Metal News for March 28, 2013
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36 news articles posted on this day.
This week a game of cat and mouse, middle fingers, and hot sheep populate a week of hit or miss videos. More...
Reflections Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Toxic Shock:
"Announcing a new band usually starts with the label being proud and happy to welcome them to their roster and just as everyone else we try to do so with the most outrageous and enthusiastic statements possible. With Toxic Shock it’s a little different….
"When I got into punk and hardcore back in 1985, 1986, it wasn’t like: BAM! Here’s Minor Threat, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys and all those other bands, that stuff was underground! Heavy metal was my first love and in ’84, ‘85 thrash metal came along and damn, I was hooked! Thrash metal bands crossed over… S.O.D, Carnivore, D.R.I., Suicidal Tendencies, Excel… You had Metallica sporting Septic Death and Misfits shirts…. It all clicked together and suddenly I got exposed to a whole new world! Punk and hardcore (and skateboarding!) entered my life and it all changed me forever. More...
Just days before the "Sempiternal" album hits streets, Bring Me The Horizon is streaming the unreleased song "Deathbeds" via Alternative Press. Fans are invited to check out the new song courtesy of Altpress.com or through the player below.
Following Devourment’s recent East Coast assault, having torn through Brooklyn and Philly two weeks ago leaving audiences battered and mangled, today the horde deploy yet another new track to the masses.
A bonus track to Devourment’s "Conceived In Sewage" LP, released via Relapse in February, the new tune is brutally modern cover of the Cannibal Corpse staple “The Pick-Axe Murders,” and is available through the Bandcamp player below, or over at GunShyAssassin here.
Devourment will invade ‘Vegas on June 15th to take part in the Las Vegas Deathfest alongside Defeated Sanity, Regurgitation, Infernal Dominion, Embalmer, and a slew of other acts. Stay tuned for additional new Devourment shows being conceived and to be announced in the coming weeks. More...
An effort five years in the making, Reign of the Architect is now nearing the official release of "Rise" through Pitch Black Records. Based in Israel but featuring musicians from other parts of the globe, the multinational project will drop its debut album on April 16th (May 14th in the US).
To get a taste of the group's crazy death-prog-opera mayhem, Metalunderground.com will soon be premiering a sampling of songs off "Rise," so stay tuned for further details. In the mean time, guitarist and band mastermind Yuval Kramer go in touch with us to explain how the ambitious project came together.
Covering a wide range of sounds and styles, "Rise" features musicians giving their all in everything they do. While explaining how the album came together, Yuval said: "When we write music I always push myself and the musicians I work with to the truth. To that raw emotion, looking for the exposed nerve and let it scream for you. Letting each of us be honest, naked and exposed in front of the microphone. Some takes finished in tears, some in smiles, some with bleeding fingers and sore throats and without it, it's just not worth it.”
Putting saw raw emotion into an album necessitated some interesting setups in the studio, with Yuval commenting, “weird things happened here, not all of them were fully clothed.” Get the full scoop on "Rise" and the history of Reign of the Architect below. More...
Bulgarian act Wartime has posted a new music video for the track “Palette of Grey," which is taken from the band's latest album “Solar Messiah.” The clip can be viewed below and was directed and edited by Denitza Kirilova, Silvia Shuleva, and Nikola Koparov. The band's current lineup consists of:
Stan “Stumpy” Stanchev – Guitars & Vocals
Ivan Ivanov – Vocals & Keys
Antonio Mitov – Bass
Velizar Bolchev – Drums
Black Star Riders, the new band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham, and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper / Megadeth), has announced "All Hell Breaks Loose" as the title for a debut album on Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The album will be released in the U.K. on the 27th of May 2013, and the album artwork is now available below.
The artwork features a painting by Gil Elvgren (March 15, 1914 – February 29, 1980), the legendary U.S. painter best known for his work on pin-up girls, advertising. and illustration.
The artworks ties directly to the origins of the album title. Ricky Warwick explains: “I was watching a documentary about World War II bombers and saw the name painted on the side of one of the aircraft. The name just resonated with me and it seemed to encapsulate the turmoil that we, as a society, are currently experiencing. The past few years have been such a wild ride and now with the release of the album, it sounded like a bad-ass album title that summed up what Black Star Riders is all about.” More...
The Gabriel Construct has posted debut album, "Interior City," online for streaming via YouTube. Check out the release through the player below.
The album will be released on April 5th, 2013 and digital copies can be pre-ordered at this location.
The Gabriel Construct is the rock solo project of composer Gabriel Riccio. "Interior City" features Travis Orbin (ex-Periphery, Sky Eats Airplane, Of Legends) on drums and Tom Murphy (ex-Periphery) on bass. It was mixed and mastered by Taylor Larson (Life on Repeat, Periphery).
A new music video for "F.O.A.D." from thrash act Mortillery is available online. The clip was produced, edited, and directed by Doug Cook and is available below. "F.O.A.D." comes off the band's "Origins of Extinction" album. The track listing is as follows:
1. Battle March
2. No Way Out
3. Cease to Exist
4. Creature Possessor
5. Seen in Death
6. Feed the Fire
7. The Hunter's Lair
10. Sunday Morning Slasher
Atlanta metallers Halcyon Way are preparing to hit the road with German metal legends U.D.O. The tour begins April 9th in Amityville, NY and will wrap up April 20th in Joliet, IL. Halcyon Way comments:
"We are super stoked to kick off our 2013 tour plans in New York in a few weeks with the legendary U.D.O.! Shows are already selling out on the tour and it looks like it's going to be a great time. Special thanks to our friends at Framus/Warwick, Crush Drums, and Miktek Audio for providing us with our backline as well!"
4/9: Amityville, NY @ Ollie's Point
4/10: New York, NY @ Gramercy Theater
4/11: Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/12: Montreal, Que @ Foufounes Electriques
4/13: St-Ferdinand, QC @ Style Metal
4/14: Toronto, ON @ Mod Club
4/17: Verona, WI @ Heights Event Center
4/18: Cleveland, OH @ Peabody's
4/19: Detroit, MI @ Harpo's
4/20: Joliet, IL @ Mojoe's More...
Vhol, the new group comprised of vocalist Mike Scheidt, guitarist John Cobbett, drummer Aesop Dekker, and bassist Sigrid Sheie, has completed work on a self-titled debut album due for release April 16th, 2013
The band has now teamed up with NPR to stream a track off the release. Check out "Insane With Faith" at NPR.org here.
1. The Wall
2. Insane With Faith
3. Plastic Shaman
4. Grace (available for streaming right here)
7. Set To Await Forever
A new music video is now available for the song "Ire In Motion" off of Tharsis They's debut LP "Ominous Silence," release via Myriad Records. Check out the clip below. Tharsis They is also currently working on a new EP for release later this year.
Chicago doom misanthropes Indian recently completed work on a forthcoming studio offering for Relapse Records.
The follow-up to 2011’s "Guiltless" long player was recorded at Electrical Audio and Soma Studios in Chicago with engineer/co-producer Sanford Parker (Minsk, Nachtmystium, Yob, Samothrace). Additional synthesis contributions have been provided by Parker and Mark Solotroff.
Comments the band on the new material: “The four of us are pleased to announce the completion of our fifth full length album. It is our darkest and most varied material to date."
The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Since 2004, Indian has released a glut of well-loved records up through Guiltless, which Revolver Magazine appropriately dubbed 'one of the most bewitching, hypnotizing, beautiful doom/sludge albums since [Electric] Wizard’s Dopethrone.' This is no small accolade, and Indian is among the few masters of heavy music today worthy of such praise. But they didn’t earn it overnight. More...
U.S. death metal act Autopsy is set to defile the recording studio next month, as the band enters to lay down the tracks for its upcoming album, "The Headless Ritual," due out this year on Peaceville Records.
Denver thrashers Havok have premiered their latest video for the song “From The Cradle To The Grave," taken from the 2012 EP, "The Point Of No Return." Check out the clip below.
The video, directed by Roy Warner, was filmed on location in Detroit during the band’s final tour of 2012 alongside Skeletonwitch. The premiere coincides with the band’s continued work on an upcoming third full-length album.
Discussing the song’s lyrical inspiration, vocalist/guitarist Dave Sanchez says, “‘From The Cradle To The Grave’ is about America's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. In the late 1800s, in Chicago, Holmes built a hotel specifically with murder in mind. It included doors that opened up to brick walls, staircases that lead to nowhere, and one-way rooms that once you entered, you never came out. He was a religious man and firmly believed that since he was born, the Devil was at his side. That being said, bang your head.” More...
Chalice of Doom has posted a teaser trailer for the band's upcoming album, which can be found below, and the group also comments:
"Dear friends, here we're presenting the teaser of upcoming album 'Into Hypnagogia' that will be released after some months by the Spanish label Memento Mori. 'Into Hypnagogia' is mixed and mastered by Azmo Lozmodial. All Music and Lyrics by Azmo Lozmodial."
The UK’s own doomlords, My Dying Bride, have been imposing their legacy for over two decades, since their debut album "As the Flower Withers" surfaced in 1992, & now the Yorkshire titans return with their latest work, "The Manuscript." The album is set for release via Peaceville Records on May 13th on CD & vinyl.
"The Manuscript" contains 4 new songs - a dark voyage spanning over 27 minutes. It was recorded and mixed at Futureworks Studios in Manchester, U.K. with the band’s long-time producer, Mags. As the band comments:
"The Manuscript features four monstrous tracks of brilliantly crafted metal that only My Dying Bride can do, with swathes of doom laden melancholy, harmonic beauty and thundering death metal all combined in their trademark sound. Four tales of tragedy, loss and bitter vengeance greet the listener with an added assault on the emotions too, leaving the soul grey and limp. There is beauty here, but it's carrying a dark blade." More...
Chapel Hill, North Carolina's Valient Thorr will release sixth studio album "Our Own Masters" on June 18th via Volcom Entertainment.
Recorded at Ronnie Jone Sound Studios in Athens, GA and produced, engineered, and mixed by Kyle Spence of experimental rockers Harvey Milk, "Our Own Masters" delivers twelve tracks of balls-to-the-wall rock that yearns to be played at full volume. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Formed in 2000, Valient Thorr plays loud, fast heavy music -- influenced by both metal and punk -- that draws creatively from touchstones such as AC/DC, Thin Lizzy and the MC5 (Motörhead might also be a point of reference here, though more in spirit than in sound).
"The band has a stranglehold on amped-up hard rock and stripped-down heavy metal, barnstorming stages across the world with its catchy, ass-kicking riffs, unmatched energy, fist-pumping anthems and hyper-agitated live show, led by front man and ringleader Valient Himself, whose highly entertaining, heady lyrics (the singer was once a college professor) become a call to arms for the band's legions of devoted fans -- nicknamed the 'Thorriors' -- that assemble in chapters and track the band from show to show, town to town.
"Valient Thorr is a group that averages between 200 and 250 live shows a year, be it on stage as beloved headliners exposing the world to developing new acts (see Royal Thunder, Red Fang) or criss-crossing the globe as special guests of peers such as Mastodon, Motörhead and Misfits. More...
Coming at you with some brand new material from their soon-to-be released sophomore album, Toronto thrash heavyweights Fatality are flying high again, back on the road for a 4/20 mini-tour that sees the band returning to Montreal & Ottawa for the first time in over a year.
Pre-roll your joints, come join the party, and check out some of the new material the band will be unleashing on tour:
April 19th - Ottawa @ The Brass Monkey w/ Old James & Eagleson
April 20th (4/20) - Montreal @ The Pirahna Bar w/ Protocol, Warsenal, Insight & Chemical Way
April 21st - Oshawa @ The Atria w/ TBD - FREE SHOW More...
Cornwall, UK's Vales have released the first song, "Scripted," from the band's recently recorded debut full-length, due out via 6131 Records this coming Summer.
The song can be streamed in the player below or downloaded via Bandcamp here. The album was recorded and produced by Alex Estrada (Touché Amoré, Joyce Manor) and mastered by Bill Henderson (Balance & Composure, Incendiary, Hostage Calm). More...
Rock the Nation presents - Heathen, Generation Kill and Dust Bolt thrashing Europe! Grab your denim vests and leather jackets, put on those hi-tops and guzzle down a few cold beers: because a true thrash metal triumvirate is ready to lay waste to a bunch of European clubs!
The following press release was issued about the tour:
"Leading the mob will be San Francisco veterans Heathen, founded in 1984 – amongst others – by Exodus guitarist Lee Altus, they released two landmark albums with 'Breaking the Silence' (1987) and 'Victims of Deception' (1991) before things got a bit quiet in camp Heathen. They returned with the thrash manifesto 'The Evolution of Chaos' in 2010, and now the guys are busy working on new material.
"Generation Kill are being led by Exodus front beast Rob Dukes and offer a nasty mix of thrash metal and hardcore. Check out their brilliant debut 'Red, White and Blood' and bang those heads! The line-up is completed by Munich-based newcomers Dust Bolt who indulge in old school thrash metal goodness! They have recently released their great debut 'Violent Demolition.'" More...
In celebration of the soon-to-be-released three disc anthology and North American tour, Decibel Magazine is offering up a rare stream of Killing Joke's “Timewave” demo.
Check it out through Decibel here or in the player below. Previously unreleased, the track was recorded during the "Absolute Dissent" studio sessions and comes by way of "The Singles Collection 1979-2012." The following press release was also issued about the collection:
"Capturing Killing Joke’s enormous ever-evolving story with a series of dark, apocalyptic songs that have successfully combined disco, funk and shamanic wisdom with the dark side of the punk rock fall-out, The Singles Collection 1979-2012 offers up thirty-three career-spanning singles over two CDs with an additional third disc of rarities, including previously unreleased studio tracks.
"The three-CD version will be limited in number, reverting to two CDs containing the singles tracks. The Singles Collection 1979-2012 is set for release via Spinefarm/Universal on May 14, 2013 with the digital version dropping two weeks prior on April 30th.
"As a precursor to the release, Killing Joke will embark on a North American run of live dates set to commence April 19th in New York City. The special tour will coast through ten more cities before coming to a close on May 5th in Los Angeles. See the updated itinerary below." More...
Roxx Records has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a deluxe edition of "The Harrowing of Hell" from Pÿlon:
"Roxx Records is excited to unleash upon the world the most thunderous DOOM metal release of 2013. Landing from Swiss metal powerhouse… Pÿlon. On June 11, 2013 be prepared for the arrival of the Doom metal album the world has been clamoring for.
"Pÿlon, hailing from Switzerland, have been garnering quite a bit of attention in the world of doom. The band has already successfully released 2 EPs and 4 full length albums independently. Their previous 3 albums combined to form a three part opus. The first part of the trilogy entitled The Eternal Wedding Band has been out of print for years, and as a commitment to their fans that purchased it, they have vowed never to repress it again. The second and third part of the trilogy, Doom and Armoury of God, are equally becoming harder and harder to find for doom fans worldwide.
"Now upon us is the band’s 5th full length release, and this new album may be the one that moves them to the head of the pack. In late 2012 this album was released as a Limited Edition vinyl version of only 300 copies and contained 7 tracks for those avid vinyl collectors. Now for the first time in a strictly Limited Edition pressing of 500 copies you can purchase an expanded CD version of… ‘The Harrowing of Hell!’ More...
So let it be written so it shall be done: Vigilance is back! “Under Sulphurous Skies,” a brand new single from Vigilance, can be streamed through the YouTube player below.
“Under Sulphurous Skies” comes off the band's “Queen of the Midnight Fire” album, scheduled for release on May 14th, 2013 on Metal Tank Records. Guitarist Gilian Adam shares:
“After months of hard work, the album is done. Rok Zalokar did a great job and we are very much excited to finally give you a taste of what is to come. The gates have been opened, the torches have been lit. Follow if you dare.”
Chicagoland-based Starkill has launched a video for the song "New Infernal Rebirth" via Loudwire.com. Check out the video right here or through the player below.
The shoot captures the band's epic performance showcasing the musical prowess of this melodic death metal band. The track is taken from the band's upcoming full-length effort, "Fires of Life," which is due out April 30th in North America and May 13th in Europe via Century Media Records.
Dark Harvest Records is currently streaming the entire new album, "Way of The Accursed," from thrash metal band Final Curse.
Austrian based symphonic act Serenity posted a new music video for the song "Wings of Madness." The video is the first for the band's new LP "War of Ages," which was just released in Europe last week and will drop soon in North America via Napalm Records (see our review here).
Check out the video here:
Today, the Finnish death metallers from Deathchain are streaming the entirety of their forthcoming "Ritual Death Metal" album on Inferno magazine's website.
Italy's Mortuary Drape will reissue two classic albums on CD and vinyl through Peaceville Records in 2013, starting with "Tolling 13 Knell" on May 27th, plus "Buried in Time" to follow June/July. Each release has been fully remastered, with work overseen by the band, including bonus tracks on each release, along with an updated layout.
"It's a great pleasure that Peaceville Records have taken these two reissues into consideration. I personally thank Paul and all the label's staff," said long-standing and sole-remaining member, Wildness Perversions. "I've enriched these two re-releases with new bonus tracks and unpublished photos. I have also taken care of the reissues' layouts myself, trying to make them more captivating. I'm also sure that now they could have a better distribution, wider than before, satisfying all our fans all over the world which with the previous printings couldn't get these parts of our discography.
"We are looking to release a 'best-of' album containing songs from all our records, and the new album (played by the new line-up) is going to be finished in April 2013. Stay tuned on our websites to know more about all our new releases and to check out the next gigs." More...
Detroit thrashers Battlecross have announced Kevin Talley will be stepping in to play drums for the band on two upcoming live performances: the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest (4/19) and the Orion Music & More Festival (6/08-6/09).
Drummer Mike Kreger has parted ways with Battlecross to focus on some new opportunities and attend to personal business.
Veteran metal drummer Talley, who is currently drumming for Six Feet Under, said: "I'm stoked to play these shows with such an energetic and impressive band like Battlecross. I had a chance to see them play on Trespass America and at the Scion A/V Metal Blade Anniversary Show and was blown away! New England Metal Fest and Orion Music + More are huge opportunities for the band and I'm honored to fill in behind the kit, they are definitely one of my favorite new bands!"
After posting a teaser trailer for the new album, Dark Tranquillity is now releasing full details on upcoming release "Construct." Century Media comments:
"20 years ago, Dark Tranquillity released their first album and till this day, D.T. is considered one of the most viable and important bands within the scene they helped define. Melodic death metal fans from across the word will be ecstatic to learn that their 10th full length, entitled Construct, will be released on May 27th in Europe and May 28th in North America. The band is now ready to reveal the track-listing as well as the cover art, which perfectly catches the spirit of the new masterpiece by one of Gothenburg's finest. Construct will also feature artwork throughout by the band's own guitarist, Niklas Sundin."
Dark Tranquillity has this to say about the album: "The selected few people that so far have been granted the privilege of hearing the full album are uniformingly convinced that 'Construct' is the strongest and most exciting D.T. album in a long time, and who are we to disagree? While still bearing the unmistakable mark of the dark tranquillity, the record is probably our most different and diverse offering since 1999's 'Projector'. For now, we're pleased to share the track-list, trailer and sleeve design with you, but the first musical preview will appear in the near future." More...
German thrash legends Sodom posted a preview clip for the upcoming release of "Epitome Of Torture." The album drops in Germany on April 26th 2013, Europe on April 29th 2013 and USA/Canada on May 7th 2013.
In addition, a video clip for the new song "Stigmatized" was shot over this past weekend in Berlin with director Ronald Matthes and the ROAX Team (Sodom: Lords of Depravity Vol 1+2/Volbeat). Vocalist Tom Angelripper commented: "Sodom haven't had an official video clip for some time, so it's about time we did one. That's why the mini film will be uncompromising, a shocking clip which our fans can look forward to!"
The track listing for "Epitome Of Torture" is:
1. My Final Bullet 04:40
2. S.O.D.O.M. 03:46
3. Epitome Of Torture 03:31
4. Stigmatized 02:56
5. Cannibal 04:19
6. Shoot Today – Kill Tomorrow 04:01
7. Invocating The Demons 04:25
8. Katjuscha 03:43
9. Into The Skies Of War 03:51
10. Tracing The Victim 04:46
11. Waterboarding 05:06 (bonus track)
12. Splitting The Atom 04:28 (bonus track)
Check out the trailer here: More...
Danish thrash act Essence posted a album preview clip for the band's new album "Last Night of Solace." The album is set for release March 29, 2013 via NoiseArt Records.
The track listing for the album is:
2. Final Eclipse
4. For the Fallen
5. Children of Rwanda
7. Dark Matter
8. Last Night of Solace
10. Fractured Dimensions (Bonus Track) (streaming here)
Check out the preview here: More...
German gothic death pioneers Atrocity posted a preview featuring clips from the entire new LP "Okkult," the first in the band's new album trilogy concept.
With the release of "Okkult," will come a three continent treasure hunt where the band will hide a bonus track for one fan to find for each of the three releases, with the first dropping in Europe with part one here (first evidence and code of the treasure hunt are hidden in the booklet of the limited edition digipak and digital booklet contained in the iTunes version). "Okkult" is set to drop via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
April 24, 2013: ESP/SWE/NOR
April 26, 2013: GAS/BeNeLux/FIN
April 29, 2013: Rest of World
May 7, 2013: USA/CAN
Check out the preview here: More...
British doom metal legends Cathedral have posted their new music video online for the song, "Tower Of Silence." You can check it out below.
The clip is being touted as their last ever official video, fitting in with the band's plans for the new album, "The Last Spire," to be their last record. "The Last Spire" will hit the shelves on April 29th in Europe, with a North American release date of April 30th to follow, both through frontman, Lee Dorrian's own label, Rise Above Records. More...
Swedish pagans Fejd, featuring Nostradameus members Lennart Specht (keyboards), Thomas Antonsson (bass) and Esko Salow (drums), will release the third full length studio release "Nagelfar" via Napalm Records on the following release schedule:
May 29, 2013 ESP/SWE/NOR
May 31, 2013 G/A/S, FIN & Benelux
June 3, 2013 Rest of Europe
June 11, 2013 USA/Canada
The track list for the album is:
2 Sigurd Ring
5. Den skimrande
6. Jordens smycke
8. Vindarnas famn
10. Ulvsgäld (Bonus Track Rehearsal) More...