Metal News for March 30, 2012
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The British legends in Paradise Lost are set to inject the music world with another dose of gothic metal this coming April 24th, 2012 with the new album "Tragic Idol." As the release draws closer, I had the pleasure to speak with Nick Holmes from Paradise Lost to find out what he had to say about the coming opus and how the band is doing after being together for more than 20 years.
Check out the full interview below to see what Nick had to say about how coming from the vinyl generation affects their choice of artwork, how the band records, and his love of the occult rock band Ghost. More...
Dutch occult rockers The Devil's Blood are gearing up for a near month-long run of North American dates on the forthcoming Decibel Magazine Tour alongside Behemoth, Watain and In Solitude. The band will be touring in support of "The Thousandfold Epicentre" (reviewed here) released earlier this year via Metal Blade Records.
Comments founder and band leader SL: “The Devil's Blood is proud and extremely eager to travel the New World alongside some of the world’s most dedicated metal bands. Dedicated not to some pathetic notion of ‘scene’ or ‘unity’ but to a clear, totally individual, spiritual path that although not understood by most is perhaps the most valid and urgent one available for wandering feet to travel in the twilight of the Iron Age. We share many opinions and disagree on many more, yet our offerings all speak of that great mystery which we all aspire to with passion and fury. Praise be to all those who accompany us on this particular path.”
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Female-fronted act Snovonne has posted footage online of the band rehearsing the song "Not OK" for "The Wedding Tour." Check out the video clip below, or find more info on Snovonne at the band's official website.
Massachusetts technical grind outfit Hivesmasher is embarking on a string of dates through the Northeast and Midwest, debuting material from the band's upcoming full length release, “Gutter Choir.” Select dates will also feature New Jersey masterminds East of the Wall and Ohio’s sludge metal trio Imbrolgio. Details are as follows:
3/30: The Limelight Lounge, Haverhill, MA w/Parasitic Extirpation, Vattnet Viskar
3/31: The Dirty Douglas, Lowell, MA w/Pathogenic, Hetfield and Hetfield, Dumptruck
4/1: The Funeral Home, Buffalo, NY w/KDC, Sulaco, and Imminent Collapse
4/2: Now That’s Class, Cleveland, OH w/Little Sister, She Rides
4/3: Annabelle’s Lounge, Akron, OH
4/4: Galaxy CD’s, Hamilton, OH w/Imbroglio, Stained Glass Jesus, Hey Paul!
4/5: The Birdhouse, Knoxville, TN w/East of the Wall, Divided We Stand, Horns of the Headless
4/6: Casa de Mise, Dayton, OH w/East of the Wall, Imbroglio, Chronic Demise, ex luna ut terra
4/7: 4 Star Pizza, Grove City, PA w/East of the Wall, She's in Pain
4/8: El N Gee, New London, CT w/Los Bungalitos, La Armada More...
Meshuggah has posted a music video online for the track "Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion," which was directed by Owe Lingvall of Village Road Film. Check out the video clip below. The song is taken off Meshuggah's new album "Koloss," available in stores and online now.
The track listing for "Koloss" is as follows:
1. I Am Colossus
2. The Demon’s Name Is Surveillance
3. Do Not Look Down (stream this at this location)
4. Behind The Sun
5. The Hurt That Finds You First
7. Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
10. The Last Vigil
Portuguese gothic metal band Moonspell will be releasing the new album "Alpha Noir" on April 27th, 2012 through Napalm Records. The band has now issued the following statement about answering fan questions about the album:
"Dear all. Thanks for your questions. Here are our answers. Hope you enjoy them. We’re sorry about the delay. Busy times. Before we get to them, there were many questions asked about our live dates. They are very appreciated as we can’t wait to visit your countries and give you a taste of what we mean by Alpha and Omega while recreating our more vintage sets which the crowds have been responding so well.
"So far it’s the album coming with all its great and delicate foreplay. As for live dates besides the release show in Lisbon, Wacken and Brutal Assault, and the RTN Metalfests; our agents are working their hardest to book more around Europe and we will have those news for you soon enough. We have in the meanwhile confirmed new dates like Getaway Rock in Sweden, Dokken’ Open Air in Holland and MetalItalia in...Italia ;) near Milano. We will also confirmed the club shows in Greece and look forward for a quick confirmation of headliner shows in Turkey and Bulgária, around those dates. A European tour confirmation will be announced next Friday the 13th of April.
"As for South America, we are surprised about how many people from Brazil are writing us and for sure we will follow the deal and hope to do a more extensive tour in the country, rather than just one off date. Mexico and Colombia are in the plans but I guess Latin and North America will have to wait for after the Summer to see Moonspell live. But it will be worthy it. On top of that, Napalm Records is dealing with licensing deals over there and we will make our best to have our new album available in all territories. In the meanwhile, open some red and sit back, enjoying this album’s first fan interview."
Danial Honarbakhsh To Ricardo: What is the story of everything invaded solo? Did you write it or just hit record button and play? I ask because it's the most amazing piece of music that I heard.
Ricardo: Thank you for the warm comments on that solo. It means a lot to me. Well, for me a solo is like a small song inside the main song. Usually, it means that I get around 40 seconds of music where I must fit the right "small song". Sometimes I get lucky and it takes me 10 minutes to find the right sequence of notes that I'll use to play a solo that fits the music and empowers it's meaning. But it also can be very frustrating sometimes... For instance, it took me around 3 months to find the solo for scorpion flower! It's not about the amount of notes you can play but the way you display them, and sometimes the right display simply doesn't appear as fast as I wish it would. But for the song "everything invaded" I guess I was lucky. There's no big story around it, it was just the right inspiration at the right time. Just like a perfect alignment of planets.
Moonspell Street Team Romania Got three questions: one for Ricardo Amorim - What kind of amplifiers do you use? More...
Portland's most wonderfully weird avant-doom specialists, Wizard Rifle, have been kicking up one hell of a racket with their Seventh Rule debut, "Speak Loud Say Nothing" (reviewed here). The album dropped on March 13th, and is currently streaming in full on Invisible Oranges at this location.
You've heard 'em, now come see 'em play! Wizard Rifle is hitting the road for a full U.S. tour, and will be playing alongside a host of bands like Diesto, Millions, Harpoon, Phantom Glue, Kowloon Walled City, Bell Witch, and more. Catch the band live on the following dates:
Thu, April 12 Portland, OR @ Plan B w/Mongoloid Village, Diesto, Pinkzilla
Fri, April 13 Boise, ID @ Shredder w/Maladroids
Sat, April 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Burts Tiki Lounge w/Cornered By Zombies, Oldtimer
Sun, April 15 Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive w/Iron Horse, Space in Time
Tue, April 17 Dubuque, IA @ Off Minor
Wed, April 18 Minneapolis, MN @ Turf Club w/Gay Witch Abortion, Nightosaur
Thu, April 19 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club w/SIVINI, Millions, Bicentennial Rub
Fri, April 20 Chicago, IL @ Township w/Millions, Harpoon, SIVINI
Sat, April 21 Fort Wayne, IN @ Brass Rail w/River Bottom Nitemare Band, Fucking Panthers
Sun, April 22 Columbus, OH @ Kobo w/Ocean Ghosts
Mon, April 23 Kent, OH @ Stone Tavern
Tue, April 24 Rochester, NY @ Bug Jar
Thu, April 26 Boston, MA @ The Church w/Mind Yeti, Phantom Glue, Hero(n)
Fri, April 27 Providence, RI @ Machines with Magnets
Sat, April 28 Brooklyn, NY @ Acheron
Sun, April 29 Baltimore, MD @ Golden West w/Lady Piss, Dan Ivan
Mon, April 30 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Tue, May 1 Raleigh, NC @ Slim's
Wed, May 2 Atlanta, GA @ The Drunken Unicorn w/Palaces
Thu, May 3 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
Fri, May 4 Memphis, TN @ Hi-Tone,
Sat, May 5 Texarkana, AR @ Dave's Skate
Sun, May 6 Austin, TX @ Red 7 w/Pushmen, Skycrawler
Mon, May 7 San Antonio, TX @ Nightrocker
Tue, May 8 Las Cruces, NM @ Trainyard
Wed, May 9 Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
Thu, May 10 Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture
Fri, May 11 Los Angeles, CA @ The Joint w/Behold! The Monolith, iron Mtn
Sat, May 12 Oakland, CA @ Eli's w/Dimesland, Kowloon Walled City
Sun, May 13 San Francisco, CA @ The Knockout w/COPS, Arms & Legs
Mon, May 14 Arcata, CA @ Alibi
Fri, May 18 Portland, OR @ Plan B w/Lord Dying, Bell Witch
Come one, come all and feast your eyes as we debut the official theatrical poster for The Devil's Carnival below. The Devil's Carnival, which features Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot, will be hitting the cities and theaters listed below. For more information and to view the official trailer, visit this location.
The Devil's Carnival is an exclusive nationwide road tour featuring special personality meet & greets, a Q&A forum, sing-a-longs, costume contests and more. On screen crowds will get to enjoy never-before-seen Repo! The Genetic Opera behind the scenes footage and bonus features, and most notably, an exclusive viewing of The Devil's Carnival. Keep in mind, The Devil's Carnival can only be seen on this exclusive tour, so you must attend a showing to witness the madness.
Tesseract has announced additional details to the band's upcoming acoustic EP, "Perspective." Set for a North American release of May 22nd and a European release of May 21st, "Perspective" will be available digitally, while a physical version will be available exclusively through CMDistro.com in North America and the band's webshops.
The five song EP features "Eden 2.0," acoustic versions of three tracks from the band's debut album, "One," plus a cover of Jeff Buckley's "Dream Brother." As a special bonus, the iTunes version will contain instrumentals of all the tracks.
The "Perspective" EP track listing is as follows:
iTunes bonus tracks:
Dream Brother (instrumental)
Eden 2.0 (instrumental)
A trailer for "Perspective" was recently released, featuring audio clips from all the songs on the EP. The trailer can be seen viewed below. More...
Today Cvlt Nation is hosting an exclusive track premiere of “The Earth In One Cell” from U.S. Christmas mastermind Nate Hall. Following several LPs released under the Neurot Recordings banner, this May the founding USX vocalist/guitarist will release his first solo full-length entitled "A Great River."
Comments Hall on the track: “’The Earth In One Cell’ has been kicking around in my brain for years before I got it right and ready to record. In a way, it was a catalyst for the whole album, because once I got it done the rest followed quickly. I used a capo on the twelfth fret of my electric guitar to get the chimey string sound. It was a natural song to start the record.”
Check out “The Earth In One Cell,” the opening track to the record, at this location.
Set for European release on May 7th and in North America on May 8th, "A Great River," which rock/doom portal The Obelisk crowns a “…beautiful and lush work of a songwriter beginning what will hopefully be a long journey," offers up a lush landscape of pastoral richness. Recorded in March 2011 by Travis Kammeyer at Fahrenheit Studio in Johnson City, Tennessee, the work draws from the musical history of America, the melancholy of Appalachia, and harnesses the “electric vacuum roar” of guitar slingers past and present.
Turn on your TV’s and throw those horns in the air because Machine Head’s Robb Flynn will appear on this weekend’s season premiere episode of VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.
A sneak peek of the episode is available now at this location and features Robb and Lars discussing a few wild nights on tour. The episode will air this Saturday, March 31st at 11pm ET/10pm CT. Tune in for the episode and keep alert for more Machine Head updates coming soon.
Machine Head bludgeoned onto the charts last fall with a #22 Billboard Top 200 chart debut for the new album, "Unto The Locust." Released in North America on September 27th, 2011 "Unto The Locust" was voted #1 on Sirius XM Liquid Metal, #2 in Revolver Magazine’s end-of-year list, and #31 in Decibel Magazine’s Top 100 of 2011, just to name a few.
Prong has another album on the horizon. “Carved Into Stone” hits retail outlets on April 24th, 2012 (hear the new track "Eternal Heat"). Vocalist/guitarist/founder Tommy Victor stated it’s the quintessential Prong album, which covers a lot of ground. Their down tuned guitar grooves and pseudo-hardcore vocals are unmistakable. One facet of Prong’s music that makes the unique is they are hard to pigeon hole into any one sub-genre. From thrash to hardcore to alternative and on to industrial—Prong records are a cornucopia of styles.
