Metal News for April 17, 2013
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34 news articles posted on this day.
Norwegian prog metallers Leprous will release the new album "Coal" on May 28th in North America (May 20th in Europe) via InsideOut Music.
In anticipation of this release, the band is now revealing the cover artwork, which was conceived by American artist Jeff Jordan, who previously created the artwork for the band's last album, "Bilateral" (reviewed here) in addition to working with The Mars Volta. Leprous comments about the artwork:
"The artwork for this album was a hard nut to crack. We wanted something dark, melancholic but with a distinct character. We tried several solutions without finding the perfect supplement for the music, before we decided to contact Jeff Jordan once again. Jeff immediately had wonderful ideas that we decided to pursue. The artwork of 'Coal' is in my opinion the most iconic we've had so far." More...
Finland's Mors Subita has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's vocalist:
"With heavy hearts Mors Subita announces the departure of lead singer Antti 'Hape' Haapsamo. We are all sad to see this day coming although it has been somewhat expected. Even though the situation is hard for us all Mors Subita as a band is supporting Hape with his decision.
"Naturally, Hape will fulfill his duties 'till the end and will be performing his last show as Mors Subita singer at Mors Subita supporting Ensiferum @ Club Teatria / Oulu 26.4.2013. Be sure to catch final glimpse of this handsome fucker! "
Antti also comments: More...
Guitarist Kyle Mertz from Ohio's Arise the Titan has posted the following message online about parting ways with the band's guitarist, drummer, and vocalist:
"Unfortunately, we have some news regarding the band. Due to some personal issues within the band, most of our members have decided to split off and pursue other projects. As these projects come to fruition, we will be tagging them so you can keep up with them and hopefully throw down at some shows of theirs.
"It's been one hell of a ride with Mike, Adam, and Paul. We accomplished so much with this line-up and I'm happy to have worked with every one of them. Me and Chaunce both wish them the best of luck in whatever musical or life en devours they pursue.
"Our plan is to try and keep this going, but we have a few spots to fill. We are currently seeking a guitarist, drummer, and vocalist. If you are interested, or know anyone who is, please send them our way. We would be happy to talk to anyone interested in this project." More...
Walking Corpse Syndrome has released a new lyric video for "Pushing the Grey," which comes off new album "Alive in Desolation" (reviewed here).
Check out the clip below, or you can also watch the previously posted video for "The Individualist" right here. The full album's track listing is:
2. The Individualist
3. Walking Sacrifice
4. Pushing the Grey
Ruindom will release "In The Eyes of Death" via inverse Records on May 17th, 2013. The track listing is:
1. Beyond the Hill
2. Crawling With the Dead
3. Demon Call
4. Past Life Illusion
5. Perfect World
6. Sordid Price
7. Where the World is Gone
8. In the Eye of Death
Inverse Records also commented on the band:
"Ruindom was formed in summer 2008 at Valkeakoski on the ruins of a failed modern death metal band. The main driving force behind the music has been the early 90's old school death metal. After couple of demos and some lineup changes the band completed their debut album 'On The Ruins of Decadence; in May 2012. After that Ruindom picked up their pace and by the end of 2012 there were already eight finished songs for the next album, 'In the Eye of Death.'
"Ruindom's music is heavily based on trio mentality: the sound on the record is basically the same as the band sounds live, there's no need for support guitars on solos etc. Guitar and bass are pretty much married sound wise, though bass tends to flirt with percussion to keep things interesting.
"Soundspace is intentionally left raw. Overpolished and clean just doesn't fit in the band's menu. Majority of the song templates feed from hangover anxiety and feels caused by certain movies. The monsters are then brought to life in the depths of the rehearsal place. Lyrical themes share the same core philosophy as the music. The grim human fates: Actors best days gone, human wrecks as musicians living up someone else's dreams. The holy trinity of religion, war and peace. Reincarnation and inner demons. The darkness and paganic sights of the countryside." More...
Anticipation is getting hot and heavy for the May 21st release of Gaytheist's brand new album "Hold Me...But Not So Tight," and now another track from the release is available.
Check out "Spread 'Em" via Exlaim.ca here or through the player available below.
You can also listen to the Metalunderground.com premiered "Wisdom of the Asshole" at this location. The full album's track listing is:
1. Starring in "The Idiot"
2. The Restoration
3. Stomach Pains
4. 60 Easy Payments
5. Dopple & The Gang
7. Spread 'em
8. Elderly Assassin
10. Contest of Competence
11. Wisdom of the Asshole
12. Into the Trap More...
Following its recent CD/digital worldwide release via Poland’s Selfmadegod Records, avant-death metal collective Azure Emote’s second album "The Gravity Of Impermanence" is now confirmed for a vinyl edition. You can also stream the full album at this location.
The massive project - envisioned and created by Mike Hrubovcak (Monstrosity, Vile, Divine Rapture, Abraxas) - Azure Emote will directly handle the U.S. release of the vinyl version of "The Gravity Of Impermanence," with French label Adipocere will run all international territories’ sales.
This 2xLP limited pressing will be housed in a full-color gloss double-gatefold jacket, hand-numbered in an edition of 300. In addition to the gargantuan fourteen tracks the initial version of the album bears, this double wax attack features two bonus tracks -- "Quantum Entanglement" and "In-Vain (Battling Passions)" -- exclusive only to this release, which will be unleashed in early June. More...
Machine Head is proud to announce three headline shows as part of "The Road To Mayhem Tour," and these will reportedly be the only headline shows the band plays in all of 2013. The dates listed are specifically catered to not conflict with the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival summer tour where Machine Head is headlining the Jägermeister USA stage.
Says Robb Flynn, "We love playing in these markets, the fans in these places don't have the luxury of a hundred shows a month, they're starving for metal, and they fucking lose their marbles and go BANANAS when Machine Head come there!!"
Phil Demmel added, "All right Summer '13, whatcha got?!?! West Coast Machine Head headlining shows before The Mayhem Fest, that's what! Look out Spokane, Portland and Fresno, prepare to be FUCKED UP!! We'll see you there!!" More...
The Paramedic has checked in with the following announcement about canceling tonight's show due to van problems:
"Guys - we have the worst luck. On our way to the show today our new van broke down. Sadly, we're waiting to get towed and see what is wrong.
"Unfortunately, we will not be able to make tonight's show in Baltimore. We are so sorry for this and we will make it up as soon as we can. Thank you to Graffiti Warehouse for booking us and please go support all of the bands tonight including Design The Skyline."
For more info on the band and upcoming live shows, head over to The Paramedic's Facebook profile.
With a clear-cut mission of laying waste to all in its path with musically depraved indifference, today Harrisonburg, Virginia-based battalion Earthling blasts a shot of mighty riffage point blank into the population through Pitchfork. Check out the "Resent" track at this location.
The track comes off new LP "Dark Path," due for release May 7th. The LP version will be pressed with 100 copies of yellow/red haze vinyl with half of the pressing shipping out with the band on tour, beginning this week as Earthling hits the road with local blackened sludgesmiths Inter Arma.
The new album's track listing is:
1. Dark Path
3. Losing Sight
4. Soldier Of The Fortunate
5. Wilderness Throne
6. Pass Into Beyond
Catch Earthling live: More...
Parisian filthy metallic hardcore act Cowards is about to hit the studio to start recording "Hoarder," the follow-up to 2012’s "Shooting Blanks And Pills."
This new EP will be recorded next week by producer Francis Caste (Kickback, Eibon, Arkhon Infaustus) at Sainte-Marthe Studio and illustrated by tattoo artist/illustrator Jean-Luc Navette.
"Hoarder" will feature five new tracks of throat-ripping hardcore/sludge, including a massive cover of 16 Horsepower's "Blessed Persistence." The EP will be released on vinyl/CD later this spring through Throatruiner Records.
You can also stream the previous "Shooting Blanks and Pills" release over at this location.
The Contortionist has officially launched a search to replace frontman Jonathan Carpenter, who left the band last month.
The Contortionist has uploaded two instrumental tracks right here, and the band encourages applicants to complete a vocal demo of at least one, but preferably both songs (YouTube preferred) and send the link via email to firstname.lastname@example.org along with any other pertinent info. Other criteria needed are:
-Must be local to Indianapolis area or willing/able to travel/relocate.
-Must be 18+ years old
-Preferably able to play keyboards/synth in a live setting but not required.
-Preferably has some previous tour, songwriting, and studio experience.
-Must be free of any full time commitments (such as school or work) and ready to commit to the band FULL TIME starting June 1, 2013.
"We aren't just looking for someone that can show off their skills as a musician," says guitarist Cameron Maynard. "The band needs someone special that personally favors the traveling, and it should be in this person's best interest to truly enjoy performing and working creatively day in and day out." More...
Tristania has announced new album "Darkest White" is due out via Napalm Records this coming May 31st, 2013.
A teaser trailer for the release is now available online and can be viewed below. You can also read a recent studio report from the band, and find the cover artwork, at this location.
Today Noisecreep hurls forth a very special stream in the form of Call of the Void’s battering rendition of “Headless/Heartless.” Check out the song via Noisecreep or in the player below.
Originally released by His Hero Is Gone in 1997, Call of the Void’s version appears on the iTunes and BandCamp digital deluxe versions of the band’s recently released "Dragged Down A Dead End Path" full-length, and features a guest appearance by Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire/Primitive Man head instigator Ethan McCarthy.
Call of the Void was recently added to Scion Rock Fest 2013 set to take place in Memphis, Tennessee June 1st. The band will be performing alongside an illustrious lineup that includes Arsis, Municipal Waste, Melvins, Royal Thunder, Pallbearer, Corrosion Of Conformity, Inter Arma, Touché Amoré and Hot Lunch. For more info point your browser to this location. More...
Dawn Of Ashes has released newest record "Anathema" through Metropolis Records. The song "Poisoning the Steps of Babel" is also now available for streaming and can be heard below. The following press release was issued about the album:
"The album, 12 tracks of unrelenting evil dripping with malignant decadence and vicious debauchery, is a sinister mix of all that's dark in the already deviant world of industrial metal. From the characteristic muffled screams of desperate horror and droning feedback to the sleazy, grindhouse aura, the album is everything the dark metal enthusiasts pray for and stands as testament to Dawn of Ashes's position among Industrial and Shock Rock royalty."
Vocalist Kristof comments: "Anathema is an album in which I define to be the masterpiece from Dawn of Ashes and displays the hardworking progress it took to create this album. The album digs deep within the realms of my inner demons; delving into topics of suicide, pill addiction, the occult, blasphemy, and other content that is not for the weak-minded. I feel that all DOA fans (new and old) will be pleased with the outcome of Anathema as it blends a horrifying mixture of Metal, Industrial, & Rock. This is the new era for Dawn of Ashes and the evil shall grow stronger. Welcome to my breathing vision of Hell." More...
Japan's Church of Misery is preparing to release a fourth full-length album: "Thy Kingdom Scum" will be released in North America via Metal Blade Records/Rise Above Records on June 11th. The first single from the album, as well as the brand new video for Brother Bishop, are both streaming now at this location.
"Thy Kingdom Scum" was written and recorded by Tatus Mikami, Junji Narita, Ikume Kawabe, and Hideki Fukasawa. In 2012, after the departure vocalist Yoshiaki Negishi, Tatsu and Junji contacted the previous singer Hideki, and they decided on a reunion. Additionally, the band added guitarist Ikuma Kawabe (ex-DHIDALAH) in late May 2012. With this new line-up, they started writing and recording the new record. More...
Dutch death metal hellions Prostitute Disfigurement are pleased to join Willowtip Records’ stable of sonic chaos for the release of their upcoming new studio offering.
Lovingly titled "From Crotch To Crown," the follow-up to 2008’s deviant "Descendants Of Depravity" full-length promises to deliver the band’s "sickest, most violently aggressive and brutal material to date."
The band comments: “We're stoked to have joined the Willowtip family because of their reputation in working with some of the purest and unique bands out there and we look forward to sickening this world together. So far, the cooperation between us is great and we look forward to working with them. From Crotch To Crown is a mix of old-school mayhem and modern, bonecrushing, technical riffing with horrifying vocals spewed from the minds of the most sick and evil beings in history!”
Further details, including official release dates, are to be divulged in the coming weeks.
It’s now been nearly one year since Southern Lord Recordings was bestowed the honor of releasing Sleep’s legendary "Dopesmoker" album. Now, the label has seen fit to repress the vinyl edition again, just in time for the one year anniversary (April 20th, 2013). Additionally, the label has committed the album to cassette.
The Southern Lord version of "Dopesmoker" features brand new artwork by longtime Sleep artist, Arik Roper, who created something specifically special for the album’s rebirth. The following press release was also issued about the re-release:
"The biggest difference between this new version and the old releases is the phenomenal remastering job by Brad Boatright. His vision was to enhance the original recording without changing it drastically. What he has done makes this epic opus sound invigorated, more powerful with renewed clarity and unbelievably mammoth. His work was enthusiastically approved by the band and considering how focused, vigilant and protective of their masterpiece the band is, that is nothing short of a miracle.
"Southern Lord worked painstakingly close with the band to make sure that this reissue was done correctly. It would have been completely unacceptable to cut corners or do anything that would not give this album the full respect it rightfully deserves. It meant everything to the label that Sleep was 100% satisfied with the result of all the hard work and in fact has dubbed this thee ultimate version of the album."
Ordering information on the re-release of "Dopesmoker" can be found right here.
Istanbul's Anzeria has released a new music video for "Dîbâce," which can be viewed below. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here. Anzeria consists of:
Lead Vocals: Damla Kayihan
Guitars: Cagri Carhacioglu
Guitars & Back Vocals: Mehmet Erkut Atay
Bass Guitars: Batur Akcura
Keyboards: Esra Karaömer
Drums: Mert Gezgin
Matricide has released a lyric video for the track "The Point of No Return," which can be heard below.
The song was mixed by Daniel Strosberg at the KEOSS Studios in Tel Aviv and mastered by Maor Appelbaum at Maor Appelbaum Mastering. For more info on Matricide, head over to the band's Facebook profile.
Bukowski Family has posted a teaser trailer online for the "Unpleasantries Abundant" EP, which can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"Brutal metal with a soupcon of death, dash of grindcore, and just of hint of rot. Bukowski Family case history is marred with such atrocities as cannibalism, perverted human dismemberment, general unpleasantness and musical ruthless massacre.
"Brace yourselves to see everything you deem precious torn apart and dragged out to the backyard to be burned in a stinking pile of waste. If it is holy to someone, it surely can be defiled.
"This is not a band, this is a death squad."
Having recently completed work on a Relapse Records debut, Lord Dying has confirmed that the band will be sharing the stage with Ghost (now known as Ghost B.C. in North America) and Ides of Gemini. These two special shows will take place at The Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR on April 26th and Seattle, WA at The Showbox at the Market on April 27th.
Lord Dying comments: "We're are extremely excited to be performing with Ides of Gemini and Sweden's delightfully fiendish Ghost B.C. on their two Northwestern dates, these shows will not disappoint!"
Catch Lord Dying live:
April 6 Seattle, WA at Sunset Tavern w/ The Anunnaki and Stoneburner
April 20 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios w/ Floor, Norska, Black Pussy, Hot Victory
April 26 Portland, OR The Wonder Ballroom w/ Ghost B.C and Ides of Gemini
April 27 Seattle, WA The Showbox at the Market w/ Ghost B.C and Ides of Gemini
May 2 Olympia, WA McCoy's Tavern w/ Helms Alee, Federation X
May 23 Seattle, WA Chop Suey w/ Glose, Tacos!
Belgian sect Hessian this week breaks another new weapon from the arsenal of tracks found on the band's Southern Lord debut, "Manégarmr," due out on April 30th in North America.
Unleash “Mourn The World of Man" via Cvlt Nation right here or in the player below. The "Manègarmr" track listing is as follows:
2. Serpent's Whisper
3. Mourn The World Of Man
4. Plague Monger
5. Father Of Greed
7. Swallowing Nails
8. Hollow Eyes
10. Mother Of Time More...
Now less than two weeks from its official street date, Terrorizer Magazine has excavated the crushing hymns from "Alone In The Grave," the debut 12” from Olympia, Washington’s Bone Sickness.
Succumb to the putridity of "Alone In The Grave" -- alongside a track-by-track breakdown of the album -- right here. You can also stream the tracks below.
The album is due out April 30th, 2013. In addition to Bone Sickness’ slot supporting mythological occult metallers Absu in Seattle next Thursday, April 25th, additional on-stage encounters from the horde will be declared in the coming weeks.
4/25/2013 Highline - Seattle, WA w/ Absu More...
Canada’s Archspire has just released new studio footage of the band members recording their forthcoming Season of Mist debut. Check out the footage below from Rain City Recorders where the band is working with producer/engineer Stuart McKillop.
Recently, Archspire was named as a regional opening act for this year's upcoming Decibel Magazine Tour. On May 21st, the band will play alongside Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation, and new label mates Beyond Creation.
Saxon has been touring in support of latest album "Sacrifice," and the band has now checked in with a video podcast regarding upcoming live appearances. Check out the clip below.
Cult black metal outfit Arckanum has premiered a new song from forthcoming new record, "Fenris Kindir." The new track, entitled "Dolgrinn" is streaming via Sweden Rock here or through the player below.
"Fenriz Kindir" is slated for a release on May 10th (May 14th in North America). Regarding the new album, Arckanum mastermind Shamaatae said:
"This album is a dedication to the flaming giant-wolf, son of Loki; created from the Chaos-fires of Múspellsheimr. It is a tribute to the wrathful giant-wolf, son of Angrboða, found in the Ironwood where he is breeding hordes of giant monstrous wolves with Angrboða. His victorious name is Fenrir, also called Tungls Tjúgari. The sounds and music on this album are my auditory vision of the march of Fenrir convoyed with his hordes of giant wolves from the depths of the underworld to face Ragna Rök with warlike glory – deformed giant-wolves swarming in thousands. This is my tribute to the wrathful, harsh and untamed anti-nature of Fenrir’s mighty essence! The anti-cosmic enemy of the worlds! Heill Tungls Tjúgari! Heilir Fenris Synir!" More...
After announcing that drummer Max Duhamel will be teaking a break from the band, Kataklysm has recruited ex-Neuraxis drummer Oli Beaudoin to record new album "Waiting For The End To Come," and to play the band’s upcoming shows starting on June 30th in Costa Rica.
“Oli played with Kataklysm before on the 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise last year and he did a phenomenal show,” commented guitarist J-F Dagenais. “He is extremely talented, focused and ready to do the job needed. Some of you might be familiar with him from his work with Neuraxis and session work with Keep of Kalessin and Belphegor. We are very happy to have him on board and he comes wit a thumbs up approval from Max as well. We have one hell of a ride in store for you with this new album so let it begin."
25.05. EXTREMEFEST (Germany ) with Max Duhamel
31.05. BEASTIVAL open air (Germany) with Max Duhamel
01.06. METALFEST CZECH REP. open air with Max Duhamel
14.06. D-TOX ROCKFEST (Canada) with Max Duhamel
30.06. SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA with Cannibal Corpse with Oli Beaudoin
09.08. – 10.08. BLOODSTOCK OPEN AIR (UK) with Oli Beaudoin
Finnish act Deathchain has premiered the new video "Seven Asakku Shadows" on Terrorizer magazine's website. Check out the clip here or in the player below.
Directed by Sami Jämsén for Riot Unit, Deathchain's "Seven Asakku Shadows" hails from the brand new "Ritual Death Metal" album, released internationally last week through Svart Records. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Voice of Sharur
2. Stele of the Vultures
3. Seven Asakku Shadows
4. Our Lady Under The Earth
5. King Pazuzu 6. Like Worms Upon The Lands
7. Tiamat's Eyes Of Death
8. Abzu Doom More...
A Pale Horse Named Death will release sophomore album "Lay My Soul to Waste" this coming May 21st in North America on Steamhammer/SPV. Once again the artwork was commissioned by Sam Shearon, who is also responsible for artwork on the band's first release "And Hell Will Follow Me."
Today the band has teamed up with RevolverMag.com to premiere the first single from "Lay My Soul to Waste," entitled "Shallow Grave". Get a first listen to the song here or through the player below.
The track listing for "Lay My Soul to Waste" is as follows:
1. Lay My Soul to Waste
2. Shallow Grave
3. The Needle in You
4. In the Sleeping Death
5. Killer by Night
6. Growing Old
7. Dead of Winter
8. Devil Came With a Smile
9. Day of the Storm
11. Cold Dark Mourning More...
"Adamant," the upcoming third album from German gothic rock/industrial band Stahlmann, will be released this Friday (April 19th).
Snippets from the tracks are available for streaming now in the teaser trailer, available below. You can also check out the band's previously posted music video for "Schwarz" at this location.
The "Adamant" album's track listing is as follows: More...
Sodom is preparing for the release of new album "Epitome of Torture" on May 7th in North America.
Today Sodom has unleashed another new track from "Epitome of Torture." The song "S.O.D.O.M." is being premiered by Decibel Magazine here, or you can listen to the track below.
The new album will be available worldwide through SPV/Steamhammer in four different formats: as a limited-edition DigiPak including two bonus tracks and a poster, in a regular jewel case, as a double gatefold colored vinyl with three bonus tracks and for download. The cover artwork featuring Sodom's popular "Knarrenheinz" logo was developed by graphic designer Meran Karanitant. More...
Continuing the support of sixth album "Resolution" and front man Randy Blythe's recent acquittal on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic, Lamb of God announces today Europe and U.K. dates for August.
Historically, the band has always done the June festivals in Europe and this marks Lamb of God’s first appearance at the August festivals. Headline shows throughout Europe will make up the dates between festivals.
This tour follows the already announced U.S. tour scheduled for May and the Metal on the Mountain Retreat in July. More...
It's with great pride and joy that Century Media Records can announce the signing of a long-term worldwide deal with Swedish singer, multi-instrumentalist, and producer extraordinaire Dan Swanö. The label comments:
"Most dedicated metalheads will not only be able to call themselves owners of certain releases by one Dan's many outstanding bands/projects (Edge of Sanity, Nightingale, etc.), but also the work at his own Unisound studio will surely have left a mark in everyone's record collection at some point: Opeth, Katatonia, Dissection, Merciless, Dark Funeral, Hail of Bullets, Marduk, and Nasum, to name but a few.
"Swanö has been no stranger to Century Media Records: He was originally involved with the death metal supergroup Bloodbath (also featuring members of Opeth and Katatonia), who released the Breeding Death EP as well as the amazing first two albums, Resurrection Through Carnage and Nightmares Made Flesh, via Century Media. Most recently, Swanö has been heavily working again as producer and mixer of albums, including releases by Century Media artists such as Asphyx, Grand Supreme Blood Court, and Morgoth." More...