Metal News for April 29, 2012
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20 news articles posted on this day.
U.K. black metallers Deuteronomy have uploaded a new in-studio video online from the band's time recording drums for an upcoming album. Check out the video below, which features drummer Fredrik Widigs (Demonical, Witchery) performing a new song.
It's not a stretch to say that Adam "Nergal" Darski is by far one of the most important frontmen in metal today. Between his fight with cancer, his prosecution under Polish blasphemy laws and his headlining of the controversial Decibel Magazine Tour few can manage to stay in the headlines so consistently. Metalunderground.com had the opportunity to meet with Nergal in Chicago to discuss the very essence of what makes Behemoth the juggernaut it is today. More...
Bruja is streaming its five song album "Twisting and Convulsing" over at Bandcamp. Bruja is a trio from Omaha, Nebraska that plays dark and tormented sludge metal. The band has a self-titled demo that it invites fans to check out at this location. Bruja's next show will be with Negative Standards (CA), Kills & Thrills (NYC), Kublai Khan (TX), and fellow Nebraska bands Grimer and Flies at the Sandbox in Omaha.
The Isoceles Project, the progressive/psychedelic instrumental project that hails from Toronto, is streaming its new three song album "Bridges" over on Bandcamp. All three songs clock in at over ten minutes apiece with complex riffage the band is known for. "Bridges" is The Isosceles Project's sophomore release, following up its critically acclaimed debut "Oblivion's Candle." Since then, The Isosceles Project has been on two tours of Canada and plans to do heavy touring of North America in 2012.
Demona will be releasing its debut album "Metal Through the Time" on May 2nd via Dying Victims Records. The vinyl version will be put out by another German label, Heavy Forces records. Demona was created when guitarist/vocalist Tanza left her previous band Poisoned. She then started Demona as a one-woman band in her hometown of Villa Aleman, Chile. After putting out a couple of demos and the EP "Die In Violence," she moved to Canada and is based out of there now. Tanza has also added three members to make an actual band. Listen to the track "Pay For Your Sins" below and stream some of the Demona demo material at MySpace.
Florida's Encircle has posted the title track to the new album "Into the Dreamstate" online, which can be heard in the player below. The band also commented:
"Here it is! The title track to the album in it's near finished state! I hope you guys enjoy it! I'm extremely glad I took the time between the original recordings and now. The songs are sounding a hundred times better, and everything is falling into place nicely."
Unblessed has been streaming the promo track "Artificial Species," which will eventually be on new material the band will release. Unblessed hails from the town of Guzman in the state of Jalisco, Mexico and is influenced by black and death metal. Mexicore invites you to download this promo track at this location.
Spineshank has teamed up with Loudwire.com to premiere the new song "Nothing Left For Me," taken off the upcoming "Anger Denial Acceptance" album. Check out the track at this location.
The band released rough versions of both the album's epic title track "Anger Denial Acceptance" and"Murder-Suicide" in 2011. "Nothing Left For Me" marks the first track to be debuted from the completed album, and it displays the darker, more melodic side of Spineshank.
The release of "Anger Denial Acceptance" marks the return of these Grammy-nominated alt-metallers to their rightful place in the music scene. The album is due on out June 19th (North America, June 18 Europeth), via Century Media Records. More...
Colombian act Entropia has posted a music video online for the new single "Thoughts Confined," which can be viewed below. "Thoughts Confined" is taken off the band's new EP "Evolve," which follows the "Simetria" release (reviewed here).
Chapel Hill, NC’s Horseback has premiered a pair of brand new songs from the band's upcoming full-length, "Half Blood."
The album’s blackened Americana composition “Arjuna” is currently streaming via Pitchfork at this location, while via NPR is hosting the album’s opener and an extensive interview with Horseback mastermind Jenks Miller here.
"Half Blood" is due out May 8th on Relapse Records, and the label also commented: "The material on Half Blood is an amalgamation of drone, doom, black-metal, psychedelia, post-rock, noise, and ambience recorded with a wide array of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, keys, piano, bells, contact mics, field recordings, drum programming, noise and various signal processors."
Croatian act Attera has released the first single online from the band's upcoming album "S.I.N." You can check out the track "Nakot" in the player below, or find more details on Attera through the band's Facebook profile. Further details on the new album will be announced as they are made available.
Von Wong Photography and Five Knights Productions has posted a behind-the-scenes video clip online from a photo shoot with The Agonist. Check out the footage in the player below. You can also find the end result of the photo shoot set to the song "Ideomotor" at this location.
The band's new album "Prisoners" is set for release On June 4th, 2012 (EU) and June 5th, 2012 (North America) through Century Media Records.
Swimming With Sharks Records is proud to announce the signing of Laconic from Phoenix, Arizona. The band’s latest album, "For The Life Of One," was recently recorded by producer Ben Schigel (Chimaira, Drowning Pool, Breaking Benjamin). According to a press release, fans of Killswitch Engage, As I Lay Dying, Five Finger Death Punch, and All That Remains will immediately identify with the band’s melodic metal approach.
Frontman, Danny Brian states: “We are beyond excited for what the future brings with our partnership with Swimming With Sharks Records. The label owner, Noah Robertson, is an extremely hard working and passionate individual, and that is hard to find in the industry these days. Our fans and us know that this has been a long time coming. We’ve been waiting for the right move and to work with the right people before we just settled. We couldn’t be happier to be part of the SWS family, and we look forward to seeing everyone out on the road and beyond!”
Swimming With Sharks Records founder, Noah “Shark” Robertson states: “Laconic is truly an amazing band and their music deserves to be heard by the masses. From the moment I discovered this band, I haven’t been able to stop listening. We couldn’t be happier to add such a talented band to our artist roster. Soon, the world will know the name, Laconic!”
The band is set to release a debut music video for the song “Bridge Burner” very soon and has a number of live performances lined up, including a direct support slot for The Devil Wears Prada, June 27th at Top Deck in Farmington, New Mexico.
Texas act Warbeast has issued the following announcement about recruiting a new bass player:
"After weeks of intense auditions with some several talented musicians… Warbeast has finally made our decision on a new bassist. Warbeast would like everyone to welcome Dre' Karst to our Warbeast lineup.
"Dre' is originally from New Orleans and moved to the D/FW area 6 years ago after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. That makes it seem even more appropriate because of the tight bond that many New Orleans and D/FW musicians have had going all the way back to the 80s. Not to mention that is where Housecore Records label owner Philip Anselmo is from. Even though that didn’t have anything to do with the actual reasons we chose Dre' to join our band. We just think that is a cool connection to have. Dre' has been playing for over 20 years and thrash metal is in his blood. So he already fits in nicely with the rest of us. Dre' will be leaving with all of us next Saturday (May 5) to head to Louisiana to record the 2nd Warbeast album.
"Just like the debut Warbeast album, we will be recording it at Philip Anselmo’s studio Nodferatu’s Lair. Philip Anselmo will once again be the Producer for the album. We want to also take this time to thank the other bass players that came out to audition. It really was a tough decision that we took alot of time to make. But we all felt that Dre was the right man for the job. So everyone please welcome Dre' Karst to the Warbeast family."
Foscor is celebrating the band's 10th anniversary this year, and now footage has been posted online of an entire live performance from the group. Check out the clip below, and Foscor's publicist also commented:
"This is the whole set from Foscor's appearance at the Aurora Infernalis Festival at Willemeen in Arnhem, Netherlands, 27th October 2011. With thanks to YouTube user Kanaal van FredNijmegen for allowing us to use his video."
Bulgarian death metal band Enthrallment has released a new video clip online for the song "Fruits of Pain and Blue Sky," which can be found below. The track is taken off the new album "People From the Lands of Vit."
The album's track listing is as follows: More...
Mexican black metal act Moonlight had previously announced the new album "Lucifer's Rising" would be released in March of this year, and the band has now checked in with the following update about signing a new record deal for the release:
"The band has signed a record deal with black metal label Impaled Records from Sao Paulo, Brazil. The label will release the band's new album called 'Lucifer's Rising' in July of 2012. More news coming soon..."
You can check out Moonlight's music by heading over to the band's official MySpace page here.
U.K. female-fronted prog act To-mera has issued the following brief update about the progress of working on a new album:
"With the vocals as good as finished, the next month will be spent adding the finishing touches to the album, in preparation for mixing at the end of May."
Further details on the band's upcoming third full-length album will be announced as they are made available. To-Mera also recently posted a vocal recording video on Facebook, which can be viewed here.
Jesse De Los Santos and Pete Webber of the thrash metal band Havok talked to ArmyOfOneTV right after their show at Bogie's in Albany, NY this past April 26th. On this interview they discussed the current activities of the band and also their upcoming EP called "Point of No Return" that will be launched next May 22nd. Havok is currently on Sepultura's North American Kairos Tour, and recently covered the Sepultura tune "Arise."
For many, the band Ugly Kid Joe was the group on MTV with videos for “Cat’s In the Cradle” and “Everything about You,” but there was more, trust me. They landed in a strange time (right at the start of the grunge nineties) and had a song picked up by a major movie, giving them immediate success. Then, despite this good fortune, the band was unable to keep their momentum (again, blame the nineties – damn you Cobain!) and flamed out rather quickly, leaving us with a limited catalog of three full albums. However, that may change soon... SPOILER ALERT: Ugly Kid Joe is coming back!
Initially, the band used the name Ugly Kid Joe as a parody of the band named Pretty Boy Floyd, and then it just stuck so they kept it. Their first EP was titled “As Ugly as They Wanna Be,” again another parody, this time a take on 2 Live Crew’s “As Nasty as They Wanna Be.” It was clear from the start that this band wouldn’t take themselves too seriously; the music was a mix of hard rock, funk, and glam, though mostly hard rock as they were heavily influenced by Black Sabbath. The current lineup of Ugly Kid Joe is Whitfield Crane (vocals), Klaus Eichstadt (guitar), Cordell Crockett (bass), Dave Fortman (guitar), and Shannon Larkin (drums). More...