Metal News for April 8, 2013
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Ohio's Arise the Titan has been busy lately, going through exciting changes and assaulting the live scene. The band recently welcomed new drummer Paul Bolin and dropped latest single "To Arise and Cast Out" (available for streaming below).
Fresh off the Southern Discomfort tour, we checked in with Arise the Titan vocalist Mike Leone to discuss the band's latest music, upcoming gigs, and a truly monstrous burger neatly put away by bassist Chaunce Martin. Check out the full interview below. More...
Swedish death metal act Sorcery will be touring the U.S. for the very first time, in support "Arrival at Six" released both on CD & 12" LP back in January through Xtreem Music.
The tour features a total of 15 shows across the U.S. accompanied by Mexico's Infinitum Obscure. Dates are as follows:
Apr 12 - The Black Castle - Los Angeles, CA
Apr 13 - Oakland Metro Operahouse - Oakland, CA
Apr 14 - Rotture - Portland, OR
Apr 15 - Studio Seven - Seattle, WA
Apr 16 - Burt's Tiki Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 17 - Sokol Underground - Omaha, NE
Apr 18 - Ultra Lounge - Chicago, IL
Apr 19 - The Foundry - Lakewood, OH
Apr 20 - Sergio's Place - Silver Spring, MD
Apr 21 - Freddies Tavern - Bristol, PA
Apr 22 - Swayze's - Marietta, GA
Apr 23 - Matthews Bar and Grill - Birmingham, AL
Apr 24 - Walter's Downtown - Houston, TX
Apr 26 - Til-Two Club - San Diego, CA
Apr 27 - Cheyenne Saloon - Las Vegas, NV More...
Swedish black metal band Svartsyn has revealed the first track off upcoming full-length album "Black Testament." The album is coming to shops on the 28th of May in Europe and 11th of June in North America through Agonia Records. The song "Demoness With Seven Names" can be streamed below.
According to band founder and mastermind Ornias, "Black Testament" can be described as a "sinister mix between Destruction Of Man (2003) and Timeless Reign (2007) releases." He also added: "it's a journey through my spiritual darkness and death." The album was recorded at Mortsella Studio, Sweden and the track listing is as follows:
1. Revelation in the Waters
2. Venom of the Underworld
3. Demoness with Seven Names
4. Carving a Temple
5. Eyes of the Earth
6. Rising Beast
7. Black Testament More...
With more than 15,000 bands in our database, and hordes more than that in existence, every Monday we like to take a little time to highlight three underground bands that deserve your attention.
Usually our unearthed bands focus on a single sub-genre or geographic region, but today we’ll look bands that have all experienced a similar phenomena: the flip-flop. Favored maneuver of politicians everywhere, and for some reason also plenty of metal bands, these guys aren’t doing it to pick up more votes, as their flip-flips frequently cost them fans.
Metal has its fair share of musical flip-floppers who went from heavy to soft, vice versa, or smashed opposing elements together to create a different type of sound. Our previous look at three genre flip-floppers covered a variety of them, and there are even more well known acts that have taken this route, from Darkthrone to Anathema and Therion. Below you’ll find a sampling of three lesser known acts that have significantly changed sound from their earlier works.
This Swedish death metal act had a cult hit back in 2009 with debut full-length “The Horror” (reviewed here), which was a brutal and unrelenting take on death/thrash that never let up. Short but sweet, the tracks were brief bites of devastation that didn’t overstay their welcome.
Fast forward to 2013, and Tribulation is an altogether different beast. Unlike the other two bands we’ll look at today, this time the change in sound actually made the songs much longer than before. “The Formulas of Death” (check out the review) saw the band become a progressive death metal outfit with plenty of melody and unexpected stylistic shifts. If it weren’t for the remaining thrash influence in the guitar sounds and the recurring death vocals, this would essentially be two different bands.
Hear the difference yourself through the clips below taken from each album. There is a lot going on musically throughout the second album, so a single song doesn’t really give enough to digest the breadth of the change, but you can also check out the new song “When the Sky is Black with Devils” via the band’s Facebook profile.
Milwaukee's Enabler has locked down several new bouts of Spring tour dates in support of the brand new "Shift Of Redemption" EP, out this week via Think Fast! Records. Hear the full "Shift Of Redemption" EP right now via Invisible Oranges.
The new North American tour dates include a week-long trek through the Midwest later this month, as well as another three-date Midwestern assault in mid-May. These sessions include shows with Weekend Nachos, Early Graves, Rotten Sound, Dead in the Dirt and more, as well as a stop at the two-day D.I.Y. punk/hardcore gathering Forward Ohio Fest in late April with the likes of Wartorn, Raw Power, Masakari and more joining the skirmish.
In addition Enabler has also confirmed their first tour of Australia, with a destructive ten-date expedition alongside Urns now set to go down in July. More...
Jungle Rot has checked in with the following statement about missing tonight's (April 8th) show in St. Paul due to vehicle problems:
"Unfortunately, we are having issues with our touring vehicle. It is at the mechanics now, but it looks like we are going to miss tonights show at Station 4 in St. Paul, Minnesota. If you were planning on coming to see us tonight, we sincerely apologize. We're hoping to catch back up to the tour on Tuesday in Iowa."
A list of the band's upcoming tour dates is available after the jump. Also check out Jungle Rot's latest music video for "Terror Regime:" More...
Gothic metal act Tristania will be releasing new album "Darkest White" via Napalm Records on May 31st, 2013. Tristania guitarist Anders has now posted an extensive studio report online via the band's website here, and excerpts from the studio report follow:
"It has been a few weeks since we completed the recordings for our 7th album, Darkest White. It has been intense. Everything recorded within one month. That’s very fast for a band like Tristania (shortest recording period so far), especially considering our four singers and the detailed arrangements. It has been long days and nights in four different studios. Rich amounts of stress, pressure, frustration and minimal sleep. But definitely worth it.
"While I’m writing this, the album is finally completed, and we’ve just received the final mastered version of the album. We are very proud of the finished product. For the first time I can honestly say that I’m 100% satisfied with the sound on a Tristania album. Even more remarkable for me, it’s the first time I can say that the general vibe of the final result turned out exactly as I was hoping for – only better.
"When entering studio to record an album, you always have goals for how you want the songs to end up; some kind of vision you want to fulfill. It is not always easy to describe with words, but you know exactly how you want the vibe of the album to be at the end of the day. This time around we wanted these songs to sound brutal, intense and full of energy. The sound on our two previous albums has been quite clean and controlled. It was obvious that these songs deserved a different approach. More...
Masterplan has released a teaser trailer for the upcoming new album "Nova Initium," due out May 17th via AFM Records. Check out the clip below. The track listing for "Nova Initium" is:
1. Per Aspera Ad Astra
2. The Game
3. Keep Your Dream Alive
4. Black Night Of Magic
6. No Escape
7. Pray On My Soul
8. Earth Is Going Down
9. Return From Avalon
10. Through Your Eyes
11. Novum Initium
12. 1492 (Bonus Track) (Digipak Only)
13. Fear The Silence (Bonus track) (Digipak Only) More...
Psychotic Pulse has posted the band's debut, self-titled album online for streaming. Listen to the album below, or download the tracks on a name-your-price basis at Bandcamp. The band also issued the following biography:
"Toronto based Psychotic Pulse has evolved it's explosive metal sound since it's foundations in 2009. Formed by Wes MacDonald and Fareed Shah the group enjoyed great regional success and faced much adversity as members came and went. Coming together in full with the addition of Alex Rise, Treavor Blakney, and fronted by Nathan Bales, Psychotic Pulse stands stronger than ever."
1. Diagnosis 01:26
2. Asylum 03:46
3. Lethiferous 03:47
4. Obsession 03:53
5. Man Made Hell 04:20
6. Dichotomy Of Rage 03:20
7. Mutilation 04:05
8. Programmed to Die 03:48
9. Restrain 03:29 More...
A new music video is now available online for the opening track "Machine" off Wasted Shells' second album "The Collector." Check out the video below, or hear more from Wasted Shells over at the band's Facebook profile here. More...
Dutch thrash/metalcore act State of Negation has released a new lyric video for the track "The Light." Give the song a listen through the YouTube clip below, or find more info on State of Negation via Facebook here. The band consists of:
Casper Leijen - Vocals
Mike Van Bekkum - Bass Guitar
Tristan Jacobs - Lead Guitar
Pim Nijssen - Rhythm Guitar
Mike De Vries - Drums
Stoner rock/metal act Bacchus Baracus has posted the "Tales Of Worries, Woes & Whatever" album online for streaming. Check out the release via Bandcamp here or through the player below. The track listing is as follows:
1. Yo, Wanna Deal? 03:01
2. Memo From The Queer Desk 03:48
3. Man Of The North 03:44
4. I Am The Mammoth 04:08
5. Her Love's a Prison 06:34
6. No Name 06:12
7. Fuck Knows Man 04:38
8. Sweet Smell 14:00 More...
American hardcore veterans Shai Hulud have announced a dozen headline shows in support of their latest album "Reach Beyond The Sun," released in February. Support comes from Departures. These shows come after the band's upcoming run with Propagandhi. Catch Shai Hulud live on the following dates:
12/04/13 – DE - Berlin - SO36
13/04/13 – DE - Hamburg - Grünspan
14/04/13 – NL - Amsterdam - Melkweg
15/04/13 - UK - Nottingham - Rock City
17/04/13 - UK - London - The Electric Ballroom
18/04/13 - UK - Glasgow - Garage
19/04/13 - UK - Sheffield - Corporation
20/04/13 – BE - Hasselt - Muziekodroom
21/04/13 – DE - Köln - Essigfabrik
23/04/13 – DE - München - Backstage
24/04/13 – CH - Zürich - Komplex
25/04/13 – AT - Wien - Arena
26/04/13 – IT - Milano - Officina Creative Ansaldo
27/04/13 – DE - Stuttgart – LKA More...
In This Moment has released a new video for "Adrenalize," which can be viewed at Revolvermag.com or in the player below. The band also comments:
"We are thrilled to finally unleash the 'Adrenalize' video on the masses, we created something that surpasses our highly successful video for 'Blood' and now that we have your attention we are going to make you feel filthy, captivated and at the same time disturbingly aroused, love or hate us we guarantee you will keep coming back for more." More...
Djevel has revealed the artwork for the band's upcoming album "Besatt av Maane og Natt," which can be viewed below. The track listing will be as follows:
1. Besatt av maane og natt
2. Aapne graver og tomme kister
4. Tornekroner og geitehorn
5. Blant fjell og falne
7. ...og englene dinglet fra galgene
8. Saa tok alt slutt...
The band will be revealing a song from the album next week, along with pre-orders for a limited gatefold LP and digipack CD. More...
The North American female fronted hard rock fest, Dame-Nation, will be hosting it's fifth annual event in Chicago, IL on August 15th, 2013.
Cradle of Filth's touring backing vocalist and pianist Lindsay Matheson (Schoolcraft) will host the Reggies Music Joint Stage.
Dame-Nation owner and producer Eric Sanchez comments, "Lindsay and I have a fond respect for one another in regards to personality, promoting, and showcasing the talents of female singers and fronted bands. Schoolcraft will be returning for her third Dame-Nation appearance. I was excited to hear that she was chosen to join Cradle of Filth on tour this year. I'm extremely proud of her accomplishments as a musician."
U.K. prog rockers hAND have signed to Brutal Elite Records for the release of their upcoming third album "Kintsugi."
The four piece is due to head to Seriously Heavy Studios in July to begin recording the new album. After meeting up with producer Nick Hemingway the band comments, "After talking things over with Nick we can't tell you how hyped we are about this album; we reckon it is going to sound a bit different to the last two production wise, we have so many ideas already!"
"Unclear," the new video from Italian heavy rockers Fallingice, can be seen below. The clip was produced by Spettacolab s.r.l. and directed by Fabrizio Trigari. The story, written by Vincenzo Scardapane, was shot in New York with American actors, while the band’s performance was filmed in Italy. Check out the clip below.
Fallingice’s music has been described as "incorporating the heavy metal riffs of Godsmack with the grunge sounds of artists such as Nirvana and Puddle of Mudd, but adding a distinctive Italian twist to the mix to create a unique sound of their own."
"Unclear" comes off the band’s debut album "Meatsuit," which was released worldwide via Ukdivision Records. The track listing is as follows:
02. Another Day
03. Inner Confusion
04. Soap Bubble
05. Breathing Machine
06. Hands In Chains
08. Teenage Boy
10. Too Bored To Die
11. My Cold Heart More...
Romanian metallers Spinecrusher have released their first EP titled "Hellthrash" via the Romanian Thrash Metal Club. Daniel-Andrei Gheorghiu, the band's guitarist and band leader, comments:
"Hellthrash is the first official record by Spinecrusher. It contains the songs Bringer of Souls, Incantation of the Cursed One and 666. They make up a story about death, the afterlife and return to life. The character goes from trying to regain his old life in pact with the gods of darkness then come back to earth as the leader of legions from Hell."
The artwork was designed by Bony (ex-Snapjaw), the band's lead vocalist. Check out a demo song from the EP below. More...
The brand new Out Of Yesteryear video for "The Pig King" is now available online, courtesy of Russia's Drugmetal.ru. Check out the clip below.
"The Pig King" comes off the band's new offering "Mass," a full-length album to be released in May. The track listing is as follows:
1. Paranoid Disgust
2. Messenger of Doom
3. Tyrants or Slaves
4. The Pig King
5. Blood Like Mercury
6. Retribution in Serenity
7. The Primal Silence
8. Call of Sin
9. IX More...
The members of Dream Theater have been taking time out from recording a new studio album to answer fan questions submitted on Twitter.
Watch the clip below of front man James LaBrie discussing where and how he'll be tracking vocals for the new record. A recent video interview with John Petrucci is also available at this location.
The infamous occult rock act Ghost has released a new song online titled "Monstrance Clocks," which can be heard at Rollingstone.com or through the player below.
The track comes off Ghost's new album "Infestissumam," due out on April 9th, 2013 on Loma Vista Recordings. The track listing is as follows:
2. Per Aspera ad Inferi
3. Secular Haze
4. Jigolo har Megiddo
5. Ghuleh / Zombie Queen
6. Year Zero
8. Body and Blood
9. Depth of Satan’s Eyes
10. Monstrance Clocks More...
U.K. act Heart of a Coward has released a new music video for the song "Deadweight," which will appear on the band's forthcoming second full-length album. The clip was directed by Jack Lilley and can be viewed below. Heart of a Coward is:
Jamie Graham (Vocals)
Carl Ayers (Guitars)
Steve Haycock (Guitars)
Vishal "V" Khetia (Bass)
Christopher "Noddy" Mansbridge (Drums)
Sonata Arctica has posted more footage online from the band's time on the road supporting latest album "Stones Grow Her Name" (reviewed here).
Check out the clip below, and the band also comments: "Stones Grow Her Name tour adventures just keep on pouring in! Here we go with Moscow and St. Petersburg!"
The new Space Mirrors album "The Other Gods," which is the second in the "Cosmic Horror" series, is being recorded and being mixed now at KZI Studio. A video update from the studio is now available below. The album is due out later this year via Transubstans Records.
The current main recording line-up is: Alisa Coral (keyboards, mixing), Martyr Lucifer (Hortus Animae) on vocals, Claudio Tirincanti (Blaze Bayley) on drums, Gabriel Monticello (Spaceseed, Gainesville Chamber Orchestra) on bass, and Sparky Simmons (Acid FM) on guitars plus other notable guest musicians including Bless (Hortus Animae), Cyndee Lee Rule (Spaceseed), Dr. James Hodkinson (Shadowlight, Pre-Med), and Amon 418 (Hate Profile). It will be released later this year via Transubstans Records.
Swedish doom metallers Memory Garden have released the third and final single "Daughters Of The Sea" off new album "Doomain," which is due out April 12th. Give the song a listen at Metal.de or through the player available below. More...
Eminence first played America last year when they stepped onto a boat to play a show with Prong as part of a CMJ/Metal Insider concert. The Brazilian band returned recently to play a few shows at Austin, Texas’ annual industry blow out, SXSW. The group played multiple times, including a South American metal band showcase featuring historic first American performances by three Cuban metal bands.
Eminence is approaching its 20-year anniversary, but the group is still under the radar in America. With a new album in the works, one that includes guest appearances by Sepultura’s Paulo JR, new video on the way and a different voice on the microphone—Eminence chose the ideal time to make a splash north of the Equator. Guitarist Alan Wallace and legendary Brazilian drummer Andre Marcio (Overdose, ex-Armmagedon) met with Metal Underground at their hotel to discuss these events and outline some of the band’s history. More...
MetalSucks.net recently ran an article about Justin Osbourn of Slasher Design plagiarizing artwork for album covers, and the band Aborted has now posted the following statement regarding plagiarized art gracing the cover of latest album "Global Flatline" (reviewed here):
"Okay, After all this ranting and the artwork for Global Flatline being one of the most prominent images in the article about plagiarism from Slasher Design, we decided to put a statement up regarding this. Honestly we did not want to get involved but everyone bringing it up all the time by either posts or private messages is getting out of control.
"People are starting to blame the band. When a band commissions an artist for original art and pays their hard earned money on it (and trust me this was not cheap artwork) only to find out a year later about this plagiarism thing: the bands are the biggest victims in this story. We had no idea about any of this and loved the artwork when we got it, assuming it was all hand painted and original artwork for our record. Now this is all tainted with a bitter after taste for all of us, we have merchandise printed with this, stage banners and what not.
"All we can ask from our fans is to be understanding of the matter and know that we feel cheated even more. We are still very proud of the album and nothing will change that in the end.
"Thank you all for understanding & the support, see you guys on tour later this month!" More...
Naer Mataron has posted a teaser for the new song "The Whisperer in Darkness," which will appear on an upcoming split release and can be heard below. The band also comments:
"AD MAIOREM CHTHULU GLORIAM! We are in the pleasant position to announce to you that we have recorded a new old school song, dedicated to all the black souls that grew up listening to the traditional early '90s Greek sound of the infamous Storm Studio, Molon Lave Records, etc.
"We even used the same guitar amplifier that they were using back then at Storm Studio (Varathron, Rotting Christ, Thou Art Lord). The song was baptised 'The Whisperer in the Darkness' by the Goat with a Thousand Young itself, and it will be available on a split release with our firebrothers, Nergal. Release date: Procession of the Icon by Supreme Music Creations ... IA! IA!" More...
German symphonic metal act Sons Of Seasons, featuring Kamelot keyboardist Oliver Palotai, have mutually parted ways with vocalist Henning Basse (MaYaN/Uli Jon Roth). The announcement came via the band's Facebook Page, which reads:
"Sons Of Seasons and Henning Basse will go separate ways in the future. The musical and professional plans have been going into different directions since a while so that we finally made this decision in mutual agreement. We wish Henning good luck in the future and will begin working on the upcoming album these days.
Oliver, Pepe, Jürgen & Daniel"
Basse is currently working on a new vocal project, however the details of which have not yet been announced. More...
Swedish death thrashers Facebreaker posted the third installment in a series of video studio reports for the upcoming "Dedicated to the Flesh" album. The album is targeted for release in May/June through Cyclone Empire Records.
In this report, vocalist Robban Karlsson (Scar Symmetry) lays down vocal tracks and guitarist Mika Lagrén records leads. Check out the report here:
Black Star Riders, the new band featuring Thin Lizzy members Ricky Warwick, Damon Johnson, Scott Gorham, and Marco Mendoza together with drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (Alice Cooper/Megadeth), has posted up a lyric video for the new track "Bound For Glory." The song appears on the band's debut LP "All Hell Breaks Loose," which is expected for release on May 24, 2013 (EU), May 27, 2013 (UK) and May 28, 2013 (North America) via Nuclear Blast.
Check out "Bound For Glory" here:
Florida's Artizan, featuring Ex-Leviathan vocalist Tom Braden, will issue its sophomore release "Ancestral Energy" through Pure Steel Records on May 10, 2013. The album was mixed and mastered by Jim Morris at Morrisound Studios in Tampa. The album features a guest vocal appears from Matt Barlow (Ashes Of Ares/ex-Iced Earth). Check out the preview clip below.
The track list and album art are:
Stahlmann posted up a new music video for the track "Schwarz." The song appears on the band's third album "Adamant," which is due out on April 19th via AFM Records.
The track list for "Adamant" is as follows:
1. Die Welt Verbrennt
3. Wenn Der Regen Kommt
4. Schwarz (feat. Teufel/Tanzwut)
7. Der Schmied
10. Tempel Der Lust
12. Traumfrau (Bonus Track) (Digipak)
13. Licht (Bonus Track) (Digipak)
Check our "Schwarz" here: More...
Hypocrisy has posted the second music video for the new LP "End of Disclosure," this time for the track "Tales Of Thy Spineless" (see video for title track at this location).
"End Of Disclosure" is out now through Nuclear Blast. The video was shot during the band's release show on March 22nd, 2013 in Stockholm, Sweden.
Check out "Tales Of Thy Spineless" here:
In our latest collaboration with the rising indie label Kaotoxin Records, we are proud to premiere today the new music video for "Paranoid Visions (Pt.2)" from Antropofago. Check out the clip below.
French act Antropofago self-released the debut full-length "Beyond Phobia" in 2011. At the time, the brutal death metal outfit had no drummer and in 2012, preparing to sign with Kaotoxin Records, Antropofago recorded several tracks with a drum machine for convenience.
Now officially signed to Kaotoxin and with a real drummer in the ranks, the band has released three of those tracks as the "Between Fear and Madness" digital EP. The group is also now recording a second full-length album, while the original debut was re-released in February.
The "Between Fear and Madness" EP is available for free download at this location. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Cannibal Way of Life
2. Paranoid Visions (Pt.2)
3. Bloodred Honeymoon More...