Metal News for February 28, 2013
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Some videos are made with blue light special budgets while others are made to look cheap or gritty despite pumping in the cash. This week we look at videos from both sides of the monetary track and see if money really matters. More...
Following the success of 2012's "Widowmaker," Dragged Into Sunlight is again ready to grab the metal underground by the throat with the announcement of tour dates this May in the U.K.
This will mark the first time the band has toured the U.K. in three years. Joining the group will be experimental juggernaut Bossk. The band has unleashed the following trailer in anticipation of the tour: More...
German thrashers Dew-Scented have been confirmed as direct support for Testament on their upcoming European tour, which kick off in Italy on March 16th.
Dew-Scented also confirmed the band's participation in the Full Metal Cruise, a week-long voyage also featuring acts such as Kreator, Heaven Shall Burn, Firewind, Sabaton, Gamma Ray and Doro.
The cruise will depart on May 5th from Hamburg and will make stops in Southampton (UK), Le Havre (France) and Amsterdam before returning to Hamburg on May 12th. For further details and ticket information, visit this location.
Dew-Scented has now finished tracking some new studio recordings for a very special anniversary release, due out this spring. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks. More...
GuitarWorld.com has posted a new video of Adrenaline Mob recording a cover of "Romeo Delight" (originally by Van Halen) for the band's new covers album "Coverta," hitting stores on March 12th, 2013.
Adrenaline Mob, featuring Russell Allen (Symphony X), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), John Moyer (Disturbed) and Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), will release a series of these in-depth recording videos via GuitarWorld.com in the coming weeks. Check out the current video of "Romeo Delight" at this location or in the player below.
Adrenaline Mob guitarist Mike Orlando states, “Recording 'Romeo Delight' was an absolute blast for me. I grew up listening to EVH, and from the moment I heard 'Eruption,' I was hooked for life! Tracking the guitars was such a blast, as I plugged in my white-and-black Charvel, my trusty ol' MXR Phase 90 and went right into my cranked-up Marshall JCM800, entering that EVH zone and giving my all to pay tribute to one of the greatest rock guitarists ever! We had a great time with Mike Portnoy's idea to insert a medley of kick-ass VH parts in the mid-section while going into a great treat before we head back to the final chorus!”
"Coverta" is an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the band’s favorite songs. The track listing is:
01. "High Wire," Badlands
02. "Stand Up and Shout," Dio
03. "Break on Through," The Doors
04. "Romeo Delight," Van Halen
05. "Barracuda," Heart
06. "Kill the King," Rainbow
07. "The Lemon Song," Led Zeppelin
08. "The Mob Rules," Black Sabbath More...
In anticipation of new release "Sempiternal," Bring Me The Horizon is now streaming the band's upcoming fourth studio album in its entirety. Check out the songs through the YouTube playlist below or over at this location.
The album's release date has been changed to April 2nd and is available for pre-order via Epitaph here. Oliver Skyes comments:
"Due to overwhelming and phenomenal demand, Sempiternal will be with you sooner than you thought, we are glad you have heard and & love it and all we can ask is if you enjoy this album you'll help the band continue to make records and buy it when it's released officially."
The five piece, consisting of Oliver Sykes, Lee Malia, Matt Kean, Matt Nicholls and Jordan Fish, recorded "Sempiternal" over a three month period with super producer Terry Date (Linkin Park, Deftones, Soundgarden). The band also brought in David Bendeth (A Day To Remember, Paramore) to add to the all-star production line-up and mix the album. More...
The Browning is due to shoot a brand new music video in March, and is now giving fans the chance to appear in the clip.
The band will be filming a video for the track "Ashamed" on March 21st at Aftershock in Merriam, Kansas, with Thunder Down Country productions. As well as filming the video, The Browning will also be playing a short live set for the fans, with support from Conflicts. The Browning front man Jonny McBee comments:
"We have been talking about doing a music video for Ashamed for a while now! KC should come represent our hometown scene and destroy everything at the Aftershock!"
Fans wanting to be in the video simply need to turn up at the below address on March 21st and be ready to rock out - Doors open at 7:00pm and there is a $1 cover charge - first come, first served.
5240 Merriam Drive,
Merriam, KS 66203 More...
Swedish black metal outfit Pest has inked a new deal with Agonia Records. The band's fourth full-length album, entitled "The Crowning Horror," is tentatively slated for a June 2013 release.
The album will be preceded by an EP featuring two new tracks, which will be released this coming April. It EP, titled "Black Oath c/w Morbid Revelations," will be available os a 7" vinyl. More news will follow shortly.
The band also commented: "After years of silence a new wave of black death will finally strike the world. The plague is upon us. Bring the darkness!" More...
A Sickness Unto Death has posted a new song online, which can be heard through the player below. The band also comments:
"Behold, the closing track of the album 'Despair' by A Sickness Unto Death. Enjoy 'Flames Leap High!' You can now pre-order the CD through this location.
"To get your copy directly from the band e-mail band(at)asicknessuntodeath.de or send us a Facebook message. It will be released on May 3rd through TWS source of deluge."
A new lyric video for the As I Lay Dying track "No Lungs To Breathe," which was made by guitarist Nick Hipa, is now live in conjunction with the band's tour with The Devil Wears Prada that kicked off this past Friday in Ventura, California. Check out the video clip below.
As I Lay Dying's North American tour with The Devil Wears Prada features support coming from For Today (on all dates except March 7th-March 8th), The Color Morale (February 22nd – March 7th), and The Chariot (March 8th – April 4th). Full dates are available after the jump. More...
Scotland act Sectioned has released the new "Outlier" EP, which can be heard in the player below or purchased at Bandcamp here. The band also comments:
"It's finally up after 6 months of burden, thanks for the patience and we hope it was worth the wait. CD's are priced at £5 or more, digital download is free/pay as you desire. Apologies about the shipping, Royal Mail have us by the throats.
"Major thanks to everybody who has supported us so far and especially to those of you who have bought any of our previous releases/music and came to see us at shows and to those we have already expressed gratitude to in the CD's. We'll get these shipped out mid/end of next week. All of the money we receive from our releases, including Outlier, will go towards tour efforts which we are slowly progressing with and on album expenses.
"Just so you know, Outlier is an EP, not an album and right now we have a handful of rough album demos which we're continuing to push ourselves with. If you have the time, pass this on to at least one person who you think might enjoy it. We won't be keeping quiet about this album; it will be a ferocious concoction of noise and unlike anything we have done up until now. We hope to cross paths soon. Now let your friends hear the doom."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Parasite 05:25
2. Trismus 03:27
3. Neverbeen 01:34
4. Hell Away From Home 04:58
5. The Body As A Deadweight 07:56 More...
Terminal Depression, which features Dave Ephgrave from Nierty and Eric Horner from Throne of Malediction, has now released a debut EP for free download. Eric Horner comments:
"We have just finished work doing vocals for the Terminal Depression project with Dave Ephgrave. With the help of Torn Flesh Records, the 1st EP release is available for free download at this location. And we also have an album coming soon too... Check it out and share it away!" More...
Belgium's Marche Funèbre has checked in with the following update about recruiting a new bassist:
"Dear followers of our doomed cult! We promised you a new bass player this month, so here we are: please welcome Boris Iolis as newest band member of Marche Funèbre.
"You might know Boris from such films, erhm bands as L'Hiver en Deuillor Soul Dissolution. We had the opportunity to rehearse together for over a month and all we can say is that he has proven to be the perfect man for the job. A doomed hooray!
"His live baptism with The March will be on 'The Rotten Amplitude' with Forgotten Tomb on May 8th. Before that, however, we will record our new album... Needless to say that we are looking forward to the coming months with excitement - as a 5 piece once again!"
You can find out about the band's upcoming live shows and follow the album's recording process via Facebook here.
Arbogast is gearing up for a string of live actions in March and April. The following press release was issued about the impending tour dates:
"Chicago-based Arbogast’s off-kilter but seamless hybrid of extreme musical styles infiltrated the media at the turn of the year by way of a crushing debut album, simply entitled I. The trio’s slamming hooks and percussion are also fueled by sturdy societal and political standpoints.
"Following regional shows in support of the album over recent weeks, and while currently working on new videos to be released in the coming weeks, Arbogast is actively setting up shows in their hometown and abroad. Having just confirmed a new set of dates on the East Coast this Spring, the outfit will take their chaotic, genresmashing tunes to new audiences throughout the Northeastern corner of the country in early April.
"In the meantime new Chicago shows are also confirmed; the band will share the stage with Behold... The Arctopus and Murmur in mid-March, and will also storm The Burlington with Guzzlemug and Arctic Sleep tonight, Thursday, February 28th." More...
Following the release last year of fourth solo album "Eremita" (reviewed here), Ihsahn has announced he is already working on an upcoming new album slated for release this autumn.
Ihsahn is currently in the studio working on drums with Tobias from Leprous (photo available below). Further details on the release will be announced as they are made available. More photos from the studio are available at this location.
In other news, Ihsahn has also been announced as the keyboardist for new supergroup God of Atheists, which was named Metalunderground.com's most anticipated release of the year. More...
The musician collective known as Blood & Banjos is announcing the release of a full-length story
album, slated for the first quarter of 2014. The project has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds needed to produce the album. The campaign will run from February 28th until March 31st and can be found right here.
Blood & Banjos advances a unique genre of music called Blackgrass: a mash-up of musical
genres largely inspired by bluegrass and black metal. The project consists of over a dozen artists from across the United States and Germany. Instrumentation includes guitars (acoustic and electric), fiddle, mandolin, banjo, cello, percussion, and seven male and female vocalists. Enabled by Soundcloud, Skype, and Google Sites, the album writing process has consisted predominantly of remote online collaborations amongst the contributing musicians.
Blood & Banjos creator Mike Lindsay and many of the project’s contributors share common roots
in Michigan. In conceiving of the album’s story, Lindsay was inspired by a Northern Michigan legend of an ill-fated family doomed by its deranged patriarch. For the project, this legend was appropriately adjusted to unfold in the heart of Appalachia, a nod to the project’s bluegrass influence.
The story features the blighted Abram Stone, a once innocent mason who is consumed by the delusion that everyone around him, including his own family, is possessed by evil. In his poisoned mind, he and his 5-string banjo must prevent the coming of the Anti-Christ and the subsequent apocalypse. Accounts of murder, lynch mobs, and undead love are set adeptly to banjo plucking, 3-part harmonies, and shredding electric guitars. More...
Aegaeon has posted the following message online about dropping off the band's current tour dates with Dark Sermon and The World We Knew:
"Thanks to all the guys in The World We Knew and Dark Sermon. Unfortunately, due to issues beyond our control, we must drop all of our remaining tour dates in the US And Canada.
"If you planned on attending one of these dates only to watch us play, I'd like to encourage you to go anyway. It is The World We Knew's final tour EVER, and Dark Sermon are one of the most promising young groups we've seen in the realm of heavy music (BIG things coming from them in the future).
"Also, don't worry about us... Have no fear, writing mode is engaged. We will return to the road this summer, and we WILL make up the dates we missed/are missing. We love all of you. Coming soon online, BREAKING BAD shirts and another brand new design!"
Remaining dates on the tour include:
2/28: Toledo, OH @ Frankie's
3/1: Buffalo, NY @ Broadway Joes
3/3: Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus
3/5: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Loft
3/10: Amityville, NY @ Revolution
Today the perpetrators at Invisible Oranges offer up an exclusive premiere of “Bottom Feeder” from power violence-seared hardcore instigators Call of the Void. Check out the song right here or in the player below.
The track comes off the band’s fittingly titled "Dragged Down A Dead End Path" full-length, set to detonate next month. A perennially infuriated 25+ minute display of audio hate, "Dragged Down A Dead End Path" was recorded at the Boar's Nest in Salt Lake City, Utah by Andy Patterson and mastered by Chris Mcnaughton.
"Dragged Down A Dead End Path" will see digital, CD, and LP North American release on March 19th, preceded by European release dates of March 15th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and March 18th in the U.K. and all other territories. More...
Nuclear Blast is pleased to announce the newest addition to its ever growing label roster: Anti-Mortem. The label issued the following statement:
"Formed in 2008 and fronted by vocalist Larado Romo, Anti-Mortem’s line-up includes older brother-guitarist Nevada Romo, guitarist Zain Smith, bassist Corey Henderson and drummer Levi Dickerson. With over 300 shows to their name, these Chickasha, Oklahoma natives (aged between 18 & 22) spent their formative nights and weekends woodshedding their sound on the concert stage they built themselves in the Smith family barn (originally intended to store an old car collection).
"While Zain’s parents were away working on the weekends, Anti-Mortem would turn their barn rehearsal space into a makeshift venue and hone their chops by inviting friends and family in Chickasha over for an afternoon of gravel-throated vocals, crunch-laden riffs, thick grooves, and some good ol’-fashioned Southern hospitality." More...
San Francisco-based doom rockers Orchid have revealed the track listing for the band's upcoming album, "The Mouths Of Madness," which is scheduled for an April 26th, 2013 release via Nuclear Blast.
01. Mouths Of Madness
02. Marching Dogs Of War
03. Silent One
05. Mountains Of Steel
06. Leaving It All Behind
07. Loving Hand Of God
08. Wizard Of War
09. See You On The Other Side More...
Tesseract has announced that the band's second full length album, "Altered State," will be released on May 27th, 2013 throughout Europe and May 28th, 2013 in North America via Century Media Records.
Divided into four movements: "Of Matter," "Of Mind," "Of Reality," and "Of Energy," the "Altered State" album in its purest form is about the transformations the band has gone through over the past few years. Tesseract elaborates:
"The concept behind the presentation of Altered State is very simple. It is about change, and how life is change. We have been through a very difficult period of time over the last few years. It is a miracle that the band has survived. I feel it is the ability to step back and see everything for what it is (hence the Perspective EP) that has allowed us to get on with life and try to enjoy it. Reality is change."
The track listing is as follows:
01. Of Matter - Proxy
02. Of Matter - Retrospect
03. Of Matter - Resist
04. Of Mind - Nocturne
05. Of Mind - Exile
06. Of Reality - Eclipse
07. Of Reality - Palingenisis
08. Of Reality - Calabi-Yau
09. Of Energy - Singularity
10. Of Energy - Embers
"Altered State" was produced, mixed, mastered and engineered by Tesseract guitarist Acle Kahney, assisted by bassist Amos Williams at Acle's 4D Sounds studio, and marks the first full release with new vocalist Ashe O'Hara.
The band is set to head out with longtime friends, Periphery, throughout mainland Europe and then headline dates throughout the U.K. just prior to album release. Worldwide touring will follow throughout the year. More...
Nonexistence will be releasing new album "Antarctica" this coming March 25th, 2013 via Candlelight Records. Today the first single "Starless Aeons" from the album is now available online. Check it out in the SoundCloud player below. The single is also available over at iTunes. More...
Warbeast's new album "Destroy" will hit stores and digital retailers on April 2nd, 2013 via Housecore Records. The band has now checked in with the following announcement about also shooting a new music video:
"Warbeast will be shooting our next video this weekend. It will be for the song 'Blood Moon' which will be on the upcoming album 'Destroy.' Mike Holderbeast will be doing the video and everyone will be able to see if before the album is released on April 2nd. If you haven't already guessed by the title... the song is about Werewolves."
Moscow's Necromorphic Irruption has revealed the cover artwork for the band's debut full-length "Slaughter of the Earth," which can be viewed below. Further details will be announced shortly.
On April 22nd the band will also be perform in Moscow at Plan B Club alongside Defeated Sanity, Katalepsy, and Ossuary Anex. More...
Krisiun will return to North America once again this May for a tour in support of the 2011 album "The Great Execution." Also on the trek are Swedish death metal act Hypocrisy, Belgium's Aborted, and technical metal act Arsis.
Autumn's End and Starkill will provide additional support on select shows. The dates are as follows:
May 01 - Gramercy - New York, NY *
May 02 - Palace - Stafford, CT *
May 03 - Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC *
May 04 - WreckRoom - Toronto, ON *
May 06 - Reggie’s - Chicago, IL *
May 07 - Station 4 - St. Paul, MN *
May 08 - The Zoo - Winnipeg, MB *
May 09 - The Exchange - Regina, SK *
May 10 - Pawn Shop - Edmonton, AB *
May 11 - Republik - Calgary, AB *
May 13 - Rickshaw Theater - Vancouver, BC *
May 14 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA **
May 17 - The Vex - Los Angeles, CA **
May 18 - 910 Live - Tempe, AZ **
May 20 - Trees - Dallas, TX **
May 21 - Korova - San Antonio, TX **
* with STARKILL
** with AUTUMN'S END More...
After announcing a guest appearance by Christina Kroustali for the band's new album, Chalice of Doom has now checked in with the following update about bringing on another guest musician:
"We're proud to announce that the Russian Keyboardist Maria Zvyagina (Who blew our minds with her witchy touches in the Russian band Wine From Tears) will make a sorcerous appearance in our upcoming album. Maria was the first guest musician to join us in this album in the beginning of 2012, during the first stages of composing the album.
"Maria's capability to create fascination and bewitchment with her keyboard has granted the upcoming album some penetrating sounds, and her extremely witching fingers created and spelled the intro and the finale of the album in a marvelous way. More information to come!" More...
Australian extreme metal band Thy Art Is Murder posted the first in a series of track-by-track videos for the upcoming release of "Hate," the band's sophomore effort. The album was initially released last October through Austrialian label Halfcut Records, but is now receiving worldwide release on April 1st (UK), April 5th (EU) and April 8th (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "Hate" is as follows:
1. Reign of Darkness (see music video)
2. The Purest Strain of Hate
3. Vile Creations
4. Shadow of Eternal Sin
6. Infinite Forms
7. Dead Sun
8. Gates of Misery
9. Defective Breed
10. Doomed from Birth
The first part featuring tracks 1-3 can be seen here: More...
After the release of 2011’s "Break the Silence" (reviewed here) and the headlining tour which saw the band play in seven European countries, the world's only a Cappella metal band Van Canto have been dormant a while, but have now renewed their record contract with Napalm Records for the upcoming fifth release. In the interim time, band members have worked on numerous side projects – including Stef Schmidt's new Power Metal band Heavatar. The band is set to return in 2013 with a studio album targeted for the fall/winter.
Schmidt commented: "To take a break for a full year was quite odd for us. Maybe there are bands that are satisfied with releasing an album every 5 years, but for us it felt quite unnatural to stay away from the stage for a full year. We have checked out new things, and are now more eager than ever to return with Van Canto. We are happy that Napalm Records will be the partner for our fifth album. The album will be the most heroic, heaviest and most symphonic album in our discography, and we cannot wait to enter the studio. Rakkatakka Motherfuckers!"
Napalm Records A&R rep Nadir commented:
"Van Canto s innovative, unique and polarizing – that’s the best thing that can happen to a label. You must not let a band like this go, and that’s why we are proud that Van Canto continue to work with us. Together, we will shake the foundations of the Metal world!"
Swedish metal act Death Wolf posted a promo video stream for the new song "World Serpent Arise." The song appears on the band's upcoming sophomore LP "II: Black Armoured Death," which is set to drop on March 19th in North America via Century Media Records.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Noche De Brujas (streaming here)
2. World Serpent
3. Lord Of Putrefaction
4. Darkness Of Hel
5. Sudden Bloodletter
6. Malice Striker
7. Night Stalker
8. Luciferian Blood Covenant
9. Black Armoured Death
10. Death Wolf March
11. Little Black Angel (Death in June cover)
12. Snake Mountain
Check out "World Serpent Arise" here: More...
Austrian Pop/metal crossover act Kontrust posted a new music video for the song "Hey DJ!" The song appears on the band's latest LP "Second Hand Wonderland," which is available through Napalm Records.
Check out "Hey DJ!" here:
Belgium based Epysode, featuring guitarist Samuel Arkan, posted additional in studio footage from Noise Factory Studios. In this video, Mike LaPond (Symphony X), lays down his bass tracks.
LaPond is one of the many special guests featured on the sophomore release Epysode II, which includes Evergrey vocalist Tom Englund and DGM/Empyrios guitarist Simone Mularoni.
Check out the latest recording session here:
Swedish viking act Thyrfing posted a trailer for the band's upcoming release "De Ödeslösa." The album is set for release on March 1, 2013 via Noiseart Records. This material is the first released by the band in five years and features new bassist Joakim Kristensson (Rutthna).
Thyrfing embarks on the Paganfest tour in Europe with Alestorm, Arkona, Ex Deo and Wolfchant starting today. For dates, head over to this location.
The track list for "De Ödeslösa" is:
Check out the trailer here: More...
Swedish gothic metal act Tiamat posted a new music video for the track "384 - Kteis." The song appears on the band's latest LP "The Scarred People," which was issued this past fall via Napalm Records (reviewed here).
Check out the video here:
Revel In Flesh will be releasing a new album via FDA Rekotz this coming April 12th, 2013. A track from the release is now available for streaming below. The band also comments:
"The wait is over! Here's the first audio assault from the upcoming 2nd Revel In Flesh album 'Manifested Darkness.' Enjoy the opener 'Revel in Flesh' on Soundcloud!" More...
The Room Colored Charlatan has posted a studio video online from the recording of the "Nexus Point" single, which can be viewed below. The band also comments on the clip:
"A brief studio documentary of the tracking and pre-production of the new single Nexus Point featuring Dan Tompkins. The Room Colored Charlatan is a progressive DIY band based out of central Indiana, signed to Subliminal Groove Records. This video is a brief view of how we as a band go about producing our own material from our home studio."