Metal News for March 4, 2012
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25 news articles posted on this day.
Atmospheric post metal/doom band Fading Waves is streaming songs from its new album "The Sense of Space" over on MySpace. The band is the one-man creative vehicle of Alexey Maximuk, who plays most of the instruments and brings in a few sessionists. Fading Waves previously did a split release with Ukranian band Starchitect. Below is an upload of the track "Perforate the Sky," which comes off that new "The Sense of Space" release.
Junior Bruce, the Florida sludge band formed from the ashes of hardcore band Bloodlet, is streaming its entire ten-song debut album "The Headless King" at this location. Junior Bruce formed in 2007 and features two ex-members of Bloodlet, Scott Angelacos and Tom Crowther. "The Headless King" was just released on A389 Recordings. Check out a video upload for the track "The Serpent Lives" below.
U.K. based melodic death/thrash act Bloodshot Dawn has posted the band's new self-titled album online for streaming. Give the album a listen through the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Beckoning Oblivion
2. Dedication To A Dead Cause
3. Forlorn World
6. Sentient Disease
7. The Quantum Apocalypse
8. Sickening Dogma
9. Illusion Aesthetic
11. Archetype More...
Florida death metal act Masticator has issued the following announcement about recruiting Jason Blachowicz as the band's new bassist:
"Masticator would like to welcome former Malevolent Creation bassist Jason Blachowicz to Masticator as new bassist. Matthew Florio will be moving to lead guitar. The 'Horrors of the Flesh' album is also now available."
For more on Masticator, head over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Spanish band LLVME has issued the following announcement about lineup changes and releasing a new album:
"Hi there! It's time to tell you some news.
"On one hand, at the end of March our new album will be out. A lot of changes have happened in Llvme during the last months. Nandu and Eric are the only ones who have recorded new album 'Yía the Nuesu,' and Huevo and David are no longer members of Llvme.
"On the other hand, we've include in our band two live members, Belial báez (guitars) and Curto (bass), and we're going to add immediately new band mates in order to work for our live shows in the near future.
"Also, after a few months of inactivity on the Internet, we're going to update our Myspace soon and our web and post on twitter and Facebook our news again.
Noctem has checked in with the following announcement about the upcoming "European Conquest" tour:
"The 6th time for Noctem touring Europe, this time the Spanish black-death metallers keep presenting their awarded and successful album 'Oblivion' (Rising records/Metalblade records) which received a crushing and outstanding feedback from the international press and metalheads!!!
30/03/12 - Moita Metal Fest / Moita (PT)
06/04/12 - Marisco Rock Fest / Granada (SP)
07/04/12 - Sevilla Rock / Sevilla (SP)
14/04/12 - Huginns Awakening Fest (BE)
14/06/12 - Jam Rock Fest /Hradec Kralove (CZ)
15/06/12 - Czech Death Fest / Cerveny Kostelec (CZ)
17/08/12 - Leyendas del Rock / Murcia (SP)
18/08/12 - Motocultor Fest / Bretagne (FR)
"...And more dates to be confirmed soon!" More...
Conspires To... has issued the following announcement about streaming the new song "City of Ghosts" online via the band's MySpace page:
"We have just uploaded the first track 'City of Ghosts' from our soon to be released second album. This time rather than base the songs around a loose theme as we did on 'Redemption,' we have gone for more of a story based approach. The story in brief is set in 2034, and the worlds scientists are celebrating their own brilliance at developing a super-vaccine to cure all known illnesses.
"However unbeknown to them, a by-product of the manufacturing processes is the creation of a super-virus. This becomes apparent when there is an out break from a scientific research centre in Dresden, and the city's population starts to drop in their thousands. Its not long before a world wide pandemic has taken hold, and the majority of the earths population is wiped out.
"A few select individuals are naturally immune to the super-virus and manage to survive, however these lucky or unlucky ones are spread far and wide. 'The City of Ghosts' occurs post Pandemic, one such survivor after escaping the horrors of Dresden, and destined to wander the world in the vain hope of finding anyone else alive, arrives in an unknown city.
"Everywhere is deserted, however suffering from the trauma and severe fatigue of his ordeal, his imagination starts to run wild! Are the ghosts of the city really after him....?"
Metal Blade Records this week announced details on the upcoming versions of Behemoth's "Evangelia Heretika" live album, The Devils Blood's "The Thousandfold Epicentre" (reviewed here), and In Solitude's "The World.The Flesh.The Devil" (reviewed here).
These acclaimed albums, all released by Metal Blade over the past year, will now get the wax treatment, all being pressed as 2xLP sets, and all packaged in double-gatefold sleeves. The live Behemoth LP was pressed on clear vinyl and also includes a 12"x24" poster, while the In Solitude and The Devil's Blood will both be available on standard black wax. Check out photos of the actual products at this location.
All three of the 2xLPs now bear a confirmed street date of March 27th, just prior to the Decibel Magazine tour kicking off just two weeks later. All three acts -- Behemoth, The Devil's Blood, and In Solitude -- will join the almighty Watain for the incredible tour lineup, and together they will burn 26 North American cities to their foundations between April 11th and May 12th. A trailer showcasing all three LPs as well as actual preorders for the LPs, full info on the Decibel tour and more is all posted right here.
The complete book “Fortress Europe (The Big Shiny Prison Vol. II) ” is now online as a free PDF download. 10 years in the making, “Fortress Europe” is the long promised beast of nonfiction journalism from underground USA journalist Ryan Bartek.
Clocking in at 222 pages, this career defining & genre bending work details the author's travels throughout the European Underground in Summer 2011.
Refuting every stereotype of traditional journalism, “Fortress Europe” combines the classic autobiographical road novel with the current state of European Counterculture. The result is an odyssey of monumental scope featuring face-to-face interviews with a number of legends in extreme metal, hardcore punk, industrial, experimental, psychedelic & good old rock n' roll.
Appearances include Laibach, Wolfbrigade, Rotting Christ, Killing Joke, Funeral Winds, Enochian Crescent, Moonsorrow, Fondlecorpse, Defeated Sanity, First Blood, Hello Bastards, Armed Response Unit, Melting Walkmen, Abortion, Panthiest, CNK, Arkangel, HATE, Repulsione, Dehuman, Dickless Tracy, General Surgery, Grind The Enemy, Fides Inversa, Excavated, Terri Bomb, Flowers of Flesh & Blood, Knuckledust, Chiens, Vanguard, Splitter, Pyramido, Fen, Black Breath, Ingurgitating Oblivion, Scavenger Brats, El Schlong, Spacemen 3 & legendary Detroit writer/60's radical Mr. John Sinclair.
“Fortress Europe” also includes a bonus section featuring commentary by members of Brutal Truth, Master, Agathocles, Battlelore, Corpus Christii, Manzer, Seita, Cruadalach, Livstid, Nahemah, Der Blutharsch, Mincing Fury & Primordial.
U.K. based act Tempus Fusion has posted the entire new "To End It All" album online for streaming. Listen to the album through the player below or at the Tempus Fusion Bandcamp page. The track listing is as follows:
1. As We March To The Fields Of War
2. Abandon All Hope
3. The Baying Of The Wolf
4. To End It All Part 1
5. To End It All Part 2
6. To End It All Part 3
7. This Automated Nightmare
9. The Predators Are Here More...
Romanian groovy death metallers Loudrage have released a series of teaser photos from their upcoming music video, "Fear Me." The song is taken off the band's last demo album "Pungent Roots."
The band worked for this video with the talented Israeli artist and director Gilad Ratman, and the finished product is scheduled for being released this Summer 2012.
Synaptical Glitch has announced the release of a new album titled "God Flesh" for this coming March 31st, 2012. According to the band, the new record will have "a very atmospheric, dark sound." The cover artwork is available below and the track listing is as follows:
1. God Flesh
5. Extinction More...
Drowned has released a music video for the song "Belligerent," off the band's album of the same name. Check out the clip below, which was edited by Drowned’s guitarist Marcos Amorim.
Drowned is a long-running death/thrash metal band from Belo Horizonte, Brazil and has released a sizable uncatalogued of death/thrash assaults. The band is part of the roster of Cogumelo Records (Sarcófago, Sextrash) and is distributed in North America by Greyhaze Records.
Says Fernando Lima (Vocals): “Belligerent is the strongest album we’ve ever recorded. It is an album about human nature and its tendency towards war and violence. In this video we just wanted to get very clean shots of the band in action, playing in an enclosed and dark environment, which reflects the album’s atmosphere quite well.” More...
Empyrean Plague will be performing at the upcoming first annual Ypres Metal Fest, which doubles as a tribute to the recently deceased David Gold. The show has been announced for April 7th, 2012 at The Canadian Nightclub in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The following press release was issued by Dismembertainment:
"We are proud to announce the first annual Ypres Metal Fest, which will also double as a tribute show for the late and dearly missed David Gold, frontman of Woods Of Ypres. Celebrating the release of what many are calling his finest work - Woods V: Grey Skies & Electric Light, as well as celebrating the life of David and the impact he has undeniably made on many, many people.
"This fest is a very personal matter for me, his family and for all of the performers involved - there are some really amazing things in store for this night. Bringing this festival to fruition was something David and I had discussed on many occasions, and I felt that after his untimely passing, it was just the right thing to do. Please join us for an incredible evening of performances and tributes that will not soon be forgotten.
"We also have an incredibly special performance coming from two members of Woods Of Ypres... Guitarist Joel Violette and Drummer Rae Amitay will be teaming up for an acoustic set of Woods material. There are potentially more acts TBA, and tickets will on sale by the end of this week. Locations will be announced. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Gold family to help cover the expenses of David's final arrangements, and to support the annual David Gold Music Scholarship made available to Sault College students."
The full live set from Greek act Sorrows Path at the Up The Hammers Festival 2012 has been posted online, and can be viewed in the player below. The set list is as follows:
1) All Love is Lost (00:00)
2) The Beast (S.P.R.) (05:01)
3) Flower (11:29)
4) Black Mass (Warlord cover) (19:07)
5) Brother of Life (24:32)
6) Queen of Doom (30:25)
7) Empty Eyes and Blackened Hearts (35:51)
Imminent Sonic Destruction is progressive metal far beyond the standard wistful keyboard solos and five-minute guitar solos. There are multiple songs with double-digit lengths, but there are also accessible numbers with potential mainstream appeal. Coming from the streets of Detroit, Michigan, this group came together after vocalist/guitarist Tony Piccoli had an album’s worth of songs that needed to be recorded by a group of musicians. However, this isn’t a solo project or just something brought together out of convenience alone; Imminent Sonic Destruction appears to be a tight unit capable of writing their own songs.
I had a chance to speak to Piccoli, keyboardist Pete Hopersberger, and drummer Pat DeLeon about the band’s debut album “Recurring Themes,” penning material from scratch together, and the advantages and disadvantages to self-releasing an album. More...
Sweden's Blood Mortized has posted the first in a series of making-of clips chronicling the creation of the new album "The Key To A Black Heart." Check out the clip below. "The Key To A Black Heart" is due out on CD, download, gatefold vinyl and cassette in April/May 2012 via FDA Rekotz.
Primitive Graven Image has completed work on the band's third album, once again with producer Russ Russell. The band commented on the album sessions:
"Following the now tried and tested formula that we used on 2010's 'Celebrating Impending Chaos' once again we've recorded the instruments ourselves at Metal Farm Studios in Buckinghamshire, where we've had the benefit of being able to take our time over the last two months, and then taken the finished recordings to Parlour Sound for Russ to do all the mixing and get the best out of our sound. Having been through the process before we knew what to expect this time, we were better prepared and are extremely pleased with the results.
"This time we've got the guitars sounding much bigger, the overall mix is far more cohesive yet not over-produced. We're really pleased that we've taken a step up again, and that we've not augmented the natural sound with much in the way of extras - although the sound is big we've not relied on studio trickery or orchestration - it's nice and organic sounding and brutal as hell, which is exactly what we wanted. More...
U.K. black metal act Deuteronomy has been in the process of working on a new album, and the band has now checked in with the following brief update about delays recording the vocals:
"Update: greetings everyone, we had some problems with the studio so the vocal recordings were delayed. We will start them next week. Stay tuned because the drum video will be also uploaded!"
Further details will be announced as they are made available. You can check out more info on Deuteronomy by navigating to the band's MySpace music profile.
Resurrected has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist and drummer:
"Time to tell some news next to the EP recordings from the RR-headquarter: After his long lasting disease our vocalist Carsten is still not healthy enough to do any live shows in the future so he decided to retreat in order not to constrain the band's live ambitions.
"We all respect and understand his decision as we know how much he suffered in the past months/years and how long he struggled with the decision to leave the band as a founding member and the distinctive voice of Resurrected. But you can for sure hear Carsten on the upcoming EP on the vocals; we're all very sad to lose him as a band member and, personally for me, one of world's best death metal voices.
"The position on the mic will be taken by our long-time friend Christoph Mieves from Grind Inc. who already did some live shows on the last Portugal Tour with us! Chris is well known for his great death metal vocals and outstanding stage performance! More...
Megadeth's David Ellefson has posted a brief video clip online checking in from the final night of Gigantour 2012. View the clip with David Ellefson and Cristina Scabbia of Lacuna Coil in the player below, or find a previously posted clip featuring Ellefson and Helstar vocalist James Rivera at this location.
Italian grinding rock band Southern Drinkstruction has just pust out their second album, "Drunk Till Death," on Despise The Sun records. The band has put an official video upload of the track "Dirty Sanchez," which you may view by going here. The album art and tracklisting for "Drunk Till Death" follows below, along with a video upload for one of Southern Drinkstruction's songs, "Mexxxicum," from the album "Drink With Us."
01. Drunk Till Death
02. On Your Knees
03. 6-Strings Skull
04. Dirty Sanchez
05. Evil Skies
06. Nasty Jackass
07. Redneck Zombie Distillery
08. Motor 666
09. Cumming in Socks
10. Drink Whiskey, Make Justice!
11. The Man With No Name
12. Slide Or Die!
13. Death Bells
It’s common in heavy metal music for fans to exaggerate how important or how good a band they love is, but Cannibal Corpse genuinely deserves to be recognized as a ground breaking act in the field of death metal, being the biggest selling death metal band in the United States, as well as having a sound that has been copied countless times. The band was formed in Buffalo, New York from the remnants of popular local bands Tirant Sin, Leviathan and Beyond Death and through friends the members made, made their live debut in April 1989 opening for Dark Angel.
Not long after this impressive debut, Cannibal Corpse was snapped up by Metal Blade Records after the manager of the record store where vocalist Chris Barnes was working sent in the band's self-titled demo tape, becoming the label's first death metal band in the process. The first album, "Eaten Back To Life" was recorded at the Morrisound Recording studio, a place now famous for producing albums by the likes of Sepultura, Morbid Angel and Napalm Death amongst other big names in extreme metal, before being released in August 1990. The band didn’t do a conventional tour in support of the record, performing only a handful of shows when possible, including one which featured no more than thirteen people in attendance.
Cannibal Corpse returned to Florida shortly afterwards to record a sophomore album, "Butchered At Birth." This would mark the beginning of causing outrage and controversy on an international scale, as the record was banned in Germany and was only available to people over the age of eighteen in Ontario, Canada due to its graphic cover artwork. Despite this, Cannibal Corpse soon embarked on a first headlining tour, which took place in Europe, where the group was greeted very warmly by extreme metal fans. Upon returning, the guys set out on their first North American headlining tour, this time being joined by Atheist and Gorguts.
Having completed the tour, Cannibal Corpse recorded another album entitled, "Tomb Of The Mutilated," which once again featured a shocking album cover and also contained at least two of the group's best known songs in the shapes of, "Hammer Smashed Face" and "I Cum Blood." Shortly after the release of the album, the band parted ways with guitarist Bob Rusay, replacing him with Rob Barrett, known for his work with Malevolent Creation. After an appearance in the hit comedy, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, the band once again got to work on a new album, which surfaced in 1994 under the name, "The Bleeding." The record was praised for its more disciplined approach to song writing and featuring plenty of catchy riffs, not to mention more charming song titles such as, "Fucked With A Knife" and "She Was Asking For It." More...
Ottawa based independent 5 piece death metal group Obduracy has released the debut album "Sunday's Autopsy" online for streaming.
Chton has returned from the living dead with the band's sophomore album "The Devil Builds" and is now looking for a label to help release it. The album features 10 tracks of dark and brutal death metal drenched in occult horror.
"The Devil Builds" was recorded and produced at Morningstar Studio with Arnt Obsidian Grønbech (Keep of Kalessin, Satyricon) at the helm, and mixed by Stamos Koliousis (Djerv, Mencea) at 2010 Studio in Berlin, known for earlier work with Vreid, Stonegard and Funeral. The band commented on its history and upcoming activity:
"Chton was founded in 1999 in Trondheim, Norway, and got the name around in the the Death Metal underground with the release of their debut album 'Chtonian Lifecode' (Retribute Records 2004). Chton has shered the stage with bands like Morbid Angel, Mayhem, Amon Amarth, Behemoth and many others, and got a lot of press attention and mentions by the likes of late BBC Radio1 legend John Peel and Fenriz of Darkthrone. Chton is set to play the 2012 Inferno Festival at the 4th of April at the club Blå along with Headspin and Manifest." More...