Metal News for December 28, 2013
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27 news articles posted on this day.
Before Steel Panther was Dangerous Toys, a hard rock band with a sense of humor that loved sex and melody. More...
A new music video is now available for "Sombra en la pared" ("Shadow on the Wall") from Colombian outfit Xendra. Check it out below. Xendra consists of:
- Julio Cesar Osorio (Tres de Corazon, ex-Desertor): Vocals / Guitar
- Jerónimo Alvarez (Cromlech, ex-Shadowlit Mind, ex-Detriktuss): Guitar
- Diego Villa (Wishmasters, ex-Terra sur): Bass
- Juan Pablo Valencia (Morwen , ex-Sabactani): Drums
Spain's Denial Silence has a new EP out, which is available for streaming below and can be downloaded at the group's Bandcamp page here. The new EP's track listing is as follows:
1. Intro 02:24
2. Altered Reality 05:21
3. Blind Slaves 04:59
4. Loss 04:00
5. Regeneration 05:05
6. Outro 00:26
Denial Silence is:
Lety Crespillo: Drums
Tomy Montiel: Bass
Cayetano Delgado: Guitars
Antonio Alarcón: Vocals, Guitars
Sweden's Inside The Artist's Head has released a music video for "Scarlet Letters," which can be viewed below courtesy of Hardcore Worldwide. You can also find more info on Inside The Artist's Head at the group's Facebook profile here.
Iced Earth, which was recently covered in our Sunday Old School column, will release new album "Plagues of Babylon" on January 6th (EU/World) and January 21st (North America) via Century Media Records.
Now the band has issued the following update about streaming "Plagues of Babylon" online:
"Hello friends, our new album 'Plagues of Babylon' is streaming on Spotify in 55 markets around the world!
"Follow us on Spotify, check out the album (and it's many amazing physical and digital configurations which you can already pre-order) and come see us on the road!" More...
Israeli metal band Mechanigod has released debut album "Realms," which is now available for streaming in full via the player below.
"Realms" was recorded by Daniel Strosberg at KEOSS Studios in Tel-Aviv, poduced and mixed by Daniel Strosberg & Mechanigod, and mastered by Jens Bogren at Fascination Street Studios. The track listing (and times in the YouTube clip) is as follows:
00:00 - Opposite Poles
01:30 - I Shall Remain
07:34 - The Serpent`s Greed
16:28 - SilverHaze
21:02 - Reflected Dialogs
28:26 - Mirror`s Aspect
34:13 - The Toque Addarum
36:03 - Beyond Realms of Reality Part 1
40:10 - Beyond Realms of Reality Part 2
45:17 - Silent State of Mind
St. Louis act Shapist has released a new single online titled "Phantom." You can stream the track in the player below, or pick up your own digital copy at Bandcamp here. Shapist consists of:
Jake Willman - Drummer
Collin Reagan - Bassist
Trevor West - Guitarist
Devan Tyler - Guitarist
Rex Carroll - Vocalist
Sam Bedichek - Vocalist
Perth, Australia outfit Xenobiotic has released a new two-track EP titled "Ares." Stream the songs below, or download the tracks at Bandcamp here. The track listing is:
1. The Imperium (ft. Dustin Jon) 05:13
2. The Separatist 06:04
Chilean band Inferis has announced that the recording process for a new album will start during the next few weeks.
All the recording for the 11 tracks will be done by engineer Ignacio Figueroa in Viña del Mar, Chile. Figueroa has worked with bands such as Naioth (Chile), Pirosaint (USA), and Warchest (Chile) among others.
Inferis also recently released a music video featuring the band's new lineup with vocalist Nasson. Check out the video for "The Wind" below. More...
Germany's Orphalis has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"Sorry, but we have to announce some sad news: Our singer Dennis has left Orphalis a few days ago due to personal differences.
"We respect his decision, thank him for the great time together and wish all the best for his future.
"Dennis will help us out on our upcoming shows, so we do not have to cancel – but we still need your help now: If you know any good and qualified death metal singers who are looking for a band, or if you even are one, please contact us!
Fan-filmed footage of Sound Storm is now available online, courtesy of YouTube user endryus75. Check out the clip below of Sound Storm performing "Torquemada" at Konzertfabrik Z7 in Pratteln, Switzerland on December 18th.
Finnish outfit Exthenia's debut music video for the song "Disappointment" is now available online and can be seen in the player below. You can also stream the band's previously posted song "Eternal Spirit" by heading over here.
Norway's Manes is gearing up to release the "Teeth, Toes & Other Trinkets" compilation via Debumur Morti Productions. The label comments on Manes:
"They are creators, not followers. From their unique eerie black metal ('Under ein Blodraud Maane') to the experimental blend of (black) metal/trip-hop/electronic musick, each of their album is a unique masterpiece of dark music!
"If you never listened to their music, it's urgent fix this incredible mistake! Their music will shatter your soul to pieces! And the best is you can stream their albums for free via Tor-Helge Skei's Youtube Channel.
"Their first release on Debemur Morti Productions, 'Teeth, Toes & Other Trinkets,' is reaching release date and I'm really, really eager for it to spread around! The vinyl version is already here (and some of you are already spinning it!) and it looks amazing!
"The digipack CD version will be officially out on January the 17th. In the meanwhile, stream 'One More Room' via SoundCloud below." More...
Brisbane band Eternal Rest has released an official video for "Onset Of Destruction," the seventh track from its new one "Prophetic." That album is out now through Deepsend Records, recorded and mixed by Joe Haley (Psycroptic). Stream all nine tracks of it over on bandcamp, and view the video below.
After European and Asian tour dates throughout the end of 2013, Leaves' Eyes will be touring with Pythia and Atrocity in Europe this coming year. Dates are as follows:
15.01.14 UK - Cardiff, Bogiez
16.01.14 UK - Nottingham, Basement
17.01.14 UK - Manchester, Sound Control
18.01.14 UK - Birmingham, Temple
19.01.14 UK - London, Garage
25.01.2014 PR - San Juan Pr., La Respuesta
27.01/31.01.2014 - Miami/Caribbean Sea, 70.000 Tons of Metal
08.03.2014 UA - Kiev, Bingo Club
14.03.2014 DE - Arnsberg, Zero
15.03.2014 NL - Almelo, Ramrock Festival
16.03.2014 DE - Berlin, K17
04.04.2014 DE - Stuttgart, Club Zentral
05.03.2014 DE - München, Backstage
You can also find the complete list of upcoming Leaves' Eyes tour dates at the band's website hereMore...
France's The Algorithm has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist:
"One week ago in Paris was our last show with our beloved guitarist Max Michel. Touring with him this year has been an incredible experience both for me and Mike, we had so much fun playing with such a talented guitarist and experiment with new sounds live.
"We wish him joy and success with his new life in Boston, USA, as he's been selected to study at the prestigious Berklee College of Music!
Toledo, OH based metal outfit The Convalescence has officially entered the recording studio and is now working on a new album to see release via Ferocious Records in 2014.
Further details are forthcoming, and in the mean time you can follow the recording process at the band's Facebook profile. You can also listen to the song "A Wretched Creation" off the previous release "Unmasking The Betrayer" below. More...
Memory Of A Melody has shot a new music video, which will see official release online this coming December 30th, 2013. The band comments on the upcoming clip:
"When filming the video for Phantoms & Shadows we felt heaviness in the rooms on the upstairs floors, as if someone was watching us.... 2 days...." More...
Gyre is currently working on new music, and in the mean time the band has issued the following announcement about posting all previous material online:
Frostagrath has issued the following update about gearing up to release an all-covers EP:
"For this new year I thought of doing something a little different therefore I will release an EP entitled 'In Nomine Artem Blackium' in 2014. it will be a black metal covers EP that will be available for download and on a very limited number of physical copies.. The track list will be revealed very soon."
You can also hear Frostagrath's cover of "I Am The Black Wizards" by Emperor below.
Polish outfit Lost Soul is back with new album "Atlantis - The New Beginning," which contains ten new songs in a basic edition and three bonus tracks in a special edition.
Arek “Malta” Malczewski is currently mixing the album at Sound Division Studios. Guitarist/vocalist Jacek Grecki also comments:
"We are currently working on the final sound of our new brainchild and collecting ideas for album artwork. We are very proud of what we’ve written. It might seem that after an album like Immerse in Infinity it might be hard to outdo ourselves artistically, but I think we succeeded.
"I am also quite pleased with the lyrics for this album. Lyrical layer is very mature, and is quite consistent with the conceptual nature of the entire album. The music itself has kept its extreme direction, but we took on a little darker atmosphere this time. The album is a little slower, and much more powerful than the previous, but from the first notes you know it is Lost Soul.
"It begins with a faster, punishing tracks and then goes down to medium and slow tempo, and finally shows how ‘catchy’ fast, technical, brutal extreme music can get. Atlantis sounds very lively compared to previous albums, due to the fact that for the first time in history of the band, each of us recorded their respective instrument tracks. I am very proud of the guys. We’ve also invited four special guests to the record. More details on this coming soon."
"We are planning to release the new album in summer 2014, but I’d rather not talk specifically about the release date, as we yet have to sign a new deal. We will keep you updated. Be patient. From time to time, we will reveal more details. I would like to give my best wishes for the new year to all fans of metal and wish the bands that will release their new albums in 2014, pride and satisfaction with their work. It will be a great year!" More...
UMC, the promoters for 70,000 Tons of Metal, announced four new bands for the upcoming floating festival: German classical metal act Haggard, U.S. power metal veterans Vicious Rumors, the recently revived Austrian grindcore act Pungent Stench and Dutch death thrashers Izegrim.
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.
Haggard, Vicious Rumors, Pungent Stench and Izegrim join previously announced acts, with 15 more acts still to be announced:
Swallow the Sun
City In The Sea guitarists Nick Rossi and Jeffrey Christian show you how to play "The Purge" via a new guitar play through video, which is available below.
"The Purge" is taken from the band's debut album "Below The Noise." The track listing is as follows:
2. Dead Beliefs
3. The Purge
4. Light the Way
5. Without an Answer
6. Perfect Human
8. Becoming Stronger (feat. Aaron Matts)
9. Discovering Oceans (feat. Ben Bruce)
10. Overcast (feat. Ben Bruce)
11. Those Who Vanish
Mcminnville, TN based outfit Nova has checked in with the following update about the upcoming "Alpha" EP, which is due out in 2014:
"I'm very happy with how far this band has come. We've all progressed so much as musicians and as people. With this new material, we're shedding our proverbial skin and renewing our life as a band.
"This material is unlike anything we've demonstrated in the past. But no matter what I do to progress as a musician, it is all thanks to my bandmates and this group's supporters. Everyone that has told me they anticipate our next recording or our next show, they're the reason I dedicate myself to this. They are the reason I work and work to improve as a guitarist, as a songwriter.
"You are all the reason this band has gotten its feet off the ground. Truly, thank you. I can't say it enough. Thank you to all of the people who've given us the time of day. Thank you to my bandmates for believing I could come up with some quality material that I'm proud to present to you all very soon."
You can also hear the band's previous self-titled EP in the player below. More...
Embryonic Devourment has released two tracks online for streaming from the new album "Reptilian Agenda." Check out "Sealed With Resin" and "Blood Gift" below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Challenging All Forms Of Hope
2. Masonic Angeldust
4. Experimental Deformation
5. Suffer The Seas Of Gore
6. Sealed With Resin
7. Whilst The Rich Dine
8. Blood Gift More...
Funeral doom outfit Throes of Ire has released a new 10 minute track titled "Kursed," which can be heard below. "Kursed" comes from the forthcoming EP "Funeral for a Witch," due out in January of 2014.
As El Drugstore prepares for the release debut full-length "Plague Ship" on New Year's Eve, the whole album from the Jersey-based prog pirates is now playing.
Board the Plague Ship via the player below, courtesy of AmericanAftermath.net. "Plague Ship" was tracked at parts unknown by the band and cohort Chris Alfano (East of the Wall, Argonauts), and mixed and mastered by Kevin Antreassian at Backroom Studios. Catch the band live:
2/01/2014 Paradise Lost - New Brunswick, NJ w/ Zevious, Fond Han, Mothguts More...