Metal News for December 28, 2011
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Solitude Productions/BadMoodMan Music and Slow Burn Records present three new 2011 promo compilations. Each compilation is the label’s summary for the 2011 year. All presented tracks are full with no cut previews this time. Compilations won’t be released on CD format and only available as free digital downloads.
The Solitude Productions compilation will feature these bands and songs:
01. Mare Infinitum – Sea Of Infinity (9:47)
02. Funeral – Your Pain Is Mine (7:47)
03. Heavy Lord – Fear The Beard (7:53)
04. Stangala – Al Lidou Esoterik An Dolmen Hud (7:36)
05. Fangtooth – Father (5:53)
06. Night Of Suicide – Desire (11:05)
07. Abstract Spirit – Post Mortem (11:20)
08. Comatose Vigil – Autophobia (23:15)
09. The Undergrave Experience – Mater Mortalis Tenebrarum (24:21)
10. Septic Mind – Doomed To Sin (18:43)
"No Help For the Mighty Ones" is the second album from Salt Lake City's SubRosa, and the doom/sludge band is issuing it for download to it's fans at this location. You may also stream music from SubRosa's first album, "Strega," over on it's MySpace page. Below is a track from "No Help From the Mighty Ones" titled "The Inheritance."
Ottawa death metallers Deamon have posted a new track online titled "Means of Extinction." You can check out the song through the widget below, or by heading over to the Deamon Reverbnation page here. Deamon's new album is currently in the mixing process, with more details to be announced shortly. More...
Hammerheart Records has announced the signing of Dutch act Fehler. Hammerheart's Guido Heijnens commented:
"From the first moment I heard the unmixed version of 'DISSONA' I knew this was a killer release, and after talking to the FEHLER guys I was convinced all involved would work hard to get the band out there.One thing is for sure, the band’s name (which is German for 'mistake') will be opposite to the feeling you get after hearing this monster of an album!
"Fehler is a four-piece sludge metal outfit from the south of the Netherlands, known for their dark blend of ground shaking riffs combined with heavy rhythms and dissonant atmospheres. Key influences to their sound are sludge heavy weights like Crowbar and Torche but also feature the more melodic aspects of bands like Mastodon and High on Fire. Their songs vary from short and aggressive outbursts to sound-layered epics."
"Dissona" is up for a release on CD and Vinyl in the Spring of 2012, and a teaser trailer is available below. More...
Dominican Republic act Archaios has issued the following announcement about a song appearing on Terrorizer Magazine's "Fear Candy" compilation:
"Archaios did it again! Archaios is featured on the pages of the latest issue (#218 January 2012) of the world famous Terrorizer Magazine. The band's song 'Legions' is also included on the popular CD compilation Fear Candy that is edited together with the magazine.
"A review of the album 'The Distant' is also included on this issue. The album received a rating of 4 out of 5. The final line of the review says 'Half the metal planet appears to have attempted to do this kind of thing at one time or another, but precious few manage to do it with quite this level of panache or personality.'
"Terrorizer #218 (together with Fear Candy CD) will be available in Europe on December 29/2011 and in January in the US. For more info about the magazine click here."
Archaios released the new album "The Distant" last month, which has the following track listing: More...
Underground journalist Ryan Bartek has just released chapter one of his forthcoming book “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” as a free PDF download. "Fortress Europe: London" features interviews with members of Killing Joke, Pantheist, Hello Bastards, Armed Response Unit, Fen, Flowers of Flesh and Blood, as well as a barrage of industry insiders and renowned metal/punk journalists.
Also included in this PDF download is the prologue to “Fortress Europe,” which was released earlier this year and features face-to-face interviews with Polish death metal legion Hate, Grecian black metal kingpins Rotting Christ, and the USA’s own blackened extreme metal machine Lecherous Nocturne.
"Fortress Europe: London" details the first week of Bartek’s travels throughout the European underground during Summer 2011. “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II)” is the follow up to 2009’s “The Big Shiny Prison” -- a book in which the author traveled the USA covering all forms of counterculture fringe through a genre-bending combination of nonfiction journalism and the classic autobiographical road novel.
Welsh act Bullet For My Valentine has checked in with the following brief announcement about writing a new album next year:
"A MASSIVE thank you to all that picked up 'Fever' and came to the live shows over the last 18 months. We are very excited about writing a new album in the new year, you guys rule!!! See you all soon. Moose, Matt, Padge and Jay."
You can also listen to Bullet For My Valentine's music and find more details on the band via Facebook here.
Brutal Broadcast has posted a new video interview online with vocalist Mark Osegueda from U.S. thrash act Death Angel, which can be viewed in the player below.
Death Angel will also be joining Testament on upcoming North American tour dates in January and February, with full details available at this location.
Deathcode Society has checked in with the following announcement about undergoing lineup changes and gearing up to record a new album:
"Majors line-up changes are occurring within the society. In every case we found an adequate replacement, in the respect of our musical identity and former members legacy.
"We are still working hard in order to achieve the Opus I writing process. We are very proud with the material we created, and very optimistic about the future of the Society.
"As a consequence, we are glad to tell you we're going to record this album during the year 2012.
"Expect something unique."
Finland's Altars of Destruction has issued the following announcement about working on a new live music video:
"A live video is in the works for the tracks 'Day Of Judgement' and 'Suicide.' They were filmed at Firebox Metalfest on September 30, 2011.
"Video director & editor is Jani 'ViSKi' Viskari, who also created the band's earlier video for 'Cross The Line Of No Return.'"
You can also check out more information on Altars of Destruction by navigating over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Los Angeles act Zombie Eating Horse has posted a preview video clip online for the band's upcoming album "2012," which can be viewed below.
Zombie Eating Horse also recently posted the "What About the Sheep" EP online for streaming. Check out the songs from the release by heading over to this location.
Kaotoxin Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with French act Darkall Slaves:
"French brutal death metal band, Darkall Slaves, have inked a deal with KAOTOXIN RECORDS for the release of their debut full-length album (release planned for second half of 2012).
"Darkall Slaves, which shares a guitarist with French Grindcore extraordinaire UNSU, have seen the light of the day in 2005 and, since then, hit the stages of many gigs (Neurotic DeathFest official after party 2011, Gorgasm / Defeated Sanity opening in 2011, Inbred Fest 2010, Blasted Fest 2009, Houten Deathfest 2008, etc.) and (self-) released a debut, untitled, promo MCD. With a brand new lineup including drummer Benoit Peichert of Years of Tyrants fame, the band is ready to crush skulls with their brutal brand of Death Metal reaching new heights!
"To celebrate this deal, KAOTOXIN RECORDS will be making a limited edition merchandise line available on February 2012 (t-shirts, girlies, hooded sweat shirts). The band will also be playing the first installment of the KAOTOXIN MAYSSACRE FEST on May 1st in Lille, France along the likes of Putridity (IT), Perverse Dependence (RU), Defecal Of Gerbe (FR), Foul Body Autopsy (UK), Gnawed By Organs (FR) and a yet-to-be-announced headliner."
You can check out Darkall Slaves tracks available for streaming online by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog" is streaming a new track from the Riotgod sophomore release "Invisible Empire." The song "Firebrand" can be heard exclusively here.
"Invisible Empire" will be released on January 31st in North America through Metalville Records. The Obelisk is also still streaming the new track "Fool" at this location.
The "Invisible Empire" track listing is as follows:
4. Slow Death
6. Gas Station Roses
7. Tomorrow`s Today
8. Saving It Up
9. Loosily Bound
11. Hollow Mirror
Nuclear Chaos is offering it's recent album, "Ruins of the Future," as a free download at this location. The eleven-song "Ruins of the Future" marks the first new material from this Mexican metalcore band since it's 2009 debut EP "No Mercy, No Forgiveness" and the eponymous 2010 EP. Below is the first official video spawned from the new album for the track "Insane."
Heavy rock’n’groove maestros, Clutch recently returned to the United States after a European stint supporting Danish rockers Volbeat. As of December 27th, the Maryland-based group began a run of five dates in the east coast with Corrosion of Conformity. Ten days prior, the staff at the Austin, Texas nightclub, Emo’s flew Clutch out to play two special shows.
The first show, on the 17th, took place at Emo’s East. This large club formerly went under the guise of The Backroom. Since opening the new location, Emo’s has announced it will end fifteen years of punk and metal at its Sixth and Red River location. Emo’s has the reputation of being a legendary rock club, so the club decided to go out in style by bringing Clutch in to play an intimate show inside it’s club (the outdoor venue closed its doors a few weeks back).
Before and after taking Emo’s East’s large stage with tangible lighting, Metal Underground caught up with Space Master General, guitarist Tim Sult to get the details about these special shows, Clutch beer and new material. More...
Illinois based act Water on Mercury recently commented on the band's upcoming album: "Working on the next album, and it is unflinching, unrelenting, unyielding. Title and cover coming soon."
Water on Mercury has now announced the album's title will be "Amphigory," and the cover artwork can be viewed below. For more on the band, head over to the Water on Mercury Facebook profile.
Three more bands have been confirmed on the roster of the Trendslaughter Festival II, which will take place on January 29th in Bangalore, India. Local band Dying Embrace will once again return for this second installation of the festival, as well as Canadian act Cauchemar and Japanese metal band Abigail. 2012's Trendslaughter Festival II should be yet another eight hour outing at the Kyra Theatre in Bangalore, featuring international bands from all genres of metal. The current line-up of bands performing is as follows:
DJINN AND MISKATONIC More...
Sweden's Korpblod has issued the following announcement about the release of the band's new album:
"At last, the long-delayed third fullength entitled 'Vardens Färd' is now avaliable for order through the following site here.
"There will be more information concerning where you can obtain a copy, but for now we want to direct your attention to the previously posted link.For more information, go to this location."
Dead Icons has posted a new song online titled "Everything Has A Price," which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:
"Yo, check out our BRAND NEW song 'Everything Has A Price' off our upcoming album 'Condemned' due out on Bullet Tooth January 24! Get those pre-orders going at this location. See you on tour!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Folding Aces
2. The Longer You Wait
4. No Pain Goes Unpunished
6. Life Of Uncertainty
7. True Potential
10. Everything Has A Price
11. The Curse
Russian atmospheric doom band Septic Mind is streaming it's second album, "The True Call," online. The album is three epic, long tracks that total almost an hour total time. You may listen to it below or you can go to this location to download it. Below is the YouTube version of the first song, the twenty-five minute title track.
Hot Springs, Arkansas based act Seamless has uploaded a new track online that will appear on the band's upcoming album. Check out the track "Weight of the World" in the player below or by heading over to the Seamless Reverbnation page.
The band also recently commented:
"In other news, we have added a new member to the family! Micah Reynolds will be doing some additional vocals as well as some keyboards and our live sound such as sample triggering, live mixing, etc. Welcome this fool!" More...
The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show has posted a new video interview online with Phil Demmel of Machine Head. Check out the video interview below.
You can also find a previously posted video interview with Machine Head drummer Dave McClain at this location.
Periphery has released more footage from the band's time in the recording studio, which can be viewed below. In typical nonsensical Periphery fashion, the band commented on the clip:
"In this video we demonstrate how to fluff a nut! Enjoy each other often! With happiness to all - Spock"
You can also check out the band's last studio video blog posted online by heading over to this location.
Fortress Under Siege has posted footage online of the band performing "Deeds Of All Disgrace" live at AN Club on November 20th, 2011. The video clip is available below.
"Deeds Of All Disgrace" is included on the album "The Mortal Flesh Of Love" released in July of 2011. You can listen to the title track at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Deeds Of All Disgrace
2. Last Temptation
3. Holy Communion
4. My Foulest Sin
5. Gods Of War
6. Night Caress
7. The Mortal Flesh Of Love
9. Blind Faith
Capital Chaos has posted footage online of Carnifex performing the song "Dead But Dreaming" at the Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA on October 28th, 2011. Check out the video clip below. You can also check out a recent video interview with Carnifex by heading over to this location.
Deepsend Records has issued the following announcement about re-releasing the "Suffer No Guilt" album from The Gates of Slumber:
"We're proud to announce the reissue of The Gates of Slumber's 'Suffer No Guilt' album. This reissue features the original album and artwork in a glorious 6-panel, matte finished digipak.
"The Gates of Slumber should be a household name to all lovers of true doom metal. To the uninitiated, their magnum sophomore album 'Suffer No Guilt' is the perfect place to start your journey. A brilliant mixture of Sabbath, Vitus, Pentagram, and prime era Celtic Frost. A genre-defining statement of true doom metal, 'Suffer No Guilt' is a testament to what metal can and should be if pillaged and conquered at will.
"Vintage currents of crushing doom pulsate through like a plunging sword from the mighty Conan himself. Experience the sensation of being epically elevated and sonically crushed."
Finland's Dead Samaritan will release the band's first full-length album in the beginning of 2012, to be titled "The Only Good Samaritan..." The album includes 12 tracks, which were recorded, mixed, and mastered under Henri Virsell's iron hand during October, November, and December of 2011.
You can also check out two advance songs from the release by heading over to the Dead Samaritan Revernbnation page here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Prelude to Perdition
2. The Monster to Create
3. Laid to Waste
4. Royally Fucked
5. Hell If I Care
6. Bleeding Ground
9. River Runs Red
10. In the Shadows of the Mind
11. Welcome to the Death Zone
12. Into the Stellar Night
Hannibal has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album next year and heading out on tour:
"We are proud to announce that Hannibal signed to Echozone and will release their long awaited second album 'Cyberia' in spring 2012.
"The band will go on a tour starting from January 29th, 2012 to March 2nd and will support Tarja Turunen!"
The brand new album, to be released in March 2012, will be sold as a special exclusive pre-release on tour and will also be available directly from the band's website. For more details on Hannibal, head over to the group's Facebook profile here.
U.S. based death metal act Mausoleum has checked in with the following announcement about working on a new four way split release:
"Mausoleum has started work on the 4 way split 12" LP for GoatGrind Records with 'Torn Apart' and the classic Death song 'Evil Dead.' Out in 2012"
Mausoleum released the "Back From the Funeral" album through Razorback Recordings back in October, and you can also check out the band's music by heading over to the official Mausoleum MySpace music profile.
Demonical has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming "Death to All" tour dates:
"After a long wait we can finally present the complete routing for the upcoming 'Death to All tour 2012' We are thrilled to kickstart the new year by ripping up Europe and salute both new and old territories and followers. Death Metal Darkness prevails!!"
Demonical will be touring with Requiem, Tormention, and Erupdead on the following dates:
06.01 2012 GER - Lugau - Iron Eagle
07.01 2012 GER - Straubing - Sommerkeller
08.01 2012 GER - Memmingen / Tannheim - Schwarzer Adler
09.01 2012 ITA - Comacchio - Voodoo Club
10.01 2012 ITA - Milano - Blue Rose Saloon
11.01 2012 GER - Mannheim - 7er Club
12.01 2012 BEL - Antwerpen - De Rots
13.01 2012 FRA - Valenciennes - IgelRock
14.01 2012 BEL - Oostende - JH OHK Oostende
Boston psychedelic metal band Ice Dragon is issuing it's latest album "The Sorrowful Sun" for download to it's fans. You can stream it below or go to this location to download all nine tracks. Also featured is a YouTube video of the Ice Dragon song "Hexagon Riders" from an earlier release.
Dark Descent records will be reissuing the complete discography of Missouri science fiction/fantasy metal band Timeghoul. Formed in 1987 under the name Doom's Lyre, the band renamed itself Timeghoul in 1991 and released two albums - 1992's "Tumultuous Travelings" and 1994's "Panoramic Twilight." Both of those albums will be released in CD form with an eight page booklet and tripanel original artwork by Mark Riddick. Check out a video from Timeghoul's second release "Panoramic Twilight" for the track "Occurrence on Mimas."
Coroner Records has issued the following announcement about Living Corpse releasing a new album early next year:
"Italians Living Corpse, after a massive lineup change, have set 'And Everything Slips Away' as the title of their new full-length album due in early 2012 via Coroner Records.
"The album, which includes 11 tracks, was recorded mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Disarmonia Mundi, Destrage, Blood Stain Child, Rise To Fall, Slowmotion Apocalypse, etc...).
"The cover artwork was created by Jon Barmby (Bring Me The Horizon, Architects, Your Demise). Further details about official release date, tracklist, etc... will be revealed soon."
After finishing the writing process earlier this year, female-fronted prog metal act To-Mera has officially commenced the pre-recording for an upcoming third full-length album in the band's new studio.
The new, as-yet-untitled album will be the follow-up to the "Earthbound" EP and the "Delusions" album (reviewed here).
Chilean metal act Obscene has posted a new track online from the band's upcoming album "See." Check out the song "Blind Transition" through the SoundCloud player available after the jump.
The "See" track listing is as follows:
1. Seeing the Truth
2. Stupid Manipulator
4. No More Fucking Love Songs
5. Blind Transition
6. The Convolution Day
8. Back to the Reality More...
German act The Prophecy 23, which recently went through several lineup changes, has now checked in with the following announcement about an upcoming album:
"After the overwhelming reviews of their first record '...To The Pit' and many crazy live-shows (i.a. Wacken Open Air 2011) The Prophecy 23 announces their second record 'Green Machine Laser Beam.'
"It will be produced by Kristian 'Kohle' Kohlmannslehner in the Kohlekeller Studio in January and February 2012. He already worked on chart-breaker like Crematory and Powerwolf.
"The second record of The Prophecy 23 will be released by Massacre Records in spring/summer 2012. The cover artwork was again drawn by Marvin Clifford (MAD Magazine, etc.)." More...
Japanese act Blood Stain Child has announced it will perform as a special guest at the Naka-Kon 2012 anime convention, which takes place at Overland Park, Kansas, between the 10 - 12th of February.
For more details on the upcoming Naka-Kon, head over to the convention's official website at this location.
In other recent Blood Stain Child news, the band postponed a string of European shows, with no rescheduled dates yet available.
Tri-State death/thrash act Legionary has been working on the new album "Arcane Divisions," and the band has now revealed the track listing will be as follows:
1. Cursed Existence
3. Unfriendly Fire
4. Questions Left Unanswered
5. Absolute Supremacy
6. Awakening Reprisal
7. Embracing Trauma
8. Frozen Assassin
9. Genetic Legacy
10. Arcane Divisions
Legionary also commented:
"Since July, we've been working very hard, not only on recording the parts for our first album 'Arcane Divisions,' but on getting the mix/master just right... Anthony D'Erasmo (aka The Digital Doctor) has done an awesome job, and soon the album will be complete... Next month we will be unveiling a brand new track entitled 'Embracing Trauma.' Who's ready for some new Legionary?!"
Black metal at Astral Winter has uploaded the cover artwork for the upcoming album "Forest of Silence," which can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:
I. Pathway To The Ancient Forest
II. When Moonlight Evokes The Frozen Night
III. The Palace Of The Prophets
IV. As I Embrace The Winter Winds [Instrumental]
V. Defenders Of The Astral Kingdom [Part II]
VI. The Summoning Of Arcane Magic
VII. Forest Of Silence [Outro]
Astral Winter also recently posted several cover songs online. You can check out the band's cover for Wintersun's "Sleeping Stars" here and for Vinterland's "Our Dawn of Glory" at this location. More...