Metal News for December 28, 2012
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29 news articles posted on this day.
Belgium based Epysode, featuring guitarist Samuel Arkan, posted additional in studio footage of the recordings of the upcoming Epysode II release. This clip features the Arkan's guitar recordings.
Epysode is currently in Noise Factory Studios with sound engineer Gerald Jans recording the album for a 2013 release.
Dallas-based deathened black metal act Sparrows is currently planning a covers album paying tribute to Swedish black metal legends Watain. The band has issued an open invitation for acts interested in taking part in the project, with details lined out in the following statement from Sparrows:
"We are starting the project of recording a Watain tribute album. If you are a band, and want to do a cover on the album, we will pay for the time for you to record it AND give you a copy to use for yourselves. Please share this. Any band that can come to the Dallas, Texas area to record is welcome. If you are from out of state and you can afford a trip to Dallas to record, the same applies to you. The song Sparrows is putting on the album is 'Reaping Death,' so have that in mind."
Interested bands should message Sparrows over on Facebook.
Sweden's Katatonia, which released new album "Dead End Kings" earlier this year (reviewed here) sat down for a chat at the O2 Academy about the band's ambitions, working with artist Travis Smith, and the group's most surreal experience yet. Give the interview a watch in the player available below.
Experimental metal/electronic act Hybrid Reality will be releasing a new EP this coming January 12th, 2013. The project has now released a teaser trailer for the "Infinity" EP, which can be viewed below. For more info on Hybrid Reality, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Gloryhammer will be releasing new album "Tales from the Kingdom of Fife" this coming March, and now the band has revealed the alternate artwork for the album's "Heroic Edition." Check out the cover below, and the band comments:
"BEHOLD! The artwork for the 'Limited First Pressing Heroic Edition' of our debut album, due on March 29th! This version will only be available in limited quantities, in a luxurious digipak, featuring the bonus track 'Wizards!' (yes, the exclamation mark is part of the song title). For the true Gloryhammer fans!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Anstruther's Dark Prophecy
2. The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee
3. Angus McFife
4. Quest for the Hammer of Glory
5. Magic Dragon
6. Silent Tears of Frozen Princess
7. Amulet of Justice
8. Hail to Crail
9. Beneath Cowdenbeath
10. The Epic Rage of Furious Thunder
11. Wizards! (Bonus Track - First Pressing Only) More...
St. Louis, MO act The Nurso Experience has posted a new song online titled "Family Reunion," which can be heard in the SoundCloud player below or downloaded over at this location. You can also listen to the previously posted song "The Peacemakers" right here.
Hivesmasher, which released new album "Gutter Choir" earlier this year and was also covered in the Boston edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming live activity:
"?2013 is gonna be a fun year. In March we're going to be back on the road with a band of good looking chaps (we'll tell you who soon). We'll be reaching Austin for SXSW with some help from Hoeks Death Metal Pizza and the Texas Metal Collective. We're playing one of their mighty showcases on Saturday March 16 with our buddies in FAMILY at 7:00 pm.
"In the meantime, we'll be in town from March 13th up until then. Please repost this on Facebook, as we can use a bit of help getting our party on for you fine southerners. If there are any leads on house shows, or vacant slots from March 13 - 15, let us know at email@example.com
"In the meantime, we'll be heading in the opposite direction next month for the Poutine and Putrefaction tour beginning January 17. February, we won't leave you hanging. Details on our plans will be announced soon!
"While you're waiting, make sure you grab your copy of Gutter Choir over at this location. Each vinyl is colored differently for all of you collectors."
New Jersey's Attacker is working on forthcoming album "Giants of Canaan," which will feature artwork created by Jowita Kaminska. Jowita comments on the release:
"The Lords of Thunder are back after a short hiatus! New Jersey based legendary power/traditional heavy metal act Attacker strikes with their 5th (and 3rd after the reunion) album, taking no prisoners. All vital ingredients for a classic metal album are on board here: very classic guitar work with genuine mid-'80s feel, mighty galloping riffs, precise, powerhouse drumming supported by thunderous bass.
"And last but definitely not least: the bloody impressive vocal performance courtesy of the new singer, Bobby 'Leather Lungs' Lucas, known from the first two Seven Witches and Overlorde albums. His emotion-filled voice displays a great range, from soothing or chilling calmer singing to aggressive and powerful air-raid siren wails and screams, straight from the school of Dickinson and Rivera.
"Just try NOT to raise your fist or sing along to those songs... if you manage this, you are probably hearing-impaired! All this goodness is rounded up with a perfect recording, well-balanced mix and warm production that steers away from the awful modern digital sound plaguing even some traditional metal albums nowadays. More...
Jim Matheos has issued the following brief announcement online about the writing process for a new Fates Warning album:
"I'm happy to say that all the music for FW11 is now written (finally!). Still some lyrics to do, but we're close. Looking forward to sharing this with you in 2013."
This upcoming album will be the follow-up to 2004's "Fates Warning X." Further details will be announced as they are made available, and you can stay up to date on the album's progress over at the Fates Warning Facebook profile.
Autumns Eyes is currently working on a new EP to follow the previous full-length album "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here).
A video shot during the acoustic guitar recording sessions for the release has been posted online and can be viewed below. Autumns Eyes also comments:
"The upcoming EP from solo metal band Autumns Eyes features a fair amount of acoustic guitars, and here we get to see a sneak peek of an overdubbing session for the new album.
"For all you gear heads out there, the acoustics for this album were recorded in a somewhat non-traditional fashion utilizing a Shure SM57 microphone, rather than the standard condenser microphones used on the majority of acoustic recordings." More...
Swedish act Waning has posted a video clip online for the song "At the Peak of Indifference," which is the first published track off the band's forthcoming new album. Check out the song below, and Waning also commented:
"We know that you as well as we care a lot about Christmas... Hence, we did what we could to deliver our video in time. 'At the Peak of Indifference' should hopefully spread some of that warm, fuzzy Christmas shine to all of your families. Anyhow, we have been struggling to get music and the video in place and we hope you will enjoy it."
Hailing from Kenosha, Wisconsin four-piece death metal act Jungle Rot will be re-issuing the newly re-mastered 1996 album, "Skin The Living," coming February 19th, 2013. Pre-order packages are now available through the Victory Records’ webstore.
Front man Dave Matrise comments, “We’ve wanted to re-issue Skin The Living for some time now and are happy that we have that opportunity. I still feel this album stands up to the test of times. Night after night on the road we hear fans screaming out the songs from the release, asking us to play and constantly asking us where they can pick up Skin The Living. This will give everyone a chance to see where it all started for J-Rot and they will have a chance to own a rare piece.”
Jungle Rot has been destroying the metal scene since 1994 and signed to Victory Records in April 2011, shortly after releasing "Kill on Command." Jungle Rot will continue to thrash and decay anything and everything in its path as the band prepares to release an eighth full-length studio album, due out March 5th. More...
Parisian modern metallers As They Burn have announced that their forthcoming album will be titled "Will, Love, Life" and is due out February 19th, 2013. A teaser trailer is available below, and pre-orders are live now at this location.
Vcalist Kevin Trevor comments: “Our new effort is on its way and is in the mixing process with Jason Suecof. We are really glad about how the album sounds and we hope that you will love and respect it as much as us. Will, Love Life is heavier, more mature, atmospheric and darker than our previous album, but also very positive and still full of symbolism."
Machinist Bastien Jacquesson also issued the following statement about the artwork: “The pyramid on the cover is a mystical sign, a sign of spiritual elevation and knowledge. It is also linked with Aleister Crowley and the Thelema mythology which always been a big influence for us. The cover art photo was taken by our great friend Anthony Dubois who's also known as Meshuggah's official photographer and French painter Charlotte Mollet drew each of the eleven signs that represent the eleven tracks of the record. Each symbol has a special meaning linked with the song's lyrics.”
Fans can catch As They Burn on tour with Betraying the Martyrs in February throughout Europe before joining Job For A Cowboy, War From A Harlots Mouth, and Beneath the Massacre on Bonecrusher Fest in Europe beginning March 1st. More...
Virginia's The Pestilence Choir has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"We are sad to say that our vocalist Chad will be leaving us after our show on the 16th. It has been a great 7-8 years with him and he will be deeply missed.
"So that being said we have tickets for sale for the show on the January 16th at Shakas for $10. This will be the last show with Chad.
The new Bornholm song "Walk on Pagan Ways" is now available for streaming through the SoundCloud player below. The song is taken from the upcoming album “Inexorable Defiance," which will be released on January 25th, 2013 via NoiseArt Records. Bornholm will also embark on the Paganfest tour with Alestorm, Arkona, Thyrfing, and others in February / March 2013.
The "Inexorable Defiance" album's track listing is as follows:
1. Fear Of Wonders
3. Flaming Pride And Inexorable Defiance
4. Walk On Pagan Ways
5. Archaic Pale Visions
6. Throne Of Crows
7. Moonlight Wanderer
9. The Spiral Path
10. Fiery Golden Dawn
11. Towards The Golden Halls
12. Feast of Fire
13. Valhalla (Bathory Cover) More...
Norway's Claymords has been hard at work recording new album "Scum of the Earth," which is due out in early 2013 through WormHoleDeath.
The band has now posted a fourth and final video update from Realsound Studio in Parma, Italy. Check out the clip below, or watch a previously posted studio video from Claymords at this location.
Winds of Genocide has checked in with the following announcement about working on a new album for release next year:
"As the dawn of 2013 approaches we would like to extend our thanks to everyone for their interest and for supporting the band throughout 2012.
"2013 is shaping up to be a VERY busy and exciting year for the band with the undeniable highlight being the planned recording of our debut full-length album 'USURPING THE THRONE OF DISEASE' in the late summer which should be unleashed by Pulverised Records sometime later in 2013 all going as planned.
"More finer details on the album will be released next year once there is more info to share, we are quite a way into the writing process for the album now though. Here is a track off our 2012 split CD with Japanese Blackthrash Ragers Abigail!" More...
Obsidian Kingdom has posted footage online from the band's "Mantiis" record release show, which can be viewed below. You can also stream the full "Mantiis" album at this location, and the band commented on the video:
"OK, here's what we promised earlier this week. For those who couldn't make it to our presentation show in Barcelona - or those who were there and want to recall the experience - we've uploaded two video excerpts... so you can be there with us over and over again!"
Svart Crown has been recording a new album and follow-up to the 2010 "Witnessing the Fall" release. The band has now checked in with the following update on the recording process:
"News from studio: drums, guitars & bass are done. We return to the studio in January to finish the vocals and the mix. Francis Caste just posted a drum sound check video, enjoy!"
Ruined is a Copenhagen based quartet formed by members of As We Fight, The Psyke Project, and Last Mile. With a common love for hardcore and metal music Ruined combines this fascination into a highly energetic and explosive expression.
Ruined has recently recorded a 6 track EP with Jacob Bredahl at Dead Rat Studio, and the first two tracks "Set to Explode" and "This is War" can be heard below. More info on Ruined is available over at the band's Facebook profile here. More...
Syria's Abidetherein has posted a lyric video online for the new single "The Dislocated And The Sisyphean Project," which can be heard below. The band also commented:
"Our upcoming single track is dedicated to the ones who detained in the prisons of darkness all over the world especially in the Arab countries. Where legitimate expression and free speech are crimes punishable by law. They've refused to be governed as a herd of sheep, is that a crime?!
"We demand freedom of all, and carry all the authorities full responsibility for the health and safety of detainees! The recording of all instruments has already done, Abidetherein is going to do mixing and mastering too, so stay tuned and keep in touch with us for more news." More...
Brotherhood of the Lake, which released new album "Desperation Is The English Way Vol. 1" earlier this year, has checked in with the following year-end recap:
"This year has been overwhelming for our band, incredibly hard at points but awesome. Easily the best year we've had as Brotherhood Of The Lake.
"We have played countless shows with some amazing bands, with great old friends and also some rad new ones.
"We have destroyed ourselves financially (and physically), lost members, gained members, had stuff stolen from us, had our van broken into etc but it all makes for an amazing experience and the rad times outweigh the bad by a mile.
"The response to 'Desperation Is The English Way Vol. 1' was a million miles beyond what we could have expected and we can only hope that the follow up in March 2013 will be equally well received.
"Thanks to everyone who reviewed the record/shows, gave us a floor to sleep on, a floor to play on, people who bought a t-shirt, a record, a patch and most of all the people who stood and watched." More...
Heidi Parviainen, former vocalist for Amberian Dawn, has launched a new project entitled Dark Sarah. The project will see the appearance of guest musicians, the first of which will include guitarist Kasperi Heikkinen (Conquest/Mergin Flare/Ex-Amberian Dawn) and bassist Jukka Koskinen (Wintersun/Cain's Offering/Amberian Dawn).
A debut release from Dark Sarah is expected in 2013, as well as a new music video for the song "Save Me." A trailer for the video can be found below:
Connecticut act Hatebreed posted a trailer for the upcoming release "The Divinity of Purpose." The album is set to drop via Nuclear Blast Records on January 25, 2013.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Put It To The Torch
2. Honor Never Dies
3. Own Your World
4. The Language
5. Before The Fight Ends You
7. Dead Man Breathing
8. The Divinity Of Purpose
9. Nothing Scares Me
10. Bitter Truth
11. Boundless (Time To Murder It)
12. Idolized and Vilified
Check out the trailer here: More...
Spanish metal act Ankor posted a new music video for the title track of the band's sophomore LP "My Own Angel." The album was released in 2011 through STF Records.
Check out "My Own Angel" here:
Canada's The Agonist, featuring vocalist Alissa White-Gluz (Kamelot), posted behind the scenes footage from the band's recent tour in Asia. In November, the band played shows in Taiwan and Japan in support of the latest LP "Prisoners," which is available now through Century Media Records.
Check out the footage here:
New York death metal act Suffocation posted a video featuring sample clips of the upcoming "Pinnacle of Bedlam" release. The album is set for release on February 15, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records and is the first to feature new drummer Dave Culross, who was with the band from 1997-1998 and recorded drums for the "Despise the Sun" EP. He replaces the outgoing Mike Smith, who left the band this past February.
The track listing for "Pinnacle of Bedlam" is:
1. Cycles of Suffering
2. Purgatorial Punishment
3. Eminent Wrath
4. As Grace Descends (see lyric video here)
5. Sullen Days
6. Pinnacle of Bedlam
7. My Demise
9. Rapture of Revocation
10. Beginning of Sorrow
Check out the sample clips here: More...
As a year end gift for metal fans, Power Prog Records is offering a free download of "Brazil Rocks, Vol. I" a compilation of acts from South America. The compilation can be had by heading on over to the Pure Prog Facebook Page "Compilations For You Free" Tab located here.
Bands included are:
Age of Artemis
Kiko Loureiro (Angra)
With several new videos to sift through before the end of the year let’s cut to the chase and see which are for you, and which are probably not… More...