Metal News for December 16, 2013
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32 news articles posted on this day.
Long Island outfit Stryctnyne has checked in with the following update about working on an upcoming full-length album:
"Stryctnyne is pleased to announce 'Satan's Ride' is now mixed and complete. Great work tonight by Tom Stiegler & Vinny Flash. 11 more songs to go for our full CD, hopefully to be completed late summer 2014.
"X9 is mixing 'Hammerdown' next. As promised X9 will keep you updated along the way to the final mixdown of the last song to be done for this project."
Siren Scac - Vocals
Samson James - Bass
Grandma Cyco - Guitar
Thunder Kixx - Drums
The Sierra Mountains blackened death conjurors Valdur are casting spells and taking names with latest hymn "Incantre," currently streaming below courtesy of Metal Injection for your infernal listening pleasures.
The tune comes courtesy of the band's impending new long player, "At War With," scheduled to implode via BloodyMountain Records tomorrow. The album was recorded at Earhammer Studio with Greg Wilkinson and mastered by Michael Z. (Secrets of the Moon, Ascension) at Source Studios. The full album's track listing is as follows:
2. Conjuring the Fire Plagues
3. Death Winds Will Cleanse
6. At War with the Old World
7. The Calm Before War
8. Hellish Dischord
9. Hammer Pit
10. Outro (Creation pt. II) More...
Tempel has released a new track online titled "Rising From The Abyss," which is taken from the band's upcoming January 21st release "On The Steps Of The Temple." Give the song a listen in the player below, courtesy of No Clean Singing.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Mountain (8:30)
2. Rising From The Abyss (9:05)
3. Final Years (4:37)
4. The Mist That Shrouds The Peaks (10:14)
5. Avaritia (8:41)
6. On The Steps Of The Temple (10:59)
Written by Avenged Sevenfold and directed by Metalocalypse's Jon Schnepp, "Hail to the King" tells the origin story of the Deathbat, and serves as the prologue to an upcoming Hail to the King mobile game in 2014.
Check out six episodes of the animated series in the YouTube playlist available below, courtesy of Machinima.
U.K. alternative metal outfit SmackHandle has released a new single titled "Controversy." You can now stream the track in the player available below, or download the track for free over at the SmackHandle Bandcamp page here.
Austrian outfit Dornenreich has revealed the album cover for new album "Freiheit," which can be viewed below. Further details on the release will be revealed shortly, and you can check out photos from the studio and recording updates at the band's Facebook profile here. More...
Within Temptation has now launched pre-orders for the band's upcoming album "Hydra," which are available right here.
The album is due out February 4th, 2014 in North America, and the track listing will be as follows:
01. Let Us Burn
02. Dangerous Featuring HOWARD JONES
03. And We Run Featuring XZIBIT
04. Paradise (What About Us?) Featuring TARJA
05. Edge Of The World
06. Silver Moonlight
07. Covered By Roses
08. Dog Days
09. Tell Me Why
10. Whole World Is Watching Featuring DAVE PIRNER More...
Poverty of Ideals is a three piece instrumental metal band hailing from Johannesburg, South Africa. Now the band's "Barriers" album is available online. Check it out below, or pick up your copy at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Interlaced 01:04
2. Barriers 03:48
3. Jazz, Dawg 04:51
4. Arete Moraine 01:01
5. Sky-Trigger I 04:24
6. Machines 04:12
7. Primeval Park 02:01
8. North Star Fleet 04:25
9. Fermata 01:36
10. Glaciers 04:00
11. Sky-Trigger II 04:42
12. Loop Holes 06:10
13. StarGazer 01:55 More...
Australian hardcore band Parkway Drive is excited to announce plans to make a triumphant return to North American for a brief run on the West Coast in support of the band’s latest release "Atlas."
The tour will kick off Thursday, January 30th in Phoenix, AZ and wrap Wednesday, February 5th in Pomona, CA. Joining the group will be Upon A Burning Body and Betrayal. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, December 20.
Jan 30 Phoenix, AZ @ Nile Theatre
Jan 31 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
Feb 1 Los Angeles, CA @ House of Blues
Feb 2 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
Feb 3 Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
Feb 4 Salt Lake City, UT @ Murray Theatre
Feb 5 Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse More...
Eastern Europe is a hotbed for extreme metal. Behemoth and Vader opened venues and studio doors to growls and screams, and invited a whole new generation of cult bands into their realm of the world. Today, we are going to focus on three of those bands. MU has reported on one of these bands in the past, Enthrallment, but we will be introducing two more--Dimholt and Dark Incognito.
Bulgaria did not always allow extreme metal within its borders. Since the mid-40s, Bulgaria was under Soviet rule. As soon as the Eastern Bloc collapsed, heavy bands began to form. Murder Sound studio owner and Enthrallment drummer, Ivo Ivanov states that many bands began to form in the period of 1989-1993 in his hometown of Pleven. Artists such as Mortal Remains, Corpse and Necrophilia ushered in the first wave of extreme metal. Ivanov's band, Enthrallment emerged during the the period of 1993-1998, an era he dubs the "zenith of the death metal industry."
Starting with their 1999 demo "The Scarlet Difference" and ending with their latest full-length "People From The Lands of Vit," Enthrallment has created death metal appeasing to their European neighbors and long-distance listeners in America. The group has played Serbia's Hellhammer Festival and Obscene Extreme Fest. They toured with Malevolent Creation, Rotting Christ and Rotten Sound in 2011, and supported major acts such as Destruction, Obituary, Deicide and Napalm Death.
In a couple of weeks, at the beginning of 2014, Enthrallment will release its newest incarnation of audio filth, "The Voice of Human Perversity." Ivanov recorded and mixed the album in his Murder Sound Studio, while the group sent the recording to Safehouse Production in Florida to be mastered by James Murphy. Check out a preview of the album below, as well as the video for "Fruits of Pain and Blue Sky."
After The Burial's new full-length album, "Wolves Within," can be streamed in its entirety now in the YouTube playlist below.
The album will be available everywhere tomorrow, Tuesday, December 17th. Sumerian Records also comments on the full-length release:
"Minnesota based After The Burial has returned with what is being hailed as their career defining album, Wolves Within, which is now set for a Dec 17th release.
"It's been three years since the band has released any new material, but upon first listen it's very evident that it's been well worth the wait. The tech wizardry is amped way up, the breakdowns are massive and face melting and the vocal delivery is the most devastating yet.
"Already lauded for their technically impressive yet well structured style of songwriting, After The Burial certainly takes things up a notch or two with this newest outing." More...
A new music video from Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals titled "Ugly Mug" can now be viewed below. "Ugly Mug" can also be download via Scion A/V here.
Germany's Wizard has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"Volker Leson is forced to stop his activity in Wizard due to health issues. This was already suggested during the second part of the the German Metal Attack Tour, on which he couldn't be present.
"He will remain part of the Wizard family forever, and if his health will allow him, he will continue writing songs for the band. We also hope he will be able to return to the ranks of the band on stage within year or two.
"For now, we would like to introduce you our old friend Arnd Ratering - ex member of the prog band No Inner Limits - as the new bass player of Wizard. Fans already had an occasion to see him on stage during last few shows we did, and surely can agree he is technically great musician.
"We are looking forward to bring you more metal, and we can't wait to play next shows for
all of you! We also wish all the best to our brother Volker: may he return with health and strength!" More...
Huntress has locked down another year of victories as a newcomer metal band having released sophomore album "Starbound Beast" and touring non-stop. Vocalist Jill Janus comemnts:
"This has been an incredible year for the band, 2013 began with Huntress writing and recording our 2nd album Starbound Beast, which was produced by Zeuss. We've been touring virtually non-stop -- Sweden Rock Festival, Download Festival, The Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, Heavy MTL, Danzig's 25th Anniversary Tour with Doyle, and ending a wild year as the opening act for Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage and Testament in North America. No rest for the wicked!
"Our video for 'Zenith' (directed by Phil Mucci) was filmed during our hectic tour schedule. It surpassed our expectations and truly captured the vision of our album. It's part of our legacy, and part of our path to rise above the glorification of mediocrity. Huntress is here for the long haul; our determination, vision and love of music will continue to be our driving force. Hail Heavy Metal!"
2014 will begin right where 2013 left off - seeing Huntress join forces again with Lamb of God, this time for a European/UK tour with Decapitated. The band will also play a string of headline shows, four of which have been announced so far with more to be added soon. See below for a complete list of all dates. More...
British rockers Furyon are confirmed for Hungary’s MetalWar Festival 2014, which takes place September 5th – 7th in Budapest. Vexillum and Twister have also been confirmed, with more to be announced soon. The following press release was issued about the festival:
"This year in September 2014 will be held for the second time a unique FREE ENTRY Metal Festival in Budapest, Hungary call MetalWar Fest 2014. This event in the heart of Budapest, will be held at the Népliget Park, on 5, 6 and 7 of September 2014. The previous, first 'MetalWar Fest' in 2013 was attended by 22,000 people in three days."
Furyon is expected to make a number of additional festival appearances in 2014 and the band is currently writing a 2nd album after the success of the debut "Gravitas."
Swedish folk metal standard-bearers Falconer have completed the songwriting for their upcoming eighth album. Guitarist Stefan Weinerhall explains:
"The 8th album 'Black Moon Rising' is finally written. This time we have even made some preproductions of the material to test it out in advance. Some titles are: 'There's a crow on the barrow,' 'Age of runes,' 'Scoundrel and the squire.' We will enter the studio in January and release it in June 2014. As said before, all songs are in English this time after the last album's one-off with only Swedish songs.
"It's for sure the most riff based album in many years and there are certainly some furious moments of brow-raising on the album! If I would sum up the material with two words they would be: Intensity and revitalization.
"We will keep it quite basic with no guest musicians and almost no keyboards to keep it raw, natural and unpretentious. Can't wait to enter the studio and put the finishing touches on the songs!"
Falconer's previous album, "Armod," was released back in 2011.
Moribund Records has announced March 4th, 2014 as the release date for Bleeding Fist's new compilation, "Death's Old Stench: The Deathcult Sessions."
With this compilation, the Slovenian chaos black metallers open up their crypt to reveal an arsenal of unreleased songs from 2011-2013. At a dozen tracks strong, "Death's Old Stench" unveils a different side to Bleeding Fist, one less manic and chaotic and more classically grim and ghastly.
This compilation serves as a precursor to the band's next album, of which seven songs were recently written. "The result that came out of a weekend drenched in alcoholic rites, a sick-to-the-bone old black/thrash metal monstrosity," according to the band.
1. Angel Negro (Intro)
2. Holy Saint of Death
3. Brotherhood Of Chaos And Death
4. Revelation Of Degenesis
5. The Veiled Crowned Queen
6. De La Muerte (Intermezzo)
8. Death Almighty Death
9. Blackened Illumination
10. Tweens Of Darkness And Evil
11. Cursed Blood
12. Prelude To The Total Death 266 (Outro)
Vocalist Hellscream had the following to say: "Death's Old Stench is Bleeding Fist's strangest, most obscure, and most esoteric effort. It's really different from what we've done up till now, but in a way, it describes perfectly one of darkest times in our life as a band and as individuals. After the departure of [guitarists] Angelus and Occultus, we thought whether to release this album, because it was incomplete and in a partial demo form, so we decided in 2013 to finish this work and release it as raw and fucked-up as it was when we last left the studio. So, this is not really a new Bleeding Fist album, but a strange and alchemic occult statement to honor our master Satan." More...
Oklahoma City's death metal band Dischordia has announced dates for the January 2014 "Under the Mountain" tour.
The trek will cover much of the U.S. southwest and will be in support of the band's 2013 album, "Project 19." Details are as follows:
Jan 2 - Albuquerque, NM @ The Launchpad
Jan 3 - Flagstaff, AZ @ The Hive
Jan 4 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Cheyenne Saloon
Jan 5 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Joint
Jan 6 - Ventura, CA @ Billy O's
Jan 7 - Oceanside, CA @ The Royal Dive Bar
Jan 9 - Tempe, AZ @ Tempe Tavern
Jan 10 - Amarillo, TX @ The Wreck Room
Jan 11 - OKC, OK @ The Conservatory
"Project 19," Dischordia's debut full-length album, was released on July 23rd, 2013 via Rogue Records America and features 11 tracks of death metal as much inspired by the pioneers of brutal riffing as by modern innovators. More...
Touring Canada aggressively over the years, especially in 2013 for promotion of the "Tides of War" album, Ottawa melodic death thrashers Chariots of The Gods are proud to announce their first ever tour outside the snow infested lands of Canada for this year's "Brutal Winter Fest Tour" in Cuba.
The band will also be joined by The Prestige (France), Algebra (Switzerland), No Sun In San Francisco (Switzerland), Meltdown (Switzerland). Chariots of the Gods guitarist Mat St-Amour comments:
"Cuba is going to be amazing! The Brutal Fest is getting bigger and bigger every year and we can't wait to bring 'em our music. Plus as a bonus we get to escape winter for two weeks!"
13/02 Santa Clara - Plaza Sandino
15/02 Holguin - Mestre
16/02 Santiago de Cuba - Pista Pancho Alonso del Teatro Heredia
18/02 Camagüey - Casino Deportivo / Cepmi
19/02 Trinidad - TBA
21/02 La Habana - Maxim Rock
22/02 La Habana - Maxim Rock
23/02 Artemisa - TBA
Swedish metallers Soilwork have announced a special show to take place at Circus in Helsinki, Finland on Friday, March 21st.
The show will be recorded for a future DVD release, with a career spanning set list and special guest appearances to be made as well as further surprises. Nuclear Blast comments:
"The choice where to record the first ever Soilwork audiovisual live document was an easy one since Helsinki has always been a second home to the band. The venue itself, Circus, was just the right one to offer a full on Soilwork show. Expect great things to happen.
"The show will mark Soilwork's only Scandinavian show in spring 2014 and will be produced by Jouni Markkanen and directed by Ville Lipiäinen who also shot the most recent Nightwish DVD release 'Showtime, Storytime.' Tickets for this special show will go on sale on Wednesday, December 18th, 2013."
Soilwork has been heavily touring all throughout 2013 in support of current output, "The Living Infinite" (reviewed here).
The German dark/gothic metal band Schwarzer Engel is currently offering the DJ-single "Psycho-Path" for free download. The song is taken from the band's recent album "In Brennenden Himmeln." The single's track listing is:
1. Psycho-Path (Club-Zerstörer-Version)
2. Psycho-Path (Album Version)
The exclusive single, available for a limited time via digital download only, is available at the Massacre Records MP3 store right here.
Schwarzer Engel is currently on tour in Germany supporting label mates Eisregen and Debauchery.
"Ending Is The Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show" is coming February 18th, 2014 to CD/Blu-Ray & CD/DVD, with a European release on March 17th.
A trailer can be found below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Destruction of a Statue with Jonny Davy
2. Distorted Thought of Addiction with Greg Wilburn
3. Ending is the Beginning with Brook Reeves
4. Bludgeoned to Death with Ricky Hoover
5. Unanswered with Phil Bozeman
6. Girl of Glass with Myke Terry
7. Price of Beauty with Danny Worsnop
8. No Pity For A Coward with Johnny Plague
9. Disengage with Cameron "Big Chocolate" Argon
10. No Time To Bleed with Burke VanRaalte
11. Smoke with Anthony Notarmaso
12. Wake Up with Tim Lambesis
13. March of the Black Crown
14. Slaves to Substance with Eddie Hermida
15. OCD with Austin Carlile
16. Fuck Everything with Chad Gray
17. Die Young with Robb Flynn
18. Roots Bloody Roots with Max Cavalera
19. Engine #9 with Mitch Lucker
20. You Only Live Once with Randy Blythe
Far West Battlefront, which split with the band's vocalist back in October, has checked in with the following update about working on a new album:
"We are currently a fair chunk into writing our second record with some new music coming very soon to wrap your ears around.
"For too long we were focused on who was doing what rather than concentrating on creating music that felt natural to us. It finally feels like we are writing music that we want to play and we are really exciting to share the end product with you all in 2014.
"We have one show left for 2013 with I Killed The Prom Queen this Sunday at The Gov, hope to see some familiar faces there!"
Front man Joel Harris of Australian outfit Lynchmada has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band:
"After 12 years of fronting Lynchmada, the time has rolled around for me to hang up the mic.
"I've spent almost half my life singing for this band, so it's near impossible to find the words to encompass everything it, and the people around it, have and do mean to me.
"It's made me the person I am today. It's given me everything my 13 year old self had ever hoped of achieving and then some. It's turned friends into brothers that will last a lifetime.
"This amazing country and the people in it helped me realize my dreams, and all I had to do was yell words into a microphone.
"Mada may continue with fresh blood, I guess we'll see, but at the very least you might see us on some farewell dates around Oz next year. Until then....what a ride it's been."
Manegarm will soon be releasing a music video for "Sons of War," which comes off the "Legions of the North" album. A teaser trailer for the video is now available online and can be seen below. The "Legions of the North" track listing is as follows:
2. Legions of the North
3. Eternity Awaits
5. Hordes of Hel
6. Tor Hjälpe
7. Wake the Gods
9. Sons of War
10. Echoes from the Past
12. Forged in Fire
Eternal Dream has posted tour footage online, which can be found below, and the band also comments:
"On November 2013 Eternal Dream made two farewell gigs for their friends César & Miguel. The chosen cities were Murcia and Valencia. This is the legacy of our travel..."
Mayan will release new album "Antagonise" on January 31st (EU) and February 4th, 2014 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has now tapped Merel Bechtold to perform at upcoming release shows:
"We're proud to announce Merel Bechtold (Purest of Pain) as successor of Isaac Delahaye for the upcoming 2 release shows of our new album 'Antagonise' in January 2014. Check out the announcement video below!"
A lyric video for the new track "Faceless Spies" can also be found at this location.
We Are Triumphant Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a self-titled EP from Florida outfit Traitors:
"We are thrilled to bring you a crushingly heavy new band by the name of Traitors. This is their first single off their upcoming EP that is coming soon. More details such as album art, release date, track listing, and bundles to come. Looking to be one of our heaviest releases to date."
Ontario's Placentophagia has now parted ways with the band's guitar player. The death metal outfit comments:
"Regretfully, our rhythm guitarist Ian, has decided to end his crazy journey with Placentophagia. His commitment to the band all of these years, with all of the adversity he had to face, will always be admired by each of us.
"He brought lots to the table, aside from his obvious good looks, and he will surely be missed. Best of luck to ya Ian, and to your family. Stay Gross, fucker." More...
Perth, Australia outfit Reapers Riddle has issued the following update about releasing a new EP in early 2014:
"The new EP is coming along great and I am really looking forward to releasing it in Jan next year. No matter what happens Reapers Riddle will continue rocking and nothing will change my personal goals and ambition.
"You all mean alot to me and I hope to see you at the launch and many more shows to come! BRING ON 2014!" More...
U.S. outfit Black Table has issued the following announcement about splitting with bassist Matt Mellon:
"Matt was an important part to our sound and made us unique in many ways, but we are parting ways as priorities change and evolve.
"We wish him all the best and we will always admire and respect his work as a musician. We were lucky to work with him and it's not going to be easy to find someone to replace such a unique musician." More...
Suffokate has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting new band members:
"We would like to welcome the new members to the Suffokate family! Show them some love, we have Jason Graff (ex-meat shits) on rhythm guitar, Miguel Esparza lead guitar (current member of Arkayic), and Armando Partida (current member of Total Badass).
"I am extremely happy and thankful to have such talented, dedicated, humble, and overall good people as new members in this band and I (Lars) personally want to thank them for helping me in continuing this band and my life's passion of performing and writing music..... I wouldn't be able to make this happen without them.
"I also want to thank our fans for always being there to support this band through the good and bad times, you all provided constant inspiration and motivation for myself which is priceless to me so THANK YOU!
"We will be announcing nor cal and so cal shows soon so get pumped cause we will be wrecking shit and playing those songs you just love to smash heads to in a city near you Cali fans, and don't worry for all of you outside of California we will be booking tours for early 2014. We are currently writing new music and want to make sure we finish that before we hit the road, so we'll keep you updated and thank you as always for your continued patience.
"Suffokate - Oakland/510's born n bred heavy hitters from the bay area........ oh and just in case anyone is at all worried about our musical integrity/new music let us put your minds at ease, we still don't wear make up, we still won't have singing in our new music, we still won't be following the latest trend and we sure as hell won't have any dub step in our music!
"Sorry we just enjoy writing heavy, pissed off, violence inspiring, testicle having music too much to be a part of any of that BS."