Metal News for April 13, 2015
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Sweden's upcoming moody and reflective album "IX - Everyone, Everything, Everywhere, Ends" is set to drop on April 21st through Season Of Mist, which you can pre-order physically here or digitally at this location.
The band just wrapped up a festival appearance in Canada to support the impending release, and front man Niklas Kvarforth graciously checked in with us to discuss the show and album. For those who have long awaited a Shining live show in the United States, Kvarforth claims it may finally be happening next year for the band's 20th anniversary.
Find out what he had to say on the subject as well as what's happening musically and lyrically on "IX" in the full interview below. More...
Klogr's new video "Breaking Down" was filmed by director Roberto Zampa and edited by Joba. Check it out below. "Breaking Down" comes off the "Make Your Stand" EP / DVD, due out on May 13th, 2015.
Due to a serious medical injury sustained by drummer Kelly Johnston-Gibson, Ides Of Gemini - which was in the midst of a trek with Mountain Goats - regret to announce the band's withdrawal from the tour as well as the cancellation of the previously scheduled post tour headlining shows. The announcement follows the cancellation of New York City shows this past weekend.
In an official statement from the band: "It is with great sadness that we will have to drop off the Mountain Goats tour. Kelly, our drummer, has suffered a herniated disc in her spine and cannot continue. The Mountain Goats and their crew have been super cool to us and we're honored to have played with them. With some rest and healing, we plan to be in top form for our Summer tour dates." More...
Stone Sour just checked in with this brief announcement about covering a Metallica track for Record Store Day:
"Our full cover version of Metallica's 'Creeping Death' is streaming now!
"Make sure to grab 'Meanwhile in Burbank,' which will be available in record stores this Saturday, April 18th!"
The song can be heard in the YouTube clip below, courtesy of Rollingstone.com.
The maverick death metal cult Malthusian today streams the entirety of debut EP, "Below the Hengiform," which is out now on Invictus Productions on CD, 12" vinyl, and cassette tape formats.
Listen in below, thanks to NoCleanSinging.com. The "Below The Hangiform" track listing is as follows:
1. The Gasless Billows
2. Slouching Equinox
3. Forms Become Vapor More...
U.S. one man death metal act Ritual Chamber just released the CD version of debut EP "The Pits of Tentacled Screams" through Hellthrasher Productions.
Ritual Chamber is the most recent project of the prolific Dario J. Derna (aka Numinas), most well known for his work with the trio Infester, among the many other entries on his résumé (Krohm, Evoken, Funebrarum etc.).
"The Pits of Tentacled Screams" features five tracks of dark and cavernous death metal that conjures a melancholic aura while retaining the intensity and focused precision of classic death metal. Originally self-released digitally in November 2013 (and re-released on tape in 2014 via NWN!), the album is now available in a limited jewel-case CD edition.
You can stream all the songs below, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. The Dawning of a New Inversion
2. Glorious Curse of Almighty Death
3. A Thermonuclear Fate
4. Black Rites of Conjuration
5. Nomad Daimons More...
Razortooth Records has released its very first compilation CD, "The Compilation Your Mother Warned You About, Vol. 1."
The digital compilation features 18 metal bands from all over the world and marks the return of Roses of Humanity with "Monster Like Me" and Taken In Vain with "Bed of Lies." You can stream the full release below, or grab a copy of your own at this location. The track listing is as follows:
1. Aurora - Apparitions 03:18
2. Taken in Vain - Bed of Lies 04:39
3. Unbibium - The Coming of Gozer 05:18
4. Roses of Humanity - Monster in Me 05:00
5. Advance on Thermopylae - Which One of You Stole My F#%$ing Bagel? 04:18
6. Conqueror - Megan 04:20
7. The Face of Beauty - Run or Hide 04:27
8. Blackgate - I Am the Night 04:20
9. Under the Combine - C.O.P.B. 02:10
10. Houdini Logic - Progress 03:16
11. Metanoia - Necromantic Incantation 02:08
12. An Ocean Wide - Seasons Change 04:32
13. Sins of Apathy - Down Without a Sound 03:20
14. Overcome Silence - My Admission 03:19
15. Field Gray - Machine Hearts & Machine Minds 03:10
16. Onyx Eye - Medusa's Vanity 03:29
17. Fortunate Me - The Fudrucking Problem 04:04
18. Tragedy Amongst the Stars - Heart/Beat ft. Justin Kyle of Jamie's Elsewhere 04:29 More...
Come and Take It Productions founded Texas Independence Fest in 2008 as a way to bring fans of heavy music together and to celebrate Texas pride. This was my second time attending the annual event held in Austin, Texas. Last year I covered sets by Behemoth, 1349, Wayne Static and more. The previous year consisted of only a day, while this year was expanded to three days. Several vendors offered their goods and services for sale. One of these was Gibroni’s Texitalican Kitchen, which offered Tex-Mex meets Italian sandwiches. More...
Two of Poland's heavyweights - The Dead Goats and Icon Of Evil - have teamed up for a split CD coming through Selfmadegod.
Listen to "Mentally Orphaned" (The Dead Goats) and "Pokora" (Icon of Evil) in the player below. The full track listing is:
1. THE DEAD GOATS - Mentally Orphaned
2. THE DEAD GOATS - States Of Decomposure
3. THE DEAD GOATS - Ridden With Disease
4. ICON OF EVIL - Pokora
5. ICON OF EVIL - Bigoci More...
Sierra Vista, Arizona's Fuzz Evil is a three-piece rock and roll band (featuring the brothers Rudell from Powered Wig Machine) that tames the fuzziest guitar and bass tones on the planet and wields them to blast a monolithic speaker-ripping fuzzapocaplyse for your ears and soul.
With a full-length LP out later this year on Battleground Records and plenty of shows under their belts, the boys are hitting the road in Texas with Switchblade Jesus in just a couple of weeks. Don't miss out on these dates:
4/21 Sierra Vista, AZ @ JR'S Bar*
4/22 El Paso, TX @ Low Brow Palace
4/23 San Antonio, TX @ The Mix
4/24 Austin, TX @ The Lost Well
4/25 Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
* No Switchblade Jesus More...
Today, Dutch symphonic metal group Stream of Passion has released a new music video for the song “Monster,” the opening track from fourth full-length album “A War Of Our Own,” which was recently reissued by Graviton Music.
The video was directed by Arno de Haas and is being premiered courtesy of Brave Words. Check it out below.
“A War Of Our Own,” the fourth full-length album from Dutch symphonic metal group Stream of Passion, which was initially released via PIAS/Rough Trade last year, will finally see its official release in other European countries via a licensing deal with Graviton Music. You can also see the band live on these dates:
22-04-15 Divan Du Monde – Paris/France
23-04-15 The Garage - London /United Kingdom
24-04-15 The Musician - Leicester /United Kingdom
25-04-15 The Roadhouse - Manchester /United Kingdom
26-04-15 Prog Resiste Convention - Soignies/Belgium
20-02-15 P3 – Purmerend/Netherlands
08-05-15 Boerderij - Zoetermeer/Netherlands
07-08-15 City Rock – Leeuwarden/Netherlands More...
Evil Masquerade is back in the studio working an upcoming full-length release to follow "The Digital Crucifix" (reviewed here).
Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the band, seeing shows take place in The Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark. 2014 also marked 6th studio album "The Digital Crucifix" and then the remastered compilation album "10 Years in the Dark," featuring songs picked by fans.
While both albums are still freshl, the band is already back in the studio working on a 7th album as Dark Minstrel Music is adding new shows to the calendar. Stay tuned for more details.
NYC-area hardcore collective "Full Scale Riot" just released the new "Depopulation" demo, which can be heard in full below or over at Bandcamp here.
"Depopulation" was recorded and mastered at Trax East during this brutal 2015 Winter -- mixed by TSP and Eric Rachel, and engineered by Eric Rachel and Eric Kvortek -- and unloads six point-blank anthems. The track listing is as follows:
6. I Can't Breathe
Some Full Scale Riot action will also be coming near you on these dates:
4/18/2015 The Blue Room Lounge - Secaucus, NJ @ NJ Metal Fest
4/24/2015 WVOX - New Rochelle, NY *radio performance
5/14/2015 The Blue Room Lounge - Secaucus, NJ @ I'll Rock Fest
5/30/2015 Brighton Bar - Long Branch, NJ w/ Murder Junkies
6/19/2015 Howdy's Presents - Buffalo, NY
6/20/2015 TBA - Rochester, NY
6/21/2015 Trick Shot - Clifton Park, NY w/ Michale Graves More...
To celebrate its five year anniversary and fifty releases, french label Throatruiner Records presents the first edition of its festival, which will hit Paris, Strasbourg, and Geneva from May 14th to 16th.
Based in Rennes, western France and founded in late 2009 by Calvaiire's vocalist Matthias Jungbluth, Throatruiner Records has made a point to focus on the most abrasive and darkest sides of hardcore and metal. The lineup for the festival is shaping up thusly: More...
After successfully unleashing "The First Age" earlier this year, Australian extreme metal quintet Hybrid Nightmares is gearing up to release "The Second Age" - Part 2 of the 4 disc "The Ages" project - on the 20th of April.
"The Second Age" continues to explore the downfall of man as the balance of power shifts from good towards evil with chaos and corruption creeping ever deeper into the once pure society of "The First Age." Fans can expect the music to grow darker and heavier to reflect the dire narrative of "The Second Age." The track listing is as follows:
02. In The Labyrinth
03. Only The Dead Know
04. What It Means To Die
05. And Reach The Stars More...
Additional evidence of Maruta's auditory war crimes has just been exposed, with preemptive audio and visual documentation on the unit's "Remain Dystopian" LP spreading through media this afternoon.
The first in a series of video reports from the recording sessions documenting the outfit's torturous experimentation with ultra-brutal audio frequencies has been leaked via YouTube, while sources at Lambgoat have uncovered the entire second track from the impending release, appropriately titled, "Hope Smasher." Check it out below.
Maruta's third full-length invasion, and first under the banner of Relapse Records," Remain Dystopian" is a vicious, seventeen-song blast of infectious deathgrind mayhem, fueled by guest vocals from Tomas Lindberg (At The Gates, Disfear) and Pig Destroyer's J.R. Hayes, and wrapped with sporadic does of grueling noise from Agoraphobic Nosebleed's Jay Randall and apt cover artwork by Alex Eckman-Lawn. More...
Maryland's Vermord - a teenage black metal / technical death metal group - just released the "Dawn Of The Black Harvest" EP, which can be picked up through Grimoire Records here. The song "Derodidymus" is available below, and the full track listing is as follows:
1. Disciples of Shakhbûrz
2. Plagued Eyes from the Scrolls of Xafmirtas
3. Ophite Cultus Satanas
4. Encrimsoned Baptism
6. Dark Harvest More...
Philadelphia black metal band I Am The Trireme will release the "Gnosis: Never Follow the Light" album via Horror Pain Gore Death Productions this coming June 30th, 2015. The artwork can be seen below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Metre Fin a Cette
2. Trusty Noose
3. Basking In The Essence of My Sorrow
4. Grey Fields of Ash
5. Sombering Light
6. Ascending Into Oblivion
7. A Sullen Reflection of Purity
8. Tamerlane (Chapter 1)
9. Tamerlane (Chapter 2) More...
The Rockstar Mayhem festival enters its eighth year with another heavy metal and hard rock line-up, featuring 13 bands performing between the main stage and Victory Records stage.
The main stage will feature Slayer as headliner, as well as additional performances from King Diamond, Hellyeah, and The Devil Wears Prada. The Victory Records Stage will feature headliner Whitechapel as well as Thy Art Is Murder, Jungle Rot, Sister Sin, Sworn In, Shattered Sun, Feed Her To The Sharks, Code Orange and Kissing Candice.
Slayer's Kerry King comments: "I don't know if third time will be a charm, but it will definitely be hellish! Slayer and King Diamond on stage for the first time together in the States- NEVER has Mayhem been more evil. DON'T FUCKIN' MISS IT."
King Diamond adds: "This is going to be one hot and hellish summer! Slayer and King Diamond on the same stage - it does not get more devilish than this! We will be putting on a one hour set with the full King Diamond stage production. As for a set list, I'm not gonna reveal that here, but it will be built around 'Dreams of Horror.' The Puppet Master will be there with Grandma, and we will even go as far back in time as to 1777 (hint). You're all in for one hell of a show if you come to this Sabbath!" More...
On the eve of a sold out North American tour, Faith No More is sharing a remix of the single “Superhero,” crafted by Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke. Give it a listen below.
The music arrives as the band announces two additional U.K. dates: June 14th at O2 Academy (Glasgow) and June 17th at The Roundhouse (London). Faith No More plays the Download Festival on June 13th.
Los Angeles based post-progressive metal band Intronaut has begun work on a 5th full length album. The album will be recorded with Josh Newell (Cynic), with Devin Townsend then handling the mixing. Vocalist/guitarist, Sacha Dunable comments:
"Really pumped on these songs. Overall its going to be a bit more dense and brutal than the past couple records, but mostly still the Intronaut you've grown to love or hate. We're tracking mostly live like real men in a real band, at Clearlake Audio, where we did "Valley Of Smoke" with Josh Newell once again engineering. Then we're sending it off to Devin Townsend to mix, which is super exciting."
The band will also be supporting Meshuggah in Anaheim today, replacing label mates, Warbringer, whom Disney deemed inappropriate to perform at the venue.
4/13 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues (w/ Meshuggah)
4/23 Oakland, CA @ The Metro (w/ Rajas)
4/24 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios (Stumpfest with Yob, Author & Punisher, Graves at Sea)
Author & Punisher, the one man doom outfit that’s both man and machine, will release "Melk En Honing," the outfit’s Housecore Records’ debut, on June 30th.
The eight-song album was produced by Housecore Records’ Phil Anselmo, who said “Tristan Shone is the epitome of what Housecore Records stands for, and looks for in musical expression: absolute originality and innovation. It is our complete pleasure to facilitate such a fantastic, artistic mind and expression of bombastic works. There is no pigeonholing this man's art.”
The "Melk En Honing" album was recorded at Nodeferatus lair in North Shore, LA. Ahead of the June 30 release, Author & Punisher launches a new U.S. tour, with stops at both Stumpfest and Psycho California, where Shone will provide musical interludes throughout the three-day event. More...
Australia’s incendiary extreme musical export Thy Art Is Murder has revealed the cover art and track listing to upcoming third studio album "Holy War."
The album was produced and mixed by Will Putney, and "Holy War" is the band’s second release for Nuclear Blast Entertainment. The track listing is as follows:
1. Absolute Genocide
2. Light Bearer
3. Holy War
4. Coffin Dragger
5. Fur And Claw
6. Deliver Us To Evil
8. Violent Reckoning
9. Child Of Sorrow
10. Naked And Cold
11. Vengeance (Bonus Track - initial CD pressings and vinyl only)
Guitarist Andrew Marsh recently explained the origins of the new album and its title: “Finally the cat is out of the bag! Late last year, we entered the studio in secret to create our follow up to Hate, free of expectation and public pressure. What we came out with was a reaction to things going on around the world that crawl under our skin, that make us feel sick to be alive.
"Musically it is darker, faster and more technical than anything we've done in the past and it hits hard lyrically. We wrote about concerns of ours, real issues, hardships that people are facing around the world today. Of course it wouldn't be a Thy Art record if a lot of those affairs weren't rooted in religion somehow, and what better way to sum up the state of all things than by entitling our album - 'Holy War.'
"This is our war on racism, homophobia, child abuse, animal cruelty and all evil born of religious immunity,indoctrination, and ignorance. It is ultimately a push for secularism and humanism. Without it, we will be left in the hands of mad men.” More...
Static Tension Recordings is pleased to announce the label will be handling the North American release of "Lobotomized" by Greek thrash outfit Biotoxic Warfare.
Previously released in Europe via Slaney Records, "Lobotomized" will finally be available on CD and digitally in North America.
More details will be announced soon, in the meantime you can listen to the track "As We Rot (Promises of Heaven)" below. A music video for "Proclaim the Gospel Of Lies" can also be found at this location. More...
After wrapping up a first North American tour in support of new album "Rivals," Coal Chamber is ready to unleash another song from the new album.
Today the band premieres the track "Suffer in Silence," which features guest vocals by Ministry front man Al Jourgensen. Check out the lyric video below, courtesy of Metal Injection. Dez Fafara comments on "Suffer in Silence" and working with Al Jourgensen:
"Al has been a close friend for many years, he's a legend, and literally was the only guy I asked to be a guest on this record. He came over to the house, we had BBQ a hell of a lot of wine then I had the pleasure of watching him in my home studio do what he does! I fucking love this song so jam it loud!"
Coal Chamber will release new album "Rivals" on May 19th in North America via Napalm Records. This is the band's first new album in over thirteen years. More...
Ryan McCombs, front man of rock band SOiL, just announced that the group's tour bus crashed early this morning.
According to his status on Facebook, he was asleep in his bunk when he heard the driver shout for them all to "hold on" while the bus storms off the highway and into the hard shoulder. No injuries occurred and everyone involved has left unharmed. Here is the status McCombs uploaded to Facebook:
"At 4:33 AM the last thing you want to hear in your bunk is a combination of the driver yelling 'HOLD ON!!,' the sound of the bus flying off of the highway and The Jake (tour manager) screaming like a 12 year old girl at a Justin Bieber concert.
"I find it interesting that as everyone sits around the stranded bus talking about what was going through their heads all I can remember is gripping my pillow like it was going to save me from whatever was about to occur and thinking '....huh...." No serious injuries.. Just a bus full of arseholes that for the most part are happy to be alive and now just making fun of each other for their responses.. We really are a bunch of fu*kwads..' Life's being a bumpy road for Ryan and the band..!" More...
Los Angeles outfit Murashita, fronted by Masaki Murashita (ex-Hemoptysis), has released a quick studio update video.
Murashita says that he has finished tracking all instrument tracks for an upcoming debut EP and he will be recording vocals soon. You can also hear a sneak preview of one of the songs in the background.
Muashita released the debut single “Retribution” in January, with the track featuring bassist Kelly Conlon (Death, Vital Remains), drummer Kevin Talley (Sufocation, Six Feet Under) and was mixed by Ryan Greene (Megadeth, NOFX). More...
Schwarzer Engel's "Imperium I - Im Reich Der Götter" is set to be released on April 24th, 2015 via Massacre Records. The band has released the song "Gott Vs. Satan" for pre-listening, which can be heard below, and also today revealed the track listing:
02. Gott vs. Satan
03. Herrscher Der Nacht
05. Ave Maria (Die Mutter Gottes)
07. Ritt Der Toten
08. Tiefer (Muss Ich Graben)
09. Schmerz Bleibt Mein
10. Meine Liebe
11. Im Herzen Wohnt Die Trauer
12. Beuget Euch (Digipak Bonus Track) More...
U.K. hard rock act Ten announced details for the upcoming new album "Isla De Muerta," which is expected to drop on May 20th via Rocktopia Records.
The album was named after the mythical "Island Of The Dead" from Pirate lore and, as the title would suggest, this time around the album has a very "piratical, seafaring" feel. In true Ten style, the album opens with the atmospheric "Buccaneers" and segues straight into the cinematic "Dead Men Tell No Tales."
The album cover artwork was illustrated by Gaetano Di Falco, can be viewed below. The track list is as follows:
1. (i) Buccaneers (Instrumental); (ii) Dead Men Tell No Tales
2. Tell Me What To Do
4. This Love
5. The Dragon And Saint George
7. (i) Karnak (Instrumental); (ii) The Valley Of The Kings
9. Angel Of Darkness
10. The Last Pretender
11. We Can Be As One (European Bonus) More...
Ukrainian black metal act Khors is streaming the new track "Following the Ways of Blood." The song appears on the upcoming new album "Night Falls Onto the Fronts of Ours," which will be issued on April 20th via Candlelight Records.
The track list is as follows:
1. No Oaths No Tears No Knees!
2. Dead Birds Valley
3. Following the Ways of Blood
4. Night Falls onto the Fronts of Ours
6. For the Last Time
7. Slight Web Solitude
8. My Cossack Way
Check out "Following the Ways of Blood" here: More...
Slovakian melodic metal band Signum Regis released a lyric video for the new track "My Guide in the Night." The song will appear on the upcoming new EP entitled "Through The Storm" on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America through Ulterium Records.
The release will consist of four new tracks, a re-recorded version of "All Over The World," and a cover medley of the Yngwie Malmsteen classics “Vengeance/Liar." "Through The Storm" was mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Amaranthe, Evergrey) and the artwork was created by Jan Yrlund (Delain, Apocalyptica, Korpiklaani).
The track list is:
1. Living Well
2. Through The Desert, Through The Storm
3. My Guide In The Night
4. Come And Take It
5. All Over The World
Check out "My Guide in the Night" here: More...
German metal legends Accept announced today the recruitment of a new guitarist and drummer, replacing outgoing members Herman Frank and Stefan Schwarzmann, who both left to concentrate on the German Panzer.
The new guitarist is ex-Grave Digger axeman Uwe Lulis and the new drummer is U.S. born Christopher Williams (ex-Meatcurtain). The band also released a new music video for the track "Fall of the Empire" - which introduces the new members and announces dates for part two of the upcoming Blind Rage tour.
The song appears on the latest album "Blind Rage," which is available now through Nuclear Blast Records (see review here). Check out "Fall of the Empire" here:
The Swedish death metal veterans of Unleashed today debut their new lyric video for the track "Defenders Of Midgard" from the upcoming new album "Dawn of the Nine."
The album is set for release on April April 24th (EU), April 27th (UK), May 4th (US), 2015 via Nuclear Blast Records.
Check out now "Defenders Of Midgard" below. More...
The Faceless has officially announced the return of bassist Brandon Griffin. States guitarist Michael Keene:
"I am so extremely excited to announce Brandon Giffin on our new record. For those who don’t know, Brandon is the original bassist of The Faceless and played on 'Akeldama' and 'Planetary Duality' and then took some time off from touring, followed by touring as the sessions bassist for prog legends Cynic for several years.
"We formed the band together when we were in high school and I am so happy to be collaborating with him again. Brandon is like a brother to me and he’s like my musical soul mate. Brandon will be playing on the new record, which is tentatively titled 'In Becoming A Ghost' and playing as many shows as possible with us."
And Keene continues: "Due to life circumstances, he may not be able to always make every tour with us, but he is an official collaborator in The Faceless again and will be playing whatever shows he can with us. I couldn’t be happier about this. More exciting member announcements coming soon!" More...
Born Of Osiris were once again denied entry into Canada. They will be missing the Canadian stops of their ongoing tour with The Devil Wears Prada. States the band:
"We regret to inform that we did not make it into Canada. We will continue to change the outcome of this in the future. Until then, we are sorry."
Stray From The Path performed an online live session on Audtiotree duringwhich the band debuted a new song titled "Outbreak". The bands upcoming album is set to drop this June.
Check out the new track below.