Metal News for March 25, 2012
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29 news articles posted on this day.
Austrian death metal/grindcore veterans Mastic Scum has announced that their former vocalist Will passed away last Friday (March 23rd,) reportedly as a result of an automobile accident. A statement from the band reads as follows:
"In deep sadness we have to announce that our friend and ex-member Will died by accident on Friday, March 23rd. We are all very shocked about his tragic death. Will joined Mastic Scum in 1993 and left the band in 2008. We had a great time and lot of experiences together. R.I.P. Will - we'll see us in another life!"
For over a decade, Vancouver's 3 Inches Of Blood have been walking a precarious, thinly stretched tightrope. On one side lie their rich influences in the fabled New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, which they've hailed loudly enough to be heard on the other side - where testosterone and aggression rule, and the most brutally current band wins. An unlikely success with metal fans young and old, 3 Inches Of Blood's signature formula has reached perfection on their fifth album, the self-explanatory "Long Live Heavy Metal." On the Montreal stop of this year's Metal Alliance tour (led by DevilDriver), inimitable vocalist Cam Pipes took some time to discuss his band's latest and greatest work. More...
Italian avant-garde act Ephel Duath is currently in the process of working on a new EP to be released later this summer via Agonia Records. Ephel Duath's Davide Tiso has issued the following update about the EP's progress and working on songs for a new album:
"Rutan is working on my guitars, previews sounds crispy and heavier than my usual standards. I'm 100% confident this EP will be the band's stronger statement so far. In the meantime I'm working on the fourth songs for next album. Feeling good and hungry for more."
You can also check out a previously posted studio video from the recording of the new EP at this location.
Californian ancestral death metal horde Tazumal has posted a video upload of the new track "Scorched Earth Policy," which should be appearing on a split CD the band will be putting out. Below are a few live dates that Tazumal will be playing, the gig on the 29th featuring Defy The Mind, Casket, Dying Messiah, Mouth of the Serpent and Incryption on the bill along with Tazumal. Check out many more songs from Tazumal over on the bands Facebook band page.
Mar 29 Suzy's Bar & Grill Hermosa Beach, CA
Mar 31 Bull Bar Long Beach, CA
May 25 The Old Town Pub Pasadena, CA
Finnish viking/folk band Ensiferum has been posting progress videos on the recordings of the yet untitled fifth release and follow up to the 2009 release "From Afar." In this week's video, "Emmi plays some keyboards, Pete growls and things get really steamy when Emmi gets a facial from the boys..."
Check out the video here (click "CC" for English subtitles):
Dutch symphonic band Epica, who are in the midst of the world tour in support of "Requiem for the Indifferent" (reviewed here), has split with bassist Yves Huts. Huts was one of the founding members of the band and has decided to leave to pursue his own business. In an announcement on the band's website, it was stated:
"It is with sadness that we announce that Yves Huts and Epica have decided to part ways. Yves has been with us from the start and has been of great value to the band. We want to thank Yves for his contribution to Epica's success and wish him the very best in his future career, whether musically or in a different way. We will never forget the good times we shared together on the road!!"
Huts also made a farewell statement to the fans:
013 is the venue where we did our first show with Epica and, almost a decade later, also my last. I'm leaving the band because I have another career opportunity that is not combinable with the schedule of a world touring band. I've tried to live these two different lives simultaniously for as long as I could but in the end I just had to make a choice, one of the most difficult ones in my life. I look back to these 10 years in Epica satisfied and enriched with life experience. As a founding member I'm proud of what we've achieved so far and I'm sure the future has a lot more great things in store for the band.
"I would like to thank the band, crew, fans and everybody else involved for the good times and I wish my successor good luck.
"Those of you that might be interested in any possible future musical plans of mine can visit my artist page on facebook.
Yves Huts" More...
Yucatan ancestral black metal band Xulub Mitnal recently released its "Reconquista" demo and is streaming the title track from it, which is posted below. The cover of the demo was originally intended for the bands last album"Ba'ate'il," but put on this demo instead. Songs from that album are streaming over on MySpace. Xulub Mitnal plays a very raw style of early black metal with indigenous influences throughout.
Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on the following dates:
5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland
The organizers of Extremefest have now issued the following announcement about confirming Forgotten Tomb and Ultrawurscht:
"Forgotten Tomb been around since 1999 and the Italians have caused quite a stir in the black and dark metal underground! 'Songs To Leave' (2002) or 'Love`s Burial Ground' (2004) are rightfully considered milestones of melancholic dark metal that the fourpiece infuses with doom and black metal elements. In 2011, Forgotten Tomb released their most recent effort 'Under Saturn Retrograde' and fans can look forward to one of the rare appearances of the Italians at the Austrian and German editions of Extremefest!
"It´s all about the sausage with Bavarian / Austrian act Ultrawurscht! Their highly explosive mixture of death metal, grind and hardcore – or simply 'Wurschtcore' – will one day conquer the world, and if you had the chance to check out albums such as 'Cheese Ass Built My Hot Dog' you`ll agree! Mixing metal and sausages should be declared a form of art anyway, so slap some wieners on the grill before checking out Ultrawurscht`s exclusive set at the Austrian edition of the Extremefest 2012!"
So far these bands have been confirmed to play Extremefest 2012: More...
Dol Ammad has issued the following announcement about working on a music video for the "Stargate Pyramid" track:
"Great news my friends, I have decided to create and upload a new music video EVERY 2 weeks! I have tons of material recorded from the studio and I can make it into cool video-clips that I hope you'll enjoy.
"Stay tuned for the second video coming up for the song 'Stargate Pyramid' this Wednesday the 28th of March 2012."
Blood Dress has posted a trailer for its forthcoming debut full-length album "To the End." Hailing from the western city of Mendoza, Argentina - Blood Dress already has a couple of demos and live releases to its credit. The band started out with the name Key Maker in 2007, but subsequently changed it to Blood Dress to reflect its technical death metal style. The new album should drop in April, and will feature the song "Before You Close Your Eyes," which follows below. Also check out some tracking songs and older material on the Blood Dress PureVolume page.
New York City melodic death metal band Eden A.D is has announced the addition of new drummer Scott "ChopperScott" Hall, formerly of The Communion. The band has been in the studio writing new material and is now appearing live again.
Scott commented, "It is a pleasure being a member of Eden A.D. Their dedication to the band...practicing, songwriting, recording, and performing... is impressive. It's time to take this to a new level. My respects to Eric, a skilled metal drummer. Learning and performing the drum tracks from 'Cycles of Relevance' has been quite an inspiration."
Eden A.D. also added, "We are proud to announce the arrival of our new drummer... Scott Hall, aka ChopperScott, formerly of 'The Communion', 'Empire Of Dust', and 'Sensory Assault'. With quite a few years of metal drumming under his belt, he now resides on the throne supporting Eden A.D. We have been in the studio writing new material and have started to perform live once again in the NYC underground metal scene. Keep an eye out!
Heavy metal singing legend, Bruce Dickinson, is confirmed to perform at the Buddy Rich 25th anniversary memorial concert on Monday April 2nd 2012 at the London Palladium. He will be singing while fellow heavy rock legend, Ian Paice of Deep Purple, plays drums alongside the full Buddy Rich Orchestra. The following press release was issued about the event:
"Bruce Dickinson, of multi-award-winning British heavy metal band Iron Maiden, has become one of the most acclaimed heavy metal vocalists, regularly appearing at the top of lists of the greatest singers/front men of all time. Deep Purple’s 'In Rock' was the first album he ever bought, so hearing him sing with the drumming legend of the very band that influenced his unique style will be a treat indeed.
"Bruce joins singer extraordinaire, Tony Christie, and other drummers Dave Weckl, Gregg Bissonette, John Blackwell and Gregg Potter from the USA with Ginger Baker, Gavin Harrison, Clem Cattini and Elliott Henshaw from the UK. The show will be hosted by Buddy’s daughter, Cathy Rich, and comedian John Thomson of The Fast Show and Cold Feet fame. The annual memorial concert is taking place for the first time in the UK celebrating the music of the late great Buddy Rich. Previous sellout shows have taken place in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Boston.
"Tickets are available from the Box Office on 0844 412 4657 or online at this location, priced from £25 to £60. There are a limited number of VIP tickets available, which represent the best seats in the house, an opportunity to meet the headline artists, admission to the after-show party and signed merchandise.
"This is one show not to be missed - the world’s greatest musicians in the world’s greatest theatre paying tribute to 'the world’s greatest drummer.' Be there!"
A lyric video is available online now for the new War Of Ages song "Redeemer," from the band's upcoming album "Return To Life," due out April 24th, 2012. Check out the lyric clip below. You can also find a previously posted teaser trailer for the "Return to Life" album at this location.
Adelaide, South Australia based metal/hardcore act Arcadia has just wrapped up the Austrialian east coast "Worlds Collide" tour, and as part of the release of the band's new EP, Arcadia is celebrating by giving away the "From Ashes, We Rise" release as a free download.
To get your copy of the explosive debut, head over to the Arcadia Facebook profile and stream or download the tracks. Arcadia also commented:
"And so the 'Worlds Collide' Tour comes to an end.... Its been an awesome journey, cheers to everyone in every state who came out and saw us play, or bought some merch. And a HUGE thanks to all the bands we've played with over the tour, especially Bury the Fallen. If you dont know who these guys are yet, then you clearly havent been paying attention."
Russian cyber metal act Illidiance has posted the first in a series of video clips chronicling the band's time on the "Krush'em all" tour 2012. Check out this first video clip below. You can also check out the Illidiance track "Fading Away" at this location.
Headbanger's Kitchen, hosted by Demonstealer Records, has posted a ninth episode online, titled "Uncle Sunny's Mac and Cheese." You can check out this new episode below, which also features an interview with Albatross. The previously posted "Modern Ma-Quiche" episode is also available here.
Headbanger's Kitchen commented:
"Demonic Cookery - The food section of the show where Demonstealer shows you how to make some delicious food. This episode we cook up a delicious macaroni and cheese dish with some grilled chicken and bread called Uncle Sunny's Mac & Cheese.
"Interview - Our guests for this episode are Riju and Bipro from Albatross. We chat them up about their new EP, personal horror stories and upcoming tours."
Stockholm, Sweden based act Descend has checked in with the following brief announcement about posting pre-production footage online from the band's time working on a new album:
"Check out the progress of the pre production of our upcoming album! Here are some vocals for you!"
Further details on the upcoming Descend album will be announced as they are made available. Descend is:
Nima Farhadian L. - vocals
Andreas Lindström - guitars
Alexander Wijkman - guitars
Jonathan Persson - drums
Justin Biggs - bass
Massacre Records is currently offering a free song download from the upcoming Catamenia album "The Unwritten Chapters."
You can snag your copy of the free song "Blackmension" by heading over to this location. Catamenia's new album "The Unwritten Chapters" is due out on April 27th, 2012.
Texas brutal death metal band Diminished is streaming its entire new third album "Origin Of Apocalypse" over on its YouTube channel. This marks the third release for Diminshed on Sevared Records, following two albums they put out in 2010, "Chainsaw Cunt" and "Rectal Torment." Diminshed will next be playing at the West Texas Death Fest in Amarillo on March 30th and 31st. Check out an upload of "Secretion of Bile" below.
Guitarist T. Ciekals of Norwegian act Djevel has issued the following announcement about the band recruiting a new drummer:
"New drummer! I am very pleased to announce that Dirge Rep is the new dummer in Djevel- You should know his work in Gehenna, Enslaved, Gorgoroth and Orcustus.
"On a different note we have finished the drums, bass and rythmguitars on the Nettlecarrier album- its turning out very dark and grimm!! I hope to complete the album within the next 2 weeks."
For more on Djevel, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Russian black metal band Nocra has posted a preview of the new song "The Morning at the Hospital Window," which is available for streaming below. The band also commented:
Italian act Ignition Code has released a new music video for the track "Nothing Left," which can be viewed below.
"Nothing Left" comes off the band's debut album "NewTek Lie," released March 17th (digital) and March 24th (physical) by To React Records. You can stream all the tracks from the album at this location.
German blackgaze/post-rock act Liam (featuring Herbst from the band Lantlos) has posted the previously unreleased "MMIX" album online for streaming, which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:
"In summer 2009 after we finished school, we recorded a few songs in our rehearsal room before we all moved to different cities.
"We never actually finished the productions and now - 3 years later - realized that we will not have the opportunity again to make music together. So we decided to upload the tracks for you nevertheless. We hope you can enjoy the songs." More...
The "Grind the Nazi Scum" festival will be taking place this coming June 14th - 16th, 2012 in Brückenkopf Torgau, Germany. For for details, head over to the festival's website. The lineup has now been revealed and can be found belo.w
18.00-06.66 - METAL DISCO OF STINKY DEATH
14.00-14.30 - RENOUNCE AUTHORITY (ger)
14.50-15.20 - REACTION TO RUIN (it)
15.40-16.10 - HAMMER OF GORE (ger)
16.30-17.00 – WHORESNATION (fr)
17.20-17.50 – XKATEXMOSHX (it)
18.10-18.40 – FAXE (fr)
19.00-19.40 – DEATHRONATION (ger)
20.00-20.30 – RATBOMB (fr)
20.50-21.30 – ENTERA (ger)
21.50-22.30 – WARFUCK (fr)
22.50-23.40 – HARM (ger)
00.00-06.66 – WORMROT (sing) More...
Razorback Recordings has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Italian all-female metal act Saturnine:
"SATURNINE joins our deadly domain! Razorback Recordings is proud and excited to announce that we have signed the all female doom/black/sludge/death metal band SATURNINE from Italy to a one album deal! You can hear songs from their 7 song demo by clicking on the link below!"
Black metal act Rimfrost has posted a video clip online for "Witches Hammer," which can be seen below. The band also issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bassist and working on a new album:
"The band has been lurking in the dark for a couple of years, since the release of the second album Veraldar Nagli. But now they break the ice with the announcement of a new bass player and a new stone cold demo version from their upcoming album.
"The new member of the Swedish trio falls under the name B.C. We welcome you to the band. The man knows our demos, records and history as well as me or Throllv. It has fallen naturally to recruit him as our new bass player. I can finally say we're ready to go out on the roads with a complete set of the band. I look forward to have this maniac with his axe at our side. So, now, watch out. The machine has started and it won't fucking stop.
"The video below is part of the upcoming album. More information about this will come." More...
Sorcier Des Glaces will be releasing a split album with Monarque via Obscure Abhorrence. You can check out a teaser trailer for the release after the jump and the band commented:"
"Sorcier Des Glaces recorded 4 songs at Hell Studio, in the same session we recorded The Puressence of Primitive Forests in 2010! Listen to a teaser by below. Enjoy!"
The track listing is as follows:
1- Sorcier Des Glaces - Macabre Sunset over the Northland
2- Sorcier Des Glaces - A Blaze in the Northern Sky (Darkthrone cover)
3- Sorcier Des Glaces - Unholy Path to Immortality
4- Sorcier Des Glaces - The (Night) Throne (feat. Monarque on vocals)
5- Monarque - Le feu et le Sang
6- Monarque - Éloge de la Malveillance
7- Monarque - Sacrifice (Bathory cover) More...
Jackyl is probably best known for its song "The Lumberjack", which features a chainsaw solo by lead singer Jesse James Dupree. He once was asked, "How the hell can you play a chainsaw?" to which he responded, "How the hell can you not play a chainsaw?" This is the story of Jackyl.
Jackyl is made up of current members Jesse James Dupree (vocals, guitar, and chainsaw), Jeff Worley (guitar), Roman Glick (bass), and Chris Worley (drums). Past members include Jimmy Stiff (guitar), Ronnie Honeycutt (vocals), and Thomas Bettini (bass).
The 1992 self-titled debut album featured singles “The Lumberjack,” “Down on Me,” and “I Stand Alone.” Their debut went platinum, mostly due to “The Lumberjack” because vocalist Jesse James Dupree performed a chain-saw solo. People like chainsaws. The song became a hit and staple for the Jackyl live show to this day. Videos where also created for their singles.
The video for “The Lumberjack” begins with the Southern cliché of an old man sitting on a porch, smoking a Pall Mall with his shotgun close by. I’m surprised they didn’t place a Waffle House in the background. A general comment: “Lumberjack” is maybe the only performance where the lead singer seamlessly changes from a sombrero, to flannel, to a jumpsuit. Anyway, there is a school house nearby, with a bearded female teacher and students that like to bang their heads to the music of Jackyl, especially when the chainsaws are blazing. The primary lesson in this video is that chainsaws turn girls into sluts. The “Down on Me” video tells the story of a record store owner who refuses to sell CDs to underage kids because of the Parental Advisory Warning. Long story short, the owner loses his business and ends up on the street as a CD whore. I really enjoyed this video.
Ever since the release of their debut album, the band has hit the road and barely left it since. In 1994, the second album titled ‘Push Comes to Shove’ went gold. Later that year, Jackyl had a notable performance at Woodstock '94, resulting in the inclusion of their song “Headed for Destruction” as part of the Woodstock compilation album. In 1997, Jackyl released the album ‘Cut the Crap.’ The album included “Locked and Loaded”, a song with guest vocalist Brian Johnson (AC/DC). It was the first time Johnson had ever collaborated with an artist. In 2002, they would collaborate again on the song “Kill the Sunshine” off their ‘Relentless’ album. B-sides, greatest hits, and live albums would follow; however, like any true rock and roll band, it has been the live performances that have created their following.
Their live performances have earned the band two Guinness Book of World Records citations and the designation "The Hardest Working Band in Rock 'N' Roll" for performing 100 shows in 50 days as well as 21 shows in 24 hours.
Jackyl has also flirted with the reality show circuit, seen regularly on the show Full Throttle Saloon. In 2010 the band released a new album titled “When Moonshine and Dynamite Collide.” Jackyl is available to play wherever chainsaws are sold. You can usually catch them on stage at a festival near you.
The Lumberjack VIDEO
German power metal band posted an official live music video for the song "Sanctified With Dynamite." The song originally appears on the band's 2011 release "Blood of the Saints" (reviewed here).
Check out the video here: