Metal News for December 30, 2011
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43 news articles posted on this day.
Verkrag, the horror/black metal one-man band presided over by Anton van Niekerk, is set to release it's brand new album "Anti-God" in 2012. A promo clip for the song "Doomsday Prophets" from that upcoming release is posted below. Bloemfontein native van Niekerk also is streaming Verkrag's previous album, "13 Victims," over on the band's website. You may download that album as well.
Johannesburg black metal band Warthane is streaming two new tracks, "Blood Beauty" and "Era Black Divine," online on it's MySpace page by clicking on the radio tab. These two new songs are on the Warthane record "Black Divine," which was just launched in South Africa. Below is an "Era Black Divine" promo shot at the SunFest 2011.
Oregon Christian metal band Saint will enter the studio in early January to begin drum recordings for the forthcoming new LP "Desperate Night". Jared Knowland will produce the album which is expected for a March 2012 release through Retroactive Records.
In other Saint news, the band will reissue the 2006 release "The Mark" under the new name "The Revelation" in late January. The re-issue will also be remastered with a new cover.
Revilement has checked in with the following recap of the band's activity throughout the year:
"2011 was the best year in our history as a band. Played shows in Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, and of course here in Taiwan, opened for Napalm Death, and released our debut full length album.
"And 2012 is already shaping up to be even better. All the best to all our friends and fans out there who have supported us from the beginning in the new year!"
Revilement also recently posted a Thailand tour video clip online, which is still available online at this location.
Asheville drone band Hurlbat has issued it's new three song promo demo and we are streaming it for you below. You can also download it by going here. Guitarist/vocalist Dave Lynch also plays in the band Enoch. The two-member band also includes Gordon James Wallace on drums/vocals and is influenced by old stoner doom metal.
Legendary NWOBHM band Pagan Altar is set to release a new album in early 2012. Titled "Never Quite Dead," the album has already spawned a couple of uploaded YouTube videos from it. Pagan Altar just released "Dance of the Vampires" below, whose title is inspired by the cult movie classic of the same name. Also to be included on the album is the track "Portrait of Dorian Gray," which was originally released in 2006 on the "Pagan Altar vs Mirror of Deception" split 7". Check out that video by going here.
Serbian act Hollow My Eyes has checked in with a new studio video update, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Day 2 of the recordings at studio Headroom in Backi Petrovac, some singing and fooling around included!!!"
To hear more of Hollow My Eyes, head over to this location and listen to the "Beyond Forgiveness" track previously posted online.
Finnish platinum metallers Nightwish have just released the 4th episode of the "Imaginaerum" online game. Check it out by heading over to this location.
The new Nightwish opus, "Imaginaerum", was released on December 2nd, 2011 and hit the charts hard worldwide – just to name the top 20 positions: Finland: #1 Sweden: #3 Switzerland: #3 Germany: #6 Austria: #9 Slovenia: #13 Ireland Indie: #15 Czech: #16 Norway: #17 Poland: #18.
You can also find Metalunderground.com's review of the "Imaginaerum" album by navigating over to this page.
California's In Virtue has issued the following announcement about streaming the new album "Embrace the Horror" online:
"In Virtue's new album 'Embrace the Horror,' due for release on the first day of the end of the world, January 1st, is now streaming in it's entirety on Reverbnation.
"The track In Service to His Madness is also available as a free download. The album is available for pre-order at Bandcamp."
Seven Deadly, which features former members of the now defunct Panic Cell, has posted a new single online for streaming. Check out the "From This Darkness" single in the SoundCloud player available below. A music video for the track is also currently in the works and is expected to be released in January of 2012.
Kevin Hufnagel (Dysrhythmia, Gorguts) has released a new album for his ambient solo act online. You can stream the entire new "Transparencies" album via Bandcamp or through the player below. The track listing is as follows:
2. Ever Rest
4. Slow Motion Return
5. Passing On
6. Static Aquarium
7. Early Light
8. The Bell Garden
9. Station Hum
10. Seen From A Distance
11. Aftermath More...
A new TV trailer for Primal Fear's upcoming album "Unbreakable" has been posted online and can be viewed below. "Unbreakable" us due out on January 20th, 2012 (EU) and January 24th, 2012 (North America) through Frontiers Records.
