Metal News for December 9, 2011
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Aborted has announced several upcoming South American tour dates in February of 2012 alongside Exhumed. The currently announced shows are as follows:
FEB 16 – TBA (Brasil)
FEB 17 – Belo Horizonte/MG (Brasil) @ TBA
FEB 18 – São Paulo/SP (Brasil) @ Hangar 110
FEB 19 – TBA (Brasil)
FEB 20 – Porto Alegre/RS (Brasil) @ Bar Opinião
For more on Aborted and to keep up with the band's latest activity, head over to the official Aborted Facebook profile.
Seventh Rule Recordings has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Wizard Rifle:
"Seventh Rule is pleased to announce the signing of Portland's most wonderfully weird two-piece, WIZARD RIFLE. The label will be releasing the young band's debut record, 'Speak Loud Say Nothing,' on CD/digitally on March 13, 2012, with a special edition vinyl version to follow.
"In the meantime, WIZARD RIFLE has posted the first song from the upcoming album, 'Tears Won't Soften Steel,' on their Bandcamp page, as well as ordering info for a brand-new T-shirt (designed by drummer/vocalist and visionary artist Sam Ford). Head on over and prepare to have your mind blown to bits. More...
The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Venom as the latest band to appear at the festival:
"Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome VENOM On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: VENOM!
"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival now sails through the Channel into the Atlantic. Our course: Straight West. Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!
"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."
30 out of a total of 40 bands on board have been confirmed. The current lineup is as follows:
CHILDREN OF BODOM
MY DYING BRIDE
Fret12 has posted a video interview online with guitarist Fredrik Akesson of Opeth, in which he answers fan submitted questions about his gear. You can check out the clip, recorded in Chicago, through the player below.
Opeth released it's latest album "Heritage" back in September, and you can check out Metalunderground.com's review of the release here.
Bassist Youri Raymond has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with Cryptopsy:
"I am officially announcing my departure of the band Cryptopsy. At this time, we feel it's in the best interest of both the band and I to part ways. As a musician, moving from guitar to bass was a great challenge, but honestly, I never really felt comfortable in that position and my motivation in general was stagnating.
"I'm now moving forward and will release an album in 2012 on guitar/lead vocals with my band Unhuman and I hope Jon, Matt, Chris Flo and the new guy who will fill in in the bass spot the very best with the upcoming album and what might be the 'real' Cryptopsy coming back!
"Thanks again fans and friends for your endless support! Peace out!"
Deathsquad Demongods recently released the debut album "Your New Favorite F**kin Band," which is available for streaming online below or through Bandcamp. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Deathsquad Demongods
2. Everybody's Favorite Guy
3. Dirty Little Liar
4. Apocalypse Joe
5. All Of The Demons Pledge Allegiance To Me
6. Judas Priest (Bonus Track)
Today Pitchfork.com premieres “Fire Burning,” the eighth track from "The Thousandfold Epicentre," the upcoming full-length from Dutch occult rockers The Devil's Blood. The album is set for North American release on January 17th, 2012. You can check out "Fire Burning" at this location.
Comments The Devil's Blood founder and leader SL: “The Devil's Blood have proven time and time again to be a completely self-reliant and untethered entity; we hold no allegiance with anyone, not even internally. We do not belong to any scene and refuse to be the face of any kind of movement or organization.
"The Devil's Blood is quite simply not of this world and holds no ties to it. We shall disappear as suddenly as we came when the time of the completion of our founding goals has been achieved. What these are is not known, not even to us. Without fear or hesitation we cast upon the fire our children for Moloch! Hail Satan!” More...
Swedish deathcrust ensemble Bombs of Hades are the latest addition to the ever-pummeling Pulverised Records roster. A press releasing about the signing reads as follows:
"Spawned in 2002 as a crustpunk act, Bombs of Hades quickly mutated into a gristly old-school Swedish death metal direction, while still retaining a strong d-beat/crust vibe. Fronted by Jonas Stålhammar (ex-God Macabre, ex-Utumno, etc), who recently served briefly with legendary Swedish thrashers The Crown, the band is now geared up for their second full-length, entitled A Serpent's Redemption. The follow-up to 2010's Chambers Of Abominations, released via Blood Harvest Records, is expected to drop sometime next year."
Commented Stålhammar: "Bombs of Hades is psyched to have the next album released through Pulverised. A Serpent's Redemption will satisfy souls starved for some true old-school death metal and will be unleashed before the Summer of 2012."
Added Pulverised Records A&R Manager Calvin Chiang: "Bombs of Hades is one band that have been on our radar for some time now. We finally thought it was time to seize the opportunity to grab them for a brand new record. To further confirm that our gut feeling was correct, our good old friend Ayong (founder of Pulverised Records) coincidentally recommended the band and strongly insisted we get Bombs of Hades on our roster by hook or by crook! Expect full-blown death metal abomination!"
Montreal technical death metal band Derelict has emerged from Christian Donaldson's Studio Le Garage (Cryptopsy, Beneath the Massacre) to provide a final production update and reveal the new album's track listing.
"This album was a lot of work!" states vocalist Eric Burnet. "However, I think it's paying off. We pushed ourselves to deliver the performances we wanted, and we have twelve brutal tunes to show for it."
The track listing for "Perpetuation" is as follows:
2. Spoils Of War
4. Digital Birthright
5. Intricate Decay
9. Yours To Surpass
10. Shackles Of Indoctrination
11. The Iridium Layer
A short video of guitarist Max Lussier working on the intro to "Spoils Of War" can be seen below. Derelict aims to release "Perpetuation" in early 2012. In the meantime, to close off 2011, the band has issued a special holiday merch deal that includes its entire digital discography bundled with various merch items for as low as they can be offered. More info is available on Bandcamp here. More...
The latest addition to the Metal Blade roster via Alan Nemtheanga's imprint, Poison Tongue Records, is Rhode Island's Pilgrim. The doom trio, which consists of Krolg Splinterfist, Slayer of Men on drums, Count Elric the Soothsayer on bass guitar, and The Wizard on guitar and vocals, will be performing their first ever headlining show next week in New York. The show will be at the Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn with Salo, Dutchguts and The Year is One. Doors are at 7:30pm and tickets are $8.
Pilgrim's debut album, "Misery Wizard," will be available on February 14th in North America and January 30th/27th in Europe. Fans that attend the Saint Vitus Bar show will hear the band perform the album in its entirety. You can check out the track "Astaroth" from the album at this location.
John Gallagher, guitarist and vocalist of Dying Fetus, has announced that the group has entered the studio to record a new full length album. The band will once again be working with longtime producer Steve Wright (Slipknot, Misery Index) at Wrightway Studios in Baltimore, MD.
Set to be released in mid 2012 through Relapse Records, the album will feature nine tracks and is a "return to roots" with production focused slightly more on slam than in the band's last few works. Thematically, the album is set to be a good old-fashioned piece of social and political commentary in the style of Dying Fetus as we have come to know. An official release date and album title will be announced shortly.
"The last album had some groove in it," stated John, "but [it] was basically a lot of tech; this one is a return to form of older DYING FETUS albums, so to speak- more modern production though, of course." "Everything's tight," John adds; "...the sound is crushing, the drums are amazing."
Additionally, Dying Fetus announced a series of special South American shows set to take place in mid-January. The band has also been confirmed for next year's prestigious Maryland Deathfest and France's Hellfest. Upcoming tour dates are as follows:
January 11 Buenos Aires, Argentina @ Asbury Bar
January 12 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil @ Underground Cultural
January 13 Recife, Brazil @ Burburinho Bar
January 14 São Paulo, Brazil @ Manifesto Bar
January 15 Santiago, Chile @ Club 334
January 17 Bogota, Colombia @ TBA
January 18 Armenia, Colombia @ TBA
May 24 Baltimore, MD Sonar (as part of Maryland Death Fest 2012)
U.K. based act Bypass has posted a new song online titled "Gelda," which can be heard in the player below. "Gelda" is taken off the band's upcoming "Insignificant Matter" EP and was inspired by the new Elder Scrolls video game "Skyrim."
For more on Bypass and to hear additional tracks available for streaming, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Spanish black metallers Spellcraft have inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of their sophomore album entitled "Yersinia Pestis," excepted to drop in Spring, 2012. Xtreem Music commented:
"Formed back in 1996 and actually sharing of 4 out of the 5 members of the current Ouija line-up, Spellcraft has been gaining a strong reputation within the Spanish Black Metal scene not only with their three demos between '97 & '07, but also with their 1st album 'Stirpe Obscura' in 2008. Their high-class brand of black with melodic death touches influenced by bands like MORK GRYNING, early SATYRICON, DISSECTION, SACRAMENTUM is reaching its most supreme expression on this magnificent album of an astonishing production and outstanding compositions.
"'Yersinis Pestis' is completely recorded and only a few details on the overall design are being finished until its release in spring 2012. In the meantime, you can listen to 2 exclusive advance songs at the band's official MySpace site at this location."
Sweden's The Quill recently completed work on a second music video from the band's latest album "Full Circle," which is available now on Metalville Records. Noisecreep is hosting a premiere of the video for "Medicine." You can check out the video clip after the jump.
The Quill's lineup is as follows:
Magnus Arnar (vocals)
Christian Carlsson (guitars)
Jolle Atlagic (drums)
Robert Triches (bass) More...
A few weeks ago, the Rorcal guys and Solar Flare (side-project from Impure Wilhemina) locked themselves for three days in a humid basement (Rorcal's practice room actually) to write and record a collaborative track sounding as heavy as it could be with 2 basses and 3 guitars supported by drums and vocals from Mordor. All has been mastered again by Raph Bovey who produced "Heliogabalus" album last year, and they might be even close to making an Uruk-hai cry for mercy. The band's publicist issued the following press release:
"As concept and guideline, the two entities found inspiration in the poem 'La Ronde sous la Cloche,' taken from the book 'Gaspard de la Nuit,' written by the french poet Aloysius Bertrand… although the legend says that this book was probably written by the devil himself. His text drags you into a world between nightmare, hallucination and darkness which we tried to reproduce musicaly.
"The release is presented in a very limited handmade digifile CDr (only 200 copies) format featuring tracks from Solar Flare and the collaborative song. Exclusively available on Call of Ror label's eshop and for entire streaming on SoundCloud."
Dirge Within has posted a video clip introducing new guitarist Chuck Wepfer, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Hey everyone out there in DW land! Meet our new lead guitar player Chuck Wepfer! We call him Chuggles. We're happy to have him join the ranks of the DW family and we hope you welcome him with open arms and open ears! Check it out! See ya soon, studio videos to come shortly!!"
Portland, Oregon doom-gazers Megaton Leviathan, who completed a successful run of tour dates with cerebral black metal behemoths Wolves In The Throne Room this summer, are set to begin work on their as-yet-untitled new full-length. The record, which includes a “smacked-out version of Judas Priest’s ‘Here Come The Tears,’” according to the band, will be unleashed during the latter half of 2012.
Further comments vocalist/guitarist Andrew Costa on the direction of the new material: “The new tunes are dark but still retain the trademark Megaton Leviathan hooks and dreamy atmosphere fans have come to expect from us. It’s a transmutation of a lot of my personal experiences in Alaska as well as our recent trials and tribulations as a young band. It will be delivered in a way most everyone can identify with.”
