Metal News for December 24, 2013
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31 news articles posted on this day.
In celebration of the holidays and apparently because baby Jesus may have also been a pirate, Christopher Bowes of Alestorm and Gloryhammer has released his own Christmas album "Christmas at the Organ."
Check out the ridiculous video for "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" below (how often does that hymn feature the word "fuck" in it?).
The ever-awesome Eric Calderone continues his series of T.V. and game metal covers, this time getting into the holiday spirit with a cover of "What's This?" from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Metal up your Christmas in the player below!
Italian masked guitarist Red Sky has released a new music video for "Cadono Giù (Freestyle N.1)," which can be viewed below. The band's previous video clip for "L'Ultimo Petalo" can also be seen at this location.
Japanese outfit Dir En Grey will release new single "Sustain the Untruth" on January 22nd, 2014 which follow the previous mini album "The Unraveling." A teaser trailer for "Sustain the Untruth" can now be seen below.
Manitoba five piece outfit Born Dissolution has released a lyric video for the song "Into The Fog," which is available below. You can find more info on the band at Facebook here.
2013 saw the release of The Mariana Hollow's "Scars, Not Wounds," and now the EP and the band's previous two albums can be downloaded for free at Bandcamp here.
In addition, the band released a documentary about the making of "Scars, Not Wounds" that can viewed below. More...
In honor of the Winter Solstice, We The Equinox is proud to release a lyric video for the track "Zion," which was recorded at High Vibe Recordings in Salt Lake City, UT. Check it out below. You can also pick up your own copy at the We The Equinox Bandcamp page here.
Brighton U.K. outfit Whitemare released the "Screamer" EP via Riot House Records last month, and now the band has a new video clip out. Check out "Elm Grave" in the player below.
Whitemare, which has been described as a cross between hardcore punk, metal, and southern rock, has been torturing eardrums since 2008.
Roadrunner Records has released drum cam footage of Mario Duplantier, which can be found below. The label also comments:
"The Roadrunner Drum Cam is back! We parked our trusty GoPro Hero3 alongside Gojira drummer Mario Duplantier when the band opened for Slayer in New York the night before Thanksgiving, and now you can watch him play 'L'Enfant Sauvage,' the title track from the band's 2012 album. Enjoy!"
Nexilva has posted a year-end video update available below, and the band also comments: "Here's a quick update to let you know guys what's going on with our album. Merry Christmas and happy new year!"
Illinois-based metal outfit Sworn In has issued the following 2013 year-end recap:
"In the year 2013, we started the year off away from home in the studio recording The Death Card, our first album ever. We spent the entire month of January doing so before embarking on a 54 day tour around the country in February and March. We returned home only to go back out again in April in the east coast and this is when we met our first record label ever, Razor & Tie.
"After this, we then headed home before starting a month on the road with For The Fallen Dreams around the whole U.S. June was our first month ever really off since the beginning of the year. July we recorded the Snake Eyes video and played a string of shows going a few states south.
"On August 20th, we finally released The Death Card to the world while on tour with Oceano. Since then nothing has been the same and we can't thank you enough. In September we did a small headlining run for The Death Card bringing out Gift Giver. In October we left to the west coast with Gideon before starting Bleeding Through's last US tour directly after in November. We did our first ever headlining tour in Canada earlier this month, going to Quebec and Ontario. And just this month we put a cap on all of it by touring the east coast going from one tour to the next with a bunch of amazing bands on each one. The last, and 150th show (including festivals) of the year, we played with VANNA at The Palladium in Worcester, MA.
"What an amazing and busy year, and it could not have been more worth every bit of struggle we faced on the ride. Thank you for making 20XIII the best year for The Death Card to ever come out, and know that 2014 it will only grow more and more. We begin 2014 on the grind once again, out through the months of early January to late February with This or The Apocalypse. The tour following that will be the biggest one in our band's history. Don't miss out.
"When the show ends, it's really only starting." More...
Dust Bolt has released a new studio teaser, which is available below. The band also issued the following statement:
"What's up!? we have a small present for you! Here is a short impression from our studio, where we recorded our new album the last few weeks!
"The album is done and we´ll let you know when it´s gonna be released as soon as we know! Enjoy your feast and join us on tour with Dr. Living Dead, starting in Munich tomorrow! Cheers!"
25.12.2013 (D) Munich / Backstage
26.12.2013 (D) Stuttgart / Universum
27.12.2013 (CH) Pratteln / Z7 - Winter Metal Meeting
28.12.2013 (D) Erfurt / From Hell
29.12.2013 (D) Münster / Sputnikhalle
30.12.2013 (D) Hamburg / Hafenklang More...
