Metal News for February 10, 2012
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Chilean thrash act Krudo has released an official video for the track "Asesino." The video was directed and edited by the band's guitarist Mario Ruiz and comes from the Krudo's new release "Demencial," which is available on Digmetalworld Records.
Hailing from Turku, Finland comes the death/doom metal band Solothus. Recently, the band put out a three song EP titled "Ritual of the Horned Skull," which you may download over at this location. Check out all three songs from the EP below.
David Ellefson of Megadeth has checked in with a new video update from the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago during Gigantour 2012. Check out the video clip below. You can also find a recently posted full report from a Gigantour stop in Massachusetts at this location.
Portugal's Holocausto Canibal has inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the worldwide release of a 3rd full length album, titled "Gorefilia," for an imminent release in April 2012.
"Gorefilia" is a 18-song tornado recorded at 213 Studios in the band's homeland, with mixing and mastering handled at the world-famous Hertz Studio in Poland where bands like Behemoth, Vader, Decapitated, and more have already worked on previous albums.
An advanced song from the album has also been posted online for streaming. Check out the track "Objectofilia Platonica" in the player below. More...
Seattle deathbrigade Black Breath is preparing to unleash a new LP, "Sentenced To Life," on March 27th via Southern Lord.
Today Revolver Magazine is debuting the first public listen to "Sentenced To Life," as well as the cover art for the album. Check out the unhinged sixth track, "Mother Abyss," and more right here. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"With 10 tracks in under 33 minutes, Sentenced To Life contains the most demoralizing yet energizing d-beat injected death metal hymns from the band to date, with a bit less rock and roll swagger and more full-on rage. The album is a product of furious creativity jammed into a short span of time, written in the seemingly endless Winter after returning from their November 2010 European tour. As with their acclaimed debut full-length Heavy Breathing, Black Breath recorded at God City Studios with Kurt Ballou, and had the finished product mastered by Alan Douches at West West Side."
The album's track listing is as follows: More...
Victory Records announced today that New Jersey based act Ill Niño has officially entered the studio to begin work on an upcoming new album. The effort is slated for a summer 2012 release. Further details on the release will be announced as they are made available.
Frontman Cristian Machado commented, "It's 2012 & we're all still alive. It’s time to redefine Latin metal."
"This time around, we want to explore Latin and Tribal rhythms we have never explored in the past 5 releases, giving us no musical boundaries at all," said drummer/founder Dave Chavarri on the band’s creative process for this album.
For more information on Ill Niño and to listen to songs available for streaming, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Ill Nino's "How Can I Live" track was also featured on Metalunderground.com's "Metal Videos To Get You In The Halloween Mood" last year. Check out the article at this location.
Dutch droners Bitcho recorded the debut double album "Toybox" in 2009 and released a limited online run of 200 copies, which sold out within a few months. In 2011 Bitcho injected new alcohol to the band, recruited a third bass player, and wrote a lot of new material that will, according to the group, "make you trip like &*$#. It's hypnotic, monotonous, repetitive and distorted, full of feedback-enriched segments, analog soundscapes and sluggish huge drums."
"Toybox" will be re-released in 2012 with new artwork, and Bitcho will also record a destructing new follow-up album.
U.S. act Save Our Souls has posted a new single online titled "Animal," which is off the band's EP of the same title. Check out the song via Reverbnation or watch the music video in the player below. The band also issued the following press release about its history:
"Save Our Souls is an American progressive metal band formed in 2010 by singer George William, guitarist Julian Ken and drummer Jason D'Amelio.
"George and Jason played together in previous bands in their hometown of New York City. George met Julian, who is originally from Kazakhstan, while living in Brooklyn and the three relocated to Los Angeles in 2009.
"In February of 2010 Save Our Souls performed at the Playboy Mansion's annual Super Bowl party. That year they also performed at the Sunset Strip Music Festival headlined by The Smashing Pumpkins, and recorded a track with platinum recording artist Yung Berg.
"Most recently the band teamed up with producer Tom Chandler and recorded the four song EP 'Animal,' which they released on January 20th 2012, along with a music video directed by Mike Marshall of Category 5 Films. With much more material already written, the band plans on returning to the studio with Tom Chandler to record again in between playing shows along the west coast.
"Save Our Souls has opened for Iron Maiden, Slash, The Smashing Pumpkins, Dave Lombardo of Slayer, Ill Nino, God Forbid, 40 Below Summer and more." More...
Newtown, Pennsylvania act Parius has posted the song "Dark Horizons" online, which can be heard in the player below or downloaded for free via the band's Facebook profile here. The clip below also features the artwork for the physical release of the band's new eight song demo album.
Singapore act Absence of the Sacred has signed a deal with Sonic Blast Media to release the new album "Come Hither O Herald of Death" worldwide on March 1st, 2012. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Absence of the Sacred’s latest and third album, Come Hither O Herald of Death, is probably a great testimony to the band’s ability to evolve and sustain executing Death Metal with a melodic progressive touch. The album also features the much-sought after Kevin Talley of DAATH, SIX FEET UNDER & MISERY INDEX behind the skins."
Vocalist Mike Priest has described "Come Hither O Herald of Death" as being the musical epitome of what Absence of the Sacred has done in the course of its seven-year existence: “The music in this album is best described as being raw and aggressive Death Metal honed with progressive touches and technical melodic sensibilities. We did not want the production of this album to be polished and sterile like most modern releases as we want to keep the sense of a musical record being a musical record, not a Pro-Tools generated record where everything sounds too perfect and straight-forward. We can safely say that "Come Hither O Herald Of Death" is the heaviest release and has a more mature songwriting approach in comparison to our last two records.”
The album's track listing is as follows: More...
California's Bonded By Blood has just entered the studio to begin recording an as-yet untitled new album, and has now posted the first video update of the sessions for the album.
The video was shot in the band's rehearsal space prior to heading into the studio, and shows Bonded By Blood working on new material, introducing the two newest members of the group, and discussing the approach to the new album. Watch the video now below.
The follow-up to 2010's "Exiled to Earth" is being recorded with producer and former Machine Head/Soulflyguitarist Logan Mader in Los Angeles, and will be the first album to feature vocalist Mauro Gonzalez and bassist Jessie Sanchez. More...
The third full-length album of Russian metal band Shturm, titled "Karmaruna," is planned to be released this coming March 2012 by Darknagar Records. Shturm commented on the album:
"The CD contains 11 brand new tracks which are rather different from the band’s previous work. It is a symbiosis of Black / Death Metal pressure, melodies of Heavy and lyricism of acoustic ethnic parts."
A recording clip from the making of the album is available below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Wounds on my hands
2. Solitude Beside
3. My life with angel
4. Eagles above Tibet
5. To Kapylavasta
7. In us
8. Down to the waterfall
9. Remember thy name
10. Dreams of better life
11. Metal Music Artefact More...
Today, Ministry’s Al Jourgensen announced the European leg of the DeFiBriLaTouR in support of the upcoming new Ministry release "Relapse."
Ministry’s Touring Line-Up includes Al Jourgensen (Frontman/vox/guitars), Mike Scaccia (Ministry/Rigor Mortis) guitars, Casey Orr (Rigor Mortis) bass, John Bechdel (Ministry/Killing Joke/Fear Factory) keyboards, AAron Rossi (Ministry/RevCo) drums and Sin Quirin (Ministry/RevCo) guitars. Soulfly bassist Tony Campos is not performing due to scheduling conflicts.
Dates are as follows: More...
Maldives based melodic death metal act Nothnegal has checked in with the following announcement about officially recruiting a new member:
"Our first performance with the new lineup was on Summerstorm Festival in India...as you may have noticed we have new band member now! You have already heard his voice on our album on the songs 'Sins of Our Creations' and 'Singularity'...Guys, Affan is now an official member of Nothnegal!"
U.K. act While She Sleeps has posted a second episode online in the "Blood, Sweat & Beers" video series, chronicling the band's time on tour with New Found Glory, The Blackout, and letlive. Check out the footage in the player available below.
Canada's Into Eternity has posted a third video clip online featuring studio and rehearsal footage of the new song Fukushima, which was written about the crisis in Fukushima Daiichi, Japan. Check out this clip below, or find a previously posted trailer for the track here.
U.K. death metallers Engraved Disillusion have signed on with Bored Stiff Records for the release of the "Embers of Existence" album. The band has also posted a teaser trailer online for the release, which is available below. "Embers of Existence" is available now through the Bored Stiff website.
Denmark's Dawn of Demise has posted a teaser trailer online for an upcoming music video, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"This video is a short teaser created by using clips from our upcoming music video. The music used in the video is not from the upcoming album. This teaser and the upcoming video was created by Hans Asmussen."
Eluveitie has posted a new teaser trailer online for the band's "Helvetios" album, which is out in Europe today February 10th, and coming to the U.S. & rest of the world on February 28th, 2012. Check out the trailer below, or find the band's previously posted music video for "Havoc" at this location.
King Conquer has posted a new music video online for the track "6 Gallon Gasoline Stomach," taken from the band's album "America's Most Haunted," which is available now in stores and online. For more on King Conquer, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Heavy Metal Home TV has posted a new 17 minute video interview online with In Solitude, which was conducted during the Metal Forces Festival. Check out the footage below. In Solitude will also be hitting the road in April with Behemoth, Watain, and the Devil's Blood for a new tour. Check out full details here.
Skyharbor will be releasing the band's new double-disc album "Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos" worldwide on April 23rd via Basick Records. Guitarist Keshav Dhar explains:
"After 4 years of epiphanies and disappointments, frustration and jubilation, I'm thrilled to finally be getting our debut album out. It has taken three years to write and another to produce, and what I am most proud of is that I feel each song stands on its own, and while they span a wide range of ideas, sounds and stories, they all belong. Having been able to collaborate with some of the finest names in modern music was the icing on the cake, and I hope people enjoy this album as much as I have enjoyed creating it."
The band is now streaming the new song "Illusion: Maeva" online, which can be heard in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Illusion: Dots
2. Illusion: Order 66
3. Illusion: Catharsis
4. Illusion: Night
5. Illusion: Aurora
6. Illusion: Celestial
7. Illusion: Maeva
8. Chaos: Trayus
9. Chaos: Aphasia
10. Chaos: Insurrection More...
French power metal band Nightmare posted a studio session video from Peek Studios where the band is recording its eighth album "The Burden of God." The band is working with producer Patrick Liotard. The album is scheduled for release on May 18, 2012 through AFM Records.
Check out the video here:
The Devil Wears Prada debut its new music video for the song "Dead Throne" with Metal Hammer. The song is the title track of the band's latest release.
Check out "Dead Throne" here:
Huntress unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the band's forthcoming debut release "Spell Eater" (seen below). The album is scheduled for release on April 27, 2012 (EU) and May 8, 2012 (USA) through Napalm Records.
The track listing for "Spell Eater" is as follows:
1. Spell Eater
3. Sleep and Death
4. Snow Witch
5. Eight of Swords
7. Night Rape
10. The Tower
Bonus Track: The Dark More...
German power metal band Scavanger posted a new music video for the track "The Assassins of Ankh Morpork." The song appears on the band's sophomore LP "Between the Devil And the Sea" which was released this past October through Rock It Up Records.
Check out "The Assassins of Ankh Morpork" here:
German thrash giants Kreator unveiled the artwork for the forthcoming LP "Phantom Antichrist" (seen below). The piece was created by Wes Benscoter (Slayer/Dio/Black Sabbath). The album will be produced at Fascination Street Studio with producer Jens Bogren (Opeth/Katatonia/Soilwork/Devin Townsend/Amon Amarth) in Örebro, Sweden.
"Phantom Antichrist" marks the bands debut release for Nuclear Blast and is scheduled to drop on June 1, 2012 (Europe) and June 5, 2012 (North America). Previously, Kreator announced that it will also release an exclusive 7" single of the title track on April 20, 2012. The collector's item will be available in coloured red vinyl (limited to 250 pieces) as well as in clear vinyl (limited to 250 pieces, exclusively available at the Nuclear Blast Mailorder www.nuclearblast.de/shop.
German melodic death metal band Farewell to Arms announced that it will provide support for the Napalm Death on its current "Utilitarian" European Tour. Farwell To Arms will join the bill in late March 2012. The band's latest is the "Exhalation" EP was released in 2010 and the band recently signed on with Massacre Records in late 2011. In Spring 2012, the band is headed to Weltraumstudios in Munich, Germany to record the debut full length.
For dates of the Napalm Death European Tour, head over to this location.
German band Unisonic, featuring former Helloween members Kai Hansen (guitars) (Gamma Ray, Ex-Iron Savior) and Michael Kiske (vocals) (Place Vendome, Avantasia) unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the full length release. The self-titled full length is due out on March 30, 2012 through earMUSIC/Edel.
The band previously released the mini album "Unisonic: Ignition" in late January 2012 through earMUSIC/Edel.
The track listing for "Unisonic" is as follows
2. Souls Alive
3. Never Too Late
4. I’ve Tried
5. Star Rider
6. Never Change Me
8. My Sanctuary
9. King For A Day
10. We Rise
11. No One Ever Sees Me
12. Over The Rainbow (Bonus Track) (Limited Edition)
Luca Turilli posted a studio update on the recording/production of Luca Turilli's Rhapsody's "Ascending To Infinity" album. The album is due out on June 29, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. As of yet, the band has not revealed the name of the new singer.
In the studio update, Turilli states:
In some days Dominique and Patrice will start recording their guitar and bass parts in a French studio. Dominique is actually rehearsing the parts and on Friday will start recording the rhythmic guitar of half album and a couple of lead parts too. Meanwhile Luca is working on the second step of the arrangement process for each song, finalizing the keyboard parts and creating the sound design elements in his private home studio in Trieste, Italy. From tomorrow he will start recording the rhythmic and the main lead guitars too. “Hi to everybody, the last part of the arrangement process is very long and emotionally demanding but is also the most satisfying from an artistic point of view. I just finished to work on the keyboard parts of the song DARK FATE OF ATLANTIS and on the sound effects needed to give breath and life to the same song. I needed almost one week to complete the last phase of the arrangements for it but this is the amazing step necessarily needed to turn a song from normal into “cinematic”. After many days and an infinite mind blowing search between intimate sounds and apocalyptic textures and effects, it is time for me to disconnect from that kind of spiritual experience and finally relax starting to record some guitar parts ha ha. From tomorrow I will have then 2 computers open in front of me: one to record the guitar and the second to bounce the first files for Sebastian, our studio engineer. Just to let you understand the amount of work necessary in this case: for a typical RHAPSODY song of around 6 minutes like DARK FATE OF ATLANTIS I will need around 12 hours to originate the audio files that then will be used for the mix. If you want to know more about these aspects related with the composition and arrangement process, I will just be happy to inform you from our band’s facebook page in the next days. Stay tuned!
Dragonforce announced that the band will kick off the U.S. Tour with an appearance at the New England Metal & Hardcore Festival at The Palladium in Worcester, Mass on April 21, 2012. The festival runs from April 20-22, 2012. Dragonforce will be one of the headlining acts on Saturday with All That Remains and Overkill.
The new Dragonforce record "The Power Within" is scheduled for release on April 15, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.
The full lineup for the Saturday portion of the festival is as follows:
All That Remains
Protest the Hero
Spanish folk/doom band LLVME posted a new album preview clip for the forthcoming sophomore LP "Yía de Nuesu." The album is due for release on March 26, 2012 through My Kingdom Music. LLVME describes the sound of the release as "typical Extreme Metal structures characterized by a strong Doom Metal background are enriched with the beauty of the Celtic violins and bagpipes arrangements and by wondeful female vocals. It's a must for all fans of My Dying Bride, Primordial, Shape Of Despair, Negura Bunget and Doom Pagan Metal in general... "
The album was mixed and mastered by Daniel Cardoso (Anneke van Giersbergen, Heavenwood) at Ultrasound Studios.
Check out the preview clip here:
Xandria has posted interview footage of the band from the set of the upcoming video for "Valentine," the first single for the band's album "Neverworld's End." The video itself will premiere EMP online and on iMusic TV on TV on February 14, 2012. Napalm Records will include the video on its YouTube Channel starting February 15, 2012.
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 interview footage here:
Napalm Death posted interview footage with vocalist Barney Greenway discussing the meaning behind the band's forthcoming LP "Utilitarian" and the "occupy movement." The album is scheduled for February 27, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America) through Century Media.
Check out the video here:
Caligari describe themselves as five guys from Grand Rapids, MI writing and playing metal tunes for people to headbang and drink to. Check out Caligari's five-song stoner/sludge EP "Clint Beastwood" below, which the band recently released. Also visit Caligari's Bandcamp page to download the EP.
Birth A.D. will appear at the WTF Fest, a traveling experimental art and music event that will come to major cities like Portland and Seattle. The band will appear at the Austin engagement on Wednesday, March 14, which coincides with the week-long music showcases of SXSW. WTF Fest is not a metal festival, but rather a collection of subversive and outspoken artists, including performances from Mike IX Williams (EYEHATEGOD), Martin Atkins (PIGFACE), and much more.
Birth A.D.bassist/vocalist Jeff Tandy comments on the band's involvement: "This is one of those events where a lot of ideas will be thrown around and everyone will get a chance to make their statement. Sometimes it seems like art is the only real democracy we have, the only avenue where you can express yourself without being instantly shouted down. There are other countless undergrounds out there besides metal, and it will be fun to interface with so many different minds."
The event will take place at Ruta Maya Live Venue and admission is free, but donations to support the event and its artists are gratefully accepted at the festival's Kickstarter site. For more details, visit this location. More...
Last Sunday both Motley Crue and The Darkness were featured in Super Bowl ads. They aren’t the first from their genre to sell out, or allow the semi-truck full of cash back up into their driveway, nor will they be the last. Over the past few years a lot of rockers from the eighties have partnered with Madison Avenue to create brief whore-like relationships. This week a look at the new Super Bowl commercials, and a few blasts from the past commercials: More...
There's quite the eclectic lineup for Xbox 360 users of the Rock Band Network this weekend, from the pirate metal of Alestorm to the prog metal of Halcyon Way and even onto the black metal of Watain. These tracks are now available on the Xbox 360:
Christian Death - "Narcissus Metamorphosis Of" (160 MSP)
Alestorm - "Shipwrecked (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Codex Alimentarius - "Baptised" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Inside Looking Out (The Icon & The Ghost) (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Machinae Supremacy - "Force Feedback" (160 MSP)
Solution .45 - "Gravitational Lensing (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Watain - "Underneath the Cenotaph (2x Bass Pedal)" (160 MSP)
Powerman 5000 - "Do Your Thing" (160 MSP)
Unfortunately PS3 users have much less new material to look forward to, with only the following single metal track hitting the Rock Band Network this coming Tuesday, February 14th:
Amberian Dawn - "My Only Star" ($1.99)
Livermore, CA's Dissipate has posted a video clip online of drummer Jeff Faria playing through the second song off the upcoming new album "Motion." Check out the footage below. You can also listen to more of Dissipate's music via the band's Facebook profile.
American metal demigods Skeletonwitch, who are currently on a U.K. tour with The Black Dahlia Murder, will join that same band on a U.S. tour later this spring. After touring last fall with the likes of Arch Enemy, Devildriver, Kvelertak, Chimaira and more, this will mark the group's first domestic tour of 2012.
In other Skeletonwitch news, Prosthetic has just released a new vinyl edition of the group's latest album, "Forever Abomination," which cracked the Billboard Top 200 last fall and was named one of Decibel's Top 40 albums of 2011. The new "blue marble" version, limited to 250 copies, comes in a triple-gatefold Stoughton jacket and includes a download card just like the sold-out black, blue-green and glow-in-the-dark vinyl variants. Pick it up now at the Prosthetic Store.
The upcoming Skeletonwitch tour dates are as follows: More...
Los Angeles act Holy Grail, which has been in the studio working on the follow-up to 2010's "Crisis In Utopia" with Grammy-award winning producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom), has confirmed a string of U.S. dates in March.
The dates will take the band to Austin for South By Southwest, and most of them will see the band alongside old friends and tour mates, Saviours. These dates are in addition to the previously announced Australian appearances at the Soundwave Festivals, and the "Sidewave" off-dates.
Front man James Paul Luna commented: "After months of endless writing, re-writing, recording and re-recording I'm so excited to go back on tour! Not only am I stoked to be playing SXSW but I'm even more stoked to play with our great buddies Saviours, who are pretty much the best dudes ever! Touring is a great escape from day to day stress and domesticated life and I miss that adventure into the 'real world.' I'm also really excited to see all the rad friends and fans we've made so far, and can't wait to meet and make new ones. Cheers!" More...
Freedom Call's new album "Land of the Crimson Dawn" is due in stores this coming February 28th on SPV/Steamhammer. The band has now teamed up with BraveWords.com to premiere the track "Sun in the Dark" through the site's "Knuckle Tracks" player. Get a first listen here.
Netherbird is currently preparing for the second part of the Swedish Sin and Global Gloom tour. This part of the tour takes the band to Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic. Further details on the tour are available via Facebook, and the dates are as follows:
Feb.16, 2012, Hungary, Szeged, Garabonczias Borozo
Feb.18, 2012, Hungary, Budapest, Blue Hell
Feb.19, 2012, Romania, Satu Mare, Shadows Rock club
Feb.20, 2012, Romania, Cluj-Napoca, tba
Feb 21, 2012, Slovakia, Prešov, Pumpa music pub
Feb 22, 2012, Slovakia, Rožnava, RC Cold Light
Feb.23, 2012, Slovakia, Nitra, RC Naozzay
Feb.24, 2012, Slovakia, Banská Bystrica, Tirish pub
Feb.25, 2012, Slovakia, Košice, T-club
Feb.26, 2012, Czech Republic, Prague, EXIT-US
Swedish black metal horde Mörker has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"New drummer found! An old friend of ours, Jani Niemelä, will handle the drums on our upcoming album, which we will start recording in March. More about that later. Meanwhile, check out Jani's main band, Evil-Lÿn at this location."
Further details on Mörker's upcoming new release will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out the band's music via MySpace.
Portland's The Odious has released a new track online for streaming. Check out the song "A Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" through the player below. You can also check out more music from The Odious by heading over to the band's Facebook profile here.