Metal News for February 8, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
This coming February 14th, 2013 Graillight Productions will be releasing the debut album from Moscow's Sunwalter, titled "SETI Evidence." The following press release was issued about the album:
"Take a little bit of classic heavy metal, add progressive melodies, then pour a pinch of romance in the form of a beautiful female vocals and keyboard arrangements. Then tuck the cocktail with sheer evil in the form of male screaming and growling, as well as melodic and rocking modern melodic death metal guitar riffs and futuristic electronic sketches - and... we get a hybrid of several styles of heavy music, containing a collection of all modern metal listener loves. Even an amateur of one musical direction, in most cases, will find something interesting in this music.
"'SETI Evidence' tells the story of what can happen beyond our planet in the near future. There are topical questions today about the existence of foreign life forms, and also dilutes in elements of science fiction. Although it may not all be fantasy?"
The track listing is as follows:
1. T.S.F. Report No. 1
2. Roswell Incident
6. Phantoms of Mars
9. Battle for the Moon
10. Alien Opera More...
Demether Grail, formerly of Arcane Grail, has issued the following announcement about starting a new project titled Grailight:
"Due to various personal and creative contradictions, and to mark the beginning of the New Era of Aquarius, Demether Grail and Tymon decided to leave Russian symphonic melodic death metal band Arcane Grail and open a new chapter in their musical life called Grailight, continuing and developing the tradition and style inherent in the AG. With the new line-up, in the faces ov:
Demether - Vocals
Tymon - Guitar, Keyboards
Radmir - Bass
Kain - Drums
"Order shall enter at February 11th in the Buddhistic New Year (the final start of a new calendar year and a new era in the whole world!) Arsafes Records to record the debut full-length album, the title of which will be unveiled in the near future.
"The album will have a lot of guests, but most importantly, they promise - You will hear the best music they can create within and outside of style Symphonic Extreme Metal! In our community a lot of updates, videos from the studio and etc. will be coming very soon. Sanguis, Honor, Amor!!!"
After an 8 year wait, Wintersun fans finally saw the release of new album "Time I" (reviewed here) back in October of 2012. The band has now checked in with the following announcement about the follow-up album:
"Hi everyone! After some Festival- and Summer show announcements we thought we might also give you a heads up regarding TIME II.
"2012 was a really great year for us, the release of TIME I was a huge success and we did two successful tours and many sold out shows. But we are aiming even higher and take Wintersun to the next level in 2013! We have 3 official webstores up and running (Europe, Finland, North America) and we hope you guys like the available items. There´ll be constant updates and new products and we will also have interesting competitions and specials coming up on our pages, so be sure to check it all out.
"We are starting the mix of TIME II and it will be released early 2014. The album will continue where TIME I left, but it will be an upgrade in production, it will be equally epic, if not more. It will contain some 'fast stuff' and some guitar shredding (incl. 7 solos) like some of you metal heads and guitar wankers have been wishing for. It will also contain some of the most beautiful music ever written, that will bring a tear to your eye.
"We are playing some huge summer festivals in Finland and in EU (Incl. Tuska, Nummirock, Metalfest, Beastival, Hellfest...) and for the first time going to Spain. We are also taking part in EMMA GAALA ('Finnish Grammy') in March for the nomination of 'Best Metal Album of the Year.' We know it´s going to be an exciting year. It is because all of you who have supported us during the years, we have been able to grow and continue to do what we love.
"Thank you for all the support! Stay tuned for some further exciting live news soon! We hope to see all of you on the road and during the festival season 2013!"
Six Reasons To Kill is going to release fifth studio album "We Are Ghosts" on March 22nd, 2013 via Massacre Records. "We Are Ghosts" was recorded at Germany's Kohlekeller Studio in Seeheim-Jugenheim with Kristian "Kohle" Kohlmannslehner.
On March 1st, the band will release the first single off the new album, titled "The Damned," which will be a 2-track single available in digital-only format. Snippets from the tracks are now available at this location.
Starting Valentine's Day, Six Reasons To Kill is also going on the "Straight To The Dome" EU tour with Pro-Pain, Undivided, and Don Gatto. More...
Southern California rebels (Hed)p.e. have a busy tour schedule on the horizon, including their Wake And Bake Sunrise headline tour, and the Abominationz U.S. tour coming up with Twiztid, Potluck, and Glasses Malone. Tour dates are listed below, with more to be added soon.
(Hed)p.e. vocalist Jahred Gomes comments on the upcoming tour: “Here we are 2013! Very excited for this new beginning... HEDpe gets to start the year off with Twiztid, which rules. Twiztid not only has dope ass music, but Monoxide and Madrox are cool as f@@k! HEDpe also gets to play a few of our own shows, which we have titled the WAKE AND BAKE SUNRISE TOUR, where we will be playing some punk rock venues and some of our standards. Come out and celebrate with us this new age!!!”
Wake And Bake Sunrise Tour
2/16 – Oklahoma City, OK @ The Chameleon Room
2/17 – Amarillo, TX @ Amarillo Civic Center (Ink Life Tour)
2/19 – Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
2/21 – Fayetteville, AR @ Rogue
2/22 – Little Rock, AR @ Rev Room
2/23 – Memphis, TN @ New Daisy Theatre
2/24 – Sauget, IL @ Pops
2/26 – Battle Creek, MI @ Planet Rock
2/27 – Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
2/28 – Toledo, OH @ The Rocket Bar
3/1 – Grand Rapids, MI @ The Intersection
3/2 – Columbus, OH @ Alrosa Villa
3/3 – Johnson City, TN @ The Galaxy Lounge
3/4 - Raleigh, NC @ The Berkeley Café
3/6 – Fort Myers, FL @ Cadillac Jacks
3/7 – Orlando, FL @ Bombshell’s
3/8 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
3/9 – Jacksonville, FL @ Brewster’s Pit
3/10 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
3/11 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
3/13 – Olean, NY @ Cojones Cantina
3/14 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall More...
Lion Music has checked in with the following announcement about releasing the "Laws of Motion" album from Opposing Motion:
"Opposing Motion is comprised of Ludovic Desa (vocals), Joe McGurk (guitars), David Deplanche (bass) and Kevin Deplanche (drums) and the sound is reminiscent of iconic bands such as Royal Hunt, Seventh Wonder, Fates Warning, Symphony X, Crimson Glory and also newer power/prog bands ala Circus Maximus, Pagan’s Mind, Above symmetry.
"With the release of a self released debut EP recorded at the famous Robannas Studios in Birmingham 2010, Opposing Motion have rapidly become known in the prog-metal genre at the national and international levels. More...
Man Must Die has checked in with the following announcement about starting a crowd funding campaign to record a new album:
"Be a huge part of the next Man Must Die CD, Lets make this album together. It's been a couple of years since we released the No Tolerance For Imperfection album, which received some really amazing feedback and on the back of it we have gained so many amazing and loyal fans, we salute you.
"Here we are now as a band with a new album written which is sounding killer but in this day and age of recession and downloading, its getting harder and harder to get a label on board, which makes it so difficult for bands to release new material. We have exhausted all avenues of funding to no avail but are as committed as ever to bring this album to our fans.
"So, here we are, we really need your help, we have set up this pledge account to invite you to be a part of Man Must Die`s history and future. We have created a list of exclusives and packages in the right hand column you can buy and make it a pledge. With every pledge, you help to make this happen. More...
U.S. death metal act Origin has checked in with the following statement about appearing at the 2013 Hell and Heaven Metal Fest:
"Just announced! Origin will be making its premier Mexican appearance at the Hell And Heaven Metal Fest 2011 2013 in Guadalajara May 18-19!!
"We will be joining Motorhead, Anthrax, Exodus, Suffocation, Moonspell, Municipal Waste, Vital Remains, Warbringer, Six Feet Under, Cattle Decapitation, and many more, with more being announced as we speak!"
Spain's Demonik has posted a new lyric video online for the song "Mi Ira" (My Wrath), taken from the "Las Cenizas de la Tierra" (Ashes of the Earth) album, due out next week.
Check out the clip below, or find the band's previously posted lyric clip for the song "Storm" right here. You can also catch the band live:
3/23 - Sevilla, Spain @ Sala Underground
4/6 - Barakaldo, Spain @ Sala Edaska
4/26 - Guadalajara, Spain @ Sala Bumerang
5/3 - Murcia, Spain @ Sala B
Denver blackened doom misanthropes Primitive Man recently unleashed a video clip for “Rags,” from their bludgeoning "Scorn" debut. View the filth-laden, seizure-inducing visual escapade through Cvlt Nation or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
3. I Can't Forget
5. Black Smoke
6. Stretched Thin
7. Astral Sleep
Today Sacrament Music drops the first single from White Widows, a Brooklyn metal quintet formed by members of Cleanteeth, The Destro, Grudges and Primitive Weapons.
The second track from White Widows' self-titled debut release, “El Marrano” also features guest vocals from Incendiary vocalist Brendan Garone, and hits as an exclusive via the band’s cohorts at MetalSucks, who introduce the track thusly: “Never before have power groove, sludge and hardcore-style vocals meshed so well together; it’s like if Vinnie Paul sat in with Crowbar and asked Jacob Bannon to get up on stage and sing.”
Mexican death metal act Putrefact has inked a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of a debut album in late 2013. The band was formed in 2011, features members from Disgorge and C.A.R.N.E., and played its first shows in summer 2012 while working on songs for a debut recording. Xtreem Music comments:
"In October 2012, Putrefact recorded the 'I Shall Die Upon this Putrefaction' demo EP, containing 5 tracks of some of the heaviest and sickest sonic putrefaction in form of a fucking evil and dark death metal evoking the ancient times of legendary acts such as Nihilist, Treblinka, Grotesque... This demo will be released during February 2013 by the band themselves and a split release might follow later on while the band is working on new songs for their debut full length.
U.K. act Lockersludge has checked in with the following announcement about recording an upcoming new album:
"We will be recording our 3rd album in April with Neil George engineering once again, this time at DBS Music Plymouth.
"The album is titled: 'Drawing Lessons' and we have five new tracks, namely: 'Burden of Pain,' 'Guilt, Anger and Aggression,' 'Drawing Lessons,' 'The Beard of Doom,' and 'Burn in Hell'.
"All artwork for this release is being designed by Sarah Jamieson (Sick Sassie Artworks). We are hopeful that the album will be available to download / buy sometime early Summer. This release will definitely be our heaviest to date!"
You can also check out the band's music over at Facebook here.
Swedish epic power metal superstars Sabaton are confirmed to support Iron Maiden on their 2013 European stadium run. The currently announced dates are as follows:
29.06. D Singen-Aach - Open Air Arena
06.07. D Oberhausen - KöPi Arena
10.07. S Malmö - Stadion
16.07. RU St. Petersburg - New Arena
18.07. RU Moscow - Olympinsky Stadium
20.07. FI Helsinki - Polympic Stadium
For more info on upcoming Sabaton activity, head over to the band's Facebook profile right here.
Swedish freedom rockers Free Fall have released the first track-by-track video for their upcoming debut album "Power & Volume."
Watch drummer Ludwig Dahlberg and guitarist Mattias Bärjed talking about their tunes in the player below. You can also watch the band's previous music video for the album's title track at this location.
Starkill has launched a new video for the track "Fires of Life." Filmed mainly in the studio (but also featuring candid clips of Starkill), the video can be viewed below.
Featuring a blend of symphonic black metal, power metal, and melodic death metal, "Fires of Life" is the title track from the band's upcoming full-length effort, which is due out April 29th in Europe and April 30th in North America via Century Media Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Whispers of Heresy
2. Fires of Life
3. Sword, Spear, Blood, Fire
4. Below the Darkest Depths
5. Immortal Hunt
6. New Infernal Rebirth
7. Strength in the Shadow
8. This is Battle; This is Our Day
9. Withdrawn From All Humanity
10. Wash Away the Blood With Rain More...
Beauty In The Suffering, the newly launched electro-metal studio project from producer, multi-instrumentalist, programmer, and vocalist Dietrich Thrall (Marazene), has posted a studio update confirming that Dope/Team Cybergeist drummer Angel Bartolotta will contribute drums on at least one track called "The Crazies." The following is the announcement on the band's official web blog:
Hey everybody! Quick update here. Very pleased to be able to announce that Angel Bartolotta of Dope and Team Cybergeist is on board for at least one track that I am currently calling "The Crazies". I have wanted to work with Angel for a long time and so I am very excited to hear the final results! As soon as we get them in our paws I get to go in and throw down guitar, bass, and vocals. 'The Crazies' is one of the tracks on my shortlist to formally introduce everybody to Beauty In The Suffering's music. We're shooting for a spring release so fingers crossed! Thanks again for all the amazing support!
Drum tracking took place on January 30th at Redline Recording Studio in Venice, FL with engineering by Jason Schmidt. Commented Angel:
After spending the last 7 years writing and bringing in guest musicians for my Team Cybergeist project, it's cool to step off to the side and be a guest on someone elses track for a change. Plus it's a cool song, which made it even more fun to play on. I'm excited to see what Dietrich [Thrall] does with Beauty In The Suffering!
Angel Bartolotta behind the kit
Portland punk/metal derelicts Toxic Holoaust are pleased to unleash "From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction" this Spring. The mammoth 22-track anthology collects over a decade’s worth of Toxic Holocaust rarities into one raging compilation.
Amassing the band’s many contributions to various comps and vinyl-only splits with the likes of Municipal Waste, Midnight. and others, together with demo versions of Toxic classics, "From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction" is a romp through the history of the band.
"From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction" will see release Through Relapse Records on April 2nd in North America, March 29th in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland, and Benelux and April 1st in the UK. Check out the teaser trailer right here. The track listing is as follows: More...
During The Acacia Strain's tenure with Prosthetic Records, the band released four studio albums -- two of which, 2008's "Continent" and 2010's "Wormwood," cracked the Billboard charts -- as well as a Top 10 live DVD.
To commemorate the end of an era, Prosthetic has assembled "Money For Nothing," a compilation of rarities, B-sides, and previously unheard tracks by the band.
In addition to releasing sophomore album "Deathlike" earlier this week, dark acoustic rock outfit Ancient VVisdom has teamed with Noisecreep to premiere the haunting new music video for the record's title track.
"Deathlike," according to vocalist Nathan Opposition, “is a way of life, an ongoing war in the human mind conquering fear over death. It asks the question each human being must ask themselves — an effort to find life on earth.”
American progressive metallers Imminent Sonic Destruction are pleased to announce that they will be embarking on a North American tour this May supporting Sweden's Pain of Salvation.
ISD will play a show in Atlanta, GA on April 28th before hitting the road with Pain of Salvation May 1st in West Springfield, VA. The dates are currently scheduled to run through May 11th in Minneapolis, MN. Additional dates are expected to be announced shortly.
Frontman Tony Piccoli commented on the upcoming tour: "This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for us, and we're looking forward to making a lot of new friends and fans!" More...
Today Cult of Luna debuts the first video from the band's sixth album "Vertikal." Check out the video for "Passing Through" in the player below. The following press release was issued about the clip:
"Directed by Markus Lundqvist, 'Passing Through' was filmed in sub-zero temperatures at what was once Sweden’s largest mental hospital. Closed since the ‘60’s, the Säter hospital was where the mentally ill were routinely castrated and lobotomized."
The track listing for "Vertikal" is as follows:
1. The One
2. I: The Weapon
3. Vicarious Redemption
4. The Sweep
6. Mute Departure
8. In Awe Of
9. Passing Through
10. The Flow Reversed (Bonus Track LTD Edition only) More...
Wardruna is excited to announce that the new album ”Runaljod – Yggdrasil” will be released by Indie Recordings this coming March 15th in Norway, March 25th in Europe, and April 2nd in North America.
Today the band reveals the cover art and track listing for the upcoming album, which can both be viewed below. Wardruna's Kvitrafn comments: ”The cover artwork and design is like on the previous album masterly done by Øivind who handles most visual art for Wardruna.”
1. Rotlaust tre fell
11. Helvegen More...
France's Melted Space is proud to announce an EP release for 2013 entitled "Between." Check out the artwork below, created by Strychneen Studio.
Liv Kristine (Leaves' Eyes), Ashmedi (Melechesh), Black Messiah (Seth), El Worm (Wormfood) will appear on this EP, which the band states will include "symphonic, black, modern metal, and acoustic" sounds, and the story revolves around the Romulus and Remus legend. More...
Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström of Katatonia has revealed via his Facebook page that the band will be stripping down latest album "Dead End Kings" (reviewed here) into a new atmospheric/acoustic version. Anders comments:
"Just done with stripping down the 'Dead End Kings' album to an atmospheric sound void of any metal. Early on we felt it was both peculiar and interesting how the songs could breathe on their own taking a different minimal approach, so we wanted to go back and explore this in a very spontaneous and unpretentious way.
"Vocals, keyboards and acoustic guitars are in and distorted guitars/bass and drums are out! Stay tuned for a release date!
"And from one big project to another... the next upcoming weeks I'll be spending diggin' into old boxes and transferring ancient VHS cassettes and DV tapes to digital media, so we can finally get goin' on the actual edit on the documentary that will hopefully wrap up the anniversary DVD that's been taken forevah! Have a good weekend!"
Blackened metal act Kroptyk, which features Andrew Wilson of Malefice, has now released the "Mountainhermit" EP online.
You can download the EP on a name-your-own-price basis at Bandcamp here or stream the songs below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Cabin in the North 02:53
2. Extreme Self Destruction in the Morning Fog 04:30
3. Mountainhermit 03:06
4. Frost Troll 04:36 More...
Call of the Void has teamed up with Pitchfork.com to stream the new song "Napalm Lungs" online. Check out the track at this location.
The song comes off the "Dragged Down A Dead End Path" album, due for digital, CD, and LP North American release on March 19th, preceded by European release dates of March 15th in Germany, Benelux and Finland, and March 18th in the UK and all other territories.
The track listing is as follows:
2. Theory of Mind
3. Bottom Feeder
4. Endless Ritual Abuse
6. Breeding Grounds
7. Napalm Lungs
8. The Liar’s Heart
9. I Hope You Two Fuck
10. Faith & Filth More...
As usual there's not a whole lot happening with new metal on the Rock Band Network this week, with just a handful of releases for the Xbox. Even the usual suspects aren't around to pad the metal offerings this week (has Amberian Dawn added its entire discography yet?) Xbox 360 players can now nab these songs:
Godhead - “Trapped In Your Lies” (160 MSP)
I See Stars - “NZT48” (160 MSP)
Your Memorial - “Redirect” (80 MSP)
The PS3 gets mostly pop/rock this week, with only the following track of interest to the heavier crowd coming on 2/12/2013:
Anarchy Club - "A Single Drop of Red (The Gentleman)” ($0.99)
Australia's Point Below Zero has posted a new clip online simply titled "Point Below Zero - The Movie," which features pre-production work on new material along with the band answering fan questions. Check out the clip below or find more info on Point Below Zero over at Facebook here.
German modern power metal act Heavatar, the new project from Van Canto mastermind Stefan Schmidt and Ex-Stratovarius drummer Jorg Michael, posted a new music video for the track "Replica." The song appears on the debut LP "Opus I - All My Kingdoms," which is scheduled for release on February 22, 2013 through Napalm Records.
The track listing for "Opus I - All My Kingdoms" is:
3. All My Kingdoms
4. Elysium At Dawn
5. Long Way Home
6. Born to Fly
7. Luna! Luna!
8. The Look Above
9. To the Metal
Check out "Replica": More...
Swedish melodic death metal act Soilwork posted the first installment in a series of track-by-track videos for the upcoming double album release "The Living Infinite." The video features vocalist Björn "Speed" Strid and bassist Ola Flink talking about the first CD of the release.
The album is set for release on March 1st (EU), March 4th (UK) and March 5th, 2013 (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for "The Living Infinite" is:
1. Spectrum of Eternity (streaming here)
2. Memories Confined
3. This Momentary Bliss (streaming here)
5. The Living Infinite I
6. Let the First Wave Rise
8. Realm of the Wasted
9. The Windswept Mercy
10. Whispers and Lights
1. Entering Aeons
2. Long Live the Misanthrope
3. Drowning With Silence
4. Antidotes in Passing
6. The Living Infinite II
7. Loyal Shadow
8. Rise Above the Sentiment (see music video)
9. Parasite Blues
10. Owls Predict, Oracles Stand Guard More...
Amaranthe posted a new music video for the title track of the forthcoming release "The Nexus." The album is set for release on March 25, 2013 via Spinefarm Records.
The track listing for "The Nexus" is as follows:
3. The Nexus
4. Theory of Everything
6. Burn With Me
7. Mecanical Illusion
9. Future On Hold
13. Hunger (Remix) (iTunes Bonus Track) More...
Finnish metal monsters Lordi posted a lyric video for the new track "The Riff." The song appears on the band's forthcoming LP "To Beast Or Not To Beast," which will be released on March 1st as CD Digipak and ltd. vinyl through AFM Records. The album marks the first for new members: keyboardist Hella (replacing Awa) and drummer Mana (replacing Kita).
The track list for "To Beast Or Not To Beast" is as follows:
1. We're Not Bad for the Kids (We're Worse)
2. I Luv Ugly
3. The Riff
4. Something Wicked This Way Comes
5. I'm the Best
7. Happy New Fear
8. Schizo Doll
9. Candy for the Cannibal
10. Sincerely with Love
11. SCG6: Otus' Butcher Clinic More...
New Jersey-based thrash n' roll heathens Hammer Fight have recently completed their full-length debut entitled "Chug of War." The album, which follows the band's 2011 self-titled EP, was recorded by Bobby Torres at The Machine Shop in Belleville, NJ. Chug of War features new guitarist Ryan Blackman, who stepped in to replace Rob Guidotti after his departure last fall. Artwork for Chug of War came from a collaboration between Hammer Fight bassist/vocalist Drew Murphy and Buz Hasson,
tattoo artist and co-creator of the comic book "The Living Corpse." Label and release date information for Chug of War will be announced in the coming months.
Hammer Fight has just posted its cover of Iron Maiden's "Be Quick or Be Dead" on its official StereoKiller page and will start posting new material from "Chug of War" on Monday, February 11th. Visit Stereokiller to check out the tunes. On April 4th, Hammer Fight will kick off their Spring 2013 Tour, which will take the band out of its native New Jersey and across the Midwest for a string of dates before hooking up with California skate thrash legends Psychosomatic. Dates are as follows, along with the cover art of "Chug of War" and the new track:
HAMMER FIGHT Only
4/04 - Seacaucus, NJ @ The Blue Room
4/05 - Albany NY @ Trick Shots
4/06 - Rochester NY @ Bugjar
4/07 - Akron OH @ Annabell's Lounge
4/08 - Chicago IL @ TBA
4/09 - Topeka, KS @ The Boobie Trap
4/10 - Joplin, MO @ Cesspool Castle
4/11 - Oklahoma City OK @ The Chameleon Room
HAMMER FIGHT w/PSYCHOSOMATIC
4/12 - San Antonio TX @ Bonds007
4/13 - Austin TX @ White Swan
4/14 - Dallas TX @ TBA
4/15 - Houston TX @ White Swan
4/16 - Baton Rogue LA @ TBA
4/17 - Atlanta GA @ TBA
4/18 - Raleigh NC @ Slim's
4/19 - Chesapeake VA @ Rodger's Sports Pub
4/20 - Richmond VA @ Strange Matter
4/21 - Frederick, MD @ Lallo's
4/22 - Baltimore MD @ The Sidebar Tavern
4/23 - Atlantic City NJ @ Bull Shots
4/24 - Providence RI @ Dusk
4/25 - Allston MA @ Obrien's Pub
4/26 - Philadelphia PA @ JR's Bar
4/27 - New York, NY @ TBA
Las Vegas slam band Guttural Secrete has unveiled a new track from its upcoming album "Nourishing the Spoil," which will be released in February via Brutal Bands. Stream "Deadened Prior to Coitus" below, with another track titled "Stainless Conception" streaming on the band's Facebook page. It has been a full seven years since Guttural Secrete released its last album "Reek of Prepubescent Despoilment" in 2006.