Metal News for December 21, 2011
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Following news of the cancellation of the European leg of Gwar's "Return of the World Maggot" Tour in January, Oderus Urungus has taken to Twitter to vent some of his disgust at the promoters and other factors that gave rise to the cancellation. While stressing his love for the die-hard European Gwar fans, he hits out at the reasons behind it all on @TheRealOderus. Below are some excerpts and a screen shot. Follow Oderus' Tweets at this location.
Of all the American (dual citizenship w/ Antarctica) bands that tour there, we probably have the most appreciation for European culture.More...
Getting disturbing reports of zero promotion and tickets still on sale...the sad part is we LOVE YOU EUROPE. We really miss you.
Believe me, if we had the money, we would, we have done it before!
And I will fucking go after it, this whole fucking thing pisses me off so bad, and I am just looking for a neck to wrap my hands around.
For now our focus must be on making sure that all of those fans who bought tickets get their money back. If you don't, tell me DIRECTLY.
This is but another bump in the road for the mighty GWAR! It shall not hinder nor dissuade us in our unholy quest...whatever that is.
It breaks my black heart that they shall be deprived of this...BUT
I know they wanted to say goodbye to Flattus. really, our fans in Europe are some of the most fanatical and loyal I have ever known.
Going about as far from the traditional metal lineup as you can before entirely leaving the genre behind, the Heart of Barf trio defies expectations by consisting of a drummer, sax player, and extreme vocalist.
If the lineup and the name makes you think the group is joke to laugh at for 10 seconds and move on, think again: although clearly not taking themselves too seriously, the guys from Heart of Barf make surprisingly well crafted music that effectively shows the sax is a metal instrument. You can check out several songs from the band by heading over here.
To get the inside scoop on Heart of Barf and find out how the bizarre combination of musicians came to be I got in contact with sax maestro Ed RosenBerg, who discussed the band's history, how metal groups have used sax in the past, and the difficulties of writing sax parts for a heavy and fast paced band. More...
Nothnegal is currently seeking fans to remix the song "Janus," which appears on the band's upcoming "Decadence" album. Here is how to proceed:
"To remix the song, you can use your favorite audio editing software (Pro-Tools, Cubase, Logic, Reason or whichever you prefer). You may add your own vocals, guitars, drums or whatever instrument you want, as long as you are creative! Please upload your remix to YouTube or Soundcloud and send the link to email@example.com or post it on Nothnegal’s Facebook wall. More...
Reno, Nevada blackened death metallers Blasphemous Creation have inked a deal with Russian record label HeadXplode Records. The band's second full length album "Battle Of The Ancients" will be released sometime in early 2012.
The album was engineered by Josh Williams at Metal Works Recording Studio in Folsom, CA and the cover artwork (available below) was handled by Tony Koehl of Sketch The Soul Studios. This second offering is a follow up to Blasphemous Creation's first full length album "Diabolical Kingdom," which was released on San Francisco label Apocrypha Records. The following press release was issued about the album's themes:
"'Battle Of The Ancients' is a concept album based on the ancient Sumerian gods the Anunnaki, who were actually flesh and blood extraterrestrials from a planet called Nibiru. It is a fictional story based on lead guitarist/vocalist Isaac Wilson's own beliefs in ancient astronaut theory, that ancient gods were actually aliens from other planets with superior technology and were able to travel through space. The album tells the story of great battles fought between the Anunnaki and a humanoid race called the Plejaren, who were genetically engineered by the Anunnaki to be used as slaves. After defeating them, the 'Gods' came to Earth and once again created human beings to serve them as slaves."
Los Angeles, CA misanthropic sludge-rockers -16- have completed recording their new album, set to be released this Spring via Relapse Records. The new record, entitled "Deep Cuts from Dark Clouds" was recorded with the band’s friend and longtime engineer Jeff Forrest at Double Time Studios in San Diego, CA. The album was then mastered by Pig Destroyer’s Scott Hull at Visceral Sound Studios. The official track list, release date and artwork for "Deep Cuts from Dark Clouds" will be released shortly.
Bassist Tony Baumeister commented on the new album:
"We're very excited about the release of our new record. The addition of Mateo on drums opened a lot of doors for us creatively. We experimented with different time signatures, different tunings, and finally made the album we've wanted to make all along. The goal was to destroy our last record, and we feel like we achieved that. We can't wait for people to hear it, and can't wait to play these songs live. US and European touring plans are in the works..."
Los Angeles, CA’s Murder Construct has entered the studio to begin work on the band's debut full-length. The as-yet-untitled album follows-up the band’s acclaimed self-titled EP and is being recorded in CA at Architeuthis Sound with engineer Sean Vahle.
Drums are being tracked at Trench Studios in Corona, CA with John Haddad (Abysmal Dawn, Exhumed, Intronaut) while mastering will take place at Mammoth Sound with Dan Randall (Toxic Holocaust, Impaled, Magrudergrind). A mid 2012 release date is expected with more information to be released shortly.
Murder Construct features Travis Ryan (Cattle Decapitation) on vocals, Leon del Muerte (Exhumed) on guitar and vocals, Kevin Fetus (Fetus Eaters) on guitar, Danny Walker (Intronaut) on drums, and Caleb Schneider (Bad Acid Trip) on bass. The band previously released a seven-song EP that saw its release in November of 2010.
Murder Construct’s Leon del Muerte commented on the upcoming full-length: "I'm not even sure we thought we'd ever finally get around to doing this shit. Over the last couple of years, we've managed to piece together 12 shivarees to the blast beat. We decided to invite some of our friends over to help with the shenanigans, too! Overall, should be a big, fat, noisy fucking mess that picks up where the EP left off."
Experimental black metal/doom band Gnaw Their Tongues is streaming it's new album "Per Flagellum Sanguemque Tenebras Veneramus" on it's bandcamp page, and we have it posted on the player below. Gnaw Their Tongues is basically a one-man band made up of Mories on all vocals and instruments, who has been in several other Dutch bands as well. Below is also a video from one of the band's earlier releases for the track "The Gnostic Ritual Consumption of Semen as Embodiment of Wounds Teared in the Soul."
Brutal death metal act Nephelium, formerly of Dubai and currently of Toronto, will be releasing the "Coils of Entropy" album officially on February 7th, 2012. The band is now streaming a track off the album, titled "Merciless Annihilation," which can be heard below. You can also download the track for free by heading over to the Nephelium Reverbnation page.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Burial Ground 05:04
2. Merciless Annihilation 06:18
3. Hellborne 05:02
4. Malediction 08:52
5. Halls of Judgment 05:56
6. Coils of Entropy 10:15
Bleeding Through will be releasing "The Great Fire" on January 31st, 2012, and the band has now posted a song off the album online. Check out the track "Faith In Fire" in the player available below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The March
2. Faith In Fire
3. Goodbye To Death
4. Final Hours
5. Starving Vultures
6. Everything You love Is Gone
7. Walking Dead
8. The Devil And Self Doubt
9. Step Back In Line
10. Trail of Seclusion
11. Deaf Ears
12. One By One
14. Back To Life
Moonspell recently announced its signing with Napalm Records for the release of a new album in 2012. The band has now posted an album update video clip online, which can be viewed below.
The new, as-yet-untitled album will follow-up Moonspell's 2008 release "Night Eternal." Additional details will be announced as they are made available.
California's DMT has posted a promo clip online featuring music from the "A Shift of Ages" EP, which can be found below. The band also commented:
"Here's a promo video Dave put together with footage of us in the studio with samples of the new songs from our EP 'A Shift of Ages' which is available for digital download today on iTunes and CDbaby, please share and repost with your family and friends, and thanks again to everyone for their continued support."
The track listing is as follows:
1. We Bring the Change
2. Beneath the Surface
3. A Shift of Ages
4. ExplicitThe Paradox
5. American Evolution
6. Afterlife Disillusion
7. The Paradox (Radio Edit)
New York death/thrash act Choke On Your Ego is the rebirth of the former act Manifestation Theory with a brand new lineup. The band commented on its current lineup:
"Jim Ronk has joined forces with Dan Proper to write and vocalize our darkest thoughts and ideas. We are actively seeking a drummer and bassist at this time.
Lancaster, PA's March To Victory has just been named 2011's best metal band by Atlantic City, NJ's Elephant Talk Indie Music Magazine. The band has also been called PA's best metal band by Biz R Entertainment, Central PA's best band by Philly's 191 Radio, and 2011 best Metal performance by Stout's Brewery's Battle of the Bands (3rd place overall).
2011 has been a busy year for the band, which released the debut full-length "Frostburg 666" in February and toured the U.S. from May to September without the aid of a larger headlining act. This year alone the band shared the stage with the likes of Suffocation, Immolation, Vital Remains, Mortician, Grave, Hate, Jungle Rot, WormRot Gigan, Bloodred Throne, Revocation, Black Anvil as well as hundreds of local acts.
The band is currently working on new material for the next album, which will also be the first to feature new front man "Freak" (who also growls for Parkesburg PA's death/grind band and Born Of Chaos Records labelmates Lead Farmer) who joined the band after "Frostburg 666" was recorded, but before it's release.
"I think of Gauchiste as setting a mood for an abstract form of storytelling, a kind of lighting or fog that proliferates throughout a room. It's more like horror meditations," says Tannon Penland (Loincloth), one-third of the trio Gauchiste, which is set to release a self-titled debut album via Little Black Cloud Records on January 17th, 2012.
The release will be available digitally and physical products are limited to 100 records and 100 CDs, each of which comes in its own unique, specially designed packaging. "Gauchiste" was mastered by James Plotkin (Khanate, Scorn, Lotus Eaters) who has worked with such acts as Sunn O))), Earth, and Goslings.
Says Tannon, "The idea of Gauchiste came to be out of a shared love of oppressively heavy music and abstract minimalist forms that moved us to ask the question 'How can we play with and communicate sonically the otherness or peripheral spaces in these worlds, that which hovers above them and around them?' We all love metal in our own way. I imagine some will hear Gauchiste as an extension of black metal, but it isn't at all. Metal in general is only a very small part of the end result." More...
The brass metal brawlers of Fallstaf are wishing everyone a happy holidays and would like to thank everyone who has supported them during 2011 by offering their latest single "Eulogy" for free download.
Australia's Beyond Terror Beyond Grace has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming new album:
"We're proud to unveil the cover art and tracklisting from our forthcoming album 'Nadir'. We again worked with Colin Marks from Rainsong Design for the album artwork and booklet and feel he has done a fantastic job. Expect a label press release along with the official release date next week, and another track available to stream. Not long now folks!"
The track listing is as follows:
2. Requiem for the Grey (featuring Rob Allen of Encircling Sea, The Abandonment)
3. Throatless Sirens
5. Embracing Null
6. The Blood of Time (featuring Jason Netherton of Misery Index & Rob Allen)
7. Pathea More...
Bare Bones Music has posted a new video interview online with Aaron Matts and Victor Guillet from French act Betraying the Martyrs, which can be viewed below.
Spiralmountain, which recently posted several releases from the band's back catalog online, has now made the entire new self-titled album available online. You can check out the full album via YouTube or through the Bandcamp player below.
Denver's Anchorage has released a new official music video for the song "The Lonely Hunter," which is available in the clip below. "The Lonely Hunter" is taken off the band's "Truth in Adversity" EP, available now via iTunes. For more on Anchorage, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
The EP's track listing is as follows:
2. Arise Metropolis
3. The Clearing
4. The Lonely Hunter
5. Outer Rim
6. The Bounding Main
Brazilian act Code 3-7 has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album, set for release in 2012. Check out the rehearsal footage below. You can also find Code 3-7's previously posted cover of Katy Perry's "Firework" by heading over here.
Bassist David Ellefson of Megadeth has posted a new entry in his "Rock Shop" video series, which discusses the music industry and performing live. This episode, titled "Album License Deals," is now available online and can be viewed below.
In other Megadeth news, you can check out footage of front man Dave Mustaine performing live with Metallica at this location.
Scar of the Sun has issued the following announcement about heading out on a European tour with Rage:
"Hello everybody! We're very pleased to announce our first European tour in order to support our debut album 'A Series Of Unfortunate Concurrencies,' out last May/June trough Scarlet Records.
"The band will be the opening act for the 'Metal Firestorm 2012' tour of the German metal legends Rage. Special guests also involve the legendary Viking metal band TYR, hailing from Faroe Islands and the modern/progressive metal heroes Communic from Norway. The tour will involve 14 concerts within 16 days, covering Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France and Spain. The exact dates are the following:
23.03.12 Fri DE Speyer @ Halle 101
24.03.12 Sat DE Andernach @ JUZ
25.03.12 Sun DE Braunschweig @ Meier Music Hall
27.03.12 Tue DE Hamburg @ Markthalle
28.03.12 Wed DE Nürnberg @ Hirsch
29.03.12 Thu DE Bochum @ Zeche
30.03.12 Fri DE Aschaffenburg @ Colos-Saal
31.03.12 Sat DE Mauerstetten @ Sonnenhof
01.04.12 Sun CH Pratteln @ Z7
02.04.12 Mon IT Milan @ Bitte Club
03.04.12 Tue FR Montpellier @ Secret Place
05.04.12 Thu ES Madrid @ Sala Caracol
06.04.12 Fri ES Valencia @ Sala Rock City
07.04.12 Sat ES Pamplona @ Sala Totem More...
German black metal band Thorngoth has checked in with the following announcement about the band's upcoming fourth album:
"At present we're rehearsing for the fourth full length album, which probably will be called 'SCHWARZ-KARG-KALT.'
"We've scheduled the recording of the album for February 2012. Thus we'll again produce the album by ourselves, that's just an approximate date.
"'SCHWARZ-KARG-KALT' contains the darkest songs Thorngoth has written so far. Yet it also takes Thorngoth's style a step further into a more progressive type of black metal."
Thorngoth also recently posted several songs online from the last album "Leere," with full details available at this location.
James Collins, drummer/vocalist for traditional heavy metal rockers Careless, has released this drum cam video of his soloing in the track "5ive." The song comes from Careless' new album, Coalition, which is streaming at this location. More...
Oakland, CA hard rock band High on Fire has entered Salem, Massachusetts' GodCity Studios to begin tracking their as-yet-untitled new album. The world renowned group featuring drummer Des Kensel, bassist Jeff Matz and guitarist / vocalist Matt Pike (also of legendary stoner metal trio Sleep) is collaborating with producer and Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou on the new effort; the band's sixth studio recording and follow up to 2010's "Snakes for the Divine." A mid-2012 release date is expected via eOne Music.
"We are really stoked about recording this album," said Jeff Matz when asked for comment. "The new songs are turning out absolutely punishing; there are some seriously sledgehammer riffs on this one! Working with Kurt has been awesome as well. He's super easy to work with and is full of good ideas. The sounds that the guy gets are ridiculous and raw as f*ck but also clear and HUGE. I think this album will capture the essence of the band really well. It's still early in the process, but so far it's sounding amazing."
High on Fire's work on the new album follows more than a year and a half of world touring in support of "Snakes for the Divine," which included multiple North American headlining jaunts and international festival appearances as well as tours alongside friends and peers in Metallica, Slayer, Mastodon and The Melvins, the latter of which saw the trio caught in both the February 22, 2010 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand and the powerful earthquake and resulting tsunami in Tokyo, Japan on March 11. The popular U.S. group was unharmed, but shaken after surviving its second natural disaster in sixteen days and was able to return to its native Oakland a few days later.
Tentative song titles from the new High on Fire LP include "Serums of Liao", "Madness of an Architect", "De Vermis Mysteriis", "Spiritual Rites" and "Warhorn". Early reports mark the new record as "direct, eye-opening and powerfully supernatural." More details on the album will be made available in the coming weeks.
AFM Records is proud to announce the worldwide signing of industrial veterans MINISTRY, one of the most innovative and legendary bands of our time. AFM will release Ministry's highly-anticipated comeback album Relapse in March. Prior to the album, MINISTRY will release a digital single, entitled “99%” on December 23rd, 2011 via the band's iTunes store.
Currently, Ministry mastermind Al Jourgensen is finalizing the last mixes on the new material. Al Jourgensen comments on the signing: "Our 13th Planet Record releases have been distributed in Europe via AFM through our partner Soulfood Music in Germany for several years now, and we have established a solid business relationship, so it made perfect sense to take the next step and have AFM Records come on board and be involved with the new Ministry release for worldwide and digital distribution. I’m pretty psyched about the collaboration, based on the response and enthusiasm I’ve received from AFM so far…"
Vocalist/bassist Alan Robert from Life of Agony, known for his comic book series "Wire Hangers" and "Crawl to Me," has been confirmed to star in the season two premiere of TLC's show "NY Ink." Last season, the show's Wooster Street Social Club crew had such guests as Corey Taylor, Method Man and LaMarr Woodley - who all got inked in the studios and told their stories. Robert shared the following quote about being on the show:
"Wooster St. has some of the most amazing tattoo talent around, so I was thrilled to get my piece done by Megan. Her style is perfect for the ink I chose," said Robert. "Being on the show was a trip and it was interesting to see, first hand, just what goes into making a hit series like this. I give the artists a lot of credit, too. It's one thing to deliver kick-ass tattoos day in and day out... but it's another thing to try and do that with a bunch of cameras jammed in your face. No pressure, right?!"
Alan Robert's graphic novel "Crawl to Me" will be in book stores in January of 2012. More...
Italian pagan death metal act Vinterblot has posted a song online from the upcoming album "Nether Collapse," which is due out on January 30th, 2012 via Rising Records. You can check out the song "Whispers To The Headless," which features guest vocals from Gaetano Cavallaro of Deadlystrain, in the player below. Vinterblot also commented on the song:
"Saturnalia, Sol Invictus, Yule, Alban Arthuan, Rozhanitsa, Chronia, Vinter-Blót. To Honour the Winter's Solstice, reborn of the Sun and the light in the darkest day."
Toronto act Intervals has released the new EP "The Space Between" for streaming online and free download. You can check out the release in the player below.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Still Winning
Norwegian act The Wretched End, which features Samoth (ex-Emperor, Zyklon), Cosmo (Zyklon), and Nils Fjellström, is currently in the process of working on the follow-up to the debut album "Ominous." The Wretched end has now checked in with the following brief update via Facebook: "Mixing the new album, editing video, designing artwork... the wheels are in motion!"
You can also check out a video clip of The Wretched End working on guitar parts for the upcoming album below. Previously posted drum footage is available at this location.
Belgian goremasters Aborted will be releasing their 7th record to date, "Global Flatline," on January 23rd in Europe and January 24th in North America. In anticipation of this impending onslaught of extreme metal, the band is now giving fans a preview of what's to come with the premiere of the new single "The Origin Of Disease" on No Clean Singing.com.
To listen to the track, head over to No Clean Singing at this location.
