Metal News for March 23, 2014
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Friday, March 14, 2014, my third day attending SXSW music festivities, started just after 3 pm. This event was my only excursion outside of live music. Members of Landshark Promotions and DJ Chuck Loesch of 101X "No Control Radio" premiered a CD of the Ronnie James Dio tribute album "This Is Your Life." The three-person panel presented each track from the forthcoming recording featuring an all-star lineup of modern and classic metal artists. It felt good singing along to these majestic reworkings done in the name of charity. 100% of the proceeds will go towards Wendy Dio's "Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund" .
Italy's female-fronted band Blackdahlia (not to be confused with U.S. outfit The Black Dahlia Murder) has released a new music video for "Falling Down," which comes off the "Fragments" album. Watch the new clip below. Blackdahlia consists of:
Samuela Fuiani: Vocals and Piano
Ruggero Doronzo: Guitar and FX
Luca Raio: Guitar and back vocals
Antonio Petito: Bass
Ludovico Massariello: Drums
Germany's Circus Of Fools has released two new digital tracks online. You can hear "Ikarus" and "Obsidian Black" below, or pick up your own copy of the songs at Bandcamp.
Circus of Fools will also soon be parting ways with drummer Manuel Hassler, and to mark the occasion the band will be shooting a live music video at one of Manuel's final shows. Further details on the video are forthcoming.
Oklahoma's Allusion has a new self-titled demo release out now, and today you can stream the full demo in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Leaving Lawton 05:56
2. The Strange Divide 03:11
3. Out of Control 03:07
4. Timeless 04:32
5. Surrender 04:38
6. Disinformation 08:36
Death metal outfit Soul Collector has released debut album "Masters of Madness," and you can now hear the entire release below or over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Torn By Wolves 04:26
2. F#cking Necrophile 04:18
3. Pain And Sufferings 03:41
4. Gutted Corpses 04:08
5. Heretic Vendetta 02:43
6. To Decay From Within 03:24
7. D.M.B (Death.Metal.Blood) 04:12
8. Alien Creatures (Dedicated To Peter Tagtgren) 04:07 More...
Ontario instrumental outfit Divine Realm has been releasing individual tracks from its new EP, and now the project has teamed up with The Circple Pit TV to stream the entire "Abyssal Light" release. Check it out below, or find more info on Divine Realm at the band's Facebook profile.
Bosnian metal outfit My Last Suicide has released a new single online for streaming. You can hear the newly released "I Am God" in the YouTube clip below. The track was produced by Drazen Kecman and features cover artwork by Slobicus Doomicus.
Hellion Rising's official debut music video for "Goat Charmer" is now online and can be seen below. "Goat Charmer" is Hellion Rising's second single off the soon to be released sophomore EP "Eight of Swords."
You can also hear the first single "The Beast," along with the band's full first EP, over at the Hellion Rising Reverbnation page.
Swiss heavy metal outfit Emerald has released a video clip announcing the band is still seeking a new vocalist, which can be seen below. Emerald also comments:
"The search for a new singer turned out to be much harder than expected. That's why we had to call in the 'Emerald Girls' once more to help us on our quest… Enjoy the video and please help us by sharing it and spreading the word!"
Behind the scenes photos from the video shoot can also be found at the Emerald Facebook page.
The release date of the new Death Dealer abum "War Master" on vinyl has been set as April 25th, 2014. The limited vinyl edition consists 500 pieces (100 splatter black/blue; 400 black) and pre-orders will start on April 11th, 2014. Pure Steel Records comments:
"If you find musicians -and former members- from bands like Manowar (Rhino, Ross The Boss) , Cage (Sean Peck) , Empires Of Eden (Stu Marshall), Lizzy Borden and Halford (Mike Davis) together, nothing can go wrong.
"Death Dealer was formed a few years ago and is a U.S. metal all star band that already released debut album 'War Master' in June 2013 as a CD by Steel Cartel Records. Now we release a limited vinyl version of 500 pieces in the Gatefold.
"Flawless power/heavy metal in the most classic style, with Sean's strongly High-Pitched-Screams which rules through the complete album. Sublime lead guitar by Maestro Ross 'The Boss' Friedman tightes double bass drumming of Mr. Rhino transport every Headbanger of the planet into an endless thrill. Hymns like the speedy band hymn full of power and aggression, driven by double bass title track or the stamping monster 'Hammer Down' are only one part of the absolute highlights which this album has to offer. Death Dealer doesn’t have to hide behind the big names of the individual members because it has everything to offer for the followers of traditional Metal culture.
"For all people who roll out every time the prayer rug to music monuments like 'Painkiller,' will have something to look forward to through 'War Master.'" More...
Pure Steel Records band Holy Cross has parted ways with bassist Benoit Vicarini, and today the French outfit announces Fabien Perez as its new replacement bass player. You can catch Holy Cross with its newest member on these dates:
- 16th April: LYON (FR) with FREEDOM CALL
- 17th April: PARIS (FR) with FREEDOM CALL
- 16th May: LILLE (FR)
- 17th May: METZ (FR)
- 30th May: TOULON (FR)
- 31st May: MARSEILLE (FR)
- 8th June: SEYSSUEL FEST (FR) with SATAN JOKERS
- 20th to 22th June: Promo days @ HELLFEST (FR)
Throughout the history of heavy music, there have been many influential bands. Some see their signature sound copied by hundreds, others only one album which can spawn a movement, but few can go from one genre to another and remain just as popular and important as they were before. One of the new bands who can legitimately claim this, is Raleigh, North Carolina’s own, Corrosion of Conformity. Corrosion of Conformity, or C.O.C. for short, formed in 1982 by bassist Mike Dean, who would also handle vocal duties, along with drummer Reed Mullin and guitarist, Woody Weatherman. After recruiting vocalist Eric Eycke, the group released their first full length album, "Eye for an Eye" in 1984. The debut featured twenty tracks, including a cover of the Fleetwood Mac song, "Green Manalishi," which had also been popularised by Judas Priest, but timed in at just over half an hour. This would prove to be their only album featuring Eycke, who left the band following the record’s release and so vocal duties were shared by Reed and Mullin on their sophomore album, "Animosity." The album saw the band begin to mix their hardcore roots with the emerging thrash metal genre, creating one of the first examples of crossover thrash in the process and was received very well, with several of their songs going on to be covered by such high profile artists as Metallica and Mr. Bungle.
It was decided by the band that in order to progress, they would need a new singer so that the music would be paired with one voice and so they hired Simon Bob Sinister, formerly of Ugly Americans, who performed with C.O.C. on their next EP, "Technocracy," which veered closer to thrash metal than their previous work. Despite this noisy output however, things were soon to go quiet for the band, when Mike Dean decided to leave in 1987, followed closely by Simon Bob. More...