Finland's Stam1na has announced the band's new album "Nocebo" will be released this coming February 8th, 2012. The track listing is as follows:
2. Valtiaan Uudet Vaateet
3. Tavastia Palamaan!
4. Puolikas Ihminen
9. Ei Encorea
10. Arveton On Arvoton More...
Germany's Addiction of a Murderer has posted a 2011 track online titled "Inside A Murderous Imagination," which you can check out the in the player below. For more on Addiction of a Murderer, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Thot has issued the following year-end statement and announcement about the band's upcoming tour dates:
"It’s time to say thank you and to spread wishes. There are so much people to mention that this blog would collapse. But let’s go.
"First I’d like to thanks and congratulate all the people who have recently contributed to the Tour Poster Design Contest: Julien, Ophélie, Antoine, Chelsea, Jérémy, Enki, Milena, Laetitia, Olivier, Anastasiya, Damjan, An, Ken, Elisa, Damien, Letizia, Marc, David & Dmitry. You all did a great job. Below is the design we have choosen as our tour poster, by Damien Terwagne (Australia).
"And obviously, 2011 was an incredible year for Thot, thanks to all the people who have downloaded/bought our album or our music, to all the people who have written us kind emails (sometimes sharing very strong feelings within), or sent pictures and feedback. All Vegetal Noise Lovers, for your incredible ideas about promoting us around. All the people who came to our shows, all the bands that we have shared the stage with. All the blogs/zines who have written about us. All the promoters who have booked us. All the people involved in Thot.
"I personally wish you all the best for this new upcoming year. I am looking forward to 2012 and the new material that we are going to reveal. The Vegetal Noise Music Story is not over yet. And once again, don’t forget the Vegetal Winter Tour if you’re around eastern Europe in February. Take care. Keep the vegetal noise sap flowing in your hearts and minds."
The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
California's Forever Orion has uploaded another track from the "Passion. Love. Harmony" album. Listen to the track "Love" in the player below, or you can find the previously posted "Harmony" track at this location.
Freya has begun tracking the new album "Paragon of The Crucible" at Moresound in Syracuse, NY with Jocko Randall. The band has now checked in with the first studio video update, which you can watch below. "Paragon of the Crucible" will be the follow-up to "All Hail the End" (reviewed here).
Bleeding Through guitarist Dave Nassie has posted an instructional clip online for NextLevelGuitar.com on fast guitar picking for metal songs. Check out the footage in the player below, or you can find Bleeding Through's recently posted new song "Faith in Fire" at this location. Bleeding Through will be releasing the new album "The Great Fire" on January 31st, 2012.
Italian melodic death/metalcore outfit Forgotten Tears posted a new music video for the acoustic version of the track "Frail Reality." The original song appears on the band's 2011 debut release "Words to End," which was released this past April through To React Records. The video was shot on December 26, 2011 by Giulia Gargano.
Check out the video here:
The Safety Fire has posted a brief video recap online of the band's activity in 2011. Check out the video clip below. The Safety Fire also recently posted a new music video online for "Huge Hammers," which is available at this location.
Silent Civilian has issued the following announcement about the band's van going missing:
"ATTENTION ALL VEGAS FANS AND UTAH FANS!!!!! Our van is missing. The individual who has it is a vegas resident with ties to Ogden Utah. If you see our van please contact us immediately via message on Facebook.
"I am looking for a current pic of the van and will post it as soon as I find it. It is a 1996 Chevy 20 conversion van. It has Virginia license plates and is Gold in color. It has a huge Dogtown sticker on either side of the van.
"It is very important that we recover this van as we are leaving on tour next week. We will compensate whoever helps in a successful recovery of this van with a reward. Thanx, Van-less Civilian."
Toronto based rock/metal act Modified has posted samples online from all the tracks off the band's self-titled album. Check out the song snippets by heading over to this location. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Die To Resist
2. Cruel Temptation
3. A Part Of Me
4. Running From Myself
6. Selfless Lies
7. Running Up That Hill
8. When I Wake
9. Unfinished Game
Finland's Mekanism has posted a live video clip online for the song "Death Is the Bottom Line," which is available in the player below.
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Latin Percussion has posted footage online of ex-Dream Theater member Mike Portnoy performing with the 90 year old Candido Camero. Check out the footage in the player available below.
