Metal News for February 23, 2014
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11 news articles posted on this day.
The Czech Grammy Awards have nominated Inferno's latest album "Omniabsence Filled By His Greatness," released last fall via Agonia Records, in the "best hard & heavy music" category.
The 23rd annual ceremony of "Ceny Andel" will be held on April 14th in Prague. The full list of nominees is available at this location. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"By unifying elements that make black metal special, Infenro set out on a tumultuous journey towards their own massive sounding. The band took a leap forward over their previous release, Black Devotion (2009).
"Dissonant passages now go hand in hand with a delicate use of psychedelia, and the compositions became more demanding. While straightforward black metal and melodic riffs are still present, Omniabsence Filled By His Greatness gained in terms of quality, atmosphere, and songwriting.
"The full album can be streamed at Bandcamp. The album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Necromorbus Studio by Tore Stjerna (Watain, Ondskapt, Valkyrja). Fenomeno Design (Blut Aus Nord, Glorior Belli, Perdition) prepared the layout." More...
Intervals has released a teaser trailer for new album "A Voice Within," which can be seen below, and the band also comments:
"Our new record is officially out in just over 1 week on March 4th! We've been patiently waiting for everyone to hear this for the last 4 months.
"Thank you to everyone who has pre-ordered a bundle or digital copy thus far. As an independent act, your support is direct, tangible, and empowering. If you haven't yet, please consider pre-ordering a copy, as our first week sales directly impact the capacity at which we can perform for all of you over the course of this album cycle.
"As an added bonus, remember that every pre-order bundle enters you in for a chance to win a signed Jackson Guitars - Official! 7 string guitar! We can't wait for you guys to hear this record and we'll see you all on the road soon!" More...
Formed in 2009, A Very Old Ghost Behind The Farm is based on a visceral desire to break down barriers between doom, sludge, blackened metal, stoner, and crust.
Now the band has released an extract from the upcoming record, "La Came Crude," to be released on March 1st via Peccata Mundi Records.
The record was mastered by James Plotkin (Earth, Khanate, Lotus Eaters...) and will contain one 45 minute long song and a short novel written by the band. Check out a 15 minute extract below.
Bakerteam Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Reality Grey:
"Formed in 2004, Reality Grey are one of the most promising modern death metal bands from Italy.
"They released the acclaimed debut album ‘Darkest Days Are Yet To Come’ in 2006 and the EP ‘Day Zero’ in 2008 on the U.S. label Razar Ice Records and, since then, they have shared the stage with some of the most important international death metal acts (Deicide, Hatesphere and Necrodeath to name a few), gaining respect and appreciation along the way.
"In January 2014 Reality Grey have signed a deal with Bakerteam Records for the release of their long waited sophomore album, ‘Define Redemption,’ 9 brand new songs which are going to redefine the band’s sound: fast, brutal, modern and 'moshy,’ this new record contains some of the heaviest material the band has ever composed and which will fit perfectly their infamous live show."
Metal Injection took Black Label Society's Zakk Wylde to New York City guitar shop, Matt Umanov Guitars, where he gives some tips on what he looks for in a guitar. Check out the video below, courtesy of MetalInjection.net.
Mexican metal outfit B Chaos has released a new video clip for the track "Groove Shot," which is available below. You can also download the track on a name-your-price basis over at Bandcamp here.
Italian power metal band Ancestral has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist after the departure of Mirko Olivo:
"Hi Guys, we are very happy to announce that the new singer of Ancestral is Jo Lombardo (Metatrone and Orion Riders)!
"Not only is he a great person, but also an incredibly talented singer with loads of experience. We are currently recording the vocals and this guy is really buckling down!
"Also thanks to his versatility the Ancestral sound is not being deformed, on the contrary, it results more aggressive than ever before with the right blend of melody! More news soon! You will not be disillusioned! Welcome, Jo!"
Thine - the enigmatic U.K. dark rock/prog quintet - has completed work on a third studio album, "The Dead City Blueprint," which is due for release on Peaceville Records this coming April 28th, 2014.
Thine entered Academy Studios (Paradise Lost, Anathema, My Dying Bride) to record the follow-up to the 2002 album, "In Therapy." Commented the band:
"We've been toiling away for over a decade on shaping our latest monster. It has been such a long and grueling process with countless collapses and relapses and a traumatic voyage on numerous levels, but this opus is finally in the flesh so to speak. It is an encapsulation of all those glorious tragedies we all find ourselves overcoming along the way, and essentially for us, a welcome catalyst. Sometimes the best art comes only through being unexpectedly forced through the city's darkest avenues, so hope you'll find us there."
The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Having formed in 1995 in Yorkshire, UK with the core trio of Alan Gaunt, Paul Groundwell and Daniel Mullins (currently handling drum duties with My Dying Bride), Thine initially burst onto the scene in 1997 with the release of the atmospheric prog/doom 'Journeys' demo tape, with the debut album of boundary-warping metal noir, A Town Like This, appearing on Peaceville the following year.
"Thine's most accomplished work to date, In Therapy saw light of day a full four years later, and showcased a more sleek and immediate sound, bringing comparisons to other dark and emotional acts such as Katatonia and Anathema. The band line-up is completed by Dylan Rhodes on rhythm guitar and Richard Swift on bass."
Fossils has uploaded the song "Filet Horizon," taken off the "Flesh Hammer" album, which also showcases a late night beef jerky laser-etching session by a sinister tech-wiz in an abandoned factory in Philadelphia. See the jerky etching madness below.
The band's second album "Flesh Hammer" is set for worldwide disbursement on March 3rd via Indisciplinarian. The album was produced by Danish sound-enigma Q (Beta Satan, Entombed), and will see worldwide release via digital download as well as 12" LP limited to 300 copies.
Pre-orders for the vinyl are now live at this location and Fossils also has these record release shows:
2/28/2014 Beta - Copenhagen, Denmark
3/01/2014 Radar - Arhaus, Denmark More...
Russian outfit Deva Obida has released a music video for "My Snowstorm," which comes off the "Gregarious Instinct" album. Check it out in the YouTube clip provided below.
Controversy is a word that has appeared so many times over the past month’s columns. Whether it be the blasphemy displayed by Behemoth, the violent acts of some Gorgoroth members, or simply the name of Rotting Christ. However, today we’ll look at a band that caused controversy in a different fashion, when they brought black metal into the mainstream. The group labelled responsible for this supposed crime against metal, is English natives, Cradle of Filth. Cradle of Filth were formed in Ipswich, Suffolk, one of the most eastern counties of Britain, in 1991 by vocalist Dani Filth, guitar player, Paul Ryan, drummer Darren White, bassist Jon Pritchard and keyboard player, Benjamin Ryan. By the end of the next year, the band had recorded two demos, "Invoking the Unclean" and "Orgiastic Pleasures Foul," as well as a split release with Malediction. They soon signed with Tombstone Records and recorded their first album, "Goetia," although this was never released owing to the collapse of the label and the recordings being wiped, forcing the band to seek another record company.
Following another demo, "Total Fucking Darkness," which featured their new second guitarist Paul Allender and a new bassist named, Robin Graves, the band were picked up by Cacophonous Records, who marked a first release themselves with the debut Cradle album, "The Principle of Evil Made Flesh." The record also marked the recording debut of their new drummer, Nicholas Barker and featured a then unusual mesh of black metal and gothic influences, which helped grab the attention of critics who heaped praise upon the album. More...