Metal News for April 23, 2014
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A behemoth is something gigantic. The word also pertains to a hippo (a gigantic creature) being described in the bible. Both of these usages can be applied to Poland's black/death creation of the same name. Their music is large and lyrically looks to the Bible's antagonist, Lucifer, for inspiration. In terms of touring and selling albums, Behemoth has become a giant in the extreme metal market. Part of this can be attributed to touring. Part of their success can be attributed to their merchandise and on-stage visuals. Another facet of their success, obviously, is putting out good records.
In their early days, Behemoth played a major role in defining Eastern Europe's black metal scene. Midway through the band's career, they started moving into death metal territory in the vein of U.S. bands such as Morbid Angel and Deicide. The last couple of albums including recent hell blazer "The Satanist" showcase a black/death approach with a greater philosophical bent in the lyrics and epic transitions. I was fortunate to catch their act on the Metal Alliance tour. Their set was mired in theatrics--horned masks, face paint, fire and elaborate back drops. While the band has always wore costumes while performing, they bring so much more than the armor and corpse paint of the last show I caught in 2009.
Before playing in front of a 1,000 or so people at Emo's in Austin, Texas, I stepped onto Behemoth's bus to chat with bassist, Orion. In the following interview, he breaks down how the band worked on aspects of "The Satanist" such as working with artists and video production companies to get the proper visuals for the album art and forthcoming videos. He talks about the band's set list, touring cycle and making it in the United States. More...
Last year Red Bull Music Academy made history with Drone Activity In Progress, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that took the best and loudest avant-garde artists, mixed them together in a giant door-factory-turned concert venue in Queens, threw in three larger-than-life sound systems, passed out earplugs, and watched what ensued. Drone Activity In Progress was hailed by critics from The New York Times to The Fader, who called the show a “near-perfect noise show.”
This year, Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York has done one better with Hardcore Activity In Progress, taking place on Friday, May 16, 2014. Like last year, the spectacle will go down at the Knockdown Center in Queens, Nuit Blanche will again deliver an unparalleled multi-sensory experience, and Roberta’s Pizza will provide refuge outside for those trying to escape the overpowering intentional noise bleed. But this year, the event will blow open the doors genre-wise, showcasing a sampling of the most extreme recording artists in metal, techno, jazz, classical, noise, hip hop and beyond. It’s a showcase of music that exists at the extremes of their genres, and as such, here’s a guide to the diverse artists playing the event.
The lineup is as follows:
Tim Hecker (Experimental Music)
Skullflower (Drone Rock)
Napalm Death (Grindcore)
Lubomyr Melnyk (Classical)
The Thing (Jazz)
Bastard Noise (Powerviolence)
Wolf Eyes (Noise)
Okkyung Lee (Classical)
Yoshiko Ohara (former front woman of Bloody Panda; Vocal Music)
Joe McPhee/Chris Corsano (Jazz)
Reg Bloor (Noise)
Gnaw (Noise) More...
Finnish battle metal outfit Turisas will return to North America this week with co-headliners (and fellow Finns) Korpiklaani for the fifth installment of the Paganfest America Tour. Turisas is touring in support of latest album "Turisas2013" (reviewed here).
Also joining the two titans will be Chthonic (Taiwan), Varg (Germany), and Winterhymn (USA). See below for all confirmed dates.
April 25 - Empire - Springfield, VA
April 26 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
April 27 - Theater of Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
April 28 - Irving Plaza - New York, NY
April 29 - Imperial - Quebec City, QC
April 30 - Metropolis - Montreal, QC
May 1 - The Opera House - Toronto, ON
May 2 - Alrosa Villa - Columbus, OH
May 3 - Mojoe's - Joliet, IL
May 4 - Skyway Theater - B - Minneapolis, MN
May 5 - Zoo Cabaret - Winnipeg, MB
May 7 - The Republik - Calgary, AB
May 8 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
May 9 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
May 10 - Toxic Lounge - Portland, OR
May 11 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
May 12 - Ramona Mainstage - Ramona, CA
May 13 - House of Blues - West Hollywood, CA
May 15 - Summit Music Hall - Denver, CO
May 16 - The Riot Room - Kansas City, MO
May 17 - Harpo's - Detroit, MI
May 18 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA
New York hardcore icon Harley Flanagan is currently in the process of recording his newest LP to be released on Southern Lord later this year.
With his musical roots tracing back to the beginning of the 1980s, Flanagan was involved in NYC punk act The Stimulators before even hitting his teens. In the mid-'80s he founded the legendary hardcore/crossover act, The Cro-Mags, directly after which the band releasing the seminal "Age Of Quarrel" LP.
At the beginning of the millennium, the artist formed his own Harley's War and released debut album, "Cro-Mag," in 2002. Flanagan and several other players recently started laying down the basic tracks for the impending yet-to-be-named album, which will close the extensive twelve-year gap since the band's initial works were released.
Flanagan commented on signing with Southern Lord and the ongoing recording process of the new material: "I think that this is some of the hardest stuff I have written in a long time. God knows there has been a lot of inspiration over the last few years."
Southern Lord owner Greg Anderson this week stated on the upcoming release: "The demos we have heard thus far are incredible! We're really looking forward to hearing this when it's completed."
Minnesota power metal outfit Noble Beast is pleased to announce the addition of Andrew Rasmussen as the band's new drummer. While he is primarily known for his work in black metal band Astral Blood, Andrew is excited to be working with Noble Beast. He had the following to say about his new role:
"I’m very excited to be joining Noble Beast as their full time drummer. I have spent many years of my life always playing in more Black Metal type bands so needless to say I was pretty skeptical at first when Rob had originally told me they were searching for a full time drummer. But then after listening to the four tracks Rob sent me I was blown away! This is new and exciting for me, and I've had a fucking blast playing the music."
Noble Beast also states: "A lot of things drew us to Andrew—his chops, his easygoing personality, our shared love of Disillusion—but more than anything else, it was his enthusiasm for Noble Beast that made him The Guy. Andrew is just as committed as we are to building Noble Beast's future. Together, we're going to make Noble Beast the best band it can be." More...
Pittsburgh, PA tech death metal machine Kamikabe has released a playthrough video for the song "Nefarious," which comes from debut full-length "Aberration of Man," released in August 2012 via Unique Leader Records. Check it out below.
The band offered this brief update to go along with the playthrough clip: "Something to gnaw on while you wait for new material. Jake Smatana left us in 2013. We have since recruited Dave Kirsch on bass, and have begun writing for our next album."
Following the release of "Aberration of Man," Kamikabe hit the road in the Fall of 2012 for an East Coast Headline run with fellow heavy hitters Rivers of Nihil supporting. In Spring 2013, Kamikabe took part in the Bloodletting North America tour, which featured Gorod, Inanimate Existence and Vale of Pnath. Immediately following the Bloodletting tour, Kamikabe had to deal with some shifts in line up which sidelined the band for the remainder of 2013. More...
Gloom: a new, heretofore unknown band from Washington DC, will be releasing a self-titled EP this year. The track "Unrequited" can now be heard below, courtesy of MetalSucks.net. The following press release was also issued about the band:
"Not to be confused with the Japanese crust punks of the same name, Gloom is that rare metal band that uses its technical prowess to create supremely memorable songs. Precise and concise, gloriously efficient, the tracks that comprise Gloom's debut wow with their musicality and their simplicity, making their deadly points in an average time of 3 minutes each. Gloom frontman Bill Calomiris names Suffocation and Gorgoroth as his biggest inspirations. Add to that mix some Down or Crowbar, and the skeleton of the Gloom sound takes shape."
In the words of MetalSucks: "The band's genre-bending brand of towering, savage blackened death groove is so overwhelming, so powerful, it's guaranteed to do things to your head: get stuck in it, and completely fucking obliterate it."
The "Gloom" EP, set for a June 24th release, was produced by Marshall Wieczorek, drummer of Victory Records outfit Wretched. The cover art was created by Steven Mercado (Dillinger Escape Plan) and the track listing is as follows:
3. Iron Tongue
6. Chromosomal More...
I See Stars has debuted a new live performance video for the track "Ten Thousand Feet," which comes off latest album "New Demons" and can be seen below.
Don't miss I See Stars on the "Red, White & Black Tour" with Like Moths To Flames, GhostTown and Razihel now through May 17th:
4/23 - Albany, NY @ @ Upstate Concert Music Hall
4/24 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
4/25 - Providence, RI @ Simon's 677
4/27 - Lawrence, MA @ Claddagh
4/29 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
5/01 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora
5/02 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Sunset Hall
5/03 - Peoria, IL @ The Brass Rail
5/04 - Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson
5/06 - Pensacola, FL @ Handlebar
5/07 - Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
5/09 - Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
5/10 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Respectable Street Cafe
5/11 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
5/13 - Elizabethton, TN @ The Bonnie Kate Theatre
5/14 - Greensboro, NC @ Greene Street
5/15 - Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy's
5/16 - Baltimore, MD @ Sound Stage
5/17 - Allentown, PA @ Croc Rock More...
In preparation of the forthcoming new long player from Salt Lake City outfit Dwellers, The Obelisk is pleased to offer up teaser track "Son Of Raven." Give it a listen over at this location.
The broody tune comes by way of the band's "Pagan Fruit" full-length, which was recorded and engineered by Andy Patterson (SubRosa, Catholic Girls) at The Boars Nest, mixed by Eric Hoegemeyer (Luder) at Tree Laboratory in Brooklyn, and mastered by Chris Goosman (Sasquatch, Five Horse Johnson, Lo-Pan) at Baseline Audio Labs in Ann Arbor, Michigan,
"Pagan Fruit" will be available for consumption via Small Stone on May 6th, 2014. The track listing is:
1. Creature Comfort
2. Totem Crawler
3. Return To The Sky
4. Rare Eagle
5. Son Of Raven
6. Devoured By Lions
7. Spirit Of The Staircase
8. Waiting On Winter
9. Call Of The Hallowed Horn More...
Guitarist Marty Friedman has unveiled the music video for “Inferno,” the title track from his new album due out in North America on May 27th.
The concept for the clip — directed by Friedman and David Brodsky (Devin Townsend, The Black Dahlia Murder) — was inspired by a television show in Japan, where Friedman currently lives and is a popular TV personality himself.
Says Friedman “The music video for ‘Inferno’ is an homage/parody of one of my fave Japanese TV shows, ‘Zenryokusaka‘ (‘Full Power Hill’). It’s a weekly five-minute show where the entire premise is absolutely nothing but a girl running up a hill. Each week a different girl, and a different hill. I am hooked on this show, and think it is genius in its simplicity and ever-so-slight sexual nature. It took me a while to explain the charm of the show to the video director, but I think towards the end of making our video together, he got it. It’s like many things that happen outside the culture you were born in; you either get it and it’s fresh or you don’t and it’s just weird.”
The “Inferno” album was recorded mostly in Los Angeles with engineer Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Children of Bodom) and mixed by Jens Bogren (Opeth, Amon Amarth). Featuring notable guest appearances and collaborations with acts including Rodrigo y Gabriela, Jason Becker, Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom), Dave Davidson (Revocation) and Danko Jones, the album features what Friedman describes as the heaviest and most intense playing and writing of his career. More...
Enfold Darkness has launched a crowd funding campaign to record an upcoming album. You can find all the perks and contribute to the campaign at IndieGoGo.com here. The band also comments:
"After three years of writing, we are finally ready to record our sophomore studio effort. The recording process starts in two weeks when we make our way to North Carolina to track drums with the legendary Jamie King.
"We are asking for contributions from our fans to help make this record a reality. The funds received will go toward covering the cost of drum recording and upgrades to our recording rig. Below is a taste of our new material served up demo-style." More...
After previously revealing the first details for an upcoming new record, the Swiss folk metal leaders in Eluveitie now announce a European tour in support of the successor to "Helvetios."
Commented the band: “In September, 2013, our massive 'Helvetios world tour' came to a well-deserved end - after just over 200 shows, spread over 3 continents and including over 30 countries, it was time begin work on new music for you. Now, after half a year off the road, we have completed our new album and it is time to announce the first European leg of our next tour. In tow we will have our most elaborate work yet, and the determination to bring you the most memorable Eluveitie show to date. See you soon in a town near you!“
Alongside Eluveitie will be Russian folk metal outlet Arkona and Icelandic Viking metal formation Skalmold. Dates are as follows: More...
More than a year has passed since the release of Suffocation's "Pinnacle Of Bedlam." Now the New York extreme metal outfit has announced a return to Europe this summer.
After last years extended “Despise The World European Tour,” Suffocation will be playing several club shows, along with a handful of festivals.
Joining Suffocation for the upcoming road shenanigans will be Denver, CO-based thrashers Havok and Ohio metallers Skeletonwitch. Commented Suffocation on the tour:
“Suffocation will be tearing up Europe again this summer! Our powerhouse tour will have the relenting speed and thrash of Havok and brutal tones of the one and only Skeletonwitch. We hope you all come to the gigs and blow off some much needed aggressions and show how much you love speed, thrash and death metal!!!! Looking forward to seeing you all at the festivals and club shows this summer!” More...
Suicide Silence will release "You Can't Stop Me" - the band's first album to feature new vocalist Eddie Hermida (ex-All Shall Perish) and the first since the death singer Mitch Lucker - on July 11th (Europe), July 14th (U.K.) and July 15th, 2014 (North America) via Nuclear Blast Entertainment.
"You Can't Stop Me" was produced and mixed by Steve Evetts, who worked with the band not only on "The Black Crown," but also on some instrumental demos just prior to Mitch's passing in 2012.
“The long and short of it is this,” explains guitarist Mark Heylmun. “Mitch left behind a set of lyrics with the title You Can't Stop Me. This gave us chills to say the least and we knew we had the title and title track. This filled us with inspiration for writing sessions to empower us and empower you, the supporters of Suicide Silence. More...
Today, the entirety of Velnias' celebrated "Sovereign Nocturnal" is being streamed below, courtesy of Zero Tolerance magazine.
Released last week in Europe by Eisenwald (and May 6th in North America), this deluxe reissue of "Sovereign Nocturnal" is available on both gatefold LP and CD formats. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Hailing from Colorado, Velnias came into being in late 2006 and established themselves by force of steady and captivating live performances throughout the years, be it single concerts and rituals or tours with the likes of Agalloch, Mournful Congregation, or the recent EU appearances with Kampfar.
"Originally issued in 2008 and published under several different pressings since then, this reworked reissue of the band's Sovereign Nocturnal debut comes with deluxe packaging and new stunning artwork. With three songs and a total running time of over 40 minutes, Sovereign Nocturnal is widely described as a harmonic combination of sorrowful black metal with a sprawling doom atmosphere, combined with elements of folk & moody acoustic passages.
"Their musical foundation, with intertwined tracks of long, brooding atmospheric monuments and feral-yet-fragile riffs with healthy traces of folk, manages to invoke the sense of a moonlit forest and the spirits within, nature's majesty and humanities irrevocable demise." More...
Process Pain has released a video clip for the title track to "Outcast of Society" (available below), and the band comments:
"What happens when the tour bus breaks down on the road? You shoot a music video! But what are Jedi's doing on the video and where does the homeless man disappear? All this becomes clear (maybe) from our new music video for the song 'Outcast of Society.'"
Process Pain's debut album "Outcast of Society" will be released May 9th, 2014 via Inverse Records. The track listing is as follows:
01. Life Beyond Reasons
02. Outcast Of Society
03. Words Of Respect
05. Steal The Grail
06. Walls Of Liars
10. Final Escape More...
Chilean band Baldur has released a music video for the track "Gates Of Thorbardin," which comes off the upcoming new album "Blood & Thunder."
The video was directed by Carlos Toro of Abyscmo Producciones and it tells the story of Enano Chane Canto-rodado and all his work to save a town from a massacre. Check it out below.
The album "Blood & Thunder" was recorded by Ignacio Lucares at L-Mental Studios in Rancagua, Chile, in December. The album contains 11 songs total, including a previously unreleased track, recorded at Ricardo Rosson's studio in 2012, as bonus. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Blood and Thunder
2. At the Gates of Valhalla
4. Faris’s Journe
5. Unholy Ritual
6. Winter Wind
8. Beyond the River
9. Espers Crying
10. The Gates of Thorbardin
11. Bonus track More...
Xandria released a music video for the new track "Nightfall." The video premiered over on Metal Insider at this location (also shown in the player below). The song appears on the new album entitled "Sacrificium," which will release via Napalm Records on May 2nd (G/A/S, FIN & Benelux), May 5th (EU), May 6th (North America) and May 7th (ESP/SWE/NOR).
"Sacrificium" sees the debut release with new vocalist Dianne van Giersbergen (Ex Libris). The track list for the album is:
3. Dreamkeeper (see lyric video)
5. The Undiscovered Land
7. Until The End
8. Come With Me
9. Little Red Relish
10. Our Neverworld
11. Temple Of Hate
12. Sweet Atonement
Check out "Nightfall" here: More...
Season of Mist is proud announce the signing of Spain’s progressive metal outfit Obsidian Kingdom.
Founded in Barcelona in 2005, the band self-released the concept album "Mantiis – An Agony in Fourteen Bites" in 2012 (which is still available for streaming over here). Obsidian Kingdom comments:
"Obsidian Kingdom is no longer an independent band. We have come to this hard resolution having one and only one thing in mind: to keep making music for you. Because we want you to know about us if you don't already. We want to be able to play in your town or very near. We want you to spin our records without having to pay inflated shipping prices. And we would rather invest our limited and valuable human resources in making music, not in bureaucracy.
“...From now on, we will be working side by side to bring our music to your ears in the best and most efficient way possible, starting with the long-time demanded re-issue of our debut album, ‘Mantiis’, which will happen in the autumn. In the meantime, we are already writing more music for you to bask in... Wish us luck on this brave step, and we will repay you a thousand-fold!”
In addition to the forthcoming new album, Season of Mist will reissue Obsidian Kingdom's "Mantiis" later this year. More...
Luxembourg black/thrash outfit Dreadnought has released a new two-track digital single online. You can download the songs at Bandcamp here or stream them below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Vanitas 04:59
2. Old City 05:22
German symphonic metal act Neopera posted a teaser clip for the band's upcoming debut album "Destined Ways." The album is set for release on July 11th via earMusic. The band previously released the lyric video for the track "The Marvel of Chimera," which can be heard at this location.
Check out the preview clip here: More...
Los Angeles power rockers revealed details on the upcoming new release "Legions of the Brave." The album is set for release on May 30th via Pure Rock Records (a division of Pure Steel Records). Over the band's 20 year history, they have self-released two albums to date: "Ninth Circle" (2000) and "The Power Of One" (2008).
The third album "Legions Of The Brave" combines symphonic Heavy/Power Metal and melodic Hard Rock with a great technical guitar work. A spherical keyboard meets pushing double basses, while some guitar solos (“All or Nothing” for example) reveals a closeness to the sensitive feelings of a Ritchie Blackmore (represented with a strong cover of "Stormbringer” ...). Catchy riffs are also present on the album, as well as AOR influenced parts.
The track list for the album is:
1. Arcturus Rising Part 1
2. After The Rain (see music video)
3. All Or Nothing
4. Living On The Sun
5. The Quickening
6. Legions Of The Brave
7. Arcturus Rising Part 2
8. Grinding The Bastards Down
9. Going Home
10. In Evil We Trust
12. The World Burns Away More...
Cannabis Corpse has announced the band's first album via Season Of Mist will be titled "From Wisdom To Baked," and the release is due out in North America on June 24th (June 20th worldwide).
Chicago power/progressive act Ion Vein has announced that the upcoming new studio album "Ion Vein" will be released on July 4 in Europe and July 8 in North America, via Mortal Music/MVD Audio in both CD and digital formats.
The long awaited follow up to 2003’s "Reigning Memories" was once again produced, recorded, and mixed by Neil Kernon (Judas Priest, Nevermore, Redemption) and is the first full length album with vocalist, Scott Featherstone, whom the band first debuted on the "IV v1.0" and "IV v2.0" three song digital EPs released in September 2011 and December 2012 respectively. Additionally, the six songs from those EPs have been re-mixed/re-mastered for inclusion on the full album.
The new album, will feature 12 songs varying in dynamic intensity, shows the band re-tooled, re-focused and re-energized – in a way that it captures the essence of their song-oriented and technically-skilled metal very well. Also, the top notch production drives these pounding, meaty canvases – from the opening track "Fools Parade" to the closer "Twist of Fate" – that cut into the very core of your soul, while breathing new life into today's world of music.
For a taste of the new album, check out the stream of the new track "Seemless" here: More...
Castle is streaming the new track "Pyramid Lake" from the upcoming third album "Under Siege." The album is due out on May 19th via Prosthetic Records.
The track list for "Under Siege" is:
1. Distant Attack
2. Be My Ghost
3. A Killing Pace
4. Pyramid Lake
6. Labyrinth of Death
7. Temple of the Lost (see music video)
8. Evil Ways
Check out "Pyramid Lake" here: More...
Danish groove metal act Scamp is streaming the new track "The Boys From Dead Soul Road." The song appears on the upcoming sophomore full length album "The Deadcalm," which is set for release on June 10th via Scarlet Records.
Scamp features ex-Mnemic vocalist Michael Bøgballe. The track list for "The Deadcalm" is:
1. The Broken 20/20
2. The Boys From Dead Soul Road
3. Existence Status Zero
6. Silent Inferno
7. Edge of Devastation
8. No Surrender
9. The Longing
10. Emotional Psycho Release
12. The Deadcalm More...
Origin of Zed has issued the following announcement about releasing an album and stream a new song online:
"We finally have a release date for our debut album 'Origin of Zed.' Please everybody remember the 25th of July!
"We will publish our first album as limited digipack (including an exclusive bonus track), jewel case and vinyl (standard black as well as limited red and green colored vinyl). Big thanks to Aural Attack!
"And on top of all that, we reveal a second song from this record. This is the opening song - SILENT IMPACT!" More...
Canadian outfit Shooting Guns has issued the following announcement about providing a score for an upcoming movie:
"We just scored a movie soundtrack! It's been hard keeping this a secret for the past couple months but we're extremely thrilled to announce that we composed the cinematic score for WOLFCOP!
"This movie was written, directed, and filmed entirely in our home province of Saskatchewan so we couldn't be happier to be a part of this.
"We'll keep you posted on the film's details, forthcoming vinyl soundtrack, and the after party events following the première (WolfCop will screen at Cineplex Odeon cinemas across Canada on June 6th)."
Firewind/Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Gus G. released a new music video for the track "Eyes Wide Open." The song features the guest vocal performance by Mats Levén (Candlemass/Therion) and appears on the new solo album "I Am the Fire," which is available now via Century Media Records.
The video was produced and directed by Patric Ullaeus. Check it out here:
Italian progressive metal act Noveria released the new music video "Downfall." The song appears on the upcoming debut album "Risen," which is set to drop on June 10th via Scarlet Records. "Risen," features 9 challenging songs in a style the band likes to call “catastrophic” metal. The album was recorded at VDM Studios in Rome, Italy and mixed/mastered by renowned producer and musician Simone Mularoni (DGM, Empyrios) at Domination Studios in San Marino, Italy. Mularoni also performed a guest guitar solo on the track "Fallen From Grace."
Noveria consists of vocalist Frank Corigliano, Francesco Mattei (former member of Baton Rogue Morgue) on guitars, keyboard wizard Emanuele Casali (DGM, Astra), Omar Campitelli on drums and Andrea Arcangeli (DGM, Solisia) on bass guitar.
The artwork (shown below) was created by Simone Bertozzi (Mnemic, Empyrios). More...
Innzmouth has uploaded the bonus track "Crowned With Abnormality" online, which will appear on the upcoming re-issue of "Lovecraft's Dreams." The new edition of "Lovecraft's Dreams" will soon be available via Le Crepuscule Du Soir.
Italian progressive doom act The Foreshadowing is streaming a cover of the Game of Thrones track "The Rains of Castamere" (original music written by Ramin Djawadi and George R. R. Martin). The song was recorded and mixed while the band has been working on a new album, which is expected for release by the end of 2014.
Check out the track here:
German folk metal act Equilibrium is streaming the new track "Karawane," which appears on the upcoming new album "Erdentempel." The album is set to drop on June 6th (EU), June 9th (UK) and June 10th (USA) via Nuclear Blast Records.
Mastermind René Berthiaume states: "We are happy to be giving a second insight into the upcoming album 'Erdentempel,' after 'Waldschrein' with 'Karawane' now. The stomping song is about cohesion, conviction and hope. This somehow fits perfectly to us. I think you can tell by now already how versatile the album turned out, since every song is full of surprises!"
Just recently couple of weeks ago, the band announced that brother/sister team, Andreas Völkl (guitar) and Sandra van Eldik (bass) split with the band. No replacements have yet to be announced.
The track list for the album is:
2. Was Lange Währt
5. Uns'rer Flöten Klang
7. Heavy Chill
8. Wirtshaus Gaudi
9. Stein Meiner Ahnen
12. The Unknown Episode
Check out "Karawane" here: More...
Jon Oliva's Pain, fronted by the Mountain King Jon Oliva (Savatage/T.S.O.), has announced that the band's new guitarist will be Bill Hudson of Circle II Circle. The announcement from the band's Facebook Page reads:
"Welcome our new guitarist, Bill Hudson
"Bill has the toured the world alongside the likes of VITAL REMAINS, NIGHTRAGE (filling in for OZZY OSBOURNE's guitarist, Gus G), CIRCLE II CIRCLE, EMPHATIC, CELLADOR, POWER QUEST and many others. He is a world-class guitar player and truly a welcome addition to the JOP lineup. We are very much looking forward to rehearsals in the coming months. PP is going to awesome!
"Cheers one and all...more news as it happens."
Hudson's first live performance with the band will be the headlining set at ProgPower USA XV this September, when the classic Savatage album "Streets" will be performed in its entirety. On that note the band states: "We have decided that the sold-out ProgPower Festival in Atlanta will be our only show this year. Glenn and the fans wanted a very special once in a lifetime show and we feel it is only right that we give them want they demanded."
In addition, the band has also posted an update on the new material and follow up to the 2010 album "Festival." The new material is said to be the heaviest and darkest material from Oliva to date:
"Lots going on in the JOP camp. We are reviewing more complete demo's for the new album. Lots of very heavy and dark material for sure...." More...
German gothic metal act Down Below released a new music video for the track "Lauf." The song appears on the band's latest album "Zur Sonne – Zur Freiheit," which is available now through Oblivion Records. The song will also be released as an extended EP on May 2nd.
Check out the video here:
Glenn Harveston, promoter for ProgPower USA, has announced that San Francisco's Thought Chamber has been forced to pull out of this year's festival to be held from September 10-13th, 2014 in Atlanta Georgia.
The following announcement was made by vocalist Ted Leonard: "Ted Leonard here….We regret to announce that, due to my scheduling conflicts, Thought Chamber will not be able to participate in ProgPower USA 2014. I feel terrible about this, but have had unforeseen commitments arise that unfortunately cannot be changed. We are truly honored to have been invited to perform at ProgPower USA. Glenn Harveston has built one of the best progressive metal festivals in the world, and we hope that Glenn will forgive our unforeseen cancellation and allow us to return in the future. This was totally unexpected, and evidence that I've completely overloaded my plate. I would like to personally and publicly apologize to Glenn Harveston, my band mates, and to any ProgPower USA fans that may have purchased tickets solely to see Thought Chamber."
Harveston has named the replacement act as Greek progressive metal band Need. The band released the latest album "Orvam - A Song for Home" in January. As a preview, check out the track "Mother Madness" from the album here: More...
Polish metal act Exlibris, featuring Night Mistress vocalist Chris Sokolowski, posted a music video for the track "Follow the Light." The song appears on the band's latest release "Humagination," which is available now through Metal Mind Productions.
Check out "Follow the Light" here:
Dutch symphonic metal act Epica announced a fall European tour for the upcoming new release "The Quantum Enigma" (see review here). Support will come from French industrial metal act Dagoba.
Confirmed dates beginning on November 20th are as follows:
20-11-14 Kulturfabrik, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
21-11-14 La Laiterie, Strasbourg, France
22-11-14 X-TRA, Zurich, Switzerland
24-11-14 Alcatraz, Milan, Italy
25-11-14 Orion, Rome, Italy
26-11-14 Le Moulin, Marseille, France
28-11-14 Shoko, Madrid, Spain
02-12-14 Apolo, Barcelona, Spain
03-12-14 Bikini, Toulouse, France
04-12-14 Rocher de Palmer, Bordeaux, France
06-12-14 The Forum, London, United Kingdom
29-01-15 L'Olympia, Paris, France More...
Portuguese death 'n' roll act We Are The Damned is streaming the new track "Dreams Under Surveillance" from the upcoming new release "Doomvirate." The album is set for release via Lifeforce Records on the following release schedule:
May 23rd, 2014 (Europe, digital worldwide)
May 26th, 2014 (UK, rest of Europe)
May 27th, 2014 (North America)
The track list for the album is:
1. Ghastly Humans
2. Dreams Under Surveillance
3. Revealing Morality
4. Rain of Spikes
5. Soul Entropy
7. The Threshold
8. Macabre Expedition
10. Flight of the Phoenix More...
Italian symphonic metal act Sleeping Romance, featuring Synthphonia Suprema members Federico Truzzi (guitars), Lorenzo Costi (bass) and Francesco Zanarelli (drums), released a new music video for the track "The Promise Inside." The song appears on the debut release "Enlighten," which is available now via Ulterium Records.
Check out the video here:
In 2011, Former Nightwish vocalist Tarja Turunen teamed up with former Rage drummer Mike Terrana for the "Beauty & The Beat" live performance - which consisted of interpretations of classic music pieces ranging from Bach to Mozart to Rossini as well as rock classics from Queen, Led Zeppelin and Tarja. In spring of 2013, the team toured throughout the world, from Poland to Russia to Mexico.
As a celebration of the tour, the new live release "Tarja Turunen & Mike Terrana - Beauty & The Beat" will be made available on 2CD/DVD/Blu-ray and digital download. Pre-orders can be made for: 2CD, DVD and Blu-ray.
"Beauty & The Beat" is something very different than your ordinary rock show, let alone your ordinary classic concert. It's music played in an unorthodox manner, it's the performance of a wide range of classical pieces and rock songs together with an orchestra and choir. It strikes you with awe. The music ranges from immortal classic pieces by Bach, Strauss and Mozart to Rossini, but doesn't neglect pure rock music like songs from Led Zeppelin, Queen as well as Tarja's own pieces. All combined with orchestra and choir with more than 100 musicians on stage, an enormous sound, energetic drums and Tarja's angelic voice.
Tarja and Mike complement each other musically. Whereas Mike bangs his drums with rock attitude, Tarja shines with her crystal clear voice and incredible stage presence; all lulled with the warm, full sound of an orchestra.
Tarja Turunen explains: "The idea of having a symphonic orchestra, choir and Mr. Terrana on drums was originally mine. Mike has done a recording with drums over classical pieces that I think it is great. I immediately imagined it performed live on a stage with a real orchestra as a part of a bigger concept. I believe this kind of combination of instruments, particularly playing mainly classical music, is very unique. I have been making collaborations with orchestras before and I could foresee a great outcome. More...