Metal News for February 1, 2012
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48 news articles posted on this day.
Riku of Finland's Devenial Verdict has issued the following brief announcement about the band recruiting a new bass player:
"New bassist! Our friend Antti Poutanen from Lithuria has joined our ranks as bassist! He will be performing with us on this Friday at Ruttoklubi!"
Devenial Verdict also recently posted a recording clip online for the song "The Unborn God Part II," which is still available for viewing at this location.
It’s hardly necessary to point out why Gigantour, the recurring metal mini-festival on wheels led by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, is such an – ahem – gigantic draw. My last time seeing the band perform was for the tour’s third incarnation in April 2008, with support from In Flames, Children Of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy, and High On Fire. Round four boasts a package at once further streamlined and brawnier in industry clout, making this show a no-brainer for any heavy music fan within reasonable driving distance. With this firmly in mind, my photographer Tanya J. Kawecki and I set out for Lowell, Massachusetts on Sunday, January 29th. Our destination: UMass Lowell’s Tsongas Center, named – in the words of my colorful colleague Matt Dasher – “for the guy who famously didn’t become President in 1992.” More...
German lo-fi/garage doom band Larman Clamor is streaming a new advance single for the track "Frogs," which you can listen to below. The song will be on the band's next full-length release, which they are busy writing. Head on over to Larman Clamor's Bandcamp page to download the single or stream earlier material from the "Altars to Turn Blood" album or "The Lonely Pendulum" single.
Gothenburg, Sweden's Engel has checked in with the following brief announcement about completing working on the band's new album:
"The new album is mixed and done, the track list is set!! Be prepared for some Engel gospel beyond everything we done so far!!"
Further details on the upcoming Engel album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, check out more info on the band via Facebook, or find footage of Engel performing live in Paris at this location.
Dillinger Escape Plan Frontman Greg Puciato was recently hospitalized over the weekend following a trip with psychedelic mushrooms. According to his personal website: More...
Even though I reside in the “drive through” state of Connecticut, I still find it odd that one of the most anticipated tours of the year would begin in a location that most bands/tours avoid. It has more to do with fans in the state. Real fans of metal usually head over to neighboring New York or Massachusetts for any quality metal and any other fans tend to stay at home on Tuesday rather than get out and witness a major tour that is literally within 20-40 minutes away. It is the sorry state of affairs that most real metal fans in Connecticut deal with. But here, a rare opportunity descended upon us and it was a night that the half-filled hall would not soon forget.
The bands arrived in town early, but for some reason the sound checking process started right about the time that doors should have opened. Iced Earth could easily be heard in a practice run of Dystopia while the crowd gathered and waited. The delay caused doors to open at approximately 6:45pm and by the time half the crowd had be properly frisked, entered and started to check out the merchandise table…Warbringer started its set. More...
Solo metal act Dreamspell has checked in with the following brief announcement about an upcoming new album:
"Announcement time! My next album will be titled 'The Razor's Edge' and will feature 10 tracks. Coming soon Spring 2012!"
You can also check out a sample of a new 2012 demo track from Dreamspell in the player provided below. More...
Hardcore act Lionheart have posted some behind-the-scenes footage from its recent European "Persistence Tour" with Suicidal Tendencies, Biohazard, Terror and Walls Of Jericho. You can check out the clip in the player provided below. Meanwhile the bands new album "Undisputed' will see its release in the coming months through Mediaskare Records.
Hammer Horde has posted a new video clip online for "Midgårdian Revelry," which you can check out below. The band commented on the clip:
"Brothers and sisters of the Horde! The time has finally arrived! Check out our new music video for 'Midgårdian Revelry' and share it with your friends! We would like to once again thank our cast and crew for an outstanding job. Also, don't forget that you can now pre-order our new album 'Vinlander' starting TODAY! Now let's drink!!" More...
Metal Rules! TV has posted a new half hour episode online, featuring an extended interview with Rumpelstiltskin Grinder. Check out the footage in the player below.
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of The Devil's Blood performing "Wings of Gloria" from the new album "The Thousandfold Epicentre" (reviewed here) live at Kyttaro Club in Athens Greece on January 22, 2012. Check out the performance footage in the player below.
On February 24th (28th in North America) Season of Mist will release a double compilation featuring 39 artists from the Electro / Indus / Dub scene, all remixing a track from Morbid Angel's latest offering "Illud Divinum Insanus."
A second video trailer presenting the "Ilud Divinum Insanus - The Remixes" compilation has now been posted online and can be viewed below.
Metalcore act My Ticket Home has posted its new music video online for streaming. The video was shot for the track "A New Breed" and can be viewed by using the player located below. "A New Breed" is featured on the band's new album "To Create A Cure" which was released on January 31st through Rise Records.
Montreal metal act Derelict has posted the following blog online via the band's official website regarding "technicality vs. songwriting" and the process writing the "Perpetuation" album:
"Hi guys, Max here. I would like to start this blog off by wishing all of our friends and fans a happy new year. We in the Derelict camp are anticipating a very busy 2012 and we hope you guys stick along for the ride as it should be a lot of fun. As I’m writing this our new album 'Perpetuation' has been mixed and mastered and we’re in the process of preparing for its release. Christian Donaldson from Garage Studios has done a fantastic job and the sound is killer. We cannot wait to launch it and we hope you guys enjoy the end result. We have worked very hard on this record and I believe this is our best work to date, which is a cliché line I know, but one I deliver with all honesty. We all have worked very hard on our respective instruments and are better musicians for it in my opinion.
"Writing music is a tricky thing. Everyone has their own process and there is no one way to write a good song. As a guitar player I like to challenge myself technically. This includes the occasional grueling practice session, going over scales and all that business. This can sometimes be a boring process but it helps me play our songs properly. Any guitarist that strives to achieve a certain degree of technical skill has to go through some solid woodshedding sessions. I like to think of it as sharpening your axe before shredding away with it. However, all the technical skill in the world can’t guarantee that you’ll play anything interesting. Music, like most art, is about making you feel something. What drove you to listen to that band or want to learn to play an instrument? I can’t answer that definitively but the odds are it’s because it made you feel something. More...
In a recent discussion with Alternative Music Hub Gojira drummer Mario Duplantier had the following to say about the band's forthcoming new studio album.
"We have a title but we can’t reveal it yet. The title will be surprising. We need to decide on the songs. At the moment we have 14 or 15 songs recorded but personally I would love to have all the songs on the album. I think we are keeping two songs as bonus tracks or something special. The album is simpler; there is more space and atmosphere which makes it massive. I think we created something big, catchy, kept the violence but we are more subtle this time."
The album is currently planned for a late 2012 release through the band's new label home Roadrunner Records.
Orange Goblin has checked in with the following announcement about changes to the band's upcoming tour dates:
"It is with great sadness that we have to report that the Orange Goblin show scheduled to take place at The Old Bell in Derby on Monday 9th April as part of the 'A Eulogy For The Damned' UK & Ireland tour has had to be canceled. This is due to circumstances beyond the control of Orange Goblin and the promoters (Onslaught Promotions) as the decision was made to pull the show by the venue themselves.
"Those that have pre-ordered tickets for the show are advised to contact your point of purchase to claim a full refund.
"Orange Goblin would like to apologise to all the fans that were looking forward to the show, which is a part of the UK & Ireland tour in April, and we hope that we will get to see our fans in the Midlands at the Morrowfest which takes place at Rock City, Nottingham on Sunday 13th May. On Monday 9th April, Orange Goblin will now be appearing at LEGENDS in Newcastle. For tickets and info on this show please go to this location."
The Orange Goblin "A Eulogy For The Damned" UK & Ireland Tour, now looks like this (support on all dates except Ireland comes from GRIFTER): More...
Deathgasm Records will be releasing the new album from Indiana thrashers Nocturnal Torment on February 9th. Originally formed in 1988, the band took a backseat to the other groups that the members are involved in. The new album, "They Come at Night," is nine tracks of old school death metal. You can stream some of the songs over on MySpace or listen to a rough mix of "Cycle of Life" after the tracklisting and cover art.
Cycle of Life
Fresh Flesh Fetish
Forever Eternal Darkness
They Come at Night
Amberian Dawn has issued the following announcement about working on a music video for the "Cold Kiss" track:
"We're glad to announce that digisingle COLD KISS (featuring Timo Kotipelto) is now available. US release in May, UK & Japan TBA. Later we're releasing a music video of COLD KISS too.
"The initial release date of album CIRCUS BLACK is February 29th 2012. Stay Metal."
The album's track listing is as follows: More...
Detroit metallers As They Sleep have announced that they will be taking part in the forthcoming "Metal Madness Tour" alongside brutal death metallers Pathology. Additional bands for the trek are expected to be announced shortly. The dates for the 2012 "Metal Madness Tour" can be found below.
03/06 Romeo, MI – High Octane Lounge
03/07 Terra Haute, IN – THMV
03/08 Steger, IL – Another Hole in the Wall
03/09 Lacrosse, WI – The Warehouse
03/10 Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews
03/11 Denver, CO – Casselman’s Bar & Venue
03/12 Salt Lake City, UT – The Basement
03/13 Boise, ID – Boise Venue
03/15 Seattle, WA – Studio 7
03/16 Portland, OR – Branx
03/17 Reno, NV – Reno Underground
03/20 Canoga Park, CA – Cobalt Cafe
03/21 Las Vegas, NV – Cheyenne Saloon
03/22 Scottsdale, AZ – Chasers
03/23 Gallup, NM – The Juggernaut
03/25 Odessa, TX – The Pine Box
03/26 San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live
03/28 Houston, TX – Bikini Beach Nightclub
03/30 Flynt, TX – The Flynt
03/31 Tulsa, OK – The Conservatory
04/01 Springfield, MO – Pop’s
04/04 Covington, KY – Bangarangs
04/06 Beckley, WV – Dry Hill Comm Center
04/07 Wyandotte, MI – The Active Room
Metalunderground.com is proud to sponsor the Motorbreath Entertainment SXSW 2012 Showcase, featuring Havok, Spellcaster, Exmortus, Witchaven, Speedwolf and many more. The event takes place on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 3:00 PM (CT) at Betsy's Bar in Austin, Texas. Doors open at 3:00 pm CT. You can purchase tickets here.
Here's the complete line-up:
Bonded By Blood (CA)
Last word (CO)
Beyond the Blood
French-Canadian hardcore act Obey The Brave has posted its first ever music video online for streaming. Obey the Brave features former members of Despised Icon and Blind Witness with the video being shot and directed by Jessy Fuchs. The video is available for viewing below.
Isis have posted the following message online detailing its forthcoming live album release, "Live VI."
"Hello and happy new year. We hope it’s off to a great start for everyone. We have a few things in the works that we’d like to talk about. Some of you may have seen our Facebook post about a new release in the works.
As you may have guessed this is Live VI. It will be released digitally on Feb 14, 2012 and on limited double vinyl through our web-store soon after. This is a multi track recording from our 10 year anniversary tour.
It was performed at the Hawthorne Theater in Portland, OR in 2007. The sound quality is great as it was recorded and mixed by Aaron Harris, and mastered by James Plotkin. The track listing for Live VI is:
1. Hive Destruction
2. So Did We
3. Not In Rivers, But In Drops
4. Gentle Time
5. In Fiction
6. Holy Tears
7. Weight (featuring Ayal and Maria from 27)
8. Red Sea
9. Carry (featuring Maria from 27)"
U.K. gothic metal veterans Paradise Lost unveiled the new album artwork for the forthcoming LP "Tragic Idols." The album is scheduled for an April 2012 release date through Century Media Records.
In other Paradise Lost news, the band recently announced a U.K. Tour with Finland's Insomnium in support of "Tragic Idol" in April. Head over to this location for dates and venues.
The artwork for "Tragic Idol" can be seen here:
German groove metal act The New Black has posted a new music video for the song "Soon." The song appears as a bonus track on the limited edition of the latest release "II: Better In Black," which is available now through AFM Records at this location.
Check out "Soon" here:
(New York, NY) –For The Fallen Dreams is the latest addition join the Artery Recordings roster, the joint venture between The Artery Foundation and Razor & Tie. The Lansing, Michigan based band will hit the road in the early spring with Chelsea Grin, Attila, and others for a national U.S. tour (tour dates below). The band is also confirmed to perform at SXSW 2012. Watch the video below for footage of the band in the studio. More...
German progressive/power metal band Lanfear is streaming the new track "By-Product Nation." The track appears on the band's forthcoming seventh release "This Harmonic Consonance," which is due out on February 24, 2012 through Pure Steel Records.
The track listing for "This Harmonic Consonance" is as follows:
1. Giorno del Giudizio
2. Colours of Chaos
3. By-Product Nation
4. The Reverand
5. Idiopathic Discreation
6. Camera Silens
7. I, Robot Sapiens
9. Word Not Spoken
10. Disharmonic Consonance
Check out "By-Product Nation" here:
Canadian hardcore punk act Comeback Kid has posted its latest music video online. The video was shot for the track "Do Yourself A Favor" which appears on the group's latest studio album "Symptoms + Cures." The video is available for viewing below.
Thrash metallers Toxic Holocaust have revealed the dates for the second leg of its 2012 United States headline tour. Support on the trek will once again come from punk veterans The Casualties. The new dates are listed below.
02/27 Tempe, AZ – Clubhouse
02/28 El Paso, TX – Badlands Billiards
02/29 Albuquerque, NM – The Launchpad
03/01 Dallas, TX – Trees
03/02 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
03/03 Austin, TX – Red 7
03/04 Houston, TX – Walter’s
03/05 New Orleans, LA – Siberia
03/07 Tampa, FL – Brass Mug
03/08 Miami, FL – Churchill’s Pub
03/09 Jacksonville, FL – The Phoenix
03/10 Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
03/11 Charlotte, NC – The Casbah
03/12 Virginia Beach, VA – Jewish Mother
03/13 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter
03/14 Pittsburgh, PA – The Rex Theatre
03/15 Philadelphia, PA – The Barbary
03/16 Whitehall, PA – Planet Trogg
03/17 Syracuse, NY – Montage Music Hall
03/18 New London, CT – The El And Gee
Finnish metal act Devenial Verdict has issued the following update about streaming a video clip online for the recording of the track "The Unborn God Part II:"
"We've uploaded a new video on Youtube! It's for the song The Unborn God Part II and the recording. You can watch the video below.
"The video was shot by Karu Productions who will also shoot our upcoming gig and the action at backstage! Stay tuned." More...
Severed Fifth guitarist Jim Adams has issued the following announcement about holding a record release show:
"Hello Friends! My band Severed Fifth is releasing our first full album this Friday and to celebrate, we are have a party/record release show in SF THIS FRIDAY FEB 3RD!!! If you purchase your tix in advance, we will be planting a tree for every tix sold online!
"Our new album 'Liberate' will be available for free download this Friday Feb 3rd from our official website here and we will have CD's available for purchase for those that prefer the good ol' ways of listening to music too. Everyone who comes to the show this Friday will also receive a free copy of the new album!
"I'm looking forward to seeing you there!!" More...
U.K. melodic death/thrash band Malefice teamed up with U.S. Soccer star Marcus Hahnemann for the recording of the song "Omega" for the Jagermeister Ice Cold Sessions.
A video trailer for the song can be seen here:
The track in its entirety can be heard in the player below: More...
U.S. traditional heavy metal band, Christian Mistress is streaming the new song "All Abandon" from the forthcoming LP "Possession." The album is scheduled for release on February 28, 2012 through Relapse Records.
The track listing for "Possession" is as follows:
1. Over & Over
2. Pentagram and Crucifix
4. The Way Beyond
6. Black to Gold (streaming at this location
7. There is Nowhere
8. Haunted Hunted (streaming at this location
9 All Abandon
Check out "All Abandon" here:
Austrian symphonic metal band Visions of Atlantis posted the second studio report video on the recording of the band's forthcoming LP "Ethera." The band is currently recording at Artesonika Studios in Pordenone, Italy. In this post, the band showcases the guitar recordings.
Check out the video here:
U.K. hard rock/metal band posted part one of a behind the scenes video series on the making of the band's debut "Gravitas." The band self-released the album in 2010, but will have the album released worldwide on March 23, 2012 (EU) and March 27, 2012 (North America) through Frontiers Records.
Check out the video here:
Death/black metal band Charon, from Germany, has released a new album on Sepulchral Voice Records. Titled "Sulphur Seraph (The Archon Principle)," it features eight tracks. Below is a video upload for the song "Flagellum Horribils (Trident Lash)," which follows right after the tracklisting.
1. -!- 01:28
2. Sulphur Seraph (The Archon Principle) 04:21
3. Flagellum Horribils (Trident Lash) 06:48
4. Ambassador Of Bonds 05:28
5. Thy Weapon 03:38
6. Key To Nowhere – The Absolute 05:09
7. S.olution… A.verse… T.enebrous… A.nswer – N.othingness 07:49
8. -!!- 03:29
German progressive metalcore act But We Try It announced that Tim has joined the band as its new drummer. Tim replaces Mark who departed the band in November 2011. The band commented on the coming of Tim:
"Now it's official! We have a new drummer and he is called Tim. He already helped us out for a show in December and now becomes a full member of the BWTI-Team. He is really, really talented and also motivated to take the next steps with us in the future. Finally, the boy proved his strong skills in drinking booze with us and he's a very handsome guy. So he is the perfect choice for us :)"
The band also confirmed three live shows in Germany for the following dates:
18.02.2012 DE Münster - Sputnikhalle
24.02.2012 DE Darmstadt - Goldene Krone
25.02.2012 DE Remscheid - Kultshock More...
Italian metal band Cidodici will release its debut LP "Freedom Rebellion" in February of 2012, the exact date has not yet been announced, through Buil2Kill Records with distribution in North America through Century Media Records. The band features guitarist Manel Merigo, formerly of thrash band In.Si.dia and Paolo Pirola, live drummer for Drakkar.
The band describes its sound as "powerful thrash atmospheres with a modern feel." Special guests for "Freedom Rebellion" include: Aldo LoNobile on guitars (Death SS/Secret Sphere) and Dario Beretta on guitars (Drakkar/Crimson Dawn). More...
The organisers of Britain's, Download Festival has confirmed a further twelve acts for this year's edition of the event. Among the new acts are American thrash metal legends Megadeth, former Guns N Roses guitarist, Slash and industrial metal veterans Fear Factory, as well as Steel Panther, Billy Talent, Kyuss Lives!, Rise Against, Black Label Society, As I Lay Dying, Five Finger Death Punch, Terrorvision, Ginger Wildheart, Periphery and Reckless Love. The festival will take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park in the U.K.
The lineup is now as follows:
The Prodigy (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
As I Lay Dying
August Burns Red
Black Label Society
Chase and Status
Devin Townsend Project
Five Finger Death Punch
Lamb Of God
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six
Metal Injection was on hand at the recent 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, and the site has now posted footage online of band members discussing the floating festival. Watch as members of Cannibal Corpse, Children of Bodom, Nightwish, Amorphis, Crowbar, Eluveitie, Athiest, Stratovarius, Pestilence, and Kataklysm discuss their favorite part of playing the cruise. The video is available below. More...
Nephelium, the Dubai death metallers whom now reside in Toronto, are now exclusively streaming their debut album "Coils of Entropy" (reviewed here) on MetalRecusants.com. Check out the full release at this location.
"Coils of Entropy" is set for release next week on Tuesday, February 7th, 2012 and a free download of the first single "Merciless Annihilation" is available via Reverbnation. The track listing is as follows:
1. Burial Ground 05:04
2. Merciless Annihilation 06:18
3. Hellborne 05:02
4. Malediction 08:52
5. Halls of Judgment 05:56
6. Coils of Entropy 10:15
British hard rock legends UFO will release their new studio album "Seven Deadly" on February 24th in Germany, February 27th in Europe, and on February 28th in the USA/Canada through SPV / Steamhammer.
UFO has also now partnered up with GuitarWorld.com to host an exclusive premiere of the new track "Fight Night." Get a first listen here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Fight Night 4:35
2. Wonderland 5:08
3. Mojo Town 3:58
4. Angel Station 6:25
5. Year Of The Gun 4:07
6. The Last Stone Rider 3:54
7. Steal Yourself 4:46
8. Burn Your House Down 5:15
9. The Fear 3:31
10. Waving Good bye 5:24
11. Other Men's Wives 4:09 (bonus track)
12. Bag O` Blues 5:21 (bonus track)
Xandria has posted a teaser trailer online for the "Valentine" music video, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Dear friends and fans! The long wait has an end. We can finally and officially announce 'Valentine' to be our first single, taken from our upcoming album 'Neverworld's End.'
"Please have a look at this little trailer we did for you, telling you where you can watch the video clip's premier. Have a look at some first images off of the clip and get to know where to check the video! Ah, almost forgotten, but needless to say: the premier will take place on no other day but Valentine's Day (Feb 14th)!"
3 Inches of Blood has now revealed the cover artwork for the band's new album, "Long Live Heavy Metal," which can be viewed after the jump. "Long Live Heavy Metal" is due out on March 27th, 2012 in North America and March 26th in Europe. The album was produced by Terry "Sho" Murray (City of Fire, Exhibitionists) and features the following track listing:
1. Metal Woman
2. My Sword Will Not Sleep
3. Leather Lord
4. Chief and the Blade
5. Dark Messenger
6. Look Out
7. 4000 Torches
8. Leave it on the Ice
9. Die for Gold (Upon the Boiling Sea IV)
10. Storming Juno
11. Men of Fortune
12. One for the Ditch More...
King Giant's new LP, "Dismal Hollow," is officially available today, now available for purchase worldwide via deluxe digital download, on digipak CD, and on 180-gram gatefold LP, the latter available in swamp green with bone swirl, and bone with gold haze color schemes.
The album (reviewed here) was recorded at Inner Ear Studio (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Avail, Jawbox, Dave Grohl) and flows with nearly fifty minutes of King Giant’s homage-laden southern doom metal portrayed at its finest yet.
In support of the "Dismal Hollow" unveiling, The Obelisk is celebrating the day with a full stream of the entire album now. Fans can also sign up to win a King Giant prize pack, including a signed "Dismal Hollow" LP, a Marshall KT66 power tube USB drive from Power Tunes (the brainchild of Will Sprague of The Crimson Electric) loaded with "Southern Darkness" and "Dismal Hollow," and more. Check it all out right here.
Vesperian Sorrow has issued the following announcement about the release of the "Stormwinds of Ages" album:
"Okay, the official release date for 'Stormwinds of Ages' is 04/24/2012 through The Path Less Traveled Records.
"All of us are very happy to be working with TPLT Records and will have distribution here in the states through RED distro, and Code7 PlasticHead distribution in Europe.
"The European release date will be released very soon, but we were told it will be very close to the U.S. release date. Things are starting to look up in the VS camp!"
The track listing is as follows: More...
The World We Knew has snagged wrestling legend Tommy Dreamer for the band's new music video "The Endless," which premieres on Thursday, February 2nd. See what he has to say about The World We Knew in the player provided below. "The Endless" is taken off the band's "Death Dealer" album.
Arkansas act Spiralmountain has posted a new song online titled "Mammals 2012," which can be heard in the Bandcamp player available below. The track features the vocals and lyrics of Siddharth Basrur (Goddess Gagged) and Sunneith Revankar (Bhayanak Maut). For more on Spiralmountain, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Indiana's Betrayer has launched a new website online featuring a full stream of the "Beneath the Realm of Consciousness" EP. Check out the songs from the release by heading over to this location.
The track listing for "Beneath the Realm of Consciousness" is as follows:
1. Indoctri (nation)
2. Trance (formation)
6. Solace (feat. Konnor Koch of Corruptor)
7. Beneath The Realm of Consciousness More...