Metal News for December 9, 2014
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Sci-fi death metal batallion Rings Of Saturn has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitar player:
"Our guitarist, Joel Omans, has decided to leave the band. We wish him luck with his new project and other future endeavors!"
Joel also had this to say: "I would like to announce that after 5 years of being with Rings of Saturn I am stepping down from my guitarist position. I am at a different place in my life personally and musically and have my ambitions pointed towards a different direction. Thank you to everyone who has supported myself and every member of the band past and present. I wish everyone involved the best of luck with their future endeavors. I will be announcing details on my new project in the near future but until then I hope you all enjoy the recent effort from myself and the rest of ROS in Lugal Ki En. Peace and love, see you all soon."
The band's latest album "Lugal Ki En" is out now and can be streamed in full via the player below. More...
After signing a deal with Nuclear Blast Entertainment and concluding a successful headlining tour this summer, Southern California-based four man hatecrew Nails announces a return to European shores for March 2015.
The band will be supporting Los Angeles-based hardcore outlet Terror. Joining in the live shenanigans will be Redemption Denies and Risk It.
Commented Nails vocalist & guitarist Todd Jones: “We're coming to Europe March 2015. Our last European excursion was successful beyond our imagination so we decided to come back when the opportunity to tour with the almighty Terror presented itself. A match made in mosh pit heaven. See all you maniacs soon.”
05.03. D Berlin - Lido
06.03. D Schleiz - Woodys
07.03. D Magdeburg - Factory
08.03. NL Sneek - Bolwerk
09.03. D Karlsruhe - Stadtmitte
10.03. D Cham - La Cafe
11.03. D Weinheim - Cafe Central
12.03. FR Paris - Petit Bain
13.03. D Bochum - Bahnhof Langendreer
14.03. BE Hasselt - Music O Drom
15.03. UK London - Underground (without NAILS)
Furthermore, Nails just published two brand new and previously unreleased songs: "Among The Arches Of Intolerance" and "In Pain." The songs are available on a flexi disc with the newest issue of Decibel Magazine. More...
Epic Viking metal outfit Incursed will release the "Elderslied" studio album on December 24th, 2014. Who needs despicable Christmas when new songs from Incursed can be enjoyed instead?
Check out the advance song "Beer Bloodbath" below, and the full album's track listing will be as follows:
1. Song Of the Ancient
2. Heart Of Yggdrasil
3. Raging Wyverns
4. The Wild Hunt
5. Beer Bloodbath
6. Tidal Waves
8. A Fateful Glare
9. Lady Frost
10. The Undying Flame (Homeland Part II)
11. Suaren Lurraldea (The Land Of Fire)
12. One Among a Million
13. Promise Of Hope More...
Italian metal band President Evil (not to be confused with the German outfit of the same name) has a new track online titled "Prepare For Freedom or Die," which can be heard below or downloaded at Bandcamp here. More details on President Evil can be found at the band's Facebook profile here.
The Brooklyn heathens from Mutilation Rites will cross over to Europe in early 2015 as they embark on their first-ever international tour.
Mutilation Rites will kick off the trek — which also features the Italian band Hierophant — in Milan on February 4th. Full dates and further information can be found below.
In the meantime, the group will play one last show for 2014 this Sunday (December 14th) at hometown haunt, Saint Vitus Bar, alongside Black Breath and White Widows Pact.
Additionally, Mutilation Rites has confirmed the departure of drummer Justin Ennis: “We regret announcing that Justin will no longer be playing drums with us. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors. For our upcoming NYC date and European tour, Tyler Coburn (Yautja, Alraune, Gnarwhal) will be filling in.” More...
San Luis Obispo, California's blackened sludge act Bloodmoon is set to reissue the transformative 2013 album, "Voidbound," on limited edition vinyl through Black Voodoo Records on December 20th.
The new version has been completely remastered for vinyl by James Plotkin (Sunn 0))), ISIS, Conan, Slomatics). Today, The Obelisk hosts a stream of "The Singing Flame," which can be heard at this location. The album's track listing is:
2. Back World
3. The Singing Flame More...
Ohio-based hardcore/metal outfit Enabler will be touring North America next year as co-headliners with Call of the Void. Dates for the trek are as follows:
Feb. 6, 2015 - Columbus Ohio - Carabar *
Feb. 7, 2015 - St. Louis, MO - The Demo
Feb. 8, 2015 - Memphis, TN - Hitone
Feb. 9, 2015 - Dallas, TX - Three Links
Feb. 10, 2015 - Houston, TX - Walter's
Feb. 11, 2015 - San Antonio, TX - TBA
Feb. 12, 2015 - Austin, TX - Red 7
Feb. 13, 2015 - Albuquerque, NM - House show
Feb. 14, 2015 - Mesa, AZ - 51west
Feb. 15, 2015 - San Diego, CA - Tower Bar
Feb. 16, 2015 - Tijuana, MEX - You Revolution Bar
Feb. 17, 2015 - Los Angeles, CA - 5 Star
Feb. 18, 2015 - Bakersfield, CA - Jerry's Pizza
Feb. 19, 2015 - Sacramento, CA - The Blue Lamp
Feb. 20, 2015 - Berkeley, CA - Gilman St
Feb. 21, 2015 - Portland, OR - High Water Mark
Feb. 22, 2015 - Vancouver, CAN - 333 w/ THE DRIP
Feb. 23, 2015 - Seattle, WA - Highline w/ THE DRIP
Feb. 24, 2015 - Spokane, WA - The Hop w/ THE DRIP
Feb. 25, 2015 - Boise, ID - Shredder
Feb. 26, 2015 - Salt Lake City, UT - TBA
Feb. 27, 2015 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
Feb. 28, 2015 - Omaha, NE - West Wing *
Mar. 1, 2015 - Peoria, IL - Encounter *
Mar. 2, 2015 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge *
*=ENABLER only More...
John 5 & The Creatures will embark on a string of dates in 2015 in support of "Careful With That Axe" starting Sunday, February 8th in Ramona CA.
The play list will not only have several songs from the new album, but the band will also play stracks from each of John 5’s solo albums that have never before been heard live in concert.
John 5 & The Creatures consist of John 5 (guitar), Ian Ross (bass) and Rodger Carter (drums). Tour dates are as follows:
SUN 02/08 Ramona, CA Ramona Mainstage
TUES 02/10 San Francisco, CA DNA Lounge
WED 02/11 Los Angeles, CA The Whiskey A Go-Go
FRI 02/13 Las Vegas, NV VAMP’D
SAT 02/14 Tempe, AZ Pub Rock
TUES 02/24 San Antonio, TX Capone’s
WED 02/25 Dallas, TX Tree’s
Wolfheart will release the aptly named "Winterborn" via Spinefarm on February 3rd. Winter is an appropriate season for the sprawling, lush, and majestically metallic music that the band so deftly crafts.
Today the band shares a video for a track off the album, titled "Routa Pt. 2," which can be seen below, thanks to Decibel Magazine.
Allow yourself to indulge in a little of Wolfheart's delightful chill. The riffs will warm you up right quick. More...
Noisey.Vice.com is now playing all of "False Light," the dehumanizing debut full-length release from Virginia-based black metal trio, Unsacred, which is out today on home state-based Forcefield Records. Listen in through the stream below.
"False Light" was recorded by Ricky Olson and mixed by Bryan Walthall and Ricky Olson at Rusty's and mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege Engineering. The track listing is as follows:
1. False Light
5. Void Part II
7. Cage More...
The fog descends quickly on the Cal-Sag, and the barges loom as ghosts.
It’s not supposed to happen this way. The sixteen-mile Calumet-Saganashkee Channel, an industrial canal providing one of several links between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River system, is a narrow thread of murky water snaking through Chicago’s Southside, and when dusk falls and the fog comes creeping, might as well be a smoke-filled gun barrel.
The tugboats are supposed to pull their monstrous loads to the side, lash up, and wait the conditions out. For the Cal-Sag is also a public waterway, and in the summertime, a popular lane for pleasure craft.
The barges are not lit. They move with utter stealth, as brooding, pacing, unstoppable giants. When fully loaded, they sit low enough in the water to reveal the running lights of the erstwhile tug at the rear of the convoy. When empty, the whole outfit is virtually invisible.
An advancing black wall, blended into the night.
Just before 11:00 PM on Friday, June 20, 2014, witnesses near the Worth boat launch heard screams piercing the thick soupy blanket of mist, followed by an awful crunch. Then silence.
The Coast Guard watch in Milwaukee soon received a call from a tug, UTV BILL ARNOLD, reporting a collision. Search and rescue crews were dispatched via boat and helicopter. The chopper proved effectively useless against the lingering fog.
An overturned and horribly mangled 19-foot inboard was eventually discovered. It had been nearing the launch when it collided with one of the BILL ARNOLD’s six empty barges.
Dive teams from the nearby Palos Hills and Lockport Fire Departments, using side-scan sonar, began searching for its missing occupants. The Palos Hills and Worth Police Departments assisted from shore. The two departments quickly linked the wrecked vessel’s identification to that of an unclaimed vehicle in the launch lot. Two other vehicles remained nearby.
Chicago resident and heavy metal musician Rob Rizza approached the launch with trepidation.
He’d been at a nearby bar, having passed on the opportunity to join a close friend for an evening on the water. Now, facing a solemn garrison of police barriers and flashing lights, cordoning off a mission fast shifting from rescue to grim recovery, he knew.
Because of the fog.
Two bodies were recovered from the Cal-Sag the next afternoon. A woman in her late thirties and a man in his early thirties. No life jackets. Drowned, with multiple blunt-force traumatic injuries. Likely they had been passengers.
The boat’s owner, whose vehicle still waited in the launch lot, remained unaccounted for.
With The Banner's third full-length, "Greying," out today on Good Fight Music, all of the tracks are now available for streaming online. Give the album a listen below.
"Greying," The Banner's first new full-length in six years, sees the New Jersey band perfect its sound: churning, machine-like hardcore, soaked in darkness, at times veering fully into the goth/industrial realm. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Dying Of The Light 06:00
2. Circle Of Salt 02:23
3. Crippling Despair 02:31
4. Sunlight 05:23
5. Unbaptized 02:06
6. A Quiet Corner 02:28
7. Send Me Down 04:29
8. VIII 02:33
9. She Upon The Black Wolf 02:51
10. Bones To Dust 04:48
11. Sunset 04:57 More...
Crown The Empire has a new video out now for "Initiation," a track taken from the band's latest studio album via Rise Records - "The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways."
Crown The Empire - which includes vocalists Andy Leo and David Escamilla, guitarists Brandon Hoover and Bennett Vogelman, drummer Brent Taddie and bassist Hayden Tree - formed in Dallas, Texas in 2011, with early efforts leading to the November 2011 EP "Limitless." Then in March 2012 second vocalist Escamilla was added to the fold, solidifying the lineup as it currently exists, giving birth to the band’s full-length debut, "The Fallout," released November 2012.
Over the past two years the band has toured both nationally and abroad and was also recently featured on the cover of Alternative Press’ annual “Bands You Need To Know” issue. More...
Ion Dissonance has a new track online for streaming titled "Ill Will," which can be heard in the player below. The group also had this to say:
"The wait is finally over… We would like to thank you all for your patience and support. Nevertheless, here is Ion Dissonance’s way of saying thank you.
"We would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Dominic Grimard from ‘The Last Felony’ into the Ion Dissonance family. For those who know us well, you know that we have a nasty habit of recycling up guitarists to play bass for us. Dominic is no exception to this rule. The guy shreds, and we are happy to have him helping us out with bass duties. For those of you wondering, Yanic is still involved with the band and helping with the recording process. Unfortunate health issues have forced him to step aside for now. We wish him all the best and a prompt recovery.
"So without further delay, here is the first installment of our upcoming release. If you want to purchase the song, we have included the bandcamp link within the Youtube video. The Montreal and Toronto shows are on for this upcoming weekend. See you all there."
Following the release of debut full-length album "Out From There" through Chamosound Records (Worry Blast), Swiss stoner/grunge/progressive conspiracy Progstone has unveiled a music video for the title track. Check it out below, courtesy of PureGrainAudio.com.
Call Of The Void has a new track online for streaming, available below, and the band comments on the song:
"Alright the time is here. Stream our new song 'Cold Hands' off our upcoming album 'Ageless' over Noisey. It means so much to us to know that you will hopefully dig these upcoming songs as much as we do. We finished 'Ageless' back in April and we have been waiting 8 months to get it out to the world. If you can do us a favor and stream the new song and share it with your friends that would be amazing."
Hells Headbangers is proud to present the debut of a doom-death juggernaut whose name will surely be on everyone's tongues soon enough: Dwell's "Vermin and Ashes," set for international release on February 10th, 2015.
Set to be released on both CD and vinyl LP formats, Dwell's" Vermin and Ashes" compiles the band's demo debut as well as three new songs, making for a full-length release. Hells Headbangers also comments:
"Hailing from Denmark and boasting a membership with deep veteran status - including current members of Hells Headbangers death-commandosCerekloth - the five-piece Dwell create a tar-thick, ominously bubbling brew on Vermin and Ashes. Their sound is undoubtedly rooted firmly in classic death metal, but their heaving, lumbering thrust is equally grounded in ancient doom metal.
"Along with half-sorrowful/half-haunting lead lines, well-timed bouts of blasting speed, and the occasional dusting of mystical synth, Dwell'sVermin and Ashes encompasses all that its song titles suggest: among them, 'Vermin In My Arteries,' 'A Collapse Sublime,' 'Plunging Into Ash Tombs,' and the telltale 'Become the Void.'
"Moody yet never totally defeatist, it's a sound that's at once lost to the mists of time yet also surprisingly fresh, for Dwell have few compatriots mining this barren wasteland of doomed-decibel wreckage. Hear the beginning of greatness with Vermin and Ashes, and jump on the Dwell bandwagon before it's too late." More...
Today, Forever Plagued Records announces February 9th, 2015 as the international release date for Mourning Mist's self-titled debut album.
Stepping a bit outside the boundaries of black metal, Forever Plagued has opened up a bit and was compelled by the dark nature of this otherwise-unknown band from Italy.
Fronted by a violin player named Ecnerual, Mourning Mist has a very avant-garde nature about it while still being nicely arranged with darker atmospheres. Lyrically dripping with misanthropic topics on mankind and its existence, those of us who enjoy black metal but are also into the darker side of music in general will find Mourning Mist to their liking. The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Flowing
5. Rise and Decay
6. Lament More...
Guitarist Benjamin Baret from the visionary Australian metal band Ne Obliviscaris is streaming a guitar highlight video, which can be seen belwo.
The video showcases Baret playing the lead solo off of "Movement II: Cynosure" (part of the larger composition, "Painters of the Tempest Pt. II - Triptych Lux").
"Painters of the Tempest Pt. II - Triptych Lux" is taken from the new Ne Obliviscaris album, "Citadel" (reviewed here).
Detroit, MI's Battlecross has released a brand new video for the song "My Vaccine," taken from the band's most recent album, "War of Will."
The Roy Warner directed clip takes inspiration from the cult classic film "They Live" and can be seen below, thanks to Metal Injection.
In other news, Battlecross recently visited the Center for the Intrepid on Friday, December 5th, prior to a show in Austin. The band toured the facility, and met with staff, as well as wounded veterans. Read more about the facility and the band's visit over here.
Battlecross continues a tour with Wretched and War of Ages tonight in Hollywood, CA at the Whisky a Go Go! Full dates are available after the jump. More...
Psychostick just released a video from the recording session with Green Jellÿ's Bill Manspeaker, who did guest vocals on the band's track "NSFW" featured on new album "IV: Revenge of The Vengeance" (reviewed here). The band comments:
"It's an honor to have Bill Manspeaker on our new record, because Green Jellÿ paved the way for what Psychostick does. We met Bill several years back when we toured with Green Jellÿ and Nashville Pussy, and we became friends. He is a super fun and downright fascinating guy, and a little known fun fact: HE is the one that actually designed and created our bassist Moose's first set of stage antlers- he gave them to him as a gift on that tour!"
In additional news, Psychostick recently wrapped up tour dates with Downtown Brown, Fungonewrong, and Hed PE and will be announcing 2015 dates in the new year. More...
Mekanism has released two new live video clips online, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:
"Ruler of Ashes and Mirage live at Semifinal, shot by Juho Rinne! The gigs last week were great fun! We'll be coming back to Helsinki on the 18th and this time we'll share the stage with Arion at On the Rocks! Hopefully we'll see some of you there!"
After signing to Candlelight Records this Summer, Ethereal is set to release "Opus Aethereum" in January. The label comments:
"For the past decade, the 'Beasts of UK Darkness' Ethereal have bombarded audiences with their own unique brand of symphonic black metal. With roots dating back to the early 2000's, Ethereal have established them as one of the most exciting acts in British black metal.
"Throughout their history Ethereal have undergone a steady process of evolution and refinement, returning to the stage in 2013 with their most accomplished line-up to date. This new incarnation of Ethereal has stormed stages across the UK, performing alongside legendary bands such as Gorgoroth and 1349, winning over fans both old and new with their energetic performances and gargantuan black metal sound."
Debut album "Opus Aethereum" is due out on January 26th, 2015 via Candlelight and was mixed by the Wieslawscy brothers at Hertz Studios, Poland.
If the old saying, "If at first you don't succeed... try, try again" was ever in doubt, it has never been proven more true than with West Virginia's heavy metal act Byzantine. In 2007, the band fulfilled a 3-album deal with Prosthetic Records, disbanding the day after "Oblivion Beckons" was released.
This career move stopped any momentum dead in its tracks. 5 years later, Byzantine reformed to release a self-titled 4th album on the band's own indie label (WV Snakepit).
Now, 14 years after its inception, Byzantine looks to push its underground cult status even further. 5th album, "To Release is To Resolve," is set for a March 3rd release. More...
Reactivated California outfit Coal Chamber has announced a North American headline tour for Spring 2015.
The tour is in support of a forthcoming album that will be released on Napalm Records. Support on the tour will come from Filter, Combichrist, and American Head Charge. The trek begins March 6th in Tempe, AZ and runs through April 12th in Dallas, TX.
Coal Chamber is currently in the studio working on the band's first studio album in over 12 years. The band is working with producer Mark Lewis (Whitechapel, DevilDriver, Black Dahlia Murder) on the currently untitled album, which is tentatively slated for a Spring 2015 release.
Call it what you want, "The Return", "The Second Coming of," but no matter what you call it, be prepared for Coal Chamber to rule again, and catch the first official festivities on these dates: More...
Italian extreme metal act Fleshgod Apocalypse released a new music video for the track "Epilogue." The song is taken from the latest album "Labyrinth," which is available via Nuclear Blast (see review here).
The video, which was directed by Francesco Paoli & Salvatore Perron can be seen here:
San Diego, CA's Cattle Decapitation has spent the last two years promoting "Monolith of Inhumanity."
To follow up the album, Cattle Decapitation will be returning to Dave Otero's Flatline Audio studio in Colorado. Otero was at the helm for both of the band's previous albums, and the collaboration promises to compound on the exercises in melodic extremity that have vaulted Cattle Decapitation to the top of the extreme metal heap.
The band is giving fans one final chance to see live shows and to hear new songs before beginning to track their upcoming album.
Vocalist Travis Ryan explains, "We've been hard at work on the new album for the past year and are currently writing the last song for it! Happy to announce we will be playing this string of shows with our friends Theories. After the shows, we'll spend 5 weeks recording the new album once again with Dave Otero! Don't miss these shows, we will be playing loads of new material at them!"
01/03 San Diego, CA Cashbah
01/05 Los Angeles, CA Los Globos
01/06 Fresno, CA Strummer's
01/07 La Habra, CA 13th Frame
01/08 Las Vegas, NV Divebar
Italian hard rock act Planethard released a new lyric video for the track "The One." The song appears on the latest album "Now," which is available through Scarlet Records.
The album was produced by Matteo Magni and co-produced by the band’s own guitarist Marco D’andrea. Check out "The One" here:
Polish death metal act Hate released a second in a series of preview teasers for the upcoming new release "Crvsade: Zero." The album is set for a January 25th release via Napalm Records. The first can be viewed at this location.
The track list for the album is:
1. Vox Dei (a Call From Beyond)
2. Lord, Make Me An Instrument Of Thy Wrath
3. Death Liberator
5. Doomsday Celebrities
6. Hate Is The Law
7.valley Of Darkness
8. Crusade Zero
9. The Omnipresence
10. Rise Omega The Consequence!
11. Dawn Of War
12. Black Aura Debris
13. The Reaping (Bonus Track)
Check out the second teaser here: More...
French extreme metal act Benighted released a teaser clip from the upcoming live CD/DVD release "Brutalive the Sick." The release is set for February 23, 2015 via Season of Mist Records.
More information on the track list and cover art is expected soon. Check out the trailer here:
The end of 2014 has proved extremely rough for The Faceless. First the group lost drummer Alex Rüdinger and bassist Evan Brewer. Shortly thereafter, vocalist Geoff Ficco quit as well, leaving founding member, guitarist and vocalist Michael Keene all by himself.
As the speculation begins on who's going to be performing with Keene on the two already booked shows this January in Dallas and Tampa, the band's label Sumerian Records seems to be teasing the return of former vocalist Derek "Demon Carcass" Rydquist.
While there is no evidence outside the tweet to suggest Rydquist will be welcomed back into the fold, it is at least worth noting he did rejoin the band onstage earlier in the year at the Austin, TX set during this year's edition of the "Summer Slaughter Tour". More...
Arch Enemy is streaming a new drum-cam live video with Daniel Erlandsson shredding through the song "As The Pages Burn".
The clip was filmed at Arch Enemy's live performance at "The Regency Ballroom" in San Francisco on November 10th 2014, and can be streamed below (courtesy sickdrummermagazine ).
Norwegian metal outfit Audrey Horne is streaming a new animated clip for the track "Holy Roller" taken from their latest album "Pure Heavy" which was released earlier this year via Napalm Records.
States the band with a wink: "We did a rehearsal on the song Holy Roller, and someone filmed it. We did all we could to keep this off the internet, but apparently someone leaked it. We in Audrey Horne have no recollection of this incident, and therefore deny all actions in this film - but we also want to assure, that nobody were injured during this rehearsal - exept Ice Dale".
Check out the new clip below.
Doomy groove and sludge quartet Gurt will be celebrating its fifth year of existence and decided to re-release their "Redwin" EP on limited edition vinyl on this occasion.
Gurt takes the blues and groove of 70s rock and drags it backwards through the swamps of Louisiana. The vocals are demonic and the guitars down-tuned and down-tempo.
You can stream the entire "Redwin" EP below and order the re-release EP-Megapack here.
Von is streaming the second single called "The Culling", from the upcoming second album of the "Dark Gods Trilogy" named "Dark Gods: Birth of The Architects". "Dark Gods: Birth of The Architects" will be released in March 2015.
You can now stream "The Culling" below.
Previously known as Edenborn, New York outfit Hollow Bones is officially relaunching today with the release of a new music video for the "Drytooth" single, and Metalunderground.com is proud to be exclusively premiering the clip online.
"Drytooth" - a track about overcoming great loss - is taken off the upcoming "Lionheart" album, which is now written and will soon be recorded. The video can be seen below, and vocalist Patrick Anthony comments:
"The shooting of Drytooth was a great experience, albeit very tiring. We probably put on a full performance of the song about 40 times over the course of the day to ensure that we got all the footage we could need. Of course it was fun, and there was joking around, but it was also a lot of work.
"There were some very specific shots that we wanted to have in the video that incorporated design elements from cinematography, so there was a lot of discussion on how to get those shots. The guy who did the filming, Michael DeFilio, was great. He is based out of CT, which is where we shot the video, in an old abandoned Hummer dealership. I don’t know how he went about getting permission for us to shoot there, but he did, haha. He REALLY worked his butt off for us, and I think it really comes through in the video.
"Thematically the song is very dark. I lost my brother in 2007, and the song is really about not being able to move past it. Carrying around the weight of not knowing whether it was an intentional death or not. It is about the hole in your life that someone can leave, regardless of how or why you have lost them. It is about watching someone you love suffer through tremendous depression, and being powerless to do anything.
"The song ends with my admission that I would have preferred to have taken his place. The song is about hopelessness, anger, frustration, guilt, and longing, and we hope that we have clearly conveyed those feelings, because I think everyone has, or will, lose someone dear to them. I think it is a very relatable subject." More...