Metal News for February 16, 2015
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Guitarist / vocalist Josh DeShazo of Stealing Axion has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band:
"It is with a heavy heart that I have decided that I must step down from being a part of Stealing Axion. Life is getting busy and I must devote my attention in order to stay on track.
"I have never been a part of something so inspiring musically or emotionally and I'm really lucky to have had the best bandmates standing beside me the entire time. The musicianship that Dan and Phil surrounded me with has completely changed my life over the course of this band. I owe a lot of my progress musically and personally to the hard work that was required of me to be in a project as complex as Stealing Axion.
"I'm not giving up on music at all and please keep an eye out for my name in the future, but as for Stealing Axion and I, the time has come for me to try new things.
"Dan, Phil and I grew up together as friends, which is what made this band work so well between us. I fully expect to work on music with the guys in the future just because it is such a strong part of our friendship. I expect that everything coming out of these guys will be on par or better than anything we've done in the past because pushing ourselves as musicians is what Stealing Axion is all about.
"I'll always have that in me and I'll always have our stories. Thank you so much Dan and Phil. Thank you so much fans and friends." More...
Portland, Oregon-based doomsday cult The Body has declared an extensive itinerary of upcoming live actions in support of an end-time message, including a major Spring offensive with Full Of Hell.
In March, The Body has two California gigs confirmed, including participation with Two Piece Fest West, playing the second day of the event in Berkeley on March 7th, and a show the following night in Los Angeles.
Just a month later, a quick run of solo shows through the center of the country will transplant The Body in one of prior hometown of Providence, Rhode Island to convene with Full Of Hell on April 4th, beginning a five-week tour assault through the entire country together. The routing will take the band full circle, returning to Providence on May 17th for the final show.
An act notorious for constantly touring and recording new material, The Body recently unleashed two separate collaborative recordings with Thou; the first, "Released From Love," through Vinyl Rites in April 2014 and the second, "You, Whom I Have Always Hated," just this year via Thrill Jockey, also responsible for the band's 2014-released split with Sandworm and 2013-released "I Shall Die Here" collaboration with The Haxan Cloak. More...
The Crypt records just inked an official licence deal with Kaotoxin for the release of Putrid Offal's "Premature Necropsy" on LP.
"Premature Necropsy" - the band's early 90's discography compilation which comes as a bonus CD with the "Mature Necropsy" full-length - features the 1991 "Unformed" demo and split with Agathocles, 1991 "Premature Necropsy" split LP with Exulceration, and 1992 "Obscurum per Obscurium" six-way split CD with Supuration (among others).
The LP will be released through The Crypt sometimes late 2015 / early 2016 as a 500 copy limited edition first press (among which 250 copies will come colored) with exclusive liner notes and the 2014 demo version of "Suffering" that can be found on the alike-titled collector EP as a bonus. More...
Massachusetts metal act Within The Ruins flipped its van and trailer off an interstate in Pennsylvania yesterday afternoon. While no one was hurt, the van, trailer, and gear were completely destroyed.
"We rolled about three times from what I can remember and landed on the median. Our van and trailer are totaled," says guitarist Joe Cocchi.
The band had set sail from its hometown in MA on the way to California to begin a month-long tour with Suicide Silence along side label-mates Fit For An Autopsy. Despite the near death experience and loss of gear, the band will push on and make the third show scheduled at El Corazon on Friday, February 20th in Seattle.
Cocchi continues, "All I can say is that we're happy to be alive. I don't know how, but none of us were injured. We're on the road touring because this is all we know and love, and we want to continue. Help us get back on our feet by picking up a shirt. Thank you all for the continued support.”
Necrowretch has checked in with the following announcement about streaming a new track online:
"On this seventh year of Necrowretch's blasphemous history, today marks the release of our second album 'With Serpents Scourge,' that we celebrate by unleashing a new song 'The Bells of Evil Schism!'
"'With Serpents Scourge' offers nine tracks of ugly and depraved satanic death metal, praising evil in all its merciless, rotten beauty. The album was mastered by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony (Necrophobic, Dissection, Asphyx, Necros Christos and many more). The brilliant, detailed cover artwork was again done by Milovan Novakovic, who was already responsible for Necrowretch's previous artworks."
1. Black Death Communion
2. Feast Off Their Doom
3. With Serpents Scourge
4. By Evil And Beyond
5. The Bells Of Evil Schism
6. He Thrones On Thy Sins
7. Even Death May Die
8. Infernal Imprecation
9. Mortem Ritu More...
Relapse Records is extremely excited to announce the signing of American grindcore/hardcore punk trio Magrudergrind. Relapse comments:
"The Brooklyn-based group formed in 2002, and Magrudergrind has released two full-lengths and a series of splits, EPs, and compilations over the years. The band recently completed recording highly anticipated first new material in over five years with producer Kurt Ballou (Converge, High on Fire, Torche) at God City Studios in Salem, MA.
"The full-length record will be mastered by Pig Destroyer's Scott Hull and artwork will be designed by Clint Nicolas. The album will see a release later this year via Relapse along with extensive touring from the band."
Magrudergrind also commented on the signing: "We are extremely stoked to join Relapse records. We look forward to eviscerating eardrums and smashing posers with our next full length." More...
Bavarian electro-rockers A Life Divided will release their new album "Human" this coming April 10th (EU) / April 28th (USA).
From April 6th onward, the band will support German superstars Unheilig as main support in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. A new headlining tour is also being lined up for October.
06.04. Wien, Stadthalle
09.04. Magdeburg, GETEC Arena
10.04. Leipzig, Haus Auensee
17.04. Bochum, RuhrCongress
18.04. Göttingen, Lokhalle
23.04. Saarbrücken, Saarlandhalle
24.04. Freiburg, Rothaus Arena
25.04. Zürich, Hallenstadion
30.04. Schwerin, Sport-und Kongresshalle More...
Today Moribund Records announces the signing of Portland sleaze metal merchants Nekro Drunkz. The label comments:
"Featuring members of Hells Headbangers recording artists Cemetery Lust, the Nekro Drunkz are busy preparing their second album (and debut release for Moribund), 'Absolute Filth.' Formed in 2007 in the barren wastelands of the Oregon Coast, Nekro Drunkz has been and will always be a two-piece band consisting of Crystal Seth (666 Tampon Razor Strings & Alcohol Throwup vocals) and Disgustor (Megaton Liquor Drum Hammers & Putrid Menstrual Regurgitation screams).
"A band with a true fetish for all things perverse and grotesque, the Nekro Drunkz have rocked and shocked audiences throughout the American West Coast and East Coast, and will soon leave their skid-marks over the all-American lands of Texas at the Destroying Texas festival. More...
Incarnit has released a video for "I Am Chaos," which was recorded live at Big Balls Productions in Karlstad, Sweden.
The video was produced by Incarnit, with help from Joakim Persson, Frida Gustafsson, and Alice Ringholm Heder. Check it out below.
In support of forthcoming album "Beside The Ones We Love" (due out April 6th), Palm Reader will hit the road for a 5 date slug around the U.K. with Will Haven and Raging Speedhorn. Full details are available below.
You can also hear the new song "By The Ground, We're Defined" in the player below, or check out the previously posted track "I Watch The Fire Chase My Tongue" at this location.
5/24 - Manchester - Sound Control
5/25 - York - Duchess
5/26 - Glasgow - ABC 2
5/27 - Newcastle - Academy 2
5/28 - Nottingham - Rock City Basement More...
Since the release of debut album "Love Kills," My Own Ghost has kept mighty busy with writing and recording a second album, in addition to signing with Red Lion Music.
Now the band has released its very first official video clip for the "Silence" single, which can be seen below. The video was filmed and edited by Tom Jungbluth, a photographer from Luxembourg who has already worked with Sean Paul, Kendrick Lamar, and Snoop Dogg.
In the video below, the actors Anouck Leuchter, Yannick Stein, and Morgane Bidaine tell the story of a seemingly happy family on the edge of break up: a story of betrayal, hurt, loneliness and unspoken words that is seen and lived every day over the whole world. More...
Chilean prog metal band Crisalida just wrapped up work on a new album with producer Daniel Cardoso (Anathema).
In anticipation of the upcoming "Terra Ancestral" album, today the band drops a video clip for new song "Morir Aquí," which can be seen below. The album is due to drop later this Spring, with full details forthcoming.
Hortus Animae has a new video clip out now for "Doomsday," which can be seen below thanks to BlankTV. The band also comments:
"This song, as the majority of the songs in the album, has a theme related to the apocalypse, which concept is as old as the world, nothing new. But the point is this philosophy of Creation, Preservation and Destruction which focuses more on destruction in this very album, but not only. After destruction comes a rebirth.
"For some people the apocalypse has already arrived, they’re abandoned to themselves, alone, with only ruins around - sometimes each one of us may feel that way; there are those who are afraid of this day, let’s say in the "traditional" way, there is the anger of those who feel that we are the cause of our evil, there is a rebellion against all this... Sometimes the result is giving up, sometimes a quiet awareness, maybe some light of hope.
"A short story, also funny in a way, regarding the making of the videoclip: we filmed it in different locations, at least 5, and we’ve been kicked out from almost all of them because we were breaking safety rules." More...
Following the Decibel Magzine tour, Pallbearer has announced a string of upcoming European dates this Spring. Full dates can be seen below.
A Pallbearer track called “Fear And Fury” has also just been released. It will appear on the upcoming Decibel Magazine flexi issue, and can be heard in the SoundCloud clip after the tour dates.
03/20 – Fayetteville, AR @ Lightbulb Club
03/23 – Hot Springs, AR @ Valley of the Vapors
(Decibel magazine tour w/At The Gates, Converge, Vallenfyre)
03/27 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
03/28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
03/29 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
03/30 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
03/31 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox At The Market
04/02 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
04/03 – Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
04/04 – Lincoln, NE @ Burbon Theatre
04/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights
04/06 – Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
04/08 – Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
04/09 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
04/10 – Boston, MA @ Royale
04/11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
04/12 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
05/15 – 17 – Santa Ana, CA @ Psycho California More...
Today NPR.org hurls forth the asphyxiating heaviness of "Unnamed" from Seattle doom bringers Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth (listen in below). The tune makes it's chest-caving appearance on the band's self-titled debut, out today in Europe via Neurot Recordings.
Slow, heavy and wholly unapologetic, "Brothers Of The Sonic Cloth" is the sound of earthly decomposition and planetary demise from the band fronted by guitarist/vocalist Tad Doyle. Comments Doyle of this newly unleashed track:
"One of the hardest questions to honestly ask oneself is, 'Who am I?' People move through life attaching labels to themselves, and to others. It's human nature for you to call yourself a motorcycle rider if you ride motorcycles. We tend to attach the things that we do -- our jobs, our actions -- to our identity of who we think we are as individuals. By doing so, we are selling ourselves way too short by labeling our existence. The song 'Unnamed' is about letting go of false perceptions of ourselves and others in order to be truly open and free from the shackles of perception." More...
Keep Of Kalessin has launched a stream of new album "Epistemology," which sees official European release today via Indie Recordings.
Listen in below, courtesy of a stream hosted by MetalHammer.Teamrock.com. Keep Of Kalessin is also confirmed to play the Blastfest, so catch the group live in Bergen on February 20th at Garage. The new album's track listing is:
1. Cosmic Revelation (Intro)
2. The Spiritual Relief
3. Dark Divinity
4. The Grand Design
6. Universal Core
8. Epistemology More...
Irish dark symphonic metal band Sonus Mortis just released a preview of all 15 tracks from upcoming 2nd album "War Prophecy," due out on the 31st of March, 2015.
The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Trackmix Studios by Michael Richards. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Chthonic Chasm
2. War Prophecy
4. The Crypt Of The Death Prophet
5. Banshee Remnants
6. Sonus Mortis
7. Mass Exodus
8. The Rise Of The Obsidian Destroyer
9. Memento Mori
10. Systematic Eradication
11. Shell Shocked
13. The New Holocaust Hypocrisy
14. Necronom IV
15. Zenith More...
Cognition from Norway has a new music video out for the song "Assassination," taken from the album "Spiral of Deception."
The song features a guest performance by Kvalvaag on vocals. Kvalvaag is known from bands such as Attentat, Arvas and Astaroth as well as his self-titled solo project, which released the album "Noema" in 2014.
Cognition's "Spiral of Deception" album is out through La Mazakuata Records in Latin America and Hibernacula Records in Europe. You can also find it on services like Spotify.
Together the members of theShift - John Shannon (vocals/guitar), MJ Lambert (drums) and Ben Geis (bass) - craft earth-shattering, anthemic rock with vibrant depth and a forceful punch.
The powerhouse trio’s defiant sound is captured on debut "7th Direction," to be released on April 14. theSHIFT’s multi-layered riffs and heavy driven groove are in full effect with “Kobra”, the first single off of "7th Direction." Check i tout below, courtesy of Loudwire.com.
"7th Direction" was recorded at Brooklyn’s Mission Sound and Manhattan’s JRock Studios and co-produced by Jamie Siegel (Taking Back Sunday, Mary J. Blidge, Santana). Referencing the Native American concept of directions, the track title further reflects a deeper meaning behind theSHIFT’s approach to music. “theSHIFT is about altering your consciousness through the sheer power of rock n’ roll,” declares Shannon. “Our lyrics don’t question the government, they question the nature of your reality.” More...
The Greek thrashers from Exarsis have completed work on their third album, which will be titled "The Human Project."
With "False Flag Attack" the boys have now published a first song on YouTube. Give it a listen below. The new album is to appear in the first half of the year, with official details forthcoming. The track listing is:
03. Abnormal Generation
04. Police Brutality
06. False Flag Attack
07. Know Your Enemy (322)
08. Skull & Bones
09. Change of Plans
10. The Brutal State More...
Torche is streaming forthcoming album "Restarter" (due out February 24th on Relapse Records) in full today.
Check it out below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com. Torche will also kick off a long bout of touring early next month, with full date and venue info available after the stream.
New British label Roxeavy Music is proud to announce its first ever release, the "Roxeavy Music Presents...Volume 1" compilation of 13 tracks from up and coming heavy metal bands.
"Roxeavy Presents... Volume 1" is currently available as a digital release (which can be streamed below) and will see a CD release on March 30th, 2015.
1. Monarki "Turn my day off" 03:41
2. Swarmed "Raise the Alarm" 04:01
3. Osmium Guillotine "Martyrdom" 05:07
4. Immortal Machinery "My Exorcism" 02:18
5. Breaking the Code "Revolution" 04:05
6. Kill the Freak "I'm a Freak" 02:47
7. Osmium Guillotine "Blight upon Mankind" 05:45
8. Immortal Machinery "Screaming Tonight" 04:19
9. Monarki "Footsteps to Nowhere" 03:04
10. Breaking the Code "Romeo & Juliet" 04:01
11. Swarmed "Surrender" 03:00
12. Kill the Freak "My God is the Devil" 03:11
13. Osmium Guillotine "Phobophobia" 05:46 More...
36 Crazyfists will release new album "Time and Trauma" via Spinefarm Records on Tuesday, February 17th.
To answer fan questions, the band will be participating in a Reddit AMA ("Ask Me Anything") session today from 1PM to 3PM ET at this location.
The band is also returning to the road in the Spring, touring the U.S. with Nonpoint and Five Finger Death Punch, respectively. Dates are as follows: More...
The French black metal group Void Paradigm today presents the teaser for upcoming album "Earth’s Disease."
Void Paradigm was formed by Jonathan Théry (Ataraxie, Funeralium), Julien Payan (Ataraxie, Sordide) and Alexis Damien (Pin Up Went Down, ex-Wormfood).
Pre-orders for the album are available here and “Earth’s Disease” will be released on May 11th (June 6th in the U.S.) via Apathia Records.
Sweet Satan, how many teasers does Nuclear Blast think it can release for one album? Trailer #11 is now online for Nightwish's upcoming "Endless Forms Most Beautiful" album.
The previously posted 10th episode is still available at this location. Anyone want to place bets on how many more come out?
"Endless Forms Most Beautiful" will be out on March 27th (EU), 30th (UK) and 31st (US). Nightwish also recently released a music video for the "Elan" single, which can be seen over here.
The Russian death dealers from Slaughter To Prevail are taking you to "Hell" with a striking new video attack. Descend into the depths below.
"Hell" comes off the band's new EP, which will be released early this year. Fans across Europe will have their chance to enter "Hell" live on the European Extinction tour. Catch the band live:
w/ Ingested & Arcanius
12.04. FR Paris, Gibus Café
13.04. BE Deinze, Café Elpee
14.04. DE Frankfurt, Elfer Club
15.04. CZ Prague, Exit Us
16.04. DE Leipzig, Four Rooms
17.04. DE Berlin, Doom Rotten Deathfest, K17
18.04. NL Tilburg, Neurotic Deathfest, 013
19.04. NL Drachten, Iduna More...
Nocternity's "Harps of the Ancient Temples" is set for international release on April 17th via Iron Bonehead Productions. The label also issued this press release:
"The Greek band's first full-length in 12 years, 'Harps of the Ancient Temples' has been an epic in the making. In the mid 2000s, Nocternity was prolific on the EP front, first releasing 'A Fallen Unicorn' in 2004 - itself a companion record to the cult classic 'Onyx,' from 2003 - and then split 7"s with various bands. Then came the 'Harps of the Ancient Temples' 7" in 2007, which was set to begin the next chapter in Nocternity's story...and then silence for another five years, until a self-titled 7" was quietly released in 2012 in an edition of just 300 copies. During that whole time, however, main visionary K.D. was hard at work crafting LP#3 and taking care through his label, Kyrck Productions, reissuing some of the lost jewels of the early '90s scene."
“This album has been in the works for a decade now," he reveals. "It was recorded twice with different members. The first, digital version was pre-produced in Switzerland, Hellas, and Sweden. The analog version was recorded at Studio 5 in Athens, and this is the version that prevailed.” More...
Lord Fist has checked in with the following announcement about posting the band's entire new album online:
"Our debut full-length 'Green Eyleen' available for streaming this week on the Finnish Inferno magazine website. The album is officially out on February 20th, this Friday! PRESS PLAY AND EXPERIENCE THE THUNDER!"
You can also stream all the tracks in the SoundCloud player below. More...
"The Others" is the title of the new music video from The Voynich Code, which is available in the player below, courtesy of MetalHammer. The track comes by way of latest release "Ignotum." The full track listing is as follows:
02. Amunet, The Decider
03. The Others
05. Decoding of Life (streaming here)
06. Acta Sancti
Japanese melodic death metal band Gyze has a new album forthcoming entitled "Black Bride," which will be released on June 9th via Coroner Records.
The album was mixed and mastered by Ettore Rigotti at The Metal House Studio (Babymetal, Disarmonia Mundi, Blood Stain Child, I Killed The prom Queen, Destrage) and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Black Bride
2. In Grief
4. Insane Brain
5. Black Shadow
6. Winter Breath
8. Satanic Loop
12. Surface Tears (Exclusive Coroner Records Bonus Track) More...
Edenbridge has announced the new DVD set "A Decade And A Half... The History So Far" will drop this coming April, 2015.
French extreme progressive metal band Orakle has uploaded a new trailer for forthcoming album “Éclats.”
This album marks the return of the band with its most progressive and innovative work to date, after seven years of absence. Pre-orders can be found at this location.
The “Éclats” full-length release will be made available on May 11th (June 6th in the U.S.) via Apathia Records.
Scanner's latest album "The Judgment" was released last month via Massacre Records, and now the band has an official music video out for the title track, which can be seen below. The album's track listing is as follows:
6. The Judgement
7. Battle Of Poseidon
9. Known Better
10. The Race
11. The Legionary More...
Solothus has checked in with the following announcement about inking a new record deal with Doomentia:
"That is the news we have been wanting to tell you all for some while now! We are so damn excited about this! Doomentia Records has released material from some of our current favorite bands, such as Disma, Hooded Menace, Druid Lord, Anatomia, just to name a few! We are truly honored to be part of this great roster of bands!"
The record label also had this to say: "Finnish death/doom metal crypt dwellers Solothus have inked a deal with Doomentia Records to release their as yet untitled sophomore album! In celebration of this alliance, the label is re-issuing the band’s skull-turning debut 'Summoned From The Void' on vinyl with new artwork by Juanjo Castellano. Release details to be announced later.
"The forthcoming record will consist of six songs of bleak and devastating death/doom metal including titles like 'No King Reigns Eternal' and 'Darkest Stars Aligned.' Forged from the same wretched elements found on the debut, the new effort excavates deeper with more varied pronouncements. From the abysmally crawling doom ambiance to the bone-crushing death ,etal riffing to bewitching guitar leads and otherworldly melodies, Solothus delivers the entire spectrum of dark fantastic desolation.
"This will also be the first recording with new bassist Tami Luukkonen. The band aims to enter the studio in June and have the album out by 2015’s end." More...
Bordeaux's, France progressive and technical death outfit Gorod is streaming a new guitar playthrough for the track "5000 at the Funeral". The track is taken from Gorod's latest album "A Perfect Absolution" released in 2012.
You can now stream the guitar playthrough below.