Metal News for March 15, 2012
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Wall of Music and Kick Agency, in cooperation with Garbage Dump Agency and Perkele.it will be presenting the Stoned Hand of Doom Chapter 7, an Italian Doom and Heavy Psych Fest that will take place on Saturday, May 19th at the Init Club in Rome. For this seventh edition, SHOD will celebrate in a one-day ritual. For more information on the festival, visit Stoned Hand of Doom's Facebook event page. The headliner for the seventh edition will be the U.K.'s Orange Goblin, along with the following roster of confirmed Italian bands:
L’IMPERO DELLE OMBRE
OvMetal.com has posted a new video interview online with Sven De Caluwé of Aborted, which was filmed in Israel. Check out the footage below.
Aborted released the new album "Global Flatline" (reviewed here) earlier this year, and will also be joining Origin and Cattle Decapitation on tour this coming April.
The latest offering from Aussie death metal band BerserkerfoX, titled "New World Murder" has been released online as a digital download. You can check out the track "Inviare de Vedas" in the player below, or find more from BerserkerfoX via Bandcamp.
The "New World Murder" track listing is as follows:
1. Inviare de Vedas
2. The Monopoly
3. Digging Your Own Grave
4. Profits of Revelation
Unleashed has posted a lyric video online for the song "Rise of the Maya Warriors," which is taken from the upcoming album "Odalheim." Check out the clip below. Bassist/vocalist Johnny Hedlund had this to say about the song:
"After years of struggle and toil against the armies of White Christ, the Midgard Warriors went across the open sea to gather the battalions there, and to build an army big enough to fight in the final stand. At the end of the (Vinland) North American journey, the Midgard Warriors and their growing armies traveled through the Sierra Madre and into Central America to meet with the Toltecs, Olmecs, Aztecs and others.
"It seemed they had all joined forces to build a rebellion against White Christ. They were now known as the Maya Warriors. We joined for Blot and Celebrations to our common task and for life long freindship. We had now grown to be a very respectful army of warriors that set off to the European continent again..."
"Odalheim" is due out in North America on April 24th and Europe on April 20th. More...
Set to release the forthcoming album "Elder Lore / The Dark Arts" officially on Tuesday, March 20th, Tribune is now exclusively streaming the metal infused neck breaker online through NefariousRealm.com.
The band will also be hitting the road for US tour dates in April along with Canadian dates to be announced at a later date.
April 12, 2012 -The Fun House - Seattle, WA
April 13, 2012 - Plan B - Portland, OR
April 14, 2012 - The Black Forest - Eugene, OR
April 18, 2012 - On The Y - Sacramento, CA
April 21, 2012 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV
April 23, 2012 - UB's - Mesa, AZ
April 26, 2012 - Zombies - San Antonio, TX
April 27, 2012 - O'Riley's - Dallas, TX
April 28, 2012 - Sam's Lounge - Jackson, MS
May 4, 2012 - Pick Wick Pub - Poughkeepsie, NY
May 6, 2012 - Bogie's - Albany, NY
Denmark's Caro, which signed with Rogue Records America last year, has posted a new teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming album "Alpha," which can be found below. For more on Caro, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Long Island hardcore/thrash hybrid, This Is Hell, has announced a string of U.S. tour dates in support of the band’s fourth studio album, "Black Mass." The tour will kick off tomorrow night in Schenectady, N.Y., before wrapping up at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in Worcester, Mass. on April 20th.
The band has also released a music video for the song, “Demons,” which can be viewed below. Commented guitarist, Rick Jimenez, “In the downtime we just recently had, we blasted through a video for ‘Demons’ from the Black Mass album. The song is fast, raw and thrashy, so the video is fast, raw and thrashy, and it’s us just doing our thing in the practice space. We're ready to explode back on the road in the States after our break and bring some ruckus!”
"Black Mass," the follow-up to the 2010 release, "Weight of the World," hit stores on October 11th via Rise Records. More...
Fresh from a national headlining tour, the Houston-based instrumental quartet Scale the Summit, whose latest album "The Collective" recently saw a vinyl release, will co-headline the Fauxchella Music & Art Festival and Fundraiser in Bridgeport, Conn. on April 21st. For more information on the event, visit the event's Facebook page.
Scale the Summit will also perform at two other festivals in the band's home state this week -- The Big Spill in San Antonio, and South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin. At the latter, the band will play three times over two days, capped off by a performance at the Prosthetic Records showcase at Valhalla tomorrow night (March 16).
3/15 Austin, TX - MI Annex (SXSW)
3/15 San Antonio, TX - The Big Spill Festival
3/16 Austin, TX - Soho Lounge (Indie Ambassador SXSW party)
3/16 Austin, TX - Valhalla, Prosthetic SXSW Showcase
The Texas-based technical progressive metal band White Arms of Athena -- whose 2011 debut "Astrodrama," called "epic prog-shred" by Revolver, was recently released on vinyl -- has kicked off the third tour of the album cycle.
This time around, the band is touring alongside A Night at the Chalet and Labyrinthe on a trek dubbed "The Spring Mutila-Tour," which will take the group to the eastern United States for the first time. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Says the band, "We are extremely grateful to be out on the road once again, especially in a region so new to us. We hear great things from other bands about the East Coast and are glad our first time will be with such a diverse lineup. For the first time on tour, we will have vinyl copies of 'Astrodrama' available, along with other new merch items. So come out, have a good time and if you're willing, let us sleep on your floor." More...
Mutilation Rites, the self-professed "filthy black metal" band from Brooklyn described by MetalSucks as "evil as fuck," has unveiled a first taste of the band's Prosthetic debut, "Empyrean," which will be released on May 22nd.
Visit Pitchfork now to stream the track "Realms of Dementia."
Earlier this month, Mutilation Rites -- now featuring Ryan Jones (Today Is The Day, Wetnurse) on bass -- kicked off a three-week tour that will take the band to and from South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. Afterwards, the band will play in Dallas alongside Alcest and do a week's worth of shows with Hull. More...
Within the Ruins is preparing to enter the studio at the end of this month to record a third Victory release, due out this summer. The group will record in White Lake, MI with producer/engineer Joshua Wickman, who previously worked with the band on 2010’s "Invade."
Guitarist Joe Cocchi spoke out on what Within the Ruins has up its sleeve for the forthcoming album, “We have a good amount of new material to finish working with while we're home for the month. Lots of work left, but we’re definitely stoked on the music we've come up with so far – this material is unlike anything else we’ve released. Stay tuned for pre-production and studio videos soon!"
Within the Ruins has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Demon Hunter recently offered fans a first taste of what is to come on the new album "True Defiance" with the track "Someone To Hate." Now, the band is also giving fans a unique opportunity to put their own spin on the song via a remix contest hosted by online music creation site Indaba Music.
Indaba’s 650,000-strong community of musicians can now download the individual vocal, guitar, bass, drum, synth, and other tracks that make up “Someone to Hate” and use them to create their own remix. Submissions will be judged by the band, with the grand prize winner receiving an official release for their track on Demon Hunter's longtime label, Solid State Records, in addition to a hefty $1,000 prize. They will also receive a signed copy of Demon Hunter's self-titled album and a one-year Pro Membership to Indaba Music. Five Honorable Mentions, chosen by the band from among the 10 most popular remixes, will receive a signed copy of Demon Hunter's self-titled album and a one-year Pro Membership to Indaba.
"I'm extremely stoked about this contest," exclaims Demon Hunter frontman and mastermind, Ryan Clark. "I'm a huge fan of electronic music, so this is really exciting for me. I can't wait to hear the crazy and unique ideas people will inject into this song. I think remixing a song this fast and heavy might be a challenge, but I think it will yield really interesting results because of that. Go crazy!"
Philadelphia, PA’s A Life Once Lost can now officially confirm that the band will be heading to Planet Red in Richmond, VA on April 10th, 2012 to record the follow-up to the 2007 album "Iron Gag." Planet Red is owned and operated by famed producer Andreas Magnusson (The Black Dahlia Murder, Impending Doom). According to a press release, the band has been "experimenting with new sounds and styles while staying true to its groove-tinged roots, promising to appeal to old and new fans alike."
“I have a lot of new material to work with here so it will be a breeze for us to make a super epic record,” states producer Andreas Magnusson.
“We are excited to be working with an old friend on this upcoming record,” adds frontman Bob Meadows. “Andreas has worked on some cool stuff and the chemistry between him and the band works out great. Stay tuned for some video clips of our time in the studio and random news blurbs on our Facebook and Twitter pages.”
The band will release the currently untitled new album with international label Season of Mist. A Life Once Lost recently chose Baltimore, MD based artist Brian Baker to illustrate the album art.
"The Long Road South," the debut album by Finnish metallers Dark Days Ahead will be released May 9th, 2012 in Finland and May 18th internationally on Inverse Records. A teaser for the album is available below.
"The Long Road South" track listing is as follows:
1. Hail The Lone Star
2. Enemy Of The Nation
3. Bastard Son Of Disaster
4. No Single Word
5. Manic Moshing Monday
6. Bring The Next One In
7. Deadly Empathy
8. Chaos Caravan
9. Until You Come Full Circle
Swedish death metal band Fetus Stench has posted a second track from its upcoming album "Stillbirth." On the heels of first song streaming, "The Outer Island," the band has now unveiled another song, the album version of "Stillborn Son."
Fetus Stench will be releasing "Stillbirth" in the summer of 2012 via Abyss Records, and on April 30th will celebrate the upcoming album with a release party at Metal Club in Karlstad, Sweden. Check out the tracklisting of "Stillbirth" below, the new song streaming after it.
1. Meat Grinder Flesh Obliteration
2. Stillborn Son
4. The Outer Island
5. Severe Suffering
7. Bashed, Defaced and Disfigured
8. Descending Into the Realm of the Dead
9. By Butchery Divorced More...
Arkaik has posted a pre-production song online titled "Skingraft Hieroglyphics," which can be heard in the player below. The band commented:
"This is a pre-production track titled 'Skingraft Hieroglyphics.' We recorded this at home to give the fans a glimpse into the next album which is called 'Metamorphignition.'
"Enjoy and please spread the word! We will be hitting the studio in February to officially start recording the full length. NOTE: The drums are programmed and everything else was recorded at home."
American death Thrashers Sacrificial Slaughter will commence the 11-date West Coast Annihilation Tour on April 5th in Las Vegas, NV. Joining them will be Northern California thrash unit Blessed Curse. Sacrificial Slaughter is also looking for a third band to complete the roster of the tour, which is in support of its recent split release with Enfuneration, entitled "American Death Thrash," out now on Horror Pain Gore Death Productions. Below are the dates and venues:
SACRIFICIAL SLAUGHTER / BLESSED CURSE / TBA
April 5th - Las Vegas, NV @ Cheyenne Saloon
April 6th - Reno, NV @ Ground Zero
April 7th - Eugene, OR @ Lazarus Pit
April 8th - Yakima, WA @ Brews & Cues
April 9th - Seattle, WA @ 2 Bit Saloon
April 10th - Boise, ID @ The Venue w/ Mobile Deathcamp
April 11th - Cheyenne, WY @ Ernie November (record store)
April 12th - Denver, CO @ 3 Kings Tavern w/ Mobile Deathcamp
April 13th - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Dawg Pound
April 14th - Ceres, CA @ The Workshop
April 15th - San Miguel, CA @ The Ranch More...
Another song has been posted online from the new Davidian album "Our Fear Is Their Force." Check out the track "Manmade Hell" in the player below. For more on Davidian, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Behind An Angelic Smile
3. Manmade Hell
4. Desperate Cries
5. Shattered Illusions
6. Fake Society
7. Vicious Circle
8. Constricted Vision
9. Inner Turmoil
10. Breeding Insecurity
11. Freedom Of Choice More...
Heavenwood has posted a series of live video clips online from the band's performances in Portugal in late 2011 and early 2012. Check out the footage in the players available below, or find more Heavenwood music available for streaming at the band's MySpace page.
British metallers Threshold are in the final stages of recording their ninth studio album "March of Progress." The album is being produced by Karl Groom and Richard West at Thin Ice Studios with additional production at Eightspace Studio.
Vocal duties on "March of Progress" have been performed by Threshold's original frontman Damian Wilson, who's been back touring with the band since the release of its previous studio album "Dead Reckoning" in 2007.
Commented Damian Wilson: "I've really enjoyed being back in the studio with Rich and Karl. It feels like the good old days, wailing away at Thin Ice Studios again! My voice has been strong and powerful, it feels like my best work." More...
French band Reverence has announced the release of the new album "The Asthenic Ascension" has been delayed. The album is now set for release on April 9th, 2012 via Candlelight Records. For more on Reverence, check out the band's MySpace page.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
2. Darwin's Black Hall
3. The Descent
4. Psalm IV
5. Ghost of Dust
6. Cold Room
7. Genesis of Everything
8. Those who Believed
9. The Asthenic Ascension
Bong has posted a live set online for streaming from a performance at The Chameleon Cafe Bar in Nottingham. You can check out the live songs in the player below. The set list includes the songs "Dreams Of Mana Yood Sushai" and "Trees, Grass and Stones."
Italian deathcore outfit Despite Exile has just unleashed a video teaser for the song “Perfection Neutralized,” which is being exclusively premiered via BlankTV. “Perfection Neutralized” comes off of the band’s upcoming EP, still to be titled.
To get a taste of the new song/video, check out the clip below. You can also listen to the song "Oscillate" by heading over to this location.
U.K. act Architects will be releasing the new album "Daybreaker," and follow-up to "The Here And Now" (reviewed here), this coming May. A video interview with the band, conducted by Pitcam TV during the Rise Against European tour, has now also been posted online and can be viewed below.
The first part of a video studio report series by Italian act The Foreshadowing has been posted online. Check out the video clip for the new album "Second World" in the player below.
"Second World" is due out this coming April via Cyclone Empire. You can also find the artwork for the album at this location.
"Bloodbath" is the title track off if Suicidal Angels' latest album, which was released January 27th 2012, via NoiseArt Records. A music video for "Bloodbath" has now been posted online and can be viewed below. For more on Suicidal Angels, check out the band's Facebook profile.
Ohio's Eternal Void has posted a drum playthrough video clip online for the song "Eyes of the World," which is off the "One of Us" EP (reviewed here).
Check out the footage below. You can also find the band's previously posted video for the EP's title track here.
Australia's Germ has checked in with the following update about working on a new EP:
"I'd just like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has bought the album so far. The response has far exceeded my expectations, and is extremely humbling! I hope everyone is enjoying it!
"The past couple of weeks have been very busy here, I've been compiling all the material together for the upcoming EP, as well as working with Erebus Studios on the artwork.
"One thing I can say about the songs and artwork, is that it is possibly a little darker than the album, but still in the Germ style. Details are yet to be finalised, but I can say that the title will be 'Loss', and it will feature 6 tracks. More news to come in the the near future."
For more information on Germ, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
The Ocean is currently on an extended tour of the Russian Federation states (Russia, Belarus, Ukraine) and has posted up a video blog chronicling the band's exploits.
This part cover the first leg of the tour, from St Petersburg to Yekaterinburg. Check out the clip below. Siberia will be up next with a new video blog.
Invercargill, New Zealand sludge band Osmium is streaming its entire recent album "The Misery Harvest" over at Bandcamp, or you may listen to it below in the player. The album was produced by Daniel Rodgers and Osmium, with the cover art done by Vance Kelly. Osmium will next be playing a gig with Warsaw and Twist of Fate at the ReFuel club in Dunedin on March 30th. Below is a video upload of "Flesh & Bones" from "The Misery Harvest" release.
Seattle hippie doom band Snail will be releasing its new album "Terminus" on May 1st and distributing it via Totem Cat Records. Below is a video upload for one of the songs that will be on it, "Galaxies' Lament." Snail formed back in 1992, releasing a demo EP and then taking a fifteen year slumber. When the band re-emerged in 2008, adding guitarist Eric Clausen and releasing "Blood," they garnered the attention of Henry Rollins - who featured Snail on his "Fanatics" radio show on KCRW. Check out more music from Snail over on MySpace.
Eïs is gearing up to enter the recording studio next month, and the band has now checked in with the following announcement about the group's new live lineup:
"We're happy to announce our new live line-up today. In addition to Marlek hellhammering drums and Alboin on low frequency and vocal duties, EIS on stage will consist of three session members:
Abarus - guitars
C:R:A - guitars (also in Funeral Procession and Sethnefer)
S.atyrus S.ancti - synthesizers and FX (also in Funeral Procession)
"Please give these guys a thundering welcome! I said THUNDERING!"
For more on Eïs, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Ireland's Eternal Helcaraxe will be releasing the upcoming album "Against All Odds" this Spring via Abyss Records. The band has now posted the new song "Shadow of the Wolf" online, which can be heard in the player below.
The track listing is as follows:
Claim Your Place With The Gods
One Stands Still Here
We Assist Death
Shadow Of The Wolf
As The Snow Gathers
Echoes Through Our Blood
Against All Odds (All The Battles To Come - Part II) More...
Nuclear Blast Records has issued the following announcement about Belphegor working on a new album and performing at the upcoming Extremefest:
"The most popular dark horde hailing from Austria do not back down from anything and enjoy celebrating death/black metal art, which can’t be more murderous, provocatively and offensively. With their current, glorifying bloodwork entitled 'lood Magick Necromance,' this evil circle created a very special sort of demonism and reached to increase their ascendancy within the international extreme-metal-community significantly. Fire, pitch and sulphur… you have to see these guys live on stage! Be prepared for a diabolic scenario at EXTREMEFEST, which will be so shocking that you won’t ever forget!
"The band is currently working on new material and the new, as of yet untitled album for a tentatively slated late 2012 release will be the follow up to January 2011´s 'Blood Magick Necromance.'"
Belphegor's Helmith also stated, "Amazing to have the opportunity to be creative again and compose a new album. I began the compositions in November 2011, after I had to spend five weeks in the hospital and 6 weeks in rehabilitation center, because of my health issues. I survived this hard trial, which still seems unreal. I'm not fully recovered, but feel way better now, I can say. Unfortunately we had to cancel all tours until June 2012, when we will get back on the road, and will start with some European open air rituals." More...
French act The Prestige has released a new music video clip online for the song "The Truth," which is available below. The band commented:
"Ladies and Gentlemen, 'THE TRUTH,' directed by Berzerker! You can also download the track for free on our bandcamp page. Thank you again for your support, you're amazing."
New Jersey act Julius Seizure has posted a second online video featuring the recording sessions of guitarists Steve Toth and Anthony Smeragliuolo for the upcoming "Beware the Ides of March" EP.
Check out the clip below, or find the previous studio video here. "Beware the Ides of March," the debut EP from Julius Seizure, will be available on May 15th, 2012.