Metal News for February 12, 2011
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A new video interview has been posted online with vocalist Ashmedi of Sumerian metal act Melechesh, which was conducted by Metal Storm earlier this month. You can check out the video footage below.
Ireland's Darkest Era is set to release their new album, "The Last Caress of Light," on February 15, 2011 via Metal Blade Records, February 14th in the UK and February 11th in the G/A/S territories. Metalunderground.com has obtained an exclusive premiere of a new song off that album, "Beneath the Frozen Sky." You can listen to it in the player below.
"The Last Caress of Light" was recorded at Foel Studios in Wales at the end of August 2010 with producer Chris Fielding. You can pre-order the CD or t-shirt bundle here.
The first single off the album, "The Morrigan," is also available for streaming on the band's MySpace player.
Here's the tracklisting fro "The Last Caress of Light":
1. The Morrigan (5:57)
2. An Ancient Fire Burns (6:04)
3. Beneath the Frozen Sky (7:50)
4. Heathen Burial (7:02)
5. Visions of the Dawn (7:44)
6. To Face the Black Tide (8:29)
7. Poem to the Gael (4:16)
8. The Last Caress of Light Before the Dark (11:00)
You can check out a recent studio diary below: More...
Bassist Rex Brown (Down) has issued the following brief announcement about parting ways with Arms of the Sun:
"To all the friends & fans, I have left the Arms of the Sun project. I wish them well & Godspeed!!! Good luck brothers!!!"
A replacement bassist has not yet been announced. Arms of the Sun also features John Luke Hebert on drums, Lance Harvill on vocals and guitar, and Ben Bunker on guitar. The band recently completed work on thirteen tracks that were produced and mixed by Terry Date, and the new album's release date is to be announced soon.
Metal Storm has posted a video Interview online with Karl Sanders of Nile, which was conducted in Derby, England on February 10th, 2011. You can check out the clip below.
Footage of Nile and Melechesh dealing with a bus breakdown in Europe can also be viewed at this location.
The cover artwork for the new split release between Wooden Stake and Blizaro has been posted online and can be viewed at this location. Razorback Recordings also commented on the split album:
"Over 40 minutes of brand new, exclusive material from these 2 incredible horror Doom Metal bands from America! Wooden Stake summons the spectre of death itself as well as the black countess of blood, while Blizaro conjures the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe and malicious beings from beyond! Features a stunning full color painting by horror master, Adam Geyer. This special release is a limited edition of only 1000 copies and will never be repressed again!"
You can also check out a new song from Wooden Stake titled "Skullcoven" at this location. The track is off the band's "Dungeon Prayers & Tombyard Serenades" album.
LastDayHere has issued the following announcement about heading to Canada for a string of tour dates:
"Plane tickets are in our pockets, shows are booked, we are ready to hit overseas!
"After we received the invite from Canadian Music Week to perform at their Canadian Music Fest in March 2011, we decided to make it a short tour and visit all our friends and fans in Canada.
We are staying in Canada from March 9th and until March 20th. In that time we are planning to do as many appearances and shows as possible to finally present our music live across the sea. We are really excited and can't wait to meet you all, our dear friends and fans, who have been waiting for us in Canada so patiently.
"Canadian Music Week is Canada's international music convention and film festival, held in Toronto (Ontario) from March 9th and until March 13th, 2011. Canadian Music Week has been happening for 29 years and is now recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. As they say it - 'Where Music Means Business!'
"Canadian Music Fest, with 800 artists (big names like Papa Roach) in 55 venues in just 5 nights, will happen in Toronto, Ontario. LastDayHere is, as one of the few bands coming from Europe and as THE ONLY band coming from Slovenia, performing on Saturday, March 12th, 2011 at Bovine Sex Club in Toronto. We have also been invited for acoustic appearance at Canadian Rogers TV on the very day, we land in Canada - March 9th. Some dates in Canada are already up, stay tuned for more in the next days!"
"The Enigma of Life" is the latest offering from Norwegian based gothic metal act Sirenia, which continues the band's trademark sound of mixing metal with gothic melodies. The album is also the second to feature Sirenia's latest female vocalist Ailyn.
