Metal News for February 25, 2014
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Dublin based doom trio Dread Sovereign has unveiled details for an upcoming debut full-length album.
Subsequent to last year's "Pray To The Devil In Man" 12", the band headed to the studio last Autumn to work on the follow-up release. The resulting ten track beast of a record, entitled "All Hell's Martyrs," will be released by Ván Records in March 2014. Vocalist and bass player, Nemtheanga commented:
"Things come together fast on the surface but the Dread Sovereign album has been dwelling in my subconscious for years, playing riffs to myself over the years. It's only in the last fifteen months that I've put flesh on the bones with a proper band and here we are with an album ready for Ván Records to release. The aspirations are difficult to explain as it's been a form of catharsis to finally get the demons out after all this time but here it is; some gnarled and evil old school doom/metal -- a few surprises and different elements here and there -- but nothing more and nothing less."
Recorded and mixed at Dublin's Sun Studios in September 2013, "All Hell's Martyrs" is a sepulchral trawl through the darkest recesses of heavy metal. The album artwork was created by Costin Chioreanu, whose previous credits include Grave, Darkthrone, Aura Noir and Absu. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Drink The Wine
2. Thirteen Clergy
3. Cthulu Opiate Haze
4. The Devil's Venom
5. Pray To The Devil In Man
6. Scourging Iron
7. The Great Beast
8. We Wield The Spear Of Longinus
9. Cathars To Their Doom
10. All Hell's Martyrs, Transmissions From The Devil Star More...
Decibel Magazine today presents the premiere of "Wasteland," the first new song to be revealed off Vices' debut LP, "New Breed." Give it a listen below.
Melotov Records will release "New Breed" in late spring, which was mixed and mastered by Arthur Rizk (Power Trip). It follows a 2012 EP, "The Out Crowd Blues." You can also catch the band live:
3/28 - Savannah, GA @ Graveface Records
3/29 - Columbia, SC @ Foxfield Bar and Grille
3/30 - Charlotte, NC @ The Green Room
4/2 - Aston, PA @ St James Church
4/3 - Brooklyn, NY @ The Acheron
4/4 - Haverhill, MA @ Anchors Up
4/5 - Cape May, NJ @ The Italian American Club
4/6 - Baltimore, MD @ Charm City Art Space
4/7 - Roanoke, VA @ The Big Gay Shanty
4/8 - Greensboro, NC @ Hippo Records
4/9 - Myrtle Beach, SC @ Woody's
4/10 - Brunswick, GA @ The Waterfront
5/8 - Jacksonville, FL @ Atticus Bar
5/11 - Tallahassee, FL @ Pizza Crew Headquarters
5/12 - Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
5/14 - Houston, TX @ Mangos
5/23 - Murietta, CA @ The Dial
5/25 - Fresno, CA @ The CYC More...
Following a lengthy dormancy, the notorious doom derelicts in Graves At Sea rise again! Now based in Portland and buoyed by a new rhythm section, the band will drop the "This Place Is Poison" twelve-inch EP upon the living this Spring via Eolian Empire.
The release was tracked by drummer Bryan Sours (ex-Subarachnoid Space) and Steve Lobdell at Audible Alchemy and mastered by Ryan Foster at Foster Mastering.
Side A features "This Place Is Poison" and Side B includes re-imaginings of Black Sabbath's "Orchid" and "Lord Of This World."
"This Place Is Poison" will be released via Eolian Empire on 12" vinyl this coming April 8th, 2014 just before the band's appearance at this year's Roadburn Festival in Tilburg. The EP will be limited to 1000 copies and come available on 140-gram black wax in black inner sleeve with a standard metallic gold on black jacket and one-sided metallic gold on black insert with an included download code.
Following 2012 album "At Heart," Miss May I is gearing up to release new album "Rise Of The Lion."
This new album is set to hit stores in North America on April 29th, 2014 via Rise Records (April 28th in the UK, April 25th in Australia). This is Miss May I’s fourth album and the first to be produced by Terry Date (Pantera, Deftones, White Zombie, Bring Me The Horizon).
This Thursday, February 27th, the band will launch the first single from "Rise Of The Lion," titled "Gone," as well as official album pre-orders. The track listing will be as follows:
1. Refuse To Believe
5. You Want Me
6. Tangled Tongues
7. Hero With No Name
8. Darker Days
9. The End Of Me
10. Saints, Sinners, and Greats More...
Following a few months off the grid after an action-packed first half of 2013, Vancouver's Baptists today announces the band's return to the front lines in 2014.
In late April, Baptists will make a return trip across the entire continent to record at Godcity Studios in Salem, Massachusetts with with Kurt Ballou engineering an upcoming new album once again, as was done for the "Bushcraft" LP.
Expect more details on the new album, 2014 live actions and more to be released in the coming weeks. You can also see the band live:
3/14/2014 Astoria Pub - Vancouver, BC w/ Chapel, Old Skin, Erosion, Weirding
3/21/2014 Fernando's Bar - Kelowna, BC w/ Erosion, more TBA More...
Cleveland's Ringworm will release new album and Relapse Records debut "Hammer of the Witch" on March 18th in North America.
Now another new track from "Hammer of the Witch" is available online. Check out the exclusive premiere of the song "One Of Us Is Going To Have To Die" at Pitchfork.com here.
Vancouver, BC's Scythia has officially released new album "…Of Conquest" today, and you can also now hear the full release in the player belwo or over at Bandcamp here.
The album was engineered/produced by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Gloryhammer, Halcyon Way, Svarsot) at LSD Studios in Lubeck, Germany, with co-production by Shaun Thingvold (Strapping Young Lad, Lamb of God, Fear Factory). "...Of Conquest" was mixed by Nino Laurenne (Ensiferum, Wintersun, Kiuas, Firewind) at Sonic Pump Studios in Helsinki, Finland. Mastering credits go to Svante Forsback (Rammstein, Firewind, Korpiklaani,Apocalyptica) at Chartmakers in Helsinki, Finland.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Fanfare 1516 02:55
2. Merchant of Sin 05:21
3. Bear Claw Tavern 03:12
4. Sailor's Accolade 03:07
5. Reflections 04:46
6. Rise of the Kraken 04:37
7. Into the Storm 06:44
8. Land of Scythia 05:08
9. Wrath of the Ancients 03:10
10. Army of the Bear 04:41
11. Path Through the Labyrinth 12:53
12. Departure 03:46 More...
Iron Bonehead Productions has set May 16th as the international release date for Landskap's debut album, "I." The following press release was also issued:
"Although widely known for plumbing the filthiest excesses of the metal underground, Iron Bonehead is no stranger to doom. And now, the label unveils a towering, black-magickal tome of ultra-doom majesty: Landskap's I.
"Hailing from the UK, the five-piece Landskap is heavily influenced by late '60s and early '70s rock and early doom bands, and features members from bands such as SerpentCult / Thee Plague Of Gentlemen, Fen, Pantheist, Dead Existence, Father Sun, and Skaldic Curse.
"Landskap was formed in 2012 when George Pan and Frederic Caure met in a London pub on a rainy day in November. Sharing a mutual passion for music, both soon started jamming with Paul Westwood on drums. The first six months were spent just jamming to 'get the groove going.' In the summer of 2013, the band decided to write a few songs out of the jams, and were joined by Kostas Panagiotou on organ and keyboards and Jake Harding on vocals. The result is Landskap's debut album, simply titled I, a slowly entrancing, utterly bewitching work of true doom alchemists."
The track listing is as follows:
Side A, 1. A Nameless Fool
Side A, 2. My Cabin in the Woods
Side B, 3. Fallen So Far
Side B, 4. To Harvest the Storm More...
Pre-order packages for Emmure's sixth studio album on Victory Records, "Eternal Enemies," are now available through VictoryMerch.com," with the album set to drop on April 15th, 2014.
The "Enemy Lines" DVD - included in certain pre-order packages for the album - features over 30 minutes of behind the scenes and in-studio footage of the band making "Eternal Enemies," along with Emmure’s entire music video catalog featuring eight official music videos from previous releases, one lyric video, and two brand new music videos for “Like LaMotta” and “Nemesis.”
A teaser for the DVD can be seen below, and the "Eternal Enemies" CD track listing is as follows:
1. Bring a Gun To School
3. N.I.A. (News in Arizona)
4. The Hang Up
5. A Gift A Curse
7. Like LaMotta
8. Free Publicity
9. Most Hated
10. Grave Markings
11. Hitomi’s Shinobi
12. Rat King
13. Girls Don’t Like Boys, Girls like 40’s and Blunts
14. New Age Rambler
15. We Were Just Kids More...
After being arrested in May of 2013 for attempting to hire an undercover police agent to murder his estranged wife, Tim Lambesis (Austrian Death Machine, As I Lay Dying) is now going to be serving up to nine years in jail, according to an update from NBC San Diego.
An excerpt from the news site reads:
The singer of the Grammy-nominated Christian metal band "As I Lay Dying" pleaded guilty to his role in a murder-for-hire plot.
Carlsbad resident Tim Lambesis entered the change of plea in court Tuesday, admitting that he hired a hit man to kill his estranged wife. As a result of his change of plea, Lambesis will serve nine years according to a court clerk.
It's not clear yet if the "9 years" referenced in the article was a maximum or the official amount of time for a plea deal, as Lambesis has not had an official sentencing hearing yet. Further info will be forthcoming.
Despite Lambesis' arrest, Austrian Death Machine continued on with the crowd funded third album "Triple Brutal," which is set for release on April 1st. It's unclear at this point what the band will be doing for fans who were to receive a visit from Lambesis as part of the perks for donating to the campaign. More...
Read the full article at NBC San Diego.
The new Carnifex disc "Die Without Hope" is due out on March 4th, but today you can preview the full album ahead of its official release date.
Give all the songs a listen in the YouTube playlist below, courtesy of Metal Hammer. The track listing is as follows:
1. Salvation Is Dead
2. Dark Days
3. Condemned To Decay
4. Die Without Hope
5. Hatred And Slaughter
6. Dragged Into The Grave
7. Rotten Souls
8. Last Words
9. Reflection Of The Forgotten
10. Where The Light Dies More...
While still busy touring the US, I Am Heresy has launched a lyric video for "Seven Wolves And The Daughters Of Apocalypse." Not only do you get the chance to read the words, but the clip also shows live footage from I Am Heresy's European tour in March of 2013. Check it out below.
The band's new album "Thy Will" is due out March 3rd worldwide, and you can catch I Am Heresy live on these dates:
02/25 (USA) Indianapolis, IN - 5th Quarter (with Off With Their Heads)
02/26 (USA) Atlanta, GA - 529 Venue (with Off With Their Heads)
02/27 (USA) Richmond, VA - Empire
02/28 (USA) Philadelphia, PA - Kung Fu Necktie (w/ Pulling Punches)
03/16 (USA) Brooklyn, NY - The Acheron
08.04.14 (DK) Copenhagen - Beta
09.04.14 (D) Bremen - Tower
10.04.14 (NL) Amsterdam - Winston
11.04.14 (B) Antwerp - JC Kavka
12.04.14 (D) Essen - Cafe Nova
13.04.14 (D) Siegen - Vortex
14.04.14 (D) Wiesbaden - Schlachthof
15.04.14 (CH) St. Gallen - Grabenhalle
16.04.14 (D) Munich - Feierwerk w/ Norma Jean, Liferuiner, Night Verses
17.04.14 (SLO) Ljubljana - Gala Hala
18.04.14 (I) Bologna - Freakout Club
19.04.14 (HR) Zagreb - akc Attack
20.04.14 (H) Budapest - D'rer Kert
21.04.14 (CZ) Prague - 007
22.04.14 (D) Berlin - Cassiopeia More...
Following the band's recent appearance on the inaugural voyage of the "Progressive Nation at Sea" cruise, Anathema has announced a U.S. tour for March as special guests of Finland's HIM.
The tour marks just the second proper North American run for the acclaimed group. Commented lead guitarist/vocalist Daniel Cavanagh:
"Anathema is delighted to return to the United States as special guests of our personal friends Ville Valo and HIM. It's always a great occasion playing with our Finnish mates - as we've known each other's music for many years and have been sharing stages together on a number of occasions since our main support to them in the UK for 'Dark Light' in 2006. To do this in the United States, the birthplace of rock and roll and one of Anathema's true musical and spiritual homes, is just a fantastic prospect - especially so soon after our first headlining tour last autumn which was a success beyond our expectations. We hope to really provoke a strong reaction from the audience, and I'm sure we will perform a song or two from our brand new album, which is being finished as I write. HIM in the USA? Bring it on!"
Traitors has released a new music video for "Dead Nerves," which can be seen below. "Dead Nerves" comes off the band's newly released self-titled EP, out now via We Are Triumphant Records. You can stream the entire EP over at this location, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Product of Hate
4. False Intelligence
5. Dead Nerves
Dutch psychedelic rock act Birth Of Joy will release new album "Prisoner" on March 4th in North America, March 7th in Germany/Switzerland/Austria and March 10th in the U.K. & rest of Europe via Long Branch Records / SPV.
"Prisoner" was recorded and mixed by Joris Wolff (De Staat, Within Temptation and Mister and Mississippi) and mastered by Brian Lucey (he Black Keys, Artic Monkeys, David Lynch and Dr. John).
With the North American release exactly one week from today, Birth Of Joy and Long Branch Records have teamed up with Yahoo Music for an exclusive full album stream of Prisoner. Listen to the entire album in the player below or at Yahoo Music here. More...
After releasing a music video for "Should Know Better," Comeback Kid has now posted another track taken from new album "Die Knowing."
Hear the song "Wasted Arrows" below, courtesy of Lambgoat.com. The new album "Die Knowing" is set for release on March 4th, and you can also catch the band touring extensively in support of the release. A full list of upcoming dates is available after the jump.
Emerging Norwegian hardcore band Barren Womb has debuted a new song, “Will you be God’s art or Satan’s graffiti?” taken from forthcoming album, "The Sun’s Not Yellow, It’s Chicken." Check it out below thanks to RevolverMag.com.
The new record, due out on March 11th via Spartan Records, will be available digitally and on limited edition vinyl that can be pre-ordered now at this location.
“"Will you be God's art or Satan's graffiti?" had already been with us on the road for a while when it came time to lay music to tape, but both the title and the lyrics got nailed just a couple of weeks before recording,” explains Barren Womb’s drummer/vocalist Timo Silvola. “Angry at corporations like Nestlé for the water war or Monsanto with their GMO monopoly scheme, I wondered how someone could stretch so far beyond evil. And could it just be for money and power? Is it the system? While politicians stand idly by and we the consumers keep turning the other cheek, we doom ourselves to someone else's profit.”
"The Sun’s Not Yellow, It’s Chicken will be released on March 11th via Spartan Records. More...
Finnish doom-death heavyweights Kuolemanlaakso today stream the entirety of forthcoming second album, "Tulijoutsen" (reviewed here).
Cavalera Conspiracy - the band featuring metal brothers Max and Igor Cavalera - is currently in the mixing stage for a third album and the band's first for new label home Napalm Records.
The band is working with producer John Gray (Soulfly) and plans on having the record ready for release in Fall of 2014. Members of the band and producer John Gray took some time to give an update on the recording process. Gray comments:
"This is by far the fastest and heaviest record I have ever had the pleasure of working on with Max Cavalera. Max, Igor and Marc were on the same page musically from the moment they walked in the door, and recording this album was a very smooth process. I had never worked with Igor Cavalera before and I was very impressed with his ability to work out the arrangements with Max and get some extremely complex drum parts done live with hardly any re-takes necessary.
"Marc Rizzo, as always, was spot-on and a true guitar virtuoso. I love to work with Marc because he always pushes himself to perfection, but he is very down to earth and keeps things light when he's under pressure. What can I say about Nate Newton- he killed it on the bass tracks with very little back and forth. I'm really impressed with his talent, and I look forward to meeting him someday." More...
After previously self-releasing the album, Negative Voice will officially drop "Infinite Dissonance" via Inverse Records on March 21st, 2014. The track listing will be as follows:
1. Dissonance 7:19
2. Grey Pools Heaven 5:22
3. Idealistic 6:28
4. Insane Blossoming 5:43
5. Into Obvilion 6:34
6. Euphoria From Being Depressed 6:31
7. Remission Time 5:36
8. Rejection 9:59 More...
New Noise Magazine is now offering an exclusive stream of French outfit Colossus’ debut full-length album “Lobotocracy” in its entirety. Give it a listen below.
Recorded and mixed by Olive t'Servranxc (As They Burn) at C&P studios and mastered by Christophe Brandes (Necrophagist) at Studio Iguana, “Lobotocracy” is set for release this Friday, February 28th, through Klonosphere Records. More...
French heavy/thrash metallers E-Force will release third album, “The Curse…” on April 11th, 2014 via Mausoleum Records. The track listing is as follows:
02. Perverse Media
03. Witch Wrk
04. Serpent’s Kiss
08. Mass Deception
09. Your Beloved Hate
11. The Curse Of The Cunt
E-Force consists of:
Eric Forrest – Vocals, Bass (ex Voivod)
KROF – Drums
XAV – Guitars
Special guests on the album:
Glen Drover (Megadeth, King Diamond & Eidolon)
Kristian Niemann (Therion)
Vincent Agar (Yotangor) More...
Sweden's Vanhelga has dropped a digital single titled “Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig,” ahead of the release of the band’s sophomore full-length album “Längtan.”
“Där Evigheten Inväntar Mig” (“Where Eternity Awaits Me”) sets the tone for “Längtan,” which is scheduled for release in Europe on the 28th of April in CD format on the Art of Propaganda label, and in vinyl format on Carnal Records on a date still to be confirmed.
Acclaimed grindcore extremists Misery Index have finished recording their forthcoming new album "The Killing Gods."
The band's fifth full-length was recorded at Visceral Sound Studios with Scott Hull and Wright Way recording with long-time engineer Steve Wright. Misery Index will see the release of "The Killing Gods" in May 27th in North America (May 23rd worldwide).
Regarding the release of the new album, Misery Index front man Jason Netherton comments:
"After an extended writing and recording process we have finally completed 'The Killing Gods.' It is the longest, most diverse and most complete album we have ever created, and it represents the blood, sweat and beers of four dudes trying to make the best songs they can. We think we have succeeded and we hope you do as well. Look for this metal beast to drop in May!"
The band recently announced a special live date as part of this year's Maryland Death Fest pre-show, on May 21st.
On May 23rd (5/27 in North America), Season of Mist will release a special compilation entitled "One And All, Together, For Home."
Initiated by Drudkh main man Roman Sayenko, this project consists of established bands from the metal world recording between and three folk and mostly acoustic songs. The band lineup consists of:
Ava Inferi (Portugal)
This new full-length is entitled "Sofia" and has been scheduled for a May 23rd release (5/27 in North America) via Season of Mist, with further details forthcoming. More...
Irish hardcore death metal punks Coldwar have released details on their fifth album "Panthiest," which will be released via Candlelight Records on April 28th, 2014. The track listing is as follows:
1. Heart Of Darkness
2. Ether Child
3. Mazu Awakens
4. 13th Moon
5. The Falcon Cannot Hear The Falconer
7. Consciousness Paralysis
8. Abandonment Of Being
9. Last Days Of The 4th Sun More...
Swedish death metal outfit Nominon has issued the following announcement about recording new tracks:
"No rest for Death... More or less straight after the show at Truckstop last Friday night the guys went straight into Studio Hell with Robbie Ericsson Sunday February 23rd to record a brand new song (yet untitled) for the upcoming split 7" EP with Nunslaughter.
"So far the drum tracks and most of the guitars has been recorded, this coming weekend Henke will lay down some neckbreaking vokills on this gruesome piece. While in the studio, Nominon also recorded a cover of one of their favorite bands of ALL time; Motorhead, as well."
The long running metal act also celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.
Devin Townsend recently launched a crowd funding campaign for a new project titled "Casualties of Cool," which has already reached 300% of its original goal through fan donations. Today the cover artwork for "Casualties of Cool" has also been released and can be seen below.
Townsend has announced everything above and beyond the normal crowd funding goal will go into the upcoming highly anticipated "Ziltoid 2," with further details on that forthcoming. You can see the perks and contribute to the campaign at Pledgemusic.com here. More...
After announcing the band was working on a new album last year, The Electric Hellfire Club has now nailed down a record deal for the release.
Frozen North Records (via Arctic Music) is extremely honored to announce the signing of The Electric Hellfire Club for the iconic band's first new album release in over a decade.
This new studio album will be titled "Tech Noir" and will be a conceptual, double-album release, which is currently in pre-production. Says EHC frontman/vocalist/ringleader Reverend Thomas Thorn:
"Tech Noir is the album every EHC fan has imagined might someday come to be: a dark journey heralding a return to the electro roots and musical diversity the band was originally known for. This is our Magnum Opus - a high voltage symphony that will leave no doubt the Black Flame still burns. While forces conspired to tear us apart and I once bitterly declared that Ravensbrück and I would re-unite to write new chapters in the EHC saga only 'when Hell freezes over,' that denunciation has become prophecy. That time is now. The spiritual current of arcane energy we call Electric Hellfire is flowing again. Hell has frozen over."
Evocation has released a short pre-production teaser for the band's upcoming album, which can be seen below, and the band also comments:
"As you may know we are working hard on our next album, and we would like to give you a small preproduction preview of this upcoming beast! This is from one of the first tunes we wrote out of today seven completed. A couple of more to go and we'll be ready to hit the studio later this summer!"
Floor's upcoming album "Oblation" is due out via Season of Mist on April 29th in North America (April 25 worldwide).
Today another track from the release is available for streaming. Check out "Find Away" in the player below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com. The full album's track listing is as follows:
3. Trick Scene
4. Find Away
5. The Key
6. New Man
7. Sister Sophia
8. The Quill
9. Love Comes Crushing
10. War Party (streaming here)
11. Homegoings and Transitions
12. Sign of Aeth
13. Raised to a Star
14. Forever Still More...
Wardruna, the Norwegian folk act featuring Ex-Gorgoroth members Kvitrafn and Gaahl, has posted an update online about their involvement in season two of The History Channel's "Vikings" TV series:
With the premiere of Vikings - season 2 just around the corner it is a great pleasure to announce that the Norse sounds of Wardruna will be present this season as well. In addition to the use of Wardruna songs, I'm [Einar] also taking part in the actual score for the series and I have been collaborating with the award winning Vikings composer Trevor Morris since the autumn of 2013. I would like to use this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Vikings production and to Trevor Morris for welcoming me and Wardruna more into the heart of the show this season.
Spanish groove metal act Vita Imana released a preview clip of the upcoming third studio release "Oceanidae." The album is set for release on March 10th via Sobry Music. "Oceanidae" was produced by David Sobrino and Vita Imana and mastered in Sterling Sound in New York City.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Depredador de Luz
4. Mar de Cristales
5. Manos de Sangre
6. Seis Almas
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Bury Tomorrow released a music video for the new track "Man On Fire." The song will appear on the upcoming new album "Runes," which is due for release on May 23rd (EU), May 26th (UK) and May 27th (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track list for "Runes" (Amazon exclusive signed booklet, which can be ordered here) is:
1. Man On Fire
2. Shadow, A Creator
3. The Torch
4. Watcher (streaming here)
5. Our Gift
6. Darker Water
7. Another Journey
8. Under the Sun
9. Year Of The Harvest
10. Garden of Thorns
11. Divine Breath
12. Of Glory
13. Last Of The Ice
14. Hail The Lost
15. The Torch (Acoustic)
16. Watcher V2 More...
Brazilian power metal act SupreMa, featuring Shadowside bassist Fabio Carito and ex-Dark Avenger guitarist Douglas Jen, released a new music video for the track "Fury and Rage." The song appears on the band's 2012 debut album "Traumatic Scenes." It is the second video for the album, the first for "Nightmares" can be viewed over here.
"Fury And Rage" was produced by Nevasca Filmes and directed by Raphael Mattos. Check it out here:
Swedish traditional metal act Black Rose released a new music video for the track "Never Let Me Down." The video is the third for the band's 2013 release "Turn on the Night," the fifth full length studio release available via Doolittle Group (check out music video for the title track).
Check out "Never Let Me Down" here: