Metal News for March 16, 2012
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Melbourne, Australia hardcore metal band King Parrot has released a second official video from its 2011 debut EP "The Stench of Hardcore Pub Trash." This track, "Psychotherapy and Valium," was once again produced by Dan Farmer of Farmwalker Productions. The video, featured below, is a follow up to last years official video "Epileptic Butcher". Below is a series of dates that King Parrot will be playing at in its native Australia.
Friday 4th May @ The Newmarket Hotel, Bendigo w/ Double Dragon
Saturday 5th May @ The Bendigo Hotel, Melbourne w/- Double Dragon
Friday 25th May @ The Grand Junction Hotel, Maitland (Newcastle) w/- Frankenbok
Saturday 26th May @ The Basement, Canberra w/- Frankenbok
Friday 1st June @ The Loft, Warrnambool w/- Frankenbok
Saturday 2nd June @ Enigma Bar, Adelaide w/- Frankenbok & Double Dragon
Saturday 30th June @ High Voltage Festival, Corner Hotel, Melbourne w/- Macabre (USA)
Chicago, IL based act Wasted Fortune recently released the six song EP "Omnipresent Paradox." The band has now made the release available online for streaming and free download via Bandcamp or through the player below.
The vocals on "Omnipresent Paradox" were handled by Danny Rodriquez, who is also in the band Through The Eyes Of The Dead. Danny is the vocalist on the group's most recent album "Skepsis."
The "Ominpresent Paradox" track listing is as follows:
2. Tango & Cash
6. Fin More...
The organizers of the Heavy MTL festival have now announced the lineup for the 2012 edition, which will take place on August 11th and 12th in Montreal. Further details on the festival are available here, and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Saturday August 11th
SYSTEM OF A DOWN
FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH
BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME
JOB FOR A COWBOY
VEIL OF MAYA
Ryan Waste of Municipal Waste looks back at the many years of thrashing and shredding with his legendary, one-of-a-kind MW guitar in the video clip available below. "Fernandes will be making me a new MW AX" he states, "but I still love the original. Many people do. I'll still be playing both."
Ryan’s new custom left-handed Fernandes V-Hawk guitar will make its live debut tonight. Municipal Waste's new album "The Fatal Feast" is due out April 10th (North America) and April 13th, 2012 (Europe) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil based death metal act Gutted Souls, which formed out of the former group Necropedophile, is currently in the final stages of recording a debut EP.
Gutted Souls has now posted an unmixed version of a new song to appear on the EP. Check out what the group has in store by streaming the song "Mondo Psycho" via the Gutted Soul Reverbnation page or Facebook profile.
Further details on the band's upcoming debut EP will be announced as they are made available.
Metal queen Doro hosted a live stream from the Nuclear Blast USA office on March 13th, 2012. The stream has now been posted online and can be found in the player below. Doro was also recently covered in our "Sunday Old School" column, which can be found here.
Wombwrecker, which recently released a cover of the Korn track "Here to Stay," has now posted a pre-production teaser for a new song. You can listen to the clip below, and the band commented:
"For those who missed this, here's a little sneaky pre-production clip of new material. We may even release the full thing sooner rather than later, but who really knows. GOTHSTOMP!"
Corrosion of Conformity has posted a video clip online for the song "The Moneychangers," which is featured on the band's latest, self-titled album released last month through Candlelight Records. Check out the video clip below.
Featuring the esteemed "Animosity" line-up of vocalist/bassist Mike Dean, guitarist Woody Weatherman, and drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin, the album’s release closes a six year recording gap and completes over a year of concentrated writing and recording for the band.
Kansas City death metal act Marasmus has posted a new song online, which can be heard below. The band commented on the track:
"As promised, we've just released the first track from our upcoming 'Mountains of Dead' CD: 'Casket Made of Ivory.' Check it out and let us know what you think. Please share the link and help spread the word!"
Valfreya has posted a playthrough clip online of drummer Mawhjey performing the song "Confront Immensity." The video was filmed and edited by Bookaking Productions and can be viewed below. You can also find more details on Valfreya by navigating to the band's official Facebook profile.
Peruvian death metal act Raped By Pigs is currently in the process of working on a new full-length album. The band has posted a rough preview clip online of upcoming material, which can be heard below.
Due to unforeseen visa issues, mythological occult metal pioneers Absu have been forced to cancel their previously scheduled dates in Brazil this week with Inquisition.
Comments Absu vocalist/percussionist Proscriptor McGovern: "First of all, we bitterly regret having to cancel our Brazilian tour being our debut South American appearance. Due to visa applications being inadequately processed, we cannot legally enter the country at this time; however, we are presently working with our agency to solidify rescheduling for the middle of October. We sincerely apologize to the Brazilian followers of ABSU who wanted to witness the band for the first time.”
Affected dates (All shows will proceed with Inquisition and local acts):
March 16th, 2012 Belo Horizonte/MG (Brasil) @ Music Hall
March 17th, 2012 São Paulo/SP (Brasil) @ Hangar 110
March 18th, 2012 Recife/PE (Brasil) @ Mercado Eufrásio Barbosa
March 19th, 2012 Porto Alegre/RS (Brasil) @ Bar Opinião
Spokane instrumental metal act Odyssey has issued the following announcement about beginning work on a new EP and follow-up to the "An Abstract Existence" album (reviewed here):
"We begin work on our new EP today! Drums are up first. Today is all about setting up the mics and getting the best tones we can.
"Then we're spending Saturday and Sunday tracking 4 songs. Pictures will be posted next week!"
All Against has released the second part of the studio making-of series for the upcoming "Blindness" EP. The video is a short documentary of All Against's studio sessions at the famous Mastervox Studios in Oulu with engineer Kari "Kakke" Vähäkuopus (ex-CATAMENIA). Check out the clip below.
All Against features singer Juha-Matti Perttunen (CATAMENIA), bassist Sami Knuutinen (QUAKE THE EARTH) and drummer Aleksi Heiskanen (QUAKE THE EARTH). The EP is due to be released later this month.
All Against is:
J-M Perttunen - Vocals
Heikki Niemisalo - Guitar
Janne Niva - Guitar
Sami Knuutinen - Bass
Aleksi Heiskanen - Drums More...
The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival is proud to announce the second installment of the branded tour, "Mission Quest to Metal Fest." The tour features The Mongoloids, Expire, and Wrong Answer. The full tour dates are available below.
This year's lineup of The New England Metal and Hardcore Festival includes Killswitch Engage, The Black Dahlia Murder, All That Remains, Dragonforce, Every Time I Die, Oceano, Overkill, and many more. The fest takes place from April 20-22. Tickets are available through this location and special VIP packages are available here.
The Mission Quest to Metal Fest dates are as follows: More...
Masters of Sumerian black/thrash metal, Melechesh, have announced the release of an exclusive digital EP called "Mystics Of The Pillar II." The EP will contain the following tracks and will be released April 27 in Europe, May 1 in the US:
01. Mystics Of The Pillar (Alternate Ending)
02. Sacred Geometry (Instrumental)
03. The Epigenesis (Instrumental)
Commented mainman Ashmedi: "We recorded two different ending version of 'Mystics of the Pillar' - this one changes tempo and picks up steam. Why? Because we felt like it, a song with two different endings is not too common in this day and age. Last minute we chose one to be included on the album, thus the second version was not mixed and mastered till a much later date.
"We also decided to release a couple of instrumental versions to our songs, namely 'The Epigenesis' title track which is a 12-13 minute epic and Sacred Geometry both are multi faceted and work perfect just as instrumental works. We actually have an instrumental version of the entire album mixed and mastered so enjoy these couple of tracks."
My Sleeping Karma has entered the studio in order to record the band's fourth studio album, which will also be the My Sleeping Karma Napalm Records debut.
The as-yet-untitled longplayer is scheduled for a late summer / early fall release. To ease the anticipatory wait, My Sleeping Karma will appear at several festivals throughout the summer. All the dates are available here.
Further details on the upcoming record will be announced as they are made available.
Black Tusk is currently on tour in support of the new album "Set the Dial." This run features headlining tour dates with support coming from East of the Wall, label-mates Royal Thunder and Hull, plus a string of dates supporting Prong and select shows with Intronaut and Skeletonwitch in March.
Black Tusk will be taking part in an exclusive in store signing event on March 19th in Hollywood, CA at 6:00 PM. The signing will take place at Sound Check Hollywood, which is located at 8872 Sunset Blvd. For more information visit this location or call (310)-358-0280.
Following the North American dates, Black Tusk will be heading over to Europe providing direct support to label mates Red Fang. The tour will kick off April 5th in Segrate, Italy and wraps up on May 5th in Essen, Germany. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
Greek female-fronted thrash/metal band AfterBlood posted a new lyric video for the track "Beyond." The song features guest guitarist and album producer Waldemar Sorychta (Despair/Grip Inc./Enemy Of The Sun). and will appear on the band's debut album "Of Unsound Minds" due out this year (no date set).
The album will feature guest appearances from Sodom frontman Tom Angelripper (check out "Mission of Aggression") and Nightrage frontman Antony Hämäläinen. All the drums on the release were performed by Sodom drummer Markus Freiwald.
The track listing for "Of Unsound Minds" is as follows:
2. Before Time Runs Out
3. Mission Of Aggression (Feat. Tom Angelripper (Sodom))
4. Thoughts Of Black
5. Play Dead
6. Beyond (feat. Waldemar Sorychta (Despair/Grip, Inc.))
7. Calling The Dead (Séance)
9. The More I Lie (feat. Antony Hämäläinen (Nightrage))
12. Phobia (Kreator cover) More...
Ukranian melodic metal band Flying has reissued its fourth album, "Graceful Murder," on Total Metal Records/More Hate Productions. The album initially came out in 2010 on Moon Records in the Ukraine. Flying started out in 1998 and has performed in many concerts in its homeland, Russia and Belarus. Check out more songs from "Graceful Murder" and their other releases over on Flying's MySpace page. Below is the tracklisting and cover art for "Graceful Murder," along with a video upload for the song "The Moment of Creation."
2.Break The Spell 05:14
3.Graceful Murder 05:27
4.The Moment Of Creation 06:05
5.The Answer 05:18
6.Ordinary Scene 05:14
7.Non-Existent World 05:16
German experimental black metal band Secrets of the Moon is streaming the entire forthcoming fifth release "Seven Bells" through YouTube. Check out the title track below, but catch the entire album at this location. The album is due out today through Lupus Lounge/Prophecy Productions.
The track listing for "Seven Bells" is as follows:
1. Seven Bells
2. Blood Into Wine
4. Stillborn Icon
6. The Three Beggars (Satan's church)
The title track can be heard here: More...
Metal/Hardcore/Electronic band Honour Crest has posted a new song online for streaming titled "Crawling Through Quicksand," taken from the album "Metrics" coming May 1st, 2012. Listen to the song below, or find more from Honour Crest via Facebook.
Honour Crest is:
Lucas Borza - Vocals
Chad Orange - Vocals, Guitar
Zack Fitzpatrick - Guitar
Jimmy Dillon - Bass
Cory Beaver - Drums
Adaliah is stoked to announce that the band will be going on a full U.S. tour this coming April and May alongside Creations and Float Face Down. You can check out Adaliah's music by listening to the song "Devil" at this location.
Details on the run are as follows:
April 13th- San Antonio, Texas @ The White Rabbit
April 15th- Midland, Texas @ The Pine Box
April 16th- Albuquerque, New Mexico @ Gasworks
April 17th- Mesa, Arizona @ The Underground
April 19th- Las Vegas, Nevada @ The Junkyard @ Area 702
April 20th- Canoga Park, California @ The Cobalt Cafe
April 21st- Anaheim, California @ Mirror Image Studios
April 22nd- Rocklin, California @ Studio 21
April 24th- Seattle, Washington @ Studio Seven
April 26th- Boise, Idaho @ The Venue
April 27th- Ogden, Utah @ Mojo's
April 30th - Off
May 2nd- Springfield, Illinois @ Black Sheep Cafe
May 3rd- Ft. Wayne, Indiana @ Fort Wayne Broadripple
May 4th- Cleveland, Ohio @ The Foundry
May 6th - Buffalo, New York @ Broadway Joe's
May 7th - Albany, New York @ Bogies
May 8th - Manchester, New Hampshire @ Rocko's
May 9th - Staten Island, New York @ The Dock
May 10th - Fredericksburg, Virginia @ The Refuge
May 11th - Charleston, South Carolina @ Jimbos Rock Lounge
May 12th - Tampa, Florida @ Transitions Art Gallery
May 13th - Lake Worth, Florida @ The Speakeasy
May 14th - Jacksonville, Florida @ The Pit More...
The Iraqi black metal band Seeds Of Iblis has posted the song "Inverted Hilal" online for streaming, which is taken off the band's latest 7" EP "Jihad Against Islam." Check out the song in the player below. For more on Seeds of Iblis, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Californian/Brazilian politically charged metal quartet Black Oil will be performing a few dates in the coming week in support of its second release, 2011's "Not Under My Name." Two of the dates will be in Mexico and another will be in support of Soulfly in San Diego. Check out the dates and venues below, along with a video for the title track of "Not Under My Name" and the second official video from that release, the deforestation song "Amazonia," below.
March 17 Revolution Fest Foro Alterna Guadalajara, MX (Monster Stage)
(w/Exciter, Lizzy Borden, Destruction, Soulfly and many others) Check out the Revolution Fest Facebook event page.
March 22 (w/Soulfly) 4th & B San Diego, CA
March 24 (venue TBA) Tijuana, MX
Alestorm vocalist/keyboardist Christopher Bowes has unleashed his new heroic fantasy power metal project Gloryhammer with fellow Alestorm guitarist Paul Templing and Emerald vocalist Thomas Winkler. The debut release "Tales From The Kingdom of Fife" is due out on Napalm Records this year.
The press release on the band's official website reads as follows:
A highland realm of mystery, wonder, and epic battles from an ancient time, shrouded by magical mists. A time of dragons and wizards, and enchanted weapons. These are the legends of the Kingdom of Fife, when the great hero Angus McFife waged an epic war against the evil wizard Zargothrax, to free the people of Dundee in the name of glory and steel. These are the legends of GLORYHAMMER!
The 'Heroic Fantasy Power Metal' band GLORYHAMMER is the new project formed by Christopher Bowes, the mastermind behind pirate-metal sensation ALESTORM, with a desire to explore the more symphonic and epic side of metal. The band's debut album 'Tales from the Kingdom of Fife', coming soon on Napalm Records, will tell an original story based in an alternate-history medieval Scotland, where magic and dark sorcery reigns supreme. A concept of such epic proportions requires a truly talented vocalist, and for this purpose Thomas Winkler from Swiss power metal band EMERALD was hired to provide majestic soaring vocals. The lineup is completed by Paul Templing, James Cartwright, and Ben Turk, who honed their battle skills in various underground UK metal bands. GLORYHAMMER shall be a band like no other... prepare for the epic battle of a lifetime!
The line up of Gloryhammer is:
Christopher Bowes (Alestorm) - Keyboards
Thomas Winkler (Emerald)- Vocals
Paul Templing (Alestorm) - Guitars
James Cartwright - Bass
Ben Turk - Drums More...
New York's own true metal band Manowar announced that the band will headline the Saturday, June 16, 2012 portion of Ost Fest in Bucharest, Romania. The event will be held from June 15-17, 2012 at the Romexpo.
Other acts confirmed are as follows:
June 15: Motley Crue, Dimmu Borgir, Overkill
June 16: Europe, Manowar
June 17: Megadeth, Motorhead, Lake of Tears, W.A.S.P.
French power metal band Nightmare posted a trailer for the bands forthcoming eighth studio reelase "The Burden of God." The album was recorded in Peek Studios and produced by Patrick Liotard. "The Burden of God" is scheduled for release on May 18, 2012 through AFM Records.
Check out the trailer here:
Samandriel has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new vocalist and posting video clips online performing with the new member:
"Samandriel has found a new male singer in the form of Guy Pettigrew, who hails from Canmore, Alberta! Check out this youtube action for a glimpse of his killer pipes! Expect new material to be hard-rockin, forward thinking and classy metal to the core. To the haters."
Canadian black metallers Sorcier Des Glaces have posted the song "Hunger of the Freezing Fog" online for streaming, which can be heard below. They also commented:
"Here's the track 'Hunger of the Freezing Fog' that will appear on 'Monuments Anciens' (release date in April via Les Productions Hérétiques). There's gonna be 6 songs including old demos & unreleased stuff."
Triptykon has checked in with the following recap of the band's "Destroyers of the Faith" tour:
"Thank you to our audiences in England and Scotland, and thank you to our friends Cannibal Corpse and Enslaved, for making it possible that the Destroyers Of The Faith tour has become such a success and such a personal pleasure.
"We in Triptykon had been looking forward for quite some time to be able to play a proper tour in Great Britain, not least after the rousing welcome we received at last year's Bloodstock festival. It was thus an absolute privilege to return as part of the Destroyers Of The Faith package.
"The reactions we encountered when performing onstage these past few days were absolutely astonishing. Equally extraordinary was the spirit of friendship, mutual respect, and cooperation between the groups on this tour. We bow to you all.
"We are looking forward to coming back hopefully soon, and hopefully for an even greater number of concerts.
"Tom Gabriel Warrior, V. Santura, Vanja Slajh, and Norman Lonhard."
Unisonic, featuring Michael Kiske (vocals, ex-Helloween), Kai Hansen (guitars, Gamma Ray, ex Helloween), Mandy Meyer (guitars, ex-Gotthard, ex-Krokus), Dennis Ward (bass, Pink Cream 69) and Kosta Zafiriou (drums, Pink Cream 69) posted the first part of an eleven part track-by-track video series for the release the forthcoming self-titled debut full length LP. The album is set to drop on March 30, 2012 through earOne Music.
Check out Part one here:
Swedish epic doom masters have announced the album title and unveiled the artwork to the band's forthcoming and final LP. The album will be entitled "Psalms for the Dead" and will be released in June 2012 through Napalm Records. The band will issue a 7" single with two album tracks ("Dancing In The Temple Of The Mad Queen Bee" and "The Killing Of The Sun") in advance of the full length release. Pre-orders for the single can be made at this location. The artwork for the single and full length can be viewed below.
Mastermind and bassist Leif Edling had the following comments on the new album:
This record represents everything that is Candlemass. It is big, fat, epic and heavy, and it’s also metal as fuck! We couldn’t have done a better album! It’s our last one and we put just all we had into it. 'Psalms For The Dead' is an album about the presence and absence of time, false prophets and inner demons....hymns, regret and farewell. Let there be doom!More...
Progressive rockers King's X issued a health update on drummer Jerry Gaskill, who suffered a heart attack at the end of February.
In a post on Facebook, the band stated:
Jerry Update: Jerry Gaskill has been moved out of the ICU to a normal room. He has expressed that he wants food and something to drink. :) Hopefully soon! Thanks to everyone for the outpouring of support. Jerry's bills are still mounting but your help so far has been incredible. Thanks to everyone!!
The band, in partnership with Molken Music, has set up a fund for the mounting health bills. For a $20 donation, the band is offering an exclusive free download of a live album entitled "Burning Down Boston." Please visit the fund site at this location.
Stay tuned to Metal Underground for more updates on this situation.
Industrial metal giants Ministry are streaming the new song "99 Percenters." The song appears on the forthcoming LP "Relapse," which is due out on March 23, 2012 through AFM Records. Check out Metal Underground's latest interview with Al Jourgensen at this location.
The track listing for "Relapse" 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)
Check out "99 Percenters" here:
U.K. act Architects posted a preview of the new music video for the song "These Colours Don't Run." The video is scheduled for release on March 26, 2012. The song will be featured on the band's new album "Daybreaker" which is scheduled for release on May 28, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America). The video was directed by Stuart Birchall.
Check out the preview clip here:
New Orleans based metal band Lillian Axe posted a new music video for the track "Caged In." The song appears on the band's latest and ninth studio LP "XI: The Days Before Tomorrow." The album was released at the end of January through AFM Records and marks the Lillian Axe debut for new vocalist Brian C. Jones, who replaced former Metal Church vocalist Ronny Munroe.
Check out "Caged In" here:
Within the Ruins, who preparing to enter the studio at the end of March to record the band's third album for Victory Records, posted a video update on the new album. The video features vocalist
Check out the video here:
Polish technical death metal band Decapitated posted a preview of the band's new music video for the track "Pest." The track appears on the band's latest LP "Carnival Is Forever," which was released in July 2011 through Nuclear Blast Records. The video will premiere on Metal Hammer Germany's website on March 20, 2012.
The video shoot took place on Friday, February 10th with Grupa 13 (Behemoth, Eluvetie, Sonata Artcica) and was directed by Dariusz Szermanowicz.
Check out the preview clip here:
Spanish thrash metallers Angelus Apatrida are streaming the new track "You Are Next" from the band's forthcoming fourth studio album entitled "The Call." The album is set for release on April 30, 2012 (EU) and digitally on May 8, 2012 (North America) through Century Media Records.
The track listing for "The Call" is as follows:
1. You Are Next
2. At The Gates Of Hell
3. Violent Dawn
4. It's Rising!
5. Blood On The Snow
6. Killer Instinct
7. The Hope Is Gone
8. Fresh Pleasure
9. Still Corrupt
Check out "You Are Next" here:
Japanese death/doom band Coffins announced that it will release the new EP/LP "March of Despair" on May 14, 2012 through Hammerheart Records. The CD will list 5 tracks, the LP 7 tracks. The band will also sell the release while on tour in Europe prior to the release date.
Confirmed dates on the European tour are as follows:
27-04-2012 POR SWR Barroselas Metalfest, Barroselas (with Candlemass, Tsjuder, Malignant
28-04-2012 ES Putzuzulo, Zarautz (with Skullhog)
29-04-2012 FR Heretic Club, Bordeaux (with Skullhog)
30-04-2012 FR Pavillons Sauvages, Toulouse (with Skullhog)
01-05-2012 FR Enthropy, Marseille/France (with Skullhog)
02-05-2012 TBA (with Skullhog)
03-05-2012 NL Baroeg, Rotterdam (with Skullhog, Fehler)
04-05-2012 BE Puntpop 2012, Wuustweezel (with Dog Eat Dog, Sodom, Asphyx)
05-05-2012 DE AJZ Bahndamm, Wermelskirchen (with Depression, Escarnium, Faal)
06-05-2012 DEN Heavy Days In Doomtown Fest, Copenhagen (with Aldebaran, Kongh)
07-05-2012 DE The Ace, Berlin
08-05-2012 DE Chemiefabrik, Dresden
09-05-2012 FI Klubi, Turku
10-05-2012 FI Klubi, Tampere
11-05-2012 FI Nuclear Nightclub, Oulu (with Hooded Menace)
12-05-2012 FI Club PRKL, Helsinki (with Hooded Menace)
U.K. melodic metal band Eden's Curse, who recently announced new vocalist Marco Sandron, posted part two of the making of the new "Time To Breathe" video. The full music video can be seen at this location.
Check out the "making of" video here:
Former Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash posted a preview of the new music video for the new single "You're A Lie." The track appears on his forthcoming new solo album "Apocalyptic Love," which is due out on May 21, 2012.
Check out the preview here:
This week a look at two new videos: A classic head to head video showdown between Sister and Electric Sister. As always the rules are made up as we go along, except of course dancers and pole usage: both matter and both score well! More...
Brazilian gothic rock/metal band Goatlove is streaming its new three-song EP "Look What the Goat Dragged In" over on Digmetalworld. They also have a second EP, "Automatic Fire," which can be streamed over there as well. The EP was recorded at El Chango 666 Studios in Sao Paolo and engineered by Rodrigo Toledo and Goatlove vocalist Roger Lombardi. Roger started Goatlove when he departed another band, Sunseth Midnight, in 2007. Goatlove recently recruited a new guitarist and drummer and is busy recording its debut full-length "The Goats are Not What they Seem," which should be released in May on Digmetalworld. Check out the new EP below.