Metal News for February 7, 2011
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46 news articles posted on this day.
Melodic death metallers Aeternam posted a video of new song "Descent of Gods." This is a new, never-heard-before song that Aeternam debuted live in Quebec City on January 30, 2011.
Cradle of Filth will be heading to the Fuel TV studios in Los Angeles tomorrow morning (Tuesday, February 8th) to film two songs for The Daily Habit, and the band is inviting all local fans to join them in studio for the performance. Free tickets for the taping are available directly at this location. Ticket holders should arrive promptly at 9:30 AM for admission into the studio, which is located at 10201 West Pico,? Los Angeles, CA 90064-2606. Head over here for full details.
Cradle of Filth also has the following upcoming tour dates:
Feb. 8 - Los Angeles, CA @ Club Nokia Live
Feb. 9 - San Francisco, CA@ Regency Ballroom
Feb. 11 - Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
Feb. 12 - Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
Feb. 13 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 15 - Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
Feb. 16 - Calgary, AB @ MacEwan Hall Ballroom
Feb. 18 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
Feb. 20 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
Feb. 21 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Feb. 22 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
Feb. 23 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Zoo
Feb. 25 - Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
Feb. 26 - Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theater
Feb. 27 - Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
Feb. 28 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial de Quebec
Mar. 2 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
Mar. 3 - New York, NY @ Best Buy Theater
Mar. 4 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium
Mar. 5 - Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
Mar. 6 - Baltimore, MD @ Bourbon Street Ballroom
Mar. 8 - Norfolk, VA @ Norva Theatre
Mar. 9 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
Mar. 11 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
Mar. 12 - Orlando, FL @ Firestone
Mar. 13 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
Crowbar is currently streaming the entire new album "Sever the Wicked Hand" online prior to its release. All the tracks for the album can be heard at this location. "Sever the Wicked Hand" is set for release in Europe on February 14 through Century Media Records and in the U.S. on February 8 through E1 Music. The track listing is as follows:
1. Isolation (Desperation)
2. Sever The Wicked Hand
3. Liquid Sky And Cold Black Earth
4. Let Me Mourn
5. The Cemetery Angels
6. As I Become One
7. A Farewell to Misery
8. Protectors Of The Shrine
9. I Only Deal In Truth
10. Echo An Eternity
11. Cleanse Me, Heal Me
British thrash legends Onslaught have now dropped their latest album "Sounds of Violence," which continues the band's blend of thrash and punk attitude. I recently spoke with the Onslaught front man Sy Keeler to get a look into the creation of the album and how the band has changed after being hiatus from 1991 to 2007.
Keeler commented on getting Phil Campbell and Tom Angelripper to guest on the cover of Motorhead's "Bomber," Onslaught's place in the world of thrash metal, and the possibility of the band re-recording early material down the line. More...
On December 17th, 2010, As I Lay Dying shot a music video for the track "Anodyne Sea" off the band's latest album "The Powerless Rise," which can be viewed here. Directed by McFarland and Pecci of Killswitch Productions and shot in the band's hometown of San Diego, California, "Anodyne Sea" was shot from the POV perspective of drummer Jordan Mancino. The band has now posted behind the scenes footage from the shooting of the video through Noisecreep.com, which can be viewed in the clip below.
As I Lay Dying also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Bonded By Blood has posted a multi-camera live concert that was filmed at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago IL by UVTV. The video features audio that was professionally multitracked and mixed and the set list for the show is as follows:
1. Mind Pollution
2. Prototype: Death Machine
3. Another Disease
4. Exiled To Earth
5. Immortal Life
6. Psychotic Pulse
7. Feed The Beast
The full concert is available for streaming at the UVTV website here.
Aborted, As I Lay Dying, and Crowbar have now been confirmed to perform at the 2011 edition of the Summer Breeze festival, which is set to take place from August 18th - 20th, 2011. Additional details on the festival can be found here. The currently announced lineup is as follows:
As I Lay Dying
Hail of bullets
Devil sold his soul More...
Croatian metal act Gorthaur's Wrath has issued the following update about upcoming tour dates:
"Austrian tour dates! Wien, Salzburg and Graz you were fucking amazing! See you very fucking soon! Jena yesterday fucking awesome as well! Germany here we come! Tonight the gates of hell opens in Hirsch!"
The band's currently announced dates are as follows:
Feb 8 Röhre Stuttgart, Baden-Würt, DE
Feb 9 Steinbruch Theater Darmstadt, Germany
Feb 10 Marx Hamburg, Germany
Feb 11 Zollhaus Leer, Germany
Feb 12 Roxy Flensburg, Germany
Feb 13 Underground w/ Story Of The Year Cologne, Germany
Feb 15 Meier Music Hall Braunschweig, Niedersach, DE
Feb 16 Jazzhaus Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Würt, DE
Feb 17 Backstage Werk, Munich, GERMANY
Feb 18 Eventhalle L.A. Live-Style Cafe - The Freakshow Cham, Bayern, DE
Feb 19 Z7 Pratteln, CH
Feb 20 Biebob Vosselaar, BE
Razorback Recordings has issued the following announcement about streaming a new song online from the upcoming album by Texas based death metal act Decrepitaph:
"Listen to a brand new song from the upcoming 3rd album from Decrepitaph on the Razorback Recordings myspace page! The new song is titled 'Desecrate Sacred Flesh' and can be heard at this location. The new album, 'Profane Doctrines Unburied,' will be released soon from Razorback Recordings!"
Additional details on the track listing and release date of "Profane Doctrines Unburied" will be announced as they are made available.
San Francisco Bay Area gore grind act Autopsy has stepped back into Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA to begin recording the band's first full-length album since 1995’s "Shitfun." The new album will be entitled "Macabre Eternal," and the forthcoming record will be released in June 2011 on Peaceville Records.
Autopsy drummer/vocalist, Chris Reifert, states, “We've brewed up the sickest and heaviest material that our rotten souls could possibly spew forth, and we are confident that it's our best stuff yet. The EP was a taste of what's to come, but now it's time for the full assault from beyond the grave.”
He continues, “The album will contain no repeated EP tracks, no re-recorded old songs, no triggered trickery, and nothing less than the pure death metal brutality that Autopsy has always delivered."
The band has confirmed "Always About To Die," "Hand Of Darkness," "Spill My Blood," and "Bludgeoned And Brained" as a few of the titles which will be included in the new album. You can also catch Autopsy love in the following dates:
April 30th - Neurotic Death Fest - Tilburg, Holland
June 3rd - Chaos in Tejas Festival - Austin, Texas
July 1st, 2nd or 3rd (exact performance date TBA) - Roskilde Festival - Roskilde, Denmark
July 15th - Hammer Open Air Festival - Lieto, Finland
Engrained is currently streaming a new track titled "Holiday Prostitute" through Metal Army America. You can check out the new song in the player below. Engrained's first full length album "Deep Rooted" will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on March 22nd in North America.
Guitarist Schorse commented on the song and album: "We're proud of being part of the Metal Army America family! Open a beer, turn the volume to eleven (because it's one louder) and enjoy. Hope you like Holiday Prostitude it's one of the fast forward Rock n Roll songs of our new album Deep Rooted."
Canadian metal act Evil Survives has announced the band's debut album "Metal Vengeance" will be reissued through Heavy Artillery Records. To be made available for the first time ever on CD and digital formats, "Metal Vengeance" was originally released by Canadian vinyl-only metal label War On Music. "Metal Vengeance" will be re-released world wide on March 22nd, 2011.
The re-issue of the album follows the release of the band's latest album "Powerkiller," which dropped on October 12th, 2010. You can check out sample Evil Survives tracks available for streaming through the band's official MySpace profile.
The Defaced is currently streaming a new song online titled "The Perfect Shame," which is off the band's album "Anomaly." The album will be released in North America for the first time on February 22nd, 2011 via Scarlet Records and you can check out the track through Noisecreep.com here.
The Defaced includes members of such acts as Soilwork, Darkane, Terror 2000 and Kayser. The new songs from the upcoming album were finished at Ceasar studio and Palace of Noise studio. The mixing, by Klas Ideberg and Swaney, took place at Not Quite Studio in Helsingborg.
Long Island, NY’s Misery has announced a release party for the "Evil is Crowned" album, which will take place at Duff’s Brooklyn on Friday, February 11th at 9pm. The band will be joined by "Evil is Crowned" producer Joey Z, also of New York metal band Life of Agony. The party is open to the public and is free of charge.
"Evil is Crowned" will be released on February 15th 2011 through Super Metal Records. The album was recorded at Systems 2 Recording Studio in Brooklyn, NY and was mastered at Manhattan’s Sterling Sound. The track listing is as follows:
1. Evil Is Crowned
3. Gone Tomorrow
4. I Hate Your Face
5. Break the Silence
6. Social Anxiety
7. The Hurt Spell
8. Hangover in Harlem
9. Mind your Business
10. Live Fast Die Slow
11. Head Like A Hole (Nine Inch Nails Cover)
Los Angeles' own Clandestine has confirmed a CD release show for the band's new album "The Invalid," which is being released on February 15th via Nightmare Records. The show will take place on Saturday February 12th at The Whisky in Los Angeles, CA.
Lead singer June Park commented:
"I'm very excited about our CD release show at the world famous Whisky A Go Go club in Los Angeles. It has been a while since we played out so I know I will have some excess energy to burn on the stage. I can tell there is something wild locked inside of me that needs to be unleashed by performing. I already feel the nervous excitement as I'm speaking about the show. And usually the more nervous I am, the better the performance gets which is odd. I look forward to meeting our loyal fans, and hopefully a lot more new people will come check out our new songs from 'The Invalid' which will hit the streets on February 15 through Nightmare Records."
You can also check out the video for the song "Disappear In You" at this location.
Welsh act Funeral For A Friend recently announced plans to release the upcoming new full-length, "Welcome Home Armageddon," which is set to hit stores stateside on March 15th, 2011. To give fans a sneak peek into the new record, the band has made the new track "Sixteen" available for streaming through the Funeral For A Friend Facebook page.
“One of my favorite bands is band called Samiam,” states lead vocalist Matthew Davies-Kreye. “I've spent the last 18 years of my life trying to write songs that sound as good as anything off Clumsy, You Are Freaking Me Out and Astray. I've never succeeded, but ‘Sixteen’ is the closest I’ve ever come. The lyrics are about being young, naive and unforgiving.”
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. This Side Of Brightness
2. Old Hymns
3. Front Row Seats To The End of The World
6. Spinning Over The Island
7. Man Alive
8. Owls (Are Watching)
9. Damned If You Do, Dead If You Don’t
11. Broken Foundation
12. Welcome Home Armageddon
Finnish progressive death metal super group Barren Earth has checked in with the following report from the band's current North American tour:
"In Texas, the musical reference of the day was the Jimmie Rodgers song, T For Texas (probably better known as the version by Lynyrd Skynyrd). And as it was freezing cold, I decided to have just that, a T. Preferably Twining’s Earl Grey or English Breakfast. But it was just then that the clock hit noon, and despite the snow, the weather started getting really warm. By the time we reached Ft. Worth, the temperature was reasonably high, and our winter coats could be abandoned, at least for the time being.
"It really is a magnificent PR stunt Mother Nature has supported this tour with. Surely it cannot be a coincidence that the route of the Finnish Metal Tour 2 matches quite closely that of the recent meteorological phenomenon referred to here as the ‘Arctic Blast’. But as with any publicity stunt, there are limits, and what with the cancelled gigs, I think old Mother Earth might have been pushing it a tad too far. But Ft. Worth was great. The gig was the best of the tour so far, as this time certain members of the audience were there specifically to see us, some of them even having driven for hours to get there.
"This showed in the overall vibe of the gig, and ‘twas but a pleasure. Earlier in the day, Oppu decided he needed to hang his bed sheets on a clothesline. As there actually weren’t any clotheslines available, a Dodge pick-up truck parked nearby had to do. Neatly spreading the sheets over the truck’s hood, they were bound to get the airing they demanded. But this was not quite to happen. Upon returning to the site later on, the pick-up truck was still there, but the sheets weren’t. Baffled and bemused, he went inside the tour bus, only to find a lady wearing a coat which looked suspiciously the same as Oppu’s blanket. Allegations were made that this lady had taken Oppu’s sheets to meet her own sartorial tastes. But after a while it came clear, that this was not so. The jacket indeed was her own, and would remain so in the future, too. The mystery of the missing bed sheets was finally resolved, when they were eventually found in a garbage bin close by, having presumably been taken there by the owner of the truck. More...
New Orleans based supergroup Down, featuring members of Pantera, Crowbar and Eyehategod, has announced that the band will be performing a handful of shows in the United States as of next month. VIP Ticket Packages will be available, which include a General Admission ticket, sound check (where applicable), meet n greet (you get one personal item autographed), T-shirt from the merch booth (day of show), laminate and a $5 gift card to the Down-Nola.com online store. VIP ticket Packages will be sold through Down-Nola.com for the two New Orleans dates and Houston. Maxwell is still being determined as to whether or not VIP Ticket Packages will be available for this date (as it's a festival). VIP Ticket Packages for New York, Philly and Sayreville are all scheduled to be sold through Ticketmaster.com. Tickets go on sale this week - stay tuned for presale information.
The initial tour dates are as follows:
March 4 - New Orleans, LA - The Hangar
March 5 - Maxwell, TX - The Cotton Gin
March 6 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
March 11 - New Orleans, LA - The Hangar #2
April 28 - New York, NY - Best Buy Theatre
April 29 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
April 30 - Sayreville, NJ - Starland Ballroom
German power metal act Crystallion has issued the following brief announcement about the band beginning the recording process for an upcoming new full-length album:
"New Album! Crystallion starting recording sessions the for new album. Album title and details soon t. b. a.!"
Specific details on the album's title, track listing, and release date will be announced as they are made available. In the mean time, you can listen to sample Crystallion tracks available for streaming through the band's official MySpace profile.
Swedish occult rock act Graveyard has been posting the cover artwork for the band's upcoming Nuclear Blast debut "Hisingen Blues" in stages. Graveyard has now posted the third section of the artwork online, which can be viewed here.
"Hisingen Blues" is set to be released March 25, 2011 and the 7“ picture vinyl single "Hisingen Blues" (including the non-album track "Granny And Davis") will be out February 25, 2011. You can also listen to the album's title track at the bands official MySpace page.
Vader has issued the following update about performing at the Metal Hammer Festival, recording a new album, and lining up summer tour dates:
"Vader on Metal Hammer Festival! Summer Campaign 2011! August 10th in Spodek (Katowice). The headliner of this event will be Judas Priest which will appear in Poland for the first and sadly for the last time in its classic line-up. There will turn up many special guests as well. We would proudly like to inform that one of them will be Vader The band has been waiting for such a concert for 25 years! More information on the show are available at this location.
"Just at the beginning of June Vader will start their summer concert season! The band will be shortly after recording their new album (May, 2011) and they promised they will present 1-2 new tracks on stage. 'Summer Campaign 2011' will cover summer festivals and club gigs. We're on the point of discussing the details with promoters and the full schedule will be known soon. Few great festivals in Europe and Poland are already confirmed. The band will also visit a couple of smaller towns in Poland, some of them for the first time! We plan on going to Israel as well. Many surprises are waiting for you! The June part of Vader tour will be joined by Krisiun as a special guest! More details on 'Summer Campaign 2011' soon."
Goreaphobia has posted a music video online for the title track off the band's "Mortal Repulsion" album, which can be viewed in the clip below.
The band's upcoming will be titled "Apocalyptic Necromancy," and the currently announced track listing is as follows:
1. Apocolyptic Necromancy
2. Xurroth Rreeth N'Vez Helm(City of Rot and Decay)
3. The Attractor
4. Void of The Larva Queen
5. Shroud of The Hyena (.....Inall Ninuttix......)
6. Footpaths In The Vortex of Doom
7. Darkstar Dementia
8. Igigi Reactor
9. Totem Of The Vulture(.....Sirrix Noxhuun....)
10. Sigil On Death,s Hand
11. White Wind Spectre
12. Rust Worms and the Noxious Fevers they Bring
Japanese doom metal act Church of Misery has been confirmed to perform at the upcoming Kristonfest, which is set to take place on June 17th and 18th, 2011 in Bilbao, Spain. You can check out the promotional poster for the event at this location.
Other confirmed acts include:
Corrosion of Conformity
Orange County alt-metal band Cerebellion has made its video debut from the album "Inalienable" with the single "Not the Final Destination." The video was filmed in Yorba Linda, California at Cerebellions studio with Director Anthony Rico and crew.
The idea behind the video was to "capture the energy and excitement of our live show" states vocalist Joe Arnold. Vying not to go with the standard live footage video, "we felt we could create something more interesting visually while still maintaining that raw, down and dirty feel," continues Joe.
Cerebellionis currently doing shows in support of their album "Inalienable." Here are a couple of upcoming shows, with more to be announced:
April 14, 2011 with Taproot at the Galaxy Theatre in Santa Ana, CA
May 6, 2011 at The Vibe in Riverside, CA
Massacre Records has checked in with the following update about the release of Wizard's upcoming ninth album:
"The new, ninth studio album of the German true metal squard Wizard, will be titled '...of Wariwulfs And Bluotvarwes,' and will be released on March 25th, 2011, on CD and limited edition vinyl album, through Massacre Records.
"The concept album, based on the story written by the famous German fantasy writer André Wiesler, was recorded by Volker Leson at the Magic Hall Studio in Bocholt, and mixed & mastered by Achim Köhler (PRIMAL FEAR, SINNER). The cover artwork for the album was designed by Steve Argyle, and can be viewed here."
Wizard also has the following upcoming tour dates:
24-03-2011 - Cork, Ireland
25-03-2011 - Dublin, Ireland
08-04-2011 - Kulturbunker, Koln, Mulheim, Germany
09-04-2011 - Very Easy Festival, Stadskanaal, Holland
25-06-2011 - Noc Plna Hvezd Festival, Trinec, Czech Republic
Long Distance Calling has announced that the band's new album is set to be released on February 21st in Europe and on March 8th in the U.S. through Superball Music. The band has now posted the artwork online for the various formats of the album to be released, which can be found here. A teaser video for the album can be viewed in the clip below.
Bleeding Fist has issued the following announcement about parting ways with drummer Alex "Krieg Maschine" Destradi:
"Latest from the Conclave - Krieg Maschine; after 6 years of sadistic black madness left the conclave that Bleeding Fist represents. The conclave is now in search of a new drummer. Interested individuals can write to email@example.com."
Slovenian metallers Inmate have posted a studio video clip, which can be found after the jump. The band also issued the following update from the studio:
"Our studio work began in December, 2010. We are posting email comments from Andrej in a date order as he sent them to the rest of the band members. We should mention, Andrej usually writes short messages and is not used to express his feelings through emails.
"12/9/10 We made several tests today. The recordings will be made directly without head and cabinet. It is important only to get a clean signal which we will reamp through heads later. Despite clean signal I hear distortion version while recording (the quality of the sound is not important at the moment), so everything is under control. Tomorrow we begin recording Inexorable Path.
"12/17/10 Inexorable Path finished. Lost in Words finished. Recorded everything except solos. Awesome! More...
French metal act Outcast has posted the cover artwork online for the band's new album "Awaken the Reason," which can be viewed at this location. Outcast has now announced the new album's track listing will be as follows:
3. A Solace from the Shade
4. Awaken the Reason - Part IV : When dawn brings clarity
5. Spin Angular Momenta
8. Fallen Years
9. What Would be my Final Commitment ?
10. Man's Last Failure
11. Awaken the Reason - Part XI : Reprise
You can also view a teaser trailer for "Awaken the Reason" at this location.
Knoxville, TN's Whitechapel has given Blank TV the exclusive premier of the new live music video "Breeding Violence," which was shot in Nashville, TN on January 8th with director Scott Hansen (Ill Nino, Willie Nelson, A Day to Remember, DWP, Bless the Fall, We Came As Romans). You can check out the video clip below.
Whitechapel also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Nowadays, the term "Guitar Hero" has become synonymous with a rhythm based video game, but prior to this, the term was used as a tag of respect to those who breathed, ate and lived for their instrument, and displayed a skill and passion for the six stringed axe that elevated them to the status of kings to their listeners. These guitar heroes created music that resonated within the very souls of their fans and bore riffs that would become as memorable to rockers as their child's first word or their wedding day. Regardless of how the term is thrown around now, Gary Moore is, was and forever shall be, a true guitar hero.
Gary Moore was born in the Northern Irish capital of Belfast on April 4th 1952 and begun his foray into music at the age of eight, using an old acoustic guitar. He showed dedication to the guitar even in his youth, when at the age of fourteen, he learned how to play his first "proper" guitar right handed, despite being a southpaw. His influences were similar to many young musicians of the time; The Beatles, Elvis Presley, but his approach to his instrument was changed forever when he witnessed a Jimi Hendrix concert. After attending the show, his style morphed into the blues rock style for which he would become most well known.
At the age of sixteen, Moore moved to Dublin to join the band Skid Row, which also featured future Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott. With Skid Row, Moore recorded two studio albums, "Skid" and "34 Hours," before setting out on his own and releasing his debut studio album, "Grinding Stone" in 1973. The album is not seen by some as a Gary Moore album, as it is attributed to "The Gary Moore Band" but nevertheless brought the young guitarist to the attention of many contemporaries. The following year, Moore reunited with Lynott to record the song, "Still Loving You" for the Thin Lizzy album, "Night Life." This would not be his only tenure with the band however, as he also worked with the group on their album, "Black Rose: A Rock Legend," regarded by many fans to be one of the best Thin Lizzy albums in their catalogue. He also appeared with the band in the music videos for the songs, "Do Anything You Want To" and "Waiting For An Alibi."
In 1979, the same year Thin Lizzy released, "Black Rose," Moore once again began to compose solo material, culminating in the album, "Back On The Streets," which fetured Phil Lynott appearing on and co-writing several tracks and an album cover depicting Moore leaving the infamous Wormwood Scrubs Prison in West London. The album featured the song, "Parisiene Walkways," one of his best known compisitions and following the record's release, Moore continued to release solo albums regularly, experimenting in many forms of music including blues, rock, jazz, heavy metal and country music. He still found the time to contribute to other artists work though, including an appearance on the Charity single "Let It Be," which was billed as Ferry Aid and raised money for the survivors of the MS Herald of Free Enterprise disaster, which was considered one of the worst maritime catastrophes since the Titanic sunk.
With a discography spanning twenty studio albums and numerous live and compilation records and a life rooted in music for more than five decades, Gary Moore will always be remembered as one of the true devotees to music. His style has influenced countless guitar players worldwide, including Zakk Wylde, Joe Bonamassa, Randy Rhoads, Kirk Hammett of Metallica, Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard and Tygers Of Pan Tang guitarist John Sykes, who himself would become a large part of Thin Lizzy history. It's a testament to not only Gary Moore the guitarist, but Gary Moore tha man, that in the short time that his death was announced, tributes, memories and praise have poured out from fans and fellow musicians alike, none of whom seem to have a bad word to say about him.
He left us too soon, and we've Still Got The Blues.
Gary Moore. 1952 - 2011
Toadstool Enterprises has issued the following update about black metal act Haeresiarchs of Dis streaming a new song preview online:
"Today Cernunnos revealed a new track preview from the upcoming In Obsecration of the Seven Darks due out April 19th through Moribund Cult Records.
"The track entitled Onward Through The Oculus showcases one of the nontraditional 'metal' interludes from the album, exploring a more ambient direction."
You can check out the newly uploaded song, along with the previously posted title track and the song "Consummation of the Seed/Dawn," through the band's MySpace page.
Belgian black metallers Cult of Erinyes have issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming first live show:
"First show announced: Open Your Mind Fest On the 2th of April 2011, Cult of Erinyes will make its first live appearance at the Open Your Mind Fest in Zomergem, with Eibon (Fr), Nox (Hol), Vex (Be), + a TBA headliner.
"If you wanna share black and pure energy with the Cult for the very first time, you know what you have to do. Be sure the entity does everything... to turn this show into a very special evening... Further information will follow.
Sydonia has issued the following announcement about upcoming live shows:
"Hey everyone, looks like our latest tour, Swarm Tour co-headlining with Jericco, is just about upon us so I had better pack my new favorite travel pillow that’s emblazoned with a red hot topless fireman holding his hose… I mean, 'a' hose. Here endeth my good story, the rest is simple…
"Saturday Feb 19th @ The East Brunswick Club, Melbourne with Branch Arterial & SleepMakesWaves (NSW). Doors @ 8pm.
"Friday Feb 25th @ The Enigma Bar, Adelaide with Abeyant & Tabula Rasa. Doors @ 8pm.
"Friday March 4th @ Step Inn, Brisbane with Hazards of Swimming Naked & Perspektiv. Doors @ 8pm.
"Saturday March 5th @ The Annandale Hotel, Sydney with SleepMakesWaves & Adift for Days. Doors @ 8pm. More...
Ixion has issued the following announcement about releasing the new album "To The Void:"
"'To the Void' due to be released at the end of the month! The album is set for a release on 28 February 2011 on Avantgarde Music as a Digipack! In other news, we are working on our new website and we plan a photo session of the band."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Beyond the skies
2. The plague
4. New heaven
5. Fear of the hidden
7. Falling to apathy
8. Funereal dance
9. Soothing in agony
10. Fade to blue
Nightrage has issued the following announcement about having a song appear on the Rock Band video game:
"Heads up all Rockband + Nightrage fans!! Finally the first out of four NR songs is available for download on Rockband for Xbox 360! The song is 'Shed the Blood' from our last album 'Wearing a Martyr's Crown.' So get the song, shred away and remember to post your scores on our Facebook page! Enjoy!"
You can find more details on the Rock Band version of the song at this location, or check out a video preview below.
Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. Some time ago, I offered some suggestions on bands to check out in the Chinese metal scene. Well, China is a big and indescribably populous country, so it should be self evident that the nation has a few more hidden gems interspersed amongst its many teeming megalopolises. Let's kick off the Chinese New Year with three more Chinese metal bands worth a listen:
Brutal death metal in the Middle Kingdom? Believe it. Renchei, which translates to “human pig,” is named after an unspeakably cruel and unusual punishment invented by none other than Empress Lu Zhi, according to historical texts. When one of the royal consorts displeased her, the empress forced poison down her throat, cut off her hands and feet, scooped her eyeballs out of their sockets, cut out her tongue and, as a final humiliation, forced the debilitated woman to live in a toilet as a human pig, languishing in other peoples' filth until her death. That pretty much sums up Renchei's sound—brutal and unforgiving. Taking cues from the likes of Devourment, Dying Fetus, Skinless, and American brutal death metal in general, Renchei offers up a Chinese take on the western technical, guttural, slamming sound. Operating out of Shijiazhuang, Hebei province, the band released a six song EP in 2010, “Relic of Disobedience,” featuring five originals and a Disgorge (U.S.) cover. Renchei is currently signed to BrutalReign Productions, a Chinese death metal label established in Xuzhou in 2009 that has begun to acquire acts in China and as far abroad as the U.S.
Through line-up issues and changes in sonic direction, Abigail Williams has come out stronger than ever on their second album “In The Absence Of Light.” While the band has its fair share of critics, Abigail Williams also has a loyal fan base that has followed the group from a blackened deathcore sound to symphonic black metal and to epic black metal in the style of Immortal and Bathory.
With a consistent line-up for the first time in the band's career, and a big U.S. tour coming up with Rotting Christ and Melechesh in March, things are looking bright for Abigail Williams' future. I recently had the chance to talk to vocalist/guitarist Ken Sorceron about the new album, his issues with “In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns,” the reason for a different sound on every album, and working with Aborted. More...
While downloading MetalHit.com's latest free black metal compilation on Amazon.com the other day, I also noticed another free compilation released in January 2011. Solitude Productions has released their own free compilation, which you can sample and download here.
Here's the "Solitude Productions Compilation 2010" tracklisting:
1. Who Dies in Siberian Slush "Leave Me" (6:35)
2. Revelations of Rain "Our Cathedral" (5:51)
3. Funeral "The Poison" (5:29)
4. Ea "Aullu Eina" (5:02)
5. Shattered Hope "Enlighten the Darkness" (4:58)
6. Heavy Lord "Fear the Beard" (5:52)
7. Ophis "Suffering is a Virtue" (6:24)
8. The Sullen Route "Gates" (4:53)
9. Stoned Jesus "Occult" (6:09)
10. Astral Sleep "Angel 2" (5:02)
11. Hellight "The Light that Brought Darkness" (4:42)
12. Septic Mind "Beginning" (6:03)
13. The Howling Void "Shadows Over the Cosmos" (6:25)
14. St Erik "Closer" (unreleased) (5:05)
Danish thrash metal veterans Artillery have posted two new songs online from their forthcoming new studio album, "My Blood." You can check out both of the new songs, "Monster" and "Warrior Blood," by heading to the official Metal Mind Myspace page. The band's new album, "My Blood" will be released through Metal Mind on March 21st in Europe and April 5th in North America. You can check out the track listing and the front cover artwork below.
"Mi Sangre (The Blood Song)"
"Death Is An Illusion"
"Ain´t Giving In"
"Prelude To Madness"
"Concealed In The Dark"
"End Of Eternity"
"The Great" More...
As was reported yesterday, guitar hero and former Thin Lizzy axeman Gary Moore has passed away. Since the news broke, tributes have been pouring in from fans and peers alike. Former Black Flag frontman and spoken word artist Henry Rollins stated:
"He was too young to go, those Lizzy recordings with Moore were as good as it gets. His solo records were rocking."
Former Ozzy Osbourne, Rainbow and Uriah Heep bassist Bob Daisley commented: "It is with great sadness that I acknowledge Gary Moore in this way. His passing has come as a sad and terrible shock and I have difficulty believing that he’s gone. I have many fond memories of our years together, both in the workplace of music and as friends. I have love and respect for Gary as a musician and as a person, he was one of the greatest. Farewell and rest in peace Gary my friend." More...
Russian heavy/progressive metallers MAVRIN are working on new material. The newest song is written by vocalist Artemij Styrov. Artemij Styrov comment: “It may sound funny, but I’ve ‘got’ the main riff and rhythmic line of song in shower. I just ran out to my computer – to write it down. Later vocal line came out. I’ve brought it to rehearse and everyone liked how it sounds. So the one thing is left to do – compose lyrics.”
Watch the music video for song “My Time” from sixth studio album “My Freedom,” which was released on November 15, 2010 in digibook format via CD Maximum. Video footage was filmed at concert “ARIA - XX years.” Watch the video below:
Brazilian metal opera band Soulspell has released the video for the track "Adrift" online. The track comes off the second Soulspell album "Act II: The Labyrinth of Truths," which was released last fall. Check out the video below:
Italian metal band Bejelit has released a music video for "Saint From Beyond," which taken from the "You die and I..." album that was released in 2010 for Punishment 18 Records. The video was directed by Gianni Galli and can be viewed below.
American Black Metal Records has announced the debut release from New York black/thrash metal band Ov Dust is titled "Resurrection of an American Heretic." The album is the band’s first full length release following a short three song demo.
Recorded and mixed at Overit Studios during the spring of 2010 and mastered by legendary producer Don Fury (Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, MDC, Eyes Of Hate, Raw Power), "Resurrection of an American Heretic" is comprised of nine tracks spanning more than 50 minutes.
Three tracks from the album, "Final Act," "Duality of Light," and "Dreams Turned Rancid," are available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
Colorado metal band Oblivion’s Curse has issued the following message regarding the departure of the band's drummer Ryan Willis:
"Due to artistic and personal differences, Ryan Willis is no longer a member of Oblivion’s Curse effective 5 Feb 2011. The rest of the band is currently in negotiations with replacement drummers, and will meet their obligation to play the 17 April 2011 show at the Black Sheep in Colorado Springs opening for Nevermore."