Metal News for February 19, 2013
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It's Tuesday again, which means it's time for members of the metalverse to share their favorite most pit stories.
While many of our Pit Stories center around violence and insanity as fans throw down in front of the stage, today Dark Century guitarist Martin Gendreau instead shares a story of an epic outdoor show. Martin comments:
October 6th, 2012 Beauharnois - Dark Century’s outdoor concert on a stage mounted on a flatbed trailer. Next to the stage, motocross jumping on a big air ramp. Behind the crowd, some car smoke show with artisanal bombs and fireworks. A Bar-b-cue was on the site for an all you can eat meat buffet.
Because of the temperature being near 10 degrees, some woods were burning into a old metal trash screwed to a frame of a mower. It was incredible the see that in a mosh pit! Also mechanical shovel on the site had fire inside to heat the crowd. A stage filled with beer donations… That was one epic heavy metal show.
Belgian doom/death metal quintet Marche Funèbre has booked the Motormusic studio in the band's hometown of Mechelen to record a second full length album, entitled "Roots of Grief." Marche Funèbre comments:
"With over an hour of new music, with the same influences as their earlier work, but also integrating new angles and inspiration, the band is eager to hit the studio at the end of April - beginning of May."
The track listing is as follows:
1. These Fevered Days
2. As In Autunm
3. l'Avenue des Coeurs Cassés
4. Nothing to Declare
5. Roots of Grief
7. Crown of Hope
The release is scheduled for September 2013, again by Belgium's Shiver Records. Singer Arne also comments: "We have been in writing modus for 'Roots of Grief' since the end of 2011 and have just finished the last song. Undeniably we are psyched to enter the studio once again, for what feels like our most varied and mature work to date. After visiting Motormusic Studio last month we knew this was the right place to get the massive, yet organic sound we are looking for!"
On February 1st Oceans Of Slumber self-released a progressive metal whirlwind called "Aetherial." The album features nine tracks, and the title track is streaming below. The Houston band features in its ranks the drummer of grind purists Insect Warfare (among many others), a degreed Jazz guitarist, and an all-around cast of 'players' players.' The person responsible for the mixing and mastering of "Aetherial" is UK madman Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir, Evile, etc). Listen to two more tracks from Oceans Of Slumber over at reverbnation.
London rock/metal act Überkill has released the band's first self-titled EP, which can now be heard in the player below or over at Bandcamp here.
The band also comments: "Born from the ash of a Channel 5 boat explosion, engineered with East-German precision, and lead by the Energizer Bunny of sex-obsessed frontmen. We are Überkill."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Water Into Wine 04:42
2. Love Shaft 04:53
3. Change 05:40
4. Time to Pay the Devil 06:08 More...
On March 19th Pavement Entertainment will unleash "Requiem For Us All," the sophomore release from Italian tech-death five-piece The Modern Age Slavery. The much-anticipated follow up to 2008's "Damned to Blindness," the lyrical content of "Requiem For Us All" is described by guitarist Simone Bertozzi as 'the blueprint for modern life and our declaration of war to a generation that stole our future.' Check out the title track for the album over at Reverbnation or below.
King Conquer has posted the following announcement online about canceling tonight's show due to vehicle problems:
"We're sorry to everyone in Oklahoma City, OK but we are not going to be able to make it to the show today. We got to a shop, they called around to find a used transmission for us and couldn't find one.
"We are currently going to few used car dealerships to find a used van to buy. Let's hope we find one because we don't have much money to drop on one right now.
"We suggest that everyone still goes to the show tonight at The Conservatory with The Last Ten Seconds of Life, Sworn In, & Adaliah. Don't miss this show. These bands kill it every night.
"We will make it up to you Oklahoma, don't worry. We have a lot of other touring plans this year and we will be coming back." More...
“Inhumanform” by Age of Woe will be released on May 31st, 2013. The LP will be released via Suicide Records on white vinyl, with a CD version to be released on Give Praise Records.
The album was produced by Carlos Sepulveda (Psycore, No Hawaii) and Lennart Östlund (Candlemass) and was recorded in a 18th century estate on the Swedish countryside. A teaser for the album can be seen below.
Swedish Melodic Gloomlords October Tide have released another track entitled "Adoring Ashes," which comes off the band's forthcoming full-length album "Tunnel Of No Light." That track can be accessed over at bandcamp or below in the widget. The release dates for "Tunnel Of No Light" have been set on the 25th of March for Europe and 16th of April for North America.
Comprising of eight sorrowful, doom-laden tracks, "Tunnel Of No Light" sees the band going towards a somewhat more straightforward yet heavier direction but still very much keeping the traditional October Tide sound. The band has announced appearances at this year's Depressive Fest in Moscow and Germany's Protzen Open Air. Dates and details are listed below:
Depressive Fest - April 13th, 2013 @ Moscow Hall - Moscow, Russia w/ Fen, Ahab
& The Devils Blood
Protzen Open Air - June 21st - 23rd, 2013 - Protzen, Germany w/Cryptopsy, Master & more
Phoenix, Arizona death/thrasher Sargon covered the Judas Priest classic “Hell Bent For Leather,” which can now be streamed below.
In addition, the band has started the writing process for the follow-up to “In Contempt,” released in 2011 by Old Cemetery Records.
Sargon is also welcoming the addition of lead guitarist Jack Fliegler and drummer Michael Ohlson, who stepped in for former drummer Rickard Stjernquist after he decided to focus on his main band Benedictum and other projects. The band is thankful for the work Rickard put into Sargon’s 2012 EP “The Bitter End” and wishes him much success in all his endeavors.
Sargon 2013 is:
Frank Van Kwartel: Guitar/Vocals
Kelly Conlon: Bass
Michael Ohlson: Drums
Jack Fliegler: Lead Guitar
The band issued the following statement about the cover tune and lineup changes: More...
Empyrean Plague is proud to release it's first official music video for the title track off of 2011's
"Imprint Evidence Destiny."
The video was directed by Christopher M. Ray (Vanquished) and produced by Hora Morior Productions. Check out the clip below.
"Frostbitepanzerfuck," the long-awaited full-length from central Pennsylvania's old-school black metal deviants The Beyond, will be belched forth tomorrow courtesy of Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.
The webzine ThatsHowKidsDie.com has now posted an exclusive full album stream of "Frostbitepanzerfuck." Check it out at this location.
The follow-up to the "Gross Encounters of the Sacrificial Rite" split 7" with The Lurking Corpses will be released on CD format by Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. "Frostbitepanzerfuck" was recorded at Welfare Line Studio in West Chester, PA. More...
April 30th, 2013 will see the release of "Inner Harbor," the newest album from long-running prog rock/doom outfit Revelation. The album, originally released in 2012, will see an official release via Shadow Kingdom Records. In existence since the mid-80's Revelation has earned the respect of many bands and fans from all around the world and is often credited with creating the progressive doom metal genre. Three uploads from "Inner Harbor" have made their way onto YouTube, the title track which you may check out below.
Victor Griffin's In-Graved, the new band led by former Pentagram and Place of Skulls guitarist Victor Griffin, will embark on a U.K and European tour this April as well as an appearance at the Days Of The Doom Festival in Milwaukee, WI this summer. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
April 18 - Osnabrück, Germany - Bastard Club
April 20 - Tilburg, Netherlands - O13, Roadburn Festival
April 22 - Nürnberg, Germany - K4
April 24 - Vienna, Austria - Viper Room
April 25 - Berlin, Germany - Astra Kulturhaus, Desertfest
April 26 - Göppingen, Germany - Chappel, Doom Shall Rise Festival
April 27 - Terneuzen, Netherlands - De Pit
April 28 - London, U.K. - Electric Ballroom, Desertfest
June 22 - Milwaukee, WI - The Blue Pig - Days Of The Doom Festival
In-Graved will release its self-titled debut album in Europe on Friday, March 22nd via Finnish label Svart Records and in the U.S. on Tuesday, March 26th through Veritas Vinyl.
The band and touring line up features Griffin, Troubles original drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson (Retro Grave) on Hammond organ, drummer Pete Campbell (Place of Skulls), and bassist Guy Pinhas (The Obsessed, Goatsnake).
Guest appearances on the debut album are bassists Ron Holzner (Trouble, Earthen Grave), Greg Turley (Pentagram, Marty Swaney (Death Row, Pentagram), Dan Lively (Sweet Cicada), Anne Griffin, and keyboardist Mike Puleo (Orodruin). More...
UK-based dirty rock n' roll trio Grifter is putting the finishing touches on the follow up to its self-titled debut full-length, which was released in 2011 by Ripple Music. Promising to deliver an album full of material that has been described as "heavy as fuck," guitarist/vocalist Ollie Stygall made the following statement about the band's forthcoming record:
"We're tantalisingly close to finishing writing for the album. One new track 'It's Not Me, It's You' just needs a few tweaks to round off some of the rougher edges but it's sounding tasty...it has kind of a swing blues vibe to it, albeit much heavier. We're also looking at dusting off "Woman Of Mine" and making the definitive version of it. We've always loved the song but it could do with a spruce up...I have some nice ideas. Once that's done we just need to think about getting in and recording it!!!"
Azure Emote, the avant-garde death metal entity envisioned and created by Mike Hrubovcak (Monstrosity, Vile, Divine Rapture, Abraxas), will release its second full-length work, "The Gravity Of Impermanence," worldwide on April 3rd via Selfmadegod Records.
Today Lambgoat.com is hosting an exclusive stream of the opening track to "The Gravity Of Impermanence." Unleash the destruction of “Epoch Of De-Evolution” at this location. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"Under Hrubovcak’s direction, songwriting and full-on participation in its creation, The Gravity Of Impermanence was executed utilizing musicians from Death, Fear Factory, Yakuza, Monstrosity, Tristania, Rumpelstiltskin Grinder and more.
"With over an hour of material displayed through fourteen tracks, the album is fueled by pummeling blast beats, electronic programming, a mixture of both guttural and haunting vocal styles, violins, saxophone, harmonica and a barrage of other instruments coalescing in a melting pot of misanthropic darkness that defines the Azure Emote ethos, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ron Vento of Aurora Borealis at Nightsky Studios.
"The cover art was once again done by Azure Emote's creator and frontman Mike Hrubovcak, his Visual Darkness works well-known in the death/grind communities for illustrating covers for Sinister, Grave, Cattle Decapitation, Hate Eternal, Mortician, and many others." More...
On April 30th, Shadow Kingdom Records will re-issue "Ghosts of Proxima Centauri" from prog rock/metal act Corsair. "Ghosts of Proxima Centauri," originally released in early 2011, is the second independent effort Corsair created before being signing with Shadow Kingdom Records.
This precursor follows the release of the band's self-titled album, which was also released earlier this year by Shadow Kingdom Records. "Ghosts of Proxima Centauri" is streaming in full over at bandcamp, or below in the player. More...
Rhode Island doom act Pilgrim, nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, will kick off a short run of tour dates on February 24th with Samothrace.
The dates begin in New Orleans on February 24th and the band plans to unveil new material on stage throughout the tour, so fans at these shows will be the first to experience brand new music. Check out the dates below.
Pligrim comments on the tour: "It's been a year since 'Misery Wizard' has been released and the positive reaction it has received from fans of heavy music all over the world have been simply fantastic. This upcoming tour is special for us as we will be going to places we've yet to perform at and have some new material to unleash. Be forewarned and hails to the supporters!" More...
Hard-hitting heavy rock animals Ape Machine, who recently signed with Ripple Music, recently announced their March 2013 SxSW Tour.
The tour is in advance of the band's third album, "Mangled by the Machine," which Ripple Music will be releasing worldwide shortly. Below are the tour dates:
3/8 - Portland, OR - The Know (w/ Sons of Huns and Bison Bison)
3/9 - Redding, CA - Bombay's (w/ Armed for Apocalypse)
3/10 - San Francisco, CA - The Knockout (w/ Hollow Mirrors and Buffalo Tooth)
3/11 - Sacramento, CA - Blue Lamp (w/ Armed for Apocalypse and Horseneck)
3/12 - San Diego, CA - Soda Bar (w/ Dirty Sirens, Wha?, and Roxy Jones)
3/13 - Tempe, AZ - Yucca Tap Room (w/ From Dogs to Wolves, Keeping Shay and Red Complex)
3/15 - Austin, TX - Rusty's (Hype Music, Swing House, D'Addario Day Party)
3/16 - Ft. Worth, TX - The Grotto (Fuzzed Out! Fest with WoFat, Lord Fowl, Freedom Hawk)
3/17 - El Paso, TX - Lowbrow Palace (with Black Empress, Been Obscene)
3/18 - Tucson, AZ - TLMS (with Been Obscene and TBA)
3/19 - Los Angeles, CA (tbd)
3/20 - Fresno, CA - Fulton 55 (with Style Like Revelators, Been Obscene and Rare Monk)
3/21 - Chico, CA - Cafe Coda (with Been Obscene and TBA)
3/22 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bonds (with Psyrup, Testface and Been Obscene)
3/23 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon (with Bitches Crystal, and Been Obscene) More...
Sweden's classic rock heavyweights Spiritual Beggars recently finished work on their 8th studio album, "Earth Blues," which celebrates their 20th anniversary as band. The album will be released via InsideOut Music on April 15th in Europe and April 16th in North America.
Spiritual Beggar's guitarist and songwriter Michael Amott comments about the "Earth Blues" artwork:
"I had the idea for this artwork from my time as a child, seeing posters of two young lovers watching a romantic sunset on the beach, just your typical tacky bedroom art in the 70's really...Also, growing up in what is now referred to with some nostalgia as 'The Atomic Age' - the threat of nuclear war was always looming over our heads it seemed. I wanted to combine these two images of my youth in one paradoxical image and Per Wiberg of Hippograffix (and SPIRITUAL BEGGARS keyboardist) really managed to capture the melancholic feeling perfectly. 'Earth Blues,' indeed."
In order to promote this upcoming release as well as the band's anniversary, Spiritual Beggars has confirmed some summer festival appearances, in addition to a European tour in April with support by German rockers Zodiac. More...
GunShyAssassin.com has posted an exclusive world premier of the song "Judgments And Curses" off of "Behold Almighty Doctrine," the forthcoming third full-length from South Carolina USDM war machine Lecherous Nocturne. Check out the tune, which will be on the new release slated for March 19th release on Unique Leader Records, at this location. "Behold Almighty Doctrine" is Lecherous Nocturne's long awaited follow-up to 2008's "The Age of Miracles."
Overkill has been out on tour with Testament, 4ARM, and and Flotsam and Jetsam. The band has now checked in with the following announcement about dropping off the run due to vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth becoming ill:
"Due to Bobby's ongoing bout with pneumonia, we have regretfully decided to cancel the remainder of our shows on 'The Dark Roots Of Thrash' tour.
"Blitz's condition has gotten slightly worse [after Saturday's show in Worcester, Massachusetts] and he needs some time to get back to 100%. We would like to thank Testament for a great tour and look forward to everyone back on the road soon.
"After some time for recovery, we'll be back out in the spring for our Scandinavian tour. See you then!!"
For more info and to find out about upcoming live shows, head over to the Overkill Facebook profile here.
Tampa symphonic metal act Fathoms Pass is streaming the new track "The Wanderer." The song appears on the debut LP "Before the Dawn," which is slated for a Spring 2013 release.
Fathoms Pass is:
Andrew Burgess (Retaliation) - Vocals
Alex Pietropaoli (Retaliation) - Guitar
Brent Carlton (Retaliation) - Guitar
Van Tucker (Shades of Twilight) - Bass
Kyle Swoboda (shades of Twilight) - Drums
Check out "The Wanderer" here: More...
Norwegian Black Metallers Crest of Darkness, whose sixth full-length album “In the Presence of Death” is scheduled for release on My Kingdom Music on February 25th, have posted a new video online. Check out "Demon Child" below.
The video was produced and directed by MONITORmedia, using a special video mix of the track. Photography was handled by Anders Børrensen and Levent Ultanur, while editing was done by Øivind Kristiansen.
“Demon Child” uses live footage of the band, which features the lineup of founder and front man Ingar Amlien on vocals and bass, Rebo on lead guitars, Kjetil Hektoen (SJODOGG) on drums, and Kjell Arne Hubred on rhythm guitars. Hubred left the band due to family and other commitments shortly after “In the Presence of Death” was finished and has since been replaced by Djevekult guitarist Jan Fredrik Solheim. More...
U.S. metal act Flotsam and Jetsam is streaming the title track from the new LP "Ugly Noise." The album's recording was funded through PledgeMusic with 10% of the pledges received going to the Children's Miracle Network.
The album will be issued through Metal Blade Records on April 12, 2013 (G/A/S), April 15, 2013 (EU) and April 16, 2013 (North America) and marks the first album featuring the majority of the band's original lineup (sans Jason Newsted).
Flotsam & Jetsam are currently on a North American tour ("The Dark Roots of Thrash" Tour) with Australia's 4Arm in support of Testament (see dates here).
Check out "Ugly Noise" here: More...
Old school death metallers Incantation recently premiered their video "Invoked Infinity" on Decibel Magazine. The official video is the band's first in a decade and was filmed by Black Arts Media. "Invoked Infinity" comes from Incantation's new album "Vanquish in Vengeance," which was recently released on Listenable Records. Watch the video below.
Verminous has posted a video clip online featuring the advance track "Hordes Ov Vermin," which will appear on the new album "The Unholy Communion," due out through Xtreem Music on April 1st. The video was produced by Linus Höglind and can be viewed below.
Roadrunner Records has signed The Devil Wears Prada (vocalist Mike Hranica, lead guitarist Chris Rubey, rhythm guitarist Jeremy DePoyster, bassist Andy Trick, and drummer Daniel Williams).
The Devil Wears Prada will make its Roadrunner label debut with an as-yet-untitled new LP, executive produced by Adam Dutkiewicz of Killswitch Engage with producer/engineer Matt Goldman, expected to arrive fall 2013.
TDWP frontman Mike Hranica says, "We’ve put so much time into the new songs already, and we're really happy where things are sitting. I think with Roadrunner in the picture, it's only more encouraging as far as compiling a record that we can be proud of and a record that exists well as Dead Throne's successor."
The Devil Wears Prada is heralding this announcement with a nationwide co-headlining trek with As I Lay Dying. The tour gets underway February 22nd at Ventura, California’s Majestic Ventura Theater Half House and continues through early April (see dates below).
Furthermore, Mike Hranica has released his brand new book, "One & Half Hearts," a collection of inspirations behind the group’s breakout record "Dead Throne." "One & Half Hearts" looks back on the creation of "Dead Throne" with an in-depth exploration of its lyrical context. More...
Swedish doom act Memory Garden is streaming the new track "The Evangelist." The song appears on the band's forthcoming new LP "Doomain," which is scheduled for release on April 12, 2013 (G/A/S), April 15, 2013 (EU) and April 16, 2013 (USA) via Metal Blade Records.
The track list for "Doomain" is:
1. The Evangelist
2. Latent Lunacy
3. Daughters of the Sea
4. Barren Lands
5. Violate & Create
7. The King of the Dead
8. A Diabolical Mind
9. Misfortune More...
California's The Faceless posted a new music video for the track "Deconsecrate." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Autotheism," which is available now via Sumerian Records. The video was directed by Ramon Boutviseth.
Check it out here:
Rome's Kaledon has released the cover artwork for new album "Altor: The King's Blacksmith," which can be viewed below. Further details will be announced in the near future. You can also follow the band's studio reports over at Facebook here. Kaledon is:
Alex Mele - Guitars
Marco Palazzi - Vocals
Tommy Nemesio - Guitars
Daniele Fuligni - Keyboards
Paolo Lezziroli - Bass More...
In Vain has posted a new teaser for the upcoming album "Ænigma," set to be released March 11th in Europe, March 8th in Norway, and March 15th in Germany and Austria. Check out the clip below. The track listing for "Ænigma" is as follows:
1. Against The Grain
2. Image Of Time
3. Southern Shores
4. Hymne Til Havet
5. Culmination Of The Enigma
6. Times Of Yore
7. Rise Against
8. To The Core
9. Floating On The Murmuring Tide More...
Legendary metal queen Doro Pesch is currently finishing up the Raise Your Fist North American tour, which commenced with a fiery appearance on the 70000 Tons Of Metal Cruise late last month.
Touring in support of the anthemic "Raise Your Fist" full-length, released worldwide via Nuclear Blast late last year, the iconic songstress continues to enthrall the masses with her permeating voice, metallic grace and infectious, onstage charm. Comments the perpetually upbeat Doro:
“So far the tour has been so amazing! It’s the best North American tour we’ve ever done. The venues have been packed and so many have sold out. The fans have been truly amazing and so supportive, it’s been overwhelming! The Joliet, Illinois show was so intense, we’re saving some of the live footage for an upcoming DVD. Some shows have been very long -- everyone wants to hear so many songs; so many encores! We are so looking forward to playing the rest of these shows, especially Hollywood! The old Warlock members, our label and so many friends are coming out. I truly thank all the fans who’ve made these shows so amazing and possible.”
Additionally, Doro devotees in Tempe, Arizona will have the opportunity to meet Pesch and her band mates at a special in-store meet & greet on Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 at Naked Dave’s Music located at 2155 E. University Drive, Tempe, AZ. The signing session will run from 5:00pm – 6:30pm. For more info, go to this location.
DORO North American Headlining Tour 2013:
2/19/2013 El Corazon – Seattle, WA
2/20/2013 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
2/21/2013 Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA
2/22/2013 House Of Blues – West Hollywood, CA
2/23/2013 Rocky Point Cantina – Tempe, AZ
"Conceived In Sewage," Devourment's fifth full-length, and first for Relapse Records, is officially available in North America today. The album is now available for streaming in its entirety. Check out the album via Stereokiller.com right here.
Internationally, "Conceived In Sewage" will be released in the coming days, out February 22nd in Benelux, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Finland, and February 25th in the U.K. and beyond. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The bludgeoning nine-song album showcases some of the most vicious and well-played intensity the band has ever unleashed, all engineered with the crushing production of Erik Rutan at his Mana Studio, resulting in a flood of praise from the metal media.
"Devourment recently filmed their first official video with Malone Pictures, for the track 'Parasitic Eruption,' which is in the final stages of completion for release in the coming days. In the meantime, the third and final video documenting the construction of Conceived In Sewage — the newest for the album’s bloodsoaked vocal tracking sessions — now joins the previous two in-studio videos and they gnarly lyric video for '50 Ton War Machine' and more at the official Relapse Youtube channel."
Devourment's upcoming live carnage includes:
3/15/2013 The Place Bar and Lounge – Brooklyn, NY w/ Internal Bleeding, Malignancy, more
3/16/2013 Gunners Run – Philadelphia, PA @ The Philly Infest w/ Brutal Truth, Phobia, Master
6/15/2013 The Cheyenne Saloon – Las Vegas, NV @ Las Vegas Deathfest w/ Defeated Sanity, Regurgitation, Infernal Dominion, Embalmer More...
German wild sludge/groove metal gents Beissert have released selected songs off their upcoming album "Darkness Devil Death" (out March 12th in Europe / April 16th in North America). Check out the stream below, and the full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Thy Chthonic Cathedral
3. Age Ov Darkness
4. Zorn Der Geister
5. My Path Shall Be Your Wrath
6. Perm Trias
7. I Am The Lore
8. Do What Thou Wilt
10. De Profundis Clamavi
11. Die Diamantenen Tore Der Hoelle [Polaris]
The following press release was also issued about the band: "Beissert is a wild crossover between Rock, Sludge, Groove and Heavy Metal, led by memorable and characteristic vocals by BSSRT. The new album is recommended for fans of Mike Patton, Fantomas, Cluth, High On Fire, Pantera and Nevermore. 'Darkness Devil Death' was recorded and mixed at Kohlekeller Studio by Kristian Kohlmannslehner (Burden, Crematory, Powerwolf, Ava Inferi) and will feature a guest appearance of Thor Sten from Burden." More...
Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Montreal progressive death metal masters Beyond Creation, which was previously covered in the technical death metal edition of our "Unearthing the Underground" column.
Founded in 2005, Beyond Creation self-released a debut technical death metal masterpiece, "The Aura," in 2011 which will be reissued with an exclusive bonus track by Season of Mist on April 12th in Europe and May 14th in North America.
Commented guitarist Simon Girard, "We are very proud to be part of the excellent Season of Mist family! SoM have clearly established themselves as one of the master labels of the metal genre. We've been listening to awesome bands from their roster for many years, so it's a very pleasant surprise to have this opportunity. The hard work we've always put in will continue at a new level through our collaboration with SoM and we can't wait to see where it will all propel us from here!"
Beyond Creation's line-up is rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Kevin Chartré (guitar/vocals), drummer Philippe Boucher and Augury bassist Dominic "Forest" Lapointe. More...
Brazilian act Hibria has checked in with the following update about working on a new album:
"Hibria's new album will be mixed by the band's bass player Benhur Lima, who also mixed the band's DVD 'Blinded by Faith - Live in Japan.'
"The new album will be mastered by the Grammy Award-Winning Audio Mastering Engineer Mike Couzzi. The mixing process starts today!"
Further details will be announced as they become available, or you can check out the band's music at MySpace here.
Germany’s authentic and passionate psychedelic hard rock combo Kadavar today reveals the cover artwork and track list for second full-length album “Abra Kadavar.” The album will be out via Nuclear Blast on April 12th, 2013.
The photo for the cover artwork was taken by ex-Stereolab rummer Joe Dilworth. Kadavar’s front man Lupus Lindemann states: “Joe had already worked with us for our debut album. He’s one of the best photographers I know and always understood our ideas which is why we wanted to cooperate with him again. He proudly brought an old camera from the 60’s and a colour film that had been expired for ten years to the shooting – hard to get and highly coveted, because it causes unpredictable deviants as far as colour and contrast are concerned. As one can see: We’ve used this very film!“
“Abra Kadavar” will be available as a limited digi version including bonus track as well in different vinyl versions. The track listing is as follows:
01. Come Back Life
02. Doomsday Machine
03. Eye Of The Storm
04. Black Snake
07. Liquid Dream
08. Rhythm For Endless Minds
09. Abra Kadabra
10. The Man I Shot More...
Anciients has teamed up with Pitchfork to debuting the song "Falling In Line," which can be heard right here.
The track comes off new album "Heart of Oak," slated for a North American release on April 16th, on CD, limited edition double gate-fold LP, and digitally. "Heart of Oak" was produced by the band, and engineered by Jesse Gander at The Hive Creative Labs in Vancouver in Winter 2011/2012, and mastered by Alan Douches at WestWestside music. Pre-orders are available at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Raise the Sun
3. Falling in Line
4. One Foot in the Light
5. The Longest River
7. Faith and Oath
8. Flood and Fire
9. For Lisa
Former Manowar guitarist David Shankle has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The gutarist's DSG (David Shankle Group) will release its third LP in late summer/early fall of 2013, the first album since the 2007 release "Hellborn" was issued through Joey DeMaio's Magic Circle Records.
Shankle commented on the signing: "I am very excited about releasing this new album in 2013, myself and the DSG band have found true metal brothers with Pure Steel Records, this has allowed us to create an epic metal record."
Pure Steel's Andreas Lorenz commented: "David Shankle has long been one of my personal faves. For our label it's an important step to get the confidence of a well-known artist like David. The new album is a hammer - I can promise already."
David Shankle (Manowar/Voodoo Gods) - Guitar
Gabriel Anthony (Radakka/Tyrant's Reign) - Drums
Warren Halvarson - Vocals
Mike Dooley - Bass
Check out a demo version of the new track "Still A Warrior" here: More...
Norwegian power/progressive act Withem posted samples from the upcoming, yet untitled, debut LP. Withem was created in 2011 by guitarist Øyvind Voldmo Larsen and keyboardist Ketil Ronold (guest on Dimension Act's "Manifestation of Progress" LP). Soon they were joined by the voice talent Ole Aleksander Wagenius and drummer Frank Nordeng Røe (Dimension Act). The bass was performed by special guest Andreas Blomqvist (Seventh Wonder). The album was recorded in October 2012 (see an in studio video over at this location). A demo track of the song "Phrenesis" can be heard over here.
The band is inspired by the likes of Symphony X, Pagan’s Mind, Dream Theater and Circus Maximus and is currently shopping the material to prospective labels in hope for a 2013 release.
Check out the samples here:
New York metal act Gothic Knights have split with long time vocalist Rick "Warlock" Sanchez. Sanchez originally joined the band in 1993 and then split in 1996 before rejoining in 2000. The band's latest release "Reflections from the Other Side" was self-released in July of 2012.
The band is currently seeking a replacement and is accepting all submissions via email. The announcement reads: "Gothic Knights have parted ways with vocalist Rick Sanchez. We are currently seeking an experienced and skilled vocalist who is also a capable front man. As we are, the individual must have the creative energy, passion, and commitment of all things heavy metal! If interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We are accepting all local and worldwide submissions."
For a taste of Gothic Knights, check out "Welcome To My Horror" from the latest LP "Reflections From the Other Side" streaming here: More...
Scottish act Falloch announced that they have recruited second guitarist and new vocalist Tony Dunn. The band is currently writing new material for a sophomore release and follow up to the 2011 debut LP "Where Distant Spirits Remain." The album is expected to be recorded this summer and should see a late 2013/early 2014 release through Candlelight Records.
The announcement reads: "We're very pleased to announce that we have finalized our line up for the next album. Taking over the vocals and second guitar position will be Tony Dunn. We are currently finishing off the writing for the second album and are planning to record it over the summer. We will be playing a couple of live shows before we start recording, more info about those will follow soon.
"Falloch’s aim is to create music which conveys atmosphere and emotion through a wide variety of styles including Metal, Post-Rock and Folk inspired by the atmosphere of bands such as Alcest, Agalloch and Primordial, as well as minimalist composers such as Yann Tiersen and Arvo Pärt. The lyrics focus around the themes of nostalgia, sorrow, nature and longing. Having a deep connection with the Scottish landscape, the band took their name from the Falls of Falloch waterfall in Crianlarich." More...
Italian thrash act Ultra-Violence is streaming the new track "Your Dead!" The track appears on the band's debut full-length LP "Privilege to Overcome," which is set to drop on April 29, 2013 via Punishment 18 Records.
The track listing for "Privilege to Overcome" is:
1. Spell of the Moon
3. Order of the Black
4. Stigmatized Reality
5. Restless Parasite
6. Turn Into Dust (streaming at this location)
7. The Voodoo Cross
8. You're Dead!
9. The Beast Behind Your Back
10. 10,000 Ways to Spread my Hate
11. Metal Milizia
12. When Future & Past Collide
13. Ride Across the Storm More...
Spanish progressive thrash act Unsouled posted a new music video for the track "Built-In Obsolescence." The song appears on the band's forthcoming new LP "Evolve," which is due out via Sobry Music in May of 2013. The album is the band's second studio effort and the first since the 2009 debut "Start Over" was self-released by the band in September of 2009.
The video was directed by Ibon Antuñano and co-produced by Unsouled and David Sobrino. Check it out here:
German heavy metal veterans, U.D.O., led by former Accept frontman, Udo Dirkschneider, has announced that they will release a new studio album entitled, "Steelhammer" through AFM Records on May 24th. Dirkschneider co-produced the album with Fitty Wienhold. The band will be promoting the album with a run of shows in the United States and Canada in April, the schedule for which is as follows:
April 9 - Amityville, NY - Ollie's Point (16+)
April 10 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theatre (16+)
April 11 - Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance (16+)
April 12 - Montreal, QC - Foufounes Electriques (18+)
April 13 - St-Ferdinand, QC - Style Metal (18+)
April 14 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club (19+)
April 17 - Verona, WI - Heights Events Center (16+)
April 18 - Cleveland, OH - Peabody's (All Ages)
April 19 - Detroit, MI - Harpo's (All Ages)
April 20 - Joliet, IL - Mojoe's (All Ages)
April 21 -Seattle, WA - Studio Seven (All Ages)
April 23 - West Hollywood, CA - Whisky-A.-Go-Go (16+)