Metal News for December 19, 2011
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43 news articles posted on this day.
Danish band Volbeat announced that Mercyful Fate guitarist Hank Shermann will stand in for recently departed guitarist Thomas Bredahl for the upcoming Gigantour with Megadeth in the U.S. commencing in January 2012.
Frontman Michael Poulsen had the following comments on recruiting Hank Shermann: "It’s a true honor getting to work with Hank, whose guitar work has inspired all three band members long before Volbeat was formed. I’m very thankful that Hank has the time to join us on Gigantour in his busy schedule."
The Gigantour tour with Megadeth, Motörhead, VolBeat and Lacuna Coil is confirmed for the following dates: More...
Connecticut stoner/doom act Curse The Son began work on the band's second release. The target release date for the as of yet untitled LP is February/March 2012. The band self-released the debut LP "Klonopain" this year. To follow the band's progress and check out some sample tunes, head over to the band's Facebook Page.
In an update on the band official Facebook page, guitarist/vocalist Ron Vanacore reported: "Drum tracks and ruff guides are completed! The drum sound is INCREDIBLE....Mike did an awesome job laying down the thunder. Blew up the Matamp, gotta get it working again and then it's time to lay down the riffage! Stay tuned ladies and gents....album #2 is on its way!"
In addition, Vanacore checked in with Metal Underground on the band's studio schedule: "We start tracking guitars soon. All bass tracks are gonna be recorded on January 2nd. Od's and such at the end of the month. Vocals and mix in February."
Swedish power/progressive outfit Cloudscape updated unveiled the artwork for the forthcoming LP "New Era" (shown below). The album was recorded at RoastingHouse Studios and was produced by Micko Twedberg and mixed and mastered by Anders "Theo" Theander. No release date or label has been announced for the release.
The band had the following comments on the album: "The sound is strong, organic and perfect for the songs, and all involved are really eager to present New Era to the fans and metal community all over the world. Cloudscape's management will now start to touch base with record labels to find the best possible 'home' for New Era. Release info and release dates will be announced as soon as a record deal is settled..."
It was previously reported that the song titles for "New Era" are as follows:
Share Your Energy
Seen It All Before
Living A Dream
Pull The Brake
Before Your Eyes
Into The Unknown
Kingdom Of Sand
Megaton Leviathan are a band just starting to gain some momentum, thanks in small part to a recent stint touring alongside Wolves in the Throne Room. The nationwide tour saw them take their drone/doom sound to plenty of fresh ears. The band lets their music do the talking, keeping the vocals very low in the mix and out of sight for minutes at a time.
It’s all about atmosphere for the band, and nowhere is that more evident than in their debut LP “Water Wealth Hell On Earth.” Featuring the 20-minute, two-part title track and a monstrous closer clocking in at a precise 33:33, the band has a lot to say and doesn’t like to rush through their music. I had a chance to send some questions via e-mail to vocalist/guitarist Andrew James Costa to get a better idea of what Megaton Leviathan is all about. More...
Rhode Island based death/black metal act Witch King has released the three tracks from a new demo, simply titled "Demo 2011," online for streaming and free download. Head over to the band's Reverbnation page at this location to check out the songs. According to press release, Witch King's music is a "blend of old school death metal and bestial black metal in the vein of bands such as Incantation, Black Witchery, and Archgoat."
This demo is a follow up to the band's 2009 release "His Shadowed Path" and 2008 demo "Blood and Sorcery," both out of print. In early 2012 Witch King will be releasing a live demo featuring six tracks taken from the band's set at Paragon in Providence, RI on Nov. 26, 2011.
Witch King also has an upcoming show in support of black metal band Bog of the Infidel on January 11th at AS220 in Providence.
Finland's To/Die/For has posted a video clip online for the song "Hail of Bullets," which can be viewed below. "Hail of Bullets" is taken off the band's latest album "Samsara," released earlier this month.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Kissing the Flames
2. Damned Rapture
3. Cry for Love
4. Death Comes in March
5. Folie á Deux
6. Hail of Bullets
7. Love's a Sickness
8. Raving Hearts
10. Someday Somewhere Somehow
Friday, January 20th and Saturday, January 21st will mark the birth of the Mudfest Festival. The event will take place at the Azijnfabriek venue in Roermond, the Netherlands. It will showcase a variety of doom, drone, psychedelic and sludge bands from various countries. The following bands below have confirmed, and for more information on Mudfest head over to the festival's website. Also posted below is a teaser for one of the band's appearing, French group Huata - who released "Atavist of Mann" earlier in the year.
Year of no Light
Mars Red Sky (confirmed for Roadburn 2012)
Having formed just earlier in the year, El Paso sludge band Sabrewulf already has a debut EP to it's credit. The band is streaming that five song release, titled "Prophecy," and you can listen to it right here. Sabrewulf recently played at the xBCx fest in Texas.
Melodic thrash metal band Old Hag is offering a free download of it's recent self-titled four song EP. The line-up of this Chilean band consists of Franco Suazo on vocals and Carlos Laree on guitar. You may download the EP at this location. Here is an Old Hag video uploaded for the track "Silent Garden."
Lamb of God will be releasing the new album "Resolution" on January 24th, 2012, and the" band has now posted a teaser trailer for the release online. Check out the clip below. You can also find the previously posted "Ghost Walking" lyric video at this location.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Straight For The Sun
3. Ghost Walking
5. The Undertow
6. The Number Six
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
14. King Me
Chilean thrash metal band Lefutray is offering the single "Immersed" for free download through the player below or via the band's SoundCloud page.
"Immersed" comes off the band's latest album "Last Breath" released on 2011. The track listing is as follows:
2. Agreement of Suffering
4. Ain't Part of It
6. I Feed Your Eyes
7. Rats and Vultures
8. Through Your Veins
10. Screaming In Silence
"Last Breath" is the follow-up to the debut album "Frente al Fin" released in 2008. Both albums are available on CD and digital format. You can stream "Last Breath" entirely at this location and more information about Lefutray is available at the band's Facebook profile. More...
The Safety Fire will be releasing the band's first full-length album, "Grind The Ocean" on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America. The Safety Fire guitarist Derya "Dez" Nagle produced and mixed "Grind The Ocean" as part of his "BlackBear Productions" operation, through which he also produced bands such as Rise to Remain (Century Media), The Haarp Machine (Sumerian), and Palehorse (Eyesofsound). The track-listing for the album is as follows:
1. Huge Hammers
2. Floods Of Colour
3. DMP (FDP)
4. Anomalous Materials
5. Animal King
6. Circassian Beauties
9. Grind The Ocean
For anxious fans that can't wait for Grind The Ocean's release, the album's first single, "Huge Hammers," is now available for purchase on iTunes here. The Safety Fire will also be premiering a music video for "Huge Hammers" in the coming days, so stay tuned for even more new material from the band coming soon. More...
Dutch act Starve has posted a music video online for the song "Hard to Forget," which is off the upcoming "A Chosen Hollow" split 12" with Terzij de Horde. This 12” should see the cold light of day early in 2012 and will be released by Badger Records.
The video was directed by Mike D. for Dead Area Films and is available below. To hear more Starve, head over to the group's Bandcamp page here.
Asphyx will be releasing the new album "Deathhammer" on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America via Century Media Records. The band has now released a trailer for the album, which can be viewed below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Into The Timewastes
4. Of Days When Blades Turned Blunt
5. Der Landser
6. Reign Of The Brute
7. The Flood
8. We Doom You To Death
9. Vespa Crabro
10. As The Magma Mammoth Rises
Australian technical death metal band Infinitum has released three sampler tracks that it will be putting on it's new album. The as-of-yet untitled songs are the first new material from the band since 2008's album "Behold Eradication." To listen to the songs, go to Infinitum's Reverbnation page. Infinitum is also streaming material from it's other albums on MySpace.
Sweden's Destiny has posted a 30th anniversary promo clip online, which can be found below. The band also commented:
"In the fall of 1982 the band Hexagon changed their name to Destiny. In 2012 Destiny is still going strong despite several line up changes in the bands 30 year old history. To celebrate the anniversary Destiny will release a special anniversary album as well as a big anniversary show in the fall of 2012. But that's not all..."
Today Metal Injection has premiered the latest video from Indiana black metal duo Ptahil. "For His Satanic Majesty’s Glory," is the title track from the band's latest full-length (reviewed here), available now via Wraith Productions. The video was shot in Fort Wayne, Indiana by Erika Wyss and Jeffrey McManus from T.O.D. Multimedia.
Commented multi-instrumentalist Mhaghnuis of the maniacal presentation: "'For His Satanic Majesty's Glory' is a visual and musical representation of the rebellious spirit making it's presence known in the world today. The intention of the video is to instigate confrontational episodes between those who see themselves as 'in authority' and those who see themselves as 'the peasants.' Depending on your own social class, you may see this video as doing wrong, or you can see this video as doing right. But, what everyone can see is, WE ARE ALL SLAVES TO OUR OWN WANTS, DEATH IS FREEDOM! You either die vanquishing your foe, or live long enough to become what you hate."
Check out the video clip below. Ptahil will also perform a special live ritual to close out the year. Fort Wayne, Indiana residents are encouraged to participate:
12/30/2011 The Berlin Music Club - Fort Wayne, IN More...
Canadian black metal act Monarque has issued the following announcement about working on a new album to see release next year:
"Monarque is now focusing on composing/recording material for the next album that will be released before mid-2012.
"No gigs are planned before the release of this new opus. You will be able to hear new material this winter through alliances with Sorcier Des Glaces and Crépuscule! 666!"
Headbanger's Kitchen, hosted by Demonstealer Records, has released the latest episode titled "Modern Ma-Quiche" online. Check out the clip below, or find the previously posted "Undying Meatzza" episode at this location. Headbanger's Kitchen also commented:
"Demonic Cookery - The food section of the show where Demonstealer shows you how to make some delicious food. This episode we cook up a Modern Ma-Quiche.
"Interview - Our guests for this episode are Siddharth, Arman and Devesh from Goddess Gagged. We chat them up about their music, blonde beard hair, the past and future plans."
A Sense of Gravity has posted the song "White Christmas" online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented on the track:
"Our recording of White Christmas is available for streaming and download now! We created this for THE DJENT-LEMEN'S CLUB's 'Djent Goes Christmas' compilation. Just click on our Soundcloud tab or listen to it here."
Solo artist Ihsahn has issued the following update about a video blog being posted online from his time in Japan with Leprous:
"It’s been a week since I returned from the Double Titans Tour in Japan, playing three shows with The Haunted and Leprous. Personally I am not so good at documenting my traveling, but luckily the Leprous guys have an eager and personal documentary style, so you can check out how they view the world on the video above and their blog here.
"Many thanks to the fantastic people organizing this tour, and also to Leprous, The Haunted, my tour manager Håkon Grav and last but not least the Japanese fans for making this one of the best tour experiences I ever had!"
Periphery has posted another new studio update online from the band's time working on new material, which can be viewed below. Periphery also commented on the clip:
"Really sorry guys, we know everyone absolutely LOVED the last few studio updates, but we ran out of heroin today so we decided to do some lame shitty serious stuff.
"In other news, if anyone knows where we can score some sweet hezza, feel free to hit us up! Watch in HD or your knees will pay the price."
You can also check out Periphery's last studio update posted online by heading over to this location.
U.K. melodic death metal band Rise Of My Empire is offering its debut EP "R.O.M.E." as a free download at this location. The album was released via UKEM Records.
The track listing for "R.O.M.E." is as follows:
1. Heaven Shall Burn
2. Mask Underneath My Face
3. Ashened Trees
5. Last Breath
Michigan's Outrun the Sunlight is currently streaming the entire new album "The Return of Inertia" online, which can be heard via the player below. The band also commented:
After previously posting the new song "Violent Society" online, Coldworker has now revealed another new track. You can check out the song "Flesh World" through the YouTube player provided below.
"Flesh World" is set to appear on the band's upcoming album "The Doomsayer's Call," due out on February 13th, 2012 via Listenable Records. Coldworker also commented on the new song:
"One year ago, today, we started recording 'The Doomsayer's Call' - let's celebrate it with another taste of the album. Here's 'Flesh World!' Enjoy!"
Italian power metal band Drakkar is streaming the new track "When Lightning Strikes," the title track from the band's first full length album in nine years (heard below). "When Lightning Strikes" is due out on January 16, 2012 through My Kingdom Music.
The track listing for "When Lightning Strikes" is as follows:
1. Hyperspace – The Arrival
2. Day Of The Gods
3. The Armageddon Machine
4. In The Belly Of The Beast
5. Revenge Is Done
6. When Lightning Strikes
7. Winter Soldiers
9. At The Flaming Shores Of Heaven
10. We Ride
11. The Awakening
12. My Endless Flight
13. Aftermath – The Departure
15. New Frontier
Check out the trailer here:
For nearly twenty years, Australia-based Mournful Congregation has stamped its listeners’ mind’s eye with tales of agony and ecstasy, tragedy and harmony. While fanatics of the funeral doom fold were certainly aware of Mournful Congregation’s epic arrangements, the group hasn’t received much exposure in America. That is until now. Thanks to American distribution through 20 Buck Spin Records and a greater media presence via Earsplit PR, Mournful Congregation has gotten people talking.
2011 was a busy year for the Aussie troupe. In September, they released “Unspoken Hymns,” which consisted of material pulled from split albums, a Thergothen cover and a reworked song. Two months later, more melancholic tones found the ears and hearts of their listeners with new album “The Book of Kings.” In true funeral doom fashion, each track contains an emotional and time-wise heaviness rivaling the weight of Stonehenge’s megalithic slabs.
One can’t properly appreciate Mournful Congregation’s heaviness without experiencing their music in a live setting. I had the pleasure of witnessing their first tour in the U.S., which came a day after they closed the Rites of Darkness Festival in San Antonio. Three guitarists created a rumble that would make Zeus jealous. The group replicated this large trinity of sound through a choir of three vocalists on its ending track “Suicide Choir.” Before witnessing this tour de force, vocalist Damon Good and guitarist Justin Hartwig spoke to Metal Underground about composing such grand arrangements. More...
New York death metal band In The Casket has made an announcement about a new/returning band member as well as an update on their next release. Here it is straight from the band:
"All of us from In the Casket want to welcome a 6th member to the band, we recently brought in Kyle Hendrickson to fill multiple roles in the band. Kyle will be focusing on keyboard as well as third guitar. We have been working for the last month to get everything ready so Kyle can play his first show with us in Feb 2012. We have been considering bringing in keyboards for a while but it was hard since not every one of our songs will play nice with keyboard, this is why Kyle is a perfect addition since he can also play guitar when keyboard isnt needed. Kyle is not new to In the Casket though, he is an old friend and he played 2nd guitar with us in 2009 and also rcorded and played bass tracks on the 2009 EP. Besides playing with ITC in the past Kyle has also played in Wasteform, Balls Deep, and other notable 518 metal bands.
"We also have an actual website now for anyone that hasn't checked it out, it can be found at inthecasket518.com and we have a bunch of free downloads on the audio page. We are also very excited for some of the upcoming shows in 2012 as well as other big news we will be announcing as soon as we are allowed to. We go into the studio in Feb also and will be releasing a 5 track - 35 minute album in the spring and then another one before the end of the year that will be longer. We hope to see many people out at the upcoming shows, lately the turnouts have been awesome and we appreciate everyone that supports us! Keep an eye out on are sites for new info and news that will be coming soon! Merry Christmas to everyone as well and prepare for 2012!"
Schecter has posted footage online of Jeff Loomis with his Schecter signature model performing "Miles of Machine" during his Asia Clinic Tour 2011 in Jakarta, Indonesia. You can check out the footage below.
The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following update about adding Annihilator to the lineup:
"The Canadian Scouting Party Has Been Attacked! While on their way back across the Atlantic they received word from the scouting party in Canada: Before it had a chance to leave the capital city, it was attacked by an ANNIHILATOR! Sailors, please welcome another Canadian Metal Legend on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!
"But that's not all... as a special treat, Jeff Waters will be holding an exclusive Guitar Clinic on board!
"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!
"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."
32 of the 40 total bands have been revealed, and the currently announced lineup is as follows: More...
Norwegian act Nekromantheon has teamed up with Decibel Magazine to release a new song online titled "Blood Wisdom." You can give the song a listen by heading over to this location.
"Blood Wisdom" is taken off the upcoming "Rise, Vulcan Spectre" album, which has the following track listing:
1. Cast Down to the Void
2. Blood Wisdom
3. Embrace the Oracle
4. Coven of the Minotaur
5. The Usurper Command
6. Rise, Vulcan Spectre
7. Twelve Depths of Hades
8. Raised by Dogs More...
French metallers Gojira are currently in the process of recording a new album set for release via Roadrunner Records in 2012. The band has now checked in with another studio video clip, which can be viewed below. You can also find the band's last studio clip at this location.
Gojira also recently discussed the upcoming album in an interview with Metal Sucks. Check out the highlights by heading over to this location.
Ohio based metalcore group Affiance has released a new Rock Band themed music video online for the song "The Hive," which is off the band's "No Secret Revealed" album available now through Bullet Tooth. Check out the music video in the player below, or find more Affiance tracks available for streaming online via Facebook.
Cleveland's Solipsist has posted the song "Steal the Sun" online, which is a teaser for the band's upcoming new album. You can check out the song in the player below, and the band also commented:
"Here you go! This is an unfinished version of the song 'Steal the Sun.' It has scratch vocals and it may be missing a few bits. This will be removed tomorrow, so enjoy it today."
Blood Red Throne, which recruited a new bassist earlier this month, has now checked in with the following announcement about finding a new front man:
"New Blood Red Throne singer! We're happy to announce that Blood Red Throne is complete again and we we welcome Yngve N. Christiansen as our new singer and front man!
"He is a bad motherfucker, raw vocalist, drinks hard, kicks ass and takes no shit from anyone. Hell yeah Yngve!"
German act Resurrected has issued the following announcement about recording a new EP this month:
"On December 27th we'll start to record our yet untitled EP finally. We're quite nervous to record the new stuff as the songs are really great. Hope ya all love it.
"We'll keep you updated on the recording process with some studio reports and videos so stay tuned."
In the mean time, you can check out Resurrected's music by heading over to the band's MySpace music page.
German modern metal band Caliban has premiered its new music video for the song "Memorial" with Metal Hammer Germany. The song appears on the band's eighth studio album, "I Am Nemesis," which is scheduled for release on February 28, 2012 via Century Media Records.
The track listing for "I Am Nemesis" is as follows:
1. We Are The Many
2. The Bogeyman
4. No Tomorrow
5. Edge Of Black
6. Davy Jones
7. Deadly Dream
8. Open Letter
9. Dein R3.ich
10. Broadcast To Damnation
11. This Oath
12. Modern Warfare
Check out the video here:
Russian melodic death metal band Sympuls-e is offering a free download of it's recent album, "Mirror City," at this location. You may also stream all ten songs on Sympuls-e's MySpace page. Below is a track the band uploaded for "City of the Void." More...
German folk metal band Lyriel will release the band's fourth full length LP "Leverage" on February 24, 2012 through AFM Records. The album marks the follow up to the 2009 release "Paranoid Circus." The band promises an album that is harder and more modern than previous efforts.
The album artwork for "Leverage" can be seen here:
More details on the release will be released shortly.
German thrashers Necronomicon are offering a free download of the title track from the forthcoming LP "Invictus," due out on January 27, 2012 via Massacre Records. The song is available at this location.
Canadian folk metal band Scythia posted a new holiday single entitled "Of Santa" (heard below). The band describes the single as "Scythia's epic run in with the dark lord of Christmas." Check the track out in the player below:
German band Unisonic, featuring former Helloween members Kai Hansen (guitars) (Gamma Ray, Ex-Iron Savior) and Michael Kiske (vocals) (Place Vendome, Avantasia) have officially posted the debut single "Unisonic: Ignition" (heard below).
The band will release the debut mini album of the same name in late January 2012 through earMUSIC/Edel. The EP will feature the single, a demo track and a cover of the Helloween song "I Want Out." A full length album is expected later in the year.
Check out "Unisonic: Ignition" here:
It doesn’t take long when wandering the streets of the sprawling, congested, and smog-ridden city of Bangkok, once known as the Venice of the East due to its many canals, long since paved over, to realize that metal lives here. Young and old sport metal t-shirts with surprising regularity, metal paraphernalia abounds in shops here and there, and even airport employees asked this recent visitor to the country, upon seeing his tattoos and metal garb, “What metal band are you in?” Though scene insiders in Bangkok remarked to this correspondent that the Bangkok scene is largely split among subgenre lines, it clearly does little to diminish the following among the brutal bands of the Bangkok scene. Here are four punishing bands hailing from Thailand’s capital waiting to unleash upon you and aural assault of massive proportions. More...