Metal News for March 23, 2017
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In conjunction with Cirith Ungol's first ever live show on European soil at the Keep It True festival in Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany, Metal Blade Records will release the ultimate edition of Cirith Ungol's "King Of The Dead" album on the weekend of the fest, April 28th.
Check out the classic "Atom Smasher" track below. This edition comes on digipak CD featuring a full re-mastering by Patrick W. Engel at Temple Of Disharmony, five bonus tracks, expanded packaging and a bonus-DVD.
An LP version will be released as part of the Metal Blade Originals series; featuring 400 g spine sleeves, a 12-page booklet and an A1 sized poster, the vinyl was also mastered and fully restored by Patrick W. Engel in January 2017. This version reflects the original sound of the 1st vinyl pressing, released on Enigma in 1984. The track listing is as follows:
1. Atom Smasher
2. Black Machine
3. Master of the Pit
4. King of the Dead
5. Death of the Sun
6. Finger of Scorn
7. Toccata in D minor
8. Cirith Ungol
9. Last Laugh (Live)*
10. Death of the Sun (alt mix)**
11. Master of the Pit (Live)***
12. King of the Dead (Live)***
13. Cirith Ungol (Live)***
* Live 1984 (bonus Track on original CD)
** alternative version (taken from Metal Massacre I)
*** Live at Frost & Fire Fest II at the Majestic Ventura Theater in Ventura on October 8th, 2016 More...
Northlane just released surprise fourth album "Mesmer" worldwide. The album appeared with no forewarning on digital services this morning.
Recorded throughout September 2016 in New Jersey with producer David Bendeth (Bring Me The Horizon, Paramore, A Day To Remember), this is Northlane's defining statement, presented directly to the fans in an unorthodox manner. The band comments:
"Through determination, hard work, sacrifice, and a bit of luck, we are able to travel the world taking our music to fans both old and new. We're able to spend time crafting the music we want to hear with the benefit of not having to leave the studio early to go and work a job. To an artist, these are real luxuries. We appreciate them more than anything and we're in the position of being able to do this because of you — our incredible fans who continue to support us. You free us to be the artists we want to be.
"This is our way of rewarding our fans for everything they've given us. What our music means to you is what it means to us. Art is an experience, and to us it reserves no room for competition, and the only accolade that matters to us is the place this holds in your heart.
"Releasing 'Mesmer' in this way has been right for us at this moment in time. We have grown immeasurably as people and as a band through the toughest recording process we've ever endured. We've been tested every step of the way and have come out the other side with something we are truly proud of. We didn't want to keep it from you a moment longer than we had to. We felt we owed it to this album to try and think creatively about every aspect of the way people would experience Mesmer, like a gift from us to you that is being unboxed. We wanted to make everyon's discovery of this moment special." More...
Veteran New York metal / hardcore outfit All Out War is set to headline Bozzfest, a special one-off show in Brooklyn tomorrow - Friday, March 24th - as a benefit for longtime Decibel contributor David Shawn Bosler.
Over the Christmas holiday, Bosler, also of black metal act Kosmodemonic, was in a serious car accident that left him with a horrific list of broken bones and injuries, requiring multiple surgeries and putting him on a long road to full rehabilitation.
The writer's friends and cohorts now unite for Bozzfest, to help with his rehabilitative medical bills. On March 24th, 2017, Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn is hosting a benefit show, with 100 percent of the money raised going to Bosler's recovery fund.
The bill is topped by a rare live appearance from savage metalcore stalwarts All Out War, joined by local black metal philosophers Anicon, brutal Philly grinders Die Choking, and the hypnotic soundscapes of Insect Ark. There will also be some one-of-a-kind items up for raffle to help Bosler and his family. Grab your tickets here or if you can't make it, contribute to the GoFundMe campaign instead. More...
Brazilian death metal outfit Nervochaos is set to release seventh studio album "Nyctophilia" on April 7th via Cogumelo (in Brazil), Greyhaze (in U.S.) and distributed by Plastic Head (in Europe). Today the band has unleashed a 360° video for the song "Ritualistic" - check it out below.
“Nyctophilia” is an eclectic mix of all that characterizes the band, 13 new tracks of 80s-fueled blackened extreme music, executed in Nerchoas' trademark style: raw, aggressive, and organic metal.
1. Moloch Rise (check out the lyric video)
3. Ad Majorem Satanae Gloriam (streaming here)
4. Season of the Witch
5. Waters of Chaos
6. The Midnight Hunter
7. Rites of the 13 Cemeteries
8. Vampiric Cannibal Goddess
9. Stained With Blood
10. Lord Death
11. Dead End
12. World Aborted
13. Live Like Suicid More...
Calgary thrashers Illyrian will be hitting the road for a bout of May tour dates in Alberta and British Columbia (dates listed below).
The tour is in support of latest album "Round 2: Fight!" unleashed back in October of last year. The album was co-produced by the band with Casey Lewis at Echo Base Studios plus mastered by Sacha Laskow (Every Hour Kills, ex-Divinity) at Perfect Fifth Studios.
Formed in 2011 under the name Hellborn Death Engines, the band resurfaced under the new moniker Illyrian with the additions of bassist / vocalist Jeff Perry (Sikarra, ex-Animus Labyrinth) plus British drum sensation Darren May (ex-Deacon Birch).
April 20 - Calgary, AB - Nite Owl
April 21 - Edmonton, AB - DV8
May 2 - Banff, AB - Hoodoo Lounge
May 8 - Grande Prairie, AB - Better Than Fred's
May 12 - Abbotsford, BC - Brothers Billiard
May 13 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club
May 14 - TBA
May 15 - Nanaimo, BC - The Cambie
May 17 - Vernon, BC - Record City
May 18 - Kelowna, BC - Chaos w/ NoMessisah Radio Show
May 19 - Prince George, BC - Fore Bistro
May 20 - Burns Lake, BC - The Dungeon More...
The Australian crew Mindsnare today releases a first album in 10 years. "Unholy Rush" is the band's 5th album following 2007 release, "Disturb The Hive." You can pick up your copy here or stream all the songs below.
"Unholy Rush" was engineered by Jason Fuller at Goat Sound, mixed by Kurt Ballou at GodCity, mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege, and produced by Jason Fuller and Beltsy. The cover illustration was crafted by Sawblade.
1. Intro 01:11
2. Winter 02:27
3. Lacerate To Exist 02:29
4. Unholy Rush 01:41
5. Into Infinity 02:43
6. Gateway To Madness 02:15
7. The Inquisition 02:17
8. The Holy Bull Rides Fast 02:28
9. Nowhere To Run 02:06
10. Escape The Fallout 02:04
11. Not A Lot Gets Forgiven 03:02
12. Witches With Blood 04:26
13. Buried Alive 01:27 More...
While being on the road with Korn and playing headlining shows in between, Heaven Shall Burn is excited to release a latest video for "Corium," which was produced by Iconographic and can be seen below.
After basing the majority of the stunning artwork for latest album "Wanderer" on striking nature photos, "Corium" is taking you to the breathtaking scenery of Patagonia.
Heaven Shall Burn comments: "Finally! We are really happy about releasing a video to one of our favorite songs from 'Wanderer' before starting the German leg of the tour."
"Corium" is taken from latest album "Wanderer," which secured impressive positions in the international album charts such as #3 in Germany, #9 in Austria, and #15 in Switzerland. More...
Finnish metal group Noumena will release fifth studio album "Myrrys" on the 28th of April via Inverse Records. The album is a strong follower to Noumena’s previous release ”Death Walks With Me” that arrived four years ago.
As an appetizer, Noumena serves single track “Metsän viha” in digital services and as a lyric video below. Guitarist Tuukka Tuomela comments:
"'Metsän viha' is an upbeat opening track of the album, which is a great choice as a single as well. The song combines catchy melodies, badass riffs, overwhelming drumming and Andy’s and Suvi’s merciless growls. Lyrics deal with the humanity’s ability to destroy everything vital and dear." More...
Next month, Italian death metal unit Hideous Divinity, which features within its ranks current and former members of Hour Of Penance and Aborted, will unleash the "Adveniens" full-length album via Unique Leader.
In advance of its release, the band has unveiled "Angel Of Revolution" for communal
dissection. Elaborates guitarist Enrico Schettino of the track:
"Where did all this come from? Anger and frustration. Time was running out, recording sessions were approaching, and still, something was missing. The Riff was not there. Yet. Hours were spent listening, relistening, writing, and rewriting, and nothing. Almost giving up, it came. The Riff. Straight, simple, impulsive.
"The rest was easy: Stefano [Franceschini] came along with his punishing bassline and [vocalist] Enrico H. with the lyrics, one of his most memorable entrances ever. Listen to it: You will notice something different. Peculiar. What you hear is A Note. Ladies and gentlemen, here's 'Angel Of Revolution," the straight-to-the-face smasher of the album."
Slated for release on April 28th, the follow-up to previous "Cobra Verde" long player was recorded, mixed and mastered at Stefano Morabito's 16th Cellar Studio (Hour Of Penance, Fleshgod Apocalypse etc.) during the Autumn of 2016. More...
Heavy metal titans Metal Church recently announced a string of European tour dates for this summer in celebration of latest studio album "XI," which was released last year via Nuclear Blast. Australian group Meshiaak has been announced as direct support act on this trek.
Guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof from Metal Church comments: "The Metal Church fans over there have always welcomed us with open arms and their passion and love for heavy metal music is second to none!"
Meshiaal added: "We are extremely excited to be making our debut tour through Europe with the mighty Metal Church. We couldn't be happier about starting our journey in Europe and we can't wait to finally play our new songs live." More...
International melodic crew A Hero For The World announced today that a new album called "West To East Part 1 - Frontier Vigilante" is to be released this summer. This is the second all-original, full-length album from the band, and the first in 4 years.
In the years since the previous debut album, A Hero For The World has released a full-length Christmas album ("Winter Is Coming - A Holiday Rock Opera") in addition to several EPs and singles.
After surviving a 7.2 earthquake and the super typhoon Yolanda in October & November 2013 that struck the Philippine islands, Jacob and Louie departed to the USA, where several songs where written in Nashville, and then they eventually settled in Europe by the Mediterranean. Jacob would during those years come to write over 100 songs that have yet to be recorded.
"West To East" is an adventure concept; a trilogy album series, with the first album having both the story and the music influenced by the Wild West legends and movies. The second part (hopefully out in 2018) continues the journey to the East, and in the third part the hero goes beyond this Earth and eventually out into the galaxy. The "hero" remains unnamed. More...
Looks like that leaked Warped Tour lineup from back in February was totally accurate!
GWAR and CKY will in fact be on this year's edition of the tour, as well as some surprises like Alestorm and Carnifex.
The full list of tour dates, kicking off June 16th and running through August 6th, can be found below. The artist roster will consist of: More...
Global Music Award winning Nomadic Mongolian folk metal group Tengger Cavalry isn't just all about history, heavy metal, and cultural issues. Sometimes, the NYC-based quintet just wants to take time to have fun.
Tengger Cavalry lets loose this month by recording not one, but two covers of tracks by pop star Avril Lavigne. Showcasing an ability to explore different influences while remaining true to one core unique sound, Tengger Cavalry has unleashed this Mongolian metal version of the hit song, "My Happy Ending."
"My Happy Ending" follows the band's release of another Avril Lavigne cover, "Sk8er Boi," which is available now via iTunes. Frontman Nature Ganganbaigal says: "Recording this track was one of the weirdest ideas I have ever had. Generally, I find that the metal community dislikes pop stuff a lot, but Avril, she does have some good hooks! 'My Happy Ending' has some cool leads and I figured I could spin it around with some Morin Khuur and Mongolian fiddle. I also wanted to use this opportunity to experiment a bit with my clean vocal performance. But, all in all, we just did this for fun. We hope our fans like it!" More...
Swedish / U.S. metallers Methane just announced Olle Ekman as the band's new drummer. Late in 2016, Andreas Strom gave notice that he would not be able continue as Methane's full time drummer and the band set out to find someone to fill his seat.
In February Methane found him, none other than a veteran in the Swedish metal scene, Olle Ekman. Ekman is probably most known as lead singer from Sweden's Deals Death alongside touring with Amaranthe.
Tim Scott (bass and vocals for Methane) and Ekman have both played in death metal band Volturyon, only not at the same time. Ekman sang on the first 2 albums from 2008-2011 and Scott played bass a short time in 2014 on the "Human Demolition" EP. Olle has not always been a singer. He originally was a drummer and has been it aching to get back behind a drum set. More...
The critically-acclaimed death metal pioneers from Gorguts just announced a new United States tour. Gorguts will kick off this tour in Syracuse on June 3rd and travel throughout the month, with support coming from Defeated Sanity and Exist.
A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below. Gorguts will be touring in support of latest EP, "Pleiades' Dust." A unique concept masterminded by band founder Luc Lemay, "Pleiades' Dust" runs as a single, continuous track that spans over 30 minutes of total run-time. More...
Long Island's sci-fi death metal quintet Artificial Brain just debuted the title track to the impending "Infrared Horizon" album, which is nearing release through Profound Lore Records in late April. The track features Trevor Strnad of The Black Dahlia Murder, Paulo Paguntalan of
Copremesis and Gath Smane, and can be heard below.
"'Infrared Horizon' is written from the perspective of something non-human, trying to define human existence," issues Artificial Brain. "This is a track that we debuted live on our tour with The Black Dahlia Murder in late 2015, so it felt appropriate to have this be the track that features guest vocals by Black Dahlia singer Trevor Strnad. This song also features Paulo Paguntalan of Copremesis and Gath Smane, who contributes some vocals to the outro, a piece of the record that reflects our interest in incorporating more electronic experimentation into our sound."
New album "Infrared Horizon" will see release on CD, LP, and digital formats through Profound Lore Records on April 21st. You can also catch the band live on these upcoming dates:
4/15/2017 Covenant Festival - Montreal, QC
4/21/2017 Court Tavern - New Brunswick, NJ w/ Abacinate
4/22/2017 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA @ Decibel pre-fest matinee w/ Pyrrhon Die Choking
4/23/2017 Shaker's Pub - Oakdale, NY w/ Pyrrhon
4/29/2017 The Maywood - Raleigh, NC w/ Pyrrhon
4/30/2017 The Pinch - Washington DC w/ Pyrrhon, Horrendous
5/11/2017 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ River Black
5/26/2017 The Haunt - Ithaca, NY @ 1Fest More...
Spearheaded by four New York death metal veterans - involved in venerable acts such as Skinless, Held Under, Armor Column, Dry Heave and Burial - the appealingly named Incontinence proudly reveal details for the release of debut album, "Prey For Us."
Scheduled for release on May 15th, 2017 via Ultimate Massacre Productions, Incontinence came up with a record intent on bringing brutality to the metal-minded masses, within a package of strong tracks that hook the listener in and don’t let go.
As a taste of what's the come, the band just unleashed a track from the album entitled "Cryptofascist" - check it out below.
"The biggest underlying theme of the album is being under control, losing control and misery in lower-to-middle-class America," comments the band. "For example, 'Capitalist Martyr' deals with a lower-level employee of a large corporation being shamed and forced into working longer hours. 'Phantom Heart,' 'The Outrage Machine' and 'Inner Psychopath (Believe the Lie)' all tie into the theme of being under control, being manipulated and losing one's mind." More...
Vancouver's Ninjaspy - a trio of blood brothers that have created a metal fusion of hard, heavy, hook-laden music that runs the gamut of reggae, surf, metal and more - will be performing powerfully unhinged live show across Canada in support of next full-length "Spüken," which is due out April 14th, 2017.
This album was once again produced by GGGarth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mudvayne, Gallows) and Ben Kaplan (Biffy Clyro, Atreyu, Haste the Day) and follows 2013 EP / graphic novel "No Kata."
The album release tour will be the band's sixth trek across the country and also marks six years since 2011 that Ninjaspy has travelled from West to East. Tour dates have now been updated with some changes and additions. Catch the band live on these dates: More...
Tomorrow - March 24th - Damnations Day will finally unveil "A World Awakens" via Sensory Records. With just a single day to go before that official release date, we've got a helluva surprise for you Damnations Day fans, offering up a full stream of all nine tracks ahead of time!
Recorded and mixed by Dean Wells at Wells Productions and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Kamelot, Wolverine), "A World Awakens" maintains the raw energy, power, and integrity of the band's debut while showcasing a growth in maturity, honesty, and depth of both musicianship and songwriting.
"A World Awakens" is an album that will have your undivided attention on first listen, and pull you in further on repeat - if you like what you hear below, pre-orders are still available right here.
1. The Witness (watch the video here)
2. Dissecting The Soul
3. Colours Of Darkness
4. I Pray
5. Into Black
6. To Begin Again
7. The Idol Counterfeit
8. A World Awakens (check out the lyric video)
9. Diagnose More...
U.S. progressive power metal band MindMaze issued a video clip for the new song "Sign of Life," the first single from the forthcoming new "Resolve." The album drops on April 28th in Europe and North America via Inner Wound Recordings.
The track listing for "Resolve" is:
1. Reverie (Instrumental)
2. Fight the Future
3. In This Void (Instrumental)
4. Drown Me
5. Sign of Life
7. Sanity's Collapse (Instrumental)
8. One More Moment
9. Twisted Dream
10. True Reflection
11. Shattered Self
13. The Path to Perseverance
Check out "Sign of Life" here: More...
One of Spain's oldest death metal bands Aposento has just revealed the cover artwork for the sophomore album to be entitled "Bleed to Death," which is set to drop on June 12th through Xtreem Music.
"Bleed to Death" was recorded in Haro (Spain) at Rocklab Studios by Dan Díez. The album was mixed and mastered at Soundlodge Studios by Jörg Uken, who previously worked with bands like Sinister, God Dethroned, Dew-Scented and Suicidal Angels.
The album is the first to feature Mark Berserk on vocals, who joined the band in 2014 just after the debut self-titled album dropped, and drummer Gabriel Valcázar, who joined in 2016. The band's current sound is faster, more technical and brutal.
The cover artwork (shown below) was created by Abigor Artaburu, who also created the band's debut full length. More information on the release, including track listing and first single, is expected soon. More...
After "Bloodlines," Swedish melodic death metal act Across The Burning Sky, committed to the Gothenburg Style, released a new video clip for the song "Sacrifice." the song appears on the band's current release "The End Is Near," which is available via MDD Records.
The video is a combination of lyric video and religious motifs and rituals, which, in the context of the lyrics as criticism of religion denies the existence of a god and accuses his worship practices.
"Sacrifice" is once again a fast and ferocious ode to the early melodic death metal of the nineties. Check it out here:
U.S. Progressive Metal pioneers Fates Warning continue to tour in support of the much praised latest release "Theories Of Flight" and are now announcing a first run of dates for the album in North America in June.
Vocalist Ray Alder checked in with the following comment: "We are very excited to finally announce the first leg of the US tour for 'Theories Of Flight'. We know that this news has been a long time coming, but it's finally here and we are ready to once again hit the States in support of a new album. The European tour was amazing, and we are anticipating nothing less from our home crowd. We can't wait to see our fans again. Get your tickets now. Thank you all!"
Here is a list of upcoming dates for Fates Warning:
Fri 06/02/2017 London (UK) - Underworld
Sat 06/03/2017 Vaureal (France) - Le Forum
Sun 06/04/2017 Gelsenkirchen (Germany) - Rock Hard Festival
Mon 06/05/2017 Berlin (Germany) - BiNuu
Tue 06/06/2017 Bremen (Germany) - Tivoli
Thu 06/08/2017 Solvesborg (Sweden) - Sweden Rock Festival
Sun 06/11/2017 Poughkeepsie, NY - The Chance
Tue 06/13/2017 Clifton Park. NY - Upstate Concert Hall
Fri 06/16/2017 New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Sat 06/17/2017 Patchogue, NY - 89 North
Tue 06/20/2017 Buffalo, NY - Ironworks
Thu 06/22/2017 Cleveland, OH - Agora Ballroom
Fri 06/23/2017 Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
Sat 06/24/2017 Joliet, IL - The Forge
Sun 06/25/2017 Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
Tue 06/27/2017 Pittsburgh, PA - The Rex
Fri 06/30/2017 Hartford, CT - Webster Theater
Sat 07/01/2017 Allston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
08/03-05/2017 Wacken (Germany) - Wacken Open Air
More to be announced soon! More...
Treat issued a video clip for the song "Papertiger." The live clip was taken from the band's upcoming first ever live CD and first live DVD/Blu-Ray in over 10 years entitled “The Road More or Less Traveled – Live in Milano” on April 21, 2017 via Frontiers Music srl. The release is the first in a series of live albums and DVD/Blu-Ray releases captured at the popular annual Frontiers Rock Festival.
“The Road More or Less Traveled” will be released on CD/DVD, Blu Ray standalone, and digital editions and will include the following tracks:
1. Ghost Of Graceland
2. Better The Devil You Know
3. Non Stop Madness
4. Ready For The Taking
6. Do Your Own Stunts
8. Gimme One More Night
9. We Own The Night
11. Get You On The Run
13. Skies Of Mongolia
14. World Of Promises
Check out "Papertiger" here: More...
Northwest extreme death metal horde Dead Conspiracy has released a lyric video for the song "In the Wake of the Butcher," a track from the band's 2016 self-titled album. Check it out in the player below. "Dead Conspiracy" can be purchased at this location.
The band credited with being Portland's first-ever death metal act released its long-anticipated first full-length LP of new material in November. "Dead Conspiracy" is available on CD, vinyl and digital formats through Necromantic Press Records. Exile Music will release the album on cassette. CDs featuring the 1987 demo and a cover track recorded for Tribute To Headhunter Death Cult are offered in Brazil by Funeral Rites Records.
The follow-up to the band's critically-acclaimed 2014 "Abomination Underground," the self-titled album is an utterly destructive, dark, depraved, and disgustingly satisfying piece of death metal that fans of Death, Gruesome, Sodom, Massacre and all the old gods will surely appreciate. This is beyond old school - this is fucking original!
Check out the clip here: More...
All But One - the passion project of Alestorm's Máté Bodor - issued a video clip for the new song "Coloured In Vivid." Ths song is lifted from the band's upcoming debut release "Square One," which drops on April 28th via Lifeforce Records.
No strangers to the industry, the members of All But One are best known from Heaven Shall Burn (Christian Bass), When Our Time Comes (Joe Carter-Hawkins), and ex-Atmospheres. "Square One" masterfully fuses technically accomplished instrumentation with euphonically pleasing melody. The musicians explore multiple soundscapes, creating an instantly gratifying platform for the modern pop metal fan. Stylish vocals, modern melodies, eye watering solos and stomach churning breakdowns make for All But One's debut to become a frontrunner in the genre.
Check out "Coloured In Vivid" here: More...
Seattle-based sludgy doom outfit Wounded Giant premieres the title track of the upcoming new album "Vae Victis", which will be out in stores on April 1st via STB Records.
Check out now "Vae Victis" below.
Pittsburgh’s Taphos Nomos and Urdun from Akureyri, Iceland, premiere the pre-release full-album stream of the bands' upcoming new split release "R.I.P" (Rarely Investigated Phenomena), which will be released in a limited 200 copies edition of All Pro cassette tapes by Caligari Records on March 24.
Check out now "R.I.P" in its entirety below.
Lacuna Coil debuts a new music video for "Blood, Tears, Dust", taken from the band's latest album "Delirium", out in stores via Century Media Records. Cosimo Alemà directed and edited the clip.
Check out now "Blood, Tears, Dust" below.
Tells the group’s frontwoman Cristina Scabbia: More...
Incendiary premieres a new song entitled "The Product Is You", taken from the upcoming new album "Thousand Mile Stare", which will arrive in stores May 05th through Closed Casket Activities.
Check out now "The Product Is You" below.
Shares vocalist Brendan Garrone of this track: More...
Metalcore outfit Sylar debuts a new music video for "Soul Addiction", taken from the band's latest release "Help!", out in stores now via Hopeless Records.
Check out now "Soul Addiction" below.
Gorod premieres a new song entitled "Being a Jerk", taken from the upcoming new EP "Kiss The Freak", which will be out in stores April 01st.
Check out now "Being a Jerk" below.