Metal News for December 23, 2013
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37 news articles posted on this day.
California's A Thousand Shall Fall has issued the following year-end recap:
"Well 2013 is heading toward its close and it has been a banner year for the troublemakers at ATSF. We released our debut EP, embarked on our first west coast tour, and met more awesome metal folks then we can count.
"We would just like to extend our thanks to everyone that supports us, comes out and moshes with us, drinks with us, and puts up with our noise. It isn't even possible to compile a list of all the folks that have helped us but suffice it to say if you are reading this you are awesome!
"Everyone have a great holiday and we will see you in 2014 with new music, new hijinx, and more shows than ever!" More...
UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced that Israeli symphonic metal act Orphaned Land, legendary traditional metal act Raven and German power/progressive metal act Rising Storm have been added to the cruise.
The cruise will take place from January 27, 2014 to January 31, 2014 - with the destination set as Costa Maya, Mexico, which was voted on by the fans. For more information, including booking your trip - head on over to www.70000tons.com.
Orphaned Land, Raven and Rising Storm join previously announced acts, with 19 more acts still to be announced:
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In This Moment and Century Media Records are proud to announce the release of the "Blood" special edition, a two-disc set featuring the band's breakthrough album and the bonus live DVD "Blood at the Orpheum."
The package is set for a January 21st, 2014 release in North America and includes a bonus cover of the Nine Inch Nails track "Closer," and the live DVD features a full 100-minute concert shot, behind the scenes footage, and interviews.
In Europe, "Blood at the Orpheum" ill be released February 17th as a limited edition standalone DVD, and digitally in an audio-only format. More...
Releasing latest EP "Fucktropolis" on Suicidal Bride Records this past summer, Edmonton, AB's All Else Fails is bringing the year to an end with the premiere of aa new music video for "A Most Unwanted Reprieve."
Check out the new video clip below. All Else Fails vocalist / guitarist and video director Barrett Klesko also comments:
"This new video is different for us because it's all live footage filmed during our set at Loud as Hell Metal Fest in Drumheller, AB last summer and obviously the fans played a big part in how it came out. We are also debuting our new VEVO channel with this one. We'd like to wish all our fans a Merry Fucking Christmas from All Else Fails!"
Bassist Andreas Blomqvist of Seventh Wonder has checked in with the following year-end recap:
"It is always around this time of year that I try to just briefly summarize this past year and also try to lift the gaze beyond New Year's and look at what's at the horizon for Seventh Wonder.
"It has in some ways been a slower year than normally, or at least I fully respect that is the way it probably feels to all of you out there, our most loyal and beloved fans. We have really down prioritized throwing out videos or news updates, and also live performances have been scarce. Obviously Tommy’s time being spent to a great extent with Kamelot doesn’t accelerate things, but there are also some other reasons that will hopefully make things seem a little brighter….
"We usually write about 8-10 tracks for a new album and we have today no less than 9 songs demoed in our studio, albeit not completed definitely the lion’s share has been written. So rest assured we have really not just stopped writing, but we do progress in a little bit different way than before with Tommy being in and out. Also, somewhere maybe about half way through the year we had an epiphany and decided to do something special…. Unfortunately I *Still* can’t tell you exactly what we are up to but I really honestly feel it is something new and cool and something you will appreciate. More...
Iceland's Solstafir is currently working on a new album, and to tide fans over until its release the band has now posted a previously unreleased bonus track from the "Masterpiece of Bitterness" 2X gatefold vinyl.
The song "Devilmask" can be heard below. It was recorded during the "Masterpiece of Bitterness" recording session in 2004, but was not included on the original 2005 release.
Lebanese guitarist and composer Amadeus Awad has already worked with some of the greatest musicians from the world of prog in the past, including Gavin Harrison of Porcupine Tree fame, Russell Allen, Amanda Somerville, Mark Boals, and Kevin Moore to mention but a few.
Awad has two studio albums under his belt, 2011's "Ghost Stories" and 2012's "The Equinox." Now he has completed work on the upcoming album "Schizanimus," and the new songs feature Marco Minnemann on drums.
“The new songs being a bit on our heavy side, it required some intense drumming from one of the most interesting drummers on the international music scene. Our man for the job had to be the amazing Marco Minnemann who brought in some sick grooves to our already sick roller coaster of prog,” says Awad.
Asked about working with Awad, Minnemann said: "The music is great and I had a lot of fun drumming to it, I want to thank Amadeus for being such an appreciative musical mind, I'll be happy to play for him anytime."
Italian crossover metal band Ghost Booster has revealed the cover artwork for the new album "Freaks," which can be seen below. You can also download the new song "Be(er) Yourself" over at the band's official website here.
Gorguts performed at the St. Vitus bar in New York on December 21st, 2013 and now footage of the entire set is available online, courtesy of YouTube user unARTigNYC.
Check out the footage below. Gorguts has been performing live shows in support of latest album "Colored Sands" (reviewed here). If you missed Gorguts on this previous run, the band will also be heading off for the Decibel Magazine tour in March of 2014.
Toronto outfit Draft has released a new EP titled "Metamorphosis," which is available for streaming in the player below. The "Metamorphosis" track listing is as follows:
1. The Way I Am (feat Justin Bezaire) 03:37
2. Believe (feat Justin Bezaire) 04:53
3. What Do You Know 03:19
4. Break Away 05:19 More...
Malaysian outfit Nuclear Strikes has now recruited new female vocalist Tasya Blade to font the band. Footage from Tasya's first performance with the band can be seen below, and you can find more info on upcoming activity from Nuclear Strikes at Facebook here.
North East England’s purveyors of modern metal Fallen Fate have announced an upcoming full album release. After storming the U.K. in 2011 with "The Virus Has Spread" the band is back and is ready to lay waste with new release "Into the Black" on January 30th, 2014.
"Into the Black" was recorded in part in Stymphalian Productions in York with producer James Stephenson and finished in vocalist Lee Skinner’s home studio. Skinner comments:
"Dark, Expressive and Heavy…The sound and feel of Fallen Fate has changed quite a bit since the release of 'The Virus Has Spread'. The band has progressed and developed a more solid metal sound while maintaining a unique mix of speed and heaviness in the music.
"Based on a horror movie theme around a young girl called Vespa the concept of 'Into The Black' plays a big part in how the album sounds and how it is visually portrayed through the artwork and upcoming videos. It contributed to the evolving sound of the band as we introduced more keyboards and experimental sounds into the mix, giving it a different dark feel and sound.
"She [Vespa] chose a life without faith and over time became possessed by a demon. The demon slowly took over her body and ultimately lead her to kill herself and her family. The drive behind the concept is to empower the listener to decide whether she was possessed by the Devil, as she has no saviour in her life, or if she was possessed by God, punishing her for her lack of faith." More...
Toronto's Skull Fist will release new album "Chasing the Dream" next month, and now the band has released another track from the full-length.
Give "Hour to Live" a listen in the player below. Skull Fist will be hitting the road in Europe with Enforcer in late January (dates available here) and the new album's track listing is as follows:
1. Hour To Live
2. Bad For Good
3. Chasing The Dream
4. Call Of The Wild
5. Sign Of The Warrior
6. You're Gonna Pay
7. Don't Stop The Fight
8. Shred´s Not Dead
9. Mean Street Rider
An official lyric video is now available for "Hope is Just an Illusion," a track taken from Revolted's debut album "Revolutionary Order." Check out the lyric clip in the player below, and additional details on the band can be found at the Revolted Facebook page.
Subversion has released the "Transcend" EP, which can be heard below or downloaded at now cost via Bandcamp here.
The release features two new versions of tracks off the "Lest We Forget" album, as well as two songs to tease the band's upcoming 2014 album. The track listing is as follows:
1. Butchered (Redux) 05:04
2. What We Are Entitled (Redux) 03:47
3. Revelation 03:53
4. Novation 06:26 More...
Reapers Riddle has posted footage online from the band's recent single launch, which can be seen below. Reapers Riddle also comments:
"Episode 2 features a few interviews and live footage from the great night at the video and single launch 'Drop'. This track is now available on iTunes here.
"The Civic Hotel Hosted a night of high energy and live music. Special thanks to all who made it down and the support bands Black Ink, Psychonaut and Sleepfreak."
We Are Wolf's new song "Masquerader" can now be heard online in the player below, and the band comments on the track:
"Ladies and gentlemen please welcome our brand new song, called 'Masquerader.' It is the title track off our brand new EP 'Masquerader' which is coming out on January 24th. We really hope you like it."
Sinner recently announced upcoming 30th anniversary "Sinfest" shows, however the string of live appearances have now been cancelled due to a health issue with front man Mat Sinner. He issued the following statement online (translated from German, so it's a little off):
"Unfortunately, I have no good news just before Xmas. I have a stubborn bursitis in the shoulder with a score of the biceps tendon.
"My specialist thinks if I need to not jeopardize my violent program for 2014 and avoid an operation I at least. There will be 3 weeks of absolute rest and intensive treatments. A double show with Sinner & Voodoo Circle is impossible under these circumstances.
"Sinfest is postponed until next year, the first dates are confirmed: 26.12.14 Mannheim 27.12.14 Regensburg 28.12.14 Memmingen Merry Christmas & we look forward to the Primal Fear tour!"
For the first time, a regular Metalunderground.com podcast is coming your way.
Hosted by longtime site member and podcaster Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) and staff writer Mike Smith (OverkillExposure), the panel-style discussions will dissect new releases, inject some lively opinion into the latest metal news, and overall provide a richly balanced metal-themed outlet you’re not likely to find on most radio stations.
For the inaugural episode, Kevin and Mike hash out some of their favorite topics, discuss various bands and subgenres, and establish a direction for the near future (though regular episodes will not run nearly this long). Love them or hate them, agree or disagree, the official Metalunderground.com podcast is sure to offer something for everyone.
You can listen to Kevin's and Mike's first discussion by clicking the link below. More...
Continuing to post a series of holiday themed videos, Testament's Chuck Billy checks in from Germany on the last day (December 21st, 2013) of the Christmas Metal Symphony Tour, ready to head home for the holidays.
Check out the clip below, along with another video of Chuck discussing his favorite Christmas memories.
Judas Priest has checked in with the following brief announcement online about gearing up to drop an album next year:
"We wish all of our fans a great Christmas and a very metal New Year! We will be releasing a new album sometime in 2014 so stay tuned......!"
Suicide Silence will be releasing "Ending Is The Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show" on CD/DVD & CD/Blu-Ray this coming February 18th, 2014.
A new trailer for the coming set is also now available and can be seen in the player provided below.
Pre-orders will be made available on December 25th, and proceeds will go to the Kenadee Lucker Education Fund.
The full track listing for the release is as follows:
1. Destruction of a Statue with Jonny Davy
2. Distorted Thought of Addiction with Greg Wilburn
3. Ending is the Beginning with Brook Reeves
4. Bludgeoned to Death with Ricky Hoover
5. Unanswered with Phil Bozeman
6. Girl of Glass with Myke Terry
7. Price of Beauty with Danny Worsnop
8. No Pity For A Coward with Johnny Plague
9. Disengage with Cameron "Big Chocolate" Argon
10. No Time To Bleed with Burke VanRaalte
11. Smoke with Anthony Notarmaso
12. Wake Up with Tim Lambesis
13. March of the Black Crown
14. Slaves to Substance with Eddie Hermida
15. OCD with Austin Carlile
16. Fuck Everything with Chad Gray
17. Die Young with Robb Flynn
18. Roots Bloody Roots with Max Cavalera
19. Engine #9 with Mitch Lucker
20. You Only Live Once with Randy Blythe
Northern Plague recently finished work on the new album "Manifesto," which is due out January 25th, 2014 via Folter Records.
Now the band has released a lyric video in anticipation of the coming album. Check out "Reign Mother War" below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Century of Waste
2. Divide et Impera
3. Reign Mother War
4. Let the World Burn
5. The Edge
7. Unclean Words
Welicoruss has posted a behind-the-scenes video online, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments:
"Dear friends! While mixing and mastering of our new album 'Az Esm' we would like to present new issue of our video blog about how we shot the video 'Sons of the North' in the mountains at height of over 1,500 meters!"
As was previously announced, Asking Alexandria will be hitting the road in North America this coming March & April with Born of Osiris, August Burns Red, We Came As Romans, and Crown the Empire.
Now the first official dates have been released, which are available below, with more to be added in the coming weeks. More...
Sweden's Enforce is proud to announce the band's first ever European headlining tour, which will see the Stockholm based foursome hit the road in 2014.
After presenting current record "Death By Fire" to the audiences of the “Hunting Across Europe” tour alongside label mates Grand Magus and British metal veterans Angel Witch in early 2013, the aspiring act has moved up to the next level.
Joining Enforcer on the road will be Canadian metal heads Skull Fist and Dutch group Vanderbuyst.
Stated Enforcer vocalist/guitarist Olof Wikstrand: “It's our first headline tour ever and it's gonna be great to finally give the fans a proper long set including songs from all our three albums. This time we also have the chance to bring much of our stage props, lightning rigs and other things to make the show complete. You can expect hell on earth! Expect the ultimate heavy metal show of the new millennium.” More...
U.K. prog band hAND has checked in with the following statement about upcoming activity in the new year:
"There's just time before Christmas to say we hope you have a great time over the holidays and an awesome new year! We'd like to thank you for all your continued support in 2013, it really means a lot to us, so thank you
"We hope you've enjoyed all the behind the scenes footage for Kintsugi so far, we have two rather special videos coming up in the new year for you which we are really excited about. We're taking a break over Christmas and some time in January as most of the band are overseas for a little while. When we get back it will be full steam ahead with promo, new tracks, new merch, and launch gigs!
"Have a great one everybody, we wish you all the best!" More...
Ambient black metal outfit Zinvmm will release new album "Beltaine" this coming February via Darkwoods Records. Now you can also hear an excerpt from track taken off the release below, and find the cover, created by Oana E. Marchis.
Norway's Dunderbeist has issued the following update about recording a new album next year:
"Happy holidays to all our friends, fans, bands, associates, and everyone not included in any of the above!
"2014 will be the year of our next release, and we are currently working on the new songs, giving them those last finishings touches before we take them back into the studio for a final magical recording for you all to enjoy.
"Ta-ta's and ho-ho's,
You can also watch the band's "Father Serpent" video below, which comes by way of the "Songs of the Buried" album. More...
Symphonic metal band Sorronia, which released new album "Words of Silence" back in October, will support Tarja during the following stops on her "Colours In The Road" tour:
Jan 28th, 2014 - Aula Magna - Lisbon, Portugal
Jan 29th, 2014 - Sala Arena - Madrid, Spain
Jan 31st, 2014 - Santana 27 - Bilbao, Spain
Feb 1st, 2014 - Salamandra 1 - Barcelona, Spain
Feb 15th, 2014 - Rocking Chair - Vevey, Switzerland
Feb 16th, 2014 - Teatro Giovanni Da Udine - Udine, Italy More...
Funeral For A Friend has checked in with the following year-end recap message for fans:
"Before we all part ways to spend time with our families and friends we just want to say a huge thank you to everyone for making 2013 the most productive, challenging and entertaining year for us since the very start of this band.
"We have never been as busy as we have been this year so thank you to anyone and everyone who came out to show, bought our records, ordered some merch from us. It means more than you can ever know and your support is massively appreciated.
"2014 is going to be fun, we will have more news as the next few months come around. But for now, have a Merry Christmas, a excellent New Year and we'll see you all at the 'Hours' shows, Takedown Festival and Radstock Festival in the spring!"
You can also check out the band's music video for "The Distance," taken off the 2013 album "Conduit," in the player below. More...
Lay Down Rotten has revealed the track listing for new album "Deathspell Catharsis," which can be seen below. The album will be released on January 27th, 2014 in Europe and on February 11th in North America.
1. Cassandra's Haunting
2. Deathspell Catharsis
4. The Fever
5. Release Into Nothingness
6. Zombiefied / Electrified
7. Among the Ruins of a Once Glorious Temple
8. Infernal Agony
9. Blood on Wooden Crosses
10. Blasphemous Rituals for the Perverted Flesh More...
This coming February, 2014 will see the release of "The Virus Conspires," a new full-length from English thrash metal act Shrapnel (not to be confused with the Aussie band of the same name). The album was produced by Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Evile) and features artwork from Eliran Kantor (Testament, Athiest).
Now the band has issued a Christmas message to fans, which can be viewed below, and Shrapnel also comments:
"Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas everyone! Hope you all have fun with your family and friends. It's Nath's birthday today so we're off to the PUB! Here's a little message from us... Cheers and beers all!"
Earache Records has issued the following press release about U.K. band Savage Messiah being rebuffed by Freemasons while trying to rent a building for a photo shoot:
"Savage Messiah attempted to hire the UK Freemason headquarters for an upcoming photo shoot but were banned from entering the United Grand Lodge in London after the society considered the metal band’s name 'offensive' citing: 'There are concerns over the group’s name and we have to be conscious of our members.'
"The Fateful Dark, to be released March 2014, is the scintillating third album from the London based heavy metallers and thematically covers some of the rituals and controversy surrounding the secret society of Freemasonry.
"Cross of Babylon, the third track makes reference to a highly secretive Masonic ritual called The Red Cross of Babylon, whilst the eye-catching album artwork depicts themes of greed, power and corruption alongside Masonic iconography."
Savage Messiah frontman Dave Silver said: “Once more the dubiously hypocritical nature of religious groups has reared its head. We’ve been denied access to a building due to our apparently offensive name. I’m assuming that the word 'Savage' is the root of the consternation in question. This I find amusing from a group of people that adhere to a book that promotes slavery, genocide and celebrates a single human sacrifice as if it had any baring what so ever in the eradication of 'sin' or whatever that is supposed to be.
"If the band was called 'arse-fucked Messiah' I might understand their concern, however the very nature of the biblical myths is based on the most savage of human behaviours. Ironically most Christian churches depict the effigy of a brutal murder, the most violent of image of a man strung up, maimed, humiliated and sacrificed, yet us long haired, peace loving, free-thinking heavy metal louts are too 'Savage' to enter a building…such is the way of the world!”
Savage Messiah will release "The Fateful Dark" via Earache Records on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl this coming March 10th, 2014. More...
Italian power metal act Trick or Treat - featuring Luca Turilli's Rhapsody frontman Alessandro Conti - released the new music video "Rabbits' Hill." The song is the title track to the latest album "Rabbits' Hill, Pt. I" - the first part of a conceptual story arc inspired by Richard Adams' classic adventure novel "Watership Down."
Check out the video here:
New Jersey traditional metal act Midnite Hellion, featuring Twilight Odyssey vocalist Pamela Berlinghof, released a promo video for the band's latest single "Hour of the Wolf." The single dropped at the end of November via Witches Brew Records.
Check out the video here:
When Italian power/progressive metal act Bejelit called it quits back in July, former members Giulio Capone (drums), Sandro Capone (guitar), Marco Pastorino (Secret Sphere/HateTyler/The Ritual) (guitars) and Luca Negro (bass) hooked up with vocalist Chiara to form the new melodic modern metal act Temperance. The band is currently finishing up its debut album, expected in 2014.
As a precursor to the album, the band has issued a new lyric video for the cover song "A Thousand Years," which was originally recorded by Christina Perri. The recording was mixed and mastered by DGM/Empyrios guitarist Simone Mularoni.
To follow the progress of the upcoming debut, head over to the band's Official Facebook Page.
Check out "A Thousand Years" here: More...