Metal News for February 18, 2012
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34 news articles posted on this day.
Spirit Descent has just released its new album "Seven Chapters in A Minor" on Psychedoomelic Records. The band is streaming one of the seven songs on the album, the track "Dawn of Mankind." You may also stream the Spirit Descent's entire first release, "Doominion," by heading over to Bandcamp.
Chilean female fronted metal band Sacramento has released an official video for "Everything to Waste." The track was included on their debut album "Weight of Sin," which was released via Mechanix Records / Digmetalworld in 2011. The video was produced by Aukache Films and directed by Fernando Orellana Trincado. Check out the video below. Visit Sacramento's official Facebook page to stream more music from the band.
Fields Of The Nephilim has unveiled the first track from the forthcoming "Ceromonies" project, which can be found in the player below. The band issued the following press release:
"‘Penetration’ is a dazzling assault on the senses; a ferocious blast of machine-gun strobes and billowing dry-ice that switches between vivid colours and intense monochromatic flashes, set to a precise, brutal and ritualistic soundtrack.
"A demonstration of their dark power which first featured on the ‘Zoon’ album, ‘Penetration’ is an example of the Nephilim at their most extreme, a track which welds the jackhammer rhythms and guttural roar of that album’s industrial vision to the chiming guitars and dramatic melodies for which they are most widely known.
"Whilst other tracks such as the elegaically beautiful epic ‘Wail Of Sumer / And There Will Your Heart Be Also’ from the ‘Elizium’ period demonstrate the softer, more atmospheric moments in their canon, and the likes of ‘Moonchild’, ‘Preacher Man’ and ‘Psychonaut’ represent some of the band’s biggest hits, ‘Penetration’ is a unexpected shot of adrenaline straight to the heart."
The "Ceremonies" live album and DVD is set for release on March 19th, 2012. More...
Canadian female-fronted thrash act Mortillery has posted a song online from the band's latest album "Murder Death Kill." Check out the track "Despised By Blood" in the player available below. To hear more from Mortillery, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
The album's track listing is as follows: More...
Denver thrashers Havok continue their metal assault today confirming May 22nd as the North American release date of their new EP titled "The Point Of No Return." Recorded by the band with final touches coming via James Murphy (Death, Testament), the EP will contain two brand new songs plus a few Havok reworked cover tunes. "The Point Of No Return" precedes the band’s first European adventure beginning early May.
“We’ve been writing some new music in between tours and we’re excited to unveil it,” comments vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez. “These are the first new songs since Time Is Up came out last year. We recorded a cover of Sepultura’s classic ‘Arise’ for your listening enjoyment and the EP features our Slayer medley that was only available on the digital version of Time Is Up. The EP is a good precursor to where the next album will be taking us. I can’t wait to play this new stuff live… See you all on the road!”
Havok has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Italian act Sunpocrisy has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Samaroid Dioramas." Check out the clip below. More information on Sunpocrisy can also be found by navigating to the band's Facebook profile.
Tilburg, The Netherlands based modern metal act Selfmachine has posted a new song online for streaming. Check out the newly uploaded track "Breathe to Aspire" in the player below. For further details on Selfmachine, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
"Cybergrind" act Super Intense Corpse Muncher has posted the new release "Exponential Growth Phase" online for streaming and free download. Check out the tracks in the player below. The "Exponential Growth Phase" track listing is as follows:
1. Brain Mud
2. Blowing Chunks
3. Underarm Darkness
4. Wave Graffiti
5. Exponential Growth Phase
6. Leprechaun Pulveriser
7. Puddle Jumper
8. Sick Muncher
9. Tentacle Master
10. Cybernetic Orchard More...
Norway gained a reputation for releasing the creating the second wave of black metal. Bands like Mayhem, Darkthrone, Emperor, Immortal and Burzum took the Satanic imagery and speed of Venom, Bathory and Celtic to a new level that had never been seen. Two decades have pasted since these bands released their genre-defining albums. Most of these groups have changed their sound and look, but legions of black metal heathens haven’t forgotten this magical period. Bands from around the world have sought to reclaim the dark ambiance from these bands. Some come across as cheap clones. Others, like New Jersey’s Immolith understand how to make an album wearing their influences on their sleeves, but still put their own personalities into the music.
Immolith’s first full-length, “Stormdragon” (read the review) is an example of a “kult” black metal album with a shadowing, witching atmosphere but with a strong mix. The group didn’t pursue a shiny, Hollywood production with a ton of out-of-place keyboards, but the guitars and vocals still freezes the air like an unclean spirit, which will cause a tingling of the spine. Metal Underground spoke to guitarist, vocalist and over-all evil mastermind, Greg Isiamon about achieving this sound and the band’s sources of inspiration. More...
Bermuda has made the new track "In Trenches" available for streaming online, which features a guest appearance by Kevin McCaughey of Ion Dissonance. Check out the track in the player below.
The song comes from the band's new album "The Wandering," which will be available in stores and online on April 24th through Mediaskare Records. Additionally, Bermuda has lined up a handful of new shows including a short tour alongside Elitist. Dates are as follows:
2/22 Oxford, MS - Oxford VFW
2/23 Summit, MS - Johnston Chapel United Methodist
2/24 Jackson, MS - The Carter
2/25 Baton Rouge, LA - Here Today Gone Tomorrow
2/26 Houston, TX - Anchor Church
2/28 Midland, TX - The Pinebox
2/29 Las Cruces, NM - Las Cruces Event Center More...
Denmark's Svartsot has issued the following announcement about recruiting guitarist Alm, who had previously been a member of the now disbanded Fairytale Abuse:
"We can also announce a new and grizzled face in the 2nd guitar slot - and he is Alm, formerly of Jydsk black metallers Fairytale Abuse.
"Obviously we take this position very seriously and so we were sure to put him through a rigorous interview process leaving nothing whatsoever to chance. 'Have you got an unfeasibly huge beard?' 'Yes.' 'Your're in!'"
Alm is taking over duties for the recently departed rhythm guitarist Uffe. For more details on Svartsot, check out the band's Facebook profile.
Battle metallers Turisas will be heading back to North America this spring for "PaganFest: America Part III," their first-ever U.S. headlining run. Joining the Finnish sextet on their triumphant return to the States is a gathering of bands from across the world: Scotland's Alestorm, Russia's Arkona, and U.S. act Huntress. Ex Deo has now dropped-off the tour, and in regards to the band's departure from PaganFest, Maurizio Iacono comments:
"It is with deep disappointment that I am obliged to pull EX DEO off this year's PaganFest. We were all excited to play this festival and premier some new material, but unfortunately our new album 'Caligvla' has been delayed, and we need to finish it and make it perfect. Add to that, the Kataklsym DVD is also on its final production phase...We decided it would be best to concentrate on giving every bit of attention to the album you have been waiting for, and also for the Kataklysm documentary to kick major ass.
"This being said, we will still perform with EX DEO on the Montreal & Toronto shows with PaganFest, as we will be in studio in the area, closing up the album 'Caligvla'. Everything else is cancelled for EX DEO. We will return to support the album in the fall...
"Word from Rome is that the plans are already in motion for world conquest! We ask our fans to support PaganFest and the great bands playing this year!"
Dates for the PaganFest tour are as follows: More...
Hamerex has posted the following message online regarding delays in the release of the "Rites of Passage" album:
"Once again one FINAL delay of the album but only by a week (Got to keep you lot on your toes). The last delay is a result of a slight problem during printing which a slight change had to be approved.
"The album will be released on Monday 27th February 2012. Casket has started pre-orders on their store of the album at £6.99 as well as the album being on Amazon.co.uk to pre-order.
"We will be receiving copies during the week to make them available at gigs and through our own store and eventually the website. Thank you all for being patient with us but it's almost finally over." More...
Shortly after the band's current European tour, Georgian act Kylesa will tour the U.S. once again, this time with GWAR. Here is the currently confirmed list of gigs:
12 Apr 12 New Orleans, LA (US) The Parish @ House of Blues
13 Apr 12 San Antonio, TX (US) Backstage Live
14 Apr 12 Corpus Christi, TX (US) House of Rock
16 Apr 12 Pensacola, FL (US) Vinyl Music Hall
17 Apr 12 Orlando, FL (US) Beacham Theater
18 Apr 12 Jacksonville, FL (US) Freebird Live
19 Apr 12 Asheville, NC (US) The Orange Peel
20 Apr 12 N. Myrtle Beach, SC (US) House of Blues
21 Apr 12 Baltimore, MD (US) Sonar
22 Apr 12 Columbus, OH (US) Newport Music Hall
23 Apr 12 Nashville, TN (US) Marathon Music Works
25 Apr 12 Buffalo, NY (US) The Town Ballroom
26 Apr 12 Poughkeepsie, NY (US) The Chance
27 Apr 12 Hampton Beach, NH (US) Wally's Pub
28 Apr 12 Allentown, PA (US) Crocodile Rock
Italian death metallers Chronic Hate have signed on with To React Records for the release of the new album "Dawn Of Fury." To React Records commented on the album:
"In the eight tracks of 'Dawn Of Fury' will be introduced a ferocious and reactive death metal which represents a face kick to the decline of this society. For fans of Hate, Malavolent Creation and Decapitated!"
Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, check out Chronic Hate at the band's Facebook profile.
Sylosis will be embarking on the "Slings and Arrows" U.K. tour with Xerath this coming April (details available in the tour poster below). The band has now posted a teaser trailer for the run of shows online, which can be viewed below.
Lionheart has released the second installment of the band's road updates from the Persistence Tour, you can view below. The European tour, also featuring Suicidal Tendencies, Biohazard, Terror, and Walls of Jericho recently concluded, followed by Lionheart playing a string of European dates with just Biohazard.
"Filthy black metal" band Mutilation Rites has now completed recording for the group's Prosthetic Records debut in Baltimore, MD with Kevin Bernsten (TRIAC).
Look for the crusty blackened slab by the Brooklyn band, which MetalSucks described as "evil as fuck," to hit sometime this spring. The band has also announced a string of dates in March which will see Mutilation Rties playing several shows at Austin's annual SXSW music conference.
Stay tuned for more dates and information on the album in the coming weeks. The upcoming Mutilation Rites tour dates are as follows: More...
Bloodshot Dawn has posted a guitar instructional video clip online from the "Beckoning Oblivion" album, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"This is the second in a series of videos, showcasing some of my lead parts from my band Bloodshot Dawn's debut album. Lick 2 is from the opening track on the album 'Beckoning Oblivion.' This lick incorporates high speed alternate picking, economy picking, sweep picking and there's a little tap thrown in there too.
"I hope you guys enjoy this lick and have fun playing it! I will be releasing videos each week, demonstrating a lick from 10 of the 11 tracks on the album, covering a range of different techniques and vibes.
Prosthetic Records has announced details of the label's second ever official South By Southwest (SXSW) showcase at this year's conference in Austin, TX. The show will take place on Friday, March 16th at Valhalla (located at 710 Red River and formerly known as Room 710) and kicks off at 8 p.m. The lineup is as follows:
8 p.m. - Last Chance to Reason
9 p.m. - Primitive Weapons
10 p.m. - Junius
11 p.m. - Mutilation Rites
12 a.m. - Holy Grail
1 a.m. - Scale the Summit More...
Finnish death doomsters Desecresy started the recordings of their sophomore album in late 2011 and are currently in the final stages to complete this opus which will be entitled "The Doom Skeptron." Mixing is being handled by Jani Loikas who has previously worked for bands like Slugathor and Deepred, amongst others. Xtreem Music commented on the release:
"In 'The Doom Skeptron' you shall witness the approaching mass of Death Metal forged by the weight of kick drums crushingly rotating onwards alongside with palm muted tremolo riffing and guitar leads dwelling from chambers of distant monoliths. All this accompanied by deep voices from the realms underneath ours... Thematically stroking lyrical landscape portraits of surroundings from darkest predictions, and relating tales of creatures beyond our mortal existence.
"As we all heard on the band's debut album 'Arches of Entropy,' Desecresy values the Finnish Death Metal tradition as a source of inspiration, having also influence from bands like Bolt Thrower, Immolation, Incantation, and Asphyx." More...
Steel Panther has confirmed the release of the single “17 Girls In A Row” to coincide with the glam metal parody/tribute band's almost sold out U.K. tour this Spring. The single will be released via Universal Records on April 2nd, 2012. The track is taken from the band's second album "Balls Out" (reviewed here), which was released in October.
Steel Panther will be returning to the U.K. in March 2012 for a headlining tour. The March 2012 dates are as follows:
TUESDAY 27 MARCH O2 ACADEMY BIRMINGHAM – SOLD OUT
WEDNESDAY 28 MARCH O2 ACADEMY GLASGOW
FRIDAY 30 MARCH MANCHESTER ACADEMY – SOLD OUT
SATURDAY 31 MARCH O2 ACADEMY BRIXTON
The band, comprised of Michael Starr (vocals), Satchel (guitar), Lexxi Foxxx (bass) and Stix Zadinia (drums), will embark on its first trip to Australia later this year (Soundwave 2012), return to the U.K. for another tour, and play the main stage at Download this June.
In honor of Valentine's Day, Steel Panther also recently posted a video online breaking up with your girlfriend so you don't have to.
Massachusetts' own Unearth, which recently posted a music video online for the song "Watch it Burn," will join the all-star lineup already announced for the 14th Annual New England Metal and Hardcore Festival on Saturday, April 21st.
"It's been five years since we've taken the stage at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival and we couldn't be happier to make our return this April 21," said singer Trevor Phipps. "This fest gave us a shot as an up and coming band over a decade ago and was one of the springboards for our career in heavy music. This year's lineup looks to be an amazing one and we are looking forward to hitting that stage." More...
New England black metallers Autolatry have posted footage online of their time recording the "Of The Land" EP at the band's home base in Mansfield, Connecticut. Check out the drum and guitar recording clips available below. Autolatry is also currently streaming the entire EP online.
Portland, Oregon based act Skies Above Reason has posted two guitar playthrough clips for new songs the band is currently working on. Check out the footage below, or find more details on Skies Above Reason via the band's Facebook profile.
UAE-based metallers Benevolent are in the recording process for their upcoming debut full-length album, and the band is now adding Andols Herrick (ex-Chimaira) as a featured musician on the album to record one track.
Hadi Sarieddine, the band co-founder and lead guitarist states "It is pretty crazy thinking that Andols Herrick is going to be drumming on one of our songs; if I go back in time and tell past-me that this was happening I'd probably get a pretty sarcastic reaction." He added "The last couple of years since we started the band have been absolutely insanely great for us; getting such great reviews for the debut record, getting signed to Spellbind Records, and now this? I can't think that things could be any better for the band, I'm really proud of how things are coming together."
Andols Herrick commented on his work with Benevolent and how this all came together: "I was approached by Hadi Sarieddine awhile back about the possibility of tracking drums for Benevolent. I was quite impressed with the quality of the music and vocals. I love having the opportunity to work with a great band, who happens to represent the Middle East metal scene very well. I do know it is very vibrant having had the pleasure of performing with Chimaira at the Desert Rock Festival in Dubai back in 2009." More...
Italian band Ignition Code has officially inked a deal with To React Records to release a debut full-length album. The label commented:
"The melodic/math/death metal band, born in 2007 with members of Sawthis and The Juliet Massacre, is ready to present the debut album entitled 'NewTek Lie,' 10 tracks of pure sonic madness with intense melodies."
Check out Ignition Code's music through the band's official Facebook profile.
Long running Swedish act Katatonia is currently in the process of recording a new album and follow-up to "Night is the New Day" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in from the studio with a video update, which can be found via Katatonia's Facebook profile.
The Swedes previously commented on the upcoming album:
"So, how does the material sound like? Well, you got the lush textures, the moody melodies, the heavy parts, the progressive touches, the mellow bits and so on... Is it metal? Is it rock? Is it alternative? Is it singer/songwriter? Actually at times it feels like we're exploring territories where Katatonia would be an orphan in the land of 'genres.' We can't tell where and to whom we belong and the goal is that it doesn't even matter, because before and above any genre there's first an acceptance level of music being good, or being bad. Katatonia might be bad people, but we create good music. Amen."
Denmark's Hatesphere will be supporting Sepultrua on upcoming live shows in March. The band commented:
"HateSphere will be direct support for Brazilian legends Sepultura on the following Eastern European dates :
20.03 - Riga (Latvia) "Melna Piektdiena"
21.03 - Tallinn (Estonia) "Tapper"
22.03 - Helsinki (Finland) "Virgin Oil"
23.03 - St-Petersburg (Russia) "Orlandina"
25.03 - Nizhny Novogorod (Russia)"Premio Centre
"Stand by for more... In other news, HateSphere has the following UK dates alongside Cattle Decapitation and Incantation:
14.08 - The Well, Leeds
15.08 - Ivory Blacks, Glasgow
16.08 - Underground, London
"See y'all there!"
Brazilian metal band Masterpiece is streaming a new single, "Revenge," from it's upcoming album "Heirs of Freedom." The album will be out early in 2012 on Digmetalworld Records, and you may stream the single below or check out the video upload of it. To hear more of Masterpiece's earlier music, head on over to Soundcloud. The tracklisting of the album "Heirs of Freedom" is as follows:
3. No More
4. Mr. Disgrace
5. Drowned in the Sea of Lie
7. For the Heir of Freedom (Another invite to the suicide)
8. Trajectory of Death
10. The Thing Out of Control
11. The Collector
Aeternam has checked in with the following announcement about splitting with the band's bass player and recording a new album:
"Aeternam is sad to announce the departure of bass player Jean-François Boudreault. The band wishes him success with all his projects and thank him for all those great moments shared together.
"On a more positive note, Aeternam is proud to reveal the title and tracklist of their forthcoming album, due by the end of this year. The album will again be recorded at Badass Studios with engineer JeF Fortin within the next two months and will be called 'Moongod.' Please, share and stay tuned for more details really soon!"
2. Invading Jerusalem
4. Iram of the Pillars
5. Rise of Arabia
7. Descent of Gods
8. Idol of the Sun
9. Hubal, Profaner of Light
New Jersey's Float Face Down has posted a new song online titled "For The World To See," which is taken from the band's upcoming album "Exitium Verum." Check out the song in the player below.
"Exitium Verum" will be available in stores and online on April 10th, 2012 through Rite of Passage Records. You can also find more details on Float Face Down at the band's Facebook profile.
French band Unsu has signed on with Kaotoxin Records for the release of the debut MCD "The Filthy" on March 6th, 2012. A teaser trailer for the MCD is now available and can be viewed below.
You can also check out the full song "Kill Kyst" from the album, premiered exclusively through Metalunderground.com, at this location. The track listing for "The Filthy" is as follows:
1. Napalm in the morning
2. Magic quartet of starfuckers
3. Kill kyst
4. The filthy
5. Time to act (Nasum cover)
6. (intro) (live)
7. Cut throat with my ass (live)
8. Shaved (live)
9. Self-destruction (live)
10. Aphra (live)
11. Fat attack (live)
12. Hate (swamping hemp version) (live)
13. Writer's block (live)
14. Gay's juice (live)
15. Ebola (live)
16. My misery (live)
17. Time to act (Nasum cover) (live)
18. Jack error (live) More...
Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire has announced the "7 Years of Disillusion" tour this coming March. Dates for the run are below, and the band also commented:
"7 years of being told we weren't 'grind enough.' 7 years of being told we weren't 'doom enouh.' 7 years of being told we had a shitty name. 7 years of being shunned by the 'grindcore community.' 7 years of not giving a fuck. 7 years of playing we want to play. 7 years of impure filthy fucking funeralgrind!"
13th-El Paso, TX @ La Casa Sam W/ Communion of Thieves
14th-San Antonio, TX @ 1011 W/ Colonia
15th-Austin, TX @ 1808 annex
16th-Arlington, TX @ THE RANCH bar & grill
17th-Dallas, TX @ Queen City Hall W/ Kill the Client, Baring Teeth, Akkolyte, Tyranosorceress
(5 days of working man’s sadness)
23rd-Omaha,NE @ West Wing
24th-Dekalb, IL @ 7th St. Space W/ SICK/TIRED
25th-Jackson, MI @ Bird Alley W/ Sender Receiver, Bruxism, Scum, Isenblast, Discerned
26th-NYC @ Lit Lounge w/SEA OF BONES, The Year is One, Radiation Black Body, Head Snatcher
27th-Queens, NY @ HillTap Tavern W/ SEA OF BONES
28th-Boston, MA @ O’briens pub W/ SEA OF BONES, IN THE SHIT
29th-Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus BarW/SEA OF BONES, The Communion, Amputee, Scowl
30th-Columbus, OH @ The Summit
31st-Peoria, IL @ The Brass Rail
1st-Kansas City, MO @ Asshole Castle