Metal News for February 2, 2012
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Seattle, Washington doom band The Loathsome Couple is streaming it's recent self-titled debut album. The six-song album can be streamed below or you may go to the group's Bandcamp page. The group features Tobias Burch from the Seattle funeral doom band Amort. Check out a couple of the band's earlier songs over on The Loathsome Couple's MySpace page.
Chaos Records will be releasing the new full-length album "Step Into Damnation" from Dutch death metal band Funeral Whore on February 27th. Below, you may stream one of the new songs "Wasteland of Corpses" in the widget. Funeral Whore started off in 2006 and already have a couple of EP's to their credit, "For All Eternity" and "Morbid Intension." The tracklisting for "Step Into Damnation" and the cover art follow below.
Wasteland of Corpses
El Salvador Death Squad
Step Into Damnation
The Bitch Died
Pierce My Flesh
Failure of the Sacrifice
Buried In Hell
Christ Grinder, the solo black metal project comprised of Chris Sarcophagous Marx, has uploaded it's new song to YouTube. The track, "Blashyrkh," is an Immortal cover and part of the new material Christ Grinder is working on for an upcoming release. You may stream songs from this South African band's previous EP "Under the Black Raven's Wings" and it's demo and bootleg over on ReverbNation.
Applaud the Impaler has posted a video clip online of drummer Joey Glover performing a track from the band's upcoming release through Unique Leader Records. Watch the video below, or listen to more music from Applaud the Impaler via Facebook.
Germany's Eis, which announced several lineup changes in November of 2011, has now issued the following update about entering the studio and recruiting new members:
"A short update on what's going on here: EIS will enter StudioE on April 2nd to record the fourth album. The studio line-up consists of Marlek on drums and Alboin on guitars, bass, synths and vocals.
"Nostarion of DÄMMERFARBEN will join us for additional electric and acoustic guitars as well as cello performances.
"Next time here: News concerning the live line-up."
The World We Knew has officially released a new music video today for "The Endless," featuring wrestling legend Tommy Dreamer. Check out the video clip below. "The Endless" is cut off The World We Knew's "Death Dealer" album.
All The Rage TV has posted a video interview online with Aaron Matts of Betraying the Martyrs, in which he discusses his most painful tattoo. Check out the clip below.
Metalunderground.com also recently chatted up Aaron while the band was on tour in the U.S. with Born of Osiris. Check out the interview here.
Mediaskare Records has issued the following announcement about upcoming Hundredth tour dates:
"Hey Everyone! Hundredth just announced a brand new tour for the entire USA, supporting Texas In July, Like Moths To Flames, & The Air I Breathe. Check them out below."
Mar 30 Kettering, OH @ The Attic Club
Mar 31 Evansville, IN @ Boney Junes
Apr 01 St. Louis, MO @ Fubar
Apr 03 Oklahoma City, OK @ The Conservatory
Apr 04 Lubbock, TX @ Jakes
Apr 05 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
Apr 06 Tempe, AZ @ Clubhouse
Apr 07 Bakersfield, CA @ The Underground at Golden State Hall
Apr 09 Anaheim, CA @ Chain Reaction
Apr 10 Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Café
Apr 12 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep
Apr 13 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
Apr 14 Madison, WI @ The Loft
Apr 15 Toledo, OH @ Jamboree Festival at Headliners*
Apr 17 Barrington, IL @ Penny Rd. Pub
Apr 18 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
Apr 19 Columbus, OH @ The Basement
Apr 20 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
Apr 21 Syracuse, NY @ Lost Horizon*
Apr 22 Worcester, MA @ Metal Fest at The Palladium*
Apr 24 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
Apr 25 Danbury, CT @ The Streets at Tuxedo
Apr 26 Richmond, VA @ Kingdom
Apr 27 Wilmington, DE @ Harmony Grange
Apr 28 Lancaster, PA @ Launch at Lancaster Convention Center
Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has posted a statement online via his official website in which he has declared that he would be "unable" to continue with the proposed reunion, unless a "signable contract" is drawn up. This has placed the future of the reunion in question, which was also recently hurt by the announcement that guitarist Tony Iommi is battling lymphoma. An excerpt from Ward's statement reads as follows:
"Dear Sabbath Fans, Fellow Musicians and Interested Parties,
"At this time, I would love nothing more than to be able to proceed with the Black Sabbath album and tour. However, I am unable to continue unless a 'signable' contract is drawn up; a contract that reflects some dignity and respect toward me as an original member of the band. Last year, I worked diligently in good faith with Tony, Ozzy and Geezer. And on 11/11/11, again in good faith, I participated in the L.A. press conference. Several days ago, after nearly a year of trying to negotiate, another 'unsignable' contract was handed to me.
