Metal News for December 2, 2012
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11 news articles posted on this day.
Sweden's Wolfbrigade has checked in with the following year-end recap and announcement about upcoming activity:
"Dear December. 2012 has been a fantastic year for us, a year to remember. 'Damned' was released on Southern Lord Recordings and La Familia Releases and seems to have been embraced by old and new fans. The gigs we have done in Europe and North America have been the best we have ever done. We really appreciate everyone coming out and all the hard work from the organizers.
"Not to forget, we did the one off all-Wolfpack songs gig in Prague. Everyone who keeps asking for more of that, we ALWAYS play, around 50%, songs of the Wolfpack albums, it's the same band, folks. Sure, there's been 3 changes in the personnel over the last 18 years, but few bands that stick together this long has all original members left. We have been the same members for the last 9 years now and are looking forward to many more, even if the past will always be a part of us.
"The brigade is in hibernation over the winter but we will start building on our new rehearsal space (aka the Wolf's Den) and studio( engineered by Jocke - and yes, he will be recording other bands as well, more about that later on), as well as starting to plan our next moves. See you in 2013." More...
Italian brutal death metal act Devangelic has released a new promo track online titled "Unfathomed Evisceration," which can be heard below. Devangelic was formed by members of Putridity, Vulvectomy, Coprophiliac, Indecent Excision, and Necrotorture. The band consists of:
PAOLO CHITI - Vocals
MARIO DI GIAMBATTISTA - Guitar
DAVID CETORELLI - Bass
ALESSANDRO "VENDERS" SANTILLI - Drums
New Jersey's Premonitions will be releasing a self-titled EP this coming December 14th, 2012 and now the band has posted a teaser trailer online featuring samples of all tracks from the release. Give the teaser a listen in the player below, or find more music from Premonitions over at Facebook here.
Florida act Death Before Dying has posted the following message online about recruiting a new bassist:
"We have taken a long time to search for the right person for bass positions, and we found him. Russell Stewart (Killwch, Sin7) is our new bassist.
"Rusty is 200% right for the job, he comes from the same background and has the right attitude. We are very excited about working with Rusty, and cant wait for everyone to see him in action.
"Thanks to all who tried out, and thanks to Nikki Hedrick for all your help. Stay sick."
Death Before Dying is:
Michael Grim - Vocals
Kris Sallaway - Guitar
Chris Smith - Drums
Geoffrey McWhorter - Guitar
Russell Stewart - Bass
The prog quartet hAND has recently launched a brand new Bandcamp site featuring the group's entire back catalog. Check out all the music from hAND right here, or listen to "Breathing" in the player below.
The band comments: "It's a great way of managing digital sales, and asking the fans what they want to pay for our music. It allows us more control, and hopefully to bring more to the fans."
To celebrate the launch of the site, the band has also decided to offer the entire hAND full back catalogue for free download until 10th December. Available content includes the debut album "Deadroom Journal," which Kerrang said has "Jarring instrumental jams that would leave Coheed and Cambria blushing."
hAND is a 4 piece female fronted progressive rock / metal band from Sussex, and is currently working on a third album due to be recorded next year. More...
Norwegian black metallers Endezzma have debuted their first official video for “Junkyard Oblivion," which can be viewed below and is the opening track from the album “Erotik Nekrosis."
The video features guest appearances by Urgehal’s Enzifer and Beastcraft’s Sorath Northgrove, was produced by the Effektor Film Company, and was directed by Endezzma's frontman Morten Shax and R.M. Camera. The clip is dedicated to the late Edezzma guitarist and Urgehal frontman Trondr Nefas.
"Erotik Nekrosis" was released on the 28th of November in Europe and is due out the 5th of February in the USA.
The line-up for the first ever Ozzfest Japan - set for Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th, 2013 at the Makuhari Messe arena just outside of Tokyo - has now expanded with Tool, Slash, Deftones, and Stone Sour joining previously announced headliners Black Sabbath and Slipknot.
“We’ve assembled an amazing lineup for the first ever Ozzfest Japan. Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Tool, Slash, what more could you ask for?” says Sharon Osbourne “And we still have plenty of surprises to come. The Ozzfest Japan line-up will rival any of our previous festivals.”
“It took a long time for Ozzfest to come to Japan but I know the fans here are going to feel it was worth the wait,” Massy Hayashi of Hayashi International Promotions says. “Of course, any time you have living legends like Black Sabbath on stage you know it is going to be a memorable event.” Last year, Hayashi International Promotions produced the sold-out one-day punk rock festival Air Jam at Yokohama Stadium.
Tickets pre-reservation started on November 25th and ticket prices are as follows: single-day tickets are JPY 14,000, weekend passes are JPY 27,000, and weekend passes including an official festival t-shirt are JPY 30,000. All prices include consumption tax, box office commission, and ticket printing fees. The latest information on Ozzfest can be found at this location. More...
Sleep has posted the following message online about switching the band's performance at the upcoming 2013 Maryland Deathfest from Saturday to Sunday:
"Sleep is honored to perform at Maryland Deathfest 2013. Al Cisneros (Om, Sleep), Matt Pike (High On Fire, Sleep) and Jason Roeder (Neurosis, Sleep) have been carefully balancing busy touring schedules to push forward with Sleep as a full, reunited band.
"Please be advised: to facilitate the touring opportunities offered to both Om and Neurosis in May 2013, Sleep has rescheduled their appearance at MDF 2013 from Saturday May 25th to Sunday May 26th. Sleep offers humble apologies to anyone that this may inconvenience.
"If you want/need to exchange Saturday tickets for Sunday tickets, please send them to:
MDF - P.O. Box 20368 - Baltimore, MD 21284. We look forward to MDF and beyond. Praise thee who accept The Iommic in thine heart." More...
A new video from Hatesphere is now available in the player below, and the band comments on the clip:
"Check out our brand new video for 'Resurrect With A Vengeance.' The clip was filmed and produced by Søren Dybdal Jensen and Claus Reinhold for Division 666, September 2012. Check it out below."
The track comes from the album "The Great Bludgeoning," released on Napalm Records in September, 2011.
Daemonicus has just released a new video for "Nothing But Death," which was produced and directed by vocalist Stefan Hagström and C.C.H.B. productions. The video is available below, and the track comes off the new album "Deadwork." The track listing is:
1. A Dead Work of Art
2. The Grandeur of Total Termination
3. Embracing Her Remains
4. We Feast On Your Flesh
5. The Hymn of Ubo Sathla
6. From Alive to Dead Life
7. Blood Red November (MDXX)
9. Nothing But Death
10. As Extinction Came
Over the past few months, Sunday Old School has examined British outfit, My Dying Bride and Swedish metal favourites, Katatonia, who, along with Paradise Lost, are known as three of the four bands who helped to pioneer the death/doom genre. This week, we’ll be completing the set by taking a look at Anathema, another band instrumental in launching the sub-genre, but who soon found themselves on an entirely different musical path. Anathema were formed in the English city of Liverpool in 1990, initially under the name of Pagan Angel. They recorded their first demo, "An Iliad of Woes," in November of that year which soon spread around the English music scene and caught the interest of several labels, with the band eventually settling on Peaceville Records following the release of their second demo, "All Faith is Lost." Their first release through Peaceville was an EP named, "The Crestfallen," which earned them enough credibility that they were able to tour with American death metal favourites, Cannibal Corpse. They followed, "The Crestfallen" with their first full length album, "Serenades," which also earned the band significant exposure and featured a music video for the song, "Sweet Tears," which soon gained airplay on MTV. As well as television exposure, the band were soon able to tour throughout Europe and were even scheduled to perform at a festival in Brazil.
Despite the rapidly growing fan base and success, vocalist Darren White decided to leave the band in 1995. Rather than searching for a new singer, guitarist Vincent Cavanagh took over the spot behind the microphone, and later that year, Anathema released their second studio album, "The Silent Enigma," which marked Cavanagh’s debut recording with the band, after he had made his live debut as the group’s frontman when they had toured with countrymen, Cathedral. They followed, "The Silent Enigma" a year later with their third full length, "Eternity," which received near universal acclaim. The album was notable for moving away from the doom metal sound and more towards alternative rock, with some psychedelic and gothic influences also present. More...