Metal News for March 17, 2017
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Four years after going through some serious black metal "Withdrawal," U.S. group Woe has returned with stunning follow-up "Hope Attrition" (reviewed here), which officially sees release today - March 17th.
Corresponding with that release, I got the opportunity to hit up band founder Chris Grigg once again so we could reminisce about a full decade of unholy black metal expression, the project going from solo to a full band, and the state of a seemingly hopeless world.
Burlington, VT power trio Ghastly Sound has now officially released a self-titled, debut EP via Magnetic Eye Records. In celebration, all four tracks have come online and can be heard below.
The band is a bass-driven three piece fusing 90’s-era noise rock dissonance and distortion with a nod to modern stoner and doom sounds. The full "Ghastly Sound" track listing is as follows:
1. The Worst
2. Where the Ghosts Hide
3. Cape Buffalo
4. Cuttlefish More...
Battleground Records expands the label's diverse roster once again, welcoming Salt Lake City-based exploratory sludge/math metal trio The Ditch And The Delta. New LP "Hives In Decline" is now being prepped for release via the record deal.
Engineered by Andy Patterson of Subrosa, "Hives In Decline" shows The Ditch And The Delta exploring further aspects of sound design, and features a swarm of solos by Gentry Densley (Eagle Twin, Iceburn) on the song "Fuck On Asphalt."
Battleground Records will issue the record on LP and digital formats this coming May 12th. The track listing is as follows:
1. Hives In Decline
2. Fuck On Asphalt
3. Sleeping Dogs
4. Dry Land
5. Till Body Quits
7. Dread Spectacle More...
American heavy metal band Lions Den has now released a debut, self-titled EP. The mini-album was recorded in 2016 at The Deep End Studio, and mixed and mastered by Tony Correlli.
The band was founded in November of 2015 in Baltimore by Sean Rhodes (Lead Guitar). After a while Photi Mavroulis (vocals), Tony Diaz (Rhythm Guitar), Tim Slack (Bass) and Andy Ham (Drums) joined the band and lineup was completed.
Dragony just released a lyric video for "Call Of The Wild," taken off the "Lords of the Hunt" anniversary edition. The band comments:
"Our anniversary EP 'Lords Of The Hunt' will be out on 7th April 2017, and today we would like to share the first of the new songs with you!"
The EP will feature two new songs along with some re-recorded tracks, demos, video clips and other material to celebrate the band's anniversary. Artwork was created by Dusan Markovic and the track listing is as follows:
1. Lords Of The Hunt
2. Call Of The Wild
3. The Longest Night (Re-Recording 2016)
4. Alcador (Re-Recording 2016)
5. Sparta (Elegy Of Heroes)
6. The One And Only
7. Shadowrunners (Karaoke Version)
8. Wings Of The Night (Demo Version 2008)
9. True Survivor (Video Clip)
10. Burning Skies (Video Clip)
Vancouver, BC’s Crnkshft will unleash a new self-titled EP produced by Daren Grahn (Metallica, Hedley, Motley Crue, Bon Jovi) on March 24th, 2017.
The group comments: “We’re not a band that’s going to give you stage props and fake blood and shit, we’re going to give you an emotional rollercoaster, it’s not just straight metal or straight rock, it's a mixer of everything in between, the songs have tonnes of dynamic, and we push for people to get caught up in it.”
Today Crnkshft has some "Old Habits" to brush off onto fans with an free download of a new single. Grab your copy here or stream the track below.
The wrecking crew adds: “Our new EP is a beast; we are really excited to showcase our melodic side. The four songs should touch a wide demographic of fans, which is what we want. We aren’t looking to be defined as just a heavy metal band, but as a hard knocking punch to get anyone going. We're accepted by all those who listen to metal and rock. The whole idea of Crnkshfts music is that we’ll be enjoyed by fans across a variety of genres.” More...
A legend continues in impressive fashion: Italian symphonic power metal group Rhapsody Of Fire has re-recorded the classic songs of the Rhapsody years (1997 - 2002).
Mixed and mastered by Seeb Levermann (Orden Ogan), "Legendary Years" is due out via AFM Records on May 26th as a digipak CD & ltd. colored 2-vinyl. The track listing is as follows:
01. Dawn Of Victory
02. Knightrider Of Doom
03. Flames Of Revenge
04. Beyond The Gates Of Infinity
05. Land Of Immortals
06. Emerald Sword
07. Legendary Tales
08. Dargor, Shadowlord Of The Black Mountain
09. When Demons Awake
10. Wings Of Destiny
11. Riding The Winds Of Eternity
12. The Dark Tower Of Abyss
13. Holy Thunderforce
14. Rain Of A Thousand Flames More...
The Helligators are back and proud to introduce new singer, Simone “Dude” Cacace. Along with the vocalist recruitment, two new killer songs have been recorded, mixed, and mastered by Luciano Chessa at Moon Voice Studio (Rome).
Aptly titled "Back To Life" is out now digitally, and will will be released as a special 7-inch vinyl format by Sliptrick Records on April 25th.
01. Born Again
02. Servant No More More...
After recently signing with Xtreem Music, Serbian extreme crossover thrash band Nadimac has started studio sessions to record a new album at Citadela Sound Productions in Belgrade.
The group comments: "This album will be charged with very heavy and fast beats, speed, aggression, energy and in general, outrage. On the other hand, we always try to make every album sound different and fresh, so expect some evolution in songwriting and sound production".
Lyrical themes vary from antiglobalistic matters with "Kapitalizam je Kanibalizam" (Capitalism is Cannibalism), to black humor "Prvi put Zbog Keve na Semu" (Getting Weed for my Mum for the First Time) and sarcasm "Nesportski Dan" (Vice Sport Day), to political / social statements "Analni Ovcar" (Anal Shepherd).
Recordings, mix, and mastering will be done by Luka Matkovic and the album will contain 12 songs. An official album title and cover artwork will be unrelieved soon. More...
Liverpool's experimental collective of 5, Loathe, is very pleased to announce the release of their latest video and single “It’s Yours.” The clilp was directed by Zak Pinchin Media and can be seen below.
Loathe’s Erik Bickerstaffe comments: “We wanted a song to bridge the gap between what we thought would be expected and what we intended to do with the record. With ‘It's Yours’, we went about the creative process a bit differently to how we usually do and it fell into place as the track that connects the dots.
"Visually, we brought ourselves into the spotlight for the video, providing a face for the name. Zak worked very closely with us when it came to perfecting every detail within the aesthetic and we're extremely pleased with what we achieved.”
Steelfall's story started in 2016, when guitarist/vocalist Sérgio Melo (formerly of Hourswill) decided to invite a few friends to play a mixture of classic heavy metal and modern thrash.
The Lisbon-based group, rounded by vocalist David Pais, guitarist João Quintai, bassist Pedro Martinho and drummer João Morais, is now ready to release first album, “The Event Horizon," coming out on April 7th.
Record label Raging Planet describes this release as "a metallic guitar-orientated album that incorporates elements of heavy, thrash and death-metal and is full of catchy riffs and great choruses. The music can be linked to bands like Trivium, Arch Enemy and Nevermore, but Steelfall cannot be labelled as mere imitators as they bring their own touch and personal influences to the table, resulting in powerful, effective and refreshing songs that will surely surprise fans of the aforementioned bands and metal music in general."
1. In The Dark
2. Open Your Eyes
3. Your Betrayal
4. Drowning In Hatred
5. The Unspoken
6. This Fire Will Rise
7. The Fall Of Men
8. Far Away From You
10. The Event Horizon
11. No Time To Waste More...
Italian post-sludge crew Nudist today premieres new album “Bury My Innocence," which can be heard in full below and is due for official release March 20th via Argonauta Records. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Bury My Innocence
3. Bloody Waters
4. Dead Leaves
5. Drift More...
"Abreaction," the brand new studio album from France death/black metal emperors Svart Crown, has been released today in North America. You can now stream the entire release below, or grab a copy of your own via this location. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Golden Sacrament (5:23)
2. Carcosa (3:44)
3. The Pact: To The Devil His Due (7:21)
4. Upon This Intimate Madness (4:38)
5. Khimba Rites (5:23)
6. Tentacion (3:34)
7. Orgasmic Spiritual Ecstasy (4:56) [watch the video here]
8. Transsubstantiation (6:40)
9. Emphatic Illusion (5:43)
10. Lwas (1:10)
11. Nganda (6:08) More...
Righteous Vendetta is pleased to today release major label debut record, "Cursed," which is out now on Century Media.
The Wyoming-based metalcore outfit has invested both admirable time and effort into this new record, which is reflected by a collection of thirteen songs that are equal parts powerful in their heaviness, contagiously catchy, and emotionally pertinent.
You can stream the whole album in the playlist below (if it won't load for you, give it a listen here instead). Speaking about the release of "Cursed" and the band's journey to this point, Righteous Vendetta lead vocalist Ryan Hayes comments:
"It has been a long road to get to this day. We are extremely proud and even more excited to release 'Cursed' to the world. This album is a culmination of literal years of hard work, perseverance, and an extreme dedication to the love of music. We hope this album speaks to people on many levels and gets those fists pumping and heads bobbing." More...
Your Chance To Die, which re-emerged into the death metal world with 2013's Red Cord Records sophomore effort, "The American Dream," is now to release third album "Ex Nihilo" on April 21st via EMP's extreme Metal imprint EMP Underground.
Recorded by Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me), mixed by Zack Ohren (Machine Head), and with album art by French illustrator Pierre-Alain D., "Ex Nihilo" shows the band completely reinvented with deep symphonic atmospheres, inhuman precision and brutality, and a dual-female vocal onslaught. Check out advance track "Omega" below.
On signing to EMP, frontpersons Missi Avila and Som Pluijmers said, “Your Chance To Die is honored to be a part of the EMP label group family. We are very excited about our future with EMP, the new record that we have written, and are very thankful for this amazing team we now have behind us. We have worked very hard on our new songs…to become a new band…with different, new, music…and now a great label. We are very excited to have finally have a team that believes in us to release the new album.” More...
On April 14-15th 2017, The Crofoot in Pontiac, Michigan will play host to the annual Berserker music fest. Now in its fourth year, the all-ages, two-day event is a wholly DIY affair founded and organized by Child Bite frontman Shawn Knight and his wife Veronica.
Berserker IV is capped offf with the addition of hardcore heavyweights Ringworm. This year's lineup boasts thirty bands on three stages with appearances by internationally touring acts like GWAR, OFF!, Weedeater, The Obsessed, Negative Approach, Brain Tentacles, Child Bite, and more as well as new and established underground artists including Immortal Bird, Cemetery Piss, Fuck You Pay Me, SNAFU, Artillery Breath, and others.
The festival also marks the official return of Eyehategod vocalist Mike IX William,s who will front the band for the first time since undergoing a liver transplant this past December.
For those who haven't recently replaced their livers, Berserker IV will debut the festival exclusive Blood Troll Mead, made with Michigan Wildflower Honey, fresh Elderberries, and fresh Gooseberries. It is made with fruits grown and used in Nordic tradition. We cannot promise no Trolls were harmed in the making of this mead. The full festival lineup will be as follows: More...
Old school death metal band Memoriam is set to unleash debut album, "For The Fallen," on March 24th, 2017 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Today, the band reveals a lyric video for the song "Resistance," and Karl Willetts states: "Memoriam are preparing for battle. As the War Rages On... As the forces strengthen...on the 24th March 2017 let the 'Resistance' begin."
02. War Rages On
03. Reduced To Zero
04. Corrupted System
06. Surrounded (By Death)
08. Last Words More...
Iced Earth's new album "Incorruptible" is coming later this year, with the track listing just unveiled earlier in the week. Today band mastermind Jon Schaffer issued this update:
"Brothers and Sisters,
"Thank you so much for the warm birthday greetings. I am humbled and honored by your loyalty.
We delivered the master recordings to Century Media and now things are in motion.
"I am eager for you all to hear the new record. For me, it's something very special. I am extremely proud of the entire band and our team for the great work and passion that is going in to every step of the process.
"We're coming back with a vengeance my friends! Take care, Jon Schaffer." More...
"Over The Edge" is the impending new full-length release from California stoner violence faction Connoisseur. Set for communal inhalation next month via Tankcrimes, "Over The Edge" flaunts fourteen resin-coated burners captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer Studios (Iron Lung, Brainoil) and mastered by Dan Randall at Mammoth Sound (Spazz, Ghoul).
In advance of its release, today the band's forty-five-second, weed-centric "All Day Every Day" lyric video comes online and can be seen below.
Adds the band, "We set out to write a song that was the exact opposite of bands we love like Sleep. Who's got an hour? We barely have a minute! This ain't your uncle's stoner rock; we got things to do, and this bong ain't gonna smoke itself, ya know?"
Connoisseur will further bring these weedian odes to stages this spring with additional live dates to be announced in the weeks to come.
4/02/2017 Cafe Colonial - Sacramento, CA w/ DS 13, Classhole, Cliterati
4/03/2017 Metro - Oakland, CA w/ DS 13, Classhole, Cliterati
4/04/2017 Appleton Grill - Watsonville, CA w/ DS 13, Classhole
4/20/2017 The Ritz - San Jose, CA w/ Ghoul
4/22/2017 Spring Meltdown @ Hard Rock Café - South Lake Tahoe, CA w/ Ghoul, more
6/04/2017 1 Fest @ Metro - Oakland, CA w/ Infest, Wormrot, Brainoil, more More...
Nashville's Season Of Arrows today streams forthcoming new album "Give It To The Mountain" in full, which will be available on March 24th via Argonauta Records. The band commented:
"We are very excited to announce we're releasing this album with Argonauta Records (Genova, Italy). They are true pioneers in working with awesome underground Heavy Doom/Sludge Metal bands.
"Our blood, sweat and tears went into writing and recording this record, and it’s always great to see when the effort is rewarded. Turn it up loud, turn off the lights and enjoy!" More...
Today marks the official release of Obituary's self-titled new album via Relapse Records. In celebration of the release, the band has shared an animated music video for "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" directed by Balázs Gróf - check it out below.
Obituary also commented on the music video: "We are so stoked about the new 'Ten Thousand Ways To Die' video. We knew even while making the 'Violence' video from the 'Inked In Blood' release that there would be a continuation video to follow.
"It just goes to show once again that this band is not afraid to have a good time and laugh at ourselves. Balázs is an amazing artist and captured the band's characters and personalities perfectly in both videos and we are so excited to get the reaction from the Obituary fans."
Additionally, Obituary kicks off the Decibel Magazine tour tonight with Kreator, Horrendous and Midnight. All confirmed tour dates are listed after the jump. More...
Following the "Beerdigungsmaschine" track that came online earlier this month, Valborg has now released another new song ahead of the official April 7th drop date for new full-length LP "Endstrand."
Check out "Bunkerluft" in the YouTube player provided below. Championed by Celtic Frost / Triptykon architect Tom G. Warrior as “abundantly original and unique “ and “a mixture of Bohren und der Club of Gore, early Black Sabbath and Hellhammer," Valborg creates dense, inventive music that escapes categorization.
Produced by Markus Siegenhort (Lantlôs), "Endstrand" is a 13 song end-time vision hosting apparitions of empty beaches, bunkers in the dunes, novel biological phenomenon, washed up artifacts, noise distorted signals and omnipresent whirring. More...
With only three months into 2017, legendary New Jersey thrash outfit Overkill has already released "The Grinding Wheel" album, followed by a lengthy U.S. trek that ended one week ago. Today, the band has released a new music video for new track "Shine On" as well. The track listing for "The Grinding Wheel" is:
1. Mean Green Killing Machine
2. Goddamn Trouble
3. Our Finest Hour (see lyric video here)
4. Shine On
5. The Long Road
6. Let's All Go To Hades
7. Come Heavy
8. Red White And Blue
9. The Wheel
10. The Grinding Wheel
Devastating grindcore crew Wormrot - hailing from Singapore - has now cancelled a previously scheduled U.S. tour due to our ongoing political issues with travel and immigration. The band comments:
"Due to the current political climate and numerous bands being turned away at U.S. customs, we felt it was not worth the risk coming to America without the right paperwork, which is expensive.
"Therefore we truly apologize that we must postpone our U.S. tour until next year when we can focus on a full-length tour with all the right papers. We regret that we came to a decision this late, one month to the start of the tour. Once again, we apologize to everyone who are affected." More...
Following 2014's knockout "Eldritch" release, Belgian symphonic black metal force Saille now returns with "Gnosis," which officially drops today - March 17th - via the underground stalwarts at Code666 Records (reviewed here).
In celebration of that new release, a diabolical music video drops today that we're stoked to exclusively premiere to the world. Check out the fiery, bloody (and quite NSFW) video for "Prometheus" in the player below.
If you like what you hear below (and of course you do!) - grab your own copy of the album or give it a full stream at Bandcamp here. Saille comments on this newly unreleased monstrosity:
"We venture into the realm of the Promethean ideal and its Luciferia counterpart, listen to a monologue performed by Frankenstein’s creature and reach out for the Wickedest Man in the World. Based on works on mythology, apocryphal writings and even H.P. Lovecraft’s 'The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,' we’ve tried to push our boundaries, and not only lyrically. The music is harder, more dissonant and less easy-listening compared to the previous albums. No guarantees you’ll like it, but the better if you do."
1. Benei ha'Elohim
2. Pandaemonium Gathers
4. Genesis 11:1-9
5. Before the Crawling Chaos
7. Thou, My Maker
8. Magnum Opus
9. 1904 Era Vulgari More...
Ukrainian blackened death metal band Balfor premieres a new music video for "Dawn Of Savage", taken from the band's new album "Black Serpent Rising", out in stores now via the French label Drakkar Productions. The video was produced and directed by George Lazurenko.
Check out now "Dawn Of Savage" below.
Minnesota’s Amiensus debuts a new song entitled "Gehenna", taken from the upcoming new album "All Paths Lead To Death", which will arrive in stores May 19th via Apathia Records.
Check out now "Gehenna" below.
Amiensus are: More...
Scale The Summit premieres a new song entitled "Royal Orphan", taken from the upcoming new album "In A World Of Fear", which will be out in stores May 19th. Members of Arch Enemy, Fallujah, Scar Symmetry and more will guest on the release.
Check out now "Royal Orphan" below.
Seattle's metal outfit Black Breath has posted an in-studio session for "The Waiting Room". The footage was filmed at The Panda Studios in Fremont, CA with Sam Pura (The Story So Far, Basement) producing, mixing and mastering the audio. Two songs were played: "The Flame" and "Slaves Beyond Death".
Check out now "The Waiting Room" below.
Obituary has begun a documentary series for the band's new self-titled album that arrives today, March 17th. This first installment finds various musicians discussing the impact Obituary has had on their lives, including Trevor Strnad (Black Dahlia Murder), John McEntee (Incantation), Gus Rios (Gruesome) and Jeremy Wagner (Broken Hope) among others.
Check it out below.