Metal News for April 8, 2015
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From Tucson, Arizona comes Prosthetic Records’ newest band signing: the atmospheric sludge trio North.
Consisting of vocalist/bassist Evan Leek, guitarist Matthew Mutterperl, and drummer Zack Hansen, the group has released four EPs and two full-length albums. Check out a video clip below announcing the signing.
North's upcoming June tour is a precursor to a 34-date trek on which the group will embark later this year. See a list of the trio’s upcoming appearances after the jump. More...
"Fertile," the second album from dynamic Italian trio Stearica, is now just a week from its release through UK-based Monotreme Records.
The album is now playing in its glorious entirety. Listen to the full release below, courtesy of Burning Ambulance. The following press release was also issued:
"Stearica's intense sophomore album, 'Fertile,' was heavily inspired by the Arab Spring and uprising of Barcelona's Indignants, arising against their governing bodies in search of true freedom. Taking the band's generally instrumental soundscape movements to entirely new levels of creativity, Fertile incorporates several new approaches for the band through life-affirming experiments with instrumentation as well as atypical vocal passages, with guest contributions from Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver) and Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys) and Ryan Patterson (Coliseum).
"Set to arise alongside new life during this Spring season, 'Fertile' marks not only fresh expansion for Stearica as a unit, the album is meant to inspire new growth in the hearts and minds of all free-thinking individuals, with a positive vibe meant to bring forth organic and revolutionary change for the betterment of all beings who inhabit this breathing surface we all reside upon."
Monotreme Records will release "Fertile" worldwide on April 13th. See the band live supporting the release on these dates:
4/24/2015 The Ferret - Preston UK
4/25/2015 The Blue Room - Blackpool, UK
4/27/2015 The Hope and Ruin - Brighton, UK
4/28/2015 The Old Blue Last - London, UK More...
Korpiklaani is set to release new album "Noita" on May 1st via Nuclear Blast. This will be the band's ninth full-length studio album and to give fans an idea of what to expect, the folk metal group will release a series of album trailers.
Today sees the release of the second album trailer in which Jonne and Cane discuss the album title. Check it out below.
The forthcoming album is the first Korpiklaani release to feature new accordion player Sami Perttula. Perttula's joining the band has added another dimension in the band's folk arrangements alongside Fiddler Tuomas Rounakari. Jan Yrlund of Darkgrove Design created the album's artwork. More...
German band A Secret Revealed will release "The Bleakness" on April 24 via Bastardized Recordings on CD and digital formats. Bastardized Recordings comments:
"The Würzburg (Germany) group’s full-length debut features post metal compositions anchored in melody with equal measures of black metal and hardcore influences.
"The atmospheric melancholia of 'The Bleakness' recalls at various points the work of Devil Sold His Soul, Cult Of Luna, and Pelican. Lyrics based on personal struggles and disappointment adds even more depth to the oppressive, ambient experience. Nikita Kamprad (Der Weg Einer Freiheit) and David Schneiker contribute guest vocals.
"'The Bleakness' was recorded and produced Tonstudio Würzburg in collaboration with Nikita Kamprad (Der Weg Einer Freiheit, Hackneyed). Julian Langguth of BlackLeafDesigns is responsible for the quality artwork."
The album's track listing is as follows: More...
In less than two weeks, Ides Of Gemini will uncork two new ethereal sound conjurings in the form of "Cathage" and "Strange Fruit." Set for release via Magic Bullet Records on April 18th, 2015 in honor of Record Store Day, the tracks will come available in digital and seven-inch formats.
The lingering tones of "Cathage" inhabit Side A. It begins with a doomy, acoustic summoning of the spirits of a barren world, written and recorded during the "Old World New Wave" (Neurot/Sige) sessions.
Side B is one of an emotionally stirring cover of "Strange Fruit." Written as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, and set to music famously by Billie Holiday in 1939, the song stems from Meeropol's original protest piece against the racial lynchings that marred the early 20th century in America.
All copies are pressed on limited edition, one-time-only runs of clear and black vinyl. The title goes immediately out of print after Record Store Day. Exclusive cover art by Jas Helena rounds out this dauntingly monolithic slab of wax. More...
The third webisode leading up to the release of “Atlas,” the upcoming album from Los Angeles based progressive metal trio Tribe, is now available through the band’s Youtube channel. Check out the guitar tracking video below.
The band also recently released the single "Metamorphosis," now available on all major digital retailers and available for streaming at this location. The full "Atlas" track listing is as follows:
3. Burn The Empire
5. Global Hysteria
8. The Fix
12. Mangue More...
Michael Denner and Hank Shermann, the original guitar players of Mercyful Fate's "Melissa" and "Don't Break the Oath" albums, have created a new EP together titled "Satan's Tomb," coming in 2015 on Metal Blade Records.
These songs were crafted with the Mercyful Fate worldwide legion of fans at the forefront of their collective minds. From the first riff to the last wail, one cannot help but feel the magic newly recaptured once again.
The band, which is simply called Denner / Shermann, calls into service a formidable group of allies who were capable of helping realize this menagerie of malice. Shermann first called upon Marc Grabowski (Demonica) to handle the bass guitar, followed by the only drummer that made sense for many obvious aspects, the one known as Snowy Shaw (Mercyful Fate, King Diamond, Dream Evil).
Many voices were considered, but fate lead them to Sean Peck (Cage and Death Dealer). He was not only a fan but had the versatile vocal skills to make the new songs come to life like their fans would expect.
Hank Shermann comments: "We have been writing and recording with an incredible line up of musicians and the fans are in for a dark, classic, heavy metal treat for sure. We wanted to get back to the essence of what we created back in the early 80s. The music inevitably sounds like you would hope it to be, fans of our early work should be very excited."
Metal Blade's Brian Slagel adds: "I am super excited to welcome Denner / Shermann to the Metal Blade family. I have known Michael and Hank for more than 25 years. I am honored to be able to work with these two legendary musicians. Really excited to work with all the guys on this exciting new band!" More...
The Australian thrash grind malefactors from King Parrot are currently wreaking havoc through the U.S. on tour with bong-wielders, Weedeater.
The band will pillage over two-dozen municipalities upon the tour's completion with the march coming to a close on April 18th in Wilmington, North Carolina. From there, King Parrot will play two headlining shows - including a special Housecore Records Signing Party at the Blue Nile in New Orleans April 20th - before heading back to home turf for a two-week Australian march with additional live invasions to be announced in the weeks to come.
The live abrasions come in advance of the band's soon-to-be-unleashed "Dead Set" full-length. The band comments:
"We're half way through this wild circus tour with our brothers from Weedeater! It's been one hell of a ride so far and King Parrot now has fourteen shows in a row through Central America, the East Coast and finishing up down in New Orleans at the Blue Nile on Monday April 20th for our Housecore Records signing party. We're all excited about the release of our new record 'Dead Set' on May 19th and we've been loving showcasing some of this new material on the tour. It's going down a treat. Come out to a show if we're in your neck of the woods."
"Dead Set" will detonate May 19th in North America via Housecore Records. In the mean time, catch the band live on these dates: More...
The Ukrainian black metal pioneers from Drudkh are streaming the second new track taken from new album, "A Furrow Cut Short."
The track, titled "Cursed Sons II," is streaming below, courtesy of Decibel Magazine. "A Furrow Cut Short" will be released by Season of Mist on May 19th, and will be available across several CD and limited edition LP formats. The album's track listing is:
Cryptic Hymn just released a video diary from the "Poltourgeist Tour" this past March, which can be seen below.
The tour was the blackened death metal band's first, with a new single titled "Revel In Disgust" also out now and available for free download at Bandcamp here. The single give fans a taste of what's to come in 2015 as the band works on pre-production for a debut full-length release. More...
So there may not actually be a pro-LGBT compilation coming from Judas Priest (apologies to those who are still somehow not seeing the date and thinking it's real...) but you will soon be able to buy Judas Priest coffee, and that's no joke.
Does anything cut as deep as British Steel? The songs comprising this landmark record yielded both monumental commercial success, capturing the attention of the broader uninitiated… while also producing anthems to those already deeply enmeshed in a turbo charged new genre.
As fuel for this inexorable juggernaut comes some brewed crude that sparkles cup after cup, sin after sin. Death to False Coffee!
To celebrate the 35th anniversary of "British Steel," Dark Matter Coffee and Judas Priest present the ultimate hesher coffee. On Tuesday, April 14th, the coffee and cassette combo will be unleashed via the DMC website here andat three Chicago retail locations. Each bag of British Steel coffee will come with a old school cassingle, featuring "Grinder" and "Snakebite" (While supplies last). More...
Akasava just unveiled a treat for fans in the form of a freshly-recorded track from upcoming EP "Strange Aeons."
Check out "Sons of Bastet" below, which is a full-throttle homage to The Stooges’ rock n’ roll sound, combined with the band’s carved stylings of occult and psychedelic rock.
The "Strange Aeons" EP is due for a late April release, with a confirmed date still to be announced. The track listing is:
Abiotic is set to release new album "Casuistry" this coming April 21st on Metal Blade Records. So far two blistering tracks from the band's sophomore release have been made available for streaming, and today another comes online.
As the band kicks off a North American tour, Abiotic has teamed up with Metal Sucks to premiere new single "Molecular Rematerialization." Give it a listen below.
Guitarist John Matos commented on the new track: "'Molecular Rematerialization' is one of my favorite songs off of 'Casuistry!' You get to hear Brent kill it in a drum solo and it has Alex's signature shredful bass runs. We'll be playing this one and tons more off of Casuistry on our upcoming tour with Boris the Blade and Alterbeast!" More...
Following the recent release of the "Suspended Over the Abyss" single from upcoming album "Entheogen," Costa Rica’s Corpse Garden has now recorded an official playthrough for the single. Check it out below.
With "Entheogen," Corpse Garden will unleash a thirteen-track death metal focused opus, that the band states is something completely different from what was offered before with debut release "Burnt By the Light" .
Vocalist Felipe Tencio elaborates: “The band went through several line up changes [in 2013], Federico [Guitars] and Erick [Drums] are the only remaining members of the Burnt By The Light sessions so it's basically a new band with new ideas and a different purpose. 'Entheogen' shows the new identity of the sound and the new message we are trying to get across. It's by far a more elaborate, complex and dynamic album in terms of musicianship, concept and song structures.”
The "Entheogen" artwork was handled by Alexander L.Brown of BNB Illustration and Design, while the album was recorded with Juan Pablo Calvo at Bushido Audio Productions, in Cartago, Costa Rica. "Entheogen" is set for release this May 15th through both Russia’s Satanath Records and Germany’s RTM Productions with North American distribution through Sevared. More...
New York City's Mirror Queen will release new album "Scaffolds of the Sky" on April 21st via Tee Pee Records.
The follow-up to the band's 2011 LP, "From Earth Below," "Scaffolds of the Sky" was recorded in front of a wall of Marshall amplifiers at Momek Studios in Brooklyn, and was mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering (Roky Erickson, Big Star).
In advance of the album's release, The Obelisk premieres new song "Strangers In Our Own Time," which can be heard below. The full track listing is as follows:
1. Scaffolds of the Sky
3. Strangers in Our Own Time
5. At the Borderline at the Edge of Time
6. Dark Ships Arrived
7. Wings Wetted Down More...
Toronto's extreme metal outfit Fragile Existence has announced the details regarding upcoming album "Cataclysms And Beginnings." The album features 10 brand new songs, artwork from illustrator Jon Zig, and will be released on May 19th, 2015.
Recorded in various locations across Toronto throughout 2014, "Cataclysms And Beginnings" is the band's second album to be produced by bassist Matt Hems, and is the first to feature drummer Morten Siersbaek, previously a member of Danish outfits Spectral Mortuary and Exmortem. Pre-orders are available at this location and the track listing is as follows:
1. A Malignant Design
2. Cataclysms and Beginnings
3. Limitless Genocide
4. Four Walls of Emptiness
5. Accommodating Demise
6. Clandestine Laboratories Of Unbridled Malevolence
7. Exiled To Desolation
8. The Pathogenic Nightmare
9. Upon Serpents They Prey
10. The Skin Casket More...
In support of the "Constricting Rage of the Merciless" album, Goatwhore will headline across North America beginning in June at FreePress Summer Festival in Houston, TX.
Ringworm, Black Breath and label mates Theories will support throughout the cross-country run including stops in major cities including Los Angeles, Seattle, Chicago, Toronto and New York.
Goatwhore is also currently slaying audiences across Europe. A full list of upcoming dates is available below. More...
Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the tenth House Of Lords studio album, aptly titled "Indestructible" on June 3rd in Europe, June 6th in the UK, and June 7th in North America.
“The name 'Indestructible' was chosen because we all felt that we have been through a lot in our long careers and what better way to say 'Hey, I'm still Here' than by giving the cd a BOLD title,” says singer James Christian.
"Indestructible" features eleven brand new songs, which masterfully combines heavy metal and melodic hard rock. “The album is heavier in the beginning, but we love songs that are both Melodic and Heavy” continues Christian, “and the idea was to fill the best of both on one cd without sounding like two different bands. I think we have accomplished that. A good example would be the song 'Pillar of Salt' especially gives a good representation of how the new album sounds: a combination of heavy, melodic, and thoughtful lyrics. This song is one of my favorites!” More...
Australia's Horsehunter today streams the entire new "Caged In Flesh" release online. Powered by the darkest, most gut-wrenching riffs imaginable and fuelled in full by psychedelic and atmospheric doom, all the tracks can be heard below, thanks to Noisey.Vice.com.
"Caged In Flesh" will receive an official worldwide release on April 21st through Magnetic Eye Records. The track listing is:
1. Stoned To Death (16:28)
2. Caged In Flesh (12:00)
3. Nightfall (3:04)
4. Witchery (10:15) More...
Southern California's Goatsnake just released the first single from brand new LP, "Black Age Blues," with a premiere of the album's second track, "Elevated Man." Check it out below, courtesy of Revolvermag.com.
Goatsnake's "Black Age Blues" closes a fifteen-year gap between full-length albums from the act and will be released through Southern Lord Recordings in North America on June 2nd, 2015.
A listening party for Black Age Blues has been scheduled for May 3rd in Los Angeles. The event will be held at Black, in Hollywood, and the public is invited to attend and hear the album. You can also catch the band live on these upcoming dates:
5/02/2015 Pappy And Harriet's - Pioneertown, CA w/ Mojave Lords
5/03/2015 Black - Los Angeles, CA *Black Age Blues listening party
5/20/2015 Complex - Glendale, CA *Record Release Show w/ Bl'ast, Eagle Twin
5/24/2015 Maryland Deathfest - Baltimore, MD
5/30/2015 Temples Festival - Bristol, UK
6/01/2015 De Kreun - Kortrijk, BE
6/02/2015 Melkweg - Amsterdam, NL
6/03/2015 SO36 - Berlin, DE
6/04/2015 Freakvalley Festival - Siegen, DE
6/07/2015 AN Club - Athens, GR
6/20/2015 Crucialfest - Salt Lake City, UT More...
Crowquill Records has teamed up with Echoes and Dust to premiere "Follow the Blind," the new track from progressive metal band Codas (the solo project of Sleep Lady guitarist Mario Quintero). Listen in below.
The track is taken from the upcoming debut album "Currents," which is set to be released digitally via Crowquill records on June 2nd, 2015. More...
Sweden's Civil War released a music video for the new track "Bay of Pigs," which premiered over at Decibel Magazine at this location (also in the player below). The song appears on the upcoming new release "Gods & Generals," which is set to drop on May 6, 2015 via Napalm Records. Pre-orders can be made at this location.
The track list for the album is:
1. War of the World
2. Bay of Pigs
4. The Mad Piper
5. USS Monitor
6. Tears from the North
7. Admiral over the Oceans
8. Back to Iwo Jima
9. Schindler's Ark
10. Gods and Generals
11. Knights of Dalecarlia (Bonus Track)
12. Colours on My Shield (Bonus Track)
Check out "Bay of Pigs" here: More...
Norway's Sirenia are about to unleash the band's seventh full length album "The Seventh Life Path" on May 8th (EU) and May 12th (North America) via Napalm Records. The album is the follow up to the 2013 release "Perils of the Deep Blue" (see review here). Today, the band provides the exclusive world premiere of the new single/music video "Once My Light" here on Metal Underground.com.
Mastermind Morten Veland (harsh vocals, guitars) pours his heart and soul into this brand new escapist masterpiece! The listener is invited on a cinematic journey with "The Seventh Life Path," which is comfortably nestled in between gothic metal and symphonic grandeur and seeks those who wish to leave a gray daily routine behind to replace it with remarkable and unforgettable melodies.
Pre-order "The Seventh Life Path" over at this location. The full release schedule is:
G/A/S/Europe/AUS: May 8th
UK/NO/FR/DK/IT: May 11th
USA/CAN: May 12th
SE/ESP: May 13th
The album's track listing is:
3. Once My Light
5. Sons Of The North
7. Concealed Disdain
9. Contemptuous Quitus
10. The Silver Eye
12. Tragica (Tragedienne Spanish Version) (Bonus Track)
We are stoked to bring you the music video for the new track "Once My Light." Check it out here: More...
U.S. metal act Darkology - featuring Adagio vocalist Kelly Sundown Carpenter - have finally announced the release dates for the upcoming (and long awaited) sophomore album, 'Fated To Burn.' The album is scheduled to be released on June 9th in the USA via Nightmare Records, June 15th in Europe via RSK and June 8th in the rest of the World via Prime Eon Media. It will be available as a CD and digital formats. Multiple special package configurations will be made exclusively available through the band's web store and a vinyl release may follow later in the year.
Chris Tsangarides, the famous Anglo-Cypriot, Grammy nominated producer did handle mixing duties and mastering took place at AthensMastering. An enthusiastic Chris exclaimed: "As I was mixing the album and as the songs were coming alive, I was thinking wow this is good, that is also good, this is VERY good. This happened about a dozen times. It’s rather rare at this day and age, that you get an album that’s all killer and no filler and I am not using that expression lightly. ‘Fated To Burn‘ is a must have album. It’s an aural assault of all senses with plenty of melody and bombast for the most discerning Metal-heads."
Darkology features in it's ranks the amazing Harris brothers, Michael (Thought Chamber, Arch Rival, Leather, Chastain) on guitars and Brian (Firewind, Solstice (US), My own Victim, etc.) on drums respectively. On vocals is Kelly Sundown Carpenter (Beyond Twilight , Outworld, Epysode and former touring vocalist for Firewind). Last but not least the extremely talented bassist Mike Neal (Medieval Steel, Salems Lot, etc.) lays down some solid grooves and has even co-written about half of the songs on this album, as well as most of the lyrics, making this a great, highly collaborative, team effort.
The track list for the album is:
1. Kill Me If You Can
2. Beyond The Grave (see 'official leak' here)
3. On Morrows Break
4. The Eyes Of The Machine
5. Quantum Genocide
6. The Shadows Of Oth
7. Fated To Burn
8. 21st Century Frankensteins (Nobot2)
9. Festival Of Fear
11. Nightmare King
i. Shadows Of The Abyss
ii. The Summoning
iii. The Construct
iv. Eternus Nocturne: The Dark Domain
12. Your Hollow Soul (instrumental mix, bonus track)
Check out the lyric video for "On Morrows Break" here: More...
Greek melodic death metal act Nightrage released a lyric video for the new track "Desperate Vows." The song appears on the upcoming new album "The Puritan," which is set for release on April 24th via Despotz Records.
The track list for the album is:
1. The Puritan
2. With a Blade of a Knife
3. Desperate Vows
4. Endless Night
5. Foul Vile Life
6. Stare into Infinity
7. Lone Lake
8. Son of Sorrow
9. When Gold Turns to Rust
11. Kiss of a Sycophant
Check out "Desperate Vows" here: More...
Polish death metal giants Behemoth released a music video for the track "Messe Noir." The song appears on the band's latest album "The Satanist" - which is available via Nuclear Blast (EU) and Metal Blade Records (USA).
A review for the album can be found at this location.
Check out "Messe Noir" here:
It was with heavy hearts that Twisted Sister said goodbye to their drummer A.J. Pero, who passed away on March 20.
Today, Twisted Sister members Dee Snider (vocals), Jay Jay French (guitar), Eddie Ojeda (guitar), and Mark “The Animal” Mendoza (bass), have announced that world renowned drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Adrenaline Mob, Winery Dogs) is the replacement for their brother A.J. Pero for all shows this year.
To honor Pero’s memory, two shows will take place on the east coast and west coast. The first, on May 30th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, will be filmed for broadcast, DVD, and CD. The second, for the A.J. Pero family, is scheduled on Saturday, June 13 at The Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ.
Additionally, fulfilling all concert obligations that have been made for the remainder of 2015 (in several different countries), Twisted Sister want their fans to know all festival dates that they have been advertised as playing will happen.
Finally, Twisted Sister has made it official that 2016 will formally close the touring chapter of their illustrious and legendary career. The “Forty and F*ck It” farewell shows celebrates the band’s 40th anniversary with the core line-up of Snider, French, Ojeda and Mendoza. More...
French metal act Lonewolf released a new music video for the track "Hordes of the Night" (check it out in the player below). The song appears on the latest album "Cult of Steel," which was issued back at the end of January via Massacre Records in North America.
Check out the clip here:
Dutch grindcore act Teethgrinder posted up a new track for streaming entitled "Hope in Death." The song will appear on the upcoming new release "Misanthropy," which will be out on May 25th in Europe and June 2nd in North America via Lifeforce Records.
The track list for the album is:
1. Rites of Sorrow
2. Hope in Death
5. Death of the Individual
7. Iron Jaw
10. Existence = Punishment
11. Means to my End
Check out "Hope in Death" here: More...
Melodic metal band Within Silence released a lyric video for the new track "Road To The Paradise." which can be heard in the player below. The song appears on the upcoming debut release "Gallery of Life," which will be issued on May 8th in Europe and on May 12th in North America via Ulterium Records.
The track list for "Gallery of Life" is:
2. Silent Desire
3. Emptiness of Night
4. Elegy of Doom
5. The Last Drop of Blood
6. Love is Blind
7. Anger and Sorrow
8. Judgement Day
9. The World of Slavery
10. Road to the Paradise
Check out "Road to the Paradise" here: More...
Italian symphonic metal act Evenoire released a new music video for the track "Drops of Amber." The song appears on the band's latest album "Herons," which is available via Scarlet Records.
Check out the video here:
Hailing from Poland & Belarus, the death metal veterans from Veld are streaming the entire new album "Daemonic: The Art of Dantalian."
The album is out today in a limited-edition, six-panel digipack with 20 pages of artwork via Lacerated Enemy Records. It can be ordered in physical form here. Digital orders are available at this location.
Check out now the new album "Daemonic: The Art of Dantalian" in its entirety below. More...
Just For Fun
Vital Remains singer Brian Werner disapproved of a (non inverted) crucifix hanging above the stage during the bands set at the Haven Lounge in Orlando, Florida. He proceeded to take it down and lead the crowd in a "Fuck Jesus" chant while the club's owner storms the stage to counteract him.
Check out now the hilarious scene below.
New metalcore outfit Come and Rest premieres a song and music video for the track "Slowburn" taken from the upcoming EP "Blacklist" set to drop on May 12.
You can now stream the new music video below.
Rings Of Saturn is streaming a new single take live playthrough showcasing Lucas Mann and Miles Dimitri Baker shredding through "Godless Times" from the band's latest album "Lugal Ki En". The video features 10 clocks hanging on the wall in the background presumably to indicate that the video was recorded in real time with no cuts.
Check out now the playthrough below.