Metal News for February 9, 2015
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The Legend of the Seagullmen is the title of a wacky nautical-themed super group featuring Mastodon frontman Brent Hinds and Tool drummer Danny Carey.
The band also features OFF’s Dimitri Coats and movie director Jimmy Hayward (Horton Hears a Who, Jonah Hex), who serves as the project’s producer.
A bizarre track titled "The Deep-Sea Diver" can be heard below. Stay tuned for more details.
After unearthing the "Black Throne Of All Creation," the death metal explorers from Dehuman have now discovered the "Graveyard of Eden" (reviewed here), with the discovery set to be shared with the rest of the metal world in March.
Today we provided a sneak peek with an exclusive full album stream (still available right here). Along with that stream, Dehuman drummer Laye Louhenapessy and bassist / vocalist Andrea Vissol shared an extensive look at the album's creation and what the band hoped to achieve with this sophomore full-length release.
Andrea had this to say: "What 'Graveyard of Eden' is aiming for is to contrast with today's ultra compressed and generic material that our generation seem to have fallen into. Pure aggressive music, that shoots for creating the new, while not forgetting the old."
Read the the full interview below to find out how Dehuman's sound has evolved in recent years and get an inside view of the new album's major themes. More...
Bullet For My Valentine has issued the following announcement about parting ways with bassist Jason “Jay” James:
"To all our fans around the world,
"It is with regret that Bullet For My Valentine has to announce that Jay James is no longer a member of the band.
"Jay has been a part of this band for well over 12 years and part of our lives forever, and we're gonna miss him as much as we know you guys are too. We wanna wish him all the best and success with whatever he chooses to do next and will always be grateful for his contribution and sacrifices he made for this band.
"We'll announce a replacement for Jay when we feel the time is right, but until then we're gonna be busy and focused recording our next record and making sure its the best album we've ever made.
"2015 is already shaping up to be a massive year for us with lots of exciting things going on behind the scenes which we'll be announcing as soon as we can. Thank you all for your continued support."
Shedhead has a new music video out now for "Walk With The Dead," taken off the "Death Is Righteous" album. Check it out below, and the band also comments:
"Decibel Magazine is premiering our new stop motion animated video for 'Walk With The Dead!' Have you ever wondered what would happen if a multitude of metal icons and a panoply of pop culture figures melded into a dream of pure nonsense? GO CHECK OUR NEW VIDEO AND FIND OUT!" More...
The Southern Arizona stoner rock specialists from Powered Wig Machine will reintroduce their sophomore album, "Supa-Collider," to the public in a deluxe vinyl edition via Battleground Records on February 21st just as the band performs at the Borderland Fuzz Fiesta, an event booked by the members of the band themselves.
Brothers Joey and Wayne Rudell of Powered Wig Machine have produced and organized the inaugural edition of the Borderland Fuzz Fiesta, which is set to take over The Rock in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday, February 21st.
The festival includes a plethora of quality acts from across the spectrum of heavy rock, stoner rock, doom, psych, and fuzz. In addition to headliners Fireball Ministry, Wo Fat, Mos Generator and Powered Wig Machine, sets form Goatroper, Skulldron, Asimov, Yeti Ender, Mad Alchemy, Liquid Light Show, Conqueror Worm, Methra and more are confirmed to perform at the all-day event. More...
With the release of debut album "Catacombs" just over a month away, Dubai based prog death metallers Voice of the Soul unveil a lyric video for "Defiled." Check it out below. Vocalist and guitarist Kareem comments:
"'Defiled' is about the apathetic, selfish society we live in. While we assume that individualism and the lack of empathy is liberating, it is actually a form of enslavement. Break away from a life of deception. Like rats, you carry the disease. Defiled and wasted, your existence is worthless."
"Catacombs" is set for release on March 27th, 2015 distributed via U.K. label Hell’s Hammer & India’s Transcending Obscurity. More...
Ghoulchapel's "Echoes Of Horror" is a concept album inspired by five horror stories, embodied by haunting and aggressive symphonic black metal.
You'll be able to hear the full "Echoes of Horror" album later this year, but for now check out a teaser trailer below. Last year Ghoulchapel also released the "Idols Of Doom" album, still available for streaming at this location.
With the release of Soundcrawler’s debut full-length album “The Dead-End Host” just less than two weeks away, today the French stoner rock band has partnered with The Obelisk to host a stream of new track "The Plastic Truth." Listen in below.
Recorded and mixed at l'Abbaye de Chancelade by Souncrawler and mastered by Acle Kahney at 4D Sound Studio, “The Dead-End Host” follows-up previous EP “The Sandcrawler," which was self-released in 2012. The full track listing is:
2. Burning Scales
3. A God to Feed
4. Long Coma Slow
5. Souls From the Trash
6. The Plastic Truth
8. Infinite Genocide
9. And All the Seconds Left More...
Germany's pagan black metal band Helrunar premieres a lyric video today for the new track "Devils Devils Everywhere." Check it out below, courtesy of Heathenharvest.org.
"Devils Devils Everywhere" comes off "Niederkunfft," which is set for North American release on March 3rd via Lupus Lounge. The full track listing is as follows:
2. Der Endchrist
4. Devils Devils Everywhere!
5. Magdeburg brennt
6. Grimmig Tod
7. Die Kirch ist umbgekehret
8. The Hiebner Prophecy More...
The Norwegian black metal tyrants from 1349 have kicked off their headlining U.S. tour. The tour, which started last night in Tampa, sees the band playing shows across the country with dates in New Orleans, Las Vegas, New York City, and more.
Support on this tour comes from Origin, Abysmal Dawn, and Wolvhammer. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. 1349 is touring in support of new album, "Massive Cauldron of Chaos." See the band live on these dates:
02/09 New Orleans, LA @ Siberia
02/10 Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog Bar
02/11 Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
02/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
02/13 Las Vegas, NV @ Adrenaline
02/14 Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
02/15 San Francisco, CA @ DNA Lounge
02/16 Reno, NV @ Jub Jub's
02/17 Salt Lake City, UT @ Area 51
02/18 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
02/19 Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room
02/20 Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
02/21 Cleveland, OH @ Roc Bar
02/22 Trenton, NJ @ Backstage at Championship Bar
02/23 New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
02/24 Springfield, VA @ Empire
02/25 Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
02/26 Savannah, GA @ The Jinx
In just two weeks, Southern Lord Recordings will reissue the "As Heaven Turns To Ash..." debut and subsequent "I Am Dying" EP from short-lived, iconic Massachusetts doom conjurors Wahorse. "As Heaven Turns To Ash..." will be released on February 24th, 2015.
Long out-of-print, "As Heaven Turns To Ash..." was issued in 2001 with the band's final two-track "I Am Dying" EP unleashed just one year later.
In observance of its release, Vice Magazine's music portal Noisey hurls forth "Doom's Bride," the second movement off "As Heaven Turns To Ash..." Give it a listen below. The full track listing: More...
“Chasing Glory,” the hard hitting new video from metal mercenaries Feed Her To The Sharks, is now online and can be seen below. This is the first official video taken off new album "Fortitude." If you like what you see, you can also stream the entire album over at this location.
“’Chasing Glory’ is about following your dreams and striving towards what you are passionate about,” describes drummer Andrew Cottrell. “Even when other people are doubtful, stay true to yourself and never give up!”
Find “Chasing Glory” and ten other equally punishing tracks from "Fortitude," in-stores and available digitally tomorrow, February 10th. More...
Michigan outfit I Am Abomination has checked in with the following statement about touring guitarist Shawn Reed passing away:
"As most of you know, in the past we have had several touring guitar players in I Am Abomination.
"One of those guitarists was our good friend Shawn Reed and unfortunately, we learned that he passed away yesterday. Shawn was very talented and a great person, and it is truly a shame that he was taken so early.
"Shawn's family has set up a GoFundMe to help with funeral and burial expenses, Donations are truly appreciated and any amount will help."
Italy's Bullet-Proof form in August of 2014 with founding members Diego Polli (bass) and Richard (vocals) and Lukas Hupka (drums).
To achieve the full, desired sound, they were still missing something important, and after many changes and tests, the band found the right solution in guitarist Andrea Demasi.
Now a full band, Bullet-Proof concluded in early January the recording of a first album. You can also see the band's new video for "The Cage" below.
Hailing from the Toronto sector of the Canadian province of Ontario, Abyss has locked a deal with Olympia, Washington's 20 Buck Spin for the release of the faction's first full-length album, "Heretical Anatomy." The label comments:
"Exploding with a tenebrous style of stygian, grinding death metal, witnessed through two prior demos including The Reins Of Horror via Dark Descent Records, 'Heretical Anatomy' documents the first fully realized glimpse into the dark surging Abyss.
"Hideous shapes and bloodthirsty rites of the Old Ones are viciously summoned upon the bones and bowels of the Earth, through eight odes to nameless terrors and protean revulsion mercilessly ripped from the flayed life of the cosmos and dripping with crimson adoration. The frenzied blasting of early American and U.K. death metal and grindcore, before a distinct separation between the two existed, is a hallmark of 'Heretical Anatomy,' yet the overwhelming speed scattered throughout the album's duration is expertly applied, never descending into a one dimensional space where only velocity is the basis for existence.
"Songs are crafted with the care of the elder gods, rigorously refined with a seasoned sophistication, always maintaining a sharply primitive ferocity. Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust adds his touch to the production, mixing and mastering this malformed death metal and the horror of its Lovecraftian persona." More...
Last year Incite released "Up In Hell," and now this month will mark the kick-off of the group's full U.S. tour in support of that release, with tour support coming from Better Left Unsaid and Spades & Blades.
The trek begins on February 27th in Los Angeles, CA and travels through a good portion of our contiguous 48 states, coming to an end in the band’s local market of Mesa, AZ on April 17th. More dates are set to be announced soon, so keep an eye out for additions.
“This run is our first major headline tour for 'Up In Hell' in the U.S., so needless to say we are fired up to be playing with some killer support bands as well as touring the entire country,” states Incite vocalist Richie Cavalera. “It’s going to be an epic experience, so come rock out with us in the pits.” More...
Cancer Bats just released a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of a new album, which can be seen below, and the band alsoc omments:
"Episode 1 is here!! Here's what went down in Ross Robinson's studio aka The Sweat Lodge while we were making our new record 'Searching For Zero!' Pre-order it on iTunes here."
New album "Searching for Zero" is set for release in the U.S. via Metal Blade Records on March 10th, 2015.
Facedown Records has issued the following announcement about hosting an upcoming label festival:
"We are very excited to finally announce Facedown Fest 2015! We are taking the fest back to the Glasshouse in Pomona, CA on May 16th, 2015. xDeathstarx is reuniting to headline the fest, along with Gideon and War Of Ages!
"Saving Grace is flying all of the way from New Zealand for this one U.S. show, and of course the rest of the family will be there as well including My Epic, Everything In Slow Motion, Those Who Fear, Mouth Of The South, Hope For The Dying and Leaders.
While Heaven Wept has issued the following announcement about cancelling all upcoming European tour dates and festival appearances:
"In 25 years of While Heaven Wept, this is surely the most heartbreaking statement that I’ve had to make, but it is vital that we let all of our friends, fans, and partners know that as of today, all proposed and previously confirmed European dates are cancelled, including the Rock Hard Festival.
"Despite all of our efforts, and those of our agents, local promoters, and even past business partners, the numbers simply are not adding up…and the necessary resources do not exist to self-finance. Along with Rock The Nation and several industry friends, I’ve spent 5 months attempting to pull everything together, and though we’ve come very close to making it happen…it’s just not close enough.
"Without getting into every last detail, the gist is that when we agreed to accept Rock Hard’s offer, conscious of the fact that it really only accounted for at best, 3 roundtrip flights from the USA, I assumed it would be no problem to arrange enough dates to cover the balance (as we are a 7 piece band - often touring as a 6 piece to reduce expenses), as well as the costs of ground transportation, crew, taxes, tolls, etc. More...
Renman Music & Business, the music industry mentoring website founded by longtime industry veteran Steve Rennie (aka "Renman"), will broadcast the next episode of its Renman Live web show this Wednesday, February 11th with special guest Steve Vai.
The show will air live starting at 10:00 a.m. PST / 1:00 p.m. EST on the Renman MB YouTube channel. A teaser video for the episode can be seen below.
"People ask me all the time how you learn the music biz," said Rennie. "Simple. Hang out with smart people. On my web show, Renman Live, I've been lucky to have had some of the smartest, most talented people in the music biz join me to share their stories, insights and advice with aspiring artists and music pros who are dreaming of doing something big on their own and need some inspiration and direction. If you are interested in the music biz, watching an episode of Renman Live is the next best thing to sitting on the couch with me and my guests."
Upcoming guest, Steve Vai, started his recording career in 1980 playing with Frank Zappa and has since recorded and toured with Alcatrazz, Whitesnake, David Lee Roth and Public Image Ltd. Since 1983, Vai also released his own studio albums. His discography consists of eight studio albums, two EPs, two special albums, eight live albums, 12 soundtracks, 20 compilation albums and seven videos. Vai has been awarded three Grammy Awards and 40 other awards. Vai also appeared as a guest musician on 44 albums, playing with artists like Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and Gregg Bissonette and most recently for the second time with Joe Jackson. More...
The Canadian rednecks from Them County Bastardz have teamed up with Metal Nation Radio to host the premiere of new track "The Bastard" (also available below).
"The Bastard" is taken from upcoming album "Sick Daze," due out February 24th via Smokehouse Records.
"Bastardz get a bad rep so find one, crack some beers and check this tune out. Cheers to Trev and the rest of your crew at Metal Nation for their support," comments drummer Jim Kay.
The previously posted song "Drive By" can also be heard at this location, and the full "Sick Daze" track listing is as follows:
1. Drive By (4:48)
2. In The County (4:33)
3. Buzz Kill (4:03)
4. It's Not Metal (0:25)
5. Metal For Mark (5:25)
6. The Bastard (4:23)
7. Rise Up (3:58) More...
John 5 & The Creatures just embarked on a string of dates in 2015 in support of "Careful With That Axe."
The play list will not only have several songs from the new album, but the band will also play songs from each of John 5’s solo albums from the start of his career with "Vertigo," "Songs For Sanity," and all the way to "The Devil Knows My Name."
The tour itinerary has now been updated with new dates and venues. See John 5 live on these upcoming dates: More...
Torche will roll out several songs from "Restarter" (due out February 24th via Relapse Records) this week, starting with Metal Hammer hosting the premiere of “Bishop In Arms” today. Give it a listen below.
Alternative Press will share “Undone” tomorrow, Stereogum debuts “Restarter” on Wednesday, followed by Paste’s stream of “Blasted’ on Thursday and Metal Sucks hosting “Barrier Hammer” on Friday. The full album will then come online Monday, February 16th. More...
Black Star Riders is set to release forthcoming album "The Killer Instinct" on February 20th, 2015 and in anticipation of the release, front man Ricky Warwick sat down to discuss each of the new tracks.
The second part of that track-by-track series is now online and can be viewed below. The previously posted first clip can also be seen at this location.
Heavy doom metal outfit Exorcism has inked a new deal with Dream Records - the home of Furyon, Metal Machine, and Black Raven - for the release of a yet-untitled sophomore album in 2015.
The new album is to be recorded at TMS Studios in Spain with producer Jeff Billmann, with the mastered album expected to be ready in March. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Exorcism is continuing the path and legacy of bands like Black Sabbath and Dio, while Exorcism is taking a more modern approach. With a groovy rhythm and bass section added with spherical pads and the signature vertigo guitar riffs down we go the underworld. On top of it hovering is always Csaba Zvekan’s phenomenal work on vocals. Get ready for the second round of monster stories."
Unleashed today unveils the artwork for twelfth studio album "Dawn Of The Nine," which was crafted by Pär Olofsson.
"Dawn Of The Nine" will see official release on April 24th, 2015 via Nuclear Blast. The band also comments:
“The artwork represents the continuation of our previous album, which ended with 'The Great Battle of Odalheim.' The battle took place at Uppsala fields in Sweden, and you can clearly see the 'kings graves' at the cover art work which is present at Uppsala also in the future. You can also see the bombed out church in the far distance. Then off course, you see the place of Blot in the front and the rune stone with the runic symbol of courage of the new dawn.”
1. A New Day Will Rise
2. They Came To Die
3. Defenders Of Midgard
4. Where Is Your God Now?
5. The Bolt Thrower
6. Let The Hammer Fly
7. Where Churches Once Burned
8. Land Of The Thousand Lakes
9. Dawn Of The Nine
10. Welcome The Son Of Thor! More...
The enigmatic Saturnalia Temple today premieres a new video for "To the Other." The song is the title track for the band's second album, "To the Other," set for North American release on April 7th via The Ajna Offensive.
As a band that moves intently and without compromise, this recording and production was done in its own studio, Sitra Ahra, located in the forests outside Uppsala, Sweden. Witness mesmerizing majesty in visual form below.
The new album's cover art was created by Manuel Tinnemans (The Devil's Blood, Deathspell Omega, Necros Christos) and features the following track listing:
3. To The Other
4. Snow Of Reason
5. March Of Gha'agsheblah
6. Black Sea Of Power
8. Void More...
Forever Plagued Records today reveals a special preview video for Mourning Mist's self-titled debut album, just released today internationally.
Stepping a bit outside the boundaries of black metal, Forever Plagued was compelled by the dark nature of this otherwise-unknown band from Italy. Fronted by a violin player named Ecnerual, Mourning Mist has a very avant-garde nature about it while still being nicely arranged with darker atmospheres.
Lyrically dripping with misanthropic topics on mankind and its existence, those of us who enjoy black metal but are also into the darker side of music in general will find Mourning Mist to their liking.
The album's track listing is: More...
In anticipation of the folk metal band's upcoming new record, today Korpiklaani reveals the cover artwork for "Noita," which was created by Jan Yrlund from Darkgrove Design (who has created all the Korpiklaani covers in recent years).
You can pre-order your copy of "Noita" - due out May 01 (EU), May 04 (UK) and May 05 (US) via Nuclear Blast - at this location.
"Noita" was recorded at Petrax Studio with Aksu Hanttu handling production, recording, and mixing again. It will also be the first Korpiklaani album to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula. More...
The Belgian epic black metal band Signs Of Darkness and label Shiver Records have set March 27th of 2015 as release date for "The Age Of Decay." Today the title track is also available online and can be heard below.
"The Age Of Decay" was recorded at Artsounds Studios in Helchteren with producer and band member Peter Vaes. The artwork was taken care of by Marc at ArtWars Mediadesign (Sinister, Master, Lifeless), who comments:
"Working with Signs Of Darkness was quite interesting because it was the first time I worked with a Black Metal band. Their ideas on the artwork were quite appealing and challenging. It was a lot of fun working on the cover and layout. I really like their album and they are cool guys. Check ´em out in any case!!!"
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Rise of Serpents
2. The Age of Decay
3. Suffer the Cold
4. Clouds Over Your Masada
6. Amidst The Fog
7. The Sound of a Desolate Winter
8. Terra Nullius
9. Like Flies On Your Coffin
10. The Lazarus Syndrome
11. The Circle of Serpents More...
U.K. modern metal act Lay Siege released the first single/music video for the track "Hollow Hands." The song appears on the upcoming debut release "Hopeisnowhere," which is targeted for release on March 20th via Lifeforce Records.
The video was directed and produced by Tom Carlton. Check it out here:
Dehuman's fast and epic '90s style death metal is back, with second full-length "Graveyard Of Eden" (reviewed here) prepped to drop via Kaotoxin Records on March 10th in North America.
Now a month ahead of the release, we're bringing you a full exclusive premiere of the album well in advance of its official detonation. Listen in below.
"Graveyard Of Eden" was recorded Blackout Studio (Enthroned, Emptiness) and Sainte Marthe Studio (Arkhon Infaustus, Deep In Hate, Department of Correction) and produced by Francis Caste.
German modern folk/industrial act Tanzwut released a music video for the new track "Brüder im Geiste." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Freitag Der 13," which is set for release on February 13, 2015 via AFM Records.
The video storyline was created and directed by Teufel and Markus Konczak with video and editing by Markus Konczak. Check out "Brüder im Geiste" here:
Ukrainian power metal act Conquest (also known as W. Angel's Conquest) released a new music video for the track "Taste of Life." The song is the title track of the upcoming new release, the fifth album and first since "IV" was issued in 2011.
More information on "Taste of Life" is expected soon. Check out the video clip here:
Norway's Enslaved released a lyric video for the new track "Thurisaz Dreaming." The song is the edited version of the 8+ minute original that appears on the upcoming new album "In Times."
The album drops on March 6th (EU), March 9th (UK) and March 10th (US) via Nuclear Blast Records. The track listing for "In Times" is as follows:
1. Thurisaz Dreaming
2. Building With Fire
3. One Thousand Years Of Rain
4. Nauthir Bleeding
5. In Times
Check out the clip here: More...
Revocation's David Davidson teamed up once again with Guitarworld for an instructional video titled "More Melodic Options For Combining Sweeping And Tapping Techniques".
Two techniques most metal lead guitarists are familiar with are sweep picking and fretboard tapping, both of which are often employed to perform arpeggios. In this column, David Davidson demonstrates ways to combine the two techniques to create great sounding licks that can easily be moved around the fretboard.
Check out the new lesson below.
The new Stick To Your Guns album "Disobedient," produced by John Feldmann, is due out tomorrow February 10th, 2015 via Sumerian Records.
In anticipation of the new album the band posts the entire album.
Check out the track "I Choose No One" (feat. Scott Vogel) below.