Prong’s output in the ‘90s played a pivotal role in the direction metal would take in the 1990s, especially the band’s groove. Singles such as “Prove You Wrong,” “Broken Pieces” and “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck” became staples on MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball,” leading to tours with Pantera and Sepultura.
Prong’s discography has been fragmented since releasing “Cleansing,” the album that produced “Snap Your Fingers, Snap Your Neck.” Much of this can be explained by looking at Victor’s time in Danzig and Ministry. He can’t devote the time to Prong that he could in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. Currently, Victor has set his sights on promoting and touring with Prong, his own creation. Metal Underground spoke to Victor about managing his time between bands, an upcoming tour with Crowbar and why “Carved Into Stone” is the definitive Prong record. More...
Untimely Demise will begin a Spring tour of the western half of Canada and the United States today, as the trek is booted into action with a hometown Saskatchewan show this evening. The outfit will take its blazing modernized classic thrash to the highways of North America over the next three weeks, including performances with Massacre, Exmortus, Excruciator, Hatchet, labelmates Mares of Thrace and even a headlining slot at San Jose's Beyond The Realms of Metal Festival.
This trek was booked in conjunction with the vinyl edition of Untimely Demise's celebrated debut full-length, "City Of Steel," the album produced by ex-Megadeth/King Diamond guitarist Glen Drover. Limited to 1,000 copies worldwide, the LP features a full-color insert and a bonus track of the anthem "My Tragedy," from the band's 2009-released "Full Speed Metal" EP. The band will be dispensing them to the public in exchange for denominations of currency throughout the tour. More...
Evile is among the latest groups to be confirmed for this year's edition of Bloodstock Open Air, a dedicated metal festival held annually in Derbyshire, UK.
The band will be performing on the Sophie Lancaster Stage on Sunday, 12th August, and joins a line-up of acts such as Testament, Sepultura, Behemoth, Alice Cooper, Deicide, and many more.
Evile lead guitarist Ol Drake comments:
"It was great to wake up to the confirmation of our appearance at the one and only Bloodstock Festival. With the release of our Five Serpent's Teeth album, we dedicated the track 'Centurion' to the festival, and for them to have us back with a great slot on the Sophie Lancaster stage, it's bound to be a show to remember. We may just even have a special, first time live-airing of the previously mentioned track for the BOA masses. Come along for your Evile fix! Long live Bloodstock!"
Get tickets and more information about Bloodstock at this location. See Evile live at the following shows:
Apr. 12 - Madrid, Spain - Sala Ritmo y Compas
Apr. 13 - Gijon, Spain - Sala Acapulco
Apr. 14 - Pamplona, Spain - Sala Totem
Apr. 15 - Barcelona, Spain - Sala Music Hall
Apr. 21 - Haugesund, Norway - Karmoygeddon Festival
May 05-06 - Eastern Sea, Finland - Radio Rock Cruise
May 28 - Belfast, UK - Ulster Hall (w/ MACHINE HEAD)
May 30 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre (w/ MACHINE HEAD)
Jun. 03 - Exeter, UK - Real Devon Rocks at Exeter Phoenix
Jul. 20 - Luarca, Spain - Luarca Metal Fest
Aug. 12 - Walton-On-Trent, UK - Bloodstock Open Air Festival
Aug. 24/25 - Wörrstadt, Germany - Neuborn Open Air Festival
North Carolina doom metallers Hour Of 13 have teamed up with Decibel magazine to release a brand new track from their forthcoming album, "333." The new song, titled "Who's To Blame," is premiering now exclusively at this location.
Hour Of 13 guitarist Chad Davis comments:
"Hour of 13 are pleased that both Earache and Decibel are premiering another track from the new album. The fans have waited long enough for the record and any preview we can give them is our offering to them. We hope the album will show our progression and allegiance to true heavy metal, and this one is for the supporters of Ho13!"
View the 333 album cover here. Hour of 13 recently released another new track from the album, titled "Lucky Bones," which can be listened to at YouTube. Hour of 13's new album, "333," was recorded at Epiphonic Studios in Lenoir, North Carolina. The album is due to be released on May 21st on Earache Records.
Nightrage will be embarking on a Greek tour with Psycho Choke dubbed the "Rage Through The Psycho Tour." A teaser trailer for the upcoming tour dates has been posted online and can be viewed below.
Nightrage will also be shooting a video for an as-yet-undisclosed song off the group's latest album "Insidious" on April 28th at the Eightball Club in Thessaloniki, Greece.
The Las Vegas Death Fest IV will once again be coming to the Cheyenne Saloon in North Las Vegas, Nevada on June 15th and 16th. Bands keep confirming for the event, and a third day might be added to the festival. Check in for updates and more information on the Las Vegas Death Fest IV event page. Below is a preliminary list of the bands playing, along with a video upload from Germany's Begging For Incest - who will be playing on day one. The track "Diarrhea Dreams" is from its new album "Orgasmic Selfmutilation."
DAY 1 - Friday June 15th
Begging For Incest
Devour The Unborn
Stages of Decomposition
Short Bus Pile Up
Engaged In Mutilating
Day 2 - Saturday June 16th - 21+
HEADLINER: Severed Savior
Face Of Ruin
Coat Hanger Abortion
Pencil Lead Syringe
Linea Rock has posted a new video interview with Satchel from Steel Panther shot in Italy, in which he talks about how the band is going to "rock some balls and some vaginas" during live shows. Check out the filthy interview (and it's questionable band creation timeline) in the player below. Steel Panther has been touring in support of the band's new album "Balls Out" (reviewed here).
TuRbO's Metal Meltdown has posted an interview online with Gwar's Oderus Urungus, in which he lets the world know how he feels about Dave Mustaine's recent headline grabbing comments about President Obama's country of birth, his support for Rick Santorum, and his thoughts about African women having children.
A snippet from the interview can be heard in the player below, featuring the typically colorful and choice words we've come to love and expect from Oderus. TuRbO's Metal Meltdown also commented:
"I scored an interview with Gwar's Oderus Urungus while they stopped in Tulsa to play a show at Cain's Ballroom. This is what Oderus had to say about Dave Mustaine when I asked about the recent media exposure that Mustaine has been receiving based on comments from his latest interviews. Check out the show Tuesday nights 8 to Midnight and Wednesdays from 11 to 2am on RSU Radio 91.3 FM or visit the facebook page. Stream the show online at this location."
Toxic Holocaust has announced the details for the band's upcoming summer European tour. The tour poster can be viewed at this location, and the dates are as follows:
04.08.12 Sweden Motala @ Motala Hardcore Fest
05.08.12 Germany Oberhausen @ Helvete
06.08.12 France Paris @ Nouveau Casino w/ Converge, Birds In Row
07.08.12 Switzerland Geneve @ L'usine (Kab) w/ Converge, Birds In Row
08.08.12 Germany München @ Feierwerk w/ Converge, Birds In Row
09.08.12 Czech Rep Jaromer @ Brutal Assault
10.08.12 Finland Oulu @ Jalometalli
11.08.12 Germany Schlotheim @ Party San
12.08.12 Belgium Ieper @ Ieper Fest
13.08.12 Germany Hamburg @ Hafenklang
14.08.12 Holland Leeuwarden @ Gloppe
15.08.12 Germany Osnabrück @ Bastard Club
16.08.12 Germany Berlin @ Cassiopeia
17.08.12 Germany Dinkelsbühl @ Summer Breeze
The new Crystal Viper album "Crimen Excepta" will be released on April 27th, 2012 and the band has now posted a teaser trailer online featuring music from the new album. Check out the teaser trailer below.
The track listing for "Crimen Excepta" is as follows:
1. Witch’s Mark
3. Child Of The Flame
5. It's Your Omen
7. Crimen Excepta (feat. David Bower of Hell)
9. Medicus Animarum
11. The Spell Of Death
13. Hope Is Gone, Here’s New Law
15. Fire Be My Gates
CD Bonus tracks:
17. Tyrani Piekiel (Vader Cover) (feat. Peter of Vader)
18. Ghosts Of Sherwood
Death Wolf (led by Morgan of Marduk) has entered the Endarker Studio in Östergötland, Sweden to begin recording the band's currently untitled second album, which is set to be released via Blooddawn Productions/Century Media Records in late summer 2012.
More details about this upcoming album will be announced soon, so stay tuned. In the mean time, check out the band's music video for "Ironwood" in the player below. More...
With a new album ("Carolus Rex") expected in May and a major headling U.S. Tour confirmed, Sabaton has announced a major mutual split of the current band. According to multiple news sources, guitarists Oskar Montelius and Rikard Sundén, drummer Daniel Mulback and keyboardist Daniel Mÿhr have agreed to departed the band. Vocalist Joakim Bróden and bassist Pär Sundström will continue on as Sabaton with new, yet undisclosed members. The statement was posted up on the band's Facebook page, with a link to the full story on band's website, however, the link quickly crashed the band's hosting server. No word of the news has yet been confirmed by label Nuclear Blast.
News sources report that the full statement on the band's website reads as follows:
"Starting a band at the age of 18 is simple, keeping it intact for 12 years is much harder, and finally we have come to the crossroad where we will go separate ways.
"Pär Sundström and Joakim Brodén will continue to battle on stage, carrying the banner of Sabaton to further victories.
"We will always have an eternal bond to each other, created by more than 12 years of friendship & touring, and wish each other long and prosperous lives with families, various projects and musical careers.
"In the end, all six of us will end up in our own glorious future…"
The band has not commented on the upcoming U.S. tour. More information is expected shortly.
Prolific ambient blackened doom/sludge band Rigor Sardonicous has released its seventh album "Ego Diligio Vos" via Memento Mori Records from Spain. This is a seven-track concept album regarding death and love. One of the tracks from the album is streaming below, "Caelum Inferiorum," in video upload form. The sketches by in the video were done by Melissa Mason and the sculpture was done by Kreator of Rites of Zygenda zine. Rigor Sardonicous recently remastered its 2009 live album, "Viviscere Exitium," and released it late last year on Witch Sermon Productions. Check out more music from Rigor Sardonicous over on MySpace.
The 1993 "Relinquished Souls" album from Dutch band Burial has officially been re-released on Memento Mori Records. The re-issue contains the original nine songs and four more from the 1992 "Frigid Cold" demo for a total of thirteen tracks. Head over to MySpace to hear a track not on the original release, "Darkness." The "Relinquished Souls" re-issue has been limited to 500 copies, and for more information head over to this site.
Chicago death metal band Kataplexy is streaming most of the songs from its new album "Mind Deterioration" over on YouTube. Below is an upload of "Intermission Zamboni Disfigurement," which the band dubs its 'hockey hit single.' Kataplexy will next be playing at a benefit on April 14th at Junior's Sports Bar in Chicago along with the bands Testimony, Necro Agression, Overbeast and a few others.
Boston based Shadows Fall revealed the track listing for the band's upcoming LP "Fire From the Sky." The album is scheduled for release on May 15, 2012 via Razor & Tie. The cover artwork was revealed previously, which can be seen here.
The band is streaming the title track over at Noise Creep at this location.
The track listing for "Fire From The Sky" is as follows:
1. The Unknown
2. Divide And Conquer
3. Weight Of The World
4. Nothing Remains
5. Fire From The Sky
6. Save Your Soul
7. Blind Faith
8. Lost Within
9. Walk The Edge
10. The Wasteland
Dragonforce posted the second episode in a series of in studio videos showcasing the making of the band's forthcoming LP "The Power Within." The album is scheduled for release on April 17, 2012 through the band's own label Electric Generation Recordings.
Check out episode two here:
Canadian melodic death metal band Threat Signal premiered its new video for "Comatose" exclusively over at Metal Injection (seen below). The song appears on the band's latest self-titled LP which was released last fall through Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out the video here:
Finnish symphonic/progressive metal band Sonata Arctica posted a teaser video for the band's new album "Stones Grow Her Name." The album is scheduled for release on May 18, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records. Recently, singer Tony Kakko revealed that the band will be incorporating new elements into the sound.
Check out the teaser here:
As Dutch band Houwitser gears up to record its sixth CD and book shows and festivals for the summer and end of the year, it has also announced that the band has parted ways with its bass player. Here is the statement released by the band:
Houwitser is looking for a new bass player. Ramon Ploeg, who been with the band for five years, has decided to leave Houwitser. Ramon has said the following: 'I can't combine the band with my jobs anymore. Thanks to everyone who supported me and I've met in the last years! It was a great time! I wish all the guys of Houwitser all the best!' The bass player Houwitser is looking for must be experienced with live shows, have his own gear and can practice once a week in Zoetermeer.
For more information, head over to Houwitser's Facebook wall.
London's Eye of Solitude has posted a new pre-production teaser track online off the upcoming "Sui Caedere" album. Check out the song "Awoken By Crows" in the player below.
"Sui Caedere" will be the second full-length from Eye of Solitude and is set for release via Kaotoxin Records this coming June. You can also listen to the previously posted song "Die Alone," taken from the band's earlier self-titled demo, at this location.
Chicago rock n' roll act Bible of the Devil has posted the song "The Parcher" online, which is taken from the band's new album "For the Love of Thugs and Fools." Check out the song in the player below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Sexual Overture/While You Were Away
2. Out For Blood
4. The Parcher
5. (I Know What Is Right) In The Night
6. Raw & Order
7. Can't Turn Off The Sun
8. Yer Boy
9. Night Street More...
Saxon has checked in with the following announcement about gearing up to record a new album, which is expected to be released early next year:
"Hi everybody! We are very busy these days with the new album and we have already a few ideas together. I am writing melodies and lyrics and arranging them into songs. We will give the rest of the band a break for hols. After that we have a full session in April before heading to the mighty sugar loaf and rock Sao Luis! We are really looking forward to coming back to celebrate an awesome party with our South American fans! Needless to say that the Rock In Den Ruinen Festival in Germany is also going to be great!
"And don't forget: Our new DVD will hit the stores in April! We are very proud of this product as it reflex Saxon at its best: Big productions, great performances and a fabulous audience!!! We will keep you updated where you can get the special limited fan edition! More...
In a two hour lecture at the Inferno Music Conference during the Inferno Metal Festival, King and Geir Bratland of God Seed will reveal how they have worked out a new path for their genre of black metal. They will give details and insight into the working process and the philosophy behind the upcoming God Seed album.
The attendees will be the first to be able to hear material from the upcoming album and a discussion of the thoughts behind the compositions. King comments:
"I'm really looking forward to presenting the new music I've been working on for the last two years. We have put a lot of work into creating something very unique. We will give some previews from the God Seed album, but more importantly, we will give a detailed presentation on how we have made the songs. Geir will demonstrate how he has created the noise and key arrangements on the recordings."
Besides founding members Gaahl and King, the new God Seed lineup is as follows:
Sir (Trelldom, Djerv) - Guitar
Kenneth Kapstad (Motorpschyco) - Drums
Geir Bratland (Dimmu Borgir) - Keys & Noise
Lust Kilman (The Batallion, Grimfist) - Guitar
Russian death metal band 7 H. Target is streaming a few songs from its first full-length album "Fast-Slow Demolition" over on YouTube. Below is an upload of "Hara-Kiri Torture Mechanism," and on the same YouTube page there are videos for "Metal+Flesh" and the title track. "Fast-Slow Demolition" was recently released on Coyote Records. To hear more of 7 H. Target's music from its previous two EP's, head over to MySpace.
Demonic Resurrection frontman Demonstealer has posted a demo version of a track online from his upcoming second solo album that will be recorded later this year. The as-yet-untitled album is currently slated for a 2013 release date.
You can check out the song, simply titled "Track 9 Demo," in the player below. Further details on Demonstealer's new solo effort will be announced as they are made available.
Italian act S.R.L. has uploaded another video in the series of behind the scenes clips from the recording of the new album "De Humana Maiestate." In this new video available below, watch guitarists Alcio and Panduk recording at BPA Studios. S.R.L. will also be releasing another in-studio clip shortly.
Swedish all female traditional metal/hard rock band Crucified Barbara, having recently signed to Nuclear Blast, are streaming the new song "Into the Fire." The song is the first single for the band's forthcoming third studio effort "The Midnight Chase," which is scheduled for a summer 2012 release.
Check out "Into the Fire" here:
Chilean folk/metal band Huinca has released the track "Rapa Nui", from its upcoming album "Sic Semper Tyrannis." That album is set to be released in June/July 2012 via Digmetalworld Records. The album was recorded in Chile and Germany during the European Tour in 2009 by Cristian Mardones and Howard Huambachano respectively. Huinca's music is blend of Chilean folklore and traditional metal.
The music video of "Rapa Nui" will be released on April 16th via Huinca's official website and the video was directed by Carlos Toro at Abysmo Producciones. "Sic Semper Tyrannis" cover art design, which will be revealed in the music video, was done by Claudio Bergamin who has worked in the past with Criminal and Hate FX.
Huinca will be the very first signing of the new Digmetalworld Records (U.S.). Huinca's new album "Sic Semper Tyrannis" will be released as digipack audio CD/digital download and the album will be physically distributed in the U.S. and Canada by MVD Audio. Huinca is currently working on its third European tour, which should begin in September of 2012. Tour dates will be announced soon. The album "Sic Semper Tyrannis" follows up "Huinca" - their debut album released in 2003 and re-edited with three music videos in 2007.
Unisonic posted the final 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 today via earOne Music. This video features the song "No One Ever Sees Me."
Check out part eleven here:
Swiss groove metal band 69 Chambers posted a video clip of the band recording the track "The Doom of Her Power." The song will appear on the sophomore LP, and first for label Massacre Records, "Torque," which is due for release on April 27, 2012.
Check out "The Doom of Her Power" here:
Banda de la Muerte has just released its second album "Pulso de una Mente Maldita," which you may stream in its entirety at this location or in the player below. You can also stream Banda de la Muerte's 2009 self-titled debut album at that same site. The album was recorded in January 2012 at La Nave de Oseberg studio in Buenos Aires and with cover art drawn by Falu Carolei.
The record will also be released as a limited edition of 500 12” black vinyl copies and will be available for fans in Europe and North America via Clear Spot on April 20th and in South America via Zonda Records in May. On May 16th the Roxy Live Club in Buenos Aires will host an official album release party in their home country of Argentina. Banda de la Muerte is currently touring Europe and will be playing Festivals and gigs in The Netherlands, UK, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany.
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2. Parte de mi Historia
3. El Miedo
4. Tiempo Muerto
5. El Sol Salió del Sur
6. Espíritu en Paz
7. En Contra del Destino
8. Hombre Muerto Caminando
9. Pulso de una Mente Maldita
German metal legend Udo Dirkschneider (Ex-Accept) unveiled the album artwork for the special U.D.O. 25th Anniversary album entitled "Celebrator." The release will be a collection of unreleased tracks, rare bonus songs and forgotten teasures. "Celebrator" is scheduled for release on May 4, 2012.
Check out the album artwork here:
Swedish metal band Grand Magus posted part one of a Facebook Q & A interview on the band's forthcoming LP "The Hunt." The album is set for release on May 25, 2012 through Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out the footage of part one here:
Luca Turilli has finally made the long awaited announcement as to the new Luca Turilli's Rhapsody singer, which has been bestowed upon Alessandro Conti (Trick or Treat). The following announcement was made on the band's website:
"[T]oday, March 30th 2012, is a great and very important day for our band. We are finally proud to present the new singer of LT’S RHAPSODY to the world, the person who, thanks to his unique vocal talent, will contribute to the artistic perspectives of the band in the years to come. The secret is finally revealed: the new singer is Italian and his name is ALESSANDRO CONTI."
Luca Turilli commented: "Alessandro is the singer of our band since many months already but we wanted to present him in the way he deserves, and this means: through his voice!. For this 11th RHAPSODY album we wanted to have a singer able to sing in different ways and offering different ‘colors’. Such ability is fundamental for me as in every RHAPSODY album I like to compose different styles of songs, passing from the most cinematic and epic impact of some songs to the operatic majesty of other ones, from celestial voices to more aggressive tones. Alessandro was just the best choice in this sense as, in between the multitude of all his vocal colors, he has a great high tone but also an operatic approach that makes the difference. He studied at the ‘Corale Lirica Rossini’ of Modena as first tenor, the same school attended by the great and unforgettable Luciano Pavarotti." More...
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