Metal News for December 22, 2011
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Portland doom band Space God Ritual is streaming it's new eight song demo "Pay the Price" online, which you can listen to here. If you want to download it, just go to this site. The video below is for "Occultus Maximus," a song which came off of their earlier EP "From Beyond the Beyond."
U.K. drone band Greg(o)rian is streaming it's latest three song EP "Settlements and Burial Chambers" online, as well as 2010's EP "Dormancy of Our Omniscient Masters." Go to this site to download both, or stream them in the player that we have provided.
God Forbid is currently at Audiohammer Studio working with Jason Suecoff to record a new album set for release next year. The band has now posted a brief video clip online featuring vocalist Byron Davis in the studio. Check out the footage below.
The 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise organizers have checked in with the following announcement about the latest addition to the festival:
"Please Welcome CHANNEL ZERO On Board! Did they forget about their scouting party that was in The Netherlands some time ago? What happened to them? They went South to Belgium and straight to the capital city of Brussels. Sailors, please welcome Belgium's premier Heavy Metal Band: CHANNEL ZERO on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!
"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.
"Ticket prices start at US$666 plus US$289 taxes and fees per person and include all on-board entertainment, non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals at the dining rooms, most on-board restaurants and even 24 room service! What are you waiting for? You might even need a vacation from this vacation when all is said and done! Check out this location for more information and book your cabin NOW!"
The following 33 (out of a total of 40 bands) have been confirmed: More...
Swindon, U.K.’s The Dead Lay Waiting is unveiling two more U.S. exclusive tracks from the band's new album, "Almost Heaven," releasing in the U.S. with Rising Records on January 24th, 2012.
Noisecreep.com is currently streaming the track "The Days I’m Gone" here, and TheNewReview.net is streaming the track "Open Your Fucking Eyes" at this location. Check out both tracks now and stay tuned to hear more tracks from The Dead Lay Waiting in the coming weeks. More...
New Zealand's Winter Deluge has posted the 9th track online from the band's upcoming album "As the Earth Fades into Obsurity." Check out the track "Celestial Renewal" in the player below. The black metal act is set to release the new album on January 21st, 2012 and pre-orders can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also check out the previously posted track "Scathe Wrought By the Will of Nature" by heading over to this location.
When international hardcore group Narrows christened the debut album "New Distances" back in 2009, the title described the geographic challenge faced by the band--vocalist Dave Verellen (Botch, Roy) and Ryan Frederiksen (These Arms Are Snakes, nineironspitfire) reside in Seattle, bassist Rob Moran (Unbroken, Some Girls, Over My Dead Body) and drummer Sam Stothers (Makeout Boys, Quarantine) live in San Diego, and guitarist Jodie Cox (Tropics, Rohame, Bullet Union) lives in London.
But the title also indirectly referenced Verellen's recurring lyrical themes of loss. Both meanings made their mark on the band; the logistical obstacles of distance and the pervasive tone of grief lent a sense of immediacy and volatility to their angular hardcore songs. The band's publicist has now issued the following statement about the upcoming "Painted" album:
"While every bit as sonically vitriolic as their past endeavors, Painted attempts to focus its energy rather than lash out blindly. Songs like 'Greenland' and 'It's the Water' till weigh in with bottom-heavy instrumentation, but lyrically look towards brighter horizons. Though the band seeks to close the emotional divide it basked in on their debut, the primary meaning behind New Distances couldn't be more pertinent to the band's sophomore album. The U.S. Department of Immigration recently denied entry to Cox, forcing the recruitment of temporary guitarist Mark Holcomb (Aeges, Undertow, Shift) for Narrow's 2011 tour with Helms Alee. While the global nature of the band already limited their opportunities for touring, this additional roadblock further exacerbated the difficulties of writing and recording an album with members spread across the United Stated and Europe.
"Despite the difficulties of recording across two hemispheres, Painted sounds like a band locked into a singular vision. Matt Bayles (Mastodon, ISIS, Minus The Bear) recorded the album at Red Room Studios with Cox's guitar overdubs tracked by Wayne Pennell at Bunker Studios in Brentford, England during late night Skype sessions with the stateside members of the band. Due in part to the constraints of time and distance, Painted is a streamlined record. With eight songs clocking in at just over 27 minutes, the album wastes no time exorcising its demons. And while part of New Distances allure stemmed from it's marriage of primal metallic hardcore with the effects-laden art rock approach of guitarists Cox and Frederiksen, Painted harnesses power from curtailing more of their experimental moments in favor of big meaty riffs and voracious tempos." More...
French metallers Eths third album will hit the stores on March 2nd (27th in North America), 2012. The cover artwork and track listing for "III" are as follows:
4. Gravis Venter
5. Inanis Venter
On February 24th, Eths fans living in the south of France will have the opportunity to meet the band and purchase "III" before everybody else during a special evening at the Maison Hantée in Marseilles, France. The band is currently shooting a video clip for a song which title is yet to be announced. More news on Eths is coming soon. More...
Spanish crossover thrash act Badfare State has announces the band has finished recording the "Socially Dead" EP, which consists four tracks that blend old school thrash metal, hardcore/punk, heavy metal, and rock.
The band now is searching for a record label to release the EP, as well as a bassist and second guitarist to complete the line up. To check out Badfare State's music, visit the band’s MySpace page at this location. Badfare State's bio reads as follows:
"Badfare State was formed at the end of 2010 when Rojas (drummer in the goregrind band Haemorrhage and the death/grind act Greenfly) told his friend Chiky (that played guitar in early thrash/death/grind bands from the Spanish scene like Estertor and Conato De Violencia) about to start a band that were a bit of a comeback to musical roots from both (heavy metal, thrash metal, hardcore/punk, hard rock...) taking the spirit and attitude of the first extreme bands from early 80's. After some months of rehearsing and composition they decided to record a 4 tracks debut EP, asking to their friend Sordeath (vocalist in the punk/rock outfit Twentyyearsold where Rojas played drums too) about to join the band, and he did. During the summer of 2011 the recording of the four tracks was done, 'Socially Dead' is the name of Badfare State debut EP, a blend between vintage metal, old school hc/punk and rock, with lyrics that deal about the misery and decay of civilization and humanity." More...
Every band dreads touring in a snowstorm, and it can get dangerous. Metal Injection spoke with members of God Forbid, A Life Once Lost, Fight Amp, Black Tusk, DAATH, Last Chance To Reason, Howl, Magrudergrind, Cannabis Corpse, Obscura, Prime Evil, Rosetta, This Is Hell, and Ramming Speed about what the worst snowstorm they ever drove through was in the latest edition of the web show "Ask The Artist."
Goregrind legends Exhumed played their first U.S. show in over six years at the 2011 edition of the Maryland Deathfest and thanks to NPR, the audio from the set -- in all its uncensored glory -- is available for your consumption at this location.
Exhumed released the "All Guts, No Glory" full-length earlier this year via Relapse Records. The record continues to reap critical acclaim from fans and critics nationally and has left it's grisly mark on multiple Year End lists including Decibel, Pitchfork, NPR.org, MetalSucks and Skulls N Bones.
Said vocalist/guitarist menace Matt Harvey: "2011 has been a great year for the band. We've had a killer time scraping off the rust on the gore metal machine and getting back on the road and partying with necromaniacs all over the place. It's amazing how many people have enjoyed our racket and have actually said nice things about our record -- sometimes even in public! We have a lot of shit planned for next year and we're chomping at the bit to continue subjecting the universe to more of our god awful noise! See you on the road...or at the bar. Play fast or die, dudes. Cheers!"
As previously announced, Exhumed will be showering Brazil with their infernal live rituals this Winter with Aborted. This will mark the band's first time ever in the country. Dates are as follows:
2/17/2012 Music Hall - Belo Horizonte, MG
2/18/2012 Hangar 110 - São Paulo, SP
2/19/2012 Hangar Bar - Curitiba, PR
2/20/2012 Bar Opinião - Porto Alegre, RS
Alekhine's Gun is a metal outfit from Brooklyn, New York and the group is now working on a debut full-length titled "...And Kings Will Fall," which will follow-up the new EP "Meditations in Wrath." The band commented on its sound and lineup:
"Blending Thrash elements with subtle Hardcore undertones and fierce in your face vocals, AG has made shock waves in the NYC Metal scene in less than a year. This veteran lineup consists of vocalist Jessica Pimentel (Everybody Gets Hurt, Desolate), guitarist Jeff Martinez (Desolate), Bassist Dan Martinez (King Hell), and drummer Angel Cotte (Eyes of the Sun, Immortal Flesh)."
Danish rock/metal act Defect recently released a debut EP, and the band is now making the entire release available for streaming online. Check out the songs from the EP in the SoundCloud player below.
Engel has issued the following announcement about performing two upcoming Japanese shows alongside Arch Enemy:
"As you might, or might not figured out. We will be back in Japan to do two shows with Arch Enemy in April! We are really psyched about this and we are looking forward to it as hell.
"We play the following dates: 13/4-2012 Tokyo, SHIBUYA-AX and 14/4-2012 Yokohama, BLITZ Hope to see you there!"
Engel's upcoming live shows are as follows:
2012.04.13 – SHIBUYA-AX, Tokyo, JAPAN
2012.04.14 – BLITZ, Yokohama, JAPAN
2012.08.16-18 – Rockstad Falun, Falun, SWEDEN
Psycroptic has posted a behind the scenes look at the making of the band's upcoming fifth studio album "The Inherited Repression." Check out the teaser clip below.
"The Inherited Repression" is due out on February 7th in North America and February 10th, 2012 in Europe via Nuclear Blast Records. You can also listen to the album's opening track at this location.
The track listing for "The Inherited Repression" is as follows:
1. Carriers of the Plague
2. Forward to Submission
4. The Throne of Kings
5. Unmasking the Traitors
6. Become the Cult
7. From Scribe to Ashes
9. The Sleepers Have Awoken More...
The Almighty Excruciating Pain has posted the band's new EP online for streaming and free download. You can check out the full EP in the player available after the jump. The band also commented on its history and sound:
"Hailing from the deepest dankest and most awesomest dives in Vancouver B.C. Canada, the Almighty Excruciating Pain are thrashing and flailing their way to bring an original sonic blend of driving technical, melodic, fist pounding metal that has appeal for even the most discriminating tastes. Combining the free spirited speed and precision or the 90's melodic punk scene ala Nofx with the technical guitar driven progressiveness of bands like Death, At the Gates, and Slayer, The Almighty Excruciating Pain are looking to conquer the world, or at the very least take a crap on every continent. At this point there are two options. Sit back and watch the storm roll through, or join us on our quest to destroy every face in our path. Will you join us on our journey or perish in the wake of, The Almighty Excruciating Pain."
The EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Idol Worship
3. Dont Worry, the worst is yet to come.
4. Taco Song
6. A.T.M. More...
YOB released the "Atma" album via Profound Lore this year and now the band is happy to announce it will be direct support to Tool on an upcoming Jan/Feb North American tour. The currently announced dates are as follows (more to be announced soon):
Jan 28 2012 - TD Garden - Boston, MA, USA
Jan 29 2012 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
Jan 31 2012 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
Feb 01 2012 - Izod Center - East Rutherford, NJ
Feb 03 2012 - TBA
Feb 04 2012 - Bojangles' Coliseum - Charlotte, NC
Feb 06 2012 - Bank Atlantic Center - Sunrise, FL
Feb 07 2012 - UCF Arena - Orlando, FL
Feb 08 2012 - Gwinnett Center Arena - Duluth, GA
YOB landed at #5 on New York Times writer Ben Ratliff's "Best Albums of 2011" and is also included in Spin Magazine's 'Best of the Year' wrap-up. The band landed #2 on Spin's "Best Metal Album" category and #49 on the overall "Best Albums of 2011."
In-Cyde has just released a new single off the band's upcoming 3rd full length album "Plague." You can check out the official music video for the "Don't Admit Defeat" single below.
In support of the new release, the In-Cyde boys will be touring Australia in February and then heading over to the U.S. in June. Details on the tour dates will be announced as they are made available. For more on In-Cyde, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Sweden's Bult has posted an official music video online for the song "Overtly Powerless," tkane from the "Amidst the Throng" EP. You can check out the clip below, and the band commented:
"On October 21st, Bult from Gothenburg, Sweden, released their new EP 'Amidst the Throng' On HoboRec, and it's now available on iTunes and Spotify. As a Christmas gift to all Bult enthusiasts we have recorded a video to the 1st track 'Overtly Powerless' taken from the new EP!
"In camp Bult we are also putting the finishing touch on planning and booking a new mini tour in Texas, USA in March 2012. We will do a couple of shows in Austin during the South By South West festival as well as other cities in Texas. Keep your eyes open on our Facebook page for updates on where and when we'll be playing!"
Screaming Mad Dee Calhoun of veteran Maryland doom and Sabbath tribute band Iron Man, had once again teamed up with Texan guitarist Alex Vanderzeeuw to issue the duo's second collaboration, "The Greater Evil," earlier in the year. They are both releasing it for download to their fans at this location. Back in 2007 Dee and Alex had teamed up for the first time to release the "End of My Rope" album. Check out the video below that they made for the Rainbow tune "Stargazer," taken from "The Greater Evil" release. More...
Eluveitie has posted a new episode of EluTV online, titled "The one with Fail-uveitie's Outtakes," which can be viewed below.
Eluveitie is set to release the new album "Helvetios", the band's fifth full length album, on February 10th, 2012 (EU) and February 28th, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
Periphery has checked in from the studio with another brief recording video update. Check out the latest bass recording video in the player below. You can also find the band's last studio video update by navigating your browser over to this location.
Leaf Pile TV has posted a new video interview online with Connecticut thrash act Shallow Ground. You can check out the clip below, or listen to Shallow Ground's music via the band's Facebook page.
Shallow Ground also issued the following end of year recap:
"As 2011 comes to a close , we would like to give a shout out to all the amazing bands we have had the honor to share the stage with this year: Agrippa93, 60 Grit, Lords Anointed, Penitentary, Murdercastle, Continuum, Risk All In Life, She Walks Without Legs, Prime Evil, Mortifica, Sanctuary, Dream Evil, Angry Again, Eyes of the Dead, Dead By Wednesday, Formed From Anger, Maniac, Javier and Los Dish Dogs, Skull Hammer, Nasty Disaster, Forever Forbidden, Oath Of Insanity and many many more.
"Many thanks to all the organizations that keep the scene alive through all their promotion & hard work: Official FN Radio, Leaf Pile Radio, The Metal Cyndicate, The Connecticut Underground, Connecticut Metal Shop & Most of all The Fans for coming out to spend their hard earned money & spending a few hours with a bunch of goofballs that call themselves Shallow Ground. Happy Holidays!!"
Tooth And Nail, the new project that is basically Dokken without Don Dokken, has released information on how everything is going in the studio and how the tracks are shaping up with the variety of guest singers on them. The recording band for the tentative March 2012 release is: George Lynch, Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner), Jeff Pilson and Wild Mick Brown, and here is what Tooth And Nail has said about it all on various Facebook status updates:
"Jeff and Mick in studio today doing vocals on "When Heaven Comes Down"...
"Look who stopped by and knocked 'Alone Again' out of the park??" (Referring to a photo of Sebastian Bach).
"Band finished the week with Jeff recording vocals for 'Rhythm Of The Soul' and Mick sang 'When Heaven Comes Down'... MERRY CHRISTMAS to all and a safe New Year!"
"George and Jeff checking in.... Ripper Owens kills a new version of 'Kiss of Death' in what is described as a 'Dio' inspired performance!"
"One of the new tracks to look for on the Tooth And Nail CD is 'When Eagles Die'... w/ Jeff Pilson on VOCALS!"
The Last Of Our Kind has inked a deal with Mediaskare Records to release the "A Diamond in the Rough" album in 2012. The band is now streaming a new song from the album online titled "Deal With It," which is available below. Mediaskare also commented:
"Here is today's Christmas present to all of you! We have signed a new band from Poughkeepsie, New York! Check out The Last Of Our Kind right now! These guys are awesome! Share this status and let everyone know about them! Catch them on tour from February 9th - March 1st with We Are Defiance & This Romantic Tragedy!"
Delaware death metal act Nightfire is currently streaming the band's entire "Penumbra" album online. You can listen to all the tracks from the release in the player below. For more details on Penumbra, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. A live clip of Nightfire performing the song "Footfalls Muted in Ash" is also available after the jump.
German thrash/power metal outfit Elmsfire have signed to Massacre Records. The band, which features Ex-Dawn of Destiny drummer Patrick Klose and Ex-Suidakra live guitarist Germano Sanna, was formed in 1999. Since then, the band released three demos and self-released the debut album "Thieves Of The Sun" in 2010. In the deal, Massacre Records will re-issue the album on February 24, 2012.
U.K. act The Safety Fire has premiered a new official music video for the song "Huge Hammers" through Kerrang.com. You can check out the video clip below.
The "Huge Hammers" track comes from the band's upcoming full-length album, "Grind The Ocean," which will be released on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America.
The track listing 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
Finnish traditional metal band Battle Beast posted a "Making Of Steel" video on the creation of the band's LP "Steel." The album was originally released through Hype Productions this past April, but on the heels of the band's recent signing to Nuclear Blast, the album will be re-released worldwide on January 27, 2012.
Check out the video here:
Chile's Procession has announced the band's upcoming second album will be titled "To Reap Heavens Apart," and the album is currently set to be recorded in 2012. You can check out a previously posted teaser clip for the release below.
In other Procession news, the band commented on canceling an upcoming live show:
"Also, and due to schedule matters, we're forced to cancel our appearance at Heavy Days In Doomtown (Copenhagen,DNK) next May 2012...sorry for that." More...
Several video clips have been posted online from Arsis' 2010 U.S. headlining tour, which are available now via the official Arsis YouTube channel. You can also check out the footage below from the Los Angeles stop of the tour of the song "The Face of My Innocence."
Progressive deathcore band Desolate Seas has a new three song EP it is releasing for download to it's fans. The untitled "Promo 2011" EP can be downloaded at this site. One of the songs from the EP, "Ophiuchus," is featured below in it's video form. More...
Nayarit metalcore band All Deserve To Die is issuing it's debut EP "Nunca Un Paso Atras" for free download at this site. The six song EP has also spawned a live video for the track "Apogeo," which was filmed a couple of years back. More...
Mexican metal band Mourn Code is offering a free download of it's recent album "Paradise of the Walking Waste" at this site. This album is the second release from these Aguascalientes natives, and below is an uploaded video track for the song "Ablazing the Grudge" from their most newest release. More...
Chomping at the bit with energy, Chicago three-piece Czar has released an impressive EP and one album, titled "Vertical Mass Grave." Defining Czar's sound is a bit like searching for a black shirt in a dark room, although one thing is certain: It has a trail-blazing quality to it. Czar's Brian Elza, Dan Brill, and Jason Novak explain their craft, their songs, and themselves. More...
German rock/metal outfit Rêverie posted a new video for the song "Mond." The track appears on the band's LP "Wandel," which was released December 9, 2011 through Napalm Records. The song features In Extremo vocalist Michael Rhein.
Check out the video here:
Dutch symphonic metal band Delain announced that the first single from the forthcoming LP will the the title track "We Are The Others." No release date for the single was announced, however, the full album is due for a Spring 2012 release through Roadrunner Records. The album will follow the band's successful sophomore release "April Rain" in 2009.
Singer Charlotte Wessels noted that the inspiration for the title track is based on the 2007 hate crime against British girl Sophie Lancaster, who was beaten along with her boyfriend by a gang of youths because of their goth looks. Lancaster later died from those injuries.
"Sophie’s story hit close to home for us, being part of a subculture ourselves but it’s in no way an individual case; people are discriminated against -all the time- to the point of violence - based on their cultural or ethnic background everywhere. We Are The Others is our own ‘outsiders anthem’ for everybody who, deliberately or not, diverts from the norm. Whether it’s by looking different, acting different, or choosing a different path in life then is expected from you."
More information on the single and full album is expected soon.
Guitarist Piet Sielck (Iron Savior) has quit German power metal band Savage Circus to concentrate on his main project Iron Savior solely from now on. Sielck, who also performs vocals with Iron Savior, made the following statement through AFM Records:
"After long and intensive thinking I came to the conclusion that I cannot uphold any further engagement for Savage Circus any more and hereby officially quit. I am proud of what has been achieved, but I just cannot imagine myself doing songwriting and production more or less completely alone for a third time. This has drained too much energy in the past already, which was ...needed in more important spots. I am not willing to make such a sacrifice again.
Therefore I put the fate of Savage Circus in the hands of Emil and Jens, who's decision it may also be to correct the band's completely fictional founding legend or not.
"Savage Circus has been absolutely challenging... but my heart beats for IRON SAVIOR.
And music simply is a matter of the heart!"
Iron Savior recently released the new LP "The Landing" through AFM Records. Metal Underground's review for the album can be found at this location.
Canadian black/death metal act Weapon posted the new music video for the track "Furor Divinus." The song appears on the band's 2011 release "From the Devil's Tomb," which was released on November 1, 2011 through Relapse Records.
Check out the video here:
Gwar released the final track that was recorded with Cory Smoot ("Flattus Maximus"), who suddenly passed away this year, as a tribute to his memory. The track is a cover of Dayglo Abortions 1993 song "Isn't This Disgusting."
The song is available through iTunes at this location. All proceeds from the sale of the track will be given to the Smoot Family Fund in honor of the guitarist.
Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus had the following comments on the cover: "The Dayglos have always been one of my favourite bands ever since we played a show with them 25 years ago. So when we heard about this project we were completely stoked, not just with the idea, but the song selected for us. It pretty much sums up my whole attitude. But I had no idea it would the last time I worked with Cory Smoot in the studio. This track has Cory’s last studio leads, and as usual, they fucking rip. Cory may have left us but his music will live forever. CRANK IT!"
Dayglo Abortions' The Cretin also commented on the cover: "This makes me feel like I have accomplished something with my life. It is a bigger compliment than any industry award or anything else I can think of. Bigger than recognition from peers. A pat on the back from the big boys. I believe proceeds from this go to Cory Smoot’s family fund. So shell out the buck 99, then e-mail me a copy, ‘cuz I can’t afford it. Cheers to GWAR."
Australian metal band Aquilus is streaming it's new eight song CD "Griseus," which we have featured for you below. Describing themselves as "the aesthetic paradox of unfettered dissonance," this Melbourne band encompasses different forms of atmospheric music influenced by neoclassical and folk.
The latest pastiche band to appear on the scene is Ireland's Primarkial, who pays homage to old school countrymen Primordial on it's latest seven song CD, "The Gardening Wildebeest." Primarkial is streaming it here for you, and the band has issued this mission statement:
"Primarkial is a low budget Primordial cover band. Many of us cannot afford CDs or concert tickets but still wish to participate in the Primordial experience. Without having to pay for costly things such as band members and instruments, Primarkial are able to provide high quality satisfaction at the lowest possible price: FREE! Want the thill of Primordial, but the cost of a sponge? Primarkial are for you! We were able to cut down the price so much that it's actually cheaper than a sponge."
Here as well is an uploaded video for Primarkial's take on "Coffin Ships," a cover for the Primordial song that appeared on it's "To the Nameless Dead" release.