Metal News for December 14, 2012
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Svart Records has announced January 11th, 2013 as the worldwide release date for Atomic Cries' new 7", "Suspended Between the Mouth of God and the Fist of Man." The release contains two new tracks of self-professed "primitive doom metal," both of which are available for streaming via the Bandcamp player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. False Prophecies
2. The Atheist
"Suspended Between the Mouth of God and the Fist of Man" is now available for preorder through Svart Records right here.
The band also states: "We are Atomic Cries, and since 2010 we have played Primitive Doom Metal exclusively. No flares, no bongs, no irony, no pseudo-occult nonsense. We worship at the altar of Armando Acosta. We love Saint Vitus, Trouble, and Black Sabbath, but we sound like none of them. This 7" contains two tracks of uncompromising, slow downer-rock that refuses to be easily categorised. We are Saúl Do Caixão (lead/rhythm electric/acoustic guitars & vocals) and Andy Lippoldt (drums/organ/bass/backing vocals). Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle." More...
I See Stars is coming off a successful year and keeping the momentum going strong kicking off 2013 with "The Filthy February Tour Pt. 1." This headlining trek also features For All Those Sleeping, Ged Scared, At The Skylines, and Upon This Dawning. Dates are available below.
Devin Oliver states: "We are so stoked for this tour and feel this is an extremely impressive line-up offering a lot to the fans for a low price. We are going to break out one of our longest sets yet and there could even be a few surprises. We can't wait to see you all in Feb and be sure to come party with us. It's going to be a rager for sure."
2/01 - Springfield, VA @ Empire (Ice Jam)
2/02 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock (w/ The Color Morale & more)
2/04 - Buffalo, NY @ Xtreme Wheels
2/05 - Lansing, MI @ The Loft
2/06 - Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose
2/07 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
2/08 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
2/09 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Ironworks
2/10 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ Eat Your Heart Out Fest
2/11 - Syracuse, NY @ The Lost Horizon
2/12 - Toledo, OH @ Frankie's
Las Vegas slam death band Cerebral Incubation has dropped its second album "Gonorrhea Nodule Mastication" via Sevared Records and is already streaming four of the songs as YouTube uploads. Featured below is the track "Secretion of Exeretory Devastation," whose audio snippet at the beginning comes from a Chris Farley movie. This second album from Cerebral Incubation follows up the debut from a couple of years back, "Asphyxiating on Excrement."
Wisconsin slam death band Sexual Atrocities has just issued its debut album "Planet of the Rapes" via Sevared Records and is streaming a few songs from it over on YouTube. "Planet of the Rapes" also features a cover of the Repulsion song "Maggots in Your Coffin." Below is an upload of the three-part song "The Scatrilogy" from the release.
German funeral doom band Worship is streaming its new album "Terranean Wake" over on YouTube, where you can access the four epic tracks. Below is an upload of the first song, the seventeen-minute "Tides of Terminus." It has been a full five years since Worship has graced us with new material, a trying time for the band in which one of their members committed suicide.
Swiss stoner doom band Lord Of The Grave recently issued its new album "Green Vapour" and is streaming the track "Horsepuncher" from it. You can view the upload below. "Green Vapour" is the band's sophomore release, following up 2009's "Raunacht." This new album from Lord Of The Grave even features a fifteen minute track entitled "Raping Zombies." A second track, "Mountain Rites," is also streaming over at this location.
Dallas, Texas based Dei Aemeth has signed a worldwide distribution deal with Swimming With Sharks Records. The debut album "Apotheosis" was produced and recorded by guitarist Sam Paquette at S.A.M. Recording Studios in Dallas,Texas and was mastered at JFD Studio by J-F Dagenais. All the tracks are now available for streaming through the player below, and the following press release was issued about the album:
"The album features elements of progressive, technical, and blackened death metal. The band recruited Noah 'Shark' Robertson, original drummer and founding member of The Browning (Earache Records/Artery Foundation Management), to drumming duties for this debut release."
Guitarist Sam Paquette also comments on the album and the signing, "After recording 'Apotheosis' and listening to the mixes, we were completely stoked; we had something special we needed to get out to the masses. Swimming With Sharks is the perfect way to make this happen, as they are fully committed to us and the album. This is a huge milestone for us, our fans are excited, and we are looking forward to finding those new rabid fans out there and having our best year ever."
1. Set Sail 05:27
2. Vita 07:27
3. Petrichor 03:28
4. Tide Of Devourment 03:38
5. Skyring 01:50
6. Alignment 03:40
7. Ritual 04:00
8. Luminous 03:36
9. Ending Credits 03:10 More...
Colombian death/black metal assassins Nepente have released a video for the title track to their forthcoming album "Suffering is the Seed," which you can check out below. The album is due out soon on MetalHit.com. This slab of South American sickness was mixed and mastered at Poland's legendary Hertz Recording Studio (Vader, Hate, Behemoth, Decapitated).
January 1st marks the day on which San Marcos/Austin, TX progressive death/black metal horde Vex will release their highly anticipated follow-up to the 2010 full-length "Thanatopsis." The band's sophomore offering is entitled "Memorious" and will be released through Horror Pain Gore Death Productions, the tracklisting and cover art of which follows below.
Carve My Eyes
Astride a Grave
No Such Thing
Away from the Sun
Wasteland (How long ago...)
Solace in Sleep
Those Days are Gone
A Drinking Song
Precious Metal, a series of live shows held at Lit Lounge in New York City, will come to an end on January 21st, 2013, after 6.66 years and over 300 events.
Created in 2006 by Curran Reynolds, a music publicist and drummer for bands such as Today Is The Day, Precious Metal showcased a diverse array of bands from around the city and as far away as Iceland, Italy, Iraq, and Australia. Precious Metal was named "NYC's best metal party" by The Village Voice, "the city's most open-minded metal night" by Time Out New York, "the best in contemporary extreme metal" by The A.V. Club, and "Manhattan's epicenter of underground metal" by Invisible Oranges.
The series will end with a benefit show to raise money for The South Sound, a Brooklyn music space destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Curran Reynolds issued the following statement:
“Friends, I am proud to announce the Grand Finale of Precious Metal. After 6.66 years and over 300 events, the series I started in May of 2006 will come to an end on January 21, 2013. We had a good run! Monday after Monday, we brought all sorts of heaviness into the den of Downtown grime and glamour that is Lit. These forces combined and added up to something special. I like to think we played a part in the resurgence of a New York City metal scene, one which now looks stronger than ever.”
BrooklynVegan’s Fred Pessaro adds: “I can't tell you how many great bands I have seen over the years at Precious Metal. The series is responsible not only for the first appearances from some favorite bands but also many personal friendships forged in that dingy basement.”
The remaining Precious Metal shows are as follows: More...
Swedish metal band Ghost is in the process of revealing the first track off a forthcoming new album, which is due out next year.
The song is being unveiled via stems and will soon be available to hear in its entirety (with vocals) tomorrow. Throughout the day today, new candles will appear on this site with each one corresponding to an instrumental track on the song until midnight PST. You can hover your mouse over each candle to isolate an instrument.
Ghost will also be performing a concert this Saturday, December 15th in the band's hometown of Linköping, Sweden at Cupolen.
A new lyric video can no be seen below for "Fade Forever," which is taken from Italian act Desire Before Death's new album "Beyond The Threshold," released via MurederedMusic/Coroner Records. The "Beyond The Threshold" track listing is as follows:
2. Down The Surface
3. Raised Walls
4. Every Motion
5. No Holds Barred
6. Silent Heart
7. The Deceit
8. Burn In Me
9. Straight Reaction
10. Fade Forever More...
German Celtic metallers Suidakra have set "Eternal Defiance" as the title for their upcoming new album, which follows previous full-length "Book of Dowth" (reviewed here).
The band states: “As on the previous two releases, it will be a concept album again, created by Kris Verwimp in cooperation with us. Our new concept includes a lot of new elements and surprises which will be reflected in the music as well."
Further details on the "Eternal Defiance" album will be announced as they become available. More...
Argentina's Helker is happy to announce the band just singed a worldwide recording deal with AFM Records for new album "Somewhere In The Circle," along with a management & booking deal with Level 10 Music & ITM Agency.
”Somewhere In The Circle” will be released on February 15th, 2013 through AFM and a video clip for the track "Wake Up" can be viewed below.
The new album includes 11 tracks and was produced & co-written by Mat Sinner and mixed by Achim Koehler at Indiscreet Audio studios. Tim ”Ripper” Owens (ex-Judas Priest) and Ralf Scheepers (Primal Fear) are featured as guests on the album, sharing the lead vocals with Diego Valdez on the epic "Begging For Forgiveness." European audiences might know Diego Valdez from his appearance on the latest Tarja Live DVD/CD as guest vocalist on the song "Phantom Of The Opera."
The band states: “We are excited and grateful to have the opportunity to work with AFM Records and Level 10 / ITM. This is the beginning of a new era full of new challenges and growth for HELKER! Thank you all!” More...
Sons of Aeon has released another track from the band's upcoming new self-titled album. Give the song "Burden" a listen in the player below. "Sons of Aeon" is due out January 21st, 2013 in Europe and the next day in North America, with a limited LP version coming March 11th. The previously posted track "Faceless" is also still available for streaming at this location. More...
Ottawa, ON's deathcore thrashers Chariots of The Gods are gearing up for the release of their debut full-length album "Tides of War" on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013.
The band is also now offering fans a free download of the title track at this location, and pre-orders of the album are now active via Bandcamp here. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Produced by award winning producer/engineer/mixer Glen Robinson who has worked with names such as The Ramones, AC/DC, Gwar, Annihilator and Voivod, COTG's new album delivers 14 epic, crushing tracks to follow up their well received 2010 debut EP 'Reverence,' which the band aggressively toured in Quebec and Ontario, sharing the stage with names such as Misfits, Voivod, Despised Icon, Kataklysm, Blind Witness, Misery Index, Martyr, Fuck the Facts, Blackguard, Neuraxis, The Agonist, Reanimator and Insurrection."
The track listing is: More...
Arizona instrumental act Searching for Reason has released the debut full-length album "Inward" digitally today, with the album to see a physical release on January 4th, 2013 through Within The Mind Records.
Artwork for the release was handled by Daniel Racines, and Searching for Reason is: Ricardo Racines (Guitars, Keyboards), Daniel Racines (Bass), Andy Luffey (Drums, Percussion), and Morris Sevada (Guitars).
The album mixes elements of metal, rock, and Latin music with progressive and ambient tendencies. The 8 track release is now available for streaming in the player below or over at Bandcamp here.
Searching for Reason will be having a CD release show in Tempe, AZ at The Yucca Tap Room on January 4th, 2013. Also Performing will be Dark Blue Lights, Cave Dweller, and No Shores. More...
French metallers Necrowretch have now launched the first full track from their upcoming debut album, "Putrid Death Sorcery." The title of the track, "Ripping Souls Of Sinners," sums up the essence of Necrowretch quite accurately: this is soul-ripping, fear-spreading, tormenting, sacrilegious, and rancid death metal. Check out the song below, and the full track listing is:
1. Ripping Souls Of Sinners
2. Purifying Torment
4. Putrid Death Sorcery
5. Impious Plague In Catacombs
6. Spewed From Hell
7. Defiler Of Sacrality
8. The Anthropomancer
9. Soiled Into A Crypt
11. Repugnizer More...
Prepare to witness history being written right in front of your eyes – at the first Beastival festival in Geiselwind, Germany, that will take place from May 30th to June 1st, 2013.
The "Big Teutonic 4" – the legendary quartet of German thrash metal bands that shaped the European heavy metal scene – will share the same stage on the same evening. Kreator, Sodom, Destruction, and Tankdard will tear down the venue and thrash you into the ground at the Beastival 2013. Other confirmed bands include:
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Swedish extreme metal pioneers Meshuggah have announced more tour dates for 2013 in support of latest album "Koloss" (reviewed here). Commented guitarist Mårten Hagström:
"So it's the last date of the ongoing European tour and we find ourselves in Cologne. This tour has been awesome and we'd like to thank everyone for coming to the shows making this tour an unbelievable experience. So naturally, we're stoked to announce that we are coming back in April/May to continue the trek in the eastern parts of Europe along with the previously announced Scandinavian dates."
18.04. FI Seinäjoki - Rytmikorjaamo
19.04. FI Tampere - Pakkahuone
20.04. FI Helsinki - Nosturi
21.04. EST Tallin - Rock Café
22.04. LV Riga - Melna Piektoiena
24.04. PL Warsaw - Progresja
25.04. PL Krakow - Kwadrat
26.04. HU Budapest - A38
27.04. SK Bratislava - Majestic
29.04. HR Zagreb - Tvornica
30.04. I Roncade - New Age
01.05. CH Geneva - L'Usine
05.05. DK Copenhagen - Lille Vega
06.05. DK Aarhus - Voxhall
08.05. NO Oslo - Rockefeller
09.05. S Stockholm - Circus
10.05. S Umea - Idun
Ohio's Shall Be The Conqueror has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"Well, today is the day kids. Sorry to keep everyone waiting, but we knew it would be worth it. As most of you know, we have been without a drummer for a while. The search has been very tedious and not much fun, until today that is, haha. Our biggest problem with finding a drummer has been that we were looking for a person who met the following criteria:
"1. Technically proficient - A majority of those that we tried out were technically proficient enough to play the old music at least. The new music...that's a different story.
"2. Be a Musician first and a metal drummer second - This was where we ran into a lot of problems. We tried out several people who were great metal drummers. They had fast hands, fast feet and could shred with the best of them. You ask them to play something other than metal and things got rough. Our new tunes have so many styles of music mixed in them that this was where most people fell off. When going from a gravity blast+double bass section to a smooth jazz section makes you nervous, we've got troubles.
"3. Enjoy lots of different styles of music, not just metal - This sort of went hand in hand with number 2. As a band, we listen to LOTS of different styles of music and we found that those who did the same were a lot better at transitioning from a tech death part into a smooth jazz or doomy ambient part. More...
On December 21st Die Apokalyptischen Reiter will release a new video for the song "Wir Reiten." For the realization of this visually stunning video clip, the band worked in cooperation with Yann Arthus-Bertrand, the author of the movie "Home." Check out a teaser clip for the upcoming full video below.
Jamey Jasta, frontman of New Haven, Connecticut-based act Hatebreed, will answer fan questions in an exclusive online video chat this coming Wednesday, December 19th. Everyone using Facebook or Twitter can log in via their accounts and participate.
The fan chat will start at 16.00 CET (10am EST / 3pm UK time) over at this location.
Swedish modern melodic death metal maestros Soilwork have announced some first festival gigs for 2013, with even more to follow soon. Commented drum monster Dirk Verbeuren:
“Yes yes folks, the Soilwork summer tour schedule is taking form and we’re excited like little kids to once again bring our very own brand of Swedish metal to the old continent, the US and even Mexico for the very first time ever! Stay tuned for an energetic set blending songs off of our new double album, 'The Living Infinite,' with past classics... And maybe even a few rare gems! See you there, metalheads!”
11.-13.07. D Ballenstedt - Rock Harz
22.-24.07. SLO Tolmin - Metaldays
01.-03.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
15.-17.08. D Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze
06.09. USA Atlanta - ProgPower
07.09. MEX Mexico City - Lunario
The band has also announced to be planning to come Australia as well as Asia in October 2013. Soilwork is currently putting finishing touches on upcoming album "The Living Infinite," which will be issued as a double album including 20 brand new Soilwork tunes. "The Living Infinite" will be released March 8th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. More...
Killing Joke will celebrate the band's 35th anniversary in style next year with the release of "The Singles Collection 1979-2012" and a world tour set to commence in Europe this coming March. 2013 will also see the band release a new studio album. The following press release was issued about the band's upcoming activity:
"With a fierce intelligence combined with a thirst for esoteric knowledge that matches a sound that is visceral and almost spiritual in its primal spirit, Killing Joke are like no other. This is a group spawned from punk rock that set out on one of the most remarkable and idiosyncratic journeys ever. Their influence has been enormous, with an unlikely roll-call of musicians taking their cues from the KJ catalog, from Nirvana to most modern American metal to many DJs and dance music mavericks. Few, however have come close to matching the band’s innate power.
"The Singles Collection 1979-2012, set for release via Spinefarm/Universal on April 16, 2013, captures their ever-evolving story with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs that have successfully combined disco, funk and shamanic wisdom with the dark side of the punk fall-out. The Singles Collection 1979-2012 will be released in three formats: as a digital download, a limited edition 3-CD set and a super deluxe edition." More...
Reunited Italian heavy metal pioneers Astaroth have unveiled their "Nero's Fire" video in support of forthcoming first ever full-length release, "The End of Silence," which is due out December 21st through She Wolf Records. The clip can be seen below.
Produced by the band's bassist Saverio 'Shining' Principini and engineered by Michael Tacci in Los Angeles, "The End of Silence" marks the band's first new recorded output since the 1985 cult classic "The Long Loud Silence" mini-LP. The album reunites original members Principini, guitarist Max Cipicchia and drummer Jan D'Amore, with American born newcomer Ace Alexander handling vocal duties in place of original frontman Bob Cattani.
"The End of Silence" track listing is:
01. My Sleeping Beauty
03. Nero's Fire
04. Apocalypse in the Living Room
05. The Siren Song
06. Dreams Die First
07. Stand or Fall Together
08. In Spite of Destiny
09. Mystic As Tarot
10. Chainless Slaves More...
Pittsburgh's Kamikabe has posted the full "Aberration Of Man" album online, which was released in the Fall through Unique Leader Records. Check out the tracks from the album over at YouTube or in the Bandcamnp player below. "Aberration of Man" features the following songs:
1. Intro 00:44
2. Leprous Divinity 02:48
3. The Rot 03:13
4. Sufferer 03:21
5. The Process Within 04:06
6. Interlude 01:28
7. Nefarious 02:39
8. Magure 05:02
9. Only The Dead Rest 02:59
10. Ungoliant 07:06 More...
Counterparts has released a new video for "The Disconnect," taken from latest release "The Current Will Carry Us." The video was produced by Vinnie Leonetti on the band's recent Canadian tour with Stray From The Path and Obey The Brave. Check out the clip below.
Vocalist Brendan Murphy comments: "The video for The Disconnect is a perfect representation of us as a band. When we go on tour, we aren't there to impress anyone, we aren't going to 'work,' and we are going to have fun. Since day one, this band has been about having fun and making ourselves happy. This video gives people an insight into who we are when we aren't on stage and how we spend our time. Whether it is skateboarding, trust-falling off our trailer, dancing, getting drunk, playing UNO in crappy hotel rooms or just straight up being children; you can be sure that we're having the time of our lives. That's what motivates us to get in the van time after time." More...
New York death metal veterans Suffocation have just uploaded a brand new song off the band’s upcoming album "Pinnacle of Bedlam.”
1. Cycles of Suffering
2. Purgatorial Punishment
3. Eminent Wrath
4. As Grace Descends
5. Sullen Days
6. Pinnacle of Bedlam
7. My Demise
9. Rapture of Revocation
10. Beginning of Sorrow More...
Polish solo act Deely has released a new EP online titled "Numbers," which is now available for streaming or free download. Snag the tracks at the project's Bandcamp page here or listen through the widget below. The track listing for "Numbers" looks like:
1. Corfu 01:58
2. Naxos 04:49
3. Paros 04:20
4. Skiathos 04:45
5. Mykonos 03:58
6. Paramythia 04:01
7. Santorini 04:06
Montreal's Beheading of a King has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming "Handcrafted" music video. The clip was created by Distort MGMT and directed/edited by JP Barcha Charlebois. Check out the teaser below, and look for the full video to be released later this month. More...
Metal music distributor/label Digmetalworld has announced the full tracklist for its 4th compilation album, "Stronger than Hate - Volume 4," containing 15 bands from last year's edition plus five bonus songs, live and single tracks. The album is going to be available for free to download on Mon Dec 17th via Digmetalworld.
Commented its C.E.O/founder Ignacio Orellana: "We have been working since 2007 from our New York base, bringing the best bands from Chile, Brazil and Sweden to the rest of the world. This album is in fact stronger than the earlier releases because it brings a wider variety of metal styles."
The full track list is the following:
01. PIROSAINT - I'd Rather See them Bleed
02. HUINCA - Rapa Nui
03. WARCHEST - Fear of the Machine
04. LEFUTRAY - Screaming in Silence
05. MASTERPIECE - Revenge
06. KATTAH - I Believe
07. ANCESTTRAL - Bloodshed and Violence
08. CONFLICTED - God Is Death
09. INFERIS - Lead The Chain
10. MIERDASTER - Verte Caer
11. KRUDO - Asesino
12. AKBAL - Heredero del Odio
13. NAIOTH - Dance Of Light
14. OBSCENE - Unnamed
15. TERMINAL PROSPECT - Blood Burning Veins
16. MAGMA LAKE - Beyond this Path
17. D1STRAUGHT - Money Equal Death
18. GOATLOVE - Automatic Fire
19. NUCLEAR - The Pain you Asked For (live)
20. VASTATOR - Puñado de Almas (live)
Legendary rapper and frontman of crossover thrash metal outfit Body Count, Ice-T has announced via his Twitter account that the band will be recording a new album next month, entitled, "Manslaughter." This will be the first album from the group since the 2006 release, "Murder 4 Hire," and will be available on Sumerian Records. No further details have been made available at this time.
For more information on Body Count, please check out our feature on the band from our Sunday Old School series.
Beauty In The Suffering, the newly launched electro-metal studio project from Marazene producer Dietrich Thrall, has posted a studio update including stills of the band's recent recording sessions at Bell Labs Recording in Norman, OK to the band's official website. The shots feature drummer Chris Emery of American Head Charge and Skinlab guitarist Provo Provenzano, who engineered the marathon (15 hour) session. Thrall offered the following update on the recording session:
Hello to everyone. Quick update here on what's been happening..
Had my friend Chris Emery lay down some drums. Managed to get 7 of the 14 Beauty In The Suffering songs we were aiming for. Very pleased we got that far. Was a pretty crazy session overall in terms of how many tracks we were shooting for. We just dove right in and got as many as we could before our ears threw in the towel.
Provo Provenzano was ace behind the board! The picture with all three of us is from about 10 hours into the 15 hour session. More pictures in the days ahead. Very happy with everything overall. Can't wait to get started on the rest of the tracking! Thanks as always for your support!
Mortal Music has announced that Chicago-based metallers Ion Vein's "IV v2.0" is the next release in its DR (digital release) series. Commented the band: "We're ecstatic to present this next 'chapter' of songs to you, as we feel it will further help you to see and understand the vision and direction that we have for Ion Vein, so enjoy!"
The songs on "IV v2.0" were produced/engineered and mixed by Neil Kernon (Nile, Nevermore, Queensryche, Redemption), who also contributed the main guitar solo on the song "Seemless," and mastered by Alan Douches, both of whom worked on the "IV v1.0" release as well. A video teaser for the DR is posted below.
At a recent solo show, Vince Neil (Motley Crue) had a fan removed from a show, but not before throwing a punch at him. During the concert (footage below), Vince stopped during the song, “Kick Start My Heart” and is heard shouting at the fan before lunging at him with an old-school uppercut. More...