Metal News for December 31, 2012
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33 news articles posted on this day.
Taiwanese metal act Silent Hell has posted two new songs online. The tracks, titled "Fight For Dreams" and "Laughter," are taken from the group's forthcoming studio album. The album, which has been titled "Drama," is currently set for a January 18 release date in Taiwan with worldwide availability expected sometime later in 2013. You can check out the two new songs as well as the track listing for "Drama" below. More...
Misanthropic Tyrant has released a new track titled "Human Dysphoria," taken off the band's upcoming "Genesis Ov Malevolence" EP.
The song was recorded at Kirkbride Recordings and can be heard in the player below. You can also hear more from Misanthropic Tyrant over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Oregon act Dusks Embrace recently announced the band would be calling it quits, with plans to still post previously unreleased material online. One of those tracks, titled "From Idols to Dust," can now be heard in the player below.
Josh Brewer of Dusks Embrace also commented: "Here is the new track called 'From Idols to Dust.' Thanks to Marv Broxson for the lyrical help. If you like what you hear share it with your friends!"
Texas doom metal veterans Las Cruces are currently writing new material and preparing to enter the studio for their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album. The album will be the follow-up to 2010's "Dusk." The band will also re-release its entire catalogue to include a vinyl edition of 1998's "Ringmaster," initially released via Brainticket Records.
In other news, Las Cruces will now be managed by Leigh Olson Management and Media Relations who is the wife and personal manager of Jeff "Oly" Olson, original drummer of doom metal legends Trouble. Moreover, Las Cruces is currently entertaining new record labels as well as scheduling a summer 2013 U.S. tour. Tour dates will be announced soon.
Guitarist George Trevino founded Las Cruces back in 1994 in San Antonio, Texas and has since made his mark across The Lone Star State and the American doom metal scene. The band's current lineup is:
George Trevino - Guitar
Mando Tovar - Guitar
Jimmy Bell - Bass
Paul DeLeon - Drums/Vocals More...
Peruvian slam death band Cotard Syndrome has posted an official video and another track from its new album "The Suggestion of the Last Days." The album was recently issued on Pathologically Explicit Recordings. That video, "Negation Delirium," is streaming below. Another song, "Life and Death," can be accessed over at this location.
The Binary Code has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to record a new labum:
"As the new year rolls in, we begin the countdown to recording the album at the end of February at Audiohammer Studios with Eyal Levi. For now, enjoy a pre-production guitar play-through of 'Unexist' (seven string edition). A drum play-through will surface shortly."
Brazilian black metal band Arelok has posted an official web clip for the title track from its newest EP "Tumulo de Pedra," which you can view below. The band hails from the town of Uberlandia in Brazil's second most populous state of Minas Gerais and already has one demo to its credit. You can hear a few more studio tracks from Arelok over on the band's YouTube page.
Finland's Eternal Tears of Sorrow has released a new music video for the track "Swan Saivo," which can be viewed below. The new album "Saivon Lapsi" is due for release on February 22nd, 2013. The band also commented:
"And here we are our beloved fans: We would like to present the first official video 'Swan Saivo' from the upcoming album and wish you all the happiest new year 2013! Are you prepared to step down below the dark waves...down to Saivo?"
Ambient black metal act Zorormr has checked in with the following update on the "IHS" album being released next year:
"Greetings My Loyal Followers! Farewell 2012, say hello to 2013. It's been a rough ride for me, but eventually after months of hibernation I could finally get back on track and start doing something with ZORORMR. So let's forget what's behind and embrace what's ahead!
"In 2013 (in first 3 months) the 'IHS' album will be released. Also I'm planning on making some guest appearances on other musicians' albums and even more, but let's not spoil the f!@#%ng surprise! Don't worry, you'll be the first to know!
"So, I wish you all a Happy New Year 2013! Stay heavy and stay true to yourself!"
For more on Zorormr, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Korotory has checked in with the following 2012 recap and update on new album "The Conquering:"
"2012......a quiet year in a sense for us but a busy one, we spent the better part of the year writing and recording our new record and prepping for what WILL be our biggest yet.
"The line up today is probably the most solid we have ever had and our excitement is at an all time high. To say we are anxious to bring this line up to your town is an understatement. You the fans, supporters, & friends have given us so much to be thankful for and so much more to be excited about. You have shown us the support and love even in a year of minimal activity.
"We thank every last person who has supported us and will continue to not only appreciate but return that love and support back to you all......2013 is our 18th year as a band, we have allot of stuff planned and lots of moves to make and without a doubt it's cause of you that it will be our most successful.
"So from Ray, Brett, Matt, Chris, and Darren........thank you, thank you, thank you! We hope your 2013 is your most successful. Happy new year! Be safe! And conquer the fucking world! Metal is forever!" More...
South African grinding groove metal band Displeased Disfigurement has posted two new tracks over on its soundcloud page. The band just recently released its new full-length album "Extermination Process" and plans to post a few more tracks from it over on its reverbnation page in the coming weeks. Check out the two new songs, "Megalomanic Human Abduction" and "Eviscerate the Carcass," below.
Drummer Frank D'Erasmo of Legionary has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming projects:
"Things to look forward to in 2013: Legionary 'Path Of Tyranny' 4 song demo, with an ETA of late February - early March... It's a side of Legionary that you have heard before, but just with more parts Thrash!
"A brand new Strychnia EP that I will be drumming on, and if you're a fan of Legionary, you'll totally dig the new stuff these guys are writing... I'm having a blast writing drums to it, and it's going to be a must listen to EP in 2013... I promise you that!
"There will be more things, but these are 2 huge ones you'll wanna look out for during the first quarter of 2013. Happy New Year everyone!"
Dawn Of Dementia is currently writing its full-length debut album, and has posted its recent five-song EP "Residuum" over on bandcamp.
The Indiana death metal quintet plans a physical release for "Residuum" in the near future. The EP was recorded at Threshold Studios with Brian "Bone" Thorburn, with album artwork provided by Ken Sarafin.
Dawn Of Dementia got its start in Lafayette three years ago, recruiting current vocalist Noe Sepulveda nearly a year ago.
As a year-end gift for all the fans, Dead Summer Society is streaming the full album "Visions From A Thousand Lives" via SoundCloud. Check out the release through the player available below. You can also check out the "My Days Through Silence" EP over at this location.
The "Visions From A Thousand Lives" track listing is as follows:
2. I Met You in Heaven and Hell
3. Shadow I Bear
4. The King's Alone
5. Down on You
6. Her White Body, From the Coldest Winter
7. Last Winter I Died
8. The Way
9. Within Your Scars
11. I Fade
12. Army of Winter (March of the Thousand Voices) More...
Iceland's Angist has checked in with the following 2012 recap and announcement about releasing a new album:
"Wauw this year passed quickly! After a relatively relaxed start of the year 2012 the year progressed into a great one. Even though we didn’t put out a release this year we played so many great shows, grew in our live performances and laid down the foundation of bigger things.
"We are so thankful for all of our great friends and fans who gave our music a chance and supported us by buying our music, shirts or coming to show, we have nothing but profound gratitude and respect for you guys!
"Also all the reporters who interviewed us this year and helping us spread the word of Angist, thank you. We can’t believe all the different countries who are giving us a time of their day, megatron!
"Definitely a highlight for us was signing with ABYSS RECORDS and our full length will be released with them in 2013. So exciting! This short year sum up cannot be finished without thanking the true metal warlords in Skálmöld for inviting us to play with them again and again, Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, Daniel Ferguson, master José Carlos Santos, our partners in crime Blood Feud and all the people who helped making this year another spectacular one!
"So with our title song from our 2011 EP, Circle of Suffering, we say: GLEÐILEGT SÍTT HÁR!!!" More...
Italian technical death metal band Unbirth will be releasing its debut album "Deracinated Celestial Oligarchy" via Amputated Vein Records in March of 2013. In anticipation of the release, the band has posted an advance track from the album, "Embrace the Permeation of Plague," which you can listen to below.
Check out the track listing and cover art of the ten-song album over on bandcamp. Unbirth also invites you to check out its 2011 promo, which contains two tracks which will be on the new album, over at this location. More...
Caliban has posted another episode of Caliban TV covering the "Get Infected" tour dates, which can be viewed below. The band also commented: "We wish you all a HAPPY NEW YEAR and all the best for 2013. This is our final Episode of our 'Get Infected' Tour 2012. Whatever you do today, enjoy, have fun and share if you like."
Guitarist Antoine Goudeseune has issued the following announcement about parting ways with Belgian metal act Komah:
"Sadly the show Friday was my last show with the band Komah. Wasn't an easy decision to make coz' I love the music and the guys in the band. But I didn't have much time for the band anymore. My new solo album and 2 daughters sucked all my energy.
"And I cannot be in a band when not fully involved. I need to be honest and sincere about the music I play when I walk on stage. But it wasn't the case anymore.
"Everyone took my decision positively. We are still friends. And I still support the band 100%. No bad feelings on either sides. I wish the best to Leny, Luigi, Jo & Nicho. And I wanna thank them for the great crazy times we had together for 5 years!
"If you wanna follow my solo activities it's on Facebook here. Rock on guys!"
Russian black metal act Nocra has posted two new songs online, which can be heard below, and the band also commented:
"Dear folks. The 2012 is gone. 2013 looks like perfect year for new album and other good things. As new year's gift I uploaded 2 songs on Soundcloud.
"The song titled (f)Roze was written for the compilation which will out on Salute Records. The untitled song is an incomplete instrumental. This one will be available only for few days and after that replaced with a vocal version. These two songs open the new page on Nocra history. Enjoy and Happy Metal New year!" More...
Heavy metal was almost certainly born in the English city of Birmingham, but ask most fans of the genre (especially the European ones) and they'll tell you that the real home of heavy metal is Germany. The country hosts many metal festivals every year, including one of, if not the most famous of them all, Wacken Open Air, along with the likes of Summer Breeze Open Air, Ragnarök and Bang Your Head!!!. Germany has long been a place for rock musicians to ply their trade and build a loyal following: From the Beatles spending much of their early days in Hamburg, to the formation of the Scorpions in 1965, to the rise in German thrash bands like Kreator and Sodom, as well as popularising power metal through such acts as Helloween and Blind Guardian, to modern favourites such as Rammstein, Germany certainly has one of the richest histories in rock and metal music. This week we'll be looking at three young bands to come from the country to help prove that it's still top of the tree when it comes to the genre we all know and love.
Formed in the federal state of Saarland in 2003, the band consists of only one member, who goes by the simple alias, A.H. He recorded the first Arcthuris demo, "The Grim White Woman" soon after the project's inception and released it the next year. Arcthuris has also self-released all of their full length albums, beginning in 2005 with "Ruf des Zerfalls." It would be four years until another Arcthuris album surfaced in the form of, "Children of Nibiru," but since then, material has come quite steadily, with two more albums, "Mondsucht" and "Ghouls of Nepenthe" following in 2011 and 2012 respectively. As one might expect from a one man metal band, Arcthuris started life primarily a black metal venture, but has grown to display a more ambient sound along the way.
Arcthuris - "Lucustas Liebestraum"
Arcthuris - "If I Could"
Fnnish act No Sign of Life has posted a video greeting online featuring a recap of 2012 and info about the band's activity in the coming year. The video can be viewed below.
No Sign of Life also comments: "Happy new year everyone! Check out the video greetings from the band! A big fat 'thank you' for sticking around or joining our team in 2012, and to Heikki Kynsijärvi for filming and editing this video. 2013 will be awesome!"
A new video interview has now been posted online with Sabaton's Joakim Brodén, which was conducted by Merseyside Metal Madness. The clip was shot backstage on the band's Swedish Empire Tour at the Manchester Ritz and can be viewed below.
Footage has been posted online of U.S. death metal act Abacinate performing the song "Extension Cord 17" in Atco, NJ on December 29th, 2012. The band also commented: "Here's a little clip from the show Saturday night. Thanks to Frankie of Landmine for the footage!"
Swedish rock/metal outfit Port Noir has issued the following year-end recap and announcement about completing work on a new album:
"Wow! 2012 is coming to an end. This year has been amazing in many ways. We managed to write 30+ songs for our upcoming debut album and a pre-production was done on all of these. Thankfully, the hardest part during this process was to choose which songs that would be recorded in the studio. We have been opening up for In Flames.
"And to work with Daniel Bergstrand in Dugout Studios was a dream that came true! We have just finished the recording and the album will be sent to mastering during January. Can`t wait to let you hear! This year has been very inspiring and we have learned so much!
"Thanks to all of you wonderful people who followed us this year. And to all of you who made this possible for us. You know who you are!
"With that said, we wish you a Happy New Year! 2013 will be our year!" More...
Soreption has checked in with the following update about progress on the band's new "Engineering the Void" album:
"Happy new year everyone! 2013 will be an awesome year for Soreption, with 'Engineering the Void' coming out. We hope that you are as stoked as we are!
"Also noted that we just got past 8000 likes on Facebook, welcome to the family. Spread the word about Soreption.
"In two days we will start the vocal recordings. We will also release som new vids for you guys with studio footage of the guitars, vocals and bass. Besides that, thank you for all your support and lets make 2013 and awesome year!" More...
Envinya's debut album "Inner Silence" will be released this coming January 25th, 2013 via Massacre Records.
Jan Yrlund (Darkgrove Design), who has previously worked with bands such as Apocalyptica, Manowar, and Legion of The Damned, is responsible for the artwork. Check out the art below, and the album's track listing is:
Knoxville death metal act A Body Divided has released a new song online for streaming titled "Fallible Creator," which can be heard below.
The track will appear on the band's new full-length album "[d]Elusion" due out February 23rd, 2013. You can also hear the previous EP "The Rescuer" over at this location.
Dust Bolt has posted tour footage online from the band's time on the road during the summer, which can be viewed below, and the band also issued the following year-end recap:
"Hey thrashers! We just want to thank everyone for a kickin ass year 2012!! We experienced so many things, met so many people and friends, it's just unbelievable! Every such moment just shows us the fun of making music, traveling around and spending time with other crazy thrash maniacs and it shows us, that this is the one thing we want to do!
"Many things changed in 2012 (to the better!!), and I can't even name them all or thank everybody who made all the things possible, but I think you know who you are! We signed with Napalm Records, released our debut album Violent demolition, played many shows in great places and we already started working on new song for our 2nd album which will probably come out end 2013/begin 2014.
"As far as I can't emblaze every highlight of this year, we just want to thank everybody who supported us by joining our shows, buying our stuff, giving us beer or whatever the fuck ;-) but finally we want to thank every single headbanger acting like mad in front of the stage - you keep us doing this and we will come to your town in 2013 and kick ass!! :-)
"Keep moshing until then! And arrange a date in the gym for training your neck muscles for our 2013 shows!" More...
Lithium Dawn has issued the following announcement about launching a crowd funding campaign to raise funds for recording the follow-up to the "Aion" album:
"We have launched a crowd-funding campaign through Indiegogo.com in order to fund the recording and release of our TWO new studio albums that we will put out this year!
"The video below gives a brief history of the band and explains the campaign which includes some pretty special rewards for you guys if you choose to donate. Think of this like a pre-order, except farther in advance and much more special because these items will not be packaged in this way again and your donations are what will make these records happen!
"The video also includes clips of some brand new music that we've been demoing so check it out and visit the link to find out more about the campaign and how to donate!"
Brazil's Tortura Mental has uploaded a new track titled "Inferno das Abundâncias," which can be heard in the player below. Additional info on the band can be found at Facebook. Tortura Mental is:
Guilherme Luiz Liberali - Guitar
Lucian Cupin - Bass
Matheus Moreno - Drums
Kaline Schenatto - Keyboard
Athens based metal act Seduce The Heaven will release debut album "Field of Dreams" on January 15th, 2013 with pre-orders available at this location. You can also check out a music video for the track "Illusive Light" below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
02. Walls Of Oblivion
03. Leave Me Alone
04. Field Of Dreams
05. Illusive Light
08. Helpless Mind
09. Baseless Addiction
10. In Close Distance
Saxon will be releasing new album "Sacrifice" in February of the coming new year, and now the band has also posted a brief video clip online wishing fans a happy 2013. Check out the video clip below, and look for more info on "Sacrifice" to come shortly.
"Less tricks, more power!" roars front man and founding father Biff Byford while commenting on the new music, "my brief to the band was to be raw, be real and not be afraid to look back at the old classic material for inspiration."
Dutch black metal act Cirith Gorgor has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist and bassist:
"After many years of dedicated service, Lord Mystic and Nimroth have decided to leave Cirith Gorgor. As a result, Waldtyr has taken over the bass guitar and the band have already recruited a new guitarist, who will be introduced shortly. In the meantime, Cirith Gorgor are looking for a new vocalist."
Cirith Gorgor's latest release was the 2011 full-length WWII themed album "Der Untergang..." You can also hear the band's music by heading over to the Cirith Gorgor MySpace page.