In support of the release, Sirenia mastermind and song writer Morten Veland walked me through the creation of "The Enigma of Life" from beginning to end. He also discussed collaborating with Patric Ullaeus for the shooting of the band's latest music video "The End Of It All," as well as Sirenia's upcoming itinerary for festival season and the band's attempts to set up a North American tour. More...
Brazilian thrash/death metal act Mortage has finished the mixing and mastering of the band's next album, "The War is Not Over." The album will contain eight new tracks and is set for release in April, 2011 through Kill Again Records. Mortage has now posted a video clip online of a new song from the album, titled "Violent Hatred." You can check out the clip below.
Agnostic Front's Roger Miret took part in a live video chat with fans on February 11th, 2011 at the Nuclear Blast USA office in Los Angeles, CA. Video footage from the chat has now been posted online, which can be viewed below.
German dark metal band Nachtblut issued the following brief announcement about entering a partnership with Napalm Records:
"It is great to be in the company of Summoning, Leaves' Eyes, and Monster Magnet! From the start it was clear that the band and label share the same goals and ideas. We are excited about the cooperation!"
Besides playing concerts, the band is currently busy working on a new album. Details on the album's title, track listing, and release date will be announced as they are made available. Nachtblut's "Antik" album will also be re-released with new artwork and bonus material through Napalm Records.
Italy's Dynabyte has issued the following announcement about signing to Wormholedeath for the release of the "2KX" album:
"We are happy to announce the brand new partnership between DyNAbyte and Wormholedeath / Dreamcell11 for the CD release of '2KX,' scheduled for February 25th, 2011.
"The term 2KX entered the urban dictionary as the popular abbreviation for the year 2010. For DyNAbyte 2010 was the year of the goal! 2KX album had a long gestation: composed between 2007 and 2008, recorded and mixed along 2009 and 2010, '2KX' is the perfect expression of the 'DyNAbyte creature,' born from the human seed and contaminated by dynamite and technology. '2KX' follows, after six years of silence, the debut album 'Extreme Mental Piercing,' after which the band took a break to decompress. '2KX,' entirely produced, arranged, engineered and mastered by DyNAbyte, is the reasoned outcome of more than three years of work, purely dedicated to music.
"'2KX' was released by the band itself on 10/10/10 on an exclusive USB stick, containing the HQ tracks in wav and mp3 format, unreleased band pictures and wallpapers and a special Digital Booklet Flash animation, expressly created by Cadaveria."
The album's track listing is as follows:
4. Hereditary Neuronavigation
5. Cold Wind of Fear
8. The Mummy
9. I'm Not Scared
12. Blinded by my Light
Rhapsody of Fire has issued the following statement about the band's upcoming tour dates and about the Paris show selling out:
"The wonderful Paris is the first town of our upcoming tour to be sold out and we are so proud to announce it already now. We want to thank all the French fans for the great welcome they are reserving us.
"Too many years passed since the last time we could perform in France but now we are really excited by the idea of playing in front of such a great audience. It will be a great evening in the name of Film Score metal and we can already imagine all the great excitement while performing our glorious hits like 'Dawn Of Victory,' 'Emerald Sword,' and 'Reign Of Terror' in front of our French friends. See you soon!"
The upcoming dates for the "Frozen Tour Of Angels" are as follows:
Feb. 12 - Madrid (SP) La Riviera
Feb. 13 - Barcelona (SP) Razzmatazz
Feb. 15 - Paris (F) Elysee Montmartre
Feb. 16 - Ludwigsburg (D) Rockfabrik
Feb. 17 - Köln (D) Live Music Hall
Feb. 18 - Charleroi (B) Le Coliseum
Feb. 20 - Nürnberg (D) Hirsch
Feb. 21 - Katowice (PL) Mega Club
Feb. 22 - Kosice (SK) JUMBO centrum
Feb. 23 - Bratislava (SK) MMC (Majestic Music Club)
Feb. 25 - Bologna (I) Estragon
Feb. 26 - Roma (I) Atlantico
Feb. 28 - Milano (I) Alcatraz
Dying Fetus has posted the re-mastered versions of “Kill Your Mother, Rape Your Dog“ (taken from "Killing On Adrenaline") and the title track from “Grotesque Impalement“ online now via the band’s MySpace page. These re-mastered tracks come from the series of expanded Dying Fetus re-issues being released this year.
The band recently saw the re-issue of the 1995 demo collection "Infatuation With Malevolence" and debut album "Purification Through Violence" in January. Both albums are streaming online now in their entirety at this location. The re-issues have been re-mastered and re-packaged to include new liner notes and never-before-seen photography, plus bonus tracks.
Re-issues of 1998’s "Killing On Adrenaline" and 1999’s "Grotesque Impalement" EP are set for release on March 1st. You can also catch the band live on the following dates:
Feb. 12 Springfield, VA Jaxx
***All dates from Feb. 18 thru March 11 as part of Bonecrusher Fest w/ KEEP OF KALESSIN, CARNIFEX, and more***
Feb. 18 Aschaffenburg, Germany Colos Saal
Feb. 19 Essen, Germany Turock
Feb. 20 Utrecht, Holland Helling
Feb. 21 Hamburg, Germany Logo
Feb. 23 Berlin, Germany K17
Feb. 24 Prague, Czech Rep. Exit Chmelnice
Feb. 25 Leipzig, Germany Theater-Fabrik
Feb. 26 Munchen, Germany Feierwerk
Feb. 27 Bratislava, Slovakia Randal Club
Feb. 28 Wien, Austria Arena
March 1 Ljubljana, Slovenia Kino Siska
March 2 Nurnberg, Germany Hirsch
March 3 Schio, Italy Mac2 Club
March 4 Rome, Italy Blackout Rock Club
March 5 Luzern, Switzerland Schuur
March 6 Ludwigsburg, Germany Rockfabrik
March 7 Paris, France Trabendo
March 8 London, UK 02 Academy Islington
March 9 Birmingham, UK 02 Academy 2
March 10 Hasselt, Belgium Muziekodroom
March 11 Kassel, Germany Kulturfabrik, Salzmann
April 16 Worcester, MA Palladium (as part of the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest)
As was previously announced, the reissue of Death's "The Sound of Perseverance," which is remastered and features new artwork, will be released on February 15th, 2011. The reissue version of "The Sound of Perseverance" is also streaming online now at the Death Facebook page. The audio for the deluxe 3-disc set is available for streaming here until the album's North American release. The track listing is as follows:
1. Scavenger Of Human Sorrow
2. Bite The Pain
3. Spirit Crusher
4. Story To Tell
5. Flesh And The Power It Holds
6. Voice Of The Soul
7. To Forgive Is To Suffer
8. A Moment Of Clarity
1. Spirit Crusher - 1998 Demos (No Bass)
2. Flesh And The Power It Holds - 1998 Demos (No Bass)
3. Voice Of The Soul - 1998 Demos (No Bass)
4. Bite The Pain - 1998 Demos
5. A Moment Of Clarity - 1998 Demos
6. Story To Tell - 1998 Demos
7. Scavenger Of Human Sorrow - 1998 Demos
8. Bite The Pain - 1997 Demos
9. Story To Tell - 1997 Demos
10. A Moment Of Clarity - 1997 Demos
1. Bite The Pain - 1996 Demos
2. Story To Tell - 1996 Demos
3. A Moment Of Clarity - 1996 Demos
4. Bite The Pain w/ Paul Payne On Vocals - 1996 Demos
5. A Moment Of Clarity w/ Paul Payne On Vocals - 1996 Demos
6. A Moment Of Clarity w/ Chuck Schuldiner On Vocals - 1996 Demos
7. Story To Tell w/ Chuck Schuldiner On Vocals - 1996 Demos
8. Bite The Pain w/ Shannon Hamm on Vocals - 1996 Demos
9. A Moment Of Clarity - 1996 Demos (Instrumental)
10. Bite The Pain - 1996 Demos (Instrumental)
11. Story To Tell - 1996 Demos (Instrumental)
12. Voice Of The Soul - 1996 Demos (Instrumental)
13. A Moment Of Clarity - 1996 Demos (Instrumental)
U.S. based metalcore act August Burns Red has checked in with the following brief announcement about finishing the writing for a new album and plans to enter the recording studio on February 14th:
"We're done writing our new record. Now we just have to record it. We're starting on Valentine's Day, and we planned it that way."
