Metal News for February 15, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Cadaver Mutilator has posted another song online from the "Murder Death Kill" album. Check out "Code Terror" in the player below, or listen to the previous track "Swallowed By Morgellons" at this location.
Mortal Decay has inked a deal with Comatose Music for the release of a new album. The label comments:
"Comatose Music is very pleased to announce the signing of Mortal Decay! For over twenty years this South Jersey powerhouse has astonished the death metal community with their very unique style of technical and innovative composition that sets them apart from all others. Brace yourself for a punishing release full of substance and without limits, exploring beyond the standards to create an opus of mass destruction."
Here is what Mortal Decay says about the new album: “In believing that this is our most solid material to date, and that we are individually at our best, it can be summed as a definitive collection of songs. Ranging through every era of the band, and including newer experiments, our collective energy and creativity was reborn and still exploding at a level beyond what we could have imagined. True Mortal Decay fans will get a taste of all levels of our musical direction at its finest.”
Recording is scheduled to begin in April and the release date will be set this Summer. In addition to the new release, Comatose Music will also re-issue the "A Gathering of Human Artifacts" CD this Spring.
Guitarist Joe Gordon adds, “We are extremely excited to be working with Steve and Comatose Music on these releases. The label is definitely on the upswing, and we’re very happy to be a part of this amazing roster of bands!” More...
Torture Killer has announced new album "Phobia" is due out March 15th, 2013. The track listing and artwork can be viewed below, and pre-orders are available here.
1. Devil's Reject
3. Await His Third Arrival
4. Written in Blood
5. Faces of My Victims
6. March of Death
7. The Book of Dying World
9. Voices More...
In celebration of its forthcoming release this Tuesday, Metal Insider will be streaming Eight Bells’ "The Captain’s Daughter" debut in its entirety for a limited time.
Engineered by sound mastermind Billy Anderson, "The Captain’s Daughter" features four organic soundscapes that merge serenity with severity. Lose yourself with "The Captain’s Daughter" over at this location. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Eight Bells features within its ranks SubArachnoid Space alumni Melynda Jackson and Christopher Van Huffel. A native of rural Texas now based in Portland, Oregon, Jackson’s Eight Bells continues in SAS’ tradition of heavy guitar exploration, adding a blackened dissonance to the mix and minimalist vocals. Jackson is accompanied by classically trained six-string bassist Haley Westeiner who created the centerpiece vocals on 'Fate and Technology' and also provides harmonic counterpoint to Jackson’s newly discovered vocalizations.
"Van Huffel resumes the throne he occupied for ten years, bringing his thunderous, nuanced double kick playing with him. With this power trio, Jackson has found a group that brings focus and support to her unapologetically expressionistic experimental metal music."
"The Captain’s Daughter" will be released via Seventh Rule Recordings February 19th, 2013. Order your copy right here.
New Orleans, LA natives Goatwhore will be embarking on their first tour of 2013 this March. They will be touring in support of punk legends, The Casualties, for a string of dates throughout the west coast and up to Texas.
Following those shows, Goatwhore's co-headlining tour begins in on April 11th in Kelowna, BC with one of Canada's finest metal exports, 3 Inches of Blood. The tour will swing back into the states for shows in the Midwest and on the east coast, including an appearance at New England Metal and Hardcore Fest XV.
At the end of April, supporting acts Revocation and Ramming Speed will join for a portion of the tour, followed by dates in May with Withered and Abiotic. The confirmed list of shows can be seen below. More...
Montreal, Canada's death metal act Depths Of Hatred has just released a new single entitled "Secluded Redemption." Check out the song below.
The band is set to do a run with Aegaeon and Dark Sermon in March to end the album cycle for debut "Aversionist." The band is hard at work on new album, and is set to record the sophomore release later this year. More...
Extreme metallers The Agonist have announced a string of dates with Danzig and Corrosion of Conformity along the West Coast.
In regards to these upcoming tour dates (and the recent cancellation of the band's trek with Cradle of Filth in February/March), The Agonist comments:
"We were very honored and excited to have been included on this tour with three amazing bands that we have the utmost admiration and respect for...So when news of the cancellation came through we were not only disappointed but heartbroken about losing out on the entire experience of touring with Cradle of Filth, The Faceless, and Decapitated.
"All the members of The Agonist have been gearing up for this tour since the fall of last year and we were really looking forward to putting on an amazing show for both old fans and new fans alike...But alas, The Agonist moves on and is proud to announce an upcoming tour with the almighty Danzig (!!!) as well as the legendary Corrosion of Conformity in the month of April, 2013! More...
Philadelphia based sci-fi thrashers Vektor have been confirmed for this year's edition of Hellfest, which takes place in Clisson, France from June 21st to 23rd.
The band, which just kicked off a U.S. tour, will be performing on Friday, June 21st on Mainstage 2, joining a line-up that includes bands ranging from Def Leppard and Kreator to At The Gates and many more. See Vektor live at the following shows:
Feb. 16 - Wallingford, CT - Cherry Street Station
Feb. 17 - Keene, NH - Railroad Tavern
Feb. 18 - Burlington, VT - Nectar's
Feb. 19 - Boston, MA - Great Scott
Feb. 20 - Providence, RI - Dusk
Feb. 21 - TBA
Feb. 22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Winter's Wake Festival
Feb. 23 - Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie
Jun. 21 - Clisson, France - Hellfest More...
Starting today, Heavy Blog Is Heavy is hosting an exclusive stream of Demented’s new album “Across the Nature’s Stillness” in its entirety. Listen to all the tracks at this location. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Scheduled for release on February 22nd via Klonosphere Records, this new album shows the band refining the technical and brutal death metal they forged on their debut album 'Fields of Suffering' released in 2009. Multiple tempo changes, blazing solos, crushing grooves, and incessant shredding are weaved into an infectious and complex musical tapestry that commands focus and admiration." More...
Brooklyn post-metal trio Sannhet oday unveils another track from debut LP "Known Flood," due out this Tuesday, February 19th, and the maiden release for Sacrament Music.
In commemoration of the release of this intense act’s triumphant debut album, today MetalSucks is hosting an exclusive stream of the sixth "Known Flood" song, “Slow Ruin." Listen to the track at this location. The following press release was also issued:
"While Sannhet was virtually a name only known in the Brooklyn/NYC underground until the release of the album, the mesh of static-filled textures and organic/natural ebb-and-flow so expertly executed on Known Flood has raked in amazing coverage from journalists across the international map over recent weeks. More...
Today radio portal NPR (National Public Radio) brings forth “The Nonlocality Trilemma,” from sci-fi death metal space voyagers, Wormed. Check out the song right here.
The exclusive track premiere comes from the band’s forthcoming studio outing, "Exodromos." Commended for its “astronomically high mindfuck factor” by Decibel Magazine, the 10-track production serves as the prequel to "Planisphaerium" (originally released in 2003 in Japan then remastered last year by Willowtip), which centers itself around futuristic science concepts and chaotic visions of the last human left in the cosmos.
Recorded at Sadman Studios in Madrid, Spain and mastered by Mika Jussila (Amorphis, Impaled Nazarene, Children of Bodom, Nightwish etc.) at the infamous Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland, "Exodromos" will be unleashed upon the masses on March 26th, 2013 via Willowtip Records. The album is now available for pre-order right here. More...
Sweden’s Arckanum, one of the spearheads of traditional black metal, is back with a vengeance. Shamaatae (all instruments and vocals) will release his eighth album entitled "Fenris Kindir" which will hit the stores on May 10th (May 14th in North America) via Season of Mist.
The cover artwork and track listing will be unveiled soon. This album will be the follow-up to "Helvítismyrkr," which is available online. More...
As previously announced, Imperium Dekadenz will unleash fourth album "Meadows of Nostalgia" on March 15th (March 19th in North America) through Season of Mist.
“Aura Silvae,” a brand new song taken from this dark opus of melancholia, is being streamed on Rockhard.de right here. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Durch das Tor...
3. Aue der Nostalgie
4. Ave Danuvi
6. Aura Silvae
7. Der Unweg
9. Tränen des Bacchus
Hatchet has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to stream the title track off "Dawn of the End," which can be heard right here. The album's track listing is as follows:
01. After The Dark
02. Silenced By Death
03. Screams Of The Night
04. Fall From Grace
05. Revelations Of Good And Evil
06. Signals Of Infection
07. Dawn Of The End
08. Sinister Thoughts
09. Welcome To The Plague
10. Vanishing Point More...
Norway's Forbidden Forest has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:
"Forbidden Forest is proud to present a new guitar player! Kim Andreassen from the awesome death metal band 'Slogstorm' has recently joined Forbidden Forest!
"So we are finally on our way to present some new material together with several good old Forbidden Forest tunes on-stage again! Stay tuned for more upcoming info soon!" More...
It probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise that metal isn't well represented in the annual Grammy awards, with possibly our most noticeable wins coming from Slayer in 2007 and 2008.
This year wasn't an exception, and unfortunately there isn't much wiggle room for actual metal acts to win when hard rock and heavy metal are lumped into a single category.
None of our "Best of 2012" winners here at Metalunderground.com made the nominations, and fully heavy bands only managed to get into the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance" category at the Grammy's this year. The nominees were:
"Love Bites (So Do I)" – Halestorm
"I'm Alive" – Anthrax
"Blood Brothers" (live) – Iron Maiden
"Ghost Walking" – Lamb of God
"No Reflection" – Marilyn Manson
"Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)" – Megadeth
In a move that will likely leave metal fans scratching their heads, but will please fans of the mainstream, Halestorm took home the win for "Love Bites (So Do I)." Footage of the event and Halestorm's acceptance of the Grammy can be viewed below, courtesy of Artisan News Service.
In other news of interest to hard rock and metal lovers, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails snagged a Grammy win for "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" soundtrack in the category of "Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media," along with a related win for "Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package" for the same soundtrack. More...
Grande Prairie, AB power/thrash five-piece Edge of Attack is now exclusively streaming the band's debut self-titled album on SMNNews.com before its official release on Tuesday, February 19th via Halifax metal label Spread The Metal Records. Check out the full stream right here.
Ivalys has posted the new song "Enclosure" online, which can be heard in the player below. The track comes off the band's upcoming album "Lumen." For more info on Ivayls, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. Ivayls consists of:
Jessica Donati - Vocals
Loris Guillen - Bass
Stanislas Dinnequin - Guitar
Nicolas Rey - Guitar
Pablo San Martín - Drums
Seattle doom merchants Samothrace will embark on a U.S. Winter tour in support of the "Reverence To Stone" LP with a hometown show tonight.
For the duration of the tour, Samothrace will be performing "Reverence To Stone" in its entirety each night. Joined by Metal Blade doom trio Pilgrim for the majority of the trek, the tour will make a mangled, counter-clockwise loop through the Midwest, Gulf Coast, Southeast and up the East Coast, with eighteen cities confirmed to endure slow motion turmoil during the venture.
The tour is sponsored by Invisible Oranges, which today posted a pre-tour feature on the band. On the creation of Samothrace’s mammoth but infectious hymns, guitarist Brian Spinks states, “Our songs start with a set of riffs and we play it a couple different ways and play until it varies. We spend a lot of time making sure everything flows together and when we play the song over and over, the riffs then start to evolve and morph in and out of each other.”
In a recent MetalSucks tour feature, Samothrace drummer Joe Axler commented, “When we perform these songs live most of the time we end up actually playing some parts slower and some parts faster depending on the mood we are in and the feeling we are getting in the room and from the people in attendance. We feed off of the people in the crowd greatly and (without sounding too hippy) the general aura at each show has a huge affect on how our set goes.” More...
WormHoleDeath has checked in with the following announcement about Inside I deciding to call it a day:
"Sadly, we have to announce that we just received bad news from Norwegian deathcore combo Inside I. After less than 5 months following to their album release Inside I officially disbanded. In these moments there’s not much to be said, sadness prevails all over our feelings."
The band also commented: ”For six years we’ve been at it. We have climbed mountains, we’ve swallowed pride and we’ve met resistance that should have made us crumble and give up. It has been a hard journey, and we’re proud to have come as far as we did. We have met people that has changed our lives in small but important ways, and people who we’d strangle and beat in the blink of an eye, but such is the life of music. But despite all the support and love we’ve met, it has come to this. Inside I is no more.
"Because of his waning love for performing music, Rune Olsen has seen the need to focus his time on his personal life and dedicate time to find a new path to walk. We tried to replace him, but as with most bands, it’s just not the same if a founding member leaves. Shortly after his decision, Roberth Strand decided to focus on his education and professional life as well, which left the rest of us no longer capable of performing our music. There are no hard feelings, and we all support the decision to walk new paths in life. More...
Savannah, GA's Black Tusk has commenced work on new material for an upcoming EP, scheduled to be released later this Spring via Relapse Records. Drummer James May commented on the progress of the release:
"This new release is a mean one. It reminds me of a new twist on an old days Black Tusk sound. We got back together with Jay and Phillip Cope to turn this out with some of that earlier, brutal sound you might have heard back in the beginning albums. We figured it was about time to see what the old gang could do years later."
The band will be taking a break from the studio in March for a short run of headline dates, followed up by a run of shows with Today is the Day, KEN Mode and Fight Amp. The tour begins March 1st in Spartanburg, SC and runs through April 7th in Chicago, IL. A complete list of dates can be found below. More...
After a short touring break following a massive assault with Napalm Death and Municipal Waste, gore metal purveyors Exhumed will take sonic raucousness to the streets once again this week.
This time the road warriors will be systematically blasting their home state of California alongside grind cohorts Phobia - the frenzy will begin tomorrow, February 15th in Lancaster, followed by beatings in San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Fullerton, Ventura, Santa Cruz, Modesto, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco on the nine city assault.
Stated Exhumed's Matt Harvey on the affair: “We haven't played a show in... well; it's been over a month, so things have been way too quiet. So we're psyched to get into some of the nooks and crannies of the golden state with our old buddies in Phobia. We've totally re-vamped our set, and we'll be rolling out a track from the new record this time around as well, so the show will be all new even for our friends and family locally who've been subjected to our racket a few times recently already. We've been talking about getting on the road with Shane the pain and crew for a long time, so this little jaunt is well overdue. We hope to see a bunch of mutants, maniacs, earth dogs, rivet heads, gorehounds, toe cutters and eye gougers out there on the road! Cheers!" More...
Beyond The Dust has checked in with the following announcement about finishing work on a new album:
"We're happy and proud to announce that our very first album 'Khepri' is recorded. The album is currently being mixed at Sonic Assault Studios par Charles J Wall (Betraying the Martyrs, King Conquer). You'll find the track list below, and also the artwork by Laura Gaugler-Graphiste."
3. After the Light
5. Last Breath
7. Silence And Sorrow
8. The Edge of Earth and Sea Part 1 - The Tears of Departures
9. The Edge of Earth and Sea Part 2 - The Fear of the Journey
10. The Edge of Earth and Sea Part 3 - The Bliss of the Gathering More...
Swedish freedom rockers Free Fall will release "Power & Volume" on February 22nd/25th in Europe and March 19th in North America.
The band has now released the third track-by-track video for "Power & Volume." Watch drummer Ludwig Dahlberg & guitarist Mattias Bärjed talking about their tunes below. The previously posted second video is also available at this location.
Sweden's Soilwork has posted the third album trailer for upcoming album "The Living Infinite." In the three minute video available below, singer Björn "Speed" Strid talks about the lyrics, guest features, the band's musical approach, and his personal favorites on the double album. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Spectrum of Eternity
2. Memories Confined
3. This Momentary Bliss
5. The Living Infinite I
6. Let the First Wave Rise
8. Realm of the Wasted
9. The Windswept Mercy
10. Whispers and Lights More...
The video was directed by DJ Cosgrove (War Of Ages, Eliacim Martínez, Redbull), and STK’S guitarist Mike Entin shares:
“This was one of our first songs we wrote as a band; we felt like it was a good way to introduce us to the world. Not only was it one of our first songs, but this was also our first professionally filmed music video. It was a very long and grueling process, but director DJ Cosgrove and the rest of Robby Starbuck's team made it an amazing experience. Can't wait to show everyone what else we have in stored for 2013.”
Formed during the winter of 2011, Speaking the King's demos quickly captured the attention of A Day To Remember producer, songwriter, and former guitarist Tom Denney (Pierce The Veil, Secrets), who ushered the band into his Florida-based studio to record a first arsenal of music. Mixed by Zeuss, the band’s debut album is slated for a 2013 release (digital only in Europe).
Swedish death metal act Hypocrisy has just released a lyric video for the title track off upcoming album "End Of Disclosure." Check it out below.
“End Of Disclosure” will be released March 22nd, 2013 via Nuclear Blast and has the following track listing:
01. End Of Disclosure
02. Tales Of Thy Spineless
03. The Eye
04. United We Fall
05. 44 Double Zero
06. Hell Is Where I Stay
07. Soldier Of Fortune
08. When Death Calls
09. The Return More...
Swedish groove metal act Deathember has posted the artwork online from upcoming debut album ”Going Postal." The artwork was made by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design and can be viewed below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Going Postal
4. Unending Thirst
5. Let us flip a few pages back (Part 1)
6. Where I Evade (Part 2)
7. The Deprivation (Part 3, Feat. Daniel Ädel)
8. Repeat & Remind
9. Hailing Down (Feat. Ralph Santolla)
11. By Damnation (Bonus track for Ltd. edition) More...
Bryan Holland of U.S. act Reverence has checked in with the following announcement about suffering a hand injury:
"Hello friends and Reverence fans... I was wanting to keep this as quiet as possible as I'm not looking for any sympathy or pity party but the recent event has slipped out there and I have been getting a lot of questions so I felt I would just update everyone that cares on the current situation.
"As you can see on these photos, I managed to break a bone in my left hand during a recent accident a couple of weeks ago. The X-ray photos show the break clearly, the bottom two photos show the exterior trauma with an odd purple circle on my palm and yellowing on the back of my hand. I also managed to tear up my knuckles as well as twisting my left ankle pretty badly.
"I have managed to come pretty far since the initial incident but it will take several more weeks to be back to 100%. Pete Rossi and I had gotten together before the accident to begin working on initial ideas for the next Reverence album and follow-up to 'When Darkness Calls' which I can report are pretty wicked and very heavy (see youtube video of a teaser riff on our YT channel.) if I do say so myself... but this incident has put the breaks on our planned writing sessions until at least mid-late March but a full recovery is expected and I should be all back to writing with Todd and Pete by then and ready for our planned Euro and East Coast tours this fall.
"Thank you all for your kinds words of encouragement and well wishes."
Witchaven is lining up a new run of tour dates this Spring with Exmortus, which can be found below, and the band also comments:
"Witchaven will be doing a West Coast Tour this March/April with Exmortus. Below are the dates, Most of the dates are booked, still having a bit of trouble on a few of em, but for the most part we are almost ready to go."
3/15 - Burnt Ramen -Richmond, CA
3/16 - El Gato Negro -Santa Clara/San Jose, CA
3/17 - TBA -Sacramento, CA
3/18 - TBA -North Bay, CA
3/19 - Ink Annex -Eureka, CA
3/20 - Club 66 -Ashland, OR
3/21 - Dante's -Portland, OR
3/23 - The Kraken -Seattle, WA
3/24 - The Shredder -Boise, ID
3/25 - Burt's Tiki lounge -SLC, UT
3/27 - 7th Circle -Denver, CO
3/28 - Launch Pad -Albuquerque, NM
3/29 - TBA -Dallas, TX
3/30 - 14322 Picton Dr 77032 -Houston, TX
3/31 - The Korova -San Antonio, TX
4/1 - The Grand -Austin, TX
4/3 - The Pinebox -Midland, TX
4/4 - TBA -El Paso, TX
4/5 - The Howling House -Phoenix, AZ
4/6 - East Side Joes -Las Vegas, NV
The entire new Omnium Gatherum album "Beyond" is now available for streaming online. You can hear the full release via Inferno Magazine here.
"Beyond" is set to be released February 22nd (Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, Digital), February 25th (rest of Europe), and March 5th (North America). The track listing is as follows:
2. New Dynamic
3. In The Rim
6. The Sonic Sign
7. Who Could Say
8. The Unknowing
9. Living In Me
10. White Palace More...
Rock band legions: prepare to engage your disappointment sequences again as yet another lackluster week arrives on the metal front.
Today on the Rock Band Network you get access to one new track for the Xbox 360:
Chaotrope - “Synesthesia” (80 MSP)
While PS3 fans instead get these songs on 2/19/2013 (North America) and 2/20/2013 (Europe):
Dir En Grey - "Dozing Green" ($1.99)
Psychostick - "Political Bum" ($1.99)
Metal legends Satan, featuring Skyclad guitarist Steve Ramsey and bassist Graeme English, have unveiled the artwork for the comeback album "Life Sentence." The album will drop on April 29, 2013 in Europe via Listenable Records with an undisclosed May date for the U.S.
The cover was created by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament/Hatebreed/Sodom) and depicts a similar concept as on the legendary 1983 debut LP "Court In The Act."
The track listing for "Life Sentence" is:
1. Time To Die
2. Twenty Twenty Five
4. Siege Mentality
7. Tears of Blood
8. Life Sentence
9. Personal Demons
10. Another Universe More...
Italian power metal act Derdian will release its fourth LP entitled "Limbo" on March 13, 2013 via Magna Carta Records. The album is the follow up to the 2010 release "New Era, Pt. 3: The Apocalypse," and marks the first album featuring new vocalist Ivan Giannini, who joined the band in 2012 following the departure of Joe Cagianelli. Preorders for the album can be made at http://www.derdian.com/.
The track list for "Limbo" is as follows:
1. Carpe Diem
2. Dragon's Life
3. Forever in the Dark
4. Heal My Soul
5. Light of Hate
8. Kingdom of Your Heart
9. Strange Journey
10. Hymn of Liberty
11. Silent Hope More...
Finnish thrash act Lost Society posted a new music video for the track "Kill (Those Who Oppose Me)." The song appears on the upcoming debut release entitled "Fast Loud Death." The album is scheduled for release on March 15, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. Preorders can be made at this location.
Check out "Kill (Those Who Oppose Me)" here: