Metal News for April 30, 2013
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Every week we check in with fans and musicians to get their favorite Pit Stories. Today guitarist Ed Hartwell from Heart In Hand tells the following story about courteous moshers lending a helping hand...and wishing they hadn't:
This was not at a metal or hardcore show, but I think that makes it even funnier. A couple of years ago I went to see The Foo Fighters at the Milton Keynes Bowl and during one of their "mosh pits" (I use the term as loosely as possible) it became apparent that a pretty fat guy had fallen and was in a lot of pain. I think he had broken or sprained his foot from teeny bopping or something.
The crowd around him adopted the 'all for one and one for all' safety mentality which is usually the case at shows and helped lift him up to the barrier. It took a lot of force cos of his size. At this point a few people had noticed that he'd shit himself and it was coming out his shorts.
Of course they immediately tried to get away, but of course couldn't due to the sheer density of the crowd. It was too late and their heroic good samaritan deeds were rewarded by being horribly traumatized, as a big shitty guy tumbled over their heads. I was about 3 metres from the incident so luckily had a good enough view without getting any fecal matter on me whilst I enjoyed "Monkey Wrench."
Heart in Hand's second album "Almost There" is due out May 13th via Siege Of Amida Records. The band will be touring the U.K. and Europe over the summer and making various festival appearances. For more info on the band, head over to the Heart In Hand Facebook profile. More...
Rise To Fall has posted the new song "Diaries From The Gloom" online, which can be heard at this location.
"Diaries From The Gloom" was originally recorded to be included on "Defying The Gods" album, but never made the final release. To hear more from the album, check out the recently posted "Decoding Reality" video right here.
You can also catch the band live on upcoming Russia and Ukraine tour dates:
04 June 2013 - City Pub - Kiev (Ukraine)
05 June 2013 - Churchill - Kharkiv (Ukraine)
06 June 2013 - TBA - Voronezh (Russia)
07 June 2013 - Oblaka - Lipetsk (Russia)
08 June 2013 - Relax - Moscow (Russia)
09 June 2013 - Ok - Ryazan (Russia)
10 June 2013 - 28 Street - Nizhny Novgorod (Russia)
11 June 2013 - TBA - Kazan (Russia)
12 June 2013 - Podval Club - Izhevsk (Russia)
13 June 2013 - Nirvana - Ekaterinburg (Russia)
14 June 2013 - TBA - Chelyabinsk (Russia)
15 June 2013 - TBA - Ufa (Russia)
16 June 2013 - TBA - Samara (Russia)
17 June 2013 - TBA - Saratov (Russia)
18 June 2013 - The Beatles Rock Bar - Volgograd (Russia)
18 June 2013 - Tochka Club - Rostov On Don (Russia)
Stargazer has posted the title track to the "Genesis" EP online, which can be heard below. You can also pick up the EP at iTunes here. The track listing is:
4. Magnum Opus
The NYC based spastic trio Meek is Murder will be performing the "Into The Sun Where It Falls Off The Sky" EP in it's entirety throughout an upcoming short tour this May. You can stream the EP via Bandcamp or catch the band live:
5/10 - Philadelphia, PA - The Pariah w/ Cleanteeth
5/11 - Chapel Hill, NC - Kraken Bar (Kraken Fest) w/ Cleanteeth
5/12 - Charlotte, NC - Milestone Club w/ Cleanteeth
5/13 - Knoxville, TN - Poison Lawn w/ Cleanteeth
5/14 - Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
5/15 - York, PA - The Depot
5/16 - Richmond, VA - The Nile
5/17 - New York, NY - Pianos w/ RETOX More...
Today GunShyAssassin is offering an exclusive track premiere of “To The Death” from Swedish melodic death metal assault The Resistance, who recently had to cancel upcoming North American shows.
Check out new song "To The Death" right here.
Featuring within its ranks In Flames’ founder Jesper Strömblad on guitar alongside second guitarist Glenn Ljungström (ex-In Flames), vocalist Marco Aro (ex-The Haunted, Facedown) and drummer Chris Barkensjö (ex-Kaamos), the track comes courtesy of the band’s forthcoming "Scars" full-length.
The album is set to detonate on May 14th in North America via Armoury Records. The track list for "Scars" is:
1. Clearing the Slate
2. Your Demise
3. To the Death
4. Expand to Expire
6. I Bend - You Break
7. The Serpent King
8. Eye for an Eye
9. My Madness
12. (I Will) Die Alone
CCE productions, We Party Productions, and Jurassic Ink are proud to announce the return of this year's 2013 Loud As Hell Heavy Metal Festival in Drumheller, Alberta at the Dinosaur Downs Stampede Grounds.
With three days of face melting metal from August 23rd - 25th in the heart of the Canadian badlands, the show will feature 3 Inches of Blood, Into Eternity, Divinity, and All Else Fails among many more. The lineup is as follows: More...
Italian progressive metal outfit Kingcrow has crossed continents and is currently on North American soil touring in support of fifth full-length, "In Crescendo," out now on Sensory Records.
Following a kick-off show in Atlanta upon the band's arrival to the U.S., Kingcrow is in the process of hooking up with Pain Of Salvation, supporting the prog giants on an eight-city trek, not including a one-off show headlining the afterparty for the first night of this year’s ROSFest gathering in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania this Friday, May 3rd.
Kingcrow recently completed a second official video from "In Crescendo," for the album’s fifth opus, “The Drowning Line,” which can be viewed here.
Kingcrow w/ Pain Of Salvation, Imminent Sonic Destruction:
5/01/2013 Empire - West Springfield, VA
5/02/2013 House Of Rock - White Marsh, MD
5/03/2013 RosFest Afterparty - Gettysburg, PA [KINCROW ONLY]
5/05/2013 The Marlin Room @ Webster Hall - New York, NY
5/07/2013 Le Cercle - Quebec City, QC
5/08/2013 Foufounes Electriques - Montreal, QC
5/09/2013 The Mod Club - Toronto, ON
5/10/2013 Reggie's - Chicago, IL
5/11/2013 Station 4 - Minneapolis, MN More...
Neoclassical outfit Chaostar, the worldly musical project of Septicflesh mainman Christos Antoniou, will grace fans with "Anomima" on May 10th (May 28th in North America). The full album is streaming now at Rock Hard Italy or through the player below. The track listing is:
2. Un pensiero per il destino
3. Sorrow Descending
5. Dilate the Time
6. Les réminiscences extatiques
7. Truth Will Prevail
8. Beatiful Daughter
9. The Charmer
10. L'idée fixe
11. Misery’s King
Chaostar was born out of Antoniou's love of both classical and challenging music. The projects influence ranges from the aforementioned neoclassical works, to ancient Byzantine and Far Eastern sounds, and covers a wide range of soundscapes, languages, and vocals. This project is fronted by Androniki Skoula and features guest vocal appearances by David Vincent (Morbid Angel) and Fernando Ribeiro (Moonspell). More...
Children of Bodom offers up a foretaste of upcoming eighth studio record, “Halo Of Blood,” in the form of the first part of a series of track-by-track videos. Check out the first entry below.
"Halo of Blood" will be released June 7th (EU), June 10th (UK), and June 11th, 2013 (North America) and the track listing is as follows:
1. Waste Of Skin
2. Halo Of Blood
3. Scream For Silence
5. Bodom Blue Moon (The Second Coming)
6. Your Days Are Numbered
7. Dead Man's Hand On You
8. Damage Beyond Repair
9. All Twisted
10. One Bottle and a Knee Deep
In a constant barrage of new noise from Portland-based D.I.Y. noisemongers Eolian Empire, the label’s next conquest comes by way of the filthifying new 12” from local metalworkers Drunk Dad. The following press release was issued about the band:
"If they weren't such dirty fuckers they'd be one of the town's shining success stories of unrelenting hard work and dedication: in a surprisingly short time Drunk Dad went from favorite-band-shirts-on-their-hearts-on-their-sleeves to a unique and dynamic fusion of the heavy, the noisy, and the aggro, with a healthy dose of high drama, as they consistently churn out some of the most devastating live sets Portland has seen in years. Complex but in-your-face arrangements, push-pull duel-guitar interplay, searing behind-the-head leads, heavy motherfucking bass, and hard-hitting, tight, technical traps with dynamic, disturbing vocals to hold it all together evolves to ethical scumbaggery at its finest.
"Morbid Reality, the first vinyl release from Portlandian shitstarters Drunk Dad, merges off-kilter sludge/noise the Pacific Northwest perpetuates so well into a drugged-out but aggro vibe; elements of scathing crust-ish degenerate punk brutality of El Dopa or Dystopia are cold-filtered with slow-motion acerbic sludge basslines and noxious riffage with a post-Melvins experimental vibe."
Eolian Empire will drop the four-song "Morbid Reality" on 12” vinyl and digital download this coming June 11th. The track listing is as follows:
4. Scum Fee More...
Kylesa has posted the new song "We're Taking This" online, which comes off forthcoming album, "Ultraviolet." Check out the track below, and the new album is due out through Season of Mist on May 24th (28th in North America). The track listing is as follows:
4. We’re Taking This
5. Long Gone
6. What Does It Take
7. Steady Breakdown
8. Low Tide
9. Vulture’s Landing (streaming here)
Goremasters Aborted have cancelled their North American tour plans. In regards to this cancellation, front-man Sven de Caluwé comments:
"Unfortunately rumors are true. We were forced to pull out of our North American tour with Hypocrisy, Krisiun, and Arsis. Due to reasons beyond control, Hypocrisy was not able to receive US visas in time and had to pull out.
"We only found out 3 days ago and were sharing transport with Hypocrisy. Being this close to the start of tour, finding an affordable method of transportation and a driver was a near impossible task, making it impossible for us to still make it. We are extremely disappointed as we were very excited to make it back out to the US for our fans and share the stage on this great line-up.
"We had flights booked, visas processed, and everything was good to go, so when the news hit, it came as a shock. This cost us several thousands of dollars out of our own pockets and continuing would cost us even more money, which we simply don't have. We apologize to the fans and are already looking for a replacement tour in the near future.
"Krisiun and Arsis are still doing the tour, and we urge you all to still go and support them. All the bands here are victims in this of bureaucratic procedures, so no need to point fingers. We are all as broken by this as anyone else."
Brazil's Krisiun will now headline this North American trek with Arsis as direct support (Autumns End and Starkill will also play select shows). The newly revamped itinerary can be found here.
Lifeforce Records has checked in with the following announcement about singing a deal with GrandExit:
"GrandExit s a Swedish metal band which has been around for over 13 years now. Their new album and Lifeforce Records debut, 'The Dead Justifies The Means' is about to be released in July 2013.
"The album was produced by David Castillo at Ghostward Studios (Katatonia, Bloodbath etc.), a top-produced mix of vibrant death metal and progressive rock. Think Mastodon meets The Black Dahlia Murder, or Dismember meets System Of A Down - and you'll get a small idea of what you're out for...
"Strong songs made with a lot of heart and wise precision. There are choruses and melodies to get you hooked at once and the album is still packed with unexpected variety - patterns and mood changes, killer riffs and groundbreaking vocals & lyrics will get your attention again and again...
"GrandExit will support Decrepit Birth and Jungle Rot in August for 5 dates in Europe. They will be also taking part in the Scandinavian Aggression tour that hits SWE, NOR, FIN in September. Plans are being made for another European tour in October supporting some great bands, so keep your eyes open for the dates!"
A first track entitled "Judgement Of the Wicked" off the upcoming album can be found below. More...
U.K. act Roots has posted the new song "Barricades" online, which was recorded at Studio Six, Swindon by Stu Mckay. Check out the track below. Roots is:
Nathan Petrie - Lead Vocals
Josh Armitage - Drums
Joe Lockstone - Guitar/Clean Vocals
Brandon Hawkins - Guitar
Alex Smith - Bass
Seattle metal quintet Into the Flood has posted a new track titled "Sacrificing The Worm" online. Check it out below. The track is taken from the band's debut album, "Vices," due out June 11th. The full track listing is as follows:
2. The Destroyer
3. David Scheinost
4. Sacrificing The Worm
10. Your Judgment is What Condemns You
12. Eye For An Eye
13. By Way of the Snake More...
Behemoth has been holed up in Hertz Studios working on a tenth full-length album and follow-up to "Evangelion" (reviewed here).
While the band crafts this new album, Game Over Cycles in Poland has been working on the first ever Behemoth motorcycle. The bike is nearly complete, and photos of the steel piece of art, shot during Nergal's recent visit to the workshop, have been posted via Facebook.
Behemoth will also be embarking on the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer. In addition to the festival shows, two off dates have been announced, including July 9th in Grand Rapids, MI and July 29th in Louisville, KY.
Fans at each show will be treated a mini-fest of sorts, with each show including Children of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Job for a Cowboy, Battlecross, and more. More...
Rain Without End has checked in with the following announcement about inking a deal with Mourners Lament:
"Rain Without End Records is extremely happy to welcome Chilean doomsters Mourners Lament to our doom metal family. Mourners Lament play a dark and crushing brand of death/doom full of depressive melodies and atmospheres. The band was born in 2004 in Chile with the idea of creating a heavy mixture of depressive and oppressive music based on the older British trinity as well as other classic and modern influences.
"To date Mourners Lament has released a demo in 2004 and an EP in 2008 titled 'Unbroken Solemnity' which was originally released through Descent Productions of the Netherlands. Between 2008 and 2009 the band welcomed members from Poema Arcanus, Mar de Grises and Procession to the line-up and began playing live shows. Sadly in 2009 the band put things on hold and remained relatively silent until now. Mourners Lament is now back after almost 4 years of silence and now pushes forward with renewed energy. The guys have returned to their original line-up and are currently working on a brand new full length to be released through Rain Without End Records sometime in 2014." More...
American death metal band Jungle Rot have teamed up with Metal Insider to release a bass demo for “Pronounced Dead,” the explosive track from eighth studio album, "Terror Regime." Check it out here or in the player below.
You can also watch the band's previously posted music video for "Terror Regime" over at this location.
New Jersey thrash legends Overkill have announced a co-headlining tour with Kreator. Opening the tour will be California's Warbringer.
Vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth comments: "Overkill and Kreator is powerhouse combination, a serious one. Two thrash punch. This is what it's all about! Hang on, LET'S DO THIS!"
Tickets will be exclusively available through Enterthevault.com today, April 30th with general tickets going on sale May 14th. Dates will span the U.S. coast to coast with select dates in Canada. The tour will end with two nights at Stage 48 in New York City. More...
It was recently announced that London-based progressive metallers The Safety Fire had entered the studio to begin recording a forthcoming second album, and the band has revealed the first in a series of studio diaries documenting that process.
First up are the drums, which were tracked at Middle Farm Studios in Devon. Guitarist and producer Derya "Dez" Nagle had this to say about The Safety Fire's time in the studio: "Calvin hit the drums a lot. We were all very impressed by how much and how well he hit the drums. He was very humble about the whole thing, but there was an overwhelming feeling that we all witnessed something very special. It was the start of a new movement, the humblist was born." More...
Cyprus act Blynd has announced the band is beginning to write new material to follow the "Punishment Unfolds" release (reviewed here). The band comments:
"Well its always great to play home! Thank you all for coming last night and moshing with us until the end (even if it was on a Monday night) you where amazing! We would like to thank also the great En Psychro, our new brothers Desert Near The End, and of course the great crew (you know who you are).
"We will take some days of and after that we gonna hit our studio to start writing the new material for our next album, we will though announce one more concert to promote The Punishment album most likely to be in the great city of Larnaca, its being to long to play there! Cheers everybody!!"
You can check out the band's music by listening to three songs off the latest album at this location.
Katatonia will return with a special triple-LP vinyl release featuring an epic set of classics from the band's catalogue.
"Last Fair Day Gone Night" features the Swedish dark rock/metal act at its glorious best with this electrifying set from London's Koko venue during a series of celebratory shows to mark the band's 20th anniversary during 2011's "Last Fair Day Gone Night" tour.
Set for a June 17th, 2013 release on Peaceville Records, "Last Fair Day Gone Night" is presented on triple heavyweight 180gm vinyl in a deluxe box, with a 12 page 12" book. The set includes a performance of "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" in its entirety. More...
St. Petersburg, Russia act Astral Display will be releasing the "Prometheus" album on May 7th. The band has now also posted a track from the release online. Check out "Standing on Precipice" below, and the album's full track listing is:
2. Standing on Precipice
3. Voice Inside
4. Energetic Human Body
5. Power Within
6. People and Events
8. Out of Memory More...
Watain has checked in with the following announcement revealing the title and release of a new album:
"After 120 nights of iron will and ardent magic, the fifth full length album of Watain is now complete. With broken bones and burning hearts we have ploughed our way through deepest winter into a new wilderness, to which we will open the gates at summer's end. 'The Wild Hunt' will be released on August 19th in Europe and August 20th in USA. Beware the rising star of dawn..."
The album was mixed again at the Necromorbus Studio in Alvik, Sweden by Tore Stjerna. More details will be unveiled soon. More...
Chariots of the Gods, which released new album "Tides of War" (reviewed here) earlier this year, has now posted a new "GodCast" episode online.
Check it out below, and the band also comments on the clip:
"In which your host and guest Christian Carriere, ex-Chariots of the Gods guitar player, discuss Chris's musical beginnings, finding Metallica, smoking weed and laughing at cock jokes, forming Chariots of the Gods, playing shows, having to leave the band, the realities of life but also finding love, making it last and having a good time with friends." More...
Swedish thrashers F.K.U. posted a new music video for the track "Black Hole Hell." The song appears on the band's upcoming fourth LP "4: Rise of the Mosh Mongers," which was issued last week via Napalm Records.
F.K.U. features Lawrence Mackrory (Darkane) on vocals (as Larry Lethal), Peter Lans (ex-Lost Souls) on guitar (as Pete Stooaahl), Teddy Möller (Wuthering Heights) on drums (as Dr. Ted Killer Miller), Patrik Sporrong (Ex-Midas Touch) on bass (as Pat Splat).
The video was directed, illustrated & animated by Juppi Juppsen. Check it out here:
It was recently announced that Hypocrisy would have to miss the band's upcoming North American tour due to visa problems, but that Arsis, Krisiun, Autumns End, and Starkill would be continuing with the trek. Arsis has now checked in with the following update about the tour schedule:
"IMPORTANT: Updated tour schedule below. We need all the support we can get on this one, PLEASE check the list below for your city and come out to support Arsis and Krisiun and keep the metal touring circuit alive! We really appreciate it and can't wait to unleash the heaviest set we've ever played on you all!
"Promoters in Oakland, CA and Stafford, CT have cancelled. Trenton, NJ has been added. Some other shows have changed venues." More...
Fejd (featuring Nostradameus members), posted a new music video for the track "Den Skimrande." The song appears on the forthcoming third LP "Nagelfar," which is scheduled for release via Napalm Records on May 29, 2013 (ESP/SWE/NOR), May 31, 2013 (G/A/S, FIN & Benelux), June 3, 2013 (Rest of Europe), June 11, 2013 (USA/Canada).
The video was was produced, written and directed by Mathias "Matte" Hjelm in collaboration with Napalm Records, Daniel Ström and Fejd. Check it out here:
Pennsylvania metal act Order of Nine posted a new music video for "Seventh Year of the Broken Mirror." The song is the title track to the band's latest and fourth LP, which was issued in May of 2012 via Nightmare Records. This is the band's second video for the release, the first was for "Dreamspeak," which can be seen over at this location.
Check out the video here: