Metal News for February 27, 2012
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Luca Turilli's Rhapsody revealed the album artwork for the forthcoming "Ascending to Infinity" album (shown below). The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco (Blind Guardian/Iron Savior/Rage). "Ascending to Infinity" is due out on June 29, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The band was supposed to reveal the name of the singer, however the news will be delayed until March 27, 2012. The press release reads:
Hi to everybody. We all know that many of you were waiting for the news about our new singer and it is true that his name was supposed to be revealed right today. But as the mix of the album already started and the result of his artistic performance on ASCENDING TO INFINITY is simply brilliant, then we decided to not present our singer by simply revealing his name. Instead, with the next news of Tuesday, MARCH 27, we’ll present him in the best way possible, the one we know you surely prefer.
Future Noise and The Sleeping Shaman in association with Exile On Mainstream Records have announced the now confirmed dates for the Wino & Conny Ochs U.K. Tour in support of their recent collaboration album "Heavy Kingdom." Conny Ochs is a German folk/rock musician with whom Wino, the St. Vitus veteran, has teamed up with on this album and other times.
The dates for Wino & Conny Ochs are as follows, with a date on the 23rd in the works.
20/03/2012: Preston, The Continental (supporting Mary Epworth)
21/03/2012: Edinburgh, Bannermans
22/03/2012: Bradford, The Gaswork
24/03/2012: London, The Black Heart (Matinee Show 2pm)
(The 24th matinee gig starts at 2:00 p.m. and will be followed by Conan, Serpent Venom, Undersmile & Grimpen Mire the same night.) More...
Christian Mistress is set to release the band's Relapse Records debut album entitled "Possession" tomorrow on CD/LP/digital formats. Starting today, GuitarWorld.com, the online home of Guitar World Magazine is hosting an exclusive stream of the entire album. Get a first listen here and then order your copy from the Relapse Web Store.
Christian Mistress will be performing at The Roadburn Festival this April. In addition to the Roadburn appearance, the band will also be touring across Europe for the month of April, including a string of headlining shows and dates with Black Breath. A full list of confirmed dates will be announced shortly.
Christian Mistress recently filmed a video for the song "Pentagram and Crucifix" in the band's hometown of Olympia, WA. The clip was directed by Christine Davis and David Hoekje and will see an early March premiere. More...
California goregrind maniacs Exhumed are infinitely pleased to be added to this year’s Summer Slaughter Festival lineup. While the festival’s full schedule and routing are still to be announced, the band is confirmed to share the stage with headliners Cannibal Corpse as well as Between The Buried And Me, Goatwhore, and The Faceless.
Said vocalist/guitarist Matt Harvey of the latest edition to their relentless 2012 tour cycle: “The hits just keep on coming for us this year. We are fully chuffed to be a part of the illustrious Summer Slaughter package. It's going to be awesome to get done playing early so we can concentrate on our true passion -- drinking! This hulking monstrosity of a traveling freakshow should be a mandatory thing for all the boils and ghouls out there, so we'll see you on the seemingly never-ending campaign for musical -- and just general -- destruction that we've been waging all over the planet since last April. Cheers!”
Exhumed today kick off the 16-date Grind Over Europe Tour with Rotten Sound and Magrudergrind. The group will later join Anaal Nathrakh for a short run of U.K. dates before returning to the states for a handful of headlining shows and a near month-long trek with death metal icons Cannibal Corpse. Joined by labelmates Abysmal Dawn and Arkaik, the live rituals will commence on April 5th in Jacksonville, Florida and include an appearance at the The Cincinnati Metal Fest on April 14th as well as a special show on April 28 where the brutal caravan will merge with the Decibel Magazine tour featuring Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood and In Solitude. More...
Cleveland, Ohio metallers Breaker been confirmed for this year's edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place July 13th - 14th, 2012 in Balingen, Germany.
Breaker will perform an exclusive European reunion show with original vocalist Jim Hamar to celebrate the band's 30th anniversary and the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark "Get Tough!" album on Auburn Records.
This will be Breaker's fifth visit to Germany and second to Bang Your Head. The band's only previous festival appearance in Germany with Hamar on vocals was at Wacken Open Air in 2000.
Visit the Bang Your Head website for more information.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows: More...
Lamb of God, which released the new album "Resolution" (reviewed here) earlier this year, has canceled the band's previously announced show in Brazil. The following press release was issued about the cancellation:
"Liberation Music Company is very sorry to announce that, due to irreversible logistics problems, Lamb of God's appearance in Curitiba, Brazil with Hatebreed and Lacuna Coil on April 1st had to be cancelled.
"Lamb of God's appearance in Buenos Aires, Argentina, which was originally going to happen on April 3rd, had to be moved to April 2nd, which ended up affecting the band's travel schedule in a very unfavorable manner and forced us to cancel their second show in Brazil.
"We would like to offer our apologies to the fans in the Southern part of Brazil and look forward to seeing them at the Lamb of God / Hatebreed / Lacuna Coil show in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on March 31st. Tickets will be refunded at point of purchase."
Black Breath has now revealed the European dates for the band's 2012 world tour, which will take place in March and April. June/July U.S. shows along with dates in Japan, Mexico, and Australia will be revealed in the coming months. The currently announced European shows are as follows:
29-03 @ Baroeg - Rotterdam, NL **
30-03 @ Trix - Antwerp, BE **
31-03 @ De Kreun - Kortrijk, BE **
01-04 @ Stuck on a name rec studio - Nottingham, UK **
02-04 @ The Underworld - London, UK **
03-04 @ Islington Mill - Manchester, UK **
04-04 @ Clwb for Ibach - Cardiff, UK **
05-04 @ Le Ferrailleur - Nantes, FR **
06-04 @ Heretic Club - Bordeaux, FR **
07-04 @ Mogambo - San Sebastian, ES **
08-04 @ Sala Caracol - Madrid, ES **
09-04 @ Razzmatazz 3 - Barcelona, ES **
10-04 @ La Dynamo - Toulouse, FR **
11-04 @ Tap-Tap - Schaffhausen, CH **
12-04 @ Juha West - Stuttgart, DE **
13-04 @ Roadburn Festival - Tilburg, NL w/ Voivod, more
14-04 @ Ajz - Bielefeld, DE **
15-04 @ Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE **
16-04 @ Hemgarden - Lund, SE **
17-04 @ Debaser - Stockholm, SE **
18-04 @ Revolver - Oslo, NO *
19-04 @ Truckstop Alaska - Gothenburg, SE *
20-04 @ Templet - Lyngby, DK w/ Tormented, Saviours
21-04 @ Festsaal Kreuzberg - Berlin, DE ##
22-04 @ Fzw - Dortmund, DE ##
24-04 @ Ajz Chemnitz - Chemnitz, DE ##
25-04 @ Arena - Vienna, AT ##
26-04 @ Atlantide - Bologna, IT ##
27-04 @ Lo-Fi - Milan, IT ##
28-04 @ Jugendhaus Wangen - Wangen, DE ##
29-04 @ Lakei - Helmond, NL ##
** w/ Victims & Tormented
* w/ Tormented
## w/ Christian Mistress & Tormented
Dark New Day, which features members of Evanescence and Sevendust, is currently streaming the band's entire new album "New Tradition" online through AOL Music. Check out the tracks from the release at this location. The album is set for release tomorrow, February 28th, 2012.
The "New Tradition" track listing is as follows:
1. Fist From the Sky
2. Come Alive
3. I Don't Need You
4. New Tradition
8. Take It From Me
9. Caught in the Light
13. Burns Your Eyes
Meshuggah's new album "Koloss" is due out on March 23rd (EU) and March 26th, 2012 (NA) via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has now posted a teaser trailer for the album online, which can be found below. You can also listen to the full song "Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion" at this location.
The "Koloss" track listing is as follows:
1. I Am Colossus
2. The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance
3. Do Not Look Down
4. Behind The Sun
5. The Hurt That Finds You First
7. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
10. The Last Vigil
Dutch rock act Vengeance will be release the new album "Crystal Eye" tomorrow February 27th, 2011 in Europe and a unspecified date in March 2012 for North America via SPV/Steamhammer Records. The entire album is now available for streaming online via AOL Music at this location.
The track listing for "Crystal Eye" is as follows:
1. Me And You
2. Bad To The Bone
4. Shock Me Now
5. Five Knuckle Shuffle
6. Desperate Women
7. Whole Lotta Metal
8. Promise Me
9. Crystal Eye
11. Jans End Piece
12. Paint This Town (bonus track)
13. Barbecue (radio edit) (bonus track) More...
5 Star Grave has posted another song snippet online from the band's "Drugstore Hell" album, which can be heard in the player below. The band commented:
"Right dudes, the most underrated band in the world is back with another sample from the new Drugstore Hell album!
"Fast and rude, that's what you can expect from 'If,' to have a taste just click here.
