Metal News for February 8, 2014
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22 news articles posted on this day.
Perpetual End has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist:
"It is with heavy heart and great sadness that we regretfully announce the departure of our guitarist, Leith Wilson, from Perpetual End.
"Leith is a founding member and has been with the band since its inception in 2005. The last 9 years have been an absolute roller coaster ride for everyone in the band, and the time we have had with Leith on axe has been essential to the growth and maturity of our sound.
"It's not a well-known fact that Leith is easily the most hilarious person in the band. I've never met a person that can make a room/van full of dudes erupt in laughter so effortlessly, and for so long. Being on the road with this guy is a force to be reckoned with and something that I personally will miss for years to come.
"Not only did Leith bring the hilarity, but he brought us stability and focus, from the early years right up to today. His wisdom is unparalleled and his drive to improve himself and the band consistently over the years has been inspiring and successful.
"It has left a massive void in our hearts to see him go, but we fully support his decision and wish him nothing but the best for his bright future with his family and the growth of his career.
"This news could not come at a harder time, as the Blood Complex album cycle will indeed come to an abrupt end with our next booked show.
"Leith's final performance with Perpetual End will be on Friday 21st March @ The Basement, Canberra. The 'Electric Eclectic Fest' show will feature the following bands:
Orsome Welles (VIC)
Knights of the Spatchcock
Eyes to the Sky
Beast Impalor More...
Mexican technical deathcore band The Greatness Design has physically released its 15-song album "Pillars of Creation," which is streaming below in full. Digitally released in the middle of last year, the album is the debut for the Hidalgo band.
Adrián Terrazas González of The Mars Volta makes a guest appearance on the album on the song "Brightest Point," while Dan Mumford did the album cover design. Below are a couple of live dates that The Greatness Design will be playing at in its native Mexico.
Feb 15th - Leon, Guanajuato Bar Un Mundo Raro w/Frozen Remains, Infernal Murder and 6 other bands
March 1st - Puebla - Studio 803 w/Mios Wrath, Revenge Of Sun and 8 others.
Finnish outfit Enthrone The Unborn is out now with a new music video for "Where The Flames Grow Downwards," which was recorded and produced by Pasi Kauppinen at Studio57.
The video is available below, and was directed/edited by Herbert Smith, with production handled by Dirty Bums. Hear more from Enthrone The Unborn over at the band's official Facebook profile here.
Metal Blade Records recently announced their new partnership to serve as the North American label home for a selection of releases from Norway's Indie Recordings.
One of those releases includes Sarke "Aruagint." Previously released in Europe via Indie Recordings, now the album has an official North American release through Metal Blade slated for February 18th.
In celebration of the North American release, the band has released the track "Jodau Aura" from "Aruagint," which can be heard below courtesy of Lastrit.es. The full track listing is as follows:
01. Jaunt of the Obsessed
02. Jodau Aura
04. Strange Pungent Odyssey
05. Walls of Ru
07. Skeleton Sand
08. Icon Usurper
09. Rabid Hunger More...
Online classroom creativeLIVE has announced its next "Music & Audio" course, "Advanced Bass Production," whcih will be hosted by Winds of Plague bassist and Sound Temple Studio founder, Andrew Glover.
The two-day workshop, free to watch live, will begin February 24th at 9 AM PST. The class marks creativeLIVE's first-ever two-day course dedicated to the art of recording, editing and mixing great modern bass tones. For more information, and to enroll today, head over to this location.
"Bass guitar is one of the most misunderstood aspects of modern rock recording, but it is the foundation to a great mix," commented Glover. "In this class I'll be covering and expanding upon a lot of the basics to recording bass, as well as teaching you some advanced techniques to take your bass sounds to the next level." More...
After announcing the return of drummer Ryan Biggs last month, All Else Fails is now proud to reveal more great news for 2014, with the band being nominated for "Metal Recording of The Year" at this year's Edmonton Music Awards.
Vocalist/guitarist Barrett Klesko comments: "We are so excited and thankful to have been nominated for an Edmonton Music Award Metal Recording of the Year for our track 'AntiMartyr' from 'Fucktropolis.' Big congrats to our friends who also got nominations as well at the awards (Death Toll Rising, Russ Dawson, and Thrill House). We are really proud of this recording and thank everyone that had a part in making it happen."
The full nomination list is available at this location, and the nominees for "Metal Recording Of The Year" are:
All Else Fails “AntiMartyr”
Death Toll Rising “Malice Incarnate”
Monarch Sky “Circles”
Villainizer “Twin Tower Two-Step” More...
Persian metal outfit Azooma recently inked a deal with Stargazer Consultancy. The band comments:
"We are excited to announce that we have recently signed a contract with Stargazer Consultancy, which is powered by the first Iranian metal music journalist and publicist Mohsen Fayyazi. We started to find our way in the metal world about 10 years ago, it was not easy as perhaps many of you know, we faced several difficulties, but now we took another step forward into the metal music industry. Ahmad, Saeed, Shahin and Farid's best wishes to you all, especially to all Persian metalheads."
Azooma recently finished recording a conceptual EP, which includes stories about human misery, time travelling and awakening. The band has also paid tribute to the legendary Morbid Angel by covering “Dawn Of Angry." Check it out in the clip below. More...
Between The Buried and Me will be returning to the road in 2014 with a headlining tour of North America.
Joining BTBAM on this trek will be Deafheaven, Intronaut, and The Kindred. In anticipation of the journey, the band recently released a short video recorded during its most recent North American excursion at the end of 2013.
The video, as the band describes is, "The process. The preparation. A small glimpse into the beginnings of a BTBAM show. Let's switch off together." The video was produced, filmed and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones and Wes Richardson, with editing by Raymond McCrea Jones, and visual effects by Wes Richardson. Check it out below, with full dates on the tour available after the jump. More...
The self-titled debut LP from Shin To Shin, the project conceived and executed by In Cold Blood/ex-Integrity guitarist Aaron Melnick, is out now on A389 Recordings.
You can stream the release below or pick up your copy at Bandcamp, and the following press release was also issued:
"Shin To Shin is fully the vision and creation of Aaron Melnick, who fully conceived, wrote and performed all music on the album, minus the drums. He even took the lead on the recording process which took place at Cleveland's Mars Studio, after which it was mixed at Developing Nations. The album delivers eight crushing and diverse anthems with a lot of throwbacks to the early '90s metal and hardcore scenes, merging the bottom-dredging influences of Exodus and Celtic Frost with the grit of the no-bullshit hardcore hostility of the Cleveland scene its creator grew up in."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Intro 01:29
2. Shin To Shin 01:53
3. Extinction 02:55
4. Don't Lose Your Way 03:12
5. Costumes And Masks 02:28
6. Drifting Away 02:03
7. Step Up And Shout 03:57
8. Maia 04:29 More...
Ontario's instrumental band Divine Realm is now streaming new track "Neptunian Desert," which is the first release off the upcoming album "Abyssal Light." Check out the song below, or find more details on Divine Realm at the band's Facebook profile here.
Crystal Ball has announced an upcoming run of tour dates supporting The Poodles in March. Crystal Ball will be supporting new album "Dawnbreaker," which was released in November 2013 via Massacre Records. Dates are as follows:
14.03.2014 IT Bresso - Blue Rose Saloon
15.03.2014 IT Moncalieri (Turin) - AudioDrome Club
16.03.2014 DE Nürnberg - Rockfabrik
18.03.2014 DE Augsburg - Spectrum
20.03.2014 DE Ludwigsburg - Rockfabrik
21.03.2014 DE Obermarchtal - Kreuz
22.03.2014 DE Oberhausen - Helvete
23.03.2014 DE München - Garage
Additional Crystal Ball shows:
01.03.2014 CH Pratteln - Z7 Konzertfabrik (Rock Power Festival)
02.05.2014 CH Sargans - Markthalle (Rock- und Country Festival) More...
California death horde Gravehill and Dark Descent Records have announced April 1st as the release date for the band's third full-length, "Death Curse," on CD and digital formats with vinyl treatment coming soon. Below is the cover art of "Death Curse," the tracklisting of all nine songs, and a rough preview mix of the track "At Hell's Command."
"Death Curse" features over 35 minutes of powerful death metal in the old-school vein and includes guest appearances from some of the biggest legends of death metal. Chris Reifert and Eric Cutler of Autopsy and Kam Lee (Massacre, Death and Bone Gnawer) all made contributions to what threatens to be one of 2014's most skin-grating albums. "Death Curse" features artwork by Christopher Moyen (Incantation, Blasphemy and more).
Vocalist Mike Abominator had this to say about Death Curse: "We have some filthy fucking death metal terror here with 'Death Curse.' These are the things of nightmares, the stench that makes you puke. This is what this album will make you do when you hear it.
We are going with the raw, putrid and dismal live sound this time, to try and capture the feel of one of our live show performances, of which we feel hasn't been represented with our releases so far. Expect the same rotten and old school death metal from us. Fuck triggers! Fuck trends! Fuck technical bullshit! Fuck progress! AND FUCK YOU!"
Gates of Hell
At Hell's Command
Open Their Throats
Fear the Reaper
Unending Lust for Evil
Black Blood Rising
The Ascending Fire More...
Shadow Kingdom Records has announced a special double-CD reissue of Pale Divine's 2007 release "Cemetery Earth" on February 18th.The fully remastered "Cemetery Earth" album is contained on disc one, while disc two contains Demo 2006, as well as live and rehearsal material. Stream two selections from the ten-song "Cemetery Earth" below. Shadow Kingdom owner Tim McGrogran had this to say about the reissue:
"The third Pale Divine album is probably right where the band envisioned their sound to be when they first started their career. They are the masters at blending 70s psychedelic blues jamming with sinister dark heavy traditional doom metal. There are not too many bands that are able to do what they can do which makes them the big fish in a small pond if you're into Psych/Doom.
The guitar leads sweep you away, but also gently bring you back to the heart of the song. The addition of John Gaffney (songwriter for Sinister Realm) on bass added different dimension to this album that helped them grow as a band."
PureGrainAudio.com has posted the exclusive worldwide premiere of "Penda's Fen," from UK-based traditional metallers Dark Forest. To listen to the brand new track off the band's forthcoming album, The Awakening, visit this location, or check it out in the widget below.
"The Awakening" is set for North American release on March 11th via Cruz Del Sur Music. A previously released album track, "Sacred Signs," is now available for free download. To access the MP3, follow this link.
Gortal has posted a cover of the Vital Remains track "I Am God," which can be heard below, and the band comments:
"After more than a year off release of 'Deamonolith' Gortal announces the vinyl version of the album. It will be released in 2014 by Pagan Records.
"The album will also contain of a bonus track - the cover of Vital Remains - 'I am God' – listen to it now below! We have played this cover for many years. We recorded this to give honor to Vital Remains
"We remind you 'Deamonolith' was released in December 2012 and has achieved excellent reviews among maniax and the media. At present Gortal is slowly preparing to create a new material for the third CD." More...
Khroma has issued the following announcement about finishing an album and shooting an upcoming music video:
"Hey guys! Sorry for the long break without posting anything. We were working with the new album and now it's finally ready! Today we start filming the music video. More posts coming up during the weekend!"
Wallachia has posted a new song online, which can be heard below, and the band also comments:
"New song 'Crossing the Oceans of Time' is now also available to find on the Bandcamp page. This is a very rough pre-production of one of the songs for the upcoming album featuring Lars Stavdal: All guitars and Paal André Sandnesmo: Orchestra & drums."
Milwaukee, WI extreme metal entity Shroud Of Despondency will self-release a double album journey into the abyss called "Tied to a Dying Animal" on February 12th. While 2012's "Pine" and 2011's "Dark Meditations in Monastic Seclusion" were very well received as black metal albums, "Tied to a Dying Animal" is a more expansive beast.
What better way to exaggerate that commonality than with an absorbing double album, inclusive of four bonus tracks? Guitarist Rory Heikkila tells the two-part tale as follows:
Part 1: "For Innocence, Beauty, and Those Who Defile" is the metal portion recorded at Howl Street Recordings by Shane Hochstetler. Here a variety of metal sub-genres can be heard. Influences of black metal (Emperor and Enslaved), death metal (Immolation, Morbid Angel, and Bolt Thrower), thrash metal (Slayer, Megadeth) can be heard alongside Mercyful Fate or Root. Some King Crimson influence can even be heard.
Part 2: "For Those Who Leave and Find Better Devils", is an acoustic affair recorded across three studios. Neo Classical acoustic guitar instrumentals and American Folk music are both on display along with a variety of percussive instruments, vocals, synths, and even a Theremin.
The only rule that applies to both albums is that they explore the despair and alienation of city life. Each set of lyrics has a character struggling to reconcile moral urges with the natural savagery of human existence, a conflict exasperated by the constant motion of civilization. Each song pits the individual against the group.
For a more intimate exploration of lyrical themes and inspiration, a detailed explanation of all the friends and musicians who helped with the effort, and to stream Parts 1 and 2 of "Tied to a Dying Animal" in full please visit this location or stream all seventeen tracks below.
The Pirate metal flag bearers in Alestorm are currently holed up in the studio working on a new album and follow-up to "Back Through Time" (reviewed here).
This new album "Sunset on the Golden Age" is slated for release in summer 2014 via Napalm Records, and now the band has checked in with the following update:
"It's day 5 in the studio, and all the lead vocals, screams, and death growls for our upcoming album 'Sunset on the Golden Age' are complete! All credit goes to the healing powers of mead; an essential ingredient in achieving the elusive gnarly piratical vocal sound. Next up - time for Pete to record some drums!" More...
"And yet another guest performance for our upcoming record 'The Human Contradiction.' We're proud to announce the return of: George Oosthoek.
"The collaboration between Delain and George goes way back! He already performed with us on our debut Lucidity and has often joined us at live gigs over the years. His brutal grunts don't find their equal easily, and since our upcoming record 'The Human Contradiction' in many ways re?ects back on our earlier work that featured his grunts, we are very excited about this reunion!"
George adds: "They tricked me!!!! Just kidding! It was a pleasure working with the girl and guys again. From what I've heard 'The Human Contradiction' is Delain's heaviest album up till now. It sounds massive. I'm honoured that they asked me to be part of it. I hope you will like it too. Rock on!!!"
Last summer, Emperor announced an official reunion for 2014, with Ihsahn, Samoth, and Faust coming together for festival appearances.
Now it has also been announced that Emperor's "As the Shadows Rise" EP will be reissued for the first time since its original release in 1994, strictly limited to 666 copies. Details are available below.
The band has previously stated there will be no new album, but instead this reunion will be to celebrate the "In The Nightside Eclipse" album. Check out our interview with Ihsahn about the reunion and his solo material at this location. More...
Chilean thrash metal band Warchest has announced that it will start the recording sessions of the drum tracks for its second album on Feb 21st. The whole recording process it will be done in between the months of Feb/Mar in two different studios, AudioCustom and PigNoize, both in Santiago, Chile.
The new album will be produced by Christian Pelaez and Jose Tomas Garcia, the latter an ex-guitarist of the band. Guitarist /Vocalist Christian Pelaez commented:
"We were working on this during the whole last year. We came up with 9 tracks, with a little more technical and modern style than the one before, so we think that it's like an evolution from our part. About the lyrics - this is not a conceptual album, so it will continue along the lines of 'Aftershock'.
We are still defining the rest of things, such as mastering, artwork and distribution. We are going to go through them calmly to make the right decisions as always. From my part I'm very exited - the demos are sounding killer already! We don't know when are we going to have it ready, but we've assumed that it would be around mid year or the end of it at the latest. We hope we can deliver it soon for you all!"