Metal News for December 31, 2013
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24 news articles posted on this day.
When Nothing Remains is currently streaming the entire "Thy Dark Serenity" album online, which was released earlier this year. Check it out below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. I Forgive You 05:28
2. A Ravens Tale 08:16
3. She Died In Autumns Rain 08:59
4. Wings Of The Withered 06:47
5. Thy Dark Serenity 07:26
6. Like An Angels Funeral 05:30
7. When Heaven Once Fell 07:58
8. When We Stop Breathing 04:01
The full new eWare album "Mitos De Creacion" is now available online for streaming through the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. INTRODUCCIÓN. La Tierra Sagrada Pt.1
2. CAPITULO I. La Creación de Los Hijos
3. CAPITULO II. Creador Extinto
4. CAPITULO III. Amacayacu
5. CAPITULO IV. La Llegada del Hombre Blanco
6. CAPITULO V. Fusión de la Carne
7. CAPITULO VI. Mitos de Creación
8. CAPITULO VII. Hijo del Hijo
9. INTERMEDIO. La Tierra Sagrada Pt. 2
10. CAPITULO VIII. Amazonas
11. CAPITULO IX. Jnutapa More...
Infant Annihilator has issued the following update about releasing a new album in 2014:
"2013 has been a mixed year for us. We've been slow with the album, Eddie temporarily left and we haven't put out anything new for a long time.
"2014 is going to be a big year for us. There will be a new album, new videos, new play-throughs, a few secret surprises and some new merch designs!
"You guys have had faith in us without any new material. You kept spreading the word, sharing videos, buying merch and keeping us alive! We are ridiculously grateful for how far we've come in 2013. We don't play shows or tour. This means all the hype has come directly from you guys, sitting behind your screens and sharing our shit and buying our merch! Thank you!!
"ON THE TOPIC OF MERCH: there have been a few people who still, after months, have not received anything. Although this is definitely not a fault on our end (we triple-check every order personally), it is unacceptable. From now on, we'll be using a different company to ship our merch. We will also provide full refunds to the people who's orders from the last batches of merch haven't been received. Also, we will eventually be re-printing every design. When we actually have the stock in, we'll re-send the items that these people are missing.
"So to be clear: Anyone who has emailed us before today regarding missing merch from the previous batches will get a full refund AND (when we have the stock) be re-sent their missing item.
"Thanks again for supporting us and keeping IA alive!"
Sweden's Vengha has released multi-camera footage of a live show recorded at Strike Rockbar in Falköping this past September. Check out the live footage in the YouTube playlist below.
Mexican post black metal one-man band Toxocracia is streaming a track online titled "Mi Dama De Porcelana." Check it out below, or hear more music from the band at the Toxocracia Facebook profile here.
Finland's Kuolemanlaakso released the "Musta Aurinko Nousee" EP (reviewed here) this year, and now the band has issued the following statement about an upcoming album:
"Thank you very much for your support in 2013. We had a great year, highlights of which include a kick-ass tour with Jess and the Ancient Ones, spreading mayhem at Tuska Open Air Metal Festival, and recording not only the critically acclaimed 'Musta aurinko nousee' mCD/mLP, but a full-length as well.
"Details concerning the album will be unleashed shortly, but we can tell you this much right now: it consists of the most varied, epic, melancholic and ambitious material, that Kuolemanlaakso has ever written.
"Enjoy the death of 2013; may 2014 be a triumphant rebirth.
"Doom or be doomed,
Stryper released new album "No More Hell To Pay" earlier this year, and now Michael Sweet has checked in with the following year-end message:
"The year is almost over and we're about to count in 2014. A lot has transpired over the past 12 months and although 2013 holds a lot of achievements and accomplishments, 2014 looks to be a year that will surpass 2013, which is hard to believe.
"I want to thank you all for taking the journey with me over the past year and I'm asking that you fasten your seat belts for the year to come - it's going to be quite a ride! May God Bless you all and I wish you a Happy, healthy and prosperous New Year." More...
Sweden's Skineater has issued the following announcement about parting ways with vocalist Jörgen Ström:
"We are sad to inform you that Jörgen is no longer a member of Skineater! We want to thank Jörgen for his truly amazing efforts in Skineater! Jörgen is an old friend of us and there is absolutely no hard feelings between us. We thank you Jörgen for everything, it has been a pleasure to have you on board on this machine called Skineater! Good luck with your future plans!"
Jörgen also comments: "As of now I´m no longer a member of Skineater. I decided to leave the band because of lack of time and motivation to put in all the hard work that is necessary to keep the band moving forward. I still consider the other guys good friends of mine and I wish them all the best in the future! I see my self more as a bass player than a vocalist, so that's what I´ll be doing now. Slappin da bass!" More...
Greek black metal band Naer Mataron has released the song "Apocalypse Of The Ancient One," which can be heard below. The group also issued the following year-end message:
"For the new year... arrival of the Aten god. A year has passed, slipping away like a shadow fades unto the silence of an endless night.
"A year that saw us as blazing protagonists of our intimate artistic process of evolution, architects of our inner change, witnessing a daily reality diluted in nightmares but conscious of what art means to us despite of everything happened in our lives!
"As the wise King who victoriously reigns conscious of his triumphs and defeats, Naer Mataron now overlook to the gate of the new year with vigor and strength as never had before like the phoenix rising from the ashes!
"And with this message we turn to you fanatic supporters, loyal allies of the true voice of music, wishing you a happy ending for this 2013 and a new beginning for all of you!" More...
U.S. outfit Nonpoint has issued the following message to fans capping the end of the year:
"2013 was an amazing one for Nonpoint. We want to thank all at Razor and Tie for their dedication to us, all radio stations that spun Left For You and That Day, all the bands and crews we toured with, all clubs that let us play their stage, our families for understanding our job and most importantly all the fans that supported us by either buying cd's, merch, helped us stay on the road and just being the best fans any band could ever ask for and for welcoming Adam, Rasheed and Dave into the family. Thank you for making 2013 an amazing year for Nonpoint! We will see you in 2014!"
For more info on Nonpoint and upcoming activity from the band, head over to Facebook here.
Poland's Thunderwar released "The Birth of Thunder" EP earlier this year, and we had the pleasure to bring you the premiere of the track "Eagle of Glory" (still available here).
Now the band has checked in with the following update about releasing a new album in 2014:
"2013 is almost gone with the wind. The year Thunderwar officially started its activity in the metal world. It was a time of important and precious experiences, music adventures and bright plans for the future. Today we’ve reached 2000 likes on Facebook - that’s a great forecast for the year 2014!
"Thanks to all of those who supported us and still do! We are not gonna slow down and preparing ourselves to hit with the new powers within few next months! In February Thunderwar supports Pandemonium on it’s polish tour (details soon TBA) and in the middle of 2014 we are entering the Hertz Studio to release our first full album!"
"What else to say....2014 seems to be a fucking awesome year for the band! Stay with us and be a part of it! Happy New Year! 666!"
Continents guitarist Tom Weaver has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band:
"Yo, I'm not sure if this will come as a surprise or not, or whether anyone will actually care all that much, but with immediate effect I'm stepping down as guitarist for Continents.
"I've had a pretty hectic year with the band and in my own personal life too, and it's come to the point where I'm finding that I no longer have the enthusiasm or passion for music that I once had. I leave the band with no regrets, no bitterness, no bad terms, and with no doubt that the rest of the guys will be going on to huge things in 2014 and beyond; but my limited interest and devotion is only ever going to act as a weight, and I don't want to be the one to hold the band back.
"As it stands I'm hoping the Odessa U.K. farewell show with Demoraliser and Despite My Deepest Fear will also act as my farewell show too. All those guys were there with us when things really started to take off, and it only seems fitting that they're there when they end for me.
"I need to thank the other guys for sharing an incredible 4 years with me, Dean, Spud, Mike Jones, and any other promoters who helped us get off the ground back in 2010, everyone at Victory Records for having enough faith in us to help fund our endeavors since 2012, all of the guys at Burning Chariot Media, Marianne Harris, Leigh Drinkwater, Georgia Pearce, Ryan Rodrigues, and any other photographers who've helped capture my fantastic guitar gurns, anyone who's ever let me sleep on their floor or in a spare bed, anyone who's ever come up to me at a show and asked what brand my guitar is or what the settings are on my amp (I'm sorry I couldn't be more helpful, I'm actually a dreadful musician and I just play things that I think look cool), and anyone who's ever supported us as a band; I've experienced something that very few musicians will ever get to and I'm eternally grateful for that.
"I need to stress that this is by no means the end of Continents, we've already written a huge chunk of our second album, and have some huge plans for 2014. This is just the end of one chapter in a very long story." More...
Hope Before The Fall has issued the following statement looking back at the band's activity in 2013:
"It's been a whirlwind of a year. Looking back, we got to play some amazing shows in front of crazy crowds that we only dreamed of doing when we were kids. We want to thank you all for your love and support, as it's the only way we'd have such opportunities.
"You all are the unsung heroes of this scene. And we, as a band, will continue to do our best to make you proud and give back the same amount of heart and energy you've put into making this metal family what it is.
"Looking back, there were also a small handful of national bands in particular that went out of their way to recognize us, thank us for doing the dirty work of being the opener, provide encouragement and treated us like members of the tour. They're all around respectable, down to earth people and we'd be remiss if we didn't thank them for that.
"So thank you to Intervals, Twelve Foot Ninja, The Color Morale, and The Kindred for just being genuinely good people with no pretense. You guys are what musicians should be!
"Now, with that all said, bring on 2014! We're ready to crush it!"
Optic has checked in with the following year-end message to fans:
"New Years Eve 2014 has come! We just want to say thank you all for such a fantastic year! We had some good shows, an increased fan base, and finally released our debut album which will also go down as a milestone in our career, 'Iris In.'
"We are so glad with the feedback we were (and still are) receiving from reviews, purchases, and of course, THE FANS! THAT'S YOU GUYS!
"Once again, we thank each and every one of you for making this such a spectacular year for us and we are strongly looking forward to what 2014 has in store for us. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!
"Until then, commence forth with 2014......." More...
Six Reasons To Kill has released a new music video, available below, and the band also comments:
"The year 2013 comes to an end. We want to say thank you to all our friends, fans and supporters for that incredible year. You know who you are!
"We know Christmas is over, but we have an awesome present for you. Our new video for the song 'F... Hipster.'
"Thanks to Marius Milinski for directing and Drew Glover for putting this up on his channel. Share the shit out of it! Happy new year."
Seven Kingdoms has checked in with the following year-end recap and announcement about working on a new album:
"WOW! What a year 2013 has been. We've played all over the world this year and we were able to meet so many new and incredible people!
"We will for sure, out-do 2013, as 2014 brings another European tour, more tours after that, and also begins the writing process for the 4th Seven Kingdoms album.
"We can already tell you that the new CD will take off where we left off on The Fire Is Mine, but also include one of the fastest and most intense songs we have ever written. 3-4 songs deep already, and at least a year to polish and make the rest of the record ready for the consumption of your ears.
"Thanks for another great year! Cheers to what 2014 brings!" More...
Cryptodira has issued the following announcement about streaming a new EP online:
"We're pleased to share the full stream of 'An Unmarked Grave' with all of you, courtesy of No Clean Singing! Head over to the link to check out the exclusive stream.
"We encourage you to read along with the lyrics as you listen, which are available both in the Sound Cloud description and in the 'Notes' tab on our Facebook page. Take a listen, share, and come celebrate its release this Saturday, 1/4 at the Amityville Musical Hall with an all-star lineup!
"Thank you always for your continued support. See you in 2014." More...
Germany's The Abydos Shelter has released a new song, available below, and the band also comments:
"We're very proud and excited to present you the first track from our EP 'Neophobia' which will be released in the next couple of days. The brand new artwork was made by Remy from Headsplit Design. Thanks for the support during 2013! Happy new year!"
Swedish outfit Bult has issued the following announcement about gearing up to release a new album:
"2013 was an interesting year for us. Above all, we lost but also gained a band member. But mostly it's been dedicated to songwriting, because sometime during 2014 we'll release our FIRST FULL LENGTH CD! We can hardly wait for that! Happy New Year, everyone!" More...
Triaxis has checked in with the following year-end message to fans:
"2013 has been a fantastic year for the band, and we would like to thank everyone who has supported us, be it by coming to a gig, buying merch or even just sharing our music for helping us make it the amazing year that it was.
"We are very much looking forward to 2014, and bringing you new music, visiting old haunts and discovering new places to gig. We can't wait.
"So from all of us here at Triaxis, thank you for making 2013 so good and we wish you all a very Happy New Year. See you at the front in 2014!"
You can also see recent footage of Triaxis performing a "Hallowed Be Thy Name" cover in the YouTube clip below. More...
Skull Fist has released a new music video for "Your're Gonna Pay," which can be seen below. The song comes by way of the "Chasing the Dream" album to be released in January, 2014. Pre-orders are available here and the band also comments:
"This track is for those who dream and for those who try to steal those dreams! Power exists for a reason. So use it brothers and sisters!"
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Hour To Live
2. Bad For Good
3. Chasing The Dream
4. Call Of The Wild
5. Sign Of The Warrior
6. You're Gonna Pay
7. Don't Stop The Fight
8. Shred´s Not Dead
9. Mean Street Rider More...
Bermuda has uploaded footage from "The Lone Wolf" tour, which can be viewed below, and the band also comments: "Happy New Year! Here's us playing The Wandering in Dallas TX. We will be on the road again soon."
You can also check out Bermuda's previously released music video for "Process of Drowning" over at this location.
We come now to the end of a year overflowing with metallic fury from bands new and old, regrouped and long-running, and covering just about every imaginable sub-genre.
More than anything 2013 was characterized by returns of bands long dormant, with highlights for fans easily coming from the reemergence of Carcass, Gorguts, Summoning, Extol, and Black Sabbath.
While there were some notable critical flops (“Super Collider” and the self-titled “Satyricon” come to mind), this year featured an overall satisfying lineup of good, great, and even fantastic albums from across the metal spectrum. That’s a boon for metal heads, but it also makes it harder for us to easily nail down clear winners in our categories as votes come in from our diverse staff of contributors positioned around the globe.
Long running staples of the European scene made their marks as usual in 2013, with new albums from Amon Amarth, Amorphis, Stratovarius, and Dark Tranquillity. Interestingly, the U.S. wasn’t left behind as much this year, with tunes out from Skeletonwitch, Subrosa, Toxic Holocaust, Vattnet Viskar, ASG, Castevet, Inter Arma, and more.
Just because Testament wasn’t around didn’t mean thrash slouched off either, with Sodom, Onslaught, Evile, and Death Angel bringing out the big guns. The experimental and avant-garde side saw weirdly awesome releases from Oranssi Pazazu, Code, and Tribulation, while unexpectedly different offerings arrived courtesy of Watain and Darkthrone. Death metal meanwhile bore witness to newly unleashed material from the likes of Suffocation, Deicide, Autopsy, Hail of Bullets, Hypocrisy, and Six Feet Under. More...
One Machine, featuring guitarist Steve Smyth (ex-Forbidden/ex-Testament/ex-Dragonlord) and ex-Mercenary vocalist Mikkel Sandager, is streaming the track "One Machine" from the upcoming debut release "The Distortion Of Lies And The Overdriven Truth." The album is set to drop on February 17th via Scarlet Records.
Check out "One Machine" here: