Metal News for March 12, 2013
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Guitar legend Zakk Wylde, the man who turned heavy metal touring into a journey of fantastical excess with his band Black Label Society and as lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne for over 20 years, shares what really goes on behind bus windows and stage doors in his book "Bringing Metal To The Children: The Complete Berzerker’s Guide to World Tour Domination."
The book, set to be released in paperback on April 9th, 2013 through William Morrow, was co-written by New York Times bestselling author Eric Hendrikx. Check out a teaser clip below.
Nemesis Records has issued the following announcement about inking a new album deal with Deprivation:
"We would like to announce that Orange based Deprivation has signed a one album deal with Nemesis Records. We are very excited about having Deprivation join our roster and bring their brand of metal to the US on a regular basis.
"The band's unique sound, combined with their professionalism on and off stage makes them a perfect fit for our growing family here at Nemesis.
"Formed in 2006 and hailing from Orange NSW, Deprivation is a five piece melodic thrash metal band. Their career accomplishments as an independent Artist include an extensive tour history in Australia, as well as a self funded US tour in the summer of 2012. More...
With a brand new record only weeks away, Conditions has released a lyric video today highlighting the track "Love Elusive."
The band had fans send in snapshots of themselves portraying the lyrics to the song so they could be compiled into the lyric video you are seeing today. Check it out below. Conditions will be releasing newest full length "Full Of War" on March 26th, 2013. The track listing is as follows:
1. Walking Seperate Ways
3. Open Eyes
4. Best Mistake
5. Love Elusive
6. Wonderful Lie
7. Everyday Is A New Life
8. The Descent Of Man
9. Long Division
10. What We Wait For
11. Not Giving Up…Not Yet More...
Now just a week from North American release, today Pitchfork is streaming Inter Arma’s Relapse debut "Sky Burial" in its entirety. Let all eight roaring anthems from Sky Burial loose now at Pitchfork here.
The band’s coalescing of doom, psychedelic sludge, grind, and black metal also further explores elements of noise and programming, along with classic Southern Americana on the more than hour-long "Sky Burial."
This week, Inter Arma kicked off a massive tour schedule, the band currently embarked towards SXSW. At this year’s SXSW the Richmond crew will perform at a slew of shows and parties including Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy showcase, a Brooklyn Vegan day party, a March Madness showcase and the Relapse Records/Chaos In Tejas showcase.
Following SXSW the band will continue the ongoing tour with Mutilation Rites, then scheduled to tackle several shows with Men’s Room, and finally an East Coast tour with Earthling in April. More...
Hundredth has premiered a lyric video for the track "Free Mind / Open Spirit," which can be seen on the band's Facebook page or through the player below.
The song comes from the band's upcoming EP "Revolt," which hits stores on March 19th through Mediaskare Records. A limited vinyl edition will also available via No Sleep Records. The "Revolt" track listing is as follows:
3. Free Mind / Open Spirit
5. Euclid (Slave Song) More...
Old school Spanish grinders Looking For An Answer have just announced a nine day headlining U.K. tour with The Day Man Lost.
The tour, marking the band's first time in the UK, kicks off March 22nd in Manchester and runs through March 30th. Additionally, the band will be performing a run of dates in Spain with Extreme Noise Terror this April. A complete listing of dates can be found below.
The band is touring in support of 2011’s pulverizing Relapse debut "Eterno Treblinka." The album can currently be heard in its entirety via the Bandcamp player after the jump. More...
Celtachor has signed a new deal with Trollzorn Records, and the label issued the following statement:
"The Trollzorn family is very happy to announce the new deal with Celtachor from Ireland! Celtachor is a Blackened Folk Metal band from Ireland. Born in 2007, it became a full working band in 2010, melding the influences of black/doom/folk metal together in one combined force.
"The band sees themselves as the narrators of Irish Mythology. The band’s main goal is to showcase their own vision of those stories, playing the music with passion and from the heart.
"The band released a demo in 2010 and their first album in November 2012. Celtachor has shared the stage with the likes of: Skyforger, Primordial, Heidevolk, Suidakra, Cruachan, Wolfchant,
Alestorm, Mael Mordha, Waylander, Thurisaz, Nothgard, Darkest Era, Belenos...
"Their actual full-length album 'Nine Waves From the Shore' has been released a few months ago and is now available at the Trollzorn Online shop for just 9,99 Euro! The next CD is planned for the end of 2013!" More...
With a little over a week left until the release of the debut self-titled EP from Davey Suicide, Davey has teamed up with Bloody-Disgusting for an exclusive song premiere.
Get a first listen to the song "Hustler Queen" right here or through the player below.
The new album, which will be released March 19th, is now available for pre-order in exclusive bundle packages at this location. It will also be available on tour, as Davey Suicide is on the road with Orgy and Vampires Everywhere for the "Wide Awake and Dead Tour." Dates are available below. More...
California power metal act Avant Guardian has posted the band's self-titled EP online for streaming via Bandcamp. Give the release a listen through the player below, or buy the EP in digital or physical format at this location.
"Avant Guardian" was recorded, produced, mixed, and mastered at AG Studios in Hawthorne, CA. The track listing is as follows:
1. Prelude 01:24
2. Terra Nostra 04:43
3. Rise To Glory 04:45
4. Call Of Avarice 04:54
5. Atonement 05:58
6. Path To Vengeance 05:53 More...
Today the mosh pit instigators behind the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival are pleased to announce the official pre-party lineup.
Set to commence on Thursday, April 18th, 2013 at the Palladium, the precursor to the 15th annual NEMHF takeover will feature performances by Revocation, A Life Once Lost, Fit For An Autopsy, The Greenery, To The Wind, Abiotic, NightBitch, Surrounded By Teeth and an unannounced special guest.
Additionally, NEMHF has added hardcore hooligans Code Orange Kids and crossover veterans Waking The Dead to the ever expanding bill. Check out the array of ticket packages and the full festival lineup right here.
As previously announced, official sponsors All In Merchandise are offering up a chance to win two three-day passes to this year’s event and ten t-shirts of your choice! To enter:
2. Send an email with your facebook ID to: NEMFCONTEST@gmail.com
The festival is celebrating its 15th Anniversary at the historic Worcester Palladium. The event takes place April 19th, 20th, and 21st with a special pre-fest party in the upstairs room at the Palladium on April 18th.
Several Prosthetic Records artists are set to perform throughout the week at the prestigious South By Southwest (SXSW) conference in Austin, Texas - one of the largest and most anticipated music events of the year.
The event, which takes place from March 12th - 17th, will feature performances from Prosthetic artists Skeletonwitch, Ancient VVisdom, Junius, and Mutilation Rites. See the flyer below for show details and set times. More...
After finishing off a very eventful past year of promotions for previous album release, "Bilateral" (reviewed here), acclaimed Norwegian progsters Leprous entered the studio to start recording their next album after wrapping up the "European Progressive Assault" headlining tour in September/October 2012.
This new album is entitled "Coal," and it will be released on May 20th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via InsideOut Music. Leprous singer/synth-player Einar Solberg comments about the release:
"With our upcoming album 'Coal,' I feel we are one step closer to a personal expression. Heidi Solberg Tveitan (StarofAsh) and Vegard Tveitan (Ihsahn) of Mnemosyne were the producers of this album, together with Leprous. They helped us a lot with reaching the full potential of the songs, and the album would not be equally good without their expertise.
"Jens Bogren and Tony Lindgren @ Fascination Street Studios mixed the material and have made this album shine like nobody else could. I see less interest in defining music than in creating music, but I will give a short overview on what to expect...
"'Coal' is a more melancholic and darker album than the more playful 'Bilateral.' By darker I don't mean more aggressive, but more severe. There is still a big range in the dynamics, but no jumping between different moods within a song. We cannot wait to show this album to the world!" More...
Rio de Janeiro black metal act Black Vulture has released new songs from the band's upcoming album "Medo."
One-man metal act Common Dead has released "Modern Obsolete," the debut music video supporting the latest offering, "Allegorize," and the project's 7th official video in total. Check out the clip below.
The song's instrumentation and vocals are the lone work of Common Dead's Andrew Laurenson, and so was the video's overall production and animation segments. This is the second time the band founder has tackled all facets of a music video alone, the first being "Critical Mass" which hails from the 2012 album "Diatribe."
The 9-track effort "Allegorize" was released via online stores today. According to a press release, "the album draws from technical death and post-thrash styles similar to Lamb of God, Gojira, and Machine Head, while evolving towards new vocal tones and song structuring for Common Dead." More...
The Norwegian doom rockers in Devil return with their second opus after their 2011 debut "Time to Repent."
"Gather The Sinners" will be released on May 14th via Soulseller Records on CD, limited gatefold LP. and digital format. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The new album is a step up both in song writing, performance and production. It also varies from the doomiest they've ever done to the most classic heavy metal they ever done, and if that's not enough: the most garage they've ever done. Fans of Devil will not be disappointed, and with a higher standard on all accounts, we can all be confident that 'Gather The Sinners' will be a worthy sophomore album." More...
Swedish melodic death metal act, Soilwork, will kick off the headlining "North American Infinity Tour 2013" tonight in West Springfield, Va., marking the beginning of an extensive 54-show trek with support from Jeff Loomis and Blackguard.
Tickets for all dates are on sale now, and VIP Meet & Greet packages (which include early entry plus a shirt of choice from the band's merchandise) are available through this location.
Said drummer Dirk Verbeuren, "We can't wait to take some of our new songs to the stage... We look forward to once again bringing you metal the Soilwork way!"
Soilwork is touring in support of ninth studio album, a double-CD release, "The Living Infinite" (reviewed here), which hit stores last week via Nuclear Blast. Check out the music video for "Rise Above the Sentiment" below, or catch the band live: More...
Bermuda has posted the following message online about dropping off the band's current run of tour dates with Thick As Blood:
"We regret to inform you all that due to circumstances beyond our control, we have had to drop off the remaining dates of our current tour. We are truly sorry to any who may have been looking forward to seeing us.
"Let us assure you all that NO, NO ONE LEFT THE BAND! We've just got a few urgent matters to attend to at home, and we will absolutely make it up to all of you on our tour which we will be announcing very soon!
"Stay tuned for updates on tours, music videos, a ton of new merch, and a certain task we could really use your help with.... We love you guys, and are truly thankful for your continued support! See you all VERY soon."
Hessian has inked a deal with Southern Lord Recordings for the release of an album this Spring. The following press release was issued about the band:
"When confronted with the imminent destruction of our world, do we turn our heads and go our ways? Or do we look for means to channel our rage, to give voice to that frustration and turn it into a weapon? Do we search for what is real and worthwhile in the debris? Something that goes for the throat and doesn't let go until the last drop is spilled?
"Buried deep in the consciousness of its four members at the time, it was these exact questions that gave rise to Belgium's Hessian three years ago. From the onset, the combined musical backgrounds of guitarist Levy Seynaeve (Amenra), drummer Tim Bryon (The Black Heart Rebellion), vocalist Bram Coussement and bass player Kenneth Vanhoutte fell effortlessly into place, pushing a sound that was at once pummeling, devouring and empowering across the rural fields where they started rehearsing.
"After a well received debut EP, a split 7" with Amenra, a split LP with Pale Creation on Magic Bullet Records and countless shows throughout Europe, Hessian have found a new home with Southern Lord who will unleash the band’s debut album, Manégarmr to the North American masses on April 30th.
"Named after the wolf which, in Norwegian mythology, devours the sun every night, Manégarmr focuses both sonically and lyrically on the endless cycles of destruction that are imminent to this life and the world in which we live. From the soaring take-off of 'Ascension,' via the treacherous calm of central pieces 'Vamacara' and 'Father of Greed,' to the merciless onslaught that is 'Mother of Time.' More...
Papa Emeritus II summons all fans to participate in the papal conclave voting on his behalf. Cast your ballot at this location to elect Papa as supreme pontiff and unlock the full stream of the new song "Year Zero" (Facebook account required).
The track comes off Ghost's new album "Infestissumam," due out on April 9th, 2013 on Loma Vista Recordings. The track listing is as follows:
2. Per Aspera ad Inferi
3. Secular Haze
4. Jigolo har Megiddo
5. Ghuleh / Zombie Queen
6. Year Zero
8. Body and Blood
9. Depth of Satan’s Eyes
10. Monstrance Clock More...
Brazilian symphonic black metal band Frost Despair has released previews of two tracks from upcoming new album "Surreal." Check out the title track and the instrumental "The Sixth Bell" below.
The "Surreal" album is in the final stages of recording, and consists of 10 tracks with production by Sebastian Carsin. The recordings are taking place in the studio Hurricane in Rio Grande do Sul. More...
Texas technical metal act 1945 has released a new track online titled "Stunde Null A) Variations," which can be heard below. The song is the title track off the upcoming EP "Stunde Null," due for release on March 19th, 2013. For more info, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
The dark metallers in Foscor are at the Nautilus Studios in Barcelona to begin recording their fourth full-length album.
The new album, to be titled "Those Horrors Wither," is the follow up to 2009's "Groans to the Guilty" and marks an expansion in the band's musical direction, away from the strict confines of black metal.
Work has already started on the drum tracks, and Foscro will be posting regular updates and photos from the recording sessions via Facebook here. Commenting on the new direction, Foscor founders Falke and Fiar had this to say: More...
French experimental act Life's Decay has posted a clip online for "Emerance," which can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"This is not an official video, just the 'Emerance' track with a selection of photographs from the post- 'Dysrieuses' era. 'Emerance' is one of the twelve track that come from Life's Decay official sixth album 'Dysrieuses.' You can find more info about Life's Decay on our official website and see all the available products here."
Death metal behemoths Six Feet Under are back, and with the seething "Unborn," the tenth full-length of their imposing career, they are out for blood. The album sees release on March 19th, 2013.
Led by the inimitable Chris Barnes, owner of one of the most powerful and instantly recognizable voices in the genre, the band is now streaming another track from the coming "Unborn." Check out the song "Neuro Osmosis" through Pure Grain Audio here.
In November of 2010 when vocalist and founding member Chris Barnes first started to get the idea of working with new writers, he contacted Rob Arnold, Jari Laine, and Ben Savage to share in the writing process. After just two years of writing and recording 20 plus tracks, and releasing "Undead" in May of 2012, Six Feet Under is now proud to unveil the album's demented fraternal twin…
Disperse is offering a free download of the track "Profane the Ground," taken off of the band's Season of Mist debut, "Living Mirrors." The track is available for free download at the Disperse Bandcamp page, and you can stream the song below.
Additionally, the band has announced a lyric video contest for "Profane the Ground." Disperse is looking for fan created and submitted lyric videos to be posted via Facebook here up until April 15th. Winners will be chosen by the band, and two runner ups will receive Disperse prize packs. The grand prize winner will receive both the Disperse prize pack, as well as a massive Season of Mist prize pack. More...
With the participation of The End Records, Agalloch is excited to announce an official vinyl re-release of debut album "Pale Folklore" on 180 gram white vinyl with completely redesigned gatefold packaging. The band comments:
"Originally released on Profound Lore in 2005 in a very limited quantity, this album has never been officially released in Europe and is mostly unavailable outside the US. Agalloch will be selling most of the pressing of this LP release directly to fans throughout their month-long tour of Europe in April/May.
"The End has placed this release for pre-sale over at their webstore right here. However, if anyone anticipates seeing us live in Europe we encourage you to purchase this release directly from the band, as the proceeds will help fund the tour." More...
Chicago power/progressive act Divinity Compromised is streaming the new track "Children of A Dead God" (heard below). The song appears on the band's upcoming debut release "A World Torn." The album is scheduled for release digitally through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CDBaby, GooglePlay and spotify or via the band through its official Facebook page.
Divinity Compromised features Sacred Dawn vocalist/guitarist Lothar Keller on vocals and Novembers Doom guitarist Vito Marchese. Check out "Children of a Dead God" here:
In addition the band's upcoming compilation release "From The Ashes of Nuclear Destruction," Toxic Holocaust has now checked in with the following brief update about writing a new album:
"Currently working hard writing the new Toxic record. I hope to get into the studio soon to record it. It's shaping up to be a fucking rager.
"What I've written so far has a pretty strong punk vibe going on. Continuing with the tradition of making every record different... but always sounding like Toxic Holocaust. More updates soon..."
Further details on the album will be announced as they are made available. The "From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction" compilation 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.
Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Murmur, issuing the following statement:
"The American experimental black metal band has just been added to the Underground Activists division. The Chicago based quartet started off in 2007 and immediately received underground recognition. With the release of their fierce and utterly disturbing debut album in 2010, more accolades followed before the band embarked on an even stranger but no less frightening musical journey on a split EP with Nachtmystium the next year, which earned them international acclaim."
“We are extremely excited to be working with Season of Mist, and to have the opportunity to reach a wider audience,” guitarist Matthias Vogels comments. “Murmur started as a depressive black metal project with the debut ‘Mainlining the Lugubrious’, but after a pretty significant line-up change as well as a strong desire to satisfy my eclectic musical tastes, Murmur has mutated into a fusion of black metal with progressive rock, zeuhl, and 1970's style jazz fusion."
He goes on to say, "We continue to grow and mutate our sound with every new piece. For a long time I thought we were trying to find our niche with all the experimentation, but it seems to me that our niche is not having one at all. Murmur's future goals are to continue writing and release another full-length within the next 1-2 years. Another major goal is to embark on US and European tours." More...
Croatian act Man's Best Murder has issued the following statement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"So now it's official that our bassist Luka Klen has left the band for his personal reasons. We wish him all the best in his life and in his second band Drone Hunter, to keep on rockin'! Now we hope that we'll find his substitution very soon..."
Lost Society has teamed up with Metal Hammer to stream the full new album "Fast Loud Death," which drops on March 15th (EU), March 18th (UK), and April 2nd (US) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Give the entire album a listen at this location. The track listing is as follows:
02. Trash All Over You
04. KILL (Those Who Oppose Me)
05. Bitch, Out’ My Way
06. Fast Loud Death
07. Lead Through The Head
08. Diary Of A Thrashman
09. Toxic Avenger
10. This Is Me
11. Braindead Metalhead
12. Piss Out My Ass
13. Fatal Anoxia More...
Swedish death metal steamhammer Facebreaker has started recording for the successor to latest assault "Infected" (2010). The album is entitled "Dedicated To The Flesh" and planned for release in May/June 2013.
Last year Facebreaker released a deadly foretaste of what’s to come in the form of the “Zombie God” EP. Some last copies of the strictly limited 7” Single (666 copies) are still available at the Cyclone Empire label shop right here.
The track listing for upcoming new album "Dedicated To The Flesh" will be as follows:
01. Meat Freak
02. Dedicated To The Flesh
04. Zombie Flesh Cult
06. Nuclear Outbreak
08. Carving For Brains
09. Swarm Of Zombies
10. Legions Of Doom
11. World Cremation
12. Tomb Of The Hungry Dead More...
Texas act Carry Your Ghost has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"This tour will be our vocalist Matt's last tour with us. He's decided that he wants to enlist in the military and we fully support his decision to do so. We all love him dearly and respect his courage to do what he's doing.
"We've known this for a little while and are preparing for the changes. We're talking to an awesome vocalist that we think would make a solid fit for CYG. However, we would like to see what other opportunities are available.
"If you're a vocalist from Houston, 18+, tour ready, and interested: please send us a short vocal cover of any one of our songs along with some of your best lyrics. Thank you."
For info on the band's upcoming tour dates, head over to the Carry Your Ghost Facebook profile.
The Dillinger Escape Plan is streaming the new track "Prancer" (heard below). The song appears on the band's upcoming LP "One Of Us Is the Killer," which is due out on May 14, 2013 on Sumerian Records.
Check out "Prancer" here:
German gothic metal act The Vision Bleak, featuring Allen B. Konstanz (Ewigheim) and Ulf Theodor Schwadorf (Empyrium), posted a second in studio video on the recording of the band's new LP "Witching Hour." The band is at Klangschmiede Studio E last week to record the fifth full-length release. Check out the first installment over at this location.
Check out the latest footage here: