Metal News for March 14, 2013
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Death Dealer, featuring former Manowar members Ross the Boss and Rhino along with Cage vocalist Sean Peck and Ex-Dungeon guitarist Stu Marshall, posted the first two studio reports for the debut release "Warmaster." The footage features both Sean Peck's opening scream and Marshall demonstrating the solo for the track "Curse of the Heretic." The album is expected early this year.
Check out the footage here:
This week we return to videos featuring bad ass jean jackets, crazy over sized sunglasses, and horrible story lines. More...
This coming April, three of Norway’s most innovative and hard-hitting metal bands will team up for a European tour. Co-headlined by Vreid & Solefald with special guests In Vain, brace yourself for a night of haunting Northern Lights.
A new show at Iduna in Drachten, Netherlands has also now been announced -this show replaces the date in Oberhausen on April 5th.
Vreid recently released new opus ”Welcome Farewell” (reviewed here) via Indie Records. Primarily known as a studio project, Solefald will now unleash the band's creative strength across European stages in April as co-headliners. Special guests In Vain also release new album ”Ænigma” this month, which follows “Mantra” from 2010. More...
U.K. act Continents has released a third tour diary and announced the band will join The Ghost Inside in Japan beginning May 17th. Check out the latest tour video report below.
Continents will also begin a ten city European tour tomorrow, March 15th in Schifflange, Luxembourg to support the "Idle Hands" album. Starting April 6th, the group will circle back to the U/K/ to continue the party before traveling to Japan for the first time. Check out full tour dates below. More...
Sun & Flesh has released a new music video for "Tread Carefully," which is available below. THe clip was shot Hilary Corts and directed by Christoph Manuel. The following press release was also issued about Sun & Flesh:
"Christoph Manuel (vocals/guitar) knows the meaning of hard work, as do the rest of the band; Stefan Reinberger (guitar), Ryan Gleason (bass), and Matt Musty (drums) a/k/a Sun & Flesh. These guys are not sitting in their Brooklyn digs waiting for the next meeting with someone who knows someone. Handshake by high five, post by post and download by download, the band takes the time to do it right. After sparking the interest of metal vocal coach Melissa Cross and Lamb of God producer, Josh Wilbur, the first EP was released in May 2012."
The eclectic metal peddlers at Domestic Genocide are pleased to reveal "Ruines," the debut from one-man post-rock/post-black metal/shoegaze project, thehappymask. The album is due out March 19th, 2013. Domestic Genocide also comments:
"Hailing from Russia, thehappymask is dark, mysterious and shrouded in monochromatic secrecy. The gentleman behind the willful anonymity and stylistic runaround can be unearthed on at least one domestic social network, but even there he hides behind the moniker of 'Constantine Horizon.' Self-portraits, visual or textual, do little to increase our database of objective information. Silhouettes and saturated colors hide various faces. Obscurity offers broad appeal, in several senses.
"The only other thing these shoegazing instrumentals offer in terms of specificity is a small poem, accredited to an anonymous author and written to an unnamed female addressee. Constantine has uploaded it to one of his networking pages. Turned into English prose, it asks a reader to save 'magical beauty' from the 'illusion of those who say you’re eternal or that happiness lasts forever.' The same text also warns its addressee that perfection is an unobtainable state."
Translated from Russian, Constantine Horizon comments: “Basically speaking, this is my own, modest musical project. It came into being very spontaneously at the start of last summer, in a town that doesn’t exist. This is music written under the influence of my private emotions and aspirations, but it’s full of hope that the material will improve.”
The track listing is as follows:
1. Heavy Rain
3. Fading Beauty
4. Dead Flowers
5. Old Broken Bridge
6. Towards The Setting Sun
7. As Dusk Falls (Bonus Demo)
Free Nelson Mandoomjazz have released a second EP, titled "Saxophone Giganticus," and the release is now available for streaming and free download. Give the songs a listen below, or download the tracks via SoundCloud here.
The band also comments: "Combining the free form and instrumentation of jazz with the heaviness of doom metal, we have created a unique and innovative sound. Think Sun Ra meets Electric Wizard." More...
Nominated as one the best newcomers of 2012 in our annual year-end awards, Chicago's Earthen Grave is thrilled to announce its signing to Ripple Music for the worldwide release of the band's debut self-titled album (reviewed here).
The album will be available on CD and double vinyl on July 9th via Ripple Music. The label also comments:
"Formed in 2008, Earthen Grave is a five-piece Chicago metal band that marries the sounds of metal past and future with a sweaty, pummeling live show. Earthen Grave boasts an undeniable collective metal and musical pedigree. Each member is an accomplished musician and a veteran of the metal scene, including Ron Holzner who was a member of the seminal and seismic doom pioneers Trouble - a band widely regarded as one of the most important unsung American metal bands of all time. More...
Chilean thrash metal band Warchest has released "Fear of the Machine," the band's third music video promoting debut album "Aftershock." The music video was directed by Axel Marinkovic, with the assistance of Raimundo Correa (Warchest's bass player) at Oxido bar in Santiago, Chile.
Guitarist/ Vocalist Chris Pelaez comments: "This video release has the mission of give the last breed to our first album (this is the track n.10 of it), before we start full committed to the new one. And also to showcase our two newer members to the fans that already knows our work. We picked this track to show our thrash metal side on a live environment."
The "Aftershock" track listing is as follows:
2. The Entrance
6. Let Me Down
8. Mental Mess
9. Army of Revolution
10. Fear of the Machine More...
Los Angeles-based desert rock trio Totimoshi has revamped its lineup and will break in the new blood this week at a special hometown show.
Following latest LP, "Avenger" -- released in 2011 via At A Loss Recordings -- Totimoshi has been on somewhat of a live hiatus for the past year or so due to the partial departure of drummer Chris Fugitt. While Chris remains in the band’s official lineup, he now lives halfway across the country, so the band’s founding members -- bassist Meg Castellanos and vocalist/guitarist Tony Aguilar -- have recruited additional drummer Derrick Hostetter in the interim.
Having played and toured in Illinois punk bands in the 90’s, and having formed and played in various electronic bands in the Peoria area, Hostetter relocated to the West Coast, recording three albums with San Francisco-based band Cast Of Thousands, two records with The Bruises and Seeking Empire, as well as LA-based hardcore act Bough Breaks.
Totimoshi will perform live with Derrick for the first time this Thursday, March 14th at a hometown headlining show at the Silverlake Lounge, with support from Gaytheist, Stripper Pussy, and Dolphins n Shit.
3/14/2013 Silverlake Lounge - Los Angeles, CA w/ Gaytheist, Stripper Pussy, Dolphins n Shit
French black metal outfit Aosoth has premiered a second song from the new full-length album entitled "IV: Arrow In Heart," coming out April 16th worldwide on Agonia Records.
The song "Temple Of Knowledge" is streaming through CVLT Nation here. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. An Arrow in Heart
2. One With The Prince With A Thousand Enemies
3. Temple of Knowledge
4. Under The Nails and Fingertips
5. Broken Dialogue 1
5. Broken Dialogue 2
6. Ritual Marks of Penitence More...
Virginia’s speed metal punks Municipal Waste are proud to announce their first trek to New Zealand and their return to Australia. Tony Foresta, vocalist for the band, shares:
“I am really stoked to play New Zealand for the first time ever… Heaps!!! The first Municipal Waste tour in Australia was one of my all-time favorite trips I've ever been on. I can't believe we have never came back until now. I'm looking forward to seeing friends I kept in touch with over the years and as well as making new ones.”
Upcoming tour dates are:
Thursday, June 13th: Auckland, NZ @ The Kings Arms Tavern
Friday, June 14th: Wellington, NZ @ The Hunter Lounge
Saturday, June 15th: Brisbane, AU @ The Hi Fi
Sunday, June 16th: Sydney, AU @ The Hi Fi
Thursday, June 20th: Adelaide, AU @ Fowlers Live (ALL AGES)
Friday, June 21st: Perth, AU @ The Rosemount Hotel
Saturday, June 22nd: Hobart, AU @ The Brisbane
Sunday, June 23rd: Melbourne, AU @ Corner Hotel – 2 shows: UNDER 18 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.; OVER 18 from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Prosthetic Records will release "Gates to the Pantheon," the new album by German black/death quintet Negator, in North America this spring. The album is scheduled to be released physically on May 14th and digitally on April 23rd to coincide with its European release through Viva Hate Records.
You can now hear the single "Atonement in Blood" via CVLT Nation here or through the player below.
"Gates to the Pantheon," Negator's first new music in over three years, is the follow-up to third album "Panzer Metal." That release caught the attention of Swedish legends Dark Funeral, who subsequently enlisted Negator vocalist Nachtgarm to front the band throughout 2011 and 2012.
The new album -- recorded at Hammer Studios in Hamburg with producer Eike Freese (Gamma Ray, Callejon, Dark Age) -- features nine bloodthirsty tracks (listed below) of pounding blackened death, hailed by Job For A Cowboy guitarist Alan Glassman as "one of the angriest-sounding releases I've ever heard -- a black metal masterpiece." More...
Italian death metal annihilators Eyeconoclast will release Prosthetic Records debut, "Drones of the Awakening," on April 16th in North America. You can get a sneak peek of each track on the album below.
"Drones of the Awakening" was recorded at guitarist Stefano Morabito's 16th Cellar Studio (Hour of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Inherit Disease) in Rome and features vocals by the band's newest addition, Giuseppe Di Giorgio (Black Therapy).
The cover artwork, featured below, was completed by Fabio Listrani. You can pre-order a copy of "Drones of the Awakening," at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Proclaiming from Dead Dimensions
2. Rise of the Orgamechanism
3. Dawn of the Promethean Artilect
4. Anoxic Waters
5. Sharpening Our Blades on the Mainstream
7. Hallucinating in Genetic Disarray
8. XXX - Manifest of Involution
9. Mother Genocidal Machine
10. Invoking Carnage (Racing Blind)
11. Executioner (Slayer of the Light) (The Crown cover) More...
“Beginning/Relieve,” the first release on Karisma Records from the label’s latest signing Seven Impale, is set to appear worldwide on the 5th of April.
The five-track EP will be released digitally, and serves as an appetizer for Seven Impale's debut full-length album, which the band will shortly begin recording at the Duper Studios in Bergen. Iver Sandøy, who produced Krakow’s “diin” and co-produced Enslaved’s “Riitiir,” will be at the helm.
The title track from “Beginning/Relieve” was recently debuted on Karisma Record’s SoundCloud page and can be heard below. The following press release was also issued about Seven Impale:
"Formed in Bergen, Norway in 2010, Seven Impale’s relatively young lineup consists of Stian Økland on vocals and guitars, Fredrik Mekki Widerøe on drums, Benjamin Mekki Widerøe on sax, Tormod Fosso on bass, Erlend Vottvik Olsen on guitar and Håkon Vinje on keyboards. What sets the band apart from many of the new arrivals on the scene is the diversity of musical disciplines that the members bring with them.
"From classical orchestra to big band, metal to jazz and rock to electronic, Seven Impale have fused all their experience and influences and created a sound that is uniquely theirs. From the hard-hitting 'Blind To All' to the progressive and jazzy 'What Am I Sane For?' and the softer 'Measure 15,' 'Beginning/Relieve' shows some of the many sides of the band and is the perfect introduction for the great things fans can expect from them."
The track listing for “Beginning/Relieve” is as follows:
1. Mind Riot
2. Blind to All
4. Measure 15
5. What am I Sane For? More...
Coloroado's Arcanium is set to release sophomore album "Ontogenesis" on May 7th, 2013. The band also issued the following press release:
"In perpetual forward motion since it’s 2007 conception, Arcanium has toured with such notable groups as Megadeth, Machine Head, Suicide Silence, Otep, and Ill Nino, capturing the attention of an extensive fan base. Ontogenesis is a testament to the band’s skill, hard work, and dedication: this intensity permeates the album from beginning to end.
"As Arcanium eagerly awaits arrival of the release date, they will prepare for their album release party, which will take place in Fort Collins, CO. Following the record release, the band plans extensive national and worldwide touring through mid and late 2013."
“Ontogenesis is not only our sophomore album, it’s our rebirth into the worldwide music scene,” says J Sinn, Arcanium’s lead vocalist. "The new sound of Arcanium since the addition of our second guitarist Adam Stewart has changed incredibly. Our fans across the world will dig the new intense sound.” More...
Edge Of Paradise has posted a lyric video online for the song "Break Away," which can be viewed below. You can also buy the single in digital format at this location. The track will also appear on the band's upcoming album "Perfect Shade of Black." You can also catch the band live:
04/13/13 Malone's - Santa Ana CA
04/25/13 Backstage - Tacoma WA
04/26/13 Flights - Everett WA
04/27/13 The Mix - Seattle WA
05/10/13 Vamp'd - Las Vegas NV (Benefit Concert)
11/09/13 Rock Harvest Festival MD
Just in time for St. Patrick's Day the Idyllwild, California mountain metal band Throw The Goat has unveiled the official video for "Havin' A Beer," a hard rocking anthem for bar patrons everywhere. Check out the video below, along with the band's instructions for viewing:
The time has come... here's what you need to do...
Step 1: Grab yourself a frosty beverage
Step 2: Feast your eyes and ears on the brand new THROW THE GOAT video for "Havin' A Beer"
Step 3: Repeat Step 1
Throw The Goat is also gearing up for a U.K. tour this summer with Yorkshire heavy hitters The Bastard Sons. Dates announced so far are July 6th at The Duchess in York, England and July 7th at Bannermans in Edinburgh, Scotland with the next new date to be announced in the following weeks. After returning stateside, Throw The Goat will enter the studio with an as-yet unnamed producer to begin work on the follow up to the 2012 debut album, "Black Mountain." More...
Spanish act Night To Die will be releasing "Non Omnis Moriar" tomorrow via Xtreem Music, which features three early demos from the band. The track listing is as follows:
"All Evil Crying" [MCD'99]
01. Childhood Memories
02. A Piece of Soul
03. The Storm is Coming
“At Fireland Depths” [Demo'97]
04. Deeply Asleep
07. Allegorical Immolations
08. Fly Yourself Without me
”Who I'll Never Know” [Demo'95]
09. We'll All Be Burnt Alive
10. Into the Eye
11. The Scythe
12. Who I'll Never Know More...
Rogue Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Astral Display:
"Rogue Records America is proud to announce its partnership with Astral Display effective March 17th 2014. Hailing from Moscow, Astral Display is a djent\progressive\math metal band that combines in brutal intensity, compound, complex and mixed time signatures, extreme vocals and a mystical touch of melody and deep clean vocals.
Label owner Dean Martinetti also commented on the band's "Promethus" album: “The band has a stunning debut that we are proud to publish as a re-issue and distribute worldwide. We look forward to working with them on their future releases and on growing the band’s name and brand in the metal world. We think the North American and European audiences alike will gravitate towards the bands full and thick guitar sounds and heavy melodies.”
Found Astral Display member Andrey Lugovskoy had this to say: "We are very excited with the fact that we are signed to Rogue Records America now! We're looking forward to work efficiently together now and to see the fruits of our efforts in the near future."
“Prometheus” is slated for re-issue May 7th worldwide and will be made available in limited edition digipak shortly thereafter. More...
Experimental act Nero Di Marte has posted the band's full new self-titled album online for streaming. Give "Nero Di Marte" a listen via Metal Sucks at this location.
You can also pre-order the album via Prosthetic Records here, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Convergence (6:28)
2. Time Dissolves (6:33)
3. Resilient (7:26)
4. Nero Di Marte (12:18)
5. Drawn Back (5:56)
6. Anoptikon (9:24) More...
The third teaser has now been posted online for Wardruna’s upcoming album "Yggdrasil," which can be viewed below. The teaser previews the four last songs on the album and includes comments by band members Kvitrafn and Gaahl.
"Yggdrasil" is set to be released March 15th in Norway, March 25th in Europe, and April 2nd in North America. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Rotlaust tre fell
11. Helvegen More...
Toronto's Signifier has posted a music video online for the track "Evolve," which comes off the band's "The Deceiver" EP and can be viewed below.
The video was directed/edited by Garret Henry and the track was produced/engineered/mixed/mastered by Adam Newcomb at Newcomb Studios. The band's debut EP is also available online via iTunes here.
Hacride will release the new album "Back To Where You’ve Never Been” on April 22nd in Europe via Indie Recordings.
The band has now teamed up with Metal Sucks to stream a new track off the album, titled "Overcome." Give the song a listen through MetalSucks.net here. Catch the band live:
16.03.2013 - Nantes - Le Ferailleur
04.04.2013 - Tours - Le Temps Machine
21.04.2013 - Toulouse - La Dynamo
17.05.2013 - Niort - Le Camji (Release party)
01.06.2013 - Voisin le Bretonneux – Metalsphere
08.08.2013 - La Rochelle - La Sirene
16-18.08.2013 - Theix - Motocultor Festival
11-13.10.2013 - Koln - Euroblast Festival More...
To celebrate the release of Bring Me The Horizon’s new album, "Sempiternal," the band will be playing a series of highly intimate shows during the week of release.
Any fans who pre-order the album from the band’s official website before the 25th of March will receive a unique Ticketmaster code that will give them the chance to buy tickets to these exclusive and limited shows. Codes will go out earlier to everyone who has already ordered any product from the official website.
For fans wanting to be in with a chance of getting into these shows the only way to do so is to pre-order the album from Bring Me The Horizon’s official store right here. Please note, tickets are subject to strict limited availability and a code does not guarantee entry to these shows. Tickets will go on sale exclusively to code holders only on March 25th at 9am. Dates are as follows:
01/04/2013 Edinburgh Liquid Rooms
02/04/2013 Leeds Cockpit
03/04/2013 Nottingham Rescue Rooms
04/04/2013 Bristol Thekla More...
Italian metal label Kolony Records has inked a brand new distribution deal for all of North America through DisManic via eOne Distribution. Having continually expanded to reach more and more European fans and stores since the label’s 2008 formation, with this new distro deal Kolony now aims to get their quality metal releases into the hands of more North American extreme music fans, beginning late this spring with the latest release from Be'lakor.
"Of Breath And Bone" was successfully released by Kolony records across Europe in mid 2012, and is now set to become available to North American fans on June 4th, 2013. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Considered the leading melodic death metal band in all of Australia, despite the young age of its members, the success of Be'lakor’s previous 'Stone’s Reach' album led the band to perform at massive international festivals including Summer Breeze, in addition to European tours and solo international appearances across the continent. More...
Powerwolf is currently working on the follow-up album to 2011's "Blood of the Saints" (reviewed here). The band has now checked in with the following progress report:
"Checking in from Gothenburg/Sweden, where we are about to lay final touches to the upcoming album at Studio Fredman.
"Feels great to finalize this monster project that kept us breathless and busy for the past seven months, and I dare say it sounds absolutely amazing so far. This is going to be a damn catchy and intense album. Furious, epic, heavy & wolfish to the max!
"Some more days of metal and mayhem ahead here in Sweden until we can send white smoke through the studio chimney... exiting times! Can't wait until this beast of an album gets unleashed upon you this summer..."
For more updates and to check out the band's music, head over to the Powerwolf Facebook profile.
The new metal opera project from Ex-Stratovarius guitarist Timo Tolkki, Avalon, revealed the track listing for the upcoming release "Land of New Hope." The concept release is due out May 17, 2013 (EU and May 21, 2013 (North America) via Frontiers Records.
The story surrounding the concept takes place more than 40 years in the future when most of the planet has been destroyed by natural disasters. The title of the opera refers to the safe haven that a small group of survivors seek. The album will be available in two formats: a standard CD and a deluxe edition featuring a 30-minute documentary on the making-of the album and two videos.
For this unique concept album, Timo Tolkki was able to gather some of most accomplished international singers: Michael Kiske (Unisonic), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe), Rob Rock (Impellitteri), Russell Allen (Symphony X), Sharon Den Adel (Within Temptation) and Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica). Rounding up the stunning line-up of this album are world-renowned musicians Alex Holzwarth (Rhapsody Of Fire) on drums, Jens Johansson (Stratovarius), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Black Country Communion) and Mikko Härkin (Sonata Arctica) on keyboards, and Tolkki himself taking care of all guitars, bass and production duties. More...
Forbidden records is streaming two brand new March releases in their entirety, the latest from Goatcraft and A Transylvanian Funeral, over on their bandcamp page. Goatcraft's piano black neoclassical metal stylings of "All for Naught" and the raw black metal of A Transylvanian Funeral's "Gorgos Goetia" are also streaming below in full. Both releases are scheduled for March 20th release. While over at Forbidden records, there are several other extreme metal releases that you can listen to as well.
Arizona thrashing posse Reign Of Vengeance will be releasing "The Final Solution; The Final Rebellion March 19th on Synister Empire Records, and has posted a preview of the EP. Stream it below. "The Final Solution; The Final Rebellion" is an EP that is both musically and lyrically styled to narrate through a 'fictional' depiction of class warfare if it were to transpire in our modern world. This EP takes a dual perspective lyrically including that of the common man as well as the occultist elite.
Iced Earth posted a live video clip for the track "Dystopia." The song (the title track of the band's latest album) was taken from the upcoming new live DVD/CD "Live In Ancient Kourion," which is set for release on April 15, 2013 via Century Media Records.
Check out "Dystopia" here:
Rock legend George Lynch and Emmy-nominated documentary filmmaker Mark McLaughlin have been working on a great documentary that is nearing completion. But they need your help, via their indiegogo page. "Shadowtrain: Under a Crooked Sky" will illuminate the cost of the destruction of the Native American community; to both the indigenous population as well as to their European conquerors.
The documentary will reveal the qualities inherent in indigenous people’s world views that should be recognized and adopted if we all, collectively, intend to not only survive, but to find a way to live happier, more meaningful lives. While engaging a wide variety of opinions from notable activists, authors, artists, elders and shaman, politicians and government officials, clergy, teachers and everyday people, the film will reveal its message through a powerful music-driven road trip.
The journey begins as renowned guitarist George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), drummer, artist and activist Vinnie Nicastro and a musical band of politically engaged musicians climb into an old station wagon in the southwest desert. They pull a vintage horse trailer, retro-fitted to carry band equipment, solar panels, generators and camping gear.
They travel the back roads, searching for a truth that can speak to power. They visit the Apache, Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona, Zuni and Tewa in New Mexico, Shoshone in Nevada, Utes in Utah and Colorado and then on to the Dakotas to visit the people and places that were (and still are) the epicenter of conflict between the native peoples and their European conquerors.
The film is set to feature interviews with Ted Nugent, System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian, Native American Poet and AIM spokesperson John Trudell, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Philospher and Activist Noam Chomsky and many others. Watch the trailer below.