Metal News for April 16, 2013
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The pit: a convergence of metal heads and outlet for built-up aggression. Everybody’s got a pit story, and each week we share the favorites from metal musicians covering the entire spectrum of the underground and the mainstream.
A few weeks back vocalist Eric Dow of Helsott shared a story about Pantera stopping a show due to a lack of pit mayhem, and today Eric again gives a tale of pit shenanigans, but this time of a very different variety.
The following story comes from an interview at the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise with our own writer CROMCarl, in which Eric discusses love birds getting swept away by the sexy tunes of Helloween.
Eric: I was in the pit and they weren’t doing very much moshing or anything, but they were dancing around, having a good time. It was a pretty good crowd. All the sudden, I hear ‘Uh [in a female voice], Uh [in a male voice]’ and I turn around and some dude is fucking this chick right behind me….in the pit! I’m like what the fuck!
CROMCarl: Who was on stage at the time?
Eric: Uh, Helloween.
CROMCarl: Remember what they were playing?
Eric: Uhhhhhh… No [laughs all around]. Ugh…if I can try to remem…no. The fucking thing really fucking threw me off. No, no, no….I remember! “If I Could Fly!” Andy Deris fucked it up, I remember that. He fucked it up…I got these guys fucking behind me…Andy Deris fucked it up and he just rolled his eyes on stage like “I can’t believe I fucked up our most simple song.” That was great.
They were in the back of the pit. It’s a smaller venue and I know there was probably at least five or six people having the same “what the fuck” reaction. I’ve never seen that before…I’ve seen sex at concerts in plenty of places, but right there in a small venue in the mosh pit. You know…the lights all hitting them and shit..and nobody…the security guards were maybe twenty feet from them…didn’t do anything. I was like “alright, this is fucking Santa Ana, California.”
Original released in the band's native Australia, Thy Art Is Murder teamed up with Nuclear Blast for a European and North American release of latest album "Hate" earlier this month.
With the album drop handled and a label deal in the bag, the band is now gearing up to brutalize audiences on multiple continents, including an impending Summer trek with Cattle Decapitation. Find out all about upcoming live activity, what went into recording "Hate," and the filming of a music video in the interview below with Thy Art Is Murder bassist Sean Delander. More...
Finnish band Frosttide has inked a deal with NoiseArt Records as well as a booking deal with Rock The Nation/RTN Touring. Commented the band:
“We are very happy to announce that we are now part of NoiseArt Records and Rock The Nation Booking Agency! We are thrilled to cooperate with them on future records and projects!”
NoiseArt Records adds, "We were stunned by the outstanding material the band has not only released themselves single-handedly, but has already been written for their debut album. They are young, very ambitious and the music is simply beautiful – melodic and dark yet intense and very heavy! We are very much looking forward to present this amazing band to all the fans out there!"
Frosttide is a five-piece melodic/folk metal band formed by Joni Snoro back in 2009. The group released first EP "Dawn of Frost" in 2010 and has already played shows with Korpiklaani as well as festivals together with the likes of Sabaton and Fear Factory, among other bands. The band released second EP "Our Journey" in 2012.
Frosttide is currently working on an as-yet-untitled album, which is due out August 30th this year. Further details, as well as info on a run of tour dates, will be forthcoming. More...
Today The Obelisk bring forth “7 Days,” the first official track premiere from Arkansas southern rock rabble-rousers Iron Tongue. Hear “7 Days” at this location now.
The tune comes by way of the band’s forthcoming "The Dogs Have Barked, The Birds Have Flown" debut. Produced by audio sage Billy Anderson (Melvins, Sleep, Neurosis, etc) at Iron Tongue guitarist Jason Tedford’s Wolfman Studios, the seven track offering is set for release via Neurot Recordings on May 27th in Europe and May 28th in North America.
Iron Tongue will bring the power of the riff to the stage with a handful of local shows beginning April 26th with additional dates to be announce in the coming weeks. Stay tuned.
4/26/2013 White Water Tavern — Little Rock, AR w/ Paleface, Prizehog (Iron Tongue acoustic set)
5/06/2013 Downtown Music — Little Rock, AR w/ Order of the Owl, Enchiridon
5/12/2013 Private video shoot and live studio recording/cookout — Little Rock, AR
5/28/2013 M.F. Music — Bryant, AR w/ J. Baker (Iron Tongue acoustic set)
5/31/2013 White Water Tavern – Little Rock, AR Record Release Show
Lucio Manca has released a new music video for "Scorched Earth," taken from the "Everybody Needs an Angel" album released via Noisehead Records. Check out the clip below. The album is available via iTunes, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Voices from Beyond
2. The Shadow
5. Give Away
6. For What Little It Might Be Worth
7. Everybody Needs an Angel
9. The Human Capacity to Reflect and Decide
10. Scorched Earth
Septicflesh's second album, "Esoptron," will finally be available again. Originally released in 1995, the album showcases a young Septicflesh honing the band's craft and cementing itself among the heavy metal elite.
The album is now fully remastered and features a brand new cover artwork designed by Seth Siro Anton, as well as three bonus tracks.
1. Breaking the Inner Seal
3. Burning Phoenix
4. Astral Sea
6. Ice Castle
8. Succubus Priestess
9. So Clean So Empty
10. The Eyes of Set
12. Woman of the Rings [bonus track]
13. Crescent Moon [live in Lille 1999 - bonus track]
14. Brotherhood of the Fallen Knights [live in Lille 1999 - bonus track]
“Woman of the Rings” was previously available only on the long sold-out "DNA Choronzone" (aka "The Eldest Cosmonaut") EP, and the live versions of “Crescent Moon” and “Brotherhood of the Fallen Knights” have never been released before. Pre-orders are available via Season of Mist. More...
"Wisdom of Crowds" is the upcoming album from a new project featuring Bruce Soord from The Pineapple Thief and Jonas Renkse from Katatonia. The album is due out June 3rd, 2013 via Kscope, and pre-orders are available here.
Originally written with Renkse’s voice in mind, Soord sought out the acclaimed Katatonia vocalist to complete the compositions and release the music to the masses. Despite the rigorous schedules of The Pineapple Thief and Katatonia, the two musicians were eventually able to connect. Check out a teaser trailer below. More...
Pith has released a video for the new eleven and half minute song "Baptisms Along the Acheron," which was released today on D5 Digital (an imprint of Diminished Fifth Records). The video was made during the recording process and includes some live footage from a recent performance.
There’s yet more thrash for Bloodstock with Northern Irish upstarts Gama Bomb landing an opening slot on the Ronnie James Dio mainstage. The band is looking forward to churning up the Catton Park turf, commenting:
“Bloodstock: it’s just like Woodstock, but for heavy metal types, and replacing the love and peace with chips and Carling! And Slayer! Our UK fans have been asking for this for years, and now the dream is real. So pack your tent, back up your arse with bananas and send the word – The G-Bomb are comin’ to Bloodstock!"
The band’s fourth album, "The Terror Tapes," will be released next Monday 22nd April on AFM Records. Check out the new video for "Terrorscope" right here.
British heavy metal standard bearers Beholder also step in to an early mainstage slot on Saturday. Frontman Simon Hall says “For Beholder to actually be asked to do this, without me dropping to my knees and pleading like a bitch is a true acknowledgment of where the band is right now. To be on the best Bloodstock line-up ever is something we’re not going to approach lightly, and on Saturday 10th August, let’s show the rest of the world how true British Metal fans rule all!!”
The currently announced lineup is: More...
Poland’s Antigama has disclosed the full details on pending full-length album, "Meteor," due out May 28th. The track listing and artwork are available below, and the following press release was issued about the album:
"Antigama's sixth studio full-length since forming in 2000, Meteor is the revered act’s first proper album since 2009’s acclaimed Warning, and following two LPs with Relapse Records, will see the band returning to longtime allies Selfmadegod Records, their first LP for the label since 2005’s innovative Zeroland.
"The recently completed composition Meteor once again proves all over again why the band continually reaps such accolades with the media fans as both one of the most brutal bands of the genre as well as one of the most cutting-edge. With eleven new tracks of primal Antigama annihilation, Meteor reverts back to some of the bands more intimately brutal early material with thirty minutes of ultra-tight grindcore explosiveness, yet continues to carry the band’s detrimentally inventive edge, integrating brief progressive soundtrack ventures and more noise and programming elements. More...
Opeth will be doing a free acoustic performance and signing this Saturday, April 20th (which is also Record Store Day) at Newbury Comics in Leominster, MA at 3:00 PM.
The band's North American tour in support of latest album, "Heritage," kicks off this Thursday, April 18th, and runs through May 26th. Bassist Martin Mendez says of the upcoming dates:
"We’re doing a different kind of tour than last time. Last time some of the fans were disappointed because we were really promoting the last record and we didn’t do any of the really heavy songs. But this time we are doing is mish-mash of everything. I hope — I think it will be appreciated."
In related news, Opeth also recently announced the band is writing the follow-up album to "Heritage."
The '80s U.K. thrash band Xentrix (recently covered in our Sunday Old School column) reunited for a first show in nearly seven years on Sunday night, and you can watch video of the performance below. The clip includes a cover of the song "Ghostbusters," followed by "Dark Enemy" from the 1989 album "Shattered Existence."
Halifax based Spread The Metal Records is proud to announce the signing of Hamilton, ON's melodic groove metal band Deathpoint for the release of new album "Sinister." The album is set to be unleashed later this year. The band also recently added vocalist Tom Emmans (Odium) to the line up.
Matt Day of STM Records comments: "It seems like anyone can get a Nobel Peace Prize nowadays, but getting signed to STM is a different story. You have to earn it. Deathpoint is the proud new addition to STM's roster and I'm grateful to be given the chance to stand behind their upcoming full length, Sinister."
Deathpoint previously released 2010 debut album "Fixation" and the 2011 follow-up EP "Suffer." The band has been steadily establishing itself in the Ontario metal scene performing alongside bands such as Divine Heresy, Moonspell, Blackguard, Threat Signal, The Agonist, and The Catalyst.
Deathpoint drummer Mike Labate comments on the signing: "We are very excited to sign with Spread The Metal records. We've put in a lot of hard work into making this record and building our name in and around the greater Hamilton area. Also, it is very exciting to work with a label whose key objective is the advance of the band with only success as the objective. Our plan is to make the label proud, and work together to take Deathpoint to the next level."
To celebrate 25 years of total Desaster, the German thrashers have announced an anniversary show in Bamberg, Germany this coming November. The entire show will be filmed for a DVD release in 2014. Catch Desaster live:
23/11/13 DE – Bamberg – Live Club w/Pentacle and Delirius Tremens
Desaster will perform an exclusive history set featuring live appearances of former band members. Special merchandise will be available and an afters how party will be held. Tickets are 18 Euro and limited to 400 people. You can also catch the band on additional live dates:
17-19/05/13 DE – Gelsenkirchen – Rock Hard Open Air
30/05-01/06/13 RS – Beograd – Darkness Rising Festval
20/07/13 CZ – Nyrsko – Eternal Hate Festival
08/08-10/08/13 – DE – Schlotheim – Party.San Open Air More...
Brooklyn based Sun Woman has announced the release of a debut self-titled album this coming April 19th. Pre-orders are available via Bandcamp here in both digital and physical format.
The release was recorded by Jim Bertini at Galaxy Smith Studio, mixed by Tom Tierney at Spaceman Sound, and mastered by Alan Douches (Converge, Mastodon) at West West Side Music. The following press release was also issued about the album:
"With inspirations ranging from Converge, Don Caballero and Nirvana, the 8 track album invites the listener on a meticulously planned shit storm of wild musicianship and erratic song structures. You can check out a song premiere at Metal Injection now and catch Sun Woman performing the self titled album in it's entirety Friday April 19th at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY with Tidal Arms, Torrential Downpour and Cleric." More...
Jungle Rot has released a guitar and bass demo for “Terror Regime,” the title track from the band's eighth studio album.
Pick up your guitar/bass and shred along with Jimmy and Geoff to one of the most destructive tracks on the album through the player below. You can also watch the previously posted music video for “Terror Regime” at this location.
The fourth annual Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival is set for shows across North America from August 9th through September 15th, 2013.
The touring rock music and lifestyle festival - which boasted total attendance of nearly 300,000 in 2012 - will feature performances from multiplatinum superstars and breaking talent on the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage and the Ernie Ball Festival Stage. Look for this year’s bands to be announced on April 22nd.
Tickets for most shows go on sale Thursday, April 25th at Noon local time and are priced between $10.25 and $89.75 (plus fees). Go to this location for full details and to purchase tickets. The current Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival tour dates are as follows: More...
Spanish thrash metal act Napalm Storm has signed a worldwide deal with Wormholedeath/Aural Music Group.
Wormholedeath will release debut album “Harmless Cruelty” worldwide through Aural Music Group. The album will be produced, recorded, and mixed at Realsound Studio (Italy) with producer Wahoomi Corvi (Crysalys, The Way Of Purity), during July of 2013. The release date will be announced soon both for Europe and Japan.
Napalm Storm comments: “It’s a great opportunity for us to record our first album with a label as WHD. Our philosophy is based on improving every aspect of the band, but sometimes if nobody capable to support you on distributing and promoting your work, all that effort is not rewarded at all. We think it’s important that our debut album breaks the borders of our country, as it will be heard by widest possible audience and will offer more touring. We hope this new trajectory is satisfactory for us, for the label and of course for our fans. “
A&R “Worm” also added: “We have been working closely with Napalm Storm for quite a long time now, so it’s time to announce their signing with our label. The guys sent us some really exciting and outstanding demos so we decided to support them with a full length album release. Napalm Storm are a really professional band and they deserve our attention. Get ready for the napalm blast they are preparing for all of you!” More...
Napalm Records has checked in with the following announcement about releasing the new album "Antiadore" from Lacrimas Profundere:
"A lot of bands have failed in the tricky undertaking to combine melancholy and heaviness, but not Lacrimas Profundere, who pull it off on 'Antiadore' without breaking a sweat. The band stayed true to their sombre roots on this album, but has elevated the characteristic sound to new heights. Thus, even exceeding their previous masterworks such as 'The Grandiose Nowhere' or 'Filthy Notes for Frozen Hearts.'
"'Antiadore' is heavy, melancholic, and touches upon the hidden feelings in the darkest corners of the soul. Ballads like 'Still In Need' or 'Head Held High' meet heavy breakers like 'Abandon' or the pounding 'What I´m Not.' The band revolving around Oliver Schmid presents itself with a newfound energy and offer their most diverse and mature album! Goth Rock enthusiasts will fall in love with 'Antiadore!' Goth N Roll!" More...
Darkest Hour has checked in with the following brief announcement about recruiting a new drummer: "Here it is... please welcome Travis Orbin to the band! More news on the new album but for now.... the future 5 align!"
Darkest Hour now consists of:
Mike Schleibaum - Guitar
John Henry - Vocals
Michael "Lonestar" Carrigan- Guitar
Aaron Deal - Bass
Travis Orbin - Drums
For more info on the band, head over to the Darkest Hour Facebook profile here.
It was back in 1983 that a then unheard of 19 year old vocalist called Dorothee Pesch entered the stage with her band Snakebite in Düsseldorf, Germany for the very first time.
Just four years later the power woman made her big international break with new combo Warlock and “Triumph and Agony” – featuring the future worldwide hits “All We Are” and “Für Immer” - which has been sold over 5 million times to date.
Today, after about 2,800 shows in more than 50 different countries on four continents, Doro has become a trademark for thrilling rock music and energetic live shows. Yesterday, April 15th, the 30 year anniversary tour kicked off in the Ukrainian capital Kiev. Over the course of the following weeks, it’ll be continued in Russia, Scandinavia, South Europe, Germany, on various summer festivals (Wacken Open Air, Metalfest Loreley Germany among others) and eventually even in North and South America.
Doro comments: “Though it’ll be super-demanding once again, I’m looking forward a lot to the fans all over the world. We’ve received so many requests that we’ll even have to postpone the tour’s scheduled highlight and final show in my home town Düsseldorf from December 2013 to March 2014.” Further details and additional tour dates to be announced soon. More...
Denver death metal tyrants Enemy Reign are pleased to announce the release of the "Tormented To Oblivion" LP next month.
The nine track slab of wax will feature remixed and remastered tracks from the band’s ravaging (and unreleased) "Diametrically Opposed" EP, featuring original throat Sherwood Webber (ex-Skinless) as well as remixed and remastered choice cuts from the "Between Hell and Oblivion" full-length.
Pre-orders of the "Tormented To Oblivion" vinyl edition are currently available for via the band’s official website and will drop on May 15th. The release will also be made available digitally via iTunes, Amazon etc. The track listing is: More...
Philip Anselmo, front man of Pantera and Down, will release his first career solo album, "Walk Through Exits Only," under the name Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals on July 19th via Season of Mist in partnership with Anselmo's own Housecore Records.
"Walk Through Exits Only" features artwork from Vance Kelly (Down, The Sword) and will be available on limited digipak CD and limited edition vinyl (150 grey/red haze LP), as well as digitally. Pre-orders are available here. More...
Guitarist Dory Gray from Israeli death metal act Eternal Gray has posted the following statement about the band calling it quits and releasing some final material:
"This message is for the real Eternal Gray fanatics. As you all know, I've decided to put the band to an end a few weeks ago.
"However, it wasn't before we we started working on our 3rd album. In these amazing inspirational times we've managed to complete 3 full songs and many more sketches. Due to the unfortunate circumstances and the fact I write music for people and not only for myself - I've decided to exceptionally release them sketches for you to listen, get a glimpse of how our 3rd album was supposed to sound like. it's yours, not ours.
"Just bear in mind these are only rough sketches, no vocals, missing instruments here and there, parts are undone and so on.
Kingdom Come has posted a new music video online for "God Does Not Sing Our Song," taken from the upcoming studio album "Outlier," due out April 29th (May 7th in North America). The track listing is:
1. God Does Not Sing Our Song 04:05
2. Running High Distortion 04:14
3. Rough Ride Ralleye 04:35
4. Let The Silence Talk 03:29
5. Holy Curtain 03:59
6. The Trap Is Alive 04:41
7. Skip The Cover And Feel 03:37
8. Don`t Want You To Wait 04:31
9. Such A Shame 03:18
10. When Colors Break The Grey 05:03
Dodsfall has posted two brief teaser trailers online for upcoming album "Djevelens Evangelie," due out this Summer. Check out the clips below. The cover art and release date for the new album will also be announced shortly.
After releasing the "Deadweight" music video, Heart of a Coward has now posted a making-of clip online, which is available below. The band also comments:
"We filmed a 'Making Of' video for you guys on set at the filming of 'Deadweight.' We also took time out to chat about the new album! Have a watch & spread the word! Enjoy!"
Behemoth has been holed up in Hertz Studios working on a tenth full-length album and follow-up to "Evangelion" (reviewed here). As Behemoth continues to record, the band has been posting images and what appear to be lyrics for portions of new songs.
While we wait patiently for new music to be completed, Nergal has offered the following update: "Every piece of art is born in pain…and so is ours. We've spent last couple of months on pre-production and tracking down the songs in Hertz studio. We are producing the album collectively with help of Wieslawscy brothers and Daniel Bergstrand. We are driven by a mystery… exploring territories that have been unknown to us up until now. It feels exciting and very refreshing to redefine our style and yet make a strong fuckin' statement. Wait and hear…"
Behemoth will be embarking on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer. In addition to the festival dates, two off dates have been announced, including July 9th in Grand Rapids, MI and July 29th in Louisville, KY. Fans at each show will be treated a mini-fest of sorts, with each show including Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, and more. More...
Brazil's Frost Despair has posted another sample online from the band's upcoming album "Surreal." Check out the new song "Creation" through the SoundCloud player below.
You can also hear two previously posted teaser tracks from the album right here. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Sixth Bell
3. Thrones of Human Power
4. Darkly Strike
7. Fall into the Darkness of Illusion
8. Claim for the Apocalyptic Eradication
9. God's Nightmare
10. Slaves to Superstition
11. Thrones of Human Power (Orchestral version)
12. Claim for the Apocalyptic Eradication (Orchestral version) More...
Australian deathcore act Point Below Zero has posted the new single "Passage" online, which is available for streaming below. You can also download the track over at the Point Below Zero Bandcamp page here.
Chilean metal band Inferis has announced that vocalist Oliver Garcia has left the band and that it is looking for a replacement. The band commented:
"After 6 years with the band, we are announcing that Oliver Garcia has left the band. The whole process has been friendly and we wish him nothing but the best on his future endeavors and his band Vellatore. We take the chance to thank him for all the good years and the great work that he did with Inferis".
The band is currently working on 10 new tracks for its upcoming album, while they seek a replacement. The EP "Lead the Chain," released in 2012 via Digmetalworld Records, contains two new tracks and two live tracks and was recorded and mixed by Ricardo Martinez in Viña del Mar, Chile. You can download and stream the EP for free at this location.