Metal News for March 14, 2012
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38 news articles posted on this day.
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica is offering the track "Serenade of Self-Destruction" as a free download at this location. Apparently, the instrumental version of the track found its way on the master of the first pressing of "Requiem for the Indifferent" (see Metal Underground's review of the album at this location). Pre-ordered copies of the physical CD were affected and as a result have become unintended collector's items.
The track can also be heard in its entirety here:
Skeletal Spectre has issued the following brief announcement about beginning the mixing process for the band's upcoming third album:
"Mixing and mastering has begun on the as of now untitled 3rd album. Once again, mastermind Patrick Bruss will be working his magic on the album. Still no release date, but we will have a sample to post as soon as we can!"
For more on Skeletal Spectre, navigate over to the band's Facebook profile. You can also check out a song off a previous Skeletal Spectre release below.
New Hampshire's Pangea has checked in with the following announcement about deciding to call it quits:
"After about 4 years of being a band we have decided its time to call it quits. Some of us have decided that this isn't what we want to be doing anymore. We will be finishing up the shows we have left and then having one last show.
"Thank you to everyone that has supported us over the years. Come hangout at one of the last few shows and lets get crazy for old times sake. 2008-2012. Live out your days with a hollow heart."
You can still check out Pangea's music by heading over to the band's Facebook profile.
Ministry has posted the 10th installment online of the band's "Relapse" album making-of video series, which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Uncle Al completely loses his mind as the final tracking and mixing of Relapse consumes very soul body...watch as El Paso videographer Omar Mena tracks the psychological demise our hero pirate pals they descend into further anarchy chaos."
The "Relapse" track listing is as follows:
2. Double Tap
5. United Forces
6. 99 Percenters
8. Weekend Warrior
9. Git Up Get Out ‘n Vote
11. Relapse Defibrillator Mix (Special Limited Edition)
Inner Wound Recordings is proud to announce the signing of the Brazilian heavy metal act Shadowside. The band's "Inner Monster Out" album (reviewed here) will be released through Inner Wound on May 11th in Europe and on May 22nd in North America. The label commented:
"Power, energy, intensity. These three words defined Shadowside’s career path very well, a band that is considered nowadays the rising star of Brazilian Rock/Metal. 'Inner Monster Out' brings a heavy, bold, aggressive and intense sound, accompanied by what's considered by the fans and reviewers as one of the most powerful female vocals in the scene today.
"'Inner Monster Out' was produced, mixed, and mastered at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden by Fredrik Nordström, and features guest vocals from the likes of Björn "Speed" Strid, Mikael Stanne, and Niklas Isfeldt. The artwork was created by Felipe Machado Franco."
Shadowside vocalist Dani Nolden comments on the signing: "We are very excited about the worldwide release of 'Inner Monster Out' and extremely proud to work with Inner Wound Recordings! As if by fate, even the label name and our album title fit. A hardworking, artist-friendly company, and it's safe to say it's the best place Shadowside has ever been! We can't wait to have you all listening to the album, it's the heaviest and surely the best one we've done so far. Play it loud!" More...
Idyllwild California's punk/metal/stoner rock foursome Throw The Goat will be entering AJP Recordings in Temecula, CA on April 4th to begin pre-production for a debut album with Alex Pappas (Guanabatz, ex-Finch) at the helm.
Throw The Goat will be re-recording songs from the 2011 release, "Demo Primero" and adding favorites from the band's live shows. The as yet untitled album will be released May 1st through Vomitrocious Music. The band also commented:
"We met up with Alex Pappas (ex-drummer for Temecula screamo band Finch) at his recording studio and will begin pre-production on our debut album with him April 4th. We'll be re-recording the 6 songs from our demo and adding 6 others, including Beef, I Always Lie, Havin' A Beer, End Riff and more. Tracking drums on 4/7 & 4/8 and will go from there. Might get a few musician friends to contribute as well. Hell yes! We're also opening for Fireball Ministry at the Slidebar in Fullerton on Monday 4/2. All of us are fired up for our upcoming shows and finally recording an album!"
You can also check out the "Demo Primero" release available for streaming via the Throw The Goat Bandcamp page.
Finnish act Malpractice has returned from a lengthy break and is beginning the recording of a fourth album in April at Astia-Studios in Lappeenranta, Finland. Malpractice's deal with Spinefarm-Universal ended in early 2011, and the band still has a full album's work of material left over from that time.
“We decided not to just sit on this gem we have written. This kind of an album totally deserves to be released,” states band’s leader Joonas Koto.
Malpractice will begin recordings without a record deal and just like on previous album “Triangular," the producer duties will be shared between guitarist Joonas Koto and drummer Toni Paananen.
“We don’t know when or who will release the album yet but it will come out eventually one way or another," adds Joonas.
Recording updates and further details on Malpractice can be found at the band's Facebook profile.
The full lineup has now been announced for Rocklahoma, which takes place May 25-27 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. The Rocklahoma lineup is as follows:
Rob Zombie, Chickenfoot, Creed, Megadeth, Slash, Queensrÿche, Chevelle, Jackyl, Theory of a Deadman, Hellyeah, Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D., Volbeat, The Darkness, 10 Years, Cavo, Adelitas Way, Black Stone Cherry, Pop Evil, Trivium, Red, Redlight King, Art of Dying, Aranda, Janus, New Medicine, James Durbin, Eve to Adam, Falling In Reverse, Rival Sons, Anti Mortem, Gypsy Pistoleros, Lillian Axe, Wildstreet, Firstryke, Black Tora, Sunset Riot, The Glitter Boys, Fist of Rage, Switchblade, Scarlett, S.E.X. Department, Ragdoll, Down & Dirty, Hessler, Lynam, Diemonds, Ruff Justice, Soulicit, Rocker Lips, Mine Enemies Fall, Echo Vendetta, A Good Fight, Sweatin’ Bullets, Through the Thorns, Absence of Ink, For the Broken, EchoFuzz, Shotgun Rebels, Stun, Dagger, Unwritten Rulz, Desi & Cody, David Castro Band, McCuin, We the Ghost, Tiranico, Baron Von Swagger, TwoFold, Aformatic, Delay the Day, and Jamco Industries. More...
Profound Lore Records has partnered with Scion for a label showcase that is scheduled for March 31st, 2012 at the Glass House in Pomona, CA. The bill features headliner YOB in the band's first live gathering since touring the east coast with Tool to kick-off 2012.
The lineup is rounded out by The Atlas Moth, Loss, Wolvhammer, and Pallbearer. Admission is completely free but fans must RSVP to gain admission. Entry is not guaranteed and early arrival is suggested. RSVP at this location.
Napalm Records has issued the following announcement about Huntress joining Dragonforce on tour:
"Swords won't protect you. In fact, nothing will protect you from the onslaught Huntress will unleash on North America beginning on April 21st. The Los Angeles-based metal band - whose debut album, 'Spell Eater,' will be released by Napalm Records in North America on May 8th - will join DragonForce for a 15-show tour of the United States and Canada from April 21st to May 11th."
Here are the confirmed dates:
April 21 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
April 22 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
April 23 - Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of the Living Arts
April 25 - Montreal, QC @ Le National
April 26 - London, ON @ London Music Hall
April 27 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
April 28 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
April 29 - Winnipeg, MB @ West End Cultural Centre
May 1 - Edmonton, AB @ The Starlite Room
May 2 - Calgary, AB @ Republik
May 4 - Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
May 5 - Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 6 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
May 8 - San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
May 10 - Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
May 11 - Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues More...
After the release of "Celestial Completion," Atlanta, Georgia's Becoming the Archetype will be releasing a digital only remix EP titled "Celestial Progression," which is due out on April 17th via Solid State Records. The following press release was issued about the EP:
"Crafted by Nashville electronica collective Born of Water and Chicago producer Giant Robot (who also contributed sitar to Celestial Completion), the six-song EP finds Becoming the Archetype once again defying expectations and stretching the boundaries of metal music with a challenging and rewarding set of remixes that range from adrenaline-pumping to industrial to atmospheric."
You can listen to the song "Breathing Liquid (Born of Water Remix)" at the Becoming the Archetype Facebook profile here.
"I've been a fan of good remixes of heavy music for a long time," says Becoming The Archetype guitarist Seth Hecox. "The great thing is that I told these guys to make the songs their own thing, and that's exactly what they did. Each remix sounds like its own song and each remix is very exciting to listen to, bringing out a different emotion."
"I've fallen in love with these six tracks and I know everyone who buys this album will too," Hecox adds. "Any fan of Celestial Completion is going to be blown away and adore what these remixes bring out of their originals." More...
West Coast ethereal doom trio Ides of Gemini was recently added to the Los Angeles stop of the Decibel Magazine Tour. The tour, which boasts the monolithic lineup of Behemoth, Watain, The Devil’s Blood, and In Solitude, will make its way to the House of Blues on April 25th and Ides of Gemini is grateful for the opportunity to open the eclectic rituals that evening.
Comments guitarist/backing vocalist J. Bennett: "Ides of Gemini ibeyond thrilled to be joining Behemoth, Watain, The Devil's Blood and In Solitude on the Los Angeles date of Decibel's mega-tour extravaganza. For anyone who wants to get there before all the blood and Satanism starts - I know, I know: why would you wanna do that? - we promise to make it worth your while. And by that I mean that we will be handing out free drugs before we play. Okay, that's a lie. I'm not gonna share my drugs with you. We barely know each other. See you on the 25th, though?"
To purchase tickets to the Los Angeles date, head to this location. Additionally, Ides of Gemini will be performing on April 15th, 2012 at the Blue Cafe Underground Long Beach, California alongside Alcest, Lake of Blood, and Destroy Judas . More info on the event is available here.
Nominal Abuse has posted a music video online for the track "Embarrassment and Pressure," which can be viewed in the player below.
"Embarrassment and Pressure" is taken off the band's "Behind the Vanishing Values" album. For more on Nominal Abuse, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Following several lauded LPs released through Neurot Recordings, this May founding U.S. Christmas vocalist/guitarist Nate Hall will unveil his first solo full-length, as another extension of the eclectic Neurot roster.
Set for European release on May 7th and in North America on May 8th, Nate Hall's debut "A Great River" showcases the songwriter's talents at its most intimate and personal to date, displaying his distinctive style at its most stripped-down core. On "A Great River," Hall’s Appalachian heritage shines more than ever before modernizing classic regional Americana through his signature vision.
Synaptical Glitch has posted a new song online for streaming titled "Nano," which can be heard in the player below.
The band will also be releasing a new album titled "God Flesh" on March 31st, 1012. The new album's track listing is as follows:
1. God Flesh
Ulterium Records is proud to announce the signing of the Swedish female fronted melodic metal band End of September. The band's self-titled debut album will be released on May 11th in Europe and on May 22nd in North America. A teaser trailer for the album can be viewed below, and the label also commented:
"End of September is definitely one of the most promising bands from Scandinavia at the moment. This young band shows with their debut album that they know how to create fantastic, memorable songs, and perform them to perfection. They have also been able to successfully create a mix between melodic metal and more modern metal that not many bands have.
"With the well-crafted and intelligent song-writing of Erik Tordsson and the smooth and emotional vocals of Elin Redin, End of September is a force to be reckoned with during the coming years. The band is hungry to hit the stages around the world, and are destined to make it."
The track listing is as follows:
03. A place to go
05. Inner voice
06. Left in this world
07. Waiting for the rain
09. Autumn breaks More...
Wretched has released a clip from the band's upcoming music video “Dilated Disappointment,” off "Son Of Perdition," due out 03/26. Check out the preview video below.
"Wretched" will support the upcoming album "Son Of Perdition" on the Metal Alliance Tour which begins March 15th in Austin, alongside DevilDriver, The Faceless, Job For A Cowboy and more. You can also check out the full track for “Repeat…The End Is Near” featured in drummer Marshall's new drum demonstration video here.
Ryan Fairfield of Hallowed Butchery has issued the following announcement about recruiting a vocalist and backing band for an upcoming full-length and live shows:
"The BIG NEWS that I mentioned a week or so ago? Hallowed Butchery will no longer be a solo project. My wife Brittney Fairfield will be joining as the lead vocalist. A full-length record is in the works, and the assembling of a live band will soon follow (The Hallowed Butchery Band).
"The album will be titled 'North American Darkness,' and a departure from the extreme doom of past releases is imminent.
"One can expect a collection of songs that worship at the altar of traditional doom (Sabbath, Vitus, Pentagram!), and that explore lyrically the dark underbelly of American culture.
"We are making the album that I have always wanted to make, giving little regard to what people will think of it.
"It has been a wild ride so far, and only death could ever stop the doom, so I thank you to all of the fans that have stuck by my side for this long. This is only the beginning."
New York thrash metal act Castrofate has released a second music video for the title track off the band's newest album "Systematic Suicide," which was released on October 2nd, 2011 through Cataclysmic Metal Records. The video is available below.
The band's new drummer John "Sinner" Lonergan appears in the video playing to session drummer Dmitriy Shnaydman's drum parts from the album. You can also find the band's previous video for "Revelation (Truth Be Told)" here.
Two years after the release of "Oionos," The Foreshadowing will be releasing the third album "Second World" this coming April 20th, 2012. The band has now revealed the Travis Smith created artwork for "Second World," which can be viewed below. Further details will be announced shortly.
Israeli act Undivine Essence has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist:
"We are very pleased to present the latest and most likely final piece of the band. Joining us on guitars and bizarre noises of all sorts is Roy Nadel. Nadel has a long list of bands he played in (Murderous Wolves, etc.) and we welcome his skills and experience.
"Besides for that, we are currently mixing our debut album, hopefully it'll be done in the following weeks. Be sure to check out and update on our more lively page at our Facebook profile."
You can also check out our review of Undivine Essence's split release with Nature's Elements at this location.
Revelation's Hammer has revealed the artwork for the group's new album, which can be viewed below. The band also commented on the art:
"Hails! It's finally time to reveal the artwork of our coming album in full details.
"It turned out to become a really amazing collection of different paintings put together by Portuguese mastermind Ricardo Fernandes. It reflects the chaos in R.H. and gives a indication upon our symbolic values. You could say that the artwork is like a mirror of the world.
"Do you see the truth upon Earth?" More...
German gothic death metal band Atrocity posted a trailer for the new DVD "Die Gottlosen Jahre," the band's retrospective, which is due out on March 30, 2012 through Napalm Records. The DVD is hightlighted by the 25th anniversary concert performed at Wacken Open Air in 2010 It is followed by the documentary "No Sleep 'Til Wacken", which chronicles the preparations leading up to the show.
The DVD also includes a substantial collection of the band's video clips, including some of their greatest hits ("Taste of Sin", "Love Is Dead", and "Cold Black Days"), which were completely remastered.
Check out the trailer here:
Black metal act Christ Agony has issued the following announcement about the upcoming Polish "Midnight Tour 2012:"
"This spring Christ Agony pronounces a tour in several cities in Poland : 'Moonlight Tour 2012,' on which the band will play in its entirety the legendary 'Moonlight Act III' released in 1996, the first part of the recently issued ninth studio album, plus a lot of classics - in total a 1.5 hour show.
"The Polish gigs will become a part of the 'Eastern Moonlight Tour,' 15 gigs in countries where the band had never toured. The organizer of 'Eastern Moonlight Tour' is Axa Valaha Productions from Romania."
Christ Agony bassist Reyash also added, "I can't wait till the end of this fucking winter and a great tour of the Balkans ... I've played there many times with Incantation and Vader so I'm sure it will be fine!"
Full dates for the shows in Poland and the larger European tour will be announced as they are made available.
Swedish stoner/doom metal band Horisont posted a new music video for the title track from the band's sophomore LP "Second Assault." The album is due for release on April 24, 2012 through Metal Blade Records (North America). The European release was March 12, 2012 through Rise Above Records.
Check out the video here:
Swedish act King of Asgard has been busy laying down tracks at Sonic Train Studios with Andy LaRocque for the band's upcoming new album "...to North," which follows the 2010 release "Fi'mbulvintr." The band has now posted the following brief announcement online about the album's progress:
"Now! '...to North' is beginning to manifest itself to its full epic potential! Everything is set on track and today we'll start the mixing process. So... friends and foes, off to the mixing table as the Nine Worlds Burn."
Some of the currently announced song titles include "Gap Of Ginnungs," "Plague-Ridden Rebirth," "Nordvegr," "Upon The Mountain" and "The Nine Worlds Burn."
Turkish blackened folk metal band Gürz is streaming a preview of the forthcoming debut EP "Sons of Earth And Sky." The EP is scheduled to be released by the band on March 16, 2012. The artwork for the EP can be seen here:
Check out the EP sampler preview here: More...
Melissa "Missy" Ferlaak (Ex-Visions of Atlantis/Ex-Aesma Daeva) announced that she has left Minneapolis based symphonic metal band Exhoterra. In a post on her Facebook page, Ferlaak stated:
Hey everyone. I guess it's about time to state that I'm no longer in Echoterra. No real drama, it just didn't work out. Not sure what I'll do next. Thanks for the support!
No official word has been made from the band as to the departure. More...
International death metal band (Sweden/USA) The Grotesquery announced that the band will release its sophomore LP "The Facts And Terrifying Testament Of Mason Hamilton: Tsathoggua Tales" on April 20, 2012 through Cyclone Empire Records. The artwork for the release can be seen below.
The band described the concept of the release:
In the winter of 1946, Mason Hamilton - lone survivor of a Miskatonic University expedition onto a mysterious uncharted island was found guilty and charged for the murder and disappearence of 21 individuals. Hamilton was also found mentally insane, and was institutionalized. Shortly after his incarceration, Hamilton fell into a catatonic state. Hamilton was 23 years old at this time. For years he has been a secret study of the very same University he once attended.More...
In the summer of 2012, Mason Hamilton awoke from his slumber... to tell his side of the story.
Stobe Harju, the director of Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish's forthcoming movie project on which its latest album "Imaginareum" was based, posted a status update on the film. No release date has yet been set. The post reads as follows:
Where should I begin. Much has happened since the last update, too much, to write you another one.More...
Last months have been a battle getting all the required visual effects into the film as they deserve to be made. As I'm writing this update, the people in Montreal are working hard on the visuals. Since we are still in this stage the teaser trailer and trailer edit have had to wait for a while.
As some of you might have seen from Twitter, the film has reached a picture lock. It means, that no more raw editing will be done for the film and all the shots have their final length so that the visual effects team can finalize them. Naturally, it doesn't stop there.
What we have done during the past month has been looking through the film and doing a list of all the adr (additional dialogue recording). In short. Dig out the script, watch the film, see where the lines can be improved or new lines added, mark them down, send them out, close the script, lock the bastard, get the actors to do some new lines, record them, mix and sync them over the old lines in the film and voilà we have the final top quality dialogue for the movie. Sounds mundane, but many of the films have improved greatly because of this procedure.
The soundtrack on Petri Alanko's desk is doing great. After the last edit for the film, there were many things that made the guy literally pull his hair out of his head. I guess it's sync issues mainly. Nevertheless, the band is very impressed of what they've heard so far and remember, there's only going to be a few original songs from Imaginaerum album because the rest will have a more cinematic nature to them. I've asked Petri to write an update specifically to you all who are reading this since I gather, you all are getting fairly bored reading my scribbles only.
German metal band Nitrogods posted a new music video for the song "Zombietrain." The song appears on the band's debut self-titled LP, which is due out on this month through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The band features guitarist Henny Wolter(Thunderhead/Primal Fear/Sinner), drummer Klaus Sperling (Freedom Call/Primal Fear) and bassist/vocalist Claus Larcher (Ex-Chinchilla guitarist).
The track listing for "Nitrogods" is as follows:
The track listing "Nitrogods" is as follows:
1. Black Car Driving Man
2. Demolition Inc.
3. At Least I'm Drunk
5. Whiskey Wonderland (feat. Dan McCafferty)
6. Licence To Play Loud
7. Lipsynch Stars
8. The Devil Dealt The Deck
9. Rifle Down
11. Wasted In Berlin (feat. Fast Eddie Clarke)
Check out "Zombietrain" here: More...
U.S. grindcore/death metal band Terrorizer posted a new music video for the title track of the band's comeback LP "Hordes Of Zombies." The album is the first in six years for the band and the is now available through Season of Mist Records.
The track listing for "Hordes of Zombies" is as follows:
2. Hordes of Zombies
3. Ignorance and Apathy
5. Evolving Era
6. Radiation Syndrome
7. Flesh to Dust
8. Generation Chaos
9. Broken Mirrors
10. Prospect of Oblivion
11. Malevolent Ghosts
12. Forward to Annihilation
13. State of Mind
14. A Dying Breed
Check out "Hordes of Zombies" here: More...
German melodic metal group Freedom Call posted part three of the making of the music video for the track "Hero on Video." The song is taken off the the band's latest album "Land of the Crimson Dawn," which released through SPV/Steamhammer Records (see Metal Underground's review here. The full music video can be seen at this location.
Check out the video here:
German progressive band A Life Divided announced a string of dates in Germany for the sumemr in support of the band's latest album "Passenger," available now through AFM Records.
The confirmed dates are as follows:
07.06. Augsburg, Spectrum
08.06. Memmingen, Kaminwerk
07.07. Mühlheim a.d. Ruhr, Castle Rock
21.07. Köln, Amphi Festival
07.09. Deutzen, Nocturnal Culture Night
German thrash/groove band Watch Me Bleed, featuring Mystic Prophecy guitarist Markus Pohl and Ex-Symphorce drummer Steffen Therurer, are streaming the new track "Rack the Slide." The track will appear on the sophomore effort "Kingdom" due out on May 5, 2012 through SAOL/H'art.
The track listing for "Kingdom" is as follows:
1. The Rising Tide (Intro)
2. The World Stops Turning
3. Here Come the Red
4. War Calls Us
5. The Blackest of the Black (Interlude)
7. Rack the Slide
8. Death and Pain
9. A Question of Honor (Interlude)
11. The Sons of Fenris
12. From Down Below
13. Let Them Try
14. Will you Stand With Me (Outro)
Check out Rack the Slide here: More...
Warbringer's John Kevill talked to ArmyOfOneTV about the bands current tour status, its latest album and much more. The interview was done at The Loft in Poughkeepsie, NY on March 12th. Warbringer is currently wrapping up a tour with Iced Earth and Symphony X, in which the band enlisted Andrew Bennett to fill-in on guitar for the departed Adam Carroll. Watch the interview below.
British heavy metal veterans Tank has revealed the tracklisting and front cover artwork for their forthcoming new studio album, "War Nation" which is due to be released on June, 4th in Europe and June, 5th in USA (via MVD.) Speaking about the artwork (which you can check out below,) guitarist Cliff Evans stated:
"The painting was done by infamous London graffiti artist 'Jay Bryce' exclusively for Tank. We've always admired his work and it's an honour to be the first band to feature his artwork on an album cover."
The tracklisting is as follows: More...
God Forbid has released a clip from the band's upcoming music video for “Where We Come From” off the "Equilibrium" album, due out 03/26. Check out a preview of “Where We Come From“ in the player below.
Lead guitarist Matt Wicklund says “Where We Come From is a really cool video for us because it gives an honest glimpse into a real day in the life of all of us and takes you through the entire journey from the daily grind to doing what we love on stage!” More...