Metal News for December 22, 2013
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12 news articles posted on this day.
As Prayers Fail has a new official music video out now for the song "Ruined," which comes from the band's second full length album "High Hopes & Heavy Hearts" released on July 12th, 2013. Check out "Ruined" below, or you can see the previously posted lyric video for "Borders" over at this location.
Slovakian death metal mongers Perversity have unveiled the cover artwork, courtesy of Jon Zig, from the upcoming five song EP "Infamy Divine." Check it out below, along with a stream of opening track "Vermin."
"Infamy Divine" will be released via Lavadome records on January 7th, 2014. Digital preorders can be made via Bandcamp and the CD can be now obtained exclusively through Lavadome store at this location.
U.K. band Heavy Lies The Crown has a lyric clip out now for the new single "Phantom," which will appear on the band's upcoming self-titled album due out in early 2014. Check out the clip below, or find more info on the band at Facebook here.
New York death metal act Tomorrow's Victim has a new video clip out now for "Transcending This Worthless Existence," taken from the EP "Suffering Behold Us." The clip was directed by Kirk Farrington and can be seen below.
The "Suffering Behold Us" EP was produced, recorded and mixed by Albert Bencosme at
Green Machine Studio, while mastering was handled by by Joe Cincotta at Full Force Studios.
Long running Swiss metal act Samael, which was recently featured in our Sunday Old School column, has now posted a full concert set online from Krakow in 1996.
The clip can be viewed below, and comes off the band's "Black Trip" DVD, which can be ordered here. The concert set list is as follows:
2) Son Of Earth
3) Shining Kingdom
4) Angels Decay
5) Mask Of The Red Death
6) Into The Pentagram
8) Jupiterian Vibe
9) The Ones Who Came Before
12) My Saviour More...
German outfit Bloodattack has a new music video out now for "Mastaffe," which comes by way of the band's "Alphakiller" album released through Bastardized Recordings. Check out the new video clip below.
Swedish metalcore outfit Abandoned By Bears is gearing up to release a new EP in early 2014, and now a teaser trailer is available for the coming mini-album. Check it out below, or hear more from the band at Facebook here.
Izegrim's new video for "Relic of the Past" is out now and can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"No scripts, no cheesy choreography, no old deserted factory hall. This is Izegrim in it's natural habitat: on stage supported by our loyal fans. Thanks for all the support in 2013, it was an awesome year for us! Cheers and happy holidays!"
"Relic of the Past" comes off the band's newly release album "Congress of the Insane." The track listing for the album is:
1. Relic of the Past
2. Decline and Fall
3. Celebratory Gunfire
4. Endless Strife
5. Deterioration from Perfection
6. Unchallenged Dominance
7. Modern Day Freak
8. The Legion
9. Carousel of Death
10. Manifest of a Megalomaniac
11. Carnival of Deception More...
Missouri outfit As Shadows Collapse has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bass player:
"With Brandon's last show fast approaching, we would like to start thinking about another bass player. We already have a fill, but we will eventually need another permanent member. If you would like to find out our qualifications please message us. Tag friends you think might be interested!" More...
Lacuna Coil has issued this statement about missing the upcoming Shiprocked Cruise:
"We are truly sorry to announce that we have had to cancel our appearance at the 2014 Shiprocked Cruise.
"We are dealing with some very serious personal family matters at this time which demand our full attention. Sadly, we are unable to travel such a far distance away from our loved ones.
"We truly hope that you can understand. Our most sincere apologies to everyone planning to come see us.
"We hope to see everyone very soon."
The five day cruise will still place onboard the Norwegian Pearl and will depart from the Port Of Miami for a trek from January 26th - 30th, 2014.
Norwegian outfit Audrey Horne has checked in with the following brief update about working on a new album:
"These good looking gentlemen are writing a new album as we speak. We will start recording late April-ish."
Power metal is a genre which almost certainly is most popular in mainland Europe. The continent has given birth to many of the genre's greatest acts such as Blind Guardian, Hammerfall and Gamma Ray and continues to book such acts for their biggest festivals. However, that is not to say that the United States has had no input into the development or popularity of power metal. Indeed, one of the field's most beloved groups hail from Tampa, Florida. A band by the name of Iced Earth.
The seeds of the group were sewn in 1985 when guitarist, Jon Schaffer formed a band named Purgatory. As would be a common theme in the life of Iced Earth, member changes were frequent, with Schaffer remaining the only constant. In 1988, they decided to change their name from Purgatory to the moniker we all know today, which was suggested by a friend of Schaffer's who passed away after a motorcycle accident. They soon caught the attention of record labels with their second demo, "Enter the Realm," which earned them a deal with Century Media. Schaffer, along with drummer Mike McGill, vocalist Gene Adam, bass player Dave Abell and guitarist Randall Shawver, entered the famous Morrisound Recording studio, renowned for producing many of the greatest death metal albums, to record their self titled debut. The album was met with a somewhat mixed response, though it allowed them to perform in Europe for the first time as a support act to Blind Guardian.
They wasted little time in getting to work on a sophomore record, though not without making a few changes first. Mike McGill was replaced with Richey Secchiari and perhaps most notably, Gene Adam was fired from the band after he refused to take singing lessons, his place being taken by John Greely. This new incarnation of the band went back to Morrisound to record, "Night of the Stormrider," which faired a little better with the critics, though remains a very popular entry in the Iced Earth catalogue with their fans. The album also took a little longer to be released in the United States than it did Europe, as the American branch of their label was worried that the album would compete against their debut. More...