Metal News for March 26, 2012
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Every Monday we unearth three more underground metal bands that our readers may not have had the pleasure of hearing yet, and this week we’re looking another batch of acts that throw prog rock into the mix or otherwise break genre boundaries.
This is our third outing into the ever-changing waters of prog, and what’s interesting about this style is how many different sounds can be contained within the same overall genre title (even the term “prog” itself is somewhat contradictory – if a band falls into an easily identifiable genre label then is it really “progressive?”). For instance, compare Orphan Bloom’s over the top rock style from our last prog metal edition of Unearthing the Metal Underground with the mixture of soothing atmosphere and death metal mayhem found in Enochian Theory below. Both are “prog,” but both are vastly different in style and substance.
These three acts are a little less jazz and instrumental focused than the bands in our last prog lineup, and cover a wider range of ground, heading into power and symphonic territory as well.
U.S. act Ocean Architecture is a newer band on the scene, having just now finished and released online a first full-length album title “Animus.” Although the sound quality isn’t perfect (this is a debut from an unknown group after all), the album still has pretty much everything that a progressive metal fanatic craves: crazy electronic keyboard sounds, a strong prog rock feel, random gang shouts, and even some black/death metal bouts interspersed all throughout.
Topping it all off are some technical and showy bits, as well as interesting changes in tempo and vocal styles, such as the odd feeling of falling created during the “spiral downwards” section on the track “Plato’s Cave.” You can listen to the full “Animus” album through the Bandcamp player below.
Back to the lineup they performed with for the 1985 album "Animosity," Corrosion of Conformity has been tearing up the world and strengthening their place as one of the best loved hardcore fusion bands with the release of a new self-titled album. I got to talk to drummer Reed Mullin about coming back together with his longtime bandmates to release "Corrosion of Conformity," how the three musicians met, and what he would do (or not do) if the band takes a break again. More...
French metal band Darktribe has signed with Massacre Records. The band was founded in 2004 and released its debut EP "Natural Defender" in 2009. The debut full length "Mysticeti Victoria" will be released August 24, 2012. The album was recorded at Artmusic Studio in Nice with Sebb Camhi and mixed and mastered at Finnvox Studios by Mikko Karmila (Nightwish/Masterplan) and Mika Jussila (Sonata Arctica/Amorphis). The album's lyrical content deals with the path of self-destruction to which the human civilization moves by ruining earth.
The band describes its sound as "powerful vocals, heavy guitars and progressive rhythms meet melodic and symphonic parts."
After being dormant for nearly ten years, Italian maniacs Antropofagus have awakened. They make their brutal return to the death metal scene with their new full length CD "Architecture Of Lust." The effort will be released on April 17th through Comatose Music, and a teaser trailer can be found here.
“This album is like a beast closed in a cage for so much time. Finally it can be unleashed with its majestic power. The skills of the most modern brutal metal meets perfectly classic death metal: it’s a perfect balance,” says Francesco “Meatgrinder,” Antropofagus’ guitar player.
Lyrics are inspired by the deranged works of Clive Barker and thrive with gore and sickness. This CD is the embodiment of evil and sure to be a top release in 2012. “This is upsetting and sick… a trip without return. We wanted to keep alive our style, but at the same time trying a way a little bit more ‘elegant’ compared to the past. Blood will flow...” adds singer Tya.
Mastermind Francesco “Meatgrinder” and frontman Tya are accompanied on this new Antropofagus journey by bass player Jacopo (Nerve) and Davide "Brutal Dave" Billia (Putridity & Septycal Gorge) on drums. “Francesco and I are lucky to play with these top players. Jacopo studied, arranged and recorded nine songs in just two weeks. He’s a war machine! Davide is fast and powerful,” enthuses Tya.
Musically the band's approach has evolved into a more technical style, yet sustains a classic death metal presence with frantic riffing and supreme drumming. “This album is so great also because of the talent of Jacopo and Davide, two great people and amazing musicians that complement the album and the line-up,” adds Francesco. More...
French death metal act Offending will be releasing a second full-length album titled "Age of Perversion" this coming April, 2012 via Deepsend Records. The album was mixed and mastered at Drudenhaus Studio.
You can check out a new track off the album, titled "Within This World," by heading over to the Deepsend Records website. The artwork for "Age of Perversion" can also be viewed below. For more details on Offending, check out the band's Facebook profile.
