Metal News for February 7, 2012
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September 29, 2007. The date of Machine Head’s gig at Montreal’s late and lamented Le Medley, holding the distinction of the most claustrophobic and brutally violent metal show I’ve ever attended. Now a few years older and wiser – and with a job to do – I had little intention of getting physical on February 4, 2012, but what this date of “The Eighth Plague” tour would surely lack in danger to my person, I expected it to make up enormously in scale, scope, and overall grandeur. More...
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is streaming the new song "Storm the Shadow." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Requiem for the Indifferent," which is scheduled for release on March 9, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
The official track listing for the release is:
2. Monopoly on Truth
3. Storm the Sorrow
5. Internal Warfare
6. Requiem for the Indifferent
8. Guilty Demeanor
9. Deep Water Horizon
10. Stay the Course
11. Deter the Tyrant
13. Serenade of Self-Destruction
Check out "Storm the Shadow" here:
Houston doom band Venomous Maximus has announced a few tour dates in its home state of Texas. The band has been streaming its recent EP "The Mission," which was put out by Cutthroat Records, over on MySpace. You can also hear music there from the band's recent second pressing of the "Give Up the Witch" 7". Stream the track "The Living Dead" from the EP, or listen to the title track after the jump.
2/24 - Houston, TX - Rudyards - w/ Graven Rite
2/25 - San Antonio, TX - Nightrocker Live - w/ Maneaters of Tsavo, DJ Smoak
3/25 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live - w/ Helstar
4/15 - Dallas, TX - w/ Garuda
Ukem Records has announced that its third release will be another compilation CD.
Following the massive success of the labels first release, "Disciples of Extremity Vol.1" (a 19 bands compilation CD and its second release, "Laceration - Tortured Inauguration" (Brutal Death Metal digi-pack release), the label is releasing a 13 band compilation CD, "Disciples of Blasphemy," featuring some of the UK's best Black Metal acts. Visit Ukem's website for more information.
Bands appearing on the CD are: PRIMITIVE GRAVEN IMAGE, EASTERN FRONT, OLD CORPSE ROAD, HAAR, HELVELLYN, ULFARR, NINKHARSAG, SACRELIGIOUS THRONE, IMMORTAL EMPIRE, HEXEN, TWO RAVENS, SERMON, BLUTVIAL. All the bands cover many aspects of the black metal genre, from suicidal depressive black metal all the way through to war-torn brutal black metal. Below is the first of many individual teaser streams that Ukem Records will be releasing, Primitive Graven Image's "March Onward - Celebrating Impending Chaos."
After over three years in a coma, Chi Cheng is now beginning to emerge from an unconscious to partially conscious state. Cheng is now able to move his leg when commanded but is still otherwise unable to move or speak aside from being able to make grunting noises since October. Those looking to see Cheng's Progress can check out the official website for his recovery fund.
Cheng was injured in a car accident in late 2008 which left him comatose and requiring surgery to remove part of his brain. Seven months after the accident, he was no longer on life support. Two years later, Cheng Began to briefly emerge from his coma in short intervals. More than a year later, Cheng is able to respond to commands more often and now has the use of his legs.
Even after a benefit concert and single, Cheng's family is running out of money. The family only has $17,495 our of the $250,000 that they need to hopefully give Chi Cheng a full recovery.
Cheng recently underwent surgery earlier this month, after which he showed signs of improvement. His recovery has been incredibly slow but he has shown steady improvement over the course of the past two years.
We catch up with bands and fans all over the world to get their best pit stories from metal shows every week. This time around bassist Kent Haines from Australian act Lynchmada shares the following tale of a missing leg that went crowd surfing:
We were playing an all ages venue in Brisbane City called the Lions Den where bands such as Parkway Drive and The Amity Affliction also cut their teeth.
It's a cranking moshpit with kids crowd surfing and the venue was packed to the brim at about 300 people inside this hall, when I see what looks like a crutch being passed through the audience like a crowd surfer. At this point I was thinking 'Wow, someone who is on crutches must be pretty game going in THAT pit!' Anyway, it finally lands on the stage and our singer picks it up and holds it aloft. It ain't no crutch, it was someone's false leg! To which we were all in hysterics once we realised what it actually was, so he yells out in between laughter "Does anyone own this?"
We see this taller kid hopping through the crowd laughing with his hands out, and low and behold the guy only had one leg, his friends had taken it off him as a joke (with friends like that, who needs enemies right?), but he was having a great time anyway so I guess it was OK. Leg was returned promptly and a fun time was had by all. The end.
Lynchmada released the band's latest album "To the Earth" last year, and you can check out tracks from the release by heading over to the group's Facebook profile here.
Be sure to check back in again next Tuesday as metal fans and band members share their favorite pit stories.
Holy Grail has announced that the band will be hitting the road this coming March for a short run of Westerns U.S. tour dates. Support on the mini-tour is set to come from Saviours. The full list of confirmed dates can be found below.
03/11 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
03/12 Tucson, AZ – Plush
03/17 Midland, TX – Pine Box
03/19 Fullerton, CA – The Slidebar (no Saviours)
03/20 Scottsdale, AZ – Rogue
03/21 Los Angeles, CA – Satellite
03/22 Los Osos, CA – Sweet Springs Saloon
03/23 San Francisco, CA – Elbo Room
Following several cryptic announcements on its Facebook page, Metallica went on live stream today to say that the band will be hosting its very own music fest this year in New Jersey. "Orion Fest," the name of the new music festival, will be hosted in Atlantic City on June 23rd and 24th.
The event will feature 22 artists, comedy and lifestyle elements. More than just music, the festival will also showcase the band's individual interests - and allow fans to interact directly with each of the band members. Orion Fest will be held at the decomissioned airstrip Bader Field and was chosen because of the equidistant nature of it from L.A. and Europe, and the proximity to Atlantic City lodging. Metallica plans to headline both nights, confirming the following acts for the festival already:
The Gaslight Anthem
Cage the Elephant
Gary Clark Jr.
The Black Angels
A Place to Bury Strangers
Metallica will be playing the "Black" album in full one night and "Ride The Lightning" in full the next night. Visit the Orion Music site for more information.
Vancouver, Canada metal mastermind Devin Townsend has posted the following update online through his official forum.
"I found as a reaction to the complications of decon and the sheer bulk of work thats been going on (seriously, it’s insane) my writing ended up going in 3 ways recently:
1) A very commercial sounding (for the most part) but beautiful and melencholic album full of easy to digest dev songs…Epicloud. I don’t know why it came out, but it did, so I’m going to get it out of my system.
2) Casualties of Cool: a duo with myself and Che (ki)… it sounds like haunted Johnny cash songs. late night music, completely isolated sounding and different than anything I’ve done. Che sings most of the leads, and it’s probably the truest reflection of who I am in life at this point. Trying to release it in tandem with Epicloud.
3) Z2 epic epic epic, complicated, musical, sci-fi, immense expense, the goal of it all I suppose."
The Burial has posted some new studio footage online featuring drum and solo recording for their forthcoming new album. The album, which has been titled "Lights And Perfections," has been set for a March 27th release through Facedown Records. The studio clip is available for viewing below.
Thrash masters Testament are finally coming up with a follow-up to the comeback album "The Formation of Damnation," with the upcoming full-length "Dark Roots of the Earth" to be released later this year.
Prior to the launch of the new album, Testament has been on the road in North America with fellow thrashers Death Angel and Anthrax. A week into the tour I caught up with vocalist Chuck Billy to get the low down on the album's progress and in inside look at the Testament touring machine.
Below is a complete transcription of our conversation, in which Chuck discusses Gene Hoglan pulling double duty on the tour, the band's drummer situation, the new album's lyrical themes, and even confirms what many fans of Eric Peterson's side project have long been waiting for: Dragonlord is finally working on a new album. More...
Storm Corrosion, the collaboration project between Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt and Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson, has announced that it has signed on with Roadrunner Records. The label will release the duo's self-titled debut album on April 24th. The following press released was issued by Roadrunner Records.
"Roadrunner Records is pleased to announce the signing of Storm Corrosion.
Storm Corrosion is the long-discussed and highly anticipated collaboration between two of the modern progressive rock scene’s most innovative and multi-talented artists: Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth and Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson. The pair will release Storm Corrosion on April 24 via Roadrunner Records.
A little background information on the genesis of this project: Åkerfeldt and Wilson have been friends since the late ’90s, when Wilson co-produced Opeth’s revered Blackwater Park album. Over the years, they’d often spoken of working on a project together, but it wasn’t until recently that they managed to make something happen, when Mikael flew over to visit Steven in the U.K. and they ended up in Wilson’s home studio throwing ideas around. That visit was the nascence of a whole self-titled album, written and produced by the pair, and mixed by Wilson. More...
Escape The Fate has revealed the dates for its upcoming "This World Is Ours Tour." The band will be joined by Attack Attack and The Word Alive for the majority of the trek with special guests set to appear on select dates. The full run for the "This World Is Ours Tour" can be found below.
04/05 Buffalo, NY – The Rapids
04/07 Detroit, MI – Cluth Cargos
04/09 Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
04/10 Chicago, IL – House Of Blues
04/11 Sauget, IL – Pops
04/12 Kansas City, KS – Beaumont
04/13 Denver, CO – Summit
04/14 Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue
04/16 Seattle, WA – Showbox @ Market
04/17 Portland, OR – Roseland
04/18 Chico, CA – The Senator
04/19 San Francisco, CA – Regency
04/20 San Diego, CA – Soma
04/21 Los Angeles, CA – House Of Blues
04/22 Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
04/24 Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
04/25 Dallas, TX – House Of Blues
04/26 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
04/27 Houston, TX – House Of Blues
04/28 Memphis, TN – New Daisy
04/30 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution
05/01 Orlando, FL – House Of Blues
05/03 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
05/04 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
05/05 Philadelphia, PA – TLA
05/06 New York, NY – Irving Plaza
05/07 Toronto, ON – Sound Academy
05/08 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
05/11 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Events
05/13 Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Events Center
05/14 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Ballroom
05/16 Vancouver, BC – The Vogue
Dirge Within have posted some new studio footage online which was taken from the band's recent sessions for their upcoming album "There Will Be Blood." The new full-length has been set for an April 10th release through THC : Music/Rocket Science Ventures. You can check out the studio footage below.
Believer vocalist Kurt Bachman has checked in with the following update concerning the band's forthcoming studio album.
"As we begin the writing process, I feel that this will be the most sensual of all Believer releases. Once again we are striving to create something unique, while not throwing away any riff just because it might not fit the typical Believer mold.
"This is part of the process we love and hate. We love being creative, yet we place intense pressure on ourselves to write something we’ll enjoy hearing and playing at least 2060 times. Of course, we are sticking to our two main goals: 1) Have fun and 2) Don’t die in the process."
This Friday, February 10th, Swedish modern metallers Engel will release an exclusive digital EP entitled "Songs for the Dead." The artwork is available below and the track listing is as follows:
1. Until Eternity Ends
2. Roll the Dice
3. Elbow and Knives
Taken from the Japanese edition of the "Threnody" album and previously unavailable anywhere else, these four songs will precede the release of Engel's new album, which will be out during the spring. More...
French death/grind act Benighted has posted an official music video online for the song "Let the Blood Spill between My Broken Teeth," which is taken from the "Asylum Cave" album. Check out the video clip below.
Benighted also has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Chimaira, which recruited a new bassist and guitarist late last year, has now released a behind the scenes video online. Check out the footage below of the band rehearsing for an upcoming appearance at Australia's Soundwave Festival and European/UK tour dates to follow after.
Moonspell has posted the cover artwork online for the new album "Alpha Noir," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"An intricate, marvelous and symbolic creation by Seth Siro Anton, the Greek artist who collaborated with the band on Night Eternal. This may be his finest and darkest piece to the date, invoking all the atmosphere that Moonspell dual album, Alpha Noir/Omega White, will unleashed on April 27th via Napalm Records. Leave your comment or shout your support to the band on our Facebook and Myspace pages."
Canada's Argus Panoptes has posted a three track demo online for streaming and free download. Check out the release in the player below. Argus Panoptes features ex-musicians of Immersed (Unique Leader), Woods of Ypres (earache), Insurrection, Killitorous, and Remnants of a Deity. The band will be recording its debut full-length album, "The Struggle for Existence," later this year.
The three song demo's track listing is as follows:
2. The Kinslayer
3. The Struggle for Existence: Part IV - Re-Awakening More...
Italian symphonic metal act Norhod has posted a new demo track online for streaming. Check out the new song "Arianrhod" in the YouTube clip available below, or find more details on Norhod via the band's Facebook profile.
Detroit act Imminent Sonic Destruction is set to release "Recurring Themes" on February 24th 2012. A new promotional clip for the album has now been posted online and can be viewed below. You can also check out the track "Driving Home," streaming online courtesy of Noisecreep, at this location.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Driving Home (10:07)
2. Monster (6:53)
3. With Death, This Story Ends (6:32)
4. Breaking Through (13:14)
5. Temple (5:37)
6. Here, It's Over (5:02)
7. Sick (8:39)
8. The Remembering (1:55)
9. Raven (16:41) More...
French post-black metal band, The Great Old Ones, is happy to announce that the debut album "Al Azif" will be released on April 27th, 2012. The album, featuring 6 tracks at 52 minutes, will be available via LADLO Productions and limited edition digipacks (300 copies) through Antithetic. The track listing is as follows:
01. Al Azif - 7:56
02. Visions of R'lyeh - 6:55
03. Jonas - 9:29
04. Rue d'Auseil - 9:20
05. The Truth - 8:23
06. My Love for the Stars (Cthulhu Fhtagn) - 10:19 More...
Marionette will hit the road with fellow Swedes Deathstars for a string of dates on the European continent in March. The dates are as follows:
Mar. 09 – La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
Mar. 10 – Luxor, Cologne, Germany
Mar. 12 – Backstage Halle, Munich, Germany
Mar. 13 – Dürer-Kert, Budapest, Hungary
Mar. 14 – Szene, Vienna, Austria
Mar. 15 – Gala Hala, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mar. 16 – Rock Planet, Pinarella di Cervia, Italy
Mar. 17 – Z7, Pratteln, Switzerland
Mar. 18 – Rock Hal, Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg
Mar. 20 – Logo, Hamburg, Germany
Mar. 21 – Postbahnhof, Berlin, Germany
Mar. 22 – Progresja, Warsaw, Poland
Commented bassist and founding member Mikael Medin: “We have a great history with the Deathstars; having toured together in the UK and Scandinavia in 2009. Fans of both bands to this day remember those tours extremely fondly and we look forward to hitting the road again and playing more new material from Nerve.”
"Nerve," the follow up to Marionette’s 2009 release "Enemies," was recorded at Studio Fredman with producer Fredrik Nordström (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir); mixed by Dead By April songwriter Pontus Hjelm at Studio PH in Gothenburg; and mastered by Erik Broheden (Rammstein, Within Temptation) at Masters of Audio Studio in Stockholm, Sweden. The album was released digitally by Pivotal Rockordings and limited edition digipak versions of "Nerve" are available through the bands website and at concerts exclusively.
After breaking the news yesterday that French brutal death metal act Insain has officially inked a multi-album deal with Kaotoxin, the band has now teamed up with us again to stream the opening track off the "Spiritual Rebirth" album. Check out the chaos of "Black As Your Light" in the player provided below.
"Spiritual Rebirth" was originally recorded and self-released by the band back in 2010, but will now be seeing its official label release through Kaotoxin this coming March 26th, 2012. An upcoming second full-length is also in the works and scheduled for release next year.
The "Spiritual Rebirth" track listing is as follows:
1. Black as Your Light
2. Me & I
4. Spiritual Rebirth
5. Corpse Before Death
7. Dying Mind
9. Angel of Pain
10. Ethereal Enemy
11. Back Into the Wild
German power metal artist Axe Rudi Pell announced a string of dates in German and the Netherlands in support of the forthcoming LP "Circle of the Oath." The album will be released through SPV/Steamhammer on March 23, 2012 in Germany, March 26, 2012 in Europe and on March 27, 2012 in the USA/Canada.
Support for the tour will be provided by country and label mates Mad Max, who will release its new LP "Another Night of Passion" on March 23, 2012 (EU) through SPV/Steamhammer.
The confirmed dates are as follows:
20.04. D-Hannover – Capitol
21.04. NL-Weert – De Bosuil
24.04. D-Langen – Neue Stadthalle
25.04. D-Saarbrücken - Garage
27.04. D-Nürnberg – Löwensaal
28.04. D-Kaufbeuren – All-Karthalle
29.04. CH-Pratteln – Z7
01.05. D-Erfurt – HsD
02.05. D-Berlin – Columbia Club
04.05. D-Bochum – Zeche (ausverkauft)
05.05. D-Bochum – Zeche (ausverkauft)
06.05. D-Bochum – Zeche More...
Having just wrapped up a successful American and European tour with Mastodon, Relapse recording artists Red Fang have announced their next trek through Europe. Red Fang will be starting the next leg of it's European tour with labelmates Black Tusk , starting April 5th in Italy and concluding it's run on May 8th in St. Petersburg. The list of dates follows:
Apr. 5 Segrate (MI), Italy Magnolia
Apr. 6 Rome, Italy Traffic
Apr. 7 Montecchio Maggiore (VI), Italy E20 Underground
Apr. 8 Bulle, Switzerland Ebullition
Apr. 9 Lyon, France TBA
Apr. 10 Nantes, France Le Ferrailleur
Apr. 11 Paris, France Les Combustibles
Apr. 12 Tilburg, Netherlands Roadburn Festival Tickets
Apr. 13 Torhout, Belgium Club de B
Apr. 14 Marbehan , Belgium Bois Des Isles
Apr. 15 Southampton, UK Joiners
Apr. 16 Manchester, UK Star and Garter
Apr. 17 Wrexham, UK Central Station
Apr. 18 London, UK Underworld
Apr. 19 Nijmegen, Netherlands Doornroosje
Apr. 20 Leeuwarden, Netherlands Asteriks
Apr. 21 Berlin, Germany Desertfest
Apr. 22 Athens, Greece An Club (RED FANG ONLY)
Apr. 24 Helsinki, Finland Tavastia
Apr. 26 Hamburg, Germany Hafenklang
Apr. 27 Wiesbaden, Germany Schlachthof
Apr. 28 Winterthur, Schweiz Gaswerk
Apr. 29 Salzburg, Austria Rockhouse Bar
Apr. 30 Bozen, Italy Halle 28
May 1 Wien, Austria Arena
May 2 München, Germany Feierwerk
May 3 Wroclaw, Poland Asymetry Festival
May 4 Kiel, Germany Schaubude
May 5 Essen, Germany Cafe Nova
May 6 Kiev, Ukraine TBA
May 7 Moscow, Russia Plan B
May 8 St. Petersburg, Russia Orlandina More...
Saint Vitus announced that the forthcoming comeback release "Lillie: F-65" will be released on April 27, 2012 through Season of Mist Records. The band will issue the first single "Blessed Night" via 7" vinyl on March 23, 2012 (see artwork below). The two-track single includes a live rendition of the classic "Look Behind You." The piece is limited to 1,500 hand-numbered copies worldwide and can be ordered at Season of Mist E-Shop.
Finnish act Pressure Points has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist and working on an upcoming album:
"Up and running! After a refreshing half-a-year break the band is active again. First and foremost we are proud to announce the joining of a young and talented guitarist to the band.
"After Juho's departure, Timo carried on his duties as a live guitarist, and now we get to enjoy his calm personality and song-writing skills as a permanent member of the band. Welcome, Timo Ruokola!
"We are currently writing material for our second album and searching a publisher to release it. To enhance this project Pressure Points is performing in the Finnish Metal Expo on February 18th."
U.S. death metal band Cannibal Corpse announced that the band will embark on a headline tour of the United States with Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn and Arkaik in support. The band is promoting the forthcoming release "Torture," which is scheduled for a North American release date of March 13, 2012 through Metal Blade Records.
Bassist Alex Webster commented on the tour: “We're psyched to hit the road with Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, and Arkaik in April! This is a full-on death metal tour that we know all of our fans will love. Prepare for an evening of relentless aural punishment!”
The confirmed dates of the tour are as follows:
CANNIBAL CORPSE U.S. Torture Tour 2012
w/ Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, Arkaik
4/05/2012 Freebird Live – Jacksonville, FL
4/06/2012 The Soapbox – Wilmington, NC
4/07/2012 Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC
4/08/2012 V Club Live – Huntington, WV
4/09/2012 The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
4/10/2012 The Canal Club – Richmond, VA
4/12/2012 Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT
4/13/2012 The Club At Water Street – Rochester, NY
4/14/2012 The Cincinnati Metal Fest @ Bogart’s – Cincinnati, OH w/ CANNIBAL CORPSE, The Black Dahlia Murder, Nile, Exhumed, Skeletonwitch, Abysmal Dawn, Hour Of Pennance, Arkaik More...
Inmoria has officially launched the first episode of the new video series "One Year with Inmoria." Check out part 1 of the video clip series in the player below, and expect more episodes on the way soon.
Australia's Dragonsclaw, which was recently covered in the power metal edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, has now checked in with the following announcement about working on a new music vidoe:
"Day 3 of our music video for 'Darkness Within,' The concept footage... The weather stayed on our side, as we shot in alley ways and generally tried to get it all done as fast as we could...
"We still went till the early hours of the morning, this was guerilla style film at it's best, But I'm confident it's going to look great...
"A great actress, a great actor, a director who knew exactly what he wanted... fake blood and a helpful crew! All made this a lot easier! This one is in the Alice Cooper / Lizzy Borden style of clips... Hope you like it!"
Bravewords.com has posted a live version of the classic Death track "Pull The Plug" online now at this page.
The "Pull the Plug" song appears on the upcoming deluxe live 2 CD collection entitled "Vivus!" Compiling two separate Death concerts, each recorded in 1998, Disc One features the band at the height of its prowess tearing the roof off of the infamous Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles while Disc Two is a recording of Death on the festival stage at Dynamo Open Air.
"Vivus!" is set for a February 28th North American release date, March 2nd in the Benelux / Germany, and March 5th in the UK and rest of Europe. "Vivus!" follows the recent Relapse Records re-issues of "Individual Though Patterns," "The Sound of Perseverance," and "Human."
Dutch female-fronted act Izegrim has posted a music video online for the song "Victim of Honor," which can be viewed below. The band commented on the clip:
"Here it is, the premiere of the official videoclip for the song 'Victim of honor'. To bridge the gap between 'Code of Consequences' and our new album, we've decided to capture some new propaganda.
"During the writing process for our new record, we've found time to shoot this video, featuring dutch Playmate Tanja and alcoholic scumbag Maarten. Production and edit-wizardry was, again, done by Arno Zuidgeest. Enjoy and feel free to share this video on your Facebook profile. Cheers!" More...
Avatar has released the first single from the band's upcoming new release, "Black Waltz" through Noisecreep.com. Check out the song "Let It Burn" at this location.
The band recently signed a record deal with eOne Music for North America, and the latest full length "Black Waltz" will reach U.S. shores on February 14th, 2012.
The band has been making waves in Europe with multiple appearances on festivals like Sweden Rock Festival, Metalcamp (Slovenia) and Metaltown (Sweden). Avatar has supported acts such as Helloween, In Flames and Megadeth over the years as well.
Avatar shot a video for the title track "Black Waltz" which can be seen at this location. Directed by Johan Carlén and shot in Sweden's largest amusement park along side the notorious American circus side-show act, Hellzapoppin the video no doubtably speaks for itself. Or, as FEARnet states, "It's the most fun you'll ever have with a condom and a power drill!"
Warrior Soul singer Kory Clarke has announced his departure from Chicago doom legends Trouble to form a new band called The Bones of Children with guitarist Russ Strahan (Pentagram/Land of Doom). Clarke commented on his Facebook page:
"This Metal Album will be high energy, with a fresh artistic approach to the genre without the limitations of the over '50 something religious crowd.' It will be so nice to be working without the shackles that a previous singer has left behind of a band that is over 30 years old and acts and sounds like it. I like to do progressive, pushing the boundary lyrics in an individualistic style, I don’t want to sound like Ozzy, like their old singer [Eric Wagner] tried to do. I am also glad when I look to my left on stage from now on, I will not be seeing 'Derek Smalls' in my peripheral vision. LOL. I just cannot play with people who are fundamentalist Christians, or too family oriented to the point that they can't tour, do records or knock down a few margaritas with me at the bar. This is rock n roll guys not the family channel."
The Bones Of Children will release its debut in fall 2012. More...
U.K. post-punk act Killing Joke is streaming the new track "Rapture." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "2012," due out on April 2, 2012 through Spinefarm/Universal Records.
The track listing for "2012" is as follows:
1. Pole Shift
2. Fema Camp
4. Colony Collapse
5. Corporate Elect
6. In Cythera
10. On All Hallow’s Eve
Check out "Rapture" here: More...
Legendary New York thrash act Overkill posted a video of behind the scenes footage of the recording of the band's forthcoming new LP "The Electric Age." The album is scheduled for release on March 27, 2012 (North America) through eOne Music and March 30, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Song titles for the album include "Electric Rattlesnake," "Wish You Were Dead," "Drop the Hammer" and "Save Yourself."
Check out the video here:
Swiss folk band Eluveitie posted a new music video for the song "Havoc." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "Helvetios," which is due out on February 10, 2012 (EU) and February 28, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out "Havoc" here:
Brazilian act Sepultura announced that it will tour North America with Death Angel, Krisiun and Havok beginning this April. Dates and venues have not yet been announced. Sepultura is touring in support of its latest LP "Kairos," which was released in June 2011 (see Metal Underground's review here).
Swedish traditional metal band Steelwing posted a new music video for the track "Full Speed Ahead!." The song appears on the band's latest release "Zone of Alienation," which is available now through Noiseart Records.
Check out the video here:
German death metal band Revel In Flesh posted a new promo clip for the band's debut release "Deathevokation." The album is due out on March 23, 2012 through FDA Rekotz Records. The album was recorded at Vault M Studio in Germany and mastering was done by Dan Swano at Unisound Studios in Sweden in January 2012. The album contains 10 tracks which the band describes as "Death Metal the way it was meant to be."
Swano commented about the material: "An excellent offering to the Gods of SweDeath, complete with one of the most accurate re-creations of the crushing guitartones of the early Sunlight era. For fans of Nihilist and Entrails."
Check out the promo clip here: More...
Westfield, Massachusetts based metalcore outfit Killswitch Engage has announced that the band has reunited with former vocalist Jesse Leach, following the recent departure of singer Howard Jones owing to his struggle with type 2 diabetes amongst other reasons. The band is currently recording a new album and will be performing in Europe this Summer.
Leach was a member of the band from 1999 to 2002, during which time he performed on the band's self-titled debut album and the subsequent sophomore effort, "Alive Or Just Breathing."
Wretched has entered the studio to record the band's third full-length album, "Son of Perdition." The forthcoming effort is set for a March 27th release and will be produced by Jamie King (Between The Buried And Me, He Is Legend, For Today) at The Basement Studio in Winston Salem, North Carolina.
Last year, Wretched solidified its line-up with the addition of industry-veterans Adam Cody (Glass Casket) and Andrew Grevey (Loculus) taking the positions of vocalist and bassist, respectively. "Son of Perdition" marks the first official appearances by Cody and Grevey since their inception into Wretched.
The band took "a huge step forward, musically," confirms guitarist and one of the two founding members Steven Funderbunk on the new record. Funderbunk goes on to say, "Lyrically, the fans can expect an apocalyptic-type theme that portrays a very personal experience. This record will include some of our darkest and most mature material written to date."
"Son of Perdition" also exposes a "more melodic approach to the Wretched sound," says Funderbunk, "A lot of the drums are harmonically matched with a lot of the guitar riffs. We also used a lot of cool chords we haven't used in the past. It's far more rhythmic and grooves more than our previous records."
Wretched will support "Son of Perdition" on this spring's Metal Alliance Tour beginning in March, hitting 31 cities across the U.S. and Canada. Dates are as follows: More...
Minnesota's Euclid has announced the band's first full-length album will be titled "Homegrown Extinction," and a release party has been set for April 20th, 2012 in Virgina, Minnesota at The Sawmill Saloon. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. To Kill a God
3. Down the Rabbit Hole
4. Remembering Fort Victory
5. Red Skies in the Morning
6. Ode to Our Death Tomorrow
7. Collapse of Loyalty
8. Tastes Like Burning
9. Vanity So Large for a Mind So Small
10. The Way Out
11. Not of This Earth
You can also currently listen to demo mixes of tracks from the album via the band's Reverbnation page.
Iced Earth has posted the first in a series of North American video road reports from Freddie Vidales. You can check out the video clip at this location. The band also commented:
"Go behind the scenes with Freddie Vidales in the first installment of his now-famous Road Report series. Webisode #1 covers the first few dates on the North American leg of Iced Earth's World Dystopia Tour. Enjoy!"
Hammer Smashed Radio has released a free download compilation including Immersed, Deamon, and Insurrection as part of the programs' fourth anniversary bash. All six bands included will be performing on February 25th at Maverick’s Bar (Ottawa) as part of the anniversary celebration. Tickets are currently available at Vertigo Records, The Record Shaap, and The Ink Spot Tattoo & Body Piercing.
You can check out the compilation in the player below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Denounced – Through Despair
2. …From the Deep – The Crows Know Something
3. Accursed Spawn – Stabbed in the Dick
4. Insurrection – History Repeats Itself
5. Deamon – Means of Extinction
6. Immersed – Transparent Monstrosities
Katana has revealed the cover artwork online for the "Storms of War" album, which was created by Dimitar Nikolov and can be viewed below. Katana also commented on the upcoming album:
"Hey folks! Exactly one year ago as of right now, we hosted the release party for our first album 'Heads Will Roll' here in Gothenburg. It was a huge success and we´ve enjoyed a fantastic year since the release of this album, all thanks to you wonderful people who keep supporting us!
"So today, we felt it was fitting to give you guys the first peak at the brand new album we´ve been recording the past couple of months. You will have to wait until May to actually hear 'Storms of War' but we will be uploading the fantastic cover artwork in just a few moments..." More...
The melodic extreme metal band Haemic has released 11 minutes worth of preview material for the upcoming album "Fields of Sanguine."
The previews are instrumental, featuring the guitar and bass performance of Taiwan based, 16 year old musician Ray Heberer and the compositions and synths made by Hungarian Adam Farkas. The video is available below, and the band is aiming for a February release date for "Fields of Sanguine."
Roxx Records has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Ireland's ForChristSake:
"Roxx Records is pleased to announce they have signed ForChristSake to their ever growing roster! ForChristSake is based out of Belfast, Northern Ireland and plays an eclectic brand of death metal with a bit of thrash and even some elements of Black Metal thrown in to create their unique sound. The band made quite an impression on the metal scene of Northern Ireland in 2010 with the release of the debut self produced 4 track EP entitled ‘Death is but a breath away’ which is now out of print. The band has also been garnishing rave reviews for their live performances and has made several appearances throughout the European festival circuit the past couple of years.
"FCS will also be making a special appearance at this year’s Meltdown Festival in the UK before they go in to the studio. The band is set to go in to the studio this spring to record a debut full length release entitled ‘Apocalyptic Visions of Divine Terror’ with an anticipated release date of summer 2012."
ForChristSake bassist Mark Payne had this to say about signing with Roxx Records: “We are keen to work with Roxx because of their experience in this genre and we are delighted to be working with Bill on our debut album.”
Blacktooth Entertainment has unleashed a free download compilation in support of the upcoming Crimson Shadows album launch on Saturday, February 11th at The Hard Luck Bar (772A Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON) for the band's debut full-length “Glory On The Battlefield."
You can stream or download the tracks from the compilation in the player below, or at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Crimson Shadows - Beyond the Mountain Wasteland
2. Crimson Shadows - Kingdom of Ale
3. Kalter - Ashes
4. Kalter - Of Tears & Blood
5. Bolero - Pints Held High
6. Bolero - O' Hail to the Northlander
7. Bolero - When the Legends Die
8. Burning the Day - Kill More...