After signing with Napalm Records earlier this year, U.K. outfit Conan has now announced upcoming European tour dates. Details are available in the tour poster below, or over at the band's Facebook profile here.
White Empress has released another track online in anticipation of an upcoming album release. Give "Exile (The Empress Returns)" a listen in the player below, or hear more music from the band at this location.
Emergency Gate has posted an alternate acoustic track online as Christmas gift to fans, which can be heard below. The group comments:
"For the last day of our advent calendar we have a special present for you: 'Alternative Dead End' from our album 'The Nemesis Construct' in the acoustic version Matthias recorded in the Dreamsound Studios in Munich. You can also download the track here."
Xandria has posted a video Christmas message to fans, which can be viewed below. The outfit also comments:
"We wish you all a merry Christmas and a joyful new year! Have a great time everyone and may all your wishes for the new year come true. We hope to meet you all in 2014 and we promise, it will be an amazing year!"
Egypt's Hateful Desolation has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"Hello everyone, I am so sorry to tell you that Veirg will not take part on vocals for Hateful Desolation due to personal reasons.
"I wish him the best of luck and success with his future endeavours and for Suicide Emotions. Most likely, Hateful Desolation will remain a one man project for a while...
"Meanwhile, I am currently working on releasing a demo for a very limited number of copies. Stay tuned everyone, I will keep you updated." More...
Black Tongue has checked in with the following year-end recap as 2013 comes to a close:
"We've just played our last gig of 2013. Considering we only formed the band this year, we've been given some amazing experiences and made some legit friends along the way.
"Our highlights have been; playing Ghostfest, Touring Russia with I Killed The Prom Queen and supporting Aborted in Luxembourg.
"Next year expect even bigger things from us! We hope you all have a great Christmas, and we wish you happy holidays."
You can also check out the band's "Falsifier" EP in the player available below. More...
From the cold, grim coasts of Norway Causing The Exile comes back with new single "To The Depths," promoting the band's upcoming full-length in 2014. Check it out below, and the band also comments:
"Marry Christmas And Happy new year to you all from us! Hope you like our last chapter of 2013 and we can't wait to open 2014 with a blast! have nice holidays and thanks a lot for your support! without you we wouldn't be where we are now! New single for you all form us - To The Depths!"
Scottish death metal outfit Cancerous Womb has posted a new song online, which can be heard below, and the band also comments:
"After 5 years of existence as a band, it gives all four of us huge pleasure to introduce and share with you, 'Grind, Tear & Slice' from our debut album 'Born Of A Cancerous Womb' that will be released on February 24th, 2014 on Grindscene Records and Rising Nemesis Records. Enjoy."
Live footage has been uploaded to YouTube of Keep Of Kalessin performing "Dark As Moonless Night" in Tampere, Finland on November 30th. Check out the clip below, courtesy of YouTube user Carlos Pérez Blanco.
Footage has been posted online, courtesy of Metal Sanaz, of Al Jourgenson and Sin Quirin of Ministry discussing their memories of Mike Scaccia, who passed away one year ago. Check out the video in the player below.
Carnifex will release the new album entitled "Die Without Hope" on March 4th (North America) & March 7th (Europe).
The band has also posted a Christmas message to fans including a sneak peak at new music, which can be found in the YouTube player available below.
Pursuing the End, which released the "Symmetry of Scorn" album earlier this year (reviewed here), has checked in with the following 2013 year-end recap:
"We are thinking that another year is coming to an end. A year full of wonderful moments and great satisfaction, but in same time we are thinking to the great challenges we had to face constantly since this project had begun.
"In this special days full of hopes and dreams our wishes go to the ones who had helped and supported us during this years of Pursuing The End.
"We wish this Christmas to fulfill all your deepest dreams, just don't stop fighting for anything you love as we do! Merry Christnas to all of you from Pursuing The End family!" More...
Depths of Hatred has issued the following announcement about offering the "Aversionist" album for streaming and free download:
"Depths Of Hatred summon a Merry Christmas upon thee. Get our album for FREE from now until the new year!
"We're currently taking the holidays to finish up this new album, we're super excited about how it's coming out. Keep your eyes peeled for a ton of stuff from us in 2014, expect some studio footage, new songs, new video, tours... This year we're going all out.
"From all of us in Depths Of Hatred,
"Happy Holidays!" More...
After lying dormant for nearly 10 years, Ancient has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album in 2014:
"The band will start recording the new album, the 7th album of Ancient, in the middle of February, in Como, north Italy, and the master will be ready in the end of march, meaning a release will probably take place around June or September next year.
"Some new song titles are as follows:
Born In The Land Of The Dead
The Sempiternal Haze
The Ancient Disarray
"More news will follow!"
This upcoming new album will follow the 2004 full-length release "Night Visit."
Footage has been posted online of Darkane drummer Peter Wildoer, which can be viewed below courtesy of Meinl Cymbals. The band also comments:
"Here's the first video of Peter Wildoer official performing at the Meinl Drum Festival 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden. This video features James Labrie's song 'One More Time' from the 'Static Impulse' album. This was the first time Peter used his 22" Meinl Cymbals R&D (Research & Development) Ride Cymbal that they did especially for Peter."
Carrying on the tradition that it started in 2008, Misantrof ANTIRecords has, like every year so far, released its Christmas compilation, titled "Holy Fucking ANTIChristmas Volume 6." Misantrof comments:
"The album takes an irreverent poke at what Christmas has become. This year's compilation is again, for your pervert delight, a double CD release, thanks to the amazing interest it has arisen among bands, and then it contains 30 tracks of varying genres, wantonly based on the sick meanings of Christmas. The tracks have been newly written and recorded for this release and like all Misantrof releases this compilation is available for completely free download...
"Regarding the ANTIChristmas albums: If you are reading this you probably don't really love Christmas and its meanings. Humanity is great in creating sick things for everybody to believe. It is such a pity that last year the armageddon did not happen as we wished with our 2012 compilation. So, doomed to live on, our xmas joy reaches such unholy levels in knowing you'll love this new stream of free music, and since Christmas has lost whatever religious significance it had, and it has become a sick orgy of exploitation where everyone is encouraged to spend money to buy stuff they don't need and probably cannot afford, this makes us definitely proud."
The compilation features the following lineup: More...
Florida's Death Before Dying has uploaded the "Battle Hymns" EP online for streaming. Check it out below, and the track listing is as follows:
Flyleaf has checked in with the following recap of 2013 and update about upcoming activity:
"Hello everyone. We hope this email finds you well. As Christmas approaches, we have a moment at home to spend with our friends and families and reflect on all this year has given us.
"This year has been quite a journey. A new beginning, a season of hope and perseverance. We’re thankful for those of you who have joined us on this journey. This year has found us in Japan, Russia, Australia and all corners of the US. We have had a chance to reconnect with you, our fans, and hear your stories of how music has touched you through the years. We have also found ourselves in practice spaces in Texas, California and Georgia working on new music together.
"This is where our story continues. With Pledgemusic we have begun a new journey of sharing these new songs with you. The experience has been extremely rewarding so far. Sharing our process with you has allowed us to open up and connect with you and each other as a band, like never before. We love hearing your feedback and how you feel about our new creations. We’re so thankful for those of you who have pledged and joined in the process with us.
"We would like to give you a sneak peek at a new song we played out live in Texas for the first time. This track is called 'City Kids' and it is a taste of whats to come. We have many other songs to share with you as the process continues, but we leave you this song of reflection and reminiscence.
"We hope you feel the joy and warmth of this holiday season as we celebrate the King of Love, who came as a baby to save the world."
Exodus will be playing at Kirk Von Hammet's Fear Festevil in 2013. The organizers of the fest comment:
"OH YES YES YES! Are we here at your lil' old Fear Festevil delighted to be able to confirm the appearance of legendary Bay Area thrashers Exodus on February 7, at the first FEAR FestEvil ever. The event takes place @ Regency Ballroom 1300 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94108."
Further details on the fest can be found at this location. The following press release was also issued about Exodus:
"When it comes to thrash metal, in particular Bay Area thrash, Exodus are one of the true Godfathers. Formed in 1980 by guitarist Tim Agnello, drummer Tom Hunting, bassist Carlton Melson and some other six-stringer called Kirk Hammett, Agnello soon left, allowing Hammett's guitar tech Gary Holt to step up and in. Hammett then stumbled across Paul Baloff, a demo was recorded, Hammett left to join some other upstarts, Rick Hunolt took the other guitar and the rest became history.
"Their 1984 debut Bonded By Blood is a stonewall genre classic, and with cranium crunching classics such as A Lesson In Violence, Strike Of The Beast and more… We can promise that this will not be a calm or gentle soiree more than an aural beatdown. The current line-up of Holt, Lee Altus on guitar, Hunting, Jack Gibson on bass and Rob Dukes on vocals has been in place since 2005. Exodus' last album was 2010's Exhibit B: The Human Condition on Nuclear Blast Records, and the band have just started working on new material for a prospective release later in 2014."