Metal News for December 18, 2013
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34 news articles posted on this day.
New Jersey progressive metal band, Divinity Destroyed, has announced that they will be releasing a new album, entitled "Nova." The band, which parted ways in 2010, revealed that they will be releasing the songs from their final studio sessions. The album, which is five years in the making, will feature the return of original drummer Dan Leonard, who parted ways with the band in 2008.
The release date for "Nova" is set for December 24th, 2013. The cover art for "Nova" can be seen here.
The band has posted a trailer online for "Nova." Watch it below:
Former LostProphets vocalist, Ian Watkins, was today given a sentence of thirty five years for his sickening acts of child abuse, including the attempted rape of a baby. Twenty nine years will be spent in prison, with a further six on licence. His two co-defendents, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were sentenced to fourteen and seventeen years behind bars. The Welsh singer pleaded guilty to thirteen child sex charges at Cardiff Crown Court last month and the judge today stated that his actions "plunged into new depths of depravity."
Police are now working with authorities in the United States of America and Germany, as it is believed he may have committed similar acts in these countries. It was also revealed today that over 27 terabytes of data, around five times the size of the South Wales Police database, containing highly explicit images has been found in his home. He concealed his collection using encrypted files on an encrypted database, though experts from GCHQ, a British spy agency, were able to gain access to them.
Spanish outfit Lethal Vice has announced the band's upcoming album will be titled "Thrash Converters." The album will be released via Suspiria Records and the track listing is as follows:
1. Insert Coin
2. In Greed We Trust
3. Diplomatic Immunity
4. Psycho Surgery
6. Street Violence
7. Godless World
8. Operation Warehouse
9. Zombies From Outer Space
10. Lethal Thrashing Madness
For more info on Lethal Vice, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Mexico's Rain Shatter has released a new music video for the clip "Astounding," directed by Luis "Master" James. Give it a watch below.
The "Astounding" track was recorded at PI Records, mixed by Alejandro "Relax" Ortega Martín and mastered by William Putney.
Necrocurse is now streaming the "Gutted By Dawn" track, taken from the "Hard Death" 10" EP, which can be pre-ordered through Aftermath Music at this location.
The recording is taken from demo sessions during 2013 and was produced, recorded, mixed and mastered at the Necrotomb Studio.
Sacrificial Blood is now making its Horror Pain Gore Death Productions debut as the NJ outfit returns with an all new full-length of insanity and mayhem. The "SoulS For Sale" track listing is as follows:
1. The Nightmare Has Returned (streaming below)
3. We Will Remain
5. Tyrant Of Pain
6. The Pack
7. SoulS For Sale
8. We Rule The Night
9. Mystery Bonus Track More...
Within Temptation has issued the following update about releasing a new music video later this week:
"The video for the second single off of ‘Hydra’ is coming soon! Really soon! Get ready for this Friday, because the official video for 'Dangerous' featuring Howard Jones will be released December 20! Check out this preview below."
The band's new album "Hydra" is due for release on February 4th, 2014 in North America.
Abysmal Dawn has checked in with the following brief update about recording an upcoming album:
"Two years with the same lineup and halfway into the recording process of our new album; it was time to take a new group photo. Thank you John Anthony Photography for taking pictures of our 'boy band.'" More...
Just in time for your holiday rituals, Noisey hurls forth a delectable stream of the Exhumed/Iron Reagan split twelve-inch.
A profane union of repugnant spirits, the forthcoming vinyl-only offering features eight unrepentant tracks of high-paced riotous fury that'll blow the stockings right off your chimney, two of which find Exhumed delivering ripping covers of Minor Threat's "Seeing Red" and Negative Approach's "Ready To Fight." Stream the whole split below.
Following a short run of dueling live sets, both bands are currently sleighing stages separately to close out the year. A complete list of remaining offensives appear below.
Exhumed [remaining dates]:
12/18/2013 The Hideaway - Johnson City, TN
12/19/2013 The Drunken Unicorn - Atlanta, GA
12/21/2013 The Brass Mug - Tampa, FL
12/22/2013 Culture Room - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Iron Reagan w/ Power Trip, Mammoth Grinder [remaining dates]:
12/18/2013 Siberia - New Orleans, LA
12/19/2013 Epic Problem - Tampa, FL
12/20/2013 The Talent Farm - Pembroke Pines, FL
12/21/2013 The Atlantic - Gainesville, FL
w/ Gwar, Battlecross
12/27/2013 Irving Plaza - New York, NY
12/28/2013 Toad's Place - New Haven, CT
12/29/2013 The National - Richmond, VA More...
Australian metal band Northlane has announced the band's return to North America this February and March. The group will first headline eleven dates from California to Cleveland, before supporting Bring Me The Horizon in the Northeast on the American Dream Tour.
The Sydney five-piece recently completed a maiden U.S. tour supporting Veil Of Maya across the entire country. The band's sophomore album, "Singularity," was released in November in North America. Catch the band live:
Northlane Headlining Tour
02/07 Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
02/08 San Diego, CA - House Of Blues Side Room
02/09 Phoenix, AZ - The Nile Underground
02/11 Fort Worth, TX - Tom Cats West
02/12 Tupelo, MS - Goodtime Charlies
02/13 St Louis, IL – Fubar
02/14 Chicago, IL - Bottom Lounge
02/15 Burnsville, MN - The Garage
02/16 Milwaukee, WI - Miramar Theatre
02/18 Indianapolis, IN - Hoosier Dome
02/19 Cleveland, OH - Agora Theatre & Ballroom More...
Issues has released a new lyric video for the track "Stingray Affliction," which can be heard below. The track will appear on the upcoming new Issues album, due out in stores February 18th, 2014.
Starting today, Inferno Magazine is offering a stream of Altar of Betelgeuze’s debut full-length album “Darkness Sustains The Silence” in its entirety. Check out the full release below, which is scheduled for release on January 1st via Memento Mori. More...
As El Drugstore gets ready to pump some mangled instrumental chaos into your holiday shrimp cocktail on New Year's Eve with the release of debut full-length, "Plague Ship," today Noisey.Vice gets down with the sickness and busts out a pulverizing new jam from the record.
Listen to the new track "Hipster Tits" below. The previously posted song "The Natives Are Getting Useless" can also be found at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Tell Them I Said Something
2. Hipster Tits
3. Enthusiastic Corruption of the Public Good
4. Fascinating Underpants
5. By What Ill-Begotten Means Have You Procured This Meat?
6. The Natives Are Getting Useless
7. Tokyo Assault
8. Wheel of Sadness
9. Pandemonium in the Bronx
10. Steakback More...
Greek psychedelic black metal band Hail Spirit Noir is proud to present second album titled "Oi Magoi," which is scheduled to hit stores January 20th, 2014 through Code666. The track listing is as follows:
1. Blood Guru
2. Demon for a Day
3. Satan is Time
4. Satyriko Orgio (Satyrs’ Orgy)
5. The Mermaid
7. Oi Magoi More...
Progressive black metal act Aenaon will release the "Extance" album on January 20th, 2014 via Code666/Aural Music as a special limited wooden box, standard CD version, and digital download.
A teaser trailer is available below. The cover artwork was created by painter Lukasz Wodynski and the track listing is as follows:
1. The First Art
2. Deathtrip Chronicle
3. Grau Diva
4. A Treatise on the Madness of God
5. Der Mude Tod
7. Closer to Scaffold
8. Land of no Water
9. Algernon’s Decadence
10. Funeral Blues
11. Palindrome More...
Norway's Horizon Ablaze has signed a multi-album contract with Aural Music imprint Code666. The “Dødsverk” album is due for release in late February 2014 and the band also comments:
“We are stoked to be able to announce that Horizon Ablaze have signed with Aural Music. Aural Music is exactly what Horizon Ablaze needs going forward stronger than ever. regarding the new album The time has come for Horizon Ablaze to dive deeper into its insanity, with tracks that destroys everything they’ve previously done.
"The new album is an ultimate testament to hate, where genres mould into something completely unique, and absurd. It’s also the first album where their native language will be the primary means of spewing destructive ideas, uplifting anti theistic views and nihilism. The only concept really touched upon on this record is to make the creepiest, darkest, most fucked up record in aeons, as it is the only way to build upon Spawn’s genuine atmosphere and develop further as a band.” More...
Norway's Shining and Hacride have just returned from a European tour with Tides From Nebula and The Ocean. Jørgen Munkeby of Shining comments:
"We don't really do support tours that often, but when something great comes along we'd love to be part of it. This recent European tour was one such great opportunity to tour with three other very varied and unique bands. Even though we were almost thirty people on tour, we somehow managed to get all the bands on stage every night! We loved every day of this tour, and it definitely seemed like the audience did too! Hope to be back in Europe soon!”
Now two video clips are available online of Shining’s lead singer Jørgen Munkeby and Hacride's Luis Roux talking about the European tour. Check them out below. More...
Tears of Regret, based in Jordan and Iraq, will be releasing a new EP in 2014 via Depressive Illusions Records. Check out the title track below, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Tears Of Regret
3. War In Sky
4. Victory War
5. Transilvanian Hunger (Darkthrone Cover)
Blackwitch Pudding has announced upcoming west coast tour dates, which kick off January 3rd, 2014. The live shows feature full wizard regalia, fog, visuals and guitar solos only the depths of black magic could conjure. Witness the magic yourself on these dates:
Jan 3 Seattle, OR @ The Highline
Jan 4 Eugene, OR @ Lucky’s Bar
Jan 5 Portland, OR @ Ash St. Saloon
Jan 8 Medford, OR @ Johnny B’s
Jan 9 Sacramento, CA @ The Blue Lamp
Jan 12 San Jose, CA @ The Caravan
Jan 13 Ventura, CA @ Billy O’s
Jan 16 San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick
Jan 17 Tucson, AZ @ The Bashful Bandit
Jan 18 Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
Jan 19 Las Vegas, NV @ The Dive Bar
Jan 23 Pasadena, CA @ The Terrace
Jan 24 San Luis Obispo, CA @ Frankie Teardrops DIY
Jan 25 Arcata, CA @ The Alibi
Jan 26 Ashland, OR @ TBA More...
Australian black metal enigmas Thrall today premiere the video for "Aokigahara Jukai," the title track of the new album for Moribund Records.
The film clip is a surreal evocation of virulence and fecund decay directed, filmed and edited by Ziltch. Check it out below. The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Longing For Death
2. Aokigahara Jukai
3. Of Hate
4. Its Toothless Maw
6. The Pact
7. Ghost Chrysalides
8. Slaves More...
Nacom has now released the "Crawling Human Souls" album, and you can hear the full release in the player below. WormHoleDeath also comments on the release:
"Crawling Human Souls will immediately catch the interest of the melodic death metal fans! The album is the work of a mature band fully aware of their own capabilities. Leonardo Corinaldesi, the singer, is able to perform brutal growl as well as really mean screaming and his voice seems to come from the deepest depths of the earth. The lyrics have a lot of historical references based on the Maya civilization and they describe the evil, the madness and the pain of human kind."
The track listing (along with corresponding times in the YouTube clip) is as follows:
1. Alone - 0:00
2. The Curse - 4:15
3. The Traitor - 8:06
4. Mystical Temple Of Pain - 11:10
5. In The Night - 15:59
6. Nothing Inside - 19:55
7. Only In Memories - 23:40
8. Echoes Of Void - [Instrumental] - 26:18
9. Affliction - 30:04
10. Ritual - 33:37
Today, blackened doomsmiths Culted drop new track "Illuminati" upon the holiday-addled masses. The tune comes by way of the band's "Oblique To All Paths" long player, slated for release via Relapse Records early next year.
Elaborates the band's Michael Klassen (guitar/bass/percussion/noise) of the record: "Oblique to All Paths is the culmination of Culted's collective experience over the past five years. As artists and musicians, we're acting as interpreters of our environment, if you will. We've all been subjected to mythmakers and storytellers, shamans and charlatans in life. 'Illuminati' strives to skeptically dissect these deceptive belief systems and explore them using sound." More...
Tainted Nation is pleased to announce the release of a video clip for "Dare You," which can be found below courtesy of Classic Rock Magazine.
This is the second release from the band's debut album "F.E.A.R." released on Massacre Records. Tainted Nation consists of Pete Newdeck (Eden’s Curse), Mark Cross (ex Firewind, Helloween), Pontus Egberg (The Poodles), and Ian Nash (Lionsheart).
Carnifex will release the new album entitled "Die Without Hope" on March 4th (North America) & March 7th (Europe). The album's cover art was created by Godmachine and can be viewed below. Vocalist Scott Lewis comments on the upcoming album:
"One question I kept asking myself during the writing process of the new album was; How do we make a Carnifex album that shows our growth as musicians and progress as artists but still remains 'Carnifex.'
"I believe this album represents the answer to that question. We pushed ourselves further than any previous album. We drew on influences never drawn from in the past. We incorporated elements of different genres we never touched on in previous albums.
"This album is the culmination of nearly 9 years of writing music as Carnifex. This is the album Carnifex was always meant to write." More...
A new rehearsal video clip is now available of Signum Regis performing "Enslaved," which is taken off the newly released "Exodus" album. Check it out below.
You can also hear the song "The Promised Land" at this location, and the album's full track listing is as follows:
1. On The Nile
3. The Promised Land
4. Let Us Go!
5. Wrath Of Pharaoh
6. The Ten Plagues
7. Last Days In Egypt
9. Song Of Deliverance
10. Sole Survivor
11. Mountain of God (Bonus Track)
Montreal's Talamyus recently completed the writing process for a new album, and now the band has issued the following update about hitting the recording studio:
"Greetings fellows metal heads, we will be busy for a couple of months entering the studio to present you our 4th release! It does not mean you will not hear from us, in fact we will keep you aware of any news and activities for this record!"
This new release will follow previous album "Raven's Call to Annihilation," with further details forthcoming. More...
Update: the stream is no longer available, but you can hear music from Thunderwar over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Polish outfit Thunderwar has self-released a new EP titled "The Birth of Thunder," and now Metalunderground.com is bringing you the U.S. premiere of the new track "Eagle of Glory." Give it a listen below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Cold as ice, angry as a horde of Viking warriors, and determined like an army fighting for freedom of their homeland: Thunderwar! The band was born in 2013, when four young metal maniacs decided to join their forces to not only pay their tribute to such metal heroes as Bathory, Unleashed, Dissection, or Amon Amarth, but to prove that Poland has again something to say to the metal world, after giving birth to cult acts such Vader or Behemoth.
"Since the very beginning the band decided to work only with the best ones. Debut EP 'The Birth of Thunder' was finally mixed and produced by Wieslawscy Bros from Hertz Studio. The band’s logo was designed by Christophe Szpajdel and the cover artwork for 'The Birth of Thunder' EP was created by Mario Lopez.
"Currently the band is promoting its self-released EP and in the middle of 2014 will enter the Hertz Studio to work on the first, full album, which is foretold to be a step to the next level - higher, than anybody can expect! Thunderwar: Better remember this name, as they are here to stay!"
Serenity Defiled has released a new music video for a track off the "Where Chaos Reigns" album, which can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"Well here it is, thrashers! The brand new Serenity Defiled video clip for 'Sands Of Doom.' We think you're really going to like this one, it definitely has the 'epic movie' kind of quality to it. Cheers to Dusk Music Video Production for the great work once again. Enjoy!"
Zimbabwe-based metal outfit Dividing The Element has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist:
"Sadly we have lost a brother in arms, Sherlic, as a band member. He has left the country to study in South Africa.
"His schedule is a lot more hectic than he had hoped, and he is unable to travel back and forth between Harare and Cape Town. He will still be involved with the band and he will also continue to be the band’s graphic designer.
"The 3 of us will continue but needless to say it won't be the same without him and we are on the hunt for another guitarist. We wish you the best Sherlic. Much love brother." More...
Progressive metal act Fates Warning premiered the new music video "Firefly" over at Guitar World's website at this location (also streaming in the player below). The song appears on the band's latest album "Darkness in a Different Light," which is available now via InsideOut Music.
Check out "Firefly" here:
Italian thrash act Thrash Bombz will release the debut full length album "Mission of Blood" on January 24th via Iron Shield Records (distribution via Pure Steel Records).
Thrash Bombz is:
Leonardo "Thrash Maniac" Botta - vocals
Angelo "Destruktor" Bissanti - bass
Vincenzo "Vihol" Lombardi - drums
Giuseppe "UR" Peri – rhythm guitar
Salvatore "Skizzo" Li Causi – lead guitar
The track list for the album is:
1. Mosh Tank
2. City Grave
3. Thrash Bombz
4. Human Obliteration
5. Mission Of Blood
6. Command Of Injury
7. Dead Body Hanged
8. Fear Of The Light
11. The Curse
12. Toxic Waste More...
One of the most unusual and charismatic rock acts have announced the release of the latest studio album for January 2014. More precisely: the American quartet Nashville Pussy are set to present their new studio recording "Up The Dosage" on January 21, 2014 in North America, in Germany on January 17, 2014 and Europe on January 20, 2014.
"Up the Dosage" picks up seamlessly where their 2009 release "From Hell To Texas" left off. And what is more: their five-year hiatus seems to have done frontman Blaine Cartwright (vocals, guitar) and Ruyter Suys (guitars) good - all 13 new songs (plus two bonus tracks) sound like they were catapulted into to the public from a fountain of youth, rocking in typical Pussy style. Up the Dosage features the first recordings from new bassist Bonnie Buitrago who took over the bass player duties from Karen Cuda.
Frontman Blaine Cartwright commented on the addition of Bonnie to the band: "Bonnie originally tried out for Nashville Pussy 12 years ago. When we needed a replacement for Karen a couple of years ago, we were lucky that she was available. She's a Southern California native who is a great musician who has given our rock a more solid roll!"
Rick Beato, known for his production work with Shinedown, mixed the album. The first audio sample of the track "The South's Too Fat to Rise Again" is available for streaming via SoundCloud (also heard in the player below).
"The song is about how fucking fat everyone in the south has got. Me included! It's hard to preach about Southern Pride when you can't touch your toes," exclaims frontman Blaine Cartwright.
"Up The Dosage" will be released in the following formats: limited digipak edition (incl. 2 bonus tracks + poster), double gatefold LP edition with colored vinyl, standard version and download.
The track list is:
1. Everybody's Fault But Mine
2. Rub it to Death
3. Till the Meat Falls off the Bone
4. The South's Too Fat to Rise Again
5. Before the Drugs Wear Off
7. Beginning of the End
8. Up The Dosage
9. Taking it Easy
10. White and Loud
11. Hooray For Cocaine, Hooray For Tennessee
12. Pillbilly Blues
13. Pussy's Not a Dirty Word More...
Brazil's Lothlöryen released a new music video for the track "Hobbit's Song." The song appears on the band's upcoming fourth full length studio effort "Some Ways Back Some More" (not to be confused with 2008's "Some Ways Back No More"). The album is expected in 2014 (exact date not yet released) via Power Prog Records.
The video was directed by Bruno Nascimento and co-directed by Leonardo Godde. Footage was recorded at Olivia Restaurante in Poços de Caldas.
Check it out here: More...
Ulterium Records is proud to announce the release of "Collide & Spark", an all-star charity track for sale with 100% of the income going to The Bridge Bunch, an organization dedicated to serving the homeless population of Nashville, TN, in the United States.
The song, which is almost seven minutes in length, is being released under the banner Project Aegis, and was composed by Theocracy vocalist and songwriter Matt Smith. It features vocals by Nils K. Rue (Pagan's Mind), Henrik Båth (Darkwater), Elin Redin (End of September) and Smith, as well as a guitar solo by Markus Sigfridsson (Darkwater/Harmony).
The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian/Rhapsody of Fire) and designed by Markus Sigfridsson.
The song is available via digital retailers like iTunes and Amazon. Check out a preview clip here: More...