Metal News for February 16, 2012
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46 news articles posted on this day.
German stoner rock combo Zodiac, who released its debut demo digitally in 2011, is streaming it in full over on Bandcamp. Zodiac will be releasing this five song demo officially on May 3rd, 2012. Zodiac started when drummer Janosch Rathmer (Long Distance Calling) started jamming with guitarist Nick van Delft in 2010. Both decided that the songs that rose from their sessions had to meet the ears, so they soon joined forces with Stephan Gall (Guitar) and Robert Kahr (Bass, Organ) to form the bluesdriven, heavy and sometimes psychedelic rock-formation that came to be known as Zodiac.
Portland, Oregon act Spellcaster has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band's drummer:
"Got some bad news. Yesterday, our drummer Shad decided to quit the band for personal reasons. We have a tour coming up in just under 3 weeks and we DO NOT want to cancel so we need to find a drummer to fill in on the tour.
"All we ask is that you have your own gear, can learn our songs, live in or near the Portland Metropolitan area, and can tour the U.S. for two and a half weeks.
"If everyone could please share/repost this and help us spread the word, we would greatly appreciate it. Thank You!"
You can check out Spellcaster's music by navigating to the band's Facebook profile.
Colorado prog/sludge band Earth Burnt Black is streaming it's eight-song debut album, "Harrowing Catharsis," over on Bandcamp. Starting out in Greeley in 2009, the band performed under the name Last Tragedy until late 2010, when they became known as Earth Burnt Black.
Swiss act Voice of Ruin has issued the following press release about offering the band's debut album as a free download:
"Megaupload is fucking dead, 'illegal' downloading is killing the artists... hum. OK. But not all of them. Y'all want a proof? Voice of Ruin, Swiss t(h)rash metalcore band from Nyon & Geneva has put its debut album for free download right now!
"For the more brutal & sexual metal lovers, this album, is also available in physical and regular CD version on Heimathome Records (Helmut, Make Me A Donut, Spylown...).
"So we could write some words to give a biography... hum... but let’s be frank, NOBODY GIVES A FUCK. The public only cares about sex and money. And it’s for this reason that Voice of Ruin is brutal and sexual, and that's why the band members enjoy drinking beer."
FDA Rekotz have set March 23rd as the date on which Revel In Flesh's album "Deathevokation" will be unleashed. Featuring members and former members of Immortal Rites (R.I.P), Dawn Of Dreams and Apophis, Germany's Revel In Flesh formed in 2011 to pay tribute to the impure way of classic 90s European style old school death metal. "Deathevokation" was mastered by Dan Swano. Below is the tracklisting and artwork for the album.
Culpa Et Inferna
Shadowbreeder- Until Hell Freezes Over
Wings of Death
Black Paled Elegy
Crowned In Darkness
Society 1 has released a promotional teaser clip for the new video “Kill Me” (directed by Amy Sampson and Lord Zane), which can be viewed below. The thirty second clip gives the viewer a brief yet bombastic preview of the full length video being released this coming February 28th. The images range from Zane being crucified to suicidal blood orgies. Zane comments:
“This is just a little taste of what to expect. Hopefully Youtube will allow the full length to stay posted after its release. Although there is absolutely no nudity or excessive violence the images are somewhat controversial and intense.”
Synaptical Glitch has released a new three track EP online titled "Spiral Memory." The entire release is now available online for streaming and free download either through the player below or at the Synaptical Glitch BandCamp page.
Madrid based metal act Left in the Wake recently finished recording a new EP titled “Bind to the Tragedy” at The Metal Factory Studio. The band is now streaming all the tracks from the release online, which can be heard via the player below or through the band's Facebook profile.
I never got to see Guns N’ Roses at the height of their "Appetite For Destruction" days or the riot filled multi-year long "Use Your Illusion" tour. Lots of reasons, lots of stories, one revolves around running a car off a highway, another was stopping at a casino; ALL ended in not having enough money (this part of my life was sponsored by Busch Light beer) or finding that all the tickets were sold out. As the years passed by, Axl and the new band spent most of their time away from the states, until recent months when Guns N’ Roses embarked on a North America tour. Now it was a matter of seeing the “new” band in a large stadium or arena. I just wasn’t feeling it. Then I heard Guns was returning to The Ritz.
Looking back, in 1988, Guns N’ Roses, by most standards were on the verge of “blowing up”, and the set list for The Ritz was mostly made up of songs from their Appetite For Destruction album. The show was recorded by MTV and was part of a Saturday Night series. To this day the performance GN’R gave that night in New York’s East Village is legendary, displaying the energy and ferociousness that would make them famous and keep pre-internet bootleggers in business for years to come.
Last month Guns N’ Roses announced they would be doing a series of club dates, three in New York City, two shows (Roseland Ballroom, Terminal 5) prior to their return to what is now named Webster Hall (formerly The Ritz.) I’ll admit initial mixed feelings and low expectations. My first thought was what time will Axl take the stage? This was a Wednesday night after all, a school night. Okay, so I’m 37 and don’t have school, but I have a job and don’t have until 2a.m. to stand around and hope Axl Rose shows up. Trepidation turned to excitement when I peeked at the set list from the Roseland Ballroom and saw that the new Guns N’ Roses opened the show with “Welcome To The Jungle”, “It’s So Easy”, and “Mr. Brownstone.” My plan was to show up around 11 and hope for a midnight start time. More...
Avatar has made the new record "Black Waltz" available for full album streaming at AOL Music today. Click here to listen. The band released "Black Waltz" on February 14th, 2012 via eOne Music.
Avatar also shot a video for the title track "Black Waltz" which can be seen here Directed by Johan Carlén and shot in Sweden's largest amusement park along side the notorious American circus side-show act, Hellzapoppin the video undoubtedly speaks for itself.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Let Us Die
2. Torn Apart
3. Ready for the Ride
4. In Napalm
5. Black Waltz
7. Let It Burn
8. One Touch
9. Paint Me Red
10. Smells Like a Freakshow
11. Use Your Tongue
Cocaine Moustache is not concerned about offending anybody. Formed in 2009, this Vancouver, BC outfit jam with the kind of sleazy metal that comes off like a grittier version of Clutch. The band's love of the white powder and brown/clear liquor runs deep through the latest album, "On The Mirror", which was released on February 7. The bluesy metal vibes fit well with the raucous anthems dished out, including an ode to alcohol on "The Pledge" and the funky undertones on the title track.
Metalunderground.com has teamed up with the band to give an exclusive sneak peek at "On The Mirror" with the premier of "Out Of My Hands." Check out the killer tune and get more information on Cocaine Moustache via the band's Facebook page.
The track listing of "On The Mirror" is as follows:
1. The Drip (5:41)
2. Out Of My Hands (4:52)
3. Better Back In Time (4:15)
4. The Pledge (6:29)
5. Cocaine Moustache (6:15)
6. Garbage Bags And Shovels (6:13)
7. On The Mirror (5:12)
8. Worst Of Me (4:59)
9. Bleed My Last Breath (6:58)
Canadian band Dead and Divine has posted a cover version online of the Deftones track "Lotion," taken from the "Around the Fur" album. Check out the song in the player below, or you can find the Dead and Divine video clip for "Asphyxia Fiend" at this location.
New York death/thrash act Hexe Krieg has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting former Vital Remains/Godless Rising vocalist Jeff Gruslin:
"After struggling with the line up and the arrest of our vocalist we have some exciting news. We are now HeXe Krieg and would like to thank the addition of Ex Vital Remains and Godless Rising Vocalist Jeff Gruslin for the name change.
"We are also planning a visit to Dothan Alabama this June for the Brutiful Metal Fest along with other great NY acts such as In The Casket, Eyes Like Cyanide, Kill On Sight 518 and more to be announced.
"We have also added long time bassist Ed Fitzgerald to our line up and are now heading in a direction we like. We want to thank our managers at Brutiful Management and Promotions for dealing with such an unmanageable Band... Thanks Buffy and DeAnna.
Dutch prog rockers A Liquid Landscape are set to release their new album "Nightingale Express" via The Laser's Edge on March 13th in North America. Bloody-Disgusting.com is now streaming another new track from "Nightingale Express." The song entitled "Thieves of Time" can be heard here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Nightingale Express (12:40)
2. Wanderer's Log - You (0:51)
3. June Fifth (4:08)
4. Phases (4:53)
5. The Unreachable (4:59)
6. Wanderer's Log - Me (0:58)
7. Thieves of Time (6:01)
8. Out of Line (4:35)
9. Come on Home (5:22)
10. Wanderer's Log - Storm (2:36)
11. Secret Isle (5:10)
Maryland rockers Cltuch are teaming up with Hellyeah for a North American co-headlining tour this Spring. Both bands will play full headlining sets. The tour kicks off April 13th in Providence, RI and runs through May 11th in Joliet, IL. Throughout the tour there will also be dates that feature Clutch only and Hellyeah only as well as radio festivals and shows. A list of complete dates can be found below.
Hellyeah is touring in support of the new album "Band of Brothers," which is scheduled for a June 5th release in North America. The album, the band's first effort for new label home Eleven Seven Music, was recorded in Dallas at drummer Vinnie Paul's home studio, VP's Upstairs Studio, and was produced by the band and Jeremy Parker (Godsmack, Evanessence), who also served as engineer.
Clutch is hitting the road in support of the double vinyl edition of "Blast Tyrant," which is being released February 28th via Weathermaker Music. This 180+ gram expanded vinyl contains 16 songs and includes six mini-posters taken straight from Blast Tyrant's "Atlas of the Invisible World." Clutch will also be returning to Europe this festival season. The band has been confirmed for the Sonisphere Festival in Madrid Spain on May 26th and the Peace and Love Festival in Borlänge, Sweden on June 29th. Additional festival appearances are expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks. More...
Dancing With Paris has announced an upcoming Eastern Canada tour with Beheading of A King and End of Crisis. Full details on the tour are available via Facebook and the dates are as follows:
April 5 - Ottawa, ON - Cafe Dekuf
April 6 - Fredricton, NB - Gallery Connexion
April 7 - Halifax, NS - The Pavillion
April 8 - Trenton, NS - Trenton Youth Center
April 9 - Charlottetown, PEI - TBA
April 10 - Amherst, NS - Knights of Pythias Hall
April 11 - Moncton, NB - TBA
April 12 - Sherbooke, QB - La Bar Le Magog
April 14 - Kingston, ON - Revolutions
April 15 - Belleville, ON - Parkdale Community Center
April 16 - Toronto, ON - The Hardluck Bar
April 17 - Hamilton, ON - TBA
April 18 - St Catherines, ON - City Lights More...
U.S. thrash band Municipal Waste is streaming the new track "Religion Proof" through Metal Sucks (see below). The track will be released only as a green flexidisc offered through Decibel Magazine #89. The song was recording during the sessions for the forthcoming LP "The Fatal Feast," but will not appear on same. "Fatal Feast" is due for release on April 10, 2012 (North America) and April 13, 2012 (EU) through Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out "Religion Proof" here:
Belgian act Closure has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming "Siberian Bride" music video, which can be viewed below. The clip was directed by Axel Kremer and is set to be released in March.
“Siberian Bride” is taken from Closure debut album “The Silent Witness March," produced by Mikey Doling (Channel Zero, Snot, Soulfly) and Closure, engineered by Gérald Jans at Noise Factory, and mixed & mastered by Logan Mader (Devildriver, Gojira)
"Where Orchidectomy And Mastitis Street Meet Is Why I Will Die," the new video from Australian unhinged metallers Kunvuk, has been posted online and can be viewed below.
This is the third and most ambitious music video from the independent metal band yet. Shot across eight different locations, stretching across thousands of kilometres, culled from over 200 individual clips and taking 10 months to compile, this epic 9-minute music video was directed by Luis Barra, the band's bass player.
Kunvuk is currently working on the follow up to the band's debut album “Immute:Jackals.” The previous album was recorded, engineered, mixed and produced by the band’s lead guitarist/vocalist David Hart and mastered by Rick O’Neil at Turtlerock Mastering. More...
Spanish act Nexus has released a brand new song titled "Outcast," which is available for streaming or free download via the player below.
"Outcast" is the fourth of a series of six songs recorded at the band's own studio, with the next two tracks currently being recorded now. Further details on the release date for the new material will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out more music from Nexus via the band's Facebook profile.
The organizers of the upcoming Bloodstock 2012 festival have issued the following announcement about confirming Testament:
"With a line up boasting the likes of Behemoth, Alice Cooper, Iced Earth, Sepultura, Paradise Lost, Watain, Dimmu Borgir, Hatebreed and many many more, a special guest slot would have to be pretty special to be worthy of it’s special tag. With that in mind, Bloodstock Open Air is extremely proud to present Testament’s only UK show of 2012, at the very special guest slot before the Saturday night headliners at this year’s festival.
"One of the first thrash bands to emerge from the San Francisco Bay Area, debut album 'The Legacy' put Testament at the forefront of the thrash metal scene, where they have remained for the best part of thirty years."
Says guitarist Eric Peterson: “We're excited to play the 'Bloodstock Festival' again! This time with some new material to play! Can't wait for the UK to hear our 'Dark Roots Of Earth!' See Ya!”
You can also check out Metalunderground.com's interview with Chuck Billy about the upcoming album at this location.
Blasphemous death metallers Hour of Penance have launched the second in-studio video from the recording sessions for their upcoming release, “Sedition.” Check out the video clip below, or find the previously posted studio video here.
The album will be released March 27th in North America, April 2nd in the UK, and April 6th in mainland Europe. “Sedition” was recorded at Cellar Studio in their home city of Rome with producer Stefano Morabito and is the follow up to 2010’s “Paradogma” (Unique Leader). More...
Ides of Gemini's new album "Constantinople" is set for North American release on May 29th, 2012 (May 28th in UK/EU), and was produced by the band, engineered and mixed by Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Skeletonwitch) at Sunset Lodge Recording in Los Angeles, and features cover art by Timms and Bennett. The band's publicist issued the following press release:
"Ides of Gemini is a collusion of musical forces precipitated by the haunting and inimitable vocal prowess of singer/bassist Sera Timms, also of Los Angeles dark-psych alchemists Black Math Horseman. The compositions are the long-simmering mental fallout of veteran music and film journalist J. Bennett (guitar/backing vocals), who has spent most of the last 14 years writing for such publications as Decibel, Terrorizer, Revolver, Alternative Press and Thrasher. The third and final corner of the triangle is Kelly Johnston, whose martial drumming techniques and soaring backing vocals literally brought Ides of Gemini to life as a performing entity.
"Last year, Timms and Bennett recorded and self-released Ides of Gemini's four-song EP, The Disruption Writ, which was anointed 'My Favorite Demo of 2010' by the highly influential music blog Invisible Oranges. Lyrically, the songs detailed the terrifying permanence of dismemberment in all its unsettling forms: psychological, emotional and physical. Musically, though? Someone on the Internet called it 'dream doom.' Nobody likes to be pigeonholed, but Ides of Gemini will gladly take up temporary residence in that particular nook for the sake of shorthand. Which is to say that 'dream doom' will do the trick for now. And now is nothing if not fleeting. Mostly because Ides of Gemini are about to unveil their full-length debut, Constantinople, via Neurot Recordings." More...
The organisers of Britain's Download Festival has announced a further five bands for this years edition of the event. Metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage has confirmed, as have NOFX, Nightwish, Shinedown and Black Veil Brides. The festival will take place June 8th - 10th at Donington Park in the United Kingdom.
The lineup is now as follows:
The Prodigy (Headliners)
Black Sabbath (Headliners)
As I Lay Dying
August Burns Red
Black Label Society
Black Veil Brides
Chase and Status
Devin Townsend Project
Five Finger Death Punch
Lamb Of God
Ugly Kid Joe
You Me At Six
Domestic Genocide Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Italian act Trails of Sorrow:
"We would like to announce Trails of Sorrow has joined the Domestic Genocide family! They hail from Italy and have some amazing dark compositions. Welcome them and look for a new album coming very soon Spring/Summer 2012!!"
Further details on the upcoming release will be announced as they are made available. You can also check out a track from the band below. More...
U.K. based five piece metal act The Dead and Buried is set to release the new EP "No Forgiveness for Traitors" on February 25th, 2012.
The EP was recorded in Bandit Studios by Jonny Renshaw of Devil Sold His Soul fame last year, and will be released through Spotify, iTunes and all major distribution channels. You can check out a recording video blog below, or listen to the band's music via Facebook.
Murder Death Kill will embark on short west coast tour alongside Brawl this coming March. The confirmed dates for the tour are as follows:
3/08 Boise, ID - The Boise Venue (w/ Xibalba, Take Offense)
3/09 Denver, CO - Blast-O-Mat
3/10 Albuquerque, NM - Gasworks
3/11 Fort Worth, TX - Tom Cats
3/12 Oklahoma City, OK - McSalty's
3/13 Amarillo, TX - 9th Circle
3/14 Las Cruces, NM - Las Cruces Events Center
3/15 Mesa, AZ - Underground
3/16 Tucson, AZ - Skrappy's
3/17 Las Vegas, NV - Junkyard 702
You can also check out Murder Death Kill's music video for the track "Abomination" at this location.
Maldivian metal act Nothnegal is pleased to announce that AOL’s Noisecreep.com is streaming the band's new album, "Decadence," in full. Head to Noisecreep.com to stream the album now and make sure to pick up a copy at your local record store on Feburary 28th, 2012.
"Decadence" (reviewed here) was mixed by Greg Reely (Fear Factory, Machine Head, DevilDriver) and Ahti Kortelainen (Sentenced, Sonarta Arctica). Decadence marks the first official full-length release from Nothnegal.
Nothnegal also recently recruited a new vocalist. Affan, the vocalist featured on "Decadence" tracks "Sins of our Creations" and "Singularity," and began performing with the band on a recent tour of India. Nothnegal has since made him a permanent member of the band.
God Forbid is gearing up to release a sixth full-length album and Victory debut titled "Equilibrium" on March 26th, 2012. The band has now posted a teaser clip online for the album, which can be viewed below and features a segment of the new song "Cornered."
The forthcoming effort was produced by Mark Lewis (The Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel), Jason Suecof (Bury Your Dead, Chimaira) and mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth). More...
Polish power metal band Crystal Viper unveiled the album art and track list for the forthcoming LP "Crimen Excepa." The album is due out on April 27, 2012 (EU) and April 24, 2012 (North America) through AFM Records.
The concept of the album is "about [the] holy inquisition, black magic and witches, where fiction is mixed with historical facts." The album was produced by Bart Gabriel (Sacred Steel/Jack Starr's Burning Star) and recorded with sound engineer Mariusz Pietka (Mortician/Lonewolf). The cover artwork was painted by Chris Moyen.
As previously reported, "Crimen Excepta" will feature two special guests: David Bower, vocalist of Hell, who will appear in the title track and Vader mainman Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek, who will appear in the cover version of the Vader song "Tyrani Piekiel," which will be available as the bonus track on the limited edition of the release.
The track listing for "Crimen Excepta" is as follows:
1. Witch’s Mark
3. Child Of The Flame
5. It's Your Omen
7. Crimen Excepta (feat. David Bower of Hell)
9. Medicus Animarum
11. The Spell Of Death
13. Hope Is Gone, Here’s New Law
15. Fire Be My Gates
CD Bonus tracks:
17. Tyrani Piekiel (Vader Cover) (feat. Peter of Vader)
18. Ghosts Of Sherwood (from the "Robin Hood: Ghosts Of Sherwood" motion picture soundtrack) More...
Finland's The Iniquity Descent has issued the following announcement about the release of the band's new album:
"The release date has been set! Our debut album 'The Human Apheresis' will be out 25.5.2012 on Massacre Records. More info and samples coming later."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. In Prostration
2. An Empty Temple
3. The Human Apheresis
4. Obedience Torn
5. Collecto vs Protector
6. Believers in the Apotheosis; Imaginary Ectoplasmic Hands
7. Decimate, Disitegrate
8. Trust the Seroent
9. The Invisible
Dutch death metal veterans Asphyx premiered the new music video for "Deathhammer" on Metal Hammer Germany's website (seen below). The song is the title track from the band's forthcoming eighth studio LP which is due out February 27, 2012 in Europe and February 28, 2012 in North America via Century Media Records.
Check out "Deathhammer" here:
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica posted a lyric video for "Storm the Shadow," the first single from the band's forthcoming LP "Requiem for the Indifferent." The album is scheduled for release on March 9th, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records
Check out the lyric video here:
Italian post-hardcore act Hopes Die Last has posted a new music video online for the track "Keep Your Hands Off," which is taken from the band's newly released "Trust No One" album. Check out the clip below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Never Trust The Hazel Eyed
2. Sidney Shown
3. Unleash Hell
4. Life After Me After You
5. The Blue
6. Bill’s Got Only A Pair Of Queens
7. This Song Plays Suicide
8. Air Raid Siren
10. The Same Old Fears
12. Keep Your Hands Off (feat. Nesko)
French metallers Fallen Joy have checked in with the following announcement splitting with their guitar player:
"Fallen Joy sadly have to part with their guitarist Antoine Brisson.
"Thank you Antoine for your devotion and your fellowship all along the time we spent together in this band, we wish success to your future projects!
"Nonetheless, be sure that our determination stays as strong as ever and that our music is still safely on its way to blow up into your ears!"
More details on Fallen Joy are available online via the band's Facebook profile.
Cautiously opening a bleary eye on day 3 soon showed that the Majesty of the Seas was behind schedule and did not arrive in the Cayman Islands until an hour past the scheduled time for 9am. This was fine for me, after last night's late one - I went for some breakfast and lots of much-needed coffee. The weather was a little threatening to start with, with some angry looking clouds. More...
Soulfly premiered its new music video for the song "World Scum" through Metal Hammer (seen below). The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Enslaved." The album was recorded at Tallcat Studios in Arizona and produced by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (Hatebreed, Shadows Fall, The Red Chord). The album is slated for release on March 13, 2012 through Roadrunner Records.
Check out "World Scum" here:
German thrash legends Sodom announced that the Winterfire Festival scheduled for March 3, 2012 in Osnabrück, Germany (Eventhalle Neulandstr. 26 - ex-Ballroom/ex-NB) has been cancelled by the promoter. In a post on Facebook, the band stated:
"Unfortunately we reveived the news from the local promoter that the Winterfire Festival 2012 is cancelled."
The event was scheduled to include performances by: Sodom, Powerwolf, In Solitude, Onslaught, Accuser, Portrait, Bitter Piece.
In other Sodom news, the band is currently rehearsing and writing material for the follow up to "In War and Pieces" for a summer 2012 release, which coincides with the band's 30th Anniversary.
U.K. atmospheric rockers Anathema are streaming the track "The Beginning And The End" from the forthcoming LP "Weather Systems." The album is set for release on April 16, 2012 through Kscope Music. The song is also available for free download, as reported earlier at this location.
Check out "The Beginning And The End" here:
Slovakian melodic death metal band Eye Beyond Sight has signed with Massacre Records. The band is set to release its sophomore LP "The Sun and the Flood" as its debut with the label at an undisclosed date later this year.
The band started in 2003 and released the debut album "Dies Ad Quem" in 2007. For a sample of the band's material, check out the official video for the title track of the forthcoming "The Sun and the Flood" LP here:
Italian power metal band Bejelit posted a new music video for the title track of the band's fourth LP "Emerge." The album is due for release on March 26, 2012 through Bakerteam Records/Scarlet Records.
Check out "Emerge" here:
Finnish melodic death metal band Kalmah announced that they have recruited Veli-Matti Kananen of One Morning Left as the bands new keyboard player following the departure of Marco Sneck at the end of 2011. The band is also working on the follow up to the 2010 release "12 Gauge."
The following update was posted on the band's website:
After inspiring hunting season Kalmah has found new keyboard player. We welcome Swamplord Veli-Matti Kananen (One Morning Left) on board! Velski has already played session gigs with us in Russia and Switzerland so we knew his skills and most of all his state of mindlessness.
We have started to write material for next album and so far we have 4 songs on the way - fast and fucked. New video will be shot next summer with mosquitos and Finnish swamp soil. Song for the video has already been chosen. Studio sessions will take place at the end of this year.
Departed keyboardist Marco Sneck posted this statement announcing his departure in late 2011:
What an epic journey this has been, filled with great shows and albums! I would sincerely like to thank the fans around the world plus the people involved for the overwhelming support over the past years, you and these experiences will not be forgotten! As some paths fade away, existing ones keep on going and be sure, new ones will emerge so see you on the road! Last but definitely not the least I´d like to say to swamplords, keep up raising the bar of swampmetal to the level where it belongs!
Finnish progressive metal band Oddland, who recently signed on with Century Media Records, is streaming the new track "Above And Beyond." The song appears on the band's debut album "The Treachery Of Senses" which is due out on April 30, 2012 (EU) and May 8, 2012 (North America).
The track listing for "The Treachery Of Senses" is as follows:
1. Above And Beyond
2. Flooding Light
3. In The Eyes Of The Mourning
4. Aisle Of Array
5. Past The Gates
6. Still The Spirit Stays
7. In Endless Endeavour
9. Lines Of Silver Blood
Check out "Above And Beyond" here:
Danish metal trio Rising will head out on a full European Spring tour in March and April in support of the debut LP "To Solemn Ash.: The tour starts on March 16th in Berlin and includes dates in Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, Italy and Luxembourg. In addition to the mainland tour, Rising will play the band's first headlining shows in Sweden along with one Danish show when hitting Linköping, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Copenhagen in April and May. The festivities kick off with three Danish shows in March supporting fellow Danes, punk/thrash outfit The Kandidate.
Rising's debut "To Solemn Ash" was released in Europe last October and in North America on January 17th, and The Obelisk is still streaming the album in its entirety right here.
To Solemn Ash was produced by new producer talent Jakob Reichert Nielsen and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Mastodon, High on Fire, etc.). The album features the iconic artwork of Danish artist and music video director Jakob Printzlau aka Plastic Kid (Lack, Volbeat, Bring Me The Horizon), and is available now in CD, LP and digital download.
Tour dates are as follows: More...
Avant-garde black metal duo Formloff is set to unearth a new work of audio grimness entitled "Spyhorelandet," the follow up to 2006’s "Adjø Silo." The new release finds the eclectic Norwegian duo — Bernt Karsten Sannerud and Marius Sjøli – exploring the darker, more atmospheric realms of their past. Several session musicians were recruited to complete the nine-track recording, including two bass players, a drummer and a saxophonist. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Where most black metal revels in stories of fictional deities, benign and malignant, Spyhorelandet wallows in everyday themes. Much like the cover art, the music contained within bears the stark truth: When you peel back the skin, no matter how beautiful, what is left is the ugly personal histories each of us carries. Throughout Spyhorelandet, naked inhabitants of our world are quoted directly. For many, defeat is their best and sometimes only asset."
In celebration of the record’s upcoming release, Decibel Magazine is currently streaming the title track, “Spyhorelandet,” noting “the track definitely sounds refreshing, as if gulping down fresh glacial streams after a half-decade of parched post-whatever, atavistic too-true-for-school black, or the floating-on-toilet bowl-water bullshit employed by the high-lo mind/musically daft of Liturgy, et al.” Feast your ears here. More...
Anathema will be releasing the new album "Weather Systems" on April 16th, 2012 and the band is now offering a free download of a track off the album. Download the song "The Beginning and the End" at this location.
"Weather Systems" is the follow-up to 2010’s "We're Here Because We're Here" (reviewed here). The band commented on the new release, "It feels like we are at a creative peak right now, and this album reflects that. Everything from the production to the writing to the performances are a step up from our last album. This is not background music for parties. The music is written to deeply move the listener, to uplift or take the listener to the coldest depths of the soul." More...