Metal News for March 7, 2013
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It has been a while since I’ve wasted precious time watching Donald Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice, but when I heard both Bret Michaels (Poison) and Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) would be contestants, well, I was in. Both had appeared in previous versions of the series, Michaels winning and Snider not. Last time, Michaels went to great lengths to secure his victory, staging a brain hemorrhage just weeks before the finale. That’s good acting Bret! As for Dee, I’m just hoping he doesn’t bring his family into this. More...
On March 30th, 2013, Italian band Echotime will release the debut album "Genuine" (distributed by Andromeda Dischi). "Genuine" was mixed and mastered at Domination Studio by DGM/Empyrios guitarist Simone Mularoni.
According to the press release, "the band is inspired and influenced by artists such as Dream Theater, Symphony X, Kamelot, Queen, Ronnie James Dio, Jorn Lande, Pain of Salvation, Circus Maximus and Winger. It tries to create a personal sound, different from progressive and metal cliché and contaminated by pop, rock, latin and funk styles, influenced by soundtracks from action and adventure movies, with a unique attention to arrangements and sounds. With its music, strength, energy, the costumes used to perform and the catchy atmospheres, the band involves the audience and drags it to Echotime’s world!"
The track list and album art are:
SCENE 1: "THE KEY"
| - In the Cage 1:14
II - The Choice 5:50
III - Running to Lead-town 1:02
IV - G - Advertisement 0:29
V - Show Your Faces on TV 4:32
SCENE 2: "THE CHAOS"
I - A Road to Rule Square 0:50
II - The March 4:10
III - Chant of Abbey District 0:15
IV - Breaking the Prayers 5:00
SCENE 3: "THE RISING"
I - Frames Inside the Lab. 0:57
II - Echoes 4:43
III -Genuine 10:10 (A New Cure) 2:45
IV - The Chemical Dawn 0:37
V - In Rebels' Hand 6:12 More...
Check out Hacride’s new teaser from the upcoming album "Back To Where You’ve Never Been" in the player below.
The French act is set to release ”Back To Where You’ve Never Been” via Indie Recordings this coming April 22nd in Europe and April 19th in Norway, Germany and Austria. The new album will be available as digipack, and as a limited box edition released exclusively in France. Upcoming Hacride tour dates are also available after the jump. More...
Fresno metallers HateFX, featuring lead guitarist Glen Alvelais (ex forbidden/Testament), have confirmed Lockup/Criminal/Pentagram singer Anton Reisenegger will lay down guest vocals on the title track for upcoming new album "Under Destruction."
Anton commented: "I was really happy to find out my good friend Gabriel had put together a new band in the US, When I heard Glen Alvelais had joined I was like 'fuck! The first Forbidden album is of my all-time favourite thrash albums, so I was really happy for Gabriel. And when he asked me to contribute some backing vocals I said 'where do I sign?' HateFX's music will really appeal to fans of metal with groove, chops and balls!"
This song, which will open the new HateFX release, serves as a strong display of the new vibe the band has acquired. Frontman "G" comments: "I thought of my chilean metal colleague Anton because we had worked before on Dogma's Superfix (mi former band) and wanted to get as heavy of a chorus part for the title track 'Destruction' and he captured exactly what we had in mind for this part. Each song has a different feel yet they come together as cohesive pieces to the overall sonic concept of 'Destruction.'"
The new album is being helmed by Chilean producer Javier Bassino for a late March release by xXx Music. Immediately after the release of "Under Destruction," the band will embark on a number of tour dates starting with the band's home turf, California. Further details will be announced shortly. More...
Relapse Records this week officially welcomes Richmond, Virginia’s masters of ethereal doom metal Windhand to the label’s roster, having signed the quintet for the release of a forthcoming LP. Stated the members of Windhandin response to their joining forces with the Relapse horde:
"We're all so honored to be in the company of so many amazing artists. To know that our next record will be alongside some of the albums that inspired us to play music is pretty incredible.”
Windhand has begun laying down tracks for the to-be-named upcoming LP in the band's home studio, The Darkroom, where the outfit will record and mix the entire album, and deliver it to Relapse for a Fall 2013 release date. More details will be made available as the album nears release. Relapse also comments on the band: More...
Italy's Lacuna Coil, Fort Worth-based duo Pinkish Black, and ambient blackened doom metallers Vattnet Viskar will be appearing at this year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX. See below for all performance information:
Wednesday, March 13th
2PM: House of Vans at Mohawk, Pitchfork Show No Mercy showcase
12:00AM: Hoeks Death Metal Pizza
3PM: House of Vans at Mohawk, Pitchfork Show No Mercy showcase
9:30PM: Six Lounge, Metal Wreckage showcase w/ ALOL, JUNIUS and more
Friday, March 15
12:50AM: Dirty Dog Bar
Saturday, March 16th
9:30PM: The North Door, Brooklyn Vegan showcase w/ PALLBEARER, JOHN BAIZLEY and more
Beyond the Shore will release new album "Ghostwatcher" this coming April 2nd, 2013. The band has now posted another DIY studio update online, which can be viewed below. The candid video sheds a bit of light on the recording process behind "Ghostwatcher."
The upcoming Sumerian Records SXSW showcase will take place at The House of Blues Annex (corner of Red River and 6th st.) on Thursday, March 14th 2013.
The showcase will feature Upon A Burning Body, Betraying The Martyrs, DayShell, City In The Sea, and Fever Dreamer with special guest openers Ice Nine Kills and To Each His Own to kick it all off. More information is available in the promo poster below. More...
A389 is stoked to announce the addition of Baltimore's Necropsy to the label's roster. A389 comments:
"The band's debut LP/CD 'Agony Defined' is a nine-track thrash/death metal assault loaded with precision shredding and the manic raw energy that made those early Morbid Angel, Slayer and Cannibal Corpse so great. And the kicker is...the oldest member of the band is 20 years old!
Russian black metallers Nabaath have announced they will be releasing a new single titled "Nuclear Satan." Check out the artwork below, or find more info on the band via Facebook here. You can also stream or download the band's full previous album "Central-A-Triangle" at the Nabaath official website here. More...
Irish extreme metallers Chosen are premiering the latest track "Defective Prospection" online, which is taken from upcoming album "Resolution," due out March 30th.
"Defective Prospection" features guest vocals from Jackie McNally and sound samples from Paul Allen. The track can be heard at Metal Music Archives here. The following press release was also issued about the new album:
"Produced by Alwyn Walker, 'Resolution' is a reflection of sheer perseverance and innovation, brimming with top-notch musicianship, well-crafted arrangements and inventive hooks. Merged with a rich audio production value, void of the sterile, homogeneous and plastic instrumentation factor, which currently dominates the commercial metal market, this debut album from one of Ireland’s noteworthy metal bands is a truly refreshing piece of work."
Drummer / Percussionist David McCann comments: “Our hope is to put our music out there, make it as accessible as possible, and simply let people discover it in their own time, free of charge. While we do respect the rights of other bands and artists who want to charge for their music upfront, we believe in this new method of exposure and it’s something we are willing to explore for the foreseeable future in this digital age of abundance.” More...
The Paramedic has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's previously scheduled show tonight on "The Bridge Between Tour" due to vehicle problems:
"Hey guys - in a raw sense of irony, our van broke down on the way to Hermiston and is still sitting in the shop waiting to be diagnosed. We don't know what's wrong with it but we'll keep you updated.
"Unfortunately, we have to cancel our set tonight. We did everything in our power to get this situated but it's not going to work out in time for us to make it with still 5 hours left to drive to the venue. We wanted so bad to play for you guys tonight and was looking forward to meeting all of you.
"We'd like to thank Will Quintana and The Grimms Den for having us on the show. Please go out and support the show and our buddies in Phinehas."
For info on upcoming tour dates from The Paramedic, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
Unique Leader Records and One by One Booking are proud to announce the return of the annual extreme metal tour "Bloodletting North America."
Heading out on this year's trek will be Franc's tech-death metal masters Gorod (Unique Leader) supported by Inanimate Existence (Unique Leader), Kamikabe (Unique Leader), and Vale of Pnath (Willowtip).
The tour will span from May 3rd to June 1st covering the U.S. and parts of Canada. Also appearing on the tour on select dates will be Fallujah, Pyrexia, Applaud the Impaler, River of Nihil, The Kennedy Veil, Cognitive, and Archspire. More...
Howl is pleased to discharge the new lyric video for “Attrition,” taken from the band's upcoming new offering of audio wreckage entitled "Bloodlines." Check out the clip below.
Recorded at the infamous Planet Z Studio in Hadley, Massachusetts with Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Soulfly, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood et al), "Bloodlines" is a 40-minute torrent of sonic animosity recommended for fans of Mastodon, Lamb Of God, Kingdom Of Sorrow, Baroness, Kylesa and the like.
The ten-track "Bloodlines" will see North American release via Relapse Records on April 30th, April 26th in Germany/Benelux and April 29th in the UK and rest of Europe. More...
The third album from Germany's Stahlmann will be released this coming April 19th. The cover artwork and track listing for "Adamant" have now been revealed, and are available below.
1. Die Welt Verbrennt
3. Wenn Der Regen Kommt
4. Schwarz (feat. Teufel / Tanzwut)
7. Der Schmied
10. Tempel Der Lust
12. Traumfrau (Bonus Digipak)
13. Licht (Bonus Digipak) More...
Hungarian neo-thrashers Ektomorf will release a new video clip next week, which was filmed for the track "Black Flag." A teaser clip is now available below.
Shortly after, the band will also embark on a European tour together with Ill Nino (with a few dates also featuring Shadows Fall). Details on the run are available after the jump.
Royal Thunder's momentum continues with the band performing on five of SXSW's heavy music showcases: Pitchfork's Show No Mercy showcase (March 13 at House of Vans - Mohawk), MetalSucks' South by South Death showcase (March 14 at Dirty Dog), the Brooklyn Vegan showcase (March 15 @ Emo's), the Converse Thrasher Deathmatch showcase (March 16 @ Scoot Inn), and March 16 on Relapse Records' Chaos in Tejas showcase at Red 7.
The band, which has been on the road for nearly a year, will join Dillinger Escape Plan this Spring for a six week tour that kicks off on April 22nd in Lancaster, PA at The Chameleon Club. The Atlanta-based group released debut album "CVI" in May 2012. Catch the group supporting the album live on the following dates: More...
English progressive-metallers Aeon Zen released their third opus "Enigma" to the world this past January on Nightmare Records / Sony / RED. Today Aeon Zen is pleased to present the fourth video in the band's "Top 5 Riffs" series. This installment focuses on the top 5 guitar riffs and can be found below.
Guitarist Matt Shepherd describes the clip: "Here are my choice riffs from our new album 'Enigma.' I chose these ones in particular because they have some greak hooks and stick in your head, and, most importantly, they're fun to play!"
Aeon Zen is:
Rich Hinks - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Andi Kravljaca - Vocals
Matt Shepherd - Guitar
Shaz - Keyboards
Steve Burton - Drums More...
Swedish black metal metallers Svartsyn have revealed details of their forthcoming full-length album entitled "Black Testament." The release (cover below) will hit shops on May 28th in Europe/UK and June 11th in North America through Agonia Records.
According to the band founder and mastermind Ornias, Svartsyn's "Black Testament" can be described as a "sinister mix between Destruction Of Man (2003) and Timeless Reign (2007) releases." He also added: "it's a journey through my spiritual darkness and death."
The album was recorded at Mortsella Studio, Sweden. Pre-orders are being taken now at at this location and the track listing is as follows:
1. Revelation in the waters
2. Venom of the underworld
3. Demoness with seven names
4. Carving a temple
5. Eyes of the earth
6. Rising beast
7. Black testament More...
Massive Assault band members Carl Christ and Fredde Kaddeth are in a new side project called Sledgehammer Nosejob, which has released a track online. Check out the song "Evil Lurks" through the SoundCloud player below.
U.K. female-fronted band Neverstar has released a video for "Don’t Call," which can be viewed below.
The clip was produced by Manchester production company Video Ink and was filmed against the backdrop of Pendle Hill in Lancashire, home of the Pendle witches who were famously trialed for witchcraft in 1612. Neverstar comments:
"Don’t Call is an intensely dramatic song, telling a heartfelt story of family dysfunction, suicide and resentment. Originally it was not intended to become a song as Sims felt it was too vivid, but was recorded after guitarist and songwriter Pieter Cronje accidently stumbled upon the lyrics and secretly wrote the music. More...
Led by enigmatic vocalist/guitarist Rosalie Cunningham, London, England's occult rock act Purson is poised to erupt on the international underground with new album, "The Circle and the Blur Door."
The first single, "Leaning on a Bear," has been transformed into a brand new music video by director Chris Martin. Check it out below. Rosalie Cunningham elaborates on the video:
"We found this great place in Brixton, South London called Cafe Cairo that looks as though it has been transplanted there from the souk in Marrakesh. It was just perfect for a Purson video, so we invited some friends along, hung out, and played. Chris Martin shot and edited the video and my brother, William, treated the footage and added the trippy effects."
"The Circle and the Blue Door" is slated for release in North America on April 30th. Pre-orders and more information will be launched on Monday, March 11th via Metal Blade here. Purson consists of:
Rosalie Cunningham - Vocals, Lead Guitar
George Hudson - Guitars
Samuel Shove - Organ, Mellotron, Wurlitzer
Barnaby Maddick - Bass, BVs, BJs
Jack Hobbs - Drums More...
Florida's Abiotic (nominated as one of Metalunderground.coms best newcomers of 2012) has once again partnered with director Dan Drescher, who filmed the previous video "Vermosapien," to shoot a brand new clip for "Facades."
The video's release date is TBA, but Abiotic has posted several still images from the shooting via Facebook. Abiotic elaborates on the video:
"The shooting for a second music video with director Dan Drescher is wrapped up and we couldn't be more excited. We shot at two locations in Orlando, Florida and could not have asked for a better crew on the set. The song we'll be releasing the video for is "Facades" and Dan was definitely in the same mind set as we were in taking this video to the next level. Prepare yourselves for something insane!"
Catch Abiotic live on the following dates: More...
Guitar mastermind Jeff Loomis has teamed up with Guitarworld.com to premiere his newest song "Speak Of Nothing." Check out the track right here.
Featuring vocals from Joe Nurre, the track will be included on the special Tour Edition of "Plains of Oblivion," which will be out on April 16th, 2013 via Century Media Records. In support of his upcoming dates with Soilwork, the tour edition of the album features three bonus tracks. A full list of tour dates can be seen below. The original version of "Plains of Oblivion" was released in April 2012 via Century Media Records. More...
Scottish metallers Bleed From Within have just released the newest installment of "The Uprising Diaries." The band has teamed up once again with Metal Hammer (UK) to premiere episode number three, which can be seen below.
This installment focuses on the recording process for new album "Uprising," which will be out in North America on April 2nd, 2013. Bleed From Within also recently released an album sampler that features snippets from every song. Check it out right here.
Right around the release of "Uprising," Bleed From Within will kick off a heavy touring cycle. First will be a European tour supporting Testament and Shadows Fall followed by the band's own headlining run throughout U.K. A list of European tour dates is below. More...
U.K. rock quartet Amplifier has released a lyric video for "Matmos," the opening track from the band's Kscope debut, "Echo Street," due out April 23rd. The video is streaming on the Echo Street mini-site right here (or in the player below), which also features the "Matmos" music video, album info, downloads, pre-order links, audio, live dates and a free MP3 of "Matmos."
"Echo Street" marks the band's first effort with its revamped four-piece line-up, delivering a subtle shift in style and allowing for a mix of the band's signature epic space rock jams with accessible pieces boasting three-part vocal harmonies.
"We are extraordinarily pleased with Echo Street," said vocalist/guitarist, Sel Balamir. "We didn't think that we could better The Octopus, but I think that Echo Street has a timeless quality about it. It's probably the Amplifier album that most people will know with time. There's something really special about it..."
The track listing is:
2. The Wheel
3. Extra Vehicular
4. Paris In The Spring
5. Never & Always
6. Between Today & Yesterday
7. Echo Street
8. Mary Rose More...
Singer / guitarist Kathie Jarra has released a video for her new band Stygmata. Check out the clip for the title track off the "Bleed" album below.
South American black metal horde Patria has now released new single "Ascendant of Darkness" in advance of the "Nihil Est Monastica" album release via Drakkar Productions on March 13th, 2013. Check out the song in the player below.
The band also comments: "'Nihil Est Monastica' is an album going through a bit fresh musical conception if compared to our previous releases. There's no walls at all concerning our creativity on this record. We just decided to do what we had to do, naturally, without any worries about labels or rules. Something that would pleasure our own ears as real Black Metal fans, you know.
"We're also mixing different influences and elements. It also has a little better production, but even still keeping that necro and lowfi characteristics of the early Black Metal sound. The cover art was signed by the great artist Costin Chioreanu (Darkthrone, Ulver, Aura Noir, Absu, etc.)" More...
Details of "Dirty," the 6th full-length album from Italo-Norwegian industrial/electro extreme metallers Aborym, have now been announced.
The 10-track double album (cover available below) will be available in digipak, jewel case, and gatefold double LP formats, and is set for release via Agonia Records this coming May 28th in Europe and June 11th in the USA/North America.
"Dirty" was recorded at the Fear No One Studios in Italy with Emiliano Natali, reprising his sound engineer role from the band’s "Psychogrotesque" album, and it was helmed by Marc Urselli of New York’s Eastside Sound Studio. The electronic part of the album is engineered by D. Loop (Kebabtraume, Limbo). R.G. Narchost (Stormcrow, Demon's Shade, Drowning Ashes) created "The Spiral shaped chamber" custom sounds library for the band. Artwork for the album was handled by Aboryms Fabban.
The first CD of the album features new material, while the second CD features two tracks from previous albums, which have been completely re-arranged and re-recorded, covers of tracks by Iron Maiden, Pink Floyd, and Nine Inch Nails, and a previously unreleased track performed by both musicians and several fans. The song was written by Alberto Penzin (CO2, ex-Schizo) and was spliced together from all the different sources. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Irreversible Crisis
2. Across the Universe
5. Raped by Daddy
6. I don’t Know
7. The Factory of Death
8. Helter Skelter Youth
9. Face the Reptile
10. The Day the Sun Stopped Shining More...
New Zealand sludge band Beastwars will be releasing its new album "Blood Becomes Fire" on April 19th, and is streaming four minutes of audio samples from it over on its website. The Wellington band has also posted a few tour dates, which follow. Below is the tracklisting and cover art for "Blood Becomes Fire," which was produced by the band and Dale Cotton.
May 03 Kings Arms Auckland, New Zealand
May 04 Bodega Wellington, New Zealand
May 10 Manning Bar Sydney, NSW
May 12 The Hi-Fi Melbourne, VIC
3. Tower of Skulls
6. Caul of Time
8. Blood Becomes Fire
9. Shadow King
10. The Sleeper More...
Sacremento based metal act Deadlands, featuring Ex-Vicious Rumors vocalist Brian O'Connor (Consfearacy), posted a music video for the song "Deadlands." The track appears on the band's debut LP "Evilution," which was issued in mid-February through Massacre Records.
Check out "Deadlands" here"
Germany psychedelic hard rock act Kadavar posted a new music video for the new song "Doomsday Machine." The song appears on the sophomore effort “Abra Kadavar.” The album will drop on April 12th (EU), April 15th (UK), and April 16th (USA) via Nuclear Blast.
The track listing for "Abra Kadavar" is:
1. Come Back Life
2. Doomsday Machine
3. Eye Of The Storm
4. Black Snake
7. Liquid Dream
8. Rhythm For Endless Minds
9. Abra Kadabra
10. The Man I Shot (Bonus Track)
Check out "Doomsday Machine" here: More...
Canadian metal legends Anvil posted a trailer for the European release of the new LP "Hope In Hell," the band's 15th studio effort. The album will be released on May 24, 2013 (G/A/S) and May 27, 2013 (EU) via SPV/Steamhammer. The album was produced by Bob Marlette.
The track listing for "Hope In Hell" 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
Check out the teaser here: More...
Swiss melodic death act Dreamshade posted a lyric video for the track "The Gift of Life." The song appears is the title track of the band's latest LP, which was issued in January via Spinefarm Records. A music video for the track "Consumed Future" can be viewed over at this location.
Check out "The Gift of Life" here:
Finnish melodic death act Damnation Plan, featuring ex-Kiuas vocalist Asim Searah, posted a new music video for the song "Blindsighted." The song appears on the debut release "The Wakening," which is scheduled for release on March 12th, 2013 via Coroner Records. The album was mixed and masterered by Dan Swanö (Edge of Sanity/Nightingale/Bloodbath) at the Unisound Studio.
Pre-orders can be found over here.
The track listing for "The Wakening" is as follows:
2. The Unknown Presence
4. The Wakening
5. Edge Of Machinery
6. Crimson Skies
7. Walk Of Illusion
9. Resurrected (Within Ourselves)
10. Grand World Anthem
Check out "Blindsighted": More...
Slovakian melodic death metal band Eye Beyond Sight posted a new music video for song "From Stars To Scum." the song appears on the band's sophomore effort "The Sun and the Flood" (2012), which is available through Massacre Records.
Power metal act Gloryhammer, featuring Alestorm frontman Christopher Bowes and Emerald vocalist Thomas Winkler, posted a new music video for the track "Angus Mcfife." The song appears on the band's debut LP "Tales from the Kingdom of Fife," which is set for release on March 29, 2013 through Napalm Records. Also avilable will be the "Limited First Pressing Heroic Edition" of the album, presented in digipak format with alternate artwork and the bonus track "Wizards!."
The track listing for the album is as follows:
1. Anstruther's Dark Prophecy
2. The Unicorn Invasion of Dundee
3. Angus McFife
4. Quest for the Hammer of Glory
5. Magic Dragon
6. Silent Tears of Frozen Princess
7. Amulet of Justice
8. Hail to Crail
9. Beneath Cowdenbeath
10. The Epic Rage of Furious Thunder
11. Wizards! (Bonus Track - First Pressing Only)
Check out "Angus McFife" here: More...