Metal News for April 12, 2017
Last updated on April 30, 2017 at 3:37 PM ET
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25 news articles posted on this day.
Symphonic metal crew Epica is returning for the European leg of the "Ultimate Principle" tour this upcoming November. Epica will be supported by Anneke Van Giersbergen’s new all-star band Vuur and Tunisian progressive metal band Myrath.
Simone Simons commented on the upcoming tour: “Europe! After our successful tour with Powerwolf we couldn't wait to tour through Europe again! We are coming back for you full force this autumn. A full production and an awesome line up awaits you. Get your tickets fast and come hang out with us!”
2017-05-05 San Jose (Pepper’s Club) CR
2017-05-06 Tegucigalpa (Hotel Clarion) HN
2017-05-09 Chihuahua (Expo) MX
2017-05-11 Mexico City (Pepsi Center) MX
2017-05-12 San Luis Potosi (Cineteca Alameda) MX
2017-05-13 Guadalajara (Teatro Diana) MX
2017-05-15 Monterrey (Excena) MX
2017-05-17 Bucaramanga (Auditoria Luis A. Calvo) CO
2017-05-18 Medellin (Teatro Universida De Medellin) CO
2017-05-19 Cali (Teatro Jorge Isaacs) CO
2017-05-21 Bogota (Royal Center) CO More...
Melancholic metal band Amorphis is currently touring North America with fellow countrymen from Swallow The Sun. Followed by shows in Russia as well as several appearances at European festivals, the Finns will be supporting Danish rockers Volbeat all across the continent.
To bridge the gaps between these open air shows, Amorphis just announced eight headlining shows in Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland and Denmark. The band's whole tour itinerary can be found below:
w/Swallow The Sun
12.04. USA Merriam, KS - Aftershock
14.04. USA Dallas, TX - Trees
15.04. USA San Antonio, TX - Fitzgeralds
16.04. USA Houston, TX - Scout Bar
17.04. USA New Orleans, LA - Southport Hall
18.04. USA Tampa, FL - The Orpheum
19.04. USA Orlando, FL - The Haven
20.04. USA Athens, GA - Georgia Theatre
21.04. USA Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
22.04. USA Worcester, MA - New England Metal & Hardcore Festival
23.04. USA Amityville, NY - Revolution Bar & Music Hall More...
Today the Italian black metallers from Naudiz stream the entirety of their second album, "Wulfasa Kunja," in the SoundCloud player below.
The album is set for international release on April 14th via Iron Bonehead Productions on both CD and vinyl LP formats and features the following track listing:
2. Vali ok Nari
6. Geri ok Freki
8. Wulfasa Kunja More...
Darren Cowan of Shapeshifter PR interviewed vampire, Valentine Berlin, about his debut, self-titled album.
Valentine Berlin discusses his history as a vampire and rocker, the tragic death of his loved one, and what to expect on his album. Two songs off the album can be heard at this location and the full track listing is as follows:
01. Ghost Hey Hey
02. Dance with a Vampire
03. Bats Bats Bats
04. Sons & Daughters
06. Ghost Squad
07. Freaks & Geeks
08. Witch Hunt
09. Goth Girl
10. Salvation More...
On April 28th, Norwegian symphonic black metal giant Dimmu Borgir will unleash double-DVD/BluRay "Forces Of The Northern Night" upon mankind.
Today, the band drops a third trailer for this upcoming release, and pays tribute to all the fans around the globe - those who traveled thousands of miles to see Dimmu Borgir's show in Oslo.
On this soundtrack of the apocalypse that "Forces Of The Northern Night" is, you can witness two different live shows: the aforementioned concert in Oslo, showing Dimmu Borgir on stage with the Norwegian Radio Orchestra and a bombastic choir, as well as an entire performance at Wacken Open Air with almost 100 musicians in action. More...
Bloodclot - featuring hardcore pioneers John Joseph (Cro-Mags), Todd Youth (Warzone, Murphy's Law), Joey Castillo (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Blast!), and Nick Oliveri (ex-Queens of the Stone Age, Dwarves) - just announced USA tour dates with Negative Approach, in support of upcoming album, "Up In Arms."
Due out July 14th via Metal Blade Records, "Up In Arms" lives up to the rallying cry of the album's title - the bursts of high energy hardcore act as the perfect accompaniment to John Joseph setting his sights on injustice and the seemingly endless flaws of the contemporary world.
July 14 - Amityville, NY - Revolution Bar and Music Hall
July 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts
July 16 - Washington DC - DC9
July 18 - Virginia Beach, VA - Shaka's
July 19 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
July 20 - Belmar, NJ - Paul's Tavern
July 21 - Brooklyn, NY - Saint Vitus
July 23 - Buffalo, NY - Studio at the Waiting Room
July 25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Cattivo
July 26 - Cleveland, OH - Now That's Class
July 27 - Cincinnati, OH - Northside Yacht Club
July 28 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Stick
July 29 - Chicago, IL - Cobra Lounge
July 30 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
Aug. 1 - Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
Aug. 3 - San Francisco, CA - Thee Parkside
Aug. 4 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echoplex w/ Nails, Final Conflict
Aug. 5 - Santa Ana, CA - The Constellation Room w/ Nails, Final Conflict
Aug. 6 - San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick w/ Nails, Final Conflict More...
Lyon, France dark dreamweaving group Les Discrets returns with "Prédateurs," the band's first full-length album in five years. The record will see release on April 21st via Prophecy Productions.
Ever-evolving, the sound of Les Discrets in 2017 takes a stylistic shift which sees the band’s dreamy shoegaze and metallic tinged post-rock colored with a heavy post-punk influence and electronic chill while incorporating inspiration from trip-hop and 70's film soundtracks.
In advance of the new record's release, today the song "Rue Octavio Mey" comes online and can be heard below. Known through his work in Alcest and Amesoeurs, French songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist, visual artist and film director Fursy Teyssier founded Les Discrets in 2003. The new album's track listing is as follows:
2.) Virée Nocturne
3.) Les Amis de Minuit
4.) Vanishing Beauties
5.) Fleur des Murailles
6.) Le Reproche
7.) Les Jours d'Or
8.) Rue Octavio Mey
9.) The Scent Of Spring
10.) Lyon - Paris 7h34 More...
New Jersey-based instrumental hardcore outfit NY In 64 will present expansive second album, "The Gentle Indifference Of The Night," this May 26th through Magic Bullet Records.
The follow-up to 2015's self-titled debut documents NY In 64 pushing the sonic template to new heights, realizing an even more refined and uniquely inspired style of instrumental hardcore aggression. The hooks are bigger, the musicianship has broken through the ceiling, the dynamics are deeper and far more textured.
The album's guitars and bass were recorded by Chris Alfano at Volume Fact, with the drums and additional guitars recorded by John Ferrara at Portrait Recording Studios. The record was mixed by Scott Evans at Antisleep Audio, and mastered by Nick Zampiello at New Alliance East, and its layout completed with photography by Justin Hock and layout by the band and Brent Eyestone. More...
In addition to curating the Blackest Of The Black festival, Danzig is gearing up to release new album "Black Laden Crown" on May 26th.
Following his historic reunion with the classic Misfits lineup attended by record numbers at last year’s Riot Fest in Denver and Chicago, this will be the first Danzig album of all new material since 2010’s "Death Red Sabaoth." More...
Power metal group Orden Ogan has set "Gunmen" as the title for the band's new studio album, which will be released on July 7th via AFM Records.
The band has announced three live release shows with support from Mob Rules and Human Fortress. Tickets are exclusively available in the AFM webshop and ticket owners will receive an exclusive Orden Ogan live CD on show day. Pre-order the "Gunmen" album over here.
07.07. Hamburg, MS Stubnitz
08.07. Bestwig, Fort Fun
09.07. München, Backstage More...
Godz Ov War Productions is proud to announce the signing of Spanish blackened metal act Atrexial for a CD release of stunning debut album "Souverain," which was self-released digitally earlier this month.
"Souverain" explores a modern perspective on black metal while embracing darkness through razorblade melodies and sorrowful atmospheres that entwine mid-tempo and fast drumming beats crowned by a thunderous voice.
The album was mixed and mastered at F2F Studios, and it features cover artwork by Nestor Avalos (Bloodbath, Autokrator, Blut aus Nord). Listen to a full stream below.
2. The Hideous Veil of Innocence
3. Under The Scourge Of Lamashtu
4. Catharsis Through Torment
5. Unmerciful Imperial Majesty
7. The Ominous Silence
9. Shadows Of The Nephilim Throne
12. Eternal More...
North Carolina-based black thrash trio All Hell is preparing to unleash "The Grave Alchemist" full-length via Prosthetic Records.
Set for official unveiling this Friday, the record is a twelve-track, narrative-driven, horror-based concept album that weaves a tale of alchemy, necromancy, and vampirism over the span of three centuries.
In advance of its release, the band is currently streaming the record in full via Bandcamp - listen in below. All Hell will take to the streets later this month for a short run of live dates, with additional live incursions in the plotting stages.
4/27/2017 The Nick - Birmingham, AL w/ New Masters Of Evil
4/28/2017 529 - Atlanta, GA w/ New Masters of Evil
4/29/2017 Drkmttr - Nashville, TN
4/30/2017 The Pilot Light - Knoxville, TN
5/04/2017 Slim's Downtown - Raleigh, NC
5/05/2017 Raw Ink Live - Gaithersburg, MD
5/06/2017 Century Bar - Philadelphia, PA
5/07/2017 Gallery 5 - Richmond, VA More...
A brand new lyric video for "Storyteller," taken from Weaksaw's latest album "The Wretched Of The Earth," has come online via Lifeforce Records and can be seen below.
The production, mixing and mastering for this album were taken care of by Mark Lewis (Cannibal Corpse, Whitechapel, The Black Dahlia Murder), while the drums were recorded in Florida at Audio Hammer Studios by Jason Suecof. The rest of the album was recorded in France, at the Chicken Coop Studio, this time by Mark Lewis.
Texas sludge band Red Beard Wall today reveals a self-titled album, due out in CD / DD formats via Argonauta Records on May 12th, 2017.
The first single "Bottom of a Well" is now online and can be heard below, while pre-orders have come online at this location. "Red Beard Wall" is focused on heavy tones and vocal melodies that soar alongside blistering screams of disillusionment. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Beauty In
2. I Am
3. Switching Circuits
5. Born with a Hammer
6. Top of the Mountain
7. Bottom of a Well
8. March in Time
9. Beauty Out More...
Australian atmopsheric black metal project Somnium Nox today unveils a new song from upcoming release "Terra Inanis." Check out "Transcendental Dysphoria" in the player below. Due out May 15th, the full "Terra Inanis" track listing is as follows:
After the release of the "Indescribable Physiognomy of the Devil" album, Brazilian death metal band ColdBlood has now prepared a new video clip for "Sulphur," the album's seventh track.
Once again the band worked with CS Music Videos, recording footage at Iguaçu New Cemetery & Old Cemetery of the Slaves in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Check it out below. Diego Mercadante (vocals & guitars) had this to say:
"'Sulphur' is a song with a simple structure and a very strong physical extra energy, a lyrical delirium that describes the scenery of the location as well. As the lyrics say, we literally went to the confines of hell to make this shooting! The illustrative clip is a neophyte being attracted by a black Sendero, bearer of all the trans-cultural knowledge of the black pantheon. An endless saga without a return path begins... " More...
Twelve Noon's new album "Saints and Sinners" is a polished, epic rock journey that translates the raw emotions of life, love, and despair into memorable songs that will hook you by the ear, and reel you in.
The release date has been revealed today as June 9th release through Eclipse Records, and a teaser trailer can be found below. The full track listing will be as follows:
1. Change My Ways
2. Saints and Sinners
3. Breaking Down
4. Hope In Tragedy
5. Better Side
6. Carry On
7. No Way Out
8. Back for More
9. Bottom of A Bottle
10. The End More...
Nashville's finest exporters of technical black metal from Enfold Darkness are proud to announce their upcoming "Invoking Total Darkness" tour set for this June alongside instrumental technical metal maestros Invoking The Abstract.
The tour kicks off on June 2nd and runs through June 24th. Dates follow below. In related Enfold Darkness news, look for the band's sophomore full-length album to drop in July through The Artisan Era. More...
Starting this June, the "Sabbath Highway Tour" will see The Watchers hitting the highways of the American heartland all the way to The Maryland Doom Fest to lay waste to waiting audiences alongside such heavyweights as The Skull, Wo Fat, and Bang.
Before the tour commences, The Watchers will enter the studio to record a next full-length offering anticipated to be released via Ripple Music in September of 2017. Finally, to rev up for the tour, The Watchers just released a new video from the "Sabbath Highway" EP. Check out "Just A Needle" below. More...
Ottawa, ON doom metal trio Longhouse today offers up a full stream premiere of sophomore album "II: Vanishing," which is due out digitally on Friday, April 14th (plus will be available on physical cassette via Sunmask Records in June).
"II: Vanishing" follows the band's 2015 debut album "Earth from Water," a spiritual odyssey into the perseverance of the human spirit and the lessons we can learn from the natural world.
Returning to Wolf Lake Studios to record with Mike Bond (Loviatar, Norilsk, Arms of the Girl) once again as producer and engineer, "II: Vanishing" continues the progression of that previous debut while retaining the band’s core sound of heavy, intricate riffs, splashed with a touch of post-metal to guide you on a dark and visceral journey spanning nearly 40 minutes over five tracks.
The band comments: “'II: Vanishing' has a logical evolution that is evident in the composition, as well as production. I also think that fans should take a moment to reflect on some of themes that are threaded throughout the album. The bulk of my ideas musically and lyrically come from exploring Indigenous ways of knowing. More...
On May 19th, DragonForce will release upcoming full-length studio album, "Reaching Into Infinity," via Metal Blade Records in the USA.
Today, the band has launched the record's second single, "Curse of Darkness" - listen in below. The new album's full track listing including bonus DVD is as follows:
Disc 1 - CD
1. Reaching into Infinity
2. Ashes of the Dawn
3. Judgement Day
4. Astral Empire
5. Curse of Darkness
7. Midnight Madness
9. Land of Shattered Dreams
10. The Edge of the World
11. Our Final Stand
12. Hatred and Revenge
13. Evil Dead More...
Prolific metal guitarist Andy James returns with the dynamic new all-instrumental solo album "Exodus," which is set for a May 5th release via Urban Yeti Records. Jam the advance track, "Victory" in the player below.
The following press release was also issued: "In his solo recordings, James exhibits a predominant influence of Andy Timmons and Paul Gilbert, as well as other comparable guitar legends. 'Exodus' is not your A-typical guitar shred record, it’s a venerable roller-coast of emotions, infectious melodies and soul that is captivating and memorable." More...
ASK4 Entertainment - the creator and producer of ShipRocked - announces the first annual Metal Maya, a 4-day all-inclusive heavy metal destination festival vacation from October 29th - November 2nd at the Now Sapphire Riviera Cancun, just south of Cancun in the paradise of Puerto Morelos on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.
Metal Maya is the perfect place to celebrate Halloween and Dia de los Muertos (also known as Day Of The Dead and “Hanal Pixán” to the Mayans of Yucatan Peninsula) and will feature performances from a dozen bands in a tropical paradise.
The initial music lineup includes Anthrax, Overkill, Superjoint, heavy metal all-star band Metal Allegiance, Death Angel, Otep, and Tim “Ripper” Owens, with more bands to be announced. The Metal Allegiance band will include Phil Demmel (Machine Head), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Gary Holt (Slayer/Exodus), Mark Menghi, Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Transatlantic, Flying Colors, The Neal Morse Band), Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), Ryan Waste (Municipal Waste), and more special guests.
Joining the ranks of famous musician's kids bands like Next To None, another little tyke is about to take up his father's profession. Korn just issued this announcement about bringing on a 12 year old session bassist for upcoming shows:
"On April 17th, Korn is heading down to South America for a run of dates in Columbia, Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Fieldy is unable to make the shows so the band will be joined by a special guest.
"Filling in for bass duties will be Tye Trujillo, the 12-year old son of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and member of NorCal group The Helmets. We are bummed Fieldy can’t join us on this run but excited to do a few gigs with a young player like Tye. We look forward to welcoming our brother Fieldy back when we return to the States in May. Fieldy will resume Korn’s 2017 tour at Carolina Rebellion on May 6." More...
This June, Oakland, California-based classic death metal band Necrot will unleash the fetid fruits of the "Blood Offerings" full-length album.
Set for release on June 9th, 2017 on CD, LP, and digitally via Tankcrimes (and on cassette in partnership with Sentient Ruin Laboratories), the eight tracks comprising "Blood Offerings" were captured by Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer (Vastum, Graves At Sea), mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Nails, Gatecreeper), and will come sheathed in the unholy cover craftings of Marald Van Haasteren (Bolt Thrower, Baroness).
"'Blood Offerings' is the result of six years of hard work and is our first full-length record to be released by Tankcrimes," relays drummer Chad Gailey. "The songwriting and performance on these eight songs is a step up from what people have heard previously. We feel that with this album, we have accomplished what we intended to create many years ago. It is always a great experience working with Greg Wilkinson at Earhammer and Scotty Heath at Tankcrimes because of the hard work and care they both put into each project they are a part of. We are thankful to everyone who has supported Necrot to get to this point."
Guitarist Sonny Reinhardt agrees, "We made the best album ever made and can't wait to hit the road and kill you all." Adds guitarist Luca Indrio, "This is a death metal classic and you should fucking have it!"
1. The Blade
2. Rather Be Dead
3. Shadow And Light
4. Blood Offerings
5. Empty Hands
7. Breathing Machine
8. Layers Of Darkness More...