Metal News for April 22, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Death Division, which features Jerry Montano (Hellyeah / Danzig) and Tim Yeung (Morbid Angel / Divine Heresy / Hate Eternal), has posted a new single online. Check out the track below, and the band also comments:
"Here is the BRAND NEW Death Division single 'I've had enough.' The new Death Division single 'I've Had Enough' debuted on Full Metal Jackie's syndicated show last night across the country.
"We are very proud and thankful for all YOUR support Please share this and help spread the word on Death Division and Gigantour13! We are so proud and humbled to be sharing the stage with metal giants Megadeth and David Draiman's bad ass new band Device!" More...
Thrawsunblat’s first release, “Canada 2010,” was a blackened wonder, with the occasional folksy passage jelling with the blast beats and hasty shrieks. Featuring the late David Gold on drums, the album signaled the beginning of what could turn into a fruitful career.
After Gold’s passing, vocalist/guitarist Joel Violette continued on with the project, recruiting new members and working on “Thrawsunblat II: Wanderer on the Continent of Saplings.” Incorporating more melodic dynamics and stretching out above the fury of “Canada 2010,” this album fuels the claims of Thrawsunblat being one of the best underground Canadian metal bands out there today. I had a chance to discuss Thrawsunblat’s latest release with drummer Rae Amitay. More...
French metallers Magoa have been holed up in a studio in Los Angeles, California working on their next album with long time producer Charles "Kallaghan" Massabo.
The recordings of their yet-untitled sophomore record will be documented by video director Benjamin Cappelletti, who has worked with the band on all their official music videos to date.
Check out the first video of band in the studio getting ready to track new songs from the upcoming album below. More...
Exxiles is a new progressive metal band featuring members and guests from Symphony X, Savatage, Trasns-Siberian Orchestra, Circle II Circle, Communic, Circus Maximus, Stream of Passion, Spiral Architect, Lost in Thought, Agora, and more.
The band has now posted a new video trailer online featuring vocal recording, which can be viewed below. You can also check out a previously posted teaser at this location.
With less than twenty-four hours to official release, Cvlt Nation today presents the full-album stream of Woe’s "Withdrawal." Check out the full album at this location.
Produced by vocalist/guitarist Chris Grigg, "Withdrawal" hits stores tomorrow, and the 43-minute album will be available on both CD and vinyl formats. Recorded at studios in New York and New Jersey, the album's seven new songs present an updated band: drummer Ruston Grosse (recently replaced with Shawn Eldridge), bassist Grzesiek Czapla, and guitarist Ben Brand together with Grigg deliver the black metal goods. The "Withdrawal" track listing is:
The track listing is as follows:
1. This is the End of the Story
2. Carried by Waves to Remorseless Shores of the Truth
3. All Bridges Burned
4. Ceaseless Jaws
5. Song of My Undoing
You can also catch the band live:
5/10/2013 Acheron – Brooklyn, NY
5/11/2013 Munchouse – Providence, RI
5/12/2013 Railroad Tavern – Keene, NH
5/13/2013 Nectars – Burlington, VT
5/14/2013 Pandora’s Box - Quebec City, QC
5/15/2013 Deathhouse – Montreal, QC
5/16/2013 Maverick’s – Ottawa, ON
5/17/2013 Hard Luck Bar – Toronto, ON
5/18/2013 Rancho Huevos – Chicago, IL
5/19/2013 Cincy by the Slice – Cincinnati, OH
5/20/2013 Belvedere’s – Pittsburgh, PA
Dual-Coma has checked in with the following announcement about releasing new album "The Diary" next month:
"We would like to announce our new album release date. 'The Diary' will show up on 06.05.2013. On 26.04 we will reveal our video 'Fake Life.' Below is the full track list. ENJOY!"
1. Fire Walk With Me
2. My Story
4. Paper Planes
5. The Calling
8. Fake Life
9. Last Journey
11. Bulletproof Heart Pt.2 More...
Check out the latest in the band's series of tour video diaries through the YouTube clip below, or read our review of the "Stones Grow Her Name" album right here.
Following a three-part tour leading up to a rampage through SXSW, Tucson trauma squad Godhunter hurls a new tune at you all exclusively through Heavy Planet, just in time for the band's hometown support slot sharing the stage with Ghost B.C. and Ides of Gemini this week.
Let the "Vultures' Wake" pull you apart via Heavy Planet here. The following press release was also issued about the track:
"The first new material from the outfit to be released since their late 2011 Wolves EP, the suffocating bass tone, pummeling mid-paced dueling guitar hooks and jacked-up corrosive vocal bellow of 'Vultures' Wake' culminate into the most pounding Godhunter dust storm yet, and is the first new noise from the bandits to be recorded with new drummer Andy Kratzenberg. 'Vultures' Wake' was recorded by Ryan Bram (Territory) at Homewrecker Studios in Tucson, and mastered by Brad Boatright (From Ashes Rise) at Audiosiege, and will be available on an upcoming split 7” with fellow Tucson act Anakim. More...
Taiwanese metallers Chthonic have confirmed a June 3rd release for their seventh studio album, "Bú-Tik," via Spinefarm Records. Check out the new song "Next Republic" below.
The album was ecorded at Sweden’s Sweetspot Studio by producer Rickard Bengtson, who also worked on 2011’s "Takasago Army" album. The album will once again take the audience deep into the history and folklore of Taiwan. Says bassist and band spokesperson Doris Yeh:
“We are very proud to present ‘Bú-Tik’ to the world; it talks about self-defence, righteous violence and the armed spirits! With this album, we have pushed ourselves to achieve new heights – heights we've never imagined before! We are leading metal fans to the next episode of Chthonic!”
The track listing is:
01. Arising Armament (intro)
02. Supreme Pain For The Tyrant
03. Sail Into The Sunset’s Fire
04. Next Republic
05. Rage Of My Sword
06. Between Silence And Death
07. Resurrection Pyre
08. Set Fire To The Island
09. Defenders Of Bu-tik Palace
10. Undying Rearmament (Outro) More...
Bakerteam Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Mechanical Swan:
"Mechanical Swan is not just a band name. Mechanical Swan is a life purpose for a group of musicians who strongly wanted to combine the power of hard rock and heavy metal with the elegance of an orchestra and the addictive grooves of Electronic music.
"And ‘Black Dawn Romance,’ their highly addictive debut album, goes above and beyond their call of duty, passage after passage. The band were able to create a unique and complex sound made of beautiful melodies, classy arrangements and meaningful lyrics, dealing with the whole spectrum of human emotions: love, hate, memories and passions.
After five years of absence from the metal scene, Gothic/black metal act Cadaveria released "Horror Metal" in 2012. Bakerteam Records and Cadaveria will celebrate the success of the album with a special edition of "Horror Metal" that will hit stores on May 7th, 2013.
"Horror Metal - Undead Edition" features two bonus tracks: "Whispers Of Sin (Ancestral Remix)" and "Hypnotic Psychosis (Chaotic Remix)." The band comments:
“We entered the studio to re-record the drum parts on 'Whispers Of Sin' and we are proud to say that this song now sounds more direct and captivating than ever, in one word: more 'ancestral.' Also I re-recorded the vocals on 'Hypnotic Psychosis'. We cut off all the 'New Wave' reminiscences from this track, to get an extremely aggressive and chaotic mood!”
The track listing is:
1. Flowers In Fire
2. The Night’s Theatre
3. Death Vision
4. Whispers Of Sin
6. The Days Of The After And Behind
8. The Oracle (Of The Fog)
10. This Is Not The Silence
11. Hypnotic Psychosis
12. Whispers Of Sin (Ancestral Remix)
13. Hypnotic Psychosis (Chaotic Remix) More...
Connecticut act Kali Ma has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Roy Moore:
"Last night’s band practice brought about some of the most unsuspecting news that saddens me to the core of my soul. As of May 13th, one of the founding members of this band, Roy Moore, will be stepping down as one of the guitarists of Kali Ma due to a job offer he has accepted in Florida.
"Words cannot express the sadness that I and the remaining members of this band feel. We started this band together almost 7 years ago in a small garage and we have not only grown as musicians and friends together, but as a family. Any person that is or has been in a band with individuals whom they have grown close to and that have shared something so spectacular with, knows that it is a terrible feeling to hear them tell you they will no longer be sharing the stage with you anymore. Roy has come to the fork in the road and has made a choice that we all respect and support.
"Our band has had the longevity to remain active for these past 7 years, not because it was something to do, but it’s because we love playing music and doing so together. We’re not just friends, we’re brothers and to have one of our brothers leave is just a gut wrenching feeling that leaves a big void in all of us. As musicians, we yearn to pick up our instruments and create music with people we love and we have had that opportunity for the past 7 years to do so and I believe I speak for all of us when I say that we wouldn’t change any of that for a second. More...
The grindcore kings in Pig Destroyer have announced select European shows for this coming May and June. A complete list of dates including European Festival appearances can be found below.
Additionally, Pig Destroyer will be taking part in this year's Maryland Death Fest scheduled for May 23rd - 26th. The band will also be a part of the 4th Annual GWAR-B-Q in Richmond, VA on August 17th.
Pig Destroyer released fifth studio album "Book Burner" this past October on Relapse Records, which features 19 tracks of raw, misanthropic sound. "Book Burner" is available on multiple formats including CD, Deluxe 2xCD, LP, Deluxe 2xLP, cassette and digital.
5/3: Hasselt, Belgium @ Muziekodroom
5/4: Tilburg, Holland @ Neurotic Death Fest
5/23-5/26: Baltimore, MD @ Maryland Death Fest XI
6/22: Essen, Germany @ Turock (with Misery Index)
6/23: Clisson, France @ Hellfest
8/17: Richmond, VA @ GWAR-B-Q (Hadad's Lake Water Park
The new Drontheim single "Draume" is now available via all major digital stores. A video clip for the single produced by Dispenser Media has also been posted online and can be found below. The band also issued the following press release:
"Drontheim is a strictly non-political output with no collective agenda on any level except the artistic. Thematically it is rooted in a strong interest in the second world war in general, and more specifically the events, people and life as it were in Trondheim, Norway in the early 1940's, and also the German vision for Neu Drontheim - New Trondheim - the new capital for the Germanized Scandinavia.
"Lyrically it can be considered part documentary and part fiction, but as a whole it is focused on the dark and dystopian union of audible, lyrical and visual expressions that enables the artistic atmosphere Drontheim seek to provide.
"Not easily defined by limiting genres, but at times cinematic and atmospheric and at times distorted and strict, one can find traces of industrial rock, metal and electronica in the music. Drontheim features current and previous members of bands like Atrox, Manes, Chton, Bloodthorn and Lumsk."
From the darkest depths of the 90's arrives one of the iconic bands of Chilean thrash/death metal. Now years later Darkness returns to team up with Australis Records for the release of an official full-length album, featuring tracks from the "Demo I" release and more. Australis Records comments:
"In more than 40 minutes, Suivan Kong (Guitar and Vocals), Francisco Cautin (Bass), Sebastian Ormeno (Guitar), and Martin Valenzuela (Drums session) give new life to death and its scythe that in the 90's hit the metal scene of a troubled and metal thirsty country!"
This new album includes the following tracks:
1. Under The Grave (Version 2012)
3. Desterrado del Mundo
4. Morvis Terrum
6. Under The Grave (Original version 1898)
7. Scream by Pain
8. Struggle till Death
9. Eternal Agony More...
Bloodworks has posted an official lyric video online for the title track off upcoming mini-album "Perpetual Delusion." Check out the clip below. You can also hear more from Bloodworks over at the band's Facebook profile here.
Mortal Form presents the video for "At Fever Pitch," the first track revealed from new album "The Reckoning." Check out the video below.
The album is due out on May 13th, 2013 via My Kingdom Music and was produced by Jörg Uken at Soundlodge Studio. The track listing is:
1. The Reckoning
2. Storm Before Calm
3. Forsaken Graves
5. Apocalyptic Aftermath
6. As Nature Turns Evil (the sleeper awakes)
8. At Fever Pitch
9. Radiation Breath
10. Sinners Repent
Eldkaraft has released the second single off upcoming debut album "Shaman." Check out the song "Gränslos Gräns" at Rockhard.de or via the player below. Metal Blade Records issued the following statement about the band:
"Sweden's Eldkraft is a musical constellation whose primary foundation rests on epic metal while drawing experimental influences from ancestral musical traditions of the North and spiritual guidance of its hermetic crafts. Shaman, the debut album, is a psychedelic trip gazed upon through contemporary elements, circumnavigating journeys of knowledge, growth and the ecstasy of the soul."
Eldkraft's debut album "Shaman" will be released the 24th /27th of May, 2013 in Europe via Metal Blade Records on CD and LP. The LP will be a gatefold double-LP with an exclusive bonus track entitled Shaman. Shaman will be available digitally in North America on May 28th. The track listing is:
Shade Empire has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with guitarist Janne Niiranen:
"As many of you may have noticed one is missing out. A few months after we'd record an Omega Arcane, Janne announced that he has other things in his life where he wants to focus on instead of guitar wanking.
"We have grown up together and played together 14 years so the case was not easy to deal with and still isn't. We lost a member of the band, but we did not lose a friend. Friendship will remain forever! After four great albums, after many great gigs and paths we respect you, Janne Niiranen, and we wish you all the best for the future. Yours: Savolainen, Räsänen, Sirkkiä, Mantere, Harju.
"On the other hand we have also some good news to share with you. We have found a good person and great guitarist for the band. Aapeli Kivimäki from Soulfallen will join the SE roster. We are very excited of this and after first booze sessions Aapeli seems to be like one of us. So let's welcome him warmly on future gigs! Cheers!"
The "Omega Arcane" album is due out May 3rd, 2013 and has the following track listing: More...
Opeth, which is currently writing a new album to follow last full-length "Heritage," stopped by Newbury Comics in Massachusetts this past Saturday for a (mostly) acoustic show on Record Store Day.
Check out fan filmed footage of the song "Credence" in the YouTube player below.
Featuring current and ex-members of Viking Skull, Deadeye, Nekkrosis, Zoot Allures, Narkan and The Calling, Stormbringer was born out of the love of quality rock music and will release debut album "MMXIII" later this year.
The video trailer for the first single "Grinder," which is due for release on the 20th of May, can be viewed below. The band will be touring extensively in support of the release with a number of shows already confirmed. Details are as follows:
23rd May - The Pit & Pendulum, Nottingham
24th May - The Square, Harlow
28th June - The Market Inn, Kettering
29th June - The Oakwood, Great Yarmouth
5th July - King Billy, Northampton
17th August - Odin's Rock Club, Abbw Vale, South Wales
21st September - Rock Circus Festival, Stoke Prior More...
Fan filmed footage has been posted online, courtesy of YouTube user UpInSmokeHq, of Black Sabbath performing a new song off upcoming album "13" in New Zealand. Check out the clip of "The End of the Beginning" in the player below.
Black Sabbath also recently posted the song "God Is Dead?" online, which can be heard right here. "13" is scheduled for release on June 11th, 2013 and the track listing is:
1. End of the Beginning
2. God Is Dead?
5. Age of Reason
6. Live Forever
7. Damaged Soul
8. Dear Father
10. Peace of Mind
Germany's Dong Open Air 2013 will take place during this upcoming July 11th - 13th, with full details available at the festival's website.
Fans wanting to see Soilwork perform in support of latest album "The Living Infinite" (reviewed here) will be disappointed to know the band has now pulled out of the festival.
However, the organizers of the fest have announced Dark Tranquility will be stepping in to replace Soilwork. Dark Tranquility's new album "Construct" is due out on May 27th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via Century Media Records.
The currently announced lineup for the Dong Open Air fest features: More...
Massachusetts act Diecast has posted the following message online about organizing a benefit show to help those affected by the recent bombing in Boston:
"Attention all band, promoter, and booking agent friends. Diecast is currently organizing a benefit concert with 100% of the proceeds going to the recent Boston Marathon Tragedy.
"The One Fund Boston has been set up to help those who were affected by the tragedy. I am asking that if you or a band you're in or a band you represent or heck a band you're just friends with, to reach out to us as we are looking to collect signed memorabilia with Boston Strong written on the items (ie drumheads, cd's, t-shirts, posters, etc.) The memorabilia is going to be needed to auction off at the benefit show.
"So far we have collected from my great friends in Crossfade, Rev Theory, Hollywood Undead, Diecast, Psychostick, and more... Need all the music community to step up here to do our part! All I ask is for a couple items. Hit me up if your band wants to help! They would be included in all the online ads, social media sites, band logo on the flyers, and their music played at the club during set changes, as well as in print ads! Hit me up ASAP and god bless!
"Let's show Boston how strong the music community is and what Boston means to the bands!!! Please email our management at email@example.com with ideas, questions, or comments. The show date will be determined in the coming weeks and of course will be in Boston. Also if you are in a local Boston band and are interested in playing on this show, please email management as well. Thanks!" More...
Swiss act Excelsis has posted the song "Heathen Princess" online, which comes off the band's upcoming album "Vo Chrieger U Drache." The album was mixed and mastered by Christoph Brandes at Iguana Sudios, and the new song is available in the player below. The album's track listing is:
1. Prologue (of Sintram & Bertram)
2. Brothers of War
4. Heathen Princess
5. The Fear
9. The Avenger
10. The Fall of the One
11. The Chapel
12. wissi Bärge
Svart Crown has teamed up with VS-Webzine to stream the full new "Profane" album online. Check out the release at this location. The band also comments:
"Guys, the wait is over. We worked so hard on this album, you can not imagine. We put all ours guts, passion, energy during the past two years.
"Now our (sick) babie is yours. Go listen to 'PROFANE,' take your time, it is full of details. It's not an easy album but we are damn proud of it. Show your support and share this link to your friend. Let's spread the madness. See you in May for the first gigs." More...
Warbeast has been on the road in support of latest album "Destroy," but the band posted a message online yesterday about being stranded in Kansas due to a van breakdown. Warbeast has now checked in with the following update:
"So we are still in Overland Park, Kansas. We won't be able to make the Nashville show tonight either. Scott and Bobby went to where the Van was parked at mechanic shop.
"They think it's a clogged muffler, but they didn't have the parts to fix it. So they are getting it towed to a muffler shop right now. Once the van is fixed we will start the 14 hour drive to Greenville, South Carolina to finish the rest of the tour.
"We will be be forced to checkout of our hotel in about an hour and just have to wait outside somewhere with our bags until the van is fixed. Our spirits are still high and we are determined to finish this tour no matter what. There's just the 5 band members left to do everything from this point on. But we will make it some how. Sucks that Casey has to spend his Birthday like this... but he's not bitching about it.
"Thanks to everyone that has been trying to help us through this ordeal... it really means a lot to us!!!" More...
Canadian act The Northern has released new EP "Imperium" online for streaming. Check out the songs in the player below, or buy a digital copy of the release at Bandcamp here. The "Imperium" track listing is as follows:
1. Alpha 01:30
2. Purgatory 05:33
3. Imperium 04:32
4. Circadian Effect 04:06
5. Midori 03:47 More...
Sweden's Denied has posted a new music video online for the track "Dead Messiah," which comes of the band's "Let Them Burn" album, released via Slilptrick Records. Check out the video below. The track listing for "Let Them Burn" is as follows:
1. Judas Kiss
2. Dead Messiah
3. Garden of Stone
4. Constant Rage
5. Until the End of Time
6. Lesser Son
7. Seven Times Your Sin
8. Nothing is Sacred
9. The Black Room
10. In Hell More...
Tristania has released a new song online titled "Darkest White," which is the title track off the upcoming album due out May 31st, 2013. Check out the song below. This new album will follow the band's 2010 release "Rubicon," and it was produced by Christer André Cederberg and features cover art painted by Eliran Kantor.
Heaven Shall Burn has released a new music video for "Hunters Will Be Hunted," which can be viewed below. The track comes off new album "Veto," out now in Europe and coming to North America April 30th via Century Media. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Land Of The Upright Ones
3. Die Stürme Rufen Dich
5. Hunters Will Be Hunted
6. You Will Be Godless
9. Like Gods Among Mortals
10. 53 Nations
11. Beyond Redemption
The fourth annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival will include a lineup of multiplatinum superstars and breaking talent, featuring Alice In Chains and Jane’s Addiction.
These seminal rock bands will be joined by Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive on the Rockstar Energy Main Stage. The Ernie Ball Festival Stage will host performances from Walking Papers (featuring Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market.
The touring rock music and lifestyle festival will travel across North America from August 9th through September 15th, 2013.
"I think it's going to be a fun tour and we’re really looking forward to it. It's only going to happen that one time, that way, and you're going to be there," says Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains.
Tickets for most Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival 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.
Eyeconoclast released new album "Drones of the Awakening" earlier this month, and now the band has checked in with the following statement about recently having equipment stolen:
"We need your help! In Pistoia some kind of jerk stole our drummer's cymbals and we need to give apologies to all the Italians fans that came there for us: we spent too much time looking for that stuff and couldn't overcome the time granted to us. Sorry, we were too nervous but we'll try to come back in Tuscany as soon as possible!
"By the way WE NEED YOUR HELP, we have some gigs scheduled next month and we are now in this bad situation to find enough money to buy new cymbals.
"This is a call to all our fans around the world: we have a new album, new shirts and a lot of merch at our webstore. Please support the band in a so fucking difficult moment, we'll be forever grateful!" More...
Metal Injection has posted the title track from the upcoming Megadeth album "Super Collider." The album is due out on June 4th. The track was played exclusively on the syndicated metal show Full Metal Jackie recently. (Update: the original track was removed and a replacement SoundCloud stream is available below)
Dave Draiman of Disturbed/Device will also be contributing guest vocals on the "Supercollider" album track "Dance in the Rain."
San Francisco-based doom rockers Orchid have released the latest in a series of video trailers, this time featuring drummer Carter Kennedy talking about his musical influences and its effect on the upcoming album, "The Mouths Of Madness."
"The Mouths Of Madness" is due out April 26th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. The track listing for the release is:
1. Mouths Of Madness
2. Marching Dogs Of War
3. Silent One
5. Mountains Of Steel
6. Leaving It All Behind
7. Loving Hand Of God
8. Wizard Of War
9. See You On The Other Side More...