Metal News for December 5, 2011
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The Hangar was packed for the return of GWAR on the “Return of the Maggot” Tour. The terrible incident that GWAR had been through hung in the air with curiosity about what exactly the show would be like. However, that did not stop the reveling mass from enjoying the other bands. More...
San Diego's As I Lay Dying hardly need an introduction by now. On the heels of their new compilation release "Decas," these titans of the New Wave of American Heavy Metal have now launched their milestone "Decade Of Destruction" tour. The ten prolific years under their belt have seen As I Lay Dying grow from humble underground metalcore origins into a major modern extreme metal force and a Grammy-nominated, bestselling music group.
I crossed paths with the band on the fourth date of "Decade Of Destruction" at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. Prior to showtime, I rendezvoused with drummer Jordan Mancino, who - together with frontman and bandleader Tim Lambesis - founded As I Lay Dying at the turn of the century. He reflected on his group's progress and accomplishments to date, the current tour, and plenty more, including hints of some exciting news for fans in 2012. More...
British thrash metal veterans Onslaught have confirmed that Desecration drummer Mic Hourihan, (also formerly of Extreme Noise Terror,) has joined the band on a permanent basis, replacing founding member Steve Grice, who left the band in March of this year, shortly after the release of the groups fifth studio album, "Sounds Of Violence." Despite joining Onslaught, Hourihan will continue to be a member of Desecration.
Onslaught bassist Jeff Williams comments: "I have to say I am so fucking happy to have Mic playing full time in Onslaught. Not only is he a really cool guy and a real pleasure to spend time with, but also without doubt the finest drummer that I have ever had the pleasure to play along side, everyone who came along to the Scream For Violence European, UK, Ireland or South American tours and saw Mic in action will certainly testify to this, the guy is a fucking machine! The Onslaught lineup is so powerful, focused and harmonious right now and the new album is going to completely fucking destroy! Bring it on!"
Mic Hourihan comments: "Its such a pleasure to be part of Onslaught, I am so looking forward to making the next record and of course all the touring that comes with being in such a great band!"
On November 26th, 2011, I had the pleasure of interviewing Matt DiFabio of the metal band Single Bullet Theory. The band recently released their fourth album entitled "IV" through Goomba Records (read the review here.) Matt discussed the band's history, their latest album, his song writing process, and gives advice to aspiring musicians. I hope everyone enjoys his responses and picks up their latest album, "IV." More...
After a hugely successful first run, Anthrax, Testament and Death Angel have announced additional tour dates. The second leg of the tour kicks off in Las Vegas on Sunday, January 22 and includes fifteen cities over a three-week period. This trek follows the thrash titan's five-week Fall tour that comprised cities from Philadelphia to Los Angeles. Anthrax will once again close each show, while Death Angel will open.
"The first leg of the tour with Testament and Death Angel was an amazing way to end a great year for Anthrax," said Anthrax's Scott Ian, "and it went above and beyond my expectations! Sold out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances! So we figured what better way to start 2012 than to continue this thrash-fest into the new year!!! Thank you all for giving us this privilege to come and play for you. See you soon!"
The return of Belladonna and Anthrax's remarkable renewal began in 2009 in a Cleveland hotel bar with Anthrax's Benante and Ian, and Metallica's Lars Ulrich when he first brought up the idea of The Big Four - Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax, the four bands that served as the original architects for the "thrash/speed-metal" scene," yet had never shared the same stage before. The first of (so far) fourteen Big Four events took place on June 16, 2010, culminating in what was Anthrax's New York homecoming concert - The Big Four at Yankee Stadium on September 14, 2011, the day after Worship Music hit stores. "We came into The Big Four as the underdog," said Benante. "We were the band that had the most to prove, and we've worked really, really hard to do that."
With more dates to be added, the confirmed itinerary is as follows:
22 House of Blues, Las Vegas, NV
23 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
24 Marquee Theatre, Tempe, AZ
27 Egyptian Room @ Murat Center, Indianapolis, IN
28 Piere's Entertainment Center, Fort Wayne, IN
29 Expo Five, Louisville, KY
30 The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
2 Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
3 Promowest Pavilion, Columbus, OH
6 Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
7 Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
8 Best Buy Theatre, New York, NY
North Carolina stoner act ASG has signed with Relapse Records. The band plans to enter the studio in February 2012 to record the Relapse debut and the band's fifth LP with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom). The album will be the follow up to the band's 2007 album "Win Us Over." More details on the new album are expected soon.
ASG Guitarist/Vocalist Jason Shi commented on the signing: “To be part of such a well respected music label like Relapse and to be included in their roster of bands both past and present is quite an honor for us. We plan to record our first release on Relapse in the winter of 2012 with Matt Hyde and are very excited for everyone to hear it! We are amping!"
Additionally, the band has confirmed a string of Southern U.S. Dates in January plus a special appearance at next year’s Hellfest in France. A complete list of tour dates are included below.
Jan.4 Savannah, GA The Jinx
Jan. 5 Jacksonville, FL Brewster’s Pit
Jan. 6 Satellite Beach, FL The Sports Page
Jan. 7 New Smyrna, FL Beachside Tavern
Jan. 11 Orlando, FL SIP Art Gallery
Jan. 12 Lake Worth, FL Speakeasy Lounge
Jan. 13 Vero, FL Filthy McNasty's
Jan. 14 Daytona FL Frank’s Front Row
Jan. 20 Wilmington, NC Soapbox (w/ Hail!Hornet, SSS)
Jan. 21 Charlotte, NC Tremont Music Hall (w/ Hail!Hornet, SSS)
Jun. 15 Clisson, France Hellfest 2012
Co-headliners Unearth and Chimaira, two bastions of the breakdown, threw down a modern-metal clinic at Emo’s East in Austin, Texas. Molotov Solution, a promising newcomer to Metal Blade Records, opened the show in fitting ground-and-pound deathcore fashion. Skeletonwitch seemed the odd man out, although their searing blend of blackened thrash proved a needed diversity. The package came sealed with a black licorice-tasting inebriation courtesy of Jägermeister music. More...
Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie revealed the cover art and the track listing for forthcoming LP "Helvetios" (shown below). The album is scheduled to be released on February 10, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "Helvetios" is as follows:
5. Santonian Shores
6. Scorched Earth
7. Meet The Enemy
9. A Rose For Epona
11. The Uprising
13. The Siege
Australian traditional power metal band Dragonsclaw posted a new video diary about the the band's debut release "Prophecy," as well as the upcoming tour with Grim Reaper vocalist Steve Grimmett. For a taste of Dragonsclaw's music, head over to this location.
Check out the video diary here:
Dirge Within is proud to announce a partnership with Rocket Science Ventures/THC: MUSIC, who will release the band’s sophomore LP on 4/10 in North America via Sony RED.
“Myself and the rest of the guys in DW are very excited about this new chapter in the DW story, as well as our new partnership with Rocket Science Music. It seemed like a perfect fit, and I can't wait to see what we accomplish together in this new endeavor.” states says Dirge Within front man Jeremy Genske. “It's gonna be a whole new ride. New team, new atmosphere, and a new vibe. Get ready!”
Dirge Within will be entering Mercenary Studios in Zion, IL beginning on December 5th to record the band's sophomore full-length release (yet to be titled and scheduled for an April 2012 release). Dirge Within is slated to be in the studio from December through the end of January. The production team will consist of Scott Creekmore (Engineer) and Ari Mihalopoulos (Producer) producing alongside the band.
Also, Dirge Within is announcing the departure of lead guitar player Matt Szlachta, who parted ways with the band in October to continue focus on his passion for teaching guitar to his students and for other personal reasons. “There's no bad blood at all, man. We're all still good buds and very close. His head and heart just weren't in it anymore, and he wanted to go back to teaching. He really loves it, and that's where he felt he had to be,” states Jeremy. More...
Belgian power metal band Iron Mask is streaming the new song "Black As Death." The song is the title track off the band's fourth LP, which is scheduled for release on December 16th, 2011 through AFM Records. The track features Mark Boals (ex-Yngwie Malmsteen) on vocals.
Check out the track here:
Earache Records has checked in with the following announcement about several of the label's bands performing at the HMV Next Big Thing festival:
"Earache Records is pleased to announce its very own evening of metal mayhem at HMV's third annual Next Big Thing music festival tour in 2012.
"HMV's Next Big Thing showcases and celebrates the very best in new and emerging talent, drawn from all genres across the music spectrum, who are tipped to make it big in the coming year. This year's event saw 140 breakthrough artists performing live, including fast-rising blues-rockers Rival Sons, who returned to the UK later in the year for a completely sold out headlining tour.
"The third HMV Next Big Thing festival will run over 11 days between 2nd and 12th February, 2012, at nine venues across the UK, including for the first time ever, Manchester's HMV Ritz, where Earache Records will be presenting a night of live music from some of the best new and breakthrough metal bands around. More...
After releasing the "Bound At Birth" music video last October, Trigger Made Solution is now offering for free download the band's first promo EP.
Commented vocalist Honório Aguiar: "We want that all the fans download our EP and help us to spread the band’s name all around like a virus and encourage their own friends to do the same. TMS music is for the masses and that’s what the band is all about."
“Bound At Birth,” “I Am Ghost,” and “Cracks In The Hourglass” are the 3 songs included on the EP and they were recorded, mixed, and mastered by Trigger Made Solution guitarist Carlos Cabral at his own studios in Azores, except for vocals recorded by José Miranda.
The lineup has now been revealed for the upcoming Ragnarökkr Metal Apocalypse 2012, which takes place from May 18th - 19th in Joliet, IL. The following bands will be playing the two day fest:
Skull Fist (Canada)
A Sound of Thunder
Little Rock based doom act Pallbearer will be releasing the "Sorrow and Extinction" album on February 21st, 2012 via Profound Lore.
In anticipation of the upcoming release, Pallbearer has teamed up with Pitchfork.com to stream the new song "An Offering of Grief." Check out the track by navigating over to this location.
Trollfest is currently working on the band's fifth album "Brumlebassen," set to be released through NoiseArt Records. The band has now checked in with a video clip from the recording sessions, which is available below. You can also find Trollfest's previous recording update by heading over to this location.
Karl Sanders of Nile has checked in with the following announcement about working on the follow-up to the "Those Whom the Gods Detest" album:
"We are finished tracking drums for the new Nile album - George, Dallas, Neil Kernon, and I spent a week with Bob Moore at the Soundlab in Columbia SC, tracking drums.
"We were expecting a long grueling session - some of this material is very compositionally challenging and technically demanding, but George knocked it out, finishing a FULL WEEK ahead of schedule. OMG.
"Some of the drumming on this record will be boggling people's minds for years to come. At the moment we are back in Greenville, and will commence tracking guitars any day now. Fuck yeah!"
Details of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' soundtrack for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" has been released. The soundtrack is the follow-up to their Oscar-winning score for The Social Network.
Here's the update from Reznor on NIN.com:
For the last fourteen months Atticus and I have been hard at work on David Fincher’s “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”. We laughed, we cried, we lost our minds and in the process made some of the most beautiful and disturbing music of our careers. The result is a sprawling three-hour opus that I am happy to announce is available for pre-order right now for as low as $11.99. The full release will be available in one week - December 9th.
The soundtrack is available in several formats: regular and high quality digital downloads, released December 9, a triple CD released December 27, and a deluxe package that will ship February 6. The deluxe version features six LPs, a book, a fold-out poster, and a USB drive shaped like a razor blade and it is signed by Reznor and Ross.
The download is up for pre-order on iTunes now. Those pre-orders get their cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" (featuring Karen O) instantaneously. Also, iTunes is streaming an eight-minute trailer for the film.
Reznor will self-release the soundtrack on his own Null Corporation imprint in North America, while Mute will release it internationally. You can download a free six song sampler from the soundtrack from Null Corporation (by providing your email address).
All preorders of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack include an instant download of the free 6-track sampler.
Here's the track listing for "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" soundtrack: More...
Montana's Throne of Malediction has posted a new pre-mastered track online titled "Farther Down," which can be heard via the widget below or through the band's Reverbnation page. According to the band, "Farther Down" is a track dealing with alcohol addiction and self destruction.
The finalized version of "Farther Down" will be appearing on Misantrof ANTIRecords annual "Holy Fucking Anti-Christmas" compilation, with full details on the free compilation coming shortly.
Alabama's Erra recently released the new album "Impulse" online via digital outlets. A track from the album, titled "Seven," can be heard in the player below. To find more Erra details and listen to more of the band's music, head over to Facebook.
The "Impulse" track listing is as follows:
1. White Noise
2. Pattern Interrupt
8. Obscure Words
10. Render the Void
Los Angeles act Forever Orion has posted a new track online titled "Harmony," which can be heard in the player below." Harmony is taken from the band's upcoming album "Passion. Love. Harmony." due out on December 16th, 2011. For more details on Forever Orion, navigate over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Toronto is located in the South Eastern part of the province of Ontario, five hours east of Montreal, Quebec and three hours away from Ottawa, Ontario. A fair comparison to use to describe Toronto would be as the poor man’s New York City: it is large, expansive and industrial (and emotionally cold) in feel, but extremely culturally diverse, and while there are great opportunities for people to spark their individual creativity, the pressure to conform is palatable. Toronto seems to primarily be an “indie rock” town, but in the past few years, hardcore bands such as Fucked Up and Cancer Bats have been making waves, and Protest The Hero started off in Whitby, a suburb outside of the city. There are a plethora of new metal bands in the GTA, and while they get little (if any) love by Toronto press – metal or otherwise, they are around, getting opening slots for the American and European metal and hardcore bands that come into town.
Sons of Otis
In terms of style, Toronto metal acts seem to prefer to emulate the NWBHM feel, while Quebec metal bands seem to be more technical and favor Black metal and /or grindcore styles. Toronto’s Sons of Otis stands out as being a trio of extremely proficient musicians who stand out from the pack with their unique take on metal. Their sound, which is categorized as psychedelic stoner/doom, is infused with American blues music, which adds a deep-in-your-belly groove and a soulfulness to their sound.
While the band has been kicking around since 1992 and has toured with bands like Electric Wizard and YOB and performed at the renowned Roadburn Festival in Holland in 2010, they have been lauded with critical acclaim, but for some reason commercial acclaim has been stymied by horrible record deals, lineup changes and in my opinion, a musically immature city where their uniqueness isn’t appreciated. While I’d heard of the band for a number of years, their opening set for Dark Castle and YOB this past July blew me away, and if I were in one of the bands performing that night, I would have been intimidated. Sheer power and heartfelt passion for their craft cannot be faked simply to win an audience over. These guys are the real deal.
Swedish Heavy Metal tyrants Ram make a return with their third album "Death," to be released January 27th/30th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records in Europe. In collaboration with Rock Hard Germany, Ram has now launched a video clip for the brand new song "Flame Of The Tyrants," which can be viewed below.
Comments Ram: "Filming the video for Flame of the tyrants was a very cool and almost surreal experience, we filmed it in an abandoned sandquarell outside of Gothenburg. We wanted that Mad Max II feeling to it and I think we accomplished that. We had a great time on set and on behalf of RAM I would like to thank the Mad Ram gangers and everybody involved for making our vision come to life in such a brilliant manner!"
In other news Metal Blade Records announces that there will be a limited first edition of the European CD that will include a bonus DVD. The bonus DVD includes the full show Ram played at the Keep It True festival April 24th, 2010 plus the video clip for "Flame Of The Tyrants." The show was filmed by Visions In Fear and the bonus DVD track listing is as follows:
1. Crushing the Dwarf of Ignorance
2. Sudden Impact
3. Forced Entry
4. Awakening the Cimaera
5. Suomussalmi (The Few of Iron)
6. Machine Invaders
7. Ghost Pilot (MI II)
+ Flame Of The Tyrants (videoclip) More...
Swiss act Cataract will be going on a hiatus in 2012. The band issued the following statement about the decision and upcoming activity:
"In the dark corners of Zurich, rumour is rife that Cataract will be playing their last show this December, last show? Ever? I mean, ever ever? Of course not. The Swiss powerhouse of metal, loud, hard and merciless, doesn't even think about turning around and moving on to a normal life. There's too much truth to be said, too many stages that need to be rocked and too many pits that need to mosh! The grain of truth in this rumour is that Catarct will go into an extended hibernation, as lead singer Fedi is leaving for a long planned and desired world trip for the whole of 2012.
"Plans not only include the rest of the boys kicking back and enjoying some time off themselves, but also writing new tracks to be recorded and released as soon as Fedi has returned in early 2013. The metal machinery will be working again and steamroll all over Europe!"
"However, before the activities are frozen and the guitars given some much owed time to rest, Cataract are honoured to play their final show for 2011/2012 at the legendary Abart club, which is due to close its doors next year. They will be supported by Lucerne's Silent Slander and Zurich's Beyond The Vortex, along with some other guests. And if you know the band, there will also be a bunch of surprises for everyone to enjoy – for example free admission to Abart's Maximum Kick Party on the same night! So, get up, dress up and show up for a night of good times!"
Czech Republic based act Modern Day Babylon has posted a guitar/bass playthrough video clip for the song "The Unknown Guest." Check out the video clip below, or find the band's previously posted new song "Shivers" by clicking here.
Italy's Vegan straight edge band Purification has issued the following announcement about signing with Bastardized Records for the release of a new CD:
"After 15 years from our debut 7", 'Vessel of Wrath,' Purification's legacy continues with the release of a brand new CD called 'A Torch To Pierce The Night,' due out February 2012, courtesy of the Germany based label Bastardized Recordings.
"The CD will feature:
- A spoken word by John Joseph (lead singer for the Cro-Mags)
- Artwork done by Dave Quiggle....
- New versions of Legion & Lex Talionis....
"For further news, merchandise & music, you can check our Facebook page at this location."
Steel Panther has announced that the band will be returning to the U.K. in March 2012 for a headlining tour. The group is currently on the road in the U.K. with Def Leppard and Motley Crue. The March 2012 dates are as follows:
3/27 O2 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM
3/28 O2 ACADEMY GLASGOW
3/30 MANCHESTER ACADEMY
3/31 O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON
Steel Panther has also confirmed that the new single "Just Like Tiger Woods" will be released on December 1th via Universal Records. The track is taken from the band's second album "Balls Out" (reviewed here).
The band also starts U.K. dates tomorrow as special guests to Def Leppard and Motley Crüe. Dates are as follows:
12/6 BIRMINGHAM LG ARENA
12/8 NOTTINGHAM ARENA
12/9 GLASGOW SECC HALL 4
12/11 MANCHESTER ARENA
12/13 SHEFFIELD ARENA
12/14 WEMBLEY ARENA
Frontman Michael Starr commented "To rock with Lep and Crüe is a dream come true!! This will be the best tour package all year hands down - Now we got to learn our songs from the new CD".
Not be outdone, guitarist Satchel added "Getting the tour with Def Leppard and Motley Crüe is the best thing that's happened to Steel Panther since we got the Viagra endorsement - we're hard already!”
German Thrash legends Exumer announced that it has signed with Metal Blade Records. The band reformed in 2009, but will release the first album in 24 years in 2012 entitled "Fire & Damnation." The album will be the band's third LP and first since the 1987 release "Rising From The Sea." The band still features original vocalist/bassist Mem V. Stein and guitarist Ray Mensh.
Mem V. Stein had the following comments on the signing: “We are extremely happy and proud to have found a home with Metal Blade Records, a label that has the “know-how”, integrity and appreciation for what Exumer is about and stands for. We tried to do everything “right”, with this album, from writing the new material to working with Waldemar Sorychta as our producer. Hence, Metal Blade Records as a label is the most logical choice for the band, in order to be represented globally and reach every fan that is interested in what EXUMER has to offer in 2012, and beyond.”
Canadian act Gales of Avalon has posted the entire new "Black Island" album online, which can be heard via the band's Reverbnation page. Gales of Avalon also commented on the album's concept:
"The tale of Black Island is the story of two friends Seamus and Braeden, who board a ship set to sail to the new world. The ship is captained by a brash, cocky, and somewhat insane man, who had a story of his very own. The captains story is one of gold, riches, and great fortune on the elusive and mysterious Black Island. Although no one else has ever heard of, nor seen the island. The captain's promises of gold, riches, and fortune slowly turned into hunger, famine and madness. Soon the crew was beginning to think a mutiny was in order, and the captain was cast out into the sea. Seamus looked at Braeden and said that, 'Things will start to get better now' but they did not. The two friends looked up to the heavens only to see blackened clouds overhead. A deaf calm settled over the ship, and then the wind began to blow. A mighty gale was blowing the ship back and forth, over massive waves, and through treacherous ice, until finally she bottomed out on a rock in some shallow water. "Abandon ship!" is yelled all over the deck, as the sailors jump to their icy demise. More...
Mnemic has checked in with the following update about gearing up to enter the recording studio in February:
"With the release of last year's 'Sons of the System,' Danish modern metallers Mnemic have undergone quite a few changes. Keeping quiet, doing only select shows in 2010, the band never toured properly, and never discovered the demand for their style and music. Today, the band is praised and being recognized as part of the Djent music scene, a genre created by the polyrhythmic pioneers of metal, Meshuggah.
"After a turbulent period and a new line-up, the band is infused with a new set of energy and inspiration, in order to release a new album and ride the road again!
"The band will enter the Antfram Studios in February 2012 with longtime producer and good friend Tue Madsen to record their new and yet-untitled album. The release is set for June 2012, through Nuclear Blast Records.
"Watch this space, and see you all next year!"
Sweden's Death Destruction has posted the sixth in a series of tour videos from the band's European tour supporting Hammerfall. This newest installment is available below, or you can find the previously posted fifth clip at this location.
Stormbringer.at has posted a new video interview online with Daniel Gildenlöw from Swedish prog act Pain of Salvation. You can check out the clip below, in which Daniel discusses touring with Opeth and the new "Road Salt" albums.
Korn has posted a live video clip online of "Narcissistic Cannibal," which was filmed in New York City on November 4th, 2011. You can find the video clip after the jump. The song is off Korn's new electronic/dubstep themed album "Path of Totality."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Chaos Lives in Everything
2. Kill Mercy Within
3. My Wall
4. Narcissistic Cannibal
6. Burn the Obedient
8. Let's Go
9. Get Up!
10. Way Too Far
11. Bleeding Out
12. Fuels the Comedy
13. Tension More...
German power metal band Primal Fear has posted a new music video for "Bad Guys Wear Black," the first single from the forthcoming LP "Unbreakable." The single was released today through iTunes. The full length s set to release new LP "Unbreakable" on January 20, 2012 (EU) and January 24, 2012 (North America) through Frontiers Records.
The track listing for "Unbreakable" (order not confirmed) is as follows:
1. Blaze Of Glory
2. Marching Again
3. And There Was Silence Of The Night
5. Give 'Em Hell
6. Born Again
7. Where Angels Die
8. Bad Guys Wear Black
9. Strike Metal Nation
11. Raise Some Hell
Check out "Bad Guys Wear Black" here:
Peruvian death metallers Raped By Pigs have posted a teaser clip online for the upcoming official "Sores of Affliction" music video. You can check out the teaser below.
Raped By Pigs also previously posted a lyric video clip for the song online, which is still available by heading over here. "Sores of Affliction" is taken off the band's "Gushing Orgasms 2" album.
Footage has been posted online of Lord Vicar performing the song "Sinking City" live at Nosturi in Helsinki, Finland on December 3rd, 2011. You can check out the clip after the jump. "Sinking City" is taken off the band's recently released "Signs of Osiris" album. Lord Vicar also commented on the clip:
"From the Pentagram support gig last Saturday. Chris was improvising some, however staying quite nicely in context during this one (Albert, in the days of Bizarre, used to pretty much always scat about 'tits' and 'ass' when he had blackouts). Speaking of the devil... Jari, the artist formerly known as Hon. Rev. Earl of Void in quest drums here. Our thoughts are with Gareth, who has to suffer the Kuwait heat."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Sign Of Osiris Slain
2. The Answer
3. Child Witness
4. Between The Blue Temple And The North Tower
5. Sinking City
6. Endless November
7. Sign Of Osiris Risen More...
Quebec based black metal act Monarque has posted footage online of the band performing the new song "Vigor Mortis." You can check out the live clip below, which was taken from Monarque's set during the Messe des Morts festival, at Les Katacombes in Montréal on November 25th, 2011. For further details on Monarque and the band's upcoming live appearances, head over to the group's Facebook profile. More...
The next chapter in Relapse's Death reissue campaign is "Vivus!," a deluxe 2CD collection compiling two separate Death concerts.
Each recorded in 1998, Disc One features the band at the height of its prowess tearing the roof off of the infamous Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles while Disc Two is a recording of the band on the festival stage at Dynamo Open Air.
"Vivus!" is set for a February 28th North American release date, March 2nd in Benelux / Germany, and March 5th in the U.K. and rest of Europe.
"Vivus!" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance," and "Human.: Like those reissues, this collection will contain extensive liner notes from previous members and never-before-seen photos of the band. Pre-order options, including a new line of exclusive Death merch and additional release information can be found here.
Norway's Blood Red Throne has checked in with the following brief update about recruiting a new bass player:
"New bass player in Blood Red Throne! We're happy to announce that the young and talented Ole Bent Madsen is the new permanent bass player in Blood Red Throne!"
In other Blood Red Throne news, the band released the "Brutalitarian Regime" album earlier this summer, and you can check out a track off the album tilted "Graveworld" by heading over here. For further details on Blood Red Throne, navigate to the band's MySpace music profile.
Virginia metal band Lamb of God is streaming the new song "Ghost Walking" on exclusively on metalsucks.com at this location.
The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Resolution," which is due out on January 24, 2012 through Roadrunner Records. The artwork and track listing for "Resolution" is as follows:
1. Straight For The Sun
3. Ghost Walking
5. The Undertow
6. The Number Six
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
14. King Me
California metal band Huntress, newly signed to Napalm Records, announced that the band will provide support on the Paganfest III Tour for the U.S.A. in March of 2012.
The Paganfest III Lineup is as follows:
The following dates are confirmed (more expected to be added):
Thu 3/29 - Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
Fri 3/30 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Sat 3/31 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Sun 4/01 - Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
Mon 4/02 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
Tue 4/03 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
Wed 4/04 - Detroit, MI @ Blondie's
Thu 4/05 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
Fri 4/06 - Saint Paul, MN @ Station 4
Sat 4/07 - Louisville, KY @ Vernon Club
Sun 4/08 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
Fri 4/13 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Sun 4/15 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
Mon 4/16 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Tue 4/17 - San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
Wed 4/18 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club
Finnish progressive metal band posted an album teaser for the forthcoming sophomore release "Ouroboros." The album is expected for release through Lion Music, however, no release date has been announced.
Check out the album teaser here:
German power metal band Powerwolf announced a string of European dates for the upcoming "Wolfsnächte-Tour 2012" with Mystic Prophecy, Stormwarrior and Lonewolf. Confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:
30.03.12 DE - Lindau / Club Vaudeville
31.03.12 AT - Wörgl / Komma
01.04.12 DE - Ludwigsburg / Rockfabrik
05.04.12 DE - Hannover / Musikzentrum
07.04.12 CH - Zizers / Eventstage
08.04.12 BE - Mons / PPM Festival
09.04.12 DE - Augsburg / Spectrum
13.04.12 DE - Langen / Stadthalle
14.04.12 DE - Berlin / C-Club
27.04.12 DE - Speyer / Halle 101
28.04.12 DE - Geiselwind / Musichall
29.04.12 DE - Hamburg / Markthalle
30.04.12 DE - Bochum / Matrix
The organisers of Belgiums largest heavy metal festival, Graspop Metal Meeting, has announced a further five bands for next years edition of the event. These include Connecticut natives Hatebreed, metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage, Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus, Scottish pirate metal group Alestorm and American heavy metal outfit Devildriver. The festival will take place from June 22nd - 24th in Dessel, Belgium and now features the following lineup, with more to be announced soon: More...