Metal News for February 5, 2013
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German power metal act Steel Engraved posted a new music video for the track "Pray for the Dead." The song appears on the band's latest and sophomore LP "On High Wings We Fly," which was issued this past September via SAOL Records.
Check out "Pray for the Dead" here:
Portland, OR's Across The Sun has checked in with the following recap of recent activity and announcement about lineup changes:
"Hey everyone! We've been promising you an update on the band as well as the status of our upcoming album. The last year has been a crazy one, so here it goes!
"Since the release of our album, Before The Night Takes Us, Across The Sun has been, not unlike many other bands, experiencing our fair share of ups and downs. During our tour with Attila and Our Last Night, our keyboardist and good friend, Shane Murray, announced to us that he would be leaving the band. We were sad to see him go, but understanding of his reasons for such a decision. We redeveloped our live show and began playing to a metronome and live keyboard tracks to compensate for Shane's absence and to ensure that our live sound is as sharp as ever.
"Earlier last year, the band made yet another lineup adjustment when we parted ways with our former vocalist, Brandon Davis. Brandon is a talented vocalist, and solid performer, however, his time with the band ended duplicitously. Sam, John and I felt it would be best that we replace Brandon with someone who is dedicated to his craft, honest in his dealings with the band, and passionate about the music that ATS creates.
"Replacing Brandon, is our close friend, and accomplished vocalist, Marty Wormley. Marty has completely improved the way that we write as a band, and we cannot wait to share these amazing tracks with all of you. Nearly half of the album is written, and we hope to start tracking this Spring or Summer.
"We sincerely feel that the band is as strong as ever, and we know that this next album will prove that."
Grande Prairie, AB power-thrash five piece Edge of Attack has posted a music video online for "In Hell," which comes off the band's new self-titled album. Check out the Karen Michelle Meola-directed video below.
The "Edge of Attack" album (reviewed here) is due out February 19th, 2013 through Spread the Metal Records. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. In Hell 4:36
2. The Haunting 5:08
3. Demon (Of The Northern Seas) feat. Ivan Giannini 5:04
4. Take Me Alive 4:24
5. In The Night 4:27
6. Edge Of Attack 5:07
7. Rise Above 5:55
8. Forever 3:46
9. The Damned feat. Ryan Bovaird 6:01
10. Set The World Aflame feat. PelleK 8:29 More...
Every week Metalunderground.com checks in with rock and metal acts from across the world to find their best mosh pit stories.
Vocalist Bryce Lucien of Texas act Seeker today shares a story of an out-of-control Daughters show (Daughters being no stranger to live antics). Bryce tells the following tale:
There are very few pits that have stuck with me. Years on the road have left me desensitized to most of the ridiculous happenings at shows, but there is one experience that was so extreme in its GG Allen-esque awesomeness and so relentless in its lack of fucks given that it will forever be seared into my memory...
This was 8 or 9 years ago now... Daughters and An Albatross were in town and me, being the total grind fanatic that I am, was obviously beside myself with excitement. I got to the show early, made sure I was front and center, and prepared myself for what I was sure would be the most wonderfully abrasive and debauched show that I had ever attended. After suffering through two despicably awful locals, Daughters finally took the stage and began sound checking. Their singer was nowhere to be seen. The band yelled for him over the PA and minutes later he finally walks onstage, scowling, glossy eyed, beer in hand... he was so fucking cool. The band launched into their first song and the crowd exploded. I was shoved into the stage, punched, jumped on, and I didn't care. I loved it.
However, through all the mayhem I noticed that their singer wasn't singing any of the words and there was a gagging sound coming through the speakers so I looked over and realize that he is standing on the lip of the stage, deep throating the mic, and flipping off the crowd. He then pulls the mic out of his mouth and projectile vomits all over the stage. As he does this I feel a pair of shoes connect with the back of my head. I turn around and see the crowd surfing girl momentarily get sucked back into the sea of arms before being thrown at me again. I duck and the singer of Daughters grabs her left shoe, rips it off, pours his beer into it, chugs it, throws the shoe back into the crowd, falls off the stage, and finally screams his first line...
This all happened in less than 2 minutes. The rest of their 10 minute set was just as insane. This is probably a really horrible reflection on me, but that night totally solidified my love for this lifestyle and my desire to tour...oh well. Fuck it.
You can check out Seeker's music video for "Serpent Skin" in the player below, along with a list of upcoming tour dates later this month. A teaser for the new single "Alone" is also available at this location.
Gaytheist, the band that About.com called “the musical version of Shark Week” and the Portland Mercury deemed “capable of leveling a city block,” is downright thrilled to announce the group will be heading out on a short tour in support of third LP (and first for Good To Die Records) "Stealth Beats."
The band will be venturing from its homebase of Portland, Oregon down to Albuquerque, New Mexico and back, leveling the Western states with a hyper-charged musical attack and leader Jason Rivera’s pithy, political, and pansied lyrics.
FRI MAR 8 – Portland, OR @ Branx (w/ Lord Dying, Atriarch, Nether Regions)
SAT MAR 9 – Boise, ID @ The Shredder (w/ Wolfang, The Unhallowed)
SUN MAR 10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge (w/ Worst Friends, Yaktooth, Rile & Baby Gurl)
MON MAR 11 – Denver, CO @ 3 Kings (w/ Glass Hits & Joy Subtraction)
TUES MAR 12 – Albuquerque, NM @ Peace & Justice Center (w/ Gusher, Ether Island)
WEDS MAR 13 – Tucson, AZ @ District Tavern
THURS MAR 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Silverlake Lounge (w/ Totimoshi, Stripper Pussy, Dolphins-N-Shit)
FRI MAR 15 – San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock (w/ Tartufi, Tigon) More...
The sold out European leg of the Earth Rocker world tour is coming to a close, and now Clutch has released a new lyric video for the "Earth Rocker" track. The clip was created by Ramon Boutviseth and his team at Studio RB Films. Check it out below.
Clutch will kick off the first leg of the Earth Rocker North American tour March 8th in Cincinnati, OH and it runs through April 20th in Baltimore, MD. Support on the tour will come from Orange Goblin and Lionize. Upcoming dates are available after the jump. More...
Transcendental drone/rock outfit Darsombra will take its sprawling audio/visual live act on the road next week for the twelve city "Southern US Wintour" 2013.
Touring in support of the "Climax Community" LP, released in October via Germany’s eclectic Exile On Mainstream, the Wintour 2013 is set to embark on February 15th, with shows confirmed throughout Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Tennessee.
Decibel Magazine is streaming "Climax Community" in its entirety at this location. The following press release was issued about the album:
"The three tracks on the LP traversing forty-five minutes of the outfit’s unique, slow-building, organic transcendental rock. Brian Daniloski, a veteran of heavier, sludgier, grittier rock bands such as Meatjack and Trephine, controls the sound of Darsombra, alternating between mammoth vocal swells and soundscapes and searing guitar riffs, leads, loops, and samples, combining elements of metal, psychedelic rock, experimental/drone, prog and krautrock. But there is more than just Daniloski’s sonic world at play here as video artist Ann Everton takes his work to the next level by bringing her Darsombra-induced visions to the stage through her kinetic psychotropic video projections, creating a constantly shifting backdrop to Daniloski’s live performances." More...
British rockers Voodoo Six are excited to announce they will release new album "Songs To Invade Countries To" worldwide on April 29th via Universal Music, before embarking on the biggest tour of their career so far as main support to metal legends Iron Maiden on European dates. Prior to their dates with Iron Maiden, Voodoo Six will also be heading out on a run of headline U.K. club shows throughout March and April. Full details are available after the jump.
Iron Maiden founder and bassist Steve Harris comments: "I've been keeping an eye on Voodoo Six for a while now and they've produced a cracking new album with real promise. It's great to support true British up and coming talent such as theirs and it'll be a pleasure to have them out with us on tour."
Voodoo Six vocalist Luke Purdie adds: “This is a huge deal for us and an amazing opportunity to support arguably the most iconic band in metal history. We came up with the album title ‘Songs To Invade Countries To’ ages ago since we’ve been wanting to get our music across to European shores for a long time - but it’s been made a reality now that we’ve been chosen to support Iron Maiden on these dates. It’s going to be a very exciting year!”
"Songs To Invade Countries To" will consist of 11 tracks mixed by Tony Newton & Pedro Ferreira (The Darkness, Enter Shikari, Therapy?) and mastered by Ade Emsley (Iron Maiden, Steve Harris). The album release will be preceded by the release of brand new single "Sink Or Swim" on March 4th. Check out a video for the single below. The full album's track listing is as follows: More...
