Metal News for February 25, 2012
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21 news articles posted on this day.
Formed in 2009 in Barcelona, Spanish sludge band Tort has finally released its debut self-titled album. The band is features ex-Lords of Bukkake guitarist Sergio Sancho and was recorded in Moontower studios. Check out a video upload of the song "Cannibals Of Ma'Arrat" below, one of many of the songs from the release featured over on YouTube. Also check out an older tune, "Firerose Vampira," over on MySpace.
Tongue in cheek thrash metal veterans Lawnmower Deth has announced a special headline show at The Garage in London, England, which will take place on December 15th. A message from the band reads as follows:
"Crikey it's been a fair old while since I've been over to this dusty corner of the Internet and apologies to all who dwell on MySpace should be given for such neglect (Join us of Facebook... hint hint… it's so much easier to post stuff over there!).
"Anyway, just to let you know that we are doing a headline slot at the Garage in London for X-mas 2012! That's loads of time for you to save your pennies and get a ticket.
"So far the mighty Beholder have been confirmed as support but there will be others added soon, we hope to make this a strong line-up as we don't get out often these days, the day pass at the clinic is a rare event so we want to make the most of it.
"Also don't forget to come over and say hello if your off to Hammerfest next month… we are on after Anthrax and we will be the band who are fast asleep onstage 'cause it will be stupid o'clock in the morning by that time!
"Cheers for now"
American glam metal legends Motley Crue has entered drummer Tommy Lee's Atrium Studio today to begin recording a brand new song, their first new material since the 2008 studio album, "Saints of Los Angeles." A message from bass player Nikki Sixx reads as follows:
"Mötley Crüe and the Crüeheads have pretty much taken over Vegas the last few weeks... It really feels like we're riding the positive chaos right now. We just did a huge new photo shoot, were finishing up a brand new Crüe song for summer (that will lead to an full album after), European headline shows on festivals and in arenas too, but none of this would happen without you guys. Thank you."
Swiss folk band Eluveitie posted a new episode of "EluTV," this one entitled "Jeffrey Dahmer's French Fries." The band's forthcoming LP "Helvetios," is due out on February 28, 2012 in North America through Nuclear Blast Records. It was released earlier this month in Europe.
Check out Metal Underground's latest show review of the band's ongoing U.S. tour with Children of Bodom and Revocation at this location.
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Dutch symphonic metal band Epica has posted part six of promotional videos for the upcoming release "Requiem for the Indifferent," which is due out on March 9, 2012 through Nuclear Blast. Each week leading up to the album's release, the band has posted videos with a "layer of music" of the opening track "Monopoly of Truth." The sixth part features the vocals of Simone Simons and Mark Jansen. Check out Metal Underground's review of the new Epica at this location.
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Talk about a broadening of multicultural horizons. Through a stirring new concept album (reviewed here) worthy of mention in a future "Global Metal" sequel, the members of Dutch act Heidevolk have paid creative and passionate tribute to the history of their regional ancestors. As the release of "Batavi" drew nearer, guitarist Reamon "Bomenbreker" Bloem phoned me to provide some background on the album's subject matter. The discussion ultimately centered on the endless diversity of the metal genre at large, revealing some considerably greater musical depth and breadth than the superficial "folk metal" label with which Heidevolk tends to be stuck. More...
The line-up was picked perfectly for this tour, from the bands abilities to bring unique heavy metal and modern hybrid influences to a big audience and worked the crowd. As Machine Head’s older fans and Darkest Hour and Suicide Silence’s younger fans filed in, some still excited from nearby Mardi Gras parades, the generations mixed, mingled, sized each other up, and eventually socialized as they waited to see two great bands opening for one of metal’s best known bands ever. More...
The mood at Siberia was a lively one, even though it was a rainy, humid Wednesday night. As I stood outside, I stared at Jucifer’s RV and thought about how the heaviest Southern duo could live on the road for over a decade. Maybe the droning sound of their music reflected the droning sound of the road under their wheels. Maybe the crashes of the cymbals were the potholes and bumps they encountered. Whatever it was like in there, I was glad that that RV was in the ragged streets of New Orleans tonight, sitting silently under the orange streetlights while bicyclists, cops cars, and empty Mardi Gras floats from earlier parades passed it by. Things would not be silent for much longer. More...
New Jersey black metallers Abazagorath have bumped up the release date for their new EP to February 27th, 2012 through NoVisible Scars Records. A press statement from the band states that "Due to things moving at a faster pace than expected, and the EP's recent appearances among blog sites and other file sharing locations, it was decided that it would be best to release the EP at the end of this month. We can absolutely assure the metal community that our first stand alone release since 'Sacraments' will deliver beyond exceptions and be well worth the wait!"
The band had originally planned on an early April release to co-incide with a new batch of tour dates across the Eastern U.S. Recorded at BS1 studios in Philadelphia, PA and engineered by Chris Grigg (Woe), the new mini album contains 5 songs and runs for just over 20 minutes. More...
New Jersey act Julius Seizure has posted a video introduction to the music and members of the band, featuring the recording sessions of drummer Kyle Wilson. Check out the footage below. "Beware the Ides of March," the debut EP from Julius Seizure, will be available on May 15th, 2012.
Goatwhore has posted more studio footage online of the band's time recording the new album "Blood for the Master" (reviewed here) at Mana Studios with producer Erik Rutan. Check out the footage below.
Goatwhore also recently revealed the details for a European tour with 3 Inches of Blood. Check out more on the run of shows here.
Last year, Children of Bodom earned a gold record in its native Finland for selling 10,000 copies of "Relentless Reckless Forever” on its release date. Add this to career sales in their country and the group has sold over 250,000 records, making them one of Finland’s best selling artists of all time. In America, 250,000 units will get them halfway to a gold record; that is if we were counting individual recordings. Still, the group has found its way to the ears of enough Americans to warrant a headlining tour in celebration of the group’s 15th birthday.
Children of Bodom has spent the better part of the new millennium on the road in America, supporting some of metal’s biggest acts. I saw Children of Bodom twice in 2004. Once, they supported Lamb of God and Fear Factory. Another time they went out with Ripper Owens and Iced Earth. Eluveitie, Revocation and Threat Signal have assumed the warm-up spots so familiar to the melodic death/power metal act. Several of Emo’s patrons wore BLS shirts as a reminder of Children of Bodom’s 2010 showing in Austin with Black Label Society. More...
Blind Guardian has posted a third video entry online in the "Guardian TV" series, in which the band answers fan submitted questions. Check out the clip below. The band also commented:
"2012 is Blind Guardian's 25th anniversary. One way to celebrate this special occasion is the release of 'Memories of a Time to Come' in January 2012.
"Leading up to the release we would like to introduce you to Guardian TV. The third episode features Hansi and André talking about song selection and remixes."
Polish death metal outfit Sphere recently released the "Homo Hereticus" album, and the band has now posted a drum playthrough clip online for a song off the release. Check out the drum footage for "Grave's Cold Darkness" in the player below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
01. Forever Sworn to Blasphemy
02. Godless Profanity
03. Third Scent Carcass
05. Homo Hereticus
06. Holistic Paralysis
07. Psalm to the Dark One
08. Grave's Cold Darkness
09. Vengeance's Core
10. Devils' Reunion
11. Beyond Madness of Gods
Santa Ana's Bondage has posted live footage online of the band performing the song "Whisperings," which can be viewed below. Bondage also commented:
"Another song live from our debut album, Whisperings we rarely play this song live, Hope you enjoy this one. It was the 1st Bondage gig with25 people at the venue (2 paid) LOL."
Belgium's Ascend-ency is currently in the process of recording and editing a new music video for the song "Parasites in the Garden of Human Delight," which is the ending track off the "Regression" album. Further details on the video will be announced as they are made available.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Cold Demons To Translucent Legions
2. Pray You Fools! Pray!
3. Flamethrower Salvation
6. Of Kings And Cowards
7. Parasites In The Garden Of Human Delight
Megadeth's David Ellefson has checked in with a backstage video clip during a Bass Guitar Magazine UK and Hartke bass amp photo shoot at Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, CA. Megadeth was in Los Angeles for another stop of the currently running Gigantour 2012.
Swedish death metal act Malfeitor has announced the band is now finished recording all tracks for the "Dum Morior Orior" release. The track listing is as follows (track order not yet finalized):
Conversation In Minor
Exile From Sanity
To Hell, Farewell
When Last Breath Fades
Scenes From a Slaughterhouse
Rolling With Corpses
Death, The Dead And Me
Beyond The Horrorizon
And The Sky Turned To Rage
A teaser trailer for the release was also recently posted online and is still available here.
Dutch metallers Massive Assault have posted a new song online off theor upcoming album "Death Strike." Check out the album opener "Driven Towards Death" in the player below. "Death Strike" is set for release on March 2nd, 2012 and has the following track listing:
1. Driven Towards Death
2. Cycle of Violence
3. Operation Anthropoid
4. Finished Sympathy
5. Turning Tides
7. Dismal Life
8. Aggressive Depression
10. Plead Not Guilty More...
Italian thrash metal band Endovein is proud to announce Alex Panza (vocals) and Stefano Bianco (drums) as new band members. The band will enter the studio in the next week for the recording session of a new single that will also be included in the next Endovein studio album. Endovein commented:
"After 7 years of concerts, battles and labours together, Stefano 'Sofa' Balma decided to secede from the Endovein. The band cannot help but thank him for everything that he has contributed to our growth. We are willing to move forward, confident and determined more than ever.
"In recent months we have worked hard on new pieces, preparing for our return live! Next month we will enter the studio to begin recording a single that will appear on our second album. The line-up was completed with the entry of Stefano 'Steve' Bianco on drums and Alex Panza on vocals. You will see the new line-up in action live from the month of April."
For more on Endovein, check out the band's official Facebook profile.
Finnish progressive death metal supergroup Barren Earth will soon be releasing the band's sophomore full-length album "The Devil's Resolve." Barren Earth has now checked in with the following announcement about working on a music video for a track off the album:
"We are happy to announce that work for the The Rains Begin music video is now almost complete and the premiere is expected early next week. You had better put on your rubber boots and take out your umbrella. The rains are about to begin!"
"The Devil’s Resolve" is due out on March 13th in North America on Peaceville Records, and Metalunderground.com will be premiering three tracks from the album prior to its release in early March. Stay tuned for further details. More...