Metal News for December 16, 2012
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12 news articles posted on this day.
The new group Phantom was put together by former members of Ash Lee Blade after that band's demise, which was laid to rest at the beginning of the year. Following the split Necro Hippie, D.D. Murley, and J.J. Blade decided to continue on with what was to be new Ash Lee Blade material, now as a three piece.
The debut Phantom EP entitled "The Powers That Be" has been recorded and is slated for a early 2013 release. Check out the EP's title track in the player below. More...
Sweden's Benevolent will be releasing debut full-length album "The Wave" this coming January 25th, 2012. The band has now posted a teaser trailer online, which can be viewed below. Benevolent will also be hosting a release show at Sticky Fingers in Gothenburg on January 25th.
Hungarian act Dirt Not Buried is currently streaming a new demo track online. Give "Army of the Buried" a listen in the player below, or find more from Dirt Not Buried over at Facebook. The band consists of:
Drums: Andrei Damsa
Solo Guitar: Balogh János
Bass: Lukács Dániel
Vocals: Balogh Márk
Rhythm Guitar: Kira Róbert
Giant X, the new project by Running Wild founder Rock 'n' Rolf Kasparek and guitarist Peter J. Jordan, posted the second part in a series of in studio documentary footage on the recording of the band's debut release "I." The album is scheduled for release on January 18, 2013 (Germany), January 21, 2013 (Europe) and January 22, 2012 (North America) via SPV Records.
Part one is still available to view over at this location. Check out part two here:
Swedish power/progressive act Cloudscape posted a new music video for the song "Before Your Eyes." The song appears on the band's latest release "New Era," which is available now through RoastingHouse Records/Sound Pollution and Nightmare Records (check out Metal Underground.com's review at this location.
A previous video for the song "Your Desire" can be seen here. Check out "Before Your Eyes" below:
South Florida death metal act And The Kingdom Fell has posted the track "The Iridescence of a Forgotten Paradise" online, which comes off the new EP "The Seven Sounds." Check out the track below, and the EP is now available to order through Total Deathcore here.
Romania's Loudrage has released a new official video for the track "SuffoKate," which is available below. After the "Fear Me" video was released earlier this year, "SuffoKate" is a new track previewing the band's forthcoming album "Bloody Grooves."
The band is currently working on the mixing and mastering process for "Bloody Grooves," and more details will follow soon. Another video is also scheduled for March, 2013. More...
Italy's Madwork has released a video clip for the track "Hide & Seek," which can be viewed below. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here. Madwork is:
Beppe Jago Careddu - Voice
Luca Bincoletto - Keyboards, Samples, and Loops
Fabio Nora - Drums
Mirco Trigger Maggiora - Bass
Nicolò Greppi - Guitars
Maltese gothic/doom metal act Weeping Silence, who split with vocalist Rachel Grech in October announced that her replacement will be Diane Camenzuli.
The official announcement reads:
"We are proud to announce our new female vocalist: Diane Camenzuli. She has brought a dynamic & exciting edge to our music, & we can’t wait to have her on stage with the band. Thus, the Weeping Silence journey continues, with a new album already being composed & plans for concerts in the making. We thank all our friends & fans for their help & support during this transition, & look forward to meeting you all soon!"
The band's latest LP, and last with Grech, "For the Unsung" was released at the tail end of September this year. More...
Wretched Decay Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Dick Destroyer:
"We are happy to announce that Indonesian gore grind band Dick Destroyer is on the Wretched Decay Records label and will be releasing a debut full length CD next year!
"Starting in 2010, Bogor Indonesia, these guys have faced many line up changes and have only released a few promos / demos which were live recordings! This album with their new line-up will bitch slap all that want it! 2013 will be a great year!"
Guitarist Prentuz Ranto comments: "We are happy to be joining Wretched Decay Records. We hope to get this album recorded as soon as possible and we are working very hard on tracks to make the best possible album. Its a great help to us to get our music in Europe and the USA and we hope that all our fans support us and the label."
More info on Dick Destroyer, and the entertaining artwork inspired by such a distinctive name, can be found via Facebook.
German metal icons Helloween posted a new music video for the song "Nabataea." The track appears on the forthcoming LP "Straight Out of Hell." The album is scheduled to drop on January 18, 2013 (EU) and January 22, 2013 (North America) via The End Records.
Check out "Nabataea" here:
Say what you like about the era of Generation X, there was some fantastic music around. We’ve already looked at a few of the bands popular at the time such as Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and Living Colour, and this week we’ll be examining one of the most innovative bands of the era, Helmet. Helmet was formed in early 1989 by guitarist Page Hamilton, shortly after his departure from the New York based noise rock band, Band of Susans. Before long, they attracted the attention of US Marine, Tom Hazelmyer, who was also the founder of Amphetamine Reptile Records, who had previously put out records from the likes of Killdozer and soon signed Helmet to the label. Their first release for Amphetamine Reptile was the seven inch single, "Born Annoying," which was followed the next year by their full length debut, "Strap It On." The album was very well received by listeners and is now regarded as a classic by fans of post-hardcore music, as well as becoming a small influence in metal, as evidenced when Deftones covered the song, "Sinatra" years later. Critics were also very welcoming of the debut, praising its atmospheric approach and distinctive riffs.
A year after the release of, "Strap It On," Helmet signed a new deal with major label, Interscope, who reportedly paid the group one million dollars for their next album. They began recording the album, which was to be entitled, "Meantime" in late 1991 and eventually released it the next summer. The time and (alleged) budget proved to be well worth the effort, as "Meantime" broke the band into the mainstream, peaking at number 68 on the Billboard Charts and becoming their first (and only) Gold Record in the United States, thanks largely to the success of the title track and the song, "Unsung." Once again, they had also put out a record which was adored by many critics, several of which gave the album perfect scores. The success of "Meantime" meant a much bigger increase in tour dates and soon the band found themselves performing in Europe, Asia and South America, as well as their native, United States. The heavy touring schedule, coupled with the new found spotlight brought problems to the band and strengthened internal tensions, eventually leading guitarist Peter Mengede to quit the group, with Rest In Pieces guitarist, Rob Echeverria taking his place. More...