Metal News for December 6, 2012
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This week's roundup of new Rock Band Network metal tracks includes offerings from Dir En Grey on the Xbox and The Haunted for the PS3.
Xbox 360 players now have these tracks available:
Chaotrope – “The Singularity” (80 MSP)
Dir En Grey – “Dozing Green” (160 MSP)
His Statue Falls – “Jasmin W. Knows How to Mosh” (160 MSP)
We Butter The Bread With Butter – “Superföhn Bananendate” (160 MSP)
Winter Crescent – “Battle of Egos Part II” (80 MSP)
PS3 players get these tracks starting 12/11 (North America) or 12/12 (Europe):
The Haunted - "No Ghost" ($1.99)
The Haunted - "Trenches" ($1.99)
Musica Diablo - "Betrayed" ($0.99)
Antwerp, Belgium act Fireforce has checked in with the following announcement about recording a new album:
"The true power metal tank from Belgium, Fireforce, strikes back with a new album. The band will enter The Prophecy & Music Factory studios in Germany to record their new album, under the guidance of producer R.D. Liapakis (Mystic Prophecy, Suicidal Angels, Devils Train, Crytal Tears and more...). So beware, the Belgian warmachine will be unleashed in 2013 again!"
This new album will follow previous release "March On." Further details will be announced as they are made available. Fireforce is:
Flype - Vocals
Erwin Suetens - Guitars
Steve Deleu - Guitars
Geert Van Dyck - Bass
Christophe De Combe - Drums
DragonForce guitarist Herman Li was interviewed recently by MetalBlastTV when the group was in Amsterdam on tour.
In the video below he talks about the balance between having fun onstage and still taking the music seriously, performance mishaps, the auditioning process that brought on new vocalist Marc Hudson, and more. The band's new album "The Power Within" is out now, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Holding On
2. Fallen World
3. Cry Thunder
4. Give Me The Night
5. Wings Of Liberty
7. Heart Of The Storm
8. Die By The Sword
9. Last Man Stands
10. Seasons (Acoustic Version) More...
Black metal act Sonic Reign will release second full-length album "Monument In Black" on February 1st, 2013 via Apostasy Records.
The new album was produced in 2011 and mastered by Markus Stock at Studio E. Azathoth (ex-Dark Fortress, Eudaimony) wrote a large portion of the lyrics and will join the band for the follow up to "Monument in Black." The "Monument in Black" track listing is as follows:
01. Abhorrence Vs Scum
02. Clouds Above The Desert
03. The Whisperer In The Dark
04. Monument In Black
05. A Doctrine Unreachable
06. Daily Nightmare Injected
07. Soul Flagellation More...
Claymords has posted a new in-studio video of the band's time recording new album "Scum of the Earth" due out early in 2013. The bass recording clip, shot in Realsound Studio in Parma, Italy, can be viewed below. For more info on Claymords, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Wisconsin act Seeking the Hollows has released a new lyric video for the track "Dear Melissa," which can be found below. You can also hear the full "Catharsis" release over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Dear Melissa 03:59
2. Plead for Mercy 03:01
3. Save Your Breath 02:45
4. As Fear Took Over 04:43
5. You Can Call Me Jeffery 03:11
Guatemalan true metal band Pepio will be working on its first ever official video. The clip will include footage of its recent live performance on the Guatemalan "Apartamento 7" musical TV show. Pepio, which is named after lead vocalist Carlos Pepio, also just played the Garra Chapina music festival, a clip of the track "From Within" which can viewed at this location. Stream a few recent songs from Pepio over at reverbnation or below in the widget. In studio footage of the recording of the track "The Promised Land" can be viewed here as well.
Ontario's Wind Cries Mary has released a new music video for the track "Ecstasy," which was directed By Jake McIntyre and Brendan Jessamine and produced by The Pit Aperture. Check out the clip below, or hear the full "Ouija" EP over at Bandcamp here.
Demise of an Era has posted a new lyric video online for the "Empty & Dead" single, taken off the band's debut EP.
Finnish act Assemble the Chariots, which was covered in the Helsinki edition of our "Unearthing the Underground" column, has posted a lyric video online for the new track "Sanctuary," taken from "The Sulphur Voids."
The track was recorded at Ansa Studio and mixed and mastered by Jori Haukio. Check out the Niklas Turunen-edited video clip below.
Deathbound Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with U.S. act Woccon:
"After months of hard work we are extremely proud to welcome Woccon to our roster. Founded in Athens, Georgia by multi-instrumentalist, Tim Rowland (Sholfrost, ex-Peregrine), Woccon released an EP in the summer of 2011 titles, Through Ancestral Fires, which featured guest vocals by Ryan Morgan of Misery Signals.
"After self-releasing the EP Tim was joined by guitarist Tiler Kuykendall and drummer Wade Jones, to embark on a new musical direction in which they all shared influences and visions.
"From blackened death metal to melodic doom, The Wither Fields will be available as a limited physical release through Deathbound Records. Copies will be numbered and include two bonus tracks. The album will also be available digitally through all digital outlets."
Hear music from the band and find more info on Woccon over at Facebook here.
Torturous Inception will release "The Parable of Scorched Earth" through Torture Music Records this coming January, 2013 and pre-orders are now available at this location. Torture Music comments:
"From the depths of the iconic NYDM scene emerge Torturous Inception, who, with their debut album, 'The Parable of Scorched Earth,' set out to unleash a prime example of brutal death metal done the nasty way – the New York way! – onto the metal masses."
“The Parable of Scorched Earth” track listing is as follows:
01. Disciple in Bereavement (Download MP3 here)
03. Subject to Onslaught
04. Lecherous Servants of Flesh
05. Vomit Inducing Conditions
07. Transmigration Within the Foul
08. Strategic Dismemberment
09. A Unidimensional Gateway From Which None Return
10. Cryogenic Reverie: Bypassing an Apocalypse More...
Avatar, the band that brought you the side show video for "Black Waltz" and the visually dazzling video for "Torn Apart" will support Sevendust and Lacuna Coil this winter. This is the very first time the band will play the U.S. and dates will stretch up and down the east coast.
Drummer John Alfredsson adds his own words: "It feels truly amazing to get the opportunity to make our first strike in the US with Sevendust and Lacuna Coil. 2013 will be the year of Avatar in the states and we are excited to bring the madness to you!" More...
Born in 2004, French modern metal act Under the Abyss now announces the worldwide reissue of debut full-length album, "A Wavering Path," initially released for Christmas 2011.
"After releasing two EPs, 'Dawn of Everything' in 2006 and 'Awaken by Hate' two years later, UTA toured on Brittany scene to start forging among the public in this area. In subsequent years, the band has performed at many venues and festivals such as Motocultor 2010 (with bands like Madball or Koritni).
"The growing affluence and reception of the public to the energy developed by the group encouraged them to work on new projects. In 2011, Under the Abyss recorded its debut full-length album, at The Dome Studio founded by The Potvin brothers (Lyzanxia, One Way Mirror, Phaze 1).
"Self-released some weeks later, "A Wavering Path" will come again very soon. Stay tuned..." More...
The second full-length album from AstorVoltaires titled "BlackTombsForDeadSongs" is now available through Rain Without End Records. "BlackTombsForDeadSongs" was recorded, mixed, and mastered at SmokersRoom Studio from January - October 2012 in Santiago, Chile.
The full album is now available for streaming below and can be bought at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Rosas y Fuego 06:21
2. Como un Desierto 03:18
3. Nexo Estelar 04:43
4. Aroma a Tí 05:04
5. Tummasilmäinen 07:39
6. Quark 01:36
7. Thy Endless of Mouring`s Heart 07:31
8. Del Tiempo Irracional 04:03
9. Solo un Sueño 03:56
10. Gold 01:49
11. Donde Nada Existía 04:02
12. An Orphan Heartless 05:58 More...
Ottawa, ON's deathcore thrashers Chariots of The Gods are proud to announce the official release of their full length album "Tides of War" this coming Tuesday, January 29th, 2013. The album is now available for pre-order via Bandcamp here. Check out the first single from the album in the player below.
Vocalist Renaud Jobin comments, "We can’t begin to describe how proud we are to finally share our musical creations with the world. So much has gone into it and we were lucky enough to work with incredible people such as our producer Glen Robinson and Aleksi Sihvonen (Norther). Our sweat and manly tears gave this full length album a more authentic and mature sound that will hopefully, rip your face off and leave you breathless.'
The track listing is as follows:
2. Seventh Weapon
3. Blind Assassin
4. Ambrosian Wings
5. Tides of War
6. Revillusion (1905)
7. Snow Falls On The White River (1914)
8. Severing The Bloodline (1917)
9. Collapse of An Empire
10. Red Skies
13. Unbound (feat. Aleksi Sihvonen)
14. Annihilation of The Gods More...
Seattle riff-dredgers Samothrace are devising new tour plans for the first half of 2013, with live actions being devised to take place on both North American and European soil.
Samothrace has confirmed that the band will be performing at Heavy Days in Doomtown, an international DIY doom/stoner/sludge festival in Ungdomshuset, Copenhagen, Denmark running from May 2nd through 5th. At this year’s festivities the group will share the stage with Graves At Sea, Pagan Altar, Cough, Procession, Dark Buddah Rising, Conan and many more still to be announced.
Then Samothrace will traverse the European continent on an additional two-week tour. Preceding the European trek the band will embark on new Midwest and East Coast US tours, with more details to be announced in the coming days.
Samothrace's sophomore LP "Reverence To Stone" was released at the end of July via 20 Buck Spin and can be streamed in its entirety right here.
Doom thrashers Castle have just announced their first-ever headlining tour of the U.S. and full dates can be found below. Previously, the band has been seen on the road alongside the likes of Witch Mountain, Blood Ceremony, Hammers of Misfortune and Gates of Slumber.
Castle has also announced that drummer Rae Amitay (Mares of Thrace, Woods of Ypres, Thrawsunblat) will be behind the kit on the upcoming tour. Says guitarist Mat Davis, "We had the chance to play together on a bill in Chicago and were blown away by her drumming." More...
Solid State Records act My Heart To Fear has released an official video for "Blood Money," the single off the band's new EP "Lost Between Brilliance And Insanity." The EP is available everywhere online and physical copies can be purchased exclusively at Hot Topic stores.
Hailing from Williamsport, PA, My Heart To Fear comes from an area of Pennsylvania known for giving starts to acts such as August Burns Red, Texas In July, and This Or The Apocalypse. After releasing several EPs independently, My Heart To Fear caught the attention of Solid State Records.
“We want our fans to walk away from this EP asking what they can do to make this world a better place,” vocalist Trevor Pool says. “Whether that means showing love to those neglected by society or just doing a self-inventory of a sort. We are all a part of a problem or solution and it is imperative that we discover which side we find ourselves on.” More...
Bonded By Blood has confirmed the dates for a 2013 European tour with Vader. The "Back to the Black" tour kicks off on January 17th in Berlin, Germany, and also features Aborted. The tour will be Bonded By Blood's first visit to Europe since the release of their new album, The Aftermath.
Bonded By Blood drummer Carlos Regalado comments: "We are excited to announce that in January we are heading oversees to Europe to tour with the legendary Vader! It's been a while since we have done a proper European tour and we just can't wait to get back out there and support The Aftermath live. We look forward to meeting some new fans and seeing some familiar faces. See you on the road!"
See Bonded By Blood on tour in Europe at the following shows: More...
Sweden's The Moth Gatherer has inked a deal with Agonia Records. The band's debut album is slated for an April 2013 release, and a short and unmastered preview of the album can be heard below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"The Moth Gatherer's music is hard to label, due to the band's non-one-dimensional approach towards the songs they create; the hardcore/experimental/progressive etiquette seems almost too laconic to fully do justice to the spirit of the compositions. The debut offers up long and complex tracks, but still surprisingly simple and compelling. Abundance of tempo changes and variations that surround the album bask in emotionally charged, progressive yet utterly melodic slower sections, addictive enough to stimulate the imagination."
"We just want our music to be an emotional explosion," comments co-founder Alex. "A lot of the songs are about death, missing people you loved who have passed away and losing hope in mankind. We want the music to make you feel like you can move mountains with it. I wish for that when people hear our music, they start to dream away."
The band is: Alex Stjernfeldt and Victor Wegeborn who both handle: guitars, bass, electronics, vocals, and drums. More...
Swedish act Meadows End has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Stefan Sjölander:
"We have some bad news that will affect the way that Meadows End sound and exist in the future. Unfortunately, Stefan has decided to give up his spot in the band. Due to other obligations and projects he feels that he cannot give Meadows End the 110% it deserves. Stefan is an extremely talented guitarist and musician with great diversity and now he feels that he needs more than just Meadows End to fulfill his needs, therefore he lets his spot go not to halt the bands progress.
"This parting comes in an understanding and we will still love Stefan as a brother and of course wish him all the best in his other projects. Next Friday, our gig in Umeå will be Stefan's last performance with Meadows End. Thank you Stefan, the road changed while you were on board and you will be missed. We salute your honesty. Cheers and good luck!"
Stefan also issued the following statement: "I would like to thank everyone of you for all the support that you guys have given and give Meadows End. I would like nothing else than you to follow that track!
"This is a well thought through and very tough decision that has haunted me for a while but I cannot give Meadows End maximum priority anymore, that's why I've decided to let go of this dream.
"I really wish the band all the best on their continuing journey. We'll still hang out and pester each other like always but this still aches my heart a bit. Thank you so much, all of you! You're the best there is."
Melbourne-based ragers Kromosom have hooked up with Southern Lord Recordings for first CD release, "Live Forever." The following press release was issued about the band:
"Born in the smoldering wake of now defunct Australian crust acts Schifosi and Pisschrist, and featuring current members of Leprosy, Bloody Hammer and fellow Southern Lord mercenaries Nuclear Death Terror, Kromosom have kicked a massive dent into the international crust/punk/hardcore circuit working under the band doctrine: 'Noisier, nastier, rawer.' Through several vinyl-only indie releases and steady waves of international touring since their 2010 inception the band caught the attention of Southern Lord who now confirms the first CD release in Kromosom’s discography with Live Forever.
"The bruising fifteen-track assault captures all of the band’s material previously only available on vinyl, including their self-titled 12”, tracks from the Hardcore Pollution split 7” with Isterismo, and the Paranoid 7," all mastered for maximum pandemonium by Jack Control (World Burns to Death, Severed Head of State). If this doesn’t get you raging it's time to hang up your boots and join the rest of the sheep.
"Live Forever will hit the streets of North America on January 22nd, 2013, amidst steady, ongoing bursts of live actions through the rest of the year, as Kromosom are already confirmed to invade the continent once again this Spring for Maryland Deathfest, Chaos in Tejas and more." More...
Bay area metal band Early Graves has premiered a new video for the monstrous title track from the newly released album, "Red Horse," on AVClub.com. The video can be viewed now at this location.
“Red Horse” is the title track from Early Graves’ new album released in October via No Sleep Records. Decibel magazine recently ranked the album #21 Top Album of the Year and Brooklyn Vegan called it “a brutal, crusty hardcore record that tips its hat to everything from grind to black metal to Slayer."
For more info on the album, check out our recent interview with Early Graves right here. The track listing is:
03. Days Grow Cold
04. Red Horse
05. Apocalyptic Nights
06. Death Obsessed
07. Pure Hell
The New Jersey technical death metal outfit Cognitive recently signed to Torture Music Records for the release of an upcoming full-length album, scheduled to hit stores in the latter half of 2013. The label comments:
"Formed in 2011, Cognitive is, despite its young history as a band, already a household name in the underground death metal scene. Having played in 11 states and shared stages with the likes of Macabre, Cattle Decapitation, Waking the Cadaver, and Internal Bleeding, as well as self-released debut EP, 'The Horrid Swarm,' in July 2012, the band shows no signs of slowing down as of winter 2012.
"With their upcoming self-titled full-length, Cognitive will pick up where they left off with 'The Horrid Swarm,' and deliver another release full of unmerciful technicality, pummeling grooves and vicious brutality."
Cognitive also commented, "Thanks to all the fans who have been supporting us this past year! Lets make 2013 even sicker!"
Today Metal Blade brings fans the latest installment of a series of in-studio video clips from Swedish death metal strategists, Aeon. Filmed during the band’s "Aeons Black" recording session in Empire Studio in Östersund, Sweden, watch as guitarists Zeb Nilsson and Daniel Dlimi sever frets and talk gear in the player below or at the album's mini-site here.
"Aeons Black" was released on November 20th, 2012 via Metal Blade and has the following track listing:
01. Still They Pray
02. The Glowing Hate
03. The Voice of the Accuser
04. I Wish You Death
05. Garden of Sin
06. Neptune the Mystic
07. Nothing Left to Destroy
08. Passage to Hell
09. Aeons Black
10. Dead Means Dead
13. Blessed By the Priest
14. Maze of the Damned
15. Die By My Hands More...
Tobias Sammet has issued the following announcement about the upcoming new Avantasia album:
"Today we have breathtaking news for all AVANTASIANS: The new album will be called 'AVANTASIA - THE MYSTERY OF TIME,' and as previously reported is set for release in March.
"Immediately after the release of this new Metal Opera, based on a story written by Tobias Sammet, the band will embark on a full-fledged indoor-tour, during which the band and special guests will bring the epic undertaking to the stage. Check the official website for more."
It was also previously announced that guitarist Bruce Kulick will make a guest appearance on "The Mystery of Time," and the album is expected out in March, 2013.
French melodic death/thrashers Destinity have unveiled a brand new video for "Black Sun Rising," a cut from the newly released LP "Resolve In Crimson." (reviewed here)
"Resolve In Crimson" is the band's third with current label Lifeforce Records and sixth since forming in 1996.
Carthage has posted the song "Years & Darkness" online, which can be heard below, and the band also commented:
"Countdown to Carthage! Our debut full-length will be released in 5 days, so in the mean time we're going to be going over everything Carthage did so far! Here's our second single from the upcoming Salt the Earth, Years & Darkness."
Fnnish symphonic metal act Stratovarius, which announced the new LP "Nemesis" yesterday, unveiled the album's artwork and track listing (shown below). The album will come as a standard 11 track edition along with a special edition with two additional bonus track and the album is set to drop on February 22, 2013 via earMusic.
Guitarist/producer Matias Kupiainen commented: “I have more or less lived in the studio for four months, obsessing over every detail. I feel very relieved that we are done and I am very happy with the material and the sound."
Vocalist Timo Kotipelto added: “Making the album this time was easier because we gave it as much time as it needed. We have worked our asses off to make this and we hope the fans will like it."
According to the press release: "The album has it all. From the typical melodic and powerful Stratovarius sound in 'Abandon,' to the aggressive and energetic 'Stand My Ground,' the album represents the new style of the band mixed with good old melodic power metal. Stratovarius' musical approach is today wider and richer than ever. The song 'Fantasy' sounds almost ABBA-esque with its catchy pop tune, but it´s powered by the famous Stratovarius metal sound, louder than ever. 'Out Of The Fog' integrates some folk music elements, with lyrics telling the story of a young person forced to march blindly into battle. The only ballad on the album, 'If The Story Is Over,' is a very emotional song with a grand arrangement that builds up to using the full band and ends with a small female choir.
"The title track 'Nemesis' is a typical Stratovarius song, with echoes of medieval melodies with powerful double bass drumming and the catchy pop melodies from this side of the millennium."
Kotepelto commented on the title track: "The title track of the album; with its modern twist on the myth of Nemesis, it tells a story of a preacher who gives each one what they deserve, good or bad. The song has a very nice riff, cool melodies and a great good old Stratovarius style chorus."
The first single, "Unbreakable," will be released on January 25, 2013 as a special EP. A preview clip and more info on the EP can be found at this location.
The track listing for "Nemesis" is as follows: More...
Gun Shy Assassin has posted yet another exclusive song stream from Danish blackened thrash band Deus Otiosus. That track, "Harm's Way," can be accessed by going here. The song is included on the band's latest release, "Godless," which was recently issued on Deepsend Records.