Metal News for February 19, 2012
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18 news articles posted on this day.
Finnish viking/folk masters Ensiferum are currently recording the band's yet untitled fifth release and follow up to the 2009 release "From Afar." In the first of a series of studio videos, the band posted a diary of its first week of recordings which was mostly drum work.
Check out the video here:
German electro rockers Stahlmann posted a new music video for the song "Spring Nicht" from the latest LP "Quecksilber." The album was released on January 20th, 2012 via AFM Records.
Check out "Spring Nicht" here:
Dutch folk band Heidevolk posted a new music video for the song "Als De Dood Weer Naae Ons Lacht." The track appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Batavi," due out on March 2, 2012 on Napalm Records. Metal Underground's review of the album can be found at this location.
Check out "Als De Dood Weer Naae Ons Lacht" here:
Another studio report has been posted online for Visions of Atlantis' 5th album "Ethera," this time with Martin Harb doing some piano recordings and famous Italian violinist Simone D`Eusanio recording violin parts. Check out this studio video report below, or find the last video clip at this location.
Mediaskare Records is proud to announce that it is has signed Auckland, New Zealand’s Antagonist A.D. and will release the band's new album "Nothing From No One" this summer.
“Mediaskare is a great label with a great reputation,” said vocalist Sam Crocker. “We know their bands are hard working 'real' bands that actually tour and make music. Less gimmicks & more heart - which is what we are all about. The music is paramount - first & foremost before any hype/spin/fashion/faux industry bullshit.”
The band recently entered the studio to begin recording "Nothing From No One" and will be documenting the progress via a series of video updates on Mediaskare’s YouTube channel. A teaser of the upcoming series can be found below.
“The new album steps in a more personal direction than our previous releases,” added Sam. “There are still the usual themes you can expect from Antagonist A.D. with songs about animal rights, consumerism, and apathy, but where it differs is dealing with anxiety, depression - feelings of alienation. I think for me, being from a tiny town on a small isolated island at bottom of the world I really started to feel that isolation - the lyrics have been a lot more therapeutic than anything I have written before.” More...
French metallers The Betrayer's Judgement have posted footage online of the band's drummer performing the song "Tired" off the "Run Out Of Fuel" album. Check out the clip below, or listen to the song "Behind the Andromeda Galaxy" at this location.
Germany's Voices of Destiny has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Erik Seitz:
"Unfortunately we have some bad news for you: after thinking about this for quite a long time, we decided to separate from Erik.
"We want to emphasize that we made this decision for musical and not for personal reasons. This being said, we want to thank Erik for his long-term dedication and the time we shared together!"
Voices of Destiny also recently posted a music video online for the song "My Separation," which can be found here.
Ahab has been busy recording the follow-up album to "The Divinity of Oceans" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following recording update:
"We can gladly announce that the guitar and vocal recordings are finished, too. Also, mix and mastering has been completed and it sounds great!
"We can hardly wait to share our new baby with you. We will surely post some small teasers in the next weeks."
Ahab will also be headed out on tour with Esoteric in May and June, with full details on the run of shows at this location.
Kreator has picked "Grupa 13" to shoot the band's video for the title track off the new album "Phantom Antichrist." Kreator's Mille Petrozza comments on the forthcoming video:
"The clips produced by 'Grupa 13' are groundbreaking visual trips that justify the existence of music videos in this day and age. In support of the lyrical concept of our new album I could not think of a better creative solution than a collaboration with these great visionaries."
"Phantom Antichrist" is scheduled to drop on June 1st, 2012 (Europe) and June 5th, 2012 (North America).
Finland's Amorphis has now confirmed a series of appearances for the upcoming summer festival season. The following show are now locked down (with more to be announced soon):
Amorphis also recently announced two upcoming Japanese shows. Details are as follows:
MAY 17, 2012 (Thu) - TOKYO : Duo Music Exchange
OPEN 6:00pm / START 7:00pm
MAY 19, 2012 (Sat) - OSAKA : Club Quattro
OPEN 5:00pm / START 6:00pm
Finland's Shape of Despair has issued the following announcement about playing the upcoming Hammer Open Air festival:
"Now it's gonna finally happen, the very first Shape Of Despair live-show. Hammer Open Air Metal Festival 2012 After-party at Klubi, Turku on Saturday 21.7. Let it be written in your scars. More info at the Hammer Open Air official website."
The festival's currently announced lineup is as follows:
Deströyer 666 (AU): Black/Thrash Metal
Asphyx (NL): Death Metal
Root (CZ): Black Metal
Gehennah (SE): Black/Thrash
Necrophobic (SE): Black/Death Metal
Portrait (SE): Heavy Metal
Charnel Winds (FI): Black Metal
The 11th Hour (NL): Epic Doom Metal
Jess And The Ancient Ones (FI): Occultic Heavy Rock
Forgotten Horror (FI): Blackened Thrash Metal
Swallowed (FI): Death Metal
Gorephilia (FI): Death Metal
Krypts (FI): Death Metal
Cryptborn (FI): Death Metal
Vorum (FI): Death Metal
Damngod (FI): Groove Death Metal
Devastracktor (FI): Thrash Metal
Cannibal Accident (FI): Grindcore
Brazilian metal band Shadowside is scheduled to perform at the Metal Open Air festival that takes place in São Luís, Brazil from April 20th to 22nd. The lineup consists of bands such as Anthrax, Blind Guardian, Megadeth, Venom, Symphony X, Andre Matos, Korzus, Torture Squad and many others.
Funeral doom purveyors Evoken have been added to select dates on the inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour. With Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude capping the tour, Evoken's rare appearances will certainly ramp up interest in the tour's extreme yet diverse sound and vision.
Evoken will appear on the following dates:
May 5 – Baltimore, MD
May 6 – Philadelphia, PA
May 12 – New York, NY
Full details on the Decibel Magazine tour's lineup and routing can be found at this location.
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of Heavenwood performing "Morning Glory Clouds" at II Gala Submarino in Portugal on February 17th, 2012. Check out the video clip below. Heavenwood is also currently offering an orchestral song as a free download, with details available at this location.
Amon Sethis has checked in with the following complete band history and announcement about writing new material for an upcoming album:
"It's in June 2007 that Julien TOURNOUD and Raphaël FASCIO meet by chance and give birth to the Âmon-Sethis project. Raphaël, a drummer from Montpellier recently arrived in Grenoble, progressive metal fan, meets 'P'tit-Ju,' singing at that time both in HELLIXXIR, which just published their first studio album at Brennus Music, and in ERATO, cosmopolitan heavy metal cover band of the Grenoble area.
"Keen on bringing life to a musical project fusioning progressive metal, heavy trash and Egyptian sounds, Ptitju wishes to materialize this 8 years-old concept-album. Raphaël gets in touch with Olivier BILLOINT, a guitar player influenced notably by John Petrucci and Yngwie Malmsteen, who seems interested in the project. Ptitju, on his side, proposes to Maurizio COLOMBO, already playing with him in ERATO, the role of bass player in the future project. More...
Jalisco, Mexico metalcore band Siempre Fuertes has released a new four-song EP titled "Sin Honor No Hay Gloria." The band is issuing it for download over at this location. Below is one of the four songs in video upload form, the track "De Korazon." Check out more songs from Siempre Fuertes by visiting the band's Facebook page.
Israeli progressive death metal band Prey For Nothing posted a new music video for the song "Chekhov's Gun." The song appears on the band's sophomore release "Against All Good and Evil," which was released this past December through Massacre Records.
Check out the video here:
Black metal is a genre of music shrouded in controversy and perhaps nowhere is controversy more prominent in the field, than in Mayhem. The group was formed in 1984 by guitarist/vocalist Øystein Aarseth (aka Euronymous,) along with bassist Jørn Stubberud (aka Necrobutcher) and drummer Kjetil Manheim (aka Manheim). They initially were influenced by the more extreme metal music at the time, particularly proto-black metal bands such as Venom and Celtic Frost and released their debut demo tape, "Pure Fucking Armageddon" in 1986 before Euronymous decided to concentrate on solely on playing guitar, first replacing himself in the vocal department by a singer named Eirik Nordheim (Messiah), then Sven Erik Kristiansen (aka Maniac,) with whom the group recorded and released their first EP, "Deathcrush," which was distributed by Euronymous himself through his own Posercorpse Music label. Maniac left the band soon afterwards however, along with drummer Manheim. Taking their places would be Swedish vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin (aka Dead) and local drummer Jan Axel Blomberg (aka Hellhammer,) setting in place the beginning of the most infamous chapter in the history of Mayhem.
Dead helped attract a lot of attention to the band, delivering notorious and in some cases, baffling performances on stage which included self mutilation and burying his clothes days before a show, so that he really would look like a corpse. The members moved into a house in the middle of a forest to begin work on their album, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" but were soon to deal with a major blow when Dead lived up to his name and committed suicide. He was found inside the house by Euronymous with slit wrists and a shotgun wound to the head, along with a note which merely apologized for firing the weapon indoors along with the now infamous caption, "Excuse all the blood." What followed was just as macabre, as Euronymous decided that instead of calling the police, he would venture into town to purchase a disposable camera, with which he took photographs of the corpse along with rumours that he made necklaces out of pieces of Deads skull and even that he made a stew with parts of the brain, though this has never been confirmed. The death of Dead would prove to be hard for Necrobutcher to handle and he decided to leave the band soon afterwards, leaving Mayhem to find both a new vocalist and a new bass player, which they did in Tormentor frontman Attila Csihar and Burzum mastermind, Varg Vikernes. This lineup would prove to be the one that would record, "De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas" but the members were far from friendly and the controversy wasn’t yet finished with, nor was the deaths. More...