Metal News for March 10, 2012
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11 news articles posted on this day.
As part of the ongoing series of interviews promoting Motorbreath Entertainment's South By Southwest (SXSW) Showcase, which Metal Underground proudly sponsors, we bring you a chat with Portland, Oregon’s Spellcaster. This Heavy Artillery recording artist has youth and determination on its side. The “retro metal” movement is comprised of young artists, but most of these bands have released several albums and embarked on numerous tours opening for premier acts. With only three years under their bullet belts, one full-length recording, “Under The Spell” and a couple of tours, Spellcaster is a newcomer to a new scene.
The metal throwback movement is on the verge of becoming an old scene, and needs bands such as Spellcaster to infuse the scene with vibrancy and keep the fad rolling. However, the group understands the need to find its own voice or become a ghost of the fad. In the following interview, Spellcaster bassist Gabe Franco relates how his group’s diligent work ethic and superb musicianship will carry the band to a sound where tired-ass metal acronyms no longer apply. While waiting for his broken-toed guitarist to pick him up for their tour, Franco expressed his thoughts on the SXSW show and tour and the increasing potency of Spellcaster’s metal magic. More...
American Aftermath has just posted an interview with Tristan Shone, the man behind nightmarish electronic/doom mindfuck Author & Punisher. The site is also hosting an exclusive stream of "Flesh Ants," a brand-new song off the project's forthcoming Seventh Rule Recordings debut. Check out the interview and stream here, or listen to the song in the player below.
"Ursus Americanus" is due out as digipack CD on April 24, 2012, and will be unleashed upon the public via a West Coast tour (dates to be announced soon!). Seventh Rule Records commented on the band:
"Author & Punisher can be described most succinctly as 'industrial doom,' but of course, is much than a mere genre tag. This one-man project utilizes primarily custom designed and fabricated machines and speakers, devices that draw heavily on aspects of industrial automation and robotics and focus upon the eroticism of interaction with machine. The machines are designed to require significant force from the performer, aligning he or she with the plodding doom influenced sounds that are created - 'Like Godflesh meets The Bug meets Flying Lotus,' according to MSN Metal's Adrien Begrand." More...
The official North American release date for "The Shadow Gallery" -- the debut album from Brooklyn quintet Primitive Weapons -- is merely days away, set to hit the streets via Prosthetic Records this Tuesday, March 13th.
Today BrooklynVegan is hosting a stream of the band's entire debut in celebration of the upcoming release date. Get caught up in "The Shadow Gallery" right here.
Primitive Weapons has confirmed a string of tour dates beginning next week in support of the new album, including a slew of shows with Ringworm and Cancer Bats, and a pile of killer performances throughout this year's SXSW madness, alongside bands like Fear, Cro-Mags, Nachtmystium, Saviours, Scale the Summit, Holy Grail, Mutilation Rites, Kill The Client, All Pigs Must Die, Ringworm and tons more. More...
Emmure has begun the Fire & Ice tour, which hits 30+ cities across North America, followed by the group’s Bamboozle performance on May 19th and a European tour in June. Full dates can be found after the jump.
You can now also check out a brand new music video teaser for Emmure’s new track, “Protoman,” off of "Slave to the Game," out 4/10. The clip is available below.
News of almighty proportions has landed as Southern Lord announces a deluxe reissue of "Dopesmoker" by Sleep. The following press release was issued about the album"
"For the 2012 reissue, there are some very notable changes. The original studio tapes have been remastered presenting the album as the band had originally intended. The audio is clearer, louder, and at last brings a true representation of SLEEP’s hour-plus Weedian chronicle. Exclusive to this Southern Lord edition is brand new artwork by long time SLEEP artist Arik Roper, to be unveiled in the coming weeks. Additionally, this reborn version of Dopesmoker boasts an unreleased live recording of one of the band’s best all-time performances: 'Holy Mountain' from San Francisco's I-Beam in 1994.
"Southern Lord is overwhelmingly ecstatic to reissue one of the most important recordings in heavy metal history. This edition ensures that this mesmerizing, incredibly complex document remains unrivaled in the annals of stoner metal."
The track listing is as follows:
1. Dopesmoker 1:03:31
2. Holy Mountain (Live @ the I-Beam SF, CA. 1994) 11:54\ More...
Virginia's The Vomiting Dinosaurs has issued the following update about streaming new songs online:
"New date added! We're headed south on April 21st to Screamers Bar in Radford! Oh. and we have two new songs up: Sludgehammer and Spinning Plasma Vortex.
Austin, Texas-based Ancient VVisdom is pleased to announce the band's official union with Prosthetic Records. The label will reissue the group’s latest release, "A Godlike Inferno," in North America on April 24th, the U.K. on April 30th and mainland Europe on May 4th.
Nominated for Best Underground Band at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Award, Ancient VVisdom will begin a European tour — the band's first time back on the road since supporting Ghost on a national tour earlier this year — at the Inferno Festival in Norway on April 7. As a precursor to the unholy trek, Ancient VVisdom will spill serpentine hymns upon unsuspecting ears in Austin on March 17th as part of the Scion-sponsored Death Comes Ripping SXSW day party alongside Early Graves, Primitive Weapons, Mutilation Rites and more.
3/17/2012 Long Branch Inn/Scion SXSW Day Party – Austin, TX
4/07/2012 Inferno Music Fest – Oslo, Norway
4/08/2012 BETA – Copenhagen, Denmark
4/10/2012 Deadcrash – Hamburg. Germany
4/11/2012 Underground 2 – Koeln, Germany
4/12/2012 Roadburn – Tilburg, Holland
4/13/2012 Green Door Store – Brighton, UK
4/14/2012 Alter Ego – Manchester, UK
4/15/2012 Stereo – Glasgow, UK
4/16/2012 Corporation – Sheffield, UK
4/17/2012 The Red Room – Nottingham, UK
4/18/2012 The Old Blue Last – London, UK
4/19/2012 The Croft – Bristol, UK
Norwegian black metal act Hordagaard has posted a previously unreleased track online titled "Religion and the Worshipers." Listen to the song in the player below, or find more details on Hordagaard at the band's Facebook profile.
Canadian act Enduring the Fall has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"Enduring the Fall is happy to announce the addition of our newest member! Please welcome our new drummer, Gerred Cloutier, to the band!
"We are very excited to finally present all you guys with our newest line up. In the past few months, we've written all new music with a different feel than our older material!
"We cannot wait to get back on stage and perform some of these new tracks for you guys! We know you're going to fucking enjoy them...ETF 2012!!"
For more on Enduring the Fall, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
New Jersey's prog maestros Suspyre have issued the following brief announcement about releasing a new self-titled album via Impulse Music:
"It's official. Impulse Music to release our eponymously titled fourth record worldwide. Release date: April 10th, 2012. Will it be available on iTunes earlier? Quite possibly."
Pre-orders for the album are now online and available through Impulse Music here. Impulse Music also commented on the album: "This collection of music portrays a tonal palette of progressive rock, metal, jazz fusion, funk, and pop. We are very excited to release such a diverse album; fusing the rhythms of funk with the heaviness of metal and harmony of jazz brings new life to the metal genre. We expect to turn heads and drop jaws with this release." More...
Baltimore's Sky Came Burning has posted a new lyric video online for the song "I Love What You've Done With The Place," which you can check out below.
"I Love What You've Done With The Place" is off the band's new album "Patent Pending." You can also hear the title track by heading over here.