Metal News for March 19, 2012
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DevilDriver is on the cusp of achieving legendary status. MIxing a fusion of blackened riffs, doom guitar lines, blast beat drums, shrieking vocals, this band has gotten slots on countless giant tours in the States, Europe and beyond. They have started pits the size of football fields and continue to release album after album to there growing fan base. I talked to vocalist Dez Fafara about this new era of the band, preachers talking through amps, and how much he loves his job. More...
Gaahl and King have released the following update about God Seed working on a new full-length album:
"God Seed have been working on their first studio album for several months at various locations in Norway. Ten songs have been recorded which will show the band from a different side, but well-rooted in what Gaahl and King are known for in the past."
King also added, "We are in the middle of recording of the first God Seed album. It will contain music we have worked on for the last couple of years. This release will mark a new beginning for the band.
"We have handpicked new members who have done a superb job on the record. We are still in the process of recording, but will shortly come back with more info."
Further details on the upcoming release from God Seed will be announced as they are made available.
New Jersey’s Beyond Dishonor has been making waves in the Tri-state area since the release of last year’s “Travesty.” Their melodic death metal/deathcore sound, along with use of movie samples, made for a debut that had a load of potential behind it. The band is looking to make a bigger name for themselves with their second album, which they are presently in the early stages of writing. I had a chance to speak to vocalist Reese Dunlap and drummer Mike Lock about being an unsigned band, learning the finer points of the music business, and the ambitions they have for their sophomore release. More...
North Carolina’s gnarliest band, ASG has announced a two week run of east coast dates with label-mates Cough and stoner metallers Weedeater. The tour kicks off on April 12th in Charleston, South Carolina and runs up and down the east coast before ending in Durham, North Carolina on April 28th. A full listing of dates is included below.
ASG plans to enter the studio in late Spring to record the band's Relapse debut with producer Matt Hyde (Slayer, Children of Bodom, Fu Manchu). More details will be announced shortly. Additionally, the band has a special appearance at next year’s Hellfest in France with more festival appearances to be announced shortly.
ASG's upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...
The best acts that metal has to offer aren’t always highly visible or inhabiting the mainstream, which is why every week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we bring to light several groups that deserve to be heard.
Black metal history month may already be over, but screeches from hell, head pummeling blast beats, and tremolo picking are always a good time year-round, and the genre is ripe with a multitude of high quality acts to discover. The term “black metal” covers a wide range of ground, from symphonic acts to abrasive and misanthropic bands and even on to more styles. This week we’re unearthing three bands from very different locations that each put their own spin on black metal and make the genre their own.
Gorthaur’s Wrath is an absolutely no-holds barred black metal act hailing from Croatia that’s as dark and evil as they come, but still devastatingly heavy. The band is a bit like a Behemoth that went a more black metal route instead heading into death metal, and the group is currently in the process of working on the follow-up to the 2011 album “Ritual IV.”
The new album is shaping up for some higher profile sonic destruction, as the band managed to recruit Triptykon's Norman Lonhard for the recording sessions, but due to scheduling conflicts he has now dropped out and is being replaced by German drummer Christian Bass. While awaiting what Gorthaur’s Wrath has in store, you can check out two songs from “Ritual IV” below or find more via the band’s Facebook profile.
“The Devil Speaks”
Motorbreath Entertainment's SXSW Showcase contained a tremendous bill of new school thrash and heavy metal artists such as Bonded By Blood, Havok, Speedwolf, Exmortus, Witchaven and Spellcaster. The stellar lineup was the only old school-metal oriented event at SXSW, which was cause for Metal Underground to sponsor the event. Unfortunately, the March 16th show at Betsy's came to a abrupt and disappointing end. After the first three bands performed, Motorbreath founder, Tristan Spears announced that if more people didn't drink more alcohol, the show would be canceled. After much deliberation, the show was indeed canceled.
Spears provided Metal Underground with the following statement: More...
The Skull, the new band formed by two original members of Chicago doom legends Trouble— vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff "Oly" Olson — alongside the band's longtime bassist, Ron Holzner, has now recruited guitarists Lothar Keller and Michael Carpenter of the Chicago, Illinois-based progressive power metal band Sacred Dawn.
Glen Drover (MEGADETH, TESTAMENT, KING DIAMOND) will not join the band as the guest touring guitarist due to scheduling conflicts. Commented Wagner, Olson, and Holzner in a statement:
"We welcome the twin guitar attack of Lothar Keller and Michael Carpenter from SACRED DAWN. Both guitarists have been playing together for many years and that's a big plus. We are excited to begin rehearsing for our upcoming shows!"
The following festival dates have been confirmed so far (more dates will be announced soon):
June 16 - Days of The Doomed Festival - Cudahy, WI - with EARTHEN GRAVE/BLACKFINGER
July 21 - Hells Pleasure Festival - Pößneck, Germany
September 01 - SHoD (Stoner Hands of Doom) - New London, Connecticut - with RETRO GRAVE
November 10th - Hammer of Doom Festival -Würzburg, Germany
U.K. act Miroist has announced the new EP "The Pledge" will see release on April 17th, 2012. A teaser trailer for the EP is available online and can be viewed below. "The Pledge" will be released online for free streaming via the band's Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages. For more on Miroist, check out the band's Facebook profile.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Non decipies me, fortuna
2. Schopenhauer's fallacy
3. He had been old in the beginning; but he was saved. More...
Connecticut/New York thrash metal band Indestructible Noise Command is pleased to announce the inclusion of new full-time drummer, 19-year-old Berklee student Kyle Sheperd.
“It's amazing to think that I just left Berklee and the first band I get into is Indestructible Noise Command and a couple months later we are playing with bands like Godsmack and Onslaught. I am looking forward to this opportunity; it's going to be an amazing experience,” states Sheperd.
Indestructible Noise Command recently added brand new U.S. dates to the band's upcoming performance schedule. The group will make appearances on April 7th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY, April 14th at WJRR’s Earthday Birthday at Tinker Field in Orlando, FL, and on April 19th at Dingbatz in Clifton, NJ as part of Jose Mangin's Hard Attack Thursdayz. This is your only chance to see I.N.C. in the states this spring, so get your tickets now. See below for information. More...
Watch a new studio blog from Demon Hunter now on YouTube through the player below. In the video, the band continues working on guitars and vocals for the sixth full-length album, "True Defiance," which will be available in stores and online April 10th, 2012. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. God Forsaken
3. My Destiny
5. Tomorrow Never Comes
6. Someone To Hate
7. This I Know
8. Means To An End
9. We Don’t Care
11. Dead Flowers More...
Peaceville Records is proud to announce the signing of cult Norwegian band, Mysticum, which will result in the release of the long-rumored second studio album, "Planet Satan," a record almost 15 years in the making. Unifying the core trio of Herr General Cerastes, Svartravn and Mean Malmberg, Mysticum will commence work on the new album shortly.
“There is truly no other band quite like Mysticum,” commented Peaceville Records in an official statement. “A perfect concoction of cold, primitive black metal and forward-thinking ideas from an act unafraid to push boundaries. The hell of In the Streams of Inferno has had a lasting and profound impact on many since 1996, and so it is finally time to welcome the return of Mysticum with the long-overdue arrival of Planet Satan to infect the masses once more.”
Added the band, “Mysticum is back! A few months ago we decided to gather forces again, and finally start the making of the cursed album, Planet Satan. After considering several offers and going through negotiations, we decided to sign with Peaceville Records in order to have a proper record label to back us up. Peaceville will handle our complete discography and also make our old material available. So along with Planet Satan, you can expect re-releases of In the Streams of Inferno and Lost Masters of the Universe. Stay tuned for more folks!” More...
U.K. act The Dead Lay Waiting has posted a new lyric video clip online. Check out the lyric video for "Take Me Away" in the player below, which is taken off the "Almost Heaven" album. The complete track listing for "Almost Heaven" is as follows:
1. Wake Me Up
2. This Day Will Be Your Last
3. Take Me Away
4. Decaying King
5. Burnt To Ashes
6. Open Your Fucking Eyes
7. Always Ask Why
9. The Days I'm Gone
10. Beyond The White
11. Choke On Your Words
12. Pray To Us
13. Look At Us Now
14. Almost Heaven More...
The first ever North American tour for England’s thrash commanders Onslaught finally begins tonight, erupting in the city of Seattle. Following the kickoff this evening, the tour will blast its way through nineteen other metal havens across the continent towards the East Coast, wrapping up in Brooklyn in three weeks, with direct support from all ex-Venom supergroup M-pire Of Evil.
Onslaught’s exclusive 90-minute set for the Scream For Violence 2012 North American tour spans the band's back catalog, including the classic "Power from Hell," "The Force," and "In Search of Sanity" LPs, in addition to the band's crushing comeback albums "Killing Peace" and "Sounds of Violence."
Onslaught is also amassing as much video footage as possible from this tour for an upcoming release. Dates are as follows:
3/19/2012 Studio 7 – Seattle, WA
3/20/2012 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
3/21/2012 The Pound – Oakland, CA
3/22/2012 Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA
3/23/2012 Jumping Turtle – San Diego, CA
3/24/2012 910 Live – Tempe, AZ
3/26/2012 The Korova – San Antonio, TX
3/27/2012 *TBA – Laredo, TX
3/29/2012 Fubar – St. Louis, MO
3/30/2012 Reggie’s – Chicago, IL
3/31/2012 House of Rock – Dayton, OH
4/01/2012 Blondies – Detroit, MI
4/03/2012 Wreck Room – Toronto, ON
4/04/2012 The Katacombs – Montreal, QC
4/06/2012 Montage Music Hall – Rochester, NY
4/07/2012 Saint Vitus Bar – Brooklyn, NY
Onslaught's fifth studio album "Sounds Of Violence" was released in North American in February 2011 via AFM Records.
Italy's Despite Exile has just premiered a new music video for “Perfection Neutralized” through BlankTV, which is taken from the band's upcoming "Re-Evolve" EP. You can watch the video below. The following press release was issued about the clip:
"The music video was directed by Andrea Larosa, and showcases the band’s nonstop energy, impressive technicality, and powerful melodies – ultimately, Despite Exile show why they are one of the hottest metal bands to watch for in 2012."
German rock/metal act Pigeon Toe (featuring members of Triptykon and Fear My Thoughts) has revealed the first track and artwork from the band's new album "The First Perception." Check out the artwork and title track after the jump.
"The First Perception" is set to be released on April 24th in North America and a week later in Europe.
Ukranian black/folk metal band Zgard recently released a couple of albums back to back, "Spirit of Carpathian Sunset" and "Reclusion." Below is the entire eight-song release "Reclusion," which you may stream in its entirety. A couple of weeks earlier, Zgard unleashed "Spirit of Carpathian Sunset." Below is an upload of one of the songs from it, "Spirit of Carpathian Mountains." Three other tracks are streaming from it over on the same YouTube page. Zgard is the independent project of guitarist Yaromysl, or pagan/folk metal band Goverla.
The Wretched End, which features former Emperor member Samoth, has posted a new video clip online for the song "Death By Nature." Check out the video clip below.
"Death By Nature" is taken off the band's new album "Inroads," due out in Europe on the 23rd of April through Nocturnal Art Productions/Candlelight Records. The video for "Death By Nature" was produced by Vedi Djokich and The Wretched End, and edited by Vedi Djokic.
Today Metalunderground.com brings you the exclusive premiere of a new Job For a Cowboy song, "Black Discharge." You can hear it in the player below. "Black Discharge" is off the band's upcoming new album, "Demonocracy," which is due out in North America on April 10, 2012 via Metal Blade Records.
"Demonocracy" is produced by Jason Seucof (Black Dahlia Murder, Whitechapel, Trivium) who recorded the band's "Ruination" full-length, at Audiohammer Studios, and features the conceptual cover design by artist Brent Elliott White.
The band previously released "Nourishment Through Bloodshed," which you can hear here.
The complete track listing for "Demonocracy" is as follows:
1. Children of Deceit
2. Nourishment Through Bloodshed
3. Imperium Wolves
4. Tongueless and Bound
5. Black Discharge
6. The Manipulation Stream
7. The Deity Misconception
9. Tarnished Gluttony
JOB FOR A COWBOY played a special daytime show on March 15 as headliners of the Metal Blade Records' 30th Anniversary party at SXSW (report forthcoming). Metal Injection snagged a bootleg of "Black Discharge" from this show, which you can watch here.
The band is currently on tour as part of the Metal Alliance tour with Devildriver, The Faceless, Dying Fetus, 3 Inches Of Blood, Impending Doom , Wretched. The latest Metal Alliance tour dates are as follows: More...
Volbeat has issued the following post-Gigantour recap:
"We are now back home from the GIGANTOUR for a short break. We had such a good good run, and we’d like to thank all the fans and people who supported us on the tour.
"Your dedication and support is amazing, we had such a good time. It was cool to hang out with the fans at the meet & greets and in the streets.
"Your support means everything, and we can’t wait to get back. Thanks to all the Danish and European fans who travelled the long way to support us - you guys rock!
"We’re looking forward to getting back to you very soon (don’t forget WACKEN!). Again, thanks to the listeners/fans and radio stations for all the kind words on our #1 song 'A WARRIOR’S CALL' on the Billboard Active Radio Charts. That was Crazy!!!
"We’d also like to thank King Diamond for hanging out and supporting us in Dallas, Texas. You truly are the kding of Heavy Metal, and we can’t wait for you to get back on stage. Thanks to MEGADETH, MOTORHEAD, LACUNA COIL and their crews for a great tour, see you all soon out there..."
Hacktivist has posted a guitar playthrough clip online for the song "Cold Shoulder," which can be heard in the player below. You can also find more from Hacktivist via the band's Facebook profile.
Hacktivist also issued the following band biography:
"To progress, risk comes before reward, and convention must give way to invention.
In a scene saturated by sound-alike bands, the time has come to evolve or be left behind. Featuring ex-members of Heart of a Coward and Margot Kidder, hard-hitting, raw energy is assured. However, Hacktivist is no mere re-tread of what has come before.
"Hardwiring huge, devastating grooves with intelligent and insightful rhyme, Hacktivist are not afraid to split opinion. This is a sound to unite - a new way for a new age. There's safety in numbers, but Hacktivist are carving a path of their own."
Bleeding Red has posted a second track-by-track video breakdown online with Timo Joos discussing the songs "Involution," "Tritoxine," "Frequencies," "Goddess of Black," and "Calling for your Downfall."
The songs are taken from the band's upcoming debut album "Evolution's Crown," which will be released March 23, 2012. Check out the clip below, or find the first track-by-track clip at this location.
Gorthaur's Wrath had previously announced that Triptykon's Norman Lonhard would be appearing on the band's new album. The group has now issued the following update about Lonhard being unavailable for the recording and recruiting a new guest drummer:
"Much sought after German drummer Christian Bass (White Eyes, ex-Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Night In Gales, Heaven Shall Burn-Live) will join Gorthaur’s Wrath in the studio for the recordings of the band’s upcoming album 'War For Heaven' on a yet-undisclosed label.
"He is also involved in writing the drum part and so being part of the whole record. This is a top addition to the band’s ranks and another great step for Gorthaur’s Wrath to release a top new album later this year.
"Christian Bass will also exclusively appear live with Gorthaur’s Wrath at the Metalfest in Zadar/Croatia where the band will present new songs and the new line up on stage for the first time.
"Chris is replacing Norman Lonhard (Triptykon, Pigeon Toe) who can’t join us, as posted earlier, because of his schedule."
Toledo, OH based act The Convalescence has posted a new song online for streaming. Give "A Wretched Creation" a listen in the player below.
"A Wretched Creation" is taken from the upcoming "Unmasking The Betrayer" album, which is due out on April 20th, 2012. For more info on The Convalescence, check out the band's official Facebook profile.
Illinois viking metal band Fall of Eden has just released its second full-length album "The Warrior," which you may preview over at CD Baby. There are previews of the band's other two releases, a self-titled album and EP over at that site.
You can also check out a few songs from the album in the player below. Fall of Eden also has a video upload for the track "Till Valhall," which is featured after the jump. Fall of Eden started out in 2003 with the name Last Standing, but after some personnel change decided to rename itself. More...
Rome, Italy's Swanshore has posted a new music video online for the song "12.21.2012 (The World Ends)." Watch the video clip in the YouTube player available below, or find more Swanshore tracks available for streaming online via Facebook.
Titans Eve has posted the cover artwork online for the band's new album "Life Apocalypse," which can be found below. The group commented:
"Here is the art provided by Bjoern Goosses of Killustrations designs. This man is a mastermind and highly recommended by us. Just something to look at until your hear the killer recordings! Stay tuned everyone, it's gonna be epic!"
You can also find drum recording footage from the creation of the new album "Life Apocalypse" at this location.
A teaser trailer has been posted online for Mexico's upcoming Exodo Festival 2012, which can be viewed below.
The festival takes place from April 5th - 7th, with full details available here. Confirmed bands include Oh Sleeper, Still Remains, and Your Chance to Die.
Ukranian thrash band Hell:On has announced a few festival dates it will be playing in Eastern Europe, which we have for you below. The band is playing gigs in support of its recent album "Strong Enough" and reissued album "Re:Born," which are available on Nocturnus Records and Total Metal Records respectively. Check out the dates and the festivals below, and listen to Hell:On's music over on MySpace. Below is an official video the band did awhile back for the song "Wake Up."
June 8th MetalFest open air 2012 Plzen Czech Republid
August 25th Metal Crowd festival 2012 Rechita Belarus
August 26th Cieszanów Rock Festiwal 2012 Cieszanow Poland
Swedish death metal band Blood Mortized has posted the following update online about the release of the new "The Key To A Black Heart" album:
"Our second full length album entitled The Key To A Black Heart will be released on CD and Download via FDA Rekotz in the beginning of May. It is distributed by Soulfood Music. Both the CD and the download version will feature the exclusive bonus track 'Shadow Of The Quarter Sun.' Expect a crushingly morbid cover and 12 page booklet and layout by Dutch tatoo meister and mega star Thomas Kynst.
"Chaos Records will take care of the mega exclusive gatefold vinyl release and the cassette release. Both the cassette and the vinyl will feature the exclusive bonus track 'Burn & Die.' The vinyl has face ripping artwork and layout by Thomas Kynst and the cassette release has artwork by the super talented Daniel Devilish. These releases are distributed by Code 7."
Drummer/producer Mattias Borgh comments on the album, "In a time when many people a long time ago, when it comes to recording an album, have thrown away their amps and real drum kits and by doing so have replaced imperfection with perfection by using the aid of computers, we have strived in the opposite direction. All drums were recorded in one take, no time correction or other modern trickery has been used, likewise for the guitars and bass were we used real tube amps pushed to their limits and a simple microphone set-up. What you hear is what we played, period! More...
French act Reverence, not to be confused with the U.S. power metal act of the same name, has posted sample clips online from all the tracks on the band's new album "The Asthenic Ascension." Check out the song samples via Amazon.
The album is set for release on April 9th, 2012 via Candlelight Records and has the following track listing:
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
Solace of Requiem has issued the following update about gearing up to record a fourth album featuring a new band logo and stylistic direction:
"In 2012 Solace of Requiem has concentrated solely on writing new music and preparing to record a new album. While writing the new material the band realized that they had finally discovered the perfect musical direction they wanted to follow. The new album will be the first album that the band feels is the proper evolution of SOR's brand of blackened death metal.
"So because of this reason, Solace of Requiem has decided to treat the first three releases as if they were only practice for the band's fourth album. SOR will therefor release their fourth and most brutal album with a new band logo (coming soon). More...
Reverence is currently working on the mixing and mastering the band's debut CD "When Darkness Calls," which is to be released late April/May through Razar Ice Records. Reverence is a U.S. power metal act featuring former Savatage, Tokyo Blade and Jack Starr's Burning Starr members, Steve "Doc Killdrums" Wacholz (drums), Bryan Holland (guitar), Frank Kruckel (Bass), Todd Michael Hall (vocals), and Pete Rossi (guitar).
The bands debut album cover artwork was designed by artist Jobert Mello of Sledgehamer Graphix ( Primal Fear, Sabaton, Hysteria) and can be viewed below. A previously posted studio webisode is also still available here.
Vocalist Dmitry of Russian act Defect Designer has issued the following statement about relocating to Norway, parting with all members, and a seeking replacement musicians:
"Hello world! It's Dmitry from Defect Designer here speaking. I've got some really touching news for you. Recently I relocated to Oslo, Norway. I am extremely happy about it and see the future with great enthusiasm willing to kick major serious ass directly from here!
"As I am the overmind of Defect Designer, I'll surely continue the metal journey! We are signed worldwide by two labels including a Norwegian label, we are managed by Stigia management agency and we gained an unbelievable ton of endorsement contracts - you may see the list on our myspace!
"The issue of this announcement is that Defect Designer is looking for band members and I am willing to share what Defect Designer already has by now with new blood! As minimum this means special conditions for you with all mentioned gear and stuff in the list... well you know what shredding and blasting is?... you know what gigging is?... you know what endorsement is, don't you?! The band needs a drummer, bassist and guitarists, and I am able to take guitar or bass duties with addition to vocals!
"And surely feel free to write and join Defect Designer as this is the time your support is especially needed!! Get in touch by Reverbnation or Facebook. The new music is under design so keep your eyes open as it's going to be recorded and released with you or without you!"
Sweden's Demonical has issued the following update about U.S. tour dates in May surrounding the band's appearance at the Maryland Deathfest:
"Death Infernal America tour announced: It is with great enthusiasm we can hereby announce three additional shows on US soil in connection to our appearance at Maryland Deathfest.
May 22 - New York NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
May 24 - Pittsburgh PA @ The Smiling Moose
May 25 - Parma OH @ The Hive
May 27 - Baltimore MD @ Maryland Deathfest
"We are really looking forward to cross the ocean and bring our Swedish Death Metal Darkness upon America for the first time ever. These will surely be memorable nights drenched in blood and iron."
You can also check out the full tour poster at this location.
Ethereal Collapse has checked in with the following announcement about streaming new songs online from "The Precipice of Failure:"
"We hope to have the album available online for digital and hard-copy purchase soon. We just need to iron out the details. We'll make an announcement once this has been done.
"Thanks, and enjoy."
U.S. progressive death/grindcore band Cattle Decapitation have announced that the band's fifth full length release will be entitled "Monolith of Inhumanity." The album is set for release on May 4, 2012 (G/A/S), May 7, 2012 (EU) and May 8, 2012 (North America) through Metal Blade Records. The band is streaming the new track "A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat," which can be heard below.
The track list for "Monolith of Inhumanity" is as follows:
1. The Carbon Stampede
2. Dead Set on Suicide
3. A Living, Breathing Piece of Defecating Meat
4. Forced Gender Reassignment
5. Gristle Licker
6. Projectile Ovulation
8. Do Not Resuscitate
9. Your Disposal
10. The Monolith
11. Kingdom of Tyrants
Unisonic posted the second 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. This video features the song "Souls Alive"
Check out part two here:
Finnish viking/folk band Ensiferum has been posting progress videos on the recordings of the yet untitled fifth release and follow up to the 2009 release "From Afar." In this week's video, Markus Toivonenrecords a baritone guitar and fiddles with an acoustic guitar and Petri Lindroos opens his voice a bit and a familiar face from the past emerges.
Check out the video here (click "CC" for English subtitles):