Metal News for December 23, 2011
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Aztec black metal band Tecpatl has released it's second album, "Tribute for Legion," and posted a YouTube video for the track "Fuego Nuevo." Tecpatl also has several songs streaming from it's first album, "Reflexion of Ancient Days," on it's MySpace page.
Three years after the release of it's demo "Omnivoid," Italian space rock band (Echo) has released it's full-length album "Devoid of Illusions." The album was produced by Greg Chandler from Esoteric, and he also lends guest vocal duties on it as well. We have posted the album teaser below, and for further songs from (Echo), go on the band's Facebook bandpage.
Colombian black metal band Luciferian has released it's third full length album "I Am Perverse," and has a few songs posted up from it on MySpace. Below we have the promo clip for the album, or you may watch some of the uploaded videos spawned from it on the Luciferian YouTube channel. Luciferian will be headlining the Culto a la Sangre Blasfema IV Fest in Bogota, Colombia on February 18th. Appearing with them will be such other Colombian bands as Goretrade, La Legion and Abstract Enemy.
Chilean thrash metal band Lefutray has released a video for the song "Immerse," taken off the band's latest album "Last Breath." Check out the clip below. The video was recorded at the album's release party at OXIDO Bar by Infiernando and edited by Diego Araya.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Agreement of Suffering
4. Ain't Part of It
6. I Feed Your Eyes
7. Rats and Vultures
8. Through Your Veins
10. Screaming In Silence
Darkest Hour has issued the following announcement about splitting with drummer Ryan Parrish:
"Yes it is true, Darkest Hour has parted ways with drummer Ryan Parrish. We wish him well (you will seem him rocking in many projects no doubt please check them out, they will all rip!)
"For now his duties have been filled by drummer Timothy Java (Dead to Fall). Tim did an amazing job on our recent European tour with Machine Head.
"As for the future that’s open for discussion - no permanent decisions have been made in any way.
"Live to Trash, Thrash to Live."
For more details on Darkest Hour and to check out the band's music, head over to the group's official Facebook profile.
Black metal act Pain is a Narcotic has checked in with the following update about releasing a new split release and welcoming a new drummer:
"In early 2012 we will be releasing a split with Count Shannath, Necrosadik and Waste of Life. Originally the line-up was going to be Count Shannath, Necrosadik and Lost Inside... However Lost Inside unfortunately lost all their material due to the failure of recording equipment, so we are not entirely sure if they will still be on the split.
"There will also be a line-up change in our band, as Luke is leaving after the 2011/12 tour and we will be welcoming a new drummer, James P.
"The departure of our current drummer, Luke was mutual and based on personal things. However with a new drummer it will mean a lot of changes for the band; such as a better practice place and possibly more gigs in the future.
"Because of the split and new drummer in place, there will probably be a delay in the recordings and release of the full length, Melancholy Winter, which was originally planned to be released Winter 2012. Now we're looking at late 2012 or early 2013. The result may be entirely different, but only time will tell."
Pain of Salvation has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new keyboard player:
"Pain of Salvation’s new keyboard player is no stranger for the observant fan. Being quite the renaissance man (as everyone in this bizarre band), he has been all over the place the last year. He played the keyboard in India, the bass in South America and on the European tours, and dammit if he didn’t do the lights in Skellefteå too!"
Vocalist Daniel Gildenlöw commented, "Through the years we have always had problems finding people who can master ONE instrument well enough to play our songs the way they should be played, so needless to say D2 has impressed us by playing both the bass and the keyboard with total conviction. Asking him to join the band was a natural step. Also, band meetings were getting boring with only me and Léo there. The world, meet Daniel “D2? Karlsson"
Daniel also added:
"To be a part of this band is a real honor. I’m very grateful to have been around POS for quite some time, both as a technician and a musician and a fan of course, and suddenly I’m being a part of them for real. It pays off to work your way up:) My intentions is not be the 'new' Fredrik, because there’s only one. And a damn good one! But I’ll do my best to carry the spirit on and bring a new chapter to the history of Pain of Salvation. I’m looking forward to be a part of the future of the best band in the world."
North Carolina five piece Curse Your Name has released the new album "Better Off Dead" this week to most digital outlets, with the CD version also available at CDbaby. This release is the the band's first since the self-titled album from 2008.
The band states that this work is a "goodbye letter to their family, friends and fans and seems to tell a tale that starts at the beginning of time and weaves it's way until the end of the Earth's destruction, filling in everything from broken relationships, to the loss of loved ones and murder in between.
"The songs on this CD much like the bands previous work seem to flirt with ideas of spirituality and the afterlife, all the while still maintaining splashes of heavy metal brutality along the way. Like much of Curse Your Name's work even back in the days when they were known as Cynder, the music on this disc delivers a somber mood while portraying an overall theme that 'there is a light at the end of the tunnel' and 'everything is going to be alright.' It may all sound cliché' but the group does a good job of tying it all in on this album, a feat that was somewhat lacking in their self titled release."
The album was produced by Curse Your Name and Ryan Helm at Helm's Deep Studios in Winston Salem, NC. "Better Off Dead" was astered by Jamie King at The Basement Recording Studios in Winston Salem, NC. You can check out the music video for "My Own Fire" below. More...
Romania's Cap De Craniu has posted a making-of video clip online from the band's time working on the "I'll Break You Again Tomorrow" video, which can be viewed below.
The song comes from the band's first full-length album "I'll Kill If I Live," which will be released early in 2012 through Metalfan Records Division. The track listing is as follows:
01. The Autumn Bodycount
02. All That Glitters Is Sold
03. Don't Wake Up Memories When They Aren't There
04. Time Made Me Hate Eternity
05. Old Habits Die Hard
06. You Made Your Bed, Now Sleep In It! Forever!
07. Reason Is Dead
08. Tales of Dead Men
09. Death and Taxes
10. Every Bird Lives By It's Own Song
11. The Stone Thrower
12. I'll Break You Again Tomorrow
13. I'll Kill If I Live
A free download of the song "Death and Taxes" is also available the Cap De Craniu Bandcamp page here.
Russia's Psilocybe Larvae has completed the recording of the a new album, titled “The Labyrinth Of Penumbra."
The recording and mixing process took place at studio Kontakt under the guidance of Yury Smirnov, mastering duties were handled by Mats Lindfors at Cutting Room, and cover art was created by A-Ra Design.
A new song entitled “Soul Trekking” has also now been posted online and can be found below, along with the cover artwork for "The Labyrinth of Penumbra." More...
Drum cam footage has been posted online of drummer Tim Yeung performing live during Morbid Angel's European tour earlier this month. Check out the video clip of "World of Shit" in the player below.
In other Morbid Angel news, on February 24th (28th in North America), Season of Mist will release a double compilation featuring 39 artists from the Electro / Indus / Dub scene, all remixing a track from the band's latest offering "Illud Divinum Insanus" (reviewed here).
Nuclear Blast has issued the following announcement about offering a sampler for free download online:
"Nuclear Blast says thank you, for an awesome year to their fans and friends, by offering a free download compilation, exclusively on our Facebook page. Surf to this location and like the page and get the free sampler! Have a merry and rocking Christmas and an ass-kicking 2012!"
The track listing is as follows:
01. Destruction - The Price
02. Hell - Save Us From Those Who Would Save Us
03. Demonaz - All Blackened Sky
04. Scar Symmetry - lluminoid Dream Sequence
05. Chrome Division - Bulldogs Unleashed
06. Hammerfall - One More Time
07. Pain - Dirty Woman
08. Rhapsody Of Fire - Aeons Of Raging Darkness (edit)
09. Symphony x - Dehumanized
10. Communic - Destroyer Of Bloodlines
11. Vader - Come And See My Sacrifice
12. Seven - Get It
13. Fleshgod Apocalypse - The Violation (edit)
14. Tasters - Please Destroy This World
15. Cipher sytem - Communicate The Storms
16. Anthrax - Fight'em Till You Can't
17. Biohazard - Vengeance Is Mine
18. Textures - Singularity
19. We Came As Romans - Mis/understanding
20. Threat Signal - Fallen Disciples
21. Texas In July - 1000 Lies
22. Graveworm - See No Future
23. Like Moths To Flames - You Won't Be Missed
24. Gotthard - Remember It's Me
25. Battle Beast - Enter The Metal World
After a highly successful run of European festivals and select club shows, Sweden's Soilwork has started writing music for the follow-up to "The Panic Broadcast," which debuted the U.S. Billboard charts at #88 upon its release in July 2010.
Commented vocalist Björn “Speed” Strid: “It's been an intense summer and at this point, me and the boys are hibernating in pretty much every corner of the world and putting our next album together. Many songs are yet to be written but the inspiration is flowing! People can expect a continuation of the intensity and presence of The Panic Broadcast, only taken to a higher level. That's the mindset. We will do some touring next year as well, before hopefully entering the studio sometime in the early fall.
"The album title is already set: 'The Living Infinite.' Chew on that for a bit and don't spit it out until the music is invading your ears, folks! Until then, make sure you follow the songwriting process and other news on Soilwork's official Facebook page and website. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and thank you all for your continuous support!"
Additionally, Soilwork has uploaded new footage from the band's performance at last summer’s Roskilde festal in Denmark. Check out an exclusive on-stage video for “Two Lives Worth Of Reckoning” below. More...
Horror Pain Gore Death productions will be unleashing the debut album from Philadelphia metal band Fisthammer on January 24th. Titled "Devour All You See," the eleven tracks and cover artwork is revealed below. Check out a few of Fisthammer's songs on the band's MySpace page.
2. Razor Waves
3. Aten: Fear The Obliteration Of Earth
4. Kull The Conqueror
5. Bullet Rape
7. Doom Of The Gods
10. Cross The Lines In Blood
11. The Resurrection Of Bastet The Devourer More...
Finishing out the year, the Rock Band Network has added on new Xbox 360 tracks from Devin Townsend, Morbid Angel, and more, bringing the network to over 1,500 total songs available. The newly added metal tracks on the Xbox 360 version are as follows:
Deception of a Ghost - "These Voices" (160 MSP)
Devin Townsend - "N9 (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "Darkness" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Nevermore" (160 MSP)
Morbid Angel - "Nevermore (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Texas in July - "Hook, Line, and Sinner (RB3 version)" (160 MSP)
Unfortunately due to the holidays there will be no new songs added to the PS3 edition this week and no new songs added to either platform next week. Updates to the Rock Band Network will resume as normal on January 5th, 2012.
Sweden's Satariel has posted a little sneak peek of the song "Daemons" online, which is taken from the coming album "White Ink." Check out the song preview in the clip below.
Xtreem Music has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with ReDimoni:
"The maniacs of REDIMONI have signed to XTREEM MUSIC for the release of their 2nd full length album!!
"Influenced by old SODOM, EXODUS, SLAYER and ABSU this Barcelona-based old school Thrash Metal band has been ripping around for over twelve years. Their debut MCD 'The Onset of Chaos' and their 1st album 'Into the Coiling Arms of Mayhem' constitute a true sheer attack of Thrash without mercy only for old school freaks.
"Recorded at 'Claws and Agony' Studios and Namtaru Creations in charge of the cover design, this ReDimonic third delivery of chaos and madness will be entitled 'Standing Before the End of Time' and it's expected to be released sometime in spring 2012.
Hungarian act Angertea has posted a music video online for the song "Distrust," which is taken off the EP of the same name. Check out the video below. The song was mixed by Neil Kernon, mastered by Alan Douches, and recorded and produced by Gabor Vari. You can find more details on Angertea via the band's Facebook profile.
Symphonic metal act Within Temptation has posted a video clip online wishing fans the best for the upcoming new year. Check out the video clip below.
Within Temptation also recently posted a new music video online for the song "Fire and Ice," which is available at this location.
Wolfen has announced the band's new album "Chapter IV" will see release via Pure Legend Records on January 27th, 2012. The track listing and artwork for the album are available below.
1. Revolution / Evolution
3. The One
5. Hole In The Sky
6. I am I
7. Dolor Mundis
9. Birmingham 6
10. Soul Collector
11. White Chapel
12. Demons More...
Sweden's Naglfar has now revealed some additional news on the current status of the band and the upcoming studio album, "Téras." The band commented:
"So...It's been quite some time since our last update, and there have been some changes that need to be addressed. For various reasons we won't discuss in public, Naglfar is today a three-piece band. The current line-up is as follows:
Kristoffer W. Olivius - Vocals
Marcus E. Norman - Guitars
Andreas Nilsson - Guitars
"Due to this, the writing and recording process had been delayed. We have however finally completed a new album entitled Téras. Drums have been recorded by Dirk Verbeuren (Soilwork). Téras will be released on Century Media Records in March 2012. More info about this beast will follow soon."
In anticipation of the "Téras" release, Naglfar is now giving fans a preview of the new album with the debut of its first single, "Pale Horse." To listen to the track, head over to the band's official Facebook profile at this location.
Epica has checked in with a holiday greeting video to wish fans an epic Christmas and a metal new year. Check out the video below.
Epica will also be releasing the new album "Requiem for the Indifferent" in March of 2012. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Monopoly on Truth
3. Storm the Sorrow
5. Internal Warfare
6. Requiem for the Indifferent
8. Guilty Demeanor
9. Deep Water Horizon
10. Stay the Course
11. Deter the Tyrant
13. Serenade of Self-Destruct
Finland's Evolution Chaos has posted an official music video online for the song "Paradox." Check out the video clip in the player below. You can find more information on Evolution Chaos by navigating to the band's Facebook profile here.
Evolution Chaos is:
Vocals: Tuomas Pekkola
Guitar/vocals: Joni Björklund
Guitar: Jesse Silander
Bass: Joni Kiiskinen
Drums: Ari Virtanen
Germany's Soulbound has posted a teaser clip online for the band's upcoming album "Towards The Sun," which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below. "Towards the Sun" is set for release on March 16th, 2012 via Deafground Records. You can also check out the band's previously posted "Halloween" music video at this location.
Krossfire has signed with Pure Steel Records to release the band's "Learning To Fly" album. Pure Steel will be releasing the album on January 27th, 2012 and the track listing is as follows:
1. Visions (Intro) 2:52
2. War Machine 6:02
3. How Can There Be 4:25
4. Icaria (Intro) 2:06
5. Learning To Fly 5:38
6. Touch Of Destiny 6:03
7. False Reality 5:36
8. Angels Cry 5:33
9. Cold Winds 4:23
10. The One 5:11 More...
Cyclone Empire Records has announced the signing of Denmark's Saturnus. The band's new album will be released in the spring of 2012.
Saturnus made some necessary changes to its lineup in 2009 and started to seriously concentrate on rebuilding the band's inner structure which in turn led to recording a demo of new songs, which was then sent to various labels. Saturnus was back on the road towards recording and releasing a new album and in bringing the band's sound back to its loyal fans.
Says the band: "We are extremely happy and excited about having signed with Cyclone Empire to release our new album. Cyclone Empire were one of the interested labels from back in June who received a demo of some new songs. In time we formed relationship via our management Lugga Music who helped co-ordinate things until we arrived to where we are today.
"The deal is for two albums with the first CD to be released in the spring of 2012. The studio has not been decided yet, but we have already contacted and lined up our longtime collaborator Flemming Rasmussen to begin recording in December.
"The album title has not been decided yet but we have five finished songs with the working titles namely, 'Litany Of Rain', 'Between Worm And Woeful Star', 'A Father's Providence', 'Wind Torn' and 'Forest Of Insomnia'. These five songs and some other new tracks are currently undergoing their final touches."
The Saturnus lineup is as follows:
Thomas A.G. - Vocals
Henrik Glass - Drums
Mattias Svensson - Guitar
Rune Stiassny - Guitar, Keys
Brian Pomykala Hansen - Bass
Memoira has checked in with a fifth studio video update, which can be viewed below. The band commented:
"Merry Christmas from the Memoira camp! We are currently taking the weekend off to spend our time with our families and loved ones! We will be continuing the vocal recording process soon! Here is a little X-mas present! I am not sure if this will be the only present....Well have fun!"
You can also check out the band's previously posted fourth video update at this location.
In Virtue has checked in with the following announcement about release the new "Embrace the Horror" album:
"The new In Virtue album 2 years in the making will be released January 1st, with pre-orders currently being accepted at Bandcamp.
"Embrace the Horror is 10 tracks of apocalyptic nightmare, set to the sound of progressive power metal with dual vocals and screaming guitars. Listen to part of the album on our ReverbNation page today!"
Costa Rican death metal band Corpse Garden is getting ready to drop it's debut album "Burnt By the Light" in January. Corpse Garden has new vocalist Christopher De Hann (ex-Kweizar), and is scheduled to play at the VI Festival de Rock in Parque Morazan, Costa Rica, on February 11th along with Mantra and Sight of Emptiness. You can check out some of Corpse Garden's demo material on it's MySpace page or listen to an uploaded version of the song "Architects of Deception" below, which should be on the new album. More...
Cleveland Ohio doom/sludge band Fistula is in the studio recording a few different projects. The band is currently in the process of finishing up a split 7" with the group Monkey Priest. The name of the song they will be contributing to it is "Devils Smoke," and the art and layout is being done by Jason Barnett for this Feretro records release. Also, Fistula is writing material and already have four songs done for an album titled "Bad Credit and Dead Friends." Nate Linehan of Anal Cunt fame will be handling the drumming on that release. Around since 1998, Fistula has many splits and full-lengths. The uploaded video below is for the track "Adversary," from it's 2003 release "Idiopathic." Check out more material from Fistula on it's MySpace page. You can also stream new material from the group on it's Facebook bandpage. More...
A while back we looked at some Facebook plugins to allow users to hear your music on your Facebook page. One of those was the newly launched bandcamp plugin. This week, I wanted to take a closer look at the bandcamp service.
While Tunecore and CDBaby are great ways to get your music into the major online stores, bandcamp should be the first option bands sign up with for a number of reasons. First and foremost, bandcamp is a customizable online store for your band, which allows bands to directly sell digital downloads and physical products. There are no setup fees and no recurring charges for the service itself. You can set up a page for your band, customize the design, add your releases, upload them, link up your Paypal account, and you’re ready to sell your music online. (Note: Paypal is not available everywhere around the world, so that may be a barrier to some bands.)
That’s the gist of it, but some other compelling features include a music player and embeddable streaming widgets for blogs and social networks, in addition to recently released Facebook app, which allows you to completely integrate your store into your band’s Facebook page. More...
Sangre Eterna split with Twilight Vertrieb Records earlier this month, and the band has now checked in with the following update about finding a new label home:
"So are you guys ready? We would like to inform you all, that our new record labels name is Maple Metal Records from Canada! Asphyxia will be out on the 17th of February in 2012!
"Thank you all for your patience, and we are deeply sorry for the delay, but it was not our fault. Still we made sure that the album is out as soon as possible!
"Merry Christmas from the members of the Serbian melo-death crew Sangre Eterna!"
For more details on Sangre Eterna, head over to the band's Facebook profile at this location.
The date: December 24, 1988
Location: Southern California
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the rock world
Not a guitar was sounding, not even a chord.
The bandanas were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that even more bandanas soon would be there.
The groupies were passed out, all snug in their beds,
With visions of DIO, dancing in their heads.
And Axl wearing his boxers, and Slash in his cap,
Had just settled their lawsuits, shot up, and decided to nap.
When out on the tour bus there arose such a clatter,
Bret Michaels sprang from his bed of whores to see what was the matter.
Away to the window he flew like a flash,
There he saw one of his whores, running away with his cash. More...
The German masters of the macabre Eisregen are back with a new full-length album, entitled "Rostrot," and the band has now announced new tour dates in support of the album. Eisregen will be heading out for the following shows, with support from Varg and Milking the Goatmachine:
05.04. DE Bochum - Matrix
06.04. DE Berlin - K17
07.04. DE Bad Salzungen - KW 70
08.04. DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
09.04. DE Frankfurt - Batschkapp
20.04. DE Hamburg - Markthalle
21.04. DE Würzburg - Posthalle
27.04. DE Bostalsee - Hexentanz Festival
28.04. DE München - Backstage
Finland's The Iniquity Descent, which signed with Massacre Records earlier this month, has now checked with the following update about recording new material for an upcoming full-length album:
"Hello! Here's some studio updates; Drum recording sessions are now over and 10 songs to our debut album have been recorded.
"The guitar sessions will start right after the holidays on Tuesday. Stay tuned for more news & updates!"
The band's lineup is as follows:
Mathias Lillmåns - Vocals
Mikael Mannström - Guitars
Philip Kerbs - Guitars
Jonas Frilund - Bass
Kenna Nygård - Drums
Ayin has posted a teaser video for it's forthcoming album, "Ordo Ab Chao," for the song "Chaosystem." The album should be released in early 2012, and you may view the trailer below. This Brazilian technical metal band had an official video for last year's song "Dajjal" on YouTube, which you may view here. To download that demo, go here. Check out more of Ayin's material on MySpace.
Sickness has released it's new one, "Psicopata," which consists of eight songs. The Mexican death metal band is issuing it for download at this site. Currently, Sickness is gearing up for it's "Fin Del Mundo 2012" tour, which has sixteen confirmed cities. The tour will start in Xalapa, Veracruz in January. Below is a video from the new album for the track "Superficial."
Mexican hardcore metal band Siempre Fuertes has issued a new two song demo, "Promo 2011," which can be downloaded at this location. The group will be headlining the BMX Exhibition Fest in Salamanca, Guanajuato on January 6th. One of the tracks from Siempre Fuerte's new demo, "Giuado Por Ciegos," is featured below in video form.
Earache Records has reported that David Gold, frontman of Canadian doom metal band WOODS OF YPRES, was killed in a car accident last night. He was 31 years old.
Woods of Ypres was formed in 2002 by David Gold, Aaron Palmer and Brian McManus. The band signed a deal with Earache records in 2010 and their forthcoming new album, "Woods 5: Grey Skies & Electric Light," which was recorded with producer Siegfried Meier at Beach Road Studios in Ontario, Canada, and was mixed by U.K. producer John Fryer (NINE INCH NAILS, PARADISE LOST), is due out on February 13th, 2012. The band has been previewing new material from this album.
Metalunderground.com last spoke with David in October 2010. You can read that interview here.