"We always had a soft spot for the red-lights world (we're Italians after all!) and that clearly influenced the lyrics of this song 'coz they deal about, guess what, turning the camera on and start doing the mating thing... Enjoy!" More...
West Coast death metal pioneer Autopsy will release its 22-track collection of re-mastered classics and rarities, "All Tomorrow’s Funerals," tomorrow on Peaceville Records. The band has teamed up with Pitchfork.com to stream “Mauled To Death,” a vintage Autopsy track that will finally surface from the tomb as part of this monstrous album.
“’Mauled to Death’ is the last song from the early days that never got a proper album treatment, since it was only recorded on a 1987 demo,” said Autopsy drummer/vocalist, Chris Reifert, in a chat with Pitchfork. “Now it's got the double guitar laceration attack (the original version was from before [guitarist] Danny [Coralles] joined the band), as well as some added atmospheric guitar ugliness.”
Check out the song here.
"All Tomorrow’s Funerals" will contain re-mastered versions of all of Autopsy’s past EP’s - everything from "Retribution For The Dead" to the now sold-out "The Tomb Within" - plus four newly recorded tracks.
The track listing is as follows: More...
Tavastia is one of those legendary metal bars in Helsinki that goes all the way back to the 60’s. Hordes of metal bands have played there, and it’s one of those places that if you’ve lived in Helsinki long enough, it becomes a regular stop.
So it was much to my own amazement when I realized I had actually never been there! Truly I couldn’t have thought of a better night to be there, then when Amon Amarth would be taking the stage. More...
The second installment of The Contortionist’s new video blog series has now been posted online at MetalInjection.net. Episode two takes you inside the studio with producer Jason Suecof and bassist Chris Tilley as they track a few new songs (keep your ears open for some new music snippets). More studio updates are scheduled to be posted in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! Check out the video here or in the player below.
The Contortionist made the trek down to Audiohammer Studios in Orlando, FL last week to record the follow-up to "Exoplanet." Famed producers Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi (August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder) are producing the new release, which is set to hit stores in late spring/early summer 2012.
The Contortionist will continue the busy year in March, kicking off ab upcoming run with All Shall Perish, Carnifex, Fleshgod Apocalypse and Conducting From The Grave in Oakland, CA on March 29th. See below for all current tour dates and stay alert for ticketing information. More...
London's Eye of Solitude has just signed a multi-album deal with Kaotoxin Records for the release of the band's second album, and debut for Kaotoxin, titled "Sui Caedere." The album will see release in June.
In anticipation of the upcoming release, Metalunderground.com will soon be streaming a track from the band's previously self-released, self-titled EP, to be followed by a new song from the upcoming album. Stay tuned for more details. Kaotoxin Records commented on the signing:
"As our very own Unsu are touring UK right now, it’s the perfect time for Kaotoxin records to introduce Metal Underground readers to another of our bands as it’s hailing from London, UK: EYE OF SOLITUDE.
"Kaotoxin is all about extremity in all of its diversity and you already had a foretaste of it during the previous weeks: Death Metal (Darkall Slaves, Dehuman, Insain…) and Grindcore (Gronibard, Infected Society, Unsu…) were two of the highlighted styles. Now it’s time for something else : Dark Doom Death Metal. More...
Colorado's Arcanium has posted in-studio footage online from the band's time working on a new album, to be released later this year.
Check out the clip below, which features documentation of the recording process at Arcanium Studios in Loveland, CO with engineer and Arcanium guitarist Adam Stewart, with additional footage of tracking at Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL with engineer Scott Creekmore. Next month the album will be mixed and mastered by Jason Suecof.
Montreal death metal act Depths of Hatred will release the debut album "Aversionist" on March 10th, 2012. The band has now posted a music video online for the song "Revocation," which can be viewed below. Galy Records commented:
"BlankTV and Galy Records are proud to present to you the debut video from Montreal death metal act Depths Of Hatred. The band got together with renown director Matt Charland to record the video for their crushing new single Revocation, which features Elliot Desgagnes of Beneath The Massacre. The debut album 'Aversionist,' which features the track, is set for a March 10th 2012 release through Galy Records."
Bejelit is set to release band's fourth album "Emerge" on March 26th, 2012. The group also recently released a music video for the album's title track, which is available here. Now Bejelit has added on new gigs to the band's "Emerge Spring Tour 2012." Dates are as follows:
11/03/12 Rhino Kenny Earl special gigs - Cantina Valsa - Arona (NO)
29/03/12 The Elf's Inn - Sesto S.Giovanni (MI) Unplugged show/ listening session
6/04/12 Rock'n Roll Arena, Emerge show case -Romagnano Sesia (NO)
08/04/12 Le Bataclan - Paris with Rhapsody Of Fire
09/04/12 Colos-Saal - Aschaffenburg with Rhapsody Of Fire
11/04/12 Live Club - Milano with Rhapsody Of Fire
12/04/12 Estragon - Bologna with Rhapsody Of Fire
13/04/12 Orion - Roma with Rhapsody Of Fire
14/04/12 New Age - Treviso with Rhapsody Of Fire
20/04/12 Cantina Valsa - Arona (NO)
21/04/12 Muntisel - Varallo (VC) Unplugged show
22/04/12 La Tana del Drago Fumante - Soncino (CR) Unplugged show
27/04/12 L'Arlecchino Show Bar - Vedano Olona (VA)
28/04/12 Rock'n Roll - Rho (MI)
4/05/12 Mephisto - Lu Monferrato (AL)
5/05/12 Comunità Giovanile - Busto Arsizio VA)
11/05/12 Bar Gioia - Civitanova Marche (MC)
12/05/12 Orange Pub - Pescara
13/05/12 Birreria del Pratello - Bologna Unplugged show
18/05/12 Il Blocco Music Hall - S.Giovanni Lupatoto (VR)
19/05/12 Pad14 - Collegno (TO)
25/05/12 Taverna Paradiso - Arona (NO) Unplugged show
26/05/12 Under Dark Moon III Metalfest - Dolni Cermna (Czech Rep.)
2/06/12 Exenzia - Prato
A new official music video from Ukrainian melodic death metal band Infinite Tales is now available online. The video is in support of the new single "Before Our Last Stand" from the upcoming Infinite Tales LP expected for release in 2012.
The video, which can be viewed below, was directed and presented by Infinite Frames Production, Kyiv, Ukraine. For more details on Infinite Tales, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
With six weeks to go until the release of the new album, "True Defiance," Demon Hunter is giving fans a first taste of the new set with the debut of the track "Someone To Hate." Check out the song here. The band's publicist issued the following statement:
"A circle pit-inducing rampage with a thrash backbone, the dynamic 'Someone To Hate' finds Demon Hunter taking their music's most beloved aspects and pushing them to bold and exciting extremes. The track is an apt first impression of what lies in store for fans with the April 10 release of True Defiance, the band's sixth album in 10 years."
"'Someone To Hate' feels like a perfect first-glimpse at the new record," says Demon Hunter frontman Ryan Clark. "At one point we were even debating on it being the album opener. It's definitely a thrash song, but with a Demon Hunter twist. I think fans will dig it because it has a lot of classic DH elements, but it really pushes each of those elements to the max. It's fast, it's mean, it's unapologetic... but of course, it has moments of melody as well." More...
In Mourning has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming third full-length album:
"We present to you the cover art and track listing of the third In Mourning studio album, The Weight Of Oceans. The album was recorded in sessions during later parts of 2011 in the Abyss and Black Lounge studios in Sweden, again together with engineer Jonas Kjellgren. The cover art was created by Kristian Wåhlin."
"The Weight Of Oceans" is scheduled for release on April 18th via Spinefarm Records. The track listing is as follows:
2. A Vow To Conquer The Ocean
3. From A Tidal Sleep
4. Celestial Tear
7. Isle Of Solace
8. The Drowning Sun
9. Voyage Of A Wavering Mind More...
Job For A Cowboy will unleash the brand new studio recording entitled "Demonocracy" this Spring. Set for North American release on April 10th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records, the nine-track "Demonocracy" was produced by Jason Seucof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium), who recorded the band's blistering "Ruination" full-length, at Audiohammer Studios and features another strikingly detailed concept cover by artist Brent Elliott White.
Check out the bludgeoning new single, "Nourishment Through Bloodshed," as well as cover art and behind-the-scenes studio footage at the band's official landing page. The album's track listing is as follows:
01. Children of Deceit
02. Nourishment Through Bloodshed
03. Imperium Wolves
04. Tongueless and Bound
05. Black Discharge
06. The Manipulation Stream
07. The Deity Misconception
09. Tarnished Gluttony More...
DaiTribe recently finished recording an as yet untitled album at Farview Audio with engineer Jason Walsh. The band has just started the mixing process with engineer Sterling Winfield (Pantera, Hatebreed, Mercyful Fate).
The first episode in a series of in-studio videos from the recording sessions has now been posted online and can be viewed below. The finished product is set for release this coming April 17th, 2012 via True Gemini Records.
New Jersey's With Daggers Drawn has issued the following announcement about lineup changes:
"It sucks ass to announce this, but Max and Joey are both no longer members of WDD. A few weeks ago, Tommy, Greg, and I decided that we needed to go in a new and different direction with the band. There are absolutely no hard feelings between any of us. We are all still brochachos and always will be. Unfortunately, these things happen within bands and we made the tough decision to move forward without our brothers Max and Joey.
"So, we are now on the hunt for a new vocalist! Tommy, Greg and I have already started working on new music. Tommy has a plethora of hot jams that we are going to feast on and digest into recordings within the next few weeks. Once we have a few kingly tunes tracked, we will post them up and send them out to any singers who are interested. We are looking for the right GUY OR GIRL to satisfy our musical needs. Obviously, anyone who is interested MUST have the ability to actually SING like a champion. This band is, has been, and always will be molded around melody and catchy hooks. We are not totally against screaming but it is NOT a requirement. Also, it is very important that people who inquire about the position are serious about being in this band with the goal of making it your career. We all have day jobs and transportation so that is also an important requirement. More...
U.K. act Broken Torment has posted a new pre-production track online featuring the band's newly recruited vocalists Mike Duffy and Crayg Williams. Check out the song in the player below, or find more details on Broken Torment via the band's Facebook profile.
Northglenn, Colorado based death metal act Dissonance in Design has posted footage online of the band performing a new song live. Check out the footage below, which features Vance Valenzuela from Vale of Pnath on guitar.
Lethal Saint has issued the following announcement about delaying the release of the "Saint Strikes Back" vinyl:
"Unfortunately, we have just been informed of some critical errors concerning the factory's production-line for the new Saint Strikes Back 7inch, which will delay the record's release date.
"As a result, the record will NOT be available at the UP THE HAMMERS festival... This is very sad, since we've all been looking forward to it… BUT do not be disappointed since all the 7inch records are now being re-pressed and re-packaged, and a new release date will be set shortly!
"We are all really sorry for this late announcement."
More video footage from Cannibal Corpse's "Torture" studio sessions is currently viewable at the band's official landing page or through the player below.. The near-ten minute long segment documents some of the guitar solo and vocal tracking and includes a candid glimpse of vocalist Corpsegrinder’s method for loosening his vocal cords during the lengthy recording sessions at Mana Recording Studio in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The band's twelfth offering of audio molestation will be available to North American fans on March 13th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records. In an 9/10 review of the record, Decibel Magazine proclaims: "As always, the band's musicianship is downright inspiring. And their songwriting has never been better." Zero Tolerance crowned the record "pure death metal mastery from one of the best bands the genre has ever produced," while Metal Army America adds: "The masters have turned in effort that will puzzled over, studied and followed forever."
As previously announced, Cannibal Corpse's official U.S. headlining tour will commence this April. Sponsored by Metal Blade Records, Good Fight Entertainment and dB Drum Shoes, the U.S. Torture Tour 2012 will begin April 5 in Jacksonville, Florida. Support on the near month-long trek will be provided by Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn and Arkaik. In addition, the band will headline this year's edition of the Summer Slaughter Festival with official dates to be announced soon. More...
Dreams After Death, the one-man Hungarian funeral doom band fronted by Illes Andras, is working on new songs for an album to be released in the summer of 2012. The album will have the working title of "Fading Chains" and will be launched on Endless Winter records. Last autumn, Dreams After Death released its first full-length, "Embraced by the Light," and below is a video upload for the track "From Time Immemorial." Several other songs from the album are streaming over on YouTube.
Chilean folk/metal band Huinca has announced the impending release of its second album "Sic Semper Tyrannis" via Digmetalworld next June/July of 2012. The album was recorded and mixed in Chile and Germany by Cristian Mardones and Howard Wambachano respectively during the 2009 Huinca tour of South America and Europe. The band is currently working on the music video for the song "Rapa Nui" which will be directed by Carlos Toro (Abysmo). The video is set to be released next month. Below is the tracklisting for "Sic Semper Tyrannis." Also check out the promo teaser for the album after the jump. You may also view part 2 of the teaser by going here. Stream Huinca's debut self-titled release over at Digmetalworld.
4. Santa Pedofilia
8. Rapa Nui
11. Who is next More...
Noisecreep and Gunshy Assassin have each posted live tracks from the upcoming Death deluxe live 2CD collection entitled "Vivus!"
Noisecreep is currently streaming the "Scream Bloody Gore" classic "Zombie Ritual" taken from Disc 1 at this location, while Gunshy Assassin is streaming "The Sound of Perseverance" track "Flesh And The Power It Holds" also from Disc 1 here.
Compiling two separate Death concerts, each recorded in 1998, Disc One features the band at the height of its prowess tearing the roof off of the infamous Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles while Disc Two is a brilliant recording of the band on the festival stage at Dynamo Open Air.
"Vivus!" is set for a February 28th North American release date, March 2nd in the Benelux / Germany, and March 5th in the UK and rest of Europe. "Vivus!" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance," and "Human."
On April 6th, 2012 Massacre Records will be releasing "The Best Of Illdisposed 2004-2011," which will be available solely in digital format. The track listing for the compilation is as follows:
1. Your Own Best Companion
2. Heaven Forbid
4. I Believe In Me
6. Still Sane
7. For the Record
8. To Those Who Walk Behind Me
9. Case Of The Late Pig
10. Throw Your Bolts
11. When You Scream (Remix) (Bonus Track)
12. Throw Your Bolts (Live) (Bonus Track)
This "best of" compilation is the follow-up to the 2011 Illdisposed album "There is Light (But it's Not For Me)."
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about inking a record deal with 69 Chambers:
"69 Chambers like to call their music a minefield of contradictions, combining brutality with pop sensibility in an array of in-your-face rock and metal songs.
"With their upcoming yet untitled masterpiece, 69 Chambers are more than ready to take over the world s rock and metal audiences. In the band s own words, the new songs are more mature, sometimes harder, and playfully incorporate different stylistic influences. More...
Shattered Destiny recently finished up mastering the debut EP, "Fragments." You can have a listen on the band's Facebook page "bandpage." The band has also released a studio video, which can be seen below.
The EP features Mark Zonder (Fates Warning, Warlord) on drums. The “Fragments” EP will be available March 20, 2012 through all digital music services. A limited edition physical pressing will be released through the bands website, Facebook, and Amazon on the same day.
“Fragments” was recorded in Rogue Studios by Martin Brändström (Dark Tranquillity) under the supervision of Joacim Cans (HammerFall) in early 2012. Pontus Norgren (HammerFall) mixed the EP. “Fragments” features original artwork by Niklas Sundin (Dark Tranquillity) and was mastered at Fascination Street by Jens Bogren (Amon Amarth, Opeth).
February is black history month here in America, and we at Metal Underground make sure that black metal is featured to honor the tradition. This month we have unearthed plenty of lesser-known black metal acts and have delved into old school articles on legendary black metal bands like Darkthrone. In keeping with the tradition of black metal history month, let's get back to the true meaning of the phrase by showcasing bands composed of actual black musicians who play metal.
Last year, our Content Manager Ty brought some interesting black bands to light. This year we'll travel to the Caribbean, Africa and other locations to discover some bands composed entirely or mostly of black musicians - further showing how metal isn't solely an Anglo phenomena made up of just white band members. You will find metal everywhere, by all ethnicities and in countries one wouldn't normally associate with metal - by people who love heavy music. We will unearth plenty of our brothers in metal today. Just recently, Botswana's "metal cowboys" got featured at an art exhibit over at Bekris Galleries in San Francisco. This photographic montage is the work of noted shutterman Frank Marshall, who spent countless hours delving into the metal subculture of Botswana for his thesis at Tshwane University. Some of these metalheads are probably more hardcore than your average anglo devotee in the amount of hardship they endure to listen to their music of choice. Let's check in now with a few bands that we have unearthed for you today. More...
Italian brutal death/grind metal band Bastard Saints will release the debut album "The Shape of My Will" towards the end of May 2012 through The Spew Records (a division of Punishment 18 Records). More details on the album will be released soon.
The band has been on the scene since 1997 having released one demo and appearing on three split releases and a compilation.
Danish death thrashers Mordax posted a music video for the new track "Monarch of All." The track appears on the band's debut release "Violence, Fraud, Treachery," which dropped on February 24, 2012 in Europe through Ultimhate Records as a CD and worldwide digitally.
The track listing for "VIolence, Fraud, Treachery" is as follows:
2. Trademark Strangulation
3. Devoured By Life
4. Acts of Aggression
5. Monarch of All
6. Silhouette of God
7. Necrotic Hordes
9. No Redeemer
10. Walk the Earth
Check out "Monarch of All" here: