Metal News for February 14, 2013
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Swedish glam rockers, Crashdiet, have released their second video (and single) from the album ‘The Savage Playground.’ The song is titled “California.” Warning: This video promotes drinking. More...
Seventh Rule Recordings is pleased to release the vinyl version of "Stream From The Heavens," the long lost debut from now-defunct Finnish funeral doom masters, Thergothon. The following press release was issued about the pending vinyl drop:
"Among the most vital bands of the doom metal movement, Thergothon foreshadowed the epic appearance of the funeral doom subgenre long before their time. Initially formed as a brutal death metal act in 1990 in Turku, Finland by Niko 'Skorpio' Sirkiä (vocals, synthesizers/keyboards), Jori Sjöroos (drums) and Mikko Ruotsalainen (guitar), a stylistic shift to a more original sound found the trio detuning their instruments and slowing down tempos consequently crushing the souls of non-believers.
"The band's short activity however only allowed for the spawning of a single studio offering. Released in 1994 via Avantgarde Music, the band’s Stream From The Heavens full-length influenced countless bands (see the great Evoken) despite its cult, hard-to-find status.
"Seventh Rule’s reissue of this long out-of-print debut, back into existence. Lacquer creation was executed by John Golden perfectly retaining the original sonic dynamics of the release. The original art and layout has been revisited by Niko Skorpio with the original negatives scanned for artwork and packaged in a beautiful full color Tip-on Board gatefold, this release is strictly limited to 500 copies: 100 copies on 180-gram orange vinyl and 400 on 180-gram black vinyl. Preorders are currently available at this location. More...
Souldrinker has posted a new music video online for the track "Sixteen Men of Tain," which can be viewed below. The song is taken from the "Semper fidelis" EP. Souldrinker consists of:
Iris Boanta - vocals
Alex Gindu - growls
Markus Pohl - guitar
Chris Rodens - bass
Steffen Theurer - drums
Brisbane's Brazen Bull has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Adam Taylor:
"It brings us great sadness to announce that Adam Taylor our bass player and close friend has decided to retire from the brazen bull project.
"Adam has been with us from the start and has contributed a great deal in all aspects of the band. He will still be playing the next couple of shows with us and at this stage we won't be cancelling future bookings.
"Brazen Bull will however be continuing on and have gotten stuck into writing the next EP, and we will also be beginning try outs for a replacement shortly... in the mean time we thank Adam and wish him all the best for the future."
For more info on Brazen Bull, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Hailing from the Willamette “Valley Of Death” amongst the woods of Oregon, Omnihility is all about creating intense brutal and technical death metal. The band is scheduled to enter the studio to record its debut Unique Leader Records release in summer of 2013.
Unique Leader also comments on the band: "A nod to the old school past combined with the immense speed and precision of contemporary death metal, all while subconsciously channeling energy from arcane sources to destroy the minds of the multitude. Expect nothing… feel nothing… as the onslaught ensues…" More...
Pyrexia will be headed out on the "Castigating Europe" tour in March with Beheaded and Unfathomable Ruination. The tour poster is available below, and dates are as follows:
1.03: 013, Tilburg, Netherlands*
2.03: Nürnberg Death Fest, Nürnberg, Germany*
3.03: Glazart, Paris, France*
4.03: DNA, Brussel, Belgium*
5.03: La Rumeur – Lille – France*
6.03: The library pub, Leeds, UK*
7.03: The Unicorn, London, UK
8.03: Exhaus, Trier, Germany
9.03: Juzi, Göttingen, Germany
10.3: Hoodoo, Prague, Czech Republic
11.03: Collosseum Club, Košice, Slovakia
12.03: Escape, Vienna, Austria
13.03: la distilleria, bologna, Italy
14.03: Blue Rose Saloon, Milano, Italy
15.03: KW21, Sursee, Switzerland
16.03: Bahndamm, Wermelskirchen, Germany
* Without Unfathomable Ruination More...
Pallbearer, which was named one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, will be heading off on a European tour with Royal Thunder in April. Dates are available below.
04/10 – London, UK @ Borderline
04/11 - Antwerp, Belgium @ Trix
04/12 – Leipzig, Germany @ UT Connewitz
04/13 – Berlin, Germany @ Bi Nuu
04/14 – Linz, Austria @ Posthof
04/15 – Bologna, Italy @ Freakout Club
04/16 – Aarau, Switzerland @ K.i.F.F.
04/17 – Schorndorf, Germany @ Manufaktur
04/18 – Tilburg, The Netherlands @ Roadburn Fest More...
Pasadena, CA's Gypsyhawk most recently completed an extensive U.S. tour with fellow metallic rockers The Sword in the Fall of 2012, and has been planning the next tour ever since.
To continue the campaign of promoting "Revelry & Resilience" in 2013, Gypsyhawk will begin a headlining tour on March 8th with Dallas, TX's Mothership in tow. The tour will wrap up on April 5th in Bakersfield, CA. The complete schedule can be viewed below.
03/08 Phoenix, AZ Red Owl
03/09 Sierra Vista, AZ JR's Bar
03/11 Ft Worth, TX Lolas
03/13 Austin, TX Club Metropolis @ SXSW
03/14 Austin, TX Dirty Dog @ SXSW
03/18 Shreveport, LA Tiki Bar
03/19 Texarkana, AR Arrow Bar
03/20 Tulsa, OK The Sound Pony
03/21 Kansas City, MO Riot Room
03/22 Lincoln, NE Knickerbockers
03/23 Colorado Springs, CO Triple Nickel Tavern
03/24 Salt Lake City, UT The Shred Shed
03/26 Boise, ID Red Room
03/27 Seattle, WA Comet Tavern
03/28 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theater
03/29 Medford, OR Johnny B's
03/30 Reno, NV Jub Jubs
03/31 South Lake Tahoe, CA Whiskey Dicks
04/02 San Francisco, CA El Rio
04/03 San Diego, CA The Griffin
04/04 Los Angeles, CA The Joint
04/05 Bakersfield, CA On The Rocks More...
After several months of scheming, plotting, and marauding off the grid, the Vise Massacre federation today declares a full-on scoundrel attack for 2013 with a revamped and venomous lineup.
Following the release of the bludgeoning "Expendable Humans" LP -- out early 2012 via the band’s own Gorilla The Horse Records -- and a rash of regional live assaults surrounding its release, Vise Massacre has revamped the lineup and this week publicly declare war for 2013.
Percussion combatant Keith Abrami, also of Long Island’s technical black/death/space metallers Artificial Brain, now joins the VM lineup, rounded out by bassist/vocalist Chris Vezza and founding guitarist/vocalist Rich Muller. This new incarnation’s first live excursion comes this Sunday, February 17th at Brooklyn watering hole Saint Vitus.
2/17/2013 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Black Table, Hush, Buckshot Facelift
The "Expendable Humans" release is still streaming in its entirety over at this location.
Finnish metallers Sortokausi will release their newest album "Pelkotila" on April 5th, 2013 via Aurastar records. A video clip for the song "Poliittinen Murha" can be viewed below, and the album's full track listing is as follow:
3. Poliittinen Murha
6. Vaiettu Salaisuus
7. Valtakunnan Uhrit
9. Sydänkäyrä More...
On the heels of revealing the details on third album "Words," Orchid’s Curse has now announced a series of dates with Ottawa's BIIPIIGWAN. The band issued the following statement:
"We are excited as hell to hop into our new (to us) van and spread the curse a little more westward! It's been a long time since we did any proper touring outside of Atlantic Canada so it brings us great pleasure to make this trek alongside the road warriors in Ottawa's BIIPIIGWAN!" More...
Thrash act Mortillery will release the band's sophomore LP "Origins of Extinction" on February 22nd, 2013 via Napalm Records. A teaser clip featuring samples from all tracks on the album can now be heard below.
The track listing for "Origins of Extinction" is:
1. Battle March
2. No Way Out
3. Cease to Exist
4. Creature Possessor
5. Seen in Death
6. Feed the Fire
7. The Hunter's Lair
10. Sunday Morning Slasher More...
Conditions has leaked a new track online titled "Walking Separate Ways" through Absolutepunk today. Click here to listen.
"Walking Separate Ways" comes off new album "Full of War," due out March 26th, 2013. Vocalist Brandon Roundree offers an explanation of the record's title: “Life is a series of decisions and what are decisions but little mini-wars, opposing forces, pulling upon each other? 'Full of War’ lyrically ties the record together literally and metaphorically.” More...
Decibel Magazine today presents the premiere of "A River's Mouth," a track off Globe and Beast's forthcoming debut album, "Grandfather's Axe," due out March 19th. Check out the track right here. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"From San Diego, Globe and Beast churn out anthemic hardcore, shrouded in gloom. Decibel's Kevin Stewart-Panko compares the band to the Rorschach/Deadguy/Kiss It Goodbye family tree and bestows these words upon the debut album: 'Noisy, sinewy, mathy, violent, metallic hardcore with heart and soul, wrapped in tire irons and dipped in battery acid.'
"Grandfather's Axe was recorded by Alex Estrada at The Earth Capital (Touche Amore, Xibalba) and mastered by Bill Henderson at Azimuth Mastering (Crazy Spirit, Perdition). The album sees a vinyl/digital release on March 19 via Melotov Records, home to new upcoming releases by The Banner, Vices, and more. Look for Globe and Beast on tour soon." More...
Swedish freedom rockers Free Fall have released the second track-by-track video for their upcoming debut album "Power & Volume."
Wintersun has just been confirmed to play several shows in the U.K. and Ireland in July 2013. The group will rock the stages in London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Belfast, Dublin and Bristol. Wintersun comments:
"We're very happy to announce a UK / Ireland Tour in July 2013! After the great reception we got during our last visit in UK at Bloodstock 2011 we're really excited to finally return to your area with seven club shows in July! Hope to see you there!"
Bay Area thrash metal legends Testament, who are currently touring the U.S. with Overkill and Flotsam and Jetsam, will record their show at The Paramount in Huntington, NY this Friday February the 15th for an upcoming DVD/CD release.
The band is calling on fans attending this event to make this the craziest Testament show ever caught on camera.
“We haven’t shot a live DVD or CD since our Live in London release and we’ve had two killer albums since then,” commented vocalist Chuck Billy. “We thought it would be cool to put out a live DVD/CD focusing on the last three records (The Gathering, The Formation of Damnation and Dark Roots of Earth) mixed in with a good amount of classics too. Last time we recorded anything live in America was for Live at the Fillmore on the West Coast. This time we thought we’d give the East Coast a chance to show the world how crazy and loud they can be. We’re going to be playing an extra-long 17 - 18 song set, which will be our lengthiest set of the tour. Let’s see all you thrashers stirring it up out there and singing along! See ya!”
This special DVD/CD release is expected later this year via Nuclear Blast Records. In other news, Testament took home our "Best Album of 2012" award with latest album "Dark Roots of Earth."
Black metal act Haeresiarchs of Dis has checked in with the following update about the release of a new full-length album and 7" vinyl later this year:
"The next full length Moribund Cult release 'Thirty-Eighth Sermon of the Unborn' has encountered additional delays.
"Cernunnos points out that the album was completed last summer and newly mastered by Chad Kelly at UW Studios in December. The delay is with printing and should be resolved in the next several weeks.
"The 7 inch vinyl release 'Tria Prima Diabolica' is currently being mastered. This three track record is slated for summer release through French label Le Crépuscule du Soir productions."
You can also check out the band's music over at MySpace here.
Ken Mode will be releasing new album "Entrench" this coming March 19th in North America (March 15th in Europe) via Season of Mist.
The debut album from Chicago-area deathbringers Terminate, "Ascending To Red Heavens," will be released in North America via Selfmadegod Records next week. Terminate is today streaming "Ascending To Red Heavens" from start to finish via Stereokiller right here. The following press release was also issued:
"Terminate's fatal death metal attack crushes with an energetic, distortion-laden rush of primal, guttural bliss fans of Dismember, Morbus Chron, Grave, Tribulation and most high-quality/low-end Stockholm-influenced brutality will no doubt embrace. The nine vicious tracks were recorded at The Basement by Tim Pearson, and mixed/mastered Tim Pearson at Do or Die Studio, and the cover illustrated by Raul Gonzalez (Master, Morbus Chron, etc.).
"The band will audibly eviscerate a gritty hometown crowd this Friday, February 15th at their official record release show for Ascending To Red Heavens. Terminate will provide direct support their cohorts Lord Mantis at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago, with additional backup to be provided by Without Waves and Zath.
"Terminate is in the midst of finalizing the itinerary for a pending Western US tour in support of the new album for late Winter/early Spring. Stay tuned for the dates to be announced in the coming days."
2/15/2013 Cobra Lounge - Chicago, IL w/ Lord Mantis, Without Waves, Zath
Mystic Prophecy will soon be recording a new full-length album. The German/Greek power metal squadron revolving around front man R. D. Liapakis will head to the Music and Prophecy studios on March 4th, 2013 to record the now 8th long player. The band also comments:
"After the successful album 'Ravenlord' the five prophets accept the challenge to create another piece of precious metal.
"Currently it's planned to release the new record at the end of September 2013. Who thinks that this takes too long or suffers from withdrawal symptoms ;-) will have the opportunity to see the band live in concert at the Beastival in Geiselwind, taking place from May 30th - June 1st 2013.
"Stay tuned for more news... and stay Metal!"
Fresh off the release from her final album, "Hydra," Otep has announced she will be headlining the Seduce and Destroy tour beginning March 8th in Sacramento, California.
Support will come from One Eyed Doll and Picture Me Broken as they make their way through twenty-two cities. See a full listing of tour dates below.
“The Seduce and Destroy World Tour will be a vortex of dissident cabarets, spiritual intercourse, and a complete and total mutiny of the senses. We are excited to bring new songs from Hydra to life on stage and for everyone to finally get a glimpse of this barbaric fiend. Our goal is to pollinate your souls with powerful music and incite mental riots wherever we go,” comments Otep Shamaya. More...
Nails has teamed up with Terrorizer to stream the song "Wide Open Wound," which can be heard below or at Terrorizer.com here. The following press release was also issued about the track:
"Let's get straight to the point - if NAILS' new record Abandon All Life is a howling war cry, then the track 'Wide Open Wound' is the battle. Replete with bludgeoning beatdowns, grinding blasts, hyper-distorted vocals, hard-hitting metallic chugs and early death metal riffs, rage intensifies to a climatic end where the guitars wail and militant drum breakdowns send us marching. Clocking in at 3:37, 'Wide Open Wound' is an absolute epic for NAILS and it accentuates just how dynamic Abandon All Life really is.
"Recorded at Godcity with Kurt Ballou (Converge) and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise). 'Abandon All Life' will drop in North America via Southern Lord on March 19th."
With tour plans already coming together to support "Abandon All Life," Nails has locked down a brutal run through the upper Midwest into Canada and down the East Coast at the end of April and beginning of May. Dates are available below. More...
After several years of waiting, Pain of Salvation is finally returning to North America. Check the dates below to see when the band will be coming to a city near you:
w/ Kingcrow, Imminent Sonic Destruction
May 1st--West Springfield, VA @ Empire
May 2nd--White Marsh, MD @ House of Rock
May 4th--Gettysburg, PA @ Rosfest **PAIN OF SALVATION only**
May 5th--New York, NY @ The Marlin Room at Webster Hall
May 7th--Quebec City, QB @ Le Cercle
May 8th--Montreal, QB @ Foufounes Electriques
May 9th--Toronto, ON @ The Mod Club
May 10th--Chicago, IL @ Reggie's
May 11th--Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
This tour will coincide with the band's upcoming album release via InsideOut Music, which features newly recorded acoustic versions of classic Pain of Salvation songs. More details about this special album project will be announced soon, so stay tuned.
Pain of Salvation's latest album, "Road Salt Two," entered the official national charts in the following European countries upon its release in Fall 2011: Sweden #24, The Netherlands #82, Finland #31, and Norway #51 in its second week (first week was at #94).
Californian traditional metal act Huntress announced that the band will work with producer Chris Harris a/k/a Zeuss on the forthcoming sophomore effort and follow up the the 2012 break out debut "Spell Eater" (see Metal Underground.com's review over here). Harris has worked with many acts including Shadows Fall, Hatebreed and 3 Inches of Blood.
The announcement came via Facebook and stated: "After the past year on tour in Europe with Dragonforce and 3 Inches of Blood, fearless metal sensation Huntress are back in the studio working on their follow-up album to Spell Eater. The band is currently working with Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Municipal Waste)."
Frontwoman Jill Janus commented: "Huntress is seriously stoked on Zeuss. He's the real deal; a true Heavy Metal producer that shares our vision. We are ready to deliver a killer second album, and Zeuss is the man to make it happen. Hail Metal!"
More information on the album is expected shortly.
Seattle hard rock titans Alice In Chains have announced that the name of their forthcoming fifth studio album will be, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here."
The record will be released in May, although no exact date for the album's release has been confirmed as of yet. The band has already released one single in support of the album, entitled, "Hollow." You can check out the video for the song below.
This will be the first Alice In Chains album since 2009's, "Black Gives Way To Blue," which was a top ten hit around the world, and marks their second release with vocalist/guitarist, William Duvall. More...
Argentinian traditional/power metal act Helker posted a preview, which features clips from the tracks on the band's fourth full length LP "Somewhere in the Circle." The album is due for release tomorrow, February 15, 2013, via AFM Records. Helker features Triddana vocalist Diego Valdez (Ex-Lethal/Ex-Skiltron).
The band recently issued a new music video for the the track "No Chance to be Reborn," which can be viewed over at this location.
Check out the preview here: More...
The new album "Old Mornings Dawn" from Summoning will consist of 7 songs and one intro (see the full track listing below).
The band has also recorded two bonus tracks – "The Darkening of Valinor" and "With Fire and Sword." These songs will be available on the limited edition and on the LP version.
3. Old Mornings Dawn
4. The White Tower
6. Of Pale White Morns and Darkened Eves
7. The Wandering Fire
8. Earthshine More...
Thrash Metal warmongers Profanator have signed with Xtreem Music for the release of their upcoming 3rd album. You can check out the song "Wormed" in the player below, and Xtreem Music also comments:
"Hailing from Mexico and featuring among others Antimo Buonnano on guitars (ex-DISGORGE, CASTLEUMBRA, HACAVITZ…), the band has been creating a reputation since their inception in 1999 through the release of their debut demo in '02 and two albums 'Libido Clerico' ('05) and 'Deathplagued' ('09), as one of the most respected Thrash Metal bands in their homeland.
"Profanator is currently working recording their 3rd album which will be entitled 'Mvtter Vicivm' to be released during summer 2013. This work will display a raging kind of Thrash Metal in its purest form influenced by bands like Dark Angel, Slayer, Viking, The Horde of Torment, Sacrifice..." More...
Italian symphonic metal band Silent Opera the addition of Francesca Zaff as the band's new vocalist. Zaff replaced Ambra Gerussi, who was briefly in the band following the departure of Lady Victoria (who sang on the band's 2011 debut LP "Immortal Beauty." The band also enlisted Alex Lombardi as a second guitarist
The band commented: "After ups and downs, we are happy to present Francesca Zaff as our new singer today and Alex Lombardi on guitars. The new concept of the band doesn’t require some alter-ego figures to create a story; that’s why the real names of the members are going to be used for now."
In addition, the band issued a new music video for the new single "Symphony of Time," which features both Zaff and Lombardi. The band continues to work on new material for a sophomore release, which the band says will be more aggressive, but theatrical, with more voices and choruses.
Check out "Symphony of Time" here: More...
Spanish melodic metal band Kilmara revealed some more details of the band's forthcoming third LP "Love Songs And Other Nightmares." The band is recording the release at Roland Grapow’s (Masterplan/Helloween) studios in Slovakia, which is targeted for release this year.
The band had the following comments on the album: “We want to inform our fans that the release of our new album Love Songs and other Nightmares need longer as expected. After listening the pre-mix, we’ve realized that it’s not only the third record in our career, we want it to be the most perfect album we’ve ever recorded, that’s why we started thinking about new collaborations and elements. We cannot announce a release date yet, we’ll do things in the best way, our goal is to create a great piece of heavy metal.”
Kilmara enlisted former Xeru, Chaman and DM X Project guitarist David Muñoz to lay down guitar solos on the song "Devil’s Eye" and former guitarist and singer Pilar Villatobas (Resilience) on guest vocals with her guttural voice on the song "Fantasy."
"Love Songs And Other Nightmares" will also feature guest appearances by Dave Imbernön of Enuma Elish on keyboards and Kaleb from the Spanish pagan death metal band Drakum on violin.
Swedish hard rock/traditional metal act Black Rose (not to be confused with the legendary U.K. Black Rose) posted a music video for the "Turn On the Night." The song is the title track of the band's latest, and fifth LP, which was released in mid-January through Doolittle Group.
Check out "Turn On the Night" here:
Legendary Italian metal band Death SS, founded in 1977 by Steve Sylvester, posted a new music video for the song "Ogre's Lullaby," the second single from the forthcoming LP "Resurrection." (The music video for the first single "Darkest Night" can be viewed over here. The video was directed by Manetti Bros and the music was taken from the soundtrack of the movie "Paura 3D".
Check out "Ogre's Lullaby" here:
Swedish death/grindcore act Zombified, featuring Scar Symmetry vocalist Roberth Karlsson (Ex-Edge of Sanity), posted a new music video for the track "Pull the Trigger." The song appears on the bands latest and sophomore LP "Carnage Slaughter and Death." The album was just released in North America on February 5, 2013 through Metal Blade Records.
Check out "Pull the Trigger" here:
Finnish doom/death metal act Hanging Garden posted a new music video for the song "At Every Door." The song is the title track to the band's latest LP, which was just released through Lifeforce Records on January 25, 2013. Order through iTunes here.
Check out "At Every Door" here:
U.K. extreme act Cradle of Filth announced the cancellation of the upcoming "28 Days Closer to Hell" North American tour with The Faceless, Decapitated and The Agonist in support of the latest release "The Manticore and Other Horrors."
The band cited immigration issues as the cause, a problem discussed in Metal Underground.com's interview with Dani Filth on February 6, 2013. The tour was set to begin on February 22, 2013 at Irving Plaza in New York. The official statement on the band's Facebook Page reads as follows:
"Cradle Of Filth are really sorry to tell all of their fans that their US tour '28 Days Closer to Hell' is going to have to be cancelled, due to US immigration issues beyond the band’s control.
"They have been desperately trying to solve these problems, but it has become evident they are not going to be resolved in time for the band to embark on a tour that starts next week.
"The band sincerely apologizes to all their fans and to the other acts on the tour and want to assure people they have made every effort possible to go ahead with the tour."
The organisers of Britain's, Bloodstock Open Air festival have announced a further ten bands for this year's edition of the event, including Bay Area thrash metal legends Exodus and Death Angel, as well as 3 Inches Of Blood, Scar Symmetry, Dying Fetus, Xerath, Bloodbound, Vanderbuyst, Scarab and The Prophecy. The event will take place at Catton Park from August 8 - 11th and will be headlined by Slayer, King Diamond and Lamb of God.
King Diamond (Headliner)
Lamb Of God (Headliner)
3 Inches Of Blood