Metal News for April 29, 2013
Last updated on September 21, 2014 at 3:34 PM ET
We post metal news every day, throughout the day, covering thousands of metal bands including underground and unsigned bands. You are currently browsing the news archive, but you can also find news by band.
40 news articles posted on this day.
Norway's PelleK, the band fronted by Damnation Angels frontman Per Fredrik Pellek Åsly, is set to release the sophomore LP "Ocean Of Opportunity," a new fully orchestrated conceptual release about the cultures and oceans of the world. The album will be released worldwide on May 10, 2013. Pre-orders can be made at this location. A preview clip for the release can be seen below.
For the sophomore release, PelleK has become more of a band and less of a solo release for the singer. The new band consists of:
PelleK (Damnation Angels) - Vocals
Patrick Fallang - Guitars
Ingemar Bru - Bass
Stian Andrè Braathen (Highland Glory) - Drums
The track listing for "Ocean of Opportunity" is:
2. Northern Wayfarer
3. Sea Of Okhotsk
4. Brigantine Of Tranquility
5. Gods Pocket
6. Stars And Bulletholes
7. Sky Odyssey
9. The Last Journey More...
Timo Tolkki………his name has become synonymous with power metal, and in particular Stratovarius, a band he joined in 1985 after its original creation under the moniker Black Water by then drummer Tuomo Lassila, then guitarist Staffan Stråhlman and then bassist John Vihervä. It was Lassila who invented the name “Stratovarius.” At the time Tolkki joined, he was both the guitarist and the vocalist. From 1989’s “Fright Night” to 2003’s “Elements, Pt. II.,” the band put out a prolific string of ten amazing albums, with so many classic songs they are too numerous to count. During that time, in 1994, Timo Kotipelto was added as the band’s vocalist, with Tolkki as the band’s composer and guitarist. 1995 saw the addition of famed keyboardist Jens Johansson and drummer Jörg Michael and the ousting of founder Tuomo Lassila and longtime keyboardist Antti Ikonen (who would later work again with Tolkki on his solo records).
It was in late 2003, after “Elements, Pt. II” was released that a bizarre string of events saw the band break up and reunify in 2005 for the release of the maligned self-titled album. Two very different sides of the story have been told over the years about the end times before the current incarnation of Stratovarius was formed. When the dust settled, the band and its back catalog were handed over to Timo Kotepelto, Jens Johansson and Jorg Michael and Lauri Porra. More...
After footage made its way online of new song "The End of the Beginning," another fan-filmed clip is now available of a new track off upcoming Black Sabbath album "13" (due out June 11th).
Check out the clip of "Methademic" below, courtesy of YouTube user NightFire275. The uploader also comments:
"Black Sabbath debut their new song 'Methademic,' a bonus track off their new album '13,' live at Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne on the 29th of April 2013. Most of the song is here, but I miss the start by about a minute. Video quality is also a bit iffy at times due to the lighting, sorry about that!" More...
Vancouver non-profit label Revolution Harmony has announced an upcoming charity single titled "We Are," which will feature the talents of Ihsahn (Emperor, Peccatum), Serj Tankian (System of a Down), and Devin Townsend.
The single was composed, arranged, programmed, and produced by Ray Holroyd, mixed by Rohan Onraet, and mastered by Ted Jensen. The label comments on the single:
"The lyrical theme in 'We Are' is based on the concept behind Revolution Harmony, which is essentially the belief that musical harmony has the power to inspire a revolution towards societal harmony. The single is dedicated to Nelson Mandela and the memory of Lucky Dube, regarded as South Africa's Bob Marley, and will be released worldwide on Mandela Day (18 July), with all proceeds donated to Buskaid, a charity that provides free music lessons and instruments to children in the townships of South Africa."
Serj Tankian stated: "It has been an absolute honor being involved with the Revolution Harmony project to bring much needed financial aid to Buskaid in South Africa. Music has saved my life and has the potential to create positive change in all those young kids struggling to make themselves heard and to survive. The song is a musical collage of complex yet moving colors intertwining genres and vibes."
Ihsahn also states: "I have followed this song since it was basically just a MIDI file and love how it has grown into this massive piece of music, so it was very easy to get inspired for lyrics and vocal lines. Knowing how music has shaped and enriched my own life, and how privileged I have been to be able to follow that passion, I really appreciate Buskaid's work to enable young people to follow that same path. Like most, my involvement in charity has been very generic, like signing up for donations to some of the global organizations, but Revolution Harmony has given me the opportunity to contribute with something personal, together with people who share my passion for music. I'm honored to be part of this. With our different backgrounds I think this just underlines the message of the song; a deep passion for music that goes beyond how we are typically isolated and divided."
A mainstay of the melo-death scene, Sweden's Dark Tranquillity is due to follow-up last album "We Are The Void" with new opus "Construct," which deals with themes of the constructs makind invents to justify bad behavior and bizarre beliefs.
"I wish we could be more honest with ourselves and see things more clearly and be more rational," said vocalist Mikael Stanne when I got the chance to chat him up about the impending album.
The "Construct" release is now only a month away, due out on May 27th in Europe and on May 28th in North America via Century Media Records. Mikael was eager to discuss the band's 10th studio album, explaining how this will be a different beast from previous offerings, as well as sharing some insight into the band's recent bassist split.
Check out the full interview below for a tease about upcoming North American tour dates, as well as a discussion on cruise festivals becoming more prominent in the metal scene. More...
Unique Leader Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Continuum:
"We are proud to announce yet another killer addition to the Unique Leader family, Continuum from the Bay Area of California.
"Started in 2010 by Chase Fraser (Decrepit Birth) and drummer Spencer Edwards (Son of Aurelius), Continuum combines traditional death metal with dark ambient themes. Joined by vocalist Riley McShane (Son of Aurelius), bassist Nick Willbrand (ex-Flesh Consumed), and epic shredder Ivan Munguia (Arkaik, Deeds of Flesh) this group of musicians out of California's Bay Area provide a sound that rocks the foundation of modern death metal.
"They will be recording their debut album, 'The Hypothesis,' with the mighty Zach Ohren at Castle Ultimate Studios in late 2013." More...
Acherontas has posted the song "Amenti - The Lamp Ov The Desert" online, which appears on the band's upcoming album "Amenti (Catacomb Chants & Oneiric Visions)." Check out the track below. The new album is due out this coming May 17th, 2013. The track listing is:
1. Voluntas Supra Materiam “Vocatio Prima”
2. Amenti - The Lamp Ov The Desert
3. The Stele Ov The Last Conjuration
4. Nebt-Het - Divulgence Of Her Sacral Temples
5. Set Triumphant - Nubti
6. Dissolution (In The Sands Ov Time)
7. Wines of Blood & Pestilence
8. Erset La Tari The Red Temple
9. Vocatio Ultima
The Sword has released a new music video for the track "Cloak of Feathers," which can be viewed below or at Vevo.com here.
The song comes off latest album "Apocryphon" (reviewed here). The track listing is as follows:
1. The Veil of Isis
2. Cloak of Feathers
3. Arcane Montane
4. The Hidden Masters
5. Dying Earth
7. Seven Sisters
8. Hawks and Serpents
9. Eyes of the Stormwitch
10. Apocryphon More...
Slovenian occult maniacs Vigilance have unveiled the second song from their debut album, “Queen of the Midnight Fire.”
“Night Terrors” can be streamed via the SoundCloud player below. “Queen of the Midnight Fire” will be released on May 14th, 2013 via Metal Tank Records with the following track list:
1. Queen of the Midnight Fire
2. Behind the Cellar Door
4. What Lies Beyond…
5. Night Terrors
6. Four Crowns of Hell
7. Poetry and the Gods
8. Under Sulphurous Skies (streaming here)
9. Ritual of Death More...
Imminent Sonic Destruction is currently in the midst of the band's first ever North American tour with Pain of Salvation and Kingcrow. An additional show featuring ISD and Pain of Salvation only has been added for May 3rd in Pittsburgh, PA at Dead Horse Cantina.
Full details on the run are available after the jump. The band has also now checked in with the following road report:
"You've been clamoring for this, even if you don't realize it. Trust me. So here you go!
This will be the longest one, being the inaugural post. We have a few things to cover, class, so I'm going to get right to it. Grab a beer (or a beer, we're not giving you options here) and get comfy. First show, Atlanta GA at the Masquerade. VERY cool place. Used to be an old mill, more character in that place than a Tolkien novel. More...
Check out the newly posted live video of “Guardians of Asgaard” from Amon Amarth's performance at 2012’s Summer Breeze Festival in Germany below. More footage from this show will also be premiering online soon.
As was previously announced, Amon AMarth will release new album "Deceiver of the Gods" this coming June. The offering was recorded at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire, UK, and produced, mixed, and mastered by Andy Sneap (Opeth, Megadeth, Exodus, Arch Enemy, Killswitch Engage).
The cover art was, once again, completed by Tom Thiel, and depicts a mythical battle between the Norse gods Loki and Thor. Fans will also recognize a special appearance on this album with Messiah Marcolin (Candlemass) providing guest vocals for eighth song, “Hel.”
Apostasy Records has issued the following announcement about German act Craving working on a new release:
"After the successful debut album, the melodic black / death metallers Craving now announce that they have begun working on the next album! It is going to be produced by none other than mastermind Christoph Brandes (Necrophagist, Imperium Dekadenz, Deadborn...) of the Iguana Studios!"
The new album is scheduled to be released later this year via Apostasy Records. Further details will be announced as they are made available.
Julius Seizure has checked in with the following announcement about beginning work on an upcoming EP:
"We are proud to announce that we are hard at work on the pre-production of our new EP 'Trials.' Stay tuned for exclusive photos and videos surrounding the making of 'Trials.' In the meantime check out our new music video 'TMSNEV' below." More...
Motionless in White has posted a lyric video online for the new single "America," taken from the "Infamous" album. Check out the clip below, or pick up the single via iTunes at this location.
The full album's track listing is as follows:
1. Black Damask (The Fog)
2. Devil's Night
4. Burned At Both Ends
5. The Divine Infection
6. Puppets 2 (The Rain) [feat. Bjorn Speed Strid]
8. If It's Dead, We'll Kill It (Feat. Brandan Schieppati)
9. Synthetic Love
Psychedelic extreme metal vanguard Gigan will begin recording a newest studio offering next month.
Titled "Multi-Dimensional Fractal Sorcery And Super-Science," the band's third full-length, and second to be released through Willowtip Records, will once again be recorded with long-time friend and engineer Sanford Parker and will be unleashed sometime this Fall.
Elaborates Gigan mastermind, Eric Hersemann, "This third Gigan record is proving to be the most concise and deadly so far. I'm very pleased with the overall dynamics and vibe the current music is creating within our minds. This is the first Gigan record I have written outside of Florida and my new environment here in Chicago has provided unique inspiration that resulted in some complex and bizarre results. Psychedelic brutality at its finest."
In related news, Gigan’s first show of 2013 will come in the form of the Scion Rock Fest 2013 set to take place in Memphis, Tennessee on June 1st. The band will be performing alongside a lineup that includes Testament, Melvins, Arsis, Municipal Waste, Corrosion Of Conformity, Whitechapel, Six Feet Under, Vektor and more.
"Tides of War," the second full-length from the German traditional heavy metal act Sacred Gate is being released this month through Metal on Metal Records.
The band created a concept album about the Battle of Thermopylae, where 300 Spartans and their allies fought for freedom against invading Persians. Not a surprising choice of subject, considering that two founding members (vocalist Jim Over and guitarist Nicko Nikolaidis) have Greek origins.
According to the label, "The new album is undoubtedly a more mature, more epic and more confident effort that shows the band moving a few steps away from their main influence (Iron Maiden), and crystallizing their own style, with strong, melodic but rough vocals, outstanding guitar work and rock solid rhythm section."
Three songs off the album, "Defenders (Valour Is in Our Blood)", "Gates of Fire" and "Spartan Killing Machine" are available for streaming at the Metal on Metal website. A promo clip is also available below. The "Tides of War" track listing is:
1. The Coming Storm
2. The Immortal One
3. Tides of War
4. Defenders (Valour Is in Our Blood)
5. Gates of Fire
6. Never to Return
7. The Final March
8. Spartan Killing Machine
9. Path to Glory
10. The Battle of Thermopylae More...
The Norwegian black/jazz band Shining has released a live clip featuring a cover of King Crimson’s “21st Century Schizoid Man." Check it out below.
Shining will release the new album "One One One" on June 4th in Europe (excluding Norway) and June 7th in Germany and Austria.
Frontman and saxophonist Jørgen Munkeby comments: “In light of show at Rockefeller, we wanted to post one of my favorite live clips filmed at that very venue in November 2010. I do love the original version of King Crimson’s 21st Century Schizoid Man, but I also love it when twisting classics around gives them a brand new face. I feel this is the best version we have done of the song until now."
Stonegriff, the traditional doom metal band from Scania, southern Sweden, has joined the Metal on Metal Records roster. The band's debut album (following 3 self-released demos/EPs), entitled "Prologus Magicus," is scheduled for a July release.
Jowita Kaminska-Peruzzi, Metal on Metal Records CEO, stated: "We love doom metal, but unfortunately more often than not we come across bands that label their music as doom (or are labeled as such by record companies and media), but are either completely unlistenable or 'only' boring for us (like all drone, sludge and most stoner bands).
"We dig death/doom in many cases, but most of all, when we say 'doom,' we mean traditional and epic doom METAL. And in our opinion, there are rather few bands that play this purest style of the heaviest music and do it with real class and with balls, so when we come across one, there's a big smile plastered on our faces as we hit the 'play' button over and over again. Such was the case with Stonegriff. More...
Youth Will Rise has posted a music video online for the title track off "The Rat S#!t Incident." The clip is part of conspiracy theorist website Infowars.com's "Operation Paul Revere" contest and can be viewed below. The band also comments:
"We filmed this video in one day, we shot and edited it in 48 hours. Filming took place April 20th 2013. This video was scripted a few weeks ago, but it fits into what is going on in the news so much right now it is creepy.
"We hope you guys enjoy - we put lots of work & planning into this. This video was filmed to be a submission in the 'Operation Paul Revere InfoWars.com Contest.'"
After releasing the "Nostalgic Sentiments" EP, My Bitter End has now posted a new track online to appear on an upcoming release. Check out "Raised in Glass" in the player below, or stay tuned to the band's Facebook profile here for info on upcoming tour dates.
Christian act Deliverance will be releasing the band's final album "Hear What I Say!" this coming September 3rd, 2013 via Roxx Records. The label comments:
"In 1985, in a small damp garage in Los Angeles, CA three musicians met up with a 15 year old singer/guitar player who placed an ad in the local Recycler Newspaper classifieds for 'band wanted.' Little did they know that this was the beginning of what would become one of the most revered and celebrated musical entities, known to the metal world as Deliverance!
"After only a few months of rehearsing, Deliverance began their march on the LA Club Scene. Playing and becoming regulars to such venues as The Waters Club, The Whiskey a Go Go, The Troubadour, The Country Club and The Oasis the group was becoming well known amongst their peers and garnering a rather large fan base in a short time.
"After the release of their four song demo, Greetings of Death in 1987, the band became a nationally known act as the now infamous demo was receiving ranting reviews, and orders were coming in from all over the United States, and even South America and stretching into Canada. This of course led to invites to play shows states-wide, and also playing festivals in Southern and Northern California. More...
After a 6 month hiatus, Florida female fronted metal band Psykotribe is ready to hit the road again for the Psykopathic Summer Tour. Check out a teaser clip below, and dates will soon be announced at the band's Reverbnation page.
Black metal act Maleficus Angelus has released the band's debut album "Fall of Man," which can be heard via the Maleficus Angelus website here or in the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Plague of Fantasies
2. Deafening Whispers
3. Incinerating Madness
4. Purge the Ashes
5. Aftermath of Illusions
6. Fall of Man More...
Massacre Records has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Metal Inquisitor:
"Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to welcome Metal Inquisitor to the Massacre Records family! Lead guitarist Blumi formed the band in 1998 and drummer Witchhammer, vocalist El Rojo, and bassist KronoS joined the line-up soon after.
"They started writing songs and released the 3-track demo 'Seven Inches For The Second Attack' in 1998. Witchhammer left the band about 2 years later and was replaced by drummer Havoc. The second guitarist T.P. joined the band as well.
"With this new line-up they recorded the band's debut 'The Apparition,' which was released in 2002 via Iron Glory Records. Shortly after, the band went on The Apparition Tour 2002/2003. In 2004 they played at the RockHard and Keep It True festivals in Germany.
"In spring 2005, Metal Inquisitor signed with Hellion Records and released the second album 'Doomsday For The Heretic' in November 2005. Within the following years KronoS left the band, was replaced by Dutch G, re-joined the band and was forced to leave the band in late 2010 due to health issues. Since October 2010 Cliff Bubenheim is the band's bassist. More...
Throatruiner Records has checked in with the following announcement about releasing the "Amen" EP from Death Engine:
"Lorient, France’s Death Engine delivers violent and obscure noise in the vein of Playing Enemy, Swans or Amenra. Recorded in a live setting and mixed by producer/engineer Amaury Sauvé at La Senelle (Birds In Row, As We Draw, Direwolves…) then mastered by Sylvain Biguet, their debut EP 'Amen' features four tracks of thunderous riffs, cutthroat vocals and hypnotic drumming, like cathedrals collapsing in slow-motion."
"Amen" will be released on 10" vinyl mid-June by Throatruiner, North Cult Records, and Basement Apes Industries, with artwork by Hugues Pzzl. "Gun," the premiere track off "Amen," can be streamed via Throatruiner's website or in the player below. More...
The Eternal has revealed the artwork for impending single "Beneath These Waves," which can be found below. The band also comments:
"We are happy to share with you the cover for our upcoming single 'Beneath These Waves' taken from our upcoming album 'When The Circle of Light Begins to Fade.'
"The cover is by talented Romanian photographer Felicia Simion who we also worked with on the 'Under A New Sun' album. Expect a sample of the single in the coming weeks and we will announce the release date of the single for digital download shortly. 'When The Circle of Light Begins to Fade' is currently slated for an August release in Australia & Japan and will be followed by the 'Circle of Light / 10th Anniversary' Australian & Japanese Tour.
"We hope to have more details for release dates for the rest of the work soon. But for now get ready for the digital release of 'Beneath These Waves' shortly." More...
Germany's Heaven Shall Burn will release new album "Veto" on April 30th in North America via Century Media Records.
In anticipation of tomorrow's release, the band has premiered a lyric video for the album track "Godiva" on No Clean Singing.com. Check out the clip here or through the player below.
Queensrÿche, the progressive metal band now fronted by Todd La Torre (Ex-Crimson Glory), announced that the band's highly anticipated new release will be self-titled and will be issued on June 25, 2013 (pushed back from June 11th) via Century Media Records.
Drummer Scott Rockenfield commented on the album: "This gets said often by a lot of bands, but we believe we have recorded some of our finest music in years. The collaborative effort of everyone on this album is something we are extremely proud of. Working with Jimbo and the addition of Todd has revitalized the band in ways we never knew until we heard the final results. We know you have to wait a little longer but are excited for all of our fans to hear it. Queensrÿche wouldn’t be in this position if not for your unwavering support!!"
The track listing for "Queensrÿche" is:
2. Where Dreams Go To Die
4. In This Light
5. Redemption (streaming here)
7. Midnight Lullaby
8. A World Without
9. Don’t Look Back
11. Open Road
The album's artwork can be seen here: More...
Grenouer has released a music video for "Brain Fever," which will appear on the band's new album "Blood on the Face," due out in Europe on May 3rd and North America on July 9th. The track listing is as follows:
1. Intro: Thunder Phase
2. Blood on the Face
3. Sands of Silence
4. Midday Show
5. Golden Years
7. Fix Your Life / A Few Miles from Paradise
8. The Taste of Misery
9. Brain Fever
10. See No Sun
11. Last Stop
12. All in the Suit That You Wear
Erevos has released a split album with Arakiel titled "Titans Attack/There Will Be No Dawn" via Orkestral Promenade Records. Erevos' track "Titans Attack" is now available for streaming below, which was recorded, mixed, and mastered at NR studios and VALVE studios and produced by Marios Iliopoulos (Nightrage).
Bloodshot Dawn has posted a new playthrough video clip online featuring guitarist Josh McMorran. The clip was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Tim Goatham at The Hive and can be viewed below.
Suidakra will be releasing new album "Eternal Defiance" this coming May 24th, 2013. The band has now released a new video clip off the release. Check out "March of Conquest" in the player below. The album's full track listing is:
1. Storming The Walls
2. Inner Sanctum
3. Beneath The Read Eagle
4. March Of Conquest
5. Pair Dadeni
6. The Mindsong
7. Rage For Revenge
8. Dragon’s Head
9. Defiant Dreams
10. Damnatio Memoriae
11. Mrs. McGrath (Bonus Track)
Guitarist Marios Iliopoulos from melodic death metal act Nightrage has announced via Rock Overdose that the band has begun work on a new album due out next year.
Nightrage is also currently seeking a new label after the band's contract with Lifeforce ended. Further details on the release of this coming album will be announced as they are made available. For more info on the band, head over to the Nightrage Facebook profile.
Read the full article at Rock Overdose.
Attention heavy rockers, doomheads, retro aficionados, and hippies: Orchid is on tour through Europe! The band's second full-length album "The Mouths of Madness" is also out now. Further dates for the current tour have been revealed, and the band's updated itinerary with Free Fall is as follows:
29.04.2013 PL - Cracow - Lizard King
30.04.2013 AT - Wien - Szene
01.05.2013 DE - Darmstadt - Steinbruch Theater
02.05.2013 DE - München - Backstage
03.05.2013 DE - Siegen - Vortex
04.05.2013 NL - Drachten - Iduna - new
05.05.2013 BE - Wuustwezel - Puntpop
06.05.2013 NL - Rotterdam - Baroeg - new
07.05.2013 CH - Aarau - Kiff
09.05.2013 DE - Cham - LA - new
10.05.2013 DE - Bischofswerda - East Club - new
11.05.2013 AT - Salzburg - Rockhouse Bar - new
13.05.2013 IT - Milano - Lo Fi Club (without FREE FALL)
14.05.2013 IT - Rome - Traffic Live Club (without FREE FALL)
15.05.2013 IT - Bologna - Freak Out Club (without FREE FALL)
16.05.2013 AT - Dornbirn – Schlachthaus (without FREE FALL)
17.05.2013 DE - Stuttgart – Universum
18.05.2013 DE - Hamburg – Markthalle
19.05.2013 DE - Gelsenkirchen - Rock Hard Festival (ORCHID ONLY)
21.05.2013 UK - London - Underworld (ORCHID ONLY) More...
California traditional metal act Huntress announced that the follow up to the band's debut LP "Spell Eater" (see review at this location) will be entitled "Starbound Beast." The album is set for release on June 28, 2013 (EU) and July 2, 2013 (North America) via Napalm Records.
In addition, the band teamed up with Revolver Magazine to feature the album's artwork, which can be viewed over at this location (also shown below). The piece was created once again by Vance Kelly (Slayer, Ghost B.C., Mastodon).
"Starbound Beast" was recorded at Hobby Shop Studios in Los Angeles, CA with famed producer Zeuss (Shadows Fall, Hatebreed, Agnostic Front). More...
Chilean doom metal band G.E.N. has announced that its debut E.P "Manifesto" will be released on May 9th via Digmetalworld Records in North America. A lyric video will be posted in the next few weeks. The track "Farewell" can be listened to below.
"Manifesto" contains five tracks of doom/gothic metal music recorded in December of 2012 at VNA PRO Studios in Santiago, Chile by Ignacio Urqueta. All lyrics were written by Andrés Munster and all the arrangements were done by Javier Niemann and Andrés Munster. The art work was designed by Ignacio Urqueta. The band is currently working on the pre-production phase of its debut full length, which will be released in the second half of 2013.
After a successful string of US dates, death metal legends Incantation are set to take their newest release, "Vanquish in Vengeance," to Europe for appearances in Paris, Switzerland and at the Neurotic Death Fest in Holland. Before heading across the pond, Incantation will make a stop in Miami, FL for a night of decimation with Hibernus Mortis, Ulcer and Masticator. The band issued the following statement regarding its recent live activities:
"While the 'old world' awaits us in the near future, here stateside was a furious and ruthless number of shows. Ohio, Texas and New York mark the first live performances for our new 'Vanquish in Vengeance' album. The staff of the Shrunken Head in Columbus made things go smoothly while the sick as fuck bands we had the pleasure of jamming with made it all the more awesome. Many hails to Soulless and The Council Beneath the Sea for their help and absolutely shredding. And of course everyone who attended the slaughter that night!
Next was Houston to headline the Masters of Death fest. Been many years since the bands' return. The energy was unreal when the stage was pummeled by the likes of our brothers in Master, HOD, La Sanche, and Nodens. Thanks and greetings to all our old friends and the help they provided that made the show a true honor to be part of. Lastly was a return to NY at the St. Vitus club in Brooklyn. Few words can capture what it means to see a metal bar such as theirs overflowing with metal heathens. Fuckin' sick! So, why not a sold out show with the likes of such bands as Evoken, Derketa, and Funerus. If it weren't for their support a lot would not have been possible. Brutal crowd, great staff and pure death metal!
With only a few weeks away we can no longer hold back our anticipation. Our crusade of blackened death for the 'Vanquish in Vengeance' album will now poison the shores of Europe once again. A few battles planed in France, Switzerland with our brothers in Supreme Lord! Then back to Tilburg, Holland for the Neurotic Deathfest! With so many hails in waiting to all of whom we'll reunite, and the greetings in infernal brotherhood to those whom we shall meet.
The abyss beckons us to battle! This time it's to the south, to Miami. We're really anxious to bring our 'Vengeance' to an area we've not returned to in many years. Hails to Hibernus Mortis, Ulcer and Masticator who will share in our assault. Rally to the blasphemy of unholy old school death metal, we look forward to seeing you heathens there. You've been warned!"
April 27th 2013 Miami, FL, @ Churchill's Pub
2.05.2013 Paris, France @ Le Gibus
3.05.2013 Winterthur, Switzerland @ Gaswerk
5.05.2013 Tilburg, Netherlands @ Neurotic Deathfest
Danish melodic death metal act Mercenary announced that work on the band's seventh album is complete. The album will be entitled "Through Our Darkest Days." Mixing was completed on April 23, 2013 at Hansen Studios with long time collaborator/producer Jacob Hansen. The album is set for release through NoiseArt Records on July 27th (EU) and a week later in the US via Prosthetic Records.
The album's cover artwork (shown below) was created by Mircea Eftemie (guitarist of Mnemic), who recently created covers for Soilwork, Illdisposed and others.
The band commented on the cover: “Last year when we were busy with pre-productions, we considered reaching out to Mircea to ask if he'd like to give our new cover a shot, because we liked his recent stuff and wanted to try someone with a fresh approach. Against all odds, however, he actually beat us to it and contacted us first with the exact same offer, so it very much seemed as a collaboration that was meant to be.
"After a few sketches, we quickly locked on to the main motive of the cover below, which we felt was both iconic, mysterious and not least, oddly disturbing. Most importantly perhaps, we also felt that Mircea's artwork had managed in a natural way to combine something fresh with the style of our older album covers and their dark and atmospheric vibes.
"As our new album is very much a combination our latest material with a lot of the more traditional melodic and melancholic elements of previous Mercenary albums, we felt that this was a perfect visual expression of Mercenary's sound and identity in 2013.
The cover symbolizes a darkness that we have gone through as a band, which we feel that we have finally been able to put behind us. The title of the album is meant very positively and thematizes both the journey through existential darkness as a general theme and the ability to break through it. The lyrical universe is very much about making the most of life and not getting caught up in negativity.” More...
Each week in Unearthing the Metal Underground, we'll be putting a few quality underground bands in the spotlight in an attempt to get the word out about them. This week, I take on the small, but strong Maltese metal scene.
When one thinks Malta, the first thought that comes to mind is a gorgeous tourist destination rich in Greek, Roman and Arabic culture situated between Italy and North Africa. The Maltese metal scene is a much smaller than other island nations like Cyprus, but it is a strong and hard working underground scene. Though bands are not denied the right to play music they want in this free nation, metal in Malta is typically shunned by the typically close minded culture of the nation and the sheer lack of venues that would have them. Some Maltese bands have been welcomed abroad to mainland Europe and the U.K., though the costs for many are too high. However, the country does have its own metal festivals: the Extreme Maltese Metal and Xtreme Metal Assault festivals held in the summer as well as the “M.D.M.” (Malta Doom Metal) held in November in the city of Rabat.
Some Maltese acts have either made it beyond the Mediterranean to tour Europe and the UK, or at the very least been heard worldwide, but still remain largely underground. Today, we will look at three of those acts: Forsaken, Loathe and Weeping Silence. More...
California progressive instrumental act Abnormal Thought Patters is streaming the new track "Velocity and Acceleration: Movement 5." The song appears on the debut full length LP "Manipulation Under Anesthesia," which is scheduled for release on June 14th (G/A/S and worldwide digital release), June 17th (Rest of EU) and June 25th (North America) via Lifeforce Records. Pre-orders are available over at this location.
Check out "Velocity and Acceleration: Movement 5" here: More...