Metal News for March 4, 2014
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Louisville’s infectious black metal contingent Anagnorisis begins a new live incursion this Thursday, March 6th with a hometown performance, with eight more cities lined-up after the kickoff show. The band will also celebrate its 100th show at the Brooklyn stop of the tour on March 10th. See the band live:
3/06/2014 Haymarket Whiskey Bar – Louisville, KY w/ Great Floods, Order of Leviathan, All Dead
3/07/2014 The Metal Grill – Milwaukee, WI w/ Shroud of Despondency, Anomaly
3/08/2014 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN w/ Arion, Eye of Khorazin, Her Name is Mercy
3/09/2014 The Smiling Moose – Pittsburgh, PA w/ Victims of Contagion
3/10/2014 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY w/ Syphilitic Lust, Mongrel
3/11/2014 Kungfu Necktie – Philadelphia, PA
3/12/2014 The Sidebar – Baltimore, MD w/ Unstitched, Citadel, Endless Bummer
3/14/2014 The Milestone – Charlotte, NC w/ Young and in The Way, Burnt Books, Hu/lk
3/15/2014 Diamond Pub & Billiards – Louisville, KY w/ The Black Dahlia Murder More...
Storm of Perception has a new official music video out now for "In Light Of My Solitude," taken from the album "Into The Sun." For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.
Cult of Herodias (formerly just Herodias) has released a new self-titled album online for streaming and free download. Check it out below, or pick up your digital copy at Bandcamp here. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. An Exit 07:08
2. La Sangre De Salome 05:43
3. Cult of Herodias 05:18
4. Antevorta 08:40
5. Una Vida Aislada 10:29
6. The Tower 06:27
7. Mala Gente 06:41
8. New Passage 05:54
9. A Crooked Limb 05:45
10. Dance of the Seven Veils 10:09 More...
Capital Chaos TV has uploaded footage of Children of Bodom performing live at The Fillmore in San Francisco on February 28th, 2014. Check it out below.
Demons Of Old Metal has released a video clip for "The Devil That You Know," which can be seen below and was directed/edited by Ashley Wing. The band also comments:
"The first single and video from the third and final part of 'The Demonic Chronicles Trilogy' of CDs. This song is written from the Demons' point-of-view and is about how they persuade virtuous, clean-living folk to abandon their values and party...if they don't mind paying the price, that is!" More...
Cyclone Empire has issued the following announcement about inking a deal with Triumphant:
"We are proud to announce the signing of Austrian black thrashing youngsters Triumphant. Hailing from Innsbruck, Triumphant are the new hellish underground cult! We are very happy to welcome this infernal black/heavy thrashing horde in our little Cyclone Empire family!
"Their first album 'Herald the Unsung,' mixed & mastered by Patrick W. Engel (Temple Of Disharmony, u.a. Desaster, Necros, Hatespawn), will be released March 28th on CD via Cyclone Empire. Their next full length will be released exclusively on Cyclone Empire!" More...
Zombified has released a new lyric video for the song "The Last Stand," taken from the album "Carnage Slaughter & Death." Check it out below, and you can also see the band's previous video clip for "Pull the Trigger" at this location.
Texas Independence Festival has announced the addition of We Are The Riot to its lineup. We Are The Riot consists of Coal Chamber members Meegs Rascon and Mikal Cox. The group joins Behemoth, Goatwhore, 1349, Inquisition, Black Crown Initiate, Wayne Static of Static-X, Abigail Williams and many more.
Past events featured Down, David Allan Coe, Fair to Midland, Upon A Burning Body, One-Eyed Doll, Vallejo, The Heroine, East Cameron Folkcore, Amplified Heat, the Eric Tessmer Band, Nothing More, Honky and Dixie Witch. More...
Arduous Task and Gravewurm are releasing a split album titled "Spawn Of The Sacrilege" via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions.
Today the full split is available for streaming below, and you can also pick up your own copy at this loction. The track listing is as follows:
1. ARDUOUS TASK - Incinerate The Six Headed Star 06:07
2. ARDUOUS TASK - Damnatio Ad Bestias 05:37
3. ARDUOUS TASK - Hate Raping Warfare 06:44
4. ARDUOUS TASK - Blood Drenched Blades 05:18
5. GRAVEWURM - Empire Of Darkness 03:47
6. GRAVEWURM - Only Fire Remains 03:27
7. GRAVEWURM - In The Service Of Death 03:45
8. GRAVEWURM - Lord Of The Abyss 04:16 More...
Armageddon Rev 16:16 will release new album “Sundown on Humanity” this coming March 11th, and now the band has released a video clip for the song "Human Sundown." Check it out in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. E.K. 40 (Intro)
2. Human Sundown
3. Shades of Tomorrow
4. Strange Dreams
5. Fallen Angels and Lost Souls
6. Hypocrites of Destruction
7. New Day Will Come
8. 13-Seventh Eleven
10. Heavy Metal
12. Icy Blackness (Kursk) More...
War Messiah has released a self-titled track online for streaming, which can be heard below. The track comes by way of the "Graveyard Feeding" EP recorded at Metal Sound Studio & Monroe Sound Studio. The track listing is as follows:
1. Kill Your Priest
2. War Messiah
4. Graveyard Feeding
The Pesanta Urfolk label has announced May 15th as the international release date for Blood and Sun's "White Storms Fall" debut. The following press release was issued about the album:
"Blood and Sun is a newly unveiled collaboration featuring Tanner Anderson (Obsequaie/Celestiial), Luke Tromiczak (Maledicere)and Erik Wivinus (Thunderbolt Pagoda): three native Minnesotans with strident heathen beliefs, common backgrounds breeding uncommon art.
"From this union comes the first fruit, bearing the title White Storms Fall. As plaintive as that title, Blood and Sun's canvas is solely comprised of solemnly chiming string and richly resonating percussion, with proud-yet-understated male voice rising (and falling) from this spare sonic latticework. More...
Following a 2013 split release between the two acts, A389 Recordings this week announces a short Northeastern U.S. tour between Washington DC's Ilsa and Southern California's Seven Sisters of Sleep.
With Seven Sisters of Sleep traversing the continent to take part in this year's installment of the Maryland Deathfest in Baltimore in May, their brethren in Ilsa will converge with the band for a short but brutalizing run of dates beginning May 16th in Cleveland. Details are as follows:
5/16/2014 Now That's Class - Cleveland, OH
5/17/2014 The Firehouse Saloon - Rochester, NY
5/18/2014 B Fitzee's Irish Pub - Binghamton, NY
5/19/2014 The Meatlocker - Montclair, NJ w/ Pharaoh
5/20/2014 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Coffins
5/21/2014 Kung Fu NeckTie - Philadelphia, PA
5/22/2014 Ram's Head Live - Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Deathfest [SSOS ONLY] More...
Enfeeble is streaming the track "False Faith" off upcoming album "Encapsulate This Moment," which can be heard below. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Shock Me
3. Personage Collapse
5. Cavity Door
7. The Last Night Before
8. Reality Loss
9. Agony Revenge
10. The Creation
11. A Million Voices
12. False Faith
13. As We Were Like Shadows More...
Valborg has released a new video clip for "Under The Cross," which was directed by Soheyl Nassary and can be seen below. The track comes by way of the "Nekrodepression" album, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Sakrale Vernichtung 04:47
2. Ich fresse die alte Sommernacht 03:42
3. Zyklop 02:58
4. Tempelberg 04:48
5. Kloster 03:04
6. Kugelblitz 02:14
7. Under the Cross 03:13
8. Massaker in St. Urstein 03:42
9. Springtime Woman 03:44
10. Taufe 02:05
11. In Ekklesia 06:00
12. Opfer 08:51 More...
Demon Hunter has released another track from upcoming album "Extremist," which sees official release this coming March 18th, 2014 via Solid State Records.
Check out the lyric video for "I Will Fail You" in the player below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
2. Artificial Light (streaming here)
3. What I'm Not
4. The Last One Alive (available here)
5. I Will Fail You
6. One Last Song
7. Cross To Bear
8. Hell Don't Need Me
9. In Time
10. Beyond Me
12. The Heart Of A Graveyard
Deluxe edition bonus songs
13. Waste Me
14. Helpless Hop More...
Experimental doom metal outfit Esoteric returns to Europe in support of double album "Paragon of Dissonance."
The band will explore new areas in Eastern and Central Europe as well as Scandinavia plus Central Europe. Esoteric will be joined on most dates by Swedish/Chilean epic doom band Procession. This powerful package will be completed by special guests Isole from April 11th to 22nd and Indesinence for the remainder of the dates, which can be viewed in full below:
11 Apr 14 Zürich (CH) Werk 21
12 Apr 14 Leipzig (DE) UT
13 Apr 14 Darmstadt (DE) Steinbruch Theater
14 Apr 14 Szczezin (PL) Slowianin
15 Apr 14 Wroclaw (PL) Lykend
16 Apr 14 Warsaw (PL) 2kola
17 Apr 14 Vilnius (LT) Kablys
18 Apr 14 Riga (LV) Melna Piektdiena
19 Apr 14 Tallinn (EE) Tapper Club
20 Apr 14 Helsinki (FI) Bar Loose
21 Apr 14 Uppsala (SE) Cursed Uppsala
22 Apr 14 København (DE) KB18
23 Apr 14 Hamburg (DE) Hafenklang
24 Apr 14 Berlin (DE) K17
25 Apr 14 Oberhausen (DE) Helvete
26 Apr 14 Bruxelles (BE) Magasin 4
The tour is preceded by two UK warm up shows in March:
07 Mar 14 Glasgow (UK) Ivory Blacks
08 Mar 14 Liverpool (UK) The Pilgrim
Welsh trio Hark is streaming forthcoming Season of Mist debut "Crystalline" online in its entirety. The album will be released on March 14th (March 18th in North America) and you can listen to it below, courtesy of Revolvermag.com.
"Crystalline" was recorded at Monnow Valley Studios in Wales and mixed by Converge guitarist Kurt Ballou. The track listing is as follows:
2. Hounded By Callous Decree
3. Sins On Sleeves
4. Black Hole South West
5. Breathe and Run
7. Scarlet Extremities
8. All Wretch No Vomit
9. Xtal 0.6
10. Clear Light Of... More...
Underground German black metal band Imperium Dekadenz has announced a string of European summer festival dates.
The festival run, which starts on April 12th in Austria, will see the band making stops at this year's Black N' Thrash Festival, Ragnarök, Party San Open Air, and Summer Breeze. Details are as follows:
12 Apr 14 Wien (AT) Escape (Black 'n' Thrash Inferno Festival)
24 May 14 Lichtenfels (DE) Stadthalle (Ragnarök Festival)
26 Jul 14 Lörrach (DE) Landschaftspark Grütt (Baden in Blut Metal Open Air)
09 Aug 14 Schlotheim (DE) Party.San Open Air
15 Aug 14 Dinkelsbühl (DE) Summer Breeze
13 Sep 14 Barleben (DE) Metal Embrace Festival
Imperium Dekadenz will be touring in support of 2013 album "Meadows of Nostalgia." More...
Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of U.K. grind / sludge hardcore power house Corrupt Moral Altar. The group recently completed a brand new full-length album, to be released late 2014. Regarding the signing, Corrupt Moral Altar issued the following statement:
"It's been an accomplishment for us to complete the recording of our debut album and work with people that we never thought we'd have the opportunity to create music with, and it's an honour to sign with Season of Mist and to be part of such an eclectic label and team.
"We would like to take this opportunity to issue a formal volume warning with our forthcoming album, and Corrupt Moral Altar takes no responsibility for the end of the world. Seriously though, we are looking forward to touring the hell out of this record and ruining ourselves in the process. If you have seen our shows, keep coming. If you haven't seen our shows, we are just getting started and you will soon."
Catch the band live on these dates:
19 Mar 14 Manchester (UK) Kraak
28 Mar 14 Hengelo (NL) Metropool
30 Mar 14 Drachten (NL) Iduna
Obliterations hit the road this week on the way to brutalize SXSW 2014 with a rash of performances exposing the public to seventeen brand new tracks during the trek, in preparation for an upcoming recording for Southern Lord.
Following the tour, Obliterations will invade Dave Grohl's Studio 606 to record a debut LP for release via Southern Lord later in 2014. More details on the impending full-length will be released in the coming months.
Obliterations is comprised of current and ex-members of Black Mountain, Saviours, and Night Horse. The band also just released a new four-song EP as part of the Volcom Entertainment Vinyl Club. More...
Intervals released debut full-length "A Voice Within" today, and to celebrate the release, the band has hit the road with Protest The Hero (dates available below).
Stoner doom act Albinö Rhino from Helsinki, Finland will release a self-titled debut album on April 30th, 2014 in collaboration with Inverse Records. The label comments:
"The album, titled simply 'Albinö Rhino,' takes a slightly more straightforward approach than its predecessor, the 2013 EP 'Return of the Goddess,' but maintains the idea of letting songs flow freely and allow them length without limiting them unnecessarily with traditional pop song structures.
"The aim was to deliver an album which could be presented live as it is layed down on tape, on single takes, without Pro-Tooling. The band has been inspired by the entire spectrum of doom metal from the 70's to this day, naming bands such as Black Sabbath, Saint Vitus, Sleep and Reverend Bizarre as their influences. More...
While UK doom outfit Conan doesn't spend its days cleaning blood-stained battle axes or lounging on jewel-crusted thrones, the band's collision with nylon chords and shimmering cymbals shows their favor with Crom, the god of R.E. Howard's literary creation, "Conan." Moving with the long stride of ancient, forgotten giants, Conan returns with its second full-length "Blood Eagle."
Armed with the experience of several EPs and splits, the UK group now fly the banners of Napalm Records, thus widening the scope to include a larger throng of doom/drone/fantasy fans. In anticipation of the album which arrives on March 11th in North America, the band released a video for its track, "Foehammer."
In the following conversation, vocalist, guitarist Jon Davis reveals clues into the band's sonic alchemy known as "Blood Eagle."
Ken Mode today presents the trailer for forthcoming music video of "The Terror Pulse," which can be seen below. The full clip will be launched on March 10th, 2014.
"The Terror Pulse" is taken from the band's newest album "Entrench," available on CD and LP at the Season of Mist e-shop here.
With the release of a self-titled debut full-length now just two weeks away, French fuzz rock merchants The Socks release another track titled "Electric War." Check it out below, courtesy of Heavyplanet.net.
The Socks comments: "This is the 'speed rock' song of the album. Deep Purple is one of our major influences and when we wrote 'Electric War' we were really thinking about songs like 'Speed King' or 'Fireball.'"
You can also hear the previously posted track "Holy Sons" at this location. Scheduled for release this Spring via Small Stone, "The Socks" was recorded and mixed by Raphaël Cartellier at Studio Cartellier, France and mastered by Christopher Goosman (Early Man, Sasquatch, Dixie Witch, Solace et al) at Baseline Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. More...
Arising Fear is gearing up to release new album "Beyond Betrayal" at the end of the month, and a teaser trailer is available below. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Arising Fear was founded back in 2008 in Augsburg, Bavaria, and affect their listeners with catchy hooks, complex song structures and hard headbanger riffs - all those musical elements meet in the music of Arising Fear and give their individual wall of sound a very interesting and powerful attitude.
"Followed by an immense number of live shows in Germany, Poland and Italy, with well known Bands like Emil Bulls, Farewell To Arms or Tenside the band released their self-titled debut EP in September 2009 which received excellent press consistently.
"In Arising Fear, Alex Rauh (vocals/guitar), Kevin Pöllmann (guitar/vocals), Tobi Möhring (drums) and Tom Franz (bass) prescribe themselves to the passion for creating their own music which can be considered as a mix of classical Heavy Metal, Thrash Metal and elements of the Metalcore genre.
"Currently, the four playful guys from Arising Fear are in the studio and working diligently on their debut album 'Beyond Betrayal' which will be released on March 29th, 2014." More...
XCIII has released a new video clip for the track "Hush," which will appear on an EP release this coming May. Check it out below, and the band also comments:
"We're proud to publish this second video for our song Hush, which will be released FOR FREE on our forthcoming EP entitled 'Exoskelleton: The Pink Event Horizon.'
"Please keep in mind, that everything is self-produced in our own home studio. It gives us the opportunity to try new stuff, and to improve our recording/mixing skills. There is still a long way to go, but we will be ready for the 2nd album with a brilliant sound!" More...
Winnipeg death thrash outfit Endless Chaos has unleashed the third and final track "Condemned To The Pit," from the three song debut EP "Rejected Atrocity," to complete the full free download for its official release today, March 4th. Check out all three tracks below, or download them at Bandcamp here.
Vocalist Jordan Dorge comments: "'Condemned To The Pit', the final track on the EP, really captures where we are going as a band. It is a real heavy and intricate two part banger with lyrical content about being put to death and being sent to hell. We hope while the listener is listening he/she is overcome with an overwhelming sense to get in that pit and bring a little chaos of their own."
In addition to the EP being available digitally, limited edition vinyl (200 copies) will be released on Filth Regime Records at a later date in March. More...
Three years after the release of "Khaos Legions," Arch Enemy has started mixing a 9th studio album with Jens Bogren at Fascination Street in Sweden.
Michael Amott (guitar) comments: "We've been producing ourselves, as we did on 'Khaos Legions'. We have a clear vision of what we want Arch Enemy to sound like, and we can actually achieve it without the help of outside producers. We also have the advantage of having two talented sound engineers among our ranks in Daniel Erlandsson (drums) and Nick Cordle (guitar).
"We've been tracking at a few different studios here in Sweden, the drums at Fascination Street Studio and guitars and bass in another room. We just finished vocals in a third studio with engineer Staffan Karlsson ('Khaos Legions') and the mix and mastering will done by Jens Bogren at his Fascination Street mixing facility.
"Musically, this album is going a few places we haven't visited before. As our fans have come expect, our albums have all had their own vibe and 'War Eternal' will leave its own mark. Lyrically it's a much more personal record, and I feel the songs have more dynamics and depth than ever before. The songs are loaded with strong and vicious metal, drenched in tons of melody and emotion. All the trademarks of Arch Enemy are present, just more in your face and turned up to 11."
The new album will be titled "War Eternal," and Michael explains: "A lot of times life is a struggle, a war against what I like to call 'mental chains' in society that try to prevent you from living life the way you want, that try to stop you from making your dreams come true. I have always resented that and I always will. The title sums up our collective attitude a band as well; stages will be destroyed, eardrums will bleed. There will be no choice. This, ladies and gentlemen, is 'War Eternal'..."
Sweden's The Haunted has started recording an 8th studio album at Antfarm Studio in Denmark with the revamped band line-up featuring founding members Jonas Björler (Bass) and Jensen (Guitars), returning members Adrian Erlandsson (Drums) and Marco Aro (Vocals), and the newest member Ola Englund (Guitars).
This currently untitled full-length will be produced by Tue Madsen, who has already worked with the band on previous releases. Check out a video message from drummer Adrian Erlandsson and guitarist Ola Englund from the studio below. The band also comments:
"Here you go, folks; picture proof of the cursed, grueling, back-breaking yet eventually immensely rewarding process of recording an album. How about Tue's use of an empty pool for that special reverb effect!? You can't buy that shit as a plug-in (Hey...Wait a minute...Maybe you can?). Anyway, recording might be hard, strenuous work, but it's always relaxing to have producer wizard, and great friend, R-Tue-D-Tue on board. We love both him and his studio dog Maud.
"The songs all sound great, and it seems that we're looking at the embryo to a pretty fast album. We're hoping you won't mind the velocity when you pop the CD into the player with your dirty little mitts.
"And yup, we've released the bands that'll open for us on our Scandinavian dates. Be sure to get there on time to check them out!" More...
John Conta Jr., known as Phi from the Chicago doom trio I Klatus, was involved in an apparent murder-suicide last Wednesday morning. Authorities say Conta shot his parents John Sr. and Janice, his five year old nephew Matthew Meier who was celebrating his birthday, and then turned the gun on himself in the garage after setting the house on fire with gasoline.
"We did learn that he had spent some time in Russia as a potato farmer, and he came back after a year in Russia and the family felt that he had changed somewhat," said Oak Lawn Police Division Chief Michael Kaufmann. "His mental state was just different." Conta Jr. had allegedly not been taking his prescription medications.
Investigators discovered a gun safe in the home which contained several rifles they say Conta Sr. used for hunting. It was one of those guns that investigators said the son used to murder his family. Crews on Thursday demolished the unsafe rubble of what was left of the home. Read the full article over at the Chicago Tribune. More...
German thrashers Reactory will release "High On Radiation," the debut full length via Iron Shield Records on March 14th (distributed by Pure Steel Records). The band was formed in Berlin in 2010 and released the EP "Killed By Thrash" in 2013 via Slaney Records.
The track list for "High on Radiation" is:
1. Shell Shock
2. Spreading Brutality
3. Viral Overdrive
4. Kingdom Of Sin
5. The Raid
6. Metal Invasion
7. ABC Warfare
8. Orbit Of Theia
9. Blasphemous Attitude More...
Norwegian traditional metal act Zeno Morf will release the third studio effort "Kingdom of Ice" on March 28th via Pure Steel. The band was founded in 1987, but did not see a debut release until the self-titled album in 2009.
The track list for "Kingdom of Ice" is:
1. Souls Of A Frozen Earth
4. Kingdom Of Ice
5. Carved In Stone
6. The Home Of The Brave
7. Between the Twilight An The Dead
8. Lost 9. A Question Of Faith
10. Coming Home
11. Our Own Worst Enemy
12. Uncle Sam (Bonus Track) More...
Florida's Seasons of the Wolf will release the new 2CD "Anthology" via Pure Steel Records on March 14th. The CD will contain the tracks that originally comprised the band's first two demos: "Trick Trax #1" (1989) and "Trick Trax #2" (1990).
The track list will be as follows:
1. Crash Landing
2. Centuries Of Pain
3. Hells Fire & Brimstone
5. Death Wish
6. Nocturnal Revelation No.1
7. Against The World
8. Last Goodbyes
9. Dlrow Eht Tsniaga (a/k/a "Against the World")
1. The Blood Tree
2. Against The Wall
3. Far From The Light
4. Master Plan
5. Carry On
6. Computer Automated Death (C.A.D.)
7. Makes No Difference
8. Call Of The Wild
9. The Coven More...