Metal News for December 13, 2012
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After the departure of vocalist Edu Falaschi, Brazilian power/progressive metal band Angra has announced that Rhapsody of Fire/Vision Divine tenor Fabio Lione will be the guest vocalist at the 70000 Tons of Metal cruise that departs from Miami on January 28, 2013 and returns on February 1, 2013.
In a post on the band's official website it reads: "Fabio Lione will be the guest vocalist for the next Angra concert to be held in the "70,000 Tons Of Metal". The ship "Majesty Of The Seas" will leave Miami on January 28 towards the Caribbean for 5 days and 4 nights with 2,000 fans on board. The world's biggest floating Heavy Metal Festival will feature 40 bands including, Evergrey, Gotthard, Týr, Helloween and Kreator."
Florida melodic death metal act Wirethrone is streaming the track "The Architect." The song is the first single from the band's upcoming debut LP "The Sun Betrays Us to the Night," which is targeted for a spring/summer 2013 release. The band is currently shopping the release for label support.
Wirethrone was formed in Lakeland, Florida in late 2011 by Trey Hawkins, James Harper, Steven Behr, and Josh Delgado. Taylor Halpin was added as bassist. Seeking to combine elements of Gothenburg and modern melodic death metal roots with progressive elements, Wirethrone entered Revelation Studios in June 2012. The group worked with producer Matt Johnson of The Autumn Offering fame to record the first full length album. "The Sun Betrays Us To the Night" is a concept album dealing with loss, sanity, and defining realities.
Check out "The Architect" here: More...
Embryonic Devourment will be entering the studio in late January 2013 to begin tracking eight brand new songs. The band is very excited and feels this will be the best Embryonic Devourment material to date.
Bassist/vocalist Austin Spence says: "This album will be our most diverse yet, ranging in slow groovy tempos all the way to hyper speed tech blasting while maintaining a professional balance of song structure and dynamics.
"After 10 years of being in this band I can finally say that I am completely confident and proud of this particular batch of songs. Stay tuned for further updates at our website here."
Arsis has teamed up with Scion AV to release the "Lepers Caress" EP online for streaming and download. Check out the tracks right here or download them through the widget below.
This 6 track EP includes the first material released since the 2010 album "Starve For The Devil" and precedes the upcoming full length release "Unwelcome," set to come out next year. To give you an idea of where this places the album Noah Martin (Bass/Vocals) commented:
“The EP was put together quickly after we finished Unwelcome. It gave us the opportunity to offer a brief statement of where our heads are at the moment. We revisited some of the oldest material in the Arsis catalog as well as re-tracked a song off the upcoming full-length. Expect more three and four-part writing, thrash and blasts, and a string quartet arranged for a full band.”
The track listing is:
1. Haunted, Fragile and Frozen
2. Six Coffins Wide
3. Veil of Mourning Black
4. A Tearful Haunt, Condemned
5. Carve My Cross
6. Denied More...
Ukranian post-black metal act Sauroctonos has released debut album "Our Cold Days Are Still Here When the Lights Are Out" through Hypnotic Dirge Records. The opening track from the album is now available online and can be heard below. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Lights Out
2. My Name Escapes Me
3. Dearest Veil
4. Grayscale Flames
5. Empty Graves/Empty Faces
Painside has posted the new single "Break the Hive" online, which can be heard in the player below. The track will also appear on the "Build Your Fiction" EP recorded at Locomotiva Studio, produced by Carlos Saione, and engineered by Sidney Sohn Jr. The new effort was mixed by Mark Lewis (Trivium, All That Remains, Unearth, The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel) at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida.
Early 90's pioneering industrial black metal act Mysticum and Peaceville Records are proud to announce the reissue of the band's debut album, "In the Streams of Inferno," on February 26th.
The reissued version will feature an extensive remastering, courtesy of Tom Kvålsvoll at Strype Studios in Oslo, Norway, along with two bonus songs and bonus DVD. The packaging also contains new artwork made in close association with the band to fully reflect the intended vision, plus liner notes and additional lyrics. The release will be available in both CD and vinyl format.
The bonus DVD will contain two live shows from 1996: "Grotten" in Asker, Norway has until now been totally unknown to the masses except for the few that were present at the show. The other show is the more well-known Bradford, U.K. set from Mysticum's European tour with Marduk and Gehenna. Peaceville also comments: More...
Three years after debut album "Straight Line" was released through Spinal Records, KomaH is back with a second full-length album entitled "Between Vice and Virtue." The tracks are available for streaming in the player below, and the following press release was issued about the album:
"Recorded and mixed in spring 2012 by Charles Deschutter (No One Is Innocent, The Dukes…) at Rec’n’ roll Studio in Belgium, 'Between Vice and Virtue' by Komah consists of a pure discharge of an aggressive groove and powerful energy, a brutal rage in the compositions, tons of modern heavy riffs and a real surgical precision… to become an addict."
The "Between Vice and Virtue" track listing is:
1. The Birth 04:02
2. One After The Other 05:04
3. Breaking Horns 03:43
4. A Humbling Experience 03:51
5. The King Of Raptors (feat. Pro-Pain) 03:54
6. Last Way To Cerberus 06:30
7. Beyond The Limits 02:16
8. Destiny Written In Blood 03:56
9. Hidden Sacrifice 03:17
10. The Hunt 04:15 More...
Upon A Burning Body has released an official music video for the track "Sin City," which can be found below. "Sin City" as directed by Ambitious Flims and filmed lived in Stuttgart, Germany.
Upon A Burning Body's new album "Red.White.Green" is out and available now. A previously posted lyric video for "Mimic" can also be seen over here.
Spanish act In Vain has released a new music video for "In Death We Trust," which is the title track off the release of the same name. Give the clip a view in the player available below. You can also listen to the previously posted song "War Machine" over at this location.
Los Angeles act Black Veil Brides is returning with third album "Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones," due out January 7th via Lava Records/Island Records UK. The album marks the band’s first full-length release since 2011’s "Set The World On Fire." A new music video for the track "In The End" is now available online and can be found below.
Black Veil Brides will also be heading out on The Church Of The Wild Ones World Tour in support of the new album. The tour, which kicks off January 4th in Las Vegas, will cover two continents and four different countries before it ends on March 8th in San Francisco. The band's previously posted video for "Coffins" is also available at this location.
"Everywhere," the first album from French band Sentence, is now available on free streaming through Pure Grain Audio here.
You can also check out the second track "Birth" in the player below. "Everywhere" is due out December 15th, 2012 and the track listing is as follows:
01. Spirit of birth
04. Everywhere of nowhere
05. One day
06. D day
07. Eightfold Path
09. The fall
13. Run away More...
Innzmouth has just released the title track for the band's new EP "Crowned with Abnormality," which can be heard below. The EP is due out in early 2013 and continues Innzmouth's journey of making H.P. Lovecraft inspired music.
Stoic Dissention has signed on to Rain Without End Records, and the label issued the following announcement about the deal:
"Rain Without End Records is pleased welcome Stoic Dissention to our doom family! The Colorado based quintet, who formed in 2010, play a unique hybrid of doom metal and black metal, delving deep into esoteric and macabre themes.
"Stoic Dissention brings a new form of Doom Metal akin to greats like Asunder, Ahab and even the raw ugliness of Obskure Torture. Featuring members of Acheronian Dirge, Centimani, Kastigation and Lobster Assault.
"The band is currently working on a brand new full length album to be released by Rain Without End Records in the fall/winter of 2013."
You can also check out the band's previous three track album "Relinquished....A Crumbling Monument Witnessed by None" in the player below. More...
Pittsburgh six piece Bury Thy Kingdom has released the new EP "Edge of the Sea," and now tracks from the release are available online. Check out "Khan Artist" and "Leviathan" in the clips below. The "Edge of the Sea" track listing is:
1. Darkened Skies
2. White Waves
3. Khan Artist
5. Eye of the Storm
6. Mask the Wonders
7. Edge of the Sea More...
The progressive metal purveyors at Sensory Records, a division of The Laser’s Edge Group, have confirmed the release of the debut studio opus from British prog outfit My Soliloquy in North America on January 29th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the band:
"My Soliloquy was formed by multi-instrumentalist Pete Morten in 2002. Since then the quintet has released a number of demos, gaining traction in the metal underground, and have performed a number of notable support shows with Pagans Mind, Power Quest, Oliver and Rick Wakeman and Threshold, as well as a second-to-headlining set at Bloodstock 2005 and a showcase at ProgPower UK II in 2007. Additionally, since 2007, Morten has been an active member of British prog metal legends Threshold. His membership has raised awareness (and created anticipation) for My Soliloquy’s long awaited debut.
"The essence of My Soliloquy is pure forward thinking metal – symphonic keyboards, shredding guitar leads, soaring vocals – all finely woven together through a blend of intricacy and melody into a powerful force fans of Threshold, Dream Theater and Circus Maximus will flock to. Following a pair of demos and an EP release, Sensory is proud to finally unleash the newly-completed first full-length from this act. With nearly all instrumentation on the recording executed solely by Pete Morten, minus the drumming, The Interpreter flows with over fifty minutes of grand musicianship, expertly mixed and mastered by Rob Aubrey, a mainstay of Marillion’s camp for many years." More...
For those fans of The Safety Fire with serious withdrawal symptoms, the band has put together a special film documenting the band's time away on a European tour. Check out the "Stache Tour Diary 2012" below.
At the end of January, The Safety Fire will kick-off an 11-date U.K. tour with tech-metal behemoths The Faceless, making sure that 2013 begins with an almighty bang. Guitarist Derya "Dez" Nagle had this to say about the tour and the past year:
"This has been an absolutely amazing year for TSF. Aside from releasing our debut album, touring the States and Europe and playing some amazing festivals, we have had the pleasure of playing with some awesome bands. We are glad to see the trend is continuing on into 2013, with what is set to be an amazing tour with The Faceless. Exciting times ahead. Hype." More...
Brooklyn, NY’s Unconscious Disturbance and Heavyblogisheavy.com have released another in-studio video update, this time covering more guitar tracking. Check out the video right here or in the player below. The following press release was issued about a recent release show and upcoming screening:
"UD’s special album release show for 'Mind’s Corner' at The Trash Bar in Brooklyn, NY last Thursday was a great success! The band continues the local love with a screening of their popular music video ‘Benign,’ which features expressive choreography by two dancers from Argentina and Brazil.
"The screening will take place at Dixon Place in New York City on December 18th. The screening is part of a weekly Dixon Place series called ‘Crossing Boundaries’ which focuses on choreography from different cultures. For more information and ticket prices, head to this location." More...
Keyport, New Jersey-based rabid metal trio El Drugstore is currently in construction mode, demoing and preparing a debut full-length.
Featuring guitarist Kevin Conway (ex-East of the Wall), drummer Seth Rheam (East of the Wall), and bassist Rolando Alvarado, this Keyport, New Jersey-based outfit has been dropping a brew of aggro-technical metallic racket since 2008. The band's debut, a split full-length with cohorts A Fucking Elephant -- which marked the maiden release for both bands’ then newly-founded Nefarious Industries -- El Drugstore is now beyond balls-deep in the songwriting process for "Plague Ship," the band's first studio full-length.
The album will be recorded in the coming weeks, and is slated for a late Spring release, once again via Nefarious Industries. El Drugstore recently released a demo version of “Fascinating Underpants,” one of the mangled anthems set to be a part of "Plague Ship." The track was posted as an exclusive premiere via American Aftermath here.
Upcoming El Drugstore live shows are:
12/15/2012 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Behold The Arctopus, Ocrilim
1/15/2013 The Brighton Bar - Long Branch, NJ w/ Jar'd Loose, Hammer Fight, Toothgrinder
3/03/2013 TBA - NJ w/ The DRX
Intronaut recently announced that new album "Habitual Levitations" will be released in North America on March 19th, 2013. Leading up to the release of the album, Intronaut will be playing a handful of headlining shows and will then head out on a North American tour with Meshuggah and Animals As Leaders. A full list of tour dates can be seen below.
On February 5th, 2013 Intronaut will release "Milk Leg," the first single off of "Habitual Levitations." The song will be available on all digital platforms on this date, and the single will also be released as a single sided, etched 7" vinyl, with a release date to TBA.
Drums for the album were recorded by producer John Haddad [Exhumed, Phobia] and Derek Donley [Bereft] handled recording for all other elements on the record. It was mixed by Josh Newell and artwork and layout will be done by David D'Andrea, who has worked with the band on previous albums. More...
Norwegian act Darkthrone has completed work on its latest album "The Underground Resistance," which is set for release on Peaceville Records on February 26th. The following press release was issued about the album:
"The Underground Resistance is Darkthrone's latest venture through the metal cosmos, and first new album since the 2010 opus Circle the Wagons. The Underground Resistance contains Darkthrone's trademark masterful riffing in a broad range of styles, effortlessly bounding through the annals of classic metal, taking in thrash, speed and black metal, and not forgetting a dose of punk. All in all a ferocious and dynamic set of tracks drenched in Fenriz's and Nocturno's rich and diverse tastes in all things metal, primarily those rooted firmly in the spirit of the 80's. Six tracks long, and each one an epic in itself, this is undoubtedly Darkthrone's strongest outing of late.
"The Underground Resistance was written and recorded spring 2010 to summer 2012 at Necrohell 2 studios by the band themselves. The album was mastered by Jack Control at Enormous Door in Texas. Cover artwork also comes courtesy of the iconic and celebrated artist Jim Fitzpatrick."
Commented Fenriz, "Three songs each, Ted's are flown from the universe of metal with his strongest voice ever so far. Songs of mine are torn from the wombs of the riders of rohan of metal, safely cradled in 1985 style." More...
A Sight For Sewn Eyes has checked in with the following announcement about releasing "Alone Together" through Transcend Music in Europe:
"We are pumped to announce that 'Alone Together' will be coming out on March 11th 2013 in the UK/EU through Transcend Music. We will also be touring the UK and EU in the spring so keep checking back for more details!"
Skull Fist has released a video for the song "Commit to Rock," which features footage shot during the band's 2012 Japanese tour. Check out the clip below.
Odem is back with second effort "The Valley of Cut Tongues," and Daemon Worship Productions commented on the coming release:
"A devastating high-speed death metal assault, rooted in the underground temples and ascending high into the charred heavens above. Featuring 3 new songs & a reworked version of a song from the first album, it deals with transcendence, destruction of the barriers & expansion beyond the limits of dogmas and morality. The inauguration of the One, who brings truths to ashes.... 'The Valley of Cut Tongues' shall be unleashed during the first months of 2013!" More...
France's Supuration has revealed the artwork and track listing for the upcoming album "Cube 3," which is due out through Listenable Records on February 25th in Europe. The artwork was made by designer Matthieu Carton and "Cube 3" was mastered by Sweden's Dan Swanö. The track listing is as follows:
1. Sinergy Awakes
3. The Disenthrall
5. The Incongruents
6. The Delegation
8. The Flight
9. The Climax More...
Norway's Enslaved has checked in with the following announcement about working on a new DVD release:
"We have started the process of making a new live-DVD. Or perhaps 'concert movie' would be a more appropriate title for this undergoing. We’ve gone to some lengths to keep this under wraps for as long as possible; and now we’re more or less ready to go.
"We will record two full sets containing material from all our releases – there will be a total of 24 songs (matching the number of the Futhark, by the way-ish), including some very special and long asked-for treats for our fans.
"There will be glimpses into the world of Enslaved between the songs that will help create a unique musical experience caught on film. The site of the recording is ABC Studios in Etne, appropriately located in the house of the old school..."
Further details will be announced as they become available. Enslaved also released new full-length album "RIITIIR" (reviewed here) earlier this year.
Ireland's Red Enemy has released a new music video for the track "Night Eyes," which can be found below. The track is also available as a name-your-price download over at Bandcamp here. You can also check out more music from Red Enemy over at the band's Facebook profile.
Iced Earth has posted a new webisode online covering rehearsals as the band was getting ready for the last leg of the Dystopia World Tour. Check out the clip below. Iced Earth has been touring in support of latest full-length album "Dystopia" (reviewed here).
Indie Recordings is proud to announce the signing of the legendary Holy Terror cult band Integrity. The band has announced a 7” named "Black Heksen Rise" to be released February 8th in Norway, Germany, and Austria and February 12th in the rest of Europe.
The 7” is limited to only 500 copies of colored vinyl: 100 grey, 200 white, and 200 black. The cover has a UV skull print and the 7” inch contains a four-page lyric sheet. "Black Heksen Rise" is a part of the Indie Recordings 7inch Collectors Series. More...
Ghost has decreed the group will perform a concert this Saturday, December 15th, 2012 hometown Linköping, Sweden at Cupolen. Limited tickets are still available here. Also this Saturday for those seeking redemption, Papa will bestow a special offering to those who sign up with their email addresses beginning at 10PM Local Time CET.
Ghost is also putting the finishing touches on a new studio album due out in 2013 on Loma Vista Recordings. Papa and his Nameless Ghouls have summoned Nashville-based Grammy award-winning Nick Raskulinecz (Death Angel, Deftones, Foo Fighters, Rush) to produce this offering.
Hailing from Sweden, Ghost formed in in 2008. The band released heralded debut album, "Opus Eponymous" (reviewed here) on October 18th, 2011.
After playing numerous concerts around the world, American groove metal act DevilDriver recently entered Audio Hammer Studios, Florida to record the band's next piece of merciless brutality. First up is John Boecklin, who is currently laying down the drum tracks for the upcoming, yet untitled, album.
Updates from the studio are expected directly from frontman Dez Fafara. The new release is tentatively scheduled for a worldwide release in August 2013, its first for new label Napalm Records.
In other DevilDriver news, the band will commence a new co-headlining European tour with Cannibal Corpse. The Black Dahlia Murder will provide support. The tour kicks off in Oulu, Finland on February 9, 2013.
Russian folk metal band Arkona is streaming the new live track "Marena" (which originally appeared on the band's 2004 LP "Tribute") from the upcoming live LP "Decade of Glory." The release is due out on February 22nd, 2013 via Napalm Records.
The track listing for "Decade of Glory" is:
3. Ot Serdca K Nebu
4. Goi, Rode, Goi!
8. Liki Bessmertnykh Bogov
10. Kolo Navi
11. Slav'sja, Rus'
12. Kupala i Kostroma
16. Katitsja Kolo More...
Italian metal band Nightland posted a new music video for the song "Diamond Siren." The song appears on the band's forthcoming EP entitled "In Solemn Rise." The EP will drop digitally via Amazon and iTunes on Friday, December 21, 2012.
Check out "Diamond Siren" here:
Symphonic black metal act and new Century Media Records signing Starkill is streaming the title track from the debut release "Sword, Spear, Blood, Fire." At press time, there was no other available information on the band or release date for the album.
For the time being, enjoy "Sword, Spear, Blood, Fire" here:
Belgium based Epysode, featuring guitarist Samuel Arkan, posted more in studio footage of the recordings of the upcoming sophomore release. In this clip, Léo Margarit (Pain Of Salvation) and Julien Spreutels (Ethernity) provide a short message.
The band is currently in Noise Factory Studios with sound engineer Gerald Jans recording the album and are targeting a release in 2013. The first studio report can be seen over at this location.
Check out the studio footage here:
Croatian metal act Infernal Tenebra posted a new music video for the song "Blood Stained Canvas." The song appears on the band's latest release "New Formed Revelations," which was issued this past Friday (Dec. 7), through Massacre Records.
Check out "Blood Stained Canvas" here:
It's been a long hard road for Connecticut's Graven Image. Over the past couple of years, the band has both solidified its lineup with the addition of seasoned vocalist Martin O'Brien (Beyond Reality/Weapon X) and fortified it with its newest additions, bassist Andrew Purchia and guitarist Scott Williams to go along with band mainstay, drummer Phil Michalak. Through this time, composer/guitarist Paul Coleman has refined/fine tuned the band's material and now on Saturday, December 15, 2012, the band will unleash its debut CD "The Future Started Yesterday."
The story of "The Future Started Yesterday" didn't come about until after most of the songs were written. As the band was writing new material, it was found that many of the songs had a common theme. From that point, the story of a soldier's return to the U.S. having to deal with post traumatic effects was born. As for the music, Graven Image plays metal the traditional way. On this release, the band successfully carried over more aggression in the studio than that of the live performances.
Guitarist Paul Coleman commented on the album: "I am very proud of this album and the guys on it. To write an album that's a concept is tricky enough, but to write one that raises social awareness is even harder. We set out to release something that would make you use your head, not just bang it."
Bassist Andrew Purchia added: "This is very exciting. With the release of this album it's a rebirth for me, but also vindication." More...