Metal News for March 5, 2014
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36 news articles posted on this day.
Italy's Temperance, born from the ashes of Bejelit, has revealed the track listing for the upcoming debut album. The album is set for release via Scarlet Records on April 15th.
The track list is as follows:
1. Tell Me
3. Heavens Above
5. To Be With You (streaming here)
6. Scared & Alone
7. The Fourth Season
9. Deja Vu
12. A Thousand Years (Bonus Track) More...
Red Fang released a "performance playthrough video," featuring the band on air guitar and air drums for the track "No Hope." The song appears on the band's latest album "Whales and Leeches," which is out via Relapse Records.
Check out the video here:
Ahab has issued the following announcement about seeking fan-made videos:
"As you might know, we're just about to write a new album and we want YOU to participate this time!
"So if you're into audiovisual art in any form and would like to do a short film for us, this might be interesting for you: any idea, any technique, any twist you might think of is good – may it be stop motion, silhouette, documentary, animation, cartoons, serious stuff, heavy with meaning stuff, even satirical stuff … whatever – we'd love to see it.
"But keep in mind: Our songs are mostly around 10 minutes long. And note: we don't want t to be filmed as 'actors' or as musicians pretending to play the songs live on an iceberg, in a forest or anywhere else. More...
Devil You Know, which features Francesco Artusato (All Shall Perish), John Sankey (ex-Fear Factory/ex-Divine Heresy) and former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones, is streaming the new track "Seven Years Alone." The song appears on the debut album "The Beauty of Destruction," which will be available on April 25th (Europe) and April 29th (North America/UK/France) via Nuclear Blast Records.
"The Beauty of Destruction" was produced by Logan Mader and mixed by none other than Chris “Zeuss” Harris. The track listing is as follows:
1. A New Beginning
2. My Own
3. Embracing The Torture
4. For The Dead And Broken
5. Seven Years Alone
6. It's Over
7. A Mind Insane
8. Crawl From The Dark
9. The Killer
10. I Am The Nothing
11. Shut It Down
12. As Bright As The Darkness
13. Sacrifice (bonus track – vinyl LP only)
Check out "Seven Years Alone" here: More...
Spanish groove metal act Vita Imana released a music video for the new track "Ablepsia" from the upcoming third studio release "Oceanidae." The album drops next week on March 10th via Sobry Music. The video was directed Ibon Antuñano along with director of photography Lionel Garrote and can be seen below.
"Oceanidae" was produced by David Sobrino and Vita Imana and mastered in Sterling Sound in New York City. The track listing for the album is:
1. Depredador de Luz
4. Mar de Cristales
5. Manos de Sangre
6. Seis Almas
Check out the video: More...
Ukrainian progressive/power metal act Majesty of Revival released a new music video for the track "Infernal Grays." The song appears on the latest album "Iron Gods," the band's sophomore LP which is out via Power Prog Records.
Check out the video here:
There is now more “Trouble” for The Skull - the band featuring original Trouble members vocalist Eric Wagner and drummer Jeff “Oly” Olson alongside Trouble’s longtime bassist Ron Holzner and Sacred Dawn guitarist Lothar Keller - as the group has now recruited former Trouble bassist Chuck Robinson as a new guitar player.
Jeff Olson comments: “We are excited and honored that Chuck Robinson has accepted our invitation to join the band. He is the perfect fit for The Skull.
“I’ve always enjoyed rehearsing with Chuck as he is disciplined with his art. He’ll surely bring a bonus to the band with his experience as a former Trouble member and as a seasoned musician who utilizes both his talented song writing ability and his exceptional recording skills. We are looking forward to tour with our brother again.”
Olson added: “Chuck is more then a bass player. He grew up playing guitar with his father, also a very talented guitarist. Eric, Ron, Lothar, and myself know that Chuck is more than capable for the job. He’ll bring chops with a heavy groove to our debut album, as well as bring his charisma to the stage.”
You can also see the band live:
May 09 - Cleveland, Ohio - The Grog Shop
May 10 – Chicago, Illinois – Reggies
August 29 - Montreal, Canada - The Wings of Metal Festival
Dutch metal band Martyr are hard at work on the follow up to the band's full length fourth studio effort and follow up to the 2011 release "Circle of 8" (see review here). In the latest report, the band states:
"After some amazing studio sessions with producer Jack Nobelen, Martyr has taken time off to work on the next couple of tracks for a return to 'The Temple Of Doom' in March.
"In March we will experience and try a few different recording techniques as well in perspective of usage of different amps, different recording techniques for Wilfried’s drums and more.
"It may be clear, as we said earlier, that we want to go for the best for this new Martyr record. That might mean it will take more time before a future release but it will be worth it. Same goes for our song arrangements.
"The first couple of songs recorded will be taken back to Martyr's rehearsal room for critical listening sessions and re-arrangements. Although the songs are already sounding amazing and in our 'humble' opinion extremely good, we want the best of the best!
"Meanwhile Rop and Rick will be working on lyrics at the same time. And we also have some great live performances ahead of us. Just look at our upcoming gig list Meaning: we are quite busy and we love it!"
20 Buck Spin is proud to announce the signing of American metal outfit Obsequiae. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Hailing from the great Northern end of Minnesota, the band creates a unique, organic blend of dark, melodic black and death metal infused with traditional medieval music.
"Obsequiae's debut album, Suspended In The Brume Of Eos, was released on CD via Bindrune Recordings in 2011. Having remained an in-house favorite since its initial release, 20 Buck Spin is proud to confirm the upcoming release of Suspended In The Brume Of Eos on vinyl for the first time on May 27th. Repackaged with new artwork the new vinyl edition will act as a reintroduction of Obsequiae in advance of the band's anticipated second LP, which will surface on 20 Buck Spin later in 2014.
"Conjuring images of a medieval Europe where modern life has yet to infringe, Suspended In The Brume Of Eos harkens back to the pre-wimp-out melodic Scandinavian death metal of the 1990s; dark, aggressive, conscious of songcraft and unintimidated by complexity. Their deep knowledge of European traditional music and instrumentation is evident throughout, particularly in the ornate, colorful interludes that tie the album together like tapestries in a ruined castle." More...
San Diego, CA's Cattle Decapitation is planning a series of limited edition vinyl releases for 2014 under the banner "Decade of Decapitation "to celebrate 10 years of releases on Metal Blade Records.
The band's entire Metal Blade discography: "To Serve Man" (2002), "Humanure" (2004), "Karma.Bloody.Karma" (2006), "The Harvest Floor" (2009), and "Monolith of Inhumanity" (2012) are all being prepared in lavish gatefolds for release.
The colors, handpicked by the band, reflect the concept or color scheme behind each album. Fans will also have the opportunity to pick up a collectable box that comes with an exclusive T-shirt, both with brand new art from longtime Cattle Decapitation cover artist, Wes Benscoter.
Additionally, "To Serve Man," the band's debut full-length, and sophomore effort "Humanure" have been remastered specially for this release. Each vinyl will be released separately in the coming months. Pre-orders for "To Serve Man" are available now at this location. More...
San Francisco heavy metal cultists Castle will release the "Under Siege" album on May 20th via Prosthetic Records in North America.
"Under Siege" was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, California earlier this year with producer/mixer Billy Anderson (Neurosis, Eyehategod) — who also produced the band's 2012 Juno-nominated release "Blacklands."
Vocalist/bass guitarist Liz Blackwell gave this insight on the new material: “We wrote this album in Los Angeles, San Francisco and in the mountains of Northern California. It’s a California record. We drew from the heavy sounds of those places to write electric witch hymns of death and doom.” More...
Rob Zombie is joining forces with American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis and Alcon Television to develop a project with Fox about the infamous Manson Family murders.
Zombie, who has long held a fascination with the murders - which included the killing of actress Sharon Tate - told Variety Magazine:
“I have been obsessed with this insane story since I was a kid, so obviously I jumped at the chance to be involved in this incredible project. After speaking with Bret, I immediately realized that we shared the same vision for this epic madness.”
At present the production is seen as a limited series but is still in early development with Fox. Further details have been made available at Variety.com here.
Uruguay's symphonic metal outfit Mourn Of Deception has released a track online for streaming titled "The Lament Configuration," which can be heard below. You can also find more info on the band at the Mourn of Deception Facebook profile here.
Asking Alexandria guitarist Ben Bruce and co-manager Kyle Borman are proud to announce the launch of KBB Records and the signing of the label's first act, Scare Don't Fear.
"After years of planning, touring, writing and learning, and after ups and downs, arguments and agreements, I have grown to not only love the music industry, but understand it and respect it," says co-founder Ben Bruce. "KBB Records is a label run by artists, for artists. With my love and passion for music along with my knowledge and understanding of the music industry it's our goal to work alongside incredible artists of all genres and to create and release amazing music for the world to fall in love with."
The first band signed to the new label is Scare Don't Fear: a Providence, RI-based fusion of hip-hop and metal.
"Everyone in Scare Don't Fear is extremely proud to be a part of KBB Records. SDF are huge fans of Asking Alexandria, so when Ben and Kyle approached us about teaming up, we were stoked. We have been working at this goal for over five years and it's a very rewarding feeling to not only get signed, but to get signed to a label that has such an amazing team behind it. All of us are looking forward to building towards the future with KBB Records." More...
Snovonne has released a trailer for the upcoming new music video "One Word," taken from latest album "The Nightmare Bride." Check it out below, and the full video will be published on March 11th.
This Spring, Texas In July will head out on a U.S. headline tour with support from Structures, Erra (4/22-4/27), Myka, Relocate (4/29-5/10), and Elitist.
The trek will follow the band's recently announced Canadian tour, supporting Unearth and Winds of Plague, and aperformances at the 2014 New England Metal and Hardcore Fest.
Vocalist JT Cavey, who performed with Texas In July on a run with The Devil Wears Prada and on the Vans Warped Tour this past summer, was just recently announced as an official member of Texas In July. The band’s announcement and introduction to Cavey can be found below. Texas In July’s new album will be out later this year on Equal Vision Records.
“Going into this next run with JT being officially announced is extremely exciting. It's something that has been long awaited on our end, as well as our fans. We now have the opportunity to really share the new and improved TIJ, and what a better way than touring all throughout Canada and the US,” shares bassist Texas In July Ben Witkowski. “We’re really looking forward to meeting and talking with fans along the road about our recent changes! April can’t come any sooner!”
Cavey adds, "It is impossible to express my excitement to begin this tour through words, so I will channel my passion, as I have before, through my performances. I know we, as a band, have been longing to show old and new fans what the new Texas In July line-up is all about. We want to leave every pair of eyes and ears with a whole new intensity and fulfillment that you have never experienced from us before." More...
Fort Worth's post-punk doom duo Pinkish Black will be touring with Italian horror soundtrack/progressive rock loyalists, Kings Goblin.
The trek starts April 4th in St. Petersburg, FL, makes a stop at the historic Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, and ends in Oakland, CA. The complete set of dates can be seen below.
Pinkish Black will be continuing to support the band's Century Media released album, "Razed to The Ground."
April 24 St. Petersburg, FL / State Theater w/ Goblin
April 25 Miami, FL / Grand Central w/ Goblin
April 27 Dallas, TX / Texas Theater w/ Goblin
April 28 Houston, TX / House Of Blues w/ Goblin
April 29 Austin, TX / Mohawk w/ Goblin
May 1 Phoenix, AZ / Marquee w/ Goblin
May 2 San Diego, CA / House Of Blues w/ Goblin
May 3 Los Angeles, CA / Henry Fonda Theater w/ Goblin
May 4 Oakland, CA / Metro w/ Goblin
Additional Pinkish Black dates:
May 31 Houston, TX/Free Press Summer Festival w/ Jack White, Wu-Tang Clan, Deftones, more
June 1 Houston, TX Free Press Summer Festival w/ Jack White, Wu-Tang Clan, Deftones, more More...
KillWhitneyDead has released another song from upcoming album "Suffer My Wrath," which is due out March 31st, 2014. The new song "Replicate To Survive" features guest vocalist Justin Reich of Vanisher and can be heard below.
You can pre-order the new album on LP/CD/digital download formats right here. The track listing is as follows:
1. A Prelude To War
2. Sound The Alarms
3. Demons Consume
4. Tyrant Enthroned (streaming here)
5. Evil Lives Within
6. Tip Of My Tongue
7. Sugartooth (Mundus Vult Decipi – Part I)
8. Serpents & Lies (Mundus Vult Decipi – Part II)
9. Living Hollow
10. Replicate To Survive
11. The Death Of Celebrity More...
Finnish black metal band Sargeist today premieres the new track "The Shunned Angel" online. The track hails from upcoming fourth album, "Feeding the Crawling Shadows," set for international release on March 31st via W.T.C. Productions or the CD version, with a gatefold vinyl version to follow at a later date.
Give the song a listen below, thanks to Stereogum.com. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Feeding the Crawling Shadows
2. In Charnel Dreams
3. Unto the Undead Temple
4. Snares of Impurity
5. Return of the Rats
6. The Unspoken Ones
7. The Shunned Angel
8. Inside the Demon's Maze
9. Kingdom Below
10. Funerary Descent More...
Today the first offering from The Oath's self-titled debut has been made available online. Check out "All Must Die" in the player below, courtesy of Noisey.Vice.com.
The Oath is a collaboration between Swedish guitarist Linnea Olsson and German vocalist Johanna Sadonis, and the self-titled album is due out on April 15th via Rise Above Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. All Must Die
2. Silk Road
3. Night Child
4. Leaving Together
5. Black Rainbow
6. Silver and Dust
7. Death Delight
8. In Dream
9. Psalm 7 More...
Today Irish hardcore death metal punks Coldwar unveil the cover art for upcoming fifth album "Pantheist," which will be released via Candlelight Records on April 28th, 2014. The track listing is as follows:
1. Heart Of Darkness
2. Ether Child
3. Mazu Awakens
4. 13th Moon
5. The Falcon Cannot Hear The Falconer
7. Consciousness Paralysis
8. Abandonment Of Being
9. Last Days Of The 4th Sun More...
The upcoming split by Anthesis and Cavern will be released by Diminished Fifth Records on March 11th. Now the full split is streaming in the player below, courtesy of Exclaim.ca.
The bands will also be performing a series of upcoming shows with Halifax based metal band Dumpster Mummy. Details are as follows:
Saturday, March 8th - Saint John, NB - Pub Down Under
Sunday, March 9th - Truro, NS - Douglas St Rec Center (all ages)
Monday, March 10th - Fredericton, NB - The Capital
Saturday, April 5th - Halifax, NS - Michael's Bar + Grill More...
Timo Tolkki's Avalon, the project featuring the ex-Stratovarius guitarist, posted a teaser clip of the upcoming sophomore LP "Angels of the Apocalypse." The album is expected this May via Frontiers Records.
Guests vocalists on the album include: Floor Jansen (Nightwish/ReVamp), Simone Simons (Epica), Fabio Lione (Rhapsody of Fire), David DeFeis (Virgin Steele), Elize Ryd (Amaranthe) and Caterina Nix. The band will feature drummer and ex-Stratovarius founder Tuomo Lassila.
Check out the teaser clip here:
U.K. metal outfit Heart Of A Coward has uploaded a new video for the track "Nauseam," which includes live footage from the band's most recent tour. Check it out below, or you can also watch the previously posted video clip for "Psychophant" at this location.
U.K. NWoBHM act Satan, who released the comeback album "Life Sentence" in 2013 (see review here), announced a string of live dates, which include North America - the first ones ever on this side of the pond.
Confirmed dates are as follows:
3/01 - Hambourg @ Hell Over Hammaburg - GER
3/08 - Santiago @ Evil Confrontation - CHILE
3/15 - Brescia @ Play it Loud - ITxs
4/05 - Helsinki @ PRKL Club - FI
4/11 - Brooklyn, NY @ Black Bear Bar - USA
4/12 - Montreal, QC @ Katacombes - CANADA
4/13 - Worcester, MA @ Ralph's Rock Diner - USA
4/14 - Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie - USA
4/15 - Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter - USA
4/16 - Baltimore, MD @ The Metro Gallery -USA
5/09 - Wuustwezel @ Puntpop - BE
5/31 - Alvesta @ Muskel Rock - SW
6/20 - Clisson @ Hellfest - FR
8/09 - Dobriach @ Sauzipf Rocks - AT
8/10 - Derbyshire @ Bloodstock open air - UK
8/30 - Bergen @ Beyond the Gates - NO
On April 9th, Dutch black metal band Countess will release a new full-length album, entitled "Ancient Lies And Battle Cries," through the band's long-time label Barbarian Wrath.
"Ancient Lies And Battle Cries," the band's fourteenth full-length, features ten tracks and is the result of almost three years of writing and recording. Fans can get a first taste of the new record today by checking out "Call Of The Ancient Pantheon" below. The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Battle Sky
2. Call Of The Ancient Pantheon
3. By Hammer And Blood
4. Vengeance Of The Slain
5. Beneath The Eye Of Wisdom
6. Confessions Of A Polytheist
7. Pray For The Cult
8. Cursed Seed Of Aten
9. Burn The Throne
10. The Last Temple More...
Gothenburg outfit Mandown has checked in with the following announcement about lineup changes within the band:
"We apologize for the lack of updates lately. We've been having some trouble in the band, which resulted in Oliver leaving, but we wish him good luck in the future.
"This gave us the awesome opportunity to bring in Emil Agrell on bass, which means Max moved to drums.
"We couldn't be happier with the band right now, and this line-up feels great. Now we will begin the recording of our debut EP, coming as soon as possible. So please, a warm welcome to Emil, and stay tuned!"
Turn The Tide has a new live video out for "NMO," which comes off the band's debut EP "Black And White." Check it out below, and the EP's full track listing is as follows:
1. The Armada 01:04
2. Blackjack 03:51
3. Karmageddon 03:41
4. NMO 04:22
5. White Widow 03:08
6. Hour 51 04:46 More...
San Diego, CA death metal outfit Carnifex has released a tutorial with guitarists Jordan Lockrey and Cory Arford on how to play the track "Condemned to Decay." Check it out below.
"Condemned to Decay" comes off the band's upcoming album "Die Without Hope" (reviewed here), and the track listing is as follows:
1. Salvation Is Dead
2. Dark Days
3. Condemned To Decay
4. Die Without Hope
5. Hatred And Slaughter
6. Dragged Into The Grave
7. Rotten Souls
8. Last Words
9. Reflection Of The Forgotten
10. Where The Light Dies More...
Nightwish keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen will release his solo album "The Life And Times Of Scrooge" on April 11th, 2014.
Today, the third album trailer has been released and can be seen below. The previously posted second trailer is also available at this location. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Glasgow 1877
2. Into The West
3. Duel & Cloudscapes
5. Cold Heart Of The Klondike
6. The Last Sled
7. Goodbye, Papa
8. To Be Rich
9. A Lifetime Of Adventure
10. Go Slowly Now, Sands Of Time
11. A Lifetime Of Adventure (alternative version) (Bonus Track) More...
Patria has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Indie Recordings:
"Alright, demons. It's TIME finally!!! We're glad to announce that we signed to Indie Recordings/Norway, the major metal label in Scandinavia and one of the biggest in the world today.
"The new album is called 'Individualism' and will be out April 21st [Norway/Europe] - April 25th [Germany/Austria] in Digipak, Vinyl and Digital.
"You can check below the great cover art (created by artist Costin Chioreanu), track list and you also can listen the first single 'Blood Storm Prophecy' below. The album mastering was made by the wizard Øystein G. Brun from the almighty Borknagar."
Loath is due to drop the "Total Peace" album this coming March 21st, 2014 worldwide via Inverse Records. The label also comments:
"Loath is a relatively fresh band from Finland. The band was founded early 2013 and they entered to record their debut album 'Total Peace' at Drunkhouse Studios in the fall 2013.
"The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by K. Lehtinen. Loath's music can be described like crust with a twist of grindcore and doom. The group consists of drummer L, bassist M, vocalist/guitarist E and vocalist/guitarist V."
The track listing is as follows:
2. Masochist Karma
3. Psychic Leech
4. Irstas Ääretön Tyhjyys
6. Shortcut To Heavenly Bliss
8. The Common God
9. Slave's Mouth
10. Live Through Me More...
Michael Sweet, singer/songwriter/guitarist for Stryper, will release the debut single, "I’m Not Your Suicide," from his upcoming solo album of the same name, which drops on May 6th via Big 3 Records. Michael Sweet has partnered up with ChildHelp for the release of the single and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of ‘I’m Not Your Suicide’ will be donated to ChildHelp. The single is available via iTunes and can be purchased here: at this location. The video for "I’m Not Your Suicide" can be seen below.
Michael Sweet felt compelled to partner with ChildHelp after learning that almost half of all children who have been abused consider suicide. His intention was for the heartfelt lyrics to connect with these kids and hopefully offer some peace to those in need. Bringing added attention to the ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline, which offers an immediate 24/7 professional crisis counselor on call, and championing the ChildHelp Speak Up Be Safe in schools, Michael Sweet is sharing a message of crisis intervention and prevention education. "I'm Not Your Suicide" is a song with a message of hope and through the partnership with ChildHelp, illustrate to children a positive alternative through the lyrics of the song. More...
Italian progressive metal act Eldritch released a new music video fro the track "Alone Again." The song appears on the band's latest album "Tasting the Tears" that dropped last month via Scarlet Records. The album is the band's ninth studio release and first since the 2011 album "Gaia's Legacy."
The video was shot by Luca Passerotti and directed by Skrotosound. Check it out here:
German thrashers Tankard posted a fourth clip in a series of studio videos on the recordings for the new album "R.I.B," which is set for release on June 20th via Nuclear Blast Records.
Check it out here:
Polish stoner/rock metal band Leash Eye, featuring ex-Dragon's Eye vocalist Sebastian Panczyk, released the new music video "Been Too Long." The song was taken from the latest album "Hard Truckin' Rock" (2013), which is available via Metal Mind.
Check out "Been Too Long" here: