Metal News for March 22, 2012
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Californian death metal band Iniquitous Deeds has just released its debut self-titled EP on New Standard Elite Records. A promo for the four-song album has been streaming online, which is posted below. Iniquitous Deeds will be performing at the Cinco de Muerte show on May 5th, along with such bands as Crypt Infection, Inherit Disease and Abhorration, which will take place at Suzy's Bar and Grill in Hermosa Beach. Check out the tracklisting of the EP below.
1. BLACKENED DESPAIR
3. TOMB OF DIVINE SUPREMACY
Borknagar is one of the premier Norway bands that blend metal with traditional folk elements. For over fifteen years, Borknagar has continued to release album after album of highly-rated music, and they are soon to release their tenth entitiled "Urd." I had a chance to talk to mastermind Oystein Brun about "Urd," it's emphasis on nature, and the mythology it derives from. More...
Italian brutal grindcore band Coprophiliac is streaming a track from its new album "Whining Bitch Treatment," which was released on Sevared Records recently. The track, "Lesbian Coprophagy," is streaming below. You may also stream another song from the album, "Stump Fucked Piss Flaps" over at this location. Coprophiliac will next be playing a gig with Southern Drinkstruction at Porky's Pub in Frascati, Italy on Saturday March 31st.
Vancouver heavy rock trio Mendozza has just released its new self-titled album. The track "Ayahuasca" is streaming from it over on Reverbnation, or you may listen to it below in the widget. Mendozza is also streaming its 2010 EP "Cabra Noche" over on Bandcamp.
Wisconsin-based black metal outfit Shroud Of Despondency has been added to the NYDM 5-State Spring Bash III, which is set to take place April 6th & 7th at On The Limiter in Cudahy, WI. Shroud Of Despondency will join the likes of Cianide, Cardiac Arrest, Impaler, Blood Feast, Absconder, Burial Ritual and many more. For more info, visit this location. Shroud Of Despondency is scheduled to perform on Saturday, April 7th at 10:05 PM. Erik Stenglein from Milwaukee's Northless will be filling in on drums for the band.
Chilean band Lefutray has announced its first tour in Brazil, the dates which you can see below. This Brazilian tour comes in support of their latest album named "Last Breath," which was released in 2011 and distributed in the U.S. by Digmetalword on CD and Digital format.
Currently, the band is preparing to release a live bootleg album next month called "Lefutray En Vivo." This live album was recorded by Gustavo Perales and mixed and mastered by Cristian Olivares. You can watch the music video of "Immersed" with live images of that show below.
The following is list of tour dates:
SEP 15 - D'Vinci Music Bar - Piracicaba
SEP 16 - Aldeia Bar - Jundiai
SEP 21 - Acervo do Tuzzi - Braganca Paulista
SEP 22 - Barka Mada - Hortolandia
SEP 23 - Blackmore Rock Bar - Sao Paulo
Legendary female metal icon Lita Ford has confirmed the release date for her new album "Living Like A Runaway." The album will be released June 19th in North America via SPV/Steamhammer and will be available in four configurations: a double LP, limited edition CD, standard CD and digital download.
Lita gave an update on "Living Like a Runaway:"
"This CD is truly a dream come true. It took me one year to write this CD along with Producer Gary Hoey and song writing Partner Michael Dan Ehming. We have dumped out hearts and souls into this amazing CD. Along with a lot of tears, pain, heartache, laughter, ripping out hair, going hungry, losing sleep and a lot of frequent flyer miles! Living Like a Runaway, is like being able to walk through fire and coming out the other side unscathed."
Coinciding with the album's release, Lita is hitting the road this summer with Def Leppard and Poison on the "Rock of Ages Tour." The dates for the first leg of the tour have been announced and are listed below. More dates are expected to be announced soon. More...
Grindcore act Molavi has now released a 4-track EP titled "Cobalt Piece Of Shit," which was recorded over a three day period in late January in Seattle, Washington. You can stream the release via the player below or by heading over to the Molavi Bandcamp page.
The "Cobalt Piece of Shit" track listing is as follows:
1. Forced Penetration Of A Canine Orifice
2. Stealing Money From Retards To Buy Prince Tickets
3. Glory Hole Adventures With Rickshaw Lurch
4. The Local Scene Is Totally Fucking Gay
French band Reverence will be releasing the new album "The Asthenic Ascension" on April 9th, 2012 via Candlelight Records. The band has now posted the album's opening track "Earth" online, which can be heard in the player below. The track listing for "The Asthenic Ascension" is as follows:
2. Darwin's Black Hall
3. The Descent
4. Psalm IV
5. Ghost of Dust
6. Cold Room
7. Genesis of Everything
8. Those who Believed
9. The Asthenic Ascension More...
Singer Johnny Gioeli, drummer Mike Terrana, keyboard player Ferdy Doernberg, bass player Volker Krawczak and guitarist Axel Rudi Pell entered the studio in late November 2011 with engineer and co-producer Charlie Bauerfeind, to record the next studio album, titled "Circle Of The Oath."
Today Noisecreep is hosting an exclusive premiere of a new track from "Circle of the Oath." The song entitled "Run With the Wind" can be heard at this location.
"Circle of the Oath" can also be pre-ordered on Amazon. The track listing for "Circle of the Oath" is as follows:
1. The Guillotine Suite (Intro)
2. Ghost In The Black
3. Run With the Wind
4. Before I Die
5. Circle of the Oath
6. Fortunes of War
7. Bridges to Nowhere
8. Lived Our Lives Before
9. Hold on to Your Dreams
10. Wold of Confusion (The Masquerade Ball, Pt. II) More...
Troy, Ohio melodic metal band Miss May I has just been confirmed for a slot on one of the Kia main stages at this year’s 2012 Vans Warped Tour. View the full announcement at this location and stay tuned for more updates and Miss May I exclusives coming in the next few weeks.
“We are more than excited to play the Vans Warped Tour this year, especially main stage with the bands that got us into music in the first place,” comments frontman Levi Benton. “Summer will be a hell of a ride and all we can say is.... CIRCLE PIT!”
Miss May I recently announced details about the new album entitled "At Heart," now being released with Rise Records on its new release date of June 12th, 2012. "At Heart" was produced by famed record producer Machine (Lamb of God, Every Time I Die, Suicide Silence) this past winter at Machine Shop in Belleville, New Jersey. The newly released album artwork was created by graphic artist Zac Schwiet.
Miss May I is currently on tour with Whitechapel, After The Bruial, The Plot In You, and Structures. The tour will travel through the United States until March 30th, taking a month long break while Miss May I heads to Europe to tour with Parkway Drive, The Ghost Inside, and Confession, and kicks back up again on May 3rd in Louisville, KY. The tour closes with two east coast shows, including the 2012 Bamboozle Festival in Asbury Park, NJ. Upcoming dates are as follows: More...
California tech-metal masters The Faceless have been playing a new track while on the Metal Alliance tour. Bootleg video surfaced a few days ago but was quickly removed.
Metal Injection has now posted a far superior quality video showcasing the song in a live setting at Baltimore's Sonar venue from the March 2nd, 2012 show. Watch the explosive footage here or through the player below. More...
D.C. metal titans Darkest Hour have announced Australian support dates with DevilDriver this spring in continuing support for their latest release, "The Human Romance." The band will make stops in both Japan and the Philippines as well. Guitarist Mike Schleibaum adds his own words:
"This trip will include our first ever headlining dates in Japan as well as our return to Manilla and Australia. We couldn't be more excited to travel over to this part of the world again and introduce them to our new record and live show. We love to experience new culture, meet new friends, and of course play some killer shows. We'll be accompanied by our good friends so you know it will be a party as soon as we load in!"
The band released the latest record "The Human Romance" earlier this year with singles like "Love As A Weapon" and "The World Engulfed In Flames," and a music video for "Savor The Kill." An instrumental version even made its way onto iTunes, which can be found here. More...
John 5 and MetalInjection.net are pleased to unveil an exclusive new in-studio clip cut from John 5’s upcoming CD/DVD, "God Told Me To."
The clip, available below, shows John in the studio playing a new track, "Welcome to Violence," and showcases his unique ability and skill with his instrument that is proven time and time again throughout the new album. "God Told Me To" will be released through Rocket Science Ventures and Sony/RED on May 8th, 2012—just days before he heads out to perform with Rob Zombie on their upcoming co-headliner with Megadeth (see below for tour dates).
"God Told Me To" was recorded and produced by John 5, Chris Baseford (Rob Zombie, Tommy Lee) and Bob Marlette (Sebastian Bach, Black Sabbath) in 2011. The cover art for the album is illustrated by none other than Rob Zombie, who is also tapping John 5 to score the entirety of his upcoming film, "The Lords of Salem." More...
Chicago’s Czar will be embarking on a short U.S. tour in April, kicking off April 18th in Cleveland with Crowbar and Prong.
Czar’s debut full-length, "Vertical Mass Grave" (reviewed here), was released in December, 2011. Featuring members of Acumen Nation and DJ? Acucrack, stalwarts of Chicago’s industrial and electronic scenes, Czar’s sound combines ominous atmosphere with machine-like metal and colossal rock melodies. "Vertical Mass Grave" was recorded by Matt Talbott, guitarist/vocalist of Hum, at Great Western Record Recorders.
The band's upcoming live shows are as follows:
April 18 - Cleveland, OH @ Peabody’s (w/ Crowbar, Prong)
April 19 - Pittsburgh, PA @ 31st St Pub
April 20 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter (Year of Shit III Fest)
April 21 - Montclair, NJ @ The Meatlocker
April 22 - Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
April 23 - New York, NY @ Precious Metal at Lit Lounge
April 24 - Fairfax, VA @ The Old Firestation #3
South By Southwest 2012 maintained its tradition of billing a long list of heavy bands from an assortment of styles. Attendees began pouring in from every corner of the globe on the previous Friday to experience the interactive and film portion of the city-wide festival. Traditionally, at least during the last few years, the music segment starts five days later on Wednesday. Even though I attended a free show at Emo’s East featuring High on Fire, our coverage begins with Wednesday’s usual sonic circus.
Torn between the Thrasher/Converse Death Match Day Party at Scoot Inn and Pitchfork’s Show No Mercy show at ND, I opted for the Pitchfork show. The Thrasher show included legendary hardcore punk acts Fear and Cro-Mags as well as Nachtmystium, but I chose the doomed tones of Rwake, Pallbearer and Pilgrim at the Pitchfork.com show. More...
Reverend John Hex has joined the group Innzmouth and has released a video for the title track off the upcoming new album "Lovecraft's Dreams." Innzmouth is a funeral Lovecraftian doom band and will be releasing the new album later this summer.
Metal Injection has posted a video of death metal giants Dying Fetus performing a new track titled "Invert The Idols" at the Baltimore, MD stop of the Metal Alliance tour on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012.
Portuguese gothic metal band Moonspell has posted a preview clip for the upcoming music video for the new track "Lickanthrope." The song appears on the band's forthcoming album "Alpha Noir," which is due out on April 27, 2012 through Napalm Records. The full music video is expected soon. More information about the video can be found at this location.
Check out the preview clip here:
Black Tusk is currently on tour in support of the band's new album "Set the Dial." This run features headlining tour dates which will feature support from East of the Wall, as well as a string of dates supporting Prong. The shows with Prong kick off tonight.
For anyone that hasn't yet had the chance to experience Black Tusk live and for fans that can't get enough, the band is streaming the performance from tonight's show at The Viper Room in Hollywood, CA. The stream can be accessed via The Viper Room's LiveStream channel here.
Following 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. A teaser video for the tour can be viewed below, along with a complete list of dates. More...
Montreal death metal act Atonement has posted a preview online of the song "Ominous Sacrifice" online, which will be appearing on the band's upcoming new album. Check out the track through the SoundCloud player below, or find more details on Atonement via the band's Facebook profile. Further details on the upcoming album will be announced as they are made available.
In regards to the video and an upcoming tour with label-mates Paradise Lost, the band comments: "Our new video 'Regain the Fire' was shot already in last July so it still features our old guitarist Ville Vänni. The video is done by Obscure Entertainment who is responsible for all our videos since 2006. This time we also have a story line amidst the moshing so this is a bit different than previous works. Go and watch the video and judge it yourself!
"We are really excited to hit the UK together with PARADISE LOST. They are one of those bands which we liked already as teens so it really feels strange that we are getting in a same tour bus with them. We haven't toured UK properly since 2009 so it's high time to deliver some goodies for the Britons. So remember, there is no excuse for not showing up!" More...
With the band's new album less than a week away from being released, A Sound of Thunder has unveiled a new video for the song "Murderous Horde" through Pure Grain Audio.
Check out the video clip below. "Murderous Horde" is taken off the band's new album "Out of the Darkness" (reviewed here).
A Sound of Thunder has the following upcoming tour dates: More...
Fallen Martyr has posted a cover version online of the Deicide track "Serpents Of The Light," which can be heard in the player available below. Fallen Martyr will also be releasing an upcoming full-length album titled "Shadows" through Siegen Records, with full details coming shortly.
The track listing for the upcoming "Shadows" album is as follows:
1. Revelry and Reverence
2. Wake up, Its time
3. Therian Premonition
5. The Restless king
6. Passing through the Veil of The Exterior World
7. Body of Light
9. Cognitive Dissonance and the Children of Hamelin
10. The 8th Circle
11. Soul Left Bare
12. (Cast Me Out)
The Big Hair Bash for Cats, organized by Mary Bielich (Mythic, Derketa, November's Doom) will use the power of heavy metal to save kitties through charity. A number of local bands in the Pittsburgh area (and one L.A. band) have agreed to donate their time, and any profits, to local charities that benefit homeless cats. They're going to be performing songs from their favorite 1980's hair metal bands. The Big Hair Bash will take place on Saturday, May 12th, at the 31st Street Pub in Pittsburgh, PA. Mary will post updates and any other bands confirming for the event on Facebook.
Here's the current working lineup:
The Cheats as POISON
Ladybeast as GUNS N’ ROSES
Abysme/Icon Gallery as W.A.S.P
Molasses Barge as KISS
Microwaves/Conelrad as VAN HALEN
Sexy Cobra as SKID ROW
Bloated Sluts as DEF LEPPARD
Thrashcon "Cliff ‘Em ALL lineup" as RATT
Del Rios as FASTER PUSSYCAT
Carousel as SCORPIONS
The Taints (from L.A.) as MOTLEY CRUE
Finnish ultraviolent metallic assault Haterial has revealed the cover artwork created by artist Vesa Ranta for the band's debut album “Twisted Verses,” due for release on Wormholedeath at the beginning of the summer. Check out the artwork below, along with samples from the new album in the SoundCloud player.
The Way of Purity has checked in with the following announcement about canceling upcoming North American tour dates:
"Due to unforeseen visa issues, The Way Of Purity have been forced to cancel their previously scheduled dates in USA and Canada next month with Negura Bunget.
"We are really sorry and we really want to apologize for this bad new. You all can easily image why our applications have been rejected. Animal rights activists are always blacklisted and labeled as criminals or terrorists… You can easily come to your own conclusion.
"We sincerely apologize to the American and Canadian followers of The Way Of Purity who wanted to witness our message live for the first time. Just a few words to thank the other bands and Archaic North Entertainment. Our war will not end here, it actually got empowered but this shameful event.
"n a few days The Way Of Purity will announce the North American release of their massive new album 'Equate' and some other good news."
5 Star Grave has issued the following update about streaming another song snippet online:
"So, here's the last sample from the new album! Here you can find the sample of the last song of the record: Lemmings.
"As you will hear there's a little bit of everything in this track, from fast parts to more melodic moments and in our humble (well, it's not so humble after all!) it's a damn good way to close the record.
"And now? Well, samples are over, songs are over, the wait still goes on!
"If you liked what you heard so far all you have to do is to wait till May and buy (or steal, or bargain for organs) the new album, otherwise just forget about it and listen to something else...
"Thanks for the support dudes!" More...
Japanese act Destrose, which was covered in the all-female edition of our Unearthing the Metal Underground column, has now posted a video clip online for the band's new single. Check out the video for "Fenixx" in the player available below.
Metal Underground previously reported the cancellation of Motorbreath's SXSW show featuring artists such as Havok, Bonded By Blood and Spellcaster. We contacted Motorbreath owner and show booker, Tristan Spears to get his side of the story. Now, in all fairness, we bring our readers the other side of the story told by a representative of Betsy's Bar. More...
Exercium is streaming its new three-song EP "Destruction of Society" over on Bandcamp, or you may listen to it below. Exercium hail from the Madeira Islands, a Portuguese archipelago north of the Canary Islands, and play a nice style of old school thrash metal.
Portuguese metal band Rackseed is streaming a new song, "Winter is Coming," from a demo the band hopes to have out in early 2012. Rackseed also has a couple more songs from that upcoming demo, "Shadow of Infamy" and "Cold Pain," streaming over at Reverbnation, which you may listen to below. Rackseed started out in 2009 with guitarist/drummer Dim and vocalist/guitarist Joey, integrating bassist Xana and keyboardist Tiago in 2011. Check out Rackseed's Facebook page for band updates.
Florida band Exotype has uploaded a new song, "Synthetics," which is featured below. Exotype fuses metalcore with electronica, and is busy making a new official video for the song. The band will be posting more songs shortly on its Facebook page.
Power metal band Firewind announced the first string of European dates in support of the forthcoming LP "Few Against Many" starting on September 25, 2012 in Paris. Symphonic metal band Leaves Eyes will provide support. "Few Against Many" is scheduled for on May 21, 2012 through Century Media Records (EU) and May 22, 2012 through DisManic Distribution via E1 Music (North America).
Check out the confirmed tour dates on the poster below:
Los Angeles death metal band The Zenith Passage is streaming a new song, "Zenith," which you can listen to below. We have also featured another track from the band, "Tombs of Trepidation," which the band has been streaming previously to this song. You may download both of the songs by going here. The Zenith Passage is currently writing more songs for its first album. Check out more information from the band by heading over to Facebook.
Virginia based technical death metal act Arsis is streaming a pre-production demo of the new song "Choking on Sand" exclusively through Guitar World at this location (also heard below). The follow up to the 2010 release "Starve for the Devil" is not expected until late 2012 or early 2013 and a producer has not yet been assigned.
Guitarist/vocalist James Malone commented on writing new material: "Sometimes life forces us to make changes and mine certainly has. As a result, I have found myself in a much better place than I have been in years and I am so excited to be working on music again. I can honestly say that I am more inspired than I have been in years."
Malone added: "I truly feel the new music is some of the best material we have ever written,” Malone further stated. “I know every band always says that when they are working on new music, but I do truly mean it."
Recently, guitarist Nick Cordle joined Arch Enemy as Christopher Amott's replacement. Malone commented: "I could not be happier that Nick [Cordle] landed the gig with Arch Enemy. He is by far the best musician I have ever collaborated with."
Check out "Choking On Sand" here:
Brazilian band Livin Garden has uploaded the second video (part 2) of "Touring the USA". Livin Garden is a four piece band formed in 2006 in Curitiba, Brazil. The name "Livin Garden’’ is a metaphor that means the connection between human beings and nature. The band had done some important gigs, supporting bands like Black Label Society, Blind Guardian and Circle II Circle.
They are currently releasing and promoting their first eight-song album called ‘’Where I Can Breathe’’ (available via Digmetalworld since 2009) as an unsigned band. The first single’s called “Age Of Lies," which can be viewed by going here. The title cut from "Where I Can Breathe" is also featured on the same YouTube page. Currently the the band is writing new material for their upcoming album, whose release date has yet to be determined. Check out Livin' Garden's Tour Vlog #1 - Rockin' The U.S.A. at this location.
Germany's Vagabond has issued the following announcement about streaming three song snippets online taken from the band's upcoming new album:
"We have 3 snippets from our forthcoming album THUNDERBOLT online. Check it out on our Reverbnation page. Let us know if you like it!"
You can also check out the title track sample snippet in the player available below. More...
Marduk is set to release the new album "Serpent Sermon" in North American on June 5th, 2012 and Europe on May 28th. The band has now checked in with the following update about a new single, which will be included in Sweden Rock magazine and released as a limited edition vinyl:
"The April issue of Sweden Rock Magazine will contain a special issued Marduk cd single with the track Souls for Belial from the forthcoming album Serpent Sermon. The 2nd track is a special recorded cover of Woven Hand's track Oil On Panel.
"The cd single will only be available for the subscribers of the magazine. But it will also be released as a vinyl 7" strictly limited to 1000 copies worldwide. Will be unleashed during the second half of April. Cover artwork can be viewed below." More...
U.S. death metal act Necrophagia posted a trailer for the band's upcoming DVD "The Gospel of Gore." The DVD will feature the visual effects of Toetag, Inc. and is expected for release later this year. In other news, Necrophagia is also working on a new LP to be entitled "Whiteworm Cathedral" expected soon through Season of Mist Records.
Check out the trailer here:
U.S. Thrash legend Overkill has posted a lyric video for the new song "Wish You Were Dead." The song appears on the band's new LP "The Electric Age," which is due out on March 27, 2012 (North America) through eOne Music and March 30, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records (EU).
The track listing for "The Electric Age" is as follows:
1. Come and Get It
2. Electric Rattlesnake (streaming here)
3. Wish You Were Dead
4. Black Daze
5. Save Yourself
6. Drop The Hammer Down
7. 21st Century Man
8. Old Wounds, New Scars
9. All Over But the Shouting
10. Good Night
Check out "Wish You Were Dead" here: More...
Swedish power metal band HammerFall announced that the band will take an extended break after celebrating the 15th anniversary of the first LP "Glory to the Brave" in 2012. Guitarist Oscar Dronjak commented: "It has been an unbelievable first 15 years, to say the least and now we are taking a pause to ensure that we have another 15 years ahead of us."
There will be no HammerFall activities in 2013, but singer Joacim Cans promises to return strong the following year: “The plan is to use the year off to recharge our batteries and come back more vital than ever with a new album in 2014."
The band will perform its two biggest shows of the year at Dalhalla in Sweden, on July 28th, and Wacken Open Air in Germany one week, where a proper 15th anniversary is planned. Cans commented on the shows: “Obviously, the gig to attend is the one in Dalhalla, that will be the biggest and most special show we have ever done! Two hours of music, special effects and guest artists! But we will not forget that it all started at Wacken for us once upon a time."
Dronjak also commented: "This is why we have decided to pull out all the stops for these two shows, and really make them special. It will be a fitting end to the first 15 years of our career."
French metal band Lonewolf is streaming the title track from the band's forthcoming LP "Army of the Damned." The album represents the band's fifth release and first for Napalm Records. It is scheduled for release on March 30, 2012 (EU) and April 3, 2012 (North America). For Metal Underground's review of the release, head over to this location.
Check out "Army of the Damned" here:
Unisonic posted the fifth 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 "Star Rider."
Check out part five here:
California metalcore act Stick To Your Guns posted a new music video for "We Still Believe." The song appears on the band's upcoming album "Diamond," which is due out on March 26, 2012 through Sumerian Records.
Check out "We Still Believe" here:
Swedish hard rockers Europe posted a new music video for the track "Not Supposed to Sing the Blues." The song appears on the band's upcoming LP "Bag of Bones" album, which is due out in April 2012 through EarMusic/Adel Records.
Check out the video here:
Finnish metal band Viikate posted a new music video for the track "Petäjäveräjä." The song appears on the band's forthcoming ninth full length studio release "Petäjäveräjät," which is due out on March 28, 2012 via Spinefarm Records.
The track listing for "Petäjäveräjät" is as follows:
1. Tähdet Varjelkoon
2. Se On Kivi-iskelmää
9. Taivas Kielletty
Check out "Petäjäveräjä" here: More...