Metal News for March 14, 2014
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Hortus Animae vocalist Martyr Lucifer is currently recording vocals for the upcoming new album from Ancient, which will be Ancient's first full-length studio output in 10 years. Hortus Animae comments:
"Martyr Lucifer entered Domination Studio (RSM) to record guest vocals for a song to be contained on 'Chapter VII: Back From the Land of the Dead,' the comeback album of the legendary Norwegian black metal band Ancient.
"Nick Barker has recorded the drums at Alpha-Omega Studio in Como (Italy), and the guitars are being recorded now. The master is expected to be ready in May. Zel will be recording vocals with Jacob Hansen (who also produced the 'Proxima Centauri' album) in Denmark.
"The release will probably take place around September, the label has still not been confirmed though."
A few song titles were recently announced to be "Born In The Land Of The Dead," "The Sempiternal Haze," and "The Ancient Disarray." The current Ancient line-up is:
Zel: Vocals, guitars, keyboards
Dhilorz: Guitars, bass
Nick Barker: Drums
Last week on Metalunderground.com's Official Podcast, we brought you two young and very special Canadian bands, The Kindred and Hollow. And sure enough on this week's episode, co-host Kevin Perez (n0thinghead) continues indulging in his love for progressive (and, coincidentally, Canadian) bands.
Toronto, Ontario's Intervals, formed in 2011 and until late last year a strictly instrumental band, have just debuted with the full-length "A Voice Within," within which you'll indeed find a voice: frontman Mike Semesky. Kevin considers some of the musical developments this shift in focus has spurred.
Next, co-host Mike Smith (OverkillExposure) makes a painful, heavy-hearted effort to dissect his conflicted feelings about the latest Iced Earth release "Plagues Of Babylon" (reviewed here). It is the veteran metal band's tenth studio album, and so far to Mike's ears, falls tragically short of the dazzling comeback that was 2011's "Dystopia."
Finally ensues a discussion of singer Howard Jones, the positives and negatives of his contributions to the mighty Killswitch Engage, and his brand new group dubbed Devil You Know.
Take a listen here, enjoy, and offer us your feedback.
Just shortly after naming the first two acts Blind Guardian and Arch Emeny, promoters of the annual 70,000 Tons of Metal Festival (UMC) remained busy...announcing the third band: Ensiferum.
The festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica, returning on Tuesday, January 26, 2015 aboard a new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), which will accommodate four stages (possibly five)/
The Last Ten Seconds of Life today announces a new headline tour in May. The band is currently on a North American trek with Arsonists Get All The Girls that continues until mid-April.
After a few days off and two festival plays, the headline shows will begin May 9th in Jamestown, New York and currently are set to wrap in Lakewood, Ohio on May 25th. Support on the headline tour will be from Legion, Death Of An Era, and Demolisher.
The four-piece Pennsylvania metal band is touring in support of the October 2013 release "INVIVO[EXVIVO]." Catch the band live: More...
Edguy posted a lyric video for the new track "Sabre & Torch." The song is the opening track from the upcoming new album "Space Police – Defenders Of The Crown," the band's tenth studio album, which is set for a worldwide release on April 18th.
The album is available as a standard edition CD, digitally and a 2CD edition with 7 bonus tracks.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Sabre & Torch
2. Space Police
3. Defenders Of The Crown
4. Love Tyger
5. The Realms Of Baba Yaga
6. Rock Me Amadeus
7. Do Me Like A Cavemen
8. Shadow Eaters
9. Alone In Myself
10. The Eternal Wayfarer More...
Within minutes of naming the first act Blind Guardian, UMC, the promoters of the annual 70,000 Tons of Metal Festival, have named Sweden's Arch Enemy as the second band for the 2015 edition of the event. In 2015, the festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica and returns on Tuesday, January 26, 2015.
In 2015, there will be 60 bands named and the new ship, Liberty of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean), will accommodate four stages (possibly five). All the information on the festival, along with booking information can be found at 70000tons.com. More...
Scare Don't Fear, the first band signed to Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce and co-manager Kyle Borman's KBB Records, will be spending the summer on the 2014 Vans Warped Tour alongside a lineup that includes Born of Osiris, Every Time I Die, Falling In Reverse, Less Than Jake, Motionless In White, The Devil Wears Prada, and The Summer Set.
"All of us in Scare Don't Fear have been following the Warped Tour since we were kids, so it's an amazing feeling to be on the whole tour," says the band, which will be featured on the Kevin Say's Stage for the entire festival (see tour dates below). "We are anxious and ready to show everyone what we're all about."
Adds Ben Bruce of the announcement: "I am extremely excited and proud that my mates in Scare Don't Fear will be playing the Vans Warped Tour all summer long. I remember how incredibly supportive everyone was when Asking Alexandria played Warped and what a huge step it was in a our career, and I know everyone is going to show SDF the crazy love and support they showed us. Their debut album 'From The Ground Up' is incredible, and we can't wait to share it with you all. Spend this summer moshing, dancing, laughing and singing - make it a summer to remember for yourselves and Scare Don't Fear!"
Scare Don't Fear is currently hard at work on a full-length debut, which the Providence, RI-based hip-hop/metal band is recording with producer Mike Watts at his VuDu Studios in Port Jefferson, NY. More...
UMC, the promoters of the annual 70,000 Tons of Metal Festival, have named Germany's Blind Guardian as the first band for the 2015 edition of the event. In 2015, the original floating metal festival casts off on Thursday, January 22, 2015 and returns on Tuesday, January 26, 2015.
Of the many changes for the 2015 installment, the event will take place on a new boat and from a new port of call. The new cruise will embark from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida with a stop at Ocho Rios, Jamaica. The ship will be the larger Royal Caribbean ship Liberty of the Seas (as opposed to the now decommissioned Majesty of the Seas). The ship will accommodate four stages (possibly five) and the festival has expanded to 60 bands, from 40.
India's Midhaven today reveals details for upcoming debut album "Spellbound." Pre-orders are available at this location, and a teaser trailer can be found below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Lunar Blessing
2. Seeking the Divine
4. Tales from the Tide
6. Fall of Olympus
7. Third Eye
8. White Wash
9. Death Row More...
Saliva is currently out on a 50+ date trek across the United States performing past favorites and brand new tracks from the upcoming release, "Rise Up," which is due out April 29th, 2014 via Rum Bum Records.
The band can now reveal some brand new dates, including New York City on April 30th, Buffalo, NY on May 6th, Columbus, OH on May 8th, and more. See below for a full listing of current and upcoming shows.
“The audiences have been great,” says new singer Bobby Amaru. “I think we have a whole new energy on stage.”
Triptykon has just revealed the first two tracks from upcoming album ?"?Melana Chasmata?," which will be released on April 14th in Europe and April 15th in North America through Century Media Records.
Listen to "Breathing" and "Boleskine House" below, and you can also pre-order your copy of the album right here. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Tree Of Suffocating Souls
2. Boleskine House
3. Altar Of Deceit
6. Demon Pact
7. In The Sleep Of Death
8. Black Snow
9. Waiting More...
For the five members of Mile Marker Zero, today marks a very special day with the announcement of a forthcoming release. The Connecticut prog rock quintet will release "Young Rust," a six song EP, on April 29th.
"Young Rust," the group’s first release since the self-titled debut in 2009, will contain a total of six new songs.
"This EP showcases our growth, not only as a band, but as song writers," says keyboardist Mark Focarile. "Sonically, the production really captures our live energy and channelling our experiences the past few years allowed us to identify what we wanted to say as a band, while evolving musically. We're a young group that's been through a lot, but that experience has matured us as artists, and keeps pushing us forward."
Cradle of Filth has issued the following announcement about guitarist James McIlroy undergoing surgery:
"Tomorrow, March the fifteenth, James Mcilroy, guitar hairwolf, will be having the delicate operation to repair his spine carried out, the very same shit that has kept him absent from the recent tour of Europe, and caused him so much pain over playing the last few years.
"Pressed, though obviously not too heavily, on the subject, James had this to say when he emailed me this evening with the news...
Anyway I am going into hospital today as they've graciously decided to give me a bed, and will be going into surgery tomorrow late morning or early afternoon. Operation lasts about 3-5 hours, and I should be back among the living on Sunday. It kind of goes something like this:
All the support, and well wishes from across the world, the band and crewdle has been amazing, and I couldn't wish for more support in my quest to obtain a similar 360 degree head movement of an owl (if you're going to get part of your neck replaced, you may as well upgrade)! After this, I'll also technically be more metal...
Thanks to everyone, and see you on the other side, ready to fucking rock!
"I hope you all can join with the band in wishing him well in advance of the operation and in a speedy recovery. We miss the lashing windmills!"
Razorback Recordings has launched a new horror themed magazine titled Evilspeak, and now the first issue is officially available. Pick up your copy at this location, and the following press release was also issued:
"From Razorback Publications comes the debut issue of Evilspeak Magazine featuring the best in underground horror journalism! 0 terror-loaded pages with NO ads inside - all KILLER, NO filler! Pro-printed, full sized zine with glossy cover. Issue #1 features:
- Gore Shriek comics retrospect Horror Rises from the Tomb Chas Balun tribute Mountaintop Motel Massacre Ulli Lommel interview with retrospects on "The Boogeyman" and "The Devonsville Terror"
- Donald Farmer's Drive-In Fever
- Tourist Trap
- Brides of Blood
- Mad Doctor of Blood Island
- Beast of Blood
- RocKrypt Heavy Metal Horror w/Rocktober Blood & Hack-o-Lantern Nightmare Maidens: Heather Langenkamp and Amanda Wyss interview Humanoids From the Deep Without Warning Humongous The Demon Lover aka The Devil Master Cannibal Girls
+ much, MUCH more!!!
"Also featuring killer artwork from Don England, Matt Putrid, Splatterbeast, Slasher Dave, and more! The first 250 copies come with a limited edition 'Beast of Blood' retro monster mask!" More...
Poland's Northern Plague has released a teaser trailer for the band's upcoming "We Are The Plague" tour, which can be seen below. Dates are as follows:
22.03 - Progresja Music Zone; Warszawa (Live Manifesto)
27.03 - Klub Vinyl - Rzeszów
28.03 - Katakumby - Radom
29.03 - Kot Karola - Kraków
30.03 - 4 Litery - Wroclaw
01.04 - Elektrownia - Zagan
02.04 - Rock Out - Zielona Góra
03.04 - Klub U Bazyla - Poznan
04.04 - K17 - Berlin [GER]
05.04 - Klub Muzyczny Mocart - Torun
06.04 - Clava Manum [dawna Grawitacja] - Olsztyn
Baltimore thrash assassins Noisem will undertake their most high profile tour excursion to date next week, as the young crew hits the road on the third annual Decibel Magazine tour.
Noisem's set will be followed each night by performances from Gorguts, The Black Dahlia Murder, and headliners, Carcass. The three week venture gets underway on Tuesday, March 18th in Orlando, Florida before blasting westward infiltrating major cities across the U.S. and Canada before the final gig on April 13th in Silver Spring, Maryland.
The trek is preceded by several one-off Noisem gigs this weekend including a show in Cleveland with lablemates In Cold Blood and Haymaker followed by two shows with Gorguts and The Black Dahlia Murder.
This week, the cover of the April issue of Decibel is out, featuring members of all four acts on the magazine's tour, including Noisem frontman, Tyler Carnes. Additionally, the band recently completed a new recording entitled "Defiled" for Decibel's ongoing flexi-series. The 7" flexi will appear in the May issue of the mag but has been released early in advance of the tour. You can also stream the song "Defiled" right here. More...
For the upcoming new record "Heroes," Swedish heavy metal institution Sabaton now reveals the different track listings, including all the bonus tracks that will be available.
Among them are three cover versions of Metallica, Battle Beast, and Raubtier.
"Heroes" will be released on May 16th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast. The band comments on the bonus tracks:
"METALLICA - ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls:' All of us are old fans of Metallica The choice of the song was difficult, but we all could agree on that one. As an addition, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ was the first heavy metal song ever performed on a stage by Pär.
"BATTLE BEAST - ‘Out Of Control:' Battle Beast was our secret guest at our latest Sabatoncruise and we all enjoyed watching them perform their songs live. We thought we wanted to support young and upcoming bands and decided to do a cover of them.
"RAUBTIER - ‘En Hjältes Väg:' Raubtier are our brothers from the north of Sweden. We have played together countless times and in the past, and Thobbe used to be in this band. At a special concert in 2012 Joakim performed this song live together with Raubtier and it awoke the idea of doing a cover-version. Seeing to the song title it was also a natural choice for our latest album "Heroes.'"
The track listings will be as follows: More...
U.K. punk legends The Exploited are set to release the special editions of "Beat The Bastards," "Fuck The System," and "The Massacre" on March 14th, 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
The releases are being re-issued with a raft of bonus content, including a bonus DVD of live footage ("Beat The Bastards") and bonus tracks ("Fuck The System" & "The Massacre").
Today you can watch the live version of "The Massacre," taken from the bonus footage on the DVD that comes with the album, courtesy of Metal Hammer. You can also see the previously posted video clip for "Beat The Bastards" at this location. More...
Detroit, Michigan based post-hardcore powerhouse We Came As Romans has announced the dates for a European summer run.
The band will tour Europe in support of most recent effort "Tracing Back Roots," which was released in July 2013. Dates are as follows:
13.06.14 Switzerland Interlaken @ Greenfield Festival
14.06.14 Holland Ysselsteyn @ Jera On Air Festival
15.06.14 UK Donington @ Download Festival
17.06.14 Northern Ireland Belfast @ Mandella Hall
18.06.14 Ireland Dublin @ Fibber Magees
20.06.14 Germany Scheessel @ Hurricane Festival
21.06.14 France Clisson @ Hellfest
22.06.14 Germany Neuhausen ob Eck @ Southside Festival
23.06.14 Slovenia Ljubljana @ Gala Hala
24.06.14 Hungary Budapest @ A38
25.06.14 Germany Augsburg @ Kantine
27.06.14 Sweden Norrköping @ Bravalla Festival
28.06.14 Finland Helsinki @ Tuska Open Air
29.06.14 Belgium Dessel @ Graspop Metal Meeting
30.06.14 Germany München @ Backstage
01.07.14 Slovakia Bratislava @ Majestic Music Club
02.07.14 Poland Cracov @ Fabryka
04.07.14 Czech Rep Hradec Králové @ Rock For People Festival
05.07.14 Germany Roitzschjora @ With Full Force Festival More...
Colorado black metal cult Nightbringer has released a new album teaser, which can be seen below. The bandrecently finished recording the follow-up to "Hierophany of the Open Grave," and the as-yet-untitled album was recorded and mixed at Flatline Audio Studios by Dave Otero. The new album will be released by Season of Mist in 2014.
Nightbringer will be kicking off a European tour this weekend on Saturday night at the Speyer Grey Mass Festival in Germany. The band will then proceed to hit various territories in France, Italy, Belgium, Germany, and more before concluding on the 23rd. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found after the jump.
Regarding the tour, the band issued the following statement: "We are prepared to shine the Lantern of Negation upon European soil and illumine hearts with the paradoxical light of our Lord." More...
A trailer is now available online for the horror movie "Fear Clinic," which will feature Slipknot/Stone Sour front man Corey Taylor.
The movie, also starring horror legend Robert Englund, marks Taylor's acting debut, but not his movie debut, as Slipknot performed in the 2002 remake of "Rollerball."
"Fear Clinic" will be released later this year, with further details forthcoming.
The Belgian death metal psychopaths in Aborted are set to release their eighth full-length, "The Necrotic Manifesto," on April 29th via Century Media. The band will be in the states later this month kicking off a tour that includes dates with Pyrexia and Kataklysm, with full details available after the jump.
The title track is also streaming now. Give it a listen below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Six Feet Of Foreplay
2. The Extirpation Agenda
3. Necrotic Manifesto
4. An Enumeration Of Cadavers
5. Your Entitlement Means Nothing
6. The Davidian Deceit
7. Coffin Upon Coffin
8. Chronicles Of Detruncation
9. Sade & Libertine Lunacy
10. Die Verzweiflung
11. Excremental Veracity
12. Purity Of Perversion
13. Of Dead Skin & Decay
14. Cenobites More...
Black Stone Cherry recently performed on the U.K. digital radio station Planet Rock. In the video clip available below, the band covers Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." Black Stone Cherry's fourth studio album, "Magic Mountain," will be available everywhere May 6th.
Gojira's live CD/DVD/photo book "Les Enfants Sauvages" is out now. A limited edition item not found in stores, it comprises a 60-page hardcover book of photos from the band's last two years on the road supporting 2012 studio album "L'Enfant Sauvage," along with a CD and DVD recorded and filmed at London's Brixton Academy.
"Les Enfants Sauvages" It's available now via the Roadrunner webstore here. You can also check out "Flying Whales" from the DVD in the player below.
Finnish thrash outfit Curimus just celebrated its 10th anniversary and is gearing up for the release of second full-length album, "Artificial Revolution."
The album will be released on April 25th via the band's own label, Freezing Penguin, and distributed worldwide by Svart Records. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The production on Curimus' Artificial Revolution is the handiwork of both the band themselves and main producer Tom Gardiner and studio wizard Daniel Rantanen. When compared to debut album Realization (2011), much more work was done with pre-production on this one.
"After the first round of demos, it was already clear that the material destined to become the second Curimus album was to be more powerful and diverse than ever before. In production sessions, more focus was given to building a solid set of tracks, and this led to many songs experiencing major shape-shifting as the project rolled on. More...
Baltimore based punk band Old Lines has entered the studio to record a full-length album that’s scheduled for release later this year via No Sleep Records.
The band is currently recording in its hometown with Kevin Bernsten at Developing Nations Studios (Mutilation Rites, Full of Hell, Magrudergrind).
“The direction of this record is an extension of our previous two both in content and sound, but with a more pronounced sense of urgency,” explains Matt Taylor. “Musically, The songs are a bit faster and more chaotic, and the lyrical content follows the same sense of frantic frustration.”
Old Lines formed in 2010 and is made up of Mitch Roemer, Jake Berry, Matt Taylor and Pat Martin. The band’s merciless sound is directly fueled by an outspoken political and social agenda and vehement disdain for corruption and injustices that plague society.
The forthcoming album follows the 2013 EP "If You See Something, Say Something." More...
Today the first song from the upcoming Helstar album "This Wicked Nest" has been released on the public. Check out "Fall Of Dominion" in the player below. "This Wicked Nest" is due for release on April 25th, 2014 and follow 2010's "Glory of Chaos."
Mexican progressive death metallers PaalThal Anunnaki have announced the release of their eight-song debut album "Paa Tal" this month on Concreto Records. A stream of one of the tracks from the album, "Eek Vega," is playing below. You can also hear the second track, "Anunnaki," over on the band's facebook news feed.
Illidiance has released a lyric video for the track "Urbanized," which can be seen below. "Urbanized" comes off the "Deformity" EP. The full track listing is as follows:
2. Boiling Point
4. Let It Bleed
5. Moments of the Fall
Rock Island, Illinois' Helmsplitter has made their Horror Pain Gore Death Productions debut with the death metal beast known as "Enraptured By Suffering." Stream "Aura of Suicide" from that upcoming eleven-track album below.
Helmsplitter was born in the summer of 2008 when guitarist Ross Mallie and drummer Nate Boyd joined forces. After filling out the rest of the lineup the band spent the next few years playing shows around the Midwestern region of the United States as well as recording a demo.
Around this time it became apparent that the band would have to part ways with their original singer and bass player due to a combination of scheduling difficulties and musical differences. Vocalist Blakk and bassist Lyndon Ehlers were contacted in regards to filling the empty positions, and it was not long before both accepted the invitation.
This lineup overhaul was exactly what the band needed to become what it was intended to be from the beginning. The music became more dark and sinister, and the lyrics became more thought provoking and disturbing. The visual aspect of the band also evolved as a result of the band agreeing on a new logo and artwork direction.
"Storms of Genocide," the band's self-released debut album, began to circulate around the underground and eventually caught the attention of Mike Juliano, owner of Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. February 18th of 2014 saw the release of "Enraptured by Suffering," Helmsplitter's second album and HPGD debut.
The album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Scott Creekmore (Broken Hope, Lupara, Num Skull) at Mercenary Digital Studios during the months of September and October of 2013.
Ohm Resistance Records has set April 8th as the date on which "Another Scheme of the
Wicked" from industrialized black metallers Invertia will be released. Invertia is the New England duo of guitarist/vocalist Dave Coppola and drummer/programmer Tim Winson.
A mirror displaying some of the darkest paradoxes and truly terrifying segments of American society, Invertia's music ridicules the hypocrisy of cult-religious fervor with shred guitars and psycho-bombastic drum programming.
The follow up album to 2013's self-titled debut, "Another Scheme of the Wicked" combines a blistering five-track assault with five remixes from musical backgrounds, including Ohm Resistance veterans Justin K. Broadrick (Godflesh, Jesu), End.user (The Blood Of Heroes), and Submerged (Method Of Definance, The Blood Of Heroes).
One of the strangest moments ever recorded on Ohm Resistance occurs during the R3TRD remix of "They're Everywhere," with a Pentecostal preacher vampirishly admonishing children to visit with him as he speaks in tongues. Stream "The Sidewinding" below, which will be the first track on the upcoming album. More...
Comatose Music will release "A New Code of Morality" from UK brutalists Twitch Of The Death Nerve on April 29th. The band was formed in 2004 as a side project of Tom Bradfield and Tom Carter from Infected Disarray and Beef Conspiracy.
After releasing a split CD, the pair continued with their other projects (including Grindethic Records and Repulsive Dissection) while at the same time working on tracks for a full length release. The line-up was later completed by recruiting Defeated Sanity drummer Lille Gruber, and the band began working on their debut.
"A New Code of Morality" is now finally complete and is presented along with some gruesomely epic Marco Hasmann artwork. Album track "Peculiar Perversions Particular to the Piquerist" is now streaming below.
Australian thrash act Hidden Intent has signed on with Punishment 18 Records. The debut album "Walking Through Hell," originally self-released, will be released through the label on April 28th.
The band is:
Phil Bennet – Guitar, backing vocals
Jay Rahaley – Lead drums
Chris McEwen – Lead bass, lead vocals
The track list for the album is:
2. Walking Through Hell
3. Through Your Eyes
5. Die Inside
6. Good Friday Thrash
7. Get What You Can Get
8. Face Your Demon
9. Creature of Habit
10. Bass Wankage
11. Black Hole More...
Legendary UK progressive rock act Magnum posted samples of the upcoming new album "Escape From the Shadow Garden." The album is set for release on March 19, 2014 (Scandinavia), March 21st (Germany), March 24th (EU) and April 1st (North America) via Steamhammer/SPV Records.
The track list is:
1. Live ‘Til You Die
2. Unwritten Sacrifice
3. Falling For The Big Plan
4. Crying In The Rain
5. Too Many Clowns
6. Midnight Angel
7. The Art Of Compromise
8. Don’t Fall Asleep
9. Wisdom’s Had Its Day
10. Burning River
11. The Valley Of Tears
Check out the samples here: More...
The first issue of Toxic Kaos Magazine is here, a gratuitous, quarterly-issued hard-copy periodical that Kaotoxin records has started issuing along with its CD compilations and orders starting in January.
Featuring 44 full-color pages, the (French written) debut issue #1 of the label's magazine features interviews with the likes of Benighted, Master, Brutal Truth, Gorod, Eye Of Solitude, We All Die (laughing), Exivious, Tides From Nebula, Mercyless, Bliss Of Flesh, Insain, Reptilian Death, The Lumberjack Feedback, Izegrim, Miserable Failure, Nephren-Ka, Total Fucking Destruction and many more as well as reviews and features.
Toxic Kaos comes free of charge and will ship with all orders at the Kaotoxin Shop or Kaotoxin Digital Shop. Copies will soon be available through our partners - Apathia Records, Bones Brigade Records, Dooweet Records, Listenable Records, Osmose Productions, PRC Music, Season Of Mist Records, Trendkill Records as well as at various gigs and shops around France, Belgium, (French-speaking) Canada, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg and Switzerland. Get more information over at this site. More...
Cruz Del Sur music is welcoming Finnish sensational newcomers Mausoleum Gate to its roster. The band is retro hard rock/heavy metal, deeply rooted in a late 70's/early 80's atmosphere, forged in the blood of Saxon, in the power and rudeness of the NWOBHM movement, in the spritual, epic nature of Cirith Ungol but even in the elegance of Uriah Heep.
Mausoleum Gate will release its self-titled debut album in mid-October under the sign of Cruz Del Sur Music, on compact disc, vinyl and digital formats. Their sold-out cassette EP "Gateways For the Wicked" will be soon re-pressed by the band itself on compact disc, to be distributed at the next Keep It True festival. Listen to a couple studio selections from Mausoleum Gate over at this location. More...
Italian melodic power metal act Etherna, featuring Vision Divine's Alessio "Tom" Lucatti (keyboards), will release the sophomore album "Forgotten Beholder" on March 24th via Valery Records. The album marks the first release from the band since the 2008 self-titled debut release. The album is also the first to feature vocalist Andrea Racco (Opening Scenery), who joined the band in 2012.
Check out a teaser clip for the album here: More...
Shadow Kingdom Records will reissue a Doom Metal classic called "Salvation's Answer" from Baltimore's Revelation on April 29th. Check out the album stream over at the label's bandcamp page and below in the player. Shadow Kingdom's Tim McGrogan gives us the rundown:
"Shadow Kingdom Records is thrilled to finally re-issue a groundbreaking 90's doom metal classic - Revelation - 'Salvation's Answer.' This was originally released on the classic Rise Above Records all the way back in 1991. It was one of their first releases when they started the label.
Even today, there's nothing quite like this album, a lost gem stuck in the sands of time. Very few bands have been influenced by Revelation's unique brand of progressive doom metal. This is a special album that will only attract people who are really looking for sub-basement classics."
Italian symphonic metal act Evenoire announced that the sophomore full length LP will be entitled "Herons." The album is set for release on April 15th via Scarlet Records. The first single "Drops of Amber" is streaming in the player below.
The album's track list is:
2. Drops of Amber
3. Seasons of Decay
4. Love Enslaves
5. The Newborn Spring
6. When the Sun Sets
7. Tears of Medusa
8. Devil’s Signs
9. The Lady of the Game
10. Wild Females More...
Shadow Kingdom Records has announced the latest in a string of Manilla Road reissues with the Wichita, KS band's sixth album, "Mystification." Manilla Road's official sixth full-length is the last of what many longtime fans consider as their most classic 'golden years' period. "Mystification" will be officially re-released via the label on April 29th.
"Mystification" marked Manilla Road's first foray into the realm of thrash metal. The band had played with faster tempos on previous albums, but this is a record that delivered an intensity comparable to early Slayer. Manilla Road mainman Mark Shelton proved himself to be one of heavy metal's most skilled songwriters with this flawless mix of classic and thrash metal.
This reissue is noteworthy for being the first edition of "Mystification" to be released on CD in the original song order along with the original mixing and mastering. This will be a huge treat for fans that have never heard the album this way because the re-issue done in the year 2000, was mixed and mastered differently along with the track order switched around. You'll finally be able to hear the way it was originally was back in 1987.
Vanishing Point released a new lyric video for the new track "Circle of Fire." The song appears on the latest release "Distant Is The Sun," which was just released in North America 10 days ago.
The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Beyond Redemption (Intro)
2. King Of Empty Promises
3. Distant Is The Sun (streaming here)
4. When Truth Lies (see music video here)
5. Circle Of Fire
6. Let The River Run
7. Denied Deliverance
8. Story Of Misery
9. Era Zero
10. Pillars Of Sand
11. As December Fades
12. Handful Of Hope
13. Walls Of Silence
14. April (Instrumental)
Check out the lyric video here: More...
Exorcism, the doom metal band comprised of Raven Lord members Csaba Zvekan (Vocals), Joe Stump (Guitars), Lucio Manca (Bass) along with drummer Garry King, is streaming the new track "Voodoo Jesus." The song is the first full track stream from the debut album "I Am God," which drops on April 25th via GoldenCore Records/ZYX Music.
The album was produced by Csaba Zvekan and contains the following track list:
1. End Of Days
2. I Am God
3. Voodoo Jesus
4. Last Rock'N Roll
5. Master Of Evil
8. Stay In Hell
9. Fade The Day
10. Zero G
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