Metal News for April 13, 2017
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River Black is now streaming the first brutal track taken from the band's self-titled debut album, scheduled for release on July 7th, 2017. Check out advance song "Low" in the YouTube player. Vocalist Mike Olender comments on behalf of River Black:
"Our first track out, 'Low' is an expression of horror at how religion can become twisted and manipulated by charlatans and demagogues. It was inspired by a news report I heard about a journalist who spent some time with the now-deceased Isis leader 'Johnny Jihad.'
"It revealed how this man used brutality with the purpose of inspiring others with similarly twisted minds. He used videos of his actions as recruiting tools. I was struck by the thought that there are people out there, who not only wouldn't be repelled by these horrific videos, but actually excited and inspired by the images of this man gleefully sawing off the heads of the orange-clad victims kneeling before him. Faiths have always had these characters throughout history, but it is surreal to realize we are living in such dark historic times."
5. River Black
6. South by South
12. Everywhere More...
Impure Wilhelmina today premieres the first track taken from new album, "Radiation," which has been slated for release on July 7th. Regarding the new song, Impure Wilhelmina comments:
"We have chosen the opening track 'Great Falls Beyond Death' of our new full-length entitled 'Radiation' for the first premiere. The song starts with an easy melody line and a massive guitar that both evolve into a more dark and twisted tune.
"The vocals grow steadily more epic until the song coalesces into its melancholic finale – evoking fatalism, fanaticism, ignorance, and the fear of death. We see it as a perfect way to start the journey towards our new album – to take-off and then fall through an uncharted musical radiation."
1. Great Falls beyond Death
2. Sacred Fire
5. We Need a New Sun
6. Meaningless Memories
7. Bones and Heart
8. By Ravens and Flies
10. Race with You More...
Today the death metal mavericks from Suffering Hour premiere new track "For the Putridity of Man." The track hails from the band's upcoming album, "In Passing Ascension," set for international release on May 26th via Blood Harvest Records on both CD and vinyl formats.
One of the most exciting new bands Blood Harvest has had the pleasure of hearing, Suffering Hour exhibits a power and maturity that exceeds the band's otherwise short existence.
Cover art was created by Witchrist's Alexander Brown, and the band also comments on this new album release: "Suffering Hour are proud to announce our allegiance with Swedish label Blood Harvest. We will be releasing our debut album, 'In Passing Ascension,' on CD and on black and colored wax. Blood Harvest has done releases for some of our personal favorite bands, such as Altars, Impetuous Ritual, and Adversarial, just to name a few.
"We are extremely excited to be working with a label of this quality in every respect of the word, and we're 100% sure Rodrigo will be doing our album justice. In Passing Ascension is an album we have been working on since summer of 2014, and after years of hard work, we're ready to present the album to you all. The album is our take on cosmic blackened death metal, with themes deeply rooted in nihilism and cynicism. Some of the big influences on this album range from Inquisition and Mgla to The Chasm and Dead Congregation. There will be more news coming soon, so stay tuned."
1. Insufferable Scorn
2. For the Putridity of Man
3. Devouring Shapeless Void
4. The Abrasive Black Dust
5. Withering Microcosmos
6. Through Vessels of Arcane Power
7. Procession to Obscure Infinity
8. Empty Avowls More...
Atmospheric black metal sect Ghost Bath will kick of a North American mini headlining tour tomorrow - April 14th - in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The trek will make its way through a dozen venues, coming to a close on April 26th in Kansas City, Missouri.
Support for the rapidly approaching tour will be provided by Astronoid. The band's latest journey follows a recent run with Amigo The Devil, and you can see all currently confirmed dates below.
Ghost Bath will be touring in support of "Starmourner" full-length, set for release on April 21st via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
The twelve-track offering was recorded, mixed, mastered, and produced by Josh Schroeder (Battlecross, Still Remains), and features cover artwork Luciana Nedelea (Enbilulugugal, Foehammer). More...
Dutch black metal crew Dystopia will unleash second full-length album, "Chaos Philosophorum," on April 21st. The band has now unveiled the second track entitled "Black Death" - listen in below.
Dystopia comments: "'Black Death' explores the idea of what it means to live in a dystopia. It's about the thought that a dystopic society can't only exist because of a corrupt government, but it can also materialize by the absence of one. What happens when your leaders die because of the black plague? What happens when nobody knows what to do and the structure of civilization falls apart? It is a mixture of doom and fleeting hope and the music reflects that."
The album was recorded at Studio Helvete in Den Helder, mixed by Thomas Cochrane of TC Music Productions and finally mastered by Brad Boatright at Audiosiege. Artwork for the follow-up to 2013's "Haat" was designed by Adam Burke from Nightjar Illustration.
2. Through the Vortex
3. Black Death
6. Bound to Annihilate More...
Forceps is a four piece death metal band based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil that was born in 2006. Two neck wrecking tracks from upcoming full-length album "Mastering Extinction" are now available for streaming. Check out "Atrocities" and "Transdifferentiated Nano-cells" below.
During these past 11 years, the band has performed across Brazil and released two demos and one EP. Despite periods of inactivity due to changes in the lineup, the band kept its presence in the minds of local and international fans through intense identity and originality. More...
Heavy rock band The Riven today streams the entirety of new EP "Blackbird," set to be released tomorrow on compact disc and digital formats. You can also pick up your own copy at Bandcamp here. The Riven recommends you play it loud and drink beer!
1. Ain't No Doctor 03:45
2. Tower 04:41
3. Blackbird 05:45
4. Killer On The Loose 03:55
5. One Last Time 05:16 More...
Blackosh is a project led by Petr Hosek, original guitar player for iconic Czech black metal band Root and current member of Master's Hammer. With a reputation of manifesting inventive and genre-pushing black metal, Blackosh' latest creation comes in the form of the two-track "Rvouci Vichry" seven-inch.
Set for release next month via Eternal Death, "Rvouci Vichry" - which translates to "Roaring Winds" - follows the band's 2013 and 2014 splits with Master's Hammer and the 2015-issued Iron Bonehead full-length, "Kurvy, Chlast A Black Metal."
Pre-orders for the May 19th release are available over here and the track listing is as follows:
1. Rvouci Vichry
2. Kult Latrin More...
Featuring members of Skinless, Held Under, Armor Column, Dry Heave, and Burial, New York death metal band Incontinence today unleashes a new song and lyric video, "Inner Psychopath."
"The song is about a guy a lot of people know," begins vocalist and guitarist David Seacord, "and that is a guy who believes in crackpot conspiracy theories to the point that he believes that the forces of the so-called new world order are going to come for him someday. He's believed this for a long time, but these mysterious forces haven't come for him yet, so he is practically begging someone, anyone, to break into his house just so he can have an excuse to kill someone with impunity."
Taken from the forthcoming album "Prey For Us," scheduled for release on May 15th via Ultimate Massacre Productions, this is the second second single and follows the recent stream of "Cryptofascist." More...
We're just a couple of weeks away from Dutch doom / death metal pioneers Asphyx returning to North American shores for a string of West Coast dates. These shows are in support of "Incoming Death," the latest studio album by Asphyx that is available worldwide via Century Media Records.
4/25/2017 - Brick by Brick - San Diego, CA (US)
4/26/2017 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA (US)
4/27/2018 - Metro Operahouse - Oakland, CA (US)
4/28/2017 - The Raven - Portland, OR (US)
4/29/2017 - Highline - Seattle, WA (US)
4/30/2017 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC (CA) More...
West Hartford, CT symphonic deathcore outfit Shadow of Intent just premiered a lyric video for an all new track entitled "The Catacombs," which can be seen below.
The song features guest vocal performances from Jason Evans (Ingested) and Dickie Allen (Infant Annihilator) and is taken from forthcoming sophomore album, "Reclaimer," which is set to be released on April 28th, 2017.
"Reclaimer" was produced and engineered by guitarist Chris Wiseman, with Buster Odeholm handling mixing and mastering, and features crushing guest vocal performances on several tracks from Jason Evans, Dickie Allen, Alex Shikolai (Slaughter To Prevail) and Tom Barber (Lorna Shore).
The band had the following to say about the new track: "We stepped out of our comfort zone a bit for this song. This is the first song we've written that's not focusing on melody or technicality, but rather heaviness and energy, all while trying to keep it 'us.' We tried to make every song on Reclaimer have a different approach and feel, rather than having every song on the album blend together. We also had the pleasure of featuring a couple friends of ours on this album, and for this track in particular both Jason and Dickie performed excellently." More...
On Monday, April 17th at 7 PM CT, NextVR and Live Nation will broadcast live in virtual reality the Killswitch Engage concert at the House of Blues in Houston, Texas. Fans will get front row and on-stage access as they are transported to an immersive experience featuring this dynamic group performing for the first time in virtual reality.
Killswitch Engage is currently on a co-headlining tour with Anthrax, dubbed "The Killthrax Tour." The live VR broadcast will be available for free globally (except in China) through the NextVR app. Fans with a Google Daydream or Samsung Gear VR headset, along with a compatible smartphone, can experience the concert live by downloading the NextVR app from the Oculus store for GearVR or the Google Play store for Daydream. Full details are available here.
This concert is part of Live Nation's multi-year concert series with NextVR. Together, the two companies continue to provide live, virtual reality performances, transforming the way fans interact with artists and iconic venues, making access to live music events easier to achieve.
Broadcasting from multiple vantage points, NextVR and Live Nation deliver fans unprecedented access to live events they may not be able to experience in person.
Metalocalypstick Fest, the Western Canadian outdoor festival that embraces the power of women in metal, has now announced the full 2017 line up for Canada Day weekend July 1st and 2nd in Valemount, BC.
This year's line up features bands from across Canada and beyond with Cabrakaan (Toluca, Mexico), Sovereign Council (Kingston, ON), Violent Betty (Saskatoon, SK), Atmora (Windsor, ON), Scythia (Calgary, AB), Massive Scar Era (Vancouver, BC / Cairo, Egypt), and many more!
Metalocalypstick Fest gives back to the community by being a non-profit organization dedicated to raise funds and donating 100% of proceeds to local charities Girls Rock Camp, Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter, and Earth Protectors, plus sponsoring an independent band picked by Metalocalypstick Fest judges.
Festival organizer Kaija Kinney comments:"This year's lineup is yet again a wide range of metal, everything from punk to folk metal. There really is something for everyone here and a chance to broaden your taste in music. Though we scaled back on our headliners this year, we did not scale back on the level of talent. We are super excited for all the bands playing. There will be some bands that blew us away last year returning and some amazing new talent from across the globe. You think listening to music on vinyl is heavenly? Listen to music surrounded by mountains!" More...
Don’t look in the rear view mirror, the future of hardcore is in front of you: We Ride arrives at the forefront of the modern hardcore scene with "Empowering Life," which is now streaming online in full one day ahead of tomorrow’s worldwide release.
Front-woman Mimi Telmo exclaims, "We can't wait until you get 'Empowering Life' in your hands, we hope you like it as much as we do. Signing with Victory Records is the reward of seven years of hard work and also a motivator to deliver the goods. See you on the road, keep that PMA!”
We Ride hit the studio in 2016 with Alex Cappa at Metal Factory Studios outside Madrid, Spain to record "Empowering Life," and the album was mixed in early 2017 by Cameron Webb (Motorhead, NOFX). The band will tour the globe extensively as more festival and headlining dates are booked through 2017. For now, catch the band live on these dates:
May 1 - MyFest - Berlin, Germany
May 4 - Variete Zdunska - Wola, Poland
May 5 - Muggefug - Cottbus, Germany
May 6 - Return To Strength Festival - Querfurt, Germany
May 7 - Barrak Music Club - Ostrava, Czech Republic
May 8 - Klub 007 - Praha, Czech Republic
May 10 - Treppenhaus - Rorschach, Switzerland
May 11 - Gibus - Paris, France
June 3 - Sala Master Club - Vigo, Spain
Jun 23 - Download Festival - Madrid, Spain
July 5 - Resurrection Festival - Vivero, Spain More...
Pummeling Philadelphia grindcore trio Die Choking has confirmed an August U.S. tour with Mister Lizard and Bathe, releasing the dates alongside new visual evidence of the band's live shock-and-awe tactics.
Preceding the newly-confirmed tour, Die Choking will be storming several fest shows, beginning with the Official Decibel Magazine Metal & Beer Fest Pre-Party Matinee in Philadelphia, next Saturday, April 22nd.
May 26th sees the band heading north to Ithaca to take part in the next installment of 1Fest alongside Artificial Brain, Disparo, and others. Two days later, Die Choking travels to Baltimore for a debut Maryland Deathfest performance.
Die Chokig recently played a one-off show in Brooklyn, New York as part of Bozzfest, acting as a benefit for Decibel Magazine writer David Shawn Bosler, who was badly hurt in a car accident over the holidays. The band's entire set -- which included guest vocals by Deb Cohen on the track "Civilian" - is now playing below. More...
Long Island's sci-fi death metal group Artificial Brain issues new single "Static Shattering" today as new record "Infrared Horizon" nears release through Profound Lore Records next week.
Produced by Colin Marson (Gorguts, Dysrhythmia, Krallice) at The Thousand Caves, "Infrared Horizon" sees Artificial Brain traveling towards a sonic realm where the music has become more brutal and dissonant, technical, atmospheric, and just overall more otherworldly.
Lyrical themes delve into concepts within a dystopian future in which robots and cyborgs have outlived human beings and who believe themselves to be not a creation of the long extinct humans, but instead a more perfect evolution of them. These themes are portrayed in the cover art crafted by Adam Burke. Check out a new song below, and catch the band live on these dates:
4/15/2017 Covenant Festival - Montreal, QC
4/21/2017 Court Tavern - New Brunswick, NJ w/ Abacinate
4/22/2017 The Barbary - Philadelphia, PA @ Decibel pre-fest matinee w/ Pyrrhon, Die Choking
4/23/2017 Shaker's Pub - Oakdale, NY w/ Pyrrhon
4/29/2017 The Maywood - Raleigh, NC w/ Pyrrhon
4/30/2017 The Pinch - Washington DC w/ Pyrrhon, Horrendous
5/11/2017 Strange Matter - Richmond, VA w/ River Black
5/14/2017 Saint Vitus Bar - Brooklyn, NY w/ Pyrrhon
5/26/2017 The Haunt - Ithaca, NY @ 1Fest
6/10/2017 Mother Pug's Saloon - Staten Island, NY w/ Grey Skies Fallen More...
On June 16th, Brooklyn's Tombs will release fourth full-length album "The Grand Annihilation" via Metal Blade Records. For a preview of the album, the first single "Cold" can be streamed below.
Produced once again by Erik Rutan (Cannibal Corpse, Soilent Green, Belphegor, Hate Eternal), "The Grand Annihilation" remains rooted in the blackened, post-metallic sound that the band has become known for since 2007's self-titled EP, while also being the group's most experimental record to-date.
"If you've been following Tombs, you probably know to expect the unexpected, and I always strive to present a full range of emotion on everything with the band's name on it," front man Mike Hill explains. "That said, this is a very dark and introspective record that digs deep into the common ideas of mortality, infinity and cosmic mysteries. The lyrics on the new record are a celebration of freedom through embracing the dark side. Once you realize that you follow the dark path - the path of the individual - there is a certain feeling of liberation that accompanies it."
1. Black Sun Horizon
3. Old Wounds
4. November Wolves
6. Way of the Storm
7. Shadows at the End of the World
8. Walk with Me in Nightmares
10. Temple of Mars More...
Ready for a trek through "The Forest?" Check out our exclusive premiere of this 11th track taken off "The Dark Army Raises," the impending album from Lucifer's Dungeon.
Lucifer's Dungeon was founded in 2008 by Cain Black in Thailand, where he lived from 2006 to 2010. Originally it was planned to be a one man band called Dark Cellar, and in 2009 a demo was recorded, but sadly was lost.
In 2010, after returning to Russia, Cain Black continued to write music and lyrics and later in 2014, he recruited Cerberus (drums) and Iscariot (concert bass player) from the group First Martyr. Debut album, "The Dark Army Raises," was recorded in February, after which Cerberus left the project due to his health, resulting in a cascade of lineup swaps as Iscariot switched to solo guitar, Goth Ghost switched to bass, and Denis Goncharov (Gromm) became the drummer.
"The Dark Army Raises" consists of both full ambient music and classic black metal tracks, with some songs combining these two genres. Pre-orders are online here. Due out May 7th, the album's track listing is as follows: More...
Jim Matheos, founding guitarist of legendary U.S. progressive metallers Fates Warning, has announced the release of the debut album from his new ambient instrumental rock project Tuesday The Sky. The first full-length album "Drift" is set for release on June 30th, 2017, and sees Matheos expanding the boundaries of his sound ever further.
"Drift" came together in the downtime between Fates Warning finishing "Theories of Flight" and the beginning of the touring cycle, enabling Matheos to explore a type of atmospheric and instrumental music you might not expect of him.
He comments: "With this kind of music, it's a lot about creating a mood and letting that sink in and develop over long periods of time, as opposed to the more frenetic format of most prog music."
Taking cues from artists like Brian Eno, Boards Of Canada, Sigur Ros and Explosions In The Sky, he explores expansive textures and ambient electronica, as well as some of the most colossal riffs he has ever produced. More...
With this cover, Karma Zero tries to display the band's own version with hints to the metalcore and deathcore style, rather than to copy the original version with just a different production and specific vocals.
The five-piece respects Korn's original song, yet re-appropriates it to create a new Karma Zero track appearing on sophomore album "Monsters" that just saw release April 12th. The band comments on this cover experiment:
"The original words by Jonathan Davis on 'Blind' depict his global malaise and his helplessness feeling towards it and his fear of the outside world. That matches perfectly with the whole concept of Karma Zero's latest album 'Monsters.' Actually, the band draws a parallel between old monster movies from the 50's and our everyday life.
"The movies creatures are always rejected due to their difference and the misunderstanding of 'regular' people. This feeling is also shared by the one whose style walks away from the norm, sometimes leading to a mutual understanding denial. Modern monsters, in other words. The original Korn track matches ideally with the band's words when giving the point of view of an 'everyday monster.'" More...
Chicago's very own conductors of death metal brutality forming Broken Hope are pleased to announce details of their forthcoming full-length album, "Mutilated And Assimilated," which will see the light of day on Friday, June 23rd via Century Media Records.
Regarding the new album, guitarist / lyricist / founding father Jeremy Wagner says: "Broken Hope studio album number SEVEN?! Un-fucking-believable! I'm floored at how amazing our new album turned out. The songs are relentless and violent and dark and heavy--and ALL from a fresh and ferocious place we haven't shared before. Moreover, thanks to my new studio and the stellar work of engineering/producing Jedi - Scott Creekmore - the production is on a sonic level like we've never had in our career.
"Thanks to my brothers: Damian, Mike, Matt, Diego and Scott, all of whom brought their amazing talent and skills not just to the table, but kicked it into the stratosphere! Thank you to Wes Benscotter for collaborating with us to create the epic, sick, Thing-inspired album artwork, and a huge thanks to Century Media worldwide for being in our corner with this new album. More...
U.S. black metal unit Woe begins a European live takeover with Germany-based black metal unit Ultha on Thursday, April 13th. The trek includes an appearance at Roadburn on April 22nd with future onstage assaults both stateside and abroad in the plotting stages.
Woe will be touring in support of the "Hope Attrition" full-length issued last month via Vendetta Records (reviewed here). A dark, mournful work that draws from Woe's black metal influences while extracting dormant death metal undertones, the album was produced by Stephen DeAcutis (Evoken, Dim Mak) and serves as a personal commentary on the chaos of the modern world that only Woe can offer.
4/13/2017 Het Bos - Antwerpen, BE
4/14/2017 Hamburg Is Droneburg Festival @ Hafenklang - Hamburg, DE
4/15/2017 Vendetta Fest @ Tiefgrund - Berlin, DE
4/16/2017 Conspiracy Of The Damned Festival @ Baroeg - Rotterdam, NL
4/17/2017 Nexus - Braunschweig, DE
4/18/2017 Club Famu - Prag, CZ
4/19/2017 Escape - Vienna, AU
4/20/2017 Doom Over Leipzig Festival @ UT Connewitz - Leipzig, DE
4/21/2017 Dudefest Festival @ Jubez - Karlsruhe, DE
4/22/2017 Roadburn Festival @ O13 - Tilburg, NL More...
The glittering technological future we were all promised has turned into a dystopian nightmare. If music must reflect the times, the hour has plainly come to reject the mainstream status quo and get down to the roots and rhythms of life's elemental heaviness. And that's where Beastmaker comes in.
Purveyors of some of the most ecstatically thunderous and raw doom metal to emerge in decades, this three-man riffing machine from Fresno, California, is manifestly the real deal. New album "Inside The Skull" is set for release May 19th via Rise Above Records, and today the artwork and track listing have been revealed.
Once "Inside The Skull" is released, the band will be hitting the road in the U.S. with Zakk Wylde's Black Sabbath tribute act, Zakk Sabbath. Dates are below, and the new album's track listing is as follows: More...
Dead Horse Trauma is heading out on the road this April for the West Coast leg of the "Life" tour. The tour kicks off April 15th at The Rock Room at Patty’s Pub in Fort Dodge, IA and concludes on May 20th at the Twisted Spoke in Pekin, IL.
Since the release of "The Unmerciful Infliction" EP, (2008) Dead Horse Trauma has separated itself from the pack with a high energy live show as well as an undeniable work ethic that has taken this band from a home town power house to a national touring juggernaut.
With 6th release "Life," we see a band that has clearly grown musically, whether it’s the lyrical message of the song "Left Unsaid" or the delivery of the riffs on "The Family." More...