Metal News for April 28, 2014
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28 news articles posted on this day.
Svart Records is pleased to announce the signing of Peace Killers, a band of aging misfits with oversized amps and egos. The label comments:
"Attempting to revive rock's filthy past and stumbling drunkenly down its darkest paths. Peace Killers have released two self-financed digital EPs in 2013, and are currently preparing to start recording the debut full-length album, which will be released in late 2014 by Svart. As a preview, 'Young Man's Shoes' is a track taken from their second EP, and can be heard below.
"Before forming, the musicians comprising Peace Killers shared a combined experience of almost 40 years gigging and recording in the Northern California punk and hardcore scene. Their style of writing is swift, intuitive, and improvisational. The result is an early metal sound with a DIY punk ethic.
"They boast a second lead guitar that creates a 3D effect in the band's blues-based sound, inspired by the twin guitars of legends like Thin Lizzy and Iron Maiden. Apart from those names, influences include the Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath, Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, UFO, Melvins, Fu Manchu, Queens of the Stone Age, Red Fang, Witchcraft, and KISS." More...
With its official detonation now less than twenty-four hours away, the crypt keepers at Metal Hammer bring extreme metal fans the sordid sounds of "The Barren Throne," the latest long player from Iceland-based death metal leviathans, Beneath! Hear all the tracks below.
Centered lyrically and conceptually around the idea of inevitable self-consumption, the follow-up to 2012's "Enslaved By Fear" marks Beneath's first release with new vocalist Benedikt Natanael Bjarnason, who joined the lineup last June.
The album's massive production was achieved by the Wieslawski brothers of famed Hertz Studios in Poland (Behemoth, Dead Infection, Vader, Decapitated). More...
Swiss doom metal outfit Pylon is very excited to announce the debut single and video from forthcoming album "Homo Homini Lupus," coming out this Summer on U.S. label Roxx Records.
The debut track is entitled "Saligia" and is the first to showcase the vocal talents of Jordan Cutajar (Nomad Son) who is currently fronting the band for this effort. A music video for the track is available below.
With Cult of Luna & God Seedout together on European Tour, Indie Recordings approached select artists about remixing tracks from the two bands. Indie Recordings comments:
"The results have been astonishing. From dark drone to heavy beats, to a club mix of God Seed and even a trip to the Cult of Luna circus... We’ve had what can only be described as an eclectic mix come back to us.
"Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be releasing tracks on to the Indie Recordings Youtube page. To start things off, we have two Cult of Luna remixes, and one God Seed. ‘Passing Through’ has been experimented on by Petrels, Poland’s Whalesong have given us their spin on ‘In Awe Of’, whilst God Seed have had ‘Lit’ re-worked by rising Spanish progressive metal act Obsidian Kingdom." More...
Spanish outfit Kevlar Skin has released a new music video, which can be seen below. The clip is for the title track to the new album "Transmigrator," released via Eclectic Productions. You can also hear more music from the band over at Facebook here.
New outfit No Man's Land started in the spring of 2014 and has members from acts such as Thunderstone, Warmen, Northern Kings, and Kiuas. No Man's Land consists of:
Pasi Rantanen - Vocals
Antti "Colonel" Wirman - Guitar
Mirka Rantanen - Drums
Time Schleifer - Bass
Jari Pailamo - Keyboards
Drummer Mirka Rantanen comments: "I wanted the playing to be fun. Any kind of ego boosting and dictatorial band leading would be totally out of the question. I also wanted to make the kind of music, which would be close to my heart and which I knew the other musicians like too."
What is the sound of No Man's Land? You can find that the band's music is motivated strongly by the 1980's hard rock and heavy atmosphere, where you can hear the echoes of the genre’s long-time favorites such as Whitesnake, Dokken, and Mr. Big.
"In this band everyone is the songwriter, involved in the making of the songs and music, their ideas are listened to and tried out in the rehearsal room," Rantanen says.
No Man's Land is currently in the studio working on demos, with details on a full album forthcoming.
"I had in my mind exactly this line-up and I was hoping that all would agree with this. What's better, they shared my passion and agreed. I feel schoolboy enthusiasm towards No Man's Land and I believe that the good feeling is passed on to the songs and listeners," Rantanen says with a smile. More...
Norwegian outfit Alien Ken has released a new music video for "Cleanse My Claws," which can be seen below.
"Cleanse My Claws" is taken off the band's new album "Contact," which has the following track listing:
1. Content is King 04:32
2. Wrath of Noro 03:43
3. Fall at my Feet 03:33
4. Cleanse my Claws 03:57
5. Two Bad 03:49
6. Glitter Rambo 03:51
7. The Drifter 04:00
8. Mirrored 03:57
9. She 05:35
Brisbane, Australia outfit Road To Ransome has released the "Animus" album, which is now available online for streaming. Check it out below, and you can find more info on the band at Facebook here. The track listing is as follows:
02. The Forest
04. Slipping Into Eternal (feat. Beth Lucas)
05. The Wise One
08. Key Crafter
09. The Harvest
11. Exitus More...
Swedish melodic rock outfit H.E.A.T has launched a video for the song "Mannequin Show," which can be seen below.
"Mannequin Show" is taken from H.E.A.T’s new album "Tearing Down The Walls," which is the follow-up to the 2012 album "Address The Nation." The new album was recorded with Grammy-award winning producer Tobias Lindell. You can also catch H.E.A.T. live:
06.05.14 Berlin -- C Club (GER)
07.05.14 Frankfurt -- Zoom (GER)
08.05.14 Stuttgart -- Universum (GER)
09.05.14 Milan -- Rock n' Roll Arena (IT)
10.05.14 Pratteln -- Mini Z7 (CH)
12.05.14 Antwerp -- Kavka (BEL)
13.05.14 Cologne -- Luxor (GER)
14.05.14 Uden -- De Pul (NL)
16.05.14 London -- Garage (U.K.)
17.05.14 Newcastle -- Academy 2 (U.K.)
18.05.14 Glasgow -- Cathouse (U.K.)
19.05.14 Manchester -- Academy 3 (U.K.)
05.07.14 Barcelona -- Rock fest BCN (ES)
09.08.14 Alicante -- Leyendas del Rock festival (ES)
24.10.14 -- Nottingham -- Firefest (Headliner) UK
Hudson Valley metal outfit Roargh! has posted a trailer for sophomore EP "Second Helping," which will be released on May 24th. The trailer includes the EP's intro track "Lacerations" and can be found below. The track listing for "Second Helping" is as follows:
3. Fast Food Run
4. War-torn Limbs
5. Lessons In Humility
6. A Long Hard Look At Life
7. Unholy Mantra
After the "Dangers Of The Human Libido" album and a split with Hemorage, Feral Depravity is back with a new single titled "The Cunt Song." Listen to the band scream at you for being a right cunt below!
The Spanish doom metal trio in Aathma today unveils the new 12" EP "Deadly Lake." You can stream the full release below, or pick up your own digital copy for 1 Euro at this location.
The vinyl will be released shortly by Aatham and the following underground labels: Nooirax Producciones, Sacramento Records, Odio Sonoro, Discos Macarras, & Marchalenta Recs. The track listing is as follows:
1. Deadly Lake 12:58
2. Valpur 09:26
3. In the deep dark woods 02:41
4. G.O.D. 08:01 More...
Sacramento, CA modern death metal juggernaut The Kennedy Veil has released a new video clip of guitarist KC Childers performing a play through of "In the Ashes of Humanity."
The track is taken from the crushing debut album, "Trinity of Falsehood," which saw release on January 21st via Unique Leader Records and is available for streaming here. You can also catch the band live:
06/06 - The Red House - Walnut Creek, CA (w/ Aegaeon, The Zenith Passage) More...
Brother Firetribe, the melodic rock outfit from Finland featuring Nightwish guitarist Emppu Vuorinen - has revealed a brand new video for the single "For Better Or For Worse." See the clip below, courtesy of Metal Insider.
The song is taken from the group's third studio album, "Diamond In The Firepit," due out May 5th in the UK, May 2nd in Europe, and June 3rd in North America, all via Spinefarm Records.
"Diamond In The Firepit" is the band's first full-length release since "Heart Full Of Fire" (2008). The track listing is as follows:
02. Love's Not Enough
03. Far Away from Love
04. For Better or for Worse
06. Edge Of Forever
07. Hanging by a Thread
08. Trail of Tears
09. Winner Takes It All
10. Tired of Dreaming
11. Reality Bites
12. Close To the Bone
Singer Pekka Ansio Heino spoke about the band's upcoming release: "We're thrilled to be back in action after 5 years which seems like a life time! We wouldn't be THIS thrilled if the new album hadn't turned out be exactly how we wanted it to be. It's just as bold, big, polished, hooky and sticky as we pictured it. A lot of hard work was spent making it happen and now it's time for the best part of making music; taking it out and playing it live. We can't wait to meet our old friends again and hopefully make some new ones along the way. Hope you enjoy Diamond In The Firepit. Thanks for still being there and sorry for the delay, let's have some serious fun!" More...
Midwestern metal cult Wolvhammer has put the final touches on a third studio full-length, and today unveils the album's details.
The core of Wolvhammer - vocalist Adam Clemans (Shaidar Logoth), guitarist Jeff Wilson (Abigail Williams, Chrome Waves, Doomsday, ex-Nachtmystium), and drummer Heath Rave (ex-Across Tundras) - infiltrated Hideaway Studio in Minneapolis, Minnesota in March, with Dan Jensen at the soundboard, pounding out eight new hymns for the nearly fifty-minute-long "Clawing Into Black Sun."
The album will see release through Profound Lore on Tuesday, July 8th. The cover art was handled by Stavros Giannopoulos (The Atlas Moth, Chrome Waves, Twilight) and a teaser trailer can be seen below. The track listing is as follows:
1. The Silver Key
2. Clawing Into Black Sun
3. Slaves To The Grime
4. The Desanctification
6. In Reverence
7. Death Division
8. A Light That Does Not Yield More...
Death metal outfit Autopsy - which was recently covered in our Sunday Old School column - has now released another track from upcoming album "Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves," due out April 29th.
Check out the "Teeth of the Shadow Horde" track by heading over to Cvlt Nation here.
The band is also gearing up to release a new comic titled "Autopsy: Feast for a Funeral" and recently premiered a page from the comic.
The new album's track listing is as follows:
2. King of Flesh Ripped
3. Tourniquets, Hacksaws and Graves
4. The Howling Dead (streaming here)
5. After The Cutting
6. Forever Hungry
7. Teeth of The Shadow Horde
8. All Shall Bleed
9. Deep Crimson Dreaming
10. Parasitic Eye
12. Autopsy More...
New York band Pirosaint has uploaded a vocal recording clip where you can see singer Gonzalo Rodriguez working at Ignacio Figueroa's studio in Viña del Mar, Chile. The band's upcoming new album will feature 11 tracks, and the recording clip can be seen below.
The Belgian death metal psychopaths in Aborted will release their eighth full-length, "The Necrotic Manifesto," tomorrow. After smashing through the states on tour with Kataklysm the band is now on tour in Mexico and will head to Australia in June!
In celebration of the album's impending release, you can now hear the full album below, courtesy of No Clean Singing.
Vocalist Sven de Caluwé had this to say about the album: "It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce that the release of the new Aborted album is finally upon us! The synergy and coherence in the band hasn't been this strong since Goremageddon and we truly believe that we are about to release some of our best material to date.
"Those of you whom witnessed the live onslaught throughout our North American tour with Kataklysm and our headlining dates with Pyrexia have already experienced some of the brutality held within The Necrotic Manifesto, but have no fear, the rest of you are in store for the same onslaught as we come to your town near you throughout the rest of 2014! Then, on top of everything else, we are excited to be releasing something truly unique and dare we say, never done before by a band!!
"We have created our own adventure card game and we can't wait for people to sit back, throw on the album and play the game with their closest Death Metal compatriots! So, needless to say, this is an exciting time for us and we cannot wait to have you all enjoy our tales of depravity as told in The Necrotic Manifesto, so pick up your slab today and remember, keep it death metal!!!" More...
Israeli outfit Matricide has released debut full-length album "When Random Turns To Fate," which can now be heard below. The album's track listing is as follows:
1. Further From The End 04:31
2. Wear & Tear 02:31
3. Not An Option 03:31
4. What Is Real? 04:33
5. Burn Me With Your Sun 04:28
6. Set To Clean 03:52
7. The Point Of No Return 05:41
8. Unreality 05:11
9. When Random Turns To Fate 05:26 More...
After recently launching a video for their new album's title track, the metal icons in Arch Enemy are now ready to unleash a second single from upcoming 9th full-length, "War Eternal," which is due out worldwide via Century Media Records (Trooper Entertainment in Japan) on June 9th in Europe and June 10th in North America.
Check out a lyric video for "As The Pages Burn" below, courtesy of Loudwire.com. Chief song-writer and band leader Michael Amott comments:
"'As The Pages Burn' almost goes back to the style of writing that I had in the late 90's. It's very old school Arch Enemy with an almost Slayer-vibe in the intro/verse and a huge melodic chorus. A bit like 'The Immortal' and other AE classics of that time. The middle section is very classical music inspired - a twin guitar part that is a lot fun to play. Alissa wrote the lyrics for the song. This song is an example of what I love about collaborating-- in the songwriting, I'm giving her the instrumental, and she comes from a different background, and the two different approaches merge together to form a very interesting result that blew my mind. It's one of my favorite tracks on the album."
Front-woman Alissa White-Gluz (who stepped in after the departure of Angela Gossow) adds: "'As The Pages Burn' is also one of my favorite songs. I think it's going to be a very fun song to perform live. I really like fast-paced, energetic songs. A lot of the lyrics on the album are coming straight from my brain during sleepless nights. I often wake up in the middle of the night from horrible nightmares and just start writing songs. For whatever reason, I like the lyrics that I get that way, they feel real and uncensored. This song is one that I wrote at 4am in the dark, half asleep. In the morning I woke up and thought, 'This is cool, I'm going to use this, and I know just the music to put it to'. The musical dynamics in the song are very satisfying to sing to as well. I hope you like it!" More...
Relapse Records is extremely proud to announce the deluxe reissue of God Macabre's "The Winterlong."
Originally released in 1993, "The Winterlong" was recorded at Stockholm's legendary Sunlight Studios in 1991 and engineered by Tomas Skogsberg (Amorphis, At The Gates, Entombed). Now fully remastered and available for the first time in over 10 years, "The Winterlong" reissue also contains four bonus tracks, including the band's original 7" demo from 1990 plus the never-before-heard track, "Life's Verge," the first new God Macabre recording in over 20 years.
"The Winterlong" will see it's official reissue on June 10th (North America), June 9th (UK/World) and June 6th (Germany / Benelux / Finland). The album will be available on CD/LP/digital formats and is available for pre-order here.
Guitarist Jonas Stålhammar commented on the reissue: "We're very excited to have Relapse once again releasing our only album 'The Winterlong.' We hope to see fans of the album on the few exclusive liveshows we will be doing during 2014. Cheers!"
Additionally, the band has reunited for a string of special shows and festival appearances this year including a first U.S. performance at Maryland Deathfest. Dates are as follows:
30 April Västerås, SWEDEN @ Bankiren
2 May Tilburg, HOLLAND @ Neurotic Deathfest
21 May Stockholm, SWEDEN @ Püssy A Go Go
24 May Baltimore, USA @ Maryland Deathfest
5 July Viseu, PORTUGAL @ Viseu Rockfest
7 August Schlotheim, GERMANY @ Party San Open Air
5 September Copenhagen, DENMARK @ Killtown Deathfest
6 September Gothenburg, SWEDEN @ Truckstop Alaska More...
After the “Temples of Doom” release, Slovenian funeral doom band Beneath The Storm is back with a new album. The "Evil Reflection" album is due out through Argonauta Records in June, 2014 and a new track titled "Oceans Of Sleep" is now available below.
German classic rock outlet Kadavar has just announced the release of a special edition of last year's "Abra Kadavar" album.
The 2CD set will include the full track list of "Abra Kadavar" plus a bonus track, as well as a full live set recorded in Antwerp. Furthermore, Kadavar will put out a separate vinyl release called "Live In Antwerp" that comes as a 2LP set and also features the full live concert.
"Abra Kadavar Special Edition" and "Live In Antwerp" will be released on June 6th (Europe) and June 9th (UK & France) 2014 via Nuclear Blast.
Commented the band: "With over 250 shows played, we have always considered ourselves as an absolute live band. Our sound on stage is different from the one on the studio albums and thus we’ve been asked time and again, why we don’t do a live release. The time seemed right now and on our last EU tour we recorded some of the shows. Antwerp was the best of them. I would even say one of the best in 2013. Everything was right, people were in a great mood and I am very happy with the sound – especially since it does not sound like every other live album!”
The "Abra Kadavar Special Edition" track listing will be as follows:
01. Come Back Life
02. Doomsday Machine
03. Eye Of The Storm
04. Black Snake
07. Liquid Dream
08. Rhythm For Endless Minds
09. Abra Kadabra
10. The Man I Shot More...
With the countdown to "Sacrificum" on, Xandria has released an unboxing video for the new album, which is due out on May 5th. Pre-orders are available here, and the clip can be seen below.
A previously posted teaser trailer can be found at this location, and the album's track listing is:
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
My Doppelganger has released the "God Is A Lie" album, which is now available for streaming online.
Check out the songs below, or head over to Bandcamp here to pick up your own copy. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Somewhere in my head 04:32
2. 98% 04:20
3. Balada triste 04:56
4. The Cossacks 04:18
5. The hunter 04:02
6. Emptiness 05:48
7. The good, the bad and the loony 04:12
8. Dead man cries 06:48
9. God is a lie 04:24
10. Fallen angel 06:48 More...
Black Knives has released a teaser video for the upcoming new album "The Thirteenth Hour," which will see release in June via Spook Records. Check out the trailer below, and you can get further details on the album at the band's official website here.
Australian progressive metal quintet Voyager will release fifth studio album, "V," in North America on June 3rd with distribution through Nightmare Records. The Kickstarter-funded, 13- track album was recorded at Templeman Audio with producer Matt Templeman.
The band calls the release "heavy, groovy and super-catchy," going on to say "This is going to be pure, polished Voyager with a modern feel; we are insanely excited about unleashing this."
V can be pre-ordered now via Bandcamp here and the track listing is as follows:
2. Breaking Down
3. Beautiful Mistake
4. Fortune Favours the Blind
5. You, the Shallow
6. Embrace the Limitless
8. Domination Game
10. It's a Wonder
11. The Morning Light
12. Summer Always Comes Again
13. Seasons of Age More...
Iconic British heavy metal band, Judas Priest has posted the title track from their forthcoming new studio album, "Redeemer of Souls" online. You can check it out below.
The band has also revealed the artwork for the album, which can also be seen at the bottom of the page. The album is expected to be released on July 14th in Europe, with a North American release of July 15th to follow. This will also be the first Judas Priest album to feature guitarist, Richie Faulkner, who replaced founding member KK Downing in 2011.