The band is also working on a split release with L.A. noise band Actuary, with further details to be unveiled soon. In addition, the eclectic ensemble will kick off the new year with a short string of West Coast headlining dates. Shows are as follows:
1/13/2012 TBA – Portland, OR w/ Winter In The Blood
1/19/2012 The Highline – Seattle, WA w/ He Whose Ox Is Gored
1/21/2012 TBA – Tacoma, WA TBA w/ Ear/2012 Control, He Whose Ox Is Gored
1/25/2012 TBA – Arcata, WA TBA w/ White Manna
1/26/2012 Eli’s – Oakland, CA Eli’s w/ Hazzards Cure
1/27/2012 The Tower Bar – San Diego, CA w/ Bridgejumper
1/28/2012 Yayo Taco – Las Vegas, NV w/ Demon Lung
1/29/2012 Mountain Bar – Los Angeles, CA w/ Actuary, Suffering Luna, Children Of God
1/30/2012 Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
Aosoth recently finished mixing and mastering two new tracks for an upcoming 7" EP titled "Our Crown of Sins," due out in January, 2012 via Inferna Profundus Records.
A teaser trailer for the EP has now been posted online and can be viewed below. For more details on Aosoth, navigate your browser to the band's Facebook profile.
Ministry has posted the fifth entry in a series of videos showcasing the making of the band's upcoming album "Relapse." Check out the new video below, or find the last episode here.
"Relapse" is due out on March 3rd, 2012. The band also commented on the new video clip:
"Uncle Al Gets 'Fuel' For the Ministry Pirates! Videographer Omar Mena risks life and limb as he accompanies Uncle Al on his journey to acquire a specific libation at the behest of the Ministry pirates.... Warning: This video contains graphic language and speeds not suitable for all audiences."
Broken Torment has posted a guitar playthrough video clip online for the song "Phantoms." You can check out he video below.
Lou Reed says that Metallica fans have threatened to shoot him after the sour reaction to their "Lulu" collaboration (reviewed here). Reed told USA Today that the metal fans "are threatening to shoot me, and that's only because I showed up." "They haven't even heard the record yet, and they're recommending various forms of torture and death," he added.
The negative response to "Lulu" does not concern Reed:
"I don't have any fans left," he says. "After Metal Machine Music (1975), they all fled. Who cares? I'm essentially in this for the fun of it."
Lars Ulrich leapt to the defence of the singer:
"This is something they've never heard. Nobody hears rhythms or delivers poetry the way Lou does. It's not for everyone, but I think it's a fantastic record."
Reed called Metallica his "metal blood brothers," and even hinted that there could be more from the collaboration if he gets his way. "No-one wants 'Lulu Part 2', but on Radio Lou, in my head where I hear these songs, I want more of it," he said.
Germany's Lanfear has inked a deal with Pure Steel Records, and the band issued the following statement about the signing:
"Todays' music scene has not really that much to do with music. Labels don't search for high quality bands but chase trends to get a share of the decreasing pie. As a band who has been part of the scene for many years it's ridiculous to see how people try to puff hot air to something it will never be. Music is art, most people seem to forget about that!
"From the start our new label constantly bucked this trend with success. They attach importance on music instead of jumping on bandwagons. With our sixth album 'This Harmonic Consonance' we are now a proud part of the family and really look forward to a hopefully long cooperation."
Pure Steel Records also commented:
"We had an eye on the German veterans Lanfear since they started and we are very proud to welcome such a name on our label. Lanfear are known to give nothing about any trends. From start they did their own thing without looking to the right or left. Therefore, the band is obviously fitting very good to our label group. It’s not necessary to mention that Lanfear are outstanding musicians and the new album is going to be an absolute killer….Welcome guys!"
The Rock Band Network continues to expand its catalog this week, bringing new tracks to the Xbox 360 version from Nevermore, Deadlock, and more. The following songs are now available on the Xbox 360 that may be of interest to metal fans:
Deadlock - "Martyr to Science" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "March Into Hell / Blood on My Soul" (160 MSP)
Fallen Angel - "Respiration Desperation / The Neutral Zone" (160 MSP)
Francisco Meza - "Rage and Pain" (80 MSP)
Nevermore - "The Obsidian Conspiracy" (160 MSP)
Nevermore - "The Obsidian Conspiracy (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Nevermore - "Without Morals (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Prototype - "The Way It Ends (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Will Haven - "Mida's Secret" (160 MSP)
These tracks will also be hitting the PS3 on 12/13/2011 (North America) and 12/14/2011 (Europe):
August Burns Red - "Internal Cannon" ($1.99)
Dance Gavin Dance - "Heat Seeking Ghost of Sex" ($1.99)
A Day to Remember - "If It Means a Lot to You" ($1.99)
A Day to Remember - "2nd Sucks" ($1.99)
Sweden's Avatar has posted a music video online for the title track off the band's latest EP "Black Waltz." You can check out the music video through the player below. For more details on Avatar and to hear more music available for streaming, navigate over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
The "Black Waltz" track listing is as follows:
1. Torn Apart
2. One Touch
3. Black Waltz
After previously announcing the band will be embarking on the European Paganfest tour, Solstafir has now updated its 2012 European tour schedule with the following dates:
16.03. DE Oberhausen, Turbinenhalle
17.03. DE Stuttgart, LKA Longhorn
18.03. NL Tilburg, O13
19.03. DE Herford, X
20.03. CH Pratteln, Z7
21.03. IT Bologna, Estragon
22.03. AT Graz, PPC
23.03. AT Wien, Arena
24.03. DE Munich, Backstage
25.03. DE Leipzig, Hellraiser
26.03. DE Hamburg, Markthalle
27.03. DE Berlin, Postbahnhof
28.03. NL Haarlem, Patronaat
29.03. DE Saarbrücken, Garage
30.03. DE Gießen, Hessenhalle
31.03. DE Geiselwind, Music Hall
01.04. BE Antwerpen, Trix
06.04.2012 NOR Oslo Inferno Festival
13.04.2012 NED Tilburg Roadburn Festival
19.04.2012 FIN Helsinki DOM
20.04.2012 FIN Tampere Yo-Talo
21.04.2012 FIN Jyväskylä Lutakko
22.04.2012 FIN Oulu Nuclear Nightclub
23.04.2012 FIN Turku Klubi
15.06.2012 FRA Clisson Hellfest
Demonical has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer and guitarist:
"We have hereby officially parted ways with drummer Ronnie Bergerståhl and replaced him with Fredrik Widigs. Fredrik has been our stand-in drummer during the past autumn, hence making him the obvious choice for the throne and full time position.
"Besides that, we are also thrilled to announce that our session live-guitarist Pablo Magallanes has become an official member of Demonical.
"We want to thank Ronnie for all the years in the band and wish him the best for the future! We welcome Fredrik and Pablo into Demonical, with this new and strong we are more than ready for 2012 and everything it will bring. The ones involved have spoken:
Ronnie Bergerståhl commented:
"As most of you know by now, I decided to sit out the Demonical tour which took place in October/November. I thought about it for months before the tour started and in my heart I basically decided already then to quit the band. However, I gave it some time but now I have taken the last final decision: I will quit Demonical! More...
Dutch folk/viking band Heidevolk announced that it will release the band's fourth LP entitled "Batavi" on March 2, 2012 through Napalm Records. The album is the follow up to the 2012 release "Uit Oude Grond." More details on the album are expected shortly.
The album artwork for "Batavi" can be seen here:
In addition, the band will be part of the Paganfest 2012 European Tour with headliners Eluveitie, Primordial, Negura Bunget and Solstafir. More information and confirmed dates of the tour can be found at this location.
California based metal band My Ruin released the band's new LP "A Southern Revelation" as a free download at the band's official website at this location. The band posted both a video message about the album and a new music video for the track "Tennessee Elegy," both of which can be seen below.
King Diamond, who underwent major heart surgery in 2010, joined Mercyful Fate members Hank Shermann, Timi Hansen and Michael Denner and Metallica on stage in San Francisco at the long 30th Anniversary celebration to perform the legendary Mercyful Fate song "Satan's Fall" and a medley.
A video of the performance can be seen here:
Canadian traditional metal act Cauldron announced that the band is seeking a new drummer on news that Chris Steve is planning to leave the band soon to pursue other paths.
The band posted the following requirements for a new drummer:
- must be able to play Cauldron material flawlessly without struggle
- be able to sing primary harmony vocals
- have good showmanship/stage presence to suit three-piece element
- have valid passport/driver's license
- be able to rehearse twice a week in downtown toronto
- no criminal record!
Submissions should be directed to Cauldron vocalist/bassist Jason Decay at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Israeli metal band Betzefer posted footage of the entire 10th year anniversary show performed on November 13, 2008 in Tel-Aviv on YouTube. The video was directed by Noah Shulman.
The track list for the show (with position times) is as follows:
01:19 - Black Inside
07:18 - Best Seller
10:20 - Under
13:54 - Mark
18:18 - Doomsday
22:23 - Running Against
24:43 - Split
30:16 - Peasents
33:20 - Rinse:Repeat / Buddah
38:56 - Right About
43:05 - 6's & 7's
47:29 - Fuckin' Rock N' Roll
51:20 - Early Grave
56:38 - Four Hands Guitar / Pitz Aachbar
01:01:31 - Heaven Sent
01:04:29 - Down Low
Check out the video here:
German symphonic/gothic band Xandria posted part three of a studio diary on the band's recording of the long awaited fifth release "Neverworld's End." The album marks the band's first release since "Salomé - the Seventh Veil" in 2007 and it features the band's new vocalist Manuela Kraller (Ex-Haggard).
The release schedule for "Neverworld's End" is as follows:
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Benelux, Italy: February 24, 2012
Spain, Finland, Sweden: February 22, 2012
Rest of Europe: February 27, 2012
USA, Canada: March 6, 2012
Check out the video here:
Swiss folk metal outfit Eluveitie has been confirmed as the headliner for the 2012 edition of the travelling Paganfest event. Joining them on the trek will be Primordial, Negura Bunget, Heidevolk and Solstafir. Speaking on the tour, Eluveitie singer Chrigel Glanzmann stated: "Of course we look forward to the Paganfest Tour 2012! One hand, we can not wait to show our fans the songs from our new album 'Helvetios' live (and we will do this extensively on Paganfest). On the other hand, we look forward to tour with such cool bands and to be on the road with good friends, like the Irish guys from Primordial. We are convinced of the line-up of the upcoming Paganfest. It is an honor for us to headline this package of great bands. We are confident that each evening on the Paganfest tour will be a musical experience that you will never forget! See you there!"
The tour dates are as follows: More...
News spread fast regarding Motley Crue becoming the first hard rock band to take up residency in Las Vegas. It was announced that starting in February the band will be playing nightly shows at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. In light of this semi-groundbreaking news a look (IMO) of the top 25 Crue songs to date. Note that although personal opinion was weighted heavily, I also took into account popularity, videos, etc… More...
Northern Irish alternative metal outfit Therapy? has revealed that their forthcoming new studio album, "A Brief Crack Of Light" will be released on February 6th through Blast Records, with a music video for the song, "Living In The Shadow Of A Terrible Thing" to premiere on January 23rd. In addition to this, the group will once again be working with artist Nigel Rolfe for the records front cover artwork, which can be seen below. The band has also revealed the tracklisting for the album, which is as follows:
1. Living In The Shadow Of The Terrible Thing
2. Plague Bell
4. Before You, With You, After You
5. The Buzzing
6. Get Your Dead Hand Off My Shoulder
7. Ghost Trio
8. Why Turbulence?
9. Stark Raving Sane
10. Ecclesiastes More...