Metal News for March 31, 2013
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22 news articles posted on this day.
Chilean heavy metal band Meridian has revealed cover art and tracklisting for its debut EP "Meridian". The release date is set for April 15th via Digmetalworld Records. Meridian is the side project of Vastator vocalist Rob 'Sr.' Diaz and Entrance guitarist Richard Pilnik and the mini album contains four tracks of classic heavy metal. More information and a lyric video for the track "Meridian" will be released in a few days.
Meridian's mini album was recorded by Richard Pilnik and Gerardo Barnechea at Kabara Musical Studios in Santiago, Chile and mastered by Richard Pilnik studios. The cover art was designed by Chaotic Kimist. Sr. Diaz commented below:
"We are putting out these tracks so people can get to know us, but we are already working on a full album to be out - we hope - by the end of this year. Meridian's sound is classic heavy metal like Mercyful fate and Judas Priest, but we still would like to add a little more aggression to it, so we are working on it as it is right now". The tracklisting of the EP "Meridian" follows:
2. All 4 One
3. Midnight Train
Denmark's Illdisposed will be embarking on the "Sense the Darkness" tour this coming May in support of the band's latest full-length of the same name. Details can be found via Facebook and the dates are as follows:
09.05.2013 DE Berlin - K17
10.05.2013 DE Hagen - Kultopia
11.05.2013 DE Frankfurt - Nachtleben
12.05.2013 DE Aalen - Rock It
15.05.2013 DE München - Backstage Club
17.05.2013 DE Wachenroth - Toxicity
18.05.2013 DE Waldkirchen - AZ Dorftrottel
14.-15.06.2013 DK Copenhagen - Copenhell
26.07.2013 DE Obersinn - Eisenwahn Festival
27.07.2013 DE Lörrach - Baden In Blut Open Air
15.-17.08.2013 DE Dinkelsbühl - Summer Breeze Open Air
24.-25.08.2013 BY Rechitsa - Metal Crowd Festival More...
London prog act Haken recently signed to InsideOut Music, and is currently working on a new album and follow-up to the "Visions" release (reviewed here).
The band has now checked in with the following brief announcement about performing a handful of live shows: "We're taking a little break from recording now to prepare ourselves for our first 2013 shows!!!! Who's coming???"
5.4.13 - London w/ Von Hertzen Brothers
6.4.13 - Cardiff w/ Von Hertzen Brothers
7.4.13 - Rotherham - HRH PROG FEST!!!
Cincinnati, Ohio should be on the lookout, as the New York "filthy black metal" quartet Mutilation Rites will perform there as part of the second annual "Death on the Vine" festival alongside Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation, Origin and several more.
The show -- which will serve as the local stop of this year's Decibel Magazine tour -- is set to take place at Bogart's on June 8th, shortly after the band completes current headlining U.S. run with recent Relapse signees Inter Arma. Tickets for the festival are available now through Live Nation here.
Mutilation Rites is currently terrorizing the U.S. with "garagey murk and filthy grandeur" (Chicago Reader) on a headlining jaunt that recently saw the band perform several times at Austin's well-known South By Southwest festival.
In addition to "Death on the Vine," the group will also perform at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival in the coming weeks. The band continues to support debut 2012 full-length, "Empyrean." More...
Progressive instrumentalists Scale the Summit have released a second behind-the-scenes video update from the recent recording sessions for their new album, "The Migration," which will be released in North America on June 11th.
This installment features a sneak peek into the guitar tracking process. Watch the video via Guitar Messenger or through the player below.
"The Migration," tracked at North Carolina's Basement Studios with Jamie King (BTBAM, He Is Legend, For Today), will be released just days after Scale the Summit hits the road with Intronaut on a summer North American tour. More...
Newly signed to Century Media Records, the name Vattnet Viskar has yet to be paired on disc with the popular label. However, the group has already made a name for itself on the internet. They sent a demo and a self-titled EP all around the internet, which eventually led to their signing with Century Media. Their name alone has found appeal with black metal and pagan/folk metal fans, particularly fans of atmospheric/shoe gazing bands such as Agalloch and Wolves In The Throne Room, although the group hails from the opposite side of the country—New Hampshire.
Metal Underground linked up with cinematic guitar master, Chris Alfieri at SXSW to talk about the band’s signing, their take on the festival and choice of band name. The following interview took place outside of the Mohawk bar during the Vans/Pitchfork showcase before the band played on the venue’s indoor stage. More...
The Bunny The Bear is streaming “The Frog,” taken from the band's forthcoming album, "Stories," due out April 16th. Check out the song via Rocksound here or through the player below.
The Bunny comments, “[The Frog] is a track about lust. It's about crossing that line and doing things that you know you're going to regret. We're all human's, we are all flawed, we all have vices. This track is about those times.” More...
Formerly Montana and now California based act Throne of Malediction has posted a new single online for streaming.
Check out the "Begotten" track via Bandcamp here or through the player available below.
You can also hear the band's previously posted Dragonlance-themed track "The Soulforge" at this location.
Kennewick, WA act All Gussied Up has posted the following announcement online about parting ways with the band's drummer:
"There are exciting things happening for AGU in the near future, and some sad news as we say goodbye to our friend, our brother, and our drummer, Billy Howard.
"Billy has left due to personal reasons. We understand his situation, and we will miss our Billy greatly. This is never an easy thing to have to get through, but we will. We have been learning a new drummer, and we'll be back on track in no time.
"We will be canceling our shows next weekend as to get more prepared for The Knitting Factory in Boise April 12th. We apologize to those that were stoked on seeing us with Benign in Richland and Yakima this weekend, and hope you all understand. Big things are on the horizon for AGU, so keep posted, and thank you to everyone for your support."
For more info on All Gussied Up, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
An expanded band lineup and festival experience has been announced for the third annual Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville - April 27th and 28th 2013 - at Jacksonville’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the beautiful St. Johns River.
As part of the enhanced festival weekend, Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville will also feature the “Corona Light presents the Downtown Rockville Experience” -a Friday, April 26 pre-party and two after-parties on Saturday, April 27. Admission to the parties is FREE. The Friday, April 26 pre-party will feature Saliva with Evergreen Terrace at Underbelly in Jacksonville.
The Saturday, April 27 after parties include DJ Monk with special guests at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville, and Icey and Robert Goodman at Underbelly in Jacksonville. For full details, visit this location. More...
Dubai based post rock/space metal project Mira, masterminded by Mohammed Omer Shahid, has now posted a new song online. Check out the song "Starburst" through the player below, or find more info on Mira via Facebook here.
Meek Is Murder will be celebrating the 2 year anniversary of the "Algorithms" release by teaming up with Tiger Flowers to collectively release a split video featuring the Meek Is Murder track "Algorithms" (2011) and Tiger Flowers track "The Weight" (2011). Check out the video below.
Meek is Murder's Frank Godla comments: "Tiger Flowers are more than a band we've toured with many times, they're genuine friends we've shared so much with over the last couple years. While split 7 inches are cool, why not up the bromance and share a split music video instead?"
Mike Keller also states: "We decided to do a video from an older release because 0) We wanted to, B) It's the two year anniversary of the MetalSucks release of 'Algorithms' and III) There are no rules."
Both bands are working on new releases tentatively scheduled for mid-2013, with upcoming tour dates listed below. More...
Metal Injection west coast correspondent Johnny Orlando Jr. was on the scene at the Whisky A Go Go on Monday, March 18th to cover the official Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Fest press conference where all the bands were unveiled (check out the full lineup right here).
Johnny made some guesses as to who would be performing, asked Rob Zombie the silliest question ever, and ended up with this video recap featuring interviews with Battlecross, Butcher Babies, Five Finger Death Punch and Motionless In White. Check out the clip here or through the player below.
Tunisian extreme metal act Brood of Hatred has released a new music video online for "Skinless Agony."
The clip was directed and produced by Mohamed Melki and is available below. You can also check out the band's previous video for "Cacophony In The Creation" right here.
Six piece metal outfit We The Equinox has posted the song "Charlatan" online, which can be heard below. The band also comments: "In honor of the Spring Equinox we are proud to release our first single, Charlatan! Recorded at Jesse James Audio." You can also find more info on the band via Facebook.
We The Equinox is:
Fonzy Perez - Vocals
David Pyne - Vocals
Luis Cardenas - Guitar
Victor Gonzalez - Guitar
Chris Patterson - Drums
Allen Barkley - Bass
Departures has released a new music video for "21," which was shot by John McClenaghan and can be viewed below.
The Departures album "Teenage Haze" is available worldwide digitally on iTunes, and physically from No Sleep Records, In At The Deep End Records, and FITA Records.
Mouth of the Serpent from Los Angeles, California is set to hit the road with Apparitions from Phoenix, Arizona on the Plague The West Tour 2013. Just a little over two weeks long, the West Coast tour will be hitting up cities like Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and many more. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Mouth of the Serpent has been obliterating the underground California Metal Scene since February of 2008. The band inked their first World-wide distribution deal in 2012, signing to Dallas, Texas based independent metal label, Swimming With Sharks Records. The band recently completed its latest offering, 'Manifest' at The Lunchbox Studios in Sun City, California with Dave Franklin (Ana Kefr, Hands of a Killer). Manifest features the artwork of praised metal-artist Tony Koehl (The Black Dahlia Murder, Embryonic Devourment).
"Mouth Of The Serpent was formed in Los Angeles, California in mid-2007, and since have been cutting out a unique place for themselves in the Los Angeles metal scene. The band blends elements of metal core and death metal with the melodic ways of progressive metal. Their debut album, Inception was released in May 2010, and their sophomore effort, Manifest is also available. Both albums can be found at this location." More...
Fan-filmed footage has been posted online of stage diving at the Anaal Nathrakh live show in Moscow, Russia on March 23rd, 2013. Check out the clip below.
The band released latest album "Vanitas" last year, and interview footage was also recently posted online from the band's time on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise. Watch the interview footage right here.
Finland's Primary Target has posted several tracks online from the "Defiant" promo CD. Check out the tracks "Flags of Reason," "Another World," and "Blood Infected" through the clips below. You can also hear more from Primary Target over at the band's Facebook profile here. More...
Australia’s premier "true, false-slaying" heavy metal band Metal will release new full-length album "Proving Our Mettle" on Friday April 19 through iTunes and selected music stores.
The album features 11 tracks including the foot stomping anthem "Heavy Metal," the crushing ‘riff monster’ "Fighting For Metal" and the rollicking, rum-soaked sea shanty, "The Buccaneer’s Revenge."
For the uninitiated, Metal is a band straight out of the old school of traditional balls to the wall heavy metal. Think back to those heady glory days of Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead, and Manowar, “when men were men and songs were forged with blood, sweat and steel,” says bassist and lead singer, Rayzor Ray.
“Proving our Mettle is a bare-chested scream of defiance, and a rallying call to the true,” continues Rayzor. “It is our banner planted firmly in the ground and from here we stand and fight. Fighting for Metal is not just a song: it’s a mission statement.” More...
Wis(h)key has been working on a new album, and now the band has checked in with a new song for streaming, which can be heard below. The band comments:
"As we are finishing our recording sessions, here you have a premiere straight from the studio, 'Voodoo River,' one of the songs featured in our new album 'Manifesto of New Standards.' Enjoy & share!!"
Australian metal band Dragonsclaw have unveiled the artwork for the upcoming single "Watching My Every Move." The song appears on the band's forthcoming sophomore release "Judgement Day," and will stream exclusively on Metal Underground.com beginning on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
"Watching My Every Move" features guest vocalist David Reece (Gypsy Rose/PowerWorld/Ex-Accept). Accompanying the exclusive stream will be a special track-by-track analysis of the entire "Judgement Day" release by vocalist Giles Lavery (Warlord (live)), which is scheduled to drop soon.
Check out the artwork here, and tune in to Metal Underground.com on April 4, 2013 to hear the exclusive world premiere. More...