The band had also previously commented on the upcoming album:
"We can’t wait to get back to Florida to start recording with Suecof. We’re just about finished writing and it’s shaping up to be a huge sounding album. I can’t ever recall feeling this excited to get started when getting ready for past albums."
You can also catch August Burns Red live on the following dates:
May 30 - Moscow, Russia @ Tochka Club
May 31 - St. Petersburg, Russia @ Glav Club
Jun 1 - Helsinki, Finland @ Nosturi
Jun 2 - Hassleholm, Sweden @ Siesta Festival
Jun 7 - Athens, Greece @ Kyttaro Club
Jun 8 - Istanbul, Turkey @ Balans Club
Lady S of Russian atmospheric black metal act Nocra has checked in with the following update about releasing a second full-length album later this month:
"Hails! Well, are here a few news items. Release date of our second full-length album - 21st February! The album is ready for pre-order, so I will post label's contacts and links soon.
"Also I made an accounts for Nocra on Facebook and Reverbnation. So it will be more easy to stay in touch since myspace is not working on my home computer. In March we're planing to shot the new video but now I am still busy with Astra."
Australian black metal act Drowning the Light has announced an upcoming split EP with Sargeist titled "Crimson Wine / As the Blood Flows On..." The Split EP, which will be limited to only 500 copies, is currently set for release on February 22nd, 2011 through Moribund Cult Records.
You can check out the cover artwork for the "Crimson Wine / As the Blood Flows On..." split EP at this location, or hear sample Drowning the Light songs available for streaming through the band's MySpace music player.
Leaves' Eyes recently announced a series of upcoming tour dates with Midnattsol and Tarja. Details on those shows can be found here. The band has now issued the following update about adding on a release show with both Serenity and Midnattsol:
"New special release show in Nürnberg added! Austria's leading symphonic metal band Serenity will join the shows! At Nachtleben in Frankfurt and at Z-Bau in Nürnberg the official release parties of the new album 'Meredead' will take place with some specials for the fans.
"Leaves' Eyes will play together with special guests Midnattsol and Serenity! More details will follow!"
Symphonic metal band Nightwish has big plans for its upcoming studio release - it appears the band is producing a full-length movie to coincide with the release of the next album. The movie will be released in 2012, and the studio album does not have a drop date yet. The band commented on the upcoming album and movie:
"In the midst of recording a new album, Nightwish has been preparing a movie. 'Imaginarium' is a music fantasy - film based on the forthcoming Nightwish album of the same title and its 13 songs.
"The protagonist of the film is a songwriter with an otherworldly imagination. He is an old man who still thinks he`s a young boy. While asleep he travels into his distant past where his dreams of old come back to him mixed to the young boy`s world of fantasy and music. In his dreams the old man fights to find the memories most important to him.
"This never-done-before project originates to more than two years in the past when Tuomas first introduced his ambitious idea of the Imaginarium - concept to the fellow band members and to Mr. Stobe Harju, the director behind 'The Islander' - music video. He will be the director of this full-length feature. The film will be produced by Solar Films Inc. together with Nightwish. The shootings for 'Imaginarium' will begin this spring, it will have its premiere in 2012 and the album it`s based on will be released in an undefined point in time. Nightwish will hold a press conference related to this project at the end of February."
Local supporting bands have been announced for Finntroll's previously announced Australian tour. Perth's Claim the Throne will be part of the entire nationaly tour, with additional support coming from the following bands on these dates:
March 24th @ The Hifi, Brisbane – Dead Letter Opener
March 25th @ Billboard, Melbourne – Obsidieth
March 26th @ The Manning Bar, Sydney – Bane of Isildur
March 28th @ Capitol Theatre, Perth – Psychonaut
German melodic metal act Deadlock has posted the first music video online taken from its forthcoming "Bizarro World." "Bizarro World" is set for release on February 25, 2011 through Lifeforce Records. You can view the "Virus Jones" music video below.
The band have also lined up the following tour dates:
24/02/2011 – Köln - Underground
25/02/2011 – Jena - F-Haus
26/02/2011 – München - Backstage
27/02/2011 – Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
28/02/2011 – Frankfurt - Nachtleben
California metal act Vicious Rumors has announced the following European tour dates:
Apr. 29 - D-Lauda/Königshofen, Germany - Keep It True Festival
May 01 - Uster, Switzerland - Rock City
May 04 - Siegen, Germany - Vortex
May 05 - Osnabrück, Germany - Ballroom
May 06 - Berlin, Germany - Halford
May 07 - Wuustwezel, Belgium - Puntpop Festival
May 09 - Prague, Czech Republic - Exit Chemilize
May 12 - Lübeck, Germany - Riders Cafe
May 13 - Uelsen, Germany - UJT
May 15 - Paris, France - Le DivanDu Monde
May 19 - Vienna, Austria - Viper Room
May 20 - Munich, Germany - Garage
May 21 - Ljubljana, Slovakia - Orto Bar
May 22 - Balingen, Germany - Sonnenkeller
May 24 - London, UK - Underworld
May 27 - Antwerp, Belgium - de Rots
May 28 - Spriens, Netherlands - Dokkèm Open Air
German power metal act Grave Digger has posted a new trailer online for its forthcoming live DVD/CD packaged. The two disc set, titled "The Clans Are Still Marching," is set for release on March 7, 2011 through Napalm Records. "The Clans Are Still Marching" was filmed during the band's recent headline performance at Germany's infamous Wacken Open Air. You can view the trailer below:
Florida death metal veterans Deicide are streaming its new album "To Hell With God" in its entirety at CMdistro.com. The new album is set for release on February 15, 2011 through Century Media Records. "To Hell With God" was produced by Mark Lewis at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida. You can listen to the album at this location.
Here is the "To Hell With God" tracklisting:
1. Save Your
2. Empowered By Blasphemy
4. Hang In Agony Until You're Dead
5. To Hell With God
6. Servant Of The Enemy
7. Witness Of Death
8. Angels In Hell
9. Into The Darkness You Go
10. How Can You Call Yourself A God
Santa Cruz, California extreme metal act Decrepit Birth has announced that it will be missing out on the first 13 dates of Kataklysm's "Spread the Venom" tour. The band commented on the situation by saying;
"Unfortunately, Decrepit Birth will miss shows booked from February 21st to March 6th. We just received news that our drummer Samus has been forced into legal obligations which are preventing him from leaving his home state of New Jersey until early March. The situation is out of our control, and we apologize to all of our fans who planned on seeing us at those 13 shows. The 'Spread The Venom' tour will continue as scheduled, although Decrepit Birth will be missing the first 10 shows of it, and will jump back on in San Francisco, California on March 7th at Slim's to finish out the rest of the tour. Again, we apologize for this unforeseen situation, and plan to make up for the 13 total shows we have to miss."
The impacted shows include:
Feb. 21 - Black Sheep - Colorado Springs, CO *
Feb. 22 - Vaudeville Mews - Des Moines, IA *
Feb. 23 - The Warehouse - Laporte, IN *
Feb. 24 - Peabody's - Cleveland, OH
Feb. 25 - Reggie's Rock Club - Chicago, IL
Feb. 26 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
Feb. 27 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN
Feb. 28 - Park Theatre - Winnipeg, MB - Canada
Mar. 02 - The Starlite Room - Edmonton, AB - Canada
Mar. 03 - Lake City Bowl - Kelowna, BC - Canada
Mar. 04 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC - Canada
Mar. 05 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
Mar. 06 - Branx (Loveland) - Portland, OR
*= non-"Spread the Venom" dates
American thrash metal veterans Anthrax have posted some new studio footage online. The footage was captured at Groovemaster Studios in Chicago, Illinois where the band were recording three new songs for its next full length album. You can view the footage below:
American alternative metal act Ill Nino has posted its new music video online as part of VicTorV's 66th episode. You can view the clip below.
American progressive deathcore act All Shall Perish has posted new studio footage online filmed during the recording of its forthcoming new album. The album is set to feature twelve songs which are being mixed by Zach Ohren. You can view the studio clip below: