Metal News for February 18, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
In support of latest full-length, "Iconic Nightmare," the Appleton, Wisconsin crust brigade Wartorn has announced an upcoming Spring tour with Italian hardcore/punk outfit Raw Power.
Running from April 26th through May 4th, the two acts will invade nine Midwestern American cities on a high-paced warpath, including a show at the two-day Forward Ohio Fest alongside Masakari, Coke Bust, Violent Restitution, Backslider, Nukehammer and others.
Blow The Scene is now hosting a stream of the entire "Iconic Nightmare" album now right here.
4/26/2013 Korktown Tavern - Detroit, MI w/ Heresy, The State
4/27/2013 Carabar - Columbus, OH @ Forward Ohio Fest [info]
4/28/2013 Belvedere’s - Pittsburgh, PA w/ Submachine
4/29/2013 Ihop - Indianapolis, IN w/ We Must Dismantle All This
4/30/2013 Reggie’s - Chicago, IL
5/01/2013 Hattrix Bar - Kenosha, WI w/ Pistofficer
5/02/2013 Subterranean - Appleton WI w/ Rat Sack
5/03/2013 UW Memorial Union - Madision WI w/ Pyroklast, Panther
5/04/2013 Medusa - Minneapolis, MN w/ Kontrasekt
Dark Tranquillity has officially parted ways with bassist Daniel Antonsson. The band issued the following statement:
"Shortly before beginning the studio sessions for the upcoming 10th studio album 'Construct,' the band amicably parted ways with bassist Daniel Antonsson.
"The decision has been growing for a while, and the main reason is that Daniel wanted to focus on his own musical projects as well as working more in his recording studio. Being first and foremost a guitarist, he felt that the playing bass in a full-time band didn’t allow him much time for his main instrument and true passion.
"With this in mind, he chose to follow his heart and step aside at this point instead of committing to another album and an intense touring cycle that would leave little room for other activities. We thank Daniel for his years in the band - filled with great shows and amazing memories and experiences in all corners of the world - and wish him all the best with his future musical career. More...
Wastefall has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes within the band:
"It is always bad news when a member of a family departs but in the current circumstances it’s for the sake of music. Christos Kyrkilis (keyboards) left the band in friendly terms. Therefore, the band decided to go on as a quartet.
"Since Domenik is more than efficient, he is going to take charge the keyboards concerning the studio recordings. It’s better for the chemistry of the band to remain as a quartet. We wish Christos all it’s best to his future endeavours.
"Since Kostis Papalexopoulos is still in exile in London UK, the band had to come up with a new member behind the drum kit. We are more than happy & proud to present you Konstantinos Galimis (Agnosia, ex-Ravencult).
"As we previously informed you, concerning the upcoming photo shooting, we can now present you the current line up photos. Feel free to check them out here."
Konstantinos also commented on his recruitment: “I am very happy and proud to be part of this new era for the band! I can't wait to perform on some amazing tunes behind Wastefall's drum-kit!” More...
A new "metal opera" project titled The Land of New Hope has been formed, which features members of Sonata Arctica, Symphony X, Amaranthe, and more. A teaser trailer for project can be viewed below, with further details to be announced at the end of the month.
Persefone, recently signed to ViciSolum Productions, has posted a new music video online for the track "Spiritual Migration."
The song is the title track off the album of the same name and can be viewed below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Flying Sea Dragons
2. Mind as Universe
3. The Great Reality
4. Zazen Meditation
5. The Majestic of Gaia
6. Consciousness (pt.1): Sitting in Silence
7. Consciousness (pt.2): A Path to Enlightenment
8. Inner Fullness
9. Metta Meditation
10. Upward Explosion
11. Spiritual Migration
12. Returning To the Source
13. Outro More...
Baltimore act Visceral Disgorge has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes:
"So I guess I (Travis) should make a public announcement about the current state of Visceral Disgorge.
"Recently we have taken a pretty hard blow with our drummer Dan leaving to pursue his education and just last week one of the founding members Eric (one of our guitarist) decided that it was time to part ways as well, due to some recent personal reasons he will no longer have the time.
"Me and the other guitarist Steve are currently working with a new bassist, a new drummer and a new guitarist to get caught up with our current material and aspiring to write new material here very soon. More details to come in the weeks to follow."
For more on Visceral Disgorge, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Sweden's Katatonia has premiered a new music video for "Lethean," taken from latest album "Dead End Kings" (reviewed here). The clip was directed by Lasse Hoile and can be viewed at Rocknytt.net right here.
Katatonia will also be hitting the road with Opeth for an upcoming North American tour. Dates for the run are available below. More...
Warbeast is pleased to announce that Casey Orr (Rigor Mortis, GWAR) will join the band as a fill-in bassist while on the road this spring with GWAR.
The band’s upcoming tour dates with GWAR and Wilson kick off in Tucson, AZ on April 10th. The 16 day run, dubbed the “Fate or Chaos Tour,” will continue through the month of April until it closes in Jacksonville, FL on April 25th.
Warbeast vocalist Bruce Corbitt states, “Obviously we are all psyched to have Casey on board for this upcoming tour with GWAR and Wilson. I’ve always respected Casey’s professionalism, abilities and musicianship from our many years together in Rigor Mortis. This will be a natural and comfortable fit for Warbeast. Plus he’s still buds with all of the guys in GWAR, so this tour will be a blast… to say the least."
Casey Orr also adds, “I am very excited to accept the challenge of playing bass for the mighty Warbeast! I'm looking forward to crushing skulls with my brothers in the Beast, and I'm totally stoked to be bringing the thunder on the road this April, supporting my Scumdog family – GWAR. Texas Thrash will Destroy!”
“This by far will be the most solid lineup to date with Casey Orr joining us for this tour. I’ve known him all of my life and it just seems right,” comments Warbeast guitarist Scott Shelby. “Casey is hyped as well, as is the whole band to move on to this new era and continue to Destroy!”
“I’m looking forward to the rhythm section being tighter than ever,” states drummer Joey Gonzalez. “I know Casey will be killer to learn from and jam with." More...
Canadian extreme doom metal armada Ischemic has discharged a self-titled debut demo, which is now available for free streaming/digital purchase via Bandcamp here or through the player below.
Ischemic, featuring former members of Serene Molestation (Isabelle T - vocals) and Saprophyte (Tyler B - guitars), has united with Adam K (guitars), Anthony A (bass) and Heimdallr (drums) to form a devastating union of extreme doom annihilation. Formed in July 2012, Ischemic has already been tearing up stages and decimating audiences in the band's hometown of Toronto, Ontario, opening for the likes of Blizaro and Sons of Otis.
Further live actions, and other other updates regarding all things Ischemic will be announced in the coming weeks and months. The demo's track listing is:
1. Life...The Heaviest Of Burdens 08:52
2. Cerebral Pestilence 08:02
3. Crawl Out Of Hell 12:14 More...
Masterpiece has posted a music video online for the track "Revenge," which was produced and filmed by Eduardo Wosniak. Check out the clip below. The song comes off latest album "Heirs of Freedom," available online now on iTunes here.
Shai Hulud's new album "Reach Beyond the Sun" will be released tomorrow, February 19th, 2013. The band has now teamed up with StereoKiller.com to post a track-by-track breakdown of the release, which can be found right here. Metal Blade also comments:
"Shai Hulud has always had a reputation for penning thought-provoking and deeply meaningful lyrics. Their latest effort, Reach Beyond the Sun, is no exception. In an effort to further elaborate and expose fans to the ideas behind each of the album's eleven tracks, founding members Matt Fox and Matt Fletcher, have posted a track-by-track breakdown exclusively on StereoKiller.com. Additionally, an accompanying video has been posted that highlights 30 second samples from each song on the album, as well as portions of the album art from inside the package."
You can also catch the band live on the following dates: More...
Poland's Disperse will release new album "Living Mirrors" through Season of Mist on February 19th, 2013 in North America.
The band is now streaming the full album online - you can check out the songs via Bandcamp here or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Dancing with Endless Love 03:55
2. Enigma of Abode 04:45
3. Profane the Ground 05:00
4. Prana 01:46
5. Message from Atlantis 06:24
6. WOW! 01:15
7. Universal Love 03:50
8. Be Afraid of Nothing 01:13
9. Unbroken Shiver 06:36
10. Touching the Golden Cloud 03:56
11. Butoh 03:58
12. Choices over Me 03:24
13. AUM 09:27 More...
Sybreed's official video for the track "The Line Of Least Resistance," directed by Benjamin Cappelletti, has been posted online and can now be viewed below.
The track is taken from Sybreed's 4th album "God is an Automaton" (reviewed here), released in October 2012 on Listenable Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Posthuman Manifesto (4:50)
2. No Wisdom Brings Solace (4:37)
3. The Line of Least Resistance (4:32)
4. Red Nova Ignition (5:08)
5. God is an Automaton (5:59)
6. Hightech Versus Lowlife (5:15)
7. Downfall Inc. (5:01)
8. Challenger (4:37)
9. A Radiant Daybreak (5:30)
10. Into the Blackest Light (4:28)
11. Destruction and Bliss (9:44) More...
After releasing a video for "Siren's Strain," This Deafening Whisper has posted a new video clip online for the track "Embrace the Brawl."
Check out the video below. Both "Embrace the Brawl" and "Siren's Strain" come off the new album "Duodecim," available via iTunes here.
Brazilian band Dynahead has released a combination music/lyric video for the track "Abiogenesis" which comes of the groups newest album "Chordata I," set to be released on May 11th. Check out the clip below.
The Brazilian digipak version will be released on MSMetal Records/Voice Music, and the digital version has been out since February 14th via Digmetalworld Records in North America. The track listing is as follows:
2. Bred Patterns
3. Collective Skin
4. Dawn Mirrored In Me
5. Echoes Of The Waves
7. Growing In Veins
8. Hallowed Engine
9. Inevitable More...
Papa Emeritus II and his Nameless ghouls today revealed the music video for "Secular Haze," the first visual offering from Ghost B.C. - taken from forthcoming sophomore psalm "Infestissumam," due out on April 9th, 2013 on Loma Vista Recordings.
The video for "Secular Haze" was shot by Amir Chamdin in the band's hometown of Linköping, Sweden and is currently premiering at Noisey right here. "Secular Haze" will also be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon tomorrow, February 19th.
Papa Emeritus II succeeded Papa Emeritus at the conclusion of phase one in the year of 12, and the nameless ghouls joined him under the unholy church's current moniker Ghost B.C. - (Modified from Ghost in the U.S. for legal reasons). Make no mistake though, the rituals still demand the same reverence and praise.
Ghost B.C. will be delivering sweet satanic melodies, snaking distorted riffs, and vaudevillian keyboards to audiences across the continent for Haze Over North America tour 2013, which will bow at this year's Coachella Valley music & Arts Festival on April 14th at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA.
U.K. band Tides of Virtue has issued the following announcement about deciding to call it a day:
"I realize this wasn't the announcement people were expecting to hear tonight and it saddens us to have to say this but Tides Of Virtue has come to an end.
"As our personal lives and jobs have become busier it hasn't been possible to keep the flame beneath Tides alight and as you may or may not know we have lost several members along the way.
"We want to thank everyone who has been a member of Tides of Virtue from the start and to the promoters and friends that have booked us shows and put a roof over our heads and most importantly thank you to all of the fans that supported us, whether it was coming to see us at a show, buying a T-shirt/hoodie or our album or even just checking us out online. I wouldn't swap any of our experiences on the road for anything (including the insane 24 hour drive to Barcelona to play with Texas In July). More...
Video has been posted online of The Great Old Ones performing a song titled "The Truth," which can be found in the player below. The video was shot in Pessac, France on January 17th, 2013. "The Truth" comes off the band's "Al Azif" album, released last year.
Continents has released a second tour diary and announced the band will be performing at this year’s Summer Jam Festival in Manchester on July 20th and 21st. Watch the clip below and get ready to see these South Wales’ party lads on the road beginning February 21st in Cardiff.
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about offering fans the chance to join the band on tour:
"Have you ever dreamt about or wondered what it feels like to travel around like a real rock star? Do you want to ride, party and sleep in a real rock'n'roll-nightliner-bus? Just like the band and crew? Do YOU want to experience life on the road - like your favourite band? SAXON? How about not only LIKE SAXON - but WITH THEM? Dream no more, because now not only is this possible, it is now a reality!
"The Rock 'N' Roll Experience offers you - for the first time ever - the opportunity to join SAXON on tour! Travel with us in a real nightliner bus, the same kind of bus that the band and crew travel in on their tour. We will take you to selected gigs (Nottingham, Newcastle and Glasgow. Dates 19, 20, 21, and 22nd of April). You will follow the bands tour bus to the gigs, and in most cases (depends on individual gig access) park right next to them.
"You will then join the band and crew at soundchecks, we will provide your tickets for the shows and also arrange for you to have priority access/entrance to the shows so that you get the best views at the shows. Not only that but we will arrange either an exclusive Rock 'N' Roll Experience meet-and-greet with the entire band where you can ask them anything you have been dying to ask them, get your autographs and take loads of your own pictures, close-up and personal. Or we will arrange that you will have a once-in-a-lifetime-treat, your own exclusive meal with the band in a local restaurant or backstage. (the meet-and-greet or meal will be confirmed in advance, so you will know which of these fantastic offers are available)
"In addition you will receive your own collectible laminated exclusive Rock 'N' Roll Experience tour pass. Rock 'N' Roll Experience has saved the best treat until last, we will arrange your own fantastic after show party with the entire band attending. This party will be the highlight of your Rock 'N' Roll Experience tour with us.
"So do not wonder anymore, LIVE THE DREAM and join us on our next tour. All of this is available exclusively to Rock 'N' Roll Experience clients only. There are very limited places available for these fantastic touring experiences on each tour." More...
Virginia-based psychedelic sludge sorcerers Akris recently joined forces with Domestic Genocide Records for the release of a forthcoming full-length debut. Recorded by Chris Kozlowski at Polar Bear Lair Studios in Middleton, Maryland, the offering is slated to drop later this Summer.
Comments vocalist/ bassist Helena Goldberg of the signing: “It's incredibly gratifying to sign to a label that not only recognizes how hard we work for our music, but also supports our relentless pursuit of our passion. We are very excited to be working with domestic genocide for the release of our debut full length album and we plan on touring the United States over the course of this June and July.”
The following press release was also issued about the band:
"The story of Akris begins in the middle, on a fateful June night in 2011 when Goldberg met drummer Sam Lohman at a house show in Alexandria, Virginia. Goldberg had begun Akris three years prior, continuing the path she had blazed with her first band Aquila.
"An accomplished and classically trained pianist, Goldberg began playing bass while studying piano and composition at the Manhattan School of Music, graduating in 2008. Her Uncle and mentor, world renowned master musician and accomplished recording artist Charles Burnham, gave Goldberg her first bass and taught her improvisational skills. A deep knowledge of musical theory and composition mixed with a deep, near-gut wrenching adoration for heavy music is where AKRIS derives its sound.
"Powered by Earth and Sunn amps, Goldberg's bass sound can only be matched by the sheer concentration of her vocals making for an avalanche of sonic severity. Drummer Sam Lohman began playing clubs since 1980 and has since performed with various bands including Sheer Terror, Dust Devils, Nimrod, Sikhara, Steve Mackay and the Radon Ensemble, Acid Mothers Temple, Sonic Suicide Squad, Matta Gawa with guitarist Ed Ricart and his solo noise project, 36. Two musicians from the same town but different worlds. Doomed to fail. Don't even try. The first jam set the new course and a new Akris was forged."
Ne Obliviscaris, which we nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 for our year-end awards, recently signed to Season of Mist to release a new album.
The band has now checked in with the following announcement about streaming the previous "Portal of I" album (reviewed here) online in its entirety:
"Aural Music/Code 666 has made our album 'Portal Of I' available to stream IN FULL for the next week via their bandcamp page! So if you haven't bought a copy yet and want to hear it before you buy it, click on the link and have a listen!" More...
Cytotoxin has issued the following statement about canceling upcoming live shows due to the band's guitarist experiencing a health issue:
"Hi people! Unfortunately I have to inform you about an issue that influences my guitar playing. Since about a year I increasingly developed a problem with my right hand (picking hand) and after a lot of research on the internet and also a couple of visits of several doctors I finally was diagnosed with focal dystonia.
"What this exactly is will be hard to explain to non-affected people. Basically it’s a quite seldom neurological task specific movement disorder. Because of that it’s nearly impossible for me to play techniques like alternate picking, palm muting or sweep picking any more. You can get a more detailed information of focal dystonia right here.
"I believe I owe to explain the circumstances to our fans. We thought about telling you the whole thing for a long time. We decided to make truth public since we don’t want to affront you in any way. We really appreciate all of you for what you’ve done for us and we will always be thankful for your eternal support!
"Within the last rehearsals we noticed more and more that we can’t keep up our live performance standard any longer with of my disorder. Because of that we had to make another hard decision which is to cancel a few shows in the near future. I’m sure that things won’t get better if I keep on playing those new songs which are very challenging for my right hand at the time. You may wonder how I’m planning to overcome this… More...
The Dillinger Escape Plan will release upcoming new album "One of Us is the Killer" this coming May, 2013.
"One of Us is the Killer" is set to be released by Sumerian Records (Animals As Leaders, The Faceless, Periphery) in North America through the Dillinger Escape Plan's own Party Smasher Inc. imprint. Party Smasher's partnership with BMG covers the rest of the world, including licensing deals with Grind House (Helmet, Cancer Bats, Funeral For A Friend) for Japan and Remote Control (Radiohead, Vampire Weekend, MIA) in Australia.
The new Dillinger Escape Plan album was recorded in Southern California with longtime producer Steve Evetts (Glassjaw, The Cure, Suicide Silence), with additional production at guitarist/co-founder Ben Weinman's studio. Mastering will be handled by Tom Baker (Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys). The following press release was issued about the album:
"The album represents a new holistic pinnacle of the band's constantly evolving and engaging dynamics. The band will launch worldwide tours in 2013, beginning with a handful of headlining dates that have just been released.
"Dillinger's mind-bending meld of metal, rock, experimental ambience and melody first reared its head with a 6 track EP on hardcore indie Now Or Never Records, quickly followed by Under the Running Board on Relapse. The band earned a reputation as a fearless act on the live stage, committing their minds, bodies and spirits to the exhibition and visceral release of performance and often brutalizing stages, gear and themselves along the way. Calculating Infinity became the gold standard for the emerging 'math-core'/'math-metal' movement, earning a place in author Martin Popoff's "Top 500 Heavy Metal Albums of All Time." Kerrang! included the album in the '100 Best Rock Albums of All Time' and presented the band with their Spirit of Independence Award. More...
Annex Theory has checked in from tour with the following update about being delayed on the road again after previously experiencing vehicle problems:
"We are literally having the worst luck ever on this tour, as once again we have run into a major set back.
"At the moment we are currently stranded in Portage La Prairie, MB. After our van was repaired yesterday we decided to drive though to Winnipeg, little did we know we were driving right into a storm which forced us to pull over to the side of the highway.
"As it stands, the Trans Canada highway is closed down where we are and we are literally waiting for it to open again and conditions to clear.
"We'll keep posting updates as the situation progresses, thank you everyone who has dropped us a line or supported in any way. We are doing absolutely everything possible to make this happen." More...
Dutch death metallers Antropomorphia are all fired up for another video shooting, this time around for the song "Debauchery In Putrefaction," which will be shot this coming February 23rd.
Comments the band: "The tale continues… This time the crypt portals to the song 'Debauchery in Putrefaction' will be opened and we'll descend deeper into the story of this post-mortal display of lesbian affection and the visual aspect of 'Evangelivm Nekromantia'. 'Debauchery in Putrefaction' will be immersed in a dark and bleak atmosphere therefore we continue our collaboration with Maurice Swinkels, who is also responsible for the first visual chapter 'Psuchagogia'."
You can also watch the previously posted video for "Psuchagogia" in the player below. More...
Space Mirrors, which was covered in the Lovecraftian edition of our "Unearthing The Metal Underground" column, has now revealed the band's new album will be titled "The Other Gods." The track listing is as follows:
1. Stranger in the Mirror
2. The Nameless City
4. Frozen City of Cubes and Cones
5. (The Case of) Red Hook
6. Strange High House
7. Times Unknown
8. The Other Gods
9. Doom of Sarnath More...
After posting a lyric video online for new track "The Individualist," Walking Corpse Syndrome is now offering the song as a free download. You can get the track via the band's blog here or through the player below. WCS also comments:
"Walking Corpse Syndrome is giving away a free, no-strings-attached download! Grab it from our Reverbnation widget below.
"Why are we doing this? We hope that you enjoy our new music enough to memorize every word, force your friends to listen to it, Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, Subscribe to us on YouTube, sign up for our Mailing List, and then join the mosh pit at one of our shows. Don't wait! Download it now!" More...
American Heritage (featuring touring bassist Scott Shellhamer from Mares of Thrace) is offering the band's discography for free download today only. You can snag the releases over at Bandcamp right here, or stream the full "Sedentary" album in the player below. American Heritage also comments:
"Why not celebrate America's heritage on this President's Day by downloading (most of) the American Heritage discography for fucking free? FOR FUCKING FREE YOU DICKS! You've got no excuse. Nary a one. Do it you GD MFer... 'Merica!" More...
Season of Mist is re-releasing the Tsjuder album "Desert Northern Hell" tomorrow, February 19th, 2013. You can now stream the full album through Decibel Magazine here.
The reissue will be available as CD and gatefold LP formats, both including a bonus DVD. Pre-orders are available right here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Malignant Coronation
4. Lord of Swords
6. Mouth of Madness
7. Unholy Paragon
9. Morbid Lust
10. Primeval Fear [live]
11. Daemons Journey [live]
12. Beyond the Grave [live]
13. The Gate of Nanna [live]
Denmark's Mercenary has checked in with the following update about recording a new album:
"We are very excited to announce that we have entered Hansen Studios a while back, and have begun the recordings of our 7th album.
"Peter Mathiesen has already recorded all his drum parts, and he has done an absolutely amazing job! We will be posting some video diaries from the studio; here is the first clip. ENJOY!" More...
Chalice of Doom, which recently signed to Memento Mori, has issued the following announcement about a guest appearance on the band's upcoming album:
"We're proud to announce that the Greek soprano vocalist 'Christina Kroustali' (From the band Die Verbannten Kinder Evas) will make an angelic vocal guest appearance in two songs from our upcoming album that we will announce its title and its track list later.
"Christina's heavenly voice made more depth and painted the whole structure with angelic, gothic and classical colors, making the whole musical environment spiritualistic and unworldly. More information to come!" More...
Exordium Mors has issued the following announcement about upcoming Australian live shows:
"With the Sacrificial Demise of All That is Holy Australian tour in our wake, wanton destruction awaits! For those who have not bled at the altar of Exordium Mors, here is a taste of what to expect from one of our live shows below.
"Furthermore, we will be playing three unique sets per city. Make sure to come to all 3 shows to ensure you witness the full force of this Apotheosis of Death.Finally, Australians will be the very first to behold a brand new track never before played live. Abandon all hope Australia - Exordium Mors will make you suffer!"
Swedish rock’n’roll riders Bullet have just announced a small tour through Spain together with their Spanish genre buddies of '77. The jaunt will take place in early March, comprising the following dates:
06.03. E Madrid - El Sol
07.03. E Valencia - Rock City
08.03. E Barcelona - LA
09.03. E Bilbao - Azkena
Bullet bass player Adam Hector comments: “We are excited about going back to Spain to play a few shows! Spanish crowds are amazing, dedicated and give a lot of energy to us as a band. We remember the amazing show at Sonisphere in Getafe a few years ago very well. Plus, ‘77 is absolutely one of our favourite live bands and they are great people and friends. See you on the road - vamos cojones!”
Aspiring Finnish thrash metal youngsters Lost Society are presenting another new track off their upcoming debut album “Fast Loud Death” that will be released via Nuclear Blast on March 15th (EU), March 18th (UK) and April 2nd (US).