Metal News for February 29, 2012
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German hard rock/heavy metal legends Scorpions has announced a series of headlining shows in the United States and Canada, where they are rumoured to be joined by the Michael Schenker Group (though no confirmation of this has been made.) The trek is part of their farewell world tour and also in support of their latest album, "Comeblack," a collection of re-recorded songs and cover versions.
The initial tour dates are as follows (more to be announced): More...
Although there had certainly been nothing to complain about with the weather thus far on the cruise, the final full day heralded the most perfect weather we had seen yet: not a cloud in the sky, deliciously warm, and thankfully not too windy (which had previously been a problem from time to time). With a full complement of great bands to check out and oddly, no ill-effects from the previous night's alcoholic adventures, I was primed for an absolutely awesome day.
High On Fire will be unleashing its new album "De Vermis Mysteriis" on April 3rd via eOne Music. A single has been posted for one of the songs off that ten-track album in the form of an upload for "Fertile Green." High On Fire will also be appearing at SXSW in March and embarking on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour 2012 during the summer.
Candlelight Records today confirms June 5th as the North American release date for Fear Factory's new album, "The Industrialist." Produced by the band with Rhys Fulber (Front Line Assembly), the album was mixed by Greg Reely (Paradise Lost/Skinny Puppy/Machine Head). It features additional tracking by Logan Mader (Gojira/Divine Heresy/Five Finger Death Punch) and artwork by Anthony Clarkson (Devin Townsend).
"The Industrialist" is a conceptual album that brings to life a story scripted by vocalist Burton C. Bell. The album’s lyrics detail the plot of the original narrative while delivering Fear Factory’s massive signature sound. Bell reveals, “the album is a futuristic tale of an automaton, striving to survive by fighting for its existence within a desperate world. The lyrics tell the story while the music takes our industrial roots and blends them more perfectly than ever with our metal edge. And all without losing the sound that makes FEAR FACTORY a machine of sonic devastation. FEAR FACTORY fans of any era will not be disappointed.”
Clocking in at just under one hour, the album’s ten songs again unite Bell with guitarist Dino Cazares. It is the second album written by the duo, reuniting in 2009 after a seven year split. Cazares says, “collaborating with Burton again on the new album was like magic. Everything just fell into place naturally. It felt good to recapture the true sound of FEAR FACTORY, taking it back to where it all started while raising it to new levels.”
"The Industrialist" again pairs Fear Factory with long-time friend Rhys Fulber. Their collaborations together include five albums and two remixes, including the certified gold album Obsolete. “Rhys has been our secret member,” shares Cazares. “He is the one producer who has been able to understand what we have been trying to accomplish from the beginning and has opened our eyes to new things without sacrificing our original sound. His talents in production and keyboard/samples has made FEAR FACTORY stand out amongst the many bands of our genre.” More...
Los Angeles based hardcore punk/metal band Panties is streaming its second EP "Leave No Evidence - Volume 1" over at this location. Panties was formed in 2010 by veterans of the L.A. thrash/punk scene and already has one EP to its credit, which you may listen to over at Reverbnation. Check out Panties' three new songs, "Top (Chonie) Drawer," "Buttcum" and "The Breather" below.
Royal Thunder, the Atlanta four-piece Brooklyn Vegan described as "Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde fronting Black Sabbath," has completed recording the debut album, "CVI." The album will be released on CD/2xLP/Digital on May 22 via Relapse Records.
"We poured all of our hard work and passion into this 10-song LP," says vocalist/bass player Mlny Parsonz of the band's mid-2011 recording sessions at Aria Recording Studio in Marietta, GA. "We saw highs and lows along the way, but in the end we made it. We made something we are so proud of. We look back on our past efforts and take with us the good, and strive to keep going and growing. We can't wait to see what the future holds and we hope this new album is an inspiration and light in the lives of everyone who listens to it." More...
Seas Will Rise is hitting the road in March for a string of Western U.S. dates in support of the band's debut full-length, "Disease Is Our Refrain." Details are as follows:
Mar 2 - Las Vegas, NV @ Yayo Taco (early)
Mar 2 - Las Vegas, NV @ Double Down Saloon (late)
Mar 3 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Raunch Records
Mar 4 - Idaho Falls, ID @ Wax House
Mar 5 - Portland, OR @ The Know
Mar 6 - Portland, OR @ The North Hole
Mar 7 - Santa Rosa, CA @ Transient Lounge
Mar 9 - Los Angeles, CA @ BIP
Mar 16 - Phoenix, AZ @ Chasers More...
Man Must Die is excited to welcome new drummer Todd Hansen to the fold to begin work on the follow-up record to 2009s crushing effort, “No Tolerance For Imperfection.” The band has released this statement:
"Man Must Die are delighted to have Todd on board, he’s a phenomenal drummer and a super cool guy. We are really looking forward to creating a new exciting era for MMD together." The group went on to say, “Todd brings with him an attitude unparalleled by anyone we've met in the music industry and will provide the missing link in the MMD armour.”
Man Must Die publicly advertised the position via Facebook asking drummers to submit an audition video playing the song “Kill it Skin it Wear it." Hansen replied and sent an audition video. Another video and a few conversations later, Todd Hansen was welcomed into the band. Todd Hansen has also released a statement on his official website. Hansen says: More...
Australian extreme metallers Eternal Rest have announced that their forthcoming debut album will be titled "Prophetic" and will be released worldwide in Spring 2012. The album has been recorded and engineered by Joe Haley (Psycroptic).
The band has also announced the completion of its lineup, adding Josh Robinson on vocals and Jannico Kelk on bass.
Guitarist Jake Kaiser comments: “It has been a long journey since the start of our album recording, finding/auditioning new members, recording in many different locations and rehearsing constantly, but we’re pleased to say that our debut album 'Prophetic' is finally finished. The material on this album is a big step up from anything we have previously recorded, with the addition of new members adding their skills and working with an amazing engineer (Joe Haley - Psycroptic) we could not be any more excited to get this album out for you all to hear.”
Eternal Rest also recently released a teaser track entitled "Preaching The Decimation Of Spheres," which can be heard at this location. Catch the band at the following gigs before Eternal Rest heads off on tour in support of the album later this year:
March 3 - Chaos VI - Wodens Tradies Club, CANBERRA, NSW - SYBREED and loads more
March 17 - Moshsphere - The Tempo Hotel, BRISBANE - SYBREED and loads more
Pennsylvania hardcore act Cold World has announced an upcoming string of tour dates in May and June, which can be found below. The band's publicist also commented:
"Cold World are a truly unique hardcore band from Wilkes-Barre, PA. After becoming one of the most talked about bands from their area, Cold World released the 'Ice Grillz' CD/7" EP on Lockin' Out Records in 2005. Touring worldwide in support of that release, Cold World cemented their reputation as one of the best bands in contemporary hardcore in only a years time.
"In late 2006, Cold World and Deathwish joined forces. Summer 2007 saw Cold World release their 'No Omega' CD/DVD, a collection of rare recordings through the 1917 label. In 2008, Cold World completed 'Dedicated To Babies Who Came Feet First,' on Deathwish Inc., which tells a chilling real life tale of struggle in the world as we know it today.
"From the opening bounce of 'Boom Bye Bye' it's apparent that Cold World's musical grit and power have risen to new levels to tell that story. This artistic progression is reinforced as the album unfolds. When the title track 'Dedicated...' explodes forth (featuring guest vocals by George of Blacklisted), it's clear that the band have crafted an unforgettable hardcore anthem. While standouts 'Roaches And Rats' and 'Whagwan (Featuring Warrior Queen)' combine a bleak lyrical commentary, hip-hop character, and hardcore intensity as only Cold World can. And with 'Do The Knowledge' and 'Time To Break Down' Cold World pay homage to longtime influences Life Of Agony andBiohazard, weaving together polished melodic vocal hooks and metal/crossover heaviness. More...
Rex Brown is no stranger to the metal world. He played bass for over twenty years with arguably the most influential metal band of the nineties, Pantera. He also joined Pantera vocalist Phil Anselmo in the melodious, southern-fried Down. Brown later regrouped with Down band mates in New Orlean’s most celebrated doom/sludge band, Crowbar. After three decades of playing with established acts, Brown has joined a newcomer, Kill Devil Hill.
Kill Devil Hill will release its self-titled debut on March 26th, 2012. Although the group doesn’t have a full-length recording to build its fan base, the stickers and advertisements explaining who plays on the recordings should pique interest. Rex Brown joins drummer Vinny Appice (Dio, Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell) in the completion of a dream rhythm section. Don’t expect the two to sit on their laurels while mindlessly hashing out elementary back beats. Kill Devil Hill's rhythm section shows an expertise of craft, carefully filling in gaps and showing a tightness normally reserved for artists with a long history together.
Although carrying a lighter resume, Kill Devil Hill members Mark Zavon and Dewey Bragg possess the chops necessary to follow Appice and Brown. Guitarist Zavon has experience playing in Mandy Lion’s WWIII and with Steven Pearcy of Ratt. Pantera is gone forever, but Zavon’s tricks, melodies and groove distantly echo Dimebag Darrell. Dewey Bragg possesses a voice in the tradition of fallen Alice In Chains singer, Layne Staley, but with the occasional aggressive bellow. His harmonies have a “whistle” quality that, according to Brown, is lacking in today’s heavy rock field.
Rex Brown had plenty to talk about in the following interview. His departure from Down, relationship with Vinny Appice, joining Kill Devil Hill and his opinion of Bragg and Zavon are all topics Brown addresses with honest thought. Read onward to learn of a new chapter is the legendary bassist’s career. More...
San Antonio’s very own Upon A Burning Body will finally be heading to the U.K. this summer to incite carnage at both Slam Dunk Festival and the might Download Festival at Donington Park. The band's publicist issued the following press release:
"Prepare yourself for a brutal, unrelenting array of unabashed aggression and sheer ferocity that will beat you to oblivion. This is what UPON A BURNING BODY delivers each and every time. The San Antonio based group will also make their much anticipated European touring debut this May alongside The Word Alive, For The Fallen Dreams and I See Stars, which is definitely an event not to be missed.
"UABB caught the metal scene by storm with their debut offering, ‘The World Is Ours’, chocked full of crushing Pantera-esque grooves, dynamic riffing and captivating hooks. Their live performance is simply unmatched, which quickly had their name being spread by the masses throughout the scene."
Danny Leal (vocals) states: "Getting offered this tour is a dream! We have always wanted to go to Europe and we have worked so hard for it. Shit, we have never even been on a plane. We know you guys are ready to party just as much as we are so let's make this the party of all party's every night. We look forward to making new friends and meeting the UABB family holding it down for us over there. Spread the word everyone and we all rage hard very soon." More...
After previously posting the song "Hollows" online, Adaliah has now uploaded another track online titled "Devil." Check out the song below. The band also commented:
"Here it is! 'Devil' from our upcoming album 'Broken Families,' in stores and online April 24th through Rite Of Passage Records! Also, check us out in the latest issue of Alternative Press as one of the '100 Bands You Need To Know In 2012'!!"
Fast rising death metallers Betraeus have announced they will join Xerath as support for metal titans Scar Symmetry on the U.K. leg of their tour. This continues the band’s busy tour schedule following a headliner of Ireland and a recent slot supporting death metal masters Decapitated.
Betraeus frontman Chris Sykes comments:
"We're absolutely ecstatic to be touring alongside Scar Symmetry and Xerath, We're fans of both bands and you can safely say the shows will be a real mixed night of modern metal. Make sure you get down to one of the dates!"
The upcoming Betraeus tour dates are as follows:
18 March – Purple Turtle, Camden, London
Molten Magazine sponsored headliner in Ireland, with support from Spires
22 March - The Blind Pig - Limerick
23 March - The Pint - Dublin
24 March - The Limelight - Belfast
Supporting Xerath and Scar Symmetry
09 May - Academy 2 - Islington
10 May - Moho - Manchester
11 May - Academy 2 - Bristol
The Devastated has teamed up with Metal Injection for the premiere of the music video for "Devil's Messenger," the title-track off the band's new album. Directed by RAGE [Hatebreed, All That Remains, Anthrax] and Kevin Boston, this is the first video from the band's debut album, released exactly a week ago. The music video for "Devil's Messenger" can be seen below.
In support of the release, The Devastated is currently on the road with Dr. Acula and Design the Skyline and have just announced that come May 1st, the band will hit the road with Fear Factory, Shadows Fall, The Browning, and Legacy of Disorder on the "Noise In The Machine" tour. A full list of dates can be seen below. More...
King's X posted an update on the health of drummer Jerry Gaskill, who suffered a heart attack this past weekend. The following was posted on the band's Facebook page:
Update on Jerry: Jerry is still on a ventilator while also dealing with pneumonia in both lungs but is recovering. Doctors say it's a slow process but things are headed in the right direction. Good news!
More news on Jerry's condition will be posted as more information becomes available.
Jeff Loomis has released a guitar playthrough video for the track "The Ultimatum," which can be viewed below. Featuring guest soloist Tony MacAlpine, "The Ultimatum" is the first track to be revealed off the forthcoming album, "Plains of Oblivion," that will be out on April 10th in North America and April 9th in Europe.
Pre-Orders for the new album Plains of Oblivion have just launched and are now available exclusively through CMDistro. In support of the release, Jeff Loomis will be on tour with Protest the Hero, Periphery, and The Safety Fire. A full list of dates can be seen below. More...
The Psyke Project has announced the upcoming "Ebola Deathwish" tour, which kicks off on April 27th, 2012 and features Anime Torment and Rats Get Fat. The tour poster can be viewed here, and details are as follows:
28/04/2012 CZ/Jindrichuv Hradec/Zbuzany
29/04/2012 CZ/Praha/Modrá Vopice
30/04/2012 CZ/Strakonice/Na Kremelce
01/05/2012 CZ/Plzen/Pod Lampou
04/05/2012 HUN/Budapest/Durer Kert
05/05/2012 SK/Trencín/Boogie Bar
06/05/2012 SK/Žilina/Retro Club
For more on The Psyke Project, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Finnish progressive death metal supergroup Barren Earth has teamed up with Zillo.de to release a new music video for the song "The Rains Begin." Check out the video clip below.
"The Rains Begin" is taken off the upcoming new album "The Devils Resolve," set for release on March 12th/13th, 2012. In anticipation of the upcoming release, Metalunderground.com will also be hosting an exclusive stream of three tracks from the album this coming March 5th.
Rise to Remain has issued the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled shows with Heaven Shall Burn:
"Due to circumstances beyond our control, we regrettably announce that we have had to pull out of the EU dates of the Progression Tour with Heaven Shall Burn.
"Although this comes as bad news, rest assured that we have got plans to return to Europe soon for a full scale assault, and we will be seeing many of you at Rock Am Ring, Rock Im Park and Sonisphere Spain.
"All of our UK dates are 100% unaffected, and we can not wait to see you all there! Keep your eyes on the horizon for more news! Thank you all so much for your support, we will see you all very soon!"
Montreal's The Great Sabatini has issued the following announcement about offering previous releases for free in celebration of the upcoming "Matterhorn" album:
"In celebration of Matterhorn all our previous releases will be free for a limited time. Head on over to our Bandcamp. We posted a few sessions from the studio online. Check out the preview and watch the full videos in their entirety. March 25th MATTERHORN drops." More...
Ottawa’s grindmanglers Fuck The Facts have confirmed an extensive European headlining tour in support of their latest LP, "Die Miserable," which was released in October via Relapse Records.
Guitarist Topon Dos commented on the upcoming run: “It’s been a couple of years since we’ve last been to Europe, so we’re excited not only to finally get back over there, but to also have the opportunity to play some countries like Finland and Hungary for the first time. We’ve been ripping through a bunch of songs from our new album Die Miserable recently, so you can expect to hear a lot of newer tunes. See you soon!”
Additionally, the band was recently nominated for Canada’s prestigious 2012 Juno Awards in the Metal/Hard Music Album of the Year category and Sirius XM’s Indies Metal Artist/Group of the Year category.
The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Having recently signed Swedish crust punk overlords Wolfbridage to the label, today Southern Lord has set loose an advance track from the crew’s upcoming LP, "Damned," set to hit the streets of North America on April 24th. The raging 35-minute album was recorded at renowned Gothenburg-based Studio Fredman by Frederik Nordstrom (At The Gates, Amon Amarth, Opeth) and arguably shows the band at its finest and most devastating hour, and is the first of three upcoming full-lengths set to be released via Southern Lord.
Today the world can experience a bit of Wolfbrigades voracious new mayhem via the closing track to the LP, entitled “Peace Of Mind,” now streaming through the player below.
With select touring planned in both Europe and USA throughout 2012, and at least two more releases confirmed for release via Southern Lord, it’s safe to say that we’ll all feel the sting of Wolfbrigade quite a bit in the years ahead. More...
Illinois based metal act Afterimage has posted a new track online for streaming. Check out the song "Manifest the Impossible" through the player below. Additional details on Afterimage are also available via the band's official Facebook profile.
Bong has unveiled the artwork for the new album "Mana-Yood-Sushai," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Mana-Yood-Sushai is the brand new album from BONG which will see the light of day in May. In the coming weeks will be announcing more specific album information, meanwhile Ritual Productions and Rarely Unable PR are pleased to share the tracklisting and artwork which is an image from a painting by Nicholas Roerich entitled 'Mount of Five Treasures', feast your eyes on it below. Be sure to catch us on tour when we play one of the following dates which also includes a performance at the Afterburner event at this years Roadburn Festival."
The track listing is as follows:
Track 1: 'Dreams of Mana-Yood-Sushai'
Track 2: 'Trees, Grass and Stones'
Bong has these upcoming live shows:
11/03/12 The Chameleon Arts Cafe, Nottingham
15/03/12 Plugged Inn, Sunderland
15/04/12 Bong @ Roadburn 2012, O13, Tilburg, NL
17/05/12 Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, Essex
27/05/12 Trillians, Newcastle-upon-Tyne More...
The Kandidate has issued the following announcement about streaming two songs online from the "Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death" album (reviewed here):
"Hi all. We are proud to present our new album Facing the Imminent Prospect of Death and we have uploaded the first two tracks from the album Death and Beyond the Mind, Sleep You'll Find. Enjoy!"
Check out the songs "Death" and "Beyond the Mind, Sleep You'll FInd" at The Kandidate's MySpace Music Page.
Vektor has checked in with the following announcement about taking a break from live shows to relocate and work on new material:
"You may already be aware of this, but we wanted to clarify: over the next few months Vektor will be relocating out of Arizona to Philadelphia, PA (no big story behind the reason -- we're all just needing a change in that direction).
"Due to that and other personal happenings (eg. a wedding!) Vektor will be outwardly quiet for the next couple of months. But rest assured that during this period, though we have a lot to take care of during the move, we are all writing and rehearsing insane new music, as well as preparing for and organizing the many tours to come by August and thereafter!
"Vektor is right now musically and internally the strongest we have ever been and hope you'll be patient with the short inactivity period while we get our 'real lives' squared away. During the wait you'll have the vinyl release of OUTER ISOLATION to look forward to, as well as other new merchandise... Details forthcoming.
"Thanks again for the support, this western tour alone had some of our best shows to date and touring by our selves we know that it is only because you guys are rabidly loyal and awesome. We recognize and appreciate that, and hope you'll stick with us and keep that up. The insanity has only just begun. SCI FI OR DIE!!"
British grindcore legends Napalm Death has posted their new music video online for the song, "Analysis Paralysis." You can check it out below. The song comes from the groups fourteenth studio album, "Utalitarian," which was released this week through Century Media Records. The video was directed by the bands guitarist, Mitch Harris. More...
Epic metal masters Manilla Road will headline Friday night of the Warriors Of Metal Fest V Open Air on June 29th at the Frontier Ranch in Pataskala, Ohio. Mark "The Shark" Shelton states: "We have not played in Ohio since 1988 or '89 and we're really looking forward to playing at this American True Metal festival in Ohio!" On Saturday night, June 30th, Helstar will return to performing in Ohio after 26 years. Last time Helstar performed in Ohio was after the release of their "Remnants Of War" album in 1986. Head over the Warriors Of Metal Fest V website for more information.
Martin from Swedish metal act Demonical has checked in with the following announcement about an upcoming co-headlining show with Desultory:
"We are thrilled to announce Stockholm Deathfeast, a special co-headlining show on May 16th alongside fellow Swedish death squads Desultory, Sectu and Souldrainer. This will surely be a night to remember!" More...
Legendary U.K. metal band Saxon announced that the band will perform at this year's Download Festival in Donnington this year, which runs from June 8-10, 2012. The band will play the main stage on Saturday, June 9, 2012 with Metallica and Tenacious D.
Saxon's announcement reads as follows:
"Back in Donington! We are more than happy to announce that Saxon will perform on the mighty Download festival in UK!
"After the superior performances in 2008 & 2010 and the legendary gig in 1980 (which was recorded and released as a bonus disc on the latest Saxon album 'Call To Arms') and the storming gig in 1982, Saxon will rock the main stage together with bands like Metallica, Tenacious D, Steel Panther and and and...
"This will be the 5th Saxon appearance in Donington! Follow the call to arms and march to the holy grounds of Castle Donington to celebrate another powerful and great Saxon show!"
For the full lineup for Download, check out the tour poster here: More...
Swedish industrial metal band Engel posted a new teaser video for the forthcoming album "Blood of Saints." The album is due out on May 18, 2012 through Season of Mist Records.
Check out the teaser video here:
Army of One TV has posted an online interview with renowned French guitarist KB. Formerly a member of Symbyosis and a collaborator with composer Ardag, KB is also well known for being the director of Face Academy at NORMAAL Animation, a paper cut-out cartoon series for kids shown in over ten European countries.
In 2008, KB finished the composition and recording of 12 instrumental pieces with several friends: Renaud Hantson, DJ Shalom, Steph Barbier & Xav Paladian, for which he directed an animated clip for the song “Sunny Day”. His first album, "Twelve Ways to Warm Up Your Days" was released via Brennus Music.
Danish modern metallers Mnemic posted the fourth installment of the video studio blog series while they record the band's fifth album at the Antfarm studios with long time producer Tue Madsen (Behemoth, The Haunted, Sick of it All).
In the fourth episode, you can watch the bass recordings. The new album is set for a June 2012 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Check out the video here:
Vocalist Peter Dolving announced on his Facebook page that he has officially left The Haunted. In the following post, Dolving explicitly said he will not divulge the reasons for his departure:
I am officially quitting The Haunted. After years of working with the band, I am out. I have had it. I will NOT answer questions to why. It's no one elses business. Thank you very much. I am looking forward to seeing you people at other shows with other projects.
The band responded with the following post on its Facebook Page:
BREAKING NEWS: Peter leaves The Haunted
Peter has decided to leave The Haunted permanently.
We don't have any more news or info for you regarding this at the moment,
but stay tuned for future updates...
We just wanted to put and end to all the rumors out there.
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica announced that support for the first leg of the "Requiem for the Indifferent" European Tour will come from country mates Stream of Passion and Germany's Xandria. Epica will release "Requiem for the Indifferent" on March 9, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records (see Metal Underground's review at this location).
For dates and venues for Epica w/Stream of Passion and Xandria, head over to this location.
To the diehard music fan, there is hardly an act more inconceivable than parting with The Collection. Most metal heads, those of us who still buy CDs, records, and even tapes, anyway, will pawn everything of value when times get tough, move back in with our parents, beg, borrow, steal, and take just about any form of mind numbing and depraved work imaginable to keep The Collection in our grubby, greasy little hands. Sadly, even this isn’t always enough, and in these economically turbulent and uncertain times, the hour inevitably comes when hard decisions must be made, and priorities must be put in order. More...