Metal News for April 25, 2012
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As previously announced, long running Christian act Styper is about to embark in a string of select dates worldwide starting May 10th at Tailgaters in Bolingbrook, IL just outside of Chicago. The band has now added several additional dates to the run, which includes shows all the way up to November. The dates are listed below, and the following press release was also issued:
"Looking back over the past 25 years, Stryper is considered to be a groundbreaking act on all accounts. They are one of the first Christian rock bands to achieve unprecedented success in the mainstream. Their 1986 album To Hell With The Devil is listed among CCM’s '100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music' and the band’s popular power ballad 'Honestly' became a Billboard Top 20 hit and reached number 1 on MTV.
"Their pop-rock hit 'Calling On You,' also entered MTV’s top 10, simultaneously with 'Honestly' being one of the first bands to have two top 10 videos on MTV. Even as recent as 2010 and 2011 Stryper found their way once again on the Billboard Charts with their albums Reborn, Murder by Pride and The Covering."
5.10.12 Tailgaters Bolingbrook, IL (Chicago)
5.12.12 M3 Festival Columbia, MD
5.17.12 House of blues Dallas, TX
5.18.12 House of blues Houston, TX
5.19.12 Santa Fe Station Las Vegas, NV
5.24.12 BB Kings New York, NY
5.25.12 Showcase Live Foxborough, MA
5.26.12 Rock Junction West Greenwich, RI
6.01.12 The Marque Tempe, AZ
6.02.12 Speaking Rock Casino El Paso, TX Special Guest Stephen Pearcy/ RATT
6.03.12 El Corazon Seattle, WA
7.06.12 Seaside Festival Risoya, Norway
7.07.12 Gulbranna Festival Halmstad, Sweden
7.28.12 HalfwayJam Royalton, MN
9.19.12 Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima, India
9.22.12 DDSC Dimapur, India
11.16.12 Poliedro de Caracas Caracas, Venezuela
11.17.12 Complejo Ferial Bicentenario Barqusimeto,Venezuela
Calgary's sonic duo Mares of Thrace released sophomore album "The Pilgrimage" this week via Sonic Unyon Metal, and now the first video to be crafted for the album is available.
The visual depiction of the album's diverse fourth track "The Perpetrator," the video was filmed and directed by iHartVideo. MetalSucks has presented the debut of the action-packed video, which the band describes as "one of the filthiest, most vitriolic videos of the season," right here.
Exclaim! Magazine is also still hosting a stream of "The Pilgrimage" in its entirety here.
Mares of Thrace will take to the road across North America for a solid month in conjunction with the release of "The Pilgrimage" next week as well, the first show taking place only two days after the album's release. More...
The Acacia Strain is pleased to announce the band has self released a new song on iTunes and Amazon.com today entitled "Servant In The Place of Truth." With The Acacia Strain's recent signing to Rise Records, the band wanted to put out something new in between labels for fans to enjoy. A preview of the song can be heard via Amazon.
"As you can see, we aren't changing at all, only working harder to write the best tunes that we are proud of that the fans enjoy." states guitarist Daniel "DL" Laskiewicz. "We are really stoked on this song and are glad people are liking it."
The band will continue to write and will be recording over the next few months with a release scheduled for October on Rise Records. Daniel "DL" Laskiewicz will be producing, engineering, and mixing the album in his studio in Western Mass. The band just got off of a weeklong run that ended at the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival.
Now that the band members are home, they have their first get together this week to get the ball rolling for this new release. Vocalist, Vincent Bennet says "You all love DL, so it makes sense for us to go ahead and do the album this way and keep it heavy right from the source of where this all comes from. We are still here, talking to you, doing what we have always done. This is such a great time for this band, you have no idea."
California act Workhorse released the band's debut LP, "Fire Before All," earlier this year. The band has now posted the entire album online for streaming, which can be heard in the player below or via Bandcamp. The track listing is as follows:
1. Seven Circles
2. New Age
4. For Which We Stand
5. End Line
6. The Eye
9. Emperor More...
Today the metal-loving web moguls at MetalSucks premiere Havok's rendition of “Arise” by Sepultura. The tune comes off the band’s forthcoming new EP titled "Point Of No Return" (reviewed here).
Set for release on May 22nd in North America, the EP was recorded by the band with final touches by James Murphy (Death, Testament) and contains two new thrash hymns and two cover tracks: the aforementioned Sepultura cover and a Havokeded version of Slayer’s “Postmortem/Raining Blood.”
Josh Barnett has posted the first two videos in a three part interview series with Goatwhore after the band's gig at the legendary Whisky-A-Go-Go in Hollywood.
In the video below, Goatwhore's Sammy talks about Trv Kvlt underground black metal, James talks about his perfect gig and what that would entail, and Ben talks artwork, tattoos, and the new record "Blood For The Master" (reviewed here).
Brotherhood of the Lake will be releasing the "Desperation Is The English Way Vol.1" album on May 28th, 2012. A teaser trailer has also been posted online and can be viewed below. The track listing is as follows:
1. It's Meant To Hurt
2. Hard To Bear
3. Black Hearts
4. Black Knives
5. The Desperation
6. The World To Me
7. Too Bleak
9. You'll Never Dream
10. Hope For Nothing More...
California hardcore act The Ghost Inside will release third album, "Get What You Give," on June 19th. Check out the album’s trailer, which features new music from "Get What You Give," in the player below.
The Ghost Inside is currently streaming the song “Outlive” via the Epitaph Soundcloud page here. You can also listen to the song after the jump.
"Our new album is musically, lyrically and vocally our best album to date," says frontman Jonathan Vigil. "After spending two years on the road following the release of our last album (Returners), we've developed a true sound for our band. We really pushed ourselves to the limits to create something we can honestly be proud of and to prove that in life, you're always going to Get What You Give."
Polish female-fronted traditional heavy metal act Crystal Viper will release new album, "Crimen Excepa," in Europe on April 27th. The concept effort about holy inquisition, black magic and witches, where fiction is mixed with historical facts, was produced by Bart Gabriel.
The new song "Medicus Animarum" is available for free download now for short time through AFM Records by clicking here.
Marta Gabriel of Crystal Viper will be special guest of the Keep It True Festival (27 & 28.04.2012, Lauda-Konigshofen, Germany). She will be signing the new album & free Crystal Viper posters at the Gabriel Management/Skol Records booth.
"Crimen Excepta" will feature two special guests: David Bower, vocalist of Hell will appear in the title track, while Vader mainman Piotr "Peter" Wiwczarek will be heard in the cover version of the Vader song "Tyrani Piekiel," which will be available as the bonus track on the limited edition of the album. More...
Obsidian Sky is currently at Lambesis Studios recording the band's next album, working under the direction of producer Daniel Castleman. The forthcoming album from Redglare Records will be the Atlanta metal band’s first full-length album and will debut this fall.
Lambesis Studios is owned by As I Lay Dying’s front man Tim Lambesis, and it is the place where the Grammy-nominated metalcore band records albums. Once a private studio, Lambesis Studios is now open to a limited number of bands. Obsidian Sky is currently there for a full month of recording, living and working on site.
Castleman has been an engineer on all of As I Lay Dying’s albums and a longtime collaborator with Lambesis. Now, Castleman has the opportunity to work with the burgeoning Obsidian Sky. More...
Belgium's oppressive death metallers Emptiness, featuring members of Enthroned, have released a video for the track "It and I," taken from their newest full-length "Error." The video, which was shot in the band's own Blackout Studios, can be viewed below. "Error" is now available on Dark Descent Records, featuring nine tracks of death/black noise with a layout done by Brussels-based Blackout Media>
Battle Beast has posted a tour blog online from the European part of the "Imaginaerum" world tour with label mates Nightwish. Episode 1 of the tour blog contains the trip from Helsinki to Düsseldorf, including backstage and on-stage video footage and lots of inappropriate behavior. The clip can be viewed below, and the shows featured in the episode include:
10.4.2012 - Gothenburg, Lisebergshallen (S)
11.4.2012 - Copenhagen, KB Hallen (DK)
13.4.2012 - Amsterdam, Heineken Music Hall (NL)
14.4.2012 - Düsseldorf, ISS Dome (D)
The upcoming Battle Beast shows are as follows:
25.04.12 I Milano - Forum
27.04.12 A Vienna - Gasometer
29.04.12 H Budapest - Budapest Arena
30.04.12 CZ Prague - Tesla (T-Mobile Arena)
01.05.12 D Leipzig - Arena
03.05.12 D Hamburg - o2 World
05.05.12 D Nürnberg - Arena
06.05.12 D Stuttgart - Schleyerhalle More...
Finland's Overhead will be releasing the new album "Of Sun and Moon" on June 30th, 2012. A teaser trailer for the album can be viewed in the player below.
The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Lost Inside 2
3. An Afternoon of Sun and Moon
7. Last Broadcast
9. Angels and Demons
Australian grindcore band The Mung is streaming a few songs from its recent second album "Showering In Shit," which was released on Rotten Roll Rex Records. The album contains one more song than the band's debut "The Splatter Sessions" for a total of eight songs that clock in at seventeen minutes. Two of the new tracks, "Crappy Nappies Make Me Happy" and "Pee On Me Amputee" are streaming below or at Reverbnation, with a third track, "Post-Op Cock Slop" posted over on YouTube. More songs from The Mung's first album can be found over on MySpace. The Mung calls its music "southern gore slam" and hails from Melbourne.
Today Metal Blade TV airs an exclusive interview with Six Feet Under front man/death metal veteran Chris Barnes as conducted by Metal Blade CEO Brian Slagel. The clip comes in anticipation of the band's forthcoming new full-length, "Undead." The following press release was also issued:
"With an updated lineup featuring Barnes alongside guitarist Rob Arnold (ex- Chimaira), longtime guitarist Steve Swanson (ex-Massacre), bassist Jeff Hughell (ex-Brain Drill, ex-Vile), and drummer Kevin Talley (Dying Fetus, Misery Index, Chimaira), Undead finds the band revitalized and spewing forth some of their most uncompromising, provocative and plainly scathing tunes of their career. Undead was produced by Mark Lewis (Deicide, Devildriver), mixed by Jason Suecof (Whitechapel, Job For A Cowboy), at Audio Hammer Studios in Sanford, Florida and is scheduled for North American release on May 22, 2012 through Metal Blade Records."
Having recently announced their official partnership with Southern Lord, Swedish crust lords Martyrdod this week proudly unveil the details on, as well as hurl forth the planet's first listen to, their foreboding new full-length, "Paranoia."
The ninth of eleven tracks forming the scathing Paranoia, "Köttberg" is one of the most direct tracks on the album, showing the world the band's straightforward d-beat oriented style with crushing strength. Rip it up to Köttberg" through an exclusive premiere via Pitchfork, right here.
Set for North American CD/digital release on May 22nd, with the vinyl version to follow on June 19th, "Paranoia" is the first of several Martyrdod recordings slated for release via Southern Lord. More...
In preparation for their upcoming European tour, the djentlemen from Vildhjarta have been practicing and fine-tuning their set list. To give fans a behind-the-scenes look, the band has now posted a rehearsal video of the track "All These Feelings," which can be viewed below.
Veil of Maya, Betraying the Martyrs, Struc/tures, and volumes will join Vildhjarta on the "European Eclipse" 2012 tour. A complete list of tour dates is available below. More...
Finland's Carnal Demise has posted a music video online for the track "Flatline Fever," which is taken off the band's self-titled album. Check out the video below, and the album's track listing is as follows:
1. Flatline Fever
2. Dead End Stare
6. The Pulse of the End
7. Knives and Nails
8. True Fallacy
9. Sleighride More...
Baroness will release the new album "Yellow & Green" via Relapse Records on July 17th, 2012. The album's cover artwork can be viewed here, and the track listing is as follows:
1. Yellow Theme
2. Take My Bones Away
3. March to the Sea
4. Little Things
7. Back Where I Belong
8. Sea Lungs
1. Green Theme
2. Board Up the House
3. Mtns. (The Crown & Anchor)
6. Psalms Alive
8. The Line Between
9. If I Forget Thee, Lowcountry More...
Swedish traditional metal band Katana recently premiered the new track "Kubilai Khan" from its upcoming album "Storms of War." Katana is now streaming another song from the album, "The Gambit," which you may listen to below. "Storms of War" will be out on June 19th and was produced by King Diamond guitarist Andy La Rocque. After Katana's debut album "Heads Will Roll," the band toured with Where Angels Suffer (the band featuring former members of W.A.S.P. Chris Holmes and Stet Howland) and Lizzy Borden.
Swedish deathcrust metallers Bombs of Hades have revealed the album artwork and track listing for the upcoming brand new second full-length album entitled "The Serpent's Redemption."
The album cover for "The Serpent's Redemption" was conceptualized by Polish illustrator Rafal Kruszyk, whom had previously worked with bands such as Interment, Hooded Menace, Machetazo, Cianide, etc to name a few.
The track listing is as follows:
1) Crawl Away And Bleed Forever
2) Darkness, My Soul
4) The Serpent's Redemption
5) Forgotten In Graves
6) Incubus Descending
7) Skull Collector
8) Scorched Earth
Part 1: Into Chaos
Part 2: The Throne Of Flesh
Part 3: Rapture More...
Before the Swedish metal powerhouse went to Asia and Australia to present the latest album ”Khaos Legions” (reviewed here) for an ongoing world tour, Arch Enemy found time to finish the 3rd video for ”Under Black Flags We March.” The video was once again produced by the Swedish director Patric Ullaeus (In Flames, Dimmu Borgir, etc.) and is the first video to feature the new guitarist Nick Cordle (from the US band Arsis) who replaced Chris Amott earlier this year.
The video is being premiered worldwide through the website of Metal Hammer Germany. Watch the video at this location or in the player below.
Michael Amott (guitar) comments on the video: ”It was a pleasure as always to work with our friend Patric Ullaeus on this video, which will be the fourth clip he's made for us and he really is a consummate professional – truly excellent stuff! He's captured a very suitable and cool vibe on this one too. The track itself, ’Under Black Flags We March’, is a song that we've played at every Arch Enemy show since we released the 'Khaos Legions' album last year, we love playing it as it's a change of pace in our frantic live set and it's going down really well with audiences worldwide too.
"We felt this pounding metal anthem deserved a visual companion, so here it is! A couple of things to listen out for: we had a our new guitarist Nick Cordle throw down a little lick on the song and had audio master Andy Sneap remix the song a little… So, a few minor tweaks here and there to make it something special for this visual/sonic assault! Under Black Flags We March!” More...
Massacre Records has issued the following announcement about the impending release of the new album "The Void" by Deride:
"Have you marked April 27th in your calendar yet? You should because Deride's new, third album will be released on Friday and will be available for a special newcomer price! 'The Void' was mixed and mastered by Bjørnar Erevik Nilsen at the Conclave Studio in Bergen, Norway, and combines doom, power and modern metal with stoner rock. The album will feature 10 songs with titles such as 'Dead To Me,' 'Lesson Learned,' and 'I Rage.'"
The track listing for "The Void" is as follows:
02. I Rage
03. Dead To Me
04. Bloodred & Black
05. Only One
07. All Must Be Revealed
08. Soul Depart
09. Devil In Me
10. Lesson Learned
Allegaeon will be headlining the upcoming Bay Area Metal Festival 2012. The festival organizers commented:
"We are proud to announce that we have confirmed Colorado based Allegaeon as our Bay Area Metal Festival 2012 headliner. Allegaeon will be at the helm of a 17 band line up filled with bands from around the world. We are excited to bring such a talented act back to the Bay Area and couldn't think of a better way to finalize an already solid line up."
Allegaeon is set to release the band's new album "Formshifter" on May 8th via Metal Blade Records. Visit this location to pre-order, listen to new music and see behind-the-scenes studio videos.
After three long torturous years, death metal titans Cannibal Corpse return to Australia for a sarcophagic frenzy of sordid and demented proportions. Set to commence on October 4th, the band will ravage five cities — Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth — in support of new full-length "Torture" (reviewed here).
The upcoming Cannibal Corpse tour dates are as follows:
Australian "Torture" Tour
10/4/2012 Fowler’s Live – Adelaide
10/5/2012 Billboard The Venue – Melbourne
10/6/2012 The Metro Theatre – Sydney
10/8/2012 The Hifi – Brisbane
10/9/2012 Capitol – Perth
U.S. tour w/ Exhumed, Abysmal Dawn, Arkaik
4/25/2012 Jake’s – Lubbock, TX
4/27/2012 The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
4/28/2012 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK w/ Behemoth, Watain, Exhumed
4/29/2012 Newby’s – Memphis, TN
4/30/2012 Exit In – Nashville, TN
5/1/2012 Zydeco – Birmingham, AL
5/2/2012 Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL
5/3/2012 Double Down – Gainesville, FL More...
Sweden’s eclectic metal troupe Diablo Swing Orchestra will release a third full-length in North America, "Pandora’s Piñata," on May 22nd via Sensory Records, with Candlelight Records handling the album in Europe. The band recently posted a new single online titled "Vodoo Mon Amour," and the following press release was also issued about the album:
"An eclectic mash up of metal, opera, swing jazz, tango, and spaghetti western soundtrack, the music Diablo Swing Orchestra creates is unlike that of any other group on the planet. The message of DSO has expanded its way through an incredibly devout fanbase developed over years of infiltrating viral markets dominated by open-minded musical thrill seekers, in addition to prominent live gigs on several continents over recent years, and fans of their incredibly unique, technical, ambidextrous groove are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Pandora’s Piñata.
"The follow-up album to their acclaimed 2009-released Sing Along Songs For The Damned And Delirious, also released via Sensory, Pandora’s Piñata finds Diablo Swing Orchestra expanded into a massive eight-piece lineup, with the permanent addition of two horn players. The new album is a smörgåsbord of different levels of musical insanity building on the foundation laid down on their previous album. And as always the musical mayhem is fronted by the glass shattering voice of Annlouice Loegdlund, a metal queen at night but a trained opera singer by day, her incredibly infectious and professional range setting the rest of the incredibly layered tunes alive with vibrant flames of originality. More...
U.K. black metal band Deuteronomy, which experienced several delays before being able to record vocals for an upcoming release, has now checked in with the following update on the new album's progress:
"Greetings everyone. Tomorrow the vocal recordings start officially at our own studio in order to avoid cooperating with sub humans and face more delays again.
"Finally the HQ Drum Video will be uploaded really soon since it's ready. Stay tuned!"
While waiting on recording footage and the final new album, check out Deuteronomy's music over at the band's MySpace page.
Anger As Art recently completed the mixing process for the band's upcoming fourth album "Hubris, Inc." Anger As Art's Steve Gaines and Rob Alaniz have now checked in with the following track-by-track commentary of the album:
Hubris Inc. (Gaines, Alaniz): This was once the intro to the song ’They All Fall Down’ (from Disfigure, 2009). *However, a great decision to leave it off, for 2 reasons. 1.) One day I was griping about the place I work at… and blurted out “I work at Hubris, Incorporated.” Rob Alaniz answered back immediately “That’s the album title.” And, how appropriate that he found that spoken word piece to go with it. 2.) By waiting to release this, I had greater inspiration for the guitar solos. If we had released it 3 years earlier, it would not have had the same impact.More...
Dutch act Alerion has issued the following announcement about the band's upcoming first live shows with a new vocalist:
"On April 27th and 28th, you will have your first chance to see us play live with Laura on vocals. To add to the flavour of these shows, we will also debut a new song. The new song 'Entrapment' clocks in at nearly 12 minutes and consists of two parts which are both musically and lyrically probably best described as a small story.
"'Entrapment - I - Caged', is a short, mellow and piano dominated song. It envisions a young girl kept in a golden cage, who dreams of breaking free, and sets the scene for part two.
"'Entrapment - II - Escape', launches the story into a 10+ minutes long progressive metal song, with all kinds of guitars, keys, melodies, solo's, interludes and riffing, topped off with vocals by Laura. The story tells of how the girl became entrapped and is now breaking free of the visible ánd invisible bonds of her captor.
"Come to see us on April 27th or 28th to check it out for yourselves. ;) See our gigs section on our website for details."
Anathema released the band's ninth studio album "Weather Systems" (reviewed here) earlier this week. The band has now posted a teaser trailer for the release online, also featuring information on upcoming tour dates, which can be viewed below.
"Weather Systems" is the follow-up to 2010's "We're Here Because We're Here" (reviewed here). The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Untouchable, Part 1 (6:14)
2. Untouchable, Part 2 (5:33)
3. The Gathering of the Clouds (3:27)
4. Lightning Song (5:25)
5. Sunlight (4:55)
6. The Storm Before the Calm (9:24)
7. The Beginning and the End (4:53)
8. The Lost Child (7:02)
9. Internal Landscapes (8:52) More...
Palms is a newly formed Los Angeles based quartet featuring three former members of ISIS (Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Jeff Caxide) with Deftones' vocalist Chino Moreno.
"Clifford, Jeff and I started Palms a little over a year ago out of a desire to continue making music together after ISIS ended," explained Harris. "Chino joined shortly after and our sound took shape from there. We've worked really hard on this first release and are excited for people to hear it. It's nice to be back behind the drum kit, and with this line up."
"Being a huge ISIS fan I've always dug the moods these dudes convey with their sound," added Moreno. "I am excited to combine my sense of creativity with theirs, and to have fun doing so."
Palms' debut album will be issued by ISIS' former label, Ipecac Recordings, and is slated for a 2012 release with a release date to be announced soon. The album was recorded and mixed by Harris, and produced by Palms.
Palms is Jeff Caxide (bass/keyboards), Aaron Harris (drums), Clifford Meyer (guitar/keyboards) and Chino Moreno (vocals).
Yesterday saw the release of "Anhedonia" from Australian act Teramaze, and Pure Grain Audio is now hosting an exclusive full album stream here. The following press release was issued about the band:
"Whilst loosely befitting the genre of thrash metal, the music of Teramaze conjures such adjectives as, 'innovative,' 'progressive,' and 'groove-laden,' but most notably, 'engaging.' Keeping the fundamental elements of metal alive in their music, Teramaze pushes metal into unchartered waters with guitar work that is incendiary and powerfully aggressive vocals that drive the song.
"The album Anhedonia was produced and mixed by Dean Wells and mastered by Lasse Lammert (Alestorm, Stuck Mojo Halcyon Way) Anhedonia is a critique of modern man's diminishing ability to experience life's simple pleasures. Teramaze has been creating tidal waves on its native shores of Australia with its explosive live performances and is ready to bring its music to the masses on the world stage." More...
French black metal act Merrimack posted additional in studio footage from the band's recording of the fourth LP "The Acausal Mass." The band recorded the new release at Necromorbus Studio in Stockholm, Sweden from March 9-31, 2012. The album is scheduled for release on June 22, 2012 through AFM Records.
Check out the video here:
Romanian groove/death metal band Loudrage has finally posted the official video it has been filming for the song "Fear Me," which comes from the band's latest demo album "Pungent Roots." The video is part of the upcoming documentary "Buried Metal" by Israeli director Gilad Ratman, a project involving five Romanian metal bands: Loudrage, Indefiance, Krepuskul, Open Fire and Fading Circles. "Buried Metal" is set for a late 2012 release.
Chimaira's full live show from the O2 Academy, Oxford on their "Age of Hell" tour has been posted online. You can watch the video below. (Note that camera audio begins at 1:46.)
Chimaira O2 Academy Oxford - The Age of Hell Tour:
The band, which underwent major lineup changes last year, recently posted a rehearsal video with the new bassist and guitarist.
Swedish metal band Grand Magus is streaming the edit version of the title track from the band's forthcoming sixth full length LP "The Hunt." The album is set for release on May 25, 2012 (EU) and June 5, 2012 (North America) through Nuclear Blast Records.
The track listing for "The Hunt" is as follows:
1. Starlight Slaughter
2. Sword Of The Ocean
3. Valhalla Rising
4. Storm King
5. Silver Moon
6. The Hunt
7. Son Of The Last Breath Part I: Nattfödd Part II: Vedergällning
8. Iron Hand
Check out "The Hunt" here:
Finnish melodic metal band Bloodred Hourglass posted a new music video for the song "Above All." The track will appear on the band's first full length release "Lifebound," which is scheduled for an August 2012 release via Spinefarm Records. The band previously self released three EP between 2008-2010.
Check out "Above All" here:
Finnish band Lordi announced that they have found a new drummer following the tragic loss of Otus a/k/a Tonmi Lillman in February. The new member's real and fictional identity have not yet been revealed. The following announcement was posted on the band's official website:
Lordi has got a new drummer. His character’s name will not be revealed yet and he will be simply called ”the drummer” for now. The mask and the costume are kept to the minimum, but enough to fit him visually in to the band for the upcoming shows.
'We don´t want to introduce a new character yet, because we feel it is still way too close to the time when our drummer Otus passed away. Making any kind of fuss about a new member would simply be too disrespectful. However, we need a drummer in order to play. And since we are Lordi, no-one will ever perform in the band as himself, without a character,' Mr. Lordi states.
'So, the new drummer does have a mask and his costume is more than a t-shirt and jeans, but this is not the outfit of the actual character yet. We could say he is in disguise. The name and the look of the character will be revealed at the same time when the whole band comes out with new costumes and masks. This happens traditionally before a new album comes out,' Mr. Lordi continues.
There are no official photos of the new drummer yet and it also looks like there will not be any before the character will be officially introduced. The new drummer can be seen for the first time in Italy, at Metalitalia.com festival on May 5th, 2012.
German thrash legend Kreator posted a lyric video for the title track and first single from the band's forthcoming LP "Phantom Antichrist." The LP is scheduled for release on June 1, 2012 through Nuclear Blast. The single was released on April 20, 2012 and features the cover of Iron Maiden's "The Number of the Beast."
The track listing for "Phantom Antichrist" is as follows:
1. Mars Mantra
2. Phantom Antichrist
3. Death to the World
4. From Flood into Fire
5. Civilization Collapse
6. United in Hate
7. The Few, the Proud, the Broken
8. Your Heaven - My Hell
9. Victory Will Come
10. Until Our Paths Cross Again
Check out "Phantom Antichrist" here: