Metal News for April 18, 2012
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Leading creator of visual art, Claudio Bergamin, explains the concept behind the cover of the latest album from Chilean band Huinca called "Sic Semper Tyrannis". The artist has worked in the past with leading magazines and international bands such as Halford "Live At Saitama Super Arena," Metal Hammer t-shirt design, and many more. You can fully appreciate his interesting take on surrealism by going to his website. In his words, this is what Claudio Bergamin has to say about the new Huinca cover:
"Colonization and cultural contamination are two subjects (or maybe just one) that I have always been interested in. Nothing good could result when a developed society invades (either in a friendly or unfriendly manner) a more primitive culture. There is plenty of examples in history for this, but this image deals specifically with the colonization of South America. It was commissioned by Chilean band Huinca (term for the non-aborigine in Mapuche language) as its cover art.
The concept is a mix of a little bit of mythology with modern politics... it blends the ancient battle of the common man against an impossible adversary (like David and Goliath), which in this case is represented by a massive Lovecraftian creature. In its back, it carries what I call the "unholy trinity" of powers... war (missiles), religion (a cathedral) and economics (oil plants).
Our heroes are representatives of the three main aboriginal cultures of the lower part of South America: Mapuche, Rapa-Nui and Inca (although Incas are mainly from Peru). All three against an all-powerful and evil adversary... will they succeed???"
Costa Rican melodic death metal band Sight of Emptiness has finally published its first studio report for the recording of its third album. We have already streamed the "Transition" single for you, and now you can see more of the recording process that the band has been on with Swedish producer Thomas "Plec" Johansson (who won the Swedish grammy in 2010). The full article about that (in Spanish) can be read by going here.
Sight of Emptiness has several guest musicians on the new one ranging from Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe), Ralph Santolla (Deicide, Iced Earth, Obituary), Glen Dover (Megadeth, King Diamond), Ole Harvard Sveen (Extol, Mantric, Lengsel) and pianist/Costa Rican Administrator of Culture Manuel Obregón. Several other guests will be on this album too, and for now the band is keeping that under wraps.
Russian deathcore band Holod is streaming the new single "Atlantis," which we have for you below. Holod got its start around 2008, releasing its first EP "In Each of Us" a year later. By 2010 Holod had released another single, "Judas," and in May of that same year made it to the final round of the "Alternative Is..." festival. Last year Holod put out its first full-length, "Nachalo," after signing with the L.A. label Itchy Metal Entertainment. Holod is currently preparing for its first big tour of Russia and recording its second album. For more information on the band, head over to Holod's Facebook page.
Atmospheric sludge band Landforge is streaming its recent second album "Servitude to Earth" over on Bandcamp. The six song album was mastered by James Crozier (Leafmulch) and features artwork by Antonia Holdgate and speech samples by Stephen Madden. The trio Landforge hails from Cheltenham in the United Kingdom and already has one album, "Creation Cycle," to its credit. Landforge is already recording its third album, promising to put plenty of keyboard atmospherics on it.
U.S. prog act Lithium Dawn has posted the entire "Aion" album online for streaming, which you can listen to through Bandcamp or in the player below. The album's track listing is as follows:
3. Perpetual Loss
4. Soar (Through the Ash and Fire)
8. The Price, Part I
9. The Price, Part II
10. The Price, Part III
12. A Stellar Paroxysm More...
Italian act Falling Between has posted a new single online titled "One Last Chance." Check out the song in the YouTube player below. For more details on Falling Between, navigate over to the band's official Facebook profile.
Halifax based Spread The Metal Festival, which has a goal to raise $100,000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada with 100% of ticket revenues, is proud to announce the first round of Canadian bands supporting the fest and charity fundraiser.
STM Records owner and festival organizer Matt Day commented, "Spread the Metal Records has lofty ambitions for this festival and as it grows each year, I want to prove that the label is as committed to philanthropy as we are to releasing phenomenal records. We take on the responsibility to help those who cannot help themselves, and this festival has the power to help a lot of people, year after year."
Further details on the festival are available here and the currently announced lineup is as follows:
Answer With Metal
Cry Oh Crisis
Death Valley Driver
New York trio Pigs recently released the "You Ruin Everything" album on vinyl through Solar Flare Records. The band has now posted a video clip online featuring the song "Give It," which can be viewed below.
Pigs features Dave Curran (Unsane bass player), producer Andrew Schneider (Keelhaul, Converge, Julie Christmas), and Jim Paradise (JJ Players Club, Freshkills). You can also check out the previously posted song "Drained" over at Metalsucks.
Occult rock merchants Ancient VVisdom today unveil their latest video for “Children Of The Wasteland” to North American masses via Metal Injection. The tune comes off the band’s "A Godlike Inferno" full-length, reissued via Prosthetic Records on April 24TH. Peep the sobering visuals at this location or in the player below.
Nominated for Best Underground Band at this year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, the Austin, Texas-based diabolic folk metal collective is currently wrapping up a European tour, which marked the band's first time back on the road since supporting Ghost earlier this year.
4/18/2012 The Old Blue Last – London, UK
4/19/2012 The Croft – Bristol, UK More...
Haverhill, MA based act Lydia Ayer has posted a new music video online. Check out the clip for the song "Concepts" in the player below.
Lydia Ayer is:
Nick Valaskatgis - Vocals
Chris Robertson - Guitar
Francis Ryan - Guitar
Ricky Butt - Bass
Mike Giddinge - Drums
Metal Injection has posted another episode in the "On The Record" series, this time covering how the Internet has changed heavy metal. You can check out the episode here or in the player below, and Metal Injection also commented:
"The third episode in Metal Injection's ongoing series On The Record: A Decade Of Metal has been posted. We turn the cameras on the music industry and discuss the most important happening of the last decade in the newest episode: the internet. The internet has changed every facet of the music industry, from the way a band is promoted, to how music is distribute to how people even get their work down. In this edition, music industry heavyweights talk about these changes in great details, as this is the longest and most in-depth episode of On The Record yet."
Over the next three weeks, every Tuesday, Metal Injection will premiere another new episode focusing on the following topics:
- Women's ever-expanding role in metal
- The future of heavy metal More...
Los Angeles act Touche Amore (Deathwish Inc.) and New England's Defeater (Bridge Nine), are excited to start their two-week North American tour together this Spring.
Running from April 17th through April 28th, the bands will hit the east coast, south and midwest United States with Code Orange Kids and Birds In Row set to support. Touche Amore and Defeater have been friends for several years, and both bands are looking forward to sharing the stage together for these two weeks. Check out the full list of tour dates below.
April 18 Manchester, NH @ Rockos
April 19 Amityville, NY @ Ollie's Point
April 20 New Brunswick, NJ @ The Loft
April 21 Harrisonburg, VA @ Downtown34
April 22 Nashville, TN @ The End
April 23 Indianapolis, IN @ The Hoosier Dome
April 24 Covington, KY @ Bangarang's
April 25 Columbus, OH @ Skully's
April 26 Lansing, MI @ The Loft (Harem Lounge)
April 27 Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's
April 28 Rockford, IL @ Millennium Center More...
Vancouver, BC’s West of Hell and AOL’s Noisecreep.com are pleased to debut a brand new track, "Water of Sorcery," cut from the band’s upcoming album, "Spiral Empire." The track is available now for streaming at this location. The single will be released for sale online tomorrow on iTunes, Amazon.com, CD Baby, and more. The track is the second on the album and is described by the band as a good ol’ drinking song.
“‘Watery of Sorcery’ is a quote by Kevin Spacey describing tequila. It's a drinking song as many before it,” states vocalist Chris Valagao. “Deep as a pint and long as a horn. The moment of clarity when liquor reveals the soul.”
"Spiral Empire" will be released with Reversed Records on May 8th, 2012. The band's upcoming tour dates are as follows:
4/26 – Red Deer, AB @ The Vat
4/27 - Calgary, AB @ Lord Nelsons Pub
4/28 - Rocky Mountain House, AB @ Youth Hall
4/30 – Grand Prairie, AB @ Better Then Fred’s
5/3 - Regina, SK @ The Exchange
5/4 - Brandon, MN @ North Shore Inn
5/5 - Winnipeg, MN @ the Zoo
5/9 - Sudbury, ON @ The Serbian Centre Bar
5/11 - Montreal, QB @ The Underworld
5/12 - Toronto, ON @ Hard Luck Bar
5/16 - Saskatoon, SK @ Amigos
5/18 - Edmonton, AB @ New City (Reversed Records family event with Cocaine Moustache)
5/24 - Canmore, AB @ Canmore Hotel (Reversed Records family event with Cocaine Moustache)
5/25 - Kelowna, BC @ Level Nite Club (Reversed Records family event with Cocaine Moustache)
5/26 –Victoria, BC@ Church of 13 flames privet party (Reversed Records family event with Cocaine Moustache)
U.K. modern progressive rockers Touchstone have announced an exclusive promotion on their Facebook page where they are currently giving away a special live version of "Joker In The Pack," recorded at the inaugural High Voltage Festival in 2010.
The track, which has always been crowd favorite in the band's live set, is now available to download for free for a limited time only in celebration of the worldwide re-release of their entire back catalogue by SPV/Steamhammer this Spring.
"Joker In The Pack - Live at High Voltage" is just one of the bonus live tracks recorded at the festival which feature on the digi-pack re-issues of "Wintercoast" and the band's debut album "Discordant Dreams," along with exclusive new artwork by guitarist Adam Hodgson.
Finnish metal band Rage My Bitch has posted a new music video online for the song "Red-Dead-Lovesong," which is available in the clip below and was directed by Jussi Haka. "Red-Dead-Lovesong" is from the album "Fell on Black Season," released through Inverse Records in 2011.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Mirror
2. Of Denial
3. Red Dead-Lovesong
4. Last of My Kind
5. Empire (In a Spoonful of shit)
6. The Final Entry
7. Goddamn Deathmachine
8. Evolution of a New Born Sin
Norway's Lakei is currently streaming the band's entire new album "Konspirasjoner" online. Check out the songs at Bandcamp or through the player below. "Konspirasjoner" is set for release on April 20th, 2012.
The track list for "Konspirasjoner" is as follows:
5. Aldri Temmes
9. Lakei More...
Grand Master has posted the song "Ascensions" online, which is taken off the band's new album "The Dream Alive," released on April 14th, 2012. Check out the song in the player below.
"The Dream Alive" was recorded at Goodfellas in Winnipeg, MB, produced by Grand Master & Michael Daher, and engineered, mixed, and mastered by Michael Daher. Footage was also recently posted online of Grand Master covering the Opeth song "Bleak," which can be found here.
A playthrough video has been posted online of Jeff Loomis and Joe Nurre (Shaded Enmity) playing the song "Mercurial" from the new Jeff Loomis album "Plains of Oblivion," released earlier this month. Check out the video below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. The Ultimatum
3. Escape Velocity
4. Tragedy and Harmony
5. Requiem for the Living
6. Continuum Drift
8. Chosen Time
10. Sibylline Origin
Sweden's Sargatanas Reign has checked in with the following announcement about recruiting another guest vocalist for the band's upcoming album:
"It´s time for an update again from the camp. The third singer has done alot in the metal community! He has fronted bands like Dimenzion Zero and Marduk, and he also worked with us on our last record Bloodwork!
"It´s none other than Joakim Göthberg! He had some great ideas for the vocals on his two tracks and his voice is angrier then ever. You will be blown away by his performance! Stay tuned! Soon the last performer will be unveiled!"
For more details on the band, head over to the Sargatanas Reign Facebook profile here.
The Age Of Metal caught up with Trevor Strnad and Ryan Knight from The Black Dahlia Murder during a tour stop in Arizona. During the video interview available below, they talk about new album "Ritual" (reviewed here) and more.
Canadian act Orchid's Curse has issued the following announcement about working on new material and upcoming tour dates with 3 Inches of Blood:
"First and foremost we are incredibly pleased to announce we will be performing three dates with Canadian metal masters 3 Inches of Blood later this summer! If you haven’t heard their newest album yet 'Long Live Heavy Metal' go pick it up ASAP! Here’s the dates we will be playing with them:
JUNE 30th @ The Manhattan – Moncton N.B.
JULY 1st @ Michael’s Bar – Halifax N.S.
JULY 2nd @ Nicky Zees – Fredericton, N.B.
"Secondly we are very excited to announce we have been writing like madmen and have nearly completed writing our follow up to ‘Voices: The Tales of Broken Men’. We will be beginning pre-production in May and entering the studio in June! (more details on that to come soon). Lastly, Beards are still awesome…. get drunk."
Before the Dawn has posted a new official video clip online for "Pitch-Black Universe," taken from the band's new album "Rise Of The Phoenix," due out April 27th, 2012. You can watch the video below, or find the previously posted clip for "Phoenix Rising" at this location.
The track listing for "Rise of the Phoenix" is as follows:
2. Pitch-Black Universe
3. Phoenix Rising
4. Cross To Bear
5. Throne Of Ice
6. Perfect Storm
7. Fallen World
Black Breath, which will be appearing on the Southern Lord Summer tour, has teamed up with Scion A/V to release a new music video online for "Home of the Grave." Check out the clip below. Scion also commented:
"Seattle, Washington's Black Breath have been clawing their way to metal notoriety for a while now. In this video they go back to being an underground band — literally. Director Mark Brooks leads this undead journey into the 'Home of the Grave.'"
Dutch blackened metal masters Onheil today announced the recording of their next album "Storm is Coming."
The band has just entered the studio together with producers Bart Hennephof (Textures) and Yuma van Eekelen (Exivious, ex-Pestilence) to record the follow-up to the underground classic "Razor." This new album will again be released by German metal specialists Cyclone Empire.
Onheil is known for having three guitarists and the new set of songs take full advantage of this triple axe attack. “Because of this the album will also sound like a raging storm” vocalist/guitarist Amok comments. “But as there are many different kind of storms, definately do not expect one long blastbeat. We still play our diverse mix of Black, Thrash, Death and Heavy Metal.”
The band is aiming for a release in the fall. A video of "Light Fading" from the previous "Razor" album can also be viewed below. More...
“The Law,” from Antigama’s upcoming "Stop The Chaos" MCD, has today been made available to the public. Check it out in the player below.
The band recorded "Stop The Chaos" at Warsaw’s Progresja Studio with sound engineer Pawel “Janos” Grabowski, and commissioned the mixing and mastering duties to longtime friend and prominent Polish music producer Szymon Czech (Nyia, Third Degree).
Featuring six tracks of the band’s monolithic crushing power and cutting-edge grindcore tactics, "Stop The Chaos" will be released on May 18th through Selfmadegod Records. The album will be available in a standard CD pressing as well as a limited edition CD in special screen-printed jewel case box with patch and pin (limited to 100 pieces), and via digital download, with a vinyl version coming later this year.
Antigama is confirming live attacks throughout Poland to promote the mini-album, beginning with a three-day killing spree in mid-May including a record release party in Warsaw on May 18th, followed directly by shows in Turek and Poznan. Guitarist Sebastian Rokicki comments: “We are totally stoked about new recordings and can’t wait to get them released. So far feedback has been more than great. We look forward to promoting 'Stop The Chaos' on stage this May!”
The "Stop The Chaos" track listing is as follows:
1. E Conspectu
2. The Law
3. Stop The Chaos
4. Find The Function
5. Intricate Trap
6. The End More...
New international progressive rock/metal act Affector has been preparing for the release of debut album, "Harmagedon," which will be out on May 22nd (North America, May 21st Europe) via InsideOut Music. A first listen is now available with the release of a 5-minute online album teaser including excepts from various songs off of "Harmagedon." The album teaser can be found below.
Affector's Collin Leijenaar commented on the teaser and the album artwork: "With this teaser we hope to give the listener a bit of an idea what 'Harmagedon' sounds like - but since these are only small excerpts of an album that contains about 65 minutes of music, there is much more music to explore, so the best way to really experience it, is to buy it :)
"The album cover has been made by designer Daniel Latsch. After he heard parts of the demos when we were writing the album and we told him our story concept he made this beautiful artwork. We are very proud of it. It really adds something to the complete package. Especially with the vinyl version; one of the benefits of being able to release our album on vinyl also - the artwork is just stunning!" More...
To Speak Of Wolves recorded the new album "Find Your Worth, Come Home" with Matt Goldman at Glow In The Dark Studios in Atlanta, GA. In the second video blog from the studio, available below, vocalist Gage Speas discusses his part in the process.
Richard Christy-led metal act, Charred Walls of the Damned, has recently confirmed a slot on one of the biggest music festivals of 2012: Orion Music and More Fest.
The fest, which will be held at Bader Field in Atlantic City, NJ on June 23rd and 24th, will feature dozens of bands as well as a Billabong All Out Air Assault Surfing Expedition, Custom Car + Motorcycle Show, and much more. For more information on the festival, including the full line-up and tickets, visit this location.
Richard Christy had this to say about performing at the festival: "I am beyond honored to be playing the Orion Music and More Fest with Charred Walls of the Damned! I've been a Metallica fan since the age of 12 and Lars Ulrich is a huge influence on my drumming, so to be invited by the mighty Metallica to play their festival is a dream come true to say the least. I was actually planning on attending this festival when I first heard about it and now to find out that we're actually playing just blows my mind! We'll see you at Orion Music and More!"
Charred Walls of the Damned's second album, "Cold Winds on Timeless Days" (reviewed here), was released on October 11th, 2011.
Metal Injection spoke with Robb Flynn and Dave McClain of Machine Head on the black carpet of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards and during the conversation Flynn revealed exclusively to MI that the band will be part of a Mayhem Fest cruise happening later this year, with Lamb of God, Suicide Silence and Anthrax.
Roadrunner Records has posted a new video interview with Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt, which can be found below. The label commented on the clip:
"When Opeth came through New York on tour last week, naturally we pulled Mikael Åkerfeldt into the office for an interview. In the clip, he reveals his favorite Opeth songs to play live (old and new); his guitar practice regimen (or lack thereof); how the band tailors their set list to the bill they'll be appearing on; who hears Opeth songs when they're works in progress; and much more! We think you'll agree it's a pretty interesting conversation."
Polish metallers Decapitated are getting ready to kick off a North American tour providing support for label mates Meshuggah and Baroness. The tour launches April 29th in Houston, TX and runs to May 23rd in New York, NY.
Decapitated guitarist / founding member Vogg commented: "FUCK YEAH! Decapitated with Meshuggah! We're so proud and happy to be part of this amazing tour! It will be a huge honor to share one stage with such a great fuckin' band! Cannot wait!"
Decapitated's "Carnival Is Forever" (reviewed here) debuted at #11 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart last July and captured the #43 position on GuitarWorld.com's "Top 50 Albums of 2011" list. More...
German metallers Running Wild have released a video for the track "Riding On The Tide" from their new album "Shadowmaker" (reviewed here) featuring photos and info about the configurations, release dates, new merchandise and the signing sessions and release parties in Germany. Check out the video clip below.
"Shadowmaker" will be released in Germany on April 20th, in Europe on April 23rd and in the US/Canada on April 24th through SPV / Steamhammer.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Piece Of The Action 4:25
2. Riding On The Tide 4:18
3. I am Who I am 4:51
4. Black Shadow 5:13
5. Locomotive 4:35
6. Me & The Boys 5:00
7. Shadowmaker 4:25
8. Sailing Fire 4:14
9. Into The Black 4:57
10. Dracula 7:29 More...
Inanimate Existence has posted another advance track online from the band's new album "Liberation Through Hearing," due out July 17th 2012 on Unique Leader Records. Check out the song "Iguanid Labyrinth" in the player below, or find the previously posted track "Morphic Fields" at this location.
A new video clip has been posted online for Akrea's "Auf Los geht's los," taken from the band's latest album "Lügenkabinett," released on October 22nd, 2010 via Drakkar Records.
Katana has posted a teaser trailer online for the band's upcoming new album "Storms of War," which can be viewed below.
"Storms of War" was recorded, mixed, and mastered at Sonic Train Studios by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque and is set for release on May 16th, 2012. For more details on Katana, check out the band's Facebook profile.
Canadian act Odium has teamed up with Exclaim.ca to stream the entire new album "Burning the Bridges to Nowhere" online. Check out the full album stream at this location. The album will be released this coming Tuesday April 24, 2012 on Year of the Sun Records.
The track listing is as follows:
1. Burning The Bridges To Nowhere
2. Within The Distraction
3. Blue Channel
4. Viral By Nature
6. The Ghost Upstairs
7. Claw My Eyes Out
8. Identity Of The Doomed
9. No Way Out
10. The Descent
Aggressive Disorder, which recently finished work on a new album, has issued the following announcement about splitting with drummer Chris Teot:
"The long time drummer of Aggressive Disorder has decided to leave the project. After trying to work things out the band will no longer have Chris Teot.
"He'll be starting up a new project w/some amazing musicians. Chris would like to thank everyone who has been a fan & friend. More detals on the new band will be posted to his myspace & Facebook."
You can find more details on Aggressive Disorder and listen to the band's music via Facebook.
Circus Maximus has announced the band's new album "Nine" will be released this coming June on Frontiers Records. The label issued the following statement:
"Frontiers Records is excited to announce the release of the anticipated third album from Norwegian Progsters Circus Maximus entitled 'Nine' on June 1st in Europe and June 5th in North America.Five years after the successful release of the concept album 'Isolate,' this time Circus Maximus are back with a strong and mature cd.
"Circus Maximus spent anyway their time also working hard to further refining their sound. With 'Nine' they are poised to take their place alongside the upper echelon of Progressive Metal bands. The band’s musical formula is not easy to accomplish – take jaw dropping musicianship, add a singer like Michael Eriksen with a voice from heaven and toss it together with hooks, anthemic melodies and enough groove and heavy riffing that really gets into your head."
"A lot happened in our personal lives during the past few years," explains drummer Truls Haugen. "Three of us had kids, plus we also had a several bumps in the road with the production. So it has not exactly been a joyride, but it feels great to finally be done, and after all this time we are ready to unleash our new monster!" More...
Mexican deathcore band Portal At Benia is streaming one of the tracks from its new 2012 two song promo. The promo includes the song "Against Glory," which is streaming below in video upload form. The other song is "Death Row," which you can hear if you download the promo at this location. Portal At Benia's next show is at the Salon La Central in Salamanca, Guanajuato on Saturday, April 21st.