Metal News for March 29, 2014
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24 news articles posted on this day.
The Italian masked guitarist Red Sky has a new music video out now for "Il Flauto," which was directed by Alessandro Redaelli and can be seen below. To hear more from Red Sky, head over to his Facebook profile here.
Gory Blister has finished the studio sessions for upcoming new album "The Fifth Fury," which is being mixed at Fear Studios (Italy) and mastered at Q-Point Studio (The Netherlands). The album will released this spring via Sliptrick Records, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Psycho Crave
4. Devouring Me
5. The Fifth Fury
6. Prometheus Scars
7. (meet me) In The Mass Grave
8. The Grey Machinery
9. Heretic Infected Orchestra (Bonus Track) More...
California outfit Phinehas has issued the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Jason Combs:
"We come to you with heavy hearts to inform you that Jason will no longer be an active member of Phinehas.
"Out of respect for his privacy, we will keep the details internal; but know that this was one of the hardest decisions we've ever had to make in our lives. Jason is still our brother who we love very much. We are learning that love can be difficult and messy - sometimes families have to make incredibly hard decisions.
"Please pray for all of us. We are still one, family. Jason will always be family to us - because family isn't about what you do but who you are.
"Finally, you are family to us. Over the years you've shown us how to be a faithful ministry. We will always be indebted to your love. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you."
The Canadian metal veterans in Kittie have announced a crowd funding campaign for a career spanning documentary DVD featuring all past and present band members.
In addition, the band plans to include a yet-to-be-titled official biography and has confirmed author Mark Eglinton to write the memoir. Eglington is best known for his co-authored book, "Official Truth, 101 Proof: The Inside Story of Pantera," which was released last year.
Kittie is also in talks with eOne Music about releasing a re-mixed, re-mastered box set of the band's back catalog.
Get full details on the campaign and see the available perks at Indiegogo.com here. Co-founding member and vocalist Morgan Lander comments:
"For almost 20 years we have had the privilege of making music and performing around the world for some of the most amazing, dedicated people we have ever come to know. All in all its a very exciting time for the band and we could not be happier about the chance to do this for YOU!" More...
Pennsylvania instrumental bass and drum trio King Dead is pleased to announce the release of a self-titled debut EP on April 19th.
Recorded live in the band's practice/performance space, The Living Room, in Stroudsburg by Dave Reiser of Rock Hard Studios, the offering features five organic movements of ethereal, desert-styled Spaghetti Westernish psychedelia that seethe under the bulk of their own twirling, glassy-eyed heaviness.
Check out the song "Length of Rope" below. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Ghosts Along The Riverbank
2. As One Plows And Breaks Up The Earth, So Our Bones Have Been Scattered At The Mouth Of The Grave
3. Drowning In Dust
4. Length Of Rope
5. God Makes A Lot Of Fucking Promises
Catch the band live on these dates:
4/04/2014 Clash Bar - Clifton, NJ
5/27/2014 The Factory Underground - Wilks-Barre, PA w/ King Buffalo More...
Currently on a conquest to shred the collective ears of North America, the thrash/grind hooligans in King Parrot recently dropped by Housecore Records during a tour stop in New Orleans last week.
The band systematically leveled Siberia following a chat with metal legends Philip H. Anselmo and Mike IX Williams about touring, new records, guitar lessons, and burning holes in the ground in the swamps of Louisiana. Check out the footage below. You can also still catch King Parrot live on these dates:
w/ Vattnet Viskar, Vaporizer
3/29/2014 Ralph's - Worcester, MA
3/30/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY
3/31/2014 Nectars - Burlington, VA
w/ Vattnet Viskar
4/1/2014 The Cabaret Playhouse - Montreal, QC
4/02/2014 Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
4/03/2014 Hard Luck - Toronto, ON
4/4/2014 Ruby Tuesday - Columbus, OH
4/5/2014 The Smiling Moose - Pittsburgh, PA
4/08/2014 Reggies - Chicago, IL
4/09/2014 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN
4/10/2014 Replay Lounge - Lawrence, KS
4/11/2014 Marquis Theater - Denver, CO
4/12/2014 Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
4/13/2014 The Shredder - Boise, ID
4/14/2014 Electric Owl - Vancouver, BC
4/15/2014 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
4/16/2014 Rotture - Portland, OR
4/17/2014 Thee Parkside - San Francisco, CA
4/18/2014 The Satellite - Los Angeles, CA
4/19/2014 Franks Place - Fresno, CA
4/20/2014 Soda Bar - San Diego, CA More...
Feedback-sodden, instrumental bass and drum duo Black Tar Prophet today rattles the teeth right out of your face with a premiere of "Ring Of Buzzards." Give it a listen below, courtesy of Cvlt Nation.
The chest-cavingly heavy number comes by way of the band's fittingly titled "Deafen" full-length, set for release via Domestic Genocide Records next month on April 19th, 2014.
The previously posted "Dethroned" track can still be heard right here, and you can also see the band live:
4/25/2014 Springwater - Nashville, TN w/ Destroyer Of Light, Widower, Sovereign
5/03/2014 TBA - Evansville, IN w/ Gorgantherron
7/03/2014 Springwater - Nashville,TN w/ Fister, Forest Of Tygers, Sheep Shifter More...
As the band gears up for Summer touring, Toronto outfit Black Absinthe has now released new EP "Noise Complaint."
Pick up your copy at Bandcamp, or you can stream all the songs below. The "Noise Complaint" track listing is:
1. Sloppy Jaloppy 03:15
2. Creatures of Queen Street 03:02
3. Orchid 04:53
4. Tyranized 05:52
5. Ascendere Et Postremo 06:38
6. Faithful Descendant 02:56 More...
In a new video clip available online, Immolation's Ross Dolan speaks about his role in Gospel of the Witches, the new project fronted by vocalist and visual artist Karyn Crisis (Ephel Duath). Check it out below.
Gospel of the Witches features the pairing of Crisis' and Dolan's voices in what Crisis terms a "death choir."
She has stated, "As a testament to Ancient Ways and the union of opposites, I explore the feminine power in my voice on this album and couple it with Ross' intensely masculine vocal power to create a consistent theme of thickly layered vocal choruses."
Dolan describes the project as "dark, haunting, very creepy, very cool stuff... something big and epic and multi-layered."
Gospel of the Witches' lineup is completed by Ephel Duath mastermind Davide Tiso on guitar and bass, and Intronaut's Danny Walker on drums.
The recording of the 13-song debut album begins in June with producer Jamie King (Between the Buried and Me) at The Basement Recording NC. The album will also contain a guest appearance by Mike Hill, frontman of Tombs. You can take part in the creation of the album by joining the crowd funding campaign right here. More...
Virginia's post-melodic hardcore band The North has now released debut EP "Tradewinds," which was created with producer Chris Baldwin and features guest vocals by Jerry Roush (Glass Clouds) on the single "Upon Waking Up."
The band also comments on the release: "We decided to record our debut EP with Chris Baldwin at The Process Studios in Richmond well before we knew a direction or a sound. All we knew was a simple statement to ourselves: let's put out something relatable and true to ourselves. Half way through the pre producing process we found ourselves as a family and then as a band.
"Tradewinds is a collective story of our lives transcribed into music. It encompasses the good and the bad of the human experience. It asks the questions we all ask ourselves 'Who am I, and where do I want to be?'"
You can stream the release below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Always Have A Backup Plan 02:04
2. Lost 03:37
3. 806 To Skowhegan 04:29
4. Highway Lines 02:50
5. My Holiday 02:47
6. Upon Waking Up (Ft. Jerry Roush) 03:08
7. Tradewinds 03:06 More...
Psychotic Gardening has released a new video clip for the band's cover of "Open Casket" by Death. The track features guest appearances by Broken Hope's Chuck Wepfer and Into Eternity's Tim Roth.
Check out the clip below. Psychotic Gardening vocalist Andrew Wiens also comments:
"The Open Casket video really is a stripped down candid look at the recording process in the Psychotic Gardening dungeon.
"We thought it was in keeping in the spirit with the old school to start out and pay tribute with this song in this way.
"Of course, we did our dark, doom-laiden spin on it. And it's really cool these days, getting to collaborate with Chuck Wepfer mailing his stuff in from Chicago and Tim Roth from Regina."
The band's new album "Hymnosis" is set for release on May 13th, 2014. More...
Israeli guitarist Anton Proviz has released an instrumental hard rock / prog metal album online via Bandcamp, which can also be heard below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Welcome to Mars 08:34
2. Delirium 05:05
3. Elevators 04:33
4. Yearning 03:23
5. Wednesday Morning 02:48
6. Blind Passion 03:51
7. Cosmic Duck 04:11
8. Anger 03:15
9. Hope 03:20
10. Eralash 02:14
11. You & I 03:43
12. Light 03:15
13. Reflection 03:02
14. East wind 05:52
15. Astral swipe 01:12
16. Searching 02:21 More...
Portland's Graves At Sea and Cape Fear's Sourvein have united in sound, mind, and spirit for the ultimate split of earth-smoldering amplifier worship. The following press release was issued about the split:
"Graves At Sea, whose contributions leave an eerie aura complete with tortured vocals, foreboding composition, and a general sense of dread, occupy Side A. Recorded by Billy Anderson, (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis) 'Betting On Black' and 'Confession' finds the all-consuming sludge for which the band is notorious, flooding in amongst the tortured howls and shrieks of vocalist Nathan Misterek.
"Sourvein, who've now existed for two decades of distortion, damage and total doom, solidify Side B. With three songs produced and recorded by Mike Dean Of Corrosion of Conformity, these odes of heavy combine toxic riffs, grooves and just the right amount of psychedelic appeal."
The split will be out on May 15th via Seventh Rule Recordings, and pre-orders are available right here. The track listing is as follows:
1. GRAVES AT SEA - Betting On Black
2. GRAVES AT SEA - Confession
3. SOURVEIN - Driffter
4. SOURVEIN - Equinox
5. SOURVEIN - Follow The Light More...
Central Pennsylvania band Crobot will release a self-titled EP on Wind-up Records this coming May 13th, 2014.
Tracks include “Legend of the Spaceborne Killer,” “Nowhere to Hide,” “La Mano de Lucifer” and “Skull of Geronimo” and all were produced by famed producer Machine (Clutch, Lamb of God, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes).
Machine and the band are finishing up a debut album which will also be released later this year. The following press release was issued about Crobot:
"The band embodies a mixture of groove-heavy riff-rock that will want to make you bang your head and shake your ass. Think of them as Wolfmother’s American cousins who smell like leather (they make leather-scented air fresheners!) and whose music scorches your ears like hot sauce to the taste (yes, they even have their own hot sauce!). You can't help but feel that you are taken into another dimension and back again with the songs of Crobot." More...
Dutch power metallers Lord Volture are confirmed for the 17th edition of Rock In Schroth Festival, which takes place in Gondsroth, Germany, on 5/6 September, 2014.
Other bands confirmed include Wizard, Odium, Dimeless, and Acid Death, with the headliners to be announced soon.
You can also catch Lord Volture live on these dates:
04.04.2014 NL Barneveld – Stédsj – w/ Blaze Bayley
18.04.2014 NL Stadskanaal – Very ‘Eavy Festival w/ Tygers Of Pan Tang
25.04.2014 CZ Litvínov – Attic Rock Club
26.04.2014 CZ Spálené Porící – Music SKLEP
06.06.2014 NL Rotterdam – Baroeg – w/ Masterplan
08.06.2014 NL Liempde – Limuscene Live
13.06.2014 BE Geel – De Bogaard
19.06.2014 NL Kerkrade – De Steen
20.06.2014 FR Arras – Blue Devils Bar
21.06.2014 FR Saint-Omer – Le Gibolin
22.06.2014 BE Tongeren – Sodom – w/ Vicious Rumors, Exorcism
19.07.2014 GB Radcliffe – SOS Festival
15.08.2014 NL Deest – Festival Zeeltje
06.09.2014 DE Gondsroth – ROCK IN SCHROTH
08.10.2014 SK Bratislava – British Rock Stars
09.10.2014 SK Trnava – Art Klub
10.10.2014 SK Brezno – 1. Dart Club
11.10.2014 SK Tisovec – Casablanca
12.10.2014 SK Banská Bystrica – Tirish Pub
The delightfully offbeat pop/metal crossover act Kontrust is currently in the studio working on a new album and follow-up to 2012's "Second Hand Wonderland."
2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley will release "Space Invader," his first new solo album in five years, via Entertainment One Music on June 24th, 2014.
The album will include nine brand new original songs as well as a cover of Steve Miller’s “The Joker.” Frehley comments:
“Life on Earth has been very good to me, and the body of work I’ve created over the years has withstood the test of time. Today I see no obstacles before me and my creativity has never been more fine tuned. Growing up in an Alien world has enhanced my senses and allowed me to succeed where others would have failed. The best is yet to come!”
Ace Frehley will participate in the 2014 Revolver Golden Gods show by presenting the Dimebag Darrell "Best Guitarist" Award alongside label-mate Zakk Wylde. The awards show will take place on April 23rd, 2014 at the Club Nokia Theater in Los Angeles.
Frehley adds: “It’s exciting to finally be part of the Golden Gods, awards and an honor to be part of any Dimebag memorial award. He was a friend, and I know everyone misses him, as do I.”
Iceland's Solstafir has announced a string of U.S. tour dates. The band's first-ever North American trek starts on May 15th in Brooklyn, NY and will continue through a stop at this year's Maryland Deathfest on May 23rd. Support on these dates comes from Junius.
Solstafir also recently announced a run of European summer festival dates. A full list of confirmed tour dates can be found below.
The band continues to touring in support of latest album, "Svartir Sandar" (reviewed here).
North American tour dates
5/16 Brooklyn, NY @ Saint Vitus Bar
5/17 Philadelphia PA @ Underground Arts
5/18 Boston, MA @ Middle East
5/19 Springfield, VA @ Empire
5/23 Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
European tour dates
4/06 Akureyri, IS @ Ak Extreme
5/01 Haugesund, NO @ Karmøgeddon Festival
5/22-24 Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest
5/29 Geiselwind, DE @ Out
5/30 Nethpen, DE @ Freak Valley Festival
6/05 Sölvesborg, SE @ Sweden Rock
6/06 Gelsenkirchen, DE @ Rock Hard Festival
6/21 Neudegg, AT @ Sommer Sonnwende 2014
6/22 Clisson, FR @ Hellfest Open Air
6/27 Dessel, BE @ Graspop Metal Meeting
6/28 Lausanne, CH @ Le Docks
7/09 Neskaupsstaður, IS @ Eistnaflug - Pre Show
7/10 Neskaupsstaður, IS @ Eistnaflug
8/07 Schlotheim, DE @ Party.San Open Air
8/09 Leeuwarden, NL @ Into the Grave More...
Lexington, KY's Beyond the Shore recently filmed some clips with guitarists Zach Hunter and Jared Loucks, as well as bassist Eli Masherbash, to demonstrate the track "Glass Houses" from the "Ghostwatcher" album.
The clips were edited together into a performance demonstration / lyric video hybrid that is now available below, thanks to Lambgoat.com.
Beyond the Shore is on the road now with Arsonists Get All The Girls, The Last Ten Seconds Of Life, and Seeker in support of "Ghostwatcher." Guitarist Zach Hunter comments:
"We've had a blast on this tour so far and there are plenty of shows still to go! Come hang out with us and support all the other amazing bands on the package. Despite all the craziness in the beginning this has been one of the best experiences for us as a band and we'd love to share it with all of you. Hope you enjoy the video!" More...
Sworn Enemy is back with the addition of new guitarist Matt Garzilli and bassist Mike Puccciarelli, and the band has completed work on new album "Living on Borrowed Time," which will be released May 13th via Rock Ridge Music/ADA.
1. Do or Die
2. Hard Way
3. Broken Hope
4. Slipping Away
5. No Apologies
6. One Eye Open
7. No Mercy
8. Never Forget
9. Stand and Deliver
10. Nothing Changes
11. Rise Above More...
N.Y. hardcore punk act Abject! has officially announced its break up after a three-year run. The band will play its final show tomorrow night at Grand Victory in Brooklyn, N.Y.
"For me, Abject! was like a trip to Vegas with the boys where everything broke right," said vocalist Jamie "Hamma." "As far as I'm concerned, we won big and we were playing with house money - one of those unforgettable trips where everything worked out. Hell, we even got arrested and locked up together and turned it into a big plus!
"Like all vacations, the time came to go home. We were way ahead and I would've liked to see how much further we could've gone, but it was time to go home; jobs, wives, etc. were waiting. The flight home wasn't comfortable, but that can't take away from an unforgettable run full of great memories."
The band will appear on Eastvillageradio.com's "Black N Blue Takeover" show on Tuesday, April 1st at 8 PM EDT to discuss the break up and more. For more information, and to listen live, head over to this location.
Abject! released its sophomore full-length, "Ugly on the Inside," earlier this week via Dead City Records. More...
The Skull - which features original members from Trouble - will unleash two new singles recorded with acclaimed producer/engineer Billy Anderson (Melvins, Neurosis) worldwide on Tuesday, April 8th via Tee Pee Records.
The "limited edition" white vinyl replica CD featuring “Sometime Yesterday Mourning” (side A) and “The Last Judgment” (side B) is now available for pre-order here. Downloads of the singles will be available at your favorite digital retailer on April 8th.
In other news, The Skull's worldwide debut of “Sometime Yesterday Mourning” and “The Last Judgment” will premiere exclusively on drummer and keyboardist Jeff “Oly” Olson’s podcst via InThePitRadio.com on Friday, April 4th from 7PM-9PM EST.
"I think 'Sometime Yesterday Mourning' is the perfect song for The Skull to lead with and there's a reason why it was the first song we completed as a band," commented Wagner. "It's about coming to a point in life when it's just time for a new beginning, a fresh start if you will, and finally coming to terms with the past.
"Being that it is the 30th anniversary of the release of the song 'The Last Judgment' — the first song we ever released — we thought it fit perfectly for the B-side and considering what 'Sometime Yesterday Mourning' is about, it made sense to me. You have to go through your past to get to your future."
Drummer and keyboardist Jeff “Oly” Olson comments on new guitarist Chuck Robinson’s addition to the band: “We are excited and honored that Chuck Robinson has accepted our invitation to join the band. He is the perfect fit for The Skull.
“I’ve always enjoyed rehearsing with Chuck as he is disciplined with his art. He’ll surely bring a bonus to the band with his experience as a former Trouble member and as a seasoned musician who utilizes both his talented song writing ability and his exceptional recording skills. We are looking forward to tour with our brother again.” More...
Tauusk, the drone/experimental side project fronted by the bassist of Romanian stoner rock act Nomega, has released its debut album this month.
Titled "Refuge," the album was produced by Marius Costache from Next Dog Studio and can be heard at Bandcamp or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Reason 37:01
2. Kindle 11:15
3. Sunder 14:24
4. Wither 19:46
5. Wraith 19:50
6. Relief 20:07 More...
In My Embrace has released a lyric video for "Dead to Dust Descend," which is the title track off the EP of the same name.
Check it out at YouTube here or in the player below. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Dead to Dust Descend
2. To Forevermore
3. Av Skymning Kommen, Mot Gryning Går
4. Diabolical Masquerade
7. Av Skymning Kommen, Mot Gryning Går (Acoustic Instrumental Version)
Sliptrick Records also comments on the band:
"Often described as the perfect mix between Dissection, Immortal, The Moaning, Dark Funeral and Arckanum, In My Embrace features Johan from Well of Tears and Planet Rain [former member] and Bosse from Planet Rain [former member] as well as guest drummer Tommy Holmer from Planet Rain, Rimthurs, Undivine and guest synth player Johan Björklund.
"‘Dead to Dust Descend is a 6 (+ one bonus ) track mini album of pure Swedish black metal, whose spectrum ranges from material wrote between 2004 and 2013, mixed and mastered by Jonas Lindström (Studio Apocalypse), also drummer in Isole, Ereb Altor, Undivine.
"Beside playing with Planet Rain Johan and Bosse ( the man behind some of the lyrics of the project Kryptillusionfeaturing Fredrik Groth (The Storyteller and live session member in Scar Symmetry), Mike Wead (King Diamond, Mercyful Fate, Bibleblack), Stefan Westerberg (former member of Carnal Forge), Kristoffer Nilsson/Elemyr (Undivine, Zodiac Ciphers), have always got back to their own project In My Embrace, finally seeing the light with the release of Dead to Dust Descend." More...