Metal News for March 20, 2013
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Frankfurt based 21 Octayne, featuring Axxis guitarist Marco Wriedt and Luca Turilli's Rhapsody drummer Alex Landenburg, posted several in studio videos featuring footage of the band recording its debut LP "Into the Open." Rounding out the lineup is vocalist Hagen Grohe (The Joe Perry Project) and Andrew “The Bullet” Lauer (Mel Gaynor).
21 Octayne's sound is a diverse mix of classic rock, metal and progressive elements. Though no release date has been announced, "Into the Open" is targeted for release this year.
Check out the studio reports, beginning with the latest on the bass recordings, here:
GunshyAssassin.com has posted an exclusive world premier of "Thank Fuck I'm Not You," off the debut album from Birmingham-based rockers Bovine. Titled "The Sun Never Sets On The British Empire," the album will be out on April 12th via FDA Rekotz. Until then, make it a point to drop by this location to hear the new song.
Just bursting onto the scene and newly signed to Century Media, Illinois act Starkill is getting ready to drop a debut full-length album. "Fires of Life" is due out April 29th in Europe and April 30th in North America via Century Media Records.
This young act is already gearing up to assault the U.S. metal masses, hitting the road next month with Hypocrisy and Krisiun. With anticipation building and the band excited to take to the national stage, vocalist Parker Jameson checked in with Metalunderground to share Starkill's plans for metal domination.
Read our interview below to discover how the band came together, how the artwork for the new album was crafted, and what will be happening in the future for this rising act. More...
As previously announced, French dark metallers The Old Dead Tree are reuniting this year to mark the 10th anniversary of their iconic debut full-length, "The Nameless Disease." To celebrate, the band will perform the album in its entirety at Hellfest this June and is currently booking a French tour. But there’s more…
Sold-out for a couple years and now hard to find on CD, "The Nameless Disease" has been made available again digitally via iTunes, in a special “10th Anniversary Edition” with brand new cover artwork and no less than seven bonus demo tracks.
Still want more? Alright, then you will sure love what’s next. To really please the fans and make sure the group's whole catalogue is available, The Old Dead Tree unearthed a long-lost gem. Frontman Manuel Munoz explains:
“We finally accepted to dive deep through the roots of The Old Dead Tree and dig out our very first EP, ‘The Blossom.’ Only 1,400 copies were made back in 1999, so in order not to seriously annoy the lucky owners of the original CD version, we and Season of Mist decided to re-release it as an exclusive digital edition. ‘The Blossom’ is 4 songs composed and recorded by 4 friends just before one of them decided to give up with life. A bittersweet memory…”
1. It's The Same For Everyone
2. The Dark Missionary
3. Chained To Life
4. Last Sigh More...
You can now stream "The New Awakening," a song from Killswitch Engage's upcoming album "Disarm the Descent," through the player below.
The album will be available everywhere April 2nd, and pre-orders are now live via iTunes or from the band's website here. The track list is as follows:
1. The Hell In Me
2. Beyond the Flames
3. The New Awakening
4. In Due Time
5. A Tribute to the Fallen
6. Turning Point
7. All We Have
8. You Don't Bleed for Me
9. The Call
10. No End in Sight
12. Time Will Not Remain More...
Gojira is currently crossing the U.K. on the Jägermeister tour with Ghost and The Defiled, and frontman Joe Duplantier was interviewed in Glasgow, Scotland.
In the clip available below, he talks about Gojira's stage setup, being nervous before hitting the stage, retaining the passion for making music and performing, and much more. Gorjia is preforming in support of latest album "L'Enfant Sauvage."
Airbourne will be back on U.S. soil this coming April and May, playing shows prior to the release of upcoming third album, "Black Dog Barking" on May 21st, 2013.
The band is starting off with a few headlining shows, before supporting Shinedown and Bush in May. Dates are as follows:
April 17 The Frequency, Madison, WI
April 18 Beat Kitchen, Chicago, IL
April 19 The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
April 21 Magic Stick, Detroit, MI
April 22 The Basement, Columbus, OH
April 24 Stickyz Rock 'N Roll Chicken Shack, Little Rock, AR
April 27 Harrahs Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee, NC (with Shinedown)
April 30 Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA (with Shinedown and Bush)
May 1 MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA (with Shinedown and Bush)
May 4 House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ (with Shinedown and Bush)
May 7 Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL (with Shinedown and Bush)
May 8 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI (with Shinedown and Bush)
May 10 Jones Park, Gulfport, MS (Gulfport Music Festival) More...
In a new video interview with Montreality, Anders Fridén of In Flames speaks about the type of student he was, his past jobs, the key to success in the music industry, In Flames' upcoming projects, and more. Check out the clip below.
Brazil's Armada S/A has just released a new live video for the song "Overdose," which can be viewed below. The band is also working on a new EP to be released soon. For more info on the band, head over to the Armada S/A Facebook profile here.
French act Magoa has checked in with the following announcement about heading to the U.S. to record a new album:
"Dear fans and dear friends, we are extremely proud to announce you that we will be in Los Angeles, California from the 1st of April to record our next album!
"It will be produced by our long time producer Charles 'Kallaghan' Massabo. Our video director Benjamin Cappelletti will be following us on this amazing adventure to make a lot of great videos.
"To make sure you'll be able to be aware of our every move and action during our stay in California, please follow us on every social media you can: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Viddy, etc. We will post updates and pictures on a daily basis.
"There will be a lot more to come: videos, photos, info about the tracks and the recordings... See you in Hollywood guys!"
You can also check out the band's music video for "A Thousand Lives," taken off the previous "Animal" EP, in the player below. More...
Chilean goth act The Fallacy will be visiting The United States for the first time in the band's career. The Fallacy will be performing in support of latest album "Love Division," released in August of 2012.
The Fallacy will perform between April and May through Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York. For more info, head over to the band's Facebook profile here. Dates are as follows:
04.26 The Haven Lounge FL Winter Park
04.27 100 Proof South FL Hudson
04.28 Sleeping Moon Café FL Winter Park
05.02 Backbooth FL Orlando
05.03 Rack 'Em Billiards FL Cape Coral
05.04 The Market On 7th FL Ybor City
05.07 Firewater 110 SC Rock Hill
05.08 The Ultimamte Basement NC Spindale
05.09 Wasteland Live PA Clarion
05.10 Gussy's Bar NY Astoria
05.11 PrimeTime Sound Studios NY Mount Vernon More...
The Victory Records Spring 2013 digital music sampler is now available online. Listen to the ten explosive tracks and download the Spring 2013 digital sampler right here (email registration required). The track listing is:
Tear out the Heart – "Infamous Last Words"
Continents - "Inhale"
The Bunny The Bear - "In Like Flynn"
Snow White's Poison Bite - "The Gruesome Gory Horror Show"
Fall City Fall - "Lovebirds"
As They Burn - "Dream Collapse"
Terror - "Live By The Code"
Close Your Eyes - "Erie"
Counterparts - "The Constant"
These Hearts - "The Inconvenience" More...
Switzerland’s This Misery Garden recently shot a new video clip for “Siamese Again,” a song taken from forthcoming album "Cornerstone," which is set for a release on April 12th (April 16th in North America). Check out the "Siamese Again" video below.
“We are glad to present the new video Siamese Again supporting the upcoming album Cornerstone!" guitarist Laurent comments. “The shooting took place in the Swiss Jura area last fall, directed by Mathias Wälti. The thematic may question the feeling of abandonment and the destructive repeating cycles! Your mind will do the rest.” More...
Lexington, KY's Beyond The Shore has released the third single from "Ghostwatcher." The new track, "Glass Houses," is streaming through Loudwire.com right here.
Vocalist Andrew Loucks elaborates on the concept behind the song: "It is written as a sequel dream state to 'Half Lived,' as the entirety of the album is written in the mind state of a dream. 'Glass Houses 'is basically my perfect world, created and maintained from imagination."
Beyond the Shore recorded "Ghostwatcher" in Lowell, NC at Newland Records. The album was produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered by Kevin Newland. "Ghostwatcher" will be released on April 2nd, 2013 through Metal Blade Records. You can also catch the band live on the following dates: More...
Celebrating ten years of clear-cut maliciousness through Greek mythology and unchecked riff savagery in 2013, Chicago trio Lair of the Minotaur will storm back with a new EP this Spring.
While the members of Lair of the Minotaur have been skulking around in the back-alleys of the underground over recent months, the band has been far from dormant. To commemorate a full decade of demolishing eardrums on record and on stage this year, the band will hammer its fanbase with a brand new EP for this year’s Record Store Day.
Entitled "Godslayer," the new 7” release bears two new tracks, with the surge of "Godslayer" opening up, and the monolithic "The Black Heart of the Stygian Drakonas" on the B-side, both tracks mastered by Scott Hull (Pig Destroyer). More...
Swedish metal collective The Resistance will unleash a full-length debut on May 14th in North America. The track listing is available below, and the following press release was issued about the album:
"Fittingly titled 'Scars,' the ravaging 12-track follow-up to the last year’s Rise From Treason teaser EP (reviewed here) is an old-school death metal flashback that brings listeners to a time when bands like Entombed, Grave and Dismember proved how insanely brutal yet immensely captivating and technically adept extreme music can be.
"With a lineup as heavy as their musical adventure, The Resistance features within its ranks some of Scandinavia’s most esteemed musicians with In Flames’ founder (and main songwriter until his departure in 2010) Jesper Strömblad on guitar alongside second guitarist Glenn Ljungström (ex-In Flames), vocalist Marco Aro (ex-The Haunted, Facedown) and drummer Chris Barkensjö (ex-Kaamos, ex-Repugnant)."
“If you listen to Entombed's Left Hand Path today, it still blows everything away. And it's over 20 years old,” says Strömblad, the main musical force behind Stockholm/Gothenburg based squad. As for the outcome of "Scars," Strömblad sums it up simply: “It’s just awesome death metal!”
01. Clearing The Slate
02. Your Demise
03. To The Death
04. Expand To Expire
06. I Bend - You Break
07. The Serpent King
08. Eye For An Eye
09. My Madness
12. (I Will) Die Alone More...
Summoned Tide has posted the following announcement online about canceling upcoming U.S. shows:
"We hate to say it, but we have to cancel our USA east coast tour in May. We still haven´t get a new drummer, but we have 2 really strong candidates but they can´t take part in a tour in May.
"We have informed our bookers Lisa and Ozzie, that we are focusing to do it in November instead. It is with a big sorrow in our heart we have to do this but we can´t put together a great show for You in that short time we have."
Summoned Tide is currently supporting latest full-length album "The Bringer of the Tide" (reviewed here).
Irish thrashers Gama Bomb unleashed the new video "Terrorscope." The track appears on the band's new LP "The Terror Tapes," which is scheduled to drop on April 19th (EU), April 22th (UK) and May 7th (US).
Check out "Terrorscope" here:
A few months ago, British progressive metallers Threshold kicked off a fan video contest for the song "Staring At The Sun," taken from new album "March Of Progress." In the end, the effort by Achim Bieler from Germany saw him winning the competition. Check out the original clip right here.
Since winning the competition, Threshold and Achim conceived a plan to shoot additional footage in order to edit a new, even more impressive version of the video. For this, Threshold’s vocalist Damian Wilson met Achim and his crew in South Germany to record the new footage. The outcome – the new, official video clip for "Staring At The Sun" – can be found after the jump.
But it doesn’t stop here! Achim also edited a “making of Staring At The Sun” video that lets us take a look behind the scenes of the set and grants us detailed insight on the post production works. Check it out below. More...
On March 22nd the new Avantasia single "Sleepwalking" will hit the online stores for downloading. Tobias Sammet and Avantasia have also shot a video clip for the song (check out a photo from the video shoot below).
The video was shot in a magical forest in Germany on a snowy winter‘s night. Tobias comments: "It was far below freezing. And there we were, standing in the snow storm for hours, walking through a haunted forest. It felt a bit like 'Sleepy Hollow' meets 'Brothers Grimm,' but the pictures that came out were really great and compensated for the torture." More...
As their most recent rampage of live actions through the Southeast U.S. is wrapping up this week, punkmanglers Burnt Books now confirm a new batch of April shows throughout Florida and their home state of South Carolina. Dates are available below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Featuring a cast of locals who have done time in Guyana Punch Line, Thank God, .fuckingcom, Tunguska and more, Burnt Books’ smoldering message has been spread over recent months due to their heavy touring in support of their self-titled debut, released in late January via At A Loss Recordings.
"The frenetic energy of the quintet’s live shows carries through on the album, the whirlwind of eclectic punk, angular post-hardcore riffage and noise rock elements infiltrated by elements of artistic Americana where mangled, wailing and mocking vocals coalesce with angst-ridden guitars and even banjo segments. 'Burnt Books' was captured at The Jam Room with Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness, Dark Castle) and mastered by Colling Jordan (YOB, Twilight)."
Click here to listen to all of the self-titled "Burnt Books" at Invisible Oranges.
3/24/2013 The Farm - Athens, GA w/ Shaved Christ, Iron Lung
4/03/2013 Tin Roof - Charleston, SC
4/04/2013 1982 - Gainesville, FL
4/05/2013 Hold Tight House - Tampa, FL
4/06/2013 Churchill’s Pub - Miami, FL
4/07/2013 Will’s Pub - Orlando, FL
4/11/2013 New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC
4/12/2013 The Radio Room - Greenville, SC
4/19/2013 Hunter Gatherer - Columbia, SC More...
Vocalist Micah Reynolds of Arkansas act Seamless has checked in with the following update about working on a new album:
"Hey, everyone! Micah here. I decided to take the time to let everyone know where we are in production of our newest album. As of right now, writing for the instrumentals themselves is finished for the most part.
"All drums have been placed and all of the guitar tracks for the album have been recorded. We are currently working on bass and vocals, the last two pieces of the puzzle! What I've heard of the bass lines so far are KILLER and, quite frankly, mind blowing. I'm almost finished with writing lyrics for every song, which in reality has been the hardest part for me. More...
New York's Prong has confirmed that the band will be heading over to Europe this Summer. Prong is scheduled to play a handful of festival dates as well as a string of headline shows.
Currently, the tour is scheduled to kick off June 23rd in Clisson, France at Hellfest and will run through July 14th in Serbia at Exit Fest. More dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Julius Seizure has posted a new video online for the single "TMSNEV," which features new vocalist and former Will Killmore drummer, Charlie Corletta.
The clip was directed and edited by Jonathan Robertson at P1 Digital Media and can be found in the YouTube player below. To hear more from Julius Seizure, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Cattle Decapitation will finally be heading to Australia for the band's first time for "The Hate Across Australia Tour," presented by Triple J's The Racket, Destroy All Line, Killyourstereo.com, Blunt Magazine, and New World Artists.
The trek consists of nine shows throughout the continent, beginning on June 6th in Brisbane. Cattle Decapitation will be direct support for Australia's own Thy Art Is Murder. The entire list of confirmed dates can be found below.
Vocalist Travis Ryan comments on the band's first trip to Australia: "For years we've been battered with requests to come to Australia for a tour and we're pleased to announce it's finally a reality! Australia is next on the map of untapped territories of the globe that we plan on hitting this year in support of our new album, 'Monolith of Inhumanity,' and we're very excited to finally head down under, meet the fans who have been asking for us all these years and show 'em what they've been missing! Seriously though, we're very humbled and excited to have such a strong reaction so far away from what we call home. It's an honor, we thank you guys, flights are booked… we'll see you soon!" More...
Spanish thrashers Rancor have signed a deal with Xtreem Music for the release of sophomore album "Dark Future" on April 15th. The album was recorded by the band during the last months of 2012 under the production of guitarist Vasco Durán, and mixed and mastered at Rock Lab Studios by Dan Díez.
On March 2nd, the band released a mini CD entitled "Raining Bombs," containing an unreleased song from the same sessions as well as an album track ("Dark Future"), plus two old re-recorded songs. This EP is exclusively sold only through the band online and at live shows. Xtreem Music also commented on the upcoming new album:
"Dark Future contains 9 slabs of intense thrash metal in its purest form, blending aggressive riffing with a great sense of melody creating memorable songs dragging varied influences that might remind you to bands like Mortal Sin, Over Kill, Slayer, old Metallica, Testament, early Annihilator, and the Bay Area sound. Album cover art has been made by comic artist Vito Sicilia, who did an awesome job which for sure is a plus for this brilliant album. Rancor is already working on upcoming shows to present 'Dark Future,' some of them supporting (again) UK legend Onslaught." More...
Kvelertak has posted a new music video online for “Månelyst," which can be viewed below courtesy of the RoadRunner Records YouTube channel. The following press release was also issued about the video:
"Directed by Fredrik Hana, 'Månelyst' captures the director’s adoration for horror films which was only amplified by Kvelertak’s blistering riffs. 'Månelyst' is featured on the band’s hugely awaited forthcoming album, MEIR, which arrives everywhere on March 26th.
"Meir follows Kvelertak’s break out self-titled album which garnered the band critical praise around the world. Produced by Converge’s Kurt Ballou (High on Fire, Torche), Meir marks an indisputable milestone for Kvelertak and sees the band melding breakneck energy, tight rhythms, and consistently inventive hooks to enter a sonic territory all their own." More...
With the recent exoneration of front man Randy Blythe from all charges in the Czech Republic, Lamb of God announces today a tour of secondary markets running May 16th through June 20th.
The tour continues the support of the album "Resolution" and hits 30 markets not yet visited on the current album cycle. Support on all dates will be Decapitated with Terror appearing through June 10th and The Acacia Strain appearing on the remaining shows.
In addition, the band announces today the Metal on the Mountain retreat July 15th through 19th to be held at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York. The week long retreat, which is limited to 170 fans, will feature activities aimed at musicians and non musicians alike. The curriculum, created by the band, will include guitar and drum clinics with Mark Morton, Willie Adler, and Chris Adler as well as group instruction, songwriting sessions and competitions, nightly jam sessions with the band and fans, band Q & A, the premiere of the Lamb of God feature film scheduled for a fall theatrical release, and a full band concert the final night of the retreat. More...
The “Meridiem” EP by Greek metal pioneers Wastefall is going to be released on the 12th of April 2013. The EP will be available via Itunes, Amazon MP3, and various other digital outlets, as well as at the official Wastefall website to be launched soon. Limited physical copies will be available sometime after the digital release. The track listing is:
1. Recycle the Elite
2. Hearts in the Gutter
4. The Poetics of Flight
5. Revolution Jar
Wastefall will also be shooting a video for the song “Hearts in the Gutter” on the 23rd and 24th of March with the LensOrama visual team. The video will be available online April 12th. Wastefall will hit the road for the "To The South" Greek tour in April, with the first announced dates:
19/04/13 Kalamata (GR) with Insomnia at Spondes Club
26/05/13 Athens (GR) at “Metal from Hellas Festival” with Inveracity, Inner Wish, more More...
August Burns Red will be releasing a limited split with Silverstein titled "Four Minutes Being Cool" for the upcoming Record Store Day, and the band is also at work on a new full-length album. August Burns Red has now checked in from the studio with the following recording update:
"Hey everyone, I wanted to update you on where we are currently at with the recording of our 5th full length album. We officially started tracking about a month ago and by the end of this week we will be completely finished with the tracking phase of the album. Dustin wrapped up bass yesterday and Matt just put the finishing touches on his drums by sprinkling some overdubs (tambourine, shakers, conga, etc) over a bunch of songs. JB and Brent wrapped up all their guitars last week and Jake will be done recording vocals in a couple days.
"What does all this mean? Well, we are nearly done with the hard work aspect of this album and can get into the mixing, which is the fun stuff. While nearly all the elements are in place, the levels of each instrument are all over the place. We’ll be spending all of next week mixing the album and making sure it sounds awesome. After working on this intensely for the last few months, we are beyond excited to hear all the elements come together.
"I’m terrible at describing our music so I’ll just say that this album is going to be a really fun listen with a lot of meat to sink your teeth into. We can’t wait for you to hear it!"
"Grip of the Dead," the highly-anticipated debut album from Swedish morbid death metal rebels Necrocurse is now available in North America via Pulverised Records. The album is currently streaming in full at the Pulverised Records bandcamp page, or below.
"Grip of the Dead" is also available as a Digipak CD. Vinyl treatment is coming soon courtesy of a joint collaboration between Blood Harvest Records and To The Death Records. The vinyl version will include re-recorded version of the track "Souls Of A Thousand Funerals" from the "Shape of Death" MCD as an additional bonus track.
With members from Nifelheim, Swordmaster, Runemagick and Sacramentum and set in a traditional ancient heavy metal spirit, "Grip of the Dead" was recorded, mixed and mastered at Sonic Train Studios with the legendary King Diamond guitar maestro Andy La Rocque (King Diamond, Melechesh, Hammerfall, etc) and the stunningly nefarious artwork cover by David Herrerias (Antichrist). More...
Kaotoxin Records, in cooperation with Total Deathcore and Clawhammer PR, will be unleashing the debut EP of France's brutal and technical deathcore band Years Of Tyrants. Produced at the Iguana studio (Necrophagist) with Rise Of The Northstar and ex-Resistance members, "Leading the Blind" will be a nine track endeavor of 23+ minutes.
The EP is available for preorder now at Kaotoxin on CD or, until April 1st only, as a preorder exclusive package deal including the MCD and a limited edition high-quality Gildan Heavy Cotton t-shirt or girlie with the artwork on the front and the title on the back.
From now until April 1st, Total Deathcore is hosting an exclusive full album stream of "Leading the Blind." Listen to the EP at this location. Kaotoxin Records has posted a video trailer for "Leading the Blind," which follows below.
- April 2nd - Preorders and France (Season Of Mist)
- May 6th - UK & Eire (Code7)
- May 7th - USA, Canada & digital (MVD) More...
Italian power metal act Kaledon posted a new music video for the song "Childhood." The song appears on the new LP "Altor: The King’s Blacksmith," which is set for release on April 23, 2013 via Scarlet Records.
The track listing for the album is:
3. Between The Hammer And The Anvil
4. My Personal Hero
6. A New Beginning
8. Screams In The Wind
9. A Dark Prison
The video, shown here, features footage from from Outer Sound Studios during the recording sessions for then new LP: More...
FDA Rekotz has announced the signing of death metal band Morfin from California. The band is currently recording its debut album, which is set for release in the fall of 2013. Morfin has one track that it has been streaming on its reverbnation page, the song "The Evil Within," which can be listened to below.
Mexico's death metal darkness Infinitum Obscure will be embarking next month on the "Arrival Of The Black - Vinland Tour 2013", supporting the legendary Sorcery from Sweden, for a total of fifteen concerts across the U.S.
Infinitum Obscure recently released the three-song MCD, "The Luminous Black" on Deathgasm Records. Featuring one new track, a re-recorded version of "Path to Apocalypse" from the band's 2006 debut "Internal Dark Force" and a blistering take on Bathory's "Through Blood by Thunder," "The Luminous Black" will be unveiling what's to come in Infinitum Obscure's upcoming full length album. This will be limited to a one time only pressing.
There is still no set recording date for the new album, but things are finally beginning to materialize. It will be recorded and produced once again by Bill Metoyer at Skull Seven Studios in Los Angeles and will be mastered by Tore Stjerna at Necromorbus Studio in Sweden. It will also feature once again the majestic artwork of Ketolahelvete. The full length will be released during 2013 in the U.S. via Deathgasm Records (CD format - digipack and jewelcase) and in Europe via Blood Harvest Records on 12 inch vinyl format. More...
Italian tech-death monsters The Modern Age Slavery just unleashed their sophomore album, "Requiem For Us All" via Pavement Entertainment and are streaming it in its entirety at New Noise Magazine. The much-anticipated follow up to 2008's "Damned to Blindness," "Requiem for Us All" marks the return of the Italian brutalists.
Guitarist Simone Bertozzi described the lyrical concept behind "Requiem for Us All" as 'the blueprint for modern life and our declaration of war to a generation that stole our future.' Stream the whole album at this location.
Finnish thrash act Lost Society premiered its new music video for the track "Trash All Over You" over on Metal Hammer's YouTube Channel (shown below) and at this location. The track appears on the the debut LP "Fast Loud Death," is out in North America on April 2, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out "Thrash All Over You" here:
Famed Italian musician Alberto Rigoni (Twinspirits/Mistheria) posted a new music video for the track "Kikazaru." The song appears on his latest solo record "Three Wise Monkeys," which is available now through Nightmare Records (see Metal Underground.com's review over at this location). The video features guest Gloria Graziati "Sweet Angel" and was directed by Riccardo Ali.
Check out "Kikazaru" here:
Song samples from the upcoming album "Rezando al Miedo" from South American sludge band Cultura Tres can be heard in the video trailer the band has posted, which we have for you below. In this short documentary, the members talk about the direction their new album has taken and explain the meaning of the album title and their choice of album cover.
"Rezando Al Miedo" is set to be released digitally as well as on CD in UK by Devouter Records and in South America by Cumpa Records on May 15th. After spending many months in the studio recording the third full length album, Cultura Tres will commence its 2013 European tour on March 20th in Amsterdam. The full list of the dates can be seen below:
20.03 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands @ The Cave
22.03 - Cologne, Germany @ MTC Cologne
23.03 - Cheb, Czech Republic @ Jazzrock Café
28.03 - Vienna, Austria @ EKH
29.03 - Schlüchtern, Germany @ Club Underworld
30.03 - Dudelange, Luxemburg @ Why not?
31.03 - Paris, France @ Les Combustibles
09.04 - Saint-Etienne, France @ Thunderbird Loundge 42
11.04 - Madrid, Spain @ Rock Palace
13.04 - Barcelona, Spain @ Be Good
Finnish traditional metal act Battle Beast posted a second in studio report on the recording of the band's eponymous sophomore release, "Battle Beast." The album is set for release on May 17, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records and will the first to feature new vocalist Noora Louhimo.
In this report, lead guitarist and vocalist Anton Kabanen provides you with background information on the album's artwork, created by Claudio Bergamin:
Hypocrisy posted the third in a series of preview trailers, featuring commentary by Peter Tägtgren, for the upcoming release "End of Disclosure." The album is set for release on March 22nd (EU), March 25th (UK) and April 2, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Records.
In this third trailer, Tägtgren discusses the music and writing:
Alexey Soloviev's Ascension, the cinematic metal act featuring multi-musician Alexey Soloviev, is streaming a couple of new tracks "The Devil In Us All" (featuring Souldrinker/The Mystery Vocalist Iris Boanta) and "Alone in the Universe" (featuring Amaranthe/Kamelot vocalist Elize Ryd). The tracks are the orchestral versions ("metalized" versions coming soon) of songs which will appear on the upcoming debut independent LP expected soon.
Though untitled, Soloviev has assembled a number of the guest appearances for the release, which include: Elize Ryd (Amaranthe/Kamelot), Nicoletta Rosellini (Kalidia), Gaby Koss (Nota Profana/Ex-Haggard), Iris Boanta (Souldrinker/The Mystery), George Rain (Sebastien), Alessio Lucatti (Vision Divine), Alberto Rigoni (Twinspirits/Alberto Rigoni), Federico Solazzo, Mark Cross (Outloud/Tainted Nation) and Elina Laivera (Seduce the Heaven).
Check out "The Devil In Us All" featuring Souldrinker/The Mystery Vocalist Iris Boanta here: More...
Bill Tsamis, founder of the legendary U.S. metal act Warlord, announced the band's new "live lineup." Though singer Rick Anderson will provide vocals on the upcoming release "The Holy Empire," the live vocalist will be Dragonsclaw singer Giles Lavery. In an announcement on the Warlord Fan Club Page on Facebook, Tsamis posted:
"First let me say this. When Mark, Rick, and I embarked on this new venture of doing a new Warlord album, I had no intention of doing any live shows, mostly because of my health situation (as many of you know). However, when we were invited by Oliver Weinsheimer of 'KEEP IT TRUE' to headline that German festival, and when I received clearance from my doctor that I could physically endure such a trip to Europe, suddenly we were approached by Greek promoters as well. Now, Thessaloniki and Athens were on the table.
"I realized (along with Mark) that the Warlord fans would primarily want to hear 'classic Warlord.' And as you know, there is a distinction between the 'classic Warlord' sound and the 'new Warlord' sound (which will one day become 'classic' as well). Although Rick is the perfect (ideal) singer for the 'new' Warlord, I knew we had to find someone who could approximate the 'higher range' style of the early Warlord vocalists. I had heard our friend Giles Lavery sing 'Lucifer's Hammer' already and I asked him to send me an audition tape of five songs... here, you will find excerpts from that audition tape (no 20 minute trailer here), and you will understand 'why' I (we) decided to go with someone like Giles, who is not only a great vocalist in the higher range (as well as the AOR style), but he is someone who has been a Warlord fan since his youth, and is a person who understands the mindset of 'the Warlord fan.'
"In sum, 'Rick is better suited to sing the new Warlord material while Giles is better suited to sing the classic Warlord material.' So, here is a taste of Giles Lavery as the Warlord vocalist for the upcoming live shows. The other players as mentioned above will be: Philip Bynoe (bass), Paolo Viani (guitar), and Angelo Vefeiadis (keyboards)."
Giles is also slated to provide vocals on the track "Kill Zone" for the new release. For a taste of Lavery, Warlord posted his live singer audition, which can be heard here: More...