Arizona death metallers Lago have just released a new demo entitled "Tyranny." This new demo is the follow up to the band's 2010 debut EP "Marianas," which was released on Pale Horse Recordings.
"Tyranny" consists of two songs and is a taste of the more matured, brutal, and calculating death metal compared to the "Marianas" EP. The main driving force behind Lago, Cole Jacobsen and Andrew Breshears, comment:
"Tyranny is just the next step in what Lago wants to achieve. It's a very focused, in your face, balls to the wall style of old school death metal. There is no over the top 'I bet you can't play this' riffing going on that will lose you. We're still doing what we do best. The harsh in your face death metal approach combined with a dark black metal melody. It's our goal to make sure every song has a life and a story of its own. Lago now has a strong and steady line up ready to put out our debut LP, to deliver our music up close and personal to death metal fans everywhere."
Check out the tracks below. The "Tyranny" demo was recorded at Arcane Digital Recordings (Exhumed, Phobia, Landmine Marathon) in November of 2012. Lago will be hitting the studio in late Spring to record a debut full length. More...
The driving forces around acts Artension and successor Angel of Eden: guitarist Roger Staffelbach, keyboardist Mistheria (Angel Of Eden/Rob Rock/Tommy Vitaly) and vocalist John West (Artension/Emir Hot/Ex-Royal Hunt) have joined forces to form the new band Artlantica. Joining them are drummers Dani Löble (Helloween) and John Macaluso (Malmsteen/TNT/Ark) along with former Artension member and bass Icon Steve DiGiorgio (Sadus/Testament) and guest guitarist Chris Caffery (Savatage/Trans-Siberian Orchestra). The band is set to release the debut LP "Across the Seven Seas" in the USA on May 21st, in Germany on May 24th and in Europe on May 27th as CD and download (incl. 1 bonus track).
"Great vocal melodies with anthemic potential, virtuoso guitar and keyboardpassages including spectacular solos, in addition to a blistering rhythm section which gives the songs their pace, groove and dynamics: the very ingredients which guaranteed seven brilliant releases in ten years from the American-Swiss cult act Artension and caused a global stir on 'The End Of Never', the only album by Artensions successor Angel Of Eden."
Staffelbach describes the result as...:"powerful, heavy occasionally majestic, grooving, melodious and timeless. Each instrument has its place, none of them sounds too dominant, everything has only one purpose, to serve the song."
The album consists of ten tracks and was mixed and mastered at Tommy Newton's (Helloween, Gamma Ray, among others) Area 51 studios. More...
Czech death metallers Heaving Earth, who toured throughout Europe alongside Immolation and Marduk last year, have released their two song EP "Redemption Ablaze" for free download. Get the tracks at Bandcamp or stream them in the player below.
The material, recorded in August 2012, is a follow-up to band's 2010 debut album "Diabolic Prophecies." The band is scheduled to record a new album later this year, which is due out on Lavadome Productions.
Scottish metal act Bleed From Within has just revealed the cover art and track listing for new album "Uprising." Due out via Century Media Records on April 2nd, 2013 in North America and March 25th, 2103 in Europe, this will be the group's third full-length album. The music video for "It Lives In Me," the first full track and video from "Uprising," can also be seen after the jump.
3. It Lives in Me
4. Nothing. No One. Nowhere.
5. Escape Yourself
7. I Am Oblivion
9. Our Divide
11. The War Around Us
13. Devotion More...
The South Wales hardcore lads in Continents have released their first video toru diary. Get ready to see their rebellious antics, stage dives, and never before seen backstage footage from a recent UK/European tour. Check out the clip below.
Beginning February 21st in Cardiff, Continents will hit the road for a four city run with The Catharsis to celebrate the Victory Records debut album "Idle Hands." A full listing of tour dates is available after the jump. You can also check out the band's music video for "Idle Hands" at this location. More...
Manowar will continue the celebration of latest studio album "The Lord Of Steel" and resume "The Lord Of Steel World Tour" starting March 4th, 2013.
"We had a terrific time during Leg 1 of our new world tour. We can't wait to be back on the road and unleash The Lord Of Steel and our brand new stage production to a brand new audience!" said Joey DeMaio. "And we will of course also play many of the fan's favorite classic hymns!" he continued.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
Mon, Mar 04, 2013 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega - SOLD OUT
Wed, Mar 06, 2013 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene - SOLD OUT
Fri, Mar 08, 2013 - Karlstad, Sweden - Nöjesfabriken
Sat, Mar 09, 2013 - Örebro, Sweden - Conventum Kongress
Sun, Mar 10, 2013 - Stockholm, Sweden - Münchenbryggeriet
Wed, Mar 13, 2013 - Oulu, Finland - Club Teatria
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 - Tampere, Finland - Pakkahuone - SOLD OUT
Sat, Mar 16, 2013 - Helsinki, Finland - The Circus - SOLD OUT
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 - Yekaterinburg, Russia - KRK Uralec More...
French purveyors of soul-ripping, sacrilegious death metal, Necrowretch, have unleashed their debut full-length album, "Putrid Death Sorcery," today in North America via Century Media Records.
To hear the album in its entirety, head over to CVLT Nation.com here for the exclusive album stream. The track listing is as follows:
1. Ripping Souls Of Sinners
2. Purifying Torment
4. Putrid Death Sorcery
5. Impious Plague In Catacombs
6. Spewed From Hell
7. Defiler Of Sacrality
8. The Anthropomancer
9. Soiled Into A Crypt
11. Repugnizer More...
Hells Headbangers has announced May 14th as the international release date for Intöxicated's debut album, "Rock N Roll Hellpatrol." The following press release was issued about the album:
"Fueled by sex, drinks, and Satan, Intöxicated are coming to terrorize your town with their Rock N Roll Hellpatrol! Encompassing the entire spectrum of dirty, sleazy metalpunk from ancient times, Intöxicated’s Rock N Roll Hellpatrol debut charges forward like a motorcycle out of hell, billowing toxic smoke and violently shaking the foundations of everything it passes on its way to the next party to dominate and destroy.
"Each song here – whether it’s 'Crush Your Local Disco,' 'Lock Up Your Daughters,' or the penultimate 'Slutanic Speed Metal' – is an anthem of annihilation, a harbinger of hedonism, a manifesto of maximalism: you can’t escape the Rock N Roll Hellpatrol!"
The track listing is as follows:
1. Sex Drinks Satan
2. Metal Porno Slut
3. Lock Up Your Daughters
4. Suffering For Löve
5. Rock N Roll Hellpatrol
6. Crush Your Local Disco
7. Slutanic Speed Metal
8. Break Your Limits
9. The Chase Is Better Than The Catch (MOTORHEAD cover) More...
Sweden's ultimate dark rock/metal band, Katatonia, has announced several headlining North American tour dates in addition to the group's supporting run with Opeth this spring. Katatonia headliners are confirmed for Montreal, Canada on April 25, Farmington, N.M. on May 22 and Los Angeles on May 27.
The upcoming run, "North American Heritage Tour 2013," will conquer over 30 cities this spring beginning April 18 in Buffalo, N.Y. Commented guitarist, Anders Nyström:
"Back in the U.S.A...That's right Springsteen! We're looking at round number two as special guests to our brothers in Opeth on their last North American leg of the Heritage World Tour. This time we'll mainly cover off-territories, so regardless if you caught or missed us last time, consider this a second chance to attend the dead ends of North America with one of the best bills there'll ever be!" More...
After recently signing with WormHoleDeath, Libria has now unveiled the cover artwork for debut album "Immortal Daughter Of Aesthetics." Check out the art below. Band mastermind Marianna Alfieri stated:
“Immortal Daughter of Aesthetics cover artwork shows a decisive scene during the after-death experience of a soul. In a futuristic scenery, the three lifts in a dark blue hall symbolize the paths disclosing to a soul at the end of a long and distressing journey begun soon after its death. According to an ancient esoteric tradition, this is called 'the Particular Judgement,' when the destination is established among Heaven, Purgatory, Hell and Earth. Since the cover and the whole concept of the album have symbolic references to the experience of a specific person, Hell is not considered. ” More...
Italy's Antropofagus (not to be confused with Antropofago) has checked in with the following statement about canceling previously announced Russian tour dates:
"Antropofagus sadly announces the cancellation of the Russian tour due to delicate personal reasons of the guitarist's family, we apologize to all fans for this and we promise to reschedule the tour very soon! Stay tuned!" More...
Candlelight Records today confirms May 7th as the North American release date for "False Prism," the debut full-length from Sadgiqacea.
Produced by Chris Grigg (Woe), the album’s four mammoth songs will pummel listeners for close to 40 minutes. The album follows the 2011 EP, "Submerged in Manichea" (Horror Pain Gore Death Productions) and two split recordings with Ominous Black and Grass (Anthropic).
Plans are already in order to return to the road for the album’s springtime release. “We are honored to be working with Candlelight Records and ready to spread our music to masses with their support,” says the band. “We are currently planning our second full American tour with our Philadelphia brothers Hivelords for Summer 2013.”
Formed in 2010, Sadgiqacea (pronounced sad-juh-kay-sha) forge a diverse sonic palette that has been likened at times to Neurosis, Intronaut, Weakling, and Kylesa. Musically and artistically, the band draws from a melting pot of influences that together presents a lush yet tension-filled sound. They call it, “music for our trodden minds and sodden souls.” More...
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of debut album "The Nameless Disease," French goth metallers The Old Dead Tree decided to stream demos of that iconic release on Soundcloud. Check out the tracks below.
In other news, The Old Dead Tree has just been added to the bill of this year’s Hellfest, where the group will perform ‘The Nameless Disease’ live in its entirety. The band's 2013 lineup consists of:
Manuel Munoz: Guitar / vocals
Nicolas Chevrollier: Guitar
Gilles Moinet: Bass guitar
Raphael Antheaume: Drums More...
Sweden's Facebreaker has revealed the cover artwork for new album "Dedicated to the Flesh," which is due out in May/June of 2013. Check out the art below.
The band has also announced it will be visiting Germany in April for a series of shows. These gigs will feature material from the 7" "Zombie God" release as well as tracks off the new album. Details are as follows:
25.04.2013 Hamburg – Bambi Galore (+ BURIED IN BLACK)
26.04.2013 Berlin – K17 (+ DISREPUTE + 2 more)
27.04.2013 Erfurt – From Hell (+ DISREPUTE + DESERTED FEAR)
28.04.2013 Dresden – Chemiefabrik (+ DISREPUTE + DRENCHED IN BLOOD) More...
Season of Mist has issued the following announcement about an upcoming Chaostar album:
"After a long wait, it is now time to unveil the title of the new Chaostar album! The Greek band’s forthcoming fourth opus is entitled ‘Anomima’ and will hit the stores on May 10th (May 14th in North America). As previously announced, ‘Anomima’ will feature guest appearances by Morbid Angel frontman David Vincent and Moonspell singer Fernando Ribeiro. More news soon!"
Chaostar’s current line-up is as follows:
Christos Antoniou: Composer / Synths
Androniki Skoula: Vocals
Fotis Benardo: Percussion
George Diamandopoulos: Traditional instruments
Charalampos Paritsis: Electric violin
John Thermos: Synths
Polish metallers Disperse recently shot a video clip for the song "Enigma of Abode" (taken from forthcoming album "Living Mirrors") with Red Pig Productions. Check out the video clip through VS-Webzine here or in the player below. Season of Mist also comments on the new album:
"'Living Mirrors' sees the band creating instantly memorable songs that balance amazing technical skills with elegance and passion. The dynamic sextet make it all look easy as they inject their own style into a modern take on intelligent, progressive metal, and rock."
Greek act Shadowcraft has checked in with the following announcement about the release of the "Principles of Chaos" album:
"The bomb has blown! We are happy to announce our collaboration with Noisehead Records (AT) for our debut album 'Principles Of Chaos!'
"It will be available through digital and physical form on March 27th via Noisehead records online store and of course the band itself!"
The band also comments on its sound: "Shadowcraft’s style is a mix of majestic and symphonic elements structured with avant-garde black metal riffing. Epic and dramatic, the compositions drift between emotions crystallizing into the essence of atmospheric yet extreme present-day black metal."
Season of Mist has checked in with the following announcement about the return of Gorguts to the roster:
"After the return of Seth a couple weeks ago, Season of Mist wishes to express the joy of seeing one more band rejoin the fold: welcome back Gorguts! The staff is thrilled to have the Canadian technical death metal band back on the roster, 13 years after the release of cult classic ‘From Wisdom to Hate.'"
“It is with great joy that I announce the return of Gorguts to Season of Mist!” mastermind Luc Lemay comments. “Things have not always been easy these last couple of years, but now it’s all behind us and all I can say is that I’m more than eager to share this new record with all of you. Our forthcoming album will be a very detailed, dark, epic, emotional, conceptual record and Season of Mist was my first choice to be the standard-bearer for this new Gorguts opus and I must say that I am more than happy to work with them again.
“Stay tuned on the band’s websites for more updates and we’ll soon hit the stage to share this new music with you! I can never thank each of you enough, our dedicated fans, for more than 20 years of support! Thanks to you!!!!!!”
Gorguts’ upcoming fifth studio album will be released later this year on Season of Mist. Further details will be announced shortly. More...
The legendary Meshuggah has teamed up with Scion A/V to release a new two-track EP online titled "Pitch Black."
You can stream the tracks through Scion A/V here or download them through the widget below (email registration required).
This new mini-release follows the band's previous full-length album "Koloss" (reviewed here). The "Pitch Black" release consists of:
1. Pitch Black
2. Dancers To A Discordant System (Live) More...
Kvelertak's new music video for the "Bruane Brenn" single has now been made available online. U.S. fans can check out the clip via Stereogum here while U.K. viewers can catch the premiere at Metalhammer.co.u.k. here.
The single comes off the band's new album "Meir," which will be available everywhere March 26th, 2013 and has the following track listing:
2. Spring Fra Livet
4. Bruane Brenn
5. Evig Vandrar
11. Kvelertak More...
Hatebreed has lined up a U.K. tour in support of sixth studio album, "The Divinity Of Purpose" (out since January 25 via Nuclear Blast). Front man Jamey Jasta is looking forward to the jaunt, commenting:
"We're excited to get back to the UK to do a career-spanning headline set and support our new album, 'The Divinity Of Purpose.' It's been too long since we last visited your shores and we're headed out on a worldwide tour, so this is your only chance to see us! Don't fuck it up!"
Catch Jasta and his cohorts at the following shows:
April 28 Brighton - Concorde 2
April 29 Cardiff - Solus
April 30 Manchester - Academy 2
May 01 Glasgow - O2 ABC 2
May 02 Sheffield - Corporation
May 03 Wolverhampton - Slade Rooms
May 04 London - O2 Islington Academy More...
Nuclear Blast Records is more than happy to announce the signing of Germany’s authentic and passionate psychedelic hard rock act - Kadavar. The label comments:
"It was already with 2012’s eponymous debut album 'Kadavar' that the three-piece from Berlin casted a spell on all fans of solid riff-driven yet doom-like 70’s hard rock à la Black Sabbath or Pentagram.
"Marrying this with the spacy psychedelic approach of early Hawkwind and mixing in a distinct own touch while preserving their icon’s warm vintage charm can doubtlessly be considered the trio’s key to success – astoundingly high vinyl sales and support shows for bands such as Sleep, Saint Vitus, Pentagram, and Electric Wizard well as stunning festival gigs at Stoned From The Underground, Yellowstock, and Fusion Festival, among others, underline Kadavar's status as one of the scene’s most exciting acts to watch in 2013!"
Nuclear Blast’s Head of A&R Andy Siry comments on the signing: “We’re delighted to bid Kadavar welcome to the Nuclear Blast family! It was with great interest that we’ve watched their first steps from the founding of the band to the release of their debut record. Eventually, the last-mentioned tipped the balance and led us to offering them a record deal, as we truly believe that these three gentlemen are masters of their craft and can righteously be considered the leaders of the German occult rock movement. We’re looking forward a lot to seeing what the future will bring for Kadavar!”
Regarding the signing with the Swabian label, drummer Tiger states with a wink: “Even though the relationship between people from Berlin and Swabians is usually considered rather… uneasy, we’re taking the first step to reconciliation: We’re very happy that our second studio album will be released via Nuclear Blast, who can look back on an impressive history. After an eventful year, we’ve locked ourselves up in the studio for the past two months in order to work on said record. The result elates us – we can’t wait ‘til the release date has finally come!” More...
Xandria has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist:
"The name of the new Xandria bass player is Steven Wussow, and he will debut on stage with us in April and May when we are going to play Russia, Belarus, Argentina and Brazil!
"He is known for his work with bands like Domain, Shylock, and Illectronic Rock, and we are thrilled to have found THE candidate we had been chasing for over the past months!
"We are excited to start our upcoming live and recording endevours with Steven – because this year Xandria will also hit the studio again for the next album! Yes, as we said, this year will be a hell of a ride! Here you can get to know the new Xandria member a bit more!"
Steven also comments: "On stage I feel at home and it's the streets where my heart is. Having passed a few lights and crossroads in my search, I am happy to finally have found my partners in crime I was looking for!"
UK-based emotive doom/death metal band Eye Of Solitude and its label Kaotoxin Records have just released "The Deceit," a digital EP which is being sold to help raise funds for a Romanian organization for the blind.
A two-song version of "The Deceit," which includes a remastered version of "Painstained" from the band's now out-of-print debut "The Ghost" and a title track featuring guest vocals from Arno Strobl [ex-Carnival In Coal, 6:33, We All Die (Laughling)!] and Déhà [Imber Luminus, Merda Mundi, We All Die (Laughing)!], is available through all major digital music retailers.
Orders being placed through Kaotoxin Records will receive a three-song version of the EP that comes with an instrumental cover of Shape Of Despair's "Night's Dew." This bonus track is available exclusively over at Kaotoxin.
Tbilisi funeral doom band Ennui is streaming four of the six monolithic songs from its debut release "Mze Ukunisa" over on YouTube. Ennui released the album on the Georgian label MFL Records, and is already laying the tracks for its next release, having just finished the drums and started the guitars at the end of January. Below is an upload of the fifteen-minute opus "Memento Mori" from the debut release.
Ukranian thrashers Hell:On have just started work on a new album due out tentatively in the autumn of 2013 on Metal Scrap Records. The band has just announced that Andy La Rocque (King Diamond, At The Gates, Death) will be a special guest musician on the upcoming release. The band is known for its penchant for guest musicians, having recruited Annihilator's Jeff Waters previously. Recently Hell:On put out an official music video for the track "Disaster" from its latest album "Age of Oblivion," which follows below.
Swedish traditional metal act Enforcer posted a new music video for the track "Roll the Dice," which appeared on the band's 2010 album "Diamons." The video showcases clips from on an off the stage during the "Diamonds on the Road World Tour 2010-2012." The band announced a string of European dates in support of its new LP "Death By Fire" as follows:
07.02. D Hamburg -- Markthalle
08.02. D Berlin -- C-Club
09.02. D Bochum -- Matrix
10.02. D Stuttgart -- Universum
12.02. A Vienna -- Viper Room
13.02. I Milan -- TBA
14.02. D Munich -- Backstage
15.02. CH Aarau -- Kiff
16.02. D Würzburg -- Posthalle
17.02. NL Rotterdam -- Baroeg
19.02. I Turin - United Club
23.02. GR Thessaloniki - 8Ball Club
24.02. GR Athens - Kyttaro
04.04. SP Madrid - TBA
05.04. SP Barcelona - TBA
06.04. SP Almeria - TBA
07.04. PT Lisboa - TBA
Check out "Roll the Dice" here: More...
U.K. doom act Moss is streaming the title track "Horrible Nights" to the band's upcoming third full length LP. The album is scheduled for release via Metal Blade Records on March 25, 2013 (EU) and April 2, 2013 (North America).
The track listing for "Horrible Nights" is:
1. Horrible Nights
2. Bleeding Years
3. Dark Lady
4. Dreams from the Depths
5. The Coral of Chaos
6. I Saw Them That Night
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Italian thrash band Ultra-Violence is streaming the new track "Turn Into Dust." The track appears on the band's debut full-length LP "Privilege to Overcome," which is scheduled for release on April 29, 2013 via Punishment 18 Records.
Loris Castiglia (Vocals, Guitars)
Andrea Vacchiotti (Lead Guitars)
Roberto 'Robba' Dimasi (Bass)
Simone Verre (Drums)
The track listing for "Privilege to Overcome" is:
1. Spell of the Moon
3. Order of the Black
4. Stigmatized Reality
5. Restless Parasite
6. Turn Into Dust
7. The Voodoo Cross
8. You're Dead!
9. The Beast Behind Your Back
10. 10,000 Ways to Spread my Hate
11. Metal Milizia
12. When Future & Past Collide
13. Ride Across the Storm
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Michigan's We Came As Romans posted a new music video for the song "Hope." The new single will be available on February 8, 2013 through iTunes via Nuclear Blast and will contain the bonus track "The King of Silence."
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German hard rock act Fair Warning posted a preview clip from the new LP "Sundancer," the band's first studio effort since the 2009 LP "Aura." The album is scheduled for release on April 24, 2013 (Japan), May 24, 2013 (Germany), May 27, 2013 (Europe) and May 28, 2013 (USA) via SPV Records.
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