Metal News for March 29, 2013
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Russia's Grenouer has signed with Mausoleum Records for the release of seventh full-length album “Blood on the Face.” The CD is scheduled for release in Europe on May 3rd, 2013 and North America on July 9th, 2013. The band also comments:
"Initially that album was set to see light through USA based label The Metal Den Records (individually run by Randy Rocket Cody) under the title 'Showdawn' in August 2012, yet that label started to exercise incompetence pushing down the release for later dates, disintegrating the album into separate iTunes singles without the band’s consent and providing lame promo activities. Grenouer was forced to break the contract and after a while entered in agreement with authoritative Mausoleum Records. Mausoleum Records suggested new album title, 'Blood on the Face,' and naturally new front cover picture done by Didier Scohier, Artcore Design."
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Intro: Thunder Phase
2. Blood on the Face
3. Sands of Silence
4. Midday Show
5. Golden Years
7. Fix Your Life / A Few Miles from Paradise
8. The Taste of Misery
9. Brain Fever
10. See No Sun
11. Last Stop
12. All in the Suit That You Wear More...
Blending together prog rock and metal, Vancouver's Anciients recently signed to Season of Mist and is now gearing up to release the "Heart of Oak" album.
What can fans expect from the disc? According to a press release, something truly spectacular: "Somewhere between sheer, apocalyptic heaviness and precise riffing, lays otherworldly Anciients - a rock juggernaut forging crushing heavy metal evocative of veterans High on Fire and contemporary sonic craftsmen, Opeth."
This coming April 16th you'll get the chance to find out if the band lives up that lofty pedigree (you can also check out an advance track below), and pre-orders are available through Season of Mist at this location.
With another two and a half weeks to go before the album's official drop, guitarists/vocalists Chris and Kenny corresponded with Metalunderground.com to explain how the band reached this point and what went into the creation of "Heart of Oak." Find out about the hardships and loss the group suffered during the writing and recording, along with a full track-by-track breakdown of the release, through the full interview below. More...
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats is preparing to release a third full-length album - "Mind Control" is set for release on April 15th via Rise Above Records in Europe and May 14th via Metal Blade Records in North America.
Within its blood soaked grooves you will hear shocking tales of bizarre desert ceremonies, religious brainwashing, and drug inspired mass slaughter. Check out the song "Poison Apple" below, or order the album at this location. Metal Blade Records also comments:
"Imagine the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges, whilst sitting on murder charges and you may get a glimpse into their fuzzed up world of exploding tube amps and cymbal smashing mayhem. However, this enticing act of musical manipulation is merely the icing upon a very sick cake.
"Mind Control is a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes. What makes Mind Control scarier than most albums is that it doesn't seem as sinister on the surface as it really is deep down, within the core of its black acid-drenched world of pain and torture.
"Recorded at the legendary Chapel Studios over an autumnal full moon using the finest western electrical technology, engineer Jim Spencer (Bert Jansch, Robert Wyatt) has captured perfectly the bands live sound of saturated fuzz, mind-bending riffs and 60's vocal harmonies." More...
Recently in Hollywood, CA, Anthrax - headlining the Metal Alliance Tour - played to a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues.
But the fans got a little more than Anthrax playing the "Among The Living" album front-to-back, or songs from the just-released covers EP, "Anthems" (reviewed here).
Joining Anthrax on stage for the AC/DC cover of "T.N.T." was none other than Slash, who played lead on the song, and then, later in the show, Chuck D came out for "Bring The Noise," the song Anthrax and Public Enemy recorded together in 1991.
Also in the House were Slayer's Kerry King, John Tempesta from The Cult, Justin Chandellor from Tool, Dethklok/Metalocalpyse's Brendon Small, and actor/musician Brian Posehn.
The Metal Alliance Tour, that also features Exodus, High on Fire, Municipal Waste and Holy Grail, will be touring the country through late April. Remaining dates are below. More...
Recently out of hibernation, Portland label Eolian Empire is preparing to release the most ambitious and dedicated project on ITS diverse roster this Spring, with the newly-completed "Keep Our Heads" label compilation. The following press release was issued about the compilation:
"The tiny D.I.Y. label more focused on maintaining a kinship with their regional underground music scene than attaining national acts or breaking into charts, the clan at Eolian has literally dedicated thousands of hours to arranging, collecting, compiling, mixing and preparing this massive offering of what they consider the best of their local underground, with Keep Our Heads.
"Aligning metal, sludge, doom, prog, punk, rock, thrash, hardcore, noise and unclassifiable anti-genre acts from across the region into a herculean ninety-nine-minute soundtrack to the Portland heavy underground, Keep Our Heads bears twenty-six exclusive tracks from stalwarts in the scene, like some twisted, many-headed beast raised on the soundtracks to River's Edge, Lost Highway, and Repo Man, practically all the tracks recorded in Portland specifically for this release.
"Keep our Haeds features acts: Acre, The Ax, Big Black Cloud, Crag Dweller, Diesto, Drunk Dad, Fist Fite, Gaytheist, Gone to Croatoan, Honduran, Hot Victory, Humours, Ix, LKN, Lord Dying, Nasalrod, Norska, Order of the Gash, Palo Verde, Prizehog, Rabbits, Redneck, Sei Hexe, Sioux, Tiny Knives, and Towers. The comp will see release digitally and on a limited-run cassette on May 1st, the cassette run including both a digital download and a slick beer koozie. View the full track/band listing below, and place pre-orders here."
As a public preview to Keep Our Heads, The Obelisk has released a brand new track from riff-crushers Diesto -- a precursor for the band’s upcoming LP on Eolian this Summer -- alongside a peek at what is going on with this comp. Check it out right here. More...
South Jersey sludgerockers Clamfight are sailing south this afternoon, en route to rendezvous with fellow riff-wranglers Beelzefuzz, War Injun, Ichabod, and Hollow Leg in Frederick, Maryland for a royal bake-off tonight. Then tomorrow evening they’ll storm through Philadelphia to rock out with Borracho, Been Obscene, Supervoid on their way back home.
Additional new digs have also been scheduled, with Clamfight shipping out again with a show in York, Pennsylvania next Saturday, April 6th, followed by several other rakings in South Carolina, Virginia, and back in Pennsylvania and Maryland again later in the month.
While more voyages are still being plotted for the Spring and Summer seasons, the band set on exploring more westerly waters, Clamfight will also embark to take part in year's Stoner Hands of Doom Festival in Richmond, Virginia November 7th through 10th. More...
After announcing a guest spot by Aina of Blackthorn on upcoming album "Sic Luceat Lux," Grailight has now checked in with the following update about another guest vocalist appearance:
"So, our second guest vocalist - gorgeous Rune of Emerald Night and Aura. She performed one song - with very finest epic parties presenting the Princess of Singing! Beautiful, strong, and unique."
Forgotten Wisdom Productions has issued the following announcement about releasing "Perverting the Masses" by Perversifier:
"Evil Speed Thrashing Metal! The first album of French Perversifier, with a full line-up (including members of Nuclear Abomination), is ready to kill! This is a pure piece of raging thrash metal. For fans of old school thrash metal in the tradition of Kreator, Destruction, Slayer... brutal and fast! The 12" LP comes with an insert and a A2 poster, the cover made by Andrei Bouzikov!"
Check out the song "Killing Spree Pandemy" in the SoundCloud player available below. More...
Bozeman, Montana based dark metallers Nequiter have recently finished tracking their debut EP at the Music Tech Center with engineer/producer David Hearst (Scattershock).
They are currently in the process of mixing the effort, which will be mastered at Earth in Sound Studios by Jason Walton (Agalloch, Sol Invictus) for a late summer/early fall 2013 release. Expect pure chaos. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Drawing influences from many sub-genres of metal, Nequiter was conceived in the autumn of 2009 and have been very busy ever since. They shied away from the excessive gigging that never seems to make and mostly breaks many local acts from the area, to take the time to craft some of the most abrasive, heavy and fast, yet beautiful, soft and melodic sounds Big Sky Country has ever heard.
"Strangely nothing else is really known of this sonic entity with the member's identities being unknown. More...
Just For Fun
Dave Mustaine and his family are currently in the Austin, Texas area house-hunting. Yesterday evening at a local restaurant, Dave randomly met up with music legend, Willie Nelson.
Dave tweeted, "Willie Nelson is in the restaurant I am eating at. I just met him! How cool is this???" and shortly after posted a photo of him talking to Willie about a possible guest appearance on the song "The Blackest Crow," which will be featured on Megadeth's new album, "Super Collider." More...
Crimson Shadows will be touring with Vesperia starting this Saturday, March 30th in Belleville, ON and doing several dates all over Ontario and Quebec over the next 4 months, leading up to a West coast trek where both bands will be touring out to Victoria, BC. Drummer Cory Hofing comments:
"We are really excited to be hitting the road once again with our brothers in Vesperia! Seeing as myself and our bassist Morgan Rider play in both bands it makes sense to save on gas and time to tour together. Yes, this does mean we will be playing 2 sets back to back every night but we have done it before and I'm sure we shall do it more in the future!"
Upcoming Ontario dates for Crimson Shadows are as follows:
*March 30th - Belleville @ Belles Pub drs @7pm (Benefit for Red Cross)
April 6th - Brampton @ All Stars Sports Bar (Headlining set)
*April 12th - Oranageville @ Hogey's Pub
*April 13th - North bay @ Granite Curling Club
April 29th - Toronto @ Wreckroom W/ Arkona and Valfreya
*May 3rd - Brantford @ Charlies 43 Oak St.
*May 4th - Kitchener TBA
*May 10th - Hamilton TBA
*May 11th - London TBA
(*shows with Vesperia )
Crimson Shadows will be releasing a new soon-to-be-titled EP in the coming months, which is currently being mixed and mastered by Jonathan Lefrançois-Leduc at SilverWing Studios. More...
Even though recent warnings of new hymns from apocalyptic sludge ministers The Body have been released, you have failed to listen and repent, and now it appears it’s too late, as today the first of three new orations has been revealed.
The prophetic new hymnal from The Body, "Master, We Perish" is a three-song prelude to mankind’s demise, a message which can be felt firsthand with the opening mantra, “The Ebb And Flow Of Tides In A Sea Of Ash.”
The distressing wail of an air-raid siren barely has time to sound before the listener is inundated in the oppressive surge of The Body’s patented form of primal, anti-life worship. Experience the track through Pitchfork here. The following press release was also issued about the new album:
"'Master, We Perish' was captured at Providence, Rhode Island-based Machines With Magnets (Battles, Daughters, Lightning Bolt, Chinese Stars). Blackened bursts of noise-drenched, low-fi doom are fueled by percussionist Lee Buford’s hypnotic, tribal rhythms via thunderous macaroni drums, the melee infiltrated by guitarist/vocalist Chip King’s penetrating vocal screech. More...
Dutch death metal act Khaoz has checked in with the following announcement about delaying recording for a new album:
"The recordings of the second album are delayed. Drummer Edwin got injured during a kyokushin karate training. The recovery of his foot will take approx. 1 month. We will keep you updated."
The band also previously issued this announcement about splitting with its bassist: "KhaoZ parted ways with their bassplayer CJ. KhaoZ whishes CJ all the best for the near future. Cheers & thnx pall. Meanwhile KhaoZ finished the writing proces for their second album. Recordings start in March 2013. More details follow soon."
For more info on Khaoz, head over to the band's official Facebook profile here.
Opeth guitarist Fredrik Åkesson was recently interviewed by Australia's Loudmag, and during the course of the conversation, revealed that the band is writing material for a next studio album and follow-up to "Heritage" (reivewed here).
According to Fredrik, the next record will go "in a somewhat different direction to Heritage. It won't be a step back, but it will be different. Maybe more intense in a way. You'll have to wait and see! I was in the studio today and put down my solos and I was very happy about it. The song I heard that Mikael [Åkerfeldt] wrote today sounds very cool. I think that's all I can say at this point!"
He says the band is planning to re-enter the studio this fall, perhaps at the end of September. Stay tuned for further details.
Opeth will be touring North America next month, and a full list of tour dates can be found at this location.
Read the full article at Loudmag.com.
Amorphis has posted a new lyric video for the track "Shades Of Gray," taken from the upcoming album "Circle," which is due out April 19th (EU), April 22nd (UK), and April 30th (US). Check out the clip below. You can also find the previously posted song "Hopeless Days" at this location.
Miami's Orbweaver has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new drummer:
"Orbweaver would like to officially introduce our newest addition to the tribe: Scott Spasiano. Scott has taken over drum and percussion duties after Mike Pena left the band to pursue his chosen career path.
"The new line up’s first appearance will be a special on air performance April 18th on Radio 305 in anticipation of the B420 Fest the next day at Churchill’s Pub, Miami, FL. They will also be discussing their upcoming EP 'Strange Transmissions From The Neuralnomicon.' May the Strangers be Listening..."
Guitarist/vocalist Randy Piro also commented that, “Scott has the perfect blend of raw talent, and unmatched creativity. He quickly learned all of our material, and I really look forward to writing the new songs with him.”
Randy Piro: Guitars, Theremin, Effects, Narration
Sally Gates: Guitars, Effects, Visual
Jason Ledgard: Bass, Effects
Scott Spasiano: Drums, Percussion
Memphis May Fire has released a music video for "Vices," taken from the band's latest Rise Records release, "Challenger." Watch the new video below, and you can pick up "Challenger" at iTunes here.
Memphis May Fire will also be playing this year's Vans Warped Tour and is currently heading out on the Street Youth Rising tour with Pierce The Veil and letlive.
Metal Injection has premiered Reign Surpeme's music video for "Stuck Pig, Bled Dry," which can be seen here or through the player below.
Directed by Feet First Productions, the track comes from the band's new EP "Sky Burial," which is available in stores and online now through Mediaskare Records.
The 7 track EP, which was produced by Will Putney (Stray From The Path, Hundredth), features guest appearances by Scott Wade of Comeback Kid, Chris Colohan of Cursed/Burning Love, and Mike Moynihan/Steve Muscemi of Hollow Earth. More...
Polish blackened death metal masters Behemoth are currently working on a new album and follow-up to previous full-length "Evangelion" (reviewed here).
Nergal from Behemoth has now checked in from the studio as the group gets ready to head on over to North America for the 2013 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Check out the clip below.
Arven has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new album later this Summer:
"Here it is! Finally we've got a title for the upcoming second Arven album: 'Black is the Colour.' Massacre Records will release the album on 23rd of August this year!
"Beside the CD and download versions there will be a Limited Edition Digipak containing two bonus tracks! Watch out for further details about the track list! We hope to see you all at our upcoming shows!"
13.04. - Kulturcafe, Groß-Gerau (GER)
04.05. - Clou, Grünberg (GER)
18.05. - Feiern mit Freunden Festival, Grünberg-Göbelnrod (GER)
25.05. - M-Box, Kaisersesch (GER)
15.06. - Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg (GER)
06.09. - Schiffenberg Rockt Festival, Gießen (GER)
13.09. - Freilichtbühne Schlosspark, Marburg (GER)
21.09. - E-Werk, Eschwege (GER)
Liar in Wait, a new band comprised of present and past members of Wolvhammer, Chrome Waves, Nachtmystium, Mourner, and Iron Thrones, have completed work on debut EP “Translations Of The Lost.” Profound Lore Records comments:
"Comprised of four tracks (one being the band’s rendition of the Fields Of The Nephilim classic 'And There Will Your Heart Be Also'), Liar in Wait create music of a very morose drowning nature that finds the band recalling and being inspired by the classic goth/darkwave movement found inherent with such luminary artists as The Cure, The Sisters Of Mercy, Fields of The Nephilim, along with being indebted sonically towards more recent artists such as Soror Dolorosa and Cold Cave.
"Ultimately and already with this debut offering, Liar in Wait have already created a distinct sound defining themselves, one that will carry over and develop as they begin to compose their imminent debut LP."
To be released officially on May 28th, the track listing is as follows:
2. Conversations In Violet
3. Fall With Me
4. And There Will Your Heart Be Also More...
Swedish groove metal act Deathember has released a new single from the band's upcoming debut album "Going Postal." The song, titled "Hailing Down," features a guest appearance by Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Obituary, Iced Earth). Give the song a listen below.
Deathember earlier released a single featuring Daniel Ädel (Vildhjarta, Uneven Structure) on guest vocals. The new song titled ”The Deprivation” can be heard at this location.
Deathember comments on the guest appearances: "It was a huge honor for us to have Ralph and Daniel on two separate songs on the album. Ralph is one of the greatest metal guitarists of all time and Daniel's band Vildhjarta is one of the most important bands today in modern metal." More...
ClassicRockMaagazine.com has launched the premier of the video for "Drive," the newest single off of the upcoming album from Irish old-school rock brigade Trucker Diablo. Appropriately titled "Songs of Iron," the band's sophomore album is due out on May 14th through Ripple Music (US) and Bad Reputation (France). Check out the video for "Drive" at this location, or below.
Zed has checked in with the following announcement about releasing a new music video:
"What's up people!?! The guys in Zed are pretty stoked right now and here's why! Number one, we just released a video for the song 'Please' off our new album 'Desperation Blues' which is coming out May 21st. Check it out and let us know what you think!
"Secondly our new album which will be coming out May 21st is available now for pre-order in digital, CD and vinyl formats! Order it now and get an instant download of the song 'Please' as well as getting it a full week before the rest of the world! Reviews are saying great things about it!" More...
Facedown Records has checked in with the following announcement about offering a new sampler for free download:
"You can now download our Spring 2013 Sampler right here. It features brand new, unreleased songs from Altars, Colossus, Ark Of The Covenant, Letter To The Exiles, and Fallstar as well as tracks from Hope For The Dying, Those Who Fear, Everything In Slow Motion, Dynasty and more! Spread the word and share this with your friends!" More...
Thousand Year War's follow-up to 2011's "Tyrants and Men" has finally dropped. "The Kingdom of America" EP offers six blackened death metal hymns which can be played below or over at the group's bandcamp page. The EP was recorded at Redding, CA's Paragon Studios with mixing/mastering done by Colin Davis at Shadow Work Recording. A promo video for the EP has been posted at this location and a fan-made video for the title track is playing over at youtube.
German despondent rockers Autumnblaze have released a stop-motion music video for "Invisible Fields," a new track taken off from the group's upcoming full-length effort entitled "Every Sun Is Fragile." The music video for "Invisible Fields" was created by Philip L. Ward under Meph Production. Check out the 'Invisible Fields' music video below.
A six-minute audio snippet of "Every Sun Is Fragile" is also available for streaming at the Pulverised Records' soundcloud page. The album artwork for "Every Sun Is Fragile" will feature two different formats; the normal jewel case CD version and a limited edition slipcase CD version. The slipcase CD edition will feature an alternate cover and will be made available in limited quantities.
Birthed on Montreal's South Shore, The Unconscious Mind is the fertile Quebec region's newest addition to its legion of brutal bands. The band is masterminded by Derelict guitarist Simon Cléroux, and according to a press release "combines the black metal sonorities of Old Man's Child, Dimmu Borgir, and Immortal with the modern death metal of Meshuggah and Decapitated. "
The "Where Philosophers Fall" album is now streaming in full, and available for digital purchase, via Bandcamp here or through the player below.
Physical distribution will come through CDN Records in June 2013, and "Where Philosophers Fall" will be supported by a string of live dates in Quebec, beginning with a Montreal CD launch set for June 21st, 2013. The track listing is as follows:
1. After Illusion 05:21
2. My Deadly Sin 04:49
3. The Mirror Of My Punishment 04:52
4. Tale Of Creation 06:15
5. Another Dying World 04:15
6. The Demon Inside Me 05:04
7. Beyond The Black Star 04:19
8. Dream Jailed 04:47
9. All End... 04:47
10. Where Philosophers Fall 05:23 More...
Monterrey, Mexico-based melodic progressive metal outfit The Advent Equation has just released a video for the song "A Violent Motion," taken off their 2012 full-length, self-released debut album, "Limitless Life Reflections." That video is featured below. The 60 minute juggernaut that is "Limitless Life Reflections" was mixed and produced by Alberto "Charles" Leal at Psicofonia Productions with studio mastering by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Amon Amarth, Devin Townsend) at Fascination Street studios, Örebro, Sweden. The artwork was created by Colin Marks (Nevermore, Scar Symmetry, All Shall Perish) at Rain Song Design in London, England.
Keep of Kalessin has premiered a new music video for the brand new track ”Introspection." Check it out below.
The music video was premiered at the Indie Recordings Label Night at the Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway yesterday. The label comments on the clip:
"'Introspection' shows the band from a more serious and mature side than before. The band also brings more of their 80's inspiration into this track with Obsidian C. showing a lot more of his impressive solo skills.
"Guitarist Obsidian C used the opportunity to reveal some unexpected news with the crowd at Inferno. Not only does the video show the band from a different side, but Obsidian C has now also taken over the vocal duties after singer Thebon seems to have disappeared in the African jungle." More...
Chris Hathcock of The Reticent has returned to the realm of extreme music in the form of black metal project, Zeromus. In the vein of bands such as Gorgoroth and Dark Funeral, Zeromus is a straight forward and grim expression of aggression.
"I just needed to do something different. The Reticent offers me a lot of emotional release but sometimes you need to just be outright hostile. Rather than sing you just want to scream with as much hatred as you can muster. I love bands like Gorgoroth for their intensity, aggression, and disregard. This is just my diversion to create and release that hostility and have some fun."
Hathcock said he plans to release an album with Zeromus. An EP titled "The Four Fiends" is in the works but release may be delayed due to his work with The Reticent. Two demo tracks have been posted on reverbnation and can be played below.
The brand new Milking the Goatmachine video clip for "Only Goat Can Judge Me" is available now and can be viewed below. The song is taken from the album "Stallzeit," released today through NoiseArtRecords. The track listing is as follows:
1. Only Goat Can Judge Me
2. Goatriders in the Sky
4. 3 Room Shed
6. The Day I Lost My Bell
7. Salt Lick City
8. Milk 'Em All
10. Whoola Hoove Groove
12. Look @ These
13. When a Goat Loves a Woman
14. Udder Infection
15. In 10 Years We Are Old School More...
Asking Alexandria has posted new track "The Death of Me" online, which offers a look into the band's upcoming album, "From Death to Destiny," set for a summer release. Check out the song below.
The group will embark on a spring North American headlining tour this April/May. MerchNow presents "The Don't Pray For Us" tour, also including Motionless In White, Whitechapel, Chimaira and I Killed The Prom Queen. The trek runs from 4/19 - 5/25, with full details available after the jump. More...
Portland’s punk/metal delinquents Toxic Holocaust recently unleashed a new lyric video for “Agony of the Damned.” Check it out below.
Initially featured on the band’s 2011 "Conjure and Command" full-length, “Agony Of The Damned” makes an updated appearance on the "From The Ashes Of Nuclear Destruction" compilation, set for release via Relapse Records next month.
Elaborates band mastermind Joel Grind: “This version of ‘Agony of the Damned’ was recorded in September of 2010 with a drum machine a few months before we stepped into the studio to record the one that appears on Conjure and Command. When making an album, I usually demo out the entire thing before I step into a studio. This keeps costs low and gives me time to sit with it to iron out the details. Since Conjure and Command was the first Toxic record to feature a full band, this demo served the purpose of familiarizing everyone with the new material and is previously unreleased.” More...
New York death metal legends Immolation have posted a lyric video for the track “Kingdom of Conspiracy” below.
“Kingdom Of Conspiracy” is the title track off the band's upcoming ninth full-length album. The follow-up to 2010 release, "Majesty and Decay," will be released on May 10th via Nuclear Blast.
"Kingdom of Conspiracy" was recorded at Sound Studios in Millbrook, NY with longtime producer Paul Orofino, and mixed and mastered once again by Zack Ohren. The track listing is as follows:
1. Echoes Of Despair
2. Keep The Silence
3. Kingdom Of Conspiracy
4. Serving Divinity
5. The Great Sleep
7. A Spectacle of Lies
8. God Complex
9. Bound To Order
10. All That Awaits More...
Legendary Bay Area thrash metallers Death Angel will enter AudioHammer Studios next month to begin recording the follow-up to their 2010 release, "Relentless Retribution." Guitarist Rob Cavestany recently checked in to give the following update:
“After nearly 3 years of nonstop touring for Relentless Retribution, we are about to enter the studio to record our seventh album! We are playing the final show of the Relentless Retribution Tour on March 31st in Holland, fly home for a few days of final pre-production rehearsals in Oakland, then begin tracking in Florida on April 8th.
"Relentless turned out the way we wanted so we we're taking it to the next level with the same team. The new album will be done at AudioHammer Studios with Jason Suecof and I producing. We had a blast doing the last record there and now we know each other better and how well we work together... plus the album cover art is being done by Brent Elliot White who did Relentless Retribution. Let's just say we have a good feeling about this one.
"It was our idea all along to go directly into the studio following the end of this tour, without taking time off. We always take a break after an album's touring cycle ends. You basically have to after spending so much time on the road, traveling and performing constantly. But not this time! This tour is the longest one we've ever done and that live energy is in our new songs! The glory and the heartache, it's all there. More...
Irish extreme metallers Chosen are streaming their new album "Resolution" on CraveOnline.com here, or through the player below.
The debut album is set for official release on Saturday, March 30th as a free download on the band's official website along with it being available on CD in two special editions.
Drummer David McCann comments: “Our hope is to put our music out there, make it as accessible as possible, and simply let people discover it in their own time, free of charge. While we do respect the rights of other bands and artists who want to charge for their music upfront, we believe in this new method of exposure and it’s something we are willing to explore for the foreseeable future in this digital age of abundance.” More...
The German blackened death quintet Negator has teamed with Decibel to premiere an exclusive look inside the making of new album, "Gates To The Pantheon."
The album is scheduled for physical release via Prosthetic Records in North America on May 14th, with an April 23rd digital release to coincide with its European release through Viva Hate Records.
The behind-the-scenes video, featuring commentary from producer Eike Freese (Gamma Ray, Callejon, Dark Age) along with interview and studio footage from each of the members of Negator, can be viewed below or through DecibelMagazine.com (Make sure to click on the "CC" button for English subtitles). More...
Los Angeles-based heavy metallers Holy Grail have joined forces with independent video game designers Nocturnal Studio in the new arcade-style game "Death Goat," now available via Microsoft's Xbox Live Indie Games service.
The game has been described as "a bloody twin-stick shooter featuring hordes of brutal enemies and eardrum-destroying heavy metal." You can view a trailer for the game -- which features the title track from Holy Grail's new album, "Ride The Void" -- below.
For more information on "Death Goat," visit the official website here. You can also catch Holy Grail now on the Metal Alliance Tour with Anthrax. See below for dates.
If you need a new fix of heavy tracks to headbang with, a handful of new tunes are now available on the Rock Band Network. Xbox 360 players can now get these two new tracks:
Hopes Die Last - "Unleash Hell (2x Bass Pedal) (160 MSP)
Terror - “The New Blood” (160 MSP)
PS3 players instead will get these songs on 4/2/2013 (North America) and 4/3/2013 (Europe):
Ava Inferi - “The Living End” ($1.99)
The Dillinger Escape Plan - “Parasitic Twins” ($1.99)
TesseracT - “Deception - Concealing Fate Part Two (2x Bass Pedal)” ($1.99)
August Burns Red - “Internal Cannon (2x Bass Pedal)” ($1.99)
Israel-based multinational act Reign of the Architect will release debut album, "Rise," via Pitch Black Records this coming April 16th (USA May 14th). This ambitious, genre-crossing project has taken nearly five years to come to fruition, seeing lineup changes and many challenges before finally arriving at its destination.
Now, Metalunderground.com is proud to bring you a cross section of this hard-to-define album through an exclusive premiere of four new tracks. You can hear "False," "Such a Celebration," "The Green Flame," and "We Must Retaliate" through the player below (the songs may take a moment to load after hitting "play").
While the death-prog-power-opera album itself covers a huge range of sound, these tracks provide an interesting overview of some of both the heavier and softer moments to be found.
The album features art by metal favorite and world renowned artist Eliran Kantor, and the concept behind the music involves a love triangle and alien forces destroying life on earth. For more info on the release and how it came together, check out our interview here with band mastermind Yuval Kramer.
The "Rise" track listing is as follows:
1. The End
2. Different Heart
3. Hymn to Loneliness
5. Such a Celebration
6. Leaking Wounds
7. Distant Similarities
8. One Single Sour Grape
9. As The Old Turns to Sorrow
10. I The Architect
11. Secrets in the Hallway
12. Crown of the Shattered Dreams
13. The Green Flame
14. We Must Retaliate
15. Hopeless War More...