Metal News for March 13, 2017
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29 news articles posted on this day.
Cyhra, a new project featuring former Amaranthe singer Jake E. and ex-In Flames guitarist Jesper Strömblad, has signed to Spinefarm Records. The band formed a year ago and will enter the studio this spring, with a debut album expected to drop in the fall.
The core members, who cut their teeth in two incredibly influential metal bands, recruited other well-respected musicians to complete the lineup and the rhythm section: drummer Alex Landenburg, known from his work with Rhapsody and Annihilator, as well as bass player Peter Iwers of In Flames and Stoney Mountain. The addition of Landenburg and Iwers helped to fuel the Cyhra songwriting process and to solidify an overall sound.
"The excitement I feel about Cyhra is over the top," Jake E. said. "I have to pinch myself every day to make sure it's not just another dream. I am so proud of the music we have created and I can't wait to show it to the world!"
Strömblad stated, "For the first time for as long as I can remember, I feel I am a part of something special. This band has helped me regain my true passion for music. I can't wait to share this to the world!" More...
In the three years since Megaton Leviathan released 2014’s “Past 21” album, Andrew James Costa Reuscher and Mort Subite have been diligently creating new material to meet and exceed Megaton’s reputation of fusing disparate elements into new, borderline narcotic compositions.
To help facilitate this goal, several new members have been drafted in both studio and live capacities, including ex-Lord Dying drummer Jonathan Reid, vocalist and concert violinist Andrea Morgan, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Travis Hathaway, and bassist Trejen.
This new, diversely talented cast has already inspired unexpected creative reward in the studio, and will no doubt entrance live audiences worldwide as Megaton Leviathan takes to the road once again supporting a presently incubating goliath later this year. More...
Die Apokalyptischen Reiter is back after a long break and announcing a new studio album for summer 2017. The band is currently recording this forthcoming, yet-untitled album, which will be produced by the group itself and co-producers Alexander Dietz (Heaven Shall Burn) and Eike Freese (Deep Purple, Kai Hanson).
The band states: "An album is approaching. The essence of live will burn into your flesh. We are back! This summer already, our 10th studio album is scheduled to be released! Currently, we are working hard on the recordings. Bring the horses out of the shed, we'll also be back on tour this autumn; more info to follow soon! Cheers from Hamburg, Die Apokalyptischen Reiter!"
Stay tuned for more info, and check out a song off previous album "Tief.Tiefer" in the player below. More...
Swedish blackened metal band King Of Asgard will release the band's first new music in three years on March 17th. Titled "Taudr," this EP sees the group return in force with a revamped lineup and a few surprises.
The five song EP is King Of Asgard's first release for new label Trollmusic. In advance of the release, today an updated version of the Mithotyn classic "Upon Raging Waves" comes online - listen in below. Additionally, new song "Death and a New Sun" can also be heard after the jump.
1. The Curse and the Wanderer
2. Death and A New Sun
4. ...for the Fury of the Norse
5. Upon Raging Waves More...
On a mission to bring honest, pissed off music to the world, Long Island New York’s Stray From The Path just completed recording a next full-length offering that follows the band’s 2015 release "Subliminal Criminals."
The band recorded once more with Will Putney, who also produced, mixed, and mastered the yet-to-be-titled studio release at Graphic Nature Audio out of Belleville New Jersey, with additional vocal production from Jesse Barnett of Stick To Your Guns.
Vocalist Drew York comments on the recording process: "Having our new drummer Craig Reynolds in the studio made for a different experience going into it, but Craig is an absolute maniac and he smashed it!! We also pushed ourselves harder than we ever have before working 12, sometimes 16 hours a day; there was a couple of times I thought I was losing my mind haha.
"Going back to Will Putney was an obvious choice for us because he is a genius and plays a huge part in the aesthetic of this band. We also had our good friend Jesse Barnett do some vocal production and it was great having him there, shooting ideas around, and getting involved with everything. More...
Greek progressive/alternative metal outfit Until Rain has signed with Sensory Records for the release of impending third full-length album, "Inure." The band has issued some insight into the album today, including a dramatic trailer, track listing, and more. Additionally, the band has scheduled both European mainland and Balkan tours in conjunction with this release.
"Inure" was recorded by Until Rain in various European cities, including Thessaloniki, London, Gothenburg, and Lausanne, and mixed/mastered by Daniel Cardoso of Anathema in Lisbon, Portugal.
The album features artwork by new Greek artist/designer Nassia Kefala, and a hand-drawn cover that completely represents the concept of the album and the duality of many inured people; appearing lush on the outside, yet they are rotted inside. With nine massive tracks, "Inure" presents an hour-long journey that you will want to take again and again, the digital release bearing an additional bonus track as well.
Sensory Records will release "Inure" in Europe on April 28th and in the US on May 12th; an official digital single for "Because Something Might Happen" will be released through Spotify and other digital outlets on March 21st, accompanied by an official video for the song the same day. More...
Acclaimed Icelandic rock band Solstafir just announced a new headlining European tour, beginning on June 10th in Paris, which will be the band's first trek in support of upcoming record "Berdreyminn." A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
Regarding the tour, Solstafir comments: "We are stoked to be back on the road and doing up 'n close personal club shows between summer festivals. Some of the small venues are expected to sell out fast - so better get your ticket right away."
"Berdreyminn" (which translates to a "dreamer of forthcoming events") will be released worldwide on May 26th. The new full-length was produced by Birgir Birgirsson and Jaime Gomez-Arellano and features the following track listing:
After spending the past few weeks sharing various audio excerpts from the effort, French heavy-rock/metal five-piece Charlie's Frontier Fun Town has finally released second full-length album "In Dust We Trust."
You can now stream all the songs below, and pick up your own copy at various online digital outlets. The full track listing is as follows:
1. In Dust We Trust 04:00
2. Lost 04:19
3. Wildheart 03:45
4. Hell Seeds 04:45
5. Life 04:23
6. Bloodroad 05:00
7. Bottle's Curse 05:35
8. Fossil 04:01
9. Imminent Failure 04:25
10. Drunk Over Tail 04:55
11. Endless Way 05:13
12. Back In Time 06:37 More...
Swedish metal force Pain, led by multi-instrumentalist and producer Peter Tägtgren, has announced the second leg of a European tour in support of latest studio album "Coming Home."
Today the band has announced the support act for this forthcoming trek will be French metallers Dust In Mind.
The newly chosen support group comments: "Here we are! We are excited and proud to announce that we are going on tour with Pain. It's going to be totally insane!"
»Coming Home Tour Pt. II«
w/ Dust In Mind
14.04. PL Gdansk - B90
15.04. PL Warsaw - Progresja
16.04. LT Vilnius - Loftas
17.04. EST Tallinn - Rockclub Tapper
18.04. LV Riga - Melna Piektdiena
19.04. BY Minsk - Place Of Sports
20.04. UA Kiev - Club Sentrum
22.04. RO Bucharest - Quantic Pub
23.04. BG Sofia - Mixtape 5
24.04. SRB Belgrade - Dom Omladine
25.04. H Budapest - Barba Negra
26.04. SK Kosice - Collosseum
27.04. A Graz - Explosiv
28.04. A Salzburg - Rockhouse
29.04. CH Zurich - Dynamo
30.04. D Cologne - Essigfabrik More...
Brazil's alt metal / metalcore band Pato Junkie just unleashed a new music video for the single "Bad Memories," which is taken off upcoming 2017 album "The Rag Doll," set to follow 2015's debut release "Doido e Violento."
The "Bad Memories" video was directed by Alvaro Borges and Getúlio Alves, plus edited by Alcatraz Filmes. Check it out below.
It’s 2017 and Nor Cal’s Blessed Curse is back raging through 5 news songs of scathing metal, exemplified by the first preview – a lyric video provided below from forthcoming EP,
"Beware of the Night."
“Nightbreed” picks up where things left off on the previous debut album as the trio hacks and slashes with some deadly thrash in this new lyric clip created by Rafael Ortega (from label mates Sicocis.
The "Beware of the Night" CD was once again produced by Juan Urteaga (Testament, Exodus, Sadus) at Trident Studios in Martinez, CA with cover art by Brian Lewis (DevilDriver, Zakk Wylde, Cultural Warfare) at Stone Design and will be released March 31st on M-Theory Audio. Pre-orders, including t-shirt bundles, available at this location.
“This video is truly a historic chapter in the Blessed Curse history book because it marks the first official video from the band,” explains drummer Derek Bean. “I can’t say enough about the pro quality of the Beware of the Night EP project and everything that has gone into it from the time in the studio to this lyric video and everything in between. After first view of the ‘Nightbreed’ video, my initial reaction was ‘this is absolutely killer.' I love the Evil Dead/Blair Witch camera views of something going through the woods. The vibe of the song was definitely captured to the T in this vid.” More...
Canadian metalcore band All Else Fails released new EP "The Forever Lie" this past February (still available for streaming here) and also embarked on the group's first international tour of India to perform at the Unmaad Fest and the Alcheringa Fest.
While on tour, the band made sure to capture every moment visually to share with fans. The end result is a new music video for title track "The Forever Lie" - check it out below. The EP's full track listing is as follows:
1. Beneath The Waves (4:12)
2. The Sons of Plenty (3:35)
3. The Forever Lie (3:34)
4. Twice Broken (4:44)
5. Broken (4:11)
6. Terracide (7:54) More...
Norwegian hardcore five-piece group Ondt Blod just shared a new song from a forthcoming (and yet-untitled) second album, due out later this year via Fysisk Format.
Titled “Storma,” this new track was produced by Blood Command's Yngve Andersen, mixed by Haust's Ruben Willem, mastered by Alan Douches, and can be heard below.
Iced Earth just wrapped up the mixing and mastering for a new full-length album, which will be titled "Incorruptible."
Following previous 2014 full-length studio album "Plagues of Babylon," this new release is being slated for a June drop date, with full details to arrive in the coming weeks.
Photos from the studio were posted throughout the recording process, which can be seen at the band's Facebook profile here.
Today, Iced Earth has unveiled the official "Incorruptible" track listing:
1. Great Heathen Army
2. Black Flag
3. Raven Wing
4. The Veil
5. Seven Headed Whore
6. The Relic (Part 1)
7. Ghost Dance (Awaken the Ancestors)
10. Clear The Way (December 13th, 1862)
Remember Anal Trump? Back in November just before the election, Travis Ryan of Cattle Decapitation put together this Anal Cunt-themed band to release "That Makes Me Smart!" Now some 50-odd days into the Trump administration, the AxTx guys are back with new EP "If You Thought Six Million Jews Was A Lot Of People, You Should've Seen My Inauguration."
You can grab this new release digitally or on vinyl over at Bandcamp here or stream the whole release below. 100% of net proceeds from the EP will be donated to the ACLU. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Take The Hebe Outta Holocaust 00:13
2. The Old State Department Library 00:04
3. Christian Discount 00:05
4. Race Detector 00:16
5. Anne Frank Memorial Bagel Chips 00:04
6. Let's See Some I.D. 00:09
7. If It's Alright With Putin 00:07
8. The ACLU Is Gay! 00:01
9. Nuclear Football Photo-Op 00:08
10. Does This Cross Make Me Look Fat? 00:20 More...
Today, Greek post-sludge formation Allochiria streams the entirety of second album "Throes" via the player provided below.
"Throes" is set for international release on March 17th via Art of Propaganda and features the following track listing:
2. Little Defeats,Tiny Victories
3. Cracking Fractals
5. 05 Counting Fives
6. Denouement More...
Originally announced one year ago during the Avulsed crowdfunding campaign for the band's 25th anniversary double album "Deathgeneration," the group has now recorded an entire special show in Madrid with 6 cameras for release on a triple-disc set (2 audio CDs, 1 DVD) under the title "Night of the Living Deathgenerations."
This release contains the 2-hour show with all songs from "Deathgeneration" plus one more that wasn't played live for at least 20 years. This live recording perfectly captures the unparalleled intensity of Avulsed on stage in front of a packed club with totally crazy crowd.
"Night of the Living Deathgenerations" will be released on an 8-pannel digipack containing the 3 discs plus a 16 page booklet with over 150 professional photos taken by Unai Endemaño & Raquel García. Cover artwork was made by Juanjo Castellano, displaying all main characters of every Avlused album cover.
Although the official release date is set for the 17th of April, it'll be already available on all Avulsed show during the band's upcoming European tour with Mercyless and Savage Annihilation:
07.04 FRA / Volmerange (No Man’s Land)
08.04 GER / Frankfurt Deathfest
09.04 HOL / Tilburg (Little Devil)
10.04 HOL / Utrecht (dB’s)
11.04 GER / Koln (Sonic Ballroom)
12.04 CZE / Prague (Modra Vopice)
13.04 GER / Erfurt (From Hell)
14.04 FRA / Colmar (Le Grillen)
15.04 ITA / Milano (Blue Rose) More...
Spanish crossover band Ekram just announced new Eastern European dates. The Madrid-based combo will promote latest EP "Last Man Standing" in the Ukraine and the Baltic States. Check out a music video for "Enemy" below and see the band live on these upcoming April tour dates:
07 April | Kharkov | Akuna Matata
08 April | Dnepr | RK
09 April | Odessa | More Music Club
10 April | Vinnitsa | Beef-Eater
11 April | TBA
13 April | Riga | Nabaklab
14 April | Liepaja | Fontaine Palace
15 April | Cesis | Fono Club More...
Argonauta Records is proud to announce a new deal with Italian desert rockers Tuna De Tierra. The band was born in Napoli (Italy) at the beginning of 2013 from the long-standing partnership between Alessio De Cicco (guitar and vocals) and Luciano Mirra (bass guitar), then joined by Jonathan Maurano (currently replaced by Marco Mancaniello) on drums.
Following the self-produced EP “Episode I: Pilot” from 2015, Tuna De Tierra is now giving final touches to a full-length album due to be released insSpring 2017 by Argonauta Records.
You can expect psychedelic sounds from the desert, wide landscapes full of sand at the sunset, intolerable warm atmospheres, and an imagination nurturing air. Tuna de Tierra leaves for a trip with neither destination nor end, but just the purpose to move endlessly. More...
Underground black metal cult Nightbringer is now streaming a third new track off forthcoming album "Terra Damnata." The track, a furious whirlwind of black metal fury titled "Of the Key and Crossed Bones," is now streaming below.
Regarding this freshly unveiled song, vocalist ar-Ra’d al-Iblis comments: "The lyrics work as a hymn to the goddess Hecate as she is depicted in the Chaldean oracles, a series of mystical revelations most probably dating from the 2nd century AD. Here She is understood as the psychopomp and gatekeeper that leads the soul through the perilous passages of the otherworld, unto the light of the Father, identified as the divine Sun.”
1. As Wolves Amongst Ruins
3. Midnight's Crown
4. Of the Key and Crossed Bones
5. Let Silence be His Sacred Name
6. Inheritor of a Dying World
7. The Lamp of Inverse Light
8. Serpent Sun More...
The New York-based powerviolence/death metal/grindcore veterans from Buckshot Facelift continue their worldwide domination through the rollout of upcoming fourth album, "Ulcer Island," which will see release on April 14th through Paragon Records.
Today, the band premieres a 3rd single to date, "Czech Yourself". One of the shorter cuts off the album, "Czech Yourself" features the band in full-throttle grind mode, dreating as much noise and vitriol to be mustered in just 45 intense seconds of fury. More...
Based in Valemount, BC near Jasper National Park with the beautiful backdrop of the Canadian Rockies, there stands an outdoor festival that just doesn’t celebrate heavy metal, but embraces the power of women in metal.
Formed in 2016, Metalocalypstick Fest was created to present a unique experience within the Western Canadian metal community, a gathering of similar views, aspirations and musical taste similar to former mainstream music festival Lilith Fair.
Founded by Kaija Kinney of Vancouver’s Anarcheon after researching a lack of female based metal festivals to apply her band to, Kinney took matters into in her own and decided to produce the event.
Kinney comments: “This festival means the celebration of both sexes coming together and creating something amazing. People like to say women in metal aren’t a big deal anymore and that we are all the same. I feel that is untrue, this is still a male dominated world and woman are still looked as lesser. I want to showcase all these bad ass ladies and celebrate the differences of men and woman rather than pretend we are all equal. Truth is we are different why can't we celebrate that?” More...
In addition to an ongoing magazine series, the Heavy Music Artwork team today announces the release of "Portraits," which focuses on photography of the musicians themselves. HMA comments:
"This year we are celebrating five years in operation and we decided to release a book on heavy metal portrait photography. All photos have been taken by our photographers over the last five years. To accompany the book we have also included critiques and insights by The National Portrait Gallery of Canada and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery exclusively to accompany the book. Plus high profile guests.
Finished size 260mm deep x 210mm wide portrait
Printed on 200 full color and black & white silk pages
Beautifully designed and curated
Soft velvet feel hard back cover
"Some of the artists included in the book are Ghost, Lamb of God, Alice Cooper, Arch Enemy, Anthrax, Deez Nuts, Opeth, Wardruna, Neurosis, Steel Panther, Devilment (Dani Filth), Belphegor, Possessed, Orange Goblin, Alter Bridge, Napalm Death, Obituary, Carcass, Prong, Lordi, Corrosion of Conformity, Doyle, Epica, Powerwolf, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Insomnium, Kreator, Nashville Pussy, Abbath, Primordial, Soulfly, King Parrot, Behemoth, Abbath, Baroness, Overkill, Butcher Babies, King Diamond, Testament and more. Full list coming soon. You can get the book via our current campaign here." More...
On April 7th, Australian thrashers Harlott will release new album "Extinction" worldwide via Metal Blade Records. Harlott returns with a harrowing offering of thrash metal, and a bleak interpretation of mankind's future. For a preview of the album, new track "The Penitent" can be heard below.
With today's news, Harlott also welcomes new lead guitarist Jake Weber. The band comments: "We are psyched to announce we have found the right guy in Jake! It was never going to be an easy task, but we couldn't be happier with how everything has fallen into place. With our new album 'Extinction' due out on Metal Blade on April 7th, he couldn't have come along at a better time!"
Jake Weber adds: "A little over 16 years ago, I first picked up the guitar & I've been swinging that axe ever since. In that time, I've played for bands such as The Murdering & Deprivation, as well as toured & recorded at home & abroad. Finally, I feel like I've really found my home and it's right where I always thought it would be, playing Thrash! I've joined at a very important time in Harlott's career. Andy, Tom & Tim have welcomed me with open arms & we are ready to become the tightest, fastest & hardest working machine Harlott can be! See you in the pit!" More...
In February 1992, a bunch of German kids set out from the middle of nowhere and founded a band that would conquer the hearts of a whole new generation of fans around the globe.
25 years later, founding members Tobias Sammet (Avantasia) and two guitarists Jens Ludwig and Dirk Sauer, as well as Tobias 'Eggi' Exxel (bass) and Felix Bohnke (drums) can look back across that hugely successful career to memories of shows in more than 40 countries, countless tours in Asia, Australia and America, ten studio albums and top 10 chart entries from all over the world.
To celebrate such an exceptional career, Edguy will be releasing a 2-CD/DVD-package called "Monuments" on July 14th via Nuclear Blast, which will include brand new material, the best tracks of the last 25 years, and old rarities that have never been published before. In addition, the DVD includes an entire show from the "Hellfire Club" tour in 2004 as well as the band's complete collection of video clips. More...
Swedish doom metal band Alastor today reveals an eerie video for "Nothing to Fear," taken from their forthcoming album "Black Magic." The track is highly recommended for fans of Electric Wizard and Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats.
The band commentedL "We are very excited about Gryphus Visual doing visuals for our song Nothing To Fear. Griphus has captured what we as a band try to invoke in our listeners. A feeling of a spiraling descent into a world full of horror and madness."
Check out "Nothing To Fear" below, and be on the lookout for some "Black Magic" to appear on March 24th, 2017. More...
German black metal band Streams Of Blood has posted the full-album stream of the band's new album "Allgegenwärtig", out in stores now via Folter Records.
Check out now "Allgegenwärtig" in its entirety below.
Portuguese black metal band Corpus Christii debuts a new song entitled "The Curse Within Time", taken from the upcoming new album "Delusion". The album is the band's eighth full-length and it will be released by Folter Records on April 28, 2017.
Check out now "The Curse Within Time" below.
Spanish black metal outfit Cauldron premieres a new song entitled "Severe Martyrdom", taken from the band's upcoming new second album "Regnum-Phobos", which will be released by Darkness Within on March 14th, 2017.
Check out now "Severe Martyrdom" below.