Metal News for February 21, 2011
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Metal Blade Records has revealed that Between The Buried and Me's new album will be titled "The Parallax: Hypersleep Dialogues." The album is due out on April 12th, 2011. Check out a teaser below:
In addition to Negura Bunget's "Focul Viu," the re-release of Lantlôs' self-titled debut by Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions has been postponed for two weeks in Europe. The release dates for North America are not affected, however. "Lantlôs" will now be re-issued with bonus tracks on the following dates:
March 25th (in Germany/Austria)
March 28th (in other European countries)
April 5th (in North America)
This re-release in a super jewel case will contain a bonus CD with the tracks of the extremely rare demo "Îsern Himel," two previously unreleased demo recordings of "Kalte Tage" (instrumental) and "Þinaz Andawlitjam," as well as the equally unreleased song "Farbensturm."
"Lantlôs" can from now on be pre-ordered from Prophecy's online shop. All pre-ordered "Lantlôs" 2CDs and all copies for Prophecy club members will be handsigned by Herbst.
Varg Vikernes of Burzum is easily among the most infamous names in metal, being an icon who is both respected for his musical achievements and frequently reviled for his criminal history and personal beliefs. The upcoming Burzum disc "Fallen" (reviewed here) will be Varg's second full-length album since being released from prison.
As the release of "Fallen" draws near, Varg answered a series of questions for Metalunderground about the album and how it differs from the previous entry "Belus." Read on to see his thoughts on letting fans interpret the music freely, mixing metal albums like classical music, and find out what Varg thinks about bands like Bathory and Paradise Lost. More...
Experimental noise duo OvO recently inked a deal with Supernatural Cat Records. The band's upcoming sixth album "Cor Cordium" will see release on April 18th, 2011.
To give the public a first taste of the release, UK-based Rock-A-Rolla Magazine is hosting a stream of "Marie," the third track from "Cor Cordium." You can listen to the song in the player below.
Century Media Records has signed a record deal with Israel based old school death metal band Sonne Adam, who will unleash the debut album “Transformation” on April 4th, 2011 in Europe.
Jens Prueter (Head Of A&R, Century Media Records Europe) commented: "Back in 1991, Century Media Records released the groundbreaking debut albums by Asphyx, Grave, Morgoth and Unleashed as well as the second album of Tiamat. It was the year death metal changed the metal world and thousands of bands were founded in garages around the world. 20 years later we are proud to sign a young band from Tel Aviv, Israel that knows the meaning of death unfortunately better than most of us. Sonne Adam mix the old doom/death of early Paradise Lost and technical insanity of early Morbid Angel with a fresh passion and raw energy that reminds me of the hunger and dedication I heard in the aforementioned debut albums 20 years ago, without sounding retro. Welcome to a new chapter of Century Media death metal!"
Sonne Adam instrumentalist Davidov states: “We didn't imagine that we will receive so much attention when we wrote the album a year and a half ago, when the 'Armed With Hammers' EP wasn't even released yet. Hell, we didn't even know back than how strong the old school death metal scene will be again. We never were 'label hunters' so it was a big surprise. Actually, being from Israel and signing to a big label is more crucial than you think as we are very isolated from our crowd. No matter what, our heart is in the underground. Always was and always will be! If someone thinks that we are selling out he can go f**k himself. We are very pleased with signing with Century Media.”
DevilDriver is set to release the new album "Beast" tomorrow, February 22nd, 2011 through Roadrunner Records. In celebration of the release, the band is now streaming the entire album online through the DevilDriver MySpace profile.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Dead To Rights
2. Bring The Fight (To The Floor)
5. Talons Out (Teeth Sharpened)
6. You Make Me Sick
9. The Blame Game
10. Black Soul Choir (16 HORSEPOWER cover)
11. Crowns Of Creation
12. Lend Myself To The Night
Basick Records has issued the following announcement about re-signing U.K. act The Arusha Accord:
"Basick Records is extremely pleased to announce the re-signing of one the UK's most forward thinking technical metal bands, The Arusha Accord! The deal will see a worldwide re-release of the bands debut album 'The Echo Verses' as a 2-disc digipack collectors edition on April 18th 2011, which will be bundled with the bands original debut 'Nightmares Of The Ocean' EP, along with exclusive videos, photos and multimedia content, as well as much sought after guitar/bass and drum tabs to each of the bands songs. The band is also currently working hard at writing for the follow up record, also due to be released with Basick in the not-so-distant future."
Paul Green, vocalist with the band comments: "We're absolutely stoked to be announcing our re-signing with Basick! Its great to be back home where it all started for us, the collective of bands & label ethic here is truly rare and one we're proud to be part of again!
"We're equally as ecstatic about this release, a celebration of coming home and also a milestone that will see us move on from TEV. Everyone's been working their absolute tits off getting the tabs, content, artwork & website ready for this and it feels great to now let you in on what we've been doing. It's also great to be getting TEV & NOTO into stores across the world, something that really had been missing for us and of course, you guys! With all the tabs for TEV now there for you guys, let's see how you get on trying to learn those bastards ;)
"This release truly means the end to a chapter for the band... We've learnt a hell of a lot about our sound and what we want from music over these past 2 years... As you know we're working on a new record; the guys have been throwing stuff back and forth to each other and I can assure you, it's incredible! We have always aimed to push the boundaries with our sound, and the new material is even more beautiful and as disgusting as anything we have written to date. I think its too early for us to give anything away but we are dipping back into our roots and also looking at new areas for inspiration... Lets hope we can finish this as well as we've started!"
After All has issued the following announcement about releasing a new EP:
"After All are proud to present the new EP 'Becoming The Martyr.' This limited edition EP will be available from the After All merch booth during the Killfest 2011 European tour with Overkill, Destruction and Heathen. The EP can also be ordered at After All webshop.
"'Becoming The Martyr' features 3 brand new tracks, as well as 2 more tracks from the 'Cult Of Sin' album, re-recorded with the new After All line-up. Mixed and mastered by Dan Swanö at the infamous Unisound Studios in Örebro, Sweden, the new EP contains the fastest and heaviest thrash metal After All have ever recorded. Be prepared for some jaw-dropping heaviness! Check out the new song 'Timeless Machine' at this location."
After All also has the following upcoming tour dates:
03/03/2011 – London (UK) – O2 Islington Academy
04/03/2011 – Köln (D) – Essigfabrik
05/03/2011 – Geiselwind (D) – Music Hall
06/03/2011 – Stuttgart (D) – Longhorn
07/03/2011 – Frankfurt (D) – Batschkapp
08/03/2011 – Zürich (CH) – Sounddock 14
09/03/2011 – Milano (I) – Live Club
10/03/2011 – Wörgl (A) – Komma
11/03/2011 – Budapest (H) – Petofi Hall
12/03/2011 – Brno (CZ) – Fleda
13/03/2011 – Warsaw (PL) – Stodola
15/03/2011 – Berlin (D) – Columbia Club
16/03/2011 – Hamburg (D) – Markthalle
17/03/2011 – Braunschweig (D) – Meier Music Hall
18/03/2011 – Antwerpen (B) – Trix
19/03/2011 – Enschede (NL) – Atak
02/04/2011 - Aachen (D) - Musikbunker - Mosh It Up
14/05/2011 - Geluwe (B) - De Gaper - Headbanger's Night Out
09/07/2011 - De Haan (B) - Coq Rock
Swedish act In Mourning has announced the band will be performing at the upcoming 2011 edition of the ProgPower Europe festival, which will take place from September 30th - October 2nd. Additional details on the festival are available here. The currently announced bands are as follows:
Due to inclement weather conditions, EyeHateGod has been forced to cancel the band's scheduled appearance tonight (Monday, February 21st) at Daniel Street in Milford, Connecticut.
The members of EyeHateGod have extended their sincerest apologies to all the fans and friends hoping to rock this evening and plan to return soon to make up the date.
As of this time, Misery Index, Thy Will Be Done, Nightbitch, and Guerra are still set to perform as scheduled.
In honor of black metal history month, Metalunderground.com has been looking back at bands that influenced the genre as well as some of the biggest names in the style, most recently examining famous Norwegian act Emperor in the "Sunday Old School" column.
Each week with Unearthing the Metal Underground, we look at a handful of quality bands championing the underground and carrying metal forward. This week we'll spotlight three one-man black metal bands that fans of the genre may not have had the chance to hear yet. You can also check out our previous look at solo black metal bands here, as well as solo musicians from a variety of genres at this location.
Italy's Hiems is a band worth watching for black metal fanatics who want occasional respite from the non-stop frozen atompshere and rasping screams. Although both of those elements are found throughout solo artist Algol's music, the songs also feature a black 'n roll vibe and even dip into Opeth style prog metal. A sample from the "Worship or Die" album (reviewed here) can be found in the clip below.
Finland's Corpset has inked a deal with Violent Journey Records. The band is set to release the new album "Ruins" through Violent Journey Records on April 27th, 2011. You can listen to the new song "Moment of Clarity" at this location.
The track listing for "Ruins" is as follows:
1. The Light Divine
4. Moment Of Clarity
5. Into The Light
6. Give & Go
7. World Hate Center
8. Behind The Sauna
10. Caesar’s Palace
Becoming the Archetype is set to release the new album "Celestial Completion " on March 29th through Solid State Records. Becoming the Archetype has now posted a blog on the Solid State Records website announcing the band is shooting a music video and lining up a record release show:
"Instead of rambling on about how great we are and how our new album is gonna melt your face and how you should buy it on March 29 (it’s called Celestial Completion, by the way), I think you’d probably appreciate if I just told you what is currently going on in the life of the Archetype Boys.
"We in Becoming The Archetype are pretty cool dudes. Jason (Papa J) works at JC Penney fitting men for suits. Duck used to work at Starbucks, but he’s now working at a way better company that involves computers. It’s top secret, so that’s all I can tell you. Daniel spends all his time playing guitar and getting tattoos, so he doesn’t have time for work. And I spend all my time handling band stuff like booking, managing, writing, practicing piano and guitar and singing, emailing people and doing interviews. See? I told you we were cool.
"A typical day in the life of BTA on the road is to listen to Weird Al in the van, then practice singing harmonies together. Usually we pick a song we all know the words to then pick harmonies for each of us to sing. It’s difficult, but it’s fun if you’re nerdy enough to appreciate it.
"Right now we’ve been focused on other stuff like taking photos, shooting a music video, doing interviews and arguing over which songs to play at our CD release shows. You see, if we play too many new songs, you guys are gonna kill us for not playing your favorite oldie. But if we play too much old stuff, we can’t cram our new songs down your throat. See what a conundrum we’re in? For those of you who aren’t astute in nerdology, ‘conundrum’ means ‘really, really difficult situation that you can’t figure out, even if you’re Count Seth.’ More...
Scale the Summit has announced a series of headlining off dates on the band's upcoming tour with Periphery and Fair To Midland. The headlining Scale the Summit shows are as follows:
3/7/11 Tucson, AZ @ The Noise
3/10/11 San Diego, CA @ Epicenter (w/ Periphery)
3/14/11 Redding, CA @ Maxwells
3/22/11 Kansas City, MO @ Scion Lab
4/4/11 Portland, ME Deering Grange
4/5/11 Burlington, VT @ Monkey House
4/11/11 Jackson, MS @ The Carter
You can also find the listing of tour dates for the Periphery tour at this location.
Anatomy of I, which features Michael Dorrian, Steve Di Giorgio, and Dirk Verbeuren, has posted a song online from the band's new album "Substratum." You can check out the song "Organic Machine" in the clip below.
Portland, OR's Transient and Elitist have teamed up for a split 7” release. Transient recorded four tracks for the split at Buzz Or Howl studios in Portland. Elitist, who recently signed with Season of Mist records, recorded three tracks with Adam Pike at the Toadhouse, also in Portland. Audio samples taken from the 7” will be posted online shortly via the Transient and Elitist MySpace pages.
In support of the release, the bands are teaming up for a brief western U.S. tour. The dates are as follows:
Feb. 21 Albuquerque, NM Peace and Justice Center
Feb. 22 Pueblo, CO Phil’s Radiator (w/ Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire)
Feb. 23 Denver, CO Blastomat (w/ Pyroklast)
Feb. 24 Denver, CO Rinoceropolis
Feb. 25 Salt Lake City, UT Shred Shed (w/ Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire,Gaza )
Feb. 26 Boise, ID house show (w/ Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire,Gaza )
Feb. 27 Seattle, WA Blacklodge (w/ Blowupnihilist)
Steelwing has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"We are very sad to announce that our bass player Skürk has left Steelwing due to life priorities that do not include any more extensive touring. We support his decision, remain the best of friends and could never thank him enough for his dedicated service to the band. Thus, we begin the search for a new bassist with whom we can continue the story of Steelwing, starting with our second album and the tours to follow it. If you are:
* 18-25 years old
* A skilled bass player with plenty of studio and live experience
* Devoted to the sounds and looks of 80's heavy metal
* Living in the Stockholm/Nyköping area, willing to relocate to it or otherwise capable of rehearsing 1-3 times a week
* Humble, in it for the music and prepared for hard work and life on the road
"...send an audio/video sample of your playing, a photo of your killer looks and a few lines about who you are to: email@example.com
"The standard has been set: blood, sweat and tears are expected... We're looking forward to hearing from you!"
Finland's Barren Earth has checked in with the following update from the road on the band's current U.S. tour:
"The replacement bus seemed to be adequate enough. It was clean and smelled quite nice, which could not be said of the old one: 2 weeks on the road had taken its toll, and the sights and smells were not always pleasant anymore. Indeed, although us passengers have often complained about the buses, I am quite sure that the bus vehicles themselves, were they able to complain, would probably file a complaint or two towards us travelers, because there has been the occasional abuse, and negligence of common hygienic matters on our behalf. But since bus vehicles can not complain, what do we care!
"On Monday morning we were yet again at a standstill, this time somewhere in Montana. With luck, we would just have enough time to make it across the border and up to Calgary. Too tired to worry about buses and schedules anymore, it was nice to just observe the beautiful scenery while driving through the Rocky Mountains. Joe Walsh got it right: the Rocky Mountain Way really is ‘better than the way we had…’
"We finally reached the Canadian border. At Border Control the Customs Officer looked at my passport, and asked all kinds of questions, amongst them this one: ‘So do you play country music or hiphop, or are you a real musician?’ I said: ‘No country or hiphop for me, sir!’ He opened a drawer, reached for a delicate little pin with the Canadian flag, handed it over to me, and said: ‘Welcome to Canada!’ More...
Finland's Amoral has checked in with the following announcement about the song "Perfection Design" appearing in a Motocross video:
"The Amoral song 'Perfection Design' from the album 'Show Your Colors' is featured in a new promo clip by Ice 1 Racing team. The team is run by legendary F1 driver Kimi Räikkönen. Check out the cool video below!"
Mastic Scum has issued the following statement about upcoming European tour dates in 2011:
"Hello out there! Lot of live shows confirmed for 2011! We are looking forward to grind with you! See you in the pit!"
The currently announced dates are as follows:
25.03.2011 [A] Jenbach - VA-Zentrum
15.04.2011 [RO] Brasov - Rockstadt
16.04.2011 [RO] Bucharest - Fabrica
17.04.2011 [RO] "Brutal Fest V" Iasi - Hand Club
30.04.2011 [A] "Metalchamp Finale 2011" Vienna
06.05.2011 [A] "Rockfest 2011" Maifest Fusch
07.05.2011 [A] t.b.a.
03.06.2011 [GER] Pfarrkirchen - Bogaloo
04.06.2011 [GER] t.b.a.
17.06.2011 [CZ] "Crossfest 2011" Kremze
18.06.2011 [CZ] t.b.a.
Swedish act New Keepers of the Water Towers has inked a deal with Listenable Records. The record label commented on the band:
"In 2006, guitarist and vocalist Rasmus Booberg and drummer Tor Sjödén started writing music inspired by the Swedish doom and stoner scene. Over time the duo evolved into the group known today as New Keepers of the Water Towers adding guitarist Victor Berg and, later on, bass-player Robin Holmberg to the line-up.
"Their music has ever since their first EP been sliding towards a more progressive and wider sound, with influences from the first wave of progressive-rock as well as the modern day prog -rock and -metal scene. After playing venues across Europe, anything from small pubs to the Roskilde Festival in 2010, The band is now back in the studio to deliver their third studio album. This time together with French label Listenable, The New Keepers are confident that this will be their greatest CD so far!"
You can watch a video of the band performing at Rockskile 2010 in the clip below.
Coronatus recently announced the band has split with vocalist Natalie Kempin. Coronatus has now issued the following announcement about recruiting Ada Flechtner to perform with the band:
"Good news for all Coronatus Fans! Ada Flechtner, singer of Porta Obscura album, will sing at the tour opening concert on March 27 in Fulda again!
"As you all can imagine, we are really excited about this news. Ada will sing rock voice, along with Viola Schuch on soprano. First rehearsals already started, and the band is really looking forward to meet you fans in Fulda! Yeah!"
Music lesson web site playthisriff.com is now featuring guitar lesson videos with guitarist Bill Taylor from Immolation. The band has posted video clips titled "Higher Coward," "Nailed To Gold," "The Purge," "Harnessing Ruin," and "Bill's Main Guitar."
You can check out footage of Bill Taylor showing how to play "Higher Coward" at this location. PlayThisRiff.com is owned and operated by Bob Balch of Fu Manchu. Immolation is also scheduled to appear at the 2011 edition of the Scion Rock Festival. Details can be found here.
Ravens Creed has issued the following update about the release of the band's upcoming EP:
"The Nestless and wild EP will be on sale from 22nd Feb, available from Doomentia records and other smashing establishments, we have had a couple of jams and are knocking a tasty, yet sinister, set list up for that festival I mentioned last time, the organizers are announcing it soon, so until then I gotta be tight mouth Larry. Before this we will be playing a warm up gig in bleak northern albion, more details when we get them."
The "Nestless And Wild" track listing is as follows:
1. Stampede Of Skeletons
2. Breaking The Lord
3. Shoot The Wounded
4. The Wires Will Kill You
American thrash metal veterans Exodus have announced that they have been forced to cancel their appearance at this year's edition of Germany's Wacken Open Air as a result of a scheduling conflict.
A message from guitarist Gary Holt reads as follows:
"We are sorry to announce that due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict, Exodus will not be able to perform at this year's Wacken Open Air festival. We look forward to returning for one of the next Wacken Festivals, where we hope to make it up to all our amazing Exodus fans."
Belgian black metal act Cult of Erinyes has issued the following announcement about releasing the band's debut full-length album:
"Less than one year after the entity was created, we are proud to announce that our first full length is ready to be released. From the Black Energy emerged almost 50 minutes of Ritualistic black ,etal, which will be immortalized under the name A Place To Call My Unknown.
"Entirely recorded at the Blackout Studio in Brussels, this album is the testimony of months of musical and spiritual introspection and mixes the ferocious side of black metal with some aetheric and experimental elements.
"The Golgotha EP opened the gate of the secret world while A Place To Call My Unknown fully experiences it. Further information (label, preview, track list, artwork, release date) will follow during the next days. No rules. No compromise. The end starts right here."
Cult of Erinyes will also be playing the Open Your Mind festival. Details are available at this location.
Saxon has issued the following announcement about seeking fans to vote on who should support the band for upcoming tour dates:
"Hey guys, we will have Crimes Of Passion and Vanderbuyst as support bands on our European Continental tour and after discussing forward and backwards about who should be the main support slot we came to the point where we wanted to let the decision made by you.
"You will have the chance to for each city. And every one of you who votes will of course get not only the chance to put his favourite band on the main support slot, they will also have the chance to win lots of prices. Both bands will supply cool packages and gimmicks."
You can vote on the main supporting act for Saxon by navigating to this location.
Finnish metallers Amorphis have announced they will be making appearances at the Nummirock (Kauhajoki, 24.-25-6.) and Tuska (Helsinki, 22.-24.7.) summer festivals later this year. Amorphis is also currently putting the finishing touches on a new full-length album, with details to be announced soon. The upcoming Amorphis shows are as follows:
May 7 Karmøygeddon Haugesund, NORWAY
May 27 Metalfest Open Air Mining, AUSTRIA
May 28 Metalfest Open Air Dessau, GERMANY
Jun 11 Rock Hard Festival Gelsenkirchen, GERMANY
Jun 14 Shibuya-Ax Tokyo, JAPAN
Jun 15 Club Quattro Nagoya, JAPAN
Jun 17 Namba Hatch Osaka, JAPAN
tJun 18 Bay Hall Yokohama, JAPAN
Jun 24 Nummirock Kauhajoki, FINLAND
Jul 7 Rock Harz Ballenstedt, GERMANY
Jul 24 Tuska Helsinki, FINLAND
Aug 13 Rock im Betonwerk Chemnitz-Mittelbach, GERMANY
Denmark's Corpus Mortale has issued the following announcement about recording new material for an upcoming release:
"Studio up-date February 2011: Just returned from 4 days at the AntFarm studio. 10 songs nailed by Rasmus. In a few days we'll start tracking guitars at the home studio - vocal sessions are planned for late March or early April. We'll be back soon with some more info on the songs themselves."
The band's music can also be heard through the official Corpus Mortale MySpace profile here.
Obscura recently revealed the first panel of inside artwork for the band's upcoming album "Omnivium." You can now check out the second panel of inside artwork from "Omnivium" through the band's official Facebook page.
The new album is set to drop on March 29th, 2011 through Relapse Records. Titles to apear on the album are: “Septuagint," “Vortex Omnivium," “Ocean Gateways," “Euclidean Elements," “Prismal Dawn," “Celestial Spheres," “Velocity," “A Transcendental Serenade," and “Aevum."
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement offering a free download of the song "Skeletons of Rose Hall" from the new One Man Army and the Undead Quartet album:
"Free download of One Man Army And The Undead Quartet's 'Skeletons Of Rose Hall.' From now on, every fan of our Facebook page can exclusively download "'Skeletons Of Rose Hall!" Click on the 'Free Stuff' tab to download it!"
One Man Army and the Undead Quartet's upcoming album "The Dark Epic" is currently set to be released on February 25th, 2011. You can also watch a music video for "Skeletons of Rose Hall" at this location.
Drowning the Light has announced an upcoming split with Circle of Ouroborus titled "Moonflares." The band issued the following statement about the split and offered links to download samples:
"A split between these two melancholic entities that is not defined by genre, but by occult mysticism, sorrow, nostalgia and comradery. Circle of Ouroborus present 3 songs of utter desperation and sorrow, this is truly haunting and nostalgic music from these Finnish souls.
"The cult of Drowning the Light tear the flesh and spill the blood with epic and melancholic Black Metal from the shores of Oceania. Limited to 500 copies.
Steve "Zetro" Souza, the former vocalist of American thrash metal legends Exodus, has announced that he has formed a new band called Hatriot. You can check out an audio sample of the band's song "Weapons Of Class Destruction" by heading to their official website.
The band's lineup is as follows:
Steve "Zetro" Souza - Vocals
Drew Gage - Guitars
Kosta Varvatakis - Guitars
Alex Bent - Drums
Zetro's son, Cody is reported to be the bass player of the group.
Demons of the Craft is readying the band's new album, "Olympus Mons," for release in March 2011 via Larval Transmission. In it, musician/bassist Parker Duncan explores the reverberations of the electric bass through raw recording techniques and non-traditional phrasing methods, recorded entirely in his home in Whitefish, Montana.
Check out the title track from the album below: