Metal News for April 16, 2015
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36 news articles posted on this day.
This week new videos from Tom Keifer (Cinderella), Lizzy DeVine (Vains Of Jenna) returns and some good ole boys play an AC/DC classic for our pleasure. More...
Chilean metal band Egregor has released a new music video for the track "Shunyata" that will appear on upcoming full length album "Karma."
The video was directed by Carlos Toro of Abysmo Productions in Chile, who has worked in the past with Arch Enemy, Therion, Halford, Kreator, and Criminal. Check it out below. Egregor consists of:
Magdalena Opazo - Vocals
Richard Iturra - Guitar
Giancarlo Nattino - Guitar
Alejandro Heredia - Bass
Carlos Hidalgo - Drums More...
Perth, Australia’s depressive black metal dwellers in Deadspace are currently streaming their debut album “The Promise of Oblivion” in its entirety - listen in below.
Engineered and produced by Drew James Griffiths & Chris Gebauer, “The Promise of Oblivion” follows up a split EP with Onomy issued in late 2014 and boasts eight depressive and gloomy soundscapes fusing elements of black metal, death rock. and goth-rock.
Originally conceived in 2014 as by Chris Gebauer (Earth Rot/Sensory Amusia) as an outlet for his continuous feelings of depression, Deadspace has now morphed into a tight unit of musicians from Perth’s underground metal scene.
The line-up is now completed by Drew James Griffiths (Ur Draugr, Watercolour Ghosts) on guitars/backing vocals, Nish Raghavan (Xenobiotic) and Alex Borserini (Sensory Amusia, I Am Eternal) on guitars, and Ben Stanley (Sanzu, Malignant Monster) on live drums. More...
Next To None, the teen band recently signed to InsideOut and featuring Max Portnoy, will be opening select shows for English labelmates Haken this coming April and May.
The band features Max Portnoy on drums, Ryland Holland on guitar, Kris Rank on bass, and Thomas Cuce on keyboards and lead vocals. Next To None's debut album, "A Light in the Dark," is due for release on June 29th in Europe and June 30th in the U.S. See the band live:
4/25 Detroit, MI - Token Lounge
4/26 Chicago, IL - Reggie's
4/27 Toronto, ON - Hard Luck
4/30 New York, NY - Studio at Webster Hall
5/1 Philadelphia, PA - Bull Shooters Saloon
5/3 Springfield, VA - Empire More...
"Every band has 'that' song on an album," relays Kings Destroy vocalist Steve Murphy of "Mythomania," the latest single to come off the band's soon-to-be-unleashed, self-titled full-length.
"It's the song that you poured your heart and soul into for months. The song where the vocal line simmers in your skull refusing to reveal itself until you are completely frustrated by it. The song where the drums are not obvious or continually being perfected until the last minute. 'Mythomania' is that song on this album. Conservatively, we spent six months working this song out. It was constantly being revised," he continues.
"We had multiple discussions about scrapping it. It was a war within a war of creation. This is not a song that was borne out of a few beers and bong hits. It's a song that reaches from the soul. The lyrics are a metaphor for the growing gap between the haves and have nots in the world. The transition from quiet to aggressive is one of the best on the album as a whole and it's also a reflection of the band's singular personality. Mellow to chaos, life hurtling towards death, external peace masking internal gnarling anger. Challenge yourself, take the 'Mythomania' ride. The voice cracking at the end is both the voice of total victory and agonizing defeat. Can you hear it?"
Byzantine takes its ferocious brand of progressive thrash to new heights with “The Agonies,” the second single off new album "To Release Is To Resolve" (out now via CEN/RED Distribution and available for streaming right here).
The West Virginian band’s monstrous stage presence is further captured in the brand new video for the track which was premiered via Billboard.com. Check it out below.
Behind the thrashing track is a lyrical theme inspired by a social ill that plagues the band’s home state. “The song title ‘The Agonies’ is a street term for the severe withdrawal symptoms from prescription pain pill abuse,” front-man Chris “OJ” Ojeda shares with Billboard. “This subject is extremely personal for me as this problem has infiltrated many good lives of people I know and grew up with.”
See the band live on these dates:
April 17 – Beckley, WV – Muncheez Bar & Grill
April 18 – Parkersburg, WV – Sixpence Pub & Eatery More...
In 2013, Dagoba released the full-length album "Post Mortem Nihil Est," mixed by Logan Mader in Los Angeles.
The band's schedule was very busy that year, touring relentlessly throughout Europe and the USA. Back in France, Dagoba continued to tour but found some time to write a new album: "Tales Of The Black Dawn," to be released on June 22nd in France.
Since you don't change a winning team, the band asked Logan Mader to do the mix once again.
Until the release of this new album, Dagoba is still on the road in France and Europe, performing shows more and more massive. Stay tuned for more details on upcoming live shows. More...
The New York hardcore pioneers from Agnostic Front are premiering today the official music video for new track "A Wise Man," featuring Matt Henderson.
"A Wise Man" comes off the band’s brand new album "The American Dream Died," out now via Nuclear Blast.
"The American Dream Died" was produced by Madball singer Freddy Cricien and engineered, mixed, and mastered by Paul Miner and is out now via Nuclear Blast Records.
Following a brief hiatus, Xander Demos (James Rivera, Sabbath Judas Sabbath, XDB) has announced the track listing for his upcoming EP release, scheduled for late Spring.
Tentatively titled, "Runways and Waterways," the EP will feature six tracks, including two original instrumentals, two original vocal tracks, and two vocal covers. This will be the follow-up to debut "Guitarcadia" (Rock 'n' Growl Records) and the track listing is as follows:
1. Judas Rising (Judas Priest cover)
2. Screaming For a Love Bite (Accept cover)
3. The Awakening (Instrumental original)
4. Perspectives (Instrumental original)
5. Dreamgate (Vocal original)
6. Power Rises (Vocal original)
Guest vocalists will be announced in the near future, along with mixing engineers. Like with "Guitarcadia," Demos is producing the tracks in his Shark's Nest studios.
Detroit's Gift Giver is set to release Century Media debut "Shitlife" on Tuesday. The band is currently on tour with Sworn In and just completed a video for the song "Trendkill." Our friends at Lambgoat.com are hosting the premiere, with the video also available below.
Gift Giver lead singer Justin Johnson had this to say about the video: "Trendkill is a shot at anyone who holds themselves in a higher regard over 'what's hot.' I don't give a fuck if you like metal, rap, hardcore, pop music, etc... The trendy elitist bullshit isn't cool. If you can't appreciate most styles of music- you should probably go live inside a fucking box. The video for Trendkill shows us doing business as usual. It was shot on our last tour with our boys in Villains, Barrier, Traitors, and Adaliah. Hope you enjoy it."
Catch the band live on tour:
w/Sworn In, The Plot In You
04/16 - Syracuse, NY at Saint Claire Theater w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You
04/17 - Albany, NY at Bogies w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You
04/18 - Danbury, CT at Heirloom Arts Theatre w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You
04/19 - Worcester, MA - NEMHF
04/22 - Howell, NJ at Game Changer World w/ the Plot In You
04/23 - Whitehall, PA at Planet Trog w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You
04/24 - Columbus, OH at Double Happiness w/ Sworn In, the Plot In You
04/25 - Dekalb, IL @ House Cafe w/ Sworn In, The Plot In You & I Declare War
04/26 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar HEADLINING CD RELEASE SHOW More...
Jaded Star's debut album, "Memories From The Future," is available in North America this week via Sensory Records, and to celebrate its inauguration into the public domain, the entire album is now playing in its entirety below, thanks to PureGrainAudio.com.
Formed in 2013, Jaded Star was founded by vocalist Maxi Nil (ex-Visions of Atlantis) and drummer Raphael Saini (ex-Iced Earth), who recruited guitarist Kosta Vreto (Wardrum, Horizon's End) and bassist Babis Nikou (Astral DNA, Opened Paradise, Dia Mageias) to complete the lineup. More...
There's an ear-catching new sound resonating out of New Hampshire's burgeoning underground music scene compliments of metal/hardcore outfit, Ana Sapphira.
The New England-based quintet has been hard at work preparing for the release of new album "Edge Walker," due out later this summer. Today Ana Sapphira has partnered with New Noise Magazine to unveil the album's debut single, "Heavy Hands." Give it a listen below.
When asked about the inspiration behind the song, lead vocalist and lyricist Jonathan Lamper shared, "'Heavy Hands' is about a moment of being overwhelmed with life, getting alone and deciding to trust God with everything I don't understand, and cant instantly fix myself." More...
Emerging a few years back from the local metal/rock scene and skate street culture, Parisian metal/southern rock outfit Churchill has just unveiled its first official music video for the single "Replay."
The song will be featured on the debut full-length album "Ravage," which is expected out soon on CD and digital formats.
Art Of Anarchy has partnered with GuitarWorld.com to present the premiere of "Til the Dust Is Gone,” a music video shot by director Rage. Check it out below.
The band features vocalist Scott Weiland, along with lead guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses), bassist John Moyer (Disturbed) and twin brothers Jon (guitar) and Vince Votta (drums). The band's debut self-titled album will be in stores and online June 2nd, 2015.
Jon Votta states: “When I was a teenager in the early 90's Guns N' Roses perfected what was the standard for any hard rock video. When I first saw the video for 'Don't Cry' and the band jamming on the roof top, that was to me, literally and figuratively, the epitome of making it and being on top of the world.
“Therefore, the main vision behind our new video was to replicate that ‘larger than life’ 90’s style of grandiose performances. The clip also features actor Booboo Stewart who also appeared in The Twilight Saga and X-Men: Days of Future Past.” More...
Karyn Crisis recently released the "Salem's Wounds" album through her new project Gospel Of The Witches, which contains 13 tracks recorded by Karyn together with Davide Tiso (Ephel Duath), Ross Dolan (Immolation), and Charlie Schmid (Vaura).
To learn more about Gospel Of The Witches, be sure to watch this new interview video below, featuring footage with all of the band members. More...
Black Cobra, which recently signed to Season of Mist, has announced a tour taking place in Europe this Spring.
The hardcore-fueled sludge metal act will be joined by Acid King for the first part of the coming road rage. The tour will kick of at the Desertfest in London on April 24th and continues for 17 more gigs.
Regarding the band's new album and signing, Black Cobra commented: "We are very excited to be on Season of Mist with such a great group of people and an amazing roster of diverse artists. We will be entering the studio in the next couple months to record our new album. We are super stoked on the new tracks and cannot wait for you guys to hear them." More...
Cancer Bats is currently on tour in Europe and is ecstatic to announce its inclusion on a string of North American dates with Danzig and Pennywise this July.
The tour will commence July 11th in Pomona, California and run through fourteen cities, coming to a close on July 31st in Las Vegas, Nevada. Vocalist Liam Cormier commented via e-mail from Switzerland:
"Were so excited to be heading out with Danzig and Pennywise! Both bands have been our favorites since we first got into punk and metal so to have a chance to tour with both is like a dream come true! We'll be ripping the pit and headbanging until we puke every night!!"
Cancer Bat's previously announced performances on June 25th and 26th in Calgary and Edmonton had to be cancelled. Cormier clarifies: "Calgary and Edmonton, I'm so sorry that we have to cancel our upcoming shows in June! You know how much we love you ripping babes and bros and we wouldn't do it if we didn't have good reason. The reason we can't play is because are coming back in July to party with fucking Danzig and Pennywise! It's going to be fuckin amazing! Sorry for June and see you in July!" More...
Paradise Lost are truly one of the great names in British heavy metal. When thrash exploded in the eighties, the focus shifted away from British heavy metal for the most part, save for Iron Maiden, Saxon and some underground favourites, and towards the United States, where the majority of the big metal stars have come from since. But there were some innovative, trailblazing names back in the United Kingdom, a select company which along with Napalm Death and Carcass, Paradise Lost has assured themselves a place. The band have released some outstanding albums throughout their entire career, most of the particularly noteworthy coming in the early to mid nineties, two of which, "Gothic" and "Icon," gave a name to a sub-genre we still use today, gothic metal.
Though "Gothic" was released in 1991 and a third album, "Shades of God," came a year after, it was not until the release of "Icon" in 1993 that the term "gothic metal," really came into use, with Paradise Lost being the first band to use the phrase, for seemingly little more reason according to singer, Nick Holmes in a Kerrang! interview, than the fact that traces of Sisters of Mercy could be heard in their music. "Icon" was part of a string of classic Paradise Lost albums, arguably concluding with the following album, "Draconian Times," and as such featured some excellent songwriting, memorable music and continuing changes.
One of the best known songs from the album would probably be the record's opener, "Embers Fire," a wonderful, atmospheric piece which really shone the light on the gothic rock influences the group incorporated. The first few notes are chilling enough, before exploding into a cavernous vibe of darkness, complete with well placed lead guitar displays and a vocal performance which serves as much as a warning as it does a guide to head nodding. The cautionary tone of voice foreboding of an almost unforgettable chourus, featuring confrontational lyrics and a terrifying sense of claustrophobia. The atmosphere is the thing of nightmares, but the song is the stuff of dreams. More...
Ukrainian black metal outfit Drudkh today premieres the band's forthcoming album in full. "A Furrow Cut Short" has been scheduled for release on April 20th (May 19th in North America) and is now available to be heard below. The track listing is:
1. Cursed Sons I
2. Cursed Sons II
3. To the Epoch of Unbowed Poets
5. Dishonour I
6. Dishonour II
7. Till Foreign Ground Shall Cover Eyes More...
Melodic progressive metal group Ghost Ship Octavius, featuring lead guitarist Matt Wicklund (God Forbid, HIMSA, Warrel Dane), drummer Van Williams (Nevermore, Ashes of Ares, Pure Sweet Hell) and vocalist Adon Fanion, funded a brand new self-titled album through a successful Kickstarter fan campaign launched last year.
Now, the band is pleased to announce the release of the album via digital retailers. You can give it a listen at Spotify or stream the track "Mills Of The Gods" below.
Guitarist Matt Wicklund is beyond grateful for their fans who donated to their album campaign, stating: “Ghost Ship Octavius is musically and artistically everything that I have always wanted to do. We put everything we had into this album and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! The fans have been outstanding and made it possible for us to successfully fund this album independently through Kickstarter. It’s really exciting to see this all come to life! See you all on tour!”
Drummer Van Williams adds, “I’m super stoked on this album and if I weren’t in the band I know I still would be a huge fan. It’s an exciting time for us as we are collectively brand new and forging our own path. The fans that backed this record not knowing what they would get, and our family and friends that have showed and provided support during this process are truly awesome and the ones who really brought this album to everyone else. For that I’m truly grateful and look forward to getting this beast out on the road to meet the fans that have been so positive and patient.”
The new self-titled album was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Aaron Smith at Envisage Audio in Seattle, WA. More...
"Heimweh," the monstrous and all-encompassing debut LP from London-based epic/melodic black metal horde Crom Dubh is now streaming in its entirety below, courtesy of No Clean Singing, as the album is now out through Germany's cult label Ván Records.
"Heimweh" (meaning homesickness), continues the narrative of the band's 2010 EP, "Deifr," in which the gathering and dissolution of a great river operated as a metaphor for the rise and fall of nations and civilizations. "Heimweh" follows a similar narrative, albeit with a focus on the life of the lone individual within this tumult, following a traditional cradle-to-grave progression throughout the course of the album that runs parallel to Hesiod's five ages of man. The album handles themes of loss, ruthlessness, nostalgia, exile, and death, thinking on the journey ahead and the way home. More...
Just For Fun
I've utterly failed you Metalunderground readers - despite having books from just about every RPG system in existence and having an unending love for metal, I had absolutely no idea that Burzum's Varg Vikernes actually had his own professional role playing system out and in print, titled Myfarog ("Mythic Fantasy Roleplaying Game").
Unfortunately it looks like you can only get it at this French website and its not available through any of the usual suspects like Amazon or Drive Thru RPG.
A review of the game can be seen below, and you watch Mr. Vikernes himself describing the rules in great detail at the Myfarog website.
Thrash metal legends Slayer are streaming the new track "When the Stillness Comes," which can be heard in the player below. The song will appear on the band's upcoming new release.
The track is released in celebration of Record Store Day and will be available as a picture-disc seven-inch. The group recorded the song last year in Los Angeles with producer Terry Date.
The single's A-side features the image of a blood-stained skull with the band's name carved into it, while the flipside sports an inverted cross and a live version of the song "Black Magic" – originally released on 1983 debut, "Show No Mercy" – that was recorded at Germany's Wacken festival last year.
The single is limited to 5,000 copies and will be available only at the participating stores listed on the Record Store Day website on April 18th.
Slayer last released a new song a year ago, when the group premiered "Implode" at the Golden Gods Awards and subsequently put it out as a free download on the Slayer website. It was the first new song the group had issued since the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who died in 2013 of liver failure. Exodus guitarist Gary Holt has been filling in for Hanneman, and the band also now features returning drummer Paul Bostaph. More...
German power metal outfit Iron Savior will release the band's first ever DVD/Live CD "Live At The Final Frontier" on May 29th.
This set includes the recordings of the band's hometown show in Hamburg (from January 2015) and comes as exclusive DVD/2CD Digipak via AFM Records. The track listing is:
1. Ascendence (Intro)
2. Last Hero
4. The Savior
5. Revenge Of The Bride
6. Break The Curse
7. Burning Heart
8. Mind Over Matter
9. Hall Of The Heroes
10. R U Ready
11. Condition Red
12. I’ve Been To Hell
13. Heavy Metal Never Dies
14. Coming Home
15. Iron Watcher (Medley)
16. Atlantis Falling
17. Breaking The Law (Judas Priest Cover)
+ (additional Backstage/concert footage) More...
We Butter The Bread With Butter will release the follow-up to "Goldkinder" (reviewed here), titled "Wieder Geil!," on May 22nd via AFM Records.
To get a glimpse of how the 10 new songs might sound like, a clip for the song "Ich mach was mit Medien" has been released. Find out what it would be like for Michael Bay to shoot a YouTube cat video while on acid in the player below. More...
New Akhlys album "The Dreaming I" will drop via Debemur Morti Productions this coming April 20th, 2015 via Debemur Morti Productions. The label also comments on now streaming the entire album:
"Debemur Morti Productions is proud to give you the opportunity to discover THE black metal release of the year! Indeed, the monumental first Akhlys album, the new creation of Naas Alcameth (Nightbringer, Bestia Arcana), titled 'The Dreaming I,' is listenable in its entirety on Bandcamp."
1. Breath And Levitation 09:02
2. Tides Of Oneiric Darkness 05:33
3. Consummation 16:51
4. The Dreaming Eye 10:06
5. Into The Indigo Abyss 04:00 More...
The black / death metal barbarians from Perdition Temple today premiere a graphic new video for "Chambers of Predation," available below.
The track hails from the band's new album, "The Tempter's Victorious," recently released by Hells Headbangers, and the video for "Chambers of Predation" was filmed in conspiracy with Unearthed Films for the upcoming DVD release of an AGP (American Guinea Pig Series) film entitled "Bouquet of Guts and Gore."
As Perdition Temple guitarist Gene Palubicki expains, "I felt that many of these images from the film worked quite well with the subject manner of the lyrics to the song 'Chambers of Predation,' and as a fan of hard, extreme, and violent film, this was a fine fit to tie in with this sort of thing. The band footage was shot on traditional VHS tape camcorder - same camcorder used in film production - and the scattered and swaying camera action and unpolished visual approach ties into the scheme of the films timeline of a mid '80s-period look, where most band footage from underground shows/rehearsal rooms was likened to." More...
Italian architects of blackened doom metal, Forgotten Tomb, will release a brand new album this month, on April 17th in Europe and April 21st in North America via Agonia Records.
You can now stream all of "Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love" in the player below ahead of release. The track listing is as follows:
1. Soulless Upheaval
2. King Of The Undesirables
3. Bad Dreams Come True
4. Hurt Yourself And The Ones You Love
5. Mislead The Snakes
6. Dread The Sundown
7. Swallow The Void More...
Italian symphonic power metal act Holy Shire released a new music video for the track "Bewitched (My Words Are Power)." The song appears on the band's latest album "Midgard," which was issued by Bakerteam Records in May of 2014.
The video, which was directed by Francesco Collinelli, can be seen here:
California melodic metal act Edge of Paradise, featuring fiery redhead Margarita Monet on vocals, announced details of the upcoming new release "Immortal Waltz." The album is set to drop on May 22, 2015 via Pure Rock Records, a division of Pure Steel Records. The album was recorded and produced by Michael Wagener.
The track listing for the album is:
1. Perfect Shade of Black
2. It’s My Showtime
3. Immortal Waltz
4. In A Dream
5. Rise For The Fallen
7. Break Away
9. Children of the Sea More...
Austria's Kaltenbach Open Air is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and has already announced the running order for all three days. Tickets and all informations about the festival can be found HERE.
Check out the official Running Order 2015 below: More...
Ukrainian black metal band Kroda premieres a new track titled "Чорні Хребти Карпат" (meaning Carpathian Black Spines) taken from the upcoming sixth album "GinnungaGap-GinnungaGaldr-GinnungaKaos". The new effort will be released on Walpurgisnacht, 2015.
Check out now the new track below.
Des Moines thrashers of Green Death are about to release their new album "Manufacturing Evil" on April 28 via Confuse & Offend Records. The band is playing a unique brand of classic thrash a la Testament, Heathen and Pantera.
Check out now the official music video for the track "Through the Eye" taken from the new album below.
Orlando metalcore outfit Blessing a Curse premieres the new single and new music video "Down the Rabbit Hole" below. Explains frontman Joshy Singer: "The song itself is about me rejoining Blessing a Curse after parting ways with the band for a year and struggling with depression after my dad passed away. The video symbolizes how sometimes you have to fight your toughest battles on your own in order to find the true friends who will stick by you through your darkest times, even in spite of the pain you’ve caused them."
Check out now "Down the Rabbit Hole" below.
Just For Fun
You may know already Jared Dines (vocalist of Dissimulator) from his viral parody videos "Things Guitarists Say in the Studio" and "Things Bands Say to Labels". Check out now the probably slightly autobiographical "Things Parents Say to Metal Musicians" below.
Of Mice & Men premieres a new music video for the track "Another You" taken from the 2014 release "Restoring Force".
Check it out below.