Metal News for February 17, 2012
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New Jersey thrashers Hammer Fight are streaming a new song from the band's self-titled debut EP. The name of the track is "Ginger Rails," and it should follow a similar theme of metal debauchery that the band's official video "Get Wrecked" had. During the same recording session that spawned "Ginger Rails," Hammer Fight also recorded a track entitled "A Corpse Is A Corpse (Of Course Of Course)," for the forthcoming film "The Living Corpse." Details on the song and film are forthcoming.
The fourth installment of the Desert Sound compilations is upon us and streaming online at this location. Desert Sound Vol. IV – In The Mouth Of Fuzz packs 25 cuts from the scene defined by chugging guitars, dirty fuzz, psychedelic visions, feedback and cowbell fills. It's a trip deep into the Italian heavy stoner psycho doom panorama, with tracks that are stoner to others that are on the psychedelic side, as well as the doom mantras and spacey compositions. Stream it all below, and check out the full alphabetical band listing with tracks and cover artwork after the jump.
ANUSEYE - Orb Weavers
BLACK CAPRICORN - Call Of The Goat
BLACK RAINBOWS - Mastermind
BONES & COMFORT - Orange Blossoms & Four Swans
CANNIBAL MOVIE - Fame
CARONTE - Ghost Owl
CHORIACHI - Birkat Habayit
DA CAPTAIN TRIPS - The Merkfolk Ride
ELEPHANTE - Toporagno
GODWATT REDEMPTION - Circles
HERBA MATE - Imargem
KAYLETH - The Survivor
KILL THE EASTER RABBIT - Silent Hour
MANTHRA DEI - Xolotl
MR. BIZARRO & THE HIGHWAY EXPERIENCE - Mastodont
MUFFX - Voices
PATER NEMBROT - The Weaner
SPACE PARANOIDS - Three Lonely Pines
T.H.U.M.B. - Superlover
THE DALLAZ - Losers
THE WHIRLINGS - Calcutta's Sewers
THE WISDOOM - The Wisdoom
THREE EYES LEFT - La Fee Verthe (The Green Fairy)
TURBOMATT - Kong Ché
ZIPPO - Man Of Theory [Feat. Ben Ward]
5 Star Grave has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song sample online:
"Yeah, here we are with another sample! After the experimental vibe of No Devil liveD oN it's time to kick you right back in the ass with the hardcore debauchery of Dead Girls Don't Say No! As usual you can enjoy it at out official SoundCloud page here.
"This song, like all the others you listened so far, will be included in our brand new album entitled Drugstore Hell out via Massacre Records in late April.
"More updates coming soon!" More...
Swedish metal band Terminal Prospect has made the following announcement:
"We are happy to share some great news regarding our vinyl EP "Face the Horror." It will be available in March in a limited edition through Furia records. Soon after that, we expect our first Latin American tour (at last!), and are still working on our second album "Redefine existence,", which should be out in April 2012. Below you can find the link of a song from our EP called "Spiral" ... love us or hate us ... Thanks and Cheers!"
You can listen to the song "Spiral" by heading over to Soundcloud or by streaming it below. Also, Terminal Prospect has recently premiered the music video for the promo advance track "Redefine Existence," which will be included on their upcoming second album. The music video it was produced by Punto Decibel, Recorded by M. André & C. Enqvist, and Edited by M. André. Check out the video after the jump.
In 2002 Gronibard, the cult gay goregrind band, entered the studio to record what would become "Satanic Tuning Club," a collection of material that should have been released on various EPs. The group also recorded material for a split CD with Gorerotted and Gruesome Stuff Relish as well as acoustic pieces.
Now put back together, remastered, and with previously unreleased material from these sessions, the whole thing is released a decade later for the first time on vinyl, in three different editions (two of which being limited to 100 hand-numbered copies), one even coming with a bonus rectangular picture Flexi EP. A teaser trailer for "Satanic Tuning Club Turbo!" is available below.
Metalunderground.com also premiered a previously unreleased song from the album, titled "Morceau Sans Titre." Check out the song at this location.
Rise And Fall has posted the song "Hidden Hands" online the band's upcoming album "Faith." Check out the track in the player below. "Faith" is set for release via Deathwish on March 20th, 2012. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"'Faith' is Rise And Fall's artistic exploration on the concepts of faith and fate, nature and nurture, and life and death. Struggles that we can all relate to in our daily lives. Sonically, the album melds an impassioned technical proficiency and emotional performance unlike any other previous Rise And Fall release. Showing that in their maturity, Rise And Fall have gained creative depth without losing the ferocity that earned them their rightful place on the throne of the Belgian hardcore community.
"'Faith' was engineered and recorded by Kurt Ballou (Converge) at God City studios. It includes guest appearances by Kurt himself, Stephen Brodsky (Cave In), Justin De Tore (Mind Eraser, etc.), Kevin Baker (The Hope Conspiracy, APMD, etc). More...
New England black metal band Autolatry has released a new EP entitled "Of The Land," which is available for streaming through the player below or via bandcamp.
"Of The Land" was recorded at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, Florida, and at Autolatry's home base in Mansfield, Connecticut. The EP was mastered by Jim Morris and artwork was done by Casey Stone-Pirrie.
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Helsinki based act De Lirium's Order has issued the following brief announcement about release shows for the band's upcoming new album:
"The release gigs for our upcoming album entitled 'Veniversum' take place on 23.3 in Oulu (Hevimesta) and 24.3 in Rovaniemi (Grande). Supported by Lithuria and Ravage Machinery!"
The band also previously commented on recording a new music video:
"Tomorrow we're going to Joensuu to film our first professional music video! The song is Autistic Savant, the opening track from our new album Veniversum. Waiting anxiously to wear only a shirt when it's -30C at the the old abandoned factory..."
More information on De Lirium's Order can be found via the band's official Facebook profile.
With just days before the release of Imminent Sonic Destruction's debut album "Recurring Themes," the band has decided to give away a free non-album bonus track to fans who "like" the band on Facebook. The instrumental "Swamp," which has been a staple of ISD's live set for years and showcases their musical ability, can be downloaded for free from the band's Facebook profile after clicking the "like" button.
"Recurring Themes" is set for release on February 24th 2012. The album was produced by Roy Z (Halford, Bruce Dickinson), and features nine original tracks that showcase the band's vocal harmonies soaring over original progressive-metal riffing, melodic compositions and the rhythms of ex-Tiles drummer, Pat DeLeon.
Portuguese act Holocausto Canibal recently signed with Xtreem Music for the release of the forthcomign album "Gorefilia." A video interview has now been posted online with bassist Z. Pedro and drummer Diogo P. discussing the upcoming release. Check out the clip below.
Due out in April, the 18-song "Gorefilia" CD was recorded at 213 Studios in Portugal and was mixed and mastered at Hertz Studio (Behemoth, Vader, Kronos, Decapitated, Aborted) in Bialystok, Poland. You can also check out the new song "Objectofilia Platonica" at this location.
Australian melodic deathsters Elysian are set to release their aggressively punchy debut album "Wires of Creation" worldwide on March 26th, 2012. According to a press release from the band's publicist, "The release storms its way through eleven tracks of hook laden, flowing dark melodies, technical solo interludes and snarlingly evil vocal work."
Guitarist Gabe Hutchinson comments: “Our main goal was to create a dynamic experience from start to finish whilst maintaining heavy songs. Overall it's a really heavy melodic death album but at times soars into things like an instrumental Pink Floyd-esque song with an electronic feel or a intricate percussive section. As a band, we grew up listening to music that incorporated acoustic ballads with blazing shred songs all in the one album, and it wasn't called progressive; it was called a good album. Some bands aim to have their songs sound disjointed by dramatically switching between genres; that’s not what we have done, the whole album flows, it attacks and it releases, its aggressive but gives you time to breath and take it in.”
The teaser song "Mans Design" taken from ‘‘Wires of Creation" can be heard below. The album's track listing is as follows: More...
Breed77 has checked in with the following update about upcoming material and acoustic tour dates:
"Breed77 explode back into action with Pledge campaign for an exclusive acoustic EP ‘Under The Skin‘ and their new album, ‘The Evil Inside‘ as well as an acoustic tour of the UK in April!
"The Gibraltarian born, London-based rockers are back with a vengeance. After extensive touring of their last album, ‘Insects’ which took them from Mexico to Japan, the boys have decided to do things differently this time round…. Teaming up with Pledge Music who help artists and their fans interact during the creation of an album in a totally new way – and always being receptive to what fans want, the decision was made to release two records. Firstly – and exclusive to Pledge – is ‘Under The Skin’ a collection of 8 acoustic tracks, encompassing versions of classic breed songs from their chart-bothering back catalogue, as well as a few surprises as the band tackle some well known rock standards.
"The Evil Inside, the fifth studio album from Breed77 will also be available to pre-order via Pledge and on general release in June. A dark, brooding affair, The Evil Inside is the band’s most introspective work to date. Not ones to rest on their laurels, B77 have switched it up again with a rockier, more melodic offering."
“The pace hasn’t slowed, so much as changed, this album has everything - stomping rhythms, haunting grooves, trippy breakdowns…but it’s dark, so dark!!” says front man Paul Isola. More...
7 Horns 7 Eyes will be releasing the band's debut full-length album, "Throes Of Absolution," in North America on April 24th, 2012 via Century Media Records. Featuring a guest appearance by Jeff Loomis (ex-Nevermore) and already named one of Metal Sucks' "Albums That Will Fuck Your Face Off In 2012," this album features artwork by the renowned Travis Smith of Seempieces (OPETH, DEVIN TOWNSEND).
A teaser trailer for "Throes Of Absolution" can be viewed here, and the track-listing for the album is below.
1. Divine Amnesty
2. Phumis: The Falsehood of Affliction
3. The Hill Difficulty
4. Cycle of Self
6. A Finite Grasp of Infinite Disillusion
8. The Winnowing
9. Regeneration More...
Finnish act Oddland, which recently signed on with Century Media Records, is set to release "The Treachery Of Senses" on April 30th, 2012 (EU) and May 8th, 2012 (North America).
After spending months writing new material, the band is very excited to get the record out to fans. "This record was long in the making, as most of the tracks were already composed when we got signed by CM, but even the older songs evolved a lot during pre-production. We feel that in the end we succeeded in making a great record as a whole, rather than just a collection of individual songs," says Sakari Ojanen (vocals / guitar). "Working with Dan Swanö was very satisfactory-- he really helped us attain the sound we were after. Also worth mentioning is the contribution of Samu Oittinen at Fantom Studios, who helped us nail the organic sound we wanted for the raw tracks. We feel there isn't too much of this kind of music out there so hopefully 'The Treachery Of Senses' won't go unnoticed. In the end, we couldn't be happier with the outcome-- we feel we made a killer debut album." More...
New Jersey based prog metal act Suspyre has posted a new song online for streaming. Check out the track "The Fire Dancer" through the player available below or via the band's Reverbnation page. "The Fire Dancer" is taken from Suspyre's upcoming new album "The Cycle," which is currently in the final stages of production. More...
Black Sabbath, which late last year confirmed the recording of the band's first new album in more than 33 years and a worldwide headlining tour, has had to put some plans on hold due to Tony Iommi’s battle with lymphoma. Current plans are for Black Sabbath to perform only one show of this summer’s previously scheduled European tour, which will be the U.K.’s Download Festival on Sunday, June 10, 2012.
So as not to let the promoters and fans down, Ozzy Osbourne will perform the majority of the previously scheduled Black Sabbath dates (both festival performances and the headlining shows) billed as Ozzy & Friends. These “first ever” Ozzy & Friends shows will feature appearances by “special guest” musicians including Geezer Bulter (who will join Ozzy for a special Black Sabbath set as a show of respect and support to their friend, Tony Iommi) and longtime former Ozzy band member Zakk Wylde. In addition, Ozzy will be accompanied by longtime collaborator and friend Slash at select shows, with other “special guests” set to join the tour at various stops along the way (full list of dates, appearances below).
Tony Iommi continues to make excellent progress and is looking forward to getting back out on the road. Meanwhile, Black Sabbath continues to write and record music in the U.K. for their upcoming album. More information about these dates and Black Sabbath's recording and touring plans is forthcoming.
The drama between Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward and the band is still unfolding, with the latest update from Ward sounding hopeful that the band will find a common ground and record the new album together.
The 2012 tour dates are as follows:
Sun 6/10 Donnington UK Download Festival
OZZY AND FRIENDS
Wed 5/23 - Helsinki, Finland @ Hartwall Arena
Fri 5/25 - Stockholm, Sweden @ Stadium
Sun 5/27 - Jelling, Denmark @ Jelling Festival
Tue 5/29 - Bergen, Norway @ Bergen Calling Festival
Thu 5/31 - Oslo, Norway @ Spektrum
Sat 6/2 - Malmo, Sweden @ Malmo Stadium
Mon 6/4 - Dortmund, Germany @ Westfalenhalle
Wed 6/6 - Prague, Czech Rep @ O2 Arena
Fri 6/15 - Vitoria, Spain @ Azkena Rock Festival
Sun 6/17 - Clisson, France @ Hellfest
Fri 6/22 - Dessel, Belgium @ Graspop Metal Meeting
Sun 6/24 - Milan, Italy @ Gods of Metal Festival
Tue 6/26 - Vienna, Austria @ Stadthalle
Thu 6/28 - Belgrade, Serbia @ USCE Park
Sun 7/1 - Athens, Greece @ Rockwave Festival – Terra
New Jersey's Dark Empire is returning to the scene with a third release this March entitled "From Refuge to Ruin." Noisecreep.com is now hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from Dark Empire's new album. The song entitled "The Crimson Portrait" can be heard here. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Dominating through the intricate songwriting are powerful new vocalist Brian Larkin (who replaces Jens Carlsson of Persuader and Savage Circus fame) and the commanding riffs of lead guitarist/main songwriter Matt Moliti, who also lends a chilling death vocal counterpoint to Larkin's leather-throated melodic lines. In addition to Moliti's elaborate guitar work and Larkin's attention- grabbing vocals, Dark Empire features the deep resonance of bassist Randy Knecht and the 'Dave Lombardo-meets-Gavin Harrison' drumming of session player Matt Graff.
"Not being ones to repeat themselves, Dark Empire has injected fresh new influences into their follow up to their 2008 release 'Humanity Dethroned.' Taking a cue from 70's prog masters such as Genesis and King Crimson, Dark Empire inventively utilize vintage Mellotron and Hammond Organ samples throughout the album, as well as delicate 12-string acoustic interludes and haunting, atmospheric melodies (coming to full fruition in the powerfully epic title track). This is not to undermine the push Dark Empire has also made in the heavier end of the dynamic spectrum, now utilizing seven-string guitars, crushing doom metal moments, and blistering death metal-inspired riffs. For older fans, these new elements serve to compliment, not overshadow, the band's thrashy progressive metal roots, and the 13-minute-plus dark and doomy album closer 'The Cleansing Fires' serves as a musical culmination of the broadened range of styles found throughout.
"With pristine and powerful production from Jeremy Krull and artwork by Gustavo Sazes (Arch Enemy, Firewind, Morbid Angel) along with fresh creative input and exceptional talent, Dark Empire will surely become the new cross-over favorite for any metal fan." More...
In anticipation of the release of the band's 14th studio album, "Utilitarian," on February 27th in Europe and February 28th in North America, the legendary Napalm Death has posted a new video of Mark "Barney" Greenway discussing "secret band facts." Check out the video below.
The band also just released the third part of the "Utilitarian" track-by-track series, which is available here. In this video, Barney guides you through the next four songs on the album: "Orders of Magnitude", "Think Tank Trials", "Blank Look About Face" and "Leper Colony." In addition to featuring an explanation of the meaning behind each song, this track-by-track is also spiced-up with audio samples of all the new album songs that Barney refers to.
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about the release of a new live DVD:
"We are happy to announce that our new DVD production 'Heavy Metal Thunder – Live – Eagles Over Wacken' is now scheduled for release on April 20th in Europe, April 23rd in the UK and May 22nd in North America.
"This has been a long time in the making as it features live performances from the legendary Wacken Open Air festival in Germany dating back to 2004, 2007 and 2009. As they say at Wacken – Thanx for your support!" More...
Nightrage has posted another guitar instructional clip online with Marios Iliopoulos demonstrating the song "Being Nothing," taken from the band's second album "Descent Into Chaos." Check out the clip below, or find the previously posted video clip for "The Tremor" at this location.
Watch Me Bleed has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming new album:
"Here they are...more news and details about our upcoming album. We have set 'Kingdom' as the title of our second album, due on May 4th via SAOL/H'art. It contains 14 tracks of blood-red mayhem...hell yeah! The cover artwork was once again created by the German artist Matthias Bäuerle from Season Zero.
"A video-teaser including snippets of the title-track can be viewed below. We also updated our homepage as you can see here. The complete relaunch of our new page will come with the release of our album."
The "Kingdom" track listing is as follows: More...
Melted Space, the metal opera led by Pierre Le Pape (Wormfood/Embryonincs Cells), will be releasing a new album this coming March 30th on Totentanz Prod/Season of Mist. "From the Past" (2 CD set) includes more than twenty guests, and you can check out a teaser trailer for the release below.
“Do Not Look Down,” a second track off the upcoming new Meshuggah album "Koloss" is available for streaming exclusively at the Nuclear Blast USA web shop. Head over here to check out the song and find pre-order info for the new album.
"Koloss" is set for release on March 23rd, 2012. To hear more of "Koloss," head over to this location to check out a lyric video for the song "Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. I Am Colossus
2. The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance
3. Do Not Look Down
4. Behind The Sun
5. The Hurt That Finds You First
7. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
10. The Last Vigil
Swiss folk metal band Eluveitie posted behind the scenes footage for the making of the latest music video "Havoc." The video can be seen by heading over to this location. The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Helvetios," which is due out on February 28, 2012 in North America through Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out the video here:
Exiled Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has launched the latest internet salvo back at Black Sabbath. In a post on Facebook, Ward stated:
Dear Sabbath Fans,
I wanted to let you know where things are at, from my point of view, as of today, February 17, 2012.
As my statement of February 2, 2012 indicated, I have not declined to participate in the Sabbath album and tour. At the earliest opportunity, I am prepared to go to the U.K. and record, and later tour with the band.
Last week, we sent further communication to the attorney handling the negotiations to try to reach an agreement. At this time we are waiting to hear back. I remain hopeful for a “signable” contract and a positive outcome.
I want to thank everyone who has voiced and posted their opinions, thoughts, support and love through all media, including the newly constructed sites. I applaud your worldwide reaction in support of the original band. And speaking for myself, your intent and truth will always be respected.
While believing in your freedom for expression, keep in mind that Tony, Ozzy and Geezer are still my lifetime friends, and I cannot support comments with an objectifying or derogatory theme toward them or their various representatives.
Many thanks to all of you. You are truly phenomenal.
Stay safe, stay strong.
Rumors swirled about the involvement of Sharon Osbourne in "firing" Ward, an allegation that was "dismissed" by Ms. Osbourne, as you can see in the video below.
Frontiers Records has announced the return of Trixter, who will release their first new album in 20 years. Entitled "New Audio Machine," the has been confirmed for an April 24th North American release date. Featuring the band's original line-up, "New Audio Machine" was produced and engineered by Chuck Alzakian (Elton John, Christina Aguilera, Tesla) and includes songwriting contributions by Skid Row's Snake Sabo and Rachel Bolan and Styx's Glen Burtnik. Trixter frontman Pete Loran commented, "After all these years playing and recording with this band, I would say I am most proud of this record!" Lead guitarist Steve Brown added, "NEW AUDIO MACHINE is everything Trixter was and everything we are now. I can't wait for the world to hear it!"
Northern New Jersey's Trixter's self-titled debut album (1990) spawned three hit singles/videos with "Give It To Me Good", "One in a Million" and "Surrender", as well as an RIAA-certified Gold album. Trixter has toured extensively in the United States, Canada and Japan, having performed in arenas and amphitheaters with crowds of up to 35,000 and have appeared live on numerous television and radio programs such as Entertainment Tonight, Pay-Per-View, VH-1, MTV, Z-Rock and MetalShop. Trixter has shared the stage with such rock heavyweights as Kiss, Boston, The Scorpions, Poison, Vince Neil, Cinderella, Warrant, Slaughter, Winger, Skid Row, Great White, Firehouse, Faster Pussycat, Stryper, Dokken and more. The band recently nabbed the #29 spot on VH-1's "Top 40 Hair Bands of All Time" countdown.
Here is the complete "New Audio Machine" track listing:
1. Drag Me Down
2. Get On It
3. Dirty Love
5. Live For The Day
7. Physical Attraction
8. Tattoos & Misery
9. The Coolest Thing
10. Save Your Soul
11. Walk With A Stranger
12. Heart Of Steel (bonus acoustic track)
Be'lakor has posted a video clip of Shaun Sykes recording some lead guitars for the band's forthcoming third album, due out April/May 2012. The clip is available below, and the band commented:
"Hey everyone. We'll be putting up a new video from our recording sessions in a day or so (keyboard recording), but just in case you missed our most recent one, here's a short clip of Shaun recording lead guitars. We're so close to being finished now - getting ready to start the mixing / mastering process with Jens Bogren soon." More...
A brand new track from Scottish death metallers Cerebral Bore, titled "Horrendous Acts of Iniquity," is premiering now exclusively at the Infidel Amsterdam YouTube channel.
The band recorded the new song at Foel Studio in Wales with producer Chris Fielding, who also produced the band's debut album, "Maniacal Miscreation." The track will be released as a digital single through iTunes on Monday, February 20th. Check out the song in the player below.
Cerebral Bore guitarist Paul McGuire comments:
"We are all really excited about getting some new material out and starting a new chapter for Cerebral Bore. The song is a taste of what will be on offer on the next album, and it will hopefully get people perked up nicely for its release later this year, so be sure to listen to it a thousand times and sing along when it comes to show time!" More...
Over Your Threshold has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist:
"We proudly want to introduce our new vocalist Ludwig Walter as new permanent member of Over Your Threshold.
"We are very contented with our decision, Ludwig fits perfectly to the band as musician as well as human and we are looking forward to work and enter the stage with him. Ludwig Walter is also known for beeing the singer and guitarist of the black/death metal band Age of Carnage.
"In order to get first impressions of his brutal voice check out their song 'Blackrain City' or at the band's website.
"After completing the new line-up we are preparing for upcoming live shows. Recently Over Your Threshold was comfirmed for the Fistfull of Metal 2012 Festival alongside Vomitory, Festering Saliva, Commander and many more stunning bands. More...
Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Ewigheim:
"Massacre Records are proud to announce the signing of the German dark metal legends EWIGHEIM!
"With the addition of Markus Stock (The Vision Bleak, Empyrium) as a full and third band member, the band of Allen B. Konstanz (The Vision Bleak) and Yantit (Eisregen) is now a trio!
"Following their cult albums 'Mord Nicht Ohne Grund' (2002) and 'Heimwege' (2004), they have finally finished their third studio album 'Bereue Nichts.'
"The new masterpiece will be released on May 25th and will be available as limited digipak with bonus track and as jewel case CD."
Further details on the band are available via the official Ewigheim Facebook profile.
Denver's Speedwolf has announced the upcoming "One Nation Under the Wolf" tour to take place this coming March and April. The dates are available via Facebook or in the tour poster below.
Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkesson caught up with Indian Rock at the Hard Rock Café in Bangalore a week ago to speak about Fredrik joining the band, the new album "Heritage," guitar techniques and effects, and much more. Check out an extract from the interview below:
Mikhail: After you did your tour with Arch Enemy (featured on their DVD) and you joined Opeth how has the transition been from that band to Opeth?
Fredrik: It was different but luckily for me I got to join the band in the writing process for watershed which was a good thing. So if I compare it to arch enemy I was basically playing Chris Amott’s parts but in Opeth I got to be part of the band and more involved. Of course music is very different. Opeth demands different styles of guitar playing and I had to practice to learn Mikael’s style of guitar playing. I was a fan of the band before but it is a different thing listening and playing music. Now I have been in the band almost 5 years now so I feel very comfortable with this style.
Mikhail: Back to "Heritage." When Roadrunner released the final album artwork, there were mixed opinions because it is very different from all the other Opeth album covers including Watershed. Who came up with the concept for the artwork?
Fredrik: Our manager Andy actually came up with the concept of the tree. He said I see a tree. It was collaboration between him and Mikael. He had a dream. Travis Smith did the artwork; he has done all the artwork since "Still Life" I believe. I think it connects with the 70's prog rock feel that the music on the album has. It is more like an oil painting design. It is a bit fun but it is also dark. There’s symbolism in there. The burning city and the 9 stars in the sky which represent the other Opeth albums. The sun is the 10th which is "Heritage." You have the death metal roots with the devil and hell at the bottom.
Mikhail: On to some guitar questions. You just told us that you have been with Marshall for 2 days now officially and PRS. What effects do you use? More...
Read the full article at Indian Rock.
Scotland's A Ship Going Under has posted a new song online for streaming. Check out the track "Release And Depart" in the YouTube clip available below.
"Release and Depart" is taken from the band's new EP "The Failure Design." Further details on A Ship Going Under are available through the band's Facebook profile.
Norway’s ICS Vortex, which released the the debut album “Storm Seeker” (reviewed here) in August 2011 via Century Media Records, will be making the band’s live-debut at this weekend’s Finnish Metal Expo in Helsinki. Further details on the expo are available at this location.
The live band’s line-up for the event has now been revealed to be as follows:
ICS Vortex – guitar/vocal
Jens Ryland – guitar
Steinar Gundersen – bass
Baard Kolstad – drums
Former Dimmu Borgir and current Borknagar/Arcturus member ICS Vortex has checked in to comment as follows: “My buddy Asgeir Mickelson recently (and undramatically) handed over the drums to Baard Kolstad. I was not planning on guitar work live, but since Terje Andersen’s duties elsewhere for the second time collided with ICS Vortex, we decided together that it is was best to let go and part as friends.”
ICS Vortex will also be taking part of a special signing session at FME (at the Century Media booth) on Friday, February 17th at 6:15 PM. The stage time for their show is 9:15 PM – 10 PM, just before Paradise Lost and Edguy.
Next to this debut gig at FME, ICS Vortex has also been confirmed as a headlining act on the Farmer Fest 2012 in Bigues i Riells / Barcelona on September 1st, 2012, marking the band’s debut show in Spain. Here are the upcoming shows of ICS Vortex:
Metal newcomers Huntress will play all 8 Metalfest Open Air dates of 2012. Don't miss the band's energetic and powerful live set on the following dates:
31.05.12 AT - Mining / Metalfest Austria
01.06.12 DE - Dessau / Metalfest Germany East
02.06.12 PL - Jaworzno / Metalfest Poland
04.06.12 CR - Zadar / Metalfest Croatia
06.06.12 IT - Monza / Metalfest Italy
08.06.12 DE - Loreley / Metalfest Germany West
09.06.12 CZ - Plzen / Metalfest Czech Republic
10.06.12 CH - Pratteln / Metalfest Switzerland
The band's debut album "Spell Eater" will be released on 27 April (EU) and 8 May (USA) via Napalm Records. The track listing for "Spell Eater" is as follows: More...
When you hear the news that a metal icon has died, you always remember what you were doing at that moment in time. It was the summer of 2004 and the end of a long day of work for me. Sifting through the news and portals, the headline "Quorthon Dies at 38" hit me like a lead ballast. What was so haunting about it was that I had just been playing "Under the Sign of the Black Mark" a few days earlier. Quorthon - the man, the legend - gone so soon. How could this be?
It is ironic that in the strange world we live in, an artist’s status becomes glorified after their demise. They may have been legendary and innovative in what they created and did in the musical realm while they were living and they may have fallen off the radar for a while - but their death brings their accomplishments front and center. After Quorthon's death the metal community really took stock in him, the artist, and his immeasurable contributions to metal.
When you die, you are instantly immortalized. Quorthon's passing, especially at a young age, made him into an icon. But in the eyes of a true innovator, he did not see himself that way. Humble, funny and self-effacing, Quorthon proved to be a very down to earth musician who created for the sake. He shrugged off his own accolades and press releases and never believed the hype of all the praises. This is the true measure of accomplishment - let others sing your glory and don't get sucked into it.
During the height of his creative period, Quorthon conducted a few interviews as time permitted. This one comes from 1997, and for fifteen years it has been an undiscovered gem collecting dust. That's the beauty of finding this rare recording, in that all these years later it resurfaces and becomes a voice from the grave. Now that Quorthon is legendary, this interview may be appreciated more than when he was alive. The old school fans and the new devotees may get a rare and personal glimpse into the personality of a man who influenced two genres of metal, a soul who cannot speak again in the flesh. Join us today as we take another glimpse into the man, the legend - Quorthon - on what would have been his 46th birthday.
- Victoria “Sonic Therapy” Willis
Below is a complete transcript of a never before aired or published interview with Quorthon, conducted via telephone during the promotion of his second solo album in May of 1997. Both the transcript and the accompanying streaming audio of the interview are released today, on what would have been his 46th birthday, for the very first time, as our respectful tribute. We hope that his family and friends, as well as admirers of his music and talent, would appreciate hearing him speak to us from 15 years ago, as much as we do.
Quorthon had often expressed frustration over being misquoted and misrepresented by the press, so, with that in mind, and in order to accurately preserve every nuisance and nuance of the interview, both the audio and the transcript are presented in their unabridged forms.
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Swedish metal band In Flames posted video interview footage to promote the band's ongoing "Sounds of a Playground Fading" tour of North America. Here the band discusses touring and what is in store for the band in 2012.
The In Flames North American tour ends on February 21, 2012 in Chicago. The remaining dates are as follows:
Feb. 17 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
Feb. 18 - Best Buy Theater - New York, NY
Feb. 19 - Stage AE - Pittsburgh, PA
Feb. 21 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Check out the video here:
Initially planned for release in January, Brooklyn bastards Vise Massacre’s debut LP "Expendable Humans" has been delayed due to circumstances beyond the band’s control. The band issued the following press release:
"Something got jacked with the master and had to be corrected, but it’s not really interesting or important… we’re just here to spread the word that the LPs are being packed now, and set for arrival at the end of the month, which will allow Expendable Humans to finally trample mankind on March 6th. Direct links for digital and physical orders will be available in the days ahead.
"In the meantime Vise Massacre busy running up bar tabs, skulking on hipsters, and honing their live attack skills in preparation for some live actions to be confirmed in the coming weeks in support of the delayed release of Expendable Humans, which the band are releasing via their own Gorilla The Horse Records through the tight-knit hometown cooperative efforts with NYC’s Generation Records and Earsplit.
"The band also got trashed the other night and set up a raffle where 8 diehards can win T-shirts made by the band, limited versions of the LP and other random/unique/creepy handmade VISE MASSACRE creations. The more you fuck with the band via Facebook/Twitter between now and March 3rd the more chances thou hath of winning some gnarly swag. Check out the details at VM’s Facebook."
All of "Expendable Humans" is still alive and raging for your listening discomfort via Metalunderground at this location.
Massive Assault has posted a teaser trailer online featuring sample clips from all 10 songs off the band's new "Death Strike" album. Check out the trailer below.
The "Death Strike" track listing is as follows:
1. Driven Towards Death
2. Cycle Of Violence
3. Operation? Anthropoid
4. Finished Sympathy
5. Turning Tides
7. Dismal Life
8. Aggressive Depression
10. Plead Not Guilty
Krefeld, Germany based act Grind Inc. has checked in with the following update about writing new material:
"Dear GRIND INC. community,
"How are you guys doing so far? We just wanted to inform about the GRIND INC. camp situation in early 2012. Our drummer ADRIANO became a proud daddy in january!!!
"Right now JAN is in Australia for about 3 months due to business affairs, the next shows are about to be updated soon. The songwriting process for the next album is on its way. You guys definetively can expect the next piece of hatred for about late 2012 / early 2013!"
Further details on the upcoming album and follow-up to "Lynch and Dissect" will be announced as they are made available. You can also listen to Grind Inc. tracks through the band's MySpace page.
As Friday rolls around again you may want to take a look at the new metal tracks recently added to the Rock Band Network for the approaching weekend. These tracks are now available for the Xbox 360 version of Rock Band:
A Plea for Purging - "Heart Of A Child (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Anarchy Club - "King of Everything" (80 MSP)
Chaotrope - "The Thief in the Night - Part II" (80 MSP)
Engel - "Calling Out" (160 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Rise to Revise" (80 MSP)
Halcyon Way - "Rise to Revise (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
Machinae Supremacy - "Rocket Dragon" (160 MSP)
Mystic Syntax - "Give" (80 MSP)
Raggedy Angry - "Easter Island Radiation" (80 MSP)
Strikken - "Machine" (80 MSP)
Strikken - "Machine (2x Bass Pedal)" (80 MSP)
The following tracks will be added to the PS3 edition on 2/21/2012 (North America) and 2/22/2012 (Europe):
Powerman 5000 - "V is for Vampire" ($1.99)
After the Burial - "My Frailty" ($1.99)