Metal News for April 10, 2017
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31 news articles posted on this day.
Benjamin Baret, guitarist from Australian progressive metal group Ne Oblivscaris, has released a new playthrough video for the track "Pyrrhic" - check it out below. Regarding the track, Benjamin Baret comments:
"The riffs for that song are inspired by the great Göteborg scene of the late 90', with a more modern twist to it, the harmonized guitar part relies on a descending chromatic pattern which gives the main riff its flavor.
"The break is a classical music inspired moment, the chord positions are very piano-like which is something i love to do because it allows me to approach chord progressions in a fresher way, come with me off the beaten path!"
It was 30 years ago that Jesters of Destiny's "Fun At The Funeral" debut was released on the short-lived Metal Blade subsidiary, Dimension Records. A year later, the band released all-covers record "In A Nostalgic Mood," after which JoD was unceremoniously hacked from the Metal Blade stable and, unable to land another deal for third album, "No Laughing Matter," quietly disappeared. with all the main participants going on to other pursuits.
All these years later, Jesters Of Destiny returns with "The Sorrows That Refuse To Drown," an all-new record. You can stream the full release below. Bruce Duff also commented on the album to Pop Matters:
"It's been 30 years since the release of the Jesters' 'Fun at the Funeral.' This is our third record -- we took 30 years off. Wasn't like we were just sitting around though. We've been working on these songs for a while and we think it connects with the same stream of consciousness we previously mined without looking back to '80s sounds. We think it's pretty current. It also required a lot of current." More...
Michigan hardcore outfit Turncoat just released a new music video for latest single "American Dream." The video has a 90's home video-like vibe of the band's home town showing raw footage from the Detroit area.
This single comes by way of the group's Eulogy Recordings, 2016 self-titled EP and was recently selected to be on Metal Hammer's New Noise compilation album. Guitarist Keith Keister comments:
"'American Dream' is groovy, fast paced, straight forward example of exactly what we're trying to convey as a band. Off our Eulogy Records debut EP, it's definitely one of my favorites live and on the recording. This video gives a simple 90s-ish home video vibe and show cases some of the places we drive by, live near or see in our everyday life in Michigan and shows us in a very raw and back to basics perspective." More...
In late 2014, with his main band on a pause after the release of 5th album "Paintropy," Mesmerize bass player and main composer Andrea Tito decided to take advantage of this free time to start his brand new band, Black Phantom.
He then recruited his long time friends and Mesmerize band-mates Andrea Garavaglia (drums) and Luca Belbruno (guitar), plus singer Manuel Malini and guitar player Roberto Manfrinato, both coming from Eruption.
Last year, 10 good old traditional heavy metal songs, plus one obscure Iron Maiden cover, were arranged and recorded under the banner "Better Beware." The album is now set to get an official release in May 26th, 2017 under the Italian label Punishment 18 Records.
01. Light Behind The Armour
02. Black Phantom
03. Up Is Down, Black Is White
04. Less Than Zero
05. Firebase Valley Forge
06. From An Is To A Was
07. The Absence
08. Ninth Ring Of Hell
09. The Invisible Man
10. King Of Bottom Feeders
11. Total Eclipse More...
Black metal studio project Decrepit Throne today releases the CD version of debut album "Traitor's Grave." Digital copies are also available at Bandcamp.
Guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Gregory Maupin from North Carolina joins New Jersey vocalist Ron Kaiser (Blasphemous) in offering seven iniquitous tracks of blackened fury on this release - listen in for yourself below.
Maupin started Decrepit Throne after his last band mysteriously and abruptly came to an end. The focus is making dark music, rather than the drama in which so many local musicians drown themselves. Vocalist Ron Kaiser was kind enough to perform and write lyrics for Decrepit Throne.
1. Lands of Ash 05:36
2. Lucifer's Descent 03:47
3. Winter's Call 04:36
4. The Path of Revenge 05:26
5. Your Death My Solitude 04:54
6. The Victor's Trumpet Sounds 05:00
7. A Defiant Flame Burning 04:38 More...
Swedish group Portrait, which released latest full-length album "Crossroads" back in 2014, just checked in with this update about recruiting a new member:
"We are glad to announce that we have finally found a new bassist. His name is Fredrik Petersson and is also in Nidhöggr, and formerly in The Ancients Rebirth. He will do his first Portrait show on April 29th, at the Stockholm Slaughter festival. Welcome to Hell, Fredrik." More...
This June, By Norse will release the debut album "Hydrogen" from Bardspec, the ambient project/ led by Enslaved guitarist Ivar Bjørnson. In advance of its release, today a first audiovisual glimpse into the album is presented via a David Hall-created new video for "Fire Tongue."
"Hydrogen" will be released on June 23rd across all formats. The six-panel CD digipak is available as a limited first pressing of 1000 and includes bonus track "Teeth." The double-gatefold LP is limited to 500 on black vinyl, while the digital format will also include the bonus track. Pre-orders are online now at this location.
Having launched at Roadburn in 2015, Bardspec has since evolved into a full-fledged band, with Today Is The Day's Steve Austin on guitars/effects, David Hall presenting the live visual aspect of the project, and a stunning layout created by Josh Graham (Soundgarden, Neurosis, IIVII, etc.) More...
Many bands are used to experiencing the reality of the downward sales trend by the time they get to an eighth album. However, Demon Hunter's eighth opus "Outlive" is defying those very music industry sales trends.
The album, released by Solid State Records, marks the band's biggest first-week sales numbers of its entire career, with nearly 19,000 copies sold, along with its highest chart positions. Below are the album's first week statistics:
#25 — Top 200
#8 — Top Current Albums
#1 — Indie
#2 — Hard Music
#2 — Rock
#2 — Christian
#7 — Physical
#11 — Digital
#11 — Vinyl
German death metal band Absorb just announced the addition of bassist Manfred "Popai" Kräck (ex-Obstinacy). Guitarist Stefan Pfisterer says of the latest addition:
"We are very proud to welcome Popai as the newest member of Absorb. He was the missing element we have been searching for and definitely fits in the group. We are delighted to convey our next chapter of death metal with him."
In further news, Absorb is currently working on a new album, which will be released near the end of 2017. Stay tuned for info. More...
The "Hymns Of The Underground" compilation series goes into its fourth round and has a lot to offer again, with 16 tracks and almost 70 minutes of playing time. For the extravagant cover artwork, German artist Lies Maria from Brush'n Roll was tapped, who also created the cover art for the current Across The Burning Sky album.
The compilation will be released as a free CD, which will be added to all orders at the MDD online mailorder. Furthermore this CD will be available at live shows from the participating bands, as well at the MDD merchandise stand at festivals.
01. Realms Of Odoric - The Last Embrace (Choir Version)
02. SpiteFuel - Devil‘s Darling
03. Thormesis - Waheelas Fährte
04. Fall Of Carthage - Suffer The Pain
05. Nocte Obducta - Trollgott
06. Blackend - Harmonies in Black
07. Nuclear Warfare - Bite Of The Viper
08. Across The Burning Sky - Sacrifice
09. Exarsis - False Flag Attack
10. Ctulu - Treibjagd
11. RAW - Death Bacteria
12. Wild Zombie Blast Guide - Wastelands
13. Kain - Schwarze Tirade
14. Voice Of Revenge - The Blackened Sun
15. Dementia - Abyssal Fall
16. Hellknife - Bloody Raped Dreams More...
Update: for some reason the playlist isn't embedding properly - you can listen to the whole album directly through YouTube here.
New York-based power violence/death metal/grindcore crew Buckshot Facelift is finally nearing the release of fourth full-length, "Ulcer Island," which will be released through Paragon Records this Friday, April 14th.
Ahead of it's looming release, the band has premiered an early full stream of the album via YouTube. Listen in below. Vocalist Will (Artifical Brain, Afterbirth) comments:
"'Ulcer Island' is a concept album in which the narrative gradually moves from the oblique street level view into a dreamlike introspection, Ulcer Island's blend of grindcore, power violence, and death metal is arranged in a way that mirrors this transition as the album progresses." More...
Norwegian group Legacy Of Emptiness just released a new track titled "Despair," taken from brand new full-length album "Over The Past."
Like its namesake, the song traverses many emotional peaks and valleys - scaling mountain tops with massive keyboard crescendos, then a sudden plummet to the deepest, darkest caverns of Nordic black metal.
"Over The Past" is due out June 12th, 2017 via Black Lion Records in CD/digital format. Pre-orders can be made here and the track listing is as follows:
4. Into The Eternal Pits Of Nightmare
5. Drawn By Nightmares
6. There Was A Man
7. Four Hundred Years
9. Evening Stars More...
Up-and-coming extreme metal label The Artisan Era is proud to announce the signing of Dark Matter Secret, a talented instrumental progressive death metal project started by guitarist and composer Denis Shvarts and fretless bassist Pavel Semin.
Previously, the group released a challenging two song demo in 2015 called "Xenoform" that rightly drew attention and praise. Dark Matter Secret will be releasing a debut album this June, with more news regarding the album to be announced in the coming weeks. The Artisan Era comments:
"We are ecstatic to announce the signing of Dark Matter Secret. Hailing from Russia, the instrumental trio (with members of Arkona and Irreversible Mechanism) bring forth something fresh to the table with their truly progressive death metal sound. Be on the lookout for their debut album this summer!" More...
Righteous Vendetta just announced the band will be supporting heavy rock icons Hellyeah on a stretch of U.S. dates in the month of June. Last month the band released major label debut album, "Cursed," which landed at #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart with 2,300 units sold.
The band will be touring in North America throughout 2017 in support of the new record. Speaking about these upcoming shows with Hellyeah, Righteous Vendetta lead vocalist Ryan Hayes comments:
"In the seven years of touring we have done, we have never been so excited to announce a tour as we are about going on the road with Hellyeah! Not only do we love the band and their music, but all the members have influenced us musically since we were just starting out. So excited to wreck these cities!" More...
In Articulo Mortis has released "Testament" on Herbert West Productions, the record company which wakes dead bands. Listen in below or grab your own copy via Bandcmap here. The group also comments:
"'Testament' is the album we were due to release back in the 90's era, it took us two years of work to bring you this piece of black metal. A lot of things happened since then, we are no longer part of the scene but we wanted to release this testimony of our early days in the scene but also pay a tribute to the french Black metal scene of the 90's and all the people we met through these years.
"This record will close this chapter of our lives though Metal music will always remain in our souls. We hope that you'll enjoy our Testament as much as we had pleasure recording it. Songs such as 'My Underwater Queen,' 'La rose et le marbre,' and 'Succubus' were on our 1995's demo tape 'Sombre Mélancolie' and are slightly re-arranged. 'Diaboli in amorem' is our fist ever written song. The other ones are never-released materials written in the 90's. 'Testament' was recorded and mixed between December 2012 and November 2013 in Paris." More...
In continued support of the "Affinity" album (reviewed here), Haken is about to embark on a summer North American tour. The band issued this statement:
"It gives us great pleasure to announce our return to North America! We had an incredible time last year promoting and performing our latest album 'Affinity.' This time round, we hope to up the ante by bringing our 10th anniversary tour to a whole bunch of new cities and venues, as well as revisiting some of our favourite locations!
"We look forward to celebrating our career so far with all our fans and friends, old and new. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, midday EST with special guests Sithu Aye (except Atlanta and Mexico)." More...
1989: the year of Swedish death metal birth with acts such as Nihilist, Entombed, Grave, Dismember… and it is in France that ghUSa (God Hates Us All) fits in this movement from the very beginning, under the banner of L. Chuck D., who was back then guitarist and vocalist.
2016, the band records new bloody offering "Öswedeme" (Old SWEdish DEath MEtal) for fans of Bloodbath, At The Gates, Dismember, Entombed, Grave, and Disbelief. Engineering, mixing and mastering were all handled at Jipouille de St Loup’s Studio and the album will drop on May 5th, 2017. More...
New York based rock / gypsy metal Band Vajra has released an official music video for "The Mirror," the first single off the group's upcoming "Irkalla" EP; the first of a planned trilogy of EPs with visual components attached to each song. All of these elements will tie together as a movie.
Vajra's Annamaria Pinna commetns: "Like we did with our previous video for our single '3.14,' we also did this video on a $0 budget, so we had to be creative in our scene choices, shots, location, edits, costumes and storylines.
"We collaborated with a dear friend of ours, multimedia artist, Idit Nissenbaum, who shared our vision of presenting a visual exploration of the levels of consciousness. The mirror is a vehicle from which we can see where we are, and perhaps work on things that may be holding us back from going deeper. We are super excited to share this video with you. More...
Issue one of Claudio Sanchez’s comic series/space odyssey, "The Amory Wars: Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV" was released today via Evil Ink Comics/Boom! Studios. The 12-issue sci-fi series is the 3rd in a line of comics that follow the story arc from Sanchez’s band, Coheed and Cambria.
The new series loosely follows the lyrics and tone of 2005 album, "Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness," and elaborates on the graphic novel of the same name which was released as a companion piece to the album on it’s original release. You can get your copy over here.
The story of "Good Apollo" flows around protagonist Claudio Kilgannon (son of Coheed and Cambria) who until now has been mostly in hiding since the death of his parents; his advancing physical powers have drawn him out. It’s becoming clear to Kilgannon and those around him that the he is one mentioned in the prophecies, sent by God to destroy the universe he lives in because too many mistakes were made by the elite. But to Kilgannon, none of this makes any sense. Ambellina, the blue-skinned fallen Prise who’s mission it is to watch over him – helps guide him on the decisions he has in front of him. More...
Straight from the deepest, darkest recesses of the mind is born a partnership of musical aberration, crawling from the murk in the form of Canada's Fumigation and The Path To R'lyeh.
This brutal two-some have joined forces on the CDN Records released split CD aptly titled "Invasion." Today The Path To R'lyeh releases new track "Dream Eater," along with a new teaser trailer available below. "Invasion" is set to release April 28th through CDN Records and features the following track listing:
02. Forced Vaginal Harbourage
03. Earwigs & Earwax
04. A Beard Full of Maggots
05. Dream Eater
06. The Book Made of Human Skin
07. Extra-Terrestrial Abomination
08. Y'ha-ntlei's Awakening More...
The Swedish sleaze/punk influenced metal outfit known as Sister, which hails from Stockholm, has been working hard during the last ten years earning a reputation as one of the best live acts out there.
Now, Sister has launched a new video for the song "Endangered Species," taken off latest album, "Stand Up, Forward, March." Sister's Cari Crow comments on the freshly unveiled clip:
"We went to the dirty streets of London to shoot the video for 'Endangered Species.' The video touches the current mode in today's rock n' roll scene but also reflects the contrast of people living in large cities. We wanted to capture the raw reality and London was the right place to connect these two themes. We once again worked with Rene U Valdes and Greenworks Television and they really captured what we wanted to show." More...
The death metal overlords from Dying Fetus just revealed the cover art for their 8th studio album, "Wrong One To Fuck With." The album will be released on June 23rd, 2017 via Relapse Records. Stay tuned for pre-order information in the coming weeks.
These seasoned veterans manage to further stretch their creative and technical boundaries across 10 complex tracks of pulverizing death metal, filled with more dynamic intricacies, brutal breakdowns, and varied vocal patterns than ever before.
The first press of "Wrong One To Fuck With" on CD includes an expanded, deluxe packaging and the exclusive bonus track "Induce Terror."
Additionally, Dying Fetus will embark on a full European tour with Hatebreed starting this week. All confirmed tour dates are available below. More...
U.K. prog metal quintet SynaptiK unleashed their sophomore studio album, "Justify & Reason," on March 10th through Defox Records (digitally), and via Divebomb Records in the U.S. in CD format. Today, April 10th, the album lands in various U.K. stores trhough Plastichead.
Today SynaptiK has also launched a lyric video for third single “White Circles.” Singer John Knight commented about the lyrical concept behind the song:
“Lyrically, the song describes the story of one person’s dependency on medication, antipsychotic drugs, the decision whether to stop taking them and return to a natural state risking confusion and illness or to continue on, the side effects, the withdrawals, the risks. All overseen by the ‘God like’ psychiatrist.”
Knight worked for many years within the mental health system at management level further comments, “I spoke at length with a client about her feelings towards her medication and her psychiatrist. She told me her psychiatrist was ‘like a God,’ someone who oversaw all the choices she made and controlled her life. It made an impression and I wrote this song that night. Of course, not every story is the same and medication plays a very important and useful part of people's life, it’s not an anti-medication song at all, but about the conflict a person has, the internal battle… Telling themselves ‘I’m well now, I don’t need these tablets’ without realizing they feel this way because the medication is working, the side effects both being on and withdrawing can be severe.” More...
Visionary post metal outfit Omrade today launches a teaser for the upcoming "Nåde" album - check it out below. The clip was created by Cedric Bertron with the aim to soothe the wait for this new album, but also to present the artwork by Jeff Grimal.
Inspired by general decadence over the years, Omrade will serve you the finest tunes of dark avantgarde music with "Nåde" on May 26th, 2017 in a deluxe edition, silver edition, digipack CD, and digital download.
Iced Earth today reveals the cover artwork for "Incorruptible," a brand-new studio album that’s going to be released on June 16th.
The stunning artwork (as well as additional illustrations to every song of the new album) was done by David Newman-Stump from Skeleton Crew Tattoo and Roy Young. Pre-orders are also now online right here.
"Incorruptible" is Iced Earth’s twelfth studio album. Jon Schaffer (band founder) describes the new output as being on par with "The Dark Saga" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes."
The first two new songs will be released on April 28th and April 29th, so keep your eyes and ears open. Just three more weeks to go! The full track listing is as follows: More...
While the majority of the scene is aiming for a more melodic and overall accessible sound, Caliban is plunging into darkness with latest album and heaviest offering to date, "Gravity."
After playing selected shows and embarking on a European tour with Suicide Silence, Any Given Day and To The Rats And Wolves, Caliban also just started another run of live dates.
It is the perfect timing to release an edit as well as a video clip for one of the crowd favorites, "brOKen." The video was done by Mirko Witzki in cooperation with Nova Event Solutions with make up arts coming from Kami Zero. Check it out below. More...
German power metal veterans Custard announced that the band's upcoming sixth full length studio effort will be entitled "A Realm of Tales." The album is set to drop on May 19th via Pure Steel Records. "A Realm of Tales" is the band's first album in five years, releasing the last "Infested By Anger" in 2012 through Pure Steel as well.
Since the beginning in 1987, Custard was a phenomena in teutonic steel when they burst onto the scene with great old school heavy metal songs. In a sea of like acts, Custard always concentrated on songwriting, power and melody to set the band apart.
The track listing and album artwork for "A Realm of Tales" can be found here:
1. Icy Stare
2. Queen of Snow
3. The Pied Piper
4. Arabian Nights
5. Snow White
6. Snow Away (Intro)
7. The Little Match Girl
8. Daughter of the Sea
9. Witch Hunter
10. Sign of Evil
12. Forged in Fantasy More...
Scottish punk/crossover thrash legends The Exploited has issued a statement revealing that frontman and founding member Wattie Buchan was rushed to hospital yesterday in Belgium, owing to a serious heart condition. The announcement reads as follows:
"Just to let you guys know that Wattie was taken to hospital yesterday in Belgium. He has a very serious heart condition and almost died. I saw him today and would like to thank the doctors who saved his life. Also he wanted to thank all the fans at last nights show and who turned up to support him and the band. Wattie would like us to continue the tour with out him. We will still be playing our set with guest vocalists from the casualties and others. We want to thank everyone for their support for us and Wattie. I know it means a lot to him.
"We wish him a speedy recovery
The Exploited released their first album, "Punk's Not Dead" in 1981 and were a vital band in the early eighties punk and hardcore scene in the United Kingdom along with Discharge and G.B.H. in a movement that was named "UK82" after a song from the Exploited's second album, "Troops Of Tomorrow." They adopted a more metal approach in 1987 with the album, "Death Before Dishonour," a style they have stuck with on all releases since. More...
Sweden's Ended announced that the forthcoming new album will be entitled "Five Eyes." The album drops on April 10th via Sliptrick Records.
Ended has created a own unique beast by merging modern rock and metal influences with classic rock elements and guitar brilliance. "Five Eyes" showcases a heavier and more riff oriented side of the band, where melody and lyrics continue to be of great importance.
The album is the first to feature new vocalist Micky Bergqvist, who brings fierce power and great charisma.
The track listing for "Five Eyes" is:
1. Five Eyes
4. Event Horizon
5. Myth Of Progress
8. Scarred To Death
9. Walls Of Stone
10. Silver River More...
Frontiers Music Srl is excited to announce the release of DGM’s first live album, entitled “Passing Stages," on June 2nd.
DGM’s last album (their eighth), “The Passage” (see review here) was released in August 2016 and marked the culmination of almost 20 years of hard work that started back in 1997 and has pushed the Italian band into the elite rankings of the international progressive metal scene. Over the years, DGM has managed to tour the world, taking part in some of the biggest and most celebrated metal festivals around the globe and sharing the stage with the likes of Heaven and Hell, Dream Theater, Symphony X, Avantasia, Scorpions, and many others.
With a bulletproof line-up comprised of producer/guitarist Simone Mularoni, singer Marco Basile, bassist Andrea Arcangeli, drummer Fabio Costantino, and keyboardist Emanuele Casali, DGM can now share their awesome musicianship and songwriting skills with all audiences via the release of this truly beautiful live release!
“Passing Stages” is the best possible illustration of what DGM are capable of on a stage these days,” says Simone Mularoni. “We put our hearts and souls into the making this one and managed to capture magical nights that we'll remember forever. In our career, "Passing Stages" will be a milestone in our discography and a great conclusion of the first decade of this line-up. Here’s to the future.”
Herein are captured two separate performances for fans to enjoy via audio on CD and MP3 and visually via DVD or Blu-Ray. The first show is the entire performance held in front of the inaugural Frontiers Metal Festival, in Trezzo Sull’Adda (Milano) on October 30, 2016 and has a set-list centered around the latest album, “The Passage.” “We wanted to show to the whole world how great the Italian fans are and how much we love to play in our home country, and we had the best occasion with the first edition of Frontiers Metal Festival,” continues Simone. “With our last album, "The Passage,” I think we managed to reach an even bigger crowd and that particular day was really one of a kind...the best Italian live club, packed with fans, together with a lot of friends and a gig focused on the last album.” More...
Danish power/progressive metal act Pyramaze issued a second lyric video the upcoming new album "Contingent." Check out "Kingdom of Solace" in the player below. "Contingent" is set for release on April 28th in Europe and North America via Inner Wound Recordings.
The track list and album artwork can be found below:
1. Land Of Information
2. Kingdom Of Solace
3. Star Men
4. A World Divided
6. Contingent - Part I: The Campaign
7. 20 Second Century (see lyric video here)
9. Heir Apparent
10. Contingent - Part II: The Hammer of Remnant
11. Under Restraint
12. The Tides That Won't Change
13. Symphony of Tears
Check out "Kingdom of Solace" here: More...