Metal News for April 23, 2013
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Today the metal hooligans at MetalSucks want you to scrape your face across the pavement with a full stream of "Bloodlines" from Rhode Island audio arsonists Howl. Check out the release right here or through the player below.
Set for North American release next week, the ever-bludgeoning "Bloodlines" was recorded at Planet Z Studio in Hadley, Massachusetts with Chris “Zeuss” Harris. Comments the band nonchalantly: “Bloodlines is the child of sweet southern riffs and a dirty gorilla with big dirty gorilla balls."
"Bloodlines" will be available in North America via Relapse Records on April 30th, April 26th in Germany and Benelux, and April 29 in the U.K. and rest of Europe. More...
In late 2012/early 2013, the members of Blood Ceremony enclosed themselves within a dank, tomb-like chamber to begin preparations for their third album.
After a mind-numbing spell in the analogue womb of Toronto's ProGold Studios, the band is now ready to unveil a new musical offering: "The Eldritch Dark." The debut single, "Goodbye Gemini," can be heard now through the player below.
Recorded and mixed by producer Ian Blurton (Cauldron, Cursed) and mastered by Nick Blagona (Deep Purple, Rainbow, Crazy World of Arthur Brown), "The Eldritch Dark" is a full-length paean to the darker corners of folklore and legend. Containing eight tracks of black magic rock 'n' roll, the album crackles with the excitement of a nocturnal ritual.
"The Eldritch Dark" will be released via Metal Blade Records/Rise Above Records in North America on May 28th, 2013. Blood Ceremony will be joining Kylesa on tour in North America throughout May and June (dates available below). More...
The pride of Finland, Amorphis began in the earliest days of the extreme metal scene and is still going strong decades later. The band has weathered vocalist changes and gone through a series of major style shifts to reach where it is today with latest album "Circle" (reviewed here).
"Circle" is out now in Europe and due in North American shops on April 30th. Fans wanting to find out about the inner workings of Amorphis during the creation of the album can now get an inside view of the process courtesy of guitarist Esa Holopainen. Read our interview with Esa below to discover how the lyrical themes have changed, what's happening with music videos from the album, and how a few recording changes offered a different sound for this latest full-length. More...
Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz and vocalist Jesse Leach were interviewed by KaaosTV before the band's show at The Circus in Helsinki, Finland on April 16th, 2013. Check out the video clip below.
Supernatural Cat -- the Italian underground label run by Malleus Rock Art Lab, the artist collective featuring two members of the psychedelic doom trio Ufomammut -- will harvest Zole’s self-titled debut LP worldwide on May 13th.
With song titles entrenched in references to redneck living, the newest Zolle single “Heavy Letam” is suggestive of “Letame” -- which means manure in Italian -- resulting in “a shitty anagram about heavy metal.”
Take a whiff of the riffs of “Heavy Letam,” alongside the previously dispatched “Trakthor,” now via Invisible Oranges or the player below.
Palm Reader will be heading out on the road at the end of May/beginning of June supporting Heart in Hand on tour. Dates for the trek are as follows:
30-May - Kingston - Peel
31-May - Plymouth - White Rabbit
01-Jun - Cardiff - Bogiez
02-Jun - Manchester - Satans Hollow
03-Jun - Glasgow - Audio
04-Jun - Aberdeen - Tunnels
05-Jun - Selby - The Riverside Bar
06-Jun - Sheffield - Corporation
07-Jun - Chatham - Tap n Tin
Palm Reader's debut album "Bad Weather" is set for release this coming May 6th, 2013. The album launch show is set for:
13-May - London - Old Blue Last w/ Black Shapes + Let's Talk Daggers + The Orchard More...
Century Media Records is proud to announce the signing of Dutch death metal legends Thanatos. The label comments:
"Thanatos borrows their name from the Greek god of death and is one of the oldest and longest running extreme metal bands from the Netherlands. Founded in 1984, Thanatos has released numerous critically acclaimed albums during their career. Be it the infamous debut album, Emerging From The Netherworlds, the equally great second output, Realm Of Ecstasy, (both of which were re-released by Century Media Records on CD and LP in 2012) or the band's last studio work, Justified Genocide, Thanatos has always managed to deliver high-class death metal laced with a lethal dose of thrash.
"Featuring guitar player, Paul Baayens (Asphyx, Hail of Bullets), Century Media originally approached Thanatos for a series of re-issues in 2012, so it only made sense that the band made their future home at Century Media." More...
Swedish black metal outfit Pest has revealed details on a forthcoming album due out on Agonia Records. The band's fourth full-length entitled "The Crowning Horror" will hit shops on the 18th of June in Europe and 9th of July in North America.
The album is preceded by a 7" EP titled "Black Oath c/w Morbid Revelations" released on April 16th worldwide. The limited version of the EP (bone white vinyl) is already sold out.
"The Crowning Horror" was mixed by Fred Estby (Dismemebr/Carnage/Necronaut) at Gutterview Recorders and mastered by Andy Jackson (Pink Floyd's engineer, Grammy nominee) at Tube Mastering, UK. The release will be available on a noble 8 panel digipack CD, digitally, and on vinyl (first 100 copies on a solid, purple wax vinyl).
Pest commented: "After years of silence a new wave of black death will finally strike the world. The plague is upon us. Bring the darkness!"
1. The Funeral Hours
2. A Face Obscured By Death
3. Volcanic Eyes
4. Devil’s Mark
6. The Abomination of the God
7. Thirteen Chimes
9. The Crowning Horror
10. Eternal Curse More...
Montreal's Mürtenscythe has posted a new song online titled "(Smoking weed) Through the horn of Satan," which can be heard in the Bandcamp player below. The band also issued the following press release:
"Murtenscythe formed in 2009 with the intent to kick your ass and leave an impression on you. Our psychedelic & experimental influences are as evenly matched as our thrash influences. Our goal is to bang your head, but also, take you on an intense journey. To stimulate you sonically and visually and thus, leave you sore, yet satisfied." More...
Puerto Rico's Zafakon has posted a new lyric video online for "War As A Drug," which is the title track from the album of the same name. Check out the video below, or pick up "War As A Drug" when it officially releases on May 24th. For more info on the band, head over to Facebook here.
A new video interview with Amaranthe, conducted by Metal XS, has now been posted online and can be viewed below.
Amaranthe released latest album "The Nexus" back in March through Spinefarm Records. A music video for the title track is also available at this location.
Witchcraft was set to hit the road with Orchid on April 26th, but the band has now posted the following message online about canceling the run:
"We are sad to announce that due to serious health issues the upcoming tour has been cancelled. We are very sorry about this but hope you all understand that health always must come first. Love Witchcraft.
"Orchid and Free Fall will still do the tour and Troubled Horse with members from Witchcraft will join them instead!" More...
White Wizzard has revealed the artwork for upcoming new album, "The Devils Cut," which is due to be released on June 3rd in Europe via Earache Records, and June 25th in the USA via Century Media/Earache Records.
"The Devils Cut" is the band's third full-length release, and features artwork by Cameron Davis, who is known for his work as lead character designer and illustrator for the Guitar Hero video game series. White Wizzard bassist and mainman Jon Leon comments:
"It was great to work with the amazing artist Cameron Davis again, who also did the art for our album 'Over the Top.' Cameron and I live in the same building here in LA and he is a really talented guy. When he presented me the piece for the album cover, I knew right away it was the one. It has amazing imagery and depth and is very artful, while making a tongue-in-cheek statement poking some fun at organized religion, which is something I feel strongly about.
"Some of my lyrics on this album and previous albums focus on not letting religion and the cult of group belief blind you from the preservation of thinking for yourself and being an individual, so it ties into that very well, as the statement of the piece is how religion is imprisonment for the soul and how, even within its own confines, it forces its believers into blind group submission. I think any of us that went to catholic school as a child can relate to that nun!!! It has 'classic metal cover' all over it and it just blew my mind.
"I look forward to this imagery being out there and am proud to have it be a part of White Wizzard. To have art of this quality to convey the visual aspects of the band is just fantastic." More...
A six-minute video featuring snippets of all 10 tracks from the new Scale the Summit album, “The Migration,” can now be viewed on YouTube. Check it out below.
“The Migration” will be released June 11th on digital download, CD (the booklet for which folds out into a large poster featuring expanded artwork by cover illustrator Duncan Storr), and 180-gram LP formats. The LP — available on clear vinyl or a limited-edition, mail-order exclusive clear vinyl with blue haze — includes a download card and a gatefold poster also featuring expanded artwork.
The album's track listing is as follows:
2. Atlas Novus
3. The Olive Tree
4. Narrow Salient
7. The Dark Horse
10. The Traveler More...
French modern death-prog metal act Atlantis Chronicles will be hitting the road to promote the "Ten Miles Underwater" album, released in March 2013 via Coroner Records. Dates for the European trek are as follows:
01 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) - Soulkitchen - Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
02 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) - Klub Bazina - Prague (Czech Republic)
03 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) - Kot Karola - Cracow (Poland)
04 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) - Tawerna Trzy Korony - Bialystok (Poland)
05 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) - TBA - Alytus (Lithuania)
06 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) - Nabaklab - Riga (Latvia)
07 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) - TBA - Tartu (Estonia)
08 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) - Rock Club - Tallinn (Estonia)
09 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) - TBA - Jelgava (Latvia)
10 May 2013 ( with Nephalokia) - Metro Club - Vilnius (Lithuania)
11 May 2013 (with Nephalokia) - Minoga Klub - Poznan (Poland)
18 May 2013 (with Fight For Ashes) - Le Maltais - Chartres (France)
25 May 2013 (with Ite Missa Est) - La Boite De Concert - Pontault Combault (France)
01 June 2013 (with Hacride, Magoa) - Metal Sphere Fest - Voisins Le Bretonneux (France)
07 June 2013 - Toxoplasmose Fest VI - Saint Imier (Switzerland)
08 June 2013 - Metallurgicales Fest - Denain (France)
27 July 2013 - (with Sylosis and more) Summer BreakDown Fest II - Geneva (Switzerland)
27 September 2013 - Café Latin - Angers (France)
28 September 2013 - Covent Garden - Eragny (France) More...
Spanish melo-death metallers Rise To Fall have released a new music video for "Decoding Reality," which can be viewed below. The song comess of the band's "Defying the Gods" album, released last April through Coroner Records. The track listing is as follows:
1. Ascend To The Throne
2. The Compass
3. Whispers Of Hope
4. Reject The Mould
5. Inflexible Kingdom
6. Instruction Cycle
7. Lost In Oblivion
8. Decoding Reality
9. Dare To Cross
10. Fall To Drama
11. Defying The Gods
Israel's very own Orphaned Land will release new album, "All Is One," on June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America via Century Media Records.
Today the band has revealed the cover artwork for this 6th full-length, which was created by the French artist Metastazis (Paradise Lost, Watain, etc.) by incorporating the three biggest religious symbols into one piece of art. The track listing is as follows:
1. All Is One
2. The Simple Man
4. Let The Truce Be Known
5. Through Fire And Water
9. Ya Benaye
10. Our Own Messiah
From September to November, Orphaned Land will play stages all over Europe in support of All Is One-- but before heading out on this headlining tour, the band will play a few festivals and shows in South America and Europe. See below for all upcoming tour dates. More...
Emerging metalcore outfit Inherit The Stars will release "We Were Made To Walk The Skies" on May 18th, 2013 and the band has now made the full album available for streaming online.
Check out the release in the player below, or find more info on the band via Facebook here. The following press release was also issued about Inherit The Stars:
"Breaking out onto the music scene with a style that’s completely their own, Sheffield (UK) born and bred quartet Inherit The Stars are an explosion of sound that should not be missed. With all four members already being well-aquainted with the stage, their live shows ooze energy, creating an impressive gigging experience.
"Listing some of their major influences as bands such as Fightstar, Funeral For A Friend, Enter Shikari and Chiodos, Inherit The Stars are most recognisable for their powerful rock riffs, lulling string arrangements, adrenaline-filled synth lines and distinctive choruses. Not only do they boast an up-and-coming full-length album due to be released early 2013, but they boast an album recorded by Jim Pinder at Treehouse Studios. Treehouse has also been the home of many well-known bands, including big names such as Rise To Remain, While She Sleeps, and Fightstar.
"Intent on making their mark on music history, impressive and innovative things can be expected from this young band, who dare to deliver music with a message." More...
Sweden's Feral has checked in with the following album update and announcement about lineup changes:
"We are thrilled to announce that the pre-productions of the next Feral album are done. More than enough songs have been written/recorded during these sessions for us to be able to put together one hell of an album to say the least.
"You can check out some of our recording process below in the eminent studio documentary that was filmed and edited by Cristoffer Strand.
"News regarding the actual recording of the album will be announced as soon as they are available, needless to say we now feel completely up for the task that lays ahead and are fully confident about the material that we have in store for you guys.
"These pre-productions were however the last recordings that drummer Rickard Lundmark and guitarist Petter Nilsson will do with the band, as we have decided to part ways. This is due to other commitments and there is absolutely no bad blood between the band and the two former members.
"Of course we are sad to see two of the founding members (as well as two of our best friends) leave. But we wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors and know that they will in some way or another always be part of that which is Feral.
"There is however no reason to be alarmed as this will in no way slow down the future plans of the band and our goals stays the same. For the time being Roger Markström (Leviathan, ex-Armagedda) will be aiding us from behind the drums and the search for a guitar player is ongoing. We thank you all for your support, stay tuned!" More...
Irish extreme metallers Chosen have posted a live in-studio video performing the track "Instinct," taken from debut album "Resolution." The album was released last month and is available for free download via the band's official website. The album's track listing is:
1. Engines of Belief
2. Defective Prospection
3. The Narcissism Epidemic
4. Mental Clarity
7. Asch’s Paradigm
8. Metaphysical Contradiction
9. The Departure Lounge
The Dillinger Escape Plan has posted a new music video online taken from the band's upcoming album "One Of Us Is The Killer," due out May 14th, 2013. Check out "When I Lost My Bet" below.
The new album was recorded in Southern California with longtime producer Steve Evetts (Glassjaw, The Cure, Suicide Silence), with additional production at guitarist/co-founder Ben Weinman's studio. Mastering will be handled by Tom Baker (Deftones, Nine Inch Nails, Beastie Boys).
Tim Lambesis, vocalist for As I Lay Dying, Austrian Death Machine, and most recently, Pyrithion, has posted a new video on YouTube explaining the concepts behind Pyrithion's songs, why he decided to pursue this project, and more.
Check out the clip below. You can also check out the band's lyric video for the track "The Invention of Hatred" over at this location.
Finnish extreme metallers Kuolemanlaakso have released the second video from debut album, "Uljas Uusi Maailma" (reviewed here), released late last year via Svart Records. The band was also nominated as one of the best newcomers of 2012 for last year's best-of awards.
The "Ikiuni" clip was directed by Mika Kettunen, and it features live footage from the band's shows at Lutakko, Jyväskylä and Nosturi, Helsinki in Finland. Check out the clip below.
To celebrate the release of the new video, the band will hit the road with Jess and the Ancient Ones. The tour will cruise through four major cities in Finland, ending at the Tavastia club in Helsinki. The tour dates are as follows:
May 15 Yo-Talo, Tampere
May 16 Henry's Pub, Kuopio
May 17 Klubi, Tampere
May 18 Tavastia, Helsinki More...
Black Star Riders, the new band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham, and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso, has announced a first U.K. headline tour.
The tour will support debut album “All Hell Breaks Loose,” which will be released via Nuclear Blast Entertainment on the 24th of May 2013. The band will play tracks from the debut, as well as Thin LIzzy classics.
01.06. D Chiemgau - Max-Aicher-Arena / High Rock Festival
02.06. D Loreley, St. Goarshausen - High Rock Festival
08.06. S Solvesborg - Sweden Rock
22.11. UK Bournemouth - O2 Academy
23.11. UK London - Shepherds Bush Empire
25.11. UK Bristol - O2 Academy
26.11. UK Cambridge - Junction
27.11. UK Norwich - UEA, Norwich
29.11. UK Pwllheli, Gwynedd - Hard Rock Hell
30.11. UK Wolverhampton - Wulfrun Hall
01.12. UK Cardiff - Solus/University,
02.12. UK Oxford - O2 Academy
05.12. UK Inverness - Ironworks
06.12. UK Edinburgh - Picturehouse,
07.12. UK Newcastle - O2 Academy
08.12. UK Leeds - O2 Academy
10.12. UK Leamington Spa - The Assembly Rooms
12.12. UK Nottingham - Rock Cit
13.12. UK Manchester - Ritz
14.12. IRL Dublin - Academy More...
It's official: Norwegian act Extol is back together and releasing a new self-titled album via Indie Recordings.
"Extol" will be the band's first new full-length album since 2005's "The Blueprint Dives," and is due out June 24th in Europe and June 25th in North America. Pre-orders are available right here, and the album's first single "Open the Gates" can be heard below.
Extol was also previously covered in our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column focusing on bands that have drastically changed style. Check out the article at this location.
The track listing for "Extol" is as follows:
2. Open The Gates
4. A Gift Beyond Human Reach
5. Faltering Moves
6. Behold The Sun
7. Dawn Of Redemption
10. Unveiling The Obscure More...
As Full Of Hell prepares to slam through the Northeast U.S. on a new run of live attacks, today the complete new "Rudiments Of Mutilation" LP is blasting forth via Terrorizer Magazine. Give the album a listen here or through the player below.
"Rudiments Of Mutilation" will hit the streets on CD, LP, and digitally this June 11th, 2013 worldwide via A389 Recordings. You can also catch the band live on the dates available after the jump. More...
Orchid has teamed up with Metal Hammer to stream the entire new album "The Mouths Of Madness" online. Check out the release over here or through the player below. "The Mouths Of Madness" is due for release on April 26th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast. More...
Luca Turilli has issued the following statement about releasing a new album: “We are very proud to announce that the new Rhapsody album will be released in June/July 2014 by Nuclear Blast. Once again it will be produced by me and it will be recorded and mixed by Sebastian Röder at the Backyard Studios of Kempten (Germany)."
Dominique Leurquin, the guitar player, adds: “After the great success of 'Ascending To Infinity,' for which we’ll never stop thanking our supporters and the international press, a new opus of cinematic metal will soon see the light and once more the wonderful and versatile voice of Alessandro Conti, ranging from heavenly and crystalline high tones to the dramatic power of an operatic tenor, will surprise most of the people while painting musical landscapes of rare beauty!”.
Luca continues, spending a few words about his new upcoming project too: “In the last years I always dreamed of starting a second business activity in connection with cinema and other important media. I finally decided to take the big step in this direction and in a short time I will present my new music production company. Through it I will offer my services as arranger, being specialized in the creation of epic/orchestral/modern arrangements of all styles, but also as composer and artistic producer for all kinds of music (Metal, Rock, Pop, Classical, Opera, Folk, etc.) and mainly for all the media-related world (TV, Cinema, Videogames, etc.). I am actually selecting some top-level partners to offer and extend the services of my company to a worldwide level. More details about the same company and the new album will follow soon!”
Tesseract has posted another teaser trailer online for new album "Altered State," which is due out May 27th EU/28th US through Century Media Records. Check out the clip below. The album's track listing is as follows:
01. Of Matter - Proxy
02. Of Matter - Retrospect
03. Of Matter - Resist
04. Of Mind - Nocturne
05. Of Mind - Exile
06. Of Reality - Eclipse
07. Of Reality - Palingenesis
08. Of Reality - Calabi-Yau
09. Of Energy - Singularity
10. Of Energy - Embers More...
Hells Headbangers has announced July 13th as the international release date for Witch Cross' "Axe to Grind" album.
Mastered by Flemming Rasmussen (Metallica, Morbid Angel, Blind Guardian) and mixed by Chris Tsangarides (Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, Anvil), "Axe to Grind" is the band's first full-length of all-new material since 1984's "Fit for Fight," reissued last year.
The "Axe to Grind" track listing is:
1. March of the Vikings
2. Demon in the Mirror
3. Ride With the Wind
4. Metal Nation
5. Awakening-Pandoras Box
6. Axe to Grind
7. Bird of Prey
8. Lost Without Warning
9. Parl of the Machine
10. Chelsea 100
11. Beyond the Veil
Says guitarist Mike Kock, "Witch Cross is thrilled to be working with Hells Headbangers on the new album Axe to Grind. We were blown away with the work that Hells Headbangers did with the re-release of Fit for Fight and the boxsets etc. We couldn't ask for a better and more supportive label!" More...
After having released the band's first ever video clip for the song "Psuchagogia" in late 2012, AntropomorphiA returns to the front with a second clip from the album "Evangelivm Nekromantia."
The "Debauchery In Putrefaction" video can now be viewed in the player below. Metal Blade also comments:
"With an album banning hanging over their heads, the easiest road for the band to proceed with the project of a new videoclip would have been by providing the criticizers with exactly what they want: An overdose of gore balancing in between art and kitsch, stirring things up just the right amount. Instead, the band chose to take a different approach. Opposed to a gore obsessed videoclip, which would have been too easy, it was decided to leave a respectable amount of room for people's own imagination. Interesting to know what the very same criticizers would make of this in their own minds. AntropomorphiA once again worked with Maurice Swinkels for this video clip."
Vocalist/guitarist Ferry comments: "'Evangelivm Nekromantia' transcends further and represents much more than what critics call a gore based story, so to us the logical continuation to portray that story is one with a more darker view."
AntropomorphiA will be performing on Neurotic Deathfest 2013 and Extremefest 2013 in May. More live appearances will be announced in given time. More...
It's now more than a decade since Edenbridge first created a stir with the launch of debut "Sunrise In Eden" back in 2000. Latest album "The Bonding" sees the group from Austria underline its status in melodic metal and puts an end to the group's creative hiatus of almost three difficult years.
"We had to come to terms with a number of personal setbacks, which is why the production of the album took longer than originally scheduled," explains guitarist and main songwriter Lanvall, who among other things suffered the loss of his father due to suicide. In addition, Edenbridge underwent an unexpected line-up change: bassist Simon Holzknecht had to be replaced by Wolfgang Rothbauer (Disbelief, Zombie Inc.).
"The initial ideas were developed as early as 2010, immediately after the release of Solitaire, but due to our private trials and tribulations it took us until autumn 2012 to conclude the recordings for our new album," Lanvall looks back at taxing months marked by one ambitious goal: to complement the new album by a real orchestra in order to support the material's symphonic direction. "Our style has always had an unmistakably symphonic quality," says Lanvall, "so the only question was: how do we finance a big orchestra?" More...
After releasing a music video for the song "God Alone," Altar of Plagues has now posted the full "Teethed Glory and Injury" album online for streaming.
Check out the entire release via Pitchfork.com here. The track listing is as follows:
2. God Alone
3. A Body Shrouded
4. Burnt Year
5. A Remedy and a Fever
6. Twelve Was Ruin
7. Scald Scar of Water
8. Found, Oval and Final
9. Reflection Pulse Remains More...