Metal News for March 5, 2012
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ArmyOfOneTV recently caught up with drummer Trey Williams of the band Dying Fetus in this video interview. Trey talks about Dying Fetus' touring schedule, his personal experiences and the new album ("Reign Supreme") the band will drop in the spring via Relapse Records. The interview was conducted at Bogie's in Albany, NY. For a list of Dying Fetus tour dates, head over to Facebook.
Jungle Rot has posted a new music video online for the track "Blood Ties," which can be viewed below. Jungle Rot is also currently on tour with Deicide and Abigail Williams. The remaining dates for the tour are available after the jump.
Death metal progenitors Cannibal Corpse unearthed their third single today, "Encased In Concrete," via Decibel Magazine. "Encased In Concrete" is the fourth track off the band's crushing new studio offering, "Torture" (reviewed here).
The band's twelfth full-length will be available to North American fans on March 13th, 2012 via Metal Blade Records. Cannibal Corpse's official U.S. headlining tour will commence this April. Sponsored by Metal Blade Records, Good Fight Entertainment and dB Drum Shoes, the U.S. Torture Tour 2012 will begin April 5th in Jacksonville, Florida. Support on the near month-long trek will be provided by Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn and Arkaik. In addition, the band will headline this year's edition of the Summer Slaughter Festival with official dates to be announced soon. More...
Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot (aka VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxCx) has signed a multi-album deal with Kaotoxin records.
"Goregrind is all about being extreme: more gore, everywhere... Disgusting as fuck artworks, ultra gory pitched down piggy squeals, blasts everywhere, etc. BUT, of the all the Goregrind acts around, during their already four years of existence, VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC (which stands for 'Vaginal Penetration Of An Amelus With A Musty Carrot') managed to get known, not only for the quality of their live presentations, but by the extreme way they are extensively playing Europe from North to South and from West to East, having played quite all countries around, may it be for tours, gigs, of festivals and naming just but a few of the countries they had a snuff fetish audience conquered by their corpse-smelling gore-o-rama would take five paragraphs at least (they're just back from Israel, right now).
"Of course, having the blasts, the gore, the extreme touring and the ultra gore artwork is far not enough to be a good band, worth being checked and praised. But, VxPxOxAxAxWxAxMxC add to this a killer sense of booty-shaking grooves and wall-crushing breakdowns, a real talent for writing tunes that won't gonna leave your memory for long and a real dedication to their (hard) work that makes this absolutely insane and unsane bunch of Austrian dudes an absolutely mandatory member of the Goregrind community." More...
More than just brutal riffs and unintelligible screams, heavy metal covers a huge range of sounds and has a massive number of sub-genres that dip into just about any style imaginable. Every week with Unearthing the Metal Underground we highlight three lesser known or unsigned bands that deserve to be heard by the wider music community, and this week includes another look at groups that are well outside the standards of black or death metal.
Last summer we delved into three “progressive” metal bands that throw in non-standard song structures, avant-garde twists, and a healthy dose of ‘70s style prog rock. Below you can find three more groups in the prog metal realm that are all unified by a jazzy outlook, some showy technicality, a strong emphasis on bass playing.
The heaviest of the three bands we’ll look at this week, Spanish three piece Continuo Renacer also happens to be an all-instrumental group, following in the footsteps as such acts as Blotted Science by maintaining a feel of death metal heaviness without using any screams or growls.
Without vocals the instruments really get a chance to shine, and the bass lines keep the music moving forward into ever funkier and more avant-garde territory. The guitar playing on the band’s latest album “The Great Escape” (reviewed here) doesn’t get left behind either, keeping up with impressively technical flourishes. The opening title track from the album can be heard in the player below. Head over to the Continuo Renacer Facebook profile for more details on the band.
For the first time as a domestic release, Goomba Music will be releasing Sinister's "Legacy of Ashes," the most recent album from one of extreme metal's more iconic and enduring bands. "Legacy of Ashes" was produced at Soundlodge Studio with Jörg Uken (God Dethroned, Dew Scented, Defloration) at the helm. The disc comes as a limited edition digipak with four exclusive bonus tracks and will be available in North America on April 24th. Check out the tracklisting from Sinister's upcoming ninth album, plus the cover art below.
1. Herd Of Damnation (Introduction)
2. Into The Blind World
3. The Enemy of My Enemy
4. Anatomy of A Catastrophe
5. The Sin of Sodomy
6. Legacy of Ashes
7. The Hornet's Nest
8. Righteous Indignations
9. The Living Sacrifice
10. The Grey Massacre*
12. Altruistic Suicide*
13. Men Down*
* - bonus track
More than twenty years after it was originally recorded and for the first time packaged as a domestic release, Goomba Music will be releasing "In Times of Solitude," the preamble album from one of doom metal's pioneering bands, Solitude Aeturnus. The disc marks the official domestic release of the rare "Justice For All" EP from 1988 with four more rare bonus tracks and features an extensive booklet with rare photos and more material from the bands' early days. The tracks on "In Times of Solitude" were re-mastered and compiled by band leader John Perez. "In Times of Solitude" will be out in North America on April 24th. The tracklisting and cover art follows below.
1. It Came Upon One Night (Demo Version 1988)
2. Transcending Sentinels (Demo Version 1988)
3. Into Battle (Demo Version 1988)
4. Sojourner (Demo Version 1988)
5. Where Angels Dare To Treat (Demo Version 1988)
6. Remembrance Of A Live (Rehearsal Session 1987)
7. And Justice For All (Live At Joe's Garage 1988)
8. Sojourner (Rehearsal Session 1988)
9. Mirror Of Sorrow (Demo Tape 1988)
Finnish death metal supergroup Barren Earth, featuring current and former members of acts such as Amorphis, Moonsorrow, Swallow the Sun, and Kreator, burst onto the metal scene in 2009 with the "Our Twilight" EP, which manged to pique the interest of fans of melodic death metal and Finnish doom acts.
When the follow-up debut full-length "Curse of the Red River" came around the next year it became apparent that Barren Earth would be at the forefront of the progressive death metal scene, mixing in elements of prog rock with influences from all the member's other projects.
The time has now come for Barren Earth to prove it can keep the momentum going and continue to provide quality death metal steeped in progressive and melodic sounds with the release of the new album "The Devil's Resolve" (reviewed here).
The album isn't set to drop until March 12th/13th, but Metalunderground.com is very proud to provide you with a preview of the first three tracks off the upcoming new opus. Get a taste of the coming prog/death madness by listening to "Passing of the Crimson Shadows," "The Rains Begin," and "Vintage Warlords" in the player below. Barren Earth also recently released a new music video for "The Rains Begin," which is available for viewing here.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Passing Of The Crimson Shadows
2. The Rains Begin
3. Vintage Warlords
4. As It Is Written
5. The Dead Exiles
6. Oriental Pyre
7. White Field
8. Where All Stories End
9. Martyrs of Devotion (Special Edition)
10. World in Haze (Special Edition)
As with most acts that helped popularize entire genres and subgenres, Switzerland's Eluveitie has found itself in a rare position vis-à-vis the so-dubbed "folk metal" movement: that of reluctant leader, the inspirational force with casual indifference to the trend that exploded around them. For this reason, the new LP "Helvetios" whisks the band yet a few echelons higher than the crowd and freshly re-stamps their inimitable brand of mournful, grinding Celtic fury. On the eve of the album's North American release, Eluveitie offered direct support to headliners Children Of Bodom at Montreal's Metropolis. It was here that band founder, songwriter, and frontman Chrigel Glanzmann made himself available for a few questions. More...
Solid State Records is pleased to announce the release of To Speak Of Wolves' second full-length album, "Find Your Worth, Come Home," available online and in stores everywhere May 22nd. Solid State commented on the upcoming release:
"The band's first album with dynamic new frontman Gage Speas, 'Find Your Worth, Come Home' sees the revitalized lineup reaching into darker, heavier and faster territory. It’s an album of rediscovery, and an album that freshly stamps what To Speak of Wolves is about, from the title on down."
“The title is about we've been doing - finding ourselves as a band, proving what are and doing what we do best,” explains drummer and founding member Phil Chamberlain. “This record is something that we're incredibly proud of. We've gotten a lot of compliments about how intense we are live and I don't think that came across on the first album. This time around we went into the recording process wanting to make sure to capture that intensity, and I think we did that." More...
Portugal's Disaffected will be releasing the new album "Rebirth" via Massacre Records on May 25th, 2012. The band has now revealed the "Rebrith" artwork, which can be viewed below.
Disaffected also recently shot a music video for the track "The Rebirth Of..." to be released in the near future. Fore more details on Disaffected, check out the band's Facebook profile.
The third installment of The Contortionist’s new video blog series is now posted online through MetalInjection.net and can also be found below. Episode three takes you back inside the studio with guitarists Robby Baca and Cameron Maynard as they track new music. The band also answers questions about the recording process, their time at Audiohammer Studios, and more. One more update is scheduled to post next week, so stay tuned!
The Contortionist made the trek down to Audiohammer Studios in Orlando, FL last week to record the follow-up to "Exoplanet." Famed producers Jason Suecof and Eyal Levi (August Burns Red, The Black Dahlia Murder) are producing the new release, which is set to hit stores in late spring/early summer 2012. More...
Swedish djentlemen Vildhjarta recently released the full-length debut, "Måsstaden" (reviewed here). To show off the band's technical prowess, Vildhjarta's own Daniel Bergström has now launched a guitar play-through of the track "benblåst," which can be viewed below.
"Fire Make Thunder" marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as OSI. Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (Fates Warning, Arch/Matheos) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key, former Dream Theater keyboardist), OSI is a long distance partnership, both musicians typically writing and recording alone and sending song ideas back and forth for further elaboration. Written and recorded throughout most of 2011, this latest release once again reflects the eclectic influences of both Matheos and Moore.
"Fire Make Thunder" is slated for a March 27th release via Metal Blade Records. Today Decibel Magazine's "Deciblog" is hosting an exclusive premiere of a track from "Fire Make Thunder." Get a first listen to the first track on the album "Cold Call" at this location. More...
5 Star Grave has posted another song sample online from the band's upcoming new album. Check out the sample of "When The Lights Go Out" below. The band also commented:
"Right people, the new album has been delayed again, now it's a May release!
"To celebrate the fact that you don't have to save your money no more to purchase the record in the near future and you can spend it in drugs, alcohol, prostitutes or whatever you prefer to cheer up your mood we uploaded a brand new sample taken from the song When The Lights Go Out here.
"Needless to say this is our personal homage to the glorious 80s, so raise your fist and yell while listening to this tune!" More...
God Forbid has posted a third studio video clip from the making of the "Equilibrium" album, which can be viewed below. "Equilibrium" is due out on March 26th, 2012. Victory Records commented on the video:
"'The Making of Equilibrium' video series gives you the first look at God Forbid's upcoming album from inside the studio.
"Part 3 features exclusive footage of guitarist/vocalist Doc Coyle as he talks about what it was like to work with producer Mark Lewis. Guitarist Matt Wicklund also discusses what he brings to the table for Equilibrium.
"Watch the studio update, including a clip of a new track called 'Overcome,' now!
Turkish black metal act Moribund Oblivion has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming "Sonu Gelmeyen" music video. Check out the clip below. For more information on Moribund Oblivion, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Converge has posted the following brief statement online about finishing the vocal recording sessions for an upcoming new album:
"Finished vocals for the new Converge album last night. The session was filmed for the upcoming mini-documentary on me by McFarland and Pecci."
Further details on the upcoming Converge album will be announced as they are made available. Photos from the recording sessions have also been posted online via Facebook.
Michigan's I Am Abomination has issued the following announcement about gearing up to enter the recording studio:
"We'll be heading to the studio to record our FOURTH album in less than a month. April 3rd is the date folks, and it WILL be a full length!
"Can't express how excited we are to show you what we've been working on for so long. Be sure to check back for tons of video updates/random awesomness. Love you all!"
You can also listen to the band's previously posted single "Hangin' On" in the player below. More...
A Ship Going Under has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"We are deeply sad and very sorry to announce that our good friend and bassist Jamie Sweeney will be leaving A Ship Going Under for personal reasons.
"He will be sticking around until all presently booked commitments have been taken care of, the last of which is our show on March 31st at The Bay.
"With this in mind we are now actively seeking a new bassist. Anybody who wishes to apply can contact us via email@example.com. Might be nice of all of you to come along to The Bay to wish Mr Sweeney well just as we wholeheartedly do."
A Ship Going Under also recently posted a song online titled "Release and Depart," which can be heard at this location.
Pittsburgh's Delusions Of Grandeur has issued the following announcement about guitarist Gabe Mangold undergoing wrist surgery:
"For all those who did not know gabe is having surgery on his wrist. We have been trying to figure out how to make best use of this time and we may end up writing another EP with all the material we already have written.
"We will also be planning more out of state shows and any other bands who are trying to hit the road this summer hit us up!"
Check out more details on Delusions of Grandeur by navigating to the band's official Facebook profile.
Arch Enemy has again parted ways with guitarist Christopher Amott. Christopher Amott was a member of the group between 1996-2005 and again between 2007-2011. Arch Enemy commented:
”We thank Christopher for the time he’s worked with the band and of course wish him the very best in his future endeavours.
"Thankfully, there is no drama behind the scenes here. This is the best way forward for all involved. Christopher simply isn’t into playing extreme metal anymore.
"We have already chosen and rehearsed with a new guitar player and we will complete the ’Khaos Legions’ 2012 touring cycle as planned. We are highly motivated and look forward to continue spreading our music around the world!
"Finally, our deepest thanks go to the ARCH ENEMY fans, whose amazing support and belief inspires us ever onward.” More...
Trail of Tears announced the departure of drummer Cato Jensen back in January. The band has now issued the following statement about recruiting a new drummer:
"Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: here he is! The new Trail of Tears drummer, Bjørn Dugstad Rønnow. We are looking very much forward to hit the road together and hope that you will all give him a warm welcome!"
For more details on Trail of Tears, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Boston, Massachusetts stoner rock band Summoner is streaming its eight-song debut album "Phoenix" over on Bandcamp. Summoner is a four piece band that used to be known as Riff Cannon until 2007. Listen to the album below, which was engineered and mixed by AJ Peters and Chris Johnson at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA.
Mudgate has announced the final schedule of MudTourFest 2012 (the sludge/stoner/doom meeting) featuring Cultura Tres (Ven), Pendejo (NL), Banda de la Muerte (ARG) and Undersmile (UK). The Netherlands has the chance to experience this unique combination of South American, British and Dutch sludgy heaviness and stoner riffage on the following dates:
March 28th – Winston Kingdom, Amsterdam (Cultura Tres and Banda de la Muerte)
March 29th – The Stage, Arnhem (Cultura Tres/ Pendejo/ Banda de la Muerte/ Undersmile)
March 30th – So What, Gouda (Cultura Tres/ Pendejo/ Banda de la Muerte/ Undersmile)
March 31st – De Spot, Middelburg (Cultura Tres/ Pendejo/ Banda de la Muerte/ Undersmile)
April 1st – Azijnfabriek, Roermond (Cultura Tres/ Pendejo/ Banda de la Muerte/ Undersmile)
Details on the venues and directions can be found on the official Mudgate website.
Some more show dates following the event:
April 5th – Scruffy Murphys, Birmingham UK - Cultura Tres and Banda de la Muerte are sharing the stage with Stone Axe, Alunah, Stubb and Trippy Wicked in the International Powerhouse of DOOM! evening.
Apr 8th - Cultura Tres will make its appearance on the first edition of DesertFest London.
May 13th - Perron 55, Venlo, The Netherlands' Pendejo are playing a gig with Karma To Burn.
Before joining the MudTourFest, Undersmile will play a mini UK tour with Conan, Serpent Venom and Grimpen Mire on the following dates: 23rd at The Alma, Bolton; 24th at The Black Heart, Camden London and 26th at The Croft, Bristol. More...
Texas deathcore band Tyranny Of Bella is in the final stages of pre-production for its new debut EP. In the meantime, the band has issued its new single "Ms. Divine" for download at this location. Check out the lyric video upload of that track below. Tyranny of Bella will next be performing at the Tyrannosaurus Tex Tour on March 24th in Humble, Texas. That show will also feature the bands Myka, Relocate, InDirections, Goodmorning Gorgeous and Euphony.
Baja California hardcore metal band VeRsUs Me has released its new single "Sobrevivir," which the band is offering for download over at this location. Here is a video upload of the track "Sobrevivir," which the band recorded in its hometown of Tijuana at the Divan de Alicia club during a battle of the bands in November.
Yesterday Spanish act LLVME announced the recruitment of new guitarist Belial Báez and revealed that the band's new album "Yía the Nuesu" will be out by the end of the month. Footage has now been posted online of Belial Báez showcasing his guitar playing style, which can be found below.
Sonora, Mexico technical deathcore band Portraits of Hate is streaming a new single titled "The Oppressor," which you may download by going to this location. You can also stream the song "Unholy Human Betray" over on Portrait of Hate's Facebook Bandpage. Portraits of Hate is a five-piece band that started out in the city of Hermosillo in 2010.
Militia has checked in with the following update about the release of the new "Strength and Honor" album:
"Militia is proud to announce that the release date of Militia's all new, full-length CD entitled 'Strength and Honor' is on The Ides Of March.
"We are now accepting pre-orders, which will begin shipping on March 15. 'Strength and Honor' is only available directly from Militia.
"Click here to go to the Militia Merchandise Store. If you haven't done so already, 'like' our page to access the Militia Merchandise Store. Be sure to spread the word to all in the metal community!
"All of us thank you for your patience during the long process that has led to this moment."
Negura Bunget has issued the following announcement about the upcoming "Transilvanian Legacy" North American tour:
"After 36 dates in Europe, 2012 brings new powers to Negura Bunget's 15th anniversary tour. It is now time to conquer new places. We can announce that 33 dates of the Transilvanian Legacy Tour - US an Canada are now confirmed. This one is going to be epic!
"The band is working with US artist David Richardson for some unique stage elements to be used throughout the US tour. Some elegant anniversary merchandise has been produced. Visit this location for details."
Dates for the trek, which also features Eclipse Eternal, Wolven Ancestry, and The Way of Purity are as follows: More...
ArmyOfOneTV recently caught up with the members of German rock band Hard Riot for the following video interview. In 2009 Hard Riot released a self-financed five-track EP “The Hidden Truth” and in 2011 they entered Maranis Studios in Backnang, Germany, with producer Vagelis Maranis who oversaw the entire recording and production of their debut album "Living on a Fast Lane." Check out the first single from that album, "Hellfire Rock," on YouTube.
Bloodloss released the new mini-album "The Struggle" today, March 5th, 2012. The band is now streaming a track from the album online. Check out "Paradise" in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Struggle
2. This Still Remains
3. Stand Alone
6. Paradise More...
Dutch act None Shall Pass has issued the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitarist and seeking a replacement:
"We are sorry to inform you that our dear friend Robert Koning, due to lack of time and distance, has decided to quit None Shall Pass. Although we think it really sucks, we do respect his decision and wish him all the best.
"Of course this does not mean the end of None Shall Pass, but we do need your help. We are in need of a new second guitarist that has the time, motivation, experience and sk1llz to make us whole again. More...
Massacre Records will be releasing an upcoming "best of" album from Unherz on April 13th, 2012. The digital-only release will be available for a special price on iTunes, Amazon MP3, Musicload and other digital music online shops. The track listing is as follows:
2. Sünder Vor Dem Herrn
4. Die Zeit Heilt Alle Wunden
6. Und Dunkelheit Wird Licht
7. Prall Und Kugelrund
8. 20.000 Freunde
9. Die Hölle Muss Schön Sein
10. Rette Mich
You can listen to sample Unherz tracks available for streaming via the band's MySpace page.
Dutch symphonic metal band Epica has posted the final part of a series of promotional videos for the upcoming release "Requiem for the Indifferent," which is due out on March 9, 2012 (EU) and March 13, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast. Each week leading up to the album's release, the band has posted videos with a "layer of music" of the opening track "Monopoly of Truth." The seventh and final part features Isaac Delahaye's guitar solo.
Check out Metal Underground's review of the new Epica at this location.
Check out the video here:
German melodic metal group Freedom Call posted part 2 of the making of the music video for the track "Hero on Video." The song is taken off the the band's latest album "Land of the Crimson Dawn," which is was released last week. The full music video can be seen at this location.
Check out the video here:
Finnish viking/folk masters Ensiferum are currently recording the band's yet untitled fifth release and follow up to the 2009 release "From Afar." In the third installment of studio videos, the band heads for another studio in Hämeenlinna, Sami Hinkka records the rest of the basses and
Petri Lindroos and Markus Toivonen start recording the guitars.
Check out the video here (click "CC" for English subtitles):