Metal News for April 24, 2013
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35 news articles posted on this day.
Chilean band Silverjack has released third album "Apostando A Ganador" via Digmetalworld Records in the U.S. A music video from the album is also now in the works and will be made available in the coming weeks. In the mean time, check out the song "Disparo En Mi Cabeza" in the player below.
The album contains 9 tracks and many guest musicians such as Claudio Cordero and Victor Escobar (alto Voltaje), Elias Jaramillo (Los muertos) and Rocardo Tampier (No hay trato). The album's art work was done by Roberto Jaras and the track listing is:
1. Apostando a ganador
2. Disparo en mi cabeza
3. Demonio errante
4. El Control
5. Sin Dios ni ley
6. Golden ritz
8. El ultimo soldado
9. Corazones Negros More...
Belgium's renowned black metal outfit Enthroned has confirmed new live dates in Europe, including four festival appearances. Details are as follows:
26.04 - Wroclaw (Poland) - Club Liverpool
27.04 - Kraków (Poland) - Club Studencki Kwadrat
31.05 - Beograd (Serbia) - Darkness Rising Festival (with Emptiness)
29.06 - Barcelona (Spain) - Move Your Fucking Brain Extreme Festival
27.07 - Buze-Steenwijk (Holland) - Stonehenge Festival
03.08 - Spital am Semmering (Austria) - Metal Invasion Open Air Festival
08.12 - Newcastle-Upon-Tyne (UK) - Northumbria University
The band will be touring in support of latest full-length album "Obsidium," released in March 2012 on Agonia Records. More...
London-based quintet Purson is currently streaming debut album, "The Circle and The Blue Door," in its entirety via Spin.com here.
The 11-song album is set for an April 30th release via Metal Blade/Rise Above Records. Pre-orders of "The Circle and The Blue Door" are available via Metal Blade at this location. Purson will make the band's debut U.S. performances this fall with tour dates forthcoming. More...
Globe and Beast has checked in with the following announcement about parting ways with the band's bassist:
"Tonight, we are playing The Boom Tomb Room with heavy hearts. It pains us to announce that our childhood friend and long time bassist, Evan, is leaving Globe and Beast.
"In the midst of all of our excitement for the debut of Grandfather's Axe, Evan has decided to pursue a career opportunity that, unfortunately, does not include music.
"We will not attempt to fill Evan's shoes, but we are definitely moving forward as a four piece, and have every intention of extensive shows/touring and writing more tunes for you all. Wish Evan well, and say hello to the new beast." More...
Season of Mist is proud to announce the signing of Phoenix, Arizona noise innovator GOG. The label comments:
"Masterminded by Michael Bjella, GOG has toiled in the underground noise community for a decade, releasing records that have been widely respected and regarded as essential.
"GOG's latest album, 'Ironworks,' was released on vinyl in December of 2012 was recorded in a late 19th century/20th century blacksmith shop; the album is an ode to the death of the American dream."
Regarding the signing, Michael Bjella states: "I started GOG to explore the darker sides of thought and life. I want to create things without restriction and form that can transport people and possibly make them confront their own fears. Things that are truly dark but have contrast. To borrow a line from one of my favorite artists, in case there might be harmony, then it is the harmony of accident, of chaos. I’m not trying to make harmony. Season of Mist has shown that they are not afraid to push the envelope with challenging music and sound. With their support I will continue to do that in GOG and bring my ideas to a new and bigger audience, I'm beyond excited."
Tonight, GOG will be making a rare live appearance, opening for Bors at the Crescent Ballroom:
April 24 - Phoenix, Arizona - Crescent Ballroom w/Boris
Fan-filmed video footage of In-Graved, the new band led by Victor Griffin (Pentagram), can be seen in the video clip below courtesy of YouTube user arthanarius. The footage was recorded at the Roadburn Festival last Saturday, April 20th.
The band's debut self-titled album was released via Svart Records in Europe and Veritas Vinyl in North America. You can also hear "Thorn in the Flesh," another song from the album, at this location.
With the release of new album "Laws Of Motion" due May 11th, progressive metallers Opposing Motion have just unveiled an album sampler which gives a taste of just some of the sounds being offered on their expansive debut offering. Check out the sample clip below.
Division Records will continue to spread huge doses of hard music in the coming months, starting with a collaboration between Monotonstudio Records and Discouraged Records consisting of an LP reissue of "I, Gvlt Bearer," the first full length album by the Swedish act This Gift is a Curse.
You can stream the full album in the player below or over at Bandcamp. Division Records also coments:
"In a few words: a crushing experience, distilling all its influences in a new configuration of extreme aggression. Combining the hatred of early & raw black metal with the heaviness of modern & metallic sludge hardcore. Suffocating, dark, dense, rich and personal, this music is a new step in the revolution of extreme metal.
"You've been warned, hell is upon you all! The LP repress will be it the stores & distributors in june but in the meantime, a full-album stream is available right now." More...
Released for Record Store Day this past weekend, the new 7” from Lair of the Minotaur is now available direct from the band in extremely limited quantities -- act now or be forced to live with owning only a digital copy for eternity.
Those who purchase the Godslayer 7” direct from Lair of the Minotaur will instantly receive a free download of the tracks. You can stream the songs below, and ordering info is available at Bandcamp here.
Celebrating ten years of carnage, and being specifically being released as part of Record Store Day, the two-song "Godslayer" 7” is the first new material from LOTM since the 2010-released fourth full-length "Evil Power." The "Godslayer" track listing is:
1. Godslayer 04:14
2. The Black Heart of the Stygian Drakonas 04:03 More...
After months of searching and reviewing hundreds of applicants from around the world, Pentagram is excited to announce Matt Goldborough as the band's new guitarist. The following press release was issued by Metal Blade Records:
"Matt is a Philadelphia based musician, composer, and riff aficionado. Versed in many genres of music, Matt's experience outside of the heavy metal world brings a fresh yet classic approach to the band. His style hearkens back to the very origins of 'heavy metal' itself when heavy blues and psychedelic rock guitarists pioneered the genre in an attempt to harden rock and roll. This of course is exactly what Bobby Liebling and the original Pentagram line up did back in 1971.
"Having played in a bevy of bands on the East coast, Goldsborough is most recently known as part of the acclaimed Philadelphia rock band, The Great Unknown.
"His debut with the Ram Family, rounded out by Bobby Liebling on vocals, Greg Turley on bass guitar and Sean Saley on drums, was on April 16th, 2013 at the sold out show at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn, NY. If that gig wasn't special enough, the band performed songs not heard live in over 40 years! Inspired by a demand from the fans, Liebling and company pulled out rare gems, including 'Be Forewarned.' This track and more can be viewed now at Metalinjection.net."
Welcome Matt Goldsborough and Pentagram throughout the summer at the following appearances:
04/25 Berlin, DE Astra Desertfest 2013
04/26 Barroselas, PT Barrosela Metalfest XVI
04/28 London, UK Electric Ballroom Desertfest 2013
05/26 Baltimore, MD Former Sonar Compound - Maryland Deathfest 2013
07/25-28 TBA, Montana Farmageddon Records Music Festival
Polish traditional metal act Anti Tank Nun is streaming the new track "Under the Big Black Tent." The song appears on the band's upcoming sophomore LP "Fire Follow Me," which is scheduled for release on May 13, 2013 (Poland), May 27, 2013 (EU) and July 2, 2013 (North America) via Metal Mind Productions.
The track list for the album is:
1. First Spark
2. Fire Follow Me
3. Sake Crazy
4. Hurricane Kazz
5. Under The Big Black Tent
6. Iron Midget
7. Canal Street
8. Hanged Man's Diary
9. That One Who's Good...
10. Killing Times
Check out "Under the Big Black Tent" here: More...
Stone Sour’s new album House of "Gold & Bones Part 2" arrived last week debuting at #10 on The Billboard 200.
The "House Of Gold & Bones" saga, which follows a linear storyline written by singer Corey Taylor, has become a multi-media experience and to expand upon the narrative the mastermind himself, Corey Taylor, will be hosting a Reddit AMA tomorrow, Thursday, April 25th at 5:00PM ET / 10:00PM UTC.
Fans can log on to Reddit at that time and participate in a live Q&A with Taylor. Furthermore, the first issue of "House of Gold & Bones" (Dark Horse Comics) is available now. Written by Corey Taylor, the comic book follows and develops the story contained within the two part album, and features covers from Jason Shawn Alexander (Empty Zone, Batman, Abe Sapien). More...
Metal Blade Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Ensniferum:
"Finland's Ensiferum has spent the past 18 years honing the steel of their folk-infused battle metal auditory attack. Their albums are further bolstered by a live show that has become one of the most entertaining in all of metal. Proof of Ensiferum's status as one of the most vital bands in modern metal was made apparent through their headlining slot on this year's Paganfest USA tour. To further spread the band's music to a worldwide audience, Ensiferum has forged a deal with Metal Blade Records! The band inked the deal with Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel during the Paganfest USA tour, and all parties are enthusiastic about new music and new possibilities."
Bassist/backing vocalist Sami Hinkka comments: "We are really looking forward to our co-operation with such a great and legendary label as Metal Blade. The next full length album should be out in early 2015. We have already started working with the new songs and it's obvious that the next album will be another step ahead for Ensiferum. And now that we have united forces with mighty Metal Blade nothing can stop us! The next album is going to be something that will rock the very foundations of folk metal genre. More...
Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats is preparing to release a third full-length album titled "Mind Control," due out on May 14th via Metal Blade/Rise Above Records in North America.
Today the band has teamed up with NPR for an exclusive premiere of a new track from "Mind Control." Check out the stream of "Valley of the Dolls" right here.
Metal Blade Records issued the following press release about the band and new album:
"Imagine the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges, whilst sitting on murder charges and you may get a glimpse into their fuzzed up world of exploding tube amps and cymbal smashing mayhem. However, this enticing act of musical manipulation is merely the icing upon a very sick cake.
"Mind Control is a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes. What makes Mind Control scarier than most albums is that it doesn't seem as sinister on the surface as it really is deep down, within the core of its black acid-drenched world of pain and torture.
"Recorded at the legendary Chapel Studios over an autumnal full moon using the finest western electrical technology, engineer Jim Spencer (Bert Jansch, Robert Wyatt) has captured perfectly the bands live sound of saturated fuzz, mind-bending riffs and 60s vocal harmonies."
Belgian power metal act Iron Mask posted the first in studio footage for the band's upcoming 5th LP and follow up to "Black As Death" (2011). The yet untitled album will once again feature Mark Boals (Ring of Fire/Ex-Yngwie Malmsteen on vocals. In the first video, Ramy Ali lays down the drum tracks with guitarist Dushan Petrossi watching on.
The album's title, track list and release date is expected soon. Check out the footage here:
British thrashers Evile will release their new album, "Skull," on May 27th in Europe via Earache Records and on June 11th in North America via Century Media/Earache Records.
This follow-up to 2011's "Five Serpent's Teeth" was once again recorded with producer Russ Russell (Napalm Death, Dimmu Borgir) at Parlour Studios in Kettering, England. The artwork for the album was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, etc).
To hear your first preview of "Skull," check out "Underworld" via Decibel Magazine here or through the player below. The full album's track listing is:
3. The Naked Sun
4. Head of the Demon
6. Words of the Dead
8. What You Become
9. New Truths Old Lies More...
Hopes Die Last has added long time collaborator and friend Nekso as a permanent addition to the band's line up. Featured on the band's previous songs "Keep Your Hands Off" and "Here Comes Nero," Nekso will continue to contribute a seamlessly crushing element to the band's sound and vision.
Hopes Die Last has also just wrapped the filming for new video "The Hellbound" with Get Deluxe Director Tom Welsh (Architects, While She Sleeps, Your Demise). This will be the band's first release on a new label since parting ways with Standby Records.
Like on previous recordings, Hopes Die Last guitarist Marco Mantovani will be handling production duties. Look for pre-order bundles for their new EP and tour news in May. More...
Via the official Nuclear Blast Europe Facebook page, fans from all around the world had the chance to ask Children of Bodom their questions – and when Felix of Nuclear Blast met the band he forwarded them to Alexi and Henkka.
The second part of the video interview series is now available online and can be viewed below, or you can watch the first part right here.
The band's new album "Halo of Blood" will be released June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11th, 2013 (North America). The track listing is as follows:
1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. The Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep More...
Carnal Forge has checked in with the following announcement about returning from hiatus:
"Carnal Forge back in biz! Some of the names may have changed, but CF is back in full force to reclaim their position as one of the heaviest most hard hitting bands ever... and don't call it a comeback, these guys just took a pause... to gather their strength and focus on what's important.
"Back in the game is original founder Jari Kuusisto on rythm guitar and vocalist Jens C. Mortensen that sang on the latest highly acclaimed full length album Testify For My Victims. Long time strugglers Lars Lindén (bass) and Petri Kuusisto (lead guitar) are very happy with this line up and it is completed with Lawrence Dinamarca on drums (Loch Vostok, Bleeding Utopia). More...
After our premiere of "Wisdom Of The Asshole," Gaytheist has posted another new song online from upcoming album "Hold Me...But Not So Tight."
Check out the track "Elderly Assassin" via Puregrainaudio.com here. The new album is due out May 21st, 2013 and has the following track listing:
1. Starring in "The Idiot"
2. The Restoration
3. Stomach Pains
4. 60 Easy Payments
5. Dopple & The Gang
7. Spread 'em
8. Elderly Assassin
10. Contest of Competence
11. Wisdom of the Asshole
12. Into the Trap More...
Book of Job has posted the following announcement online about parting ways with bassist Chris Norris:
"Unfortunately, Chris has decided to part ways with BOJ. We would like to thank Chris for all of his hard work and dedication over the past year as our bassist, we wish him the best of luck on his future projects! We have a new bass player in the works, we will announce who is taking over very soon!" More...
Norwegian act Tristania will be releasing new album "Darkest White" this coming May 31st, 2013. The band has now posted a final studio report online with comments on all the tracks from the release. You can read the full report at the band's website here, and excerpts from the track-by-track breakdown follow:
"Darkest White is brutal in its nature, yet very catchy. The verses include quite harsh and distorted vocals by Kjetil and the growling takes over in the chorus. As mentioned in the last part of the studio report, we started the guitar recordings with this song. I remember flying high after listening to the new recording with the amazing guitar sounds Christer had created. The shouting choir in the chorus is a mixture of vocals by Kjetil and me. Like with all of these new songs, I love Tarald’s lyrics for this one. The title was early suggested as an album title. This is the first piece of music we have presented from the album. The feedback has been quite overwhelming.
"Himmelfall is the first Tristania song to date with a Norwegian title. The song features some amazing vocal performances by Mariangela and Kjetil. Kjetil does some really cool low-pitched lines in the verses and Mariangela shines in the choruses where she is doing really powerful stuff.
I think Himmelfall will be a great song to include in our live set. It has a nice heavy and bombastic feel that goes through the entire song. We started to rehearse a live version of it for the upcoming festivals, and it really sounds promising. More...
Airbourne has posted a new episode of the band's "Road Warriors" series online, discussing the band's rules while out on the road. Check out this latest clip below or catch the band live:
April 24 Stickyz Rock 'N Roll Chicken Shack, Little Rock, AR
April 27 Harrahs Cherokee Event Center, Cherokee, NC (with Shinedown)
April 30 Mohegan Sun Arena, Wilkes-Barre, PA (with Shinedown and Bush)
May 1 MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA (with Shinedown and Bush)
May 4 House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ (with Shinedown and Bush)
May 7 Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield, IL (with Shinedown and Bush)
May 8 Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee, WI (with Shinedown and Bush)
May 10 Jones Park, Gulfport, MS (Gulfport Music Festival)
San Francisco-based doom rockers Orchid posted a new music video for the song "Wizards Of War." The track appears on the band's new LP "The Mouths Of Madness," which is due out on 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
Check out "Wizard of War" here: More...
Humiliation, which was covered in the Malaysian edition of our "Unearthing the Metal Underground" column, has posted a new song online.
Check out the track "Phosphorous Shell" from upcoming album "Turbulence From the Deep" in the player below. Pre-orders are also available here, and the track listing is as follows:
1. No Return
2. Operation Obeo One
3. Phosphorous Shell
4. Calibrated Chaos
5. Bachok's Invasion
6. Sea Denial
7. Home Front
8. Total War
9. Order of Battle
10. The Deadly Double
11. Submerged At the Seabed (Outro) More...
Civil War will be releasing the "Saint Patricks Day" single this coming May 1st, and now the band has posted a teaser trailer online for the track, which can be heard below.
"Saint Patricks Day" will also appear on upcoming full-length "The Killer Angels," due out June 11th, 2013. The full track listing is:
1. King Of The Sun
2. First To Fight
3. Saint Patricks Day
4. Rome Is Falling
5. Sons Of Avalon
6. I Will Rule The Universe (streaming here)
7. Lucifer's Court
8. Brother Judas
9. My Own Worst Enemy
11. March Across The Belts (Bonus Track)
Reign of the Architect recently released new album "Rise" (due out May 14th in North America), and Metalunderground.com had the pleasure of premiering several tracks off the release, which can be heard right here.
The band has now checked in with the following statement about recruiting new guitarist Hanan Avramovich from Amaseffer:
"We'd like to welcome, in our midst, the awesome, the unstoppable, the unbelievable, the unpredictable, the unguarded, the untouchable, the unceasable and by the by an uber talented guitar player!
"You all know him. You all love him. He is a great friend, a gentle lover, unbelievably good looking, with massive, strong, muscular hands that play the guitar for Amaseffer (yes we manage to kidnap two out of them).
"We are more than happy and excited to have him on board on the ROTA mother-ship! With no further adieu: Mr. Hanan Avramovich!" More...
Nightfall has released a new music video for "Stellar Parallax," taken off the band's "Cassiopeia" album, available now through Metal Blade. Nightfall also comments:
"Stellar Parallax is yet another song inspired by astronomy. Symbolically the title refers to the different point of views people have and fight over.
"Understanding the true reasons someone's opinion is not identical to yours relieves you from the obnoxious feeling of disrespect and hate you may feel out of believing the other side is simply trying to deceive you."
Spanish brutal death metal act Christ Denied, reactivated in late 2011, has been hard at work on a sophomore album to follow the 1996 debut "...Got What He Deserved" and various split CDs.
This work has resulted in 8 new songs plus a cover Imprecation, which will be featured on the new album entitled "Cancer Eradication." The cover artwork for "Cancer Eradication" was created by Greek artist Gerasimos Kolokas and can be viewed below.
Recordings are almost finished and the album is expected to be released during the first days of June, right before the very first shows of the band in its history. Christ Denied will perform live, something unthinkable until Roger Infected joined the band. So far, the band has already been confirmed for three festivals for this year:
Jun.29 - Move Your Fucking Brain Fest (Barcelona/Spain)
Jul. 06 - Obscene Extreme Fest (Trutnov/Czech Rep.)
Oct.12 - Ritual Zombi Fest. (Madrid/Spain) More...
Finland's Battle Beast is streaming the radio edit version of the new track "Into the Heart of Danger." The song appears on the upcoming sophomore LP "Battle Beast," and features the band's new vocalist Noora Louhimo. The album scheduled for release on May 17, 2013 (May 20, 2013 in UK) via Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "Battle Beast" is as follows:
1. Let It Roar
2. Out of Control
3. Out on the Streets
6. Into the Heart of Danger
7. Machine Revolution
8. Golden Age
10. Over the Top
11. Fight, Kill, Die
12. Black Ninja
13. Rain Man
14. Shutdown (Bonus Track)
Check out "Into the Heart of Danger" here: More...
Italian hard rock act Voodoo Highway posted a new music video for the song "Wastin' Miles." The track appears on the band's upcoming new release "Showdown," which is scheduled to drop on April 26th (EU via Sony; USA via MVD; Canada via Universal) and April 29th (UK via Proper Music Group),
The video was directed by Ares Brunelli. Check it out here:
Swiss grind act Mumakil posted a trailer for the band's upcoming new LP "Flies Will Starve." The album is set for release on June 21, 2013 (Germany/Benelux), June 24, 2013 (UK/World) and June 25, 2013 (North America) via Relapse Records.
The track list is as follows:
1. Death From Below
2. Dawn Of Slugs
3. War Therapist
4. Fucktards Parade
5. Built Of Lies
6. Shit Reminders
7. Designed To Fail
8. Get Exorcised
9. Fresh Meat For The Grinder
11. Army Of Freaks
12. Hailing Regression
14. Wrong Turn
15. Let The World Burn
16. Piss Off
17. Waste By Definition
18. Unfair For Whom?
19. Bring Them To Ruin
20. Begging For The Obvious
22. Blind Disciples
24. Behind The Mask More...
Italian Symphonic metal act Rhapsody of Fire posted live footage of the song "Dawn of Victory." The song (the title track of the band's 2000 release) will appear on the band's upcoming live release "Live - From Chaos to Eternity," which is scheduled for release on May 3rd (EU) and May 7th (USA) via AFM Records. The album comes as a 2-CD digipak as well as a limited 3-vinyl set.
Check out "Dawn of Victory" here:
Italian power metal act Great Master, featuring Helreið vocalist Max Bastasi, is streaming the track "Medieval Steel." The song appears on the band's latest LP "Serenissima," which was issued this past December via Underground Symphony Records.
Check out "Medieval Steel" here:
Montreal's blackened folk act Valfreya posted a new music video for the acoustic version of the track "Beyond Illusions." The track originally appeared on the band's debut LP "Path to Eternity," which was issued in 2012 via Maple Metal Records.
Check out "Beyond Illusions" here: