Metal News for December 18, 2012
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Dhaka, Bangladesh based thrash act Nuclear Winter has posted a new promotional single online titled "Nuke 'Em Back To The Stone Age," which can be heard in the player below.
The track comes off the new "Warborne Assault" EP, due to be released this month through Wartorn Records. For more info on Nuclear Winter, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Arkansas’ backwoods doomsayers Rwake have announced a series of year-end shows to close out 2012. The festivities will commence December 19th in the band’s hometown of Little Rock. The band will then hit Nashville on December 28th and wrap up with a special show in Atlanta with Neurosis, Primate and U.S. Christmas on December 29th.
Rwake recently premiered the controversial new video for “It Was Beautiful, But Now It’s Sour,” which can be viewed here. The 12-minute short film, directed by Danish horror aficionado Casper Haugegaard, features devastating slow motion close-ups of actual pig fetuses being annihilated by a variety of implements.
Rwake released "Rest" last year and the full album can be streamed in the Bandcamp player below. The band's upcoming tour dates are:
12/19/2012 White Water Tavern - Little Rock, AR w/ Sound of the Mountain, Peckerwolf
12/28/2012 Exit In - Nashville, TN w/ Forest of Tygers, Hellbender
12/29/2012 The Masquerade (upstairs) - Atlanta, GA w/ Neurosis, US Christmas, Primate More...
BrooklynVegan is now presenting "King Worm," the latest new track to be revealed off Comadre's upcoming self-titled album. Check out the track right here or in teh player below.
BrooklynVegan's Fred Pessaro writes, "My best guess is that you'd probably call Bay Area band Comadre's sound an offshoot of screamo, but that dirty word is far from fitting for a band this adventurous. On their self-titled effort, the band mixes bits of emotional hardcore with post-punk, Murder City Devils-style punk-n-roll, and all manner of rocking..."
The following press release was also issued about the album: "Out January 8th on Vitriol Records, 'Comadre' sees the long-running Redwood City, CA band wield a newfound command of melody and structure, incorporating trumpets, pianos, organs, accordions, and tambourines into the mix. The album was produced by Comadre guitarist Jack Shirley who has also recorded albums for Graf Orlock and Ghostlimb.
During the recording sessions for forthcoming album “Tetragrammaton” the Dutch lunatics in The Monolith Deathcult filmed themselves in the studio and posted several studio reports online. Check out two clips below, or find more over at the band's YouTube channel here. More...
August Burns Red has posted another animated video in the band's series of clips taken from new release "August Burns Red Presents: Sleddin' Hill, A Holiday Album." The August Burns Red rendition of "Frosty the Snowman" and accompanying video can be found below. The previously posted video for "Jingle Bells" is also available at this location, and the album's full track listing is:
2. Frosty the Snowman
3. Sleigh Ride
4. God Rest Ye’ Merry Gentlemen
5. Jingle Bells
6. Oh Holy Night
7. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
8. Sleddin’ Hill
9. Little Drummer Boy
10. Winter Wonderland
11. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
12. Carol of the Bells (2012)
13. We Wish You a Merry Christmas More...
German black metallers Imperium Dekadenz have set “Meadows of Nostalgia” as the title of their forthcoming new album. The follow-up to 2010’s “Procella Vadens” will be released next March 15th (March 19th in North America), 2013. The track listing is:
1. Durch das Tor...
3. Aue der Nostalgie
4. Ave Danuvi
6. Aura Silvae
7. Der Unweg
9. Tränen des Bacchus
The cover artwork for "Meadows of Nostalgia" and the various formats will be unveiled in the coming months. More...
Season of Mist is proud to welcome Swiss metallers This Misery Garden to the label's roster. Formed in Geneva in 2005, This Misery Garden is a dark rock / metal act influenced by bands such as Katatonia, Tool, and a Perfect Circle. Season of Mist comments:
"Melancholy and hope, anger defying serenity, love and death, all of those blend together to create a vivid and illuminating sound on This Misery Garden’s second album 'Cornerstone,' to be released on Season of Mist in 2013. The band already filmed a video clip for the song 'Warning Zone,' taken from 'Cornerstone.' Watch it below!"
“It’s an honour for TMG to join the Season of Mist crew!” the band comments. “We are confident that our new album ‘Cornerstone’ will be released under the best conditions to allow our music to be listened widely! We are looking forward to hit the road to support the album live.” More...
Norwegian act Kvelertak has announced the new album "Meir" is due out this coming March, 2013 with a specific release date to be announced. The band has also now posted the following track-by-track of the release online:
ÅPENBARING: A feather clad man breaks into your skull. He has such sights to show you!
SPRING FRA LIVET: When the walls of life are closing in, you best run for the hills!
TREPAN : Trepanning is a surgical intervention in which a hole is drilled into the human skull, releasing evil spirits.More...
It was recently announced that The Black Dahlia Murder will be joining Van's Warped Tour 2013, and now Stick to Your Guns has also been added to the roster. The announcement was made Friday during Fuse TV’s new show, Warped Roadies.
"We’re stoked to be a part of something that has been such a big part of all of our lives growing up,” said frontman Jesse Barnett. "This band continues to take us places that we never thought we'd go, and we are proud, overwhelmed and very honored."
For more info on Van's Warped Tour, check out the tour's official website here. You can also see Stick To Your Guns on "Keeping Warm In A Cold World III," a two-day event benefiting the family of the late Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker:
Jan. 4 Rancho Cucamonga, CA @ The Nitty Gritty
Jan. 5 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Florida's Antitheist will be officially releasing new EP "Heretical Musings" in January, but the album is now available online for streaming via Bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is:
1. Ritual of Becoming 02:38
2. Bridging the Gap 04:47
3. The Empty Throne 03:31
4. Pursued By the Magi 05:49
5. Heretic's Fight 04:50
The band also comments: "Heavy metal bands are assembled everyday, all with the same eagerness to be louder, darker, heavier, and more aggressive than their predecessors. Antitheist doesn't deter from that path, they only make it essential to incorporate their elected title of defiance in every chord, riff, and lyric, branding black metal profoundly with artistic sophistication." More...
A distant howling heralds the arrival of the wolf: Death Wolf has now announced that second studio album, "II: Black Armoured Death," will be released on February 18th in Europe and on February 19th in North America via Century Media Records. The label comments on the offering:
"Besides the Danzig-influenced material in the vein of the songs on Death Wolf's self-titled debut album, fans can also expect 'II: Black Armoured Deat'h to cover a wide musical spectrum that will surely be worth a listen for every fan of dark sinister punk rock with a metal edge."
The track listing is:
1. Noche De Brujas
2. World Serpent
3. Lord Of Putrefaction
4. Darkness Of Hel
5. Sudden Bloodletter
6. Malice Striker
7. Night Stalker
8. Luciferian Blood Covenant
9. Black Armoured Death
10. Death Wolf March
11. Little Black Angel
12. Snake Mountain
In addition to "II: Black Armoured Death," Death Wolf will also be releasing a new 7" titled "Bloodscent" this month. Featuring different arrangements of two tracks on "II: Black Armoured Death," this limited 7" will be hand-numbered and pressed on white wax-- and only available at CM Distro and on the road this February/March on Death Wolf's tour with Marduk, Moonspell, and Inquisition. More...
Gristle up your holiday caroling with “Cross Damnation," the first single from Joel Grind's "The Yellowgoat Sessions" offering. Recorded as a Toxic Holocaust return-to-form of sorts (think the "Critical Mass" demo), "The Yellowgoat Sessions" are raw, unrefined, reverbed out, distorted to hell and violently delicious.
Comments Joel Grind of the release: “I decided to not call this a Toxic Holocaust record for a few reasons. The main one being that Toxic has sort of morphed from being a solo project to now being a full band. That's not saying you won’t see other ‘solo’ Toxic material, but for right now it's definitely a solid band. Also, this record is definitely less thrash and more dirty rock ‘n’ roll. Finally, I didn't want to just slap the Toxic name on it to sell it. I recorded this because I was anxious to record something like this again without over thinking things.”
The track “Cross Damnation" is currently available as a free download with the optional suggested donation of $1.00 via Bandcamp here. The full album will be released digitally January 15th, 2013 with vinyl to follow in late February via Acid Rat Records. You can preview the album at YouTube here. More...
Earache Records has issued the following announcement about repressing a newly remastered version of "Realm of Chaos" by Bolt Thrower:
"Due to the extremely high demand, we are repressing the vinyl of the classic Bolt Thrower album, 'Realm Of Chaos.' This release has been remastered in Full Dynamic Range from the original master tapes, ensuring the highest quality sound that the album has ever had!
Dead Ocean has posted a teaser trailer for the upcoming "Becoming Prosthetic, Becoming a Lie" music video, which can be viewed below, and the band also commented:
"Here it is! We'll be releasing a video for 'Becoming Prosthetic, Becoming A Lie' off of Depopulation sometime in early February. We had the pleasure of working with Nick Valaskatgis who filmed and edited the video. Share it with your friends and get ready for the full video." More...
After recently announcing via Twitter that Megadeth is parting ways with Roadrunner Records, Dave Mustaine has now revealed the band is officially working on a new album and follow-up to previous full-length "Th1rt3en" (reviewed here).
Dave Mustaine comments via his official Twitter account: "Johnny made it in. Record 14 is officially underway. Clips to upload tomorrow. Thrashin' time!"
Further details will be announced as they become available. In the mean time you can keep up with the band and new tour dates via Facebook here.
Be prepared to have your face peeled back by Brooklyn-based quintet Cleanteeth: a collective of veteran musicians with previous attachments to notable acts Destructo Swarmbots, Hull, and more, as well as current members of Goes Cube and White Widows.
Cleanteeth recently recorded a debut LP, which will be released in early 2013 on a label to be confirmed in the near future. In the meantime check out newly acquired live footage of the unit destroying Saint Vitus Bar as direct support for Eyehategod at the end of November via Metal Injection. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Formed in early 2008 as an experimental noise project, Cleanteeth has since evolved into a crushing array of loud rock, doom metal and electronic noise, influenced by the likes of Karp, Butthole Surfers, Godflesh and My Bloody Valentine, yet with a crushing, sinister, post-hardcore edge fans of Kiss It Goodbye, Breach and Will Haven can get down with. Following a three-song demo recorded with Brendan Tobin (Made Out Of Babies, Red Sparowes) on Halloween of 2009, the outfit’s underwent several personnel expansions, the current lineup just one member short of a six-pack now complete.
"Now, bringing forth their triple-guitarist attack boasting more full-stacks than band members, Cleanteeth takes a wall-of-sound approach to creating its own bastard blend of thunderous riffage. With this ruthless faction continually raiding clubs throughout the NYC area and beyond, the band has shared beer-soaked stages with Eyehategod, Kylesa, Priestess, Saviours, Harvey Milk, All Pigs Must Die, Narrows, Trap Them and many others, and will continue to bleed ears dry as new gigs are being devised for the coming months and through 2013." More...
Devourment's new album "Conceived In Sewage" is coming February 19th (North America) and February 25th (U.K.) via Relapse Records. A new teaser trailer for the album has now been posted online and can be heard below. You can also check out music from the band and find out about upcoming live activity via Facebook.
Manchester-based Orion’s follow-up to first release, "Where Whales go to Die," is finally upon us after a one year wait. Check out the full "All This World Means" album in the Bandcamp player available below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"The five-piece outfit changes a bit of their style by adding not one but two vocalists to the band’s sound. With a hard, scream-styled vocal and a softer cleaner sounding vocal, both styles add new dynamics to the bands already hard and progressive sound introducing complex layers and more emotion to the music. The vocal additions are sure to please both old and new fans alike as the band continues to mature their sound with tracks like ‘Omnes In Pulverem’, ‘The Lucifer Experiment’ and ‘Epiphany.'"
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Omnes in Pulverem
2. These Chains
4. The Lucifer Experiment
5. Relatively Minor
8. Futurorum More...
Grammy-winning alternative band Deftones will be kicking off a tour of North America on March 4, 2013. The headlining run begins in Rochester, NY and wraps March 30th in Houston, TX. Deftones has also rescheduled the band's New York City and Boston, MA show dates, which had previously been postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Tickets go on sale December 21st.
"Koi No Yokan," the band's seventh studio album, was released November 13th via Warner Bros Records. It debuted at #11 on the Billboard Charts Top 200 chart, with over 65k sold first week, and the first single "Tempest" is currently #8 and climbing at Rock Radio.
Here are the latest Deftones headlining tour dates:
3/4 Rochester, NY Main Street Armory
3/5 Boston, MA House of Blues
3/6 Huntington, NY Paramount Theatre
3/9 New York, NY Terminal 5
3/10 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre
3/12 Stroudsburg, PA The Sherman Theatre
3/13 Norfolk, VA The Norva
3/15 Charlotte, NC Fillmore Charlotte
3/16 Myrtle Beach, SC House of Blues
3/17 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
3/19 Miami, FL Fillmore Miami Beach
3/21 St. Petersburg, FL Jannus Live!
3/22 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
3/23 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
3/25 Baton Rouge, LA The Varsity Theatre
3/26 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheater
3/27 Pharr, TX Pharr Entertainment Center
3/29 Austin, TX ACL Live at the Moody Theater
3/30 Houston, TX Bayou Music Center
Lizzy Borden has released a new version of the Christmas classic "Silent Night," which can be heard in the player below.
As previously reported, Lizzy Borden will be celebrating thirty years of American metal in 2013 with a brand new show, created from the ground up just for the monumental 30 year anniversary. The new show will encompass songs from each and every Lizzy Borden record to date, including classic songs like "Me against the World," "American Metal," and "Master of Disguise" plus songs the band has never performed live.
Italian modern thrashers Sawthis will enter the Potemkin Studios this week to finish work on the band's new, as-yet-untitled, album.
The band chose Paolo Ojetti as artistic producer, who already worked with Sawthis on the previous album "Egod." The guitar and bass recordings for the upcoming album were already completed at Underroom Studios.
Pictures from studio sessions are available and updated weekly on the Sawthis Facebook profile here. Further details on the new album will be announced as they are made available.
Denouncement Pyre has revealed a teaser preview for forthcoming album "Almighty Arcanum," set for international release on January 22nd through Hells Headbangers on both CD and LP formats. Check out the clip below.
After 10 years of underground darkness, Denouncement Pyre continue the band's ascent up the throne of Luciferian supremacy with "Almighty Arcanum." The Aussie veterans' second full-length, which follows the "World Cremation" debut is a veritable abyss of fiery, blackened death metal, but now sharper and more focused than ever. The track listing for "Almighty Arcanum" is as follows:
1. Intro: Breath of Tehom
2. An Extension of the Void
3. Almighty Arcanum
4. He Who Conquers All
5. The Deceiver
6. Drakon: All Is One
7. Circle of Serpents
8. Darkness Manifest
9. The Redeemer More...
English metallers Aeon Zen are back with their latest opus entitled "Enigma," which is a concept album featuring nine continuous tracks showing the strengths of the band, as well as two bonus tracks. "Enigma" will be released January 22nd, 2013 on Nightmare Records. The album is available for pre-order through the Nightmare Records website.
Today Aeon Zen is excited to share a new video with the masses. Check out the video for "Divinity" in the player below. Aeon Zen's founder Rich Hinks says of the new video:
"Divinity shows a whole new side to Aeon Zen. There's still all the elements that make it an Aeon Zen song, but there's a ton more energy and heaviness, and even more technicality than we've ever put on a record before. Our goal for this track was to make a song that grabs you by the balls and doesn't let up until the final blow." More...
On day two of the world’s most metal cruise, Municipal Waste was playing the smaller Spectrum Lounge for the group’s first performance of the cruise. The band played fast and loose with its brand of "party metal" crossover thrash. Just a few songs into the set, some metal heads in the crowd got the idea to grab the chairs that are on wheels and roll around in the mosh pit area of the main floor. It looked a lot like bumper cars, but then other people began pushing them or grabbing hold of arms of people in the chairs and slinging them through the pit, causing some high speed collisions and overturned chairs.
Soon after this began, Municipal Waste frontman Tony Foresta commented on how they are “the shortest band in metal” and asked the crowd for a circle pit. With the lights in his face and his short stature, it appeared he couldn’t see what was going on behind the people up front at the barrier. As the band launched into their next song, the pit erupted into more chaos as moshers attempted a circle pit around the chair pit to little avail.
It was a surreal experience, but it looked FUN! The crowd would attempt to do the same during other thrash sets like Bonded By Blood and Havok, but no other pit compared to Municipal Waste’s rolling chair pit on Barge to Hell.
Being unable to zoom out and capture the whole scene, this video really doesn’t do the chair pit justice, but it’s all I’ve got to give an idea of what was going on:
A full Barge To Hell report is forthcoming, as well as tons of photos from the metal cruise.
Be sure to check back next Tuesday as we share more mosh pit stories from metal bands.
Cathedral has announced the band's final album is to be titled "The Last Spire" and is currently scheduled for release in April, 2013. A new music video is also coming soon. The band comments:
"Yes, Cathedral are currently putting the finishing touches to what will be the last ever album from these British Doom legends. Produced by Lee Dorrian and Garry Jennings, with assistance from Jaime Gomez Arellano, The Last Spire is scheduled for an April 20013 release via Rise Above Records."
The track listing is:
01. Entrance to Hell
03. Cathedral of the Damned
04. Tower of Silence
05. Infestation of Grey Death
06. An Observation
07. This Body, Thy Tomb.
The non-album track "Vengeance of the Blind Dead" will appear as a flexi disc on the front cover of Decibel magazine in the upcoming March issue (on sale February 7th).
Ferret Music recording group The Devil Wears Prada and Metal Blade Records' As I Lay Dying have announced details for their upcoming North American co-headline tour.
The trek gets underway February 22nd at Ventura, California's Majestic Ventura Theater Half House and then continues through early April. Tickets for all dates will be on sale Friday, December 21st.
The Devil Wears Prada and As I Lay Dying will be accompanied on the tour by For Today (on all dates except March 7th-March 8th), The Color Morale (February 22nd – March 7th), and The Chariot (March 8th – April 4th). For complete details and ticket information, please visit this location, and dates are available below.
The tour follows The Devil Wears Prada's 2011 breakthrough, "Dead Throne" and As I Lay Dying's 6th full-length studio album "Awakened." More...
Greek act Rotting Christ’s new album is entitled "Do What Thou Wilt" and has been scheduled for a March 1st (March 5th in North America) release. To get a taste of the album Season of Mist is now offering a full song from the album for free download.
Head over to this location and enter your email address in the widget to receive the download of opening track “In Yumen – Xibalba." The full album's track listing is:
1. In Yumen - Xibalba
2. P'unchaw Kachun - Tuta Kachun
3. Grandis Spiritus Diavolos
4. Kataton Demona Eaftou
5. Cine Iubeste Si Lasa
6. Iwa Woodoo
9. Ahura Mazda Anra Mainiuu
10. 666 More...
German power metal act Orden Ogan posted a new music video for the track "Masks." The track is one of the bonus tracks from the latest LP "To the End," which is available now on AFM Records. The video is the third for the new LP (check out "Land of the Dead" and "The Things We Believe In"). A review for "To the End" can be found over at this location.
Check out "Masks" here:
Nightrage has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting Tomas Lindberg as a fill-in vocalist for an upcoming festival appearance:
"We are very happy to announce our participation in the Gothenburg Sound Festival that will take place on the 4th and 5th of January 2013 at Trädgårn Gothenburg Sweden. We are playing on the 5th of January along with some other cool bands like Dream Evil and The Resistance.
"Due to our main singer Antony's scheduling conflicts, he will not be able to make the show (read his statement below). But we have a replacement singer only for this show... our old legendary singer Tomas Lindberg from the mighty At The Gates! We are super excited about this. See you all there." More...
Thorngoth has checked in with the following announcement about self-releasing a new album early next year:
"Big News! After we were looking for the best way to release our new album 'Schwarz-Karg-Kalt' the last few months, we decided to release the album by ourselves.
"This entails no restrictions concerning the availability of the album. Before 'Schwarz-Karg-Kalt' will be released, we will announce where you can buy the album.
"We can't announce a release date yet, but it should be about February 2013. At first we want to reveal the artwork and the tracklist of 'Schwarz-Karg-Kalt.' Samples can be expected in January, at the latest in February." More...
Promoters of the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise, to be held from January 28, 2013 to February 1, 2013, have announced the addition of a Dutch two pack, symphonic metal band Delain and folk bank Heidevolk. Thirteen band are still left to be announced, but the updated lineup is as follows:
Angra (w/Fabio Lione on vocals)
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
Flotsam & Jetsam
Chilean gothic metal band Sacramento posted a new music video for the song "Purple." The song appears on the band's 2011 debut full length LP "Weight of Sin." The album is available from Mechanix Records.
The video was filmed by Aukache Films and directed by Fernando Orellana. Check it out here:
Keith Deen, former vocalist of the now defunct thrash act Holy Terror, passed away from cancer over this past weekend. Deen had been fighting cancer since September of this year. He fronted the band for its only two, but legendary and highly acclaimed, thrash releases "Terror & Submission" (1987) and "Mind Wars" (1988). Deen was 56 years old.
In a post on the band's official website, friend Scott Warren Lambert, posted the following about Deen's death:
"At approximately 7:30 PM on December 15th, 2012 I was informed by my dear friend Chris Carlson from Chicago that Keith Deen of Holy Terror passed away. He had been battling cancer since September of 2012. Like any normal person, it blew through me like a heat wave. My plan was to go for a walk when I got home which was where I was heading when I got Chris' message about Keith. So, I got home and went for my walk. More...
Texan grind band Vaginal Bear Trap (VBT) has been streaming a few songs from its recent album "Just the Tip" over on reverbnation, along with an upload of the track "Slaughter of the Bowl" below. "Just the Tip" was issued recently via Ossuary Industries. Currently VBT, who named themselves after a South African anti-rape device, have written a new song titled "As Young as they Cum," which is one of four songs penned for a split with Rottenness. They plan to also record a cover. Check out Vaginal Bear Trap's Facebook page for updates and live gig information.
Soulfly guitarist Marc Rizzo spoke to ArmyOfOneTV after his show at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY on Dec 15th. On the video Marc Rizzo discussed how he met with Max Cavalera and Soulfly back in 1990. He also discussed his solo touring and the recording process for the new music of his current bands Soulfly and Cavalera Conspiracy, along with his solo career. Watch the video below.