Metal News for February 2, 2014
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12 news articles posted on this day.
Trees of Eternity - the collaboration between Finnish guitarist Juha Raivio (Swallow the Sun) and Sweden based, South Africa born, singer Aleah - has checked in with the following update about a guest appearance on the band's new album:
"Well folks... Since the cat is kinda already out of the bag, here is a little update regarding some of the guest vocals on our album.
"We are very pleased to let you know that Mick Moss from the excellent melancholic down tempo act Antimatter just finished recording his guest vocals for the song Condemned to Silence where he is adding some doubles and harmonies with Aleah's vocals. We are loving the sound of it, but then again, how can you go wrong with a voice like his?" More...
Surgery Records has released a new video clip of Mindanao, Philippines-based outfit Dogfight performing the song "No Pain, No Glory."
The performance was filmed and recorded by Surgery Records during a live recording session and can be seen below. For more info on Dogfight, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Montreal, QC melodic rock/metal outfit Kolony is proud to premiere a new music video for "Echoes." Check it out below, courtesy of BlankTV.
The video is in promotion of Kolony's new single, which will be on the band's upcoming release "Sledge," slated to be unleashed later this year. Vocalist/guitarist Reno Benoit comments:
"We are very proud to share this music video with you for our first single 'Echoes', which will be on our upcoming album 'Sledge.' The song refers to the ideal of living in perfect unity with the earth, respecting both our human nature and the world we live in. Hope you like it and that you'll spread the word about Kolony. Thanks for your support." More...
Motorfire's debut album "Rising Fire" will be unleashed by Metal Tank Records this coming April, 2014. Today you can hear a single off the release titled "Burnout." Check it out in the Bandcamp player provided below.
The Way Of Purity s ready to enter Mathlab Recording Studio to begin work on third album “The Majesty Of Your Becoming” with producer Jonathan Mazzeo. WormHoleDeath Records has now announced the track listing will be as follows:
1. The Clouds Behind Your Eyes
2. Disfigured By Karma
3. The Majesty Of Your Becoming
4. From The Nest To The Grave
5. Dare To Be Yourself
8. The Roots Of Evil
11. Escape The Nest (Editors Cover)
12. Tide (Ilid Cover)
After the album’s tracking the band will start mixing the songs with Canadian sound monster Christian Donaldson. The band also comments:
“We are still working on the songs and we will continue working ’till the last moment available. The songwriting process for this record has been like never ending and our nerves are on the edge at this point but we wouldn’t give up. We are actually ready to give our best and deliver the insanely epic release that TWOP collective has been dreaming. Expect something absolutely shocking.”
Blood God's new album "Blood Is My Trademark" will be released on August 15th, 2014 via Massacre Records. The label comments:
"We are happy to announce the addition of Blood God to the Massacre Records family! Blood God - that rings a bell, doesn't it?
"Yes, it's true, this is the hard rock/heavy metal band of Debauchery mastermind Thomas Gurrath! Thomas already toured halfway around the globe - from China to Russia - with Debauchery and Blood God's predecessor Big Ball, shared the European stages with Saxon or Doro or entertained the masses at German festivals like the Summer Breeze, With Full Force or the Wacken Open Air. More...
A brand new song off Hatriot's upcoming album "Dawn Of The New Centurion" is now available for streaming. Hear "The Fear Within" below.
The band also announced the digipak edition will feature a bonus cover of "Midnite Maniac" by Krokus. The album is due out February 21st, and the track listing is as follows:
1. From My Cold Dead Hands
2. Your Worst Enemy
3. The Fear Within
4. Honor The Rise And Fall
6. Silence In The House Of The Lord
7. World Funeral
8. Dawn Of The New Centurion
9. Consolation For The Insane
Skogen is streaming the new single "Griftenatt" online, which comes off the upcoming album "I Döden" to be released later this spring. Give the song a listen below, and full album details with be forthcoming.
Eisregen's new album "Todestage" was released less than 3 months ago, but the band did not rest on its laurels!
Eisregen's M. Roth has now announced the mini-album "Flötenfreunde," which will be released this spring, and some of the tracks to appear include "Tausendschweiner," "Rotes Meer," "Blut Saufen," "Mordlust," as well as a demo version of "Tot / Untot". You can also catch the band on the following release gigs:
30.04.2014 DE Mühltal bei Darmstadt - Steinbruch-Theater
01.05.2014 DE Losheim - Walpurgisschlacht/Hexentanz Open Air Festival
"Flötenfreunde" will be officially released on April 25th, 2014 via Massacre Records.
The Graspop Metal Meeting has announced a slew of new bands to the 2014 lineup, including Glorior Belli, In Solitude, Novembers Doom, Carach Angren, and many more. Get the full list of newly announced bands in the teaser trailer below.
The festival will take place at the festival park Stenehei in Dessel over the weekend of Friday 27th to Sunday the 29th of June. Ticket info can be found at this location.
Day three was port of call day for the largest floating festival. This year, the destination was set by the fans who voted narrowly to make port at Costa Maya, Mexico - a new destination and within a short journey to the Mayan ruins at Chacchoben. The boat docked at about noon and I gathered a small group of friends, which included cabin mate and vocalist for Helsott, Eric Dow, LT Rhapsody/21 Octayne drummer Alex Landenburg (who was onboard playing with Bonfire) and Margie, a rabid metalhead who has attended every single 70K cruise. Joining us on the journey was Bonfire vocalist Claus Lessmann and bassist Uwe Kohler, as well as Metal Injection's Dave Pando.
It's was a hot, humid and unforgettable journey into one of mankind's most advanced and mysterious civilizations in Mezo-America, the Mayans. We boarded the coach buses and made our hour long journey into the flatlands of the Yucatan peninsula, now largely abandoned due to high category 5 hurricane strikes in the last 10 years (though you can get a sweet land deal if you wanted to take the risk). Our guide was Manuel,,,who is also known as the "Silver Fox." He provided valuable information on the history of Mayan civilization and touched on the obvious reasons why the word failed to end on December 21, 2012 and the possibilities why the civilization may have disappeared. The map of entire Central American region of ruins also seemed to contain a site that could unlock a title of a future LT Rhapsody song...."The Temple of the Turtles" - or so we had a pretty good chuckle about. More...
Back in 2011 and 2012, MetalUnderground.com decided to devote all our Sunday Old School columns in February to some of the most important, influential and most popular bands in the history of black metal, which we appropriately named, "Black Metal History Month." This year, we’ve decided to bring back the feature and, with their new album, "The Satanist" out tomorrow in Europe, who better to kick things off than Poland’s own, Behemoth?
Behemoth was formed in 1991 in the city of Gdansk, the fourth largest metro area of Poland by vocalist/guitarist, Adam "Nergal" Darski, Czech born drummer, Adam "Baal" Muraszko and a second guitarist known as, "Desecrator." The trio recorded three demos in their early days, "Endless Damnation," "The Return of the Northern Moon" and most significantly, "From the Pagan Vastlands," which featured a cover of the Mayhem song, "Deathcrush" and was released two months after it was recorded by Polish label, Pagan Records before it saw a release in the United States via Wild Rags. By 1995, Desecrator had left the group, leaving Behemoth as a duo, though the two were nevertheless ready to record a full length studio album for Pagan Records, which was released that year under the title, "Sventevith (Storming Near the Baltic)." It was given mediocre reviews by the critics, though they soon won them over with their second album, "Grom," which hit the shelves in January of 1996. This sophomore album saw the band bringing in a much wider range of influences and sounds, including the use of female vocals and earning them the respect of many members of the metal press in the process.
It was on their next album, 1998s "Pandemonic Incantations" that the band began to develop the blackened death metal sound which they are known for today. They toured for two solid years in support of the record but due to a lack of promotion from then label, Solistitium, the album did not fare well commercially. Behemoth decided that a change was needed and signed a new record deal with the Italian label, Avantgarde Music, through which they released their fourth album, "Satanica" in 1999. The label seemed very willing to promote the Polish outfit and booked them tours supporting American death metal legends, Deicide, as well as Norwegian black metal outfit, Satyricon. They were soon forced to make lineup changes however, which saw the recruitment of bassist Marcin "Novy" Nowak and guitarist, Havok. More...