Metal News for December 8, 2012
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12 news articles posted on this day.
Dutch metal act Mortukai has released the new "Demoralize" EP online for free download. You can stream the songs or find download instructions over at the band's Facebook profile here. The track "Deficient Behaviour" from the "Demoralize" EP can also be heard in the player below.
Bassist Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree, Metallic Taste of Blood, Ex-Wise Heads) and guitarist/composer Jon Durant have revealed the cover art and track list for their upcoming progressive instrumental collaboration "Burnt Belief."
The duo will unleash "Burnt Belief" on December 21st, 2012 through Alchemy Records. It will be available on iTunes, CDBaby, Burning Shed and Amazon. An audio teaser is available below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Impossible Senses
4. Bathasar's Key
7. The Weight of Gravity
8. Arcing Towards Morning More...
Championing orchestral metal, the mighty Therion has gone through quite a wild ride over its 25 year long career. From the death metal of “Symphony Masses” to the game changing “Theli” on to the fully symphonic “Vovin” and “Deggial,” Therion has been evolving along with the metal scene and continues to do so today.
The band’s latest output “Les Fleurs Du Mal” (reviewed here) is a collection of Therionized covers of what master mind Christofer Johnsson refers to as “French oldies,” which have been translated into a medium that metalheads and lovers of symphonic music can both enjoy.
“The achievement I’m most proud of is to get French metalheads to go to a metal show and head bang to France Gall,” said Johnsson during a recent chat with Metalunderground.
During our conversation he went to discuss the difficulties involved in getting the album released, which was passed on by Therion’s label. In the full interview below, Johnsson explains how negative comments going viral have actually worked better than press releases, with the album on track to become the highest selling Therion release with no advertising of any kind, and he reveals the band’s next big project will be a rock opera performed like a musical play. More...
Portland Oregon's down-tempo, psychedelic act Megaton Leviathan has checked in with the following statement about progress on a new record and parting ways with a band member:
"Dear friends of Megaton Leviathan,
"I’m putting out a direct statement to those of you who are closest to the band. Over the last month Megaton Leviathan attempted to record our 2nd full-length album. After much set backs, schedule changes, conflicts, and the lack of communication the recent attempt at a collaborative effort between Chris and I had dissolved, is the best way I can put it. The end result is that Chris Beug is no longer a member of Megaton Leviathan.
"It boils down to this; I am completely unwilling to rush and compromise the creative process or output of this project. Megaton Leviathan is the result of years of hard work, and my desire to mix all of the things I love into one art project. I am very grateful for all the experiences I have had over the years, good bad and indifferent. For they have shaped what this project has become.
"It will not go without saying Chris was instrumental in getting Megaton Leviathan out of the studio and on the road, is responsible for a lot of its image and made many sacrifices along the way just as I have. For the record it has been a emotional week.
"Megaton Leviathan is still very much alive. I have recently joined forces with 7th Rule records here in Portland, and he has been very supportive through this. With his help and the support of my friends this album will get done, and see the light of day sometime in 2013. It wont be the album I thought it was going to be, but it’s going to be the album it’s meant to be. That’s psychedelic isn’t it?"
Italy's Anubi Strikes Back has released a new lyric video for the song "Aura," which is available below. The band also commented:
"We're glad to present the track taken from our EP 'Aura.' We want to thank the Razorcut Records that made this all possible, and thank you guys for supporting us since the beginning. Enjoy it Motherfuckers!"
To find more from Anubi Strikes Back, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Canadian act Orchid's Curse has posted the new song "Lie to Live the Lie" off the upcoming 2013 album "Words" online, which can be heard below. "Words" will be the follow-up to the 2010 album "Voices: The Tales of Broken Men." Orchid's Curse also posted the following brief year-end message online:
"Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate on ole Brian Jones' 30th birthday last night! And also a big thanks to NEMAS and Old Blood for sharing the stage with us! We will be announcing some 2013 shows soon (pending the end of the world) but until then keep fit and have fun."
Lithuanian progressive black/death metal act Uvikra has signed with badGod Music. Founded in September 2009, Uvikra is a one man black/death metal project hailing from Vilnius, Lithuania. The single and singular member (Loikav), has created an unorthodox sound tempered with a subtle progressive element.
Uvikra has three releases to its credit, the first being the self-titled full-length released in 2010. An EP, "Patterns of Life," was released the following year. Both of these albums are available for free download on Uvikra's bandcamp site.
The most recent material, gathered together in the form of the full-length "Bi," was originally released in 2011 and will see a proper physical release in early 2013.
Loikav: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums
Netherbird has announced a new release is coming in February or March of 2013 titled "The Ferocious Tides Of Fate," which will follow the band's 2010 full-length "Monument Black Colossal," along with two EP releases in 2011.
Sweden's black metal outfit Vanhelga has now revealed the cover artwork and track listing for new album "Höst," which can be found below. Ordering information is also now available here, and you can check out the song "Lugn" after the jump.
1. A Sinister Longing
4. Underbart Sant
6. Udda Tankar
12. Livets Bitterhet More...
On October 11th, 2012 an album of progressive/melodic metal called "Limitless Life Reflections" was independently released by Monterrey, Mexico's The Advent Equation. The tracklisting of this 60-minute juggernaut is posted below, with the cover art featured in the upload.
"Limitless Life Reflections" was mixed and produced by Alberto "Charles" Leal at Psicofonia Productions with studio mastering by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street studios in Örebro, Sweden. The artwork was created by Colin Marks (Nevermore, Scar Symmetry, All Shall Perish) at Rain Song Design, London, England. The band as posted the song "Purification Lapse," which follows below.
Glimpse of What May Be
A Descent Into The Unreal
Visions Of Pain
A Violent Motion
FDA Rekotz is set to release the debut album from Germany's Sulphur Aeon, titled "Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide," on CD December 28th. The album follows their 2011 demo "Sulphur Psalms" (which was named demo of the month by Rock Hard Magazine) and the two-song EP "Deep Down They Sleep." The LP version will be released by Imperium Productions on the same day. FDA Rekotz has posted the track "Inexorable Spirits" on its soundcloud page, or below in the player. Also check out the tracklisting and cover art of "Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide" below.
The Devil's Gorge
Where Black Ships Sail
Swallowed by the Ocean's Tide
From the Stars to the Sea
Those Who Dwell in Stellar Void
Beneath. Below. Beyond. Above
Members of D.R.I., Kurt Brecht and Spike Cassidy, spoke to ArmyOfOneTV at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY after the first show of their "30th Anniversary Tour". On the video they discussed a little bit of the history of the band, the new material that has been written so far and also about the "Spike Cassidy's Cancer Relief Fund". Watch the video below, and check out the relief fund at this location.