Behemoth will be returning to North America for the first time since 2010 for the Decibel Magazine Tour this April and May. Along with live performances, it has now been confirmed that Behemoth will be holding three in-store appearances throughout the tour.
Fans in Salt Lake City, UT, Charlotte, NC, and Philadelphia, PA will have the opportunity to meet the band, purchase albums, and get items signed. The signings will be held at FYE locations in SLC and Philadelphia, and at Manifest Discs & Tapes in Charlotte. The signings will be held at 5pm in each city. Details are as follows:
April 18th, 2012
5546 S Redwood Rd.
Salt Lake City, UT 84123
May 4th, 2012
Manifest Discs & Tapes
6239 South Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28217
May 6th, 2012
100 South Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19110 More...
Warbringer has just completed a 7-week North America tour supporting metal titans Iced Earth and Symphony X, but the group is ready to be back on the road again soon. For this next North American tour, the band will join Destruction, Vital Remains, and Pathology from May 8th to June 3rd, and after that, Warbringer will appear at various high-profile Summer festival appearances in Europe. Vocalist John Kevill checked in to comment about these upcoming shows:
"Hey all! Checking in at the end of the ICED EARTH and SYMPHONY X tour. We had a great time with those guys, there was a slew of incredible shows with awesome heavy metal fans in abundance, and a bunch of good times with both of those fine bands! Shame to say goodbye to them, but we're on our way home now to recuperate before beginning out next tour with German thrash metal legends DESTRUCTION, on their 30th anniversary tour! We never rest long, the war rages on! We'll see you guys out on the road again in May, prepare to be annihilated!
"We're also very excited about the way our summer is shaping up. We have about a dozen European festivals confirmed and we look forward to sharing some amazing experiences ravaging the large crowds, big stages and all the fun times to be had with all the other great bands also performing."
The upcoming Warbringer tour dates are as follows: More...
Head over to Bloody-Disgusting.com here to check out the worldwide premiere of the new music video for "When Steel and Bone Meet" from Goatwhore. The track is taken off the new album "Blood for the Master" (reviewed here).
The video was shot with David Brodsky of My Good Eye at the infamous house of horrors, the House of Shock in New Orleans, LA. Be sure to catch the New Orleans, LA natives when they hit the road this summer as a part of the Summer Slaughter tour with label-mates Cannibal Corpse, which goes down after they finish up their European run with 3 Inches of Blood.
Goatwhore debuted on Billboard Magazine's Top 200 Current Albums chart coming in at #171 with the latest release "Blood for the Master," which sold over 3,100 copies in its first week. More...
Bullet Tooth is proud to announce the worldwide signing of Minneapolis Minnesota's, Throw The Fight. The label issued the following statement:
"For the past three decades, Minneapolis has had it's finger on the pulse of the musical world. There's something about the Northern Midwest crowds that demand passion and energy from their musical acts. Throw The Fight continues that tradition, bringing an authentic display of metal-edged, hard rock. It's the kind of energy one hears on the band's newest album, the John Feldmann (Atreyu, The Used) produced, 'What Doesn't Kill Us' (June 5, 2012)."
Months after initial talks with the band, Bullet Tooth president Josh Grabelle flew out to Minneapolis to see the band play in its element. "I watched Throw The Fight play at First Ave in front of 1000+ hungry music fans and they tore the roof off the place. They were exactly what I had hoped they would be and reminded me of a young Bullet For My Valentine. These guys are stars."
Guitarist Ryan Baustert commented, “We’re really excited to be working with Josh Grabelle and Bullet Tooth. Our new record has been a long time coming and it feels good to be partnering with a label that understands what we’re trying to accomplish. Josh has a great track record of breaking bands." More...
Toronto party thrashers Fatality have announced in a recent blog update the return of original founding drummer Mason Le Von, brother of vocalist / guitarist Spencer Le Von. In the blog update, Spencer wrote:
"This is Spencer Le Von of Fatality with a big announcement regarding a recent line-up change. We have parted ways with our drummer Andrew 'Comfortability Snacks' Suarez and re-hired our original drummer and my brother Mason LeVon.
"There is no animosity or hard feelings towards Suarez and we still consider him to be a good friend. We wanted to thank him from the bottom of our tiny pink hearts for all his hard work and enthusiasm that made this band what it is today. We look forward to making more noise with him at some other point in the future."
The band will also be releasing a new video later this week and will be playing a show as local support for Revocation and Cannabis Corpse on April 21st in Toronto, ON at Hard Luck Bar. To read the full statement and preview photos from the video please visit this location. Fatality also has the following upcoming show in Toronto:
April 21, 2012 - Hard Luck Bar - Toronto, ON w/ Revocation, Cannabis Corpse, and Ramming Speed
Ceruleus has posted a guitar playthrough online by Nabeel Tarin for the song "Mariana," which is a new track off of the band's upcoming EP "Trenches," dropping April 20th, 2012. Check out the video clip below, or listen to the previously posted single "The Ark," at this location.
Swedish black metallers Marduk will be releasing their 12th studio album, "Serpent Sermon," on June 5th in North America. The band is now giving fans a first preview of "Serpent Sermon" with the premiere of the album's first track, "M.A.M.M.O.N.", on Metal Hammer Germany here.
"Serpent Sermon" will be available in both physical and digital formats, with an LP and limited-edition mediabook CD available exclusively via CMDistro. The track listing for the album is below.
1. Serpent Sermon
2. Messianic Pestilence
3. Souls For Belial
4. Into Second Death
5. Temple Of Decay
6. Damnation's Gold
7. Hail Mary (Piss-Soaked Genuflexion)
9. Gospel Of The Worm
10. World Of Blades
There will also be a CD single for the song "Souls For Belial," which will include a cover of Woven Hand's "Oil On Panel." This CD will only be available in the May issue of Sweden Rock Magazine (#92) that is due out on April 17th. If you miss out on the CD version, there will also be a limited-edition 7" EP with the same songs that will be released in late May. More...
Connecticut's Emmure posted a new music video for the song "Protoman." The song appears on the forthcoming album "Slave to the Game," which is scheduled for release on April 10, 2012.
Check out "Protoman" here:
Singaporean blackened warbeasts Impiety are set to unleash their eighth studio album through Pulverised Records this May. Offering up eight grisly tracks, including a cover of Bathory’s “Sacrifice,” the aptly titled "Ravage & Conquer" was recorded, mixed, and mastered over a course of two weeks at Studio 47 in Singapore and features cover art by renowned illustrator, Lord Sickness (Sabbat, Witchaven, Zygoatsis, etc), viewable at this location.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Revelation Decimation
2. Ravage & Conquer
4. The Scourge Majesty
5. War Crowned
6. Legacy Of Savagery
7. Salve The Goat
8. Sacrifice (Bathory cover)
"Ravage & Conquer" will be released in North America via Pulverised Records on May 8th, 2012.
Solo metal band Autumns Eyes is gearing up to release its long awaited new album, "Please Deceive Me" (reviewed here) and Metalunderground.com has the full album stream album nearly a full week prior to release. You can hear the album in the player below. "Please Decieve Me" will finally be released on April 1, 2012, after delays stemming from Autumns Eyes mastermind Dan Mitchell undergoing hand surgery, contributing to and coordinating Metalunderground.com's Peter Steele tribute album, and the Fall snow storm of 2011 among other things.
Of the release, Dan Mitchell commented:
"I'm really excited about this new release as its become a chance to explore different production techniques which focus completely on the listeners' experience. There was a lot of care and thought put into dynamics, and volume control. In a time where so many metal albums are becoming squashed due to the ongoing loudness wars, finding an album with dynamics that won't hurt your ears when you turn it up is few and far between. When you listen to an overly compressed album at high volumes, your hearing gets shot much quicker. The loud parts are loud, the soft parts are loud, and the dynamics have been completely destroyed. That's not the case with 'Please Deceive Me.' The music breathes throughout each song, and in turn gives the songs energy in all the right spots. I encourage listeners to use their volume knobs here, and turn it way the fuck up!"
The complete track listing for "Please Deceive Me" is as follows:
2. Blood In the Woods
3. Anxiety Spiders
4. Please Deceive Me
5. So Close to Shadow
7. Cobwebs and Crosses
8. Red Wine and Resin
9. Haunting Your Daughter
10. The Wooded Road
You can currently pre-order "Please Deceive Me" and get instant downloads of the tracks "Red Wine and Resin" and "Haunting Your Daughter." Head over to www.autumnseyes.com for free wall papers and new merch in the theme of "Please Deceive Me" and songs from the album.
Autumns Eyes also recorded a cover of the Type O Negative track "Love You To Death" last year for Metalunderground.com's "All For None, None For All: A Tribute To Peter Steele."
The Arusha Accord has posted an instrumental version of "The Echo Verses" online, which is currently available for streaming via Bandcamp or through the player below. The Arusha Accord also commented:
"So today we released the Instrumental download of T.E.V. available exclusively from Basick records Bandcamp! We've also put up all the new TEAM ARUSHA Merch to order from the store (we get delivery of them this week) for T-Shirts/Baseball Shirts/Tank Vests/Girls Tunic Vests."
Further info on The Arusha Accord can be found over at the band's Facebook profile.
Today sees the release of the new album from Dark Empire, entitled "From Refuge to Ruin." In celebration of the album's release Dark Empire has partnered up with GuitarWorld.com for an exclusive full album stream.
For more details on Dark Empire, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. A Plague in the Throne Room
2. Dreaming in Vengeance
3. The Crimson Portrait
4. Dark Seeds of Depravity
5. From Refuge to Ruin
6. Lest Ye Be Judged
7. What Men Call Hatred
8. Black Hearts Demise
9. The Cleansing Fires
ArmyOfOneTV recently caught up with The Gardnerz' guitar player and founder Wilhelm Lindh in this interview. He talked about the band's current status, the response of its fans to the debut album, the new recordings of the EP that is going to be released soon, his connection with South America, and more. The interview was done at The Funky Katz Studios in Sweden. For more updates on the band, head over to The Gardnerz' Facebook page.
Following devastating shows at SXSW last week -- both as part of the massive ToneDeaf Touring showcase as well as the Southern Lord/TPOTR/Brooklyn Vegan rager -- Black Cobra has just confirmed a Spring tour of New Zealand and Australia with stoner rock icons Fu Manchu. The trek hits three cities in New Zealand then skips over to Australia for another eight shows, with several of the appearances confirmed as Black Cobra headlining shows without Fu Manchu.
This all comes in addition to the previously announced forthcoming Black Cobra tour actions including supporting Corrosion of Conformity through Europe alongside Zoroaster in April on the way to the annual Roadburn Festival in Tilburg, Holland directly before the new tour, as well as massive North American tour supporting COC once again, along with Torche and Gaza later in the Summer.
BLACK COBRA European Tour w/ Corrosion of Conformity, Zoroaster:
4/04/2012 Schurr - Luzern, Switzerland
4/05/2012 Keller Club - Stuttgart, Germany
4/06/2012 Kulturfabrik - Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxemburg
4/07/2012 Trix - Antwerp, Belgium
4/08/2012 Desertfest - London, UK
4/09/2012 Matrix - Bochum, Germany
4/10/2012 Amadeus - Oldenburg, Germany
4/11/2012 Conne Island - Leipzig, Germany
4/12/2012 Arena - Wien, Austria
4/13/2012 Rock and Roll Club - Romagnano Sesia, Italy
4/14/2012 Feierwerk - Muchen, Germany
4/15/2012 Roadburn Festival - Tilburg, Holland More...
On the heels of last week's debut of "My Destiny" - the first video from the band's sixth album, "True Defiance" - Demon Hunter is now unveiling a third track today, a little more than two weeks from the "True Defiance" April 10th release on Solid State Records.
"Dead Flowers" puts Demon Hunter's mellower side on full display in the form of a darkly melancholic ballad. Listen to the song in the player below.
"'Dead Flowers' is a really special song to me and I'm extremely pleased with how it turned out," explains frontman Ryan Clark. "It was the last song I wrote for the record, and it really came to life in the studio. I think the lyrics on this song are my favorite on the album because there are so many different ways to interpret them. I think it's destined to become a classic DH ballad, up there with 'My Heartstrings Come Undone,' 'One Thousand Apologies' and 'Carry Me Down.' I think fans are really going to love this song." More...
Today A Sound of Thunder releases the new album "Out of the Darkness" (reviewed here) on Nightmare Records. In celebration of the album's release, Pure Grain Audio is hosting an exclusive stream of the entire album.
In support of the release A Sound of Thunder has announced a string of North American tour dates, including a special CD release show and appearances with Sabaton and Virgin Steele. A complete list of dates can be found below.
3/31: West Springfield, VA @ Empire (CD Release Party)
4/14: Johnstown, PA @ Ace's
5/12: Pittson, PA @ Diane's
5/14: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
5/15: St Paul, MN @ Station 4 (With Sabaton)
5/17: Omaha, NE @ Sokol Underground
5/18: Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's (Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse)
5/19: Nashville, TN @ The Limit
5/21: West Springfield, VA @ Empire (With Sabaton)
6/16: Fredericksburg, VA @ KC's Music Hall
The new Dying Fetus album "Reign Supreme" is coming this June 17th, 2012 on CD/Deluxe CD/LP/Digital via Relapse Records.
The band has now posted a teaser trailer online featuring the "Reign Supreme" artwork and a new song sample, which can be found below. You can also find footage of Dying Fetus performing the new song "Invert the Idols" live at this location.
Spellcaster has checked in with the following update about canceling tonight's Seattle tour date due to van problems:
"Thank you so much to everyone who donated to help us get out of this situation, we can not thank you enough.
"We are extremely bummed to deliver more bad news, but unfortunately there is no way we will make it to Seattle tonight. We are 13 hours away, and the mechanic hasn't even looked at our van yet.
"We promise we will come back to Seattle ASAP and try to do the same show w/ Skelator and Blood of Kings to make it up to all you Seattle headbangers!"
The band had also previously issued this statement seeking fan donations to help with costs of the van repairs: More...
Dutch prog act A Liquid Landscape, which was recently covered in the progressive metal edition of our Unearthing the Metal Underground column, is now streaming the band's entire new album "Nightingale Express" online (reviewed here).
"Nightingale Express" is set for release today via The Laser's Edge in North America. In conjuction with the album's release A Liquid Landscape has teamed up with AOL Music to present a full album stream. Get an exclusive first listen here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Nightingale Express (12:40)
2. Wanderer's Log - You (0:51)
3. June Fifth (4:08)
4. Phases (4:53)
5. The Unreachable (4:59)
6. Wanderer's Log - Me (0:58)
7. Thieves of Time (6:01)
8. Out of Line (4:35)
9. Come on Home (5:22)
10. Wanderer's Log - Storm (2:36)
11. Secret Isle (5:10)
Unisonic posted the seventh part of an eleven part track-by-track video series with singer Michael Kiske and guitarist Kai Hansen in support of 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 "Renegade."
Check out part seven here:
Death metal act Humangled will be releasing the "Odd Ethics" EP this coming May, 2012 through Abyss Records. The band has now released a teaser trailer for the EP, which can be viewed below.
The "Odd Ethics" track listing is as follows:
1. Needles Of The Blind
2. Skinned, To Feel All
3. Smells Acrid
4. Deny Your Creed
XII Boar has posted a new video clip online for the song "Slamhound," which is taken off the newly release "Split Tongue, Cloven Hoof" EP. Check out the video below, and the band also commented:
"Mornin' all, get your eyes and ears around this. Our brand new music video for Slamhound! Get some! Chicks, tattoos and rock n' roll, what more do you want?!
"Special thanks to the Boar Whores Chelsey, for your amazing tattooing skills and Noffie for being an awesome human canvas. Thanks goes out to Artistic Daz for the additional footage from Rage Fest. Big Love!
Hungary's Insane has posted the first in a series of in-studio video clips online from the band's time working on an upcoming new EP. This first video, available below, shows part of the EP's drum recording process. You can also check out Insane's previously posted video for "These Are The Ones" at this location.
French act Vorkreist will be releasing the new album "Sigil Whore Christ" on April 24th in Europe and May 22nd in North America. The band has now posted a new track from the upcoming release online. Check out the song "Maledicte" either via Reverbnation or through the player available below.
Italian death/metalcore act Forgotten Tears has posted a new video clip online for the song "Final 24," which can be found below. "Final 24" comes off the band's "Words to End" album, out now through To React Records. The band also commented:
"Boring monday morning? Feeling already stressed? Live everyday as it might be the last given 24 hours to live! Have fun, dream, love, get always the best you can get by your life and don't forget to do it with some LOUD soundtrack... choose the music you like the best! ...but if you feel unsettled, we suggest you this one, that we think it may fit perfectly."
U.K. metallers Stuka Squadron have issued the following announcement about postponing their previously announced April tour dares in Northern Ireland:
"It is with heavy hearts and much sadness that Stuka Squadron have to announce that - like in 1943 - Operation Emerald Isle (the planned invasion of Eire and Northern Ireland scheduled for April) has to be postponed to a later date.
"We apologise sincerely for this turn of events, which have been forced on us by unforeseen circumstances. We were looking forward to bringing the Squadron to that green and plentiful land and hammering it out in front of you Irish metalheads - but it will have to be some time in the future.
"Metallic and undead best wishes to our friends in Eire/Northern Ireland. We WILL see you in the
For more on Stuka Squadron, and to find the latest tour dates, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Connecticut's Kali Ma has checked in with the following update about working on a CD/DVD to see release this coming May, 2012:
"Hey everyone! We hope all of you had a great weekend and that you get through the daily grind without losing your sanity like most of us! Anyways, we haven't been playing as frequently as we normally do, but its due to us utilizing the time to write new songs and hopefully record them later this year.
"In the mean time, we have put together a cd/dvd that we plan on doing a release show for this May. We're pretty excited on how this project came out. It will contain a CD with a recorded live performance from Daniel Street Cafe in Milford. There are some old, yet familiar songs on the performance as well as current songs we play consistently with a brand new song added in the mix. It will also contain our current 4 song E.P. at the end of the live performance.
"The 2nd disc will be a DVD, which will contain the live performance from Daniel Street as well as our mini music film 'Death March.' We haven't decided on a venue yet, but we should be finalizing that shortly. We are just waiting for the artwork to be finished and then we'll be sending it out to be pressed and duplicated.
"We also have some new shirt designs that we'll be getting printed as well, so, we are going to be stocked with new merch for this summer! Stay posted for info from us regarding the release show, as we would love to have you be apart of it."
Italian symphonic metal band Sinheresy posted a new music video for the track "Temptation Flame." The song appears on the band's debut EP "The Spiders and the Butterfly," which was released in 2011 through Italian label Revalve Records.
Check out "Temptation Flame" here:
Blackened folk metal masters Borknagar are streaming the track "Frostbite" through the band's Facebook page at this location. To access the song "Like" is required. The song appears on the band's latest effort "Urd" which is out today in Europe and tomorrow (March 27, 2012) in North America through Century Media Records. For Metal Underground's review of "Urd," head over to this location.
The track listing for "Urd" is as follows:
3. The Beauty Of Dead Cities
4. The Earthling
5. The Plains Of Memories
6. Mount Regency
8. The Winter Eclipse
9. In A Deeper World
10. Age of Creation (Bonus Track)
11. My Friend Misery (Bonus Track)
Dutch symphonic metal band Delain announced that the new LP "We Are the Others" will be released on June 1, 2012 (Benelux/Germany) and June 4, 2012 (UK) through CNR Entertainment and Roadrunner Records. The single "Get the Devil Out Of Me" will be released on April 13, 2012 (Benelux/Germany) and April 15, 2012 (UK). No North American date has been announced.
Vocalist Charlotte Wessels, had the following comments: "Getting 'We Are The Others' recorded has been a challenging process. However, I'm absolutely sure that it forced the best out of us. I'm in love with so many of the tracks on this record! Our fans have shown massive support in the run up to the release. Thank you all so much for that! Now that we've got the date fixed and this great new team behind us, I can't wait to get onstage and blow your minds with our new songs. You rock!!"
"We Are the Others" will also be available as a limited edition digipack, with four extra tracks. The standard track listing is as follows:
1. Mother Machine
3. We Are The Others
4. Milk and Honey
5. Hit Me With Your Best Shot
6. I Want You
7. Where Is The Blood (feat. Burton C. Bell)
8. Generation Me
10. Are You Done With Me
11. Get The Devil Out Of Me
12. Not Enough
Metalunderground.com is premiering a studio tour by Sanford Parker as part of the upcoming Scion A/V video series from their Music(less) Conference. In this video, producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Buried At Sea, Yakuza) gives a tour of Engine Studios in Chicago, from the main room to the control room.
Scion A/V is set to launch a variety of exclusive online video content that was taken from their most recent Scion Music(less) Music Conference, a two-day event that brings together a diverse selection of experts to discuss the relevant issues in the music industry. Consisting of panels, debates, one-on-one interviews and workshops, and attended by music’s most cutting edge artists and the industry’s biggest influencers, the conference’s goal is to provide developing talent with knowledge and resources for evolving careers.
The conference videos will be released on March 26 at scionav.com/mmc and youtube.com/scionav and feature appearances from Mark Mothersbaugh, Mark Ronson, Steve Aoki, Nadastrom, Todd Edwards, Dam-Funk, Kurt Ballou, 45 King, Sanford Parker and others who provide an intimate look at their music-making process as well as discussing their careers in absolute detail and candor.
Along with the studio tours, there are panels and workshop videos featuring industry newsmakers that will be available to view, highlighting music business topics such as “What I Learned” featuring Wino, “Artists on Hating,” featuring Dwid Hellion of Integrity, and questions such as “How to Pick a Label and Deal With Them?” featuring Tony Foresta of Municipal Waste. Other panels include music business topics such as “The Role of Zines” and questions such as “Why Start A Label Now?”
“Scion believes the current state of the music industry is an ever-changing climate,” says Jeri Yoshizu, Manager of Sales Promotions for Scion. “The primary focus of the Scion Music(less) Music Conference is to center on the factors of the current business landscape and elaborate on how to thrive sensibly and successfully and we’re happy to bring what was discussed there to the interested public at large.”
Studio Tour with Sanford Parker (Scion AV)
Connecticut stoner/doom metal band Curse the Son checked in from the studio as the band records its sophomore LP. The band will also play the traveling "Stoner Hands of Doom" festival, which will be held in Connecticut this year from August 31-September 2, 2012.
he latest update was posted on the band's Facebook Page:
"High! Here is some updates and news. The 2nd album is progressing along nicely. It should be ready for release in the late spring. We are really hoping we can get this one put out by a "real" record label! The shopping has begun and lets hope that they want CtS to sign on the dotted line. The granuloma on Ron's vocal cord is finally gone, so the tracking of vocals can FINALLY begin.....In other BIG news, Curse the Son has been asked to be a part of SHoD 12! Stoner Hands of Doom is a major stoner/doom festival that takes place once a year all around the country.....this year it is in our home state of Connecticut! August 31-Sept 2. We are at 380 "LIKES", help us to get it to 400 by the end of the week!! Spread the word, smoke the spliff.....worship the riff."
Footage of Connecticut traditional metal band Graven Image's first show with new vocalist Martin O'Brien (Beyond Reality/Weapon X) was posted on the web. The show took place on Saturday, March 25, 2012 at Cook's Cafe in Naugatuck, Connecticut. In house for the show was former Fates Warning, current Arch/Matheos vocalist John Arch.
The band's set featured new, yet unrecorded material, from the band, including the tracks "World of Decay," "Far Away," "One Mistake," as well as "Twisted & Broken" and "Demons," both of which can be heard below.
The show marked vocalist Martin O'Brien's return to the stage after nearly a five year absence. He had the following comments on the night: "In all my years of playing, I have never had so much fun or felt so much energy from both the band and the audience. Absolutely amazing night to say the least. I was completed bowled over by the amount of people who came out to show their support!"
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Canadian death/black metal act Weapon announced that they entered the studio on March 18, 2012 to record the third studio album and debut for Relapse Records. The band will be working with producer Terry Paholek at The Physics Lab in Edmonton, Canada. The LP promises to continue the same path as the previous two albums and is tentatively planned for a fall 2012 release.
Guitarist/vocalist Vetis Monarch commented on the upcoming album:
"Weapon loyalists can expect no-holds barred, satanic death metal that the band displayed on it's previous work, but further refined and sharpened to ferocious perfection. 'Embers And Revelations' will be the apex of malice via music."
In other Weapon news, the band has confirmed a three week tour with black metal legends Marduk, 1349 and Withered to commence on June 2, 2012 in Baltimore, MD. Confirmed dates are as follows: More...
U.K. blackened thrashers Cultfinder are streaming the title track the the forthcoming 7" "Black Thrashing Terror" which will be available soon (date not yet announced) through Eldritch Lunar Miasma Records. The band features Digital Autopsy drummer Wilbeherit (a/k/a David Wilbraham) and Witchsorrow vocalist/guitarist Necroskull (bass in Cultfinder).
Check out "Black Thrashing Terror" here:
German technical death metal band Obscura is streaming the band's cover version Cynic song "How Could I?," over at Metal Sucks at this location. The song appears on Obscura's "Illegimitation" collection, which is available for purchase through the band at this location.
"Illegimitation" contains the following material:
Obscura - 'Illegimitation' Demo (2003)
1. ...and all will come to an end
4. Immanent Desaster
Obscura - 'Cosmogenesis Preproduction' (2006)
6. Open the Gates
Obscura - 'Recording Session 2011' (2011)
8. Flesh and the Power it Holds (Death Cover)
9. Atheist - Piece of Time (Atheist Cover)
10. How Could I? (Cynic Cover)
Boston based metalcore band Shadows Fall unveiled the cover artwork for the band's upcoming LP "Fire From the Sky." The album is scheduled for release on May 15, 2012 via Razor & Tie and will mark the first studio release since 2009's "Retribution."
Check out the artwork here:
Resurrected German thrash greats Exumer are streaming another exclusive track "The Weakest Limb" over at Noise Creep's website at this location. The song appears on the band's forthcoming comeback release (and first release in 25 years) "Fire & Damnation." The album is scheduled for release on April 6, 2012 (EU) and April 10, 2012 (North America) through Metal Blade Records.
The track listing for "Fire & Damnation" is as follows:
1. Fire & Damnation
2. Vermin of the Sky
3. The Weakest Limb
4. A New Morality
5. Waking the Fire
6. Fallen Saint
7. Crushing Point
8. Devil Chaser
9. I Dare You
10. Tribal Furies
Norwegian symphonic black metallers Dimmu Borgir are pleased to announce the following spring and summer shows as well as European festival appearances:
25.05. N Bodo - Rock Café
26.05. N Trondheim - Byscenen
28.05. N Bergen - Ole Bull Scene
30.05. N Stavanger - Folken
31.05. N Kristiansand - Kick
02.06. RUS St. Petersburg - Arena Club
03.06. RUS Moscow - Aurora Club
07.06. S Solvesborg - Sweden Rock Festival
09.06. A Nickelsdorf - Nova Rock
10.06. I Treviso - New Age
11.06. I Rome - Orion
12.06. I Bologna - Estragon
13.06. CH Lausanne - Les Docks
15.06. RO Bucharest - Ost Fest
17.06. F Clisson - Hellfest
19.06. LUX Gaulle - Rockhal
20.06. D Frankfurt - Batschkapp
21.06. A Dornbirn - Conrad Sohm
23.06. B Dessel - Graspop
03.08. D Wacken - Wacken Open Air
09.08. CZ Pevnost Josefov - Brutal Assault
11.08. UK Catton Hall - Bloodstock
You can also check out live photos of the band’s recent performance in Buenos Aires, Argentina via Facebook here.
Texan electronic metallers The Browning have posted a video clip of random happenings on tour while the band was on the road in the U.S. with Design The Skyline and From Atlantis. Check out the March, 2012 tour footage in the player below. You can also find previously posted drum cam footage from The Browning at this location.
Ocean Architecture has released the band's new "Animus" album online via Bandcamp. You can also stream the entire release through the player below. The music was recorded in Frederick MD, Bethany DE, and Murfreesboro TN between the months of June 2011 and December 2011. According to the band, "Animus" is a "musical entity that tells an unfolding story about doubt, anger, perception, confusion, fear, insanity, and enlightenment."
Ocean Architecture also commented:
"We can't even express to you how relieving it is to finally share this. To our family, friends and fans: thank you for all of your support and we could not have done this without you. We love you all. Enjoy Animus."
The track listing is as follows:
2. The Last Stand
3. Plato's Cave
5. Columns of Time
6. Steel Ecstasy: Columns Collapse
7. Animus Part I
8. Animus Part II More...
Dir En Grey has issued the following announcement about releasing an upcoming documentary DVD and Blu-Ray:
"In solitude, aggravation and desperation ---- still they take the stage. Footage documenting the six months from their European tour that kicked off in August 2011, up to the Osaka-jo Hall show in January 2012, will be released back to back in 2 consecutive months!
"See Dir En Grey abroad where they are faced with challenges day in and out, and in Japan where you are transported back to time of their nationwide tour, see them backstage and also on stage in their all new live footage from their recent shows. See them like you have never seen them before overcoming hardship, and see them only on this documentary.
"Follow Dir En Grey on their journey from the time they decided as a band to take the hard road leading up to the present. More...