Metal News for December 22, 2010
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Equal Vision Records has just put a new compilation album online, available for purchase through iTunes. The compilation, titled "New Sounds 2011," features the following tracklisting:
1. Chiodos – Caves
2. Mozart Season – Famous Last Words (You’re Nothing Without Me)
3. We Came As Romans – To Plant A Seed
4. Life On Repeat – Separation
5. Wild Orchid Children – Gasoline Rainbows (Jesus Is A Black Man)
6. Pierce The Veil – Caraphernelia
7. ORBS – The Northwestern Bearitories B: Kid Cancer
8. Places And Numbers – Notes From The Dead Zone
9. The Dear & Departed – Tambourine Love
10. This Time Next Year – New Sensation
11. Texas In July – Hook, Line and Sinner
12. Isles & Glaciers – Empty Sighs & Wine
Pasadena, California thrash metallers Holy Grail have posted the following band update online;
"This tour had been remarkable! We knew we really had to have our chops dialed in because the Blind Guardian fans are a very devout power metal fanbase, but night after night we win the crowd over one song at a time. At the start of our set they watch observantly with arms crossed, then halfway through you see them headbanging, and then by the final song they are pounding their fists in the air. It’s been awesome to see that transformation of new fans! Blind Guardian and their crew has also been the best bunch of guys to tour with, this is by far one of the greatest tours we’ve done! I hope we get to do more together in the future!"
Melodic deathcore act Motionless In White has posted its music video online. The video was shot for the track "Abigail." You can view the clip below:
Ramming Speed has posted two European tour trailers online from its current tour with Municipal Waste. You can view the clips below:
Times Of Grace, the new project between Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam D and former Killswitch Engage vocalist Jesse Leach, has posted another short video trailer online for its debut album "The Hymn of a Broken Man." The new album is expected in stores on January 18th, 2011. You can view the video trailer below:
Russian multi-instrumentalist/post-metal artist Senmuth has released his new studio album, "TE-E-MA," which marks his 20th studio album released in the 2010 calendar year. "TE-E-MA" is also his 76th studio album released to date, since his debut "Cognitive Discord" was released in 2004. A press-release states:
"Senmuth is a Russian multi-instrumentalist who makes uncompromising and experimental music with guitars, ethnic instruments and electronics. He is also a fequent collaborator with several other experimental Russian bands. His musical output can best be described as eclectic, ranging from ethnically fused ambient to progressive rock. His origins however lie predominately in doom and industrial metal with a healthy dose of ethnic music; whereas his newer albums are more progressive and experimental.
"Senmuth's compositions are musical journeys, expansive trips into history and the unknown transporting the listener through distant lands and ancient cultures. The sheer volume of work that Senmuth creates is staggering, having released over 60 albums in less than ten years of active recording, or making about ten albums per year. All of his work is generously released free of charge, and can be downloaded through his website."
Here is the "TE-E-MA" tracklisting:
1. Contour of Events
2. My Pantheon
3. Songs no More
6. The Climaticshift
8. Mute Syntagma
9. AmGod vs doGmA
11. Divine re-Equivalent
13. The Catalyst (Linkin Park remix)
European metal act Sirenia has announced that it will be participating in the forthcoming edition of the Wacken Open Air festival. Wacken 2011 is set to take place between August 4th, 5th and 6th, 2011 in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
The confirmed line-up now includes:
BLAAS OF GLORY
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CRADLE OF FILTH
HEAVEN SHALL BURN
RHAPSODY OF FIRE
SUBWAY TO SALLY
VISIONS OF ATLANTIS
German metal act Varg has revealed the tracklisting for its upcoming studio album "Wolfskult." "Wolfskult" is set for release on March 4, 2011 through NoiseArt Records. You can view the tracklisting below:
2. Wir Sind Die Wölfe
6. Glorreiche Tage
8. Blutdienst III
Sweden's One Without has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"Olle Töpel has left One Without. Mainly due to lack of time and interest. After some serious thinking he has decided that he needs to focus on other parts of his life. We support this decision as we feel that we need to have members that are totally focused on One Without.
