Metal News for April 22, 2014
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Norwegian outfit Tonic Breed has released a teaser trailer for the upcoming "Outsold" album. Check it out below, and you can pre-order "Outsold" at the band's official website here. Tonic Breed consists of:
Patrik Svendsen - Vocals/Guitar
Thomas Koksvik - Guitar
Rudi Golimo - Bass
Mats Johansen - Drums
U.S. extreme metal outfit Goemagot has released a new official music video for the track "Bigotry," which can be seen below. For more details on the three-piece outfit, head over to the Goemagot Facebook profile here.
Belarus outfit Serdce will soon be launching pre-orders for upcoming album "Timelessness," which will see release via Blood Music. Today the band has released an extended teaser showcasing clips from three songs off the album. Check it out below.
Live footage of Darkane performing the song "Ostracized" can be seen below, which was shot by Philipp Koch & Oliver Laux from the video magazine Drum Talk at Dordrecht's Bibelot Poppodium.
Check out the clip below, or you can also see the band's recent music video for "Mechanically Divine" at this location. Darkane's latest album "The Sinister Supremacy" is available now via Massacre Records.
Sacred Serenity has issued the following announcement about calling it quits and forming a new band called Codex:
"So the time has come to tell you all what we have been doing for the past year and a half. First of all, we want to thank our fans and the bands we've shared the stage with during our time as SS.
"Without you we wouldn't be where we are today. So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you. With that being said, we have good news and bad news.
"First, the bad. We regret to inform you that we are laying Sacred Serenity to rest. We took the last year and a half to write a new record. And after listening to what we had written, we thought a lot about the direction of the band and what we wanted out of it this time around. Collectively, we decided that Sacred Serenity wasn't cutting it anymore.
"Now for the good news! We are officially announcing our new project Codex. With a fresh start and a new sound we are ready to hit the scene hard and fucking heavy. We hope those of you who enjoyed SS will follow us on this new path and continue your support and show as much love to this project as you did with SS."
Mexican metal outfit S7N has released a new music video for the "Blackout" track, taken from the album "Fearless."
"Blackout" was produced by La Lola, directed by Cheeno Mesdrage, and can be seen in the YouTube clip below. You can also hear more music from S7N over at the band's Facebook profile.
Poland's black metal outfit Witchmaster is back with a new line-up and an upcoming new album on Osmose records.
The "Antichristus Ex Utero" album contains eleven tracks of rabid old school black metal in the uncompromising Witchmaster style. The album was recorded during summer 2013 and mixed by Malta (Behemoth, Decapitated).
Inferno (of Behemoth) has returned to the band after some 10 years of absence, taking care of battery and guitars. The rest of the line-up is rounded out by Reyash (ex-Vader, Incantation), Bastis, and Kali. More...
"No Hope No Morality" is due out April 28th in Europe and April 29th in North America (digital only) via Siege Of Amida/Century Media Records. The track listing is as follows:
2. Demons In The Mist
5. No Hope
7. Under The Influence
8. The Taste Of Iron
9. Of Sheep & Swine
11. No Morality More...
French isolationist black metal outfit Aurvandil - recently covered in our Unearthing the Metal Underground series - today streams the entirety of the "Thrones" album, released in Europe this week by Eisenwald (May 6th in North America).
After launching a special cover of "To Go Off And Things" by the Cardiacs, Napalm Death is now working on an upcoming new album and follow-up to 2012's "Utilitarian." The band comments:
"First night done laying some more drum tracks down for the new ND album... A different approach than the last record with different recording sessions.
"Some of the songs are worked out and some songs we are going for a more spontaneous approach to see where it takes us but so far we are getting some cool dynamics in drum tones and songs, which will ultimately lead to a more diverse and crazy sounding album! It's looking good so far!"
Further details are forthcoming, and you can follow the recording process over at the band's Facebook profile here.
After previously cancelling a show due to vocalist Kai Hansen being ill, Gamma Ray is back on the road and has now checked in with a tour video, which can be seen below.
Gamma Ray is performing live in support of newly released album "Empire of the Undead." The album's track listing is:
3. Pale Rider
4. Born To Fly
5. Master Of Confusion
6. Empire Of The Undead
7. Time For Deliverance
10. I Will Return
11. Built A World (European Bonus Track)
Stream Of Passion has uploaded part one of a series of track-by-track clips for new album "A War Of Our Own," which is out now.
See Marcela shares some insights on the ideas behind the album's songs below. The album's track listing is as follows:
2. A War of Our Own
3. The Curse
5. Burning Star
6. For You
11. Don't Let Go
12. Out of the Darkness
13. The Distance Between Us (Digipack Bonus Track) More...
Revamp has checked in from the band's North American tour supporting latest album "Wild Card" (reviewed here).
Check out a video clip from the road below. To hear more from the band, you can also see the lyric video for "Nothing" at this location.
After recently inking a new record contract with Swedish powerhouse Despotz Records, Scandinavia's leading all-lady hard rock/heavy metal outfit Crucified Barbara has teamed up with Loudwire to launch the band's new single, "To Kill a Man." Give it a listen below.
The new track comes from the band's upcoming fourth studio album, "In the Red," due to be released on August 20th, 2014.
"We and many of us feel a huge impotence and rage when we hear and read about men who systematically abuse and rape women," commented the band. "This type of crime is something that happens every day, everywhere. Of anger, we create music. Heavy substances and harsh riffs became the song 'To Kill a Man,' a really heavy song in a double sense."
Crucified Barbara is currently putting the finishing touches on its Despotz debut, which was recorded at Studio Music A Matic in Gothenburg with producer Chips Kiesby and engineer Henryk Lip.
"The signing of Crucified Barbara fits perfectly in line with our strategy and goal to be a choice for Sweden's biggest rock bands, where they can work closely with a local Stockholm-based music company on a global basis with an international PR and distribution network," said Ömer Akay, Despotz Records co-founder and partner. "We are incredibly proud that these wonderfully gifted musicians chose to sign with Despotz." More...
After splitting with vocalist Henry Derek earlier this month, the Joey Jordison-led Scar The Martyr is now seeking a new front man, and is opening auditions to the public. Think you have it takes to front the band? If so, here's a statement from Scar The Martyr letting you know how to apply for the position:
"As recently mentioned, Scar The Martyr is looking for a new vocalist. Before we make a final decision, we have decided to open up submissions to the public. If you are interested, email your tryout video to email@example.com. We look forward to seeing and hearing your submissions." More...
Ironstorm's new release "Wrathwind" is out today, and drummer Tyson Travnik comments:
“After what seems like eons of bring meticulous throughout writing the material for Wrathwind, we are excited to reveal the pinnacle of our musical careers to date. We are extremely proud of the blood and sweat that was shed, painstakingly ensuring that the album is super organic, and we feel that it's a breath of fresh air into today's overproduced music."
In support of "Wrathwind," Ironstorm will be showcasing in Calgary, AB on April 25th at Lord Nelson’s with support from Bloodreich, Shrapnal, Samandriel and in the band's hometown of Edmonton on April 26th at The Starlite Room with support from Bleed, Mortillery, Gatekrashor. For further event details, head to this location.
"Wrathwind," which was engineered and mixed by Travnik in his own professional studio, Excalibur Productions, was mastered by Andy Larocque of King Diamond/Merciful Fate at Sonic Train Studios and is available in a number of formats, from digital download to floppy disk. Yes, floppy disk. More...
In addition to upcoming festival appearances (see the promo poster below), Norwegian black metal outfit Emperor will also be performing in Japan for 2014 reunion shows celebrating the "In The Nightside Eclipse" album. Ihsahn and Samoth comment:
"2014 marks the 20th anniversary of 'In The Nightside Eclipse' and we are finally ready to announce that we are coming to Tokyo (July 17) and Osaka (July 18) to celebrate this occasion with you.
"Faust will be performing with us for the European shows, but due to visa issues he will not be able to join us in Japan. However, Trym has kindly agreed to step in and perform with us exclusively for these two shows!
"We have both had the great pleasure of performing in Japan previously, but never before as Emperor. Band and crew are all very excited about this and we all look forward to seeing you there." More...
Sydney outfit Strange Karma has released a new single titled "Devil From The Moon," which is available now digitally at iTunes here. A teaser trailer for the single can also be heard in the player below.
Hamburg outfit ChainReaction is gearing up to release the new album "A Game Between Good and Evil" on May 30th, 2014. The cover artwork can be viewed below, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Have No Fear
2. Angels Never Die
3. Stolen Fire
4. Straight From Hell
5. Anthem for Humanity
7. Where is God
9. Wash My Tears
10. Be Honest More...
Septicflesh has issued the following announcement about an upcoming North American tour in support of the upcoming "Titan" album:
"We are thrilled to announce that we will be returning to North America/Canada with our blood brothers in Fleshgod Apocalypse, Hour of Penance and Necronomicon. This promises to be a night in darkness to be remembered as we prepare to unleash our colossal new album 'Titan.'"
New York band Tombs is set to release upcoming album "Savage Gold" this coming June 10th (North America), June 9th (UK/World), and June 6th (Germany/Benelux/Finland).
Today the first full track from the release is available online. Check out "Edge of Darkness" over at Pitchfork.com here. The full track listing is:
6. Edge of Darkness
9. Severed Lives
10. Spiral More...
The Great Divide is gearing up to release a second EP titled "White Bird," which is due out on May 30th, 2014 via Useless Pride Records. Further details are forthcoming, and for now you can also check out a teaser trailer below.
Bulletsize - which started in 2004 in the depths of Sweden and combines elements of old school thrash and modern death metal - has released a new lyric video.
Check out the clip below for the title track to the "Numb" album. For more info on Bulletsize, head over to the band's Facebook profile here.
From the band that made both the Alternative Press "100 Bands You Need To Know" and Revolver’s "Most Anticipated Album of 2014," Islander is proud to announce the "Violence & Destruction" album.
Pre-order packages for the band's Victory Records full-length debut, "Violence & Destruction," are now available at this location, with the album due out everywhere on July 8th, 2014.
For your first taste of the album, check out “The Sadness Of Graves” below, courtesy of Alternative Press.
French massive doom/sludge act Oruga has revealed a new video clip for the song "Ghosts of Anneliese," which is an extract from the upcoming debut album, "Blackened Souls," due to be released on May 19th via Apathia Records. The album's track listing is as follows:
II. We, The Darkness
III. Dead Among The Living
VI. Ghosts Of Anneliese
Metal Blade is proud to have inked a license deal with CNR Records for the brand new Channel Zero album "Kill All Kings."
The album will be released by Metal Blade worldwide (except for the Benelux territories) on the 20th of June as a digipack CD and digital download. Head over to this location for pre-order options.
Channel Zero started as a band in 1990 and has released five albums since then. In 2013, the band started to work on a 6th studio album, combined with playing at a handful of summer festivals to try out the new songs. On August 10th an unforeseen tragedy shook the metal community when drummer Phil Baheux was found dead in his home due to a rupture of an artery. The boyish, up-to-no good giant had always been the energetic center of the band. And when the remaining band members played a short acoustic set in honour of Phil at the Brussels Summer Festival it felt as the final end of the band. More...
Between the Buried and Me (BTBAM) has launched a brand new video, which was filmed at the Baltimore Soundstage in Asheville, NC, and The Cannery Ballroom in Nashville, TN.
"Lay Your Ghosts to Rest" was produced, filmed, and directed by Raymond McCrea Jones and Wes Richardson. The video is a surreal look at the band's live show, and the detailed light show and production that accompanies the aural experience that fans have come to know and love. Check it out below.
Italian fantasy metal band Holy Shire has a new video out now for the song "Winter Is Coming," which is taken from the upcoming debut album "Midgard," due out May 13th, 2014 on Bakerteam Records. Check out the video below, and you can see Holy Shire live on these dates:
9th May Live Keller Curno BG Italy
30th May Release Party - Honky Tonky Seregno MI Italy
12th July Masters of Rock - Vizovice Czech Republic
18th July Metal for Emergency - Mago de Oz opening act Cenate Sotto BG Italy
27th July Festa dell'Unicorno Vinci FI Italy
Last month, the Ukrainian funeral death\doom band Suffer Yourself released debut full-length "Inner Sanctum" through Cimmerian Shade Records. Now the full release is available for streaming in the player below.
The album was mixed and mastered at Priory Recording Studios in Birmingham, U.K. by Greg Chandler (Esoteric, Lychgate), who not only produced the album, but also made a special contribution to one of the songs. "Inner Sanctum" presents the following five tracks of utter hopelessness and grief:
1. Inner Sanctum 07:01
2. Darkness, pt. 1 12:29
3. Darkness, pt. 2 14:12
4. Winter Evening (Soir d'hiver) 09:55
5. Eternity (L’Eternite) feat. Greg Chandler 10:19 More...
Chilean band Lefutray has released a new music video for the "Silent Inferno" single. The video was directed/edited by Rodrigo Velasquez And Punto Sudy at The Producciones in Santiago, Chile.
Check out the video below, or you can download the track for free over at Soundcloud here. Lefutray has also confirmed an appearance at The Metal Fest on April 26th at the Movie Star Arena in Santiago, Chile.
Psychostick has posted a cover from one of America's favorite kid shows of years past" Reading Rainbow! The band comments: "We're just doing our part to encourage reading to the youth of the nation."
In additional news, the humorcore masters will be raging across the U.S. for "The 'Merica F*ck Yeah Tour," kicking off in Amityville, NY on May 29th and wrapping up in St. Louis, MO on June 27th. The band will be joined by Dog Fashion Disco and The Bunny The Bear.
Psychostick guitarist Josh “The J” Key comments: "It's an honor to be touring with the legendary Dog Fashion Disco. Add The Bunny The Bear to the mix, and it's going to be a ridiculously fun show, you won't want to miss this unless your legs have been chopped off. No, I take that back: legs chopped is no excuse... be there! As for me personally, it's also been a while since we played the West coast... it's about time we get back to somewhere that knows how to make a decent chimichanga!" More...
Misery Index is currently streaming the title track to the band's upcoming new album "The Killing Gods." It can now be heard below, thanks to Sick Drummer Magazine.
On Saturday May 3rd, MF Gallery is having a special memorial art show dedicated to Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of the band Gwar, who passed away suddenly in March, 2014. Part of the proceeds from the show will benefit the Dave Brockie Foundation.
Dave was prolific in many different visual mediums and he collaborated often with MF Gallery; from his solo show / performance in 2004 to GWAR's Crack-a-Thon in 2010 and 2011 and numerous group shows throughout the years.
Nearly 100 artists have already responded to the open call for pieces that pay tribute to this legendary artist. Among them are:
Lawrence Van Abbena, George Abruzzese, Tyghe Achenbach, Michael Alan, James Alexander, John Stuart Berger, Meg Bert, Chris Besaw, Cory Brown, Ben Busk, Fernando Carpaneda, Ryan Case, Karl Dahmer, Jason D'Aquino, Jennifer Daugherty, Shannon Daugherty, Angie Decay, Patrick Dignon, Extremo The Clown, Kate Ferry, PH Fred, Bob Gorman, Jorge A. Gwooki, Jenny Harada, Mark Harada, Curt Harbits, Annie Hunter, Eric Indin, Daniel Johnsson, Adam Lawton, Matt Maguire, Drew Maillard, Nick Ray McCann, Jessie McClenny, PJ McQuade, Scott Minzy, Geoff Mosher, Joe Murdach, Chris O'Neal, Bianca Panzram, Kembra Pfahler, Our Lady Of Perpetual PMS, Casey Orr, Sara Ray, Max Reinhart, Mark Riddick, Peter Rodriguez, Chris Roth, Lou Rusconi, John Russo, Frank Russo, Martina Secondo Russo, Rowan Sanders, Dan Scheckler, Joe Simko, Keri Sheheen, Dan Sites, Chantal Smith, Ryan Spahr, London Splatterer, Daniel Stoddard, Ben Streete, Tyson Summers, Sean Taylor, Aaron Tompkins, Camargo Valentino, Glenn Wernig, Michele Witchipoo, Dan Wolf Mask, Malice N. Wonderland, Jonathan Zeh, Sergio Zuniga & more! More...
Insomnium's sixth studio album, "Shadows Of The Dying Sun" (reviewed here) is about to be released in Europe (April 28th) and North America (April 29th).
For a preview of this upcoming melodic death metal masterpiece, a new track titled "Black Heart Rebellion" can be heard below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. The Primeval Dark
2. While We Sleep (check out the video here)
3. Revelation (see the lyric video here)
4. Black Heart Rebellion
5. Lose To Night
6. Collapsing Words
7. The River
9. The Promethean Song
10. Shadows Of The Dying Sun More...
Norwegian black metal outfit Ragnarok has announced an amicable parting of the ways with frontman Hans Fyrste.
Fyrste, who has been with the band since 2005 and performed vocals on two of the group's seven full-length albums - 2010's "Collectors of the King" and the latest release "Malediction" - is cutting back on his musical activities due to other personal and job-related commitments, which had already affected his ability to tour with Ragnarok at the end of last year. His last live appearance with the band was at this year’s Blastfest festival in February.
In a statement the frontman explained his decision: "The decision to leave Ragnarok, has been an extremely hard one to make. Jontho and Brigge brought me in to the horde in 2005, and this still stands as my biggest achievement as a musician. Personal circumstances have made it so that I will not be able to dedicate myself to Ragnarok, as much as it requires. It is with a heavy heart that we have come to an agreement, and I am pulling out of the band.
"All words fall short compared to how grateful I am for have taken part in this journey.Over the years we have experienced so many great achievements, and I would never have been without any of them. Being able to tour around the world, from Siberia to Rio de Janeiro, with supporting, passionate and faithful friends and fans in every city, has been a humbling experience. Every step of the way has also brought with it impressions, educating me to be a stronger person. Also learning so many new things, evolving to be the vocalist and human being I am today.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has made this journey possible. Without all my great friends and fans out there, nothing of this could have ever happened. Thank you! And finally, of course, thank you Jontho, DezeptiCunt and Bolverk. Thank you for all the great times on and off the stage. Thank you for everything we have gone through together. Thank you for the brotherhood and support! I leave RAGNAROK as a humble man, and wish my brothers all the best in the future."
Founder and drummer Jontho had this to say about Fyrste’s departure: More...