Metal News for December 3, 2013
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Indonesian outfit Zilzalaha has posted a track online for streaming titled "Hentikan Perang "("Stop War").
Listen to the new track in the clip provided below, or find more info on Zilzalaha over at the band's official Facebook profile here.
Florida deathcore act Entombed in The Abyss has released newest single "Belligerent" online, which comes off the "Beaten At The Knees" EP. Give the song a listen in the YouTube player available below.
Anathema has entered the studio and is currently working on a new album to follow the 2012 release "Weather Systems" (reviewed here). The band comments:
"Day one and the next Anathema album recording has officially begun! Many greetings from beautiful Norway!"
Further details on this new album will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out a brief studio snippet at the band's Facebook profile here.
"Weather Systems" was the runner-up album of the year in our 2012 best-of awards, eventually losing out to Testament as all the votes were tallied.
Post-metal prog group Intronaut has released a new video for "Harmonomicon" taken from "Habitual Levitation" album. Check out the clip below.
The guys are currently in Europe and will be back stateside for a tour with Between the Buried and Me, Deafhaven, and The Kindred. Dates are available at this location.
To celebrate the holiday season, Century Media (in conjunction with the LA Regional Food Bank) has launched a food drive at the label's parking lot sale on December 7th. Fans who bring in the following items will receive a free gift:
--Canned protein (such as tuna, sardines, stews, and soups)
--Canned fruits and vegetables
--Personal care items (such as lotion, deodorant, and toothpaste)
The sale will take place from 12-4PM at Century Media's US office at 2323 W. El Segundo Blvd., Hawthorne, CA 90250. For more details about this event, please visit this location.
For fans who cannot participate in the food drive but would like to contribute, an online donations page is available right here. USA residents who donate $20 or more will receive 20% off their CM Distro order between January 1st and January 31st and receive a free vinyl slipmat.
Fifth To Infinity, which features former Opeth member Martin Lopez, has released two teaser tracks online from the band's upcoming album.
Check out "The Fall of the Seven" and "The Will To Harm" in the SoundCloud clips below. Fifth To Infinity consists of:
Jonas Reslan - Vocals, Guitars
Martin Lopez - Drums
David Lindh - Bass More...
Zafakon has released a new lyric video for the song "Summoning the Vortex," which can be found below. The band also comments:
"Here's our Christmas present for you guys... Here's the premier of the lyric video for 'Summoning the Vortex' track from our album 'War As A Drug,' which features Joel Grind from Toxic Holocaust.
Hardcore outfit Benchpress will soon be embarking on a tour with Wolf Down (dates available below), which brings up a question of bands with differing ideologies performing together. Benchpress comments:
"We've had a bunch of people ask us why Benchpress, a band full of ignorant, protein loving jabronies, is touring with the vegan, straight-edge band, WolfXDown.
"The second that we start to qualify what bands we're willing to tour with, based on the views they hold and the lifestyle they live, is the second that we lose focus and fall into a segregative mindset. Segregation and discrimination falls directly against every single thing that hardcore stands for.
"Maybe we can learn a thing or two from WXD? Maybe they can learn a thing or two from us? Who knows? Maybe we won't. And even if we don't, we're still going to mosh hard as fuck for 17 days because that band rips.
"Hardcore is about the fucking music. Don't get it fucking twisted." More...
"Power Frost," the corrupted new anthems from Târgu Mures, Transylvania-based duo Persekutor is now available via Magic Bullet Records.
The two songs from the 7" provide Persekutor's first new material in seven years. The EP's title track and its B-side companion, "The Twitching Hour," are now proudly roaming the airwaves via Cvlt Nation. Give them a listen below. More...
Guitar icon Zakk Wylde, leader of Black Label Society, has announced "An Evening With Zakk Wylde," a solo 13-city tour across Canada featuring intimate versions of some of the band's most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde's solo album "Book of Shadows" and Southern rock band Pride & Glory.
"This is a special Thank You to the Canadian fans for making 'Ain't No Sunshine' top 20 - Top 20 people!" said Wylde. "I love Canada! They always welcome BLS and are so supportive. To do a more intimate, stripped down show, especially in cities where you're so embraced - is just the ultimate. You can take a song that you've played thousands of times, rearrange it and suddenly its something totally fresh and new. Acoustically, the songs are just as powerful and heartfelt. Even transposing them and performing them on piano, they are no less raw and familiar."
Zakk also has a special message to his Canadian fans: “Thanks to the Canadian chapter of the almighty Black Label for the success of Unblackened and the single, 'Ain’t No Sunshine!!!' I am looking forward to an special evening with our Canadian family.” More...
Periphery's new recording, "Clear," is set for a January 28th North American release. Check out the brand new promo video featuring snippets from all of the songs featured on "Clear" below.
The "Clear" pre-order bundle packages are also now all available at this location. Jake Bowen (guitars) states:
“Clear is an experiment to explore all of the different writing styles in the band. It's rare when you have a band where every member is capable of writing and producing music. With each member controlling their own track, this recording enabled us to go down any path we chose in terms of style and sound.
“Every track also contains a melodic theme established in Clear's intro track 'Overture' this common thread links all of the songs together, even though they all sound wildly different. Clear shouldn't be confused with our new 3rd full-length album that we're currently working on, nor should it be considered an EP as it rides somewhere in-between clocking in at 30 minutes. Enjoy!" More...
Cleveland heavyweights Chimaira has announced the "Celebrate the Chaos" tour that will run rampant through the U.S. and Europe.
The tour will celebrate the band's fifteen year path digging up hits from the vast back catalog. Supporting duties will come from IWrestledABearOnce and Oceano with label-mates Fit For An Autopsy and Reflections opening the show. Front man Mark Hunter weighs in on the news:
"Chimaira turned fifteen this August and the only appropriate way to celebrate the chaos is to hit the road. Take a trip through the entire catalog with us and rediscover old favorites in the new era of domination! Rise up! The time has come..." More...
Reflections has released a new version of the single "My Cancer," remixed by Lee McKinney aka Mechanize. Give it a listen below, and the track is also being offered as a free download here.
The band is on the road right now supporting label-mates Within The Ruinsand will head out with Chimaira next year.
"My Cancer" comes off the "Exi(s)t" album, and the full track listing is as follows:
3. Vain Words From Empty Minds
5. My Cancer
6. Lost Pages
8. This House
9. Stories Through Storms
10. Exist More...
Australian metalcore predecessors I Killed The Prom Queen have reunited and are thrilled to be back to share their first new album in 6 years.
"Beloved" is to be released on February 18th, 2014 on Epitaph Records in the U.S. and February 14th in Australia. Listen to the new track "To The Wolves" below.
By the band's own admission, I Killed The Prom Queen has endured a decidedly checkered past. Over the years the group saw multiple vocalist changes and other personnel exchanges, side-project sojourns and moonlighting in other bands, hiatuses and break-ups. Yet through it all, the musical output both live and on record has remained thoroughly inspired.
IKTPQ entered the studio in 2013 in Gothenburg, Sweden with Fredrik Nordström to record "Beloved."
“We’ve really extended ourselves,” says Jona Weinhofen, “But we’ve done it in a way where it’s tasteful and it makes sense with the music. It’s not like we’ve gone from sounding like a metalcore band to sounding like Dimmu Borgir. It still sounds very much like Prom Queen.”
The album's track listing is as follows:
01. Beginning Of The End
02. To The Wolves
03. Bright Enough
05. Thirty One & Sevens
06. Calvert Street
08. The Beaten Path
10. No One Will Save Us
11. Brevity More...
Dom Joly surprised a crowd of metal heads at a Wintersun show with his "Fool Britannia" sketch series when he appeared for an unexpected intermission. See the looks of bewilderment on the show-goers faces in the clip below, which was shot in London at The Garage on July 16th, 2013.
Swiss folk metal institution Eluveitie is parting ways on mutual agreement with longtime violinist Meri Tadic at the end of 2013.
The “Eluveitie & Friends III” festival, which will take place on December 28th, 2013 in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, will be the final appearance of the eight piece music act. The band comments:
"There is an end to all things‘ is a saying. Nevertheless, having to say goodbye is never easy. Meri has been an important part of Eluveitie for 11 years – we have played hundreds of shows around the globe together! We will miss Meri, but foremost we want to say: Thank you for 11 years spent together!
"Every ending means a new start and a new chance. We are looking forward to working with Meri’s successor very much and to have new musical influences this way – we are in the midst of a creative working progress for our new album. In this sense this means: Excitement & creative mode: ON!"
Meri also comments:
"After 11 years of Eluveitie I have decided that it is time for me to move on. I have had the privilege to live through wonderful and unique years on stage and on the road as well as rough ones within the band. My decision has absolutely nothing to do with Irij and the upcoming album. Since many of you know i already have been involved with Irij for quite a few years now. Nevertheless i'll continue with and evolve on my musical journey and thus focusing on the new release, debut shows, rehearsals, new influences and possibilities. More...
Finnish black metal act Graveborne signed on with Australian black metal label Seance Records for the release of the new album "Through the Window of the Night." The album will be released on January 20th through the label.
According to the press release: "The Finnish horde's second album, 'Through the Window of the Night' displays Graveborne as a black metal leviathan rising from the darkness to reduce divinity to ashes and unleash pure evil in the form of nine deadly psalms to Satan: ferocious and uncompromising black metal in pure '90s style that will shake the heavenly spheres, joining destructive melody with unrelenting heaviness. Beware this ungodly wrath in the vein of early Immortal, Marduk, Dark Funeral, and Dawn, which features a collaboration with K-2T4-S of ..And Oceans."
The track list for the album is:
1. Burn the City of God
2. Tiesi Päähän
3. Root of Evil
5. Into The Abyss
6. In the End I Find My Beginning
7. Pyhää Verta
9. Men Behind The Sun More...
Energetic and melodic metal outfit Until Dawn has released a new lyric video for "This Fallen Fortress" in promotion of latest album "Horizon," which was released in August.
Check out the newly released lyric clip below, or you can stream all of the "Horizon" album by heading over to this location.
Ukrainian black metal pioneers Drudkh have released a track from the new split EP alongside Winterfylleth. The first track, titled "...W Krainie Drzew" is streaming now in the player below courtesy of Stereogum.com.
"...W Krainie Drzew" was originally written and recorded by Hefeystos (Poland) in 1997. The song's emotional black metal and heathen background rooted in ancient Slavonic nature was a natural precursor to Drudkh's signature sound.
The split EP, titled '‘Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates," will feature four-tracks taking the shape of cover songs recorded by both bands paying tribute to their early influences. The track listing is as follows:
1. Drudkh - …W Krainie Drzew (Hefeystos cover)
2. Drudkh - Ten, Ktery Se Vyhyba Svetlu (Unclean cover)
3. Drudkh - Recidivus (Sacrilegium cover)
4. Winterfylleth - The Gates (Hate Forest cover)
"Thousands of Moons Ago / The Gates" will see a release on January 2014 as a dark blue, hand-numbered 12" Lp limited to 666 copies. More...
High On Fire today releases a music video for brand new single "Slave the Hive" today, which can be viewed below courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.
The song, available as limited edition 7-inch at every stop of the group's current Scion A/V-sponsored headlining tour, marks the first new music from the California metal champions since the spring 2012 release of "De Vermis Mysteriis."
High on Fire's North American headlining tour will run through December 12th. Norwegian sextet Kvelertak opens all dates.
December 4 Edmonton, AB Starlite Room
December 5 Calgary, AB Republik
December 7 Vancouver, BC Venue Vancouver
December 8 Seattle, WA El Corazon
December 9 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
December 11 San Francisco, CA Regency Center Grand Ballroom
December 12 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre More...
Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America. Joining BTBAM on this trek will be Deafheaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. Dates are as follows:
02/20 West Springfield, VA Empire
02/21 Huntington, NY Paramount Theater
02/22 Clifton Park, NY Upstate Concert Hall
02/23 Boston, MA Royale Nightclub
02/24 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
02/26 Montreal, QC Corona Theater
02/27 Quebec City, QC Imperial De Quebec
02/28 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre
03/01 London, ON London Music Hall
03/02 Syracuse, NY Lost Horizon
03/04 Grand Rapids, MI Intersection
03/05 Palatine, IL Durty Nellie's
03/06 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
03/07 Lawrence, KS Granada Theatre
03/08 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
03/10 Reno, NV The Knitting Factory
03/11 Oakland, CA Oakland Metro
03/12 Pomona, CA Glasshouse
03/14 Lubbock, TX Jake's Sports Café
03/15 San Antonio, TX White Rabbit
03/16 Grand Prairie, TX South By So What?! Festival
03/18 Sauget, IL Pop's
03/20 Ybor City, FL The Ritz Ybor
03/21 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
03/22 Athens, GA 40 Watt
03/23 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall More...
Nachtgeschrei will be supporting Fiddler's Green on selected dates of the "Winners & Boozers" tour in 2013/2014. The band stated:
"It's an honor to go on tour with these icons of the folk rock scene. We've met Fiddler's Green at a lot of festivals and we think that this tour is the ultimate package for each folk rock fan!"
Dates are as follows:
20.12.2013 DE Berlin - Postbahnhof
21.12.2013 DE Leipzig - Anker
03.01.2014 DE Kaiserslautern - Kammgarn
04.01.2014 DE Köln - Live Music Hall
Nachtgeschrei has also started writing material for a fifth album, which will follow "Aus Schwärzester Nacht," released in March 2013 via Massacre Records.
Chilean band Inferis has released the music video "The Wind," which features new vocalist Nasson. Check it out below.
The previous version of this track was included the mini album "Lead The Chain" under the name of "I've Been The Wind."
The music video was filmed and produced once again by Waldo Madariaga and the image cover was designed by Manuel Alarcon, the band's bass player. You can download the "Lead the Chain" EP through Digmetalworld Records here. More...
In celebration of its official release this Friday via Ván Records, today Revolvermag.com brings you "Earth Air Spirit Water Fire," the new album from Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies. Give it a listen below.
Selim Lemouchi & His Enemies is the new project from The Devil's Blood mastermind Selim Lemouchi. More...
U.K. metal act Iron Knights (formerly Stuka Squadron) has announced a series of tour dates in late February and early March.
Details are available in the tour poster below, or over at the band's official Facebook profile here. The band also previously issued the following announcement:
"Just to update everybody, Jay Parmar has stepped down from Iron Knights, which means that the 21 December show in Camden has been moved to 21 February 2014 to coincide with our first small UK jaunt. The band are still deep into recording and everything is on track for the album to emerge early next year. Expect more tour dates and the second guitarist to be announced soon." More...
Gothic Portuguese metallers Moonspell have announced that they are returning to North American for a headline tour in 2014. The "America Noir" tour will begin January 31st in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and is currently scheduled to run through February 20th in Toronto, ON. Support on the tour will be provided by Napalm Records label-mates Leaves' Eyes and Atrocity. A list of announced dates can be found below.
Moonspell are touring in support of their latest release 2012's Alpha Noir (see review here). The band toured North America in early 2013 and are eager to make their return.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
1/31: Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
2/3: Ft Worth, TX @ Rail Club
2/4: Albuquerque, NM @ Blackwater Music
2/5 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
2/6: Ramona, CA @ Ramona Mainstage
2/7: Oakland, CA @ Metro Opera House
2/8: Portland, OR @ Alhambra Theater
2/9: Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
2/10: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theater
2/11: Edmonton, AB @ Pawn Shop
2/13: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
2/14: Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2/15: Chicago, IL @ Reggies
2/17: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
2/18: Montreal, QC @ Les Foufounes Electriques
2/19: Ottawa, ON @ Ritual
2/20: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
Ticketing info, additional shows and meet and greet info will be announced shortly. More...
Mediaskare Records is proud to announce the addition of Montreal, Quebec’s The Prestige to its roster of artists and will release the band’s Antoine Lussier-produced album "Ecotone" on March 18th. You can listen to the track “Dismantle” from the album below.
“We chose to release Dismantle first because we feel it perfectly represents everything contained on the album musically, its heavy and catchy,” stated guitarist Sebastien Marois. Adding, “Lyrically, Martin and JC wrote the song as an interpretation of the last lucid moments with your loved ones and facing the realization that your whole life is being dismantled brick by brick. Both have had the disease impact their lives in a big way. It’s a terrible thing to imagine, having all the people you love and have had by your side your entire life slowly become complete strangers.”
“An ecotone is a transition area between two biomes, It is where two communities meet and integrate. It may be narrow or wide, and it may be local (the zone between a field and forest) or regional (the transition between forest and grassland ecosystems),” explained the band. “Our bass player Blaise came with the idea about a year ago while we were writing the album and simply stuck with it. It really is a good metaphor about us. This album draws the line between our old sound and what we crafted over the years. The overall image is about separations, as in, before/after, right/wrong, and so on.”
The band teamed with producer Antoine Lussier AT .357 Productions to record "Ecotone," whom the band has worked with in the past. “It was the third time we hit the studios with him and we had a blast. He truly is a genius and he helped us craft the sound we were always looking for. We are very proud of how it sounds and cannot wait to have everyone listen to it.” More...
Adrenaline Mob, featuring Russell Allen (Symphony X/T.S.O.), Mike Orlando, John Moyer, and new drummer A.J Pero (Twisted Sister) (who replaced Mike Portnoy back in June) have signed a North American deal with Century Media which connects with their existing ex-U.S deal with the label to create a worldwide pact. The initial release in this deal will be the band's second full length album, "Men of Honor," which will be released February 18th in North America and February 24th internationally.
The album features 11 new Allen/Orlando original songs and was produced by Allen and Orlando. Starting today the band will stream a track a week each week, starting with album opener "The Mob is Back," leading up to the release of the album. The link to the band's site is
The band plans extensive touring worldwide throughout 2014. More...
Progressive metal band EON, the brainchild of Lebanese guitarist Amadeus Awad, announced that the debut release "The Book of Gates," will finally see release on February 13, 2014.
Guest stars to appear on the release include:
Elia I. Monsef - Vocals
Russell Allen (Symphony X/Adrenaline Mob/T.S.O.) - Vocals.
Amanda Somerville (Trillium/Avantasia) - Vocals
Kevin Moore (Ex-Dream Theater) - Keyboards
John Macaluso (Artlantica/Mastercastle) - Drums.
Check out the trailer clip here: More...
Rage's classical outlet Lingua Mortis Orchestra posted a trailer clip for the upcoming December tour dates with Majesty. The band recently released the new music video for "Cleansed By Fire," the opening track off the current "LMO" release (see review here.
The tour dates are as follows:
18.12. D Stuttgart - LKA Lohnhorn
19.12. D Memmingen - Stadthalle Memmingen
20.12. D Nürnberg - Hirsch
21.12. D Köln - Essigfabrik
22.12. D Langen - Neue Stadthalle
Check out the trailer here: More...
In the first time in nine years ("Beware" 2004), Steel Prophet will return with the new studio release entitled "Omniscient," which is targeted for a June 2014 release via Cruz Del Sur Music. The album will be made available on CD and vinyl formats.
A living reference for all fans of American Heavy Metal, Steel Prophet needs no introduction to the metal world. With a long history, the band is particularly known for the technical and versatile guitar work of founding member Steve Kachinsky Blakmoor. Let's not forget the soaring vocals of Rick Mythiasin, who has returned to sing with the band for the first time since 2002's "Unseen."
"Omniscient" is a conceptual, sci-fi themed album, textured with with a heavy dose of unusual philosophies and ideas that will appeal to fans of early Steel Prophet material, especially the "Dark Hallucinations" era. "Omniscient" will have a visually-striking package that will read like a graphic novel to highlight the story that underlines the music.
Steel Prophet is currently planning a European tour to coincide with the album's release. Stay tuned for more updates as the release of "Omniscient" nears!
Legendary U.S. death metal act Obtituary has been added to the upcoming 70000 Tons of Metal Cruise. In one of the two sets played on board, the band will premiere its entire upcoming new album, which is as of yet untitled.
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.
Obituary joins previously announced acts, with 22 more acts still to be announced:
Swallow the Sun
French progressive metal band Etherens is streaming the new track "To Live is to Forget." The song appears on the upcoming sophomore LP "Your Wandering Ghost," which is set for release on January 20, 2014 via Scarlet Records.
Check out "To Live Is To Forget" here:
Canadian power metal metal act Edge of Attack is streaming a cover track of Ozzy Osbourne's "Bark at the Moon." The track features a guest appearance by Korean born vocalist Seigfried Song (Symmetric Chaos). The band is currently working on a sophomore LP, which is expected in 2014.
Check out "Bark at the Moon" here:
Canadian folk metal act Scythia released another teaser clip from the upcoming new music video for "Bear Claw Tavern." The video debuts on December 4th at 8:00pm MST via the band's Official YouTube Channel.
"Bear Claw Tavern" is the new single, which appears on the new album "…Of Conquest," which is expected in early 2014.
Check out the teaser clip here:
Chrome Division issued a new teaser clip for the upcoming music video "Endless Nights." The song appears on the new album "Infernal Rock Eternal," which is expected January 17th via Nuclear Blast Records.
The teaser includes interview segments with the band on the upcoming video clip. The track list for Infernal Rock Eternal" is:
1. Good Morning Riot
2. Endless Nights
3. (She’s) Hot Tonight
4. The Absinthe Voyage
5. Lady Of Perpetual Sorrow
6. The Moonshine Years
7. No Bet For Free
8. On The Run Again
9. Mistress In Madness
10. Reaper On The Hunt
11. You’re Dead Now
13. Dirty Dog (Bonus Track)
Check out the promo clip here: More...
Eyal Levi hasn’t ONLY performed various audio engineering tasks for the some of the top dogs of modern metal with some of the most competitive sounds on record -- He’s also been in the thick of the action as the guitarist of Daath and Levi/Werstler. As a part of Audiohammer Studio in Florida, some of his production credits include working with The Contortionist, Demon Hunter, August Burns Red, Whitechapel, Arsis, The Black Dahlia Murder, Misery Index, and Reflections. He’s also engineered Daath’s records as well. Moreover, he’s taken to hosting interactive seminars on creativeLIVE.com, where inquisitive minds can learn how to distinguish themselves from studio chumps.
When he speaks, he educates. Fortunately for us DIY-minded folks, he likes to speak an awful lot. In fact, he has his own blog over at MetalSucks. In a Metal Underground exclusive interview, however, he has checked in to let us know a bit about his view of the changing landscape of audio engineering in heavy metal, as well as gave us a few good tips for good measure. More...