Metal News for December 19, 2012
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37 news articles posted on this day.
Dutch death metal mongers Centurian have debuted a new track from their forthcoming third album, "Contra Rationem." The song, entitled "Judas Among Twelve," is streaming below. This is Centurian's first offering of new material in eleven years. "Contra Rationem" is slated for a 2013 release via Listenable Records. Main songwriter Rob Oorthuis commented on his vision about the authenticity, core and strength of the new album:
"Contra Rationem is an adversive record in the broadest sense of the word. It lacks all the ethics of contemporary productions. Leaving only the dynamic range of decay and rats exploring your skeleton. Through the rattle of bones...One might even hear flesh on instruments. We keep our death metal under-produced. All songs were nailed with conviction, without hesitation, in one take. Guided only by tongues of fire descending upon our heads. Uncorrected. As real as we are not."
AxisOfMetal.com has posted an exclusive world premiere of the song "To Know Infinity" taken from "Chains of Delusion," the forthcoming release from UK speed metal trio Deceptor. The band recently signed with Shadow Kingdom Records for the January 21st release of the album. This six-song slab of progressive and aggressive thrash meets traditional metal comes on the heels of the band's 2011 self-released EP, "Soothsayer." Stream "To Know Infinity" at this location or below in the player.
Deuteronomy has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal to release a new album:
"We are extremely proud to announce that we have signed a deal with Satanica Records from New Zealand. 'A Great Blessing' will be released in early 2013.
"This label has 190 releases! Go now and visit their website right here for more information on the releases and the bands. We would like to thank Satanica for their support and we are looking forward for a great cooperation.
"'A Great Blessing' Features 37:30 minutes of extreme, aggressive, and epic black metal, with members of Cease of Breeding, Demonical, and Witchery. Soon we will post some more news about the album. Until then you can hear the second uploaded song on youtube entitled 'None to Remain!"" More...
New Jersey's Operatika Element has posted the new song "Haunting in the Night" online, which can be heard below. The band also commented:
"The wait is finally over! We are happy to present our much anticipated single 'Haunting in the Night,' which was mixed by Neil Kernon (Queensrÿche, Nevermore, Nile). The song will be released on Amazon and ITunes in the nearest future. Thank you all so much for your patience, you guys ROCK! Stay Metal!" More...
Selfmadegod Records released "Descent of Yuggoth," the new album from Swedish deaeth metal act Megascavenger, on December 17th. The album features eight tracks of relentless sonic barbarity and the track "Catapulted Through Aeons" is available via Bandcamp or in the player below. The full album's track listing is:
2. Descent Of Yuggoth
3. Smokescreen Armageddon
4. Catapulted Through Aeons
5. Void Of Damnation
6. Funerals And Ceremonies
7. Death Obsessed
8. No Haven For The Sane
9. To Revel With Vermin More...
After releasing the new song "Drink It Up," Swedish act Vengha has now posted another track online titled "Who We Are." Check out the track in the SoundCloud player available below, or hear more from Vengha over at the band's Facebook profile here.
September Murder has launched a stream of "In Celebration of Mankind's Wretchedness," which comes off the band's upcoming second album "He Who Invokes Decadence." Give the song a listen in the player below.
The band comments: "We've been working on our second album for the past two years. It took one year to write it and another on for the recordings and final production. By giving you first tangible information, we feel proud and relieved at the same time. This album turned out as the stiffest piece of work we've ever dedicated to, but rarely did a result inspired and spurred us likewise.
"Concerning our own concept of sound and song writing we wanted to tear down self-set boundaries and conquer new paths. Of particular importance was to push our creativity to the next level to show also ourselves in what degree we matured in our work and what our own musicality can offer us."
Avant-garde black metal outfit Stagnant Waters, which was covered in the Norwegian edition of our Unearth the Metal Underground column, is currently streaming the band's full new self-titled album online.
1. Algae (4:39)
2. CCAEP UHANRN NHON TAT (5:19)
3. Of Salt and Water (6:52)
4. Castles (5:34)
5. Concrete (2:46)
6. Bandaged in Suicide Notes (3:23)
7. Axolotl (10:09)
8. From the Breaking Neck to Infinity (6:55)
Budapest act Kill With Hate has now released the debut full-length album "Voices of Obliteration," which is available for ordering through the band's website here. The album's track listing is:
02. The Beast Within
03. Servant Of God
04. Epistle Of Fire
05. Pray For War
08. Speeches Of The Defendant
You can also listen to the songs "The Beast Within" and "Epistle of Fire" through the Bandcamp player available below. More...
Almost exactly two years since its initial release by Bones Brigade records (in collaboration with Kaotoxin records), Total Fucking Destruction's fourth and latest album to date, "Hater," is back as a cassette tape limited to 100 copies. This tape release features the addition of two bonus tracks - a studio and a live version of "Blinded," the band's Nasum cover). This cassette reissue will drop on January 2nd, and you can get more information on it by heading over to Kaotoxin's website. Total Fucking Destruction is the brainchild of monstermind Richard Hoak (Brutal Truth, Old Head, Peacemaker).
Indonesia's Vallendusk has premiered two new tracks online from the band's upcoming album "Black Clouds Gathering," due out in March 2013. Check out the songs "Fragments of Light" and "Among the Giants" in the YouTube clips available below.
Alice in Chains has issued the following announcement about releasing a lyric video for the new "Hollow" track featuring fan-submitted images:
"Two weeks ago, we began posting the lyrics from our brand new song, 'Hollow' to @aliceinchains on Instagram, asking you, the fans to create an image inspired by or featuring a word or phrase from the lyrics. Fans from around the world took to Instagram, sharing their photo interpretations of each lyrical phrase. Today, our new song 'Hollow' makes its world premiere on Aliceinchains.com along with a lyric video that includes your Instagram photo submissions."
Yayla is a deep, dark black metal experience created by multi-instrumentalist/composer/filmmaker Emir Togrul. His new album, "Nihaihayat," is set for a January 21st release through Montreal-based Merdumgiriz Records. In what will surely be considered a high water mark for Turkish Black Metal, "Nihaihayat" is a five-track, 51-minute experience which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Cristobal Urbina and Emir Togrul from September through December.
Adding yet another personal element from Togrul, each "Nihaihayat" CD is handmade; Emir sprays the discs, cuts and inserts the prints for the jewel case and jacket, and pretty much makes the whole damn thing from scratch. Unsurprisingly, the Yayla shirts are hand-painted by him as well. Togrul is also co-owner of Merdumgiriz. Check out the tracklisting and cover art below, along with a stream of "Immortalizing the Nine" - a track also posted on Blistering webzine.
Through the Sigil of Hate
Immortalizing the Nine
Disguises of Evil
In Senility More...
Slovenian act Nephthys has released a new video clip for the song "Psychotic Rage," which comes off the band's 2011 "Ghost Asylum" album. The clip was directed and produced by Dorian Žulic and can be viewed in the player below.
Victoria, Australia based five piece Shoreside has released a new music video for the track "Alumni." Check out the video clip below. For more info on Shoreside, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. Shoreside is:
Lead Vocalist: Corey Burton
Lead Guitarist & Backing Vocals: Michael Bujaki
Rhythm Guitarist: Chris Di Carlo
Bassist: John Kis Gyevi
Drummer: Travis Clarke
After releasing the "Lepers Caress" EP for free online, today Scion AV has posted the new Arsis video for "Carve My Cross." Check out the video below. Arsis is currently on tour promoting the EP wrapping up these final stops:
12/19 Phoenix, AZ
12/20 Los Angeles, CA
12/21 Las Vegas, NV
12/23 Oklahoma City, OK
Alpha Tiger is ready to unleash new album "Beneath The Surface," which is due out via Century Media on January 28th in Europe and February 5th, 2013 in North America (digital only in North America with European imports available through CM Distro).
The band is also now offering a free download of the album track "We Came From The Gutter" as a special Christmas gift for fans. To download the track, click here. Fans can also watch the video for the first single, "From Outer Space" in the player below. Century Media Records comments on the album:
"All lyrical topics on Beneath The Surface are represented in the stunning cover artwork, which was created by Hungarian designer Peter Tikos (who also worked with the band on the Man Or Machine cover). Beneath The Surface was recorded this past summer at Berlin's Musicflash studio, engineered by Mirco Godi Hildmann, and mixed and mastered by Andreas Hilbert."
The track listing is:
2. The Alliance
3. From Outer Space
4. Waiting For A Sign
5. Beneath The Surface
6. Along The Rising Sun
7. Eden Lies in Ruins
9. Crescent Moon
10. We Came From The Gutter More...
Vancouver quartet Baptists will set loose a debut LP titled "Bushcraft" this February via Southern Lord. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Baptsists advocate a creed of destruction through a blistering, discordant hybrid of punk-fueled hardcore. Immediately following its 2010 formation, the sect took to the road and built a strong buzz in the underground scene with ferocious live shows, as Southern Lord unleashed the self-titled 7” in 2011, which sold out instantly.
"Having laid to waste several The Power Of The Riff events and a plethora of high-profile shows in Canada over the past few years, Baptists spent a good portion of 2012 vigilantly writing material for an anticipated LP release.
"For the recording, Baptists traveled to Salem, Massachusetts to record at the infamous Godcity studios with Kurt Ballou, who captured the eleven anthems embodied on Bushcraft. With nearly a half hour of unhinged lyrical angst and a seething vocal delivery propelled by white-knuckled snare-blasts, d-beat thunder, dissonant riff urgency and an overall relentless by-the-throat approach, Bushcraft is a release not to be ignored."
The "Bushcraft" album will drop in North America on February 19th, with Baptists live tour actions being devised in support of the release. Stay tuned as more details emerge.
Saud Ahmed of The Crimson Armada has posted the following statement online about the band calling it quits:
"Closure. A lot of people are wondering what in the world happened to this band. Jordan, TCA's last drummer wrote a statement but never really consulted our management nor the rest of the band before posting and thus the result was just a bunch of confusion. I am going to clear things up briefly as possible.
"Crimson broke up for a multitude of reasons. The first and primary reason was because of a lack of passion. It is no surprise the difference in sound between our two full lengths , Guardians and Conviction. Guardians was written over several years with the original members kyle, and david and myself (saud). The album reflected what we wanted to play and how I felt about things at the time. over the course of signing to metal blade records and latter years we didnt really receive the push we expected and I ended up going out and selling merch for other bands and finding other things to occupy my time like recording and engineering.
"Over what seemed like an eternity of waiting for things to move forward our musical tastes changed, and most importantly our religious views changed, mine especially. After Josh and David decided to leave our band we decided as a band to take a more secular route although I had already written a religious record. We planned on using conviction as a transition record to play music that was more fun to perform. It goes without saying, that the backlash we received was less than amusing however we decided to suck it up and continue on with our new label.
"Over the course of the tours that followed it seemed like we had a new lineup every time we hit the road. After a while the band became more of a chore than a job or anything that was fun really. No one warned us for the ridiculous amount of baggage that came with being a full time touring band. Every tour we went on we ran into some kind issue and someone quit and we ran through a new member every few months. Ultimately it just didn't feel right anymore. We were trying our best to keep things together all the while paying for most of our band expenses out of pocket.
"Bottom line the band died long before our last few tours. We were essentially a completely different band under the same name. It was obviously time to move on.
"I want to take this time to thank all of our fans for everything you've done for us. I can speak for all members that were ever in this band that we had an incredible time performing and travelling the country. I would not trade this experience for any amount of money or fame. I learned so many valuable lessons about being a musician, a professional, and a friend through this band and i owe it all to the fans and bands and bandmates and friends I've made over the years. Crimson definitely broke down my ego, forced me to grow up and opened my eyes to the real world. Thank you so much for this experience. More...
Ottawa, ON's melodic death thrashers Chariots of The Gods have posted a teaser for the upcoming music video for the title track from their full length album "Tides of War," being released on Tuesday, January 29th, 2013. Check out the teaser below. The album's full track listing is:
2. Seventh Weapon
3. Blind Assassin
4. Ambrosian Wings
5. Tides of War
6. Revillusion (1905)
7. Snow Falls On The White River (1914)
8. Severing The Bloodline (1917)
9. Collapse of An Empire
10. Red Skies
13. Unbound (feat. Aleksi Sihvonen)
14. Annihilation of The Gods More...
U.K. act Impaled Existence has posted the following message online about parting ways with bassist Sam Walker:
"As sad as it is, IMEX and Sam Walker are parting ways. We would just like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Sam for all the hard work, hard drinking and hard bantering he has put in over the last 4 years, he will be greatly missed as part of this band and this decision in no way affects our friendship with Sam, who is, and always will be a brother. Sam, best of luck in the future buddy and we will catch up with you soon."
Sam also commented: "Hey guys, this may be a shock to you all but I have decided to part ways with Impaled. It has come to the time in my life where I feel that I need to move on and try new things.
"I've spent the best 4 years of my life with these guys, traveled the whole of the UK, played Download and also Bloodstock. I've learnt so much from them. I would like thank EVERYONE who has helped me and the band along over this time, the support from you guys has been unreal.
Germany's Lanfear has checked in with the following year-end recap and announcement about writing for a new album:
"?2012 was a blast! We received fantastic reviews for our latest album and had a great release party! We played the BYH festival & our first gig in the states at the famous ProgPower festival in Atlanta. Pretty kuul!
"While you read this we're already in songwriting mood so there maybe will be a new album out in late 2013. We wish you a merry x-mas and a great 2013 - STAY TUNED."
You can also check out our coverage of Lanfear's appearance at the ProgPower festival at this location. The new material currently being written will be the follow-up to Lanfear's latest full-length album "This Harmonic Consance" (reviewed here).
Paris modern metal outfit As They Burn, which recently signed to Victory Records, has announced that the band will join Job For A Cowboy, War From A Harlots Mouth, and Beneath the Massacre for the upcoming Bonecrusher Fest. Bonecrusher will take over twenty-seven cities across Europe and the U.K. beginning March 1st, 2013. Dates are available below.
Vocalist Kevin Trevor comments, “JFAC is a band we all really like and we've been following them since the beginning. We'll play all over Europe and in countries we've never been before. We’re very excited to meet new audiences and share our new album, positive vibes, energy and passion with the crowds every night. After this let's hit the USA!”
As They Burn will be also be hitting the road with Betraying the Martyrs next year to support a forthcoming Victory Records’ debut album, due out February 19th. More...
Formed by members of Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire and Reproacher, Denver's Primitive Man will release its debut album "Scorn" on 12" vinyl this coming January 31st via Throatruiner Records and Mordgrimm Records.
The album was recorded by Dave Otero at Flatline Audio (Cephalic Carnage, Catheter) in the band's hometown, evolving into a blackened sludge/doom vein that will appeal fans of bands such as The Body, Thou or Khanate.
"Scorn" will be up for pre-orders and full streaming within a few days, and two tracks are already available right here or in the player below. The full track listing is:
3. Black Smoke
4. Stretched Thin
5. Astral Sleep More...
Devourment has revealed the cover artwork for the outfit’s new album, "Conceived in Sewage," due early next year via Relapse Records. The album’s disgusting NSFW artwork, created by Toshihiro Egawa (Cryptopsy, Defeated Sanity), can be viewed below.
The fourth studio full-length from Dallas, Texas-based Devourment, "Conceived In Sewage" was recorded at Mana Recordings in St. Petersburg, Florida with legendary death metal icon Erik Rutan (Hate Eternal, Morbid Angel).
"Conceived In Sewage" will see release on February 19th in North America, February 22nd in Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland, and February 25th in the UK and rest of the world. More...
Holy Grail has now released the fifth and final episode in a series of track-by-track videos for Nuclear Blast debut “Ride The Void.” Check out the video below. The "Ride The Void" album is due out on January 18th, 2013.
In this final episode, the Californians share their thoughts and details on the tracks "Wake Me When It's Over," "Rains Of Sorrow," and the album's European bonus track "Can't Hide The Wolf." The previously posted track-by-track clip can also be heard right here. More...
Orange Goblin has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming North American shows with Clutch:
"OK! North America! We are finally delighted to announce that Orange Goblin will be touring North America (Canada and more US dates still to be announced in the new year!) as main support to the mighty Clutch on their 'Earth Rocker' North American tour!
"Here are the first dates that have been announced and please don't panic, more ARE on the way! Other supports for the tour include LIONIZE...and KYNG!
"Fanclub Presale begins - Tuesday 18th December 2012, Public Onsale - Friday 21st December 2012. As we say, there WILL BE MORE DATES to be announced in the new year! CLUTCH, ORANGE GOBLIN, LIONIZE and KYNG ARE COMING TO ROCK YOUR WORLD!" More...
Baroness's John Baizley and Pete Adams have shared an acoustic performance of "Stretchmarker," which can be viewed below or at the band's website. The clip, recorded in Baizley's Philadelphia art studio, marks the first performance the band members have shared since their bus accident in August.
"Simply put: it's time to get back to it. Since my belated and thankful return to the USA (after our painful test in motor coach-aeronautics) I can definitively say I've exhausted my reserve of potential leisure activities (there's not that many of them, after all)," explained Baizley. "I've come dreadfully close to boredom, and in those moments I can't help but focus on my glaring physical infirmities. Television offers little respite from this relative stasis; I'm sure by now I have sampled every biker-meth-dealer-zombie-low-talking-cop-crime-scene-serial-killer-real-housewife soap opera that is currently being broadcast (and there's no small number of them). I've tried to fill my weekly routine with as much physical therapy as possible but the truth is, PT is not fun, and its benefits come with a great deal of mental/physical/spiritual pain and struggle. Furthermore, I believe I am getting a touch of Stockholm Syndrome when it comes to my doctors and therapists (the highlight of my week should NOT involve a clinic).
"Music might be the best therapy I have right now. Perhaps it's both the cause and the cure (the thought has crossed my mind); but I feel lost without it. Pete and I have just spent a long week surveying our musical wreckage and, surprisingly, we are quite well and intact. Sure, there are some substantial obstacles to overcome before we write, record or perform any time soon; but we still have everything we need to get 'back in' that particular 'saddle again.' Most of my peers are familiar with such high-school-gym-teacher poeticisms as 'risk equals reward' and 'no pain, no gain;' but did any of us every really believe there was any real wisdom in those adolescent platitudes? I didn't. I am, however, starting to understand the essence of these and many of our other favorite clichés. More...
The Odious has released the new "Joint Ventures" album online, which is now available as a name-your-price download via Bandcamp. You can also stream the full album in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Nuchal Cord 01:58
2. Ancestral Perplexities 07:46
3. The Gynecic Curse 03:42
4. Combaticus 08:27
5. Minutia 00:54
6. A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing 08:51
7. Mer/ka/ba 05:09
8. Fail Science! 01:46
9. Charlie Guiteau 03:42
10. Joint Ventures 03:39
11. Houses of Stone 09:47 More...
Copenhagen, Denmark's Opiate has released a new single online for streaming titled "Sleeping Visionary," which can be heard in the YouTube player below. You can also download the track for free over at the Opiate Bandcamp page here. Opiate is:
Anders Høst: Vocals
Erik R. Olsson: Drums
Thomas Lausen: Bass
Jacob Andersen-Usaj: Guitars
Martin Hastrup: Guitars More...
Thinning the Herd's upcoming new album "Freedom From the Known" was recorded by Steve Albini and mixed by Wes Edmonds. The album will be out via Saint Mark's Records this coming February 2nd, 2013. A new track from the album can also be found in the player below.
Vader has announced dates for the first leg of the “Back To The Black Tour” 2013, which will also feature Aborted and Bonded By Blood. A teaser trailer for the trek is now available online and can be viewed below. The tour will also feature opening guests on the these dates:
Bloodshot Dawn /21.01-2.02/
Flayed Disciple /17.01-20.01/ More...
Nightbringer is releasing the "Circumambulations of the Solar Inferno" split with Dodsengel through Daemon Worship Productions early next year, and now two tracks from the release are available online for streaming.
Check out the tracks in the player below or over at Bandcamp. Daemon Worship Productions also commented: "Circumambulations of the Solar Inferno is a conceptual split release, based upon the esoteric doctrines of the four quarters of the journey of the 'sun' from death, through the underworld, to rebirth and ascendance. Featuring two excruciating rituals from each NIGHTBRINGER & DØDSENGEL and stunning artwork by Cold Poison, this split shall be unleashed through DWP in the first months of 2013."
The track listing is:
1. NIGHTBRINGER - Watchtower of the West - Gate of the Mighty Dead
2. NIGHTBRINGER - Watchtower of the North - Ascension of the Midnight Sun
3. DØDSENGEL - Watchtower of the East - Horus Sunflesh
4. DØDSENGEL - Watchtower of the South - Drunk Upon Inmost Fire More...
Indiana-based death/sludge heathens Yellowtooth have released the second video from their full-length debut, "Disgust." The band has chosen the track "The 11th Hour" for the video, which reflects the ominous predictions highlighted by the Mayan Calender on December 21st, 2012. Watch the video for "The 11th Hour" below.
In other Yellowtooth news, the band's label Orchestrated Misery Recordings has hooked up with metal blog Dead Void Dreams to offer fans a chance to win four discs from the O.M.R. catalog. Up for grabs are copies of "Disgust," along with releases from three other artists. Enter to win at this location. Orchestrated Misery Recordings released "Disgust" on September 11th.
Swedish speed metal act Enforcer is streaming the new track "Mesmerized By Fire." The song appears on the band's forthcoming release "Death By Fire," which is scheduled for release on February 1, 2013 via Nuclear Blast.
The track list for "Death By Fire" is as follows:
1. Bells Of Hades
2. Death Rides This Night
3. Run For Your Life
4. Mesmerized By Fire
5. Take Me Out Of This Nightmare
6. Crystal Suite
8. Silent Hour / The Conjugation
Check out "Mesmerized By Fire" here: More...
Finland's Damnation Plan posted a preview clip of the band's upcoming debut LP "The Wakening." The album, five years in the making, is scheduled for a March 2013 release through Coroner Records. The band's new lineup features the additions of harsh vocalist Tommy Tuovinen (MyGrain), and clean vocalist Asim Searah (Ex-Kiuas). The album was mixed by the legendary Dan Swano (Nightingale/Ex-Edge of Sanity).
Check out the preview clip here:
Brazilian death metal veterans NervoChaos are set to release their newest album "To the Death" on January 22nd via Greyhaze Records. This new album features guest performances by big names in the international and South American Metal scenes such as Ralph Santolla (Death, Deicide), João (Ratos de Porão) and Zhema (Vulcano).
The album's cover art is done by Joe Petagno (Motorhead). The first pressing of this CD will include a limited edition NervoChaos embroidered patch as well as a sticker. Greyhaze Records is now streaming album track "Mark of the Beast" at this location. The tracklisting and cover art are posted below as well.
Mark of The Beast
Sheep Amongst Wolves
Your World's Trend
Gospel of Judas
To The Death
Smoking Mortal Remains
Mind Under Siege
Delusions and Lies
Destroyer of Worlds
Wolves Curse More...