Metal News for December 31, 2011
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49 news articles posted on this day.
Doom Magick band Black Oath is releasing it's "Funeral Wedding" 7", which will be on vinyl and limited to 300 copies. The band is currently shooting a promo video for "Funeral Wedding" and will be playing a large gig in it's native Italy with Funebrarum, Undergang and Sepulcral on the 20th of February. Check out a video of theirs for "Obsessed by Moonlight" from the debut by going here. More...
Irish heavy rock band Castero has posted the following update to it's Facebook page:
"We are delighted to announce that Richie Donovan (Wardog, Fivewilldie) has joined the Castero ranks on a full time basis, Richie comes in on 2nd guitar to add more heavy groove to the tune-age and also add his experience & guitar wizardry to some new tunes!!
2012 is looking bright for us and gig dates will be added very soon :)"
Castero is busy recording a follow-up to 2010's debut "Consequence of Thoughts," which should see the light of day in 2012. Below is a YouTube video for the track "Wake Up" taken from that release, or you can head over to MySpace to stream more tracks from that release.
Already confirmed for the Roadburn Festival 2012 on April 13th in Tillburg, U.K. doom band Conan is finishing recording it's second album this month. The follow-up to 2010's "Horseback Battle Hammer" debut, the new album will be released on Burning World Records in early 2012. Below is a track from Conan's debut album for the song "Krull." Stream more tracks from that album on MySpace.
Joaquin Cuadra, drummer for Peruvian doom band El Hijo de la Aurora, mentioned that the band has postponed plans to start recording it's third album. Initially planning to start work this December, the group will commence studio work in the fall of 2012. Below is a track from the band's second release, "Wicca," for the song "Der Golem." You may also stream and download El Hijo de la Aurora's first release, "Lemuria," over on the group's Bandcamp page.
Texas doom horde Elliott's Keep is finishing material for an impending 2012 release. The band already has six tracks down for this as-of-yet untitled third release of theirs. You may listen to material from Elliott's Keep's other two releases, "Sine Qua Non" and "In Medias Res," by heading over to MySpace. Below is a video from the band's second album for the song "Darkest Corner."
Ukrainian psychedelic band Ethereal Riffian is streaming it's debut album "Shaman's Visions" online, which can be listened to and downloaded at Bandcamp. Ethereal Riffian will also contribute an unpublished track to the Falling Down IIV compilation, which will also contain unreleased material from many other bands. Below is the track "Part V Light of Self (The Truth)."
U.S. band Chrome Waves, the new project featuring Stavros (The Atlas Moth), Jeff Wilson (Wolvhammer, ex-Nachmystium) and Bob Fouts (Apostle Of Solitude, ex-Gates Of Slumber), are streaming a new track titled “Blackbird.”
Check out the song here:
Canadian folk/post-metal band Amaranth is streaming the new track "And Centuries Shall Be Forgotten." The song appears on the band's forthcoming album "Reflections of Somber Times." The unmastered version of the track can be heard here:
Ex-Nevermore guitarist Jeff Loomis and 7 Horns 7 Eyes guitarist Aaron Smith are streaming the duo's rendition of the New Year's Eve classic song "Auld Lang Syne" (heard below).
Ring in 2012 by listening below:
German melodic death metal band Deadend In Venice posted a new music video for the track "Tomorrow Never Comes." The track appears on the band's debut release "See You on the Ground," which was released this past April.
Check out "Tomorrow Never Comes" here:
San Diego post-hardcore/screamo band Secrets is streaming the new track "Melodies" (heard below). The song appears on the band's debut for Rise Records called "The Ascent," which is scheduled for release on January 17, 2012.
Check out "Melodies" here:
Croatian Gothic doom metal band Ashes You Leave will enter the studio to record the band's sixth release "The Cure For Happiness." The album is tentatively scheduled for release in the first quarter of 2012. The album will feature new vocalist Giada "Jade" Etro and new drummer
Armando Floricic (Risen To Remain).
More details on the release is expected shortly.
Swedish black metal band Marduk posted the following year end message to fans and news of the upcoming LP due out in the Spring:
"After over 220 shows in support of the hightly acclaimed Wormwood album and the Iron Dawn ep, the touring cycle has come to an end with the participation of the Hatefest tour. Marduk is currently in the studio recording the next album set for a spring release through Blooddawn/Century media. The album will be followed by a massive touring campaign. We are proud as a goat to announce the 3 first dates for 2012 as the band will be doing the 3 date Extremefest festival dates in Europe during July. Go to tour section for more info. Further updates will be brought forth as we march according to unshakable laws into the coming year...All Hail the Worldwide Marduk Legion!!"
U.S. death metal pioneers Possessed have announced a string of shows in the U.S. for February 2012. The confirmed dates include:
02/24: Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theater
02/25: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
03/02: Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
03/03: West Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
03/04: New York, NY @ BB Kings
In addition, the band will join Exodus, Forbidden and Heathen on February 4, 2012 at the Oakland Metro Opera House in Oakland, CA for the 10th Anniversary of the passing of Paul Baloff, original vocalist of Exodus. The show is dubbed "Bonded By Baloff." A trailer for the show can be seen here:
Jon Oliva's Pain, led by the Mountain King himself, will play the classic Savatage release "Hall of the Mountain King" (1987) in its entirety along with Savatage guitarist Chris Caffery (Trans-Siberian Orchestra) at next years Bang Your Head Festival to be held in Balingen, Germany from July 13-14, 2012. The performance will mark the album's 25th Anniversary. The band will also perform some songs from Doctor Buther, the defunct project of Oliva and Caffery.
It was reported earlier that former Savatage vocalist Zack Stevens and Circle II Circle will perform Savatage's "Wake of Magellan" LP with Caffery at Wacken 2012 in August.
In other Jon Oliva's Pain news, Oliva and drummer Chris Kinder continue to demo songs for the next JLP album and the follow up to the 2010 release "Festival." In the latest update on the band's Facebook Page, Kinder states: "As for the 'band,' we have made no decisions on anything at this point. The first objective right now is the songs. So, we will continue the process as we have done since 'Maniacal Renderings' which is basically Jon's ideas and me crafting them into working songs and then we will worry about the rest of the details. Everything and everyone else involved with work itself out in the very near future. It's just nice to finally be back on that horse and riding a new wave of music for a JOP release in 2012."
Sweden's Katatonia has checked in with the following announcement about planning to release a new album next year:
"2011 has been a very busy year mostly out on the road and we'd like to thank everyone who came out to see us! Also thanks to all our friends, families and the loyal 'Katatoniacs' worlwide for showing support.
"We know you're impatient to know whats up next and in brief the big news are that the first couple of months of 2012 will see us hard at work on the recording of our 9th album and if everything goes according to plan the album will be out before summer.
"We're also busy on a double duty finishing up the 'Last Fair Day Gone Night' anniversary DVD. More info on all of this as we take the step over to the other side, but today we just wanna have a toast and wish everyone a happy new year! Cheers!"
South Africa's Crow Black Sky has issued the following announcement about filming a new music video:
"We're filming our second music this month in three hours from now, live with fire and explosions. Please wish us luck, this is going to be insane! \m/ Enjoy the celebrations guys."
Details on the new video will be announced as they are made available. In related news, Crow Black Sky also recently released a teaser for the upcoming "Stars of God" video, which is available at this location. More...
Norwegian band Leadsledge has posted a song online from the band's newly released album "Vices & Values." Check out the new track "Teethmark" through the YouTube player below, or find more details on Leadsledge through the band's Facebook profile.
A video clip has been posted online of Edmonton's The Order Of Chaos performing live at The Distillery Pub in Calgary for the "Tribute: Women of Alberta Metal" show. The video clip can be viewed below.
The Order of Chaos also recently posted a guitar solo video online for the new song "Sexwitch." You can find the video at this location.
Footage has been posted online of New York's Ever Forthright performing at The Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. Check out the footage below.
Ever Forthright also recently released the band's debut, self-titled album. Several songs from the release are now available for streaming online by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.
Above This has posted a new song online titled "One Up," which will be appearing on the band's new album in 2012. Check out the song in the player below. Above This also commented:
"The time has finally come, This will be the intro on the brand new album which will be released sometime this summer. Thank you to all of our fans and supporters we couldn't have done it without you!
"Also shout out to the ABOVE THIS street team! Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to this band. Be expecting more from us in the near future and keep your ears open for another release off of the new album very soon!" More...
Canadian act Threat Signal has posted a song online from the band's self-titled album (reviewed here), which was released earlier this year.
Check out the song "Trust in None" by heading over to the band's official Facebook profile here. The album's track listing is as follows:
3. New World Order
4. Trust in None
5. Face the Day
6. Fallen Disciples
8. Death Before Dishonor
9. Buried Alive
Norway's The Fallen Divine has posted a video clip online of the band performing a segment of the "Dissesion" track, which is taken off the new album "The Binding Cycle." Watch the video in the player available below.
The Fallen Divine also recently teamed up with Metalunderground.com to stream "The Blinding Cycle" in its entirety. Check out the album at this location.
Pagan's Mind has issued the following statement wishing fans a happy new year and recapping the band's activity in 2011:
"Happy New Year everyone!! We want to thank you for giving us an amazing year! Releasing 'Heavenly Ecstasy,' going through an European tour with Symphony X, getting a gold status in Sweden for our Intermission single etc. etc.
"Thank YOU! We hope 2012 will be like this too! Make sure you have a nice evening with your friends of family and see you in 2012!"
Age of Woe has checked in with the following update about recording new material:
"It’s new years eve, and we are all back in Gothenburg again after spending the past week in a cottage to work on our upcoming album. It has been wonderful time and the stress-releasing environment was perfect for us to focus on Age of Woe related stuff.
"Although, since the cottage is located out in the countryside, we had a hard time posting new blog posts on a daily basis to let you know how we were doing. Hence this recap post.
"We went to the cottage with a few new songs and a lot of riffs and ideas in the bag, so we had a lot to work on and the main goal with this expedition was to get a clear picture of what the album would sound like, what direction to take and also to record pre-prods of all the songs. As most of the times, things tend to go quite fast once we have started to work and this was no exception. We rarely think about what kind of song we want to write or how we want the structures to be. It kind of comes naturally, as if the songs have their own life force. It has more or less become the Age of Woe way of writing songs – everything starts with a riff.
"In the end we recorded 6 tracks and some other riffs and ideas, so we have come a long way towards completing the writing process for this album. Of course we can’t know for sure if all the songs we made so far will make it on the album, but at the moment they all feel very solid. Anyway, it will be a very heavy, groovy and evil album. That’s for sure.
"On Wednesday, December 28th, we went back to Gothenburg to play the Scorched Tundra Festival at Sticky Fingers together with As You Drown, Marionette, Zombiekrig and Eldrimner. It was a wicked night and there were a lot of people attending this show. You can watch some photos of the show here."
Pakistan's Dionysus has checked in with the following announcement about the release of a new EP and statement about the Pakistani metal scene throughout the year:
"2011 has been a great year for us and the whole Pakistani metal scene with the release of Dionysus's new material, Multinational Corporations' EP, Foreskin's new material, Myosis split release, formation of Ilhaam and 4 Days of Night, Odyssey's new material, Abstrusity, Takatak, Keeray Makoray and lotta other bands put out good shit this year.
"Lets see what 2012 brings us, first up we've Aftermath 1.0 coming up on 21st January after that Dionysus 'Hymn to the Dying' EP release through Afterwind Records. Happy new year to everyone."
You can also give the Dionysus track "Burial Ground" a listen by navigating your browser over to this location.
In celebration of the holiday season, Italy's Kill the Klown recently posted a cover of "White Christmas," which can be found here. The band has also now checked in with the following 2011 recap and look ahead at the new year:
"This 2011 was a year of great work and effort, but an effort that has paid off with great satisfaction and many victories.
"This is a year that has given us new friendships, and we are happy to see that there is still people who live with the principle of brotherhood, friendship and respect. There was some displeasure and a bit of a bad taste in the mouth, but this is what made us grow and made us stronger and more determined.
"We thank BEPPE, who helped make the band and the album so odious. 4ever to KTK BROTHER. We wish you eternal happiness. We thank the 'HATEFUL' KTK CREW, for the great support and friendship, you are our energy.
"Thanks to all the bands with whom we shared evenings, antlers and drinking. Thanks to those who believe in us, listening to our music and our show, you are the wings of our triumph. Kill The Klown wish you all a good 2012 NO ONE CAN BREAK US."
Dark Suns, which recently posted the entire "Orange" album online for streaming, has now posted release show footage available below. The band also commented:
"Enjoy this little video fingerfood in the last hours of 2011! Shot during the release show on 25th of November, with BIG THANKS to Robert, Frank, Kai and the whole video crew again. More to come in even more quality in the future, this will give you a nice insight into Dark Suns on stage, hell yeah!
"Have a nice Sylvester evening. Contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org to enter your stage in your town next year.
"Cheers, Dark Suns." More...
Canadian act Deformatory has checked in with the following 2011 year-end recap and statement to fans:
"2011 was such an amazing year and we are SO grateful for each and every one of YOU for making it possible!
"We promise that 2012 will be the Year of the Deformed! We have TONS of great things already in the works and we're psyched to share them with you slowly but surely...
"THANK YOU once again for helping to make 2011 a year to remember... NOW let's make 2012 a year that will make history."
Deformatory also recently posted in-studio footage of the band's time working on the "Believe the Lie" single, which is available here.
Belgium's Nightqueen has issued the following statement wishing fans a happy new year:
"We wish you all a happy new year. Enjoy the celebrations this evening. And we hope to see you all in 2012 when Nightqueen will hit the stages again. Also don't forget the release of our new album 'For Queen And Metal' on February 24th!!! See you next year!"
Nightqueen also recently posted two music videos online for "Xmas Wonderland" and "Lady Fantasy." The videos are still available for viewing online at this location.
Daniel Vrangsinn of Misantroff ANTIRecords has issued the following announcement about two new bands being added to the roster:
"I hereby announcue two new signing to Misantrof ANTIRecords. Next years will see the masterpieces of bands like Glomb and Ion Vader. In January we also celebrate our 5 year celebration with a whole bunch of stuff being added into the historical archives."
In other news, Misantroff ANTIRecords also recently released its annual anti-Christmas compilation titled "Holy Fucking Anti-Christmas," which is available for free download by clicking here.
Minnesota act Blue Ox has announced an upcoming string of weekend shows alongside Our Judgment and Orwell. Details are available in the tour flyer below. You can also check out the Blue Ox album "Stray Dogs On Pity Party Island" in its entirety by heading over to this location.
La Crosse, WI's Orwell released the new album "AVOHFASIH" earlier this year, and the band has now made the entire album available for streaming online. Check out the tracks using the BandCamp widget available below.
The track listing is as follows:
1. In Tides I Wake
2. In Crude I Remain
3. In Depths I Sink
4. From Depths I Rise
5. In Dust I Stand
6. A New Awakening More...
Mors Subita has posted a bonus track online from the "Human Waste Compression" release, titled "Addiction Queen," which is available in the player below. The band also commented:
"Aight guys and girls, you got it. Year's about to end and we like to thank all of our fans, friends, all the bands we've been playin' with and all others who have been supporting us. You fuckin' rock!! It's been amazing year and the next one will be even more.
"If you like to get a bit more 'inside' and join our 'Street Team,' send your request to Facebook group: Mors Subita - Palliative Care Team
"As we told earlier we have something extra left. During the recordings of 'HWC' we decided to save one track for later use, kinda like surprise. Some of you may have heard it, some of you find it completely new song. In any case this is our way to thank you for the past year and wish you all really awesome next one. Stay heavy fuckers!!" More...
London's Chronographs has posted a guitar playthrough video clip for the song "Tides" which is taken from the "Outhouse Sessions" release. Check out the song below, or you can stream all three tracks from "Outhouse Sessions" through the player available below.
Noctem has posted a new year's greeting video online discussing the band's upcoming activity, which can be viewed below. Noctem also commented:
"End of the current year, we want to thank all of you who supported the band in 2011 and hope next year will be a blast for all of you! Here goes a video of Exo sending greetings to the Russian metalheads and readers of heavymusic.ru!!! For a smashing 2012!!!"
The Deathisodes has posted the new song "Valley of the Wolves" online, which is available via the SoundCloud player below. The track features guest appearances by Kieran Saunders of Bloodworks and Tim Goatham of Tempus Fusion. The Deathisodes commented on the song:
"All that can be said about this track is, boom. Explosive vocals from Kieran Saunders (Bloodworks) and evil leads from Tim Goatham (Tempus Fusion). Had much fun recording this song, hope you enjoy it as much as I."
For more background on the song, you can also find a video clip of Kieran Saunders recording the material by heading over to this location.
Bassist David Ellefson of Megadeth fame has issued the following update about appearing on the "Time to Rock" album by Knight Fury:
"Check out Chris Sander's KNIGHT FURY new CD. Drummer Ken Mary and I lent our rhythm section talents to the disc. Support Indie Artists!"
You can check out the album's opening track "Nothing Left" in the widget below, or find more details on Knight Fury via Facebook.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Nothing Left
4. Battle for the Castle
6. The Message
7. Endless Night
8. Out On Your Own
10. Time to Rock More...
Russian act Defect Designer has checked in with the following year-end recap and statement wishing fans a happy new year:
"2012: I did not know what to say. Dark hard year... Dark hard year is gone, fuck it and welcome the 2012 :)
"Still there were a ton of good things in 2011! New friends and events! I wish everyone to have insanely easy, profitable and amazing year!
"And yes. New year - new endorsement for us. Gorgeous and brutal Saluda Cymbals. Happy New Year!!"
Defect Designer also recently conducted an interview about the difficulties of being a metal band in Russia, with details available by clicking here.
Germany's Crystallion, which is in the process of finishing a new album, has now issued the brief update about upcoming live shows: "New shows added. We'll be playing some new stuff! A happy new year from Crystallion, cheers!"
The band's newly added shows are as follows:
04.02.2012: Peppermint Lounge, Wasserburger Landstr. 108, 81827 München with Reverend Hound
21.03.2012: 8Below Schützenstr. 8, München with Nator
For more info on Crystallion and to find the band's latest live show itinerary, head over to the group's MySpace music profile.
Finland's Dead Shape Figure has posted a video clip online for the song "Strangle The Hero," which is taken from the 2011 MCD "Deville Ride." Check out the video below. The "Strangle The Hero" video features a series of photos taken throughout the year, with all live photos by Toni Salminen & Mika Ringman. You can also find the previously posted "And They Adore the Replacement" video at this location.
The "Deville Ride" track listing is as follows:
1. Strangle the Hero
2. And They Adore the Replacement
3. Leave Your Buildings
4. Dead Again More...
Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis posted a New Years Eve greetings video, promising a new LP in 2012. In 2011, the band saw the addition of new vocalist Maxi Nil and recorded two releases ("Delta" and the EP "Maria Magdalena").
Check out the video here:
Swedish hard rockers Stallion Four have inked a deal with Pure Rock Records. The band is planning a debut record soon with the label. In addition, the band issued the video for the song "Madness" which will be part of the debut record and can be seen below.
The following is the statement from the band: "Stallion four are proud to announce that we have signed a deal with PURE ROCK RECORDS (a sublabel of PURE STEEL RECORDS). A record label that believes in the music they burn for. We are very happy & honored to start work with them. A debut album will be out soon. This horsepower rock n´roll machine starts to roll from now"
Pure Rock Records had the following comments on the signing:
"STALLION FOUR are one of the hottest newcomers of powering Hard Rock/Metal. The boys from Sweden convince with their totally energetic Debut. Not only us! Check it out and be suprised! We love this fuckin great mixture from hell. Welcome on label-board, guys!!!"
Check out "Madness" here:
Norwegian progressive extreme metal band Vulture Industries will play two shows in February 2012, in which the band will perform a set featuring some unexpected material exclusive to these performances. The band will also welcome the guest appearance from Taake frontman Hoest.
The first of the two dates will take place on February 3, 2012 at Dirty Skunks, in the Kino Siska, an old movie theatre in Ljubljana, Slovenia. As the club will celebrate its 10th anniversary, admission to this show will be free. The second date will be on the February 4, 2012 at Blue Hell in Budapest, which will mark the band's first appearance in Hungary.
Danish progressive act Royal Hunt posted a new promotional video for the band's latest album "Show Me How To Live" featuring the track "Another Man Down." "Show Me How To Live" was released on November 29th, 2011 via Frontiers Records.
The track listing for “Show Me How To Live” is:
2. One More Day
3. Another Man Down
4. An Empty Shell
5. Hard Rain's Coming
6. Half Past Loneliness
7. Show Me How To Live
8. Angel's Gone
Check out the video here:
North Carolina traditional metal act Overlorde has reformed under the moniker Overlorde SR (which apparently stands for "Still Rocking" and distinguishes them from Overlorde of New Jersey) and signed a recording deal with Heaven & Hell Records (also out of North Carolina). The band started in 1987 and was best known for the song "Keeper of the Flame," which appeared on Metal Blade's "Metal Massacre 8" compilation. The track originated on the band's only demo "Medieval Metal" in 1987. A remastered version of the demo will be reissued in 2012 with previously unreleased songs and new artwork.
The band is currently in the studio recording its debut record for Heaven & Hell. The current lineup for Overlorde SR is:
Rick Lewis (Bass)
Graig Dunham (Guitars, Backing Vocals)
George "Wildman" Koerber (Guitars, Backing Vocals)
Steve V. Sosa Jr. (Vocals)
Italian power metal band Drakkar are streaming the new track "Revenge Is Done" from the forthcoming album "When Lightning Strikes." The album is due for release on January 16, 2012 through My Kingdom Music. The album marks the first full length release from the band since 2002's "Razorblade God."
See Metal Underground's full review for "When Lightning Strikes" at this location.
The track listing for "When Lightning Strikes" is as follows:
1. Hyperspace – The Arrival
2. Day Of The Gods
3. The Armageddon Machine
4. In The Belly Of The Beast
5. Revenge Is Done
6. When Lightning Strikes
7. Winter soldiers
9. At The Flaming Shores Of Heaven
10. We Ride
11. The Awakening
12. My Endless Flight
13. Aftermath – The Departure
15. New Frontier
Check out "Revenge is Done" by clicking the play button here:
Mexican brutal grind metal band Gangrena has released a promo for it's forthcoming album "The Zombie Survival Society." The final tracklisting for the album is as follows:
01 - Extinction Of Grotesque Humanity Ft. Tanyah Iriscelah From Mutilation (Mexico)
02 - The Zombie Survival Society Ft. Caín From Svin Killer (Ukraine)
03 - Unappeasable Hunger For Living Flesh Ft. Mai From Grave Grinder (Japan)
04 - No Salvation Ft. Christine P. Newman From Pyrrah (Canada)
05 - Mortuary Horror Ft. Angel Obnoxious From Pancreatocholectomy (Mexico)
06 - Zombie Grinder Machine Ft. Sebas Gore From Coprocefalia (Argentina)
07 - Fleshwarper Marionette Ft. Rot Screwrot From Morbid Crucifixion (Israel)
08 - Cult Of The Hungry Assassin Ft. Juan A Leohn From Digging Your Tomb (Spain)
09 - Outro Ft. Beast Butcher From Satanic Butcher (Mexico)
10 - Consequence (Ulcerous Phlegm Cover) - Bonus Track
Mexico City death metal band Came From Here has posted an advance video upload for the track "Alter Ego," which should be on it's new 2012 album "Ignite the World." This song and another track, "Reach the Sky," were also put out on the two-song 2011 demo "Welcome to My World." You can download that demo by going here.