Metal News for February 22, 2012
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To casual fans, Niclas Engelin may be the new "pledge" in the lineup of Swedish metal giants In Flames, but in truth, he's about as seasoned as new members come. A childhood friend and long-respected fixture of the legendary Gothenburg metal scene, Niclas and the band have crossed professional paths nearly half a dozen times. After temporarily replacing departed guitarist Glenn Ljungström to support "Whoracle" in 1997, Niclas returned intermittently to complete In Flames' lineup as a roiling battle with alcoholism consumed founding guitarist Jesper Strömblad, forcing him off the road. This relationship culminated in the band's February 2011 announcement that Niclas would permanently fill the slot vacated by Jesper a year prior. Later came a new studio album "Sounds Of A Playground Fading" (reviewed here), and now, a massive headlining tour across North America.
Prior to the performance at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts (reviewed here), Niclas and I sat down in a quiet boardroom off the lobby at the nearby Hilton. To his dismay, no coffee was available, but at least the M&M-filled cookies at the front desk were free. For half an hour, Niclas brought Metal Underground completely up to date. More...
Arizona isn't usually the first place thought of when discussing epic folk metal bands, but Adavänt defies the geographical odds with a huge symphonic sound and classic folk storytelling. The band dropped its first official full-length album "Tale Untold" (reviewed here) last year and is in the process of working on a follow-up.
Adavänt's Andy the Cunning checked in with Metalunderground.com to explain the recording process for the soaring album of characters on a fantastic journey, and to discuss how the band came together in an area not well known for this particular style. The full interview is available below, in which Andy talks about getting the album to sound like it had a full orchestra and choir with such a small cast, as well as the band's new RPG inspired single "A Random Encounter." More...
Jucifer is one-of-a-kind for many reasons; they are an extremely heavy two-piece made up of man and wife team Amber Valentine on the mic and guitar and Edgar Livengood on the drums. For nearly twenty years, they have traveled the world without stopping with their incredible stage gear in tow; towers of amps that often fill the venues they play up to the ceiling. I was able to speak with the enigmatic Amber while she was on the road to talk about a nomadic lifestyle, their film career, and an album steadily being worked upon. More...
Since the 1980s, Asphyx has been a force in the realm of death metal, releasing album after album of crushing music. But through the decades, the band was inundated with problems from members leaving to entire breakups. But, after reforming in the 2000s, Asphyx seems stronger than ever and about to release a sure classic "Deathhammer." I was able to talk to vocalist Martin van Drunen about the album, the challenges the band has weathered, and what like-minded band he plans on spending time with in the States. More...
Dutch thrash/death act Seven Ends, who recently signed with Massacre Records, have unveiled the album art and track listing for the band's debut LP "To the Worms." The album is due for release on March 23, 2012 through Massacre.
The track list for "To the Worms" is as follows:
2. To the Worms
3. Cadaver Throne
4. Nation of Fear
6. A World in Darkness
7. Hypocrites of Faith
9. Rats More...
Fair to Midland has announced new spring tour dates in continued support of of the band's latest release, "Arrows & Anchors." Dead Letter Circus and Lionize have been tapped to support. Tickets are on sale now including a meet and greet option for each show, click here for more info.
Fair to Midland captured the record with a music video for "Musical Chairs," which can still be seen at this location.
The upcoming Fair to Midland tour dates are as follows:
4/5-New Orleans, LA The Parish at HOB
4/9-Jacksonville, FL The Pit
4/10-Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
4/11-Spartanburg, SC Ground Zero
4/12-Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
4/14-Springfield, VA Empire
4/15-West Chester, PA The Note
4/16-New York City, NY The Studio / Webster Hall
4/17-Boston, MA Middle East Downstairs
4/18-Montreal, QC Les Foufounes Electriques
4/19-Toronto, ON Wreck Room
4/21-Pittsburgh, PA Club Diesel
4/22-Cleveland, OH Agora Theatre
4/24-South Bend, IN The Golden Gnome
4/25-Louisville, KY The Vernon Club
4/26-Memphis, TN Newby's
4/27-Tyler, TX Clicks Live
4/28-College Station, TX Schotzi's
Auckland, New Zealand’s Antagonist A.D. recently signed with Mediaskare Records for the release of the band's new album "Nothing From No One" this summer.
The band recently entered the studio to begin recording "Nothing From No One" and will be documenting the progress via a series of video updates on Mediaskare’s YouTube channel. The first full video clip has now been posted online and can be viewed below.
Finland's Morian has now confirmed April 18th, 2012 as the official release date for the new album "Ashen Empire." The album's track listing will be as follows:
1. Dawn Brigade
2. The World Ends With You
3. Darkplay (Let The Right One In)
4. The Boy Who Cried Wolf
5. Dead Heat
7. This Mortal Coil
8. Nemesis Rising
9. Ashen Empire
You can check out teaser clips from the "Ashen Empire" album by heading over to the band's MySpace page.
Brooklyn sludge rock ministers Hull are pleased to announce another stretch of tour dates this Spring. The short but epic run will commence on March 7th in Long Branch, New Jersey. From there the band will forge a path towards Austin to pillage the way through another SXSW Music Conference.
Commented the band in a collective statement: “The fires of life boil our blood as we anticipate the rising of the moon. Sharpening our steel for the open road, the Earth’s tides overwhelm the coasts. With much doom, the salted sands part as tortured souls spread their heavy upon the cracked crust of our Mother. Brother and Sister traverse the scarred country side, elating the spirits of willing followers as the skies blacken with the sorrow that is expelled. Once again, packed neatly in their battered vessel, HULL burn this candle of life and light the roadside within the depths of night. Accompanied by true warriors upon the first leg are Black Tusk, Royal Thunder and East Of The Wall. Raise your fists in revelry. Stand side by side as we carve deep into the soil of this turbulent wasteland.”
Dates are as follows: More...
Los Angeles melodic thrash band HeXen unveiled the album artwork and track listing for the forthcoming sophomore full length LP "Being And Nothingness. No release date has been announced, but the album is expected to drop in 2012 through Pulverized Records. The artwork was created by Kristian Wahlin/Necrolord (King Diamond/Dissection/Emperor) (shown below).
The band had the following comment on the album:
We are completely stoked for this long-worked on, long-awaited second release and we can't wait to showcase this opus live to all our fans. Unlearn what you have learned about metal!
The track listing for "Being and Nothingness" is as follows:
2. Grave New World
3. Defcon Rising
4. Private Hell
5. Walk As Many, Stand As One
6. Stream Of Unconsciousness
7. Indefinite Archetype
8. The Nescient
9. Nocturne: (i. Opus 55 No. 1 in F Minor; ii. Out of Reach; iii. Existential Crisis; iv. Entrance of the Absurd; v. The Unbearable Lightness of Being; vi. With Salvation I Persist; vii. Elegy of the Night; viii. End In Purplexity) More...
ICS Vortex recently performed the band's first live gig in support of the debut album "Storm Seeker" (reviewed here) at the Finnish Metal Expo 2012.
Footage has now been posted online from the show of ICS Vortex playing Borknagar's "Colossus." Check out the video clip below.
Los Angeles, California based label 6131 Records has announced the signing of Seattle, Washington's Ill Intent.
Following recent tours with labelmates Bent Life and The Beautiful Ones, Ill Intent entered the studio with Taylor Young (Rotting Out, Xibalba) in early February to record the band's debut EP for 6131.
The effort, entitled "No Masters," will be released this Spring on 7" and via digital outlets worldwide. In anticipation of "No Masters," 6131 Records has posted the song "Numbskull" from the EP, which can be streamed below. More...
Sick Drummer Magazine has posted footage online of Stef Broks from Textures performing the song "Laments of An Icarus" from the "Silhouettes" album. Check out the playthrough video below.
Textures also recently posted a video update online discussing the band's recent and upcoming tour plans. Watch the video at this location.
U.K. melodic dark metal band Hanging Doll posted a new music video for the song "Carnival of Sin." The song appears on the band's forthcoming sophomore effort "The Sacred & Profane," which is due out for release on April 30, 2012 through Rocksector Records.
Check out "Carnival of SIn" here:
Cattle Decapitation will be supporting Origin on the upcoming "Occupation Domination" 2012 U.S. tour. Also appearing on the bill will be Decrepit Birth, Aborted, Rings of Saturn, Battlecross, and more. Dates are as follows:
April 20 Baltimore, MD @ Sonar
April 21 Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
April 22 Trenton, NJ @ BackStage at Champs
April 23 Keene, NH @ Railroad Tavern
April 24 Brooklyn, NY @ Europa
April 26 Peoria, IL @ Brass Rail
April 27 Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's
April 28 Portage, IN @ Camelot Arena
April 29 St Louis, MO @ Fubar
May 2 Albuquerque, NM @ El Rey Theater
May 4 San Diego, CA @ Ruby Room
May 5 Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
May 6 Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky A Go-Go
May 7 Fullerton, CA @ Slidebar
May 8 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
May 9 Stockton, CA @ Plea For Peace
May 10 Sparks, NV @ The Alley
May 11 Portland, OR @ Branx
May 12 Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
May 13 Boise, ID @ The Venue
May 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
May 15 Denver, CO @ The Summit Music Hall
May 18 Lawrence, KS @ Granada Theater More...
Every Time I Die has posted a video clip online for the song “Revival Mode.” The track is from the band’s upcoming new album "Ex Lives," set for release this March 6th via Epitaph Records. Check out the clip below.
The group’s singer, Keith Buckley, offers the following on the new video: "We worked with director Robert Schober who has done incredible work for Mastodon, Deftones, Metallica and now, us. The clip has a very ambiguously creepy David Lynch vibe to it and might be the first time we've never included a single one of our instruments in lieu of a story line that exists outside of us as members of a band. It's dark and weird and while not completely adhering thematically to the lyrics, it sets a larger, broader mood which marries the song perfectly."
Director Robert “Robo” Schober adds, "The video is a surrealist crime drama set on a lost highway...the story loosely interprets key phrases from the song...the guys were awesome and put up with many hours of freezing temperatures in the middle of the desert." More...
Reverend John Hex (Cobwebs of Deception, John Hex's Creepshow) will finally be releasing his long overdue "Spider Gates Cemetery" album. According to John Hex, the album is "an atmospheric horror soundtrack oozing with creepiness."
The album should be available by spring/early summer, and will be a limited run of 100 CD’s. A new track off the album, titled "Rite of Exorcism," can be heard in the player below.
Revocation is currently on tour with Eluveitie and Threat Signal as part of Children of Bodom’s 15th anniversary tour. Although the group has completed tours with artists such as Chimaira, Impending Doom, Forbidden, White Wizzard and Havok, the group states this is the biggest tour of its career.
Before taking the stage at Emo’s in Austin, Texas, drummer Phil Dubois-Coyne, guitarist David Davidson and bassist Anthony Buda gave Metal Underground the following exclusive tour report: More...
MyChildren MyBride has posted a video clip online where vocalist Matthew Hasting gives more insight into the recording of the band's new self-titled album, available in stores and online March 13th. Check out the video clip below.
The album is the band's third release in six years, and the first since 2010's "Lost Boy," which debuted at #183 on the Billboard Top 200.
As Deafheaven's current, consistently sold-out European tour with Heirophant comes to a close, the band is excited to announce another European jaunt for later this Spring, this time supporting post-rock/experimental trio Russian Circles. The 5+ week tour will bring Deafheaven all across Europe and the UK, hitting almost every nook and cranny on the continent, and will span fro April 5th through May 15th.
Later this month, upon Deafheaven's return to the United States, the band will gear up for a batch of West Coast shows with Whirr and Marriages, taking the act down to Austin's legendary SXSW Music Conference, and then out East with black metal/shoegaze masters Alcest. A full list of tour dates can be found below, with more exciting performances to be announced for SXSW very soon.
Dates are as follows: More...
French post-black metal band The Great Old Ones will release the album "Al Azif" on April 27th, 2012. A teaser trailer for the release has been posted online and can now be viewed below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
01. Al Azif - 7:56
02. Visions of R'lyeh - 6:55
03. Jonas - 9:29
04. Rue d'Auseil - 9:20
05. The Truth - 8:23
06. My Love for the Stars (Cthulhu Fhtagn) - 10:19 More...
Nephelium, the brutal death metal band that traces its roots back to the late 1990s from the city of Dubai, UAE and which has now re-established itself in Toronto, Canada for the last 10 years is exclusively streaming the band's latest single “Burial Ground” on GunShyAssassin.com.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Burial Ground
2. Merciless Annihilation
5. Halls of Judgment
6. Coils of Entrop
Gutwrench is set to release the band's debut CD on Razorback Recordings in 2012. Razorback commented on the band:
"We're excited to announce yet another killer band to join our deadly ranks! Gutwrench from Mexico! The band plays ungodly, low-tuned, morbid and doomy death metal in the most murky and grotesque way possible! No way to describe them, you just have to hear them for yourself!
"This album will be another horrific masterpiece of pure repulsive doom/death! Check out the band's official page to hear songs from their debut demo."
Tracks from Gutwrench are available for streaming online via the band's Reverbnation page.
In January 2012, Allegaeon traveled to Southern California and entered Lambesis Studios with Daniel Castleman (As I Lay Dying, Impending Doom, Carnifex, Winds of Plague) to begin work on "Formshifter." The latest album brings forward a sound that both plays off the band's previous releases mixed in with some new flavors that will be sure to enthrall old and new fans alike.
Guitarist Greg Burgess had this to say about the new album, "With 'Formshifter,' I think we kept the sound a lot of our fans love about us, but achieved them through certain compositional challenges. Be it style, or genre mixing, I believe that we seamlessly applied certain elements we didn't have on Fragments, and it added a color and dimension we didn't have before."
Guitarist Ryan Glisan adds, "This album to me indicates the future of the band but nods to our past as well. It, to me, is more of where I have envisioned our band being since I started the band a couple years back, it relies on similar songwriting structures and musicality but adds more groove and memorable riffing than our previous efforts."
Lyrics, an oft over-looked facet of death metal is one the more interesting aspects of Allegaeon. The band crafts the lyrical prose with a bit of a different mindset - often touching on space, civilization and philosophy. Vocalist Ezra Haynes elaborates on the band's first single from the album; "'Tartessos: The Hidden Xenocryst' is definitely one that sticks out to me. I was raised on Edgar Cayce readings and tales of Atlantis. When Greg [Burgess] and I knew we wanted to touch base on an ancient civilization, Atlantis was the logical choice."
"Formshifter" will be released on May 8th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records. More...
Nasum has announced a string of upcoming North America tour dates with special guests Brutal Truth, Dropdead, and Black Breath on select dates. The tour poster can be viewed below, and details are as follows:
May 18 Chicago, IL Reggies w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead
May 19 Cleveland, OH Now That’s Class w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead
May 20 Toronto, Canada Wreck Room w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead
May 21 Montreal, Canada Sala Rosa w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead
May 22 Providence, RI as220 w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead
May 23 Philadelphia, PA The Barbary w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead, Backslider
May 24 New York, NY Europa w/ Brutal Truth, Dropdead, Margrudergrind, Grudges
May 25 Baltimore, MD Maryland Death Fest
May 26 Seattle, WA Highline w/ Black Breath, Massgrave, Theories
May 27 Portland, OR Branx w/ From Ashes Rise, Massgrave
May 28 Oakland, CA Metro
May 29 Ventura, CA Billy O's
May 30 Los Angeles, CA TBA
May 31 Austin, TX Red 7 – Chaos in Tejas More...
German melodic death metal band Leviathan (not to be confused with the various other bands of the same name from the U.S. and U.K.) has posted a lyric video online for the new single "Sway of the Stars." Check out the song in the player below.
"Sway of the Stars" is off the band's current album "Beyond The Gates Of Imagination Pt.1", which is available in stores everywhere through Bret Hard Records and Twilight Distribution. The song is also part of a free digital EP that is available for download on the band's MySpace page.
Dark Tranquillity has posted an official promo video online for the song "In My Absence," which was filmed by the band on the road using GoPro HD cameras on the instruments. Check out the video clip below. "In My Absence" is taken off the band's latest album "We Are the Void" (reviewed here).
LA's Armored Saint is excited to announce that the band will be heading to Europe in July. At Sonisphere in France, the Saint will be playing on the same day as Ghost, Evanescence, Wolfmother, Soulfly, Lacuna Coil, and more. Band Your Head's list of confirmed band's includes Arch Enemy, Exodus, Thin Lizzy, Primordial, and more. Dong Open Air also features Napalm Death, Sepultura, and many others. Along with the festival appearances, Armored Saint will be playing three headlining shows with UK's Collapse as the supporting act.
Armored Saint's John Bush elaborates on the dates: "I'm very excited for our upcoming summer dates. First, Armored Saint has never played in France. Not only are we doing the awesome Sonisphere show, we are also doing a headline club show in Paris. About fucking time. Also, we're extremely pumped to play the Bang Your Head festival again. It's one of the best metal shows in Germany. Plus, we get to be part of the DONG festival. First time there.
"The tour wouldn't be complete without playing in Holland, which is the first country Armored Saint ever played in Europe back in 1989; and Zurich, where it will be our first time to headline in the beautiful country of Switzerland. Armored Saint doesn't tour all that often so come out and join us, cause you're never sure when or if we'll be touring again. We'll be playing songs from our entire catalog as well as from our most recent record, La Raza, which we're extremely proud of. See ya this summer." More...
Kataklysm has checked in with the following announcement about the official release date for the new "Iron Will" DVD:
"Official world release date for 'IRON WILL' is MAY 8th Worldwide!! Buy this dvd that took hours and hours and two years to make... if you are a fan and never bought a Kataklysm album, this is the release that will redeem you by buying this...support metal! Made for the fans by everyday metalheads...pre-order starts in April!"
A teaser trailer for the DVD is available at this location. In related news, Ex Deo (which features the members of Kataklysm), recently dropped off the PaganFest tour to finish up work on the new album "Caligvla."
Finnish dark/melodic death metallers Before The Dawn have come away big winners at this year's Metal Awards of their home country.
The 8th annual Helsinki Metal Meeting took place at the Cable Factory in Helsinki from Friday, February 17th to Saturday, February 18th with about 3800 metal heads taking part in the festivities. Not only did Before the Dawn make it into the top 10 of every category, but main man Tuomas Saukkonen has also officially been honored as "Musician Of The Year" for the 2nd time in a row. The honoree proudly states:
"After over a decade of blood, sweat and tears for the art of song writing with the result of 14 albums and almost 200 songs recorded I feel deeply honoured by the Finnish Metal Awards "musician of the year" victory for the 2nd time in a row! It is easy to do well when you get to work with the best guys in the industry and have the best fans in the world!!!"
The band's results in detail are as follows:
Band Of The Year 2011 - #7
Album Of The Year 2011 (Deathstar Rising) - #8
Vocalist Of The Year 2011 (Tuomas Saukkonen) – #7
Musician Of The Year 2011 (Tuomas Saukkonen) - #1
Album Artwork Of The Year 2011 (Deathstar Rising) - #7
Check out the full results at this location.
Edge of Serenity will release a new single featuring Adrian Erlandsson (Paradise Lost, At The Gates, Nemhain, Vallenfyre) on drums, which will also be the debut of new vocalist Nanette V.
Edge of Serenity decided in late 2011 to continue as a female fronted metal band. With this decision the band will lean to a more darker and sinister sound, with member Wietze stating, "As I always say, writing music is like living your life, it changes once in a while and so at this moment I just have the feeling of writing more darker songs than I did before. And I think with this sound I have found, we will continue, as it's not as friendly as the tracks on our debut album The Chaos Theory, but it gives me a more satisfying feeling overall."
The band has finished several new tracks for an upcoming release, which will contain more special guest appearances. The new single will be available this spring. Further details are expected to come soon.
Legendary New York thrash act Overkill posted a second installment of behind the scenes footage on the recording of the band's forthcoming new LP "The Electric Age." The album is scheduled for release on March 27, 2012 (North America) through eOne Music and March 30, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records (EU).
Check out the video here:
American metal act Thy Will Be Done posted a video teaser for their upcoming EP release. The video features a sampling of new music from the forthcoming release along with live footage.
Guitarist Kurt Fraunfelter commented on the EP:
We, as a band and as individuals, went through a lot during the writing process of this EP. You can hear so many emotions and feelings throughout whether it be in the vocals, the guitar solos, or whatever. Musically, it is still very much a Thy Will Be Done release. However, I think when this new EP is played from start to finish you will definitely hear a darker and far more 'moody' vibe than throughout our entire last album. Lyrically, I can assure you there is not one word on this EP that isn't straight from [vocalist] J's heart.
The untitled EP was mixed by acclaimed metal producer Zeuss (White Chapel/Suicide Silence/Chimaira/Soulfly) at Planet Z in Hadley, MA and features six brand new studio tracks, including the track "You, The Apathy Divine."
Check out the video here:
Subliminal Poison is a female-fronted death metal band from Brazil that found a way to revamp the good old death metal in grand style. The act defines itself as "fresh borderline death metal" and I'm sure you can take that sound in the moment you push play. I recently talked with the guys from Subliminal Poison as they discussed music, aesthetics, social media, and upcoming band plans soon to be brought to a close. If you haven't heard of these guys yet, be sure they'll catch you very soon. More...
Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera was diagnosed with Bell's Palsy last week on his return from Australia, but is expected to make a full recovery.
The following is a statement posted by Roadrunner Records:
We wish Soulfly frontman Max Cavalera all the best in recovering from a recent bout with Bell's Palsy, a form of facial paralysis resulting from a dysfunction of the cranial nerve VII (the facial nerve) that results in the inability to control facial muscles on the affected side. Max was diagnosed with a case of Bell's Palsy last week upon his return from Australia, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Soulfly's new album "Enslaved" is slated for release on March 13, 2012 through Roadrunner Records.
U.S. traditional metal band, best known for the 1989 release "Fire From Within," will release its first album since the classic release. The sophomore LP entitled "Time Out Of Mind" was originally recorded for release in 1990, however the project was shelved due to the closure of Tropical Records. Now this spring the album will finally see its release through Heaven & Hell Records.
The track listing for "Time Out Of Mind" is as follows:
1. Time Out of Man
2. Achilles Heel
3. Burn Down the World
4. Lost City
6. Pieces of Chuck
8. The Lesser Evil
9. Burn Out
10. Live/Die More...
Meshuggah is offering a free mp3 download of the new track "Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion" from the band's forthcoming album "Koloss." The track download is available by heading over to this location.
The track listing for "Koloss" is as follows:
1. I Am Colossus
2. The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance
3. Do Not Look Down (stream this at this location)
4. Behind The Sun
5. The Hurt That Finds You First
7. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
10. The Last Vigil
Danish symphonic metal band Amaranthe posted behind the scenes footage from the band's performance at the Loud Park Festival in Tokyo Japan 2011. The video was filmed by Johan Carlén.
Check out the video here:
Danish modern metallers Mnemic posted the third installment of the video studio blog series while they record the band's fifth album at the Antfarm studios with long time producer Tue Madsen (Behemoth, The Haunted, Sick of it All).
In the third episode, you can watch more of the guitar recordings. The new album is set for a June 2012 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the video here:
U.K. grindcore band Napalm Death posted the fourth 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).
Check out the video here:
Hungarian power metal band Wisdom posted a new music video for the song "Live Forevermore." The track appears on the band's 2011 release "Judas" (see Metal Underground's review at this location).
Check out "Live Forevermore" here:
U.K. traditional/power metal act Vendetta is streaming an album sampler preview for the band's forthcoming third LP "World Under Fire," which is due out March 23rd, 2012 through Lion Music.
The track listing for "World Under Fire" is as follows:
2. Halo in Black
4. Veil of Empathy
5. Blast Radius
6. Lords of Chaos
7. Fragmented Reality
8. The Ghost Inside
9. All Your Setting Suns
10. We are Legion
Check out the preview stream here:
Pestilence guitarist/vocalist Patrick Mameli has revealed in a recent online message that the band have recruited a new bass player and a new drummer, both of which having previously played in established death metal bands. His message reads as follows:
"Recently, bassist Jeroen Paul Thesseling (Nufutic, Obscura) and drummer Yuma van Eekelen (Exivious, The New Dominion) have decided to work more intensively on their main projects. Therefore, bassist Stephan Fimmers (Necrophagist) and drummer Tim Yeung (Divine Heresy, Vital Remains, Hate Eternal) will join Pestilence for the upcoming new album Obsideo and live performances."
Stephan Fimmer added: "I'm looking forward to be part of a great, new Pestilence album, Obsideo. I'm sure that the upcoming album is gonna blast!! It's great to join the band and play with these awesome musicians."
The bands lineup is now as follows:
Patrick Mameli - guitar/vocals
Patrick Uterwijk - guitar
Stephan Fimmers - bass
Tim Yeung - drums
Italian progressive rock/metal band DieVanity posted the second installment in a series of studio blogs as the band records its first, yet untitled, full length release. In 2009, the band released an EP entitled "Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear." The debut full length is expected for a spring 2012 release through logic(il)logic Records.
Check out the studio video here:
German thrash icons Destruction announced that it will embark on a North American Tour in celebration of the band's 30th Year Anniversary beginning in May with shared direct support from California thrashers Warbringer and Rhode Island's Vital Remains (who will be alternating each night) plus San Diego death metal band Pathology.
Destruction frontman/bassist Schmier commented on the tour:
A killer package for old-school thrash & death metal freaks! This may be the best set list we’ve ever had – the essence of thrash metal history united with our new anthems. We’ll have more classics than ever in the set, more from the first records for sure. Can’t wait to hit the road again!!! Some North American cities have a great audience for this old school sound again, and it wasn’t always like that. The main intention for this second North American tour within a year is that we could not play all markets that we wanted to book last time. Now, we’ll play some new places and return to those cities that gave us a great welcome last year like New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Montreal. Warbringer are a perfect match to a Destruction bill. They are one of the best new thrash bands and keep our ‘80s spirit alive. It will be great to have them with us! We’ve played with Vital Remains before; awesome guys and a brutal band. They bring a good variety into the billing. Thrash/death metal is always the best mix, that’s why Pathology complete the show!
The confirmed dates for Destruction's 30th Year Anniversary Tour are:
05-04-12 Brick By Brick – San Diego, CA
05-08-12 Casselman’s – Denver, CO
05-10-12 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
05-12-12 Blackened Moon Concert Hall – Lansing, MI
05-16-12 B.B. Kings – New York, NY
05-17-12 The Met – Pawtucket, RI
05-18-12 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON - CANADA
05-19-12 Rockpile – Toronto, ON – CANADA
05-22-12 Kim’s Pixie Inn – Pueblo, CO
05-24-12 The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA
05-26-12 The Metro – Oakland, CA
05-30-12 Studio Seven – Seattle, WA
More dates will be announced soon. More...
French power metal band Nightmare unveiled the album artwork for the band's forthcoming eighth album "The Burden of God" (seen below). The band has been in Peek Studios working with producer Patrick Liotard for the LP, which is scheduled for release on May 18, 2012 through AFM Records. An in studio video can be seen here.
Check out the artwork here:
After losing vocalist Matias Ibanez last year, Chilean doom band Lapsus Dei recruited new vocalist Julio Andres Leiva Valdes and got to work recording the successor to the "In Our Sacred Places" EP. Below you may stream a demo (non-vocal) version of track 7 from the upcoming "Sadness Reflections" album, or head on over to Lapsus Dei's official website to stream both last year's EP and their "Beyond the Truth" album. Lapsus Dei also will be playing three dates in its hometown of Santiago as it embarks on the Sadness 2012 Tour.
Maurizio Iacono of Ex Deo has checked in with the following announcement about finishing the vocal recordings for the band's new album and follow-up to the "Romulus" release (reviewed here):
"Its with great honor that I announce, all my vocal parts are now complete for the new album 'CALIGVLA' it wasn't without any hard work, blood and sweat and also close to a fainting spell after one of the hardest longest screams I ever made, 10 days of vocal tracking, some of my best work in my career, the gods will be pleased.
"Some solos are left, some guest appearances to track and we start mixing this beast, should be all done by end of March. 8 months in the making people, soon we will give the metal world a well deserved punishment!!"
Further details on the upcoming "Caligvla" album will be announced as they are made availablel
An in-studio guitar performance of "Fields Of Utopia" by Paul Wardingham has been posted online and can be viewed below. The track is taken from the debut album "Assimilate Regenerate."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Assimilate Regenerate
3. Ghost In The Machine
4. Brain Interactive Construct
5. Fields Of Utopia
6. Enter The Metaverse
9. Cyber Warfare
10. Orbital Decay
11. Black Hole Device
Sri Lanka based act Dhishti has issued the following statement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"Greetings Fellow Brethren,
"It is with great regret that we announce that of our bassist Lord Bhahirawa of Wavulkale (AKA Srala Rukshitha) has left Dhishti due to personal issues. It was an unforgettable experience that we shared with our dear brother and his decision to leave Dhishti has been very hard on each and every one of us.
"Lord Bhahirawa played a very important role in the upcoming album Life is Suffering. composing and recording basslines for the tracks and performing live in a number of live gigs that we played in 2011. We would like to Wish him all the very best for his future endeavors
"Replacing Lord Bhahirawa, The Duties of the Bassist will be taken over by 'D' (AKA Arosha Hettiarachchi ex-Spleen Saint) After the Meditation of Death tour 'D' will be taking over the position of Bassist of Dhishti. We welcome him to the Depressive Rebellion with open Arms.
"Ave Mother Lanka!"