Metal News for April 21, 2012
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21 news articles posted on this day.
Brazilian blackened death metal band Cauterization has a new official video for the track "Infernal Battlefield," which is streaming below. The video was produced by Felix Marinho. Cauterization is a trio fronted by vocalist/guitarist Maysa Rodrigues and already has a four song demo, "Males Infestus," to its credit. Cauterization will be performing at the Cult Of Negation Brazilian Tour with Mato Grosso band Incredulus and the French black metal band Nocturnal Depression on April 30th at the Fofinho Rock Bar in Sao Paolo.
Santa Cruz slam death band Parasitic Ejaculation is streaming all seven songs from its new release, "Sickening Conduct," over on YouTube. Parasitic Ejaculation got its start in 2011 and has already played at the Central Valley Death Fest 5 in Ceres, CA in March and has opened for Pathology back in January. Below is an upload of one of the band's new songs, "Torturotica."
Las Vegas hardcore/djent metal band Aechoes has a new ten song album out titled "The Human Condition," and is streaming it over at this location. The second track, "VDSBTSD," features Chris Storey (Smashface/All Shall Perish) and the last track, "Goodbye," has a cameo from Travis Montgomery (Noiceptor/Threat Signal). In describing its music, Aechoes says “Our songs consist of lyrics and music that document all aspects of our lives and all the emotion that comes with the challenge we call life.” Listen to the entire "The Human Condition" below.
The Vile Impurity recently signed with Swimmimg With Sharks Records and have a new six song EP, "Anathema," streaming over on Bandcamp, or check it out below. The band hails from Springfield, Illinois and plays technical death metal. Jake Lahniers of brutal death metal legends Lividity replaced Aaron Kaufmann on bass and backing vocals, bringing a key element to the band. The Vile Impurity is next scheduled to play at the Flying Pig in Jacksonville, IL on April 28th and at the IMC in Urbana, IL on May 19th. There is also an interview that drummer Pete Rock did for Sick Drummer Magazine over on The Vile Impurity's Facebook wall.
Los Angeles death metal band Mouth of the Serpent is streaming its new six-song EP "Manifest" over on Bandcamp. "Manifest" was recently released by Swimming With Sharks Records. Mouth of the Serpent will be playing at Malone's Bar and Grill in Santa Ana on April 21st and at the Aladdin Jr. in Pomona on April 28th. The band has shared the stage with dozens of well known groups ranging from Veil of Maya to Decrepit Birth. Stream all six songs from "Manifest" below.
These days I’m beginning to think that I live at Nosturi. There’s always familiar faces working, and in the photo pit as well which makes for a rather comfortable aspect to an otherwise extremely exciting and unique event.
Icelandic heathen metallers Solstafir embarked on a journey through Finland last week which started in Helsinki on Thursday. I've been waiting a few years to finally see these guys live, and it was with bated breath that I arrived at the venue on a rainy Helsinki day. The tone for the evening was not the usual drunken folk metal vibe, though I appreciate that on occasion as well! All in all, the event in store was a thought provoking and contemplative one. More...
Nile has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's previously announced shows in India:
"We are extremely sad to inform this to our fans in India that our tour of India has been called off as the visas for 3 of the members were refused today by the Indian Embassy in Washington D.C.
"2 people in the travel party were granted the visas in Houston and in Athens, but the rest were not - for reasons that none of us know. The Indian embassy has not cited any reasons for rejection of the visas.
"It was and is beyond the control of the band, either of the promoters or the artist management. We did all we could to make this happen and tried working on getting the 3 visas for almost a month!
"The promoters - Dream Rigs Entertainment (Delhi) and Obliquity India, Lanyard Entertainment and ARK Events (Bangalore) want all fans to know who have booked tickets 'online' that they shall be refunded in full by the respective ticketing companies for Delhi and Bangalore concerts. But this is not the end and all of us are going to try to get Nile back to India."
Nile is currently set to release the new album "At The Gate of Sethu" later this year.
After Saxon announced the band was pulling out of the Metal Open Air festival, now Hansi Kürsch of Blind Guardian has also issued the following statement about canceling an appearance at the fest:
"In 25 years of our career we have managed to fix all problems to make sure our performance is going to take place. No matter what the circumstances were, we intended to play. We have been extremely successful in the avoidance of canceled shows, so far.
"This unfortunately comes to a very sad end here in Sao Luis. Due to massive technical and administrative problems we were forced to cancel tonight´s show. As far as we understand it seems to be the local management who has not been able to secure a proper festival environment, anymore. Things are pretty out of hand there.
"We feel very sorry about this totally unsatisfying situation, but the mistakes made by the local promoter makes an even improvised show impossible. I know, that we have the most dedicated fans and I count on your understanding. In the future we will be more careful in confirming such festivals."
Anathema, which recently dropped new album "Weather Systems" (reviewed here), has now checked in with the following tour diary:
"Here's the first of the tour diaries from Dan as the tour begins in Krakow. We'll be bringing you regular updates as we travel through Europe.
"We begin the new chapter in Poland! The scene of so many great nights for band and audience in the past..
"In fact I still have kept the plectrum from the show in 2010 at this very club, as it seemed to me to be the best show with the most receptive audience we had ever played to at that point. Something came together that night that has lived long in the memory. Can we top it? That remains to be seen, but I'm sure we'll do our best and the audience will play their part.
"So, welcome to the weather systems tour diary for 2012, from a beautiful and rainy Krakow, Poland. The first night of the tour, and everyone is looking forward to this. There are some new songs that we are so looking forward to playing live.. These are exciting times for us and you too we hope..
"The response to the new album has been great and we thank each and every fan for all your continued support, we hope to enjoy the journey with you together..
"We have just come offstage from sound check and it's starting to get closer to the moment of truth! I can honestly say I'm not the least bit nervous, strange though it seems :-)
"Oh and the rain has stopped...
"..to be continued."
Deathember has posted a video clip online for the song "Scapegoat," which is taken from the band's debut EP "A Thousand Flatlines." Check out the clip below. Deathember also commented:
"We made this on a zero budget, 100% dedication to the band. Edited by Simon Östergren of Leading Light. Thanks to: Lelle Kingstedt, Oscar Lindblad and Tobias Littwold. Now spread the word and share it on your wall!"
Thrash/death/groove metal entity Common Dead has released a first video interview on YouTube, which can be viewed below.
The five-minute feature includes a sit-down chat with the band's reclusive founder and explores the intentions behind its music videos, decisions on album art, subtle references, and persevering in the absence of a live band.
Common Dead also recently released a cover of Fear Factory's "Flashpoint," which can be viewed here.
Dol Ammad has posted a new video clip online for "Magus Invicta," which can be viewed below. The band also commented:
"Hello my fellow space-freaks, here it the third music video from the new Dol Ammad album 'Cosmic Gods: Episode I - Hyperspeed.' I did bend my promise for a new video every 2 weeks a little bit but I had lots of work preparing your pre-orders and packaging the last few days. The next videos will come sooner I hope.
"So I hope you'll enjoy 'Magus Invicta,' it's probably the fastest song in the new album and it has a great concept of a journey into the core of the Sun to find this invisible magician! I will explain more of my concepts behind 'Cosmic Gods' in an upcoming video."
Metal Injection had a moment to interview 1/3 of Slipknot at the Revolver Golden God Awards: Sid Wilson, Shawn Crahan and Corey Taylor. Slipknot talked about the band's upcoming appearance on Mayhem Fest, Sid's upcoming solo record, and the future of the band beyond Mayhem Fest.
Moonspell's new album "Alpha Noir" is due out on April 27th, 2012 through Napalm Records. The band has released a preview of the album featuring samples from each song, which can be found below.
Moonspell also recently posted a teaser for the bonus "Omega White" disc including with the limited edition versions of "Alpha Noir." Check it out at this location.
Melodic power metal act Black Majesty has issued the following update about the release of the new "Stargazer" album:
"The release of Black Majesty’s new album Stargazer will be slightly delayed as the band puts the finishing touches on the recording. Roland Grapow has already finished mixing 5 songs with the remainder of the album to be completed in the coming weeks.
"Other news sees Black Majesty announced as support act for the Tim Ripper Owen’s solo date on Thursday 17th May 2012 at The Hifi Bar Melbourne, Australia.
"Unfortunately Black Majesty will not be playing at the 2012 Masters Of Rock show in the Czech Republic as previously announced. More news on the release date of the new Black Majesty Stargazer album soon, with album launch tour dates to follow.
"Next Black Majesty gig - Friday 4th May 2012 – Central Club Hotel – Melbourne, Australia"
Norway's Dunderbeist has posted a new tour video blog online chronicling the band's time on the road alongside Djerv. Check out this new clip below, or find a previously posted tour video blog from the band at this location.
Bellingham, WA act Portals Align has posted a new song online titled "Translucent Stimuli," which will be included on an upcoming EP release from the band.
Check out the song in the player below. Portals Align will also soon be releasing a playthrough video for the track. For more details on the band, head over to Facebook.
U.S. power metal act Wretch split with vocalist Colin Watson back in February, and the band has now issued the following update about the search for a replacement:
"We are still in the process of auditioning singers. We've been working with Bill Peters from Auburn Records to find viable candidates and have a couple of prospects.
"This process is going more slowly than we'd like, but great singers don't grow on trees - and there aren't a lot of us old timers around who actually want to perform real metal (plenty of cookie monster singers, but who wants to listen to that?!).
"Anyway, we are still kicking, folks! In the meantime - stay heavy! \m/"
Insomnium, which recently posted a music video online for "Regain the Fire," will join forces with Epica, Alestorm, System Divide and Destiny Potato to tour North America this fall. The currently announced dates are as follows:
10/23/12 Howard Theater – Washington, D.C.
10/25/12 Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA
10/26/12 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
10/27/12 Palladium – Worcester, MA
10/29/12 Imperial – Quebec City, QC - CANADA
10/30/12 Metropolis – Montreal, QC - CANADA
10/31/12 Opera House – Toronto, ON – CANADA
11/02/12 Peabody’s – Cleveland, OH
11/03/12 Altar Bar – Pittsburgh, PA
11/04/12 Mojoe’s – Joliet, IL
11/05/12 Station 4 – St. Paul, MN
11/07/12 Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
11/08/12 Complex – Salt Lake City, UT
11/10/12 Rickshaw Theater – Vancouver, B.C. – CANADA
11/11/12 El Corazon - Seattle, WA
11/12/12 Hawthorne Theater – Portland, OR
11/14/12 Regency Ballroom – San Francisco, CA
11/15/12 House of Blues – San Diego, CA
11/16/12 House of Blues – Hollywood, CA
11/17/12 Marquee Theater – Tempe, AZ
11/19/12 Trees – Dallas, TX
11/20/12 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
11/21/12 Backstage Live – San Antonio, TX
11/23/12 Headliners – Louisville, KY
11/24/12 Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth has checked in with the following tour recap and announcement about the band beginning the writing process for a new album later this year:
"Hello gang! Just wanted to write a thank you to all the fans on the last leg of the tour. You guys were amazing every single night, no matter where in the world we were. It was a truly special run, and one that will remain high in my memories for years to come.
"We will start song writing in the Fall this year and will continue that, and the subsequent production for the new album, in between and around upcoming tour plans for the remainder of 2012-2013. Busy, focused, and energizing times lie ahead, but we are stoked and ready! Count on it!
"I'm currently in South America, hanging with friends, and taking care of some personal business here. Home sweet home is just around the corner, and I'm looking forward to sleeping in my own bed! AHHHHH!!!!
"I'd also like to say good luck to Freddie Vidales, we had a lot of fun through the years and I wish him all the best for his future. We totally understand his decision and support it 100%.
Best to you brother!
"Until next time, thank you once again... take care, and I wish you all the very best life has to offer!"
Saxon, which is in the process of working on a new album, has checked in with the following announcement about canceling the band's previously announced Metal Open Air appearance:
"Saxon is sad to announce that they have to cancel the performance at Metal Open Air in Sao Luis Brazil due to a serious breach of contract by the promoters. Having waited since march the 15th for the fee to arrive as of Friday 2pm no money has arrived.
"No explanation has been given and Saxon feel being treated with little respect. We left in the situation today and the band with their bags packed and ready to leave but it is impossible to travel all the way with at least some of the fee!
"We are really sorry for all our fans there but we are sure that you all can understand that people have to working in a professional way and fulfil their contractual obligations! We are trying to come back to Brazil next year on our world tour and do a special show for the people in that area."