"We wish him all the best, and would like to take the opportunity to thank him for the past years, we've really had a lot of fun with this guy. The position as drummer is now open for auditions."
You can also check out One Without's music via the band's MySpace page.
Sweden's Fullforce has posted a new song online titled "None of Your Concern," which can be viewed in the video clip below. The band also commented on the song:
"A new song called 'None Of Your Concern' has been uploaded at YouTube. The actual video is in the simplest of ways put together by lead singer Mike Andersson and the song is the real recording for the album but, a 'test mix' done by CJ Grimmark. So, the footage is 'homemade' but, the music is the real deal. Hope you'll like it."
Mortiis will be kicking off a European tour this coming January alongside Combichrist. "In some fundamental ways, Combichrist and Mortiis are very different, but in other fundamental ways, we are very much the same," explained vocalist and namesake Mortiis. "At the end of the day, both bands have this 'f-you' attitude. It's expressed somewhat differently musically, but energy and attitude-wise we're carrying the same torch, so to speak. I think fans of both bands will pick up on that."
"We've seriously pimped up a selection of older songs that we'll be performing," Mortiis said. "So, across the board, it will be a new, and for lack of a better expression, very 'pimped up' bunch of songs!"
The dates are as follows: More...
Victory Records has posted another episode of VicTorV, which can be viewed below. The label also commented on this video:
"The fans have spoken and the sexy North Pole celebrity known as Santa's 'Little Helper' is here to give you what you've been waiting for, the results of YOUR Top Ten Favorite Victory Records Videos of 2010 in VicTorV #65. This holiday episode also features a sneak peak of what Victory Records has in store for you next year and if you look closely you may even see Victory's very own Santa Mosh make an cameo. Enjoy this killer episode and the new era of VicTorV. Best of all, it is still FREE."
Decibel magazine has posted another new track online from Sodom's upcoming album "In War and Pieces." The new song "Soul Contraband" can be heard here. January 11th, 2011 is the North American street date for Sodom's new album. The track listing is as follows:
1. In War And Pieces
3. Through Toxic Veins
4. Nothing Counts More Than Blood
5. Storm Raging Up
6. Feigned Death Throes
7. Soul Contraband
8. God Bless You
9. The Art Of Killing Poetry
11. Styptic Parasite
Finnish melodic death metal act Mygrain has posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Of Immortal Aeons" which is taken from the band's forthcoming self-titled album, due for release on January 12, 2011 through Spinefarm Records. You can view the video below:
Bravewords.com is hosting an exclusive stream of the song "Dark Ritual" from Southern California thrashers Attackhead's new album "Voices in the Dark - Second Attack." The song can be heard at this location. Attackhead's album will be released January 25th, 2011 via Twisted Hillbilly Records.
Lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Chapman had the following to say about the song: "Dark Ritual is one of our favorite songs on the CD, it is a story about human sacrifice back in the Aztec days and is really great to play live. Enjoy."
German thrash act Destruction has posted the first video trailer online to promote its forthcoming studio album, "Day Of Reckoning." "Day Of Reckoning" is set for release on February 18, 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records and will feature the following tracklisting:
"Day Of Reckoning" tracklisting:
1. The Price
2. Hate Is My Fuel
4. Devil’s Advocate
5. Day Of Reckoning
6. Sorcerer Of Black Magic
8. The Demon Is God
9. Church Of Disgust
10. Destroyer Or Creator
11. Sheep Of The Regime
New York hardcore act Sick Of It All has announced its first tour dates for 2011, which includes a midwest run with main support from Outbreak. Alpha & Omega will also be on all dates, in addition to Bitter End, who will be appearing on the Texas dates. The dates are as follows:
1-12 @ Mohawk Place - Buffalo, NY
1-13 @ Altar Bar - Pittsburgh, PA
1-14 @ Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
1-15 @ Headliners - Toledo, OH
1-16 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL
1-17 @ Firebird - St. Louis, MO
1-19 @ Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
1-21 @ Knickerbocker's - Lincoln, NE
1-22 @ The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
1-23 @ The Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
1-26 @ The Loft - Dallas, TX
1-27 @ House Of Rock - Corpus Christi, TX
1-28 @ White Rabbit - San Antonio, TX
1-29 @ Red Seven - Austin, TX
1-30 @ Walter's On Washington - Houston, TX
A new video interview between Las Vegas alternative metal act Escape The Fate and Revolver TV has been posted online. You can view the clip below:
Australian metal act Serenity has revealed the title and tracklisting for its forthcoming studio album. The third album from the band will carry the title of "Death & Legacy" and will see its release on February 25, 2010 through Napalm Records. The tracklisting is available below:
"Death & Legacy" tracklisting:
1. Set Sail To… (intro)
2. New Horizons
3. The Chevalier
4. Far From Home
5. Heavenly Mission
6. Prayer (interlude)
7. State Of Siege
8. Changing Fate
9. When Canvas Starts To Burn
10. Serenade Of Flames
11. Youngest Of Widows (limited edition only)
12. Below Eastern Skies (interlude)
13. Beyond Desert Sands
14. To India's Shores (limited edition only)
15. Lament (interlude)
16. My Legacy
Agnostic Front frontman Roger Miret has posted the following statement online, in which he announces the completion of the band's new album. The statement reads;
"After all is said and done, we are amazed on how great our new record turned out! It's by far our catchiest record to date and it's going to make everyone want to sing along for sure. Freddy killed it on the production end, just capturing that hardcore vibe that only he can get out of Agnostic Front. The boys all put nothing but passion into the songs, and Erik Rutan just dialed it all in to make Agnostic Front sound as natural and as organic as ever. This one will definitely be a classic once it's heard worldwide!"
Norway's Leprous has issued the following announcement about splitting with bassist Halvor Strand:
"It's with sadness we announce that our bass player and good friend through many years Halvor Strand has chosen to quit Leprous. His decision to quit the band is completely undramatic, and is not based on any sort of conflict. We're all very sorry about this, but we respect his decision and wish him the best of luck in the future. Thanks for everything Halvor! We wish you all the best for the future, and we will follow your projects very closely!"
Halvor also commented on the split:
"I'm currently getting busier and busier with other projects apart from Leprous. This means that it came to a point where I had to make a decision. I could no longer 'have my cake and eat it too' with all these different creative wheels in motion. Something had to go. Leprous deserves and requires that all members offers their 110 percent. My 110 percent started to get spread around in different projects. I had to follow my heart on this one - and I decided to pursue my own projects. More...
De Profundis has issued the following announcement about posting a tour diary online from the band's shows in India earlier this year:
"De Profundis toured India in October 2010, playing in 5 cities, including 3 open air festivals and a co-headlining appearance at Kingfisher's Octoberfest 2010 in front of 30,000. You can read more exclusively at the Zero Tolerance magazine website."
The band's Indian tour blog can be read at this location.
American metal act Devildriver has revealed the special edition details for its forthcoming studio album, "Beast." The special edition set, which is set for release on February 22, 2011 through Roadrunner Records, will feature the following tracklisting:
1. Dead To Rights (4:53)
2. Bring The Fight (To The Floor) (3:33)
3. Hardened (5:46)
4. Shitlist (4:04)
5. Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened) (4:20)
6. You Make Me Sick (5:18)
7. Coldblooded (4:06)
8. Blur (4:58)
9. The Blame Game (4:00)
10. Black Soul Choir (16 HORSEPOWER cover) (5:07)
11. Crowns Of Creation (4:55)
12. Lend Myself To The Night (4:01)
14. Fortune Favors The Brave
15. Grinfucked (live)
Sweden's Splattered Mermaids has issued the following announcement about writing new material for an upcoming second full-length album:
"It's time for a new update! We're busy writing new songs for our second full-length album, title to be announced very soon! At this moment we have 10 new songs and a couple more to do! We're very excited to get this out, and the songs has a good mix of what splattered mermaids is known for; chunky pounding brutality and breakdown moshparts! Stay tuned for more details..."
You can also check out Splattered Mermaid's music via the band's MySpace page.
American hard rock act Stone Sour, featuring Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor, has posted its new official music video online. The video was shot for the ballad track "Hesitate" which appears on the band's latest studio album "Audio Secrecy." You can view the video below:
Italy's horror-metal band STIGMA will release "The Undertaker EP," which features 3 new songs and the track "The Undertaker" taken from the group's sophomore effort "Concerto for the Undead." "The Undertaker EP" will be released in January through Pivotal Rockordings and will only be available digitally through iTunes, Amazon MP3 among many other MP3 stores.
The track “1,2,3,4 Dead!” can be streamed at their
The tracklisting for "The Undertaker EP" [Artwork] is as follows:
1. 1,2,3,4 Dead!
2. We Are the Deceased
3. It’s Bullet Time! (feat. Brendan Schieppati of BLEEDING THROUGH)
4. The Undertaker More...
European extreme metal act Dimmu Borgir has posted its new music video online. The track is taken from the band's 2010 release "Abrahadabra." You can view the clip below:
Germany's The Very End has premiered the song "The Leper" online through Noisecreep.com. "The Leper" is off the band's upcoming album "Mercy and Misery," which is currently set for release on January 25th, 2011. You can check out the track here. The track listing is as follows:
2. Ball And Chain
3. The Leper
4. Rat Nation
5. Dead Is The New Alive
6. Letters To The Living
7. A Hole In The Sun
8. For All Things Undone
9. Immigrant Song (LED ZEPPELIN cover)
10. Three Zero Nine
Germany's Akrea has posted a 2010 recap video, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the video:
"After a long wait, it is now time again, we must introduce a new sequence of Akrea TV! We have made a small compilation from the year 2010. We hereby wish to thank all fans, supporters, organizers and all that we have forgotten, thank you sincerely for such an amazing year! We want to look at a lot of fun! And we hope we'll see you on the last gig for this year, this coming Saturday in Burglengenfeld!"
Suicidal Angels has checked in with the following recap of the band's recent tour dates:
"Back from the snow! So this is it. Thrashfest 2010 has reached its end and after a difficult journey back home, we have returned to our base loaded with memories of a tour which proved to be the strongest of our career so far!
"Kreator, Exodus and Death Angel, along with us, formed an explosive package that toured around Europe for 24 days, bringing chaos to every city and selling out every show in the best of venues.
"A great honor for us to share the same stage with all these bands and receive thrash lessons every night, looking forward to the moment that we'll meet again on the road! Many thanks to all the crew of the tour that helped us along the way! Thank you David, Pit, Thilo, Gump, Julie, Thomas, Stony, Simon, Merlin, Margarida, Tibo, for giving your best and 100% of what you've got to bring this mission through!
"This tour, these sold out gigs, and the endless after-show parties will never be forgotten... Only way such thing could happen, is by joining new ones! We want to thank all the fans that moshed for us, screamed their lungs out for us, buying ALL our merch and filling the venues even though we were the opening band. Can't wait to see you all in March on our next European tour with Death Angel. Cheers to everyone out there!"
Norways' Vreid will release the new album "V" on February 7th, 2011 through Indie Recordings. The band has now posted a teaser trailer online for the album, which can be viewed below.
The "V" track listing is as follows:
2. The Blood Eagle
3. Wolverine Bastards
4. The Sound Of The River
5. Fire On The Mountain
6. The Others & The Look
8. Welcome To The Asylum
9. Then We Die
Visions of Atlantis has posted the first sample track online from the band's new album "Delta." The newly uploaded track "New Dawn" is available for streaming via the official Visions of Atlantis MySpace page. "Delta" is currently set for release on February 25th, 2011. You can also catch Visions of Atlantis live on the following dates:
2/8 Z7 Pratteln, SWITZERLAND
2/9 Transbordeur Lyon, FRANCE
2/11 Rockstar Live Bilbao, SPAIN
2/12 La Riviers Madrid, SPAIN
2/13 Razzmatazz Barcelona, SPAIN
2/15 Elysee Montmartre Paris, FRANCE
2/16 Rockfabrik Ludwigsburg, GERMANY
2/17 Live Music Hall Köln, GERMANY
2/18 Le Coliseum Charleroi, BELGIUM
2/20 Hirsch Nürnberg, GERMANY
2/21 Mega Club Katowice, POLAND
2/22 JUMBO Centrum Kosice, SLOVAKIA (Slovak Republic)
2/23 MMC (Majestic Music Club) Bratislava, SLOVAKIA (Slovak Republic)
2/25 Estragon Bologna, ITALY
2/26 Atlantico Roma, ITALY
2/28 Alcatraz Milano, ITALY
Amaranthe has issued the following announcement about performing at Rockbaten 2011:
"Hey guys! Amaranthe just got booked to play Rockbåten alongside our good friends in Dream Evil and Avatar! This will be one hell of cruise, sailing from Gothenburg to Kiel, so don't miss out! Link with tickets will be up soon! Ship ahoy!"
More information on the 2011 Rockbaten can be found at this location.
Living Sacrifice has posted a music video online through Noisecreep.com for the song "Overkill Exposure," which can be viewed below. The band commented on the clip:
"Check out the premiere of our video for 'Overkill Exposure' now on Noisecreep. 'The Infinite Order' Deluxe Edition is out now and includes all the tracks from 'The Infinite Order,' one B-side, two live bonus tracks and a 30-min live performance video! You can download it at iTunes or Amazon MP3."
Zloz.com has posted a video interview online with members Michael Starr and Lexxi Foxxx of Steel Panther, which can be viewed in two parts below. Steel Panther also commented on the videos:
"Michael Starr and Lexxi Foxxx stopped by 'The Zloz Hour' to check out Sandy’s new push-up bra! Oh, and an interview, too. Michael and Lexxi go back 20 years to clear up myths surrounding the band and explain how they got to where they are today. You’ll even learn how the name 'Steel Panther' originated! It’s a very informative interview and entertaining interview packed with 30 minutes of heavy metal goodness! And apparently there’s more, but Part 3 has yet to surface. Definitely check it out!"
British NWOBHM band BATTLEAXE has re-formed. The band got back together in response to numerous enquiries and requests for the band to perform throughout 2010. Having performed a handful of gigs, namely, Hard Rock Hell (Wales) and Headbangers Open Air (Hamburg), the band has agreed that the time is now right for a relaunch.
BATTLEAXE is currently in the process of writing/recording new material for the new album "The Legions Unite." The band expects to finish recording the album in January 2011 for a February release.
Battleaxe was formed in 1981 and by 1983 the band was signed to Roadrunner/Music for Nations and released "Burn this Town," which became a cult album. In 1983, Battleaxe also recorded a session for the UK's top radio station RADIO 1. Radio One's top rock producer, Tony Wilson produced a session that was to be promoted heavily by the Rock Show's late Tommy Vance. Battleaxe's second album, "Power from the Universe," was recorded in December 1983. Despite some lineup changes, the band continued playing live shows into the mid 1990's.
Maryland rockers Kix are still alive and kicking, recently playing some shows in their home state. Here's some new live footage (thanks to RollinLucky7) from a local gig in Brunswick this month:
German technical death metal band War from a Harlots Mouth has posted a cover of Deftones’ “Hexagram” for streaming on the band’s official Facebook page. The cover song appears on the iTunes deluxe edition of the recently released full-length, "MMX."
The tracklisting for "MMX" is as follows:
02. To Age And Obsolete
03. The Increased Sensation Of Dullness
04. Sleep Is The Brother Of Death
05. The Polyglutamine Pact
06. Cancer Man
07. C.G.B. Spender
10. Recluse MMX
11. Inferno III/VI
Triptykon, the band featuring former Celtic Frost and Hellhammer leader Tom G. Warrior, has been confirmed as the latest band for next year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, which will take place in Dessel, Belgium from June 24th-26th. The lineup is now as follows: More...
Six Reasons To Kill has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Architects of Perfection." The trailer can be viewed in the video clip below.
You can also hear a track off the new album via this location.
Polish heavy metal act Crystal Viper has posted a video clip online wishing fans a merry Christmas and a heavy metal new year. You can check out the video below.
Relapse Records is currently offering a free, 26 track, digital label sampler online now exclusively via the label's Facebook page. The sampler includes previously unreleased tracks from Red Fang, Abysmal Dawn, Noisear, as well as songs from Obscura, Baroness, Black Tusk, Dying Fetus, Death and more. The track listing is as follows:
1. Baroness - "Swollen and Halo"
2. Red Fang - "Number Thirteen"
3. Black Tusk - "Embrace The Madness"
4. Revocation - "ReaniManiacs"
5. Obscura - "Incarnated"
6. Abysmal Dawn "In Service of Time"
7. Cephalic Carnage - "When I Arrive"
8. Dying Fetus - "Descend Into Depravity"
9. Misery Index - "The Spectator"
10. Black Anvil - "Scalping"
11. Tombs - "Merrimack"
12. Howl - "Heavenless"
13. Kingdom Of Sorrow - "God's Law In The Devil's Land"
14. Toxic Holocaust - "Nuke The Cross"
15. Noisear - Global Warning
16. Murder Construct - "End of An Error"
17. Kill The Client - "Vicious Slaughter"
18. Agoraphobic Nosebleed - "Agorapocalypse Now"
19. Brutal Truth - "Get A Therapist...Spare The World"
20. Royal Thunder - "Mouth of Fire"
21. Titan - "Wooded Altar Beyond The Wander"
22. Mose Giganticus - "The Great Deceiver"
23. Circle of Animals - "No Faith"
24. Cough - "Crippled Wizard"
25. Horseback - "Invokation"
26. Death - "Scavenger Of Human Sorrow" (re-master)
New Orleans based act Flesh Parade has checked in with the following brief announcement about the band's "Dirty Sweet" album being played in its entirety via an online radio station on Thursday, December 23rd:
Flesh Parade also has the following upcoming festival appearance:
5/26 Sonar - Maryland Deathfest IX 2011
Sydney-based gothic metal band Rise of Avernus recently uploaded their first piece of material, “Forbidden Sin.” Featuring ex-Black Horizon vocalist Cat Guirguis, Lycanthia drummer Andrew Craig, and Stodowa guitarist Ben Vanvollenhoven, the track is a hint at what to expect on their upcoming EP release "In Frailty," which is currently being recorded and due out in early 2011.
The new track is streaming online on their Facebook page.
The band is currently on the lookout for a bassist and second guitarist, and interested candidates can get in touch via metal-muse(at)hotmail.com.
American thrash metal veterans Flotsam and Jetsam have announced that they have signed a new record deal with German based label, Nuclear Blast, who will be releasing the band's new studio album, "The Cold" in Europe, Australia and Japan. A message from drummer Craig Nielson reads as follows:
"It is with great anticipation and sincere positivity that Flotsam and Jetsam join forces with such a respected and professional record company as Nuclear Blast! This brings tremendous optimism to our future success with, 'The Cold.'"