Featuring guest appearances by Trevor (The Black Dahlia Murder), Jason (Misery Index), Keiijo (Rotten Sound), and Julien (Benighted), "Global Flatline" is now available for pre-order along with a very limited "Full Gore Bio Bag" bundle package that includes:
*Bio hazard bag to hold all gore
*Album in digipack with 2 bonus tracks and exclusive artwork
*Exclusive to pre-order 3/4 sleeve raglan tee
*Album cover tee - This final absolution I grant the human race
*Poster flag - fabric posters 3' x 5' with exclusive album art
*Includes cut off body parts in every bag
South Australian extreme thrashers Truth Corroded will kick off the New Year with the band's first ever tour of Europe. Truth Corroded will be main support on the "Sounds of Extreme" tour featuring Krisiun (Brazil), Malevolent Creation (U.S.), and Vital Remain (U.S.) touring across Europe and the U.K from January 27th to February 19th. Tour dates are as follows:
27.01.2012 (POL) Bielsko-Biala / Rudeboy
28.01.2012 (SK) Kosice /Collosseum
29.01.2012 (CZ) Uherske Hradiste / Klub Mir
30.01.2012 (GER) Jena / Rosenkeller
03.02.2012 (CH) Le Locle / Scarkrows
04.02.2012 (CH) Dietikon / Sounddock14
05.02.2012 (GER) Trier / Exhaus
07.02.2012 (GER) Munich / Backstage
08.02.2012 (GER) Darmstadt / Steinbrucht Theater
09.02.2012 (HOL) Alkmaar / Victorie
10.02.2012 (HOL) Groningen / Vera
11.02.2012 (HOL) Rotterdam / Baroeg
12.02.2012 (BEL) Vosselaar / Biebob
13.02.2012 (UK) Manchester / Moho
14.02.2012 (IRE) Dublin / The Pint
15.02.2012 (UK) London / Underworld
16.02.2012 (FR) Paris / Glazart
17.02.2012 (GER) Bad Oeynhausen / Druckerei
18.02.2012 (GER) Essen / Turock
19.02.2012 (FR) Limoges / CC John Lennon
Truth Corroded will be promoting the band's latest album "Worship the Bled," which was released through Ultimhate Records in Europe and Japan in September.
Weedeater has checked in with the following update about the upcoming Hail!Hornet tour featuring screenings of the "Slow Southern Steel" documentary:
"Just a reminder that that you MUST SEE the Hail!Hornet / Slow Southern Steel tour. It starts next month, and in case you didn't already know, Hail!Hornet is what happens when Dixie Dave of our fine establishment joins Erik Larson of Alabama Thunderpussy / The Might Could, T-Roy from Sourvein / Buzzov-en and Vince from Beaten Back to Pure to form one of the most ass-kickinest bands out there today.
"AND, Slow Southern Steel is the new (and totally unreleased / unavailable outside these special screenings) full length movie directed by CT of Rwake and David Lipke that documents the heavy bands of the south from COC to EHG to Down to Kylesa, Torche, Buzzov-en and Zoroaster among many more.
"You CANNOT MISS this shit! It is ridiculously cool, trust us. Don't miss the the bands (Zoroaster, ASG and COC also join for some dates) and don't miss the movie; this might be your only chance to see either. Check it out here!
"And don't forget to buy our clearance merch designs ON SALE FOR CHEAP through Dec 31st and then discontinued indefinitely. Shop for that shit here, and happy holidays to you all! More news soon so stay tuned."
Medieval rockers the Wizards of Delight have released a new song, "The Temptation of Brother Mazzereth," on their Facebook bandpage. We have the uploaded video version of it here for you. Describing themselves as "two wizards making music," the band comes from Wessex and will be posting another track soon on it's bandpage. More...
Preshispanic Mexican death metal band Pacal is streaming the song "Conquerors" from it's recent album of the same name. Hailing from Zacatecas, Pacal has been around since 1997 and has opened for many bands such as Asesino in 2008. Below is Pacal's official video for "Venganza," filmed at the Llena tu Cabeza Solo de Rock festival.
Spanish industrial metal band Eslavon has just released an official video for the track "Soy Desolacion," which you can listen to here. The song comes from the band's recent nine song album "Estado Psicotico," which the band is issuing for download at this location. More...
Decapitado Por Genocidio has out a new four song EP titled "Caminos," and the band is making a download available of it by going to this location. You can also hear an earlier song, "Todos vs Uno," over at MySpace. Below is a video for the title track from this Mexican death metal band's EP. More...
Yamaha has posted a video interview with Machine Head drummer Dave McClain during the band's recent Eighth Plague tour. Dave talks about his way to becoming a drummer and his Yamaha Oak Custom kit and hardware.
If you didn't catch the recent interview with guitarist Phil Demmel, you can check it out here.