"Let me say that although this has put me in some kind of holding pattern, I am packed and ready to leave the U.S. for England. More importantly, I definitely want to play on the album, and I definitely want to tour with Black Sabbath.
"Since the news of Tony’s illness, and the understanding that the band would move production to the U.K., I’ve spent everyday getting to or living in a place of readiness to leave. That involves something of a task, and as I’ve tried to find out what’s going on with the U.K. sessions, I’ve realized that I’ve been getting 'the cold shoulder' (and, I might add, not for the first time). Feeling somewhat ostracized, my guess is as of today, I will know nothing of what’s happening unless I sign 'the unsignable contract.'
"The place I’m in feels lousy and lonely because as much as I want to play and participate, I also have to stand for something and not sign on. If I sign as-is, I stand to lose my rights, dignity and respectability as a rock musician. I believe in freedom and freedom of speech. I grew up in a hard rock/metal band. We stood for something then, and we played from the heart with honesty and sincerity. I am in the spirit of integrity, far from the corporate malady, I am real and honest, fair and compassionate."
Read the full article at BillWard.com.
Symphonic horror metal band Dark End has announced that "Grand Guignol - Book I" will be out at the end of the month, first in a special limited edition version of only 500 copies. Full details of this first press will be announced shortly.
The cover artwork for the album can now also be viewed below. To hear Dark End's music, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
It's almost the universal rule of festivals: in the excitement of the lead up, arriving at your destination - in this case, swapping snowy cold Kraków for warm and sunny Miami - and anticipation of the fun to be had ahead, there's a tendency to party too hard the night before. 70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 was no exception, so it was with a sore and foggy head and a bunch of new (also hungover) friends that I arrived at the Miami pier to board the Majesty of the Seas cruise ship.
Getting 2051 ticket holders - not to mention 452 musicians, 879 crew and 13 trucks' worth of equipment - onto the ship with all their respective luggage was no mean feat and it took a pretty long time. But it was fun to do some musician-spotting while waiting in line at the terminal,and funny to see that George 'Corpsegrinder' Fisher has as much hassle getting through security as everyone else. After what seemed like an eon each person was issued with a "sailpass" - a handy little item that opened our cabin doors and allowed drink purchases to be added to our accounts - and ushered onto the vessel. More...
Warsaw, Poland’s revolutionary grind/metal assassins Antigama are announcing their return to Selfmadegod Records.
Following two full-length releases via Relapse Records over recent years, Antigama has re-signed with longtime friends at Selfmadegod and is currently locked away in Warsaw’s Progresja Studio with sound engineer Pawel “Janos” Grabowski.
The band is in the process of recording several brand new tracks for two different upcoming releases — a 3-way split with Noisear (USA, Relapse) and The Kill (Australia), as well as a MCD tentatively entitled "Stop The Chaos." The session started on February 1st 2012, and final mixes and mastering duties will be completed by none other than the band’s long time friend and famous Polish music producer Szymon Czech (Nyia, Third Degree). More...
California's Bonded By Blood is due to enter the studio this weekend to begin recording an as-yet untitled new album.
The follow up to 2010's "Exiled to Earth" is being recorded with producer and former Machine Head/Soulfly guitarist Logan Mader at Silver Sound and Mt. Olympus Studios in Los Angeles. It will be the band's first album to feature vocalist Mauro Gonzalez and bassist Jessie Sanchez.
"We can't wait for everybody to hear what the new album has in store. It's definitely more diverse and we all had a blast writing it," states guitarist Juan Juarez. "It'll be the first record with Mauro and Jessie, who have been great additions to the line-up, and the four of us really connected well during the writing and rehearsing of this album. The playing on this album will be top-notch. We're glad to be recording in Los Angeles, and excited to work with Logan. We can't wait to get started and we hope everybody enjoys it as much as we do - watch for video updates from the studio! YEAH!"
American metalcore act Trivium has posted a new live video online featuring its cover of the Iron Maiden classic, "Iron Maiden." The clip was filmed during the band's recent unplugged performance for Tampa Bay, Florida radio station 98Rock. You can check out Trivium's cover of "Iron Maiden" below.
Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe has posted the following message through his official Twitter account about the sales success of his band's latest album "Resolution."
"Thanks to all the people congratulating us for #3 chart spot in the US for “Resolution”! It’s pretty cool- we are proud of the record! This confirms something that @MarkDuaneMorton & I have been saying for a couple of years in the press, trying to explain to people about the difference of metal/hc fans- that the music is much more of a LIFESTYLE thing than regular pop “music”. Being involved in this scene runs deeper than just tunes- it provides a social group, I believe composed of primarily folks who think DIFFERENTLY than the status quo.
"To me, coming up in the HC/Punk scene was so much more than just records- it was friends where I had none before, an escape from the bullshit of normal life that I was totally fed up with. I believe that the metal scene is approaching that paradigm today- its smart, starting to become politically & socially aware. The metal fans also flat out SUPPORT their scene more as well, by going to shows even in tough economic times, and buying records to try and support the artists who make our music... More...
Death metallers Ulcerate have revealed that they will be doing a short run of North American tour dates this coming May. The band will be joined by Tombs for the duration of the tour with local support acts expected to appear on select dates. Ulcerate's latest album, "The Destroyers of All," was released last year to critical acclaim. The currently announced dates for the tour can be found in the list below.
05/18 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
05/19 Brooklyn, NY – Public Assembly
05/20 Boston, MA – TBA
05/22 Quebec City, QC – L’Agitée
05/23 Montreal, QC – Katacombes
05/24 Toronto, ON – Hard Luck
05/25 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar
05/27 Baltimore, MD – The Sonar as part of Maryland Deathfest X
It has been announced through the official Summer Slaughter website that death metal veterans Cannibal Corpse and progressive death metal act Between the Buried and Me will be the two featured headline performers at this year's Summer Slaughter touring festival. The multi-band tour will kick off later this coming summer. An opening band for the tour will be announced each following Sunday beginning this weekend. Dates and venues are currently pending.
Cannibal Corpse will be touring in support of its forthcoming new full length album "Torture." "Torture" was produced by Hate Eternal's Erik Rutan, who has worked on several Cannibal Corpse albums, at his own Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida as well as Sonic Ranch Studio in Tornillo, Texas. The track listing for "Torture" can be found below.
1. Demented Aggression
2. Sarcophagic Frenzy
3. Scourge of Iron
4. Encased in Concrete
5. As Deep As the Knife Will Go
6. Intestinal Crank
7. Followed Home Then Killed
8. The Strangulation Chair
10. Crucifier Avenged
12. Torn Through
Lullacry has posted a teaser trailer online for the upcoming album "Where Angels Fear," which can be viewed below.
The track listing for "Where Angels Fear" is as follows:
1. Antidote to You
2. Still An Angel
3. Thousand Suns
4. Feel My Revenge
5. Bad Blood
6. All Behind
7. Gone Are the Days
8. I Am
9. Broken (Into Pieces)
10. Where Angels Fear
12. Love & War
L.A. death metallers Tazumal have issued the following update about working on songs to appear on an upcoming compilation:
"Okay back to business. We had a blast putting up photos, some were funny, some were stupid, but there was a method to our madness. It gave us the opportunity to get to interact with all of our friends and fans, who we normally don't get a chance to interact with.
"We have been hard at work rehearsing, as we prepare to enter the studio to record five new tracks that will appear on a split album due out later this year. This is one of them. Feel free to leave us some feedback. If you have any questions, just ask." More...
Charlotte, North Carolina metallers Wretched have posted the following studio update online. The band are currently in the process of finishing its new studio album "Son of Perdition" with producer Jamie King, known best for his work with Between The Buried And Me. The new is currently set for a March 27th release through Victory Records.
Footage has made its way online of A Pale Horse Named Death performing "Die Alone" live at Pumpehuset in Copenhagen, Denmark on January 31st, 2012. Check out the video clip in the YouTube player below.
"Die Alone" is taken off the "And Hell Will Follow With Me" album (reviewed here).
French metal band As They Burn has checked in with this announcement about taking a break from live shows to work on new material:
"After touring and playing weekender shows on March, April and May, we'll be taking a few months off touring to focus on writing and recording our next full-length!
"Promoters - this is now! If you want to book ATB this Spring, feel free to send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org."
You can also check out As They Burn's music video for the track "Philosophical Research Society" at this location.
Metalcore act We Came As Romans has released a new music video for the title track off "Understanding What We've Grown To Be," which is available below. You can also watch the previously uploaded video for "Mis//Understanding" at this location. For more on We Came As Romans, navigate to the band's Facebook profile.
This coming May, Finland's Amorphis will return to Japan for two new live 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
A new video interview was also recently posted online of Amorphis vocalist Tomi Joutsen discussing the band's upcoming album, which can be found here.
U.K. grindcore band Napalm Death posted the first part of a track-by-track video series for the forthcoming LP "Utilitarian." The album is due out via Century Media on on February 27, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America). For the latest on the band, check out Metal Underground's latest interview with frontman Barney Greenway.
Check out the video here:
German thrash legends Kreator have announced that the band's forthcoming LP will be entitled "Phantom Antichrist." The album will be released on June 1, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
The album is currently being produced at the famous Fascination Street Studio with producer Jens Bogren (OPETH, KATATONIA, SOILWORK, DEVIN TOWNSEND, AMON AMARTH) in Örebro, Sweden.
In addition, KREATOR will also release an exclusive 7“ single of the title track on April 20, 2012. The collector's item will be available in coloured red vinyl (limited to 250 pieces) as well as in clear vinyl (limited to 250 pieces, exclusively available at the Nuclear Blast Mailorder – Nuclear Blast Mailorder.
The cover artwork for the 7“ single can be seen here: More...
German symphonic metal band Haggard announced dates in February for a South American tour. The band's latest effort is the 2008 release "Tales of Ithiria."
Confirmed dates on the South American tour are as follows:
17 de febrero > MEXICO, Mexico City @ Circo Volador
19 de febrero > GUATEMALA, GT City @ Teatro des Bellas Artes
21 de febrero > EL SALVADOR, San Salvador @ Cifco (with Dimmu Borgir)
23 de febrero > COSTA RICA, Curridabat @ Peppers Club (with Dimmu Borgir)
25 de febrero > BRAZIL, Sao Paulo @ Carioca Club
27 de febrero > COLOMBIA, Bogota
29 de febrero > COLOMBIA, Manizales
London based melodic death metal band Mortad, featuring Iranian native vocalist Somi Arian, are streaming the new track "The Heights" from the band's upcoming debut LP "The Myth of Purity." The band recently posted a promo video for the release, which you can check out at this location.
Check out "The Heights" here: More...
Swiss folk band Eluveitie posted behind the scenes footage of the band's upcoming music video for the song "A Rose For Epona." The song appears on the band's new LP "Helvetios," which is scheduled for release on February 10, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America/Rest of World). The music video was produced by the Polish company Grupa13.
Check out the behind the scenes video here:
Greek melodic metal band Firewind, who recently completed the band's new album "Few Against Many," have announced a new distribution deal for its release in North America with DisManic Distribution via E1 Music. The release date was set for May 22, 2012. Firewind will release the new album through Century Media in Europe.
Guitarist Gus G commented on the new deal: "I'm very excited about this new partnership! While we've been around for sometime, North American territory is relatively new ground for us. And since the music industry is changing drastically these days, we felt we should be more in control on our new release. We are fortunate to have a great team behind us for our N. American release, including Thomas Ziegler of DisManic/E1 Music and together with our management I'm confident that we will reach the next level. "
"Few Against Many" was produced by Gus G, and recorded with long time band mates vocalist Apollo Papathansio, Bob Katsionis (keyboards/guitar) and bassist Petros Christo at "Valve Studio" in Greece as well as"The Sweetspot Studios" in Sweden. According to the press release, the new LP "sees the band expand on their signature melodic sound with some of their most aggressive songs to date." The album also marks the recording debut of new drummer Johan Nunez (Nightrage).
U.K. power metal band Dragonforce has announced that the band's forthcoming LP will be entitled "The Power Within." The album is scheduled for a European release date of April 15, 2012 through Electric Generation Recordings, the band's own label. The North American date has not yet been announced.
Guitarist Herman Li commented on the album: “The last two years have been the most fun we ever had making an album. Through writing, jamming and touring together, we have built this incredible energy and it has been fully captured on the new album. This time around we’ve really brought our metal side to the surface and made some of the best music of our career. From the fastest song we’ve ever recorded to the slower songs, and some things you would never expect from us, this is by far the most diverse DragonForce album yet.”
The trailer for the highly anticipated "Heritage Hunter Tour" of North America featuring Opeth, Mastodon and Ghost was posted up today. For full dates and venues, head on over to this location.
Check out the trailer here:
In a recent interview with Blistering.com, Swedish occult rockers Ghost revealed that the band is working on the follow up to the 2010 release "Opus Eponymous." Frontman, The Nameless Ghoul, stated:
"Most of the material has been written already. Throughout the production and writing, we’ve been using the word ‘divine’ a lot. Whereas with the first album, the sound was slightly ‘wooden’, we want the new album to be stone and golden in terms of being lavished and divine. So we are trying to paint an even more solemn religion and there’s all sorts of dramatic steps forward.
“The first album is about the arrival of the anti-Christ, about a coming darkness. The new album will about a current darkness, the presence of the devil, how it relates to divinity and how it’s futile you grasp whatever is divine.”
Dutch metal group Lord Volture posted up the third edition of the band's tour video podcast series. On this video, the bnd takes you back to the album release party for the sophomore release "Never Cry Wolf" on November 11th 2011. The band will tour the Netherlands in March as part of the second leg of the tour.
Check out the video here:
Guitarist Jay Reynolds announced that the new Malice LP will be entitled "New Breed of Godz." In a post on Facebook, Reynolds stated:
"The MALICE album is halfway done and is ridiculously HEAVY !!!
'New Breed of Godz' will be out on SPV in May 2012........
Let the tour dates begin, the Malice Metal Machine is ready to roll !!!"
Malice recently signed with SPV for the new album. The album will mark the band's first full length release since 1987's classic "License To Kill." The new version of Malice features vocalist James Rivera (Helstar/Seven Witches) and new drummer Pete Holmes (Black N´Blue), who join original members Reynolds and bassist Mark Behn.
Swedish death metal act Puteraeon, which released debut album "The Esoteric Order" through Cyclone Empire in January 2011, wants to inform you that the band members have locked themselves up in the studio "RZA Mobile Recording" starting on January 30th.
Together with sound engineer Kristian "Risza" Isaksson (Evergrey, Hardcore Superstar, Psycore, Reclusion, Notre Dame, Snowy Shaw) they will record the follow up entitled "Cult Cthulhu."
The album will have 11 tracks and, as the debut, will be mixed by none other than Andy LaRocque (King Diamond, Death, At The Gates) at Sonic Train Studios. The album is planned to be released this coming May 2012 via the German label Cyclone Empire. Full details will be announced as they are made available.
Australian melodic power metal act Black Majesty has announced "Stargazer" as the title of the band's new album, due out in May 2012 through Limb Music Germany.
Black Majesty began recording drums back in October 2011 with Roland Grapow (Masterplan) at Grapow Studios in Slovakia and has since been busy in the band's homeland of Australia laying down guitars and vocals.
Roland Grapow will mix the cd in the coming months. Look out for Black Majesty's new album "Stargazer" this coming May, with more details to be released in the near future.
Horns Up Rocks has posted a new video interview online with Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia, in which she discusses Gigantour, the band's newly released album "Dark Adrenaline," and more. Check out the footage below.
Following the release of the band's third LP, "The Apologist," New Jersey-based quintet East of the Wall has just confirmed a month-long tour of the country this March and into April.
Having already endured a rigorous self-booked trek of America in the Fall months, this second wave of touring in support of "The Apologist" will see East of the Wall laying down its oppressively technical wall of progressive metal dissonance alongside Black Tusk for the entire trek. Performances with Prong, Skeletonwitch, Royal Thunder, Intronaut, Gaza and more killer acts fuel the tour as well. A full list of confirmed dates is listed below, with more to be confirmed and added in the days ahead.
From Hereafter has issued the following post online about offering the band's new EP "Impulses" as a free download:
"Hey we would love your help! Tag us and our EP 'Impulses.' We would really appreciate the help!! And we would definitely return the fav."
New York metallers Castrofate have uploaded video of the band performing the "Tempted By Flesh" track live in the studio on January 17th, 2012. Watch the footage below, or check out previously uploaded video for "The Enemy Within" here.
Outrun the Sunlight has announced "The Return Of Inertia" album will see a vocalist re-release version this coming April, 2012 via Rogue Records America.
The vocalist re-release of "The Return Of Inertia" is a massive collaboration featuring vocalists and instrumentalists from all over the world, including Aleksandra Radosavljevic, Jordan Ibarra, Sean Silagy, Joel Hanlon, John Brogger, Steve McCorry, Karlton Tillman, Chris Jones, Chad Kapper, and Jake Lowe.
Montreal Viking thrash act Talamyus has posted several tracks online from the band's "Raven's Call to Annihilation" album. You can listen to the songs via Reverbnation, or check out the track "The Dead Will Walk the Earth" in the player below.
Washington based act Immolate the Saints has announced a series of upcoming live shows. Details on the run of dates are as follows:
March 3rd - NW Metalfest at The Grail, Coeur D'Alene, ID
March 10th - w/Diminished at Ray's Golden Lion, Richland, WA
March 16th - w/Iconocaust at The Hop, Spokane, WA
March 23rd - w/Benath All Kaos at The Charleston, Bremerton, WA
April 7th - NW Metalfest II at Haley's, Everett, WA
April 20th - w/Benign CD Relase Show at Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
April 28th - w/Behold the Colossus, TBA, Moses Lake, WA
May 5th - NW Metalfest III, TBA, Portland, OR
June 2nd - OUTDOOR NW Metalfest IV,TBA, Spanaway, WA
To find more information on Immolate the Saints, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
British Columbia's We The Martyr has posted a lyric video online for the song "Militia," which can be heard below. The band also commented on seeking fans to sing along for an upcoming video:
"Hey everyone, Cale's making a guitar play through video for militia and wants to put you in it! All you have to do is record yourself singing along to the gang vocals parts at the start and at 2:01. Here's the lyric video."
For further details on We The Martyr, check out the band's Facebook profile here.
U.K. act Bong has posted a series of the band's out of print releases online via Bandcamp. Check out "Bethmoora," "Bong Live January 2008, the "Bong/Sex Wound Split" and "Live at Tyneside Cinema 2009" at this location. You can also listen to all three mammoth, 20+ minute tracks from "Bethmoora" in the player provided below.
David Ellefson of Megadeth has checked in from the Glens Falls, NY stop of Gigantour 2012 with another behind-the-scenes video clip. Check out this latest video below, or you can also find Metalunderground.com's report of the Lowell, Massachusetts date of Gigantour at this location.