Metal News for December 30, 2013
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Lead guitarist Richie Symons from Designs of Chaos has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band:
"To all friends and fans of Designs of Chaos,
"It's with a heavy heart that I have had to leave my post as guitarist for Designs of Chaos due to work commitments. I just wanted everyone to know how much I've enjoyed sharing the stage with these guys for the last 5 years and I wish them all well for the future. We've had some excellent reviews for our Chaos Engine CD and played some awesome shows in front of some amazing people and I'm very proud of what we've achieved.
"Thank you to all my friends that have supported me and believed in my abilities to pull this shit off and to my wife and kids for letting me commit to this. I would never have got to do this without you.
"A huge thanks to my brothers for life in D.O.C Jay for saving my bacon and coming along just when we needed you to re boot this thing, Scarthee for being my egg sandwich eating fart machine and for turning yourself into a most excellent bass player, Chris for being the meat and two veg of the band with his quality control and overwhelming beard designs and to last but my no means least my compadre in crime, my right hand man and to my friend Dean. Thank you brother for your patience and making me into the player I've become today I wouldn't be here without you.
"As for myself I will continue to play music and I will be on the look out to put something new together in the new year where I can practice more locally and regularly so Ill see you all again one day I hope."
Per Valla of Norwegian outfit Vredehammer has checked in with the following year-end announcement:
"So what has 2013 done for Vredehammer? This year we decided it was time to step out of our shells, leave the rehearsal-room, grab life by the balls and take our place in the international metal scene.
"We did our first live show in Trondheim, Norway in April this year. We managed to sign with a great label, (Indie Recordings). And our second live show ever was the first gig of a ten day tour as co-headliner with Six Feet Under. That`s not a bad accomplishment in one year I guess.
"Next year we will release the first full-length Vredehammer album, and we will hopefully do a couple of tours. We HOPE to get the chance to play at some metal festivals, but most of them are already packed, so only time will tell what happens.
"Anyways, I'm sure we will grow bigger and stronger through the course of 2014. And for those of you who are supporting us: Thank you SO much! See you around in 2014 metalheads!"
Moonspell will be hitting the road with Atrocity and Leaves' Eyes for the "American Noir" tour starting at the end of January.
A teaser trailer for the trek can now be viewed below. Moonspell will be touring in support of latest album "Alpha Noir" (reviewed here).
In November, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter started a new YouTube series. The monthly episodes that will air at the beginning of the month will present an exclusive inside look on the creation of an upcoming new double album, which is scheduled for a release on May 30th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast Records.
In the third episode available below, the band takes you onto its houseboat and reports from a gig at the German Bang Your Head festival.
“There have been ideas and inspiration everywhere,” the band points out. “We went to the Ural and the Florida Keys, crossed giant mountain passages, found the solitude of Uckermark. We even turned a houseboat into a rehearsal room.
"Travelling is a main theme for us, since the records were done far away from daily life. ‘1000 Tage‘ (English: 1.000 days) is both a look back and a preview and, as we think this way of entertainment will have anticipation rise high.” More...
Spain's Dying has released a music video for "Chronicles of Insanity," which can be viewed below and was recorded somewhere in Seville, Spain, at the end of 2013.
"Chronicles of Insanity" was recorded with Rubén Rodríguez (NeburZone Producciones) and mixed by Rubén Rodríguez.
Finland's Mesetiah has released a new track titled "Legacy of the Damned," which can be heard below and comes off the upcoming "Tesis" EP due out in early 2014. You can also hear more tracks from the EP over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Sweden's Harkla has checked in with the following update about gearing up to record an album:
"We've been writhing music for a long time now, and we're going to record a whole new album for 2014! We're not sure when it's going to be released, but we're hoping to be able to release it somewhere between May - July 2014. But we're going to release 1-2 more singles before we start setting dates for the album!"
You can also check out the band's previous music video for "Mirror" in the player provided below.
Wide Eyes has released a new track online titled "Equilibrii," which can be heard below, and the band also comments:
"Here is an unmastered version of a new song we have called Equilibrii! Just something to tide everyone over while we wrap up production on our new album!! Enjoy!"
Dead Dreamers has issued the following 2013 year-end message:
"2013 has been a pretty eventful year for us. It's definitely had it's ups and downs. Even though things are the toughest they've ever been right now, things are looking good for the new year.
"I can't help but think 2014 is going to be a lot of hard work, but looking forward to playing a bunch of shows and seeing some epic places.
"Have an epic new years everyone! and we'll see you in 2014" More...
Nerve End has issued the following announcement about shooting a new music video:
"We have filmed a neat little music video for Thrive at our rehearsal place! It will be released tomorrow on New Year's Eve as our way to thank you all for this incredible year!
Czech Republic act Modern Day Babylon has released a video clip of guitarist Tomáš Raclavský performing a playthrough of "Element" on his signature Etherial guitar.
Check out the footage below. The track comes off the "Travelers" album, which can be streamed in full at this location.
Amberian Dawn has been recording a new album, and an IndieGoGo campaign was launched to fund its release. The band has now checked in with the following update about the campaign failing to reach its goal:
"Our IndieGoGo project for new studio album has now ended. We didn't reach the goal we set for covering the costs of producing this album.
"We're still going to continue producing this album and also we're going to deliver all the perks which are purchased during our campaign. We just have to find new ways to get rest of the funding.
"Despite we didn't achieve our goal on IGG, you made it possible for us to continue with recordings. We really appreciate your support andwant to THANK YOU with all of our hearts.
"We'll keep you updated about the recordings, release date and when we're able to deliver the perks you've purchased to you." More...
Profane Prayer delivers a selection of dark shadows and hateful sin for aural torment in the form of the "Tales Of Vagrancy And Blasphemy" album. You can now stream the full release in the player below.
"Tales Of Vagrancy And Blasphemy" was recorded in Basement Studios, Athens, engineered by Mike Meleteas and mixed/mastered in 210 Studios, Berlin by Stamos Koliousis and Vangelis Labrakis. The artwork was handled by Offensive Dementia Designs. More...
Romanian outfit Decease has issued the following announcement about releasing a video for "Exhort To Obliterate:"
"2013 was a successful year for Decease. We've accomplished so much and we've managed to reach a new level.
"To celebrate this, we've decided to share with you the title track from our first album entitled 'Exhort To Obliterate' as a video with a bunch of live footage and funny tour shit. We hope you enjoy it.
"Thanks to everyone who filmed and shared these moments with us and thanks to everyone who supported and helped us get this far.
"As for 2014, we are planing to release a new album and keep growing as a band so stay tuned and support the extreme music.
"Cheers and a happy/alcoholic/deranged new year to everyone!" More...
Circus of Fools will be releasing a two-track single in February of 2014, and now a studio clip from the recording sessions can be viewed below. The single will contain the tracks "Ikarus" and "Obsidian Black."
Finland's Decaying, which released new album "The Last Days of War" earlier this year, has checked in with the following year-end message:
"This has been a great year for us, The Last Days Of War was a well received album and we finally hit the stage. But we are definitely looking forward to 2014.
"Some shows will be coming up, the Metal On Metal IV compilation, featuring two previously unreleased Decaying tracks, is expected to come out in February.
"And on top of all that - the recordings of an upcoming, yet untitled album are going to take place: rhythm guitar tracking starting early in the year, followed by drum studio somewhere before the summer.
"The material is very promising. 41 minutes of heavy and uncompromising death metal. Don't expect a WW2 based theme this time around though..." More...
Of Men And Angel's Flesh has issued the following statement about gearing up to record a new album:
"We are finally done writing for our full length. Now the hard part, polishing everything up getting it ready for the microscope of Brian Elliott.
"We may or may not play anymore shows until we record but there could possibly be a sample video coming with never before heard songs.
"Until then, Cheers! More...
Memory Of A Melody has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new music video:
"Memory of a Melody's official video for 'Phantoms & Shadows' is out NOW! Huge thanks to Miranda Studios SA for their work!
"Huge shout out to all the actors including the team from Voice of the Unknown, A Paranormal Investigation Movie! We also want to give a huge \m/oa\m/ shout out to The Haunted Magnolia Hotel Seguin, Texas. The hotel was the perfect setting for this video!
"Thanks for all your support everyone! We wouldn't be here without you!" More...
As a gift to fans, Amaranthe has released a 2013 tour recap video, covering seventy four shows on 4 continents throughout the year. Check out the footage below, or you can watch the band's previously posted music video for "Invincible" at this location.
Nailed To Obscurity has issued the following year-end recap and update about upcoming activity:
"An eventful year comes to an end: first of all, we want to wish all of you a very happy New Year and the best possible start into 2014! Many thanks for your great support!
"For us 2013 was a very eventful year. We put finishing touches on our latest album 'Opaque,' recorded it with Lasse Lammert at LSD Studio and finally released it via Apostasy Records, which is the perfect partner for us!
"Beyond all that, we had our first show with Raimund in July followed by the Dark Season Tour together with our friends Dicentress. It was a blast and we’ll surely never forget all those great impressions.
"With the beginning of 2014, we’re going to work on some new material. It might seem a little early for one or another but those who know us also know that we’re taking a lot of time to create our music and since we don’t want you waiting another six years we’ll kick things off a little earlier.
"From midyear on, you’ll have the chance to see us live again. Updates will be posted here as soon as possible! Along these lines, happy New Year everybody!" More...
Raleigh, NC based death metal outfit Lorelei will release new album "Lore of Lies" this coming January 28th, 2014. The cover artwork can be seen below, and more info on the band is available at Facebook here.
Klogr has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album in 2014:
"Black Snow, our new album, will be out in March, when we start European Tour with Prong! We hope that you’ll help us using Musicraiser taking our CD and/or CDs and/or gadgets! If you are a live music Pub, you can reserve us for a live show in your Pub! Check it out right here."
Primordial has posted the full 3 1/2 hour "All Empires Fall" documentary DVD online for streaming. Check it out in the YouTube player below. The track listing is as follows:
RAGNAROK FESTIVAL (01:40:39)
01. Empire Falls
02. Gallows Hymn
03. Sons Of The Morrigan
04. As Rome Burns
05. The Coffin Ships
06. Heathen Tribes
07. Gods To The Godless
HOVE FESTIVAL (02:37:11)
08. The Coffin Ships
09. Gods To The Godless
GRASPOP METAL MEETING (02:53:12)
10. Gallows Hymn
11. As Rome Burns
12. Heathen Tribes More...
The Infinite Staircase's Lenny Cerzosie has checked in with the following announcement about seeking fan photos:
"As we approach the end of a year and the start of a new one, most can't help but reflect on time gone by and revisit moments of another year passed. It's a time for resolutions and optimism.
"It is also a time to accept that we are the people we've become due to the experiences we've shared with the people we've known... some, no longer with us. I honor the memories of those loved and lost in my music and invite fans, friends and family to join me.
"My brother and I would like for everyone to send us pictures of the beloved people, pets and places that have come to pass, but shaped the person you are and are becoming. We will feature as many of the photos as we can in a picture video for 'No Amends.' We owe it to them to remember.
"Plus, as a community of emotional beings, we can find comfort in each other's honoring of our personal heroes and the reasons we raise our glasses... I hope you all contribute. Include nicknames and/or short anecdotes. Happy new year! Send your admissions to TISNoAmends@gmail.com." More...
Ukrainian outfit Jinjer has checked in with the following year-end recap to fans and announcement about working on new material:
"Friends, 2013 is coming to its end. It has given us so much, so many events, so many new comrades and friends.
"The Madness Tour in March, it seems that at least 5 years have passed since then but it was just 9 months ago! The year was damn full of success - eventually ending up with Jinjer being the best Ukrainian metal band of 2013! But we ain't going to stop.
"Working hard on the new record and new video, we are sure that 2014 will be even more fruitful, more fertile, and of course as crazy as hell with dozens of Jinjer shows. By the way to break a secret we are working now on a big European tour, so comrades from Poland, Germany, Czech, France, Switzerland - get ready for the hell!
"We'd like to thank you for your support, again we want to remember that our fans will always be our most valuable asset. Moldova, Romania, Bulgaria and Russia - four new countries, which experienced Jinjer invasion this year, thanks a lot for your hospitality and bunch of unforgettable impressions!
"Comrades, we wish you a Happy New Year! See you soon and stay tuned!" More...
Farewell To Arms has checked in with the following announcement about calling it quits:
"After more than 3 amazing years, F2A want to say goodbye to you! And we want to say THANKS! The last years have been incredible. It's amazing, what we've experienced and accomplished as band as well as individuals.
"We've met lots of people, talented musicians and other bands. We've traveled to beautiful places and stages and had lots of fun with other bands.
"Even though we split, everyone of us will dedicate his life to music - in different bands or projects. Thank YOU for your loyal support. Without you, F2A wouldn't have been what it is today.
"We'll play four last gigs next year, like the Domination Festival 2 in Augsburg, Germany. The final three shows will be announced soon."
West Coast outfit Gehenna (not to be confused with the various other Norwegian and U.S. bands of the same name) has checked in with the following update about a new release in 2014:
"Our new 7" record 'Funeral Embrace' will be out on Dark Empire Records and set for release by our show March 1st in Seattle WA with Infest & Iron Lung.
"It has been a year of frustrated, stressful, painful and hard work causing us all to just about lose our minds and push the bounds of our relationship inside our band. We have made it through and what you will hear in 2014 is the complete range of feeling we have experienced over the last year... Filled with paranoia, anxiety, frustration, loss, desperation, loneliness, depression, fear, hopelessness and the darkness of the world. 5 new songs 10 minutes of rawness hardcore thrash."
The track listing is:
1. Amphetamine psychosis
2. The Grave
3. Serve the Cult
4. Funeral Embrace
Blackened death metal outfit Fenrismaw has released the "Helcult" album online for streaming, which can be heard below.
You can also pick up a digital or physical copy of the release at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Nidstang 00:58
2. Legacy in Ashes 06:37
3. Reign of Plagues 06:08
4. The Hanging Tree 07:01
5. Jotunheim 05:15
6. Evoking Jormungandr 04:20
7. Out of Amsvartnir 06:11
8. Helcult 05:34 More...
11 year old Aidan Fisher performed the Van Halen tracks "Eruption" and "You Really Got Me" with Steel Panther on December 19th, 2013 at The Midland Theater in Kansas City, MO. Footage from the event can be seen below, courtesy of YouTube user fishman683.
For more young talent joining bands on stage, you can also check out a 15 year old shredding on the guitar with Suicidal Angels at the Schoolwave Festival right here.
Intervals has released a new track, which can be heard below, and the band also issued the following statement:
"Alright everyone, here is the premier track, 'Ephemeral' from our upcoming record! We also have some exciting news!
"We're incredibly excited and proud to announce Mike Semesky as the band's singer. Intervals has always been about open minded, forward thinking, progressive music with no boundaries. It's also been about staying true to the art we feel compelled to make, and we couldn't be happier with the dynamic Mike brings to the music.
"For those who remember, the band put out a feeler for a vocalist with the release of 'The Space Between,' but in lieu of finding the right candidate, we decided to move forward with our initial intent: Make music. Mike joined the band as our bass player, but after only a few weeks of touring, it was apparent that this was the chemistry we were after all along. The human voice is an instrument and from our perspective, we are by definition, still an 'instrumental' band, now with added dimension and perspective.
"The band still retains it's identity in guitar driven, progressive rock/metal and there's something on this record for everyone. We couldn't be more thankful for the support you have all shown us over the past few years and we hope you continue to follow along on this journey we share. This release is our proudest musical accomplishment to date and we can't wait for everyone to hear it!" More...
Polish death metal veterans Vader have announced that they will be releasing their new studio album, "Tibi Et Igni" sometime this Spring, with an April or May date most likely.
This will be their first album since "Welcome To the Morbid Reich," which was released in the Summer of 2011. A message from the band reads as follows:
"2013 is over. This year was for us very active and successful indeed. We were touring twice in Europe, we visited Brazil and took part in many great festivals in summer season. We also came back to US with amazing tour after three years of silence. 2013 was a year crowning our last album Welcome To The Morbid Reich. It is time for NEW quality and challenges! NEW album - Tibi Et Igni - is in progress in fiery crucible of Hertz Studio. All track will be done till the end of January and whole thing by the February.
"Expect the album in stores about April/May 2014. To all expecting new forms, artistic experiments or other pathetic garbage we say: GO TO HELL!! We are devoted to metal and loyal to our fans. Vader was born in the heat of the stages and it was YOU, who always keep that Fire burning. This new album is our dedication for that power and loyalty! We'll hit the road yet in Spring , so You can check some flames form the new Vader's Hell. To all of you we wish ALL THE BEST IN THE UPCOMING NEW YEAR 2014!! See you in hell soon brothers and sisters."