Metal News for March 6, 2013
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Swedish melodic death metal act Soilwork released its ninth studio album, a double-CD titled "The Living Infinite," yesterday in North America via Nuclear Blast.
On Saturday, February 16th, Nuclear Blast hosted an exclusive listening party in Los Angeles to launch "The Living Infinite," in which ten lucky Soilwork fans from the L.A. area were selected at random from Facebook to be among the first people in the U.S. to listen to the new double-album.
They were also invited to ask the evening's host, Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren, some questions. Watch the video of the up-and-coming music journalists in action below.
Soilwork will welcome "The Living Infinite" with a 54-show headlining trek through the U.S. and Canada to start on March 12th in West Springfield, Va. Support will come from Jeff Loomis and Blackguard. Dates are available below.
Ohio's Fallen Captive has checked in with the following statement about the band's drummer undergoing surgery:
"Unfortunately, we have to drop off this Saturday's Outpost show in Kent. Our drummer, Jay, has to have immediate surgery on his shoulder tomorrow and won't have enough time to recover.
"We apologize to anybody that was looking forward to our set but we still encourage you to be there! We wish Jay a healthy and speedy recovery! Our next show is at The Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana with Forevermore, March 16th."
Fallen Captive consists of:
Jay Verbic - Drums
Mitch Pivarski - Vox/Lyrics
Jim Bergmann - Guitar
Rob Warmuth - Guitar
Mike Tata - Bass
Brian French - Keyboard
Massachusetts metallers Revocation are currently in the studio working on the follow up to their 2011 Relapse Records release "Chaos of Forms."
This is the first full-length album with bass player Brett Bamberger, who joined the group in 2012 and was featured on the band's last EP "Teratogenesis," released by Scion AV. Frontman Dave Davidson commented on the recording progress:
"Today is the last day of tracking, just gotta finish up some vocals and then it'll ready for the mixing stage. We're all incredibly pleased with how this one turned out, it's going to be a very pissed off record but will also have some twists and turns to spice things up. We feel like this is some of our best playing laid down to date, can't wait for everyone to check out the new tunes!"
The band has teamed up with Loudwire to present an exclusive post-European video tour diary. Check out what happens when these guys hit Europe with Dying Fetus right here or in the player below. More...
Scalpel has released new full-length album "Sorrow and Skin" digitally through Friendly Fire Distro, and the album is available online via iTunes, Amazon, and more.
A teaser featuring samples from the album can be heard at this location or through the player below. The track listing is as follows:
3. The Woodsman
4. The Black Juices
7. Sentinels of Severed Flesh
8. Sorrow and Skin
9. The Exterminator / Human Slaw
10. Unspeakable More...
Brutal Western Canadian death metallers Xul are currently offering their "Malignance" album as a free download via Bandcamp here. The band has also checked in with the following update on an upcoming new EP:
"We are happy to announce some of the details regarding our EP. First of all, It will feature a track called 'Summon the Swarm,' which we have played live now for quite some time. There will also be three other tracks on the EP. Each of the songs has their own elements that make them unique and we feel it really shows the progression of our musicianship.
"We will be recording with Jeff Bryan once again to maintain the high quality we had on Malignance. There’s not a whole lot more I can say, but we are extremely excited to head into the studio again in such a short period of time. These are the best songs we have to date and a lot of emotion and time has been spent! We will keep you updated along the journey… until then… Pilsner and METAL!"
You can also see the previously posted video clip for "Mastication of Putrescent Empyrean Remains" below. More...
Montreality has posted a new video interview online with Mike D'Antonio of Killswitch Engage, in which he speaks about the type of student he was, past jobs, how to make it in the music business, Killswitch's upcoming album "Disarm The Descent," and more. Check out the video clip below.
The band's new album "Disarm the Descent" drops on April 2nd, 2013 via Roadrunner Records. You can also check out the band's lyric video for "In Due Time" at this location.
Today Decibel Magazine offers up the exclusive track premiere of “When The Ghouls Feed,” from San Antonio blackened death metal horde, HOD. Check out the song at this location.
The latest anthem of irreverence comes by way of the band’s recently unleashed three-song "The Uncreated" demo. With a recording lineup featuring guitarist Necron, vocalist Vladibeer Reebs, bassist T.A., and drummer Dennis Sanders, "The Uncreated" was recorded by Dennis Munoz (Solstice) and Stuart “Batlord” Laurence (Agony Column/Ignitor) and serves as a brutal, filth-ridden precursor to HOD’s forthcoming "Book of the Worm" full-length.
Proclaims vocalist Reebs: “This demo isn’t just HOD’s return to the frontlines. It’s the first assault of a whole new war and siege! It’s time for HOD to take our rightful place upon the throne. And those that survive The Uncreated will be consumed in the chaos and death brought forth by the Book of the Worm. We are here from the shadows. And we came to destroy. Fuckin’ metal!”
The track listing for "The Uncreated" is as follows:
1. Beneath The Mountains Of The Scorpions
2. I Am Destroyer
3. When The Ghouls Feed More...
NPR is now streaming the song “Spring fra Livet,” a brand new track off of Kveletak’s new album "Meir." Check out the song at this location. "Meir" arrives everywhere on March 26th.
Kvelertak recently unveiled details of a major North American headline tour. The spring trek celebrates the Norwegian rock band’s Roadrunner Records debut "Meir" and kicks off April 21st at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge. Dates are available below. More...
"The Flood Inside," the newest effort from Germany's Long Distance Calling is available now via Superball Music. Long Distance Calling has also teamed up with Prog Magazine to premiere a music video for the track for "Tell The End."
Directed by Carlo Oppermann from Abitious.Films, the video can be seen at this location or through the player below. The track listing for "The Flood Inside" is as follows:
02. Inside The Flood
04. Tell The End
05. Welcome Change
07. The Man Within
09. Black Hole More...
Maryland rockers Polkadot Cadaver have just released their new music video for “Last Call In Jonestown,” the title track from their new full-length, which comes out this May 14th via Razor To Wrist Records. Check out the clip below.
Polkadot Cadaver vocalist/guitaristkKeyboardist Todd Smith comments on both the band's upcoming tour and the new music video, “Horror filmmaker Brian Williams put together our video for "Last Call in Jonestown", which ended up as a perfect visual compliment to the song IMO. We are excited to join Psychostick and Downtown Brown for our spring tour!” More...
British shred-heavy melodic metallers Savage Messiah have confirmed a show with American progressive heavy metal legends Queensryche in the Netherlands. Savage Messiah will be supporting the Todd La Torre-fronted Queensryche at De Effenaar in Eindhoven on April 26th. Also performing are Swedish rockers Mother Misery.
Savage Messiah lead guitarist Joff Bailey comments: "We're thrilled to announce that we will be opening for Queensrÿche on April 26th in Eindhoven! Queensrÿche have been a big influence on us and it's awesome to be chosen to go and play a show with them! We had some killer shows in Holland last year and are really looking forward to going back and thrashing out with all the Savages we met over there!"
Tickets for the show are available now at this location.
Savage Messiah has also been confirmed as a headliner for the Metal Gods festival at the Intake Club in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire on May 26th. Keep your eyes peeled for more up-to-date news and announcements at the band's Facebook profile.
Savage Messiah's latest album, "Plague of Conscience," is available now on CD and limited edition coloured vinyl LP.
Richmond-based doom purveyors Inter Arma are preparing for their most dynamic material yet to hit the public, in the form of their Relapse debut, the crushing "Sky Burial" LP, now just two weeks from worldwide release.
Today, The Obelisk has hosted an exclusive stream of “Westward” from Sky Burial, joined by in-depth musical and lyrical commentary on the creation of the track, right here.
In addition to the band's previously announced tour with Mutilation Rites leading up to SXSW and far beyond, this week Inter Arma also confirms a slew of additional tour dates. New shows preceding already announced dates have been confirmed -- including a hometown record release show in Richmond on March 7th -- as well as new shows throughout the original tour and new blast of Northeastern U.S. shows with the likes of Men’s Room, Earthling, and more in mid-late April. More...
Saxon will be releasing the "Sacrifice" album in the U.S. on March 26th, 2013 and will also be hitting the road in Europe this summer. The band has now checked in with the following announcement about the support act for the coming dates:
"We are happy to announce that AC Angry will be support No. 1 and opening act for our European dates in June apart from Saxon's festival appearances!
"AC ANGRY stands for pent-up anger channelled into a feisty rock 'n' roll attitude. Their sound is comparable to early Wonderfools, coupled with desert riff grooves and a touch of late Turbonegro and their roots lie clearly in the classic rock 'n' metal of the 80s!
"AC ANGRY are facing 2013 with high anticipation. The debut album 'Black Denim' – produced by Phil Hillen (Powerwolf, Parachutes, The Vision Bleak, Vendetta) at SU2 Studio - will finally be released. Iconic illustrator Jan Meininghaus (U.D.O., Bolt Thrower, Brainstorm) is responsible for the perfectly fitting artwork. AC ANGRY are demonstrating with a total of 10 songs how a dirty rock 'n' roll album is supposed to sound!
"Welcome and keep the faith!" More...
Raven X will release new album "Essence Without Light" this coming March 13th, 2013. The Maira Pedroni-created cover artwork can be seen below, and the track listing is as follows:
2. Angel Of The Night
3. Take The Pain
4. Broken Light
5. Blood Of A Bitch
6. Immortal Beloved
7. Essence Without Light
9. Soul Suicide
10. Sleepless Nights (written & originally performed by King Diamond) More...
Antarctic metal monsters GWAR are kicking off their spring run of dates with a special "Meat and Meet" at the world-famous Grinders in Kansas City, Mo. The "Meat and Meet" is scheduled for Monday April 8th from 6-8 PM.
This event is not only for the members of GWAR to drink and eat themselves into a bloated coma with their legions of slavering fans, but to announce and introduce their brand-new and 100% edible "GWAR-B-Q" sauce, personally created for human consumption by none other than GWAR's steel-faced guitar player, Balsac, the Jaws of Death.
"This new taste sensation is mostly made out of the blood of really hot chicks," explained the surprisingly cordial space-barbarian. "It was a terrible waste of fine ass, but ultimately worth it because this sauce is absolutely delicious!"
GWAR will be kicking off the second leg of the "Fate or Chaos" tour April 10th in Tucson, AZ and will run through April 25th in Jacksonville, Florida. Support on the tour will come from Warbeast and Wilson. All dates can be found below.
The summer will also herald the fourth annual GWAR-B-Q, and this year is shaping up to have the most colossal, bone crushing lineup yet. But that's not all from your toxic mutant under-lords. Rumors of boxed sets, GWAR-B-Q sauce, GWAR beer, and long-awaited "comedy" albums abound. Further details about all of these projects would have to wait until "we get our shit together," said Oderus. More...
6131 Records has checked in with the following announcement about a North American release of the debut EP from Violent Reaction:
"Nothing makes hardcore as meaningful as the friendships it creates, especially those that defy boundaries. That is exactly why we're incredibly excited to be teaming with our friends at Mind Rot Records to release the debut EP from England's Violent Reaction in North America.
"The band started as a one-man project of one of our favorite people in the world, Tom Pimlott, and has since become a full-fledged band that will be releasing their first full length via Painkiller Records in a few months. Raging, pissed, straight edge hardcore done right.
"The s/t 7" EP by Violent Reaction has been sent to the pressing plant this week and we're hoping to have them in time for the band's upcoming North American tour in April (including an appearance at the not-to-be-missed Damaged City Fest in Washington, DC). Stay tuned for details." More...
Metal quintet Into The Flood has released a demo of the new song "Sufferer." The song will be featured on the band's debut album, due out this summer through Century Media. "Sufferer" can be streamed and is available as a free download via SoundCloud here.
The band also previously released a video for their track "The Destroyer," which will be re-recorded for the band's debut album. Check out the previously posted video below. More...
Fallen Fate has released a second studio update video online for the band's upcoming new album "Into the Black," which can be viewed below. Pre-orders for the album are available online through Pledgemusic.com here.
Southern Lord Recordings welcomes young Florida hardcore act Centuries to the label’s ever-morphing extreme roster. The label comments:
"Busting out with an emotive punk-influenced style of hardcore with elements of explosive metalcore and morose d-beat persuasions, Centuries should appeal to fans of comparable Southern Lord acts like Baptists, Heartless and Nails, but their overall sound more akin to traditional modern hardcore acts than most any other on the label.
"Amidst releasing several demo and indie recordings, the band has toured stateside alongside Old Wounds, Pray For Teeth, Homestretch and more, and toured Europe in late 2012 with Poland’s Drip Of Lies.
"Centuries has shared the stage with Gaza, Capitalist Casualties, Weekend Nachos, Skin Like Iron, Fell To Low, Code Orange Kids, Call Of The Void, Heartless, Dead In the Dirt, Full Of Hell, Ceremony, Trash Talk and Bane, has performed at The Fest as well as the Charming Man Records Fest in Germany three times and more, while two of the band’s members also hold rank in local act Dove Swallower. More...
Seeker has announced a headlining U.S. tour, "The Rise of Darkness Tour," set to commence next month. Forty Winters will accompany Seeker on the two week escapade, beginning April 5th in Seeker's hometown of Dallas, Texas. A full list of confirmed dates can be seen below.
Commented Seeker vocalist, Bryce Lucien, "We just got home from an amazing run with Corelia and I, Omega, but we already can't wait to get back out with our friends Forty Winters. This tour is going to be absolute mayhem from start to finish, and we couldn't be more excited to have them on the road with us next month. See you at a show." More...
NYHC outfit, On The Offense, will release its debut full length, "Frontline," this spring via Dead City Records. Frontline will be available for download through most digital outlets on April 9th, with a limited number of physical CDs available via the Dead City web-store.
Commented vocalist Sean Finley, "I have been in this since 1986, and I have been in a lot of hardcore bands. It took this long to click with the right guys to get it done. Collectively this record spans 20-plus years of growing up in NYHC without rehashing the same old same old, or reducing NYHC to a novelty. There ain't no games or motives or disguises about it. Listen to the record, and that's what and who we are...NYHC for life." More...
Century Media Records has announced a worldwide partnership with U.K. indie label Siege Of Amida Records (known as SOAR).
This new deal sees SOAR utilized as a central launch pad for the metal and hardcore genres, focusing predominantly on the increasingly vibrant U.K. underground scene and launching emerging international acts onto the circuit.
Century Media label manager Antje Lange says of the deal: "We feel honoured and excited to work with the highly acclaimed label Siege Of Amida. They've proved that they have the Midas touch and the instinct for catching great new bands early and we are confident that we can put the label to the next level, on a worldwide basis."
After starting the careers of the likes of Whitechapel, Annotations of an Autopsy, Heart In Hand, Ingested, TRC, and Dyscarnate, as well as being the European vessel for U.S. bands such as Impending Doom and Molotov Solution, SOAR is reputed for being one of the leading labels spearheading a movement of new exciting bands within extreme music. Many of their past bands are now with larger, internationally established labels such as Metal Blade, Victory, eOne and Nuclear Blast; this deal sees them no longer in the shadow of larger labels and able to compete with the heavyweights. More...
Houston, Texas-based old-school death/doom metal horde Blaspherian has announced the return of original vocalist Daniel Desekrator to the line-up. Desekrator was with the band from 2004 until 2008 and can be heard on the "Allegiance to the Will of Damnation" EP as well as on the "Black Death" split with Adumus and the "Behold: The Endless Glory of Baphomet" split with Evil Incarnate.
With Desekrator back in the fold, Blaspherian is preparing to release a series of 7" and 12" split releases with the likes of Imprecation, Godless, Crucifer and In League With Satan in the coming months. On August 29th of this year, Blaspherian will invade Europe for the first time ever with an appearance at the Kill-town Death Fest in Copenhagen, Denmark. More European dates will be announced soon. For details on the Kill-town Death Fest, visit here.
For more info and updates, go to Blaspherian's Facebook page. In 2011, Blaspherian released "Infernal Warriors Of Death" through Deathgasm Records. Below is an upload of the band at the Destroying Texas Fest 7, which took place at the BFE Rock Club in Houston on November 3rd, 2012.
The latest addition to Domestic Genocide’s assorted roster of sound exhibitionists comes in the form of Finnish post-black metal sound shifters Laurasia Awaits Us. The label comments:
"A studio project based in Helsinki, Laurasia Awaits Us’ roots trace back to its earliest experimentations in 2009. Following an assortment of lineup shifts, genre exploration, meditation and a long period of dormancy, only two members remain: founders Lauri Santeri Lohi and Joona Laine.
"A solid composing and recording process took shape in the Summer of 2012 resulting in their latest full-length, Apathy Remains Victorious. Inspired mostly by life, death and beyond, the lamenting hymns that make up Apathy Remains Victorious are driven forward by the truest of human emotions making for six lush, exploratory soundscapes that are at once somber and sinister. Apathy Remains Victorious will be released via Domestic Genocide Records on April 23, 2013."
The "Apathy Remains Victorious" track listing is as follows:
1. Forget Everything
2. Nothing Left To Accomplish
5. Stillborn Motivation
6. When This is Over
Laurasia Awaits Us consists of:
Lauri Santeri Lohi – vocals, lyrics, composition
Joona Laine – programming, guitars, bass, composition More...
Cattle Decapitation will be performing at this year's Hell and Heaven Metal Fest 2013. The event will take place in Guadalajara, Mexico on May 18th and 19th, and features headliners Motorhead, along with Testament, Anthrax, In Flames, and more. Fans can find more information and keep up with festival updates at this location.
Cattle Decapitation's cinematic, nine minute long mini-film for "Kingdom of Tyrants" is also available now through Metal Blade's website here. The band's latest album "Monolith of Inhumanity" was released in May of 2012. More...
Guitarist and main songwriter Jonathan McCanless, of the North Carolina thrash outfit Eugenic Death, has recently joined the ranks of Indiana power thrashers Steel Aggressor. However, the guitarist will be stepping in as the band's new drummer, replacing the departed Andrew Moore.
Since the release of Eugenic Death's "Crimes Against Humanity" on Heaven and Hell Records the guitarist has been highly praised by critics worldwide for his seemingly effortless technical playing and well crafted songs. McCanless now reveals to the metal world that not only is he is an efficient guitarist but also can hold the beat and not lose the rhythm. Time will tell what other secrets he will reveal.
McCanless is also currently working on the next Eugenic Death album titled "Under the Knife," due for release sometime in 2013.
Pyrithion - featuring Tim Lambesis (As I Lay Dying), Ryan Glisan (Allegaeon), and Andy Godwin (The Famine) - has posted a lyric video online for the track "The Invention of Hatred," which can be viewed below.
The track comes off the new EP "The Burden of Sorrow," due out April 16th, 2013. Singer Tim Lambesis, who is best known for his work as the front man of As I Lay Dying, explains:
“I have wanted to do a heavier and more traditionally metal band for a while. Being that I own a recording studio, I thought a great place to start was by asking my engineer who the best guitar player is that he has recorded. I wanted to team him up with one of my favorite guitar players growing up.” More...
While Milwaukee’s caustic crew in Enabler are still embarked on the final leg of their sixteen-city maiden European tour alongside Rotten Sound and Martyrdöd, this week another brand new anthem from their upcoming EP has just been released.
The title track to "Shift Of Redemption" opens the four song EP and can be heard via Lambgoat.com here.
Fresh footage from the ongoing European tour has been circulating online as Enabler continues to torture the masses live each night. Check out evidence from last week’s attacks on Stockholm, Sweden in the player below. More...
Imminent Sonic Destruction's North American tour will begin by playing shows with Kingcrow starting April the 28th, before hitting the road with Pain of Salvation on May 1st in West Springfield, VA. The dates are currently scheduled to run through May 11th in Minneapolis, MN.
The band has also started an indiegogo campaign to help raise money for all of the expenses they will incur on tour. Many bands that are signed to record labels are afforded tour support from those labels. ISD, which is not on a label yet, does not have that luxury. Therefore, fans can help the band by donating to the indiegogo campaign, which has killer perks. More info, including a list of perks and donation details can be found here.
The band commented on the campaign and the upcoming tour: "We would really deeply love you and appreciate your help for this to happen. We've been hoping for an opportunity like this for years now, and it's finally happened. We want to bring you guys our experience, right to your face. We have plenty of friends and fans who haven't seen us yet because they don't live in our area. With this tour, not only will we be able to completely cave your face in (musically), we'll also be able to connect with people who haven't seen us for years. To make new friends and fans. To visit places we've never been. We're going to Canada! Do you guys realize the amount of Molson we're about to drink?" More...
Arckanum has now revealed the cover artwork for new album "Fenris Kindir," which is due out through Season of Mist on May 10th (May 14th in North America). Pre-orders are available here and the track listing is as follows:
1. Fenris Kindir Grúa
2. Tungls Tjúgari
6. Fenris Gangr
11. Sólbøls Sigr
12. Lycanthropia [Necromantia cover, bonus track on digital and LP editions] More...
Danish hard rock/traditional metal act Pretty Maids posted an EPK video for the upcoming release "Motherland." The album is set for release via Frontiers Records on March 22, 2013 (EU) and March 26, 2012 in North America. The video features vocalist Ronnie Atkins and bassist Rene Shades talking about the making of the album.
The track list for "Motherland" is:
1. Mother of All Lies
2. To Fool a Nation
4. The Iceman
5. Sad to See You Suffer
8. Why So Serious
10. I See Ghosts
11. Bullet for You
12. Who What Where When Why
Check out the video here: More...
Lost Society posted part four in a series of track-by-track videos culminating in the release of band's debut release "Fast Loud Death," which drops on March 15th (EU), March 18th (UK) and April 2nd (US) via Nuclear Blast Records.
In part four, the band provides you with background information on the next three songs ("This is Me," "Braindead Metalhead" and "Piss Out My Ass"). Check out the video for "Kill (Those Who Oppose Me)" and the full stream of Braindead Metalhead.
Check out part four of the series here: More...
Thy Art Is Murder posted the second in a series of track-by-track videos for the upcoming worldwide release of "Hate" (see part one), the second effort from the Australian act. The album was initially released last October through Halfcut Records in Australia, but will be issued via Nuclear Blast on April 1st (UK), April 5th (EU) and April 8th (USA).
The track listing for "Hate" is as follows:
1. Reign of Darkness (see music video)
2. The Purest Strain of Hate
3. Vile Creations
4. Shadow of Eternal Sin
6. Infinite Forms
7. Dead Sun
8. Gates of Misery
9. Defective Breed
10. Doomed from Birth
The first part featuring tracks 4-6 can be seen here: More...