Metal News for March 11, 2013
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An eclectic slice of all things metal, Andy Winter's new album "Incomprehensible" (reviewed here) features an array of guest musicians from Europe and North America. The disc sees contributions from members of Madder Mortem, Starofash, Agalloch, Tristania, Novembers Doom, and more, making this a must-hear for fans of just about any style.
Excited to share "Incomprehensible" with the world, the mastermind behind the project conducted an interview with us, diving into how these tracks came together with musicians scattered across the globe working in tandem.
The verbose Winter discusses the tight-nit Norwegian musical community, how people will likely interpret the lyrics differently from one another, and his own history in the metal scene. More...
Amidst all the pig squeals and face shredding tech-death, there’s plenty of music to be found in the metal world that borrows from (or even relies on entirely!) a symphonic sound. These acts aren’t afraid to show off their melodic side, creating unique songs that blend heavy guitars and even screams with more traditional stringed instruments and keyboards.
If power metal isn’t your thing but you still want music with more melody than the standard death metal troupe, check out this week’s crop of bands as we unearth more of the metal underground.
This Ukraine-based group has existed off and on since the ‘90s, but it wasn’t until last week that it finally dropped a debut full-length album titled “Wind of Freedom” via Svarga Music. If the name didn’t tip you off, the lyrics and themes of the music are based heavily on pagan traditions and are dedicated to the history and folklore of the band’s homeland.
Although Paganland describes itself as a “pagan black metal” band, this is much more on the symphonic and folk side than the black metal side of things, and fans of Tyr will be right at home with much of the new disc. Get a sampling of what the band has to offer through the title track available below, or hear more over at Facebook.
Italian metal act Mesmerize, featuring ex-Time Machine vocalist Folco Orlandini, are streaming the new track "126.96.36.199." The song appears on the band's new LP "Paintropy," which is scheduled for release on April 29, 2013 via Punishment 18 Records.
"Paintropy" will mark the band's first full length release in eight years and will feature the following track list:
1. It Happened Tomorrow
3. A Desperate Way Out
4. Monkey In Sunday Best
5. Midnight Oil / Within Without
6. One Door Away
8. Shadows at the Edge of Perception
9. Mrs. Judas
10. You Know I Know
12. Promises (The Cranberries Cover)
Check out "188.8.131.52." here: More...
Deep Purple posted a lyric video for the new track "All the Time in the World." The song appears on the band's forthcoming new LP "NOW What?" The release is scheduled top drop on April 26th, 2013 (G/S/A, Finland, Spain), April 29th, 2013 (UK, France, BENELUX, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway Denmark), April 30th, 2013 (USA, Italy) and May 1st, 2013 (Sweden) via earOne Music.
Check out "All the Time in the World" here:
Currently in the midst of a month-long run of live assaults, Batillus will be laying waste to Austin at this year’s edition of the SXSW Music Conference.
In addition to the band's previously announced slot on Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy showcase, Batillus will appear on the 2nd Annual Heavy Metal BBQ, Invisible Oranges Day Party, and the second stage of Metal At The Music Ranch. See further details below.
Polish progressive grind act Antigama has just completed the construction of sixth full-length album, "Meteor."
Consisting of eleven explosive new tracks, "Meteor" was recorded earlier this year at Progresja Studio in Warsaw with producer Pawel "Janos" Grabowski (Masachist, Lost Soul) and the final output mastered by Scott Hull at his Visceral Sound Studios (Agoraphobic Nosebleed, Pig Destroyer). The album also features a guest appearance by Michal Lapaj from Polish progressive rock band Riverside.
Antigama's head technician Sebastian Rokicki comments on what to expect from the album: "This was very hard and challenging recording session but I am sure the result will surprise many of our fans. Meteor is solid piece of intense brutal music not for weak at heart. This is no doubt the fastest and most experimental Antigama's album."
"Meteor" will see release this coming May or June via Selfmadegod Records, the assassins also responsible for the band’s recently-released "Stop The Chaos" EP in addition to a plethora of other Antigama releases, including the seminal "Discomfort" and "Zeroland" albums. An official studio report, album art, and most importantly, new music from "Meteor" will be available shortly.
Led by enigmatic vocalist/guitarist Rosalie Cunningham, England's Purson is poised to erupt on the international underground with new album, "The Circle and the Blue Door." The artwork is now available and can be viewed below.
The lead single, "Leaning on a Bear," is streaming now through Metal Blade, where fans can also secure pre-orders. "The Circle and the Blue Door" is slated for release in North America on April 30th.
"Leaning on a Bear" has also been transformed into a new music video by director Chris Martin. The video can be found here.
Rosalie Cunningham elaborates on the video: "We found this great place in Brixton, South London called Cafe Cairo that looks as though it has been transplanted there from the souk in Marrakesh. It was just perfect for a Purson video, so we invited some friends along, hung out, and played. Chris Martin shot and edited the video and my brother, William, treated the footage and added the trippy effects". More...
Phoenix, Arizona based metal act Virulent has signed with Sullen Musik, an independent label affiliated with Sony Music Entertainment. For more information, head over to the band's Sullen Musik page here. You can also check out the band's new lyric video for "The Great Destroyer" below.
7 Days Dead is releasing the debut "Beyond Within" EP digitally for free. Drummer Stephen Brown comments: "We want to share our music with as many people as possible and do everything possible to get our name out there."
You can stream the release through the player below or download the tracks via Bandcamp here. 7 Days Dead will leave the option open for fans to donate should they wish and there is also the option to buy a physical copy through the bands official webstore at at this location.
"Beyond Within" was recorded at Manor Park Studios, Northern Ireland with producer Neal Calderwood (The Answer, The Dangerfields, General Fiasco, Million Dollar Reload, Therapy?). Artwork was undertaken by Kieran Hill from Dog Day Design. The track listing is as follows:
1. By Any Means 04:12
2. Broken 03:38
3. Come Undone 05:06
4. Haunted 03:27 More...
Extreme freak humour metal band Dollycrow has launched a new lyric video for the song "Sexuale Speisekarte," which can be found below. The debut album "Water Closet" was mixed and mastered at Arsafes Records, and the band is currently looking for a label. Dollycrow comments:
"Today I want to congratulate all the girls on International Women's Day. During the day, when men are supposed to delight and satisfy us. But... since my work's against all dogmas, rules and morals, our gift, and it is a new song 'Sexuale Speisekarte,'sung in German, by contrast, tells of a strange restaurant where the men served with living succulent and beautiful girls! yum-yum-yum!:)" More...
Stockholm, Sweden-based dark hardcore outfit No Omega has put the band's upcoming record "Shame" online for streaming via the player below. Pre-orders can be found online now at Throatruiner Records and the full-length is due out April 10th on LP and CD. The track listing is as follows:
1. Earth Stands Still 01:21
2. Vacants 03:10
3. Sleeping In 01:56
4. Below 02:18
5. Woodlands Pt.1 02:50
6. Utopianist 03:24
7. Dirt Hands 01:43
8. Enigma 01:53
9. V (Control) 03:43
10. A Man Reprieved 03:51
11. Woodlands Pt.2 02:47 More...
The new project Grailight, featuring Demether of Arcane Grail, has checked in with the following announcement about an album release:
"Our new album will be called 'Sic Luceat Lux!' It will consist of the 14 beautiful pieces inspired by ancient pre-Abrahamic culture of Europe: culture, traditions, literary and musical heritage of the nations of Europe with Indo-Aryan origin and blood.
"The album shall tell by singing of Euterpe about all that once led our ancestors to the Light and True Gods, rejecting evil, hatred, fratricide... led ancestors, and now must lead their descendants - Us, onto the Path of Enlightenment and Purification.
"Forward into the New Age of Aquarius, upon the wreckage of religions, for building a New Golden Age of Man! Let there be light! Sanguis, Honor, Amor!"
For more info on Grailight, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Banisher has released the first single from the recently recorded “Scarcity” album. Check out "Dystopia" below.
The follow-up to 2010's “Slaughterhouse” contains 10 tracks, including a death metal version of “Yakety Sax," more commonly known as the “Benny Hill” theme. The band is looking for a label to release the album. Banisher also comments:
"The album was recorded in a new line-up, with Lucass Krzesiewicz (Sammath Naur, Gnida, Esquarial) as the drummer. Furthermore, there is a guest appearance by Wojtek Famielec (Disperse, ex-Redemptor), who recorded the bass guitar for one of the tracks. Szymon Grodzki from Invent Sound Studio (also Sammath Naur and Gnida guitarist) took care of the recording, mixing and mastering.
"In the meantime, the band is preparing for the upcoming concerts. In April you'll be able to see them live in 6 cities, as part of the 'Ultimate Porky Tour 2013.' Several more shows in Poland abroad are planned for May. In August, Banisher will appear on two outdoor festivals in the Eastern Europe: Metal Crowd Festival (Belarus) and Metal Head's Mission (Ukraine)." More...
Thy Darkened Shade has posted a guitar recording clip online from the band's upcoming new album, which will see release via World Terror Committee. Check out the video below. For more info on the band, head over to the Thy Darkened Shade Facebook profile here.
Philadelphia shoegaze outfit Nothing has just premiered a new video for the track "The Dives (Lazarus In Ashes)" via Brookyln Vegan. Check out the video right here or in the player below.
Nothing is also currently on a U.S. tour alongside Whirr, which will take the bands to the west coast and back, including a stop at this year's SXSW Festival in Austin, TX. Dates are as follows:
3/11 Nashville, TN @ The End
3/12 New Orleans, LA @ Fair Grinds Coffee House
3/13 Houston, TX @ Walter's
3/14 Austin, TX @ SXSW (Philly Showcase at The Annex 1808)
3/15 Austin TX @ SXSW (March Madness at The Annex 1808)
3/16 Austin, T @ SXSW (Graveface Showcase at The Velveeta Room)
3/18 Albuquerque, NM @ The Gasworks
3/19 Murreita, CA @ The Dial
3/20 San Diego, CA @ C3 Performing Arts Center
3/21 Fresno, CA at CYC
3/22 Los Angeles, CA @ Eagle Rock Center For The Arts
3/23 San Francisco , CA at Sub-Misson Art Space
3/23 Santa Cruz, CA at 418 Project More...
Swedish rockers Sister Sin have released a music video for the energy-fueled track, "Fight Song," taken from their newest release, "Now and Forever." Victory Records comments on the clip:
"Powerhouse frontwoman Liv Jagrell delivers an absolute TKO performance, providing the ultimate soundtrack for showing the world exactly what you're made of. Sister Sin show how merciless they can be as Jagrell reminds her enemies, 'God forgives - I don't.'"
The debut album from Swedish act Dead Awaken will be released on Abyss Records this coming April 1st, 2013 in CD format.
"Where Hope Turns Dripping Red" will feature nine tracks of old school death metal and was recorded at Studio D-Man in Västerås, Sweden. "Where Hope Turns Dripping Red" is available now for pre-order right here. The track listing is as follows:
2. Kingdom of Damnation (Where Hope Turns Dripping Red)
3. Deutsches Afrika Corpse
4. Rocket Symphony
6. Manic Destructive
7. Envy the Dead
8. Venom of the Population
9. State of Corrosion More...
The Order of Chaos has checked in with the following announcement about upcoming European shows:
"We are extremely pleased to announce that The Order of Chaos will be returning to Europe in May 2013 as support for legendary bay area thrash gods Vicious Rumors! We are thrilled to make a return Europe and we hope to see some familiar and fresh faces headbanging in May!"
Confirmed dates are as follows:
07.05.2013 DE Bastard Club, Osnabruck*
08.05.2013 DE Bambi Galore, Hamburg*
09.05.2013 DE Florinsmarkt, Koblenz*
10.05.2013 DE Glückaufhalle, Duisburg*
12.05.2013 DE Kreuz, Obermarchtal*
15.05.2013 SLO TBA, Ljubljiana**
16.05.2013 DE Vortex, Siegen**
17.05.2013 DE Live Music Hall, Weiher**
18.05.2013 CZ Barrak Music Club, Ostrava**
19.05.2013 CZ TBA, Budvar**
20.05.2013 HU Club 202, Budapest***
22.05.2013 DE Garage, Munich***
23.05.2013 DE UJT, Uelsen***
24.05.2013 NL The Rock Temple, Kerkrade***
25.05.2013 NL Baroeg, Rotterdam***
26.05.2013 NL Little Devil, Tilburg***
* Dates with Nodrama
** Dates with The Embodied
*** Dates with Iron Knights More...
Greek act War Device has posted the title track online from the band's new EP "The Anger." Check out the song below. The track listing is as follows:
2. Evil, Death and Hell
3. War Device
4. The Anger
5. M.I.P (Mind In Panic)
6. Under the Guillotine (Kreator Cover)
Eyeswithoutaface is a 4 piece industrial sludge metal outfit from Toronto, Canada. The band has now posted the Warguts release online, which can be heard via Bandcamp or in the player below. Eyeswithoutaface also comments:
"We have been recording and playing shows since 2009. Thus far we have put out two full-length records and a handful of splits and remix CDs. Our releases have received praise from both print and blog media.
"See below for our latest offering entitled Warguts. The overall intent of this record is to place the listener in as vulnerable a mindset as possible, decimating all preconceptions about themselves or the society they are complicit in supporting, leaving nothing but an ashy, quivering shell.
"Recommended if you like: Godflesh, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Coil, Genghis Tron, Malformed Earthborn, Old Lady Drivers, Necro Deathmort, The Bug, Drainland, Techno Animal, Burning Witch, Ministry, Dead World, Corrupted, Red Harvest, Halo, etc." More...
Owl is about to embark on s a short tour of the Western United states from March 21st through March 31st. Confirmed dates are as follows:
3.21: Salt Lake City - Willie's Lounge
3.22: Denver - Three Kings Tavern
3.23: Albuquerque - Moon Light Lounge
3.24: Dallas - 406 S Haskell
3.26: San Antonio - Korova Basement
3.27: Austin - Vegas Hotel
3.28: Las Cruces - The Trainyard
3.29: Phoenix - Ice House Tavern
3.30: San Diego - The Tin Can
3.31: Los Angeles/LBC More...
Stone Sour will be releasing Part 2 of the band's two part album series, "House Of Gold & Bones," on April 9th, 2013.
The new album includes the single "Do Me A Favor," which is currently climbing the Active Rock building chart (now at #15). The track is actually one of three in the Active Top Twenty that feature Stone Sour's Corey Taylor – the other two being “Absolute Zero” from House of Gold & Bones Part 1 and “From Can To Can’t,” a collaboration with Dave Grohl featured on Sound City: Real To Reel, the soundtrack to Grohl’s recently released “Sound City” documentary. Both Stone Sour songs are available on iTunes now. More...
St. Louis, Missouri’s dynamic five-piece band Tear Out The Heart has released a music video for "Infamous Last Words," taken from the band's forthcoming album, "Violence," due out March 19th. Check out the video below. Victory Records also comments on the clip:
"Directed by Victory Records’ Eric Richter (Aiden, Emmure, Taproot), this twisted fairytale serves as the perfect introduction to Tear Out The Heart’s soaring melodies and gut-punching breakdowns. Produced by Caleb Schomo (Ex Attack Attack), Violence provides eleven unforgettable, sing-a-long worthy tracks for what will be one of the most impressive rock releases of 2013. "
You can also catch the band on Midwest tour kicking off March 22nd in Tear Out The Heart's hometown. Dates are available after the jump. More...
In the light of Dew-Scented's European tour supporting Testament starting this weekend, Metal Blade Records is now launching first details about the band's upcoming anniversary release. The title is "Insurgent" and it will be released May 24th, 2013 in Europe. The label comments:
"Insurgent is a comprehensive 19-track collection including brand-new and rare material with a total running time of 76 minutes, celebrating more than 20 years of restless, deadly Thrash Metal!
"The tracklisting of Insurgent contains 3 brand new songs, 7 new live songs, a total of 7 cover songs and some more. It will be available as limited Digipak CD, Digital Download and the new songs will even be issued as strictly limited 10” vinyl edition! For a first impression of Insurgent we have now launched a live-clip of the song Sworn To Obey, in the version that appears on this special release. Check it out below." More...
Finntroll returns from the darkest depths of Finland to give us a preview of upcoming album "Blodsvept." The album will be unleashed upon the world via Century Media Records on March 25th in Europe and April 2nd in North America.
The album's official trailer is available below, and the full track listing is as follows:
2. Ett Folk Förbannat
3. När Jättar Marschera
5. Rösets Kung
6. Skövlarens Död
9. Två Ormar
11. Midvinterdraken More...
Helloween has been on tour in support of latest album "Straight Out Of Hell" (reviewed here), and the band has now checked in with the following announcement about canceling a show due to Andi Deris becoming ill:
"Due to illness of Andi we unfortunately have to cancel the Istanbul show. We feel very sorry for our Turkish fans! We are looking forward to be able to continue the tour after that small break in Sofia on Friday."
The tour will continue as planned in Sofia, Bulgaria on March 15th. For a list of upcoming Helloween tour dates, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Palm Reader's debut album "Bad Weather" is set for release this coming May 6th, 2013. An album launch show has also now been scheduled at The Old Blue Last in London on May 7th. The track listing is as follows:
1. Unwanted Guest (Grace Pt.1)
3. Smack Hound
4. The Fox and the Crow
5. Bitter Hostess (Grace pt.2)
6. Seeing and Believing are Two Different Things
8. Uncomfortably Lucid
9. Noble Host (Grace pt.3)
10. Whites of our Eyes
New England black metal band Autolatry has revealed the details of upcoming full-length “Native,” set to be independently released June 18th. The band’s latest effort is a concept album, telling a tale of Native American assimilation at the time of the colonial settling in New England.
Vocalist Karl Chamberlain comments: “This album represents a powerful look into New England’s history as well as our history as a band. For the first time, the whole band was in one room when we wrote the album and the collaboration forced us to step up our game. Autolatry has always had an underlying concept, but 'Native' was created to flow conceptually, lyrically, and musically together. I see this as not just the next step, but an entire new beginning for us.”
The track listing is as follows:
2. Waning Moon
3. Unrest with the Tide
4. Pale Dishonor
5. Setting of the Sun
The album was engineered and mixed by guitarist/songwriter Dave Kaminsky at Morrisound Recording in Tampa, FL and at the band’s home base in Mansfield, CT. Album artwork (available below) was created by Casey Stone-Pirrie. More...
German act The Ocean are set to unleash a tidal wave in the form of new LP "Pelagial" via Metal Blade Records on on April 26th (GSA), April 29th (Europe) and April 30th (USA). In anticipation of the splash of the band's sixth studio LP, the new track "Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams" is available and streaming below.
The Ocean is set to embark on a European tour with Cult of Luna in April and May. For dates and venues, head over to this location.
Check out "Bathyalpelagic II: The Wish in Dreams" here: More...
Boulder, Colorado's Call of the Void is streaming the new track "Endless Ritual Abuse." The song appears on the band's forthcoming release "Dragged Down A Dead End Path," which is scheduled for release on March 15th (Germany/BeNeLux/Finland), March 18th (EU) and March 19th (North America) via Relapse Records. The band is also streaming the track "Bottom Feeder" over at this location.
Check out "Endless Ritual Abuse" here:
The Howling Void has just released brand new EP "Runa," featuring new musical vision. According to a press release, the usual funeral doom has now been blended seamlessly with folk melodies and chanted vocals, for fans of Ahab, Agalloch, Drudkh, and Negura Bunget.
The Howling Void also comments: "The EP focuses on the mythic paradigm of Initiation in the Left Hand Path as represented by Woden/Wotan/Odin's journey into darkness in search of wisdom."
You can stream the EP over at Bandcamp or through the player below. A physical release is coming early summer 2013 on Solitude Productions. The track listing is as follows:
1. Irminsûl 10:14
2. Nine Nights 07:23 More...
Originally released in Europe last October, Canadian heavy metal trio Cauldron will release third full-length album, "Tomorrow's Lost," in North America on April 30th via Century Media Records/Earache Records in the USA.
In anticipation of this release, the band has now teamed up with Decibel Magazine.com for the premiere of the track "End of Time," which is available right here. You can also catch the band live: More...
New York death metal legends Immolation have posted the first in a series of video clips detailing the making of their upcoming ninth full-length album, "Kingdom of Conspiracy." Check it out below.
The follow-up to the 2010 release "Majesty and Decay" will be released on May 10th in Europe via Nuclear Blast. The album was recorded at Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren. The cover imagery was brought to life this time by no less than Pär Olofsson.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Echoes Of Despair
2. Keep The Silence
3. Kingdom Of Conspiracy
4. Serving Divinity
5. The Great Sleep
7. A Spectacle of Lies
8. God Complex
9. Bound To Order
10. All That Awaits More...
Thy Art Is Murder has revealed the cover artwork for "Hate," which can be viewed below. You can also pre-order your copy at this location. The album will be issued via Nuclear Blast on April 1st (UK), April 5th (EU) and April 8th (USA). The track listing for "Hate" is as follows:
1. Reign of Darkness
2. The Purest Strain of Hate
3. Vile Creations
4. Shadow of Eternal Sin
6. Infinite Forms
7. Dead Sun
8. Gates of Misery
9. Defective Breed
10. Doomed from Birth More...
Dark Sarah, the new project by former Amberian Dawn vocalist Heidi Parviainen, posted the first music video clip for the band's single "Save Me." At the moment, the band is preparing its debut studio release. The musical style will combine elements of film music and metal music.
The album will see appearances from guest musicians Kasperi Heikkinen (Conquest/Mergin Flare/Ex-Amberian Dawn and now U.D.O.), bassist Jukka Koskinen (Wintersun/Cain's Offering/Amberian Dawn) and Inga Scharf and Stefan Schmidt of Van Canto.
Check out "Save Me" here: More...
French act Atlantis Chronicles posted a guitar playthrough video for the song "Homocene," which features guitarists Jerome Blazquez and Alexandre Houngbo. The song appears on the band's new LP "Ten Miles Underwater," which drops tomorrow, March 12th, via Coroner Records. The band previously released the music video for the track "Thousands Carybdea," which can be viewed over at this location.
Check out "Homocene" here:
Hungarian act Ektomorf posted a new music video for the track "Black Flag." The song is the title track from the band's latest LP, which was issued last August via AFM Records.
Check out the video here:
In 2005, Italy's Crimson Dawn was conceived by Drakkar guitarist/composer Dario Beretta and Crown of Autumn multi-musician Emanuele Rastelli. The band released one demo in 2006 entitled "A Dawn In Crimson." Since then, the band was "mothballed" until 2009 when Beretta decided to resurrect the once side project and make it into a full band with a doom edge.
Baretta switched to a seven string guitar and enlisted Betoken/Rapid Fire vocalist Antonio Pecere, Ex-All Soul's Day drummer Luca Lucchini, keyboardist Emanuele Laghi, guitarist Marco Rusconi (six string guitar) and bassist Alessandro Reggiani Romagnoli. With a solidified lineup, Crimson Dawn finished writing what would become the new LP "In Strange Aeons..." Though no release date has yet been announced and the band currently shopping the album to labels, the plan is for a release later this year.
In a world exclusive and very first taste of "In Strange Aeons...", the band presents the opening track "Tower of Sin," an epic doom track that evokes the spirit of Candlemass and Black Sabbath exclusively here on Metal Underground.com More...