabre has announced the band will be embarking on the European "Army of Darkness" tour this coming January alongside Massacre and Master. The currently announced dates are as follows, with more to be announced down the line:
Wednesday, January 25 - OSNABRÜCK, GERMANY @ BASTARD CLUB
Thursday, January 26 - MUNICH, GERMANY @ BACKSTAGE
Saturday, January 28 - ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND @ INDUSTRIE 45
Sunday, January 29 - LYON , FRANCE @ LE KAO
Monday, January 30 - PARIS, FRANCE @ DIVAN DU MONDE
Friday, February 3 - VALENCIA, SPAIN @ DURANGO CLUB
Saturday, February 4 - BADALONA/BARCELONA, SPAIN @ ESTRAPERLO CLUB
Sunday, February 5 - MONTPELLIER, FRANCE @ SECRET PLACE
Tuesday, February 7 - MARIBOR, SLOVENIA @ MC PEKARNA
Wednesday, February 8 - ZAGREB , CROATIA @ TVORNICA KULTURE
Saturday, February 11 - WINTERTHUR, SWITZERLAND @ GASWERK
Monday, February 13 - DRESDEN, GERMANY @ CHEMIEFABRIK
Tuesday, February 14 - BERLIN , GERMANY @ K-17
Wednesday, February 15 - BOCHUM, GERMANY @ MATRIX
Thursday, February 16 - LEER, GERMANY @ ZOLLHAUS
Friday, February 17 - EINDHOVEN , HOLLAND @ DYNAMO
Saturday, February 18 - ROTTERDAM, HOLLAND @ BAROEG
Sunday, February 19 - DRACHTEN, HOLLAND @ IDUNA More...
Finland's Devenial Verdict, which recruited a second guitarist back in October, has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio:
"Devenial Verdict will enter studiio on the 20th of January! We will be recording a few new songs. Unfortunately we weren't happy with the songs on Obedience Leads to Harmony and decided to scrap it.
"Onto other subjects, our guitarist Ville has decided to move into new musical challenges and no longer plays with us. We would like to thank him for the time he has been with us and wish him well! we have recruited Sebastian Frigren from Regression as our second guitarist. We've been rehearsing old songs with him and we've also been composing new material!"
For more details on Devenial Verdict and to listen to songs available for streaming, head over to the band's MySpace page here.
Vengeful has issued the following announcement about streaming the "Delirium" track online, which features a guest appearance from Alex Camargo of Krisiun and is taken from Vengeful's new self-titled album:
"Hello everyone!! The wait is over. Vengeful's is now on the shelves. You can now feed on these venomous tracks as much as you need to. Recording and releasing a double-album filled with death metal was an enormous task but those who heard the album all agree that it was worth it.
"For the occasion we thought of celebrating the release by giving you a brand new track dubbed Delirium. It's taken from the Towards Obliteration part of the album and it features none other than Alex Camargo from Brazilian warriors Krisiun on vocals. The brazilian brothers are another obvious influence on Vengeful. Not only for their constant pummelling and viciousness but these guys really are a true example of work ethic and perseverance. They play (just like us) this music for the right reasons. Nothing related to fame or money. It's all about the music and delivering something good to the people that support the scene. Delirium is available on our Myspace or via the MEDIA section of our website.
"You won't be hearing from us for few weeks but make sure to let us hear from you and what you think of the album. It's safe to say we are positive that this is the best representation of the band to date.......by far. Thanks for the support to those out there that actually care.!! Keep spreading the word."
Toronto's Warmachine has issued the following announcement about shooting the band's first ever music video for the "Moving On" song:
"Warmachine will be filming a music video this Sunday December 4th for the track 'Moving On,' off the band's new album 'Left for Dead.' Directing/Producing the video will be Jeff Hazin of Obsolete Talko Productions.
"The shoot is set to take place in Warmachine's home town of Toronto, Canada and will be the band's first ever music video!"
For more info on Warmachine, head over to the band's official Facebook profile at this location.
U.K. band Hell announced that the band will provide support for German legends Accept in April 2012 for the upcoming European tour. Hell had released its debut LP "Human Remains" this year after forming twenty years ago.
The following dates are confirmed:
06.04.2012 Paris (F), Bataclan
07.04.2012 Mons (BE), PPM Fest
10.04.2012 Kempten , Big Box
11.04.2012 Stuttgart, Pilharmonie
13.04.2012 Straubing, Messehalle
14.04.2012 Geiselwind, Event Center
15.04.2012 Pratteln (CH), Z7
17.04.2012 Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
18.04.2012 Hamburg, Große Freiheit
19.04.2012 Berlin, Huxleys
Terrorizer magazine reports that Testament singer Chuck Billy confirmed that drummer Paul Bostaph, who is out of action recovering from a serious injury, has left the band. The split appears to be amicable. Gene Hoglan filled in for Bostaph on the band's recent tour with Anthrax and Death Angel, and he is also providing the drumming for Testament's forthcoming album "The Dark Roots of Earth."
Billy commented to Terrorizer, "We just found our last week Paul Bostaph is not coming back to the band, he's starting his own new project and doing some things on his own. So we're actually going to be holding a couple of auditions with probably small group of drummers that we chose - we don't want to have a revolving drum stool, we have a new record we want a permanent drummer."
Ironically, Bostaph's new project is with former, and disgruntled, Anthrax singer Dan Nelson called Black Gates.
Read the full article at this loctation.
Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast, who recently signed with Nuclear Blast Records, has posted up a new music video for the track "Enter The Metal World." The song is from the debut LP "Steel," originally released through Hype Productions this past April and which will be reissued on Nuclear Blast on January 27, 2012.
Check out the video here: