Metal News for April 15, 2013
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A couple of months ago, I wrote a column examining three metal bands from Turkey, the country which bridges Europe and Asia, and a conversation was struck wherein I mentioned the idea of checking out some of the underground metal music that Turkey’s neighbours, Greece have to offer. Greece is certainly one of the most fascinating countries in Europe, if not the world, owing to its ancient history, philosophers, contributions to science, maths and politics and mythology, and it’s a place that enjoys heavy metal music too. Some of the more significant Greek metal bands around today include Rotting Christ, Firewind and SepticFlesh, but this week we will uncover three bands which aren’t as well known.
Of all the bands featured this week, Suicidal Angels are probably the most well known, having worked extremely hard over the past few years to spread their brand of thrash metal. The group was formed in the Greek capital city of Athens in 2001 by singing guitarist, Nick Melissourgos and eventually recorded their first full length album, "Eternal Domination" in 2007, which was released in July of that year. The record did well enough to gain them a place supporting such thrash legends as Overkill, Kreator and Onslaught. The release of their second album, "Sanctify the Darkness" further solidified their place as one of the best young thrash metal acts around, and led them to more appearances with high profile artists, as well as slots at such festivals as Sonisphere and Wacken Open Air. The band has since released two more full length records, the most recent of which, "Bloodbath," hit the shelves last year.
Suicidal Angels - "Apokathilosis"
Jeff Loomis, who has been out on tour with Soilwork, has posted the following message online about having equipment stolen from the band's van:
"Last night after our show in St. Louis, our tour van was broken into as we were grabbing a bite to eat before our drive to Dallas. We were parked in a well-lit area in front of the restaurant. In the ten to fifteen minutes that it took for us to order our food and eat, all of our personal items such as laptops, cameras, musical equipment, cell phones, passports and money were stolen.
"We came outside to find the lock on the driver side door popped out of the van, and promptly called the police. A report has been filed and the van was fingerprinted, but the leads don’t seem promising. The police stated that this is apparently a common occurrence in the area. We are all in disbelief, but are very fortunate for everyone to be okay.
"After discussing the situation as a group, we would like to try to continue on with this tour, but to be able to do this, we will need your help. We have all taken a huge hit financially, and we cannot continue on without some sort of support. We have set up a paypal account for any amount of donations to assist us for the duration of the tour.
"Here is the PayPal e-mail to make donations to: JLoomisbanddonation@outlook.com Any and all support will be greatly appreciated. More...
Megadeth will be releasing new album "Super Collider" this coming June 4th, 2013. The artwork for the album has now been revealed and can be seen below.
"Super Collider" will also feature a guest appearance by David Draiman of Disturbed/Device on the track "Dance In The Rain."
Romanian progressive death metal act Illuminati has posted a new song online titled "Please Lose," which features a guest spot by Patrick Mameli of Pestilence. Check out the song below.
"Please Lose" comes off the band's album "The Core," which was mixed and mastered by Tymon Kruidenier. The album is due out April 30th, 2013. More...
Seth has posted a lyric video online for the track "Scars Born from Bleeding Stars," taken from upcoming album "The Howling Spirit," due out through Season of Mist on June 7th (June 11th in North America).
Check out the video clip below. Pre-orders for "The Howling Spirit" are available at this location.
Alice in Chains has released a lyric video for the track "Stone," which can be found at Vevo here or through the player below.
A full music video for the track is also currently in the works. "Stone" will appear on the band's upcoming album "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here," due out May 28th, 2013. More...
Iced Earth's first officially recorded DVD/Blu-Ray, "Live In Ancient Kourion," will hit stores tomorrow, April 16th, in North America.
For this live release, the band recorded an epic 2.5 hour show in a 6,000 year old amphitheatre on the island of Cyprus.
In celebration of tomorrow's release, Iced Earth has uploaded the live video for the song "Anthem," which offers fans yet another preview. Check it out below, or watch the previous live video for "Stormrider" at this location.
Progressive sound revolutionists The Ocean today present “Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated” from their forthcoming new album, "Pelagial."
Plunge deep into the currents of “Bathyalpelagic III: Disequillibrated” through the player below, or at the band’s official Metal Blade page where you’ll also find studio footage, pre-order info, and more.
Mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Katatonia, Witchcraft) at Fascination Street Studios in Örebrö, Sweden, "Pelagial" will be released as a double CD, which includes a vocal and an instrumental version of the album and is scheduled for release on April 26th/29th (Europe) and April 30th (North America/world) through Metal Blade Records.
In related news, The Ocean will return to North America as part of the 7th annual Summer Slaughter Tour, presented by Indie Merch Store, ESP and Guitar World. Set to run from July 19th through August 24th, the band will appear alongside The Dillinger Escape Plan, Animals As Leaders, Periphery, Norma Jean, Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Aeon and more. Official tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks. More...
Greece's Demon Prayers has posted a track online titled "The Crusher," which comes courtesy of the band's new EP "Morbid Terror." Give the song a listen through the player below.
Sonata Arctica has continued to post more tour footage from the "Stones Grow Her Name" tour, in support of the new album of the same name (reviewed here).
Check out this latest footage from Japan in the player below. You can also check out the previous video clip from Russia over at this location.
Multinational act Eden's Curse has released a third studio video diary taken from the recording of the band's new album.
Check out the 14 minute video below, which features German virtuoso guitarist Thorsten Koehne tracking his parts at COP Studio in Bielefeld, Germany. The previously posted video in the series is also available right here.
Sweden's The Resistance has posted the following message online about canceling the band's upcoming tour dates:
"VERY SAD NEWS! We are very sad that we have to announce that the tour is cancelled. It's due to logistic reasons. We hope to see you out there soon.
"But we have the release of 'Scars' to look forward to on the 10th of May, folks! Stay true and support the cause!"
Check out a song off "Scars," titled "The Serpent King," in the player provided below. More...
Swedish act Suffix has released a new music video for the track "Skindiver," which can be viewed below. The track comes off "The Cold Perfection" album, and the clip was filmed at Kafé 44 in Stockholm.
Spanish act NoDrama has released a new music video for "Untouchable Treasure," taken from "The Patient," which was released via Coroner Records. Check out the video clip below.
Catch the band live:
20 April 2013 - Haro - Sala Brutal Zone (Spain)
w/Vicious Rumors and The Order Of Chaos
7 May 2013 - Osabrück - Bastard Club (Germany)
8 May 2013 - Hamburg - Bambi Balore (Germany)
9 May 2013 - Keblenz - Florinsmarkt (Germany)
10 May 2013 - Duisburg - Glückaufhalle (Germany)
11 May 2013 - Milan - Black Rose Saloon (Italy)
12 May 2013 - Obermarchtal - Kreuz (Germany)
18 May 2013 (with Rise to fall, Vita Imana, Dagoba) - Bilbao (Bilbao Ablaze Fest) (Spain)
25 May 2013 (with Elbereth, Hilotz) - Donostia (Herriko Burdina) - Doka Kafe Antzokia (Spain)
Teramobil has posted the "Multispectral Supercontinuum" EP online for streaming, which can be heard in the player below. The following press release was also issued about the band and new EP:
"It is no secret that Montreal is a hotbed of metal innovation, encompassing a wide spectrum of brutality, technical innovation and avant-garde ideas that many scenes do well to envy. Still, genre conventions being what they are, many musicians are left with that nagging question in the back of their minds... 'what if we just went all out, no boundaries?' Enter: Teramobil.
"Comprised of Dominic 'Forest' Lapointe (Augury, Beyond Creation, etc) on 6-string bass, Mathieu Bérubé (Unhuman) on guitar and Alexandre Dupras (Unhuman, The Plasmarifle) on drums, Teramobil is an uncompromising amalgam of technical metal, progressive rock, jazz fusion, psychedelic trips and... pretty much anything else you can think of!
"Jokingly dubbing their instrumental style 'InYourFaceExtremeDoomCountryMathTechniCore,' Teramobil have, since beginning writing in the fall of 2010, come up with a full serving of challenging music that above all remains clear, concise and listenable despite its extreme level of complexity. The band's first offering, in the form of the 6-song EP Multispectral Supercontinuum, saw the light of day in March 2013. It will be followed by a full-length album in the near future." More...
Loudwire is offering up an exclusive premiere of “Your Hell Begins” from Providence sound terrorists Howl. Check out the song right here.
Comments the band in a collective statement: “‘Your Hell Begins’ is like a meth-driven unicorn blasting your ass with a shit-covered horn; it's hard, fast, and dirty."
The latest track of metallic deviance comes courtesy of the band’s forthcoming new full-length, "Bloodlines." The followup to the band’s "Full Of Hell" debut was recorded at Planet Z Studio in Hadley, Massachusetts with Chris “Zeuss” Harris (Soulfly, Crowbar, Municipal Waste, 3 Inches Of Blood et al) and delivers 40 ravaging minutes of riff-soaked, auditory antagonism.
The previously posted "Attrition" lyric video is also available at this location. The ten-track "Bloodlines" will see North American release via Relapse Records on April 30th, April 26th in Germany, Benelux and April 29th in the UK and rest of Europe.
U.K. act Martyr Defiled has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's guitar player:
"Its a sad day to see one of your best friends move on to pastures new, and it is with great sadness that we have to announce our guitarist Lee Cook is stepping down from Martyr Defiled duties.
"Whilst sad days are usually overcast and dull, this one is tinged with a bright future ahead as we look forwards. Lee will fulfilling all his commitments to the band during the time we're looking for a new guitarist - also in which time we're cracking on with fine tuning our sophomore album, which is getting ever closer to being finished."
The band is currently seeking a replacement guitarist. Details for interested applicants can be found at the Martyr Defiled Facebook profile here.
Italian doom act Satori Junk has released the "Doomsday" EP online, which can be heard through the Bandcamp player provided below. You can also find more info on Satori Junk at Facebook here. The "Doomsday" track listing is as follows:
1. Monsters 08:11
2. The Green Beautiful (I. Abduction, II. Birth, III. Consacration) 07:55
3. Blessed are the Bastards 05:13
4. Lord of the Pigs 07:54 More...
New Blood has released an official music video for the track "In Obscurity," taken from the debut album "Subsistence." Check out the clip below. All cameras, editing, and animation were handled by Michael Cusack.
Former Masterplan vocalist Jørn Lande will issue the new Jørn album "Traveller" on June 11th (EU) and June 13th (North America) via Frontiers Records. The track listing for the new album is as follows:
2. Cancer Demon
4. Window Maker
5. Make Your Engine Scream
6. Legend Man
7. Carry The Black
8. Rev On
10. The Man Who Was King More...
Battlecross has completed work on a sophomore album, which will be due out this summer during the band's tour as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
Recording has been completed and the finishing touches are being applied to the tracks and art. During tracking, drummer Shannon Lucas stepped in as the session drummer for the album. Lucas comments: "Being a fan of Battlecross, it is an honor to be a part of their new record. I can't wait for the world to hear this album."
Producer Eyal Levi adds, "I am so beyond excited for the chance to produce Shannon Lucas on the new Battlecross record. He's one of the true BEASTS of metal drumming. The man's skills are literally untouchable. Combine that with a badass rising star of a band and I think we've got the makings of a crushing record!"
As previously announced, Kevin Talley will be stepping in to play drums for the band on two upcoming live performances, the New England Metal & Hardcore Fest (4/19) and the Orion Music & More Festival (6/08-6/09). Drummer Mike Kreger has parted ways with the band to focus on some new opportunities and attend to personal business. Battlecross will announce a new permanent member once a final decision has been made.
The album, scheduled to be released in early summer, also features a guest guitar solo by Producer Jason Suecof, and will be mastered by Joey Vera of Armored Saint. Vera also mastered the band's cover of Pantera's "Hostile," which was released as a single last summer. More...
Spokane instrumental trio Odyssey will be hitting the road with Tacoma's Czar for the "RockeTour" later this month. Check out the tour poster below, and details are as follows:
April 20: The Charleston - Bremerton, WA
April 21: The Kraken - Seattle, WA
April 22: The Red Room - Tacoma, WA
April 23: Track House - Olypmia, WA
April 24: Johnny B's - Medford, OR
April 25: Black Forest - Eugene, OR
April 26: Porch Couch (House Show) - Portland, OR
April 27: Ray's Golden Lion - Richland, WA More...
Oklahoma City act Dischordia has signed a new two album deal with Rogue Records America. Dischordia bassist/vocalist Josh Turner comments: "We see a great future with Rogue Records America and feel they can take us to the next level as a band."
Dean Martinetti from Rogue Records America also adds, "Rogue is very proud to have such a hardworking band join forces with us and we will do everything we can to help them get to where they are going."
Dischordia has performed live across multiple states and secured opening slots for the likes of The Faceless, Between the Buried and Me, Job For A Cowboy, Revocation, Dying Fetus, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Born of Osiris, and more.
The band’s first release under Rogue, “Creator / Destroyer.” will be released as a re-issue on April 30th. A video will be released shortly thereafter with a full-length album and subsequent 3 week tour dropping this summer.
Former Narnia vocalist Germán Pascual announced the formation of a new Swedish hard rock act called Empire 21. Joining Pascual will be former Narnia guitarist CJ Grimmark, Darkwater/Harmony drummer Darkwater, bassist Andreas Ålöv and keyboardist John Svensson.
According to the press release: "Neither the band nor the album to come was brought together by coincidence, but rather by a desperate need to fill a gap in todays music scene. The sound will be heavy, melodic rock/metal with tons of energy and great musicianship, and as soon as the album is out, Empire 21 will be ready to hit the roads and travel anywhere to meet their audience."
The album mix will be handled by Tobias Lindell, who has worked with Mustasch, Europe and many more, with the dates for the final mix and mastering having been set for late spring 2013 (exact date of released has not yet been revealed).
Bassist Emil Agrell from Demise of an Era has checked in with the following statement about himself and vocalist Alexander Buhaj splitting with the band:
"Every era has their end. In this band we have been through blood, sweat and tears together. This band have meant everything for us and we have struggled in a long time to get it working, but some things in life aren't meant to be.
"Every person has their own sight of life and we do see things in our own perspectives, and sometimes that could be a problem, running away from problems is never a solution and I don't think we could call this a runaway, because we have really struggled to get things working.
"I can proudly say that this band has given me some of the greatest moments in my life and I will never forget that. I'd personally want to thank Max, Filip, Fredrik and of course Alex for all those moments.
"Demise Of An Era will now keep on rocking without me and Alex and we want to wish Max, Filip and Fredrik all the best in the future." More...
Now, Voyager has posted a new studio video diary online, filmed during the band's September/October 2012 recording session at Outhouse Studios for the follow-up release to "Seas."
In the clip available below, the band discusses the studio environment, living out of a van, washing in supermarket toilets, and talk about the creative team at Outhouse.
Exarsis has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a new guitarist for live performances:
"Hello thrashers!!! We would like to announce you a new collaboration between Exarsis and Panos Spanos (Ex-Suicidal Angels) on guitars for our following live shows."
Panos Spanos also comments: "Hey folks! I'm more than happy to announce that I'm gonna play some shows with my good friends Exarsis. First gig will take place at club Gagarin in Athens Greece, this friday, 19th of April, which is also gonna be the first official live presentation of the band's new album named 'The Brutal State.' Hope to see you all there, Cheers!" More...
Dagoba has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's new album "Post Mortem Nihil Est," which can be viewed below. You can also check out the recently released album artwork right here.
Melodic death metal pioneers Dark Tranquillity will release their 10th studio album, "Construct," on May 27th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via Century Media Records. To get your first preview of "Construct" check out "For Broken Words" below.
Dark Tranquility comments on the song: "This is one of the heaviest and most brooding tracks from 'Construct', so it's a good candidate for the online premiere song position. More music from the album will be presented shortly."
The track listing for the U.S. version is as follows:
1. For Broken Words
2. The Science Of Noise
4. The Silence In Between
6. What Only You Know
7. Endtime Hearts
8. State Of Trust
9. Weight Of The End
10. None Becoming
11. Immemorial (bonus track)
12. Photon Dreams (bonus track) More...
Portuguese dark metallers Heavenwood have parted ways with longtime guitarist Bruno Silva and have replaced him with Vítor Carvalho, Demon Dagger’s axeman and guitar-virtuoso. Vítor Carvalho will make his live debut with Heavenwood next Saturday, the 20th of April in Benavente.
Heavenwood is currently writing and rehearsing material for fifth album, "The Tarot Of The Bohemians - Part. 1," to be released at the beginning of 2014. In related news, the band is streaming a new pre-production track called "Strength." Check it out below. Heavenwood also comments:
"The new album is inspired by Papus aka Gerard Encausse (July 13, 1865 - October 25, 1916), the Spanish-born French physician and hypnotist who popularized occultism and founded the modern Martinist Order." More...
Greek act Sorrows Path has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting a guest musician for the band's upcoming album:
"We are really honored to announce that American guitarist Edgar Rivera will be one of the guests for the new Sorrows Path album!
"His work with Solitude Aeternus' first five legendary albums inspired us in a profound way and we are pleased and excited to have him step in and perform the solo for the opening song titled 'Tragedy.'
"The release date for our upcoming album will be announced very soon by German label ROCK IT UP records. Doom Rules Eternally!"
You can also check out the band's music via the Sorrows Path MySpace page here.
My Silent Wake has checked in with the following announcement about recording new material:
"The band has been busy recording new acoustic and metal songs recently. The new album is due out in May with an acoustic album also scheduled. The Anatomy of Melancholy has been re-released as a remastered digipack with new artwork and info. This can be purchased from the Bombworks site or our shop. The studios we have used for the recrdings are:
The Priory with Greg Chandler (Esoteric)
The Cage with Martin Bowes (Attrition)
Kewsound with Ian (Jack) Frost
"The band has recently changed the line-up and now consists of:
"Various members have contributed to the album recordings but this is the line-up for future gigs."
Melodic death metal heroes Amon Amarth are pleased to unveil the details of their ninth studio album. Titled "Deceiver of the Gods," the offering was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, U.K. and produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy Sneap.
The cover art was, once again, completed by Tom Thiel and depicts a mythical battle between the Norse Gods Loki & Thor. Fans will also recognize a special appearance on this album with Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) providing guest vocals for eighth song, "Hel."
"Deceiver of the Gods" will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records June 25th, in Europe June 21st/24th and Japan on June 26th. Comments vocalist Johan Hegg:
"We feel very excited about this new album, and personally I feel that Deceiver of the Gods is the strongest album we've ever done. By far! I'm confident that all our fans will enjoy this 'punch-in-the-face-of-a-record!"
Opening title track and first single, "Deceiver of the Gods" is currently streaming at the band's official Metal Blade page where you'll also find special pre-order info. The track listing is: More...
Oklahoma death metal band Horde Casket has posted the following on its Facebook page regarding its upcoming album "Bloodfiends," which is due to be released via Sevared Records in the winter of 2013:
"Getting into gear to finish up the 'Bloodfiends' album to be released on Sevared Records! We would also like to officially announce that Derek Munday from Human Meat Market will be recording the vocals on this album! No set release date has been made. This shit is a long time in the making and can't wait to finally get it out there!! FUKKIN BRUTAL!!"
Horde Casket had been on a brief hiatus after recording guitar and bass tracks for this third release of theirs, awaiting a vocalist. The Norman, OK band had previously released "Slab of Infinite Butchery" via Sevared in 2010. Stream some tracks from that below.
Hailing from Stoke On Trent in the UK comes sludge combo Space Witch, who is gearing up to release its official debut EP "The Alchemy Paradox" on April 30th. One song from that three-track endeavor, "Hang the Witch," is streaming over on bandcamp, or below in the widget. You can also stream two of Space Witch's previous demos on that link. The space sludge instrumental trio is also putting together dates for a mini-UK tour as we speak.
The new four-song EP by Chilean band Meridian is now streaming in its entirety over on Digmetalworld, or in the player below. Meridian is the side project of Vastator's vocalist, Sr. Diaz, and Entrance's guitarist Richard Pilnik.
The EP contains four tracks of classic heavy metal. The "Meridian" EP was recorded by Richard Pilnik and Gerardo Barnechea at Kabara Musical Studios in Santiago, Chile and mastered by Richard Pilnik studios. The art cover was designed by Chaotic Kimist. Check out the lyric video for the title track below the EP stream.