Metal News for February 5, 2012
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Formed in Greece back in 1999, Lord 13 already has two demos and a couple full-length albums to it's credit. It's latest opus, "2013," is being issued for download and streaming over on the band's official website. Lord 13 has supported the likes of Orange Goblin, Cathedral, Los Natas, Nebula and Hawkwind on tour. Many of the tracks from "2013" are streaming over on YouTube such as the following video for the track "Wicked Thing," which features Ben Ward from Orange Goblin.
German Coronatus developed its own unique and patented brand of symphonic metal, which utilizes a dual female vocal attack. Up to the release of its fourth album “Terra Incognita” (See Metal Underground’s review here), in 2011, the band has been a revolving door of vocalists. The latest release saw the band welcoming back former vocalist Ada Fletcher, who sang on the band’s stellar 2008 release “Porta Obscura.”
Founding member and drummer Mats Kurth, guitarist Aria Keramati Noori and bassist Dirk Baur checked in with Metal Underground to give some insight on “Terra Incognita,” the band's numerous lineup changes throughout the years and the band’s aspirations to play in the United States.
CROMCarl: How has the reaction been, if any, from the United States with either the “Terra Incognita” album or with the band in general? More...
According to the tour's official Facebook, The Faceless will be touring alongside Cannibal Corpse and Between The Buried and Me this summer on The Summer Slaughter Tour. While there were some earlier hints, nothing was confirmed until now that The Faceless would be on the tour. No dates have been announced yet but will be posted as soon as they are known.
Jeff Loomis, ex-Nevermore guitar prodigy, has been added to the 24-date, coast-to-coast US tour with Protest the Hero, Periphery, The Safety Fire, and Today I Caught the Plague. Jeff Loomis reveals the quality players he's brought in to accompany him on the stage:
Joe Nurre - guitar (Shaded Enmity)
Gregory Macklin - bass (System Divide, Ordinance)
Anup Sastry - drums (Intervals, Skyharbor)
"My good friend, Joe Nurre from up here in Seattle, will be playing guitar with me out on this run with Protest the Hero and Periphery. Some of you might have seen him play with Nevermore on the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise last year. I was lucky enough to find this killer drummer online. His name is Anup Sastry, I've seen him do these perfect drum covers on his Youtube page. I reached out and learned he plays in a few great bands as well. You should check out all the stuff he's done. Anup is based out in the DC area and brought in a friend of his, Greg Macklin, to do bass. Those guys are going to be getting together out there to start practicing the set. Joe and I will do the same over here and then a couple weeks before the tour, Joe and I will fly over Maryland and we'll all rehearse until we get things perfect. I can't wait to get out there and start playing live again. See you soon."
The tour begins March 25th in Chicago, IL and will lead up the release of the new album, Plains Of Oblivion on April 10th, before wrapping up in Philadelphia, PA on April 22nd. Dates are as follows: More...
"Black As Death," the new album from Belgian neo-classical power metal masters Iron Mask, will be released stateside this February 14th, following its European release in December.
What started as a side project for Magic Kingdom guitar master Dushan Petrossi a decade ago has taken on a life of its own, with Iron Mask eventually becoming the more popular of the two outfits. The track listing is as follows:
1. From Light Into The Dark
2. Black As Death
3. Broken Hero
4. Feel The Fire
5. Genghis Khan
6. God Punishes, I Kill
7. Rebel Kid
8. Blizzard Of Doom
9. The Absence
10. Magic Sky Requiem
12. When All Braves Fall
Bucharest, Romania's Cap De Craniu has posted a new music video online for the track "I'll Break You Again Tomorrow." Check out the video clip below.
The song "I'll Break You Again Tomorrow" comes from the band's first full-length album "I'll Kill If I Live," which will be released on February 7th through Metalfan Records. The track listing is as follows: More...
Two of U.K. metal's rising stars, Elimination and Triaxis, have teamed up for the End Of Days tour. Sponsored by Ed Stone, the tour sees the duo visit Wales, London, the North East and South of England, as well as the Midlands throughout March.
Elimination joins the tour after having released "The Blood of Titans" album. Says guitarist Dave Spicer, “We’re seriously excited about performing the new material to both those who have followed us over the last 4 years, and to those who will be seeing us for the first time. We’re so grateful to those who have waited patiently; we’ve been rehearsing the material for over 6 months now, and to know that we’re finally going to get out there and play it, is a fantastic feeling! And to be out there with Triaxis, well this is just gonna be epic.”
Triaxis is currently adding the finishing touches to a second album, due for release later in the year, which was recorded under the watchful eye of producer Chris Fielding (Electric Wizard, Primordial) at Foel Studios. Looking ahead to the tour, vocalist Krissie comments, “We are itching to get back out on tour after our stint in the studio and sharing the new tracks with our fans. We love recording in the studio but nothing beats performing live. We are thrilled to be sharing the bill with Elimination. You’re not going to want to miss this!”
Tour dates are as follows:
3rd March | The Railway Institute, Bangor
8th March | The Unicorn, Camden, London
9th March | Scruffy Murphy’s, Birmingham
22nd March | Grand Central, Manchester
23rd March | The Gasworks, Bradford
24th March | The Masons, Llanelli
25th March | The Railway, Winchester
U.S. death metal act Funebrarum is currently on the road in Europe with Denmark's Undergang. According to Xtreem Music, "Don't be a pussy... don't miss this tour! ...or later you'll cry like a fucking pussy!!"
The following tour dates are still remaining:
15.02 - Lille, France @ La Chimère
16.02 - Bordeaux, France @ Heretic Club
17.02 - Madrid, Spain @ Excalibur Club
18.02 - Valencia, Spain @ The Pentagram Fest (+ AVULSED, DEMONICAL, ROMPEPROP, NIBIRU)
19.02 - Barcelona, Spain @ Sala Casino
20.02 - Milano, Italy @ Blue Rose
21.02 - Padova, Italy @ Tacu Tacu Music Club
22.02 - Vienna, Austria @ EKH
23.02 - Nürnberg, Germany @ Kunstverien Z-Bau
24.02 - Breclav, Czech Republic @ Kafe Piksla
25.02 - Berlin, Germany @ Black Land
In Alcatraz 1962 recently signed a deal with Standby Records, and is currently in the studio recording a new album. You can now check out the band's first studio video update in the player below.
Church of Misery (Illinois/USA) has posted a song online from the band's unreleased 1993 album, "Minstrel of Mourning." Check out the track "Despair (At the Cemetery Gates)" in the player below. This is the first time a song from this album has been posted anywhere, and the album will see its release later this year through Razorback Recordings.
Moscow's brutal death metal horde Big End Bolt has released the second official video from it's debut album "Mechanical Race Creation." The official video is for the track "Power Driven Surgeon." Check out a few more tracks from the disc by heading over to Big End Bolt's official Facebook page.
Razorback Recordings has issued the following announcement about the upcoming debut release from Deathcult:
"Razorback Recordings is proud to announce that we will be releasing the debut full-length CD from Chicago's DEATHCULT! This is some of the best and most exciting Death Metal we've heard in a long time.
"Oldschool and extremely catchy without being just another 'retro' band. These guys really know how to draw from the right influences without copying and still having their own sound!
"The band has a 2 song promo that you can hear on their Reverbnation page, and they are currently working on their debut CD, which will be released on Razorback later this Summer! Check them out and keep an eye out for this upcoming killer album!"
Arkona has been one of the premier Pagan-influenced bands for years; a decade to be exact. The folk metallers have been touring heavily in support of their sixth full-length album "Slovo", and will soon to be tearing up festivals across Europe and America like Paganfest, Extremefest, and Brutal Assault. I talked to Arkona about "Slovo", touring, and their inspiration. More...
Finnish extreme black metal act The GBS will release a new EP entitled "Fuck the Holy Trinity" this coming February via Wolfsvuur Records. You can check out several tracks from the upcoming release via the band's Facebook profile here.
Arkansas based doomsters Pallbearer will be releasing “Sorrow & Extinction” on February 21st in North America and February 28th in the UK/Europe via Profound Lore Records. The cover artwork can be viewed below, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Devoid of Redemption
3. The Legend
4. An Offering of Grief
5. Given to the Grave More...
Naglfar has now revealed the cover artwork of the upcoming album "Téras" -- the band's first studio release since 2007. Featuring artwork by Niklas Sundin, who has already designed artwork for bands such as In Flames, Arch Enemy, At The Gates, and many others, "Téras" will be released through Century Media Records on March 26th in Europe and March 27th in North America.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Pale Horse
3. III: Death Dimension Phantasma
4. The Monolith
5. An Extension Of His Arm And Will
6. Bring Out Your Dead
7. Come Perdition
9. The Dying Flame Of Existence More...
In support of the new release "Dark Adrenaline" (reviewed here), Lacuna Coil will perform an acoustic set and meet-and-greet with fans at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago on February 10th.
Presented by Metal Army America and Unholy Empire, this special night with the band is open to the public and will take place after the group's performance at Gigantour that night (tickets will be given on a first come, first serve basis; you must be 21+ to receive entry into the club).
Lacuna Coil also has the following upcoming Gigantour dates supporting Megadeth: More...
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of Periphery performing live in Dusseldorf, Germany on February 2nd, 2012. Check out the video clip below.
Female fronted, ghastly doom/death metal hybrid Skeletal Spectre is currently in the process of recording a new album. The band has checked in with the following brief update about the recording process:
"Recorded vocals for 3 more songs last night. Only 4 more to go and then the 3rd album will be completed!"
Further details on the new album will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can check out more information on Skeletal Spectre through the band's Facebook profile.
Six Feet Under has issued the following statement via it's Facebook page: "Our apologies to our fans in South/Central America. Our recently rescheduled tour has been canceled. We will hopefully reschedule with a new promotion company this year for a full blown tour and a great touring package. More info in the months to come. Thank you for your support see you all very soon." Meanwhile, Chris Barnes goes on to say that the new Six Feet Under CD being recorded at Audiohammer studios in Florida is "sounding fucking unbelievable! Mix almost done!" He goes on to say that producer Mark Lewis is "gettin' brutal with it!!" Even though Six Feet Under has cancelled this tour, the band has added some dates and festivals to it's trek through Europe, plus a few domestic dates. Check out the dates below, plus listen to an upload of a portion of their new DVD "Wake the Night! Live In Germany" after the jump.
SIX FEET UNDER Added Dates:
FRI 03/23 Cocoa, FL @ 321 Local
SAT 03/24 Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
FRI 17.08.2012 (D) DINKELSBÜHL / Summer Breeze
SAT 08.08.2012 BRUTAL ASSAULT FEST IN CZ
Austin, TX based act Atlas Versus has uploaded a new song for fans to check out online. Listen to the newly posted track "Effluvium" in the SoundCloud player below. You can also find more Atlas Versus music online by heading over to Facebook or Reverbnation.
Antigama, which recently re-signed with Selfmadegod Records, has now checked in with the following update about recording new material:
"Yesterday we've finished the recordings. Drums, bass, guitars and vocals are done. Everything sounds great so far.
"Next week all the songs will be mixed and mastered by Szymon Czech in his Elephant Studio. Big props goes to Pawel 'Janos' Grabowski for all his efforts and great atmosphere in Progresja Studio. Cheers!"
You can also listen to Antigama's music by heading over to this location.
Revilement has issued the following announcement about releasing the band's new album "Pillars of Balance" online:
"Our new album, Pillars of Balance, is now available as a 'Pay what you wants' download on our Bandcamp page! Get it for a dollar, get it for five bucks, or get it for free! Support the underground!"
You can stream or download the tracks either through BandCamp or the player below. The "Pillars of Balance" track listing is as follows:
1. Pillars of Balance
2. Pity the Humans
3. Degradation to Extinction
4. Terminal Sedation
5. Tail Devouring Serpent
6. The Medjai's Return
7. Path of Apophis
8. Human Vivisection
9. Perverse Malevolence
10. Raping the Comatose
11. Feeding a Mind Corrupted More...
Croatian band The Ralph has posted a teaser preview clip online for the band's "Fragments" EP. Listen to the teaser trailer in the YouTube clip below, or listen to more of The Ralph's music by heading over to Facebook.
Code of Hypocrisy has checked in with the following brief announcement about the band's upcoming debut EP:
"Breaking news: legendary producer Tomas Skogsberg (Backyard Babies, The Hellacopters, Entombed, Tiamat, Dismember, etc. etc.) will mix the debut Code of Hypocrisy EP 'Towards Sheol' in April at famous Sunlight Studios, Sweden. Rock 'n' roll history in the making."
To check out more information on Code of Hypocrisy, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Sydney's technical death metal act Point Below Zero has released a new, self-titled EP, and the band has now made the entire release available for streaming online. Check out the EP in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Kuklinski Gets The Job Done
2. A Sonnet Of False Hope
3. The War Of The Mind
5. The Faceless Monster
6. No Drugs For Jake
7. Dangermazz More...
Dutch act Officium Triste has checked in with the following road report about recent van problems:
"That was some weekend. On our way to Hamburg our rental van broke down, the gearbox completely died. So, there we were just south of Bremen on the A1 highway at 15.30. So we called the the Dutch Alarmcentral, who contacted the ADAC. In the end we had to wait for 3 hours with temperatures below zero.
"The towtruck got the van off the highway. The alarmcentral arranged replacement transport. 2 cars instead of a 9-seater van. We had to bring Isole from Hamburg to helmond, so space was limited with 2 cars.
"Anyway, to make a long story short, we arrived around 22.45 at the venue where we were supposed to be at 17.00. Luckily Ophis was so great to switch the place on the bill and we did a great show, if I may say so. Travelling to Helmond went without problems and that show was cool too. In short, a weekend to remember!!"
To hear Officium Triste's music, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Slayer guitarist/co-founder Kerry King stated that the band's new album, their first since 2009's, "World Painted Blood" could be released as early as this Summer
"Currently we’re taking a break, but I am very excited by the way it’s all turning out so far,” King says. “I’ve worked up three songs with Dave (Lombardo; drums) and they’re sounding really refreshing and energetic. I’m certain that I’ll have three more ready to go when we return to action.
"I don’t think we’ll spend long in the studio this time either. We’re gonna do it old school style and get things done fast. In fact, we are already ahead of schedule. The album will be ready for a summer release. But whether it’s put out at that time is down to the record label [American]. They might have other plans. But we want it with the fans during the summer."
He also commented on the health of bandmate Jeff Hanneman, stating: "We could go onstage with him right now and do ‘Mandatory Suicide'. If that was the only song in our set, Jeff would be fine. But he’s slowly getting himself back to full fitness and by the time we’re ready to tour he’ll be right back onstage with us."
Austrian symphonic death metal act Hollenthon has posted the final part pf a five part series featuring a live DVD quality show that was filmed at Szene, Vienna, Austria on December 4th, 2010.
Check out part five here:
After recording a few demos, French epic black metal band Lutece has released it's debut album "Our Ashes Blown Away," and is streaming several songs from it over on MySpace. The album is out on Triple Silence Records, and below is a video of the track "The Path of Glory" from it.
It’s February once again and MetalUnderground.com has decided to bring back Black Metal History Month, (see what we did there?). This month MetalUnderground and in particular Sunday Old School, will be looking at some of the biggest and most important bands in the history of black metal. If some of your favourite black metal bands don’t get featured this month, such as Norwegian titans Immortal or Emperor, chances are it’s because we’ve already covered them. Speaking of Norwegian black metal, it only seems right that we kick the month off by looking at just such a band, and who better to examine than Kolbotn’s own, Darkthrone?
As previously mentioned, the band formed in Kolbotn, a suburb of the Norwegian capital city, Oslo, in 1986 by drummer Gylve Nagell, along with guitarist Ivar Enger and bass player Dag Nilsen. They originally went under the moniker, Black Death and performed a more death metal orientated brand of music, before they changed their name to Darkthrone the next year and were joined by a second guitarist in 1988 named Dag Nilsen, who would leave the same year. Following the recruitment of Ted Skjellum, the group would release four demo tapes before landing a record deal with Peaceville Records. They were helped in their endeavour to record their debut album by members of Entombed and Nihilist, since Darkthrone had a very small recording budget. It was on this first album, "Soulside Journey" that traces of black metal began to show in their music. They then took this a step further, adorning corpse paint and adopting pseudonyms, much like Venom before them.
Their transition to black metal was completed with their second album, "A Blaze In The Northern Sky," which despite causing problems between Darkthrone and Peaceville and seeing Dag Nilsen depart soon afterwards, was eventually released in February 1992 and has since become one of the most acclaimed black metal albums of all time. A third album, "Under a Funeral Moon" was recorded merely four months after the release of "A Blaze In The Northern Sky" and saw the band completely discard their death metal roots in favour of what Nagell, now known as Fenriz, called, "100% pure black metal." Once again, the album would be soon as a major landmark for the black metal genre and was adored by fans. Enger departed soon afterwards however and ever since then, Darkthrone has consisted of Fenriz and Ted "Nocturno Culto" Skjellum. More...