Metal News for March 5, 2013
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Channeling the very essence of the underground is Rashid of solo act Zebulon Kosted, who has put out over 100 releases and been a champion of his local metal scene for years. Covering everything from dark ambient to extreme black metal, Rashid's discography covers a wide swathe of the musical spectrum.
The latest in the Zebulon Kosted line of albums is now nearing release, bearing the unusually distinctive title of "The Corrupt Dictator Mobutu Sese Seko." In his typically a-typical fashion, Rashid recorded this album without writing a single note prior to entering the studio. Commenting on the gamble, he stated "I was very stressed about it the last couple of days before I went into the studio, but I was excited as well, it was a new personal challenge and test. The end result was a single 50 minute long black metal track that far surpasses my old releases."
Read on to see what's been happening with the band over the last few years, Rashid's new label Al-Hadid Records, and some interesting shows that can only be experienced with underground local bands. More...
Written By The Victor has released a three track EP titled "Aware," which is now available for streaming below or free download over at Bandcamp here. The track listing is as follows:
1. 50 Pieces of Gold 05:43
2. Heavy Lies The Crown 04:42
3. Perspective (crashed)... 04:25 More...
Newly reformed act Metadox (featuring former members of DesDemon) has checked in with the following press release about recording new material and gearing up for live shows:
"In this day and age, it's hard to find musicians willing to make the best decisions and have the patience to do things the right way. New York’s revitalized Metadox is one such band. Composed of some powerhouse players from the New York metal scene, the band is poised for it's re-emergence.
"Metadox was formerly signed to Metal Mayhem Music, however a deal went south and the band was put on hiatus by founder and songwriter Frank Tosi. Frank co-founded DesDemon and pursued his talents with DesDemon. Metadox’s past success is well documented, sharing the stage with Dragonforce, Kamelot, Katatonia, Moonspell, Therion, God Forbid, Between the Buried and Me, Epica, Sonata Arctica, Daylight Dies, as well as countless others bands in the NY, NJ, CT area scene.
"After the demise of DesDemon, and a well needed respite, Frank Tosi felt now was the right time to give Metadox the chance it deserves with some truly high caliber musicians.
"Frank Tosi is joined by former DesDemon bandmates, Ronald Porcelli, Mike Marrone, and long time friend Bob Neal from Stamford CT. Vocalist was cast by posting an open call on all social media and metal news sites, which Metadox received a flourish of replies. After a short search, the band choose former Livesay vocalist Geoff Rose. Geoff brings a traditional metal vocal styling with a fresh modern approach.
"Metadox have begun pre-production recordings. The new and originally written material has taken on a new life and fire, forging something really exciting!" More...
Infamous New York City street punks The Casualties have debuted a new video for the song "My Blood. My Life. Always Forward." The clip, directed by Lewis Smithingham, can be viewed below.
The Casualties recently announced a massive, four-part North American headlining tour. The first will see the band tour the east coast before meeting up with Goatwhore for the second portion, which travels through the western U.S. From there, the band headlines a cross-Canadian tour with support from Dayglo Abortions.
The last leg, which begins on May 17th, sees the band touring between several festival appearances including Punk Rock Bowling, Chaos in Tejas, and another festival TBA. A full listing of confirmed dates is below.
The self-titled debut release from White Widows - a Brooklyn metal quintet formed by members of Cleanteeth, The Destro, Grudges and Primitive Weapons - is out now via Sacrament Music.
Today the full album has been let out of its cage via BrooklynVegan. Stream "White Widows" from start to crushing finish at this location. According to a press release, the album consists of “90s-influenced hardcore with parts that would sound at home on on a Crowbar or Pantera effort.”
White Widows will storm Brooklyn’s The Acheron with Pittsburgh crust warriors Heartless this Saturday night, followed by a pair of shows with cohorts Mutilation Rites and Seattle deathbeaters Black Breath in Brooklyn and Philly this April.
3/09/2013 Acheron - Brooklyn, NY w/ Heartless
4/20/2013 Knitting Factory - Brooklyn, NY w/ Black Breath, Mutilation Rites
4/21/2013 O’Reily's - Philadelphia, PA w/ Black Breath, Mutilation Rites
Formed by drummer Kenny Appell (Goes Cube, Cleanteeth), bassist Brian Ponto, guitarists Nick Emde (The Destro) and Travis Bacon (Grudges), and vocalist David Castillo (Primitive Weapons, Saint Vitus Bar, Sacrament Music), White Widows merges NYC-style metallic hardcore and Southern sludge metal elements and production into mid-paced metallic grooves, slow-motion breakdowns and high-paced pit-swinging melees, recorded with Dean Baltulonis at the Wild Arctic in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (Agnostic Front, Sick Of It All, Most Precious Blood, Goes Cube).
Adrenaline Mob, featuring Russell Allen (Symphony X), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), John Moyer (Disturbed) and Mike Orlando (Sonic Stomp), has released a brand new tour kick-off video today at Noisecreep.com. Check out the new video now through Noisecreep or in the player below.
The band’s upcoming tour kicks off next Tuesday, March 12th, coinciding with the release of "Coverta," an eight-track EP featuring cover versions of some of the band’s favorite songs. The track listing is as follows:
01. "High Wire," Badlands
02. "Stand Up and Shout," Dio
03. "Break on Through," The Doors
04. "Romeo Delight," Van Halen
05. "Barracuda," Heart
06. "Kill the King," Rainbow
07. "The Lemon Song," Led Zeppelin
08. "The Mob Rules," Black Sabbath More...
Technical groove outfit Common Dead is set to release "Allegorize" this coming March 12th via major online outlets, which is the band's third full-length effort.
"'Outer Harbor' is a slower and quite different track from Common Dead," comments the band, "a song about retreating to a personal realm no one else can reach." Also streaming are "Modern Obsolete" (for which a music video is nearing release) and "Worldview." More...
Pitch Black Records has checked in with the following announcement about offering a free sampler in celebration of the label's fifth anniversary:
"When we were putting together our first release back in 2008 we knew that we were going to continue doing this for a long time afterwards. This was obvious from the sheer passion and dedication we found ourselves putting into that first release and this hasn’t changed one bit for any of our releases that followed later on.
"Five years might not sound much (or even 20 releases for that matter) but hey, we never bragged about being the biggest label ever! Besides, we pride ourselves in that what we lack in quantity we most certainly make up in quality! Each and every one of our releases has received a fair share of enthusiastic reviews, many of those releases have been included in 'best of the year' lists by various writers and reviewers while others have received significant distinctions. Of course we’re not forgetting the fans and how they have all embraced Pitch Black Records and our releases so a HUGE thanks to you as well for being part of this.
"During the last five years we have established some good solid relationships and friendships, both with business partners as well as with the artists we have had the honor of working with and releasing their work. Even more exciting things are happening this year, some of which include an important new distribution deal for North America (details to be announced soon), some great new releases (including new albums by Illnath and Arrayan Path) our new and revamped online store already in operation and our just-released free mobile app (currently available for Android, coming soon for iPad and iPhone). We are also working on a compilation album that will be very special in lots of ways. More...
Pursuing the End has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes:
"We are glad to introduce you our new band members: Thomas Pipitone (Neverending Pain) as second guitar, Luca Cocconi (The Modern Age Slavery, Amassado) as new bass player and Gregorio Ferrarese (Libria, Gold Rush, former The Moder Age Slavery) as new drummer.
"Last but not least: our new female singer Chiara Manese, a new powerful voice in the world of metal! She has already recorded her vocal lines for our debut album, and we can say that it will be a real blast, a new level in Pursuing The End's music! Stay tuned, in the next day we will reveal more of our upcoming studio work!" More...
Belarus based gothic act Mourning Crimson has posted a new official music video for the track "Alone." Check out the music video in the player below, or find more info on Mourning Crimson via the band's Facebook profile here.
Australia's Far West Battlefront has launched a new video teaser for the upcoming single "Malice." Check out the teaser below. "Malice" is due for release on March 11th and also features CJ McMahon from Thy Art Is Murder.
Savannah, GA's Black Tusk has completed recording the band's upcoming EP, which is scheduled to be released later this Spring via Relapse Records. The EP, recorded with producer Phillip Cope (Kylesa, Baroness) at the Jam Room in Columbia, SC, will serve as a gateway between 2011's "Set The Dial" and the band's next full-length.
The band recently hit the road for a short run of headline dates, followed up by a month long run of shows with Today is the Day, KEN Mode, and Fight Amp then a two week run with Kvelertak and Cancer Bats. A complete list of dates can be found below.
Black Tusk is also scheduled to appear at this year's SXSW Music Festival in Austin, TX. The group will be headlining both the Rock of Ages Tattoo Showcase at Yellow Jacket Social Club on Friday March 15th with label mates Howl and True Widow and the Official Relapse Records / Chaos in Tejas Showcase with ASG, Royal Thunder, Howl, Inter Arma and Call of the Void on Saturday March 16th at Red 7. Details on both of these showcases are available below. More...
Ken Mode has teamed up with Pitchfork.com to stream the full new "Entrench" album. Check out the full album stream at this location.
"Entrench" is due out March 19th in North America and can be pre-ordered right here. The track listing is as follows:
1. Counter Culture Complex
2. No; I'm In Control
3. Your Heartwarming Story Makes Me Sick
4. The Terror Pulse
5. The Promises of God
6. Romeo Must Never Know
7. Secret Vasectomy
8. Figure Your Life Out
10. Why Don't You Just Quit?
11. Monomyth More...
Starting today, Brutal Family is hosting the exclusive stream of Scent of Death’s new album “Of Martyrs's Agony and Hate” in its entirety.
Check out the album right here or through the player below. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"The follow-up to the band's debut record 'Woven in the Book of Hate' displays the solidification necessary to take the band to the next level.
"The Spaniards have been doing their thing for a long time and it shows as they blast with the same brutal intensity and technical dexterity as bands like Immolation, Origin, Morbid Angel and Behemoth. This is some serious death metal that will surely appeal to all fans of intense and downright brutal extreme music." More...
Melodic death metallers Odium, who have aggressively toured across Ontario and Quebec over the last year in support of "Burning The Bridges To Nowhere," are proud to announce they will be hitting the road once again for their headlining Ontario Alliance tour with Deathpoint and Aquila. Dates are available below.
4/19/13 Guelph - TBA*
4/20/13 Hanover - The Forum*
4/26/13 Hamilton - Club Absinthe
4/27/13 Toronto - Bovine Sex Club
5/3/13 Windsor - Coach & Horses
5/4/13 London - Brannan's Bistro
*No Aquila More...
The Heathen Crusade Metalfest 4, which was scheduled for Saturday, March 9th at Station 4 in St. Paul, MN has been canceled.
The following statement was issued by the organizers of the fest:
Do to unforeseen issues on both sides, the Heathen Crusade Metalfest is canceled. We are extremely sorry for any in convinces this may have caused. For those who have purchased tickets, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or log into the vitaltickets.com website and cancel your order. We wish you all the best and all the bands that were supposed to be on the bill. For those who already bought tickets, I will be sending out CDs that we have received from labels and bands personally. Again if you have any questions for me personally you may email me at: email@example.com.
The 2013 edition fo the Viking/Folk/Pagan metal festival was announced almost a year ago to feature bands including EINHERJER (Norway), VANIR (Denmark), ASHAENA (Romania), TRELLEBORG (RUSSIA), VESPERIA (formerly BOLEROS) (Canada), MINOS (U.S.) among others, some of whom had canceled and been replaced in the months leading up to the festival date.
Following an outing with Gaza/Code Orange Kids and on the verge of slash and burn campaigns of destruction towards SXSW, MDF and Chaos in Tejas, Full of Hell has announced a spring release for a new full length.
"Rudiments Of Mutilation" (A389 Recordings) will follow-up a slew of split 7" releases and the band's 2011 debut "Roots Of Earth Are Consuming My Home." Kevin Bernsten (Developing Nations) has returned to record the effort, while mastering was handled by James Plotkin.
Full of Hell is preparing to hit the road with Cleveland's own Homewrecker. The spring will bring another set of dates, when the young band will team with like-minded veterans Integrity and Gehenna for shows that will include appearances at the legendary Maryland Deathfest and Chaos in Tejas. More...
For the third year in a row, MetalSucks will be at SXSW in Austin, TX presenting the annual South by South Death showcase. On the evening of Thursday, March 14th, the following bands will grace the stage of The Dirty Dog on E. 6th St., right downtown: Goatwhore, Norma Jean, Royal Thunder, Howl, KEN Mode and Gypsyhawk.
The event will be free to SXSW badge holders and will be open to the general public as well on a first-come, first-serve basis. Details are below, or more info can be found at Metalsucks.net here.
South by South Death 2013
The Dirty Dog
505 E. 6th St.
Ages: 21+ More...
After signing with Relapse Records in late 2011, this week Auckland, New Zealand-based death metal horde Ulcerate will enter hometown MCA Studios to record a fourth LP.
Ulcerate’s founding drummer Jamie Saint Merat states, “After almost exactly twelve months of exhaustive work we are now in the final stages of preparation for our fourth album. This week we enter the studio to track what has become a violent, monolithic piece of work.”
The yet-to-be-named fourth opus from Ulcerate follows two albums on Willowtip Records -- 2009’s "Everything Is Fire" and 2011’s "The Destroyers Of All" -- not to mention the 2007 Neurotic Records debut "Of Fracture And Failure." The following press release was also issued about Ulcerate:
"The band downs wave after tumultuous wave of dissonant riffing and a nonstop barrage of leveling, technical percussion with organic brute force and otherworldly discordance, topped with a purely disdainful, guttural lyrical attack. Their brutally-charged, sinister death metal bears an innovative, blackened edge resulting in a catastrophic concoction not dissimilar to Mitochondrion, Mithras, Portal, Glorior Belli and Deathspell Omega. More...
Symphonic metallers Kamelot will be touring North America this fall in support of latest disc "Silverthorn" (reviewed here).
The bands Delain and Eklipse will be opening all shows. Tickets for all shows are now available at this location.
"We are really looking forward to getting back on the road for our headline shows in the US and Canada, along with great support acts Delain and Eklipse, this tour will be something very special." adds Kamelot's Thomas Youngblood.
Delain's Charlotte Wessels added, "It has been way too long since our last tour with our friends in Kamelot! We're hugely looking forward to joining them on tour this Fall, and we're hugely looking forward to meeting YOU on the road rocking the US!"
For fans hoping to get a little more involved, Kamelot will be offering up VIP packages at several of the tour stops. The VIP experience includes early entry to the show, a meet and greet with the band and an autographed commemorative poster. More...
New York death metal legends Immolation have unveiled the artwork and track listing for their upcoming ninth full-length album "Kingdom of Conspiracy." The cover imagery was brought to life this time by no less than Pär Olofsson (Immortal, Abysmal Dawn).
“The figures in the artwork have all been bound and chained and have their eyes and mouths sewn shut symbolically, showing the chilling of speech and the intentional blinding of the masses,” explains guitarist Robert Vigna. “They all make up the huge ominous structure behind them, which is symbolic of the growing security state as well as our failing structures today, and how they are slowly and methodically consuming and controlling us all. It has a very Orwellian feel to it, which is what we were going for since the album is very dark in a slightly different way.”
In regards to Kingdom Of Conspiracy’s lyrical content he continues: "The album deals with the world today and the slow unraveling and breakdown of our societies and the systems and structures behind them. It speaks of the human side to all this and how we have all lost our way and have fed into these very systems that are slowly coming apart. This is the common thread running throughout the album and the cover paints a very dark picture of the future, where these systems have completely absorbed our world, and our freedoms and we have become a part of the very fabric of these structures that we have created. Each song is a symptom of this mass sickness that has brought the world to the point it is at now, and we paint a very bleak picture of this slow and gradual breakdown and the human failures that sped this process along. This is the Kingdom of Conspiracy." More...
U.K. based modern thrash metallers Sylosis, whose latest album “Monolith” was released via Nuclear Blast in October 2012, have just announced that they’ll join Killswitch Engage on the upcoming “Disarm The Descent” European tour as special guests. Catch the band live:
08.04. NL Amsterdam - Melkweg
09.04. D Stuttgart - LKA
10.04. D Bochum - Matrix
11.04. D Hannover - Musik Zentrum
13.04. S Malmo - Kulturbolaget
14.04. NO Oslo - Rockefeller Music Hall
16.04. FIN Helsinki - The Circus
17.04. EST Tallinn - Rock Cade
19.04. S Goteborg - Brewhouse
20.04. DK Copenhagen - Amager Bio
21.04. D Berlin - C Club
23.04. D Munich - Theaterfabrik
24.04 AT Vienna - Arena
25.04. I Milan - Magazzini Gernali
26.04 CH Solothurn - Kofmehl
28.04. B Meerhout - Groezrock Festival
29.04. FR Paris - Le Trabbendo
30.04. D Cologne - Essigfabrik
02.05. UK Manchester - HMV Ritz
03.05. UK Glasgow - 02 ABC
04.05.UK Birmingham - The Institute
05.05. UK London - 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
06.05. UK Cardiff - Solus @ Cardiff University More...
Tampa metallers Dark Sermon have dropped a new single called "Imperfect Contrition." The single is the first off the band's all new LP, "In Tongues," due out later this month. Check out the track in the lyric video below.
“The lyrics tell the story of a man who can no longer live with himself,” explains front man Johnny Crowder. “A man whose future has been shrouded by his sinful past. All he can do is beg for forgiveness from God, who has witnessed every wrong move he has made.”
The "In Tongues" track listing is as follows:
1. The Sheperd's Staff
2. Imperfect Contrition
4. The Scales Of Justice
6. Forfeit I- The Crooked Quill
7. Forfeit II- Worn Thin
8. The Tree Of New Life
11. In Tongues
The new album was recorded at Audio Hammer Studios with Eyal Levi last year. World renowned artist Eliran Kantor was tapped to create Dark Sermon's very first official record cover. The band will be touring for the next several weeks leading up to the release of "In Tongues" with an appearance on this year's New England Metal and Hardcore Fest. Dates can be seen below. More...
Swedish death metal act Tormented has released a new track titled "Death Awaits," which is the title track taken from the band's upcoming album due out via Listenable Records on March 25th, 2013. Give the song a listen in the player below, or pre-order your copy of "Death Awaits" right here.
A new lyric video is now available below for "The Silent Death of Cain," taken from the upcoming The Modern Age Slavery album "Requiem for Us All," due out March 19th on Pavement Entertainment.
The new song also features Tommaso Riccardi of Fleshgod Apocalypse. You can now pre-order "Requiem for Us All" at this location.
Paris France's As They Burn has released a music video for “Dream Collapse,” taken from the band's new studio album, "Will, Love, Life."
An introduction to the group's blend of groove-oriented technical death metal, “Dream Collapse” is an ode to crashing dreams and forgotten plans for the future. The clip was directed by Tuan Nguyen of Ping Pang Films and can be found below.
You can also see As They Burn on the Bonecrusher Fest touring alongside Job For A Cowboy and more. See the full list of tour dates below. More...
German underground phenomenon Downfall of Gaia has announced a full European tour for April. The 17-country-spanning tour will begin on April 3rd in Coburg, Germany. The complete listing of dates are below, as well as on the band's Facebook page.
Comments the band: "Just a few weeks left and we will hit the road again! Can't wait to meet new and old faces ! This will be the first part of our European tour 2013. Part 2 will follow in June and Part 3 in October. See you on the road."
"Living Flesh," the live audio/visual experience masterminded by famed artist and visual effects director Nader Sadek, is now streaming in full. Self-released last week, "Living Flesh" can now be seen and heard online in its entirety. To stream the audio portion of "Living Flesh," visit this location. The DVD is now playing for a limited time only below.
Recorded at Santos Party House in Manhattan during the band's first live performance of the 2011 release "In The Flesh," "Living Flesh" is available as a signed CD/DVD, CD/Blu-Ray (limited to 20 copies), LP/Blu-Ray combo, limited edition LP (500 copies), LP with digital video download and as a digital download. Next month will see Nader Sadek issue a unique piece relating to the release, with details coming soon.
Heaven and Hell Records will be reissuing "The Future is Now" from Connecticut power metal band ESP in March 2013. This will be the first time that the album has ever officially been released on CD. The release will include the full "The Future is Now" album and bonus unreleased demo tracks of non-album songs, all re-mastered by Jamie King at The Basement Studios in Winston Salem, N.C.
ESP formed in New Haven, Connecticut in 1985 and issued its first five song demo in 1986. The demo landed them a deal with Metal Blade records that led to their inclusion on the compilation Metal Massacre Vol. 8 with the track "Take 'em Alive". The following year Dream Records release the bands one and only full-length "The Future is Now." They would gain momentum throughout the Northeast playing shows with such bands as Fates Warning, Obsession, Liege Lord, and Wrathchild America. The band continued to demo material but eventually split apart. Check out the album trailer below.
Norwegian progressive death metal outfit Okular has self-released its sophomore effort "Sexforce" today. The album features guest contributions from Borknagar's Vinstersorg and Susperia's Athera. The CD comes with a 24-page booklet, including full lyrics and one hand-drawn illustration for each song. The band has joined forces with AxisOfMetal.com for a full album stream of "Sexforce." Check it out at this location, or below in the player.
Brazilian band Dynahead has posted the lyric video for the track "Bred Patterns," which comes off its latest release "Chordata 1," set to be released on May 11th. The Brazilian digipak version will be released on MSMetal Records/Voice Music, and the digital version has been out since February 14th via Digmetalworld Records in North America. The band has also announced that it will be releasing all the album tracks via video format in the near future. Stream the entire nine-song "Chordata 1" release over at Digmetalworld.
Chilean blackgaze band Bauda has finally released the official video for the track "Ghosts of Phanthalassa," the epic track from the band's latest second endeavor "Euphoria...of Flesh, Men and the Great Escape." The album tackles the subject of the old whaling station Ballenera Quintay and man's inhumanity to other living creatures. "Euphoria..." was released on the Italian label ATMF and can be streamed at this location.
According to the website novinky.cz, Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe was acquitted by the Prague Municipal Court for charges of manslaughter stemming from incident of May 24, 2010, which led to a death of a fan. Blythe faced up to ten years in prison for the incident where he allegedly threw a fan from the stage, though video footage showed that he was clearly innocent and the Court agreed.
According to the article, the Court ruled that Blythe did not commit an act of crime. In the final argument before the decision, Blythe told the Court: "I would like to thank the family of Daniel Nosek for not attacking me in the press and for their kind words to me in this court. I am very sorry for their loss. Daniel was a fan of my band. I had no wish to harm him. He was just a boy and I wish he was still here. If, ultimately the Czech legal system sentences me to prison, I will do my sentence like a man. If I am to remain free, I will do my best to insure that conditions at this concert will not occur again with my band and other bands so that the fans will remain safe. I have searched for an answer to this situation. The only one I can find is that it was a tragic, horrible accident."
At one stage of the proceedings, prosecutors asked for a five year prison sentence. The family of the victim was seeking 10 million Czech Koruna in damages.
Italian progressive metal act Kingcrow posted a new music video for the track "Morning Rain." The song appears on the band's new LP "In Crescendo," which was release last month via Sensory Records. The song was written by Diego Cafolla and Devilnax and the video was filmed and directed by Mauro Marani Studio.
Check out "Morning Rain" here:
Argentinian groove metal act Stone Dözer is streaming a second new track "Snake Eyes." The song appears on the band's upcoming sophomore LP "SD II," which is due for release this year (no confirmed date announced as of yet). The band's first LP "Long Live the King" is available now through iTunes. Check out the first track "Roll the Dice" over at this location.
Check out "Snake Eyes" here:
Canadian metal legends Anvil unveiled the album artwork (shown below) and track listing for the new LP "Hope In Hell," the band's 15th studio effort. The album will be released in May of this year, though the exact date has not yet been set. The album was produced by Bob Marlette.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Hope in Hell
2. Eat Your Words
3. Through With You
4. The Fight is Never Won
5. Pay the Toll
7. Call of Duty
8. Bad Ass Rock 'n' Roll
9. Time Shows No Mercy
10. Mankind Machine
11. Shut the Fuck Up More...