Turkish black metal act Moribund Oblivion is the latest band to be confirmed for the upcoming 2012 Kings of Black Metal fest. The show is set to take place on April 21st, 2012 in Alsfeld, Germany. Further details are available at this location. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
Swedish act Sandalinas will be touring Europe as a supporting act to House of Lords on the upcoming "2012 Big Money Tour." The currently confirmed tour dates are as follow:
1st February 2012, Germany, MUNICH, Garage Deluxe
2nd February 2012, Austria, INNSBRUCK, Harly Bar
3rd February 2012, Netherlands, WEERT, De Bosuil
4th February 2012, Germany, ESSEN, Turock
5th February 2012, Germany, OBERMARCHTAL, Kreuz
6th February 2012, Germany, WUPPERTAL, Mad Dog
8th February 2012, Italy, TRIESTE, Etnoblog
9th February 2012, Belgium, GENK, De Kring
10th February 2012, Italy, LODI, Infinity Live Club
11th February 2012, Italy, TROFARELLO, Il Peocio
12th February 2012, Switzerland, PRATELN, Z7 Rockfabrik
14th February 2012, Hungary, BUDAPEST, Club 202
15th February 2012, Czech Republic, PRAGUE, Matrix
16th February 2012, Sweden, JONKOPING, Zaragon Rock Club
17th February 2012, Sweden, VAXJO, Dirty Harry
18th February 2012, Sweden, TROLHATTEN, Backstage
19th February 2012, Sweden, STOCKHOLM, Harry B James
Loud TV has posted footage online of Engel performing live in Paris while on tour with Pain. Check out footage of the band playing "Heartsick," which is taken from the album "Threnody." Engel also has upcoming tour dates in Japan with Arch Enemy, with full details available at this location.
Madrid's symphonic metal band Wereworld has posted all the tracks from the band's debut self-titled album online. You can check out the song "The Land of the Fading Sun" in the player below, or listen to the rest of the tracks via the band's YouTube channel or through Spotify.
The "Wereworld" track listing is as follows:
2. The Land of the Fading Sun
4. Children of War
5. Requiem for the World
6. I F.L.Y.
7. Origin of Hate
8. Dead Spring
9. Crimson Summer
10. Autumn Song
11. Raw Winter More...
U.K. band Bypass has posted a new song online titled "Orcanu," which will appear on the upcoming "Insignificant Matter" EP.
Swedish act Anachronaeon has issued the following brief announcement about the release of the band's upcoming new album:
"All right, so it is comfirmed. 'The Ethereal Throne' will be a January 2012 release. The CDs are pressed and on the way to us, but the booklet inlay that was damaged in delivery will be reprinted first thing January." More...
Tesseract has posted a 28 minute, uninterrupted clip of "Concealing Fate" recorded at Sphere Studios in December, 2010. The clip is included with the special edition CD/DVD version of "One," available through Century Media Records. You can check out the song below, and the band commented:
"Bam. We know other people have uploaded it. But here it is officially from us. This is where we were. And it was awesome. Where we're headed is really exciting and we're really looking forward to writing and recording the next album over the next 5 months or so." More...
Cardona has posted footage online from the band's time in the studio in Athens, Georgia recording the upcoming "Solace" EP. Check out the video studio update in the player below. You can also check out songs from the "Providence" EP by heading over to this location.
The Deathisodes has posted a video clip online of Kieran Saunders from Bloodworks recording vocals, which can be viewed below. The Deathisodes also commented:
"Note that the big white bar at the start is actually suppose to say 'The Recording Of Kieran Saunders' lol something went wrong during the exporting but, oh well.
"Anyway this is second video ever, and the first behind the scenes. This video features Kieran Saunders of the band Bloodworks, doing a few vocal takes and having a few laughs ;) the vocal tracks were recorded for the track 'Valley Of The Wolves.' Also the song will be on the soundcloud page as of Saturday (31/12/2011). So sit back, relax and enjoy." More...
Australian folk/black metal act Hammerstorm, which features Josh Young of Astral Winter, is now in the process of writing and recording a debut full-length. Additional details will be announced as they are made available. Hammerstorm's bio reads as follows:
"Hammerstorm was originally formed as a viking metal band by original members Josh Young and John Walford in mid 2009. During this time several demos we're written but only 2 proper recordings were released.
"Shortly after Hammerstorm went into hiatus, which lasted several months. It was later decided that there was no motivation to continue Hammerstorm in its former direction. In November 2009 Josh recruited a new vocalist 'Surtur' and began writing music in a new direction.
"With this Hammerstorm was reborn under a new genre self described as 'Atmospheric Ambient Black Metal' Hammerstorm is currently in the process of writing material for a full-length album release." More...
The Def Leppard cover of "Photograph" by Greek melodic death metal masters Nightrage is streaming on YouTube. The song was the bonus track on the Japanese pressing of "Insidious" which was released this past October through Lifeforce Records. A review of the album can be found at this location.
Check out "Photograph" here:
Jordan based death/doom band Falling Leaves has posted a new track online titled "Reaching My Last Haven," which will be appearing on the band's upcoming "Mournful Cry of a Dying Sun" album. Check out the song below.
"Mournful Cry of a Dying Sun" features a guest appearance by Novembers Doom member Paul Kuhr, with further guest spots by Niclas Frohagen (Forest of Shadows), Pim Blankenstein (Officium Triste), and Natalie Koskinen (Depressed Mode).
Hadean has issued the following year-end recap and update about the band's activity in the coming new year:
"So that's it, 2011 runs out and 2012 knocks at our doors. So what will the new year bring? For the world I hope less pain and suffering!
"We live in interesting yet dangerous times and as a species we are in charge to change many things of our behaviour to keep the planet alive- for our children and our children's children. This has been a main topic of our album 'Parasite' and because of this, we as a band are creating something that will actually do something to help! More on this project will be released as soon as it is ready to go!
"We wish you a nice time with your family and friends! On a side note please visit our FB page and like it ;) Keep care of yourselves and each others! Save the world!"
You can also find Metalunderground.com's review of the "Parasite" album by heading over to this page.
Evil Masquerade vocalist/guitarist Henrik Flyman has released a new track "Let's Unite in Rock" under the moniker The MFC Dragon Slayer All Star Project to benefit the charity Metal for Cancer. The song can be purchased at this location and all proceeds will be donated to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation.
The MFC Dragon Slayer All Star Project consists of:
Henrik Flyman - guitar (Evil Masquerade)
Peter Wildoer - drums (James LaBrie, Darkane, Arch Enemy)
Thor Jeppesen - bass (Evil Masquerade)
Artur Meinild - keyboard (Evil Masquerade)
The following musicians appear as guests on the track:
Mats Leven (Therion, Yngwie Malmsteen)
Snowy Shaw (Therion, Mercyful Fate, Dream Evil)
Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica, Northern Kings)
Apollo Papathanasio (Evil Masquerade, Firewind, Spiritual Beggars)
Tony Mills (TNT, Shy)
Silvio Massaro (Vanishing Point)
Richard Ofsoski (Ofsoski, Sedition)
Henrik Flyman (Evil Masquerade)
Lance King (Avian, Pyramaze)
Dagfinn Joensen (Fate)
Glen Drover (Megadeth, Testament, Eidolon)
Henrik Flyman (Evil Masquerade)
Stu Marshall (Empires Of Eden)
Check out "Let's Unite In Rock" here:
Norwegian black metal band So Much For Nothing has posted a video teaser for the forthcoming debut album "Livsgnist." The album is due for release on January 16, 2012 through My Kingdom Music. The debut release features guest appearances by Niklas Kvarforth (Shining), Peter Huss (Shining), Ingvild Sareeta Kaare (ex Ram-Zet), Trondr Nefas (Urgehal), Seidemann (1349) and Aethyris McKay (ex-Absu).
Check out the video here:
Finnish melodic death metal band Re-Armed, who have been around the scene with six demos since the band formed in 2001, will release its debut album "Worldwide Hypnotize" on January 27, 2012 through Massacre Records.
The album artwork and track listing for "Worldwide Hypnotize" is as follows:
1. Natural Backlash
2. Worldwide Hypnotize
4. Save Yourself
5. The Bridge That Leads Nowhere
7. King Authority (Honor to Serve)
The story that won’t go away, NOT Guns N’ Roses elected to the rock and roll hall of fame, but will they reunite to accept the honor? Despite recent reports, this is HIGHLY unlikely. Here’s one person’s list of the top 25 GNR songs to date. As in the past, note that although personal opinion was weighted heavily, I also took into account popularity, videos, etc… Since there were overall too many honorable mentions I won’t list them; however, I will say that from Chinese Democracy the songs Better, I.R.S., and Sorry were all close to cracking the top 25. More...
Dead Icons is set to drop the new album "Condemned" on January 24, 2012 via Bullet Tooth, and 30 second samples of all 12 tracks are now available online for streaming. Head over to Amazon.com to check out the sample clips. You can also listen to the full song "Everything has a Price" at this location.
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
Start a Fire, which began the recording process for the new EP "Live to Burn" last month, has now issued the following announcement about streaming two tracks online:
"Check out 2 of our latest songs from the EP 'LIVE TO BURN'
- Live to Burn
- Save the world Anthem
"More songs will be posted here in a not so distant future!"
You can listen to the songs by heading over to Start a Fire's official MySpace music profile at this location.